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Shots fired at outlet mall tied to attempted kidnapping – Fox2Now

Westbound I-70 shuts down at Lucas and Hunt during rush hour after shots fired – Fox2Now

After 8 years, Busch heir pulls plug on Kräftig beer company – STLToday

A Short Guy Goes on a Rant at a Bagel Shop About Women Not Dating Him . . . and Winds Up Tackled by a Tall Guy – NYPost

Video shows drivers in Georgia stopping to grab $175,000 in ‘flying’ cash on highway – FoxNews

A Woman Has a Heart Attack While “Overdoing It” at a Swinger Festival – theSun

Matt Lauer’s ($60 Million) wife (Annette Roque) filed for divorce last Tuesday. They are discussing separating their assets, which include a home in the Hamptons.  The couple also share three children, who range in age from 12 to 18-years-old.  They split in 2017, shortly after Lauer was fired for inappropriate sexual behavior at the workplace. 

Ja Rule won’t be charged in a lawsuit related to that failed Fyre Fest. A federal judge in Manhattan says he can be dismissed from a civil suit filed by ticket holders who paid between $400 and $1,000 to attend. The judge found that the attendees did not meet the legal standard to bring fraud claims against Mr. Rule and Grant Margolin, the festival’s chief marketing officer. While the judge dismissed all claims in the suit, he gave the plaintiffs a three-week window to come forward with new evidence to re-file a fraud. Ja Rule served as a promoter for the non event. He has also previously served time for tax evasion. 

Ex-Scientologist Leah Remini may be taking them to court. Remini, the creator and host of the docuseries that has set out to expose what she says are the church’s dark secrets, Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath, is claiming that Scientologists are trying to cancel the hit A&E show. “She’s met with lawyers, “She alleges she’s been spied on and followed by people working on behalf of the church.” The church denies the allegations.

Remember Tootie from “The Facts of Life”?  Well, if you’re wondering what she’s up to now I know the answer:  First of all not dead. An B she’s organizing a funeral service for DOG THE BOUNTY HUNTER’S wife BETH CHAPMAN.  How did this happen? Well, Tootie . . . a.k.a. KIM FIELDS . . . relocated to Aurora, Colorado, earlier this year.  Kim joined Beth’s church, the Heritage Christian Center, where she now serves as the director of visual and social media. Kim and Beth never actually met in person . . . but she took it on because she felt like God was calling her to help. Kim is coordinating security and overseeing production details, including flower arrangement.  The church will be decorated with hundreds of stargazer lilies, which were Beth’s favorite flower. The memorial service is happening on Saturday.  There was already a funeral ceremony in Hawaii. 

DEAD OR NOT DEAD

Michael Hutchence

Australian musician and actor
Born 1960  DEAD (1997)

Martin Scorsese

American director and film-maker
Born 1942 NOT DEAD

Tom Clancy

American author
Born 1947 DEAD (2013)

Johnnie Cochran

American lawyer
Born 1937 DEAD (2005)

Mark Spitz

American swimmer
Born 1950 NOT DEAD

Boris Becker

German tennis player
Born 1967 NOT DEAD

Leslie Nielsen

Canadian actor and comedian
Born 1926 DEAD (2010)

Tony Curtis

American actor
Born 1925 DEAD (2010)

Isaac Hayes

American singer-songwriter and actor
Born 1942 DEAD (2008)

Barry White

American singer-songwriter
Born 1944 DEAD (2003)

Charlton Heston

American actor
Born 1923 DEAD (2008)

Carl Lewis

American athlete
Born 1961 NOT DEAD

Jake LaMotta

American boxer
Born 1921 DEAD (2017)

Duane Allman

Singer Singer Songwriter

BORN 1946 DEAD (1971)

Gregg Allman

Singer Songwriter

BORN 1947 DEAD (2017)

“Forbes” released its annual Celebrity 100 list of the highest-paid entertainers.

 Here’s the Top 10 . . .

1.  Taylor Swift, $185 million

2.  “Self-made billionaire” Kylie Jenner,  $170 million

3.  Kanye West,  $150 million

4.  Soccer star Lionel Messi,  $127 million

5.  Ed Sheeran,  $110 million

6.  Soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo,  $109 million

7.  Soccer star Neymar,  $105 million

8.  The Eagles,  $100 million

9.  Dr. Phil McGraw,  $95 million

10.  Boxer Canelo Alvarez,  $94 million

By the way, “Forbes” highlighted SIX people from the Marvel Cinematic Universe who have made a total of $340 million over the past year.  Obviously, a LOT of the money came from Marvel, but not all of it . . . it’s their total earnings.

Here they are:

24.  Chris Hemsworth (Thor), $76.4 million

31.  Robert Downey Jr. (Iron Man), $66 million

43.  Bradley Cooper (Rocket), $57 million

47.  Scarlett Johansson (Black Widow), $56 million

73.  Chris Evans (Captain America), $43.5 million

83.  Paul Rudd (Ant-Man), $41 million

On Tuesday, the internet was startled to find out that “nodding meme guy,” a GIF that’s been circulating online since 2012, is young Robert Redford and not Zach Galifianakis. Granted, Redford sports a bushy, Galifianakis-esque beard in the meme, which is lifted from his 1972 western, Jeremiah Johnson 

The insanity over the “Momo Challenge” (viral game that goads young children into violence or even suicide. Images of the devilish bird-lady supposedly pop up with creepy messages and commands that are said to escalate to extreme violence and horror. Or popping up in kid’s programs like or video games like Fortnight and YouTube and Snapchat. But the reality is it’s a viral hoax). seems to have mostly disappeared, but Hollywood still thinks it can wring a few bucks out of it.  There are currently two movies in the works about it. There don’t seem to be any reports of any kids actually being harmed by Momo . . . in fact, it was most likely a hoax.  Supposedly, kids would text a number, and be encouraged to complete increasingly dangerous tasks that might start with something silly, like watching a horror movie at night.  Eventually, though, they’d be prompted to harm or even kill themselves. “Momo” was represented by a really freaky woman with a deformed face . . . which was actually a sculpture created by a Japanese special effects company years ago.

A while back, JAMES HETFIELD said that METALLICA shows became more “family friendly” after he had kids . . . and now, the band is putting out an illustrated CHILDREN’S BOOK. It’s called “The ABCs of Metallica”, and it’ll be out on November 26th.  They say the book “looks back at the history of the band from . . . A to Z!”  With each letter of the alphabet highlighting a moment along their journey. N stands for Napster!! A portion of the proceeds will benefit All Within My Hands, the band’s charity foundation, which fights hunger and supports workforce education in struggling communities.  The book is available for pre-order for $18.99 on their site.

If you’re making your way through all 10 seasons of “Friends” on Netflix, you might want to hurry up . . . because it’ll be gone next year. Yesterday, WarnerMedia announced its new streaming platform, HBO Max, which will launch next spring.  And it’ll feature the, quote, “exclusive streaming rights to all 236 episodes of ‘Friends’.” HBO Max will also have “The Fresh Prince of Bel Air” and “Pretty Little Liars”, plus new original shows like an animated”Gremlins” reboot and a thriller called “The Flight Attendant” starring Kaley Cuoco. Netflix confirmed it on Twitter . . . quote, “The One Where We Have To Say Goodbye.  We’re sorry to see ‘Friends’ go to Warner’s streaming service at the beginning of 2020 (in The US).  Thanks for the memories, gang.” “Friends” has been on Netflix since 2015.  Last year, they supposedly coughed up $100 MILLION to keep it through 2019.  Which is a lot even for Netflix.  Before that, they were paying $30 million a year for it.

In December they said they were working on new music. Since it’s Green Day and not Tool, next Friday Green Day will release new music. (The band’s last album was 2016’s Revolution Radio, which became the third Number One album of the trio’s career and contained the chart-topping singles “Bang Bang” and “Still Breathing.” Armstrong recently toured with his side project, The Longshot. Green Day itself has not toured since completing the end of the Revolution Radio touring cycle.)

Avenged Sevenfold singer M. Shadows is getting his very own playable character in the Call Of Duty: Black Ops franchise. The singer is featured in a new trailer for Call of Duty: Black Ops 4’s next content drop, called “Operation Apocalypse Z,” which was released on Monday. Mr. Shadows said that getting his own character in the franchise was a “career highlight.” His playable avatar can be seen at the 2:34 point in the new trailer, when he and other Zombies survivors look out a window at an incoming horde.”Operation Apocalypse Z” is currently available for the PlayStation 4 and will come to other platforms later. Avenged Sevenfold has kept a low profile so far during 2019 and will not return to the road until next year. A blood blister on singer M. Shadows’ vocal cords forced the band to cancel a summer 2018 tour with Prophets Of Rage and Three Days Grace.

Also, Amazon is collaborating to develop a multiplayer online game for PC and consoles based on The Lord of the Rings. Saying “Middle-earth is one of the richest fictional worlds in history.  Plus, Amazon is developing a series for Amazon Prime based on The Lord of the Rings. 

BIRTHDAYS

Alessia Cara is 23.  Best New Artist winner at the 2018 Grammys.  She sings the “Moana theme How Far I’ll Go.

Octomom is 44.

Lil’ Kim is 44 or 45

Lisa Rinna is 56.  

Richie Sambora is 60.  Former Bon Jovi songwriter/guitarist

Mindy Sterling is 66.  Frau in the “Austin Powers” movies.

Leon Spinks is 66

And today’s BURTON BIRTHDAY OF THE DAY …a fashion mogul.  The 80s wouldn’t have been the same without him…. dude is worth 9.6 BILLION DOLLARS.  Giorgio Armani is 85 years young today

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PORNO BIRTHDAY

JULIE RAGE

Today’s birthday girl hasn’t be able to sit down comfortably in YEARS after her work in 202 fine films including:

  • Agent Muff
  • Anal Academy
  • Slippin’ In Through The Backdoor
  • Guttermouth
  • Back Packers
  • The Dukes of Anal
  • And who could forget…her unforgettable role in….What’s That Stink?

JULIE RAGE is 50 YEARS OLD

The Cardinals are off today as baseball gets back underway, but they start the second half of their season tomorrow.  The Arizona Diamondbacks are in town for a series.  Adam Wainwright will get the start tomorrow.  First pitch is scheduled for 7:15PM. 

The U.S. women’s national soccer team was honored at ESPN’s annual ESPY Awards last night just three days after winning the Women’s World Cup, with the group getting the best team award, and Alex Morgan winning best female athlete of the year. Morgan joked as she lifted her award: “Sorry, but this is probably the second-best trophy we won this week.” The team is suing to get the same pay as the U.S. men’s soccer team, and as actress Sandra Bullock announced the best team award, she said, “All those in favor of equal pay say aye.” The Milwaukee Bucks’ Giannis Antetokounmpo (Yanus On-Teto-KoomPoe), who was last season’s NBA MVP, won male athlete of the year and also won best NBA player, telling the audience at the Microsoft Theater, “This is all about hard work. When you believe in your dreams this can happen.”

Some of last night’s other winners:

  • Best Comeback: The NHL’s St. Louis Blues went from last in the league in early January to winning the franchise’s first championship in their 52-year history in June. 
  • Best Moment: Olympic skier Lindsey Vonn, NFL player Rob Gronkowski and NBA player Dwyane    Wade ending their stellar careers
  • Best NHL Player: Alexander Ovechkin of the Washington Capitals
  • Best MLB Player: Christian Yelich
  • Best NFL Player: Patrick Mahomes

Mookie Betts was the only one of the three Boston Red Sox players in Tuesday night’s 2019 MLB All-Star Game who didn’t get an at-bat, and it turns out it was by design. Red Sox manager Alex Cora, who was leading the American League squad, explained why the reigning league MVP didn’t come to the plate. “There were other guys that we wanted to play. There were a lot of first-timers. And we kind of like mapped it out. And he was going to come up in the ninth. It just happened that we won the game.” Betts was making his fourth All-Star appearance and likely will earn more of them before his career concludes. Therefore, it was a classy gesture by Betts and Cora to allow first-time All-Stars, some of whom might never reach that stage again, to make the most of their opportunity. Betts was named to the AL team as a reserve. He played right field in the eighth and ninth innings.

People often joke about fast guys who can’t hit by saying “you can’t steal first base.” What Major League Baseball new rules make people say is, “what if you can?” Major League Baseball and the independent Atlantic League recently entered into a three-year agreement in which the Atlantic League will adopt experimental rules suggested by Major League Baseball to study their effects on game play. The Atlantic League is now, basically, a guinea pig. The most talked-about changes to date have been the idea of banning defensive shifts, moving the pitching rubber back a couple of feet and to work with electronic ball-and-strike calls. Now, In the second half of the season, the league will allow batters to steal first base: Any pitch on any count not caught in flight will be considered a live ball, and a batter may run to first base, similar to a dropped third strike. People are assuming the impulse is to increase game “action” and to make up for the lack of non-homer hits in the game by allowing runners to reach base on plays that are more exciting than walks.

Lamar Odom has been dropped from Ice Cube’s BIG3 League because he wasn’t prepared for the competition. According to TMZ, the league announced on Wednesday that Odom–as well as Baron Davis, Jermaine O’Neal and Bonzi Wells–would be deactivated for the remainder of the 2019 season. “As the premier professional 3-on-3 league in the world, we are always striving to improve the quality of both the live and broadcast experience for our fans as well as the level of competition,” the statement reads. Odom briefly played for the Enemies team, picked up only two points and four rebounds in the season so far. It’s unclear if the league will give Odom a second chance next season. 

Speaking of basketball, St. Louis Native Patrick McCaw has re-signed with the Toronto Raptors.  The terms of the deal were not released, but McCaw returns to the Raptors after the team won it’s first NBA championship. Before joining Toronto, McCaw won back to back NBA championships with the Warriors. McCaw becomes the first player to win three consecutive NBA championships since Shaq and Kobe did it from 2000-2002.  While in St. Louis, until transferring to a school up in Maryland, McCaw went to CBC High School. 

The top three seeds in the men’s competition at Wimbledon all advanced to the semifinals after winning their quarterfinal matches yesterday. Top-seeded Novak Djokovich, Roger Federer  and Number 3 Rafael Nadal all move on. The women’s semifinals are today, with Serena Williams playing Barbora Strycova and Simona Halep facing Elina Svitolina. Former New York Yankees pitcher Jim Bouton, who wrote a controversial tell-all book called Ball Four, died yesterday after fighting a brain disease linked to dementia. He was 80. Ball Four angered the baseball world when the best-seller was published in 1970 because it revealed things like players carousing with women, including Yankees star Mickey Mantle, and using illegal stimulants, and he was ostracized by players and executives across baseball afterward. He played for nine seasons from 1962 to 1970, seven of them with the Yankees, and then returned for a 10th and final season in 1978 with Atlanta