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Mumbling Makes Men More Attractive, but Not Women – LINK

Will “Hybrid Dating” Be the New Norm After Covid? – Axios

Fewer Americans Believe in Love at First Sight – LINK

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Cops: Teens Filmed Drive-By Slushie Attacks – LINK

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Wentzville Marine’s procession takes place tomorrow, portion of I-70 to close – Fox2Now

Apple sends invites for Sept. 14 launch event, where new iPhones are expected – LINK

TikTok beats YouTube in average watch time in the US and UK, according to a new report – LINK

Don’t Sleep Naked, You’re Soiling Your Sheets Every Night – LINK

41% of Dogs Pass Gas While Sleeping – LINK

Will the Pandemic Finally Kill Off Fax Machines? – BBC

 

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I mentioned yesterday that actor  Michael K. Williams’ death was attributed to heroin.  That has triggered a criminal investigation. The cops are trying to locate the drug dealer. NYPD conducting an investigation into the origin of the narcotics cops found at the site of the actor’s death over the weekend 

You guys remember Erik Cowie from Tiger King/ Long haired thin guy. Joe’s top zookeeper. Most of his scenes were of him sitting out behind a building talking to the camera. He was Joe Exotic’s right hand man for a number of years, however, he actually testified against Joe Exotic regarding his cruel treatment of animals. Joe still remains in prison on charges of animal abuse and murder for hire regarding fellow tiger owner Carole Baskin. While Erik Cowie has died at the age of 53. A friend found Cowie’s body this past weekend, lying face down in his New York City bedroom. No foul play is suspected, and no drugs were found at the scene.  Erik admitted to a history of alcohol abuse on the show, and was recently arrested for DUI in the state of Oklahoma. But he never showed up (LINK) to court, so an arrest warrant was issued A large bottle of vodka was found at the scene. 

Good news for Britney Spears After 13 years, her conservatorship is one step closer to ending. Her father and the conservator of her estate, Jamie Spears, filed a [etition yesterday to terminate the whole damn thing.  It acknowledges that Spears has voiced her desire for the conservatorship to end, and “If Ms. Spears wants to terminate the conservatorship and believes that she can handle her own life, Mr. Spears believes that she should get that chance.” Spears’ new attorney, says that’s a big win but he also said that by filing, Jamie Spears seems to be trying to “avoid accountability and justice, including sitting for a sworn deposition and answering other discovery under oath.” Britney Spears has also made it clear she will not undergo a psychological evaluation as a condition of the conservatorship being dismantled, and Jamie Spears’ filing acknowledges that, and says probate code does not require such an evaluation. The judge in the case is expected to rule on the petition Sept. 29.   

The producers behind Bob Ross: Happy Accidents (LINK), Betrayal, and Greed  say they “never intended to set out and create a hit piece”. But Bob Ross Inc. says that although the film “accurately captured” the famed TV painter, it’s an “inaccurate and heavily slanted portrayal of our company.”  The producers say they started the project because of being fans of Bob Ross but found some surprising things. When they found it difficult to convince people to talk on camera they knew it was going in a different direction. Most apparently feared being sued by the Bob Ross people.  But in a public statement (LINK)  Bob Ross Inc. says the filmmakers’ failed to offer them a proper chance to respond to allegations made in the documentary. Included among those are that the Kowalskis have improperly commercialized and profited from Ross’ image after seizing control of his name and likeness over time from his son, Steve Ross.  

ELLE KING just had a baby, and she’s not letting anything go to waste.  Check out a picture of her mom cooking her placenta. Appreciation post! My mother, the angel of all angels is the best doula ever! I will get into my birth story when I’m ready…but this person is my best friend. She helped us get the whole house ready and even though Lucky ended up a belly birth, she was my doula through the whole process, and most importantly she was the best mom I could ask for. She is seen here cooking my placenta to encapsulate it for all the amazing benefits! I love you @pushlovedoula (LINK) ! We couldn’t have done this without you! 

KANYE’s “Donda” sold 309,000 copies, is Kanye’s 10th #1, making him one of only SEVEN artists with at least that many.  The others are the Beatles, Jay-Z, Bruce Springsteen, Barbra Streisand, Eminem, and Elvis. It’s also his 10th #1 in a row, which is a record he shares with Eminem. DRAKE will have HIS 10th #1 album next week  with“Certified Lover Boy”, which should  move between 575,000 and 625,000 units. To be fair, “Donda” launched last Sunday, so its first-week numbers were based on only five days’ worth of sales.  “Certified Lover Boy” came out this past Friday, so its numbers will be based on seven days.

Eddie Vedder (LINK) of Pearl Jam has a new song he shared. Its called Long Way. It is from his forthcoming solo album Earthling,   No release date as of yet. He’s scheduled to perform solo at the Ohana Festival in California September 25; Pearl Jam will headline the final night on September 26. 

Celebrate 30 years of grunge music with a weekend at “The Sounds of Seattle” Rock Camp in L.A.  It’s taking place from February 17th to the 20th. It’ll be led by Jerry Cantrell from Alice in Chains and Kim Thayil from Soundgarden . . . with a special appearance by Dave Krusen, the original drummer of Pearl Jam. Participants will get to attend classes taught by Rock Camp “Counselors” like Stephen Perkins from Jane’s Addiction, participate in jam sessions, and even perform at the Viper Room and Whiskey-A-Go-Go. Head over to RockCamp.com (LINK) if you’re interested in signing up

The car that TUPAC SHAKUR was fatally shot in can be yours . . . for $1.7 million. It’s a 1996 BMW 750IL, and it’s been restored to its original condition . . . so, you know, no bloodstains or bullet holes. Yesterday was the 25th anniversary of the night Tupac was murdered in Las Vegas.  He was shot while the car was sitting at a red light with SUGE KNIGHT behind the wheel.  But he didn’t die until later at the hospital (LINK)

Someone over at TheWrap has ranked the sidekicks of the Marvel Cinematic Universe from BEST to WORST (LINK) Here they are: 

  1. War Machine in the “Iron Man”and “Avengers” movies . . . played by Don Cheadle.
  1. Luis in the “Ant-Man”movies . . . played by Michael Pena.
  1. Valkyrie in “Thor: Ragnarok”. . . played by Tessa Thompson.
  1. Wong in “Doctor Strange”. . . played by Benedict Wong. 
  1. Ned in “Spider-Man: Homecoming”. . . played by Jacob Batalon. 
  1. Okoye in “Black Panther”. . . played by Danai Gurira. 
  1. Katy in “Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings”. . . played by Awkwafina. 
  1. Baron Zemo on the “The Falcon and the Winter Soldier”series . . . played by Daniel Bruhl. 
  1. The Hulk in “Thor: Ragnarok”. . . played by Mark Ruffalo. 

10.  Sylvie on the “Loki” series . . . played by Sophia Di Martino.

Celebrating a Birthday today: 

Gaten Matarazzo from Stranger Things is 19. 

Wiz Khalifa is 34. 

JTT, Jonathan Taylor Thomas from Home Improvement is 40. 

Singer Pink is 42. 

The old MTV VJ Kennedy is 49. “Rolling Stone” voted her the most-hated MTV VJ of the ’90s. 

David Arquette is 50. 

Model Brooke Burke is 50. Former “Dancing with the Stars” co-host. 

Martin Freeman is 50. Bilbo Baggins in the “Hobbit” movies, Dr. Watson on the BBC’s “Sherlock”, and as Tim, the equivalent to our “Jim”, on the British version of “The Office”. 

Singer Aimee Mann is 61. 

Senator Bernie Sanders is 80.

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Chessie Moore

Today’s birthday girl has been in 257 fine films, including:

– Backdoor Lambada

– Battle of the Boobs

– Breastman Does the Himalayas

– The Kinky Nurses

– Million Dollar Mellons

– And who can forget her role in 1991’s Slip of the Tongue

 

Chessie Moore is 62 years old.

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Yesterday the Cardinals once again took on the Dodgers, and this time, Albert Pujols WAS in the lineup.  Now – listen to the ovation that Albert got when they announced him to the plate in the first inning. And the fun with Albert didn’t stop there either. Now, it’s weird to talk about what the other team did…but…in all reality … that’s the only excitement for Cards fans yesterday.  The Dodgers picked up the 7-2 win and continue to roll.  Today, the two teams are at it again.  First pitch is scheduled for 6:45 and Adam Wainwright gets the start.  Speaking of Waino…yesterday…in a video with his family…Wainwright announced his decision to pitch one more year next year.

Le’Veon Bell is signing with the Ravens practice squad. The addition of Bell comes after the Ravens lost a pair of running backs this offseason. J.K. Dobbins suffered a season-ending knee injury and Justice Hill went down with a torn Achilles.  Bell ran just 63 times for 254 yards and two touchdowns in nine games with the Kansas City Chiefs last season. He then had a falling out with coach Andy Reid. Bell has a history with Baltimore after spending five seasons with its AFC North rival, Pittsburgh Steelers.

The Houston Texans are adding a veteran presence to their wide receiver room. Danny Amendola is signing with the AFC South team on a one-year, $2.5 million contract. Amendola is best known for his time on the New England Patriots, but he spent the past two years suiting up for the Lions. He also has stints on the St. Louis Rams and Miami Dolphins on his resume. Amendola is likely past his prime and will turn 36 years old this season, but he was still solid for the Lions during the 2020 campaign. He posted 46 catches for 602 yards after tallying 62 catches for 678 yards and one touchdown the prior year.

Former Washington Football Team and Broncos running back Clinton Portis plead guilty to conspiracy to committing health care fraud in a nationwide scheme that included more than a dozen former NFL players. The two-time Pro Bowler admitted to filing unlawful reimbursement claims in the Gene Upshaw NFL Player Health Reimbursement Account Plan. The program allows former players to pursue funds for out-of-pocket medical care expenses that were not covered by insurance. These expenses were collected by the former football players, their spouses and their dependents with each player granted a maximum of $350,000. Per the U.S. Justice Department, Portis allowed others to file false claims on his behalf over a two-month period, obtaining almost $100,000 dollars in benefits for medical equipment from the NFL’s plan. However, the 40-year-old never purchased the equipment. Portis is scheduled to be sentenced on Jan. 6.

Gonzaga basketball coach Mark Few has been issued a citation for driving under the influence.  Few was pulled over on Monday around 8 p.mThe police pulled him over after receiving a report he was driving erratically and speeding.  Few showed “several signs of intoxication,” and refused to complete field sobriety tests. He did, however, provide breath samples and had a blood alcohol level of .119 and .120 with the legal limit being .08. The 58-year-old released a statement Tuesday night, saying in part, “I deeply regret disappointing any of the member of the community, the young men and women who comprise my campus community, and the University as a whole.”

Former President Donald Trump will be providing commentary for Saturday’s boxing event, which is headlined by the Evander Holyfield-Vitor Belfort fight.  His son, Donald Trump Jr., will be joining him at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Florida for the “no holds barred” commentary. The four-fight telecast falls on the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks.   “I love great fighters and great fights. I look forward to seeing both this Saturday night and sharing my thoughts ringside. You won’t want to miss this special event.”

U.S. men’s national team midfielder Weston McKennie was dismissed by coach Gregg Berhalter for breaking the team’s COVID-19 bubble on two separate occasions. ESPN said McKennie spent a night outside of the team’s COVID-19 bubble while he also reportedly brought an unauthorized individual to his hotel room on a separate evening. After starting in the USMNT’s scoreless draw with El Salvador to open World Cup qualifying, McKennie was suspended for a 1-1 draw with Canada in Nashville for violating the team’s COVID protocols. On Monday, Berhalter dismissed McKennie back to Italy, ruling him out for Wednesday’s qualifier in Honduras.