You Need to Update Your Apple Devices Right Now – Lifehacker
Only half of American households donate to charity – APNews
Barnes-Jewish Hospital named to U.S. News & World Report’s prestigious Honor Roll of “Best Hospitals,” ranking 17th in the nation and 1st in Missouri – BJC
Boy Scout chaperone accused of placing hidden cameras in bathrooms at camp – WFLA
Bees Are Better at Their Jobs if They’re Provided with . . . Caffeine? – LINK
Low Pay, No Benefits, Rude Customers: Restaurant Workers Quit At Record Rate – NPR
The Summer Smells We Hate Most Are B.O. and Hot Garbage – SWNS
Bees’ buzz boosted by jolt of caffeine before going to work – Metro
ZZ TOP bassist DUSTY HILL died on Tuesday. There’s no word yet on the cause of death. He was 72. (His bandmates BILLY GIBBONS and FRANK BEARD) Dusty wasn’t ZZ Top’s original bass player, but he joined just before they recorded their debut album in 1971. He, Billy, and Frank remained a solid lineup to the end. The band churned out classics in the ’70s like “La Grange”, “Tush”, and “Cheap Sunglasses”. Then they took things to another level in the ’80s, becoming MTV superstars with slicker, synth-driven hits like “Legs”, “Sharp Dressed Man”, and “Gimme All Your Lovin'”. Here’s Dusty Hill on how insiders were telling them not to release what would turn out to be one of their biggest hits, “Gimme All Your Lovin'” In the past few years, Dusty had some medical issues, including a shoulder injury and hip replacement surgery. They had to play with a replacement earlier this month so Dusty could deal with a hip issue. They had plans to tour, and were set to play Tuscaloosa, Alabama tomorrow night.
We know a little bit more about what put BOB ODENKIRK in the hospital, and how he’s doing. His rep said, quote, “We can confirm Bob is in stable condition after experiencing a heart-related incident . . . [We] ask for . . . privacy at this time as Bob works on his recovery.” And it sounds like the prognosis is good. Bob’s son Nate Tweeted, quote, “He’s going to be okay.” Bob collapsed on the set of “Better Call Saul” in Albuquerque, New Mexico on Tuesday. He’s 58 years old.
JAMES GUNN is doing a “Guardians of the Galaxy” holiday special on Disney+. He said, quote, “It’s in-canon . . . it’s about the Guardians. You’re gonna learn stuff that you need to learn before Volume 3.” They’ll be filming it at the same time as “Volume 3” since they’re using the same sets and actors. Production for both will start in November. As for the length, James said it’ll be under 40 minutes. I wonder if we will get a kick-ass holiday soundtrack, since we all know how important music is in these movies . . . here’s to hoping!
TBS is making a variety show inspired by the “Stupid Pet Tricks” segment from DAVID LETTERMAN’s “Late Show”. It’ll be a half-hour, ten-episode series hosted by SARAH SILVERMAN. Each episode will have pets performing impressive tricks in front of a live audience. There will also be surprise celebrity guests, comedy bits, and games. Sarah said, quote, “The rule in show business is, ‘never work with animals or children’ but I choose to work with David Letterman anyway.” Production will start later this year.
3 huge media outlets are bringing down the vaccine hammer. Google, Facebook and Netflix have said either right now or in the near future if you want to come into the office you have to be vaccinated. Google’s CEO, (Sundar Pichai), sent an email to employees, saying they were opening back up on October 18, and anyone coming back to work in the office after that would have to be inoculated, and show proof. Facebook came out and said they’d be doing the same soon. Netflix told their in-house production teams and partners that folks working in “Zone A” — which encompasses actors and those in close proximity to them — would be required to be vaxxed up. They seem to be the first studio to do this and other studios will probably do the same.
Garth Brooks fans will have a chance to be vaccinated against COVID-19 when he is in town at Arrowhead Stadium on Aug. 7. Chiefs president Mark Donovan plans to take every opportunity to offer vaccinations at Arrowhead. Donovan said the organization isn’t sure if it will be able to use Arrowhead Stadium as a vaccination site on Chiefs game days this fall but “We’re trying to work through that as well. A vaccination clinic was held at Arrowhead Stadium in the spring.
Adele is considering performing a residency in Las Vegas where she could earn a staggering $138,000 per night at the Strip’s new venue Resorts World, which could begin as early as January of next year. She could potentially rake in as much as $138,000 a night, but it is unknown how long a run might last. The place holds just 5,000 people and have booked Katy Perry, Luke Bryan, Céline Dion and Carrie Underwood. The singer’s last album, “25,” came out in November 2015. hasn’t performed live since her concert at London’s Wembley Stadium in 2017.
JON BON JOVI and WHITNEY HOUSTON are among a handful of famous New Jersey natives who are getting rest stops dedicated to them on the Garden State Parkway. The others include Frank Sinatra, James Gandolfini, Connie Chung, Judy Blume, and Toni Morrison. Each star will have an exhibit at his or her designated rest stop, courtesy of the New Jersey Hall of Fame. So you’re probably wondering why BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN isn’t among the honorees. A spokeswoman for the Hall says he, quote, “respectfully declined” to have a service area named after him. But she added, quote, “It should be noted, though, that Bruce has been very supportive of the New Jersey Hall of Fame over the years, and is very much a part of the fabric of the Hall.”
RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS singer ANTHONY KIEDIS is selling his Hawaiian home for about $10 million. It’s on the North Shore of Kauai . . . and built near ANCIENT BURIAL GROUNDS. Anthony actually bought the undeveloped land from SYLVESTER STALLONE in 2005 for $2.6 million. Of course there were roadblocks when archaeologists discovered an ancient burial ground on his neighbor’s property during an excavation in 2007. Anthony eventually got the green light to build after it was deemed “body-free”, but protestors argued that he was desecrating the burial ground.
“King Richard”, starring WILL SMITH as the father of VENUS and SERENA WILLIAMS. The film represents Smith’s first major release since the 2020 sequel Bad Boys for Life. King Richard will be released in theaters on Nov. 19 and then on HBO Max 31 days following its theatrical release.
Just like “Halloween”, the new “Exorcist” is going to be a TRILOGY that follows up on the original . . . which makes sense, since it’s being made by the same people. Oh, and ELLEN BURSTYN is coming back to play Chris MacNeil . . . the mother of the original possessed girl. Leslie Odom Jr. from “Hamilton” is also in it. LINDA BLAIR has NOT been approached to be IN the films, but they did call her to let her know they were doing it. So maybe no Regan MacNeil. The first film is scheduled to come out in October of 2023
Does it get any cooler than the Fonz? HENRY WINKLER took the time to give his childhood neighbor a call for her 101st birthday. The birthday girl’s granddaughter said her grandma used to tell stories about how Henry lived in the same building and had a crush on her as a 10-year-old, back in 1955. She said, quote, “My grandmother has Alzheimer’s, but whenever she watches TV and he comes on, she goes, ‘It’s Henry’, and gets very excited. Sometimes she doesn’t remember us so it’s really special.” An online group was able to help her track down Henry. She said Henry called and talked for about five minutes, and that he was lovely. She added, quote, “It was a story I grew up with my whole life that was a great New York City story . . . but to see it be real was very special.”
Celebrating a Birthday today:
Quarterback Dak Prescott is 28.
She used to be on that show Smallville, now she’s in jail as part of that sex cult, Allison Mack is 39.
Producer and one-half of Gnarls Barkley, Danger Mouse is 44.
Ted from How I Met Your Mother, Josh Radnor is 47.
Actor Stephen Dorff is 48.
Star Trek’s Wil Wheaton is 49.
He came to national attention in 1999 because of his claim that he has the largest penis in the world, which he claims is 13.5 inches long when at attention. Jonah Falcon is 51.
Country singer Martina McBride is 55.
Documentary filmmaker Ken Burns is 68.
Tim Gunn is 68. Fabulous “Project Runway” fashion consultant.
Geddy Lee from Rush is 68.
Everyone’s favorite villain, Stan Kroenke is 74.
Paulie Walnuts from the Soprano’s, Tony Sirico is 79.
Today’s birthday girl has been in 50 fine films, including:
– 69 Pairs of Battling Boobs
– Barnyard D-Down
– Czech Out Her 36d Cups
– Her Feet Are His Focus
– Fresh Jugs 8
– And who could forget her role in 2011’s It’s A Double D Dribble
Siena is 36 years old.
KK did NOT have a great game yesterday, and the Cards watched a star go down. Final score of yesterday’s game against Cleveland was 7-2. KK allowed 4 HRs and it was just ugly. But probably the worst news is that Nolan Arenado left the game after being hit by the pitch. Now, even though it was serious enough to exit the game, the team says that he DOES plan to play on Friday against the Twins back at Busch. Wade LeBlanc is scheduled to get the start, first pitch is at 7:15PM.
Four Washington Nationals’ players and eight staffers have tested positive for COVID-19, forcing Major League Baseball to postpone their game against the Phillies yesterday. The postponement came one day after Nationals star Trea Turner exited the game against Philadelphia in the first inning following his positive test for the virus. Washington manager Dave Martinez said Turner was among four players who tested positive. He didn’t identify the others. This was the ninth MLB game called off this year because of coronavirus concerns. Most recently, the July 15 Yankees–Red Sox game was postponed due to virus concerns.
The Yankees have been coveting a left-handed slugger for the middle of their lineup and with a few days to go before the MLB Trade Deadline, it looks like they got their guy. They have aqquired Joey Gallo from the Texas Rangers. Adding one of the most desirable bats available at this year’s deadline didn’t come cheap, though. Multiple reports confirm the Yankees are sending a haul of prospects back to Texas.
The Blues lost yet another player yesterday. The Jaden Schwartz deal was made official but also Mike Hoffman signed a 3 year deal with the Canadiens.
Other players on the move in free agency….Dougie Hamilton signed with the Devils for 7 years…Former Maple Leaf Zach Hyman is now an Oiler. The Kraken signed their starting goalie…the agreed to a 6 year deal worth about $6 million a year with Phillip Grubauer. And Alexander Ovechkin came to terms with the Capitals and signed a 5 year, $47.5 million dollar deal.
It looks like the Big 12 MAY be done. With reports that OU and Texas are going to try and head to the SEC…many media outlets are reporting about the move and what the future will be for the Big 12. The Big 12 Conference recently sent a “cease and desist” letter to ESPN, demanding that the network ends all actions that could harm the conference and its members. The Big 12 calls for ESPN to not communicate with the league’s existing conference members or any NCAA conference regarding its members, possible conference realignment or potential financial outcomes associated with realignment. The letter also states that ESPN is currently violating the Telecast Agreement with the Big 12 that states the network will not “take any actions likely to impair, or [that are] inconsistent with the rights of the league under the agreement.” The vote to see if OU & Texas will join the SEC is today.
Through Day 5 of the Olympics, the U.S. was still in first place in the overall medal count . . . while China currently leads in gold medals. The U.S. won the FIRST Olympic gold in 3-on-3 basketball when the women’s team beat Russia. That’s a new event that was just added this year. Also, the men’s synchronized diving team took silver in the 3-meter springboard early yesterday morning. And U.S. swimming added a bunch of medals, including gold in the 800-meter freestyle . . . gold for Caeleb Dressel in the 100-meter freestyle . . . silver and bronze in the 200-meter butterfly . . . and silver in the women’s four-by-200-meter freestyle relay.
- USA: 37. . . 13 gold, 14 silver, 10 bronze.
- China: 29. . . 14 gold, 6 silver, 9 bronze.
- Russia: 25. . . 7 gold, 11 silver, 7 bronze.
- Japan: 22. . . 13 gold, 4 silver, 5 bronze.
- Australia: 19. . . 7 gold, 2 silver, 10 bronze.