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Man arrested in Mount Shasta for jumping on moving Amtrak, honking horn while drunk, shirtless – SacBee

Early Monday morning, police in Mount Shasta apprehended a drunk man who jumped on board a moving Amtrak train without a shirt on, honked the train horn repeatedly, and attempted to manipulate train controls, according to the Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Office. According to a release from the Sheriff’s Office, SCSO deputies, along with Mount Shasta Police Department and California Highway Patrol officers, responded to the area of Cantara Loop in Mount Shasta at about 1:18 a.m. for a disturbance on a moving Amtrak train. According to the release, “the man was reportedly under the influence, was exhibiting hostility and was not wearing a shirt.” He attempted to use the train controls, activated the train whistle “on numerous occasions” and attempted to put the train in “emergency stop mode.” The train crew feared for their safety and did not approach the suspect, officials said.

Coca-Cola, Delta apologize for ‘creepy’ napkins encouraging fliers to give their phone numbers to their ‘plane crush’ – Yahoo

Here are the Top 10 Signs You’ve “Made It” – Metro

Missing Festus baby and mother found in St. Louis after Amber Alert – Fox2Now

Flu closes Assumption Catholic School in O’Fallon, Missouri – Fox2Now

Criminal charges dropped against teachers who supervised preschool fight club – Fox2Now

Kshe wanted on drug charges – DailyJournalOnline

WEED SMOKERS MAY HAVE HIGHER SPERM COUNTS, HARVARD STUDY FINDS – Maxim

There’s A New Emoji That People Think May Change Sexting Forever – BuzzFeedNews

Accused Alabama horse molester now arrested for attempted burglary with taser and sex toy – KSNT

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As we have discussed, SUSAN LUCCI is a national treasure.  She is also 72 years old. And it turns out we almost lost her last year. Last fall, she was experiencing some tightness in her chest.  After an October 23rd incident in which she felt like there was, quote, “an elephant pressing down on my chest,” she went to the hospital. It turns out she had a 90% blockage in her heart’s main artery.  If doctors didn’t catch it when they did, she could have had a major heart attack . . . the kind that’s often referred to as a WIDOWMAKER. She says, quote, “I’m lucky to be alive.”  Susan is telling her story to hopefully help others recognize their own symptoms . . . quote, “We often put ourselves on the back burner.  But if your body is telling you something, we need to pay attention.”

Ozzy Osbourne has been hospitalized as he recovers from complications due to a bout of the flu.  His wife Sharon shared the news on Wednesday “His doctors feel this is the best way to get him on a quicker road to recovery. Thanks to everyone for their concern and love.” Ozzy reportedly checked into Keck Hospital in Los Angeles on Monday.  Sharon apparently skipped Tuesday’s episode of her TV show The Talk. This is Ozzy’s second stay in the hospital. Last October, he contracted a staph infection that required him to have surgery on his hand and resulted in him canceling several shows Last month, Ozzy was forced to postpone the entire European leg of his “No More Tours 2” run on doctors’ orders, just one day after postponing the first four dates on the U.K. stretch of the trek. Ozzy was diagnosed with a severe upper respiratory infection which his doctor felt could develop into pneumonia if he stayed on the road.

LIAM NEESON has canceled his appearance on “Colbert” because of the controversy over his recent comments.  Meanwhile, some people are calling for him to be cut from the upcoming “Men In Black” movie, which comes out this summer . . . and someone dug up an interview from a few years ago, where Liam talked about being racially profiled in the ’70s as an Irishman. Who is defending him? Whoopi Goldberg, who is a friend, defended him on The View: “People walk around sometimes with rage, that’s what happens. (AUDIO)  Is he a bigot? No. I’ve known him a pretty long time, I think I would have recognized. I’ve been around a lot of real bigots. I can say this man is not one.” She added: “You can’t be surprised that somebody whose loved one is attacked is angry and wants to go out and attack.” “What he did go on to say … is that he realized that it was too dark for him, he went and got himself help.”

R. Kelly has deleted his tweet announcing plans to tour Australia, New Zealand and Sri Lanka. It’s unclear what the status of the tour now is, but Australia’s opposition party has called for the governor to ban the singer from visiting the country. “Labor strongly supports the refusal or cancellation of visas of non-citizens on character or criminal grounds,” the opposition party said in a statement.” Twitter users were also unimpressed by Kelly’s proposed tour. “Did anybody apart from R. Kelly want R. Kelly to tour Australia?” one user wondered. Another tweeted, “Shouldn’t you be in jail? You for sure aren’t welcome here in Australia, buddy. People notes that in the past, celebrities that have been denied entry to Australia include Chris Brown and Floyd Mayweather.

ARIANA GRANDE is on billboards promoting this weekend’s “Grammys” . . . but she’s not even going to be there.  She just backed out of the show, and it IS personal. Sources tell “Variety” that Ariana felt “insulted” after producers refused to let her perform “7 Rings”, the latest single from her album “Thank U, Next”, which comes out Friday . . . two days before the Grammys. They eventually agreed to let her do it in a medley, but for whatever reason they wanted to choose the other songs.  They weren’t being so demanding with the other performers, so Ariana backed out.  She hasn’t commented.

Nick Cannon guest hosted the Wendy Williams Show and says HE is the one who said Pete Davidson needs to hook up with an older woman. Remember Pete is apparently riding the hobby horse with Kate Beckinsale. Again all thanks to Nick Cannon (AUDIO)He also took a shot at Ariana Grande for her Japanese symbol tattoo mistakes. (AUDIO) Not sure if Nick was wearing his bedazzled turban when he said that.

Last night’s episode of The Masked Singer. The singer known as the Raven had to go. Here is the Raven’s performance of Brave” by Sara Bareilles (AUDIO). After considering the clue about her talking to people as a career, Ken Jeong guessed that it was Sheryl Underwood from The Talk and Nicole Scherzinger suggested The View’s Meghan McCain. While Robin Thicke and Jenny McCarthy guesses Rikki Lake The person behind The Raven mask was revealed as…(AUDIO) Ricki Lake.   

If you are excited about Avengers:Endgame good because there’s a chance that it could be THREE HOURS LONG. That’s the current runtime, and yes, it could change.  But directors Joe and Anthony Russo say Disney is fine with releasing a three-hour movie, if that’s what it takes. They say they’ve screened the movie for audiences four times now, and the first three times, nobody got up to go to the bathroom. They also said, quote, “This is a culmination film of 22 movies, it’s a lot of storytelling to work into it. . . . it just requires a certain amount of real estate.  This one, in particular, feels like three hours’ worth of real estate.”

When Disney announced it was starting its own streaming service, it was a foregone conclusion that Disney movies would stop hitting Netflix.  And it has begun. “Captain Marvel” will be the first movie that will go to Disney+ instead of Netflix.  There’s no word when yet.  Disney+ doesn’t even demo until April 11th.  And “Captain Marvel” hits theaters a month before that, on March 8th. It’s not clear yet if Disney is going to hoard ALL its content for itself.  For instance, “Grey’s Anatomy” . . . on the Disney-owned ABC network . . . got HUGE thanks to Netflix.  So keeping it there might seem like a good idea. But Disney boss Bob Iger says, quote, “In terms of making decisions about where content goes, since we are betting on this direct-to-consumer business long-term we obviously need to fuel it with intellectual property.”

“The Simpsons” just will not die.  Yesterday, Fox renewed it for TWO more seasons . . . the show’s 31st and 32nd.  And by the end of that 32nd in 2021, it’ll have aired 713 episodes, which is insane. And there’s no indication that these are the last two . . . so who knows. If you’re like me, you stopped watching “The Simpsons” DECADES ago . . . but believe it or not, it’s still drawing a significant audience. This season it’s averaging 4.1 million viewers, but that number increases to 7.5 million per episode when you include delayed viewing and steaming. In the early ’90s, “The Simpsons” was drawing more than 20 million per episode.  And it continued with at least 10 million through Season 16 in 2004 and 2005, which was now 14 years ago. It’s been declining steadily ever since . . . at least in the nightly ratings.  But obviously it’s still doing well enough to be worth producing, and shelling out ungodly amounts of cash to the show’s stars.  Last we heard, the voice cast was making around $300,000 each per episode.

Here are  stars who had to work at fast food restaurants before they made it big, courtesy of People:

Chris Pratt. Worked at the Bubba Gump Shrimp Co., where he was first discovered 20 years ago. “Every time I go back I’m reminded of the thousands of shrimp I ate off of people’s plates on the way back to the kitchen,” he wrote on Instagram. “Please tip your server. Leave at least 20%. Also leave some shrimp.”

Rachel McAdams. “I had a small town life—I worked at the local McDonald’s for three years,”

Nick Cannon. To help his mother “make ends meet,” the comedian got a job at Weinerschitzel when he was 17. “I ended up getting fired because I was playing on the intercom system at the drive-thru, telling jokes,”

Kate McKinnon. Worked at Cold Stone Creamery. “Now that was a fun job because the real task of the job was to steal small samples of the ice cream without people noticing,”

Amy Adams. Her first job out of high school was as a hostess, then waitress, at Hooter’s. “It was a great way for me to earn money for college,”

James Franco. The actor appreciated his job at the McDonald’s drive-thru so much, he penned a doting op-ed to the burger chain in The Washington Post. In it, he credits Mickey D’s with helping him hone his accents as a struggling actor—and keeping him fed with burgers that were “headed for the trash.”

Madonna.  She was behind the cash register at Dunkin’ Donuts in Times Square—but not for long. The pop star was fired after one day for squirting jelly on a customer.

Jennifer Hudson. She got her start at Burger King—and made a return visit to the drive-thru with James Corden during her Carpool Karaokeepisode. 

Eva Longoria. “I wanted to have a Quinceañera (kind of a Mexican bat mitzvah)when I was 15 and my family didn’t have the money, so I got a job at Wendy’s and paid for it myself,”  

Busy Philipps. The actress worked as a hostess at California Pizza Kitchen in high school. “It was the golden era of CPK really. And I ate free every time I worked,”

Jenna Fischer. “Worked the cash register at Long John Silver’s,” . “My parents taught me that if I wanted something I had to work for it and earn my own money,” J.J. Watt.  Watt took a job delivering pizzas for Pizza Hut in Pewaukee, Wisconsin to make money. “I’ve been back to that Pizza Hut a couple of times and every time I drive by, I get that feeling, ‘I used to work here, delivering pizzas, mopping floors and now I work in the NFL,’”

Jerry Seinfeld, a known car collector, allegedly sent out auction notices for a Porsche — describing it as a “356 A 1500 GS/GT CARRERA SPEEDSTER FROM THE JERRY SEINFELD COLLECTION.” Asking $1.5 million. Fica Frio Ltd. bought it. All good? NOPE. The car is not authentic. He said it was 1 of 56 of this certain kind along with other stuff. The buyer says once they told Seinfeld it wasn’t authentic, they were promised a return and a refund. They say they have voicemail proof Jerry promised to make things right and so far he has not. They are now suing for the costs it incurred. It is also seeking damages “for the losses it has suffered in connection with the purchase. Seinfeld’s lawyer, Orin Snyder, told The Post in a statement that “Jerry has been working in good faith to get to the bottom of this matter.” “He has asked for evidence to substantiate the allegations,” Snyder said. They ignored Jerry and instead filed this frivolous lawsuit. Jerry consigned the car to Gooding and Company, an auction house, which is responsible for the sale. Nevertheless, Jerry is willing to do what’s right and fair, and we are confident the court will support the need for an outside evaluator to examine the provenance of the car.”

If you love coffee, and you have $36 burning a hole in your pocket, grab WILLIE NELSON Willie’s Remedy Coffee, and it’s infused with hemp oil but no THC, the stuff that gets you high. It’s a medium-dark, whole-bean blend that’s sourced from three different Colombian beans.  Willie says if you buy some you’ll be helping the farmers. Quote, “Hemp production in America was stifled for so long, but it could now make all the difference for small independent farmers.  Hemp isn’t just good for our farmers and our economy, it’s good for our soil, our environment – and our health.” The coffee is part of a line of health and wellness products called Willie’s Brand that his wife Annie is overseeing.  Here’s her pitch:  “It’s not about getting high, but it’s still all about Willie and the benefits we believe cannabis has to offer.” If you’re ready to buy, hit up WilliesRemedy.com

Work out trainer person Jillian Michaels‘ former partner, Heidi, has filed to end the couple’s domestic partnership Heidi filed docs for “dissolution with minor children” in Los Angeles Monday. The couple has a 6-year-old son and 9-year-old daughter together.  They never got married. Michaels proposed to Heidi in 2016 on the finale of her show, “Just Jillian” … the pair had been together for 9 years when they announced their split.  Michaels found her fame as a trainer on “Biggest Loser” from 2004 to 2006 … she returned to the show after a brief hiatus in 2007.

It’s hard to stay grounded when you’re a BILLIONAIRE right PAUL MCCARTNEY? His biographer Barry Miles says that just a few years ago, Paul sent a roadie out for a bottle of Whiskey . . . and gave him about $2.50 to pay for it.  The roadie had to tell Paul the price had gone up a bit since the last time he had to buy his own booze. Miles says, quote, “He desperately wanted to be a normal person . . . and was very anxious to stay in touch with what he regarded as ordinary people. “[But] in the end, you can’t be normal.  You can’t be that famous for that many years and still be in touch with ordinary people.

Let’s just be honest here:  Everything’s better with DWAYNE “THE ROCK” JOHNSON in it.  It makes you wonder why the “Oscars” didn’t just tap HIM to host in the first place.  About that . . .The Rock says he WAS the Academy’s first choice.  But he couldn’t do it because he’s busy making the “Jumanji” sequel.  He adds, quote, “The Academy and I were super bummed but maybe one day down the road.” Now, I’m not saying The Rock is lying . . . but the Academy ultimately settled on KEVIN HART . . . who’s also doing the “Jumanji”sequel.  Maybe The Rock is busier because he’s a producer? One last note on “Jumanji” . . . NICK JONAS is officially returning, too.

CHRIS BROWN posted a meme mocking 21 SAVAGE for being arrested by ICE, and OFFSET took offense, because he’s buddies with 21 Savage.  He commented on Chris’s Instagram, calling it unfunny and lame. That set Chris off, which isn’t really surprising since EVERYTHING sets Chris off.  Among other things, he said, quote, “[Eff] you lil’ boy.  Better worry about what you got going and focus on ‘you’ . . . if you a real man, fight me.”  Offset responded, simply saying, quote, “Coke head don’t want” . . . and then he added the smoke emoji.

Imagine Dragons has joined the One Billion Club again: the Las Vegas band’s video for its hit song “Radioactive” has now surpassed one billion views on YouTube. The track, which appeared on the band’s 2012 debut album Night Visions, was initially released in October of that year but surged to popularity in 2013. “Radioactive” became the second Imagine Dragons clip to hit one billion views, after the video for “Thunder” surpassed the milestone back in December 2018. At its peak, “Radioactive” reached Number Three on Billboard’s Hot 100 song chart, becoming the band’s first Top 10 single and the third best selling song in the U.S. in 2013. It also currently holds the record for most weeks spent on the Billboard Hot 100 at 87 weeks.

Smashing Pumpkins frontman William Corgan has gotten back a Stratocaster guitar that was stolen from him 27 years ago in 1992. The Strat wasn’t just any guitar: it was the one he used and got a distinctive sound with on the Pumpkins’ classic 1991 debut Gish. Corgan told Rolling Stone, “I’m literally gonna take it somewhere, and get it fixed up. And I’ll start using it. It’s a really valuable guitar to me. And I mean, the timing is sort of strange, and auspicious, and so I take it as a sign that it’s supposed to be part of what we’re doing.” Corgan said he’ll use it for the next Pumpkins LP, due out in late 2019. The guitar vanished after a June 1992 show in Detroit, when someone walked out of the venue with the instrument five minutes after the band finished its show. For 27 years it remained missing, until this past Tuesday (February 5th), when a friend contacted Corgan with a picture of a guitar that looked like the stolen instrument. Corgan verified that the guitar was his by certain distinguishing marks that only he knew about. The guitar made its way back to him via Beth James, a mother of three who doesn’t play guitar and lives about 80 minutes northwest of Detroit. She’d spotted the guitar at a Detroit yard sale and paid $200 for it because she thought it would look cool in her basement. It stayed down there for the last 12 years, until she decided to sell it to raise money to buy a hot tub. Eventually word got back to Corgan, who James said was “pretty happy” when she showed it to him. Corgan said the guitar had a special meaning to him because, as he explained, “It instantly changed the way the band sounded . . . It was the guitar that affected the way I played and I was heavily identified with the guitar.” He added, “I always felt the guitar would come back when it was time.”

We need more home flip and renovation shows right? CNBC will debut three new real estate-focused shows in primetime. Listing Impossible follows a real estate agent dealing with high dollar places that are not selling.  Cash Pad is a home-renovation series JoJo Fletcher and Jordan Rogers from the Bachelorette and Five Day Business Flip features a husband-and-wife duo who revamp businesses in five days. 

Here’s an interesting fact for you:  Before 1996, there were never more than 20 Hot 100 songs with a ‘featured’ guest artist.  In eight of the past 10 years there have been more than 100. In 2010 there were more than 160 songs that charted on the Hot 100 with a ‘featured’ guest. Obviously, most of this can be attributed to hip-hop and R&B, where this has become common.  But a new study shows that songs that have a featured guest or two are MORE likely to become a Top 10 hit . . . especially if the guest is from another genre.  Like Maroon 5 and Cardi B teaming up for “Girls Like That” . . . Katy Perry and Snoop Dogg doing “California Gurls” . . . and Eminem collaborating with Rihanna on “The Monster”, or working with Dido on “Stan”. Unfortunately, the data hasn’t been released publicly, but “Rolling Stone” says the success comes from “combining the expertise of specialists in each genre,” as well as co-mingling their audiences.

BIRTHDAYS

Giants Running back Saquon Barkley is 21

Ashton Kutcher is 41.

Steve Nash is 45.  Retired NBA Hall of Famer.

Sully Erna is 51.  Godsmack.

Chris Rock is 54.

Garth Brooks is 57.

James Spader is 59.  “The Blacklist”

Robert Smigel is 59.  He IS Triumph the Insult Comic Dog

And today’s BURTON BIRTHDAY OF THE DAY…he wrote one of the holiday classics.  He is the man behind A Christmas Carol.  Charles Dickens would have been 207 years old today. 

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PORNO BIRTHDAY

JAMES DEEN

Today’s birthday HE-WHORE made national headlines when he starred in a topless scene with Lindsay Lohan, and also was in the Backdoor Teen Mom “leaked” video….but he’s mostly known for his work in 2691 fine films including:

  • Addicted to Anal
  • Dang!  Your Mom Has Huge Boobs
  • Please Don’t Let My Dad Know
  • Dong Of the Dead
  • Hotel No Tell
  • Double Parked Volume 13
  • Feeding Frenzy
  • And who could forget…his unforgettable role in…Just A Warning:  I’m Gonna Hook Up With Your Mom

JAMES DEEN is 33 YEARS OLD

The St. Louis Blues are in Tampa Bay for a game against the Lightning tonight. It’s an early puck drop…6:30PM.  After tonight, the team is at home against the Predators on Saturday afternoon at 1PM, and then fly to Nashville to play there at 11:30AM the following day. 

Harrison Barnes played in last night’s game for the Dallas Mavericks as they beat the Charlotte Hornets 99-93.  Ok?  And?  Well, he didn’t play the 4th quarter.  And some fans/spectators were confused as to why he was benched.  But then, we all found out why.  At halftime, the Mavericks traded Barnes to the Sacramento Kings.  The team actually gave Barnes the option to head back to the locker room but he chose to sit on the bench and support his soon to be former teammates. 

Listen – the NBA trade deadline is today…there are about 50,000 trades that are being rumored and that have already gone through.  We aren’t going to go through any of them but you can go on the blog and there is a link there that will walk you through each and every one of them.  ((LINK: https://bleacherreport.com/articles/2819666-grading-every-deal-at-the-2019-nba-trade-deadline))

So back in October of 2017, Rocco Mediate decided to give up drinking.  But, yesterday, he admitted to some pretty crazy things.  He said that he back in the 2000s, he was in so much pain that he drank every day.  Even on competitive tournament days.  He says that it wasn’t every tournament, but he says when the pain kicked in, instead of taking pills he would just drink, and that continued onto the golf course.  Back in 2017, he got a DUI after he was pulled over and cops found he had drank and took some prescription pills, so he gave up the booze. 


So the defensive coordinator for the New England Patriots has been vacant for a year.  Brian Flores – the linebackers coach – took on the role without the official title this past season.  It looks like this upcoming season he is going to be the head coach of the Miami Dolphins…so that leaves the position open…still.  But, reports show that Greg Schiano – former Ohio State defensive coordinator, and former Tampa Bay Bucs head coach – will take over that role in 2019. 

Oh boy, here we go again, another team has met with Bryce Harper.  This time it’s the San Francisco Giants.  So now…that means….the Phillies, White Sox, Padrs, Dodgers, Nationals, and now Giants are all in the mix for signing Bryce Harper.  The Giants may be a stretch because they have a ton of money locked into contracts of some pretty terrible performers, but, who knows, they do still have some names that look like they could be contenders on paper.  It’s always ONE guy that has to ruin the fun for everyone.  And up in Chicago, like most NFL teams, they have a pregame perk.  The On-Field-Warm-Up-Experience allowed certain season ticket holders to stand on the sideline and watch the team warm up.  Last year, a Bears season ticket holder – and die-hard Packers fan – SUED the team because the Bears refused to allow him onto the sidelines wearing his Packers gear.  He filed a lawsuit saying that they shouldn’t be able to tell him, as a season ticket holder, what he can and can’t wear.  Well – the Bears have made a decision…they are just going to end that perk for season ticket holders.  So regardless if this dude wins or loses this case…he’ll forever be known as the guy who had the Bears stop letting season ticket holders on the field for warmups.  Worth it!

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