Popular restaurant on St. Charles’ Main Street limiting hours of operation due to worker shortage – Fox2Now
New Forest pub The Compass Inn bans young children after regulars complain of ‘rowdy’ behaviour – Hampshire
See the largest restaurant chains in America ranked by sales, units and more – NRN
Blood shortage is severe, American Red Cross says – KSL
Total e-commerce sales during Amazon Prime Day surpass $11 billion, Adobe says – CNBC
Balloon Rides to Space Are Now a Thing for $125,000 – CNN
Frontier Airlines making passengers pay ‘Covid Recovery’ surcharge – GO
Some used vehicles now cost more than their original sticker price – MarketWatch
Connecticut Has Become The Latest State To Legalize Marijuana For Recreational Use – NPR
A Woman Claims She’s in Love with an Alien After a UFO Abducted Her – DailyStar
74 years ago – In 1947, search and rescue pilot Kenneth Arnold of Boise, Idaho, said he spotted nine UFOs (link) over Mount Rainier, Washington. He described their flight pattern as similar to a saucer skipping across water . . . so newspaper reporters used the words “flying saucers” for the first time.
BRITNEY SPEARS asked a court to end her conservatorship yesterday. In a 20-minute statement, she said she felt traumatized and abused by the people running it. And, not surprisingly, she said she wants it to END. She made it sound like the last 13 years have been PURE HELL, and her dad, JAMIE SPEARS, is apparently the main culprit. Britney said she’s been paying him and others to basically control her every move, from making her perform when she doesn’t want to, to forcing her into therapy programs she doesn’t want, and restricting access to her own kids if she doesn’t comply. Speaking of kids, she’d like to have another one with her boyfriend, but she’s not even allowed to do that. She said, quote, “I was told right now in the conservatorship, I’m not able to get married or have a baby, I have an IUD inside of myself right now so I don’t get pregnant. I wanted to take the IUD out so I could start trying to have another baby. But this so-called team won’t let me go to the doctor to take it out.” Britney outright said her dad should be in JAIL for what he’s done to her, and her family didn’t help. In fact, she thinks they’ll probably oppose ending the conservatorship because they’ve been living off of it. Britney admitted she has LIED in the past when she’s told the public that she’s okay and happy. She added, quote, “I’ve been in denial. I’ve been in shock. I am traumatized . . . But now I’m telling you the truth. Okay? “I’m not happy. I can’t sleep. I’m so angry. It’s insane. And I’m depressed. I cry every day.” Britney said she wants the conservatorship scrapped WITHOUT having to undergo an evaluation . . . quote, “[I’ve met with] enough people against my will, I’m done. All I want is to own my money, for this to end, and my boyfriend to drive me in his [effing] car. “And I would honestly like to sue my family, to be totally honest with you.”
JAMIE SPEARS lawyer read a statement to the court saying, quote, “Mr. Spears is sorry to see his daughter suffering and in so much pain. Mr. Spears loves his daughter and misses her very much.” #FreeBritney got a big boost. Even JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE got into the act. He said (link), quote, “We should all be supporting Britney at this time. He added that “No woman should ever be restricted from making decisions about her own body,” and said that he and his wife JESSICA BIEL send their love and support. She also got love from Halsey, Courtney Love, Mariah Carey, Brandy, Tinashe, Rose McGowan, Cher, Meghan McCain, Sarah Jessica Parker, and more. (link)
Drake Bell (link) pled guilty to two charges against him yesterday. He was Drake Parker on Drake & Josh, he was arrested and charged (link) in Cleveland with attempted endangering children and disseminating matter harmful to juveniles earlier this month. The incident involved Bell engaging in an inappropriate chat with a 15-year-old girl that was at times sexual in nature. His arrest this month came almost a year after Bell’s ex-girlfriend accused him of physical and verbal abuse (link). Though he initially pleaded not guilty, Bell, 34, has since agreed to a plea deal and said he was guilty of both charges during a virtual court appearance on Wednesday. The attempted endangering children carries a sentence of anywhere from six to 18 months in prison in monthly increments and/or a fine of up to $5,000, though prison time is not mandatory. The second charge carries up to six months in jail and/or a fine of up to $1,000. Also when he gets out there are restrictions on his activities. He will be sentenced July 12, at which time his victim will be able to read out a victim statement if she wishes to. Bell’s lawyer Ian Friedman said, “All questions about this case will be answered at sentencing, including why Mr. Bell chose to enter his plea.”
Blink-182’s MARK HOPPUS announced (link) yesterday that he’s battling cancer. He’s been undergoing chemotherapy the past three months. Mark said, quote, “It sucks and I’m scared, and at the same time I’m blessed with incredible doctors and family and friends to get me through this . . .”I still have months of treatment ahead of me but I’m trying to remain hopeful and positive. Can’t wait to be cancer free and see you all at a concert in the hopefully near future. Love to you all.” He also posted . . . then deleted . . . a photo of himself receiving treatment in a Dodgers hat with an IV in his arm, with the caption, “Yes hello. One cancer treatment please.” TRAVIS BARKER has shown his support to Mark. He said, quote, “Mark is my brother and I love and support him . . . I will be with him every step of the way on stage and off and can’t wait for us to play together again soon.” And TOM DELONGE Tweeted (link), quote, “[Mark] is strong, and a super-human who is pushing through this difficult obstacle with a wide-open heart.”
JOSH PECK is starring in a “Turner and Hooch” TV series for Disney+, playing the SON of the character TOM HANKS played in the original. And Josh recently said he’s going to do his best to get Tom to appear on the show. But if he does, it’ll have to be in a FLASHBACK . . . because Tom’s character is DEAD. Disney+ spilled it in a new trailer, in a scene where Josh gets a letter his dad wrote for him “before he died.”
Tom Cruise is 50 plus years old and still doing his own stunts. He is still an action hero at that age. Denzel is 61 and will still kick your ass in a movie, Bruce Willis is about 62 and can still hug a wall if need be. Sigourney Weaver is 60 plus and was in the all female ghostbusters movie. Liam Neeson at 64 ish still yelling at would be bad guys on the phone.
How old is too old to be an action action hero in the movies? Is the answer 78? 78 year old HARRISON FORD’s shoulder has already suffered an injury on the set of “Indiana Jones 5”. A Disney spokesperson said, quote, “In the course of rehearsing for a fight scene, Harrison Ford sustained an injury involving his shoulder. “Production will continue while the appropriate course of treatment is evaluated, and the filming schedule will be reconfigured as needed in the coming weeks.” Back in 2014, Harrison suffered a broken leg and a dislocated ankle while making “Star Wars: The Force Awakens”. . . after a hydraulic door on the Millennium Falcon set knocked him down and pinned him to the ground.
JERRY SEINFELD is writing, directing, AND starring in a Netflix movie about the origins of the Pop-Tart. It’s called “Unfrosted” and it’ll start production next spring. Jerry says he felt inspired by the sadness of the pandemic to make something based on, quote, “pure silliness”. He added, quote, “We took my Pop-Tart stand-up bit from my last Netflix special [“23 Hours to Kill”] and exploded it into a giant, crazy comedy movie.”
Netflix has a new dating show called “Sexy Beasts”. But by the looks of the trailer (link), what is supposed to be “sexy” ACTUALLY looks like the things nightmares are made of.
The show has contestants in full makeup and masks, dressed as creatures like a dolphin or panda, and even a devil. The premise is: Could you fall in love with someone based on personality alone? This concept was originally a British reality show in 2014 . . . and it only lasted one season. But hey, maybe it will have better luck this time around? “Sexy Beasts” comes out July 21st. While the concept of the show is to solely focus on personality, in reality, contestants are probably going to focus on the body since the face is masked. So in that sense . . . isn’t the purpose of the show defeated?
Speaking of sexy…Loki am I right? Should this be a spoiler alert? If I am talking about something from episode 3? Loki is flat out saying he has hooked up with both some dudes and some ladies. This may be a first for the character in any medium. In the comics, by contrast, they’ve generally taken a “say it without saying it” approach. For example, in “Young Avengers vol 2 #13 (link)” back in 2013, Loki tells a human, “My culture doesn’t really share your concept of sexual identity. There are sex acts, that’s it.” That’s not exactly subtle, but it’s also not as clear a statement as we just heard on “Loki.”
Celebrating a Birthday today:
Lionel Messi is 34.
Beyonce’s sister Solange Knowles is 35.
Mindy Kaling is 42.
Sports guy Rich Eisen is 52.
Hockey coach John Tortorella is 63.
Fleetwood Mac drummer Mick Fleetwood is 74.
The guy who played Robocop, Peter Weller is 74.
Guitarist Jeff Beck is 77.
Today’s birthday girl has been in 73 fine films, including:
– American Plumpers 1 & 11
– Bigger Badder Fatter 3
– Chubby Harlots
– Extreme Plumpers 2
– Heavy Duty 5 & 8
– Jelly Belly Girls 10 & 13
– Marshmallow Girls 3
– She’s So Heavy 8
– And who can forget her role in 2013’s Scale Bustin Babes 53
Bella Bendz is 31 years old.
A two game set for the Cardinals in Detroit did not go very well for the Cards. Yesterday afternoon started strong for the Cardinals as Nolan Arenado hit a homer. However – it didn’t pick up much after that. The Tigers got the 6-2 against the Cards. John Gant picks up the loss. Tonight, the Cardinals start a set against the Pirates. Carlos Martinez gets the start. First pitch scheduled for 7:15PM.
Yesterday – in a game between the Giants and Angels. Something happened that has never happened before in the history of the MLB. The game was a road game for the Giants so they could use the DH…which they did. Nothing irregular about that. What s weird….the Angels….DID NOT use the DH. They have Shohei Ohtani pitching and he mashes so they had no need for a DH. It’s the first time in history that the NL teams has used the DH and the AL team did not.
So – after losing 8-0 in the previous game, lots of folks had counted the Islanders out. Saying it almost looked like they had given up. Well last night they did the exact opposite. First off – big ups to the STL guy Scott Mayfield who tied the game and sent it to over time. Then the Islanders scored just over a minute into overtime to force the series to a game 7. The deciding game 7 is tomorrow at 7PM. Tonight we could see the Canadiens punch their ticket to the final with a win over the Golden Knights. Puck drops at 7PM.
Last night another close game in the NBA. The Hawks ended up getting the win over the Bucks in game 1 of the Eastern Conference Final. Trey Young scored 48 in the win. Game 2 will be tomorrow in Milwaukee. Tonight it’s Game 3 of the Suns/Clippers series. Phoenix is up 2-0 in that series.
USA Basketball finalized its star-laden roster for the Tokyo Olympics on Wednesday. Unfortunately – originally thought to be on the roster – James Harden had to withdraw because of a hamstring injury. The team will be highlighted by Kevin Durant and Draymond Green who are the only returning members of the 2016 team that won gold at the Rio Olympics. But the roster is stacked with All-Stars playing in their first Olympics, including Damian Lillard, Bradley Beal, Bam Adebayo and Jayson Tatum. Kevin Love, who was on the 2012 gold-medal-winning squad in London, is also on the team. Three players on the roster — Milwaukee Bucks stars Khris Middleton and Jrue Holiday and Phoenix’s Devin Booker– are still active in the postseason and could play as late as July 22, the latest date for an NBA Finals Game 7.
Los Angeles Lakers guard Alex Caruso was arrested and released on Tuesday for possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia. Aroun 2PM yesterday, Caruso tried to board a flight. The TSA searched Caruso’s bags and found a herb grinder that contained marijuana. According to online records, Caruso was arrested for possession of less than two ounces of marijuana. He was released after posting bond. Caruso played at Texas A&M in college. He is an unrestricted free agent this offseason.
Jeff Gordon will leave the Fox Sports booth to take a daily role at Hendrick Motorsports as vice chairman and the second-ranking team official to majority owner Rick Hendrick. Wednesday’s announcement puts the four-time champion and Hall of Fame driver to one day succeed the 71-year-old Hendrick at the top of NASCAR’s winningest organization. Gordon, 49, will formally begin the executive management role at the start of 2022.
When Tim Tebow signed on with the Jacksonville Jaguars, his jersey flew off the shelves and was the hot jersey to have. Now, the NFL player with the top-selling jersey over the last 24 hours is none other than Carl Nassib!!! According to the popular fan gear website Fanatics, Nassib’s #94 Las Vegas Raiders jersey has been flying off the shelves ever since the D-lineman announced on Monday that he’s gay. The support for Nassib since he made his announcement has been overwhelming. Everybody from Saquon Barkley to Roger Goodell to even O.J. Simpson has praised the 28-year-old for coming forward.