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This is day 190 of 2016. There are 176 days remaining.
• Steve Lawrence is 81
• Jeffrey Tambor (Transparent, Arrested Development) is 72
• Anjelica Huston (Addams Family movies, The Royal Tenenbaums) is 65
• Kevin Bacon is 58
• Rocky Carroll (Leon Vance on NCIS) is 53
• Billy Crudup (Watchmen, Almost Famous) is 48
• Michael Weatherly (played Tony on NCIS) is 48
• Beck is 46
• Milo Ventimiglia (Rocky Balboa, NBC’s Heroes) is 39
• Sophia Bush (Chicago P.D.) is 34
• Jaden Smith (The Pursuit of Happyness) is 18
IT HAPPENED TODAY
• 1680: The first confirmed tornado in America killed one person in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
• 1776: The Declaration of Independence was read aloud in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
• 1831: John Stith Pemberton was born in Knoxville, Georgia. Pemberton was a pharmacist addicted to morphine after using it to treat a wound he received as a Confederate officer in the Civil War. His search for a cure for the addiction, which he never found, led him to create a beverage. His syrup debuted in Atlanta on May 8, 1886. Soon called Coca-Cola, it went on to make his partners and investors quite wealthy. But not Pemberton, as the inventor sold his interest in 1888.
• 1881: The first ice cream sundae was served for the first time by druggist Edward Berner of Two Rivers, Wisconsin.
• 1889: The first issue of the Wall Street Journal was published.
• 1947: Reports were broadcast that a UFO had crash landed in Roswell, New Mexico.
• 1987: Lt. Col. Oliver North became a daytime TV star, pulling in more viewers than many game shows and soap operas. He captured center stage as the Iran-Contra hearings were televised throughout the U.S.
• 2008: In preparation for its Summer Olympics, China announced it was training 200,000 cheerleaders.
• 2011: Space Shuttle Atlantis was launched in the final mission of the U.S. Space Shuttle program.
• Collector Car Appreciation Day; National Blueberry Day; Video Games Day
• September 5: Labor Day
SATURDAY, JULY 9
• Brian Dennehy is 78. Richard Roundtree is 74. Chris Cooper is 65. Jimmy Smits is 61. Tom Hanks is 60. Kelly McGillis is 59. Courtney Love is 52. Jack White is 41. Fred Savage is 40.
• Bald Is In. Body Painting Day. Sugar Cookie Day.
SUNDAY, JULY 10
• Ron Glass is 71. Country singer Ken Mellons is 51. Gary LeVox of Rascal Flatts is 46. Sofia Vergara is 44. Adrian Grenier is 40. Chiwetel Ejiofor is 39. Jessica Simpson is 36.
• Don’t Step On A Bee Day. Piña Colada Day.
9 million: People in jail or prison in the world.
The North Korea has launched a campaign to get its citizens to stop smoking. [Or else.]
The Archbishop of Philadelphia announced that he will only allow communion to divorced and remarried Catholics if they refrain from having sex with their current spouses. [Won’t that simply lead to another divorce?]
Donald Trump told his supporters that one way or another Newt Gingrich will definitely be a part of a Trump presidential administration. [Is it just me or does it seem as if Trump goes out of his way to say whatever he can to keep from being elected?]
An unidentified animal ran into a Rhode Island Walmart and bit several customers. [Then it got into the express lane with way more than 10 items.]
A new study shows that American yards are shrinking because American homes are getting larger. [Hey, it’s better to live next to a vacuum cleaner than a leaf blower.]
New research shows that Neanderthals ate each other. [It was the beginning of politics.]
The next UK prime minister will be a woman. [Oh sure, vote to leave the EU then get a woman to deal with all the packing and unpacking.]
Travel and Leisure has released the list of the rudest American cities. I was surprised that the top 10 included Salt Lake City. [You would think that it would be against their religion.]
Travel and Leisure has released the list of the rudest American cities. Number one is Miami. [The cities that weren’t number one have some really nasty things to say about that.]
TENNESSEE SEN. SUGGESTS IVANKA TRUMP FOR VICE PRESIDENT _ The two remaining presidential candidates are busy preparing for their party conventions — and trying to decide who will be their running mates. Sen. Bob Corker of Tennessee — who removed himself from the VP running on Wednesday — suggested that Donald Trump pick his daughter Ivanka as his running mate. Corker told NBC News: “His best running mate by the way would be Ivanka. I know that wouldn’t pass muster probably but I don’t know if I’ve met a more composed, brilliant, beautiful-in-every-way person.” Ivanka even has the support of her brother Eric, who told Fox & Friends on Thursday that his sister has “certainly got my vote.”
TONIGHT’S MEGA MILLIONS JACKPOT: OVER A HALF BILLION _ The jackpot for the Mega Millions lottery is $508 million for tonight’s (Friday) drawing, the seventh largest in U.S. lottery history. The Mega Millions game is played in 44 states, Washington, D.C. and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The odds of winning this jackpot are one in nearly 259 million.
… The current prize is the game’s biggest since December 2013, when holders of two tickets sold in California and Georgia shared a $648 million jackpot. The largest Mega Millions jackpot, worth $656 million, was sold the prior year.
… In January, three winning Powerball tickets were sold in Florida, Tennessee and California to claim a share of nearly $1.6 billion, the largest prize to have been won on a single lottery game anywhere in the world.
EARTHWORM JERKY _ You may have eaten ostrich and alligator jerky, but you’ve probably never had earthworm jerky. It’s a real thing and you can buy it on Amazon. The product description is pretty basic: “Unique. Edible. Good source of protein.” There are two product reviews:
• “forget bacon bits, these things are delicious as a topping on salads.”
• “These are really crunchy… They don’t taste gross but are a bit salty for me…”
THE SHOOTING OF ALTON BROWN DID NOT HAPPEN _ There are a number of people on Twitter who are very concerned with the well-being of celebrity chef and television personality Alton Brown. They are, by and large, outraged that the 53-year old host of Iron Chef America was held down and shot at point-blank range by police officers in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Brown, however, is very much alive. • LINK
… People on social media confused Brown with Alton Sterling, the 37-year old African-American.
CHEF FIRED AFTER BOASTING THAT HE SECRETLY FED VEGANS MEAT _ A hotel fired its head chef after he wrote on Instagram that he really enjoys secretly feeding vegan patrons animal products. Adam Lambert, the former head chef at Littleover Lodge Hotel in Derby, England, got into hot water by writing in a comment on Instagram, “being a vegan is a minority,” adding that his female conversation partner “should find a better way to spend your time, my personal favorite is feeding vegans animal products and them not knowing.”
… The chef has since deleted his Instagram account and said that his comments were lies he only told to anger a vegan.
PICKING UP POUNDS STILL BETTER THAN SMOKING _ Research suggests former smokers may gain more than 20 pounds after they kick the habit, instead of the five to 15 pounds commonly cited. But that’s no reason not to quit. Researchers say adding 20 pounds doesn’t take away the health benefits gained by quitting smoking.
WOMAN FINDS LOTTERY TICKET WHILE DOING TAXES _ A New Jersey woman found a winning lottery ticket worth more than $470,000 while preparing to file her taxes. The state lottery announced on Thursday that Yokasta Boyer found the Jersey Cash 5 ticket from an April 2015 drawing and was able to file her claim about two weeks before the ticket expired in April. Boyer, who has full-time and part-time jobs, says she plans to pay off her debts.
MISSISSIPPI MAYOR PARDONS PET PIG OF DEPLOYED MILITARY MAN _ The mayor of Moss Point, Mississippi, has decided not to banish a pet pig while its owner is on military duty in Iraq. Patrick’s the Pig’s owner, Otis Lundy, will be deployed with the Air Force until this fall, and a friend is taking care of his pets. Patrick is 7 years old and Lundy had him for years before a local ordinance banned pigs in the town. Lundy’s home is a few blocks from City Hall, and an animal-control officer saw Patrick while responding to a complaint about a dog. After a social media uproar about the possibility of Patrick being confiscated, the mayor declared the pig could stay.
WACKY-BUT-TRUE: WOMAN ASSAULTED MAN WITH BURRITO, STABBED HIM WITH KNIFE _ Police in Louisville, Kentucky, say Christina Blevins assaulted a man. According to a police report, Blevins hit the victim in the head with a burrito. As the victim walked away and out of the kitchen, police say Blevins tried to stab him with a knife. The man reportedly tried blocking the knife, but ended up being stabbed in the hand. Blevins also cut her hand in the process. Police arrested her.
WACKY-BUT-TRUE: MAN TRIES TO SMUGGLE HIMSELF INSIDE HIS OWN SUITCASE _ Border guards in Switzerland received quite a shock as they watched a full-grown man emerge from inside a normal suitcase. The 21-year-old man from East Africa (the country of Eritrea) was trying to smuggle himself into Switzerland aboard a train from Italy. Guards boarded the train to check passenger documents and immediately became suspicious of the suitcase, which was traveling with the man’s friend. One guard said, “It was not hard to know there was a person inside, given the weight and the movement of it.”
… Guards removed the suitcase from the train, then watched as the man started unzipping himself from inside. His attempted smuggling was even more impressive for the fact that he’s 6 feet tall.
WACKY-BUT-TRUE: FLORIDA MOM CATCHES ALLEGED SERIAL ROBBER SON _ A 27-year-old Florida man was charged with multiple drug store robberies this week after his mom recognized him on the news. She confronted her son, who she believed was the man in the footage, and authorities say he confessed to her before turning himself in.
WACKY-BUT-TRUE: GAMER ABSORBED IN MOBILE PHONE RILES AIRPORT SECURITY _ A hardcore gamer was held up at an airport security point China after guards said he refused to part with his mobile phone. The man did not respond to several quests to put down the phone because was engrossed in a game. Only when confronted by the head of security did the man explain he was at a critical point in the game and had needed to save his progress first.
WACKY-BUT-TRUE: HOMEOWNER DISCOVERS BURGLAR PETTING THE FAMILY DOG _ In Florida (St. Petersburg) a man entered a convenience store, helped himself to a soda then exited without paying through the back emergency exit door. The incident was caught on video. About 10 minutes later, the man entered a nearby home through the front door. He left his jacket and fountain drink on the dining room table. The female homeowner discovered him sitting in her living room chair, with his shoes off, petting the family dog.
WACKY-BUT-TRUE: HACKERS PUT ‘POOP’ ON ROADWAY MESSAGE BOARD IN NEW JERSEY _ Hackers temporarily changed the message on a southern New Jersey roadway sign to the word “poop.”
WACKY-BUT-TRUE: ROAD RAGE DRIVER ATTACKED VICTIMS WITH TOMATO KETCHUP _ In the UK an angry driver used a bottle of tomato ketchup and sprayed it all over fellow drivers in a bizarre road rage attack. The driver apparently was upset with people who cut him off. The man was busted and has to do 220 hours of community service.
U.S. OLYMPIC TRIALS (8p ET, NBC) — Tonight’s track and field events include Women’s 100m hurdles; men’s 3000m steeplechase and discus.
NCIS: LOS ANGELES (8p ET, CBS) — Repeat
SHARK TANK (8p ET, ABC) — Repeat
ROSEWOOD (8p ET, FOX) — Repeat
MASTERS OF ILLUSION (8p ET, CW) — Featured magicians in this new edition include Jonathan Pendragon, Eric Buss, Naathan Phan, Barry & Stuart, Chris Randall, and David & Dania.
PREMIERE: KILLER WOMEN WITH PIERS MORGAN (8p ET, TLC) — In this new series, former CNN personality Piers Morgan conducts jailhouse interviews with convicted murderesses.
U.S. OLYMPIC TRIALS (9p ET, NBC) — This 2-hour event features Women’s gymnastics.
HAWAII FIVE-O (9p ET, CBS) — Repeat
WHAT WOULD YOU DO? (9p ET, ABC) — New
MASTERCHEF (9p ET, FOX) — Repeat
PENN AND TELLER: FOOL US (9p ET, CW) — Repeat
BLUE BLOODS (10p ET, CBS) — Repeat
20/20 (10p ET, ABC) — New
SERIES PREMIERE: HELLO WORLD (8p ET, Discovery) — This new series takes a unique look at the natural world through the narration and music of Christina Aguilera, Usher, Ellie Goulding, Joan Jett, Dave Matthews, and Steven Tyler. Up first is Usher, as his song Stronger sets the scene as the sea turtle and red fox demonstrate how adversity only makes them more resilient. At 8:30p ET, Christina Agueilera’s Light Up the Sky showcases the maternal protection of animals such as the mountain goat and the cheetah.
BLACK MASS (8p ET, HBO) — Johnny Depp plays notorious Boston mobster James “Whitey” Bulger in this fact-based 2015 film. Joel Edgerton and Benedict Cumberbatch also star.
SEASON FINALE: OUTLANDER (9p ET, Starz) — The season finale flashes forward to 1968 and introduces two integral characters in Brianna Randall (Sophie Skelton) and Roger Wakefield (Richard Rankin).
CELEBRITY FAMILY FEUD (8p ET, ABC) — Contestants in this new edition include Snoop Dogg vs. Sugar Ray Leonard and Laila Ali vs. Alana Stewart and George Hamilton.
BIG BROTHER (8p ET, CBS) — The new head of household nominates two people for possible eviction in this new edition. The winner of the road kill competition chooses a third nominee.
THE $100,000 PYRAMID (9p ET, ABC) — Celebs playing in this new edition are Martha Stewart, rapper Snoop Dogg, Ken Jeong, and Tisha Campbell Martin.
D.B. COOPER: CASE CLOSED? (9p ET, History) — This 2-part docu-series promises to shed new light on the case of D.B. Cooper, the skyjacker who parachuted out of a plane above the Northwest woods with $200,000 and disappeared. Part 2 airs Monday.
MATCH GAME (10p ET, ABC) — New
SERIES PREMIERE: THE NIGHT OF (9p ET, HBO) — This new eight-part limited series stars John Turturro (O Brother, Where Art Thou?) and Riz Ahmed and explores a New York City murder case with cultural and political complications. The show examines the whole process; from the police investigation, the legal proceedings, the criminal justice system and Rikers Island, where the accused await trial. The cast also includes Michael Kenneth Williams (Boardwalk Empire), Bill Camp (12 Years a Slave), Glenne Headly (Dirty Rotten Scoundrels), Ben Shenkman (Royal Pains), and Paulo Costanzo (Road Trip).
IN THEATERS TODAY _ Finding Dory fended off invading aliens, bloodthirsty sharks, and Tarzan himself to claim the No. 1 spot at the weekend box office three consecutive times over the past month, but the mighty Pixar film will finally fall to No. 2 this weekend as it goes head-to-head with The Secret Life of Pets. It’s predicted to make at least $70 million this weekend.
• The Secret Life of Pets (PG) – ( AUDIO) Albert Brooks, Kevin Hart, Ellie Kemper, Louis C.K., Eric Stonestreet
• Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates (R) – Zac Efron, Adam Devine, Anna Kendrick, Aubrey Plaza, Stephen Root
BEYONCÉ CALLS FOR ACTION IN THE WAKE OF DEATHS _ Beyoncé has posted a message on her website calling for action after the deaths of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile. The singer’s official website now displays a statement mourning “these robberies of lives” and urging readers to contact their local politicians. • LINK
… At the end of the statement, Beyoncé told her followers to contact their representatives to let their voices be heard. Alongside the statement was a link to contact members of Congress. EDITOR: As of Thursday night the link wasn’t working — likely overloaded by the increased traffic.
BEYONCE HOLDS MOMENT OF SILENCE DURING CONCERT _ After posting a letter on her website in response to the deaths of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile, Beyonce asked the audience at her Glasgow show Thursday (July 7) for a moment of silence for victims of police brutality. The singer also projected dozens of victims’ names on a giant screen onstage, including Sterling and Castile.
MISCHA BARTON SLAMMED FOR RIDICULOUS TRIBUTE TO ALTON STERLING _ Mischa Barton now knows that nothing disappears from the internet for good. The O.C. star turned doomed Dancing with the Stars contestant is being slammed for an insensitive photo she posted on Instagram with a caption about the death of Alton Sterling, the young black man who was fatally shot during an altercation with two policemen earlier this week. In a bizarre post captured by Us Weekly, Barton offered a tribute to Sterling, saying she is “truly heartbroken” by the 37-year-old’s shocking killing by police in Baton Rouge. Mischa also went on to slam U.S. gun laws and warned voters to make a change and find a “real President.” She wrote: “This may have been going on forever in the United States but thank God the pigs get caught on camera now. It’s unthinkable and an embarrassment to America. The country I was brought up in. Somebody make change. We need gun control and unity…”
… Unfortunately, while Mischa Barton’s post may have been well intentioned, the actress came under fire due to the unusual photo she posted with the caption. In the pic, Mischa is wearing a bikini and sipping a cocktail on a yacht.
… The post is no longer on her Instagram account but there are screenshots.
JIM CARREY BLASTS RELEASE OF GIRLFRIEND’S AUTOPSY REPORT _ Jim Carrey is angry after the release of information about his ex-girlfriend Cathriona White’s suicide. In a statement issued Thursday Carrey slammed the Los Angeles County Medical Examiner’s Office’s release of information from its autopsy report on White. Carrey said: “When I came to Hollywood to make it as a comedian, I soon learned that the details of my private life would be handed out to the media like free dinner vouchers. I never dreamed that the people I love most in the world would also be on the menu. What a shame.”
SULU IS GAY IN STAR TREK BEYOND, GEORGE TAKEI CALLS IT UNFORTUNATE _ George Takei has reacted to the news that his classic character Sulu is revealed to be gay in the new movie Star Trek Beyond. John Cho plays the role in the current film franchise and he said the character development is a nod to Takei, who is openly gay in real life. Cho says, “I liked the approach, which was not to make a big thing out of it, which is where I hope we are going as a species, to not politicize one’s personal orientations.”
… But Takei has called it “unfortunate” as it was not part of creator Gene Roddenerry‘s original vision. Takei explains: “He was a strong supporter of LGBT equality. But he said he has been pushing the envelope and walking a very tight rope — and if he pushed too hard, the show would not be on the air. I’m delighted that there’s a gay character. Unfortunately, it’s a twisting of Gene’s creation, to which he put in so much thought. I think it’s really unfortunate.”
TAYLOR SWIFT DID NOT GET BREAST IMPLANTS _ Taylor Swift did not get breast implants. We think. Recent photos shows a larger Taylor than we’ve been used to seeing. But friends say she just wears a really good bra — and bathing suit top — at times.
… The stories started during Taylor Swift’s Fourth of July festivities over the weekend where she was spotted hanging out with her new boyfriend, Tom Hiddleston, and her upgraded girl squad at her Rhode Island home. Swift was seen looking bustier than she normally does in a red bikini top that featured the word “America” across the front.
… An inside source says the reports about America’s sweetheart enhancing her breast are entirely false.
TAYLOR SWIFT ACCOMPANIES TOM HIDDLESTON TO AUSTRALIA _ Taylor Swift and boyfriend Tom Hiddleston landed in Sydney, Australia early this morning (Friday). T-Swift has accompanied T-Hidd down under where he is about to start working on his new movie Thor: Ragnarok, reprising his role as Loki.
BON JOVI GRACES WEDDING RECEPTION WITH PERFORMANCE _ While Jon Bon Jovi was at a wedding in Miami last weekend he graced the reception with a performance of his 1986 classic, Livin’ on a Prayer. After the official wedding band singer began singing the hit song, the videographer zoomed in on Bon Jovi sitting at a table with other guests. He eventually gave in to the guests’ hopes that he would perform, walked to the mic and joined the band. • VIDEO
ARE JENNIFER GARNER AND BEN AFFLECK CALLING OFF THEIR DIVORCE? _ Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck announced plans for divorce over one year ago, but so far, their split has yet to be finalized. And as the former couple continues to spend time with one another in Europe and Los Angeles, reconciliation rumors are swirling. After the couple enjoyed spending time with their three kids over the 4th of July holiday, sources claim Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck could be headed for a reunion. A friend of Garner’s claims “they’re still figuring things out. Ben still doesn’t want the divorce and he might actually get his way.”
ON THE PRO AUDIO PAGE…
• AUSTRALIAN SLANG: Margot Robbie — co-starring in Tarzan and Suicide Squad — gives a lesson on Australian slang. → Suggestion: Play the slang word for a co-host, let them guess, then play Margot’s definition.
• THE SECRET LIFE OF PETS: Eric Stonestreet talks about the movie and Kevin Hart talks about his character Snowball.
• THE SECRET LIFE OF PETS: Movie clip.
• MYSTERY VOICE: Kristin Wiig.
MIAMI OVERTAKES NEW YORK AS AMERICA’S RUDEST CITY
In your travels, what cities have the nicest and rudest people?
Travel & Leisure’s annual America’s Favorite Places survey has given us a list of America’s rudest cities.
1. Miami, Florida
2. Phoenix, Arizona
3. New York City, New York
4. Los Angeles, California
5. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
6. Salt Lake City, Utah
7. Boston, Massachusetts
8. Dallas, Texas
9. Colorado Springs, Colorado
10. Ann Arbor, Michigan
11. Detroit, Michigan
12. Las Vegas, Nevada
13. Providence, Rhode Island
14. Charlotte, North Carolina
15. Scottsdale, Arizona
TRIVIA: The number of these reported worldwide in 1988 was just six. In 2015 121 million were reported. (Computer/Internet viruses)
TRIVIA: It was 1962 that a woman by the name of Timmie Jean Lindsey became the first in the world to do what? (Have her breasts surgically enhanced)
TRIVIA: The average length of one of these is nine minutes. (Alarm clock snooze)
Watch out for what?!
This is day 193 of 2016. There are 173 days remaining.
• Fashion designer Giorgio Armani is 82
• Mindy Sterling (Frau Farbissina in Austin Powers) is 63
• Sela Ward is 60
• Richie Sambora of Bon Jovi is 57
• Lisa Rinna is 53
• Comedian John Henson is 49
• Justin Chambers (Dr. Alex Karev on Grey’s Anatomy) is 46
• Connor Paolo (Revenge) is 26
IT HAPPENED TODAY
• 1914: Babe Ruth debuted in Major league baseball.
• 1944: Franklin D. Roosevelt announced he would run for a fourth term as President of the United States.
• 1955: The phrase In God We Trust was added to all US currency.
• 1960: To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee was first published.
• 1977: Martin Luther King Jr. was posthumously awarded the Medal of Freedom.
• 1979: The space station Skylab returned to Earth.
• 1988: Mike Tyson hired Donald Trump as an adviser.
• 2012: The discovery of the fifth moon of Pluto was announced by astronomers.
• Sports Cliché Week
• Ventriloquism Week
• Cheer Up The Lonely Day
• Mojito Day
• 7-Eleven Day – Get a free Slurpee
• September 5: Labor Day