This is day 239 of 2016. There are 127 days remaining.
• Valerie Simpson of Ashford and Simpson is 71
• Musician Branford Marsalis is 56
• Melissa McCarthy is 46
• Macaulay Culkin is 36
• Chris Pine (Star Trek movies) is 36
• Evan Ross (The Hunger Games: Mockingjay) is 28
IT HAPPENED TODAY
• 1910: Mother Teresa was born Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu in Skopje, Macedonia.
• 1939: Major league baseball was televised for the first time as experimental station W2XBS broadcast a doubleheader between the Cincinnati Reds and the Brooklyn Dodgers at Ebbets Field.
• 1957: The Soviet Union announced it had successfully tested an intercontinental ballistic missile.
• 1961: The International Hockey Hall of Fame opened in Toronto.
• 1974: Aviation pioneer Charles Lindbergh died at age 72.
• 2003: Investigators concluded that NASA’s overconfident management and inattention to safety doomed the space shuttle Columbia as much as damage to the craft did.
• 2006: A man who robbed a New Jersey bank made one small mistake that cost him most of his profits — he forgot to bring a bag to the put the money in. The man demanded money from tellers after he entered the bank. He then jumped over the tellers counter and emptied $1,385 in cash. As he ran away from the scene of the crime he ended up dropping at least $1,195, or about 86 percent of what he had taken.
• 2009: The narrowest house in New York City, only 9½ feet across, went up for sale with an asking price of $2.75 million.
• Dog Day
• Toilet Paper Day
• WebMistress Day
• Women’s Equality Day
• Cherry Popsicle Day
• August 27: College football begins
• September 5: Labor Day
• September 8: NFL season begins
• October 12: Columbus Day
• October 31: Halloween
• November 6: Daylight Saving Time Ends (fall back one hour)
• November 8: Presidential Election
SATURDAY, AUGUST 27
• Daryl Dragon of the Captain and Tennille is 74. Tuesday Weld is 73. Jeff Cook of Alabama is 67. Paul Reubens (Pee-Wee Herman) is 64. Colt Ford is 47. Chandra Wilson is 47. Sarah Chalke is 40. Aaron Paul is 37. Alexa PenaVega (Spy Kids) is 28. Savannah Paige Rae (Parenthood) is 13.
• Franchise Appreciation Day. International Bat Night. Just Because Day.
SUNDAY, AUGUST 28
• David Soul is 73. Barbara Bach is 70. Daniel Stern is 59. Shania Twain is 51. Billy Boyd (Lord of the Rings) is 48. Jack Black is 47. Jason Priestley is 47. Country singer Jake Owen is 35. Leann Rimes is 34. Armie Hammer is 30. Cassadee Pope (The Voice) is 27. Honey Boo Boo (Alana Thompson) is 11.
• Bow Tie Day. Race Your Mouse Around the Icons Day. Radio Commercials Day. Go Topless Day.
98,000: The average number of tennis balls used during the U.S. Open.
A high school carpentry teacher in Washington state has admitted to police that he faked an attack on himself at school, giving himself a head wound and putting a zip tie around his neck. [It’s doubtful that he’ll be allowed to remain at the school teaching carpentry, but there’s always the drama department.]
Donald Trump has reversed himself on the legalization of undocumented immigrants. [In fact, he says that he would get tough with Mexico, demanding that it tear down its wall.]
Dwayne Johnson, The Rock, has been named the world’s highest paid actor. [If you don’t count Donald Trump.]
A California judge has dismissed a lawsuit against Starbucks brought by a man who claimed that he was getting ripped off because Starbucks’ iced coffee drinks include ice which takes up too much space in the cup. The judge basically called the lawsuit stupid. [And ordered the man to pay for court costs plus refreshments.]
A hobby treasure hunter in Australia has found a nine-pound gold nugget worth $190,000. [He said that it was an answer to his prayers. He can finally afford to buy an EpiPen.]
Researchers at UCLA report a medical breakthrough. They were able to revive a man in a coma back to full consciousness using a low-energy version of an ultrasound. [Next they’re going to try it on the summer movie box office.]
Next month a letter written by Bonnie and Clyde to a former member of their gang will go on auction. [It was a cease and desist letter ordering the man to stop using the name The Bonnie and Clyde Experience for his new cover gang.]
Next month a letter written by Bonnie and Clyde to a former member of their gang will go on auction. [He had forgotten to turn in his key to the hideout.]
Hope Solo has been suspended for six months by U.S. Soccer for disparaging remarks she made about the Swedish team. [She should run for president. You can say any ugly thing you want without being punished.]
Japan is considering making the next Olympic medals from recycled smartphones. [“It was a close race but the gold Apple goes to the U.S., the silver Samsung to South Korea and the bronze Nokia to Finland.”]
BRAZIL AUTHORITIES TO SUMMON RYAN LOCHTE _ U.S. Olympic swimmer Ryan Lochte will likely be summoned to Brazil to testify as part of the investigation into his fabricated claims that he and three of his teammates were held at gunpoint during the Summer Games in Rio. Prosecutors have requested Lochte testify in front of the Brazilian Justice Department. Lochte is prohibited from negotiating a plea deal unless he is physically in Brazil. It’s possible that Brazil could request that Lochte be extradited if charges are filed.
RYAN LOCHTE SCORES COUGH DROP ENDORSEMENT _ Ryan Lochte may have lost his major endorsements last week after he “over-exaggerated” a story about being robbed at gunpoint in Rio, but one company is willing to give him a new chance. Speedo USA, Polo Ralph Lauren, Gentle Hair Removal, and mattress manufacturer Airweave all dropped the gold-medal athlete last week, but throat drop manufacturer Pine Bros. announced Thursday that it had signed a deal with Lochte. In its announcement the company said, “Just as Pine Bros. is forgiving to your throat, the company asks [the] public for a little forgiveness for an American swimming legend.” Lochte will appear in a television commercial and print advertisements for the company.
ORLANDO’S PULSE SHOOTING VICTIMS WILL NOT PAY HOSPITAL BILLS _ The victims of the Pulse Nightclub shooting in Orlando earlier this summer will not have to pay any of their hospital bills. The two main hospitals that treated victims (Orlando Regional Medical Center and Florida Hospital Orlando) released statements saying that they will not bill any of the patients.
… The combined cost for treating the patients was over $5.5 million.
THIS GIRL WINS AWARD FOR THE BEST SCHOOL ID PHOTO EVER _ Tyra Hunt, a 17-year-old incoming senior at a high school in Oregon, has the best school ID photo ever. She wanted to do something fun for her ID and even though her idea was kind of crazy, she said it was surprisingly easy to convince the photographer to let her take it that way. • PHOTO
… For the senior year ID photo Tyra wore the same clothes and hairstyle she wore when she was a little girl posing for a school picture. She put on a yellow “Team USA” sweatshirt, put her hair in pigtails, and even copied her facial express — a combination of fear and disgust.
APPLE PHONES COULD CATCH THIEVES VIA TOUCH ID _ Touch ID from Apple is a great way to safeguard your device, and a newly filed patent suggests it will also be able to help catch thieves. The patent, named ‘biometric capture for unauthorized user identification,’ is pretty straightforward. If Touch ID detects a fingerprint that isn’t yours, it’ll store an image of the scan as a means of catching who may have stolen your phone. It may also take their picture, or a video of them trying to hack your device.
… Like many patents, it’s probably just an idea Apple is reserving so nobody else can claim it.
INSTEAD OF USING PARALYMPIANS, MAGAZINE PHOTOSHOPPED ABLE-BODIED MODELS _ In order to promote the Paralympics, most media outlets are featuring actual Paralympians. But the Brazilian edition of Vogue magazine decided to take things in a slightly different, more questionable direction. For their latest photo campaign to promote the games, the magazine Photoshopped two able-bodied models to look like they had physical disabilities. Photo editors removed the female model’s arm and the man’s leg.
… The campaign has been criticized by disability advocates for failing to include actual Paralympians.
POKEMON GO-RELATED CAR CRASH KILLS WOMAN IN JAPAN _ One woman died and another was injured in what Japanese police are calling the first fatal accident in the country involving the smartphone game Pokémon Go. A car plowed into the two women Tuesday night as they crossed the street. The crash broke one woman’s neck, killing her, while the other woman suffered a broken hip. The driver of the car told them that he wasn’t looking ahead because he was playing Pokémon Go, a game that involves capturing animated creatures seemingly superimposed on the real world when looking through a smartphone’s camera.
POKEMON GO OBSESSION DISRUPTS GOVERNMENT HEARING _ A politician in Norway (Trine Skei Grande) was caught playing Pokémon Go during a Foreign Affairs and Defense meeting. She would ask a question and then turn back to her game.
48 CHEVYS LEFT WHEEL-LESS AFTER DEALERSHIP HEIST _ During the wee hours of Sunday morning this week, thieves broke into a Chevrolet dealership in Tyler, Texas and made off with $250,000 worth of brand-new wheels and tires. They weren’t stored in a parts room or the service center; they were bolted to assembly line-fresh cars and trucks — 48 of them to be exact.
… A yet-unknown number of thieves in a large box truck cut the locks on the dealership gates, then disabled the lot’s lighting system that normally illuminates the unsold vehicles. In the light of day the next morning, dealership employees found the 48 wheel-less vehicle, including Camaros, Traverse crossovers and Silverado pickups on blocks with their lug bolts left strewn around them.
… Police estimate the heist took around four hours to complete. Although surveillance cameras were rolling, with the lights cut, it’s hard for law enforcement officials to ascertain how many suspects were involved in the burglary.
INDIA COWS GET GLOW-IN-THE-DARK HORNS TO STOP CRASHES _ Police in central India are sticking glow-in-the-dark strips on the horns of stray cattle to prevent motorists from crashing into the animals as they wander across roads at night.
JUMPING OVER WHITE HOUSE FENCE NOT FREE SPEECH _ A judge has ruled that jumping over the White House fence is not free speech. The ruling came in the case of a Connecticut man who hurtled over the White House fence, draped in an American flag, on Thanksgiving Day last year. Joseph Caputo had asked the judge to dismiss his case, arguing the fence jump was an exercise in free speech. The federal judge ruled the case must proceed, and said some of Caputo’s claims are frivolous. Caputo is scheduled to go on trial in D.C. on September 12, charged with a misdemeanor count of unlawfully entering restricted government grounds.
PETITION: CHANGE THE NAME OF DURANT, OK TO WESTBROOK, OK _ An Oklahoma resident has created a petition on change.org to change the name of Durant, Oklahoma, to Westbrook, Oklahoma. Ryan Nazari said the State of Oklahoma has a responsibility to change the city’s name because of the way Kevin Durant left the Oklahoma City Thunder. Nazari wrote on the petition: “Ladies and gentlemen, the great state of Oklahoma has been betrayed. “Yes, it is understood that the city Durant was not named after the evil Kevin Durant. But it is just another hideous reminder of what happened to our community.”
… He wants the state to change the name of the town to reflect the player who opted to stay with the Thunder — Russell Westbrook.
AMAZON STARTS CAR RESEARCH AND REVIEW SITE _ Amazon is starting a site offering research, reviews and other information on new and used cars. Amazon Vehicles won’t sell cars. But in addition to car specifications, images, videos and customer reviews, the new site will let customers ask each other questions about cars.
SIMULATED MARS MISSION ENDS SUNDAY _ Six scientists will become the first to complete a year-long Mars simulation in the United States when they exit a small dome on Sunday (August 28) in Hawaii. For 365 days the crew has seen the outside world only through a small porthole or through the lens of their spacesuits, which they must wear to venture outside. At 8,200 feet above sea level, the landscape mimics Martian soil somewhat, with hardly any vegetation to be found. The University of Hawaii runs the NASA-funded study.
… Three other simulations have been held in the dome, located in a former quarry, for four- and eight-month durations. Each scientist works on research projects during their stay and learns how to manage limited resources while avoiding personal conflicts in isolation. Any communication with the outside world is put on a 20-minute delay, the length of time it would take to relay messages to and from the red planet.
… The only longer simulation held was a 520-day mission in Russia that mimicked a trip to Mars.
ATHLETE DONATES RIO 2016 MEDAL TO RAISE MONEY FOR TODDLER _ A discus thrower who won a silver medal in the Rio 2016 Games is selling it to raise money for a three-year-old with cancer. Polish athlete Piotr Malachowski is donating the silver medal he won after his impressive 67.77m throw in Brazil. He hopes the donation will help the three-year-old (Olek Szymanski), who has been diagnosed with retinoblastoma (a type of eye cancer), to fly to the U.S. for treatment.
COUPLE WINS FREE PIZZA FOR A YEAR, DONATES IT TO CHARITY _ A Detroit area couple is giving away free pizza for a year. Actually, they’re transferring pizza they won — 52 pies in all — to a homeless shelter that helps children and young adults. Hannah Spooner and Pete Kadry recently won a contest earning them free Little Caesars pizza for an entire year. They’ve handed all of the free pizza vouchers over to the shelter.
MAN’S MISSING WEDDING RING FOUND AT CONNECTICUT BEACH _ Every day, retired high school teacher Elias Hage goes to Connecticut’s Waterford Beach to swim. He does laps all the time, but one day recently he was swimming and he lost his wedding ring. The white gold engraved ring had been on his finger for 56 years, commemorating the love between he and his late wife Eleanor. When that ring slipped from his finger, not only did it sink, but so did his heart. He told the lifeguards what happened, and they searched and even posted a reward.
… Weeks went by, and Hage thought all hope was lost… but a man with a metal detector and a hobby of finding things saw the sign for the missing ring, and changed all that. Keith Wille and his wife Ali search for lost items as a sort of hobby. Wille says they do it because seeing someone’s face when you return a lost item is “a big deal.”
WACKY-BUT-TRUE: MAN IN BATMAN COSTUME, CAPTAIN AMERICA MASK STOLE BEER _ Police in western New York say they’re looking for a man who was wearing a Batman costume and a Captain America mask when he walked out of a convenience store Tuesday with two 18-packs of beer without paying for them.
WACKY-BUT-TRUE: NYC SUBWAY COMMUTERS STUCK FOR 30 MINUTES OF BUG HELL _ If you’re wondering what it’s like to live and commute in the New York City subway system, here you go. A crazed woman trying to sell bugs on a subway got heckled, freaked out, and then threw bugs on everyone. Someone pulled the emergency cord. Big mistake. The train ended up stuck in between stations. The air conditioning cut out. The woman peed on the floor. Everyone had crickets on their arms. After half an hour, the train got rolling again and police, waiting at the next station, quickly arrested the woman.
WACKY-BUT-TRUE: DRUNK GUY BUYS BUS ON eBAY _ After a boozy night out (in Ibiza), Irishman Dave Little saw a notification on his phone that he’d done some late night shopping on eBay. Turns out when he was drunk he committed to buying a $37,000 bus. It turns out Dave’s dad had been using his phone to look up buses out of curiosity, but he had no intention of buying one. Dave thinks his drunk self accidentally opened the eBay app and completed a purchase.
WACKY-BUT-TRUE: FOOD DELIVERY GUY GETS ‘BURNED’ _ A deliveryman in China was stopped after he was spotted weaving his bike through afternoon traffic. The deliveryman said he was taking short cuts to save time. When police stopped the deliveryman he told a cop, “First let me make my delivery, then I’ll take my punishment.” The cop ignored him so the deliveryman laid down on the ground in protest. But he failed to consider that road surface temperatures were around 130 degrees. In no time the dunce deliveryman screamed and hopped back to his feet. That was enough for the cops, who gave him a stern warning and sent him on his way.
WACKY-BUT-TRUE: MAN IN TROUBLE FOR NAMING HIS DOG AFTER PRESIDENT _ A Nigerian man is being charged for “breach of peace” because he named his dog after the country’s president. Making it worse, the man painted the Nigerian president’s name on both sides of the dog and paraded it up and down a busy street.
WACKY-BUT-TRUE: FIREFIGHTERS MAKE STINKY RESCUE AT COS APARTMENTS _ A Colorado fire crew (Cimarron Hills) spent at least 30 minutes trying to free a skunk’s head from a hole at the bottom of a dumpster this week. Two firefighters got sprayed during the rescue. The Fire Department eventually had to call the owner of the dumpster to get permission to cut the hole bigger. Once the skunk was free, it bolted into nearby trees.
WACKY-BUT-TRUE: BANK ROBBER FORGETS TO BRING A BAG _ A man who robbed a New Jersey bank made one small mistake that cost him most of his profits — he forgot to bring a bag to the put the money in. He was handed over $1,300 in cash but dropped most of it as he ran.
WACKY-BUT-TRUE: I WANT TO FINISH MY COCAINE AND BEER _ After watching a white SUV circle the block for 20 minutes, a Miami homeowner called police. As the officer spoke to the homeowner, the sport utility vehicle passed by again. With the officer trailing it, the SUV ran a stop sign, prompting the officer to turn on his lights and siren. The SUV kept going and ignored two more stop signs. When it finally came to a stop, the officer ordered the driver to the ground at gunpoint. After his arrest, the driver said he heard the siren but wanted to finish his cocaine and beer.
NFL PRESEASON FOOTBALL (8p ET, CBS) — The Cleveland Browns are in Tampa Bay to take on the Buccaneers.
AMERICA’S GOT TALENT (8p ET, NBC) — A 2-hour repeat
SHARK TANK (8p ET, ABC) — Repeat
MASTERCHEF (8p ET, FOX) — A 2-hour repeat
MASTERS OF ILLUSION (8p ET, CW) — Two repeats
WHAT WOULD YOU DO? (9p ET, ABC) — New
SEASON PREMIERE: BERING SEA GOLD (9p ET, Discovery Channel) — This Alaska-set docu-series returns for a 7th season.
THE DANISH GIRL (9p ET, HBO) — Eddie Redmayne stars in this 2015 fact-based drama as a man who undergoes a sex change in 1920s Copenhagen. Also starring Oscar winner Alicia Vikander, Matthias Schoenaerts and Ben Whishaw.
20/20 (10p ET, ABC) — New
DATELINE (10p ET, NBC) — New
IN THE HEART OF THE SEA (8p ET, HBO) — Director Ron Howard retells the story that inspired Herman Melville’s classic novel Moby Dick in this 2015 adventure drama. Starring Chris Hemsworth, Cillian Murphy, Ben Whishaw and Brendan Gleeson.
SUMMER OF DREAMS (9p ET, Hallmark Channel) — Former 1980s pop star Debbie Gibson stars in this new TV movies as a.former 1980s pop star.
TRUTH (9p ET, Starz) — Robert Redford stars as in this 2015 fact-based drama as former CBS News anchor Dan Rather about the story of Memogate. Cate Blanchett plays former 60 Minutes producer Mary Mapes. Topher Grace, Dennis Quaid, Elisabeth Moss, Bruce Greenwood and Stacy Keach also star
NFL PRESEASON FOOTBALL (8p ET, NBC) — The Cincinnati Bengals take on the Jaguars in Jacksonville. The regular season begins on September 8th.
CELEBRITY FAMILY FEUD (8p ET, ABC) — Celebs playing in this new edition are world freeskiing champion Gus Kenworthy, TV host Sheryl Underwood, David Chokachi, and Alan Thicke.
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.
SEASON FINALE: THE $100,000 PYRAMID (9p ET, ABC) — Celebs playing in the season 1 finale are Kevin Pollak, Niecy Nash, Bridget Moynahan and Rex Lee. The game show will return for a 2nd season.
MTV MUSIC VIDEO AWARDS (9p ET, MTV, VH1, BET, CMT, Spike TV) — No host has been announced for this live awards show from Madison Square Garden in New York City. Performers include Nick Jonas, Ty Dolla $ign, Britney Spears, G-Eazy, Ariana Grande, Nicki Minaj, Future, The Chainsmokers, and more. Rihanna will receive the Video Vanguard Award.
MATCH GAME (10p ET, ABC) — New
BRAIN DEAD (10p ET, CBS) — New
SEASON PREMIERE: THE STRAIN (10p ET, FX) — This creepy show is back for a 3rd season.
IN THEATERS TODAY _ Psychological horror-thriller Don’t Breathe is expected to win the weekend with $11 million-$14 million in ticket sales. If Don’t Breathe does come in No. 1, it will topple Suicide Squad from the top spot after ruling for three consecutive weekends.
• Mechanic: Resurrection (R) – Jason Statham, Jessica Alba, Tommy Lee Jones
• Hands of Stone (R) – Robert De Niro, Ellen Barkin, John Turturro
• Don’t Breathe (R) – Stephen Lang, Jane Levy, Dylan Minnette
• Southside with You (PG-13) – Tika Sumpter, Parker Sawyers
… Opening next weekend: The Light Between Oceans, Morgan
HILLARY CLINTON TWEETS HER LOVE TO LESLIE JONES AFTER THE HACK _ After Leslie Jones’ personal information and photos were stolen and leaked by hackers, Hillary Clinton tweeted her support for the Saturday Night Live star. Clinton tweeted: “@Lesdoggg, no one deserves this—least of all someone who brings us so much joy. I’m with you. -H” The “-H” signature indicates that the tweet was written by Clinton personally.
… Jones and Clinton have crossed paths before — Clinton appeared in a Saturday Night Live sketch with Kate McKinnon, who impersonates her on the show, and the Ghostbusters cast and Clinton appeared on the same episode of The Ellen DeGeneres Show this summer.
HOMELAND SECURITY INVESTIGATING LESLIE JONES WEBSITE HACK _ The U.S. Department of Homeland Security said Thursday it is investigating the hack of Leslie Jones’ website that revealed several private details of the actress-comedian’s life.
FAST 8 FEUD BETWEEN VIN DIESEL AND DWAYNE JOHNSON A HOAX? _ There always seemed to be some rivalry between action stars Dwayne Johnson and Vin Diesel, even before the two were pitted against one another in Fast 8, but the conflict between the two Fast 8 stars now seems to be coming to a head, or is it? As shooting on Fast 8 neared a close, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson called out an unnamed male co-star in an Instagram post, spurring rumors that there was some conflict on the set of the new Fast & Furious sequel, with many fans suspecting that Johnson’s comments were aimed at Diesel, the long-time star of the franchise. It’s now unclear how much of that friction is genuine, as a WWE event prepares to capitalize on the hype created by this apparent feud.
… Furious 7 co-star Jason Statham has been keeping his distance online and in person throughout the feud but hints that it was genuine at one time. He also suggests that Dwayne and Vin have patched things up.
JENNIFER LOPEZ/CASPER BREAKUP _ Jennifer Lopez broke up with Casper Smart because he snubbed her by passing on a fancy charity event in favor of hanging with his boys at UFC 202. TMZ says Jennifer told Casper it was super important for him to accompany her to the fundraiser Saturday night but Casper wasn’t having it, because he desperately wanted to watch the Conor McGregor/Nate Diaz fight in Vegas with his friends.
… JLo was enraged and ended the relationship — no discussion.
SARAH PAULSON MAY JOIN ALL-FEMALE OCEAN’S ELEVEN SPINOFF _ Sarah Paulson is in talks to join the all-female Ocean’s Eleven spinoff. Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett, Rihanna, Anne Hathaway, Helena Bonham Carter, Mindy Kaling and Awkwafina also are part of the ensemble cast.
CHARLIE HUNNAM DOES 22 PUSH-UP CHALLENGE NINE TIMES SO FAR _ Charlie Hunnam has taken the 22 Push-Up Challenge to a whole new level — he’s doing it once a day for 22 days. Today (Friday) will be day 10.
THE ROCK IS WORLD’S HIGHEST PAID ACTOR _ Forbes has released its annual list of the world’s highest-paid actors, with Johnny Depp, Matt Damon, Ben Affleck, Brad Pitt and Tom Cruise all securing a place in the top ten. But the star with the most earnings from the past year is… Dwayne Johnson, also known as The Rock. Forbes says The Rock made almost $65 million over the last 12 months.
… For the second consecutive year, Jackie Chan was named the second highest-paid actor. In third place was Matt Damon, then Tom Cruise, Johnny Depp and Ben Affleck.
VINCENT D’ONOFRIO AND DEAN NORRIS JOIN BRUCE WILLIS IN DEATH WISH REBOOT _ Vincent D’Onofrio (Marvel’s Daredevil) and Dean Norris (Breaking Bad) will star opposite leading man Bruce Willis in a reboot of the 1974 film Death Wish. Charles Bronson starred in the original as Paul Kersey, a New York man who turns vigilante following the murder of his wife. The original Death Wish had four sequels — all of which starred Bronson.
… Willis will play Kersey with D’Onofrio playing Kersey’s brother and Norris playing a character by the name of Detective Rains.
TAYLOR SWIFT WILL NOT ATTEND MTV VIDEO MUSIC AWARDS 2016 _ Despite some reports, Taylor Swift will not be attending the 2016 MTV Video Music Awards this weekend. She’s not nominated for any awards this year as the bulk of the singles from her latest album 1989 were eligible at last year’s show. Taylor has been rumored to be making an appearance alongside Kanye West to squash any of their differences once and for all. If the surprise moment does happen, it will be one of the most talked about things of the night for sure.
HEARD CALLS OUT DEPP FOR USING CHARITY DONATION AS ‘HIS TAX DEDUCTION’ _ The drama between Amber Heard and Johnny Depp continues. When Heard was awarded $7 million in the couple’s divorce settlement earlier this month, she announced she would donate all of the money to two of her favorite charities. However, Depp’s rep announced in a statement that the actor had decided to cut out the middle man and donate the settlement money directly to the charities in a series of installments. In response, a member of Heard’s team made a statement Thursday rejecting Depp’s payment plan — saying he’s using the direct-line donation as a way for him to get a tax deduction.
ON THE PRO AUDIO PAGE…
• SCHOOL KID: A kid in Austin, Texas talks to a reporter on his first day of school.
• SINGING TEACHER: A Chicago 4th grade teacher did a song and video for his new students → See News & Nuggets August 25.
• BEST DAD: Little League dad-coach tells pitcher son he loves him → See News & Nuggets August 24.
TRIVIA: Each year in the U.S. 2 billion of these are sold just to homeowners. (Light bulbs)
WHAT’S IN COMMON?
What do the following have in common?
• Golden Sweet
• Summer Mac
• Red Delicious
• Leather Coat
Answer: They’re types of Apples.
Beer in a bag.
This is day 242 of 2016. There are 124 days remaining.
• #realAmericanHero Senator John McCain is 80
• Elliott Gould is 78
• Robin Leach (Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous) is 75
• Rebecca DeMornay (Risky Business) is 57
• Carla Gugino (Sin City, San Andreas) is 45
• Lea Michele (Glee) is 30
• Liam Payne of One Direction is 26
• YouTube star Lucas Cruikshank is 23
• Reality TV star Courtney Stodden is 22
IT HAPPENED TODAY
• 1833: The United Kingdom legislated the abolition of slavery in its empire.
• 1885: Gottlieb Daimler patented the world’s first motorcycle.
• 1896: Chop suey was invented in New York City.
• 1898: The Goodyear tire company was founded.
• 1958: Michael Jackson was born.
• 1966: The last Beatles concert played, in San Francisco, California.
• 1999: Thieves in Melbourne, Australia, stole a truck loaded with toilet paper. Street value: $18,900.
• 2002: A Slovakian motorist who blew up his car and a gas station when he used a cigarette lighter to look into his gas tank was charged with endangering public safety. The 30 year-old man said his fuel gauge had broken.
• 2005: Hurricane Katrina devastated much of the U.S. Gulf Coast from Louisiana (especially the Mississippi Gulf Coast) to the Florida Panhandle, killing more than 1,800 and costing over $125 billion in damage.
• 2007: Six U.S. cruise missiles armed with nuclear warheads were flown without proper authorization from Minot Air Force Base to Barksdale Air Force Base.
• 2012: London held the opening ceremonies for the 2012 Summer Paralympics.
• Be Kind To Humankind Week
• World Water Week
• Individual Rights Day
• More Herbs, Less Salt Day
• Whiskey Sour Day
• Chop Suey Day
• August 27: College football begins
• September 5: Labor Day
• September 8: NFL season begins
• October 12: Columbus Day
• October 31: Halloween
• November 6: Daylight Saving Time Ends (fall back one hour)
• November 8: Presidential Election