INTERPREP ★ NOVEMBER 27, 2017

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DATEBOOK: NOVEMBER 27, 2017

This is day 331 of 2017. There are 34 days remaining.

BIRTHDAYS

• Director Kathryn Bigelow (The Hurt Locker) is 66

• Bill Nye (Bill Nye the Science Guy) is 62

• Fisher Stevens (The Blacklist, Short Circuit) if 54

• Robin Givens is 53

• Michael Vartan (Alias) is 49

• TV personality Samantha Harris (Entertainment Tonight, formerly on Dancing with the Stars) is 44

• Jaleel White (Steve Urkel on Family Matters) is 41

• Aubrey Peeples (Nashville) is 24

IT HAPPENED TODAY

• 1759: Town officials in Stratford-upon-Avon, England, evicted the Rev. Francis Gastrell, the Vicar of Frodsham, from William Shakespeare’s home after he cut down a 150-year-old tree that had been planted by the famed writer. Gastrell chopped down the tree because he was annoyed by the many Shakespeare enthusiasts who came to look at it. He sold the tree for firewood, but it was recovered by a jeweler-woodcarver, who made hundreds of relics from the wood.

• 1889: Curtis P. Brady received the first permit to drive an automobile through Central Park in New York City.

• 1924: In New York City the first Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade was held.

• 1934: Bank robber Baby Face Nelson died in a shoot-out with the FBI.

• 1955: The Guinness Book of World Records published its first issue.

• 1962: The first test flight of the Boeing 727 took place.

• 1983: The Associated Press reported U.S. stores nationwide were being besieged by shoppers searching for Cabbage Patch Kids, stuffed dolls with computer-generated faces.

• 1989: Paul McCartney hinted that there might eventually be a reunion of the three remaining Beatles. George Harrison immediately responded that, “There won’t be a Beatles reunion as long as John Lennon remains dead.”

• 1995: America Online purged the word ‘breast’ from its system in accordance with possible regulations prohibiting “use of obscene or vulgar language.” Breast cancer survivors who use the system revolted and a week later the company removes the ban.

• 2001: In State College, Pennsylvania, a Penn State student complained to the police that she had been ripped off. She said she had given a fellow student a $1,200 stereo to take an exam for her, but that he had flunked it and now wouldn’t return her stereo. Once she had filled out the paperwork with her claim, she was charged with breaking the law herself. Buying academic work is illegal in Pennsylvania.

• 2003: President Bush arrived in Iraq under the cover of darkness in a surprise visit to U.S. forces in Baghdad to help serve them their Thanksgiving dinner.

• 2005: Two workers at a Wendy’s in Manchester, New Hampshire, were charged with taking money from the store safe. One of the suspects was a guy named Ronald MacDonald.

• 2005: The first partial human face transplant was completed in Amiens, France.

• 2009: Golfer Tiger Woods crashed his SUV outside his Florida mansion, sparking widespread attention to reports of marital infidelity.

• 2014: Two boys in a New York town were rescued after being inadvertently buried in snow by a snow plow; the plow operator didn’t see the children as he cleared snow from a parking lot in which they were building a snow fort.

SPECIAL EVENTS

• Cyber Monday

• Cider Monday

• Bavarian Cream Pie Day

UPCOMING

• November 28: Grammy nominations announced
• November 28: Giving Tuesday
• November 29: Rockefeller Christmas Tree Lighting
• December 3: Supermoon
• December 3: Selection Sunday (college football)
• December 6: Time’s Person of the Year
• December 8: The Crown Season 2
• December 9: Heisman Trophy awarded
• December 10: Nobel Peace Prize ceremony
• December 11: Golden Globes nominations
• December 12: Hanukkah
• December 15: Star Wars: The Last Jedi
• December 21: First day of winter
• December 24: Christmas Eve
• December 25: Christmas Day
• December 31: New Year’s Eve
• January 1: New Year’s Day
• January 1: Rose Bowl and Sugar Bowl (college semis)
• January 8: College football championship (Alabama won in 2017)
• January 23: Oscar nominations announced
• January 31: Total lunar eclipse/blood moon
• February 4: Super Bowl 52


NUMBER FOR THE DAY

40 million: Flat-screen TVs purchased in the U.S. each year.


NEWS ATTACK!

An Indiana high school English teacher was caught on video doing drugs in her classroom. [Why was she doing drugs in the classroom? That’s what the teachers’ lounge is for.]

Two Massachusetts men were arrested for running a prostitution ring out of a senior living facility. [“You want me to do WHAT with the Robitussin?”]

A survey finds that the drunkest state is North Dakota. [In fact, Fargo is considered ground zero for late-night butt dials.]

A Beverly Hills administrator of referees for youth soccer resigned saying that he had developed nothing but contempt for the ill-behaved parents at their kids’ games. [Beverly Hills… where parents too busy to attend games hire professional hecklers to take their place.]

Thieves broke into a Los Angeles distillery and stole 1,800 gallons of vodka. [Police believe it’s the same gang that later stole a truck load of vermouth and a refrigerator full of olives.]

A Brooklyn dog walking company is being sued for violating the copyright of the legendary musical group Wu-Tang Clan by naming their business Woof-Tang Clan. [In related news, lawsuits have been filed against two new businesses: a comedy club called Lady Haha and a housewares store called Bed Bath & Beyonce.]

A tiger escaped the circus in Paris and began wandering the streets near the Eiffel Tower. [Tigers can sometimes be so predictably touristy.]

After that North Korean soldier defected, North Korea ordered a trench dug and trees planted to prevent another defection in that area. [Naturally, the men digging the trench and planting the trees all defected.]

The Thanksgiving holiday in Arkansas was marred again this year by the dropping of live turkeys from an airplane. [It’s getting near Christmas, so if you live in Arkansas, don’t answer any help wanted ads for elves who aren’t afraid of heights.]


NEWS & NUGGETS

CYBER MONDAY COULD SET A SALES RECORD _ Black Friday was huge for online shopping, but today — Cyber Monday — could be even bigger. It is projected (by Adobe Digital Insights) that the day could see as much as $6.6 billion in sales — a 16.5% increase over last year’s record-setter. By comparison, shoppers spent about $5 billion online on Black Friday.

… Online orders will peak tonight between 8PM and 11PM.

2 BILLION HOLIDAY CARDS WILL BE SENT _ We may send a lot of emails and texts, but the good ol’ paper greeting card is still popular over the holidays. Between Thanksgiving and Christmas close to 2 billion holiday cards will be sent.

CLEVELAND BROWNS NOW 0-11 _ With a loss Sunday to Cincinnati, the Cleveland Browns’ record became 0 and 11. The last team to go winless was Detroit in 2008 when the Lions when 0 and 16. The Lions still hold the record for the most losses in a single season. Winless teams in previous seasons won no games because 16 games weren’t played.

AMERICA’S LONGEST-MARRIED COUPLE CELEBRATES 85 YEARS _ John and Ann Betar were recognized by The Worldwide Marriage Encounter in 2013 for being the unofficial longest-married couple in America. Four years later, the Connecticut couple has celebrated their 85th wedding anniversary together. John and Ann went on their first date when they were 21 and 17 years old in 1932. It was only a few days later that the couple decided to elope and get married on November 25, 1932.

… The pair had five kids, 15 grandkids, and almost just as many great-grandchildren.

GRANDMA’S ACCIDENTAL THANKSGIVING TEXT, PART 2 _ UPDATE: Jamal Hinton and Wanda Dench were brought together last year by an accidental Thanksgiving invitation text message. In 2016 grandma Wands had sent a group text to her Arizona family about Thanksgiving dinner but failed to realize one grandson had changed his number. Jamal had the number and replied that he’d be up for Thanksgiving with the Dench family — and the Internet loved it.

… Fast forward to Thanksgiving 2017 and Jamal was once again invited to grandma Dench’s place for the feast.

… Since the accidental text last year and Hinton said he and Dench have chatted about once a week. She usually asks about his future plans — which include law school and becoming a sports agent.

BEST TIME TO BUY A PLANE TICKET IS TUESDAY _ Travel app Hopper recently researched the historical cost of plane tickets and determined that the best day to buy a plane ticket is likely the Tuesday after Thanksgiving. According to Hopper researchers, airlines offer major discounts on flights starting Tuesday because by that point most travelers have already booked their holiday airfare but haven’t started planning winter getaways yet.

2 BILLION YEAR OLD FOSSILS FOUND IN INDIA _ Fossils that date back to two billion years ago have been found in India. According to Newsweek, these are prokaryotic fossils which were left behind by the world’s oldest organisms. These microfossils are less than 1 millimeter in size and need to be examined under a microscope. They are the remains of bacteria, protists, fungi, animals, and plants.

CYCLISTS’ HIGH-VISIBILITY JACKETS ‘INCREASE ODDS OF CRASH’ _ High visibility clothing may increase the chances cyclists have an accident rather than keeping them safer. A study of 76 accidents found “no evidence” that those who wore reflective clothing “were at reduced risk”. And research (Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust and Nottingham University) found “increased odds of a collision crash” among cyclists in reflective clothing.

… The study suggested riders wearing the safety clothing “may have adopted more exposed road positions … in the belief that they were relatively conspicuous”.

… Other research has reached the opposite conclusion. A larger study in Denmark of nearly 7,000 cyclists found they had 47 percent fewer accidents causing injuries if a bright yellow jacket was worn

FBI RECEIVES 200,000 GUN CHECKS ON BLACK FRIDAY _ The FBI received more than 200,000 background check requests for gun purchases on Black Friday. The requests broke previous single-day records of 185,713 and 185,345 on Black Friday in 2016 and 2015 respectively. The number of background checks doesn’t represent the actual number of guns sold, as multiple firearms can be purchased in one transaction.

HOMELESS VET GOFUNDME OVER $375,000 _ (NOTE: Check for latest total here.) The homeless veteran who used his last $20 to buy gas for a Philadelphia woman will soon get the ultimate payback — a GoFundMe for the man has reached $375,000. Kate McClure ran out of gas on an interstate. Johnny Bobbitt Jr. offered up his last twenty to get her gas and Kate promised to return and repay him. McClure’s fundraising campaign had set a GoFundMe goal of $10,000 — but obviously that’s been smashed. Marine Corps vet Johnny Bobbitt said the $20 he gave to McClure for gas was easy to give because someone had given it to him.

DRUGGED-UP CASHIERS APPEAR TO FALL ASLEEP AT THE REGISTER _ In a video making its way around the Internet a pair of drugged-up clerks appear to be falling asleep at the register as they check out a customer. In the video entitled ‘America’s Opioid Epidemic’, uploaded to YouTube on Saturday, a man is checking out items at what seems to be a gas station in Sonoma County, California. Midway through checking out the items, the cashiers appear to have fallen asleep — one with her head down and the other with her head back and her mouth hanging open. A woman in the store calls out, “Hello!” and the cashiers briefly come out of their stupor. One appears to have a great deal of trouble with the scanner. The other cashier, wearing a black shirt, starts bagging the items and manages to bag just one bottle of soda before her head falls forward again. It’s unclear from the video if indeed the workers were on drugs. If so, it’s pretty sad. • VIDEO

FLAT EARTH RESEARCHER TOLD HE CAN’T BLAST HIMSELF INTO THE SKY _ Sixty-one-year-old stuntman and amateur Flat Earth theory researcher “Mad” Mike Hughes, who planned to launch himself Saturday was stopped by the Bureau of Land Management. Mad Milk had planned to launch himself almost 2,000 feet up at 500 miles per hour in an untested homemade steam-powered rocket over a Mojave Desert ghost town on Saturday. He thought this would help him prove that earth is flat. .

… The Bureau of Land Management stopped the planned launch, saying it had not given Mad Dog permission to do his rocket launch on public lands. Mad Max said Saturday he’d move his launch three miles down the road and could blast office tomorrow (Tuesday).

SECRET SANTA PAYS OFF $10K IN TOY STORE LAYAWAY ORDERS _ On Friday a man walked into a Toys “R” Us in Cherry Hill, New Jersey, with the intention of doing a little holiday shopping for his son, and walked out having paid for the layaway orders of more than 60 strangers. This “Secret Santa,” who is going only by the name Charlie K., picked up the tab on 62 orders, totaling approximately $10,780. Charlie said, “I love this community and I am trying to provide back to it.” He said he’d hoped to pay for all the layaway orders in the store but that he didn’t have quite enough money.

… Charlie didn’t stop there, though. He also got everyone in the store to choose three toys for him to donate to Toys for Tots. The bill for that act of kindness came to $2,000.

PREGNANT FLORIDA WOMAN FATALLY STABS ATTACKING PIT BULL _ A pregnant woman in Florida had to stab a pit bull after it suddenly turned on her, her two dogs, her mother and her sister. The dog was being watched by the pregnant woman for a friend.

TROOPER WINS TWEETING AWARD FOR CREATIVE POSTS _ A Twitter post from October from Kansas trooper Ben Gardner won him a trophy from the Police Twitter Awards, a competition based in the UK that showcases the importance of Twitter “in building relationships with our communities.” Gardner had tweeted a photo of a large cow curled up on top of a BMW sedan’s hood. Gardner captioned the photo with the tongue-in-cheek warning: “Look around your ride!” Gardner was the winner of Best International Account. • TWITTER

MAN DROWNS STAGING CAR CRASH FOR INSURANCE SCAM _ A man in China died after he and a woman staged a car accident for an insurance payout by rigging his Jaguar to crash into a river. The 39-year-old drowned while removing some gear that allowed his car to drive in a straight line while unmanned.

‘LOVE HORMONE’ EXPLAINS WHY YOUR DOG LOVES TO SEE YOU SMILE _ How often do you pet your dog? Gaze into its loving eyes? Smile at it? Hopefully very often, because the more you do it, the more your dog will love you — and new research helps us to understand why. Every time you gaze lovingly into your dogs’ eyes, its levels of oxytocin — the “attachment hormone” — go up. And so do yours. Oxytocin has long been referred to as “the love hormone” and the “cuddle hormone” because we (and our pets) release it when we hug, touch, or look lovingly into someone’s eyes. This increases our attachment to that person (or animal). But researchers already knew this. What they didn’t know was that more oxytocin also makes dogs prefer smiling faces over threatening ones — kind of like we do. This may not sound like much in the human kingdom, but among animals — who have a better chance of survival if they’re attuned to threatening cues — it’s kind of a big deal.

The new study (University of Helsinki in Finland) seems to reinforce a circle of affection between dogs and humans: the nicer you are to your dog, the more of the love hormone they will secrete. In turn, this will make them love you even more — so much so that they might even ignore danger for your sake.

GIRL GETS FINAL FLOWERS ON HER 21st BIRTHDAY FROM DEAD DAD _ A Tennessee woman’s 21st birthday was tinged with sadness when she received a final bouquet of flowers from her deceased father.  Bailey Sellers’ dad pre-paid for a floral delivery each year since before he died from cancer when she was just 16. She’s been receiving them with a note for the past five years. This year’s message — shared on Twitter — said: “I will still be with you with every milestone, just look around and there I will be.” • TWEET

STUDENTS BOND WITH NURSING HOME RESIDENTS OVER MEMOIRS _ High school students in Australia (Adelaide) have been sitting town with some nursing home residents to write down their memoirs. One of those whose life story was put down on paper is 102-year-old Florence Wheeler. A 16-year-old tenth grader who’s taking a college-sponsored course was assigned the task of writing down Florence’s stories. The 16-year-old said, “It was really surprising just hearing what she did [is] different to what I do, how she lived compared to how I live.”

COUPLE FORCED TO LEAVE WEDDING RECEPTION EARLY GET A DO-OVER _ A New Jersey couple who had to leave their wedding reception early when the bride suffered an allergic reaction got a free do-over. Victoria Tumolo was dancing at the September reception when she became ill and started to have trouble breathing. As a nurse, she realized what was happening and soon her father was administering an EpiPen through her wedding dress.

… Sympathizing with the newlyweds’ plight, their caterer and the owner of the entertainment company that performed at the wedding teamed up to offer them a complimentary second reception. Around 150 of the 250 guests who attended the first reception were able to attend yesterday’s (Sunday) do-over.


WACKY-BUT-TRUE

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: BOYS TRAVEL 55 MILES HIDDEN UNDER BUS _ Two young boys seeking adventure survived a 55-mile trip while hidden under a bus. The motorcoach driver discovered the stowaways covered in mud but unharmed only after completing the trip from the boys’ small village.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: FAMILY DISCOVERS PYTHON IN APARTMENT TOILET _ A family made an unusual discovery inside the bathroom of their Seattle apartment on Friday — a 4-foot snake was hiding in their toilet.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: CHINESE BARBER OFFERS EYELID SHAVES _ If you’ve ever felt your eyelids are dry and uncomfortable, perhaps you need and eyelid shave. A street barber in China is doing eyelid shaves for $12. The technique appears to unblock glands along the rim of the eyelid, said Qu Chao. An ophthalmologist explains that the street barbers is likely shaving open these glands, which customers say feel dry and uncomfortable.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: NEEDING A WAY OUT, DRUGGIES DIAL 911 _ In Canada three guys were pulled over after a patrolman noticed them making an illegal turn. Things started to go from bad to worse when the officer noticed the smell of marijuana coming from inside the vehicle. It was when he asked the driver to step outside that the other two guys sprang into action. Trying to come up with a way to get out of the jam they were in, one of them dialed 911 and reported a robbery in progress at a nearby bank, hoping to distract the officer. It didn’t work. He continued with his search and found lots of marijuana inside the car. And when the trace on the 911 call came back, charges of misuse of 911 were added.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: CHURCH ASKED TO STOP SERVING MEALS TO HOMELESS _ A church in the upscale neighborhood of Malibu, California has been told by officials to stop serving food to the homeless because they were attracting too many homeless people. The United Methodist Church has been offering free meals twice a week to the homeless but said it was going to stop after Thanksgiving because they were luring too many homeless people into the neighborhood. City officials made the decision after speaking with organizers, suggesting they were attracting more homeless people into the city. At a public hearing last week, Malibu’s mayor denied ordering the meals to end, but he also apologized for “miscommunication.”

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: PARKING CHIEF FIRED FOR ILLEGAL PARKING _ A city traffic and parking manager in Italy was fired after a newspaper reported he parked his car in a no parking zone and displayed a handicapped permit that belonged to an 86-year old woman. The parked his car in a tow away zone before walking to a restaurant on Friday night.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: FLORIDA DRIVER CONFUSED BY WHICH LANE TO USE _ A woman traveling the wrong way on a Florida road nearly ran into a sheriff’s deputy’s car. The deputy had to take “evasive action” to avoid getting hit. After a pursuit that lasted about a mile and a half, the woman pulled over. As the deputy approached, she noted the distinct smell of alcohol emanating from the woman’s vehicle. The woman asked the deputy why she had pulled her over, and the deputy informed the woman that she been traveling south in the northbound lane. The woman replied, “Well, I’m not from around here. I don’t know which way these roads go.”


ON TELEVISION

CMA COUNTRY CHRISTMAS (8p ET, ABC) — Reba McEntire hosts this special, filmed at the Grand Ole Opry House in Nashville. Performers include Luke Bryan, Alan Jackson, Lady Antebellum, Little Big Town, Trisha Yearwood, Chris Young, Kelsea Ballerini, Dan + Shay, Brett Eldredge, and Dustin Lynch. Reba joins Ballerini and Little Big Town for special duets.

THE VOICE (8p ET, NBC) — New. The Top 11 perform for America’s votes.

KEVIN CAN WAIT (8p ET, CBS) — New. Kevin goes undercover at a car dealership and accidentally sells a car.

LUCIFER (8p ET, FOX) — Repeat

SUPERGIRL (8p ET, CW) — New. The Flash, Arrow, Supergirl, and DC’s Legends of Tomorrow join forces in a 4-show crossover event. All of the superheroes gather for Barry (Grant Gustin) and Iris’ (Candice Patton) wedding, and villains for Earth-X crash the event.

MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL (8:15p ET, ESPN) — The Houston Texans are in Baltimore to take on the Ravens.

MAN WITH A PLAN (8:30p ET, CBS) — New. Adam and Andi decide to go on strike when the kids won’t do their chores.

SUPERIOR DONUTS (9p ET, CBS) — New. Franco fires Arthur’s longtime flour supplier for making offensive comments.

THE GIFTED (9p ET, FOX) — Repeat

ARROW (9p ET, CW) — New. The crossover with Supergirl, The Flash and DC’s Legends of Tomorrow continues.

9JKL (9:30p ET, CBS) — New. Josh goes with Judy on an anniversary spa getaway after Harry gets sick.

SCORPION (10p ET, CBS) — New. The team helps a father and his daughter whose plane crashes nearby.

A VERY PENTATONIX CHRISTMAS (10p ET, NBC) — Grammy Award-winning acapella group Pentatonix returns to NBC for this special, that features a duet with Jennifer Hudson. Jay Leno, and 13-year-old America’s Got Talent winner Darci Lynne Farmer will make guest star appearances.

THE GOOD DOCTOR (10p ET, ABC) — New. The team helps a young boy from the Congo who has severe congenital heart anomalies.

METH STORM (10p ET, HBO) — This gritty new documentary follows DEA efforts to stop the flow of the highly addictive drug coming into the U.S. from Mexico.


ENTERTAINMENT

COCO TOPS JUSTICE LEAGUE AT THANKSGIVING WEEKEND BOX OFFICE _ Pixar’s Coco sang its way to the fourth best Thanksgiving weekend ever with an estimated $71.2 million over five days.  According to studio estimates Sunday, Coco grossed $49 million from Friday to Sunday.

… After a disappointing debut last weekend, the DC Comics superhero film Justice League slid to second with $40.7 million.

NICK LACHEY HELPS RAISE MONEY FOR OHIO GUNSHOT VICTIM _ Singer and Dancing with the Stars alum Nick Lachey is asking people to donate money to help a bartender who was shot after working a shift at his Ohio sports bar. Lachey wrote on the YouCaring fundraising site: “Ellie sustained injuries to her face and jaw resulting from a shooting that occurred early on Thanksgiving morning. She’s in stable condition, but it’s still unclear how long she’ll be in the hospital and what her recovery process will entail. Funds from this campaign will go toward her medical expenses and help support her and her family until she’s back on her feet.” Close to $30,000 has been raised.

DISNEY, IDINA MENZEL, DEMI LOVATO SUED OVER LET IT GO  _ Four full years have passed since the new animated classic Disney’s Frozen hit theaters, but some people simply aren’t going to let it go. Anyone and everyone has seen the movie or heard the music from the hit film, but there is one international singer who believes that Disney may have stolen from him for the big song Let It Go. Jaime Ciero is seeking royalties with a lawsuit he has filed against Disney, Idina Menzel, Demi Lovato, and anyone associated with the song

… Jaime Ciero says he recorded a song titled Volar back in 2008 and that it hit high spots on many music charts, but Disney has stolen it from him.

JODIE FOSTER’S ‘BLACK MIRROR’ EPISODE GETS TRAILER _ Most parents know the chill of that one panicked moment when they briefly lose sight of their child. The new teaser for Arkangel, the upcoming Jodie Foster-directed episode of Netflix’s Black Mirror, depicts just such a scenario — and then, apparently, its creepy futuristic solution. In the clip, a mom who briefly loses her daughter. Apparently the incident scares her enough that she signs Sarah up for some kind of medical program to ensure that doesn’t happen again. We see Sarah calmly being injected with something uncomfortably near her eyes. Not much else is revealed except what might be the tracking company’s eerie slogan: “The key to good parenting is control.” Of course in Black Mirror, technology always comes at a price. • VIDEO

MANSON’S TEETH GOING TO MUSEUM _ Charles Manson’s grin is going to Vegas — and will be on full display at the Haunted Museum. Zak Bagans, star of the Travel Channel’s Ghost Adventures, bought a bunch of Manson’s personal items after the notorious murderer died, including a set of Manson’s dentures. Zak believes the chompers are the real deal because the seller was a close friend and pen pal of Manson’s. Zak says the teeth were stolen from a shower by an inmate in 2010, and when the guy got out he sent them to Manson’s pal. That friend teased Manson by sending him a photo of the teeth, and Manson wrote back to him begging him to return them. He didn’t.

HOUSE OF CARDS EXTENDS PRODUCTION HIATUS _ House of Cards’ sixth season will remain on hiatus for another two weeks as the show’s producers aim to figure out a future direction for the hit Netflix series without its leading man, Kevin Spacey. Production on the series was suspended in late October, after allegations that Spacey had sexually harassed/assaulted young boys came to light. Netflix immediately announced that Season 6 would be the show’s last.

… It’s not clear how Spacey’s Frank Underwood will be written out of House of Cards, but all signs point to the character suffering an off-screen death. The first two episodes of Season 6 had already been filmed before production was forced to shut down.

GLEE STAR NAYA RIVERA ARRESTED FOR DOMESTIC BATTERY _ Glee alum Naya Rivera was arrested Saturday night after an altercation with her husband, fellow TV and film actor Ryan Dorsey, turned violent. Rivera was charged with domestic battery after allegedly hitting Dorsey in the head and mouth during a walk outside with their son. The incident occurred in Kanawha County, West Virginia, and authorities were called out to their family home, wherein Dorsey reportedly showed the police video evidence of the incident. Rivera was detained and released on bond early Sunday morning.

JEFF GLOR WILL ANCHOR CBS EVENING NEWS _ CBS News has set Monday, December 4, as the start date for the next era of CBS Evening News. The network has begun to run ads for Glor’s soon-to-start tenure, which is expected to place more emphasis on a group of CBS News correspondents who will appear regularly on the evening broadcast.


AUDIO

Find these audio files on the PRO AUDIO PAGE.

CYBER MONDAY: There are no good Cyber Monday songs. And this tune, by YouTuber TheGapMinded, proves it.

NET NEUTRALITY: John Oliver explains.

DROP: Good attitude good posture.

BAD SALESMAN: This is a real call left on voicemail. The guy is letting you know you get a trip to Branson, Missouri.


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BITS & BREAKS

TOP TEN MOVIES

Friday-Sunday

  1. Coco, $49 million
  2. Justice League, $40.7 million
  3. Wonder, $22.3 million
  4. Thor: Ragnarok, $16.7 million
  5. Daddy’s Home 2, $13.2 million
  6. Murder on the Orient Express, $13 million
  7. The Star, $6.8 million
  8. A Bad Moms Christmas, $5 million
  9. Roman J. Israel, Esq., $4.5 million
  10. Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, $4.4 million

… One year ago this week the number one movie was Moana.

… Five years ago this week the number one movie was The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2.

… Ten years ago this week the number one movie was Enchanted.

… Twenty years ago this week the number one movie was Mortal Kombat: Annihilation

IN THEATERS FRIDAY

• No new releases

WEEKLY HOT LIST

Courtesy of morning show talent coach Steve Reynolds. The Hot List is made up of the topics everyone knows about.

  1. Thanksgiving
  2. Cyber Monday
  3. Black Friday
  4. NFL Week #12
  5. College Football
  6. Christmas Shopping
  7. Time’s Person of the Year
  8. Miss Universe Pageant
  9. Prince Harry
  10. Star Wars – The Last Jedi
  11. Mariah Carey
  12. Health Care Open Enrollment

WHO WAS THE BIGGEST TURKEY?

FB icon Start it on Facebook, take it to the phones: Who was the biggest turkey you encountered over the Thanksgiving weekend? Was it a relative at the dinner table? A fellow shopper on Black Friday? Another driver on the highway as you were coming back into town?

HORRIBLE LIFE HACKS

• Tired of boiling water every time you make pasta? Boil a few gallons at the beginning of the week and freeze it for later.

• Eggs are really healthy and should be the foundation of your diet. Don’t like the taste? Add Duncan Hines cake mix and bake for 30 minutes.

• If you sleep till noon you only have to pay for 2 meals instead of 3.

• When cutting bagels in half, put your finger through the stabilization hole to keep it steady.

• If you stir coconut oil into your kale it makes it easier to scrape into the trash.

• Add a touch of magic to your cold by putting glitter in your mouth before you sneeze.

• If your phone screen is too small, put it in water. It will magnify the screen up to 200%.

• Don’t have a flashlight on your phone? Take a picture of the sun and use the photo to find your way in the dark.

• Don’t put gas in your car — the extra weight reduces fuel efficiency.


FUN & GAMES

TRIVIA: The biggest of these known to man weighed in at 86 pounds. He was raised in the United Kingdom. (Turkey. Most domesticated turkeys weigh between 14 to 45 pounds live..)

RIDDLE

Question: What, when you need it, do you throw away — but when you don’t need it you take it back?

Answer: An anchor.


VIDEO OF THE DAY

Cats climbing things.


IMAGE OF THE DAY


DATEBOOK: NOVEMBER 28, 2017

This is day 332 of 2017. There are 33 days remaining.

BIRTHDAYS

• Motown Records founder Berry Gordy Jr. is 88

• Randy Newman is 74

• Paul Shaffer (Late Show With David Letterman) is 68

• Ed Harris is 67

• S. Epatha Merkerson (Law & Order) is 65

• Judd Nelson is 58

• Jon Stewart is 55

• Chamillionaire is 38

• Trey Songz is 33.

• Bryshere Gray (Empire) is 24

IT HAPPENED TODAY

• 1520: After navigating through the South American strait, three ships under the command of Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan reached the Pacific Ocean, becoming the first Europeans to sail from the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific.

• 1895: The first American automobile race took place over the 54 miles from Chicago’s Jackson Park to Evanston, Illinois. Frank Duryea won in approximately 10 hours.

• 1907: In Haverhill, Massachusetts, scrap-metal dealer Louis B. Mayer opened his first movie theater.

• 1975: As the World Turns and The Edge of Night, the last two American soap operas that had resisted going to pre-taped broadcasts, air their last live episodes.

• 1985: Errol Bird of Lisbon, Northern Ireland, set a world record with 26 hours of continuous yodeling.

• 1990: Margaret Thatcher formally tendered her resignation to The Queen and left Downing Street for the last time. John Major was elected her successor.

• 1991: In a panic, a California turkey carver called the Butterball Turkey Talk-Line and screamed that there was no breast meat on his Butterball. Phone helper Jean Schnelle suggested he might have the bird upside-down. She was right, he did.

• 1991: A man in Waco, Texas, held up a Circle K store after first diverting the clerk’s attention by putting a $20 bill on the counter and asking for change. When the register was opened, the robber pulled out a gun and demanded all the money. The clerk put everything in a bag and handed it to the robber–all $15. The robber fled, leaving the $20 bill on the counter.

• 1995: President Clinton signed a road bill that ended the federal 55 mph speed limit.

• 2010: Wikileaks released to the public more than 250,000 U.S. diplomatic cables. About 100,000 were marked “secret” or “confidential.”

SPECIAL EVENTS

• Giving Tuesday

• French Toast Day

UPCOMING

• November 28: Grammy nominations announced
• November 28: Giving Tuesday
• November 29: Rockefeller Christmas Tree Lighting
• December 3: Supermoon
• December 3: Selection Sunday (college football)
• December 6: Time’s Person of the Year
• December 8: The Crown Season 2
• December 9: Heisman Trophy awarded
• December 10: Nobel Peace Prize ceremony
• December 11: Golden Globes nominations
• December 12: Hanukkah
• December 15: Star Wars: The Last Jedi
• December 21: First day of winter
• December 24: Christmas Eve
• December 25: Christmas Day
• December 31: New Year’s Eve
• January 1: New Year’s Day
• January 1: Rose Bowl and Sugar Bowl (college semis)
• January 8: College football championship (Alabama won in 2017)
• January 23: Oscar nominations announced
• January 31: Total lunar eclipse/blood moon
• February 4: Super Bowl 52