INTERPREP ★ APRIL 12, 2018

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DATEBOOK: APRIL 12, 2018

This is day 101 of 2018. There are 264 days remaining.

BIRTHDAYS

• Joel Grey is 86

• Peter Riegart (Animal House) is 71

• Bill Irwin (Law and Order: SVU) is 68

• Kelli Garner (Taking Woodstock, Lars and the Real Girl) is 34

• Singer Joss Stone is 31

IT HAPPENED TODAY

• 1865: Abraham Lincoln made his last public speech.

• 1868: U.S. Army Commander Ulysses S. Grant was stopped for speeding in his horse-drawn buggy. Three months later he was stopped again and fined $5.

• 1882: U.S. patent #256,265 was issued for the Block Clock. It was an alarm clock mounted over the bed that, at a set time, dropped two dozen small wood blocks on the sleeper.

• 1905: Albert Einstein revealed his Theory of Relativity.

• 1970: Apollo 13 launched.

• 1981: President Ronald Reagan returned to the White House from the hospital, 12 days after he was wounded in an assassination attempt.

• 1989: The U.S. issued a patent (#4,821,247) to Reginald Grooms of Conway, South Carolina, for his Ear-Mounted Alarm Clock, a digital alarm clock so tiny it can be hidden in your ear and awaken you without bothering your spouse.

• 2003: Thieves broke into a safe and stole $1,020 — from a prison. A spokesman for Spring Hill Prison near Aylesbury, England, said the crime took place in the prison’s reception area.

• 2015: President Barack Obama and Cuban President Raul Castro met at the Summit of the Americas in Panama for talks aimed at thawing relations; the historic meeting marked the first interaction in decades between top leaders of the two nations.

SPECIAL EVENTS

• Barbershop Quartet Day

• Bookmobile Day

• National Pet Day

• Teach Children To Save Day

• World Parkinson’s Disease Day

• Eight Track Tape Day

• National Cheese Fondue Day

UPCOMING

• April 13: Friday the 13th
• April 13: Coachella begins
• April 15: Academy of Country Music Awards
• April 16: Boston Marathon
• April 16: Pulitzer Prize winners announced
• April 17: Tax deadline day
• April 20: 4/20
• April 22: Earth Day
• April 28: White House Correspondents Dinner
• May 4: Star Wars Day – May the Fourth be with you
• May 5: Cinco de Mayo
• May 8: Cannes Film Festival begins
• May 13: Mother’s Day
• May 19: The royal wedding
• May 28: Memorial Day
• June 10: Tony Awards
• June 14: World Cup begins
• June 21: First day of Summer
• July 4: Independence Day
• July 13: Friday the 13th


NUMBER FOR THE DAY

25: Percentage of costumed actors who portray the characters in Disney parks worldwide who are injured on the job each year. One of the major causes of the injuries: “children who punch and kick”.


NEWS ATTACK!

There’s a movement in the U.S. in favor of free-range parenting. That’s when parents stop hovering around their kids and let them have some free time just to enjoy childhood. [Maybe this will finally cut down on the number of parents I see in bouncy castles.]

Speaker of the House Paul Ryan has decided not to run for reelection. [Who can blame him? Washington politics are so dull these days.]

Uber is expanding its service to include car rentals, bikes, buses and trains. [Next year they’re adding wheelbarrows, piggyback rides and jetpacks.]

A team of neuroscientists say a quirk of the human mind that determines how we perceive the things we see may be preventing us from recognizing alien life forms that we have already encountered. [It’s hard to argue with them about that if you’ve ever gone to Taco Bell at three in the morning.]

A whale that washed ashore in Spain had 64 pounds of junk in its stomach. [And another 100 pounds of junk in its trunk.]

Have you tried McDonald’s new Garlic White Cheddar Burger? It’s loaded with garlic. [The seating sections in McDonald’s are now divided into Garlic and Non-Garlic.]

Are you going to see that new Dwayne Johnson (The Rock) movie about giant monsters running loose in Chicago? [Will The Rock conquer the beasts are will the powerful monsters be just the thing to finally get the Bears into the playoffs?]

Scientists now think that humans developed eyebrows to express subtle emotions. [They were basically ancient hairy emojis.]

Insiders say that Donald Trump is so upset over the Robert Mueller investigation that he mostly spends his days eating and binge watching TV. [Which are exactly the things he did before he became president.]


NEWS & NUGGETS

AIR TRAVEL IS GETTING BETTER _ Air travel isn’t known as a people-pleasing industry, but it may not be as bad as you think. The US airline industry improved overall in the past year, according to a study released this week, bumping fewer passengers and losing less baggage. The rate of involuntary denied boardings improved to .34 per 10,000 passengers in 2017 from .62 per 10,000 passengers in 2016.

… The study (Airline Quality Rating report by researchers at Wichita State and Embry-Riddle Aeronautical universities) also showed fewer passengers complained about mishandled or lost baggage, down to 2.46 per 1,000 passengers in 2017 from 2.46 per 1,000 passengers in 2017. The only category airlines did not improve in was on-time arrivals.

SCHOOL DISTRICT ARMS 500 TEACHERS WITH MINI BASEBALL BATS _  🎧 AUDIO  In the wake of the Parkland, Florida, shooting a Pennsylvania school district is arming its roughly 500 teachers with weapons in an effort to boost security. Each classroom will be outfitted with 16-inch mini bats.

… Teachers in the Millcreek Township School District received the mini bats after a training day on how to respond to school shootings, reported Erie News Now. Superintendent William Hall admits the bats are “the last resort” and will be kept locked in each classroom.

Last month a school district in rural Pennsylvania said it was arming its students with rocks as protection against the possibility of a school shooter. David Helsel, Superintendent of the Blue Mountain School District, said students would be trained on how to handle emergency situations, like barricading doors. Helsel said each classroom had been equipped with a five-gallon bucket of river stones, and said anyone who enters a classroom with a weapon will face a room full of students ready to stone them.

… Like the Millcreek Township School District, the superintendent says the rocks are a last resort. He said teachers, staff and students were given active shooter training through a program known as ALICE which stands for Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, Evacuate and they routinely hold evacuation drills for active shooter simulations.

WHAT FACEBOOK CAN LEARN ABOUT YOU FROM A SINGLE PHOTO _ While testifying on Capitol Hill this week, Mark Zuckerberg denied secretly listening to users through microphones for ad targeting, but the company is able to quietly collect quite a bit of data from a single uploaded photo. The Wall Street Journal has published an article titled “How Pizza Night Can Cost More in Data Than Dollars.” In it, the WSJ examines subtle ways you may be handing over personal data to Facebook and other high-tech companies during a quiet evening at home. One of those ways: shooting and uploading a photo using your smartphone.

… Based on Facebook’s privacy and data collection policies, Facebook first receives your photo, caption, and tagged people. The photo can be analyzed to see what they contain — and due to Facebook’s massive trove of user data, it can identify people who are strangers to you in photos shot out in public. But that’s just the first layer of data that’s collected, as there’s also a huge amount of metadata that Facebook gets its hands on as well.

… Unless you’ve taken steps to block certain details, Facebook can also collect: location from geotag data, the date, the phone model you have, the exact device ID of your phone, your cellular/Internet service provider, nearby Wi-Fi Beacons/cell towers (which can be used to triangulate locations), and even things like battery level and cell signal strength.

… What this means is that Facebook could have the power to track your movements if you appear in other people’s private photos that were shot in public.

GMAIL WILL GET A BIG REDESIGN SOON _ A new version of Gmail is on the way. What’s coming:

  • A fresh, clean look for Gmail on the web
  • Easy Access to apps, such as Google Calendar, from within Gmail
  • Smart Reply on the web, just like mobile
  • Ability to “snooze” emails and choose when they reappear in your inbox
  • Offline support

AFRAID OF DRIVING OVER BRIDGES? _  🎧 AUDIO  Most people look at a bridge and see it as a way to get to the other side. Others look at the same bridge and see a death-dealing monster blocking the way. For drivers paralyzed by an unusual fear of bridges, there’s help in one U.S. state. Drivers crossing the Delaware Memorial Bridge, connecting New Castle, Delaware, and Pennsville, New Jersey, can turn to the Acrophobia Escorts program, named after the fear of heights. Patrolmen meet them at the head of the bridge, then drive their cars across for them. One of the patrolmen says once an acrophobic person is in the passenger seat “that tends to be the only medication they need.” The service has been offered since the structure opened in 1951.

… At the Delaware Memorial Bridge there were with 323 transports in 2017 and 468 the year before. About 60 percent are repeat customers. Men are just as scared as women, millennials as bridge-shy as boomers.

… While acrophobes are afraid of heights, gephyrophobes have a specific fear of bridges.

FB icon Start it on Facebook, take it to the phones: What’s your phobia?

WANT A MUMMIFIED MONKEY FOUND IN MINNEAPOLIS? _ The mummified remains of a decades-old monkey were found by crews working in Minneapolis on the renovation of an historic downtown building. Crews found the remains while tearing down interior areas in a building as part of a $200 million project that includes office, retail and a food hall. City officials don’t know the origin or story behind the mummified monkey and are working with local museums to learn more and to find homes for artifacts like it.

WHY RESTAURANTS GIVE YOU BREAD BEFORE YOU ORDER _ Lots of sit-down restaurants offer a free basket of bread to their customers. Ever wonder why? From a business standpoint, it doesn’t make sense: Giving customers the chance to fill up on bread they haven’t paid for before they eat their meals? Seems dumb.

… The reason makes sense, however. Customers are pains when they’re waiting, according to an industry expert, and bread essentially helps keep them quiet and patient while they wait at their table. That basket of bread — or chips, or breadsticks, depending on the restaurant — helps ward off “hangriness,” and we all know how our tempers flare when we’re starving. Free baskets of bread equal happy, not-angry customers.

SINGLE MOM OF 5 GOES VIRAL WITH LAW SCHOOL GRADUATION PHOTO _ A single mom of five who will graduate from Texas Southern University’s Thurgood Marshall School of Law is the perfect example of why you should never give up. Ieshia Champs has gone viral after taking a graduation photo with her five children. In the picture, the 33-year-old Champs wears her cap and gown and holds a sign that says “I did it.”

… But the phrases on the signs held by her children standing behind her make the photo even more special. The messages are variations of each other that range from “I helped!” to “We did it!”

STAYING ACTIVE MAY REDUCE HEART DISEASE RISK DESPITE GENETICS _ Despite genetic links to heart disease, people can reduce their risk with cardio fitness, according to a study by the American Heart Association. Based upon an examination of nearly half a million people in Britain, researchers found strength and cardiorespiratory fitness lowered the risk for heart disease regardless of whether they had low, intermediate or high genetic risk.

… Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the world. The risk factors for heart disease include smoking, high cholesterol, high blood pressure and excess weight.

FISHERMAN’S 877-POUND BLUEFIN TUNA A N.C. STATE RECORD _ North Carolina officials confirmed an 877-pound bluefin tuna landed by a fisherman from Delaware is a new state record. The North Carolina Division of Marine Fisheries confirmed the big tuna hooked by Retired Army Gen. Scott Chambers last month beat the previous state record for a bluefin tuna, caught in 2011, by 72 pounds. Chambers said it took him two and a half hours to reel in the fish, which measures 113 inches from the tip of its nose to the fork on its tail.

… The largest bluefin tuna catch in the world was an 1,496-pound fish reeled in off the coast of Nova Scotia in 1979.

HOUSEWORK IS GOOD FOR YOUR HEALTH _ Housework is good for you. A study out of the UK says that if you clean your house vigorously for twenty minutes non-stop once a week, your anxiety, distress or depression may improve.

TEN PERCENT OF WHAT A BRIT SAYS IS FILLER _ Researchers have found that the British are the world’s worst when it comes to umming and erring. A study claims nearly 10% of the average Brit’s speech is wasted on “filler” words — working out to more than five hours a year of words like “basically,” “um,” “er,” “actually,” and “you know.”

WHEN TO CONCEIVE FOR A BOY OR GIRL _ Want to have some say in the gender of your baby? Italian researchers say the best month to conceive a boy is October. And if you want a girl, April is the best month to conceive.

REMEMBER THIS? A YEAR AGO THIS WEEK: WOULD YOU GET AN IRS TATTOO? _ If you could live a tax-free life, would you get a big tattoo with the letters “IRS” on it on your body? In a survey, 1 in 5 Americans said they would.


WACKY-BUT-TRUE

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: OFFICERS FIRED AFTER CLAIMING MICE ATE MARIJUANA _ Eight Argentinian police officers have been fired after a half ton of marijuana disappeared from a police warehouse. The officers claimed the impounded pot had been eaten by mice.

… The cannabis had been in storage for two years. When inspectors checked on the pot they found that 12,000 of the 13,000 pounds was missing.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: COPS: BURGLAR BROKE INTO HOME, RENTED IT OUT _ A man in Washington state (Marysville) is in trouble with the law because investigators say he broke into a home owned by some people who were on en extended vacation in Mexico. He then hung photos of himself around the home to make it look like it was his so he could show it off to potential renters. It worked — he got rental deposits from a number of people.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: WARNING ‘DON’T TAKE SELFIES WITH COYOTES’ _ Because of an increase in coyote sightings Montreal residents are receiving a word of warning from wildlife experts: the animals are not for your Instagram. A local zoo director (Ecomueum Zoo) told Canadian television: “Don’t try to take selfies with the coyote.” Coyotes have always been a part of Montreal’s urban wildlife, but in recent months they’ve become increasingly visible.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: BANK ROBBER GIVES SS# TO TELLER _ In Kentucky a guy walked into a bank and told the teller he needed to make a withdrawal. She got some information from him, including his Social Security number. Then he told her he was making a forcible withdrawal, threatening her with a gun. He got away with some cash, but she got away with his Social Security number and police were called

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: ROBBERS KEEP LOCKING UP PIZZA GUYS _ An employee at a large auto repair shop ordered a pizza for his lunch. Right after ordering a gang of robbers came in and locked up all the employees. When the pizza delivery man arrived, the gang locked him up with the employees. Staff at the pizza shop began to worry about what had happened to their delivery guy and sent a second one to check. He too was locked up and when he didn’t come back, the pizza shop manager decided to check for himself. When the manager didn’t return, the owner called the police who arrested part of the gang, recovered most of the stolen goods and released the hostages.


ON TELEVISION

THE BIG BANG THEORY (8p ET, CBS) — New. A brilliant and reclusive scientist (guest star Peter MacNicol, Ally McBeal) invites Sheldon to his cabin in the middle of nowhere.

GREY’S ANATOMY (8p ET, ABC) — New. An agent from ICE searches for an employee at the hospital.

SUPERSTORE (8p ET, NBC) — New. Jonah helps Amy track down the new district manager to lobby for a raise.

GOTHAM (8p ET, FOX) — New. Gordon develops a plan to catch the Arkham inmates that are still on the loose.

SUPERNATURAL (8p ET, CW) — New. The return of Gabriel perplexes Sam and Castiel.

YOUNG SHELDON (8:30p ET, CBS) — New. Mary bans Sheldon from reading a mature comic book.

A.P. BIO (8:30p ET, ABC) — New. Jack gives Durbin marriage advice that backfires and gets him kicked out of the house.

MOM (9p ET, CBS ) — New. Bonnie is attacked by an old acquaintance (guest star Kristen Johnston) at a meeting at a women’s prison.

STATION 19 (9p ET, ABC) — New. Miranda Bailey (guest star Chandra Wilson) visits Ben at work, meeting his new co-workers for the first time. Brenda Song also guest stars.

WILL & GRACE (9p ET, NBC) — Repeat

SHOWTIME AT THE APOLLO (9p ET, FOX) — New.

ARROW (9p ET, CW) — New. A surprising visit from an old friend has Oliver questioning his next move.

LIFE IN PIECES (9:30p ET, CBS) — New. Jen and Greg go to great lengths to find the perfect babysitter for Lark.

CHAMPIONS (9:30p ET, NBC) — New. Vince and Matthew are excited to bond with Michael on their annual camping trip.

SCANDAL (10p ET, ABC) — New. Liv is called to testify against Mellie.

S.W.A.T. (10p ET, CBS) — New. A hostage situation takes a dangerous turn.

CHICAGO FIRE (10p ET, NBC) — New. The FBI takes over the firehouse for an undercover mission.


ENTERTAINMENT

BILL GATES NAMED WORLD’S MOST ADMIRED MAN _ Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates has been named in an annual poll as the world’s most admired man. He beat out former U.S. President Barack Obama, martial artist and actor Jackie Chan and Chinese President Xi Jinping for the top spot. The poll was based on the views of more than 37,000 people in 35 countries. (It comes via YouGov, a market research and data analytics firm based in London.)

… Donald Trump placed 17th; Russian President Vladimir Putin came in sixth.

… In the women’s section, Angelina Jolie came out on top. Closely behind Jolie, admiration fell upon former first lady Michelle Obama, all-around-celebrity Oprah Winfrey and Queen Elizabeth.

CYNTHIA NIXON SAYS SHE WANTS TO LEGALIZE MARIJUANA _ Cynthia Nixon, former Sex and the City star, longtime political activist, and candidate for New York governor, is advocating for legalizing marijuana in her home state. Nixon, a native New Yorker, made her marijuana views known with a video posted on social media on Wednesday. In the clip, Nixon calls for legalizing recreational marijuana, citing that doing so would not only generate revenue for the state and provide agricultural opportunities for farmers, but that it would also be a way to stop the racism inherent in the war on drugs. • VIDEO

INFINITY WAR BEHIND-THE-SCENES VIDEO _ On Wednesday Marvel delivered a 2-minute behind-the-scenes look at Avengers: Infinity War. The video features Marvel actors like Robert Downey, Jr., Danai Gurira, Mark Ruffalo, Benedict Cumberbatch, and more, all breaking character to talk about meeting the other Marvel actors. The movie opens on April 27. • VIDEO

JOHN KRASINSKI LINES UP LIFE ON MARS _ Former The Office star John Krasinski surprised a lot of people with A Quiet Place, his terrific new horror film. Now Krasinski’s already signed on for his next directing gig, a sci-fi film called Life on Mars.

… The film is based on a short story by author Cecil Castellucci called We Have Always Lived on Mars. The story centers on a woman who is among a handful of descendants of a Martian colony long-abandoned by Earth following a cataclysm. The woman one day finds she can breathe the air on Mars, upending her world and that of her fellow colonists.

THE WALKING DEAD SEASON 8 FINALE WILL WRAP UP ALL 8 SEASONS _ This Sunday’s Walking Dead Season 8 finale will wrap up the grueling trip from the past eight seasons and lead to a new phase going into Season 9. The season finale, entitled Wrath, will air on AMC on April 15.

DARK CRIMES TRAILER: JIM CARREY IS BACK _ Jim Carrey hasn’t taken the lead a film in four years, but he’s back with Dark Crimes. The film, based on an actual murder mystery, has Carrey in serious mode, playing a cop with a beard trying to solve a murder.

… Dark Crimes is based on an incredible true story about a cop who believed a writer’s violent novel held the key to an unsolved murder.

… The last time Jim Carrey lead a film was 2014’s Dumb and Dumber To. Since then, he’s mostly kept a low-profile.

KEVIN SPACEY’S SEXUAL ASSAULT CASE HANDED OVER TO DA OFFICE _ The sexual assault case against Kevin Spacey has been turned over to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office for further review. The LA County Sheriff’s Department released the following statement Wednesday: “The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Special Victims Bureau began an investigation into allegations of a sexual assault involving Mr. Kevin Spacey on December 11, 2017. The events were reported to have taken place in October of 1992 in West Hollywood involving a male adult. The investigation was completed and presented to the District Attorney’s Office Entertainment Industry Sex Crimes Task Force on April 5, 2018, for review and filing consideration.”

… The first allegation against Spacey was brought forward in October by actor Anthony Rapp, who alleged Spacey had previously made inappropriate sexual advances toward him when he was a teen. In response, Spacey issued a statement on Twitter addressing the allegations — and came out as gay.


AUDIO

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TEACHERS WITH BATS: A Pennsylvania school superintendent talks about teachers being given mini baseball bats.  →  April 12 News & Nuggets

WHAT IS A CHEMTRAIL: A British woman asked Alexa what a chemtrail is.

PHOBIAS AND FEARS: In Delaware some police will drive you and your car across a bridge. (See April 12 News & Nuggets.) What’s your phobia or fear? Lots of real callers!

SINGING DELIVERYMAN: A grocery deliveryman gets into music school after singing in his store.  →  April 10 News & Nuggets

DAD RE-ENACTS SON’S POST-INJURY RANT: UK comedian William Andrews watched his four-year-old son accidentally take a tumble into a bunch of spiky plants. Andrews then dramatically re-enacted on Twitter what his son said as they headed home. • LINK


INTERPREP PROSHARE

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BITS & BREAKS

3 THINGS TO PUT OFF FOR ANOTHER DAY

We are all stressed for time these days, and many of us don’t even have much time for ourselves. Redbook Magazine composed a list of things to put off until tomorrow — giving you a few minutes to enjoy.

• Don’t make the bed. If a bed that isn’t made bugs you, throw a down comforter over it instead of making the entire bed. The thickness of the down hides the lumps.

• Don’t wash your hair. Huh? Yes you can skip this. A ponytail holds easier when your hair is a little dirty. Just rinse it out and tie it back.

• Don’t clean the kitchen. Once you wipe up the sticky spots and piled everything in the sink you have bought enough cleanliness for the time being.

ARE THESE BUSINESSES EXTINCT?

Ten years ago — 2008 — Entrepreneur magazine predicted that theses businesses would “face extinction” in ten years. It’s ten years later, let’s see if these businesses are gone.

• Record stores. There’s one in every city, and thanks to renewed interest in vinyl some of these stores are doing quite well.

• Camera film manufacturing. Yeah, pretty much dead. You can still buy and have camera film developed but finding a brick-and-mortar developer is tough. Film fans often develop on their own or mail off their rolls.

• Newspapers. Many are gone, many are struggling, but some are doing well.

• Pay phones. Still around! They’re harder to find but there are still around 100,000 in the U.S.

• Used bookstores. There are definitely some used book stores still around, but many of them dabble in new books as well. Surprisingly, the number of book stores has increased since the recession.

• Piggy banks. Still around, though not used by anyone over the age of… 5?

• Telemarketing. Going strong, unfortunately.

• Coin-operated arcades. Outside of theme park or some place like Las Vegas it’s hard to find a stand-alone arcade, but the games — and pinball machines — can still be found at family restaurants and pizza joints all across the country.

FB icon Start it on Facebook, take it to the phones: What businesses will absolutely be extinct in ten years — the year 2028?

WAYS EVERY HOMEOWNER SHOULD PREPARE FOR A POWER OUTAGE

As we inch ever closer to tornado and hurricane season, here are some ways to prepare for a power outage.

FILL THE TUB – When the power grid goes down, your city water supply could soon follow. Fill up buckets and bottles with water. Fill the bathtub, too. Most drains are not all that tight, and in a few hours all that precious water may be gone. To prevent that, seal the drain with duct tape before you fill the tub.

TURN YOUR CAR INTO A GENERATOR – A power inverter, which turns DC current from your car into AC current for electric gadgets, is the next best thing to a generator when it comes to surviving a blackout. Small units can recharge your computer or phone. Larger ones can power a fridge or power tools.

FILL THE GRILL TANK – During an outage you can grill lots of food in your fridge and freezer.

SAVE FOOD WITH ICE – During storm season fill locking freezer bags with water and keep them in the freezer. During a blackout, they’ll help the freezer stay cold longer. Or you can transfer them to the fridge or a cooler. And when they thaw, you’ve got drinking water.

DON’T WRECK YOUR TV – When the power grid sputters back to life, it will probably create power surges which can destroy sensitive electronics in TVs, computers, and appliances. So unplug anything that may contain electronic components. Leave one light switched on to let you know when the power is restored.

FLUSH WITH A BUCKET – Even if a power outage stops your well pump or the city water supply, you can still flush the toilet. Dump a couple gallons into the bowl or fill the toilet tank. This works just as well as the usual flush, but won’t refill the bowl.

TAP YOUR WATER HEATER – It’s your built-in emergency water supply. Let the water cool before you open the drain valve at the bottom of the tank.

Source: rd.com


FUN & GAMES

TRIVIA: This happens every 45 seconds in the U.S. (A house catches on fire.)

HOLE IN THE HEADLINE

In Canada, Officials Tell Montreal Residents: “Don’t Take Selfies with _____ .”

• Moving trains

• Coyotes*

• Flamin’ Hot Cheetos

• Politicians

Because of an increase in coyote sightings Montreal residents are receiving a word of warning from wildlife experts: the animals are not for your Instagram. A local zoo director (Ecomueum Zoo) told Canadian television: “Don’t try to take selfies with the coyote.” Coyotes have always been a part of Montreal’s urban wildlife, but in recent months they’ve become increasingly visible.


VIDEO OF THE DAY

Sleepy puppy.


DATEBOOK: APRIL 13, 2018

This is day 103 of 2018. There are 262 days remaining.

BIRTHDAYS

• Paul Sorvino is 79

• Tony Dow (Leave It to Beaver) is 73

• Musician Al Green is 72

• Ron Perlman is 68

• Max Weinberg of the E Street Band (and Late Night With Conan O’Brien) is 67

• Caroline Rhea (Sabrina the Teenage Witch, The Biggest Loser) is 54

• Ricky Schroder is 48

• Glenn Howerton (It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia) is 42

• Kelli Giddish (Law and Order: SVU) is 38

• Allison Williams (Girls) is 30

IT HAPPENED TODAY

• 1796: The first elephant ever seen in the United States arrived from India.

• 1902: James C. Penney opened his first store in Kemmerer, Wyoming.

• 1964: Sidney Poitier became the first black performer in a leading role to win an Academy Award, for Lilies of the Field.

• 1970: An oxygen tank aboard Apollo 13 exploded, putting the crew in danger and causing major damage to the spacecraft while en route to the Moon.

• 1997: At age 21, Tiger Woods became the youngest person to win the Masters Tournament and the first African American to claim a major golf title.

• 1999: Jack Kervorkian was sentenced in Pontiac, Michigan, to 10 to 25 years in prison for the second-degree murder of a man whose assisted suicide in 1998 was videotaped and shown on 60 Minutes.

• 2005: Eric Rudolph pleaded guilty to carrying out the deadly bombing at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics and three other attacks in back-to-back court appearances in Birmingham, Alabama, and Atlanta.

• 2011: In China, a man was caught driving an amusement park bumper car down a busy road.

• 2014: Flight recorder signals from the missing Malaysia Air jet were no longer detectable> The flight, which disappeared on March 8 of 2014, was assumed to be located in a zone of over 22,000 square miles of water to the northwest of Perth, Australia.

SPECIAL EVENTS

• Friday the 13th

• Blame Someone Else Day

• Scrabble Day

• Peach Cobbler Day

UPCOMING

• April 13: Friday the 13th
• April 13: Coachella begins
• April 15: Academy of Country Music Awards
• April 16: Boston Marathon
• April 16: Pulitzer Prize winners announced
• April 17: Tax deadline day
• April 20: 4/20
• April 22: Earth Day
• April 28: White House Correspondents Dinner
• May 4: Star Wars Day – May the Fourth be with you
• May 5: Cinco de Mayo
• May 8: Cannes Film Festival begins
• May 13: Mother’s Day
• May 19: The royal wedding
• May 28: Memorial Day
• June 10: Tony Awards
• June 14: World Cup begins
• June 21: First day of Summer
• July 4: Independence Day
• July 13: Friday the 13th


DATEBOOK WEEKEND

SATURDAY, APRIL 14

• Loretta Lynn is 86. Julie Christie is 78. Brad Garrett is 58. Anthony Michael Hall is 50. Adrien Brody is 45. Sarah Michelle Gellar is 41. Graham Phillips is 25. Abigail Breslin is 22.

• Dictionary Day. International Moment of Laughter Day. Dolphin Day. Ex-Spouse Day. Gardening Day. National Pecan Day. Pathologists’ Assistant Day. Reach as High as You Can Day.

SUNDAY, APRIL 15

• Roy Clark is 85. Michael Tucci is 72. Emma Thompson is 59. Danny Pino is 44. Chris Stapleton is 40. Seth Rogen is 36. Samira Wiley is 31. Emma Watson is 28. Maisie Williams is 21.

• Jackie Robinson Day. Rubber Eraser Day. Glazed Ham Day. Titanic Remembrance Day.