INTERPREP ★ MAY 2, 2018

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DATEBOOK: MAY 2, 2018

This is day 122 of 2018. There are 243 days remaining.

BIRTHDAYS

• Englebert Humperdinck is 82

• Christine Baranski is 66

• TV commentator Mika Brzezinski is 51

• Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson is 46

• Former soccer player David Beckham is 43

• Jenna Von Oy (Blossom) is 41

• Ellie Kemper (Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, The Office) is 38

• Gaius Charles (Grey’s Anatomy) is 35

• Kay Panabaker (No Ordinary Family, Summerland) is 28

IT HAPPENED TODAY

• 1918: General Motors acquired the Chevrolet Motor Company of Delaware.

• 1939: Not hitting well and feeling bad, Ironman Lou Gehrig took himself out of the Yankee line-up after playing 2,130 consecutive games. The Yankees destroyed Detroit 22-2, and Gehrig never played baseball again.

• 1964: The Rolling Stones appeared on U.S. charts for the first time with Not Fade Away.

• 1978: The first unsolicited bulk commercial email (which would later become known as “spam”) was sent to every ARPANET address on the west coast of the United States. The aggressive marketer decided to invite 393 ARPANET users to a product presentation by Digital Equipment Corporation. The ARPANET was the network created by the U.S. Department of Defense and was the predecessor of the Internet.

• 1991: Mike Lehtonen and Juhani Saramies left Nokia, Finland, in history’s longest taxicab ride. They took a 15-day, 14,414-mile trip to Spain and back with the meter running. It cost $16,000.

• 2000: President Bill Clinton announced that accurate GPS access would no longer be restricted to the U.S. military.

• 2007: Iowa spent $6,000 to change the locks at one of its state prisons after someone paid $12 on e-Bay for a set of keys belonging to a guard who retired in the 1970s. The warden said he did not know if any of the old keys actually opened any of the locks in the 135-year-old prison.

• 2011: U.S. Navy Seal Team Six raided a large compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan, and killed Al-Qaeda terrorist leader Osama bin Laden. Bin Laden’s body was buried at sea in accordance with Islamic rites later that day.

SPECIAL EVENTS

• Great American Grump Out

• Life Insurance Day

• World Tuna Day

• Baby Day

• Brothers and Sisters Day

• Chocolate Truffle Day

• Play Your Ukulele Day

UPCOMING

• May 4: Star Wars Day – May the Fourth be with you
• May 5: Cinco de Mayo
• May 5: Kentucky Derby
• May 8: Cannes Film Festival begins
• May 13: Mother’s Day
• May 19: The royal wedding
• May 19: Preakness horse race
• May 27: National Spelling Bee Week starts
• May 28: Memorial Day
• May 29: Starbucks closes its stores for the afternoon for racial bias training
• June 1: Atlantic hurricane season begins
• June 1: National Donut Day
• June 10: Tony Awards
• June 14: World Cup begins
• June 17: Father’s Day
• June 21: First day of Summer
• July 4: Independence Day
• July 13: Friday the 13th
• July 15: FIFA World Cup Final
• July 27: Mars looking its best. Tonight, it’s supposed to look bigger, brighter, and more reddish than usual .
• September 3: Labor Day


NUMBER FOR THE DAY

134,000: Insurance agencies in the U.S.


NEWS ATTACK!

Scientists have researched and confirmed the longest straight line that you can sail before touching land — 32,000 kilometers, and the longest straight line that you can travel on land before reaching water — 11,000 kilometers. [And the longest straight line you can walk from a Starbucks before you bump into another Starbucks — a block and a half.]

New research reveals that young people from 18 to 22 are the group of Americans most likely to be lonely. [Oh, so that’s why they go see the new Avengers movie 17 times.]

Guitar maker Gibson has filed for bankruptcy. [They simply could never find a way to financially compete with air guitars.]

A photograph has been disqualified from the Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition after officials discovered that the anteater in the photo was stuffed. [They’re also taking a closer look at a photo of a coyote falling off a cliff while chasing a roadrunner.]

Experts noticed that North Korea’s Kim Jung Un refrained from smoking in public during his trip to South Korea. [Yeah, because you only get to make one first impression as a dictator.]

Cardinal George Pell, the third highest ranking cleric in the Catholic Church, has been ordered to stand trial on charges of sexual assault. [Things don’t look too good for him. He has the same attorneys as Bill Cosby.]

The Tony nominations are out. [I thought one category was refreshingly honest — Best Musical Now That Hamilton is no Longer Eligible.]

The FDA issued a warning to companies to stop making the packaging of liquid nicotine resemble the packaging of kids’ juice boxes, candy wrappers, and bags of cookies. [One even had cartoon elves in a hollow tree baking magically delicious cigarettes.]

Donald Trump’s other doctor, his longtime personal physician Dr. Harold Bornstein, revealed that his office was raided by White House staffers who took all the files concerning Trump’s hair replacement prescription and cholesterol meds. He said that he felt violated. [He said that the least they could have done is left him a check for $130,000.]


NEWS & NUGGETS

FACEBOOK’S NEW FEATURES AUDIO  Facebook made a slew of new announcements at its annual conference on Tuesday:

… Clear History: This will allow users to view all the data that third-party websites collect through Facebook like buttons and other tools. Mark Zuckerberg says that users will be able to delete that history and choose that Facebook stop collecting it.

… Dating: The service will allow users to build dating profiles separate from their primary profiles, that will only use first names. Users will find people through events that they are interested in. Once a user expresses interest, they can see other users who are open to dating that are interested in the event. To minimize creepiness, dating conversations will be text only. Only users who have declared themselves as single will be able to use the feature.

AI MAY HELP LOCATE LATE AIR TRAVELERS _ An airport in Singapore is testing facial recognition systems that could one day help locate lost travelers or those spending a little too much time in the duty-free shops. The proposed use of cameras mounted on lampposts that are linked to facial recognition software has raised privacy concerns, but airport officials say “big brother” won’t be watching for anything other than to solve problems.

GIANT ALLIGATOR NEARLY THE SIZE OF A CAR STOPS TRAFFIC _ A giant alligator nearly the length of a small family car was captured in Texas early Monday morning as it attempted to cross a highway. The gator, which measured in at 11 feet, 6 inches, was first spotted and reported to the local authorities (in Cleveland, Texas) after it was clipped by an 18-wheeler as it tried to cross the highway.

… As firefighters shut traffic on the highway, a motorist grabbed rope from his truck, lassoed the gator and then handed it to over animal control. It took six men to wrestle the gator.

POST-MILLENNIALS ARE THE LONELIEST GENERATION _ A new study says loneliness has reached dangerous, “epidemic” levels across America – with Generation Z ranking the most isolated of any group. Health insurance company Cigna surveyed 20,000 Americans ages 18 years and older and found that it’s the youngest group, ages 18- 22, who felt more left out than older generations — including seniors ages 72 and older.

… Gen Z had a loneliness score of 48, compared to a score of nearly 39 for people 72 and older. America’s total average loneliness score came in at 44, on a range from 20 to 80, with 46 percent of Americans reporting feeling sometimes or always alone. One in four feels as though no one really understands them.

… Researchers say lonesomeness has the same impact on mortality as smoking 15 cigarettes a day — making it more dangerous than obesity.

TEACHERS ACCUSED OF FORCING STUDENT TO SCRUB FLOOR WITH TOOTHBRUSH _ Two Polk County, Florida, teachers are under investigation amid accusations that they forced a 7-year-old student to scrub floors with a toothbrush. The girl says her teacher (Rebecca Shinleber) sent her to another classroom after she spoke out of turn. The student says the other teacher (Helena Mays) handed her a bucket of water and a toothbrush and told her to start cleaning the floors. The girl’s father wants the teachers to be fired. They are currently on paid administrative leave and under investigation by the school district, the Department of Children and Families and law enforcement.

BODY FOUND INSIDE WALL OF BATHROOM AT SHOPPING MALL _ Police are investigating after the body of a man was discovered inside a wall in a public washroom at a mall in downtown Calgary. A maintenance worker was called in the morning to fix a toilet that wouldn’t flush in the women’s washroom. There’s a panel behind the toilet; when they removed that panel, they found the deceased person. Police said there was nothing to immediately indicate whether the death was suspicious. It’s possible someone crawling through a vent or duct fell from above and got stuck in the wall.

BUDWEISER BREWS BEER BASED ON RECIPE FROM GEORGE WASHINGTON _ Budweiser is debuting a new patriotic beer that is based on a 261-year-old recipe from George Washington. For the summer, Budweiser is offering the limited-edition Freedom Reserve Red Lager. Washington brewed his own beer and had his own special recipe. According to the New York Public Library, Washington hand-wrote an entry in his military journal titled “To Make Small Beer” in 1757.

… Two years ago, New York’s Blue Point Brewing Company created their Colonial Ale based on Washington’s 1757 recipe.

SUMMER JOB PAYS $10,000 TO TRAVEL COUNTRY AND TAKE PHOTOS OF SUNSETS _ If you are looking for a summer job, there are some incredible opportunities. WOW Airlines is offering the “Best Summer Job Ever” that pays you to live in Iceland and travel Europe with your best friend. Then there’s an internship with Harley-Davidson that will give you a free Harley-Davidson motorcycle. Now, Days Inn is offering one lucky person the chance to travel the country and get paid to take sunset photos from the most scenic spots in America.

… The opportunity is being called a “Sun-ternship” by Days Inn and it pays one amateur photographer $10,000 to travel the country and snap sunset pics. The photos will be featured on the Days Inn website, social media accounts, and even framed and hung on the walls of their hotels. The winner will spend a month traveling to “sunny” cities and all of the expenses are paid by Days Inn. • LINK

… The deadline to apply is May 20.

CLIMBERS RESCUED FROM B.C. AVALANCHE AFTER PLACING CALL TO POLAND _ A couple of Polish climbers were on Whitehorn Mountain in British Columbia, Canada, on Monday morning when they were hit by a wall of snow. They tumbled quite a ways down the mountain and ended up on top of it. Using their satellite phone they called their home country. The call to Poland was routed back to Canada, to the Polish Embassy, and then to British Columbia emergency services. It sent an air ambulance.

NASA TO SEND 1 MILLION PEOPLE’S NAMES TO THE SUN _ This summer, a NASA spacecraft will launch into space from the coast of Florida, headed for the sun. After making several flybys of Venus to slow itself down, the Parker Solar Probe will come within 4 million miles of the sun’s scorching surface, closer than any spacecraft in history.

… Onboard will be 1.1 million names, submitted by wannabe space travelers and people who just want to get closer to the sun.

WOMAN SAVES HUSBAND FROM DROWNING BY CALLING 911 ON APPLE WATCH _ A Michigan man has an Apple Watch to thank for saving his life after he fell off his boat and nearly drowned. Emergency responders say a 61-year-old man fell off his boat into the Black River (in South Haven). His quick-thinking wife threw him a life ring and managed to pull him to the swim platform, but couldn’t get him out of the water. She then used the Apple Watch  on her wrist to call 911. Emergency Services officials say if she had let go of him to retrieve her phone, the man would have drowned. The water was 42 degrees, and the man was ‘almost lifeless’ when rescuers pulled him from the river.

SCHOOL BACKTRACKS ON PLAN FOR ‘MODESTY PONCHOS’ AT THE PROM _ A Catholic high school in Michigan is clarifying its controversial plan to make female students wear “modesty ponchos” on top of revealing prom dresses, saying the pink cover-ups won’t be passed out at the big dance after all. Officials at Divine Child High School in Dearborn said in a statement released Tuesday that students shouldn’t take their previous pledge to dole out the extra clothes at the prom to heart, despite a note attached to a poncho in the school’s lobby starting last week that “literally” promised to make sure they’re dressed appropriately. The statement reads: “Our intention with displaying the poncho was never to make students feel uncomfortable, but to remind all students and parents of our formal Prom dress policy, which has not changed for several years. To be clear: The poncho will not be passed out at Prom. It was on display to proactively remind students of our dress code policies and eliminate any confusion prior to this special event.”

MILWAUKEE POLICE INVESTIGATE RANDOM PAINTBALL SHOOTINGS _ Milwaukee police officers have responded to 65 reports of people — including two postal workers — being hit by paintballs in the past week days throughout the city. The most recent incident occurred Monday afternoon when a man was walking with his caretaker and was hit in the face by a paintball during a drive-by-style shooting on the city’s east side.

… Police officials believe the paintball shootings stem from postings on social media. The trend began with influential hip-hop artists — in particular Atlanta rapper 21 Savage —  who called for people to put down real guns and pick up paintball guns instead. So far, no one has been seriously injured, but paintballs can travel up to 300 feet per second.

… It doesn’t appear to be just one group. Multiple groups of young people, ages 20 and younger, have been seen shooting paintball guns from several vehicles. One person was arrested over the weekend and told investigators it was a “social media thing” with multiple groups spread citywide.

… Similar paintball incidents have been reported across the country.

ORBITING IS THE NEW GHOSTING _ Ghosting is when someone breaks up with you by effectively disappearing off the face of the planet. They don’t text, they don’t call, they don’t answer their door. Now there’s orbiting, which is ghosting with occasional impersonal check-ins. Such as? Let’s say you’ve been ghosted. You’ve been jilted and there’s no sign of them anywhere. Then, all of a sudden, you see that they’ve viewed one of your Instagram stories. And then one night they favorite one of your tweets. They might even like a Facebook post or two if they’re feeling especially bold.

… So it’s back on? No! Because they still aren’t replying to your texts. There’s no direct communication whatsoever. They’re casually reminding you that they exist, but also that they don’t care enough about you to get in touch and actually explain themselves. That’s orbiting.

LITTLE LEAGUER’S DRAMATIC SLOW-MO RUN HOME _ When you’re a kid you always put these amazing moments together in your head that you would see on an ESPN highlight reel or in a dramatic sports movie scene. Well a kid didn’t feel like waiting, he decided to take matters into his own hands. • VIDEO

KANGAROOS HOPPED UP ON CARROTS ARE ATTACKING TOURISTS _ They are the cute and cuddly icons of Australia, but kangaroos are viciously attacking people at a popular tourist spot, and an addiction to carrots is to blame. Every week, thousands of people flock to the unlikely tourist destination of Morisset Psychiatric Hospital, where big mobs of kangaroos can always be found on the grassy slopes. But too many tourists are dangling a carrot to get the perfect roo-selfie. An expert says, “The kangaroos see at least 2,000 tourists a week and they don’t need 2,000 carrots or bananas and bread, chips and biscuits.” Now, some of the ‘roos are getting aggressive, and the food’s to blame. A guy who drives tourists to the kangaroo hotspot says he sees people feeding them KFC, McDonald’s, and corn chips. If the animals don’t think they were fed enough, they can get angry.

TIGER CUB FOUND IN DUFFEL BAG AT US-MEXICO BORDER _ A live tiger cub was found curled up in a duffel bag at the US-Mexico border after smugglers abandoned an attempt to cross into the US. Smugglers left behind the bag containing the animal and fled back to Mexico. A border agent said that the tiger appeared calm and was possibly sedated. The animal has been placed at the Gladys Porter Zoo in Brownsville.

GOOD DANCERS ARE BETTER LOVERS _ According to a survey of 2,000 British women, 80% of them said there was a definite link between how a man dances and how he performs in bed. More than half admitted to trying to get a man on to the dance floor to check out his technique before “taking the plunge.”

TO LIVE LONGER, BECOME A SENATOR _ Hey guys, if you want to live a few years longer, become a U.S. senator. The average life span of male senators is about 3½ years longer than that of the common man.

REMEMBER THIS? A YEAR AGO THIS WEEK: ADULTS WILL SPEND MORE THAN HALF THE DAY CONSUMING MEDIA _ Thanks to multitasking, U.S. adults’ average daily time spent with major media will slightly exceed 12 hours this year (according to eMarketer). This includes radio, TV, newspapers and magazine and digital.


WACKY-BUT-TRUE

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: DRUNK CALLS 911 FOR COFFEE _ In Pennsylvania, a guy called 911 several times saying he was drunk and needed a cup of coffee. The 911 operator told him that didn’t exactly qualify as an emergency. But the man wouldn’t give up. He kept calling saying he was really drunk and really needed that cup of coffee. Finally a squad car was dispatched to his house — just in time to find him attempting to drive himself to get that cup of coffee. He was right about the drunk part and was arrested for DUI.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: MAN CALLS 911 TO COMPLAIN ABOUT DINNER _  In England, a man dialed 911 to complain about dinner. He told the police operator, “My wife’s left me with two salmon sandwiches left over from last night, and I’m in the chair here and she’s out there decorating. She won’t put any food on or anything for anybody.” The operator interrupted him to say she couldn’t continue with the call, because the number was for emergencies, not to be used just because his wife wouldn’t cook him a hot meal. The police department said they get lots of calls like that, including another one the same week from a woman who called the cops to say she couldn’t find her glasses and needed them to cook her potatoes.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: MAN SOLD OFF HIS ‘STOLEN’ CAR PART BY PART _ In Germany, a man reported his BMW stolen, even though it hadn’t been. Then, over the next two months, he began selling off parts of the car online. At one point, he accepted a $278 bid for the engine, but when he couldn’t get the engine out by himself, he threw in the rest of the car, too. The buyer went over to tow the chassis away, and the two men were pulling it down the street when they were spotted by a police officer. After some investigation, the cops figured out what was going on and charged the man.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: MAN WAS NOT CUTTING DEER WITH CHAINSAW _ In Pennsylvania, police were told that a man was on a roadside cutting up a deer with a chainsaw. When police responded they discovered a man working on a fallen tree, not an animal.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: WOMAN HITS NO PARKING SIGN, FALLS ASLEEP _ The first clue that something might have been wrong was when a car pulled into a New Hampshire parking lot in with a “No Parking” sign and post stuck to the front end. A clerk at a nearby store called police to report the car. When officers showed up, the sign had fallen off, and they found a sleeping driver inside. The 23-year-old woman was arrested on marijuana charges.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: POLICE DEPARTMENT ‘CHANGES’ PATROL CAR GRAPHICS TO ‘POPO’ _ The Bath, Michigan, police department shared on Facebook a fake photo of one of their newly-designed police cruisers. Instead of showing their police department logo, the “new” cruisers have “POPO” in bold across the side. The department’s message with the photo: “We’ve found though, that we are still struggling to really reach the younger folk out there. So in an effort to bridge that gap, we’ve decided to update our patrol car graphics.” They later admitted it was a joke. • IMAGE


ON TELEVISION

SURVIVOR: GHOST ISLAND (8p ET, CBS) — New.

THE BLACKLIST (8p ET, NBC) — New. The team tries to find a connection to a little girl and the secret that Red is hiding.

THE GOLDBERGS (8p ET, ABC) — New. Erica makes an important decision about her future in college.

EMPIRE (8p ET, FOX) — New. Eddie (guest star Forest Whitaker) fights for his place at Empire Entertainment and gets the board on his side.

RIVERDALE (8p ET, CW) — New. The town’s mayoral race heats up.

ALEX, INC. (8:30p ET, ABC) — New. Alex becomes overly sensitive to listeners’ comments leading up to the launch of the podcast.

SEAL TEAM (9p ET, CBS) — New. A risky mission to capture a highly valuable target may actually be a trap.

MODERN FAMILY (9p ET, ABC) — New. Dede (guest star Shelley Long) drops by unexpectedly, causing Mitch and Cam to come to a realization about her effect on their lives.

LAW & ORDER: SVU (9p ET, NBC) — New. Rollins tries to rescue a girl being held captive by her father.

STAR (9p ET, FOX) — New. The artists are scheduled to perform in New Orleans, but a safety threat puts them on lockdown.

THE ORIGINALS (9p ET, CW) — New. Elijah awakens to find himself in the middle of nowhere and without a clue as to with no idea who he is.

AMERICAN HOUSEWIFE (9:30p ET, ABC) — New. The episode is split into two different realities: one where Katie wakes up in a bad mood, and one where she wakes up in a good mood.

DESIGNATED SURVIVOR (10p ET, ABC) — New. President Kirkman negotiates with a foreign government to release an American held overseas.

CHICAGO P.D. (10p ET, NBC) — New. Halstead and Atwater go undercover to prevent military-grade weapons from hitting the street.

CODE BLACK (10p ET, CBS) — New. A patient who is a self-proclaimed psychic and envisions the staff singing and dancing.

PREMIERE: BEING SERENA (10p ET, HBO) — This new 5-part docu-series follows tennis icon Serena Williams at a pivotal moment in her personal and professional life: during her pregnancy, new motherhood and marriage, and her journey back to the court.

SEASON PREMIERE: COLONY (10p ET, USA) — Picking up six months after escaping Los Angeles, the Bowmans and Snyder are living a simple life in the mountains, until a sudden arrival changes everything. Josh Holloway and Sarah Wayne Callies star. Peyton List (Gotham), Wayne Brady, and Graham McTavish (Outlander) join the cast this season.

COBRA KAI (YouTube Red) — This new series is a sequel to the original Karate Kid franchise, and is set 30 years after the All Valley Karate Tournament (1984). Johnny Lawrence (William Zabka), the villain of the original Karate Kid, reopens the Cobra Kai dojo, which causes his rivalry with Daniel LaRusso (Ralph Macchio) to be reignited. All 10 episodes are available today, and the first two episodes are available for free.


ENTERTAINMENT

TMZ STAFFER BLASTS KANYE WEST AUDIO  Kanye West was blasted by a TMZ staffer Tuesday when the rapper stopped by their offices for a live interview to discuss his recent behavior, which includes a very public bromance with Donald Trump. During the interview, while explaining his recent actions and defending his friendship with Trump, West, who is from Chicago, said “When you hear about slavery for 400 years… for 400 years?! That sounds like a choice.” As he was apparently on his way out West addressed the office asking, “Do you feel that I’m being free and thinking free?”

… A staffer named Van snapped back: “I actually don’t think that you’re thinking anything. I think what you’re doing right now is actually the absence of thought … while you are making music and being an artist and living the life that you’ve earned by being a genius, the rest of us have to deal with these threats to our lives. We have to deal with the marginalization that has come with the 400 years of slavery which you said for our people was a choice.”

NETFLIX RELEASING ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT SEASON 4 REMIX _ If you’re a fan of Arrested Development, you’ll be happy to hear that a recut version of season four will be streaming on Netflix beginning this Friday (May 4). For many of the comedy’s fans, season four was a bit of a disappointment, specifically because each episode only focused on one or two characters — not the entire clan.

… Because of the edits, the revamped season — which is officially being called Arrested Development Season 4 Remix: Fateful Consequences — will be comprised of 22 episodes versus the original 15 installments.

ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT SEASON 5 WILL BE AVAILABLE SOON _ The creator of Arrested Development said that a fifth season of the quirky comedy will be available on Netflix very shortly. He did not reveal who from the cast returned for the fresh run of episodes. Previous seasons starred Jason Bateman, Jessica Walter, Will Arnett, Tony Hale, Portia de Rossi, David Cross, Michael Cera and Ali Shawkat.

ANT-MAN AND THE WASP – TRAILER 2 _ The second full trailer for Ant-Man and the Wasp was released Tuesday. It’s in theaters July 6. • VIDEO

JOHN BOYEGA TEASES A STAR WARS: EPISODE 9 TIME JUMP _ The most recent Star Wars movies, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story and Star Wars: The Last Jedi, have either led directly into or picked up almost directly from the events of another film in the saga. But a new comment from actor John Boyega, who plays Finn, indicates that a Star Wars Episode 9 time jump may happen which would bring the franchise back to its original trilogy roots. Boyega spoke recently about Episode 9 and hinted that a time jump may be in our future — or, uh, distant past, since these movies take place a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away. Boyega said: “I can’t wait to start shooting the next and final leg of the franchise. The first step is growing out my hair, so you can wait for the trailer to see why.”

… There are two interesting things in that quote. First, Boyega calls this the “final leg of the franchise.” We knew this movie would round out a trilogy that began with The Force Awakens, but Lucasfilm’s president previously said, “We’re looking at narratively where that might go; future stories beyond Episode 9 with these new characters — Rey, Poe, Finn, BB-8.” Co-star Daisy Ridley previously made similar comments to Boyega’s implying that Episode 9 would be the conclusion for Rey, only to then clarify that she’s still open to returning.

… The second part of the quote is more fun, with Boyega revealing for the first time that Finn will be growing his hair out in the new movie. That certainly seems to imply that there’s a big gap between when The Last Jedi ends and when Episode 9 begins.

JOHNNY DEPP SUED BY FORMER BODYGUARDS FOR UNPAID WAGES _ Two of Johnny Depp’s former bodyguards have reportedly taken the actor to court, accusing him of failing to pay their wages and claiming they “were forced to protect Depp from himself”. Eugene Arreola, a former detective with the Los Angeles police department, and Miguel Sanchez state that they worked for Depp for several years for a firm called Premier Group International. In 2016 they were hired as members of Depp’s own personal security team, and allege in court documents that from that date they were used as chauffeurs and nannies for his family, and were exposed to “illegal substances” by guarding the actor.

… Arreola and Sanchez claim that Depp relied on them to protect his reputation, describing themselves as “caretakers”. The men describe a “toxic and dangerous working environment”, claiming that Depp’s head of security accidentally shot himself in the leg “while playing with his weapon in a small control room on Johnny Depp’s property.” They claim that they were used by Depp as babysitters, stating: “Plaintiffs found themselves in situations that required more than what a bodyguard would be expected to do,” including being “constantly used as drivers, driving back and forth at Depp’s or his family’s beckoning.”

I’LL BE GONE IN THE DARK WILL BE AN HBO DOCU-SERIES _ HBO Documentary Films has given the go-ahead to a documentary series based on Michelle McNamara’s best-selling book I’ll Be Gone in the Dark: One Woman’s Obsessive Search for the Golden State Killer. McNamara was determined to find the violent psychopath she called The Golden State Killer, who terrorized California in the late ‘70s and early ‘80s, committing 50 home-invasion sexual assaults and ten murders. He then disappeared for more than three decades. On April 24 the Sacramento Sheriff’s Office arrested former police officer Joseph James DeAngelo at his home in a nearby suburb, identifying him through DNA evidence as the notorious serial killer and charging him with a number of the crimes.

… McNamara, who was also the wife of comedian Patton Oswalt, passed away in April 2016, nearly two years before the book was published in February 2018.

TOP TV SHOWS _ Week of April 23-29.

  1. The Big Bang Theory (Thursday, 8 p.m.), CBS, 11.8 million
  2. Young Sheldon, CBS, 11.16 million
  3. The Voice (Tuesday), NBC, 9.26 million
  4. 60 Minutes, CBS, 9.16 million
  5. American Idol (Sunday), ABC, 8.77 million
  6. The Voice (Monday), NBC, 8.43 million
  7. Mom, CBS, 8.31 million
  8. Blue Bloods, CBS, 8.13 million
  9. Survivor, CBS, 7.82 million
  10. Hawaii Five-0, CBS, 7.79 million
  11. American Idol (Monday), ABC, 7.63 million
  12. NCIS: Los Angeles, CBS, 7.62 million
  13. Instinct, CBS, 7 million
  14. NCIS (Thursday, 8 p.m.), CBS, 6.98 million
  15. NCIS (Thursday, 9 p.m.), CBS, 6.69 million
  16. Grey’s Anatomy, ABC, 6.55 million
  17. Roseanne (Thursday, 9 p.m.), ABC, 6.51 million
  18. The Big Bang Theory (Monday, 8 p.m.), CBS, 6.38 million
  19. Roseanne (Tuesday, 9:30 p.m.), ABC, 6.381 million
  20. Roseanne (Tuesday, 8 p.m.), ABC, 6.378 million

AUDIO

Find these audio files on the PRO AUDIO PAGE.

DROP: An iconic figure in America.

KANYE AT TMZ: A TMZ employee goes off on Kanye.

FACEBOOK: Facebook has a new ad that promises to keep us safe.

FACEBOOK: It unveiled new features May 1. Here’s the Facebook song.

RETIRING COP: In an emotional video posted to Facebook, Sarasota police officer Andre Jenkins delivered a tearful radio report thanking the men and women he served with over the last 30 years.

BIG MACS: Big Mac eater Don Gorske will eat his 30,000th early this month. He explains how it all started.  →  May 1 News & Nuggets


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BITS & BREAKS

TRENDING ON TWITTER: #BetterRetirementHomeNames

• Geezer Pleaser

• Better Hips and Gardens

• Club Meds

• Tilting Beds, Bath Salts, and Beyond

• House of Pudding

TRAITS THAT RATE WITH MEN

Woman’s Own asked guys to rate the qualities they admire most in a woman. Here’s the consensus, in order.

  1. Personality
  2. Brains
  3. Beauty
  4. Sense of humor
  5. Attitude
  6. Body
  7. Drive
  8. Sense of adventure

DECIPHERING MOM

Moms sure are good at makin’ us feel guilty. And Mother’s Day is no excuse. Here’s a quick guide to deciphering the most commonly-heard Mother’s Day phrases:

• When your mom says: “Being your mother is gift enough,” she means, “Being your mother is gift enough, although I wouldn’t mind some cash.”

• When your mom says: “I completely forgot it was Mother’s Day,” she means, “but you can thank your lucky stars you didn’t, or I would have used it against your for the next five years.”

• When your mom says: “No really, I want you to save your money,” she means, “I want you to save your money till you have enough to by me a hot tub.”

• When your mom says: “Don’t get me anything,” she means, “Don’t get me anything less than you’d buy that trashy girlfriend of yours.”


FUN & GAMES

TRIVIA: What do Texas and Valparaiso, Chile, have in common? (They are the end points of the world’s longest road, the Pan-American Highway.)

DERBY HORSE OR NOT

The Kentucky Derby runs Saturday. I’ll give you some names, you tell me if they’re real Derby horses or not.

We Think We Found A Good One (NOT)

Buddy Boy (NOT)

Magnum Moon (REAL)

Goodbye Magic (REAL)

Luke Skyrunner (NOT)


VIDEO OF THE DAY

Toddler cannot tell the difference between his dad and his dad’s twin.


DATEBOOK: MAY 3, 2018

This is day 123 of 2018. There are 242 days remaining.

BIRTHDAYS

• Sports announcer Greg Gumbel is 72

• Amy Ryan (Bridge of Spies, The Office) is 50

• Bobby Cannavale (Ant-Man, Nurse Jackie) is 48

• TV personality Willie Geist (Today) is 43

• Christina Hendricks (Mad Men) is 43

• Dule Hill (Psych, The West Wing) is 43

• Tanya Wright (Orange Is The New Black) is 40

• Dancer Cheryl Burke is 34

IT HAPPENED TODAY

• 1937: Gone with the Wind, a novel by Margaret Mitchell, won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction.

• 1973: The Sears Tower in Chicago was topped out as the world’s tallest building.

• 1991: The final episode of the original Dallas aired on CBS. It lasting 13 seasons in prime-time.

• 1999: When late-night customers at a Madrid, Spain, gas station realized the attendant was sleeping, they filled up without paying and told their friends. The party ended $1,000 later when police noticed the commotion and woke the attendant.

• 2000: The sport of Geocaching began, with the first cache placed and the coordinates from a GPS posted on Usenet.

• 2003: A lovesick man in Jesi, Italy, stole an ambulance so he could serenade his girlfriend with the siren. The girlfriend’s neighbors complained to police while the 38-year-old man sang.

• 2006: A study by Salary.com reported a full-time stay-at-home mother would earn $134,121 a year if paid for all her work.

• 2014: Donald Sterling, L.A. Clippers owner, was banned for life after reports of his racist comments.

SPECIAL EVENTS

• Garden Meditation Day

• Two Different Colored Shoes Day

• National Day of Prayer

• World Password Day — a day to promote good security hygiene and password habits.

• Chocolate Custard Day

UPCOMING

• May 4: Star Wars Day – May the Fourth be with you
• May 5: Cinco de Mayo
• May 5: Kentucky Derby
• May 8: Cannes Film Festival begins
• May 13: Mother’s Day
• May 19: The royal wedding
• May 19: Preakness horse race
• May 27: National Spelling Bee Week starts
• May 28: Memorial Day
• May 29: Starbucks closes its stores for the afternoon for racial bias training
• June 1: Atlantic hurricane season begins
• June 1: National Donut Day
• June 10: Tony Awards
• June 14: World Cup begins
• June 17: Father’s Day
• June 21: First day of Summer
• July 4: Independence Day
• July 13: Friday the 13th
• July 15: FIFA World Cup Final
• July 27: Mars looking its best. Tonight, it’s supposed to look bigger, brighter, and more reddish than usual .
• September 3: Labor Day