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DATEBOOK: JUNE 9, 2015

This is day 160 of 2015. There are 205 days remaining.

BIRTHDAYS

• Comedian Jackie Mason is 87

• Donald Duck is 81

• Sportscaster Dick “Dickie V” Vitale is 76

• Michael J. Fox is 54

• Producer Aaron Sorkin (The American President, The West Wing, The Social Network, Moneyball, The Newsroom) is 54

• Johnny Depp is 52

• Gloria Reuben is 51

• Michaela Conlin (Bones) is 37

• Former Miss USA and Dancing with the Stars celeb Shandi Finnessey is 37

• Natalie Portman is 34

• Mae Whitman (Ann Veal on Arrested Development, Amber Holt on Parenthood) is 27

IT HAPPENED TODAY

• 68: Roman Emperor Nero committed suicide, imploring his secretary Epaphroditos to slit his throat to evade a Senate-imposed death by flogging.

• 1790: Philadelphia Spelling Book by John Barry became the first book to be copyrighted in the United States.

• 1856: 500 Mormons left Iowa City, Iowa, and headed west for Salt Lake City, Utah, carrying all their possessions in two-wheeled handcarts.

• 1869: Charles Elmer Hires sold his first root beer in Philadelphia.

• 1870: Author Charles Dickens died at age 58.

• 1909: Alice Huyler Ramsey, a 22-year-old housewife and mother from Hackensack, New Jersey, became the first woman to drive across the United States. With three female companions, none of whom could drive a car, for fifty-nine days she drove a Maxwell automobile the 3,800 miles from Manhattan, New York, to San Francisco, California.

• 1915: Les Paul was born in Waukesha, Wisconsin. In the 1940s and ’50s he transformed popular music by inventing the modern solid-body electric guitar.

• 1973: Secretariat became horse racing’s first Triple Crown winner in 25 years by winning the Belmont Stakes.

• 1980: Comedian Richard Pryor suffered near-fatal burns at his home when a mixture of “free-base” cocaine exploded.

• 1986: The Rogers Commission released its report on the Challenger disaster, criticizing NASA and rocket-builder Morton Thiokol for management problems leading to the explosion that claimed the lives of seven astronauts.

• 1994: In North Yorkshire, England, car thieves stole British Home Secretary Michael Howard’s bulletproof car while he was a attending a meeting of police chiefs. The car was found later minus all four wheels.

• 2004: The Federal Communications Commission agreed to a record $1.75 million settlement with Clear Channel to resolve indecency complaints against Howard Stern and other radio personalities.

• 2008: In the town of Lake Delton, Wisconsin, Lake Delton drained as a result of heavy flooding breaking the dam holding the lake back.

• 2012: Maria Sharapova of Russia beat Sara Errani of Italy 6-3, 6-2 in the French Open final to complete a career Grand Slam.

SPECIAL EVENTS

• Pet Memorial Day

• Donald Duck Day

• Strawberry-Rhubarb Pie Day

UPCOMING

• June 21: Father’s Day (Sunday)

• June 21: Summer begins (Sunday, 12:38PM Eastern)

• July 4: Independence Day (Saturday)

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NUMBER FOR THE DAY

30: Estimated cost, in dollars, added per minute when a plane stands idle at the boarding gate.

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NEWS ATTACK!

The President of Turkey says that the only reason he built his controversial massive presidential palace is because the old presidential building has cockroaches. The new building costs $615 million. [Which means that he probably did save a pretty penny on the cost of an exterminator.]

A report reveals that the TSA hired people it shouldn’t have because they were linked to suspicious terrorist-related activity. The agency hired 73 of them. [And they’re the ones who are actually polite to you.]

Amy Schumer says that she recently pretended to fall on the red carpet so that the photographers would stay focused on her rather than the couple coming behind her, Kanye and Kim. [Nice try, but the cameras would stay focused on Kanye and Kim even if the pope fell on top of Santa Claus.]

A study was conducted to determine the reasons for surgical errors. Overconfidence was one factor. [For example, too many doctors trying to win bets by performing the surgery while blindfolded.]

Kate Moss was escorted by police off a plane in London after she became disruptive. [The interrogation took even longer than normal due to every cop on duty posing for a selfie.]

Workers at a high school in Oklahoma were removing a chalkboard when they discovered an old chalkboard underneath with teacher notes on it from 1917. [“Please do not forget to have your permission slips signed for tomorrow’s field trip to the butter churn factory.”]

Taco Bell says that next month it will debut the Cap’n Crunch Delight, a doughnut hole filled with icing and covered with Cap’n Crunch Berry crumbs. Look for it on July 2. [Just in time to celebrate the nation’s independence from a tyrannical England that sought to restrict our God-given access to fatty gluten-filled snack foods.]

Sonya Baumstein has begun her quest to become the first female to row solo across the Pacific. [Some people will do anything to get out of having to go to their nieces’ and nephews’ graduation ceremonies.]

Sonya Baumstein has begun her quest to become the first female to row solo across the Pacific. [She makes my plan to spend the summer making my own bean bag chair seem a little lame.]

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NEWS & NUGGETS

WORST THING COUPLES CAN DO BEFORE GETTING MARRIED _ If you’re planning to get married, there’s one thing you should not do before you say “I do.” Can you guess what it is? The thing you don’t want to do before you marry the love of your life is…. borrow money — especially to finance the wedding or the honeymoon. A recent study revealed that among married women, those whose weddings cost $20,000 or more were 3½ times more likely to face divorce than those whose weddings cost only between $5,000 and $10,000. The authors of the study say that splurging on weddings could “lead to marital stress caused by debt.”

… Financial advisers insist that it’s better to have a cheaper wedding than one where the newlywed couple will find themselves saddled with debt right on the first day of their married life.

… One exception might be a new home. Assuming you’re both financially sound and aren’t buying too much house, a mortgage is OK since you’re buying an asset that will, mostly likely, increase in value.

FB icon Start it on Facebook, take it to the phones: So don’t get into debt before you’re married. What one piece of advice would you give to engaged couples?

PREDICTING GPA AND STUDENT SUCCESS? THERE’S AN APP FOR THAT _ What if your smartphone could predict your performance at school or work? Researchers at Dartmouth are perfecting an app that can tell students their GPAs, based on how and where they spend their time. A few years ago, computer science professor Andrew Campbell was shocked when his own research found that there’s actually no correlation between the time students spend in the classroom and their grades. So, Campbell set out to discover what did have an impact on students’ grades. He developed an app that collected the behavioral data of 30 of his students.

… His app uses microphones and GPS sensors to gather information about the user, like if they’re walking or running, having an in-depth or shallow conversation, and exactly where on campus he or she is located. Campbell says the app can predict GPA within 17 hundredths of a point.

… And, no surprise, students who spend more time studying without distraction perform better at school.

CAR OWNER REUNITED WITH HER “FIRST LOVE” _ The owner of a 1972 Corvette Stingray that was stolen 43 years ago was finally reunited with her “first love” recently. The Duluth, Georgia, resident bought the car when she was 19 using money from her first job toward a down payment and owned it for just six months. It was a used-car dealer who realized there was something funny about the car’s title. The dealer, government officials and Allstate Insurance worked to reunite the owner with her first love. Allstate was the insurer which paid out 43 years ago when the car was stolen.

… The car dealer said he bought it from a widow in 2014 for $10,000, and noticed something was suspicious while going through the documents that came with the car.

… Although in these cases the insurance company will often auction off recovered property, the original owner was able to buy it back for an undisclosed sum.

KIDS SET UP LEMONADE STAND, PRO GOLFER LEAVES A $100 TIP _ When life hands you lemons, make lemonade — professional golfer Phil Mickelson might give you $100 for a glass. It happened to 6-year-old Roland Van Karsen and his 8-year-old sister Elise. Mickelson pulled up to the kids’ lemonade stand near Muirfield Village Golf Club in Dublin, Ohio and ordered a $1 drink. He then left a $99 tip. Roland said he’s using the money to save up for a Nerf gun, and Elise wants to put her cut of the profit toward a Kindle.

NEVER PLUG IN YOUR PHONE AGAIN: WIRELESS CHARGING OVER WI-FI _ Will we soon say goodbye to cables? Researchers (University of Washington) have successfully tested Wi-Fi charging. The researchers equipped a variety of devices with sensors to take Wi-Fi signals from an off-the-shelf router and turn them into DC power. Special rechargeable batteries were charged up to 28 feet away.

… The researchers have already installed their modified routers in six homes around Seattle and are working with hardware manufacturers and a startup company to bring this technology into the mainstream.

STUDY: KIDS CAN LEARN AS MUCH FROM SESAME STREET AS FROM PRESCHOOL _ The most authoritative study ever done on the impact of Sesame Street was released Monday, and it finds that the famous show on public TV has delivered lasting educational benefits to millions of American children — benefits as powerful as the ones children get from going to preschool. The study (University of Maryland and Wellesley College) finds that the show has left children more likely to stay at the appropriate grade level for their age, an effect that is particularly pronounced among boys, African Americans and children who grow up in disadvantaged areas.

… The study shows that after Sesame Street was introduced in 1969, children living in places where its broadcast could be more readily received saw a 14% drop in their likelihood of being behind in school.

PIZZA HUT’S NEW BOX THAT TURNS INTO A MOVIE PROJECTOR _ Thinking that movie nights and pizza are a natural fit, Pizza Hut created a new cardboard pizza box that turns into a working movie projector powered by your smartphone. It’s called the “Blockbuster Box,” and it was designed for a Pizza Hut marketing stunt. The secret to each Blockbuster Box is that special pizza table that comes inside each box, which helps prevent the center of the box from touching your pizza and is traditionally made of plastic. The pizza table inside the special Blockbuster Boxes features a lens as part of the design, which you can insert into the side of the box after you punch out the perforated hole. Once you’ve inserted the lens into the side of the pizza box, you’ll then need a smartphone to power the experience. Placing your smartphone in the center of the Blockbuster Box, the lens will magnify your smartphone’s display and project it onto the wall.

… Pizza Hut is limiting the launch of the Blockbuster Box to select Hong Kong stores for now.

CHIPOTLE’S HOURLY WORKERS GETTING PAID SICK LEAVE AND VACATION _ Chipotle made a name for itself by selling fast food that’s of better quality than most fast food restaurants. Now the chain says it will turn its attention to hourly workers. The company announced that effective July 1, it will offer hourly workers paid sick leave, paid vacation and tuition reimbursement — benefits that were previously only on offer to salaried workers.

YOUR iPHONE WILL TRY TO TELL YOU WHO THE MYSTERY CALLER IS _ Apple is making a bunch of changes in the next release of your iPhone’s software that will make your device much more proactive — the coolest feature being a suggestion of who an unknown caller is. Instead of just showing a mysterious number, Apple’s operating system will suggest who the caller might be. To do this, it scans your email. So if it’s a total stranger calling you who’s never sent you an email, it might not work as well.

TURKISH PREZ: ROACHES MADE ME WANT NEW PALACE _ The presence of cockroaches in the Turkish President’s old offices were the reason why he needed a vast new presidential palace. His new $615 million presidential palace (in the outskirts of Ankara) has been ridiculed by the opposition as the tasteless and needless extravagance of an increasingly authoritarian leader. But in an interview he said his reasons for needing the 1,150-room palace were much more mundane. He said his old offices when he was prime minister from 2003 to 2014 were infested with cockroaches.

CONSPIRACY THEORISTS SAY ASTEROID IMPACT COMING IN SEPTEMBER _ Conspiracy theorists are predicting a cataclysmic climate event which will destroy civilization in September. End-of-time predictors on various blogs and websites have come up with the period between September 22-28 as the likely time frame for the impending catastrophe. The theories have been dismissed by scientists.

… NASA has made asteroid detection a high priority and a spokesman says: “NASA knows of no asteroid or comet currently on a collision course with Earth, so the probability of a major collision is quite small. In fact, as best as we can tell, no large object is likely to strike the Earth any time in the next several hundred years.”

MAN DIES AFTER EATING TABLET TO AVOID POLICE DETENTION _ A man in Russia died after eating parts of a smashed-up tablet computer to avoid being detained by police. Police were called to an apartment after reports that someone was throwing items out of a window. When police arrived at the scene, the 41-year-old man started to behave strangely by eating pieces of glass and the smashed-up computer tablet to avoid detention. The policeman, who was injured while trying to stop the man from eating his tablet, called an ambulance to the scene but the man lost consciousness and died before it arrived.

NASA SPOTS GLASS ON MARS _ We’re getting closer to the aliens. NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter has identified deposits of glass in the planet’s craters. If the glass is similar to what scientists on Earth have found, it may contain some life-form from the moment it collided and formed in the heat impact. A crater containing the glass is near the potential landing site for the rover of the Mars 2020 mission.

MAY WAS WETTEST MONTH ON U.S. RECORD _ This past May was the wettest month on record for the lower 48 U.S. states. According to the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration, the month saw an average of 4.36 inches of rain, topping the previous record of October 2009 by .07 inches. Oklahoma and Texas took the brunt of the bad weather, but many states on the East Coast experienced Mays that were drier than average.

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WACKY-BUT-TRUE

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: 86-YEAR-OLD TAKES COLLEGE ENTRANCE EXAM FOR 15th TIME _ An elderly man in China just took his college entrance exam for the 15th time. The 86-year-old has been trying to pass the national college entrance examination ever since graduating from high school in 1949. No word yet on whether he passed this time.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: DRUNKEN MAN IN UNDERWEAR WANDERS INTO HOME AND EATS CHIPS _ Police arrested a drunken Indiana man after they say he walked into a stranger’s house dressed only in his boxer shorts and ate chips.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: SUICIDE BOMBERS DETONATE THEMSELVES AFTER HEATED ARGUMENT _ At least one suicide bomber in Pakistan may have died after accidentally triggering a suicide vest during an argument with a second individual who was also potentially a suicide bomber. A source says the jacket of the would-be suicide bomber blew up during a brawl.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: TRACTOR-TRAILER CARRYING BACON COLLIDES WITH TRAIN _ A Chicago-bound Amtrak train had an unfortunate encounter with a tractor-trailer carrying 70,000 pounds of bacon that was obstructing the tracks last Friday. The train collided with the truck and managed to overturn the truck, splitting it in half. None of the crew or passengers were injured in the crash, but boxes of bacon were sadly lost.

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ON TELEVISION

AMERICA’S GOT TALENT (8p ET, NBC) — The auditions continue in this new, 2-hour edition.

NCIS (8p ET, CBS) — Repeat

JIMMY KIMMEL LIVE (8p ET, ABC) — Amy Poehler is the guest on tonight’s special.

ARE YOU SMARTER THAN A 5th GRADER (8p ET, FOX) — New

THE FLASH (8p ET, CW) — Repeat

NBA LIVE (8:30p ET, ABC) — Pregame show

NBA FINALS (9p ET, ABC) — The Golden State Warriors head to Cleveland for Game 3. The series is tied at a game apiece.

NCIS: NEW ORLEANS (9p ET, CBS) — Repeat

SEASON FINALE: HELL’S KITCHEN (9p ET, FOX) — After a quick trip to Las Vegas to visit Season 10 winner Christina Wilson for some motivation, the final two chefs face off.

SEASON FINALE: iZOMBIE (9p ET, CW) — Season one wraps up tonight. The show will return for a second season.

48 HOURS (10p ET, CBS) — Repeat

I CAN DO THAT (10p ET, NBC) — In this new edition, the celebrities perform in pairs with Blue Man Group and crossbow artist Ben Blaque, and also take on double-dutch jump rope.

ROYAL PAINS (10p ET, USA) — New

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ENTERTAINMENT

BEYONCÉ FACES BACKLASH FOR GMA ANNOUNCEMENT _ Beyoncé was a special guest on Good Morning America Monday after commercials promised that she’d have a major announcement. So spent days guessing what she would say. Would she announce a new sibling for Blue Ivy? A new album or tour? No, she announced the vegan diet plan that she followed. She said that she followed the plant-based diet outlined by exercise physiologist Marco Borges in his new book The 22-Day Revolution. His plan is based on the theory that it takes 21 days to change a habit. His diet is a plant-based vegan diet where participants avoid gluten, alcohol, and soy for 22 days.

… There was an almost instantaneous backlash on social media, including spamming her Instagram account. Many were angry that Good Morning America’s promotional tease was a hyped infomercial of sorts. GMA’s promotionals stated that “Beyoncé has something amazing that she wants you to know. So what is it?” Fans were disappointed.

… Fans spammed her Instagram account with emojis of French fries, burgers, drumsticks, donuts, and more.

… One Twitter user wrote: “They had the dramatic music in the Beyonce/GMA interview commercial and she’s announcing that she only eats grass.” one Twitter user wrote. Another added, “This Beyoncé announcement had me dead, I almost made it to school an hour late because I thought this GMA announcement would’ve been big,” while a third chimed in, “What a joke. Beyonce uses Good Morning America to announce she’s vegan. Yikes.”

… The Beyonce backlash comes not long after her husband, Jay Z, faced criticism for his music service Tidal. The streaming service was unveiled with a dozen or so of his very famous, very wealthy musician friends, who shared that part of Tidal’s mission was about the artists keeping more of the music royalty money — something fans weren’t interested in hearing.

CITY UNSURE WHETHER TO CHANGE THE NAME OF ‘BRUCE JENNER LANE’ _ The release of Caitlyn Jenner’s Vanity Fair cover got just a little bit of media and Internet coverage. But in Austin, Texas, Jenner’s new name and gender transition are causing a bit of a bureaucratic tangle and a whole lot of head-scratching. Residents of an Austin neighborhood in which all of the streets are named after Olympians say that they aren’t sure whether or not the city plans to change the name of the street they lived on from Bruce Jenner Lane to Caitlyn Jenner Lane. The street’s residents don’t seem care much.

… A representative for Austin’s city hall said that in order to change a street name, at least 50 percent of the street’s residents have to agree on the change.

… Whether or not residents in Clarksville, Tennessee, or El Paso, Texas, will alter their own streets named after Jenner remains to be seen.

SALMA HAYEK LOVES BEING CALLED ‘HOT’ AFTER TURNING 40 _ Salma Hayek still loves being called hot, but the actress said the compliment takes on a little more importance now that she’s over 40. The 48-year-old actress was honored at Spike TV’s 2015 Guys Choice Awards, receiving the Decade of Hotness award. The actress said she once struggled to be known for her acting chops rather than her looks, but Salma Hayek says she now takes it as an honor to be called hot.

SUPERMODEL KATE MOSS WAS ESCORTED OFF AN EASYJET FLIGHT _ Supermodel Kate Moss took one of her fiercest runway-related struts Sunday afternoon in London: Upon arriving at the airport, Moss was escorted by authorities off her easyJet flight due to vaguely described “disruptive behavior.” The exact nature of the disruption remains unclear; some passengers suggest it may have had to do with Moss drinking vodka packed in her carry-on. Of course, nearly everyone is most surprised by the fact that Moss was flying on a budget airplane like easyJet than that she was whisked away for as-yet-unknown diva behavior.

NETFLIX LOCKS UP BRAD PITT’S ‘WAR MACHINE’ _ Netflix continues to show it’s no longer just a service streaming previously-released movies and TV reruns. The latest news is that Netflix has picked up the distribution rights to Brad Pitt’s latest film, War Machine. The film will apparently be a “satirical comedy” based in part on late journalist Michael Hastings’s 2011 book, The Operators: The Wild and Terrifying Inside Story of America’s War in Afghanistan. Pitt will play a character modeled on Gen. Stanley McChrystal, the former commander of American and international forces in Afghanistan and a central character in the book.

… Netflix also recently picked up distribution rights to the Ricky Gervais-Eric Bana movie Special Correspondents, as well as the Jamie Dornan drama Jadotville.

STEVEN SPIELBERG DIRECTED TOM HANKS IN BRIDGE OF SPIES _ The trailer for the new thriller Bridge of Spies has been released. Directed by Oscar winner Steven Spielberg, the film stars Oscar winner Tom Hanks as James Donovan, a Brooklyn lawyer who finds himself thrust into the center of the Cold War when the CIA sends him on the near-impossible task to negotiate the release of a captured American U-2 pilot. The historical drama will arrive in theaters October 16. • VIDEO

THE MARTIAN TRAILER _ The first full trailer for The Martian, starring Matt Damon and many others, is out — and it’s pretty powerful. • VIDEO

ZOE SALDANA’S HUSBAND TAKES HER NAME _ Zoe Saldana tells the July issue of InStyle magazine how Italian artist Marco Perego took her name after the two secretly married in the summer of 2013. Perego, it turns out, made the progressive decision in spite of his wife’s doubts. Saldana tells InStyle: “I tried to talk him out of it. I told him, ‘If you use my name, you’re going to be emasculated by your community of artists, by your Latin community of men, by the world.’ But Marco looks up at me and says [in his Italian accent], ‘Ah, Zoe, I don’t give a (bleep).'”

… Saldana and her husband welcomed their twin boys, Cy Ardio and Bowie Ezio, in November. Since then, the first-time mom has been vocal on social media about her struggles. Not only has she turned to Twitter for breastfeeding advice, but she also opened up on Facebook in April about the “dramatic changes” her body underwent, inside and out, after the birth of her sons.

THREE STOOGES RETURNING TO TV WITH ANIMATED COMEDY SERIES _ The Three Stooges is coming back to TV as an animated series. Fifty-two animated segments will run eleven minutes each. • STOOGES THEME

CAITLYN JENNER SUED BY SECOND DRIVER IN FATAL CAR CRASH _ A woman injured in Caitlyn Jenner’s February multi-vehicle car crash is suing the star. Jenner, then known as Bruce Jenner, was driving on Los Angeles’ Pacific Coast Highway in February when she slammed into a Lexus, sending the driver, Kim Howe, into oncoming traffic, where she was fatally struck by a Hummer. After hitting Howe’s car, Jenner then crashed into the Prius that was ahead of her. Now the Prius driver, Jessica Steindorff, has filed a lawsuit. Steindorff is seeking lost wages and additional damages. In her the suit, she refers to Jenner as “Bruce Jenner a/k/a Caitlyn Jenner.”

… Jenner is also facing a wrongful death lawsuit filed by Howe’s stepchildren. The former Olympian is fighting to get the claim dismissed, however, by arguing that the suit has no merit because Howe had little to no relationship with her stepkids, who were not dependent upon her financially.

EMILY DESCHANEL AND HUSBAND WELCOME A BABY BOY _ Emily Deschanel and David Hornsby have welcomed their second child together, a son. No other details are available at this time. The Bones star’s rep announced that she and her It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia hubby were expecting baby No. 2 back in December. The new baby joins the couple’s first son, Henry Hornsby, who was born in September 2011.

DAVID HASSELHOFF’S ‘KNIGHT RIDER’ KITT CAR CAN BE YOURS _ Wanna channel your inner David Hasselhoff? Got a few hundred grand burning a hole in your pocket? Julien’s Auctions is putting the KITT car from the 1980s Hasselhoff series Knight Rider up for sale, as part of an auction that will take place June 26 and 27. The T-Top TransAm, which boasts a keyless ignition system, along with studio-created instruments, controls and monitors, is estimated to fetch between $200,000 and $300,000.

… The car will include call sheets and maps indicating when the vehicle was used on the NBC show and which cast members were present.

22 MILLION WATCH AMERICAN PHAROAH WIN TRIPLE CROWN _ American Pharoah broke horse racing’s 37-year Triple Crown drought, but his triumphant run at the Belmont Stakes did not break any records. An average 18.5 million viewers tuned in to see if the Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner could pull off the three-peat at Belmont. The TV broadcast did spike between 6:45 and 7PM Eastern Time, when 22 million viewers saw American Pharoah cross the finish line.

LETHAL WEAPON, GOONIES ACTRESS DIES _ Mary Ellen Trainor, an actress who appeared in all four Lethal Weapon movies from 1987 to 1998, has died at age 62. Trainor’s first onscreen role was a small part on Cheers in 1983. The following year, she starred in Romancing the Stone, and by 1985, she landed a role in The Goonies as Mikey and Brand’s mom, Mrs. Walsh. She worked steadily in film and TV for 25 years, with credits including Ghostbusters II, Die Hard and Back to the Future Part II.

BRAD PITT AND ANGELINA JOLIE TRAVEL LIKE THE COMMON FOLK _ Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie and their six kids turned up in the economy cabin of a flight from Paris to Nice, France. The flight was about an hour long. A witness said passengers were “pleasantly surprised and a bit shocked” to see the Hollywood power couple sitting in coach.

KIM KARDASHIAN RENTED STAPLES CENTER FOR HUSBAND’S BIRTHDAY _ Kim Kardashian West definitely knows how to make a birthday extra special. Kim rented out the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Monday for husband Kanye West’s 38th birthday. In a photo, the singer is all smiles as he holds a basketball. He and his entourage are wearing matching jerseys with the word “West” emblazoned on them.

STEPHEN COLBERT PERFECTS NEW LATE SHOW THEME SONG _ Stephen Colbert is knocking items off of his Late Show to do list, starting with the show’s theme song. In a video released Monday, Colbert sits at an electric keyboard and writes a new theme song for the show. Colbert sings, “What time is it? It’s Late!/What show is it? It’s Show!” • VIDEO

GWYNETH PALTROW REVEALS HER 13 FAVORITE NYC RESTAURANTS _ When she’s not cleansing or food stamp challenging, Gwyneth Paltrow is eating well. On Monday, the actress and lifestyle celebrity published a list of her 13 favorite restaurants in NYC on her site, Goop. Her picks, in no particular order, span several styles of cooking — from Jewish soul food to upscale Italian to experimental Japanese — and even price ranges.

WARNER BROS. FINED A FAN $20 FOR PIRATING A FRIENDS EPISODE _ Warner Bros. has reportedly been emailing people who’ve downloaded Friends episodes over BitTorrent and offering them a deal — pay them $20. This is the message that went out from Rights Corp., a digital enforcer claiming to represent Warner Bros., to an anonymous Sir or Madam who pirated the episode — “The One With Five Steaks and an Eggplant” — from season 2: “Although WB understands and appreciates that you are a fan of its content, the unauthorized uploading and downloading of its copyrighted content is a serious matter. Your [Internet] service could be suspended if this matter is not resolved. … The damage to WB from your conduct substantially exceeds $20 but in the interest of having you stop your infringement of WB content permanently, WB is prepared to make you this settlement offer.”

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BITS & BREAKS

FRIGGIN’ FLIES

It’s the time of year for flies.

• In all there are over 120,000 species of flies ranging in size from 1/20th of an inch to well over three inches.

• One of the things that separate flies from other flying insects are their wings. Flies are the only insects that have only two. All other insects have four wings.

• The flies reputation for uncleanliness is well deserved. Entomologists in China studied more than 378,046 common house flies and estimated that each carried no less than 1.9 million bacteria on their bodies.

• The average house fly lives on average 21 days.

• A flies wings beat 200 times per second.

• Flies don’t grow. They are born full size.

• Flies have 4,000 lenses in each eye.

• Flies jump up and backwards when taking off.

• Average speed of a fly in flight is 4.5 mph.

• Flies smell with their antennae

• Flies will only continue to beat their wings so long as their feet are free. As soon as the feet become stationary, the will stop flying.

NEW ON DVD TODAY

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FUN & GAMES

TRIVIA: What do Hannibal Hamlin, Schuyler Colfax and Levi P. Morton have in common? (They were Vice Presidents of the United States)

GUESS THE FAKE FOOD ADDITIVE

Lately some big food chains have been promising to dump a lot of food additives. I’ll throw out some names that sound like food additives, you tell me which ones I made up.

• lactic acid (real)

• dextrose (real)

• graftose (fake)

• titanium dioxide (real)

• sodium chlortrimaton (fake)

• sorbitol (real)

• lasitosis lactate (fake)

• brominated vegetable oil (real)

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JOKE OF THE DAY

Tired of being asked why she never married an elderly woman came up with a response that usually shut people up. “I have a fireplace that smokes, a washing machine that won’t work, a cat that stays out all night, a dog that barks at me, and a kitchen sink that smells bad. Why do I need a husband?”

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VIDEO OF THE DAY

Excited dogs playing with hose in slow motion.

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IMAGE OF THE DAY

No worries. He’s using his artificial leg.

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LAST MINUTE ITEMS

• Where is the International Space Station right now?

• If the iPhone had been created in 1987.

• The final Jurassic World trailer is pretty terrifying.

Windows 93

• Ex-lovers meet each other for the first time after 30 years.

• How well can you hear audio quality?

• San Andreas without special effects.

• Tarantino’s film homages. A side-by-side comparison.

• Mad Max: Fury Road before and after.

• Companies with the best lifetime warranties.

• Guy replaces pet names in local pet store with new hilarious labels.

• Classic cars next to their modern version.

• The E.T. sequel that fortunately never happened.

Eat This Much automatically creates meal plans that meet your diet goals.

• An architect wants to build an underwater tennis court in Dubai.

• Mac users: get the fantastic Forecast Bar.

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DATEBOOK: JUNE 10, 2015

This is day 161 of 2015. There are 204 days remaining.

BIRTHDAYS

• Prince Philip (husband of Queen Elizabeth) is 94

• Former U.S. Senator and presidential candidate John Edwards is 62

• Former New York Governor Eliot Spitzer is 56

• Gina Gershon is 53

• Jeanne Tripplehorn is 52

• Kate Flannery (The Office) is 51

• Elizabeth Hurley is 50

• DJ Qualls (Hustle and Flow) is 37

• Leelee Sobieski is 33

• Model Kate Upton is 23

IT HAPPENED TODAY

• 1682: The first tornado recorded by settlers in North America was sighted near New Haven, Connecticut.

• 1776: The Continental Congress appointed a committee to write a Declaration of Independence.

• 1793: The first public zoo opened in Paris.

• 1793: Philadelphia ceased to be the capital of the United States when all federal government offices moved to Washington DC.

• 1902: Americus F. Callahan patented what he called the outlook or see-through envelope.

• 1935: Alcoholics Anonymous was founded in Akron, Ohio, by Bill Wilson and Dr. Bob Smith.

• 1943: The Ball Point Pen was patented by Lasalo Biro of Budapest, Hungary.

• 1944: In baseball, 15-year old Joe Nuxhall of the Cincinnati Reds became the youngest player ever in a major-league game.

• 1965: Subway owner Fred DeLuca opened his first sandwich shop.

• 1967: History’s first horse motel opened in Marshfield, Missouri.

• 1977: Apple Computer shipped its first Apple II personal computer.

• 1986: Nancy Lieberman-Cline became the first woman to play in a men’s pro basketball league, signing in Massachusetts with the Springfield Fame of the USBL.

• 1997: Doctors in Lecco, Italy, removed a 7-by-7 centimeter surgical gauze from the abdomen of a woman where it had been left 25 years earlier when she had a Caesarian section. Giuditta Consonni had complained for years of stomach pains; doctors finally found the problem.

• 2002: A man in Hanau, Germany, was charged with assaulting a police officer with his underpants. Arrested for traveling on a train without a ticket, the suspect was waiting the police station when he suddenly stripped and began hitting an officer repeatedly in the face with his underpants, which were listed in the charge as a weapon.

• 2006: In Wichita, Kansas, two unidentified guys walked into a grocery store and demanded money from the cashier. In a major flaw in their plan, one of them was an employee of the store and was recognized by the cashier. He compounded his problems by showing up for work the next day driving the same vehicle that was used in the heist.

2007: The final episode of The Sopranos aired on HBO.

SPECIAL EVENTS

• Ball Point Pen Day

• Iced Tea Day

UPCOMING

• June 21: Father’s Day (Sunday)

• June 21: Summer begins (Sunday, 12:38PM Eastern)

• July 4: Independence Day (Saturday)

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