BartCop Entertainment Archives - Friday, 7 July, 2017


7 July, 2017

(Updated Daily)

[154 days in a row]


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Haroon Siddique: Sex robots promise 'revolutionary' service but also risks, says study (The Guardian)
Androids could offer valuable help to the elderly and disabled but may lead to the increased objectification of women.

Suzanne Moore: Sex robots: innovation driven by male masturbatory fantasy is not a revolution (The Guardian)
From men who struggle with intimacy to women trafficked into sex work, all sorts of people stand to benefit. But, really, these are simulations of women to be bought by men.

Tom Danehy: Old-School Corporate Greed (Tucson Weekly)
Hundreds of men were illegally rounded up and brutally deported from Bisbee 100 years ago. Here's why.

Garrison Keillor: Blind man in a hotel room (Washington Post)
Kindness and blindness in one day.

Gary Robbins: Baby boomers fuel wave of products meant to help them live longer and better (San Diego Union Tribune)
"Holy cow, this is scary!" Ken Goble was 160 feet above the ground, walking a narrow plank. Or so it seemed. The 69-year-old was wearing a virtual reality headset that tricked him into thinking he was up high and in danger. He was simply crossing a lab floor at San Diego State University, where scientists were using virtual reality to gauge how stress and anxiety influence a person's gait and balance.

Michele Hanson: So forgetting is good for you. But why does it have to be my friends' names? (The Guardian)
Scientists say memory lapses keep your brain healthy. But if it's so clever, surely it should erase mundane or unpleasant minutiae.

Who's afraid of unfinished work? Why Edward Albee wanted his leftovers destroyed (The Guardian)
The playwright, who died last year, made provisions in his will to ensure any remaining manuscripts were never published. But, as with Nabokov and Kafka, will his dying wishes be ignored?

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Michael Egan Confirms Mitch McConnell a 'Direct Descendant' of Dracula
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Editorial and Political Cartoons


Trivia Question of the Day

This American musician and actor was born Peter Halsten Thorkelson. By what name is he better known?


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Throwback Thursday Trivia Question from Yesterday

On what TV series would you find these three pious young women?

       Charlie's Angels                                                      Source

Charlie's Angels is an American crime drama television series that aired on ABC from September 22, 1976 to June 24, 1981, producing five seasons and 110 episodes. The series was created by Ivan Goff and Ben Roberts and was produced by Aaron Spelling. It follows the crime-fighting adventures of three women working in a private detective agency in Los Angeles, California, and originally starred Kate Jackson, Farrah Fawcett, and Jaclyn Smith in the leading roles, with David Doyle co-starring as a sidekick to the three women, and, John Forsythe providing the voice of their boss, the unseen Charlie Townsend, who directed the 'Angels' crime-fighting operations over a speaker-phone. There were a few casting changes, after the departure of Fawcett and Jackson, came the additions of Cheryl Ladd, Shelley Hack, and Tanya Roberts.

Despite mixed reviews from critics and a reputation for merely being "Jiggle TV" (specifically emphasizing the sex appeal of the female leads), Charlie's Angels enjoyed huge popularity with audiences and was a top ten hit in the Nielsen ratings for its first two seasons. By the third season, however, the show had fallen from the top 10. The fourth season of the show saw a further decline in ratings. But the changes could not stop the falling ratings and in 1981, after 110 episodes, Charlie's Angels was cancelled after five seasons. The series continues to have a cult and pop culture following through syndication, DVD releases, and subsequent TV and film remakes.        Source

Mark. was first and correct with:
   Ooh, I never watched Charlie's Angels, but it was such a huge part of the late '70s that I can recognize the three women.

Randall wrote:
   Charlie's Angels

Stephen F said:
   Charlie's Angels

Alan J replied:
   Charlie's Angels.

Kevin K. in Washington, DC responded:
   That's "Charlies Angels".

Adam answered:
   Charlie's Angels

Gene said:
   Cute clue in the question! Charlie's Angels.

Jim from CA, retired to ID, replied:
   Charlie's Angel's

John I from Hawai`i says,
   "Charlie's Angels."

Deborah wrote:
   Those are Charlie's Angels, a show from the '70s that I didn't watch.
  Triple digits temps today and next few. Oh, boy.

Billy in Cypress responded:
   Charlie's Angels

Dale of Hot Diamond Springs, Norcali answered:
   Charlie's Angels…Hollywood typically of that time period.

Daniel in The City wrote:
   Charlie's Angels

zorch said:
   Charlie's Angels

BttbBob   replied:
   A bit of late 70's TV fluffery called 'Charlie's Angels'... I don't recall watching it very much.


  I do recall, though, that I thought that Kate Jackson was pretty sharp...


  Belated Thanks Moment - Hey, Boss! I was delighted to see the photo of our fireworks in Bay City, MI that you posted... The show here is, arguably, the best in the state, and has been for years. This year it has been estimated that 200,000 people total attended the 3 day festival. It draws people from all over Michigan. Not bad for a metro area of about 50,000... I hope that someday Madonna will come to see her hometown 3 day display. I don't think she's been back here since her Grandma died a few years ago...


  July 7 Birthdays - Celebrities Born July 7 | Famous Birthdays

Joe S     answered:
   Charlie's Angels, the originals. (Hot)

mj took the day off.

David of Moon Valley took the day off.

DJ Useo took the day off.

Dave in Tucson took the day off.

Michele W took the day off.

Sally has retired.

MAM     In memory.




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Michelle in AZ

Children of the Opioid Epidemic Are Flooding Foster Homes. America Is Turning a Blind Eye. - Mother Jones

The Farm Belt führer: the making of a neo-Nazi | World news | The Guardian

LHC double heavy particle to shine light on strong force - BBC News

Like 'Hamilton,' the Hilarious 'Spamilton' Showcases Actor Diversity - NBC News

At 80 Years Old, Spam Has Spawned a Culinary Legacy - NBC News

States Move To Tighten Medicaid Rolls, Even Without A New Health Law : Shots - Health News : NPR

El Salvador teen rape victim sentenced to 30 years in prison after stillbirth | Global development | The Guardian

From She to Sheena: can modern audiences ignore the jungle queen's racist roots? | Books | The Guardian

Connelly: Senators tell Trump -- Hands off our monuments - SFGate

Even Beyond Trumpcare, Trump Admin Making It Easier For Nursing Homes To Abuse Or Kill

Trump Wanders Off AGAIN. This Time In Poland.

Thanks, Michelle!



A Semi-Precious Beach...

Pink sand is washing up on this Lake Superior beach

MUNISING, MI - When you're walking on this Lake Superior beach, you're actually walking on tiny garnets. Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore shared a picture of its pink sand beach Thursday, explaining the reason behind its jewel-toned hue... "The pink sand is actually garnet that has eroded from one of the sandstone layers of the Pictured Rock cliffs. The garnet then washed up at Sand Point and makes a unique pink sand beach," the park explained...    Source

Pictured Rocks NLS is not only a great visual treat from the boat ride along its cliffs' length (about 15 miles), but is also a great place to camp, hike, fish and enjoy a wilderness experience. It is 42 miles long and is 114 Sq Miles... and it has a pink, semi-precious beach...


Thanks, B2tBBob!



Bonus Links

Jeannie the Teed-Off Temp

Trump's Tweets Are Not a Distraction - ny

Be Careful Celebrating Google's New Ad Blocker. Here's What's Really Going On. - the

Trump's team forgot to book a hotel, so they're crashing on Hamburg's couch for the G20 -

Republican senator confronted by his daughters' pediatrician over health care bill - think

Trump Goes To Europe, Trashes U.S. Intelligence Agencies | HuffPost

McConnell signals doubts about ObamaCare vote | TheHill

The Bad News From Hamburg: Nobody Is Leading The World | HuffPost

Did the White House Just Use the Time Warner-AT&T Deal to Threaten CNN? | Vanity Fair

A Definitive Guide to the G.O.P. Insiders Enabling Donald Trump | Vanity Fair

Trump supporter admits writing anti-Trump graffiti at elementary school to try to frame liberals | TheHill

Pizzagate Nearly Destroyed My Restaurant. Then My Customers Helped Me Fight Back |

18 States and D.C. Sue DeVos Over Delayed Student Loan Protections - The Daily Beast

Massive political pain lies ahead for the GOP - and it couldn't happen to a nicer bunch of guys -

How Ex-Spies Think Putin Will Sucker 'Sociopathic Narcissist' Trump

Inside the Trump-Putin meeting - Axios



from Marc Perkel

Patriot Act

Patriot Act NSA Spying Unconstitutional Section 215 National Security Letters Must End

My name is Marc Perkel and I have decided to announce that I will not comply with the so called "Patriot Act" laws requiring me to disclose information about my customers. If I receive a national security letter I will immediately photograph it, post it online everywhere I can, and then make a video of me burning it. I will then await my arrest. If you want to put me in jail then come get me mother fucker.

Come Get Me Mother Fucker | Putting and end to NSA government Spying





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In The Chaos Household

Last Night

Way too toasty.

Tonight, Friday:

CBS begins the night with a RERUN 'MacGyver', followed by a RERUN 'Hawaii Five-0', then a RERUN 'Blue Bloods'.
On a RERUN Stephen Colbert (from 5/22/17) are Rachel Maddow and Ben Platt.
On a RERUN James Corden, OBE, (from 5/9/17) are Eva Longoria, Sam Richardson, and Paul Feig.

NBC starts the night with a RERUN 'America's Got Talent', followed by 'Dateline'.
On a RERUN Jimmy Fallon (from 5/12/17) are Derek Jeter, Katherine Langford, and Father John Misty.
On a RERUN Seth Meyers (from 5/1/17) are America Ferrera, Ike Barinholtz, and Josh Dion.
On a RERUN Carson 'The Scab' Daly (from 3/1/17) are Natalie Zea, T.S.O.L., and Genesis Rodriguez.

ABC opens the night with a RERUN 'Shark Tank', followed by 'What Would You Do?', then '20/20'.
On a RERUN Jimmy Kimmel (from 6/7/17) are Michael Keaton, Anthony Davis, and Charlie Wilson featuring Robin Thicke.

The CW offers a FRESH 'Masters Of Illusion', followed by another FRESH 'Masters Of Illusion', then a RERUN Riverdale'.

Faux has a RERUN 'MasterChef', followed by a RERUN 'Lucifer'.

MY recycles an old 'American Ninja Warrior', followed by another old 'American Ninja Warrior'.

A&E has 'Live PD', followed by a FRESH 'Live PD: Rewind', then a FRESH 'Live PD'.

AMC offers the movie 'The Karate Kid', followed by the movie 'The Karate Kid, Part II'.

BBC  -   
 [6:00AM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 6 - EPISODE 1-The Impossible Astronaut-Part 1.
 [7:00AM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 6 - EPISODE 2-Day of the Moon-Part 2.
 [8:00AM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 6 - EPISODE 3-The Curse of the Black Spot
 [9:00AM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 6 - EPISODE 4-The Doctor's Wife
 [10:00AM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 6 - EPISODE 5-The Rebel Flesh-Part 1.
 [11:00AM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 6 - EPISODE 6-The Almost People-Part 2.
 [2:30PM]    STAR TREK: THE ORIGINAL SERIES - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 3-Where No Man Has Gone Before
 [7:20PM]    STAR TREK: THE ORIGINAL SERIES - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 7-What Are Little Girls Made Of?
 [9:40PM]    STAR TREK: THE ORIGINAL SERIES - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 9-Dagger of the Mind
 [10:50PM]    STAR TREK: THE ORIGINAL SERIES - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 10-The Corbomite Maneuver
 [12:00AM]    STAR TREK: THE ORIGINAL SERIES - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 11-The Menagerie, Part 1
 [1:10AM]    STAR TREK: THE ORIGINAL SERIES - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 12-The Menagerie, Part 2
 [4:45AM]    STAR TREK: THE ORIGINAL SERIES - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 3-Where No Man Has Gone Before    (ALL TIMES EDT)

Bravo has the movie 'Miss Congeniality 2: Armed & Fabulous', followed by the movie 'Miss Congeniality'.

Comedy Central has 'Futurama', 'South Park', another 'South Park', still another 'South Park', 'Kevin Hart: Seriously Funny', and 'Kevin Hart: Laugh At My Pain'.

FX has the movie 'Thor: The Dark World', followed by the movie 'Marvel's The Avengers'.

History has 3 hours of old 'Ancient Aliens', followed by the FRESH 'UFO Conspiracy: Hunt For The Truth'.

IFC  -   
 [11:45AM]    DAWN OF THE DEAD
 [4:15PM]    RED DRAGON
 [7:00PM]    SE7EN
 [10:00PM]    FARGO
 [12:15AM]    SE7EN

Sundance  -   
 [6:25AM]    The Mary Tyler Moore Show-Rhoda, the Beautiful
 [7:00AM]    The Mary Tyler Moore Show-Just Around the Corner
 [7:35AM]    The Mary Tyler Moore Show-But Seriously, Folks
 [8:10AM]    The Mary Tyler Moore Show-Farmer Ted and the News
 [8:45AM]    The Mary Tyler Moore Show-Have I Found a Guy for You
 [9:20AM]    The Mary Tyler Moore Show-You've Got a Friend
 [9:55AM]    The Mary Tyler Moore Show-It Was Fascination, I Know
 [10:30AM]    (500) Days of Summer
 [12:30PM]    Silver Linings Playbook
 [3:00PM]    Law & Order-In Memory Of
 [4:00PM]    Law & Order-Out of Control
 [5:00PM]    Law & Order-Renunciation
 [6:00PM]    Law & Order-Heaven
 [7:00PM]    Law & Order-His Hour Upon the Stage
 [8:00PM]    Law & Order-Slave
 [9:00PM]    Law & Order-Girlfriends
 [10:00PM]    Law & Order-Pro Se
 [11:00PM]    Law & Order-Homesick
 [12:00AM]    Law & Order-Aftershock
 [1:00AM]    Law & Order-Causa Mortis
 [2:00AM]    Jackie Brown
 [5:30AM]    Confidence    (ALL TIMES EDT)

SyFy has the movie 'Salt', followed by a FRESH 'Killjoys', then a FRESH 'Dark Matter', followed by a FRESH 'Wynonna Earp'.

TCM spends the night with Alfred Hitchcock
 [6:30 AM]      Arrowsmith (1931)
 [8:15 AM]      Two O'Clock Courage (1945)
 [9:30 AM]      Border Incident (1949)
 [11:30 AM]      Side Street (1950)
 [1:00 PM]      The Bamboo Blonde (1946)
 [2:15 PM]      Raw Deal (1948)
 [3:45 PM]      Men In War (1957)
 [5:30 PM]      Cimarron (1960)
 [8:00 PM]      Number Seventeen (1932)
 [9:30 PM]      The Man Who Knew Too Much (1934)
 [11:00 PM]      The 39 Steps (1935)
 [12:45 AM]      The Lady Vanishes (1938)
 [2:45 AM]      Jamaica Inn (1939)
 [4:30 AM]      Aventure Malgache (1944)
 [5:15 AM]      Bon Voyage (1944)

Saturday   -  07/08/17

TCM spends part of the night featuring films directed by James Whale
 [6:00 AM]      Anthony Adverse (1936)
 [8:30 AM]      A Matter of Life and Death (1947)    [AKA: 'Stairway to Heaven']
 [10:30 AM]      One Mysterious Night (1944)
 [12:00 PM]      The Grapes of Wrath (1940)
 [2:30 PM]      Many Rivers To Cross (1955)
 [4:15 PM]      I Shot Jesse James (1949)
 [5:45 PM]      Gunfight at the O.K. Corral (1957)
 [8:00 PM]      Bride of Frankenstein (1935)
 [9:45 PM]      The Man in the Iron Mask (1939)
 [12:00 AM]      Show Boat (1936)
 [2:15 AM]      The Invisible Man (1933)

 [3:45 AM]      Gymkata (1985)
 [5:30 AM]      Perversion For Profit (1965)     (ALL TIMES EDT)

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Protesters hold a placard as they wait for the demonstration during the G-20 summit in Hamburg, Germany, July 6, 2017.
Photo by Kai Pfaffenbach


The Sideshow - by Avedon Carol


Polish First Lady

Agata Kornhauser-Duda

Donald Trump (R-Crooked) just can't seem to catch a break-or a handshake, for that matter.

The commander in chief was attending a ceremony with first lady Melania Trump in Poland Thursday afternoon, accompanied by President Andrzej Duda and his wife, Agata Kornhauser-Duda. Like any other political soiree, the time came for a beautiful photo op during which the leaders would shake hands with each other and their wives, reinforcing their nations' alliances on a world stage in a tangible and historically documented exchange.

But of course, we're talking about the Trumps, whose awkward physical interactions during their first trip abroad since assuming the White House were the focus of front-page internet news. On Thursday, the world was once again blessed with an unusual, albeit hilarious, apparent slight, this time involving Trump and the first lady of Poland.

Videos of the moment show both first families walking on stage to perform their official greetings in front of the media, as Trump claps and appears to showcase his wife Melania Trump. Unlike the American president and his wife, Duda holds hands with his wife as the two walk out to accompany the Trumps.

The two leaders shake hands, with Trump leaning in and patting the Polish president on his right shoulder. Trump then leans further, toward Duda's wife, extending his arm for a handshake with the first lady. Instead, she glides past him, walking toward Melania Trump and reaching out to embrace her instead of the U.S. president.

Agata Kornhauser-Duda


Protesters hold placards as they wait for the demonstration during the G-20 summit in Hamburg, Germany, July 6, 2017.
Photo by Kai Pfaffenbach


Fox Business Suspends Anchor


Charles Payne, who has anchored programs on Fox Business Network since its launch in the middle of last decade, has been suspended from his duties at the 21st Century Fox owned cable-news outlet as the company investigates sexual harassment allegations made against him.

A Fox Business spokesperson said Payne had been "suspended pending further investigation" after being asked about allegations that surfaced previously in The Los Angeles Times. "We take issues of this nature extremely seriously and have a zero tolerance policy for any professional misconduct. This matter is being thoroughly investigated and we are taking all of the appropriate steps to reach a resolution in a timely manner," the network said in a statement.

A female political analyst who has appeared on Fox News as well as CNN has contacted the law firm of Paul Weiss, which has been working for Fox for several months, alleging she was banned from Fox after ending an extramarital affair she had with the anchor in 2015, according to a report in The Los Angeles Times. An attorney for Payne told the Times the anchor denied sexually harassing the woman. The analyst alleged her Fox appearances were reduced after she terminated the relationship.

Payne has anchored "Making Money" at 6 p.m. on Fox Business. A rotating group of hosts are expected to fill in for him during his absence.



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Government Ethics Director Resigns

Walter Shaub

The government ethics director who prodded Donald Trump's (R-Corrupt) administration over conflicts of interest is resigning to take a new job.

Walter Shaub, director of the Office of Government Ethics, is joining the Campaign Legal Center, a nonprofit in Washington that mostly focuses on violations of campaign finance law.

Both Shaub and the Campaign Legal Center posted the news on their Twitter accounts, and Shaub confirmed his move to The Associated Press.

President Barack Obama appointed Shaub, a longtime OGE employee, to director of the office in 2013. His term was set to expire next year. In his resignation letter to Trump, dated Thursday, Shaub wrote that the employees he led "are committed to protecting the principle that public service is a public trust."

Beginning shortly after Election Day, Shaub and Trump's attorneys have engaged in an unusual bit of warfare that played out in eight months of OGE tweets, letters between them and OGE responses to congressional requests.

Walter Shaub


Animal rights protesters shout slogans after breaking mock banderillas containing red powder, which covered them during a demonstration for the abolition of bull runs and bullfights a day before the start of the famous running of the bulls San Fermin festival in Pamplona, northern Spain, July 5, 2017.
Photo by Eloy Alonso


Jumps Into Online Learning


Fender Musical Instruments Corp, whose electric guitars have powered music from Jimi Hendrix to Nirvana, is getting into the software business with an app for guitar lessons.

The Scottsdale, Arizona company is launching "Fender Play," an online system for learning guitar that Chief Executive Officer Andy Mooney, a veteran of Nike and Disney, hopes will cut down on the number of would-be guitarists who give up. He said 45 percent of the company's guitars sell to first-time players, but 90 percent abandon the instrument within a year and never become repeat customers.

"The 10 percent who make it through the first year own an average of seven guitars," Mooney said in an interview. "When we gathered the data and looked at the facts, we said, 'Oh my God, if we just reduced the abandonment rate by even 10 percent, we could perhaps double the size of the industry.'"

The musical instrument industry grew 9 percent to $7.1 billion in retail sales over the past five years but remains well below its 2005 peak of $7.7 billion, according to data from The Music Trades magazine.

Fender Play aims to address some key trends, Mooney said. About half of first-time buyers are women, according to Fender's research, and they are buying acoustic guitars online and going to sites like YouTube for lessons. For those new players, he said, traditional music stores can be intimidating.



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Misunderstands Supply and Demand Theory

Rick Perry

"If you build it, they will come." So said Kevin Costner in the famed baseball movie Field of Dreams. Unfortunately for Rick Perry (R-Pretty, Not Smart), the same logic does not hold true for the most basic and fundamental of economic theories: the law of supply and demand.

The law, of course, states that as supply increases the price will tend to drop, and vice versa, until the market finds an equilibrium price. Essentially, supply follows demand. Perry, the United States Energy Secretary no less, appeared to have forgotten the first words uttered in Economics 101 all those years ago when he spoke at a West Virginia coal plant Thursday.

"Here's a little economics lesson: supply and demand. You put the supply out there and the demand will follow," Perry said, according to Market Intelligence reporter Taylor Kuykendall.

Of course, even the vast majority of people who have never stepped foot inside an economics class will know that simply increasing the supply of coal will not lead to an increase in demand. But perhaps don't be too harsh on the former Texas governor. As energy secretary, he has been given the unenviable task of selling Donald Trump's (R-Buffoon) efforts to restore the U.S. coal industry to its decades-old former glory.

Plenty of experts have said that despite Trump pushing his "Pittsburgh not Paris" rhetoric and rolling back environmental regulations, including pulling out of the Paris climate agreement, coal jobs will not be coming back. Natural gas is a cheaper alternative and the rest of the world is moving toward renewable energy.

Rick Perry


German riot police confront protesters during the demonstrations during the G-20 summit in Hamburg, Germany, July 6, 2017.
Photo by Fabrizio Bensch


$2Billion Merger

QVC, Home Shopping Network

West Chester-based video-shopping network QVC and the St. Petersburg, Fla.-based Home Shopping Network will merge in an effort to better compete against Amazon and Walmart, as more consumers stop watching cable TV and do their shopping online.

The combined company will be the third-largest U.S. electronic retailer, and will be large enough to be listed as one of the S&P 500 stocks, according to Greg Maffei, CEO of Denver-based Liberty Interactive Corp., the holding company built by cable TV pioneer John Malone, which controls QVC.

QVC plans to acquire the 62 percent of HSN it doesn't already own, the companies said in a statement Thursday. Liberty is to be renamed QVC Group after the deal's scheduled closing later this year. QVC boss Mike George will run both brands, including the three QVC channels and the two HSN channels and their online and mobile shopping services.

The companies plan to cut at least $75 million in yearly spending by eliminating duplicate management, administrative and information technology spending, Liberty Interactive CEO Greg Maffei told investors.

HSN was the original U.S. home shopping channel, founded in 1977. QVC is now larger, with around 8 million regular customers and 183 million boxes shipped last year, compared to 5 million customers and 50 million packages for HSN. The companies estimate the shopper counts include 2 million people who are active at both companies. Combined, they expect sales to total $14 billion a year. Employment will total 27,000, before merger-related layoffs.

QVC, Home Shopping Network


Child Brings WWII Bomb Into Kindergarten


A child in Germany sparked the evacuation of a kindergarten Wednesday by unearthing a World War II bomb and bringing it back to the classroom, police said.

The youngster "found an incendiary bomb on a walk in the woods and carried it into the kindergarten," a police spokeswoman in the western city of Darmstadt said.

"After the 'strange object' was spotted on a shelf, the teachers immediately notified police and took the children to a playground off site," she added.

Explosives experts rushed to the scene and retrieved the bomb, allowing the children to return to the kindergarten.

More than 70 years after the end of the war, unexploded bombs are regularly found buried on German land, legacies of the intense bombing campaigns by the Allied forces against Nazi Germany.



German riot police use water cannons against protesters during the demonstrations during the G20 summit in Hamburg,, Germany, July 6, 2017.
Photo by Hannibal Hanschke


2nd Pack Spotted In Northern California

Gray Wolves

A female gray wolf, her mate and at least three pups are the second pack of wolves spotted in Northern California since the species went extinct there in 1924, state wildlife officials said Wednesday.

The gray pups were born this spring in Lassen National Forest to a female wolf of unknown origins. Her mate is the son of OR7, a wolf with a tracking device that was the first of its kind in almost a century to migrate into California from Oregon, the Department of Fish and Wildlife said.

Biologists began surveying the Lassen National Forest area in May after they found evidence of wolf presence.

On June 30, they captured the 75-pound female gray wolf and fitted her with a tracking collar, the first wolf collared in California. An examination revealed she had recently given birth to pups.

A day later, Department of Fish and Wildlife biologists returned to the area for a follow-up check on the female and found that a nearby trail camera operated by the U.S. Forest Service had captured photos of the mother and pups. The gray pups were also photographed playing in front of the camera.

Gray Wolves


Prime-Time Nielsens


Prime-time viewership numbers compiled by Nielsen for June 26-July 2. Listings include the week's ranking and viewership.

    1. "America's Got Talent" (Tuesday), NBC, 12.36 million.
    2. "World of Dance," NBC, 7.5 million.
    3. "The Big Bang Theory," CBS, 6.59 million.
    4. "Little Big Shots: Forever Young," NBC, 6.56 million.
    5. "NCIS," CBS, 6.19 million.
    6. "American Ninja Warrior," NBC, 5.91 million.
    7. "Big Brother" (Wednesday), CBS, 5.88 million.
    8. "NCIS: New Orleans," CBS, 5.86 million.
    9. "60 Minutes," CBS, 5.62 million.
   10. "Bull," CBS, 5.46 million.
   11. Auto Racing: NASCAR Cup Series, NBC, 5.42 million.
   12. "The Bachelorette," ABC, 5.4 million.
   13. "Big Brother" (Thursday), CBS, 5.37 million.
   14. "Blue Bloods," CBS, 5.29 million.
   15. "Big Brother" (Sunday), CBS, 5.16 million.




In Memory

Joan Lee

The wife of Marvel Comics legend Stan Lee has died at age 93.

Lee and his family released a statement saying Joan Lee died peacefully Thursday morning. The couple had been married 69 years.

Stan Lee co-created numerous Marvel Comics superheroes including Spider-Man, the Fantastic Four and the X-Men.

The Hollywood Reporter, which first reported Joan Lee's death, recounted the couple's first meeting in a story last year. It said Lee met his future wife while trying to meet another woman for a date in New York.

The 94-year-old Lee has credited his wife with supporting him early in his career.

Joan Lee


In Memory

John Blackwell Jr.

John Blackwell Jr., popularly known as Prince's drummer, is dead.

Blackwell, who was 43 years old at the time of his death, joined Prince on his numerous tours. He played the "Little Red Corvette's" drums for over a decade, TMZ reported. The cause of death remains unknown, but Blackwell's battle with a brain tumor was not a secret.

Last year, he underwent a series of tests at a hospital in Japan. His wife, Yaritza, also set up a GoFundMe page last July to help the family cover his medical expenses. The page raised over $78,000.

Before Blackwell met Prince, he was a drummer for Patti LaBelle for three years. He featured on her 1998 album "Live! One Night Only."

During his decade-long working history with Prince, he was featured on two of his releases. He was part of 2003's instrumental "N.E.W.S." album and the "Live at the Aladdin Las Vegas" DVD, Billboard reported.

In addition to Prince and LaBelle, Blackwell also worked with other musicians throughout his career. In 2006, he toured with Justin Timberlake for his "FutureSex/LoveSounds" album.

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