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23 May, 2022

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Good Deeds

• In February 2011, a single mother with four children cried after losing $2,500 (her income tax refund) following a trip to the Sierra Central Credit Union in Yuba City, California. Fortunately for her, some Good Samaritans saw $100 bills blowing in the wind and collected them, along with her wallet. Among the Good Samaritans were 27-year-old Yvette Carino and 32-year-old Sam Yath. Ms. Carino, an employee of the credit union, was driving when she saw money blowing in the wind. She stopped her car, and she telephoned the police. The Good Samaritans were able to recover $2,100, which Yuba City police returned to the single mother, whose name was not released. When a police officer knocked on her door, she opened it and exclaimed, “Oh, no, not more bad news!” She told the police officer that she had lost her wallet, and the police officer asked, “This wallet?”

• A person who posts using the name “Mitchell” wrote on, “I know that my kids have always been kind-hearted and would do whatever they could for anyone else, but when I learned about a recent act of kindness my teenage son did for a friend, it has really touched my heart.” Mitchell’s son would go to school with lunch money in his pocket, but he would come home hungry. Mitchell found out that his son was sharing his lunch money with a friend who never had money for lunch. Now Mitchell makes sure that the son leaves for school with lunch money for two in his pocket. Mitchell says, “The pride I carry in my heart is knowing my sons are growing up to be such fine young men and my daughter a fine young woman. The one thing we have always taught our kids, and it has carried them through their lives, is to ‘start at the heart.’”

• Tyrone Curry, an African-American janitor and track and field coach at Evergreen High School in Washington state, had wanted a new track for a long time: “Ten years ago, I said if I win some money, I’m going to put a track here.” He did win some money in the state lottery: almost $3.4 million. He gave his school district $40,000 — which is matched with a $75,000 youth sports grant — for a brand-new track. Mr. Curry appreciates the students: “Kids do things for you. They keep you young.” The students also appreciate him. Devante Botello, a senior, says, “Tyrone goes above and beyond in the sports he coaches. It’s a deep feeling. All I can say is thanks.”

• In Hunt, Texas, a standard poodle named Leo rescued Lana Callahan’s two children, 11-year-old Sean and nine-year-old Erin, from a rattlesnake they came across while playing. Leo leapt between the two children and the 5½-foot diamondback rattlesnake that bit Leo six times in the head. Leo survived, and he was named the Ken-L Ration Dog Hero of the Year for 1984.


• Fifth-grader Evan Siegel is a crossing guard and a hero. In Vancouver, Washington, he saved the life of a little girl by pulling her out of the path of a car moving quickly toward her. The driver was texting and not watching the street. Evan says, “I was like, you know, I can’t let her get hit, so I had to pull her in. It really didn’t matter to me at that point. I just wanted to keep her safe.” Carol Stein, patrol adviser at Salmon Creek Elementary School, gives the crossing guards a week of training in how to do their jobs. She saw the near-accident: “When I saw it, I was in a position that I couldn’t reach it in time, and thank goodness he was, and he acted exactly like I would have hoped.” She points out, “It’s a horrible crosswalk. Everyone agrees it’s not a good situation, but this is how they designed it, and so we have to deal with it.” She adds about Evan, “He’s very responsible. He is one of the more mature fifth-graders that we’ve got.” Because he is so responsible and mature, Ms. Stein handpicked him to work at that crosswalk. Evan takes his job seriously. He says, “A lot of kids think it’s just fun and games, but it’s really not when it comes to safety for these little kids and stuff.” In April 2011, Evan and six other crossing-guard heroes were awarded Lifesaving Medals given by the AAA’s nationwide School Safety Patrol program. AAA spokeswoman Jennifer Huebner-Davidson says, “Every year we have more than 600,000 patrollers nationwide in 31,000 schools who are volunteering their time before and after school to get kids to school safely.” She adds, “Occasionally, we will have a case where a patroller has saved the life of another student [or other person] while on duty.” In 1949, the AAA began awarding the Lifesaving Medal to each of these crossing-guard heroes. Evan says about his life-saving heroism, “It kind of let me feel like I was a hero, kind of, a little bit. Like Superman saving someone from the streets.”

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Trivia Question from Yesterday

Born Betty Joan Perske, this American actress with a distinctive husky voice, is also remembered for asking a question about how to whistle. By what name is she more famously known?

       Lauren Bacall                                                      Source

Lauren Bacall (born Betty Joan Perske; September 16, 1924 – August 12, 2014) was an American actress. She was named the 20th-greatest female star of classic Hollywood cinema by the American Film Institute and received an Academy Honorary Award from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in 2009 in recognition of her contribution to the Golden Age of motion pictures. She was known initially for her alluring, sultry presence and her distinctive, husky voice. Bacall was one of the last surviving major stars from the Golden Age of Hollywood cinema.

Bacall began a career as a model for the Walter Thornton Modeling Agency before making her film debut at the age of 19 as the leading lady opposite her future husband Humphrey Bogart in To Have and Have Not (1944). She continued in the film noir genre with appearances alongside her new husband in The Big Sleep (1946), Dark Passage (1947), and Key Largo (1948), and she starred in the romantic comedies How to Marry a Millionaire (1953) with Marilyn Monroe and Betty Grable, and Designing Woman (1957) with Gregory Peck. She portrayed the female lead in Written on the Wind (1956) which is considered one of Douglas Sirk's seminal films. She starred alongside Paul Newman in the 1966 mystery film Harper. She co-starred with John Wayne in his final film The Shootist (1976) by Wayne's personal request. She also worked on Broadway in musicals, earning Tony Awards for Applause (1970) and Woman of the Year (1981). For her performance in The Mirror Has Two Faces (1996) she won a Golden Globe, a BAFTA, and a SAG award, and was nominated for an Academy Award.

In a 2005 interview with Larry King, Bacall described herself as "anti-Republican... A liberal. The L-word". She added that "being a liberal is the best thing on Earth you can be. You are welcoming to everyone when you're a liberal. You do not have a small mind."        Source

The most famous scene in the film is undoubtedly the "you know how to whistle" dialog sequence. It was not written by Ernest Hemingway, Jules Furthman, or William Faulkner, but by Howard Hawks. He wrote the scene as a screen test for Bacall with no real intention that it would necessarily end up in the film. The test was shot with Warner Bros. contract player John Ridgely acting opposite Bacall. The Warners staff, of course, agreed to star Bacall in the film based on the test, and Hawks thought the scene was so strong he asked Faulkner to work it into one of his later drafts of the shooting script.        Source

Alan J was first, and correct, with:
   Lauren Bacall.

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   Lauren Bacall

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   Lauren Bacall.

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   The incomparable Lauren Bacall, who could fill up a room just by walking through the door.

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   Mae West

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   Lauren Bacall

mj wrote:
   A versatile actress
  I saw her in a made for TV version of Applause (musical based on All About Eve), and she was fabulous. Lauren Bacall. She and Bogey had it all.

Gary in PA said:
   Aug,12,2014 MORE SAD NEWS: Betty Joan Perske of the Bronx, better known as Lauren Bacall the Hollywood film legend, passed away Tuesday from a stroke. Outspoken, fiercely independent, immensely talented, beautiful, and a true original, she was 89. Bacall, who was given an honorary Academy Award in 2009, starred in the 1944 film To Have and Have Not when she was just 19. A year later, she married her leading man, Humphrey Bogart, who died in 1957. Bacall's resume includes the classics The Big Sleep, Dark Passage, Key Largo, and The Shootist. She also triumphed on stage and as a bestselling author. Though linked to Sinatra, married to Robards, and friends with Hepburn during a life full of experiences, Bacall will forever be remembered for the famous scene in To Have and Have Not when she pointed her smoldering eyes at Bogart and said, "If you want me just whistle. You know how to whistle don't you? Just put your lips together and blow.” As some of you have rightly pointed out, Bacall and Bogie are back together again.

Adam answered:
   Lauren Bacall

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   you just put your lips together....
  …and Blow….or so said Lauren Bacall….in To Have And Have Not….

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   Lauren Bacall

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   Today's answer is Lauren Bacall. Also known as Mrs. Humphrey Bogart. It could be said that in landing him Lauren bogarted the Bogart.

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   Lauren Bacall

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   "Lauren Bacall". A wonderfully skilled actor. Always a joy in film.

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   I’m pretty sure you’re referring to Lauren Bacall.
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   The answer is Lauren Bacall.

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Track: "Borderline"


Artist: Mighty Violets

Artist Location: California

Record Company: Aldora Britain Records

Record Company Location: Rothley, UK


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Aldora Britain Records is an e-zine and record label that promotes the music and work of authentic independent or underground artists from all around the world. Originally established in 2013, they revamped themselves in 2018 with a brand-new approach. Their first weekly compilation, aptly titled THE SECOND COMING, was released in late 2019. They now also release original singles, EPs and charity projects.”

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Current Events

A western Maryland race track has evicted the remnants of a trucker protest that had used the site as a staging ground.

After a hiatus, a smaller group of truckers returned Wednesday to the Hagerstown Speedway.

But The Herald-Mail in Hagerstown reported Saturday that Speedway General Manager Lisa Plessinger asked the group to leave amid infighting over its next steps.

She compared the convoy to "like when your mother-in-law comes to visit and decides to stay.”

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Last Night

Lots of weird ads late at night - just saw one with Larry King.

Tonight, Monday:

CBS opens the night with a FRESH 'The Neighborhood', followed by a FRESH 'Bob Hearts Abishola', then a FRESH 'NCIS', followed by a FRESH 'NCIS: Overkill'.
Scheduled on a FRESH Stephen Colbert are Jennifer Connelly and Patti LuPone.
Scheduled on a FRESH James Corden, OBE, are Kaley Cuoco, Glen Powell, and Bloc Party.

NBC fills the night with the movie 'Jurassic World'.
Scheduled on a FRESH Jimmy Fallon are Miles Teller, Sadie Sink, and Turnstile.
Scheduled on a FRESH Seth Meyers are Billy Crystal, Samara Weaving, and Ulf Mickael Wahlgren.

ABC fills the night with LIVE '2022 NBA Playoffs', then pads the left coast with local crap.
Scheduled on a FRESH Jimmy Kimmel are Tom Hiddleston, D'Arcy Carden, and Supergrass.

The CW offers a FRESH 'All American', followed by a FRESH 'All American: Homecoming'.

Faux has a FRESH 'Don't Forget The Lyrics!', followed by a FRESH 'Beat Shazam'.

MY recycles an old 'Big Bang Theory', followed by another old 'Big Bang Theory', then an old 'King Of Queens', followed by another old 'King Of Queens'.

A&E has all old 'Court Cam' all night.

AMC offers the movie 'Shooter', followed by a FRESH 'Better Call Saul', then another FRESH 'Better Call Saul'.

BBC  -   
 [2:00PM - 8:00PM]   LAW & ORDER
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Bravo has a FRESH 'Below Deck Sailing Yacht', followed by another FRESH 'Below Deck Sailing Yacht', then the movie 'Big Daddy'.

Comedy Central has all old 'The Office' all night.
The Daily Show With Trevor Noah is pre-empted.

FX has the movie 'Mission: Impossible - Fallout', followed by the movie 'Baywatch', then a FRESH 'Breeders', and another 'Breeders'.

History has 'Ancient Aliens', followed by a FRESH 'Ancient Aliens> Declassified'.

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 [10:00pm]   columbo
 [11:45pm]   columbo
 [1:30am - 5:30am]   gilligan's island    (ALL TIMES ET)

SyFy has the movie 'Enemy Of The State', followed by the movie 'The Transporter', then the movie 'xXx: Return Of Xander Cage'.

 [7:15AM]      MGM Parade Show #26 (1955)
 [8:00AM]      Bird of Paradise (1932) [ *Pre-Hayes Code* ]
 [9:30AM]      I Live for Love (1935)
 [10:45AM]      Bright Lights (1935)
 [12:15PM]      She Had to Say Yes (1933) [ *Pre-Hayes Code* ]
 [1:30PM]      Three Cheers for the Girls (1943)
 [2:00PM]      Calling All Girls (1942)
 [2:30PM]      Born to Sing (1942)
 [4:00PM]      Two Weeks with Love (1950)
 [6:00PM]      Two Tickets to Broadway (1951)
 [8:00PM]      Million Dollar Mermaid (1952)
 [10:00PM]      Easy to Love (1953)
 [12:00AM]      Small Town Girl (1953)
 [1:45AM]      Rose Marie (1954)
 [3:45AM]      Jumbo (1962)    (ALL TIMES ET)

Tuesday - 05/24/22

 [6:00AM]      Something of Value (1957)
 [8:00AM]      Dark of the Sun (1968)
 [10:00AM]      Mogambo (1953)
 [12:15PM]      Lovers Courageous (1932) [ *Pre-Hayes Code* ]
 [2:00PM]      Lawrence of Arabia (1962)
 [6:00PM]      Kismet (1944)
 [8:00PM]      Exodus (1960)
 [12:00AM]      Gandhi (1982)
 [3:15AM]      Black Narcissus (1947)
 [5:00AM]      The Painted Veil (1934)    (ALL TIMES ET)

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Bird Watcher To Host Show

Christian Cooper

Christian Cooper, a Black man who was falsely reported to police by a white woman while bird watching in Central Park, is set to host his own television show.

"Lifelong birder Christian Cooper (@blackburniannyc) will take us into the wild, wonderful and unpredictable world of birds in his new show, The Extraordinary Birder," National Geographic said in an announcement on Twitter on Thursday.

According to a press release obtained by NPR, the show will take the viewers on a journey with Cooper, "whether braving stormy seas in Alaska for puffins, trekking into rainforests in Puerto Rico for parrots, or scaling a bridge in Manhattan for a peregrine falcon, he does whatever it takes to learn about these extraordinary feathered creatures and show us the remarkable world in the sky above."

In May 2020, Cooper was birdwatching in the Ramble of Central Park when he asked Amy Cooper, no relation, to put a leash on her dog. The woman called the police and said she was being threatened by an "African-American man." The confrontation was captured by Christian Cooper and later went viral on social media.

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Staying Fit

Mick Jagger

Ahead of their upcoming 14-date tour — which marks 60 years since the Rolling Stones formed — Mick Jagger, Keith Richards and Ronnie Wood are sharing how they stay spry in their 70s. Both Jagger and Richards are 78, while Wood will celebrate his 75th birthday on June 1.

In a new interview with the Sunday Times, Jagger acknowledges that the band's exhaustive touring schedule defies expectations about aging, though it's a challenge he welcomes.

"Rock ’n’ roll, or any kind of pop music honestly, isn’t supposed to be done when you’re in your 70s,” the British rocker says. “It wasn’t designed for that. Doing anything high-energy at this age is really pushing it. But that makes it even more challenging. So it’s, like, ‘OK, we’ve got to f***ing do this right,’ but it’s got to be as full-on as possible. Of course you could do another type of music — we’ve got lots of ballads. I could sit on a chair.”

Though he now travels with a cardiologist after undergoing heart valve replacement surgery in 2019, the famously limber frontman is committed to keeping up his workout routine. One would expect nothing less of the man who inspired "Moves Like Jagger."

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Weekend Box Office

“Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness”

Marvel’s “Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness” was the top-earning film of the weekend for the third straight week, bringing in $31.6 million in 4,534 North American theaters, according to studio estimates released Sunday.

“Downtown Abbey: A New Era” made a strong opening showing for Focus Features with $16 million from 3,820 theaters, but there was no real blockbuster competition for “Doctor Strange.”

Holdover family films “The Bad Guys” and “Sonic the Hedgehog 2” took the third and fourth spots. Universal’s “The Bad Guys” added $6.1 million in its fifth week. “Sonic 2” earned $3.9 million in its seventh.

Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at U.S. and Canadian theaters, according to Comscore. Final domestic figures will be released Monday.

     1. “Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness,” $31.6 million.
     2. “Downtown Abbey: A New Era,” $16 million.
     3. “The Bad Guys,” $6.1 million.
     4. “Sonic the Hedgehog 2,” $3.9 million.
     5. “Men,” $3.3 million.
     6. “Everything Everywhere All At Once,” $3.1 million.
     7. “Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore,” $1.9 million.
     8. “Firestarter,” $1.9 million.
     9. “The Lost City,” $1.5 million.
    10. “The Northman,” $1 million.

“Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness”



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Guitar Sells for $4.5 Million

Kurt Cobain

One of Kurt Cobain’s most beloved guitars, seen in Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit” video, sold for $4.5 million at auction Sunday in New York, Julien’s Auctions announced.

The guitar — a 1969 Fender Competition Mustang in a color known as Lake Placid Blue that was owned by the Cobain family — was previously displayed as part of Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay’s extensive collection of rock memorabilia prior to the auction, the Associated Press previously reported. On Sunday, it was the Jim Irsay Collection that ultimately made the winning bid at the auction to officially take ownership of the guitar, with the Cobain family donating a portion of the sale to the NFL team’s Kicking The Stigma mental health awareness campaign.

“I am thrilled to preserve and protect another piece of American culture that changed the way we looked at world,” Irsay said in a statement. “The fact that a portion of the proceeds will go toward our effort to kick the stigma surrounding mental health makes this acquisition even more special to me.”

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Lies Take Root


At least 357 sitting Republican legislators in closely contested battleground states have used the power of their office to discredit or try to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election, according to a review of legislative votes, records and official statements by The New York Times.

The tally accounts for 44% of the Republican legislators in the nine states where the presidential race was most narrowly decided. In each of those states, the election was conducted without any evidence of widespread fraud, leaving election officials from both parties in agreement on Joe Biden’s victory.

The Times’ analysis exposes how deeply rooted lies and misinformation about former President Donald Trump’s defeat have become in state legislatures, which play an integral role in U.S. democracy. In some, the false view that the election was stolen — either by fraud or as a result of pandemic-related changes to the process — is now widely accepted as fact among Republican lawmakers, turning statehouses into hotbeds of conspiratorial thinking and specious legal theories.

These fictions about rigged elections and widespread fraud have provided the foundation for new laws that make it harder to vote and easier to insert partisanship in the vote count. In three states, Arizona, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin, state lawmakers successfully pushed for investigations that sowed doubt about the results and tested the boundaries of their oversight.




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Parliament Bans Russian War Symbols


Ukraine's parliament on Sunday banned the symbols "Z" and "V", used by Russia's military to promote its war in Ukraine but agreed to President Volodymyr Zelenskiy's call to allow their use for educational or historic purposes.

Yaroslav Zheleznyak, an opposition member, announced the decision on the Telegram messaging app, saying 313 deputies had voted in favour in the 423-member Verkhovna Rada assembly.

Zelenskiy had vetoed an earlier version of the bill and called for the two symbols to be allowed in displays in museums, libraries, scientific works, re-enactments, textbooks and similar instances.

Neither of the two letters exists in the Russian alphabet. They have been widely used, particularly on Russian military vehicles and equipment, to promote the aims of the conflict.



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Leaders of the Southern Baptist Convention, America’s largest Protestant denomination, stonewalled and denigrated survivors of clergy sex abuse over almost two decades while seeking to protect their own reputations, according to a scathing 288-page investigative report issued Sunday.

These survivors, and other concerned Southern Baptists, repeatedly shared allegations with the SBC’s Executive Committee, “only to be met, time and time again, with resistance, stonewalling, and even outright hostility from some within the EC,” said the report.

The seven-month investigation was conducted by Guidepost Solutions, an independent firm contracted by the Executive Committee after delegates to last year’s national meeting pressed for a probe by outsiders.

The report asserts that an Executive Committee staffer maintained a list of Baptist ministers accused of abuse, but there is no indication anyone “took any action to ensure that the accused ministers were no longer in positions of power at SBC churches.”

The most recent list includes the names of hundreds of abusers thought to be affiliated at some point with the SBC. Survivors and advocates have long called for a public database of abusers.




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Biologist Sanjeeta Sharma Pokharel had only observed one example of Asian elephants mourning their dead in the wild after four years of fieldwork in India, according to — the American Association for the Advancement of Science's journal.

Some of her colleagues, who had spent decades observing wild elephants, only witnessed the creatures displaying grief a "handful of times," the journal said.

Struggling to capture first-hand footage for their research, a team of scientists from the Indian Institute of Science's Centre for Ecological Sciences tried something new; they turned to YouTube.

By searching terms like "Asian elephant death" and "elephant response to death," said the team was able to find a wealth of new data.

They found 39 videos capturing 24 cases of elephants mourning their dead, per a paper published Wednesday in the journal Royal Society Open Science.



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A New Mexico facility where researchers work to restore forests devastated by fires faced an almost cruelly ironic threat: The largest wildfire burning in the U.S. was fast approaching.

Owen Burney and his team knew they had to save what they could. Atop their list was a priceless bank of millions of ponderosa pine, spruce and other conifer seeds meant to help restore fire-ravaged landscapes across the American West.

Next were tens of thousands of tree sprouts, many of which were sown to make them more drought tolerant, that were loaded onto trailers and trucked to a greenhouse about 100 miles (161 kilometers) away.

New Mexico State University’s Forestry Research Center in the mountain community of Mora is one of only a few such nurseries in the country and stands at the forefront of a major undertaking to rebuild more resilient forests as wildfires burn hotter, faster and more often.

The center has provided sprouts for projects in New Mexico, Arizona, Colorado, Utah, Texas and California, but experts said its capacity for turning out as many as 300,000 seedlings annually isn't enough now and certainly won't be in the future as climate change and drought persist.

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