TRENDING NEWS Archives for 2021-10

Peter Scolari, 'Bosom Buddies' and 'Newhart' star, has died

LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 18: Peter Scolari arrives at HBO's Post Emmy Awards reception held at The Plaza at the Pacific Design Center on September 18, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Michael Tran/FilmMagic)  SOURCE: Michael Tran

 

Peter Scolari, a veteran actor who rose to fame alongside Tom Hanks on "Bosom Buddies," died Friday morning.

Scolari had cancer and had been ill for two years, his manager Ellen Lubin Sanitsky told CNN. He was 66.

 

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The iPod turns 20. Here's how it changed the way we think about music

Twenty years ago this weekend, Apple launched the original, iconic iPod. Six years later, I was gifted my first and only version of the device: a third-generation iPod Nano, fit with a square screen, a click wheel and an engraving on the back: "Sofia Barrett, Happy 11th Birthday."

 

By that time, the iPod line had begun its long decline from relevance. Apple had already introduced the iPhone, which would become the centerpiece of its ecosystem of products, and catapult it toward being the most valuable tech company in the world. But for the next five years — a key part of my teenage life — the iPod helped shape my relationship with music and technology.

If the iPod was a gateway for many customers into Apple's hardware and software products, it was also an early gateway for me into a type of consumption that we take for granted online: a seemingly limitless amount of content, available the moment you want it at the tap of a button, often for less than it cost in the analog era. (Though, as a teenager with no job, I still asked my parents for their credit cards to buy songs like "Fergalicious" and "Hot N Cold" for $1.29 apiece.)

 

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West Palm Beach man wins $2 million lottery jackpot

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. —

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The Florida Lottery announced Tuesday that a 69-year-old from West Palm Beach claimed the $2 million jackpot from the JACKPOT TRIPLE PLAY drawing held on Oct. 8.

 

Edward Kramer chose to take his winnings in a one-time lump sum of $1,603,828.20.

The holidays: Palm Beach area among top 2021 Christmas destinations by Expedia

He bought the $1 winning ticket at Publix on North Military Trail in West Palm Beach, which will also get a bonus for selling the winning ticket.

The triple play tickets give people three numbers to match with the winning ones drawn. The set of six numbers are chosen from 1 to 46. The other two sets are randomly chosen.

 

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Tom Brady gives game hat to 9-year-old cancer survivor after historic day

Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady (12) hands a hat to cancer survivor Noah Reeb and his father during a NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 24, 2021 in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo) SOURCE: Alex Menendez

 

TAMPA, Fla. —

Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady continues to set more NFL records, but what he did off the field this weekend is grabbing a lot of headlines.

Brady, the former New England Patriots great, became the first player in league history to throw 600 career touchdown passes on Sunday.

 

Late in the game, the 44-year-old quarterback jogged over to a young Buccaneers fan on the sidelines and greeted him before giving him his game hat.

Brady also shook the boy's hand, an interaction that left the young fan in tears of joy.

That fan, 9-year-old Noah Reeb, had brought a sign to the game that read: "Tom Brady helped me beat brain cancer."

 

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Lorli von Trapp Campbell, of 'Sound of Music' family, dies

In this July 13, 1997 file photo Lorli von Trapp Campbell attends a mass honoring her father, in Stowe, Vt. 

SOURCE: Associated Press/Craig Line

 

NORTHFIELD, Vt. —

The second daughter of Maria von Trapp, whose Austrian family became famous through the musical and movie “The Sound of Music,” has died. She was 90.

A funeral home confirms that Lorli von Trapp Campbell died Sunday in Northfield, Vermont. She was a younger stepsibling to the older von Trapp children who went on to be depicted in stage and film. She herself was not.

 

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See Nicole Kidman as Lucille Ball in first trailer for 'Being the Ricardos'

Nicole Kidman has made some dramatic character transformations as an actor and it appears she's pulled it off again.

 

"I get paid a fortune to do exactly what I love doing," Kidman says as Lucille Ball the first trailer for "Being the Ricardos."

The film was written and directed by Aaron Sorkin. Javier Bardem plays Ball's husband, Desi Arnaz.

Based on the trailer, it appears one of Ball's most iconic TV scenes — with her stomping grapes in the 1956 episode titled "Lucy's Italian Movie" — will be recreated.

Lucie Arnaz, the daughter of Desi and Lucille, has endorsed Kidman's portrayal.

 

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'Feeling pretty good': Olivia Newton-John offers cancer update

Olivia Newton-John says she has her good days and her bad days as she once again battles cancer.

In an interview with "Today's" Hoda Kotb, which aired Wednesday, the singer talked about living with stage 4 metastatic breast cancer.

 

She said these days she's "feeling pretty good."

"I have my days, I have my pains," Newton-John said. "But the cannabis that my husband grows for me has been such a huge part of my healing, and so I'm a really lucky person."

The "Grease" star was first diagnosed with cancer almost 30 years ago. She was treated for it and it returned in 2017.

She and Kotb shared an emotional moment after the "Today" co-host shared that she too is a cancer survivor.

 

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Man's Halloween display with massive skeleton goes viral

OLMSTED FALLS, Ohio —

Video on link below: Family's Halloween decorations include daily skeleton scene in front of house

An Ohio man is taking the popular 12-foot Halloween skeleton from Home Depot one step further with a display that has since gone viral.

 

Alan Perkins lives in Olmsted Falls, Ohio. He created a captivating display and it's also helping a good cause.

The giant 12-foot skeleton looks small compared to the one that appears to be breaking out of the roof of the home.

Perkins said he used real shingles and roofing supplies to make it look like the skeleton is breaking through the roof.

 

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Easy Halloween costumes you can quickly DIY at the last minute

Halloween lets everyone embrace the impossible. At one party, you're dressed up as an 80s rock legend ready to take the stage in front of a roaring crowd. The next night, you're a figment of your own imagination, wearing an outfit that resembles the burrito you ate earlier that day. There's a freedom that comes with picking out a Halloween costume, which means you can go with a nod to pop culture, something food-inspired or a look that's downright meme-worthy. But if you feel like time is ticking, browse through these ridiculously easy Halloween costumes to find your 2021 look.

 

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'Hocus Pocus' was originally a more frightening movie

"Hocus Pocus" wasn't originally the family-friendly movie we've all come to love as a Halloween staple.

 

Writer Mick Garris reflected on the making of "Hocus Pocus" to EW in 2017, revealing that it was titled "Halloween House" when he started working on it, and Steven Spielberg was potentially interested.

"He loved it until he found out that Disney was already involved. At that time, Disney and Amblin (Entertainment) were very competitive in the family-film market, so neither of them wanted to be in business with the other," Garris explained.

 

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CDC says salmonella outbreak in 37 states linked to onions

A salmonella outbreak that has sickened hundreds of people across 37 states is being caused by whole onions, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said.

The CDC said the whole red, white and yellow onions were imported from Chihuahua, Mexico, and sold to restaurants and grocery stores throughout the United States.

 

The onions were last imported on Aug. 27, but the company behind the distribution said they can last up to three months in storage and may still be in homes and businesses.

The onions may have stickers or packaging indicating the brand (ProSource Inc.) and the country (Mexico) where they were grown.

Consumers are urged to check storage coolers for the onions.

"If you can’t tell where they are from, throw them away," the CDC said.

Just over 650 people across the country have gotten sick due to the contaminated vegetables.

 

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The history behind black and orange as Halloween colors

Like trick-or-treaters and haunted houses, the color combination of black and orange is instantly synonymous with Halloween.

Every October these hues start to pop up in the form of lawn decorations, costumes and candy offerings at the grocery store, signaling the start of the spookiest season of the year. Though it's widely accepted that black and orange are the official colors of this holiday, you may be wondering why those two specific ones were chosen.

 

The full story starts 2,000 years ago when the origins of Halloween began. According to History.com, this holiday can be traced back to the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain, which took place in an area spanning modern-day Ireland, France, and the United Kingdom. The festival developed as a precursor to the new year, which for Celts began on Nov. 1 and anticipated the beginning of long, cold winters that would result in many deaths.

 

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What you need to know: Disney Genie Service launches at Walt Disney World

ORLANDO, Fla. —

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Disney Genie debuted at Walt Disney World Tuesday, and that means big changes for guests and all Disney fans.

 

Disney Genie is a complimentary and convenient new digital service designed to create your best Disney day, according to Disney Parks Blog.

Available now: New Walt Disney World annual passes

The service is meant to make planning easier, provide more flexibility and better tools for those who visit Walt Disney World.

"Built right into the My Disney Experience and Disneyland apps, Disney Genie service will maximize your park time, so you can have more fun," according to Disney Parks Blog.

 

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Rolling Stones phase out popular hit 'Brown Sugar'

The Rolling Stones have retired their classic song "Brown Sugar," which begins with a slave narrative and sexualizes young Black women.

Mick Jagger told the Los Angeles Times that the band had phased the song out of their concert lineups. "We've played 'Brown Sugar' every night since 1970, so sometimes you think, 'We'll take that one out for now and see how it goes,'" he said. "We might put it back in."

 

Keith Richards told the Times he hopes to be able to play some version of the song in the future.

"I'm trying to figure out with the sisters quite where the beef is. Didn't they understand this was a song about the horrors of slavery? But they're trying to bury it. At the moment I don't want to get into conflicts with all of this [expletive]," he said. "But I'm hoping that we'll be able to resurrect the babe in her glory somewhere along the track."

Released in 1971, the opening lines of "Brown Sugar" reference a woman being sold into slavery and whipped around midnight. The chorus in the song includes "brown sugar," referring to Black women, asking "How come you taste so good?"

 

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Tony Bennett sets new Guinness World Record

Tony Bennett performs at the Statue of Liberty Museum opening celebration on May 15, 2019, in New York. 

SOURCE: Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File

 

One thing is for sure: Tony Bennett knows how to keep the music playing.

The Grammy Award-winning singer just set a Guinness World Record for being the oldest person to release an album of new material.

 

"Love for Sale," a collaboration with Lady Gaga, was released on Oct. 1, and at the time, Bennett was 95 years and 60 days old, according to Guinness.

Gaga, 35, said that despite their 60-year age difference, she finds inspiration performing alongside the senior crooner.

"I see a young boy every time I sing with him, and it just makes the experience of singing so freeing. To have it be about two souls singing together ... and then at the same time, I also take in all his wisdom. The wisdom of all his years," Gaga said in a video released by Interscope Records announcing the record.

The new album, which celebrates the music of Cole Porter, is not their first record together. In 2011, Bennett and Gaga recorded the song "The Lady is a Tramp," and three years later they released a collaborative album entitled "Cheek to Cheek."

 

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Ronnie Tutt, legendary drummer for Elvis and other stars, dies at 83

AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS - JANUARY 8: Ronnie Tutt, drums, performs with the Elvis Presley band at the Paradiso on January 8th 2004 in Amsterdam, Netherlands. (Photo by Frans Schellekens/Redferns) 

SOURCE: Frans Schellekens

 

Ronnie Tutt, a legendary drummer who spent years playing alongside Elvis Presley and teamed up with other superstars ranging from Johnny Cash to Stevie Nicks, has died. He was 83.

In a Facebook post early Sunday, Terie Tutt wrote that her father died at home surrounded by his family.

 

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IHOP is serving up new Reese's Pieces pancakes and a mummy burrito for Halloween

During the Halloween season, it's completely acceptable to sneak candy into every meal. At IHOP this month, they're making that even easier by adding your favorite sweets into their breakfast meals.

Reese's Pieces pancakes? Our dentist says no, but we say yes please.

 

IHOP's buttermilk pancakes are the base of this seasonal offering — the classic is lathered in Reese's peanut butter sauce, chocolate sauce, Reese's Pieces and whipped topping. You can order them in a short stack of two pancakes or in a stack of four, and can even swap these into a breakfast combo for a (much) heartier meal.

 

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7 easy ways to keep your jack-o'-lanterns from rotting

From squash skulls to pumpkin owls, there's no end to the squash-tastic creations you can make to celebrate Halloween. But that excitement quickly fades as you watch the pumpkin that took you forever to carve wither away on your porch.

It's inevitable that your pumpkins will rot, but we've rounded up some handy tips that will keep your crafty carvings intact for longer. First, make sure you're buying a gourd from a local pumpkin patch. Since it's grown on-site, it will be spared from any damage it would have experienced in shipping. Second, make sure whichever gourd you pick is firm. If you feel any soft spots, the rotting process will start sooner rather than later (if it hasn't started already).

 

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Is it safe to trick-or-treat this Halloween?

The second Halloween of this pandemic is just around the corner, but is it safe for kids to go trick-or-treating?

A home in Albuquerque, New Mexico, is already preparing for visitors.

 

"You see a lot of people," said Jared Trujillo, homeowner and parent. "We've already seen it this month [people coming] by just driving by every day."

The home is taking spooky to a whole new level.

"We have our haunted graveyard," Trujillo said. "We've done the clown maze... We just want our kids to know that, yeah, we can have fun and enjoy this time."

 

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20 things you never knew about fall

The reason leaves change color is actually fascinating!

The term "fall" came from a phrase.

"Harvest," eventually came to be called "autumn" — so how did "fall" became the dominant term? In the early 1600s, people started moving into cities, and use of the term "harvest" lessened. They started saying "fall of the leaf" to refer to the third season of the year, because the leaves would fall from the trees. Over time, "fall of the leaf" was shortened to "fall," and it stuck.

 

The days might be getting shorter and winter might be just around the corner, but fall is full of pleasantly warm days with crisp air, sunshine, beautiful fall foliage to take in and tons of delicious pumpkin spice treats. It's just a cozy, wonderful time of the year.

But even if you're a big fan of fall, you probably don't know everything there is to know about the season. Here are a few facts you may not have known about your favorite time of year.

 

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William Shatner, 90, becomes oldest person to blast into space

VAN HORN, Texas —

Hollywood’s Captain Kirk, 90-year-old William Shatner, blasted into space Wednesday in a convergence of science fiction and science reality, reaching the final frontier aboard a ship built by Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin company.

The “Star Trek” actor and three fellow passengers hurtled to an altitude of 66.5 miles over the West Texas desert in the fully automated capsule, then safely parachuted back to Earth in a flight that lasted just over 10 minutes.

 

“What you have given me is the most profound experience," an exhilarated Shatner told Bezos after emerging from the capsule, the words spilling from him in a soliloquy almost as long as the flight. “I hope I never recover from this. I hope that I can maintain what I feel now. I don’t want to lose it.”

 

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HOLIDAY SHIPPING CHEAT SHEET

HOLIDAY SHIPPING CHEAT SHEET 

It’s time to mark your calendars if you’re shipping holiday presents to your loved ones this year. Just like everything else, you can expect delays with carriers, too. The three largest carriers just released their shipping deadlines.

USPS 

Below are the U.S. Postal Service‘s recommended “send-by dates for expected delivery” before Dec. 25:

  • Retail Ground: Dec. 15
  • First-Class Mail: Dec. 17
  • Priority Mail: Dec. 18
  • Priority Mail Express: Dec. 23

FEDEX

If you want your presents to get to someone by Dec. 25, here are FedEx’s dates: 

  • FedEx Home Delivery, FedEx Ground: Dec. 15
  • FedEx Express Saver, FedEx 3Day Freight: Dec. 21
  • FedEx 2Day: Dec. 22
  • FedEx 1Day Freight, FedEx Extra Hours: Dec. 23
  • FedEx SameDay: Dec. 24

UPS 

Below are UPS’ recommended last days for shipping gifts for Dec. 24 delivery:

  • 3-Day Select: Dec. 21
  • 2nd Day Air: Dec. 22
  • Next Day Air: Dec. 23
  • If you’re doing Ground shipping, you can check the UPS website to get a quote and date of delivery estimation. 

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Paul McCartney says it was John Lennon who broke up the Beatles

When the biggest band in British musical history, the Beatles, broke up in 1970, fans pointed the finger at co-lead vocalist Paul McCartney.

Now, more than half a century later, McCartney has revealed it was, in fact, John Lennon who instigated the split.

 

In an upcoming interview on BBC Radio 4, he told journalist John Wilson: "John walked into the room one day and said, 'I'm leaving the Beatles.' And he said, 'It's quite thrilling. It's rather like a divorce.' And then we were left to pick up the pieces," McCartney said in a preview that aired on the station's Today program Monday.

While Wilson highlighted that McCartney was the one to sue his bandmates to end the business partnership, he also said being blamed for the band's breakup had "frustrated McCartney for half a century."

 

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People are using pink pumpkins to spread breast cancer awareness during Halloween

As soon as October hits, many of us focus on one thing and one thing only: Halloween. But let's not forget that October is also Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Throughout the month, many local and national organizations host events and fundraisers to raise awareness and money for the cause, but some people also turn to a classic Halloween craft — painted pumpkins — to show their support for family members, friends and neighbors affected by breast cancer.

 

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Alan Kalter, announcer for David Letterman, dies at 78

STAMFORD, Conn. —

Alan Kalter, the quirky, red-headed announcer for David Letterman for two decades who frequently appeared in the show's comedy bits, has died. He was 78.

Kalter died Monday at Stamford Hospital in Connecticut with his wife, Peggy, and their two daughters at his side, said Rabbi Joshua Hammerman of Temple Beth El, the synagogue Kalter attended. The cause of death was not announced.

 

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Lego to release a 9,090-piece scale model of the Titanic — its biggest set ever

Historians and nautical enthusiasts might want to get saving. Lego has revealed its largest-ever set, of arguably the world's most famous boat, the RMS Titanic.

At more than 53 inches long, the model is a replica of the doomed liner, which, at the time of its maiden voyage, was the largest passenger ship afloat.

 

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Palm Beach area among top 2021 Christmas destinations by Expedia

PALM BEACH, Fla. —

Travel company Expedia released its list of 2021 top holiday destinations, with Palm Beach making it on the list for Christmas week.

Top choices include places with sun and beaches, according to Expedia. Mountain getaways are also becoming more popular.

 

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West Palm Beach couple who both beat cancer's advice to Florida's First Lady: 'Be strong and smile'

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. —

Arlene Strauss has a million pictures of her with her husband, Larry McDermott. They’re often wearing goofy wigs or oversized glasses; McDermott is even wearing a pink tutu in one photo - but in every photo, they both are always laughing.

Strauss said that’s how they beat cancer.

 

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Florida's First Lady, Casey DeSantis, diagnosed with breast cancer

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. —

Casey DeSantis, the wife of Gov. Ron DeSantis, has been diagnosed with breast cancer, the governor announced Monday.

“I am saddened to report that Florida’s esteemed First Lady and my beloved wife has been diagnosed with breast cancer," Gov. DeSantis said in a statement. "As the mother of three young children, Casey is the centerpiece of our family and has made an impact on the lives of countless Floridians through her initiatives as First Lady. As she faces the most difficult test of her life, she will have not only have my unwavering support but the support of our entire family, as well as the prayers and well wishes from Floridians across our state.

 

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David Lee Roth is jumping into retirement

Eddie Van Halen, the guitar virtuoso whose blinding speed, control and innovation propelled his band Van Halen into one of hard rock’s biggest groups, fueled the unmistakable grinding solo in Michael Jackson’s hit “Beat It” and elevated him to the status of rock god, has died at the age of 65. Here are photos of him throughout the years.

 

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