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4/14/2022: Brooklyn Subway Shooter Arrested
PLUS: Migrant Bus Unloads in DC, "GOT" Actor Arrested, and Khloe Admits to Photoshop
Today is Thursday, April 14, 2022
It is the 104th day of the year.
261 days remain.
#IPutDownMyPhone was trending on Twitter Wednesday. Tweets included, “to eat, after taking a picture first,” “and missed a hashtag. Never again,” “and still nobody called,” “when my 4 yr old wants to play,” and “only when I am sleeping.”
NFL fans reacted to Derek Carr’s contract extension with the Las Vegas Raiders. More in Sports.
Texas was trending yesterday as the first bus of migrants was dropped off just blocks from the Capitol in DC, just as Gov. Abbott promised. More in Swamp.
Frank James, the suspect in Tuesday’s subway shooting, was trending Wednesday after news of his arrest broke. More in Hit List.
The primary suspect in Tuesday’s New York City subway attack is now in custody.
A tip to police early Wednesday suggested 62-year-old Frank James had just visited a McDonald’s. When cops arrived he was gone, but was spotted just a few blocks away.
By yesterday evening, James had officially been charged with one count of violating 18 U.S.C. 1992 (a)(7) ... "which prohibits terrorist and other violent attacks against mass transportation systems."
He faces up to life in prison if convicted.
The federal covid mask mandate for transportation – including flights and train trips, and buses that get federal dollars, which is most all of them – will go another 15 days, at least.
IN OTHER WORDS: Just two more weeks to flatten the curve.
Here’s a good way to make a quick $1,500 – name someone else’s baby.
The New York Post profiles a 33-year-old woman named Taylor Humphrey. She charges expecting parents up to $1,500 to give their baby a name. In 2020, she provided this service to 100 families, raking in $150,000.
Humphrey has no offspring of her own.
NASA has awarded a contract to electric vehicle company Canoo to develop Crew Transportation Vehicles for the upcoming Artemis moon missions.
They’re expected to be delivered next summer. While images of electric cars buzzing across the lunar surface sound exciting, these vehicles will only be responsible for shuttling the crew and some equipment to the launchpad.
Even Amazon is feeling the sting of inflation.
Starting April 28, all purchases made on Amazon will include a 5% fuel and inflation surcharge.
MEANWHILE: In March, the cost of producer prices rose 11.2% year over year. (So if you’re running a lemonade stand, this would mean the cost of lemons, cups, water, and sugar went up more than 10% year over year). Expect this metric to only worsen inflation in coming weeks.
A woman attempted to glue herself to the basketball court during the LA Clippers vs. MN Timberwolves game at the Target Center on Tuesday night.
After much confusion by everyone as to what was going on, it was later revealed that the woman was attempting to protest for animal rights.
MIMI REINHARD has died.
She was the woman who typed the names of more than 1,000 Jews for OSKAR SCHINDLER, the German industrialist who would go on to help them escape Nazi execution.
The list of names would become “Schindler’s List.”
She passed away last Friday. No cause of death was shared.
Reinhard was 107.
SHIRLEY SPORK has died.
The founding member of the Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) passed away Tuesday in Palm Springs, California. A cause of death was not shared.
She was 94.
The first shuttle bus from Texas to Washington D.C. carrying illegal immigrants arrived at its destination Wednesday morning, just blocks from the Capitol.
Texas Governor Greg Abbott announced the bussing program after the White House announced plans to repeal a measure that kept illegal immigrants outside US borders amid the ongoing covid pandemic. This change is expected to supercharge an already untenable situation at the border.
WORTH ASKING: Why is the pandemic situation so dangerous that Americans must continue to wear masks on airplanes but not screen hundreds of thousands of people crossing the border for new variants or infections?
A winning Mega Millions ticket was sold in Minnesota. The winner has the option of the $106 million jackpot or $64.5 million cash payout.
Friday night’s drawing will be for a $20 million jackpot or a $12.1 million cash payout.
JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE lost his cool on some paparazzi who asked him for his thoughts on ex-girlfriend BRITNEY SPEARS’ pregnancy news.
“Stop! Go away,” he shouted before waving off the pap with his hand.
As previously reported, Britney announced this week that she is expecting her third child, but first with fiancé SAM ASGHARI.
SPEAKING OF HER PREGNANCY: Britney, who tends to overshare, took to social media on Wednesday to let her followers know that pregnancy sex is “the best sex ever.”
GILBERT GOTTFRIED’s Twitter account was allegedly hacked just hours after his family announced his death on the platform.
The late comedian’s bio was changed to “hacked by @yeatarchive on IG” and several bizarre tweets were shared. The most disturbing was one that read, “I’m dead because of @yeatarchive on IG. [Eff] that mf.”
Followers called out the “disgusting” and “disrespectful” act.
Twitter, meanwhile, told Rolling Stone that they were “looking into the situation.”
MICHAEL DOUGLAS donated $1 million to the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center, which he credits for the “roots” of his acting career.
The actor was hired by the center in 1968 after his step-dad made a call to his friend, theater founder George White.
Douglas shared the story as he thanked the non-profit during its Monte Cristo Awards gala this week.
“The Adam Project” is Netflix’s fourth most-watched English-language film of all time.
The flick, starring RYAN REYNOLDS, has been viewed more than 233,150,000 times in its first 28 days on the streamer.
No. 2 is “Don’t Look Up,” starring LEONARDO DICAPRIO and JENNIFER LAWRENCE and No. 3 is “Bird Box,” starring SANDRA BULLOCK and JOHN MALKOVICH.
KEKE PALMER will host “Password,” a reboot of the 1960s game show.
The show will see contestants partnered with “Tonight Show” host JIMMY FALLON and other celebs to face off in a game of words to win cash prizes, according to Variety.
Fallon will appear in each of the eight hour-long episodes.
WORTH NOTING: The premiere episode will be dedicated to the late BETTY WHITE, who played on the original series and is considered one of the show’s greatest players. An exact date was not shared.
ROBIN WRIGHT, RAY WINSTONE, NICK ROBINSON and BROOKE CARTER have joined the cast of “Damsel.”
The actors join previously announced stars MILLIE BOBBY BROWN and ANGELA BASSETT in the Netflix fantasy film.
The movie follows a damsel (Brown) who, after marrying her prince, will be sacrificed to a cave dragon. She must use her wits to stay alive, until someone comes to rescue her.
JENNIFER LOPEZ’s upcoming documentary “Halftime” will premiere at New York’s Tribeca Film Festival on June 8, before landing on Netflix a week later.
The project takes an “intimate” look into the “grit and determination” that makes JLo a pop icon, insiders told Variety.
Viewers will get to see her prepare for her 2020 Super Bowl halftime show and her appearance at JOE BIDEN’s inauguration.
LILY RABE, ED HARRIS, VANESSA HUDGENS FINN WITTOCK and JACK DYLAN are set to star in a film adaptation of Chuck Klosterman’s “Downtown Owl.”
The story is set in the rural town of Owl, North Dakota in 1983. A new high school English teacher stumbles into town, upending everyone’s lives just in time for a white-out blizzard, according to the official description.
Roles were not shared.
Hulu has renewed AMY SCHUMER’s series “Life & Beth.”
The series follows Beth (Schumer), who appears to have it all on the outside, but a sudden incident forces her to face her past, changing her life forever.
The second season will be 10-episodes.
JODI BALFOUR has joined Apple TV+ series “Ted Lasso” in a major recurring role.
She will play Jack, a venture capitalist.
The series stars JASON SUDEIKIS as Ted Lasso, a small-time college football coach from Kansas hired to coach a professional soccer team in England.
IF ANYONE CARES…
WHOOPI GOLDBERG will return to her seat on “The View” on May 2.
As previously reported, the 66-year-old is taking a break from the talk show to take part in the upcoming Amazon series “Anansi Boys.”
CUBA GOODING JR. has taken a plea deal in his sexual misconduct case.
The actor, who was facing six misdemeanor charges for three separate incidents, pled guilty on Wednesday to one count of forcible touching.
The plea deal means no jail time for Cuba, but he will have to continue the alcohol and behavior modification treatment he began in 2019 for 6 more months, and he needs to not get in any more trouble.
If he follows those terms, his plea will be changed to harassment in the second degree and he will get a sentence of time served. If he fails to uphold his end of the deal, he faces up to one year in jail.
RUSSELL WILSON is selling his Seattle home.
The QB, who was recently traded to the Denver Broncos, along with his wife CIARA, listed the 11,104 square foot pad for $36 million.
The house has six bedrooms, seven bathrooms, a chef’s kitchen, game room, movie theater, full gym, sports court and impressive shoreline.
It is so massive that the place has its own elevator too!
Actor JOSEPH GATT was arrested last week for allegedly engaging in “online sexually explicit communication” with a minor from another state.
According to LAPD sources, the city’s Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force started investigating Gatt after receiving an anonymous tip.
He was arrested, booked and released after posting $5,000 bail on April 6.
Investigators are now trying to determine if there are more victims.
BUT WAIT: The “Game of Thrones” star also had an outstanding felony warrant from a similar prior incident.
THE DAILY KARDASHOPUS
KHLOE KARDASHIAN was forced to admit that she did in fact photoshop her daughter TRUE THOMPSON into old Disneyland photos after sharing this week that the 4-year-old went to the park for the first time for her birthday.
“Welllppp I [effed] this one up. Anyways…let’s focus on something else. Our show airs in a few days,” Khloe tweeted Tuesday night.
As many may remember, in January the reality star was called out for editing the photos to include her daughter alongside her cousin, CHICAGO WEST.
What makes it even weirder is that True’s face was superimposed over her other cousin, STORMI WEBSTER.
CHECK OUT THE IMAGE:
WE’LL NEVER BE ROYALS
PRINCE ANDREW once snubbed the wife of a former US ambassador to the UK while staying at her Palm Springs estate to watch porn for two days.
In an excerpt from Tina Brown’s new book, shared by The Sun, Andrew allegedly stayed at LEE ANNENBERG’s home in 1993, shortly after splitting from his wife, SARAH FERGUSON.
According to Brown, Lee was “appalled” with the royal — who had already earned the nickname “Randy Andy” — after he “holed up in his bedroom for two days apparently watching porn on cable TV.”
This story, and many others, featuring Andrew’s scandalous behavior can be read about in Brown’s new book, “The Palace Papers: Inside the House of Windsor — The Truth and the Turmoil,” which will be released later this month.
DEREK CARR agreed to a 3-year contract extension worth $121.5 million with the Las Vegas Raiders on Wednesday.
He is now the fifth highest paid QB in the league, behind JOSH ALLEN (4th), PATRICK MAHOMES (3rd), DESHAUN WATSON (2nd), and AARON RODGERS (1st).
ALSO: Carr is the longest tenured QB in the AFC.
DAY OF THE YEAR
International Laverbread Day
Look Up at the Sky Day
National Dolphin Day
National Ex-Spouse Day
National Gardening Day
National Pan American Day
National Pecan Day
National Reach as High as You Can Day
ON THIS DATE
1828 – Noah Webster publishes a dictionary of American English.
The project amassed 70,000-word definitions over 26 years. It was Webster who simplified the British spellings of words — taking the U out of colour, for example.
After Webster’s death, George and Charles Merriam bought the rights to the dictionary, and continued to provide updates and revisions. Because of some legal wrangling in the early 20th century, it was ruled that Webster lost the trademark to his name when the first copyright in 1806 lapsed — so today “Webster’s” is commonly used by competing dictionaries and publishing companies.
1865 – President Abraham Lincoln is shot at Ford’s Theater in Washington DC.
The night of the assassination, actor John Wilkes Booth snuck into the president’s box and shot him in the back of the head. One of his conspirators failed to carry out an attack on Vice President Andrew Johnson, and instead opted to get drunk.
A simultaneous attempt failed to kill Secretary of State William Seward, while he was bedridden following a carriage accident. Co-conspirator Lewis Powell gained entrance to the house, and managed to stab Seward but was eventually fought off by the secretary’s family and staff.
Booth was eventually found and shot. The others implicated in the assassination attempts were hanged. Lincoln died the following day.
1912 – The RMS Titanic hits an iceberg and sinks hours later.
The behemoth passenger ship was crossing the Atlantic en route to New York City. After the collision, it took nearly three hours to sink. While about 700 passengers were saved, nearly 1500 were lost at sea.
The wreckage was discovered in 1985, 12,415 feet below the surface, south of Newfoundland.
1939 – John Steinbeck publishes “The Grapes of Wrath.”
The novel follows the Joads, a farming family who leave Oklahoma during the Dust Bowl.
1958 – Sputnik 2 burns up in Earth’s atmosphere.
It was the second satellite to achieve orbit around Earth, and carried the first living creature to enter space. It was revealed in 2002 that the dog on board died within hours of launch, likely from overheating and stress.
2003 – Researchers announce the near complete mapping of human DNA.
The study has helped detect and diagnose disease and other human afflictions.
2018 - Beyonce is the first black woman to headline the Coachella Music Festival.
Her performance was one of the most-viewed performances on YouTube’s Live Stream.
2020 - President Donald Trump freezes funding for the World Health Organization pending a review over the group’s handling of the COVID-19 pandemic.
He called the organization too “China-centric,” prompting international criticism.
Abigail Breslin - actress, “Little Miss Sunshine” & “Zombieland” - 26
Baker Mayfield - football player - 27
Ellington Ratliff - drummer, R5 - 29
Getter - DJ - 29
Graham Phillips - actor, “The Good Wife” & “Riverdale” - 29
Chris Wood - actor, “The Carrie Diaries” & “Supergirl” - 34
Sarah Michelle Gellar - actress, “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” & “Cruel Intentions” - 45
Amy Dumas - wrestler - 47
Anderson Silva - MMA fighter - 47
Da Brat - rapper - 48
Adrien Brody - actor, “The Pianist” & “Dummy” - 49
Anthony Michael Hall - actor, “The Breakfast Club” & “Sixteen Candles” - 54
Robert Carlyle - actor, “Once Upon A Time” & The Full Monty” - 61
Brad Garrett - actor, “Everybody Loves Raymond” - 62
Peter Capaldi - actor, “Doctor Who” - 64
Bobbi Brown - makeup artist, Bobbi Brown Cosmetics - 65
Pete Rose - baseball player - 81
Loretta Lynn - country singer - 90
Born On This Date
John Howard - actor, “My Three Sons” - 1913 (d. 1995)
Anne Sullivan - taught Helen Keller to read & write - 1866 (d. 1936)