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5/12/2022: Mike McCarthy Returns to Green Bay
PLUS: Tracking Ironbound, PETA Protest, and Royal Stalkers
Today is Thursday, May 12, 2022.
It is the 132nd day of the year.
233 days remain.
Bob Lanier was trending after news of his passing broke. More in Deaths.
Several media outlets tweeted stories about rising inflation on Tuesday. More in Swamp.
GBvsDal was trending after the NFC matchup was revealed ahead of the official NFL 2022 schedule. More on the game in Sports.
5 Seconds of Summer announced Wednesday that a music video for their song Me Myself & I will be dropping soon. In response, #MeMyselfAndI was trending.
Marine researchers from OCEARCH are closely monitoring a 1,000-pound shark, named Ironbound.
The adult great white, measuring 12 feet, 4 inches long, is swimming off the eastern coast of the US, last pinging near the shores of North Carolina.
OCEARCH first tagged the shark in 2019 in Nova Scotia and has been tracking him ever since.
BY THE WAY: Ironbound isn’t the biggest shark on the nonprofit’s radar. They have also tagged great whites measuring as long as 17.5 feet and weighing up to 4,000 pounds.
Investigators looking into the sudden deaths of three American tourists are trying to determine whether food consumed at the resort played a role.
Royal Bahamas Police Force Commissioner Paul Rolle says that three victims all had eaten different things before falling ill and seeking medical treatment, but they are looking into it anyway.
As previously reported, samples taken from all three victims have been sent to a lab in Philadelphia for toxicology testing. Results are expected next week.
Other vacationers who were in the area of the resort where the Americans were staying reported “strong odor” of insecticide.
Overdose deaths in the US hit a record 107,000 last year.
That translates to about one fatal overdose every five minutes, according to the CDC.
Last year saw over 71,000 fatal overdoses from fentanyl and synthetic opioids — up 23% from 2020. There was also a 23% increase in cocaine-related deaths and a 34% rise in deaths from meth and other stimulants.
Experts attribute the increase to the COVID-19 pandemic.
WORTH ASKING: What about the open southern border?
Netflix told employees this week that a lower-priced streaming option, with ads, may be released by the end of the year.
The New York Times reports that Netflix execs recently made the announcement in an internal memo that also stated the company would start “cracking down” on customers who share subscriptions at around the same time.
Since the beginning, Netflix has focused on gaining subscribers and not advertisers, but that is no longer the plan after the company lost accounts last month for the first time in a decade.
A new line of Barbies focusing on diversity will hit shelves next month.
Mattel announced Wednesday that the new line includes the first Barbie with behind-the-ear hearing aids, a doll with a prosthetic leg and a Ken doll with vitiligo.
New body types will also be featured, with some dolls having more curves than the typical Barbie.
A passenger on a small plane was forced to take over the controls after the pilot suffered a medical emergency.
The incident occurred Tuesday at the Palm Beach International Airport, when the solo passenger alerted air traffic control to his dire situation.
With the help of a patient tower operator, the man was able to safely land the aircraft.
The FAA, who is now investigating, has not released the name of the passenger or the pilot’s condition.
BOB LANIER has died.
The Detroit Pistons legend passed away Tuesday after a short illness. No other details were shared.
Lanier spent the final years of his Hall of Fame career with the Milwaukee Bucks.
He was 73.
Race car driver KYLE BUSCH, 37, and his wife, lifestyle blogger SAMANTHA BUSCH, 35, welcomed a daughter, named LENNIX KAY, via surrogate on Tuesday.
The couple is already parents to son Brexton Locke, 6.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported Wednesday that in April the consumer price index increased 8.3% from a year ago — higher than the Dow Jones estimate of 8.1%.
In response, Federal Reserve officials have ordered two internet rate hikes, with pledges of more to come.
This issue will be a big one for voters come midterms, along with Roe v. Wade.
SPEAKING OF ROE v. WADE: The Senate voted Wednesday on a bill that would codify a federal right to abortion. Sixty votes were needed to pass -- the final tally was 51 to 49. Democrat JOE MANCHIN sided with the Republicans, helping to sink the bill.
No winner for Tuesday night’s Mega Millions drawing. Friday night’s drawing will be for a $99 million jackpot or a $57 million cash payout.
Nike has launched the first episode of a new podcast centered on the mental health of athletes.
“No Off-Season” features conversations between athletes, such as KARL-ANTHONY TOWNS, LAURIE HERNANDEZ and RAVEN SAUNDERS, and mental health experts.
According to Nike, “nearly 1 in 2 athletes only seek out mental health resources when they experience something traumatic.”
Episodes are available on Nike’s “Trained” podcast on Spotify and Apple Podcasts.
JAMES CROMWELL is protesting for PETA.
On Tuesday, the “Succession” star superglued his hand to the counter at a New York City Starbucks to protest the coffee chain’s “senseless” upcharge for Vegan milk.
After ranting about the company’s “greed,” Cromwell and other protestors began to chant “Save the planet, save the cows. End the vegan upcharge now.”
It is unclear if Cromwell will face any charges for his temper tantrum.
SEAN “Diddy” COMBS is getting back in the music biz.
The musician signed an exclusive one album deal with Motown Records this week.
Combs retired from music in 2017.
SHARON OSBOURNE agrees with ELON MUSK that no one should be permanently banned from Twitter, including former president DONALD TRUMP.
Osbourne shared her feelings with TMZ photogs this week while declaring her fondness for Musk and his anti-censorship ways.
In her new memoir, actress SELMA BLAIR details her decades-long alcohol addiction and other personal traumas she has suffered.
In an excerpt from the book, Blair writes that she first got drunk at the age of seven. After that, she would sip alcohol when she felt anxious, but never got drunk in an effort to protect her secret.
Her addiction to alcohol would lead to other traumas, including being sexually assaulted while on spring break as a college student.
Blair has been sober since 2016.
Her book, “Mean Baby,” hits shelves on May 17.
BETTY WHITE’s estate is auctioning off more than 1,500 items from the actress’ life and career.
Julien’s Auctions is hosting a three-day event this September in Beverly Hills (and online) where fans can bid on the items.
Items include awards, scripts, wardrobe and memorabilia from her TV shows and films. There will also be furnishings, artwork, jewelry, household and personal items from her California homes.
Zoo keepers at the Oregon Zoo named their new baby orangutan after DOLLY PARTON’s biggest hit, “Jolene.”
According to the zoo, the primate was given the moniker because of her “flaming locks of auburn hair,” which is referenced in the song.
Jolene arrived on April 13.
JENNIFER ANISTON appeared as the first guest on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” when it premiered in 2003, and she will now be the show’s final guest.
The series finale episode, with Aniston, will air on May 26.
KATY PERRY will star in the upcoming musical film “Melody.”
She will voice the titular character, a sweet and shy singer with a magical voice.
According to Deadline, she will also write and perform original music for the flick.
SCOUT LARUE WILLIS dropped new music on Wednesday.
The single, titled “Woman at Best,” will serve as the lead track off her forthcoming self-titled debut album.
The album hits shelves on June 24.
JOSH KELLY is joining the cast of “General Hospital.”
Details of his role are being kept under wraps.
He will appear as a series regular at the end of the month.
ANDY DICK was arrested yesterday for felony sexual battery.
Orange County police officers responded to a call from the alleged victim who was at a campground facility in O’Neill Regional Park in California.
YouTube channel “Captain Content RV” captured the arrest and events leading up to it. In the footage, a man who goes by the name of “JJ” accused Dick of molesting him in his sleep.
When confronted with the accusation, Dick blows off the man appearing to be more concerned about his missing cocaine.
WORTH NOTING: Dick has a lengthy history of run-ins with the law. He was charged with sexual misconduct in both 2018 and 2019 and was arrested for assaulting his boyfriend in 2021.
THE DAILY KARDASHOPUS
“The Kardashians” will show the moment KHLOE found out that her ex TRISTAN THOMPSON fathered a child with another woman.
Production sources told Us Weekly that cameras were rolling when the news broke, and the footage will be featured on the family’s Hulu show.
SPEAKING OF THE BABY: Thompson initially agreed to “amicably” co-parent his son with fitness trainer MARALEE NICHOLS, but she says he has “no involvement whatsoever.”
WE’LL NEVER BE ROYALS
A new report from UK officials reveals that the Royal Family had 170 stalkers in 2021.
Royal expert DUNCAN LARCOMBE told OK! Magazine that all the royals are constantly on alert regarding threats to their safety, but for KATE MIDDLETON it is extra important to remain vigilant over her three young children.
“[Royal officers] take these kinds of things very seriously,” Larcombe explained. “There’s a lot of protection that goes unnoticed, it’s not just the bodyguards walking them down the street.”
According to the report, of the 170 stalkers, 10 were deemed to pose a “serious threat,” 128 were rated as “moderate risks” and 32 were considered “low risk.”
MIKE MCCARTHY and his Dallas Cowboys will head to Lambeau Field to take on the Green Bay Packers on November 13.
The major NFC showdown — set for Week 10 — was announced yesterday. The full schedule will be revealed tonight.
McCarthy coached the Packers for 13 seasons and won a Super Bowl with the team. This will be his first time back since being fired by the organization in 2018.
ALSO: The Packers haven’t hosted the Cowboys since 2016.
DAY OF THE YEAR
National Fibromyalgia Awareness Day
National Limerick Day
National Nutty Fudge Day
National Odometer Day
ON THIS DATE
1780 – American troops are handily defeated at Charleston by British Troops, receiving the worst strategic blow of the American Revolutionary War.
Under the command of Sir Henry Clinton, the British army outnumbered the Continentals more than two-to-one. Fortunately, casualties were limited, but the British did capture more than 5,000 soldiers.
After the victory, Clinton left for New York to battle the French and left his men under the charge of Charles Cornwallis — who eventually had to fight the guerrilla tactics employed by Francis Marion. That battle was the basis for the Mel Gibson flick “The Patriot.”
1932 – The body of Charles Lindbergh’s infant child is found near the family’s home.
Kidnappers had taken the baby more than 2 months earlier, leaving a ransom note that demanded $50,000.
Eventually a transaction was arranged to drop the money in exchange for information, but the lead was a dead end.
Two years later, the kidnapper tipped his identity when a marked bill from the ransom was found by a gas station attendant, who called police. It turned out to be German immigrant Bruno Hauptmann, who was found with $13,000 of the ransom money. He was tried, convicted, and died by the electric chair.
1937 – George VI formally becomes King of England during a coronation ceremony at Westminster Abbey.
He took the throne following the abdication of his brother King Edward VIII the previous December.
George would become the first reigning British monarch to tour the United States. His courage during World War II was a huge boost to morale, including personally visiting war zones and staying in Buckingham Palace while it was damaged from fighting. His famous speeches during the war are chronicled in the movie, “The King’s Speech.”
1963 – Bob Dylan refuses to perform on the “Ed Sullivan Show.”
The song he was to play was called “Talkin’ John Birch Paranoid Blues.” It was a satirical take-down of the John Birch Society, an organization known for aggressively attacking communism and communists.
Producers were concerned how the lyrics would be taken by viewers. When asked to change the tune, Dylan refused, and walked off the show.
The media backlash Dylan received likely did more good for his career than appearing on the show would have. Even Ed Sullivan himself publicly denounced the censorship.
1965 – Soviet probe Luna 5 crash lands on the Moon.
It was designed to land softly on the Lunar surface, but collided instead when the retrorockets failed.
The accident made it the fifth man-made object on the moon, following a previous Soviet attempt and 3 American probes that intentionally crashed.
Both the USA and USSR would soft-land spacecraft on the Moon within the following year.
2002 – Jimmy Carter begins a private visit to Cuba, becoming the first president to visit the island country since Fidel Castro’s 1959 communist revolution.
Following discussion and talks with his Komerad, Carter concluded it was time for the US to lift its embargo and soften the tension between the nations.
He also encouraged Castro to allow international humanitarian aid into the country.
2020 - Russia’s confirmed cases of COVID-19 reaches 232,000 — the 2nd highest in the world.
The number is reported a day after President Vladimir Putin eases the country’s lockdown.
Luke Benward - actor, “Minutemen” & “Cloud 9” - 27
Kenton Duty - actor, “Shake It Up” & “Lost” - 27
Emily VanCamp - actress, “Everwood” & “Revenge” - 36
Domhnall Gleeson - actor, “Ex-Machina” & “About Time” - 39
Rami Malek - actor, “Mr. Robot” & “Bohemian Rhapsody” - 41
Tony Hawk - skateboarder - 54
Stephen Baldwin - actor, “The Usual Suspects” & “The Young Riders” - 56
Emilio Estevez - actor, “The Mighty Ducks” films & “The Breakfast Club” - 60
Born On This Date
George Carlin - comedian - 1937 (d. 2008)
Katharine Hepburn - actress, “Morning Glory” & “On Golden Pond” - 1907 (d. 2003)
Otto Frank - father of Anne Frank - 1889 (d. 1980)
Florence Nightingale - activist & founder of modern nursing - 1820 (d. 1910)