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PLUS: E. Coli Outbreak; Deshaun Watson Suspended; and Best State to Call Home
Today is Friday, August 19, 2022.
It is the 231st day of the year.
134 days remain.
Dr. Seuss, William Shakespeare, and current NY Times Bestseller Colleen Hoover were trending after their names landed -- among others -- on a list of authors who need to be canceled.
Deshaun Watson landed in Twitter’s Top 10 Trends on Thursday after the NFL handed down their punishment for his off-the-field bad behavior. More in Sports.
#StuffIShouldListenTo was trending yesterday. Tweets included, “Cake when it’s calling my name,” “Tips from the fashion police,” and “actions.”
Brian Stelter was trending after CNN announced the anchor is leaving the network. More in Showbiz.
Dozens of people have been infected and nine hospitalized across Ohio and Michigan after being infected with E. coli.
According to a press release from the CDC, the individuals fell ill due to “an outbreak from an unknown source.” No deaths have been reported.
Those infected range in age from 6 to 91.
SYMPTOMS: E. Coli infection affects everyone differently, but symptoms usually include severe stomach cramps, diarrhea, vomiting and fever. Most people recover in a week's time. Severe infections can lead to death.
A family in New Zealand was shocked to discover the bodies of two children hidden in suitcases they recently purchased from an abandoned storage unit.
The children, believed to be between the ages of 5 and 10, had been dead for a number of years, and the suitcases had been in storage for about three or four years, according to Detective Inspector Tofilau Faamanuia Vaaelua.
The family had purchased the personal and household items in an online auction and did not physically see the items until they were delivered to their home.
A homicide investigation is now underway.
Gusty winds and rain storms sent Porta-Potties flying during a Food Festival in downtown Albany, New York this week.
Videos showed attendees running for shelter from the storm, while dodging the flying potty stations.
Plaza officials told The Post that the event had to be called off early due to the severe weather and precarious potty situation.
No word on whether anyone was using the commode when they started flinging around.
As the demand for vasectomies increases in light of Roe v. Wade being overturned, a new TikTok trend has been created.
As of Thursday afternoon, there were 522.5 million videos on the app that contain the hashtag #vasectomy. Many of the videos feature men going through the procedure and some encouraging others to do the same.
One video, featuring a Texas-based comedian speaking about his own vasectomy, has over 3.2 million views.
SNIP SNIP: A Los Angeles-based urologist told The Washington Post that he has seen a “300 to 400 percent” increase in vasectomy consultations since the Supreme Court’s decision.
Researchers from Tufts University in Boston spent three years investigating over 8,000 different types of food and drink and ranking them between 0 and 100, with 100 being the most healthy.
The lowest scorers were snacks and sweet desserts (average score of 16.4). The highest scorers were veggies (69.1), fruits (73.9), and legumes, nuts and seeds (78.6)
For meats, beef was at 24.9, poultry at 42.7 and seafood scored 67.
In the drink category, sugar-sweetened sodas and energy drinks landed a 27.6, while 100% fruit/veggie juices scored a 67.
One shocking find -- and pleasant surprise to most -- was that based on the metrics used, chocolate ice cream scored 35 points, while a chocolate granola bar received just 15. Also, frozen yogurt only scored 23.
BY THE NUMBERS
📈 The Dow gained 19 points (0.055%) on Thursday to close at 33,999. The S&P 500 added just 9 points (0.23%) to close at 4,283 while the Nasdaq added 27 points (0.21%) to close at 12,965.
🛢 West Texas Intermediate went up Thursday, closing at $90.56. Brent Crude closed at $97.
⛽ The national average price of a gallon of gas was $3.93 on Thursday.
₿ Bitcoin was up $8.00 (0.03%) on Thursday, trading around $23,349.
🛩 There were 2,979 flights delayed into, within, or out of the US on Thursday, and 272 such cancellations.
New to Amazon Prime:
Robocop (Rotten Tomatoes Score: 48%)
New to Hulu:
International Falls (Rotten Tomatoes Score: 100%)
HANAE MORI has died.
The Japanese designer, known for her cinematic fashions, passed away Thursday. No cause of death was shared.
She was 96.
College football star LUKE KNOX has died.
The linebacker for Florida International University passed away suddenly, according to a spokesperson from the university’s police department. An official cause of death is pending.
He was 22.
Actors ALEXIS BLEDEL, 40, and VINCENT KARTHEISER, 43, are calling it quits on their eight-year marriage.
Kartheiser filed for divorce on August 10, according to court documents obtained by TMZ. No word on what led to the split.
The exes will likely share custody of their 6-year-old son.
Former reality star STEPHEN COLLETTI, 36, and NASCAR reporter, 20-something ALEX WEAVER have made their relationship Instagram official.
No word on how they met or how long they have actually been together.
A federal judge has given the Justice Department a week to submit a copy of the affidavit with proposed redactions for the information it wants to keep secret from the raid at former President DONALD TRUMP’s Mar-a-Lago home.
The ruling came Thursday after several news organizations asked to unseal records tied to last week’s search, including the affidavit.
The DOJ has adamantly opposed making it public, arguing that by doing so the ongoing investigation would be compromised.
FBI agents searched Trump’s Florida estate on August 8, removing 11 sets of classified documents.
No winner for Tuesday night’s Mega Millions drawing. Tonight’s drawing will be for a $99 million jackpot or a $56.5 million cash payout.
No winner for Wednesday night’s Powerball drawing. Saturday night’s drawing will be for a $80 million jackpot or a $46.4 million cash payout.
These albums drop today:
Cass McCombs, “Heartmind”
Demi Lovato, “Holy Fvck”
Eli Winter, “Eli Winter”
Flung, “Apricot Angel”
Larry June, “Spaceships on the Blade”
Madonna, “Finally Enough Love: 50 Number Ones”
Panic! At the Disco, “Viva las Vengeance”
Silversun Pickups, “Physical Thrills”
Terence Etc., “Vortex”
Zannie, “How Do I Get That Star”
CNN has canceled its weekly show “Reliable Sources.”
On Thursday the network announced that host of the show, BRIAN STELTER, is leaving the network.
The final show will air on Sunday.
ANNE HECHE’s official cause of death has been revealed.
According to the Los Angeles medical examiner the 53-year-old actress died of smoke inhalation and thermal injuries she sustained in her car crash.
Also listed on the report as a contributing factor in her death was a sternal fracture due to blunt trauma, likely her hitting the steering wheel.
Her death was ruled an accident.
JONAH HILL says he will no longer be promoting upcoming projects, starting with his soon-to-be-released documentary, “Stutz,” because of the anxiety it causes him.
The 38-year-old actor explained his decision in an open letter to fans, writing that for nearly two decades he has been “plagued” with anxiety attacks that are worsened by media appearances and public events.
Hill’s upcoming film focuses on his mental health struggles. It will premiere at a film festival this month, according to Deadline.
CARDI B has some new ink.
Tattoo artist ROBINSON DE LOS SANTOS posted an Instagram video of him tattooing the rapper’s jawline, to which fans had mixed reactions.
It is unknown what Cardi had inked on her face.
During his 2016 rehab stint, KID CUDI says he suffered a stroke that impaired his speech and movement.
Speaking to Esquire, the 38-year-old rapper said it took him months to finally regain full function.
“Everything was [effed],” he said.
Cudi initially entered treatment for depression and drug addiction.
DICK VITALE is officially cancer-free.
The ESPN college basketball analyst revealed on Twitter this week that he has gone from “being in remission to being CANCER FREE.”
The 83-year-old had lengthy battles with melanoma and lymphoma.
Country singers SHANIA TWAIN, MARTINA MCBRIDE, TANYA TUCKER and LITTLE BIG TOWN will make guest appearances on FOX’s new series, “Monarch.”
Starring SUSAN SARANDON, TRACE ADKINS and ANNA FRIEL, the series follows the reigning family of country music and shows the great lengths they will go to maintain their legacy.
“Monarch” premieres on September 11.
Actress GWYNETH PALTROW and DoorDash CEO TONY XU will join hosts BARBARA COCORAN, MARK CUBAN, LORI GRENIER, ROBERT HERJAVEC, DAYMOND JOHN and KEVIN O’LEARY on Season 14 of ABC’s “Shark Tank.”
The two guest judges were revealed in the first teaser for the upcoming season.
Season 14 premieres on September 21.
ELLIE KEMPER and ZACH CHERRY will co-host “The Great American Baking Show.”
They join PRUE LEITH and PAUL HOLLYWOOD, who served as judges on the original British version of the show.
The series, which follows contestants vying to become America’s top baker, will debut on The Roku Channel in 2023.
CHRISTINE QUINN is officially leaving “Selling Sunset.”
Multiple sources confirmed her exit to Page Six, saying the real estate agent is “ready to move onto bigger and better things.”
Quinn starred on five seasons of the hit Netflix series.
THE DAILY KARDASHOPUS
Despite PETE DAVIDSON appearing in the Season 2 trailer of Hulu’s “The Kardashians,” sources told Page Six that he is actually “barely in the show.”
“He’s in the background, but the reality world is not built for people like Pete,” the insider added.
Season two premieres on September 22.
WE’LL NEVER BE ROYALS
A newly released video shows a man who broke into Windsor Castle on Christmas Day bragging about his plans to “assassinate” QUEEN ELIZABETH.
JASWANT SINGH CHAIL, 20, recorded a video of himself wearing a face shield and holding a crossbow just before he entered the castle grounds last year. In the video, Chail said he wanted to seek “revenge for those who died in the 1919 massacre,” referring to when British troops killed nearly 400 Sikhs in the holy city of Amritsar in northwestern India.
While he was able to gain access to castle grounds, Chail was quickly taken down by palace guards. He was arrested and charged under the Treason Act. He also faces charges of threats to kill and possession of an offensive weapon.
Chail appeared in court virtually this week from a high-security psychiatric hospital. His next court appearance is scheduled for next month. He has not yet entered a plea.
Cleveland Browns QB DESHAUN WATSON has been suspended for 11 games after the NFL and NFL Players Association agreed on the punishment.
He will also have to pay a $5 million fine.
In a response to the fine, Watson issued a statement that read: “I’m grateful that the disciplinary process has ended and extremely appreciative of the tremendous support I have received throughout my short time with the Browns organization. I apologize once again for any pain this situation has caused.”
The suspension is in response to Watson being accused by 24 women of sexual assault. He has settled 23 of the civil lawsuits against him.
JACOBY BRISSETT will be the starting QB until Watson’s return.
USA Gymnastics is taking states’ abortion laws into consideration when selecting venues for competitions.
President of the organization LI LI LEUNG told the Associated Press that they plan to select locations that match their “value system.”
“We are about empowerment. We are about choice. We are about agency,” she said.
LIST OF THE WEEK
Using 52 metrics across five categories - affordability, economy, education/health, quality of life and safety - WalletHub ranked all 50 states from best place to live to worst place to live in 2022.
Here are the Top 10:
DAY OF THE YEAR
National Aviation Day
National Soft Ice Cream Day
ON THIS DATE
1909 – 12,000 spectators gather at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway for the first five-mile race on the track.
Louis Schwitzer would win, clocking an average speed of 57.4 miles per hour.
The unfinished track of crushed rock and tar made driving perilous -- 2 drivers died during the race, as well as 2 mechanics and 2 fans in the audience.
Today, the much-improved facility is home to the Indianapolis 500.
1934 – Adolf Hitler consolidates his power as the German head of state, merging the positions of president and chancellor.
He took the formal title "Fuhrer und Reichskanzler," meaning "President and Chancellor."
The power grab came after the death of President von Hindenberg earlier that month. Despite the illegality of the position, Hitler's popularity allowed him to act without public outcry.
1953 – A CIA operation overthrows Iranian Premier Mohammed Mosaddeq. The Shah of Iran takes power, and becomes a staunch American ally during the Cold War.
Intelligence efforts by the British and United States revealed Mosaddeq maintained communist sympathies, and could become a powerful friend of the Soviet Union.
Following the coup, the Shah authorized 40% of Iran's oil fields to be used by American companies.
1960 – Gary Powers is sentenced to 10 years in Soviet Prison.
The U-2 pilot had been captured in May of that year after being shot down over the Ural Mountains. His plane was hit with a missile, but he was able to successfully eject. After landing, he was swiftly arrested.
The two superpowers later negotiated a prisoner trade for Powers' release, effective in February 1962.
1993 – Actors Alec Baldwin and Kim Basinger tie the knot.
The union would be one of the more publicly toxic marriages in Hollywood history.
They separated in 2000, and divorced in 2002. The custody battle over their young daughter also made for tabloid gold.
2014 – NASA satellites take photos showing the eastern basin of the Aral Sea has completely dried up.
The event devastated the once-prosperous fishing region around it in Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan. The dried-up area is now called the Aralkum Desert.
2020 - Apple becomes the first US company to be valued at $2 trillion.
The milestone was reached just two years after it hit $1 trillion.
Ethan Cutkosky - actor, “Shameless” - 23
Romeo Miller - rapper - 33
Christina Perry - pop singer - 36
Simon Bird - actor, “The Inbetweeners” - 38
Tammin Sursok - actress, “Pretty Little Liars” - 39
Fat Joe - rapper - 52
Matthew Perry - actor, “Friends” - 53
John Stamos - actor, “Full House” - 59
John Deacon - bassist, Queen - 71
Bill Clinton - 42nd POTUS - 76
Born On This Date
Nate Dogg - rapper - 1969 (d. 2011)
Robert Graham - sculptor - 1938 (d. 2008)
Coco Chanel - fashion designer - 1883 (d. 1971)
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