Today is Thursday, September 23, 2021
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After an impatient truck driver laid on his horn in Brooklyn, the man stopped in front of him decided to have the last laugh. He got out of his car and danced for over a minute near the cab of the rig.

It is unclear if the truck driver responded.

Check out the viral video here.

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Hit List

Apple is working on features designed to detect depression, anxiety, autism and cognitive decline. 

According to a report from the Wall Street Journal, the features would use extensive personal data, such as sleep patterns, physical activity and more, collected by sensors on Apple products, such as iPhones and Apple Watches. 

The company is working with researchers from the University of California, who are currently studying stress, anxiety and depression. 

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Melbourne, Australia shook with a magnitude 5.9 earthquake Wednesday. 

Minor structural damage to chimneys, facades and older buildings was reported. A hospital near the epicenter of the quake also lost power. 

There were no reports of any serious injury.  

The quake was the largest to hit Australia since a magnitude 6.6 struck in 2019. 

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Students from one Connecticut high school are back to remote learning, but not because of the virus.

New Britain High School, located near in Hartford, sent students home temporarily because of “issues with misbehavior.” According to a letter from Principal Damon Pearce, the school is “hitting the refresh button” and will “restart the school year” after multiple reports of vandalism and fighting.

Superintendent Nancy Sarra said the behavior issues likely stem from students having been “off the school’s radar for 18 months.”

Chalk this up to another consequence of the so-called virus mitigation efforts.

ALSO: On a slightly different, yet similar note. Many parents, teachers, doctors and health officials are fearful of this year’s flu season with students being back in the classroom. Many people have gone one — possibly even two — flu seasons without exposure, which makes this year’s potentially more deadly; especially if the vaccine doesn’t protect against the right strains.

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Two men found a dead body inside the trunk of a vehicle abandoned on the side of the road in Byram, Mississippi with a “free car” sign attached to it. 

The body was discovered after the men drove the car from Byram to a relative’s home in Copiah County on Sunday morning. 

The men called 911 after finding the body. 

The deceased person has been identified as Anthony Mccrilliss, 34, the owner of the vehicle who was last seen alive last Friday. It is unclear how or where he died. 

An investigation into the incident is ongoing. 

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The FDA authorized Pfizer’s booster shots for people over the age of 65 and for those who are at high risk yesterday.

A single booster shot will be administered at least six months after receiving the first two Pfizer doses.

No word on whether those who received the Moderna or Johnson & Johnson vaccine can get the Pfizer booster.

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A new COVID-19 variant has been spreading at a Kentucky nursing home. 

The R.1. variant, which originated in Japan, has reportedly infected 45 residents and workers of the home, many of whom are vaccinated. 

The variant shares the highly infectious mutation that is present in other variants that are behind the surges of the virus across the country. 

No word yet on whether the COVID-19 vaccine protects against this new variant.

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Wall Street rebounded from a tough first half of the week with a strong session on Wednesday. The Dow surged 338 points, the Nasdaq rose 150 points and the S&P climbed 41 points.

The Federal Reserve announced that it plans to continue with its economic stimulus in the form of monthly bond purchases for the foreseeable future. It was made public that a majority of the board now supports increasing interest rates by sometime in 2022.

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At least 25 states have reported cases of salmonella from an “unknown food source.” 

Earlier this month the CDC identified an outbreak of 20 salmonella infections and since then, “the outbreak has grown rapidly.” 

As of last Wednesday, nearly 130 people were infected. No deaths have been reported. 

In order to track down the source, state and local health officials are interviewing those infected regarding the foods they ate the week prior to getting sick.  

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One of the teens who participated in the murder of Barnard student Tessa Majors pleaded guilty this week as part of a deal with prosecutors. 

Luchiano Lewis, 16, one of three teens charged in the 2019 slaying of the freshman, pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and first-degree robbery in a Manhattan Supreme Court. He is also cooperating with prosecutors against the other defendants, including 16-year-old Rashaun Weaver, who allegedly stabbed Majors repeatedly. 

Zyairr Davis, who was just 13 at the time of the murder, pled guilty in 2020 and was sentenced to 18 months in detention. 

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A woman who was found in a remote area on a northern Adriatic island with no idea who she was or where she came from, has now been identified.

Daniela Adamcova, a 57-year-old from Slovakia, was found September 12 sitting on a rock near the sea in a remote part of the island that is known to be inhabited by bears. When she was found, she spoke to rescuers in, but was unable to give them any identifying information. She had no ID and no cell phone. 

The tip that ultimately revealed her identity came from someone in the US, where Adamcova lived and worked as a jewelry designer before ending up homeless. In 2015, she reportedly moved to Ireland. 

She is currently in a hospital in stable condition. Croatian social services will help her once she is released. 

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Deaths

Willie Garson has died. 

The actor, best known for his role as Stanford Blatch in “Sex and the City,” passed away amid a battle with cancer. 

He was 57. 

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Weddings

Duane Chapman, 68, aka Dog the Bounty Hunter is married…again! 

The former reality star tied the knot with his sixth wife Francie Frane, 52, on Sept. 2 in Colorado Springs, Colorado. 

Dog’s fifth wife, Beth Chapman, died in June 2019 after a battle with throat cancer.

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The Swamp

The Biden administration is blowing the dust of its military facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

NBC News reports that the administration has opened up bids for a contract to manage a migrant detention facility there — and is requiring that some of those staffing speak Spanish and Haitian Creole.

WORTH ASKING: Is President Joe Biden going to send illegal immigrants to the same base that for years housed terrorists?

WORTH NOTING: Probably isn’t the worst idea! But where’s the outrage from Jim Acosta?

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Gallup says President Joe Biden’s approval rating has dipped to 43%.

That’s down six points in a month. Most of the drag comes from independents, who give him a 37% approval rating — almost half of the 61% high Biden enjoyed in June.

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French President Emmanuel Macron and President Joe Biden are trying to patch things up, after France was edged out of a nuclear submarine technology sharing agreement last week.

As a result, Macron recalled France’s ambassador to the US. After a call Wednesday, the two heads of state agreed to have formal talks next month to mend the relationship. France’s ambassador is also expected to return next week.

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Lottery

A single winning Mega Millions ticket from Tuesday’s drawing was sold in New York. 

It is worth an estimated $432 million or a $312.8 million cash payout. 

Friday’s drawing will be for a $20 million jackpot or a $14.5 million cash payout. 

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Tube Talk

Here’s who’s on the late-night chat shows:

  • Jimmy Kimmel: Ringo Starr, Simone Biles, the Doobie Brothers
  • Jimmy Fallon: Michael Strahan, Justin Willman, the Killers
  • Stephen Colbert: Anderson Cooper, John Mayer
  • Seth Meyers: Ike Barinholtz, Jenny Slate, Ande
  • James Corden: Ben Platt

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Here’s what’s new on TV tonight:

  • Big Brother / CBS / 7:00 pm
  • Holey Moley 3D in 2D / ABC / 7:00 pm
  • Law & Order: Special Victims Unit / NBC / 7:00 pm 
  • The Masked Singer / FOX / 7:00 pm
  • Kenny Rogers: All In For the Gambler / CBS / 8:00 pm
  • The Hustler / ABC / 8:00 pm
  • Alter Ego / FOX / 8:00 pm
  • The Hustler / ABC / 9:00 pm
  • Law & Order: Organized Crime / NBC / 9:00 pm

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Showbiz News

Disney is working on an action-adventure fantasy series from Chris Columbus’ book series, “House of Secrets.” 

The project, which will air on Disney+, centers on siblings Brendan, Eleanor and Cordelia Walker, who are not happy when their family relocates to a creepy Victorian house once owned by an occult novelist. The family soon finds themselves trapped in the house, traveling through the fantastical intertwined universes of the novelist’s books. 

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Actress Michelle Trachtenberg will host “Meet, Marry, Murder” for Tubi. 

The true-crime docuseries explores the stories of people who were murdered by their partners. It features interviews with witnesses, including family, friends, matchmakers and more. 

All 13 episodes will drop on October 6. 

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Adam Devine will reprise his “Pitch Perfect” role for a spinoff series on Peacock. 

Elizabeth Banks, Max Handelman, Paul Brooks and more from the franchise have also signed on to the spinoff. 

The first “Pitch Perfect” flick launched in 2012, centering on an all-girl collegiate a cappella group called the Barden Bellas. Devine played Bumper Allen, the leader of the all-male rival a cappella group, the Treblemakers.  

No word on a premiere date. 

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Owen Wilson, Kim Kardashian, Rami Malek and Jason Sudeikis are set as the hosts for the first four consecutive episodes of “Saturday Night Live.” 

The musical guests will be, Kacey Musgraves, Halsey, Young Thug and Brandi Carlile, respectively. 

Season 47 of “SNL” returns October 2. 

WORTH NOTING: It is still unclear which cast members will be returning.

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Britney Spears’ conservatorship battle will be front and center in a new Netflix documentary, titled “Britney vs Spears.” 

The pop princess’ lengthy and controversial conservatorship will be examined and broken down by those directly involved, according to director Erin Lee Carr. 

The doc will be available for streaming on Sept. 28.

News of the Netflix doc follows Hulu’s “Framing Britney Spears,” which was distributed in collaboration with FX as part of “The New York Times Presents” series.

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James Corden’s “The Late Late Show” is bringing back live studio audiences for the first time since the start of the pandemic. 

Deadline reports that the late-night talkshow will welcome back fully vaccinated fans on September 27. 

They are following in the footsteps of other late-night shows “Jimmy Kimmel Live!,” “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” and “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon,” who welcomed back audiences last month. 

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Netflix has acquired the Roald Dahl Story Company for an undisclosed amount.

The deal gives the streaming giant access to the full catalogue of works from the famed British author.

Netflix said it plans to create a “universe of projects based on Dahl properties.”

Dahl’s most famous works include: “Matilda,” “The BFG,” and “James and the Giant Peach.”

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Kathryn Hahn is set to play the late Joan Rivers in “The Comeback Girl.” 

The series tells the awe-inspiring untold story of how Rivers “persevered through near suicide and professional abyss to rebuild herself and her career to become a global icon,” according to the show’s official description. 

The series will air on Showtime.

Rivers died in 2014 at 81-years-old. 

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Testimony in R. Kelly’s sex abuse trial concluded yesterday, with the disgraced singer choosing not to take the witness stand.

After a handful of witnesses for the defense, who tried to discredit the allegations, and dozens of witnesses for the prosecution, closing arguments are now set to start.

Kelly has pleaded not guilty to all charges he faces in New York.

There are still charges pending against him in Illinois and Minnesota.

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Tom Bergeron is returning to TV. 

The former “Dancing With the Stars” host is hosting a new take on “Tic-Tac-Dough” for NBC. 

Based on the classic tic-tac-toe game, the game show features contestants answering questions from various categories in order to put an X or an O on the board. The first one to get three in a row, wins!

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Crib Notes

Joe Jonas and Sophie Turner are moving south with their 1-year-old daughter, Willa. 

The trio will be moving into a Miami beachfront property that Jonas and Turner dropped a cool $11 million on. 

The 10,416-square-foot home features 6 bedrooms, 8.5 baths, a gym, swimming pool, spa, sauna, wine cellar, indoor garden and koi pond. 

The couple’s Encino pad is still on the market. They listed it this summer for $17 million. 

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The Daily Kardashopus

Kardashian fans think Kylie Jenner is expecting a boy based on a recent Instagram post.

In the post, Kylie and her 3-year-old daughter Stormi Webster are dressed in blue as the mom-to-be promotes her new baby care line, KylieBaby.

Many followers commented that Kylie was giving off “boy vibes” with the shoot, while another mentioned how last month Kylie captioned a photo of her daughter with “favorite girl [blue heart emoji].”

Jenner confirmed her pregnancy weeks after Page Six broke the news that she was expecting her second child with rapper Travis Scott.

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We'll Never Be Royals

The Times of London is trying to take some heat off Prince Andrew and his sex abuse lawsuit with a sweet story of him rescuing a dog. 

The story goes: 

“The dog…ran at the open window and, teetering on the window-ledge looked about to lose his footing and fall to earth many storeys below. Other guests noticed but Andrew acted. He rushed to the window, grabbed the little dog just in time and brought him cradled in his arms to safety.” 

The incident took place at an unnamed castle in Scotland, according to the outlet. 

The story was heavily criticized on Twitter with a bevy of sarcastic comments from users. 

The article was published as news broke that the prince has accepted that he has been officially served in the sex abuse lawsuit filed by accuser Virginia Giuffre. 

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Day of the Year

Celebrate Bisexuality Day
National Checkers/Dogs in Politics Day
National Great American Pot Pie Day
National Snack Stick Day
National Teal Talk Day
Innergize Day
Restless Legs Awareness Day

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On This Date

1642 – An audience in Massachusetts enjoys Harvard College’s first commencement ceremonies, 6 years after the institution opened its doors for the first time.

9 men were recognized for graduating — though “commencer” was more likely the term used at the time. They read orations in Hebrew, Greek, and Latin, and later debated philosophy and religion as a spectacle for the audience.

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1779 – American naval hero John Paul Jones defeats British ships Serapis and Countess of Scarborough near the English coast.

On board the Bonhomme Richard, Jones began an attack on the British warships, which were escorting merchant ships.

At first, the American ship suffered severe damage. The British commander implored Jones’ surrender, but the American did not quit.

Fighting lasted 3 more hours, until the Brits raised their colors of surrender.

Jones and his crew boarded the Serapis, and the Bonhomme Richard sank the next day.

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1806 – Lewis and Clark arrive in St. Louis after resting near La Charette on the Missouri River.

It marked the completion of their journey from the Mississippi River to the Pacific Coast. They’re the first explorers on record to do so.

Their journey also amassed a great deal of information about the newly-acquired Louisiana Purchase.

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1846 – Johann Gottfried Galle discovers Neptune.

The German astronomer was aided by French astronomer Le Verrier, who used complex math equations and astrophysics to estimate the planet’s location.

Neptune orbits the sun once every 165 years.

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1949 – President Truman issues a statement saying that the Soviets have detonated a nuclear weapon.

It came as a surprise to the administration and the country, which thought the Soviets to be years behind technologically.

The news quickened American research into developing an even more powerful hydrogen bomb.

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1994 – “The Shawshank Redemption” hits the big screen for the first time.

It’s based on a short story by Stephen King called “Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank Redemption.”

The flick earned 7 Oscar nominations, but lost Best Picture to “Forrest Gump.”

The movie was also Tim Robbins’ breakout role.

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2002 – Mozilla releases its first browser, called Phoenix.

Its customizable toolbar and quick search feature would become staples of any mainstream browser.

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2009 – “Modern Family” premieres on ABC starring Ed O’Neill and Sofia Vergara. 

In its 11 seasons, the mockumentary would win 22 Emmy awards and receive 75 nominations. 

It holds the record for ABC’s longest-running comedy series. 

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2018 – New Orleans Saints QB Drew Brees throws a 17-yard pass to Michael Thomas, making him the NFL career pass leader. 

Brees stole the crown from Brett Favre, who had 6,300 completions. 

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Birthdays

Jordyn Woods – former Kardashian friend – 24

Willie Jones – country singer – 27

Skylar Astin – actor, “Pitch Perfect” & “21 & Over” – 34

Hasan Minhaj – comedian – 36

Anneliese van der Pol – actress, “That’s So Raven” & “Vampires Suck” – 37

Matt Kemp – baseball player – 37

Anthony Mackie – actor, “Captain American: Civil War” & “8 Mile” – 43

Darcy & Stacy Silva – reality stars – 47

Matt Hardy – professional wrestler – 47

Jermaine Dupri – rapper – 49

LisaRaye McCoy – actress, “The Players Club” & “The Wood” – 54

John Harbaugh – NFL coach – 59

Jason Alexander – actor, “Seinfeld” & “Pretty Woman” – 62

Bruce Springsteen – rock singer – 72

BORN ON THIS DATE

Tom Lester – actor, “Green Acres” – 1938 (d. 2020)

Ray Charles – soul singer – 1930 (d. 2004)

John Coltrane – jazz saxophonist & composer – 1926 (d. 1967)

Mickey Rooney – actor, “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” – 1920 (d. 2014)

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