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Hit List

A 3-week-old baby girl was found floating in a wooden box down the Ganges River in India. 

The baby was heard crying by a boater who pulled the box out of the river. When he opened it, he said the baby was wrapped in a red scarf decorated with images of Hindu deities. The box also contained a horoscope card with information about her birth date and indicated her name was Ganga — Hindi for “the Ganges.” 

Child welfare officials collected the child and brought her to the hospital where she will be monitored before going to a shelter. 

The boater will be rewarded with government benefits — including a house — for showing a “matchless example of humanity,” the Associated Press reports.  

WORTH NOTING: According to the BBC, baby girls are seen as a financial burden in the country, particularly in poorer communities, which may be the motive behind the act. 

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More than 350 health care workers in Indonesia have become infected with COVID-19 — and dozens hospitalized — despite being vaccinated with China’s Sinovac shot. 

Central Java is battling an outbreak believed to be driven by the highly contagious Delta variant. 

According to the WHO, Sinovac’s vaccine prevents symptomatic disease in 51% of recipients. It is unknown how effective it is against variants. 

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Scientists have discovered a new frog species in Ecuador and named it after a British rock band.

According to The Guardian, Pristimantis led zeppelin — which translates to “Led Zeppelin’s Rain Frog” — was found in the Andes Mountains last year.

The two researchers who made the find told the Neotropical Biodiversity Journal that the “name honors Led Zeppelin and their extraordinary music.”

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A Spanish man has been sentenced to 15 years in prison after killing and eating his 68-year-old mother.

Alberto Sanchez Gomez was arrested after officers found body parts in the fridge and drawers around his home. Maria Soledad Gomez’s head, hands and heart were found on her bed, while the rest of her body was cut into “around 1,000 pieces,” officers said.

In court, the 28-year-old Gomez claimed he suffered a psychotic episode and heard “hidden messages” on TV telling him to kill his mother. According to authorities, Gomez had a history of violence against his mother.

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Prosecutors in the Derek Chauvin murder case filed a memorandum this week asking the court to deny the defense’s motion for a new trial. 

The state wrote that Chauvin’s attorney’s claims that his client should have been tried elsewhere are irrelevant because the murder was “highly publicized.”

Chauvin was convicted of George Floyd’s murder in April. His sentencing is scheduled for June 25. 

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On Thursday the Nasdaq climbed 121 points while the Dow lost 210 points and the S&P fell almost 2 points. The Nasdaq Composite closed just shy of a record for the index.

The dollar gained value on the Wall Street Journal Dollar Index by more than half a percent Thursday. The dollar is seeing strength as the Federal Reserve announced plans to raise interest rates sooner than anticipated. Gold prices dropped more than 2 percent during the session.

Nvidia, Amazon and Tesla, among other technology stocks, pushed the Nasdaq higher Thursday.

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A 1,098-carat diamond, believed to be the third largest on the planet, has been discovered in Botswana. 

The diamond was unearthed earlier this month at the Jwaneng mine, by Debswana, a diamond company owned by both Botswana’s government and the De Beers Group. 

The mine, which opened in 1982, typically produces between 12.5 million and 15 million carats of diamonds per year, according to Debswana. 

The two largest diamonds are the: 3,106-carat Cullinan stone found in South Africa in 1905 and the 1,109-carat Lesedi La Rona, which was discovered in 2015 by Lucara Diamonds in Botswana. 

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The number of Americans seeking new jobless claims rose last week. 

New filings reached 412,000, up from a revised total of 375,000 claims the week prior, according to the Labor Department. 

The increase comes after six straight weeks of the number declining. 

As of the end of May, more than 14.8 million Americans remained on some form of government assistance. 

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It is time to unmask the kids. 

Earlier this month, the CDC published data from January through April 2021 showing children ages 5-11 were “four times less likely to be hospitalized from COVID-19 than the usual flu.” Instead of screaming the good news from the rooftops, the CDC held onto it for over 2 months while over a third of children were being kept out of in-person schooling. 

A study published in the journal Hospital Pediatrics showed pediatric COVID-19 hospitalizations were over-counted by at least 40% in two hospital systems. 

Also, COVID-19 cases in children have decreased by 86% since January 2020, with all 50 states reporting less than 10% positivity of tests. 

It is time to follow the science and let kids be maskless without being contingent on receiving a vaccine through the EUA. 

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Gosiame Sithole, the South African woman who allegedly gave birth to 10 babies, is hitting back at claims that the whole thing is a hoax. 

The father of the babies, Teboga Tsotetsi, said earlier this week that he had not met the babies or seen his wife since she gave birth earlier this month. 

His family has since told multiple outlets that “there are no decuplets” and they will not believe there are “until proven otherwise.” They also apologized for any “inconvenience and embarrassment.” 

In response, Sithole said that she is hiding out because her boyfriend’s family is “bitter” and she doesn’t want them using the birth for financial gain. 

Relatives of Sithole are adamant that she gave birth to all ten babies — 3 girls and 7 boys. 

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Deaths

Frank Bonner has died. 

The actor, known for playing Herb Tarlet on the sitcom “WKRP in Cincinnati” passed away Wednesday as a result of complications from Lewy body dementia. 

He was 79.

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Breakups

La La Anthony has filed for divorce from husband Carmelo Anthony after almost 11 years of marriage. 

The actress, 41, and NBA player, 37, tied the knot in 2010 and share son Kiyan, 14. 

La La submitted the papers yesterday in New York, citing irreconcilable differences. 

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Baby News

Reality star Jason Wahler, 34, and his wife Ashely welcomed their second child, a son. 

Wyatt Ragle Wahler, arrived on Wednesday, weighing 9 lbs., 6 oz. 

The couple also shares daughter Delilah Ray, 3. 

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The Swamp

Juneteenth is now a federal holiday.

The day commemorates the end of slavery in the United States, and becomes the first new federal holiday since Martin Luther King Jr. Day was codified in 1983.

A bill marking the holiday passed the Senate unanimously and the House by a wide margin earlier in the week. President Joe Biden signed it into law yesterday.

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Speaker Nancy Pelosi really doesn’t want to talk about abortion.

The self-styled Catholic was asked if an unborn baby is a human being at 15 weeks, in the context of a Mississippi bill before the Supreme Court that bans abortions after 15 weeks.

In response, she said, “Let me just say that I am a big supporter of Roe v. Wade. I am a mother of five children in six years. I think I have some standing on this issue as to respecting a woman’s right to choose.”

Note that her standing isn’t the same as the Catholic Church’s.

Pelosi ignored the follow-up question from the reporter and moved on.

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Lottery

No winner for Tuesday night’s Mega Millions drawing. Tonight’s drawing will be for a $30 million jackpot or a $20.7 million cash payout.

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No winner for Wednesday night’s Powerball drawing. Saturday’s drawing will be for a $52 million jackpot or a $36.6 million cash payout.

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Tube Talk

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

  • Jimmy Kimmel: Rerun
  • Jimmy Fallon: Kevin Hart, Chrissy Metz, St. Vincent
  • Stephen Colbert: Rerun
  • Seth Meyers: Rerun
  • James Corden: Rerun

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Here’s what’s new on TV tonight:

  • Emergency Call / ABC / 7:00 pm
  • 202One Tokyo Olympic Trials / NBC / 7:00 pm
  • Friday Night SmackDown / FOX / 7:00 pm
  • Juneteenth: Together We Triumph / ABC / 8:00 pm

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Showbiz News

Chris Lowell is set to star opposite Hilary Duff in “How I Met Your Father,” Hulu’s spinoff of long-running CBS comedy “How I Met Your Mother.” 

The show is set in the near future, with Sophie (Duff) telling her son the story of how she met his father. The story starts in 2021 as Sophie and her close-knit group of friends are in the midst of figuring out who they are, what they want out of life and how to fall in love in the age of dating apps and limitless options.

Lowell will play Jesse, one of the friends, who is smart, with a bit of an edge and cynical about love. 

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Diana Ross announced she will officially be releasing a new studio album, titled “Thank You.” 

The forthcoming collection of songs was recorded in Ross’ home studio and “offers a powerful, inclusive musical message of love and togetherness,” according to a press release. 

It is the 77-year-old’s first album since her 2006 album “I Love You.

“Thank You” will be released on September 10.

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Jennifer Lopez will star in and produce sci-fi thriller “Atlas” for Netflix. 

The film follows Atlas, a woman fighting for humanity in a future where an AI soldier has determined the only way to end war is to end humanity. To defeat the rogue AI, Atlas must work with the one thing she fears most — another AI, according to a description from the streaming giant. 

The film falls under the newly announced creative partnership between Lopez and Netflix. 

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Jimmy Kimmel now has a College Football Bowl Game named after him. 

The late night host entered into an unprecedented multi-year partnership that grants him the official naming rights of the L.A. Bowl, the inaugural collegiate bowl game held at SoFi Stadium. 

The game will now be known as the Jimmy Kimmel L.A. Bowl and will feature the Mountain West’s No. 1 selection versus the Pac-12’s No. 5 selection. 

The inaugural game is slated for December 18. 

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Kristen Wiig will star in and produce a feature film version of “The Husbands,” from New York Times bestselling author Chandler Baker. 

The story follows an overworked mother who, while house-hunting in a nice suburban neighborhood, meets a group of high-powered women with enviably supportive husbands. When she agrees to take on a legal case involving the untimely death of one resident’s husband, she risks exposing not only the secrets at the heart of her own marriage, but the true secret to having it all, one worth killing for, per the official description. 

No word on when or where the project will be released. 

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For the second time in his career, Tom Brady has landed on the cover of “Madden.” 

Brady, alongside Patrick Mahomes who is making his “Madden” cover debut, is featured on the “Madden NFL 22” cover — the “MVP Edition.” 

Brady’s first time appearing on the cover was in 2018. 

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Neal McDonough is set to join FX series “American Horror Story: Double Feature.”

The “Yellowstone” alum will play Dwight “Ike” Eisenhower.

No other details were shared.

WORTH NOTING: The character is not the 34th President, just has the same name. 

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These albums are being released today:

H.E.R., “Back Of My Mind”
Kings of Convenience, “Peace Or Love”
Max Bloom, “Pedestrian”
MNDR, “Hell To Be You Baby”
Mykki Blanco, “Broken Hearts & Beauty Shop”

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Trevor Noah is taking a summer hiatus from “The Daily Show.” 

His break begins today, with the show returning September 13. 

The move comes after Noah said that he has a “few surprises” in store when he and his team finally return to the studio. 

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Priyanka Chopra Jonas and Megan Rapinoe are Victoria’s Secret’s newest reps.  

The company announced that the actress and US women’s soccer star have been brought on board as its newest spokeswomen. They were chosen not for their bodies, but for their minds, with the hope that they will “inspire change and positivity.” 

The two will host a podcast for VS and appear in other marketing materials — fully clothed. 

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The Daily Kardashopus

Kim Kardashian got a restraining order against a man who sent her a package containing a diamond engagement ring and a Plan B pill. 

According to TMZ, the 40-year-old has filed documents against Nicholas Costanza, who she alleges mailed her the items earlier this month. 

Costanza has also shown up to her property a handful of times this year, including just last month.

Kim recently got a protective order against another man who she claims has tried to get inside her home and has been harassing her for months. 

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We'll Never Be Royals

Here are some of the Royal Family members’ nicknames: 

Queen Elizabeth:

  • As a child she had trouble pronouncing her name, instead saying “Lilibet.” Prince Philip also called her this name.
  • Prince William was encouraged to call her granny as a child, but couldn’t quite say it. What he could say was “Gary.”
  • Her great-grandkids call her “Gan-Gan.”
  • Philip also sometimes referred to his wife as “cabbage,” but it is unclear why. 

Prince Charles is generally known as “Papa” to his children and in-laws. 

Meghan Markle calls Prince Harry “Haz” or “H.” While Harry refers to her as “Meg.” 

Princess Charlotte is referred to as “Lottie” and “Mignonette” by her parents. 

Prince George is called by his initials “PG” at school. 

Princess Diana used to call William “Wombat.” It is unclear where the nickname came from. 

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Sports

Aaron Rodgers is still trying to find a way out of Green Bay. 

NFL insider Jay Glazer revealed on “The Pat McAfee Show”  that Rodgers “still wants out.” 

When asked if there were teams interested in Rodgers, Glazer said that the Denver Broncos — even with Drew Lock and Teddy Bridgewater — have shown interest. 

Rodgers’ rift with the team exploded after the 2020 NFC Championship.

Last week, Packers CEO Mark Murphy called him a “complicated fella.” 

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List of the Week

According to a new study from WalletHub, these are the Top 20 Most Fun States in America:

20. Hawaii
19. Michigan
18. North Carolina
17. Maryland
16. Arizona
15. Wisconsin
14. Missouri
13. Ohio
12. Louisiana
11. Oregon
10. Pennsylvania
9. Minnesota
8. Texas
7. Washington
6. Colorado
5. Illinois
4. New York
3. Nevada
2. Florida
1. California

*In order to determine which states are the “most fun,” WalletHub looked at multiple metrics, including “greatest variety of entertainment options to movie costs to accessibility of national parks to casinos per capita.”

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Day of the Year

National Wanna Get Away Day
National Go Fishing Day
National Splurge Day
Wear BLUE Day
National Take Back the Lunch Break Day
National Flip Flop Day
National Take a Road Trip Day
International Sushi Day
International Picnic Day
International Panic Day

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On This Date

618 – Li Yuan becomes Emperor Gaozu of Tang. 

This imperial dynasty seized power during the decline and collapse of the Sui Empire. The Tang Dynasty’s capitol city, present-day Xi’an, was the world’s most populated city at the time. 

The rule of the Tang Dynasty is usually regarded as a high point in Chinese civilization. It is known for having a powerful and organized bureaucracy. During this time, Chinese literature and philosophy also flourished.

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1858 – Charles Darwin begins to shop his manuscript “Origin of Species” to publishers.

The work was inspired partly by a paper from Alfred Russel Wallace, another British ecologist, which echoed Darwin’s ideas of evolution almost perfectly. 

Charles decided to rush his theory to publication as to not have his research scooped by a rival. 

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1873 – Susan B. Anthony is fined $100 for attempting to vote in an 1872 presidential primary. 

It wasn’t until 1920 that women would be granted the right to vote through the 19th amendment. 

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1928 – Amelia Earhart successfully flies across the Atlantic Ocean as a passenger, and becomes the first woman to do so. 

She would become the first women to make that trip solo in 1932. 

Five years later in 1937, Earhart attempted to fly around the globe. Her plane vanished over the central Pacific Ocean and her disappearance has remained a mystery to this day, though recent discoveries suggest she may have ditched on a remote Pacific island, where artifacts linked to her have been found.

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1940 – Winston Churchill delivers his “Finest Hour” speech. 

The speech was delivered to the British House of Commons and came in response to the leader realizing that Britain stood alone against Hitler’s military machine. 

In the weeks prior, Hitler’s army had conquered Holland, Luxembourg, Belgium and Paris, which led to the French army asking for an armistice. 

He knew that if the allies were to fail, the world would be doomed, and that victory was necessary: “Let us therefore brace ourselves to our duties, and so bear ourselves, that if the British Empire and its Commonwealth last for a thousand years, men will still say, This was their finest hour.”

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1981 – AIDS is recognized by medical professionals in the U.S. for the first time. 

Medical professionals noticed a high concentration of an immune system deficiency disease in the San Francisco area. Although previously unrecognized it became clear that these cases were related. 

The CDC officially recognized AIDS later that year. 

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1996 – The Unabomber, Ted Kaczynski is indicted on ten criminal counts of terrorism. 

He had been waging a one-man war using homemade bombs that killed three people and injured 23 more from 1978 to 1995. 

He was caught after his manifesto was published in the New York Times and Washington Post, to whom he promised the bombings would stop if they printed his writing. Kaczynski’s siblings recognized his writing style and tipped the FBI to his whereabouts.

He remains in prison serving eight life sentences without the possibility of parole.

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2018 – President Trump orders the U.S. military to set up a sixth branch—a space force. 

Its mission is to “organize, train, and equip space forces in order to protect U.S. and allied interests in space and to provide space capabilities to the joint force. Its responsibilities include developing military space professionals, acquiring military space systems, maturing the military doctrine for space power, and organizing space forces to present to the Combatant Commands.”  

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Birthdays

Chevel Shepherd – singer, “The Voice” winner – 19

Takeoff- rapper – 27

Georgia Fowler – model – 29

Willa Holland – actress, “The O.C.,” “Arrow,” “Gossip Girl” – 30

Jack Barakat – “All Time Low” guitarist – 33

O.T. Genasis – rapper – 34

Richard Madden – actor, “Game of Thrones,” “Bodyguard” – 35

Scooter Braun – music executive – 40

Blake Shelton – country singer – 45

Isabella Rossellini – actress, “Blue Velvet” – 69

Paul McCartney – a Beatle – 78

BORN ON THIS DATE

Barack Obama Sr. – father of the former President – 1934 (d. 1982)

Anastasia Nikolaevna – Russian princess – 1901 (d. 1918)????

George Mallory – explorer – 1886 (d. 1924)

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Happy Hour

STRAWBERRY LEMON DROP MARTINI
(Courtesy of Mirlandra’s Kitchen)

INGREDIENTS:
1 1/2 oz lemon vodka
3 strawberries, diced
1/2 tsp. bakers sugar
2 oz lemonade
Sparkling sugar to garnish rim of glass
Lemon wedge/Strawberry for garnish

DIRECTIONS:
Rub a lemon wedge around the rim of the glass. Immediately dip the glass into sparkling sugar.
Put lemon vodka, strawberries, bakers sugar and lemonade into a cocktail shaker. Use a muddler or wooden spoon to mash the berries into the drink.
Add ice and shake to chill.
Strain drink into a chilled martini glass rimmed with sparkling sugar.
Garnish with a lemon wedge and/or a strawberry.

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