"Sesame Street" is on HBO now, and it just went "Game of Thrones" on three of its longtime human characters.
The producers just announced that Bob, Luis, and Gordon will no longer appear regularly on the show. Bob was played by 84-year-old Bob McGrath, Luis was 76-year-old Emilio Delgado, and Gordon was 72-year-old Roscoe Orman.
All three have been with the show for over 40 YEARS. Bob had been a part of "Sesame Street" since it premiered in 1969. Emilio joined two years later . . . and Roscoe made his debut in 1974.
It doesn't sound like they wanted to leave. Bob says, quote, "[It's undergone] a major turnaround . . . HBO has gotten involved . . . and they let all of the original cast members go, with the exception of Alan Muraoka, who's probably 20 years younger than the rest of us, and Chris Knowings, who's also young."
For what it's worth, "Sesame Street" says that HBO had nothing to do with the firings, and they don't have a say in the show's creative direction.
They also said the three cast members remain a "beloved" part of the family, and will continue to represent them at public events . . . whatever that entails.
I don't know how long the "Pokemon Go" craze is going to last, but some kids are going to grow up with a PERMANENT reminder.
According to BabyCenter.com, there's been a huge jump this month of people naming their babies after Pokemon characters.
Fortunately, it doesn't seem like they're going for the crazier ones like Pikachu and Jigglypuff, they're picking characters that actually kind of sound like reasonable human names.
The girls' names that are skyrocketing are Roselia, Onyx, and Eevee. For boys, it's Star, Ivy, and Shea . . . and BabyCenter thinks those come from the Pokemon characters Starmie, Ivysaur, and Shaymin.
A spokeswoman from BabyCenter says they're not surprised at the trend, since they just ran a survey and found HALF of moms say they play "Pokemon Go".
Police have released surveillance images of a suspect in the theft of the S. Rae Hickok Belt and Most Valuable Player plaque from the museum honoring Fargo native Roger Maris at West Acres mall. The two images, posted on the police department's Facebook page Wednesday, July 27, the day after the early-morning thefts, show a person wearing a blue shirt or jacket with a patch on their left shoulder. The person is also wearing a hat with a bill as well as a tie, reminiscent of a security guard uniform. The suspect also has a black covering over their face.
The blurry image also shows the suspect holding a yellow item. The post from Fargo police highlighted that the shirt the burglar was wearing had a patch on the left shoulder but not the right, and asked anyone who finds a similar discarded shirt to contact the detective working the case at (701) 241-1429.
M&M's has been holding a contest for the past few months where people could vote on three new flavors, and decide which one should go on sale permanently. The choices were Honey Nut . . . Coffee Nut . . . and Chili Nut.
And now that the contest is over, we picked . . . the weirdest one. Coffee Nut M&M's got the most votes, so they're going to go on sale permanently in a few weeks.
If you haven't tried them, apparently the flavor is, quote, "coffee-flavored roasted peanuts." There's no caffeine in them, so they're really just for people who like the taste of coffee.
I would never have guessed that the SMITHSONIAN could turn getting drunk into an amazing job, but it's a strange new world we live in.
The Smithsonian is doing research into American craft beer, so they're going to hire someone to travel around for the next three years to drink beer, talk to brewers, and file reports. And they're paying $64,650 a year, plus benefits.
Anyone can apply, but they do say they want someone who has a, quote, "advanced degree" in history, food, brewing, culture, or business.
(Google "Smithsonian brewing application" to apply.)
Some people think their pets can see ghosts, but there's a new rumor in Japan that pets can see Pokemon. The augmented reality game Pokemon Go was released in Japan last Friday (July 22nd) and Japanese users started posting photos of their pets staring in the direction of the onscreen Pokemon on social media. What do you think?
If you're someone who pays close attention to those nutrition lables on your food, you know, how many calories yada, yada, yada, well soon now your favorite beer will have those same lables all in an effort to empower you, the consumer! Check out thedetails HERE
A chilling photo taken at the scene of a fatal motorcycle crash in Kentucky is getting a lot of attention online. Many Facebook users say the photo shows the motorcycle driver's spirit leaving his body.
Legendary producer and director GARRY MARSHALL died yesterday of complications from pneumonia. He had also recently suffered a stroke. He was 81.
Garry started out in the '60s, writing for classic TV shows like "Make Room for Daddy" and "The Dick Van Dyke Show".
Then he created some of the most iconic shows of the '70s, including "Happy Days", and its spin-offs "Laverne and Shirley","Mork and Mindy", and "Joanie Loves Chachi". He's also the guy who brought "The Odd Couple" to TV.
He also directed some pretty iconic movies, including "Pretty Woman", "Beaches", "The Princess Diaries", "Overboard","Runaway Bride", "Valentine's Day", "New Year's Eve", and "Mother's Day", which came out earlier this year.
He also did a little acting . . . like when he played a baseball team owner in "A League of Their Own", which was directed by his sister PENNY MARSHALL. She was also the star of "Laverne and Shirley".
In addition to Penny, he's survived by Barbara, his wife of over 50 years, their three kids, several grandchildren, and another sister.
One other thing we should note . . . although it's not necessarily a career high: Marshall is on the record admitting that it was HIS idea to have Fonzie JUMP THE SHARK on "Happy Days".
Speaking of The Fonz, HENRY WINKLERTweeted, quote, "Garry Marshall Rest In Peace . . . Thank you for my professional life. Thank you for your loyalty, friendship, and generosity."
"Princess Diaries" star ANNE HATHAWAY just said, "Thank you Garry Marshall."
And RON HOWARDTweeted, "RIP Garry Marshall whose humor & humanity inspired. He was a world class boss & mentor whose creativity and leadership meant a ton to me."
Melania Trump's convention speech last night (July 18th) was supposed to be her big coming-out moment, meant to both introduce her to the American people and soften her husband Donald's image. But right after she delivered her generally well-received remarks, some noticed very close similarities between a portion of what she'd said and Michelle Obama's Democratic National Convention speech during her husband's first presidential election in 2008. News of the apparent plagiarism started appearing on social media, highlighting an entire section in a paragraph about the values she and her husband share, that was seemingly taken directly from Obama's speech, with just a few minor changes. Trump had told NBC earlier in the day that she'd written the speech, quote, "with [as] little help as possible." Melania said last night: "From a young age, my parents impressed on me the values that you work hard for what you want in life. That your word is your bond and you do what you say and keep your promise; that you treat people with respect. They taught and showed me values and morals in their daily life. That is a lesson that I continue to pass along to our son, and we need to pass those lessons on to the many generations to follow because we want our children in this nation to know that the only limit to your achievements is the strength of your dreams and your willingness to work for them." Michelle Obama said in 2008: "Barack and I were raised with so many of the same values: that you work hard for what you want in life; that your word is your bond and you do what you say you're going to do; that you treat people with dignity and respect, even if you don't know them, and even if you don't agree with them. And Barack and I set out to build lives guided by these values, and pass them on to the next generation. Because we want our children -- and all children in this nation -- to know that the only limit to the height of your achievements is the reach of your dreams and your willingness to work for them."
The Trump campaign issued a statement that read: In writing her beautiful speech, Melania's team of writers took notes on her life's inspirations, and in some instances included fragments that reflected her own thinking. Melania's immigrant experience and love for America shone through in her speech, which made it such a success." No mention was made of the plagiarism accusation.
It's still hard to believe that "Game of Thrones" is coming to an end, but apparently, it's a done deal.
HBO announced that Season Seven will only have seven episodes, and it'll premiere sometime next summer. So as expected, it's going to be the shortest season yet, and we'll have to wait longer to see it.
The producers previously said they envisioned 13 more episodes, so that would leave only six more for an eighth and final season.
Despite all this, "Game of Thrones" is bigger than ever. HBO says Season Six averaged a whopping 25.1 million viewers per episode . . . when you include DVR data, rebroadcasts, and streaming platforms like HBO Go and HBO Now.
Those platforms drew six million viewers an episode.
That's a 25% increase over the previous season, which had been the show's biggest. And it's also nearly DOUBLE the audience the show had three years ago, and it's easily the top-rated show in HBO history.
Summer means sweat, and if you're looking to keep the underarm areas of your T-shirts clean, you may want to consider getting underarm air conditioners. The ingenious invention comes from the Japanese company Thanko. It's essentially a clip-on air conditioner that operates used two AAA batteries, or a USB charger, and is pretty much a mini fan that helps circulate air into your pits. A handy switch lets your control the temperature, and you'll get about five to nine hours of use out of each set of batteries, depending on how cold you keep the setting.
A new study found there's an easy way to make yourself happier on a daily basis. The bad news is it involves eating more fruits and vegetables. Why can't these studies ever involve bags upon bags of Doritos?
Researchers at the University of Warwick in England had more than 12,000 people keep food diaries while they also kept track of their mental health.
And they found that how happy you are increases with EVERY SERVING of fruit and vegetables you have each day. And it doesn't level off until your eighth serving.
So in other words, one serving a day will make you happier than none at all, and eight servings should put you at peak happiness. But more than that is overkill as far as mental health goes.
And here's the coolest part. We've known for a while that fruit and vegetables help prevent things like cancer. But your cancer risk drops slowly over the course of a decade or two.
But with mental health, you see the effects much faster. And within two years, someone who goes from eating no servings a day to eight servings would have an increase in happiness on par with getting a JOB when you're unemployed.
Not everyone wants to actually walk around trying to find the different characters in"Pokemon Go". Lots of people are CHEATING, and going to the Internet for help.
The website Decluttr.com analyzed Google searches about different Pokemon characters that started with phrases like "Where is" or "How to find." Then used it to figure out which Pokemon character people in each state are searching for the most.
The most popular one is Pikachu, since he's the most popular Pokemon character by far. People in six different states are looking for Pikachu the most: Arizona, Hawaii, Delaware, Mississippi, Rhode Island, and Kansas.
The next two characters that get a lot of searches are more obscure though: A little squirrel monster named Eevee and a purple blob named Ditto.
Eevee is the top search in Alaska, Illinois, Nevada, North Carolina, and Texas. And Ditto is the top search in Alabama, South Dakota, New York, and Maryland.
There's a 21-year-old guy from Forest Grove, Oregon named Michael Baker . . . and he grew up LOVING "Pokemon". So he says "Pokemon Go" is like a dream come true. And apparently NOTHING is going to get in the way of that dream.
Michael was walking down the street at 1:00 A.M. on Monday hunting for Pokemon, when he saw another guy wandering around too. So Michael went up and asked if HE was playing "Pokemon Go".
And the guy responded by STABBING him . . . right in the shoulder.
But even THAT wasn't enough to get Michael to stop. He kept playing for a little while, and THEN he went to the hospital. He needed eight stitches to close up the stab wound.
The cops are still looking for the guy who stabbed him.
(Fox 12 - Portland)
And Michael's not the only person who's been hospitalized over "Pokemon Go". On Tuesday, a 15-year-old girl was hit by a car while she was playing . . . and a 28-year-old guy in New York slammed his car into a tree.
We've officially hit the point where "Pokemon Go" is ruining people's lives.
A guy named Evan Scribner from Queens, New York says his girlfriend just busted him for CHEATING . . . all thanks to "Pokemon Go".
Evan was at his ex-girlfriend's place in Brooklyn getting-it-on with her a few days ago . . . and also walking around hunting for imaginary video game monsters. But the game keeps a record of where you're walking around and catching Pokemon.
So when he got home, his girlfriend was looking at his "Pokemon Go" history . . . and she recognized the area.
And Evan says, quote, "She hasn't contacted me since then."
30th Avenue in Moorhead closes at Highway 75/Eighth Street July 13
DETROIT LAKES, Minn. – Starting Wednesday, July 13, the east side of the 30th Avenue South intersection with Highway 75/Eighth Street in Moorhead will close to all traffic.
The change means vehicles on 30th Avenue will not be able to cross Highway 75/Eighth Street.
In addition, traffic using southbound Highway 75/Eighth Street from the Interstate 94 exit ramp will not be able to turn east onto 30th Avenue South.
The closure will allow crews to connect the two work zones north and south of 30th Avenue and prepare the area for paving.
The intersection is expected to be closed for less than two weeks.
More information about the work is available on the project website: www.mndot.gov/d4/projects/moorhead. Residents are encouraged to sign up for email alerts to receive updated information on this project.
For real-time travel information anywhere in Minnesota, visit www.511mn.org or dial 5-1-1.
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Some people are just offended by art. A mermaid sculpted from sand and placed outside popular Cape Cod restaurant Salty's has locals in a tizzy. The town of Yarmouth, Massachusetts has been fielding complaints from locals about the exaggerated proportions of the mermaid's chest. The Yarmouth police department even removed photos of the sculpture from it's Facebook page after residents said they found the art work offensive. The mermaid is clad in a clamshell bikini and is one of 41 sand sculptures placed around town as part of the annual Yarmouth Summer Celebration.
The video game "Pokemon Go" is a legit sensation now. Which is pretty impressive, since it's less than a week old, its servers keep crashing, and it requires walking. Here's the latest news . . .
1. "Pokemon Go" already has more active users every day than some MAJOR apps, including Tinder, Snapchat, and Instagram. And it's about to pass Twitter.
2. People are already figuring out ways to beat the game's physical exercise requirement. There are reports of people using DRONES and CEILING FANS to keep their phones moving, to get Pokemon creatures to appear.
3. Apparently "Pokemon Go" is also a good way to find dates. There are dozens of stories popping up on social media about people meeting while they're playing, and Craigslist's Missed Connections section is FULL of messages from players.
4. And finally, it turns out when you install "Pokemon Go", you give it FULL access to your Google account, including all your emails and documents. You can turn that off by going to security.google.com and clicking "Connected Apps and Sites."
JOE PERRY is still in a New York hospital, after falling ill and being hospitalized during a HOLLYWOOD VAMPIRES gig Sunday night. His AEROSMITH bandmate TOM HAMILTON Tweeted that he's, quote, "better than we all first feared."
Meanwhile, the Vampires canceled their gig on the "Colbert" show last night, and were replaced by BLINK-182. But ALICE COOPER announced that their tour will continue tonight in Kettering, Ohio.
Meanwhile, STEVEN TYLER Tweeted some love Joe's way.
The Secret Life of Pets is the latest animated release to bring in big numbers at the box office. The Universal feature nabbed the top spot at the weekend box office with $103.2 million.
A studio exec discussed the film's success with Deadline saying, "The secret to The Secret Life of Pets is that it's not just for family or kids, but that it appeals to all ages. That fact that it works, not just here, but overseas; it's a film that resonates across the world, in all age groups. That's the secret to doing this level of business, that it resonates with the widest audience."
Tarzan once again nabbed second place with an additional $20.6 million.
Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates debuted in fourth place and performed on par with studio expectations with $16.6 million.
Now You See Me 2 and Conjuring 2 fell out of the top 10.
THIS WEEKEND'S TOP TEN MOVIES -- July 8 - June 10
1. The Secret Life of Pets, $103.2M
2. The Legend of Tarzan, $20.6M
3. Finding Dory, $20.4M
4. Mike and David Need Wedding Dates, $16.6M
5. The Purge: Election Day, $11.7M
6. Central Intelligence, $8.1M
7. Independence Day: Resurgence, $7.7
8. The BFG, $7.6M
9. The Shallows, $4.8M
10. Sultan, $3.2M
Giants pitcher JAKE PEAVY was arguing with a third-base umpire on Saturday, and didn't see his catcher toss the ball back to him. So it looked like it might hit him in the face . . . but the ball banked off his shoulder, landed in his glove, and he was fine.
And there was also a weird no-look catch in the Canadian Football League last week. A receiver named RYAN SMITH never saw the ball, but it hit him in the side . . . got wedged under his arm . . . ended up in his hand . . . and he scored a touchdown!
Customers of more than 1,000 Wendy's franchise-owned restaurants may have had their credit or debit card data stolen by cyber-thieves, the company said yesterday. That is much worse than the company had thought. And, it was happening as long ago as last fall.
Customers can check the Wendy's site to see if a restaurant they patronize was hacked.
Cleveland.com has a useful list of ways you can combat credit and debit card fraud.
DALLAS (AP) — Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings says the suspect in a standoff with police has died.
This is a breaking news story. Here is AP's earlier version:
DALLAS (AP) — Snipers opened fire on police officers in the heart of Dallas, killing five officers and injuring six others during protests over two recent fatal police shootings of black men, police said, in a week that bore dark echoes of the tumultuous civil rights era.
Former NFL star Ricky Williams is teaming up with an advocate for athlete marijuana to open a gym in San Francisco that will let members use pot while working out, either by smoking it, ingesting it in edibles, or absorbing it in topical gels. Williams and snowboard company executive Jim McAlpine say that using pot while exercising can help them focus or relax. Members of the Power Plant Fitness gym, which is set to open this year, will need to have a medical marijuana prescription, but that could change if California voters decide this fall to legalize recreational use of the drug. McAlpine, who organizes the 420 games, which are athletic events aimed at stopping the stigma against pot use, says of marijuana, "I personally use it to focus. It's not about getting high." Williams, who was suspended several times by the NFL for pot use, said, "I found when I was playing football that using cannabis helped me relax physically, relax mentally and even spiritually."
he website CafeMom.com came up with a bunch of 'lifehacks' to try this summer. And most of them are things you'd probably never do. But here are four that are pretty decent . . .
1. Make ice cubes using aloe vera. Then your kids can rub them on their skin after they've been in the sun . . . or eat them depending on how high their I.Q. is? You can also just put a whole bottle of aloe in the fridge if you like it cold.
2. Freeze a bunch of water balloons, and use them in your beer cooler instead of ice. Then you can have a water balloon fight after they melt. Just make sure they're completely melted before you start whipping them at your kid's head.
3. Make a frozen necklace to keep your kids cool. Just cut up a sponge . . . thread some string through all the pieces . . . get them wet . . . and put it in the freezer. Or if you're not that crafty, just toss a wet dishtowel in there and use that.
4. When you're at the pool or the beach, hide your money in an empty tube of chap stick. Because the chances of someone stealing chap stick off your towel are a lot lower than someone taking your wallet. We actually tried it, and . . . it works.
Screw the chapstick all the way out . . . remove the delicious-smelling cylinder of wax . . . and just leave the rod in there. The bills fit around it. Just clean it out really well first, or you'll have some waxy Benjamins.
Cabin Creek, a "ghost town" in Colorado has been put on the market via Craiglist for $350,000. The town comes with an old service station, a cafe, an abandoned motel and a small house. James Johnson, who owns the small road side village, said, "We've had so many people look it's been amazing." Johnson first drove by Cabin Creek decades ago and bought it. But back in the 1970s something happened to the former popular spot. Joan Lippett, who lives nearby and used to frequent Cabin Creek, said, "The couple who owned the town and ran the cafe served the best chicken fried steak in the state. There was a murder there. There was some people that they took in, felt sorry for or something, and they found out the couple had money. Then everything just, literally, there was nobody here, so these buildings sat totally vacant. Nothing going on out here for a number of years." Johnson said when he first purchased the property he had big plans for the town but now his wife wants to retire. He said, "We're looking at Idaho or Montana I think. We're ready to get out of town even farther than this.
Jet Propulsion Lab, California (CNN)NASA says it has received a signal from 540 million miles across the solar system, confirming its Juno spacecraft has successfully started orbiting Jupiter, the largest planet in our solar system.
"Welcome to Jupiter!" flashed on screens at mission control at NASA's Jet Propulsion Lab in Pasadena, California. The Juno team cheered and hugged.
"This is phenomenal," said Geoff Yoder, acting administrator for NASA's Science Mission Directorate.