Get ready for another reboot: Comedy Central is reimagining the Emmy-nominated animated series Ren & Stimpy , a cult favorite that aired for five seasons on Nickelodeon in the 1990s. The show featured a psychotic Chihuahua named Ren and his not-too-bright feline friend, Stimpy, who got in all sorts of trouble—...
A new book called "Modesty: A Fashion Paradox," written by Dubai-based fashion writer, Hafsa Lodi, takes a deep dive into the expectations and debate surrounding modest fashion. (Aug. 7)
New York Attorney General Letitia James has announced she will attempt to dissolve the NRA. The NRA, or National Rifle Association, has been accused of breaking the law, says CNN. It's senior leadership is accused of violating laws governing non-profit groups. They are also accused of using millions from the organization's reserves for personal use and tax fraud. James has alleged that current and former NRA leadership "instituted a culture of self-dealing mismanagement". This culture benefited themselves, family, friends, and favored vendors. This led the organization to "lose" more than $63 million in three years.
A top Federal Reserve official on Friday defended the central bank’s efforts to launch a Main Street lending program and said the small number of loans approved so far would likely expand by a significant amount in coming months, especially if the pandemic worsens
Megan Thee Stallion Is Planning a Black Lives Matter Song. The rap sensation has teased fans that she is hoping to drop her first LP by the end of the summer as long as "things go according to plan.". She has also revealed that she wants to address the recent anti-racism protests around the world on a future track. I feel like everything that's going on right now, if it hasn't moved you to speak out or try to make some type of difference, then something might be slightly wrong with you, Megan Thee Stallion, to 'Variety'. Even though I haven't already come out with a song with that messaging, I definitely plan on it, Megan Thee Stallion, to 'Variety'
"Dirty Dancing" is getting a sequel. Dealing reports the sequel is coming, courtesy of Lionsgate studio. Studio CEO Jon Feltheimer confirmed the news on an earnings call Thursday. He said the sequel is "one of the worst kept secrets in Hollywood,." "It will be exactly the kind of romantic, nostalgic movie that the franchise's fans have been waiting for and that have made it the biggest-selling library title in the company's history," he reportedly said. The 1987 film, which Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey, is considered a modern-day classic. Grey is reportedly set to star in the sequel as well as executive produce it. Swayze died at age 57 in 2009 of pancreatic cancer.
Winter will soon be coming, and with it, some not-great news, according to a prominent model with a new prediction on COVID-19 deaths. While Johns Hopkins documents more than 160,100 deaths so far in the US from the coronavirus, the "forecast totals 295,011 deaths by December," reads a...
1.2 Million Americans , Filed for First-Time Unemployment Benefits Last Week. The numbers mark the 20th week in a row that more than one million people filed for first-time unemployment benefits. The data was released by the Department of Labor on Thursday. 1.2 million unemployment filings is a decline from the previous two weeks. The number is also slightly lower than economists' expectations of 1.4 million. But with recent surges of coronavirus occurring around the country, major companies continue to announce layoffs. It is clear that many job losses are now permanent, and it will be challenging for many workers to find new jobs and feel safe taking jobs that are public-facing, Andrew Challenger, Economist, via NBC News. Federal lawmakers and White House officials continue to negotiate a compromise on a new stimulus package
Herman Cain, the former Republican presidential candidate, businessman and close ally of President Donald Trump, was celebrated at a private funeral in Atlanta on Friday. Cain died July 30 of complications from COVID-19. He was 74. (Aug. 7)
Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam is facing US sanctions amid accusations that she's working with China to limit political freedoms. Lam is "directly responsible for implementing Beijing's policies of suppression of freedom and democratic processes," the Treasury Department said in a Friday statement. It cited Lam's push "to allow for...
Joe Biden is still ahead in the polls, but his lead appears to be shrinking. The average of polls at RealClearPolitics has Biden up by 6.4 points, down from 9 points a few weeks ago, reports Bloomberg . Coverage: Briefings: Trump's new campaign chief, Bill Stepien, credits the bump to...
In North Carolina, most parents won't have the option of sending their kids back to school at the start of fall. Gov. Roy Cooper allowed districts to opt for fully remote learning, but said he's eager to return to in-person schooling when safe. (Aug. 7)
Nintendo surged as much as 6% on Thursday, reports Business Insider. The video game company said first-quarter earnings soared 428% while sales more than doubled. Video game companies have seen a surge in business since the COVID-19 pandemic outbreak. Consumers are looking to entertain and distract themselves while sheltering in place. Driving the strength in Nintendo's business included growing demand for its Nintendo Switch. The popular software hit "Animal Crossing: New Horizon" is a major draw for buyers.
Mortgage Rates Fall , to a Record Low Rate for 8th Time in 2020. The average interest rate for a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage fell to 2.88 percent last week. Just a year ago, the rate for the same mortgage averaged 3.6 percent. For a 15-year fixed-rate mortgage, the average rate fell to 2.44 percent last week. Rates were pushed lower by unprecedented national unemployment, as well as a delay in a new stimulus package. Though interest rates have fallen to record lows, homebuyers are struggling to find homes on the market. [The home shortage] is leading to a frenzied environment of multiple bids, price escalation clauses and inspection waivers, George Ratiu, via MarketWatch. At this pace, tighter lending standards and low inventory will squeeze housing activity and we will see a substantial slow down in sales in the second half of this year, George Ratiu, via Market Watch
A British TV presenter took her own life after learning she was to be prosecuted for allegedly assaulting her boyfriend. According to CNN, friends of Caroline Flack say she had believed the case would be dropped. Coroner Mary Hassell said on Thursday that the way the case "played out in the national press" was 'incredibly difficult for her.' Flack's assault on her boyfriend, 27-year-old Lewis Burton, took place when Burton was sleeping. As host of 'Love Island' since its inception in 2015, Flack was one of Britain's most well-known celebrities.
We've known for a while that George W. Bush took up painting after leaving the White House, but it's been some time since his art has made headlines. That's about to change with Out of Many, One: Portraits of America's Immigrants , a new book by Bush due out in March...
Located on Italy's Mont Blanc, the Planpincieux glacier was at risk for collapse on Aug. 7, due to warm conditions, posing a threat to homes and other property on the mountain.
WHO Chief Says Lack of Unity Is a Bigger Threat Than COVID-19 WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus gave a passionate speech at a COVID-19 briefing in Geneva on Thursday. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus Ghebreyesus added that divided countries and people give way to the spread of COVID-19. He also spoke about a lack of leadership just two days after President Trump began the formal process of withdrawing the U.S. from the World Health Organization (WHO). Trump has repeatedly accused the WHO of withholding information and having an inappropriately close relationship with China. Ghebreyesus continues to implore countries and governments to work together to stop the spread of the virus. According to Johns Hopkins University, COVID-19 has killed over 550,000 people worldwide, and reported cases have passed the 12 million mark. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus
Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott met with representatives from the #WeAreUnited college player group, with much of the discussion focused on the conference's health and safety protocols
The governor of Illinois is issuing new guidelines aimed at slowing the spread of coronavirus, including fines for businesses that don't follow rules about face masks and social distancing. (Aug. 7)