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Alan Trammell, Jack Morris, Vladimir Guerrero Among Those Inducted Into The National Baseball Hall Of Fame

On Sunday, July 29, The Baseball Hall of Fame welcomed in six new legends, as Vladimir Guerrero, Trevor Hoffman, Chipper Jones, Jack Morris, Jim Thome and Alan Trammell were all inducted in Cooperstown, New York.  Tigers greats Alan Trammell and Jack Morris were both were elected by the Modern Era Committee, which votes every two years on players active between 1977-1994. Vladimir Guerrero, Chipper Jones, Trevor Hoffman and Jim Thome were elected in the normal voting this year.  The 2018 Hall of Fame class was filled with major stars; Edgar Martinez and Mike Mussina are close to being inducted. Mariano Rivera, Roy Halladay, Andy Pettitte, Roy Oswalt and Todd Helton headline the stars who will be eligible starting in 2019, with Rivera and Halladay the most likely inductees in their first go-round. ...Read more

WWE Hall Of Famer Nikolai Volkoff And Former WWE Star Brian Christopher Lawler Pass Away Over The Weekend

The wrestling world is in mourning this weekend with the passing of two of it’s stars.  Wrestlers Nikolai Volkoff and Brian Christopher both passed away over the weekend. Christopher, son of WWE legend Jerry Lawler, died on Sunday following an apparent suicide. WWE also announced the death of Hall of Famer Volkoff at the age of 70. Volkoff, whose real name Josip Nikolai Peruzovic, was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2005.  Christopher began wrestling in the late ’80s at age 16, and in 1997 he signed to WWE. Christopher, who went by the ring name Grandmaster Sexay, reportedly hung himself in his jail cell outside of Memphis. The 46-year-old had been jailed earlier this month for a DUI and evading police.  ...Read more

‘Mission: Impossible – Fallout’ Sets Franchise Record With $60 Million Opening Weekend

22 years after “Mission: Impossible” first hit the big screen, the franchise’s sixth installment, “Fallout,” has made $23 million from 4,386 screens, to put the film on course for a $60 million opening weekend. “Fallout” is the highest raw opening in franchise history, passing that of “Mission: Impossible II” back in 2000. The film could set a new opening weekend record for leading man Tom Cruise, topping the $64.8 million launch for the 2005 adaptation of “War of the Worlds.”  “Fallout” is also the most critically successful film in the “M:I” series, becoming the first to earn an A from CinemaScore audience polls and also has the highest Rotten Tomatoes score of the franchise with a “Certified Fresh” 98 percent rating from critics. ...Read more

‘Star Wars: Episode IX’ Cast Will Include Carrie Fisher

Disney has announced the cast for “Star Wars: Episode IX” and it will include the late Carrie Fisher. Fisher will reprise her role as Princess Leia Organa, using “previously unreleased footage shot for ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens,'” director J.J. Abrams announced Friday. Abrams added that with “the support and blessing” from Fisher’s daughter, Billie Lourd, the film found a way “to honor Carrie’s legacy and role as Leia in ‘Episode IX’ by using unseen footage we shot together in Episode VII.” Fisher died in 2016 after suffering a cardiac event on a flight from London to Los Angeles. She was 60. Following her death, Disney said that it had “no plans to digitally recreate Fisher’s performance. “Star Wars: Episode IX” is set to premiere on December 20th, 2019. ...Read more

Rock Band “Jimmy Eat World” Explain The Origin Of Their Name

Jimmy Eat World fans received a history lesson on Friday night (July 27) when drummer Zach Lind offered some insight into how the band came up with their name. In a series of tweets, Lind recalled how he and his bandmates settled on Jimmy Eat World, and how they definitely didn’t consider its acronym for merchandise and visuals at the time. Lind revisited how the band started playing under the moniker in the first place.  You can see the humorous series of tweets in the linked article below. ...Read more

Facebook Stock Suffers Largest One-Day Drop In History Losing $119 Billion

Facebook lost about $119 billion of its value on Thursday, marking the biggest one-day loss in U.S. market history.  The company’s shares plunged $41.24, or almost 19 percent, to $176.26 a day after the social media giant reported disappointing results. The slide is the largest decline in market capitalization in history, exceeding Intel’s $91 billion single-day loss in September 2000. Founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg saw his fortune drop by $15.9 billion to roughly $71 billion. Investors were influenced by Facebook’s forecast showing that its number of active users is growing less quickly than expected. The report, which marked Facebook’s first full quarter since the Cambridge Analytica scandal, startled investors with a bevy of red flags about setbacks to its revenue and user growth.  The share collapse merely returned Facebook shares to a level last seen in early May. At that time, the stock was still recovering from an earlier battering over a major privacy scandal.  ...Read more

White House Disputes CNN Reporter Kaitlan Collins Was ‘Banned’

The White House took issue with reports that they banned CNN’s Kaitlan Collins from covering a White House event Wednesday after the White House informed her that she was not welcome to attend. White House deputy chief of staff for communications Bill Shine challenged reporters on Thursday over the word “ban.” On Wednesday, Collins was representing the television networks in an Oval Office event where she shouted several questions to the president related to his former lawyer Michael Cohen and about a White House invitation to Russian President Vladimir Putin. Shine refuted that Collins was banned, but repeatedly declined to tell reporters what word he would use to characterize the White House’s decision to block her from attending the event. The White House Correspondents’ Association issued a statement condemning the White House’s decision. ...Read more

Demi Lovato To Enter Rehab Following Hospital Release

Demi Lovato will seek drug abuse treatment following her hospitalization for an overdose, according to a source close to Lovato. The singer and actress has been surrounded by family and friends at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles since she was rushed to the hospital on Tuesday afternoon, and should be released from the hospital “soon.”  This will not be the first time Lovato has sought professional help for substance abuse. She previously entered rehab in 2010. Lovato has been open about her struggles with an addiction to cocaine and alcohol, as well as mental health issues and an eating disorder. In the hours after news of her hospitalization broke, fans of the singer took to social media with the hashtag, #HowDemiHasHelpedMe to talk about how she and her music have helped them with their own struggles. Lovato has been touring and promoting her music in recent months. She last performed July 22 at the California Mid-State Fair in Paso Robles, California. ...Read more

Actor Michelle Williams Quietly Married Musician Phil Elverum In A “Secret Ceremony”

Oscar-nominated actor Michelle Williams dropped some big news in a new Vanity Fair profile — the 37-year-old married musician Phil Elverum of Mount Eerie in a “secret ceremony in the Adirondacks.” The two met through a mutual friend, the profile revealed. Both Williams and Elverum have young daughters. Williams was in a relationship with actor Heath Ledger from 2004 to 2007 and the two had a daughter together, named Matilda. Ledger died in 2008 of an accidental overdose. Elverum, a singer-songwriter who performs under the name Mount Eerie, has been married before, to Geneviève Castrée. Castrée was diagnosed with stage four pancreatic cancer in 2015, just months after the birth of the couple’s daughter; she died shortly after. Elverum moved to Brooklyn, New York, to live with Williams and each of their daughters in July. “I never gave up on love,” Williams told Vanity Fair.  Williams said that she wanted to share her story in the hopes that it could help or inspire other women who have “struggled as much as I struggled.” ...Read more

Falcons WR Julio Jones Will Report To Training Camp

After reaching an agreement to renegotiate the star receiver’s contract next year, Julio Jones will report to training camp with the Atlanta Falcons, the team said late Wednesday  General manager Thomas Dimitroff announced the compromise about 16 hours ahead of Thursday’s 4 p.m. reporting deadline. “We have had continued dialogue all offseason with Julio and his representation,” Dimitroff said. The Falcons had informed Jones several weeks ago that they wouldn’t be able to renegotiate his current $71.5 million package, which still has three years remaining and included $47 million in guaranteed money. Jones skipped offseason workouts at the team’s training facility as well as a mandatory minicamp to demonstrate his unhappiness. His next option was to hold out during training camp, which could have led to fines of $40,000 per day. ...Read more