Bits and Pieces - May 28, 2015
May 28, 2015
Johnny Depp could face up to 10 years in prison in Australia for bringing his two Yorkshire terriers into the country illegally. They also say Depp could face another 10 years in prison for bringing his movie Mortedcai into the country.
More advertisers are bailing on 19 Kids and Counting in the wake of the JOSH DUGGAR molestation scandal. Payless Shoe Source, Choice Hotels and Walgreen's are out while TLC has pulled reruns of the show off the air, but has yet to decide its future. A new Change.org petition has been started to convince TLC to cancel the show. A similar petition was started last year over what was called "fear mongering" by the Duggars against gay people and Michelle Duggar campaigning against transgender restroom rights, ironically suggesting trans people are "child predators." In another awkward moment, a statement Josh's father, Jim Bob Duggar, made about incest while running for U.S. Senate in 2002 has re-surfaced. On his campaign website, Jim Bob said incest should be punishable by death.
This will make you feel old...WILL SMITH is now older than the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air's Uncle Phil was when the TV series began. Uncle Phil was played by James Avery, who was 45 years old when the first episode aired in 1990 and, this September, Smith will celebrate his 47th birthday.
VAMPIRE WEEKEND bassist Chris Baio has announced he has a new solo album on the way called The Names. It's a nine-track electronic dance album that he'll release under his DJ name Baio. The album is due September 18th.
You may recall the story of Maryland couple Danielle and Alexander Meitiv, who were investigated by Child Protective Services for letting their children play at a local park while unsupervised and walk home alone. Sanity has somewhat prevailed as authorities have ruled out child neglect charges against the parents. However, the agency decided to keep a file on the family for at least five years, although the couple has appealed that decision.
Wisconsin lawmakers are close to a deal for a new downtown arena for the Milwaukee Bucks. The arena is expected to cost $500 million to build, with Bucks ownership contributing $150 million, former Bucks owner Herb Kohl kicking in $100 million, with the remaining $250 million to be publicly funded.
The loving and tolerant members of the Westboro Baptist Church have shot themselves in the proverbial foot again. After Ireland legalized same-sex marriage, the group posted images of the Irish flag with angry messages to condemn the decision. Unfortunately, instead of Ireland's flag, which has green, white and orange stripes from left to right, they mistakenly slammed Ivory Coast, whose flag is orange, white and green.
1873: Survivor won the first Preakness Stakes
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