- “Whooping Crane Day”, a salute to the rare water bird that’s almost become extinct. Today there are only a few hundred left in the wild.
ON THIS DATE………
1929, the world’s first talking color movie, On With The Show, was released
1985, The first issue of “Vanity Fair” magazine went on sale. The issue had a picture of U.S. President Ronald Reagan and First Lady Nancy kissing on the cover
2006, Barry Bonds hit his 715th home run to pass Babe Ruth on the career homer list. The blast moved him into second place behind Hank Aaron
2010  Gary Coleman, former child star of 1970s TV sitcom “Diff’rent Strokes”, dies at age 42 in Provo, Utah 2 days after suffering a brain hemorrhage
2014  Apple pays $3 billion for Beats Electronics, the music company and headphone-maker started by music producer Jimmy Iovine and rap artist Dr Dre
NFL lineman Michael Oher, subject of The Blind Side, (29)
Jake Johnson, Evanston IL, TV actor (‘Nick Miller’ on “New Girl” since 2011) – (37)
Rob Ford, former Mayor of Toronto, (46)
Phil Vassar, Country singer-songwriter – 
Fat-shamed ‘Dancing Man’ gets own back at star-studded Hollywood party
A man “fat-shamed” on social media after a video of him dancing was posted online has got his own back by partying with celebrities in L.A..
Sean O’Brien was ridiculed by trolls after the video was posted on line. The 46-year-old financier from Liverpool attracted global support and was nicknamed the “Dancing Man” by a social media campaign – hashtag Find Dancing Man – that tracked him down and revealed his identity.
The group behind the campaign, including the American writer Cassandra Fairbanks, at the weekend made good on their promise to give O’Brien a star-studded night in Hollywood. They arranged for him to fly to California for the weekend’s events, which raised money for a range of anti-bullying charities.
O’Brien appeared on the Today Show in New York dancing with pop star Meghan Trainor, before partying in Los Angeles alongside 1,000 supporters.
On Sunday O’Brien threw the symbolic first pitch at a baseball game between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the San Diego Padres, wearing a Dodgers shirt with “Dancing Man” on the back.
He told Good Morning Britain: “It was daunting at first. I was a bit worried about how it all happened but it’s turned into the most wonderful journey, I’ve met some of the most wonderful people you can imagine. It’s been truly life-changing.”
O’Brien predicted he would be bullied again about his weight at some point in the future, but added: “I’ve always had confidence anyway, I’ve always wanted to dance. It’s just people pick on you sometimes. But what it has taught me is just totally ignore them rather than just blanking them.”
– Mashable claims David Letterman’s desk has been sent to the Smithsonian Institute. A ticket to Dave’s last show is selling on eBay for $4,999.
★ Showtime network has doubled its order for David Lynch’s upcoming TV series “Twin Peaks”. Now 18 episodes are being lined up for the much-anticipated revival next year. The mystery drama reboot comes 25 years after the original. Cast members Kyle MacLachlan, Sheryl Lee, and Sherilyn Fenn are returning.
- “Aquarius” (NBC) – Debut of a new drama set in 1960s Los Angeles. David Duchovny stars as homicide detective ‘Sam Hodiak’, whose police work leads to a confrontation with infamous mass-murder Charles Manson. This 13-episode ‘limited series’ is NBC-TV’s marquee production for the Summer.
Man Named Bacon Is Arrested For Fighting Over Sausage
19-year-old Thomas Bacon of Madison, New Jersey was arrested a few weeks ago for getting into a fight . . . over SAUSAGE.
According to the police, Bacon got into an argument with someone else in his house about who was going to get to eat a piece of sausage, and wound up attacking them.
He was arrested for simple assault.
Veteran, service dog turned away from restaurant
Garrett Loughran of Huntley has served four tours in Iraq and Afghanistan. And like a lot of veterans, Garrett uses a service dog to help with his PTSD, post-traumatic stress disorder.
Hershey, a 5-year-old labradoodle, helps keep him calm in crowds and adjust to civilian life. He’s no ordinary canine. In fact, he’s specially trained for this. By law, he’s allowed to go where Garrett does— no questions asked.
But Sunday his Mom wanted to take him for lunch at a restaurant called Houlihan’s in Algonquin, Illinois that’s when things got a little touchy. The veteran, his mom and his dog were turned away.
“He had his red cape on that said he was a ‘service dog,’” said Laura Wills, Garret’s mother. “We have the papers with us but she just said ‘Well, we don’t allow dogs in the restaurant. What type of service does he provide?’ And my son said ‘You’re not allowed to ask that.’”
“I expected that by this day and age that everybody knows what service dogs are and they should be more accepting of veterans like me who have to have a service dog to acclimate themselves to this new world again,” Garrett said.
When the family complained about the treatment they received, the restaurant chain wasted no time in responding. They apologized profusely. And, in a letter to the family, a senior manager writes,
There is no apology that is sufficient in this circumstance. This is inexcusable. I will ensure this is addressed and that no other person has to endure what you and your son did today.
Then later today, an official corporate statement said,
To be perfectly clear: Houlihan’s supports and appreciates all veterans and the sacrifices they have made and continue to make for this country. We have and will always allow service dogs in our restaurants.
Houlihan’s says the manager involved in turning Laura, Garrett and Hershey away has been fired and it’s donating $2,000 dollars to the organization Pets for Vets. That’s the cost of training one service dog for a veteran who needs one.
Garrett says he considers that extremely generous and the amount of awareness raised by all this to be priceless.
- Approximately 625,000 soldiers died in the Civil War . . . but only about one-third died in battle. Two-thirds died from diseases like malaria and measles that spread around their camps.
- People who live in Monaco are banned from entering the casino there in Monte Carlo. Guards check IDs at the door to make sure only tourists gamble.
- The version of“Take Me Out to the Ballgame” we sing is really just the chorus. The actual song has two verses about a woman who loves baseball and demands her boyfriend take her to a game instead of a movie.
- Wayne Gretzky was friends with Alan Thicke, and he used to babysit Robin Thicke.
★ “American Idol” may be ending its run in 2016, but Ryan Seacrest is set to retain his unofficial title as the hardest-working man in television. His new reality series, “Knock Knock Live”, premieres July 21st. And the premise is sort of like “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition”: Someone knocks on a door and the unsuspecting person answering it gets the chance to win cash, meet famous people, or live their dream. Seacrest serves as an executive producer of the FOX-TV show. He’s the host, but won’t actually be knocking on any doors.
★ Jon Stewart and “The Daily Show”, the Comedy Central powerhouse he’s soon to depart, have initiated a 5-week boot camp for military veterans who want to work … in show biz. The project has been quietly developed over 3 years and is already paying off in jobs for vets. A longtime lampooner of America’s wars, Stewart is at the same time a big supporter of veterans, making hospital visits and doing tours of bases. As to providing vets with free training in other fields, Stewart says: “Please steal our idea.” – “New York Times”
World soccer rocked by U.S., Swiss arrests of officials for graft
The world’s most popular sport was plunged into turmoil on Wednesday as seven powerful soccer figures were arrested on U.S. corruption charges and faced extradition from Switzerland, whose authorities also announced a criminal investigation into the awarding of the next two World Cups.
U.S. prosecutors said they aimed to make more arrests but would not be drawn on whether FIFA President Sepp Blatter, for long the most powerful man in the sport, was a target of the probe. Blatter, 79, is standing for re-election to a fifth term at the FIFA Congress in Zurich on Friday, and FIFA said the vote would go ahead as planned.
U.S. authorities said a total of nine soccer officials and five sports media and promotions executives were charged in cases involving more than $150 million in bribes over a period of 24 years. They said their investigation exposed complex money laundering schemes, millions of dollars in untaxed incomes and tens of millions in offshore accounts held by FIFA officials.
U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch told reporters at a news conference in New York her office did not want to impede the 2018 and 2022 World Cups but looked forward to working with Swiss authorities investigating the award of the tournaments.
The indictment accused the officials of using a variety of schemes to take kickbacks and bribes from sports marketing firms connected to major tournaments, and also alleged corruption in the selection of the 2010 World Cup host and the 2011 FIFA presidential election.
One of those indicted, former FIFA Vice President Jack Warner of Trinidad, solicited $10 million in bribes from the South African government to host the 2010 World Cup, the Justice Department alleges.