The Week Ahead!

August 16, 2019 - 1:23 pm
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MONDAY, AUGUST 19, 2019

RECREATIONAL COSTS
More people are skipping out on the fun because they don’t want to spend the money. 68% of Americans surveyed by Bankrate say they passed on a recreational activity because it was either too expensive or wasn't a good value for the money.

ICE CRACKDOWN
A week and a half after a huge immigration crackdown in southern Mississippi, many of the undocumented workers caught up in the raids are seeking legal help.

STAND YOUR GROUND SHOOTING
The trial starts today for Michael Drejka who is charged with manslaughter for allegedly shooting an unarmed man outside a Florida convenience store. Drejka allegedly shot and killed 28-year-old Markeis McGlockton last July in a store parking lot, after a confrontation over a handicapped-accessible space. Pinellas County, FL, originally declined to charge Drejka, claiming the shooting was protected by the state's stand-your-ground law.

ROUNDUP LAWSUIT
Roundup is back in court today. A lawsuit filed claims that the Bayer glyphosate-based weedkiller causes cancer. Bayer, which acquired the weedkiller as part of its purchase of Monsanto last year, was initially scheduled to face its first trial outside California in St. Louis, Missouri, in a case brought by Illinois resident Sharlean Gordon. She blames her non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma on using Roundup at home.

PENCE
12PM Eastern, MotorCity Casino Hotel, Detroit, MI
Vice President Mike Pence addresses the Detroit Economic Club this afternoon. This event was postponed from August 7th due to the mass shootings in El Paso, TX and Dayton, OH.
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AMBER GUYGER
9AM Eastern, Dallas, Texas
A pretrial hearing is scheduled to begin today in the case against former Dallas police officer Amber Guyger. Guyger is charged with murder after she fatally shot an unarmed black neighbor, Botham Jean. Guyger has claimed that she got to what she thought was her apartment, Jean's was directly above hers, and found the door ajar with a figure standing in the darkness. She said she pulled her gun and fired twice after the person allegedly ignored her commands.

NATIONAL POTATO DAY IN US
You say potato – I say potat-oh – either way – it’s the day to celebrate the spud.

MATTHEW PERRY
Can we BE more happy? Actor Matthew Perry – best known for playing Chandler Bing on ‘Friends’ turns 50 today.

GINGER BAKER
Today marks the 80th birthday of Ginger Baker, English drummer and founder of the rock band Cream. Baker is an inductee of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of Cream, of the Modern Drummer Hall of Fame, and of the Classic Drummer Hall of Fame.

INSOMNIA HEART DISEASE, HFR 5AM,
People suffering from insomnia may have an increased risk of coronary artery disease, heart failure and stroke, according to new research in the American Heart Association's journal Circulation.

STEPH CURRY GOLF, HFR 10AM
Steph Curry launches the first-ever golf program for Howard University.

TUESDAY, AUGUST 20, 2019

TRUMP ROMANIA
President Donald Trump welcomes Romanian President Klaus Iohannis to the White House today, to discuss 'how best to meet the many shared security challenges facing both countries' and 'ways to advance fair and reciprocal trade and energy partnerships'. They also celebrate the 30th anniversary of the fall of communism and the 15th anniversary of Romania joining NATO

SPACEX
SpaceX's 18th commercial resupply mission departs the International Space Station and returns to Earth.

NATIONAL RADIO DAY
It's National Radio Day, - an annual coast-to-coast celebration of non-commercial radio, with local events hosted by participating stations. This is OUR day –be proud.

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 21, 2019

TRUMP KENTUCKY
President Trump will travel to the Bluegrass State today, where he is expected to speak at this year’s AMVETS 75th Annual National Convention in Louisville. The President is also scheduled to headline a private fundraising event in Louisville for Governor Matt Bevin, who is running for re-election.

HAWAII
Aloha. Today is the 60th anniversary of Hawaii becoming the 50th US state. Alaska had become the 49th state eight months earlier, in January 1959, but before that, no state had joined the Union since 1912.

THURSDAY, AUGUST 22, 2019

EQUAL PAY DAY
It's Black Women's Equal Pay Day. A time to reflect on the fact – given the current pay gap – black women have to work about an additional 200 days to make what white men earn in a year.

CAPITOL ONE
2PM Eastern, Seattle, Washington
Rescheduled detention hearing for Paige Thompson, charged with one count of computer fraud and abuse for her alleged role in a security breach at Capital One Financial which comprised the personal information of about 106 million people in the U.S. and Canada.

GOLDEN STATE KILLER
There’s a court hearing today for former California policeman Joseph James DeAngelo – nicknamed the 'Golden State' serial killer. DeAngelo is allegedly tied by DNA evidence to 12 murders, 45 rapes, and over 120 burglaries that took place across California during the 1970s and 1980s.

UNITED ROCKET LAUNCH
9AM Eastern, Cape Canaveral, Florida
There’s a United Launch Alliance Delta IV Medium rocket launch today, carrying the second Global Positioning System III (GPS III) satellite built by Lockheed Martin for the US Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center.

TAYLOR SWIFT
Taylor Swift performs in New York's Central Park ahead of tomorrow's release of her new album, 'Lover', as part of the free 'Good Morning America' Summer Concert Series. Taylor’s new album will be released on Friday.

VALERIE HARPER
Today is the 80th birthday of Valerie Harper, the American actress best known for her roles as Rhoda Morgenstern in 'The Mary Tyler Moore Show', and Valerie Hogan in 'Valerie' (aka 'The Hogan Family', aka 'Valerie's Family'). Harper, is currently battling leptomeningeal carcinomatosis, a rare, incurable disease.

FRIDAY, AUGUST 23, 2019

DAYTON SHOOTING
1:30PM Eastern, Dayton,
There’s a preliminary hearing today for Ethan Kollie, a friend of Dayton shooter Connor Betts who fatally gunned down nine people outside of a Dayton bar. Kollis is facing charges including possession of a firearm by an unlawful user/addict of a controlled substance, and making a false statement regarding firearms. Officials say Kollie bought body armor, 100-round magazine and a 'key part of the gun' used in the mass shooting.

AVENATTI
12:30PM Eastern, New York, New York
There’s a status conference today in the case against attorney Michael Avenatti on extortion charges. Avenatti allegedly attempted to extract over $20 million in payments from Nike by threatening to use his ability to garner publicity to inflict substantial financial and reputational harm on the company if his demands were not met.

GALAXY NOTE9
Samsung's new Galaxy Note9 smartphone becomes available today, following its launch earlier this month.

KRISHNA JANMASHTAMI
The Hindu festival of Krishna Janmashtami will be celebrated in India today. It marks the birth anniversary of Hindu God Krishna.

DUTCH FESTIVAL
Tell your favorite red haired friend or family member that this is cause for celebration. The annual Dutch festival for red-haired people will be held in the Netherlands today. Roodharigen, aka Redhead Day, attracts participants from around 40 countries. Little known fact - less than 1% of people in the world have natural red hair, with the highest percentage in Scotland and Ireland.

DISNEY D23 EXPO
The D23 Expo kicks off today at Disneyland in Anaheim, CA. Described as 'the ultimate Disney fan event, it is the largest Disney expo in the world and features special screenings, never-before-seen exhibits, special presentations and celebrity appearances.

AIR GUITAR WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP
Can you rock even without an instrument? Yes! An Finland is the place to do it. Oulu is the site of the Air Guitar World Championships 2019 Grand Final getting underway today.

JEFF BUCKLEY
Today is the 25th anniversary of the release of 'Grace', the only complete studio album recorded by Jeff Buckley before his death in 1997, featuring the singer/songwriter's acclaimed rendition of Leonard Cohen's 'Hallelujah'. Although the album had only moderate success upon release, both critically and commercially, it has since been lauded as a classic, selling over two million copies worldwide. Buckley drowned in the Mississippi River on the evening of 30 May 1997.

RICK SPRINGFIELD
Today is the 70th birthday of Rick Springfield, an Australian musician who started as a member of pop-rock group Zoot before launching a successful solo career with hits including 'Jessie's Girl', 'Don't Talk to Strangers' and 'Affair of the Heart' He also starred as Dr. Noah Drake on the long-running soap opera, General Hospital.

SHELLEY LONG
Today is the 70th birthday of Shelley Long, American actress is best known for her role as Diane Chambers in the first five seasons of sitcom 'Cheers' for which she won an Emmy and two Golden Globes. She is also known for starring in the movies 'The Money Pit', 'Irreconcilable Differences' and 'Night Shift'.


SONNY JURGENSEN
Today is the 85th birthday of Sonny Jurgensen, American Pro Football Hall of Famer who played 18 seasons at quarterback for the Philadelphia Eagles and Washington Redskins, leading the former to a win in the 1960 NFL Championship Game. He was also named to five Pro Bowls.

IN THEATERS....Movies hitting the big screen this weekend.

BRITTANY RUNS A MARATHON
'Brittany Runs a Marathon', a comedy drama written and directed by Paul Downs Colaizzo in his directorial debut released in theaters, following a New Yorker's mission to improve herself. Starring Jillian Bell, Michaela Watkins and Utkarsh Ambudkar.

FRIENDS
Rachel, Ross, Joey and the rest of the gang land on the big screen today. 'Friends 25th: The One with the Anniversary', brings four episodes of the sitcom to theaters to celebrate the 25th anniversary of its premiere. Screenings continue on September 28th and October 2nd.

 

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