– Business Insider says GNC has filed for bankruptcy and may close up to 1,200 stores. The company is blaming the coronavirus for a dip in sales
– Complex magazine says Jeopardy star Alex Trebek has donated $500,000 to help build a new homeless shelter in the Los Angeles area. The 50,000 square foot facility is going to house the area’s homeless seniors.
– Sega says Sonic The Hedgehog is getting his own energy drink. “Sonic’s Peach Rings” is inspired by the Sonic universe and will be bursting with “peach gummy flavor.” The drink will be available starting in August in liquid and powdered form.
– Yahoo Life says Dairy Queen is now selling Drumstick Blizzards for a limited time. The desert features soft serve vanilla ice cream with chocolate, peanuts, Nestle drumstick pieces and syrup
– My Recipe says Stouffer’s is launching a new product called Classic Lasagna Bites. The breaded bites are stuffed with a meat sauce, herbs and mozzarella cheese
Republic World says a Michael Jordan autographed baseball could sell for over $50,000 when it is auctioned off. Jordan signed the baseball when he was 13 and playing in a Babe Ruth Little League. His team had just won a championship
TV Guide says Kristen Bell is no longer going to voice a bi-racial character on the animated Apple show ”Central Park.” She posted, “This is a time to acknowledge our acts of complicity. Here is one of mine. Playing the character of Molly on Central Park shows a lack of awareness of my pervasive privilege. Casting a mixed race character with a white actress undermines the specificity of the mixed race and Black American experience. It was wrong and we, on the Central Park team, are pledging to make it right. I am happy to relinquish this role to someone who can give a much more accurate portrayal and I will commit to learning, growing and doing my part for equality and inclusion.”
The NY Post says the Chicago brothers, who Jussie Smollet allegedly paid $3,500 to stage a fake hate crime, are now unwilling to testify against him. Abel and Ola Osundario say they had a change of heart because the police are treating them like suspects, not victims.
July 4th Survey
A new survey by Wallethub reveals that 78% of Americans plan to spend less money on Independence Day celebrations this year than they did last year because of the coronavirus. Other findings:
– 74% of Americans will not be traveling to an Independence Day destination because of the coronavirus
– 33% of Americans feel less patriotic this year than they did last year