Friday, December 1, 2017

From Food Coma to News Coma

This week started out with everyone still in a food coma from Thanksgiving, but continued on to be a busy news week. From a royal engagement to holiday travel woes, there was a little bit of information for every category – good and bad.
  • An American Princess – Everyone woke up on Cyber Monday to some cheerful and welcome news about everyone’s favorite prince, Prince Harry of England. Kensington Palace and Clarence House announced via their Twitter accounts that Prince Harry, soon to be the sixth in line to the British throne, was engaged to be married to American Suits actress Meghan Markle. The pair have been linked since the summer of 2016 and officially a couple since November 2016. The couple expressed their love for each other and their excitement for the May 2018 wedding in their engagement interview. Cheers to the happy couple!  
  • Holiday Travel Hell – American Airlines got in some hot air this week after
    accidentally giving too many pilots and crew members vacation during the holidays. A
    scheduling glitch gave too many employees PTO during the crucial time period of late December, leaving thousands of flights without a crew team. Initially, as many as 15,000 flights could have been impacted, but the airline has been working diligently to fix this snafu to get everyone where they want to be during the holidays. Although just to be safe, it may be best to stick to road or rails to get to grandma’s house this year...
  • Similar Allegations, Different Culprit – Unfortunately, this news headline is becoming all too common in America: Matt Lauer, longtime news anchor for NBC’s TODAY Show, has been fired for accusations of sexual misconduct. In a statement released on Wednesday morning by NBC News Chairman Andrew Lack, it’s stated that a detailed complaint had been filed against Lauer and that they have reason to believe it’s not an “isolated incident.” Lauer comes after a string of high-powered men in the TV and movie industry have been accused of sexual misconduct – including CBS This Morning’s Charlie Rose, Kevin Spacey, Garrison Keillor and Harvey Weinstein.
  • High and Low Notes – The 2018 Grammy nominations came out this week with many expected nominations, and also some snubs, by the nomination committee. One trend many are seeing with these new nominations is the straying away from traditional pop music and emergence of rap and hip-hop music in the big categories. Some artists who hit the high note include Jay-Z, Bruno Mars and Kendrick Lamar. 
  • Carpet King – Ending on a silly note, if you want to go viral on social media, sometimes all it takes are some good shots of hotel carpet. Just ask @MyHotelCarpet, who received more than 540,000 followers (and counting) in a couple of days thanks to his daughter. 

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