And then there were three. Everyone is waiting to see who touted pass-rusher J.J. Watt will sign with and NFL insider John Clayton says it now looks like the veteran defensive end has narrowed things down to the Green Bay Packers, Buffalo Bills and Tennessee Titans. While many folks out there thought he could end up playing for the Browns or Steelers, that won’t be the case. Clayton would go on to clarify his report, saying other teams are not necessarily out of the running for Watt. While the three teams Clayton lists aren’t surprising, it is a bit head-turning that Cleveland and Pittsburgh didn’t make the cut. Multiple reports had linked Watt to the Browns, with ESPN’s Ed Werder even saying the defensive end’s final decision could come down to what he thinks of Baker Mayfield.
.@JohnClaytonNFL says JJ Watt won't be coming to Pittsburgh. Tennessee, Green Bay, and Buffalo are the 3 teams. Raiders as a dark horse.
— Andrew Fillipponi (@ThePoniExpress) February 24, 2021
People are misinterpreting what I said on radio today. I said Tennessee, Green Bay and Buffalo were the leading teams for J.J. Watt but not the final three. Watt hasn't narrowed his list. The Cleveland Browns are still in. So are the Raiders. He has a dozen teams after him.
— John Clayton (@JohnClaytonNFL) February 24, 2021
Dangerous ice conditions continue on the west end of Lake Erie. Strong southwest winds and warm temperatures contributed to the large breaks seen on this recent satellite image from 1130 AM Wednesday. Ice may drift away from shore. Stay safe and stay off the ice!
Patients and former patients at Fisher-Titus Medical Center got a letter this week informing of a data breach. Investigation show it happened between August 10 and October 15 of 2020, and while they have no evidence of any wrongdoing with patient’s accounts, they suggest reviewing your Explanation Of Benefits Statement from your health insurance company and ask for a year-to-date report of all services paid for you. Follow up with your insurance company or care provider for items you do not recognize.
Tiger Woods will avoid reckless driving charges and officials are treating his crash as an accident, Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva said Wednesday. Villanueva said there was no evidence that Woods was impaired by drugs or alcohol when first responders got to the scene. “A reckless driving charge has a lot of elements into it and this is purely an accident,” Villanueva said. “There will be a cause of it and there will be a vehicle code attached to the cause – for inattentive driving or whatever the case may be. “But that’s an infraction and a reckless driving is actually more than an infraction. That’s a misdemeanor crime that has a lot of elements attached to it and there’s nothing like that.” Villanueva said that no data was recorded from the 2021 Genesis SUV’s black box which could reveal how fast Woods was going at the time. The posted speed limit was 45 mph, he added. From January 2020 to today, Villanueva said there were 13 accidents near the same point where Woods crashed. Four of which had injuries. Villanueva answered questions about Woods’ wreck on Facebook and Instagram Live. (Fox News)
Simon Cowell says he came close to being paralyzed following last year’s e-bike accident. The America’s Got Talent judge did his first interview about the incident with his ex-girlfriend Terri Seymour on Extra. Simon admits the accident left him drifting in and out of consciousness. He adds, “It could have been a lot worse. When I saw the X-ray, I really nearly could have smashed my spine to pieces, so I literally wouldn’t have been able to walk.” Cowell insists he’ll return from his injury “fitter than I was before I had the accident. I’ve never been in this situation in my life where you literally can’t move. The pain was off the charts.” He’s also reportedly thinking about suing the company behind the e-bike he was riding at the time of the accident.
GameStop stock is up… again, by a lot. Before market close on Wednesday, the video game retailer’s shares started to soar, and GME just closed at $91.71 — up nearly 104% for the day. It’s the highest the stock has been since it fell back down to Earth at the beginning of the month following the unprecedented, Reddit-fueled rally that sent it as high as $483 a share. Over the course of the afternoon, trading on the stock was halted twice. It’s not exactly clear what’s happening here. But one group is celebrating: r/WallStreetBets. The community of retail investors is ecstatic at the results and hailing the jump as proof that the GME rollercoaster ride isn’t over yet. There’s so much interest in the community, it seems, that it’s currently buckling under the load of incoming traffic. (The Verge)
— Joe Weisenthal (@TheStalwart) February 24, 2021
Not only did the deregulated electricity market in Texas leave millions in the dark and without heat last week, but customers have been paying significantly more for power than the state’s residents who are served by traditional utilities, according to The Wall Street Journal. Nearly two decades ago, Texas deregulated its electric business, creating the arrangement that led to last week’s massive failure. According to The Wall Street Journal’s analysis of data from the Energy Information Administration, Texas residents served by deregulated electric companies paid more than $28 billion more for their power since 2004 than they would have paid if they were charged by the state’s traditional utilities. Not only that, prices in the state have surged to up to $9,000 a megawatt hour in the days following the recent crisis. (The Wall Street Journal)
It’s a boy for Katharine McPhee and David Foster. The baby is the first for the couple, who wed in 2019. A rep tells People magazine that the 36-year-od singer and the 71-year-old prodcuer “have welcomed a healthy baby boy. Mom, Dad and son are all doing wonderfully.” The couple met in 2006 when David mentored Katharine and other contestants on Season 5 of American Idol. David is already father to five daughters — Sara, 40, Erin, 38, Jordan, 34, Allison, 50, and Amy, 47, from two previous relationships.
She’s the Boss (USA – series premiere)
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NEW STREAMING TV:
High Rise Invasion (Netflix – season 1)
Close Enough (HBO Max – season 2)
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Fear Thy Neighbor (Discovery+ – season 7)
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Millennials (ALLBLK – season 1)
• The Goonies, Rudy and Lord of the Rings star Sean Astin (“24,” “Stranger Things”) is 50
• The Office’s Karen and Parks and Recreation’s Ann Perkins, Rashida Jones (“Angie Tribeca”) is 45
• twins James and Oliver Phelps (the Weasley twins in Harry Potter. Oliver is older by 13 minutes) are 35
• former Entertainment Tonight co-host Nancy O’Dell is 55
• comedian Carrot Top (real name: Scott Thompson) is 56
• comedienne and TV host Chelsea Handler is 46
• Tucker Albrizzi (Tyler Duncan on Big Time Rush, Jake on Good Luck Charlie, Colin McConnell on A.P. Bio, also in Bridesmaids and Sicko) is 21
• Malcolm in the Middle’s older brother, Reese, Justin Berfield is 35
• Alexis Denisof (married to Alyson Hannigan, played Wesley Wyndam-Pryce on TV’s Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel) is 55
• Lee Evans (Tucker in There’s Something About Mary) is 57
• Tea Leoni (David Duchovny’s ex, was in “The Family Man,” “The Naked Truth,” “Jurassic Park III,” “Bad Boys,” “Madam Secretary”) is 55
• 98 Degrees’ Justin Jeffre is 48
• former WWE wrestler The Nature Boy, Ric Flair is 72
• TV talk show host Sally Jessy Raphael is 86
• legendary CBS newsman Bob Schieffer is 84
• Isabelle Fuhrman (Clove in “The Hunger Games”) is 24
• Karen Grassle (Caroline Ingalls on “Little House on the Prairie”) is 79
• Gerran Howell (“Crusade in Jeans,” “Young Dracula”) is 30
• Anson Mount (“Conviction,” “Hell on Wheels”) is 48
• Abby Wilde (Stacey Dillsen in Zoey 101, iCarly, and Sam & Cat) is 32
• DJ and producer Kaskade (born Ryan Raddon) is 50
• WWE wrestler Maria Kanellis is 39
• movie director Neil Jordan (“The Crying Game,” “Interview With A Vampire,” “Michael Collins”) is 71
• model Veronica Webb (The first African-American model to have a major cosmetics contract) is 56
• The Good Place’s Tahani and host of The Misery Index, Jameela Jamil is 35