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Brad Pitt To Reportedly Produce ‘Beetlejuice 2’

According to reports, Pitt’s Plan B banner is looking to start production as early as Summer 2022. Jeff Sneider of The Ankler added that the 1988 film’s original stars, Michael Keaton and Winona Ryder, are on board to reprise their roles as Betelgeuse and Lydia Deetz, while director Tim Burton will possibly return to helm the sequel.

Reports of a new Beetlejuice film hit a new high in 2015 when it seemed like Burton and Warner Bros. both agreed on a sequel. In 2016, however, the filmmaker revealed that the ball is no longer rolling.

Dancing With The Stars Maksim Chmerkovskiy flees Ukraine on a train

Dancing with the Stars – Maksim Chmerkovskiy said he was arrested in Ukraine (where he was born) amid Russia’s invasion. Chmerkovskiy didn’t specify what he was arrested for as he updated his followers on what’s happening in in Ukraine during an Instagram video he recorded in Kyiv.  He was on a train packed with ‘hysterical’ women and children after revealing he was arrested on the streets of Kyiv as ‘traumatizing’ Russian invasion raged around him. Fighting aged men are prohibited from leaving Ukraine but since Maksim holds a U.S. passport he has an exemption.

A Ukrainian Brewery Is Using Beer Bottles To Make Molotov Cocktails To Defend The City

According to The New York Post, a brewery in the western city of Lviv is doing what it can to aid that particular effort, as employees at Pravda have stopped filling the brewery’s bottle with beer in favor of the oil and gasoline they’ve been funneling into the glass containers before capping them with a rag so they can be harnessed by the Ukrainian Territorial Defense Forces.

Pravda owner Yuriy Zastavny noted the brewery was drawing on lessons learned during the 2014 uprising that was dubbed the “Revolution of Dignity,” and while Russia has yet to advance on the city it calls home, it would appear Lviv is prepared to push back if that ends up being the case.

Cincinnati Public Schools selects Iranetta Wright as new superintendent

At a board meeting Monday night, Cincinnati Public Schools announced which one of its three finalists will be the next superintendent — Iranetta Wright.  Wright is currently the Deputy Superintendent of Schools in Detroit Public Schools. She has served in this role since 2017. The board expects Wright to start on May 1.

Target seeks to entice workers with pay of up to $24 an hour

Workers at Target stores and distribution centers in places like New York, where competition for finding and hiring staff is the fiercest, could see starting wages as high as $24 an hour this year.

The Minneapolis-based discount retailer said Monday that it will adopt minimum wages that range from $15 to $24 an hour, with the highest pay going to hires in the most competitive markets. It currently pays a universal starting wage of $15 an hour.  In January, average pay for retail workers, excluding managers, jumped 7.1% from a year earlier to $19.24 an hour. That’s faster than pre-pandemic gains. In January 2020, pay for retail workers rose 4.2% from the previous year. In January 2017, it rose just 1.7% from the previous year.

Matthew 25 Ministries sends aid to Ukraine, surrounding zones

As the crisis in Ukraine continues, people here in the Tri-State are continuing to offer help to those that have had to leave their homes.  Matthew 25 Ministries sends emergency and personal care items to Ukraine and the areas surrounding the country after more than 100,000 people have been forced to flee their homes.  Matthew 25 has been working with partner agencies in this region for decades.  These are the things you can drop off at their facility located at 11083 Kenwood Road, Cincinnati, OH 45242:

  • Personal care products: Antibacterial soap, hand sanitizer, toothpaste, toothbrushes, shampoo, body wash, deodorant, lotion, etc.
  • Paper products: Toilet paper, paper towels, etc.
  • First-aid items: Bandages, gauze, pads, first-aid tape, antiseptic creams, hydrogen peroxide, alcohol, latex gloves, instant cold packs, etc.
  • Clothing: New and gently used clothing.

You can also donate money here or they are always looking for volunteers.

Two Bengals 2022 road opponents to ‘host’ international game

Two opponents on the Cincinnati Bengals 2022 schedule will be playing a home game overseas, meaning there’s a possibility for an international Bengals game this coming season.  The NFL on Monday announced the lineup of teams that will host international games in 2022.

Three teams — the Jacksonville Jaguars (Wembley Stadium), Green Bay Packers and New Orleans Saints (Tottenham Hotspur Stadium) — will play a home game in London.

The Arizona Cardinals will host a game at Estadio Azteca in Mexico City and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers will be the home team in the NFL’s first Germany game, to be played in Munich’s Allianz Arena.

Cincinnati is slated to play two of those teams, New Orleans and Tampa Bay, as road games in 2022, leaving the door open for the Bengals to play in Munich or London.