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Statt-us Update 4/20/22 – Today’s Headlines & More

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Miami Real Estate Agent Who Spent $500,000 on Tom Brady’s ‘Last Touchdown Ball’ Reveals His Identity

Brady’s ball was bought on March 12 at auction by an unknown bidder for $518,628.  The 44-year-old announced his retirement on February 1, and the final touchdown ball of his career was put up for auction by the fan who caught it.  The ball was used in the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ home playoff loss to the Los Angeles Rams at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida, on January 23.  The day after the ball was sold by Lelands auctioneers, Brady announced that he was coming out of retirement and returning to the sport.  In response to news of the then-unknown bidder’s $518,628 loss, Brady tweeted that a bitcoin should be given to a charity of the bidder’s choice.  On Friday the buyer revealed himself as Ron Firman, a Miami-based commercial real estate agent, and the auction house declared the sale void. Firman said that he and Brady – who he has never met – would split a bitcoin between charities of their choosing.

Joey Votto Is An American citizen

incinnati Reds first baseman Joey Votto is officially an American citizen.  Joey Votto was born in Toronto, Canada, in 1983. He made his MLB debut with the Reds in 2007.  Votto posted a photo of himself on Instagram standing with a judge. His caption read: “In January I received my American citizenship. Woo” with the American flag emoji at the end of his caption.

Johnny Depp Never Watched Pirates of the Caribbean

Johnny Depp has told his $100million defamation trial that he has never watched Pirates of the Caribbean.  The actor, 58, who will return to the stand today to face ex-wife Amber Heard’s lawyers, told the court he ‘believes that the film did pretty well’, referring to the first film in the series, The Curse of the Black Pearl, which grossed $654million.  Depp was testifying in the trial in which he is suing Heard for libel over a 2018 op-ed that she wrote for the Washington Post in which she wrote about her alleged domestic abuse.  Heard, 35, is countersuing for $100 million, claiming that he smeared her when he accused her of lying.

Relentless Woodpecker Wants ‘World’s Largest Hockey Stick’ for its Home

A determined woodpecker has targeted the giant wooden stick for its home and maintenance workers at the Cowichan Community Centre, that’s attached to the stick, are trying just as hard to stop him.  “In all the years I’ve worked at the arena, I’ve never seen a woodpecker attacking our hockey stick so this is a first.”

The woodpecker has been identified as a Northern Flicker — and this little sapsucker is proving to be one stubborn bird. After carving out its first hole in the 61,000-pound Douglas Fir hockey stick last week, maintenance workers stuffed the hole with steel wool, but it didn’t last long. What happens next, is up in the air, but for now, Woody’s back in residence.

Ben Affleck And Matt Damon To Write, Direct, And Star In A Movie About Nike Signing Michael Jordan

The pair will co-write the script with Affleck set to direct the project. According to reports, Ben Affleck and Matt Damon will co-star as Phil Knight and Sonny Vaccarro in a film about Nike’s efforts to sign Michael Jordan to a shoe contract.  Damon will be playing former Nike executive Sonny Vaccarro while Affleck will portray Nike co-founder Phil Knight. The project, an Amazon Studios film, does not have an official title or release date at this time.

Netflix is exploring lower-priced, ad-supported plans

After years of resisting advertisements on its streaming service, Netflix is now “open” to offering lower-priced tiers with ads, co-CEO Reed Hastings said Tuesday.  They think it “makes a lot of sense” to offer customers a cheaper option. “Those who have followed Netflix know that I have been against the complexity of advertising and a big fan of the simplicity of subscription,” Hastings said. “But as much as I am a fan of that, I am a bigger fan of consumer choice, and allowing consumers who would like to have a lower price and are advertising-tolerant to get what they want makes a lot of sense.”

Mattress Mack Is Planning To Drop ‘$3 Million To $4 Million’ At The Kentucky Derby

The Kentucky Derby is set to kick off on May 7 at famous Churchill Downs.  Mack has bet millions of dollars on wagers across the NFL, MLB, college football, and college basketball. In almost every case, he’s lost big. For the upcoming race, Mattress Mack says, “I’m going to bet early, I’m going to bet often, and I will bet with both hands until I run out of money.”  This won’t be the first time he’s spent serious money at the track. He lost $4 million on favorite Essential Quality in 2021 after Medina Spirit took home a Kentucky Derby win.

Russian Soldiers Dug Trenches In Radioactive Dirt

They disturbed the dirt of one of the world’s most radioactive places, Russian soldiers dug trenches. Ukrainian officials worry they were, in effect, digging their own graves.

Thousands of tanks and troops rumbled into the forested Chernobyl exclusion zone in the earliest hours of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in February, churning up highly contaminated soil from the site of the 1986 accident that was the world’s worst nuclear disaster.

For more than a month, some Russian soldiers bunked in the earth within sight of the massive structure built to contain radiation from the damaged Chernobyl nuclear reactor. A close inspection of their trenches was impossible because even walking on the dirt is discouraged. Some soldiers even stole highly radioactive materials as souvenirs or possibly to sell.

“I think from movies they have the imagination that all dangerous small things are very valuable,” Shevchuck said.

ART STUDENT-ORGANIZED EARTH DAY EVENT

Students from the Art Academy of Cincinnati, in partnership with Cincinnati Parks and the Cincinnati Art Museum, are hosting an Earth Day event at Seasongood Pavilion in Eden Park on Friday, April 22, 2022 from 3:30 to 7:30 p.m.

This free, community-based event is designed to inspire creative problem solving and focused conversations on climate change, deforestation, water pollution, and other eco-issues. The student organizers are working within their community to create real world, local change in real time for Earth Day 2022, in an effort to put Cincinnati at the forefront on environmental issues.

Art Academy students will be speaking during the event and exhibiting their artwork to engage the community with creativity, art, and design. The Cincinnati Art Museum will be open until 5 p.m., with free admission. Indigo Hippo will have are materials available for children’s art. The event will also include music, dancers, and nonprofit organizations. Food trucks from BOL, the first acai bowl bar in Cincinnati, and Fire on High, Cincinnati’s first organic food truck, will be onsite with food for sale.

Schedule

  • 4:15–5 p.m. – FREE Community Yoga with World Peace Yoga
  • 5–5:30 p.m. – Erin Locke: singer/songwriter
  • 5:30–5:40 – Art Academy of Cincinnati Student speakers
  • 5:45–6:00 – Cincinnati STEAM, Sustainability, and Equity
  • 6:00–6:20 – Community Dancing: Dunham Technique with Jeanne Speier
  • 6:20–6:30 – Art Academy of Cincinnati Student speakers
  • 6:30–7 – CLEÖCRT: Inspired by Marvin Gaye’s What’s Going On
  • 7–7:30 – Community Earth, Art, Diversity, Innovation, and Design Meditation and Closing

The event is organized by Annie Melzer, an instructor at the Art Academy and a local environmental, cultural, and applied anthropologist. She teaches on perspectives of indigenous studies, human impact on the earth, and creativity and adaptations. She believes that Cincinnati may emerge as a leader for the global community when it comes to making the real shifts necessary to repair our relationship with the earth.