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Statt-us Update 5/11/22 – Today’s Headlines & More

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National Average Gas Prices hit New Record High

The national average is at $4.37 a gallon.  In Ohio, the average price per gallon is $4.17 and in Kentucky, it’s $4,09.

“It’s all about supply and demand for the United States,” said CEO of King Operating Jay Young.  Young said restrictions on drilling along with less oil being pumped during the pandemic and now the European Union proposed ban on Russian oil have all come together to create the problem.

Coney Island to open for 24 hours straight one day in June in attempt to break world record

The water park will attempt to break the world record for most people down a water slide in 24 hours. Anyone who wants to participate can visit the water park June 17 and June 18.

The world record attempt will start June 17 at noon. Anyone who slides down in those 24 hours while the park is open will help count toward the world record attempt.

Those who participate will get a free ticket to return to the park on any public operating day during the 2022 season. Participants will also get a souvenir world record participant wristband.

Here’s how it will work:

The park will be open regular hours from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

A bonus midnight swim will take place from 9 p.m. to 12 p.m. Friday, June 17, which will cost $10 at the door. All of the attractions will remain open, along with music and games.

At the conclusion of the midnight swim, other attractions will close, but all four twister water slides will run continuously for 24 hours so guests can join in the world record attempt.

No admission or parking will be charged to nighttime sliders who come between midnight-8 a.m.

To buy tickets, visit https://coneyislandpark.com/tickets-passes/daily-tickets/.

Apple is discontinuing the iPod Touch

It’s the end of an era: On Tuesday, Apple announced it was discontinuing the manufacture of the iPod Touch, the last of the iPod models still being produced.

The iPod was first introduced in 2001. “Today, the spirit of iPod lives on,” Joswiak continued, through Apple’s current products and its Apple Music service.

The iPod Touch will continue to be available while supplies last, Apple said.

Elon Musk says he would reverse Twitter’s ban of Donald Trump

Musk, speaking virtually at a Future of the Car summit hosted by the Financial Times, said Twitter’s Trump ban was a “morally bad decision” and “foolish in the extreme.” He said permanent bans of Twitter accounts should be rare and reserved for accounts that are scams or automated bots.

Twitter banned Trump’s account in January 2021 for “incitement of violence” following the Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol.

“I think that was a mistake because it alienated a large part of the country and did not ultimately result in Donald Trump not having a voice,” Musk said. “So I think this may end up being frankly worse than having a single forum where everyone can debate. I guess the answer is that I would reverse the permanent ban.”

Mike Tyson will not face criminal charges for punching airplane passenger

Authorities will not file criminal charges against former heavyweight champ Mike Tyson after he was recorded on video punching a fellow first-class passenger aboard a plane at San Francisco International Airport last month, prosecutors announced Tuesday. Representatives for Tyson previously said the boxer was on a flight with “an aggressive passenger who began harassing him and threw a water bottle at him while he was in his seat.” Attorneys for Tyson praised the district attorney’s decision in a statement on Tuesday, thanking law enforcement for their “careful, diligent and professional work.”

Netflix tells workers it will introduce an ad-supported, cheaper subscription plan THIS year

Netflix last month revealed they had lost 200,000 subscribers in the first three months of the year.  As a result, co-CEO Reed Hastings said the company was looking into a cheaper, advertising-funded alternative to their main $15.49 plan.  Hastings said it would be ushered in ‘over the next year or two’, but on Tuesday it emerged the company was speeding up its plans.  The cheaper alternative will be available from the final quarter of this year, according to an internal memo.

Chef Not Guilty Of Bad Kitchen Behavior

Mario Batali – was found not guilty of indecent assault and battery on Tuesday, following a quick, two-day trial in which the celebrity chef decided to let the judge, not a jury, determine his fate. Batali, who pleaded not guilty to indecent assault and battery in 2019, had faced up to 2.5 years in jail and would’ve been required to register as a sex offender if convicted.

Tom Brady Signed 10 Year, $375 Million Contract With Fox

The announcement was made by Fox CEO Lachlan Murdoch on an investor call in which Murdoch stated that Brady will become a lead NFL analyst for the network and call games alongside Kevin Burkhardt after he retires.  Brady and Burkhardt will eventually become the replacements for Troy Aikman and Joe Buck who departed Fox for ESPN’s Monday Night Football.  One early report figured Tom Brady’s deal with Fox could be worth at least twice what Aikman and Romo are being paid.  It is the largest contract in sportscasting history that will pay him a record breaking $375 million over 10 years.

Soccer Player Fired After Ripping Stinky Farts In The Locker Room

It’s been revealed that Brazilian soccer star Marcelo was demoted from Lyon’s first team to the B-squad after he ripped heinous farts in the locker room.   Adding insult to injury, he ripped disgusting farts and laughed about it which led the team’s Sporting Director Juninho to fire him after reminding Marcelo of his poor performances.

The gist of Marcelo’s juicy fart scandal is this: he was ripping stanky toots in the locker room and giggling about it with teammates. And the team’s leadership used that as an opportunity to approach him and remind him that his performances in games had been as trashy as his rectal emissions. Now, the entire soccer world is laughing about Marcelo getting fired for farting with thousands of tweets about it.