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‘The’ Ohio State University Successfully Registers Trademark

Commonly referred to by alumni and current and former athletes as “THE Ohio State University,” the school has successfully filed a trademark for the word “The.”

This decision comes after Ohio State failed to receive a trademark for the word in 2019.   It allows the school to use “The” on “clothing, namely, T-shirts, baseball caps and hats;

After the settlement agreement was reached with Marc Jacobs in August 2021, it took until yesterday (June 21, 2022) for Ohio State to continue to clean up the “merely ornamental” issue with the USPTO and go through the rest of the application process.

Saks Fifth Avenue to close its downtown Cincinnati store

The downtown store opened in 1983.  A Saks Fifth Avenue spokesperson said the decision to close this store wasn’t easy but was “the right one for the company.”

“We are committed to treating every associate with respect and fairness throughout the process; all eligible associates will receive appropriate employment separation packages and transfer opportunities will be explored where feasible,” the Saks spokesperson said in a statement Wednesday.  The store is expected to close by the end of the year.

US Synchronized swimmer’s coach leaps into pool to save her life after she FAINTS in the water

American swimmer Anita Alvarez is lucky to be alive after she fainted while competing at the World Championships and had to be rescued by her coach in stunning scenes on Wednesday.  The synchronized swimmer, 25, was competing in the final of the women’s solo free event when she fell unconscious and sank to the bottom of the pool in Budapest.  Her coach Andrea Fuentes leapt into the water and dragged her back to safety with the help of an unnamed man, while lifeguards watched on.  ‘Unfortunately I’ve seen it happen to her before – never in competition, though,’ Alvarez’s mother Karen said at the time.

Ability to Stand on One Leg Predictor of Life Expectancy

According to a study published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine, middle-aged people who can’t stand on one leg for at least 10 seconds appear to be at higher risk of dying within a decade. The study tested 1,702 people over age 50 in Brazil over 13 years.

Blake Shelton Is Getting a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame

Blake Shelton is getting his very own star on the iconic Hollywood Walk of Fame on Hollywood Boulevard in Los Angeles. The honor finds Shelton’s name joining the countless stars who are already commemorated there, including Elvis Presley, Marilyn Monroe and many others.

The Hollywood Walk of Fame class of 2023 was announced on June 17 by the Walk of Fame Selection Panel and the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce. It features a total of 24 honorees, and Shelton will be included in the Recording category. The other artists nominated alongside him are Marc Anthony, Irving Azoff, the Jonas Brothers, Lenny Kravitz, Charlie Wilson and Jenni Rivera, who is being honored posthumously.

Additionally, the Walk of Fame will induct honorees in the categories of Motion Pictures, Television and Live Theater/Live Performance. Inductees in these categories include Ludacris, Vince Vaughn, Mindy Kaling, Ellen Pompeo, Pentatonix and more. Juanita Moore and Paul Walker will also receive posthumous inductions

Luke Combs and Wife Nicole Welcome First Baby, Son Tex Lawrence

The country star, 32, and his wife Nicole welcomed their first baby together, a son named Tex Lawrence Combs, on Sunday, June 19, the couple announced on Instagram Tuesday.

“It’s going to be hard to top this past Father’s Day 🥲 Welcome to the world, Tex Lawrence Combs. You are the best chillest angel boy and I’m so happy I was chosen to be your mom. These are the days 🤍,” she wrote.

In the picture, Nicole can be seen sitting in a chair in what appears to be their baby nursery as she holds their newborn in her arms, staring up at the country singer as he lovingly looks at his son.

The current CMA entertainer of the year and three-time Grammy Award nominee echoed his wife’s excitement in a similar statement.

“Welp he decided that Fathers Day would be a good time to show up. I couldn’t agree more. Me and @nicolejcombs are over the moon in love with this little guy,” he wrote, sharing the same Instagram picture as his wife. “Mama and baby are healthy and we’re back home now with family. Life is good. Everyone welcome Tex Lawrence Combs to the world,” he added.

Chris Stapleton Postpones Shows After Testing Positive for COVID-19: ‘I Am Very Sorry’

Chris Stapleton is postponing his shows after testing positive for COVID-19.

“To all my friends in Salt Lake City and Denver, I am very sorry to let you all know that I have tested positive for Covid and will be unable to perform this weekend’s shows,” he wrote in a statement posted to Instagram.  As a result, the shows will be rescheduled for July 1-3.

“We hope you can join us then,” Stapleton’s statement continued. “I want to sincerely thank everyone who has waited for so long for these shows.”

This isn’t the first time Stapleton was forced to cancel his appearances due to health-related issues. Last October, the “Joy of My Life” singer announced that three shows — two in Nashville and one in Cincinnati — would be pushed back “on doctor’s orders” after he was placed on vocal rest.

“I am sorry that so many of you have been inconvenienced and I’m truly thankful for your patience and understanding,” he explained in a statement at the time. “Nothing is more personal to me than the experience of music.”

FDA Reportedly Plans to Ban Juul E-Cigarettes

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is set to ban Juul e-cigarettes as soon as today, according to a report published on Wednesday from the Wall Street Journal.

The reported news comes the same week the Biden administration announced plans to reduce nicotine levels in cigarettes.  Juul has been reprimanded by the FDA in the past for promoting the company’s products as safer than other tobacco products. E-cigarettes were initially marketed toward former smokers to help them avoid the harmful effects of real cigarettes; they work by converting liquid nicotine into vapor. But experts have warned that the smooth delivery of a high nicotine content, packaged in a sleek design, may promote nicotine addiction in younger people.

Johnny Depp memorabilia surges in value following defamation trial … as Edward Scissorhands sleeve sells for $81K in auction

The company Propstore on Tuesday sold a prop from the actor’s 1990 movie Edward Scissorhands – an insert hand with scissors the star wore in the motion picture – for $81,250, TMZ reported on Wednesday.

Another piece of Depp-related memorabilia, the motorcycle he used in the 1990 John Waters film Cry-Baby, is slated to go up for sale on Kruse GWS Auctions with an opening bid of $250,000

We have a new Westminster Dog Show Campion

A bloodhound named Trumpet won the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show on Wednesday night. The Super Bowl of Dog Shows

4-year-old. Trumpet became the first bloodhound to win Westminster.