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December 26, 2018

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DECEMBER 26, 2018-JANUARY 1, 2019 UCW 23 WWW.UPANDCOMINGWEEKLY.COM WEEKLY HOROSCOPE NEWS OF THE WEIRD by the Editors at Andrews McMeel Syndication Weird science Scientists are likening the strange occurrence of eels getting stuck in monk seals' nostrils to "one of those teenage trends," according to e Washington Post. Charles Littnan, lead scientist of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Hawai- ian Monk Seal Research Program, posited, "One juvenile seal did this very stupid thing, and now the oth- ers are trying to mimic it," but he and other scientists are stumped about the phenomenon. Hypotheses suggest that the eels jet up the nostrils as seals poke their faces into eels' hiding spots, or seals regurgitate the eels and they exit through the nose. Over the last two years, three or four incidences have been reported, all with good outcomes — for the seals. No eels have survived. [e Washington Post, 12/7/2018] Bromance Anthony Akers, 38, and the Richland (Washington) Police Department em- barked on an amusing meet-cute of law and fugitive on Nov. 28 when the department posted a wanted photo of Akers on its Facebook page. Five hours after the posting, National Public Ra- dio reported, Akers responded with: "Calm down, i'm going to turn myself in." When Akers was a no-show, the department messaged him the next day: "Hey Anthony! We haven't seen you yet." Officers even offered him a ride. But Akers couldn't be bothered: "ank you, tying up a couple loose ends since i will probably be in there for a month." He promised to surrender within 48 hours. When the weekend passed without any sign of Akers, offi- cers wrote: "Is it us? We waited but you didn't show." To which Akers replied: "Dear RPD, it's not you, it's me. I obvi- ously have commitment issues. ... P.S. You're beautiful." Finally, on Dec. 4, Ak- ers arrived at the Richland police sta- tion, posting a selfie with the caption: "ank you RPD for letting me do this on my own." Aww, ain't love grand? Ghost of Lunches Past e Cranston (Rhode Island) School District is taking its response to de- linquent school lunch accounts up a notch, reported WJAR TV on Dec. 6. District COO Raymond Votto Jr. sent a letter to parents notifying them that a collection agency will be contacting those with lunch overdrafts starting on Jan. 2 and noted that the current deficit is almost $46,000. "e district lunch program cannot continue to lose rev- enue," Votto wrote. e letter specified that students will continue to receive food regardless of whether their ac- count is in arrears. Families with unpaid charges of more than $20 will be noti- fied by mail, which the district called a softer approach. [WJAR, 12/6/2018] ARIES - Mar 21/Apr 20 Aries, even though you are not prone to wor- rying, this week some things have you feeling a bit on edge. Concentrate on what you have going right instead of what can go wrong. TAURUS - Apr 21/May 21 Taurus, couch your ego for a little while and let a loved one get his or her way. Concede control in this and you'll find it benefits you in many different ways. GEMINI - May 22/Jun 21 is is a time for working smart and hard, Gemini. Your hard work will come to fruition and get you where you need to be quickly. Ask for help if the going gets too tough. CANCER - Jun 22/Jul 22 Cancer, expect to reconnect with a long-lost activity or hobby you used to love. Find things that give you pleasure and enjoy some time focusing on fun. LEO - Jul 23/Aug 23 Retreating to the privacy and coziness of home may be tempting, Leo. However, you may have to step up and play leader or host or hostess in the days ahead. VIRGO - Aug 24/Sept 22 Virgo, even though you may not be a full- fledged clairvoyant, you certainly can tap into people's thoughts to give them a start. You may need to buffer some insights. LIBRA - Sept 23/Oct 23 You have a renewed determination to improve your finances right now, Libra. Use any extra money you receive to invest in a portfolio that can keep you earning. SCORPIO - Oct 24/Nov 22 Trust the process of working through your feelings this week, Scorpio. Many things have been going on and you need to absorb and file things away in your mind. SAGITTARIUS - Nov 23/Dec 21 You may have more on your mind than you are willing to admit, Sagittarius. But showing vulnerability may make you seem more ap- proachable to others. CAPRICORN - Dec 22/Jan 20 Capricorn, be a true friend to someone who can use a little extra love and support. Whether you lend a helping hand or just sit and listen, your efforts will be appreciated. AQUARIUS - Jan 21/Feb 18 Aquarius, you need to push past fear and pur- sue your desires. Only then can you get ahead at work or in other areas of your life. Stop mak- ing excuses and be courageous. PISCES - Feb 19/Mar 20 Pisces, if you are in a relationship, use this week to untangle some knots. ese can be differences of opinion or financial concerns. Question: Whatever happened to the live musicals over the holidays? — Gordon Matt Roush: Live musicals are still a thing on NBC and other networks, but the holiday angle has been shelved for the time being as the subject matter has moved away from family musicals. (e first disruption was when Jennifer Lopez's busy schedule delayed NBC's planned "Bye Bye Birdie" musical.) NBC's most recent December musical was the live "Hairspray" in 2016, and in lieu of a holiday musical in 2017, instead pegged its Emmy-winning "Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert" for Easter 2018. (Fox stepped in with a lackluster "A Christmas Story Live" musical last year.) Next year's musicals are decidedly more edgy, "Rent" on Fox Jan. 27 and a live version of "Hair" on NBC in May. Question: Why does Hallmark and Hall- mark Movies and Mysteries have to over- lap its Christmas movies by an hour? — Gloria Matt Roush: I've wondered this same thing, although wouldn't it make more sense for the Hallmark channels to air their movies two hours apart (one at 7/6c, the other at 9/8c) instead of at the same hour? Recording and time-shift- ing solves the problem, of course, but starting Hallmark's weekend originals at 8/7c and Movies and Mysteries' movies at 9/8c does create an odd overlap. To submit questions to TV Critic Matt Roush, go to: tvinsider.com by Damian Holbrook Cheers to "Dancing With the Stars" for returning to form. After a few clumsy seasons, ABC's just-wrapped 27th edi- tion popped with a stable of "stars" who actually moved us, including Juan Pablo Di Pace ("Fuller House"), "e Bach- elorette's" grocery store guy (Joe Ama- bile), and radio host — and champion — Bobby Bones. If only all "Dancing" cards could be this full of fan faves. Jeers to "e Flash" for making our flesh crawl. e Scarlet Speedster's Nov. 13 episode got pulses racing by introducing Rag Doll (Troy James), a super-bendy baddie whose nightmarish mask and monstrous movements were not OK with viewers who rely on Barry Allen (Grant Gustin) and his team to be the sunniest heroes in e CW's Arrowverse. "Cumberland County's Community Newspaper"

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