Up & Coming Weekly

January 15, 2019

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JANUARY 16-22, 2019 UCW 23 WWW.UPANDCOMINGWEEKLY.COM WEEKLY HOROSCOPE NEWS OF THE WEIRD by the Editors at Andrews McMeel Syndication Regifted? Rakhi Desai of Houston didn't think much at first of the gift she brought home from a white elephant party in mid-December — a brown stuffed bear with a stitched-on heart. As she looked it over later, Desai noticed the words "Neptune Society" stitched on its foot "and then I started to feel, and it's almost like little pebbles or rocks" inside, she told KTRK-TV. at's when it hit her: e bear was filled with someone's cremated remains. e friend who brought the bear to the gift exchange got it at an es- tate sale, so Desai called the Neptune So- ciety, hoping to reunite the bear with the family it belongs to, but the organization doesn't track the bears. However, there is a name on the bear's tag, and Desai is hoping to find the owner through that. "(T)his bear is very special to somebody and belongs in somebody's family," she said. [KTRK, 12/28/2018] Overreactions Alarmed neighbors in Perth, Aus- tralia, called police after hearing a child screaming and a man repeatedly shouting, "Why don't you die?!" on Jan. 1, according to the Evening Stan- dard. Multiple units of officers arrived at the property, only to learn that the unnamed man, an extreme arachno- phobe, had been trying to kill a spider. His wife confirmed to police that her child had been screaming, and her husband apologized to police for the confusion. e spider didn't survive. [Evening Standard, 1/2/2019] Bright idea If super-sharp shears snipping near your ears isn't enough of a rush, you might want to visit Madrid, Spain, and the salon of Alberto Olmedo, who uses ninja swords and blowtorches to cut hair. Claiming his approach is inspired by Renaissance tradition, Olmedo told Euronews that swords allow a hair- dresser to cut hair from both sides of the head at once, resulting in a more even finish. He started perfecting the skill when he became "disillusioned with scissors." Olmedo also offers a cut with claws worn on the ends of his fingers, and plans are in the works to bring lasers into his work. [Euronews, 12/30/2018] Weapon of choice Rogelio Tapia, 26, was arrested in Des Moines, Iowa, on Dec. 31 after a dispute at a QuikTrip around 3 a.m. e store clerk and witnesses told police Tapia chased the clerk around the store and assaulted him with a banana after the clerk tried to intervene in a domestic situation. According to KCCI, Tapia caused about $1,000 in damage; he was charged with assault and third-degree criminal mischief. [KCCI, 1/1/2019] ARIES - Mar 21/Apr 20 Aries, you may experience a few complica- tions in regard to some big plans that you have been working on. Don't let these derail your efforts. ings will work out. TAURUS - Apr 21/May 21 A newfound energy can sweep you off of your feet and really jump-start goals in the days ahead, Taurus. Go with the flow until you need a break; otherwise, you'll tire out. GEMINI - May 22/Jun 21 Gemini, unfortunately some people you were counting on may suddenly pull out of a plan. Make sure you have a few backups so that your plans can follow through. CANCER - Jun 22/Jul 22 Cancer, an extra boost of confidence is pro- pelling you to embrace some changes. at means potentially jumping into a challenging project. Run with this. LEO - Jul 23/Aug 23 Leo, seek others' counsel on an important is- sue. Another's perspective or insight can help you make an informed decision. Once you're comfortable going forward, do so. VIRGO - Aug 24/Sept 22 It is not a good idea to try to mold people into what you would like them to be, Virgo. You may become frustrated if they resist your ef- forts. Embrace others for who they are. LIBRA - Sept 23/Oct 23 Knowledge is power, Libra. Do all you can to improve your knowledge base. is is especially important as you try to navigate financial waters. SCORPIO - Oct 24/Nov 22 Scorpio, others may not take much notice of your emotions this week unless you exagger- ate them. If you need a person to talk to, seek them out. SAGITTARIUS - Nov 23/Dec 21 Don't begin a conversation if you are not will- ing to see it through to the end, Sagittarius. is will only make things more difficult for the relationships you keep. CAPRICORN - Dec 22/Jan 20 Expect to encounter someone who is difficult to deal with this week, Capricorn. e cosmic forces are at play. Be patient and wait for bet- ter times ahead. AQUARIUS - Jan 21/Feb 18 Aquarius, make a concerted effort to work with a colleague with whom you might not see eye to eye. Your efforts to communicate and compromise will not go unnoticed. PISCES - Feb 19/Mar 20 Don't tie yourself in knots trying to sort through things you cannot control, Pisces. ere are too many matters for you to handle them alone. Question: Why is Netflix suddenly making series with only six or eight epi- sodes? Now we feel like we just got into the show and it's over. — Jean Matt Roush: You are really barking up the wrong critical tree by griping to me about this issue. I am and always have been of the "less is more" school when it comes to binge-watching, and I can think of almost no Netflix series of the 13-episode variety that wouldn't benefit from significant trimming. I've gone on record saying many of Netflix's originals would be twice as good at half the length, and "Netflix bloat" has be- come almost a critical cliche. (Case in point: I admired some things about the Netflix version of "e Haunt- ing of Hill House," but even at 10 long episodes, some clocking in at over an hour, it felt egregiously padded to me.) Two of the best Netflix series of recent months — the British import "Bodyguard" (at a taut six episodes) and Chuck Lorre's "e Kominsky Method" (at eight) — were distin- guished and elevated by their economy of storytelling. (Same for Amazon Prime's "Homecoming," with its half- hour episodes.) "Bodyguard" was just as long as it needed to be — British se- ries tend to be tighter and shorter, and that suits me fine — and if Kominsky left me wanting more, that's a rather rare feeling these days. Now if Netflix would just go ahead and renew it! To submit questions to TV Critic Matt Roush, go to: tvinsider.com. by Damian Holbrook Cheers to "A Million Little ings" for scoring one big move. ABC's fresh- man hit, starring David Giuntoli, James Roday and Romany Malco will relocate to the plush post–"Grey's Anatomy" slot when it returns Jan. 17, giving ursdays a double dose of soaps about likable people making terrible life choices. Jeers to "e Marvelous Mrs. Maisel" for being all over the place. And time. Prime Video's showcase for the de- lightful Rachel Brosnahan takes place in the 1950s, but they used tunes by the Go-Go's and David Bowie last year, and Season 2 opened with "Just Leave Everything to Me" from 1969's "Hello, Dolly!" Oy, we're confused!

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