Up & Coming Weekly

July 25, 2017

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JULY 26 -AUGUST 1, 2017 UCW 27 WWW.UPANDCOMINGWEEKLY.COM WEEKLY HOROSCOPE I for one am fed up with CBS. First they fire Jennifer Esposito as the best partner Danny ever had on "Blue Bloods," now she's let go from "NCIS" after one season! No reason was given, but if it was be- cause of a drop in ratings when Michael Weatherly left, did ANYONE think there might not be a slight drop, come on. Could it have been the total of three new cast members!! Did either of the two new male members (Wilmer Valderrama and Duane Henry) get the ax(e)? Can't believe the male- heavy "NCIS" couldn't take another female cast member! Shame on you, CBS, you have twice treated Jennifer Esposito unfairly, but you could care less, I'm sure. Jennifer, you will be missed AGAIN!!! — Sandra Few shows inspire more passion in this column than "NCIS," and last season's transitional post-Tony year was no excep- tion. I'm of the belief that there are as many opinions about this show as there are fans, but one thing on which nearly everyone seemed to agree is that "NCIS" overcompensated with too many new characters trying to fill the Tony void. I thought Jennifer Esposito was a fine fit as Alex, but since the departure of Ziva, any new woman on the team has met a chilly reception from some fans — at least in my mailbag. We'll have to see what di- rection NCIS takes this year, but I'm sorry Alex didn't get more of a chance to fit in. To submit questions to TV Critic Matt Roush, go to: tvinsider.com by Damian Holbrook Cheers to "e Mist" ... for creeping un- der our skin. From the lock-down vibe of a town besieged by a fatal fog to the killer effects, Spike's take on Stephen King's no- vella-turned-movie has everything horror fans need to keep the chills this summer. Cheers to "Casual" for being a serious obsession. ere's nothing complicated about our feelings for Season 3 of Hulu's poignant, often painful dramedy about disparate siblings trying to figure out this thing called love amid some deeply strained family dynamics. Jeers to "Battle of the Network Stars" for missing cheers. Without the original's stadium of screaming fans, the otherwise inventive reboot loses points for leaving jockish hotties like "Pretty Little Liars" Brant Daugherty and Vanessa Lachey to compete in front of a nonexistent crowd. NEWS OF THE WEIRD by CHUCK SHEPPARD Did you say french fries or FRESH fries? Eiram Chanel Amir Dixson, 25, made a point of ordering fresh french fries at a Coon Rapids, Minnesota, Wendy's drive- thru in May. When the exchange between the dissatisfied Dixson and a Wendy's worker escalated, the employee threw a soda at Dixson, and Dixson fired back by spraying Mace through the drive-thru window. Police charged Dixson with one count of using tear gas to immobilize. [WCCO, 5/19/2017] Rachel Borch, 21, of Hope, Maine, was out for a run in June when a raccoon attacked her. Thinking quickly, Borch grabbed the animal and, despite being bitten, ran to a puddle on the trail and held its head underwater until it drowned. (BONUS: Borch's father retrieved the dead raccoon and delivered it for rabies testing in a Taste of the Wild dog food bag.) [Bangor Daily News, 6/14/2017] Insult to Injury It was dark in the wee hours of June 30 in Jacksonville, Florida, and Cedric Jelks, 38, probably never saw the loaded gun on the driver's seat of his car as he got in, but he certainly felt it after the gun went off, wounding his manhood. When police investigating the report of a gunshot wound arrived at the hospital Jelks was taken to, they added possible firearms charges to his pain after discovering Jelks had a prior conviction for cocaine possession. [News4JAX, 6/30/2017] Why Not? A driver in Zhenjiang, China, took drive-thru service to the next level on June 10 when he carefully pulled his tiny automobile through the front doors of a convenience store, requested a package of potato chips and a bottle of yogurt, paid for his purchase and reversed through the doors with the cashier's guidance. Surveillance video shows the cashier waving and saluting as the car pulls away. He posited that the driver might have been avoiding getting out of his car in the rain. [The Straits Times, 6/17/2017] Finer Points of the Law A restaurant owner near Florence, Italy, was ordered to pay 2,000 euros in fines in June after judges in Italy's highest court declared it illegal to keep lobsters on ice in restaurants because it causes them undue suffering. "The suffering caused by detaining the animals while they wait to be cooked cannot be justified," the judges ruled. [Reuters, 6/16/2017] Copyright 2017 Chuck Sheppard ARIES - Mar 21/Apr 20 You may need to dim your lights so you do not outshine others, Aries. You can be a force and it pays to let others share a bit of the spotlight. is will garner some goodwill. TAURUS - Apr 21/May 21 Taurus, settle into your comfort zone at home and take on all of the domestic tasks that have fallen by the wayside. You are very happy in your personal haven, Taurus. GEMINI - May 22/Jun 21 Gemini, you may need to sort out a complicated relationship that has you trying to figure out who is friend who, if anyone, is foe. Play it carefully until you have all of the facts. CANCER - Jun 22/Jul 22 Sift through all of your financial matters and start to get your ducks in a row, Cancer. is is a prime time to take an assessment of your income and spending habits. LEO - Jul 23/Aug 23 Leo, if personal growth or a change has been on your mind, why not get started this week? You may benefit from a minor makeover or a change of scenery. VIRGO - Aug 24/Sept 22 Virgo, don't be afraid to unload some clutter in the weeks ahead. Inventory all of your belongings and see what can be donated or removed. Enjoy the feelings of freedom this inspires. LIBRA - Sept 23/Oct 23 Libra, your social schedule in the coming days is as busy as ever, but you don't know how you will find the time. Make a list of your biggest priorities. SCORPIO - Oct 24/Nov 22 Scorpio, it's best to check your sense of direction from time to time to make sure you are not going the wrong way at full speed. Use a friend as your personal GPS. SAGITTARIUS - Nov 23/Dec 21 Are you spreading yourself too thin, Sagittarius? Instead of dabbling in five or six plans, stick to one or two. By so doing, you'll be able to focus your energy that much better. CAPRICORN - Dec 22/Jan 20 Don't be too hasty to accept things at face value, Capricorn. Investigate a little further before you invest any of your time. And especially before you hand over any money. AQUARIUS - Jan 21/Feb 18 It's time to get off the fence, Aquarius. You have to make a decision even if the answer you are leaning toward is painful or complicated. Once you move on you'll be content. PISCES - Feb 19/Mar 20 Now is the time to wrap up a few loose ends, Pisces. You know what areas of life need a little touching up. Get started as soon as you can. Chuck Sheppard know in the stay www.upandcomingweekly.com We can help you learn what is happening in and around Fayetteville! In print and online! 208 Rowan St. 910.484.6200

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