Up & Coming Weekly

August 22, 2017

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AUGUST 23 - 29, 2017 UCW 27 WWW.UPANDCOMINGWEEKLY.COM WEEKLY HOROSCOPE Question: What is your reaction to the upcoming season being the last for ABC's "e Middle?" It has been so consistent for a show this long running: warm and quirky and funny and relatable. I'll miss it — but what a really good run it has had! It's a shame that apart from you it didn't get a lot of critical buzz, or Emmy nominations for the show, the writing or the amazing cast. And especially more of a shame that Eden Sher never got any awards love for Sue. Maybe she'll get a yearbook signed by everybody. — ML Matt Roush: I know I'd sign that. My feel- ings about this are bittersweet, as they always are when a show I've treasured comes to its natural end, which I do believe is the case with "e Middle," heading into a pre-conceived (by its cre- ators) farewell season. I look forward to seeing the Hecks go out with dignity next spring, but I am sorry the show rarely got the respect critically, and certainly from the industry, that it deserved for shining a light on a funny family in middle Amer- ica struggling with good humor to make ends meet as so many American families do. It's an underappreciated classic, and much as I'll miss it, I'm at peace with nine seasons of great comedy. (Interest- ing to note that Patricia Heaton's last comedy classic, "Everybody Loves Ray- mond," also went out after nine seasons with the creative energy still strong.) by Damian Holbrook Cheers to Luann D'Agostino for cut- ting her marriage storyline short. Even though nutso naysayer Ramona gets to be right about her "Real Housewives of New York City" costar's future ex-hubby Tom, we're glad that the former count- ess has come to her senses and sent the player packing. Jeers to "Candy Crush" for being full of app. Just because we love the game on our phones doesn't mean that even lik- able host Mario Lopez can juice up this overblown oddity featuring players on wires attacking a giant screen. at's not how any of this works. Cheers to "Love Connection" for warm- ing our hearts. Andy Cohen's reboot of the '80s hookup factory took a break from its usual booty-and-the-beasts roster for a sweetly sassy segment that helped 75-year-old Jim Moroney get back in the game after his granddaugh- ter tweeted that he'd been stood up by a blind date. NEWS OF THE WEIRD by CHUCK SHEPPARD Bright Ideas Alana Nicole Donahue, 27, of Springfield, Oregon, just wanted to entertain her children and nephew with a joy ride around the neighborhood. But on July 12, as she pulled the kids (ages 2, 4 and 8) behind her Ford Taurus in a plastic red wagon, she was arrested for reckless endangerment. Donahue told police she was just "showing the kids a good time." However, horrified witnesses saw the car going about 30 mph as the wagon went up on two wheels going around a busy traffic circle at rush hour. [The Oregonian, 7/15/2017] Technology Run Amok A security robot named Steve suffered a soggy fatal error on July 17 when it tumbled down several steps and into a fountain in Washington, D.C. New to the job, the robot had been patrolling the Washington Harbour area of Georgetown, mapping out its features in an effort to prevent just such an accident. "He looked so happy and healthy," an area mourner tweeted after the incident. Another observer was less sympathetic. "Robots: 0; humans: 1," he tweeted. [CBS Philly, 7/19/2017] Least Competent Criminals • The Pink Panther, he ain't. Police in Wayne County, North Carolina, are looking for a careless cat burglar who keeps waking people up as he robs them. At least one victim awakened by the slender white man in early July has seen him wearing a pink polka-dot beach towel around his head. Police aren't sure if he's actually gotten away with any loot. [The Charlotte News & Observer, 7/3/2017] •Three heads are apparently not better than one, as three China Grove, North Carolina, masterminds demonstrated on July 12. Rex Allen Farmer, his son, Rex Carlo Farmer, and the younger man's girlfriend, Kayla Nicole Price, cooked up a scheme to rob the Mooresville gas station where the elder Farmer worked. Surveillance video showed Carlo, disguised in a woman's dress and wig, emptying the cash register as his father, the clerk on duty, stood by. Carlo then ran outside and removed the dress and wig, setting them on fire next to the building. However, the fire spread to a meter on the building and a privacy fence, thus summoning authorities. Police soon caught up to all three and arrested them. [Salisbury Post, 7/12/2017] Copyright 2017 Chuck Sheppard ARIES - Mar 21/Apr 20 Aries, even though you need to concentrate, do not turn up the intensity so much that it becomes stressful. Take a break every now and then to unwind and get away. TAURUS - Apr 21/May 21 Taurus, you are eager to listen and learn, but you also want to create your own experiences and share them with others. Find a balance between being a teacher and a student. GEMINI – May 22/Jun 21 Gemini, you excel at thinking through decisions before making them. is careful approach tends to work in your favor, but some decisions can be made more quickly than others. CANCER – Jun 22/Jul 22 Cancer, an important decision must be made in the very near future. Your judgement may be clouded by extraneous information, so try to block unnecessary noise. LEO – Jul 23/Aug 23 You are at a turning point in your life and now may be a good time to make a few key changes, Leo. ey may involve making new friends or exploring a new career. VIRGO – Aug 24/Sept 22 Virgo, even if you have a lot to get done, you will be able to make decisions on your feet and adapt as the situation calls for it this week. Changes can come about quickly. LIBRA – Sept 23/Oct 23 Actively explore any impulses you may have over the next few days, Libra. You may not have the freedom for such exploration beyond this week, so act soon. SCORPIO – Oct 24/Nov 22 Scorpio, some time relaxing seems like the ideal scenario right now. But you're not prone to sitting still too long. Look for activities that keep you engaged. SAGITTARIUS – Nov 23/Dec 21 You are in your element this week, Sagittarius. Expect to be soaring on good vibes for several days. ere is nothing pressing to pull you in another direction, so keep sailing along. CAPRICORN – Dec 22/Jan 20 Capricorn, now may seem like a good time to allow your imagination to run wild, especially if the going gets tough. However, you need to be fully present this week. AQUARIUS – Jan 21/Feb 18 Optimism is always good, Aquarius. But you may need to look at all sides of the situation right now if you are to make an informed choice about something important. PISCES – Feb 19/Mar 20 Pisces, if you are having difficulty asking for something you desire, practice what you want to say and test out your delivery on a friend. Chuck Sheppard

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