Ongoing History Daily: That time when Shaq almost sued 311

Back in the early 2000s, Omaha’s 311 was on a real roll, selling lots of records, playing plenty of gigs, and making their share of big-budget music videos.

In 2001, they managed to get Shaquille O’Neal for a cameo in the video for their song You Wouldn’t Believe. At the time, O’Neal was playing for the LA Lakers and the team was in the middle of a playoff run. The team stipulated that O’Neal was not to play any basketball outside of official games and practices for fear that he might get hurt.

But 311 convinced him to play a little hoops in this video, completely in contravention of orders from the Lakers. There was an added complication.

For some reason, O’Neal showed up with two left shoes. Where was anyone going to get a pair of size 22 basketball shoes at short notice? Nowhere. Shaq still agreed to appear in the video—but if anyone filmed his feet, he promised that he’d sue.

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Ongoing History Daily: The time Nirvana set their tour van on fire

Being on tour as Nirvana must have been a pretty intense thing. There were all those nights where Kurt (and sometimes the rest of the band) smashed all their gear onstage. The label had granted the band a $750 equipment allowance when the band went on tour, but given the amount of gear that was trashed, that didn’t go very far.

Hotel rooms and dressing rooms also suffered, often using fire extinguishers in ways they were not intended.

Then there was the time one of their tour vans almost went up in flames. Kurt, who was often keen on using destruction to alleviate his boredom, was giving an interview with a journalist and apparently got bored. So he set the van’s curtains on fire.

The flames were put out before there was some real damage, but the label was not impressed.

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Taylor Swift Swallows A Bug On Stage During Eras Tour Concert In Chicago

Taylor Swift might want some bug spray.

On Sunday night, the pop star performed her last of three shows at Chicago’s Soldier Field when she was interrupted by an insect flying into her mouth.

Swift was in the middle of her show when she suddenly went silent and turned around to cough, while the crowd watched on.

“I swallowed a bug, I’m so sorry,” she said.

She added, “I’m totally fine, it’s just dumb. It’s just so stupid.”

Eventually, she managed to get herself together, turning around and joking, “Oh, delicious.”

Swift also joked, “Is there any chance that none of you saw that? It’s fine. I swallowed it.”

Finally, the singer had to get one with the show, but did warn the audience.

“So, I’m just going to try to not do as many of those,” she said. “This is going to happen again tonight. There’s so many bugs. There’s a thousand of them.”

Luckily for Swift, she didn’t actually end up swallowing any more bugs, successfully finishing out her Chicago visit. She will next be performing two shows in Detroit on her Eras Tour.

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Shakira And Lewis Hamilton Fuel Romance Rumours With Cozy Cocktail

Shakira and Lewis Hamilton continue to raise speculation that they may be an item.

The two global icons stepped out for cocktails on Sunday night with Canadian musicians Mustafa and Daniel Caesar following Hamilton’s performance at the F1 Grand Prix in Spain.

Before their rendezvous, The “Hips Don’t Lie” singer, 46, had spent Sunday watching Hamilton, 38, compete in the race at Circuit de Barcelona-Cataluny.

In a photo shared to Mustafa’s Instagram, Hamilton’s arm can be seen securely around the Colombian songstress during the dinner, heightening rumours of their blossoming relationship. There’s no confirmation on whether the duo are more than friends.

Shakira exuded elegance in a mesmerizing grey dress accentuated by a daring plunging neckline. Hamilton, visibly content, smiled beside the chart-topping sensation and singer-songwriter Mustafa in a casual graphic tee paired with a hat that exuded effortless cool.

Earlier in the day, Shakira, 46, who separated from her ex-husband Gerard Piqué in June 2022 after 11 years of marriage, graced the stands in a vibrant, multi-coloured blouse adorned with a paisley pattern.

The race ended with Max Verstappen’s triumphant drive to victory, while the Mercedes duo of Lewis Hamilton and George Russell secured hard-fought second and third positions.

Romance rumours initially sparked when Shakira joined the Formula 1 champ and a close-knit entourage on a luxury yacht last month in Miami, Florida.

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Lainey Wilson Joins Dierks Bentley And Elle King As 2023 ‘CMA Fest’ Co-Hosts

Dierks Bentley and Elle King will be joined by Lainey Wilson as the trio cohosts the upcoming CMA Fest summer concert special, airing Wednesday, July 19 on ABC, the Country Music Association announced on Monday.

The three-hour primetime event will be filmed in Nashville, Tennessee, during CMA Fest’s milestone 50th anniversary, scheduled for June 8-11. This year also marks the 20th consecutive year that CMA has produced a summer concert TV special.

“I could not be more excited to welcome Dierks, Elle and Lainey as our CMA Fest hosts this year,” said CMA Chief Executive Officer Sarah Trahern in a statement. “As fans experienced last year, the energy Dierks and Elle bring to the stage is palpable and will only be amplified with the addition of Lainey this year. Each of these artists have a deep passion for CMA Fest and Country Music fans from around the globe who travel to Nashville for the event. We are thrilled to have all three of them together to help us celebrate 50 years!”

The CMA Fest television special will feature never-before-seen performances and surprise collaborations, with performers to be revealed in the coming weeks.

Last year, ET was with Bentley and King as the prepped for their co-hosting gig.

“They asked us if we could, you know, if we wanted to host together, and for me, anything with Elle, it doesn’t feel like like work. It’s just fun, you know?” Bentley said. “I just like doing things that are easy and fun.”

Bentley added that “having the chance to be the faces of country music for that four-day festival is a huge honor, so it’s going to be fun”

“I’m just trying to get a free ticket to the show,” King added with a laugh.
CMA Fest airs Wednesday, July 19 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on ABC.


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Paul Bernardo's prison transfer leaves Mahaffy, French families in 'despair'

WATCH ABOVE: Paul Bernardo moved from Millhaven Institution

Paul Bernardo should be returned to a maximum-security prison, the lawyer representing the families of his young murder victims said as he called on the Correctional Service of Canada to be more transparent about what led to his transfer to a medium-security facility in the first place.

Tim Danson represents the relatives of 15-year-old Kristen French and 14-year-old Leslie Mahaffy, who Bernardo kidnapped, tortured and murdered in the early 1990s.

Danson said he was informed by phone last week that Bernardo, who was serving a life sentence at the maximum-security Millhaven Institution near Kingston, Ont., had been transferred to a medium-security facility in Quebec.

He said the Correctional Service of Canada, citing Bernardo’s privacy rights, refused to answer questions about the reason for the move. Danson said he was also unable to learn whether the serial murderer and sex offender was in protective custody or socializing with other inmates, which that security classification allows.

“This is one of Canada’s most notorious, sadistic, psychopathic killers,” he told The Canadian Press.

“We need the public in masses, in millions, to be writing to the minister, to the commissioner of corrections, and to the members of Parliament, to express their outrage over this — that secrecy will not work. We want transparency.”

Danson said he was pleased to see a statement from Public Safety Minister Marco Mendicino on Friday, in which he called Bernardo’s transfer “shocking and incomprehensible.”

“But now we need action,” Danson added.

Mendicino said he planned to raise the situation with Anne Kelly, commissioner of the federal correctional service, saying he expects it to “take a victim-centred and trauma-informed approach in these cases.”

The service, for its part, issued a statement offering no details about Bernardo’s transfer but saying safety is its “paramount consideration” in all such decisions.

“While we cannot comment on the specifics of an offender’s case under the Privacy Act, we want to assure the public that this offender continues to be incarcerated in a secure institution, with appropriate security perimeters and controls in place,” the statement read.

It went on to note that Bernardo, who has been designated a dangerous offender, is serving an “indeterminate sentence” with no end date.

Danson said the French and Mahaffy families were shocked to hear of Bernardo’s transfer, with the move bringing up decades of anguish and grief.

“Then for me to have to tell them as their lawyer and their friend, ‘I’m afraid I have no answers for you because of Bernardo’s privacy rights,”’ he said.

“Of course their response is the one that you would expect: ‘What about the rights of Kristen? What about the rights of Leslie? What about their rights?”

“These are questions I can’t answer other than just to agree with them and share in their despair.”

Opposition Conservative Leader Pierre Poilievre added his own condemnation on Twitter, saying Bernardo’s transfer demonstrates the federal government’s failure to protect victims and laying the blame at Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s feet.

Bernardo’s dangerous offender status makes the move all the more puzzling, Danson added as he questioned why Bernardo should reap any benefits of being in a medium-security facility with more lenient living conditions.

“We need an open and transparent discussion and debate. These are major, major public institutions paid for by the taxpayers of Canada.”

He suggested the correctional service’s handling of the matter risks leading the public to feel suspicious of the entire system.

“They want to do everything behind closed doors and secretly.”

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29 Toyota Highlanders stolen in Waterloo Region this year, 12 in May alone

Waterloo Regional Police say 29 Toyota Highlanders have been stolen in the area so far this year, with 12 going missing in May alone.

They say it is a growing trend across Ontario, prompting police to issue a warning to area residents over the weekend.

On May 29, police say two of the vehicles were stolen from in front of a home on Arthur Fach Drive in Cambridge in the span of hours.

In both cases, the SUVs were newer with remote keyless entry and pushbutton start technology.

Police are warning those who drive Toyota Highlanders as well as other SUVs and pickup trucks from such manufacturers as Land Rover, Ford or Dodge to be mindful of relay and reprogramming thefts.

In relay theft situations, thieves approach a home and search for a signal from the key fob. If they are able to find the signal, they will boost it, allowing them to unlock and start the vehicle.

Since the thefts tend to occur overnight, police say the homeowner does not discover the theft until morning.

In reprogramming thefts, police say the thieves will force entry into a vehicle and then use an electronic device to access the vehicle’s diagnostics. The bandits then reprogram a blank fob so they can make off with the vehicle.

Police have offered a few ways for owners to protect their vehicles from such theft, including parking the vehicle in a garage, buying a device to block access to to the vehicle’s diagnostic port, and keeping the key fob in a frequency shielding container.

Police also suggested adding a third-party tracking device or immobilizer and keeping the vehicle locked at all times when not in use.

Police also advise residents to install a surveillance system that records in 24-hour durations.

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2 separate fires in Mount Forest cause more than $1 million in damage

Fire officials in Wellington North say a structure fire in Mount Forest over the weekend caused over $1 million in damage.

They were called to a property on Sligo Road around 2:45 a.m. Sunday, where a fire engulfed a structure that housed cardboard and other items inside.

Sixty firefighters were brought in to contain the blaze, including those from neighbouring stations in West Grey, Minto, Southgate, Shelburne and Mapleton.

About half an hour later, fire crews received another call at a home nearby, where a car was found engulfed in flames.

They managed to put the fire out quickly before it spread to neighbouring homes.

Fire officials say that fire caused about $50,000 in damage.

No one was hurt in either blaze. Both fires are under investigation.


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Peterborough Petes receive hero's welcome home from Memorial Cup

Several hundred fans greeted the Peterborough Petes at the Peterborough Airport when they returned home Saturday from the Memorial Cup championship in Kamloops, B.C.

Several hundred fans greeted the Peterborough Petes as they returned home Saturday from the Memorial Cup championship in Kamloops, B.C.

At the Peterborough Airport, cheers rang out as the players exited the plane onto the tarmac. They posed for a team photo with the crowd before thanking the fans for their support outside the airport lobby.

The Petes, champions of the Ontario Hockey League, fell 4-1 to the Western Hockey League’s Seattle Thunderbirds in the Memorial Cup semifinal on Friday night after earning a thrilling overtime win on Thursday in a tiebreaker game against the host Kamloops Blazers.

The Quebec Remparts captured the championship on Sunday with a 5-0 win over Seattle. Of note, the Petes were the only team to beat the Remparts during the four-team tournament with a must-win victory in their third game to force the tiebreaker against the Blazers.

Peterborough Petes captain Shawn Spearing thanks the fans for their support outside the Peterborough Airport on June 3, 2023.

Peterborough Petes captain Shawn Spearing thanks the fans for their support outside the Peterborough Airport on June 3, 2023.

Harrison Perkins/Special to Global News Peterborough

Petes captain Shawn Spearing, with his jaw still wired shut after breaking it in Game 7 of the OHL final against the North Bay Battalion last month, thanked the fans for their support throughout the season, which spanned 101 games from the OHL regular season, playoffs and Memorial Cup tournament.



“On behalf of the boys we want to thank you for coming out today and for your support all season,” said  Spearing. “Obviously we didn’t reach our ultimate goal of a Memorial Cup but at the end of the day, we are still OHL champions. That’s all thanks to you guys. I think we have the best fans in the league. I can’t wait to see them run it back again one day.”

A TV interview Spearing conducted during the first intermission went viral when he called Thunderbirds’ captain Lucas Ciona a “loser.”

Petes president Dave Pogue says the fans’ support pushed them throughout the season, which marked the first time in franchise history the team played hockey in the month of June.

“The groundswell of support that we all felt throughout the playoffs, throughout the season, drove us to this championship,” said Pogue. “I think a lot of people outside our circle may have doubted us. But inside we knew this was going to happen all along.

“One hundred and one games throughout the season they endured, got to the second last game you can possibly get to and the first time the Peterborough Petes have ever played in the month of June. We have written history.”

Fans greet the Peterborough Petes at the Peterborough Airport on June 3, 2023.

Fans greet the Peterborough Petes at the Peterborough Airport on June 3, 2023.

Harrison Perkins/Special to Global News Peterborough

Petes general manager Mike Oke also thanked the fans for the “warm welcome,” calling the team an “outstanding group” who had an “outstanding season” and “terrific playoff and Memorial Cup.”

“Not only did we do a terrific job representing ourselves and the Ontario Hockey League, but more importantly, I think we did a great job representing the City of Peterborough,” said Oke.


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Two teens arrested in April boat arson in Guelph

Police say they arrested a pair of Guelph teenagers in relation to a boat arson back in April.

On April 26, a fire was reported at a business near Eramosa Road and Stevenson Street.

Police said thick smoke was seen coming from a boat in the parking lot. After the blaze was put out, authorities said fire officials with the Guelph Fire Department found an empty bottle of alcohol, a barbecue lighter and several rags.

The incident was caught on video.

Investigators arrested two boys on the weekend, and they have been charged with arson.

Both boys have court dates in July.

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