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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Mike Pence enters U.S. presidential race, teeing up face-off with Donald Trump

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Former Vice President Mike Pence filed paperwork on Monday declaring his campaign for president in 2024, setting up a challenge to his former boss, Donald Trump, just two years after their time in the White House ended with an insurrection at the U.S. Capitol and Pence fleeing for his life.

Pence, the nation’s 48th vice president, will formally launch his bid for the Republican nomination with a video and kickoff event in Des Moines, Iowa, on Wednesday, which is his 64th birthday, according to people familiar with his plans. He made his candidacy official Monday with the Federal Election Commission.

While Trump is currently leading the early fight for the nomination, with Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis polling consistently in second, Pence supporters see a lane for a reliable conservative who espouses many of the previous administration’s policies but without the constant tumult.

While he frequently lauds the accomplishments of the “Trump-Pence administration,” a Pence nomination in many ways would be a return to positions long associated with the Republican establishment but abandoned as Trump reshaped the party in his image. Pence has warned against the growing populist tide in the party, and advisers see him as the only traditional, Reagan-style conservative in the race.

A staunch opponent of abortion rights, Pence supports a national ban on the procedure and has campaigned against transgender-affirming policies in schools. He has argued that changes to Social Security and Medicare, like raising the age for qualification, should be on the table to keep the programs solvent — which both Trump and DeSantis have opposed — and criticized DeSantis for his escalating feud with Disney. He also has said the U.S. should offer more support to Ukraine against Russian aggression, while admonishing “Putin apologists” in the party unwilling to stand up to the Russian leader.

Pence, who describes himself as “a Christian, a conservative and a Republican, in that order,” has spent months laying the groundwork for an expected run, holding events in early voting states like Iowa, South Carolina and New Hampshire, visiting churches, delivering policy speeches and courting donors.

Pence’s team sees Iowa and its evangelical Christian voters as critical to his potential path to victory. Advisers say he plans to campaign aggressively in the state, hitting every one of its 99 counties before its first-in-the-nation caucuses next year.

The campaign is expected to lean heavily on town halls and retail stops aimed at reintroducing Pence to voters who only know him from his time as Trump’s second-in-command. Pence served for more than a decade in Congress and as Indiana’s governor before he was tapped as Trump’s running mate in 2016.

As vice president, Pence had been an exceeding loyal defender of Trump until the days leading up to Jan. 6, 2021, when Trump falsely tried to convince Pence and his supporters that Pence had the power to unilaterally overturn the results of the 2020 election.

That day, a mob of Trump’s supporters violently stormed the U.S. Capitol building after being spurred on by Trump’s lies that the 2020 election had been stolen. Many in the crowd chanted “Hang Mike Pence!” as Pence, his staff and his family ran for safety, hiding in a Senate loading dock.

Pence has called Trump’s actions dangerous and said the country is looking for a new brand of leadership in the 2024 election.

“I think we’ll have better choices,” he recently told The Associated Press. “The American people want us to return to the policies of the Trump-Pence administration, but I think they want to see leadership that reflects more of the character of the American people.”

Pence has spent the 2 1/2 years since then strategically distancing himself from Trump. But he faces skepticism from both anti-Trump voters who see him as too close to the former president, as well as Trump loyalists, many of whom still blame him for failing to heed Trump’s demands to overturn the pair’s election defeat, even though Pence’s role overseeing the counting of the Electoral College vote was purely ceremonial and he never had the power to impact the results.

Pence joins a crowded Republican field that includes Trump, DeSantis, former United Nations Ambassador Nikki Haley, U.S. Sen Tim Scott of South Carolina, tech entrepreneur Vivek Ramaswamy, and former Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson. Former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie plans to launch his own campaign Tuesday evening in New Hampshire, and North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum will announce his bid Wednesday in Fargo.

With Trump, a thrice-married reality star, facing skepticism among some Republicans during his 2016 run, his pick of Pence as a running mate assuaged concerns from evangelical Christians and others that he wasn’t sufficiently conservative. As vice president, Pence refused to ever criticize the former president publicly and often played the role of emissary, trying to translate Trump’s unorthodox rhetoric and policy proclamations, particularly on the world stage.

After Trump’s legal efforts to stave off defeat of the 2020 election were quashed by courts and state officials, he and his team zeroed in on Jan. 6, the date that a joint session of Congress would meet to formally certify President Joe Biden’s victory. In the weeks leading up to the session, Trump engaged in an unprecedented pressure campaign to convince Pence he had the power to throw out the electoral votes from battleground states won by Biden, even though he did not.

As the riot was underway and after Pence and his family were rushed off the Senate floor and into hiding, Trump tweeted, “Mike Pence didn’t have the courage to do what should have been done.” Video footage of the attack shows rioters reading Trump’s words aloud and crowds breaking into chants that Pence should be hanged. A makeshift gallows was photographed outside the Capitol.

Pence has said that Trump “ endangered my family and everyone at the Capitol that day” and that history will hold him accountable.

Despite his harrowing experience, Pence opposed efforts to testify in investigations into Trump’s actions on and in the lead-up to Jan. 6. He refused to appear before the House committee investigating the attack and fought a subpoena issued by the special counsel overseeing numerous Trump investigations, though he did eventually testify before a grand jury.

Only six former U.S. vice presidents have been elected to the White House, including Biden, who is running for a second term.

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Suspicious Saskatoon garage fire causes $30,000 in damage

The Saskatoon Fire Department said a Monday morning garage fire has caused $30,000 in damage.

Fire crews received the call at 2:38 a.m., noting three fire engines, one ladder truck, a rescue unit and the Battalion Chief responded to the blaze on the 300 block of Avenue J South.

The Saskatoon Fire Department fought a garage fire Monday morning.

The Saskatoon Fire Department fought a garage fire Monday morning.

Saskatoon Fire Department

The fire was brought under control in ten minutes, and fire investigators determined the fire was suspicious and started inside the garage.

Saskatoon Police Service is investigating.

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S&P/TSX composite down in late morning trading, U.S. stock markets mixed

Losses in the base metal stocks helped lead Canada’s main stock index lower in late-morning trading, while U.S. stock markets were mixed to start the trading week.

The S&P/TSX composite index was down 42.61 points at 19,982.02.

In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average was down 136.34 points at 33,626.42. The S&P 500 index was up 5.19 points at 4,287.56, while the Nasdaq composite was up 56.35 points at 13,297.12.

The Canadian dollar traded for 74.45 cents US compared with 74.43 cents US on Friday.

The July crude contract was up 81 cents at US$72.55 per barrel and the July natural gas contract was up 11 cents at US$2.28 per mmBTU.

The August gold contract was up US$4.50 at US$1,974.10 an ounce and the July copper contract was up three cents at US$3.76 a pound.

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Man, 27, charged after woman sexually assaulted at mall in Vaughan: police

A 27-year-0ld man has been charged after a woman was sexually assaulted at a mall in Vaughan, police say.

York Regional Police said on Sunday at 4:35 p.m., officers received a report of a sexual assault at a mall in the Rutherford Road and Jane Street area.

Police said a woman was shopping with her children at a shoe store when an unknown man allegedly touched her in a sexual manner.

Officers said the woman left the store and the man allegedly followed her to the food court where another assault occurred.

According to police, the woman then notified mall security who called police.

Police said a 27-year-old man from Forest, Ont., has been charged with two counts of sexual assault.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police or Crime Stoppers.

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Peterborough police make gunpoint arrest of man with firearm at residence

Police in Peterborough, Ont., made a gunpoint arrest following an incident involving a man with a firearm.

Peterborough police said that at around 8 p.m. on Friday, a man with a gun was reported to be making verbal threats at a Sherbrooke Street home.

Officers found the suspect with a holstered firearm on the porch of the home.

Police say officers approached the suspect and conducted a gunpoint arrest. The suspect complied with the officers’ demands and was taken into custody without incident.

Officers seized a firearm and determined it was a replica.

A 49-year-old Peterborough man was arrested and charged with possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose and uttering threats to cause death or bodily harm.

He was released on an undertaking and is scheduled to appear in court on June 20.

The incident occurred on the same day police were investigating a fatal shooting at an nearby encampment on Wolfe Street around 2:30 a.m. when a woman was found with gunshot injuries and later died in hospital.

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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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