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A local’s beach guide to Puerto Rico: Which beaches to visit, what to know in San Juan, Culebra and more

The Caribbean island of Puerto Rico has nearly 300 beaches, and each of them is magical in its way.

     

From:USA TODAY – Travel-TopStories

‘The Sugar Shack,’ painting from ‘Good Times’ and Marvin Gaye cover sells for $15.2M

The night of “The Sugar Shack” purchase, Bill Perkins called his purchase “a childhood dream come true.”

     

From:USA TODAY – Money-TopStories

Mayim Bialik Shares the Challenges of Hosting ‘Jeopardy!’ (Exclusive)

Mayim Bialik is finding her Jeopardy! groove! “You know, sometimes I’ll say things and I’ll be like, ‘How did that come out of my mouth and why?’ but that’s sort of me in life in general,” the 46-year-old told ET during the Fox Upfronts on Tuesday.

“So, I take it everywhere I go. I’m definitely becoming more comfortable,” she added. 

Bialik, who has been hosting the game show since 2021, has finally found the trick to overcoming any challenges that come with the gig.  

“As I become the rhythm of the person talking in my ear, it becomes a little bit easier,” she said about delivering the questions. “But, you know, on any given day it’s a lot of words coming out of one mouth and of course it’s edits and pickups and all those things.” 

She added, “But it’s a lot of energy to expend ’cause you want every contestant to feel as excited and special.” 

Bialik is also feeling comfortable as the star of Call Me Kat, which has been picked up by Fox for a third season. The actress, who plays the show’s title role, shared that there is so much possibility for the upcoming season when it finally goes into production.  

“I mean, honestly, we left on a cliffhanger and it’s exciting because we really left it open in terms of, like, a lot can happen,” she said. “We are very excited to be a multi-cam [show] that gets to keep creating. We know that we are very rare and we’re just very excited we have a cast that really likes each other. And we love playing together. We’re super excited. It sounds nuts, but we have so much fun playing together and it’s a real blessing to be able to create something different every week.” 

Call me Kat’s cast includes Leslie Jordan, Kyla Pratt, Cheyenne Jackson and Swoosie Kurtz, and Bialik said they all make her time on the show the best experience.

“I have to say, you know, every member of our cast, there’s something so exceptional about them,” she said. “I texted each of them yesterday because each of them brings something so specific and special.” 

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Carmen Electra joins OnlyFans to reclaim her image: ‘You might as well be in control’

In an interview with People magazine, Carmen Electra discussed what inspired her to join the online platform OnlyFans.

     

From:USA TODAY – All Top Headlines

Heard’s sister, friend back her assault claims against Depp

FALLS CHURCH, Va. (AP) — Amber Heard’s sister testified Wednesday that she found herself in the middle of fights — literally and figuratively — between her sister and Johnny Depp during their troubled relationship.

Whitney Heard Henriquez is the first witness to testify at the five-week civil trial to say she personally witnessed Depp hitting Heard. Depp has testified he never struck Heard.

Henriquez testified the fight occurred in March 2015 — a month after Depp and Heard’s wedding — when Heard found evidence that Depp had already had an extramarital affair.

Video: Makeup artist testifies that she covered injuries to Amber Heard’s face

Henriquez recounted that an inebriated Depp blamed Heard for forcing him into the extramarital encounter. 

At one point, she said, she was caught between Depp and Heard as he charged up a staircase to confront Heard. Henriquez said she was struck in the back, and Heard became enraged and “landed one” on Depp, with Henriquez stuck between the two. 

One of Depp’s bodyguards intervened and broke up the fight but “by that time Johnny had already grabbed Amber by the hair with one hand and was whacking her repeatedly in the face with the other,” Henriquez said. 

It was the only time, Henriquez said, that she personally witnessed a physical assault. But she said she saw the aftermath of other fights, including bruises on Heard. 

She said she had the nickname “marriage counselor” for her frequent efforts to mediate arguments between Heard and Depp. 

“Clearly not very well,” she said of her mediation efforts.

But she acknowledged on cross-examination that she sided with Depp at times in their disputes, and said she worked to keep the couple together even after she watched her sister be physically assaulted. 

“If my sister said that she still wanted to be with Johnny and if I could help with that in any way I was going to support her. I was going to be there for her,” she said. 

Henriquez admitted that once, she even joked in a text message that Depp should hit Heard, but she said she didn’t really understand what her sister was going through at the time.

Henriquez also told a story about Depp’s behavior at Heard’s 30th birthday party in April 2016, one of the final fights between the couple. She said people took turns sharing favorite memories of Heard. Depp, who arrived late and intoxicated to the party, decided to tell a story about when he first met Heard as she auditioned for a movie and “she sat on the couch and her perfect (posterior) left the perfect imprint on the couch.”

“We were all kind of embarrassed,” Henriquez said.

Depp is suing Heard for libel in Virginia’s Fairfax County Circuit Court over a 2018 op-ed she wrote in The Washington Post describing herself as “a public figure representing domestic abuse.” His lawyers say he was defamed by the article even though it never mentioned his name.

Also Wednesday, a friend of Heard testified she saw the bruises and cuts left in the aftermath of multiple incidents of abuse inflicted by Depp.

In a recorded deposition played for jurors, Raquel Pennington said she never personally witnessed Depp strike Heard. But she said she saw the injuries, and she took photos of Heard’s face in December 2015 after a fight in which Heard says Depp head-butted her and perhaps broke her nose.

The photo shows a swollen nose, a cut lip, and two moderately black eyes on Heard’s face.

She also took a photo of strands of hair that she said were ripped from Heard’s scalp.

Heard “often had to cover bruises and injuries on her face” with makeup, said Pennington, one of many witnesses whose testimony was previously recorded.

Pennington said she doesn’t really consider herself a current friend of Heard, and that the two grew apart in the last year.

The December 2015 fight is one of several disputed incidents. While jurors have seen the photos taken by Pennington documenting the injuries, they have also seen video of Heard’s appearance on a late-night talk show the next day in which those injuries aren’t visible.

Heard has said the injuries were just covered by makeup.

Pennington’s testimony came after Heard wrapped up her time on the witness stand Tuesday, including two grueling days of cross-examination in which Depp’s lawyers questioned Heard about the truthfulness of her allegations of physical and sexual abuse.

Pennington’s testimony provides corroborating evidence to several of the alleged assaults. In addition to the December 2015 incident, Pennington said she saw cuts on Heard’s feet when she returned from a trip to Australia in March 2015. Heard testified that Depp sexually assaulted Heard with a liquor bottle on that trip and that she cut her feet on broken glass from the attack.

And Pennington, who lived for a time in a suite of penthouses along with Depp and Heard, said she was the first person to see Heard during a final fight between the couple in May 2016 that precipitated the couple’s divorce.

Pennington said she interjected herself between the two and Depp knocked her hands away. She said she then covered Heard with her own body on the floor as Depp screamed at Heard to get up. She said she later saw Depp wielding a wine bottle to smash and knock things off the walls and counters. 

From:AOL

Marnie Schulenburg of ‘As the World Turns,’ ‘One Life to Live’ dies from cancer at 37: Reports

Marnie Schulenburg, who starred on the soap operas “As the World Turns” and “One Life to Live,” has reportedly died. She was 38.

     

From:USA TODAY – All Top Headlines

Kevin Harlan on replacing Marv Albert, Reggie Miller-Stan Van Gundy trio for Warriors-Mavericks series

Kevin Harlan is Turner Sports’ replacement for Marv Albert as play-by-play voice of the Western Conference finals between the Warriors and Mavericks.

     

From:USA TODAY – All Top Headlines