Trending News for May 18

Ariana Grande Marries Dalton Gomez; Bill Gates Admitted Having an Affair; Man Cuts His Throat Inside the Courtroom, After Verdict; Chicago Beaches Reopening; Tulip Giveaway at Garfield Park Conservatory on Sunday


Ariana Grande Marries Dalton Gomez

A representative for the singer confirmed with the media outlets on Monday that pop star Ariana Grande and real estate agent Dalton Gomez are now officially married. The 27-year-old Grande and 25-year-old Gomez exchanged vows over the weekend in a private ceremony at Grande’s home in Montecito, California.

“It was tiny and intimate — less than 20 people. The room was so happy and full of love,” the singer’s representative told People about the wedding ceremony. “The couple and both families couldn’t be happier.”

“Both Ari and Dalton love Montecito. They spend a lot of time there,” a source tells PEOPLE. “It seems only natural that they would get married at Ari’s beautiful and historic house.”

The pop star and Gomez often keep their relationship out of the spotlight.

“He likes keeping his relationship with Ari private,” a source previously told PEOPLE.

The couple went public about their relationship when Grande’s song “Stuck with U,” in collaboration with Justin Bieber, was released. Grande and Gomez were dancing together in the music video for the song. Grande announced she and her Dalton got engaged in December. The nuptials came two years after her prior engagement to her former boyfriend, the comedian Pete Davidson.

Grande first flaunted her engagement ring in December, writing in her social media, “forever n then some.”

The couple began dating in January 2020. They grew very close, and very fast while quarantining together during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Gomez works for a luxury real estate company Aaron Kirkman Group as a buyer’s agent. He “holds one of the largest Rolodexes of A-list buyers and is already connecting many high-profile deals across” Los Angeles, according to his company bio.

The marriage is the first for Grande, who was previously engaged to Pete Davidson. While her job typically takes her all over the world, Grande will be sticking close to Los Angeles for a while. The pop start will replace Nick Jonas in The Voice as a coach next season.


Bill Gates Admitted Having an Affair with a Microsoft Employee

The Journal reported on Sunday that the Microsoft board became aware in late 2019, of a letter from a Microsoft engineer who said she had been in a sexual relationship with Bill Gates in the previous years. Microsoft board members hired a law firm to investigate the allegations made by the female engineer and concluded that the relationship was inappropriate. 

By early 2020 “some board members decided it was no longer suitable for Bill Gates to sit as a director at the software company he started and led for decades,” the Journal reports. Bill Gates admitted the affair with the employee but denies he was forced off Microsoft’s board over it.

“Mr. Gates resigned before the board’s investigation was completed and before the full board could make a formal decision on the matter.” Three months before his resignation in March of 2020, he was re-elected to the board in December 2019.

“There was an affair almost 20 years ago which ended amicably,” Bridgitt Arnold, a spokeswoman for Bill Gates, said in a statement. “Gates’ decision to transition off the board was in no way related to this matter. In fact, he had expressed an interest in spending more time on his philanthropy starting several years earlier.”

In a report published by Times, Melinda Gates had also been upset over the sexual harassment settlement that her husband facilitated for their longtime financial adviser. 

“In some circles, Bill Gates had also developed a reputation for questionable conduct in work-related settings,” and on at least a few occasions he had “pursued women who worked for him at Microsoft and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.”

“It is not clear how much Ms. French Gates knew about her husband’s behavior or to what degree it contributed to their split,” the Times reports.

“It is extremely disappointing that there have been so many untruths published about the cause, the circumstances, and the timeline of Bill Gates’ divorce,” said Arnold, spokeswoman for Bill Gates. “The rumors and speculation surrounding Gates’ divorce are becoming increasingly absurd, and it’s unfortunate that people who have little to no knowledge of the situation are being characterized as sources,” she added.


Man Cuts His Throat Inside the Courtroom After Verdict

Federal authorities reported on Monday that a man on trial in Fargo, North Dakota, slashed his throat while inside the courtroom and died. North Dakota U.S. Marshal Dallas Carlson told the media that the incident happened after a jury returned a partial guilty verdict on the man, who was facing terrorizing-related charges. The man had in his possession a sharp instrument made of plastic.

According to eyewitness accounts, U.S. District Judge Peter Welte, the courtroom staff, and other attendees to the hearing were present during the incident. Court deputy marshals and security officers attempted life-saving measures on the man while in the courtroom before the paramedics arrived. The man succumbed to his injuries and was declared dead on the scene.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) spokesman, Kevin Smith, said the man had been acquitted on one charge but was found guilty on another, and was about to be taken into custody.

“He did the self-harm after he heard the verdict and after the jury had left the courtroom,” Smith said.

Court documents show that in the previous week, Welte was presiding over a jury trial for a North Dakota man charged with reckless endangerment and assault for running someone over with his vehicle. He was also facing a terrorizing charge after he brandished a deadly weapon.

Smith said the FBI opened an investigation without releasing the identity of the man who committed suicide to the media.

“We need to officially document what happened in that federal courtroom today,” he said.

The type of instrument the man used and how it entered the courtroom remained unclear Monday evening.

“All the questions you have, we have,” FBI spokesman Kevin Smith told the AP. “What was the sharp object, how did it get into the courtroom, those questions, what did people see him do.”

A woman who said she was present in the courtroom shared her experience with the media.

“The guy turned around and you could see the inside of his neck. He had slit his neck with some object…don’t know if it was plastic or what it was,” the woman told KVLY. “One of the other attorneys in there said it looked like a pen, but his attorney said it looked like a scalpel.”


Chicago Beaches Reopening on Memorial Day Weekend

The City of Chicago released an announcement on Monday that its beaches will reopen just in time for Memorial Day weekend, taking a step toward creating a pre-pandemic summer experience for the Chicagoans. The more than two-dozen beaches along the Lake Michigan shoreline reopening on May 28, the Friday of Memorial Day weekend, said Mike Kelly, a Superintendent, and CEO of the Chicago Park District. 

The city’s 26 miles of open and free lakefront are under the management of the Chicago Park District for the enjoyment of Chicago residents and visitors. Admission is free to Chicago’s beaches.

The city’s beaches were closed during the summer of 2020 when the COVID-19 restrictions were strictly implemented. The usual beach season runs from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend, but because of the COVID-19 guidelines, it was not clear exactly when the beaches would be open again for visitors. Swimming is not allowed at any of Chicago’s beaches outside of beach season. 

Naperville’s Centennial Beach announced that it is reopening on May 29 in time for Memorial Day weekend. Initially, the Naperville Park District said it would require reservations for visitors. However, due to the updated public health guidelines, that will no longer be the case. Guests are still staying in designated seating zones. Beach memberships will also be available for purchase.

Along with the reopening of beaches, several summertime events are returning to the city, too. 

Night Out in the Parks will feature movie screenings in 100 parks on its kick-off on July 6 at Oakdale Park in the Washington Heights community. Popular drive-in events will also be available in addition to the annual walk/run fundraisers hosted in lots at the sports venue at Soldier Field.

On May 22, Saturday, the city is bringing back the cultural tradition of turning on Buckingham Fountain. The ComEd contest winner will once again revive Buckingham Fountain with the flip of a switch, for the first in over a year.


Tulip Giveaway at Garfield Park Conservatory on Sunday

Chicago’s Garfield Park Conservatory is one of the largest and most stunning botanical conservatories in the country, and is often referred to as “landscape art under glass.” The Conservatory showcases thousands of plant species from around the world throughout eight indoor display gardens. 

At any time of the year, visitors can enjoy the lush flora and tropical temperatures indoors, or more than 10 acres of outdoor gardens, nature play spaces for children, water lily ponds, and a lot more. One of the exciting events that the Conservatory celebrates every year is the Tulip Giveaway.

Every spring, the medians downtown are bursting with colorful tulips. Once the tulip show is done downtown, loads and loads of tulip bulbs are delivered to GPC to distribute, and people may join the giveaway on a first-come, first-served basis! 

This year’s Tulip Bulb Giveaway is scheduled for May 23 between 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm.

According to the Garfield Park Conservatory announcement:

“Our volunteers bag the bulbs so you can easily pick them up on the giveaway day. Be in line at the Garfield Marketplace Gate (north of the main entrance on Central Park Ave) by the start time to ensure you get tulips – at least 2 dozen but likely more – or better yet, become a GPCA Member and skip the line! Please note, we’re typically completely out of tulips within a half-hour, if not earlier. Social distancing and masks will be required for this event.”

Anybody who avails of the membership to the Garfield Park Conservatory Alliance may skip the line during the Tulip Giveaway. The membership will also give admission privileges at over 300 gardens throughout North America and the Cayman Islands.  

Then visiting the Conservatory, it is recommended that you contact all gardens ahead of time before you plan your visit. Each garden has its own unique admissions policy and some gardens have certain exclusions for special events.