May 19, 2022

Bill and Melinda Gates divorcing; Britney Spears slams ‘So Hypocritical;’ Carmelo Anthony joins Top 10 Scoring List; Chicago Youth’s Popsicle Stick Tower; Man charged for driving his truck into a picnic in Logan Square

Bill and Melinda Gates divorcing after 27 of marriage

The couple Bill and Melinda Gates have announced on Monday that they are going separate ways after 27 years of being married. 

In a Twitter post, the Microsoft co-founder and his wife released an identical statement that they had made the decision to end their marriage:

“We have raised three incredible children and built a foundation that works all over the world to enable all people to lead healthy, productive lives,” they said in a statement. “We ask for space and privacy for our family as we begin to navigate this new life.”

Melinda officially filed for divorce in King County, Washington late Monday afternoon. She stated that the marriage between them is irretrievably broken. It did not mention when the couple had actually separated. The couple has three adult children – daughters Jennifer Katharine, 25 and Phoebe Adele, 18, and son Rory John, 21.

Bill Gates’ fortune is estimated to be over $100 billion while Melinda is around $70 billion. The couple was married in Hawaii in 1994 without any prenuptial agreement.  The couple met in 1987 when Bill was working as a product manager for Microsoft. According to Melinda’s petition, the couple will divide their assets according to a separation agreement, adding that spousal support is not needed. The terms of their divorce agreement are not known at the moment.

“Bill and I are equal partners. Men and women should be equal at work,” Melinda Gates said to The Associated Press in an interview in 2019.

Despite the decision, they will keep working together at one of the largest charitable foundations in the world, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

“Bill and Melinda will remain co-chairs and trustees of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. No changes to their roles or the organization are planned. They will continue to work together to shape and approve foundation strategies, advocate for the foundation’s issues, and set the organization’s overall direction,” the organization said in a statement.

Britney Spears slammed unauthorized documentaries about her life

Britney Spears, 39, has slammed documentaries about her life as hypocritical, taking them to task in a lengthy new Instagram. She has also denied that she is not in charge of her own social media. Now, she’s spoken out about her story being told via documentaries that she has not authorized.

The singer was made a subject of the New York Times documentary, Framing Britney Spears. BBC has also produced The Battle For Britney: Fans, Cash And A Conservatorship, based on her life. Both productions detailed the popstar’s mental health issues that ultimately led to her father Jamie obtaining control of her person and estate in a conservatorship 13 years ago and the massive media frenzy surrounding her very public breakdown.

Britney is preparing to address her conservatorship in court next month. She is set to appear for a ‘status hearing’ regarding her conservatorship on June 23. She has been under conservatorship for the last 13 years due to mental health crisis in 2008 from which she was hospitalized.

The BBC documentary showed that Briney’s dad claimed that she has ‘dementia’ to secure her conservatorship.

“Geez !!!! 2021 is definitely way better than 2020, but I never knew it was gonna be like THIS!!!!” she began in the lengthy caption of an Instagram post paired with a video containing clips of her dancing. “So many documentaries about me this year with other people’s takes on my life … what can I say … I’m deeply flattered!!!!” Spears continued. “These documentaries are so hypocritical … they criticize the media and then do the same thing?????” The star acknowledged that she has faced “some pretty tough times” in her life, but insisted that she’s “had waaaayyyy more amazing times,” she wrote.

Britney revealed that while she’s endured a lot, she’s also enjoyed some fantastic times, things that don’t get focused on in the dramatic documentaries produced about her. The star is frequently in the headlines as her conservatorship battle in court intensifies, and the unauthorized documentaries seem to keep on coming.

Carmelo Anthony joins NBA Top 10 Scoring List

Carmelo Anthony officially entered the NBA elite scoring list when he scored 14 points on Monday night in Portland’s game against Atlanta Hawks. He moved past Elvin Hayes for the 10th spot on the NBA career scoring list with 27,318 points.

“If you’re in the top 10 of anything of all time, it’s a special moment,” said Anthony, who’s in his 18th NBA season and turns 37 before the month is out.

Anthony was cruising past Hayes’ record in the second quarter of the game, sinking 3 points while getting fouled by Danilo Gallinari and shooting a free throw to complete a four-points. He was conscious of how many issues he needed to make to achieve the milestone.

“I knew this moment,” he said. “I didn’t know those other moments – 15, 13, 11. But 10 is something I knew.”

Anthony seemed to be headed for a forced retirement after playing just ten games during the 2018-19 season. He had left Houston, was waived by Chicago, and didn’t join Portland until the following season has started for several weeks. Anthony found a new opportunity and a new role with the Trail Blazers, even after he went more than a year without playing. Coming off the bench, he played a supporting role to the younger members of the team who look up to him, such as Damian Lillard.

“Being in the top 10 is a really special accomplishment. For him, it’s probably a little more special. A lot of people counted him out and tried to finish him,” Lillard said.

Anthony surpassed nine players on the career scoring list during his time with the Trail Blazers. He had gone over Kevin Garnett, John Havlicek, Alex English, and Paul Pierce in the last season. He has surpassed Dominique Wilkins, Tim Duncan,  Hakeem Olajuwon, Oscar Robertson,  and Hayes in the current.

“For Melo to be out a year and come back makes it even more remarkable,” Portland coach Terry Stotts said. “I always appreciate greatness, whether it’s a player I’m coaching or coaching against. Melo is a great player. He’s a Hall of Fame player.”

Coach Stotts presented a game ball to Anthony in the locker room after the game.

“We need to acknowledge milestones. This is a big one. Top 10 of all time. That’s big-time,” the coach said.

Chicago Youth on Guinness World Record for Creating a Popsicle Stick Tower

Naperville teen Eric Klabel, 13, qualified for the Guinness World Records when he created a structure of 1,750 popsicle sticks, nearly two pounds of glue, and a tremendous amount of perseverance.

“I was very happy about it, given all the work I put in,” said Eric, a seventh-grade student at Crone Middle School.

The teen completed a month-long assembly of a 20-foot-tall structure made entirely of popsicle sticks in November. He recently received the certificate from Guinness World Records, verifying he broke the record for the tallest structure wholly made of sticks for popsicles.

“It takes that long for this process to go through. We were waiting for the official certificate to come through the mail before sharing,” said Brian Klabel, Eric’s father.

Eric was always fascinated with Guinness World Records since he was young. He has read Guinness World Records books and watched videos of others attempting to break or create new records. Eric said he likes building things like his father. His Guinness World Records biography reads that Eric became interested in popsicle sticks four years ago and dreamt of breaking the records since then. 

The process to enter into a Guinness World Records takes time. After applying, Eric had to wait for confirmation of his request was approved or not. In December of 2019, the Guinness World Records approved to attempt to break the record.

“You have to follow all these requirements, all these standards. To get it certified, you need about two years,” Helen Klabel, Eric’s mother, said.

The pandemic gave Eric an extra focus on his project, and it took him about a month to build the entire structure. From making the base, attaching the tower to the base, cutting the sticks, and gluing the pieces together. From the start of the build to completion, Eric recorded and documented the work as part of the requirements for the certification.

Two witnesses observed virtually, and two of this father’s colleagues were the observers in person as the structure was being built. The witnesses’ observations become part of the verification process and the certification.

Man charged for driving his truck into a picnic in Logan Square

A charge for four felony counts of attempted first-degree murder was filed against Timothy Nielsen, 57-year-old, after he intentionally drove his pick-up truck towards a group of people having a picnic at the Logan Square, said the Chicago police on Monday. Nielsen expected to appear in bond court.

According to the witnesses, Nielsen pulled his truck over to the group to tell them to mind their dogs; when the situation escalated, one bystander said.

“He put the truck back into drive to attack us while we were picnicking,” the witness said.

According to Chicago Police, the reports said Nielsen hit a 42-year-old woman who was trapped underneath the vehicle, and she sustained serious injuries, according to Chicago police.

“She went underneath the truck and was trapped underneath the truck for 10 to 20 minutes,” the witness said.

The prosecutors said as Nielsen struck the woman, a Yeti cooler became lodged between the truck and the ground so that the car could not get any further. But Nielsen still kept accelerating and trying to drive over the woman who was already pinned under the truck.

The paramedics and police and were immediately called to the scene of the incident. The 42-year-old woman was gravely injured and was taken to Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center for treatment. The details on her condition were still not available on Monday.

Nielsen, on the other hand, was arrested on the spot by the police.

Another witness who was near the square told the police that Nielsen had pulled into the alley where the witness was standing and approached him before the incident. Nielsen asked the witness how long he had lived in the neighborhood and also complained about the “yuppies and their dogs in the park,” prosecutors said. The witness said Nielsen was “aggravated by actions the dogs were engaged in,” prosecutors said.

He then told the witness, “Watch what I’m going to do,” before plowing into the crowd, prosecutors said.

There were reports that one of the people at the weekend picnic claimed that Nielsen also shouted anti-Asian rhetoric.