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Kellogg’s Cereal Factories Halted Operations Following Workers’ Strike; Denise Richards Is ‘Shocked’ by Court Decision Terminating Child Support Payment by Charlie Sheen; Drew Barrymore Spills the Tea on the ‘Charlie’s Angels’ Feud Between Lucy Liu and Bill Murray; YouTube Deactivates The Official Channels of R. Kelly; Three-eyed ‘Dinosaur Shrimps’ Appear in the Arizona Desert After a Torrential Downpour


Kellogg’s Cereal Factories in the United States Halted Operations Following Workers’ Strike

All of the Kellogg Company’s cereal plants in the United States ceased operations Tuesday as approximately 1,400 employees went on strike, but it was unclear how much supply of Frosted Flakes or any of its other popular brands would be interrupted.

Battle Creek, Michigan; Memphis, Tennessee; Omaha, Nebraska; Lancaster, Pennsylvania are among the plants affected by the strike.

For more than a year, the union and the Battle Creek-based company have been at odds at the bargaining table, according to Daniel Osborn, President of the local union in Omaha. The dispute centers on various salary and benefit problems, including the loss of health insurance premiums, reduced holiday and vacation compensation, and retirement benefit cuts.

“The company continues to threaten to send additional jobs to Mexico if workers do not accept outrageous proposals that take away protections that workers have had for decades,” said Anthony Shelton, President of International Union of Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers, and Grain Millers.

Osborn is not pleased with the threat to relocate work to Mexico.

“A lot of Americans probably don’t have too much issue with the Nike or Under Armor hats being made elsewhere or even our vehicles, but when they start manufacturing our food down where they are out of the FDA control and OSHA control, I have a huge problem with that,” Osborn said.

The business maintains that its offer is reasonable and would raise salaries and benefits for its employees, who earned an average of $120,000 per year last year, according to the company.

“We are disappointed by the union’s decision to strike. Kellogg provides compensation and benefits for our U.S. ready to eat cereal employees that are among the industry’s best,” Kellogg spokesperson Kris Bahner said in a statement.

Osborn stated that he anticipates the corporation will attempt to bring in non-union personnel at some point this week in order to resume operations and preserve the supply of its products.

The business stated that it is “implementing contingency plans” to minimize consumer supply delays.

When all of the plants were operational throughout the pandemic, Osborn noted that for much of that time, staff worked 12-hour shifts seven days a week to maintain output while so many people were out sick with COVID-19.

“The level we were working at is unsustainable,” Osborn explained.


Denise Richards Is ‘Shocked’ by Court Decision Terminating Child Support Payment by Charlie Sheen

Charlie Sheen is no longer required to pay child support to ex-wife Denise Richards, a source said. According to documents obtained by PEOPLE, a judge in Los Angeles County court Monday adjusted the child support payment to “zero dollars per month” beginning August 1, 2018.

Former spouses, Sheen, 56, and Richards, 50, share daughters Sami, 17, and Lola, 16.

Richards was absent from the courtroom throughout the hearing. She stated on Instagram Friday that she was traveling for work and that “it’s hard being away from home and my family.”

“Charlie had pushed dates in court with Denise for years, so she didn’t expect a ruling to happen, let alone when she was out of town on a work trip,” an insider told HollywoodLife. “She was shocked, to say the least, and thinks Charlie used that to his advantage.”

“Lola does not live with Charlie. She lives with both of her parents and stays with Charlie when Denise is out of town. When Denise is back, Lola will be with her,” the source clarified. “This is very disappointing for Denise, but also not surprising. Charlie is pitting the girls against their mother, which is horrible.”

However, an insider familiar with the case tells PEOPLE that Richards “has known about the court date for six months.”

As Page Six revealed, Sami stated in TikTok videos last month that she moved out of Richards’ home and into Sheen’s, whining about being “stuck” at her mother’s. The adolescent stated that she “finally moved out of the hell house, had a spiritual awakening.”

According to the source, Sami has been living with Sheen since July, not April, contrary to court records.

“Denise loves Sami very much, and Sami loves her. Denise is very saddened by the entire situation. She’s a mother who wants to protect her kids,” adds the source. “They need structure and rules, and Charlie is very permissive. Denise just wants the best for them.”

Last month, a source spoke to PEOPLE and shared that Richards “set normal rules that any parent would be setting,” but Sami remained resistant.

“She’s a mom and a parent, and there are rules. [Sami] didn’t want to follow the rules,” said the source, adding, “Charlie didn’t support implementing Denise’s rules. He has a different way of parenting, and Sami decided to live with her dad. Denise loves her daughter very much, and she’s saddened by the situation.”

Richards and Sheen met while filming the film Good Advice in 2000, but it wasn’t until 2001, when the actress appeared as a guest star on Charlie’s previous sitcom Spin City, that a romance blossomed. They tied the knot in June 2002. By March 2005, Denise had filed for divorce.


Drew Barrymore Spills the Tea on the ‘Charlie’s Angels’ Feud Between Lucy Liu and Bill Murray

Drew Barrymore has finally spoken up about the altercation between her co-stars Lucy Liu and Bill Murray in 2000 on the set of ‘Charlie’s Angels’.

The actress, 46, discussed the altercation during Tuesday’s broadcast of “The Drew Barrymore Show” – three months after Liu addressed the incident in a podcast interview.

“Lucy is out there right now talking about her instance with Bill Murray,” Drew said, before teasing: “Do you want to know what happened? Do you want me to spill the tea?”

“What really happened was Bill was just in a — you know, comedians can be a little dark sometimes — and he just came in in a bad mood,” the star said.

“What you have to know is how much Lucy stood up for herself, and that was the great thing that came out of an unfortunate circumstance,” she continued. “She literally said, ‘I do not accept that kind of behavior from you.’ And we all supported her and backed her up, and we moved forward.”

Barrymore continued to express her support for Liu, 52, stating that she just created “a whole video and sent it to her to back her up.”

Murray, 71, was replaced in the 2003 sequel ‘Charlie’s Angels’ by comic Bernie Mac.

In July, Liu opened up about the on-set incident that made global headlines in 2000. According to the actress, she and Murray were preparing for a scene that had been modified while he was away at a family gathering.

“As we’re doing the scene, Bill starts to sort of hurl insults, and I won’t get into the specifics,” Liu alleged during the podcast, “but it kept going on and on. I was, like, ‘Wow, he seems like he’s looking straight at me.'”

“I say, ‘I’m so sorry, are you talking to me?’ And clearly, he was, because then it started to become a one-on-one communication,” she continued. “Some of the languages were inexcusable and unacceptable, and I was not going to just sit there and take it.”

Liu continued by expressing that she has no regrets about responding to Murray, stating: “No matter how low on the totem pole you may be or wherever you came from, there’s no need to condescend or to put other people down. And I would not stand down, and nor should I have.”

The “Elementary” star, however, acknowledged that she now had “nothing against” Murray more than two decades after their rivalry began and that he was “perfectly nice” when she ran into him at a “Saturday Night Live” taping.


YouTube Deactivates The Official Channels of R&B Artist R. Kelly

YouTube, owned by Alphabet Inc, announced that it had banned R&B singer R. Kelly’s channels from its video platform, distancing itself from the singer who was convicted last month of sex trafficking.

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Two of his YouTube channels, RKellyTV and RKellyVevo, have been removed from one of the world’s major video platforms, and the singer will be unable to create or own any other channels, YouTube said late Monday in response to a Reuters request for comment.

His collection of music will remain available on YouTube Music, YouTube’s audio-streaming service, as well as videos produced by other YouTube users.

“We can confirm that we have terminated two channels linked to R. Kelly in accordance with our creator responsibility guidelines,” a YouTube spokeswoman told Reuters in a statement.

The MuteRKelly campaign, which was established in 2017 by two Black women to attempt to get the singer’s songs removed off the airwaves, stated on Twitter, “Waiting on you @youtubemusic, and you too @Spotify @AppleMusic @AmazonMusic, etc.”

 

When contacted, Spotify, Apple, and Amazon did not immediately answer to Reuters’ requests for comment on whether they would take comparable action against R Kelly’s music that was available on their platforms.

Kelly’s music has mainly been phased out of radio but remains available on streaming services. For many years, his chart-topping single “I Believe I Can Fly” was a popular choice for graduation ceremonies. Kelly faces a mandatory ten years minimum of jail time and a maximum of life in prison on his sentencing on May 4, 2022.

The singer, whose given name is Robert Sylvester Kelly, was one of the most renowned figures tried on sex charges during the #MeToo movement, which highlighted allegations against him dating all the way back to the early 2000s.


Three-eyed ‘Dinosaur Shrimps’ Appear in the Arizona Desert After a Torrential Summer Downpour

According to the rangers at Wupatki National Monument, hundreds of odd, prehistoric-looking critters surfaced and began swimming around a temporary lake in the desert after a heavy summer downpour in northern Arizona.

Triops are tadpole-sized critters that “look like little mini-horseshoe crabs with three eyes,” according to Lauren Carter, Lead Ranger at Wupatki National Monument. According to Central Michigan University, their eggs can remain latent in the desert for decades until sufficient rainfall falls to create lakes that provide habitat and time for hatchlings to mature and deposit eggs for the next generation.

Triops are so rare that when travelers reported sighting them at a temporary, rain-filled lake within the monument’s ceremonial ball court, a circular walled structure measuring 105 feet in diameter, the monument’s employees were perplexed.

Following a late July monsoon, “We knew that there was water in the ball court, but we weren’t expecting anything living in it,” Carter said. “Then a visitor came up and said, ‘Hey, you have tadpoles down in your ballcourt.'”

Carter initially wondered if toads, hibernating underground during the dry season, had emerged to lay eggs during the wet spell. She traveled to the ballcourt to conduct an investigation.

“I just scooped it up with my hand and looked at it and was like, ‘What is that?’ I had no idea,” Carter said. But then, she felt an inkling of familiarity; Carter had previously worked at Petrified Forest National Park in northeastern Arizona and recalled reports of Triops there. “And then I had to look it up,” she explained.

According to Central Michigan University, Triops — Greek for “three eyes” — are occasionally referred to as “dinosaur shrimp” due to their lengthy evolutionary history; their ancestors evolved 419 million to 359 million years ago.

Triops can reach a length of 1.5 inches after hatching. They feature two huge compound eyes with a black rim, similar to a dragonfly or bee, and a small ocellus, or simple eye, in between.

The Triops at Wupatki National Monument were fortunate to experience a brief but heavy rainstorm. During this period, the Triops’ eggs hatched and, within hours, the tiny crustaceans began filter feeding. Triops live up to 90 days, but Carter estimated that the pond beside the ball court lasted about three to four weeks.