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The Detroit Three automakers and the union representing the companies’ U.S. hourly workers entered the final hours to reach new labor agreements before the current coordinated strike expands to include more plants.
The UAW last week launched unprecedented, simultaneous strikes at one assembly plant each of General Motors, Ford and Chrysler parent Stellantis, but analysts expect any wider strike will include plants that build highly profitable pickup trucks such as Ford’s F-150, GM’s Chevy Silverado and Stellantis’ Ram.
About 12,700 workers walked out at plants in Missouri, Michigan and Ohio, which produce the Ford Bronco, Jeep Wrangler and Chevrolet Colorado, alongside other popular models. UAW President Shawn Fain has warned that more of the union’s 146,000 members who work at the Detroit Three will join them if new deals are not reached before noon Friday.
The standoff is fueling worries about prolonged industrial action that could disrupt production and ripple through the supply chain and dent U.S. economic growth. A Reuters/Ipsos poll released on Thursday shows significant support by Americans for the striking auto workers.
Fain is due to address members on Facebook Live at 10 a.m., at which time he will outline the plants that will join the strike two hours later. Fain has said the Detroit automakers have not shared their huge profits with workers while enriching executives and investors. GM President Mark Reuss this week rejected those claims, saying the current offer to the union would be generous and the company’s profits have been reinvested in the transition to electric vehicles.
The automakers have proposed 20% raises over 4-1/2 years, while the UAW is seeking 40%.
The union also wants to end a tiered wage structure that it says has created a large gap between newer and older employees. (

The Hollywood writers and actors strike is ongoing, and The Price Is Right host Drew Carey pledged to striking writers that he’d pay for their meals at two popular hangouts. Now, five months into the strike, his tab at Bob’s Big Boy diner exceeds half a million. The restaurant created a guestbook for writers to sign, and they’re leaving long letters of appreciation. One person wrote, “Drew’s feeding all the starving artists. The price really is right.”
A coffee shop in Hollywood called Swingers has the same deal with Drew picking up the tab for writers’ breakfasts and lunches. (The Strikegeist)

Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane is stepping up once again to help out workers affected by the SAG-AFTRA and WGA strikes. MacFarlane has donated $5 million to The Entertainment Community Fund, which distributes funds to affected film and television workers ranging from writing assistants all the way up to hair & make-up workers. This latest donation follows his donation of $1 million back in August and comes as the fund continues to pay out roughly $500k a week. That $500k a week is almost 5 times the funds’ regular weekly payments of around $75k a week before the strikes started.
“We know that there will be long-term ramifications of the work stoppage that will continue to impact people’s lives and well-being for months to come and this transformative gift will allow us to continue to answer the influx of requests for help we get each day,” Fund President and CEO Joe Benincasa said in a statement. Source: Deadline

After members of the House of Representatives were told yesterday that they were free to go home for the weekend after no progress was made toward avoiding a government shutdown next week, at least two Republicans told the press they’re open to cooperating with Democrats. Reps. Mike Molinaro and Mike Lawler, two New York Republicans, said they’re willing to consider a “discharge petition” to force votes on a short-term funding bill called a continuing resolution. “If there is not going to be a CR coming out of the House Republican caucus, then I will move forward with a discharge petition,” Rep. Lawler told reporters. A discharge petition is rarely used and allows legislators to force a vote on legislation even if the House speaker doesn’t want to bring it up for a vote. It takes signatures from a majority of the House, which means at least five Republicans would have to sign off on a discharge petition for it to succeed. The deadline to pass some kind of funding bill is next Saturday, with October 1st the start of a federal government shutdown if no bill is passed. Source: NBC News

The Apple iPhone 15 goes on sale today. Some of the new features include:
Dynamic Island bubbles up alerts and Live Activities — so you don’t miss them while you’re doing something else.
The innovative new design features back glass that has color infused throughout the material. A custom dual ion-exchange process for the glass, and an aerospace-grade aluminum enclosure, help make iPhone 15 incredibly durable. The Ceramic Shield front is tougher than any smartphone glass. iPhone is splash, water, and dust resistant.
All-new 48MP Main camera. Now the Main camera shoots in super-high resolution. So it’s easier than ever to take standout photos with amazing detail — from snapshots to stunning landscapes. More detail and richer color make a dramatic difference
in your portraits. And now you can tap to shift the focus between subjects — even after you take the shot.
All-day battery life. Up to 26 hrs video playback.
A16 Bionic chip brings computational photography used for 24MP photos and next-gen portraits. Voice Isolation for phone calls. And smooth performance for graphics-intensive games.
USB-Compatible. The new USB-C connector lets you charge your Mac or iPad with the same cable you use to charge iPhone 15. You can even use iPhone 15 to charge Apple Watch or AirPods.
New Roadside Assistance via satellite11 can get you help for things like a flat tire or dead battery, even when you’re off the grid.
The enclosure of iPhone 15 has 75% recycled aluminum.
It’s on sale today from $799 or $33.29/mo. for 24 months. (Apple)

iOS 17 is finally here, and this time around, Apple focused more on making changes to already existing features, although some big additions also make an appearance.
One of the first things you’ll notice when you update to iOS 17 is Apple’s changes to the Phone app. Not only has the company introduced new Contact Posters—a full-screen system that showcases who is calling—they’ve also added Live Voicemail, which automatically transcribes a voicemail in real-time. This makes it easier than ever to keep up with who is leaving a message, something that avid phone users will probably find extremely handy.
Contact Posters let you customize what appears on other iOS 17 devices when you call, and you can set up Contact Posters for other people. You can think of them as fullscreen business cards, making it easier than ever for folks to tell who’s calling. You can use a picture of yourself, change up the font style, or even use a Memoji instead. Ultimately, they aren’t that useful, but some folks will find them fun to mess around with.
Apple has also redesigned how the Phone app itself looks. When you make a call now, you’ll see many of the buttons have moved locations. They’re all situated at the bottom of the call screen now instead of towards the middle. It’s a change that takes some getting used to, but once you do, it’s a lot easier to navigate, especially on larger iPhones. (

Powerball players now have the chance to win an estimated $725 million jackpot this weekend after Wednesday night’s drawing produced no big winner.
Wednesday’s numbers were 16, 27, 59, 62 and 63 with a Powerball of 23.
The $725 million jackpot for Saturday’s drawing would be the third-largest Powerball prize this year, following a $754.6 million jackpot won in Washington state in February and the colossal $1.08 billion jackpot won in California in July. Saturday’s jackpot also would be the eighth-largest prize in the game’s history. If Saturday’s drawing has one grand prize winner, that person could choose to take the whole jackpot in graduated payments over 29 years, or take a lump sum of an estimated $345.7 million. (CNN)

Tropical storm and storm surge alerts have been issued for parts of the East Coast ahead of the weekend. A tropical storm may be forming in the area, bringing heavy rain, strong wind, rip tides and coastal flooding to areas along the Eastern Seaboard. (The Weather Channel)

NBC has announced its next America’s Got Talent spinoff. The new iteration is titled AGT: Fantasy League and is set to premiere in early 2024. It borrows a wrinkle from another NBC unscripted staple, The Voice, in that the show’s judges will have a stake in which acts advance through the competition.
AGT: Fantasy League will take the midseason spot occupied by AGT: All-Stars last season, though the latter is still alive at the network and could return another time. NBC teased a new twist on the format in announcing its 2023-24 schedule in May.
Spice Girls singer and songwriter Mel B — who was a judge on the main series for six seasons — will return to the judges’ table for Fantasy League, joining Simon Cowell, Heidi Klum and Howie Mandel. Terry Crews will continue his role as host.
The show will find each judge choosing from a pool of past Got Talent winners, finalists and fan favorites from versions of the show across the world (viewers will have some input in determining the acts). The judges will mentor their acts over the course of the season in hopes of earning bragging rights should one of their selections win. (The Hollywood Reporter)

Sophie Turner has sued her estranged husband, Joe Jonas, demanding he return their children to England. In a lawsuit obtained by People magazine, the actress calls for “the immediate return of children wrongfully removed or wrongfully retained.” Sophie claims that she and Joe had agreed to declare England their “forever home.” The couple sold their Miami home and were in the process of buying a home in the English countryside in April, according to the lawsuit. But Joe say it was Sophie who violated an order by a Florida judge by trying to take their kids permanently to England. Joe filed for divorce earlier this year.

When Kim Kardashian was announced as a cast member for American Horror Story: Delicate, many fans and critics scoffed at the idea. But after the debut of the horror series, they’re singing a different tune. The Ryan Murphy series premiered on FX Wednesday night, and Kim is getting rave reviews for her role as a publicist for Emma Roberts’ character, Anna Victoria Alcott. One fan tweeted, “Kim Kardashian did her thing. She had the odds stacked against her, but she was really giving actress. Props to you.” Another wrote, “Kim K out acting everyone was the biggest shock so far.”

Last month learned the sad news of the death of 25-year-old “Euphoria” star Angus Cloud. And after much speculation in the media, we can now bring you his (also tragic) cause of death. Cloud, who played “Fez” on the HBO series, is now confirmed to have died back in July from a lethal overdose of multiple drugs. Fentanyl, cocaine, methamphetamine, and benzodiazepine were found in the actor’s system. Cloud’s death closely followed the burial of his father, which the family said was a huge blow to the rising star. “I hope he knew how many hearts he touched,” said “Euphoria” creator Sam Levinson soon after news of Cloud’s death broke. “I loved him. I always will.” Source: Page Six


A new generation of stars join the world’s top action stars for an adrenaline-fueled adventure in Expendables. Armed with every weapon they can get their hands on, the Expendables are the world’s last line of defense and the team that gets called when all other options are off the table.
Starring Jason Statham, Megan Fox, Dolph Lundgren, Tony Jaa, Randy Couture, Andy Garcia, Sylvester Stallone, 50 Cent.


Live With Kelly and Mark has actor and host Alfonso Ribeiro.

TV PREMIERES FRIDAY: Deadlocked: How America Shaped the Supreme Court (Showtime – series premiere), Real Time With Bill Maher (HBO)

Secret Celebrity Renovation: Davante Adams (CBS)
WWE’s Friday Night Smackdown (FOX)
Washington Week: Episode 5613 (PBS)
Firing Line With Margaret Hoover (PBS)
American Masters: Floyd Abrams: Speaking Freely (PBS)
20/20 (ABC)
Deadlocked: How America Shaped the Supreme Court (SHOWTIME)
Power Book IV: Force: the Devil’s in the Details (STARZ)
On Patrol: First Shift (REELZ)
On Patrol: Live (REELZ)
All Elite Wrestling: Rampage (TNT)
Ready to Love: The Finale (OWN)
Witness to Murder: Digital Evidence: Mapping a Murder (A&E)
Witness to Murder: Digital Evidence (A&E)
Gold Rush: $24 Million in Gold (DISCOVERY)
Outback Opal Hunters: The Solar System (DISCOVERY)
The Real Murders of Atlanta: Murderous Mask (OXYGEN)
Love After Lockup: Street Lies and P.I.S (WE)
College Football Special: NC State at Virginia (ESPN)
Ridiculousness: Sterling and Carly Aquilino Xxxiii (MTV)
Impact in 60 (AXS TV)
Switch (GSN)
My Lottery Dream Home: Rubber City Band-Aid (HGTV)
House Hunters: A Grand Relocation (HGTV)
Beachfront Bargain Hunt Renovation (MAGNOLIA)
Mecum Auto Auctions Dallas 2023 (MOTORTREND)
Engine Masters (MOTORTREND)
Hot Rod Garage: To Achieve a Goal, Set a Goal (MOTORTREND)
Guy’s All-American Road Trip: Food Trucks and Family Feasts (FOOD)
Haunted Harmony Mysteries: Murder in G Major (HMC)

Still Up (APPLE TV+, Series Premiere)
Love Is Blind (NETFLIX, Season 5 Premiere)
Song of the Bandits (NETFLIX, Series Premiere)

TV PREMIERES SATURDAY: What’s Wrong With That House? (HGTV – series premiere), Fully Torqued (History)

Saturday (September 23, 2023):
Saving the Gorillas: Ellen’s Next Adventure (DISCOVERY)
Fully Torqued (HISTORY)
What’s Wrong With That House? (HGTV)

TV PREMIERES SUNDAY: Krapopolis (FOX – series premiere), Outrageous Pumpkins (Food), Yum and Yummer (Cooking)
Highlights from the Global Citizen Festival air on ABC.

Sunday (September 24, 2023):
Krapopolis (FOX)
Murder at the Country Club (LIFETIME)
Outrageous Pumpkins (FOOD)

NEW STREAMING TV SUNDAY: Outrageous Pumpkins (MAX)

All listings are subject to change.

• Joan Jett is 65
• Draco Malfoy in the Harry Potter films, Tom Felton is 36
• Happy Days, Joanie Loves Chachi and Charles In Charge star Scott Baio is 63
• Shari Belafonte is 69 (“Hotel,” she’s the daughter of singer Harry Belafonte)
• Ashley Eckstein is 42 (voice of Ahsoka Tano throughout the Star Wars franchise)
• Life With Bonnie star, comedian Bonnie Hunt is 62 (Rain Man, Beethoven, Jumanji, Jerry Maguire, The Green Mile, Cheaper by the Dozen)
• Puppet Master star Paul Le Mat is 78 (Mickey, Farrah Fawcett’s abusive husband in “The Burning Bed,” John in “American Graffiti”)
• Tatiana Maslany is 38 (“Heartland,” “Orphan Black”)
• Dynasty’s Amanda Carrington, Catherine Oxenberg is 62
• Billie Piper is 41 (“Doctor Who,” “Penny Dreadful”)
• opera singer Andrea Bocelli is 65 (became permanently blind at the age of 12, following a soccer accident.)
• 70s singer Debby Boone is 67 (daughter of 50s crooner Pat Boone)
• rocker Nick Cave is 66
• Whitesnake singer David Coverdale is 72
• Taking Back Sunday lead singer Adam Lazzara is 42
• Concrete Blonde singer Johnette Napolitano is 66
• Olympic skater Tai Babilonia is 64
• MMA Fighter Bob Sapp is 50
• She-Hulk star Tatiana Maslany is 38
• 80s singer/choreographer Toni Basil (she sang Mickey in 1980) is 80

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