MORNING STORY GIFT CARD GIVEAWAY W/ THE MORNING SCRAMBLE

Have you heard?! The Morning Scramble has their very own breakfast item at Morning Story in Marion!

The Morning Scrambler – an egg scrambler with chorizo meat, spinach, cheddar jack cheese and green chili queso for just $10.29 (get it?!) AND it comes with a cup of coffee!

Listen to the Morning Scramble from 6 AM – 10 AM all this week to win a $30 gift card to indulge in The Morning Scrambler or any of the other delicious offerings from Morning Story Marion.

Be listening to be the correct caller to play Know It or Blow It! You’ll get one question and one question only. You get it right, you win the gift card! You get it wrong, ya blow it… NEXT CALLER!

From avocado toast, traditional eggs benedict, to carnitas enchiladas, and cinnamon roll pancakes, there is something for EVERYONE at Morning Story.

Located at 2931 7th Ave in Marion and open from 7 AM – 2:30 PM daily, Morning Story Marion is the place to go for all of your breakfast and lunch needs.

Check out their full menu at morningstoryrestaurant.com!

WIN WORLD’S TOUGHEST RODEO TICKETS W/ TAYLOR

Saddle up, Cedar Rapids! CINCH World’s Toughest Rodeo is bringing its action-packed and interactive show to the Alliant Energy Powerhouse on April 21st – 22nd and you can win tickets before they go on sale!

Tune in with Taylor from 2 PM – 6 PM all this week for your chance to win a 4-pack of tickets!

The World’s Toughest Rodeo will bring back some of its best acts featuring Saddle Bronc Riding, Bareback Riding AND of course Bull Riding!

PLUS, there’s pre-show fan fun “down on the dirt”! Come early for pony rides, meet the cowboys, hop in the clown’s barrel, take a seat in the bucking shoots on our live photo bulls Sonny and Silver Dollar, or get up close and personal on a behind the chutes tour.

Tickets go on sale this Friday, September 30th, find event details and more at worldstoughestrodeo.com!

FREE TICKET THURSDAY – WINNIE THE POOH

Winnie the Pooh, Christopher Robin and their best friends Piglet, Eeyore, Kanga, Roo, Rabbit, and Owl (oh… and don’t forget Tigger too!) are coming to life in a musical stage adaptation – and we’ve got tickets!

This Thursday, September 29th is a FREE TICKET THURSDAY on Z102.9, with your chance to win a 4-pack of tickets to see Disney’s Winnie the Pooh at the Gallagher Bluedorn Performing Arts Center in Cedar Falls on Tuesday, October 18th at 7 PM!

Tune in from 6 AM – 6 PM for your chance to win – find all the show details and a link to purchase tickets at gbpac.com!

Child sex abuse lawsuit against Tiffany Haddish and Aries Spears is dismissed at plaintiff’s request

The lawsuit filed against Tiffany Haddish and Aries Spears that accused the comedians of sexual battery, sexual harassment and sexual abuse of a minor has been dismissed.  The lawsuit. which was filed in late August by a 22-year-old woman and her minor brother (identified as Jane and John Doe), was dismissed at the request of the plaintiff.

Spears took to Instagram to address the lawsuit’s dismissal, sharing a screenshot of the news with the caption “I hope y’all keep that same energy.”  Haddish’s representative Cesidia Carosa also provided a photo of the notice of dismissal, adding that it was filed “with prejudice,” meaning the plaintiffs will be unable to file the same claims against Haddish or Spears again.

Jane and John Doe alleged in the lawsuit that they were both assaulted by Haddish and Spears in Los Angeles several years ago when they were minors, claiming Haddish was a “longtime family friend” of their mother. The lawsuit described several instances of grooming and molestation by Haddish and Spears, such as when the comedians worked with the plaintiffs on a “Funny or Die” project about eight years ago that was sexually suggestive. In a statement posted to Instagram Sept. 5, Haddish said that while there was very little she could say on the legal matter, she deeply regretted taking part in the “Funny or Die” skit. writing, “Clearly, while this sketch was intended to be comedic, it wasn’t funny at all.”

According to the lawsuit, the plaintiffs’ mother previously attempted to work out a $15,000 settlement with Spears over the video of John Doe but was unsuccessful. The suit did not specify the monetary value the plaintiffs were seeking. Spears’ attorney Debra Opri called the lawsuit a “shakedown”, while Haddish’s lawyer Andrew Brettler called the plaintiff’s previous claims of abuse “bogus.” Brettler said: “Every attorney who has initially taken on her case – and there were several – ultimately dropped the matter once it became clear that the claims were meritless and Ms. Haddish would not be shaken down.” 

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Miles Teller, Brendan Gleeson, Megan Thee Stallion to host ‘Saturday Night Live’ in October

Miles Teller, Brendan Gleeson and Megan Thee Stallion have all been announced as hosts for the 48th season of “Saturday Night Live” next month. The news was announced on show’s Twitter feed.

Teller will host the Oct. 1 show, with Kendrick Lamar serving as musical guest for the third time. Gleeson is set for Oct. 8 with Willow as musical guest, and Megan Thee Stallion will do double duty as guest host and musical guest on Oct. 15.

Cast members including Kate McKinnon, Aidy Bryant and Pete Davidson have departed the series ahead of its Season 48 premiere. Joining the cast this season are newbies Marcello Hernandez, Molly Kearney, Michael Longfellow and Devon Walker.

‘SNL’: Miles Teller, Brendan Gleeson & Megan Thee Stallion To Host Opening Three Episodes Of Season 48

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Charlie Puth to launch winter tour, drops new single, “I Don’t Think That I Like Her”

Charlie Puth is set to launch a string of upcoming winter tour dates, kicking-off on October 23 in Red Bank, New Jersey before wrapping-up on November 9 in Los Angeles. Puth will play a total of eight dates across North America, playing gigs in Toronto, Boston, Chicago, Washington D.C., and more.  Tickets for Puth’s “One Night Only Tour” go on sale on September 23 at 10 a.m. local time via Ticketmaster.

Puth also dropped his latest single “I Don’t Think That I Like Her,” featuring Travis Barker on drums.  To date, Puth has also released several singles from his upcoming LP, Charlie, including “Smells Like Me,” “Light Switch” and more.  Puth’s third studio LP is set to drop on October 7. Fans can pre-order Charlie – HERE.

Check out Puth’s new single “I Don’t Think That I Like Her” – here.

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Bebe Rexha and David Guetta drop the music video for “I’m Good (Blue)”

French DJ David Guetta and Bebe Rexha have released the official video for their hit single ‘I’m Good (Blue)’, filmed in locations across Ibiza. ‘I’m Good (Blue)’ is the duo’s first collaboration since their 2021 song, “Family”

‘I’m Good (Blue)’, which samples Italian music group Eiffel 65’s 1998 “Blue (Da Ba Dee)”,  has reached #3 on Global Spotify, with 100 million combined global streams and counting, and also over 250k creations on TikTok.

Take a look at the video for ‘I’m Good (Blue)’ – here.

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80th Golden Globe Awards ceremony returning to NBC on Jan. 10th

The Hollywood Foreign Press Association (“HFPA”), dick clark productions and NBC announced that the 80th Golden Globe Awards will air live on NBC and Peacock on Jan. 10, 2023. No host has been announced as of press time.

Frances Berwick, chairman of entertainment networks at NBCUniversal television and streaming, said in a statement: “We recognize the HFPA’s commitment to ongoing change and look forward to welcoming back the Golden Globes to NBC for its landmark 80th anniversary in January 2023.” 

Helen Hoehne, president of the HFPA, added: “We are thrilled to announce the return of the Golden Globe Awards on NBC and to hosting the ‘party of the year’ for audiences around the world who have been waiting for its return. It’s great to be back at the Beverly Hilton for the must-see celebration recognizing the best in film and television. The HFPA remains committed to important changes and supporting programs which prioritize diversity, inclusion, and transparency. See you on Jan. 10!”

The Golden Globes, honoring excellence in film and TV, were canceled last year as the HFPA worked to improve its business practices and increase the diversity in its membership. The Globes voting body is now 52% female, 51.5% racially and ethnically diverse, with 19.5% Latinx, 12% Asian, 10% Black and 10% Middle Eastern.

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Sarah Paulson to portray Gwen Shamblin Lara in HBO Max’s scripted adaptation of ‘The Way Down’

Sarah Paulson is set to executive produce and star as the late Gwen Shamblin Lara in the HBO Max scripted adaptation of its docuseries, The Way Down: God, Greed, and the Cult of Gwen Shamblin.

Shamblin rose to fame with her ‘Weigh Down Workshop,’ a Christian-based diet program, and founded the the controversial, Tennessee-based Remnant Fellowship Church.  The Way Down: God, Greed, and the Cult of Gwen Shamblin explored the practices of the Remnant Fellowship Church and the legacy of Lara — a flamboyant and charismatic figure with a carefully curated image, who was accused of emotional, psychological and physical abuse and exploitation for the church’s alleged cult-like practices.

The Way Down docuseries launched in September 2021 with three episodes, becoming the streamer’s most-watched docuseries at the time. Just before finishing the series, Shamblin and her husband died in a plane crash; and the series aired two more episodes where they spoke to more people about the controversial Remnant Fellowship Church. The second part examined the mysterious circumstances surrounding the crash and investigation into the aftermath, including new stories from former survivors who share their experience following Shamblin’s death.

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Taylor Swift announces title of the 13th track on her upcoming album Midnights, called “Mastermind”

Taylor Swift dropped the name of the 13th song on the tracklist for her upcoming album Midnights. The singer, 32, revealed the song is titled “Mastermind.”

Swift shared the news in a new TikTok series called “Midnights Mayhem With Me.” Said Swift: “I know that I have a habit of dropping cryptic clues and Easter eggs when giving you information about my music, and I am not here to deny that. But I am here to defy that. Welcome to a new series I’m calling ‘Midnights Mayhem With Me.’” Using a bingo ball cage, Swift explained that she was going to allow fate to decide what track titles to announce and in what order, saying: “In this cage are 13 Ping Pong balls labeled one through 13, each representing a track on the Midnights album. So, let’s leave it up to fate.”  The first ball that rolled out of the cage was the one labeled with the number 13, Swift’s favorite number. She said, “Track 13…because of course.” Picking up a red phone, Taylor then revealed the name of the song ‘Mastermind’.

Swift announced her upcoming album at the 2022 MTV VMAs in August while accepting the Video of the Year award.  She has continued to drop hints about Midnights since then, such as by sharing the cover art and posting behind-the-scenes footage of the making of the album. In an August Instagram post, Swift described Midnights as “the stories of 13 sleepless nights scattered” throughout her life.

Midnights will be released Oct. 21.

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