Today's Update

September 26, 2018

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NEW KAVANAUGH ACCUSATIONS 

A third woman has come forward today and is accusing Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct while in high school. Reports say the woman, Julie Swetnick, claims Kavanaugh and others spiked the drinks of girls at high school parties. They did so, she alleges, to make it easier for those females to be targets. Swetnick's attorney (who also represents adult film star Stormy Daniels against President Trump) tweeted sworn testimony in which she reportedly says she met Kavanaugh around 1980 and goes on to allege that he was present when she was gang raped. Kavanaugh denies these new allegations, saying they came out of the "Twilight Zone." The Senate Judiciary Committee says it is reviewing all of the allegations. Kavanaugh has been accused by two other women -- putting his nomination for the Supreme Court at possible risk. Kavanaugh and his first accuser are scheduled to testify before the Judiciary Committee tomorrow.

 

DIVORCE RATE PLUNGE

The generation -- that MAY be a tiny bit younger than some of us -- is getting credit today for fewer divorces in the United States. A new study says the divorce rate fell by 18 percent from 2008 to 2016 -- and it may be due, in part, to Millennials who may be more picky about who they marry. The author of the study claims women are now more likely to have no children, be over 25, and have a bachelor's degree or higher when they get hitched for the first time.

 

KEEP ON DANCIN'

If "Dancing With the Stars" isn't enough of a dance fix for you, you're in luck. Last night, ABC announced the "stars" of its latest version of the hit show -- "Dancing With the Stars: Junior." The show, launching October 7th, will feature junior "celebrities" -- think Mackenzie Ziegler and "Honey Boo Boo" -- who will be mentored by professional dancers. The impressive lineup of judges includes Mandy Moore (score!), Adam Rippon and Val Chmerkovskiy. 

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ALMOST FAMOUS HITS THE STAGE
Cameron Crowe is turning his 2000 hit movie, "Almost Famous," into a stage musical. The movie focused on a semi-autobiographical retelling of Crowe's life as a teenage writer for "Rolling Stone" while he toured with major rock bands including The Rolling Stones, the Eagles and Led Zeppelin. Crowe won an Oscar for the screenplay in 2001 and Kate Hudson and Francis McDormand were nominated for Best Supporting Actress. The film also introduced Elton John's "Tiny Dancer" to a whole new generation. No word on timing for the musical. 

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DEMS DA RULES

Ever second-guess the boundaries you've set about your child's tech use (or anything else)? One mom wrote to a parenting advice column about it. The response leaves us with more questions than answers -- but those questions may just become your rule-making roadmap!

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PICKUP LINE PICKS by Amy Clark

We're so excited to bring in Amy Clark of momadvice.com as our resident book guru. Every week, Amy will share some of her favorite reads. One for you and one for your teen. You can count on Amy to hook you up with the best reads out there and she's also an expert in many other mom areas. Check out her website link above. Here's what she has for you this week.
 

FOR YOU - The Vanishing Act of Esme Lenox by Maggie O'Farrell

 

Iris Lockhart is a single young woman who spends her days tending to a vintage-clothing shop and trying to sidestep a commitment with her married boyfriend. To her surprise, she receives a call one day letting her know that her great-aunt Esme is going to need to find a new place to stay because the insane asylum that she has been staying at is going to be closing. The clincher is, Iris never knew that her great-aunt existed and that she has been housed in the asylum for over sixty years.

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FOR THEM -  Tell Me Three Things by Julie Buxbaum

This is the story of a teenager named Jessie, the loss of her incredible mom, and the abrupt new marriage of her father that relocates them to Los Angeles. When her father meets a woman from his support group, they elope and the family moves into the wealthy woman's home, switching Jessie into the wealthy prep school that her new stepbrother attends. Of course, Jessie doesn't fit in at all. When she starts receiving emails from SN (shortened from Somebody Nobody) offering her help and support in these uncharted waters, a relationship blooms and becomes a huge support for Jessie. The reader gets to read this beautiful, hilarious, and always sweet exchange. (Advised for ages 13 and up).

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And don't forget...we keep a running list of Amy's Picks on our blog so you can check back any time!

Meet Melissa... not to be confused with Sweet Melissa -- although she is very sweet. Our own dinner guru will scour the internet and hook you up every night with the perfect quick and easy meal. Here's what she's found for you tonight.

 

Missy's Pick: Chicken & Potatoes with Garlic Parmesan Cream Sauce

A complete meal, all in one baking dish. The best part: only 10 minutes of prep before this baby goes in the oven!

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A weekly playlist to keep you going as you run around and "do your thing." You'll have to sign in to Spotify to listen.  

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HOW COOL IS THIS???

Here's your chance to be a guest deejay! 

We're choosing one lucky winner each week to mix up our Pickup Line Playlist. Email us at yourfriends@thepickupline.net if you're interested. 

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