Big Frank's Big Update for Tuesday 7-14-20

On this day we celebrate what is perhaps the king of comfort foods. Happy Mac N Cheese Day!

“MythBusters” Co-Host Dies Suddenly-Grant Imahara, an electrical engineer turned “MythBusters” co-host is dead. The 49-year-old died yesterday, reportedly after a brain aneurysm. Imahara first appeared on the Discovery show in its third season and stayed until 2014, when he left along with co-hosts Kari Byron andTory Belleci. The three joined back up for one season of the 2016 Netflix show “White Rabbit Project.” Imahara also worked for nearly a decade with Lucasfilm's Industrial Light and Magic and THX, working on models and effects on films like the “Star Wars” prequels, “The Matrix Reloaded” and “Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines.” Former “Mythbusters” co-host Adam Savage reacted to the new s on Twitter, saying, “I’m at a loss.” Source:People

Hope has given way to a harsh reality as Naya Rivera’s body was discovered at Lake Piru yesterday morning.As we've been telling you, the “Glee” star had been missing since last Wednesday. To review, her four-year-old son,Josey, was discovered sleeping on a rented boat alone. Investigators say that Josey and Naya had gone swimming but she never made it back to the boat. She apparently boosted him back onto the boat - and when he looked back, Josey saw her disappear under the surface of the water. According to Ventura County Sheriff Bill Ayub, the 33-year-old’s body was found floating in the northeast area of the lake where the water is between 35- and 60-feet deep. He says that there is no indication of foul play or that it was a suicide.

Kelly Preston’s untimely demise caught Hollywood by surprise yesterday.As we told you, the 57-year-old passed away after a private two-year battle with breast cancer. Tributes poured in from all over, starting with the one from her husband,John Travolta, when he announced her death. John and Kelly’s daughter,Ella, honored her mother on IG. “I have never met anyone as courageous, strong, beautiful, and loving as you,” she said. “Anyone who is lucky enough to have known you or to have ever been in your presence will agree that you have a glow and a light that never ceases to shine and that makes anyone around you feel instantly happy.” 

Washington's NFL franchise will no longer be known as the "Redskins." As expected, the team has announced that it will drop the Redskins name and Indian head logo effective immediately. It's unclear when a new name will be picked, as copyrights are pending. The move comes less than two weeks after FedEx, the company that owns the naming rights to the stadium the team plays in, demanded the franchise to change the name. Other sponsors also asked the team to change the nickname as well. The team's moniker had long been decried as racist. The Navajo Nation calls this a historic day and their president credits indigenous peoples for fighting "long and hard" for the change. They're now calling on the NFL team to come up with a name that quote "truly honors and respects the First Americans of this country." No word when the team will reveal a new name, but it also hopes to build a new stadium and return inside D.C. city limits. Source:ESPN

If you’re tired of the seemingly never ending“will they or won’t they”saga that has become the contract negotiations between the Dallas Cowboys and Dak Prescott. They end tomorrow one way or another. That’s because the deadline for franchise-tagged players to sign a long-term contract is Wednesday, July 15 on the NFL calendar and that would indeed be tomorrow. If the July 15 deadline passes without a deal, Dak would have to scrape by on that one-year, $31.4 million franchise tender. Dallas would then have to decide next year whether to tag the QB again for an even greater sum (120 percent of the previous season's tag amount). Source:NFL.com

In the name of health and safety, NFL players could be sporting a whole new look in 2020. The Oakley Mouth Shield—a product designed by Oakley in collaboration with doctors and engineers from the NFL and NFL Players Association to mitigate the spread of the coronavirus on the field of play—is expected to be distributed to all 32 teams over the next week, when it will receive a test drive on a much larger scale than it has gotten to date. The Oakley Prizm Lens Technology used by skiers, military personnel and, most recently, NFL players for enhanced color and contrast in their visors is featured in the new design. Plastic sheets extend down and attach to the face guard. There are airways and openings on the mouth shield but none that allow the direct transmission of droplets, according to the chair of the NFL's engineering committee,Dr. Jeff Crandall. Source:ESPN

Chipotle Testing Cauliflower Rice:Chipotle is trying out a healthier option for their meals. The fast food chain says they'll be testing cauliflower rice in select markets. The new item will go through a trial run in 55 locations in Denver and Wisconsin. This isn't the first time the restaurant has offered healthy ingredients to their menu. In 2019, the company introduced meals to fit with diet programs like paleo, ketogenic and Whole30. Source:CNBC

A group of students in Texas are making care packages for the senior citizens in their community to help them feel less lonely and isolated during the pandemic.Kareena Chawla and her friends from college and hometown have been putting together the kits and delivering them to nursing homes, assisted living facilities and memory care centers where patients can’t have visitors or go outside.

Their project,COVID Check-In, creates bags filled with coloring books, puzzle books, colored pencils, snacks, and hand-written notes. The students’GoFundMebrings in money for supplies and they’ve delivered hundreds of the care packages in the Dallas area so far.

"I feel like we're helping their mental health, but we're helping our mental health as well,” explainsShreena Bhatt. “I think we just like spreading happiness all around."

Source:NBC DFW

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