Dan Le Batard’s tenure at ESPN has always been an interesting one, as the legendary Miami radio and TV host has clashed with management at times but also lent a unique and fresh voice to their airwaves that’s been of great benefit to the network. In January, their partnership will come to an end, with ESPN announcing on Thursday that January 4 will be the last day for The Dan Le Batard Show with Stugotz on ESPN Radio and Dan’s final day hosting Highly Questionable.
Highly Questionable will remain on the ESPN afternoon show lineup with a rotating cast of hosts, one would think led by Bomani Jones and the numerous other co-hosts that have joined Dan on a regular basis over the last few years. As for Le Batard’s radio show, that will be headed to a new home as the release cites Dan looking to “pursue a new opportunity.” Le Batard also thanked ESPN for his time there and the numerous people that helped create and bring his shows to life.
“Gracias to ESPN for unleashing Papi and Stugotz upon an unsuspecting America, and for lending its substantive credibility to our careening clown car,” Le Batard said in a release. “Can’t believe Stugotz finally achieved his dream of becoming a high-priced free agent. I’m forever indebted to Erik Rydholm, Matt Kelliher and their vibrant team for providing a creative oasis across a decade, and for expanding the Le Batard family to include so many brilliant colleagues who have become forever friends, bonded eternally by laughter and love. Want to also extend my gratitude to Chuck Salituro, Jimmy Pitaro, Traug Keller, Marcia Keegan, Connor Schell, Juan Diaz, Mike Foss, Amanda Gifford, Liam Chapman, Megan Judge, Elizabeth Fierman, the Hialeah-soaked crew at Imagina …and when did this become a droning acceptance speech instead of a quick goodbye? In short, thank you, Disney and ESPN, for a quarter century of absurd blessings. To our loyal army of concerned fans, and to everyone who walked along and played an instrument in our Marching Band to Nowhere, know that it is a very exciting time for us, not a sad one. And that you’ll be hearing our laughter again soon enough.”
Wherever Le Batard goes next, he’ll surely bring his extremely large and loyal following with him, and for ESPN it’s an interesting choice to let him walk given the popularity of his show and the podcasts that came from his network.
How Humans Lost Their Fur
We’re the only primate without a coat of thick fur. It turns out that this small change in our appearance has had huge consequences for our ability to regulate our body temperature, and ultimately, it helped shape the evolution of our entire lineage.
Thank you to Julio Lacerda (https://twitter.com/JulioTheArtist) for the excellent Australopithecus and persistence hunting Homo erectus illustrations!
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Warner Bros.‘ game-changing decision to release its entire 2021 film slate on HBO Max is causing all kinds of mixed emotions over the troubled future of movie theaters and the excitement of being able to see blockbusters from the safety of your couch during the pandemic. However, there’s one group of movie fans that’s feeling left out in the cold: Roku users. While HBO Max recently struck a deal to stream on Amazon Fire TV devices, it has yet to come to an agreement with Roku, which means the app is currently unavailable for millions of users. (Well, technically, there is a workaround to stream HBO Max on a Roku device, but it won’t work for everybody.)
So with the Warner Bros. news out in the open, Roku users took to Twitter to voice their feelings on missing out on the party:
While some Roku users are feeling left out, there are others who feel this latest news will be the final catalyst for HBO and Roku to come to an agreement. And while some feel that having Warner Bros. entire 2021 film slate gives HBO an advantage, Roku is still holding access to millions of streaming users that HBO Max is going to need with this new release strategy. So, it’ll be very interesting to see how the situation unfolds, and whether it can be done before Wonder Woman 1984 hits HBO Max on December 25.
While most reactions centered on a (hopefully) pending HBO Max/Roku deal in light of Warner shifting its release strategy to streaming, The Atlantic‘s David Sims tweeted this dark, philosophical musing: “What if theaters are murdered just because Warners forgot to make a deal with Roku and Amazon before launching HBO Max?” Granted, the pandemic is a major factor here, but wow, that’s something to chew on while we all wait to stream The Suicide Squad in our pajama pants.
Season 7 of Southern Charmis already filled with plenty of drama, opportunity, and fun. But fans are curious about how businessman and father John Pringle makes money outside the show. He’s involved in his family business in commodities, and he has his own musical career.
How does John’s family business affect his net worth?
As die-hard Southern Charm fans know, John spent time after college assisting his family business in New York City. According to his LinkedIn profile, John’s family business is in energy trading. The company is called Greenhaven Continuous Commodity Services (GCC). Also according to LinkedIn, GCC was purchased by WisdomTree in 2016.
John allegedly inherited his brokering talents from his father, but he’s never spoken publicly about his time on Wall Street, except to credit it as the beginning of his musical career. Friends in the city encouraged John to attend open mic nights to share his music, and he’s been flourishing ever since!
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John has been releasing his own music since 2004 and has three albums available on Spotify: “Strange Points of View,” “Midnight Mass on the Williamsburg Bridge,” and “Simple Act.” Following the release of his albums, he did extensive touring, including festivals such as SXSW. But until the pandemic is over, all tours are on hold until further notice.
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How much is John worth? Well, let’s crunch some numbers. It was reported that Southern Charm cast members make roughly $25,000 per episode, so that factors in. Combined with the estimated net worth of GCC, it’s said that John Pringle himself is worth about $1.5 million dollars. That isn’t even counting his net from album streams or tours!
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In addition to being involved in the family business, John’s a real family man.
Despite a very brief marriage to ex-wife Heidi, John is clearly head over heels for his two sons, Quinn and Asher. His Instagram is filled with pages and pages of their outings together as a family, and it’s clear that they are the most important parts of his life. Since the pandemic began, it looks like he’s quarantining with his sons, going to the beach, and taking other trips as well.
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While both Quinn and Asher are very young, perhaps they will eventually follow in John’s footsteps. While it is unclear if the pair are interested in music like their dad, hopefully, they will take the chance to explore that opportunity as time goes on. John’s passion and dedication to music as more than just a hobby gives us hope!
Ultimately, actions do speak louder than words, and we’re eager to see what this season of Southern Charm has in store for John. Who knows? The family business could grow by one as he cozies up to costar Madison LeCroy… We’ll just have to tune in and find out!
Catch new episodes of Southern Charm on Thursdays at 9 p.m. on Bravo, and catch up on episodes on Peacock or Amazon Prime.
THURSDAY, Dec. 3, 2020 (HealthDay News) – An infant diagnosed with COVID-19 showed signs of reversible heart injury and heart failure, according to a new case report.
Researchers found the 2-month-old baby experienced heart issues similar to those seen in adults. The infant later recovered and was released with no heart medications.
The report was published Dec. 2 in the journal JACC: Case Reports.
“The presentation and clinical course of this patient mirrors four case reports of acute myocardial injury reported in adult patients with COVID-19,” said Dr. Madhu Sharma, lead author of the case report and a pediatric cardiologist at The Children’s Hospital at Montefiore in New York City.
“Most children with COVID-19 are either asymptomatic or have mild symptoms, but our case shows the potential for reversible myocardial injury in infants with COVID-19,” Sharma said in a journal news release. “Testing for COVID-19 in children presenting with signs and symptoms of heart failure is very important as we learn more about the impact of this virus.”
The infant in this case was choking and had bluish discoloration of the skin after feeding, but did not have fever, cough, upper respiratory tract infection symptoms, diarrhea, vomiting or decreased feeding prior to that.
An initial COVID-19 test was negative, but a follow-up test was positive. An ECG showed a heart injury due to viral infection and heart failure symptoms that were exacerbated by a viral infection. Tests ruled out all other causes for these heart issues.
The baby’s care included the medication remdesivir under a compassionate-use order, the use of a ventilator for respiratory failure, a low blood pressure treatment and fluids. The infant had been born prematurely at 33 weeks and stayed in the NICU for three weeks at that time, including one week with a treatment that helped with breathing.
This myocardial injury has been seen in some adult patients since the earliest reports of COVID-19, according to the new research, with as many as 20% to 28% showing evidence of this injury in early groups of adult patients. Most patients with this type of injury had preexisting cardiovascular disease.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention offers more on COVID-19 and children.
SOURCE: JACC: Case Reports, news release, Dec. 2, 2020