Sam Brodsky

Digital Writer

Samantha.Brodsky@metro.us

Mercury is in retrograde again. But what does that even mean?

Today, November 16, marks the final Mercury Retrograde of 2018. You might have seen the headlines. "Sorry, but Mercury Retrograde Is Back to Eff You Up Again," reads one from Cosmo. Another, from Nylon, claims, "This Mercury Retrograde Is A Good Time To Watch What You Say."...

Friday, November 16, 2018, 5:22 PM

5 places collecting donations for victims of the California wildfires

Authorities are fighting two California wildfires: the Butte County Camp Fire, which is being called the deadliest in a century, and the L.A. and Ventura County Woolsey Fire. Both started on November 8 and have caused mass evacuations and damage to surrounding areas. The death toll from the...

Friday, November 16, 2018, 2:42 PM

Candy for breakfast: Sour Patch Kids cereal is hitting shelves soon

With food like peanut butter and jelly hotdogs and cheese tea, are you really surprised that there's Sour Patch Kids cereal? Okay, yes, it's still quite strange to have candy for breakfast. But, after a few weeks of rumors, Post and Mondelez International have made a morning meal out...

Friday, November 16, 2018, 10:15 AM

CDC: Raw turkey linked to Salmonella outbreak ahead of Thanksgiving

Updated November 16, 2018: The CDC announced the first products linked to this outbreak of Salmonella in turkey.  Jennie-O Turkey Store Sales, LLC, in Barron, Wisconsin, recalled approximately 91,388 pounds of raw ground turkey due to potential contamination. These products were sold in one-...

Thursday, November 15, 2018, 3:10 PM

Everything to know about Netflix's first music competition series

Netflix is now entering the realm of The Voice and American Idol with hip-hop reality show Rhythm + Flow. The show has reportedly been in development for over a year and is being produced by Jesse Collins Entertainment, Get Lifted Film Co. and Gaspin Media. This type of series is new for Netflix...

Thursday, November 15, 2018, 9:40 AM

10 ways to be nicer to people on the subway

You know the saying. Some kindness a day keeps the doctor away. Okay, sure, I made that up, but you have to admit it can be pretty darn dreadful out there. November 13 marks World Kindness Day, and it's about putting forth the effort to lend a helping hand, give a compliment or simply...

Tuesday, November 13, 2018, 3:31 PM

Watch the first official teaser trailer for GoT season 8

We still have to wait until next year for the epic conclusion to GoT. But, a standalone Game of Thrones season 8 trailer (though more of a teaser, we admit) has finally been released. And, it's all about the throne. Everything GoT fans do, we do for the throne. We stay up late watching reruns...

Tuesday, November 13, 2018, 12:45 PM

The best and worst times to buy a Christmas tree this year

Whether you want to order your 2018 Christmas trees on Amazon, or you'd rather cut them down from a local tree farm like the spirited person you are, it's about that time of year again. (After all, Thanksgiving is almost one week away.) In terms of purchasing firs and pines, one Metro...

Tuesday, November 13, 2018, 10:12 AM

Austin Powers 4 may be coming sooner than we thought

For years, there have been rumors of an Austin Powers 4. There's even an IMDb page dedicated to the film. The last time we saw the British spy with bad teeth and nemesis Dr. Evil it was 2002, and the world was a very different place. The iPhone didn't exist. Mark Zuckerberg hadn't...

Monday, November 12, 2018, 3:34 PM

American Horror Story season 8 finale: How to watch and what to expect

Believe it or not, American Horror Story season 8 episode 10 is already here. It seems like only yesterday that the adult Anti-Christ, Michael Langdon, came into our lives to ruin the world.  Langdon (Cody Fern) will hopefully see his demise during the AHS Apocalypse finale. Or, perhaps he...

Monday, November 12, 2018, 11:44 AM

Everything to know about the Spice Girls reunion tour

Rumors of a possible Spice Girls reunion tour emerged as far back as 2015.  The last time the iconic British band, comprised of Melanie "Mel B" Brown (Scary Spice), Melanie "Mel C" Chisholm (Sporty Spice), Emma Bunton (Baby Spice) Geri Horner (Ginger Spice) and Victoria...

Friday, November 9, 2018, 3:20 PM

7 Things to know about the suspected Thousand Oaks shooter

The California suburb of Thousand Oaks was named the third-safest city in the U.S. this year, Reuters reports. But early Thursday morning Eastern Time, suspected shooter Ian David Long took 12 lives inside Borderline Bar and Grill. Among those killed was Ron Helus, a sheriff's sergeant, who...

Friday, November 9, 2018, 12:43 PM

10 major restaurants giving military members free food for Veterans Day

Veterans Day falls on November 11 every year. It's a chance to recognize those who've fought for our country and their families that have sacrificed so much. Veterans Day 2018 takes place this Sunday and will, therefore, be observed the following day on November 12. In honor of this...

Thursday, November 8, 2018, 2:42 PM

Ruth Bader Ginsburg hospitalized for fractured ribs: Twitter offers support

Ruth Bader Ginsburg was hospitalized Thursday morning for injuries sustained after falling in her office the night before. The 85-year-old Supreme Court justice fractured three ribs on her left side and was admitted to George Washington University Hospital for observation and treatment,...

Thursday, November 8, 2018, 10:33 AM

4 Things to know about Kendall Jenner's 'boyfriend' Ben Simmons

In case you missed it, Kendall Jenner and Ben Simmons had a summer fling. "Fling" really is the appropriate term, as their relationship never appeared to stick for long (at least in the public eye).  Sources confirmed to Page Six that the two started dating back in May. Though the...

Wednesday, November 7, 2018, 5:24 PM

8 Female politicians who made history on midterm election night

One woman tells us that yesterday, for the 2018 midterm election, she voted because she wants to live in a world where her rights are taken seriously. That they're not just "heard, but represented" too. This year marked a record wave of females running for office, and after last...

Wednesday, November 7, 2018, 12:48 PM

Women put 'I Voted' stickers on Susan B. Anthony's grave in honor of Election Day

Merriam-Webster's 2017 word of the year was "feminism," and 2018 is being called the "year of the woman." Or, better yet, year of the women, since a record number of female candidates registered to run for office leading up to the midterm elections. But, until 1920, women...

Tuesday, November 6, 2018, 5:26 PM

What time do the polls close? A guide by state

Today's midterm elections are expected to reach the highest voter participation in almost 50 years. And, if you didn't vote early this year, it's even easier to get to the polls with discounted rides from services like Uber and Lyft (AKA, there's no excuse to stay home). For...

Tuesday, November 6, 2018, 2:10 PM

5 Artists who don't want their music playing at Trump rallies in 2018

Trump rallies began at the launch of his 2016 presidential campaign, and they still take place across the country today.  Subsequently, artists came forward with complaints about Trump using their music during these events once his commander-in-chief bid took off. Some of the first names on...

Tuesday, November 6, 2018, 11:11 AM

Demi Lovato is out of rehab: report

Is Demi Lovato in rehab? Not anymore. On July 24, the 26-year-old singer and actress was rushed to the hospital after overdosing on Oxycodone laced with fentanyl. She stayed at Cedars-Sinai for about two weeks and was released on August 4 to an out-of-state facility. Following 90...

Monday, November 5, 2018, 4:10 PM