Donnie Wahlberg Leaves a $500 Tip for the Overnight Staff at Waffle House

Donnie Wahlberg has nothing but love for the Waffle House—and the people who work there, too.

While traveling on the Total Package Tour with his New Kids on the Block bandmates, the star stopped in for a meal at a Waffle House in Edgewater, Maryland early Monday morning—and left the overnight staff a $500 tip.

“There were two servers and a cook, and he left a $500 tip for the three of them to split,” Jessica Reed, an employee at the Waffle House location, tells PEOPLE exclusively. “They took a picture together and he was apparently really awesome.”

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The receipt, which was posted on Twitter, shows the star’s handwritten tip (with a smiley face and a heart) on the $62.75 bill. “When I came in at 6 o’clock in the morning, the overnight shift was bragging about it,” jokes Reed, who works the morning shift and was not there when Wahlberg came in.

Following his 3 a.m. meal, the Blue Bloods star—who has documented his affection for the restaurant chain on social media many times—Tweeted a photo with Waffle House staffers Tyler and Angi, calling them a “great crew” and thanking them for the “awesome service.”

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While on tour, Wahlberg—who owns the Wahlburgers burger chain with his brothers Mark and Paul— seems to be spreading good cheer whenever he can. Last week, the singer also sent a personalized video message to a Lancaster, Pennsylvania woman undergoing breast cancer treatment after she missed a New Kids on the Block concert.

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“I just wanted to say hi and I’m sorry you missed the show,” Wahlberg said in the video. “Cleveland is pretty close. So if you feel better for Cleveland, you let me know and I will give you tickets and backstage passes for Cleveland or anywhere even remotely close.”

The singer ended the video by sending well wishes to the woman: “I hope you feel better, alright. Keep fighting.”

from PEOPLE.com http://people.com/food/donnie-wahlberg-500-tip-waffle-house/

Philadelphia Woman Stabbed 12 Times in Possibly Random Attack in Park as Killer on the Loose

Police investigating the killing of a 33-year-old woman whose body was found early Saturday morning in a park behind a Philadelphia high school say they have very little evidence to work with and are appealing to the public for information that may lead them to a suspect.

PEOPLE confirms that the woman who was found bludgeoned and stabbed to death in a park behind Dobbins High School at around 3 a.m. on Saturday was Debra Gulliver, a cat lover who is being remembered by friends for her positive nature and nurturing spirit.

Police still do not know if Gulliver was targeted or the victim of a random attack.

According to authorities, Gulliver had spent the hours before her death with friends, whom she had left about an hour before she was killed.

Gulliver took a bus back to her neighborhood, and took a shortcut through the park where she died, PEOPLE learns.

Detectives have uncovered surveillance video that shows Gulliver entered the park alone 30 minutes before the attack.

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A police spokesman tells PEOPLE investigators believe her killer was already in the park when she started walking through it.

Gulliver was found with her pants pulled down to her ankles, but police have not said if she was sexually assaulted Saturday night.

Authorities have revealed Gulliver’s face was bludgeoned and that she was stabbed more than a dozen times throughout her entire body.

The police spokesman confirms the blade of the knife was found inside Gulliver’s body after the handle had snapped off.

Police in Philadelphia are warning pedestrians not to walk alone at night in the area since the killer has not been caught and the attack could have been random.

A $20,000 reward is being offered for any information about the killing that leads to an arrest and conviction.

Information can be called into the Philadelphia Police Department’s Tips Line at (215) 686-8477.

A GoFundMe campaign has been launched to cover burial costs for Gulliver. At press time, it had raised $4,445.

Several friends have been leaving tributes to Gulliver on the GoFundMe page. One called her “a beautiful spirit” who “was so happy, fun and giving.”

Another friend wrote that Gulliver will be missed by many people, and that her life was cut entirely too short.

“You were such a good person with such a positive aura,” the friend expressed. “Such a tragedy!”

from PEOPLE.com http://people.com/crime/philadelphia-woman-stabbed-12-times-park/

5 Times Serena Williams Clapped Back Like the Champion She Is

Serena Williams hit back at John McEnroe on Monday after the retired tennis player said she would rank 700th among male tennis players.

“Dear John, I adore and respect you but please please keep me out of your statements that are not factually based,” Williams tweeted. “I’ve never played anyone ranked ‘there’ nor do I have time. Respect me and my privacy as I’m trying to have a baby. Good day sir.”

In an interview with NPR, McEnroe had said that while he believes Williams is the greatest female player ever, “if she played in the men’s circuit, she’d be like 700 in the world.”

But Williams is not stranger to firing back at critics. Over the years, she’s spoken out against people who have criticized everything from her body to her tennis playing.

She took on body-shamers with bikini pics

Williams shut down body shamers after her 2015 Wimbledon championship, posting pictures of herself on a Swedish beach on Instagram.

That same day, Williams posted an Instagram video of her getting her eyebrows shaped, responding to Internet trolls who had criticized her brows – adding that she still prefers her natural brows.

“Lol finally getting them shaped! Hahahha #haters I love you!!! Hahah but I still like them all natural! But for now you win lol,” she wrote in the post.

She made a reporter apologize for questioning her performance

Despite having the most Grand Slam wins of any individual since professionals and amateurs could compete together, Williams still had her tennis skills questioned by a reporter in January. But Williams would not let the reporter’s question slide.

After the reporter called her performance in a defeat against Lucie Safarova “scrappy” and full of errors. Williams hit back. “I think that’s a very negative thing to say,” she said.” Are you serious?”

The all-star tennis player asked if the reporter wanted to apologize, which he did.

Williams was not here for people telling her to smile

In a press conference after her 2015 U.S. Open win against her sister Venus Williams, a reporter asked why she wasn’t smiling. He ended his question by asking her, “What’s wrong?”

“It’s 11:30. I don’t, to be perfectly honest, want to be here,” Williams answered. “I just want to be in bed right now, and I have to wake up early to practice. And I don’t want to answer any of these questions, and you guys keep asking me the same questions. You’re not really making it super enjoyable.”

She capped off her candid answer with a shrug as other reporters laughed along with Williams’ brutally honest answer.

She literally chased down someone who tried to rob her

At one point, someone thought it would be a good idea to try and steal Williams’ phone. The tennis star proved very quickly that he was mistaken.

In November 2015, Williams posted on Facebook about how she chased down a man who took her phone while she was out at dinner. She recounted the entire event along with a photo of her in a Superwoman costume.

“I jumped up, weaved my way in and out of the cozy restaurant (leaping over a chair or two) and chased him down,” she wrote. “He began to run but I was too fast. (Those sprints came in handy) I was upon him in a flash!”

Williams also encouraged her fans to “always listen to superhero inner voice.”

She took aim at everyone who looked down on her in her Sportsperson of the Year speech

When she was awarded the 2015 Sports Illustrated Sportsperson of the Year award, her speech addressed people who have thought less of her for her body, race and gender.

“I’ve had people look down on me, put me down because I didn’t look like them — I look stronger,” Williams said at the time. “I’ve had people look past me because the color of my skin, I’ve had people overlook me because I was a woman, I’ve had critics say I never win another Grand Slam when I was only at number seven — and here I stand today with 21 Grand Slam titles, and I’m still going.”

from PEOPLE.com http://people.com/sports/serena-williams-clapped-back-champion/

Jazz Jennings Opts to Skip Top Surgery: ‘I’m Pretty Happy with My Body’

 

Jazz Jennings has hit a breakthrough in her self-perception as she continues to transition to her most authentic self.

In an exclusive sneak peek at Tuesday’s season premiere of I Am Jazz, the transgender teen speaks with her mother and doctor about how her journey is progressing physiologically and whether she’s ready to pursue further medical procedures in her transition.

“Your labs look great — your testosterone level is really, really low; your estrogen levels is actually more or less adult levels,” reports Dr. Charlton, a pediatric endocrinologist, to the 16-year-old at her check-up.

Jazz’s mother Jeanette says in an interview: “To hear that Jazz is developing just like her peers, it just makes me so happy. I’m so happy for her, and it kind of confirms — it really confirms — that Greg and I have been making the right decisions with respect to her medical care. We are on the right path.”

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That said, the question of what steps she will take on that path continue to be a question.

After experience setbacks that delayed her ability to pursue bottom surgery, Jazz tells her mother and Dr. Charlton — much to their surprise: “I don’t want top surgery anymore. I’m pretty happy with my body.”

Dr. Charlton replies, “This is the first time I’ve heard you say that you’re happy with your body. You’ve been happy with certain changes, but there were always concerns. This is the happiest I’ve seen you.You seem more comfortable in your own skin now than you have since I’ve known you, and that’s really, really great.”

I Am Jazz returns for a new season Tuesday at 10 p.m. ET on TLC.

from PEOPLE.com http://people.com/tv/jazz-jennings-skips-top-surgery-pretty-happy-body-exclusive/

Uber Driver Allegedly Took Unconscious Female Passenger To Motel and Sexually Assaulted Her

A North Hollywood Uber driver — and convicted felon — was arrested for allegedly driving an unconscious female passenger to a motel and sexually assaulting her, according to Los Angeles police.

Alaric Spence, 46, of North Hollywood, was arrested Saturday, on suspicion of kidnapping to commit sexual assault, Capt. William Hayes announced at a press conference Monday.

The 24-year-old passenger had taken an Uber from downtown Los Angeles to Hollywood at about 3 a.m. Friday, but became unconscious during the trip, possibly due to alcohol intoxication, Hayes said.

Instead of taking her to her destination, Spence allegedly drove her to a motel, where he rented a room, said Hayes. He allegedly carried the unconscious woman inside the motel room and sexually assaulted her.

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The alleged victim called police when she woke up and didn’t know where she was, said Hayes.

Spence was taken into custody Saturday night and is being held on $1 million bond, according to inmate records.

Spence has five previous felony convictions for possession of narcotics, Hayes said.

Police are investigating whether Spence has sexually assaulted other women, said Hayes.

“It doesn’t seem feasible that this would be the first time,” Hayes said. “He went to the hotel, rented a room, and then carried her from his car into the room, where he assaulted her. To do something that brazen … in my investigators’ and my opinion, we believe it’s something he’s done before.”

Uber is cooperating with the investigation and has permanently banned Spence from driving for the company, a spokesperson tells PEOPLE.

No person should ever have to experience the violent act that’s been reported to police,” an Uber spokeswoman tells PEOPLE. “We are working with the Los Angeles Police Department to fully support their investigation, and the driver has been banned from the Uber app.”

Spence had been an Uber driver for six months, said Hayes.

Upon receiving information about the allegation, the driver was immediately removed from accessing the platform, according to Uber. The driver’s background was screened in accordance with California state law, which requires a seven-year look-back period for non-violent felonies.  If a non-violent felony conviction falls outside that look back period, it does not disqualify the driver. 

from PEOPLE.com http://people.com/crime/uber-driver-allegedly-sexually-assaults-unconscious-passenger-took-her-motel/

9 Celebs Who Made Major Post-Breakup Confessions About Their Exes

Some people just let it all out after a breakup.

John Mellencamp, Blake Shelton, Khloé Kardashian and more celebs certainly haven’t been shy about dishing on their one-time significant others following heartbreak, providing us with the following fascinating revelations about their relationships.

Malika Haqq

Khloé Kardashian’s best friend may have (briefly) found romance with The Jersey Shore‘s Ronnie Ortiz-Magro while starring on the reality show Famously Single, but Haqq isn’t holding back about what exactly went wrong between the pair.

“Ronnie and I are really, truly opposites,” Haqq told PEOPLE. “His love language is very aggressive. It’s verbally aggressive, it’s physically aggressive. It’s just the way he expresses himself.”

“My love language is communication. I’m a big communicator and I’m affectionate,” she continued. “We show our love language in two very different ways, so the way we were trying to communicate with each other was often misconstrued because we don’t speak the same language.”

John Mellencamp 

Three years after splitting from former girlfriend Meg Ryan, the musician got candid about the former couple’s dynamic in the wake of their breakup. “I loved Meg Ryan. She hates me to death,” he revealed to Howard Stern. “I think it’s because I’m a child. I throw fits, I gripe, I complain. I’m moody. Every bad thing that a fella can be, that’s me.”

Mellencamp went on to share that he has attempted to make amends with the actress, but to no avail. “I’ve done that. She just doesn’t want anything to do with me. And I can’t blame her,” he admitted. 

Blake Shelton

A year after announcing his split from wife of four-years Miranda Lambert, Shelton opened up to Billboard about how the divorce inspired his latest album If I’m Honest.

“When we recorded the vocals for some of these songs, I was only six months removed from when all the crap went down,” he told the magazine. “When you have a broken heart – at least, when I do – you got to get it out of your system. You want people to sympathize with you. I was at rock bottom, in the middle of hell.”

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“You can learn some facts of my divorce,” he admitted about the candid tracks. “Maybe not specifics, but you can get a general idea about it.”

Shelton also didn’t deny that the song “She’s Got a Way with Words,” which involves a lying and cheating lover, refers to his ex wife.

Joe Jonas
The singer made a triple-ex confession on Watch What Happens Live.

During a round of “Plead the Fifth,” host Andy Cohen challenged Jonas to choose which of his former flames he would shag, marry or kill: Demi Lovato, Gigi Hadid or Taylor Swift.

“I’ll marry Demi. She’s a friend,” the DNCE star said. “This is a game, right? Shag Taylor. Kill Gigi,” he concluded.

“We were children,” Jonas added about his time with Swift. “ 18, 19. Young enough.”

Calvin Harris
After news broke that ex Taylor Swift wrote his Rihanna collaboration “This Is What You Came For,” the DJ took to Twitter to let out some apparently pent-up feelings about his former girlfriend.

“And she sings on a little bit of it too. Amazing lyrics writer and she smashed it as usual,” he revealed in a since-deleted tweet. “I wrote the music, produced the song, arranged it and cut the vocals though. And initially she wanted it kept secret, hence the pseudonym.”

“Hurtful to me at this point that her and her team would go so far out of their way to try and make ME look bad at this stage though,” he continued. “I figure if you’re happy in your new relationship you should focus on that instead of trying to tear your ex bf down for something to do. I know you’re off tour and you need someone new to try and bury like Katy ETC but I’m not that guy, sorry. I won’t allow it.”

Jennifer Aniston
The actress discussed ex-husband Brad Pitt with Vanity Fair following their 2005 divorce.

“Brad and I used to joke that every piece of furniture was either a museum piece or just uncomfortable,” she said about his far-from-cozy-tastes. “He definitely had his sense of style, and I definitely have my sense of style, and sometimes they clashed. I wasn’t so much into modern.”

Aniston went on to comment on a W magazine photo spread released shortly after their breakup. Called “Domestic Bliss,” it featured Pitt and then-new love Angelina Jolie as a 1960s-style married couple with kids.

“Is it odd timing? Yeah. But it’s not my life,” she said of the photos. “He makes his choices. He can do – whatever. We’re divorced, and you can see why.”

“I can also imagine Brad having absolutely no clue why people would be appalled by it,” Aniston added. “Brad is not mean-spirited; he would never intentionally try to rub something in my face. In hindsight, I can see him going, ‘Oh – I can see that that was inconsiderate.’ But I know Brad. Brad would say, ‘That’s art!’ There’s a sensitivity chip that’s missing.”

Justin Bieber
Bieber revealed his lasting affection for on-again, off-again ex Selena Gomez during an interview with The Bert Show.

“She loves me. I love her, too, always,” he admitted. “I just want her to be happy. I love .”

“We’re friends still. We needed time to grow for ourselves and we were like, ‘Maybe we’ll come back together in the future,’ and then it ended up being so long and we just grew apart and we’re not the same people anymore,” he added about their post-split relationship.

Khloé Kardashian
After filing for divorce from Lamar Odom, the reality star candidly discussed his sly infidelity on Howard Stern’s SiriusXM show.

“He was so good. Nothing was on his cell phones, he had an assistant and they were all on his assistant’s phones so he was really crafty,” she told the host. “It’s disgusting, and I was pissed at the assistant. And all these rumors kept coming out in the weeklies, and as much as I know they’re bulls—, where there’s smoke there’s fire. Something has to be right here. But then this one girl did an interview and she was so adamant and when I confronted him, he blamed another teammate. This was when he was playing for the Clippers, his last season Once I found out about all the cheating, I was very worried about STDs. I went and got checked. I’m clean, thank God.”

Despite the cheating, Kardashian maintained that she and Odom still deeply cared for each other. “I know he loves me, I know we loved each other, I don’t question those feelings,” she said. “Obviously Lamar does, or did struggle with substance abuse. I do believe there’s a sex addiction … but I also don’t know if I believe in a sex addiction that much.”

Iggy Azalea
The rapper didn’t hold anything back when it came to exposing the reason she broke it off with former fiancé Nick Young.

“I have never even been told by Nick that his baby mother is pregnant, so if this is true, I’m finding out via E! News,” she wrote on Twitter, referencing reports that Young was expecting another child with his ex girlfriend. “I broke up with Nick because I found out he had brought other women into our home while I was away and caught them on the security footage. This is just like a second shot to the chest. And I feel like I don’t even know who the hell it is I’ve been loving all this time.”

from PEOPLE.com http://people.com/celebrity/celebs-who-made-major-post-breakup-confessions-about-their-exes/

North West’s New Puppy (Finally) Has the Yummiest Name!

Update: Though Peachy Pop (a.k.a. Peaches) won the poll, Sushi it is, Kim Kardashian West tweeted early Tuesday morning.

Original story from June 26: There have been a lot of new arrivals in the Kardashian family this month.

Kim and Kourtney Kardashian each brought home girl puppies from the same litter in June, and Kim and Kanye West announced they are planning to expand their family via a surrogate. That’s a lot to keep up with.

To help North adjust to the arrival of a second sibling, Kim got her the aforementioned baby dog. North is already taking to the pup (and how could you not with that furry face?), but one thing is missing.

The fluffball still doesn’t have a name.

Kourtney and her daughter Penelope Disick have already named their sister pup Honey, but Kim is taking her decision beyond the family.

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On Monday, she Tweeted the four names she and North are deciding between and asked her millions of followers to vote on their favorite.

The choices run the gamut from religious to sweet. Right now, the masses seem to favor Peachy Pop (Peaches) but all of the other options are close behind.

Your vote matters! Take a moment to weigh in on this crucial pop culture moment and stay tuned for the result.

from PEOPLE.com http://people.com/pets/kim-kardashian-north-new-puppy-name/