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Who is Tino Franco on ‘The Bachelorette’?



Rachel Recchia has had a rocky start to her “The Bachelorette, season, held alongside co-Bachelorette Gabriela “Gabby” Windey.

Throughout the show’s second episode, Recchia struggled to form connections with the suitors and ended up sending Jordan Vandergriff, whom she invited on her first one-on-one date, home.

During one of her in-the-moment confessionals, Recchia wondered, “Maybe they don’t like me.”

She shouldn’t worry, though. There’s one contestant who definitely has his focus completely on Recchia: Tino Franco, a 28-year-old from Playa Del Rey, Calif.

Franco and Recchia immediately hit it off from the moment he stepped out of the limo. After he walked inside the Bachelor Mansion, Recchia turned to Windey and said, “He’s my type.” 

Here’s everything you need to know about Season 19’s early frontrunner. 

Tino Franco meeting Gabriela “Gabby” Windey and Rachel Recchia during night one of Season 19 of “The Bachelorette.” Craig Sjodin / ABC

He wants to have four kids

Franco’s ABC cast bio focused on his love for his family and his hope to build his own one day.

“He wants a meaningful connection that will set the groundwork for him and his future wife to be great parents because, for Tino, family is everything … (and) he wants four kids,” the bio reads.

Other parts of the bio reveal Franco enjoys reading the Wall Street Journal and he wants to go surfing in Bali one day. Also, “90% of what he eats is meat.” Hopefully, that tidbit addressed on the show. 

Tino works as a general contractor

Franco’s ABC bio said he works as a general contractor. Naturally, nis introduction to the Bachelorettes was replete with construction puns: “You two, look forking gorgeous,” Franco told the two Bachelorettes after driving a forklift up the driveway. 

You can probably find him outside

“If he’s not surfing, he’s cycling, camping or loving on his family dog as much as he possibly can,” Franco’s bio said — a sentiment reflected on his Instagram page.

He volunteers with Camp Ronald McDonald

Franco’s cast bio mentioned the importance of philanthropy in his life. “Tino is very involved in giving back to his community and wants to find someone who will work to make the world a better place alongside him,” the bio said. 

The California native’s Instagram page is a monument to the work he does with the nonprofit Ronald McDonald House. Specifically, Franco works with Camp Ronald McDonald, a cost-free summer camp for children with cancer, their siblings and their parents..

In a September 2019 Instagram post, Franco opened up about how, after his younger brother was diagnosed with leukemia, Camp Ronald McDonald stepped in to help. (According to Franco’s caption, his brother has been “healthy for 10 years now”).

“Camp came up big for me and my family,” Franco wrote, saying it was “an incredible community of comfort and love.”

He received Recchia’s first impression rose

During their first conversation on night one, Franco decided to sit with Recchia on a staircase in the Bachelor Mansion so that she could have a happier memory associated with stairs. His gesture was a callback to last season of “The Bachelor,” during which Recchia sobbed while lying on the stairs during a rose ceremony in Iceland. 

“I figured you might have a little bit of a troubled past with the stairs, so maybe we could get together and make a better memory out of it,” he explained to Recchia as she laughed.

After Recchia told him they were “off to a great start,” the two shared a kiss. 

Later in the night, Recchia gave Franco her first impression rose. 

“I have been thinking about you for a while and I really enjoyed our conversation,” she told him before they kissed again. 

In a confessional interview, Franco said he was was “so stoked” to spend more time with Rachel. “No doubt in my mind that (Rachel and I) can build something really special here,” he said.

We’ll have to see if that “special” connection takes him all the way to the end.

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Gord Lewis, Teenage Head Guitarist, Dead at 65 After Being Allegedly Murdered by Son



Gord Lewis, the guitarist and founding member of Canada’s iconic punk rock band Teenage Head, has died. He was 65.

According to police in Hamilton, Ontario, Lewis’ 41-year-old son, Jonathan Lewis, has been arrested and charged with second-degree murder. Police accuse Jonathan of killing his father inside his apartment sometime last week.

Det. Sgt. Sara Beck of the Hamilton Police Department said during a Monday news conference that cops responded to the apartment around noon Sunday and “located a deceased male in his 60s in the apartment.” Beck added that “the male had injuries consistent with foul play and the case was deemed a homicide.” 

According to The Hamilton Spectator, cops say they believe they know the identity of the victim and that the Lewis family has been informed. But, due to the decomposition of the body, further testing is needed to make an official identification. The family had no comment when reached by The Spectator.

The band’s Instagram account, meanwhile, confirmed Gord’s death. “We are heartbroken and still trying to process the loss of our friend, bandmate and brother Gord Lewis Our hearts are with his family and all that knew and loved him,” the caption reads. “Gord was a force and an inspiration to many. You were taken from us far too soon.”

Cops say they are not seeking additional suspects and believe this is an isolated incident. They also said an autopsy will be performed and the case remains an open investigation.

The Spectator also claims that its newsroom — along with a slew of others — received a string of messages from two email accounts with the name Jonathan Lewis, first at around 8 p.m. on Saturday and again late morning Sunday. According to the outlet, the messages ranged from a complaint that Gord needed help to address medical issues to references that the musician was dead.

One particular email obtained by The Spectator reads, “Now I just want to get help for my sickness and give my Dad a proper burial. He didn’t deserve this.” Another email obtained by the newspaper rolled in Sunday morning that read, “Funeral people need to get here quick. My dad is starting to decay.”

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It was at this point when a reporter at The Spectator called police and shared concern for Gord’s safety. The call prompted police to conduct a wellness check at Gord’s apartment, where his body was discovered, though police believe the alleged murder took place a few days prior to authorities discovering the body.

Gord founded Teenage Head in Hamilton, Ontario in 1975 alongside vocalist/drummer Frankie Venom and singer Dave Desroches. The band earned stardom in the early 1980s with hits, like “Let’s Shake” and “Some Kinda Fun.” Venom died in 2008 following throat cancer.


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Aussies Are Explaining The Differences Between Bogans And Rednecks To Americans And It’s Fascinating




“Watch Kath & Kim for an excellent example of bogans. Bogans aren’t necessarily trailer park living, wildlife hunting yokels.”


“Kath and Kim are great examples of Australian bogans. I would think a TV show that shows American bogans would be Malcolm In The Middle, that middle-class suburban family that is a little rough around the edges.” 


“Holy fuck, that’s actually very on point. I’d like to submit the Simpsons as contenders for American boganhood.”


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Jennifer Hudson threw out one of rarest first pitches in baseball



Call her an actor-singer-pitcher.

Once again proving there’s not much she can’t do, Jennifer Hudson added a perfect first pitch ahead of the Kansas City Royals game on Tuesday to a résumé that already includes an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony Award.

Hudson lobbed up what the Major League Baseball Twitter account called “the best eephus pitch” they’ve seen this season ahead of the Royals’ home game against the Chicago White Sox.

There’s only one way to celebrate when you nail a first pitch like Jennifer Hudson did before Tuesday’s Kansas City Royals game. Ed Zurga / Getty Images

An eephus pitch is a super slow, high-arcing pitch that is meant to throw off a batter’s timing and is rarely seen in a big-league game. Hudson lollipopped her pitch right over the plate as the Royals mascot, Sluggerrr, called it a strike while posing as the umpire.

Hudson, 40, celebrated by pointing to the crowd and doing a little shimmy on the mound. She also did it in style in a Royals jersey and denim jumpsuit.

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Hudson can now add “perfect first pitch” to her EGOT.Ed Zurga / Getty Images

Celebrities throwing out the first pitch need to bring their A-game these days, as Hudson’s strike follows a memorable first pitch by Olympic gold medalist Suni Lee before a Minnesota Twins game last week.

The star gymnast flipped head over heels before throwing her pitch, putting her up in the first pitch pantheon with Team USA teammate Simone Biles, who did a twisting backflip in 2019 before a first pitch at a Houston Astros game.

Tom Hanks also had a first pitch to remember in April when he reunited with Wilson from “Cast Away” before a Cleveland Guardians game.

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