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The value of Major League Baseball franchises is going up. According to Forbes, average team value increased 12 percent over the past year to more than two-point-three-billion-dollars. Which franchise is the most valuable? Forbes says it's the New York Yankees at seven-point-one-billion-dollars. The Los Angeles Dodgers are a distant second at four-point-eight-billion. The least valuable franchise? The Miami Marlins, but still worth one-billion dollars.
The namesake for the funk-rock group Sly and the Family Stone is releasing a memoir named after one of the band's most famous songs. Sly Stone says he "had to be in a new frame of mind" before he could write "Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin)". Referring to his real name, he said he had "to become Sylvester Stewart again to tell the true story of Sly Stone." The book is due out on October 17th and a documentary on Sly Stone is expected to stream on Hulu in the near future.
A Florida man is under arrest for allegedly assaulting a woman with a slice of pizza. Deputies say they responded to a possible domestic disturbance at a residence in Marion County. A woman there said that, during an argument, 39-year-old Ortelio Alfonso slapped her in the face with a slice of pizza. Deputies reported pizza sauce and toppings on the woman's shirt, as well as in her hair and near her ear. There was also pizza sauce on the kitchen walls and ceiling. Alfonso eventually admitted to hitting the woman with the pizza. By the way, no word on the toppings.
Saturday Night Live's editors will not strike this week after the crew agreed to a new union contract. Along with substantial pay raises, the team that works on SNL's pre-taped segments negotiated healthcare benefits and provisions for late-night work. The editors' guild hopes the deal will set a precedent for future workers in the industry.
A popular singer-songwriter is already making plans for the afterlife. During an interview with Rolling Stone, Ed Sheeran revealed he's already been working on his final, posthumous album. Sheeran said he'll update the album on a regular basis throughout the rest of his life. In addition, Sheeran's already mapped out his next five releases, which will each be based on various symbols. Previous albums have been titled with the math symbols for plus, times, divided by, and equals. His final mathematically themed album, 'Subtract,' will drop on May 5th.
The folks who work at Panera Bread will soon be able to greet customers by name thanks to a scan of their palm. The chain announced this week it will be rolling out Amazon One technology that will allow customers to link their loyalty accounts to their hand prints. The technology will be optional, but Panera's CEO said the palm scans "will make it even easier for its guests to access their rewards and have a more customized cafe experience."