1. Free Slurpees on Friday (that's 7-11) from 7-Eleven
Free stuff! Convenience store giant 7-Eleven is handing out free Slurpees between 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. on Friday in honor of the 7-Eleven's' 87th birthday. (Friday is 7-11, get it?) But the party goes on all week if you download the store's app. There have been hundreds of flavors and tons of limited-time-only options introduced over the years: anyone remember the yellow pineapple flavor introduced along with DVD release of The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie and 'Woo-Hoo! Blue Vanilla' in 2007 to go along with the The Simpsons Movie? But the most unique flavors are the concoctions created by mixing all the flavors together (our favorite).
2. Babe Ruth's major league debut was 100 years ago
On July 10, Babe Ruth took an overnight train to Boston. He arrived at Back Bay Station at 10 a.m. Met there by a Red Sox representative, Ruth was informed he was to start that afternoon. Five hours later, 100 years ago Friday, Ruth made his American League debut against the Cleveland Naps in Fenway Park. Babe Ruth redefined baseball during his 22-year career. Though many of his records have been broken, his all-time career marks are still impressive: 1st in slugging percentage (.690), 1st in OPS (1.164), 2nd in OBP (.474), 2nd in RBIs (2,213). The list goes on. Not bad for a guy who cracked the big leagues as a pitcher.
3. Manhattanhenge sunset and Supermoon
The second (and final) pair of Manhattanhenge sunsets of the year will be Friday at 8:24 p.m. and Saturday at 8:25 p.m. in New York City. The phenomenon occurs "when the setting sun aligns precisely with the Manhattan street grid, creating a radiant glow of light across Manhattan's brick and steel canyons, simultaneously illuminating both the north and south sides of every cross street of the borough's grid," writes Neil deGrasse Tyson of the American Museum of Natural History and host of the TV show Cosmos. Your other weekend phenomenon is the first "Supermoon" of the year. It's the first of three that will grace the sky in 2014. Since the moon is "fullest" early Saturday morning, you can look for the Supermoon both Friday and Saturday nights.
4. Q2 bank earnings kick off
The only thing lower than bank CD rates are analysts' expectations for second-quarter bank earnings. Wells Fargo kicks off the second-quarter bank earnings reports on Friday, with Citigroup, JPMorgan Chase, Bank of America, and U.S. Bancorp and Capital One all reporting next week. Banking analysts at Keefe Bruyette & Woods expect Wells, the largest U.S. bank by market capitalization, to report $1 in earnings per share for the second quarter, a 5.4% decline from the first quarter and a 0.6% increase over the second quarter of 2013.
5. George Clooney doesn't accept 'Daily Mail' apology
"Sorry" isn't cutting it with George Clooney. The actor, who spoke out in Wednesday's USA TODAY to denounce a Daily Mail story about his fiancée Amal Alamuddin and her mother, is not done yet. In new statement to USA TODAY, he takes the outlet to task for saying the original story was "not a fabrication." He says the Mail "knew ahead of time that they were lying."
And, the essentials:
Weather: Storms will again slam much of the country while the heat continues to build in the West and South.
Stocks: Wall Street is pointing higher ahead of the bell.
TV Tonight: Wondering what to watch this weekend? TV critic Robert Bianco looks at Almighty Johnsons and Masters of Sex.
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Corrections and clarifications: An earlier version of the 7-Eleven item for this story misstated anniversary information associated with the convenience store chain.