Who’s having a good week? Who’s having a bad one?
Every week we track the highs, lows and everything in between. We give you … What’s Up? What’s Down?
DOWN: CRESSIDA DICK
The Commissioner of London’s Metropolitan Police Service resigned suddenly on Thursday, after an independent review released last week found a “culture of misogyny and racism” in the force.
Embarrassingly, Cressida Dick told the BBC that she had “absolutely no intention” of leaving her post just hours before her ouster made headlines.
In her statement to the people of London, the outgoing chief explained that Mayor Sadiq Khan told her he “no longer [had] sufficient confidence in [her] leadership” and demanded her resignation letter.
Cressida Dick had previously faced calls for her removal last March, when a Met officer raped and murdered 33-year-old Sarah Everard, who he had kidnapped under the guise of police business. She came under fire again a few weeks later, when Met officers were caught on camera violently dispersing mourners at a vigil.
And thus, amid allegations of rampant police misconduct under her watch, the Met’s first female commissioner ended her tenure almost exactly five years after it started. This week, Cressida Dick is definitely trending down.
UP: CASH DANIELS
This Tennessee teen was in the national spotlight this week for his work to clean up the environment and promote conservation.
Cash, a 13-year-old from Chattanooga, works with other children in his area to clean up trash and litter from local rivers. A lifelong lover of animals and the outdoors, the self-styled “Conservation Kid” has amassed thousands of followers on Instagram by showing off his weirdest river finds.
While he’s been at it since 2019, Cash grabbed headlines again as a finalist for TIME’s Kid of the Year award show on Nickelodeon Wednesday night.
The Conservation Kid didn’t get to take home the title, but if it’s any consolation, he’s trending up.
DOWN: MIKAELA SHIFFRIN
Things went from bad to worse in Beijing this week for the 26-year-old gold medalist skier.
Then, on Wednesday, Shiffrin skied out again, this time missing a gate in a women’s slalom run.
The Olympian was heartbroken about her second straight disqualification and told NBC later in a tearful interview that the failures were making her “second-guess the last 15 years” of her life and career.
So intense was the upset — and so fixated was the media on her disappointment — that some critics drew comparisons to coverage of Simone Biles, who dropped out last year’s summer games in Tokyo for the sake of her mental health.
The final blow came Thursday, when a U.S. Olympic spokesperson announced that Shiffrin, her mom and her coach “will not be doing any media for the foreseeable future.”
Breaking Daily News hopes she sets her groove back, but right now Mikaela Shiffrin is trending down.
UP: ANDERSON COOPER
The longtime CNN anchor took a moment from his primetime news show on Thursday to break a story of his own: the birth of his second son!
Sebastian Luke Maisani-Cooper was born “happy and healthy” at 6.8 pounds, the TV host said.
Like his 22-month-old Wyatt, Sebastian will be raised by him and Benjamin Maisani, who he called his “best friend and former partner.”
The dads are still in the process of adopting Sebastian from the surrogate mother, Cooper said, adding that he’ll be taking a few weeks of parental leave to spend time at home with his sons.
A second baby is a sure way to be trending up.
DOWN: KAMILA VALIEVA
The 15-year-old Russian figure skater was off to a great start this week, when she became the first woman in Olympic history to land a quadruple jump on Monday.
But on Tuesday night, as Valieva and her teammates were set to receive the gold in a medal ceremony, Olympic officials suddenly delayed the event until further notice, citing a “legal issue.”
Kamila Valieva is accused of taking the heart medication trimetazidine, and while she may be protected from the harshest possible consequences due to her young age, the doping scandal that erupted this week will undoubtedly stunt her meteoric rise.
The test results are in, and Kamila Valieva is trending down.
UP: BROOKE SHIELDS
The Pretty Baby and Blue Lagoon star made waves this week when she posed topless in a new ad campaign for denim and outerwear brand Jordache.
At 56-years-old, Brooke said she doesn’t always feel represented in television and film. She hopes her latest campaign helps women her age feel a little more seen.
Going topless and opting for a more natural look, the actress said wanted to “fight the retouching” pervasive in modeling.
“It was important for you to see this is my 56-year-old body,” Brooke explained.
She looks great, she’s sounding confident, and she’s trending up!
DOWN: PRINCE CHARLES
The Prince of Wales tested positive for Covid-19 on Thursday, British officials announced in a vague statement.
It’s the second time that Prince Charles, who is 73 and fully vaccinated, has tested for the virus since the start of the pandemic (he’d contracted the original variant back in the early days of March 2020.)
Even more concerning, officials said the Prince had “recently” been in contact with Queen Elizabeth II, who is 95 and recently had a health scare of her own.
There’s always a member of the House of Windsor trending down these days, and this week, it’s Prince Charles.
UP: THESE IOWA PUPPIES
If London municipal politics, Olympic doping scandals or sickly monarchs have you feeling down this week, Animal Planet’s annual Puppy Bowl is sure to perk you up.
This year’s game will see 128 dogs from shelters in more than 30 states split into two teams for a three-hour showdown. Among the contenders on Sunday will be five dogs from the heartland of Iowa — Captain Floof, Otto, Judy Love, Chubby Bear and Pacific.
The annual Super Bowl spoof is meant (in part) to raise awareness and goodwill for pet adoption agencies, and while the five Iowa puppies are reportedly already spoken for, viewers have a chance to bring home dozens of the other “players” through their local shelters.
The Puppy Bowl and these five lucky Iowa dogs are on their way up.
See you next week for What’s Up? What’s Down?