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Friday, February 27, 2009

Celebrity Gossip

FATHER OF NICK HOGAN CRASH VICTIM ARRESTED FOR PLOTTING TO KILL WIFE: Edward James Graziano, the father of the man injured in Nick (Bollea) Hogan's 2007 car crash, was arrested on Thursday (February 26th) for plotting to kill his estranged wife. Bay News Nine in Florida reported that authorities had been investigating Graziano for two-and-a-half months, during which time he is alleged to have held multiple meetings and negotiations with a tipster and an undercover detective disguised as a go-between to a hit man. Detectives say that the 53-year-old paid $1,100 in cash, the same amount in a personal check and a pizza gift card to have Debra Graziano murdered. The couple's son, John, was left in serious condition from the 2007 accident, which led to Hogan serving eight months in jail for reckless driving.

TOM BRADY AND GISELE BUNDCHEN GET MARRIED: Tom Brady and Gisele Bundchen got married in a small, private ceremony in Santa Monica, California, on Thursday (February 26). The New England Patriots quarterback and the Brazilian supermodel tied the knot just before 6 p.m. at St. Monica Catholic Church. The bride wore Dolce & Gabbana as did her three dogs, US Weekly reported. Brady and Bundchen got engaged in January.

JEWEL HEALING FROM INJURY: A day after she announced that a knee injury could affect her participation on Dancing With the Stars, Jewel assured fans that she's still in contention for the title. The singer blogged on Thursday (February 26th), "I went to the physical therapist yesterday and I can say that I am feeling better! He said if I take time now to heal I will be good to go by next week." She added that her husband, fellow contestant Ty Murray, is strategizing how to beat her. She added, "Ty said he thinks his best chance of beating me is if I get pregnant during the show so I would be too tired to dance," Jewel writes. "Talk about a strategy! Of course, that would be fine with me if it did happen, so either way would be a win!"

RICK SCHRODER SUED FOR ALLEGEDLY STEALING TOOLS: Rick Schroder is being sued for allegedly stealing $7,000 worth of tools from a woman, TMZ reports. Alicia Roberts claims her ex-boyfriend, Brent Black, who is a friend of the actor, stole the tools from her property and has named Schroder as a co-conspirator. Black tells TMZ that Roberts is just a "crazy, bitter bitch," who suing out of revenge. Schroder is counter suing for $5,000, claiming he's never even met Roberts and has lost work due to the case.

JONATHAN RHYS MEYERS IN REHAB AGAIN: Jonathan Rhys Meyers has checked in to rehab for the third time since 2005. Independent.ie reports that The Tudors actor is seeking treatment for his problems with alcohol at a facility in England. Meyers checked into California's Promises rehab center in 2005 and his rep confirmed that he'd returned to treatment in 2007. Suspicions about his current condition arose after he failed to appear at a couple of important recent events and was spotted purchasing what appeared to be a bottle of of vodka. In 2007, Rhys Meyers was arrested at Dublin Airport and charged with being drunk and in breach of the peace.

JASON WAHLER CALLS OFF ENGAGEMENT: MTV reality star Jason Wahler has called off his engagement. Lauren Conrad's 22-year-old ex-boyfriend proposed to now-21-year-old Katja Decker Sadowski not long after his split from The Hills star. He told Usmagazine.com, "I have decided to end my engagement, and it's an amicable split," adding, "We agreed we are both just too young to be considering getting married right now." Wahler is currently shopping around his own reality show called Jason and the Cougars.

SALMA HAYEK HONEYMOONS AT WORK: Salma Hayek's Valentine's Day wedding in Paris might have been romantic, but the newlywed spent her honeymoon on the set of NBC's 30 Rock. Hayek, who is in the midst of filming a multi-episode plot line on the comedy, "flew right from her wedding to come shoot with us," on screen beau Alec Baldwin told Us Weekly magazine. Baldwin added that he wasn't surprised that Francois-Henri Pinault exchanged nuptials with the mother of his 17-month-old daughter, exclaiming, "He's a genius. Of course he should marry her!"

DAVID BECKHAM LIVING AT GEORGE CLOONEY'S HOUSE: David Beckham is currently living in George Clooney's Italian home while the actor is away. People magazine confirmed that the soccer star has taken up residence in Clooney's digs while he's playing for AC Milan under a loan agreement with his Los Angeles soccer team, the LA Galaxy. Hello! magazine reported that the two hunky stars developed a friendship after being introduced by Giorgio Armani at a New York event last year.

'DANCING WITH THE STARS' PROS PLANNING 2009 WEDDING: Dancing With The Stars pros Karina Smirnoff and Maksim Chmerkovskiy plan to tie the knot before the end of the year. The couple, who got engaged last New Year's Eve, told Us Weekly magazine, "We started talking about it and figuring out when and where we're going to have it. But there's so many family members that have a say that we got to try to make sure that everyone will be happy. But we think it will be sometime before the end of this year. So, not so long." Smirnoff and Chmerkovskiy, who are respectively paired with Steve Wozniak and Denise Richards on the upcoming season, will face off on the dance floor beginning March 9th.

Water Cooler Talk

  • New statistics show that Britons are turning to stomach stapling for losing weight. Those procedures were up 40% in 2008.
  • Holly Madison and Criss Angel have ended their four-month romance.
  • According to Woman's Day, 60% of you believe in ghosts.
  • Paul McCartney and his latest lady friend Mary are resurrecting his late wife's line of vegan frozen food products.
  • Wheel of Fortune celebrates its 5,000th show today. For the record, Jeopardy is over 5,700.
  • Singer-guitarist Steven Page has left the Barenaked Ladies.
  • Jerry Seinfeld is producing a new reality show for NBC called, "The Marriage Ref"... which will be on next summer.
  • It's the bank of mom and dad: The average 25-year-old gets about $2,300 annually from her folks, a study shows.
  • Chris Brown started taking anger management classes this week.
  • Juilianna Margulies and George Clooney will both be back for the March 12th episode of "E.R." The show began filming its final episode this week. That will air April 2.
  • The woman who was with Morgan Freeman when he crashed his car earlier this year is suing the actor because of her injuries.
  • Playing drums in a rock band requires the extraordinary stamina of a professional athlete, according to researchers from the University of Chichester and the University of Gloucestershire in the UK. It also burns 600 calories an hour.
  • Jewel's tendinitis in her knees is bothering her so much, she may have to drop out of the upcoming "Dancing with the Stars."
  • 36% of Americans aged 18 to 29 have at least one tattoo.
  • In Florida, they found the body of a man missing for a week. It was in the back seat of his parked car... that had received seven parking tickets.

Thursday, February 26, 2009

KFLAG COUNTRY MUSIC NEWS

Faith Hill, Tim McGraw, Keith Urban, Toby Keith, Sugarland, and Taylor Swift will all be paying musical tribute to "King" George Strait as the Academy of Country Music's Artist of the Decade. Strait will be honored during a special TV taping at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on April 6th, the night after The Academy of Country Music Awards. The special will air at a later date on the CBS Television Network.

  • Tickets to the live concert event are available to the public for $200, $150 and $100 through Ticketmaster.com. Proceeds of all sales benefit the Academy of Country Music Charitable Fund (ACMCF).

FAST FACTS

  • Only four other acts have received the Artist of the Decade honor, including Marty Robbins in 1969; Loretta Lynn in 1979; Alabama in 1988; and Garth Brooks in 1998.
  • This marks the first time the Artist of the Decade honor will be presented as a separate television special.

Billy Currington has been splitting his time between Nashville and Hawaii these days. When he's not touring or recording, Currington told us he's soaking up the sun whenever possible: "When I'm off I love spending time over there in Hawaii. Pretty much my whole off-season I go over there. Being over there is just such a peaceful place for me, and I've made a lot of friends over there. I joined a paddling team over there. Once or twice a week we're six-man canoe paddling out there. (I do) a lot of hiking, a lot of surfing."

s with living by the water:"I was actually born on an island in Savannah, Georgia -- an island called Tybee Island -- and that's where I grew up for a little while, so, I mean, the ocean and all that kind of stuff has always been in me, but Maui's just a whole different place. I've seen a lot of things over there that I really fell in love with and I just can't let go of, so anytime I'm off I'm trying to figure out how I can get back over there."

  • The singer celebrated his latest chart-topper, "Don't," at a party in Nashville earlier this week.
  • Currington's new single is called "People Are Crazy."
Jewel has been temporarily sidelined from Dancing With The Stars rehearsals due to a knee problem. The singer told fans on her website that she has developed tendinitis in both knees and is taking steroids to deal with the problem. At one point she wondered if she would be able to compete on the show, but received some good news on Wednesday (February 25th), writing, "So, I went to the physical therapist yesterday and I can say that I am feeling better! He said if I take time now to heal that I will be good to go by next week. I hate missing these days, but it's all for the best in the long run, because I'm in it for the long haul and I wanna win it!"

Jewel also revealed that her husband's strategy to beat her is to get her pregnant during the season so she's too tired to dance. The singer said, "Of course, that would be fine with me if it did happen, so either way would be a win!"

  • Both Jewel and her husband, rodeo champ Ty Murray, are competing on this season of Dancing With The Stars.
  • The new season will begin on March 9th at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.

FAST FACTS

Jake Owen considered himself still very much a fan when he landed his first opening slot on Kenny Chesney's tour a couple years ago. Though he tried to play it cool, Owen tells us he was starstruck by the headliner: "I remember walking the hallways and I'd see Kenny by the bus or something and I'd walk by and not want to say anything and Kenny would be like, 'Jake! What are you doing? What's going on?' and I'd try to be cool and carry on a conversation and be like, 'Oh nothing, man. I'm just hanging out,' and then I'd walk away and I'd grab my cell phone and I'd call my brother and I'd be like, 'Dude, Kenny just said hey to me. I was talking to him . . . (laughs)' I've come so far because now it's like it's not a big deal anymore."

Owen says that while some may still consider him a newbie, he's never made to feel that way by his fellow entertainers:"I haven't sold as many records. I'm not a huge superstar like they are, but they treat me like I'm one of them, you know? It's such a validating feeling, cause I feel like I finally made it. I'm not the kid trying to fit in anymore."

  • Owen released his sophomore album, Easy Does It, earlier this week.
  • His debut single, "Don't Think I Can't Love You," is a Top 10 hit on the country charts.
Actor Jack Black will be among the 14 Grammy and 30 International Bluegrass Music Association Award winners taking the stage of the Grand Ole Opry on Saturday (February 28th). The evening's two shows will be held at the historic Ryman Auditorium, the Opry's original home. Black is the son-in-law of Grammy-winning jazz icon Charlie Haden, who will be making his Opry debut with an all-star band.
  • Black played on the Charlie Haden Family & Friends 2008 Grammy-nominated release Rambling Boy, which also features appearances by Ricky Skaggs, Sam Bush, Stuart Duncan, Mark Fain, Rob Ickes, Jim Mills, and Bryan Sutton.
  • For tickets to the Grand Ole Opry, call (800) SEE-OPRY or log on to opry.com.

THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW


STAY MARRIED FOR THE PLANET'S SAKE: Staying married is better for the planet because divorce leads the newly single to live more wasteful lifestyles, an Australian lawmaker said earlier this week. When couples separate, they needed more rooms, more electricity and more water. This increased their carbon footprint, Australian Associated Press (AAP) quoted the lawmaker as telling the hearing on environmental issues.

'SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE' SPAWNS BOLLYWOOD DANCE CRAZE: Bollywood dance workouts, already popular in New York City, are getting a boost from "Slumdog's" success. One instructor told the New York Daily News that her class sizes doubled as the movie took off.

ARE GUYS WITH LESS TO SPEND LESS OF A CATCH? The market crash has had a particular impact on young adults who developed their dating skills in fat times, the twentysomethings who spent lavishly to show that they could afford the finer things. Now, with national unemployment rates at 8.8 percent for people 25 to 34, they are looking for more creative ways to attract partners -- and reassessing what all that big spending really meant. One woman told the Washington Post, "They're spending more time at networking events, happy hours, with their guy friends -- trying to get leads on jobs, rather than spending it on women. I feel bad for the guys who don't have jobs." She added that she won't date them, "I guess I'm kind of traditional. So if a guy can't really take you out or doesn't have the money or the state of mind to take girls out, then it's not going to go anywhere."

WHY MEN PREFER BLONDES: The science behind what people find attractive remains largely theoretical. However, a consensus emerges among theorists: We are generally attracted to people who are most likely to protect and preserve our genes as a human race. For example, we are more likely to be attracted to a healthy young face than an old diseased one because this increases the chances of producing healthy offspring. Following this theory, it is believed by some that the reason blond hair, which is much rarer than brown or black hair, is deemed more attractive is due to a subconscious human desire for a bigger, and therefore healthier, gene pool. (MSN)

WOMEN DON'T WANT MAJOR COSMETIC OVERHAUL: Given a choice, more women would opt for simple nonsurgical cosmetic procedures over drastic changes, a study in the European Journal of Plastic Surgery reports. Here's a look at what procedures women hope for, rated on a scale of 0 (no way) to 7 (hell ya):

  • Teeth whitening: 4.10
  • Body-hair removal: 4.04
  • Facial-hair removal: 3.40
  • Acne scarring reduction: 3.15
  • Minimization of sun damage or scarring: 3.14
  • Liposuction or fat removal: 2.38
  • Tummy tuck: 2.27
  • Eye-bag removal: 2.14
  • Ear pinning: 1.99
  • Anti-wrinkle eye treatment (e.g., Botox): 1.98
  • Breast enlargement: 1.36

Celebrity Gossip


HOLLY MADISON AND CRISS ANGEL SPLIT: Hugh Hefner's ex-girlfriend Holly Madison and her rebound beau, Mindfreak star Criss Angel have split after four months of dating. A source close to the pair told E! News, "She was very much in love with him, and they're still very close friends," adding, "It was a conflict of schedules. She felt she couldn't devote 100 percent of her time in Vegas and his career at the expense of her career and her goals."

'DANCING WITH THE STARS' PRO DATING 'IDOL' REJECT: Dancing With the Stars pro Mark Ballas has been dating recent American Idol cast-off Joanna Pacitti for the past eight months, the couple revealed to People magazine. The reality couple went public at Tuesday's (February 24th) premiere of the Jonas Brothers: The 3D Concert Experience, where Ballas told the magazine, "We both love music, we both love art, we both love dance. That's what we're all about so we are always there for each other." He revealed they'd been friends for a long time, but only struck up a romance last year when both were spending time in North Carolina. Pacitti, who producers deemed ineligible for American Idol because of her pre-existing music connections, added, "I think we have the perfect situation. We both get each other and understand schedules and even on a musical level, I've never met someone that's so passionate about music . . . that's what I live for so it's amazing to be with someone who gets it."

OWEN WILSON AND KATE HUDSON VISIT PARIS: Owen Wilson and Kate Hudson, whose rekindled romance was reported earlier this month, are visiting the city of love together. The couple wore dark glasses and hats in an unsuccessful attempt to avoid being spotted.

'SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE' KIDS GETTING NEW HOMES: The child stars of Slumdog Millionaire will no longer live lives mirroring those of their destitute characters. Reuters is reporting that Indian government authorities are providing new homes in Mumbai for Rubina Ali and Azhar Ismail, the two lead child actors in the Oscar-winning film. Gautam Chatterjee, head of the state-run Maharashtra Housing and Area Development Authority, said, "These two children have brought laurels to the country, and we have been told that they live in slums, which cannot even be classified as housing." As the movie rose to prominence, there were protests about the living conditions of the youngsters and their families. Director Danny Boyle denied claims that the two were exploited and said they were paid above local Indian wages.

LIZA MINNELLI DOESN'T REGRET HER MARRIAGES: Liza Minnelli has had a flair for the dramatic since she was born, and that translates into her love life. In an interview with Liz Smith for Parade magazine, the 62-year-old actress said she'll never marry again. She said, "I mean, Peter Allen -- Liz, I was with him when he died. He was a great love. Jack Haley was a genius, a wonderful man. And Mark Gero -- well, that was hard." She did not address her last ex-husband, David Gest, by name, but when asked about him said, "Darling, I was recovering from brain encephalitis!"

TAYLOR LAUNTER READY TO STEAL HEARTTHROB SPOTLIGHT: Rob Pattinson might have reaped the female fan benefits of Twilight, but 17-year-old Taylor Launter is set to steal the spotlight in the film's sequel. MSNBC's The Scoop reports that Pattinson's character leaves town after just two scenes in New Moon, leaving Launter's character Jacob Back to romance Kristen Stewart's Bella. Rachelle Lefevre, who plays Victoria in the films, told Life & Style magazine, "Taylor's very serious about forming a connection with Kristen. He'll make sure his relationship with her is just as intense and has just as much chemistry as Rob's. I think Rob should watch out!"

KIM KARDASHIAN APOLOGIZES FOR POSTING CHIMP PICTURES: Kim Kardashian admits that it was insensitive of her to post pictures on her website of a chimp she was pet-sitting during the same week that the species made headlines for mauling a Connecticut woman. The reality star wrote on her blog, "I understand my timing was not appropriate and it was insensitive of me, so I want to explain. The pictures I posted are from six months ago when we were filming season three of Keeping Up With the Kardashians. I had held onto these pictures for months and preset them to run the month before my show was going to air, to give you guys exclusive glimpses into season three." She added, "What happened to the woman that was attacked by the chimpanzee was devastating! Our family is praying for everyone involved in that traumatizing attack. In no way did I mean to insult or offend anyone by posting these pictures."

LINDSAY LOHAN AND SAMANTHA RONSON RESCHEDULE CANCELED VALENTINE'S DAY EVENT: Lindsay Lohan and Samantha Ronson have rescheduled the Valentine's Day event they were supposed to host in Miami. Although the couple was photographed arguing outside a nightclub just a day before the event, they canceled at the last minute, claiming they were both too sick to fly. In a statement from the hotel where they are scheduled to appear, Ronson said, "I'm really looking forward to making up the Valentine's gig on March 7 at Passion Nightclub at the Seminole Hard Rock."

KFLAG Country Music News


Taylor Swift seems to be living among the so-called "beautiful people" since catapulting to superstardom. The singer has been spending her fair share of time in Hollywood, befriending fellow celebrity teens like Miley Cyrus, Demi Lovato and the Jonas Brothers. Swift says that despite the perception, her famous friends are just like her -- normal: "Hanging out with Hollywood kids is really, really fun because they're not that different from me. They're normal people with abnormal schedules, and that's what I am, you know? I'm a normal girl. I just have a really crazy schedule, and I think when you approach your life from that direction and that way it's like you try to find other people who are down to earth and haven't let it affect them."

Swift adds that she has chosen friends who share her moral character: "I'm lucky to be, you know, close to people who haven't let their lives and the way that their lives have gone completely affect them, so being friends with Selena Gomez and people like that, and Kellie Pickler, you find people that you mesh really well with, and hanging out with them, they're not gonna pressure me to do things that I don't believe in cause they have the same morals as I do. They're not going to act like they really care too much about the whole Hollywood thing cause we're just trying to live our dreams and be the same people we started out being."

  • Swift holds firmly to the Number One spot on the all-genre Billboard 200 album chart this week, for an overall 10th week at the top. More than 62,000 copies of her Fearless CD were sold last week.
  • Swift kicks off her first headlining tour on April 23rd in Evansville, Indiana with opening act Kellie Pickler.
Alan Jackson is a world away from being the blue collar working man he was when he first pursued his dream of being a singer and songwriter. Though his music still speaks to the common man, Jackson tells us his life today is hardly relatable: "You definitely change. You have to because I'm so removed from normal life anymore. I mean, I don't work, you know, and I've made a lot of money so I'm not struggling to get by. You know, it's just a totally different life, so it is, I think, harder to really be able to connect with what people are going through every day just trying to get by and pay bills and keep everything going."

Jackson says he often draws from his life before fame and wealth came his way in order to connect with listeners: "I think what helped me is I didn't come out of high school and come to Nashville and become a country star. I was working when I was 12 years old and I'd had every job you can imagine. I mean, I was 30 years old before I got a record deal so I had lived as an adult and done a lot of things, and I think that's where I acquired enough information about real life to be able to pull from that all these years, and then since then, even though it's been a celebrity lifestyle, I've had enough ups and downs in my personal life to be able to pull from love songs and tragedies in your life and so forth, so that's how I've been able to stay connected."

  • Jackson's brand new single, "Sissy's Song," is already climbing the country charts. He wrote the song about a former employee of his who died unexpectedly.
Toby Keith will host his sixth annual Golf Classic to benefit Ally's House, an organization that the singer helped establish to assist pediatric cancer patients and their families throughout the state of Oklahoma. The event will kick off on June 12th at the Riverwind Casino in Norman, where golfers and their guests will enjoy food, live music and an auction. The tournament itself will be held on June 13th.
  • Keith said, "I will always be committed to these kids. More of them are diagnosed all the time and they need our help now like never before."

FAST FACTS

  • Ally's House is named for Allison Webb, the daughter of Keith's friend and original bandmate Scott Webb. Ally died of cancer in August of 2003, one month short of her third birthday.
  • To date, the annual event has raised more than $2.3 million for the organization.
  • Since its inception in 2004, Ally's House has helped the families of nearly 300 children during their cancer treatments.

Martina McBride will be among the performers taking part in the Stevie Wonder In Performance at the White House: The Library of Congress Gershwin Prize airing on Thursday (February 26th) on PBS. McBride performs "You And I" as part of the tribute to Wonder and his receipt of the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song. President and Mrs. Obama were in attendance at the event, which was taped on Wednesday (February 25th) at the White House.
  • Stevie Wonder In Performance at the White House: The Library of Congress Gershwin Prize also includes performances by Tony Bennett, Diana Krall, Esperanza Spalding, Will.i.am, the gospel duo Mary Mary, and Wonder himself.
Naomi Judd will return as a judge for the second season of CMT's Can You Duet. The singer will weigh in on determining country music's next great duo.
  • Two additional judges will be announced in the near future.
  • Auditions for the show will take place through open casting calls, showcases and videotaped submissions. The producers of Can You Duet will hold an open call audition on Saturday, March 7th at the Wildhorse Saloon in Nashville.

FAST FACTS

  • Last year's winners, Caitlin & Will, signed to Sony Music Nashville's Columbia Records. Their debut single, "Even Now," is headed to radio.
  • Finalists Joey + Rory signed to Vanguard/SugarHill and released their debut album, Life Of A Song, in October 2008. Since then, the married couple have become the national spokespeople for Overstock.com. They are nominated for Top Vocal Duo at the upcoming Academy of Country Music Awards.

The Country Music Association (CMA) has decided to change voting procedures for the Country Music Hall of Fame. Three inductees will continue to be elected, however the categories have been renamed and redefined to include the Veterans Era, for "professionals that have been in the industry longer than 25 years," the Modern Era, for "professionals that have been in the industry at least 20 years, but no more than 25 years," and a rotating category that changes every three years to include the Recording and/or Touring Musician, Non Performer, and now the Songwriter category.

These changes will be effective beginning with the 2010 ballots.

FAST FACTS

  • The CMA created the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1961 to recognize and honor noteworthy individuals for outstanding contributions to the advancement of Country Music.
  • The 2009 recipients are Roy Clark, Barbara Mandrell, and Charlie McCoy. They will officially be inducted into the Hall in May.

WATER COOLER TALK


  • After 33 years, the New York Post has dropped 86-year-old gossip columnist Liz Smith.
  • The CW has just announced that "Gossip Girl," "One Tree Hill," "90210," "America's Next Top Model," "Smallville" and "Supernatural" will all be back in the fall.
  • Victoria's Secret supermodel Adriana Lima has eloped with NBA player Marko Jaric, who plays for the Memphis Grizzlies. The two were married in a small civil ceremony on Valentine's Day that took place in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, reports People magazine.
  • Researchers at Harvard Medical School in Boston conducted a long-term study founding that people who eat just one egg a day are 58% to 77% more likely than non-egg-eaters to develop type 2 diabetes.
  • Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger will play himself later this year in a movie by Sylvester Stallone. The governor said he has done just three cameos for friends since becoming governor in 2003.
  • One of the gossip web sites out there has pictures of the "wardrobe malfunction" Beyonce experienced at the Oscars Sunday night. Brief, but photos show there was a nipple-slip.
  • Rosie O'Donnell says that she gave up drinking because her 13-year-old son told her that she might be ready to join "the drunk club."
  • Andy Richter is reuniting with Conan O'Brien and joining him June 1 as Conan's announcer and sketch player.
  • Megan Fox and Brian Austin Green have called off their engagement.
  • Jennifer Aniston and her steady John Mayer have been hanging in New York lately... and doing lots with their friends, Jessica and Jerry Seinfeld.
  • The trendy tattoo: Rihanna, Lily Allen and Lindsay Lohan all have "Shhh..." on their index fingers.
  • Where do you think the Slumdog kids went immediately after their Oscar appearance: Disneyland!
  • Hitting the hay can give you a mental edge. The brain is better able to cement new information after you get your beauty rest, the journal Learning & Memory finds.
  • The Killers are in a legal battle in Nevada, countersuing their former manager.
  • Nicole Richie is pregnant with child #2.
  • July 15, 2011. Write it down. That's the date the final Harry Potter movie will hit theaters.

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

WEIRD NEWS


Facebook Obsession Leading Folks To Crime
Isn't Facebook just great! You get to keep up with all your peeps and find the ones you haven't talked to in years! Apparently one 19-year-old man in Bradenton, Florida thinks so. His Facebook obsession was so great he asked a stranger in Starbucks if he could check his Facebook account on the stranger's laptop. When the stranger refused the guy grabbed the laptop and ran out. Two people in the parking lot tackled the Facebook-crazed teen and held him there until a mall security guard arrived. (Sarasota Herald-Tribune)

50 Jobs in 50 States
While many in America are just trying to find one job, 26-year-old Daniel Seddiqui of Theresa, Wisconsin, has lined up 50 -- one for each state of the union! Each job symbolizes its respective state's most famous industry, and each lasts just one week-- just long enough for the 26-year-old to appreciate the labor and explore the region. So far he's been a park ranger in Wyoming, a corn farmer in Nebraska, a wedding coordinator in Las Vegas and last week a cheese maker in southeast Wisconsin. Seddiqui, who grew up in Los Altos, California, insists his job-hopping isn't a gimmick but rather a legitimate effort to travel the U.S., learning about cultures across the country and developing a respect for what other people do. By example, at his Nebraska job he was surprised that every farmer he met had a college degree. (myway.com)

Huge Criminal Gets U-Hauled To Jail!
In Auburn, New York, police say 56-year-old Stephen A. Turo is the biggest criminal they've ever arrested. We're not talking about the scope of his crimes -- we mean the scope of his waistline! After being arrested for the alleged sale and possession of prescription painkillers, police had to use a U-Haul rental truck to haul the 700-pound man off to jail! Turo sat on a chair covered with a blanket in the back of the rental truck, shivering in the 18-degree cold, as Cayuga County Judge Thomas G. Leone arraigned him Monday on a 24-count indictment. If found guilty of just one of the felony charges, he could be sent to state prison for 25 years. If he lands in prison, he would be the heaviest inmate ever housed by the state Department of Correctional Services. Turo remained in the truck to be fingerprinted and have his "mug" shot taken by a sheriff's investigator. (The Post Standard)

A Really, Really Drunk Driver!
There wasn't much question that 50-year-old Johnnie Ed Roberts had been drinking when police in Fort Pierce, Florida pulled him over. Roberts had a beer can on the top of his pick-up truck and a cold Natural Ice in his hand when a Sheriff's Deputy approached. He also had bloodshot eyes, incoherent speech, and peed on himself in the deputy's patrol vehicle on the ride to jail. At the jail, Roberts urinated again all over himself. Rather than blow into the breath test machine, he tried to suck the air out. (TC Palm)


WHY MEN ARE LAZY AFTER BEING LAID OFF:


The fundamentals of American manhood have gone remarkably unchanged over the last century. Sure, men today may be taking care of kids, their skin and their feelings more than Grandpa Ralph ever did, but they still grapple with the same core problem: proving that they weren't just born male -- they've become Men. And during economic crises, men humiliated by their loss of work often compensate by reasserting their worst hypermasculine impulses (snacking, sleeping and channel surfing ) -- doubling down on old alpha-male stereotypes, rather than happily baking the bread that women now win in the workplace. (Newsweek)

EVERYDAY MYSTERIES EXPLAINED (MSN.com)


  • Why do we shake hands with people? The origin of the handshake lies in medieval history. By offering a right hand to a stranger, a hand that could otherwise be used to draw a sword, men were overtly displaying their intentions of peace toward one another. Nowadays, from signing a treaty to settling a bet with friends, "shaking on it" remains a symbolic sign of agreement.
  • Why do we have bad breath in the mornings? The unpleasant smell comes from bacteria living in your mouth. The bacteria are in fact in your mouth day and night, but while you're sleeping, the flow of saliva -- and thus oxygen -- decreases greatly. This allows the anaerobic bacteria to multiply, feeding on leftover food particles and skin cells. The waste product of this process often contains sulfur, and this is what smells so unpleasant.
  • Why do we blush? When you're embarrassed or ashamed, your body releases a tiny amount of adrenaline. Adrenaline causes blood vessels in your face to dilate, allowing more blood to flow to your cheeks. This causes reddening, or blushing.
  • Why do onions make you cry? When you slice through an onion, you cause a series of chemical reactions to occur within its cells. A gas called propanethiol S-oxide is released into the air and travels upward into your eyes. The gas then reacts with the water in your eyes to form a mild sulfuric acid, which causes itchiness. Your brain reacts by producing more water, or tears, to dilute the irritant and protect your eyes.
  • Why are wedding rings worn on the fourth finger? There was an ancient belief that a vein, known as the "vena amoris," or "vein of love," ran directly from the fourth finger of the left hand to the heart. It was thought that this direct blood flow to the heart made it the perfect candidate for a wedding ring, as it solidified the union of love. However, in reality the veins running from the fourth finger are no different from those of any other finger, and it seems as if shrewd marketing, hearsay and tradition have designated the fourth finger as the "ring finger."

According to the online dating service:


Match.com has uncovered some fascinating facts about the American dating game. According to the online dating service:

  • The ideal woman is flirtatious and a thrill-seeker who has an average build with long, light brown hair. She's educated and possesses a college degree. She doesn't smoke, but she does drink socially. She also enjoys public displays of affection.
  • The ideal man is bold, assertive, and flirtatious. Mr. Right does not smoke, but he is a social drinker. He has dark brown hair, an average body, and a college degree. And one more tidbit: He likes to dance.

Cosmopolitan gives us five things in your room that drive him nuts:


  1. All the clothes you have shoehorned into your closet and drawers he can't even find a spot to cram a spare pair of boxers.
  2. Your array of scented candles. To guys Midnight Jasmine smells like tear gas.
  3. Your childhood stuffed animals and dolls. Why? Because the never stop staring.
  4. All 108 of your fluffy decorative pillows.
  5. The black and while prints of little kids holding hands, kissing, posing with annoyed dogs, etc. You don't even know those little brats.

WATER COOLER TALK


  • The ratings for the Academy Awards were up from last year, but still appear to be the third lowest rated show in history.
  • Paris Hilton's little sister Nicky made a citizens' arrest of a 50-year-old guy in southern California after he pushed her in the back. Drama runs in that family.
  • Teenagers who listen to popular music with degrading sexual lyrics are more likely to have sex than teens who don't listen to this kind of music, according to a new study from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.
  • Former NBA star Charles Barkley will spend five days in jail starting March 21st after pleading guilty to drunk driving.
  • John Travolta and his wife Kelly Preston have started up the Jett Travolta Foundation, to help children with medical and emotional needs.
  • For the record, Sean Penn left his wife out of his Oscar acceptance speech on purpose. He and Robin Wright Penn talked about it and decided, in order to get everything in on time, he'd skip thanking her.
  • A geophysicist at Tel Aviv University in Israel says those UFOs aren't aliens from another planet. They are actually "sprites," which are flashes of light high in the atmosphere triggered by thunderstorms. Space.com reports that this puzzling natural phenomenon appear as dancing lights.
  • Insiders say that Chris Brown sent a diamond bracelet and necklace, plus an iPod Touch to Rihanna for her birthday.
  • Slumdog's Freida Pinto has already landed a role in Woody Allen's next film.
  • Google had a g-mail crash on Monday. Still don't know why... they're working on it.

KFLAG Country Music News


Billy Currington celebrated his most recent Number One hit, "Don't," at a party in Nashville on Tuesday (February 24th). "Don't" is the lead single from Currington's Little Bit Of Everything album, which was released in October.

Prior to the release of "Don't," it had been nearly a year since Currington had new music on the radio. The singer told us that absence made topping the charts so much sweeter:"It's been a while since we had a song on the radio, and it's the first song off the album, so to have it go Number One is really special."

Currington says he was immediately drawn to "Don't," which is his favorite tune on Little Bit Of Everything: "It was probably my favorite recording on the album. I loved the song when I first heard it -- the soulfulness. The R&B side of it is what hit me at first. That's the kind of music I really, really love. I mean, I love the really, really country stuff but I love the R&B country the most. I'm glad we got pitched that song. It's special to me."

  • Currington's new single, "People Are Crazy," is headed to radio soon.
Garth Brooks played a private show in a small restaurant and bar located in a Nashville suburb on Sunday (February 23rd). The occasion was a thank-you concert for the Nashville Predators hockey team. Each member of the NHL team had made a donation to Brooks' Teammates For Kids charity, which provides financial assistance to children's charities.
  • The vibe was very low-key for Brooks. The performance area was "set up like a campfire scene," venue manager Jason Sheer told The Tennessean. He said, "He (Garth) wanted him, his guitar and a bar stool. There were about 60 people there, mostly from the Preds, and nobody was more than five or six feet away from Garth."
  • In addition to his own hits, Brooks reportedly covered Bob Seger, James Taylor and others.
  • Immediately following the show, Brooks jumped on a plane and headed to Detroit to do a similar show for the Red Wings.

FAST FACTS

  • Brooks created the Teammates For Kids charity in 1999 with three separate sporting divisions -- hockey, baseball and football.
  • The superstar officially retired from touring and recording in 2001.
  • Since 2005, however, Brooks has resurfaced several times for various concert appearances and has released two compilation albums.

Rascal Flatts will roll out their new album song by song in the month leading up to the official April 7th release date of Unstoppable. The trio will release one track each week on iTunes, beginning March 10th with their current single, "Here Comes Goodbye."

SIDE NOTES

  • Rascal Flatts' JCPenney-sponsored American Living Unstoppable tour kicks off on June 5th. While the dates have not been officially announced, the trio will play in at least 60 cities each year for the next two years.
  • Rascal Flatts are set to perform their first headlining stadium show on July 18th at Chicago's Wrigley Field. A local group of community members are pushing for the show's cancellation, however, saying it will conflict with the city's annual Summer On Southport Festival, another live music event.

LeAnn Rimes will star in the new Nora Roberts TV movie, Northern Lights, debuting on the Lifetime network on March 21st. Rimes plays the lead role of Meg Galligan, a pilot who is handy with a gun, as she tells us: "I was a bush pilot in Alaska and got to handle some guns, which I haven't done in a very long time. I grew up in Mississippi and Texas, so I definitely know my way around a gun (laughs). It was my second day on set. They took me out to a shooting range and I had to learn how to handle rifles and handguns, so it was fun. It was an interesting role. I was in Canada for a month. It was freezing, but it was beautiful. I had a lot of fun working with the people that I worked with -- Rosanna Arquette, Eddie Cibrian are the people that are in the movie -- and we enjoyed it. I just saw it the other day. I'm really, really happy."
  • Rimes will also star in the upcoming film Good Intentions, co-starring Luke Perry.
  • The singer will receive the Home Depot Humanitarian Award at The Academy of Country Music Awards on April 5th. The show will air live from Las Vegas on CBS.

Celebrity Gossip


MISCHA BARTON ADDRESSES WEIGHT RUMORS: Mischa Barton is addressing media reports that she's recently lost weight, but insists the dropped pounds are nothing to worry about. The 23-year-old wrote on her website, "Just so you guys know I'm happier and healthier than ever. Things are really well in Mischa world and I've just been watching what I eat." The actress, who was previously criticized by blogs for having too much cellulite on her thighs, added, "I still love my Pilates and yoga, and have cut back on fatty foods a bit. My time in India and Paris really just helped me lose a little bit of weight but there's nothing drastic going on!"

SIMON COWELL TO BE FROZEN? Simon Cowell doesn't want his death to be permanent. The American Idol host is quoted by the U.K.'s Daily Mail as stating that he wants to have his body cryogenically frozen at the time of his death. He said, "Medical science is bound to work out a way of bringing us back to life in the next century or so, and I want to be available when they do. I would be doing the nation an invaluable service." After many news outlets took his comments seriously, Cowell's rep specified on Tuesday (February 24th) that Cowell was only joking.

PORTIA DE ROSSI DENIES IVF STORY: Portia de Rossi is denying reports that she is undergoing in vitro fertilization treatments in the hopes of starting a family with Ellen DeGeneres. The actress told Access Hollywood, "There's a story around right now about me that could not be further from the truth. (The IVF story) was just completely made up. The baby thing comes around annually. I find once a year, you know, whether I deny it or not! It doesn't make any difference."

AUDRINA PATRIDGE ROBBED: Audrina Patridge's Los Angeles home was robbed on Sunday (February 22nd). On Monday (February 23rd), The Hills star blogged, "I had a really rough day today -- I got home late last night and realized that my house had been robbed. It was pretty devastating!" She added, "I spent most of the morning filling out police reports and going through the house room by room making lists of everything that had been taken. Most of the items are replaceable, but they took off with a few very sentimental things too. Definitely not a good way to start the week." Patridge has posted surveillance footage of the intruders online in the hopes of catching them.

NATALIE PORTMAN ROMANCING ROB PATTINSON? Rumors of a romance between Natalie Portman and Twilight's Rob Pattinson began circulating earlier this week after the pair was spotted hanging out together at a post-Oscar soiree. A reported friend of Pattinson told E!, "[Portman] seemed really into him, and went right up to say hello once she spotted him." According to the pal, Pattinson, who earlier in the night told E! that he was nervous about presenting an award at the big show, took the edge off his nerves with "Whiskey and Natalie Portman." Despite the flirtation, the two went their separate ways at the end of the evening.

'TRUE BLOOD' CO-STARS DATING: True Blood co-stars Anna Paquin and Stephen Moyer are dating. Moyer recently told TV Guide that the romance has been going on for a while. He said, "The reason it was dodged last year was very intentional on both our parts. It was very important to me that the cast and crew we were working with didn't feel it was fickle, and didn't feel it could possibly potentially encroach on their lives, you know, just like, 'Oh the two stars are having a thing.' We didn't want to take anything away from the show. The show is the star, not the two people having a relationship."

EVAN RACHEL WOOD AND MARILYN MANSON BACK TOGETHER: Evan Rachel Wood recently denied reports that she was dating her The Wrestler co-star Mickey Rourke, and she's likely telling the truth in light of new evidence that the 21-year-old has gotten back together with her ex, Marilyn Manson. The New York Post reports that the odd pair was seen leaving a Los Angeles hotel together before Sunday's (February 22nd) Oscars. A source added that Manson emerged first and "said he was waiting for his girlfriend."

MEGAN FOX AND BRIAN AUSTIN GREEN SPLIT: Megan Fox and Brian Austin Green have reportedly split. Us Weekly magazine claims that the couple, who had been engaged since 2006, split because "the relationship had run its course." An insider told the magazine, "It's completely amicable, and they are remaining friends." Green, who is 35-years-old, has a six-year-old son from a previous relationship. When Fox, who is now 22-years-old, was asked about their nuptials last year, she told Us Weekly, "It's not going to be a big wedding. I'm not one of those girls. If it happens, it will be very low-key and quick and unplanned." Although the couple doesn't have to worry about a divorce, they do still have each other's names inked on their bodies.

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

ON THIS DAY


Pope Gregory XIII established the Gregorian calendar way, way back in 1582. The Gregorian calendar is a reformed version of the Julian calendar, and is the calendar most commonly used in the world today -- Bet you didn't know this, but your calendar tells more than the day and date. It also speaks volumes about the kind of person you are -- and the kind of person you're destined to be. So says psychologist Dr. Richard Rodmund, author of the forthcoming "Weeks, Months and Daylight: How Your Calendar Reveals Your Destiny."

  • Plain -- Choosing an unadorned calendar without pictures or extraneous graphics marks you as a no-nonsense, goal-oriented person. You march to your own drum. The year ahead will move you closer to your financial objectives and you'll live more comfortably. But be sure to set aside special time for the ones you love.
  • Wildlife -- If you picked a calendar with pictures of wild animals in outdoor settings this year, you have a hunger to be free of some limitation in your life. You could be heading for a new job or less stifling relationship in 2005. But think major changes through carefully.
  • Celebrities -- If your calendar contains photos of sexy movie stars or rock singers, you may feel unappreciated. You yearn for acceptance in some are of life. You'll make a big breakthrough this year. People who've been ignoring you will sit up and take notice.
  • Humor -- If your calendar is full of cartoons or jokes, you're headed for good things. Research shows people who value their sense of humor have a perspective on life that their more serious counterparts don't. Chances are good you'll be learning a new skill or taking up a challenging new sport this year.
  • Cute animals or babies -- Adorable animal or baby pictures on your calendar indicate a desire to protect or care for another person -- or yourself. This is the year when you will joyously meet a responsibility you've been unintentionally ignoring. The year's end will find your self-esteem soaring because of the action you take.
  • Contact sports -- Football, boxing or soccer calendars mark you as someone who's ready to face opposition this year, and the opponent is likely to be some aspect of yourself. Don't be surprised if you quit smoking, stop overeating or give up some other undesirable habit.
  • Non-contact sports -- Picking a running, gymnastics or figure skating calendar indicates that this will be a year in which you'll declare your independence from people or situations that have been holding you back. You may ruffle some feathers, but you'll be far better off by 2005.
  • Wise Quotations -- Choosing a calendar containing Bible passages or quotes from great thinkers shows you're open-minded and hungry to expand your knowledge of the world. You could be going back to school this year, or embarking on a challenging new career. Travel is a very real possibility.

Celebrity Gossip


SIMON COWELL BACK WITH EX? Although they both confirmed having split amicably late last year, Simon Cowell and Teri Seymour may be giving their breakup a second thought. Rumors are flying that the pair is back together after the New York Daily News reported that they attended Elton John's Oscar party together over the weekend.

ROB PATTINSON AND KRISTEN STEWART ARE JUST FRIENDS: Rob Pattinson's place in Kristen Stewart's love life is solely on screen, the Twilight actress insists. Despite rumors of a romance between the co-stars, Stewart told Nylon magazine, "Rob and I are good friends. We went through a lot together, so we feel very close." She said that because they're close friends, the relationship gets taken out of context, adding, "If we go out in public, every little detail is scrutinized, like the way I stand next to him. And it's like, I know this guy really [expletive] well. It's only natural that we're sort of leaning on each other, because we're put in the most . . . psychotic situations."

PARIS HILTON IS EXCITED ABOUT NICOLE RICHIE'S PREGNANCY: Members of the Hilton clan, who Nicole Richie grew up alongside, are thrilled that their friend is expecting her second child. Former BFF Paris Hilton told People magazine, "I'm so excited for Nicole," while her mother Kathy added, "I think it's going to be a boy. I'm never wrong." Richie's longtime beau Joel Madden announced that they were expecting another baby over the weekend. The couple has a one-year-old daughter named Harlow.

RACHEL MCADAMS AND JOSH LUCAS GETTING SERIOUS: Although the romance between Rachel McAdams and Josh Lucas only recently became public knowledge, the relationship is reportedly more than just a fling. The New York Post reports that the actors skipped the official New York Oscar Night Party because they "went to Toronto together to meet Rachel's family. It's getting serious."

MOM WANTS MATILDA LEDGER TO BE A DOCTOR: Although she's the daughter of two thespians, Matilda Ledger will not grow up in Hollywood, her mother Michelle Williams insists. Williams told the told the U.K.'s Daily Telegraph that she hopes the three-year-old becomes a doctor, but admits Matilda is leaning towards becoming a cowgirl right now. She explained that her daughter's upbringing will happen away from Los Angeles "for all the obvious reasons. Being an actor's daughter. It's a town that's about one thing, and I want her to have options." Williams is currently enjoying life as a stay-at-home mom and looks forward to taking a year off before returning to work.

DIANE KRUGER SAYS SHE DID NOT HAVE A NOSE JOB: Diane Kruger is denying reports that she's had a nose job. The actress sparked speculation that she'd undergone rhinioplasty after she showed up at a New York Fashion Week event with bruises under her eyes. Her rep chalked the marks up to a different procedure, clarifying to Us Weekly magazine, "The truth is she had laser eye surgery the day before."

PETER FALK'S DAUGHTER GRANTED VISITATION WITH DAD: A Los Angeles judge ruled on Monday (February 23rd) that Peter Falk's daughter Catherine, who recently filed papers to establish a conservatorship of her father, can meet with him for a brief time within 30 days. An attorney for the younger Falk said that his client has not seen her father, who suffers from Alzheimer's disease, in about six months. Although a story printed by the Associated Press did not mention details about Falk's wife, last month Shera Danese Falk filed papers opposing Catherine's bid to be named her father's conservator. Catherine wants to be in charge of her father's affairs for fear they are being mismanaged, however Shera, who is currently entrusted with her husband's estate, contends that her husband is receiving adequate care and does not have a close relationship with his daughter.

WATER COOLER TALK


  • Kelly Groucutt, one-time bass player for the Electric Light Orchestra, has died of a heart attack. He was 63.
  • Prince Harry is said to be romancing Aussie singer Natalie Imbruglia.
  • Fed up hearing that harsh alarm clock in the morning? There's a new alarm clock uses the smell of freshly cooked bacon to wake you up in the morning. The 'Wake N Bacon Clock' will even cook frozen bacon, placed inside the clock the night before.
  • Wow, it's been 10 years since movie-reviewer Gene Siskel's death.
  • Joel Madden and Nicole Richie are expecting their second child together.
  • The two stars of "Slumdog Millionaire" Freida Pinto and Dev Patel, are dating.
  • A Utah woman who hadn't cut her fingernails since 1979, lost them all when she was involved in a car crash. The longest had been 2-feet, 11-inches. She did make it into the Guinness Book of World Records with a combined length of 28-feet long.
  • Rumor was that Rhianna was supposed to be a special presenter at Sunday's Oscars... but couldn't because of her injuries.
  • Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice has just signed a 3-book deal.
  • This year's Academy Awards was up 6% over last year's ratings, but is still likely to be among the three least-watched Oscars ever. Last year's audience of 32 million was the smallest ever for an Oscar telecast.
  • Charlie Sheen's wife Brooke is expecting twins in April. Over the weekend, they held a sports-themed baby shower. Guests included Paris Hilton and Barry Bonds.

Monday, February 23, 2009

KFLAG Country Music News


Toby Keith has the Number One song in the U.S. this week on both the Billboard/R&R and Mediabase/USA Today country charts with "God Love Her." This is Keith's 25th chart-topper of his career. * "God Love Her" is the second single from Keith's latest CD, That Don't Make Me A Bad Guy. SIDE NOTES * Keith unveiled his new line of clothing, called TK Steelman, last week during a fashion show in Las Vegas. * He will begin shooting a new movie, called Provinces of Night, in Wilmington, North Carolina in the coming weeks. The film also stars Hilary Duff. Jake Owen releases his sophomore album, called Easy Does It, on Tuesday (February 24th). Owen wrote eight of the 10 songs on the new CD, including his debut single, "Don't Think I Can't Love You." He will perform the song live on the Tuesday edition of Good Morning America. Owen says he's too laid back to actually get nervous about the release of Easy Does It, but tells us he did put some extra effort into the project so as not to let down his faithful supporters: "Making the second record was just a lot different because I had a lot of people that had a lot more invested in it this time than the first record. Now I've had so many people that have supported what I've done, believed in me, and I've got the fans that were on the road who have listened for the last few years now to me playing older songs, newer songs, songs they heard once and never heard again, and so I had to think about all that to appease the people that've helped me get where I am. There was a lot more thought involved, I think, in this record than the first." Owen says the songs on Easy Does It were pulled from a catalogue of tunes that were written over the past few years: "I don't write for records. I write all the time anyway because that's what I enjoy doing, so this record was kind of fun because I just pulled from a ton of songs that I'd already written. It represents where I am kind of right now in my life as opposed to when I was 23 when I got my record deal." * Owen will be in Las Vegas on April 5th to hear the winners announced at The Academy of Country Music Awards. The singer is nominated for Top New Male Vocalist and Vocal Event of the Year for "Life In A Northern Town" with Sugarland and Little Big Town. * Fans can vote online for Owen for Top New Male Vocalist at gactv.com. Voting continues through March 5th. George Strait and Reba McEntire will perform the grand opening concert at the new Dallas Cowboys Stadium on June 6th. Blake Shelton and Julianne Hough will join the two headliners at the $1.1 billion stadium. * This concert marks the first time that Strait and McEntire will actually perform a show together. McEntire said, "Our paths have passed many times at many different places, but the opportunity to do a show together like this has never presented itself. It's something I've looked forward to for a long, long time." * She added, "I appreciate that it is special for the fans to see us on the same show, and that makes me want to put on a great show. Plus, being a Cowboys fan for so long, I'm thrilled to be a part of the new grand opening. I can't wait!" * Tickets to the concert go on sale on Saturday (February 28th). SIDE NOTES * The first single from McEntire's next album is due out in April. * Strait will kick off his summer tour in May with openers Shelton and Hough. Jimmy Wayne visited the set of the ABC series Extreme Makeover: Home Edition on location in Montgomery, Alabama last week. He spent two days helping the show's crew and volunteers build for the family in need. Wayne also organized an impromptu benefit concert that raised more than $2000 for the family. During the concert, Wayne was joined onstage by Extreme Makeover regulars Ty Pennington, Paul DiMeo and Tracy Hutson, who all performed with him. * Wayne said, "It was an awesome feeling knowing that so many volunteers were involved, especially during a time when people are struggling so hard. It shows how selfless people can still be." * There is no word yet on when the installment of Extreme Makeover: Home Edition featuring Wayne will air. FAST FACTS * Wayne recently received the Dr. Richard H. Carmona Doorway of Hope Award for his efforts on behalf of HomeBase Youth Services, an organization that teaches at-risk and homeless youth to live healthy, independent lives. * Wayne will be a special guest on Brad Paisley's upcoming summer tour, which begins in June. Teenagers, get your texting fingers ready! Verizon Wireless has partnered with Taylor Swift for a national contest in which the high school with the most valid entries will win the opportunity to host a free concert by Swift at their high school. From now through March 23rd, students can text 'TS' to '3401' on their Verizon Wireless phones or enter online at taylorswiftconcerts.com. FAST FACTS * Swift spends her 9th week at the top of Billboard's Top 200 Albums sales chart. * Her single, "Love Story," is the first country crossover to land at Number One on the CHR/Top 40 in the 16-year history of Billboard's Nielsen BDS chart. * "Love Story" was the lead single from Swift's latest album, Fearless, which has sold more than three million copies. Jamey Johnson's latest single, "High Cost Of Living," is raising some eyebrows with its painfully honest description of a life derailed by drug use. Johnson says the song is meant to grab the attention of the listener to deliver a very serious message. 'The High Cost of Living' is not a song that's put out for the purpose of shock factor. It's not built for that. That's not the intent for that song. It's not there to be a joke, and it's not there to be made light of. It's there for the same reason those public service announcements air on Saturday morning cartoons about 'talk to your kids about drugs' and with those messages in mind. It's important." Johnson says that some might be offended by his choice of language in the song, but he feels it's best not to mince words. "There are people sitting in jail today that that song is their story. Why should their story not be told, and why should it not be played on the radio, and if the word is 'cocaine and a whore' then the word is 'cocaine and a whore'. Don't smooth it over with words that rhyme and don't exactly get the point across." * "High Cost Of Living" is the second single from Johnson's Grammy-nominated album, That Lonesome Song. * Johnson is nominated for three Academy of Country Music Awards, including Top New Male Vocalist and Single and Song of the Year for "In Color."

Daddy Wakes Baby

WHAT'S BEHIND YOUR SLEEP POSITIONS?


(Cosmopolitan) Sure, you might think you're just getting comfortable, but it's not that simple. How you slumber with your man can clue you in to some of your subconscious feelings:

  • Face to face -- You're not only breathing on each other but also creating an enclosed circle with your bodies, which indicates how totally at ease you feel with each other. But for crying out loud, be conscious of your morning breath.
  • Snuggled up -- It isn't easy to snooze wrapped around another person, so by doing so, you're choosing physical closeness over your own comfort a great sign of emotional intimacy. Chance are, the sex isn't half bad either.
  • With your backs to each other -- If it's a recent phenomenon, it may be a subconscious indication that you're both pulling away. If it's the norm, you're likely just two independent people who don't need to be attached at the hip to be happy.
  • With a hand or foot touching your partner -- This is a way to reassure him that your love is still alive and kicking. If it's something you've noticed happening more often, it may mean that you've been caught up in other things. So you're reaching out as a way to reconnect.

PERFUME REVEALS YOUR PERSONALITY


If something doesn't smell right, you might be wearing the wrong perfume for your personality. Scents, like the clothes and shoes you choose, should be just right to go with your inner self, so check out the following tips to see which is the whiff for you:

  • Girly Girl -- need to go flowery. Think gardenia, hyacinth, lavender, lilac, jasmine or rose. Choose the right bouquet, and you'll smell beautiful.
  • Woodsy Women -- want something foresty. Choose sandalwood, cedar or rosewood, and you'll be sending the signal that you're an earthy mama.
  • Athletes -- nothing says sporty like citrus. Orange, lemon and lime are all perfect for putting pep in your step.
  • Romantics -- range from sultry and sophisticated to downright mysterious. Experts recommend a mixture of exotic flowers and herbs.
  • Self-Contained -- sorts smell best when they go spicy. Ginger, cloves and cinnamon all say individualist, loud and clear.
  • Traditional Types -- tend to go for the classic kinds of aromas made up of blends of flowery fragrances.
  • Career Gals -- make out best by opting for modern perfumes with subtle undertones. Never use anything overbearing, though, because you don't want people to smell you coming.

Want to be still holding hands after 40 more years?


Want to keep your loving relationship in tact? Want to be still holding hands after 40 more years? Here are some suggestions (from MSN.com Dating and Personals) on how to keep it together:

  • Start solid. Remember that best friend you had when you were a kid? Whether blissfully playing side-by-side in the sandbox or building an awesome fort together, you two just grooved on being in each other's presence. Happy couples share that same serendipitous groove, if in the all-grown-up world.
  • Keep it fresh. Routines and traditions can give a couple a comforting sense of predictability that's both grounding and reassuring. But surprises and adventures are also essential to really keeping that spark alive.
  • Clear the air. It's perfectly natural for any couple to encounter frustrations, disappointments, and miscommunication from time to time. But if grievances go un-aired, they can pile up to a mountain of resentment and put the relationship at risk.
  • Have a life. A healthy relationship consists of two individuals who each maintain a strong sense of themselves and take a genuine interest in the other. One may decide to go back to school to pursue a higher degree, while the other may get involved in a volunteer project or a photography workshop. Maintaining individual identities and pursuing individual interests ensures that there'll always be new things to share and to learn about each other.
  • Tune it up. Whether it be once a month or once a year, a regularly scheduled sit-down can allow for some essential upkeep and maintenance of a healthy relationship. Happy couples may agree to a periodic summit meeting to check in with one another about the overall well-being of their partnership.

Celebrity Gossip



NICOLE RICHIE AND JOEL MADDEN EXPECTING SECOND CHILD: Nicole Richie and Joel Madden are expecting their second child together. In a posting on the Good Charlotte blog Saturday (February 21st) night, Madden announced that his longtime girlfriend, with whom he has a 13-month-old daughter named Harlow, is pregnant. On the blog, Madden asked, "What's better than winning an Oscar?" answering, "I am so happy to tell everyone that Harlow is going to be a big sister! God has truly blessed my family. Hope you're all feeling as good as I am right now."

BABY SHOWER HELD FOR CHARLIE SHEEN'S TWINS: Charlie Sheen is apparently excited to be adding sons to his brood of three daughters, holding a sports-themed baby shower on Saturday (February 21st) in anticipation of his twin boys with wife Brooke who are due in April. People magazine reports that Paris Hilton, Eric Dane and baseball star Barry Bonds were among the guests who attended the soiree at the home of Dr. 90210 star Dr. Nassif. Also in attendance was the actor's father, Martin Sheen, and his two young daughters from his marriage to Denise Richards.

SAMANTHA RONSON DENIES HAVING $500 HAIRCUTS: Samantha Ronson is denying a report in OK! magazine that claimed her gal pal Lindsay Lohan pays for her to get $500 haircuts. The DJ took to her blog to dispel the rumor, stating, "1. it doesn't cost $500 to cut my hair . . . have you seen my hair? I don't even have that many strands. 2. if for some reason i decided that I was going to throw $500 away on a hair cut I would pay for it myself, however- I have a great exchange going with my hair dresser- i make him cds- he cuts my hair. yay! cheap and cheerful!"

HAYDEN PANETTIERE HOOKS UP WITH 'GRIZZLY' MAN: Hayden Panettiere is not crying about her split from Heroes co-star Milo Ventimiglia. The 19-year-old, who the Chicago Sun-Times claims ended things with Ventimiglia after a pregnancy scare, attended a Los Angeles party last week with a "grizzly bear-looking" man. A source told the New York Daily News, "His name was Vladimir and everyone kept talking about how he was a wrestler," adding the the couple was so oblivious to anything besides one another, that they did not even notice a drunken partygoer urinating in a fireplace nearby to where they were standing.

DYING BRITISH REALITY STAR WEDS: A dying U.K. reality star who gained international fame in the wake of her cervical cancer diagnosis married her boyfriend in England on Sunday (February 22nd). Twenty-seven-year-old Jane Goody has made headlines in recent weeks for broadcasting her life after doctors said her illness was terminal. The former Big Brother star was reportedly paid $1.4 million for the media rights to her wedding, which she says will go towards financing the education of her two young sons from a previous relationship. Goody's rep said on Sunday that the wedding was a "happy ceremony with lots of tears, lots of smiles, lots of laughter . . . (a) very beautiful, very moving service," adding that she had taken painkillers to get through the day.

VIETNAM VETS PROTEST JANE FONDA ON BROADWAY: Jane Fonda's performance in Broadway's 33 Variations was protested on Saturday (February 21st) by about a dozen Vietnam veterans and others who are still angry that the 71-year-old actress made radio broadcasts critical of U.S. policy and sat on an anti-aircraft gun laughing and clapping in Hanoi during the Vietnam war. Dan Maloney of the Gathering of Eagles said, "Jane Fonda is a traitor. She got on Hanoi radio and called every U.S. serviceman a war criminal." Fonda has defended her anti-war activism but acknowledges that the incident sitting on the gun was "a betrayal" of American forces.

When men see a woman in a bikini, they see her as a sexy object.


Well, duh. But researchers at Princeton University have confirmed this scientifically. When men see a bikini-clad woman, the areas of the male brain that are associated with handling tools and the intention to perform light up. Men depersonalize sexual images of women. "This is just the first study which was focused on the idea that men of a certain age view sex as a highly desirable goal, and if you present them with a provocative woman, then that will tend to prime goal-related responses," psychology professor and said study leader Susan Fiske.

The top 10 fattest U.S. cities:


Miami, FL, is the fattest city in the U.S., according to an annual ranking by Men's Fitness of the nation's 50 largest cities. Salt Lake City was the fittest city. Each city was evaluated in more than a dozen categories, including the percentage of overweight citizens and the number of fitness centers and sports stores. The top 10 fattest U.S. cities:

  1. Miami, Florida
  2. Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
  3. San Antonio, Texas
  4. Las Vegas, Nevada
  5. New York, New York
  6. Houston, Texas
  7. El Paso, Texas
  8. Jacksonville. Florida
  9. Charlotte, North Carolina
  10. Louisville, Kentucky

Miami was the fattest city for six reasons:

  • A large number of overweight people.
  • A high rate of TV viewing among residents.
  • Almost three times as many fast food restaurants as the average city.
  • Low participation in outdoor activities such as biking, running and fitness walking.
  • Long commutes.
  • Poor air quality.

KFLAG Country Music News


Sugarland will head out on their first European tour next month. The duo will take their music to seven countries and 11 cities throughout the month of March. They will be joined on a couple dates by opening act Holly Williams, the daughter of Hank Williams, Jr. Several of Sugarland's shows will be held at military bases.

  • Sugarland's first show is on March 6th at the Army Base in Aviano, Italy. They wrap things up on March 22nd in Thurles, Ireland at Premier Hall.

FAST FACTS

  • For a complete list of tour dates, log onto www.sugarlandmusic.com.
  • The duo recently picked up a Grammy for Best Country Performance by a Duo or Group for "Stay." The song earned Jennifer Nettles a second Grammy for Best Country Song. She wrote the tune by herself.
  • Holly Williams will release her debut album, called Here With Me, in June. Her debut single is called "Keep The Change."
Montgomery Gentry will host the sixth annual ACM Chairman's Ride, formerly known as the Charity Motorcycle Ride, on April 4th in Las Vegas. Toby Keith is confirmed to participate in the ride, with additional artists to be announced in the coming weeks. The event benefits the Academy of Country Music Charitable Fund (ACMCF).
  • As one of the hosts of the ride since its inception, Troy Gentry tells us he looks forward to the growing event every year. "The motorcycle ride has been an honor for me, and the fact that Eddie and I started this out with 200 motorcycles and we're up around the 2,000 range now with motorcycle riders and people participating, so it's a growing event, and it's kind of like being a parent -- it's awesome to be able to be a part of something in the beginning and watch it grow throughout the years."
  • The ACM Chairman's Ride takes place the day before the ACM Awards. The Awards will be held on April 5th at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Sin City. The show will air live on CBS at 8 p.m. ET.

SIDE NOTES

  • Other ACM-related events scheduled on April 4th include the 6th annual Celebrity Golf Classic hosted by Rascal Flatts at TPC Las Vegas; and Divas Downtown on Fremont Street, a free concert featuring performances by Julianne Hough, Kellie Pickler and LeAnn Rimes on Fremont Street in downtown Las Vegas.
Taylor Swift has achieved another first. The brand new video for her single, "White Horse," debuts at Number One on CMT's Top 20 Countdown this week. This is the first time that a video has ever made its debut in the Number One spot.
  • The clip exclusively premiered on CMT on February 7th.
  • It is the most streamed video of the year so far on cmt.com.

FAST FACTS

  • Swift's "White Horse" video stars Laguna Beach and One Tree Hill star Stephen Colletti.
  • "White Horse" is the second single from Swift's new Fearless CD. The project has already sold three million copies since its release in November.
  • Fearless has been at the top of Billboard's Country Album Sales charts each of the 12 weeks since its release.
  • The album is currently in its ninth week at Number One on the all-genre Top 200 Albums chart.

Jason Michael Carroll usually likes to have a hand in writing his own material, but his latest single, "Where I'm From," is an exception for the singer. Carroll said he might as well have penned the song, however, because it shares so many similarities to his own life, as he tells us: "The unique thing about it is I didn't write the song. A friend of mine wrote it, and as we were writing one day he said, 'Jason, have you heard the song I wrote called "Where I'm From"?' And I said, 'No,' and he played it for me and, I mean, it just hit me in so many different places. I said, 'I've gotta have that song,' and so we recorded it in May of last year, and we started playing it in June of last year when we were out on the road with Carrie Underwood, so that's how much I believed in this song right out of the gate."

Carroll adds that listeners will find a commonality in the message of "Where I'm From," something that struck him immediately. "I really think that as much as it connected with me, there's gotta be a lot more people out there that are just like me. They'll be able to say, 'You know what? That's me too,' or 'I've been through this.' The coolest message of the whole song, to me, is the fact that goin' through everything and all the similarities that everybody's faced in life, you hear the story of two guys that have been from two different areas in life -- their lives have carried them in two different directions -- but through their talking and their conversation you find out that we're all really not that different, and that's one of the coolest things about this song."

  • "Where I'm From" is the debut single from Carroll's upcoming sophomore album, due out this spring.
LeAnn Rimes and her husband, Dean Sheremet, celebrate their seventh anniversary on Monday (February 23rd). The couple married in Dallas, Texas in 2002 after dating for 18 months.
  • Rimes says her life has changed for the better since meeting Sheremet. He is involved in every aspect of her life, including her career, she told us a while back:"He definitely has his opinions and I listen. He's great! He really is. He's so supportive and that really makes a difference in what I do, cause to have that base in my life now is wonderful."
  • Rimes met Sheremet when he was one of her dancers during her performance of "Can't Fight The Moonlight" on the Academy of Country Music Awards in Los Angeles in May of 2000.
  • The couple currently reside in Nashville.
Kellie Pickler will be shooting the video for her new single, "Best Days Of Your Life," this week in Nashville. Since she co-wrote the song about an ex with her good friend, Taylor Swift, Pickler found it only fitting to come up with the idea for the video together.

Pickler said, "After we wrote the song, Taylor and I talked about what a fun, visual video this would make and the scenes that follow the storyline are very funny. This song is about one particular guy but I'm dedicating the music video to all you bad boys out there and you know who you are."

  • There is no word yet on when fans can expect to see the video for "Best Days Of Your Life."

FAST FACTS

  • Pickler will begin appearing in ads for the Big Sexy Hair products campaign in April.
  • The former American Idol finalist will head out on Swift's headlining Fearless tour beginning on April 23rd in Evansville, Indiana.

Water Cooler Talk

  • How bad is it in the newspaper industry? Today, a share of New York Times stock costs less than one of their Sunday papers. The stock is $3.77, the Sunday paper sells on newsstands for $4.
  • Yes's "In The Present Tour," featuring Steve Howe, Chris Squire and Alan White, has been cancelled. Founding Yes member, Chris Squire, underwent surgery on his leg on February 11.
  • Can you believe it's been almost three years since Katie Couric took over the news desk at CBS?
  • You knew it was just a matter of time. The web site TMZ has released one of the first pictures of a battered Rihanna.
  • Sounds like Clay Aiken is about to be dropped by his record label.
  • Another sign of the times: Disney has announced that layoffs are coming to its parks.
  • Josh Turner and his wife, Jennifer, are expecting their second child this summer.
  • Rumor has it that Harrison Ford and Calista FLockhart will soon be married.
  • Find the audio version of the children's book "Loukoumi's Good Deeds" and you'll hear Jennifer Aniston and her dad reading it together.
  • Il Divo's Carlos Marin and his wife have separated. The couple was married at Disneyland in 2006, but were together for more than 13 years.
  • 92-year-old Kirk Douglas is planning to take to the stage again in a one-man show called, "Before I forget."

K-FLAG SPORTS

A battle on the hardwood last night with Arizona State coming up the victor over Arizona. Rihards Kuksiks scored 17 points and hit a pair of late 3-pointers as the number 14 Sun Devils edged the Wildcats 70-68. Nic Wise scored 17 points for Arizona, which snapped a seven-game win streak.

The Boston Celtics got a career-high 32 points from Rajon Rondo, 31 points from Ray Allen and 26 from Paul Pierce in a 128-108 victory at Phoenix. The Suns had won three straight but were playing their first game without Amare Stoudemire who's out following eye surgery.

Kobe Bryant scored 28 points to move past Elgin Baylor into 20th place on the NBA's career scoring list and the Los Angeles Lakers outlasted the Minnesota Timberwolves, 111-108. Lamar Odom and Pau Gasol each added 25 as the Lakers improved their NBA-best record to 46-and-10.

Yesterday's NBA Scores....

Indiana 98, Chicago 91
Toronto 111, New York 100
Boston 128, Phoenix 108
Milwaukee 120, Denver 117
Houston 99, Charlotte 78
Orlando 122, Miami 99
Portland 116, L.A. Clippers 87
L.A. Lakers 111, Minnesota 108
Cleveland 99, Detroit 78

Tonights NBA Schedule

Indiana at New York,
Philadelphia at New Jersey,
Boston at Denver,
Atlanta at Utah,
New Orleans at Sacramento,
Golden State at L.A. Clippers,

Illness has swept over Arizona Diamondbacks players and one coach. Ten players missed spring training drills Sunday with unspecified "gastrointestinal conditions." The team isn't sure if the illness stems from something the players ate, a virus going around the clubhouse or some other factor.

Free-agent outfielder Garret Anderson has reached a preliminary agreement with the Atlanta Braves on a one-year deal. Anderson hit .293 with 15 homers and 84 RBIs in 145 games with the Los Angeles Angels last year.

Ron Capps raced to his first number 1 qualifying performance in Funny Car in more than four years Sunday at the Lucas Oil Slick Mist NHRA Nationals. Capps powered his Dodge Charger to 4.023 seconds at 305.63 miles per hour to claim his ninth career top qualifying position and second at Firebird International Raceway in Chandler.

Matt Kenseth is the fifth driver in NASCAR history to follow up a victory in the Daytona 500 with a win in the following race. Kenseth won the Auto Club 500, easily outdistancing runner-up Jeff Gordon with Kyle Busch finishing third at Auto Club Speedway in Southern California.

Phil Mickelson is the king of storied Riviera Country Club after winning the Northern Trust Open for the second straight year. Mickelson shot 1-over-par 72 yesterday but that was enough to edge Steve Stricker by one shot.

In the NHL yesterday...

Washington 5, Pittsburgh 2
Carolina 5, Colorado 2
Tampa Bay 4, Boston 3
Minnesota 2, Chicago 1
Toronto 3, N.Y. Rangers 2, OT

Tonight in the NHL....

San Jose at Dallas,

Friday, February 20, 2009

WILL YOUR MARRIAGE LAST?


You're in love, but do you have what it takes to live happily ever after? Thanks to a 22-question quiz from Dr. John Gottman of Washington University in St. Louis you can find out. Answer these 22 questions and then see below to find out what your answers mean.

  1. I can name my partner's best friends.
  2. I know what stresses my partner is currently facing.
  3. I know the names of some people who have been irritating my partner lately.
  4. I can tell you some of my partner's life dreams.
  5. I know my partner's basic philosophy of life.
  6. I can list the relatives my partner likes the least.
  7. I feel that my partner knows me pretty well.
  8. When we're apart, I think fondly of my partner.
  9. I often touch or kiss my partner affectionately.
  10. My partner really respects me.
  11. There is passion in our relationship.
  12. Romance is still part of our relationship.
  13. My partner appreciates the things I do.
  14. My partner likes my personality.
  15. Our sex life is mostly satisfying.
  16. At the end of the day my partner is glad to see me.
  17. My partner is one of my best friends.
  18. We just love talking to each other.
  19. There is lots of give and take (both people have influence) in our discussions.
  20. My partner listens respectfully even when we disagree.
  21. My partner is usually a great help as a problem solver.
  22. We generally mesh well on basic values and goals in life.

What your answers mean:

15 or more positive answers: You have a lot of strength in your relationship.

8 to 14 positive answers: This is a pivotal time in your relationship as there are strengths you can build upon, but do focus on the weaknesses that need your attention.

7 or fewer: Your relationship may be in serious trouble and could be headed for the rocks. If you're concerned about this, it means you probably still value the relationship enough to get help.

LAUGHTER REVEALS YOUR PERSONALITY


  • Booming: Passionate, make decision quickly, but with a sensitive side.
  • Cackling: Practical, down to earth and a good judge of character.
  • Weepy: You care deeply for others, and handle complex situations well. A zest for life.
  • Squeaky, high pitched: Young in spirit, love surprises, emotional, trustworthy, energetic optomistic.
  • Chuckling, low pitched: Sensuous, romantic, a flirt who can influence others.
  • Tinkling, soft: Conscientious, kind, considerate, dependable and you try hard to please. You make others feel good.
  • Giggling: Hard worker with high personal standards. Lots of energy, creative, imaginative.
  • Variable: If you have a different laugh for every occasion, your versatile, good with people and fit in everywhere.

SECRETS ALL WOMEN KEEP


You may think you know your wife better than anyone, but chances are she has at least one don't-tell-the-husband secret. Redbook deputy editor Jeannie Kim writes that all womankind has 11 near-universal secrets, some of which will shock men and some of which they'll realize they suspected all along. Here they are:

  1. Everything a woman buys for herself--from shoes to skirts and even shampoo -- really costs 20 percent more than she tells you.
  2. She actually thinks about sex--with you--a lot. (It's just that by the end of the day she's too tired to do anything about it.)
  3. She is just as nervous about commitment as you are.
  4. She may be modern and independent, but she still wants you to be "the man."
  5. Her ex-boyfriends were not completely terrible in bed.
  6. She is scared that she'll turn into her mother. (So the worst insult you can throw at the woman you love is, "You're acting just like your mother.")
  7. She wants you to be jealous--but just a little bit.
  8. Yes, she fantasizes about hot celebrity guys, but that doesn't mean she wants you to be one of them.
  9. She tells her girlfriends more than she will ever admit to you (but less than you fear).
  10. She really does notice and appreciate all the chores you do.
  11. She loves you with all her heart, but she still gets wistful about the fact that she'll never feel that falling-in-love sizzle and spark again.

SUBTLE SIGNS HE DIGS YOU


(Cosmopolitan) A man's actions -- even if they're subconscious -- often speak louder than his words. That babe is interested if he...

  • Fondles his face -- When a man is feelin' you, his nervous system makes him fidgety. He'll stroke his Adam's apple or gently rub his lips. These touchy-feely gestures mean he's a bit unsure and needs encouragement.
  • Gives you the warm shoulder -- If you're huddled in a group, don't call it quits just because his eyes aren't focused on you. To decode whom he truly desires, notice which way his shoulders are facing. Why? Men are hardwired to position their torsos in the direction of the person they deem most important.
  • Offers you a hand -- When captivated, he'll reach out and pat the back of your hand or wrist. He's literally taking a reading to see how you respond to his touch.
  • Stakes his claim -- If he's sitting at the bar, he'll place his cash or keys in front of him to proclaim his availability and status.

Oldest, Middle, Youngest Children: Who's More Successful?


Research shows that first-borns (and onlys) lead the pack in terms of educational attainment, occupational prestige, income and net worth. Conversely middle children in large families tend to fare the worst. Here's a look at what impact your birth order may have on you:

  • First-Borns: More conscientious, ambitious and aggressive than their younger siblings, first-borns are over-represented at Harvard and Yale as well as disciplines requiring higher education such as medicine, engineering or law. Every astronaut to go into space has been either the oldest child in his or her family or the eldest boy. And throughout history -- even more than half of all Nobel Prize winners and U.S. presidents have been first-born. Famous eldest children include: Hillary Clinton, Bill Clinton, Richard Branson, J.K. Rowling and Winston Churchill.
  • Middles: Middle children are more easy going and peer-oriented. Since they can get lost in the shuffle of their own families, they learn to build bridges to other sources of support and therefore tend to have excellent people skills. Middle children often take on the role of mediator and peacemaker. Famous middle children include: Bill Gates, J.F.K., Madonna and Princess Diana.
  • Youngest: The youngest child tends to be the most creative and can be very charming -- even manipulative. Because they often identify with the underdog. Successful in journalism, advertising, sales and the arts, famous youngest children include Cameron Diaz, Jim Carrey, Drew Carey, Rosie O'Donnell, Eddie Murphy and Billy Crystal.
  • Only Children: Only children have similar characteristics to first-borns and are frequently burdened with high parental expectations. Research shows they are more confident, articulate and likely to use their imagination than other children. They also expect a lot from others, hate criticism, can be inflexible and are likely to be perfectionists.
  • Twins: Because they hold equal status and are treated so similarly, twins turn out similarly in most cases. Consider advice columnists "Dear Abby" and "Ann Landers" (Abigail and Esther Friedman), and Harold and Bernard Shapiro, who became presidents of Princeton University and Canada's McGill University respectively.


WATER COOLER TALK


  • A green comet with it's tail pointing towards the sun will be visible from earth on February 24.
  • Ronald Strykert, guitarist of the Australian band Men At Work, has reportedly been arrested for allegedly threatening to kill the band's lead singer, Colin Hay.
  • Women who drink coffee appear to have a lower risk of stroke than their friends who don't according to a new study from the Universidad Autonoma de Madrid in Spain.
  • Fire at Tracy Morgan's New York apartment this week, after a light bulb in his aquarium exploded.
  • The new Hannah Montana movie will not include Dolly Parton appearing as "Aunt Dolly."
  • California's Governor Schwarzenegger is going to go back to movies for a day. He's going to appear as himself in Sylvester Stallone's next movie project and shoot all his scenes in one day. After all, he's got a budget fire to put out.
  • The Office's Angela Kinsey has split from her husband of eight years, Warren Lieberstein. They just had a baby together last May.
  • Mardi Gras or "Fat Tuesday" is next week. Lent begins on Wednesday.
  • We're just now getting word that Rachel Bilson and Hayden Christensen got engaged over the holidays.
  • Now we hear that the grandmother of that California woman who gave birth to octuplets hadn't made house payments since May of last year... and so mom and her 14 kids may soon be homeless.
  • 59% of men don't want to know your nooky number according to a Cosmopolitan magazine web poll.
  • If Heath Ledger wins the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor on Sunday, his daughter Matilda Rose Ledger will get the trophy.
  • Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel moved into a Manhattan apartment together on Monday.
  • A little bit of a scare this week for Charlie Sheen and his pregnant wife after she had to be hospitalized because of premature contractions.
  • In the aftermath of that alleged domestic violence incident, sales of Rihanna's 2007 album, "Good Girl Gone Bad," went up 33%!

K-FLAG SPORTS

The Phoenix Suns didn't make a major move before yesterday's trade deadline. But if their first two games after the All-Star break are any indication, a coaching change may have been all they needed. The Suns will try to continue their high-scoring start under coach Alvin Gentry tonight against the visiting Oklahoma City Thunder.

In the NBA last night....
San Antonio 83, Detroit 79
Utah 90, Boston 85

Tonight on the NBA courts...
Orlando at Charlotte,
Toronto at New York, .
Dallas at Houston,
Sacramento at Memphis,
Washington at New Jersey,
Indiana at Minnesota, .
Denver at Chicago, .
Cleveland at Milwaukee,
Oklahoma City at Phoenix,
Atlanta at Portland,
New Orleans at L.A. Lakers,

The six-game home-ice losing streak is over for the Phoenix Coyotes. Daniel Carcillo scored in the eighth round of the shootout and the Coyotes beat the Atlanta Thrashers 4-3 last night. Shane Doan also scored in the shootout, and Joakim Lindstrom, Viktor Tikhonov and Steven Goertzen had goals in regulation for the Coyotes, who won for just the second time in 11 games since the All-Star break.

Last Nights NHL action.....
Philadelphia 6, Buffalo 3
Pittsburgh 5, Montreal 4
Carolina 6, N.Y. Islanders 2
Vancouver 5, Ottawa 2
Chicago 4, Florida 0
New Jersey 3, Tampa Bay 2, SO
Columbus 4, Toronto 3, SO
Calgary 3, Minnesota 2, OT
St. Louis 2, Nashville 1, OT
Dallas 4, Edmonton 2
Phoenix 4, Atlanta 3, SO
San Jose 4, Los Angeles 2

Tonight on the Ice....
Tampa Bay at Carolina,
Colorado at Washington,
Anaheim at Detroit,

After an eight-month layoff, Tiger Woods will return to action next week in the World Golf Championships-Accenture Match Play Championship in Marana. Woods had surgery after the Masters last year to repair cartilage damage in his left knee, and while preparing to return for the U.S. Open, suffered a double stress fracture in his left leg.

The Arizona Cardinals have named former Kansas City Chiefs assistant Curtis Modkins as running backs coach. He replaces Maurice Carthon, who was named assistant head coach of the Kansas City Chiefs yesterday. Carthon followed Todd Haley, who was Arizona's offensive coordinator for two seasons before being hired as head coach of the Chiefs earlier this month.

KFLAG Country Music News


Rascal Flatts will kick off their American Living Unstoppable tour on June 5th. The new tour will be sponsored JCPenney Company, Inc. for the next two years. The trio is slated to play in approximately 60 cities around the country each year.

The tour will promote American Living, the retailer's all-American lifestyle brand developed exclusively by Polo Ralph Lauren's Global Brand Concepts.

In conjunction with the tour, Rascal Flatts has written a new song inspired by the brand titled "American Living," which will serve as the soundtrack for the new American Living commercial. The song will only be available on a special version of the Unstoppable CD sold at JCPenney stores beginning on April 7th. The commercial is set to air from May 17th through June 6th.

SIDE NOTES

  • Rascal Flatts' played at the launch party for the American Living brand in February of 2008.
  • All net proceeds from the sale of albums sold through JCPenney will be donated to the JCPenney Afterschool Fund, which provides children in need with access to life-enriching afterschool programs that inspire kids to be smart, strong and socially responsible.


Josh Turner and his wife, Jennifer, are expecting a baby this summer. The couple are already parents to two-year-old son, Hampton.
  • Turner said, "I am so excited about the newest member of our family. I can't wait to hold him or her for the first time."

FAST FACTS

  • Turner is nominated for the Academy of Country Music's Vocal Event of the Year for "Another Try," featuring Trisha Yearwood.
  • The singer is featured in the current special Country Music edition of People magazine.



Martina McBride will be among the performers taking part in the Stevie Wonder In Performance at the White House: The Library of Congress Gershwin Prize special being taped on Wednesday (February 25th) at the White House. The evening celebrates Wonder's receipt of the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song. President and Mrs. Obama will be in attendance at the event, which will include performances by Tony Bennett, Diana Krall, Esperanza Spalding, Will.i.am, the gospel duo Mary Mary, and Wonder himself.
  • Stevie Wonder In Performance at the White House: The Library of Congress Gershwin Prize is set to air on PBS stations nationwide on Thursday (February 26th). Check local listings.

SIDE NOTES

  • McBride will release her new album, Shine, on March 24th.
  • The album's debut single, "Ride," is currently climbing the charts.

Kellie Pickler's latest single, "Best Days Of Your Life," is the result of a writing session the singer shared with her good friend while on the road last summer: "'The Best Days of Your Life' is one of my favorite songs on the record because I wrote it with one of my best friends, Taylor Swift, and we actually wrote this song last summer while we were on the Brad Paisley tour."

With a little help from Swift, Pickler decided to dump her anger and heartbreak about an ex into "Best Days Of Your Life": "You know, Taylor's notorious about writing about ex-boyfriends and relationships, especially the ones that did her wrong, and, yeah, I went through a rough patch last summer with a boy, and I was venting to Taylor about it and she said, 'Well, let's just write a song about it,' so I went, 'All right, I'm up for it,' so we got on her bus and she pulled out her guitar and we wrote a song about this guy I used to date that did me wrong, and the whole concept of the song was that he's already had the best days of his life and that was with me."

  • Pickler will be hitting the road with Swift again this summer on Swift's first headlining tour. The Fearless tour kicks off on April 23rd in Evansville, Indiana.
  • Pickler was in New York City this week attending the various designer fashion shows as part of Fashion Week.
Jason Aldean's latest single, "She's Country," passed the 10 million mark on Myspace this week, making it the most streamed country song by any solo artist on the current Top 40 chart. Miranda Lambert's "More Like Her" and Taylor Swift's "White Horse" trail in second and third place.
  • Aldean will release the video for "She's Country" on AOL Music's homepage on Friday (February 20th). The clip will begin airing on CMT on Monday (February 23rd).
  • The performance video was filmed in January at concerts in Peoria, Illinois; Evansville, Indiana; and LaCrosse, Wisconsin.
  • Aldean said, "We have a blast playing this song because the energy is through the roof. And (director) Wes (Edwards) didn't have any problem finding girls to be in the video because they really relate to the lyrics and are proud to be from the country."

SIDE NOTES

  • "She's Country" is the fastest rising single of Aldean's career to date.
  • The song is the debut release from Aldean's upcoming album, Wide Open, due out on April 7th.

Thursday, February 19, 2009

LOVE & MARRIAGE



Want a great marriage? Here's what the best ones have in common, according to Neil Clark Warren, psychologist and author of "The Triumphant Marriage":

  • First, strong couples focus on the positive -- They have a list of their partner's outstanding qualities on the tip of their tongue that's longer than their list of complaints. So, if you're having trouble, ask yourself a few questions, like: "What's right about my marriage?" And "What made us fall in love in the first place?"
  • Then, a little romance can heal a lot of hurts. So, act on those romantic impulses! Bring home their favorite candy bar, or call to say "I was just thinking about you." Bottom line: Make time for romance -- Don't wait for it to make time for you.
  • Another thing to consider: even in a great marriage, you're never going to see eye to eye on everything. So, set up some ground rules for fighting: Be honest -- No name-calling -- No fighting or nagging in public -- No walking out in the middle of a fight--No bringing up unrelated issues--And no holding grudges. When the fight is over, it's over.
  • And finally, listen to each other! Researchers found that communication predicts the success of a marriage better than any other factor. So, pick two 30-minute time slots a week to talk--No phone, no TV, no Internet in short, no interruptions. One of you should start by talking about something that really matters to you. Be brief but thorough--And your mate can't respond until they repeat what you said, in their own words. Then it's their turn. And just keeping going back and forth for half an hour. To recap, focus on the positive, play the romance card frequently, set up ground rules for fights, and really listen to each other. And you'll have a stronger marriage in no time.

What are your secrets to a long and healthy relationship. Have a you had a great relationship that went south because of ONE mistake (infidelity, aside). Let us know! Email the Morning Jolt mornings@kflg947.com


SPICE UP YOUR LOVE LIFE


Want to light a fire with your love life? Start with romance. It may seem old-fashioned, but there is nothing like taking time to just focus on each other to put the zing back into a tired relationship. Some suggestions:

  1. Set a monthly "date night" and stick to it -- Even if it's just dinner and a movie or a candlelit dinner together at home, make time for just the two of you.
  2. Say "I love you" every day -- These three small words carry so much meaning, yet they're never said often enough. Make sure that your partner knows you love and appreciate him or her every single day.
  3. Put your love in writing -- Nothing gives you warm fuzzies of love like receiving a simple love note or a passionate love letter. Every once in a while take the time to write your sweetie love notes, love poems and love letters.
  4. Bring back the spontaneity in your relationship -- Surprise your partner once a month. Try sending her flowers "just because." Buy him two tickets to a game of his favorite sport--and go with him!
  5. Get away from it all with a weekend getaway -- Take a romantic weekend away for no reason except to be together. Head to a cabin in the mountains, a local bed and breakfast or a relaxing spa. It doesn't really matter where you go, as long as you go together and leave the interruptions behind.
  6. Show your love each and every day -- Give your partner compliments, hold hands, open doors and engage in public displays of affection. It's the little things you do to show your love that always mean the most.
  7. Shake up your romantic life with a little creativity -- Create your own love coupon book with one coupon for your partner to redeem each week of the year. Easy to create, these little coupons can be as romantic, sexy or practical as you want. Hint: a mix of all three works best.
  8. Have fun together -- Take up a new hobby together. Join a softball team together or take cooking, golf or dancing lessons. You'll not only learn something new, but also you'll have fun with your partner at the same time.
  9. Don't forget the little things -- Make him lunch. Paint her toenails. Wash and wax his car. Do her weekly chores. You've heard the phrase that it's the little things that really matter when it comes to showing how much you care. Show you care by doing something nice and unexpected for your partner. It's a practical way to show your love that will be very much appreciated.
  10. Get to know your partner better -- Whether you're dating, just married or celebrating your 25th wedding anniversary, there is always more to learn about your partner. Get creative! Buy the book "All About Us" by Philipp Keel. It's filled with questions that will help you document your own love story; set aside time to answer one question each week. Or check out the many other books and resources which feature questions designed to spark discussions that will help you learn more about one another.

Why are so many of us running late?


15% of workers admit to arriving late at least once a week, according to a recent CareerBuilder.com survey. Why are so many of us running late? You might be surprised that the snooze button is not the primary culprit of tardiness.

  • 32 percent of workers attribute their late arrivals to traffic gridlock
  • 17 percent claim a lack of sleep is the reason
  • 7 percent have trouble arriving on time because they need to get their children ready for school or day care
  • Other issues, like forgetting something at home or not feeling well, are also popular.

According to the new survey 24 percent of all employees decide to make up a fake excuse rather than tell the truth.

TODAY'S FYI


ATTACK CHIMP'S OWNER NOW SAYS SHE DIDN'T GIVE HIM XANAX: The owner of a chimpanzee who attacked the woman's friend Monday (February 16th), leaving her in critical condition, and was shot dead by police, is now saying she didn't give the animal Xanax. Sandra Herold told AP Wednesday that she never gave the anti-anxiety drug to the chimp, named Travis. However, Herold said in an interview Wednesday morning on NBC's Today show that she gave Travis the drug less than five minutes before he attacked Charla Nash. Additionally, police have said Herold told them that she gave Travis Xanax that day to calm him because he was agitated. Psychiatric experts have said Xanax can lead to aggression in people who are unstable. Herold speculated to AP that Travis was being protective of her when he attacked Nash, who she said was driving a different car, wearing a new hairstyle and holding an Elmo stuffed toy in front of her face as a present for the chimp. Stamford, Connecticut police are looking into the possibility of bringing criminal charges against Herold. Under the law, a pet owner who knew or should have known that an animal was a danger to others can be held criminally responsible.

OCTUPLETS' GRANDMOTHER COULD LOSE HOME: Angela Suleman, the grandmother of the octuplets born in California last month, could lose the home where she, her unemployed daughter Nadya, and Nadya's previous six children live, to foreclosure. TMZ.com first reported that property records show a mortgage default notice was filed last week saying that Angela Suleman is more than $23,000 behind in payments on her house in the Los Angeles suburb of Whittier, having last made a payment in May 2008, and has filed for bankruptcy. She's been given three months to settle her debt to avoid foreclosure. It was previously disclosed that Angela's daughter Nadya, the mother of octuplets, has been receiving nearly $500 a month in food stamps for her other six children and disability payments for three of them.

GEOGRAPHY PROFS THEORIZE ON BIN LADEN'S HIDING PLACE: Two University of California geography professors think they may know where Osama bin Laden is hiding. Using satellite-imagery analysis and geographic methods, Professors Thomas Gillespie and John Agnew have theorized that the al-Qaida leader is holed up in the city of Parachinar in the mountains of northwestern Pakistan, about 12 miles from the Afghan border. They have narrowed it down even more, thinking he may be in one of three walled compounds in the city. To come to their conclusions, Gillespie and Agnew used bin Laden's last reported whereabouts in the mountains of Tora Bora and, quote, "theories that predict how plants and animals distribute themselves over space and over time." Parachinar is named as a likely hideout, where bin Laden could have electricity, physical protection, privacy and a small number of bodyguards, while remaining protected from aerial view. They also said being in or near a large city would reduce the risk of him being found in a military raid, and that Parachinar has a history of housing Islamic fighters during the Soviet invasion of neighboring Afghanistan two decades ago.

PALIN MUST PAY BACK TAXES ON PER DIEM PAYMENTS: Alaska officials said Wednesday (February 18th) that Governor Sarah Palin must pay back taxes on nearly $18,000 in expenses she charged the state for living in her home in Wasilla instead of at the state capital in Juneau, which is 600 miles away. A review of state policy and IRS tax laws determined the per diem payments should be treated as income. The fact that Palin had charged the state for the expenses became an issue during the presidential campaign, when Palin was the vice presidential nominee on Republican Senator John McCain's ticket. Per diem payments are intended to cover meals and incidental expenses while traveling on state business. State officials have said Palin's claims were allowed because her duty station is Juneau.

GERONIMO DESCENDANTS SUE YALE'S SKULL AND BONES SOCIETY: Descendants of Geronimo have filed suit against Skull and Bones, the secret society at Yale University whose members have included U.S. presidents and other powerful people, claiming that its members stole the skull and some bones of the Apache leader in 1918, nine years after his death, and still have them. The family says it wants the remains back. The robbing of Geronimo's Fort Sill, Oklahoma, grave is a longstanding Skull and Bones legend that's gained some credence after the discovery in 2005 of a letter from a club member that described the theft. Among those supposed to have taken part in the robbery was Prescott Bush, grandfather of former President George W. Bush, who was also a Skull and Bones member, as was his 2004 opponent, Senator John Kerry. Members of Skull and Bones swear an oath of secrecy about the group and its rituals, which include initiation rites such as a confession of sexual secrets and kissing a skull.

NEAR-COMPLETE MAMMOTH SKELETON FOUND IN LOS ANGELES: The nearly complete skeleton of a large Columbian mammoth who died during the last ice age has been dug up after being found at a construction site near the La Brea Tar Pits in downtown Los Angeles, scientists said Wednesday (February 18th). The mammoth -- who was dubbed "Zed" by researchers at the Page Museum at the La Brea Tar Pits -- likely died some 40,000 years ago. The skeleton was found near a large group of fossils that workers discovered while digging the foundation for an underground parking garage, that included a prehistoric American Lion skull and bones from saber-toothed cats, juvenile horse and bison, teratorn -- a prehistoric bird of prey -- coyotes, lynx and ground sloths. The discovery is expected to double the size of the museum's collection.

Celebrity Gossip


RACHEL BILSON ENGAGED: Rachel Bilson is engaged to her longtime beau, actor Hayden Christensen. A source who recently traveled on a plane with the actress broke the story to the New York Post. The witness told the paper, "A man sitting in front of her on the plane saw a ring on her finger and asked if she was married." Bilson's alleged reply was, "I'm not married yet, just engaged. I know I look like I'm 15, but I'm actually 27." A friend of Bilson's told People magazine that the duo got engaged in December, adding, "They're so excited. They're a great couple. Rachel seems thrilled beyond belief."

'THE OFFICE' STAR SEPARATING FROM HUSBAND: The Office star Angela Kinsey has separated from her husband of eight years, Warren Lieberstein. Us Weekly reports that the couple, who welcomed their first daughter last May, need to reevaluate their marriage. Kinsey's rep told the magazine, "Angela and Warren are taking some time apart to figure out what is best for their relationship," but added, "They continue to be friends."

MICKEY ROURKE'S BELOVED DOG DIES: Mickey Rourke's beloved pet Chihuahua Loki has died. A rep for the Oscar nominee confirmed to E! News that the 18-year-old pooch, whom the actor called the "love of his life," passed away on Monday (February 16th) night. Rourke famously thanked his canine companions while accepting the Golden Globe for Best Actor last month, telling the world, "I'd like to thank all my dogs, the ones who are here and the ones who aren't here anymore. Sometimes, when a man is alone, that's all you got is your dog. And they've meant the world to me." He reiterated the sentiment in a recent interview with Barbara Walters, telling her, "I sort of self-destructed and everything came out about fourteen years ago or so . . . the wife had left, the career was over, the money was not an ounce. The dogs were there when no one else was there."

JUDGE WON'T DISMISS POLANSKI CASE: A Superior Court Judge said on Tuesday (February 17th) that he'll only consider dropping the 31-year-old sex case against Roman Polanski if the director returns to the United States and appears in court. The now-75-year-old pleaded guilty in 1977 to unlawful sexual intercourse with a 13-year-old, but fled to France the following year after he was threatened with more prison time than originally agreed upon. Polanski has been a fugitive ever since and recently requested the case be dismissed so that he could enter the United States without the fear of arrest.

HAYDEN PANETTIERE REBOUNDING WITH GERARD BUTLER? Although her split from Milo Ventimiglia was just announced, Hayden Panettiere is reportedly wasting no time getting back in the singles scene. Us Weekly reports that at a New York City event last week, the 19-year-old actress was spotted "flirting" with actor Gerard Butler -- who is 20 years her senior.

LIEV SCHREIBER WANTS TO BREAST FEED: Naomi Watts says that her beau Liev Schreiber is such a hands-on dad, he wanted to breast feed their son. The couple welcomed son Samuel two months ago and have a one-year-old, Alexander, whom they refer to as Sasha. Watts told Ellen DeGeneres that Schreiber "does take care of Sasha in the night, but he can't do Sammy because I'm breastfeeding. Although with the first one, he was like, 'I want the man boob.'" For non-believers, she explained, "You can get those things. You can attach them and they feed through a tube!"

TIGER WOODS SHOWS OFF NEWBORN: Tiger Woods introduced his 10-day-old son Charlie Axel Woods to the world on Wednesday (February 18th) by posting pictures of the infant on Golf.com. Five snaps were shared, showing the family of four -- Tiger and wife Elin welcomed daughter Sam in 2007 -- and their dogs, kissing the new arrival. After Charlie's birth, Woods wrote on his website, "Both Charlie and Elin are doing great and we want to thank everyone for their sincere best wishes and kind thoughts."

GARY COLEMAN DEPOSITION WON'T BE RELEASED: A Utah judge ruled on Tuesday (February 17th) that a videotaped deposition of Gary Coleman won't be released until a personal injury lawsuit against the actor, which stemmed from an incident at a bowling alley last year, is resolved. A man is suing Coleman, claiming that the actor hit him with his truck last year while exiting the bowling alley. The judge was worried about Coleman getting a fair trial if the tape was released, saying, "I do not want to come in here and have the whole jury challenged off." Coleman pleaded no contest in December to a disorderly conduct charge in the incident and was ordered to pay a $100 fine.

DAUGHTER TO GET HEATH LEDGER'S OSCAR IF HE WINS


Three-year-old Matilda Ledger has been designated by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences as the eventual owner of her dad's Oscar-- if he wins best supporting actor on Sunday (February 22nd). Despite the designation, Matilda wouldn't get the statue until her 18th birthday, and even then, would have to sign a contract first, indicating that she will not resell the Oscar without first offering it back to the academy for $1.

  • Academy tradition calls for a posthumous award to go to the winner's spouse, or if there is none, the oldest child.
  • Bruce Davis, executive director of the academy, explained to the Associated Press the course of action that will be taken if Ledger wins. He said, "In the event that Heath Ledger should be selected as the supporting actor recipient, the statuette will be held in trust for his daughter by her mother, Michelle Williams, until Matilda reaches the age of 18. At that point, she may execute what we call an heir's agreement and keep the statuette forever -- or, if she chooses not to do that, it will return to us."
  • If Ledger wins, he would be only the second actor to receive an Oscar after death, following Peter Finch, who won in 1976 for Network.

YOUR AMERICAN IDOL UPDATE


America voted for the first time this year, and the initial three finalists of American Idol's Season Eight were revealed last night (Wednesday, February 18th). And the winners were judges' favorite Alexis Grace, a 21-year-old single mother from Memphis, Tennessee, Michael Sarver, a 27-year-old oil rig worker from Jasper, Texas and Tuesday's stand-out contestant Danny Gokey, a 28-year-old church music director whose wife died a month before the Idol auditions. An "unprecedented" 24 million votes were cast -- that's 10 million more than this time last year.

The way it works this year is the guy with the most number of votes, the woman with the highest votes, and the next biggest vote-getter all move to the next round. The remaining contestants will still have a chance to make it into the final 12 during a wild card round in two weeks.

The show kicked off with some banter between host Ryan Seacrest and the four judges, followed by an introduction of the first 12 out of 36 finalists. Then highlights from Tuesday night's (February 17th) performances show were featured in a brief video montage. Ryan Seacrest talked about how the "dark horse" and outspoken contestant Tatiana Nicole Del Toro "turned the night around."

Before revealing the three singers who will stay in the competition, Seacrest chatted with some of the contestants about their chances. Anoop Desai, who seemed to be a fan favorite, admitted that "he's the most nervous he's even been."

  • Throughout the show, Seacrest introduced the contestants and announced whether they would advance to the next round.
  • Grace was the first singer to learn she was a finalist. She thanked the crowd a couple of times and said, "This is awesome," before performing "I Never Loved A Man" by Aretha Franklin.
  • The second finalist was Texas native Sarver. Before the winners were announced, Sarver said his "heart was pounding out of his chest." After he found out the good news, Sarver said his pals at work would either make fun of him for being a "sissy," or they would be "proud." He then performed Gavin DeGraw's "I Don't Wanna Be."
  • Gokey was the third winner revealed last night. He was paired with Del Toro, who looked visibly upset and shocked upon hearing the news that she wouldn't be making it to the next round. Prior to finding out he was in the winner, Gokey said he was "overwhelmed by the unknown." Following the announcement and massive crowd applause, he performed Mariah Carey's "Hero."
  • Two of last year's American Idol finalists Carly Smithson and Michael Johns performed "The Letter" made famous by the Box Tops. Johns says his album will be out in May.
  • The next group of 12 -- Megan Corkrey, Kris Allen, Mishavonna Henson, Matt Breitzke, Allison Iraheta, Matt Giraud, Jasmine Murray, Kai Kalama, Jesse Langseth, Adam Lambert, Jeanine Vailes and Nick Mitchels -- will perform next week.

Water Cooler Talk

Taylor Swift reclaims the Number One spot on the all-genre Billboard 200 album chart with her latest CD, Fearless. Taylor sold more than 92,000 copies of the album last week, a sales jump of 44 percent from the week before, which is likely linked to her appearance on the Grammy Awards. Fearless has now spent a total of nine weeks in the Number One spot. The most recent album to have spent more time in the top spot on the Billboard 200 chart was Santana's Supernatural in 1999 and 2000. According to Billboard, that project held the Number One place for a total of 12 weeks.

Rascal Flatts' concert last week at New York City's Madison Square Garden is the trio's third consecutive show at the venue to have sold out, giving the group the distinction of being the first country act to manage this feat. Nearly 45,000 fans attended the three tour stops, which includes gigs on 2006's Me & My Gang, 2007's Still Feels Good, and this year's Bob That Head tours.


* A new study suggests that women who drink coffee have a significantly lower risk of having a stroke in their lifetime compared with non-coffee drinkers.

* Here's one of those fine-print stories that would probably go by most people, but we're thrilled to see. Cell phone manufacturers are going to standardize cell phone rechargers by the year 2012. They'll all use the same type of plug. How in the world did it take this long?

* Recent reports say that 1 in 100 Americans is currently behind bars. That is an all time high.

* MC Hammer is going to star in a new show on A&E called, what else -- "Hammertime!"

* As Mickey Rourke heads to the Oscars this weekend, he goes in sadness: his Chihuahua and faithful friend of 18 years, Loki, passed away this week.

* Freida Pinto, the beauty from Slumdog Millionaire, has broken off her engagement and is a single woman again.

* Usher's wife Tameka Foster Raymond remains in a Brazilian hospital after having a heart attack following a liposuction procedure.

* Mackenzie Phillips, who'll turn 50 in November, is writing a book about her life experiences. It'll be published in March, 2010.

* Rosie O'Donnell has shut down her blog, but kept her "stuff for sale" site open.

* This Friday is Conan's last late night show... until he takes over the Tonight Show.

* Don Johnson is suing the folks who made "Nash Bridges," saying he is owed millions for working on
that show.

* Pat Robertson has denounced Rush Limbaugh for his comment, saying "I hope Obama fails."

* It's being asked seriously: will California's financial troubles inspire it to legalize (and thus, start taxing) pot?

* Jerry Springer's next stop: the musical "Chicago" in London.

* Cameron Diaz her British model boyfriend Paul Sculfor are said to be scouring the English countryside for the perfect place to get married.

K-FLAG COUNTRY MUSIC NEWS

If he's not on the stage or at home with his family, you'll likely find Darius Rucker on the golf course. The singer has a passion for the sport, which takes up a lot of his downtime, as he tells us:

"I only have one hobby, and that's golf. That's the only thing I do besides work and spend time with my family, the only thing I do is golf. Even when I'm playing bad I force myself to not be mad and look around and go, man, you know, 'This is God! This is nature.' You're usually in an amazingly beautiful place that's so manicured and so well-kept that what have you got to be mad about? I'm not gettin' paid to play. That's what I always tell myself, but it's very important to me. I play as much golf as I can. I would play every day if I could."

The singer boasts an 11 handicap. Rucker says he occasionally plays some bad golf, but even then he refuses to get upset about a sport that makes him so happy.

"I'm not a club thrower. No, I'm real laid back. My main thing, and my friends always make fun of me, (but) my main thing is when I hit a bad shot I go, 'Darius Rucker!' And my friends always do that when I hit a bad shot, so, yeah, that's about it.

* Rucker has been a special guest on the Paisley Party tour with headliner Brad Paisley since the beginning of the year.
* His debut country album, Learn To Live, was recently certified gold for sales of more than half a million copies.



Jake Owen is just days away from releasing his second album, but he still has to pinch himself to believe that his dream of being a singer is a reality. Owen says he's taken off guard when other artists, particularly those he's a fan of, know him and his music.

One such incident happened during last year's CMA Awards. Owen tells us he and his girlfriend were backstage at the show when he encountered one of his favorite fellow singers.

"I was presenting, so I was walking backstage and Keith Urban was walking, and I've always loved Keith Urban. I've never met him, and I was walking by. I didn't say anything to him, I was just walking, and he looks up and he's like, 'Hey Jake.' I looked at Laura and I was like, 'How does he know my name? That guy knows me!' It just blew me away, and so I was like, 'Hey Keith! How are you doin', man?' I just started laughing walking down the hallway thinking, 'Man, this is unbelievable!'"

Owen is humbled by the opportunities he's been afforded over the past few years.

"I'm really, really fortunate and lucky to do this, and it still blows my mind four or five years into this whole deal of gettin' a deal, makin' a record, touring, that this is seriously for real."

* Owen's new CD, Easy Does It, hits retails outlets on Tuesday (February 24th).
* The singer will be performing a handful of dates on Kenny Chesney's Sun City Carnival tour this summer.


Toby Keith plans to move ahead with his next movie. The project is called Provinces Of The Night and reportedly co-stars Hilary Duff. The story is set in rural Tennessee in 1952. Keith's last movie, Beer For My Horses, was released in 2008. Keith co-wrote the screenplay with comedian Rodney Carrington.
* Keith made his film debut in 2006's Broken Bridges. The film also starred Kelly Preston, Burt Reynolds and Lindsey Haun.
* The singer has said that he intends to make one movie a year.


Mardi Gras will have a Kid Rock flavor this year. The "All Summer Long" hitmaker has been announced as the Grand Marshal for the Krewe of Endymion (pronounced En-DI-mee-on) parade on Saturday afternoon (February 21st) in New Orleans. The event bills itself as "the largest non-military parade in the world" and is followed by an Endymion Extravaganza in the Louisiana SuperDome at which classic rockers REO Speedwagon are also booked to play.

Of the honor, Rock tells us that "The good people of New Orleans thought it a good idea to elect myself the Grand Marshal of one of the biggest parties in the world. I've been training for something like this my whole life. I plan to represent and not let them down."

* The Krewe of Endymion was founded in 1967 and named for the Olympian god of fertility and eternal youth -- which certainly fits Rock's hard-partying rock 'n' roll image. The Krewe's motto is "Token of Youth," while Krewe members are also known to shout out "Throw 'til it hurts!"
* On his official website, Rock is teasing the prospect of a partnership with the Michigan Brewery Co. for his own beer. He's soliciting name ideas from his fans; among the suggestions so far are Cadillac Ritchie, Guilty, Top Dog, Rock God and Shotgun Blast.
* Rock is nominated in the favorite male singer category at this year's Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards. The ceremony takes place March 28th in Los Angeles.
* Rock and his Twisted Brown Trucker band perform April 3rd at the Tempe Music Festival in Arizona and will start a new tour in mid-April.


Dolly Parton will receive an honorary doctorate of humane and musical letters from the University of Tennessee this spring. The degree will be bestowed on Parton during the school's graduation ceremony in May.

Parton said, "It is an incredible honor for me to receive this degree from a prestigious university like UT. I've been a volunteer all my life and entertained folks around the world with 'Rocky Top.' Seriously, education and the arts are very important to me, and this degree is something that makes me and would have made my parents very proud."

* This is only the second honorary doctorate granted in the history of the University of Tennessee in Knoxville.
* The doctorate is the second honorary degree for Parton. She received her first in 1990 from Carson-Newman College in Jefferson City, Tennessee.

K-FLAG SPORTS

The Phoenix Suns swept the season series with the Los Angeles Clippers. Last night, the new look Suns knocked off L-A 142-119 behind Amare Stoudemire's 42 points and 11 rebounds. Steve Nash had 21 points and 12 assists for the rejuvenated Suns, who played their second game under interim head coach Alvin Gentry and are back to their old ways of up-tempo basketball.

Last nights scores from the NBA

Cleveland 93, Toronto 76
Charlotte 103, Indiana 94
Denver 101, Philadelphia 89
Minnesota 111, Miami 104
New Orleans 117, Orlando 85
Chicago 113, Milwaukee 104
Dallas 113, New Jersey 98
Portland 94, Memphis 90
Atlanta 105, Sacramento 100
L.A. Lakers 129, Golden State 121

Tonight's NBA action

San Antonio at Detroit,
Boston at Utah,

Phoenix Coyotes owner Jerry Moyes has confirmed the struggling team is entertaining investment offers. The team said Moyes and managing partner Wayne Gretzky have had discussions with potential investors interested in joining them and continuing the team's presence in Glendale. The Coyotes will be on the home ice tonight against Atlanta.

Last Nights NHL final scores

Columbus 4, St. Louis 3
N.Y. Rangers 3, N.Y. Islanders 1
Detroit 6, Nashville 2
Washington 4, Montreal 3, SO
Los Angeles 4, Anaheim 3

Tonight on the Ice

Buffalo at Philadelphia,
Montreal at Pittsburgh,
Carolina at N.Y. Islanders,
Vancouver at Ottawa,
Chicago at Florida,
Columbus at Toronto,
New Jersey at Tampa Bay,
St. Louis at Nashville,
Calgary at Minnesota,
Edmonton at Dallas,
Los Angeles at San Jose,

Arizona Diamondbacks' owner Ken Kendrick says full disclosure would help baseball deal with the fallout from the steroid era. Kendrick spoke to reporters in Tucson after his annual spring training address to the team. Kendrick says he urged players to think about the example they set, as well as the harm they may do to themselves, if they're considering taking performance enhancers.

Major League Baseball wants to speak to Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez who's admitted to steroid use from 2001-2003. The players' association has been contacted by the commissioner's office to set up an interview with Rodriguez and the sport's investigations department. That from union general counsel Michael Weiner.

The Arizona Cardinals have put a non-exclusive franchise tag on linebacker Karlos Dansby. It guarantees Dansby a 2009 salary of at least $9.7 million. The non-exclusive tag allows Dansby to field offers from other teams, but the Cardinals may match it or receive two first-round picks as compensation.

New England quarterback Tom Brady says his recovery from knee surgery is on schedule and sees no reason why he won't be ready for the start of the 2009 season. Brady added he has had no further setbacks from the post-operative infections he suffered last fall.

Tampa Bay has placed the franchise tag on Antonio Bryant in an effort to hang onto the team's leading receiver. The move assures Bryant a salary of $9.88 million next season. That's the average of the NFL's five highest-paid players at his position.

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

SCARY TRUTHS ABOUT GETTING ENGAGED (Cosmopolitan)


You Start Noticing (and Cringing at) His Little Quirks: When you're simply dating, you don't pay much mind to his weird little idiosyncrasies, like his penchant for telling The World's Longest Story to your whip-smart friends, only to end with, "Uh, I forgot why I was telling that story." But when you're thisclose to marrying the man, his minor flaws suddenly grow into major personality defects because you realize they'll be with you for life.

Your Friends Get Flaky . . . or Cranky
: The very people who brought you Kleenex and bonbons when you were at your worst hour may seem to turn on you in the afterglow of your engagement, griping about the bridesmaid dresses or forgetting to call you on girls' night out. They're reflecting on where they are in their lives. They might be jealous because they're still single or because they've been dating longer than you, or even angry if they feel like they're losing a friend.
You Turn into the Nag You Swore You'd Never Be
: You silently vowed you'd never evolve into one of those high-strung fiancees. Yet, chances are, you'll find yourself screeching at him at some point because he forgot to call the photographer or griping "I'll do it myself -- as usual" whenever he flakes on planning.

You (Possibly) Feel Tempted to Cheat: Men aren't the only ones who panic at the thought of sleeping with the same person forever -- women can get equally anxious. And it's not because your sex life together is just so-so. It's that once you're engaged, other men become the forbidden fruit. You start thinking about all the varieties you've never had or can't ever sample again, like the ex whose chemistry rocked your world or the flirty bartender who slips you his number.

Little Signs "We're Not Meant to Be" Start Cropping Up:
Once you're engaged, insignificant situations have a way of snowballing into major issues. The blender from him that was a testament to your margarita-making skills now seems like a domestic shackle. Your lust life tapers off for a week, and instead of thinking it's from wedding stress, you're convinced it's a forecast of boring marital sex. Habits of his that were charming and hopeful before you got engaged - such as dreamily mentioning that he'd like to open a cigar bar someday or hatching yet another wacky get-rich-quick plan - are just scary now.
Cash Becomes a Tricky Topic
: The three things you need to discuss are how much the wedding will cost, who is contributing (between the two of you and both sets of parents), and how much each is putting in. Getting those numbers in black and white will spare you the awkward, possibly ugly confrontation later, but expect to have a few disagreements.

Both of You Begin to Change:
Of course marriage gives you a new outlook on life, but changes really start when you get the ring. You go from being spontaneous, self-sufficient Me to a more cautious, settled, future-oriented We overnight. It's easy to get spooked by the subtle shift in your personality, but it's really a rite of passage.

WARNING SIGNS YOU MIGHT BE ADDICTED TO FACEBOOK (Huffington Post)


  • Facebook is your home page.
  • You update your status more than twice a day.
  • You have over 500 "friends" -- half of whom you've never actually met.
  • As soon as you step away from your computer you're on FB on your phone.
  • You are a FB stalker. You qualify as a FB stalker if you (click on someone's profile more than once a day even if they haven't messaged or tagged you in a photo -- have dragged and dropped more than 3 FB photos (not from your own profile -- actually go to a place mentioned on someone's page in hopes of seeing them in real life)
  • You change your profile picture more than a 12-year-old girl.
  • You have checked your FB page while reading this.
  • You clean up your "wall" so it looks like you spend less time on FB.
  • You are a member of more than 10 groups and respond to every event invitation "attending" even if you have no intention of going.
  • You change your relationship status just to mess with people.

CHECK THIS OUT: If you need help kicking your Facebook addiction, seek assitance from KeepMeOut.com. Simply bookmark it and when you want to use Facebook click on the bookmark. The site keeps track of when you last visited and if it's been over an hour it will automatically load Facebook. If it's been less than an hour, it will tell you "You visited Facebook.com less than 60 minutes ago! Why not come back in 58 minutes, 20 seconds?"

Celebrity Gossip


'SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE' STAR CALLS OFF ENGAGEMENT?: TheLondonPaper.com claims Freida Pinto has called off her engagement to a Mumbai PR agent she met in college, telling him that she wants to "put her career first." The website reports that the Slumdog Millionaire beauty didn't believe that she could be a successful actress and continue their relationship at the same time. Pinto reportedly finalized the split by removing pictures of her engagement party from her Facebook page.

CHACE CRAWFORD DISSES LINDSAY LOHAN: Despite reports that Lindsay Lohan recently made a 6 a.m. visit to Gossip Girl star Chace Crawford's New York City apartment, a source close to the actor told OK! magazine that there's nothing romantic going on between the two. The source said, "Lindsay heard that Chace and Emile Hirsch were hanging out. But she showed up uninvited and unannounced. She caused quite a scene so Chace left to go back to his place for some more fun." The source added, "Lindsay showed up uninvited to Chace's apartment and was not allowed in."

ANGELINA JOLIE HOUSE-HUNTING? Angelina Jolie is reportedly house-hunting in New York City. Us Weekly magazine reports that the mother-of-six was spotted checking out a building in Manhattan on Tuesday (February 17th) afternoon. A witness told the magazine, "The building had work permits and it seemed like they were probably being remodeled for [buyers'] taste." Jolie and Brad Pitt recently signed the lease on a $60 million Long Island mansion.

JULIA ROBERTS WANTS TO DINE WITH OBAMAS: Julia Roberts is returning to the spotlight in the wake of her upcoming film release, Duplicity, by expressing her dream celebrity dinner party. Foremost would be the Obama family, Roberts revealed to Allure magazine, but mentioned that Diane Sawyer, Mike Nichols, Oprah Winfrey, Stedman Graham and Tina Fey would also receive invitations. The actress, who has stayed out of the public eye while raising her three young children, says that keeping them protected from the paparazzi is a priority. She explained, "I think it should be against the law to take a picture of a celebrity's child. Fortunately, it's a rare occurrence for us. My husband and I are very protective of our children. We go out of our way to shelter them from the paparazzi and to still live a normal life."

'VIEW' LADIES 'PISSED' AT ELIZABETH HASSELBECK: Whoopi Goldberg is expressing her frustration with her View co-host Elizabeth Hasselbeck, but for once it has nothing to do with political differences. Goldberg told Us Weekly, "She's pregnant and beautiful and fine. It's her third pregnancy, and she looks better than she looked with the first one! That's pissing everybody off." Hasselbeck announced late last month that she and her husband are expecting the latest edition to their family in August.

GARY COLLINS SHARGED WITH DUI: Gary Collins was charged with two counts of DUI on Tuesday (February 17th) for allegedly driving drunk on January 31st. TMZ.com reports that the 70-year-old former television host recorded a .29 blood alcohol level after police stopped him near Santa Barbara for driving erratically. Collins has a prior DUI for which he served jail time. His arraignment is set for March 2.

NOT READY FOR PARENTHOOD?


You're not ready to be a parent unless you can pass the following tests:

  • Mess test -- Smear peanut butter on the sofa and curtains. Now rub your hands in a wet flower bed and rub on the walls. Cover the stains with crayons. Place a fish stick behind the couch and leave it there all summer.
  • Toy test -- Obtain a 55-gallon box of Legos. (If Legos are not available, you may substitute roofing tacks) Have a friend spread them all over the house. Put on a blindfold. Try to walk to the bathroom or kitchen. Do not scream (this could wake the little ones at night).
  • Grocery store test -- Borrow one or two small goats and take them grocery shopping with you. Always keep them in sight and pay for anything they eat or damage.
  • Dressing test -- Obtain one large, unhappy, live octopus. Stuff into a small net bag making sure that all arms stay inside.
  • Feeding test -- Obtain a large plastic milk jug. Fill halfway with water. Tie jug to ceiling fan blade. Turn fan on. Try to insert spoonfuls of oatmeal into the mouth of the jug while pretending to be an airplane. When finished, dump the contents of the jug on the floor.
  • Night test -- Fill a small cloth bag with about 10 pounds of sand. Soak the bag in warm water. At 8pm begin to waltz and hum with the bag until 9pm. Lay down your bag and set your alarm for 10pm. Get up, pick up your bag, and sing every song you have ever heard. Make up about a dozen more and sing these too until 4am. Set alarm for 5am. Get up and make breakfast. Keep this up for 5 years. Look cheerful.
  • Physical test -- (women) Obtain a large beanbag chair and attach it to the front of your clothes. Leave it there for 9 months. Now remove 10% of the beans.
  • Physical test -- (Men) Go to the nearest drug store. Set your wallet on the counter. Ask the clerk to help himself. Now proceed to the nearest grocery store and do the same. On the way home purchase a newspaper. Go home and read it quietly for the last time.

K-FLAG SPORTS

The Phoenix Suns outran and outgunned the Los Angles Clippers last night under newly appointed interim coach Alvin Gentry. Guard Leandro Barbosa scored 24 points and Amare Stoudemire added 23 to help Phoenix rout L-A 140-100. The same two teams meet tonight in Los Angeles.

What's the ideal gift for a basketball-obsessed president? Try a size 23 sneaker personally autographed by Shaquille O'Neal. The Phoenix Suns center's orange-and-white sneaker made a big impression on President Barack Obama. The president set it on the ground next to his own, much smaller shoe, and grinned as photographers captured the moment yesterday at Sky Harbor.

LAST NIGHT'S NBA SCORES

Orlando 107, Charlotte 102, OT
Indiana 100, Philadelphia 91
Washington 111, Minnesota 103
Milwaukee 92, Detroit 86
New York 112, San Antonio 107, OT
New Orleans 100, Oklahoma City 98
Houston 114, New Jersey 88
Utah 117, Memphis 99
L.A. Lakers 96, Atlanta 83

TONIGHTS NBA ACTION

Denver at Philadelphia,
Cleveland at Toronto,
Indiana at Charlotte,
Minnesota at Miami,
Chicago at Milwaukee,
Orlando at New Orleans,
New Jersey at Dallas,
Atlanta at Sacramento,
Memphis at Portland,
Phoenix at L.A. Clippers,
L.A. Lakers at Golden State,

TUESDAY NIGHTS NHL SCORES

Boston 5, Carolina 1
Buffalo 4, Toronto 1
Florida 4, New Jersey 0
Chicago 5, Tampa Bay 3
Colorado 3, Ottawa 2, OT
Vancouver 4, Calgary 3, SO
San Jose 4, Edmonton 2

TONIGHTS NHL MATCH-UPS

St. Louis at Columbus,
N.Y. Islanders at N.Y. Rangers,
Nashville at Detroit,
Montreal at Washington,
Los Angeles at Anaheim,

MLB NOTES...

Conor Jackson has avoided a salary arbitration hearing with the Arizona Diamondbacks. He agreed Tuesday to a one-year contract worth $3.05 million. The 26-year-old infielder and outfielder hit .300 with 12 homers and 75 RBIs in 144 games last year.

The rest of spring training figures to be a little less emotional for Alex Rodriguez. The Yankee superstar discussed his use of a performance-enhancing substance, which led to his positive drug test in 2003. A-Rod says it was a mistake he regrets. He says he hopes fans forgive will him.

NFL NOTES...

Kansas City Chiefs new head coach Todd Haley has retained offensive coordinator Chan Gailey and hired former New Orleans defensive coordinator Gary Gibbs. Haley also announced that former Arizona defensive coordinator Clancy Pendergast will be on the Chiefs' staff.

The Denver Broncos continued their salary purge by releasing 11-year veteran cornerback Dre' Bly, who had spent two years starting opposite star Champ Bailey. Bly was acquired from the Detroit Lions in March of 2007 to replace Darrent Williams, the rising 24-year-old cornerback who was killed in a drive-by shooting two months earlier.

LADIES, HOW TO TELL IF HE'S ONLY AFTER SEX


(Cosmopolitan) Some guys act like they're doing the dating thing but are just looking for a hookup. This behavior exposes his true intentions:

  • He treats you like one of the guys -- If he's making explicit comments or telling raunchy jokes, he could be testing whether you're willing to connect on a sexual level. Thus, he may not plan on working to reach boyfriend status.
  • He's charming.. -- repeatedly. A guy who retells anecdotes or gives you the same compliments as he did on your last date could be on autopilot. That connection you thought you made may be an act he uses to get chicks into bed.
  • You don't bond in person -- Electronic communication is a way of life, but a man who's looking to date will call you and have meaningful conversations face-to-face too.
  • You usually stay in -- Chilling on the couch may seem sweet, but be suspicious if he's not taking you out. Being seen with you could ward off other women, so if you two don't socialize in public, it may be that he doesn't want to seem taken.

KFLAG Country Music News


A New York songwriter has filed a lawsuit against Rascal Flatts claiming they stole a portion of a hit song he wrote for Pat Benatar in the 1980s. D.L. Byron says the trio's "No Reins," a tune on their Still Feels Good album, sounds too similar to his "Shadows Of The Night."

Jay DeMarcus is the only Flatts member who had a hand in writing the song, but Byron has filed a federal lawsuit against the trio, their producers and Disney Music Group label. Byron told the New York Post, "They'd have to have a tremendous lapse of memory not to realize what they were doing. It's my contention there's willful infringement."A lawyer for Joe Don Rooney defended the group in court papers saying that "any such similarities between the two works are the result of coincidence and/or the use of common or trite ideas."

FAST FACTS

Rascal Flatts' Still Feels Good album featuring "No Reins" was released in 2007.

Their new album, Unstoppable, drops on April 7th.

Since their career launched in 2000, Rascal Flatts has sold over 18 million albums.

Rascal Flatts has charted 10 Number One singles and 17 top 10 hits.
Taylor Swift spends much of her life on the road these days playing shows and making appearances, but when she gets a few days off, she heads straight home to her family in Hendersonville, Tennessee. The teenager opts to still live with her parents and younger brother, despite the fact that her reported 2008 income was $45 million.

Life at home is still pretty much the same for the superstar, who tells us that even her room remains the same as it did before she hit the big time."It's so funny because I come back and I feel like time has passed and I've spent all this time on the road and I come back and my room is like this time warp of when I was in eighth grade (laughter). Like it's just all pink and it's all, like, pictures of my friends from high school, and it's just really cool to come back there to that room where so many things have happened."

Swift says there is a permanent reminder of heartbreak on her bedroom floor."There's like this stain on the floor of my room in the carpet of when I was so upset about this one guy that I laid on the floor crying for like four hours, and all my mascara ran off my face and stained the carpet, and every time I walk by there I'm like, 'Ha! That's awesome!'"

  • Swift will be even busier on the road this year with her first headlining tour. The Fearless tour is set to kick off in April. Swift will be joined by her friend Kellie Pickler and new act Gloriana.
  • Swift tops the USA Today MediaBase Top 40 chart this week with "Love Story." The song is the very first country crossover hit to claim the Number One spot on the Nielsen BDS pop chart in its 16-year history.
  • "Love Story" was the debut release from Swift's current three million-selling Fearless album.
Montgomery Gentry are following up their last single, the chart-topping "Roll With Me," with a song called "One In Every Crowd." Troy Gentry says the new music is reminiscent of the duo's early stuff. "We're just kind of going back a little bit to the old Montgomery Gentry kind of stuff -- something a little rowdy, rambunctious. Coming into spring and everything, we want a fun-hearted kind of tongue-in-cheek kind of song."

Gentry's musical partner, Eddie Montgomery, co-wrote "One In Every Crowd" with former Trick Pony member Ira Dean. Gentry adds that Montgomery was going down memory lane when he got the idea for the song. "When Eddie wrote this song he was thinking of the days of us growing up in the clubs and being rambunctious and having fun, and, you know, if you play in the clubs long enough you pick out those ones that sit at the bar, the ones that come in every night, sit at the same place, and the ones that come in that cause all the ruckus and the drunks and the ones that buy all the drinks. It's just a fun song."

  • "One In Every Crowd" is the third single from Montgomery Gentry's Back When I Knew It All album.
  • The duo will be playing stadium dates with Kenny Chesney on his upcoming Sun City
Dierks Bentley and Alan Jackson are releasing new singles to radio in the coming weeks. Bentley is following up his Number One hit, "Feel That Fire," with a tune called "Sideways."
  • He said, "I did a lot of research in pubs across the U.S. and Europe to get this song just right. My band almost died of hypothermia a few weeks ago doing research out on my houseboat in freezing weather. It was the only way to make sure it would sound good out in party cove this spring! Seriously, a lot of thought and Bud Light went into choosing this song as the second single."

On a much more serious note is the fourth single from Jackson's Good Time album, called "Sissy's Song." Jackson penned the song following the sudden death of a woman who worked in the singer's household everyday.

  • Jackson said, "She was just a real sweet young woman. The sudden death of someone so young who we saw every day was really hard on me and all of us. I didn't sleep for a while. I just didn't feel right. I sat down one day and wrote this song and after that I felt alright."
  • Jackson originally recorded the song to give to the woman's family for her funeral. He added, "A lot of people told me how much it made them feel better and helped them get through it a little easier, so I was very proud of it."

FAST FACTS

  • To watch a behind-the-scenes clip of Bentley's December trip to Nashville's Percy Priest Lake, click here: http://www.dierks.com/sideways.
  • Bentley is currently on tour with Brad Paisley's Paisley Party playing dates throughout Canada.
  • Jackson's Good Time album has charted three Number One hits -- "Small Town Southern Man", "Good Time", and "Country Boy", the last of which became his 25th chart-topper.

Brad Paisley continued to sell out shows on his Paisley Party tour while in Canada over the weekend. Thirteen of the first fourteen tour dates on the final leg are sold out, including this weekend's upcoming shows in Winnipeg, Regina, Saskatoon, Edmonton, and Calgary.
  • The Paisley Party tour has sold over 225,000 tickets in the first quarter of 2009 over the course of 24 dates.
  • This leg of the tour features special guest Dierks Bentley along with Crystal Shawanda throughout the month of February.

SIDE NOTES

  • The Paisley Party tour wraps up on March 14th, but the singer's 2009 American Saturday Night tour will begin on June 5th in Charlotte, North Carolina.
  • The 41-date run will again feature Dierks Bentley along with Jimmy Wayne.
  • The American Saturday Night tour is scheduled to wrap up on October 17th in West Palm Beach, Florida.
Grand Ole Opry member Little Jimmy Dickens is back at home in Nashville after spending time recuperating at a nearby rehabilitation center. The Hall of Famer is recovering from recent brain surgery to repair a subdural hematoma.
  • Dickens had surgery on January 13th.

FAST FACTS

  • The 88-year-old entertainer has been a member of the Grand Ole Opry for 60 years.
  • Dickens was made a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1983.

WATER COOLER TALK


  • Marion "Suge" Knight has been hospitalized after allegedly getting into a fight involving Akon's business manager.
  • An April auction featuring some 2000 personal items from Michael Jackson will offer his American Music Award for "Thriller," a pair of rhinestone-trimmed socks from 1981, a basketball signed by Michael Jordan, his own original artwork, a customized Harley Davidson and a Rolls Royce limousine.
  • Hayden Panettiere and Milo Ventimiglia from "Heroes" were a couple... but that's over.
  • According to Marie Claire, 49% of women ages 18-34 would forgo sex for 2 weeks rather than give up the Internet.
  • You know who's doing well in this economy? KFC! They're planning to open upwards of 300 more restaurants, which means as many as 9,000 new jobs!
  • Emily Blunt may have wanted to be in "Iron Man 2," but the studio gave the role to Scarlett Johansson.
  • US Weekly claims that Kate Hudson had a stripper pole installed in her bathroom.
  • Gary Collins has been ccharged with drunk driving in Californa. The actor and former TV host has two previous drunken driving convictions and faces up to 120 days in jail, if convicted.
  • Get ready for a kiss between Terri Hatcher and Eva Longeria on a future episode of "Desperate Housewives."
  • Jennifer Aniston has admitted that she still has voicemails on her phone from Brad Pitt that she can't bring herself to erase.
  • Thinking ahead: Adding a metallic sound to your show on April 1st and reminding people that this is the day that your old radio's are out-dated and from now on, you're only broadcasting in digital.
  • GQ has named the "Ten most stylish men in America" and at the top: Justin Timberlake.
  • Australia's drought is so bad, they're talking about a tax for every time you flush your toilet.

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

WHAT THE BEST JOB FOR YOU?

(Sun) Yearning for a career change but not sure what you want to do? Discover your true destiny by taking this quiz:

A description of the way you typically dress is:

  1. Informal or sporty.
  2. Traditional or conservative.
  3. Unique or trendy.

Your ideal work situation would be:

  1. Near your home with flexible hours.
  2. A quiet cubicle.
  3. Changing assignments with some travel.

An afternoon with the kids usually finds you at:

  1. A pizza place with their friends.
  2. The zoo or a museum.
  3. The playground.

When you have an extra bit of money, you:

  1. Buy treats for the whole family.
  2. Purchase books or magazine.
  3. Hit the crafts store.

Analysis:

Mostly "a" - Your compassion for the less fortunate is evident in everything you do. Working for a nonprofit organization or a health facility should be right up your alley.

Mostly "b" - Your detail oriented mind makes you terrific at solving problems. Take the lead by applying for a job where your superior management skills will make you a star.

Mostly "c" - You're a creative dynamo who enjoys combining your keen imagination with hands-on approach. Consider a job in landscaping, decorating or designing handmade items.

FAVORITE GIRL SCOUT COOKIE REVEALS PERSONALITY

Did you know your favorite Girl Scout cookie is a revealing clue to your personality? Check out the five delectable treats listed below and choose the one you like the best. And find out all about yourself. Chances are you'll never look at a Girl Scout cookie the same way again:

  • Thin Mints -- You're a person who believes fun can be found in most every aspect of life. Whether you're working or playing, you have a youthful zest that turns an ordinary day into a party and your friends and family love for it.
  • Lemon Pastry Cremes -- You're an elegant person who likes things just so. Although you never appear to get ruffled, you manage to juggle job, family and home with amazing aplomb, thanks to your organizational skills. Your motto: Never let them see you sweat.
  • Shortbread -- Just like this unadorned cookie, there's no artifice about you. Down-to-earth and strong-minded, you set your goals and meet them in an energetic but not showy manner. Children are especially charmed by your open, sunny personality.
  • Caramel Delites -- Like the layers of this cookie, there's more to you than meets the eye. Your reserved manner makes you a bit of a mystery to some people. But those lucky few within your circle know they can count on your generous heart and wise counsel.
  • Peanut Butter Sandwich -- You're the glue that holds your world together, just like the creamy center of this cookie. Friends, family and co-workers all look to you for leadership and guidance. You're a master at cutting through to the heart of the matter and coming up with a brilliant solution.

Celebrity Gossip


'HEROES' COSTARS END ROMANCE: Heroes costars Hayden Panettiere and Milo Ventimiglia have reportedly ended their year-long relationship. An insider told Us Weekly magazine that the couple, who have had to contend with a 12-year age gap, called it quits within the last week. The source said. "It was a lifestyle conflict. They were in very different places," adding that 19-year-old Panettiere "is young. She likes to go out in the Hollywood scene and that's not his style."

COLIN FARRELL BACK ON THE MARKET? Colin Farrell is reportedly single. In Touch magazine claims that the actor recently split from girlfriend Emma Forrest, the writer he reportedly moved to Hollywood to be with. The pair are believed to have started dating in 2008, but the magazine claims Farrell's failure to mention her during his best actor acceptance speech at the Golden Globes put a strain on the relationship. An insider said, "She was upset that he didn't thank her." However, "They are still friends."

KELLY RUTHERFORD OPENS UP ABOUT DIVORCE: Although she's embroiled in a nasty custody dispute with her estranged husband Daniel Geirsch, Gossip Girl star Kelly Rutherford says the couple is trying to stay civil for the sake of their unborn child and two-year-old son, Hermes. A pregnant Rutherford told Life & Style magazine, "We have kids together. We have a beautiful son together. I think we're both decent people. But sometimes you go through tough times. It's a challenge, you know? I think everyone goes through it on a certain level. When it's public, it's really hard. People say things they don't mean because they're upset. I'm hoping we can work it out." She revealed that she's carrying a daughter and admits that she and Giersch have spoken about potential names.

BIKE STOLEN FROM LANCE ARMSTRONG: Lance Armstrong has turned to Twitter for help recovering his stolen bike. He's offering a reward for the recovery of his custom-painted Trek time trial bike that was taken from his biking team's truck in Sacramento on Saturday (February 14th) night. In one "tweet" he said that the bike is one of a kind and would be hard to pawn. Three other bikes were also stolen.

KATE MOSS DENIES PREGNANCY RUMORS: Although she's recently been sporting a fuller stomach, Kate Moss is denying reports that she's pregnant with a second child. The model told New York, "I am a woman now. It's true. Honestly, I've never worn a bra in my life. Ever! It's so awful, even my friends are phoning me up and saying, 'Are you pregnant?' And I'm like, 'No! I just put on a couple of pounds and they went in the right place.' Isn't that weird?"

PARIS HILTON AND DOUG REINHARDT GETTING SERIOUS? Paris Hilton and Amanda Byne's ex-boyfriend Doug Reinhardt may be having more than just a fling. Sources told E! Online that the maybe-couple spent Valentine's Day together, and Reinhardt even gifted the heiress with a print of an Andy Warhol picture of Marilyn Monroe. Reps for the pair declined to comment on the status of their relationship, but a source told E! that they're simply "hooking up" on a regular basis.

HEIDI KLUM'S REP RESPONDS TO 'FAT' COMMENT: Heidi Klum's rep was among those flabbergasted after hearing German designer Wolfgang Joop's comment that the supermodel is "too heavy" to be a model. Her rep told the New York Post, "Wolfgang is obviously trying to revive his sagging career and get press for himself by riding Heidi's coattails."

BEN AFFLECK PENS ESSAY FOR 'TIME': Ben Affleck has penned an essay for Time magazine about his recent trip to the war-ravaged Congo, detailing the struggles that civilians there are faced with. The actor, who has been traveling to the region since 2007, said that there's finally hope for the area as, "The Congolese army and the CNDP are working together to separate Hutu civilians from Interahamwe commanders, and already hundreds have been freed. "

KFLAG Country Music News


Kenny Chesney and Taylor Swift top this week's Billboard and MediaBase country singles charts, respectively. Chesney's collaboration with Mac McAnally, "Down The Road," is the second single from the superstar's Lucky Old Sun album. Swift's latest chart-topper "White Horse," is also the second release from her sophomore album, Fearless.

SIDE NOTES

  • "Down The Road" received an Academy of Country Music Vocal Event nomination last week.
  • Chesney's Corona Extra-sponsored Sun City Carnival tour will kick off with two sold out shows on April 17th and 18th in Uncasville, Connecticut.
  • Swift's Fearless album has sold more than three million copies to date.
  • Her first headlining tour will kick off on April 23rd in Evansville, Indiana.

Carrie Underwood's nod for the Academy of Country Music's (ACM) Entertainer of the Year last week moved the singer to tears. She was caught off guard by the news, as she told Access Hollywood. She said, "I had forgotten the nominations were being done that day, so I was getting up, getting my stuff together. We (had) a plane to catch early in the morning and my manager called me and I thought the plane was delayed or late or something was wrong. So I pick up the phone (and) she says, 'Congratulations!' She told me and I started crying. It was amazing."
  • Underwood's inclusion in the Entertainer category is the first time that a female has been nominated since the Dixie Chicks in 2000.
  • Underwood said, "Girls don't get nominated for Entertainer of the Year. It's been like eight, 10 years, something like that. I don't know the exact amount, but it's been a very long time since a girl's been nominated, so to be in that category, it's so amazing. It's wonderful."
  • The Academy of Country Music Awards will be held on April 5th in Las Vegas.

FAST FACTS

  • Underwood is also nominated for Top Female Vocalist and Video of the Year for "Just A Dream" at the ACM Awards.
  • She recently won her career fourth Grammy Award for Best Female Country Vocal Performance for "Last Name."

Rascal Flatts unveiled the winning artwork for their upcoming album during their show on Thursday (February 12th) at Madison Square Garden in New York City. The trio named Chris Kubrick from Arlington Heights, Illinois the winner of the contest, which allowed fans to design the group's new album cover. Kubrick was selected from thousands of submissions.
  • Rascal Flatts' new album, Unstoppable, will be in stores on April 7th.

FAST FACTS

  • The new Unstoppable album cover may be seen online at www.rascalflatts.com.
  • Rascal Flatts' next show will be in Boise, Idaho on February 25th. The concert features opening act Jessica Simpson.

Kellie Pickler couldn't make this weekend's opening of the American Idol Experience at Disney World in Orlando because she had already committed to attending Fashion Week in New York City. This is Pickler's first time at the event, which she tells us is her own kind of Disney World."I'm like, 'Clothes or Disney World -- this is hard,' but I gotta love my clothes and my shoes. I'm a girl, so I'm going to a lot of the fashion shows and meeting with different designers, which will be great because I've never been able to do that."

Pickler looks forward to getting to know her favorite designers in light of some important upcoming events. "I think it's so important to build relationships with those designers that are loaning you these clothes for the ACMs and for other appearances, and so I think it's all about knowing your team of people."

  • Pickler will be the special guest on Taylor Swift's upcoming Fearless tour, which kicks off this spring.
  • The two co-wrote Pickler's new single, "Best Days Of Your Life."
Actor Jack Black will be among the 14 Grammy and 30 International Bluegrass Music Association Award-winners taking the stage of the Grand Ole Opry on February 28th. The evening's two shows will be held at the historic Ryman Auditorium, the Opry's original home. Black is the son-in-law of Grammy-winning jazz icon Charlie Haden, who will be making his Opry debut with an all-star band.
  • Black played on the Charlie Haden Family & Friends 2008 Grammy-nominated release Rambling Boy, which also features appearances by Ricky Skaggs, Sam Bush, Stuart Duncan, Mark Fain, Rob Ickes, Jim Mills, and Bryan Sutton.
  • For tickets to the Grand Ole Opry, call (800) SEE-OPRY or log on to opry.com.

IS SHE PUNISHING YOU??

Men's Health asked 300 women to rate the ways they punish the men in their lives using a 1 to 10 scale, 1 being "wouldn't dare," and 10 being "feels great":

  • 8 - "I don't pick up the phone when he calls."
  • 7 - "I force him to talk about whatever the problem is."
  • 6 - "I give him the silent treatment till he cracks."
  • 6 - "I tell him I'm disappointed, cry, and make him feel miserable."
  • 5 - "I go out with my girlfriends and hope he worries."
  • 5 - "I buy myself something nice with our money, because I can."
  • 4 - "I withhold sex till he grovels."
  • 3 - "I flirt with other guys."

K-FLAG SPORTS

Alvin Gentry vows to bring back an up-tempo game to the Phoenix Suns. The Suns former assistant coach will get his chance starting Tuesday against his former team, the Los Angeles Clippers. Gentry was named interim head coach Monday after the firing of Terry Porter. The Suns are 28-and-23 but were out of synch trying to adapt to Porter's defensive- approach. The Suns are at home tonight against the LA Clippers.

Phoenix has suspended Jason Richardson for one game without pay after his arrest on allegations he was driving 55 miles-per-hour above the limit with his unrestrained 3-year-old son in the car. Richardson was pulled over by a Scottsdale police officer Sunday night after he was clocked doing 90 in a 35. The officer then noticed that Richardson's son was in the back seat but not in a child seat.

Tuesday night's NBA Games

Charlotte at Orlando,
Philadelphia at Indiana,
Minnesota at Washington,
Milwaukee at Detroit,
San Antonio at New York,
New Orleans at Oklahoma City,
New Jersey at Houston,
Memphis at Utah, .
L.A. Clippers at Phoenix,
Atlanta at L.A. Lakers,

Sheldon Souray's power-play goal early in the third period snapped a tie and Edmonton went on to beat Phoenix 3-1. The Coyotes have lost six in a row at home and nine of their last 10 games.

NHL Monday's Games

N.Y. Islanders 3, Pittsburgh 2, SO
Dallas 3, Columbus 2, SO
St. Louis 2, N.Y. Rangers 1
Ottawa 2, Nashville 0
Edmonton 3, Phoenix 1
Atlanta 7, Los Angeles 6, SO

Tuesday night's games

Boston at Carolina,
Buffalo at Toronto,
New Jersey at Florida,
Chicago at Tampa Bay,
Ottawa at Colorado,
Vancouver at Calgary,
Edmonton at San Jose,

Reds pitcher Micah Owings is hoping his pinch-hitting skills and now pain-free delivery will secure him a roster spot. Owings was acquired from Arizona last season in the Adam Dunn trade. Manager Dusty Baker says Owings has looked sharp in recent throwing sessions. Owings says he's healthy and able to throw hard.

Olympic swimming star Michael Phelps won't face drug charges for the now famous picture of him taking a hit from a bong. A South Carolina sheriff decided Monday that he simply didn't have enough physical evidence to charge the 14-time gold medalist.

Dustin Johnson can put the Masters on his schedule after being declared the winner of the rain-shortened AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am Monday. Johnson grew up less than an hour from Augusta National but has never played on the legendary course.

Running back Fred Taylor has been released by Jacksonville after spending his entire 11-year career with the team. The Jaguars all-time leading rusher turned 33 last month and was scheduled to make $6 million next season.

THIS MONTH IS


  • More than half of couples say they hug or kiss anytime they have the chance.
  • 36% say they get affectionate at least three times a day.
  • 67% of wives say they do all the grocery shopping.
  • 33% of married people have no idea what their spouse earns.
  • 17% of married people have thrown something at their spouse when they were angry.
  • More than a third have slept apart because of a fight.
  • 31% say they don't talk for an hour after a fight with their spouse.
  • 21% don't talk for at least a day after fighting with their spouse.
  • 19% stop the silent treatment after about five minutes.
  • 26% never do that silent treatment thing.
  • 60% of wives are responsible for balancing the checkbook.
  • 56% of wives are in charge of paying all the bills.
  • 38% of wives are in complete control of the family budget.
  • 53% of married people tell spouses they love them at least once a day. 15% say it once a week. 4% hardly say it at all; 23% never say it.
  • 69% of married people say there are no secrets in their marriage.
  • 11% say they keep quiet about money.
  • 10% keep quiet about affairs.
  • 6% keep their weight a secret.
  • 45% of couples say they'd share each other's toothbrush. 36% would only use their spouse's toothbrush in an emergency. 19% never would use their spouse's toothbrush.

WATER COOLER TALK


  • Leonardo DiCaprio has been informed he must convert to Judaism if he wants to marry Bar Rafaeli. Her dad's rule.
  • February 20th is Conan O'Brien's last show before he packs up and heads out west to take over for Jay Leno.
  • U2 will be on David Letterman for a full week to promote their upcoming album. The band will be Letterman's musical guest each night from March 2 to 6.
  • Salma Hayek married French businessman Francois-Henri Pinault last Saturday... on Valentine's Day! He is one of France's richest men and the two had a daughter together back in September of '07.
  • A tell-all book about baseball's Alex Rodriguez is being hurried to press and coming out a month earlier than planned... probably before A-Rod goes to "Who cares?" status.
  • Britain's august Royal Opera has announced that it is planning a show based on the life of Anna Nicole Smith.
  • Ronnie Wood has been told to get his drinking under control or he's out of the Rolling Stones.
  • A South Carolina sheriff said Monday he was not going to charge Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps after a photo showed him smoking from a marijuana pipe.
  • Lindsay Lohan and her girlfriend Samantha Ronson cancelled their scheduled Valentine's Day appearance after getting into a huge public fight on Friday night.
  • Colin Farrell has been dumped by his Irish writer girlfriend after he failed to offer any kind of commitment.
  • Tom Cruise spent last weekend with his older son, Connor, at the Daytona 500... except for a few hours with Katie and Suri at Disneyworld on Saturday.
  • Steven Cojocaru's days as a fashion correspondent on Entertainment Tonight might be numbered. His diva-ness is just getting to be way too much.
  • Rough weekend for Lance Armstrong. Someone stole his bike on Saturday night.
  • For the record, the grandmother of that 22-year-old model Madonna's been dating lately is the same age as the singer.
  • Kevin Costner and his wife, Christine Baumgartner, gave birth to Hayes Logan Costner on Thursday night in Los Angeles. That's 8-pounds, 15-ounces of bouncing baby boy.
  • Paul Simon was joined by Art Garfunkel for three songs at Paul's show at New York's Beacon Theater last week.

Monday, February 16, 2009

HAPPY PRESIDENT'S DAY

PRESIDENTIAL TRIVIA TO AMAZE AND DELIGHT YOUR FRIENDS!

  • This American president's inaugural speech lasted only a minute and a half. Who was it? (George Washington)
  • What was President George Washington's annual salary? ($25,000)
  • Who are the four presidents on Mount Rushmore? (Abraham Lincoln, George Washington, Theodore Roosevelt and Thomas Jefferson)
  • Thomas Jefferson was the first U.S. president to do wear what? (To wear long pants. Washington and Adams wore knee-length "knickers.")
  • What is the only U.S. coin on which a president's head faces right? (Lincoln penny)
  • Who was the first president defeated for re-election? (John Adams, 2nd president. Defeated by Thomas Jefferson)
  • In President Rutherford B. Hayes' name, what does the "B" stand for? (Birchard)
  • Which American President was originally a king? (Gerald R. Ford, he was born Leslie King)
  • Andrew Johnson was the first American president to ever do this. (Shake hands with people. Up until then, all presidents bowed to subjects they were meeting or addressing)
  • Who was the first American President born in a hospital? (Jimmy Carter)
  • What former U.S. president was inducted into the Cowboy Hall of Fame in 1989? (Ronald Reagan)
  • Which U.S. president had a pet turkey named Jack? (Abraham Lincoln)
  • Who were the youngest and oldest elected Presidents in American history? (John F. Kennedy, 43, and Ronald Reagan, 73, to start his second term)
  • Who was the President when Neil Armstrong walked on the moon? (Nixon)
  • Of all the presidents ever elected in the U.S., only one was Catholic. Which one? (John F. Kennedy)
  • When President Nixon resigned who took over as President? (Gerald Ford)
  • What play was President Lincoln watching when he was shot? ("Our American Cousin")

Which president nearly died from Scarlet fever at the age of three. Had German measles, Whooping Cough, Asthma, Jaundice, Chicken Pox, Diptheria, Malaria, Pneumonia, Colitis, a bladder problem, spastic colon, prostate disease and hemorrhoids? Answer: John F Kennedy

Can you name the only President to weigh under 100 pounds? James Madison, the fourth president of the United States, stood five feet four inches and weighed ninety-eight pounds.

Name 5 presidents whose last names had 4 letters in it? Bush, Bush, Ford, Taft, and my favorite, Polk.

How many U.S. state capitals are named after presidents? (Four. Jackson, Mississippi; Jefferson City, Missouri; Lincoln, Nebraska; and Madison, Wisconsin)

Which president installed a toilet seat in the White House bearing his college emblem, the University Of Michigan? Jimmy Carter, Gerald Ford ***, or John Adams.

John F. Kennedy liked coleslaw. Lyndon Johnson ate chile. But who was it that like cottage cheese and catsup? A. Richard Nixon ***, Dwight D. Eisenhower or Harry Truman.

Which president sired the most offspring? Fifteen children by two wives? James K. Polk, George Washington or James Tyler ***.

Who was the first president to throw out a baseball to offically open the baseball season? James Garfield, Ulysses Grant or William Taft ***.

Who was the only bachelor to serve as commander in chief? James Buchanan ***, Millard Fillmore or James Garfield.

Which president loved having his head rubbed with vaseline while he ate breakfast? Ronald Reagan, Calvin Coolidge ***, or Harry Truman.

Which president always washed his own underwear? Harry Truman ***, Abraham Lincoln or Thomas Jefferson.

Which president had electric lights installed in the White House? Teddy Roosevelt, Franklin Delano Roosevelt or Benjamin Harrison ***.

A bathtub and inside toilet were provided by which president? Millard Fillmore ***, Martin Van Buren or Jimmy Carter.

EVENTS A WOMAN SHOULD NEVER AVOID


From Cosmopolitan, here are 7 events a woman should never sidestep:

  1. Not filing your taxes -- Forget trying to pull a fast one on Uncle Sam.
  2. Blowing a date off without warning -- In this age of cell phones, beepers and e-mail, there's no excuse for standing him up.
  3. Breaking a promise to your boss -- Never say the words "I do" to the head honcho and fizzle on your follow-through.
  4. Bailing on a friend in crisis -- No one wants to play therapist 24 hours a day, but if your pal is in genuine pain, the least you can do is lend an ear.
  5. Not sending a condolence card -- It only takes three seconds to extend your sympathy when a friend loses a loved one.
  6. Copping out on the break-up talk -- If you've been dating for more than a couple of months the least he deserves is the "it's not you, it's me" conversation.
  7. Avoiding questions about your sexual history -- If you plan to get hot-and-heavy with a new man, he deserves to know if you have a clean bill of health.

Of course, all of these could apply to the guys as well,

  • Don't stop and ask for directions when there's still a teeny-tiny chance you might stumble upon the right place accidentally.
  • Don't do the laundry when there's still a pair of underwear you haven't worn inside out yet.

THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW

She may be giving you mixed signals. In a University of Texas poll, 64% of women admitted to "sexually teasing" a man. That is, they tried to make him think they would have sex but had no intention of closing the deal at the time. Motives varied, but a theme emerged: If she teases, she's probably interested in a future encounter. Number of women who have hit on a guy because they:

  • 69% "wanted to make him sexually interested."
  • 52% "wanted to make themselves feel desirable."
  • 28% "were joking or made a bet with friends."
  • 22% "wanted to date him in the future."
  • 7% "wanted to make him suffer."
  • 6% "wanted to make his girlfriend angry."

One in seven say they have been dumped by a text message or e-mail. But 4% end it all by just suddenly dropping all communication with their lovers according to research from moneysupermarket.com. 25% of 18- to 24-year-olds say they would choose a more traditional method to break-up, a written letter.

The most attractive physical feature is your smile. That's the word from a survey conducted by who else but the American Dental Association, along with Crest and Oral B. The poll showed that a smile beat out eyes, hair and the full body as the most attractive physical feature. The survey also found found that 86% of women brush their teeth two times or more a day, but only 66% of men do the same.

Ladies, Men's Health asked us which female occupation inspired the most fantasies in us?

  • Nurse, 26%
  • Teacher, 21%
  • Executive, 20%
  • Flight Attendant, 14%
  • Cowgirl, 10%
  • Cop, 6%
  • Dental Hygienist, 3%

For the fourth year in a row, Aidan is the most popular boys' name. But in 2008, there was a big upset on the girls' list with Emma taking top honors once again after being bumped into the #2 spot by Sophia in 2007. That's the word from BabyCenter.com, which derived its top baby names of 2008 from over 400,000 names submitted by parents. The top 10 names for boys: Aiden, Jayden, Ethan, Jacob, Caden, Jackson, Noah, Jack, Logan and Matthew. The top ten names for girls: Emma, Sophia, Madison, Isabella, Olivia, Ava, Madeline, Addison, Hailey and Lily.

Watch what you put in your ears. The wrong music could hurt your heart, say University of Maryland researchers. They found that the blood vessels of people who were subjected to songs they didn't like constricted by 6% in just 30 minutes. On the flip side, listeners who grooved to their personal playlists saw their blood vessels expand by 26%. That means their bodies were pumping out more nitric oxide, a chemical that helps prevent the clots that can lead to a heart attack, says researcher Michael Miller, M.D. (Men's Health)

Celebrity Gossip


DEMI MOORE AND ASHTON KUTCHER DISLIKED BY PETA: Demi Moore and Ashton Kutcher currently occupy the top two spots on PETA's annual "Worst Dressed" poll. The group told Us Weekly, "She may be a cougar, but that's not helping fur-loving Demi Moore in the eyes of animal lovers." Moore often dons fur at public events while her husband has received heat for wearing a coyote coat to the Sundance Film Festival last month. Voting continues until March 2nd on the organization's website, where Madonna, Jessica Simpson, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Kanye West, Lindsay Lohan, the Olsen Twins, Mary J. Blige, and Kate Moss can also be deemed the most animal-unfriendly dresser.

ALEX RODRIGUEZ RETURNING TO EX-WIFE? In the wake of his steroid scandal, Alex Rodriguez is reportedly seeking comfort in the arms of his ex-wife Cynthia. The New York Daily News claims that Rodriguez's rumored girlfriend Madonna is "pissed" that he's spending time with Cynthia, even though she has reportedly been hooking up with a younger model. A source told the paper, "Madonna just wishes he had come to her. She has been the subject of negative press her whole career, and she wants to help him understand that this too shall pass."

SAM SHEPARD PLEADS GUILTY TO DRUNK DRIVING: Actor Sam Shepard pleaded guilty to drunk driving stemming from an arrest in Illinois last month. In court on Wednesday (February 11th), Shepard said, "I never intend to drive under the influence again ... it's not worth it." He apologized to the judge and agreed to pay fines of $65, plus court costs, as well as commit to 100 hours of community service. Additionally, he was placed on 24 months of court supervision and will likely have to complete an alcohol treatment program.

PRINCE HARRY MUST UNDERGO SENSITIVITY TRAINING: People magazine reports that Prince Henry's Army bosses have ordered him into equality and diversity lessons after he was caught on video referring to a fellow soldier as a "Paki." Royal insiders told the magazine that the the 24-year-old, who is third in line to the crown, will begin taking the lessons shortly. On Thursday (February 12th), Harry's London office said, "Prince Harry has said he is sorry for his remarks. He has been subjected to the normal army disciplinary procedures." His punishment comes a day after it was revealed that he recently told a comedian, "You don't sound like a black chap," at a birthday party for his father.

JOE FRANCIS'S HOUSE ARREST LIFTED: After being put on house arrest earlier this month following an arrest for missing a court hearing, Joe Francis can now travel to seven counties in Southern California until his trial on tax evasion charges begins in July. Earlier in the week, prosecutors sought to revoke his bail or at least continue his house arrest, claiming he displayed a lack of regard for the court. A judge made the decision to loosen the Girls Gone Wild creator's confines on Wednesday (February 11th).

KATE HUDSON INSTALLS STRIPPER POLE? Kate Hudson is a pole-dancing aficionado, according to Us Weekly magazine, and has recently installed a pole in her home bathroom. An insider told the magazine, "She's so proud of it. She was laughing and giddy like a kid when the thing was installed! She holds on with both her arms and flips her legs into the air. It's kind of amazing and totally sexy." Hudson is reportedly back together with on-off boyfriend Owen Wilson.

National Friendship Week


February 16-22. The type of friends you prefer reveals a lot about your personality, says psychologist Dr. Elayne Kahn, co-author of "1001 Ways You Reveal Your Personality."

  • Just one close friend -- You need someone to confide in and trust. You don't trust people very easily, but once you do you're very loyal. You take friendship very seriously and never take your friends for granted.
  • Friends of your own sex only -- You enjoy tradition and believe boys should be boys and girls should be girls. You're more comfortable when people are in more traditional roles. You enjoy friends who have something in common with you.
  • Friends of the opposite sex only -- You enjoy being the center of attention, but don't like competing for it. Intimacy is very important to you, and you're capable of deep relationships.
  • Friends you just party with -- You love to socialize, but don't like people getting too close. You're very independent and want to stay that way - and you especially don't like to become dependent on one person.
  • Friends from the workplace -- You love achieving, working hard, making money and always moving ahead. All things in your life - including friendships - are geared toward making your career as successful as possible.
  • Different friends for different occasions -- If, for example, you go dancing with one group of friends and play touch football with another, you're well-organized, but don't like to become too involved with people. You're a busy, active person.

Kflag Country Music Update


Despite her original decision to leave Dancing With The Stars behind to focus on her music career, Julianne Hough will be returning to the ABC show this season. Hough told us she had some extra incentive to re-join the competition, not the least of which is getting to partner with her boyfriend, fellow singer Chuck Wicks. "I almost didn't do this season. I had announced that and everything, but then they did ask Chuck to do the show and maybe a week later they called me and said, 'Hey, would you be interested in dancing with him?' I was like, 'I don't know. I don't know how that's gonna work out,' but then I thought about it and it's like, you know, I can still write, I can still tour, I can still work on my next record if I dance with him, which in the past I haven't been able to do that with my other partners, so I thought, 'Why don't we do this and that way I can take the fall off when the album comes out and the single, and that way I can really promote it,' which I did not get a chance to do on my last record."

Hough said that although she and Wicks have the advantage of being a couple, they don't have a leg up, so to speak, on the other contestants. "First of all, we don't have time to get in any extra practice time. We're actually struggling to get in the normal amount, but we're just gonna go there and have a blast because that's what the show's all about, and plus, you know, it gives us time to spend together."

  • The new season of Dancing With The Stars begins on March 9th at 8 p.m. ET.
  • New castmembers also include Jewel and her husband, rodeo champ Ty Murray.

SIDE NOTES

  • A bad case of the flu forced Hough to cancel her scheduled performance at the Daytona 500 on Sunday (February 15th). The singer was supposed to perform the national anthem. Musician Gavin DeGraw stepped in for the ailing Hough.
Jake Owen was live on the air while visiting a radio station in New Hampshire on Wednesday morning (February 11th) when he was surprised with news of his two Academy of Country Music (ACM) Awards nominations. Owen received nods for Top New Male Vocalist and Vocal Event of the Year for "Life In A Northern Town" with Sugarland and Little Big Town.

Owen was overwhelmed by the news, which he quickly shared with his family. "I want this not only for myself but I wanna do it for everyone that's just helped me get here, you know? I was so excited when they told me. I was like, 'Y'all are gonna have to hold on for a second,' and I called my mom and told my mom and dad that I got nominated."

Owen adds that he's very grateful to those who have let him live his dream: "It's been a whirlwind the past few months, especially with the Grammy nomination, and I'm really blown away. It is really humbling. It really is, to feel like people respect who you are enough and your music to even vote for you in the first place to get you through the first round and have supported what I'm doing."

  • The ACM Awards will be held in Las Vegas at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on April 5th. The show will air live on CBS.

FAST FACTS

  • Owen's sophomore album, Easy Does It, will be in stores on February 24th.
  • He co-wrote his current single, "Don't Think I Can't Love You," which is the fastest-rising single of his career at Number 12 on the country singles charts.
Keith Urban and Nicole Kidman have donated half a million dollars to the Red Cross in the aftermath of the recent Australian bushfire that killed nearly 200 people and destroyed more than 1,000 homes. Urban and Kidman appeared together via a satellite link during the Australia Unites telethon to raise money for the Red Cross.
  • Urban said, "Our hearts go out tonight to all the families that are dealing with the loss of loved ones and having to rebuild their lives again."
The Lost Trailers' recent success with their first Top 10 hit, "Holler Back," has launched the band into this year's group of Academy of Country Music Awards nominees. The Lost Trailers received two nominations -- Top Vocal Group and Top New Vocal Duo or Group.

The group was overcome with excitement about the news, as members Stokes Nielson and Ryder Lee told us: Everybody's floored. Everybody's off their rocker on this one. First of all, if you get one of the other guys up at 7:30 . . . (Lee) It's big news. (Nielson) It's big news! And all the guys were up at 7:30 like calling and stuff, so it's big news, but you gotta understand this is a band that's been together for years and it's no surprise that we're all really, really excited because we're seeing a lot of our dreams being realized."

  • The group will be in Las Vegas on April 5th to find out whether they'll be taking home an ACM Awards trophy. The show will air live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena on CBS.
  • The Lost Trailers' new single is called "How 'Bout You Don't."
Julianne Hough will sing the National Anthem at the 51st annual Daytona 500 on Sunday (February 15th) at Daytona International Speedway. The race is the season opener to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series
  • The pre-race ceremonies will also include a live performance by Keith Urban.

FAST FACTS

  • Hough received her first Academy of Country Music (ACM) Awards nomination on Wednesday (February 11th) for Top New Female Vocalist. Trophies will be handed out in Las Vegas on April 5th.
  • Hough will return for her fifth season of Dancing With The Stars this year. She will be partnered with her boyfriend and fellow singer Chuck Wicks. The new season of ABC's Dancing With The Stars gets under way in March.
Martina McBride will release her new album, called Shine, on March 24th. The CD will be McBride's 10th studio project.
  • McBride said, "I'm so excited about this music and this time in my life. Creatively I have a renewed energy and I feel like this album reflects that."
  • The singer collaborated on Shine with producer Dann Huff for the first time. Huff has worked with the likes of Faith Hill, Rascal Flatts, Keith Urban and Lonestar.
  • She said, "I wanted to move forward, production-wise, which isn't always easy. I think it was time to find somebody with a different, fresh perspective on my music. I felt like I needed someone to help me do things a bit differently, and I instinctively felt Dann was right for the job."
  • The album's first single, "Ride," is currently climbing the country charts.
  • McBride co-wrote one song on the album, called "Sunny Side Up." She collaborated on it with the Warren Brothers.

FAST FACTS

  • McBride has sold more than 18 million records.
  • Her last album, Waking Up Laughing, was released in 2007.
Emerson Drive will take their music to the Nashville Superspeedway on April 11th as part of the NASCAR Nationwide Series 300 race. The group will perform the post-race concert for the fans. Tickets to the event can be purchased by calling toll-free 1-866-RACE-TIX or going online at nashvillesuperspeedway.com.

SIDE NOTES

  • Emerson Drive will release their fourth studio album, called Believe, on April 7th.
  • The group performed the album's debut single, "Belongs To You," during a mass wedding in honor of Valentine's Day on Thursday (February 12th) in Virginia Beach.

K-FLAG SPORTS

Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O'Neal were named co-MVPs of the 58th NBA All-Star game after leading the West to a 146-119 win over the East. Bryant had 27 points and four assists in 29 minutes while O'Neal had 17 points on 8 of 9 shooting as they each won their third All-Star MVP award.

The Phoenix Suns have decided to fire coach Terry Porter, who will be replaced by assistant Alvin Gentry. A person familiar with the decision says the team also is considering trading Amare Stoudemire, who had 19 points in last night's All-Star game.

Matt Kenseth passed Elliott Sadler with 54 laps to go and was declared the Daytona 500 winner when race was called because of rain with 48 laps left. It's Kenseth's first Daytona 500 victory and snaps a 36-race winless streak.

In the NHL on sunday.....

Philadelphia 5, N.Y. Rangers 2
New Jersey 6, San Jose 5
Colorado 6, Detroit 5, SO
Washington 4, Florida 2
Carolina 3, Buffalo 0
Atlanta 8, Anaheim 4
Vancouver 4, Montreal 2

Monday's NHL Games
Pittsburgh at N.Y. Islanders,
Dallas at Columbus,
N.Y. Rangers at St. Louis,
Ottawa at Nashville,
Edmonton at Phoenix,
Atlanta at Los Angeles,


TOP-25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL-Sunday's Games

( 3) North Carolina 69 Miami 65
( 5) Louisville 99 DePaul 54
Boston College 80 ( 6) Duke 74
Virginia 85 (12) Clemson 81, OT
Loyola of Chicago 71 (15) Butler 67
(18) Arizona St. 65 Southern Cal 53
(22) Illinois 65 Indiana 52

TOP-25 WOMEN'S COLLEGE BASKETBALL-Sunday's Games

( 1) Connecticut 95 (19) Pittsburgh 42
( 5) Auburn 63 Mississippi St. 58
( 8) North Carolina 73 Georgia Tech 50
LSU 66 ( 9) Florida 47
(11) Maryland 67 Rutgers 47
(13) Texas 55 (16) Iowa St. 52
N.C. State 60 (17) Virginia 54
(18) Ohio St. 81 Northwestern 55
(20) Kansas St. 79 Oklahoma St. 71
(21) Xavier 78 Dayton 57
(24) Vanderbilt 80 Georgia 64

WATER COOLER TALK


  • Estelle Bennett, one of the three Ronettes who had a hit with "Be My Baby," died last week at the age of 67.
  • A 20-year-old naked picture of Madonna was auctioned off on last Thursday for $37,500.
  • The Journal of Sexual Medicine found 76% of men believe it's physically harmful not to have sex.
  • Mira Sorvino and her husband Christopher Backus are expecting their third child.
  • Wanda Sykes will be the lead roaster at the annual White House correspondents' dinner in Washington May 9.
  • FX has signed a deal for a 6th season of Denis Leary's "Rescue Me" in 2010. The 5th season gets underway on April 7th.
  • Samantha Harris, co-host of "Dancing With the Stars," thinks Olympic gold-medal gymnast Shawn Johnson could be a top contender when the ABC dance competition returns March 9.
  • Peter Gabriel has pulled out of performing at the Oscars because he doesn't think the nominated songs, and their writers and performers, are getting enough respect. That's because, instead of the songs being performed completely, they're all part of a medley.
  • Cherry Jones, who plays Madame President on this season of "24," says she turned to Eleanor Roosevelt and Golda Meir for inspiration for her character... not Hillary Clinton.
  • The latest on Michael Jackson is that he has some kind of skin infection. Whatever.
  • Controversial "American Idol" contestant and former child star Joanna Pacitti has been booted off the talent show, apparently due to her past in the music business.
  • Madonna was #1 on Billboard's Top Moneymakers of 2008 with $242.2 million. She had the 50th-best-selling album in the country and ranked 14th on the list of digital track sellers -- but had the highest-earning 2008 tour.
  • Singer-actress Mandy Moore and rock singer Ryan Adams are engaged.
  • A survey by Schwarzkopf Professional and Henkel found brunettes ear $8,400 more per year than blondes.
  • For his less-than-sensitive comments that have leaked out lately, Britain's Prince Harry is going to "diversity training."

Friday, February 13, 2009

CHEAP VALENTINE


Have a lotta love in your heart, but not a lot of loot to back it up? Not to worry -- the most romantic Valentine's Day gifts require imagination, not money. "Think back on the most treasured gifts you've received," says Laura Shanahan, a New York consumer-tips columnist. "Chances are they were the most thoughtful, not the most costly." Here are her top 10 tips for Valentine's gifts that show the most caring, not the most cash:

  1. An appointment book with one date filled in -- that of a romantic getaway for the two of you. It doesn't have to be a Caribbean cruise. A day of "playing hooky" together at an out-of-the-way park and a back table at a dim bistro are perfect for creating that loving feeling.
  2. A gift certificate for your honey's choice of pampering treatments performed by you. A massage, shampoo, and a bubble bath with room service -- their wish is your command.
  3. A heart-shaped box from card or novelty store. Place a handwritten note inside: "Contains 365 blown kisses just for you -- take one a day."
  4. Pajamas for the two of you. He wears the pants, she wears the top.
  5. A cozy picnic. Never mind the snow. Lay out a blanket on the living room floor and serve up finger foods you can hand-feed each other. Don't forget the candles.
  6. Sweep your sweetie off his or her feet with tickets to a ballroom dancing class so you can stay cheek to cheek all year round.
  7. Indoor "sky writing" is a great way to say I love you to that special someone. Simply make a poster with a declaration of your devotion and tape it to the ceiling right over the bed. It will be the first thing your sweetheart will see upon wakening Valentine's Day -- and your final, sweet-dreams message.
  8. A fortune -- or more. Get a handful of fortune cookies from a specialty market or your local Chinese restaurant. Compose your own personal messages.
  9. A dozen red balloons. Before you blow them up, insert tiny trinkets or love notes. Give the blowup, treasurer filled results to your beloved for a popping good time.
  10. A blank journal you'll head "Reasons I Love You." Every reason will have it's own page.

SUPERSTITIOUS?


(From "10,000 Superstitions You Really Need" by William Carroll)

  • Be sure to wear old shoes on Friday the 13th so you do not have bad luck.
  • When a person snores, immediately whistle and they will stop snoring.
  • Wear red pepper in your shoes while looking for a new job and you will find a good one.
  • Wear earrings when you are married and you will always be happy.
  • Sneezing twice before breakfast will bring you a new lover that week.
  • Sleep with a mirror under your pillow and dream of your prospective mate.
  • It is unlucky to read the back of a book first.
  • A woman who wears her shoes out on the side will marry a rich man.
  • If you wear a dime in your shoe you will never be unlucky.
  • Dreaming of a boat in clear water foretells happiness.
  • Go swimming the first day you are married and you will have twins.
  • If you have a rooming house, and some of your rooms are vacant, put salt in the scrub water and you will soon rent the empty rooms.
  • Wash your face in dew to become lovely.
  • You will be clean all year if you take a bath on New Year's night.
FEEL LUCKY? WELL, DO YA?

So it's Friday the 13th! Watch out for black cats, broken mirrors -- and for goodness' sake don't walk under any ladders. But is "unlucky" number 13 getting a bad rap? Here are some pretty impressive positive events that have occurred on the 13th. As a matter of fact, it's hard to say where we'd be if there were no 13's on the calendar.

  • America was discovered on the eve of the 13th of the month.
  • The republic originally consisted of 13 colonies.
  • The first official American flag had 13 stripes and 13 stars.
  • The 13th Amendment to the Constitution put an end to slavery.

But just in case all this doesn't impress you, here's the reason why you should avoid certain evil omens, especially when the 13th rolls around.

  • Black cats have been feared since the Middle Ages because back then people thought the devil and his demons took feline form to stalk the earth. But while it's considered to be bad luck if a black kitty crosses your path, it's considered good luck to own one.
  • Blame the ancient Greeks for the notion that a broken mirror will bring you seven years bad luck. They thought things happened in multiples of seven -- the Seven Wonders of the World, for example.
  • Walking under ladders has been a no-no ever since early Christian mystics decided to make the triangle the symbol of the Trinity. Anyone who blundered through a triangle -- the shape made by a ladder leaning against a wall -- was deemed to be tempting fate.

HOW TO GET HIM TO TAKE YOUR ADVICE


Cosmopolitan suggests these tips to put your man on the right path without pushing him over the edge.

  • Perfect your pose -- Body lingo can speak louder than words, so watch your stance, warns Paul Coleman, Psy.D. author of How to Say It for Couples. "Hovering over him communicates superiority," he says. Instead, sit next to him and convey warmth with affectionate gestures.
  • Be his biggest fan -- "Hearing advice makes men feel like they don't measure up," says Coleman. But you won't make him feel stupid if you praise him while giving him guidance. For instance, if he's stressed about giving a presentation, remind him how well he handles crowds before putting in your two cents.
  • Should your suggestions -- If you phrase your comments as questions, he'll think he figured out the answer. "A man will be more receptive to an inquiry because it doesn't seem pushy," explains Neil Warren, Ph.D., author of "Date... or Soul Mate." Say something like "Doesn't it seem like you've been putting in tons of overtime?" instead of "Your boss is taking advantage of you."

TAKE IT OFF BABY!


HOW YOU UNDRESS REVEALS YOUR PERSONALITY

People are usually judged by how they dress. But how about how they undress? "How a person takes off his or her clothes and what they do with those clothes can reveal quite a bit about one's personality," Dr. Jane Greer, a New York psychotherapist and author of "How Can You Do This To Me?" "These six styles of shedding your clothes can help you get to know yourself better."

  • The Tosser -- If you throw your clothes all over the place, you're friendly, the life of the party type. Although others may think you're a slob, you're really a happy individual who doesn't care what others think.
  • The Neatnik -- If you remove each piece of clothing and put it away immediately, you may believe that the best way of solving life's problem is to prevent them in the first place. You're dependable, sometimes intense, and you know how to pay attention.
  • The Dabbler -- If you take off your pants and get around to taking off your skirt 10 minutes later, you are a deep thinker who ponders the meaning of life. You don't like being rushed. Having free time is most important.
  • The Sprinter -- If you shed your clothing as quickly as possible, you're a busy person who often feels stressed. However, you may also be a passionate person who wants to change quickly in order to have fun.
  • The Jeweler -- If you take off your jewelry before anything else, you're a warm and sensitive person. You are considerate and romantic, thoughtful and a good friend.
  • The Adventurer -- If you don't have an undressing routine, or you never do it the same way twice, bravo. You enjoy a broad range of activities and take risks. You're a sociable, fun-loving individual.

KFLAG Country Music News


SOMETHINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW

Men, if you want to get rid of that pot belly, wiggle your hips and start belly dancing. It's been all the rage in Japan where men have turned to belly dancing to make them thinner and more flexible, as well as tone their arms and stomach muscles. It's such a hit in Japan now that members of the Juntendo University swim team are belly dancing as part of their training regimen.

Better compliment her hairstyle because it's worth a whopping $70,000, says a recent study. That's the price of her coif over a lifetime, when you count washing, cutting, styling, coloring, curling and/or straightening her locks, either at home or in the salon. And gals spend nearly two years of their lives -- 650 days creating a "salon look" in their own bathrooms over the course of their lifetimes. The average lady spends 41 minutes every day washing, styling and restyling her tresses. At the beauty parlor, a woman lays out an average of $566.12 a year for cuts and coloring. There's also $227.40 a year for shampoos and conditioners and $316 a year for home-styling products. These figures come from a poll of 2,500 women conducted by Boots, a British health and beauty products company.

The "dumb blonde" theory has been solved at last. Blondes aren't necessarily dumb they just make men dumber, says a recent study. Male volunteers were shown photos of gorgeous women with various hair colors and them given general knowledge tests. The ones who viewed "blondes" had the lowest scores in two different trials.

K-FLAG SPORTS

The agent for Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kurt Warner has entered discussions with the team about a new contract for his client. Warner will turn 38 this summer and hasn't ruled out retiring. He's due to be an unrestricted free agent at the end of the month and has said for weeks that one factor in his decision will be gauging how interested the Cardinals are in re-signing him.

The Phoenix Coyotes have assigned 19-year-old center Kyle Turris to their AHL affiliate in San Antonio and recalled defenseman David Schlemko. Turris, the former University of Wisconsin star selected third overall in 2007, has six goals and 10 assists in 50 games this season for Phoenix.

Thursday's NHL SCORES
Florida 5, Carolina 0
Ottawa 5, Philadelphia 2
Detroit 4, Minnesota 2
Tampa Bay 6, Toronto 4
Nashville 4, St. Louis 3, SO
Vancouver 4, Phoenix 3
Calgary 2, Los Angeles 0

Cavaliers coach Mike Brown has been fined $25,000 by the NBA for criticizing officials following Cleveland's last-second loss at Indiana Tuesday night. Brown went into a tirade about a call by referee Joey Crawford that awarded the Pacers two free throws and gave them a 96-95 win.

Thursday's NBA SCORES
Miami 95, Chicago 93
Boston 99, Dallas 92
Golden State 105, Portland 98

For three years, Arizona State forward Jeff Pendergraph had to listen to his friend, UCLA star Darren Collison, talk about the Bruins' domination of the Sun Devils. No longer. Sparked by a big 3-pointer by Derek Glasser, the 18th-ranked Sun Devils knocked off the 11th-ranked Bruins 74-67 last night.

Nic Wise sank a 3-pointer with 43.8 seconds, then made two free throws with 17.3 seconds remaining last night and Arizona pulled away to win its sixth in a row, 83-76 over USC. Wise scored 27 points, two shy of his career high, as the Wildcats improved their record to 17-8 overall and 7-5 in the Pac-10.

Notre Dame pulled off a stunner in men's college basketball Thursday night, ending a seven-game losing streak by blasting fifth-ranked Louisville 90-57. Luke Harangody finished with 32 points and 17 rebounds as the Fighting Irish improved to 3-and-7 against ranked opponents this season. The Cardinals missed 12 of their first 13 shots and trailed 37-19 at halftime.

Bud Selig says New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez has "shamed the game," though the baseball commissioner indicates he has no plans to punish the three-time AL MVP. Two days after Sports Illustrated reported Rodriguez tested positive for steroids in baseball's anonymous 2003 survey, Rodriguez admitted Monday that he used unspecified performance-enhancing drugs from 2001-2003 while playing for the Texas Rangers. Players and owners didn't agree to a joint drug program until August 2002, and testing with punishment didn't start until 2004.

A federal judge has dismissed most of Roger Clemens' defamation lawsuit against his former personal trainer, saying statements made in the Mitchell Report on doping in baseball are protected. Brian McNamee told federal agents, baseball investigator George Mitchell and a congressional committee that he injected Clemens more than a dozen times with steroids and HGH from 1998-2001. Clemens has repeatedly denied McNamee's accusations and sued last year.

Jeff Gordon and Kyle Busch have earned spots in the second row for Sunday's Daytona 500 by winning Thursday's twin qualifying races. Tony Stewart and Brian Vickers will start from the third row, and Jeremy Mayfield, AJ Allmendinger, Scott Riggs and Regan Smith claimed the non-automatic berths in the Sprint Cup season opener.

Water Cooler Talk

Julianne Hough will sing the National Anthem at the 51st annual Daytona 500 on Sunday at Daytona International Speedway. The race is the season opener to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series

Emerson Drive will take their music to the Nashville Superspeedway on April 11th as part of the NASCAR Nationwide Series 300 race. The group will perform the post-race concert for the fans. Tickets to the event can be purchased by calling toll-free 1-866-RACE-TIX or going online at nashvillesuperspeedway.com.

Keith Urban and Nicole Kidman have donated half a million dollars to the Red Cross in the aftermath of the recent Australian bushfire that killed nearly 200 people and destroyed more than 1,000 homes. Urban and Kidman appeared together via a satellite link during the Australia Unites telethon to raise money for the Red Cross.

Carrie Underwood is trying to figure out a way to get on "House." She loves that show.

Nicollette Sheridan is leaving "Desperate Housewives." ABC won't say when, but knowing that she's married to a psycho killer, we have a feeling how this is going to end for her.

Molly Bee has died at age 69. When she was 13-years-old, she had a huge hit with the 1952 version of "I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus."

Sign of the times: after 67 seasons, the Connecticut Opera is going out of business.

Courtney Love says she's tired of the L.A. life and is packing up her daughter, Frances Bean, and buying a house in Britain.

Remember Robin Gibb of the Bee Gee's? His wife says she'll stand by him, days after it was announced that he had a love child last year with his live-in housekeeper.

Congrats to Mandy Moore and Ryan Adams. They are now officially engaged.

Carol Burnett will return to network TV on March 17th, with a guest appearance on "Law & Order: SVU."

Thursday, February 12, 2009

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Meet the American Idol Contestants

The Top 36 semi-finalists of American Idol's eighth season were revealed on last night's two-hour episode. That means that starting next week the show will become a live competition, with the viewing audience casting their votes for their favorite singers.

'AMERICAN IDOL' TOP 36

FEMALES

Alexis Grace
Hometown: Memphis, TN
Currently Resides: Memphis, TN
Age: 21

Grace has been singing since she was 7 years old. She was a member of the Concert Choir at the University of Memphis, and enjoys dancing, playing the guitar and taking care of her daughter.

Allison Iraheta
Hometown: Los Angeles, CA
Currently Resides: Downey, CA
Age: 16
Iraheta is a junior in high school who began singing at age 5. She also enjoys playing the guitar.

Ann Marie Boskovich
Hometown: Thousand Oaks, CA
Currently Resides: Nashville, TN
Age: 22

Currently pursuing a career as a singer/songwriter, Boskovich began singing before she could talk. She also plays guitar and piano.

Arianna Afsar
Hometown: San Diego, CA
Currently Resides: San Diego, CA
Age: 17

Afsar is a senior at Westview High School. She has been singing since she was 7 years old, and loves acting, dancing and playing piano.

Casey Carlson
Hometown: Eden Prairie, MN
Currently Resides: Minneapolis, MN
Age: 20

Carlson is in her third year at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, majoring in Psychology. She began taking voice lessons in fifth grade.

Felicia Barton
Hometown: Virginia Beach, VA
Currently Resides: Virginia Beach, VA
Age: 26

Barton lives in Virginia Beach, VA, with her husband and son. She began singing before she could talk, and her first public performance was at age 2.

Jackie Tohn
Hometown: Oceanside, NY
Currently Resides: Silver Lake, CA
Age: 28

Tohn resides in the Los Angeles neighborhood of Silver Lake. She holds an associate's degree in psychology from Santa Monica College. Her hobbies include acting, performing comedy and playing guitar.

Jasmine Murray
Hometown: Columbus, MS
Currently Resides: Starkville, MS
Age: 17

Murray lives in Starkville, MS, and attends The Mississippi School of the Arts. She loves being on stage and has been singing since she was 3 years old.

Jeanine Vailes
Hometown: Washington, DC
Currently Resides: Sherman Oaks, CA
Age: 28

A recent arrival to Los Angeles, Vailes began singing at age 4 and had her first solo performance in church at age 9. She also enjoys songwriting, motivational speaking and doing voiceover work.

Jesse Langseth
Hometown: Minneapolis, MN
Currently Resides: Minneapolis, MN
Age: 26

Langseth lives in Minneapolis, MN, with her 8-year-old daughter. In addition to singing, she also plays the piano and guitar.

Kendall Beard
Hometown: Lufkin, TX
Currently Resides: Austin, TX
Age: 24

Beard graduated from the University of Texas at Austin in 2007. In addition to singing, she has been studying dance for 12 years.

Kristen McNamara
Hometown: Napa Valley, CA
Currently Resides: Nashville, TN
Age: 23

McNamara is a singer/songwriter originally from Northern California. She loves to dance and has been performing her whole life. Her hobbies include playing guitar, piano, painting and baking.

Lil Rounds
Hometown: Memphis, TN
Currently Resides: Memphis, TN
Age: 24

Rounds lives in Memphis, TN, with her husband and three children. Music has always been a part of her life, and she began singing when she was 3 years old.

Megan Corkrey
Hometown: Taylorsville, UT
Currently Resides: Sandy, UT
Age: 23

Corkrey lives in Sandy, UT, with her 2-year-old son, Ryder. She has been singing since age 3, and is a self-professed "foodie."

Mishavonna Henson
Hometown: Irvine, CA
Currently Resides: Irvine, CA
Age: 18

Henson has been singing since she could talk and sang publicly for the first time in church. Her hobbies include horseback riding, acting, dancing and playing piano and guitar. She also takes classes at a junior college.

Stevie Wright
Hometown: Phelan, CA
Currently Resides: Phelan, CA
Age: 17

Wright is a junior at Serrano High School. She works in a coffee shop and sings in a band with her youth group. Her real passion is singing, but she also loves to dance.

Tatiana Nicole Del Toro
Hometown: San Juan, PR
Currently Resides: Los Angeles, CA
Age: 24

Del Toro studied at the Manhattan School of Music and attended the New York Film Academy. Her hobbies include theater, acting, writing and dancing.

Taylor Vaifanua
Hometown: Hurricane, UT
Currently Resides: Hurricane, UT
Age: 17

When Vaifanua was 2 years old, she and her family moved to Samoa and lived there for five years before returning to Utah. She is a junior at Hurricane High School, and her hobbies include sports, singing and dancing.

MALES

Adam Lambert
Hometown: San Diego, CA
Currently Resides: Los Angeles, CA
Age: 26

Lambert grew up in San Diego but currently lives in Hollywood. He began singing at age 10, and has been involved with musical theater for the past eight years.

Alexander Wagner-Trugman
Hometown: Studio City, CA
Currently Resides: Studio City, CA
Age: 19

Wagner-Trugman is a sophomore at the University of Miami. He began singing in high school, and he plays piano and guitar. His hobbies include playing video games and basketball.

Anoop Desai
Hometown: Chapel Hill, NC
Currently Resides: Chapel Hill, NC
Age: 22

Desai is working on his master's degree at the University of North Carolina. During his undergraduate years, he was a member of the UNC Clef Hangers, an a cappella group.

Brent Keith
Hometown: Blanchester, OH
Currently Resides: Nashville, TN
Age: 29

A guitar player, Keith lives in Nashville, TN, with his wife. He has been singing all his life but started performing publicly when he was 13 years old.

Danny Gokey
Hometown: Milwaukee, WI
Currently Resides: Milwaukee, WI
Age: 28

Gokey is the president and founder of a non-profit organization. In addition to singing, he plays the piano and loves salsa dancing.

Jorge Nuñez
Hometown: Cidra, Puerto Rico
Currently Resides: Carolina, Puerto Rico
Age: 21

Nuñez is in his fourth year at the University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras. In addition to English and Spanish, Nuñez is also fluent in French.

Ju'Not Joyner
Hometown: Baltimore, MD
Currently Resides: Bowie, MD
Age: 26

A native of Maryland, Joyner owns his own business with his fiancée. He enjoys acting, comedy and songwriting.

Kai Kalama
Hometown: Redlands, CA
Currently Resides: San Clemente, CA
Age: 27

Kalama began singing when he was 5 years old at his church. An accomplished musician, he also plays guitar, ukulele, bass, piano and drums.

Kris Allen
Hometown: Jacksonville, AR
Currently Resides: Conway, AR
Age: 23

Allen is a student at the University of Central Arkansas. He has been singing and playing the guitar since he was 13 years old.

Matt Breitzke
Hometown: Bixby, OK
Currently Resides: Bixby, OK
Age: 28

Breitzke spent his childhood in Hobart, IN, and later attended flight school in Tulsa, OK. He has been singing and playing the guitar since the fifth grade.

Matt Giraud
Hometown: Ypsilanti, MI
Currently Resides: Kalamazoo, MI
Age: 23

Giraud is a life-long resident of Michigan who graduated from Western Michigan University in 2007. He sings and plays piano in local clubs and hotels.

Michael Sarver
Hometown: Jasper, TX
Currently Resides: Jasper, TX
Age: 27

Sarver is married with two children and works on an oil rig. He has always dreamed of being a singer/songwriter. Sarver also plays the piano, drums and guitar.

Nathaniel Marshall
Hometown: Malone, NY
Currently Resides: Malone, NY
Age: 19

Marshall began singing at age 2, and sang publicly for the first time in his high school choir. He is a cosmetology student in New York.

Nick Mitchell
Hometown: Brookfield, CT
Currently Resides: Brookfield, CT
Age: 27

Mitchell attended Marymount Manhattan College and Western Connecticut State University. He is a sketch comedian who performs in Manhattan and Connecticut.

Ricky Braddy
Hometown: Nashville, TN
Currently Resides: Elizabeth City, NC
Age: 25

Braddy graduated from Belmont University in Nashville, TN, with a degree in Commercial Vocal Performance. He began singing when he was 4 years old at his church.

Scott MacIntyre
Hometown: Scottsdale, AZ
Currently Resides: Scottsdale, AZ
Age: 23

MacIntyre earned his bachelor's degree from Arizona State University at age 19, and attended graduate school in London, England. He also plays piano, guitar and drums.

Stephen Fowler
Hometown: Cleveland, OH
Currently Resides: Beachwood, OH
Age: 26

Fowler has been married for six years and has two sons. He has been singing his entire life, and began playing piano at 11 years old. He is a full-time musician who teaches piano at the Rainey Institute in Cleveland.

Von Smith
Hometown: Kansas City, MO
Currently Resides: Greenwood, MO
Age: 22

Smith plays piano and is fluent in Spanish. His other hobbies include dancing, acting and songwriting.


Celebrity Gossip

MICKEY ROURKE DATING COURTNEY LOVE? Forget Evan Rachel Wood. The U.K.'s Daily Mirror claims that Mickey Rourke has "secretly seeing" Courtney Love for the past three weeks. The newspaper is reporting that Rourke first texted Love asking her on a date around the time of the Golden Globe Awards. On Monday (February 9th), both attended the Elle Style Awards in London where Rourke was named best actor and Love the Elle Woman of the Year.

BENICIO DEL TORO ADMITS TO PAST SUICIDAL THOUGHTS: Benicio Del Toro has experienced suicidal thoughts. The actor admitted to Rolling Stone magazine, "Have I ever been suicidal? Not long enough. Not long enough. But there has been the question, to be or not to be? Hey, I've thought about it. Would I go through with it? No. But feeling alone, feeling like a failure, feeling like there's no one out there. I've had those feelings, though they don't last." The 41-year-old Oscar-winner also revealed that his longest relationship lasted for a year and a half, likely because he's "selfish about my time."

HARRY POTTER CAST VISITS INJURED STUNTMAN IN HOSPITAL: Daniel Radcliffe and Tom Felton, who play Harry Potter and Draco Malfoy in the franchise, were photographed visiting David Holmes, who is still receiving treatment in London hospital following an on-set injury. Observers told the Daily Mail that Radcliffe lit a cigarette upon leaving the hospital and appeared "shaken and emotional." Specific information on Holmes's condition has not been released but a statement on behalf of his family thanked people for support and said, "We are trusting in the expertise of the medical staff who are caring for David." It's been reported that after the accident he told crew members, "I can't feel my legs."

TRAVOLTA SUSPECT DENIED BAIL: A judge in the Bahamas denied a request to lower the bail requirement for an ambulance driver accused of trying to extort money from John Travolta after his son's death. Tarino Lightbourne, who has been in custody since January 23rd, was hoping to reduce the bail, which is currently set at $50,000. The case's other suspect, former senator Pleasant Bridgewater, is currently free on bail after paying the same amount set for Lightbourne. The pair allegedly demanded millions from the Travolta family in exchange for a document related to the death of their 16-year-old son, Jett.

THAI GOVERNMENT CRITICIZES ANGELINA JOLIE: The Thai government chastised Angelina Jolie on Wednesday (February 11th) for discussing the Myanmar refugees who the Thai government is being accused of abusing. Jolie, the UN's Goodwill Ambassador, stated that she hoped the Thai government would help people who are being held in camps around the Thai borders and that they would show respect to the Rohingya people who are now arriving on Thai borders. The Thai military is said to be detaining the Myanmar refugees, beating them, then taking them out to sea in ill-equipped boats with not enough food and water and leaving the people there. The Thai government is looking into why Jolie and her partner, Brad Pitt, were allowed to visit the camp. They are also saying that the UN should not be involving itself in a situation that is private to Thailand.

MICHELLE PFEIFFER FINE WITH OLDER WOMAN ROLES: Michelle Pfeiffer may be 50 years old, but the gorgeous actress says she doesn't mind her age. Pfeiffer, whose new film Cheri premiered Tuesday (February 10) at the Berlin Film Festival, says she prefers the roles she is getting now because they are more interesting. The actress also says that she doesn't mind that the older she gets, the younger her co-stars get. Cheri co-stars Rupert Friend -- who starred in Pride & Prejudice and is currently dating Kiera Knightley -- and Kathy Bates.

'DANCING WITH THE STARS' PROS ALREADY PLANNING FOR KIDS: Betrothed dancers Karina Smirnoff and Maksim Chmerkovskiy have known each other for years, but only started dating last year because Chmerkovskiy was less mature than his fiancee. Smirnoff said it took a while for him to grow up, admitting to People magazine, "You know how boys tend to develop slower than girls? A lot slower!" She added, "I never looked at him seriously." Now the dancers have a wedding planned for later this year and are thinking ahead to a family. Chmerkovskiy told People magazine, "Our kids would be rock stars. They're going to be like royalty."

K-Flag Country Music Update

Brad Paisley leads the list of nominees for the upcoming 44th annual Academy of Country Music Awards with six nominations, it was announced on Wednesday morning during a press conference in Nashville. The singer earned nods for Entertainer, Top Male Vocalist, Single, Song And Video of the Year for "Waitin' On A Woman," and Vocal Event of the Year for "Start A Band" with Keith Urban.

LeAnn Rimes, Jessica Simpson, Kellie Pickler and first-time ACM nominee Julianne Hough read the nominations, which aired live on the CBS Early Show.

In addition to Paisley, top nominees include Heidi Newfield with five; Kenny Chesney, Jamey Johnson and George Strait with four each; and Carrie Underwood and Keith Urban with three apiece.

* We caught up with Hough minutes after her name was announced in the category of Top New Female Vocalist:

"I'm so excited! I'm thrilled and shocked! Going from, like, being here for a year and all the accomplishments and just the experiences that I've had over this year have been enough, you know, and then the fact that I've been going from Dancing With The Stars over to music...This is, like, just a true testament that, 'Oh my gosh! These people are really welcoming and supporting me and really accepting me.' It's the best feeling in the world."

* Rounding out the Top New Female Vocalist category are Sarah Buxton and Ashton Shepherd, two deserving competitors, as Hough tells us:

"The fact that I'm up against great artists in itself, I mean, I'm just happy to be nominated with them. I think it's really cool. I guess I could say I didn't do it the wrong way, but they did it the right way, and to be up with them is really cool."

* The Top New Female, Top New Male, Top Vocal Duo or Group and Entertainer of the Year categories will be voted on by the fans this year. Voting begins on Friday (February 13th) at gactv.com. For the first time, fans will also be allowed to text their votes for Entertainer of the Year during the show's broadcast.

* The Academy of Country Music has yet to announce the finalists in the Album of the Year category. That announcement will be made sometime in March.

* The 44th annual ACM Awards will take place in Las Vegas on April 5th. The show will be hosted by Reba McEntire for the 11th time in her career.


CARRIE UNDERWOOD, HEIDI NEWFIELD REACT TO ACM NOMINATIONS

Carrie Underwood's Academy of Country Music Awards nomination for Entertainer of the Year marks the first time a female has been included in the category since the Dixie Chicks in 2000. The singer was also nominated for Top Female Vocalist and Video of The Year for "Just A Dream."

* Underwood said, "I am so humbled and blessed with the recognition of these nominations by my fellow artists and the country music community. My band, crew, and everyone on my team have worked so hard the past year with my first big tour, so the Entertainer nomination is especially rewarding for all of us. I think I'm still in shock!"

Heidi Newfield earned an impressive five Academy of Country Music Awards nominations, including Top Female Vocalist, and Single, Song, and Video of the Year categories for her debut solo single, "Johnny and June." The former Trick Pony member was at home in Nashville when news of the nods reached her.

* She said, "My husband and I watched the nominations with teary eyes and total elation! The support and excitement for me and this record has really blown me away, and I'm so proud for all the wonderful people who've been involved in it. I am truly honored and blessed. This is one of the happiest days of my life, so far!"

Sarah Buxton received her first ACM nomination for Top New Female Vocalist.

* She said, "Oh my goodness! It's good to know I can still turn a cartwheel! Just to have my name in the hat is beyond thrilling, thank you so much."

New act Joey+Rory received their first ACM nomination for Top Vocal Duo.

* Rory Feek said, "Just to be nominated for an ACM award in any category at any time, is an honor, but to be listed on the same ballot with four duos that are heroes of ours...that's crazy!"

The Eli Young Band also earned a nod for Best New Vocal Group Or Duo. They were on their way to visit a radio station when they heard the exciting news.

* Lead singer Mike Eli said, "This has been an incredible year for us. We played the Grand Ole Opry at The Ryman Auditorium and now this! Our single is in the Top 25, which is exciting, and getting this nomination is such a thrill. We just can't find the words!"

FAST FACTS

* For the first time ever, the three newcomer categories for the Academy of Country Music Awards will be opened up to interactive fan voting through GACTV.com beginning on Friday (February 13th) and lasting through March 5th.
* The winners will be announced during the 44th annual Academy of Country Music Awards on April 5th in Las Vegas.


RASCAL FLATTS GET LOOSENED UP BEFORE SHOWS

Chances are Rascal Flatts members Gary LeVox, Jay DeMarcus and Joe Don Rooney are relaxed and kink-free when they hit the stage in any given city. The trio's concert rider requires every venue to have a female massage therapist ready to work from early afternoon until the doors open, according to thesmokinggun.com.

The Rascal Flatts guys aren't selfish about it, however -- they allow tour personnel to take advantage of the service, which they insist costs no more than $1 per minute. The crew must pay the masseuse in cash, but any massage charges racked up by LeVox, DeMarcus or Rooney are the financial responsibility of the concert promoter.

* Rascal Flatts plays Madison Square Garden on Thursday (February 12th) with opening act Jessica Simpson.


LEANN RIMES NAMED ACM 2009 HUMANITARIAN OF THE YEAR

LeAnn Rimes helped announce the nominees at the upcoming Academy of Country Music (ACM) Awards yesterday (Wednesday, February 11th) in Nashville, and she was more than surprised to hear her own name called as the recipient for this year's ACM/Home Depot Humanitarian Award. According to the Academy, the honor recognizes country music artists who "serve others, have a generous spirit and help build the dreams of those in need."

Rimes told us she never expected to be rewarded for doing what is right:

"It's an honor. It really is. I mean, I've been doing humanitarian work for many years and you do it out of the goodness of your heart. The humanitarian award at the ACM's never really crossed my mind, but it's a huge honor."

While Rimes has worked with many organizations, those associated with helping children is closest to her heart:

"I've worked with a lot of children's organizations, I think just cause I was a kid myself once not too long ago, and (I've done) a lot of work with the Children's Miracle Network and St. Jude and also an organization called Salute Heroes which reintegrates wounded soldiers back into society. I kind of have done little things here and there all over the place, so it's just part of what I do. It makes me feel good, you know? It's part of, I think, my responsibility as a human being, but also as a celebrity to be able to do good for other people."

* The Humanitarian Award, a crystal trophy designed by Tiffany & Co., will be presented during the 44th annual Academy of Country Music Awards on April 5th in Las Vegas. The show will be broadcast live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena on CBS at 8 p.m. ET.
* Rimes will also be honored with a playground donated by The Home Depot and their national nonprofit partner KaBOOM!. The playground will be built by The Home Depot volunteers and community members in the city of Rimes' choice.
* Past recipients of the Humanitarian Award include Brooks & Dunn, Vince Gill, Martina McBride, Neal McCoy, Reba McEntire, Lonestar and Rascal Flatts.



DARIUS RUCKER STRIKES COUNTRY GOLD

Darius Rucker's debut country album, Learn To Live, has been certified gold for sales of more than half a million copies. The project produced a two-week Number One single, "Don't Think I Don't Think About It." His latest release, "It Won't Be Like This For Long," is a Top 10 hit on the country charts.

* Rucker said, "Gold records are hard to come by these days, and I am proud of this accomplishment. Now let's get back to work!"

FAST FACTS

* Learn To Live debuted at Number One on the country albums charts with over 60,000 units sold within the first week in September of last year.
* The album has since remained in the Top15 in country album sales.
* The new video for "It Won't Be Like This For Long" features personal footage of Rucker with his family.


KEITH URBAN GETS ANIMATED

Keith Urban wrote, performed and produced the theme music for The Adventures of Digger And Friends, the animated alter-ego to the FOX network's Gopher Cam. This year's theme is a collaboration between Urban and FOX Sports Chairman David Hill. The two worked up the theme just last week at Urban's state-of-the-art Nashville recording studio.

The Adventures of Digger And Friends will premiere on Sunday (February 15th) during the NASCAR on FOX Daytona 500 prerace show, airing at 2 p.m. ET. There are five two-minute Digger and Friends vignettes that will be repeated throughout the 2009 NASCAR season on FOX.

* Urban said, "David sent me this furry little NASCAR-loving gopher. How could you turn the critter down? I immediately went to my drum machine, then to my guitar, back to my drum machine and on to my banjo and it wasn¹t long before I had the song. I just hope that Digger likes it."

FAST FACTS

* The Digger characters were conceived by Hill.
* Urban will perform at the Daytona 500 before the big race on Sunday at the Daytona International Speedway. He will sing three songs during the pre-race show, which serves as the season opener to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.


JAMEY JOHNSON, SHOOTER JENNINGS TO MEET AT THE 'CROSSROADS'

Jamey Johnson and Shooter Jennings are the next pairing for CMT's Crossroads series. The show will tape before an invitation-only audience in Nashville later this month. Crossroads featuring Johnson and Jennings will debut on March 23rd at 10 p.m. ET.

* Johnson said, "I'm a country artist with a rock influence and Shooter is a rock artist with a country influence. Plus, we've been good friends for years. This will be an entertaining show to watch, I can promise you that."


COUNTRY TRIVIA

Q. For what song did George Jones win his first Grammy?
A. "He Stopped Loving Her Today"

ON THE TUBE

40 SEXIEST MUSIC VIDEOS/CMT
Shania Twain, Faith Hill, Trace Adkins, Dierks Bentley

TOP 20 LOVE SONGS COUNTDOWN/GAC
Blake Shelton

OPRY LIVE: BEST OF 2008/GAC
Jason Aldean, Alan Jackson, Carrie Underwood, Randy Travis, Jessica Simpson, Jewel, Brad Paisley, Craig Morgan, Trace Adkins

GAC NIGHTS/GAC
Wynonna

OUR SONG: BRAD & JANA MATES/GAC

And the Winner is......

44th ANNUAL ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS NOMINEES

Entertainer of the Year

* Kenny Chesney
* Brad Paisley
* George Strait
* Carrie Underwood
* Keith Urban

Top Male Vocalist

* Kenny Chesney
* Toby Keith
* Brad Paisley
* George Strait
* Keith Urban

Top Female Vocalist

* Miranda Lambert
* Heidi Newfield
* Taylor Swift
* Carrie Underwood
* Lee Ann Womack

Top Vocal Group

* Lady Antebellum
* Little Big Town
* Rascal Flatts
* Randy Rogers Band
* The Lost Trailers

Top Vocal Duo

* Big & Rich
* Brooks & Dunn
* Joey & Rory
* Montgomery Gentry
* Sugarland

Top New Male Vocalist

* Jamey Johnson
* James Otto
* Jake Owen

Top New Female Vocalist

* Sarah Buxton
* Julianne Hough
* Ashton Shepherd

Top New Vocal Duo or Group

* Eli Young Band
* The Lost Trailers
* Zac Brown Band

Single Record of the Year

* "Gunpowder & Lead" - Miranda Lambert
* "In Color" - Jamey Johnson
* "Johnny & June" - Heidi Newfield
* "Waitin' On A Woman" - Brad Paisley
* "You're Gonna Miss This" - Trace Adkins

Song of the Year

* "I Saw God Today" - George Strait
* "In Color" - Jamey Johnson
* "Johnny & June" - Heidi Newfield
* "Waitin' On A Woman" - Brad Paisley
* "You're Gonna Miss This" - Trace Adkins

Video of the Year

* "Johnny & June" - Heidi Newfield
* "Just A Dream" - Carrie Underwood
* "Love Story" - Taylor Swift
* "Troubadour" - George Strait
* "Waitin' On A Woman" - Brad Paisley

Vocal Event of the Year

* "Another Try" - Josh Turner Featuring Trisha Yearwood
* "Cowgirls Don't Cry" - Brooks & Dunn Featuring Reba McEntire
* "Down The Road" - Kenny Chesney With Mac McAnally
* "Life In A Northern Town" - Sugarland Featuring Little Big Town & Jake Owen
* "Start A Band" - Brad Paisley Duet With Keith Urban

Water Cooler Talk

* The state of Maine recently set an all-time cold temperature record of minus 50-degrees.

* Stamps are going up another 2 cents on May 11, unless you buy a bunch of the "Forever Stamps" now at 42 cents.

* Dartmouth research shows that taking even a tiny bit of aspirin a day may help prevent colon cancer.

* Will Smith was named Hollywood's most bankable star in a survey of movie industry professionals released on Tuesday by Forbes.

* Those "Got Milk?" ads featuring Chris Brown are going to be disappearing as fast as they can.

* This month, Microsoft got its 10,000th patent, if you're keeping score.

* Katherine Heigl and T.R. Knight are leaving Grey's Anatomy soon.

* Diane Keaton is going to write about her life and her mom... but not about her past loves like Woody Allen, Steve Martin or Warren Beatty.

* The Guitar Hero folks aren't having much luck with two of the stars they're featuring in their commercials: Alex Rodriguez and Michael Phelps.

* Inspirational Guru Tony Robbins is going to star in a new show for NBC where he helps people with their lives and their problems.

* Wal-Mart laid off upwards of 1,000 employees at their Arkansas home office this week.

* Salma Hayek, while in Africa, decided to breast-feed an African child that was hungry. The story is even up on YouTube.

* Michelle Obama appears on the March cover of "Vogue" magazine.

* Mattel has introduced the Chancellor Angela Merkel Barbie... in honor of Germany's first woman chancellor.

* The folks at Kentucky Fried Chicken have locked up their recipe of 7 herbs and spices in a new vault at headquarters.

* So, here's how the feud got going. When Hillary Duff was cast in the remake of the movie, "Bonnie and Clyde," original 'Bonnie' Faye Dunaway snipped, "Why couldn't they hire a real actress?" To which Hillary replied, "I might be mad if I looked like that, too." Standing by for the next round.

* Cheryl Burke of "Dancing with the Stars" is offering a brand-new fitness program out, called 'Disco Abs!"

K-FLAG SPORTS

Saying his throwing shoulder just isn't what it used to be, Brett Favre is retiring after 18 NFL seasons, including one final year with the New York Jets. Favre says this retirement is for good and he leaves pro football with a slew of records, including career touchdown passes, completions, yards passing, regular-season victories and interceptions. New York Jets owner Woody Johnson is labeling Brett Favre a "Hall of Fame player" and a "Hall of Fame person".

In his first home game since being named an All-Star, Mo Williams scored a career-high 44 points and LeBron James added 26 as the Cleveland Cavaliers reached the break by winning their 40th game, 109-92 over Phoenix. Amare Stoudemire scored 27 and Grant Hill 14 for Phoenix, which will host this weekend's All-Star activities

Last Night NBA Scores
Denver 82, Orlando 73
Cleveland 109, Phoenix 92
Toronto 91, San Antonio 89
Philadelphia 91, Memphis 87
Charlotte 101, Washington 89
Atlanta 99, Detroit 95
Milwaukee 122, Indiana 110
Boston 89, New Orleans 77
Houston 94, Sacramento 82
Utah 113, L.A. Lakers 109
Portland 106, Oklahoma City 92
L.A. Clippers 128, New York 124, OT

Tonights NBA Schedule
Miami at Chicago,
Boston at Dallas,
Portland at Golden State,

TOP-25 Men's College Basketball
Last night Scores...
( 1) Connecticut 63 (23) Syracuse 49
( 2) Oklahoma 78 Baylor 63
( 3) North Carolina 101 ( 6) Duke 87
N.C. State 82 ( 7) Wake Forest 76
( 8) Memphis 63 Tulsa 37
Dayton 71 (14) Xavier 58
(20) Purdue 61 Penn St. 47

TOP-25 Women's College Basketball
Last Nights Scores
( 1) Connecticut 77 St. John's 64
( 2) Oklahoma 58 (16) Iowa St. 49
( 7) Baylor 64 Oklahoma St. 62, OT
(10) Louisville 71 (22) Notre Dame 66
Texas Tech 60 (12) Texas A&M 53
(13) Texas 74 Kansas 66
(21) Xavier 82 George Washington 62
(25) DePaul 80 Seton Hall 39

Ilya Bryzgalov stopped 33 shots for his eighth career shutout and the Phoenix Coyotes ended a six-game losing streak with a 1-0 victory over Dallas. Phoenix returns home this evening taking on the Vancouver Canucks.

Last night scores from the Ice.....
Chicago 3, Atlanta 1
New Jersey 4, N.Y. Islanders 2
N.Y. Rangers 5, Washington 4, SO
Ottawa 3, Buffalo 1
Pittsburgh 2, San Jose 1, SO
Minnesota 3, Colorado 2
Anaheim 3, Calgary 2, OT
Edmonton 7, Montreal 2

Tonight's Games.....
Florida at Carolina,
Ottawa at Philadelphia,
Minnesota at Detroit,
Toronto at Tampa Bay,
St. Louis at Nashville,
Vancouver at Phoenix,
Calgary at Los Angeles,

According to various media reports, former Arizona Diamondbacks slugger Adam Dunn is taking his big bat to Washington after agreeing to a two-year, $20-million deal with the last-place Nationals. According to reports on both the Nationals Web site and Washington Post.com, the deal will officially be announced Thursday at Nationals Park.

An ex-girlfriend of Roberto Alomar has filed an explosive lawsuit. She alleged the former Arizona Diamondbacks second baseman insisted on having unprotected sex with her for four years despite having AIDS. The lawsuit contains accusations that could not be corroborated but portray Alomar as someone who demanded sex without a condom despite showing obvious signs of HIV.

Olympic champion Michael Phelps has apologized to Chinese fans for what he called his regrettable behavior after he was photographed with a marijuana pipe. Chinese media quoted the eight-time gold-medal swimmer saying he had made amends to his Chinese fans via the Internet and Phelps says he vows to change his attitude.

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

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SENDING FLOWERS?


If you plan to send -- or get -- flowers for Valentine's Day, here's what they mean:

  • Violets: "I return your love."
  • Gladiolus: "You pierce my heart."
  • Gardenia: "I love you deeply, but in secret."
  • Apple blossom: "You are my favorite."
  • Bachelor's button: "Single blessedness."
  • Red carnation: "I love you."
  • Daffodil: "Best regards."
  • Goldenrod: "Protect me with your love."
  • Lily of the Valley: "My happiness is returned."
  • Petunia: "Never despair of me."
  • Buttercup: "You are rich in all attractions."
  • Wisteria: "I cling to you."
  • Zinnia: "My thoughts to you absent friend."
  • Jasmine: "Sensuality".
  • Daisy: "I will think about it."
  • Yellow tulip: "Hopeless love."
  • Salvia: "I think of you always."
  • White lily: "purity and modesty."

50 Ways to Keep Your Love Honeymoon Fresh Forever


  • Plan and serve foods and beverages your lover likes. There are several ways to a man's heart, the stomach is one of them. The same holds true for women, and savvy guys and gals will take advantage by taking the time to prepare those favorite snacks, meals and refreshments as a token of their love.
  • Don't be stingy with sex. And try to select love locations that your partner likes or finds adventurous and exciting. You don't always have to "go to bed."
  • Talk with your lover, and prepare yourself in advance for conversation that lasts awhile. If you have trouble starting a conversation, rely on topics that everyone is interested in and knows a little something about: Food, fond memories and friendly gossip come to mind.
  • Compliment your lover honestly, lavishly and often, both when you are alone and with other people. Whenever your lover does something that you appreciate, say so. Make sure you find something to praise every day, even if it's just "Thanks for putting the cap back on the toothpaste, dear," or "My don't you look good in that sweater."
  • Touch your lover's "oohhh baby" spots -- even when you're in public. Be discreet, but send a strong signal that you can't keep your mind -- or hands -- off your sweetie. Don't think you have to be a centerfold to use this strategy -- you don't.
  • Give your lover a stress-busting massage every day. With practice you can go head to toe in five minutes, bonding all the way.
  • Have you written any love letters lately? If so, keep it up. If not start now -- and don't stop.
  • Say, "I love you," at least twice a day and even more when you can squeeze the words in. Everyone needs to feel loved and needed. Enough said.
  • Regularly set aside time to romance your lover for hours on end. Not to guys: If you're a "two-minute man" and don't know how to maintain for hours, there are plenty of excellent how-to books and manuals. This doesn't include regular morning or late-afternoon walks together, which are highly recommended for your health and for bonding as a couple.
  • Make your lover laugh every day. Practical jokes dished out in the spirit of fun can work wonders for a relationship. Or you can get up a few minutes early and find the best comic strip in the newspaper you can share.

With Valentine's Day coming up,


It seems like all you hear about is what women want from men on the "hearty" day. But what about what men want? I found this article from Yahoo Personals that might be of help called, "7 Things Men Really Find Romantic:"

  1. Dress Up for Him - Consider dressing for his tastes and not just yours once in a while, take him shopping and have him choose outfits he would like to see you in. Remember, you're doing this for him, not for you.
  2. Initiate Physical Affection - Whether you're playing footsie under the table or placing a hand on our shoulders while scooting behind our chairs, men find the touch of the woman they love unbelievably reassuring. In our treasured nonverbal language, it translates as: "I accept you... I love you... We're a team."
  3. Give Him a Night Out with the Boys -- No Strings Attached It may seem odd to you that a romantic gesture might not involve you at all. But dogs run with dogs, wolves run with wolves, and every so often, guys just have to break away and run with the guys (drooling and howling optional).
  4. Tell Him What a Big, Strong Guy He Is - We men are famously incompetent at expressing ourselves verbally... but that doesn't mean we don't appreciate hearing a little praise now and then. In particular, we draw a lot of our identity from our maleness. Nurturing our big-ape fantasies -- me Tarzan, you Jane -- lets us know you value us as males, which is somehow important to the continued production of testosterone.
  5. Score Him a Pair of Tickets to the Big Game - Which would you rather receive from your mate: a weekend at a spa or a new set of cookware? The spa is by far the more romantic gift, if only because he doesn't stand to gain anything from it. Gifts that don't benefit the giver are somehow purer because they demonstrate you care only about making your partner happy. So when you're thinking about gifts, try not to think about what you'd like to get him, but what he'd like to receive.
  6. Show Interest in His Outside Life - We live in a fast-paced world, and we all know it's easy enough to get wrapped up in our own routines. But finding ways to let a man know you care about all aspects of his life, not just the parts he shares with you, is a great way to show you love the whole man.
  7. Tell Him a Secret - Men want to be soul mates, too. Telling him a secret -- symbolically letting him deeper inside you -- demonstrates total trust in him and faith in your relationship. Because you're making yourself vulnerable, it's an incredible bonding experience.

5 Foods for Healthier Skin


  1. Fish: Fatty fish like salmon, tilapia, and cod are rich in omega-3 fatty acids. And that's a good thing, because our bodies cannot produce those essential lipids naturally. By adding omega-3s to your diet, though, you can bolster your skin barrier - that is, the layer of lipids that holds onto moisture and keeps irritants out.
  2. Green Tea: It's inexpensive, easy to add to your routine, and one of the best-researched and most powerful antioxidants around. That's why green tea is my go-to antioxidant: I drink at least three cups a day to fight aging and inflammation. Some studies even suggest that the antioxidants in green tea reduce one's risk of skin cancer. So put down that soda and start drinking your way to healthier skin!
  3. Broccoli: Rich in vitamins A, C, and K (among many other nutrients), this veggie does more than its fair share of nutritional work. Vitamin A decreases oil production, vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant, and vitamin K can help prevent bruises. So whatever ails you, this green wonderfood might be just what the doctor ordered.
  4. Safflower or Sunflower Oil: Omega-3s get a lot more talk, but omega-6 fatty acids - like the linoleic acid in these two oils - are also important for healthy skin. Like omega-3s, they help prevent dry skin and inflammation; they're also essential for the formation of prostaglandins, hormones that keep all the cells of the body functioning well.
  5. Almonds: When it comes to boosting skin's defenses against aging, inflammation, and even skin cancer, antioxidants are so important that I'm going to add another to my list: A handful of almonds every day boosts your levels of vitamin E, one of the most important antioxidants for skin health. Studies also suggest that consuming vitamin E orally can increase the levels of this moisturizing vitamin on your skin's surface - great news for anyone prone to dry skin.

Sorry Guys! But, A busted economy has deflated the demand for breast implants,

Fewer and fewer women are willing to shell out from $4,000 to $10,000 for bigger boobs as they watch their paychecks cover less and less. Dr. Sydney Coleman, a cosmetic surgeon from New York City, reports his business plummeted 18% at the peak of the financial crisis. "Women are definitely thinking twice about getting their breasts enlarged," says Coleman. "If the procedure is purely aesthetic, then the number has definitely declined. And women are complaining about the cost, and they don't usually complain." (National Examiner)

When it comes to losing weight, money talks.


And according to a new study, it's the immediacy of the reward, not the amount offered, that matters. "Behavior change efforts are often futile because they might help you sometime in the future, but the average person has trouble making that future reward relevant today," says Kevin G. Volpp, director for health incentives at the University of Pennsylvanian's Warton School. "Cash reward programs offer a chance to change behavior and get a reward right now." Participants were split into three groups. In the lottery groups, dieters got a lottery number and had a 1 in 5 chance of winning $3 and a 1 in 100 chance of scooping $100. The deposit contract groups had to pony up their own money, and give the researcher the amount they chose from 1 cent to $3 and if they met their monthly goal they got their money back and had it matched. The control groups got paid $20 simply to show up for a weigh-in. The weigh-in groups lost an average of 3.9 pounds, the lottery groups lost 13 pounds on average and the cash incentive groups topped the bunch with a 14 pound loss.

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K-Flag Country Music Update


Toby Keith proved that he is the "Biggest & Baddest" on his headlining tour, confronting an out-of-control fan at his show in Pikeville, Kentucky on Saturday (February 7th). The concertgoer had taunted Keith throughout the evening, giving him the finger repeatedly and finally throwing a beer at the stage while Keith was singing, according to reports.

A visibly angry Keith jumped off the stage and confronted the guy, calling him a "punk ass mother f***er." The man was then quickly escorted from the concert by security.

Keith got back on stage and explained the situation to the crowd, saying, "He came right down front, took a beer and threw it right on the stage, flipped me the bird ... and went out cussing me the whole way. I'm sorry to act like that. I've never acted like that before."

Keith then went into a performance of "A Little Less Talk And A Lot More Action." The show continued on without incident.






Dierks Bentley's latest single, "Feel That Fire," tops the country charts this week. The song is the debut release from Bentley's album of the same name.
  • Bentley tells us that he decided to mix things up a little with the songs on this album: "The funny thing is, usually an album's kind of like a snapshot in time of who I am at that moment, you know, like Modern Day Drifter, in the kind of road vibe of that, or Long Trip Alone, which had more heady stuff on it. This one is kind of a . . . Each song has its own little story, and I kind of did some things here that I've never done before.
  • Feel That Fire is Bentley's fourth studio album. It was released on February 3rd.
  • Bentley is performing a string of dates in Canada beginning on Thursday (February 12th) as part of Brad Paisley's Paisley Party tour.





Montgomery Gentry's Eddie Montgomery has made swinging his microphone stand his trademark move during the duo's live shows. Sometimes that stand swings a little too close to his partner during the show, hitting him more times than not, as Troy Gentry tells us: "I've got dings in guitars. I've gone home with bruises, unexplainable bruises until I got thinking back where they may have come from. Everything's spontaneous on stage with Eddie and I. I've gone home with dings in the guitar and bruises on my legs and in the arms.
  • The duo will be hitting the road with Kenny Chesney this summer playing his stadium dates, along with Sugarland, Lady Antebellum, and Miranda Lambert.
  • Montgomery Gentry's first date on the Sun City Carnival tour is May 30th in Louisville, Kentucky at Papa John's Cardinal Stadium.




Carrie Underwood has scheduled some well-deserved down time for herself this year. The singer spent much of last year on the road, but 2009 promises to move at a slower pace for the singer, as she explains: "This year I'm off the road. We did a lot of tour dates last year, which was so great, but I need a little time hanging out at home, sleeping in my own bed, so I'm doing a lot of writing right now and just seeing what we can get together, what's gonna happen."
  • Underwood will be among the more than 20 former American Idol contestants taking part in the opening of the new American Idol Experience attraction at Disney World's Hollywood Studio in Orlando, Florida on Thursday (February 12th).
  • Underwood and David Cook are scheduled to perform an invitation-only concert. Other Idol alums expected to attend include Jordin Sparks, David Archuleta, Taylor Hicks and Bo Bice.
  • The American Idol Experience at Disney officially opens on Saturday (February 14th).




Reba McEntire will participate in the February 25th taping of The Price Is Right in Los Angeles. The singer's visit to the game show is to promote her hosting gig on the upcoming Academy of Country Music (ACM) Awards, according to reports.
  • The ACM Awards will air live from Las Vegas on CBS on April 5th. This will be McEntire's 11th time hosting the show.

SIDE NOTES

  • McEntire is working with First Book, a charity that provides new books to children in need. Her involvement with the charity is detailed in the February 23rd issue of Country Weekly magazine, which is on newsstands now.


The video for Keith Urban's Top Five hit, "Sweet Thing," is now the very first official music video to be made available for personal fan customization. Fans can log onto sweetthing.tv to create their own "Sweet Thing" music video and forward it to the intended recipient. The interactive video can be customized in 12 different ways.

FAST FACTS

  • Urban's new album, Defying Gravity, will be released on March 31st.
  • His Escape Together World tour will kick off in May.



Craig Morgan will host the Craig Morgan Charity Ride again this year on March 31st in his hometown of Dickson, Tennessee. The event will benefit several local charities. In addition to a motocross and four-wheeler ride, the event will include an acoustic concert and a silent auction. The Ride will include professional motocross riders Kevin Windham, Destrey Abbott, Fred Andrews, and Barry Hawk, in addition to Morgan and fellow singer Bucky Covington.
  • Morgan said, "I grew up around Dickson, and live there now. It's a great place to raise a family, but not all children are as fortunate as we'd like them to be, so this event is a fun way to get people together to raise money and awareness to help kids who really need it."
  • VIP ticket packages are available for $200 and include two tickets to the ride and concert, plus a meet and greet with Morgan. Tickets for the ride are $35 and include an on-site barbeque lunch. Concert tickets are $35. All tickets may be purchased through The Renaissance Center box office by calling 1-888-700-2300.

FAST FACTS

  • The most recent Craig Morgan Charity Ride was held in late 2007.
  • Proceeds from that sold-out event helped to fund structural improvements at Dickson's Van Leer Elementary School.

Celebrity Gossip

PROSECUTORS WANT JOE FRANCIS'S BAIL REVOKED: Federal prosecutors have asked a judge to revoke Joe Francis's bail as he awaits trial on tax evasion charges. Prosecutors filed a motion on Monday (February 9th), saying that the Girls Gone Wild creator has shown a "complete lack of respect" for the court's authority by missing a hearing earlier this month. He was jailed overnight after the missed hearing, but released to house arrest. Francis claims to have missed the hearing because he was ill.

HEF'S EX HAS A NEW MAN: All of Hugh Hefner's Girls Next Door exes have moved on. Bridget Marquardt, the last of the threesome to move out of Hef's pad, told Us Weekly that new beau Nick Carpenter will be her valentine this year. She met Carpenter when he directed her in the upcoming thriller, The Telling and says that the relationship is going "really good," adding that they love to "just hang out, sit home and drink wine and play board games!"

LEONARDO DICAPRIO'S GIRLFRIEND IS SPORTS ILLUSTRATED SWIMSUIT ISSUE COVER GIRL: David Letterman announced on Monday (February 9th) night that Bar Refaeli graces the cover of the 2009 issue. Speaking to People magazine shortly after the news broke, Refaeli admitted the milestone was a dream come true. She said, "When I was 15 and started modeling, my agent came to my house with Sports Illustrated magazines and taught me to look at the girls and the way they communicated with the camera. I learned from them." Refaeli wouldn't comment on her beau when asked if they were happy together, but did exclaim, "I am very happy!"

JOAQUIN PHOENIX SAYS HE WON'T RETURN TO ACTING: Joaquin Phoenix is again saying that his upcoming movie, Two Lovers is also his last, meaning he will not return to acting. The Oscar-nominee-turned aspiring rapper compared his old trade to an ex-girlfriend in an interview with the Associated Press, saying, "I'm not one of those people, like, when I break up with my girlfriend, I don't ever see her again. I see her as friends, but do I ever think about getting back together? No, when I do something, I do it. So I have no intention." Although Phoenix has denied that his bother-in-law Casey Affleck has been filming his new efforts to eventually expose a great hoax, he does admit that Affleck is documenting his career shift on camera. He explained, "I've known him for a long time. He's always made music, he's always talked about doing this. He's finally doing it." He jokingly added, "He just wants me to fall on my face, and he wants to ... laugh about it."

SANDRA BULLOCK CONSIDERING PREGNANCY: Although she's 44-years-old, Sandra Bullock is not ruling out a pregnancy in her future. The actress, who has three stepchildren from her marriage to Jesse James, told InStyle magazine, "Everything we do is about the kids. I haven't had children biologically. I had shut that off; then I met Jesse, and it turned on again. I was like, 'Oh, that's that feeling.' " She said she'll likely have another child under any circumstance, adding, "If I waited too long, it's because we were supposed to do other things. If it is just too late? There are millions of children on this planet that I would be honored to call my own."

GEORGE CLOONEY HAS A NEW GIRLFRIEND? The National Enquirer reports that perma-bachelor George Clooney is considering settling down with 26-year-old poet and journalist, Fatima Bhutto. A source told the tabloid, "George insists those days could be coming to an end if Fatima wants to take their relationship to the next level and spend some serious time with him in the U.S." Bhutto is based in Pakistan where she is a columnist for The News, the country's largest English-language newspaper.

FAIZON LOVE ARRESTED: Actor-comedian Faizon Love has been charged with felony assault for allegedly punching a man outside of a West Hollywood hotel. Love was booked on Monday (February 9th) at the sheriff's station in West Hollywood and the district attorney's office says the 40-year-old could face up to four years in state prison. He's appeared in films like Friday and Of Boys and Men.

SHARON OSBOURNE REVEALS PLASTIC SURGERY DETAILS: Sharon Osbourne has never hid the fact that she's undergone plastic surgery, but for any fans curious just how often she's gone under the knife, Osbourne revealed the list to Ladies' Home Journal. She admitted to having had work done on, , "My breasts, my face, liposuction, a tummy tuck, a leg lift. I've had everything you can think of except for my eyes and lips. I wouldn't touch them."

FORMER 'SOPRANOS' ACTOR SETTLES LAWSUIT: Vincent Pastore and his ex-fiancee have settled a civil lawsuit stemming from Lisa Regina's claims that her former beau hit her during a 2005 dispute. Pastore pleaded guilty that year to attempted assault and was sentenced to 70 hours of community service. The New York judge excused jurors in the case on Tuesday (February 10th) after announcing the settlement.

Water Cooler Talk

* Phil Carey, who for years played the business tycoon Asa Buchanan in the ABC soap opera "One Life to Live," has died of lung cancer at 83. This, just a week after Clint Ritchie, who played his son Clint on the show, died.

* Rihanna is postponing a concert in Malaysia this week, after last weekend's incident involving her longtime boyfriend Chris Brown.

* Meanwhile, Wrigley's ad campaign which features Chris Brown is being put on hold until that whole matter is resolved.

* "Grey's Anatomy" co-star James Pickens Jr. says that Katherine Heigl and T.R. Knight are leaving the medical drama.

* Because of the whole ordeal, you won't be seeing Chris Brown performing at any of the NBA All-Star activities this weekend. Oh, yes, he was scheduled.

* A Seattle real estate agent who had predicted house declines now says we're at the bottom: go!

* Sports Illustrated has picked Leonardo Di Caprio's girlfriend, Bar Refaeli as the cover girl of their new swimsuit issue.

* If you're keeping score at home, Owen Wilson and Kate Hudson are said to be back together.

* Usher is by his wife's bedside, as she recovers from complications following plastic surgery down in Brazil.

* Jennifer Hudson is going on a 5-week concert tour, beginning April 2nd in Philadelphia.

* Claire Danes and Hugh Dancy are engaged.

* In case you missed it, Julianne Hough will be back on the next round of "Dancing with the Stars." She'll be dancing with her boyfriend, Chuck Wicks.

Prone to typing sweet nothings?


Join the club: 67 percent of use text messages to flirt, according to an AT&T survey of 1,000 adults. Why do lovers hit "send" so much? It may be an easy way to express emotion. This is what lovers are sending:

  • 68% admit to they've texted a love note
  • 52% said "Thinking of you" is the most common love message they receive
  • 34% admit they'd be more comfortable on a first date if they got a pre-date text
  • 28% admit they text with a partner at least three times a day
  • 24% said the biggest turnoff when texting a date or spouse is a slow response

K-FLAG SPORTS

The Suns wrap up their current road trip and head home for the All Star break tonight after meeting LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers. In their last game, Phoenix lost to Philadelphia 108-91.

The Cleveland Cavaliers are on their first two-game losing streak of the season. Despite 47 points from superstar LeBron James, the Cavaliers fell 96-95 to Indiana when James was called for a foul with two-tenths of a second left and Danny Granger made one free throw for the Pacers victory.

Last night on the NBA courts....
Atlanta 111, Washington 90
Denver 99, Miami 82
San Antonio 108, New Jersey 93
Toronto 110, Minnesota 102
Chicago 107, Detroit 102
Dallas 118, Sacramento 100
Golden State 144, New York 127
L.A. Lakers 105, Oklahoma City 98

Wednesday's Games
Denver at Orlando,
San Antonio at Toronto,
Memphis at Philadelphia,
Washington at Charlotte,
Atlanta at Detroit,
Indiana at Milwaukee,
Boston at New Orleans,
Sacramento at Houston,
L.A. Lakers at Utah,
Oklahoma City at Portland,
New York at L.A. Clippers,

TOP-25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL

Tuesday's Games
( 9) Michigan St. 54 Michigan 42
(13) Villanova 102 (10) Marquette 84
(12) Clemson 87 Boston College 77
(25) Florida St. 68 Virginia 57

Wednesday's Games
( 1) Connecticut vs. (23) Syracuse, 7 p.m.
( 2) Oklahoma at Baylor, 9 p.m.
( 3) North Carolina at ( 6) Duke, 9 p.m.
( 7) Wake Forest at N.C. State, 7 p.m.
( 8) Memphis vs. Tulsa, 8 p.m.
(14) Xavier at Dayton, 7 p.m.
(20) Purdue vs. Penn State, 6:30 p.m.

TOP-25 WOMEN'S COLLEGE BASKETBALL

Tuesday's Games
(19) Pittsburgh 61 Rutgers 53, OT

Wednesday's Games
( 1) Connecticut at St. John's, 7 p.m.
( 2) Oklahoma vs. (16) Iowa State, 8 p.m.
( 7) Baylor at Oklahoma State, 8 p.m.
(10) Louisville at (22) Notre Dame, 7 p.m.
(12) Texas A&M at Texas Tech, 8 p.m.
(13) Texas vs. Kansas, 8 p.m.
(21) Xavier vs. George Washington, 7 p.m.
(25) DePaul vs. Seton Hall, 7 p.m.

Cleveland's Mo Williams is headed to the All-Star game after all. Twice snubbed, the Cavaliers point guard was chosen Tuesday by NBA commissioner David Stern. Williams will replace Toronto Raptors forward Chris Bosh, who will miss the game because of a sprained right knee.

Tom Izzo's Michigan State Spartans are closing in on their first Big Ten title since 2001. The ninth-ranked Spartans won their 20th game and opened up a two and a-half game lead atop the Big Ten standings with a 54-42 win over Michigan last night.

After a 9-and-0 start in the Big East, the 10th-ranked Marquette Golden Eagles have now lost two straight conference games on the road. No. 13 Villanova got 27 points from Scottie Reynolds in a 102-84 win over Marquette.

Fallout from the Alex Rodriguez steroids admission continues. Houston Astros shortstop Miguel Tejada is expected to plead guilty today to lying under oath to Congress about steroid during its investigation 2005.

Antonio Margarito's boxing license was revoked for at least one year by the California State Athletic Commission for the illegal wraps discovered on the former welterweight champion's hands before his loss last month to Sugar Shane Mosley. The commission's decision effectively bans Margarito, who lives in Mexico, from boxing in this country.

The skidding Phoenix Coyotes visit Dallas tonight. The Stars are looking for their eighth win in nine games. Phoenix is on a six game losing streak.

Last night in the NHL
San Jose 5, Boston 2
Columbus 3, Colorado 0
Los Angeles 4, N.Y. Islanders 3, SO
Florida 5, Toronto 4, OT
Atlanta 3, Tampa Bay 1
Detroit 5, Nashville 3
Vancouver 6, St. Louis 4

Tonight on the NHL Ice...
Chicago at Atlanta,
N.Y. Islanders at New Jersey,
Washington at N.Y. Rangers,
Ottawa at Buffalo,
San Jose at Pittsburgh,
Colorado at Minnesota,
Calgary at Anaheim,
Montreal at Edmonton,

IndyCar racer Danica Patrick and a Phoenix Suns dancer are featured in the hotly anticipated Sports Illustrated Swimsuit issue. It was Patrick's second time in the magazine. It's the first time Phoenix Suns dancer Kayla Oberg was photographed for the swimsuit issue. The 22-year-old Gilbert resident is pictured in knee-high white boots and a bikini with the Suns' signature purple and orange colors.

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Celebrity Gossip


KATE HUDSON AND OWEN WILSON REUNITING? On-off couple Kate Hudson and Owen Wilson appear to be giving their romance another shot. A year after their second split, X17Online.com is reporting that Hudson has visited Wilson's Malibu home several times over the past weeks, even bringing along son Ryder on one excursion. A photographer for the site said, "Kate has been coming religiously. She's here at least a couple times a week and she's been sunbathing in the backyard, hanging out by the pool." A source told People magazine, "They're back together."

TIGER WOODS HAS A SON: Tiger Woods and his wife Elin welcomed their second child on Sunday (February 8th). The golfer wrote on his website, "Elin and I are thrilled to announce the birth of our son, Charlie Axel Woods. Both Charlie and Elin are doing great . . . Sam is very excited to be a big sister and we feel truly blessed to have such a wonderful family." Sam, the couple's daughter, was born in June of 2007.

OSCARS KEEPING MYSTIQUE: Academy Award producers are reportedly so keen on keeping their celebrity presenters a secret, they aren't even allowing them to walk the red carpet. It was announced last month that the big names wouldn't be released so as to attract curious viewers and on Monday (February 9th) Fox News's Pop Tarts reported that several of the former Oscar winners who are presenting won't show off their ensembles until they hit the stage.

BEN AFFLECK REPORTEDLY WANTS A SON: Although he and wife Jennifer Garner just welcomed their second child last month, Ben Affleck is reportedly eager to have another child -- only this time he's hoping for a boy. A source is quoted in OK! magazine as saying, "Ben's happy to keep going until he gets his boy. He has visions of dressing a little guy in Boston Red Sox gear, tossing a baseball around and cheering in the stands together." In addition to one-month-old Seraphina Rose, Affleck and Garner are also parents to three-year-old Violet.

JODIE SWEETIN DRUG TEST CLEAN, WANTS A DIVORCE: Lawyers for former Full House star Jodie Sweetin filed a motion on Monday (February 9th) to change her separation from estranged husband Cody Herpin to a divorce. Both were in court on Monday for a custody hearing regarding their ten-month-old daughter Zoie. Following Herpin's allegations that Sweetin had relapsed into drug use in the past few months, the actress submitted to a drug test, which she passed. Herpin's attorney announced that his client took a test voluntarily and was also declared clean. Herpin is fighting to attain sole custody of Zoie.

EYE SHAPE REVEALS YOUR PERSONALITY


Your eyes are the windows to your soul, confirm face-reading experts. These masters of "mug-ology" aka physiognomists, say they can divine people's personalities by analyzing their peepers. For example:

  • Large eyes -- indicate people with high emotional intelligence, a nurturing nature and an ability to convey their deepest feelings with a glance, all of which makes them very popular and powerful.
  • Upturned eyes -- signal an optimistic idealist who's also very competitive.
  • Close-set eyes -- denote a well-organized perfectionist with a tendency toward tunnel vision, intolerance and independence.
  • Wide-set eyes -- signify someone who's easygoing, philosophical and who's more concerned with the big picture than nitpicking.
  • Bulging eyes -- indicate a person who loves to talk and make lots of eye contact while yakking.

I NEVER SAID THAT!


Things never actually said in classic movies:

  • Dracula: I want to suck your blood! Used for humor in Tim Burton's 1994 Ed Wood.
  • Star Wars: "May the force be with you" Obi never said it, but Han Solo did!
  • Cagney: "You dirty rat!" He did say "Mmm, that dirty, double-crossin' rat"!
  • Snow White: "Mirror, mirror on the wall, who is the fairest of them all?" Actual quote: Magic Mirror on the Wall, who is the Fairest one of all?"
  • Shatner: "Beam Me Up Scotty" This one is kind of a reach: "Scotty, Beam me up!"
  • Apollo 13: "Houston, we have a problem Also sometimes misquoted as: "Houston, we've got a problem." Both are wrong. The correct historical phrase was: "Houston, we've had a problem."
  • "Say hello to my little friend" has been said in more adult movies than in "Scarface."

Here are 10 signs that you tied the knot with Mr. or Mrs. Wrong!!


According to psychologist Lori Kuriman.

  1. You sometimes find yourself looking back wistfully at past sweethearts. Even old partners you weren't that crazy about at the time suddenly seem wonderful.
  2. You fantasize about other people during lovemaking. It's one thing to have occasional sexual thoughts about members of the opposite sex, but when you can't become aroused without conjuring up the face of someone other than your mate, the marriage is headed for the rocks.
  3. You frequently think back to the time you were single and remember that period of your life as "the good old days."
  4. You sometimes find yourself "tuning out" your spouse, not hearing what it is they've said - as if part of you is denying that the person even exists.
  5. You argue mostly about minor matters instead of big issues regarding your future together.
  6. When a member of the opposite sex flirts with your mate, you don't really feel jealous.
  7. You prize time alone and actually look forward to your partner's trips away from home.
  8. You often cast your mind back to the moment you decided to marry and wonder what would have happened if you had chosen otherwise. This is a common form of marriage-denial.
  9. You sometimes think about what you would do if your partner were dead.
  10. You often find yourself asking the question, "Did I marry the wrong person?" If you have to ask, of course, the answer probably is yes!

THIS MONTH IS


Weddings Month -- The "average wedding" these days runs you more than $23,000! Seems high to me, but all the ladies we asked said it was nothing. I ask you this, why is it that the cost of weddings is going up and the number of couples staying married is going down? Maybe the cost is proportionate to the lasting power of the relationship, that is the less the couple spends on the "material" items i.e. the perfect dress, the ice sculpture, the country club reception, the cinematographers, the white doves, stretch limos. The more likely they stay together. Current average expenses:

  • Wedding dress: $1,450
  • Cake: $410
  • Music/DJ: $971
  • Reception: $14,540
  • Flowers: $1,500
  • Honeymoon: $6,000
  • Bachelor party $800 (mostly $1's and $5's!)

Wedding Registry bit: Get a couple on the phone that is really hot for each other and offer them cash to go to a local convenience store (like 7/11) and convince the clerk that they are getting married and want to register there.

WATER COOLER TALK


  • Actor James Whitmore died last Friday of lung cancer at age 87. He was known for his portrayal of Harry Truman in a one-man show and for Miracle-Gro commercials.
  • Yeah, the Village People's first cop wants the new Village People to stop using his likeness and voice. Victor Willis wants a cool million and a judge's order that they can no longer use his image or voice.
  • "America's Got Talent" gets a new host with musician, comedian and actor Nick Cannon.
  • Several fans are said to have stepped forward and are offering one of their kidneys to the ailing Natalie Cole.
  • Chris Martin and Gwyneth Paltrow were both at the Grammy's on Sunday, but they have this thing about being seen together in public. Both sat in different places.
  • When Chris Brown and Rihanna got tangled up in that mess right before the Emmy's and bowed out, the phone at Al Green's house rang. With two hours and 40-minutes to rehearse, Al & Justin Timberlake teamed up to fill in and knocked it out of the park.
  • "CSI: Miami" star Eva La Rue has called off her nuptials. The twice-wed actress was hoping to make it third time lucky when she exchanged vows with seafood businessman Joe Cappuccio.
  • Tiger Woods and his wife welcomed a baby boy into the world on Sunday: Charles Axel Woods.
  • Boston has banned the sale of cigarettes at all drug stores and is phasing out cigar bars. All will be gone within ten years.
  • Eddie Murphy has been ordered to pay $50,000 a month to support the child he had through Spice Girl Melanie Brown... from now, through her 18th birthday.
  • Siegfried & Roy are going to do another show one more time in Las Vegas, which will be taped and shown on an upcoming "20/20."
  • Simon Cowell doesn't want anyone to know, but he recently helped one-time American Idol Fantasia Barrino out of her foreclosure.


Keith Urban wants his upcoming Escape Together World tour to truly be an escape for his fans who are hardest hit by the economy. The singer is offering a limited number of $20 tickets at every date on the tour. In addition, all per-ticket transaction fees have been waived for this particular low-cost ticket.

  • Urban said, "It's easy to see that people out there are hurting, and if these ticket prices can help some of them to let loose, forget about their daily grind and enjoy a night of music, then that's what we intend to give them and everyone else that comes out to our shows."
  • The Escape Together World tour will begin on May 7th in Uncasville, Connecticut. The summer tour wraps up on August 27th in Charlottesville, Virginia.

FAST FACTS

  • Rotating opening acts on the tour include Sugarland, Taylor Swift, Jason Aldean, Lady Antebellum, Dierks Bentley, Glen Campbell and The Zac Brown Band.
  • For a complete list of tour dates and cities, log onto www.keithurban.net.
  • Urban's new album, Defying Gravity, is set for release on March 31st.


Brad Paisley was at home in Nashville when his Grammy wins for Best Male Country Vocal Performance for "Letter To Me" and Best Country Instrumental Performance for "Cluster Pluck" were announced during Sunday (February 8th) night's pre-show telecast.

Paisley said, "I am so thrilled to have won these awards tonight. As a singer, what an honor to be recognized in this way, especially for a song about the insecurities I had to overcome as a teenager. I can't tell you how this energizes me as a recording artist. And as a player, accompanied by these guitar legends, I am beyond humbled to be in the record books alongside my heroes for 'Cluster Pluck' . . . "

  • Paisley was joined on "Cluster Pluck" by fellow pickers James Burton, Vince Gill, John Jorgenson, Albert Lee, Brent Mason, Redd Volkaert and Steve Wariner.

FAST FACTS

  • The Grammy win for "Cluster Pluck" brings Vince Gill's total number of Grammys up to 20.
  • "Cluster Pluck" is included on Paisley's latest album, Play.
  • "Letter To Me," which was written by Paisley, is on his 5th Gear CD.
Trace Adkins' new single, "Marry For Money," is just the kind of reactive song that excites the singer. Adkins says he's already received a lot of feedback just based on the song's lyrics, but he warns us that it's only going to get worse once the video comes out: "That's what I love about this song. The jokes are endless. You can just go on and on and I'm really looking forward to doing this video, and it's gonna be controversial and politically incorrect, and it's gonna hurt peoples' feelings and make people mad, and I love that! Let's do it. Let's get on with it!"

Adkins hasn't yet shot the video for "Marry For Money," but he tells us that just the idea for the clip has already set off some alarms in his camp. "Somebody said, 'This might be a little . . . you know, it may hurt . . . you know, it may make some people uncomfortable,' and I said, 'Listen to the song! Let's start from there, okay! It's not the most sensitive piece I've ever recorded.'"

  • "Marry For Money" is on Adkins' new album, X (Ten).
  • There is no word yet on when Adkins will shoot the video for the song.
Jimmy Wayne recently received the Dr. Richard H. Carmona Doorway of Hope Award for his efforts on behalf of HomeBase Youth Services over the years. The national award was presented to Wayne by Carmona during a special dinner held on Friday (February 6th) in Phoenix, Arizona. According to the organization, Wayne was honored for being "a shining example of how a homeless youth can overcome adversity and walk through their own doors of hope."
  • HomeBase Youth Services was founded in 1991 with the mission of teaching at-risk and homeless youth to live healthy and independent lives.
  • Dr. Carmona is the 17th Surgeon General of the United States.

FAST FACTS

  • Wayne dropped out of high school and was living on the streets at the age of 16. His mother was in and out of prison and his father had abandoned the family when Wayne was a toddler.
  • He eventually went back to high school and worked his way through community college, earning an associate's degree in criminal justice.
  • Wayne moved to Nashville to pursue a singing career after briefly working in the North Carolina prison system.
Emerson Drive will perform for more than two dozen couples who are exchanging wedding vows in a Valentine's Day mass wedding. The newlyweds' first dance will be to the group's current single, "Belongs To You." The event will take place on Thursday (February 12th) at Grand Affairs in Virginia Beach, Virginia, in association with a local radio station.

SIDE NOTES

  • "Belongs To You" is the debut release from Emerson Drive's new album, Believe, which is due in stores on April 7th.
  • Emerson Drive members Brad Mates, David Pichette and Mike Melancon are all newlyweds themselves -- they all got married in 2008.

K-FLAG SPORTS

Thaddeus Young scored 25 points and Marreese Speights added a career-high 24 to lift the Philadelphia 76ers to their third straight win, 108-91 over the Phoenix Suns. Andre Iguodala scored 22 points and Samuel Dalembert grabbed 11 rebounds to help the Sixers move two games above .500 for the first time this season.

Last Nights NBA Scores....
Philadelphia 108, Phoenix 91
Charlotte 94, L.A. Clippers 73
Milwaukee 124, Houston 112
Memphis 85, New Orleans 80

Tonights Schedule.....
Washington at Atlanta,
Cleveland at Indiana,
Denver at Miami,
San Antonio at New Jersey,
Toronto at Minnesota,
Detroit at Chicago,
Sacramento at Dallas,
New York at Golden State,
Oklahoma City at L.A. Lakers,

Last night in the NHL.....
New Jersey 3, N.Y. Rangers 0
Calgary 6, Montreal 2

Tonight on the Ice....
San Jose at Boston,
Colorado at Columbus,
Los Angeles at N.Y. Islanders,
Toronto at Florida,
Atlanta at Tampa Bay,
Detroit at Nashville,
Vancouver at St. Louis,

TOP-25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL
Monday's Games
( 4) Pittsburgh 70 West Virginia 59
(17) Missouri 62 (16) Kansas 60

Tuesday's Games
( 9) Michigan State at Michigan,
(10) Marquette at (13) Villanova,
(12) Clemson at Boston College,
(25) Florida State vs. Virginia,

TOP-25 WOMEN'S COLLEGE BASKETBALL
Monday's Games
( 8) North Carolina 75 ( 4) Duke 60
(11) Maryland 85 Boston College 81
(23) S. Dakota St. 64 IUPUI 48

Charles Barkley will not be part of TNT's NBA All-Star weekend coverage after his arrest in Scottsdale on suspicion of drunken driving. Barkley was expected to return to the air sometime in the second half of the season. Barkley took a leave of absence from his TV responsibilities last month, the day tests showed that his blood-alcohol level was at .149, nearly twice the legal limit of .08 in Arizona.

The Pittsburgh Steelers say they had no knowledge that Ben Roethlisberger played the Super Bowl with two broken ribs, as the quarterback told a Web site. According to SI.com, Roethlisberger said his fractured ribs did not show up on X-rays taken before he led the Steelers to a 27-23 win over Arizona on Feb. 1, but were revealed during an MRI test last week.

Federal prosecutors are again asking a judge to let them show a jury three drug test results they say show Barry Bonds used steroids. The judge said last week she was inclined to throw out those results unless someone could directly testify to collecting the slugger's urine samples. The likeliest candidate to be able to do so is Bonds' former trainer, Greg Anderson. A lawyer for Anderson has said his client won't testify at Bonds' upcoming trial.

Saying he was "young" and "stupid" and "naive," New York Yankees superstar Alex Rodriguez is admitting to using steroids from 2001 to 2003 while he was with the Texas Rangers. A-Rod says he quit using steroids after 2003, his first of three AL MVP seasons.

Tom Hicks, the Texas owner who first made Alex Rodriguez baseball's highest-paid player, says he feels "personally betrayed" after the slugger's admission that he used performance-enhancing drugs while with the Rangers. Hicks says he feels "very sorry and deeply regretful" and was caught surprise by A-Rod's admission.

President Barrack Obama weighed in on A-Rod by saying it was "depressing news" and that it "tarnishes an entire era to a certain decree" in baseball. The president added he hoped it sends a message to young people that if you take shortcuts in any endeavor, it threatens your integrity and your entire career.

Monday, February 09, 2009

Today's Guest DJ were Carol Crist and Bernadette Pilkington

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Here are some fascinating "people facts,


Every year university psychologists and other human behavior experts produce an average of 33,000 studies about activities ranging from romance to crime to the way people salt food. Here are some fascinating "people facts," according to Bernard Asbell, author of "The Book Of You."

  • A man and a woman who aren't getting along stare at each other in the eyes often to gauge each other's reactions.
  • In an elevator, you'll allow a short stranger to stand twice as close to you as a tall one.
  • Women who spend more time with men have menstrual cycles that are more regular - close to exactly 29 days.
  • If you believe you control your own destiny, you'll salt your food before tasting it. If you believe other people control your fate, you'll taste the food before salting it.
  • The worst fear of teenage boys is going to jail. Teenage girls most fear the death of their parents.
  • You're more likely to be a mug ging victim if you walk like a nerd. Nerd-walking means you have abnormally long or short strides, swing an arm and leg on the same side in unison or keep the top half of your body rigid while walking.

DID YOU KNOW?



So, what kind of driver are you? Homer Simpson or Mr. Spock? Even if you don't fly in a starship, you could be a Mr. Spock type traveler and you don't have to be a bumbling cartoon to get around like Homer Simpson. That's the conclusion of a new study, which classifies travelers into two types epitomized by Spock, the "Star Trek" icon, and Homer, patriarch of America's favorite dysfunctional cartoon family. As you might expect, the Mr. Spocks among us try to gather every available piece of information about a trip before sallying forth. That includes cost, time and ease, and might involve the use of maps, news reports and the internet to carefully plan travel. The Homer type is much more concerned with making the journey as pleasant as possible, even if it is not accomplished in the most efficient and economical manner. While Mr. Spock types are happy to have GPS devices, Homers are more concerned with things like a good sound system. (National Examiner)

Think he's lying? Psychologist Maureen O'Sullivan, Ph.D., helped develop terrorist screening training tools for airport personnel based on the Facial Action Coding System, a behavioral profiling method. She says these microexpression may appear on a man's face if he's a fibber. Look fast, cause they only last a split second: His mouth smiles, but the skin near his eyes doesn't crinkle. His lips tighten, and his eyes squint and narrow.

Marital strife is bad for your ticker literally and figuratively. In addition to a broken heart, people stuck in bad marriages have a 34% higher risk of suffering a heart attack than folks who are blissfully wed, says a study published in the Archives of Internal Medicine. The researchers advise, "Being married is in general good, but be careful about the kind of person you have married."

Celebration of Love Week -- February 9-15.


A professor at Bowling Green State University has done a number of studies on romantic behavior. He asked adults between the ages of 18 and 79 what the most romantic behavior is -- and here's the top ten:

  1. The kiss
  2. Flowers (giving and receiving)
  3. Dinner (out; making dinner for/with me; candlelight, wine, music, no kids)
  4. Talking
  5. Holding hands
  6. The Hug (in bed after the alarm goes off; unexpected)
  7. Sharing outdoor leisure activities (picnics, beach, ice skating, moonlight swim or drive, fishing, walk in the park)
  8. Gifts (expensive; diamonds; jewelry; candy; unexpected or surprise gifts)
  9. Walking (in the evening; at night; in the rain; in the moonlight)
  10. Touching (hand on knee; pat on shoulder or hand; slight caress; petting; caressing; head in lap or sitting on lap; playing with hair)

National Flirting Week -- February 9-15.


So, guys when are women really flirting?

  • She's starts flipping her hair, playing with her clothes or jewlery.
  • If she laughs she thinks you're cute of funny, (guffaws mean she wants to split.)
  • If she moves her body a lot, she's trying to get your attention.

And a few more...

  • When girls don't run as fast as they can
  • When they don't scream really loud
  • When they linger even after the recess bell has rung
  • When they blow kisses out the back window of the bus
  • When they're willing to make out through a chain link fence

Here are "ways to flirt" from Self magazine:

  • Start with a type one glance. It's a generalized introduction to your environment. You simply "scope out" the room until you see someone you like.
  • Now that you've found him focus on him with a bout of type tow or "short, darting" glances in his general direction. Gradually work some smiles in.
  • If you're talking with a friend, stay animated. Primp a little. Touch your clothes even if they don't adjusting. Toss your head back, run your fingers through your hair and do some hair flips!
  • If he still doesn't approach, "parade" past him on the way to the restroom or jukebox. On your way back to your chair; throw him a glance.
  • Back at your seat, give him more direct stares. If there's music, move your body to the beat. If that doesn't get him, he's probably married; Try another guy.

WATER COOLER TALK


  • Patrick Swayze has just signed a book deal to write his life story.
  • Chyler Leigh from Grey's Anatomy tells and her husband Nathan West, are expecting their third child in May. They've already decided to name her "Aniston."
  • Dewey Martin, drummer for Buffalo Springfield, was found dead February 1 in Van Nuys, CA. He was 68.
  • There will be another "Sex in the City" movie in theaters next year.
  • Trouble with the Killers. Brandon Flowers has a serious feud going on with bandmate Ronnie Vannucci.
  • Val Kilmer says he's seriously thinking about running for Governor of New Mexico next year.
  • Jerry Springer says he's done with "America's Got Talent." So, the show will have a new host when it returns this summer.
  • In Florida, a 51-year-old was arrested after being caught making out in public... with a couple of blow-up dolls.
  • The captain of that US Airways flight that crash landed on the Hudson had checked out a library book that was lost in the crash. The library told him not to worry about it.
  • The house where Benjamin Button lived in the movie is up for sale. Yours for just $2.85 million.
  • In South Korea, a woman has taken the written drivers license test nearly every day since 2005... and failed every time. Last we knew, it was 771 tries and counting.

K-FLAG SPORTS

The curtain fell on the NFL season with Larry Fitzgerald having one more big game. The Arizona Cardinals star receiver caught five passes for 81 yards and two touchdowns as the NFC rallied and beat the AFC 30-21. New York Giants' 44-year-old John Carney kicked two fourth-quarter field goals for breathing room. Fitzgerald was named the Pro Bowl MVP.

Steve Nash scored 15 and had a season-high 21 assists, directing a balanced offense as Phoenix knocked off Detroit last night 107-97. As trade speculation swirls, Amare Stoudemire collected 18 points and seven rebounds. Jason Richardson scored 21, Shaquille O'Neal had nine of his 20 points in the pivotal second period, and Grant Hill added 10 points for the Suns.

In the NBA on Sunday....
San Antonio 105, Boston 99
L.A. Lakers 101, Cleveland 91
Orlando 101, New Jersey 84
Washington 119, Indiana 117
Miami 96, Charlotte 92
Portland 109, New York 108
Oklahoma City 116, Sacramento 113
New Orleans 101, Minnesota 97
Golden State 116, Utah 96

Tonights NBA Schedule....
Phoenix at Philadelphia, at 5pm AZ time
L.A. Clippers at Charlotte,
Houston at Milwaukee,
New Orleans at Memphis,

In Sunday's NHL Action....
Detroit 3, Pittsburgh 0
Philadelphia 3, Atlanta 2
Minnesota 3, Edmonton 2, SO
Dallas 4, Nashville 1

On the Ice Tonight.....
N.Y. Rangers at New Jersey,
Montreal at Calgary,

TOP-25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL
Sunday's Games
( 5) Louisville 60 St. John's 47
( 7) Wake Forest 93 Boston College 76
(23) Illinois 66 (12) Purdue 48
(22) Washington 75 Stanford 68

TOP-25 WOMEN'S COLLEGE BASKETBALL
Sunday's Games
( 2) Oklahoma 93 Oklahoma St. 75
( 3) California 77 Washington St. 57
( 6) Auburn 81 Alabama 54
( 7) Stanford 76 Washington 54
(10) Texas A&M 86 Nebraska 43
(11) Florida 66 (12) Tennessee 57
Michigan St. 52 (14) Ohio St. 46
(15) Florida St. 75 Miami 59
(16) Texas 77 Texas Tech 46
(17) Virginia 69 Virginia Tech 61
(19) Notre Dame 62 (25) DePaul 59
(20) Vanderbilt 72 Kentucky 62

The U.S. has earned a 3-2 come-from-behind victory over Argentina to reach the semifinals of the Fed Cup. The Americans will play the Czech Republic next. Julie Ditty and transplanted South African Liezel Huber defeated Gisela Dulko and Betina Jozami 6-2, 6-3 in the deciding match.

Martin Truex Jr. starts on the pole for next Sunday's Daytona 500. Sentimental favorite Mark Martin will be on the outside of row one when the checkered flag drops. Truex and Martin locked in their spots during qualifying at Daytona International Speedway.

KFLAG Country Music News


Taylor Swift is a bona fide superstar. Tickets to the teenager's May 22nd show at the Staples Center in Los Angeles sold out in a record two minutes. The upcoming Fearless tour will be Swift's very first headlining tour.

The 50-city run begins on April 23rd in Evansville, Indiana. Tickets to that show and the ones on April 24th in Jonesboro, Arkansas; May 1st in Jacksonville, Florida; and May 2nd in Biloxi, Mississippi all go on sale on Friday (February 13th).

  • Kellie Pickler and Gloriana are the featured guests on all shows on the Fearless 2009 tour.

SIDE NOTES

  • Swift debuted the song "Fifteen" from her current Fearless CD last night (Sunday, February 8th) on the Grammy Awards. The song was performed as a duet with her good friend Miley Cyrus, who was also her date on the red carpet.
  • Swift heads overseas this week to the UK and Australia for concert dates and promotional appearances.
Keith Urban has finally announced the dates and cities for his upcoming Escape Together World tour. The singer will get things started on May 7th with the first of two shows in Uncasville, Connecticut. Urban will wraps things up on August 27th in Charlottesville, Virginia. Tickets to most of the dates on the Escape Together World tour will go on sale on Friday (February 13th). For a complete list of dates, log onto keithurban.net.

FAST FACTS

  • Urban's current single, "Sweet Thing," is the singer's 18th Top Five single in the U.S.
  • Urban will be performing live at the Daytona 500 at the Daytona International Speedway on Sunday (February 15th) airing on the FOX Network.
  • His new album, Defying Gravity, will be released on March 31st.
Robert Plant & Alison Krauss, Coldplay and Lil Wayne were all big winners at the 51st Annual Grammy Awards last night (Sunday, February 8th) in Los Angeles. This year's event featured 100 awards, but only 10 were handed out during the show's telecast.

Plant & Krauss ended up taking home five of the evening's most notable trophies, including Album of the Year for Raising Sand and Record of the Year for "Please Read the Letter." Leading nominee Lil Wayne had eight nods and won four awards, including Best Rap Album for Tha Carter III. Coldplay was nominated for seven Grammys and walked away with three, including Song of the Year for the hit "Viva la Vida." The Best New Artist award went to British singer Adele, who beat out the Jonas Brothers and Duffy.

But despite all the high points of the night, the Grammys were marred after news hit that Rihanna and her boyfriend Chris Brown both canceled their performances. According to reports Brown was involved in a possible domestic violence incident early Sunday morning. Al Green, along with Justin Timberlake, stepped in to fill out the bill.

PRE-SHOW TIDBITS

  • After George Carlin's daughter, Kelly Carlin-McCall accepted her late father's Grammy award for best comedy album, she said that she'd treat the hardware better than he treated his first award in 1972 for FM and AM. She explained that Carlin took the statuette apart at a time in his life "when a lot of chemicals were being used by a lot of human beings. It was in pieces and someone from the (Recording) Academy found out and sent him a new one."
  • Bill Maher made off-color quips on stage during Clive Davis's pre-Grammy bash, taking aim at the mother of the octuplets, and the Michael Phelps pot controversy. He joked, "Obviously the message is you can smoke weed and still be at the top of your game."
  • E! reported that Jason Mraz was persuaded to pick up a flat iron at the Grammy gift suites, but his rep insisted he was picking up gifts for his mother.
  • Tia Carrera admitted she bought her Grammy dress for under $100, saying, "It was my statement for our economic times." She won a Grammy for Best Hawaiian Music Album at the awards.
  • Although Al Green discovered he'd be performing just hours before the telecast, his fellow Traditional R&B Vocal winner Anthony Hamilton insinuated to E! that the music legend might have been on call for a last-minute performance. Hamilton "seemed to suggest" that Green was practicing last night, saying, "He knew something could happen."

PERFORMANCES

  • U2 opened the show with "Get On Your Boots" from its upcoming album No Line on the Horizon.
  • Al Green, Justin Timberlake, Keith Urban and Boyz II Men did a rendition of Green's "Let's Stay Together."
  • Coldplay performed the remixed version of "Lost" with Jay-Z, then went straight into the Grammy-winning track "Viva la Vida."
  • Carrie Underwood performed her Grammy-winning song "Last Name."
  • Kid Rock did medley of "Amen," "All Summer Long" and "Rock and Roll Jesus." He dedicated it to Lynyrd Skynyrd keyboardist Billy Powell, who died late last month.
  • Taylor Swift and Miley Cyrus performed together for the first time -- doing a version of Swift's "Fifteen."
  • Jennifer Hudson got a standing ovation after performing "You Pulled Me Through."
  • The Jonas Brothers teamed with Stevie Wonder for a version of their song "Burning Up" and Wonder's classic "Superstitious."
  • Katy Perry performed "I Kissed a Girl."
  • Estelle and Kayne West performed their hit song "American Boy."
  • Kenny Chesney played "Better as a Memory."
  • M.I.A. performed a brief part of "Paper Planes," and then went straight into "Swagga Like Us," featuring T.I. Jay-Z, Kanye West and Lil Wayne.
  • Paul McCartney did the Beatles' hit "When I Saw Her Standing There," featuring Foo Fighters' Dave Grohl on drums.
  • Sugarland performed "Stay."
  • Adele played "Chasing Pavements."
  • Radiohead played "15 Step," with backing from the USC Marching Band.
  • T.I. and Justin Timberlake joined forces for the new single "Dead and Gone."
  • Paying tribute to Lifetime Achievement Award winners the Four Tops, was the band's only living original member Duke Fakir, along with Smokey Robinson, Ne-Yo and Jamie Foxx. They did a medley of "Reach Out I'll Be There," "Shadows of Love" and "I Can't Help Myself (Sugar Pie Honey Bunch)."
  • MusiCares Person of the Year Neil Diamond performed "Sweet Caroline."
  • A tribute to the late Bo Diddley featured B.B. King, Buddy Guy, John Mayer and Keith Urban. They played "Who Do You Love?"
  • Lil Wayne, Robin Thicke and Allen Toussaint did a New Orleans tribute with "Tie My Hands." Then Toussaint's launched into "Big Chief."
  • Robert Plant & Alison Krauss, along with T. Bone Burnett performed "Rich Woman" and "Gone Gone Gone."
  • Stevie Wonder closed out the show with "All About the Love Again."
If Carrie Underwood's latest beau, hockey player Mike Fisher, really wants to get on her good side this Valentine's Day, he'll plan a romantic evening in. The singer says the way to her heart is through a home-cooked meal. "It's nice to go out, occasionally, but it's nice to stay in, too. I'm more of a stay-in, probably, kind of girl. And I've never had a guy cook for me. So I think it'd be really awesome if the guy just kind of, you know, put a lot of thought into it. . . made the atmosphere nice. Maybe light some candles or make some decorations or something to sit around, and make me a good meal, a home-cooked meal.

Underwood adds that creating a meal that agrees with her lifestyle would be much appreciated. "I'm a vegetarian, too, so you'd know, it'd be like he went through some thought and looked up a recipe that he figured I would like, and you know, complete with dessert, of course. I need some chocolate or something sweet. But yeah, and maybe just take in a movie. Something simple, but thought-filled."

  • The former American Idol winner and the Ottawa Senators player have been romantically linked since late last year.
  • Underwood added another Grammy to her trophy case last night with her win for Best Female Country Vocal Performance for "Last Night," which she performed live on the show. This brings Underwood's career Grammy total to four.
Ellen DeGeneres surprised the members of Lady Antebellum with a gold plaque for their self-titled debut album during the taping of her show in Los Angeles on Thursday (February 6th). The group had just performed their new single, "I Run To You," when DeGeneres presented the plaque signifying sales of more than half a million copies.
  • Lady Antebellum's Hillary Scott said, "Of course, leave it to the girl in the group to cry. We were so caught off guard, but it was such a special place for this to happen since our first national television performance was on Ellen back when our album was released. It was a really cool moment for us to be able to stop and reflect on how amazing the last nine months have been."
  • Lady Antebellum's appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show airs today (Monday, February 9th). Check local listings for time.

FAST FACTS

  • "I Run To You" is the third single from Lady Antebellum's debut album.
  • The album, Lady Antebellum, was released in 2007.
Rascal Flatts has narrowed down the fan-submitted album cover designs for their upcoming release, Unstoppable. The top four submissions have been chosen by the trio and voting is now open online to all fans on pcavote.com. The winning cover art design for Unstoppable will be revealed live during Rascal Flatts' concert in New York City's Madison Square Garden on Thursday (February 12th).
  • Jay DeMarcus said, "We were very impressed with all the entries and it was a difficult decision to narrow down the possibilities to just these four. We can't imagine how hard it will be for the fans to choose just one!"
  • The top four designs were submitted by Rick Brewer from Fenton, Missouri; Christopher Cox from Venus, Texas; Garret Dickerson from Greenbrier, Tennessee; and Chris Kubik from Arlington Heights, Illinois.
  • Unstoppable is due out on April 7th.

FAST FACTS

  • Since their career launched in 2000, Rascal Flatts has sold over 18 million albums.
  • Rascal Flatts has charted 10 Number One singles and 17 top 10 hits.
Toby Keith will unveil his brand new line of clothing this week. The TK Steelman line will launch on Wednesday (February 18th) at Keith's own I Love This Bar & Grill at Harrah's Las Vegas. The line is initially aimed at men in the 25 to 54 demographic with such apparel as long-sleeve shirts, t-shirts, polos, sweatshirts, jeans, cowboy hats, baseball caps, bandannas, belts, and leather wrist straps. Each item has been personally approved by Keith.

SIDE NOTES

  • The newest I Love This Bar & Grill location in Mesa, Arizona opens next month. In addition to Las Vegas, Keith has I Love This Bar & Grill restaurants in Kansas City, Tulsa and Oklahoma City.
  • The winter leg of Keith's Biggest & Baddest tour begins on January 22nd in Albany, New York. Various dates on the 2009 tour features opening acts Jason Aldean, Jack Ingram and Julianne Hough.
Jamey Johnson's new single, "High Cost Of Living," tells the story of a man who is making some bad decisions. Johnson says the song holds a very important message that needs to be heard, as he explains: "There are people out there that are hurting because nobody's trying to reach them. They've made certain decisions that have left them in a very cold and empty place and if nobody tries to reach you when you're in the pit of a cold and empty place, those bad decisions can turn worse."
  • "High Cost Of Living heads to radio this week.
  • The song is featured on Johnson's Grammy-nominated album, That Lonesome Song.

Friday, February 06, 2009

HOW TO FAKE IT


A men's magazine offers the following qualities men must have in order to be the ideal man a woman is looking for, and how to fake it:

  • Wealth -- How to fake it: Wear Gap clothes, but really expensive shoes. Drive the cheapest Lexus instead of the fanciest Toyota. Learn which wines don't cost very much, but still have ritzy French names. Whatever you do for a living, say you're getting more business than you can handle from your sideline as a consultant.
  • Sense of humor -- How to fake it. Take her to funny movies; she'll remember that you made her laugh. Double date with guys who have even less of a sense of humor than you do. Tell her you really like her sense of humor.
  • Size (where it counts) -- How to fake it. Lose weight; less fat in your belly will make you look bigger. Wear tight jeans. Put a sock in it (but not if you expect to be getting lucky that night).
  • Intelligence -- How to fake it: Study reviews of books and foreign films so you can pretend to have read or seen them. Wear glasses. Whenever she says something you don't understand, smile and say, "Man, you are so intense."
  • Confidence -- How to fake it: Do back and ab exercises that will make you stand up straighter. If you don't like looking women in the eyes, look at the spot between their eyes - they'll never know. Breathe deeply. No matter how difficult it is, never admit that you can't do something - just find a better reason not to do it.
  • Sexual experience -- How to fake it: Read books by sex therapists. Watch how-to sex videos (but not porn). Take Latin-dancing lessons. Spend twice as much time on foreplay as you think you should. Touch her in sensitive body parts others probably haven't.
  • Faithfulness -- How to fake it: Don't let "visitors" leave things in your apartment. Keep your phone-answering machine in a closet. Shower at the gym. Don't date new women in the same neighborhood of the same profession. Say, "I've always been a one-woman man." Deny everything.
  • Kid friendliness -- How to fake it: Say that you've always liked the idea of having a big family - someday. Buy cool video games for your nieces and nephews. When she stops to coo at a baby, don't roll your eyes or run away.
  • Looks -- How to fake it: Use a personal trainer and a personal tailor to make up for any inadequacies. Hire good-looking child actors to play your kids from your first marriage.

Celebrity Gossip


PAUL WALKER ENGAGED: Star magazine reports that the 2 Fast 2 Furious star popped the question to girlfriend Jasmine Pilchard-Gosnell over the holidays. Although 35-year-old Walker began dating his now-19-year-old fiancee when she was only 16-years-old, an insider told the magazine that "their age difference doesn't scare him. He knows she's the one." Despite having put a ring on the teenager's finger, Walker isn't rushing to walk down the aisle. The insider added, "They'll take their time to do things the way they like." Walker has a nine-year-old daughter from a previous relationship.

ANGELINA JOLIE SPEAKS OUT FOR BURMESE REFUGEES: Angelina Jolie is lending her voice to help Burmese refugees get out of camps they have been locked up in for more than 20 years in Thailand. Jolie has asked the Thailand government to give the people more freedom and to allow them to seek higher education. After visiting a camp on Wednesday (February 4th), the Goodwill Ambassador said in a statement that she was upset when she met a 21-year-old girl who was born in a refugee camp and had never left. Jolie hopes to help speed up the admission of the refugees into Thailand so that they will not be forced to return to Burma.

JENNIFER ANISTON SPEAKS OUT ABOUT TURNING 40: Jennifer Aniston says she's feeling great as she approaches her 40th birthday next week. "I have to say really, I feel better than I ever felt in my life," Aniston says on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, airing Friday (February 6). "I did have a moment, though, over the weekend my first like huh. ... I don't want to [turn 40]." Getting older has some disadvantages according to the actress. "I found a really long gray hair and it kind of flipped me out," she told DeGeneres. "It's not my first but it's the fact that it was so long. I was like, 'Oh that's been there. How many others are there, and what does that mean? It actually brought me to tears slightly."

DREW BARRYMORE STAYS FRIENDS WITH HER EXES: In an interview on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Drew Barrymore said that she is friends with all her exes. Promoting her new film, He's Just Not That Into You, Barrymore says that the men in her life have had such an impact on her that she wants to keep them around. The actress claimed that she is still friends with her ex-boyfriend Justin Long as well as her ex-beau of five years, Strokes drummer, Fabrizio Moretti. She says she's even talking to Moretti about doing a song together.

'40-YEAR-OLD VIRGIN' STAR GOING TO TRIAL: Shelley Malil, who starred as one of Steve Carell's heavily accented coworkers in The 40-Year-Old Virgin, has been ordered to stand trial for allegedly stabbing his ex-girlfriend last summer. Malil is accused of stabbing Kendra Beebee 23 times in her California home after finding her their having dinner with another man. Although he pleaded not guilty to premeditated attempted murder and related charges last summer, a judge ruled on Wednesday (February 4th) that there's enough evidence to send the cast to trial. He is facing life in prison if convicted.

CARRIE ANN INABA IS SINGLE: Carrie Ann Inaba revealed that she and her boyfriend of two-and-a-half years called it quits a few months ago. The Dancing With the Stars judge told People magazine, "I'm single. Artem (Chigvintsev) and I broke up in the beginning of November. " She added, "As much as our relationship was really good," the two realized that neither "was 'the one' for the other. It was very sad to let go of something that was so good on so many levels." 41-year-old Inaba first met her 26-year-old ex while he was competing on Fox's So You Think You Can Dance.

PARIS AND BENJI REBOUNDING WITH 'THE HILLS' STARS?: The New York Daily News claims that Paris Hilton has hooked up with Doug Reinhardt, who was dumped by Lauren Conrad before more recently being dropped by Amanda Bynes. Meanwhile, Hilton's ex, Benji Madden is rumored to be dating Audrina Patridge, although her rep denies it.

HOLLY MADISON QUITS AS 'PLAYBOY' EDITOR: Holly Madison revealed that she quit her job as Playmate Editor at Playboy, a post she held while dating the magazine's founder, Hugh Hefner. The 29-year-old blogged that working with her ex was awkward and the gig didn't pay enough to make the commute from Las Vegas -- where she now lives with boyfriend Criss Angel -- worth her time. She also took the opportunity to address rumors that her job was staged for the Girls Next Door, saying, "It annoys me when people call the job fake, as if it was just a set up for the show. If I had wanted a fake career for Girls Next Door, I would have stuck with the jewelry line because that required very little of my time."

RENEE ZELLWEGER HONORED BY HARVARD: Renee Zellweger was honored as the Hasty Pudding Theatricals woman of the year on Thursday (February 5th). The actress was accompanied by Harvard students in drags during the event's annual parade. Hasty Pudding is the nation's oldest undergraduate drama troupe and by tradition, many of its male members wear women's clothes for the event.

WHAT PIZZA TOPPINGS SAY ABOUT LOVERS


According to a study by the Smell and Taste Treatment and Research Foundation and Domino's Pizza, here's what pizza toppings say about lovers:

  • If you both prefer the same pizza toppings, this is a sign of romantic compatibility. Never mind if you have anything else in common.
  • People who prefer non-traditional toppings, such as pineapple and onions, would do best to seek someone who also has the same quirky taste.
  • People who prefer traditional single-meat toppings like pepperoni do well with other meat lovers.
  • Meat lovers are extroverted, while those who prefer multiple vegetable toppings tend to be introverted.

5 things that you should talk about on your 1st date


According to MSN.com's Dating and Personals section, here are 5 things that you should talk about on your 1st date:

  • Whatever you're passionate about. Maybe it's your love of art and culture. Or history. Or tropical bird-watching. Anything, in fact, except celebrities and what's on TV. You want to show that you do things in your spare time that enrich you as a person, not just sit on the sofa with Us Weekly.
  • Your domestic genius. It's universally impressive to keep a stylish home, and it's doubly impressive if you're a great cook. Sample segue: "How's that chicken stew you ordered? I got this amazing recipe last summer that I've customized by..."
  • Your family values. It can be a big plus to let your date know that your family is important to you, but that they don't run your life. Share a story that describes your family in context ("We always played pranks on birthdays; I was a bit of a ringleader... "), but don't go into anything that makes you sound bitter ("The jerkenstein also known as my father").
  • Community service. If you're active in community organizations that help people in any way, this is definitely something to bring up on the first date. Of course, bragging about giving lots of money to charities -- well, that's just showing off.
  • Your ability to laugh at yourself. This one's less about saying one particular thing, and more about having a lighthearted tone. It should just be something that shows you're a human with faults and that you can acknowledge those flaws without falling to pieces.
What's the worst thing to talk about on a first date?Let us know at mornings@kflg947.com

Your cell phone ringtone tells others a lot about your personality.


Ringtones can be loud, obnoxious and very revealing. If you've never given it a thought, you might want to consider the message you're sending before you let your phone ring at work or in a crowded enviroment. So, what does your ringtone say about you?

  • Vibrate -- You are uber-responsible and considerate, concerned above all else that your personal calls not bother anyone. Thank you.
  • Standard ring -- You're showing your age and your inability to master technology. What? You don't know how to change the ringtone?
  • Classic rock song -- When it comes to looking old, this isn't much better than the standard ring that comes with the phone.
  • "Jingle Bells" -- If it's December, you get points for being current with the season. If it's June, you're lazy and indolent.
  • Disco beat -- It makes you look as dated as those gold chains and that white suit hanging in the back of your closet.
  • Hip-hop or R&B -- You're young, cool and enjoy annoying the old folks so you may delay answering your phone just to let that song annoy them a little longer.
  • Classical music -- You must be a genius.
  • Country music -- You're as American as Mom and apple pie.
  • Jazz -- You're independent and strong-willed.
  • TV theme song -- You didn't graduate, did you?
  • Animal noises -- You think you're hilarious. Others think you're bothersome.
  • Your own voice -- You are so conceited and pompous.
  • You change your ringtone -- a lot -- You are fickle, capricious and undependable. Either that or you get bored easily.

30% of workers said a ringing cell phone was their number one peeve, reports a recent survey by Randstand USA, a staffing company.

TODAY IS


Compliment Day -- Compliments are a simple, yet powerful, relationship building tool. There are many different reasons to give a compliment. The most compelling -- it makes you feel good. So give someone a compliment already! http://www.complimentday.com

ON THE TUBE


Friday, February 6th

TOP 20 COUNTDOWN/CMT 11:00AM (ET)
Randy Houser

GAC NIGHTS/GAC 12:00PM (ET)
Pat Green

INTO THE CIRCLE/GAC 1:00PM (ET)
Rodney Atkins, Charlie Daniels

TOP 20 COUNTRY COUNTDOWN/GAC 8:00PM (ET)
Jamey Johnson

Saturday, February 7th

TOP 20 COUNTDOWN/CMT 11:00AM (ET)
Randy Houser

TOP 20 COUNTRY COUNTDOWN/GAC 11:00AM, 5:30PM (ET)
Jamey Johnson

GONE COUNTRY 3/CMT 2:00PM, 8:00PM, 9:00PM (ET)
John Rich, Sheila E., George Clinton, Justin Guarini

OPRY LIVE/GAC 9:00PM (ET)
Montgomery Gentry, Kellie Pickler, Lady Antebellum

TAYLOR SWIFT ON THE SET: LOVE STORY/GAC 10:00PM (ET)

INTRODUCING . . . LUKE BRYAN/GAC 10:30PM (ET)

Sunday, February 8th

TOP 20 COUNTDOWN/CMT 11:30AM (ET)
Randy Houser

TOP 20 COUNTRY COUNTDOWN/GAC 12:00PM (ET)
Jamey Johnson

DIERKS BENTLEY: FEEL THAT FIRE/GAC 3:00PM, 8:00PM (ET)

BEER FOR MY HORSES/CMT 5:00PM, 10:00PM (ET)
Toby Keith, Willie Nelson

OPRY LIVE/GAC 7:00PM (ET)
Montgomery Gentry, Kellie Pickler, Lady Antebellum

SUPERSTAR SESSIONS/GAC 9:00PM (ET)
Dierks Bentley

K-FLAG SPORTS

The Arizona Cardinals may need to hire a new offensive coordinator. The Kansas City Chiefs reportedly have offered their head coaching position to Cardinals offensive coordinator Todd Haley and he may have accepted the job. Haley interviewed for the position earlier this week.

The Phoenix Suns suffered through one of their worst defensive games of the season against the Golden State Warriors two nights ago in Oakland. They hope a return to the US Airways Center will help them put that performance behind them as they try to end a three-week slump. The Suns look to win their seventh straight home game against the Warriors tonight when the teams conclude a home-and-home series.

The Boston Celtics' 12-game winning streak is history. The L.A. Lakers got 26 points and 10 rebounds from Kobe Bryant nipped the Celtics 110-109 in overtime last night in a rematch of last year's NBA Finals.

NBA Thursday's Games
Philadelphia 99, Indiana 94
Utah 115, Dallas 87

Friday's Games
Orlando at Indiana,
Atlanta at Charlotte,
Boston at New York,
Denver at Washington,
L.A. Clippers at Memphis,
Toronto at New Orleans,
Portland at Oklahoma City,
Utah at Sacramento,

Former Phoenix Suns star Charles Barkley is scheduled for a pretrial hearing today in Scottsdale City Court to battle a charge of drunken driving. Barkley was arrested Dec. 31 after he was stopped in Old Town Scottsdale while driving an SUV with a blood-alcohol content of .149 -- nearly twice the legal limit of .08 under Arizona State law. Barkley was arrested, cited and released on suspicion of two counts of misdemeanor DUI.

Alex Ovechkin scored his 200th NHL goal in the Washington Capitals' 5-4 loss to the Los Angeles Kings, his 296th career game. Ovechkin is the fourth player in league history to score 200 goals in his first four seasons, joining Wayne Gretzky, Mike Bossy and Mario Lemieux.

NHL Thursday's Games
Boston 4, Ottawa 3, SO
Florida 3, N.Y. Islanders 2
Nashville 4, Anaheim 2
Edmonton 2, St. Louis 1, SO
Colorado 3, Dallas 2
Chicago 5, Calgary 2
Carolina 4, San Jose 3, SO

Friday's Games
Montreal at Buffalo,
New Jersey at Atlanta,
Columbus at Pittsburgh,
Nashville at Minnesota,
N.Y. Rangers at Dallas,

Soccer star David Beckham says he wants to continue playing for Italian club AC Milan instead of the Los Angeles Galaxy, which is scheduled to play March 14 against the Chicago Fire at Arizona State University. Beckham is on loan with AC Milan until March 9, but it appears that Arizona fans might miss seeing Beckham if the Galaxy allow Beckham to stay in Italy.

WATER COOLER TALK


  • ABC is going to announce who will join the next round of "Dancing with the Stars" throughout the night on Sunday. One source says Jewel is in... other rumored dancers: Steve-O, Denise Richards, Lawrence Taylor and Kevin Federline.
  • Tom Brumley, the legendary steel guitarist who contributed to the "Bakersfield sound" of Buck Owens and the Buckaroos in the 1960s before spending 10 years performing with Rick Nelson, has died of heart failure. He was 73.
  • Clay Aiken will appear as a guest judge on the panel of an April episode of America's Next Top Model.
  • A new study from the University of Kuopio in Finland concludes that middle-aged adults who regularly drink coffee have a lower risk of developing dementia in later life.
  • The National Bowhunters Hall of Fame has announced Ted Nugent as their most recent inductee.
  • Hank Azaria and his girlfriend Katie Wright are expecting a baby boy.
  • Clint Ritchie, who played Clint Buchanan on the soap "One Life to Live" from 1979 to 1998, died last Saturday at the age of 70.
  • LiveScience.com reports that researchers from Rice University in Houston, Texas have concluded that while men give off clear signs they are in the "mood," they also give off a scent of sweat and that is picked up by women, at least subconsciously.
  • Tom Jones has finally embraced his gray-ness, recently showing up at a British awards show with gray in his hair.
  • Shakira was back home in Columbia, dedicating a new school that she made happen in her hometown: $6 million worth of school.
  • Kate Winslet says she is prepared to leave this year's Oscar ceremony as she has five times in the past -- without a golden statue.
  • "It's a small world" re-opened to the world yesterday at Disneyland after getting a facelift. What's new? Lots of Disney characters woven into the exhibit, like Nemo, Toy Story, Aladdin, etc.
  • American Idol runnerup, David Achuleta will sing the national anthem at the Pro Bowl game on Sunday.
  • There's a nationwide shortage of the painkiller oxycodone (OxyContin) that's making it difficult for people needing to get their prescriptions filled.
  • Two-time Indianapolis 500 champion and "Dancing With The Stars" winner Helio Castroneves says he will be acquitted of federal tax evasion charges and suggested the case against him should never have been brought. The government says he hid $5.5 million from the IRS.
  • If you were hoping to catch Elton John in Las Vegas, better hurry. His 241st and final Vegas show will be on April 22.
  • Jessica Alba says her secret to a tone body after giving birthday to her daughter? A girdle.
  • Natalie Cole says that her 31-year-old son might be a kidney donor for her.
  • Sorry to report that Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick are having major issues. Rumor is that he cheated on her with a 25-year-old beauty... and that that the two now are basically leading separate lives.
  • Stand by for a merger announcement from Ticketmaster and Live Nation.

KFLAG Country Music News


Keith Urban has been added to the list of performers for Sunday night's (February 8th) 51st Annual Grammy Awards. He will join Buddy Guy, B.B. King, and John Mayer in a tribute to Bo Diddley.

LeAnn Rimes has been added to the show as a presenter.

Additional new performers include Terence Blanchard, Neil Diamond, Smokey Robinson, Robin Thicke, and Stevie Wonder.

  • Previously announced performers include Kenny Chesney, Carrie Underwood, Sugarland, Taylor Swift with Miley Cyrus, Alison Krauss & Robert Plant and Kid Rock.
  • The Grammy Awards will air live from the Staples Center in Los Angeles on CBS beginning at 8 p.m. ET.

FAST FACTS

  • Chesney is up for his very first Grammy award in the Best Country Collaboration category for "Shiftwork," a duet with George Strait.
  • Underwood is up for one award for Best Female Country Vocal Performance for "Last Name." She has previously won three Grammys.
  • Sugarland is nominated for Best Country Performance by a Duo or Group for "Stay," Best Country Song for "Stay," written by Jennifer Nettles, and Best Country Collaboration for "Life In A Northern Town" with Little Big Town and Jake Owen.
  • Krauss & Plant are nominated for five Grammys include Best Country Collaboration for "Killing The Blues" and Record of the Year for "Please Read The Letter."
Sugarland, Little Big Town and Jake Owen are still marveling over their unexpected Grammy nomination for Best Country Collaboration for their version of "Life In A Northern Town." The three began performing the song together while on a CMT-sponsored tour in 2007.

Reaction to the song was more than they ever expected, as Little Big Town's Jimi Westbrook tells us: "You know, it's exciting because it just happened naturally, and just the power of music and people connecting with a song, and it just kept growing. It started with a video and then radio started spinning the audio off of the video and here we are with a Grammy nomination. It's incredible!"

Owen says the collaboration was born of a desire to give concertgoers a little something special: "Everybody loved the song but they couldn't get the audio, so then radio started streaming the audio, then the song went up the chart, then we got nominated for a ACM award, a CMA, (and) now we're nominated for a Grammy, and all that came from something that really was never supposed to be what it is now, and I think that's the beauty of it all is that this wasn't something that was planned. We weren't like, 'Hey, let's do this to get a Grammy out of it.' No."

  • The "Life In A Northern Town" collaboration is featured on the Deluxe Fan Edition of Sugarland's Love On The Inside album.
  • The Grammy Awards airs on Sunday night (February 8th) on CBS.

SIDE NOTES

  • Little Big Town and Owen will be in attendance at the show. Owen tells us that while he currently has a girlfriend, he is going to the show "stag" so he can take in everything.
  • Sugarland will be performing on the Grammys.
The video for Taylor Swift's new single, "White Horse," will world premiere exclusively on CMT tomorrow (Saturday, February 7th) at 8:30 p.m. ET. Immediately afterward, the clip will be featured on CMT.com.

The "White Horse" video stars Laguna Beach and One Tree Hill star Stephen Colletti.

FAST FACTS

  • "White Horse" is the second single from Swift's new CD, Fearless.
  • The project has been at the top of Billboard's Country Album Sales charts since its release 12 weeks ago.
  • Fearless also spent eight weeks at Number One on the all-genre Top 200 Album
The making of Dierks Bentley's brand new Feel That Fire album began two years ago. Bentley wrote and recorded a slew of songs, which he eventually whittled down to the 12 on the CD, as he tells us:"I didn't set out to make a record. I just wanted to write a lot of great songs and then start molding them, and so this album I went in with my band in September of 2007 and started just doing pre-production. We got locked in the studio for about two-and-a-half weeks and just recorded songs, and then we went back out on the road, and then in December of 2007 and January of 2008 we went to a different studio and just cut more songs and kept honing it in and then all of 2008 was constantly in studios in and out, and just worked with the musicians I've always worked with in the past as well. I was just trying to get the right blend of sounds, so it just was a really long process."

Bentley says that while the road to Feel That Fire was long and complicated, it wound up being just as he'd hoped. "In the end, I accomplished what I wanted which was, A, to make the process as difficult as possible, which is what I really wanted to do. I did not want this to be an easy record, and B, have something at the end that I know is right all the way around, from the inside to the outside, from the cover to the music. This is an album that I feel is my best work."Feel That Fire was released on Tuesday (February 3rd).

  • Bentley is out on the road as part of Brad Paisley's Paisley Party tour.
  • A picture of the singer and his infant daughter, Evie, are featured online at people.com.
Jewel is rumored to be competing on the new season of ABC's Dancing With The Stars. The network will officially announce the lineup on Sunday (February 8th). The 2009 season of Dancing With The Stars is set to begin on March 9th at 8 p.m. ET.

FAST FACTS

  • Jewel has served as both host and judge on Nashville Star.
  • She is currently on her Perfectly Clear tour in support of her debut country album of the same name.
  • Jewel is in the process of writing material for the follow up to the Perfectly Clear album.
Craig Morgan is asking fans for their help in making this Valentine's Day special for his wife, Karen. The singer has written a blog post on his website, craigmorgan.com, asking for any ideas.

The letter, posted yesterday (Thursday, February 5th), reads: "Hey everybody!
I haven't left a message on the site in awhile, but I have been reading the message boards at least every other day or so. Valentine's Day is coming up, and if you've looked at my calendar you've noticed I'm going to be on the road in Reading, PA. I have no clue as to what I'm going to do for Karen. Are there any guys out there who are also going to be gone? If so, what are you doing? Ladies what are your ideas?
I will be reading!"

SIDE NOTES

  • Morgan's new single, "God Must Really Love Me," is climbing the country charts.
  • The song is included on his latest CD, That's Why.
Jimmy Buffett is gearing up to be on the road for most of 2009 with his Summerzcool Tour. He'll kick things off later this month with two gigs in Hawaii and will then do more than 30 shows across the U.S. from April through November. Buffett will be on the road behind his most recent studio set, Take the Weather With You. Since then, he's released a pair of live compilations: the three-disc dual CD/DVD Live in Anguilla and Live at Texas Stadium. According to LiveDaily.com, Buffett plans to release a live acoustic album later this year featuring songs he traditionally performs in the final encore of each show.
  • Jimmy Buffet tour dates (subject to change):

    May 14 - Phoenix, AZ - Cricket Wireless Pavilion
    May 16 - Las Vegas, NV - MGM Grand Garden Arena
    May 19 - Concord, CA - Sleep Train Pavilion
    May 21 - Irvine, CA - Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
    October 15 - Chula Vista, CA - Cricket Wireless Amphitheatre
    October 17 - Las Vegas, NV - MGM Grand Garden Arena
    October 24 - Las Vegas, NV - MGM Grand Garden Arena

SIDE NOTES

  • Buffett's most recent outing last year's Year of Still Here Tour.
  • Last summer, Buffett released the Scenes You Know by Heart DVD.

Thursday, February 05, 2009

CHOCOLATE MAY BE THE NEW HEALTH FOOD


You don't have to feel guilty this Valentine's Day when you get or give a box of chocolate, because research is showing that chocolate is actually good for you. It turns out that chocolate, especially dark chocolate has the same antioxidants that are believed to be so good for you as foods like blueberries do. Dark chocolate will keep almost forever in a cool, dark place, wrapped in foil. White and milk chocolates have a shelf life of about 9 months. If you're giving some as a gift, a recent survey says men prefer dark chocolate, while women like milk chocolate, but by all means, splurge on something a little fancier than a chocolate bar.

A ROSE IS JUST A ROSE... NOT!


Do you know what you're saying when you send your sweetheart a dozen yellow roses? Here's a handy-dandy guide:

  • Red Rose -- Love; I love you
  • White Rose -- Eternal Love ; innocence; heavenly; secrecy and silence
  • Red Rose Bud -- Pure and lovely
  • White Rose Bud -- Girlhood
  • Pink Rose -- Perfect happiness; please believe me
  • Yellow Rose -- Friendship; jealousy
  • Red and White -- Together; unity
  • Thornless Rose -- Love at first sight
  • A single, full bloom -- I love you; I still love you
  • Bouquet of full blooms -- Gratitude
  • Tea Rose -- I'll always remember

HOW'S YOUR FIRST IMPRESSION?


(Sun) A first impression can influence everything from a potential friendship to a job interview. Do you know what impact you have when you meet someone new? Find out by taking this quiz:

People say your best feature is your:

  1. Eyes
  2. Skin
  3. Smile

When seated next to a stranger at dinner, you:

  1. Start a conversation on general topics.
  2. Share tidbits about your life.
  3. Ask questions about him or her.

Your posture is usually:

  1. Slightly slumped.
  2. Ramrod straight.
  3. Relaxed but correct.

Your favorite party outfit is:

  1. Trendy and stylish.
  2. Plain but in a vibrant color.
  3. Classic and a neutral color.

Analysis:

Mostly "a" - You have a sparkling personality that you accentuate with fashionable clothes and quirky observations. People know you're an original with a vivid imagination.

Mostly "b" - Your confident, self possessed manner marks you as a leader. People appreciate your honesty and are drawn to your ability to present strong opinions with grace and insight.

Mostly "c" - Your generous, warm soul is instantly apparent at a first meeting. That's because you care enough about others to listen closely while projecting a sincere interest.

Consumer Reports magazine are at it again, telling us we're doing what we shouldn't do. For example:


Consumer Reports magazine are at it again, telling us we're doing what we shouldn't do. For example:

  • Nearly 3 of every 4 Americans put cotton swabs inside their ears, risking a perforated eardrum, according to the magazine's telephone survey of 1,000 adults.
  • Nearly 4 in 10 often eat raw cookie dough, which could carry salmonella.
  • Only half the respondents have a carbon monoxide detector at home.
  • 61 percent don't have a rubber mat in the shower.
  • 13 percent admitted sometimes drinking beer while using power tools.
  • 58 percent never wear a helmet while bicycling.
  • 27 percent never use sunscreen.

KFLAG Country Music News


Barbara Mandrell, Roy Clark and Charlie McCoy will be the newest members of the Country Music Hall of Fame, it was announced during a press conference in Nashville on Wednesday (February 4th). Clark was introduced by his friend, Country Music Hall of Fame member Carl Smith, while Mandrell was introduced by her sister, Louise Mandrell, and McCoy was introduced by his friend, Country Music Hall of Famer Mel Tillis.

  • Mandrell learned about the induction from Country Music Association CEO Tammy Genovese, who paid a visit to Mandrell's house. Mandrell says even she was surprised by her reaction to the good news. "I didn't react like I thought I might or like, you know, if you ever envision, 'What would it be like?' I was kind of like numb, like speechless, and I just finally, I said, 'Excuse me just a minute,' and I walked away from the table and went in the next room and sort of regained my...to wrap my head around it a little bit, and I still haven't got my head wrapped around it. I still don't. It doesn't feel real yet."
  • Mandrell, Clark and McCoy will officially be inducted into the Hall of Fame during a ceremony sometime this spring.
  • The three additions will expand the membership from 105 to 108.

FAST FACTS

  • Mandrell signed with Columbia Records in 1969. In 1972, at the age of 23, Mandrell fulfilled her dream of becoming a member of the Grand Ole Opry. One year later she had her first Number One single with "The Midnight Oil." Subsequent hits included "Woman to Woman," "Sleeping Single in a Double Bed," "(If Loving You Is Wrong) I Don't Want to Be Right," "Crackers," and her signature hit, "I Was Country When Country Wasn't Cool." Mandrell is the only female in country music history to win the Country Music Association's Entertainer of the Year award twice.
  • Clark is best known for hosting Hee Haw, one of the first nationally televised country variety shows in the United States, from 1969 to 1971. In 1963, Clark signed to Capitol Records and had three top 10 hits. He won the CMA's Entertainer of the Year award in 1973.
  • McCoy recorded 18 studio albums and charted 13 Billboard singles. He was a member of the groups Area Code 615 and Barefoot Jerry. A respected musician, McCoy has backed up the likes of Johnny Cash, Elvis Presley and Bob Dylan with his harmonica playing.
Tickets to the first amphitheatre date on Kenny Chesney's Sun City Carnival tour will go on sale this weekend. Fans may begin purchasing tickets to the April 23rd concert at the Journal Pavilion in Albuquerque, New Mexico on Saturday (February 7th) at 10 a.m. MT either through Chesney's fan club or online at livenation.com.
  • Chesney said, "I never want to get to the place where I forget what those more intimate venues feel like. . . Those places bring a whole other kind of vibe, and you never want to lose that feeling, because that is music that is so urgent because it's coming into its own! And no matter how big this could get, that's something I wanna make sure we never lose."
  • The Sun City Carnival tour kicks off on April 17th with the first of two sold-out shows in Uncasville, Connecticut.

SIDE NOTES

  • Chesney is set to perform on Sunday (February 8th) night's Grammy Awards. The show airs on CBS.
  • Chesney is nominated for his career first Grammy for Best Country Collaboration with Vocals for "Shiftwork," a duet with George Strait.
Lady Antebellum is making their first trip to the Grammy Awards this weekend in Los Angeles. The trio heads into the show with two nominations -- Best Country Performance by a Duo or Group for "Love Don't Live Here" and overall Best New Artist.

Lady Antebellum has been adjusting to news of their nominations since they were announced in December, but as Hillary Scott tells us, it still doesn't seem like reality. "It's one of those things that feels like such a dream, and we felt like it was such a far-fetched thing that this could potentially even happen, and so I really don't think that it's sunk in yet, and I've said this a couple of times. It's like, this is a huge honor, and I feel like we should have this eloquent way to answer the question of 'How does it feel?' but it's really like 'blah uh . . .' That's the best you can do. It's great. This is awesome. It's fun, and you still don't feel like that's enough. It can't explain what's inside of us."

Scott's mother, singer Linda Davis, won a Grammy in 1993 for "Does He Love You," her duet with Reba McEntire. Scott says her mother's been dispensing some Grammy advice. "She honestly just said to soak it up (and) take every moment we can and etch it in our minds, remember it forever, and, I mean, talk about an intimidating award sitting there on the mantel my whole childhood. I never thought in a million years that we would be nominated for one now. I mean, if my daddy had it his way I'd have been a nurse two years ago.

  • The 51st annual Grammy Awards will take place on Sunday (February 8th). The show will air live from the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles on CBS.
Pat Green's new album, What I'm For, debuted at Number Two this week on Billboard's Top Country Albums chart. The project also bows at Number Two on the Digital Album Chart and at Number One on the Internet Album Chart for Country.
  • Green said, "I'm really proud of this record and feel it says a lot about where I am in my life right now. It was great to see so many fans join us during our release week events."
  • Green hosted an album release "drive-thru" last week near Dallas, where he stood between two rows of cars and signed more than 600 copies of What I'm For in three hours. At one point, the line of cars spanned 1.5 miles.

SIDE NOTES

  • Green is currently headlining the first-ever Jagermeister Country tour. The tour will make stops in 25 major markets over the next three months.
  • Green and special guest Randy Houser perform Thursday night (February 5th) in San Antonio, Texas.
The fans will have some serious voting power when it comes to determining the winners in four categories at the upcoming Academy of Country Music (ACM) Awards. For the first time ever, the Top New Female Vocalist, Top New Male Vocalist and Top New Vocal Duo or Group categories will be opened up to interactive fan voting through GACTV.com. The winner in each of the three categories will be announced on March 9th and will move on to compete in the brand new category of Top New Artist.

Voting for New Female, New Male and New Duo or Group will begin on February 13th and close on March 5th. Voting for the Top New Artist category will begin on March 16th and run through April 5th. The winner will be announced live during the 44th Annual ACM Awards on April 5th.

  • This year's ACM Awards will air live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on CBS.
  • Reba McEntire will host the show for a record-setting 11th time.
  • Nominees for the ACM Awards will be announced on Wednesday (February 11th) in Nashville.
  • Last year, fans had the power to decide the ACM's Entertainer of the Year for the first time. They gave the honor to Kenny Chesney, who later said he thought the category should only be voted on by those in the music industry. Do you agree with Chesney, or do you think that fans should have a say in the major award categories?
  • Do you feel slighted since these fan-voted ACM Awards categories are only for the new acts or are you just happy to have a voice at all? Email the Morning Jolt and let us know what you think! mornings@kflg947.com

Celebrity Gossip


TOM CRUISE SHOWS OFF BUFF BODY: A new celebrity body is getting a lot of buzz, but it's good news for Tom Cruise. The 46-year-old actor showed off his buff upper body in Brazil earlier this week, where he is staying with wife Katie Holmes and daughter Suri while promoting Valkyrie. A friend of the actor told Us Weekly recently that he "has been working with a personal trainer, because he is getting in shape for a new movie."

ANGIE EVERHART PREGANT: Model/actress Angie Everhart is pregnant with her first child. Everhart revealed to E! Online that she's 14 weeks along, but kept mum on the identity of the baby's father. She did confess that she'll be raising the child as a single mother, explaining, "The dad is very nice and he's very excited about it, but we are not a couple. It's nobody you know." Everhart, who split from fiance Joe Pesci last year, is hoping to parlay her pregnancy into reality stardom and is currently shopping around her idea. She added, "I decided to do a show about me being a single, strong, healthy and good-spirited woman who is having a baby on her own. I want to show the positive aspects of women who do it on their own."

ACTOR SHELLEY MALIL WILL GOT TO TRIAL FOR ATTEMPTED MURDER: Shelley Malil one of Steve Carell's co-workers in The 40-Year-Old Virgin, will stand trial for allegedly stabbing his ex-girlfriend last summer. Malil, is accused of stabbing Kendra Beebe 23 times at her San Marcos, California, home on August 10 after finding her having dinner with another man. A judge ruled Wednesday (February 4) that there was enough evidence to send the case to trial.

FIRST DAUGHTER DOLLS DISCONTINUED: The makers have Beanie Babies have discontinued two dolls that resembled and were named after the first daughters. After a spokesperson for Michelle Obama protested that the Marvelous Malia and Sweet Sasha dolls were using "young, private citizens for marketing purposes," Ty Inc.'s website noted that the dolls were "retired" on Tuesday (February 3rd). Ty had previously insisted that the dolls were not intended to depict the Obama girls. Commenting on the retirement, Mrs. Obama's spokeswoman said, "We appreciate the company's response to this matter."

TRAVIS BAKER AND SHANNA MOAKLER BACK ON? Ex-Blink 182 drummer, Travis Barker is back on once again with his ex-wife Shanna Moakler. The two were spotted holding hands during a party in L.A. At the event Barker said, "[I'm] here with my babies' mama, my wife and my kids, and I really can't be happier." Both Barker and Moakler said that the plane crash that Barker was recently involved in changed both their lives. At the party, Moakler was spotted wearing her wedding ring.

JOAQUIN PHOENIX DENIES RAP CAREER IS A HOAX: Joaquin Phoenix is further denying that his new rap career is a hoax. In a new interview the actor turned singer said, "There's not a hoax. Might I be ridiculous? Might my career in music be laughable? yeah, that's possible, but that's certainly not my intention." In defense of his friend and brother-in-law, Casey Affleck, who is shooting a documentary following Phoenix's transition to music, also stated that Phoenix is very serious about his new career.

HANK AZARIA WILL BE A DAD: Hank Azaria and his girlfriend Katie Wright are expecting a baby. Azaria's rep told People magazine, "They're quite ecstatic," about their first child, which is a boy. Wright, a former actress who is studying to be a family therapist, is in her second trimester. The couple has been dating for two years.

Water Cooler Talk

# A lesbian couple who led the fight for gay marriage in Massachusetts back in 2004 has already filed for divorce.

# Hulk Hogan's son Nick, whose license was revoked for three years, is now allowed to be back behind the wheel.

# Britney Spears former manager Sam Lutfi has filed suit against Britney and her family, accusing them of libel, defamation, battery, intentional infliction of emotional distress and breach of contract.

# The celebrities taking part in the next season of "Dancing with the Stars" will be announced throughout ABC's Sunday Night Lineup this weekend.

# Hugh Hefner's ex, Kendra Wilkinson is getting her own show. She'll be the star of a new half-hour reality show called Kendra on E!.

# Bob Costas is leaving HBO for the Major League Baseball channel. First day on the job is today.

# Birthday boy Bobby Brown is expecting his fifth child with his latest girlfriend.

# Jennifer Aniston turns the big 4-0 next week.

# Oliver Stone's "W" comes out on DVD next week.

# 16-year-old Miley Cyrus didn't want her mom's old Porsche... so her dad got her a black Prius.

# Meanwhile, Cyrus has been accused of taunting and mocking Asians by making slant-eye poses in a personal photograph with her friends. A snapshot of Cyrus and friends posing with an Asian friend and pulling their eyes sideways has surfaced on the Internet.

# On February 21st, 97 theaters around the country will show all five Academy Award nominees for best picture: Milk, The Reader, Slumdog Millionaire, Frost/Nixon and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. You can buy a one day pass for $30.

# ABC Family has canceled "Kyle XY" but renewed "Greek."

# The maker of Beanie Babies is retiring the names "Marvelous Malia" and "Sweet Sasha" and renaming those two dolls "Marvelous Mariah" and "Sweet Sydney."

# Joaquin Phoenix says he's not kidding: He really has given up acting to become a hip-hop musician

K-FLAG SPORTS

Stephen Jackson recorded his first career triple-double, finishing with 30 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists to highlight Golden State's 124-112 win over Phoenix. Jamal Crawford added 27 points for the Warriors, who opened the game on a 17-2 run.

The New York Knicks allowed LeBron James to score 52 points last night, just two days after Kobe Bryant set a record at the current Madison Square Garden by scoring 61. James also finished with 11 assists and 10 rebounds in the Cleveland Cavaliers' 107-102 victory at the Garden. James is the first NBA player since Kareem Abdul-Jabbar in 1975 to score at least 50 points in a triple-double.

Wednesday night's NBA Scores

Orlando 125, L.A. Clippers 96
L.A. Lakers 115, Toronto 107
New Jersey 115, Washington 88
Detroit 93, Miami 90
Cleveland 107, New York 102
Memphis 104, Houston 93
Atlanta 94, Minnesota 86
Chicago 107, New Orleans 93
Denver 114, Oklahoma City 113
Dallas 104, Portland 99
Golden State 124, Phoenix 112

Tonight's Games
Indiana at Philadelphia,
L.A. Lakers at Boston,
Dallas at Utah,

Toronto Raptors forward Jason Kapono will be looking to become the third player to win the 3-point shootout during the NBA All Star Weekend. The shootout is Saturday, Feb. 13, the night before the All-Star game in Phoenix.

Detroit pulled out a 5-4 victory against Phoenix on Niklas Lidstrom's power-play goal with 38 seconds left. Marian Hossa scored twice for the second straight game.

Last night's NHL scores....
Boston 3, Philadelphia 1
Buffalo 5, Toronto 0
Pittsburgh 4, Tampa Bay 3, OT
Minnesota 3, Anaheim 0

Tonights NHL lineup...
Boston at Ottawa,
Los Angeles at Washington,
N.Y. Islanders at Florida,
Anaheim at Nashville,
Edmonton at St. Louis,
Dallas at Colorado,
Chicago at Calgary,
Carolina at San Jose,

NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman says reports of the Phoenix Coyotes demise are "just ridiculous." Bettman was interviewed live by telephone during last night's Coyotes game at Detroit. Coyotes owner Jerry Moyes has been seeking buyers for the Coyotes, who reportedly are losing more than $30 million per year.

A U.S. district judge is expected to rule today whether prosecutors can introduce evidence of failed drug tests, doping calendars and a secretly-taped conversation when Barry Bonds goes to trial next month. Bonds is charged with lying to a grand jury in 2003 when he said he never knowingly used performance-enhancing drugs. Federal prosecutors allege that Bonds knowingly used steroids, including a once undetectable designer drug.

Fourth-ranked Duke and No. 7 Wake Forest were road kill last night, losing big against ACC rivals. Trevor Booker contributed 21 points, eight rebounds and three blocks as 10th-ranked Clemson blasted the visiting Blue Devils 74-47. Miami ripped the Demon Deacons 79-52 behind James McClinton's season-high 32 points.

TOP-25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL
Wednesday's Games
( 2) Oklahoma 77 Texas A&M 71
(10) Clemson 74 ( 4) Duke 47
Miami 79 ( 7) Wake Forest 52
(13) Michigan St. 76 (19) Minnesota 47
(14) Memphis 79 SMU 66
(15) UCLA 76 Southern Cal 60
Missouri 69 (16) Texas 65
(17) Villanova 94 Providence 91
(20) Syracuse 74 West Virginia 61

Tonight's Games
( 9) Xavier vs. Temple,
(11) Butler at Detroit,
(18) Gonzaga at Portland,
(22) Washington at California,
(23) Illinois at Wisconsin,
(24) Arizona State at Oregon,
(25) Utah State vs. New Mexico State,

TOP-25 WOMEN'S COLLEGE BASKETBALL
Last Night's Scores
( 8) Baylor 76 Nebraska 71
(21) Iowa St. 67 (10) Texas A&M 50
(18) Kansas St. 58 Missouri 54
(25) DePaul 57 Georgetown 51

Tonight's Games
( 4) Duke at (17) Virginia,
( 6) Auburn vs. Mississippi,
( 8) North Carolina vs. Virginia Tech,
(11) Florida at Alabama,
(12) Tennessee vs. Georgia,
(13) Maryland vs. North Carolina State,
(14) Ohio State vs. Purdue,
(15) Florida State at Boston College,
(16) Texas at Oklahoma State,
(20) Vanderbilt at Mississippi State,

Record-setting Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps spoke with the Associated Press in Baltimore yesterday, saying he is going to have to live with the fallout from a photo of him smoking from a marijuana pipe. Phelps declined to address the possibility of criminal charges and reiterated his desire to put the furor behind him. He issued a public apology to fans and sponsors Sunday after the British tabloid News of the World published a picture that appeared to show him smoking marijuana during a November house party at the University of South Carolina.

Wednesday, February 04, 2009

MEXICAN FOOD REVEALS PERSONALITY

Which Mexican food you like the best can be a kind of personality test that might even help you find your perfect romantic match, according to a new Mexican food "Q-dentity" study conducted by Dr. Alan Hirsch, director of the Smell & Taste Treatment and Research Foundation in Chicago, on behalf of Qdoba Mexican Grill.

  • Taco -- People who prefer tacos are conscientious, perfectionists and ideal workers. On the job they take over, accomplishing monumental tasks. They are the master of their domain and can become so engrossed in work that they are often forced to sacrifice time with family and friends.
  • Quesadilla -- A dependable and true friend, those who prefer quesadillas are content with being one of the crowd. They are loyal followers more than leaders. At work they are the foot soldiers, task-oriented, functioning ideally in a group. They don't require individual praise, but share their successes with those around them. They toil behind the scenes for others at work or in their family. In romantic relationships they invest extraordinary effort and energy to try to ensure the relationship's vitality and stability. They are the rock and driving force in the relationship.
  • Chips and Salsa -- These people are aggressive, successful, achievement-orientated and natural leaders. Intolerant of defeat, those who prefer chips and salsa will not take "no" for an answer. Competitive, ambitious, self-assured, they are decisive and persuasive at work, whereas in romance they are charming. They can become impatient with the myriad vicissitudes of life. Avoid going against a chips and salsa lover, for those who go against them could be in for a fight. Some examples of this personality include: Vanessa Williams as Wilhelmina in "Ugly Betty," Meryl Streep as Miranda Priestley in "The Devil Wears Prada" or Nicholas Cage as Jack Campbell in "The Family Man." Chips and salsa people are most romantically compatible with others who also prefer chips and salsa.
  • Burrito -- Burrito lovers are dramatic and love being the center of attention. They crave novelty, excitement and stimulation and are seductive and flirtatious in romance and gregarious, witty and charming in social situations. Neither shy nor subdued, they readily display their emotions. At work they are easily bored with usual routines and have a keen sense of new and up-and-coming trends.
  • Taco Salad -- People who prefer taco salads are easy-going, well-adjusted, empathic, understanding and are a perfect spouse, parent and ideal friend.
  • Nachos -- People who prefer nachos are shy, quiet, reserved and introverted. They are secure enough about their own identity that, to a great extent, they are oblivious to what others think of them. They are self-sufficient and most productive when allowed to work alone, uninterrupted.

One Year: No Lies


43-year-old Cathal Morrow of Madrid, Spain has had an interesting year. He's just about to go 365 days without ever telling a lie. He admits he almost got stumped when his wife asked, "Does my butt look big in this?" But now he plans to write a book on his experience entitled The Complete Kant -- taking its name from German philosopher Immanuel Kant, who believed lying was morally wrong. Morrow's truth vigil comes to an end on February 21 and he says it hasn't been easy. As to answering his wife's tough question, he answered, "Yes it does --but I love your big butt!" There have also been awkward questions from his sons about the whereabouts of Father Christmas. And he dodged lying when once stopped by a policeman. Morrow says, "I did this U-turn, and a policeman came up on his motorbike. He told me it was illegal, and noticed that my wife didn't have her seatbelt on." So Morrow says he said nothing and instead just gave the officer a dumb look. The officer let him go. (Ananova)

Jobs Before They Were Famous (from CareerBuilder.com)


  • George Clooney - In his native Kentucky, Clooney sold men's suits and shoes and worked in department store stockrooms. He also cut tobacco, earning $3 an hour. Upon arriving in L.A., he did odd jobs for his aunt, singer-actress Rosemary Clooney, worked construction and cleaned a theater to pay for acting lessons.
  • Katie Couric - CBS' perky evening anchor landed her first job as a desk assistant at ABC, where she worked for veteran news anchor Sam Donaldson.
  • Ellen Degeneres - "The worst job I ever had -- and I lasted a half a day -- was I worked in a glove factory in Atlanta, Texas. It was horrible. I was checking for too many fingers or a hole or something and gloves would just go by ... Everything I did that was a nine-to-five job I hated ... I worked in a law firm. I was a court runner. I just hated being in an office."
  • Faith Hill - Way before she was Mrs. Tim McGraw, selling more than 30 million records and earning countless awards, Faith Hill was trying to make it big in Nashville. Hill sold T-shirts at the renowned country music event Fan Fair, worked as a receptionist at a music-publishing company, and packaged fan merchandise for country legend Reba McEntire.
  • John Krasinski - Before he was making us wish he worked in our office, John Krasinski was a script intern on "Late Night with Conan O'Brien."
  • Vince Vaughn - If Vaughn ever decides to change careers, he could probably be pretty successful going back to his first job. Before he was a "Swinger" or "Wedding Crasher," the actor who's known for his quick-and-slick talking performances, worked as a telemarketer in Waukegan, Ill.
  • Denzel Washington - His very first job at a local barbershop when he was just 11 years old. "I learned about business ... Just about the value of a dollar," Washington said on "The Oprah Winfrey Show." "I was brushing collars. I think my base salary was $11. And I could turn that into 50 if I was good."

K-FLAG SPORTS

Nashville used goals by Jason Arnott and Radek Bonk to beat Phoenix 2-1 last night. Joel Perrault scored Phoenix's lone goal.

Tuesday's NHL Games...

St. Louis 4, Columbus 2
Washington 5, New Jersey 2
N.Y. Islanders 3, Tampa Bay 1
Los Angeles 1, Ottawa 0
Montreal 4, Pittsburgh 2
Florida 4, Toronto 3, OT
Atlanta 2, N.Y. Rangers 1, SO
Dallas 3, Calgary 1
Chicago 3, Edmonton 1
Vancouver 4, Carolina 3

Wednesday's Games

Boston at Philadelphia,
Toronto at Buffalo,
Phoenix at Detroit,
Tampa Bay at Pittsburgh,
Anaheim at Minnesota,


The Suns return to action tonight against the Golden State Warriors. Phoenix is come off a huge win over Sacramento Monday night, royally throttling the Kings 129-81

Tuesday's NBA Games

Boston 100, Philadelphia 99
Cleveland 101, Toronto 83
Minnesota 116, Indiana 111
New Jersey 99, Milwaukee 85
Houston 107, Chicago 100
Denver 104, San Antonio 96

Wednesday's Games

L.A. Clippers at Orlando,
L.A. Lakers at Toronto,
New Jersey at Washington,
Miami at Detroit,
Cleveland at New York,
Houston at Memphis,
Atlanta at Minnesota,
Chicago at New Orleans,
Denver at Oklahoma City,
Portland at Dallas,

President Barack Obama has offered congratulations to Cardinals' coach Ken Whisenhunt. Obama made the call a day after the Cardinals were beaten by the Steelers in the Super Bowl. Whisenhunt says the president congratulated him on the success of the team and said he was impressed with the way they played.

The victors received their spoils in Pittsburgh. Thousands of Steeler fans lined downtown streets Tuesday cheering and twirling Terrible Towels for the Super Bowl champs. In buildings along the parade route office workers cheered through open windows. Even the police got into the spirit, waving their own Terrible Towels from atop horses as they led the parade.

The Oakland Raiders will hold a news conference today to introduce Tom Cable as their permanent head coach. The Raiders last season went 4-and-8 under Cable, who was promoted from offensive line coach to interim head coach after Lane Kiffin was dismissed in October.

Manny Ramirez remains a free agent after rejecting the Los Angeles Dodgers' one-year, $25 million offer. Dodgers' general manager Ned Colletti told The Associated Press that the club continues to have interest in the outfielder but team owner Frank McCourt says that, "at some point, we have to move on." The deal would have made Ramirez the second-highest paid player in the majors this year.

A federal judge plans to unseal hundreds of pages of court documents at the heart of the government's case against home run king Barry Bonds. The former Pittsburgh Pirates and San Francisco Giants slugger is accused of lying to a grand jury about using performance-enhancing drugs. Among the documents to be released today is positive drug test results that prosecutors say belong to Bonds.

Former agent Jeff Moorad has reached an agreement for his group to buy the San Diego Padres from majority owner John Moores. Moorad and his group will acquire 100 percent ownership during a period of up to five years, subject to approval by baseball owners. The deal is expected to close by opening day.

A person's blood type is the secret to his or her personality


If you just can't find that special someone, take a lesson from the Japanese. In Japan, blood type is the hot new way to find everything from true love to a new job. Yes, they are convinced that a person's blood type is the secret to his or her personality. So, what does your blood type say about you?

  • Type-A people are farmers. They are shy, introverted perfectionists. They are considerate to others and cannot tell a lie easily. They are loyal to friends and coworkers. They can be secretive, though, and don't often share their feelings. They don't hold their liquor well.
  • Type-B people are hunters. They have independent spirits with strong personalities. While they don't care what others think of them, they are extremely passionate about the things they hold dear. They can be shallow, lazy, and quite impatient.
  • Type-AB people are humanists. They are an unpredictable, distant lot, but tend to use their heads over their hearts. They are good with money. They seek accord and so work well as mediators; however, they can be viewed as two-faced.
  • Type-O people are warriors. They are outgoing, expressive, and passionate. They are highly motivated and natural leaders. Blessed with a strong physical presence, they aren't afraid to gamble because they are so convinced they will win. They are natural athletes. They tend to be obsessive in their quest for success, and this can make them boring to others.

kflag Country Music Update


Taylor Swift is featured on Katie Couric's All Access Grammy Special airing tonight (Wednesday, February 4th) on CBS at 9 p.m. ET. The teenager shares some little-known truths about her life with Couric, including her current obsession as see tells us:
"I'm obsessed with crime shows.
(Couric) You have a role on CSI: Las Vegas. (Swift) That's one of those dreams that I've always had -- CSI. All my friends know that my dream is to die on CSI. I've always wanted to like be one of the characters on there that they're trying to figure out what happened to. (Couric) So your dream is coming true. (Swift) Yes!!"

  • Swift recently taped the episode of CSI, in which she plays a teenage girl whose family runs a motel in Las Vegas. She referred to the experience as "life-changing" in her online blog.
  • There is no airdate yet for Swift's CSI episode.
  • Carrie Underwood, Rascal Flatts, Justin Timberlake and Katy Perry are also featured on All Access Grammy Special.
Sugarland and Taylor Swift have been added to the lineup of performers at this weekend's 51st annual Grammy Awards. Swift will perform a duet with her friend, Miley Cyrus.
  • Swift and Cyrus called in to Ryan Seacrest's radio show yesterday (Tuesday, February 3rd) to talk about the performance. Swift said, "We all came to the consensus, 'Wouldn't it be cool if Miley was up there too?' And she said yes, and we're really excited about it."
  • The song, called "Fifteen", is on Swift's current multi platinum-selling Fearless CD. Cyrus told Seacrest, "The lyrics are very inspiring. A lot of girls are inspired by us, so this song is us giving our advice. ... This song is pretty perfect for the Grammys."
  • Previously announced performers include Kenny Chesney, Carrie Underwood, Kid Rock, Alison Krauss & Robert Plant, Coldplay, Jennifer Hudson, Jonas Brothers, Lil Wayne, Paul McCartney, Katy Perry, Justin Timberlake and U2.
  • The Grammy Awards will air live from the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles on Sunday (February 8th) on CBS at 8 p.m. ET.

Jamey Johnson was nominated for a Grammy last year as a songwriter for George Strait's "Give It Away," but he says this year's nominations are much more exciting because he is being recognized as both an artist and a songwriter. Johnson's three nods are for Best Country Album for That Lonesome Song, as well as Best Country Song and Best Male Country Vocal Performance for "In Color."

Johnson tells us that while the thought of receiving any award nomination, much less a Grammy, never entered his mind, he did feel like his current album was something special:

"We just kind of went in to make the best country music record we could make that day and I think when it was all said and done by the end of the day we were all way better friends and we knew we had done something that meant an awful lot to us. When we decided that that was gonna be the album and we needed to take that to the people, we never looked back. I think beyond that it was up to everybody else to decide if it was worthy of awards and accolades."

Johnson was performing a show with Lee Ann Womack back in December when word of his Grammy nods reached him.

"It felt great. It felt like we had been accepted into the industry on a different level. I didn't know what to say. Lee Ann Womack was the one that told me. She was introducing me on this show and she told everybody. She says, 'My friend is up for three Grammy nominations,' and I didn't hear anything else after that."

  • Johnson will be in Los Angeles on Sunday night (February 8th) for the 51st annual Grammy Awards. The show will air live from the Shrine Auditorium on CBS at 8:00 p.m. ET.
Toby Keith will be among the recipients of this year's annual awards from the Military Officers Association of America (MOAA). The honors are bestowed on "individuals or organizations that strongly support military men and women and their families as they promote a strong national defense," according to a release. Keith will be given the Distinguished Service Award for his support of military people during a ceremony in Washington, D.C. on April 21st.
  • Other 2009 MOAA award recipients are Virginia Senator Jim Webb; representatives Susan Davis from California and John McHugh from New York; Union Pacific Railroad volunteer bugler Tom Day; and congressional staffers David Kildee and Jeanette James.

FAST FACTS

  • Keith is about to head out on his eighth USO tour.
  • He has performed more than 100 shows for that organization.
Toby Keith will be among the recipients of this year's annual awards from the Military Officers Association of America (MOAA). The honors are bestowed on "individuals or organizations that strongly support military men and women and their families as they promote a strong national defense," according to a release. Keith will be given the Distinguished Service Award for his support of military people during a ceremony in Washington, D.C. on April 21st.
  • Other 2009 MOAA award recipients are Virginia Senator Jim Webb; representatives Susan Davis from California and John McHugh from New York; Union Pacific Railroad volunteer bugler Tom Day; and congressional staffers David Kildee and Jeanette James.

FAST FACTS

  • Keith is about to head out on his eighth USO tour.
  • He has performed more than 100 shows for that organization.
The search for country music's best new duo will begin in June with the launch of season two of CMT's Can You Duet. Auditions for the show will take place through open casting calls, showcases and videotaped submissions. The producers of Can You Duet will hold an open call audition on Saturday, March 7th at the Wildhorse Saloon in Nashville.

FAST FACTS

  • Last year's winners, Caitlin & Will, signed to Sony Music Nashville's Columbia Records. Their debut single, "Even Now," will head to radio next month.
  • Finalists Joey + Rory signed to Vanguard/SugarHill and released their debut album, Life of a Song, in October 2008. Since then, the married couple have become the national spokespeople for Overstock.com.

Celebrity Gossip


BRITNEY SPEARS SUED BY FORMER MANAGER: Britney Spears's former manager Sam Lutfi is suing the singer and her parents for defamation and breach of contract. The lawsuit filed Tuesday comes just days after Spears's father took out a restraining order against Lutfi. According to People, the former manager claims Britney's parents launched a "campaign of lies and intimidation" to destroy him and drive him out of the pop star's life. As a side note, Lutfi's lawyer is Bryan J. Freedman, who has also represented gossip blogger Perez Hilton in a number of lawsuits.

KELLY CLARKSON WON'T BE KISSING GIRLS: American Idol alum Kelly Clarkson says she is strictly into the fellas, despite rumors to the contrary. She told AOL's PopEater, "People are like, 'Are you secretly a lesbian? Because I'd really love it.' Lesbians tell it to me all the time. I'm like, 'I'm glad it works for you and I wish I liked women like that because oftentimes men are very hard for me, but I happen to like boys.'" Clarkson added, "I would never want to date [someone like] myself, ever. I'm a crazy person."

GWYNETH PALTROW DOESN'T CARE ABOUT MARRIAGE RUMORS: Gwyneth Paltrow isn't bothered by rumors that her marriage to Coldplay frontman Chris Martin is on the rocks. The actress told the U.K. edition of Elle magazine that she and her husband chose not to be a public couple. She said, "We've never ever walked down a red carpet together, we never will. If people think that that means we're not together, then -- ha ha ha! -- so be it." Paltrow also said in the interview that although she's quit cigarettes, she sorely misses the habit and plans to take it up again. She revealed, "I've decided that when I'm about 70 I'm going to start smoking again. Why not? I can't wait!"

LINDSAY LOHAN'S FATHER QUITS BLOGGING: Lindsay Lohan's father is retiring the blog that so frequently has been his outlet for comments regarding his daughter's life. Michael Lohan closed out the virtual sounding board by attacking Lohan's gal pal Samantha Ronson one last time. Lohan wrote, "For the record, when it comes to sexual preference, I am not biased. What matters most is the substance of an individual rather than their preference. It is the love and intent behind the relationship that matters. Something I can not give much credence to when it comes to Samantha. Just look at Samantha's tax returns before she "engaged" Lindsay, and then after! Look at Lindsay's career before Samantha and after! Look at all the things Lindsay accomplished and had going for her before Samantha and after. And finally, consider how Lindsay spent every holiday with her family before she met Samantha and then after."

NEW REAL-LIFE ROMANCE ON 'GOSSIP GIRL' SET: Blake Lively and Penn Badgley are not the only real-life couple on the set of Gossip Girl. Ed Westwick and Jessica Szohr confirmed their romance on Monday (February 2nd) night while kissing at the New York Knicks-Los Angeles Lakers Game in New York City. Rumors that the pair was dating first surfaced in November after they were caught locking lips at a Dallas airport.

KARINA SMIRNOFF RECOVERING FROM KNEE SURGERY: Karina Smirnoff is recovering after undergoing knee surgery. The Dancing With the Stars pro told E! News, "I feel great. I'm walking around easily, doing my physical therapy. The doc did an amazing job and said that I should be 100 percent by February 10th." Smirnoff, who recently got engaged to fellow dancer Maksim Chmerkovskiy, revealed that she suffered a torn meniscus while on the Dancing With the Stars tour. Her rep added, "She is resting comfortably and is expected to make a full recovery. She's looking forward to the new season of Dancing With the Stars." The next season premieres on March 9th.

NICK HOGAN ALLOWED TO DRIVE FOR BUSINESS: Hulk Hogan's son, Nick Bollea, has been permitted to drive again. Bollea recently served eight months in jail on a reckless driving charge after the horrific accident he caused in 2007, which left his passenger severely injured. Although a judge revoked his license for three years, he is allowing the 18-year-old to get behind the wheel for business purposes only. According to Ann Nucatola, spokeswoman for the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, Bollea received his business-only license last Friday (January 30th).

'TERMINATOR' DIRECTOR STICKS UP FOR CHRISTIAN BALE: Despite audio proof of Christian Bale's expletive-laced tirade against Terminator Salvation's director of photography, the film's assistant director insists the episode was a "non-event." Bruce Franklin told TMZ.com that Bale's freak-out was simply the result of good acting. He said, "Christian is a method actor and was completely immersed in his scene ... his reaction was from the heat of the moment." Franklin added that Bale was under a lot of pressure because of his Dark Knight promotion schedule.

'FRINGE' CO-STARS MARRY: Fringe stars Anna Torv and Mark Valley tied the knot over the holidays. Torv's rep confirmed to E! Online that the two were married in a small, private ceremony after several months of dating. Their romance was so secretive that in a conference call last week, Valley talked about his new bride with reporters -- without referencing her as such. He said, "I think [Anna] is just a fantastic actor and I really like working with her. She's my favorite on the show, to be honest with you."

JOE FRANCIS ON HOUSE ARREST: Joe Francis is on house arrest after being released from police custody on Tuesday (February 3rd). The Girls Gone Wild creator was arrested on Monday (February 2nd) after showing up to court five hours late for a hearing associated with his upcoming trial on tax evasion charges. He'll be confined to his home until his next hearing on February 11th.

WATER COOLER TALK


  • John Cleese broke up with girlfriend Barbie Orr on the phone after discovering she had given details about their love life to a British newspaper.
  • Country singer Kenny Chesney paid $5.7 million a Florida home last year. But before moving in, a website published his new address... and he decided "Don't need it!" It's now up for sale.
  • Renee Zellweger says that she has a crush on former U.S. President Jimmy Carter. I admit it," Zellweger says. "He has an extraordinary mind. He's an exceptional human being. And he writes poetry, for crying out loud. He's all good things."
  • Ellen DeGeneres and Porti de Rossi held a joint birthday party at their house last Saturday. Among the guests, Jennifer Aniston, Courtney Cox, Drew Barrymore, Ben Stiller, Lindsay Lohan and British funnyman Sacha Baron Cohen... with Lindsay Lohan's DJ girlfriend Samantha Ronson providing the music.
  • Troubled singer Amy Winehouse has handed off control of her $21 million fortune over to her parents.
  • Last Sunday was the second most-watched Super Bowl game ever, second only to last year, with 95.4 million viewers.
  • Anna Torv from "Fringe" married her handsome co-star Mark Valley quietly over the holidays.
  • So now, Britney wants to take the kids on tour with her and Kevin's not too fond of the idea.
  • Ford says they'll have rechargeable battery cars that you could plug in at home in their showrooms by 2012.

Tuesday, February 03, 2009

Celebrity Gossip


LINDSAY LOHAN THROWS TANTRUM AT AIRPORT: Although Lindsay Lohan's resume isn't getting any longer, her head appears to still be getting bigger. Fox News's Pop Tarts claims that the 22-year-old "caused chaos" while boarding a flight from Tampa after last week's Super Bowl festivities. An insider says that Lohan was annoyed that the airline couldn't find her a first-class seat on the overbooked flight and told her travel companion, "you'd better come and visit me back there in case I die." Eventually all was calmed when a seat somehow opened up in first class.

SCOTT RUFFALO HAD TRACES OF DRUGS IN BODY AT TIME OF DEATH: Scott Ruffalo had "very slight" traces of cocaine, morphine and alcohol in his system at the time of his death. A spokesperson for the L.A. County Coroner told People magazine, "Ruffalo's toxicology results showed a very slight trace of cocaine and alcohol. He also had slight traces of morphine which could've been due to prescription medication. All we can conclude from this is that he was not under the influence of drugs when he was shot due to the small amount." Ruffalo's death, which occurred a week after a December 1st shooting, has been ruled a homicide. A suspect was held in the aftermath of his death, but she was later released and claimed the 39-year-old died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

EDDIE MURPHY'S NEVER SEEN HIS DAUGHTER: Eddie Murphy has reportedly never met the 22-month-old daughter he fathered with Spice Girl Melanie Brown. An insider told OK! magazine that Murphy has elected to keep away from daughter Angel in order to avoid his ex-girlfriend. The source is quoted as saying, "To see the kid, he'd have to see the mother. Maybe when she's older, Eddie will see Angel, but not now. Mel's a crazy woman. Eddie wants to stay far away from her." A paternity test administered after Angel's birth determined Murphy was the father. The actor has five other children with his ex-wife, Nicole Mitchell and two from a previous relationship.

JESSICA BIEL SURPRISED JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE WITH BIRTHDAY SUPER BOWL PARTY: Jessica Biel surprised beau Justin Timberlake with a Super Bowl-themed birthday party on Sunday (February 1st) afternoon. A source told People magazine that the heartthrob was shocked to find 100 friends and family in a penthouse suite at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel. The insider said, "Justin was totally blown away when he walked in. He had no idea." Timberlake turned 28 year on Saturday (January 31st).

MANDY MOORE REUNITING WITH EX? Mandy Moore has apparently reunited with ex-boyfriend, singer Ryan Adams. The rocker posted a picture of Moore at lunch with him and some friends on his blog and sources confirmed to PerezHilton.com that the romance is back on. Adams went public with the break-up last year, complaining that he couldn't handle the attention that came with dating a celebrity. Moore reportedly had a short-lived reunion with ex-boyfriend DJ A.M. between her stints with Adams.

NIKKI BLONSKY SAYS AIRPORT BRAWL BROUGHT FAMILY CLOSER: Although it resulted in handcuffs and headlines, Hairspray star Nikki Blonsky says that her family's airport brawl with America's Next Top Model contestant Bianca Golden last year brought the clan closer together. She told People magazine, "We are a very strong family, we love each other and nothing will ever tear us down. I don't even need to defend myself. It's pretty obvious that it was just a big scam." The 20-year-old and Golden were both cleared of wrongdoing in the incident, but Blonsky's father still faces charges for his role in the fight -- which allegedly started over saved seats.

PARIS HILTON AVOIDS EX AT WEEKEND PARTY: Exes Paris Hilton and Benji Madden managed to work the same Super Bowl party and not interact with one another on Saturday (January 31st) night. E! reports that Hilton, who was a special guest at the "Models and Bottles" party, didn't talk to Madden, who was deejaying, and skipped out of the soiree quickly. Earlier in the day Madden commented on their relationship, saying, "We're friends. I'm very happy...I'm focusing on work and I've got a lot going on."

NAOMI WATTS PRAISE'S LIEV SCHREIBER'S PARENTING SKILLS: Although Liev Schreiber is known for playing unwelcoming characters on the big screen, he's nothing but fun and playful at home with his two sons, Alexander, 1 1/2 and Samuel, 1 month. Schreiber's partner, Naomi Watts, says that, "when daddy's in the room, it's like I don't exist." Watts commented that she was drawn to Schreiber early in their relationship when she saw how great he was with kids. The actress also said she's not sure about her future professional plans. Watts commented, "I've just done one film since having a baby, so it doesn't feel easy, let me tell you. And what's hard it -- and I think every woman must feel this -- you just feel guilty...guilty that you're not there for your babies enough. And you also feel guilty that you haven't given your work as much time you normally do."

ARREST WARRANT ISSUED FOR 'GIRLS GONE WILD' CREATOR: An arrest warrant was issued for Girls Gone Wild creator Joe Francis on Monday (February 2nd) after he failed to appear at a hearing in a tax evasion case. The hearing was set to deal with a request from Bernhoft Law firm to withdraw as Francis's legal counsel. Francis faces up to 10 years in prison if convicted in the case, which stems from accusations that he failed to pay more than $20 million in bogus business expenses. The tax trial is due to start in March.

ANNE HATHAWAY TAKING DAD AS OSCAR DATE: Despite reports of a blossoming relationship with actor Adam Shulman, Anne Hathaway will take her father as her date to the Oscars. At Monday's (February 2nd) 81st annual Academy Awards Nominees Luncheon, the actress, nominated for her role in Rachel Getting Married, told People magazine, "I'm taking my dad. Hopefully, if I can squeeze a few more tickets, I'm going to see if I can take my brother and my mom."

HALLE BERRY'S BEAU WANTS MORE KIDS: Halle Berry's daughter Nahla will not be an only child for long if her father has his way. Berry's longtime beau Gabriel Aubry told People magazine on Monday (February 2nd), "She needs a sibling. I've never known anybody who's had a single child [and] I've always been around big families. I believe in big families." Aubry added that his 42-year-old girlfriend is "absolutely" OKwith his plan. Nahla will be 1 year old in March.

'SEX AND THE CITY' STAR WELCOMES A SON: Sex and the City star David Eigenberg is a dad. The 44-year-old, who played Steve in the HBO series and subsequent movie, welcomed his first child with wife Chrysti Eigenberg on January 19th. He announced on his website that his newborn son's name was Louie Steve.

HOW DO YOU HANDLE ANGER?


(Sun) Everyone gets angry sometimes. It's the way you deal with it that reveals your personality, say experts. Find out what your anger style reveals about you:

  • People are always letting me down and never take my side -- You're a blamer who expects others always to be in agreement with you. Stop nitpicking and start accepting others' weaknesses.
  • I'm upset but I won't admit it to the person who wounded me -- You're a pouter who'd rather sulk than speak up. Get comfortable with your feelings, be honest and let others know what's bothering you.
  • Blowing off steam by saying all the things I feel is how I deal -- You're a venter who releases your feelings with a volcanic explosion. Rein in your anger by sucking on a piece of candy or gum.
  • I'm rarely angry because if I get upset, I don't want to discuss it -- You're an avoider with an unhealthy habit of suppressing rather than expressing your anger. Root out your fear of confrontation by discussing your feelings with a pal.

WHAT YOUR CLOTHES REVEAL ABOUT YOU


(Sun) You may not realize it, but what you wear makes a statement about who you really are. Take this short quiz to discover what your wardrobe reveals:

The colors that dominate your clothes are?

  1. Light pink, peach and lavender.
  2. Black, beige and navy.
  3. Vibrant greens, reds and yellows.

Your typical outfit is?

  1. A feminine dress or top.
  2. Tailored slacks and a sweater set.
  3. Jeans and a t-shirt.

You usually shop at?

  1. Trendy boutiques.
  2. Outlet malls.
  3. Department stores.

The accessory you prefer to dress up an outfit is?

  1. A long scarf.
  2. Several pieces of jewelry.
  3. A retro belt or purse.

Analysis:

Mostly "a" -- You're a girlie-girl whose romantic nature is evident in the luxurious fabrics and frills in your wardrobe. Friends and family cherish your sweet, generous spirit.

Mostly "b" -- Your classic, functional clothes reflect your no-nonsense approach to life. You're a born leader whom others look to for strong guidance and sage advice.

Mostly "c" -- Your brash and creative choices for your wardrobe show the world you're an adventurous soul who's always ready for a challenge.

MINDLESS DRAWINGS?


Doodles aren't really mindless drawings they can tell you how your man really feels about you, says a top handwriting expert. Here are the most common doodles and what they mean, according to Michael Watts, author of "Love Script: What Handwriting Reveals About Love and Sexuality."

  • Hearts -- He tends to hide his feelings, but he's like a moonstruck teenager over you.
  • Cars -- He's likely to be obsessed with sex, and he's far more interested in himself than he is in you.
  • Flowers -- He's a sentimental, romantic guy who also loyal and faithful.
  • Hair -- If the hair is flowing and free, he's repressing his feelings. If he draws short or sparse hair, he's extremely frustrated sexually.
  • Trees -- Friendly, warmhearted and affectionate, he finds you irresistible.
  • Eyelashes -- He's a big flirt, but he's nervous about lovemaking. He also has a feminine side.
  • Lips -- He's a sensual lover. The thicker the lips, the stronger his cravings for you. If the lips are closed, he's likely to be very considerate in bed. If the lips are parted, he enjoys erotic talk before love making.
  • His own name -- Forget him. He's obsessed with himself.
  • Triangles -- He has a strong sexual desire for you and wants more out of your relationship.
  • Food -- He has a warm, sensual nature and hungers to spend more time with you.

Ladies, if you want to marry a man with financial potential?


Take a look at his ring finger. Men whose ring fingers are longer than their index fingers appear to be more successful at the frantic, high-frequency trading in London's financial district, according to research from the University of Cambridge in England. Those whose ring fingers were longer than their index fingers made 11 times more money than those with the shortest ring fingers. Just having a longer ring finger was equal to years of experience on the job. This same ring-to-index finger ratio has also been associated with success in competitive sports, such as soccer and basketball.

Men are such big babies! NOT!!


You know how men are infamous for acting like they're at death's door when they get the slightest sniffle? Well, hold onto your hats, ladies, because a new study shows it's "you" exaggerating your symptoms to get attention. "Women tend to talk more about their feelings generally, but men, if seems, appear to vocalize more when they're sick that's where the myth around the so called 'man flu' originated," says Dr. Gladeana McMahon, of the British Association for Counseling and Psychotherapy. "Maybe it's a case of women needing more recognition for what they do and, if they can't get that on a day to day basis, then looking for a bit of sympathy when they're sick is a way of making up for it." While 91% of females in the survey reported feeling "bad or very bad" when suffering from cold or flu, only 65% of the men said the same. The women also confessed to acting overemotional and weak when they had a virus.

KFLAG Country Music News


The Grammy Awards is coming up and Trace Adkins will be among the nominees attending the event in Los Angeles on Sunday (February 8th). The singer is included in the Best Male Country Vocal Performance for "You're Gonna Miss This."

This is the first time that Adkins has been nominated for a Grammy. Adkins told us that while he'd like to win, taking home the award doesn't really matter that much to him.

"(I'm) gettin' a little Grammy love, you know? It's been a long time. I've been around 10 or 12 years now, so I'd like to win the thing, but if I don't I've survived 12 years without winning one. I'll survive the rest of my career without it too. Yeah, I'd like to win. I should, but who knows. I don't have any control over that

Adkins adds the song is very deserving of all the recognition is has received.

"This is a special song. This is a very special song, and I can say that cause I didn't write it. When I recorded it it was a very personal thing for me. It was never intended to be a single. My oldest daughter had gotten married that year, and so it was very poignant for me, and I just didn't have any idea that as many people have come to love this song. I had no idea that they would, that it would touch people the same way it touched me."

  • Adkins' competition in the Best Male Country Vocal Performance Category includes Jamey Johnson, Brad Paisley, George Strait and James Otto.
  • The 51st annual Grammy Awards will air live from the Shrine Auditorium on CBS beginning at 8 p.m. ET.
A handful of country music's blonde beauties will announce the nominees for the 44th annual Academy of Country Music (ACM) Awards next week in Nashville. LeAnn Rimes, Jessica Simpson, Julianne Hough and Kellie Pickler will host a press conference at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum on February 11th.
  • The ACM Awards will be broadcast live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on April 5th on CBS.

FAST FACTS

  • Reba McEntire will return for her eleventh stint as host of the show.
  • George Strait will be honored as this year's Artist of the Decade. This year, the award will be given in its own separate television special, which will be taped on April 6th for later airing on CBS.
  • McEntire has won a total of 11 ACM Awards, while "King George" has 19.
This week marks the launch of Taylor Swift's new line of sundresses created in partnership with L.E.I. Three different styles of the dress began shipping to Wal-Mart stores across the country on Sunday (February 1st). Two additional styles will be revealed in stores on March 1st. All sundresses will retail for $14.
  • Swift said, "It was very important for me to create cute, affordable dresses. Especially in these hard times, making expensive dresses just doesn't make any sense. These are my favorite things to wear. When we were designing them, we had so many ideas to work from, and it came down to creating dresses that I would wear. If I couldn't see myself wearing them, I wasn't interested in making them."
  • The singer plans to wear the dresses throughout her upcoming headlining tour.

SIDE NOTES

  • Swift graces the cover of the current issue of Teen Vogue. She is also the subject of a two-page spread in the February 9th issue of InStyle magazine.
  • The singer's Fearless tour will kick off on April 23rd in Evansville, Indiana. Her opening acts are Kellie Pickler and Gloriana.
Jamey Johnson is having an extraordinary year so far -- first, three Grammy nominations and now, an opening slot on Willie Nelson's tour. Johnson is slated to open shows for the legendary singer throughout the month of March.
  • Johnson said, "I can't believe I get to open gigs for one of my heroes. I first met Willie when I performed at Farm Aid last year and I got to hang out with him on his bus. That was a career highlight."
  • Johnson's first show with Nelson happens on March 11th in Lakeland, Florida.

FAST FACTS

  • Johnson's acoustic guitar, which he named "Old Maple," bears Nelson's autograph.
  • Johnson is nominated for three Grammys -- Best Country Album for That Lonesome Song, and Best Male Country Vocal Performance and Best Country Song for "In Color." The Grammy Awards takes place on Sunday (February 8th) in Los Angeles.
  • Johnson will perform his new single, "High Cost of Living," on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno on Thursday (February 5th).
Pat Green is having great success at radio with his latest single, "Let Me." Green classifies the tune as a love song, something that he tells us he waited far too long put out:

"You know, that's a girl song for sure, but that's something I always say -- if you want to try to get a bunch of people out to the concert, get the girls there first cause the guys will follow. It's the first time we put out a love song since 'Wave On Wave' and I'm like, 'Man, that's our biggest hit. How come we didn't think of this sooner?'"
  • "Let Me" is the debut release from Green's brand new album, What I'm For.
  • The project was just released last week.
  • Green plays the San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo on Thursday (February 5th).
Montgomery Gentry will headline the second annual "Beam Bash" benefit concert for the Florida chapter of Operation Homefront at Bruce Rossmeyer's Destination Daytona on February 13th. Operation Homefront provides support and morale to U.S. troops, their families, and wounded troops when they return home.
  • NASCAR driver Robby Gordon will introduce the band during the Jim Beam-sponsored event.
  • Eddie Montgomery said, "This is a fantastic organization to support. ... It's an unbelievable feeling to know, in addition to performing for an audience, you're also performing for an important cause."

FAST FACTS

  • Jim Beam's first-ever "Beam Bash" raised $18,000 for the Operation Homefront Florida Chapter.
  • Jim Beam has sponsored Montgomery Gentry's tours for the last eight years.
  • Troy Gentry won the Jim Beam National Talent Contest in 1994.

K-FLAG SPORTS

The city of Pittsburgh will honor its Super Bowl champion Steelers today. The Steelers defeated the Arizona Cardinals 27-23 Sunday night to become the first NFL team to win six Super Bowls.

A nice crowd turned out on a sunny day to welcome home the NFC Champion Arizona Cardinals Monday. Coach Ken Whisenhunt thanked the fans saying they gave the team an emotional lift.

Amare Stoudemire finished with 25 points and eight rebounds and the rejuvenated Phoenix Suns ended a three-game home losing skid with their most lopsided victory of the season, 129-81 over Sacramento. The Suns are off today and resume work tomorrow night against Golden State.

L.A. Lakers superstar Kobe Bryant poured in an NBA season-high 61 points last night in the Lakers' 126-117 win over the New York Knicks. Bryant's 61 is a current Madison Square Garden record, breaking Bernard King's mark of 60 set on Christmas Day 1984.

NBA Monday's Games
Dallas 105, Orlando 95
Memphis 113, Washington 97
Miami 119, L.A. Clippers 95
Portland 97, New Orleans 89
Utah 105, Charlotte 86
San Antonio 110, Golden State 105, OT

Tuesday's Games
Boston at Philadelphia,
Toronto at Cleveland,
Minnesota at Indiana,
Milwaukee at New Jersey,
Chicago at Houston,
San Antonio at Denver,

The Phoenix Coyotes open a two game road trip tonight in Music City against the Predators. Phoenix won Dec. 18 against Nashville by a score of 2-1.

Marian Hossa had the game-winner in a shootout after scoring twice in regulation to give the Detroit Red Wings to a 4-3 victory over the St. Louis Blues. That ends the defending Stanley Cup champions' five-game losing streak.

NHL Monday's Games
Colorado 4, Calgary 3
Anaheim 3, Buffalo 2

Tuesday's Games
St. Louis at Columbus,
Washington at New Jersey,
Atlanta at N.Y. Rangers,
Tampa Bay at N.Y. Islanders,
Los Angeles at Ottawa,
Pittsburgh at Montreal,
Florida at Toronto,
Phoenix at Nashville,
Calgary at Dallas,
Chicago at Edmonton,
Carolina at Vancouver,

Water Cooler Talk

* Go Daddy's "enhancement" ad with Danica Patrick was the most-watched commercial in the Super Bowl, according to TiVo.

* In Iraq, a statue of a shoe has been erected at an orphanage, honoring the Iraqi journalist who threw shoes at President Bush.

* Sports fans in Tucson, AZ, who were watching the Arizona Cardinals in the Super Bowl on Sunday night, got a lot more than they bargned for after coverage of the big game was briefly interrupted with a pornographic movie.

* Singer/songwriter Lisa Loeb wed Roey Hershkovitz, a music supervisor for ''Late Night with Conan O'Brien,'' got married over the weekend.

* A volcano has erupted near Tokyo, Japan, showering parts of the city with ash that was so fine and white that many mistook it for snow.

* The 28th annual edition of the Barbara Walters Oscars special will include interviews with Anne Hathaway, Mickey Rourke, Hugh Jackman and the Jonas Brothers. Hugh's hosting this year, you know.

* Whoops! Michael Phelps got his picture snapped as he inhaled from a marijuana pipe and the photo wound up in a British tabloid Sunday.

* Val Kilmer will be riding the float as King Bacchus this year for the Mardi Gras parade in New Orleans.

* Britney Spears has obtained a restraining order against Osama "Sam" Lutfi and one-time boyfriend Adnan Ghalib. Court documents state that Lutfi, Ghalib and attorney Jon Eardley have been trying to gain control of Spears' affairs.

* NBC made $261 million on Super Bowl Sunday, when you pile up all the before, during and after ads.

* The Smithsonian Institution has asked Aretha Franklin if she'd consider donating her inauguration hat.

* TV host Gary Collins was been arrested on suspicion of drink driving, a year after pleading no contest to his second DUI.

* Did you think the Jennifer Aniston/John Mayer was still going? John doesn't seem to think so. He's been spotted in public lately, as recently as last Wednesday, with a yet unnamed beauty.

* Jennifer Love Hewitt may have broken up with her fiance amicably a month ago, but they're still fighting over who gets the dog.

* Weeks after Disney decided not to bankroll another Narnia movie, Fox says they'll do it.

* For the record, both Faith Hill and Jennifer Hudson were lip-synching at the Super Bowl. They have the option of doing it live, but both chose the pre-recorded route.

* Justin Timberlake thought he was just going to watch the Super Bowl on Sunday but it turned out that he was walking smack-dab into a surprise birthday party, thrown for him by his latest steady, Jessica Biel.

Monday, February 02, 2009

LUST IN TRANSLATION


(Cosmopolitan) When you're interacting with a guy, you give off and get flirty vibes without even realizing it. David Givens, ph.D., author of Love Signals, breaks down the unspoken signs of sexual attraction:

  • Head -- Both sexes will tilt their heads to the side to indicate sexual interest.
  • Eyes -- Holding a gaze for four seconds or more conveys romantic feelings.
  • Shoulders -- Lifting the shoulders is submissive and helps gain another's trust.
  • Waist -- Facing one another directly with hips squared says "I want you."

SIGNS SIGNS EVERYWHERE SIGNS


"If you hit this sign, you will hit that bridge" was named the funniest road sign in America in Hagerty Insurance's second annual "Road Sign Rally" in which the insurer of collector cars and boats scours the country for the most outrageous road signs. Here's the top 10 funniest:

  1. "If you hit this sign, you will hit this bridge"
  2. "Extreme Fire Hazard: Don't even fart in the forest"
  3. "Arm, Leg, First Born"
  4. "Attention dog guardians: Pick up after your dogs. Attention dogs: Grrr, bark, woof. Good dog."
  5. "Hell Freezes over" (frozen "Hell" sign)
  6. "Eat here, get gas & worms"
  7. "Guns, wedding gowns and cold beer"
  8. "Caution Pedestrians Slippery When Wet"
  9. "Drive slow, see our village: Drive fast, see our judge"
  10. "Drop your pants here" (sign for a laundry mat)

Forget chocolates or roses this coming Valentine's Day


a gift of musical condoms is bound to be more entertaining. Yes, they're selling them. The thing itself doesn't sing -- but the mint, strawberry, chocolate and banana flavored condoms come in an attractive package with a music CD to get you in the mood for love. What songs should that CD have on it? Suggestions?Email us at mornings@kflg947.com?

Mens Fitness asked their readers, "If you could have any dream job in the world what would it be?" Here's the results:

  • Pro Athlete, 45%
  • Porn Star, 17%
  • Famous Actor, 16%
  • Publisher men's nudie magazine, 10%
  • President of United States, 5%
  • Astronaut, 5%
  • NASCAR, 2%

Did you know that more than 100 million Americans suffer from insomnia?


If you are having trouble getting to sleep, there are ways to get a better and more sound sleep. I picked these up from Fox News:

  • Leave Your Worries Behind. Or at least don't bring them to bed with you.
  • Hide the Clock. People who stare at their alarm clock every few minutes should turn it around.
  • Keep a Regular Schedule. Your body is programmed to sleep at certain times, usually when it is dark outside. So it also makes sense that your body desires a regular sleeping schedule.
  • Relax. Avoid stress-inducing habits before going to sleep. These include anything that may get your pulse beating faster, such as watching the news, reading an intense book, exercising, responding to e-mail and drinking caffeine.
  • Rx Fix. If you are going to use an oral sleep aid, talk to your health care provider about taking a prescription sleep aid as they work better than over-the-counter pills.

What is your fvorite sport???


The favorite sport in the U.S.A. is football (well, duh). Yes, a Harris Poll reveals that 31% chose professional football, compared with just 16% who cite pro baseball as their favorite. Here's the top 10 favorite sports:

  1. Professional football (31%)
  2. Professional baseball (16%)
  3. College football (12%)
  4. Auto racing (8%)
  5. Men's professional basketball (6%)
  6. Hockey (5%)
  7. Men's college basketball (5%)
  8. Men's Golf (4%)
  9. Men's Soccer (3%)
  10. Swimming and boxing (tied at 2%)

Coming in at 1% were: women's tennis, horse racing, bowling, track and field, men's tennis, women's pro basketball, women's soccer, women's college basketball and women's golf.

Since Harris Poll began asking this question in 1985, professional football has always been No. 1, but it is even more popular today. In 1985, 24% said it was their favorite, compared with 31% today.

The Best of the Super Bowl Commercials 2009

Six More Weeks Of Winter


(If he, of course, sees his shadow...) Hear Ye! Hear Ye! Hear Ye! On Gobbler's Knob, Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, at 7:27 am this Groundhog Day, February 2nd, 2004, Punxsutawney Phil, King of Groundhogs, Seer of Seers, imitated but never equaled, responded to the summons of Groundhog President Bill Cooper. Bill Deeley, his friend and Handler greeted him affectionately and placed him atop his domicile, the old oak stump. From this lofty seat he addressed the large enthusiastic throng of faithful followers, wishing them a "Happy Groundhog Day." Phil may be as cute as a Beanie Baby but when he predicts in his Groundhogese there is no maybe. He directed president Bill to the appropriate scroll, which reads: Governor Rendell joins this joyful throng of several thousand strong and he like everyone will thrill at seeing the magic on this hill as I make my prognostication and give my justification: I see my shadow beside me and that is that magic you see. It causes this midwinter revelry, six more weeks of winter there will be.

Groundhog Trivia

  • How much money does Groundhog's Day generate for businesses in Punxsutawney? $15,000, $150,000 ***, or $250,000.
  • What's Phil's wife's name? Phyliss ***, Fillie or Fanny.
  • True or False, Punxsutawney Phil is really a woodchuck. (True, a woodchuck is another name for groundhog)
  • When did Phil begin predicting weather at Gobbler's Knob? 1887 ***, 1907, or 1967.
  • Spell Punxsutawney.

Call him Whistle Pig, call him Woodchuck, call him Groundhog. Whatever you call him, he's that fat little critter who gets all the attention today. Now here are the facts from The Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife -- and some even stranger than the fiction that's made him famous.

  • He Whistles -- No tunes, just a warning to other groundhogs. His teeth chatter, and he can growl.
  • He Climbs -- If he's chased, he'll climb a tree.
  • He's a Sun Worshiper -- He crawls out on a tree limb, perches on a fence post or stretches out on a rock to sunbathe.
  • He makes a Dull Pet -- He eats in the summer and sleeps in the winter. In some states you need a permit to keep him, He like to bite and be mean.
  • He's prone to dental problems -- He has 22 teeth, and they grow continuously. Bad overbite problem.
  • He wake's up to mate -- That's usually at the end of February, and not on Groundhog Day.
  • He's Vegetarian -- yep, deal with it.
  • He doesn't live with other Hogs -- He may move in to mate then leave.
  • He is a Home Boy -- Doesn't get more than 50 yards from his den. When he travels it's only to find a mate.
  • He's homely, but it has saved his hide -- His skin has never been prized fur. His hid has been used for boot laces, and before banjo heads were made of plastic, groundhog hides were favored.

More Groundhog Day facts from Groundhog Facts

Groundhog, woodchuck -- what's the difference?
Woodchuck and groundhog are common terms for the same animal, the rodent with the scientific name of Marmota monax. Most closely related to squirrels, woodchucks actually can climb trees and also swim.

What's so special about February 2?
Celestially speaking, Groundhog Day on Feb. 2 is a "cross-quarter" day, about halfway between the winter solstice in December and the ver nal equinox in March, and is celebrated in some cultures as the mid point of winter. It's not far from the time many groundhogs end their hi bernation anyway, around the second week of February.

What's going on in that burrow?
In the winter, not much. Groundhogs go into profound hibernation, greatly reducing their metabolic rate, and their body temperature drops to just a few degrees above ambient temperature. Because their hibernaculum, the deepest portion of the burrow where they hibernate, is below frost line, that produces a body temperature as low as 39-40 degrees F.

What's the wake-up call?
The groundhog's internal clock is believed to be affected by annual changes in the amount of daylight. Hormonal responses to cyclic changes in production of melatonin, a sleep-related hormone, are thought by some to be the signal to wake up.

Why did groundhog fur coats go out of fashion?
Groundhog fur never was in vogue, partly because it is not particularly thick and warm, and because the fur's grizzled grey-brown appearance is more appealing to others of their species than to people. Groundhog hairs are great for tying trout flies, such as the 'Chuck Caddis, and early American Indians once used sturdy woodchuck hides for soles of moccasins.

What's for dinner?
Groundhogs in the wild eat succulent green plants, such as dandelion greens, clover, plantain and grasses. They also are tempted by nearby gar den vegetables. At Cornell, they dine on Agway Woodchuck Chow, a simi lar formulation to rabbit feed but in larger-sized pellets. Woodchucks binge and purposefully put on weight in the summer, reaching their maxi mum mass in late August. They become lethargic and prepare for hiber nation in October. By February, hibernating woodchucks have lost as much as half their body weight.

K-Flag Country Music Update

TAYLOR SWIFT PROVES HER 'FEARLESS'-NESS WITH HEADLINING TOUR

Taylor Swift will make the leap from opening act to headliner later this year. The singer's Fearless tour will begin on April 23rd in Evansville, Indiana. The 52-city run will feature opening acts Kellie Pickler and newcomers Gloriana.

* Swift said, "Headlining my own tour is a dream come true! This way I can play more music every night than I ever have before. Having written my own songs, they are all stories in my head, and my goal for this tour is to bring those stories to life. My favorite thing when I go to a concert is having lots of changing things to look at, so I've been working really hard to make this show as multi-dimensional as possible. I want to be sure that everyone has the opportunity to come see my show, so we have affordable tickets available for every date we do this year."

* Swift is adored by fans all over the world these days, but the singer wasn't quite so popular in junior high. She recently sat down with Katie Couric for Couric's upcoming Grammy TV special and shared a painful memory from a few years ago.

"I had that group of friends when I was about 12 and then I lost that group of friends because they all just decided they didn't want to hang out with me anymore. I would go and sit down at the lunch table with my friends and they would get up and move their trays to another table, which is not fun to go through, and so at that point all I had was my mom."

* Couric's All Access Grammy Special featuring Swift, Carrie Underwood, Rascal Flatts, Justin Timberlake and Kid Rock, among others, will air on Wednesday (February 4th) on CBS.

SIDE NOTES

* In most markets, tickets to the Fearless shows will start at only $20 plus local fees.
* The concerts will feature a theatrical presentation of graphics, sets and visual elements designed by Swift herself. During each show, teenager will play five different guitars, as well as the piano.


BRAD PAISLEY IS COVER GUY FOR 'GUITAR PLAYER'

Brad Paisley graces the cover of Guitar Player magazine for the second time in a little over a year. The nine-page feature shares Paisley's take on Nashville and country music as well as details on the making of Paisley's current instrumental album, Play.

* The March issue of Guitar Player featuring Paisley is on newsstands now.

FAST FACTS

* Paisley will kick off his American Saturday Night tour on June 5th in Charlotte, North Carolina. The tour will stop in 41 cities, and feature opening acts Dierks Bentley and Jimmy Wayne.
* Paisley's current Paisley Party tour wraps up on March 14th in Nashville. So far, the Paisley Party tour has played to more than 750,000 fans.


MIRANDA LAMBERT: DON'T PUT STARS ON PEDESTALS

Miranda Lambert is as caught up in the fascination with celebrities as anyone else. The singer reads the dirt in gossip magazines and tabloids, but as a star herself, she likes to remind people that famous folks really are just like everyone else.

"I read all the magazines and all the headlines and every single tabloid you can think of. I read 'em! I'm a sucker for it just like everybody else! But one thing that shocks me is that people are like.... They have this thing in one of the magazines called 'Stars Are Just Like Us' or 'Stars Are People, Too' - and it's like, what did you think they were? I mean, they're just people with a talent."

She adds that people need to cut celebrities some slack now and then.

"You know, we're gonna make mistakes, and they're gonna be, you know, in a bad mood sometimes, and I just hate when people put you on this pedestal that you can't, you know, live up to sometimes. We're just people -- come on!"

* Lambert will head into the studio this month to begin working on a new album.
* She will join Kenny Chesney on his Sun City Carnival tour this summer.


PAT GREEN GIVES A NEW MEANING TO 'DRIVE-THRU'

Pat Green couldn't have made things easier for his Dallas fans who wanted to buy his brand new album last week. Green personally delivered signed copies of What I'm For to fans in their car as part of a "drive-thru" signing, which took place in the parking lot of the Lone Star Park in the Dallas suburb of Grand Prairie. The Texas native stood between two rows of cars for three hours and signed over 600 CDs for his fans. At its longest, the line of waiting cars spanned over 1.5 miles.

The event was in conjunction with a Dallas radio station.

FAST FACTS

* What I'm For was released last Tuesday (January 27th).
* The album's debut single, "Let Me," is nearing the Top 10 on the country charts.
* Green is headlining the first Jägermeister Country tour. The tour kicked off on Saturday (January 31st) in Atlanta with special guest Randy Houser.


WYNONNA HEADS TO THE SMALL SCREEN

Wynonna will guest star on a upcoming episode of the NBC sitcom Kath & Kim. The singer will play herself in the episode, which is set to air on Thursday (February 5th). Kath & Kim stars Molly Shannon and Selma Blair.

* Wynonna's seventh studio album, Sing, will be released tomorrow (Tuesday, February 3rd).
* The project features an assortment of standards that have been integral in Judd's life, including "Till I Get It Right," by Tammy Wynette, Nat King Cole's "When I Fall In Love" and "Ain't No Sunshine" by Bill Withers.

SIDE NOTES

* Wynonna is the new celebrity spokesperson for alli (AL-LYE) weight loss aid.
* She will appear on Good Morning America on Wednesday (February 4th) and The Rachael Ray Show on February 10th.

Water Cooler Talk

* Among the new tax and fee increases, there's now a New York City plastic bag charge at grocery stores.

* Sylvester Stallone says there's another "Rambo" movie on the way.

* If you eat two eggs for breakfast every day for two months, you could lose weight -- as much as 65% more weight than if you eat a bagel instead, even though the eggs and the bagel have the same amount of calories. That's the word from researchers at the Pennington Biomedical Research Center.

* The lineup for the annual Coachella festival in California is pretty impressive. April 17-19, concert-goers will get to hear: Paul McCartney, The Cure, The Killers, Amy Winehouse, Booker T, the Ting Tings and over 100 other bands. Coachella.com for details.

* Another casualty of the tough economy: Playboy canceled their annual pre-Super Bowl party.

* While Amy Winehouse vacationed in the Caribbean, someone broke into her London apartment and stole a couple of valuable guitars, among other things.

* Officials at Duquesne (doo-KAYN') University in Pittsburgh are upset that author John Grisham mentions the school in connection with a fictional gang rape in his latest novel, "The Associate."

* ABC's 45-year-old daytime soap, "General Hospital," is getting a new makeover as part of a new story line.

* Val Kilmer will reign as a celebrity king during the Krewe of Bacchus parade in New Orleans on February 22, two days before Mardi Gras.

* Anna Faris is engaged to Chris Pratt, from "Bride Wars."

* Exxon Mobil reported a profit of $45.2 billion for 2008, breaking its own record for a U.S. company. Who could have seen that coming?

* There's a new Porsche museum in Stuttgart, Germany.

SPORTS!!!!

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - The Pittsburgh Steelers are Super Bowl champions for a record sixth time after beating Arizona 27-23 in Super Bowl 43. Ben Roethlisberger hit Santonio Holmes with a 6-yard TD pass in the corner of the end zone with 35 seconds left to give the Steelers a heart-stopping win over the Cardinals.

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - After the game, Cardinals coach Ken Whisenhunt say he was disappointed for the team. Despite the loss, Whisenhunt says he's very proud of the team. The coach says they played hard when nobody believed in them.

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) - Kenny Perry made a 22-foot birdie putt on the third playoff hole to defeat Charley Hoffman and win the FBR Open. It's the 13th PGA Tour victory for Perry, who won three times last year and played on last year's winning U.S. Ryder Cup team.

PHOENIX (AP) - The Phoenix Suns hope to crown the Sacramento Kings tonight. Phoenix is coming off a blowout loss to the Chicago Bulls Saturday, 122-111.

NBA

Sunday's Games
Orlando 113, Toronto 90
Boston 109, Minnesota 101
Cleveland 90, Detroit 80
Sacramento 122, Oklahoma City 118, OT
Monday's Games
Dallas at Orlando,
Memphis at Washington,
L.A. Clippers at Miami,
L.A. Lakers at New York,
Portland at New Orleans,
Sacramento at Phoenix,
Charlotte at Utah,
San Antonio at Golden State,

NHL

Sunday's Games
Washington 7, Ottawa 4
Boston 3, Montreal 1
Nashville 2, Edmonton 1
Monday's Games
St. Louis at Detroit,
Calgary at Colorado,
Buffalo at Anaheim,

 
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