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Tuesday, March 31, 2009

WOMAN MOVES NEW HUSBAND IN WITH THE OLD


Yourtango.com reported that a newlywed couple from Omaha, Nebraska recently moved in with the bride's ex-husband. Although the situation began when the first husband offered to take them in following husband number two's job loss, the men now say they are great friends. They added that once they explained to their two daughters, who are six and eight, that their mother doesn't have two husbands, the arrangement began working so well that the three think they'll continue it for a few 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 miscommunications from time to time. But if grievances go unaired, 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.

THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW

  • For the record, when the Idols perform together on the "Results" show, they ARE lip-syncing to a previously recorded track.
  • It's David Cook and Lady Gaga performing on the "Results" show this week.
  • The topless revue Les Folies Bergere has called it quits after 49 years at the Tropicana hotel-casino in Las Vegas. The first show was on Christmas Day, 1959.
  • The safest seat on an airplane is in an aisle seat within five rows of an emergency exit, according to an exhaustive study from the United Kingdom's University of Greenwich that examined 105 airline accidents along with firsthand accounts of 2000 survivors.
  • Actor Tim Allen is a father for the second time. His wife, Jane, gave birth to a 5-pound, 13-ounce girl, Elizabeth, on Saturday in Los Angeles.
  • The two-hour finale of "E.R." is this Thursday night on NBC, with a one-hour retrospective kicking things off at 8pm (7 central & mountain).
  • Fox is working on a dating show for overweight people called, "More to Love."
  • French composer Maurice Jarre has died at the age of 84. He is best known for writing the haunting song "Lara's Theme" from the film "Doctor Zhivago."
  • "Cupid" is coming back to ABC. The first 12 episodes aired back in 1998. Now it's being given a second chanc

FOODS THAT MAY HELP PREVENT BALDNESS

  • Mussels: A good source of zinc, which plays a role in cell reproduction and hormonal balance, both of which affect hair growth.
  • Steak: It is high in protein, iron and zinc. Zinc manages the glands that attach to your hair follicles. Hair is made mostly of protein so it makes sense that a protein-heavy diet would help prevent hair loss.
  • Milk: The drink is rich in iodine (another mineral vital to healthy hair, skin and nails).
  • Black beans and other legumes: Good sources of protein and iron.
  • Chickpeas: These, also in the legume family, are high in zinc and vitamin B-6, both great for maintaining healthy hair.
  • Eggs and other sources of dairy, such as yogurt: These are also good ways to add extra protein to your diet. Eggs are loaded with nutrients like selenium and magnesium.

AMERICANS WARNED TO AVOID PISTACHIOS IN SALMONELLA SCARE

The Food and Drug Administration is warning Americans to avoid eating pistachios while a report of possible salmonella contamination is investigated. Kraft Foods notified the FDA last week that it had detected salmonella in roasted pistachios through routine product testing. Setton Farms, the country's second-largest pistachio processor, then launched a voluntary recall of its entire 2008 crop, which is more than one million pounds of pistachios. This latest incident comes in the wake of the national salmonella outbreak involving peanuts, in which more than 690 people in 46 states were sickened.

Celebrity Gossip

HALLE BERRY CONSIDERING MORE CHILDREN: Halle Berry has not ruled out having more children. When asked by Ellen DeGeneres if one-year-old Nahla may be getting a sibling, Berry responded, "My mind says yes, but the rest isn't up to me so we'll see." If Berry and longtime partner Gabriel Aubry are able to conceive again, she stressed it would be part of a small brood. Presumably referring to "Octomom," she joked, "I hope I don't have like 14 more."

JOSH HARTNETT HOSPITALIZED WITH STOMACH PAINS: Josh Hartnett was hospitalized on Monday (March 30th) after suffering from stomach pains. The actor's rep told People magazine that he was able to walk to an ambulance, which arrived at Hartnett's Los Angeles hotel around 2 a.m. The rep added that Hartnett suffered a "flare-up" of an ongoing gastrointestinal problem that has been bothering him for the last several months.

MATT DILLON PLEADS GUILTY TO SPEEDING: Matt Dillon pleaded guilty to speeding on a Vermont interstate last year and after paying a $828 fine, the negligent operation charge filed against him was dismissed. Prosecutor Will Porter announced Dillon's guilty plea on Monday (March 31st), nearly three months after the 44-year-old was stopped while driving 106 miles per hour in Northern Vermont.

JADE GOODY'S SONS SKIPPING FUNERAL: Jade Goody's two young sons will not be present for her funeral this Saturday (April 4th). People magazine reports that five-year-old Bobby and four-year-old Freddy are being taken on a trip to Australia by their father, Jeff Brazier, as thousands gather to pay their last respects to the 27-year-old British reality star.

LAIM NEESON RETURNS TO WORK: Liam Neeson returned to work less than two weeks after the tragic death of his wife, Natasha Richardson. A rep for the actor confirmed that he completed filming Chloe in Toronto, the set he rushed off from upon hearing of Richardson's ski injury. A source who saw the grieving Neeson alone at a hotel bar near the production told the New York Post, "It was so sad."

SHAMWOW PITCHMAN ARRESTED: Vince Shlomi -- better known as the ShamWow Guy -- was arrested in February on a felony battery charge, the Smoking Gun recently discovered. According to the arrest affidavit, 44-year-old Shlomi began punching a 26-year-old woman he'd paid for sex after she "bit his tongue and would not let go." Prosecutors recently decided not to file formal charges against Shlomi or the woman, who was also arrested on a battery charge. Shlomi gained cult fame by hocking absorbent towels and food choppers.

JAMIE KENNEDY RECOVERING FROM KIDNEY STONES: Jamie Kennedy is recovering at home with some tender loving care from girlfriend Jennifer Love Hewitt after being hospitalized last week with kidney stones. People magazine reported that after the couple flew back from a Mexican vacation, Kennedy was forced to alter his work schedule due to the pain. A source told the magazine, "He had comedy shows scheduled in Boston, but he canceled them because of his kidney stones. He felt better later in the day and went home, but on Thursday he started hurting again and he went back to the hospital." The source added that Kennedy is at home now and "feeling better."

ALYSON HANNIGAN GIVE BIRTH TO BABY GIRL: How I Met Your Mother star Alyson Hannigan and her husband, actor Alexis Denisof had a baby girl last week, People reports. Satyana Denisof was born in Los Angeles on March 24, which also happens to be Hannigan's birthday. "They're very excited, and mom and baby are doing great," says a rep for the actress.

Kflag Country Music Update

Taylor Swift rises to the top of the USA Today/Mediabase country singles charts this week with her latest single, "White Horse." This is Swift's fourth Number One single, and the second from her latest CD titled Fearless.

  • The teenager is scheduled to appear on The Tonight Show With Jay Leno on Thursday (April 2nd).
  • From Los Angeles, Swift will head to Las Vegas for a performance at the Academy Of Country Music Awards on Sunday (April 5th). Swift is nominated for Album of the Year for Fearless, Top Female Vocalist and Video of the Year for "Love Story."
  • While on the West Coast this week, Swift will attend the premiere of Hannah Montana: The Movie. She makes a cameo appearance in the film, performing her original song "Crazier." She also contributed the song "You'll Always Find Your Way Back Home" (performed by Hannah Montana) to the film and soundtrack.

FAST FACTS

  • Swift is the first country artist in the 16-year history of the Nielsen BDS chart to have a single reach Number One on the pop chart. She achieved that feat earlier this year with "Love Story."
  • Swift kicks off her first-ever headlining tour on April 23rd in Evansville, Indiana. So far, all shows have been sold out, including her August date at New York's Madison Square Garden, which sold out in one minute.

Keith Urban's new studio album, Defying Gravity, sees release on Tuesday (March 31st). The 11-song project features all-new material which Urban wrote specifically for this CD. His debut single, "Sweet Thing," has already topped the country charts.

Defying Gravity is obviously already on track to do well, but regardless, come release day, Urban tells us he intentionally changes his focus. "Well, I try and shift my attention towards putting the tour together cause that's the next project that I'm involved in. That's the next thing I'm building. The record's done. Once it's out there I have no control over it. I'm done with it, as far as that goes. That's one thing I have gotten better at is just letting it go."

Urban says that technology and the internet have allowed people to re-create his albums, a reality he's finally learned to accept. "Some people will only buy a few singles. Some may buy the whole album but then put it on playlists and change the order of the sequence, and they'll just do all kinds of things to it, which I'm far more content with than I've ever been because that's the society we're in. I can do whatever I want with it up to the point of releasing it, and then it's up to everybody else to do whatever they want with it."

  • Urban's last studio album was 2006's Love, Pain & The Whole Crazy Thing.
  • He kicks off his Escape Together World tour on May 7th in Uncasville, Connecticut. Urban will team with a different touring partner in each city, including Sugarland, Taylor Swift, Jason Aldean, Lady Antebellum, The Zac Brown Band and Dierks Bentley.
Toby Keith will make the leap into the gaming realm with his Rock Band debut for the Xbox 360 video game and entertainment system from Microsoft and the Playstation 3 and PlayStation 2 computer entertainment systems. The "Toby Keith 6-Pack" will be available at the Rock Band Music Store of downloadable content beginning on April 7th for Xbox and on April 9th for Playstation. The "6-pack" includes Keith's hits "Should've Been A Cowboy," "How Do You Like Me Now," "Beer For My Horses," "Who's Your Daddy," "I Love This Bar," and "She's a Hottie."
  • All six tracks featured in the "Toby Keith 6-Pack" may also be purchased individually.

SIDE NOTE

  • Keith's feature film, Beer for My Horses, will receive the Tex Ritter Award at the upcoming Academy of Country Music (ACM) Honors on September 22nd in Nashville. The award is given to a movie that features country music. Keith co-wrote and starred in Beer For My Horses. His co-stars included Rodney Carrington, Ted Nugent, Tom Skerritt, Claire Forlani and Willie Nelson.

The Lost Trailers' Stokes Nielson and his wife, Maria, will welcome a new addition to the family this Fourth of July. The baby, who they recently learned is a boy, will join daughter Averly, who is one-and-a-half years old.

FAST FACTS

  • The Lost Trailers are nominated for Top Vocal Group at Sunday's (April 5th) ACM Awards in Las Vegas.
  • The group's debut single, "Holler Back," was a Top 10 hit.

New duo Caitlin & Will release their self-titled digital EP on Tuesday (March 31st). The six-song package includes their debut single, "Address In The Stars," which is currently climbing the charts. It also gives fans an opportunity to download an additional free bonus track.
  • Caitlin Lynn and Will Snyder became a duo while auditioning for last season's Can You Duet show on CMT. They arrived at the auditions with other duet partners, but producers liked what they saw in them, cut their partners loose and paired them up. The match worked, as Caitlin & Will won the show and a record deal with Sony Nashville.
  • As Caitlin & Will tell us, there is no formula for their chemistry: (Caitlin) "It just works. We don't try to explain it. We don't try to understand it. You know, Will and I really have the duo mentality whereas when we're choosing songs, we just come together. I don't know. A lot of things that we do are done separately and then we come together. It ends up being the same decision." (Will) "I mean, the whole thing is bizarre and weird (laughs) and there's no logic behind any of it. It just, like Caitlin says, it's fate and God, and it really is." (Caitlin) "That's why we don't even try to understand it (laughs)."

  • Caitlyn & Will's debut CD will be released later this year.

Craig Morgan and his friends Blake Shelton, Kellie Pickler, Bucky Covington, James Otto and Jason Michael Carroll will be joined by professional motocross riders Kevin Windham, Destrey Abbott, Fred Andrews, Barry Hawk and Andrew Short for The Craig Morgan Charity Ride on Tuesday (March 31st) in Morgan's hometown of Dickson, Tennessee. The day's events include a sold-out acoustic concert, a silent auction and a motocross and four-wheeler ride. The event launches The Craig Morgan Fund, which was established earlier this year to support youth-based local and national charities.

FAST FACT

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

K-FLAG SPORTS

What could be the biggest game in Arizona State's women's basketball history is only a few hours away. A victory would place the Sun Devils in the school's first Final Four. Beat UConn in the Trenton Regional final tonight and history is theirs.

Louisville has knocked off top-seeded Maryland in the Raleigh Regional to reach the NCAA women's basketball Final Four. Angel McCoughtry's 21 points and 13 rebounds led the Cardinals to a 77-60 win over the Terrapins. And Stanford reached the Final Four as Jayne Appel scored a school-record 46 points and grabbed 16 rebounds to highlight the Cardinal's 74-53 rout of Iowa State in the Berkeley Regional.

In the NBA last night....

Milwaukee 107, New Jersey 78
Orlando 101, Miami 95
Utah 112, New York 104
Memphis 114, Golden State 109

Spring training continues to wind down. Today, the Arizona Diamondbacks host the Los Angeles Dodgers in Tucson. Yesterday, Brad Hawpe hit a three-run homer and the Colorado Rockies beat Arizona 10-3.

The NFL has released its pre-season schedule. It features a Super Bowl rematch between the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Arizona Cardinals. The Super Bowl champion Steelers will host the Cardinals on Aug. 13 - six months after Pittsburgh defeated Arizona 27-23 for the NFL title. The Thursday game will be on ESPN.

Plaxico Burress goes back to court today in his gun possession case, four months after he accidentally fired a bullet into his thigh at a Manhattan nightclub. A law enforcement official with knowledge of the case says that Burress and prosecutors have been in active discussions about a deal but remain at odds over the terms. The official says the District Attorney's office is pushing for a stiffer punishment than what defense lawyers believe Burress deserves.

Phoenix beat Dallas 6-5 on Petr Prucha's goal 53 seconds into overtime. Brendan Morrison, Andrew Hutchinson, Darryl Sydor, Chris Conner and Loui Eriksson scored for the Stars, who have lost seven straight.

In the other NHL action from last night....

N.Y. Rangers 3, New Jersey 0
San Jose 2, Calgary 1

Monday, March 30, 2009

BED BEHAVIOR REVEALS RELATIONSHIP

Do you like to snuggle up to your honey under the covers, or are you the type who needs your space? Your behavior in bed may be trying to tell you something important bout the health of your relationship. "The way partners share a bed says a huge amount how much they really like each other, trust and feel safe with each other," says Dr. Mark Goulston of the University of California. "Analyzing sleep positions can highlight trouble spots they may not even be aware of." Recognizing what these unconscious signs indicate can help couples iron out problems before they reach a crisis, Goulston adds.

  • The Spoon -- One partner cuddled up to the back of the other is the most common position in the first few years of a relationship. It implies physical trust and a feeling of complete emotional safety. "For many couples the Spoon is a comforting cocoon," says Baltimore psychologist and marital therapist Shirley Glass.
  • The Lovers Hug -- Typically the man is on his back with his arm around his partner and her head on his shoulder. Utter contentment is the hallmark here. "You're literally being brought in under the wing," Glass says. "It's a very nurturing position."
  • The Hooked Leg -- Casually touching your partner with your foot or leg indicates a healthy camaraderie. "They are showing a need for closeness as well as a desire to maintain individuality," Goulston says.
  • Back to Back -- faced away from each other with only your buttocks touching allows a private connection without clinging. "Like two circles, separate but overlapping, this position is a perfect definition of interdependence," Glass contends.
  • The Pursuit -- If your partner moves to the far side of the bed and you pursue, it's not necessarily a bad sign. "The partner who distances may actually want to be pursued," says Glass. "It's a test."
  • Opposite Sides -- If there's an ocean of sheet between you, closeness is fading and stress is building between you. "They're avoiding a lot of issues and don't trust each other," says Goulston. "They are probably thinking, 'What am I doing here?'"
  • Baby on Board -- If one partner continually brings the kid to bed, he or she may be expressing a fear of intimacy. Erecting this barrier is a way to prevent meaningful discussion of important issues. They must talk about why they feel this and work towards feeling comfortable," Goulston advises.
  • Fido Invasion -- If your mate plops your pet between you in bed every night, it's time to sit down and have a little talk. "He or she needs more affection, fears rejection and wants to put a barrier between themselves and a partner," Goulston explains.

10 traits that are career poison

It takes anywhere from three to 15 months to find the right job -- yet just days or weeks to lose it. Here are 10 traits that are career poison, according to CareerBuilder.com:

  1. Possessing poor people skills
  2. Not being a team player
  3. Missing deadlines
  4. Conducting personal business on company time
  5. Isolating yourself
  6. Starting an office romance
  7. Fearing risk or failure
  8. Having no goals
  9. Neglecting your image
  10. Being indiscreet

THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW

  • The most expensive home for sale in the U.S.? The late Aaron Spellling's 55,000-square-foot mansion, which his widow put up for sale at $150 million.
  • Cash-strapped former "Eight is Enough" and "Charles in Charge" star Willie Aames is selling off his belongings in suburban Kansas City.
  • Actress Mary Tyler Moore reveals in her new book, "Growing Up Again," that her greatest regret is when she developed type 1 diabetes at 33 and that it ultimately cost her her eyesight. Moore, now 72, said she did not take care of herself and manage her disease properly and decades later, she is paying dearly for that, losing most of her vision.
  • Men who regularly eat fish that is packed with omega-3 fatty acids have a far lower risk of developing advanced prostate cancer, WebMD reports of new research from the University of California, San Francisco.
  • Irving R. Levine, the bow-tied NBC newsman who explained the fine points of economics to millions of viewers for nearly a quarter century, has died. He was 86.
  • If you're a fan of "Friday Night Lights," it's gotten the go-ahead to crank out two more seasons worth of shows.
  • The new NBC show "Chopping Block" is done after just three weeks on the air.
  • You were supposed to turn off all of your electricity at 8:30 for an "Earth Hour" on Saturday night. Did you remember?
  • A new study says that 7 out of 10 Americans should curb the amount of salt they each day... but don't.

The real silent killer of marriage

If you're angry at him for leaving dirty dishes in the sink, say so. If you're upset with her for ignoring you at the end of a long day, speak up. Holding it in with the idea of not starting an argument is the fastest way to kill a marriage. Why? It creates emotional distance. The Rev. David Code, an Episcopal priest, family coach and author of "To Raise Happy Kids, Put Your Marriage First," says couples today are quick to suppress the urge to argue with one another. "But just because you seldom argue doesn't mean your marriage is strong. The real silent killer of marriage is distancing yourself from your partner," he wrote in a column published in the Christian Science Monitor.

Romantic dinners are swell, but 48% of women feel closest to their mate when out walking together, an American Heart Association poll finds.

In a recent survey, a whopping 79% of women say that "in the end, my opinion determines family financial decisions." Nearly three-quarters, 74% of the ladies confirmed they are primarily responsible for buying groceries and basic supplies, according to a new report by The Harrison Group marketing specialists. And more than half, 55%, say they're primarily responsible for paying the bills. But women do take into account their partner's opinions when divvying up the dollars in the household budget. Slightly more than half, 53% cited their spouse/partner "as having significant influence over their most recent $100 plus purchase decision." The kids also had their say. Many of the gals with children younger than age 18 said their offspring help make household decisions on clothing purchases 62%, vacation 44%, when to eat out 42%, and groceries 37%.

Celebrity Gossip

PARIS HILTON AND BEAU BRAWL WITH BODYGUARD: Paris Hilton told Radaronline.com that she and boyfriend Doug Reinhardt were attacked at the DJ booth of a Miami club after a bodyguard pushed Hilton, prompting Reinhardt to come to her aid. Hilton added that Reinhardt and the guard began brawling, leaving her beau with a bloody lip. She said, "I can't believe someone would do this to us, it's really scary." The cops were called to the scene but no charges were filed.

TIM ALLEN AND WIFE WELCOME BABY GIRL: Actor Tim Allen and his wife since 2006, Jane Hajduk, welcomed a healthy baby girl weighing in at 5 pounds, 3 ounces, named Elizabeth on Saturday in Los Angeles. This is the first child for Jane, Allen has another daughter Katherine, 19, from a previous marriage.

STEVE WOZNIAK TO WALK KARINA SMIRNOFF DOWN THE AISLE: Apple co-founder and Dancing With The Stars competitor, Steve Wozniak, has gotten an invitation from his professional partner Karina Smirnoff to walk her down the aisle at her wedding. The pair have reportedly become so close that Smirnoff allegedly asked the Apple billionaire to give her away on the big day. Unfortunately for Wozniak it may be a bit of a challenge after he fractured his foot and pulled a hamstring on the hit dancing show.

VINCE VAUGHN RENTING CHICAGO PAD: Vince Vaughn is renting out his Chicago townhouse for the bargain price of $9,500 a month. People magazine reports that the four-bedroom, three-and-a-half-bathroom property, which he bought as an investment can "be rented unfurnished or furnished -- if you want the Vince Vaughn effect."

CHRISTIAN SLATER AND GIRLFRIEND SPLIT? Christian Slater has reportedly split from his girlfriend, Jimmy Choo president Tamara Mellon. A source told Britain's Daily Mail that the stress of a long distance relationship took its toll on the couple, saying, "We all thought Tamara and Christian were made for each other, but the pressures of their respective careers meant they were spending too much time apart."

JOELY RICHARDSON RETURNS TO WORK: People magazine reports that Joely Richardson returned to work on the London set of her latest project on Thursday (March 26th), four days after attending sister Natasha Richardson's funeral. The film, a remake of The Day of the Triffids, also stars Richardson's mother, Vanessa Redgrave, who had already finished her role before Natasha's death.

K-FLAG COUNTRY MUSIC NEWS

BRAD PAISLEY TAKES ACM AWARDS 'VERY SERIOUSLY'

Brad Paisley is the lead nominee heading into this weekend's Academy of Country Music Awards in Las Vegas. He's nominated in six categories, including Entertainer, Male Vocalist, and Song, Single and Video of the Year for "Waitin' On A Woman."

Paisley has taken home the Top Male Vocalist award for the past two years, following in the footsteps of his musical heroes, as he tells us: "The ACMs are one of those things that you take very seriously. I remember wanting to win those. I remember watching guys go up there and win those awards, watching somebody like Alan Jackson or Garth or whoever from my childhood go up there and pick one of those up, and you wanna win that. It's all a part of building your career and trying to reach more people when you win an award like that."

Paisley and his peers may be serious when it comes down to the Awards show, but he adds that having the event in Sin City allows for plenty of playtime. "It becomes a party atmosphere sort of before and after, actually the whole week, being it's in Vegas. Everybody's partying right up 'til those cameras roll, and then they're serious about it."

The Academy of Country Music Awards airs live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Sunday.


LEE ANN WOMACK PREFERS THE NOMINATION TO THE AWARD

Lee Ann Womack is no stranger to award nominations, having been up for some 25 awards throughout her career. She is again nominated for Top Female Vocalist at this week's Academy of Country Music Awards. While Womack always hopes to take home the trophy, she says she's more than satisfied with just the nomination. "I love being nominated for anything anytime. That's great. It's always been my favorite, even back in the beginning of my career. I've always been more happy with the nomination than I was with the win. I think it's because the win comes and goes so quickly, but the nomination, you get nominated and then it's a couple of months until the awards show where you're part of everybody's shows that they're doing. So I've always liked being nominated."


JACK INGRAM ON FIRST USO TOUR

Jack Ingram began his first USO tour on Friday. The singer and his Beat-Up Ford Band headed off to Cuba for a five-day stint with the troops. Ingram said, "It's easy to forget the sacrifice these kids are making if you don't know someone who's in active service, but go to a military hospital and see a kid just out of their teens with both legs blown off, and you realize they only signed up to get a college education when they'd finished their tour of duty, and other than maybe their family, nobody realizes how great their sacrifice is."

REBA McENTIRE, HEIDI NEWFIELD PAY VISIT TO 'THE PRICE IS RIGHT'

Reba McEntire and Heidi Newfield will make a special appearance on the game show The Price Is Right on Friday (April 3rd). The entertainers will present a prize in a unique fashion, and the showcases will be country-themed. The Price Is Right airs on CBS


REBA McENTIRE FANS TO GET SNEAK PEEK AT NEW SONG

Reba McEntire will debut her brand new single, "Strange," live on the Academy of Country Music Awards on Sunday (April 5th), but fans can get a sneak peak of the song via a special widget available at thevalorymusicco.com/reba. The widget also includes a countdown to the ACM Awards, a video message from McEntire and a link to pre-order "Strange."

The song will be available for purchase through Bandbox on The Valory Music Co. website immediately following McEntire's performance Sunday evening. It will also be available on iTunes beginning on Monday (April 6th).

* "Strange" is the lead single from McEntire's first solo studio album in six years. The yet-untitled album will be released sometime this summer.

KELLIE PICKLER CREATES FIRST OFFICIAL FAN CLUB

Kellie Pickler has finally created her first official fan club! Fans joining the club online at kelliepickler.com will receive the first chance at tickets to her shows, rare photos and videos, access to a members-only message board, exclusive contests and giveaways, and the opportunity to meet Pickler. Members also qualify for merchandise discounts at her store and pre-sales on concert tickets, including the upcoming Fearless tour with Taylor Swift.

Pickler has priced her fan club yearly subscription at $19.99.

* She said, "I'm so glad there's a place where the fans have special access to all these extras and there's a lot more to come too. We took our time developing this site so that it's a cool experience from the get go. I've already had the opportunity to meet some of the first members at our recent shows, and we've got a whole tour coming up to meet with fans all year long."
* Kellie Pickler Fan Club members also get never-before-seen content, like the first look at her new video, "Best Days of Your Life." Members were able to watch the video before its TV and internet debut on March 27th at midnight.

K-FLAG SPORTS

Sacramento surprised Phoenix 126-118, further dimming the Suns' playoff hopes. The Suns are three and a-half games out of the eighth spot in the West with eight games left.

Other scores from the NBA yesterday....

Cleveland 102, Dallas 74
Toronto 134, Chicago 129, OT
Atlanta 86, L.A. Lakers 76
Minnesota 108, New Jersey 99
Detroit 101, Philadelphia 97
Indiana 124, Washington 115
Boston 103, Oklahoma City 84
New Orleans 90, San Antonio 86

Oddsmakers have made Michigan State a four-point underdog against Connecticut in the first game of the men's Final Four next Saturday at Detroit's Ford Field, just 90 miles from the Spartans' campus in East Lansing, Mich. The Spartans earned their Final Four ticket by beating overall No. 1 seed Louisville 64-52 behind Goran Suton's 19 points and 10 rebounds to win the Midwest Regional.

North Carolina is making its 18th trip to the Final Four and Las Vegas oddsmakers have made the Tar Heels an eight-point favorite against Villanova in next Saturday's second game. The Tar Heels got 19 points from Ty Lawson and 18 from Danny Green and beat Oklahoma 72-60 to win the South Regional.

Top seed Connecticut has taken its usual place in the regional finals of the NCAA women's basketball tournament. Next up for UConn is Arizona State, which advanced with an 84-69 win over Texas A&M. Briann January finished with 22 points and Danielle Orsilio added 15.

In the NHL last night....

Nashville 4, Detroit 3
St. Louis 5, Columbus 2
Ottawa 3, Tampa Bay 0
Vancouver 4, Chicago 0
Boston 4, Philadelphia 3
Anaheim 4, Colorado 1
Minnesota 3, Edmonton 2

Arizona starter Doug Davis continues to work on his curve ball in spring appearances, but it was his fastball that cost him against the White Sox. Davis allowed three runs and seven hits, while striking out two in 4 2-3 innings yesterday as Arizona lost to the White Sox 9-6. Chicago's John Danks allowed three runs and six hits while striking out five in 5 2-3 innings.

Karrie Webb posted a two-shot victory over Jayai Shin in the Phoenix LPGA International. Webb was 5-under for the day and 14-under for the tournament. It's Webb's first victory on the LPGA Tour in two years, and 36th of her career.

Friday, March 27, 2009

Check out today's guest DJ's "THE WOLF PACK"


Thanks to Wes Stevenson and Tom McFarland for coming by this morning!

http://www.rodeoup.com/wolf.html
The Wolf Pack will be hanging out all weekend long at the Pioneer Hotel and Gambling Hall. Get over there and party with The Wolf Pack and check out Bikini Bull Riding going on tonight at the Pioneer at 8 PM tonight then Killing Time takes the stage at 9pm with great country music.

THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW

  • Dan Seals, who was England Dan in the pop duo England Dan and John Ford Coley, and later had a successful country career, has died of complications from cancer. He was 61.
  • The Farrelly brothers have been working on a Three Stooges movie for decades and now, it looks it'll finally happen... starring Jim Carrey, Sean Penn and Benicio del Toro to star as Curly, Larry and Moe.
  • Seth Rogen will be the host of "Saturday Night Live" on April 4 with musical guest Phoenix.
  • April 16th, Bob Barker will make a one-day return to "The Price is Right" to plug his new book, "Priceless Memories."
  • Now we hear that Prince Harry and his ex-girlfriend Chelsy Davy have gotten back together.
  • CSI star Marg Helgenberger has filed for divorce after 20 years of marriage to husband, fellow actor and Screen Actors Guild President Alan Rosenberg.
  • Charmin is now sponsoring SitOrSquat, a web site and mobile phone application that helps you find the nearest public restrooms anywhere around the world.
  • Friends of Jennifer Aniston say she's thinkin' the heck with a life partner, she's going to be artificially inseminated and have herself a baby!
  • Prosecutors charged a man Thursday with stalking "Dancing With the Stars" contestant Shawn Johnson, saying he drove from Florida in a car found with loaded guns, duct tape and love letters to meet the 17-year-old Olympic gymnast.
  • Bono says he and his bandmates are determined to enjoy their upcoming world tour because they're afraid it could be their last one together... whatever that means.
  • A new study indicates that women who ate a lot of soy while growing up appear to have a much lower risk of developing breast cancer as adults.
  • There's a computer worm scheduled to try and attack your computer on April 1st called Conficker C. You have been warned.
  • Actor David Arquette has teamed up with singer Ben Harper and David Bedwell to launch a new clothing line called "Propr."
  • A bit of drama on the set of "Desperate Housewives," where Nicolette Sheridan was so upset the cast didn't throw her a farewell party, she cleaned out her personal trailer... taking home thousands of dollars in things that were supposed to stay there.
  • Next year's Oscars will be delayed until March 7 to avoid any conflict with the upcoming Winter Olympic Games. The year they were on February 22nd.

Celebrity Gossip

JADE GOODY FUNERAL DATE SET: Jade Goody's funeral will be held on April 4th. The late British reality star's mother told London's The Sun that her daughter will be buried in her wedding gown, which she wore earlier this year when tying the knot with Jack Tweed. Goody's publicist said that the 27-year-old planned her funeral before her death, explaining, "Jade wanted a celebration of her life. It will be very much a Jade Goody Production with Jade doing her own thing her own way."

WILLIAM H. MACY CALLS WIFE 'SEXIEST' WOMAN ON 'DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES': William H. Macy paid wife Felicity Huffman a compliment -- or an insult, depending on her catwalk aspirations. When asked about the cast of Huffman's show, Desperate Housewives, Macy told Parade.com, "The others are sort of model beautiful women and Felicity is not a model type. But I think she's the sexiest on that show. What is sexy? It's hard to put it into words. The way she carries herself. And she keeps in really great shape. She's got the kind of body that makes me melt. She's cut. She's strong and lithe and capable. I love that."

HOLLY MADISON IS THE LATEST 'DANCING WITH THE STARS' CELEB TO GET INJURED: Girls Next Door star Holly Madison is the latest contestant to be injured rehearsing for Dancing With The Stars. Madison was taken to the doctor Thursday (March 26) after suffering from an excruciating pain in her side that prevented her from rehearsing, People reports. "She hurt herself last week when she was rehearsing the Samba," Steve Flynn, Madison's rep, told the magazine. "(Thursday) she was practicing the tango and the pain was so bad that it made it basically impossible for her to move." Madison was prescribed pain medication and hopes to be back performing after getting some rest.

A LOOK AT SHAWN JOHNSON'S 'DANCING WITH THE STARS' CONTRACT: Shawn Johnson could make up to $365,000 for her stint on Dancing With The Stars. Johnson's contract, which was obtained by TMZ.com, guarantees the Olympic gymnast $125,000 for appearing on the show. In addition she gets $10,000 a week for surviving the first two eliminations in weeks 3 and 4. The weekly rate rises to $20,000 a week if she makes it to weeks 5, 6 and 7, $30,000 a week for weeks 8 and 9 and $50,000 a week in weeks 10 and 11. The contract stipulates that Johnson must train approximately 20 hours a week.

RIP TORN WANTS DRUNK DRIVING CHARGES DROPPED: Rip Torn is trying to avoid a drunken driving charge by applying for an alcohol education program. The Associated Press reported that the 78-year-old actor appeared in a Connecticut court on Wednesday (March 25th) to request the program, which requires offenders to take classed before charges are dropped. Torn pleaded not guilty to the charge in January, a month after he was pulled over for driving a car with a Christmas tree on top.

STEVE WOZNIAK HAS LARGE ONLINE FAN BASE: Steve Wozniak may not be much of a dancer, but he sure is popular. Despite the fact that Wozniak scored a ten out of 30 for his performance earlier this week on Dancing With the Star, People magazine reports that VoteWoz.com has over 70,000 followers and the fans are mobilizing on Facebook and Twitter to keep the Apple co-founder in the competition.

How to Make People Like You in 90 Seconds

Cosmopolitan says it's the little things that attract (or repel) people. Nicholas Boothman, author of "How to Make People Like You in 90 Seconds or Less" offers this advice to guys:

  • Floss your teeth -- Seems minor but less-than-pearly whites and breath that could kill a small animal make your meet-and-greet tank before it even takes off.
  • Notice the color of her eyes -- Picking up on the hue will force you to keep your pupils focused on hers -- not nervously wandering all over. Eye contact is crucial, subliminal way to show that you're a sane, friendly person.
  • Mirror her -- If she scratches her nose, rub your eye. Pick up on her voice pitch and match it. We gravitate toward people like us -- if you're not a scary mimic, this approach will warm her up.
  • Back off -- We all need our personal space, so if you're closing in on a potential pal and she takes a step away, you should stop, back up, and continue your introductions from a safer distance.

Kflag Country Music Update

Keith Urban's new CD, Defying Gravity, will be released on Tuesday (March 31st). The collection of songs has a definite theme, as Urban tells us:"They're all really songs about being vulnerable and brave to love, cause it's hard to do when you get older and you've been in love and had your heart broken by somebody, maybe several times, so the tendency is to want to just pull back."

Urban wrote most of the 11 songs from a personal perspective of "daring to love." He explains: "Sometimes, and I've seen it happen with myself, I pull back so far that I become convinced I don't actually need anybody. 'I'm fine,' you know, and I don't realize why I'm not growing, why I'm not glowing, why I'm not sort of not getting anywhere. My life seems to be just stuck, and it's because I'm terrified of loving, and so this record was sort of touching upon what happens when one dares to give over to it."

  • Defying Gravity is Urban's fifth studio album.
  • Urban is currently in the midst of his No Frills mini-tour sponsored by Verizon. Urban plays the House of Blues in Los Angeles on Friday (March 27th); Joe's Bar in Chicago on March 30th; Webster Hall in New York City on April 1st; and the Theater of the Living Arts in Philadelphia on April 3rd.
  • His Escape Together World tour kicks off on May 7th in Uncasville, Connecticut.
Jamey Johnson, Miley Cyrus, Lady Antebellum, John Rich, Lee Ann Womack and the show's hostess, Reba McEntire, are all scheduled to perform as part of the 44th annual Academy of Country Music (ACM) Awards. They join previously announced performers Toby Keith, Miranda Lambert, Tim McGraw, Heidi Newfield, Rascal Flatts, Sugarland and Taylor Swift. The ACM Awards will be broadcast live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on April 5th at 8 p.m. ET/PT on CBS.

FACT FACTS

  • The performance marks Miley Cyrus' first at the ACM Awards.
  • This will be McEntire's 11th time to host the show.
Jake Owen has already won this year's Academy of Country Music's (ACM) Top New Male Vocalist award based on votes by the fans. Now he heads into the competition for the overall Top New Artist award, a brand new category at the ACM Awards. Owen is up against Julianne Hough and the Zac Brown Band for the Top New Artist award, which fans are currently voting for online at VoteACM.com.

Just a couple years into his career, Owen has already earned some very devoted fans, as he tells us:"I've had the opportunity of playing in front of so many people over the last few years that have just been so supportive of me and my music, and people that come out to shows make signs and T-shirts and sing. I see their lips moving to the words of my songs."

  • Voting for the Top New Artist award continues through April 5th at 8 p.m. ET. The winner will be announced later that night during the live broadcast of the ACM Awards on CBS.
  • The 44th annual ACM Awards will be held at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. The show will be hosted by Reba McEntire.
Singer 'England Dan' Seals best know for his work in the duo England Dan & John Ford Coley, died on Wednesday night (March 25th) of complications from lymphoma, according to The Associated Press. Seals, who died at his daughter's home in Nashville, was 61.

England Dan & John Ford Coley scored five Top 40 hits between 1976 and 1979, including the Top Ten's "Nights Are Forever Without You," "We'll Never Have To Say Goodbye Again," "Love Is The Answer," and their 1976 Top Two hit and signature song "I'd Really Love To See You Again."

FAST FACTS

  • As a solo artist in the '80s, Seals continued to score hits on the country charts including such favorites as "Bop," "You Still Move Me," "Love On Arrival," his duet with Marie Osmond, "Meet Me in Montana" -- and his groundbreaking hit "Rage On" -- which explored the topic of an interracial relationship.
  • Seals' older brother was Jimmy Seals from the '70s soft-rock duo Seals & Croft who scored such massive hits as "Summer Breeze," and "Diamond Girl." In recent years the brothers performed together as Seals & Seals.
  • Dan Seals is survived by his wife Andi, four children; five grandchildren, two brothers, and a sister.

Martina McBride has teamed up with the National Teen Dating Abuse Helpline (NTDAH) for a new program called My Time to Shine. The partnership is in conjunction with the release of McBride's new album, called Shine, which came out on Tuesday (March 24th).
  • As the mother of three daughters, her oldest being a teenager, McBride wants to increase awareness about teen dating abuse. She said, "Young people today have more opportunities to make decisions about their lives, and it places a lot of pressure on them early. If we can help them to form healthy relationships at an earlier age in life, they will make better choices for life partners, and as a mom, I want to be part of that."
  • As part of the My Time To Shine campaign, McBride will record public service announcements to be shown at her concerts when her tour begins in October. My Time to Shine merchandise will also be sold at the shows to raise funds for the teen helpline.

FAST FACTS

  • To learn more about the Teen Dating Abuse Helpline, visit www.loveisrespect.org/ or call 1-866-331-9474/TTY 1-866-331-8453.
  • McBride's signature song is "Independence Day," a song about domestic violence.

K-FLAG SPORTS

The Arizona Diamondbacks host the Cleveland Indians today in a spring training game in Tucson. With a 9-16 Cactus League record, the D-backs are struggling through the worst spring in their 12-season history. Their only other losing springs were 2004 and 2008.

Top-seed Connecticut and third-seed Missouri will meet Saturday for the West Regional title and a trip to the Final Four. UConn topped Purdue 72-60 while Missouri raced past second-seed Memphis 102-91 behind J.T. Tiller's career-high 23 points to end the Tigers' 27-game win streak.

In the East Regional, top-seed Pitt and third-seed Villanova will meet in an All-Big East regional final and a Final Four appearance. The Panthers beat Xavier 60-55 while Villanova downed second-seed Duke 77-54.

Tonight, the top overall seed Louisville plays 12th-seed Arizona and second-seed Michigan takes on defending national champion Kansas in the Midwest Regional semifinals. In the South Regional, top-seed North Carolina plays fourth-seed Gonzaga and second-seed Oklahoma plays Syracuse with the winners advancing to the Elite Eight.

In the NBA last night.....

Portland 129, Phoenix 109
L.A. Lakers 92, Detroit 77
Chicago 106, Miami 87

NHL commissioner Gary Bettman says the financially struggling Phoenix Coyotes still are actively seeking investors or possibly new ownership, but reiterated that the team won't be relocated. Bettman says the goal is to bring in new capital and make the franchise solvent. The Coyotes have reportedly lost $200 million since current owner Jerry Moyes brought the team in 2001 and are projected to lose another $30 million this season.

Scores from the NHL last night...

Phoenix 3, Edmonton 2
Columbus 5, Calgary 0
Florida 4, Philadelphia 2
Atlanta 5, N.Y. Rangers 4, SO
Montreal 3, Tampa Bay 2, OT
Nashville 3, San Jose 2
St. Louis 4, Vancouver 2
Los Angeles 1, Dallas 0, SO

Thursday, March 26, 2009

HAPPY BIRTHDAY LISA MCCABE!!!!!!


And a big THANK YOU NOTHING BUT AIR BALLOONS for dropping by with a beautiful birthday bouquet!

Also, a HUGE THANK YOU to THE "ALL NEW" AQUARIUS in Laughlin and LISA MCCABE for coming by to tell us all about the spring concert series at the Aquarius that kicks off this Friday with MONTGOMERY GENTRY. Gates open at 7pm show starts at 8pm. A FEW great seats are left call the AQUARIUS 800-435-8469 so I can see you there!


To check out the all the rest of the amazing shows coming to the AQUARIUS and concert packages available log on to www.aquariuscasinoresort.com

WHERE NICE GIRLS CAN MEET NICE GUYS


  • A Music Shop -- Say you like the John Rich, and you see a cute guy who can't decide whether or not he should buy Son of a Preacher Man. Sidle over, tell him what a great disc it is, then let the conversation flow from there. (Important note: Don't be afraid to approach a guy in this sort of situation. We dig being approached, especially if you're confident, cool, and witty about it.) If you want to increase the dating pool-and broaden your musical horizons-hit the jazz section. But if you don't see any interesting-looking possibilities in the jazz section, try checking out...
  • A Jazz Club -- For the most part, jazz, especially the instrumental stuff, is "guy music," thus the boy/girl ratio in your typical jazz club-especially the higher-end places-is a solid two-to-one. Best contact method? Have a drink sent to his table. (Trust me, it works. At least... it worked on me.) But bear this in mind: Do it during the break. Most male jazz fans want to be left alone while basking in their "guy music."
  • Electronics/Computer Store -- Boys like their toys. Thus, where there are toys, there are boys. If you really want to reel him in, ask him a question about a piece of equipment that you legitimately want to learn something about. Nothing makes us happier than pontificating about plasma televisions, X-Boxes, or motherboards.
  • A Cafe -- Remember last Thursday at your local java emporium when you saw that cute, be-stubbled man hunched over his laptop, lost in his little laptopping world? You bet I do. Did you go talk to him? No. Why not? Well, he was lost in his little laptopping world. Well, maybe that was the case, but there's little doubt he could've been easily distracted. I mean, if he wanted to be left all alone in his little laptopping world, he'd have stayed home, right?
  • A Thrift Store -- This one is for girls whose demographic range runs the gamut from cool starving artists to indie rocker dudes. Again, be confident and funny in your approach-like maybe grab an ugly, kitschy paisley button-down shirt, hold it up in front of him and say, "With the right pair of pants, I think you could make this work." And not only might you find a nice boy, but you might stumble onto a once-worn, mint-condition Vera Wang cocktail dress that's being sold for $15. Hey, you never know...
  • A High-End Department Store -- This one is for women who're looking for a more refined fella. A good way to break the ice is to offer up a sartorial suggestion, but here's an vital caveat: No negativity. You won't win his heart by saying, "That pinstriped suit is heinous." Try something more along the lines of, "That non-pinstriped suit would look amazing on you."
  • A Health-Food Place -- Step into one of these joints and you'll have your pick of workout boys, or crunchy-granola boys, or hippie boys, or regular boys who're simply concerned about what's going into their bodies. And this isn't even taking into account the wide selection of protein bars, which offers you a great conversational gambit ("Excuse me, which one of these do you think is best? Oh yeah, and which flavor?")

100 wallets dropped in front of hidden cameras to test honesty


They included money and some piece of identity so that people could return it to the right owner. And wallettest.com reveals the answers.

  • 74% were honest and returned the wallets.
  • 26% were dishonest and kept the wallets.
  • Of the 77 white people tested: 21% were dishonest and kept the wallets.
  • Of the 23 black people tested: 43% were dishonest and kept the wallets.
  • Of the 51 females tested: 14% were dishonest and kept the wallets.
  • Of the 49 males tested: 39% were dishonest and kept the wallets.
Speaking of, what's the most money that you've ever found? A guy who works for McDonald's in Norwich, CT, just wanted to jot down a phone number when he picked up what he thought was litter on a sidewalk. But what he found was an envelope containing a $185,000 check. He found the owner and did return the check. He was given a $50 reward. Have you ever lost something of value and had it returned? Did you offer a reward?Let us know at morings@kflg947.com

8 "marriage-busters"


  1. Nagging, nagging, nagging -- We know about the squeaky wheel, but complaining loud and long gets you only short-term gains and builds up powerful discontent on your spouse's side.
  2. Blaming, criticizing, and name-calling -- These tactics belittle the person you promised to love, honor, and cherish; let you play angel to his or her devil; and don't address the responsibility you both share for your marital happiness.
  3. Bullying, rudeness, and selfishness -- These ugly power plays tell your partner that he or she doesn't count at all in your eyes.
  4. Peacekeeping and passive placating -- A "whatever you say, Dear" attitude may keep your home quieter but leaves you in the martyr's role. You'll end up angry, defensive, and a drudge. What fun is that?
  5. Deploying logic all the time -- Life isn't the starship Enterprise; playing the dispassionate Mr. Spock not only cuts you off from your feelings but also subtly tells your spouse that his or her feelings don't count either.
  6. Throwing up distractions -- You're just having fun, right? Think again. Being hyperactive, fooling around all the time, and refusing to focus -- in conversation or in life -- often is an attempt to avoid intimacy or difficult issues, which can be horribly frustrating for your mate.
  7. Stonewalling -- Another stall maneuver, stonewalling stops arguments and constructive discussions cold. Not much can happen when one spouse just won't talk about it.
  8. Making unilateral decisions about the big things -- Sometimes you have to pick the bathroom paint color on your own. But if you're making major decisions about your money, your time, your kids, and your family life, you're acting without accountability and cutting off the possibility of joint decision-making and deeper intimacy.

Mango: The weight-loss fruit


YAOUNDE (Cameroon) - THE LATEST super-food to join the 'weight loss wonders' line-up comes in the form of West African fruit irvingia gabonensis, commonly known as the African mango, said a report on Wednesday.

Research published in Lipids in Health and Disease and conducted at Cameroon's University of Yaounde, reports a test group of 102 overweight adults was given extracts of the fruit or a placebo two times a day over a 10-week period.

No other changes to the individuals' diets or existing levels of activity were altered.

At the end of the test period, those administered with the fruit extract showed a marked weight loss - on average 12 kilograms - in comparison to people in the placebo group who showed no change.

The plant's ability to help shift excess weight has been a long-held idea but this is the first clinical study of its true effects.

The findings may be the first solid foray into research but according to the research team led by Dr Julius E Oben, the findings "provide impetus for much larger clinical studies". -- Reuters

THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW

  • The whole Monica Lewinsky ordeal is going to be turned into a movie, called "Special Relationship"... with Dennis Quaid as Bill and Julianne Moore as Hillary.
  • In case you weren't one of the 25 million watching, Denise Richards went home this week on "Dancing With the Stars."
  • Simon Cowell says the president asked to have dinner with him last week, but unfortunately, their calendars didn't match up.
  • Jennifer Love Hewitt and Jamie Kennedy enjoyed a romantic getaway to Mexico last weekend.
  • Matt Lauer had shoulder surgery on Monday and is expected back on the "Today Show" late this week.
  • Al Gore has another book about global warming coming out in November.
  • 85-year-old Sir Richard Attenborough is in physical rehab after a fall in December. But he's determined to play the archbishop in the upcoming movie, "Ironclad."
  • Oprah dared to ask the First Lady, Michelle Obama, about the rumor that she was pregnant. Michelle's response: "Not pregnant and not planning on it!"
  • Lance Armstrong's latest injury is worse than originally thought. He broke his collarbone, but there were bone fragments as well that had to be cleaned up during surgery yesterday.
  • An extract derived from the African mango, a fruit that is popular in West Africa, appears to inhibit body fat production.
  • Isaiah Washington's landlord has started an eviction procedure against the former "Grey's Anatomy" co-star, claiming he owes $100,000 in rent.
  • A Seattle condominium project is offering job insurance. Buy one of their condo's and if you lose your job, they'll pay your mortgage.
  • In Los Angeles, a woman used a fake name and fake ID to get $12,000 worth of breast implants and liposuction and then disappeared. How fake can you get?
  • George Lopez is going to host a late-night talk show on TBS starting next fall.
  • Maryland lawmakers are thinking maybe it's time to find a way to scrub "Northern scum" -- and a few other sensitive pre-Civil War phrases -- from the official state song.

Obama to Answer Questions Today in Online Town Hall Meeting


President Obama is planning an online town hall-style meeting on the White House's website at 11:30 a.m. today (March 26th) in which he'll answer questions submitted by visitors to the site at WhiteHouse.gov. The site asks for questions to be submitted on the economy, although other topics are represented as well, and for visitors to vote on queries that have been submitted by others, saying Obama will answer some of the most popular. Visitors are also encouraged to include a brief video of themselves asking their question, although it isn't required. As of early this morning, nearly 70,000 questions had been submitted.

ON THE TUBE


MIKE & JULIET/SYN (check local listings)
Clay Walker

CMT CRIBS/CMT 11:30PM (ET)
Heidi Newfield, Kenny Rogers, James Otto

OPRY LIVE/GAC 5:00PM (ET)
Carrie Underwood Opry Induction

BRAD PAISLEY MAKES A VIDEO: WAITIN' ON A WOMAN/GAC 9:30PM (ET)

ONE TO ONE/GAC 10:00PM (ET)
Randy Owen, Jason Aldean

Kflag Country Music Update

Actor Mickey Rourke and Kris Kristofferson will be featured in the video for John Rich's new single, "Shuttin' Detroit Down." Rich and Rourke became friends last year after meeting unexpectedly in a New York City bar. According to TheBoot.com, Rourke recognized Rich and introduced himself. Several drinks later, the two traded phone numbers and kept in touch.

When it came time to shoot the video for his solo hit, "Shuttin' Detroit Down," Rich said Rourke was tops on his list. He said, "I thought, 'Who would be the most perfect face to represent blue collar, hard-working America?' That's Mickey Rourke, without a doubt."

The video for "Shuttin' Detroit Down" will be released next week.

  • Rich's solo album, Son of a Preacher Man, was released earlier this week.

ASK YOUR LISTENERS

  • Do you like John Rich better as a solo act or as a duo with the other half of Big & Rich, "Big" Kenny Alphin?


Taylor Swift, Jake Owen, Jason Aldean, Rodney Atkins and Jamey Johnson have all been added to the lineup of performers on the main stage during this year's CMA Music Festival in downtown Nashville. The artists will perform at LP Field over the course of the four-day event, which runs from June 11th through the 14th.
  • Previously announced performers at CMA Music Festival 2009 include Reba McEntire, Trace Adkins, Julianne Hough, Lady Antebellum, Miranda Lambert, Martina McBride, Brad Paisley, Dierks Bentley, Brooks & Dunn, John Rich, and Montgomery Gentry. Additional artists will be announced in the coming weeks.

FAST FACT

  • Tickets to CMA Music Festival 2009 are available now. To order, call 1-800-CMA-FEST (262-3378) or purchase online at CMAfest.com or ticketmaster.com.

Dolly Parton is proud to be associated with Cracker Barrel Stores and restaurants for the release of her collector's edition Backwoods Barbie CD, which is available exclusively through the chain beginning this week. Back in 1991, Cracker Barrel was embroiled in controversy over discriminating against gay employees, although they did implement an anti-discrimination policy in 2002. Since the gay community makes up a large portion of Parton's fan following, we asked her if Cracker Barrel's history gave her any cause for concern about aligning herself with the company: "I'm sure they have gay people come and eat in the restaurant. When you're a public place of business, you're for the public, so they don't have to endorse it, but, yeah, I have many friends that are gay and lesbian. I don't make any bones about that. I'm not out there preaching for anybody. I accept everybody as they are, so I don't know anything about all that, and that's not part of what my association with them is."
  • The collector's edition of Backwoods Barbie features three new tracks as well as brand new photos and artwork.
  • The original version of Backwoods Barbie was released last year.
  • The album's title track is among the songs Parton wrote for the new Broadway show, 9 To 5: The Musical, which opens next month.
  • The 1991 controversy started after Cracker Barrel instituted a policy of terminating employees who sexual preferences failed to "demonstrate normal heterosexual values." In 2002, the board of directors of Cracker Barrel's parent company, CBRL Group, voted to add sexual orientation to its written non-discrimination policy.
Jack Ingram kept the economy in mind when making his upcoming album, Big Dreams And High Hopes. His brand new single, "Barefoot And Crazy," is a light-hearted tune that Ingram hopes help his fans mentally break from the daily grind."You know, I think there's always room for escape. I mean, the next song, 'Barefoot And Crazy' is about that. It's about letting go and here comes the summertime -- let's rock! Let's have a good time and forget about all of it for a while. But, you know, I come from a background of musicians and artists and songwriters that also talked about real things, you know -- things that were affecting people's lives."

Ingram says that his new album combines songs about real life with less heavy subject matter, taking listeners on an emotional journey. "There's room for all that -- for escapism and everything -- and all in one album, and all in one show. That's the beauty of music is that it can take you on an emotional roller coaster, and when you're done you're somehow like a rock in a stream -- you've been changed somehow."

  • There is no release date yet for Big Dreams And High Hopes.
  • Ingram is set to present an award at next month's Academy of Country Music Awards. Last year, he took home the honor of Top New Male Vocalist.
  • Ingram will also participate in CBS' George Strait: Artist of the Decade special, being taped on April 6th in Las Vegas
Merle Haggard, the late Harlan Howard, Dolly Parton and Hank Williams, Jr. are all among the early winners of special awards being handed out by the Academy of Country Music (ACM). Haggard and Howard will receive this year's ACM Poets Award for their songwriting contributions to the field of country music. Parton will be the recipient of the Jim Reeves International Award, for helping country music gain world-wide acceptance. Hank Williams, Jr., Jerry Reed, Kenny Rogers, and Randy Travis will receive the Cliffie Stone Pioneer Award. Toby Keith's movie, Beer For My Horses, will be honored with the Tex Ritter Award, which is given to a movie that features country music.
  • The ACM off-camera awards will be presented to the winners at the ACM Honors, a special annual event held in Nashville. This year's ACM Honors will be held on September 22nd.
  • The ACM special awards are voted on by the ACM board of directors.

FAST FACTS

  • Past recipients of the Jim Reeves International Award include Garth Brooks, Dick Clark, Roy Clark, Merv Griffin, and Buck Owens.
  • Past recipients of the Cliffie Stone Pioneer Award include Alabama, Johnny Cash, Charlie Daniels, Merle Haggard, George Jones, Brenda Lee, Loretta Lynn, Willie Nelson, The Oak Ridge Boys, Dolly Parton, Charlie Pride, Tex Ritter, Conway Twitty, Porter Wagoner, Hank Williams, Sr., and Bob Wills.
  • Past recipients of the Tex Ritter Award include The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, O'Brother, Where Art Thou, Sweet Dreams and Walk the Line.

K-FLAG SPORTS

It's six straight wins for the Phoenix Suns. Last night, Grant Hill scored 26 points, including a tiebreaking jumper in the lane with 31.5 seconds remaining to lift the Suns over the Utah Jazz 118-114. The victory kept the Suns three games behind the Dallas Mavericks in their push for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference.

Elsewhere in the NBA last night....

Chicago 99, Detroit 91
L.A. Lakers 107, Oklahoma City 89
San Antonio 107, Golden State 106
Utah 99, Houston 86

Chris Davis of Texas hit a seventh-inning grand slam off Arizona pitcher Tony Pena to snap a 4-4 tie and lead the Rangers to an 8-5 victory last night. Vicente Padilla allowed three runs and eight hits and two walks while striking out one in six innings. Arizona's Jon Garland struggled through two innings before settling down to retire 10 of the final 12 batters he faced.

The Sweet 16 portion of the NCAA men's basketball tournament starts tonight at two sites starting in the West Regional outside Phoenix where top-seed Connecticut plays No. 5 Purdue and second-seed Memphis taking on third-seed Missouri. At the East Regional in Boston, top-seed Pitt plays No. 4 Xavier followed by second-seed Duke and third-seed Villanova.

The 12th seeded Arizona Wildcats confront top-seeded Louisville (30-5) on Friday night in Indianapolis. The Wildcats (21-13) beat Utah and Cleveland State to roll into the Midwest Region semifinal.

The Arizona State women's basketball team is one of the final 16 teams playing in the NCAA tournament, despite being without its leading scorer. Sun Devils coach Charli Turner Thorne says Sunday's game will be about defense against Texas A&M in the regional semifinal at Trenton, New Jersey.

In the NHL last night....

Buffalo 5, Florida 3
Carolina 2, Ottawa 1
Minnesota 6, N.Y. Islanders 2
Pittsburgh 2, Calgary 0
Chicago 6, San Jose 5, SO
Anaheim 7, Colorado 2

Celebrity Gossip

'LAGUNA BEACH' STAR INVOLVED IN DRUG CASE: Alex Murrel, a former cast member on MTV's Laguna Beach has found herself in the middle of a drug bust after her boyfriend was busted in her rented Orange County home. TMZ.com reports that feds raided the property and arrested her boyfriend for felony possession of cocaine with intent to sell. Murrel was not charged, but was interviewed as a witness.

REDMOND O'NEIL PLEADS NOT GUILTY TO DRUG CHARGES: Redmond O'Neil pleaded not guilty to drug charges in a California courtroom on Wednesday (March 25th). People magazine reports that the 24-year-old son of actor Ryan O'Neal had been charged with a felony count of methamphetamine possession, two misdemeanor counts of possession of drug paraphernalia and one misdemeanor count of illegal possession of pepper spray. He and his father were both arrested last September during a probation sweep, when authorities discovered the drugs. In January, Ryan pleaded guilty to felony drug possession and agreed to enter an 18-month drug diversion program.

NANCY O'DELL RECOVERING FROM KNEE SURGERY: Nancy O'Dell is recovering from knee surgery following an injury sustained while training for Dancing With the Stars. The Access Hollywood host wrote on the show's blog, "Well, surgery on my knee is done and over with and it went well! I am so happy as I am ready to start rehabbing my knee and get it back to normal!" O'Dell withdrew from the competition shortly before its debut and was replaced by The Bachelor's Melissa Rycroft.

MARG HELGENBERGER OFFICIALLY FILES FOR DIVORCE: Actress Marg Helgenberger officially filed for divorce from her husband, Alan Rosenberg. The CSI star, who separated from Rosenberg last December, cited irreconcilable differences in the divorce papers filed in L.A. County Superior Court on Tuesday (March 24). She is asking for spousal support, and looking to split attorney fees. Helgenberger and Rosenberg were married back in 1989.

LEONARDO DICAPRIO BEING HONORED AT KIDS' CHOICE AWARDS: Leonardo DiCaprio is receiving Nickelodeon's first-ever "Big Green Help Award" at Saturday's (March 28th) Kids' Choice Awards in Los Angeles. People magazine reports that the award recognizing the 34-year-old actor's dedication as an environmental activist as well as his work in the award-winning environmental documentary The 11th Hour. Cameron Diaz will present DiCaprio the award.

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

GET HIRED RIGHT NOW


(Self) Use these five insider tips to stand out in a tough market and you'll be getting offers quicker than the Dow drops 10 points:

  • Polish your credentials -- To make your resume shine, quantify your achievements. ("I increased profits by 9 percent" versus saying "sales experience.") If you email your CV, mention one of your feats in the subject line. ("Teacher who improved class test scores 10 percent seeks position.") Finally, address a dry spell by listing what you've accomplished during your hiatus (like getting involved in a charity).
  • Wear your game face -- "Exuding confidence in this climate indicates that you can perform well under pressure," says Jason Alba, CEO of the career site JibberJobber.com. To feel more in control during your search, use a spreadsheet to keep a record of where you have applied and when you need to follow up.
  • Be open to criticism -- Inviting a little scrutiny during an interview could pay off big time, Rosemary Haefner, vice president of human resources at CareerBuilder.com, says, "Asking, 'Do you think I'm lacking any critical experience?' gives you a chance to assuage any reservations."
  • Spin your skills -- If openings in your field are scarce, think creativity about how your experience might be marketable elsewhere. Your talent for writing grant proposals for a nonprofit could translate into penning a hospital newsletter, for example. Start by searching job sites such as Monster.com using your skills (HTML programming) rather than title (Web developer).
  • Create career karma -- Even if you're in dire straits, do a small favor for someone in your circle (introduce a colleague who wants to break into advertising to a pal who owns an ad firm). It will encourage others to repay your generosity with referrals of their own, and you'll strengthen ties with people who will continue to support you down the road.

MAKE A MOVE ALREADY


(Men's Health) Is chatting her up going to lead to something -- other than a hefty bar bill? Here's how to tell whether to make a move or just move on...

  • She's leaving with you if... her toes -- the ones dangling from her cross-legged position -- are pointed toward you. (Bonus if her foot is dangling -- she's foot flirting with you.) She's just plain leaving if... her toes are pointed toward the handsome man by your side, or her leg is crossed in the direction facing away from you.
  • She's leaving with you if... she asks if you like "Sex and the City" (her excuse to flirt and bring up naughty topics). She's just plain leaving if... she mentions you seem like a "Everyone Loves Raymond" type of guy.
  • She's leaving with you if... she whips out her compact mirror and puts on lip liner and lipstick right in front of you. (We women think this turns guys on.) She's just plain leaving if... she goes to the ladies' room and returns completely uncoifed (meaning she didn't even adjust her makeup or hair for you).
  • She's leaving with you if... she wants you to meet "the girls." She's just plain leaving if... she skips a chance to introduce you to her friends (probably because she doesn't need their approval or want their competition).
  • She's leaving with you if... she's asked you a laundry list of questions (three or more), and she's still talking to you. She's just plain leaving if... he hasn't asked you any questions at all. (Sorry, she's not even scooping you out.)
  • She's leaving with you if... her hands keep creeping up and tossing her hair -- she's telling you she's healthy and playful. She's just plain leaving if... her body doesn't move or fidget at all -- she thinks you're not quite as exciting as "the CBS Evening News."

ARE YOUR SLEEP HABITS NORMAL?


Compare your bedtime routine to these statics published in Glamour magazine:

  • 9% of women polled by Glamour go to bed naked.
  • 48% of women get less than 7 hours of sleep most week nights.
  • 33% of women drink 3 or more cups of caffeine a day to stay awake.
  • 56% of women say stress can cause them to lie awake at night.
  • 7% of women say they've fallen asleep during sex.
  • 11% of women sleepwalk.
  • 56% of women talk in their sleep.
  • 22% of women use thinks like prescription or over the counter meds or alcohol a few times a week to fall asleep faster.
  • 30% of women wake up in the middle of the night.
  • 39% of women hit the "snooze button" 2 to 3 times before getting up.
  • 16% of women hit he "snooze button" 4 times before getting up.
  • 27% of women say they still sleep with a stuff animal.
  • 22% of women say they wish they could sleep alone more often.

SIX SECRETS ABOUT YOUR BRAIN


Neuroscientist Sandra Aamont, Ph. D., coauthor of "Welcome to Your Brain," uncovers female-brain facts in her book:

  • Size doesn't matter. "Men's brains are just bigger in proportion to their bigger bodies," says Aamont.
  • Men do have bigger brains than women. But it doesn't mean they're smarter.
  • Men are good at finding things. Because of sex hormones' effect on the brain, women tend to be able to recall objects locations while men are better at spatial problems like how a couch will fit through a door.
  • Your brain has a memory peak. Memory starts to decline in your thirties, and continues to weaken as we age. The best way to stay sharp? Exercise; it boosts blood flow to the brain.
  • Stress makes you forget. Long-term stress can damage the hippocampus, an area that's essential to storing new memories.
  • The brain has a willpower muscle. Self-discipline seems to be controlled by the frontal cortex. It gets strong with practice so hitting the guy tonight could help you get there tomorrow, too.

SIGNS THAT INDICATE THE RECESSION IS ENDING (MSN.com)


  • Cardboard boxes are in demand: Cargo and cardboard are two heavy-duty industrial signals to watch. The Baltic Dry Index is an assessment of the price of moving raw materials on cargo ships around the world. When the world economy is fading, shipping gets cheaper. When growth returns, shipping costs more. The index has shown some improvement this year, after sinking to a 22-year low in early December.
  • Diamonds are forever . . . again: Jewelry sales are a leading indicator of recovery in the retail sector, according to Mike Niemira, the chief economist at the International Council of Shopping Centers. So what better store to watch than Tiffany? Sales of engagement rings have been down in recent months, said Mark Aaron, the company's vice president of investor relations. "It's not that people don't fall in love during a recession," Aaron said, "It's whether they're making that commitment and buying a $10,000 engagement ring and making wedding plans."
  • Restaurants are bubbly: High-end restaurants will know the recession is ending when the most affluent diners stop ordering the $150 bottles of wine they've been drinking lately and start ordering the $300 bottles they drank when the economy was stronger. Some in the restaurant business see sales of Champagne as a leading indicator. If you buy that, there's hope, as bubbly remains very popular at hip bars, nightclubs and hotels, said Stephen Brauer, the general manager of wines and champagnes at Pernod Ricard.

Check out these shower stats from Redbook:


  • 3,650 gallons of water one person could save in a single year if she reduced her shower time by five minutes.
  • 105 degrees Fahrenheit is the average temperature people prefer for their showers.
  • 15 minutes is the time it takes for your fingers to prune.
  • 20% of people who say they use their shower time to clean the tub.
  • 22% of people say they've gotten down and dirty in the shower.

THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW

  • David Letterman has revealed that he married his longtime girlfriend, Regina Lasko, March 19th in Montana.
  • Where in the world is Matt Lauer? Getting ready for shoulder surgery after a bicycle accident. He was riding on Long Island when a deer ran in front of him and he flipped over the handlebars, injuring his shoulder.
  • He's not alone. Lance Armstrong broke his collarbone after a bicycle fall during a race in Spain this week.
  • Robin Williams is recovering from heart surgery in Ohio, after having an aortic valve replaced last week.
  • Kiefer Sutherland says he'll be back next year for another season of "24" that they'll actually begin filming in May.
  • Octo-Mom Nadya Suleman has fired the free nursing staff provided to her by the non-profit organization Angels In Waiting.
  • They were just married February 26th. Now Tom Brady and Gisele Bundchen are having a second wedding so friends can attend, on April 3.
  • A Hollywood agent estimates that each of the contestants on "Dancing with the Stars" gets $200,000 to appear on the show... with bonuses for each of the top three.
  • Zac Efron has dropped out of the remake of "Footloose."
  • Derek Jeter is building a gigantic, 30,875-square-foot mansion with seven bedrooms and nine bathrooms on Davis Islands in Tampa.
  • The rumor mill says that Jennifer Aniston dumped John Mayer for "Twittering" too much... and kept telling her he was "too busy" to see her.
  • Aussie supermodel Kristy Hinze tied the knot with billionaire Netscape founder Jim Clark last weekend. She's 28, he's 65.
  • After the lights go down on tonight's episode of "American Idol," Jennifer Hudson is going to take the stage to tape an appearance for a future episode.

K-FLAG SPORTS

Phoenix hosts the Utah Jazz tonight. The Suns are looking for their sixth straight victory as they drive for the playoffs. Phoenix is within three games of Dallas for the final Western Conference playoff position.

The Utah Jazz moved within a half game of idle Denver for the NBA's Northwest Division lead by beating Houston 99-86 last night to end the Rockets' four-game win streak. Utah's 13th straight home victory was led by Deron Williams' 19 points and 12 assists.

The San Antonio Spurs suffered last-minute losses at home to Boston and Houston last week, but didn't fold down the stretch last night. Tony Parker scored 30 and Roger Mason scored 24 and sank the go-ahead jumper with 23.8 seconds left in the Spurs' 107-106 win over Golden State.

In other NBA action last night....

Chicago 99, Detroit 91
L.A. Lakers 107, Oklahoma City 89

In the NHL last night....

N.Y. Rangers 2, Minnesota 1
Toronto 3, Washington 2, SO
Montreal 6, Atlanta 3
Tampa Bay 2, Columbus 1, OT
Anaheim 2, Nashville 1, SO
St. Louis 2, Los Angeles 0
Vancouver 5, Dallas 2
Detroit 3, Edmonton 2

Eric Byrnes appears fully recovered from the hamstring problems that sidelined him for much of last season. Byrnes had two more hits Tuesday for the Arizona Diamondbacks in a 7-3 loss to the San Francisco Giants. Arizona meets the Rangers in Surprise tonight.

NFL owners have passed four player safety rules for next season and adjusted the calls on the kind of tackle that injured Patriots quarterback Tom Brady in the 2008 opener. Defenders who are knocked to the ground no longer can lunge into quarterbacks if the play is still going on.

Kflag Country Music Update

The Lost Trailers have dubbed their new tour the Lean & Clean tour because it's stripped down and streamlined, but not in the way you probably think. The group is taking it upon themselves to help out both the economy and the environment, as member Ryder Lee tells us: "Basically, what we're doing is we're cutting all of our carbon emissions. We're gettin' rid of the bus. We're gettin' rid of any sort of semis and stuff like that. We're doing all commercial fly dates. We're also using local crew to supplement for that, so when we come into a community, we'll be renting our instruments there (and) putting money into the community, using local crew (and) putting money into the community that way."

Lead guitarist Stokes Nielson adds that the changes are their way of sacrificing for the good of everyone. "People say, 'The Lost Trailers without a bus! What's that gonna be like?' and we don't know actually. We're gonna do it for a year and see how it goes, but we really feel like in this economy everybody's gonna have to make sacrifices. It allows us to put more money into local communities when we play, and we wanna do that. We wanna help those mom and pop instrument stores. We wanna help those local crew guys who get a paycheck."

  • The Lost Trailers begin their West Coast tour on March 31st with a stop at Anaheim's House of Blues.
  • The band will play 60 dates from now through the end of September.
  • For a complete list of Lean & Clean tour stops, log onto thelosttrailers.com.

JUST OUR OPINION

  • We think it's great that The Lost Trailers are doing what they can to help the environment and the economy. But, one of the reasons bands have their own tour buses is to make sure they arrive at their destination on time, with all their luggage and gear intact. Flight delays and lost luggage could be a problem here and they might also have trouble with inconsistent quality of the instruments and crews on the local level. We just hope everything works out as planned.
Dierks Bentley will spend the summer as one of the opening acts for headliners Brad Paisley and Keith Urban, among others. Bentley headlined his very first tour nearly two years ago, and tells us while he enjoyed the experience, he's happy to share the bill with some of his peers. "I look so fondly back on 2007, 2008. We had great tours and we played all the big rooms doing three, four, five, sometimes six, seven thousand people a night just depending on the town, so that was a great tour, but I always kind of wanted to go back and get a chance to spend some time with some of these other guys that I just would like to get to know -- Keith Urban, the Flatts and definitely at the top of the list right there, Brad Paisley."

Now that he's not the headliner, Bentley says he can kick back and relax a bit. "I've spent so much time this last year working on this record and rehearsing our live show. I'm so happy now just to be out there in the middle slot again. It's like going back in high school and you don't have to be the senior with all the pressure. You just get a chance to be the junior and be kind of the class clown, the slacker out there."

  • Bentley will play his first date on Urban's Escape Together World tour on May 29th in Roanoke, Virginia.
  • He joins Paisley's American Saturday Night tour beginning on June 5th in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Tracy Lawrence and his band and crew are lucky to be alive today. They were on their way from Nashville to a show in Jackpot, Nevada when their tour bus blew a tire on an interstate in North Platt, Nebraska on Sunday (March 22nd). The driver lost control of the bus, which ran down an embankment and over the median, landing on two wheels and bouncing into oncoming traffic. Lawrence says it was "divine intervention" that brought the bus to a complete stop in the center of the median.
  • He added, "We were at the right place at the right time for a serious incident like this to happen and have everyone walk away unscathed."
  • The front of the bus and undercarriage suffered only minor damage.

SIDE NOTE

  • Lawrence shot the video for his latest single, "Up To Him," on Tuesday (March 24th) in Nashville.
  • The song is the debut release from his upcoming inspirational country CD, The Rock.

Lady Antebellum is partnering with water filtration leader BRITA and their "FilterForGood" campaign to encourage fans to use fewer disposable water bottles as a small step toward bettering the environment.

The group will help spread the FilterForGood message online and on the road, starting with this week's "Webisode Wednesday." Lady Antebellum will encourage concert-goers on their upcoming Sun City Carnival tour with headliner Kenny Chesney to tailgate with reusable FilterForGood Nalgene bottles.

  • Group member Hillary Scott said, "The message of our new video for 'I Run To You' is about paying it forward and being there for others when they need you. We are going to try and make small lifestyle changes now to pay it forward for people younger than us, like my little sister, so that they have a clean, healthy and safe environment to enjoy years from now."

SIDE NOTES

  • To take the pledge, purchase an iconic FilterForGood bottle like the one the band uses and find more tips, visit www.filterforgood.com.
  • Lady Antebellum is also participating in the World Wildlife Fund's Earth Hour on March 28th, when individuals and communities across the world will turn off their lights at 8:30 p.m. local time. The band will dim their stage lights during their performance of their current single, "I Run To You," to support the global effort.
Dolly Parton fans can check out a stripped down performance by the legend on Unplugged At Studio 330 online at CMT.com on March 31st. The acoustic set features songs from her newest album, Backwoods Barbie, in addition to her hits "Jolene," "I Will Always Love You" and "9 to 5."
  • Backwoods Barbie is the first release on Parton's own Dolly Records.
  • A Limited Edition of Backwoods Barbie was released earlier this week at all Cracker Barrel Country Stores.

SIDE NOTES

  • For a sneak peek of Parton on CMT.com's Unplugged At Studio 330, go to: http://www.cmt.com/videos/misc/356303/unplugged-at-studio-330-sneak-peek.jhtml
  • Parton fans can register at CMT.com to win an all-expenses paid trip to see 9 to 5: The Musical in New York, along with the blue outfit Parton wore in the video "Shinola," and one free meal each week for a year at Cracker Barrel.
  • Parton wrote the music for 9 to 5: The Musical, which is based on the 1980 hit comedy film in which she starred. 9 to 5: The Musical opens on Broadway in April.

Celebrity Gossip

T.R.KNIGHT REPORTEDLY CAUSED CAR CRASH: Law enforcement officials have reportedly determined that Grey's Anatomy actor T.R. Knight caused a car crash last Thursday (March 19th) that put one person in the hospital. TMZ.com reported that although Knight stopped a stop sign, he entered the intersection even though it wasn't clear of traffic, subsequently crashing into another car. Knight will not be ticketed however, because its against LAPD policy to ticket on infractions that they did not witness.

COURTHOUSE STAFF LEAKS LETTERMAN WEDDING DETAILS: David Letterman surprised the staff at the Montana courthouse where he married longtime girlfriend Regina Lasko last week. Lisa Sinton, the Clerk of District Court in Choteau County told People magazine that the talk show host had a friend call in to get the information he needed for the wedding, so when the comedian turned up, she was shocked. Sinton added that a couple close to Letterman and Lasko and their five-year-old son Harry were present during the ceremony.

DUSTIN DIAMOND SUED: Former child star Dustin Diamond is being sued by an energy company for allegedly failing to pay his utility bills. The lawsuit, obtained by the Journal Sentinel newspaper, claims that Diamond failed to pay an outstanding bill of $2,079 for amenities provided to his Wisconsin home. Diamond, who rose to fame playing Screech Powers on Saved By the Bell, has until April 15th to respond to the lawsuit. In the past few years, Diamond has both battled foreclosure and had his car repossessed.

COURTENAY SEMEL IN REHAB: Tila Tequila's ex-girlfriend Courtenay Semel has checked in to rehab. The New York Post reports that the heiress decided to try and kick her hard-partying habits after her father, Yahoo! billionaire Terry Semel cut her off following her Las Vegas arrest for hitting a security guard. A rep for Semel told the Post, Courtenay has indeed checked into rehab . . . She's emotionally, physically and mentally exhausted. She is now taking responsibility for her actions and is excited for her chance to start over."

ELAINE CASSIDY PREGNANT: Harper's Island star Elaine Cassidy is pregnant. People magazine reports that the 29-year-old actress, who is set to debut on the CBS show next month, is expecting her first child with her husband, U.K. actor and producer Stephen Lord. Harper's Island, which premieres on April 6th, follows Cassidy's character as she returns to the island where her mother was murdered and deals with a string of subsequent homicides.



Tuesday, March 24, 2009

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MOST PAINFUL PLACES TO GET A TATTOO

The amount of pain caused by getting inked varies from person to person depending on an individual's tolerance and the tattoo site. Newsweek reporter Temma Ehrenfeld has compiled this list of the five most painful places to get a tattoo.

  1. The eyeball -- While you're not going to get a sailor emblazoned on your eyeball, some blind people do get permanent makeup there to make their eyes look more normal. Other painful spots for permanent makeup are the eyebrows and lips.
  2. The pubic area -- Tattoos down under are just about as painful as the lips because there are a lot of nerves that typically provide pleasure under different circumstances. If you're determined to do this, ask the tattoo artist to use a numbing cream.
  3. The top of the foot or ankle -- Women like tattoos here. They look delicate and feminine and can be easily shown off by wearing sandals or going barefoot. But since there is so little fat here, be prepared to grit your teeth during the procedure.
  4. Behind the ear -- It's a sexy look to be sure, but with nothing but skin, bone and nerves, there is nothing to help dull the pain. Ouchies! A tattoo here can be endearingly sexy. Just remember ladies, there's nothing in this spot but skin and bone--and nerves (though not as many as on your lip surface).
  5. The rib cage -- The thinner you are, the more painful it is. And this goes for both men and women.

The top 10 most memorable and coolest cars


Sometimes the car's the star. The top 10 most memorable and coolest cars on the small screen have been listed by Cars.com:

  1. KITT, 1982 Pontiac Trans Am, "Knight Rider" driver Michael Knight played by David Hasselhoff
  2. Jessi's # 1...General Lee, 1969 Dodge Charger, "The Dukes of Hazzard" drivers Luke and Bo Duke played by Tom Wopat and John Schneider
  3. Ferrari 308 GTS, "Magnum, P.I.," driver Thomas Magnum played by Tom Selleck
  4. Batmobile, 1955 Lincoln Futura concept, "Batman," driver Batman played by Adam West
  5. 1975 Ford Gran Torino, "Starsky & Hutch," driver Dave Starsky played by Paul Michael Glaser
  6. 1973 Chevrolet El Camino, "My Name is Earl," driver Earl Hickey played by Jason Lee
  7. 1983 GMC G-Series, "The A-Team," driver B.A. Baracus played by Mr. T
  8. 2005 Maserati Quattroporte, "Entourage," driver Turtle played by Jerry Ferrara
  9. Pontiac Firebird, "Rockford Files," driver Jim Rockford played by James Garner
  10. 1971 Plymouth Barracuda, "Nash Bridges," driver Nash Bridges played by Don Johnson

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Robin Williams is recovering after undergoing successful heart surgery


Publicist Mara Buxbaum told the Associated Press that the 57-year-old had an operation to replace an aortic valve after being transferred from Florida to Cleveland for the procedure.

  • A cardiothoracic surgeon at the clinic said, "His heart is strong and he will have normal heart function in the coming weeks with no limitations on what he'll be able to do. A couple of hours after surgery, he was entertaining the medical team and making us all laugh."
  • In a statement, Williams thanked the staff at both hospitals who treated him, saying, "I can't thank them enough for their kindness and dedication while I was in their care. I must also thank all the people who have expressed their love and concern for me. I have been deeply touched by their support."
  • Williams was forced to cancel the remainder of his one-man comedy show tour earlier this month after it was determined that he'd need surgery. The sold-out, multi-city tour is expected to resume in the fall.

Celebrity Gossip

DAVID LETTERMAN MARRIES LONGTIME GIRLFRIEND: David Letterman married his longtime girlfriend Regina Lasko last Thursday (March 19th). The talk show host shared the happy news with his Late Night show audience on Monday (March 23rd), revealing that he and Lasko tied the knot in a courthouse ceremony. The pair, who have been dating for more than ten years, have a 5-year-old son named Harry. Usmagazine.com reports that the newlyweds first met when Lasko worked on Letterman's show.

MATT LAUER TO UNDERGO SURGERY AFTER BIKE ACCIDENT: Matt Lauer is scheduled to undergo surgery after separating his shoulder in a bicycle accident over the weekend. NBC announced that the Today show host flipped over his bike's handlebars after a deer jumped into his path while he was riding. The Today show publicist said that Lauer is "doing well" and he'll hopefully return to his hosting duties by the end of the week.

DANNY BONADUCE ENGAGED: Danny Bonaduce is engaged to his girlfriend of two years, Amy Railsback. The 26-year-old former teacher told Usmagazine.com, "He proposed a whole bunch of times over the last couple of years, but you know, it's never quite official until you have a ring on your finger. I'm a little giddy about it." She added that 49-year-old Bonaduce popped the question on March 12th with a sterling silver skull and crossbones ring, explaining, "He promises to get me a grown up engagement ring and wedding when we get married. This one is a Danny version for now." Bondaduce, who rose to fame as a child on The Partridge Family, currently works as a radio show host.

JUDGE REFUSES TO ESTABLISH PETER FALK CONSERVATORSHIP: A judge has refused to establish a conservatorship for Peter Falk on Monday (March 23rd), indicating that he will likely throw out a petition by the actor's adopted daughter. Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Aviva Bobb postponed a final ruling, having instead scheduled testimony to decide whether court intervention may be necessary. The move is opposed by Falk's wife, who, before he began suffering from Alzheimer's disease and advanced dementia, was designated as his caregiver and keeper of his estate.

TOM BRADY AND GISELE BUNDCHEN PLANNING SECOND WEDDING: People magazine has confirmed that Tom Brady and Gisele Bundchen will hold a second wedding on April 3rd in Costa Rica. Sources tell the magazine that friends and family have been invited to a celebration honoring the newlyweds, who tied the knot in a small ceremony on February 26th in Santa Monica. One insider said, "It's going to be an intimate affair. Mostly family and a few friends of both."

LISA LING'S SISTER ARRESTED IN NORTH KOREA: Laura Ling, the sister of former View co-host Lisa Ling, was one of two American journalists arrested in North Korea last week. People magazine reports that North Korea claims Ling and Euna Lee -- reporters for Current TV -- were "illegally intruding" from across the border with China when they were taken into custody last Tuesday (March 17th). They had been working on a story about North Korean refugees in the border region. The United States government says the State Department is in talks with North Korea about freeing the detained women, who People reported on Monday (March 23rd) have been taken to Pyongyang for interrogation.

CALIFORNIA STILL TRYING TO COLLECT TAXES FROM ANGELINA JOLIE'S LATE MOTHER: Cash strapped California is trying to collect over $60,000 in back taxes from Angelina Jolie's mom Marcheline Bertrand, who passed away in 2007. TMZ.com reports that the state filed a claim against Bertrand's estate for owes $43,699 in back taxes, $10,924.75 in penalties and $$8,304.95 in interest, for a total of $62,928.70.

'WONDER YEARS' STAR GETS MARRIED: Danica McKellar, who starred as Winnie Cooper on The Wonder Years, got married on Sunday (March 22nd) to composer Mike Verta. Her rep confirmed to People magazine that the couple, who had been dating since 2001, tied the knot in front of 150 guests in La Jolla, California. Crystal McKellar, who played Becky Slater alongside her sister on the hit show, served as the maid of honor.

ASHTON KUTCHER DISPENSES MARRIAGE ADVICE: Attending Bruce Willis's weekend wedding apparently gave Ashton Kutcher some food for thought, evident after he expressed his thoughts on the sacred bond via Twitter. Since attending the nuptials of his wife Demi Moore's ex, Kutcher has written, "For me it's about relearning that supporting my wife isn't about providing $ and Home, it's about supporting her desires, needs and emotions." He added, "Greatest lesson in my marriage. Don't try to solve her problems, just listen, love and be supportive. This is the opposite of male nature," and "2nd greatest lesson. When she says time for bed...hop to, good things await."

K-FLAG SPORTS

Grant Hill scored 23 points and hit the tiebreaking basket in the final minute as Phoenix topped the Nuggets 118-115. Jason Richardson added 22 points to help the Suns extend their season-high winning streak to five games.

Chicago 101, Washington 99
Atlanta 109, Minnesota 97
Boston 90, L.A. Clippers 77
Miami 94, Memphis 82
Orlando 106, New York 102
Phoenix 118, Denver 115
Philadelphia 114, Portland 108, OT

Sybil Dosty scored 13 points and Danielle Orsillo hit a tiebreaking three-pointer with 32 seconds left to lead Arizona State past Florida State 63-58. Sixth-seeded Arizona State (25-8) will play the winner of Tuesday's Texas A&M-Minnesota game on Sunday in Trenton, N.J.

In the NHL last night.....

Philadelphia 4, New Jersey 2
Carolina 3, Florida 2, OT
Calgary 5, Detroit 3

Japan has successfully defended its World Baseball Classic championship by beating Korea 5-3 in 10 innings at Dodger Stadium. Ichiro Suzuki went 4-for-5, including a two-run single that snapped a 3-3 tie in the top of the 10th. Japan who won the inaugural WBC three years ago.

Curt Schilling has announced his retirement after 20 major league seasons and three World Series championships. He won the World Series with the Bosox in 2004 and 2007 after capturing his first championship with the 2001 Arizona Diamondbacks. Schilling is 14th on baseball's all-time strikeout
list and leaves the game with a career 216-146 record and 3.46 ERA.

The Super Bowl champion Steelers will open the 2009 NFL season in Pittsburgh on Sept. 10 against the Tennessee Titans. The announcement was made at the league meetings in southern California. The league also said the Chicago Bears will play at Green Bay in the first Sunday night game. Both the Titans-Steelers and Bears-Packers games will be on NBC.

Kflag Country Music Update

Martina McBride's new studio album, called Shine, hits stores on Tuesday (March 24th). McBride tells us the title was appropriate for both this collection of songs and her career these days: "You know, when you're looking for an album title it's the hardest thing because you want an album title that's obviously memorable and catchy, but also really represents the music and what you've done with the music, and so that word just kept popping out, and all of a sudden I thought, 'I love this word.' It's so positive and powerful and strong, and it feels like what I wanna do with this music. I just want to go out there and shine, so that's really where the title came from."

The word "shine" first drew McBride's attention in the album's debut single, "Ride," as well as a song she dedicates to her husband: "There's a line in 'Ride' that says, 'Shine while you have the chance to shine,' which is one of my favorite lines from the song, and then there's also a song on this album called 'I Just Call You Mine' that has 'shine' very prominently in the song, in the chorus."

  • Shine is McBride's 10th studio album.
  • Her last CD, Waking Up Laughing, was released in 2007.
Chuck Wicks wants to help his dance partner and real life girlfriend, Julianne Hough, claim her third championship on ABC's Dancing With The Stars. With a few weeks of Dancing experience under his belt, Wicks has had plenty of opportunity to figure out who his biggest competitor is this season, but instead he tells us he chooses to keep the focus on himself: "My biggest competition really is myself. Everybody thinks we have this big advantage because we know each other, and they think I've been taking lessons from her since day one, and I haven't. We have chemistry and that's a given, but that doesn't mean I can dance. I still gotta learn how to dance."
  • This week's results episode of Dancing With The Stars airs on Tuesday night (March 24th) at 9:00 p.m. ET.

Oprah Winfrey has invited some of country music's hottest acts to take part in an upcoming edition of her show. Kenny Chesney, Carrie Underwood, Darius Rucker and Sugarland will all visit the talk show queen for a special hour devoted to country music.
  • Winfrey will fill the audience with the stars' biggest fans. She has reached out to potential audience members via her website, requesting that "HUGE" country music fans email the show.
  • There's no further information on when that show will be taped or aired.

FAST FACTS

  • Fans can log onto https://www.oprah.com/plugform.jsp?plugId=1646853 to email their story to Oprah in hopes of getting a seat in the audience for this particular show's taping.
  • Very few country music stars have graced Oprah's set. Some of the lucky few are Faith Hill, Tim McGraw, Shania Twain and Dolly Parton.


The lineup of performers paying tribute to George Strait at the upcoming ACM Artist of the Decade All-Star Concert continues to grow, with the addition of Brooks & Dunn, Jack Ingram, Alan Jackson, Jamey Johnson, Miranda Lambert, Montgomery Gentry, John Rich, LeAnn Rimes, Blake Shelton, Lee Ann Womack and actor Jamie Foxx. All are scheduled to perform at the event, which will be taped at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on April 6th and will air on CBS on May 27th at 8:00 p.m. ET.
  • Previously announced performers include Faith Hill, Toby Keith, Tim McGraw, Sugarland, Taylor Swift and Keith Urban.
  • Tickets are available to the public for $200, $150 and $100 through Ticketmaster.com.

FAST FACTS

  • Only four other acts have received the Artist of the Decade honor -- 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.


The video for Alan Jackson's poignant new single, "Sissy's Song," debuts this week on CMT and GAC. The clip was shot in black and white at the historic Bear Creek Church in Culleoka, Tennessee, located 60 miles south of Nashville. The church and its cemetery were added to the National Registry of Historic Places in 1985. It is legendary for having been the place of worship and safety for Confederate soldiers during the Civil War.
  • Jackson wrote "Sissy's Song" after the sudden death of one of his longtime household employees, Leslie "Sissy" Fitzgerald. Sissy died on May 20th, 2007, in a motorcycle accident. She left behind two teenaged children and her husband, who is an expert car restorer and also works for the Jacksons.
  • Of Sissy's death, Jackson said, "I didn't sleep for a while. So I sat down one day and wrote this song and after that I felt all right. 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."
  • He recorded the song and gave it to her family for the funeral.

FAST FACTS

  • Jackson has scored three consecutive Number One singles from his current Good Time album -- "Small Town Southern Man," "Good Time," and "Country Boy."
  • All totaled, Jackson has charted 34 Number One hits.


The Best of Shooter Jennings & The .357's is available online and in stores on Tuesday (March 24th). The 13-track CD includes fan favorites from Jennings' last four albums, plus two never-before-released tracks.

Eric Church's sophomore album, Carolina, also sees release on Tuesday. He says, "I wanted Carolina to go to some different places. The first album was more aggressive and moody. This one is more diverse, more musical and a little brighter. I hope people can at least hear that we're still taking chances."

FAST FACTS

  • Jennings' last studio album, The Wolf, was released in 2007.
  • Church's debut album, Sinners Like Me, was released in 2006.
  • He recently kicked off his The Young & Wild tour. The two-month run will conclude on May 16th in Melbourne, Florida.

Monday, March 23, 2009

Slipping on the Little Rocks!


BRUCE WILLIS MARRIES GIRLFRIEND: Bruce Willis married his girlfriend, model Emma Heming on Saturday (March 21st) at the actor's home on the Turks and Caicos Islands. Usmagazine.com reports that Willis's ex-wife Demi Moore, her husband Ashton Kutcher and Madonna were among those who witnessed the nuptials. A rep for Willis, who is 54-years-old, told People magazine that he and Heming, who is 32-years-old, will also be having a civil ceremony when they return to California. The couple had been dating for over a year.

Harrison Ford and Calista Flockhart are engaged. After numerous false reports of the couple's rumored intentions to marry over the past seven-and-a-half years, sources close to the pair confirmed to People magazine that Ford popped the question on Valentine's Day.

  • A source added that the proposal occurred while the two were away on a family vacation with son Liam.
  • It will be the third marriage for Ford, who is 66-years-old, and the first for Flockhart, who is 44-years-old.

Weekend Movie WRAP-UP


The sci-fi thriller Knowing, starring Nicolas Cage as an astrophysicist who decodes a prophecy that predicts catastrophes and must save the world from disaster, opened at the top of the weekend box office. The film is Cage's ninth Number One film since 1997.

The male-bonding comedy I Love You, Man, starring Paul Rudd and Jason Segel, debuted in second place. Opening at Number Three was the romantic comedy Duplicity, which stars Julia Roberts and Clive Owens as former spies who scheme to steal millions of dollars.

  • Last weekend's top movie, Race to Witch Mountain, dropped to fourth place.

THIS WEEKEND'S TOP TEN MOVIES - MARCH 20-22

  1. Knowing, $24.8 million
  2. I Love You, Man, $18 million
  3. Duplicity, $14.4 million
  4. Race to Witch Mountain, $13 million
  5. Watchmen, $6.7 million
  6. The Last House on the Left, $5.9 million
  7. Taken, $4.1 million
  8. Slumdog Millionaire, $2.7 million
  9. Tyler Perry's Madea Goes to Jail, $2.5 million
  10. Coraline, $2.1 million

Car MOST LIKELY to get a traffic ticket!

According to a survey by ISO Quality Planning, the Hummer H2 is more likely than any other vehicle to get a traffic ticket followed by the Scion tC and the Scion xB. The survey was done to help insurance companies identify and manage risks when insuring automobiles. The least ticketed car in the U.S. is the Jaguar XJ, followed by the Chevrolet Suburban and the Chevrolet Tahoe. Here's the top 10 most ticketed cars:

  1. Hummer H2
  2. Scion tC
  3. Scion xB
  4. Mercedes Benz CLK63 AMG
  5. Toyota Solara Coupe
  6. Mercedes Benz CLS63 AMG
  7. Scion xA
  8. Subaru Outback
  9. Audi A4
  10. Toyota Matrix

THIS WEEK IS........


National Cleaning Week -- the fourth week in March (March 23-29)

87% of Woman's Day readers will do some sort of spring cleaning this year. When asked, "What's your most hated household chore?"

  • Cleaning the bathroom, 46%
  • Dusting, 16%
  • Mopping, 16%
  • Taking out the trash, 7%

Idiot's Guide To Spring Cleaning

  • Do: When you dust, start at the top and work down. Don't: Try to save time and money on feather dusters by hopping the neighbor's cat up on cat nip and using its tail.
  • Do: Wash the walls from the bottom up to avoid streaking. Don't: Cut corners by filling up your super soaker with Windex.
  • Do: Wash the knickknacks instead of dusting. Don't: Run the knickknacks in a load of laundry.
  • Do: Open a box of backing soda to absorb odors in your refrigerator. Don't: Recklessly open gurgling Tupperware.

National Clutter Awareness Week -- the fourth week in March. Time to clear your clutter and help disaster victims. They've lost everything they own. You own a lot of stuff you don't use and it's cluttering up your home. Feng Shui Diva! Robyn Bentley (robynbentley@fengshuidiva.com) suggests Americans transform their clutter into cash to help hurricane Katrina victims.

Open your eyes and look at all the stuff that's cluttering up your home. Now think about what you actually need and what you could live without like CDs you don't listen to, books you've finished, DVDs you don't watch, video games you don't play anymore, software, cameras, jewelry, clothing, collectibles, etc. You can take the things you don't use or don't really need and turn them into money to benefit the American Red Cross or other relief organizations. So even if you're strapped for cash you probably have some valuable things cluttering up your home that can be used to help disaster victims.

Clearing your clutter will help you too. After you clear your clutter, your home will feel more positive and so will you. Here are some tips to help you get started.

  1. Make A Date With Your Clutter -- Be serious about getting rid of clutter. Set a day to start. Be reasonable with yourself about just how much you can accomplish. Give yourself a set amount of time to accomplish it.
  2. Start Small -- A big room might be too overwhelming so start with something small, like a drawer. Take it easy and do one thing, finish it, and then do another small thing.
  3. Organize Your Stuff -- Divide the big project of clearing clutter into smaller, more manageable clutter projects. Make a to do list and check off each thing you finish. Have separate bags or boxes for (1) borrowed items (2) things to sell for hurricane relief (3) gifts you'll give to others (4) garbage.
  4. Transforming Your Clutter Into Cash -- There are a couple of ways to use your clutter for hurricane relief. You can sell your items on eBay and donate the proceeds to the American Red Cross or other relief groups. eBay has a special Giving Works program for charity listings where people can buy items that support nonprofit organizations. The items you auction will be grouped with other items that are specifically being auctioned to help charities. And shoppers can search for items that are being auctioned to help charities. But if you are unable to auction items online you can help out the old fashioned way by having a yard sale and donating the proceeds to the Red Cross or other relief organizations. You can also combine your items with friends and family and have a neighborhood, civic association or church sale.

Top selling Country

  1. Taylor Swift/Fearless - 51,668
  2. Zac Brown Band/Foundation - 15,334
  3. Darius Rucker/Learn To Live - 15,317
  4. Taylor Swift/Taylor Swift - 12,930
  5. Carrie Underwood/Carnival Ride - 12,051
  6. Alison Krauss/Robert Plant/Raising Sand - 11,930
  7. Sugarland/Love ON The Inside - 10,661
  8. Jamey Johnson/That Lonesome Song - 9,028
  9. Rascal Flatts/Greatest Hits Vol. 1 - 8,133
  10. Lady Antebellum/Lady Antebellum - 7,237

Kflag Country Music Update


Keith Urban takes the stage at the Fillmore in San Francisco on Tuesday (March 24th) on his limited-run No Frills tour. The show is the second of six club and theater dates sponsored by Verizon as a way to promote his new album, Defying Gravity, which will be released on March 31st.

Urban says that returning to smaller venues has two great benefits -- getting in some last-minute rehearsal for his upcoming Escape Together World tour, and having a more intimate connection with the audience, as he tells us: "Well, Verizon have approached us to do some club shows just as a promotional little run, but also it's a bit of a warm-up to the tour as well, and it's a really terrific way for us to hone the band, but also there's a certain connection with the audience that you get in a place that only holds 1200, 1500 people that's pretty awesome. Having them right up in front of the stage like that is great!"Urban plans to keep that intimacy when he returns to the larger venues this summer. "As we put this arena tour together, I'm looking for more ways to keep that connection a little closer, too. We're gonna drop the stage down by quite a bit this year to get us a little bit closer to the audience."

  • The No Frills tour plays the House of Blues in Los Angeles on March 27th; Joe's Bar in Chicago on March 30th; Webster Hall in New York City on April 1st; and the Theater of the Living Arts in Philadelphia on April 3rd.
  • Fans can get tickets to the shows by downloading Urban's music or videos from Verizon Wireless' V CAST Music service. Select fans will receive mobile tickets via their Verizon Wireless phones for entry to the event.
  • The Escape Together World tour begins on May 7th with the first of two shows at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut.
Billy Currington's new single, "People Are Crazy," immediately caught his attention because of the title. While sifting through songs for his latest album, Little Bit Of Everything, Currington tells us he skipped over several tunes to hear this one first. "The first thing that brought me to the song was the title alone, 'cause I got a CD, I remember. On that CD was like five songs. I think it was, like, the fourth one, but that was the first song that I went to just because of the title alone, and, yeah, after it went through the process and it made me laugh a couple times and it got to the end and I thought, 'Wow! What a really well-written song!'"

Currington said after replaying "People Are Crazy" several times in a row, he was ready to claim the song for his own until he discovered he was not the only one who liked it. "After the third time I remember calling Brian Wright at the label and was asking him, 'Does anybody have this song?' and he was like, 'Yeah, George Strait, Alan Jackson, Brad Paisley, Kenny Chesney,' and I'm like, 'I'm in line behind all those guys?' But somehow it worked out. A few weeks later we were able to record the song,

Taylor Swift is doing more than just making impressive music -- she's changing America, according to Rolling Stone magazine. The 19-year-old comes in at Number 100 on the publication's list of the 100 people who are changing the country.

Swift is in the heady company of Microsoft founder Bill Gates, Apple co-founder Steve Jobs, and President Obama as one of Rolling Stones' "Agents of Change."

The magazine says that Swift is "the first teen pop star who seems to get what it means to be a teenager." They give her props for managing to "keep her head on straight -- no drinking, no smoking, no limousine peekaboo -- without seeming like a prude."

  • Other musicians who make the countdown include Jack White, Bono, Neil Young, and Kanye West.
Reba McEntire and LeAnn Rimes will be among the famous ladies honored at the Kennedy Center's Spring Gala, called A Celebration of Women in the Arts. The event will take place on May 3rd at the Kennedy Center Concert Hall in Washington, D.C.

Patti LaBelle, k.d. lang, Kathleen Turner, Stockard Channing, Amy Poehler, photographer Annie Leibovitz and the women of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater are also among the evening's honorees.

FAST FACT

  • The Spring Gala secures funding for the Center's artistic programming and ongoing education and outreach initiatives.

Carrie Underwood's hits "Last Name" and "Just A Dream" have earned gold digital certification for sales of over 500,000 each. They join "So Small" as the second and third gold digital singles from Underwood's Carnival Ride CD, which is nominated for an Academy of Country Music (ACM) award for Album of the Year.

FAST FACTS

  • Underwood is also nominated for Entertainer of the Year, Top Female Vocalist and Video of the Year for "Just A Dream" at the ACM Awards, which will be held on April 5th in Las Vegas.
  • Her latest hit, "I Told You So," was a Number One hit for Randy Travis in 1988.
A special collector's edition of Dolly Parton's latest album, Backwoods Barbie, is available exclusively at the Cracker Barrel Old Country Stores starting today (Monday, March 23rd). The CD will feature three new tracks as well as brand new photos and artwork.
  • The three new songs on this disc, called "Rose of My Heart," "Hallelujah Holiday," and "Berry Pie," were selected by Parton herself from her extensive catalog.
  • The collector's edition of Backwoods Barbie is $11.99.

FAST FACTS

  • The original version of Backwoods Barbie was released last year.
  • Parton just released a video for the album's title track to GAC and CMT.
  • The song "Backwoods Barbie" will also be featured as one of the songs in 9 to 5: The Musical. Parton wrote all the music and lyrics for the upcoming Broadway show.

ON THE TUBE


TOP 20 COUNTRY COUNTDOWN/GAC 10:00AM (ET)
Rascal Flatts, Keith Urban

MIKE & JULIET/SYN (check local listings)
Dolly Parton

SEXIEST SOUTHERN WOMEN/CMT 12:00PM (ET)
Faith Hill, Julia Roberts, Reese Witherspoon

SEXIEST SOUTHERN MEN/CMT 1:00PM (ET)
George Strait, George Clooney, James Denton

BEHIND THE VIDEO: HANNAH MONTANA THE MOVIE SOUNDTRACK/GAC 5:30PM (ET)

CMT CROSSROADS/CMT 10:00PM (ET)
Jamey Johnson, Shooter Jennings


K-FLAG SPORTS

After some early-round upsets, the cream is rising to the top as the NCAA men's basketball tournament enters the Round of 16 later this week. All the No. 1, 2 and 3 seeds are still alive when the tournament resumes Thursday with the regional semifinals.

Syracuse reached the round of 16 with a 78-67 win over Arizona State in the South Regional. Eric Devendorf scored 21 points and Andy Rautins added 17 to lead the Orange. Devendorf drained a pair of three-pointers after the Sun Devils trimmed a 15-point, second-half deficit to 61-57. Syracuse plays Oklahoma next.

No. 12 Arizona is the lone double-digit seed left standing after the Wildcats knocked out No. 13 Cleveland State 71-57 in the Midwest Regionals at Miami. Arizona had four players with at least 15 points, led by Nic Wise's 21. Jordan Hill added 16 points and nine rebounds for the Wildcats, who entered the tournament with just one victory in their previous six games.

In the NBA last night....

Miami 101, Detroit 96
Houston 87, San Antonio 85
Toronto 100, L.A. Clippers 76
Oklahoma City 97, Minnesota 90
Cleveland 96, New Jersey 88
New Orleans 99, Golden State 89
Philadelphia 112, Sacramento 100

Japan can make it two straight World Baseball Classic titles with a victory over South Korea tonight at Dodger Stadium. The Japanese jumped on Houston Astros hurler Roy Oswalt with five runs in the fourth inning and eliminated the U.S. 9-4 in last night's semifinal.

Arizona right-hander Dan Haren gave up two homers and five runs in the first two innings but settled down against San Diego yesterday. Haren lasted five innings in his best outing of the spring. Chris Young and Miguel Montero each hit three-run homers and Ryan Roberts added a solo shot helping Arizona rally from five runs down to beat San Diego 12-7.

Ryan Getzlaf scored two power-play goals in the third period and the Anaheim Ducks beat Phoenix 6-2 last night. Petr Prucha and Shane Doan scored for Phoenix.

In the NHL last night.....

Philadelphia 3, Pittsburgh 1
Chicago 4, Los Angeles 1
Boston 4, New Jersey 1
Minnesota 3, Edmonton 0
Ottawa 2, N.Y. Rangers 1
Anaheim 6, Phoenix 2
San Jose 3, Colorado 1

Kyle Busch edged Denny Hamlin by four-tenths of a second to win the Food City 500 at the high-banked half-mile Bristol Motor Speedway on the NASCAR Sprint Cup circuit. Jimmie Johnson was third, followed by points leader Jeff Gordon and Kasey Kahne.

Saturday night at Mohave Valley Raceway....

IMCA Modifieds-Jeff Sheppard, Golden Valley
Super Stocks-Shawn Hannah, Needles
Street Stocks-John Montgomery,Bullhead City
Mini Sports-Austin Black, Mohave Valley
Mini Stocks-Donavan Wooten, Mohave Valley
Outlaws-Tristan Montgomery-Bullhead City
Bandits-Cameron Williams, Ft. Mohave

Battle of the Sexes

Lucky 98 FM-Star beat Dave
K-Flag Country-Jessi beat Kirt

Battle of the Stations

K-Flag's Kirt & Jessi beat Lucky's Dave & Star

Celebrity Gossip


MARISKA HARGITAY GOES BACK TO WORK: Mariska Hargitay will be back to catching sexual predators Monday, when she returns to work on the set of Law & Order SVU, E! Online reports. Hargitay has been battling problems with a collapsed lung since the show was on hiatus in January. She returned to work at the end of the month and then in early March was hospitalized again for the ailment. This week she'll be filming an episode that airs on April 28th.

BRUCE WILLIS MARRIES GIRLFRIEND: Bruce Willis married his girlfriend, model Emma Heming on Saturday (March 21st) at the actor's home on the Turks and Caicos Islands. Usmagazine.com reports that Willis's ex-wife Demi Moore, her husband Ashton Kutcher and Madonna were among those who witnessed the nuptials. A rep for Willis, who is 54-years-old, told People magazine that he and Heming, who is 32-years-old, will also be having a civil ceremony when they return to California. The couple had been dating for over a year.

FORMER 'BACHELOR' ANDREW FIRESTONE WELCOMES FIRST CHILD: Andrew Firestone, the former star of ABC's The Bachelor, welcomed a son with his wife Ivana Bozilovic on Saturday (March 21st). A rep for Firestone told People magazine that the couple named their child Adam Brooks after the reality star's father. The couple married in July of 2008 after announcing their engagement ten months earlier.

MEGAN FOX REPORTEDLY MOVES OUT OF BRIAN AUSTIN GREEN'S HOUSE: Despite reports that the rumored break up between Megan Fox and Brian Austin Green was just gossip, E! reports that the Transformers star moved out of Green's home over the weekend. Ted Casablanca reported that Fox moved into a hotel in the past few days, apparently leaving Green's Hollywood Hills home for good.

OPRAH WINFREY SAYS SICK PUPPY IS GETTING BETTER: Oprah Winfrey's sick cocker spaniel puppy Sadie is "hanging in there" as she battles the Parvo virus. The talk show host updated her audience on Sadie's condition last Friday (March 20th), just days after it was announced that Sadie's litter mate Ivan had died from the disease. Winfrey adopted both pups two weeks ago. Veterinarian Dr. Alexis Newman said that Sadie was about 80 percent recovered after being close to death a week ago and could be home again with Winfrey as soon as this week.

CHRISTOPHER NOLAN'S BROTHER ARRESTED FOR MURDER: The Dark Knight director Christopher Nolan's older brother has been arrested on murder and kidnapping charges. E! Online reports that Matthew Francis Nolan was nabbed by the FBI in his hometown of Chicago and is being extradited to Costa Rica. The elder Nolan has been wanted in Costa Rica since 2006 when local authorities charged him with the kidnapping and murder of a Florida businessman. According to the FBI complaint, Matthew and an accomplice held the businessman for ransom, hoping to recoup $7 million that the victim reportedly owed another man. The complaint added that when the family failed to meet Nolan's demands, the businessman was executed. The accomplice was convicted of murder and kidnapping and is now in prison.

'DAWSON'S CREEK' ACTOR GETTING DIVORCED: Actor Kerr Smith is divorcing his wife of nearly six years. TMZ.com reports that the Dawson's Creek alum cited irreconcilable differences in the filing against Harmoni Everett, who played a manicurist in Josie and the Pussycats. The pair was married in 2003.

Friday, March 20, 2009

And you though the town you live in is weird?

My Dog Ate My Deposit
In Apex, North Carolina, it wasn't a case of the dog ate my homework... it was my dog ate my deposit! $400 worth to be exact. Kelley Davis said she had an extra $400 in cash to deposit after working extra hours as a physical therapist. Unfortunately she left the money sitting out in her bedroom -- where her 2-year-old greater Swiss mountain dog, Augie, likes to hang out. When the money turned up missing, she feared Augie might have eaten it. That theory turned out to be true when she took Augie for a walk the next day and found parts of three $100 bills and five $20s in his poop! She washed them with a garden hose and hopes to find enough pieces to exchange them for new bills. Just in case you're worried, a professor at the North Carolina State University Veterinary School said the money shouldn't hurt the dog. No word yet on whether it will hurt the teller who has to exchange it. (The News & Observer)

Gay Marriage Now Recognized -- in the Dictionary!
While Connecticut and Massachusetts may be the only two states in America that legally recognize gay marriage, the dictionary now does. Merriam-Webster has now included a secondary definition of marriage to recognize same-sex relationships. Actually they did this a few years ago but it went largely unnoticed until the conservative World Net Daily news site found out and made it into a big deal. In its Web and print editions, Merriam-Webster has traditionally defined marriage as "the state of being united to a person of the opposite sex as husband or wife in a consensual and contractual relationship recognized by law." But in 2003 they added a secondary meaning as "the state of being united to a person of the same sex in a relationship like that of a traditional marriage." Merriam-Webster spokesman Arthur Bicknell said, "We were one of the last ones among the major dictionary publishers to do this." The American Heritage Dictionary modified its definition of marriage to include same-sex unions in 2000. (myway.com)

Equal Peeing Rights!
In Norfolk, Virginia, jurors are deliberating the discrimination case of a female dock worker who was punished by her union for urinating outdoors on the job. The problem is -- when a male co-worker did the same thing and relieved himself -- nobody seemed to care. The U.S. District Court jury began deliberations Wednesday in the case of Sonyo Tillett-Bond, who was told to go home after the Oct. 5, 2006, incident at the Portsmouth port. She wants damages totaling $300,000 from the International Longshoremen's Association Local 1458. Her supervisor sent her home after he heard of the urination incident because of fears of sexual harassment. While she was eventually reinstated by the union, a male co-worker was not punished. And that's just not fair! (The Virginian-Pilot)

Please, Punch My Face!
Remember folks -- if it's illegal to begin with, it's still illegal even if somebody asks you to do it. 19-year-old Andrew Duba, a freshman at the University of Colorado in Boulder found out the hard way after he allegedly broke his friend's nose after the friend asked to be hit in the face! Police gave him a ticket on suspicion of third-degree assault. The friend, 18-year-old Dylan Krug, was drinking at a party and reportedly asked several people to hit him. Duba was the only one to oblige and punched him squarely in the nose. When he realized he had probably just broken Krug's nose, he tried to reposition it by hand. That's when Krug started bleeding profusely from his face and someone called police. (Daily Camera)

Easy Come, Easy Gone!
For five glorious minutes, Paul Kusznirewicz thought he was a multi-millionaire. The 55-year-old sat amazed at the Buccaneer slot machine at the Georgian Downs casino in Innisfil, Ontario as it shouted out, "Jackpot! You've won $42.9 million!" Amidst the bells and whistles, a casino employee arrived, at first offering congratulations on the huge win. But then a supervisor came over, then another, and finally several mechanics. Then the bomb got dropped. Someone said, "We can't pay you that money because that machine is broken." And what was the generous compensation Paul was offered for the ultimate psych? Four coupons for the casino's dinner buffet! That wasn't good enough for Paul so yesterday, his lawyer Bryan McPhadden, served the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation with legal papers. The OLG has countered that the maximum payout for the Buccaneer slot game – a 2 cent per play machine – is $9,025. A spokesperson said, "It malfunctioned. It clearly malfunctioned. And each machine has a posted sign that says malfunction voids all pays and plays." But what wasn't posted is the maximum prize amount and that's what's making Paul cry foul. Plus, in the several weeks since the incident, the casino has never provided evidence the machine malfunctioned. So an investigation continues but I've got money that says he never gets the money. (The Star)

Better Rethink Forcing Your Religion on Everybody
Next time you want to go try and force your religion on the general public, better think about McCreary and Pulaski counties in Kentucky. They're the two counties that lost a civil suit over their display of the 10 Commandments in courthouses and now have been ordered by a federal judge to pay the $400,000 litigation cost for the case! Of course the counties are planning to appeal. In 2005, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) won a Supreme Court ruling that says the 10 Commandments displays were unconstitutional. But the two counties refused to remove the displays and chose to fight the plaintiffs in court. They lost--and now they have to foot the bill. (Ananova)

Twins Win Again!
In Berlin, Germany, 27-year-old twin brothers stood accused of stealing $7 million worth of jewelry and watches during a heist of Europe's largest department store -- KaDeWe. But the two men have been set free simply because being identical twins, the police can't prove which one did it. A court statement read, "From the evidence we have, we can deduce that at least one of the brothers took part in the crime but it has not been possible to determine which one." DNA evidence at the scene proved no help this time because the brothers have basically the exact same DNA. It's good to have a twin! (Ananova)

World's Biggest Idiot!
Here's a guy who's definitely not ready for prime time crime. It's Matthew Peverada who was arrested in Portland, Maine, and charged with attempting to rob Dipietro's Market. He first attempted to rob the store around 4pm in the afternoon. But he was rebuffed by employees so he loudly announced that he'd be back at 11pm and they they'd better have some money for him! He came back at 11 -- and found not money, but the police waiting for him. (Portland Press-Herald)

Dating during a recession

How do you date on "the cheap?" It's important to know how to with rising gas prices and rising living expenses. Dating during a recession - how to save and still be romantic:

  • Cook dinner together. This requires (a) a presentable apartment with a well-stocked kitchen and (b) enough trust on your date's part to tramp up to your sixth floor walk-up on the wrong part of town. Oh, yeah, and (c) the ability to cook, since you don't want the other person to be calling all the culinary shots. Even when you add (d) a romantic bottle of wine, you'll have saved money over your typical bistro.
  • Take a walk in the park. Just about every woman's online profile references "long, romantic walks in the park," so now's the time to call her bluff. Just be sure to schedule your stroll so it doesn't conclude too close to dinnertime in a part of town lined with fancy bars and restaurants.
  • Go on a bike ride. This one is tricky, because it requires you to own a bike -- and owning a bike is tricky, because it requires you to own a helmet, kneepads, an annoying little "get out of my way!" bell, and all sorts of other doodads. However, if you already own a bike and all the accessories, and your date does too, a long bike ride won't cost you anything but calories.
  • Rent a movie. Great line from The Simpsons' hack actor Troy McClure: "I've been reading a lot of scripts lately. It's a lot cheaper than actually going to the movies!" If you can convince your date to get over that sixth-floor-walkup thing, renting a DVD (or better yet, tuning in something on basic cable) can be a great way to snuggle up and get to know one another. Just avoid anything involving Steven Seagal, giant insects, or ex-cast members of MAD TV.
  • Flash a coupon. Think about it: If a restaurant really wanted you to use that 25%-off coupon, would they demand that you show it to your waiter, in full view of your date, the instant you sit down? Still, coupons can be a good way to have your dating cake and eat it too, especially if you can wave them at the maitre d' when your gal pal isn't looking. (You can also be honest and suggest trying a particular restaurant because you happen to have the coupon. I don't recommend this, but some people insist it works.)
  • Just have coffee and dessert. "It's romantic to share your food, and women love to linger over chocolate while gazing into their lovers' eyes," says relationship coach Kathy Stafford. Of course, the tricky part about this is how one goes about scheduling a coffee-and-dessert date without actually having dinner.
  • Move in together. Since so many of the strategies here involve that sixth-floor-walkup thing, show off your financial-planning prowess by inviting your date to move in with you after you've known her all of two or three weeks. That way, you two can split the rent, which may even allow you to occasionally go to a concert or dine out at a fancy restaurant, the way some other couples do.

How do you try to save gas?!?

Want to save 20 percent or more on fuel costs? Follow these simple tips from the Consumer Federation of America.

  • Check Your Air Filter - A clean air filter can improve gas mileage by as much as 10 percent, and nearly one in four cars needs an air filter replacement.
  • Straighten Up - Poor alignment not only causes tires to wear out more quickly, but also forces your engine to work harder, which can reduce fuel economy by as much as 10 percent.
  • Tune Up - A properly tuned engine can improve mileage by 4 percent.
  • Pump 'em Up - More than one quarter of vehicles have improperly inflated tires. The average under-inflation of 7.5 pounds causes a loss of 2.8 percent in fuel efficiency.
  • Check Your Cap - It is estimated that nearly 17 percent of cars on the road have broken or missing gas caps, which not only reduces gas mileage but may harm the environment.
  • Slow Down - For every 5 mph you reduce highway speed, you can reduce fuel consumption by 7 percent.
  • Drive More Smoothly - The more smoothly you accelerate and decelerate, the better your gas mileage, with potential gas savings of 33 percent on the highway and 5 percent around town.
  • Lighten Up - For every 100 extra pounds carried around, your vehicle loses 1 to 2 percent in fuel efficiency.
  • Don't Be Idle. Besides causing pollution, idling wastes gas. If stopped for more than 30 seconds, turn off the engine, and don't bother to "warm up" your car before driving -- it is not necessary.

K-FLAG COUNTRY MUSIC NEWS

CHUCK WICKS AND JULIANNE HOUGH LEAVE TENSION ON THE DANCE FLOOR

Chuck Wicks and Julianne Hough continue on to compete another week on Dancing With The Stars. The real life couple refuse to let their personal relationship be affected by the competition, so they agree to leave any Dancing frustration behind at the studio, as Wicks tells us:

"She cracks the whip pretty good, man. She's taken the lead and not letting it down, and that's good because that's something that I need cause this is something I've never done. At the end of the day, we still go out to dinner, say, 'I love you,' and we're good. We understand the difference between tension that might happen in a practice to learn something. I mean, we're in competition with 12, 13 other people, so it's showtime, man. We wanna win this thing!"


Wicks adds that he and Hough have found it fairly easy to assume the roles of teacher and student during rehearsals, and Wicks has nothing but praise for his new teacher:

"We're both really competitive in nature. I mean, we get it. I get that she's the teacher, she's the coach. I'm the student. She's a great teacher. She knows how to word things. She knows how to get me to understand what she's really trying to talk about in my language, which is not dance. I don't know dance lingo at all, but she has a great way of getting it across."


* Dancing With The Stars airs on Mondays and Tuesdays on ABC.
* The season's first elimination was Belinda Carlisle.



TOBY KEITH TO RECEIVE SPECIAL MARINE CORPS AWARD

Toby Keith will be awarded with the Johnny "Mike" Spann Memorial Semper Fidelis Award on March 26th at the Marine Corps-Law Enforcement Foundation's annual gala in New York City. The honor recognizes Keith as "always faithful" (Semper Fidelis) in his loyalty to and support of America's troops. The award is named for the Marine Corps captain-turned-CIA-paramilitary professional who was the first casualty in the war on terror on November 28th, 2001 in Afghanistan.

* Keith said, "Spending time with our soldiers around the world is something I've always regarded as a privilege and honor. I'm certainly happy to accept this award, but I won't forget for a second who's really doing the heavy lifting to keep this country safe. And that's why I'll keep going back and spending time with those good folks every chance I get."

FAST FACTS

* Keith completed his seventh USO Tour in 2008, visiting multiple sites including Forward Operating Bases on the front lines in Afghanistan and Iraq.
* Senator Joseph Lieberman was the 2008 recipient of the Johnny "Mike" Spann Memorial Semper Fidelis award.


LEANN RIMES' NEW MOVIE TO PREMIERE ON LIFETIME THIS WEEKEND

LeAnn Rimes' new TV movie, Northern Lights, will premiere on Lifetime on Saturday (March 21st) at 9:00 p.m. ET. Interest in the show might be up due to reports of Rimes' alleged affair with her Northern Lights co-star, Eddie Cibrian. The two have a romantic relationship in the film, which US Weekly magazine maintains carried over to real life. Both Rimes and Cibrian are married.

* Rimes issued a statement on her website on Wednesday (March 18th), saying, "This is a difficult time for me and my loved ones, but I appreciate all your continued support. I would like to assure all of you that this is a place for you to hear things directly from me and as you all know, not everything in our lives is always black and white."
* Cibrian also responded to the rumors on Wednesday, telling Access Hollywood, "Other than being friends and two actors who were romantically intertwined in a movie-for-television we filmed last fall, there is no truth to the reporting initiated by US Magazine. It is a fabricated story that is using random snapshots as connective tissue to create a scandalous relationship."
* The entire story is featured in this week's issue of US Weekly, on newsstands now.
* The article includes video stills and photos which the magazine points to as proof of the relationship.


LEE ANN WOMACK ENJOYED MOVIE MAKING 'EXPERIENCE'

Lee Ann Womack makes her acting debut in the independent movie Noble Things, about a rising country star who goes back to his hometown to face his terminally ill father, imprisoned brother and the life he left behind. Womack played Claire Wades, the town sheriff. She told us about the movie:

"I played somebody in the sheriff's department and then the sheriff gets sick, so I have to kind of step in. I had a good, good time. I'm glad I did it. It was an experience. That's something that not everybody gets to do, so I was happy to be able to do it."


* The movie was filmed in various locations throughout Womack's home state of Texas, including Austin and Beaumont.
* Noble Things is set to premiere at the 40th annual Nashville Film Festival as the headlining movie on the evening of Saturday, April 18th. The screening will be held at Regal Green Hills Stadium 16.

SIDE NOTES

* The movie's soundtrack features two songs from another Texas native, Mark Chesnutt.
* Noble Things was three years in the making.


BRAD PAISLEY, DIERKS BENTLEY ADDED TO CMA MUSIC FESTIVAL

Brad Paisley, Dierks Bentley, Brooks & Dunn, John Rich, and Montgomery Gentry have all been added to the lineup of performers on the main stage during this year's CMA Music Festival in downtown Nashville. The artists will perform at LP Field over the course of the four-day event, which runs from June 11th through the 14th.

* Previously announced performers at CMA Music Festival 2009 include Trace Adkins, Julianne Hough, Lady Antebellum, Miranda Lambert, Martina McBride, and Reba McEntire. Additional artists will be announced in the coming weeks.

FAST FACT

* Tickets to CMA Music Festival 2009 are available now. To order, call 1-800-CMA-FEST (262-3378) or purchase online at CMAfest.com or ticketmaster.com.

Water Cooler Talk

  • The TV networks are a bit miffed at the President for wanting to take over TV next Tuesday night to make a speech. That means shifting shows a night: American Idol will be Wednesday and Thursday next week. That puts Idol up against March Madness on Thursday, which they didn't want.
  • Stacy Keach had a mild stroke, but his publicist says no impairment as a result.
  • 40% of Cosmopolitan readers say sleeping in is what they most look forward to on days off.
  • British TV has declared the ads for the DVD release of Angelina Jolie's movie "Wanted" too violent for their airwaves.
  • Longtime "60 Minutes" producer Don Hewitt is battling pancreatic cancer.
  • Both "Two and a Half Men" and "The Big Bang Theory" have received long-term renewals from CBS.
  • Howie Mandel's upcoming autobiography will be called, "Here's The Deal: Don't Touch Me."
  • Another celebrity fall: this time, Jessica Lange fell in her Minnesota cabin, breaking her shoulder and collar bone and dislocating her arm.
  • This year's "Lost" season finale will be on May 13.
  • Officials in Mexico say that the "spring break" crowds are down up to 15% from where they were last year.
  • A Swedish countess who's divorcing a former American CEO says she cannot live on $43 million.

Here are Cosmopolitan's ten ways NOT to get him to propose:

  1. Gain 35 pounds to show him how sexy you'll look pregnant.
  2. Freak out whenever he utters "Will you...," then act all depressed when the words "...marry me" don't follow. Practice on these: "Will you... pass the remote?" or "Will you... stop staring at me like that?"
  3. Surreptitiously change his ring tone to "Chapel of Love."
  4. Since the theory is that all guys are looking for their mother, start wearing pleated elastic-waist jeans, appliqued vests, and jewelry that looks like fruit.
  5. Buy an old-fashioned alarm clock and place it by his bed. Tell him that this is your biological clock. Make sure it ticks - loud.
  6. Constantly call his best friend "excellent best-man material."
  7. At a family party, tap your spoon on your glass and say, "Everybody, I think Pete wanted to ask me a special question while you were all here tonight. Sweetie?"
  8. Not that you'd ever bribe anyone, but explain to your man that if you were to get engaged, he could register for the motorbike he's always wanted. Hey someone might buy it for him.
  9. Oh so casually request "Babe, can you scratch my ring finger? It's kinda itchy."
  10. Remind him that the's not getting any younger - or any closer to actually knowing Angelina Jolie.

K-FLAG SPORTS

Phoenix Suns guard Leandro Barbosa will be sidelined for one to three weeks after suffering a bone contusion in his left knee. Barbosa planted his left leg awkwardly in the final minute of the first quarter in Wednesday night's home win over Philadelphia.

Last night's NBA scores...

Atlanta 95, Dallas 87
Cleveland 97, Portland 92, OT
L.A. Lakers 114, Golden State 106

Arizona State faces Temple today in a first-round game of the NCAA basketball tournament. The Sun Devils take a 24-9 record into the South regional game in Miami and are in the NCAA field for the first time since 2003. The Wildcats stand 19-13 and are in the tournament for the 25th straight year.

The biggest upset on opening day of the tournament belonged to Western Kentucky. The 12th-seeded Hilltoppers beat fifth-seed Illinois 76-72 in the South Regional and will take on Gonzaga next.

Michigan, the 10th seed in the South Regional, upset seventh-seed Clemson 62-59 in another upset of a mostly form-filled first day of action yesterday. Manny Harris scored 21 points and Stu Douglass added 12 for the Wolverines, who will face Oklahoma on Saturday.

Scores from Yesterday's NCAA Tournament..

LSU 75 Butler 71
North Carolina 101 Radford 58
Texas 76 Minnesota 62
Duke 86 Binghamton 62
Purdue 61 N. Iowa 56
Washington 71 Mississippi St. 58
Gonzaga 77 Akron 64
Memphis 81 CS Northridge 70
Maryland 84 California 71
Oklahoma 82 Morgan St. 54
Texas A&M 79 BYU 66
Connecticut 103 Chattanooga 47
Villanova 80 American U. 67
UCLA 65 Va. Commonwealth 64

In the NHL last night....

Los Angeles 3, Boston 2, OT
Ottawa 5, Montreal 4
Florida 3, Toronto 1
Washington 5, Tampa Bay 2
Edmonton 8, Colorado 1
Anaheim 3, Phoenix 2, SO
Vancouver 3, St. Louis 0
San Jose 3, Nashville 2, SO


After a day off, the Arizona Diamondbacks resume Cactus League play today with a game in Tempe against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. The D-backs are 7-12 so far in spring training while the Angels have a 15-4 record.

Whitey Lockman, who doubled ahead of Bobby Thompson's "Shot Heard Round The World" that clinched the 1951 NL pennant, has died in Scottsdale at age 82. Lockman told the New York Daily News last week that he was fighting pulmonary fibrosis.

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Weekend Movie WRAP-UP


The sci-fi thriller Knowing, starring Nicolas Cage as an astrophysicist who decodes a prophecy that predicts catastrophes and must save the world from disaster, opened at the top of the weekend box office. The film is Cage's ninth Number One film since 1997.

The male-bonding comedy I Love You, Man, starring Paul Rudd and Jason Segel, debuted in second place. Opening at Number Three was the romantic comedy Duplicity, which stars Julia Roberts and Clive Owens as former spies who scheme to steal millions of dollars.

  • Last weekend's top movie, Race to Witch Mountain, dropped to fourth place.

THIS WEEKEND'S TOP TEN MOVIES - MARCH 20-22

  1. Knowing, $24.8 million
  2. I Love You, Man, $18 million
  3. Duplicity, $14.4 million
  4. Race to Witch Mountain, $13 million
  5. Watchmen, $6.7 million
  6. The Last House on the Left, $5.9 million
  7. Taken, $4.1 million
  8. Slumdog Millionaire, $2.7 million
  9. Tyler Perry's Madea Goes to Jail, $2.5 million
  10. Coraline, $2.1 million

HOW YOU FOLD YOUR CLOTHES REVEALS YOUR REAL PERSONALITY


(Sun) Don't look now, but the way you fold the clothes in your dresser drawers reveals some interesting secrets about your personality:

  • Precise -- You're a finicky person who keeps everything in your life organized to the nth degree. But your super-meticulous style leaves little room for unscheduled fun and games. Don't forget the joy of spontaneity. Cut loose and do something unscripted with family and friends.
  • Rolled -- You make a valiant attempt to maintain order while being laid back enough not to worry about a bit of clutter. But your easy going attitude often keeps you from completing projects. It's time to return to those forgotten tasks and finish them once and for all.
  • Mishmash -- You're life tends to be chaotic, and your home reflects it a packed suitcase from a long ago trip is still not put away. End the frustration of looking for items lost in the mess by bringing organization to closets and drawers. You'll be calmer and even happy to have unexpected visitors.

THINGS YOU SHOULDN'T DO IN PUBLIC


According to a survey by board game maker Hasbro, here are the top 10 things you should never do in public:

  1. Be naked, 37%
  2. Wear a hoodie, 12%
  3. Public displays of affection, 11%
  4. Breastfeed a baby, 9%
  5. Letting your cell phone ring, 8%
  6. Argue, 7%
  7. Drink alcohol, 6%
  8. Litter, 3%
  9. Smoke, 2%
  10. Flatulence, 2%
The one I think should have been on there is PICKING YOUR NOSE!

Do YOU Practice The 5 - Second Rule??


We've all heard of the The 5-Second Rule: if food falls on the floor, pick it up within five seconds and you can eat it. Whatever germs are on the floor don't have time to adhere to the food that quickly. Or do they? A recent national survey by Kelton Research found that nearly 60% of Americans admit to eating food that has fallen on the floor. Would they continue doing that if they knew a typical home carpet has up to 4,000 times more bacteria particles -- even after vacuuming -- than toilet seats? Here's the total number of bacteria particles found on one-inch square samples of different household surfaces:

  • Toilet seat: 49
  • Kitchen counter: 1,686
  • Kitchen tile: 2,546
  • Bathroom floor: 18,025
  • Carpet: more than 200,000

Why is the floor -- the kitchen tile, the living room hardwood and the family room carpet -- so dirty? Blame your shoes. Gerba found more than 400,000 units of bacteria inside and outside shoes, including the worst kind of all: E. coli. So does the 5-second rule work? No. Eat that cookie that falls on the floor, and you could also be ingesting a frosting of E. coli.

THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW

  • The New York Post is claiming that actress Natasha Richardson is brain dead after her skiing accident. She was transferred to a New York hospital so that her mom, Vanessa Redgrave and Natasha's two sons can say goodbye before taking her off life support.
  • After 26-1/2 years of dating, "The View" host Joy Behar says she's considering marriage to her boyfriend, Steve Janowitz.
  • More babies were born in the U.S. in 2007 than any year in the nation's history, topping the peak during the baby boom 50 years earlier, federal researchers reported Wednesday.
  • Christina Ricci and her comedian boyfriend Owen Benjamin are engaged.
  • Yes, Guy Ritchie is dating Elle Macpherson.
  • A new study from researchers in Australia says that regular quantities of mushrooms and green tea in the diet can reduce the breast cancer risk in women by up to 90%.
  • Julia Roberts said the f-word when she was a guest on David Letterman's "Late Show." Eight times! The f-bomb tirade was sparked when Letterman asked Julia Roberts, "Have you ever worked with a guy who was just a raging maniac?"
  • Meanwhile, Stacy Keach was supposed to be starring as Richard Nixon in a stage version of "Frost/Nixon"... but instead, he's in the hospital.
  • "American Idol" trading cards? They'll come out April 21!
  • Madonna may be down one husband, but she apparently wants to adopt at least one more African child.
  • Now we hear that Chris Brown and Rihanna are "taking a break."
  • Drew Carey is a part-owner of the new Seattle Sounders FC soccer team that kicks off it's first season Thursday night in Seattle.
  • One of the puppies that Oprah Winfrey just adopted earlier this month has died of parvo.

Celebrity Gossip



JESSICA LANGE BREAKS COLLARBONE IN FALL: Actress Jessica Lange was hospitalized on Tuesday (March 17th) after sustaining minor injuries from a fall down the stairs at her Minnesota cabin. A rep for the 59-year-old told People magazine, "She bruised her ribs, broke her collarbone and received a small cut on her forehead. She will be completely fine and expects to be released from the hospital imminently." A family member of the Oscar-winner told TMZ.com, "She's OK ... but very lucky." Lange and Drew Barrymore co-star in the upcoming HBO film, Grey Gardens.

BRUCE WILLIS GETTING MARRIED? Bruce Willis is reportedly planning to marry girlfriend Emma Heming -- as soon as this weekend. The National Enquirer claims that the couple will tie the knot in an "exotic location," but when contacted by Extra TV, Willis's reps said they had no comment on the marriage report. However, a source told People magazine that Willis's ex-wife Demi Moore and her husband, Ashton Kutcher, who both maintain a close friendship with Willis, arrived in Turks & Caicos a few days ago where Willis owns a home.

'PROJECT RUNWAY' FINALIST ARRESTED: Project Runway season five finalist Kenley Collins was arrested on Tuesday (March 17th) in Brooklyn for allegedly attacking her reported fiance with a variety of items -- including a cat. TMZ.com reports that the designer was arrested and charged with six crimes, including 2nd degree assault, 3rd degree assault and criminal possession of a weapon in the 4th degree. The District Attorney claims that Collins attacked the sleeping man with "anything she could get her hands on," including a cat, a laptop, several apples and water.

NIKKI BLONSKY SUED: Nikki Blonsky and her parents are being sued by an attorney in connection with their 2008 airport brawl at a Turks and Caicos airport. The New York Post reported that Michael J. Griffith filed a lawsuit seeking legal fees from the family, who was involved in a fight with America's Next Top Model contestant Bianca Golden and her mother. The Post reports that Griffith has told friends that he was responsible for getting Carl Blonsky out of jail on $3,000 bail, but Nikki fired him the next day without paying for his services.

HEATHER GRAHAM REPORTEDLY DATING DIRECTOR: Heather Graham is dating the director of her new movie, Yaniv Raz. The 39-year-old, who met Raz on the set of their comedy, Son of Mourning, told Us Weekly during a charity trip to Hawaii, "We didn't start dating until after we were done filming."

ON THE TUBE


ON THE TUBE

CMT CRIBS/CMT 12:00PM (ET)
Kenny Rogers, James Otto, Heidi Newfield

GAC NIGHTS/GAC 12:00PM (ET)
Dierks Bentley

CMT CRIBS/CMT 1:00PM (ET)
Randy Owen, Troy Gentry, Gretchen Wilson

CMT CRIBS/CMT 1:30PM (ET)
Charlie Daniels, Craig Morgan, Dierks Bentley

OPRY LIVE/GAC 5:00PM (ET)
Carrie Underwood, Montgomery Gentry, Oak Ridge Boys, Luke Bryan

GAC NIGHTS/GAC 8:00PM (ET)
Eric Church

THE TONIGHT SHOW WITH JAY LENO/NBC 11:35PM (ET)
Garth Brooks

KFLAG Country Music News






LeAnn Rimes and her Lifetime movie co-star, Eddie Cibrian, have reportedly taken their romance from the small screen to real life. The story made the cover of US Weekly magazine this week, which is currently on newsstands.

Rimes, 26, and Cibrian, 35, star together in the Nora Roberts flick, Northern Lights, which premieres on March 21st. Rimes, who recently celebrated her seventh wedding anniversary with husband Dean Sheremet, shared a supposedly romantic dinner with Cibrian earlier this month in Los Angeles. Security tape from the restaurant show the two kissing and holding hands.

US additionally reports that Rimes and Cibrian met for a "three-hour tryst" at the Malibu Beach Inn on March 14th.

Cibrian is also married and has two young sons.

Rimes posted a message on her website on Wednesday (March 18th), saying, "This is a difficult time for me and my loved ones, but I appreciate all your continued support. I would like to assure all of you that this is a place for you to hear things directly from me and as you all know, not everything in our lives is always black and white."

Sheremet posted a comment on Twitter.com simply stating, "I love my wife!!!"

Cibrian"denied the story, saying in a statement to Access Hollywood, "It is a fabricated story that is using random snapshots as connective tissue to create a scandalous relationship."

Reps for Rimes declined to comment.

  • Do you think that US Weekly is a reliable news source?
  • Do you think Rimes as much as admitted to the affair with her vague website posting?
  • In your opinion, are most celebrity marriages doomed from the beginning? If so, why do you think that is? EMAIL US AND LET US KNOW ! mornings@kflg947.com

Celebrities may be lining up to get a shot on ABC's Dancing With The Stars, however Miranda Lambert will do her best to avoid the opportunity to strut her stuff. Lambert tells us she has no business being on the show. "I can't dance for crap, so I would not be on Dancing With The Stars. And I don't want to stand next to Julianne Hough every week for 12 weeks or whatever. That's not something I'd rather do. She's like a Barbie."

Lambert admits to being a fan of certain reality TV, but she has no plans on ever doing another such show after being part of the 2003 season of Nashville Star."I get sucked in. I choose my few, like, reality shows that just suck you in and you're like, 'I don't need to be watching this, but I'm watching the whole marathon all day Sunday.' You know what I mean? Some of those just hook you in, but, no, I don't see myself ever doing another one just because I already did it, but I have a few (favorites) like Girls Next Door and America's Top Model. Those are my -- what do you call it -- guilty pleasures (laughs)."

  • Lambert will join Kenny Chesney on his upcoming Sun City Carnival tour this summer. The run begins on April 17th in Uncasville, Connecticut.

Keith Urban is becoming the king of collaborations these days, working with everyone from Brad Paisley to B.B. King and Justin Timberlake, as evidenced at the Grammy Awards earlier this year. Urban was originally only scheduled to participate in a multi-artist tribute to Bo Diddley at the Grammys, but working with Timberlake was a last-minute surprise, he tells us: "The Justin thing with Al Green was so unexpected and bittersweet for how that came about with Rihanna and Chris Brown, but, for me, what a huge honor to get to play with those two guys."

Urban was quickly grabbed as a fill-in when Rihanna pulled out of the show shortly before airtime. Urban said the show's producer literally stopped him on his way out of the Staples Center after rehearsal the day of the show and asked for his help."Basically, he shoves me in Justin's dressing room and there's Justin, and then we're figuring out the arrangement to this song, and they're trying to get Al on the phone, and all this is going down and I'm just sitting there going, 'What the hell is . . . What is going on?' Within 20 minutes after that they manage to get Al down there. We ran up on stage, ran through the song once really quickly and then 30 minutes later the show started. It was insane how fast it all came together."

  • Urban's new album, Defying Gravity, will be released on March 31st.
  • He will kick off his Escape Together World tour on May 7th in Uncasville, Connecticut.
Rascal Flatts now hold the record for the largest first week digital scans for a country debut single with their latest, "Here Comes Goodbye." The trio released the song to iTunes last week, and now 126,000 copies of the song have been purchased.
  • Fans can go to iTunes.com to purchase the single and video for "Here Comes Goodbye," as well as the newly released track "Forever."
  • Rascal Flatts will pre-release a total of four songs from their new CD, Unstoppable, via iTunes each consecutive Tuesday leading up to the April 7th street date. On that date, iTunes customers may "Complete My Album" and purchase the album at a reduced price based on the tracks they've already purchased. Each song will also be made available to radio for airplay as it is released at iTunes.
  • Upcoming tracks and release dates are "Love Who You Love" on March 24th, and "Things That Matter" on March 31st.

FAST FACTS

  • Unstoppable is Rascal Flatts' first studio album since 2007's multi-platinum Still Feels Good.
  • Their 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.

Illness forced Willie Nelson to postpone six concert dates, beginning with Tuesday's (March 17th) scheduled show in Clearwater, Florida. Pollstar reports that Nelson's dates through March 22nd in Sprindale, Arkansas have been put on hold. The singer plans to reschedule the shows, however no dates have yet been confirmed.
  • Tickets for the postponed shows are expected to be honored on the rescheduled dates.
  • There is no specific cause known for Nelson's illness.

SIDE NOTES

  • Nelson's new album, called Naked Willie, was released on Tuesday (March 17th). The project includes 17 songs recorded between 1966 and 1970, but now stripped down from their original production.

George Jones will play host to the first-ever Jones Jam on Saturday (March 21st) at the National Peanut Festival Fairgrounds in Dothan, Alabama. The concert will feature performances from Jones, Clint Black, Lee Greenwood, and Aaron Tippin, among others. The festival will help support the official groundbreaking of Country Crossing, a resort and entertainment facility in Dothan. The event is free and open to the public.
  • Jones's Possum Holler Bed and Breakfast, which is part of the Country Crossing resort, is scheduled to be complete by late summer.
  • Other entertainers affiliating themselves with Country Crossing developments include John Anderson, Clint Black, Tracy Lawrence, Lorrie Morgan, Aaron Tippin and Darryl Worley.

FAST FACTS

  • Country Crossing will feature celebrity-themed venues and restaurants, a hotel, amphitheater, family entertainment center, electronic bingo pavilion, RV Park and festival grounds. A variety of music festivals will also be held on the grounds of the community.
  • Jones became a full-fledged partner with Ronnie Gilley Properties, LLC in 2006. The singer and his wife, Nancy Jones, helped to develop a neighborhood called The Legends in the city of Enterprise, Alabama.

K-FLAG SPORTS

Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kurt Warner has undergone arthroscopic surgery on his left hip. The team says the operation to repair a torn labrum and "clean up some loose fragments" was performed Tuesday by the same doctor that operated on Yankees slugger Alex Rodriguez's hip last week.

The Cardinals signed defensive end Bertrand Berry to a one-year contract with the Arizona Cardinals. Terms were not disclosed. Berry played in all four of the Cardinals post-season games. He started three of them and had two sacks and a fumble recovery.

Arizona State and Arizona are preparing for college basketball's post-season. Arizona State meets Temple tomorrow and the UA plays Utah Friday. Both games take place in Miami.

In the NBA last night...

Boston 112, Miami 108, OT
Portland 95, Indiana 85
Charlotte 104, Sacramento 88
New Jersey 115, New York 89
Denver 111, Memphis 109
Orlando 106, Milwaukee 80
Chicago 103, Oklahoma City 96
New Orleans 94, Minnesota 93
Houston 106, Detroit 101, 2OT
Phoenix 126, Philadelphia 116
L.A. Clippers 123, Washington 108

In the NHL last night....

Carolina 4, New Jersey 2
Columbus 4, Chicago 3, OT
Calgary 2, Dallas 1
Anaheim 4, Nashville 3, OT

Arizona managed just one hit yesterday in spring training off Milwaukee starter Yovani Gallardo. The 23-year-old right-hander held Arizona hitless through five innings Wednesday in the Brewers' 4-1 victory over the Diamondbacks. Arizona's Doug Davis held the Brewers without a hit in 2 1-3 scoreless innings.

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

TV VIEWING REVEALS PERSONALITY


  • Constant Channel Changer -- You're always looking for something new, interesting and fulfilling. You are outgoing and ambitious.
  • Muncher -- Snacks while watching TV. People around you consider you a good neighbor.
  • Bedtime Viewer -- (Watch before going to bed) You don't take TV too seriously, but use it to unwind after a long day. You probably have either a dynamic or stressful job and use the TV to relax.
  • Fact Seeker -- Loves new programs. You are a serious no-nonsense type of person. You use TV to learn and to gather information. Your head, not your heart rules your life.
  • Sit-com or Game Show Junkie -- You are warm, sociable and love to be around groups of people. You are likely to be involved with an intramural sport team of some sort; or some kind of a social group that meets on a weekly basis.
  • Continuous Viewer -- Watches lots of TV. You have a great need for people and a hunger to be stimulated. You are happiest when you are with family or friends. TV is reassuring to you.
  • The Planner -- Plans entire viewing schedule. Good organizer and follow a strict schedule in life. You are a good business person and very thorough in everything you do.

YOU LIKE PINK?

You can put yourself in the pink just by paying attention to the colors in your life. For example, wearing green attracts money. Writing things on yellow paper helps you remember them. You'll get faster restaurant service if you wear red. Psychologist Dr. Edna DuShann discovered these and other facts during a 15-year career studying the effects that colors have on people attitudes and behavior. Here are DuShann's tips on colors and what they can do for you.

  • Red energizes both the mind and body. To work more efficiently, keep a bright red object close by and look at it regularly. You'll get waited on sooner in bank lines and restaurants if you wear red because it's a bold color that demands attention.
  • Green has a deep subconscious association with wealth. Look at a green lawn or tree leaves to help you generate money-making ideas. When applying for a loan wear green to your interview.
  • Yellow stimulates memory. When trying to recall someone's name or where you put your keys, look at a yellow bandana or an unpeeled lemon. To retain information, write it on a yellow legal pad.
  • Blue relaxes us. Look at the sky or at the ocean when you're dressed. Wearing a blue shirt or sweater makes others feel more comfortable around you.
  • Pink has an amazingly positive effect on the immune system. To stay healthy or fight the beginnings of a cold or flu, surround yourself with pink.
  • Gray is great for helping you get out of yourself. When personal problems threaten to overwhelm you, look at a charcoal gray cloth or object to slow your self-centered thoughts and make you more objective. Wearing gray can make you blend into a crowd.
  • Violet is associated with confidence and personal power. Next time you have to take on a difficult task, especially one involving other people, look at a violet pastel painting or cloth. Violet will also help you command respect from those around you, but don't overdue it. A violet shirt or jacket is going too far. Better to sport a violet tie or scarf.
  • White is the color of purity. Looking at clean white pillowcases, nice fluffy clouds or newly driven snow will help you fight temptation and resist bad habits. For reasons not completely understood, wearing white makes women sexually attractive to men, but women regard men who wear the color as less sexy and more brainy.

TALL TALE OR WIFELY WISDOM?

(Woman's Day) Before you pass old wives' tales on to your kids, find out what's fact and what's fiction:

  • "Feed a cold starve a fever" - False. Malnutrition reduces the body's response to infections, so skipping meals is never a good idea, says Frank Diensts, M.D., a Florida based internal pulmonary critical care specialist.
  • "Sitting close to the TV ruins your eyes" - False. There's no evidence to suggest that sitting too close will affect your eyesight, but watching too much TV as a child, more than two hours a day, has been linked to adult obesity.
  • "Put butter on a burn" - False. It may actually do more harm than good, because the grease helps seal in the heat. Instead, run cool water over the burn to nub the pain and reduce swelling.
  • "Garlic wards off the common cold" - True. "One of the best remedies for a cold is to eat raw garlic at the onset of symptoms," says Andrew Weil, M.D., director of the Program in Integrative Medicine at the University of Arizona College of Medicine. It contains allicin, which has antibiotic effects.

Can't sleep? The problem could be your cell phone.


Using a cell phone before going to bed could disrupt your natural sleep rhythms. Radio frequency from cell phones can cause insomnia, headaches and confusion and may also reduce the amount of deep sleep, according to research done in Sweden. Cautions study head Dr. Bengt Arnetz: "If you feel you have trouble sleeping, you should think about not talking on a mobile phone right before you go to bed."

Celebrity Gossip


LINDSAY LOHAN INVOLVED IN FENDER BENDER: Less than 24 hours after her arrest warrant was recalled, Lindsay Lohan was involved in a car crash. The fender bender, however was not her fault -- EOnline reports that Lohan was in the passenger seat of a black SUV when her driver crashed into a wall outside the Mondrian Hotel in West Hollywood. The incident occurred at 3:30 a.m, after Lohan hit the town following a court-ordered alcohol-education class.

REESE WITHERSPOON AND JAKE GYLLENHAAL REPORTEDLY ENGAGED: Reese Witherspoon and Jake Gyllenhaal are reportedly engaged. Star magazine claims that Witherspoon accepted her beau's third proposal -- after having rejected his first two attempts to gain her hand in marriage. A source told the magazine that Witherspoon wore her new ring to a recent commercial shoot, but took it off after witnesses started gawking. The insider said, "It was gorgeous, and everyone noticed it right away. But she took it off as soon as she saw people staring. Reese stuffed it in her bag and didn't put it on again the rest of the day." A second source added, "There was already word out that she and Jake had gotten engaged, so the ring absolutely confirmed everybody's suspicions."

CHRISTINA RICCI ENGAGED: Christina Ricci is engaged. The actress's rep confirmed to Usmagazine.com that the 29-year-old will marry Owen Benjamin, who she has been dating since October. The couple will appear together in the film All's Faire in Love, which is due to be released later this year. Ricci dated actor Adam Goldberg from 2003 until 2006.

MEL GIBSON CHEATING ON WIFE? Mel Gibson was reportedly seen kissing a woman who is not his wife. The Huffington Post reported that the movie star was seen "embracing a stunning mystery brunette" near his home in Costa Rica. A source said, "They put their arms around each other and kissed pretty passionately for about four or five seconds." Gibson has been married to Robyn Moore, with whom he has seven children, since 1980.

STACY KEACH HOSPITALIZED: Actor Stacy Keach was hospitalized and replaced by an understudy in a Los Angeles stage production of Frost/Nixon Tuesday (Maarch 17) night. Spokesman Dick Guttman says Keach was in stable condition, but provided no information on why the 67-year-old actor was hospitalized. Keach had been starring as Richard Nixon in the Center Theater Group's production of Frost/Nixon at the Ahmanson Theatre.

JOY BEHAR TO MARRY? Joy Behar is considering marrying her longtime boyfriend, Steve Janowitz. Speaking on Barbara Walters's radio show, Behar said that the two have talked about tying the knot, mentioning, "I have been with a guy for 26-and-a-half years." She explained that a gay couple's ordeal is leading them to reconsider their marital status. Behar said, "Somebody that I know lost her partner. They were gay women. And the partner was in the hospital, and she had to pretend that she was her sister in order to really deal with stuff. I don't want that to happen to us . . . and I also just feel that I want to."

HARRY POTTER STUNTMAN MAY NEVER WALK AGAIN: A STUNTMAN injured while practicing a stunt for the new Harry Potter film is reportedly unlikely to walk again. Britain's Daily Mirror reports that David Holmes, who damaged his spine in the accident, has been unable to move his legs or arms in the past two months. A source told the paper, "Doctors have told him he only has a five percent chance of recovering movement in his arms and legs. He's devastated but if there is a chance of him walking again I'm sure he will." Holmes's grandfather Charles Chase added, "It's right David has been told he has little chance of walking again. It's very upsetting."

'WATCHMEN' STAR EXPECTING SECOND CHILD: Watchmen star Patrick Wilson and his wife, actress Dagmara Dominczyk are expecting their second child. When asked if he was to become a father of two, Wilson responded, "Yes, we're about halfway there." Wilson said that his two-year-old son Kalin is "very excited," adding, "I think he'll make a great older brother." The new baby is due in June.

GUY RITCHIE DATING ELLE MACPHERSON? Guy Ritchie may be rebounding with Australian supermodel Elle Macpherson. The director, whose split from wife Madonna was announced last year, was seen dining with Macpherson in London on Monday (March 16th) night. The U.K.'s Daily Mail reported that the pair stayed at the restaurant until after midnight but left separately to avoid being photographed together.

'THE CITY' COUPLE CALLS IT QUITS: Whitney Port and her boyfriend, Australian musician Jay Lyon have split after less than a year together. The City creator Adam Divello told Usmagazine.com, "Whitney and Jay are broken up as of The City season finale. There were a few factors in their relationship that led to their split and fans saw those play out on-air. As we pick up where we left off when the show returns later this year, viewers will see what unfolds as we continue to tell Whitney's story."

JADE GOODY MEMORIALIZED BY OK! MAGAZINE: Jade Goody is being memorialized by the British version of OK! magazine -- before her actual death. Although the reality star's rep has said that it's only a matter of time before the terminally ill 27-year-old succumbs to cancer, OK! has published the "Jade Goody Official Tribute Issue" and wrote "1981-2009" on the cover. At the time ok-magazine.co.uk began publicizing the issue, Goody was still clinging to life.

KFLAG Country Music News


Rascal Flatts will head into uncharted territory when they perform at Wrigley Field in Chicago on July 18th. The show will be the group's first as a stadium headliner. Rascal Flatts is also the first country act and only the third act ever to perform at the venue.

Jay DeMarcus tells us that the trio initially had doubts about accepting the gig: "First of all, when they brought us the idea we were like, 'Oh my God! Are you sure we can pull a stadium off?' So to see the ticket sales numbers from last week was very, very encouraging, and it's obviously a humbling thing, indeed, to be the first country act to ever play Wrigley Field, and we're looking so forward to that night. It's gonna be really special. We're working on a few surprises right now. We're gonna take Vince Gill up there with us and a few of our other good friends that are gonna chime in and do some things up there."

The group plans to change up their show in order to fit the venue, as DeMarcus and lead singer Gary LeVox explain: "It's overwhelming, too, at the same time. You gotta adjust everything you do to play a place like that." (LeVox) "It's Wrigley. I don't know where you go from there. To be the third act ever in the history of Wrigley Field, you know, to play it. It's gonna be a great night."

A local group of community members might put a damper on the evening, however. Some unhappy citizens are pushing for the show's cancellation, saying it will conflict with the city's annual Summer On Southport Festival, another live music event.

Information about the protest was news to the Rascal Flatts guys, who were a bit disheartened to hear about it. (LeVox) "Is that the only thing better you have to do is to go protest some kind of show?" (Rooney) "If you want to talk to somebody, Brian O'Connell with Live Nation set all this up. It's not our fault." (DeMarcus) "Yeah he did. We had nothing to do with it. We have no recollection of that."

  • Rascal Flatts' new album, Unstoppable, will be in stores on April 7th.
Trace Adkins will be the Grand Marshal and Honorary Starter for the Goody's Fast Pain Relief 500 at Martinsville Speedway in Martinsville, Virginia on March 29th. He
will lead 500 men, women and their families identified as "hardworking" local business people as honorary Grand Marshals.
  • Tickets to the Goody's Fast Pain Relief 500 are available online at martinsvillespeedwaycom or by calling 1-877-RACE-TIX.

FAST FACTS

  • Adkins' latest album, X (Ten), has already produced two Top 20 hits with the debut single, "Muddy Water," and his current release, "Marry For Money."
  • The singer will join Toby Keith on his America's Toughest tour in June.


Jaso
n Michael Carroll says success is a double-edged sword. He scored three hits on his debut album, Waitin' In The Country, so the bar has already been raised for what his upcoming sophomore album will do, as Carroll tells us:"Oh no, it's absolutely adding pressure. The fact that we had two Top Five singles and a Top 20 as singles on my last record, all of which I wrote, to releasing a first single that I didn't write on this record, and, as a matter of fact, only having three songs that I co-wrote on this record, but, yeah, I think it adds a lot of pressure, you know? Two Top Five singles is pretty hard to follow, and it looks like we're doing pretty good with our new single -- 'Where I'm From' is Top 30, so we'll keep our fingers crossed and hopefully we'll be doing this for a lot longer."
  • Carroll's new album, called Growing Up Is Getting Old, is set for release on April 28th.
  • "Where I'm From" is currently available for download at all online music providers.

Billy Currington is inviting fans to join him in filling out an NCAA March Madness bracket and
play against him. Fans have until Thursday (March 19th) at 11 a.m. ET to enter to play at CBSsports.com. To join Currington's bracket, log onto billycurrington.mayhem.cbssports.com. The group password in "billy."

The Grand Prize winner who beats Currington's bracket will receive an autographed copy of the singer's latest CD, Little Bit Of Everything. The project features the Number One hit "Don't," as well as the new single, "People Are Crazy." The winner will also win a copy of Currington's first two albums, Billy Currington and Must Be Doin' Somethin' Right.

  • Five first prize winners will receive a copy of Little Bit Of Everything.

SIDE NOTE

  • Currington will headline the post-race concert at the Country Music Marathon & 1/2 Marathon in Nashville on April 25th. The show will be held at the Sommet Center. Special guests will include Ashton Shepherd and the Carter Twins.

Toby Keith has signed Kenny Chesney's recent duet partner to his record label. Mac
McAnally, who wrote and originally recorded Chesney's Number One hit, "Down The Road," has joined the roster of Keith's Nashville-based indie label, Show Dog Records.
  • Keith said, "There's nobody more respected, at least when it comes to musicians and people who really know this business, than Mac McAnally. There aren't a lot of guys you put in that category, and I've gotten to work with a few. So getting to be a part of whatever Mac wants to do is an honor for me, and for everyone at the label."
  • McAnally and Chesney are nominated for the Academy of Country Music's Vocal Event of the Year for "Down The Road." The winner will be announced on April 5th in Las Vegas.

FAST FACTS

  • McAnally got his start as a Muscle Shoals, Alabama session musician.
  • He's played behind or sang harmony for such artists as Roy Orbison, Hank Williams, Jr., Amy Grant, Travis Tritt, Linda Ronstadt, Dolly Parton and Jimmy Buffett, who McAnally continues to tour with as part of his Coral Reefer band.
  • McAnally has produced projects for Buffett, Ricky Skaggs, Sawyer Brown, Chris LeDoux and Little Feat.

WATER COOLER TALK


  • Actress Natasha Richardson is in a critical condition after suffering a head injury in a skiing accident in Canada. She's the wife of Liam Neeson and the daughter of Vanessa Redgrave.
  • Carson Daly and longtime girlfriend Siri Pinter welcomed a new son into the world on Sunday night, Jackson James Daly.
  • Three quarters of women a quarter of men admit to snuggling with an article of their partner's clothing when their loved one is away.
  • If you like to plan ahead, "Transformers 3" is a go and will hit theaters July 1, 2011.
  • BetOnline.com, an online gambling site, has stopped all betting on American Idol because of the rules change granting the judges "veto" power.
  • Kid Rock and Lynyrd Skynyrd are going to team up for a Rock and Rebels tour this summer. 22 cities on the schedule so far.
  • "Saturday Night Live's" Andy Samberg is set to host the 18th annual MTV Movie Awards, Sunday May 31.
  • David Prowse, the man behind the Darth Vader mask in the original Star Wars movies, is fighting prostate cancer.
  • Matthew Fox says he'll be through with TV once "Lost" is over.
  • "Earth Hour" is coming up March 28th, when you're supposed to stop using electricity for one full hour at 8:30pm, local time.
  • Screenwriter Millard Kaufman has died at age 92. He co-created the cartoon character Mr. Magoo.
  • The rumor mill says that Liz Hurley's marriage is strained, at best.

K-FLAG SPORTS

One D-backs team wins, the other loses in spring training. Max Scherzer recorded just two outs in a rough spring debut for Arizona. Scherzer allowed five runs, one earned, and three hits as an Arizona split squad lost 11-3 to the Oakland Athletics. Dan Haren had his strongest outing of the spring for Arizona allowing four hits as the other D-backs squad beat the Chicago White Sox 7-6 in 10 innings.

The United States has reached the World Baseball Classic semifinals by scoring three runs in the bottom of the ninth to beat Puerto Rico 6-5. David Wright ended the game with a one-out, two-run single that also eliminated Puerto Rico.

Phoenix pulled out a 4-3 win against San Jose on Shane Doan's goal with 26.9 seconds left. Doan also assisted on the Coyotes' first three goals before dropping the Sharks three points behind the West-leading Red Wings.

NHL Scores from last night

New Jersey 3, Chicago 2
Ottawa 4, Buffalo 2
Pittsburgh 6, Atlanta 2
Detroit 3, Philadelphia 2
N.Y. Rangers 4, Montreal 3, SO
Washington 3, Florida 0
Toronto 4, Tampa Bay 3, SO
Minnesota 3, Colorado 2, SO
Edmonton 2, St. Louis 1, SO
Vancouver 4, Dallas 2

The Phoenix Suns host Philadelphia tonight. The Suns are coming off a huge win Sunday over the Golden State Warriors. The Suns ripped the Warriors 154-130 Sunday night. The Suns are within four games of the eighth and final playoff position.

NBA Scores from last night

Atlanta 119, Sacramento 97
Cleveland 97, Orlando 93
Chicago 127, Boston 121
Dallas 103, Detroit 101
San Antonio 93, Minnesota 86
Utah 103, Washington 88
Philadelphia 94, L.A. Lakers 93
Golden State 127, L.A. Clippers 120

The public body that built and operates the Arizona Cardinals' stadium and helped finance Phoenix-area spring-training baseball facilities is financially troubled. A state Auditor General's report says the Arizona Sports and Tourism Authority reported operating deficits in three of the past seven years and projects that costs will exceed revenues this year and the next five.

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

ST. PATRICK'S DAY FUN FACTS


  • If you were celebrating the tradition of St. Patrick's Day in Ireland, you would wear a small bunch of shamrocks on your cap or jacket and, if you are a female, you would wear green ribbons in your hair.
  • The word "leprechaun" comes from the Irish Gaelic word "leiprechan", which was originally an underwater sprite.
  • The St. Patrick's Day parade in Dublin, Ireland is part of a five day festival
  • Not surprisingly, the first American city to celebrate St. Patrick's Day was Boston, MA, first taking place in the year 1737.
  • Almost a quarter of the people who live in the state of Massachusetts descend from Irish immigrants. With 23% of the population of Celtic ancestry, Irish Massachusetts has a higher proportion of residents of Irish descent than any other state, edging out New Hampshire (20%) and Rhode Island (18%). The remaining New England states -- Connecticut, Vermont and Maine -- also rank among the top 10 in this category, as does Delaware, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Montana.
  • While New York City has the largest number of Irish residents Boston tops the list of cities with the largest%age of the population.

Some more Irish-American numbers:

  • 156,000 - U.S. residents born in Ireland, which was among the top 10 countries of birth among the foreign-born population as recently as 1970.
  • 373,000 - Tourists and business travelers from "the old sod" who visit the United States annually.
  • $24 billion - The value of U.S. imports from the Republic of Ireland during a recent 10-month period (January-October 2005). Meanwhile, the United States exported $7.5 billion worth of goods to Ireland.
  • 22 - Gallons of beer consumed per capita by Americans annually. Some establishments offer beer dyed green in honor of St. Patrick's Day.
  • 9 - Number of places in the United States which share the name of Dublin, Ireland's capital city. Dublin, Ohio, was the most populous, at 31,392, followed closely by Dublin, California, at 29,973.
  • 4 - Number of places in the United States named Shamrock, the floral emblem of Ireland. Mount Gay-Shamrock, West Virginia and Shamrock, Texas, were the most populous, with 2,623 and 2,029 residents, respectively. Shamrock Lakes, Indiana had 168 residents and Shamrock, Oklahoma, 125.

TOP FIVE SIGNS YOU CAUGHT THE UNLUCKIEST LEPRECHAUN


  1. First thing he says is, "Sorry, but I gave my pot of gold to Bernie Madoff"
  2. He introduced Jennifer Aniston to Brad Pitt
  3. He introduced John Mayer to Jennifer Aniston
  4. He's allergic to four-leaf clovers
  5. He's wearing a green Cubs hat

TODAY IS

It's St. Patrick's Day ... when excessive amounts of green today can result in excessive feelings of green tomorrow. Matthew Patrick from "All My Children" and "Six Feet Under" turns 41 today. To show what a sense of humor his parents had, they gave him the middle name "Saint."

Kurt Russell turns 58 today. Who ever would have thought that the cute little kid in the Disney movies would grow up to be Kate Hudson's common-law step-dad?

Ironic that a nice Irish fellow like Patrick Duffy would be born on St. Patrick's Day. He turns the big 6-0 today.

St. Patrick's Day -- the anniversary of the death of St. Patrick, who, according to legend, drove all the snakes out of Ireland.

According to the Irish Tourist Board:

  • St. Patrick used to use the shamrock to explain the trinity-the Father, the Son, and Holy Spirit-when he persuaded the Irish to Christianity. Ireland's climate keeps shamrocks green year round.
  • There are 166 churches named after St. Patrick within the republic of Ireland.
  • A Leprechaun is no more than 24 inches tall, dresses in bright colors, is usually skilled as a shoemaker, and if surprised, might lead you to his Pot o' Gold. Your best chance of seeing one will come if you visit one too many pubs. (Ted Kennedy see 'em all the time)
  • Within the last 25 years, four of the six U.S. Presidents have claimed Irish ancestry: John F. Kennedy [County Wexford], Richard Nixon [County Kildare], Gerald Ford [County Longford], Ronald Reagan [County Tipperary].
  • The official emblem of Ireland is a silver-and-gold Irish harp on a blue background. The oldest Irish harp in existence is the "Brian Boru Harp," dating from the 14th century and named after the most famous king in early Irish history.
  • The shillelagh was named for a village in County Wicklow where oak and blackthorn trees are plentiful. It was first displayed in battle in 1209.
  • The tri-colour Irish flag [green, white, and orange] first gained acceptance as the flag of Irish independence in 1848, and became the national flag when Ireland finally achieved its independence in 1921.
  • The potato did not originate in Ireland. The lowly spud was actually brought to the Emerald Isle in the 17th century from America by Sir Walter Raleigh, who had a large estate at Youghal [pronounced "Yawl"] in County Cork.
  • The original "Tara" is actually a mound 500 feet above sea level that was the religious and cultural capital of Ireland in ancient times. It is about 30 miles from Dublin, in county Meath. St Patrick is said to have preached there.
  • In the 6th century, an Irishman named St. Brendan the Navigator is said to have discovered America and returned to Ireland to tell the tale. To prove the legend, Tim Severin sailed successfully from Kerry to Boston in 1976 using a replica of St Brendan's 36-foot leather boat.
  • On Columbus's 1492 trip to the New World, he stopped at Galway to pick up Irishman Rice de Culvy as part of his crew.

St. Patrick's Day Facts:

According to the 2000 U.S. Census, 33.1 million Americans are of Irish descent -- almost 10 times the population of Ireland, 3.8 million. Here's bit more information on the Irish for St. Patrick's Day:

  • St. Patrick's Day is not party time but a solemn religious holiday in Ireland, which has only about 30 parades nationwide that day.
  • The world's first St. Patrick's Day parade stepped off in New York City on March 17, 1762. It was staged by Irish soldiers serving in the British army, to celebrate their heritage.
  • It's not true that St. Patrick drove the snakes from Ireland, as popular legend claims. But he did convert most of the Irish from paganism to Christianity by the time he died in 461.
  • Watch who you're calling Paddy: Some Irish consider this an insult. The name sprang up in the mid-1800s, when the Irish were among America's most abused immigrants. It's where we get "paddy wagon," the police vehicle that hauled people to jail.
  • "Leprechaun" is based on an Old Irish word literally meaning "small body." They're a mischievous race of elves that are compelled to give up their hidden gold to anyone who catches them. According to one leprechaun story, an Irish gentleman caught a leprechaun, who took him to a bush under which his gold was buried. To mark the spot, the man tied a red handkerchief to the bush before running home to get a shovel. When he returned to the area, he found that the tricky leprechauns had tied red handkerchiefs to every bush in the field.
  • "May these who love us, love us. And those that don't love us, may God turn their hearts. And if He doesn't turn their hearts, may He turn their ankles, so we'll know them by their limping." -- Irish toast.

K-FLAG COUNTRY MUSIC NEWS

KENNY CHESNEY TAPS HIS LAST 'KEG'

Kenny Chesney closed out his Keg In The Closet mini-tour with a show at Sloppy Joe's in Key West on Saturday (March 14th). The town's Duval Street was closed down for the event, and people were already lining both sides of the street at 6:30 a.m. ET.

Chesney was joined onstage by his recent duet partner, Mac McAnally. Their collaboration on the McAnally-penned "Down The Road" recently topped the country charts. This was the first time that the two ever performed the song together in front of an audience.

Other famous friends in attendance at Sloppy Joe's were Indianapolis Colts players Peyton Manning and Jim Sourgi, former New York Jet Trey Teague, New Orleans Saints coach Sean Peyton, former Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach John Gruden, NASCAR team owner Rick Hendrix and Dale Earnhardt, Jr.

Chesney closed the show and the tour with a rendition of 'Sweet Home Alabama.”

* The superstar kicks off his Sun City Carnival tour on April 17th in Uncasville, Connecticut.

SIDE NOTE

* Chesney will release his second greatest hits album on May 19th. His first one was released in 2000.


KEITH URBAN DEBUTS NEW MUSIC, GIVES THANKS TO WIFE, NASHVILLE

Keith Urban gave industry insiders a live preview of his soon-to-be-released album, Defying Gravity, on Monday (March 16th) at performing rights organization BMI in Nashville. Prior to his performance, BMI presented Urban with a series of "Million-Aire" awards signifying radio airplay of a million or more radio spins. The evening also commemorated Urban's career 10th Number One hit, "Sweet Thing."

A grateful Urban thanked everyone from record label and management to his engineers, co-writers, band members and musicians. He also made a point of thanking his wife, actress Nicole Kidman, who was in attendance:

"But I also want to thank my wife for coming tonight. Baby, thank you so much. We kept shuffling this scheduling thing around to make sure we were both in town at the same time, and it's awesome that you're here. You're my muse and my everything, and I know that I wouldn't be up here tonight, particularly for 'Sweet Thing' being back in this place without you, so I appreciate it and love you so much. Thank you."

Urban also spoke of his appreciation for the city of Nashville, which he and Kidman call home:

"It's a huge team. It really does take a village, and I've been able to find myself within this extraordinary village, and this town has been so damn good to me. That's why we're here. That's why we're raising our daughter here. We've been all over the world but nowhere is like Nashville. It's a beautiful town. We can live a real life here, and as I get older I so appreciate real people who I can depend on and just a beautiful town where we don't need a driver, don't need security. It's the real simple stuff that I appreciate immensely."

* BMI acknowledged seven of Urban's songs which have been played one million times. Those are: "Better Life," "I Told You So," "It's A Love Thing," "You're My Better Half," "Tonight I Wanna Cry," "Once In A Lifetime," and "Everybody."
* Three of his songs -- "Who Wouldn't Wanna Be Me," "But For The Grace Of God," and "Days Go By" -- have racked up two million performances each.
* "Somebody Like You" has been played more than three million times, as many as Hank Williams' "Your Cheating Heart," Dolly Parton's "9 To 5", the Beatles' "Can't Buy Me Love," and the Rolling Stones' "Brown Sugar."
* Urban's new album, Defying Gravity, will be released on March 31st.


TAYLOR SWIFT SHOW A FAST SELLOUT IN NYC

Tickets to Taylor Swift's upcoming Fearless tour continue being snapped up in record time, most recently at New York City's Madison Square Garden. Tickets went on sale over the weekend and were gone in one minute. Swift has already sold out shows in Portland, Spokane, Charleston, Los Angeles, Evansville, Jacksonville, San Diego, St. Louis, and Seattle.

Swift's growing popularity may be partially due to her crossover success at pop radio, but as far as she is concerned, her devotion is to country radio, as Swift tells us:

"I absolutely am so blessed that country radio has been so amazing to me and treated me so well. I walked into their radio stations as a 16-year-old girl with a song called 'Tim McGraw' and I don't think it gets any weirder than that, so the fact that they opened up their arms and embraced me and were so amazing to me. I will never, ever forget them as long as I live, and country radio is where my faith is and I love them so much."

* The Fearless tour kicks off on April 23rd in Evansville, Indiana.
* Swift will be joined by opening acts Kellie Pickler and Gloriana.


DARIUS RUCKER CHARTS SECOND NUMBER ONE

Darius Rucker claims the Number One spot on the R&R and Mediabase/USA Today country singles charts with "It Won't Be Like This For Long." Rucker co-wrote the song, which is the second single and second chart-topper from his debut country album, Learn To Live.

* Rucker dedicates "It Won't Be Like This For Long" to all parents. He said, "When we were writing it, we were talking about how fast our families were growing up. That first week after the baby is born is awful: you're up all the time. Then when it's not like that, you miss those times."

FAST FACTS

* Learn To Live debuted at Number One on the Billboard country albums chart in September of last year.
* The album has been certified gold for sales of more than 500,000 copies.
* Rucker will join Rascal Flatts on tour beginning in June.


JESSICA SIMPSON WRAPS UP RASCAL FLATTS TOUR WITH A FEW MISHAPS

Jessica Simpson struggled through her set on the last show of the Rascal Flatts tour on Saturday (March 14th) in Irvine, California. US magazine reports that Simpson forgot the lyrics to two songs, including one of her recent singles, "Remember That," which is about an abusive relationship.

Before starting the song over, Simpson told the crowd, "Oops! I said whiskey too early! I messed up! I'm so embarrassed! But I'm starting over again because I really want you guys to hear the lyrics the right way."

The magazine reports that Simpson also flubbed the opening line of "Still Don't Stop Me." She said, "I messed up again! I do this all the time!"

One thing she did get right was a cover of Robbie Williams' "Angels," which drew immediate applause from the audience. Simpson joked, "I just felt like I was on American Idol!"


KID ROCK WORKING ON NEW ALBUM, MAPS OUT NEW TOUR

Kid Rock has scrapped plans for a spring tour in order to keep working on his next album, according to Billboard.com. But Rock fans won't be disappointed for long, as the singer has also announced a new summer leg of last year's succcessful Rock And Rebels trek with Lynyrd Skynyrd that will kick off on June 26th in West Palm Beach, Florida. For now, Rock is holed up in his Michigan studio, completing the follow-up to his double platinum 2007 effort, Rock N Roll Jesus. Rock told Billboard, "I really feel like I've kind of got this figured out. I think I can make an equally good record, if not better than the last one -- which is once again putting quite a weight on your shoulders. But I do like the pressure."

* Rock hopes to finish the new disc before going on tour this summer, with a tentative release planned for the fall.
* Rock N Roll Jesus was Rock's most successful CD in years, with the singer saying, "Obviously I had a great year in 2008...maybe even better considering the times we're in. We're at a point where you do something and then it's forgotten, and I'll have to prove myself again, and that's just incredible."
* Tickets for the Rock And Rebels tour go on sale Friday (March 20th).
* Newly confirmed Kid Rock/Lynyrd Skynyrd dates (subject to change):
June 26 - West Palm Beach, FL - Cruzan Amphitheatre
June 27 - Tampa, FL - Ford Amphitheatre
June 28 - Atlanta, GA - Lakewood Amphitheatre
June 30 - Houston, TX - Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
July 1 - Dallas, TX - Superpages.com Center
July 7 - Buffalo, NY - Darien Lake Performing Arts Center
July 8 - Holmdel, NJ - PNC Bank Arts Center
July 10 - Cuyahoga Falls, OH - Blossom Music Center
July 11 - Indianapolis, IN - Verizon Wireless Music Center Indianapolis
July 12 - Tinley Park, IL - First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre
July 14 - Pittsburgh, PA - Post-Gazette Pavilion
July 21 - Maryland Heights, MO - Verizon Wireless Amphitheater St. Louis
July 22 - Cincinnati, OH - Riverbend Music Center
July 24 - Raleigh, NC - Time Warner Cable Music Pavilion at Walnut Creek
July 25 - Virginia Beach, VA - Verizon Wireless Virginia Beach Amphitheater
July 26 - Charlotte, NC - Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre Charlotte
July 29 - Boston, MA - Comcast Center
July 31 - Hershey, PA - Hersheypark Stadium & Star Pavilion
August 1 - Washington, DC - Nissan Pavilion
August 2 - New York, NY - Nikon at Jones Beach Theater


COUNTRY TRIVIA

Q. Who was the first pop-culture icon to wear a cowboy hat in the 1930s?
A. Gene Autry

ON THE TUBE

CMT CRIBS/CMT
Charlie Daniels, Craig Morgan, Dierks Bentley

CMT CRIBS/CMT
James Otto, Heidi Newfield, Kenny Rogers

ON THE STREETS/GAC
Zac Brown Band

GAC NIGHTS/GAC
Wynonna

Water Cooler Talk

  • Actor and political activist Ron Silver died Sunday following a two year battle with cancer. He was 62.
  • Get this -- The Sci-Fi network, fearing association with aliens and Trekkies, is changing its name to Syfy, pronounced the same as Sci-Fi.
  • Vice-president Joe Biden is getting a lesson on what happens when a microphone is hot -- they've caught him saying, "Oh, give me a f*cking break!"
  • Beginning this week, labels on fresh meat and some fresh fruits, vegetables and other foods will now list the food's origin.
  • What is happening with "Dancing with the Stars" this season? Two contestants dropped out before the show even began because of injuries. Now we hear that Steve-O has a back injury, Gilles Marini has a separated shoulder and Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak has a fractured foot.
  • Hugh Hefner has put his personal house -- the one right next door to the Playboy Mansion -- up for sale for $27 million.
  • Jennifer Love Hewitt is dating her Ghost Whisperer co-star Jamie Kennedy.
  • Charlie Sheen and his wife are the proud parents of twin boys.
  • Former professional wrestler Andrew Martin, who was known as "Test" and "The Punisher" to fans, has died at his Tampa home. He was 33.
  • Alan Livingstone had to his credit as being the inventor of Bozo the Clown. But he also was the one who signed the Beatles to a Capital Records contract and brought them to America. Alex died last week at age 92.
  • A new walking, talking robot from Japan with a female face that can smile will make its debut at a Japanese fashion show.
  • A mathematician in South Carolina claims that he's come up with a formula that allows him to solve any Sudoku puzzle.
  • Detroit Pistons owner Bill Davidson has died at age 86. He bought the team in 1974 for $6 million against the advice of his advisers. Today, the team is worth more than $430 million.
  • Eggs may boost your cholesterol, but they could lower your blood pressure and thus reduce your risk of a heart attack, according to Canadian researchers. The magic ingredient is a protein in eggs that acts like ACE inhibitors to lower blood pressure.
  • Cleveland Browns wide receiver Donte Stallworth hit and killed a pedestrian with his Bentley last Saturday morning in Miami.
  • Gospel singer BeBe Winans has been charged with misdemeanor domestic assault after a dispute with his ex-wife in Nashville.
  • Vice President Joe Biden's 91-year-old mother was hospitalized on Sunday after falling at her home in Delaware.

ON THIS DAY

St. Patrick died on this date in the year 461. While I know there's no way to prevent everybody from doing it, I would appreciate it if you didn't celebrate every year the day that I died.

On this date in 1776, British forces evacuated Boston. Even back then they had free-agency problems during the off-season.

In 1898, the very first successful submarine was designed. Builders couldn't wait to start putting one together. Teenagers were anxious to go watch the races.

The Camp Fire Girls were created on this date in 1910. Most are still in mint condition

K-FLAG SPORTS

Running back Jason Wright and the Arizona Cardinals have agreed to a two-year contract. The 5-foot-10, 215-pound free agent spent the last four seasons in Cleveland, where he was used primarily as a third-down back.

The Phoenix Coyotes look to reel in the San Jose Sharks tonight. Phoenix is coming off a 2-0 loss to the Nashville Predators on Saturday night. The Sharks beat Anaheim 1-0 Sunday to reach the playoffs.

In the NHL last night....

Atlanta 5, Washington 1
Nashville 4, Los Angeles 3

A technical foul against the Phoenix Suns has landed Golden State's Stephen Jackson on suspension without pay. Jackson will sit out one game by the NBA for receiving his 16th technical this season.

In the NBA last night

Charlotte 112, Toronto 86
Portland 103, Memphis 92
Houston 95, New Orleans 84
Oklahoma City 78, San Antonio 76
Denver 121, New Jersey 96

Louisville is the No. 1 team in the Associated Press men's basketball poll, the first time the Cardinals have ever been the top team. The Cardinals picked up 45 first-place votes and vaulted from fifth to first by winning the Big East tournament over the weekend. North Carolina is second, followed by Memphis, Pittsburgh and Connecticut.

Dave Leitao has stepped down as men's basketball coach at Virginia, according to an athletic department official familiar with the decision. The Cavaliers went just 10-and-18 this season, the team's worst final record in decades. Leitao won the ACC coach of the year award just two years ago, when Virginia and North Carolina shared the conference regular-season title.

Denver quarterback Jay Cutler did not show up for the Broncos' first team meeting since Josh Daniels took over as coach, and a club spokesman says Cutler "has requested a trade." McDaniels met with Cutler over the weekend but was apparently unable to settle a feud that began a couple of weeks ago when Denver showed interest in obtaining signal-caller Matt Cassel. The Broncos have said they have no interest in trading their star quarterback, who set several team
passing records last season and just played in his first Pro Bowl.

Los Angeles Dodgers slugger Manny Ramirez will miss at least a week because of a hamstring injury that he aggravated while playing the outfield Sunday for the first time this spring. Ramirez first had trouble with his left hamstring last week when he was scratched from the lineup Thursday. He made his preseason debut Friday as the designated hitter, sat out Saturday and started in left field Sunday against Colorado.

Phillies star pitcher Cole Hamels is headed to Philadelphia to have his left elbow examined by the team physician. Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. says the World Series MVP "had a little bit of a persistent soreness in his elbow" and he's being checked out as a precautionary measure. The 25-year-old left-hander made his first Grapefruit League start Wednesday.

Monday, March 16, 2009

LEPRECHAUN PET PEEVES


  • Never get the lead parts in Martial Arts films.
  • On your night off, drunks keep comin' up to you demanding another chorus of "Too-ra-loo-ra-loo-ra."
  • The IRS keeps auditing you over that "hidden pot o' gold" thing.
  • Women only date you cause you have a big shalayee.
  • Your agent lost the Lucky Charms contract to that little pointy-eared dweeb again.
  • You'd really love to cut loose on the dance floor, but all you ever get to do is "dance a jig."
  • Playboy centerfolds never list you as on of their "turn-ons."
  • You have to stand on another leprachaun's shoulders just to use the urinal!
  • Green beer and men in green tights... you do the math.
  • Pot O' Gold nothing more than a bucket filled with Chuck E. Cheeze's game tokens.
  • Contrary to popular belief, tossing your cookies does NOT count towards "the sharin' of the green."
  • The Blarney Stone's not really a good kisser.
  • Horny Irish men that say "Erin Go Braugh-less!"
  • All that drinking makes 'em impotent.
  • Thousands of Leprechauns killed, and still no handrail on a rainbow.
  • Chicks can't understand that part is supposed to be green.
  • Fat guys in Bagpipe bands.

ETIQUETTE RULES FOR CHILDREN (Oprah.com)


  • How to Dine: When invited to a pre-arranged meal, always use your utensils from the "outside in." After all, utensils are set in the order that food will be served.
  • Telephone Manners: When calling a friend, identify yourself to the person who answers the phone before asking to speak your friend. By doing so, the parents or other family member who answer the phone will appreciate this courtesy and see you as friendly.
  • On Correspondence: Anytime it takes someone more than 15 minutes to do something for you, send the person a thank-you note. By doing so, the person will know you really appreciated what was done for you.
  • Be Gracious: When you are sent an invitation that requires an RSVP, be sure to let the person know if you will be able to go to the gathering. After all, "RSVP" means "respond if you please."
  • Shoes Are Important: When getting dressed each day, be sure that your shoes are well-maintained. People associate the way you take care of your shoes with the way you handle detail in the rest of your life.
  • Be Open to New Foods: When you are invited out to eat and are served a food that is not your favorite, try a piece of it anyway. You may be surprised and find that you end up liking it.
  • Ask Questions: When talking with friends and family, always make a point of asking them questions about themselves. People will see you as interesting if you are interested in them.
  • At the Table: When eating a roll, be sure to break off a bite-sized piece at a time. No bread-and-butter sandwiches, please.
  • Be Friendly: When you are in school, be cool by making a point to talk with that new kid in your class. If the tables were turned, wouldn't that make you feel good?
  • The Rule of Twelve: When talking with others, always use a form of thanks and the person's name in the first 12 words you speak ("It's good to see you, Mary," or "Thanks for picking me up from soccer, Dad.") By following this rule of 12, people will want to continue to do nice things for you.

THREE BEST TYPES OF MARRIAGES

Why does one marriage last 50 years, while another dissolves in just five years? It's not about happiness. It's about conflict resolution. John M. Gottman of the Relationship Research Institute and the University of Washington conducted a 20-year study with more than 600 married couples and carefully plotted how husbands and wives interacted with each other. Based on these observations, he has identified the three most stable types of marriages -- the kind that are likely to see their golden anniversaries. Gottman actually created a mathematical formula that can predict how well a marriage will endure.

  • The Avoiders -- A husband and wife in this type of marriage routinely avoid conflict. Gottman says that when a difference of opinion arises, "they will never argue. They will listen to the other, but will not try to persuade." He calls them the avoiders. While this couple may be unemotional and distant, their union endures through the years.
  • The Bickersons -- The husband and wife have a volatile relationship, much like two lawyers arguing in a courtroom. "They can argue at the drop of a hat," Gottman said. But even with frequent and passionate arguments, such marriages do tend to last through the years.
  • The Validating Couple -- A husband and wife listen to each other, respect the other's opinion, and only occasionally argue. "They pick the issues they fight about," he explained.

As long as both people in a marriage have the same type of personality, that is, they are both Avoiders or both Bickersons or both Validating, the marriage will last. Trouble occurs when there is a mix, such as one partner is an Avoider and one a Bickerson.

FAVORITE PIZZA REVEALS PERSONALITY


No matter how you slice it, your favorite pizza puts you under a microscope. "It's all in the toppings," says Brandon Wills, a psychologist and longtime pizza lover. "Pepperoni, sausage, broccoli, you name it -- whatever you like to see peeking through the cheese and tomato sauce tells the world what kind of person you are deep down inside.

  • Plain Cheese -- You might think people who prefer pizzas unadorned are bland and lifeless milquetoasts. Untrue. They're highly analytical individualists who have the ability to cut through superficial trivialities and get to the fundamental underlying principles. You'll never be taken for a sucker, but resist the tendency to be too cynical.
  • Pepperoni -- Folks who flock to the most popular topping of them all are good team players, prepared to sacrifice their personal interests to those of the majority. You're loyal and steadfast, but don't be a sheep.
  • Sausage -- You're forthright and honest. You call it like you see it, and you don't care how others react. But be aware that honesty must be tempered with compassion, or your friends may end up shunning you, or at least refusing to open up to you.
  • Green Peppers -- You're comfortable in the middle of the road. Extreme views and courses of action make you feel uneasy. You're stable and reliable, but you must recognize that life involves risk and you must be prepared to take a few calculated gambles.
  • Onions -- Your zest for life and adventure is a compelling trait. People are attracted to your energy and look to you to take charge of situations. Remember, though, the importance of looking carefully before leaping headlong into unfamiliar territory.
  • Mushrooms -- Fungus fanciers are hard workers, who get their reward from a job well done, rather than from praise and recognition. Others value your industry, but they may try to overload you with responsibilities. Look out for Number One now and again.
  • Special Items -- You know -- duck breast, sea scallops, or some other non-traditional pizza accompaniment. You enjoy being a trendsetter, and that's a good thing. But don't squander your resources chasing every new fad that comes along.
  • Desert Items -- People who like fruit and confectioner's sugar on their pizzas are nostalgic and sentimental. You're full of compassion, but craving comfort and security could stand in the way of your success.
  • Anchovies -- The experts admit that the data on this controversial topping is conflicting. "More research needs to be done," Wills says. "Until then, we are thrown back on the shaky ground of personal opinion. For what it's worth, I think people who put anchovies on their pizzas should consider professional counseling."

ROAD TRIP


Spring break is underway. One of the best parts of taking road trips with the family is seeing hilarious bumper stickers, here are some of our favorites!

  • Here I Am. Now What Are Your Other Two Wishes?
  • Beer: It's Not Just For Breakfast Anymore
  • Conserve Water. Shower With A Friend
  • I'm Not As Think As You Drunk I Am
  • Out Of My Mind. Back In Five Minutes
  • He Who Laughs Last, Thinks Slowest
  • Laugh Alone And The World Thinks You're An Idiot
  • Work Is For People Who Don't Know How To Fish
  • Where There's A Will, I Want To Be In It
  • Hard Work Has A Future Payoff. Laziness Pays Off Now
  • A Bartender Is Just A Pharmacist With A Limited Inventory
  • Consciousness: That Annoying Time Between Naps
  • How Can I Miss You If You Won't Go Away?
  • We Have Enough Youth. How 'bout A Fountain Of Smart?
  • Your Kid May Be An Honor Student, But You're Still An Idiot!

Our Final Total........$19,259

Many thanks to all of our listeners and friends of St. Jude for their donations during our 7th Annual Radio-thon. We, along with the families of St. Jude appreciate your support!

K-FLAG SPORTS

Arizona State has punched its ticket and is in the big dance. The Sun Devils learned Sunday they will meet the Temple Owls in the South Regional in Miami. The 22-11 Owls earned an automatic bid for the second straight season after winning the Atlantic 10 tournament on Saturday.

After sweating it out, the Arizona Wildcats are in the NCAA tournament for the 25th straight year. The Wildcats extended the nation's longest active string of NCAA appearances on Sunday. Arizona will face fifth-seeded Utah on Friday in Miami.

Two former Golden State Warriors came back to haunt their old team Sunday night. Phoenix's Jason Richardson scored 31 points and Matt Barnes added 20 as the Suns destroyed the Warriors 154-130. Shaquille O'Neal added 26 for Phoenix. Monta Ellis scored 26 points and Corey Maggette added 21 for the Warriors.

Other action in the NBA on Sunday......

Toronto 110, Indiana 87
Milwaukee 86, Boston 77
Philadelphia 85, Miami 77
Atlanta 98, Portland 80
Memphis 89, Detroit 84
L.A. Lakers 107, Dallas 100
Orlando 105, Utah 87
Washington 106, Sacramento 104
Cleveland 98, New York 93
L.A. Clippers 107, New Jersey 105

In the NHL yesterday....

N.Y. Rangers 4, Philadelphia 1
Pittsburgh 6, Boston 4
N.Y. Islanders 4, Chicago 2
Detroit 4, Columbus 0
St. Louis 5, Minnesota 3
San Jose 1, Anaheim 0
Vancouver 4, Colorado 2

Jimmy Rollins homered and drove in four runs as the United States beat the Netherlands 9-3 to stay alive in the World Baseball Classic. The victory in the double elimination tournament came a day after the Americans suffered an embarrassing 11-1 Mercy Rule loss to Puerto Rico.

In WBC action yesterday...

Japan 6, Cuba 0
South Korea 8, Mexico 2

Arizona's Brandon Webb continues tuning up for the regular season. Chicago's Micah Hoffpauir's three-run homer marred Webb's best outing of the spring in the Chicago Cubs' 10-7 victory over Arizona Sunday. They were the only runs allowed by the Diamondbacks' ace, who gave up four hits in four innings, striking out four and walking two.

Weekend Movie Update


The family adventure Race to Witch Mountain opened at the top of the weekend box office, starring Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson as a cab driver who picks up two alien teenagers. Directed by Andy Fickman, the movie is a reworking of 1975's Escape to Witch Mountain. Last week's top movie, the comic book adaptation Watchmen, fell to second place, as its ticket sales plunged 67 percent from the previous weekend.

  • The Last House on the Left a remake of Wes Craven's 1972 horror thriller, opened in third place.
  • The R-rated comedy Miss March debuted at Number 10.

THIS WEEKEND'S TOP TEN MOVIES -- MARCH 13-15

  1. Race to Witch Mountain, $25 million
  2. Watchmen, $18.1 million
  3. The Last House on the Left, $14.7 million
  4. Taken, $6.7 million
  5. Tyler Perry's Madea Goes to Jail, $5.1 million
  6. Slumdog Millionaire, $5 million
  7. Paul Blart: Mall Cop, $3.1 million
  8. He's Just Not That Into You, $2.9 million
  9. Coraline, $3.3 million
  10. Miss March, $2.4 million

Celebrity Gossip


CHARLIE SHEEN WELCOMES TWIN BOYS: Charlie Sheen's wife Brooke gave birth to the couple's twin sons on Saturday (March 14th) night. Entertainment Tonight confirmed that the couple welcomed two boys, who they've named Bob and Max. Sheen has three daughters from previous relationships; 24-year-old Cassandra with ex-girlfriend Paula Profitt and Sam, who is five-years-old and Lola, who is three-years-old, with ex-wife Denise Richards.

JAMIE KENNEDY AND JENNIFER LOVE HEWITT COUPLE UP: Jamie Kennedy and Jennifer Love Hewitt are a couple. The actor revealed his new girlfriend to Ryan Seacrest, telling the American Idol host, "Yes, we are dating. Wow, I've never said that." The coupling had been rumored since Hewitt called off her engagement to Ross McCall earlier this year, but Kennedy had previously denied it. Now, however, he's gushing about his new lady, telling Seacrest that she's "so talented. She can sing, she can dance, she's hilarious . . . and hot since she was, like, 9." He added, "We're more than dating . . . we're more than in love."

TOM BRADY MEETS GISELE'S FAMILY IN BRAZIL: Tom Brady is reportedly in Brazil meeting the extended family of his new wife, Gisele Bundchen. Zero Hora, a local newspaper, reports that the newlyweds are in the southern Brazilian city of Horizontina for Bundchen's grandfather's 83rd birthday. The paper published a photo of the couple eating ice cream inside of a car and said that Brady exercised at a local gym.

JOHN MALKOVICH TALKS ABOUT BERNIE MADOFF SCANDAL: John Malkovich can still put things into perspective after getting swindled by Bernie Madoff. The actor told the New York Daily News, "I wouldn't say I feel flush. But I wouldn't pretend to have less than the most spectacular life. I'm more worried about people who don't have jobs."

KATE BOSWORTH AND BOYFRIEND SPLIT? Kate Bosworth has reportedly split from her longtime beau, British model James Rousseau. Britain's Daily Mail reported on Sunday (March 15th) that the Superman Returns actress ended things with Rosseau a few months back. A source told the paper, "Kate dumped James a month ago following fights over their work schedules. She has insisted on remaining in Los Angeles to further her career but he loves England and didn't want to move to L.A." Although the couple has not been seen together for months, the paper claims that Bosworth's rep insists they are still together.

JADE GOODY'S CONDITION WORSENS: Jade Goody's condition is worsening. A rep for the British reality star, who is dying of cancer, said that Goody is "unconscious a lot of the time, almost in a coma-like state" but stresses that she is not in a coma. The rep added that she seems aware that her husband and mother are with her, and recently accepted a visit from a priest. Her spokesperson said honestly, "It's just a matter of when."

HOWARD K. STERN LAWYER RESPONDS TO CHARGES: A lawyer for Howard K. Stern said that he will "ultimately be exonerated" of charges that he, along with two doctors, provided prescription drugs to the late Anna Nicole Smith. In a statement, attorney Krista Barth said, "The television, tabloid and Internet trial of Mr. Stern in the court of public opinion has been based on sensational lies, speculation, rumor and gossip. Unfortunately, it appears that criminal charges have now been brought by the State of California based on this same type of misinformation." Stern was arrested last week and released on bail. Smith died in 2007 of an accidental overdose.

RON SILVER DIES OF CANCER: Actor and political activist Ron Silver died on Sunday (March 15th) at the age of 62. The executive director of the Creative Coalition, which Silver helped create, told the New York Post, "Ron Silver died peacefully in his sleep with his family around him this morning. He had been fighting esophageal cancer for two years and his family is making arrangements for a private service." Silver starred as Alan Dershowitz in "Reversal of Fortune" and had a recurring role on The West Wing. Silver, who was a staunch Democrat for most of his life, went to the radical right after the September 11th terrorist attacks and spoke at the 2004 Republican National Convention.

WATER COOLER TALK


  • The other day, the rumor was that John Mayer had bought Jennifer Aniston an engagement ring. Today, we hear they broke up.
  • One week ago today, Dancing With the Stars contestant Gilles Marini said he felt a sharp pain in his shoulder... turns out he has suffered a separated shoulder. But, thanks to a shot of cortisone, he'll be back competing tonight.
  • Actress Anne Heche and boyfriend James Tupper had a baby boy last weekend and gave him the unlikely name of Atlas Heche Tupper.
  • "The Dog Whisperer" Cesar Millan became a U.S. citizen last week.
  • Sting is producing wine on his estate in Italy.
  • Matt Damon says the best way to judge a movie is 10 years after its release.
  • There was the rumor going around last week that Chris Brown had fired all his staff, including his manager and lawyer. His mom and co-manager, Joyce Hawkins, says not true.
  • Anna Nicole Smith's lawyer-turned-boyfriend, Howard K. Stern, and a doctor surrendered to face charges that they conspired to provide the late Playboy Playmate with thousands of prescription pills before her 2007 fatal overdose. Another doctor also is accused.
  • Coming up in the weeks ahead: Google Voice, a new phone service from Google that will let you give friends a phone number... and then they call it, ALL of your phones ring---home, cell, etc... and if they leave a voicemail, it'll be converted into an e-mail message.
  • The hot new clothes for tweens the next school year will be "Jonas"... a line of clothing inspired by the Jonas Brothers. It'll be at Sears, Wal-Mart and JC Penney in time for back-to-school shopping.
  • David Hasselhoff's ex, Pamela Bach, was arrested last week on a DUI charge.
  • That U.S. Airways hero pilot Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger has now landed a deal to write not one, but two, books.

Kflag Country Music Update


In addition to hosting next month's Academy of Country Music Awards, Reba McEntire will take the opportunity to debut her brand new single, called "Strange," on the show. McEntire said, "I guess I'm a always a little nervous to perform in front of my peers, but I am so proud of this new music, I'm excited to get a chance to sing it on the show! I love getting to host the ACMs because it gives me a chance to see all my artist friends. Most of us travel so much throughout the year, that this is one of the few times we are all in the same place and get a chance to visit."

  • This will be McEntire's 11th time to host the ACM Awards.
  • The show will air live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on April 5th on CBS.

SIDE NOTES

  • "Strange" will officially head to radio the day following the ACM Awards (Monday, April 6th).
  • McEntire's new album will be released this summer.

Trace Adkins has been added to the list of performers at the upcoming Academy of Country Music Awards. The singer will be joined by the West Point Glee Club as he sings "'Til The Last Shot's Fired," a poignant track from his current album, X (Ten). The performance will mark the Academy's unveiling of their newly branded charitable fund, Lifting Lives. Formerly called the Charitable Fund, Lifting Lives has selected the Wounded Warriors Project (WWP) as their charity of choice this year.

Adkins' performance of "Til the Last Shot's Fired" will be dedicated to the servicemen and women who will be seated in the front rows of the MGM Grand Garden Arena during the show.

  • Adkins said, "It's a privilege to perform this song with such a distinguished choir for the great servicemen and women in whose honor it was written. We should always let our military know how much we appreciate them putting their lives on the line for us every day."
  • Fans will be able to download "'Til The Last Shot's Fired" at iTunes, and all profits from downloads will benefit the WWP, an organization that provides extensive support to troops who have been wounded in combat.
  • The ACM Awards will be held in Las Vegas on April 5th. The show will air live on CBS at 8 p.m. ET.

FAST FACTS

  • Adkins traveled to Iraq and Afghanistan last year where he and his band performed for more than 10,000 United States military personnel in partnership with the USO.
  • The West Point Glee club made a special appearance on the recording of "'Til The Last Shot's Fired" for Adkins' album.

Blake Shelton celebrated the Number One success of his latest single, "She Wouldn't Be Gone," with a party in Nashville on Friday (March 13th). The song is the debut release from Shelton's latest album, Startin' Fires, but the second consecutive chart-topper for the singer. His last single, "Home," claimed the Number One spot on the country charts in July of last year.

Shelton tells us he hopes his good fortune adds to the longevity of his career."Luckily enough I got my hands on a couple of great songs, you know, and that's been my saving grace all along is every now and then I've gotten my hands on the right songs and that's kept my career going. I just was lucky enough that it happened two times in a row this time around, and this is the type of thing that I think you can build a career off of instead of just hanging around. It helps become a bigger deal and a bigger part of the industry."

  • Shelton's new single, "I'll Just Hold On,"is already making its way up the country charts.
  • He will join George Strait on his summer tour beginning on May 9th at Dodge Arena in Hidalgo, Texas. The 17-date run will also feature Julianne Hough.
Taylor Swift extended her stay down under to participate in the Sound Relief concert in Sydney over the weekend. The event raised money for victims of the recent Australian brush fires.
  • Swift performed a series of sold out shows in Australia prior to the Sound Relief concert.
  • She returns to the U.S. this week in time to play another sold out show on Friday (March 20th) at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. Close to 70,000 fans will be in attendance.

FAST FACTS

  • Swift kicks off her first headlining Fearless tour on April 23rd in Evansville, Indiana.
  • The run features opening act Kellie Pickler.
  • Swift recently made a guest appearance in the video for Pickler's new single, "Best Days Of Your Life." The two co-wrote the song together about one of Pickler's former boyfriends.

Martina McBride has been busy putting together her new album, Shine. Finding songs for the project was a painstaking process for McBride, who tells us she had to listen to literally thousands to find the standouts: "One of the things about Nashville is people get together and write everyday, so I'm looking for a song that doesn't sound like two songwriters had a 12 o'clock songwriting appointment and they kept their appointment and had to write something. I want a song that sounds inspired, you know, that sounds like something somebody really wrote because an idea came to them and they had to write it, and I think you can tell the difference, really, especially when you listen to two or three thousand songs, the really great ones stand out from the rest."

McBride says she has no specific requirements when searching for the right songs, other than they have to immediately grab her. "For me, it's just instinct mostly. You know, I just go, 'I love that song!' But I have to say there are a lot of really good songs. I hear a lot of good songs. I don't hear a lot of great songs, and that's personal opinion, but it has to be something different, you know?"

  • Shine will be released on March 24th.
  • The album's debut single, "Ride," is a Top 20 hit on the Billboard chart.

The video for Eric Church's new single, "Love Your Love The Most," will make its debut on GAC and CMT this week The clip was shot recently in New York City. "Love Your Love The Most" is the second single from Church's soon-to-be-released album, Carolina. The project is set to hit retail outlets on March 24th.
  • Church kicked off his first headlining run, called the Young & Wild tour, in support of the new CD on Thursday (March 12th) in Evansville, Indiana.
  • Church said, "I'm both excited and anxious to be embarking on my first headline tour -- excited about seeing the fans and playing some music after a four month break, and anxious about being a headliner for the first time. As with everything in my career, I am placing my faith in the people, that they will show up and set the tone for this tour. I believe they will."
  • The Young & Wild tour currently runs through May 16th in Melbourne, Florida.
  • Church will be the musical guest on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon on March 19th.

FAST FACT

  • Church's debut album, Sinners Like Me, was released in 2006.

Friday, March 13, 2009

17 hours down, ONLY 9 HOURS TO GO!!!!!!!!!!

As of 10am, we have upped our total to $9,125!!! Thanks to Partners in Hope like, Betty from Kingman, Julie from Golden Valley, Jason, a veteran, of Lake Havasu City, Charlie of Laughlin, Chad from Hamilton, Montana! Rachel of Needles. Jean a breast cancer survivor of Amittyville, NY! Christina, who donated $100 in memory of her mother Janice who passed away from cancer. Rita, a member of the Senior Circle, of Ft. Mohave. Lee Anderson of Wikieup who is going through Chemo for the 2nd time! Mary Ann of Dalton Gardens, ID. James of Golden Valley, Wayne of Joshua Tree, CA and the many others who have made the call to help the kids of St. Jude. 1-800-345-HOPE! Call now!

Thanks to Dr. Barton of Ft. Mohave who has issued a challenge to other Dr's that he will match donations up to $5000. If you know a Dr., call them and tell them to call us!

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Well Flaggers, it's time to make that call to help out the kids of St. Jude. We had a good day on Thursday...but today is the final day that you can call in and help the kids and families, the Doctors, Nurses and researchers, to beat cancer and other childhood illnesses. Remember, your family doctor gets the same information that is shared by St. Jude. Here is the number to call. 1-800-345-HOPE!

John Gurney & the Fine Folks of Wikieup raise $1,500 for St. Jude's



Kflag Country would like thank everyone who joined John Gurney down at Joe's BBQ this past year who raised money in the tip jar (and also from the sales of the new and still available CD of "The Wikieup Song") was donated to Saint Judes Research Hospital for Children. Last March, they started this fund raising drive & Had what John thought to be a very optimistic goal of raising $1,000.00

With the overwhelming generosity of the fine folks of Wikieup, I am elated to report that they have exceeded that goal, to the tune of just over $1,500.00!!!!

"NEWS FLASH"

I also want to let you know that they are not stopping here.

John is starting an all new Saint Judes fund raising drive for 2009 and it begins this Saturday night (March 14th) at Joe's BBQ in Wikieup.

John will be entertaining from 6 -8pm, so come on in and join us so we can get this new fund raiser off to a great start. He can't do it without you.

Thanks again for all your support!

K-FLAG SPORTS

The Phoenix Suns have fallen six games behind Dallas for the final playoff berth in the NBA's Western Conference. LeBron James got his third consecutive triple-double with 34 points, 13 assists and 10 rebounds as the Cleveland Cavaliers beat the Suns 119-111 last night.

Pau Gasol and Kobe Bryant each scored 23 points as the Los Angeles Lakers won at San Antonio 100-95 to become the first Western Conference team to clinch an NBA playoff berth. Lamar Odom added 12 points and 10 rebounds in his return from a one-game suspension for leaving the bench area during a skirmish with Portland on Monday. The Spurs now trail the West-leading Lakers by 8 1-2 games in the West with 18 games remaining.

The 23rd-ranked Arizona State men's basketball team has advanced to tonight's semifinals of the Pac-10 Tournament against 13th-ranked Washington. Pac-10 player of the year James Harden had 27 points and eight rebounds as the Sun Devils beat Arizona 68-56 in yesterday's quarterfinals.

The 16th-ranked Arizona State women's basketball team will be playing without leading scorer Dymond Symon in tonight's against USC in the first round of the Pac-10 Tournament. Symon tore ligaments in her left knee in a loss to California on March 7. The Sun Devils take a 23-7 record into the game against the 15-14 Trojans.

Last night in the NHL....

Buffalo 3, Florida 1
Boston 5, Ottawa 3
Calgary 6, Detroit 5, SO
New Jersey 5, Phoenix 2
Washington 2, Philadelphia 1
Columbus 4, Pittsburgh 3, SO
N.Y. Islanders 3, Montreal 2, OT
Tampa Bay 4, Toronto 1
N.Y. Rangers 4, Nashville 2
St. Louis 3, San Jose 1
Dallas 3, Carolina 2
Colorado 2, Minnesota 1, SO
Atlanta 4, Edmonton 3, OT

The Arizona Cardinals have signed long-snapper Mike Leach, who spent the last seven seasons with the Denver Broncos. Leach replaces Nathan Hodel, who was released after seven seasons with Arizona and signed with New England.

LEARN SOMETHING ABOUT YOURSELF

  1. What is your favorite out of these three? a) cat, b) bird, or c) dog.
  2. What is your favorite color? a) pink, b) white or c) black.
  3. Name a person of the same sex.
  4. Name a person of the opposite sex.
  5. Do you like the mountains, or beach better?
  6. Do you like to watch the sun rise, or the sun set?
  7. What's your favorite number between 1 and 10.
  8. What is your favorite plant? a) red rose, b) fern or c) a dead one.
  9. What is your favorite season? a) Spring, b) Winter or c) Summer.
  10. Make two wishes.

Okay, now for the results:

  1. a) Cat: you love yourself the most. b) Bird: you like hearing yourself talk. c) Dog: you put others before yourself.
  2. a) Pink: you're outgoing. b) White: you're classical. c) Black: you're living on the edge.
  3. They are your lucky star.
  4. You'll become very, very close friends with them.
  5. a) Mountains: fast paced wedding. b) Beach: slow paced wedding.
  6. a) Sunrise: you're a morning person and you get more done. b) Sun set: you are romantic and you fall in and out of crushes slowly.
  7. The number you picked is how many it will take before you find your true love.
  8. a) Red rose: your life will be beautiful but sometimes thorny. b) Fern: your life will be predictable and safe. c) A dead one: your one sick person!
  9. a) Spring: you're hopelessly romantic. b) Winter: you're a hugging kind of person. c) Summer: you're a bare all kind of person.
  10. If you send this to: a) 1 person, your 1st wish will come true. b) 5 people both of your wishes will come true c) 10 or more people, including the person who sent this to you both wishes will come true in two days

Women who have large chins are more likely to cheat on their partners


Women who have large chins are more likely to cheat on their partners, according to a study conducted by researchers from the University of Western Ontario, Rutgers University, the University of Minnesota and Franklin and Marshall College. While women with prominent chins are more sexually active than their friends who have softer features, they are less attractive to men who are looking for a wife. A large chin is caused by a high level of testosterone, the male growth hormone, that increases sexual assertiveness not only in men, but also in women. So women who have more testosterone are more sexually assertive and apparently have larger chins. A real-life example: Actress Meg Ryan has a strong chin, and she famously cheated on her husband Dennis Quaid with actor Russell Crowe.

TODAY IS FRIDAY THE 13TH!


It's Friday the 13th, the most unlucky day of the year, if you don't include April the 15th.

Here are 13 facts about Friday the 13th:

1. The British Navy is said to have built a ship named Friday the 13th, or the HMS Friday, which on its maiden voyage left dock on a Friday the 13th, and was never heard from again. As LiveScience readers pointed out, however, this story seems to be a legend. The Royal Navy Museum states on its web site that this story, which has been told before, is a hoax. "There has never been a Royal Navy ship named HMS Friday - or after any other day of the week for that matter," the museum states.

2. The ill-fated Apollo 13 launched at 13:13 CST on Apr. 11, 1970. The sum of the date's digits (4-11-70) is 13 (as in 4+1+1+7+0 = 13). And the explosion that crippled the spacecraft occurred on April 13 (not a Friday). The crew did make it back to Earth safely, however.

3. Many hospitals have no room 13, while some tall buildings skip the 13th floor.

4. Fear of Friday the 13th -- one of the most popular myths in science -- is called paraskavedekatriaphobia as well as friggatriskaidekaphobia. Triskaidekaphobia is fear of the number 13.

5. Quarterback Dan Marino wore No. 13 throughout his career with the Miami Dolphins. Despite being a superb quarterback (some call him one of the best ever), he got to the Super Bowl just once, in 1985, and was trounced 38-16 by the San Francisco 49ers and Joe Montana (who wore No. 16 and won all four Super Bowls he played in).

6. Butch Cassidy, notorious American train and bank robber, was born on Friday, April 13, 1866.

7. Fidel Castro was born on Friday, Aug. 13, 1926.

8. President Franklin D. Roosevelt would not travel on the 13th day of any month and would never host 13 guests at a meal. Napoleon and Herbert Hoover were also triskaidekaphobic, with an abnormal fear of the number 13.

9. Superstitious diners in Paris can hire a quatorzieme, or professional 14th guest.

10. Mark Twain once was the 13th guest at a dinner party. A friend warned him not to go. "It was bad luck," Twain later told the friend. "They only had food for 12."

11. Woodrow Wilson considered 13 his lucky number, though his experience didn't support such faith. He arrived in Normandy, France on Friday, Dec. 13, 1918, for peace talks, only to return with a treaty he couldn't get Congress to sign. (The ship's crew wanted to dock the next day due to superstitions, Fernsler said.) He toured the United States to rally support for the treaty, and while traveling, suffered a near-fatal stroke.

12. The number 13 suffers from its position after 12, according to numerologists who consider the latter to be a complete number - 12 months in a year, 12 signs of the zodiac, 12 gods of Olympus, 12 labors of Hercules, 12 tribes of Israel, 12 apostles of Jesus, 12 days of Christmas and 12 eggs in a dozen.

13. The seals on the back of a dollar bill include 13 steps on the pyramid, 13 stars above the eagle's head, 13 war arrows in the eagle's claw and 13 leaves on the olive branch. So far there's been no evidence tying these long-ago design decisions to the present economic situation.

WATER COOLER TALK


  • The company that produces "Sesame Street" has announced a 20% cutback of their workforce.
  • Sarah Palin's daughter, Bristol and her fiancee, Levi Johnston, have split. They have a 2-month-old son together, Tripp.
  • Anne Heche's divorce was finalized this week... as she gave birth to a son she named Atlas.
  • Chris Brown has removed his name from the Kids' Choice voting on Nickelodeon.
  • Michael Phelps' loss turned into a San Francisco Food Bank's gain: two weeks ago, two tons of Kelloggs Corn Flakes and Frosted Flakes with his picture on the cover were dropped off at the food bank.
  • "Bones" star David Boreanaz and his wife Jamie Berman are expecting their second child.
  • Mandy Moore got married to Ryan Adams this past Tuesday in Savannah, Georgia.
  • Mickey Rourke has signed on to play the villain Black Widow in "Iron Man 2."
  • How tough are the times? Eddie Doyle, the famous bartender at Boston pub Cheers – the one inspired the TV show -- is losing his job after nearly 35 years due to the economy.
  • Some of Hawaii's leaders are upset with last weekend's Saturday Night Live skit about the annoying Hawaiians... and think that it might hurt tourism.
  • Hayden Panettiere is reportedly trying to get her ex-boyfriend kicked off of 'Heroes'. She broke up with co-star Milo Ventimiglia last month and is now said to have demanded bosses on the hit show axe his character, Peter Petrelli.
  • When Michael Jackson goes to London for his 10 shows this July, he'll rent a home from Rod Stewart.
  • No one's confirming anything, but John Mayer reportedly has his eye on a $3 million engagement ring for Jennifer Aniston.
  • Britney Spears' latest love interest? It's said to be her longtime talent agent, Jason Trawick.

Celebrity Gossip


HAYDEN PANETTIERE SAYS SHE AND EX ARE STILL 'CLOSE': Despite reports that Hayden Panettiere is trying to get her ex-boyfriend Milo Ventimiglia fired from their NBC drama, Heroes, the 19-year-old insists that she and her ex are still on great terms. Panettiere told OK! magazine, "Milo and I are very close. We have enjoyed and continue to enjoy working together." Commenting on a widespread report of her rude behavior towards the press at a recent event, the actress said, "I am appreciative that the press has supported me, my career, and especially the causes I feel passionately about. While in Hawaii, one reporter grabbed me suddenly from behind and frightened me. It happens. Typically, the press has treated me with great respect."

JADE GOODY LEAVES HOSPITAL TO SPEND FINAL DAYS AT HOME: Jade Goody was brought home from the hospital on Wednesday (Match 11th), where she will spend her last days with friends and family. The 27-year-old British reality star, whose cervical cancer has spread throughout her body, was frail and half-blind as her new husband accompanied her from the hospital. Doctors have told Goody, who rose to fame on Big Brother, that she has only weeks to live.

CHEECH MARIN EGNAGED: Cheech Marin is engaged. The 62-year-old, best know as half of the comedy duo, Cheech & Chong, proposed to his girlfriend of four-and-a-half years, professional classical pianist Natasha Rubin, last month. Marin's rep told People magazine, "The couple are thrilled and looking forward to sharing their special day with close friends and family."

DAVID HASSELHOFF'S EX ARRESTED: David Hasselhoff's ex-wife Pamela Bach was arrested on Wednesday (March 11th) night on a felony DUI charge. TMZ.com reports that Bach caused a chain rear end collision, after which everyone involved complained of minor injuries. Because of those injuries, the charge became a felony. E! Online reported that 45-year-old Bach was briefly jailed before being released on $100,000 bail.

PATRICK SWAYZE BLASTS 'NATIONAL ENQUIRER' REPORT: Patrick Swayze is bashing a new National Enquirer report that claimed he is close to death. After the tabloid posted pictures of the cancer-stricken actor looking especially frail, Swayze released a statement to People magazine saying, "It's amazing to me that the tabloids such as the National Enquirer print such negative stories about me and my health when there are so many positive things going on in my life right now. I've started a new chemotherapy and, once again, I am one of the lucky ones with pancreatic cancer that is responding well to the treatment." He added that he's continuing to live his life, having just got a puppy and is busy writing a memoir.

PRINCE WILLIAM ENGAGED? Prince William is reportedly engaged and plans to marry longtime girlfriend Kate Middleton this summer. France's leading society magazine, Point de Vue, reported the scoop exclusively on Thursday (March 12th), stating that "nobody knows it in the British media." The magazine claims that the Prince proposed to Middleton in January and an official announcement is imminent. Engagement rumors have also been fueled by recent activity on a property acquired by Prince Charles in 2000 which, it is believed, has been earmarked as a possible home for William and his bride.

ROGER FEDERER TO BE A FATHER: Tennis champ Roger Federer and his longtime girlfriend Mirka Vavrinec are expecting their first child. The Swiss star announced on his website Thursday (March 12th), "Mirka and I are excited to let you know that we will be parents this summer! Mirka is pregnant and we are so happy to be starting a family together." The 27-year-old added, "This is a dream come true for us. We love children and we are looking forward to being parents for the first time. Mirka is feeling great and everything is going well."


Kflag Country Music Update


American Idol heads to the country next week with its Grand Ole Opry theme on Tuesday (March 17th) and Wednesday (March 18th) nights. Contestants will select and perform songs made popular by Opry members, like former Idol winner Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley, who will both perform on Wednesday night's show. Randy Travis will serve as this season's first mentor to the finalists. He will also team up with Underwood for a performance of her current single, "I Told You So," which was a Number One hit for Travis in 1988.

Paisley will debut his new single, "Then," for the first time on national television. The song is the lead track from his upcoming American Saturday Night album.

  • Underwood was inducted into the Grand Ole Opry last May. That night, the superstar told us that becoming a part of the Opry ranks right up there with winning American Idol: "All the awards, they come and they go. This one, I have it forever and it's something that doesn't happen to everybody. It's not a given. If you do well in the industry it's not a given that you automatically get asked to be a member, but you know American Idol is what gave life to all the stuff that I do now so it's a two-way tie."
  • Paisley joined the Opry in 2001.
  • Underwood recently recorded the new American Idol farewell song that is played as each finalist is voted off. Her rendition of Motley Crue's "Home Sweet Home" began airing on the show this week.
  • American Idol airs live on Fox on Tuesdays from 8:00 -10:00 p.m. ET, and on Wednesdays from 9:00 -10:00 p.m. ET.
Kenny Chesney is taking a little break from the recording studio and compiling his biggest hits over the past several years for his career second greatest hits CD. Greatest Hits: Vol 2 is set to arrive in stores on May 19th.

In addition to a dozen of his biggest hits, the package will include "Be As You Are" from his Songs From An Old Blue Chair album, his Dave Matthews duet, "I'm Alive," from Lucky Old Sun, and "Out Last Night," a brand new song he co-wrote over the Christmas holiday.

Other songs that made the short list include the Uncle Kracker duet, "When The Sun Goes Down," "Living In Fast Forward," "Young," "Summertime," "Beer In Mexico," "There Goes My Life," "Anything But Mine, "I Go Back," "Never Wanted Nothing More," "No Shirt, No Shoes, No Problems," "The Good Stuff," and his latest chart-topper, "Down The Road," with Mac McAnally.

Chesney tells us that song in particular will be a career staple for him."I've been able to record a collection of songs that I think people kind of lived with and 'Down The Road' is one of 'em, and I'm awfully glad that I'm the guy that gets to sing that song this summer every night on the road and for the rest of my life. I'll sing that song for the rest of my life. I know it."

Chesney realizes how lucky he is when he looks back over his career. "To be able to do what you love to do and to make a living doing it, and the fact that anybody in the world cares is a blessing. Yeah, there's been great moments. There's been a lot of ups and downs so far in my career, and thank God and knock on wood that the ups outnumber the downs."

  • The superstar is in the midst of his Keg in the Closet tour.
  • He kicks off his Sun City Carnival tour with openers Miranda Lambert and Lady Antebellum on April 17th in Uncasville, Connecticut.
  • His stadium shows will also include performances by Montgomery Gentry and Sugarland.
Like many Americans, Trace Adkins is happy to see Wall Street swindler Bernard Madoff heading off to jail after pleading guilty to all 11 counts he was charged with on Thursday (March 12th). Adkins tells us that incarceration is the key to getting this country's economic problems under control: "Well, I'd put people in jail, first of all. I'd start putting people in jail. I would find the people that committed these horrendous acts like the Bernie Madoffs of the world and put 'em in jail. That's where I'd start. I would hope that that would set the precedent that from now on we're gonna do things more honestly and above board and then (we) may not have to do anything."

Adkins says Americans need to quit panicking and allow a little time for the economy to right itself. "Just let the market correct itself. Let the economy correct itself. That's what's really aggravating me right now. Everybody's jumping through their ass thinking, 'We have to do something, we gotta do something!' (We) may not have to do anything. We may just have to let this thing play itself out. It's a correction. We've been living in this market fantasy world for the last decade or so and it wasn't real. It wasn't sustainable. Now, it's just a natural correction, and we just need to let it correct itself and then move on."

  • Adkins jokes that his latest single, "Marry For Money," is his "economic stimulus plan."
  • The singer will be hitting the road with Toby Keith this summer.
Jamey Johnson's popularity caused a Stokes County, North Carolina venue to be fined nearly $55,000 for violating 366 fire codes. The singer was such a draw at Hollywood Hollow in Lawsonville on Saturday (March 7th) night that the club packed in 364 more people than its capacity allowed, leading to blocked fire exits. One fire exit was also locked.
  • The fire marshal charged the venue $150 for every concert-goer above the legal occupancy, in addition to minor charges for the other offenses.
  • Officials forced the entire club to empty. They then allowed patrons back in one-by-one, counting as they went and shutting the doors when they reached the capacity number of 492.
  • According to The Stokes News, many of Johnson fans were "distraught that they were not allowed to re-enter the concert," resulting in some fights. The Stokes and Patrick County Sheriff's Departments were called to the scene, however no arrests were made.
  • Johnson reportedly contacted the venue owner to arrange for another concert there, but this time it will be outdoors.

FAST FACTS

  • Johnson lost his original record deal with BNA Records in 2006 after releasing only one album, The Dollar. He signed with Mercury Nashville last year, where he released his current Grammy-nominated CD, That Lonesome Song.
  • Johnson co-wrote such hits as George Strait's "Give It Away," and Trace Adkins' "Honky Tonk Badonkadonk," "Ladies Love Country Boys," and "I Got My Game On."
  • He is nominated for Single and Song of the Year for "In Color" at the upcoming Academy of Country Music Awards on April 5th.

The 2010 Grammy Awards will be held on January 31st, a week earlier than this year's show. The Recording Academy announced yesterday (Thursday, March 12th) that the eligibility year for the awards has been shortened by one month, running from October 1st, 2008 through August 31st, 2009. The date for the nominations press conference will be announced soon.
  • The 52nd Annual Grammy awards will air live from the Staples Center in Los Angeles on CBS from 8 to 11:30 p.m. ET.

JUST OUR OPINION

  • Wait -- this year the eligibility period ended on September 30th and the awards were on February 8th. Next year the eligibility period is a month earlier but the show's only moved up by one week? This means that at the end of next January we'll be watching performances of Grammy-nominated songs that were out no later than five months earlier at the end of August.
  • Do you still think the Grammys are relevant? Are there too many artists you've never heard of getting nominations?
  • Or are there just too many awards shows? Email me! jessi@kflg947.com

Emerson Drive is teaming up with Compassion International to help the organization's mission to release children from poverty in developing countries around the globe. Compassion International's 2009 awareness campaign is targeted to the country music community. Emerson Drive begins the new partnership the week of March 23rd with an exploratory trip to El Salvador.
  • Emerson Drive lead singer Brad Mates said, "This trip will give us a first hand look at life in third world countries and I have no doubt that it will leave a lasting impact on us individually and as a band. We're excited about the partnership with Compassion and doing whatever we can to raise awareness about their child sponsorship program."
  • While in El Salvador, Emerson Drive will visit with Compassion volunteers as well as some of the children benefiting from the support of sponsors. The band will be accompanied by photographers from Country Weekly magazine and an independent film crew to document their journey. The footage gathered from the group's visit will be used in a viral video campaign in conjunction with the song, "There's My God," a track on Emerson Drive's upcoming album, Believe, which is due in stores later this year.

FAST FACTS

  • Emerson Drive is the first country band to become involved with Compassion International.
  • For more information on Compassion International, log onto www.compassion.com.

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Our St. Jude History....

This is our 7th year doing the St. Jude Country Cares for Kids Radiothon. During our prior 6 years, the listeners and members of OUR community have raised nearly $100,000!!!! This is just an amazing tribute to our listeners and our community coming together for a cause in which we all hope that we never have to go through. Call us now and become a Partner in Hope. 1-800-345-HOPE. What a cool phone number huh? Give it a call now and see how cool you feel after helping out these kids and their families!

It's for the Kids!!

As I wrap up hour number 7 and looking at our total amount of money raised this far, I ask again for your help. I would like to have ten thousand dollars raised by 7pm tonight. As I sit here in the studio talking with you all, I am spending the entire day thinking about the families and patients that I had the opportunity to meet when I visited St. Jude. The appreciative look on their faces, knowing that I was one of many radio personalities that work so hard to help them was priceless. This is where you help me help these families. Please call us up and become a Partner in Hope now!

Thanks and Loving you all!

Kirt

And We Roll On!!!! Hi Aunt Peg!

A BIG SHOUT OUT to all of our "Partners In Hope" so far today. Cara and Nancy from Mohave Valley, Cory of Parker, Anthony of Bouse, Rebecca of Lake Havasu City, Jeff of Needles, Theresa of Kingman, Marcy of Ft. Mohave, Cassie of Golden Valley, Sharon of Bullhead City, and my Aunt Peg from Columbus, NE called in! Hi Aunt Peg! Thanks to everyone who has called in so far today and became a "Partner In Hope". Call us at 1-800-345-HOPE!!! It's only $20 a month on your credit card.

As of 11am, we have raised $2680!!!!

The 7th Annual K-Flag/St. Jude Country Cares for Kids

HEY ALL YOU FLAGGERS! I AM STILL ON THE AIR RAISING MONEY FOR THE KIDS OF ST. JUDE. AS OF 9AM WE HAVE RAISED $1480. BECOME A "PARTNER IN HOPE" BY CALLING 1-800-345-HOPE!!!! PEOPLE WHO BECOME A "PARTNER IN HOPE" TODAY WILL HAVE A CHANCE TO WIN TICKETS TO DWIGHT YOAKAM AT THE AQUARIUS RESORT ON MAY 24TH. YOU WILL ALSO HAVE A CHANCE TO WIN TICKETS TO MONTGOMERY GENTRY ON MARCH 27TH OR TRAVIS TRITT ON MAY 16TH ALONG WITH A 3 DAY/2 NIGHT STAY AT THE AQUARIUS AS WELL! CALL US UP NOW AND HELP OUT THE KIDS AND FAMILIES THAT RELY ON ST. JUDE FOR ALL THAT THEY DO. WE ARE STANDING BY!

Become a Partner In Hope and Get this VERY COOL Tee Shirt!






Check out Angela and the brand new Kflag Country Cares for Kids Tee Shirt! Get your very own by becoming a Partner in Hope and help St. Jude beat childhood cancer around the world. It is only $20 dollars a month to become a Partner in Hope! Call 800-345-HOPE that is 800-345-4673. You can also check out the bottom of the home page here at kflg947.com and donate right here.

WATER COOLER TALK


  • The Prime Minister of Poland wasn't at a Parliamentary vote. Photographers found him nearby, playing in a game of football.
  • Sienna Miller is becoming a doll. OK, an "action figure" because of her role in the upcoming GI Joe movie.
  • A new report claims that 1 in every 50 kids in the U.S. is homeless.
  • Jimmy Boyd, the child singer and actor best known for the original rendition of the Christmas novelty hit "I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus" in 1952, has died. He was 70.
  • Nicole Richie says that a kid and half into her relationship with Joel Madden that the two may never marry. They like things the way they are.
  • For the record, Miley Cyrus does have a heart condition. The 16-year-old singer has tachycardia – which means her heart rate exceeds the range of a normal resting rate.
  • Miley is getting a little bit of Internet flack these days, after her car was photographed parked in a handicapped spot at a Hollywood milkshake place.
  • Jay Leno is going to do a show in Detroit April 7th that is free to everyone who doesn't have a job!
  • Nicolette Sheridan filmed her final scene on "Desperate Housewives" this week. Done. Edie's time has almost come.
  • Adding that 13th finalist on "American Idol" did prove problematic as 1-866-IDOLS-13 -- the logical number to call and vote for contestant 13 -- is a phone-sex line.
  • Ask American Idol winner Fantasia who she thinks will win this season and she'll tell you Danny.
  • A softcover copy of the first Harry Potter book has sold at an auction for just over $19,000.
  • James Taylor will be playing two shows on the Queen Mary 2 during its June 19th sailing from New York to Southampton, England.
  • Nickelodeon may have decided to keep Chris Brown on the ballot, but the singer says he doesn't plan to attend the awards.
  • Prince is going to appear on the Tonight Show for three consecutive nights, beginning March 25.
  • Paula Abdul is moving back into her Sherman Oaks, California home, the one she moved out of last November when a crazed fan died outside her front gates. She and her dogs had been living in the Four Seasons Hotel in Beverly Hills.

Celebrity Gossip


DJ AM CANCELED FLIGHT RUMORS NOT TRUE - TMZ and Perez Hilton both posted a story yesterday (March 11th) about DJ AM supposedly cheating death a second time by canceling his seat on the plane that crashed in Buffalo last month. AM's publicist told MTV.com that the story is not true, that he was never booked on that flight and that he was in fact performing in New York City that night. DJ AM and musician Travis Barker survived a fatal plane crash in September that killed four others.

ANNE HECHE GIVES BIRTH: Anne Heche gave birth to a baby boy last weekend. A rep for the actress confirmed to People magazine that she and boyfriend James Tupper named their newborn son Atlas Heche Tupper. The rep added, "They are ecstatic." Heche's marriage to Coley Laffoon, with whom she has a seven-year-old son named Homer, was just finalized.

HAYDEN PANETTIERE PLAYING EX GAMES? Hayden Panettiere is reportedly making life difficult on the set of Heroes. A source told OK! magazine that the 19-year-old is trying to get her ex-boyfriend -- and co-star -- Milo Ventimiglia kicked off the program. A reported "mutual friend" of the former couple told the magazine, "She refuses to be on the set at the same time as him. She is making it difficult for everyone involved." The source adds that 31-year-old Ventimiglia is "not going to play any games or stoop to her level."

JENNIFER ANISTON WILL ALWAYS LOVE BRAD PITT: Jennifer Aniston is talking about Brad Pitt, again. In a new interview with Hello! magazine, Aniston comments on her ex-husband, saying, "I don't regret any of that time with Brad and I'm not here to beat myself up about it. They were seven very intense years together, and it was a beautiful and complicated relationship. I will love Brad for the rest of my life - you can't take away good memories. I really do hope that we'll be good friends again at some point."

DAVID BOREANAZ EXPECTING SECOND CHILD: David Boreanaz accidentally revealed that he and his wife are expecting a second child. On Wednesday's (March 11th) Live with Regis & Kelly, the Bones star was explaining talking about "the birds and the bees" to his six-year-old son, to whom he said, "You're aware that mommy and daddy are having a new baby?" Co-host Kelly Ripa interjected, "Did you just say you're having a new baby?" to which Boreanaz replied, "I said that? Oh I did! Yes, I'm having a new baby."

HUGH HEFNER GIVES EX GOOD NEWS: Hugh Hefner broke the news to ex-girlfriend Holly Madison that she would be appearing on Dancing With the Stars. The 82-year-old revealed to People magazine, "I called her and gave her the news on Monday." He added, "I'm very, very proud of her," apparently not harboring any resentment for the 29-year-old, who quickly took up with Criss Angel after leaving the Playboy mansion.

'SCHOOL OF ROCK' ACTOR PLEADS GUILTY: School of Rock actor Joey Gaydos Jr. pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor impaired driving charge. TMZ.com reports that the 17-year-old could face up to 93 days in jail for the crime when he is sentenced in April. Gaydos Jr. was arrested last month after cops allege he was driving away from a Taco Bell restaurant while intoxicated.

BRIAN BOSWORTH CHARGED WITH DUI: Football player/actor Brian Bosworth was charged with drunk driving in Los Angeles Superior Court on Wednesday (March 11). Bosworth was riding his motorcycle on Friday (March 6) in Hollywood when police stopped him for not having a front license plate. If convicted, Bosworth faces six months in jail.

PLAY DATE FOR SURI AND SHILOH? Angelina Jolie and Katie Holmes are reportedly arranging a play date for their daughters Shiloh and Suri. OK! magazine reports that the ladies and their respective men spoke about the potential meeting at a private Golden Globes after party in January. A source told the magazine, "Since the film, their careers and social circles have become so different, they rarely see each other. Both talked at length about their children and they agreed to get their little girls together." The insider added, "Katie told Angelina she just knew Suri and Shiloh are going to get along fantastically well and Suri is already getting into the idea."

Kflag Country Music Update


Kenny Chesney surprised fans with a show in Panama City, Florida on Wednesday (March 11th) at the Spinnaker Beach Club. The club show was the third of only a handful on Chesney's annual Keg In The Closet tour of college-town bars.

Chesney says the Keg shows are a far cry from his large-production stadium and arena shows, but they offer something unique for his fans. "We play a lot of songs we wouldn't normally play in a 'real' show. We played for three hours and 20 minutes the other night, and I'd say probably an hour and a half of it was really great. When we did 'Celebration' by Kool & The Gang we figured it was time to get offstage (laughs). So you just never know what's gonna happen."

Chesney adds that the small club setting offers a completely different atmosphere than he's used to. "It's just an energy that you just can't replace. Everything is so intimate. You know, we spill a few beers on the monitors and it's okay, you know? (laughs)."

  • Chesney kicked off his Keg In The Closet tour in Tuscaloosa, Alabama on Saturday (March 7th), followed by a Nashville show on Monday (March 9th) night.
  • His Sun City Carnival tour begins on April 17th in Uncasville, Connecticut.
Taylor Swift walked the red carpet at the premiere of the new Zac Efron movie, 17 Again, on Wednesday (March 11th) at Hoyts Cinema in Sydney, Australia. Swift is down under for a sold out performance at The Factory Theatre on Thursday (March 12th) in Sydney.
  • Her next appearance Stateside will be on March 20th at the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo.
  • 17 Again will debut in U.S. theaters on April 17th.

FAST FACTS

  • Swift will kick off her first headlining Fearless tour on April 23rd in Evansville, Indiana.
  • She will also play select dates on Keith Urban's Escape Together World tour, beginning on June 5th in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Montgomery Gentry members Eddie Montgomery and Troy Gentry don't have to think too hard to recall the days of playing in a bar and getting to know that infamous "one in every crowd" that they sing about these days. Montgomery co-wrote the tune based on the duo's real life experience, as he tells us: "When me and T were playing back in his dad's bar and stuff at the Grapevine, everybody that goes to a bar, if you're a regular at a bar or if you play in a band, you know that girl and that guy that comes in, man, all the time. The girl that comes in, you know what time, what she drinks, how much she drinks and how many it's gonna take before she comes out of her top, and there's gonna be that guy you know that goes over and has got some guy's girlfriend over talkin' to her, and he's got his shirt off, he's bummin' cigarettes, and he's buyin' everybody drinks but he never pays for the first one, and you go, like, 'Man, how does that guy get away with that cause I know if I done it, I'd get my butt kicked!'"

  • "One In Every Crowd" is on Montgomery Gentry's latest album, Back When I Knew It All, which is nominated for Album of the Year at next month's Academy of Country Music (ACM) Awards.
  • Montgomery Gentry are also nominated for Top Vocal Duo at the ACM Awards, which will be held on April 5th in Las Vegas.
Randy Houser was en route to a show in Birmingham, Alabama, via a private jet over the weekend when a bird flew into the engine. According to reports, passengers heard a loud thud and felt a bump before the plane turned sharply to the left. The pilot was forced to return to the Nashville airport, where he made a safe landing.

Houser barely made it to the show in time to open for Pat Green on the Jagermiester Country tour. He wrote on his website, "We didn't get in until right before show time. I'd be lying if I said I wasn't scared!"

  • The Jagermiester Country tour continues on Friday (March 13th) in Tampa.

FAST FACTS

  • Prior to landing his own record deal, Houser co-wrote Trace Adkins' hit single, "Honky Tonk Badonkadonk," with Jamey Johnson and Dallas Davidson.
  • Houser's debut single, "Anything Goes," was a Top 20 on the Billboard country charts.

Reba McEntire, Martina McBride, Lady Antebellum, Trace Adkins, Julianne Hough and Miranda Lambert are among the first artists scheduled to perform on the main stage at LP Field during this year's CMA Music Festival. The four-day event will be held from June 11th through the 14th in downtown Nashville.
  • Tickets to CMA Music Festival 2009 are available now. To order, call 1-800-CMA-FEST (262-3378) or purchase online at CMAfest.com or ticketmaster.com.

SIDE NOTES

  • The 2009 CMA Music Festival will once again benefit music education in "Music City."
  • The Country Music Association (CMA), in a partnership with the Nashville Alliance for Public Education, has donated $2,245,421 to further music education programs for the more than 75,000 children in Metro Nashville Public Schools as part of their "Keep The Music Playing" program.
  • The philanthropic program was founded in 2005 as a way for the CMA Music Festival and its participating artists to give back to the community.

K-FLAG SPORTS

Arizona and Arizona State tip-off this afternoon in Los Angeles in the opening of the Pac-10 basketball tournament. A victory could punch Arizona's ticket to the big dance. A loss might not keep the Wildcats out, but it could create some unwanted drama on Sunday, when the brackets are revealed.

The Fiesta Bowl extended its agreements with the Bowl Championship Series. The BCS championship will be played in Glendale Jan. 10, 2011.

The Suns host LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers tonight. With just 18 games to play, the Suns are in imminent danger of missing the post-season for the first time since 2004.

In the NBA last night....

Atlanta 100, Utah 93
Orlando 107, Chicago 79
Philadelphia 115, Toronto 106
New Orleans 109, Washington 98
Miami 107, Boston 99
New York 116, Detroit 111, OT
Minnesota 104, Memphis 79
L.A. Lakers 102, Houston 96
Denver 112, Oklahoma City 99
Dallas 93, Portland 89
Golden State 116, New Jersey 112

The Phoenix Coyotes skate into New Jersey tonight against the Devils. The Coyotes are 1-2-1 on the trip with the lone victory coming at Boston.

Last nights exciting NHL action....

Ottawa 3, Tampa Bay 2, OT
Chicago 3, Carolina 2, SO
Anaheim 4, Vancouver 3, OT

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

LUCKY CHARMS SEX QUIZ


Don't cheat! Before you read on, choose your favorite marshmallow bit from Lucky Charms from the list below:

  • Pink Hearts
  • Yellow Moons
  • Orange Stars
  • Green Clovers
  • Blue Diamonds
  • Purple Horseshoes
  • Those icky oat bits

Okay. Have you got one in mind? Now you can read on. And don't change it! Amazing new study shows that your favorite Lucky Charms marshmallow bit shape determines what you're like in bed! Yes, it's true -- just take this simple test to determine your true bedroom personality:

  • Green Clovers -- If your favorite Lucky Charms marshmallow shape is the green clover, you're a happy-go-lucky type in bed. You don't take anything too seriously in the bedroom or elsewhere and always manage to have a good time, even if you have someone else with you. You don't have any patience with depressed people and tend to sit on them until they cheer up.
  • Blue Diamonds -- If your favorite marshmallow shape is the blue diamond, your thoughts in bed are mostly about what you'll get later. "If he really enjoys this, will he buy me that mink coat?" is probably what's going through your mind. People who like blue diamonds have a notebook of preprinted fill-in-the-blank palimony suit forms and are the people most likely to file their nails while making love.
  • Orange Stars -- If your favorite shape is the orange star, you expect to be the center of attention in bed. You expect your partner to spend most of his time pleasing you and when you do something for him, you expect enthusiastic moaning if not applause. People who like orange stars often have mirrors over their beds, not because they are turned on by watching what is being done, but because they want to be able to watch themselves having a good time. They often moan out their own names while making love.
  • Pink Hearts -- If you like pink hearts, you're the romantic type. You like your partner to whisper romantic phrases into your ear and, if he's too distracted to form coherent phrases, you'll settle for romantic syllables. People who like pink hearts read most of the romance novels published and are turned on by people wearing armor.
  • Purple Horseshoes -- If purple horseshoes are your thing, your tastes are modern, uninhibited, and somewhat warped. You like variety in the bedroom, especially when you can include handcuffs, chains, swingsets, and chocolate pudding. Be careful when going out on a picnic with anyone who likes purple horseshoes--she's/he's likely to pin you down with croquet hoops when you're not looking and who knows what could happen next?
  • Yellow Moons -- If you're the yellow moon type, you're more interested in satisfying your partner's needs than your own. You prefer to lie back and wait for your partner to jump on you and express her/his needs verbally or nonverbally. People who like yellow moons usually own several pairs of handcuffs and other instruments of kinky sex just in case someone should ever want to tie them up and ravish them. Keep your eyes open for anyone who eats all the yellow moons out of her cereal as soon as she opens the box.

Those little oat bits that aren't marshmallows at all: If you prefer the little oat bits, you probably don't like sex anyway. People who prefer the oat bits usually become accountants, librarians who work at the reference desk, or government employees; these people like to chow down on a big bowl brimming with oat bits before a tough day of protesting suggestive lyrics in rock music. People who like oat bits have more time to spend writing letters to the editor than any other type.

Trivia: Which was not one of the four original color/shape combinations in a box of Lucky Charms cereal?

  1. Orange Stars
  2. Blue Diamonds (they were added in 1975) ***
  3. Pink Hearts
  4. Green Clovers

YOU KNOW YOU HAVE A BAD BOSS IF...


According to researchers from Florida State University who polled more than 700 people working in a variety of jobs, bad boss behavior such as this creates problems not only for employees, but also for companies since such treatment leads to poor morale, less production and higher turnover. The No. 1 reason people quit their jobs isn't low pay or boring work. It's due to a bad boss. You know you have a bad boss if...

  • He doesn't keep his word to you and other employees who report to him. (39% don't.)
  • She doesn't give you credit when you've earned it. (37% don't.)
  • He has given you the "silent treatment" at least once in the past year. (31% did.)
  • She makes negative comments about you behind your back to other employees or managers. (25% did.)
  • He invades your personal privacy. (24% did.)
  • She blames others to cover up mistakes she made or to minimize her own embarrassment. (23% did.)

What do you think are the risk factors for a divorce?

Here are some factors that may increase your chances of having the "D" word happen to you. (from AOL.com)

  • Going to college ups your chances of marrying and reduces your risk of divorce or separation by 13 percent.
  • Wait until you're over 25 to marry and you'll cut your chances of splitting by 24 percent.
  • Women who have poor relationships with their fathers are more likely to divorce.
  • Having a religious affiliation decreases your odds of divorce by up to 19 percent.
  • Couples who earn at least $50,000 a year reduce their chances of divorce by up to 34 percent.
  • Having a baby -- after you've been married at least 7 months -- lowers risk of divorce by 24 percent.
  • Marriages in which the bride is older than the groom are up to 5 percent less likely to dissolve.

How do men compare to women as drivers?


Here are some results from a recent insurance study:

  • 47% of men have rudely gestured at other drivers, compared to 38% of women
  • 46% of men have verbally abused another driver, compared to 36% of women
  • 84% of men have crashed their vehicle (and men's were more serious accidents), compared to 77% of women
  • 51% of men have been distracted by billboards while driving, compared to 40% of women
  • 22% of men admitted to using their cell phones without hands-free devices, compared to 15% of women

Don't hold your tongue


If you're angry at him for leaving dirty dishes in the sink, say so. If you're upset with her for ignoring you at the end of a long day, speak up. Holding it in with the idea of not starting an argument is the fastest way to kill a marriage. Why? It creates emotional distance, says Rev. David Code, an Episcopal priest, and author of "To Raise Happy Kids, Put Your Marriage First." He says the real silent killer of marriage is distancing yourself from your partner.

I SEE DEAD PEOPLE!


Folks who drink a lot of coffee are more prone to hear voices, see dead people and have other kinds of hallucinations than those who steer clear of caffeine, a new study has discovered. Psychologist Simon Jones and his colleagues at Durham University in England examined 200 students and found that heavy caffeine consumers, seven cups of coffee or more a day, were three times more likely to have extra-sensory experiences than others. Caffeine induces the brain to produce a hormone called cortisol, which has been linked to hallucinations. (Sun)

What is your waist???


Kate Winslet, who bared it all in her Oscar-winning role in "The Reader," has a waist size of 29 inches, according to ThatsFit.com. Want more?

  • Marilyn Monroe's waist size was 22. Yes, she famously wore a size 14, but dress sizes have changed drastically in the last 50 years.
  • Audrey Hepburn weighed 103 pounds and had a 20-inch waist.
  • Farrah Fawcett's waistline measured 24 inches.
  • Jane Fonda also had a 24-inch waist.
  • Princess Diana's waistline fluctuated quite a bit, but at her most heavy her waistline was only 27 inches.

Having a large waist is a high risk factor for a heart attack or serious heart disease. Get out a measuring tape: If you're a man, the danger point is 40 inches or higher. If you're a woman, a waist of 30 inches or larger is a sign of serious trouble.

WATER COOLER TALK


  • Oh that Britney Spears. She suffered an embarrassing wardrobe malfunction during her comeback show in Tampa on Sunday when her leotard ripped, accidentally exposing her naked crotch to the audience.
  • Anne Heche's divorce from Coleman Laffoon is final after a long, drawn-out court battle. He had filed back in February 2007.
  • Iron Chef's Cat Cora, 41, is pregnant -- and so is her partner, Jennifer Cora, 37. Cat is three months ahead of Cora.
  • Michael J. Fox is going to talk about what it's like to live with Parkinson's in a special called "Michael J. Fox: Adventures of An Incurable Optimist," airing May 7.
  • Burger King has opened it's first "Whopper Bar" at Universal CityWalk in Florida. Think like a Subway, except having a custom burger assembled in front of you, with 22 options to choose from.
  • Researchers have linked hotter temperatures and lower barometric pressure to migraine headaches.
  • Two days after being released by the Dallas Cowboys, wide receiver Terrell Owens signed a one-year $6.5 million deal with the Buffalo Bills.
  • Former Detroit Pistons Coach Chuck Daly, 78, a member of the NBA Hall of Fame, has been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.
  • Lindsay Lohan is ticked at Katie Holmes. Lindsay did a photo shoot with the understanding she would be on the cover of "America's Glamour" Magazine... but they put Katie there instead.
  • Basketball great Charles Barkley has served his three-day sentence for a drunk-driving conviction over the weekend in Arizona's infamous Tent City jail.
  • The "Twilight" cast is hanging around Vancouver, BC, as filming has begun on the next movie, "New Moon."
  • The movie "Ghost" is the next to be turned into a musical, hitting the London stage next year.

Celebrity Gossip


NEW BABY PROMPTED ASHLEE SIMPSON-WENTZ TO GET BACK ON TV: Give Ashlee Simpson-Wentz's son credit for her new role on Melrose Place. A friend of the 24-year-old told People magazine that, "She wanted something stable so she could be close to her baby. She was specifically looking for something in television as her next step, that filmed in Los Angeles, so she wouldn't have to be away from Bronx." Simpson-Wentz first got her acting break seven years ago on 7th Heaven.

'REAL HOUSEWIFE' LOSES REAL JOB: The recession is spreading to reality television. Alex McCord, one of the Real Housewives of New York City, confirmed to Life& Style magazine that she was recently let go from her position in visual merchandising for Victoria's Secret. The reality star told the magazine, "It was definitely a very big surprise. My own immediate supervisor didn't even know it was happening." She noted that she's been going through the same motions as the millions of other unemployed Americans. McCord added, "It's really interesting to see where to go from here. I've been making calls, updating my resume, and sitting down with people and chatting. I'm exploring all of my options." Although her husband still works as a general manager at a hotel, McCord acknowledges, "If I'm not able to replace my income by the time my severance runs out, discretionary expenses and our nanny are where we'd have to cut back."

IRON CHEF -- AND PARTNER -- BOTH PREGNANT: Iron Chef Cat Cora is pregnant -- and so is her partner, Jennifer Cora. The culinary maven told OK! magazine that both she and Jennifer, who also have two older sons together, used the same sperm donor from the first pregnancies for these two. Cora revealed, "We decided that having them a year apart is harder than having kids as infants together. [Jennifer] carried my embryo and I carried hers. It's like surrogating, but obviously all of our kids are equal." Both of the impending arrivals -- which they anticipate to occur three months apart -- will also be boys.

MORE EVIDENCE THAT MEGAN FOX IS STILL WITH BRIAN AUSTIN GREEN: Friends of Megan Fox and Brian Austin Green are reportedly confirming last week's speculation that the couple is still together. Despite recent reports that the pair had called off their engagement, In Touch Weekly quotes a source close to the couple as saying, "They hit a rough patch. But in every long-term relationship, people go through ups and downs. These two are very much in love and plan to be together for a long time."

'MILLIONAIRE MATCHMAKER' HAS BREAST REDUCTION: Patti Stanger, the star of Bravo's Millionaire Matchmaker, has undergone breast reduction surgery. The 47-year-old told People magazine that her breasts, which grew to a 36 DD as she gained 25 pounds during the filming of her reality show, are now down to a C cup size. Stanger adds that she's lost an additional 15 pounds through dieting and exercise. As for fans who wonder why the matchmaker doesn't wear a ring herself? Stranger says she's been dating a man for five years and they're currently "talking about getting married."

ANNA NICOLE SMITH LEGAL ISSUES STILL IN COURT: Anna Nicole Smith's legal troubles are still going on two years after her death. Lawyers for the deceased Playboy playmate have asked the Supreme Court for help resolving a dispute involving her dead husband's fortune. The attorneys want a hold from the appeals court lifted so that the case can be settled. The hold was granted during a dispute between Smith and her late husband's now-dead son, Pierce Marshall. A lawyer for Smith, who was born Vickie Lynn Hogan, said on Monday (March 9th), "Vickie's estate will undeniably suffer irreparable harm if the stay is not vacated, as Pierce's executor claims there is no money to pay the district court judgment, and Vickie's estate cannot pursue Pierce's missing billions unless and until the stay is vacated."

KFLAG Country Music News


Kenny Chesney continued his Keg In The Closet tour of surprise shows at college town bars on Monday (March 9th) in Nashville near Vanderbilt University. The packed house was treated to music from the superstar and several of his local friends, including Brad Paisley, David Lee Murphy, Mark Collie, and songwriters Craig Wiseman and Brett James, among others.

The Keg In The Closet tour began several years ago as a chance for Chesney and his band to get back to the basics and return to small clubs to play for one of their largest demographics -- college students. It also helps Chesney and crew get back into the groove, so to speak, as the superstar told us: "That's what the whole Keg tour is about is ironing out all the kinks and getting used to playing together again and putting new guitar strings on the guitars and it's a chance for us to blow off a lot of cabin fever steam, but it's also a chance for us to get back refocused to get ready to do what we've got ahead of us."

  • Chesney's Sun City Carnival tour will to kick-off with a pair of sold-out shows in Uncasville, Connecticut on April 17th and 18th.
  • The tour is sponsored by Corona Extra.

Sara Evans is officially an author. The singer signed a deal with Nashville-based Thomas Nelson Inc. to publish her debut novel this year. The book will be the first in a series of four scheduled for release in conjunction with Evans' next album.
  • According to a release, Evans describes the fiction series an "emotional, Southern-flavored, multi-generational tale, featuring a compelling love story." She drew inspiration for the characters from her family and experiences growing up.
  • Evans said, "I believe there is power in great stories. This is the kind of book I love to read and share."

SIDE NOTES

  • Evans is nominated for two Dove awards for her involvement in the Billy: The Early Years motion picture soundtrack and How Great Thou Art: Gospel Favorites from the Grand Ole Opry albums. The awards ceremony will be held on April 23rd in Nashville.

Miranda Lambert likes compliments as much as any woman, but she has a hard time accepting the term "sexy." The singer doesn't really consider herself to be in that category, as she tells us: "I think every girl wants to feel pretty and sexy sometimes, but, like, I was doing a radio interview the other day, and they started the whole conversation with, 'Well we know you're a little sexpot!' and I was like, 'What the heck are you talkin' about?' That's not my deal. Like that's not who I am. I'm more of kind of like jeans and little bit more rough around the edges and redneck chick sexy, and if that's sexy to people that's great!"

The video for Lambert's latest single, "More Like Her," gives people a reason to further that belief, but that wasn't Lambert's intention, as she explains: "You know, yeah, in this video I did a lingerie top and jeans. I wasn't going for the sex appeal. It was just one of those kind of raw at home moments, like, 'What would I wear around the house?' Probably some sort of tank top or something and jeans, and it ended up that looked really good, but I mean I'm definitely flattered when people think I'm sexy, but I guess more to me it's like if (boyfriend) Blake (Shelton) thinks I'm sexy that should be all that matters."

  • Lambert will head out on Kenny Chesney's Sun City Carnival tour for the entire run.
Jason Michael Carroll's sophomore album, called Growing Up Is Getting Old, is set for release on April 28th. Carroll co-wrote three of the 10 songs on the CD. Growing Up Is Getting Old includes Carroll's current hit, "Where I'm From," which is climbing the country charts. The song is currently available for download at all online music providers.

FAST FACTS

  • Carroll's debut album, Waitin' In The Country, produced two Top Five back-to-back hits with "Alyssa Lies" and "Livin' Our Love Song."
  • Waitin' In The Country was released in 2007 and debuted at Number One on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart.

Jamie Lynn Spears is reportedly hoping to reinvent herself as a country singer. E! News reports that the former Nickelodeon star, who has resided in Mississippi since the 2008 birth of her daughter, "has quietly been working on a country album since last fall."
  • The 17-year-old reportedly recorded demo tracks in Nashville recently, but has yet to find a label.
  • Spears' previous foray into music includes singing the theme song to her now-canceled Nickelodeon series, Zoey 101.
The latest installment of CMT Crossroads featuring Jamey Johnson and Shooter Jennings will premiere on March 23rd at 10 p.m. ET. The show was taped before an invitation-only audience in Nashville earlier this month.

Among the songs the two collaborated on are Johnson's "High Cost of Living," "Between Jennings and Jones" and his recent Grammy-nominated single, "In Color." They also performed Jennings' "God Bless Alabama" and a cover of his father Waylon Jennings' song, "Outlaw Bit."

FAST FACT

  • Previous episodes of Crossroads have included Lindsey Buckingham and Little Big Town; Bon Jovi and Sugarland; John Fogerty and Keith Urban; Kelly Clarkson and Reba McEntire; Joss Stone and LeAnn Rimes; Robert Plant and Alison Krauss; and Def Leppard and Taylor Swift.
ON THE TUBE

DRAFTING PARTNERS/GAC 5:00PM (ET)
Darryl Worley & Carl Edwards

ONE TO ONE/GAC 8:00PM (ET)
Randy Owen, Jason Aldean

OPRY LIVE/GAC 9:00PM (ET)
Craig Morgan

INTO THE CIRCLE/GAC 10:00PM (ET)
Rodney Atkins, Charlie Daniels

K-FLAG SPORTS

Dirk Nowitzki poured in 23 of his 34 points in the second half to lead Dallas past Phoenix 122-117. Jason Terry finished with 25 points as the Mavericks strengthened their hold on the final Western Conference playoff berth, moving five games ahead of the Suns.

In last night's NBA action.....

Utah 112, Indiana 100
New York 120, Milwaukee 112
San Antonio 100, Charlotte 86
Oklahoma City 99, Sacramento 98
Cleveland 87, L.A. Clippers 83

Johan Franzen's goal 3:35 into overtime gave the Red Wings a 3-2 win over Phoenix Coyotes. Franzen and Valtteri Filppula each had a goal and an assist as the Wings moved a point ahead of the Bruins while staying tied with the Sharks.

Last night in the NHL......

Columbus 2, Boston 0
New Jersey 3, Calgary 2
Philadelphia 5, Buffalo 2
Montreal 4, Edmonton 3, OT
Pittsburgh 4, Florida 3, SO
Toronto 3, N.Y. Islanders 2, OT
San Jose 5, Minnesota 4, OT
Washington 2, Nashville 1, OT
St. Louis 5, Dallas 2
Atlanta 3, Colorado 0

The Dodgers teed off on Brandon Webb Tuesday during spring training. LA third baseman Casey Blake hit his first home of the spring off Webb to help Los Angeles beat the Diamondbacks 6-3. Dodgers pitcher Hiroki Kuroda allowed one hit over 3 2-3 innings. He struck out six of his first nine batters.

The search for two NFL players including former Gilbert resident Marquis Cooper and a third man cost the U.S. Coast Guard $1.6 million. Nick Schuyler was the only survivor. He was found sitting on top of the capsized 21-foot fishing boat on March 2, about two days after it overturned in rough seas off Clearwater, Florida.

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

ROMANTIC SIGNALS


You can be successful in the dating game by learning to read the body language of the opposite sex and making sure you send out your own romantic signals.

Tips for men:

  • If a woman at the bar looks directly at you, waves daintily and gives you a big smile, it usually means she'd like you to come introduce yourself. If she waves frantically at the bouncer and then points to you, you should leave immediately.
  • If your date smiles pleasantly and sits in a relaxed position while talking to you, it's a good sign she is enjoying your company. If she clutches her stomach and makes retching noises when you suggest going back to your place, you should probably call it a night.
  • If, at the end of the evening, she hands you a note with her phone number, she definitely wants to see you again. If she hands you a restraining order, she probably doesn't.
  • If your date keeps her palms up while talking to you, it means she's open, friendly and warm. If she places her palms on your chest and tries to shove you into the gutter, it means you still have work to do.
  • It's a bad sign if your date keeps too much distance from you, such as by vanishing into the bedroom with some old guy with a fistful of cash or by running into the street and jumping into the first car that slows down.
  • You'll know you've found a sharing, caring gal if she offers to split her 12-pack of beer with you, without even being ask.

Tips for women:

  • When you see an interesting looking man across the room, you can get his attention with a smile and a wave. If he doesn't seem to understand your signals, simply yell loudly: "Hey! You and me! Right here, right now!" He'll appreciate your directness.
  • Enjoying his company? Let him know by smiling and lightly touching his hand during conversation. If you're bored and want to cut the evening short, flash your breast at the guy at the next table.
  • Other good ways to signaling that it's not working out include: guzzling your drink until you fall face down onto the bar; yawning repeatedly; and making rude bodily noises just as he's about to say something sensitive and personal.

WHAT THINGS YOU SHOULD BUY IN MARCH (AOL)


  • Air Conditioners: When people feel the heat of the warm summer months, they start to buy air conditioners. In the summer, the demand is higher and so are the prices. When cool weather is around in the spring, most people just are not into air-conditioner purchasing, so the demand and the price drops.
  • Cookware: Cookware prices generally go up before graduation and wedding season. Make sure that you get the best possible savings by buying your cookware before the peak buying time. March is the perfect time to stock up on your cookware.
  • Jewelry: Want to score some serious savings on bling? Make sure to capitalize on sales post Holiday and Valentine's Day but before Mother's Day. March provides the best deals on jewelry as retailers are trying to get rid of great pieces that did not sell over the Holidays. Shop now and you could save big.
  • Home Improvement: Before the home improvement season reaches its high in the spring and summer, start shopping for deals on home improvement tools from pressure washers to drills. You can find some great deals in the month leading up to the beginning of home improvement rush.

FAVORITE 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.

  • Taco -- People who prefer tacos are conscientious and perfectionists and are 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. People who prefer tacos are most romantically compatible with those who prefer quesadillas.
  • 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. 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. Burrito lovers are romantically compatible with everyone.
  • Taco Salad -- People who prefer taco salads are easy-going, well-adjusted, empathic, understanding and are a perfect spouse, parent and ideal friend. People who prefer taco salads are most romantically compatible with those who prefer burritos.
  • 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. Nacho fans are independent souls and often enjoy being single.

MYTHS ABOUT FINDING YOUR SOUL MATE


Do we each have one ideal mate? Do opposites really attract? Some adages about the age-old mystery of love are true, but many are just myths with no basis in fact. Social therapy counselor James Piers, a professor of sociology and social work at Hope College in Holland, MI, sorts out the fact from the fiction.

  • There is a marriage made in heaven, with each person having one ideal partner on earth. False -- "This is not supported by research," says Piers.
  • People will marry someone just like Mom or Dad. True -- "Research indicates the parental image theory may be a factor in mate selection," says Piers.
  • Opposites attract. False -- "How often do we look at a couple with dissimilar traits, abilities, and interests and wonder how they ever got together? Though we often hear about this 'complementary needs' theory, there is little empirical support for it," he explains.
  • Likes attract. True -- "People with similar values often appeal to each other," says Piers. "We like to be supported."
  • You never get something for nothing. True -- "This 'social exchange' theory suggests that mate selection is really barter at a subconscious level," says Piers. "I'll share my social status, physical attributes and business acumen with you if you commit your attention to me and share your personality attributes and professional status."
  • You get what you expect. True -- "This suggests that we look for a partner who fits our expectations of how life-roles should be performed," he explains.
  • Modern technology can help you find your "perfect" mate. Maybe -- "The interesting thing that the computer has allowed to do through dating services is articulate our best traits--if we're being honest. It has allowed you to refine the search a little bit," explains Piers. "We probably learn more about each other from that system than some others. My caution, of course, is that most of us tend to lie."

K-FLAG COUNTRY MUSIC NEWS

CARRIE UNDERWOOD BIDS FAREWELL TO 'AMERICAN IDOL' HOPEFULS

As each remaining American Idol hopeful makes his or her way off the stage after being eliminated, they will be walking away to the sound of Carrie Underwood singing. Ther former American Idol winner has recorded a remake of Motley Crue's "Home Sweet Home" to be played as the farewell theme for the new season of the show. The song will make its debut on American Idol on Wednesday.

Underwood's version of "Home Sweet Home" will be released as a digital single exclusively at iTunes through March 16th. After that, it will be available at online music retailers everywhere.
A portion of the sales proceeds from "Home Sweet Home" will be donated to The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS).

KENNY CHESNEY TOASTS LATEST CHART-TOPPER

Kenny Chesney celebrated the chart-topping success of his recent single, "Down The Road," during a party in Nashville on Monday (March 9th). Also on hand was Mac McAnally, the song's writer who originally recorded the tune in 1990. McAnally lent his voice to Chesney's version of the song at the superstar's request. Chesney told us it was only appropriate to share this collaboration with McAnally.

"I've listened to his version for a long time, and I think every songwriter has got a song they wish they'd wrote, and 'Down The Road' is one of those songs for me, and when I got to a point in my career and my life where I felt it made sense for me to record a song like that, it seemed only natural that, especially as long as I'd listened to it and lived with it and loved it, is to have the guy that wrote it, the guy that sang it, also, and one of the reasons that made me fall in love with the song would have to be on that record, so it meant everything to me."

KEITH URBAN TOPS COUNTRY CHART FOR SECOND WEEK

Keith Urban tops the country charts for the second week with his latest single, "Sweet Thing." The song is the debut release from Urban's Defying Gravity album, which is due out on March 31st.

Urban has been getting used to the top of the charts, after having spent more time there a few weeks ago with Brad Paisley for their duet, "Start A Band." Urban tells us how it feels to be back on top.

"Oh, blissful! Absolutely beautiful, like just the greatest view, you know? The air is clear and clean and it's just a wonderful place to be."

While thrilled with his stint in the Number One spot, Urban says a song doesn't have to reach the pinnacle to be a success in his eyes.

"Certain songs, they'll get into, for example, maybe the Top 10. That, to me, that's a big hit song, and sometimes that thing that gets it literally to the Number One spot is the other stuff, other things. I mean, it just happens to connect at the right time or whatever. It doesn't mean that cause a song gets to Number Four that it's not as good as the one that's at Number One, you know? It doesn't lessen the song in any way, so I've got more appreciation for just songs that sort of connect and find their way. That's more important to me."

RASCAL FLATTS BEGIN ALBUM COUNTDOWN ON iTUNES

Rascal Flatts will roll out one song each week for the next four weeks from their new album leading up to the official April 7th release date of Unstoppable. Beginning on Today, fans can log onto iTunes.com and download the trio's new single, "Here Comes Goodbye," as well as the video. On March 17th, the song "Forever" will be available, followed by "Love Who You Love" on March 24th and "Things That Matter" on March 31st. Unstoppable is Rascal Flatts' first studio album since 2007's multi-platinum Still Feels Good.

LEE ANN WOMACK TO PERFORM AT T.J. MARTELL GALA

Lee Ann Womack is set to perform at the inaugural Honors Gala on March 25th at Loews Vanderbilt Plaza Hotel in Nashville to benefit the T.J. Martell Foundation. Michael Bolton is also scheduled to perform, while Academy Award-winning actor Tommy Lee Jones will present the Lifetime Humanitarian Award to former Vice President Al Gore.

* In addition to Gore, the black-tie event will honor three other distinguished individuals for their humanitarian, philanthropic and career achievements. They are Nashville-based Ingram Industries President and CEO Orrin Ingram, who will receive the Lifetime Philanthropic Award for his dedication to helping others in the Nashville community and beyond; former BMI President and CEO Frances Preston, who will be honored with the Lifetime Music Industry Award for her years of service to the music industry and songwriters worldwide; and Dr. Harold L. (Hal) Moses, director emeritus of the Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center and director of the Frances Williams Preston Laboratories, who will receive the Lifetime Medical Research Award for his dedication to cancer research.

SIDE NOTES

* Womack appears in a new indie film called Noble Things as Chief Deputy Claire Wades. Womack will attend next month's screening of the movie at the Nashville Film Festival, which runs from April 16th through the 23rd.
* Womack is nominated for Top Female Vocalist at the Academy of Country Music Awards. The winners will be announced on April 5th in Las Vegas.

OPRY MEMBER HANK LOCKLIN DEAD AT 91

Grand Ole Opry star Hank Locklin died on Sunday at his home in Brewton, Alabama at the age of 91. Locklin charted his first top 10 country hit with "The Same Sweet Girls" in 1949. His biggest hits include "Send Me the Pillow That You Dream On," "Geisha Girl" and "Please Help Me I'm Falling," which spent 14 weeks at the top of the country music charts in 1960, the same year Locklin joined the Grand Ole Opry.

Locklin is considered one of the pioneers of the concept album, having recorded such projects as A Tribute to Roy Acuff, King of Country Music, Irish Songs Country Style, and Hank Locklin Sings Hank Williams. His 65th album, By the Grace of God, was released in 2006. Until his passing, Locklin was the oldest living member of the Grand Ole Opry.

ON THE TUBE

BROKEN BRIDGES/CMT
Toby Keith

DRAFTING PARTNERS/GAC
Darryl Worley, Carl Edwards

TODAY'S BIRTHDAY

* Carrie Underwood (26)

ON THIS DAY

* Diamond Rio's "One More Day" hit Number One on the country singles chart in 2001.

* Patsy Cline was buried in her hometown of Winchester, Virginia in 1963.

* James Brown made a guest appearance on the Grand Ole Opry in 1979.

* Ernest Tubb and Loretta Lynn recorded their first duet for Decca, "Love Was Right Here All The Time," as well as the Top 20 single, "Mr. & Mrs. Used To Be," in 1964.

* Vince Gill and Amy Grant were married in Nashville in 2000.

K-FLAG SPORTS

The slumping Suns meet the faltering Dallas Mavericks tonight. Phoenix has lost four straight including its last game against San Antonio -- 103-98. Dallas has lost its last five road games.

In last night's NBA action.....

Atlanta 89, New Orleans 79
Detroit 98, Orlando 94
Washington 110, Minnesota 99
Miami 130, Chicago 127, 2OT
Houston 97, Denver 95
Portland 111, L.A. Lakers 94

The Phoenix Coyotes skate in Detroit tonight. The Red Wings were slaughtered Saturday by Nashville 8-0. Phoenix has won one and lost two on the current road swing.

In the NHL last night......

Carolina 3, N.Y. Rangers 0
Ottawa 2, Toronto 1
Los Angeles 3, Vancouver 2

Arizona State's James Harden is the Pac-10 player of the year. Harden is averaging a league-high 20.8 points, 5.4 rebounds and 4.1 rebounds per game and is shooting 50.4 percent from the field. Harden is the third Sun Devil to win the award.

The Diamondbacks are in Phoenix today against western division rival Los Angeles. San Diego rocked the Diamondbacks yesterday 16-3.

Celebrity Gossip


MARISKA HARGITAY STILL RECOVERING FROM HEALTH PROBLEMS: Mariska Hargitay is still recovering from discomfort relating to her lung condition. Nearly a week after the Law & Order: SVU star was hospitalized, her publicist and television show said in a joint statement, "Mariska is recovering well and is expected to return to SVU in the next couple of weeks. She is undergoing routine tests and expects to be feeling better soon." Although the rep added that "production will not be affected," Hargitay will not appear in one of the episodes currently being filmed. Us Weekly reports that Hargitay has been dealing with health problems since suffering a collapsed lung in December.

MISCHA BARTON DUMPS BOYFRIEND: Mischa Barton is single again. The actress announced on her website that she's split from Luke Pritchard, a British singer from The Kooks. Barton wrote, "I broke up with Luke when I got to London. Things just didn't feel quite right. There was no cheating or anything terrible, the bad just started to outweigh the good and a long distance relationship is never an easy thing to do." She revealed the two may still have a platonic future, adding, . "If there ever is a case of two people staying friends, I'm sure it will be the case with us -- our personalities are very good for that.... I don't regret our time together, I just couldn't keep it going."

HUGH HEFNER'S BLONDE GIRLFRIENDS ARE TOO BLEACHED FOR CHARITY: Hugh Hefner's twin girlfriends Karissa and Kristina Shannon were reportedly rejected after attempting to make a charitable donation. Fox News's Pop Tarts claims that the girls attempted to donate their hair to Lengths of Love, a charity established by Playmate Jayde Nicole, but were told their locks were too over-processed to be of use making wigs for cancer victims. Nicole told Pop Tarts, "The twins can't actually donate their hair, the hair used has to be healthy enough to be retreated and not too over-processed."

JEFF PROBST USES 'SURVIVOR' SKILLS: Jeff Probst has picked up a few Survivor skills from his tenure as host of the program. At Sunday's (March 8th) Academy of Magical Arts Awards, Probst caught a camerawoman who suddenly suffered a seizure while he was answering questions for her media outlet. Probst told E! Online right after the incident, "She fell into my arms, basically. She had a seizure and she didn't know it. When she came back to she said, 'I'm fine,' and she had no idea. Then she had another one." Probst once again swooped in and caught her a second time, holding her head steady until an ambulance arrived. He told E!, "I think anybody would react to that. That's just another person in trouble. Anybody would do that. It's amazing how quickly you can get into trouble."

JADE GOODY FACED WITH HOSPITAL INTRUDER: Terminally ill reality star Jade Goody faced a new trauma on Sunday (March 8th), when an intruder wielding a hammer snuck into her hospital room. People magazine reports that the 27-year-old, who has only weeks to live, was "shaken" by the incident, which occurred as her husband took a break from sitting by her bedside. The female intruder was arrested after Goody screamed and alerted staff to her presence. Goody's rep, Max Clifford, told People, "She's okay. She has been saying today, 'I am sure she didn't mean any harm.' "

ACTRESS OUTS TOPHER GRACE AS BOYFRIEND: Former That 70's Show star Topher Grace has a new girlfriend who is apparently quite smitten with him. Australia's Daily Telegraph reports that native beauty, actress Teresa Palmer, has proclaimed her love for Grace via Facebook. Palmer, who famously dated British bad boy Russell Brand, wrote that her new beau is "everything I could ask for." She added, "He's the most genuine person I know -- giving and kind, talented and smart, loving and honest."

EWAN MCGREGOR REPORTEDLY IMPERSONATED ON TWITTER: A spokesperson for actor Ewan McGregor announced that a Twitter feed allegedly written by the actor is an imposter. London's Guardian reports that the 19,639 subscribers to McGregor's feed have been duped by cons who allegedly "monitor his movements and then copy them down." The spokesperson is quoted as saying, "Ewan McGregor does not have a Twitter site or one on MySpace either. Someone is just making it all up." His rep adds that they're looking to taking legal action to have the Twitter site removed.

HAYDEN PANETTIERE HAS A DIVA MOMENT: Hayden Panettiere reportedly had a diva moment on the red carpet of a Hawaiian fundraiser over the weekend. Usmagazine.com reports that he 19-year-old Heroes star snapped at reporters and photographers on her way into the event, which benefited the Rehabilitation Hospital of the Pacific Foundation. A source told the site that Panettiere screamed, "Don't you ever touch me!" after a reporter tapped her shoulder and asked for an interview. She refused to answer any questions and told the various media outlets, "You all make my life miserable."

ANNE HECHE DIVORCE FINAL: Anne Heche's bitter divorce battle with Coley Laffoon is over. In the settlement Laffoon will receive $3,700 a month in child support, a cash payment of $515,000, as well as half of all their community property, which includes more than $700,000 worth of stocks and other assets. The couple will have 50-50 custody of their seven-year-old son Homer. Heche gets to keep her multimillion-dollar home in Vancouver in the deal. Heche and Laffoon married in September 2001 and have been legally separated since December 2006.

Water Cooler Talk

* David Wilkerson, author of "The Cross and the Switchblade" is predicting a giant catastrophe is about to hit the United States.

* Kelly Clarkson has told another interviewer that she has absolutely "no desire" to have kids.

* Moderate exercise may be good for your health, but if you're exercising to lose weight, you could be in for a big disappointment. Obesity experts agree that 30 minutes of moderate-intensity exercise most days of the week is not enough to make a real difference in body weight.

* Ashlee Simpson-Wentz is joining "Melrose Place," and will play a bright-eyed but shrewd small-town girl and recent L.A. transplant who has come to town with a secret.

* President Barack Obama paid tribute to the late actor Christopher Reeve while lifting the ban on federal funds for stem cell research.

* Amy Winehouse has dropped out of next month's Coachella music festival.

* Dakota Fanning has signed up for the "Twilight" sequel, "New Moon."

* Rihanna's lawyer Donald Etra tells Us Weekly that she will testify against her boyfriend Chris Brown, if need be.

* Zac Efron says his mom worries about him... which is why she filled up his Christmas stocking this year with condoms.

* Jimmy Kimmel and Sarah Silverman have split again.

* Seth Rogen has lost 30 pounds for his role in the upcoming "Green Hornet" movie. Boomers will remember the short-lived TV series by the same name in the 60s that featured none other than Bruce Lee as the Green Hornet's sidekick, Kato.

* Coolio was arrested at L.A. International Airport last week for possession of crack cocaine. That's part of the drug's effects: you actually start thinking they'd never think to look for crack in your bag.

* Concerns about food prices and genetically-altered foods have inspired seed sales to take a big leap.

TODAY'S BIRTHDAYS

* Carrie Underwood (26)

* Prince Edward (also goes by Edward Wessex, Queen Elizabeth II's third son) (45)

* Osama Bin Laden (a.k.a. Usama Bin Laden, founder of Al-Qaeda, one of FBI's Ten Most Wanted) (52)

* Jasmine Guy (actress, A Different World's Whitley Gilbert) (45)

* Chuck Norris (actor and karate expert) (69)

* Sharon Stone (actress, Casino, Sliver, Basic Instinct) (51)

* Shannon Miller (Olympic gold-medal gymnast) (32)

* Emily Osment (actress, Spy Kids) (17)

* Edie Brickell (singer, married to Paul Simon) (43)

* Shannon Tweed (actress, former Playboy Playmate and Playmate Of The Year; longtime partner of Kiss singer-bassist Gene Simmons) (52)

* Tom Scholz (multi-instrumentalist and producer, Boston) (62)

* Jeff Ament (bassist, Pearl Jam) (46)

* Dean Torrence (of Jan & Dean, "Little Old Lady From Pasadena") (69)

* Rick Rubin (producer, Public Enemy, Slayer, Slipknot, the Beastie Boys, Dixie Chicks, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Audioslave, Johnny Cash, Metallica) (46)

* Paul Haggis (screenwriter/producer/director, Crash, Terminator Salvation, Casino Royale, Flags of Our Fathers, Million Dollar Baby) (56)

* Jon Hamm (actor, Mad Men) (38)

Monday, March 09, 2009

BASIC RULES FOR A NEW RELATIONSHIP


  • P.D.A. regulation. People have different comfort levels when it comes to couples behavior in public. Find the line (holding hands, smooching, heated necking on the subway platform) and don't cross it.
  • One day a week. Decide on one day every week you can spend together, no one else invited. Everyone is busy; designating together-time is healthy for any relationship.
  • No suffocation. Being together is great -- acting like conjoined twins is not. Respect each other's space and don't take it so seriously if he asks for some time to himself.
  • Don't talk about the future until it's time to talk about the future. Nothing freaks a guy out like the prospect of kids before he's actually ready to have them. Don't think he doesn't want to be with you if he shies away from the topic. He just enjoys the way things are and isn't quite ready to add a mini-me to the mix.
  • Forge friendships with your partner's pals... Not that you have to be one of the bros, but it's nice for him, and you, if feel comfortable around his buddies.
  • But don't forget your own. Don't drop the friends who were with you before he showed up. Ditching the gals will lead to feelings of resentment and neglect, and if your relationship comes to an end, you'll want that circle of support.
  • Don't hide things. You don't need to tell him about the time you hooked up with your father's golf buddy, but it's a good idea to tell him about your ex before he runs into the two of you on the street.
  • Loosen up. Don't start a fight because he glanced at the attractive girl that just walked by. Likewise, he shouldn't get worked up just because you said Jake Gyllenhaal is hot. It's not like either of you is trying to sleep with them (unless you are, in which case you should reevaluate your role in this twosome).
  • Don't kiss and tell. This is a relationship, not an elongated one-night stand. There's no need to talk about what goes on in the bedroom at the water cooler.
  • No assumptions or guessing games. Don't force him to guess what you really mean by, "It's OK if we don't go out on my birthday." Being upfront with your feelings will prevent many conflicts.

Celebrity Gossip


JIMMY KIMMEL AND SARAH SILVERMAN SPLIT, AGAIN: Jimmy Kimmel and Sarah Silverman have split again after a recent reconciliation. The couple, who dated for five years before breaking up last July, rekindled their romance in the fall. A source confirmed the split to People magazine but no details of what prompted the pair to call it quits was revealed. Last year the two poked fun at their relationship when Silverman appeared as a guest on Kimmel's talk show, where they sat in awkward silences and quipped, "Did you make sweet love to anyone while we were apart?"

DYING BRITISH REALITY STAR GETS BAPTIZED: Dying British reality star Jade Goody made what is believed to be her final public appearance on Saturday (March 7th) as she was baptized with her two young sons at a London hospital. People magazine reports that the 27-year-old's four and five-year-old children were brought to the hospital in which she's been residing for the "emotional" 20-minute service. Her publicist Max Clifford said, "It was in my mind that she was saying final goodbyes to some people. That was just what went through my mind as she was kissing people and smiling at people on the way out." Goody is believed to have only weeks to live after it was recently revealed that her cervical cancer had spread and become terminal.

MARTHA STEWART'S DOG KILLED: Martha Stewart's dog, Ghenghis Kahn, was one of 17 dogs killed in a propane explosion at a Pennsylvania kennel last Friday (March 6th). TMZ.com reports that the blast occurred during a propane delivery to the kennel, although the delivery man himself is being called a hero as he was able to throw a few dogs to safety before he was injured. Stewart put up a memorial to Ghenghis Kahn on her blog and wished the humans and canines hurt in the blaze a speedy recovery.

CHARLES BARKLEY REPORTS TO JAIL: Former NBA star Charles Barkley reported to an Arizona jail on Saturday (March 7th) to begin serving a three-day sentence stemming from a drunken driving charge. The 45-year-old pleaded guilty last month to two misdemeanor DUI charges relating to his December 31st arrest.

LINDSAY LOHAN RETURNING TO MUSIC? Lindsay Lohan is reportedly attempting to revive her music career. According to the New York Daily News, the starlet, who has two albums to her name, is considering covering a Britney Spears song. A source told the paper that "Womanizer" or "Oops! ... I Did it Again" are Lohan's tunes of choice.

THIS WEEKEND'S TOP TEN MOVIES - MARCH 6-8


  1. Watchmen, $55.7 million
  2. Tyler Perry's Madea Goes to Jail, $8.8 million
  3. Taken, $7.5 million
  4. Slumdog Millionaire, $6.9 million
  5. Paul Blart: Mall Cop, $4.1 million
  6. He's Just Not That Into You, $4 million
  7. Coraline, $3.3 million
  8. Confessions of a Shopaholic, $3.1 million
  9. Jonas Brothers: The 3D Concert Experience, $2.8 million
  10. Fired Up, $2.6 million

BODY TALK


(National Examiner) Think you know your body like the back of your hand? Think again. The surprising facts about the human form are as long as your arm and could probably make your head spin. Check out the list of these ten eye opening tidbits:

  1. Just sitting around thinking about your muscles can pump you up and make you stronger.
  2. The scent of a grapefruit is said to make middle aged gals appear to be six years younger in men's eyes.
  3. If you eat too many carrots way too many your skin could turn orange.
  4. Women blink twice as many times a day as guys.
  5. The strongest muscle in your body is your tongue.
  6. Your hearing becomes less sharp after eating too much.
  7. The nail in your middle finger grows faster than the others.
  8. This is nothing to spit at chances are you'll produce 10,000 gallons of saliva in your lifetime.
  9. Statistics show that you will probably swallow 300 times while eating your dinner. The average person breathes approximately 10 million times a year.

THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW


If you want to look years younger than your real age, focus on the area around your eyes. Why? This is where people get visual clues about your age and level of fatigue, according to a study from a Boston plastic surgeon, who is also an associate professor of ophthalmology at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center. To estimate the age of the people, students looked at the eye region 46% of the time, followed by the nose (19%), forehead (13%) and the area between the eyebrows (11%). The numbers were similar when the students were trying to figure out how tired the people in the photos appeared.

Money, cars, sex, drugs and rock 'n roll... if you think those mean happiness to people ages 13-24, then you'll be surprised at the something different that really does the trick -- family. In an extensive survey conducted by The Associated Press and MTV, 73% said their relationships with their parents make them happy. Next came spending time with friends and significant others.

A recent Gallup Poll says getting married, going to church and getting a high-paying job are the keys to happiness. A whopping 84% of us are either "very satisfied" or "very happy" with our personal lives with just 14% saying they are dissatisfied. Those who are most happy are married adults who attend church weekly. They also tend to be white, make more than $75,000 annually and vote Republican.

Chick Flicks Men LOVE??


A recent Lovefilm.com poll suggests that, contrary to popular belief, men really do enjoy watching romantic films, even if they might not admit to it. Their Top 5 favorites are:

  1. "Love Actually"
  2. "Four Weddings and a Funeral"
  3. "Titanic"
  4. "Pretty Woman"
  5. "Breakfast at Tiffany's"

In celebration of Barbie's 50th birthday


Here are some new Barbie dolls to coincide with her and our aging gracefully. These are a bit more realistic.

  • Bifocals Barbie -- Comes with her own set of blended-lens fashion frames in six wild colors (half-frames too!), neck chain and large-print editions of Vogue and Martha Stewart Living.
  • Hot Flash Barbie -- Press Barbie's bellybutton and watch her face turn beet red while tiny drops of perspiration appear on her forehead. Comes with hand-held fan and tiny tissues.
  • Facial Hair Barbie -- As Barbie's hormone levels shift, see her whiskers grow. Available with teensy tweezers and magnifying mirror.
  • Flabby Arms Barbie -- Hide Barbie's droopy triceps with these new, roomier-sleeved gowns. Good news on the tummy front, too-muumuus with tummy-support panels are included.
  • Bunion Barbie -- Years of disco dancing in stiletto heels have definitely taken their toll on Barbie's dainty arched feet. Soothe her sores with the pumice stone and plasters, then slip on soft terry mules.
  • No-More-Wrinkles Barbie -- Erase those pesky crow's-feet and lip lines with a tube of Skin Sparkle-Spackle, from Barbie's own line of exclusive age-blasting cosmetics.
  • Soccer Mom Barbie -- All that experience as a cheerleader is really paying off as Barbie dusts off her old high school megaphone to root for Babs and Ken, Jr. Comes with minivan in robin-egg blue or white, and cooler filled with doughnut holes and fruit punch.
  • Mid-life Crisis Barbie -- She ditched Ken last year. Now Barbie needs a change, and Alonzo (her personal trainer) is just what the doctor ordered, along with Prozac. They're hopping in her new red Miata and heading for the Napa Valley to open a Bed & Breakfast. Includes a real tape of "Breaking Up Is Hard to Do."
  • Recovery Barbie -- Too many parties have finally caught up with the ultimate party girl. Now she does Twelve Steps instead of dance steps. Clean and sober, she's going to meetings religiously. Comes with a little copy of The Big Book and a six-pack of Diet Coke.
  • Post-Menopausal Barbie -- This Barbie wets her pants when she sneezes, forgets where she puts things, and cries alot. Comes with Depends and Kleenex. As a bonus this year, the book "Getting In Touch with Your Inner Self" is included.

K-FLAG COUNTRY MUSIC NEWS

TAYLOR SWIFT TOUR A SELLOUT SO FAR

Tickets to the initial shows on Taylor Swift's upcoming Fearless tour are gone. Over the weekend, shows in Portland, Oregon; Spokane, Washington; Charleston West Virginia; and Rapid City, South Dakota sold out, joining previously announced sellouts in such cities as Los Angeles, Evansville, Jacksonville, San Diego, St. Louis, Charleston and Seattle.

* The Fearless tour officially begins on April 23rd in Evansville, Indiana with opening act Kellie Pickler.

* Swift's guest appearance on CSI on Thursday (March 5th) raised ratings 15 percent from the previous week.

* A special mix of Swift's song "You're Not Sorry", as heard on CSI, is available for purchase as an iTunes exclusive.



BRAD PAISLEY TO RELEASE NEW ALBUM IN JUNE

Brad Paisley will release his new album, American Saturday Night, on June 30th. This will be Paisley's eighth studio album. His last, called Play, was released in November.

* The first single from American Saturday Night, called "Then," was co-written by Paisley. He debuted the single live during Country Radio Seminar last week during an invitation-only performance.

* "Then" begins heading to radio this this week. The song will be available at online music providers everywhere beginning on March 17th.


* Paisley leads the list of nominees for the upcoming 44th annual Academy of Country Music (ACM) Awards with six nominations -- 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.

* Paisley's American Saturday Night tour will begin on June 5th in Charlotte, North Carolina. The 41-date run will feature special guests Dierks Bentley and Jimmy Wayne.



JAKE OWEN, JULIANNE HOUGH, ZAC BROWN BAND COMPETE FOR ACM TOP NEW ARTIST

Jake Owen, Julianne Hough and Zac Brown Band have been named Top New Male Vocalist, Top New Female Vocalist and Top New Vocal Duo or Group, respectively, at next month's Academy of Country Music (ACM) Awards. The three winners are now considered nominees for the Top New Artist award, which will be given out during the show on April 5th. The ACM Awards will be broadcast live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on CBS at 8 p.m. ET.

* Each winner will perform and receive their trophy on the GAC special, ACM Top New Artists, hosted by Sara Evans. ACM Top New Artists will premiere on March 19th at 10 p.m. ET.
* Voting for the ACM Top New Artist award takes place online at www.VoteACM.com beginning on March 16th and ends at 8 p.m. ET on April 5th.


NEW RASCAL FLATTS VIDEO TO SEE RELEASE THIS WEEK

Rascal Flatts were in Los Angeles last month to film the music video for their new single "Here Comes Goodbye." The trio's performance was shot in Los Angeles, while additional footage was shot in Park City, Utah. Actress KaDee Strickland, known for her work in ABC's Private Practice, makes a cameo in the video. The clip will premiere on CMT, GAC and various online sites beginning this week.

* "Here Comes Goodbye" was co-written by season six American Idol finalist Chris Sligh.
* The song is the lead single from Rascal Flatts' new CD, Unstoppable, which is set to drop on April 7th.

* Rascal Flatts will kick off their American Living Unstoppable tour, sponsored by JCPenney, on June 5th.
* The trio are nominated for Vocal Group of the Year at next month's Academy of Country Music Awards. They have won the trophy for the last seven years.


BARBARA MANDRELL LOSES HER FATHER, MANAGER

Barbara Mandrell said a final farewell to her father and longtime manager, Irby Mandrell, over the weekend. Irby died on Thursday (March 5th) at a Nashville hospital after a brief stay at the age of 84. His funeral service was held on Sunday (March 8th) in Goodlettesville, Tennessee.

Barbara issued a statement on Friday (March 6th), saying, "Our family and some friends were standing around my daddy's bed at Baptist Hospital when he passed peacefully on to his heavenly home. I'm speaking for all of my family, especially my sisters Louise and Irlene, when I say he was our hero and we will miss him always."

* Irby died knowing that his daughter had made it into the Country Music Hall of Fame, as Barbara mentioned at a press conference at the Hall of Fame just two weeks before his death. She said, "It's been all about daddy and me. This is me being honored and this is Irby Mandrell being honored, because he earned it . . . It's immeasurable the amount of joy I feel and I am even more grateful to be able to share this honor with my daddy, Irby Mandrell."
* Irby steered Barbara's career for more than 30 years.

ON THIS DAY

* Alan Jackson scored his first Number One hit on the Billboard chart with "I'd Love You All Over Again" in 1991.
* Jo Dee Messina and Tim McGraw scored a Number One hit with "Bring On The Rain" in 2002.

COUNTRY TRIVIA

Q. What legend had 30 Number One hits from 1968 to 1977?
A. Conway Twitty

ON THE TUBE

TOP 20 COUNTRY COUNTDOWN/GAC
Eric Church

JIMMY KIMMEL LIVE/ABC
Darius Rucker

Water Cooler Talk

  • Robin Williams needs an aortic valve replacement in his heart, the exact same surgery Barbara Bush had last week.
  • You won't see Jewel or Nancy O'Dell in "Dancing with the Stars" tonight. Both suffered injuries during the training for the show and had to drop out.
  • 67-year-old Peter Tork of "The Monkees" is battling tongue cancer.
  • Vince Vaughn has gotten engaged to Canadian real-estate agent Kyla Weber.
  • Jerry Seinfeld, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Jason Alexander and Michael Richards have all agreed to appear in episodes of Curb Your Enthusiasm next season... just one at a time.
  • Alex Rodriguez has a torn labrum in his hip, which could mean surgery and a four month recovery.
  • Miley Cyrus is a major fan of the group Radiohead... or was. When she was at the Grammy's last month, she saw them... and they refused to speak to her.
  • Fresh from a two-month Caribbean vacation, singer Amy Winehouse is heading to court for an alleged assault on a fellow guest at a party last year.
  • Matthew Settle plays Rufus on "Gossip Girls"... a dad. Now, he's a real-life dad. He and his wife welcomed a baby girl into the world last Thursday.
  • Word is that Natalie Portman met "Twilight" star Robert Pattinson at an Oscar party and the two have kept in touch ever since.
  • How about Kanye West and Kelly Clarkson guest starring on "American Idol" Wednesday night?
  • It's said that Whitney Houston has a great album on the way later this year.
  • Survivor: Amazon winner Jenna Moraca has become a professional wrestler.

K-FLAG SPORTS

Tony Parker's 30 points sparked Southwest Division leader San Antonio to a 103-98 win at home over Phoenix. Phoenix finished winless in its four-game road trip and dropped farther out of the Western Conference playoff picture.

In other action from Sunday....
Utah 109, Toronto 101
Orlando 86, Boston 79
New Jersey 106, New York 101
Houston 93, Memphis 83
Oklahoma City 89, Philadelphia 74
Sacramento 114, Denver 106

The league-worst New York Islanders killed off seven power plays, including a double-minor and a pair of two-man advantages in beating Phoenix 3-2 for their second straight win. It's the Coyotes' fifth loss in six games.

Sundays NHL results also included....

N.Y. Rangers 4, Boston 3
Atlanta 5, Calgary 2
Colorado 5, Chicago 1
Pittsburgh 4, Washington 3, SO
Montreal 3, Dallas 1
Minnesota 3, Anaheim 2

Kevin Youkilis hit a two-run homer and Adam Dunn and Ryan Braun added solo shots to power the United States to a 15-6 drubbing of Venezuela in the World Baseball Classic. Chris Iannetta and Mark DeRosa each drove in four runs for the Americans, who blew the game open with an eight-run sixth inning.

Russell Branyan drove in two runs during the Mariners' 11-7 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks Sunday in Peoria. The deep shot drove in Franklin Gutierrez and Ken Griffey Jr., who singled and scored twice for the Mariners. Mark Reynolds, Justin Upton and Tony Clark had two hits apiece
for Arizona.

The Arizona Cardinals are beefing up their defense with the signing of former Pittsburgh cornerback Bryant McFadden. Arizona signed McFadden to a two-year contract. McFadden appeared in 10 regular season games last year including eight starts for the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Kurt Busch held off Jeff Gordon in a dominating performance to win the Kobalt Tolls 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway. The 30-year-old Busch led 235 of 330 laps in the NASCAR Sprint Cup race and finished 0.332-seconds in front of Gordon.

Friday, March 06, 2009

MAKING LOVE LAST A LONG TIME


Guys, want to make your relationship last? Men's Health has a list of tips to help you stay on your mate's good side. Here's a few:

  • When she fills out one of those quizzes in a women's magazine, read it.
  • Send her a postcard -- even when you're home.
  • Never agree with her mother when they're arguing.
  • Let her pick the movie once in a while.
  • Never bring up her weight.
  • Have 2 bathrooms.
  • Keep all her vital statistics on a card in your wallet -- birthday, anniversary, dress size, lingerie size, favorite flowers, etc.

WORST E-MAIL ERRORS YOU CAN MAKE


If you want to impress the boss by looking professional, smart and educated, clean up your e-mail. 60% of all business communications contain one or more grammar or spelling errors, according to a study by WhiteSmoke, developers of English writing software. The most common error is missing words, especially verbs. An example: "I would happy to meet you," which is missing the verb "be." In addition, 28 percent of mistakes on business correspondence relate to punctuation. Here's the four worst e-mail errors you can make, according to grammar expert Lewena Bayer:

  1. Using the word "it" but never defining what "it" is or refers to is confusing.
  2. While sentence fragments are faster to write than complete sentences with a subject, verb and proper punctuation in each one, they portray incomplete thoughts.
  3. When you mix up singular and plural pronouns, your lack of basic grammar skills is glaringly obvious. Here is an example: Incorrect: Everyone in the marketing department should bring their laptop computer to the off-site meeting. Correct: Everyone in the marketing department should bring his or her laptop computer to the off-site meeting.
  4. Using all caps for words that do not need to be capitalized is incorrect and makes it appear as if you are shouting at the recipient.

things that you should never say to a car salesperson


According to Edmunds.com, unless you want a terrible deal:

  1. I love, love, love this car
  2. I need to get a car by tomorrow
  3. I need a monthly payment of...
  4. My trade-in is outside
  5. I don't know anything about leasing
  6. My credit is a little spotty

Jeff Dunham and Bubba J

Gladys Knight & "The Pips" - American Idol 7 Finale 05/21/08

WATER COOLER TALK


  • Michael Jackson told the press and hundreds of screaming fans on Thursday.
  • Jennifer Aniston's hairstylist is paid $56,000 a week while she's traveling in Europe? Really?
  • Former Monkees guitarist Peter Tork, 67, has been diagnosed a rare form of cancer on his tongue and will soon undergo surgery in New York City.
  • The Los Angeles District Attorney's office announced Thursday that Chris Brown was being charged with two felonies -- assault and making criminal threats -- in the alleged beating of his girlfriend Rihanna last month. If convicted, Brown faces anywhere from probation to a maximum four years.
  • Octo-mom Nadya Suleman threatened to kill herself in a 911 call last year when she couldn't find one of her kids for a few minutes.
  • New England quarteback Tom Brady guest stars on HBO's Entourage next week.
  • The rumor mill has Hugh Hefner's ex, Holly Madison, replacing Jewel on "Dancing with the Stars" because of her knee problem.
  • Yes, Miley Cyrus is only 16... but she's writing her autobiography anyway.
  • In Florida, a local woman called 911 three times after being told the McDonald's was out of Chicken Nuggets and she had already paid for the 10-piece meal.
  • Since getting out of prison, Amy Winehouse's husband is said to have started a "close friendship" with a 16-year-old school girl.

  • Those "shortness of breath" concerns that put Robin Williams in the hospital turn out to be his heart. He's going to be staying there a while.
  • Former First Lady Barbara Bush had emergency heart surgery on Wednesday to replace a valve.
  • Mariska Hargitay went to the hospital after suffering chest pains on the set of Law & Order: SVU in New York.

Celebrity Gossip


VINCE VAUGHN REPORTEDLY ENGAGED: Vince Vaughn is reportedly engaged. The Calgary Herald claims that the father of Vaughn's fiance confirmed that his 29-year-old daughter, realtor Kyla Weber, plans to tie the knot with Jennifer Aniston's ex in the near future. Star magazine reports that Vaughn and Weber met at a Los Angeles wedding last summer, after which she quickly dumped her longtime boyfriend and took up with the actor. A source told the magazine that Vaughn proposed on Valentine's Day, detailing, "They spent a romantic weekend together. He dropped to one knee to propose and presented her with a gorgeous $125,000 4-carat diamond set in platinum. They'll have their wedding either in L.A. or Alberta, and they're both ready to start a family immediately!"

LINDSAY LOHAN MAD OVER 'VANITY FAIR' COVER? MSNBC's The Scoop reports that Lindsay Lohan, who recently shot a Madonna-inspired pictorial for the magazine, is miffed that Katie Holmes got the cover of the magazine over her. A source told The Scoop, "(Lohan) did this big Madonna-themed photo shoot and she was totally under the impression it would be the cover. Her Marilyn Monroe shoot for New York Magazine seemed to make her relevant when she did it, she thought the same would happen this time. Only she wasn't on the cover, Katie was, and she's mad at her now." However, another insider said the cover was not part of the plan, countering, "If that was Lindsay's impression, it was a mistake. She was always going to be inside the magazine."

'DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES' STARS TALK ABOUT KISS: After smooching Eva Longoria Parker for an upcoming episode, Teri Hatcher told TV Guide magazine, "Here's the thing about being kissed by Eva Longoria: if you ever had a question about why she's so fabulous and has such a fabulous life, you don't have to question it anymore." Longoria was less enthralled with her co-star, explaining, "Teri's a big ho in this episode ... shooting it was ... um ... interesting."

BRAD PITT MEETS WITH NANCY PELOSI: Brad Pitt met with Nancy Pelosi on Thursday (March 5th) to discuss his New Orleans housing initiative. A rep for the Speaker of the House announced in a statement, "They will be discussing Make It Right, a project launched in 2007 to construct affordable and environmentally-sustainable housing for low-income residents of the Lower Ninth Ward in New Orleans who lost their homes as a result of Hurricane Katrina."

HUGH HEFNER AILING? Hugh Hefner might have to start acting his age. Fox News's Pop Tarts reports that at his annual Masquerade Ball over the weekend, the 83-year-old did not look well. A witness told Pop Tarts, "He looked so old, like he had aged 10 years in the last month and was barely moving." The source noted that Hef's new number one girlfriend Crystal held his hand as he "shuffled" around at the soiree. His recent split from long time loves Holly Madison, Kendra Wilkinson and Bridget Marquardt may have something to do with his condition, the source speculates, adding, "Things aren't quite the same since Holly and the girls left. Hef loves all the new ones, but I think the transition really took its toll."

KILLER OF 'HARRY POTTER' ACTOR SENTENCED TO LIFE: A 22-year-old convicted of killing Harry Potter and The Half-Blood Prince actor Rob Knox was sentenced to four life sentences on Thursday (March 5th) in a London court. Karl Bishop stabbed Knox to death in 2008 outside of a bar after the actor came to the defense of his younger brother, who had been threatened by Bishop. Knox played the part of Marcus Belby in the film, which is set for international release this July, and was set to reprise the role in future Potter films.


K-FLAG SPORTS

The eye surgeon who repaired the detached retina of Amare Stoudemire says the Phoenix Suns star likely will not return for the playoffs even if the team earns a berth. Dr. Pravin Dugel says the healing process for Stoudemire's eye is "excruciatingly slow and delicate" and the recuperation could take months.

Yao Ming will go for his eighth win in his head-to-head battle with Shaquille O'Neal as the Houston Rockets tonight try to hand the Phoenix Suns their third consecutive loss. The Suns opened a four-game trip with losses at Orlando and Miami and have now dropped five of their last six road games.

NBA Action from last night.....

New Orleans 104, Dallas 88
Denver 106, Portland 90

The Arizona Diamondbacks face Team Mexico in a spring training game this afternoon in Hermasillo. The D-backs are 4-4 on the spring so far and are coming off a 19-4 loss to Team Mexico on Wednesday night in Tucson.

Spring Training Baseball Yesterday....

Puerto Rico 9, Boston 5
USA 9, Philadelphia 6
Houston 7, Panama 5
Detroit 10, Washington 2
Baltimore 5, Florida 2
Cincinnati 10, Pittsburgh 6, 10 innings
Canada 6, N.Y. Yankees 0
Atlanta 8, Venezuela 4
Minnesota 4, Netherlands 2
St. Louis 4, Dominican Republic 1
N.Y. Mets 3, Italy 2
Texas 4, San Diego 3
Milwaukee 10, Australia 5
L.A. Angels 4, Seattle 2
Oakland (ss) 6, South Africa 1
Oakland (ss) 4, San Francisco 2
L.A. Dodgers 5, Chicago White Sox (ss) 4
Mexico 7, Colorado 3
Chicago White Sox (ss) 4, Chicago Cubs 3

The trading deadline paid immediate dividends for the last-place Phoenix Coyotes. Scottie Upshall scored Phoenix's first goal and Nigel Dawes assisted on the winner last night as the revamped Coyotes beat the Boston Bruins 2-1. It ended Phoenix's three-game losing streak.

Elswhere on the NHL ice last night....

Calgary 5, Philadelphia 1
Toronto 2, Washington 1
N.Y. Rangers 4, N.Y. Islanders 2
Ottawa 4, Edmonton 2
Pittsburgh 4, Florida 1
Nashville 4, Columbus 2
Minnesota 4, San Jose 3, OT
Los Angeles 5, Dallas 4, OT

Thursday, March 05, 2009

What's up this morning????

Jessi is out at the Bullhead Health Clubs this morning with the gang from Herbalife to register you for the K-Flag Country/Herbalife Get Fit For Summer Weight Loss Challenge. Jessi will be broadcasting live from 7 until 9 this morning. So drop by and sign up! The winner will get $500 plus a 6 month membership to Bullhead Health Club. There are also prizes for the Runners Up! She has Herbalife Gift Baskets to hand out today...so get there early to get yours! Bullhead Health Clubs are located on Hancock Road in Bullhead City and on Highway 95 in Fort Mohave.

This Week Is......

National Sleep Awareness Week -- March 1-8. Find information on how to sleep better online from the National Sleep Foundation. http://www.sleepfoundation.org/

Here are some simple tips to beat insomnia and get a good night's sleep:

* Do something dull before retiring. Do your taxes, read a phone book, sort your laundry. A little of this boredom goes a long way toward promoting sleep.
* Drink milk before bedtime. Milk contains substance that relax the body. And the great news is it doesn't even have to be warm to be effective. Warm it only if you like that way.
* Keep the bedroom dark. Light interferes with sleep. Even when your eyes are closed, they still perceive light. Avoid nightlights and illuminated clock dials, and close the shades if light from the outside comes through the window.
* Keep the bedroom cool and the bed warm. The ideal sleeping situation is to be bundled warmly in a snug bed in a room that's well ventilated and a little bit chilly.
* Enjoy herbal tea before bed -- but not too much of it. Many people sip relaxing teas made from chamomile, passionflower, hawthorn and other herbs to help them get their rest. But remember, drinking too much of any liquid before bedtime can have the opposite effect, particularly if you have a sensitive bladder.
* Use your bed for only one thing: sleep. Well, okay maybe two things. The point is, if you like to read yourself to sleep, or knit or work puzzles, do these activities in a favorite chair or sofa. We want our minds to associate bed with sleep.

K-FLAG COUNTRY MUSIC NEWS

KENNY CHESNEY CONCERTS CONTINUE TO SELL OUT

Kenny Chesney's Kansas City concert, the sixth stop on his Sun City Carnival tour, sold 14,000 tickets in under 14 minutes this weekend. His concerts in Connecticut, Boston, Pennsylvania and Las Vegas have also been sold out. The tour will kick of April 17th at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Connecticut for two nights. The singer has said that he keeps the economic crisis in mind when performing and tries to give the best show he can.

* Chesney's duet with Mac McAnally, "Down the Road," hit Number One on the Billboard Hot Country songs chart, the second song off of Chesney's album Lucky Old Sun to reach the top spot. The first was "Everybody Wants To Go To Heaven."
* More tickets will go on sale in the next few weeks.
* Chesney has drawn over one million fans to each of his tours for the past seven years.
* Chesney's tour will feature Sugarland, Montgomery Gentry, Miranda Lambert and Lady Antebellum.


TAYLOR SWIFT GUESTS ON 'CSI'

Taylor Swift is set to guest star on tonight's episode of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation. The singer, who says it's her favorite show, will play Haley Jones, a teenage girl whose family runs a seedy motel in Vegas. For a year, Haley has been through a series of changes that have resulted in tragedy. CSI airs tonight on CBS at 9 p.m. ET.

* Swift has also teamed up with Verizon for a national high school contest. Students can text 'TS' to '3401' on their Verizon wireless phones or enter by logging onto taylorswiftconcerts.com. The contest will end on March 23rd and the school with the most entries will host a free concert from Taylor at their high school.
* Swift's album Fearless remains at Number One on the Billboard Top 200 albums chart for the eleventh week in a row. On April 23rd, Taylor will kick off the Taylor Swift Fearless 2009 Tour in Evansville, Indiana, marking the first time the singer has headlined a tour.
* Taylor is currently on tour in Australia.


JAKE OWEN ALBUM MAKES TOP TWO DEBUT

Jake Owen's new album, Easy Does It, debuts at Number Two on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart this week. More than 23,000 copies of the CD were sold since its release on February 24th.

* Owen's debut single, "Don't Think I Can't Love You," is a Top 10 hit and climbing on the country charts. The singer co-wrote the song, along with seven others on the album.
* Fans can check out an exclusive, web-only performance of album track "Cherry on Top," from Owen's visit to Good Morning America (GMA) last week. To watch the performance, log onto abcnews.go.com/gma and go to Winter Concert Series" on the GMA homepage.

SIDE NOTES

* Owen is included in the March 9th issue of OK! magazine in a feature called "Man Candy." The issue is currently on newsstands.
* The singer is nominated for two Academy of Country Music Awards on April 5th -- Vocal Event of the Year for "Life In A Northern Town" with Little Big Town and Sugarland, as well as the fan-voted Top New Male Vocalist. Voting is now in its final days, running through March 5th at gactv.com.


RANDY OWEN RECEIVES HUMANITARIAN AWARD

The Country Radio Broadcasters presented Randy Owen with the artist humanitarian award on Wednesday morning (March 4th) during the opening session of the 40th annual Country Radio Seminar in Nashville. The honor was given to Owen by Clay Walker.

* A founding member of supergroup Alabama, Owen helped create Country Cares for St. Jude Kids. Since its inception in 1989, the yearly radiothons held by stations all over the country on behalf of the charity have raised more than $345 million.

FAST FACTS

* Owen released both his first solo CD, called One On One, and his autobiography, called Born Country, in November of last year.
* The CD was produced by Big & Rich's John Rich.
* Alabama was signed to a record deal in 1980. They retired after their American Farewell tour in 2003. The group was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2005.

Water Cooler Talk

* Dieters who weighed themselves at least weekly lost more weight than those who didn't, according to research from the Minneapolis Heart Institute Foundation.
* Reese Witherspoon is pushing a new Avon "empowerment" necklace.
* A university in Liverpool has launched a Master of Arts degree specializing in the city's most famous product, The Beatles.
* 90% of men think that women who wear glasses are desirable. 45% of us feel you look sexy. 28% of us say it makes you look smarter.
* Gloria Estefan says that her upcoming Latin American tour will be her last.
* Chris Brown and Rihanna are said to have checked into the Beverly Wilshire Hotel.
* No Doubt is going to appear on the "Gossip Girl" season finale!
* Telling someone you like him makes him find you more attractive, a study from the University of Aberdeen in Scotland indicates.
* The grandson of Steve McQueen, Steven McQueen, is trying to make it as an actor in Hollywood.
* The Sarah Silverman Program was being threatened by budget cuts. But now a sponsor has stepped in to guarantee a third season will happen.
* Phil Collins says his new "main thing" is the Alamo. Collins, who looks just about as old as the historic site, said he has hundreds of cannonballs, documents and other artifacts from the Alamo.
* Online medical info is breeding a generation of cyberchondriacs, say Microsoft researchers in Redmond, WA. Symptom search results prompted a third of surfers to follow up with queries for serious illnesses.
* Katie Holmes is reportedly following Scientology's controversial Purification Rundown program... so that she can get her body ready to become pregnant again.

K-FLAG SPORTS

After leading them to their first Super Bowl appearance, Kurt Warner is staying with the Arizona Cardinals. The 37-year-old quarterback has agreed to a two-year contract worth $23 million. The deal includes a $15 million signing bonus.

Private boats and planes are searching for NFL player and former Gilbert resident Marquis Cooper and two buddies missing since their boat capsized in the Gulf of Mexico. The Coast Guard called off the official search Tuesday. But the families are appealing for help to keep searching for their loved ones off the Florida coast.

Dwyane Wade scored 35 points and tied his career high with 16 assists and the Miami Heat spoiled Shaquille O'Neal's return to Miami with a 135-129 win over the Phoenix Suns. O'Neal finished with 22 points and eight rebounds before fouling out.

Last nights NBA scores....

Cleveland 91, Milwaukee 73
Miami 135, Phoenix 129
Boston 115, New Jersey 111
New York 109, Atlanta 105
Oklahoma City 88, Washington 83
Chicago 110, Golden State 88
Utah 101, Houston 94
Dallas 107, San Antonio 102
Portland 107, Indiana 105
Memphis 118, L.A. Clippers 95

Team Mexico roughed up Arizona ace Brandon Webb in a 19-4 rout of the Diamondbacks last night in Tucson. Webb allowed six runs, five earned, in 1 1-3 innings in his spring debut. He gave up four hits, walked two and struck out one.

And in the NHL last night.....

Buffalo 5, Montreal 1
Detroit 3, Colorado 2

Wednesday, March 04, 2009

KFLAG Country Music News


Taylor Swift, Toby Keith, Miranda Lambert, Tim McGraw, Heidi Newfield, Rascal Flatts and Sugarland will perform at the 44th Annual ACM Awards, the Academy of Country Music announced Thursday (March 5th). CBS will broadcast the show live from the MGM Grand in Las Vegas on April 5th at 8 p.m. ET.

The Academy also announced the nominees for Best Album of the Year:

  • Montgomery Gentry, Back When I Knew It All
  • Carrie Underwood, Carnival Ride
  • Taylor Swift, Fearless
  • Jamey Johnson, That Lonesome Song
  • George Strait, Troubadour

Jimmy Wayne is appreciating success the second time around. The singer is grateful for the fact that radio and the fans have embraced him after a long break between record deals, as he tells us: "I think this time around is definitely different than the first time around. I don't take any of it for granted, not that I did the first time, but I make sure that I don't this time. The amount of support that I've received from radio, the media, the record business, everybody. It really is cool to be here, (to) be in this position, where people are genuinely supportive and happy."
  • The debut single and title track of Wayne's latest album, "Do You Believe Me Now," gave Wayne his first Number One hit late last year. His latest single, "I Will," seems to be following in its path. The song is a current Top 20 hit on the country charts.
  • Wayne will join Brad Paisley on his upcoming American Saturday Night tour this summer. This is Wayne's first opening slot on a major tour.
Jack Ingram was opening for Toby Keith on his Biggest & Baddest tour recently when Keith made headlines for nearly coming to blows with a heckling fan. While Ingram didn't witness the encounter, he tells us he was on Keith's bus after the show and got a first-hand account of the incident:"I'm still a huge fan of music and so glad to be a part of it, and so when he's on his bus after the show and he's all amped up, and even when I tell this story I realize how lucky I am to be on the inside, you know, like, 'Yeah, man, I'm gettin' to hear this story about what just happened from the dude that was in it,' you know! It's like, 'Wow! This is really my life!'"

Ingram shared an unpublished detail about Keith's tirade with the concert-goer:"When he had him up there and he was in his face, he actually told the guy, 'Ball your fist! Ball your fist! It'll look good on camera when I knock your ass out!'

  • The confrontation between Keith and the fan occurred on February 11th in Pikeville, Kentucky.
Taylor Swift gave a very special concert to an audience of one on Thursday (March 5th). The country superstar made a surprise phone call to one of her fans, 19-year-old Jason Bernard, who is living with a terminal illness. The phone call was arranged by a nurse at the Guardian Hospice care in Flatwoods, Louisiana where Bernard receives assistance. According to the Town Talk newspaper, Swift discussed the video shoot she is doing with Kellie Pickler and about her preparations to travel overseas soon. After Bernard told Swift that his favorite song by her was "Our Song," she sang part of the song for him.
  • Kellie Pickler shot the video for her new single, "Best Days Of Your Life," two weeks ago in Nashville. Since she co-wrote the song about an ex with Swift, Pickler found it only fitting to come up with the idea for the video together. Pickler described it as a "fun, visual video" with a storyline that's "very funny."
  • There is no word yet on when fans can expect to see the video for "Best Days Of Your Life."
Billy Ray Cyrus and daughter Miley Cyrus both have songs that debuted this week on the charts. Miley's "The Climb" debuted at number 48, while Billy Ray's "Back to Tennessee" debuted at number 59 on Billboard's Hot Country Songs chart. This is the first time in almost twenty years that a father and daughter are on the charts together. The last time was Johnny Cash and his daughter Roseanne in 1990.
  • Both songs will appear on the Walt Disney Records soundtrack for Hannah Montana: The Movie, which opens in theaters April 10th. The soundtrack will be released March 24th.
  • "Back To Tennessee" is the title track on Billy Ray Cyrus's new album which will be released April 7th.
  • "The Climb" has hit the Top 30 on the Top 40 radio charts.

The End of Gray Hair?



It may be the end of gray hair as we know it thanks to a group of European scientists who say they have found there are four enzymes cause hair to turn gray. The breakthrough findings may lead to real progress on how to stop hair from graying. The researchers from the Universities of Bradford, Mainz and Luebeck published their study in the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology's journal and found that lack of the enzyme catalase causes the build up of hydrogen peroxide, which blocks the production of the enzyme tyrosinase. Tyrosinase produces melanin, the hair's natural pigment. There is also a reduction of repair enzymes A and B preventing hair follicles from repairing the damage caused by the build up of hydrogen peroxide. Lead researcher, Karin Schallreuter said, "This discovery is a major breakthrough in the understanding of hair graying and opens up some novel ideas to combat this scenario." (AHN News)

WHY IT'S HARD FOR SMART PEOPLE TO FIND LOVE (Huffinton Post)


  • Smart people spent more time on achievements than on relationships when growing up: Time spent studying, doing homework, and practicing the violin is time not spent doing other things -- like chasing boys or girls, which turns out is fairly instrumental in making you a well-rounded human.
  • Smart people feel that they're entitled to love because of their achievements: For most of their lives, smart people inhabit a seemingly meritocratic universe: if they work hard, they get good results. Good results mean kudos, strokes, positive reinforcement, respect from peers, love from parents. So it only makes sense that in the romantic arena, it should work the same way. Right? Wrong.
  • You don't feel like a fully-realized sexual being, and therefore don't act like one: At some point in your life, you got pegged as a smart person. From then on, that was your principal identity: Now you could be absolutely stunning, but your identity is still bound up in being The Smart One. So maybe you dress frumpy and don't pay a lot of attention to your appearance. Or never bothered to cultivate your sensuality as a woman. Or your sexual aggression as a male.
  • You're exceptionally talented at getting in the way of your own romantic success: To put it plainly, you are programmed to reproduce. Now quit thinking you're smarter than the three billion base pairs in your genome and four billion years of evolution. Actually, just stop thinking altogether. Let the program do its work.
  • By virtue (or vice) of being smart, you eliminate most of the planet's inhabitants as a dating prospect: Let's say by 'smart' we mean 'in the top 5% of the population in terms of intelligence and education'. Generally speaking, smart people seek out other smart people to hang out with, simply because they get bored otherwise. Well, congratulations -- you've just eliminated 95% of the world's population as a potential mate.

VITAL INGREDIENTS FOR LASTING LOVE:


Researchers for the British wedding-planning website confetti.co.uk have discovered the "vital ingredients" for lasting love. They surveyed 3,000 married people and discovered the following common traits in happy couples:

  • Meeting through friends.
  • Marrying after three-and-a-half years of courtship.
  • Walking the aisle at age 31 for the groom and age 29 for the bride.
  • Keeping the spark alive with three calls, e-mails or texts during each workday.
  • Saying the L-word at least once a day.
  • Waiting two years and two months before starting a family.
  • Taking two romantic meals out each month.
  • Doing the deed three times per week.
  • Kissing four times per day.
  • Spending three nights per week cuddling on the sofa.
  • Allowing for two separate nights out with friends per month.
  • Taking two weekends away per year.

MISSING MCNUGGETS PROMPTS THREE 911 CALLS:


A Florida woman must appear in court after calling 911 three separate times to complain about service at a local McDonald's. The 27-year-old later told police, "This is an emergency, If I would have known they didn't have McNuggets, I wouldn't have given my money, and now she wants to give me a McDouble, but I don't want one. This is an emergency." The woman was irate after she paid for a ten-piece McNugget and discovered the restaurant did not have enough chicken to fill the box. She was refused a refund as all sales are final, but offered more food to make up the price difference. Police gave her a notice to appear in court on a misuse of 911 charge. (TCPalm)


The dream of a love potion a concoction that can win a person's heart in an instant has been around for thousands of years. Its time may have arrived. A biologist has hit upon a hormone that causes female prairie voles, a type of rodent, to form a permanent attachment to a male of her species. And the same chemical, oxytocin, works in humans, too. "It's a chemical reaction," says Larry Young of the Yerkes National Primate Research Center at Emory University in Atlanta. But if the female vole's brain is deprived of oxytocin, a hormone involved in labor, nursing and social bonding, she will give the male the cold shoulder. Oxytocin can be administered in a pill or a nasal spray. Young believes this breakthrough in the biochemistry of pair bonding could save failing marriages. (Sun)

Mother-In-Law Day


Here are just a few tips from experts on how to deal with your in-laws:

  • Treat your spouse well. Nothing pleases parents more than knowing that their son or daughter is being well-loved and pampered.
  • Present a united front. Never squabble with your spouse in front of his or her parents. If you think hot issues may come up, discuss how you will deal with them ahead of time. If they erupt, stifle yourselves until you can duke it out in private.
  • Recognize the fact if you were raised in a different family structure. Realize that a proper New Englander may have difficulty being comfortable in an outgoing Hispanic family. Remember, his or her mom believes her baby is perfect.
  • Ask mom-in-law to teach you how to cook a certain meal that he comments on while visiting her house -- even if it's stewed possum. And if her cooking is terrible, forget about honesty being the best policy.
  • Pray for your mother-in-law. Do this for two weeks until you are feeling better about her. And remember, you're married to her child, not her.
  • Frequently ask their advice, even if you don't plan to take it. They'll be glad to feel they still have influence on their child's life -- even if they don't.
  • Discover what their likes and hobbies are. Even if it's hunting and you're an animal rights activist, show interest and don't start an argument.
  • Don't clog the toilet. If you stop up their toilet by accident, clean it yourself. Overflowing sewage doesn't impress anyone and they'll be pleased with your effort.

WATER COOLER TALK


  • A new survey shows that one out of every 31 Americans is in the corrections system -- jail, probation, prison -- which is double the rate of 25 years ago.
  • Bill Gates' wife would like an iPhone -- and he won't allow it. Vogue reports that Gates has banned all Apple products from their home. That means the kids, Jennifer, 13; Rory, 10; and Phoebe, 7 can't have iPods.
  • Britney Spears has signed a new deal to be the face of Candie's, sold exclusively at Kohl's Department Stores.
  • Jennifer Aniston is tired of being asked about Brad Pitt. It's over and done, and she doesn't want to talk about it. At least that's what she told Elle magazine.
  • DVD release dates: "Twilight" comes out at midnight on Friday March 20. "The Reader," with Kate Winslet's Oscar-winning performance, will be out on April 14th.
  • Searching for digital music is twice as risky to your computer's safety and security as viewing online pornography, according to McAfee Inc. Specifically, just 9% of adult sites are associated with PC-damaging problems such as spyware, adware and spam, while 19% of digital music sites will infect your computer.
  • In the gym, women used to ask personal trainers how to get "Madonna arms" or "Kelly Ripa arms." These days, it's "Michelle Obama arms."
  • Mariah Carey has been going to a fertility clinic, to try and get a family going.
  • You heard that Guy Ritchie now refers to his ex, Madonna, as simply "it."
  • A Girl Scout in Bremerton, Washington, took her cookie sale money to the bank and found that she had been $100 in counterfeit bills.
  • The rumors about Michael Jackson range from "he needs a lung transplant" to "he's planning a new album and world tour."
  • ABC's "Life on Mars" won't return for a second season. It's been canceled, but it will complete its 17-episode run.
  • Sunday night's "Apprentice" debuted to its worst numbers ever. Are you tired of the idea?
  • 45% of Cosmopolitan magazine readers say they get the Sunday blues because they start thinking about the week ahead.
  • Someone finally showed Nicole Kidman the photos from when her husband Keith Urban posed for Playgirl 8 years ago. She said she was impressed.

Celebrity Gossip


BRUCE WILLIS RESPONDS TO LAWSUIT: An attorney for Bruce Willis says that a $4 million lawsuit against the actor accusing him of breach-of-contract is without merit. Although three production companies are suing Willis for allegedly falling to fulfill contractual duties on the film Three Stories About Joan, the actor's attorney says that the companies themselves did not hold up their end of the bargain, failing to put money in an escrow account for Willis before production began. He added that Willis plans to file his own action against the producers in the near future.

EMMA ROBERTS WON'T DATE JONAS BROTHERS: Actress Emma Roberts is one 18-year-old who doesn't want to date the Jonas Brothers. The actress told Teen Vogue, "I used to have a crush on Nick, but he's kind of making his rounds in Hollywood, and I don't know if I like that." She added that all three members of the band are "a little tainted" because of their past romances with stars like Miley Cyrus and Taylor Swift.

SHARON OSBOURNE SUED BY REALITY CONTESTANT: A former contestant on VH1's Rock of Love Charm School has sued Sharon Osbourne over a physical altercation that occurred during filming. Megan Hauserman filed the lawsuit in Los Angeles on Monday (March 2nd), claiming battery, negligence and intentional infliction of emotional distress. Video of the incident is available on VH1's website and features the two women trading insults before Osbourne pours a drink on Hauserman. The video then shows the two women surrounded by a group of people and the suit claims Osbourne hit Hauserman, pulled her hair and scratched her. Hauserman is seeking a jury trial and punitive damages.

MEN WANT TO PARTY WITH MEGAN FOX AND TINA FEY: Most guys want to party with Megan Fox and Tina Fey, a poll conducted by AOL men's lifestyle site Asylum.com has determined. Of the 83,000-plus respondents, 40 percent said the newly-single Fox would be their preferred party pal, while 31 percent chose Fey. As for potential male buddies, those surveyed would prefer George Clooney or Owen Wilson. Danny Bonaduce was named "biggest downer at a party," followed by Paris Hilton.

NICOLE SULLIVAN IS PREGNANT: Nicole Sullivan is pregnant with her second child and the actress reveals that her growing baby bump will be written into the plot line of her Lifetime series, Rita Rocks. AceShowbiz.com quotes Sullivan as saying, "(Husband) Jason and I are beyond thrilled to share our amazing news with everyone. I am so thankful that the wonderful team at Lifetime is embracing this, and will be including my pregnancy into the Rita Rocks storyline." The couple, who already have a young son, are expecting another boy.

TERRENCE HOWARD FIRES BROTHER: The recession is affecting even the boldest of names. The New York Daily News revealed that the actor, who also runs a contracting company in Philadelphia, had to lay off his brother from the business. The former Iron Man star told the paper, "I had to let my brother, Antonio, go. We thought we had four or five jobs lined up. But the loans aren't out there. I can't carry him."

TALK SHOWS FIGHTING FOR INTERVIEW WITH DYING REALITY STAR: Larry King and Oprah are reportedly battling to interview dying British reality star Jane Goody. The U.K.'s Daily Mirror claims that the talk show giants are in negotiations with Goody's agent about the possibility of her appearing on one of the shows via satellite hook-up from her home or the hospice in which she is staying. Goody, who has been told she only has weeks to live, recently mused over her sudden international appeal saying, "This illness has made me famous all over the world."

K-FLAG SPORTS

The Coast Guard called off the search for three men including Gilbert resident and Oakland Raiders linebacker Marquis Cooper. All men have been lost at sea. Cooper owned the boat that capsized off the Florida coast. Cooper's grandfather says they're holding out hope their loved one is still alive.

Dwight Howard had 21 points and eight rebounds in a bruising battle with Shaquille O'Neal, and the Orlando Magic overcame 24 turnovers to beat the Phoenix Suns 111-99. O'Neal finished with 19 points and 11 rebounds for the Suns. The Suns look to torch the Heat tonight in Miami.

In other NBA action from Tuesday night....

Charlotte 96, Chicago 80
Detroit 100, Denver 95
New Jersey 99, Milwaukee 95
Golden State 118, Minnesota 94
Houston 107, Toronto 97
Indiana 117, Sacramento 109
L.A. Lakers 99, Memphis 89

In the NHL last night....

Florida 4, Atlanta 3
Philadelphia 4, Boston 2
Columbus 5, Los Angeles 4
Carolina 5, Washington 2
Calgary 6, Ottawa 3
New Jersey 3, Toronto 2, OT
Pittsburgh 3, Tampa Bay 1
Nashville 6, Edmonton 5, OT
Chicago 3, Anaheim 2, OT
Detroit 5, St. Louis 0
Vancouver 4, Minnesota 2
Dallas 4, San Jose 1

Randy Johnson struck out seven batters in three scoreless innings Tuesday in his first start against the Arizona Diamondbacks since leaving for San Francisco as a free agent. The Giants overcame a 5-0 deficit to beat the Diamondbacks 7-6. Johnson gave up two singles and a walk and had his slider in top form.

Diamondbacks right-hander Brandon Webb is scheduled to make his first start of the spring today in Tucson against Team Mexico. Webb has been held out since feeling tightness in his right forearm while playing catch Feb. 26, the day before his first scheduled spring start against the White Sox.

Scores from the Spring Training Diamonds yesterday....

Canada 6, Toronto 4
Atlanta 11, Panama 2
Washington 9, Italy 6
Detroit 7, Venezuela 5
Cincinnati 9, Boston 8
Minnesota 3, Puerto Rico 2
Tampa Bay 12, Houston 2
Pittsburgh 5, Netherlands 4
Dominican Republic 10, Florida 1
St. Louis 15, N.Y. Mets 4
USA 6, N.Y. Yankees 5
Milwaukee 8, Colorado 6
L.A. Dodgers 5, San Diego 4
Chicago Cubs (ss) 6, Oakland 4

Tuesday, March 03, 2009

KFLAG Country Music News


Keith Urban fans will get to hear songs from the singer's new CD, Defying Gravity, ahead of the album release date and get an exclusive bonus song when they purchase at least one track in advance and then complete the album on iTunes within two weeks of the CD's March 31st release date. The bonus song is called "Call My Name."

Fans can begin downloading songs from the album this week, beginning with "Sweet Thing," which officially became available yesterday (Tuesday, March 3rd), followed by "Kiss A Girl" on March 10th; "I'm In" on March 17th; and "Only You Can Love Me This Way" on March 24th.

FAST FACTS

  • "Sweet Thing" is the Number One song on the Billboard and Mediabase/Country Aircheck charts this week.
  • Urban's Escape Together world tour will kick off in Connecticut on May 7th. The shows will feature rotating opening acts Taylor Swift, Sugarland, Dierks Bentley, Jason Aldean, Zac Brown Band, Lady Antebellum, Little Big Town and Glen Campbell.
  • Urban's six-date No Frills Verizon VIP tour of clubs and theaters kicks off in Dallas on March 18th at the House of Blues. Fans can get tickets to the shows by downloading Urban's music or videos from Verizon Wireless' VCast Music service. Select fans will receive mobile tickets via their Verizon Wireless phones for entry to the event.

Trace Adkins is a powerhouse on the country music scene, so it's hard to believe that his participation in last year's series of The Celebrity Apprentice shook some of his confidence. Adkins tells us that despite nearly winning the show, he had some serious reservations once taping got underway. "I've been uncomfortable being myself in certain situations because I'm a realist and I think I'm a fairly intelligent person so I've realized from time to time that I've been in places and situations that I had no business being in, such as The Apprentice. When I first got there I didn't feel like I belonged there, I shouldn't be there, 'What am I doing here?'"

Adkins adds that his discomfort during the show was worth the national attention he was able to bring to the Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Network (FAAN), the charity he was playing for. "Well, that's been the positive that's come from all that, and that's the only reason I did it, so that's a good thing. I'm glad it did bring the attention to it that it did. Otherwise I would've failed at what I was trying to accomplish."

  • The singer's daughter suffers from severe food allergies.
  • This season of The Celebrity Apprentice, featuring Clint Black, premiered on Sunday (March 1st). The show airs on NBC at 9 p.m. ET.
Miranda Lambert is doing double-duty in the business world. In addition to songwriting and performing, Lambert has begun her own line of jewelry. She has created one-of-a-kind necklaces, earrings and bracelets. The complete line is available exclusively through endydesigns.com.

SIDE NOTES

  • The owner of Endy Designs, Endy Intrieri, is Blake Shelton's sister. Shelton and Lambert have been dating since 2006.
  • Lambert is in the studio working on a new album due out in September.

Luke Bryan has a spring break concert scheduled at Spinakers Beach Club in Panama City, Florida on Tuesday (March 10th) and plans to release an iTunes exclusive, called "Spring Break With All My Friends," on the same day. He will move the release party to the Daytona Beach Hilton in Daytona on March 12th. The iTunes exclusive "Spring Break With All My Friends" EP includes a special acoustic version of his Top Five debut, "All My Friends Say," and two songs he wrote specially to perform in all the college towns he plays throughout the year -- "Take My Drunk Ass Home" and "Sorority Girls."

Bryan is hosting a "Spring Break With All My Friends" texting contest where he will perform a show in the winning college town and the winning sorority with the most texts will receive 100 free tickets. For more information or to enter the contest, log onto LukeBryan.com.

SIDE NOTE

  • Bryan is currently in the studio working on his sophomore album scheduled for release later this spring.

Kellie Pickler recently shot the ad campaign for Big Sexy Hair, a line of hair products she will endorse throughout 2009. For Pickler, being the focus of this campaign is like a dream come true, as she tells us:"Oh, it's so great because Big Sexy Hair's such a fun product, and it's a great product! I love the Volumous Hair Spray. I did my shoot for it, which the photos and stuff are gonna launch, I think, in April, and there's this one do where my hair is literally so big, and they used so much of the hairspray, I could've went out in a tornado and it wouldn't have moved, so that's the best hairspray if you want your hair to stay in place."
  • Pickler and Dancing With The Stars professional dancer Cheryl Burke signed a multi-million dollar agreement with the company to appear in its consumer and trade publication ads and promotional materials, as well as participate in Sexy Hair's publicity campaign through the end of the year.
  • Advertisements featuring Pickler and Burke begin running in April in such publications as Allure, Cosmopolitan, Modern Salon, and American Salon.

Memorable quotes for 10 Things I Hate About You

Walter Stratford: My insurance does not cover PMS!
Kat Stratford: Well then, tell them I had a seizure.


Bianca: Has the fact that you're completely psycho managed to escape your attention?

Walter Stratford: Hello, Katarina. Make anyone cry today?
Kat Stratford: Sadly, no. But it's only 4:30.

Cameron: I burn, I pine, I perish.
[Lucentio's line from The Taming of the Shrew Act I Scene 1]
Michael: Of course you do. You know, she's beautiful and deep, I'm sure.

Michael: Sweet love, renew thy force.
[Start of Shakespeare's Sonnet LVI]
Patrick: Hey! Don't say shit like that to me. People can hear you.

Chastity: I know you can be overwhelmed, and you can be underwhelmed, but can you ever just be whelmed?
Bianca: I think you can in Europe.

Bianca: You're asking me out? That's so cute! What's your name again?

Walter Stratford: I'm down, I've got the 411, and you are not going out and getting jiggy with some boy, I don't care how dope his ride is. My momma didn't raise no foo'!

THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW


(Forbes) How much can you save if you quit smoking? Smokers in Delaware stand to save the most, where a pack of cigarettes costs about $5.39 and residents smoke more than in any other state -- just over 185 packs per year. That comes out to $998.23 spent individually on smoking every year. But get this, so few cigarettes are smoked in Utah that the average resident would save less by stopping smoking than a smoker in any other state. For the 33 average packs they smoke a year, Utahns spend $150.85 annually. Smokers in most states stand to save between $200 and $500. They include those in Florida ($276.04), Alaska ($441.72), Maine ($439.92), Mississippi ($321.46) and Illinois ($298.66).

Is the rat race over in America? Most folks say they live the simple life. In fact, 84% of respondents believe they live simply, according to a report by The Barna Group researchers. The stereotypical image of Americans is we are materialistic, but the vast majority says they live what they consider to be simple lives even before the economy put a crimp in spending power. Of course, that doesn't mean Americans are taking avow of poverty, and 68% admit they try to keep up with the Joneses and get ahead in life. And 71% of respondents describe themselves as "deeply spiritual." Incredibly, 78% believe they are "making a positive difference in the world," while 71% believe they're "fulfilling their calling in life." (National Examiner)

Lefties are an uptight bunch they feel more restrained and inhibited, a new study reveals. Behavioral tests showed left-handers like President Barack Obama, are more likely to feel anxiety, shyness or embarrassment about doing or saying what they want. In addition, they are more likely to agree with the statement: "I worry about making mistakes" and "Criticism or scolding hurts me quite a bit" "Left handers are more likely to hesitate, while righties tend to jump in a bit more," reveals Dr. Lynn Wright, leader of the study at Scotland's University of Abertay. "In lefties, the right half of the brain is dominate and it is this side that seems to control negative aspects of emotion. In righties, the left brain dominates." (National Examiner)

Top 10 most ticketed cars in the U.S


According to a survey conducted by ISO Quality Planning, the Hummer H2 is more likely than any other vehicle to get a traffic ticket. It was followed by the Scion tC and the Scion xB. Here's the Top 10 most ticketed cars in the U.S.:

  1. Hummer H2
  2. Scion tC
  3. Scion xB
  4. Mercedes Benz CLK63 AMG
  5. Toyota Solara Coupe
  6. Mercedes Benz CLS63 AMG
  7. Scion xA
  8. Subaru Outback
  9. Audi A4
  10. Toyota Matrix

DOODLING IS GOOD FOR MEMORY RECALL


Turns out that filling the margins of your notebook with hearts, stars and other doodles during business meetings may actually help you remember the mind-numbing details being discussed. A study in the journal Applied Cognitive Psychology revealed that subjects who were instructed to doodle while listening to an uninteresting phone message had 29 percent better recall than the non-doodlers. According to University of Plymouth Professor Jackie Andrade, PhD, "A simple task, like doodling, may be sufficient to stop daydreaming without affecting performance on the main task."

THIS MONTH IS


National Frozen Food Month -- How long will frozen food keep?

  • Frozen dinners -- three to four months
  • Ground beef and turkey -- three months
  • Bacon, unopened -- one month
  • Roasts -- six to twelve months
  • Whole fish -- five to six months
  • Fish fillets -- four to five months
  • Shellfish -- four to six months
  • Whole chicken or turkey -- twelve months
  • Chicken or turkey pieces -- nine months
  • Cooked poultry -- four months

Celebrity Gossip


JENNIFER ANISTON COMMENTS ON DIVORCE COMMENTS: Jennifer Aniston is making headlines for talking about not talking about her divorce from Brad Pitt. The actress once again attempts to set the record straight about her 2005 split from the superstar, telling Elle UK, "No matter what I say, things will always be taken out of context and misinterpreted, will always be turned around to make it seem as though I won't let something go, or that I just keep talking about it over and over." She adds, "I don't owe anybody anything. I don't owe anybody my side of the story. There are no sides! There is no bad guy and there is no good guy. There are no villains and there is no heroine in this story. It's just not the case."

TOM CRUISE THREATENING TO SUE T-SHIRT COMPANY: TMZ.com reports that Tom Cruise's lawyer sent a letter to Addictiontee.com, threatening to sue if they go forward with plans to use the actor's image on a shirt that will say "sex addict" on the front and "everything turns me on" on the back. The letter sent by Cruise's attorney also says, "We believe that such photograph is a fake that has been 'Photoshopped' or otherwise manipulated to make it look like he's wearing your t-shirt." A spokesperson for Addictiontee.com told TMZ that the shirt is production, adding "We're going into production of a t-shirt inspired by Cruise's attorney with the words 'legal addict' on the front and 'I sue everybody' on the back."

JURY SELECTION BEGINS IN HELIO CASTRONEVES TRIAL: Jury selection for Helio Castroneves's tax evasion trial began in Miami on Monday (March 2nd). The former Dancing With the Stars champ is facing possible prison time for allegedly conspiring to hide $5.5 million in income from the IRS. Castroneves, who won the popular ABC competition series in 2007, has pleaded not guilty to the charges against him, claiming that he relied on a series of experts to advise him how to handle his finances. The trial is expected to take up to six weeks.

JAVIER BARDEM HAS GOOD EXCUSE FOR SKIPPING OSCARS: A herniated disc is reportedly to blame for Javier Bardem missing the 2009 Oscars, where his rumored girlfriend Penelope Cruz took home the prize for best supporting actress. Spain's El Pais reports that the 2008 Oscar-winner suffered the injury a couple of weeks ago while shooting his upcoming movie, Buitiful, and had been on strict bed rest since February 12th. Now however, the actor is reportedly back to work and a crew member told the paper, "Javier has returned to shooting and is in perfect health."

FUNNY GUYS SPOOF BEAUTIES ON 'VANITY FAIR': The new cover of Vanity Fair features Paul Rudd, Seth Rogen, Jason Segel and Jonah Hill spoofing the magazine's 2006 cover, made famous by Keira Knightley and Scarlett Johansson's naked pictorial. With Rudd assuming Tom Ford's luring pose, Rogen, Segel and Hill donned skin-tone body suits and mirrored the poses of Knightley and Johansson.

BRODY JENNER REPORTEDLY SPLITS WITH GIRLFRIEND: Brody Jenner and his girlfriend Jayde Nicole have reportedly split. Star magazine reports that Brody dumped the Playboy Playmate after she got so drunk over the weekend, that he had to carry her out of a club and take care of her the next day. A source told the magazine, "Jayde parties way too much and Brody couldn't deal with it any longer."

GARY COLLINS SENTENCED: Gary Collins was sentenced to 120 days in jail on Monday (March 2nd) after pleading no contest to his third DUI offense. TMZ.com reports that Collins has the opportunity to apply for house arrest with an electronic monitoring device although there's no guarantee such a request would be granted. Additionally his car will be impounded for 90 days and his license is suspended for three years. Collins was arrested in January for driving a motor home in Santa Monica while intoxicated.

PARIS HILTON STEPS OUT WITH REALITY STAR AGAIN: Paris Hilton is not treating her relationship with "The Hills" star Doug Reinhardt like a fling -- even going so far as to flaunt their recent coupling in front of his ex-girlfriend Amanda Bynes. E! Online reports that over the weekend, Reinhardt and Hilton stepped out together at a Hollywood club -- where they got "very flirty" in front of Bynes. A source told E! that the actress took the high road, saying, "She was definitely within eyeshot of Paris and Doug, but avoided looking at them. She was trying to keep herself occupied by dancing and hanging with her girls, and made it appear as if she didn't care about Paris and Doug's escapades nearby."

WATER COOLER TALK

  • Both People and US Weekly are reporting that Rihanna and Chris Brown are back together again.
  • Two new "Saturday Night Lives" are on the way this month. This Saturday, Dwayne Johnson is the guest host. A week from Saturday, Tracy Morgan is back!
  • 85-year-old Ed McMahon has been hospitalized with bone cancer and is said to be "in serious condition."
  • Calcium appears to reduce the risk of all types of cancers in women, as well as the risk of cancers in the digestive track for men and women, especially colorectal cancer, according to a study from the National Cancer Institute in Bethesda, MD.
  • Jennifer Hudson appeared on Oprah yesterday, said she's in a good place and has named her three new dogs: Oscar, Grammy and Dreamgirl.
  • David Arquette has a temporarily paralysed eyebrow after undergoing surgery to remove a benign tumour.
  • On "American Idol," does it seem like Paula and Simon are working together against Kara?
  • Jodie Foster was pulled over the other day by Beverly Hills police for going 54 in a 35 mph zone in her Prius.
  • Two NFL players -- Corey Smith and Marquis Cooper -- are among the four men missing off the Florida coast. They went fishing on Saturday with two other men and never came back.
  • AAA is letting its members know in Arizona where the state is setting up speed trap cameras.
  • Katie Holmes tells Glamour that's shwe not pregnant, at least, "right now."
  • Washington State's "Death with Dignity" law goes into effect on Thursday.
  • Time reports that Coke is the soft drink of choice in the White House... not Pepsi.
  • A Louisiana long-haul trucker is accused of trading two young children in her care for a pet cockatoo and $175 cash from a childless couple.
  • Illusionists Siegfried and Roy -- and the Bengal tiger that ended their careers -- gave one last performance together last Saturday night. They are all now officially done.
  • The next time you're at Kate Winslet's house and you want to see the Oscar she just won, look in the bathroom. That's where she keeps it.
  • The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors wants to make the first week in March "No Cussing Week."
  • Bruce Willis signed up to direct a new movie, "Three Stories about Joan." When he dropped out, the production company sued him for $4 million.
  • Emma Watson -- Hermoine from the Harry Potter movies -- has been accepted at Yale University.
  • Julie Bowen, who you may remember from "Boston Legal" and "Weeds" is pregnant with twins! And she turns 39 today!

K-FLAG SPORTS

The Coast Guard has narrowed the search area for two NFL players and a third man after rescuing a fourth man clinging to their capsized boat. The three missing men are former Gilbert native and Oakland Raiders linebacker Marquis Cooper, free-agent defensive lineman Corey Smith and former South Florida player William Bleakley.

Kurt Warner spent Monday with the San Francisco 49ers. The team flew Warner to the Bay Area in a private plane to meet with team officials. Arizona has offered the two-time MVP a two-year, $20 million contract after he led the team to the Super Bowl, but the 38-year old is seeking a deal worth at least $14 million a season.

The Suns begin a tough road swing tonight opening up with Orlando. The Magic feature Dwight Howard who is averaging 21 points and 14 rebounds.

Last nights NBA Scores....

Atlanta 98, Washington 89
New Orleans 98, Philadelphia 91
Cleveland 107, Miami 100
Oklahoma City 96, Dallas 87
San Antonio 106, L.A. Clippers 78

The Diamondbacks visit San Francisco in Scottsdale this afternoon. Yesterday, the D-backs slammed the Chicago Cubs 9-1. Diamondbacks catcher Chris Snyder capped a five-run fourth inning with a three-run home run off reliever Mitch Atkins. Diamondbacks shortstop Josh Wilson had three of the team's 12 hits and two RBIs.

Yesterday's Spring Training Scores...

N.Y. Yankees 5, Houston 5, tie
Tampa Bay 8, St. Louis 5
Baltimore 5, Boston 3
Philadelphia 12, Toronto 7
Cincinnati 2, Pittsburgh 1
Detroit 7, Florida Southern 1
Texas 8, Cleveland 7
Arizona 9, Chicago Cubs 1
San Diego 4, Milwaukee 3
Seattle 5, Chicago White Sox 3
Kansas City 14, San Francisco 5
L.A. Angels 12, Colorado 3

Only 1 NHL matchup on the Ice last night...

N.Y. Islanders 4, Colorado 2

KFLAG Country Music News


George Strait proved he is truly deserving of the title "King George" with his one-hour sellout at the Dallas Cowboys' new stadium. Strait will headline the inaugural event on June 6th. The superstar will be joined by Reba McEntire, Blake Shelton and Julianne Hough.

  • Strait has been recording and touring since 1981, but says he never tires of performing for his fans. "Well, it's unbelievable to still be here after that long a time, but I still feel great and I love to sing and I still like to tour. Gettin' started is kind of hard, but once I get out there it's a blast. When I walk on stage I still love it as much as I ever did."
  • Strait will be honored with the Academy of Country Music's Artist of the Decade award on April 6th in Las Vegas.
  • Earlier this year, Strait's Troubadour was named Best Country Album during the 51st annual Grammy Awards.
  • Strait holds the record for the most Number One hits on the Billboard Hot Country Songs charts.
  • He has sold more than 67 million records.

"Sweet Thing," the debut single from Keith Urban's upcoming Defying Gravity album, claims the Number One spot on both the Billboard and Mediabase/Country Aircheck charts this week. This is the 10th chart-topping hit of Urban's career. He recently topped the charts with the Brad Paisley duet, "Start A Band."
  • Urban's new single, "Kiss A Girl," heads to radio beginning next week.

FAST FACTS

  • Defying Gravity is set for release on March 31st.
  • Urban's Escape Together world tour will kick off in Connecticut on May 7th. The shows will feature rotating opening acts Taylor Swift, Sugarland, Dierks Bentley, Jason Aldean, Zac Brown Band, Lady Antebellum, Little Big Town and Glen Campbell.
  • Urban's six-date No Frills Verizon VIP tour of clubs and theaters kicks off in Dallas on March 18th at the House of Blues. Fans can get tickets to the shows by downloading Urban's music or videos from Verizon Wireless' VCast Music service. Select fans will receive mobile tickets via their Verizon Wireless phones for entry to the event.

Toby Keith has tapped Trace Adkins to join him on his America's Toughest tour this summer. The run begins on June 18th in Holmdel, New Jersey, making stops in such cities as Boston, Charlotte, Chicago, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Dallas, Buffalo, Washington, DC, Hartford, Indianapolis, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Raleigh, Salt Lake City, St. Louis, Tampa, Virginia Beach, and West Palm Beach.
  • Keith's latest hit, "God Love Her," recently hit Number One on the country charts.
  • Adkins has a Top 20 hit in his latest release, "Marry For Money."

Jason Aldean will film a live concert DVD in front of a sold-out crowd of nearly 5,000 fans at the Knoxville Coliseum on March 6th. The hi-definition DVD will be released later this year.
  • Aldean said, "Making a live DVD has been a dream of mine for years. Now feels like the perfect time to do it because we've just added several new songs from the new album to the set list. Plus, I'm excited to shoot it in Knoxville because you can't find a more fun crowd . . . they are young and always come ready to party."
  • Aldean's current single, "She's Country, is the debut release from his upcoming album, Wide Open. The CD is due out on April 7th.

FAST FACTS

  • Aldean will join Keith Urban for a string of tour dates this summer.
  • For a complete list of dates, log onto www.jasonaldean.com.

The Lost Trailers' new song, "How 'Bout You Don't," speaks to the subject of overcoming obstacles in relationships. The group has been performing the song in their live shows for months now, and group member Stokes Nielson says the tune has found a special place with the U.S troops: "The stresses on a relationship due to this lifestyle are pretty incredible. In touring we have found that there are other people who have it even worse than we do, and that's our fine folks in the military. When we've been playing 'How 'Bout You Don't', first of all, I think everybody relates to having to fight for a relationship, so we get people comin' up to us after the show saying how much that song means to them, but at military bases it really hits home, where these guys are (like), 'We're thinking about our relationship every single day when we're out there fighting Al-Qaeda and terrorists.'"

Nielson hopes the message of "How 'Bout You Don't" gets through to anyone who is thinking about walking out the door. "It's just so important to know that if you're truly in love, if you've got true love, you can make it through all that stuff, and that's what 'How 'Bout You Don't' is about and I think that's why it's relatable, and it's our fastest-moving single to date, so we're excited that people relate to that song."

"How 'Bout You Don't" is the followup to The Lost Trailers debut Top 10 hit, "Holler Back."

  • Their album of the same name was released last year.
  • The Lost Trailers are nominated for two Academy of Country Music Awards (ACM) for Top Vocal Group and Top New Vocal Duo or Group. This year's ACM Awards will be held on April 5th in Las Vegas.
Fans can check out a live performance by Jamey Johnson from Nashville on Thursday (March 5th). A webcast of Johnson's show will be carried via his website at jameyjohnson.com at 11:30 p.m. CT. The show will feature special guest Holly Williams, the daughter of Hank Williams, Jr., beginning at 11 p.m. CT. Viewers will need to download the latest version of the Microsoft Silverlight player.

SIDE NOTES

  • Johnson will be opening shows next week for one of his heroes, Willie Nelson. Johnson said, "Every show has its own set of challenges. However, I'm confident that Willie and I will be able to weed through the difficulties and provide our audience with the best we have to offer each night."
  • Williams will debut her first country CD, titled Here With Me, this summer.


Billy Currington will headline the post-race concert at the Country Music Marathon & 1/2 Marathon in Nashville on April 25th. The show will be held at the Sommet Center. Special guests will include Ashton Shepherd and the Carter Twins.
  • The concert is open to the public. Tickets are now on sale for $30.00.

SIDE NOTES

  • Tickets may be purchased at the Sommet Center box office, through Ticketmaster or online at www.CMMarathon.com.
  • All race participants will receive free access to the show.
  • To register for the marathon or half-marathon, log onto www.CMMarathon.com.

Monday, March 02, 2009

THINGS YOU DON'T KNOW ABOUT YOUR GUY


Emily Battaglia, a writer for the health web site LifeScript, gives us six undisclosed truths you never knew about your guy:

  1. He doesn't like all of your friends -- Chances are he likes your self-involved, basket-case girlfriend about as much as you like his beer-chugging womanizer buddy. He probably wonders why you hold onto the friendship, and he might even wish you'd end it. After all, he's the one you vent to about her. But he's not going to open Pandora's box by telling you his true feelings.
  2. He checks out other girls -- If your guy denies noticing the cute waitress at the cafe, he's probably just sugarcoating the truth to avoid an argument with you. Men like to look at beautiful women – just as women like to admire handsome men. But that doesn't mean he's envisioning a life or even a steamy interlude with the waitress. (See related article: 6 Reasons Why Men Cheat) Nor does it mean he's comparing her to you. Odds are he simply appreciates her beauty, just as you appreciate the great grin of that Brad Pitt look-a-like you always bump into at the fax machine.
  3. He gets hit on -- Women probably flirt with your man. In fact, some may have crushes on him, whether he knows it or not, or tells you about it. Sure, tall, dark and handsome men get hit on more often, but even bald guys with beer bellies can be cute. (If you find him attractive, other women do, too.) He probably doesn't tell you when it happens because he doesn't want you to worry or overreact. Do you tell him every time a man hits on you?
  4. He wants to get married, eventually -- Ball-and-chain jokes aside, most guys do want to get hitched... when the time is right. The idea that all men want to be life-long bachelors is simply untrue. Most of them like the idea of spending the rest of their life with one good woman. The catch is that they also want to sow their wild oats and enjoy the single life first. Men typically want to establish themselves both financially and career-wise, want kids when they're older and want to own a house by the time they get married.
  5. He lets himself go when you do -- He'll probably never tell you, but your guy doesn't adore you regardless of how you look, especially when it comes to weight gain (except pregnancy) or letting your appearance slip. If you stop hitting the gym, trade those short skirts that won his heart for frumpy sweats, or no longer bother to style your hair, he'll still love you, but odds are he'll long for the old you. He might even wonder if you've stopped caring about him if you stop caring about how you look when he's with you. Ask if he thinks you look fat, he'll lie to avoid hurting you, though he may let you know in more subtle ways. Remember, the way you looked when he fell in love with you is the way he wants you to stay forever.
  6. He takes it personally when you nag -- Finding fault with people, especially our loved ones, is easy. So is getting into the habit of mercilessly criticizing your partner. While your guy may joke about your nagging to his friends, he's not finding it funny on the inside. You might think you're offering gentle reminders or that you're being justifiably critical, but the more you nag, the more he'll tune you out because he's genuinely hurt. Pointing the finger at someone else is easier than dealing with your own issues. But never being at fault can be tiresome to a husband who isn't always to blame either.

FACEBOOK ETIQUETTE RULES (MSN.com)


  • Relationship status is a mutual decision. Lots of problems can arise from a unilateral status change. All of your friends get that update in real time, not a fun way to find out that the dream is over.
  • It's OK to look through your friend's friends for people you might want to meet/ date/ friend. It's not OK to skip the middleman on the introduction. I get freaked out when anyone I don't know tries to friend me. I assume they're trying to sell me something, stalking me or both. As always, be mindful of friend-poaching, it's not cool.
  • Ask first before friending a close friend's ex-squeeze. It's common courtesy.
  • It's OK to remain friends with someone you used to date on Facebook. We can be grownups about this. Just prepare yourself to see some status updates that you could probably do without.
  • Posting a ton of pics, vids and comments regarding a recent, failed relationship is a bad idea. If you need a lifeline, phone a friend don't ask the audience.
  • As with all things, there is such thing as too much information. The airing grievances are best done over email, telephone and brunch. Likewise, starting a group about how "John Tucker must die," while possibly cathartic, smacks of sour grapes. Starting a Facebook group called "I Hooked Up With Dane Cook And All I Got Was This Lousy Comedy CD" is, however, hilarious. Also, keep those photos safe for work.
  • This is sort of an addendum to 2 previous rules, but it deserves its own space: don't friend an ex's new squeeze if you're not actually friends. It's easy not friending someone. In fact, it takes more energy to friend someone than not friend them. Nothing good can come of this.
  • Know the difference between the Wall and a message. Facebook should devise a multiple-choice test for every new member. It will include questions like: The note "I luv u sooooo much baaaaaaaaby. I can't waaaaaaait too seeee u 2nite" belongs in A) a private message; B) the Wall; or C) a coloring book for the mentally-special.
  • Again, the interweb is not a therapy session and shouldn't be used with severely impaired judgment. For instance, there are only 2 occasions when you tell someone that you had a huge crush on them in high school (if you must): a best-selling memoir or in a situation where you think this may get them to sleep with you... in the next 15 minutes. Definitely not on their Facebook Wall.
  • Above all other rules (and this actually is in the Facebook rules), do not create a fake page as a way to punish an ex. Creating a page about your old flame and including; "pooping in the bed," "giving people crabs" and "stealing from people I date" as favorite pastimes may seem funny, but it's petty and it's a pretty good way to get sued for, like, $40,000.

THIS WEEK IS

Listening Awareness Week -- March 1-7. Men have an ability to pick and choose key words in a conversation... food, sex, Angelina Jolie. Ladies, here are Glamour's six moments when men are not listening to you:

  1. When you're talking about ballet.
  2. When the waiter just brought the food.
  3. When we're seeing you for the first time after a week away.
  4. When the Rolling Stones' "Start Me Up" starts to play on the jukebox.
  5. When you're talking about your first love for the tenth time.
  6. When we're examining our bald spot in the mirror.

Chocolate Chip Cookie Week -- March 2-9. There's more going on inside your cookie jar than meets your taste buds. In fact, psychologists have discovered that the way your cookie crumbles reveals the flavor of your personality, says family therapist Jim Franklin.

  • Chocolate Chip -- You're as American as apple pie, and you're raising your kids with the traditional values you treasure. Your low-key approach to life makes you a favorite with family and friends because you bring a steadying influence to the most chaotic situations.
  • Ginger Snaps -- You're bold, brave and in search of excitement. Life is never dull when you're around, and both kids and adults are attracted by your zest for life. You never shy away from new adventures, leading a happy band of friends and family who'll gladly follow you anywhere.
  • Graham Crackers -- You're softhearted and kind with a taste for nostalgia. You have many fond memories of your childhood, and your closet is probably stuffed with keepsakes from years gone by. But you don't dwell on the past because you're too busy making memories today.
  • Vanilla Wafers -- You have uncanny intuitive powers that give you the unique ability to size up a situation or a person with breathtaking accuracy. Loved ones caught up in complex problems often turn to you for advice because they know you'll steer them in the right direction.
  • Sandwich Cookies -- Whether you eat the creme filling first or dunk them in milk, your choice says you're a creative person with a vivid imagination. A born storyteller, you're often the center of attention at parties, regaling your pals with funny, sometimes outrageous, tales.
  • Fig Newtons -- Quiet, reserved and mature, your keen mind makes you a force to be reckoned with. You always have your "ducks in a row," and your organizational skills assure your home and job are both running smoothly. Just don't forget, spontaneity is a good thing too.
  • Sugar Cookies -- You're a nonconformist who believes that variety is the spice of life. Your avid interest in a multitude of subjects, teamed with your antiestablishment sensibility, makes you a challenging companion. You may not always take the safe path, but there's no doubt that life with you is never dull.
  • Oatmeal -- As homespun and down-to-earth as a comfy pair of slippers, you're a genius at making others feel loved. Your family and friends blossom under the warmth of your generous spirit, while your practical approach to problems helps you find the best route to a solution that satisfies everyone involved.
  • Shortbread -- You present a placid face to the world, but beneath your calm facade beats the heart of a passionate romantic. In fact, those closest to you would be amazed by your colorful fantasy life. Once you've found the right partner, you're able to give this untapped side free rein with totally satisfying results.

What do you think you should never do at work? From CareerBuilder.com here is their top 10 list:


  1. Stealing - Whether you think that the company "owes" you things like Post-its, pens and other office supplies, or you simply don't think it's a big deal, you should be sure about that in case your boss or co-worker catches you. Stealing can not only get you fired, it's illegal.
  2. Blaming someone else for your mistake It's dishonest, childish and tacky. Very tacky. Sure, having to admit you made a mistake is embarrassing, but not nearly as embarrassing as it would be to have to admit you lied about it or tried to cover it up.
  3. Spreading gossip Who knows why people get a certain high from hearing juicy gossip. Many of us are guilty of passing along at least a few rumors at times, but the more you can avoid doing so, the better off you will be. Try to avoid it. In addition, if you hear it, don't repeat it.
  4. Calling in sick when you are perfectly healthy... If you wake up and just cannot face the idea of going in to work, there's no reason (unless this happens every day) you shouldn't give yourself a vacation, personal or mental health day.
  5. Or showing up when you are sick. The admiration your co-workers show you for coming in to work despite having the flu will be short-lived: It won't take long for those around you to tire of hearing hacking, sniffling and coughing coming from your desk, nor will they appreciate being exposed to your germs.
  6. Abusing office technology This includes (but is not limited to): spending a significant amount of time on personal phone calls, e-mails or instant messages; using office time to type and print out the pieces of your screenplay; going online to catch up on last night's episode of "My Life on the D List"; and using the office printer to make the invites to your holiday party.
  7. Involving co-workers in your personal problems If problems at home are distracting you from doing your job, that's one thing, which you should take up with the boss or human resources. But involving your co-workers in your personal problems is distracting and unprofessional.
  8. Getting too comfortable Dressing professionally is just as important as behaving professionally in the workplace. No matter how long you've been with the company, how "cool" your boss is, how much sleep you got the night before, or how cold or hot it is outside, you should always maintain a clean, workplace-appropriate appearance.
  9. Hitting on your boss This one has "Lifetime movie" written all over it. For every successful office romance story, there's a disaster story to match it.
  10. Hitting on your employee Consider all of the above, and add to that a possible sexual harassment suit.

Water Cooler Talk


  • Brazilian model Gisele Bundchen married NFL star Tom Brady in the Los Angeles suburb of Santa Monica on Thursday, Us Weekly reported. The ceremony took place at St. Monica Catholic Church in the oceanfront community, and the guests were mostly immediate family members.
  • Kate Hudson and Owen Wilson have been spending some quality time together in France.
  • Fox has ordered two more seasons' worth of "The Simpsons." They're not going anywhere.
  • Michelle Obama is stirring up some fashion buzz by attending two events in one week in a sleeveless dress... in February! I'm a guy: explain why that's even a deal!
  • Former "Tonight Show" announcer Ed McMahon is in intensive care in a Los Angeles hospital. The 85-year-old has been hospitalized for a number of weeks, and has pneumonia and other unspecified ailments.
  • That new Sherlock Holmes movie with Robert Downey Jr. will open on Christmas Day.
  • To speed traffic and give pedestrians more elbow room, New York City is going to close five blocks of Broadway around Times Square to traffic.
  • Gisele Bundchen and Tom Brady were married last Thursday in an "intimate" sunset ceremony at a Catholic church in Santa Monica.
  • Chris Brown is reportedly planning to plea self-defense in his court case, claiming Rihanna attacked him.
  • CBS has ordered up two more seasons of "Survivor," which will make an even 20. Yes, with Jeff Probst.
  • Wal-Mart has announced its closing all of its Sam's Club stores in Canada.
  • Jewel says sore knees or not, she's going to make a run at staying with "Dancing with the Stars."
  • If you like to plan ahead, the final Harry Potter book will broken up into two movies: 'Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows: Part I' will hit theaters November 19, 2010 and 'Deathly Hollows: Part II' will follow June 15, 2011.
  • The Saturday before the Oscars, Ben Stiller was rehearsing with Natalie Portman and hated the script. So, he decided he could do better... and thus, the Joaquin Phoenix bit idea was born.

Celebrity Gossip


ED MCMAHON HOSPITALIZED IN SERIOUS CONDITION: Ed McMahon is in serious condition at a California hospital. A rep for the former Tonight Show announcer told Fox News, "He is in the hospital. It is serious. We appreciate everyone's thoughts and prayers." A source close to McMahon told TMZ.com that the 85-year-old has been hospitalized for nearly a month for "pneumonia and other medical problems." Recently, McMahon has been in the news for financial troubles relating to his California mansion.

JOAQUIN PHOENIX'S REP BLASTS COMMENTS REPORTED IN LA TIMES: Joaquin Phoenix's rep is outraged that a Chicago-based psychiatrist/author said the retired actor might be "schizophrenic in a recent interview with the LA Times. Paul Dobransky said that Phoenix's recent "socially inappropriate behavior" is "Not funny -- whether it's drug abuse, mental illness coming on or the clumsiest attempt ever at a career change." Phoenix's rep told MTV in response, "How absolutely inappropriate for a doctor who has no personal interaction or relationship with someone to diagnose them. And to do so in a public forum. Hope they spelled his name right. Another 15-minute 'expert' is born!"

KARDASHIAN SISTER AND FIANCE REPORTEDLY SPLIT: Keeping Up With the Kardashians star Kourtney Kardashian has reportedly split with her fiance, Scott Disick, who was featured on the E! reality show. The New York Post reports that former Laguna Beach star Kristin Cavallari might be at the center of the break-up. A source told the paper, "He went to Las Vegas with Kristin this weekend. When Kourtney found out, she was furious and 'broke up with him' even though it was pretty clear he had already moved on." A rep for E! said they don't comment on the personal lives of their talent.

'90210' STAR SUED BY EX-MANAGER: One of the stars of 90210 is being sued by his ex-manager for allegedly failing to pay owed commissions. TMZ.com reports that Adam Gregory, who plays Ty Collins on the freshman CW series, is being sued for over $100,000 for allegedly not providing a manager's cut on roles like 90210, Hannah Montana: The Movie, 17 Again and a Chili's commercial.

BRUCE WILLIS SUED: Bruce Willis and his production company are being sued for $4 million dollars. The lawsuit, which was filed on Friday (February 27th) alleges that Willis Brother Films agreed on a contract with three companies to producer the feature film, Three Stories About Joan, which the actor was set to star in and direct. An attorney for companies suing Willis filed the lawsuit for breach of contract, claiming that last fall, Willis quit as the director without notice, violating the original agreement.

'HARRY POTTER' STAR STATES-BOUND FOR COLLEGE? Harry Potter star Emma Watson could be coming to the United States for work -- homework, that is. The British teen announced on her website that she's been accepted to study at Yale University. Watson, who plays Hermione in the hit films, toured the New Haven campus along with Brown and Harvard last fall, but did not reveal her other acceptances or final decision.

REAL HOUSEWIFE IN LEGAL BATTLE WITH EX-PUBLICIST: Kim Zolciak of The Real Housewives of Atlanta is being sued by her former publicist -- who she has filed a request for a protective order against. Her former rep Jonathan Jaxon filed a breach-of-contract suit against the reality star claiming she owes him $15,000 in back fees, while Zolciak counters that Jaxon used the website KimZolciakOnline.com to sabotage her by refusing her access to the domain and posting lies about her. Jaxon has since filed a police report in response to alleged threats about his well-being made by Zolciak, and counters her argument by claiming he owns the website that she has accused him of hijacking.

BORIS BECKER ENGAGED: Tennis legend Boris Becker announced his engagement over the weekend, just three months after he was dumped by his former 25-year-old finance. The 41-year-old announced Saturday (February 28th) on German television that he and Dutch girlfriend Lilly Kerssenberg will wed on June 12th. The couple reportedly dated for three years before separating in late 2007 and only recently got back together.

JEREMY PIVEN BROADWAY DISPUTED HEADED TO ARBITRATION: A inconclusive grievance hearing aimed at Jeremy Piven last week will not stop the producers of Broadway's Speed-the-Plow from trying to seek justice against the star, who abruptly quit the show last year. Producers said last Friday (February 27th) that they will file for arbitration to settle their dispute with Piven, whose doctor advised him to drop out of the show in the wake of his illness from mercury poisoning. In a statement, the producers said, "The grievance went as expected yesterday. The grievance committee, made up of League and Equity representatives, did not rule for either side and we will be filing for arbitration as provided by our contract."

JULIE BOWEN PREGNANT WITH TWINS: Boston Legal actress Julie Bowen is pregnant with twins. A rep for the 39-year-old confirmed to People magazine that the actress and her husband Scott Phillips will be welcoming two children later this year. The couple, who have a young son, first announced they were expecting last November. They have been married since 2004.

K-FLAG SPORTS

There's still no sign of four men who've gone missing on a fishing trip in choppy waters off the Florida Gulf Coast. The men include NFL players Corey Smith and former Gilbert resident Marquis Cooper. They set out Saturday morning. Bad weather is making the search difficult. Cooper is the son of Channel 12 sportscaster Bruce Cooper.

Kyle Busch says winning a NASCAR Sprint Cup race in his hometown of Las Vegas is the biggest thrill he's gotten on the race track. After winning qualifying but forced to start from the back of the 43-car field because of an engine change in his Toyota, Busch captured the Shelby 427 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway for his first victory in Sin City.

Brad Pounds of Bakersfield and Justin Yeager of Green River Wyoming swicthed off winning the feature's on Saturday and Sunday at Mohave Valley Raceway' Winter Days of Thunder Race Series Finale over the Weekend. Pounds won the Feature on Saturday and Yeager was first to the Checkers on Sunday. The Series Championship went to Mark Allison of Las Vegas by just one point over Pounds after the 5 race series. Mohave Valley Raceway begins the 2009 regular season this Saturday night with the Nadcar Dwarf Cars also scheduled for the 7pm start this Saturday night.

It's March and Shaquille O'Neal is getting his game honed for the playoffs. Shaq scored 33 and the Phoenix Suns overcame a 49-point performance by Kobe Bryant to beat the Los Angeles Lakers 118-111.

In yesterday's other NBA action.....

Detroit 105, Boston 95
New Orleans 99, New Jersey 96
Houston 105, Minnesota 94
Indiana 100, Denver 94
Portland 102, San Antonio 84
Cleveland 88, Atlanta 87
Dallas 109, Toronto 98
Utah 112, Golden State 104

In the NHL on Sunday.....

New Jersey 3, Philadelphia 0
Chicago 4, Los Angeles 2
Florida 6, Washington 2
Pittsburgh 4, Dallas 1
Tampa Bay 8, Calgary 6
Vancouver 3, Columbus 1

Edgar Gonzalez's former teammates didn't help him in his bid to join the Oakland Athletics' rotation. The Diamondbacks slammed Gonzalez for two runs in three innings in a 9-7 victory over the Athletics on Sunday. Gonzalez left Arizona last winter to sign a minor league contract with the Athletics, who offered him a shot at the No. 5 spot in their rotation.

In the other Spring Training games on Sunday...

Baltimore 7 Washington 5
Boston 2 Minnesota 1
Pittsburgh 6 Detroit 4
Cincinnati 13 N-Y Yankees 11
Philadelphia 7 Atlanta 3
St. Louis 14 Florida 10
Toronto 6 Tampa Bay 3
N-Y Mets 13 Houston 1
Chi White Sox 3 L.A. Dodgers 2
San Diego 4 Chi Cubs 2
Cleveland 6 Colorado 4
L.A. Angels 6 Kansas City 4
San Francisco 5 Milwaukee 2
Seattle 13 Texas 6

KFLAG Country Music News


Keith Urban will promote his upcoming album with a mini-tour of clubs and theaters. The six-date No Frills Verizon VIP Tour Featuring Keith Urban kicks off in Dallas on March 18th at the House of Blues. From there, it continues to the Fillmore in San Francisco on March 24th; the House of Blues in Los Angeles on March 27th; Joe's Bar in Chicago on March 30th; Webster Hall in New York City on April 1st; and the Theater of the Living Arts in Philadelphia on April 3rd.

Fans can get tickets to the shows by downloading Urban's music or videos from Verizon Wireless' V CAST Music service. Select fans will receive mobile tickets via their Verizon Wireless phones for entry to the event.

  • Urban's new album, Defying Gravity, will be released on March 31st.
  • His Escape Together World tour begins on May 7th with the first of two shows at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut.

FAST FACTS

  • Defying Gravity is Urban's fifth studio album.
  • His debut single, "Sweet Thing," is a Top Five hit on the Billboard country chart.

The 2009 leg of Sugarland's Love On The Inside tour will begin on April 10th in their hometown of Atlanta. The North American run will feature openers Billy Currington, Jake Owen, and singer-songwriters Eric Hutchinson and Matt Nathanson. The tour is set to wrap up on October 2nd in Springfield, Massachusetts.

In the meantime, Sugarland continues to climb the chart with their latest hit, "It Happens." Jennifer Nettles and Kristian Bush co-wrote the song, which Nettles says is an ode to those days in life when everything goes wrong."Sometimes when you just have one of those days where you wake up late and you walk into the office and you're all disheveled and you're doing the walk of shame. And your heel breaks as you're walking in and you borrow your neighbors car and you have a car wreck. It's like, 'Really? What could happen next?' It's one of those days and sometimes it just happens, you just have to let it roll off your back."

Despite the string of bad luck they're singing about, the duo loves the feel of the song, as Bush tells us: "(Bush) I love it. We were just talking about this earlier, how anything '80s is alright with me." (Nettles) "Yes, and it has that Katrina and the Waves feel." (Bush) "There's something like the 'Walking On Sunshine' thing I keep coming back to with this song. It's fun." (Nettles) "Yes, it's the rhythm. It's super fun!"SOUNDCUE (:12 OC: . . . it's super fun!)

  • Sugarland will head out on their first European tour this month. The duo will take their music to seven countries and 11 cities throughout 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.
Carrie Underwood makes a habit of covering other artists' songs in concert, so she decided to include one of her favorites on her latest CD, Carnival Ride, as she explains: "I love doin' cover songs. Everybody that's been to any of my shows knows I love doin' cover songs. I jump at the opportunity to do other people's great songs . . . and wish that they were mine (laughs)."

Songs like Guns N' Roses' "Sweet Child O' Mine"-- a staple in Underwood's live shows, just didn't fit the bill for this project. Underwood says she had to go on an extensive search through her own personal collection to find the perfect tune, which turned out to be her current hit, "I Told You So," originally recorded by Randy Travis. "We were looking for cover songs to do, 'cause I wanted to throw one in on the album, and nothing fit at all. So I started going through my iPod and my playlist and everything and started lookin' through all my songs that I had on my computer, and I thought maybe this would work. And you know, I grew up listening to Randy Travis. Randy Travis is, you know, kind of a staple of country music for me."
  • Travis had a Number One Hit with "I Told You So" in 1988.
  • It was Travis who officially invited Underwood to become a member of the Grand Ole Opry last year.
Tracy Byrd will be presented with an official copy of a resolution to be read as an expression of high regard by the Texas House of Representatives of the 81st Texas Legislature on Monday (March 2nd) in Austin, Texas. That night, Byrd will perform at the Austin Music Hall with Ray Benson and Asleep At The Wheel. The singer has used his celebrity to raise money for various charities in Texas, particularly his hometown of Beaumont.
  • Byrd's annual Homecoming Weekend event has raised over a million dollars for local children's charities. Proceeds have resulted in the Tracy Byrd Hyperbaric Medicine and Wound Care Center at the local children's hospital.

SIDE NOTES

  • This year's Homecoming Weekend three-day fundraiser, now known as the Beaumont Boys Bash with Mark Chesnutt and Zona Jones, will take place October 23rd through the 25th. Beneficiaries include the Children's Miracle Network, Netcasters Youth Ministries, the Garth House, the Boy Scouts, and the Southeast Texas Humane Society.

A special collector's edition of Dolly Parton's latest album, Backwoods Barbie, will be available exclusively at the Cracker Barrel Old Country Store. The CD will feature three new tracks as well as brand new photos and artwork. The collector's edition of Backwoods Barbie will be available beginning on March 23rd for $11.99.
  • The three new songs on this disc, called "Rose of My Heart," "Hallelujah Holiday," and "Berry Pie," were selected by Parton herself from her extensive catalog. She said, "I wanted the songs I chose specifically for this release to reflect how I feel about Cracker Barrel and all the good things you can find there. I think it's important for there to be an authentic connection to the heritage that Cracker Barrel and I share."

FAST FACTS

  • The original version of Backwoods Barbie was released last year.
  • Other artists to release albums exclusively through Cracker Barrel include Kenny Rogers, Ricky Skaggs, Aaron Tippin, Alison Krauss & Union Station, Josh Turner, Amy Grant, Sara Evans and Charlie Daniels.
One hundred country music fans will have the chance to live out their fantasy of being a country star by attending CMT Camp Nashville. The event will take place in Nashville from May 21st through the 25th. Campers will experience five days of "red carpet treatment" in the role of a country star, complete with a stay at a trendy hotel; a full entourage of roadies, stylists, and tour managers; access to top rehearsal halls, private recording studio sessions, songwriting classes, and vocal coaching; backstage parties at local venues; and the unique opportunity to hang out and perform with some full-fledged country stars, including Phil Vassar, Lady Antebellum, Ronnie Milsap, John Rich, Darryl Worley, Andy Griggs, Bo Bice, Rhett Akins, Deana Carter, Jessica Harp (The Wreckers) and Henry Paul (BlackHawk). The experience will wrap up with a final showdown, where campers will perform as the opening act for Vassar and Lady Antebellum at the famous Wildhorse Saloon.

Interested participants can register online on a first-come, first-served basis at campusnashville.com, or by calling (615) 254-2315.


 
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