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Friday, May 29, 2009

Jamie Foxx Singing at the CBS George Strait Special

WHAT 'JON & KAYE PLUS 8' TEACHES PEOPLE ABOUT LOVE: (YourTango.com)


  • If you really love someone, you don't let cameras film every second of your relationship. Have Nick and Jessica, Carmen and Dave, and the Hogan family taught us nothing? Unless it's a 22-minute episode of the Family Feud or a brief interview segment on the Today Show about America's greatest hubbies, you do not mix marriage with national TV. Ever.
  • The road to divorce is paved with controlling women. Women who treat their husbands like servants and talk to them like children shouldn't be surprised when said husbands begin to stockpile resentments, recoil from the occasional expression of tenderness, and run around with questionable company in suburban Pennsylvania.
  • Rolling your eyes whenever your wife opens her mouth will not fix the fact that she has no respect for you. It's hard not to make dumb faces when your wife constantly talks to you as though you're stupid. But if Jon and Kate have taught us anything, it's that passive aggressive clowning will not make your spouse suddenly perceive you as intelligent or competent.
  • If you don't want people to think you're having an affair, don't act like you're having an affair (or: the problem with running around with questionable company in suburban Pennsylvania; see point 3). Jon has insisted repeatedly that he and his schoolteacher friend were just "being innocent and hanging out" when the paparazzi snapped them sunbathing and riding around in his car at all hours. Maybe. But it's hard not to wonder: What married man behaves this way who's not having an affair?
  • Multiples are a wonderful way to ruin your relationship. A singleton means you'll be up all night. Twins mean you'll be up around the clock. Triplets (or more) mean you'll be heading to divorce court before you know it. Even Kate admits she knows about the gloomy statistics. "Parents of multiples have like three times the divorce rate," she says in the season 5 premiere of Jon & Kate Plus 8, "And [I thought] we were gonna beat that, but I'm not sure I can say that anymore."
  • Don't rush things. Jon and Kate met when she was only 22 and he was a mere 20. Three years later, they were married and parents to twins Cara and Mady. And less than three years after that, they were expecting the sextuplets. Maybe if they'd slowed things down a bit, Jon and Kate would have been able to develop the skills necessary to nurture their relationship a little more and fight over diaper duty a little less.
  • Don't marry a man who already has a girlfriend or a woman who interrupts you. In a now-classic episode of Jon & Kate Plus 8 entitled "How We Got Here," the heads of the Gosselin family explain how they met. Kate says they were both at a picnic and it was love at first site. Jon then begins to say, "I had a girlfriend at the time," but Kate quickly interrupts, saying, "She was gone the next day." Ah, love. It's so grand that you can't see the millions of red flags waving around you, even when you're the one waving them.

STATES ADOPTING 'NO SMILE' POLICY FOR DRIVER'S LICENSES:


USA Today reported that four states are adopting 'no-smiles' policy for driver's licenses. "Neutral facial expressions" are required at departments of motor vehicles (DMVs) in Arkansas, Indiana, Nevada and Virginia. That means you can't smile, or smile very much. Other states may follow. The serious poses are urged by DMVs that have installed high-tech software that compares a new license photo with others that have already been shot. When a new photo seems to match an existing one, the software sends alarms that someone may be trying to assume another driver's identity. However, face-recognition software can fail to match two photos of the same person if facial expressions differ in each photo, meaning that dull expressions "make the comparison process more accurate," says Karen Chappell, deputy commissioner of the Virginia DMV, whose no-smile policy took effect in March.

TOP FIVER SIGNS YOU'RE HEALTHIER THAN YOU THINK


From Woman's Day:

  1. You have several cups of coffee each day -- A recent Swedish study found that people who drink 3 to 5 cups of coffee daily at midlife are less likely to develop dementia and Alzheimer's later on.
  2. You say "thanks" -- A new study reveals that expressing gratitude may be the key to happiness and overall well being.
  3. You laugh a lot -- Research has shown that laughter expands blood vessels and might even lower your heart attack risk.
  4. You tidy up your house -- Just 20 minutes of sweeping, scrubbing and doing other household chores can boost your mood, not to mention burn calories.
  5. You surf the Internet. UCLA research shows that it stimulates brain activity.

YOUR MAN IS MAKING YOU FAT

Hey, ladies, if you've mysteriously begun packing on the pounds, the culprit may be the man in your life, says a recent study. Getting married or moving in with a beloved can wreak havoc with a woman's healthy habits, including her diet and exercise program, says obesity expert Dr. David Haslam. When a woman lives with a man, their meals often become social events loaded with hefty-size, calorie-rich dishes intended to please the guys. Blinded by love, the damsels often end up eating larger portions of less healthy foods, perhaps replacing salads and fish with meat and potatoes, the doctor reports in the British medical journal The Lancet. In a cruel twist of fate, men gain proportionally less weight because their more muscular bodies require more calories, anyway. Making the problem even worse:

  • The lovebirds are more likely to consume calorie-laden romantic meals in restaurants.
  • Women often start skipping exercise sessions to spend "quality time" with their guys or to handle family errands.
  • Taking the contraceptive pill causes many women to pack on about four extra pounds.
  • Having babies often causes women to gain weight that can be difficult to shed after the little ones are born.

REASONS IT'S GREAT TO BE A WOMAN


  • When a ship sinks, women (and children) get off first.
  • A woman can hug her best friend without worrying she'll think she's gay.
  • Women can talk to attractive members of the opposite sex without having to picture them naked.
  • If a woman cheats on her spouse everyone will assume it's because she was being emotionally neglected.
  • Women live longer than men.
  • If a woman inexplicably disappears for two weeks, one of her friends will notice.
  • There are times when a woman can make all her problems disappear with a piece of chocolate.
  • A woman can fully assess a person just by looking at their shoes.
  • A woman can take a drive without trying to beat her best time.
  • If a woman forgets to shave, no-one has to know.
  • Women are capable of going longer than five minutes without thinking about either sex or football.
  • Women never lust after a cartoon character or the central figure in a computer game.
  • Women can be groupies. Male groupies are stalkers.
  • Women can cry and get off a speeding ticket.
  • A woman can congratulate her team-mate without ever touching her rear.
  • If a woman says something stupid, most men will just think she's cute.
  • If a woman cries, she's sensitive; if a man cries, he's a wimp.
  • Women know who their children are without having a DNA test.
  • Women can watch one TV channel at a time without getting bored.
  • A woman won't drive to Hell and back before she asks for directions.

Improve Your Cellphone Battery Life.


Check out these tips to extend your cellphone's battery life.

  • Turn Off The Vibrate Feature - The energy required for turning the tiny motor which causes the phone to vibrate is almost double to that required for the same phone to ring.
  • Turn Off Back Light - If you do require to use the back light then its best to keep your back light time out to no more than 3 seconds.
  • Use Cellphone Just For Talking - Avoid playing games, using the built in camera feature, listening to music, instant messaging or surfing the web.
  • Reduce Volume Level - Another way to increase your cellphones batteries is by lowering down the volume for the ring tone and by turning of unnecessary sounds.
  • Turn Off Your Cellphone When Necessary
  • Take Care Of Your Cellphone Battery - If possible try to fully charge your batteries nightly at minimal once every three days.

Cellphone batteries do lose their charge capacity as they age. This is due the general wear and tear and is to be expected. On average you can expect a modern cellphone battery to last for a couple of years before needing replacement.

Wedding proposals Gone BAD


Wedding proposals are usually the high point of couples' relationships, but not all of them go as planned. Here are seven wedding proposals that went awry:

  1. The woman who swallowed the engagement ring hidden in a milkshake.
  2. The engagement ring that took off inside a helium balloon.
  3. The quirky marriage proposal that triggered an UFO alert.
  4. The man who dropped the ring on Brooklyn Bridge.
  5. The woman who was swept out to sea before proposal.
  6. The man who got rejected in front of 20,000 people.
  7. The woman who swallowed her engagement ring hidden in a cake.

Find details of all seven ill-fated proposals. at http://www.oddee.com/item_96647.aspx

THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW

  • In the Netherlands, they've had such a drop in the crime rate that they're going to close 8 prisons and layoff 1200 prison employees.
  • AT&T is looking into reports that their employees encouraged "power texting" -- sending 10 text messages at a time -- that could have played a part in the American Idol vote. More to come.
  • Los Angeles police say they arrested Tom Sizemore, again, on a warrant issued on a court case in Central California. Sizemore's probation was revoked by a judge in April.
  • Lindsay Lohan's father has been charged with making a threatening phone call to his girlfriend in Long Island.
  • Rihanna's attorney says the singer will appear at a hearing next month as a possible witness in the assault case against Chris Brown.
  • Hot than hot Halle Berry has cut her hair again... very, very short.
  • Bob Hope, famed for his tireless travel to entertain American servicemen and women around the world, is being honored with a 44 cent postage stamp on Friday in ceremonies aboard the USS Midway in San Diego.
  • Jessica Simpson is going to star in a new reality show called "The Price of Beauty," about what women go through to maintain their looks.
  • John Lithgow will play Miami's latest serial killer in the next season of the Showtime series, "Dexter." It'll start September 27.
  • Simon Cowell is flying in Ashton Kutcher and Demi Moore for the finals of Britain's Got Talent on Saturday... because they're such Susan Boyle fans.
  • ER's Parminder Nagra and her husband James Stenson have welcomed a son into the world, Kai David Singh Stenson.
  • Toys R Us has bought FAO Schwarz.
  • With all the spending that's been going on back in Washington, D.C., just so you know, there's talk of a national sales tax. It's come up before, but this time around, it may get the backing...

NASCAR On TV This Weekend


All action takes place at Dover International Raceway
(All Times Eastern)

  • Camping World Truck Series qualifying - Today at 10:00 a.m. on Speed
  • Sprint Cup Series practice - Today at 11:30 a.m. on Speed
  • Nationwide Series final practice - Today at 1:30 p.m. on Speed
  • Sprint Cup Series qualifying - Today at 3:00 p.m. on Speed
  • Camping World Truck Series racing: The Autism Speaks 300 - Today at 5:00 p.m. on Speed
  • Nationwide Series qualifying - Saturday at 10:00 a.m. on Speed
  • Sprint Cup Series practice and final practice - Saturday at 11:30 a.m. on Speed
  • Nationwide Series racing: The Heluva Good! 200 - Saturday at 2:00 p.m. on ABC
  • Sprint Cup Series racing: The Autism Speaks 400 - Sunday at 1:30 p.m. on FOX

Celebrity Gossip

JON CRYER'S EX WIFE ARRESTED FOR CHILD NEGLECT: Jon Cryer's ex-wife was arrested for felony child neglect on Thursday (May 28) at her home in Hermosa Beach, California, TMZ reports. Trigger and Cryer have an eight-year-old son together, but police could not confirm that their child was involved in the alleged crime. TMZ is reporting that the child's neck had rope or chord marks when police arrived. Trigger was released on $100,000 bail.

DAVID HYDE PIERCE REVEALS MARRIAGE: David Hyde Pierce is a married man. The Frasier alum revealed on Thursday's (May 28th) The View that he and his longtime companion, Brian Hargrove, tied the knot last fall. Pierce said that although he's normally very quiet about his personal life, he wanted to speak out in the wake of California upholding anti-gay marriage initiative Proposition 8. He said, "Brian and I always kept a low profile. We didn't hide our lives. We got married very quietly last October 24 and thought that was fine, and then suddenly the state of California said, 'No, it's not.'"

TOM BRADY DENIES GISELE PREGNANCY: Although it's been rumored that Gisele Bundchen is carrying her husband Tom Brady's baby, the quarterback says it's not true. TMZ.com reported that after practicing with the New England Patriots, Brady said "No," when asked if he was going to become a father again. Brady, who has a young son with ex-girlfriend Bridget Moynahan, added, "One is enough."

BIJOU PHILLIPS CHEATS ON FIANCE WITH A GIRL? Bijou Phillips reportedly cheated on her fiance, actor Danny Masterson, with a woman. Fox News's Pop Tarts claims that the actress/heiress began grinding against a mystery blonde during a recent night out. A source told the paper that, "Eventually Bijou grabbed the girl and they started making out and getting it on ... Danny (Masterson) was nowhere to be seen."

REDMOND O'NEAL DOING WELL IN TREATMENT: Redmond O'Neal is reportedly doing well in his drug and alcohol rehab program. Commissioner Jane Godfrey informed the Los Angeles Superior Court of his condition during a progress report hearing on Thursday (May 26th). Usmagazine.com reports that although he's still in the trial phase of the program, his record could be wiped clean if he completes the whole thing successfully.

DRAMA ON 'THE HILLS': Drama on The Hills is already heating up between Audriana Patridge and newcomer Kristin Cavallari. When asked about the show's new addition by Ryan Seacrest, Patridge confessed, "I don't like her." Patridge admitted that the two had a fight during the first day of filming together, which Usmagazine.com speculates could involve her ex-boyfriend, Justin Bobby. She didn't explain the details but said, "When someone gets in my face, I have to defend myself. And, you guys, I mean, I can't say much. They'll show it, but I mean, all I have to say is, it's really pathetic and desperate what people will do when the cameras are around."

ON THE TUBE


TODAY SHOW/NBC 7:00AM (ET)
Taylor Swift

TOP 20 COUNTDOWN/CMT 11:00AM (ET)
Justin Moore

GAC NIGHTS/GAC 12:00PM (ET)
Montgomery Gentry

LARRY THE CABLE GUY UNCUT: 60 MINUTES SPECIAL/CMT 1:30PM (ET)

KEITH URBAN: CONVERSATIONS FROM THE ROAD/GAC 5:00PM (ET)

K-FLAG SPORTS

Dan Haren slipped and fell after delivering a pitch in the eighth inning. It was one of very few stumbles for the right-hander all night. Haren outpitched Derek Lowe and the Arizona Diamondbacks took advantage of second baseman Kelly Johnson's error to score four times in the fourth inning on their way to a 5-2 victory over the Atlanta Braves last night. In the only other game in the National League on Thursday, the L.A. Dodgers beat the Chicago Cubs, 2 to 1.

Scores from the American League on Thursday...

Cleveland 2 Tampa Bay 1
Boston 3 Minnesota 1
Baltimore 5 Detroit 1

The Cleveland Cavaliers are heading to Orlando still alive in the NBA Eastern Conference finals. LeBron James had his fourth career triple-double -- 37 points, 14 rebounds and 12 assists -- in the Cavaliers' 112-102 victory that cut the Magic's series lead to 3-2 heading to Saturday night's Game 6 in Orlando.

The Denver Nuggets are facing a must-win game tonight in the Mile High City, trailing the L.A. Lakers 3-2 in the Western Conference final. The Lakers took the series lead with a 103-94 victory Wednesday night at Staples Center.

Pac-10 champion Arizona State plays Kent State in a first-round game of the Tempe Regional of the NCAA baseball tournament. The Sun Devils are 44-12 and are seeking their third College World Series appearance since 2005. Kent State is 42-15 and is facing ASU for the first time ever.

Defending national champion Arizona State faces Washington today in a second-round game of the college softball World Series in Oklahoma City. The Sun Devils opened with a 7-3 win yesterday over Missouri. Meanwhile, Arizona faces Alabama tomorrow in a must-win game. The Wildcats lost their opener last night 3-0 against Florida.

Arizona State faces Texas A&M in the team quarterfinals at the men's NCAA golf championship being played in Ohio. The Sun Devils wound up 13 strokes behind leader Oklahoma State yesterday. Eight schools qualify for the new match-play format which begins today. The team championship match is set for tomorrow morning.

KFLAG COUNTRY MUSIC UP DATE

John Rich turned himself in to the Metro Davidson County Criminal Justice Center in Nashville yesterday (Thursday, May 28th) to face misdemeanor assault and harassment charges brough against him by Jared Ashley, a 2006 finalist on Nashville Star. Rich says the charges are false, but Ashley claims the Big & Rich member hit him in the face while he was visiting Rich's private club in Nashville, called The Spot, with a mutual friend back in March.

Because Ashley discussed the incident during an interview with a Florida radio station, Rich slapped him with a countersuit for defamation.

Unable to reach a settlement with Ashley, Rich has decided to fight the charges leveled against him through the legal system.

Rich issued a statement through his attorney about the situation. It reads:

"This entire ridiculous situation is nothing more than an effort by singer, Jared Ashley, and music row attorney Chris Sevier, to try to obtain money from me. Mr. Sevier and Mr. Ashley have falsely accused me of misdemeanor crimes. I trust that the truth will come out through the process of our American justice system and that I will be completely exonerated at the end of the day.

It's unfortunately common in my line of work that there are a very small number of people who want to take advantage of another person's success and try to get something for nothing. I truly did make every effort to work this out in connection with the defamation lawsuit I filed against Mr. Ashley. Yesterday, I decided that a civil settlement would be impossible due to the fact that Mr. Ashley and his attorney demanded that I pay Jared Ashley 2.9 million dollars, even though he is the one who has defamed me. He has now chosen to bring these false charges against me.

Ultimately, and out of principle, I will not allow myself to be coerced into paying 2.9 million dollars to Mr. Ashley and his attorney Chris Sevier in exchange for dropping these frivolous misdemeanor charges. I intend to defend myself through the legal process to the fullest extent of the law."

SIDE NOTES

  • Ashley's claims of harassment include threatening voice mail messages from Rich and Gone Country winner Sebastian Bach, which he played on the air while visiting a station in Tampa.
  • Rich also showed up at one of Ashley's Nashville shows, jumping on stage and threatening the singer. Watch a fan's cell phone video here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FEeAUadXYnw&NR=1 .

Dateline NBC recently hit the road with Taylor Swift on her first headlining sold out Fearless tour. They share their exclusive behind-the-scenes look at Swift's life on tour in their upcoming show, Dateline: On Tour With Taylor Swift, set to air on Sunday (May 31st) at 7 p.m. ET. The one-hour show was shot on three continents over a period of three months. Both concert and backstage footage was compiled from Swift's shows in the U.S., the UK and Australia.
  • Swift tells Dateline how much the Fearless tour means to her: "This tour is my baby. I'm just so excited about every angle of this tour."
  • At another point in the filming, Swift says she is very aware of how far she's come. "It's one of the craziest feelings -- to be onstage and know that you were sitting on your bedroom floor when that song came to be, and now there's an arena full of people singing it."
  • She shares what it's like in the seconds before she takes the stage each night with Dateline: "In the 30 seconds before I go on stage when I hear that scream, when I hear that high-pitched sound of all those people screaming together, it's like I want to get on stage right now. Like, I want to be on the stage now. It's the most amazing feeling!"
  • Other highlights of Dateline: On Tour With Taylor Swift include interviews with Swift and her band and crew, an exclusive look at Swift's tour bus, dressing room, crew meetings, dancer auditions, and concert performances, as well as video diaries shot by Swift herself.
  • NBC News' Hoda Kotb also talks with Swift and her mom, Andrea Swift, about the road to fame and life in the spotlight.

SIDE NOTES

  • Video excerpts from Dateline: On Tour with Taylor Swift are currently posted on www.dateline.msnbc.com.
  • Swift will perform live on NBC's Today Summer Concert Series in Rockefeller Plaza this
The title track of Reba McEntire's upcoming album, "Keep On Loving You," came compliments of Ronnie Dunn. McEntire tells us she hit up her good friend for the song after the duo opted not to put it on their album. "They had recorded it, and they said they were really trying to put more up-tempo songs on the album, and I said, 'Man, you missed it. That is a killer song,' and he said, 'Well, I like it.' I said, 'Why don't you let me have it?' He said, 'What?' I said, 'Why don't you let me have it. I'll record it.' He said, 'Are you serious?' I said, 'Yeah.' He said, 'Alright, you can have it.' I said, 'Oh no, you sleep on it. You talk to me in the morning.' He said, 'No, you can have it.' And so I called him the next morning and he said, 'Still you can have it,' and so, boy, I went in there and recorded it quick (laughs), and that's the title of our album -- 'Keep On Loving You.'"
  • Keep On Loving You will be released on August 18th.
  • The debut single, "Strange," is a Top 15 hit on the Billboard country chart.
The case against Gary Allan's alleged stalker will go before a grand jury in Sumner County, Tennessee on July 24th. Forty-seven-year-old Katherine Walker appeared in court on Wednesday (May 27th) to face charges of burglary, vandalism and stalking after throwing potted plants around the outside of Allan's home, breaking a kitchen window, tossing patio furniture into the singer's pool and throwing an outdoor heater from a second-story balcony. Her actions were captured by security cameras at Allan's Hendersonville, Tennessee home.

Allan was also in court on Wednesday. He claims the woman has been stalking him for four years, but Walker told the media that he has been stalking her for two years, saying "He's really, really hurt me and basically ruined my life."

  • Walker's wrath was provoked when she spotted another woman's car at Allan's home on May 3rd, the same night she says Allan led her to believe via online messages that he would meet her at a local bar for drinks, according to The Tennessean.
  • Allan told police that Walker had shown up at his residence several times, in addition to recently causing a scene at a Nashville club.
  • Allan's attorney has also filed a civil lawsuit against Walker.
  • In the meantime, Walker has been ordered to stay away from Allan and anyone associated with him.
Mindy McCready will star on the new season of VH-1's Celebrity Rehab With Dr. Drew. McCready's battles with drugs and alcohol have been well documented over the past few years, including her arrests in 2004 and 2005 for fraudulently obtaining prescription drugs and DUI, respectively. Just last year, McCready entered rehab twice, the second time after a suicide attempt.

Former NBA star Dennis Rodman, actress MacKenzie Phillips (One Day at a Time), former Hollywood Madame Heidi Fleiss, former America's Next Top Model contestant Lisa D'Amato, former Alice in Chains bassist Mike Starr, former Miss United States Teen Kari Ann Peniche and former Real World Hollywood star Joey Kovar will also be seeking help from Dr. Drew next season.

  • The new season of Celebrity Rehab With Dr. Drew will premiere in early 2010.

SIDE NOTE

  • McCready's affair with baseball star Roger Clemens was big news last year. The singer admitted to the relationship with the married father, which lasted through 2006. The two met when was McCready was just 15 years old.
Big & Rich's Big Kenny and Big Machine Records President and CEO Scott Borchetta will join Naomi Judd as judges on the second season of CMT's Can You Duet. The show will be hosted by CMT personality Lance Smith. This year's winning duo will win a recording contract with Big Machine, which is home to Taylor Swift, Trisha Yearwood and Jack Ingram. There is no word yet on when the new season starts.

SIDE NOTES

  • Borchetta is also the show's executive producer.
  • Last year's winners, Caitlin & Will, signed to Sony Music Nashville's Columbia Records.
  • Finalists Joey + Rory signed to Vanguard/SugarHill and released their debut album, Life Of A Song, in October 2008. Since then, the married couple have become the national spokespeople for Overstock.com.

Thursday, May 28, 2009

THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW

A house in the college town of Manhattan, KS, is being given away free. There is a catch, though. The new owner has to pick up the 6-bedroom, two-story house and move it.

Mike Tyson's 4-year-old daughter, Exodus, has died after accidentally hanging herself on a piece of home exercise equipment.

Elizabeth Taylor is out of the hospital and back home again. I'm afraid I never knew she was in.

American Idol finalist Danny Gokey says he'd like to try "Dancing with the Stars." Sounds like a match.

Victoria's Secret supermodel Adriana Lima and her NBA star husband Marko Jaric are expecting their first child together.

Remember the house where Cameron lived in "Ferris Bueller's Day Off"? The one where his dad's Ferrari went flying. The real Chicago home is up for sale, all yours, for just $2.3 million.

Add this to your knowledge base: the pharmacy people at Costo told me that, for whatever reason, the day after Memorial Day is their biggest day of the year.

ARE YOU OBSESSIVE-COMPULSIVE?

(Sun) Cleaning more often and enjoying it less? Don't feel like the Lone Ranger. Modern day anxiety causes more of us to act out in a compulsive way, say experts. "Stress caused by money troubles, job loss or caring for a sick relative can intensify a person's obsessive tendencies," explains Houston psychologist Gregory Pearl. So do you have full blown obsessive-compulsive disorder or just an excessive amount of nervous energy? Find out by taking this quiz.

Once you shake hands with someone, you:

  1. Often worry you might have picked up germs.
  2. Make a quick trip to the restroom to wash your hands.
  3. Immediately spritz with a germ killing hand cleaner.

Thoughts of something bad happening to a loved one make you:

  1. Silently fuss at yourself for thinking such nonsense.
  2. Whisper a quick prayer of protection.
  3. Grab a cloth and begin dusting your work area.

When you leave the house, you:

  1. Allow extra time to double check locks and faucets.
  2. Sometimes worry you left an appliance running.
  3. Always make sure everything is turned off.

After chatting with a pal at a get together, you:

  1. Never worry that you said the wrong thing.
  2. Often agonize that you said something embarrassing.
  3. Call your friend the next day to make sure you were not misunderstood.

Analysis

Mostly "a" - Don't lose any sleep over your minor quirks, you're definitely not an OCD candidate. It's human nature for most of us to say a prayer to ward off tragedy. And thoroughly check over the house before you leave is a smart habit that could prevent numerous problems later.

Mostly "b" - There's no doubt your behavior patterns include some compulsive actions you can't control. But being a bit fussy is no sure indication of obsessive compulsive disorder. The few rituals you do repeatedly practice aren't enough to disrupt your everyday life.

Mostly "c" - Face it, kiddo, you've definitely got some OCD tendencies. Luckily, you manage to keep a lid on most of your wackiest impulses. However, if you think it's appropriate, there's nothing wrong with a visit to a therapist so you can talk about your problems and find solutions.

BREAK THE ICE


(Woman's Day) Making new friends isn't always easy, especially if you get tongue tied. Debra Fine, author of The Fine Art of Small Talk, tells you how to get a conversation going and keep it flowing:

  • Next time you're at a gathering, look for an approachable person. In a room of many, you're bound to see one person standing alone.
  • Find common ground. Rather than asking if she's married, ask her about her family. Or ask how she knows the host.
  • Stay on topic for a few minutes. If you're chatting with another mom, ask what keeps her busy outside of the kids. Use verbal cues, like "Really?" to encourage her to continue.
  • Suggest lunch, but be sure to request her number or e-mail so you can set a date. "Let's do lunch sometime" gets you nowhere.

THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW

If you're planning a party, don't worry about inviting blondes just make sure you put plenty of right handers on the list. And, while you're at it be sure and snub the lefties. An old Clairol hair dye commerical claims that blondes have more fun. But scientists report that right handers are more adventurous and more playful across the board and across species. In contrast, left handers are more timid and stodgy. This tendency comes from the quirky way mammals' brains are hardwired, say experts. The right side of the brain which handles fear controls the left side of body. The brain's right side also favors logic and calculation. The left side of the brain which stifles fear controls the right side of the body. The brain's left side prefers creativity and instinct. (National Examiner)

The best way to shake off stress is to read a good book. Novels take your mind off your worries as your brain turns the words into mental pictures, experts explain. "The words on the page stimulate your creativity and cause you to enter what is essentially an altered state of consciousness," says neuropsychologist Dr. David Lewis. Lewis and his team at the consulting firm Mindlabs International recently tested the soothing effects of several activities. And reading fiction came out number one, clamming people's stress levels by 68%. Second came listening to music, which slashed stress 61%, followed by a serving of either tea or coffee, which reduced tension 54%. Finally, going for walks cut stress 42%. (National Examiner)

The sickest state in the U.S. is Mississippi. Also on the sick list are Louisiana, New Mexico, Nevada and South Carolina. That's the word from the "2009 Heath Care State Rankings: Health Care Across America" compiled by CQ Press, which ranked all 50 states in order of best and worst health care. The top 15 sickest states in the U.S.:

  1. Mississippi
  2. Louisiana
  3. New Mexico
  4. Nevada
  5. South Carolina
  6. Florida
  7. Oklahoma
  8. Texas
  9. Alabama
  10. Arizona
  11. Georgia
  12. Tennessee
  13. Arkansas
  14. Alaska
  15. Missouri

The healthiest states? Minnesota, Massachusetts, Hawaii, Iowa and New Hampshire.

Bizarre new vehicles let riders get a leg up on pedestrians and drivers alike by being as fast as a car and as nimble as a person on foot. "The road of tomorrow is going to be the sidewalk," explains engineer Geoff Sophinae. "Cars will take a back seat to personal mobility." The Chariot, a hands free device created by Exmovere Holdings, balances itself and is steered by reading subtle body movements. Users control speed and direction without lifting a finger. Students at the University of Louisiana built an electric scooter that, like the Chariot, is controlled by the user's body movements but that moves on insect-like legs instead of wheels. It's not as fast as the competition, crawling at 3 miles per hour, but later models could be outfitted with larger legs capable of going much faster and climbing up stairs. (Sun)

The harder you think, the more you eat. Volunteers attended a lab three times: once to recline in a chair for 45 minutes, once to read and summarize documents, and once to complete a memory test. When offered an all you can eat buffet following each task, they ate an average of 860 calories, 1,063 calories, and 1,113 calories, respectively. Using your brain may cause fluctuations in key appetite hormones, says study author Jean-Philippe Chaput, Ph.D. After a stressful day, hit the gym exercise helps stabilize hunger regulating hormones. (Women's Health)

If you have a favorite movie, you probably have a favorite romantic movie couple.


According to Premiere magazine, these are the most romantic movie couples:

  • Mickey Knox (Woody Harrelson) and Mallory Knox (Juliette Lewis) in "Natural Born Killers" WHAT?? You have got to be kidding me!!
  • Harry Burns (Billy Crystal) and Sally Albright (Meg Ryan) in "When Harry Met Sally"
  • Lucy Eleanor Moderatz (Sandra Bullock) and Jack Callaghan (Bill Pullman) in "While You Were Sleeping"
  • Scott Wormer (Devon Sawa) and Roberta Martin (Christina Ricci) in "Now and Then"
  • Doug Dorsey (D.B. Sweeney) and Kate Moseley (Moira Kelly) in "The Cutting Edge"
  • Landon Carter (Shane West) and Jamie Sullivan (Mandy Moore) in "A Walk To Remember"
  • Jonathan Trager (John Cusack) and Sara Thomas (Kate Beckinsale) in "Serendipity"
  • Kat Ellis (Debra Messing) and Nick Mercer (Dermot Mulroney) in "The Wedding Date"
  • Rick Blaine (Humphrey Bogart) and Ilsa Lund (Ingrid Bergman) in "Casablanca"
  • Cliff Poncier (Matt Dillon) and Janet Livermore (Bridget Fonda) in "Singles"

KFLAG COUNTRY MUSIC UP DATE

Montgomery Gentry will be the newest members of the Grand Ole Opry. The duo were surprised with an invitation to join during their performance at the Opry on Tuesday (May 26th). Charlie Daniels appeared in the audience and made his way on stage, saying, "I have been chosen to do something very special. I have known you guys for a long time, and I am very proud of all your accomplishments. If you agree to it, on June 23rd you're gonna be made members of the Grand Ole Opry!" Eddie Montgomery and Troy Gentry hugged each other and Daniels. Gentry replied, "I'm speechless," while a visibly emotional Montgomery borrowed a handkerchief from Daniels to wipe his eyes.

  • Gentry told us earlier this year that Opry membership was the duo's next big goal. "We've been on the Opry for many years -- well, ever since we've been in the business. We always try to make it our business to get in there and play the Opry, so that's probably the next biggest milestone Eddie and I would like to accomplish is to become members of the Grand Ole Opry, and I think it'd be a great honor cause it is kind of an elite club to be a member of and it'd be very flattering and honoring to be a part of that club."
  • Montgomery Gentry made their Grand Ole Opry debut on March 3rd, 2000.
  • The duo join Kenny Chesney at his Sun City Carnival tour stop on Saturday (May 30th) in their hometown of Louisville, Kentucky.
Kenny Chesney's new album, Greatest Hits II, debuts at Number One on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart this week. More than 89,000 copies of the compilation were sold its first week, landing the album at Number Three on the all-genre Billboard 200 chart.

FAST FACTS

  • Greatest Hits II includes five multiple-week and four single-week Number One hits.
  • The album's only new single, "Out Last Night," is a current Top Five hit.

Miranda Lambert's new single, "Dead Flowers," was the very last song she wrote and recorded for her upcoming untitled album, due out in September. She quickly penned the song by herself and then immediately sought out her boyfriend, Blake Shelton, for his opinion, she tells us: "I wrote it by myself, and it was just a very kind of last-minute thought to add it to the record cause I wrote it -- it was the last song I wrote -- before I recorded, and Blake and I put it down. I wrote it in about 30 minutes and I took it over to his house and I was like, 'Do you think this song is good or what do you think about it?' and he was like, 'I love it!' So he played it for me on a guitar vocal on my little computer thing, and he actually invented the guitar riffs that are in the song."

Lambert says that Shelton added his touches here and there on the album, which she tells us is different from her previous two CDs. "It's definitely so diverse. It's very throwback. A lot of the songs on there, the style is, I think, kind of vintage feeling a little bit. Honestly, Blake and I, we collaborated on three songs on this record. We wrote three songs together, and I branched out a little bit when it came to songwriting. I wrote a lot by myself and I wrote a lot with him and with different writers."

  • Lambert is currently on tour with Kenny Chesney. The Sun City Carnival tour plays another stadium show on Saturday (May 30th) in Louisville, Kentucky.
What will likely be George Strait's 58th Number One hit is being released to radio today (Thursday, May 28th). The song is called "Living for the Night," and it's the first single from Strait's upcoming album, Twang, which is due in stores this fall.
  • Strait continues his tour tonight with a show at the P.N.C Bank Center in Holmdel, New Jersey. He plays the first show at the brand new Cowboys Stadium in Dallas on June 6th. That concert, which also features Reba McEntire, Julianne Hough and Blake Shelton, sold out in one hour.

SIDE NOTE

  • Strait was recently named the ACM Artist of the Decade for the 2000s, joining only four other artists who have received this distinction: Marty Robbins for the 1960s, Loretta Lynn for the 1970s, Alabama for the 1980s and Garth Brooks for the 1990s.

Martina McBride will perform at the 2009 Canadian Country Music Awards (CCMA)on September 13th in Vancouver. This is her first time to participate in the CCMA's. Other performers that night include Terri Clark and Johnny Reid. The 2009 CCMA nominees will be announced on July 29th in Toronto.

FAST FACTS


Members of the military stationed at Norfolk Naval Station and Fort Bragg will be the first to hear Tracy Lawrence's new inspirational album, The Rock. Lawrence will spend Sunday (May 31st) and Monday (June 1st) personally delivering the project. The Rock won't officially be released until June 9th, but it will be made available to military personnel on these bases 10 days prior to the retail sale date.
  • Lawrence said, "I've been told by a number of listeners that The Rock has really touched them in some way. I cannot imagine the emotions and turmoil our service men and women endure on a daily basis and to bring an emotional or moving message 'home' to them is the least I can do as a memento of my heartfelt appreciation for taking care of me and my family and our entire country."
  • As part of his visit to Fort Bragg, Lawrence will visit the Womack Hospital and the Wounded Soldier Support Center to meet injured soldiers.

FAST FACTS

  • The Rock is Lawrence's third project to be released on his own independent label, Rocky Comfort Records.
  • Lawrence co-produced the album.

K-FLAG SPORTS

Adrian Gonzalez hit his majors-leading 18th home run and drove in three runs, and the San Diego Padres defeated the Arizona Diamondbacks 8-5 last night. It was the 11th win in 12 games for the Padres. David Eckstein added three hits and an RBI as the Padres took two of three in a wild series between the NL West rivals.

Other National League scores...

St. Louis 3 Milwaukee 2
Chi Cubs 5 Pittsburgh 2
L.A. Dodgers 8 Colorado 6
Florida 6 Philadelphia 2
Cincinnati 6 Houston 1
N-Y Mets 7 Washington 4
San Francisco 6 Atlanta 3

In the American League...

Baltimore 12 Toronto 10, 11 Innings
Detroit 8 Kansas City 3
Seattle 6 Oakland 1
Cleveland 12 Tampa Bay 7
N-Y Yankees 9 Texas 2
Minnesota 4 Boston 2
L.A. Angels 3 Chi White Sox 1

The Los Angeles Lakers have taken a three-games-to-two lead in the NBA's Western Conference finals by dominating the fourth quarter of a 103-94 triumph over the Denver Nuggets. The game was tied until the Lakers opened the final period on an 11-0 run and held the Nuggets to 18 points. Kobe Bryant finished with 22 points and Lamar Odom added 19 and 14 rebounds for the winners.

In the NBA Eastern Conference Finals, Game 5 is tonight with Orlando at Cleveland. The Magic lead series 3-1

Darren Helm has put the Detroit Red Wings in the Stanley Cup finals, scoring at 3:58 of overtime to end a 2-1 win over the Chicago Blackhawks in Game 5 of the Western Conference finals. Dan Cleary also scored and Chris Osgood handled 30 shots as the Wings earned the right to take on the Pittsburgh Penguins in the finals for the second straight year. Detroit won last year's finals in six games for their fourth Stanley Cup since 1997.

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

WANT TO KNOW YOUR CHOLESTEROL?


FIND OUT THE NEXT TIME YOU GIVE BLOOD

Having your cholesterol checked is a good idea for everyone. Did you know that you can find out your number and do a good deed at the same time? United Blood Services began providing free cholesterol testing for blood donors last year and it’s been a hit.

Cholesterol is a waxy, fat-like substance that occurs naturally in all parts of the body. Your body needs some cholesterol to work properly. But if you have too much in your blood, it can stick to the walls of your arteries. This is called plaque. Plaque can narrow your arteries or even block them. If you have high levels of cholesterol in your blood, it can increase your risk of heart disease. Your cholesterol levels tend to rise as you get older. There are usually no signs or symptoms that you have high blood cholesterol, but it can be detected with a blood test. United Blood Services does a “total cholesterol” test that allows donors to eat before the test—no fasting required.

“We use the ‘total cholesterol’ test because it’s important for donors to have a healthy meal before they donate,” said Ann Trilby of United Blood Services. It is recommended that adults have a different cholesterol test, called a lipoprotein profile, every 5 years. A lipoprotein profile requires a 12-hour fast and is done at a physician’s office or lab.

Donors can check their confidential results at www.bloodsystems.org the week after their donation.

Donors are encouraged to eat a meal that is high in iron the night before they donate and drink at least six bottles of water to keep them hydrated.

Blood donors must be 17 years or older and in good health. People who have given blood at least three times—with one of those donations in the past six months—are eligible for a streamlined health interview with fewer questions before their donation. Donors are asked to bring a photo ID and Donor Card every time they donate. First-time donors receive a Donor Card with their blood type in the mail shortly after their first donation.

United Blood Services has been this area’s non-profit community blood provider since 2002 and serves patients in all hospitals in the Tri-State area The United Blood Services network is one of the nation’s oldest and largest non-profit blood service organizations, and is a founding member of America’s Blood Centers and the AABB.

Make an appointment to get your cholesterol checked and save a life at any of the following blood drives in June:


June 8

12:00 to 5:00PM

Bullhead Health Club

Hancock and Lakeside

For appointment, visit www.bloodhero,com Sponsor Code: BHChealth

Or call (702) 562-2166

June 8

1:00pm to 6:00pm

Bullhead City Community Police Training Room

City Complex on Marina

For appointment, go to www.bloodhero.com Sponsor Code L1017 or call 702-562-2166

June 9

8:00am to 1:00pm

Bullhead City Community Police Training Room

City Complex on Marina

For appointment, go to www.bloodhero.com Sponsor Code: L1017 or call 702-562-2166

June 15

1:00pm to 7:00pm

Riverside Resort and Casino

Harbor Ports conference rooms

Call Lisa at (702) 298-2535 ext 5792 or visit

Website www.bloodhero.com Sponsor code: Riverside

June 16

8:00am to 2:00om

Riverside Resort and Casino

Harbor Ports conference rooms

Call Lisa at (702) 298-2535 ext 5792 or visit

Website www.bloodhero.com Sponsor code: Riverside

CONSUMER CONFIDENCE AT EIGHT-MONTH HIGH:

U.S. consumer confidence soared in May to its highest level in eight months, the Conference Board reported Tuesday (May 26th), saying it had jumped to 54.9 from 40.8 in April, well above forecasts of around 42, and up from a record low in February. The increase was the biggest one-month jump since April 2003, when many Americans believed the Iraq war was drawing to a quick end. The Dow Jones industrial average finished up 196.17 -- or 2.4 percent -- on the news to close at 8,473.49

MEXICAN FOOD REVEALS PERSONALITY

(Women's Health) Ole Your go to Mexican entree actually says a lot about you, reports a survey for Qdoba Mexican Grill. No lie: Taste and personality reside in the same part of the brain, says study author Alan Hirsh, M.D.:

  • Tacos lovers are conscientious and perfectionist. They're most romantically compatible with quesadillas lovers.
  • Quesadillas lovers are dependable, true friends, and a follower, not a leader. They're most romantically compatible with taco lovers.
  • Salsa and chip lovers are competitive, ambitious, and natural leaders. They're most romantically compatible with other salsa and chip lovers.
  • Burrito lovers are dramatic, flirtatious, gregarious, and witty. They're most romantically compatible with pretty much everyone.

DID YOU KNOW?

BOSSES LOOK DOWN ON CHILDLESS WOMEN? TresSugar.com reports that research conducted over six years shows that far from bosses and colleagues always being suspicious of a working mother, the opposite is becoming true: it is the childless woman who is regarded as cold and odd. An outspoken mother and former boss is quoted in the Daily Mail as saying that she simply cannot understand why a healthy woman would choose not to have kids. She says that women who chose to focus on their careers, instead of starting a family, make employers question their "essential humanity."

FATHERS WITH DAUGHTERS MORE LIKELY TO TURN LIBERAL: Economists claim to have found a correlation between the number of daughters and sons in a household and their father's political views. Professor Andrew Oswald, from Warwick University, and Dr. Nattavudh Powdthavee, of York University, wrote in an unpublished article that has been submitted to an economics journal: "This paper provides evidence that daughters make people more Left-wing, while having sons, by contrast, makes them more Right-wing." Professor Oswald said that having daughters made men "gradually shift their political stance and become more sympathetic to the 'female' desire for a . . . larger amount for the public good. They become more Left-wing. Similarly, a mother with sons becomes sympathetic to the 'male' case for lower taxes and a smaller supply of public goods."


ANTI-SNORE PRODUCTS REPORTEDLY DON'T WORK: Expensive treatments for snoring are more likely to keep you awake rather than providing a peaceful night's sleep, a consumer watchdog has warned. The study by Which? concluded that more than 70 percent of people who have tried the over-the-counter remedies found they do not work. Supposed snoring cures included wire up the nostrils, nasal strips and even a three month singing course on a CD.


OPPOSITES DO ATTRACT: When it comes to choosing a mate, opposites really do attract, according to a Brazilian study that found people are subconsciously more likely to choose a partner whose genetic make-up is different to their own. They found evidence that married couples are more likely to have genetic differences in a DNA region governing the immune system than were randomly matched pairs. "Although it may be tempting to think that humans choose their partners because of their similarities, our research has shown clearly that it is differences that make for successful reproduction, and that the subconscious drive to have healthy children is important when choosing a mate," Maria da Graca Bicalho of the University of Parana said in a statement.

MEN UPSET WITH BIOLOGICAL CLOCK REPORTS: Salon.com reported on a recent study that suggests men have their own biological clock. Researchers found children born to 50-year-old fathers scored slightly lower on intelligence tests than children of a 20-year-old father, regardless of the mother's age. The researchers analyzed data from more than 33 thousand American children. The study's outcome is a hot topic in the blogosphere. Lisa Belkin of the New York Times said, "The men are getting really angry and the women are a little too gleeful ..." Salon added that now "there is a new sense of urgency with some men."

K-FLAG SPORTS

The Pittsburgh Penguins are heading back to the Stanley Cup finals. Max Talbot had a goal and an assist to help the Penguins beat the Carolina Hurricanes 4-1 and finish off a sweep in the Eastern Conference finals and Pittsburgh now awaits the winner of the Detroit-Chicago series.

The defending Stanley Cup champion Detroit Red Wings take a 3-1 series lead into tonight's home game against the Chicago Blackhawks. If the Red Wings beat Chicago in the West finals, it will set up the first finals rematch since the Edmonton Oilers and the New York Islanders met in 1983 and 1984.

The Orlando Magic are heading to Cleveland with a 3-1 series lead in the NBA Eastern Conference finals following their 116-114 overtime win last night. The Magic offset a 44-point performance by LeBron James with 27 points and 14 rebounds from Dwight Howard and a career playoff-best 26 points from point guard Rafer Alston.

L.A. Lakers coach Phil Jackson is $25,000 lighter in the wallet after being fined that amount by the NBA for criticizing the officiating in his team's 120-101loss to Denver in Game 4 of the Western Conference finals. That series shifts to L.A. for tonight's Game 5 with the winner taking a 3-2 series advantage.

The San Diego Padres' 10-game winning streak is over. Arizona held off the Padres 6-5 last night as winning pitcher Max Scherzer struck out 10 and drove in two runs.

Other Scores from the National League....

Philadelphia 5 Florida 3
Cincinnati 6 Houston 4
N-Y Mets 6 Washington 1
Chi Cubs 6 Pittsburgh 1, 5 Innings
St. Louis 8 Milwaukee 1
L.A. Dodgers 7 Colorado 1
San Francisco 4 Atlanta 0

And in the American League....

Cleveland 5 Tampa Bay 1
Baltimore 7 Toronto 2
Texas 7 N-Y Yankees 3
Minnesota 5 Boston 2
Kansas City 6 Detroit 1
Chi White Sox 4 L.A. Angels 2
Oakland 4 Seattle 3

THINGS YOU DIDN'T KNOW ABOUT FAT (Discover magazine)


They're doing something right out West. Sixty-six percent of Americans are overweight or obese, and the national obesity rate doubled between 1976 and 1999. But as of 2007, California was the only state not getting any fatter.

  • The root of the problem? Depending on gender and how active they are, adults should eat 2,000 to 3,000 calories per day. U.S. agriculture now produces 3,900 calories of food per inhabitant per day.
  • People who regularly eat dinner or breakfast in restaurants double their risk of becoming obese.
  • The National Institutes of Health believes obesity is one of the reasons why the fastest-growing group experiencing infertility is that of women under 25.
  • Each year nearly $50 billion is spent on diet programs.
  • People who lose just 10 percent of their weight report significant improvement in their sex lives.
  • Over the course of a year, about 10 percent of an adult's fat cells die. Alas, the body promptly replaces them.
  • The total number of fat cells in your body remains constant once you reach adulthood.
  • Even after radical weight-loss procedures such as stomach stapling, fat cells return to their pre-surgery numbers within two years.
  • Liposuction is the only way to actually reduce the number of fat cells in your spare tire. Diet and exercise just shrink them.
  • New Zealander Pete Bethune gave a whole new meaning to biofuel when he used his own fat, removed via liposuction, to power the world's fastest eco-boat. A way to solve the obesity epidemic and the fuel crisis?
  • It may make you prettier, but not healthier. Liposuction doesn't remove fat from around the internal organs, so your fat-related health risks are unchanged.
  • Obesity is more heritable than schizophrenia, high blood pressure and alcoholism.
  • The brain is about 70 percent fat.

TOP LIES WOMEN TELL


Fibs about shopping top the list of tall tales women spin to get what they want in the world, says the author of a new book that rips the lid off the secret lives of gals. "Women lie more cleverly and successfully than men," says Susan Shapiro Barash, the author of "Little White Lies, Deep Dark Secrets: The Truth About Why Women Lie." "They lie as a survival technique but also to get what they want." After interviewing 500 women across the country. Barash discovered:

  • About 75% of women hide how much money they spend. These women confessed to stunts like sneaking purchases home and hiding price tags.
  • The second most common reason for women to lie is cheating. About 60% of the gals confessed to having had an affair.
  • Motherhood comes in at number three on the hit parade of female falsehoods, with about 50% of moms having mixed feeling about rearing their kids.
  • Women often lie to get what they want from people, including lovers, co-workers and bosses.
  • They also tell lies either to keep up appearances or one up others, including untruths about plastic surgery, children's accomplishments or husbands' success.

WORST THINGS YOU COULD EVER SAY ON YOUR RESUME

When you're looking for a job, you obviously want your resume to work for you, not against you. One of the ways you can turn all your hard work into a fiasco is to give your prospective employer too much personal information. A recent survey conducted by Harris Interactive for CareerBuilder.com asked hiring managers to share the most unusual resumes they've seen.

  • Candidate mentioned in his resume that he spent summers on his family's yacht in Grand Cayman.
  • Candidate attached a letter from his mother.
  • Candidate used pale blue paper with teddy bears around the border.
  • Candidate explained a gap in employment by saying he was getting over the death of his cat for three months.
  • Candidate specified that his availability was limited because Friday, Saturday and Sunday were "drinking time."
  • Candidate included a picture of herself in a cheerleading uniform.
  • Candidate drew a picture of a car on the outside of the envelope and said it was the hiring manager's gift.
  • Candidate included the fact that her sister once won a strawberry-eating contest.
  • Candidate explained that they worked well in the nude.
  • Candidate explained an arrest by stating, "We stole a pig, but it was a really small pig."
  • Candidate included a family medical history.

KFLAG COUNTRY MUSIC UP DATE


A slew of country superstars will pay tribute to the "King of Country Music," George Strait, tonight (Wednesday, May 27th). George Strait: ACM Artist of the Decade All Star Concert will feature performances by Dierks Bentley, Brooks & Dunn, Jamie Foxx, Faith Hill, Jack Ingram, Alan Jackson, Jamey Johnson, Toby Keith, Miranda Lambert, Martina McBride, Tim McGraw, Montgomery Gentry, John Rich, LeAnn Rimes, Blake Shelton, Sugarland, Taylor Swift, Keith Urban and Lee Ann Womack, as well as a special appearance by Garth Brooks. The show airs on CBS at 8 p.m. ET.

  • Strait was named the ACM Artist of the Decade for the 2000s, joining only four other artists who have received this distinction: Marty Robbins for the 1960s, Loretta Lynn for the 1970s, Alabama for the 1980s and Garth Brooks for the 1990s.
  • Brooks tells us he credits Strait with keeping the country format in line when the music started to stray. "The 80s started out with the Urban Cowboy thing and everything was moving kind of pop-ish. It was Strait, to me -- him and Reba -- that held the door down, so he's kind of been the center post, the rock, on everything, and the greatest thing is he's al]
  • In Brooks' opinion, Strait has deserved the "artist of the decade" title for the last 30 years. "For the record, I love Alabama (but) I thought he shoulda won it in the 80s, and I don't know who won it in the 90s, but he shoulda won it then, and he shoulda won it this decade. I know you can't probably give that to him, but, for me, he's been the guy."
  • Blake Shelton echoes that sentiment, holding Strait above all others. "I don't know how it is across the rest of the country as much, but growing up in Oklahoma George Strait was not just the king of country music, he was the king of the world. Just his image, just his name, his music -- everything was larger than life."
  • Martina McBride actually paid tribute to Brooks, the ACM's Artist of the Decade in the 90s, during the show. She told us about the song she chose to sing. "I performed honoring Garth Brooks, the artist of the decade for the 90s, who means a great deal to me. We have a long relationship, a long friendship, and I chose 'The Dance' because when I was opening for him I would watch him sing that song every night and it just never failed to completely move everybody in the room, and it just holds a very special place in my heart."
  • This first-ever ACM Artist of the Decade television special was taped at MGM Grand Garden Arena in April. Proceeds from the live concert benefited ACM Lifting Lives, the charitable arm of the Academy of Country Music.

A woman charged with stalking Gary Allan is scheduled to appear in court today (Wednesday, May 27th) in Gallatin, Tennessee. Katherine Walker was arrested on May 4th and charged with burglary, vandalism and stalking following an incident at Allan's home near Hendersonville, Tennessee. Allan is expected to be in court to offer evidence against Walker.

Walker has allegedly stalked Allan for the past four years.

The video for Keith Urban's current single, "Kiss A Girl," is available exclusively at iTunes. The clip was shot in Nashville and features quite a bit of animation. The "Kiss A Girl" video will be available in its entirety at keithurban.net and on CMT and GAC on June 2nd.
  • "Kiss A Girl" is the second single from Urban's new album, Defying Gravity. It currently holds the Number Three spot on the country singles chart.

SIDE NOTES

  • Urban's Escape Together World tour gets back under way on Thursday (May 28th) in Charleston, West Virginia. This weekend's shows includes stops in Roanoke, Virginia on Friday (May 29th) and Huntsville, Alabama (May 30th).
  • Urban is set to perform on the CMT Music Awards in Nashville on June 16th.

Wynonna will headline the 25th anniversary of the "Music City July 4th: Let Freedom Sing!" celebration at Riverfront Park in downtown Nashville. The show line-up will also include The Gabe Dixon Band, the Grammy-winning Nashville Symphony Orchestra and Nashville actor Barry Scott. The Fisk Jubilee Singers will perform the national anthem.
  • Wynonna said, "Singing with the Nashville Symphony Orchestra? My favorite. Being in Nashville for the July 4th weekend with my family to celebrate the South's largest fireworks display? Even better. Using my gift to encourage and inspire others during this tough economic time? My purpose. This event is the total package for me and I'm going to sing it like nobody's business."
  • The two-hour concert will kick off at 7 p.m. CT and will conclude with the South's largest fireworks show at approximately 9:10 p.m.
  • The event is free and open to the public.

FAST FACT

  • The July 4th concert and fireworks in Nashville annually draws 100,000 people.


Comedian Bill Engvall will host the upcoming CMT Music Awards on June 16th in Nashville. The show will air live on CMT from the Sommet Center at 8 p.m. ET.

Trace Adkins, Jason Aldean, Dierks Bentley, Toby Keith, Brad Paisley, Rascal Flatts, Sugarland, Taylor Swift, Keith Urban and British rockers Def Leppard are all set to perform on the CMT Music Awards.

  • The CMT Music Awards is country music's only entirely fan-voted award show.

FAST FACTS

  • Fans can now vote online at CMT.com through June 14th to determine the night's winners.
  • The final nominees for the Video of the Year category will be announced at the beginning of the live show and fans can vote at CMT.com and via text on their Verizon Wireless phones throughout the live broadcast (ET/CT only) to determine the night's big winner.

Celebrity Gossip

ADRIANA LIMA IS PREGNANT: Supermodel Adriana Lima is pregnant. Reps for Lima and her husband, NBA star Marko Jaric told People magazine on Tuesday (May 26th), "Adriana and Marko are overjoyed that they are expecting their first child together and are excited to share the happy news and start their family together." The couple, who eloped on Valentine's Day, will welcome their baby this winter.

ELIZABETH TAYLOR OUT OF HOSPITAL: Elizabeth Taylor says she's home from the hospital and "feeling great." The 77-year-old actress announced Tuesday, that she was home after a hospital stay by sending a tweet to fans that follow her on Twitter. She thanked them "for all the love and support." Taylor was admitted to an undisclosed hospital "for a routine visit" on Friday (May 22), according to her publicist.

PARIS HILTON DENIES YACHT STORY: Paris Hilton is denying reports that she and boyfriend Doug Reinhardt were thrown off a yacht for "hooking up" in the bathroom. After the British press reported that the couple was caught in a "compromising position" over the weekend after the Cannes Film Festival, Hilton blogged that the rumor "is such a lie that it's a joke!" She added, "I would never do that. It's so lame that people will just create these crazy stories. I can't believe the stories people will make up, so gross! I'm so sick of all these false rumors. It's not fair that writers can get away it. They have no credibility."

KRISTEN CAVALLARI IN CAR ACCIDENT? Laguna Beach alum Kristen Cavallari -- who is on her way to shake up The Hills -- was reportedly involved in a minor car crash last week. Although Fox News's Pop Tarts claims that the reality star and a friend were "shaken" after the airbags inflated in the car as they left the Los Angeles Lakers game, a rep for Cavallari says that reports of an accident are "not true."

ROBIN GIVENS SUED FOR FAILURE TO KEEP UP WITH TAXES: Robin Givens, a.k.a Mike Tyson's ex-wife, has been served with a lawsuit from tax officials after running up $292,000 in debts and fees. The IRS claims that Givens hasn't kept up with her taxes since 1996.

MCMAHON LAWSUIT DISMISSED: The people who own the home where Ed McMahon broke his neck are off the hook after a judge dismissed the case just one day before it was set to go to trial. Ed filed the lawsuit in 2007 after he slipped on the 'unsafe' staircase in the home of investment tycoon Robert Day.

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Havasu 95 Speedway Waterless Boat Race Saturday Night - Rear View


HANGOVER RELIEF


Apples eaten on an empty stomach the day after drinking is an effective remedy.

Bananas One of the quickest ways to cure a hangover is to make a banana milkshake sweetened with honey. The banana helps calm the stomach, and with the honey, builds up the depleted blood sugar levels. The milk soothes the stomach and rehydrates your system. Bananas are also rich in the important electrolytes, magnesium and potassium, which are severely depleted during heavy drinking.

B-vitamins Take the vitamins before you go to bed and let them work their magic while you sleep. If you forget, take them immediately upon arising. B-Vitamins are important in aiding the carbohydrate (alcohol) metabolizing process and in dilating blood vessels. B-vitamins will help restore your energy level. You will need to take a high-potency B-complex supplement for this remedy to work (50-75 mg of B-complex twice a day, hopefully once before bed after indulging).

KFLAG COUNTRY MUSIC UP DATE

Brad Paisley charted his 10th consecutive Number One hit this week with "Then." The feat makes him the only country act to do so in the 19-year history of Nielsen BDS-monitored airplay. It also puts him in the elite company of Alabama, George Strait, Ronnie Milsap, Earl Thomas Conley, Sonny James, Conway Twitty, and Paisley's hero, Buck Owens, as the only country acts in Billboard history ever to achieve ten or more consecutive chart-toppers.

  • Paisley co-wrote "Then," which is the first single from his upcoming CD, American Saturday Night. The album will be released on June 30th.
  • "Then" is Paisley's career 14th Number One hit.
Keith Urban might be adding two more trophies to his extensive collection of awards at the CMT Music Awards on June 16th. Urban is nominated for Male Video for "Sweet Thing" and Collaborative Video for "Start A Band" with Brad Paisley.

While proud of his awards, Urban tells us he keeps his environment trophy-free when he's trying to write songs."I don't sort of keep them on display or around the house in areas where I have to create cause I don't want to look at all that if I'm trying to write a song. I'd much rather try and put myself in an environment that's as similar as it can be to the very beginning."

Urban adds that he has divvied up his awards to date, sharing them with his manager and his parents. "There's some here in the office here in Nashville, and my mom and dad have a bunch of them, and there's some in the house, but I just don't have 'em in a writing room where I gotta be if I gotta write. I like to keep it pretty lean and simple -- just a little shoe box cassette recorder and some drum machines and guitars, you know? (I) keep it the same all the time."

  • Urban is set to perform on the CMT Music Awards.
  • In the meantime, he continues on his Escape Together World tour.

Reba McEntire attended the groundbreaking for a new Reba's Ranch House in Denison, Texas on Saturday (May 23rd). The new-and-improved facility will be a place for families to stay while their critically-ill loved ones are being treated at nearby Texoma Medical Center, which is also being re-built. The original Reba's Ranch House was built in 1992. To date, the House has sheltered more than 24,000 people.
  • McEntire told the local NBC affiliate, "My family has been a part of the Texoma Medical Center for years, coming down here, getting medical help. So, we understand what it's like to have to sit in a waiting room or wonder where you are going to sleep. So, that's why the Reba's Ranch House is so important to us, so people do have a place to go when they have friends and family in the hospital."
  • McEntire performed a benefit concert for Reba's Ranch House at Choctaw Casino on Monday (May 25th).

FAST FACTS

  • McEntire is from Chockie, Oklahoma, which is about an hour from Denison.
  • Guests may stay at the Ranch for a minimal cost of $15 per night, or free, depending on the person's ability to pay.

Taylor Swift thrilled fans at her sold out concert in Los Angeles on Friday (May 22nd) with a surprise guest appearance by John Mayer. The two sang his hit, "Your Body Is A Wonderland" and her recent Number One, "White Horse." On Saturday (May 23rd), Swift twittered about the show, saying "I'll never forget it, as long as I live. Thanks to John Mayer for being there for me!"
  • Swift rounded out her weekend with sold out shows in Las Vegas on Saturday and San Diego on Sunday (May 24th).
  • The Fearless tour plays in Salt Lake City, Utah tonight (Tuesday, May 26th).

SIDE NOTE

  • Swift is a multiple nominee at next month's CMT Music Awards. She's included in the categories for Video of the Year and Female Video of the Year for "Love Story," as well as Wide Open Video and CMT Performance Video of the Year for "Photograph" with Def Leppard. The CMT Music Awards will be held on June 16th in Nashville.


Joe Nichols' star status did not get him out of having to audition for the lead role in the Broadway musical, Pure Country. Nichols won the part of Dusty, previously played on the big screen by George Strait, but he tells us that his performance will be based largely on himself. "I had to audition for the part. I had to go up to New York and meet with the producers and the director and read several pages from the script, and I think they bought into me. They don't want me to be George Strait playing a character. I think they want me to bring myself into this part and offer that. Even with the songs, I'm not up there to sing George Strait songs as if I'm doing karaoke. I'm up there to do 'Heartland,' 'I Cross My Heart,' and the other things for the musical as me, as myself, and that's the really cool thing that they're allowing me to do."
  • Pure Country starring Nichols is scheduled to open on Broadway early next year.
  • Nichols will move to New York later this fall to begin rehearsals for the show.
  • In the meantime, his new single, "Believers," is making its climb up the country charts.

The state of Texas officially named Willie Nelson their 2009 State Musician on May 20th. The declaration honors Nelson for his "exceptional quality" of work and his "outstanding commitment to the arts in Texas," among other things.
  • Nelson said, "I consider it a great honor, and I want to thank everyone who helped make it happen."
  • Nelson plays two shows this weekend at Boston's Fenway Park with the Dave Matthews Band.

SIDE NOTE

  • Nelson released his latest album, Naked Willie, on March 17th. The album includes stripped-down remixes of recordings from 1966-1970.

BABY MAKES EBAY BID FOR $12,300:


A New Zealand mother made a few auction bids online before taking a nap, but didn't realize that while she was resting her 3-year-old daughter took over her computer and bought some construction equipment worth the equivalent of $12,300. Pipi Quinlan made the winning bid on the earth-moving digger while her mother was asleep. Pipi's mother, Sarah, said that when she woke up, "I saw an email from TradeMe saying I had won an auction and another email from the seller saying something like 'I think you'll love this digger. It wasn't until I went back and re-read the emails that I saw (the price) and got the shock of my life." TradeMe reimbursed the seller's costs for the auction after Sarah called the auction house to explain what had happened. (AP)

  • Little Pipi probably thought the digger was a toy truck, not a real one. We checked eBay and she can get a Tonka excavator/digger for only $9.99 -- if her mother ever lets her near the computer again.

Mike Tyson's 4-year-old daughter in critical condition

The 4-year-old daughter of former heavyweight champion Mike Tyson is in critical condition at an Arizona hospital, after a tragic accident involving a treadmill cord. Paramedics were called to Tyson's Phoenix home on Monday morning when his 7-year-old son found the young girl hanging from a treadmill by its power cable, according to MyFoxPhoeniz. The girl was rushed to St. Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center, where she remains on life support in "extremely critical condition."Tyson, who doesn't live at the house, had been in Las Vegas but traveled to Phoenix when he learned of the accident.

K-FLAG SPORTS

The San Diego Padres rallied from a six-run deficit to beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 9-7 at Chase Field. The game ended after 10 innings with Chase Hadley's two-run homer. San Diego snapped an 11-game road losing streak.

In other National League action yesterday....

Cincinnati 8 Houston 5
Milwaukee 1 St. Louis 0, 10 Innings
L.A. Dodgers 16 Colorado 6
San Diego 9 Arizona 7, 10 Innings
San Francisco 8 Atlanta 2
Florida 5 Philadelphia 3
N-Y Mets 5 Washington 2
Pittsburgh 10 Chi Cubs 8

And in the American League....

Baltimore 4 Toronto 1
N-Y Yankees 11 Texas 1
Boston 6 Minnesota 5
Detroit 13 Kansas City 1
Oakland 6 Seattle 1
Cleveland 11 Tampa Bay 10
Chi White Sox 17 L.A. Angels 3

The Denver Nuggets evened the Western Conference finals last night, beating the Los Angeles Lakers 120-101 in Game 4 despite a hobbled Carmelo Anthony. Chauncey Billups and J.R. Smith scored 24 points and Kenyon Martin had a double-double as the Nuggets posted their eighth blowout of the postseason. It was the Nuggets' first win against Los Angeles following three games that came down to the final seconds.

Tonight, Cleveland is at Orlando for Game 4 with the Magic leading the Eastern Conference finals series 2 games to 1.

In the NHL Eastern Conference Finals, it's Game 4 with Pittsburgh at Carolina. The Penguins lead the series 3 games to zip!

David Reutimann earned his first career Sprint Cup victory Monday, taking the Coca-Cola 600 when the rain-delayed race was shortened after 227 of a scheduled 400 laps due to persistent rain. Reutimann took the lead when he gambled and didn't pit with the leaders during a caution for rain on lap 222 of 400. Pole-sitter Ryan Newman finished second and Robby Gordon was third.

TWITTER HEADING TO REALITY TV:


Twitter has teamed up with Brillstein Entertainment to develop an unscripted reality series based on the popular networking site, which would invite 140 character postings from members around the world. The show would use Twitter to put players on the trail of celebrities in an interactive and competitive format.

Here's one I want to see this summer!

AND pretty much the way I am feeling today.....

The Hangover, in theaters June 5th, 2009


Weekend Movie WRAP-UP


Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian won the four-day Memorial Day weekend battle of the blockbusters as it opened in first place at the box office, topping Terminator: Salvation, the fourth movie in the Terminator franchise and the first without Arnold Schwarzenegger, which debuted at Number Two. In the post-apocalyptic film, Christian Bale takes on the role of John Connor.

In Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian, Ben Stiller reprises his role from 2006's original Night at the Museum as a night security guard at a museum where historical figures come to life. Among other actors also returning is Robin Williams as President Theodore Roosevelt, and joining the cast is Amy Adams as Amelia Earhart.

  • Last week's top movie, Angels & Demons, fell to fourth place.
  • The comedy spoof Dance Flick, from the Wayans brothers, opened at Number Five.

THIS HOLIDAY WEEKEND'S TOP TEN MOVIES -- MAY 22-25

  1. Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian, $70 million
  2. Terminator: Salvation, $53.8 million
  3. Star Trek, $29.4 million
  4. Angels & Demons, $27.7 million
  5. Dance Flick, $13.1 million
  6. X-Men Origins: Wolverine, $10.1 million
  7. Ghosts of Girlfriends Past, $4.8 million
  8. Obsessed, $2.5 million
  9. Monsters vs. Aliens, $1.9 million
  10. 17 Again, $1.3 million

Celebrity Gossip

SEAN PENN SAYS FILING FOR DIVORCE WAS 'ARROGANT': Sean Penn released a statement saying he regrets his decision to file from divorce from his wife Robin Wright Penn. The actor said in his statement to Accesshollywood.com, "It was an arrogant mistake." Penn filed the papers on April 24th but they were "dismissed and taken out of the system" last week.

HAS BABY BOY: Olympic volleyball gold medalist Kerri Walsh her husband Casey Jennings welcomed a baby boy, named Joseph Michael Jennings, on Friday (May 23rd) night. Mother and baby are reportedly doing well.

BROOKE SHIELDS LOST VIRGINITY AT 22: Brooke Shields revealed to Health magazine that she didn't lose her virginity until she was 22. Shields said that "not learning to love the way she looked" kept her from having sex at an earlier age.

'TWILIGHT' STARS HAVE DINNER IN ROME: Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart were spotted on a dinner date in Rome. The Twilight stars, who are rumored to be romantically linked and are currently filming New Moon, the Twilight sequel, were joined by crew members.

PARIS HILTON KICKED OFF CANNES YACHT: Paris Hilton was reportedly kicked off David Furnish's (a.k.a. Elton John's husband) yacht in Cannes after showing off too much PDA with boyfriend Doug Reinhardt. After making out in front of everyone the couple moved below deck looking for a more private area but they were caught and removed from the boat.

ANONYMOUS BIDDERS WIN KISS FROM ROBERT PATTINSON: Two anonymous bidders paid $56, 000 at the amfAR event in Cannes for their daughters to meet Robert Pattinson and get a kiss on the cheek from the Twilight star.

KEVIN BACON GETS MUGGED: Kevin Bacon was reportedly mugged in a subway station in New York. According to the New York Post, Bacon's cell phone was stolen at the B, D and E station at 53rd street and seventh avenue. After his phone was taken, Bacon reportedly chased down the thief before losing him in a crowded area.

SPIDER MAN 3 ACTRESS' BOYFRIEND SUSPECTED IN DEATH: Although Spider Man 3 actress Lucy Gordon's death was thought to be a suicide, PerezHilton.com reported that Gordon's boyfriend, cinematographer Jerome Alveras is under suspicion for her death. The two had reportedly been fighting the night Gordon allegedly took her own life.

Friday, May 22, 2009

Remembering those who served.....


Bullhead City River Regatta


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Registration for this year’s Bullhead City River Regatta is now available online. Participants can register as individuals, a team captain or team member; click on “REGISTER HERE!” General information, registration, contact information and photos from previous regattas are available at www.bullheadregatta.com.

The Bullhead City River Regatta will be held on August 29th. This year’s theme is “Birthday Bash-N-Splash” to commemorate the City’s 25th birthday. And don’t forget the “Ye Gotta Regatta” party and Birthday Bash, Friday evening, Aug. 28th, 5 to 10 p.m. at Community Park.


BEAT YOUR BAD HABITS


(Men's Health) Zero tolerance is the only way to break a bad habit. So don't indulge scratch that inch mentally. Here's how:

  • Wear a rubber band -- When you feel a craving coming on snap your wrist three times quickly. Scientists and torturers call this negative reinforcement: Craving equals pain. It's akin to smacking yourself in the nose with a newspaper.
  • Pour yourself a glass of cure -- When it comes to nervous habits, water is your secret weapon. When you feel a craving coming on, chug at least 10 ounces of water. It's amazing how well this works.
  • Switch sides of the bed -- If you're a consistent habit former, you should overhaul your routines; what time you wake up, what you eat for breakfast, what route you take to work, and so on every three months.

THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW

  • Natalie Cole received a new kidney last Wednesday.
  • Simon Cowell's ex, Terri Seymour, was attacked after the "Idol" finale Wednesday night. A woman walked up to her, asked if she was "Simon's girlfriend" and then began strangling her. The nutjob was arrested. We're sorry, alleged nutjob.
  • British actress Lucy Gordon, who appeared in "Spider-Man 3," was found dead in her Paris apartment after apparently committing suicide. She was 28.
  • 35-year-old Ethan Zohn, the curly-haired soccer winner of Survivor: Africa back in 2001, has cancer -- stage 2 Hodgkin's disease.
  • Former soap star Lisa Rinna, who appeared naked in Playboy last month, has confessed that her lips aren't real. She had silicone lip injections 23 years ago. Well, duh.
  • Phil Mickelson announced Wednesday that his wife, Amy, was diagnosed with breast cancer and that he'll be taking some time off from the PGA Tour.
  • Green Day won't let it's latest CD into Wal-Mart stores, because of the store's policy to put warning labels on for content.
  • Chad Lowe and girlfriend Kim Painter, have created a daughter, Mabel Painter Lowe.

SPEED UP YOUR HANGOVER RECOVERY:


AskMen.com provides some tips for how to feel better more quickly after drinking too much the night before with their hangover recovery kit.

  • Mineral water -- One of the reasons for that awful hangover feeling is that alcohol dehydrates you, so drinking water before, during and after imbibing will help. Carbonated mineral water is a good bet if you stomach is feeling queasy. Recommended brand: S. Pellegrino
  • Sports Drink -- Non-caffeinated, non-carbonated sports drinks not only provide hydration, they replenish the sodium, glycogen, potassium and other minerals lost because of the diuretic effect of alcohol. Recommended brand: Vitamin Water
  • Body Wash -- Taking a shower with refreshing body wash will make you feel more alert and wash away the toxins you've been sweating. Recommended brand: AXE Snake Peel
  • Eggs -- The protein provides needed energy, and eggs also contain the chemical cysteine, which breaks down the hangover-causing toxin acetaldehyde. Recommendation: Go with organic eggs.
  • Fruit -- Bananas, kiwi and apricots help replace potassium and electrolytes, while the water and natural sugar in fruit is easier on your stomach than processed foods. Fructose increases energy, and vitamin C in citrus fruits boosts immunity. Recommended: Bananas, kiwis and oranges
  • Painkillers -- Recommended brand: Alka-Seltzer Wake-Up Call, with aspirin as its active ingredient. Aspirin inhibits prostaglandins, which have been found to increase hangover severity. AskMen.com's writer says, "From someone who has had a lot of hangovers, this product works better than any other."
  • Low-Fat, Sodium-Rich Food -- You may be craving heavy, greasy food, but it's better to go with lighter foods like crackers or whole-wheat toast, which deliver energy, sodium and electrolytes. Recommended brand: Triscuit Rosemary & Olive Oil Crackers

KFLAG COUNTRY MUSIC UP DATE

Reba McEntire is sending a personal message to her fans with the title of her upcoming album, Keep On Loving You. McEntire tells us it's a sincere thank you of sorts for their faithful dedication over the years. "It's kind of a gesture to my fans -- Keep On Loving You. I always will love 'em because they're so good to me. They've stayed with me whether I'm in television, with radio, my singing, with Broadway, acting, whatever . . . They're staying with me and I keep on lovin' 'em."

  • McEntire will get to thank her fans in person during next month's CMA Music Festival in Nashville, as she will be signing autographs at the Fan Fair Hall inside the Convention Center. This is the first time in 13 years that McEntire will meet and greet the fans at this event.
  • Keep On Loving You will be released on August 18th.
  • The project will be McEntire's first solo studio album in six years.
Brad Paisley's current hit, "Then," was inspired by his wife, actress Kimberly Williams-Paisley, as well as the wives of his co-writers. The singer and his collaborators all came at the song from a shared perspective, as Paisley tells us:"We had a goal in mind, the three writers and I who wrote that, and it was to capture the feelings that you have early in a relationship, and then to sort of take what is a mature relationship and describe how those feelings change and really do get better. I mean, we were all three in that place in our lives, and being able to say that as well as I think we did, it was really cool to see that come to life like it did."

Paisley says he'd had the concept in his mind for quite a while. "That song was somethin' I wanted to write for a long time - that exact thing, essentially. I didn't know I wanted to write that exact song, or I would have written that exact song a long time ago."

  • "Then" is poised to be Paisley's 10th consecutive Number One hit, his 14th chart-topper overall.
  • The song is the debut release from Paisley's American Saturday Night CD, which will be released on Jun 30th.
Trace Adkins will sing "Til The Last Shot's Fired" as the closing performance of the National Memorial Day Concert on Sunday (May 24th) in Washington, D.C. He will be accompanied by his band and the National Symphony Orchestra, along with the U.S. Army Chorus, The Soldiers' Chorus of the U.S. Army Field Band, and the U.S. Navy Sea Chanters. The National Memorial Day Concert will be broadcast live from the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol at 8 p.m. ET on PBS (check local listings). The tribute will also be broadcast to troops serving around the world on the American Forces Radio and Television Network.
  • Other celebrities taking part in the Concert event include Gary Sinise, Joe Mantegna Colin L. Powell, Katie Holmes, Laurence Fishburne, Dianne Wiest, Katharine McPhee and Brian Stokes Mitchell.

FAST FACTS

  • "Til The Last Shot's Fired" is featured on Adkins' current album, X (TEN).
  • Adkins first performed the live on the Academy of Country Music Awards in April. There, he was backed by the West Point Glee Club.

Jack Ingram will make an appearance on an upcoming episode of the Lifetime network series Army Wives. He will pretty much play himself as the lead singer of a band in one of the scenes. Ingram will be on the set of Army Wives next week to film the part. The episode will air sometime in August.
  • About the show, Ingram said, "I can't say that I watch it, but just about every woman I've talked to since I heard we were gonna do it does. I feel like I'm joining some secret club..."
  • Army Wives stars an ensemble cast, including Kim Delaney and Catherine Bell.

SIDE NOTE

  • Ingram performs on the George Strait: Artist Of The Decade special airing on CBS on May 27th.
Jason Michael Carroll will be the featured guest at the Chicago Cubs' "Country Music Night" at Wrigley Field in Chicago on Tuesday (May 26th). He will perform the National Anthem before the Cubs takes on the Pittsburgh Pirates. Carroll will also throw out the first pitch, lead the crowd in "Take Me Out to the Ball Game" and conduct the 7th inning stretch from the announcer's box.

FAST FACTS

  • Carroll recently released his sophomore album, Growing Up Is Getting Old.
  • His debut single, "Where I'm From," is a Top 15 hit and climbing on the country charts.

Joe Nichols surprised students at John T. Simpson Alternative School in Easley, South Carolina on Monday (May 18th). Nichols was on his way to a show in Asheville, North Carolina and decided to make a detour thanks to a year-long letter writing campaign by teacher Sonya Boyles and her students. She had adopted Nichols' hit, "The Impossible," as the theme for her Students Taking Active Responsibility, or STARS class.
  • Nichols spent an hour and a half performing, signing autographs and taking pictures with the staff and students.
  • He said, "These kids find themselves in a situation not of their making. I think it's great that their teacher is trying to teach them that nothing is impossible, and that you should never give up. And she didn't with me. Heck, I felt like if I didn't get over to the school and do this performance for the kids, she'd put it on my permanent record! It was a trip we were happy to make and I applaud Sonya and her students for their hard work."

SIDE NOTES

  • Nichols' new single, "Believers," is a Top 30 on the country charts.
  • The singer heads to Broadway later this year to begin rehearsals for Pure Country, which is set to open in early 2010.

Toby Keith will host his sixth annual Golf Classic to benefit Ally's House, an organization that the singer helped establish to assist pediatric cancer patients and their families throughout the state of Oklahoma. The event will kick off on June 12th at the Riverwind Casino in Norman, where golfers and their guests will enjoy food, live music and an auction. The tournament itself will be held on June 13th.
  • This year's auction items include trips to Dancing With The Stars, Dr. Phil, and All My Children tapings; a trip to the McGetrick Golf Academy; a day on The Deadliest Catch boat Northwestern with Capt. Sig; a cruise with Lynyrd Skynyrd; trips to the Hamptons, Costa Rica, Lambeau Field and an Ultimate Fighting event; and a dinner for 20 with Keith himself.
  • Keith said, "I will always be committed to these kids. More of them are diagnosed all the time and they need our help now like never before."

FAST FACTS

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

ON THE TUBE


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


Billy Currington

GAC NIGHTS/GAC 12:00PM (ET)


George Strait

JOHN RICH BEHIND THE VIDEO: SHUTTIN' DETROIT DOWN/GAC 1:00PM (ET)

CMT CRIBS/CMT 1:30PM (ET)


Trisha Yearwood at Graceland

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

Celebrity Gossip

PENN AND WRIGHT HALT DIVORCE PROCEEDINGS: Sean Penn and Robin Wright Penn have called off their divorce for the second time. The couple, who married in 1996 and have 2 children, has stopped their divorce proceedings after the papers were dismissed and erased from the court system. Penn and Wright previously filed for divorce in December 2007 and reconciled in April 2008.

REDMOND O'NEAL BEGINS DRUG TREATMENT: Redmond O'Neal has been transferred to a correctional facility and is due to begin intensive drug treatment. O'Neal will receive treatment in prison after the judge denied him the ability to enter a private rehab center. Redmond, the son of ailing Farrah Fawcett and Ryan O'Neal, was arrested for bringing heroin into a jail parking lot.

SPENCER PRATT SENT TO DOCTOR: Spencer Pratt said he was called by the doctor and told to go to the hospital after his blood test showed low blood platelets. The reality TV star, who was afraid he wouldn't be able to participate in I'm A Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here!. But after he was given 6 shots preparing him for the Costa Rican jungle, Spencer said he is "armed and ready" to start the show which is set to premiere on NBC June 1st.

BRAD AND ANGELINA HOLD COURT AT FRENCH CLUB: Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie partied after the premiere of his new film Inglourious Basterds. The couple were flanked by eight bodyguards at the club in Cannes as they sat in the VIP section where the couple seemed to be having a good time.

LAUREN CONRAD 'HAPPY' FOR AUDRINA PATRIDGE: Lauren Conrad said she couldn't be happier for her The Hills co-star, Audrina Patridge, who is reportedly dating Star Trek hunk Chris Pine. Conrad told usmagazine.com, "He is a really cute guy, and I'm happy for her." Audrina and Pine have been spotted together numerous times lately after the couple first met in April.

K-FLAG SPORTS

Funeral services are scheduled for Monday in Scottsdale for the wife of Arizona Diamondbacks relief pitcher Scott Schoeneweis. Thirty-nine-year-old Gabrielle Schoeneweis was found dead in the couple's Fountain Hills home Wednesday. Authorities say the cause of death hasn't been determined yet.

The Arizona Diamondbacks are in Oakland tonight to begin a three-game series against the Athletics. The D-backs beat Florida 4-3 yesterday in Miami to take three of four games in the series. Mark Reynolds hit a two-run homer in the eighth inning to give Arizona the come-from-behind victory.

In the National League yesterday...

Philadelphia 12, Cincinnati 5
Washington 5, Pittsburgh 4
Colorado 9, Atlanta 0
Milwaukee 4, Houston 3
St. Louis 3, Chicago Cubs 1
Padres 3, Giants 2

In the American League...

Detroit 4, Texas 3
Minnesota 20, Chicago White Sox 1
Cleveland 8, Kansas City 3
Tampa Bay 6, Oakland 5
N.Y. Yankees 7, Baltimore 4
Boston 5, Toronto 1
L.A. Angels 3, Seattle 0

The Denver Nuggets are heading home tied at 1-1 with Los Angeles after posting their first playoff win over the Lakers in 24 years, a 106-103 win last night at Staples Center. Carmelo Anthony's 34 points led the way as Denver gets ready to host the next two games, starting with Game 3 Saturday night.

The Cleveland Cavaliers try to even their series against Orlando with a home game tonight after the Magic won Game 1 in handing the Cavaliers just their third home loss all season. Cavaliers superstar LeBron James is coming off his franchise-record 49-point performance in the opener.

Evgeni Malkin had a monster game and the Pittsburgh Penguins are heading to Carolina with a 2-0 lead in their NHL Eastern Conference final. Malkin scored three goals, including the go-ahead goal with 8:50 left in the Penguins' 7-4 win over Carolina last night to give him nine goals in the playoffs.

Ryan Newman won the pole for the Coca-Cola 600 for his eighth career pole at Lowe's Motor Speedway. Kyle Busch will start second Sunday in NASCAR's longest race, with season points leader Jeff Gordon qualifying third.

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Kris Allen took home this year's American Idol title!


Knocking judges' favorite Adam Lambert to the runner-up slot. The Conway, Arkansas native had been described as this year's "underdog" and "dark horse," but in the end the 23-year-old married singer won the hearts of America to become the show's eighth winner. Just under 100 million votes came in this year -- marking a new world record and beating last year's tally of 97.5 million. Although the judges, including Simon Cowell, raved about Adam's powerful vocals, Kris had a few performances later in the season that showed both his vocal and musical talent.

When it came time to announce the winner, both Kris and Adam stood close with their arms around each other. Kris looked completely shocked when host Ryan Seacrest announced that he was this year's winner, saying, "It feels good...Adam deserves this. I'm sorry I don't know what to feel right now. Thank you so much." He then sang this year's Idol song "No Boundaries," co-written by judge Kara DioGuardi.

The night was chock full of duets and performances by this year's contestants and stars, including the Black Eyed Peas, David Cook, Cyndi Lauper, Keith Urban, Carlos Santana, Lionel Richie, Steve Martin, Queen and Rod Stewart.

Some Highlights:

  • Ryan introduced all four judges with humorous video clips, mocking some of their funny habits. Randy Jackson's consisted of all the times he has said, "for me" or "for me for you" to contestants throughout the season. Kara's clip was all about how many times she called contestants "sweetie" or "honey." Paula Abdul's video clip showed her vast vocabulary, while Simon's poked fun at how many times he couldn't hear things over the course of the season.
  • The Top 13 returned to sing "So What" by Pink.
  • Last year's American Idol champ, David Cook, sang his new song "Permanent." Cook talked about his brother, who recently died after a battle with cancer. Cook said both Kris and Adam are great performers and great guys.
  • Ryan gave out this year's Golden Idol Awards, first paying tribute the outstanding male, which went to Nick Mitchell, known for his flamboyant and theatrical performances.
  • Lil Rounds and Queen Latifah sang "Cue The Rain."
  • Jason Mraz made an appearance to sing his hit song "I'm Yours." He sang along with this year's American Idol contestants.
  • Kris teamed with country star Keith Urban on the song "Kiss A Girl."
  • The contestants did a version of "Glamorous" by Fergie. She then came out to sing "Big Girls Don't Cry." Then the Black Eyed Peas came out to sing their new single "Boom Boom Pow."
  • The Golden Idol for Best Attitude went to Katrina Darrell. She sported a bikini when she accepted her award. Ryan said, "I was going to ask what's new, but I think I knew," referring to her new breast implants. She then took the mic and attempted to sing Mariah Carey's "Vision Of Love" before Kara joined in to sing along. At the end, Kara ripped off her dress to reveal a bikini underneath. She did it as part of a bet.
  • This year's finalist Allison Iraheta teamed with Cyndi Lauper on "Time After Time."
  • Danny Gokey sang a version of Lionel Richie's "Hello," berfore they joined up for a duet on Richie's "Just Go" and "All Night Long."
  • Adam performed par of the Kiss' song "Beth" before introducing the rock band to the stage. He then joined the band for "Detroit Rock City" and "Rock 'n' Roll All Night."
  • Carlos Santana hit the stage to perform "Black Magic Woman," featuring contestant Matt Giraud on vocals. The entire crew then came out to sing "Smooth."
  • Actor-comedian Steve Martin showed off his music skills and performed a song with Megan Joy and Michael Sarver. They sang a song Steve wrote called "Pretty Flowers."
  • The guys did a version of Rod Stewart's "Do Ya Think I'm Sexy." Rod then hit the stage to sing his classic "Maggie May."
  • The award for outstanding female went to Tatiana Del Toro. Although Ryan told her they were short on time, she insisted on coming up for her award and singing Whitney Houston's "Saving All My Love." As a prank, security guards came up to take off her off the stage.
  • Kris and Adam, along with the other contestants, sang "We Are The Champions" with Queen.
  • Simon told both Kris and Adam he though they were both brilliant and incredibly nice people. He said both of them should be proud, adding, "The future is all yours."

DOG CHOICE REVEALS HER PERSONALITY

Susan Heitler, Ph.D., a clinical psychologist, says that when a woman chooses a dog, "something about that dog needs to resonate with something the woman likes about herself":

  • The pocketbook pup -- Maltese, Chihuahua. It means: She loves attention and flouts rules by taking the dog everywhere. John C. Wright, Ph.D., a professor of psychology at Mercer University, says of such owners, "They're dying to hear, 'Oh, what a darling puppy.' -- as though it says something about them."
  • The playful pooch -- Labrador, golden retriever. It means: She's adventurous, a guy's girl who's not afraid to sweat. A Lab says playful; a golden implies affection -- they like to lick, says Heitler. Licking is good.
  • The mutt -- Could be anything. It means: She's bighearted, a rescuer, a woman who looks beneath the surface. "She's very confident and says, 'I see value in you, even though everyone else in the world thinks you're ugly,'" says Wright. Don't take it personally.
  • The chic dog -- Pug, Kerry blue terrier. It means: She's trendy, possibly superficial, Heitler says. She may have bought it as a fashion accessory without studying its traits, warns Marty Becker, D.V.M., author of "Chicken Soup for the Pet Lover's Soul."
  • The powerhouse -- Great Dane, Irish wolfhound. It means: She likes a challenge -- and protection. A powerful dog may mirror her personality. "The hidden agenda may be, 'Be careful and don't do anything stupid,'" ] says Wright.

WHAT'S YOUR MOST ENDEARING QUALITY?

(Sun) You may not know it, but you have endearing traits that family and friends adore. Discover what makes you such a sweetie by answering these questions. Give yourself: 5 points for each "a" and 10 points for each "b." The add up the score and see what makes you so endearing:

If you're giving a toast at a friend's wedding, you:

  1. Say whatever comes to mind at the moment.
  2. Recite a thoughtful speech you wrote ahead of time.

You'd be thrilled with a birthday surprise of:

  1. A gourmet dinner with your sweetheart.
  2. A spa day with your best friend.

You'd prefer a seat in the studio audience of:

  1. The Tonight Show With Jay Leno
  2. The Ellen DeGeneres Show

Your spouse wants to attend a midnight movie, and you:

  1. Eagerly agree.
  2. Suggest an earlier showing is a better idea.

You usually buy candles that are:

  1. Scented
  2. Unscented

Analysis

25 to 30: You approach every day with joyous anticipation, and your flair for the dramatic makes you a star with your friends and family. You enjoy planning parties that bring an interesting variety of people together in a happy mix.

35 to 40: You're a thoughtful person who never forgets a birthday nor fails to encourage the dreams of others. Your sincere interest in people makes you the warm center of your gang whom everyone depends upon for support.

45 to 50: You're a spontaneous person who adores surprising those you love with spur of the moment treats. You also have the ability to add excitement to a typical day, attracting friends and acquaintances with your infectious sense of fun.

10 surefire ways to "tick off" your co-workers


Do you have a coworker that drives you crazy? What do they do that frustrates you so? Well, Careerbuilder.com offers 10 surefire ways to "tick off" your co-workers. Now let us count the ways:

  • Is it always all about you? Are you preoccupied with your own career path and looking good at the expense of others? Do you put others down while you pump yourself up? Instead, conduct yourself in such a way that other people will want to see you succeed -- let their genuine support and admiration of who you are pull you to success.
  • Answering cell phone calls during meetings. A surefire way to aggravate people is to consistently respond to calls, e-mails and pagers when in conversation with others.
  • Sending voice mails that go on and on and on. At the end of a voice message, replay it and hear how you sound. Difficulty in getting to the point?
  • Acting like a bureaucrat. Do you drag out turnaround times and play control games? Do you create obstacles or barriers for others to do their work? Making mountains out of molehills is another surefire way to alienate people.
  • "I'm like, ya know..." You are your words even more so in virtual relationships. You may be communicating with people worldwide who know you only by the sound of your voice or the tone of your e-mails. Become conscious of how you use language and stop communicating in ways that cause you to sound inexperienced or unprofessional.
  • Acting unethically. Make sure you are clear on your organization's ethics policies and have the courage and conviction to uphold them. It's easy to draw the line on major violations but watch for the subtle ways you may be pulling others in the wrong direction to achieve goals.

THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW

  • In San Francisco, they may clamp a 23-cent a pack tax on cigarettes to pay for the cleanup of all the cigarette butts left around town.
  • There was a Twitter rumor going around that Patrick Swayze had died. But his publicist says he's a live and well.
  • The National Football League and Comcast have completed a deal that will finally put the league's NFL Network on widely distributed tier of the cable operator.
  • The New York Post says Alex Rodriguez was with Kate Hudson after last Friday's game, celebrating in the back room of the Mustang Grill on Second Avenue.
  • Mary-Louise Parker, star of the "Weeds" on Showtime, says she regrets doing a nude bathtub scene last season. "I didn't think I needed to be naked, and I fought with the director about it, and now I'm bitter," Parker tells More magazine.
  • The most notable TV show cancellations: NBC dropped "My Name is Earl" and "Medium." CBS canned "The Unit" and "Without A Trace" and picked up "Medium" from NBC. ABC said goodbye to "Samantha Who?," "Cupid" and "The Unusuals" and Fox dropped the rock on "Terminator: Sarah Connor Chronicles" and "Sit Down, Shut Up."
  • White bread will just make you want to eat more white bread says Louis J. Aronne, author of "The Skinny."
  • Penelope Cruz has had to miss an event at the Cannes Film Festival after suffering food poisoning.
  • Steven Spielberg is working on bringing Dr. Martin Luther King's life to the big screen, but two of King's kids are threatening a lawsuit because they weren't included in the movie deal.
  • Just hours after a statue of President James Garfield was dedicated at Hiram College in Ohio, someone decapitated it.
  • Wayne Allwine (Ahl'-wine), the actor who voiced Mickey Mouse for more than 30 years, died Monday of complications from diabetes. He was 62. His wife of 20 years and the voice of Minnie Mouse, Russi Taylor, was by his side.
  • New Orleans got the word this week that they'll be hosting the 2013 Super Bowl.
  • The mother of Mel Gibson's new girlfriend insists that her daughter did not break up his marriage. It was already broken.

KFLAG COUNTRY MUSIC UP DATE

Kenny Chesney stars in a new commercial for Corona beer, the main sponsor for his current Sun City Carnival tour. The superstar shot the ad on the beach in Cancun. The spot features Chesney's song, "Old Blue Chair," from his 2005 Be As You Are album. And speaking of chairs, Chesney tells us he spent a lot of time in the old blue one on the commercial shoot. "It was kind of funny -- all those guys from Corona and all the people workin' in that shoot, they were saying, 'Man, you're doing really good. Sorry we're out here workin' your butt off.' I started thinkin, 'I'm sitting in this blue chair on a beach with my guitar. I'm just sittin' here playin' around.' I said, 'This isn't work. This is a lot of fun,' even though I sat in that chair for a long time doin' that commercial."

Chesney adds that the spot accurately reflects what he's all about. "It kind of marries my two worlds a little bit, my two passions, and I think that the relationship and the marriage with Corona is perfect for me right now. I gotta tell you, it's afforded me a lot of free beer at the house, and we have a lot of fun pool parties, but in all seriousness, I'm a pretty laid back guy, really, and I try not to take myself too seriously, and I think that that relationship with Corona fits perfect for me."

  • Chesney's Sun City Carnival tour plays in Greenville, South Carolina tonight (Thursday, May 21st).
Taylor Swift was a big winner at the BMI Pop Awards in Beverly Hills on Tuesday (May 19th). She walked away with an award for her crossover -- or "spillover," as she likes to call it -- hit "Teardrops on My Guitar," in addition to receiving the President's Award, which honors "an exceptional individual in the entertainment industry deserving of special recognition," according to a release. The BMI President's Award is presented only on unique occasions when an individual has "distinctly and profoundly influenced the industry."
  • The BMI Pop Awards were held at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel.
  • Swift will perform a sold-out show at the Staples Center tomorrow (Friday, May 22nd).
As far as American Idol stars go, Carrie Underwood earned the biggest paycheck last year. She brought in $14 million, firmly planting her at Number One on Forbes' American Idol's' 2008 Top Earners list. Jennifer Hudson placed at Number Two with $5 million, followed by Kelly Clarkson, who earned $4.2 million. Jordin Sparks was fourth with $3.1 million, and Kellie Pickler claimed the Number Five spot with $2.3 million earned in 2008.

FAST FACTS

  • Underwood has sold almost 10 million albums.
  • Her headlining Carnival Ride tour and co-headlining run with Keith Urban helped push Underwood to the top of Forbes' list.


Miranda Lambert will be putting out a new album soon. Her third untitled project catches Lambert at a different place in life, one that will be reflected in the new music, as Lambert tells us: "I don't know, I feel like I don't have to prove as much anymore. I'm not walking around with my feelings on my sleeve, proving to everybody, 'I'm tough. Here's who I am.' I've really been able to sort of slowly but surely let everybody know, 'Hey, this is who I am. What you see is what you get,' and I think with both Kerosene and Crazy Ex it's kind of obvious, but I feel, like, a little more settled in life now."

With both her professional and personal life on the upswing, Lambert says she's more at ease than she was with her two previous albums. "My career's on a really good path and I have a farm and kind of a life of my own outside of my parents and outside of the bus and a great boyfriend and just a little more settled, not like in a homey mom kind of way, but in my heart I just feel like a little bit, you know, just not so rushing around all the time and trying to prove to people something. I really feel that this record kind of portrays that, but there still is some crazy stuff on it -- don't you worry!"
  • There is no word yet on when Lambert's new album will be released.
  • Her debut single, "Dead Flowers," is making its way up the country charts.
Jo Dee Messina helped the recent inaugural Music Row Road Race in Nashville raise $100,000 for St. Jude Children's Hospital. The event, which drew over 800 runners, was held on Saturday (May 16th). Messina headlined a post-race concert at the Wildhorse Saloon.
  • She is back on the road with her band, but will return to Nashville for her River Stages performance on June 13th and fan club party the following day (June 14th) as part of CMA Music Festival.

FAST FACTS

  • Messina has completed several full and half marathons.
  • She gave birth to her first child, son Noah, in January.

ON THE TUBE


GAC NIGHTS/GAC 12:00PM (ET)
Darius Rucker

OPRY LIVE/GAC 5:00PM (ET)
Josh Turner, Wynonna

GAC NIGHTS/GAC 8:00PM (ET)
George Strait

BROKEN BRIDGES/CMT 9:00PM, 11:15PM (ET)
Toby Keith

JOHN RICH BEHIND THE VIDEO: SHUTTIN' DETROIT DOWN/GAC 9:30PM (ET)

Celebrity Gossip

CHRIS PINE AND AUDRINA PATRIDGE? Star Trek's leading man Chris Pine is reportedly dating The Hills star Audrina Patridge. In Touch magazine claims that the pair was spotted together having dinner in Los Angeles last week -- which sources say is only one of many dates they've been on recently. Pine reportedly split from his longtime girlfriend in March. An insider told the magazine, "Audrina is into him."

VOICE OF MICKEY MOUSE DIES: The most recent voice of Mickey Mouse has died. The Walt Disney Company announced on Wednesday (May 21st) that Wayne Allwine died earlier this week of complications from diabetes at the age of 62. Allwine had been voicing the famed Disney character for over 30 years.

CHAD LOWE WELCOMES DAUGHTER: Chad Lowe and his girlfriend Kim Painter welcomed their first child on Saturday, May 16th. Star magazine confirmed that the couple, who have been together since 2007, named their daughter Mabel Painter Lowe.

EDIE FALCO CREDITS DOG FOR HER TWO CHILDREN: The former Sopranos star told Parade magazine, "I have this dog named Marley and it's a kind of love I've never known. I have a hard time believing Marley did not come from my body. I know that sounds insane but I feel that connected to her. She made me realize I wanted to adopt children."

RIP TORN GETS PROBATION: Rip Torn will not face jail time for a drunk driving arrest last December. On Tuesday (May 19th), a Connecticut court approved the 78-year-old actor for an alcohol education program and ordered him to be retested for his driver's license because of his severe hearing impairment. The probation was granted even though Torn has two previous drunken driving arrests in New York.

GEORGE HAMILTON UNDERGOING KNEE SURGERY: George Hamilton will undergo surgery this week to replace his knee. Entertainment Tonight reports that the actor first hurt his knee while starring in Broadway's Chicago and made the decision to go forward with the surgery after performing on Dancing With the Stars.

PARIS HILTON CAN'T GET PAID IN CANNES: Paris Hilton is over. The New York Post reports that the heiress arrived in Cannes last weekend, hoping to earn $100,000 an appearance for stepping out at the film festival's events -- but no one was interested. A source told the paper, "No one bit. They aren't about to pay her. It's not 2002. We think she got some money from the club VIP, but everyone else is running for the hills."

ANOTHER 'SLUMDOG' STAR LOSES HOME: A second child star from Slumdog Millionaire lost her home on Wednesday (May 20th) as part of a demolition project in Mumbai. Reuters confirmed that the shanty home of nine-year-old Rubina Ali was plowed down in a slum near local railroad tracks less than a week after the same thing happened to Azharuddin Ismail. A spokesperson for the railway company explained that the dwelling was illegal, saying, "These structures were on railway land, which is for the benefit of commuters and to be used by the railways."Ali and her family are currently living with her uncle.

K-FLAG SPORTS

The wife of Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher Scott Schoeneweis has been found dead at her home. Police say the cause of death hasn't been determined. The Maricopa County Sheriff's Office says deputies found the body of 39-year-old Gabrielle Dawn Schoeneweis on the floor of the master bedroom in the family's suburban home shortly after noon yesterday.

After a doubleheader that lasted more than eight hours last night, the Arizona Diamondbacks conclude their series with the Florida Marlins tonight in Miami. Justin Upton hit his second three-run homer of the game in the 13th inning to help Arizona beat Florida 13-9 for a split in a doubleheader. The Marlins won yesterday's opener 8-6 as Dan Uggla homered and drove in four runs.

Elsewhere in the National League yesterday....

Pittsburgh 2, Washington 1
Atlanta 12, Colorado 4
Cincinnati 5, Philadelphia 1
Houston 6, Milwaukee 4
St. Louis 2, Chicago Cubs 1
San Diego 2, San Francisco 1
L.A. Dodgers 2, N.Y. Mets 1

In the American League...

N.Y. Yankees 11, Baltimore 4
Detroit 5, Texas 3
Oakland 7, Tampa Bay 6
Boston 8, Toronto 3
Cleveland 6, Kansas City 5
Chicago White Sox 7, Minnesota 4
Seattle 1, L.A. Angels 0

LeBron James torched Orlando for 49 points last night but the Magic still took Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals by nipping the Cavaliers 107-106 in Cleveland. Dwight Howard finished with 30 points and Rashard Lewis added 22, including the go-ahead three-pointer with 14.7 seconds left. Hedo Turklogu provided 15 points and 14 assists for the Magic, who trailed 63-48 at halftime.

The Denver Nuggets will host the Los Angeles Lakers in Game 4 of the Western Conference finals Monday as scheduled after winning a booking war with World Wrestling Entertainment. Both the game and WWE's "Monday Night Raw" had been scheduled for the same night at the Pepsi Center. WWE has agreed to move its event to the Staples Center in Los Angeles, ending several days of contentious negotiations with the Nuggets.

NHL Playoffs resume tonight after having Wednesday off. Carolina will be at Pittsburgh where the puck drops at 7:30p.m. 4:30 local time for the fans on the West Coast. The Penguins lead series 1 game to none.

Suspended NFL quarterback Michael Vick has left a federal penitentiary in Leavenworth, Kan., after serving most of a 23-month sentence for involvement in a dogfighting ring. NFL commissioner Roger Goodell reiterated that no reinstatement talks will commence until Vick completes all of his sentence. Vick is scheduled to serve home confinement in Virginia until July 20.

Two-time Masters champion Phil Mickelson is leaving the PGA Tour indefinitely while his wife, Amy, battles breast cancer. Mickelson's management company says Amy Mickelson will begin treatment with major surgery as early as the next two weeks. Mickelson was to play the Byron Nelson Championship this week, and defend his title next week at Colonial.

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

BORN AGAIN AMERICAN

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MESSY WOMEN MAKE MORE MONEY AT WORK:


Lemondrop.com reported on a recent study that found messy women actually make more money at work than their neater counterparts. The average unmarried woman spends 67 minutes per day doing housework, while married women spend an average of 97. 85 percent of the women who spent more than the average time doing housework made less money. In fact, for about every extra hour of work, their salaries decreased by 24 cents per hour.

WHAT KIND OF DRIVER ARE YOU?


(Sun) Do you prefer to quickly arrive at your destination or choose a meandering route? Would you rather be the passenger instead of the driver? Studies show that how you answer those and other similar questions determines how to make every drive a safe one. See what kind of driver you are:

  • I find even routine drives are fun, tend to drive fast, have no patience with slow pokes and appreciate colorful scenery. - You're an energetic person who's always revved up for an adventure. But you're a lead foot behind the wheel, rushing to your destination while grousing at slower drivers. Leave a few minutes early and listen to soothing music. You'll arrive on time and relaxed.
  • I enjoy people admiring my car, would rather do other things than drive, like fancy, hi-tech vehicles and think I'm a safe driver. - You buy fashionable cars that provide plenty of comfort. Hanging out in the middle lane away from both fast and slow drivers will work to your advantage. Add some fun to the driving experience by decorating your vehicle with jazzy floor mats or colorful decals.
  • I have a big vehicle, prefer to be the one driving, often complain about the price of gas and think my car is like a living room. - As in most aspects of your life, you're totally in command behind the wheel and dislike backseat critics. Avoid driving too close to other drivers tailgating is the leading cause of crashes. Stay off major highways when possible. The scenery is always better.
  • I value gas mileage over style, keep the car spotlessly clean, always signal my turns and never tailgate the guy in front of me. - You're a practical person who thrives on keeping your environment organized and predictable. Store plenty of maps because you're relaxed when you know the exact route. Keep a supply of cleaning tools in the trunk to maintain the fastidious interior.
  • I'd rather ride than drive, think I'm not such a good driver, have absolutely no vanity about my car and rarely take it to a carwash. - You're a warmhearted person who'd rather serve soup in your homey kitchen than run the roads in a flashy ride. When you must drive, choose routes with less traffic. Join an automobile club like AAA to take the worry out of roadside breakdowns.

DID YOU KNOW?

(Netscape) Little white lies are tossed our way daily. The friend who says the gift is in the mail, the neighbor who says they love your new fence, the sales clerk who claims his store is offering big savings on everything in stock. But how good are you at spotting the ones that really matter? Try these tips from the experts:

  • Hear the voices -- Listen to the pitch.
  • Watch those words -- What about written material? Liars tend to use fewer first person pronouns.
  • Look past shifty eyes to body language -- The eyes can tell a lot, but it's also vital to consider the context of the behavior.
  • Get better at body language -- No single part of the body will tell you the whole story.
  • Check for emotional leaks -- It isn't the frequency of a smile that matters, but the type of smile.

The worst kind of co-worker is a prima donna, someone who feels he or she is entitled to undeserved preferential treatment. You know, the person who is likely to take credit for good outcomes, but blame others when things go wrong. Prima donnas are not only less happy in their jobs, but also are apt to cause conflict in the workplace, especially with their supervisors, according to researchers at the University of New Hampshire and Florida State University. And younger workers, specifically "Generation Y" employees, who were born between the late 1970s and 2000, are more apt to be prima donnas. Why? Managers report that employees in this age group often have unrealistic expectations and a strong resistance toward accepting criticism.

A broken heart can really break your heart. That's the finding of a study showing women in rocky relationships are more likely to suffer from depression, which can trigger metabolic syndrome leading to heart disease, stroke and diabetes. A study of couples wed at least 20 years found that women in bad marriages were more likely to suffer ill health than those in happy unions, according to University of Utah researchers. Meanwhile, men were not affected nearly as much. Men with relationship troubles had only a slightly increased chance of depression metabolic syndrome. (National Examiner)

Some light haired ladies are literally dye-ing to keep their jobs, and they're not dumb blondes, either they know they'll be lookedAdd Image upon as smarter and more efficient with brown hair. With layoffs all over and jobs hard to come by, experts estimate 1 in 3 female employees with light hair are following the lead of actress Scarlett Johansson and singer Fergie by taking a ride on the darker side. A new study backs them up, too. Researchers say 62 percent of people think brunettes look more professional in the workplace triggering a great number of blondes to try to stain to make a gain on the job. "It's incredible how changing your hair color can alter people's perception of you," explains expert Dan Hadley. In the study, 38 percent of blondes feel their hair color has held them back in their careers. And 38 percent of blondes who've dyed their hair believe they are being taken more seriously by their boss. (National Examiner)

KFLAG COUNTRY MUSIC UP DATE

Sugarland leads the list of nominees at next month's CMT Music Awards, it was announced yesterday (Tuesday, May 19th) during the cable network's Nominee Special hosted by Kellie Pickler and Lance Smith. Sugarland received five nominations, including Video of the Year for "All I Want To Do," Duo Video for "All I Want To Do" and "Already Gone," Collaborative Video for "Life In A Northern Town" with Little Big Town and Jake Owen, and CMT Performance of the Year for that same song as performed on last year's CMT Music Awards.

Sugarland's Jennifer Nettles has said that videos are a necessary and impactful tool for the overall success of an artist these days. "Powerful! I mean, it in and of itself is another art form when you think about the way that MTV changed the music scene on the whole and changed the rock & roll scene, CMT does the same thing. It allows the viewer a different concept of what the song is. It allows the fan a different idea of what the song is or possibly reinforce how they already interpret it. It's a powerful medium."

The fan-voted CMT Music Awards will air live from Nashville on June 16th at 8 p.m. ET.

More than 2.5 million fan votes were cast to determine the final nominees for the 2009 CMT Music Awards.

The complete list of final nominees is as follows:

VIDEO OF THE YEAR

Trace Adkins - "You're Gonna Miss This" (Director: Peter Zavadil)
Kenny Chesney featuring The Wailers - "Everybody Wants To Go To Heaven" (Director: Shaun Silva)
Toby Keith - "God Love Her" (Director: Michael Salomon)
Kid Rock - "All Summer Long" (Director: Deaton Flanigen)
Lady Antebellum - "Lookin' For A Good Time" (Director: Chris Hicky)
Brad Paisley - "Waitin' On A Woman" (Directors: Jim Shea & Peter Tilden)
Rascal Flatts - "Every Day" (Director: Deaton Flanigen)
Sugarland - "All I Want To Do" (Director: Shaun Silva)
Taylor Swift - "Love Story" (Director: Trey Fanjoy)
Carrie Underwood - "Just A Dream" (Director: Roman White)

MALE VIDEO OF THE YEAR

Trace Adkins - "You're Gonna Miss This"
Toby Keith - "God Love Her"
Brad Paisley - "Waitin' On A Woman"
Keith Urban - "Sweet Thing"

FEMALE VIDEO OF THE YEAR

Miranda Lambert - "More Like Her"
Martina McBride - "Ride"
Kellie Pickler - "Don't You Know You're Beautiful"
Taylor Swift - "Love Story"

GROUP VIDEO OF THE YEAR

Lady Antebellum - "Lookin' For A Good Time"
Rascal Flatts - "Bob That Head"
Rascal Flatts - "Every Day"
Zac Brown Band "Chicken Fried"

DUO VIDEO OF THE YEAR

Brooks & Dunn - "Put A Girl In It"
Montgomery Gentry - "Roll With Me"
Sugarland - "All I Want To Do"
Sugarland - "Already Gone"

USA WEEKEND BREAKTHROUGH VIDEO OF THE YEAR

Julianne Hough - "That Song In My Head"
Jamey Johnson - "In Color"
Lady Antebellum - "Lookin' For A Good Time"
Zac Brown Band - "Chicken Fried"

COLLABORATIVE VIDEO OF THE YEAR

Brooks & Dunn featuring Reba McEntire - "Cowgirls Don't Cry"
Kenny Chesney featuring The Wailers - "Everybody Wants To Go To Heaven"
Brad Paisley with Keith Urban - "Start A Band"
Sugarland featuring Little Big Town and Jake Owen - "Life In A Northern Town"

CMT PERFORMANCE OF THE YEAR

Alan Jackson featuring Dierks Bentley, Brad Paisley and George Strait - "Country Boy" from CMT Giants: Alan Jackson
Robert Plant and Alison Krauss - "Gone Gone Gone (Done Moved On)" from CMT Crossroads: Robert Plant And Alison Krauss
Sugarland featuring Little Big Town and Jake Owen - "Life In A Northern Town" from the 2008 CMT Music Awards
Def Leppard and Taylor Swift - "Photograph" from CMT Crossroads: Def Leppard And Taylor Swift

WIDE OPEN COUNTRY VIDEO OF THE YEAR

Def Leppard and Taylor Swift - "Photograph"
Kid Rock - "All Summer Long"
Robert Plant and Alison Krauss - "Please Read The Letter"
Rehab featuring Hank Williams, Jr. - "Bartender Song"

VIDEO DIRECTOR OF THE YEAR

Deaton Flanigen (award eligible videos include: Kid Rock's "All Summer Long" and Rascal Flatts' "Every Day")
Trey Fanjoy (award eligible videos include: Taylor Swift's "Love Story" and George Strait's "Troubador")
Roman White (award eligible videos include: Carrie Underwood's "Just a Dream" and Reba McEntire's "Every Other Weekend")
Peter Zavadil (award eligible videos include: Trace Adkins' "You're Gonna Miss This" and Joey + Rory's "Cheater Cheater")

  • The CMT Music Awards will include performances by Sugarland, Trace Adkins, Jason Aldean, Dierks Bentley, Toby Keith, Brad Paisley, Rascal Flatts, Taylor Swift, Keith Urban and Def Leppard, who are up for two CMT Music Awards.
  • The rockers are included in the Performance and Wide Open Country Video of the Year categories for their CMT Crossroads collaboration with Taylor Swift on "Photograph."
  • Def Leppard's Joe Elliott told us the idea of cross-format collaborations is a natural progression."It's great! It's brilliant! Once you've established yourself as an artist you need to stretch, and part of stretching is going in places that other people don't think you should. It's like the fence that says, 'Do not climb over' -- you have to look to see why not. It's curiousity. It's a lot of fun."
  • Fans can now vote online at CMT.com through June 15th to determine the night's winners.
  • The final nominees for Video of the Year will be announced at the beginning of the live show and fans can vote at CMT.com and via text on their Verizon Wireless phones throughout the live broadcast (ET/CT only) to determine the night's big winner.

The Nashville home of LeAnn Rimes and her husband, Dean Sheremet, is up for sale. The couple are asking $7.45 million dollars for the property, which they built just last year and features six bedrooms, seven-and-a-half bathrooms and exercise and media rooms.

A friend of Rimes and Sheremet tells People that their decision to sell has nothing to do with the state of their marriage, but rather Rimes' need to spend more time in Los Angeles and New York due to TV, movie and theater opportunities.

Rimes' marriage has reportedly been on the rocks since she was busted having an alleged affair with her Lifetime movie co-star, Eddie Cibrian, who is also married and has two children.

  • The friend told People, "(LeAnn and Dean) are still having challenges and trying to work through them. They're working on their marriage."
  • On Sunday (May 17th), Rimes was spotted chatting with Cibrian at a Los Angeles Lakers basketball game. The two allegedly ran into one another unexpectedly at the event

Kellie Pickler will return to The Ellen DeGeneres Show today (Wednesday, May 20th) to tape a performance of her current hit, "Best Days Of Your Life." She co-wrote the song with her current tourmate and friend, Taylor Swift, while the two were on tour with Brad Paisley two years ago. The show will air on June 5th.
  • Pickler said, "It's always so much fun being on Ellen's show and they do such a great job showcasing music. I've always wanted to go skydiving and my birthday is coming so I'm going to ask Ellen to go skydiving with me! We can Twitter about it while we're plummeting towards the ground."
  • The Swift-headlined Fearless tour plays a sold out show at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Friday (May 22nd).

SIDE NOTES

  • Pickler is featured in the new issue of Newsweek, as well as a two-page spread in the People Country Special issue.
  • Pickler was nominated for Female Video of the Year for "Don't You Know You're Beautiful" at next month's CMT Music Awards. Winners will be announced on June 16th.



Actress Jennifer Love Hewitt will reportedly expand her repertoire into the country music arena. Her boyfriend, Jamie Kennedy, told People.com that Hewitt has been writing some country songs and he wants her to demo them. He said, "I really want to make her a new demo for her music, because I think she should do singing again. She's so good."

Hewitt presented an award at the Academy of Country Music Awards in April. She told reporters backstage that a country album was a possibility. "Yeah, I've thought about it cause I'm from Texas. I have no idea, but maybe one day."

  • Hewitt is a big pop star in Japan where she has previously released four albums.
  • Her last pop album, Barenaked, was released in 2002.
A first-ever Guitars of the Stars Benefit Auction to benefit the Opry Trust Fund will be held on June 12th at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville during CMA Music Festival. Fans will be able to bid on Epiphone acoustic guitars decorated by some of country music's hottest stars, including Dolly Parton, Carrie Underwood, Keith Urban, Dierks Bentley, Charlie Daniels, Vince Gill, Jamey Johnson, Miranda Lambert, Craig Morgan, Kellie Pickler, and Sugarland.
  • All proceeds will benefit the Opry Trust Fund, which has assisted members of the country music community in need of help with medical bills, living expenses, utilities, rent, and food for more than 40 years.

ON THE TUBE

GAC NIGHTS/GAC 12:00PM (ET)
Eli Young Band

GAC NIGHTS/GAC 8:00PM (ET)
Darius Rucker

AMERICAN IDOL/FOX 8:00PM (ET)
Keith Urban

BACKSTORY: DARIUS RUCKER/GAC 9:00PM (ET)

OPRY LIVE/GAC 10:00PM (ET)
Josh Turner, Wynonna

LATE NIGHT WITH JIMMY FALLON/NBC 12:35AM (ET)
Dierks Bentley

Celebrity Gossip

RACHEL BILSON'S HOUSE BURGLARIZED: Rachel Bilson's Los Angeles home was recently burglarized. A friend of the actress told People magazine that she is "shaken," adding, "She feels violated." The magazine reported that the crime occurred while Bilson and fiance Hayden Christiansen were in Canada, and was discovered by her mother when she stopped by the house. Bilson's friend said, "They stole all her designer labels -- shoes, clothes, bags ... She collected a lot of vintage shoes -- she's a size 5 -- and they took them all. All her jewelry, including some handed down to her by her grandmother." There was no obvious sign of forced entry but police are investigating the incident.

PARIS HILTON PROMOTION LAWSUIT GOING TO TRIAL: A Miami judge refused to dismiss a lawsuit that claims Paris Hilton didn't fulfill her promotional obligations for the 2006 movie, Pledge This!. A trial is set to begin on June 8th, which will explore whether Hilton was too busy or purposely decided not to promote the movie and whether or not promotion would have made a difference in the film's success. The court-appointed receiver for a now-defunct Miami entertainment company responsible for the movie says that Hilton's lack of action cost investors $8.3 million.

MOTHER OF GIBSON MISTRESS WON'T CONFIRM PREGNANCY: A day after it was reported that Mel Gibson's mistress is carrying his child, the woman's mother told People magazine, "I can't say anything. Wait for the official statement from them." Lyudmila Chernukha also lashed out at reports that her daughter Oksana Grigorieva broke up the actor's 28-year marriage, saying, "He split up with his wife three years ago, so to suggest that she has broken up their marriage is rubbish. He was no longer with his wife so he was bound to meet some woman at some point, it just happened to be Oksana."

MARISKA HARGITAY REVEALS ROOT OF HEALTH PROBLEMS: Mariska Hargitay's recent health problems are the result of a Law & Order: SVU stunt gone bad. On Monday (May 18th), the actress revealed to People magazine that she fell wrong while doing a stunt and subsequently collapsed her lung. The actress underwent surgery in January for the condition but was hospitalized two months later, for what her rep called "routine tests." As for now, Hargitay says she's "100 percent."

KATE HUDSON DATING ALEX RODRIGUEZ? Celebrity daters Kate Hudson and Alex Rodriguez have reportedly hooked up with each other. Sources tell the New York Post that a staffer in a New York restaurant asked patrons over the weekend "not to go in the back room around 1 a.m. because A-Rod and Kate Hudson were back there making out." A server could not confirm the lip lock, but did say the pair was there together. Rodriguez had a high-profile relationship with Madonna while Hudson has been linked with Owen Wilson, Dax Shepard and Lance Armstrong.

ANGELINA JOLIE WATCHES WARLORD TRIAL: Angelina Jolie appeared at the International Criminal Court in the Netherlands on Tuesday (May 19th) to watch the trial of a Congolese warlord charged with using child soldiers. The Associated Press reports that the actress and humanitarian called the case a "landmark trial for children." She is quoted as saying, "After watching the proceedings from the viewing booth, I stood up and found Thomas Lubanga Dyilo looking at me. I imagined how difficult it must be for all the brave young children who have come to testify against him." The visit marked Jolie's second to the permanent war crimes tribunal in the past two years.

SIENNA MILLER DATING JOSH HARNETT? Sienna Miller's relationship with Balthazar Getty is officially over, according to London's Daily Mirror -- which claims the actress may now be embarking on a relationship with Josh Harnett. A source told the tabloid that Miller nursed the actor back to health after he was hospitalized with stomach pains earlier this year. The insider said, "Josh and Sienna have a unique bond. They understand each other and I wouldn't be surprised if a relationship blossomed."

K-FLAG SPORTS

The NHL and Phoenix Coyotes owner Jerry Moyes must submit to mediation in an attempt to resolve their fight over who is in control of a franchise that both sides agree is insolvent. That ruling came from bankruptcy Judge Redfield Baum yesterday. Baum made the ruling after hearing arguments from attorneys on both sides in U.S. bankruptcy court over the NHL's contention that Moyes had no authority to file Chapter 11 bankruptcy earlier this month.

Mikael Samuelsson's goal at 5:14 of overtime boosted the Detroit Red Wings past the Chicago Blackhawks 3-2 last night. That gives the defending Stanley Cup champion Red Wings a 2-0 lead in the Western Conference finals heading into Game 3 in Chicago Friday night.

Kobe Bryant scored 18 of his game-high 40 points in the fourth quarter and the Los Angeles Lakers held off upset-minded Denver 105-103 to win the opener of the NBA Western Conference finals. Carmelo Anthony nearly matched Bryant as the Nuggets star hit for 39 points.

The Cleveland Cavaliers take a 43-and-2 home record into tonight's Eastern Conference finals opener against Orlando. The Cavaliers are the first team since the 2005 Miami Heat to open the playoffs with eight straight victories.

The Arizona Diamondbacks have their second straight win after beating the Florida Marlins 5-3 last night. Mark Reynolds hit a homer of a five-run seventh, and Jon Garland pitched six strong innings for the D-Backs. Hanley Ramirez homered for Florida, which has lost seven of eight and 13 of 17.

In other National League action yesterday...

Pittsburgh 8, Washington 5, 10 innings
Philadelphia 4, Cincinnati 3
Atlanta 8, Colorado 1
Milwaukee 4, Houston 2
St. Louis 3, Chicago Cubs 0
San Diego 2, San Francisco 1
L.A. Dodgers 5, N.Y. Mets 3

In the American League...

Detroit 4, Texas 0
N.Y. Yankees 9, Baltimore 1
Oakland 4, Tampa Bay 1, 11 innings
Boston 2, Toronto 1
Kansas City 6, Cleveland 5
Chicago White Sox 6, Minnesota 2
L.A. Angels 6, Seattle 5

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

SIGNS YOU HAVE A CHEATING WIFE (AskMen.com)



  • She's no longer as needy: If she was never able to go shopping, exercise or cross the street alone, and she suddenly doesn't need your company, it may mean that someone else is filling your shoes. It's possible that she just needs time to herself, but if she's unusually independent when she used to be overly needy, it may signal that she's just no longer as needy . . . of you.
  • She no longer gets angry: She used to get angry if you didn't want to meet her for lunch or come out with her and her friends, but now everything you do is all right by her. Once upon a time, your every move had to be premeditated, but now all the small things you used to mess up aren't enraging her. This could be a good thing, but it should make you wonder why she no longer cares.
  • She's being secretive: She's no longer sharing her daily events with you, and in order to find out what she's doing, you'd have to hack into her BlackBerry because she's not volunteering any information regarding the goings-on in her life.
  • She places the focus on you: When you do ask her questions, she turns the tables on you. The former chatterbox's batteries have run out, and when you ask her how her night was, mum's the only word. It's now all about you, you, you, rather than "I did this" and "I went here last night."
  • She showers you with pleasure: Now that it's all about you, your girlfriend is always complimenting you, asking you to go out, giving you "I love you" cards for no reason whatsoever, and even offering to wash your car and watch the boxing match with you. While these gestures are more than sweet, it's this kind of overcompensating behavior that can make one suspic

ARE YOU A SMART SPENDER?


SMART SPENDER

(Sun) Are you a spendthrift, a penny pincher or somewhere in between? Experts say the way you handle money reveals much about your true personality:

When you receive your bank statement, you:

  1. Toss it in a drawer unopened.
  2. Use it to balance your checkbook.
  3. Relax if the statement is close to the balance in your checkbook.

As far as saving money is concerned, you:

  1. Prefer to spend now and worry about saving later.
  2. Tuck some away form every paycheck.
  3. Try to put some in the bank when possible.

You handle your credit card bills by:

  1. Sending in the minimum each month.
  2. Paying the full amount that's due.
  3. Covering as much of the balance as possible.

Spending money:

  1. Lifts your spirits.
  2. Sometimes makes you uncomfortable.
  3. Doesn't make you feel one way or the other.

Analysis:

Mostly "a" - You blithely ignore your debt as you head out to the mall for another shopping spree. It's time to put he brakes on your out of control spending and start following a budget that keeps you within your means.

Mostly "b" - Friends and family may think you're a tightwad, but you breathe easier when you stash your cash for a rainy day. Just remember it's OK to enjoy some of your hard earned cash occasionally.

Mostly "c" - You manage to keep your debts low, but don't mind spending money on small indulgences. You're especially generous with others, so make sure your unplanned spending doesn't happen too often.

TOP FIVE THINGS TO DO ON THE FIRST DAY OF YOUR BOSS'S VACATION


  1. Best imitation of the boss wins everything in the supply room contest.
  2. Lock-jimmying contest, immediately followed by a charity raffle of executive office furniture.
  3. The battle begins for the coveted "Solitaire, Minesweeper, Tetris" Triple Crown.
  4. Staple that dweeb from accounting to the wall.
  5. Take pictures of the boss's favorite coffee cup in the toilet. Save for resignation day.

THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW

  • Former Tampa Bay coach Jon Gruden is replacing Tony Kornheiser on ESPN's "Monday Night Football" after Kornheiser cited a fear of flying in his decision to leave after three years.
  • In England, Elizabeth Adeney is getting ready to enter the record books as the world's oldest mom at age 66.
  • Scientists now say that sugar causes wrinkles.
  • NBC has renewed the nerd-spy comedy Chuck for 13 more episodes next fall.
  • ABC has renewed "Better off Ted" (a personal favorite) and announced that Kelsey Grammar, Patricia Heaton and Courtney Cox are each getting new comedies of their own.
  • Tonight, Carrie Underwood guest stars on "American Idol." Tomorrow night, when the winner is announced, Lionel Richie, Carlos Santana, Cyndi Lauper, Queen Latifah, Black Eyed Peas and Keith Urban will all provide live performances.
  • Woody Allen agreed Monday to a $5 million settlement in his lawsuit accusing a trendy clothing company of using an image parodying him as a rabbi without his permission.
  • Meanwhile, Lady Gaga will be performing on "Dancing with the Stars" tonight.
  • Sarah Palin's daughter, Bristol, received her high school diploma over the weekend.
  • Wayman Tisdale -- who played college hoops at Oklahoma, 12 seasons in the NBA and later became a top jazz musician, has died after a two-year battle with cancer. He was 44.
  • Amy Poehler was a special guest star on the "Saturday Night Live" season finale over the weekend. It was also the final "It's Saturday night... " for Don Pardo, who has been the voice of the show since it came on the air in 1975.
  • Jimmy Fallon is doing everything he can to reassemble the cast of "Saved by the bell." I don't know why.
  • Jamie Foxx starring in the life story of Frank Sinata? Huh?

TOP 12 RESUME DISASTERS


You've thought long and hard about how to make your resume stand out, but perhaps you've gone too far. A recent survey conducted by Harris Interactive asked hiring managers to share the most unusual resumes they've seen. According to a CareerBuilder.com survey, here are the top 12 resume disasters:

  1. Candidate mentioned in his resume that he spent summers on his family's yacht in Grand Cayman.
  2. Candidate attached a letter from his mother.
  3. Candidate used pale blue paper with teddy bears around the border.
  4. Candidate explained a gap in employment by saying he was getting over the death of his cat for three months.
  5. Candidate specified that his availability was limited because Friday, Saturday and Sunday were "drinking time."
  6. Candidate included a picture of herself in a cheerleading uniform.
  7. Candidate drew a picture of a car on the outside of the envelope and said it was the hiring manager's gift.
  8. Candidate's hobbies included sitting on a levee at night watching alligators.
  9. Candidate included the fact that her sister once won a strawberry-eating contest.
  10. Candidate explained that they worked well in the nude.
  11. Candidate explained an arrest by stating, "We stole a pig, but it was a really small pig."
  12. Candidate included a family medical history.

Okay you people who hire for companies. What's the strangest thing you've seen on a resume? EMAIL ME, jessi@kflg947.com

acebook, spend less time studying and get lower grades


College students who use the social networking site, Facebook, spend less time studying and get lower grades, according to an Ohio State University Study. Facebook fans in the study had GPAs between 3.0 and 3.5, while non users had GPAs between 3.5 and 4.0. In addition, users said they averaged only one to five hours a week studying, while non users studied 11 to 15 hours per week. Researchers say that even without Facebook, some students would find ways to avoid hitting the books, but study co-author Aryn Karpinski concluded: "I think Facebook is a huge distraction." (National Enquirer)

Here's the top 10 hottest U.S. vacation destinations:


Despite reduced vacation budgets, many families still intend to travel this summer, and Travelocity has identified 10 U.S. destinations that will be more popular this summer than last summer. Here's the top 10 hottest U.S. vacation destinations:

  1. Minneapolis-St. Paul
  2. Salt Lake City
  3. San Francisco
  4. Las Vegas
  5. Seattle
  6. Chicago
  7. Washington, DC
  8. Portland, Oregon
  9. San Diego
  10. Boston

K-FLAG SPORTS

The Arizona Diamondbacks went more than two years without a road rainout. Now they have had two in as many days. The Florida Marlins had a 1-0 lead over the Diamondbacks in the top of the fourth inning last night when the game was postponed after a rain delay of 1 hour, 36 minutes. The game will made up as part of a doubleheader on Wednesday.

In National League baseball action yesterday...

Pittsburgh 12 Washington 7
Colorado 5 Atlanta 1
Milwaukee 8 St. Louis 4
L.A. Dodgers 3 N-Y Mets 2, 11 Innings

In the American League...

Toronto 3 Chi White Sox 2
N-Y Yankees 7 Minnesota 6
Tampa Bay 13 Oakland 4
L.A. Angels 10 Seattle 6

The Fox Network has announced that most World Series and ALCS games will have an earlier start on Fox this year. Weeknight games on Fox will begin at 7:57 p.m. EDT, the start of Saturday night games could be even earlier, but Sunday games will continue to begin following the conclusion of the network's NFL coverage. No announcement was made about the NL division over championship series, which are televised by TBS.

Miroslav Satan and Philippe Boucher scored their first goals of the postseason to help the Pittsburgh Penguins beat Carolina 3-2 in Game 1 of the NHL's Eastern Conference finals. Satan and Evgeni Malkin scored 1:24 apart to put the Penguins ahead 2-0 midway through the first period. Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 23 shots for the Pens, who host Game 2 on Thursday.

The NHL goes to U.S. Bankruptcy Court this afternoon to try to block the sale of the Phoenix Coyotes to a Canadian businessman who would move the team to southern Ontario. Coyotes owner Jerry Moyes filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy on May 5th detailing a plan to sell the team on the condition that it be moved to Hamilton, Ontario. The NHL contends that it took control of the Coyotes in November and that Moyes had no authority to file for bankruptcy or sell the team.

A spokeswoman for Hall of Fame goaltender Patrick Roy is denying a report that he's been offered the Colorado Avalanche's coaching job. The Denver Post reported Monday that Roy had been offered Tony Granato's job as coach and was mulling the offer. The Avalanche declined comment on the report, which cited anonymous league sources.

The Arizona Cardinals have agreed to a contract with rookie free agent wide receiver Edward Gant. Gant played at North Alabama, where he caught 45 passes for 865 yards and 14 touchdowns in two seasons after transferring from Southwest Mississippi Community College. Terms of the deal weren't disclosed.

Philadelphia Eagles defensive coordinator Jim Johnson has taken an indefinite leave of absence while he continues treatment for a cancerous tumor on his spine. The 67-year-old complained of back pain in early January and coached two playoff games from the press box. An MRI after the playoff win against the Giants Jan. 11 alerted doctors that something might be wrong.

KFLAG COUNTRY MUSIC UP DATE


Kenny Chesney's Greatest Hits II hits retail outlets today (Tuesday, May 19th). The 15-song collection comes at a time when Chesney feels it's important to mark this chapter in his career, he tells us: "It is good to know that you're not releasing a greatest hits album because you have to. This is a legitimate wanting to release a greatest hits, and we didn't really know the correct time to do it, but I felt like this was as good a time as any, especially after coming off the Lucky Old Sun album. I felt like that in my career that we've had so much success since the No Shoes album, and I felt like that we've released a lot of different kinds of songs and we've been on the road all this time, and I just wanted to capture it. I wanted to capture this time."

Chesney says the compilation represents a pivotal period in his career. "I felt like now was the perfect time to try to start building that bridge to see where the music takes me from here, and I'm excited about that, and I'm excited about the songs that are on it. I think that the songs that are on it takes people on a different ride, I think every one of them, and I hope that the memories that I have for these songs, which are mostly good, that the fans out there feel the same way. I'm glad that we're able to put all these things together and kind of show it as a second chapter to my life, as far as music is concerned anyway."

  • Chesney will perform his current single, "Out Last Night," which is featured on Greatest Hits II, on The Late Show With David Letterman tonight.
  • His first Greatest Hits was released in 2000.

SIDE NOTES

  • Chesney returned to Dallas on Sunday (May 17th) night to make up for his May 3rd show there at Pizza Hut Park which was cut short due to bad weather.
  • Prior to the show, Chesney spotted some tailgaters in the parking lot who were pulling a hot tub on a trailer. He said, "When I saw that, I headed to the bus, iced up a case of Corona and took it out... When I got there, they were having such a good time, I grabbed a beer and climbed in the hot tub with em."
  • His next Sun City Carnival show will be on Thursday (May 21st) in Greenville, South Carolina.

Montgomery Gentry has partnered with Cracker Barrel to release a new CD to benefit the Wounded Warrior Project. For Our Heroes is a 12-song CD featuring such familiar hits as "Something To Be Proud Of" and "My Town," as well as an exclusive new song, called "One Of Those Days."

A portion of the proceeds from the sale of each copy of For Our Heroes will be donated to the Wounded Warrior Project, whose mission is to honor and empower wounded warriors.

  • For Our Heroes will be available exclusively at Cracker Barrel beginning May 25th, but crackerbarrel.com is currently accepting pre-orders. From now through May 31st, Cracker Barrel will double the donation to Wounded Warrior Project for every CD that is sold.
  • Eddie Montgomery and Troy Gentry said, "We think it's important to support the soldiers, the men and women who fight for us every day so that we can live in the freedom of this great country, the United States of America."

SIDE NOTE

  • Montgomery Gentry are performing on Kenny Chesney's Sun City Carnival stadium shows. Their next one is on May 30th at Papa John's Stadium in the duo's hometown of Louisville, Kentucky.


The Zac Brown Band spent some time with Kid Rock on Sunday (May 17th) while in Detroit to perform at the city's annual Downtown Hoedown. After their set, during which the rocker joined them on stage for a rendition of his own hit, "All Summer Long," the group loaded up and headed to Kid Rock's nearby home, as Zac Brown tells us:"It was awesome, man. We recorded a new song last night in the studio (with a) full band. We woke the drummer up. We woke everybody up that was sleeping on the bus and made 'em come in and play, and we recorded top to bottom a new tune."

Brown says Kid Rock will be getting some due credit on their next album for helping them get the new song, called "Colder Weather," in the can. "He helped us to do it. We were using all his stuff, and he helped us to get everything done, and we were at his place, so, yeah, he'll absolutely have production credit on it."

  • The Zac Brown Band are enjoying success with their second hit, "Whatever It Is."
  • Their debut country single, "Chicken Fried," topped the country charts in December of last year.
Julianne Hough fans can breathe a sigh of relief -- she will return as a castmate on Dancing With The Stars, but just not next season. Hough recently said she was not returning to the hit ABC show, but she wants to clarify that her leave of absence is only for one season.

She told People magazine, "I am appreciative to be taking this coming season of Dancing with the Stars off to focus on my other career paths like touring in support of my album and recording my next one. I look forward to returning to DWTS in early 2010."

  • Hough has gotten the show's blessing to take a hiatus. Dancing executive producer Conrad Green told People, "It doesn't damage the show to have her pursue her music. What's lovely is she's committed to the show and she wanted to get that message out there that she'll be back."
  • Hough is currently on tour with George Strait. They perform in Cincinnati on Friday (May 22nd).
Fans attending this year's CMA Music Festival won't be disappointed about the caliber of entertainers they'll get to rub elbows with. For the first time in 13 years, Reba McEntire will be among the artists meeting their fans and signing autographs in the Greased Lightning Fan Fair Hall at the Nashville Convention Center. Other superstars ready to meet and greet their fans include Carrie Underwood, Taylor Swift, Julianne Hough, Montgomery Gentry, LeAnn Rimes, Gretchen Wilson, Wynonna, Jason Michael Carroll, Jake Owen, Blake Shelton, Jimmy Wayne and Chuck Wicks.
  • The CMA Music Festival takes place from June 11th-14th in downtown Nashville.
CMT will be interrupt their regularly scheduled programming to present the final nominees for the 2009 CMT Music Awards with their Nominee Special this morning(Tuesday, May 19th). The thirty-minute special will be co-hosted by Kellie Pickler and CMT personality Lance Smith beginning at 10 a.m. ET. The CMT Music Awards Nominee Special will be simulcast on cmt.com.
  • This year's awards show will be held at Nashville's Sommet Center on June 16th. It will air live on CMT beginning at 8 p.m. ET.
  • The night's performers include Toby Keith, Brad Paisley, Rascal Flatts, Sugarland, Taylor Swift, Keith Urban and Def Leppard.
  • Beginning today, fans can begin voting for the winners via CMT.com until June 15th.

ON THE TUBE


THE BONNIE HUNT SHOW/SYN (check local listings)
Jewel

2009 CMT MUSIC AWARDS NOMINEE SPECIAL/CMT 10:00AM (ET)
Kellie Pickler

PEOPLE COUNTRY ON CMT/CMT 10:30AM (ET)
Kellie Pickler, Paula Deen

40 SEXIEST MUSIC VIDEOS/CMT 12:00PM (ET)
Keith Urban, Kenny Chesney, Dierks Bentley, Shania Twain, Faith Hill

PURE COUNTRY/CMT 9:00PM, 11:00PM (ET)
George Strait

THE LATE SHOW WITH DAVID LETTERMAN/CBS 11:35PM (ET)
Kenny Chesney

Celebrity Gossip

BRADLEY COPPER DENIES JENNIFER ANISTON ROMANCE REPORTS: Bradley Cooper says that rumors of him hooking up with Jennifer Aniston are "hilarious." The actor told Usmagazine.com, "Phenomenal. I met her three times in my life." He added that his mother "loved" the possibility but, he reiterated, "it's not true."

ALEC BALDWIN ANGERS FILIPINO SENATOR: A senator in the Philippines is livid over Alec Baldwin's recent quip on The Late Show about considering getting a Filipino mail-order bride. Sen. Ramon Revilla said on Monday (May 18th) that Baldwin's comment was "insensitive and uncalled for" adding that the actor faces violence if he ever visits the country. Revilla said that Baldwin was "arrogant" and threatened, "Let him try to come here in the Philippines and he'll see mayhem."

PENELOPE CRUZ SUFFERING FROM FOOD POISONING IN CANNES: Penelope Cruz is suffering from food poisoning. The actress, who is in Cannes for the annual film festival, was too sick to present the trailer for her upcoming film, Nine. Nine producer Harvey Weinstein addressed Cruz's health on Monday (May 18th), saying, "She is getting better and is seeing a doctor right now." He added that she is expected to have recovered by Tuesday (May 19th), for the premiere of her movie, Broken Embraces.

SETTLEMENT REACHED IN 'PASSION OF THE CHRIST' LAWSUIT: A settlement has been reached in a lawsuit against Mel Gibson over the Passion of the Christ. The Associated Press reported that papers filed in a Los Angeles court last week revealed that a settlement had been reached and the parties asked to cancel a trial set for next month. Writer Benedict Fitzgerald sued the actor and film companies associated with the project last year, claiming that the defendants had understated the movie's budget -- lowering his own payments. The details of the settlement were not revealed.

Monday, May 18, 2009

CHECK IT OUT

MOMS TURN TO DRINKING, DRUGS AND GAMBLING IN RECESSION: CNBC reports that a recent survey showed moms are overwhelmed with financial pressures that have escalated since the economic downturn began. One in three moms surveyed by MomLogic.com and the Insight Research Group this spring said they have turned to a vice such as overeating, drinking, drugs and/or gambling to cope with the stress. Two-thirds said they feel intensely negative emotions, resulting in arguing, fits of crying and frustration as they worry about the state of the world, how to pay the bills, etc.

DAYDREAMING HELPS YOU SOLVE PROBLEMS: Asylum.com reports that allowing your mind to wander activates the part of your brain associated with solving difficult problems. Researchers scanned the brains of students while they performed simple tasks on a computer. When their attentiveness to the tasks waned, the brain regions associated with complex problem solving lit up. "When you daydream, you may not be achieving your immediate goal -- say, reading a book or paying attention in class -- but your mind may be taking that time to address more important questions in your life, such as advancing your career or personal relationships," explained Kalina Christoff, who worked on the study.

BETTER EDUCATION MEANS YOU'RE HEALTHIER: A new study released by Commissionhealth.org found that better education leads to better heath. The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Commission to Build a Healthier America surveyed Americans' levels of education and health and found that a college degree is a good predictor of "very good health."

DID YOU KNOW?

Scientists have found that eating cereal each morning is a real brain booster, keeping your mind alert for longer. A whole grain breakfast, such as porridge, muesli or bran enriched cereal, cuts by more than half the brain's decline in performance during the day, say dietitians at King's College, London. In contrast, eating food with a high glycemic index, such as white toast or skipping breakfast all together, is bad for concentration. (Globe)

Sweet news. Blueberries help reduce belly fat. Researchers found that obese lab animals who ate a blueberry rich diet lose abdominal fat and experienced lower cholesterol and improved glucose control. The fat fighting effects of blueberries were evident in animals fed both high fat and low fat diets but were greatest among those on low fat diets, according to University of Michigan researchers. They theorize that blueberries may change how the body stores and processes glucose. More research is needed to confirm these results in humans. (National Enquirer)

A mechanical beauty is almost ready to strut her stuff on the catwalk and showcase the latest fashions with the precision of a machine. The cybernetic supermodel is named HRP-4C. She walks with grace, holds her arms with perfect poise and displays human emotions on her face with the help of 30 motors hidden inside her body. In a recent demonstration, HRP-4C walked onto a stage, blinked and said, "Hello, everyone," in a demure, feminine voice. Designers at Japan's National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology are still working out a few of the kinks especially the way HRP-4C holds her legs. In order to stay balanced, she still needs to keep her knees bent at all times do don't expect to see her modeling any miniskirts for this summer's collection. (Sun)

Scientists have discovered yet another roadblock on the path to a peaceful settlement in the war between the sexes differences in how men's and women's brains react to beauty indicate they may never see eye-to-eye. A person's sex alters the way he or she perceives beauty especially with objects like paintings or sculptures, says a new study. Researchers used brain scans to analyze the reactions of 20 volunteers to either paintings or pretty scenes or photographs of city scenes. When women saw something beautiful, the scan revealed that their entire brains became active. But when men perceived beauty, the scans showed only the right side of their brains alerted. "Perhaps women make use of both global and local features in making their judgments, whereas men only rely on global features," says study leader Francisco Ayala of the University of California at Irvine. "Perhaps women are more likely to associate images with verbal labels then men." (National Examiner)

Forget that old baby-boomer stereotype of the husband neglecting his wife for his job, younger men are actually more likely than women to say they'd pick love over career, according to a study of 237 college students published in Gender Issues. When asked to rate their life goals, 61% of men surveyed versus 51% of women, said they would sacrifice another goal, such as career, education, or traveling, for a romantic relationship. No surprise that he'd rather be married to you than to his job.

Thirst can masquerade as hunger, which is one reason dieters should stay hydrated. Now German researchers have found another reason: Water fuels your body's fat burners. For 90 minutes after drinking 16 ounces of chilled water, adults saw their metabolism rise by 24 percent over their average rates. According to the study author, Jens Jordan, M.D., the mechanism is partly due to the energy your body generates to warm the water during digestion. (Men's Health)

When it comes to washing away bacteria, you might think that an antibacterial cleanser would outshine ordinary soap. But in three out of four studies recently reviewed by researchers from the University of Michigan School of Public Health, regular hand soap turned out to be just as effective as products containing the germ fighter triclosan. The one study that was the exception found that antibacterial soap worked better only after volunteers scrubbed for at least 30 seconds 18 times a day for five days. What's more, no studies have shown that washing with antibacterials stops the spread of illness in families. The researchers also looked into the question of whether using these germ fighting cleaners encourages the rise of drug resistant bacteria. They didn't find a direct link but noted that in lab studies some germs live quite happily around triclosan, and the exposure may help them develop resistance to common antibiotics. (Good Housekeeping)

Women who slept five or fewer hours a night were 32 percent more prone to major weight gain, 33 or more pounds, and 15 percent likelier to become obese over 16 years than those who got seven hours a night - even though the seven hour sleepers actually ate more, according to the Nurses' Health Study, a long term study tracking 68,183 women. Research shows insufficient sleep can increase levels of the appetite stimulating hormone ghrelin and boost blood glucose and prediabetes risk. (Ladies' Home Journal)

Nearly half of all Americans describe themselves as shy. What most of us don't realize is that the root of shyness is excessive self-consciousness, not timidity. "Shy people feel as if they have mirrors all around them," says Bernardo J. Carducci, Ph.D., director of the Shyness Reach Institute at Indiana University Southeast. "They want to be social and have friends so they force themselves to go to social functions, but it's difficult when they're so preoccupied with how they come across."

STRESS BUSTERS FOR LADIES

Okay, we all get stressed out right? Dr. Lynne Tan, psychiatrist at Montefiore Medical Center in New York, and some stars share their tips to "chill-out."

  • Write things out -- Writing your thoughts channels energy from something negative into something positive. Jessica Simpson says she goes through a journal every 5 months.
  • Pamper yourself -- Take care of yourself! Go get a massage! Hilary Swank says, "I love to relax with a pedicure!"
  • Change your focus -- Go to a museum, read a book, focus on what makes you happy! Britney Spears says she reads every night to stop her mind from remembering her soon to be husband is a mooch (just kidding -- but I know now she thinks it).
  • Calm down girl -- Take a tip from Oprah... she says when things get chaotic she heads straight for a bubble-bath. The crazier things are on the outside... the calmer she needs to be on the inside.
  • Hit the gym -- Working out is just plain good for you -- body and soul! Eva Longoria says she's been working out for a long time and feels great!
  • Get back to nature -- Christina Applegate likes to re-connect with nature and de-stress... She sets aside at least 20 minutes in the sun every day.

WEEKEND MOVIE WRAP - UP


Angels and Demons, the sequel to 2006's The Da Vinci Code, debuted at the top of the weekend box office, however its $48 million take was significantly less than the $77.1 million made by its predecessor during its opening weekend. Like The Da Vinci Code, Angels and Demons is an adaption of a novel by Dan Brown, and it reunites director Ron Howard and actor Tom Hanks, who reprises his role as symbologist Robert Langdon. This time around, Hanks' character discovers evidence of the resurgence of the ancient brotherhood known as the Illuminati, and faces a deadly threat to the existence of the Catholic Church, the secret organization's most despised enemy.

  • Last weekend's top movie, Star Trek, fell to second place, but still took in a substantial $43 million.
  • Two new blockbusters will be opening next weekend: Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian and Terminator Salvation.

THIS WEEKEND'S TOP TEN MOVIES - MAY 15-17

  1. Angels & Demons, $48 million
  2. Star Trek, $43 million
  3. X-Men Origins: Wolverine, $14.8 million
  4. Ghosts of Girlfriends Past, $6.9 million
  5. Obsessed, $4.6 million
  6. 17 Again, $3.4 million
  7. Monsters vs. Aliens, $3 million
  8. The Soloist, $2.4 million
  9. Next Day Air, $2.2 million
  10. Earth, $1.7 million

Celebrity Gossip

NATALIE PORTMAN DENIES SEAN PENN ROMANCE: Natalie Portman is shooting down rumors that she and Sean Penn are dating. The actress told Extra, "Sean Penn is a friend and colleague. The reports that we are romantically involved are completely untrue." Star magazine recently reported that Penn and Portman were spotted "making out" around the same time as the actor filed for legal separation from his wife. Portman added, "I normally do not respond to rumors about my private life, however, this repeatedly fabricated story has forced me to do so."

MELISSA RYCROFT WON'T DO PLAYBOY: Melissa Rycroft says that the craziest rumor she'd endured over the course of her newfound fame is that she's posing for Playboy. The Dancing With the Stars finalist told Usmagazine.com, "Not true. My father would kill me! Not only would I never do it, my father would never look at me the same ever again!" She added that the recent charges to her life are thrilling, explaining, "Eleven weeks ago, I was sitting in my cubicle doing Power Point presentations. I don't think that anybody could have scripted that I was going to be here."

NO CHARGES FOR MAN WHO SHOT AT DOG THE BOUNTY HUNTER: A fugitive accused of shooting at reality star bounty hunter Duane "Dog" Chapman and another man during a pursuit last month has will not face an attempted murder charge for the incident. El Paso County Assistant DA Dan Zook said last Thursday (May 14th) that the charge was dropped because of a lack of evidence and conflicting witness statements. Although Chapman and his associate said that 35-year-old Hoang Nguyen shot at them as they attempted to capture him for having missed a court date, no bullet hole, bullet or shell casing was found and the reality star didn't respond to requests for video tape of the incident.

CSI:NY STAR EXPLAINS WHY SHE WAS FIRED: CSI: NY star Emmanuelle Vaugier, who played Detective Jennifer Angell, explained why her character was killed off after three seasons on the show. Thw actress said, "They're just cutting back to save money. It makes sense to kill off a character that people have grown to like. It wasn't personal."

ANNA FARIS SAYS SHE'LL ELOPE WITH CHRIS PRATT: Anna Faris says when she marries her fiance, actor Chris Pratt, this summer it will be small and quick. Faris told USmagazine.com, "We made the best decision that I could ever think of - we are just going to slip off and elope. We aren't going to involve the family at all. Then we will go on a honeymoon."

BACHELORETTE JEN SCHEFT WEDS: Bachelorette Jen Scheft married Joe Waterman on Friday (May 15th) night in Chicago. Scheft appeared on the third season of the Bachelor where Andrew Firestone chose her. After the couple split, Scheft appeared on the Bachelorette where she rejected her finalist's proposal. Scheft met Waterman on a blind date in 2008

THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW

  • The father of Madonna's boytoy lover, Jesus Luz, says the two are planning out a Kabbalah wedding ceremony together.
  • NBC has picked-up "Last Call with Carson Daly" for the 2009-10 season.
  • Prosecutors have charged "300" star Gerard Butlerwith misdemeanor battery in connection with a scuffle with a paparazzo.
  • Neil Patrick Harris will be the host for the Tony Awards on Sunday, June 7th, at New York's Radio City Music Hall.
  • Dolores O'Riordan has her second solo album, "No Baggage," coming out August 25th.
  • The Washington Redskins won another legal victory Friday in a 17-year fight with a group of American Indians who contend the football team's trademark is racially offensive.
  • Danny Gokey has big after-Idol plans. He's going to work more with Sophia's Heart Foundation, the charity he started it after his wife, Sophia, died last summer. He's starting his own line of eyeglasses and, of course, make an album.
  • Barbra Streisand had affairs with her movie co-stars Robert Redford, Ryan O'Neal and Kris Kristofferson, according to her ex-boyfriend, Hollywood producer Jon Peters in his upcoming memoir.
  • Pfizer is offering 70 of its most widely prescribed prescription drugs -- including Lipitor and Viagra -- free to people who have lost their jobs and health insurance.
  • Bet the two guys who broke into Lindsay Lohan's house last didn't know about the video surveillance cameras.

International Museum Day --


Esquire offers information on some interesting museums appealing to men:

  • International Bowling Museum, St. Louis -- Explore 5,000 years of pin games, not to mention a serious collection of vintage bowling trophies, in this 50,000-square-foot space. You can also roll a few. 800-966-2695; Key artifact: Poster illustrating how bowling balls were used as weapons by Vikings. http://bowlingmuseum.com
  • Classic Car Museum, Sarasota, FL -- Four acres of land housing more than 125 cars: The RoboCop patrol car, The Dukes of Hazard's General Lee, the original Batmobile, and the original Starsky & Hutch Ford Gran Torino have all rotated through. 941-355-6228; Key artifacts: John Lennon's 1965 Mercedes 230 SL and Sir Paul's Mini. http://sarasotacarmuseum.org
  • National Cigar Museum, central California -- Tony Hyman began collecting cigar-related paraphernalia in 1952 and now shares his 15,000 or so treasures by appointment only. His collection includes hundreds of boxes, labels, photos, and some musical instruments made out of cigar boxes. Address released upon request. 805-773-6777; Key artifact: Cast-iron lighter that heats a coil in a dog's rear when the testicle trigger is pulled. http://cigarnexus.com/nationalcigarmuseum
  • Hamburger Museum, Daytona Beach, FL -- While collector and curator Harry Sperl is of German descent, he is (sadly) not from the city of Hamburg. Nonetheless, he owns the world's biggest collection of hamburger related items, including banks, biscuit jars, clocks, hats, magnets, music boxes, slat and pepper shakers, stuffed toys, towels, and plenty of Hamburglar action figures. The museum is located in his house. Key artifacts: The hamburger waterbed and the hamburger motorcycle. http://www.hamburgerharry.com

SPORTS!!!!


Orlando has dethroned the defending NBA champion Boston Celtics 101-82 to advance to the Eastern Conference finals against Cleveland starting Wednesday night. Hedo Turkoglu scored 25 and Dwight Howard added 12 points and 16 rebounds in the Magic's 101-82 win in Game 7 against the Celtics last night.
The Los Angeles Lakers are getting ready to host Denver tomorrow night in the opening game of the Western Conference finals. The Lakers eliminated Houston 89-70 in that Game 7 behind Pau Gasol's 21 points and 18 rebounds.
The NHL playoffs are down to their conference finals. Detroit won its eighth straight playoff series opener by trimming Chicago 5-2 yesterday in the Western Conference opener and Pittsburgh will host Carolina in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals tonight in the Steel City.

The major league pitching leader in victories is Toronto's Roy Halladay, who improved to 8-and-1 by hurling the Blue Jays past the Chicago White Sox 8-2. Adam Lind belted a three-run home run and teammates Alex Rios and Aaron Hill hit solo shots.

The New York Mets' lead in the National League East is down to a half-game over Philadelphia, which swept a four-game weekend series in Washington. Meanwhile, San Francisco salvaged the finale of a four-game series against the Mets 2-0 as Matt Cain and three relievers combined on the five-hit shutout.
Persistent rain in Atlanta led to the postponement of the Braves series finale with Arizona. No makeup date has been set.
The Diamondbacks open a four game series tonight against the Florida Marlins. The D-backs throw Dan Haren (3-4) against Florida's Ricky Nolasco 2-4.

An 8-0 victory over Oregon Sunday gave the Arizona State Sun Devils at least a tie for the Pac 10 baseball title. ASU is three games ahead of Washington State in the Pac-10 standings with three remaining and holds the tiebreaker edge.The victory also gave the Sun Devils an automatic berth in the NCAA Tournament.

Arizona liked hosting the Super Bowl so much it plans to make another bid. The state will make its pitch Tuesday. Arizona is competing with Miami and New Orleans for the
2013 game.

K-FLAG COUNTRY MUSIC NEWS

Keith Urban will head to Los Angeles on Wednesday (May 20th) to perform on the American Idol finale. Details of his appearance have not been released.

  • Urban said,"I think this year in particular, has been one of the best for American Idol. There are (and were) some truly gifted vocalists. The Rat Pack episode was the best, across the board -- nights of singing that I've ever seen on television. I guess what I love most about the show is watching the musical growth -- to see them use the critique given and come back the next week and blow you away......that's the magic of Idol."
  • The two-hour American Idol finale will air on Wednesday on FOX at 8 p.m ET.
  • Urban's Escape Together World tour continues on May 28th in Charleston, West Virginia.

SIDE NOTES

  • Carrie Underwood will also perform on American Idol on Tuesday (May 19th) to sing the show's farewell song, "Home Sweet Home." Her version of the Motley Crue song has been playing on American Idol during the results show each week as contestants have been voted off. American Idol airs on Tuesday at 8 p.m. ET.
  • A portion of the sales proceeds of the "Home Sweet Home" digital single are being donated to The Humane Society of the United States.

Self-proclaimed video game junkie Jason Aldean can hardly wait for the release of the Rock Band Country Track Pack on July 21st. The new game will feature 21 songs from Kenny Chesney, Alan Jackson, Shania Twain, Rascal Flatts, Kenny Rogers, Dierks Bentley, Brooks & Dunn and Aldean, who's recent Number One hit, "She's Country," made the list.

Aldean says this is not his first time he's been included on a video game. "We had a song that was included in one of the NASCAR games a couple years ago, and I loved that. When they told me about Rock Band, that was pretty neat, and so I'm excited. I'll definitely be going and getting the game and seeing if I can play my own song on there."

Until recently, Aldean and his band members spent every spare minute playing another popular video game. "We actually played Guitar Hero on the bus for a couple months straight, and it kind of cooled off a little bit now, but, you know, it's cool! I'm a big video game guy anyway. I love video games and all that stuff."

First confirmed Songs for Rock Band Country Track Pack are:

Alan Jackson "Good Time"
Brooks & Dunn "Hillbilly Deluxe"
Dierks Bentley "Free & Easy (Down the Road I Go)"
Dixie Chicks "Sin Wagon"
Drive-By Truckers "3 Dimes Down"
Jason Aldean "She's Country"
Kenny Chesney "She Thinks My Tractor's Sexy"
Kenny Rogers "The Gambler"
Lucinda Williams "Can't Let Go"
Martina McBride "This One's For the Girls"
Rascal Flatts "Me and My Gang"
Shania Twain "Any Man of Mine"
Steve Earle "Satellite Radio"

  • Many of the tracks will be exclusive to the Rock Band Country Track Pack disc for a limited time before joining the Rock Band Music Store as downloadable content.
  • Additional artists and songs from the track list will be announced in the coming months.
  • Rock Band Country Track Pack will retail for $29.99.
Trace Adkins and newcomer Emily West performed a free concert at the Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base in Fort Worth, Texas on Saturday (May 16th) in honor of Armed Forces Day. West's brother, a sailor assigned to the base, was in the audience.

Craig Morgan, a former member of the Army, recently did a concert at Fort Campbell, Kentucky. The Toast to the Troops show also served as a volunteer event where 10,000 care packages were assembled to send to troops overseas.

  • Morgan told CMT, "What it means to be at an event like this is really beyond words. Having been a soldier in the military for so long, that's still a part of who I am. But I can't go out there and put the uniform on or go back to Afghanistan and do what I did, so this is a way for me to do that . . . This is one of the most humbling experiences that we have -- to see the spouses and family members coming in with such excitement and so proud and packing these bags."

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 Adkins' recording of "'Til The Last Shot's Fired" for his X (Ten) album. They also joined him onstage at the ACM Awards in Las Vegas last month where Adkins debuted the song live.

Kid Rock flew his country flag with a couple of guest appearances on stage on Sunday (May 17th) at the 27th Annual Downtown Hoedown in downtown Detroit. Rock first got up with the Zac Brown Band -- after taking Brown to the Detroit Red Wings' Stanley Cup playoff game earlier in the day -- for a rendition of his own hit "All Summer Long." He told the Hoedown crowd that Brown's major label debut album, The Foundation, is "one of the best CDs I've heard in the last 10 years." Then, after visiting Willie Nelson on his tour bus with his son and older brother, Rock joined the headliner during his set for a rendition of "Shotgun Willie."
  • Rock is currently recording his follow-up to his 2007 album Rock N Roll Jesus. He plans to have it ready for release this fall, with a single out by the time he hits the road with Lynyrd Skynyrd in June.
  • The Hoedown, which is held at Detroit's Hart Plaza, is billed as the world's largest free country music event.

Darryl Worley's recent concert at a fair in Miles City, Montana ended with a trip to the hospital for the singer, and that was after overcoming all sorts of obstacles just to get to Miles City. The singer had just returned to Nashville after a show in Chattanooga, Tennessee on Thursday (May 15th) morning at 12:30 a.m. and had to catch a 6 a.m. flight from Nashville to Billings, Montana. It wasn't until after he arrived at the airport that he learned his flight to Billings had been canceled because the plane was struck by lightning. At the last minute, Worley chartered a private jet to the show, where he arrived weary but ready to perform. He hit the stage just as a large storm blew in. Worley had just started his second song when a 40-50 mph gust of wind lifted the lid off a road case and hurled it in his direction. Before he had a chance to react, the lid hit his microphone stand and then struck him on the head.

Emergency personnel transported Worley to the emergency room, where he received seven stitches and thanked hospital staff by signing autographs and taking a few pictures. Worley then headed back to the fairgrounds and finished his set.

FAST FACTS

  • Worley's new single, "Sounds Like Life To Me, is making its way up the country charts.
  • The song is the lead single from his upcoming album, Sounds Like Life, which will be released on June 9th.
Lee Ann Womack's new single, "Solitary Thinkin," was solitarily written by fellow Texan Waylon Payne, the son of the late "Help Me Make It Through The Night" singer, Sammi Smith, and longtime Willie Nelson guitarist, Jody Payne. The godson of the late Waylon Jennings, Payne certainly knows how to write a real country song, as Womack tells us: "When I first heard the work tape for 'Solitary Thinkin'', I was blown away. First of all, it was written by a guy name Waylon Payne, and Waylon's just so talented. He's a great singer and I love the way he writes songs because they're not contrived at all. If you know Waylon, you know that he's lived everything he puts in his songs, and it doesn't sound like they came from a factory. His things are always a little bit different and I love that kind of stuff, so that's probably the first thing that attracted me to 'Solitary Thinkin''.""Solitary Thinkin'" is on Womack's 2008 Call Me Crazy album.

SIDE NOTE

  • Payne played Jerry Lee Lewis in Walk The Line, the 2005 feature film about the life of Johnny Cash. The movie also starred Reese Witherspoon and Joaquin Phoenix.
Sara Evans is offering fans a chance to compete for the opportunity to sing on stage with her in the Sara-oke Fan Club Party Challenge. To enter, fans must choose a karaoke version of one of her hits and record a video of themselves singing it. The clips should then be posted on Evans' Fan Club YouTube channel.

Three finalists will be chosen from the submissions. Those videos will be shown at Evans' fan club party in Nashville on June 12th, where attendees can then vote on their favorite. The winner will be invited on stage to perform that song live with Evans.

  • Complete Sara-oke rules and details, including Evans' video invitation, are online now at saraevans.com.

SIDE NOTES

  • Evans will be releasing a new CD sometime this year. The project is her first studio album since 2005's Real Fine Place.
  • The new CD will be released in conjunction with a novel Evans is writing. She signed a book deal with Nashville-based Thomas Nelson Inc. earlier this year. The book will be the first in a series of four.

Friday, May 15, 2009

Saturn turns Direct: Opportunities Open Up!


Saturn, the slow moving planet of karma and the taskmaster of the zodiac, which has been retrograde since December 31 of last year, finally turns direct on May 16. This ushers in a period of possibilities as our inner plans begin finding their way into the outer world, and vague outlines of concepts begin to sharpen.

Saturn asks for commitment, discipline and a sense of purpose to work its magic of making dreams real. He commands us to get to work, and to work hard. Discipline and responsibility are important to this planet. Saturn reinforces responsibility, carrying your share of the load and being held accountable for what you say or do. Saturn rules wisdom, but it is wisdom gained from hard work and experience -- earned one difficult step at a time. During a direct period, Saturn inspires confidence. As its role as a teacher, during a direct transit, Saturn also bestows inner strength -- a strength of spirit, a deepening sense of compassion and understanding of self, others or a particular situation.

But remember: Each planet exerts influence over certain aspects of life depending on how they are placed in your individual natal or birth charts.

TOP FIVE MOST IRRITATING THINGS ABOUT FRIDAY MORNING


  1. It's not Friday afternoon yet
  2. You're that much closer to coming back on Monday morning
  3. You have to spend so much time cursing the guy who invented the 5-day work week
  4. You're an atheist and you have no one to thank that it's Friday
  5. Your boss actually expects you to do some work

ARE YOU HER BOYFRIEND PAL?

Here's a quiz from Maxim to find out if you're already committed.

Reach up and feel your face. Need a shave?

  1. Nope. Smooth as a baby's bottom.
  2. Why? Who's getting married?

Walk into your bedroom. How many pillows are on your bed?

  1. Holy crap!
  2. Two or fewer.

Lift up your arm and take a whiff. You smell:

  1. Like a new haircut.
  2. Like sewage.

Pull back your bedspread. What do you find?

  1. Clean, matching sheets.
  2. A roach clip, an ashtray, the TV remote, and... cool! a half bag of Chips Ahoy.

Pick up the remote turn on the TV. What channel is it on?

  1. Lifetime
  2. ESPN

Step into your bathroom. What's underfoot?

  1. A bath mat from Target.
  2. Lots of inside-out boxers.

Is there a box of tissues on the back of the john?

  1. Gulp... yes.
  2. No. I'm lucky if I have TP.

Open your fridge. Do you have anything labeled low-fat, reduced fat, or fat-free?

  1. Yes.
  2. Nope -- only three beers and a buncha condiments.

Scoring: More a's than b's and you're her boyfriend pal.

WHAT YOUR HAIR COLOR SAYS ABOUT YOU


Whether you're a fiery red, a blonde bombshell, a brunette babe or a silver fox, your hair color reveals something about you to other people says Lynne Chapman, hair editor for BellaOnline.com.

  • Extra Light Blonde -- Positive: Think Marilyn Monroe - glamorous, youthful, feminine and vulnerable. Negative: Frivolous or not capable.
  • Peachy Blonde -- Positive: Warm, inviting and youthful charm. Negative: This may be the perfect color since it doesn't invoke the strong negative feelings of a lighter blonde shade.
  • Golden or Orangey -- Positive: Think Lucille Ball - glowing, bright and cheerful. Negative: It can be seen as loud or brassy.
  • True Red -- Positive: A fiery and passionate spirit. Negative: Angry, unreasonable and hot-tempered.
  • Brown -- Positive: Reliable, no-nonsense. Negative: No imagination.
  • Dark Brown and Black -- Positive: Mysterious or artistic. Negative: Shadowy and untrustworthy.
  • Beige or Taupe Blond -- Positive: Warm, practical and classic. Negative: Colorless and unexciting.
  • Gray -- Positive: Wisdom. Negative: Old.
  • White -- Positive: Purity. Negative: Old.

CALIFORNIA HAS NIGHTCLUB FOR FAT PEOPLE:

Bounce is a Long Beach nightclub that caters specially to plus-sized people. Club owner Lisa Marie Garbo told the Whittier Daily News, "Club Bounce is a size-acceptance nightclub. People of larger shapes and sizes can go and feel comfortable, accepted and desired and not feel like they're second-class citizens for being overweight." Garbo, who says she's a distant cousin of the Hollywood legend Greta, believes that overweight people are the last group against which discrimination is still accepted. "There's no sensitivity, there's no understanding," she told the paper. "[People] can make fun of you and nothing will happen to them for it." The clubs website: http://www.clubbounce.net/

THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW

  • Wanda Sykes is the proud parent of twins. Her wife, Alex, gave birth to daughter Olivia Lou and son Lucas Claude last month.
  • So Marin Scorsese says he's on board to direct. Now, who will play the title role in the Frank Sinatra life story?
  • According to Cosmopolitan, people are happier when they spend cash on experiences, not possessions.
  • Former Miss USA Shanna Moakler has resigned as co-executive director of the Miss California USA pageant, saying she no longer believes in the organization because of pageant owner Donald Trump let her keep her crown.
  • Interesting phenomenon going on back in Oyster Bay on the North Shore of Long Island. Moms are starting to dress up more when they run errands or pick up the kids at a school. Why? They just want to make sure they look good just in case they happen to bump into Brad Pitt picking up his kids at school or at the grocery store.
  • Guys who work out and lift weights are more likely to have a higher libido.
  • Yes, that was 56-year-old Mickey Rourke locking lips with a 24-year-old Russian model at a New York City night club. Photos on the Internet.
  • According to a survey, 1 out of every 5 online daters said they lied to improve their profile. I have a feeling the other 4 out of 5 were lying when they did the survey.
  • "How I Met Your Mother" co-star Neil Patrick Harris set to host Tony Awards.
  • Paulina Porizkova says she was fired as a judge by America's Next Top Model. She says it was probably the show's way of trimming costs.

KFLAG COUNTRY MUSIC UP DATE

Dateline NBC recently hit the road with Taylor Swift on her first headlining sold out Fearless tour. They share their exclusive behind-the-scenes look at Swift's life on the road in their upcoming show, Dateline: On Tour With Taylor Swift, set to air on May 31st at 7 p.m. ET. The one-hour show was shot on three continents over a period of three months. Both concert and backstage footage was compiled from Swift's shows in the U.S., the UK and Australia.

  • Other highlights include interviews with Swift and her band and crew, an exclusive look at Swift's tour bus, dressing room, crew meetings, dancer auditions, and concert performances, as well as video diaries shot by Swift herself.
  • NBC News' Hoda Kotb also talks with Swift and her mom, Andrea Swift, about the road to fame and life in the spotlight.

SIDE NOTES

  • Video excerpts from Dateline: On Tour with Taylor Swift will be posted on www.dateline.msnbc.com beginning Monday (May 18th).
  • Swift will perform live on NBC's Today Summer Concert Series in Rockefeller Plaza on May 29th.
Carrie Underwood will return to American Idol on Tuesday (May 19th) to perform the show's farewell song, "Home Sweet Home." Underwood's version of the Motley Crue song has been playing on American Idol during the results show each week as contestants have been voted off. American Idol airs on Tuesday at 8 p.m. ET. The two-hour season finale will air on May 20th at 8 p.m. ET.
  • A portion of the sales proceeds of the "Home Sweet Home" digital single are being donated to The Humane Society of the United States.

FAST FACTS

  • Underwood was named the winner of American Idol in 2005.
  • Her debut album, Some Hearts, was released that same year and has sold more than seven million units. It is the fastest-selling debut country album in Nielsen SoundScan history.
  • Her sophomore album, Carnival Ride, was released in 2007 and has sold nearly three million copies. So far, it has produced five Number One singles.

Rascal Flatts' new single, "Summer Nights," was practically made to order for their upcoming American Living Unstoppable tour, which kicks off on June 5th in Maryland Heights, Missouri. Gary LeVox tells us it goes out to the fans on the lawn. "We definitely think about the songs that we put on there for the live show, and 'Summer Nights' was written just for that big outdoor amphitheater -- a little something for everybody drinkin' in the lawn seats."

The group tends to lean toward ballads on their records, so for the sake of their live shows, LeVox says they make a conscious effort to throw in a few up tempos. "(LeVox) It's a big thing because we're such suckers for ballads anyway. To try to find great up tempo songs becomes tougher and tougher. We are very cognizant of all the songs on there and puttin' together a live show, cause we'd probably have 11 ballads if we really wanted to have a boring show. (DeMarcus) If left to our own devices. (Rooney) We like ballads. (LeVox) Yeah, we do!"

  • Rascal Flatts will be joined by Darius Rucker on the American Living Unstoppable tour, sponsored by JC Penney.
  • "Summer Nights" is the second single from the trio's Unstoppable album, which was released last month.
Former Nashville publicist Patsi Bale Cox has penned the latest biography on Garth Brooks. The Garth Factor: The Career Behind Country's Big Boom will be released on May 28th. Cox worked with Brooks in the '90s. In her online blog, Cox writes, "I neither asked his permission to write this book nor did I ask him to participate. I told him what I was doing, and that was that."

Regardless of how that may sound, Brooks is in full support of Cox's book. He has not read it, but he tells us if it comes from her, it's okay with him. "If Patsi's writin' it, its, you know . . . Her and Virginia Team are two women in Nashville that I would never want to go against. They're tougher than nails and they'll kick your ass so quick, and Patsi Cox has always been a fan and always been very fair to us, so I don't worry about what this one's gonna say."

Brooks has read many mistruths about himself over the years, but he says he has no plans on ever setting the record straight with his own book. "No, and I'll tell you why -- because the truth is only what we remember it to be, so I doubt I ever would. Um, I don't know -- maybe one of those books that, 'Hey, I need the money, so' -- and I don't title it that, but -- 'Hey, I need the money so I'm writin' a book' kind of thing, but I kind of hope not, cause I like to hear it from other peoples' perspective, and there are some things that I have read, little blurbs and stuff, that I go, 'Wasn't the way it happened at all,' so I don't want them saying the same thing about mine."

  • Brooks is reportedly serving as executive producer on a film based on his hit song, "Unanswered Prayers." The made-for-TV movie will air on Lifetime television. No air date has been announced.
Wynonna fans, listen up! The Country Music Association (CMA) is offering one lucky fan the chance to be the official ABC.com videographer for Wynonna during the CMA Music Festival in Nashville next month. Enter to win the "I'm With Wy" Fan VIP Sweepstakes online at cmafest.com/2009/sweepstakes/wynonnavip.
  • The winner's duties will include taping Wynonna during her interviews at the Nashville Convention Center, shooting footage during her autograph signing at her Music Fest Booth, being part of a private audience during her live fan video chat and capturing the singer's performance on stage at LP Field, where she will musically reunite with her mother for a special appearance by The Judds.
  • Complete "I'm With Wy" Fan VIP Sweepstakes details are available online. Entries must be received by May 25th at 6 p.m. ET.

FAST FACTS

  • This year's CMA Music Festival will be held from June 11th-14th in downtown Nashville.
  • ABC-TV will air its annual CMA Music Festival special, called Country's Night To Rock, on August 31st at 8 p.m. ET. For the first time, the special will expand from two hours to three.

ON THE TUBE


GAC NIGHTS/GAC 12:00PM (ET)
Martina McBride

OUR SONG - HEIDI NEWFIELD & BILL JOHNSON/GAC 1:00PM (ET)

TOP 20 COUNTRY COUNTDOWN/GAC 8:00PM (ET)
Eli Young Band

ON THE STREETS/GAC 10:30PM (ET)
Mandy Barnett

Celebrity Gossip

GERARD BUTLER CHARGED WITH MISDEMEANOR ASSAULT: Gerard Butler was charged with misdemeanor criminal battery on Wednesday (May 13th). TMZ.com reports that the charge stems from an October 2008 altercation with a photographer in which the actor allegedly hit a paparazzo after the premiere party for his film, RochnRolla. Butler is due to be arraigned in court on June 10th. If convicted of the crime, he could face up to six months behind bars.

LEGAL BATTLE SURROUNDS FARRAH FAWCETT DOCUMENTARY: A producer is suing Ryan O'Neal along with several others involved in the upcoming Farrah Fawcett documentary, claiming that he is responsible for the project. TMZ.com reports that Craig Nevius alleges that after working with the actress on a 2004 documentary and spending two years after on the NBC project, O'Neal, Alana Stewart and Fawcett's business manager "wrongfully interfered" with his contractual relationship with Fawcett and claims that O'Neal went so far as to physically threaten to kill him when he wouldn't give up control of the production.

'AMERICAN IDOLS' CHASED DOWN BY PHILIPPINE OFFICIALS AFTER NOT COMPLETING HEALTH CHECK AT AIRPORT: Last year's American Idol finalists David Cook and David Archuleta were chased down by Philippine health authorities who were checking for swine flu after the singers failed to complete a mandatory health check at the airport. Officials caught up with them in their hotel rooms Thursday and reminded them that they can be arrested if they do not cooperate. Archuleta and Cook were told to fill out a health checklist and report their temperatures at least twice a day before their open-air concert Saturday (May 16). The singers were "very receptive, they were very cooperative," Edgardo Sabitsana, director of the quarantine bureau, told The Associated Press.

SURVIVOR WINNER MOVED TO HALFWAY HOUSE: Survivor winner Richard Hatch has been released from prison and moved to a halfway house in Pennsylvania after being incarcerated in 2006 for failure to pay taxes on his reality TV prize money. Hatch, who has maintained his innocence, is expected to be released from the halfway house on October 7th.

ROB LOWE NANNY LAWSUIT DROPPED: Rob Lowe's attorney said that the lawsuits between the actor and his family's former nanny have been dropped. Jessica Gibson was the nanny of Lowe's children and filed a suit claiming sexual abuse and demanding $1.5 million from Lowe.

VICTORIA GOTTI SAYS SHE WILL KEEP HER HOUSE: Victoria Gotti says that she will fight to keep her Long Island home, saying "This is by no means over." Gotti owes housing lender JPMorgan Chase $650,00 for a loan that her ex-husband Carmine Agnello had taken out on the home. Gotti said, "I'm never going to lose the house -- trust me. The only way I'm leaving is selling it, and we wanted out of there anyway."

K-FLAG SPORTS

The struggling Arizona Diamondbacks open a 10-game road trip tonight with a three-game series in Atlanta against the surging Braves.

In the National League yesterday...

Milwaukee 5, Florida 3
L.A. Dodgers 5, Philadelphia 3, 10 innings
Chicago Cubs 11, San Diego 3
Houston 5, Colorado 3
St. Louis 5, Pittsburgh 1
N.Y. Mets 7, San Francisco 4

In the American League...

Minnesota 6, Detroit 5
Texas 3, Seattle 2
L.A. Angels 5, Boston 4, 12 innings
N.Y. Yankees 3, Toronto 2
Cleveland 11, Tampa Bay 7
Baltimore 9, Kansas City 5

Aaron Brooks scored 26 points and Luis Scola added 24 and 12 rebounds to lead Houston to a 95-80 playoff win over the Lakers. The Rockets raced out to a 17-1 lead in the opening minutes on the way to forcing a seventh and deciding game in the series in Los Angeles Sunday.

Dwight Howard came up big with 23 points and 22 rebounds to lead Orlando to a 83-75 win over Boston to force a seventh game in their NBA Eastern Conference semifinal series. Rashard Lewis chipped in 20 for the Magic who closed the game on an 11-2 run.

Dan Cleary scored the game winner with three minutes left giving Detroit a 4-3 win over Anaheim in Game 7 of their NHL Western Conference semifinal. Cleary's goal bailed out the defending Stanley Cup champs who squandered a two-goal, second-period lead.

Scott Walker batted in a rebound for his first career post-season goal sending Carolina to a 3-2 overtime win over Boston. The Game 7 victory moves the Hurricanes into the Eastern Conference finals against Pittsburgh.

Thursday, May 14, 2009

YOUR CHEATIN' HEART


If you think your mate is running around on you, you can settle your suspicions with a few good whiffs -- in their car. That's the advice from Raymond B. Green, author of Cheaters: 180 Telltale Signs Mates Are Cheating And How To Catch Them. Green says the car is filled with clues to a cheating heart. Here are a some signs to look for.

  • Gas fumes -- Your hubby's probably trying to cover up the scent of another woman by spilling gas in the car.
  • Moist towelettes -- If your beloved suddenly starts stocking up on those clean-up tools, she's probably flooring it with another guy.
  • Strange stains -- If you're finding mysterious splotches on the front passenger's seat or the back of the car, chances are good that your boyfriend is messing around with someone else.
  • She's startled -- Another tip-off to a cheater is if she's startled when she wakes up in your bed. That could mean she's confused at not waking up in her other lover's arms, Green says.

STONES REVEAL PERSONALITY


Your favorite stone, and we're not talking about Mick, used to adorn your body reveal much about the inner you, a noted expert says. "A woman's favorite gemstone is always a dead giveaway to her personality," Dr. Elayne Kahn, author of Ways You Reveal Your Personality.

  • Diamonds -- "Because they are among the most expensive, these stones are most loved by women who appreciate the finer things in life," Dr. Kahn said. "They also suggest an extremely romantic person. The late princess Diana comes to mind here.
  • Pearls -- "Women who love pearls prefer a low-key, conservative but classy lifestyle. Pearl ladies prefer a style of demure and elegance. First Ladies Barbara Bush, Nancy Reagan and Jackie Oasis usually wore pearls."
  • Rubies -- "Red is the color of passion so it's not unusual for ruby-loving women to be passionate and capable of winning -- and breaking -- hearts. They are unpredictable, creative and artistic individuals who don't mind standing out in a crowd. Sophia Loren wears rubies."
  • Sapphires -- "Women who favor these gems are deep thinkers who can be extremely determined and single-minded. Women of mystery gravitate to sapphires. Screen queens like Great Garbo and Grace Kelly favored this exotic stone, which emphasizes a very sexy aloofness."
  • Emeralds -- "Women with a sense of power like Cleopatra's favorite gemstone, the emerald. It helps them make the statement that they are unique and not to be fooled with. Watch old movies starring Irish beauty Maureen O'Hara, and you'll see the power of the emerald."
  • Amethysts -- "resourceful, spiritual and intuitive women are attracted to these purple or lavender stones. These women trust their instincts. She is a woman who would rather find a soul mate than a rich husband. She leads with her heart."

No money for a vacation? How about a STAYCATION?


  • Create a budget: Although you won't have the expenses of leaving home, you will want to consider how much your staycation activities will cost. If you plan on eating out more, spending one or two nights at a local hotel or starting a project that requires investment -- plan a budget.
  • Avoid errand creep: Don't end up doing so many things around the house -- replacing the light bulbs, cleaning out the garage, fixing the front door etc. -- that you miss taking the time you need to just chill. If you have a few closets you really want to clean out, schedule a specific day and time to do them.
  • Become a tourist in your own town: You know that old joke about how most New Yorker's have never been to the Statue of Liberty? Buy a guidebook on the area you live in and read through it for things you might like to do. Take a guided tour, helicopter ride, boat trip, see the zoo etc.
  • Keep friends at bay: Unless you want a major part of your staycation to be visiting with friends, don't over schedule the lunches, dinners and get togethers. You want the space (and freedom) to be spontaneous.
  • Visit a day spa: Just because you're not staying at a five star resort with a world-class spa, does not mean you can't get scrubbed, rubbed and pampered! Check out a day spa in your area and set up a treatment or two. If you really want to splurge go for broke and do a full-day package.
  • Set goals: Think about what you want to accomplish on your staycation. Is there a book you have been dying to read? A whole slew of movies you want to catch up on Romantic time you want to spend with your spouse? Take the kids to the new exhibit at the zoo? Time to think through your long-term goals? Naps? Whatever objectives you set, let them dictate the organization of your time off.
  • Block out check in times: Just as you would with a regular get away vacation, set up specific times when you are going to check in with the office and stick to them. Don't let the proximity of work, lure you away from your stay-at-home holiday.
  • Stay overnight: If your staycation is a week or longer consider spending one or two nights at a local hotel. Just getting away for a night, can feel exotic and fun. Not to mention romantic if you go with your significant other.
  • Do something different: One of the advantages of a traditional vacation is that it puts you in a different environment, where the opportunity to try something new is greater than usual. There is no reason you can't apply this same idea to your staycation. Check out your local scene for activities that you might not normally do but sound fun.
  • Do nothing: Never underestimate the value of waking up when you want to and doing whatever you want, whenever you want, all day long. Don't feel like your staycation has to produce any tangible results - it doesn't. Just getting renewed and refreshed is reward enough.

THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW

  • Don't call her Heidi Montag anymore. She's Heidi Pratt now.
  • Olympic swimmer Amanda Beard says it's all true: she just got married and yes, she's 5 months pregnant with her first baby.
  • Shirley Jones, you know the wholesome mom on the '70s sitcom, "The Partridge Family," wants to pose nude in Playboy. She's 75 and her husband Marty Ingels, says "She's still drop-dead gorgeous."
  • The smell in a San Jose office building was so strong that the building had to be evacuated and seven employees were sent to the hospital. The cause of the odor? A really moldy and disgusting office fridge.
  • Whoops, some experts are concerned that granite countertops may give off amounts of radon gas that are above the levels the Environmental Protection Agency has deemed safe.
  • A man in Australia whose body is completely covered in tattoos plans to donate his skin to their National Gallery when he dies.
  • A burglar alarm at Lindsay Lohan's house on Tuesday had police scratching their head when they found evidence of a potential break-in and ransacking. Turns out, the mess belonged to Lohan, not the burglars.
  • Donald Trump has decided that Carrie Prejean can keep her title of Miss California, in spite of those topless photos that have surfaced.
  • Britain's Prince Harry is coming to the U.S. later this month to take part in a charity polo match.
  • AAA says that around 11% of the country -- roughly 32-million people -- will go on a road trip Memorial Day weekend.

If you have ever DRUNK DIALED you are in good company!


Brad Pitt has reportedly been "drunk dialing" his ex-wife, Jennifer Aniston. A supposed insider told Britain's Now magazine that after receiving the call, "She [Jen] was initially taken aback -- especially as he sounded drunk and sorry for himself. He told her he misses her and that he's sorry for any hurt caused. Jen being Jen immediately told him she'd never held a grudge against him and would welcome them being friends again, so long as she doesn't have to be friends with Angelina. He agreed."

  • The source added, "Before the call, Brad hardly ever spoke to Jen and the relationship was strained. But this phone conversation broke the ice and opened the lines of communication once more."

CHECK IT OUT: I thought this was so cool. Drunk dial the web! Call DrunkDial.org at 1-888-883-5157 and when you end the call, DrunkDial.org automatically places the call on the website. http://drunkdial.org/ Before you do though, brush up on your drunk dialing etiquette by checking out 15 rules for drunk dialing: http://www.funnyandjokes.com/15-rules-of-drunk-dialing.html

MAXIM RELEASES ITS' 2009 TOP 100

House star Olivia Wilde topped Maxim's annual Hot 100 list. The actress admitted that the honor is impressive, explaining, "I'm considered sexy even though I'm wearing a lab coat every day and seen as a doctor on TV. That really says something. Playing someone who is not defined by her looks and being considered hot, that really makes me feel good."

  • Michelle Obama nabbed a spot on the list at 93 because of "her accomplishments, her fashion sense and her triceps." Classics like Angelina Jolie and Scarlett Johansson came in at 26 and 34, respectively, and although Lauren Conrad dropped off the list, her The Hills co-stars Audrina Patridge, Whitney Port and Heidi Montag all scored spots.

The Hot 100 Top 10 are:

  • 1. Olivia Wilde
  • 2. Megan Fox
  • 3. Bar Rafaeli
  • 4. Malin Akerman
  • 5. Mila Kunis
  • 6. Eliza Dushku
  • 7. Adriana Lima
  • 8. Rihanna
  • 9. Jordana Brewster
  • 10. Jennifer Love Hewitt

CHECK IT OUT: To see the full list, along with pictures of the girls, go to: http://www.maxim.com/girls/hot-100/79081/2009-hot-100-100-91.html?p=91

KFLAG COUNTRY MUSIC UP DATE

Kenny Chesney's Greatest Hits II will be released on Tuesday (May 19th), but it might be missing a few of your favorites. The compilation includes 14 hits and one new song -- his current single, "Out Last Night" -- but Chesney tells us he intentionally left out some titles that might surprise you. "There's some songs that were really good songs for us that didn't make this record. I mean, 'Better As A Memory,' 'Who You'd Be Today,' uh, 'You Save Me,' 'Keg In The Closet,' 'Shiftwork.' Even though it was a good record for me and a duet with one of my heroes, it just didn't feel right to me. A lot of those songs didn't because I wanted the Greatest Hits II record to be something that made impact, that just maybe people didn't hear a lot on the radio, and so that was kind of the criteria."

Chesney says he had some specific goals that he wanted to achieve with Greatest Hits II. "I wanted this collection of songs to do a couple of things. I wanted it to, for somebody who hasn't seen us live, to put this in and go, 'Wow! That might be a lot of fun,' and to kind of define emotionally kind of where I've been since the No Shoes album came out, and a couple of those songs were a little too real (laughs), if that's possible."

  • Chesney recently taped an episode of Austin City Limits accompanied by his band, the four-piece horn section he takes on the road and his special guest on the Sun City Carnival tour, percussionist Drummie Zeb from the Wailers. They did such signature songs as "Beer In Mexico," "Young," and "Summertime" as well as "Out Last Night" "Anything But Mine," "Better As A Memory," and "Old Blue Chair. The 80-minute set also included Chesney's first public performances of "Boats" and "Somewhere In The Sun." He was joined by surprise guest Mac McAnally on the duet "Down The Road" and the anthemic "Back Where I Come From."
  • Chesney's episode of Austin City Limits is set to air sometime this fall.

Meet and greets on Jason Aldean's tour continued to be canceled, at least through this weekend's dates. Aldean tells us this is merely a precaution against the much-reported Swine Flu, particularly because of the part of the country in which he'll be performing."When you release an album your schedule's kind of crazy, and the last thing you wanna do is get sick, especially when they start talking about something being pandemic or whatever the hell they said it is, and so originally it was for that, and I guess Texas is one of the worst places it is, so we have a four-day run coming up in Texas right now, so we just kind of said, 'Let's just keep it as is til we get through Texas and then we'll kind of start opening it back up.'"

Aldean says he's especially concerned about being in Texas after the death of a child his daughter's age was reported. "I'll be honest with you, too -- they had the, I guess it was a little boy in Texas that died that was like two years old, and I've got a two-year-old at home. Canceling a meet and greet, to me, is a small thing versus canceling a show or bringing something like that home to my kids, so we're just being cautious, and some people might think it's a little over cautious, but, you know, it's not something that we are gonna do long term. It's something that we're gonna open back up as soon as we can."

  • Aldean's Texas dates begin tonight (Thursday, May 14th) in Odessa. He'll play in San Antonio and Houston before wrapping up the run on Sunday (May 17th) in Laredo.

FAST FACTS

  • He celebrated his recent Number One hit, "She's Country," at a party in Nashville earlier this week.
  • Aldean's new single is called "Big Green Tractor."

Taylor Swift took her shot at ex-boyfriend Joe Jonas in the song "Forever And Always" on her current Fearless CD. Now it's Jonas' turn. The Jonas Brothers' new single, "Paranoid," is reportedly Jonas' retaliation against Swift. The lyrics read: "Caught in a nightmare/Can't wake up/That's why my ex is still my ex/I never trust a word she says/I'm running all the background checks/And she's freaking out."
  • The song is the debut release from the Jonas Brothers' Lines, Vines and Trying Times album which will be released on June 16th.
  • In the meantime, Swift is tearing up the road on her sold out Fearless tour. Tonight's (Thursday, May 14th) show is in Spokane, Washington.

ASK YOUR LISTENERS

  • Do you think this whole Taylor Swift/Joe Jonas situation is immature and lets everyone know exactly how young they are, or do you think it's justifiable behavior for the sake of art?
  • Do you think it's fair to let the private details of a relationship be made public, especially in the case of celebrities?
  • Who do you think is to blame for the breakup between Swift and Jonas?

CMT host Allison DeMarcus goes behind-the-scenes of the photo shoots for People magazine's country edition when the half hour special, People Country On CMT, premieres tomorrow (Friday, May 15th) at 1:30 p.m. ET. The show will feature new interviews with many of the sexy singers named "Country's Hottest Guys," including Trace Adkins, Kenny Chesney, Brad Paisley, Dierks Bentley, Jack Ingram, Chuck Wicks and Blake Shelton.
  • People Country hits newsstands on Friday (May 15th).

Marty Stuart and Charley Pride will be honored by their home state of Mississippi as headliners at this year's third annual "Mississippi -- The Birthplace of America's Music -- Celebrates Its GRAMMY Legacy" gala. The event will take place at Harrah's Horseshoe Casino and Hotel complex in Tunica on May 28th. The gala will be hosted by Governor and First Lady Haley and Marsha Barbour. The evening will also include performances by R&B artist Dorothy Moore, blues man Pinetop Perkins, and James Burton, Elvis Presley's former sideman.

SIDE NOTES

  • Actress Joey Lauren Adams and singer/songwriter Paul Overstreet will share emcee duties.
  • The Governor and First Lady will host a reception prior to the event. There the participating entertainers will receive the Peavey Award, which honors the state's Grammy winners and nominees for "furthering Mississippi's musical heritage."

ON THE TUBE



THE BONNIE HUNT SHOW/SYN (check local listings)
Dierks Bentley

OPRY LIVE/GAC 5:00PM (ET)
Alan Jackson, Blake Shelton

2008 CMT MUSIC AWARDS/CMT 8:00PM (ET)
Billy Ray Cyrus, Miley Cyrus, Alan Jackson, Carrie Underwood

GAC NIGHTS/GAC 8:00PM (ET)
Martina McBride

OUR SONG: HEIDI NEWFIELD & BILL JOHNSON/GAC 9:30PM (ET)

K-FLAG SPORTS

Brandon Phillips drove in four runs to help Cincinnati beat Arizona 10-3. The Diamondback's Gerardo Parra became the 100th player to hit a home run in his first major league at-bat.

In other National League action yesterday...

Atlanta 8, N.Y. Mets 7, 12 innings
Washington 6, San Francisco 3
L.A. Dodgers 9, Philadelphia 2
Pittsburgh 5, St. Louis 2
Milwaukee 8, Florida 6
Chicago Cubs 6, San Diego 4, 8 innings
Houston 15, Colorado 11

In the American League...

Cleveland 4, Chicago White Sox 0
Tampa Bay 8, Baltimore 6
N.Y. Yankees 8, Toronto 2
Texas 6, Seattle 5, 11 innings
Minnesota 14, Detroit 10, 13 innings
L.A. Angels 8, Boston 4
Oakland 7, Kansas City 2

Sidney Crosby and Craig Adams scored in an eight-second span of the first period and Pittsburgh went on to beat Washington 6-2 to win the seventh game of their NHL Eastern Conference semifinal. The Penguins await the winner of the Hurricanes-Bruins series, which is tied at 3-all heading into tonight's Game 7 in Boston.

In tonight's NHL Playoffs....

Anaheim at Detroit, 4 p.m.
Carolina at Boston, 5 p.m.

Carmelo Anthony scored 30 and Chauncey Billups added 28 to lead Denver to a 124-110 win over Dallas and into the Western Conference final. Dirk Nowitzki scored 32 for the Mavericks, who trailed by 14 at the half but could get no closer than six.

In tonight's NBA Playoff action....

Boston at Orlando, 4 p.m.
L.A. Lakers at Houston, 6:30 p.m.

Celebrity Gossip

WANDA SYKES WELCOMES TWINS: and her wife Alex welcomed twins last month. A rep for the comedian confirmed to People magazine that Alex gave birth to a son named Lucas and a daughter named Olivia on April 27th. Publicist Danica Smith announced, "All are happy and healthy and at home." Sykes and her wife were married in October of last year.

FILES FOR RESTRAINING ORDER AGAINST EX: Former Cheers star John Ratzenberger has filed for a restraining order against his 45-year-old ex girlfriend, TMZ reports. The actor filed legal papers in Los Angeles County Superior Court, saying his ex has made "false and defamatory statements" and threatened him. He claims she "indicated that it is common in many country western songs for women to set the cars of their former boyfriends on fire." He continues, "That statement insinuates that she may have the capacity to perpetuate this act or similar violent conduct."

IMAN SAYS MICHELLE OBAMA IS NOT A 'GREAT BEAUTY': Although she was named to Maxim's Hot 100 list, Michelle Obama is "not a great beauty," according to supermodel Iman. The 53-year-old meant her statement to Parade magazine as a compliment, however, explaining, "She is so interesting looking and so bright. That will always take you farther. When you're a great beauty, it's always downhill for you. If you're someone like Mrs. Obama, you just get better with age."

'AMERICA'S NEXT TOP MODEL' CONTESTANT PREGNANT: America's Next Top Model contestant is pregnant. The 18-year-old Cycle 12 contestant said on Wednesday's (May 13th) Tyra Banks Show that she was surprised with the news, having been hold her whole life that she'd be unable to bear children. The AMC movie theater employee said that she and the 18-year-old father are not quite together, admitting, "During the show David and I were together. Once I got home, he and I started having some complications. Shortly after that, we did break up because we both agreed that we had some stuff we needed to work on individually. So that is exactly what we are doing and still doing."

HOWARD K. STERN PLEADS NOT GUILTY: Anna Nicole Smith's longtime companion pleaded not guilty to conspiring to provide the drugs that killed her in court on Wednesday (May 13th). Howard K. Stern, along with Smith's physician Sandeep Kapoor and her psychiatrist Kristine Eroshevich, entered the plea during a brief hearing in Los Angeles, and their attorneys have filed a motion asking that the case be thrown out. The charges were filed in March after a two-year investigation by the California state Attorney General Jerry Brown.

KIEFER SUTHERLAND RETURNS TO SPOTLIGHT: Kiefer Sutherland made his first red carpet appearance on Tuesday (May 12th) since a scuffle last week that led to him being charged with assault. Although he didn't address the incident, the actor told Usmagazine.com at a promotion for 24's Season seven DVD release about how he handles media scrutiny, revealing, "I've seen that with my dad [actor Donald Sutherland], and I think [with] a lot of things, I was really lucky. I was lucky enough when I started that I knew what was coming. I really love to work, and I can't tell you how grateful for everything it has done for me. You know it's coming down the pike and you accept it." Earlier in the week, Sutherland's lawyers said that the charges against him were "untruthful."

MEGAN FOX SAYS SHE'S BISEXUAL: Megan Fox says that she is bisexual and could see herself in a relationship with another girl. The actress said, "Olivia Wilde is so sexy she makes me want to strangle a mountain ox with my bare hands." Unfortunately for Megan, Olivia is married.

KELLY MONACO THIEF TO STAND TRIAL: The man who robbed Kelly Monaco's hotel room at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino last month will stand trial. The judge in the case said that there is enough evidence against suspect Merrill Wetter to go to trial. Wetter will be arraigned on May 20th. Some of the solid evidence includes video footage of Wetter in the hotel.

NICHOLAS CAGE AND ALEC BALDWIN SUPPORT U.N. EVENT: Nicholas Cage and Alec Baldwin were among the celebrities who joined U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to pay tribute to New York artist Ross Bleckner on Tuesday (May 12th) night. Cage told guests at the reception that he didn't come as an actor but "as someone who cares about children . . . who have the right to be free, the right not to be tortured, to be abducted." Bleckner, a U.N. goodwill ambassador, curated the exhibition -- which featured paintings created by child victims of human trafficking in Uganda -- where the event was held.

INDUSTRY NEWS


ROBIN WILLIAMS RETURNING TO WORK: Robin Williams is returning to work this fall to resume his Weapons of Self-Destruction and Reconstruction comedy tour after he was forced to postpone the dates to undergo heart surgery. The actor was a guest on David Letterman last night (May 13th) and will next appear as Teddy Roosevelt in Night at the Museum: Battle at the Smithsonian.

PAULINA PORIZKOVA FIRED FROM 'AMERICAN NEXT TOP MODEL': Paulina Porzikova has reportedly been fired from America's Next Top Model by Tyra Banks. The '80s supermodel claims that she was axed on her birthday, which was April 9th. Porizkova broke the news Tuesday (May 12th) night to Craig Ferguson, telling him "It seemed that 'America's Next Top Model' had gotten too fat and they needed to cut some fat -- and the fat was me."

NICOLE KIDMAN DROPS OUT OF WOODY ALLEN FILM: Nicole Kidman has reportedly dropped out of Woody Allen's new film. The movie co-stars Antonio Banderas, Anthony Hopkins, Josh Brolin and Naomi Watts. No reason was given for Kidman's departure from the film, which is scheduled shooting this summer in London.

ROBERT PATTINSON SIGNS UP TO STAR IN NEW FILM: Robert Pattinson, Hugh Jackman and Rachel Weisz are set to star in the period drama Unbound Captives. Weisz will play a woman whose husband is killed and her children kidnapped by a Comanche war party in 1859. Jackman will play the frontiersman who rescues her and Pattinson will play her son.

FOX NEWS 'LIE TO ME': Fox has renewed its freshman series Lie To Me, ordering 13 new episodes to be aired next fall.

FOX PICKS UP NEW DRAMA: Fox has greenlit two news projects, Human Target and Sons of Tucson. Both shows will be part of Fox's fall 2009 lineup. Human Target focuses on a man who assumes the identity of people in danger. Sons of Tucson is a comedy about a hustler who's hired by three brothers to pretend to be their father while their real father is in jail.

JAMES GANDOLFINI SAYS NO TO HOSTING TONY AWARDS: James Gandolfini has reportedly been asked to host this year's Tony Awards. A source close to Gandolfini -- who is nominated this year for his role in Gods of Carnage -- claims that the former Sopranos star turned it down. Gandolfini is however, expected to present an award.

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

WHAT'S YOUR INNER STRENGTH


(Sun) Everyone faces adversity some time in their lives. It's how you handle difficult situations that reveal your true strengths. Answer these questions, giving yourself "5 points for each A" and "10 points for each B." Total up the score for your analysis:

The reality show you prefer is:

  1. "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition"
  2. "The Amazing Race"

In school, you had:

  1. A small circle of pals.
  2. A large group of friends.

A friend offers to style your hair for an important social event, and you:

  1. Say "no thanks," and go to a salon.
  2. Happily put your head in her hands.

You prefer to read books:

  1. From the New York Times best seller list.
  2. You discover on your own.

There's a one day sale at your favorite department store, and you:

  1. Make a list before you shop.
  2. Browse and buy as the spirit moves you.

Analysis:

25 to 30 - You're a person who can roll with the punches, finding information in bad experiences that you can use in the future. Your resilience in the face of adversity is an inspiration to both friends and family.

35 to 40 - You welcome advice from others to help you navigate your way through a crisis. You have mastered the art of combining their best ideas with your own thoughts to produce winning solutions.

45 to 50 - No matter what obstacles are in your way, you're always aware of your many blessings. Your positive approach to life prevents negative people and situations from piercing your bubble of optimism.

DREAM ON


Your dreams may hold the key to success in your waking life. Though each dream is unique, many of its symbols carry universal meaning that can be decoded. Psychologists offer these six common themes and symbols:

  • Entrances -- Anything that can be entered, such as a cave, room, drawer or tunnel, general represents a woman. At least that's what Sigmund Freud thought. He also said that anything that is phallic shaped, such as a baseball bat, cigar, club or obelisk, represents a man. But the legendary pioneer of psychotherapy also said, "Sometimes a cigar is just a cigar." So dreaming about these shapes can mean other things. Entrance can represent new beginnings or a journey. You may be revisiting the past, or have concerns about future travel.
  • Running -- If you're being chased by someone or something, or fleeing an unknown terror, it means you are avoiding a confrontation or putting off an unpleasant task. So maybe it's time to clean the garage, confess to your boss that you've blown the deadline, or tell your deadbeat brother-in-law to get off the couch, take his incontinent collie and find a place of his own.
  • Water -- A clam, serene pool of water represents the serenity of the womb. Nice dream if you can get it. But if you're like most people, it's probably a turbulent, fearsome whirlpool. Or perhaps you're drowning in a blood-filled hot tub. Troubled liquid signifies personal turmoil and a feeling of being overwhelmed. You might try building a bridge over that trouble water, by dating someone without a prison record and getting a job.
  • Falling and flying -- If you take a free-fall tumble, it generally means a lack of connection with a person or situation. So invest in seat belts or a guardrail if you sleep in a bunk bed. Flying can mean fleeing or escape. Book a trip fast.
  • Teeth falling out -- This very common dream can mean many things. It generally suggest that the dreamer has trouble communicating clearly and needs to brush up on conversational skills. It can also mean the dreamer runs on at the mouth and needs to watch what is said. The dream could also symbolize a loss of power from aging, as in the well known image of the toothless lion. Of course, it may just mean it's time for a trip to the dentist.
  • Persistent Dream -- One in which co-workers and/or bosses are brutally slain. It's time to get out that resume.

WEIRD NEWS

A Very Bad Gamble

In Hartford, Wisconsin, police were able to catch up with a 20-year-old shoplifter after he decided to take one gamble too many. Allegedly our man stole a bottle of whiskey which he hid in his pants from a Washington County liquor store. But before he left, he got the stupid idea to fill out a raffle ticket to win a ticket to a Slinger Speedway race. The store owner watched the idiot fill out the ticket, then called police who easily tracked him down. (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)

Naked Woman Really Needs a Smoke!
Imagine sitting at home when you hear a knock on the door. You open the door and find a completely naked woman standing there asking for a cigarette! That's apparently exactly what happened in Clearwater, Florida. Police found naked girl a short time later walking through a mobile home park wearing only boxer shorts. And before you randy guys get any thoughts that this might actually be kind of cool -- we might point out that our naked lady friend was 54 and not exactly in shape. (St. Petersburg Times)

One App You Won't Be Getting From Apple
Apple iPhone Apps have become so numerous it's hard to keep up with them all -- and many do amazing things. But here's one app that Apple says they won't be offering to customers. Called "Me So Holy" the app puts a person's face within a religious figure, including Jesus Christ, which Apple thinks many customers will find objectionable. Officially, the computer giant says the app does not conform with Apple's iPhone agreement provision against obscene, pornographic, offensive or defamatory content or materials of any kind. So they turned it down. (AHN News)

Woman Finally Graduates 30 Years Later
It took 61-year-old Lynda McDade 30 years to do it, but she finally completed her college education. The grandmother and mother of five graduated from the University of Detroit Mercy thirty years after taking her first college course there. During those thirty years she has worked at a local hospital, had five children, two divorces and several relocations. And all the while she took college classes, finding time to study while her kids were at school. Her daughter, and fellow graduate, 32-year-old Tai McDade said, "I'm even more proud of her than of myself. She gave up so much to raise us. I get choked up every time, just talking about it." (AHN News)

My Rock-Hard Abs Saved My Life
Here's another reason to get in shape. In Malaga, Spain, 47-year-old Peggy Williams has her washboard stomach and rock-hard abs to thank for saving her life. She was paragliding when a strong gust of wind sent her plummeting more than 20 feet from the sky until she landed on a rocky outcrop. But doctors said her high level of fitness, especially her washboard stomach muscles, worked like a girdle to protect her vital organs and saved her life. She was airlifted to a hospital where she spent two-and-a-half weeks recovering. So how does she do it? Peggy said, "I do 15 sit-ups and 30 bicycle sit-ups, or lateral crunches, every day-it's just a one minute routine." She also runs several times a week. (Ananova)

Naughty Grandmas Get Naked Again
The original Calendar Girls have taken their clothes off again -- for another charity calendar! Wearing little more than a smile and a trademark set of pearls, six members of the Rylstone Women's Institute in Yorkshire have been reunited for a new 2010 calendar. The women, aged 57 – 75 are naked, but the pictures are very modest and their private parts are hidden by things like tea pots, a baby grand piano, and plants. 63-year-old Angela Baker, whose husband's death from lymphoma led to the idea for the first calendar was surprised that people were celebrating their reunion. When they made the original calendar in 1999, they hoped to just make enough money to buy a sofa for a hospital waiting room. But over the next decade, they found themselves travelling the world, having a Hollywood movie made about them, and raising over $2.5 million for Leukemia Research. (Ananova)

THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW

  • Danny and Kris fans, time to rally. Simon says that Adam will win this year's round of "American Idol."
  • Jessica Simpson forgot the lyrics to her song "Remember That" at a concert last Friday. The pop star has twice this year forgotten the words to the same song she spaced on Friday.
  • Oprah Winfrey's in-house medical and health expert, Dr. Oz, said goodbye to "The Oprah Winfrey Show" on Tuesday because he's heading for his own syndicated program.
  • Jamie Lee Curtis is wearing a pink wig which belonged to a 15-year-old girl who died of cancer. She's wearing it in the teen's memory to raise awareness and money for childhood cancer.
  • Ready for "The Addams Family: the musical"? The show will take to Broadway a year from now, with Nathan Lane as Gomez and Bebe Neuwirth as Morticia.
  • Miss California USA can retain her crown after questions arose about semi-nude photographs taken of her as a teenager and her association with a conservative advocacy group for marriage, says pageant owner Donald Trump.
  • Former Saturday Night Live star Maya Rudolph is expecting her second child.
  • Patrick Swayze says in his new biography that his greatest regret in life is the physical damage he's done to his body. "I used to believe I was invincible, breaking bones over and over, playing football, doing gymnastics, diving, ballet, doing my own stunts, kick boxing, staging fights... it all seems a little stupid to me now."
  • Cat Stevens -- now known as Yusef Islam -- played in L.A. on Monday, his first U.S. concert in 33 years.
  • Mark Landon, an actor and eldest son of "Little House on the Prairie" star Michael Landon, was found dead Monday at his home. He was 60.
  • There's a proposal back in D.C. to levy a "Soda tax," that would tax regular pop... but not diet.
  • A concert promoter is trying to block this summer's scheduled Michael Jackson concerts in England from ever happening.

DID YOU KNOW?

And now from the "I thought I'd heard it all department, until..." Tyler Frost was been suspended from his Christian high school and will not be allowed to graduate with his class because he attended the public school prom with his girlfriend. CBS News reports that Frost, 17, attended the Findlay, Ohio, high school prom. He attends Heritage Christian School in Findlay where he had to sign a contract at the beginning of the school year, promising not to dance, hold hands with a girl or listen to rock music.

You'll never have to worry about losing the remote control again, thanks to a new breakthrough that lets the television read your gestures. The Silicon Valley tech company GestureTek has been working with the Hitachi company to create TVs that use depth cameras to watch viewers' hands. When a viewer gestures in a certain pattern; moving left or right, or hovering in one particular place, the camera sends the motion to a built in computer. Special software instantaneously translates that movement into a command, flipping through channels, raising or lowering the volume or selecting items from an onscreen menu. Currently, the hand reading system is expensive, but developers hope to drop the price to only $50 or so more than an ordinary high end television set. (Sun)

The designers of tomorrow have created a fleet of futuristic ambulances loaded with high tech health care ideas, and their concepts could blow your minds or save your life. Some of the so called "smart pd" emergency vehicles change shape. The Ladybird features an expanding tent for rough weather, while the Shell has a detachable rear section that can be left behind as a portable emergency clinic. The Morphing Interior goes one better with soft silicone walls that can form beds, seats or standing supports depending on the needs of the patient. Other smart pods are more action oriented, like the Autocare. The vehicle can drive on all kinds of terrain and comes equipped with ejection seats to rocket paramedics into hard to reach accident scenes. The Mobile Treatment Unit might be able to roll where it needs to go, but its swiveling middle allow it to open into a fell featured miniature hospital. (Sun)

WHAT IS IN A NAME??


If you have friends named Judy or Joshua and they're always ridiculously upbeat and happy, there's a reason: It's in their name. The happiest people are likely to be named Judy or Joshua, and the most miserable are Lynn and Ben. That's the word from psychologist Dr. David Holmes of Britain's Manchester Metropolitan University, who claims people's personalities change to fit the name their parents gave them.

  • Top 10 happiest women's names (in order from one to ten): Judy, Stephanie, Linda, Pam, Pat, Fiona, Paula, Susan, Isobel, Vicky.
  • Top 10 happiest men's names: Joshua, Jason, Matthew, Terry, Barry, Stan, Ian, Craig, Nigel, Christopher.
  • Top 10 unhappiest women's names: Lynn, Charlotte, Tina, Amy, Tara, Sam, Alex, Tanya, Jessica, Olivia.
  • Top 10 unhappiest men's names: Ben, Andrew, Edward, Tim, Owen, Bob, Dennis, Ray, Alfie, Jeremy.

Holmes insists that our names are similar to brand names in that people associate certain characteristics with them and compare them to famous people who have the same name. When that happens, an individual's personality can actually be shaped to fit his or her name and the assumptions others make about that name.

ON THE TUBE


LIVE WITH REGIS & KELLY/SYN (check local listings)
Jewel

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

BEER FOR MY HORSES/CMT 9:00PM, 11:00PM (ET)
Toby Keith

THE COLLECTION: MONTGOMERY GENTRY/GAC 9:00PM (ET)

Hope Votes:


How much reach does Country radio, and its audience, truly have? St. Jude Children's Research Hospital has a chance to find out in Target's $3 million Bullseye Gives campaign. Facebook members will determine how much (or little) a number of charities will receive by voting here (limit one per day) until May 25. And while all the choices are more than worthy of support, Country radio has the opportunity to reach out to its audience and again make a meaningful difference in the lives of St. Jude kids.

Celebrity Gossip

VANESSA HUDGENS READY TO GO NAKED AGAIN: Most of the world already got a glimpse of Vanessa Hudgens naked -- courtesy of some leaked pictures -- so it's no surprise that the High School Musical alum would someday be down for bearing it all on the big screen. The 20-year-old actress told E!, "I will show nudity in a film when the time is right. Right now, I wouldn't feel comfortable doing it, but like I said, when the time's right, if it's an amazing movie that I'm really passionate about and that's what it calls for, then we'll see."

POLICE VISIT LINDSAY LOHAN'S 'MESSY' HOME AFTER ALARM IS TRIPPED: A burglar alarm was tripped at Lindsay Lohan's house in Hollywood, California on Tuesday (May 12). When police arrived on the scene they found evidence of a potential break in and ransacking. After further investigation they concluded that Lohan's house is just a mess and no one entered the home. Lohan was not home at the time.

'THE OFFICE' STAR GETTING DRUG CHARGE DISMISSED: The Office star Craig Robinson's felony drug conviction will be dismissed after the actor appeared in court on Tuesday (May 12th) and proved that he'd completed a drug education course. TMZ.com reports that the conviction, which stemmed from a 2008 bust for meth and ecstasy, will be dismissed next February.

KATE WINSLET WEARS LEO'S RING: Leonardo DiCaprio reportedly gave Kate Winslet a slim gold ring with an engraving on the inside that the actress wears along with her wedding ring, according to Flare magazine. Winslet, who is happily married to director Sam Mendes, said, "Yes, Leo's ring is engraved on the inside, but I'm not going to tell you what it says."

AMANDA BEARD MARRIED AND PREGNANT: Olympic swimmer Amanda Beard is married and pregnant. The 27-year-old athlete confirmed to People magazine that she and photographer Sacha Brown tied the knot on May 1st -- and will welcome their first child later this year. The couple married in a brief sunset ceremony in Indonesia that was witnessed only by local villagers. Beard, who is five-and-a-half months along, told the magazine that she plans on getting back in the pool six months after giving birth and hopes to compete in the 2012 Olympics.

RACHEL HUNTER GETTING MARRIED THIS SUMMER: Model Rachel Hunter will wed Los Angeles Kings hockey player Jarret Stole in mid-August. Rod Stewart's ex-wife revealed to People magazine that she changed the location of the nuptials six times before deciding on a northern California spot. She admitted, "I need to be given less time than a year to plan, because I change my mind so often. It was going to be in Mexico, but we decided otherwise. I've made seven changes to the location." The couple has been engaged since last August.

K-FLAG SPORTS

Brandon Phillips homered and drove in two runs, and Micah Owings dominated his former teammates as the Cincinnati Reds defeated the Arizona Diamondbacks 3-1 on Tuesday night. Owings went seven sharp innings and allowed one run and a season-low four hits. He walked two and struck out four. Arizona fell to 1-4 under manager A.J. Hinch, who replaced Bob Melvin last week.

In other National League action....

Pittsburgh 7, St. Louis 1
Philadelphia 5, L.A. Dodgers 3
N.Y. Mets 4, Atlanta 3, 10 innings
Chicago Cubs 6, San Diego 2
Milwaukee 6, Florida 3
Colorado 12, Houston 1
San Francisco 9, Washington 7

In the American League....

Baltimore 7, Tampa Bay 5
Chicago White Sox 7, Cleveland 4
Toronto 5, N.Y. Yankees 1
Texas 7, Seattle 1
Minnesota 6, Detroit 2
Boston 4, L.A. Angels 3
Oakland 12, Kansas City 3

The Boston Celtics and Los Angeles Lakers have taken 3-2 leads in the NBA's conference semifinals. Glen Davis scored 10 of his 22 points in the fourth quarter and the Celtics closed on a 17-3 run to beat Orlando 92-88. And Kobe Bryant dropped in 26 points before sitting out the fourth quarter of the Lakers' 118-78 blowout over Houston. Tonight in the NBA, the Dallas Maveriks are in Denver to take on the Nuggets at 6 p.m.

The Anaheim Ducks and Boston Bruins were able to force Game 7s in their respective NHL second-round series. Jonas Hiller stopped 38 shots and Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry each had a goal and an assist to lead the Ducks past the Detroit Red Wings 2-1. Tim Thomas made 13 of his 31 saves in the final period as the Bruins downed the Carolina Hurricanes 4-2. In the NHL Playoffs tonight, the Pittsburgh Penguins will take on the Capitals in Washington DC at 4 p.m.

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Too much time on the lake or river and you have a SUNBURN?


I can help!

Aloe Take as many leaves as necessary from an aloe plant; refrigerate; peel off top layer of leaves; apply the side of the leaf with flesh exposed directly to the sunburn. Other remedies use aloe vera juice: for mild to medium sunburn, keep the affected area moist with aloe vera juice. Repeat frequently. This will reduce the pain and the amount of peeling. Aloe vera ointment works well, too, as it contains oil and will not evaporate. For a severe sunburn, keep the area moist at all times with aloe vera juice. Since aloe vera is an astringent, you may want to use aloe vera ointment or some sort of oil, such as olive or baby. Aloe is very effective in relieving pain and inflammation.

  • Combine aloe juice with ½ the amount of vitamin E. Dab on the sunburn. Vitamin E is a good moisturizer.

Apple cider vinegar Apply apple cider vinegar to the burn with a cottonball, or make a cooling compress for a large area to relieve the pain. Keep the skin moistened. This remedy will prevent blistering and peeling.

Aspirin Aspirin kills the pain and reduces inflammation and redness of a sunburn. It short-circuits the whole sunburn process. It must be taken within 24 hours of getting sunburned. Aspirin is preferable to ibuprofen or acetaminophen because it is less stressful on the liver and kidneys.

Baking soda Dissolve some baking soda in water and make a compress using a clean cloth. Another remedy is to add 1/2 cup of baking soda to a tepid bath and soak. Instead of drying the affected area with a towel, let it air dry. Baking soda is cooling and will help the skin retain moisture.

Baths Add 20 drops of each of lavender and chamomile essential oils to a tubful of cool water and soak for 10 minutes.

Bergamot Add bergamot oil to cool bathwater.

Calendula Put 20 drops of calendula tincture in four ounces of water and bathe the skin until the pain goes away. Calendula is also available in gels and salves. Calendula will help soften and heal burned skin. It is anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial, and can be used long after the burn to heal the skin.

Cucumber Rub sunburned area with fresh cucumber slices. They are very cool and will soothe the area.

Epsom salts Dissolve epsom salts in water and make a compress using a clean cloth.

Ice Apply ice or cold water to the burned area. This will stop the burning process and cool the skin.

Lavender Mix 20-25 drops of lavender oil in one cup of water and bathe the sunburned area.

Lemon water Mix the juice of three lemons into two cups of cold water and sponge on the sunburn. The lemon will cool the burn, act as a disinfectant, and will promote healing of the skin.

Milk Make a compress of whole milk (or buttermilk) and apply to the burned area for 20 minutes; repeat every two to four hours. Wash the milk off so you won't smell sour! The fat content of the milk is soothing for burns.

  • A similar remedy suggests using a cup of skim milk and four cups of water, adding a few ice cubes, and applying as a compress as recommended above.

Oatmeal Put some oatmeal in tepid bath water, soak for a few minutes, then air dry yourself.

Oil Cover the area with cooking oil and sprinkle powdered ginger on the oil. This will promote healing.

Onion Bruise an onion and rub on the burn.

Peppermint Apply peppermint oil to the sunburned skin. You can also make a mild peppermint infusion and use it as a wash to cool the sunburn.

Potato Grate a potato and apply it to the burned area. The starch will cool and soothe the burn.

St. Johns Wort Make an ointment or salve with the essential oil of St. Johns wort for burns that have not broken the skin. It is anti-inflammatory, antiviral and antibacterial. Caution: St. John's wort makes the skin more photosensitive, so stay out of the sun if you have used this remedy or if you are taking another form as an antidepressant. The cauton is courtesy of a reader named Wendi.

Shower Take a warm shower to draw out the heat of your sunburn. The warm water will increase circulation to the area while hydrating it, thereby speeding the healing process.

Tea Make some tea, cool, and apply to the burn. While any tea may be beneficial, mint tea, such as peppermint or spearmint are especially good. The teas have tannins that help the healing process.

Urtica urens Put 20 drops of urtica urens tincture in four ounces of water and bathe the skin. This remedy is good for itchy, prickly skin.

Vinegar See Apple Cider Vinegar remedy above.

Witch hazel Make a decoction of witch hazel and apply with a compress.

Yarrow Native Americans used an infusion of ground yarrow as a wash.

Yogurt Apply plain yogurt with live cultures, let it stand for a few minutes, then rinse off under cool water.

  • Another remedy using yogurt is to mix equal parts of yogurt and mashed strawberries and apply to the sunburned area for 15 minutes. Rinse with cool water.

Caution! You may have sun poisoning if you experience chills, fever, or get blisters or a rash. See your physician!

Today is Limerick Day! --

Needless to say, not a very big deal in Nantucket. If you'd like to write your own, here are a couple of templates to get you started:

Template A:
There once was a _____ from _____.
All the while s/he was hoping _____.
So s/he _____.
And _____.
That _____ from _____.

Template B:
I once knew a _____ from _____.
On most days s/he _____.
But whenever s/he _____.
The _____.
That unusual _____ from _____.

Okay, now let me try this thing:

There once was a Hilton named Paris,
Her actions would quite often scare us.
When guys went to her place,
They'd get way past first base
And would leave feeling like Roger Maris.

THE BEST TIME FOR ANY EXERCISE (Women's Health)



MORNING:

  • Best for: Yoga. Your ability to perform is lowest in the morning; better to keep your exercise less intense in the a.m. hours.
  • Going long: When your core temperature gets high, fatigue sets in. Your inner thermometer is lowest now, so you will take longer to overheat.

AFTERNOON:

  • Best for: Smashing the competition.
  • Time for the smackdown: Some moves requiring accuracy, like your tennis serve, are most precise around 2 p.m., when it's easiest to get energized and your focus is sharpest.

EVENING:

  • Best for: Getting strong. Your core body temp is highest in the early evening, so your muscles will warm up more easily and you can work harder.
  • Scoring: For the same reason, this is also when you have the most power to make explosive movements, such as those used in soccer or volleyball.

From Prevention magazine, here are some ways to fall asleep faster:



  • Unplug an hour before bed. That includes the television, computer, cell phone, and any other glowing tech tools. Research shows that the brain misreads artificial light as daylight, so it doesn't release melatonin, a sleep-regulating chemical, which is normally triggered by darkness.
  • Take a warm shower or bath. Your body temperature goes down when you get out, which makes you feel sleepy. That's because it mimics what occurs deep inside the body at night, when internal temperature drops to its lowest level.
  • Meditate or pray for 10 minutes. Several studies show that it can help reduce anxiety, release negative thinking, and improve sleep. Sit quietly in a comfortable position and repeat a phrase you find relaxing, such as keep letting go.

THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW

Bebe Neuwirth (Fraser) will star in "The Addams Family" on Broadway. The show's producers say Nathan Lane will play Gomez and Neuwirth will be Morticia in the musical.
  • Offers poured in for Susan Boyle to attend the Correspondents' Dinner over the weekend in Washington, DC, but she turned 'em down, saying she would be too nervous. She did agree to make an appearance via satellite on Oprah.
  • Lance Armstrong writes in his new book that his breakup with Sheryl Crow was the result of her wanting marriage and kids and for him, it was too soon after his previous marriage and three kids.
  • Jimmy Fallon spent his Saturday night getting his college diploma -- 17-years late than planned-- a bachelor's degree in communications from the College of Saint Rose in Albany, NY.
  • Tobey Maguire and his wife, Jennifer Meyer, welcomed their second child last Friday, a boy. No name yet.
  • Joan Rivers won the Celebrity Apprentice on Sunday night. It was a pretty safe bet you weren't watching.
  • The Social Security Administration says that Emma and Jacob were the top baby names in 2008. #2,049 on the list: Barack!
  • Julie Bowen and her husband, Scott Phillips welcomed twins into the world last Friday: Gus and John.
  • The Miami Dolphins are renaming their home Landshark Stadium as part of a partnership with Jimmy Buffett.
  • The two guys of Abba, Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus have written a new song, which will be released on July 6.
  • The best city for your hair? That would be Santa Barbara, California. The worst? Corpus Christi, Texas, because of the hard water and very few salons.
  • Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Winslet and director James Cameron have kicked in a total of $30,000 to a fund set up for 97-year-old Millvina Dean... the last living survivor of the Titanic disaster. The fund will help keep her in a nursing home. She was just 9-months-old when her mom climbed on board a lifeboat.
  • Just a reminder. The price of a postage stamp went up 2 cents this week.
  • Union workers at Safeway have authorized a strike, but the two sides are still talking.

DO'S AND DON'TS OF LOVE IN A SOCIAL NETWORKING AGE (Glamour)

  • DON'T change your Facebook relationship status without discussing it first: Before announcing to the world that you've gone from single to in a relationship, make sure your man is on the same page. Along those same lines, change your status back to single only if you've discussed breaking up -- not in response to arguments or as a one-sided breakup strategy.
  • DON'T post your make-out photos: A PDA can be nauseating when you witness it on the street, but online, it can be downright destructive. If you do feel the need to share your potentially inappropriate pictures with your man, do everyone a favor and upload them to a private album on a photo-sharing website like Flickr. Trust us, he'll appreciate the gesture, and you'll be glad you did when potential employers go poking around on your MySpace page.
  • DO delete some of those pics of your ex-boyfriend: It can be hard to part with old memories, but if you have hundreds of pictures with your former flame on Facebook, your new guy might think you're still hung up on your ex. "If the relationship has ended, you may want to consider deleting those pictures and keep your profile up-to-date," says Nancy Pina, a relationship expert and author of The Right Relationship Can Happen. "That is not to say the relationship was not significant but that that person is not in your life anymore."
  • DON'T leave a virtual paper trail: There's nothing wrong with a little bit of online research when you start dating someone, but know this: Some websites allow you to see who's been checking out your profile. For example, LinkedIn shows the professional titles of people who viewed your info. Some MySpace features even allow users to see the names of people who viewed their profile. Before you click through his Google search results, make sure you're not leaving any cyber footprints. And if you do, fess up. In person.
  • DON'T take it personally if he's not as chatty as you'd like: If he's not Gchatting or IM-ing you every time he signs on, it doesn't mean he isn't interested. Men tend to be less chat-friendly than women, so don't worry if a few of your IMs go unanswered. And if you're always the IM initiator, it may be his not-so-subtle cue to keep conversations outside the chat window.
  • DON'T drink and text: Not only are drunken communications often damaging to relationships, they can also be damaging to your self-esteem. And if pretty much every Sunday begins with a pang of regret over your TUIs (texting under the influence), maybe it's time to rely on some outside help. iPhones and Gmail have programs that disable your texting/e-mailing during peak drinking hours, unless you can pass a sobriety test.
  • DON'T use status updates to publicize every stage of your relationship: We don't have any definitive proof, but we're pretty sure some of Hollywood's biggest breakups may have been casualties of overexposure (hello, Newlyweds: Nick and Jessica, Carmen and Dave, Travis and Shanna ...). And locker-room gossip aside, your guy probably wants a little privacy too. Dating expert David Wygant adds, "We all know that you are telling your friends everything, but we really don't want the world to know."
  • DON'T use the Internet as a way to get to know his friends and family before you've met them in person: If you haven't met his extended family and best buddies yet, don't add them as friends. It may seem benign, but online boundaries should be treated just as regular boundaries -- even if they are only a click away (and you're really dying to know what his older brother looks like).
  • DO use Skype if you are in a long-distance relationship: Skype allows you to talk through the speakers of your computer free --even if you live at opposite ends of the world. (So much cheaper than that international plan on your cell phone!) When you plug in a headset, it's just like speaking on a regular phone. Plus, if both of you have webcams, you can see each other while you talk.
  • DON'T Twitter stalk each other: When you begin dating someone, it can useful to learn some online information about him. But sharing every detail of your day-to-day with each other might quickly take away the mystery and excitement. Keep the news about your parking tickets and bad hair days to your loyal Twitter followers -- not your new date. You need to talk about something over those candlelight dinners.

K-FLAG SPORTS

Willy Taveras tied his career high with five hits while providing two RBIs and four runs scored in Cincinnati's 13-5 blowout win at Arizona. Diamondbacks outfielder Justin Upton hit a two-run homer that stretched his hitting streak to 18 games.

Also in the National League...

Atlanta 8, N.Y. Mets 3
San Francisco 11, Washington 7

In the American League...

Cleveland 9, Chicago White Sox 4

The Dallas Mavericks avoided a four-game sweep in the NBA's Western Conference semifinals as Dirk Nowitzki scored 19 of his 44 points in the fourth quarter of a 119-117 win over Denver. The Nuggets failed to close out the series despite Carmelo Anthony's 41 points. And LeBron James delivered 27 points as the Cleveland Cavaliers topped Atlanta 84-74 to earn their eighth straight playoff win and a trip to the Eastern Conference semifinals.

Tonights Playoff action.....

Orlando at Boston, 5 p.m.
Houston at L.A. Lakers, 7:30 p.m.

The Chicago Blackhawks advanced to the NHL's Western Conference finals last night after the Washington Capitals forced a Game 7 in their conference semifinal series. Patrick Kane notched two of his three goals while the Hawks were scoring four times in the final seven minutes of a 7-5 triumph over Vancouver. The Caps beat Pittsburgh 5-4 on David Steckel's goal at 6:22 of overtime.

In the NHL Playoffs today...

Boston at Carolina, 4 p.m.
Detroit at Anaheim, 7 p.m.

In other Sports News.....

The Sacramento Kings plan to interview former Phoenix Suns coach Paul Westphal this week for their head coaching vacancy. During three and a-half seasons in charge of the Suns, Westphal led Phoenix to the 1993 NBA finals. Westphal also coached the Seattle SuperSonics, Pepperdine and Grand Canyon University.

The Tampa Bay Lightning made Rick Tocchet their full-time coach. The former Phoenix assistant went 19-33-and-14 after replacing Barry Melrose, who was fired just 16 games into his first season behind the Lightning bench.

Thrashers co-owner Bruce Levenson says there's no truth to the rumor the ownership group has been involved in discussions about taking the team out of Atlanta and moving it to Hamilton, Ontario. The Hamilton Spectator reports Vancouver developer Tom Gaglardi heads a group interested in moving the Thrashers to Canada. There also are efforts to move the Phoenix Coyotes to Hamilton.

Minnesota Vikings president Mark Wilf says the team is indeed interested in Brett Favre and is assessing "a variety of factors" concerning the twice-retired quarterback. Wilf also says he's "not aware of any meeting" in the past between team officials and the three-time MVP.

KFLAG COUNTRY MUSIC UP DATE

Carrie Underwood made her second trip to Africa earlier this month visiting orphanages and health centers near Luanda, Angola, where she participated in the area's cause to help fight malaria. Her visit was part of American Idol's "Idol Gives Back" charitable endeavors, and a special video package will air on American Idol tonight (Tuesday, May 12th) to help show viewers how their donations have helped with various relief programs.

While in Angola, Underwood visited an all-girl orphanage in Luanda where the kids thanked her for her delivery of bed nets and backpacks with school supplies by performing songs and poetry. Underwood also participated in a community bed net giveaway in Ngangula, and wrapped up her three-day trip by visiting a health center in Luanda where pregnant women received malaria counseling and treatment.

  • American Idol and the Charity Projects Entertainment Fund (CPEF) partnered last year to raise awareness and funds for organizations that provide relief programs to help children and young people in extreme poverty in America and Africa. ExxonMobil sponsored Underwood's most recent trip to Africa.

SIDE NOTES

  • With her latest hit, "I Told You So," topping the country charts this week, Underwood earns another page in the music history books as the first country artist ever to chart 10 Number One singles on the strength of their first two albums.
  • The song is Underwood's fifth consecutive Number One from her current Carnival Ride album.
  • Underwood's two albums -- Some Hearts and Carnival Ride -- have sold more than 10 million units combined.

If there was any doubt before, Taylor Swift can now officially say she's made it. The nineteen-year-old will be a guest on The Oprah Winfrey Show on Monday (May 18th). Swift taped the appearance late last month in Chicago just after the kick off of her sold-out Fearless tour.

Swift visited Winfrey's Harpo Studios to surprise a young fan as a part of the finale of "Oprah's Search for the World's Smartest and Most Talented Kids," which includes performances from young people with a range of talents from around the world.

SIDE NOTES

  • Swift played two sold-out shows in London last week. She returned home over the weekend, and her Fearless tour resumes on Thursday (May 14th) in Spokane, Washington.
  • The Fearless tour will play to 52 cities in 40 states and provinces in the US and Canada over the next six months.
  • Combined sales of Swift's self-titled debut and current Fearless album are in excess of seven million units.

Sugarland have set the bar pretty high for themselves. Platinum albums, Number One hits and awards are just not enough for Jennifer Nettles and Kristian Bush, who joked about their ultimate goal. "(Nettles) I always wanted world domination. (Bush) We spoke of world domination... people thought we were crazy. (Nettles) Yeah, you just don't know if it's possible, you know, till you get in there, but I knew that we were hard workers and had the drive and there's something to be said for manifesting and for, you know, plain hard work and a little bit of luck. I don't know what the recipe is, you know. I wish there were a book that said how to do this and do this well, but that might take the magic out of it."
  • After being sidelined by a viral tonsil condition for the last several days, Nettles and Bush will be back on the road come Friday (May 15th) for a show in Orange Beach, Alabama.
  • They will join Kenny Chesney for his May 23rd show at Crew Stadium in Columbus, Ohio.

Brad Paisley has added a show to his upcoming American Saturday Night tour. He will now play New York City's Madison Square Garden on October 21st. The tour officially kicks off on June 5th in Charlotte, North Carolina with special guests Dierks Bentley and Jimmy Wayne.
  • Paisley graces the cover of the current issue of Billboard magazine. Inside the issue, he discusses his publishing company, Sea Gayle Music, which he co-owns with long-time friends Frank Rogers, his producer, and frequent songwriting partner Chris DuBois. He also chats about his soon-to-be-released CD, American Saturday Night, and the tour.
  • American Saturday Night will be released on June 30th.

SIDE NOTES

  • Paisley will perform on the CMT Music Awards on June 16th.
  • He will play Good Morning America's Summer Concert Series on July 3rd at the new location of Central Park in New York City.

Jimmy Wayne had a heck of a time getting to his show in Fort Walton Beach, Florida last week. It wasn't a travel glitch, but rather a mechanical issue with his very own tour bus. The lock on the bus door somehow jammed, trapping Wayne inside with just minutes to go before show time. Wayne had to crawl through the back window and down a ladder that band members had managed to find. The entire incident was captured on video by Wayne's band leader and is now on youtube.
  • Wayne said, "It was just freakin' hysterical. The band and crew were on the ground laughing. . . And to top it all off, I looked and felt like a roasted pepper, having spent way too much time in the sun earlier that day. So, climbing out the window did sting a bit! But hey, the show must go on!"

SIDE NOTES


Dierks Bentley has landed the cover of the May/June double issue of American Songwriter magazine, which is on stands now. Bentley is featured in an eight-page spread inside the publication, where he discusses various aspects of his writing success.

Bentley will also be the first country artist featured on the PBS series, Live From The Artists Den. The hour-long episode was taped in Chicago in April. Bentley performed both his hits and some of his favorite album cuts from his four CDs. Other acts who've made appearances on the show include Alanis Morissette and Jakob Dylan. Live From The Artists Den featuring Bentley will air sometime this fall.

SIDE NOTES

  • Bentley returns from his first Australian tour this week.
  • He will perform his latest hit, "Sideways," on The Bonnie Hunt Show on Thursday (May 14th) and Late Night with Jimmy Fallon on May 20th.
  • Bentley will rejoin Brad Paisley for his American Saturday Night tour on June 5th in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Joe Nichols' new single, "Believers," is getting so much feedback that he has asked fans to share their thoughts in a unique way. He wants their beliefs on video, as Nichols tells us: "We put out a challenge. We've asked people to send in a two to five second video of why you're a believer. You know, start the video off with, 'I'm a believer because' for instance, 'My cousin's in Iraq and I think he's gonna make it back home and safe,' or 'I'm a believer because I survived cancer. (I) never thought that was possible.' You know, stuff like that. There's some amazing stories out there, and we've done that and got some incredible response so far with the video footage everybody's sent in."

Nichols adds that while the song may give hope to listeners, what they're giving back to him in the way of feedback is just as meaningful."There's been a lot of great, great feedback. A lot of people are like, 'This is a really cool idea,' and it gives people a podium to kind of tell their story -- why they are a believer, why they're inspired daily. It's a really cool way for us to be inspired, too! We see that and we go, 'Man, now we're livin' right!' This is really cool -- to see the response and the way people are inspired by what we do, it inspires us right back."Fans can submit their footage at youtube.com/officialjoenichols.

  • Submissions will be considered for inclusion in a possible music video for the song.
  • "Believers" is the lead single from Nichols' upcoming untitled CD, which is set for release later this summer.
Trace Adkins, Dierks Bentley and Jason Aldean have been added to the ever-growing performance lineup for the 2009 CMT Music Awards on June 16th. The show will air live on CMT from the Sommet Center in Nashville beginning at 8 p.m. ET.
  • Previously announced performers include Toby Keith, Brad Paisley, Rascal Flatts, Sugarland, Taylor Swift, Keith Urban and rockers Def Leppard.

SIDE NOTES

  • Kellie Pickler and CMT's Lance Smith will announce the four finalists in each of the categories during the 2009 CMT Music Awards Nominee Special on May 19th at 10 a.m., ET. Fans can then vote online at CMT.com through June 15th to determine the winners.
  • The final nominees for Video of the Year will be announced at the beginning of the live show, and fans can vote at CMT.com and via text on their Verizon Wireless phones throughout the live broadcast to determine the night's big winner.

The 43rd annual CMA Awards are set to air live from the Sommet Center in Nashville on November 11th at 8 p.m. ET on ABC. The 2008 CMA Awards, held in Nashville on November 12th during November Sweeps, ranked behind only the Academy Awards and Grammy Awards during the 2008-2009 season for awards shows among total viewers.

FAST FACTS

  • The first "CMA Awards Banquet and Show" was held in 1967.
  • In 1968, the CMA Awards was broadcast on NBC Television for the first time, making it the longest running, annual music awards program on network television.
  • The show aired on NBC through 1971, and on the CBS Television Network from 1972 through 2005.

ON THE TUBE

GAC NIGHTS/GAC 8:00PM (ET)
Pat Green

JOHN RICH BEHIND THE VIDEO: SHUTTIN' DETROIT DOWN/GAC 10:00PM (ET)

Monday, May 11, 2009

Celebrity Gossip

MICHAEL LANDON'S ELDEST SON FOUND DEAD: Actor Mark Landon, son of the late Michael Landon, was found dead Monday at his home. He was 60. The cause of Landon's death was not immediately clear but there was no evidence of foul play, said Sgt. David Infante of the Los Angeles County sheriff's office. Mark Landon, the oldest of Little House on the Prairie star Michael Landon's nine children, was adopted in 1956.

'TITANIC' STARS SAVING SHIP'S SURVIVOR: Titanic stars Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet are helping the ship's last survivor pay her nursing home fees. The Associated Press reports that the actors have pledged to support a fund to subsidize the 97-year-old's residential costs at a U.K. nursing home, where she's been living since breaking her hip three years ago. Millvina Dean was two-months-old when the Titanic sank and recently was forced to sell several of her mementos from the ship to raise cash.

CALISTA FLOCKHART AND HARRISON FORD ADOPTING?: Recently engaged couple Calista Flockhart and Harrison Ford are trying to adopt a little girl, according to Star magazine. Harrison, who has four children from his previous two marriages, is also said to be trying to legally adopt Flockhart's adopted eight-year-old son, Liam.

SHIRLEY JONES TO POSE NAKED? Shirley Jones will be a Playboy Playmate if her husband has his way. The 75-year-old former Partridge Family matriarch's husband/manager Marty Ingels told the New York Post of his wife, "She's still drop-dead gorgeous, and at the age of 75, a natural beauty. I'm her husband, and I think it would be sensational. Mature women are relevant."

DAVID HASSELHOFF'S EX MAKING LIFE INSURANCE DEMANDS: David Hasselhoff's estranged wife Pamela Bach has asked the judge handling their divorce case to require the former Baywatch star to maintain his life insurance -- which would pay her support in the event of his death. TMZ.com reports that Hasselhoff doesn't want to pay for the policy and claims that it wasn't part of their divorce deal.

BRITISH REALITY COUPLE SPLITS: British reality mega-couple Katie Price and Peter Andre are splitting. A rep for the couple, which starred in a Newlyweds-like reality show, announced on Monday (May 11th), "Peter Andre and Katie Price are separating after four and a half years of marriage. They have both requested that the media respect their families' privacy at this difficult time." Andre and Price -- who is also known as Jordan -- met on the U.K. reality TV show I'm A Celebrity . . . Get Me Out Of Here!, and have two young children together.

MAYA RUDOLPH EXPECTING SECOND CHILD: Maya Rudolph is expecting her second child with partner, director Paul Tomas Anderson. The couple has a daughter, Pearl, who is three.

DID YOU KNOW?

If you want to be happy, just grow old. The happiest Americans are also the oldest Americans, according to a recent study of 28,000 people ages 18 to 88 by the University of Chicago. Older adults are also more socially active, which makes sense since being social not only makes us happy, but also can banish the blues. In fact, the odds of being happy increase 5% with every decade you age. The bad news? Baby boomers are miserable. Of all the age groups surveyed, they are the least happy.

Ladies, if you want to attract the love and devotion of a very rich man, you need to become a brunette. In a Lycos poll in the UK, 62% of billionaires have wives with brown hair, including Microsoft head honcho Bill Gates' wife, Melinda French Gates. Coming in second were blondes at 22%, while those with raven-colored hair attracted 16% of the world's wealthiest men. Oddly, not a single billionaire was married to a redhead.



When men take risky gambles with money, they aren't just thinking about dollar signs. Turns out, they're thinking about sex, according to a recent study by researchers at Northwestern University and Stanford University who say that when a man sees erotic photographs it lights up the same part of the brain when he takes big financial risks. When the men in the study were shown the erotic photos, they were more likely to take a financial gamble than if they were shown a picture of something scary (such as a poisonous snake) or something neutral (such as a stapler).

Proving even further that men are from Mars and women are from Venus, a recent study shows males and females hate to eat the same things. The survey of 14,000 adults confirmed what most moms already knew -- boys love meat and frozen pizza while girls lean toward fruits, veggies and yogurt. But there were a few surprises in the survey, the largest study of its kind. Researchers discovered guys are more likely to eat asparagus, Brussels sprouts, peas and peanuts. Men also ignore the risk of food poisoning by eating more undercooked eggs and hamburgers, while the majority of women steer clear of items linked to cases of food borne contamination.


The top 10 worst cities for spring allergies:


If you suffer from springtime allergies, the last place you want to be right now is Louisville, KY. It has the distinction of being the most challenging place to live for people who are allergic to spring pollen, according to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America's 2009 list of top 100 Spring Allergy Capitals. The top 10 worst cities for spring allergies:

  1. Louisville, Kentucky
  2. Knoxville, Tennessee
  3. Charlotte, North Carolina
  4. Madison, Wisconsin
  5. Wichita, Kansas
  6. McAllen, Texas
  7. Greensboro, North Carolina
  8. Dayton, Ohio
  9. Little Rock, Arkansas
  10. Augusta, Georgia

"What's in a name?"


Well... a lot! Have a look at these top ten nicknames in showbiz, and see if you know who they are:

  1. Chairman of the Board (Frank Sinatra)
  2. King Of Cool (Steve McQueen)
  3. The King (Elvis Presley)
  4. The Rat Pack (Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis, Jr., Peter Lawford and Joey Bishop)
  5. The Godfather Of Soul (James Brown)
  6. The Boss (Bruce Stringsteen)
  7. King Of Pop (Michael Jackson)
  8. Duke (John Wayne)
  9. Man In Black (Johnny Cash)
  10. The Velvet Fog (Mel Torme)

THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW

  • This past week, the University of Illinois at Chicago held it's graduation ceremony, but skipped the traditional congratulatory handshake because of concern about the Swine flu.
  • Chyler Leigh from Grey's Anatomy has welcomed her third child into the world, a daughter, Anniston Kae.
  • The world's oldest dog, a dachshund, celebrated his 21st birthday last Friday in New York.
  • Russell Crowe wanted to make sure he didn't gain a pound the entire he was filming "Robin Hood." So, while he keeps working on the movie, he has a $120,000 personal gym set up in his "trailer."
  • Mickey Carroll, one of the last surviving "Munchkins" from The Wizard of Oz, died last week at age 89. He played the parts of the Munchkinland "Town Crier," he marched as a "Munchkin Soldier" and was the candy-striped "Fiddler" who escorted Dorothy down the yellow brick road toward the Emerald City.
  • I'm not saying Nicholas Cage's latest movie is cursed, but there were two car accidents within three days last week.
  • "Tron 2" is currently filming in Vancouver.
  • Dom Dimaggio, former Red Sox great and youngest brother of Joltin' Joe, die last week at age 92.
  • The crown of the Statue of Liberty, which has been closed to the public since the 9-11 attacks, will reopen on the 4th of July!

KFLAG COUNTRY MUSIC UP DATE

Ask and you shall receive. That is the message Kenny Chesney is sending to his dedicated fans by adding three new dates to his current Sun City Carnival tour. It seems that fans in Biloxi, Mississippi, Tallahassee, Florida and Charleston, South Carolina were quite disappointed that Chesney chose to skip their town this year. Word got back to the singer, and voila -- shows in those cities have now been added.

Chesney will play Biloxi's Mississippi Coast Coliseum on September 10th; Tallahassee's Leon County Civic Center on September 11th; and the North Charleston Coliseum on September 12th.

  • For ticket information and on-sale dates, log onto kennychesney.com.

FAST FACTS

  • Chesney will re-do his show show at Dallas Stadium on May 17th. The recent concert was canceled midway through due to high winds and pouring rain.
  • His Greatest Hits II compilation will be in stores on May 19th.
  • That night, Chesney will appear on The Late Show With David Letterman.

Reba McEntire returned to the stage of the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville for her first performance there in eight years on Saturday (May 9th) night. She sang four career-spanning songs -- "Why Haven't I Heard From You", "And Still," "I'm A Survivor" and her new single, "Strange" -- before a packed house.

McEntire recalled her first time on that stage, which was cut short due to a last-minute appearance by one of her all-time heroes. "Gettin' to sing on the Grand Ole Opry was a dream come true for my whole family. Mama and Daddy and my older sister, Alice, drove in from Oklahoma just to be there when I got to sing on the Grand Ole Opry, and I only got to sing one song because Dolly Parton pulled up, and she took one of my songs. I said she could have both of 'em just as long I can just meet Dolly Parton (laughs)."

McEntire also said the date of her Opry debut held a special significance, as she tells us:"September 17th, 1977 was the first time I ever got to sing at the Grand Ole Opry. I'd been over at the Ryman many, many times before, but never had got to perform there, and 30 years before --September 17th, 1947 -- Daddy won the all around at the Pendleton Roundup Rodeo in Pendleton, Oregon, so that day's very, very special to the McEntires."

  • "Strange" is the fastest-climbing single of McEntire's career to date.
  • The song is the debut single from her upcoming album, called Keep On Lovin' You, which will be released later this summer.
Keith Urban opened his Escape Together World tour with a bad case of nerves on Thursday (May 7th). He told the audience in Uncasville, Connecticut, "I was freaking out at the beginning of the show, but you guys made it easier with your love and appreciation. It's some hard times out there for a lot of people, so it's especially gratifying that you chose to come out to see us tonight."

The singer hit the 3500-square-foot stage for two hours, making full use of the two ramps on either side that allow him easy entry into the audience. Urban waded through the crowd more then a dozen times, much to the delight of his fans. At one point, he left the main floor and wandered 12 rows up into the arena.

During Friday's (May 8th) show in Uncasville, Urban brought Jamey Johnson up on stage to perform a duet of Johnson's hit, "In Color."

  • Urban heads to St. Paul, Minnesota on Thursday (May 14th). That night's special guest is the Zac Brown Band.

SIDE NOTES

  • Four new dates have been added to the Escape Together World tour. They are August 7th in Tulsa, Oklahoma; September 11th in Portland, Oregon; October 7th in Albany, New York; and October 8th in New York City.
  • For ticket pre-sale and general on-sale ticket information, log onto www.keithurban.net.
Big & Rich will put an end to breakup rumors by hitting the road together this summer. "Big" Kenny Alphin and John Rich will head out on a 30-day run beginning on June 12th in Winstead, Minnesota. The schedule includes a mix of solo dates and festival appearances, concluding on September 5th in Atlantic City, New Jersey.

FAST FACTS

  • Rich released his first solo album, Son Of A Preacher Man, in March.
  • The duo's last album, Between Raising Hell & Amazing Grace, was released in 2007.
Billy Currington isn't ready to rest on his laurels just yet. He tells us that when it comes to making music, he's far from being able to call himself a success. "I think, like, as far career-wise, I've got a long ways to go. I feel like I'm just kind of gettin' started, you know, in a small way. Other than that, success personally, I feel like I'm in a really good place right now, mentally, so, yeah, I feel like I'm halfway there on that one (laughs). (I'm) still a little crazy, but you know . . . (laughs)."
  • Currington has another hit on his hands with his latest single, "People Are Crazy."
  • Fans can test out their Xbox Need For Speed: Underground skills against Currington on Tuesday (May 12th) at 1 p.m. ET. He is the Xbox Live Artist of the Month for May.

ON THE TUBE


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

BACKSTORY: SARA EVANS/GAC 5:00PM (ET)

Celebrity Gossip


MIA FARROW ENDS HUNGER STRIKE: Mia Farrow is "disappointed" that she had to end her hunger strike after 12 days instead of the intended 21. The 64-year-old told People magazine that she lost 13 pounds before doctors insisted on Friday (May 8th) that she call off the strike, which the humanitarian embarked on to draw attention to the crisis in Darfur. Farrow told People magazine, "My doctor visited on Wednesday and told me to have sugar immediately because my blood sugar count dropped. He said I could go into seizures."

TOBEY MAGUIRE WELCOMES A SON: Tobey Maguire and his wife Jennifer Meyer welcomed their second child on Friday (May 8th). A rep for the couple told People magazine, "I can confirm the Maguires had a baby boy today, and the family is healthy and happy." The pair, who married in 2007, also have a two-and-a-half-year-old daughter named Ruby.

VH1 STAR DENIES SUFFERING OVERDOSE: VH1 reality star Daisy De La Hoya was not rushed to the hospital last week after suffering a drug overdose. The Daisy of Love star denied a TMZ.com report that paramedics responded to a 911 call about a "possible overdose," which also included sources who claimed she was acting "crazy" and having difficulty getting into the ambulance. Her rep told E! on Friday (May 8th), "Daisy was taken to the ER early this morning suffering from delirium as a result of exhaustion. There was no overdose. She is fine this evening and resting comfortably."

WANDA SYKES HEADLINES WHITE HOUSE CORRESPONDENTS DINNER: Comedienne Wanda Sykes served as the entertainer at Saturday's (May 9th) annual White House Correspondent's Dinner, where she teased the president for giving the Queen of England an iPhone and mocked his wife Michelle for patting the queen on the back "like she just slid into home plate -- way to go, queen!" Other celebrities in attendance for the event included Eva Longoria, Ashton Kutcher, Christian Slater, Natalie Portman, Sting, Mariska Hargitay, Steven Spielberg and Jon Bon Jovi.

HEIRS OF DEAD 'OZ' MUNCHKIN SUE CARETAKER: The heirs of Wizard of Oz actor Mickey Carroll, who died last week, are suing his caretaker, who they claim coerced the 89-year-old to sign over control of his $1 million-plus estate. The St. Louis Dispatch reports that caretaker Linda Dodge denies the claims and chalks up the disagreement to a "family squabble." Carroll, who was one of the last surviving munchkins from the iconic film, is alleged to have been in the "throes of dementia" when he gave Dodge control of his money four months ago.

Friday, May 08, 2009

MANSCAPE REVEALS WOMEN'S PERSONALITIES


Certain types of women's personalities tend to prefer different areas of the manscape. See if the part you're partial to matches your profile.

  • Chest/Stomach -- You're self-assured and successful in personal endeavors, but when it comes to the bedroom you like your man to take control.
  • Legs -- You're comfortable with your own body and perhaps a little self-centered. You're also very confident in your ummm "loving" skills.
  • Back or Tush -- You're direct and not the least bit shy. You take a more masculine approach in that you focus on the visual appeal of the body.
  • Arms -- You like a man to take care of you. You also value physical fitness for yourself.
  • Hands -- You are checking for the wedding ring tan line!

HOW TO DEAL WITH EVERYDAY ANNOYANCES

Sleeping through your alarm

  • Cause: We develop tolerances to sounds just as we develop tolerances to smells or sights. So if you have an alarm clock that makes the same noise every morning, eventually you will stop noticing it, and if you've had a late night and not enough sleep, you may just sleep right through.
  • Solution: Get an alarm clock that makes different noises each morning or jumps and rattles. Another solution is what your mother may have told you -- have a regular routine, go to bed at a sensible time, give yourself plenty of sleep, and you'll wake up at the right time.

Cutting yourself while shaving

  • Cause: We can't always prevent razor nicks, but stopping the bleeding is another matter.
  • Solution: Our blood contains little cells called platelets that glue themselves together when they come into contact with the air. They plug the hole, forming a clot that hardens into a scab, protecting you from all the nasty bacteria and viruses doing their best to make a home inside you. If you keep wiping the cut or if you attach a piece of tissue to your face and then pull it off later, you're undoing the work of these platelets. Best to leave it alone, or just press on it lightly for a few minutes to let the platelets seal up the nick from the inside and then let your skin do its thing.

Getting your MP3 player wet

  • Cause: You drop it in water. Hopefully, not while you're going to the bathroom.
  • Solution: If your electronic gadget has explored new underwater worlds, the first thing you should do is take out the batteries and dry everything off. If the batteries have leaked inside, then carefully clean everything. Do not attempt to charge it, power it from an adapter or use it at all, until it is completely dry. Then, when all is dry again, when you insert a new battery and press the 'on' button, your gadget might just work again.

Forgetting Stuff

  • Cause: Most people can't hold more than four or five things in the short-term memory. Get a little distracted and it's all too easy to forget something important.
  • Solution: We remember what's important or interesting to us. So if you need to remember some boring list or a series of numbers, you can make it interesting by using tricks, like mnemonics.


Getting chewing gum in your hair

  • Cause: Gum has its stretchy property because of the composition of its main ingredient: latex. Whether man-made, or oozing from a cut in a tree, latex is a mixture of water and polymer molecules. A polymer is a long string of smaller molecules called monomers, all chained together in a long molecular conga line. So when the loopy gum molecules meet the rough hair fibers the result is like Velcro.
  • Solution: Alter the physical properties. Either turn gum into a solid by placing ice next to it and smashing it away, or liquefy it by massaging an oil into the mixture until it dissolves.


Getting lost

  • Cause: You've entered a location with which you're not familiar.
  • Solution: Copy migratory creatures -- learn landmarks along the route so that you'll be able to find your way back. Consciously point out unusual buildings or trees. Try to understand the general direction you need to be heading, either from signs, the shadows cast by the sun, or even a compass in your cell phone. Remember, you have a brain considerably bigger than the peanut-size brain of a salmon, or the grain-of-rice-size brain of a bee. Also, if you're really lost, think about asking for directions.

Getting your finger stuck

  • Cause: It's hard to go through your life without accidentally getting a finger stuck in a bottle, ring, CD, etc. The anatomy of our fingers causes the problems. You have friction-ridge skin that grips at the bottom and knobbly skin over the knuckle to get wedged. You have bony joints. You also have blood vessels that can dilate or contract. If you're warm or you bruise the finger, more blood will be pushed into it, and the finger will swell up, making it impossible to extract.
  • Solution: Obtain something that will act like a lubricant -- soap, oil, shampoo -- and carefully work it around the finger. Second, be calm, obtain some ice and place it on the finger to fool your body into contracting the blood vessels. Raising the hand high will also drain it of extra fluid. Then slowly rotate the finger round left and right, and ease it out gently without hurting yourself.

Having a leaky pen

  • Cause: Keep a pen in a pocket and the fluff and grit may find its way onto the ball of the pen. It only takes the smallest speck of dirt to become wedged between the pen and the ball for the seal to be broken and for ink to leak out.
  • Solution: You need to keep the tip of the pen clean and dry, and only write on clean and dry surfaces. But even if your pen leaks, don't worry -- the ink is designed to wash out without problems.

DID YOU KNOW?


Look out, ladies it takes a man only 8.2 seconds to fall head over heels in love with you, says a new study. Scientists set up 115 unknowing students to chat with hired actors and actresses. Then the researchers tracked the students' eye movements with hidden cameras, according to a study reported in the Archives Of Sexual Behavior. The scientists discovered that when men are besotted, they stared into gals' eyes for an average of 8.2 seconds. But the guys made eye contact for an average of just 4.5 seconds with women who didn't ring their bell. Researchers believe that men use eye contact to seek out a fit, and even fertile, partner. They also concluded that gals routinely maintain eye contact for the same length of time whether they're hot for a guy or not, which runs the risk of sending the wrong signal to dudes who have become hypnotized by their beauty. (National Examiner)

If you find marriage boring after seven years, it doesn't get any better. Being bored by the seventh wedding anniversary indicates a long, slow descent into marital dissatisfaction say social psychology researchers Irene Tsapelas and Arthur Aron of Stony Brook University in New York. The key finding was that those who were bored with their marriage at year seven experienced a greater decrease in satisfaction at year 16, while those who were not bored at year seven experienced a typically small decrease in satisfaction at year 16. Researchers also found that lower satisfaction at year seven did not lead to increased boredom over the next nine years. It seems that being bored reduces a couple's closeness, and this reduced closeness is what, in turn, causes the reduced satisfaction.

A mother who bombarded her son with phone calls up to 49 a day was convicted of stalking and fined $478. The son brought the charges against his 73-year-old mother, says she'd pestered him with a flood of calls for nearly three years. "I just wanted to talk to him," the mother pleaded to the court in Klagenfurt, Austria. "I can't talk to my son, nor my daughter. I've never seen my grandchild, who is already 15 years old." (National Examiner)

Chronic lateness

Chronic lateness by employees is not just annoying, it's expensive, costing the U.S. economy an estimated $90 billion a year in lost productivity. According to a recent survey, American CEOs are late to eight out of every 10 business meetings. Experts say there are several types of late people:

  • Rationalizer -- who blames outside factors like their spouse or kids
  • Absent-Minded Professor -- who are forgetful
  • Deadline Driven Adrenaline Junkies, who like to work under pressure
  • Rebels, who defy authority.

And there are things late people can do to change. First, they can plan to be early by putting a 15-minute buffer on things. They can also use a timer to calculate how long it takes them to do certain tasks. People who are obsessed with perfection can loosen up. Finally, they should eliminate distractions like the radio and TV and just do it.

THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW

  • Michael Jackson's publicist and general manager is suing the singer for $44 million, saying that's what Michael owes her. We had no idea the job paid so well.
  • ABC has launched the "ABC Music Lounge," which will feature all the music you hear on that networks' shows.
  • You don't hear this everyday. Busty women have banded together to battle Britain's largest clothing retailer, Marks & Spencer, over a surcharge for extra-large bras. It seems they charge $3 extra for sizes DD and larger.
  • Oprah gave away coupons for a new KFC grilled chicken lunch on her web site Tuesday, which caused a run on KFC's on Wednesday. Some restaurants in New York ran out of the stuff and people were ticked!
  • Farrah Fawcett's cancer battle has robbed her of her famous hair, says longtime partner, Ryan O'Neal, in People magazine.
  • That Kiefer Sutherland head-butt at a New York party last weekend might put him in hot water in California, where he's on probation for his DUI conviction.
  • The Rev. Alberto Cutie , known as "Father Oprah" because he's so popular, and the author of a self-help book titled "Real Life, Real Love," is in big trouble. The Roman Catholic priest was photographed lying on a beach bare-chested and embracing a woman. Ooops.
  • Nissan says it could offer up an electric car as soon as the fall of 2010 that would get the equivalent of 367 miles per gallon, with a range of 100 miles on a charge. Why wouldn't they?

Keith Urban had to make some last-minute changes to his opening act lineup last night (Thursday, May 7th) when Sugarland's Jennifer Nettles had to bow out due to voice problems. Instead, Jason Aldean kicked off the first show of Urban's Escape Together World tour in Uncasville, Connecticut. Tonight's (Friday, May 8th) show, also in Uncasville, will feature special guest Little Big Town.

In the meantime, Nettles has been put on voice rest for the next 10 days due to a viral tonsil condition. This knocks out all dates with Urban scheduled through this weekend. Sugarland's next show will be on May 15th in Orange Beach, Alabama as part of their own headlining Love On The Inside tour.

  • There is no word yet on who will open Urban's show on Saturday (May 9th) in State College, Pennsylvania.

SIDE NOTE

  • The Escape Together World tour will play in 58 North American cities with one supporting act -- either Sugarland, Taylor Swift, Jason Aldean, Lady Antebellum, Dierks Bentley, Glen Campbell, Little Big Town or The Zac Brown Band -- depending on the night.

It's been eight years, but George Strait will finally return to Houston for a performance at Reliant Stadium on August 8th. The superstar will be joined by special guests Sugarland, Blake Shelton and Julianne Hough.

Fans can purchase tickets beginning on May 16th at 10 a.m. at all Ticketmaster outlets.

  • Strait's 17-date run kicks off on May 9th in Hidalgo, Texas at Dodge Arena.
  • Other stops on the tour include a sold-out show at the new Dallas Cowboys Stadium on June 6th with Reba McEntire.

SIDE NOTE

  • The CBS special, George Strait: Artist of the Decade, will air on May 27th at 8 p.m. ET. The show features tribute performances by Tim McGraw, Faith Hill, Miranda Lambert, Keith Urban and Martina McBride, with a special appearance by Garth Brooks.


Kenny Chesney has legions of loyal fans, but there's no doubt who his biggest one is -- his mother, Karen. Chesney told us that he has a lot to thank her for, especially some of the qualities that she passed on to him. "Love of life. I am very much a people person and I think she is definitely that. She has given me a sense of humor and a love of people and life. Just to try to, you know, get the most of it. I think that is the best thing that she has passed on to me, I think."
  • There's a good chance Chesney will be celebrating Mother's Day (Sunday, May 10th) with his mom since his tour schedule is clear that day.
  • His Sun City Carnival tour plays in Omaha tonight (Friday, May 8th) and Kansas City on Saturday (May 9th).
If you think the only important thing on Brad Paisley's agenda this weekend is going to the White House Correspondents' Dinner in Washington, think again! Paisley is champing at the bit to see the new Star Trek movie, which is in theaters now. Paisley is friends with actor Zachary Quinto, who plays Spock in the film, so he's got first-hand knowledge of what he says in a must-see film. "I can't wait. Yeah, and I am . . . I've become very good friends with Zach Quinto, who is Spock, and I have it on good authority from he and a couple of people that I am friends with that it's one of the coolest movies you're ever gonna see. And I, from the reviews...have you seen the reviews? They say, it's just about, it's like, hang on. It's really good. And that's been a while, and I'm really excited to see that. Maybe this will reboot the whole thing, and that'd be great, 'cause I didn't want to see it die."
  • Paisley and his wife, actress Kimberly Williams-Paisley, are attending the Dinner in Washington as guests of CBS News Chief White House Correspondent Bob Schieffer. Paisley and Schieffer met at a special Grand Ole Opry show at the Ryman Auditorium during Belmont University's Debate '08 in the Fall of last year.
  • Paisley's new album, American Saturday Night, will be released on June 30th.
Little Big Town and Josh Turner have been added to the performance lineup for the Nightly Concerts at LP Field at this year's CMA Music Festival. The four-day event, which benefits music education in Music City, takes place from June 11th-14th in downtown Nashville.
  • Reba McEntire, Taylor Swift. Brad Paisley, Dierks Bentley, Brooks & Dunn, John Rich, Montgomery Gentry, Trace Adkins, Julianne Hough, Lady Antebellum, Miranda Lambert, and Martina McBride are among the previously announced performers at LP Field.
  • 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.
  • ABC-TV will air its annual CMA Music Festival special, called Country's Night To Rock, on August 31st at 8 p.m. ET. For the first time, the special will expand from two hours to three.

ASK YOUR LISTENERS

  • Have you ever traveled to CMA Music Festival?
  • What are the best/worst parts of the event?
  • Did you really get to meet or spend time with your favorite artist?
  • What's your favorite story about meeting a celebrity?

Brooks & Dunn and Dierks Bentley have added another trophy to their cases this week. The three artists received the Country Music Association's International Artist Achievement Award for their contributions to Country Music overseas. The honors were presented backstage at the Acer Arena on Wednesday (May 6th) in Sydney during the final stop of their Australian tour.
  • Previous winners of the International Artist Achievement Award include the Dixie Chicks, Shania Twain, Keith Urban, Trisha Yearwood, and Dwight Yoakam.

FAST FACTS

  • Brooks & Dunn first toured in Australia in early 2008.
  • This year's tour down under was Bentley's first. He has toured internationally, however, with performances in Japan, France, England and Ireland.

The man described as Willie Nelson's "tour manager, friend, and golf partner," Randall "Poodie" Locke, died of a heart attack on Wednesday (May 6th). Locke was 56-years-old. He has toured with Nelson for the last 34 years.
  • The singer's website calls Locke Nelson's "spiritual kid brother." The two first met when Locke was just 12 years old.
  • Funeral arrangements were incomplete at press time.

FAST FACTS

  • Locke appeared in Nelson's 1980 film, Honeysuckle Rose.
  • He opened Poodie's Hilltop Bar and Grill in Spicewood, Texas, in 2002. Nelson, Merle Haggard, Garth Hudson of The Band and Big & Rich are just a few of the famous musicians who would pop in and play unannounced.


For the second time in four months, Lynyrd Skynyrd has weathered the loss of a key member of the band when bassist Donald "Ean" (pronounced: Ian) Evans died on Wednesday (May 6th) of cancer at age 48. Evans joined the band in 2001 following the death of longtime bassist Leon Wilkeson who died from chronic liver disease. Evans, a Georgia native and Mississippi resident, will also be remembered for his stints in the Outlaws, Five Miles High!, Cupid's Arrow, along with his recent side project Evanscapps with Bobby Capps of .38 Special.

Evans' passing follows last January's sudden death of cofounder and pianist Billy Powell, who died after suffering a heart attack at the age of 56.

A tribute to Evans was posted on the band's official website lynyrdskynyrd.com saying: "It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of longtime Lynyrd Skynyrd bassist Ean Evans. Ean put up a valiant battle with an aggressive form of cancer and he will be sorely missed by family, friends and fans."

  • Skynyrd frontman Johnny Van Zant performed with Evans at a benefit gig for the bassist last month in Mississippi which marked Evans' final live performance. Van Zant spoke to jacksonville.com and paid tribute to his fallen bandmate, saying, "He's gone off to a better place brother, if you believe in Christ, in Jesus. I'm just proud to know that his head was in the right place, and his heart too."
  • He went on to say: "I talked to him last week, and he told me how much he enjoyed that (show). Ean did a lot of great stuff in his life, played in front of a lot of people, did what he loved to do. Not many people can say that."
  • Van Zant pictured Evans and recently departed Billy Powell hanging out with the other Skynyrd alumni in heaven, laughing as he said, "He and Billy are talking now, I know, along with the rest of them. Pretty soon we're going to have an orchestra up there."
  • Evans' good friend, musician Mike Chain was with Evans the night received word that he had scored the coveted gig as Skynyrd's new bassist, recalling to Mississippi's Commercial Dispatch, "We were spending New Year's Eve together when this Skynyrd thing was happening. It didn't look like it was going to happen. But he just set his feet in the ground . . . and was ready to stand up and fly to the moon. And he did."
  • Chain went on to say, "He was just one of those guys who was always a dreamer and always seeing ahead. And he was the most positive person I've ever met."
  • Evans is survived by his with Eva and two daughters Sydney and Andrea. Memorial services are still pending.
  • Lynyrd Skynyrd will begin its next series of dates on May 20th in Kuopio, Finland. Skynyrd kicks off its joint summer tour with Kid Rock on June 26th in West Palm Beach, at Cruzan Amphitheatre.

ON THE TUBE


TOP 20 COUNTDOWN/CMT 11:00AM (ET)
John Mellencamp, Karen Fairchild (Little Big Town)

TRISHA YEARWOOD: FROM OUR KITCHEN TO YOURS/GAC 12:00PM (ET)

OUR SONG: JAMIE O'NEAL & RODNEY GOOD/GAC 1:00PM (ET)

JASON ALDEAN: WIDE OPEN/GAC 5:00PM (ET)

ON THE STREETS/GAC 10:30PM (ET)
Trace Adkins, Tracy Lawrence, Faith Hill

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

Celebrity Gossip

KIEFER SUTHERLAND CHARGED WITH ASSAULT: Kiefer Sutherland was charged with misdemeanor assault on Thursday (May 7th) for allegedly head-butting a fashion designer at a New York party earlier this week. TMZ.com reports that the 24 actor was not arrested, but instead received a desk appearance ticket after turning himself into police. The Associated Press reported that it's unclear whether the charges will affect his probation status for a 2007 drunken-driving conviction in Los Angeles. People magazine reports that the charge is punishable by a fine of as much as $1,000 and up to a year in jail.

BROOKE SHIELDS' REPS REVEAL 'REAL' STORY BEHIND HEAD BUTTING INCIDENT: Brooke Shields' representatives tell TMZ that Kiefer Sutherland was not telling the truth when he said his head butt victim Jack McCollough knocked Shields over. While her reps said "nothing happened to her, " Shields has told friends she was "jostled" by McCollough just before the head butting incident, but it was "no big deal." Brooke's friends tell TMZ that after McCollough made contact with her she fell, but not all the way to the ground. Brooke doesn't believe the contact by McCollough was intentional and blames the fall on her six inch high heels and the fact that the room was dark and crowded. It's still unclear if this story back Sutherland's claims or McCollough's.

PAULA ABDUL REFUTES ADMISSION OF PAIN KILLER ADDICTION: Paula Abdul released a statement that seems to refute her admission in Ladies' Home Journal that she was addicted to pain killers, E! Online reports. "I want to make it perfectly clear to everyone that I have never been addicted to or abused drugs in my life," Abdul statement said. "I have never been drunk. I have never entered a rehab or detox treatment center. As for her time at an alleged rehab facility, Abdul added: "I spent time hiking, bicycling, doing yoga and enjoying the spa. As anyone who has visited the La Costa Resort knows, it is a luxury hotel, not a rehab facility." She claims she only spent three days there, not the 30 that the article stated.

JENNIFER ANISTON AND BRADLEY COOPER? Jennifer Aniston's latest rumored love interest is Bradley Cooper. Sources told the New York Post that after bypassing the red carpet at a Tuesday (May 5th) night party, the actor "flirted up a storm" with Aniston while his ex-wife Jennifer Esposito was in the next room. A witness told the paper, "Bradley and Jennifer [Aniston] were definitely into each other. She kept touching his chest and whispering in his ear."

STANLEY TUCCI'S WIFE DIES: Stanley Tucci's wife passed away last week. Sources close to the actor told the New York Post that his wife of 14 years, Kate, died after a battle with cancer. Tucci told the paper, "My wife was an extraordinary person who showed us all what great strength is."

LIAM NEESON GIVES COMMENCEMENT SPEECH: Liam Neeson made his first public speaking appearance since his wife Natasha's death on Wednesday (May 6th) as he received an honorary doctorate from his alma mater, Queens University Belfast, at the British Consulate in New York City. Irish Central reported that the actor did not directly mention his recent tragedy but admitted that addressing the commencement audience was "terrifying," and relied on the words of poet Paul Muldoon to describe how art helps heal the heart. Neeson quoted that art "builds from pain, from misery, from a deep-seated hurt, a monument to the human heart that shines like a golden dome among roofs rain-glazed and leaden."

ROMAN POLANSKI SEX CASE WON'T BE DISMISSED: A Los Angeles judge formally rejected Roman Polanski's bid to have a 1978 sex case against him dismissed because of misconduct by prosecutors. Reuters reports that the judge said he could not consider the case unless the fugitive director showed up in court. Lawyers for Polanski have stated that will not happen as he would immediately be arrested if he set foot in the country.

MARY STUART MASTERSON PREGNANT: Mary Stuart Masterson is pregnant. A rep for the 42-year-old actress confirmed to People magazine that she and husband Jeremy Davidson are expecting their first child together, saying, "They are really thrilled about the news."

CHYLER LEIGH WELCOMES DAUGHTER: Grey Anatomy star Chyler Leigh and her husband, actor Nathan West, welcomed their third child, a daughter, on Thursday (May 7th). A rep for the actress -- who wrapped filming on Grey's a week ago -- told People magazine, "Both mother and child are healthy." Anniston Kae joins siblings Noah Wilde and Taelyn Leigh.

K-FLAG SPORTS

Off to a disappointing 12-17 start, the Arizona Diamondbacks have fired manager Bob Melvin and hitting coach Rick Schu while pitching coach Bryan Price has resigned. The Diamondbacks say they will name Melvin's replacement at 3 p.m. today at a news conference at Chase Field. D-backs' vice president for player development A.J. Hinch reportedly is the managerial choice.

The Arizona Diamondbacks open a six-game homestand tonight with the opener of a three-game series against the Washington Nationals. The D-backs are coming of a 4-3 loss in 10 innings at San Diego yesterday to cap a 3-5 road trip while Washington beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 11-9 last night. The Nationals have the worst record in baseball so far this season at 8-18.

Major League baseball has been rocked by the 50-game suspension given to the Dodgers' Manny Ramirez for testing positive for a banned substance. The suspension will cost Ramirez about $7.65 million before he can return to the team on July 3.

In the National League yesterday...

Atlanta 4, Florida 2
St. Louis 5, Pittsburgh 2
San Francisco 8, Colorado 3
Cincinnati 6, Milwaukee 5
N.Y. Mets 7, Philadelphia 5
Chicago Cubs 8, Houston 5
Washington 11, L.A. Dodgers 9

In the American League....

Kansas City 3, Seattle 1
Oakland 9, Texas 4
Tampa Bay 8, N.Y. Yankees 6
Baltimore 5, Minnesota 4
Boston 13, Cleveland 3
Chicago White Sox 6, Detroit 0
L.A. Angels 6, Toronto 1

LeBron James scored 27 as Cleveland continued its NBA post-season domination with a 105-85 win over Atlanta to take a 2-0 lead in their Eastern Conference semifinal series. The Cavaliers led by as many as 36 points on the way to tying an NBA playoff record with its sixth straight double digit win.

In the NBA Playoffs tonight...

Boston at Orlando, 4 p.m.
L.A. Lakers at Houston, 6:30 p.m.


Marian Hossa scored the go-ahead goal and another three minutes later during the second period to help Detroit beat Anaheim 6-3 in their NHL playoff series. Johan Franzen also scored twice for the Red Wings, who evened the series at two games each.

In the NHL tonight...

Washington at Pittsburgh, 4 p.m.
Boston at Carolina, 4:30 p.m.

A federal bankruptcy judge has set May 19 as the next hearing date in the debate over who controls the Phoenix Coyotes, a decision that will play a major role in whether the NHL team stays in Glendale or moves to Canada. At an initial hearing yesterday in Phoenix, the NHL claimed Coyotes owner Jerry Moyes had no right to place the team into bankruptcy protection and agree to sell it to Canadian billionaire Jim Balsillie.

Thursday, May 07, 2009

WHAT ANIMAL WOULD YOU HAVE AS A BEST MAN?

WHAT ANIMAL WOULD YOU HAVE AS A BEST MAN? Asylum.com reported on a 2008 wedding in which the groom was accompanied to the altar by his 800-lb. best man, a bear that he raised from infancy. As a result, the website listed the pros and cons of having different animals as the best men at weddings.

Dog

  • Pro: It makes sense that man's best friend -- bred to service our every need for 15,000 years -- would make an optimal best man.
  • Con: Adam Sandler already did this when he got hitched in 2003. So instead of being unique and edgy you'd be imitating Adam Sandler.

Lion

  • Pro: Having the king of the jungle in your wedding is totally badass. Much moreso than your buddy who's always bringing up how during his wedding Bruce Willis was spotted in the lobby of the hotel.
  • Con: Your lion best man would scare off most your friends from attending the ceremony.

Parrot

  • Pro: If you value having anything like the traditional best man toast, the parrot is the only way to go.
  • Con: Parrots are sort of wussy and, if you remember from Seinfeld, would likely eat the ring.

Chimp

  • Pro: A proper bachelor party should always include a chimpanzee, so when you make a chimp best man you really simplify everything.
  • Con: A lot of the poo-throwing antics that go over so well after 12 drinks at the strip club wouldn't go over so well during a wedding. Not to mention any jealous face-ripping of the bride.

PROS AND CONS OF LIVING WITH YOUR IN-LAWS: The New York Times reported this week that Michelle's mom is loving life at the White House! Her situation is obviously special, but YourTango.com claims that most of the pros and cons of are the same for anyone in the situation.

The Pros

  • Help with the kids. Marian Robinson looks over Sasha and Malia as they do everything from their homework to Easter egg hunts. If your in-laws are trustworthy and willing, they may be able to serve as home-based baby sitters as well.
  • The chance to keep an eye on the elders. Some in-laws, like Robinson, run 50-yard dashes and take yoga classes in their spare time. Others suffer from slip-and-fall accidents and forget to take their heart medicine. Cohabitating with the in-laws means you can help keep them safe, if that's what they need.
  • More time with people you like. Some people really like their in-laws. Really.

The Cons

  • Criticism about cooking and cleaning. Unlike the Obamas, most of us do not have a full staff of cooks and housekeepers. This means that any criticisms our in-laws voice bout baking and dusting land squarely on our heads.
  • Disagreements about how to raise the kids. Though Robinson seems to approve of how the Obamas raise the kids, saying "My children are good parents," not everyone has such an easy time. In fact, some in-laws can be downright cruel in this arena.
  • Needing to keep the noise down. Whether it's making whoopie or arguing about the bills, couples are going to make noise. And when we live with our in-laws, that noise can come back to haunt us. Even the Obamas, no doubt, know this, as Marian Robinson's bedroom is located directly above the Executive Residence.

They're Dirty Jobs, But They Gotta Get Done

The following occupations involve literally getting one's hands dirty and withstanding a variety of gruesome conditions on a daily basis to make life a little less painful for the rest of us. (CareerBuilder.com):

  • Steam cleaner - While most of us do our best to avoid dirt, grime and grease at all costs, steam cleaners seek them out in everything from vehicle engines to restaurant kitchens, where they can use high pressure steam hoses and detergent solutions to remove the offending substances. Average salary with benefits and bonuses: $25,859/year.
  • Butcher - Leaving work in blood-stained clothes would be a serious HR issue in many offices, but the practice is nothing unusual for a butcher, whose grisly work involves cutting and washing the innards of slaughtered animals to create sides of beef, steaks, sausage and ribs in slaughterhouses and meat-packing establishments. This job is not for the faint of heart. Average salary with benefits and bonuses: $25,961/year.
  • Farrier - Farriers inspect horse hooves for defects, trim and shape them and remove worn or defective shoes. Aside from the strain of shaping shoes with hammers and bending or squatting for long periods of time, farriers must also deal with unpleasant odors emanating from the horses and risk stepping in any number of "surprises" the horses leave behind. Average salary with benefits and bonuses: $31,604/year.
  • Slime line worker - Working the "slime line" at a fish processing plant is just as gruesome as it sounds. Slime line workers withstand the horrific smell and feel of blood and entrails in order to clean, de-bone and fillet fish in preparation for packaging, selling, cooking and serving. Average salary with benefits and bonuses: $9.87/hour
  • Proctologist - Proctologists diagnose and treat diseases and disorders related to the anus, rectum and colon, a labor of love that involves getting up close and personal in order to inspect these areas frequently and even performing hands-on work to repair or remove the affected body parts. Average salary with benefits and bonuses: $388,734/year.
  • Livestock breeder - Livestock breeders raise livestock, such as cattle, goats, horses, sheep and swine, for the purposes of making meat, riding, providing working stock, showing or using for products like wool, milk and hair. They can't be afraid to do a little dirty work, especially when it comes time to clean barns, stalls and pens, attend to animals in labor, treat ailments, brand, tag or butcher. Average salary with benefits and bonuses: $31,495/year.
  • Building inspector - For building inspectors, who complete assessments and determine insurance rates, squeezing into small, dark, hot crawl spaces and encountering such unpleasant things as vermin and pests, dirt, dust, dry rot and mold are all in a day's work. Average salary with benefits and bonuses: $55,245/year.
  • Coroner - Real-life coroners, who direct the investigation of suspicious deaths, suicides, homicides, vehicle crashes and drug overdoses, know the work isn't nearly as fast-paced or glamorous as it may be portrayed on TV. Performing autopsies is just one aspect of the job, for which they need to have a high tolerance for handling the smell, look and touch of body parts, bones, organs and fluids at all times. Average salary with benefits and bonuses: $44,932/year.

THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW

  • Farrah Fawcett is going to share a video diary of her battle against cancer in a two-hour special next week on NBC.
  • David Ogden Stiers, 66, who played the character of Major Charles Emerson Winchester III on the hit television sitcom "M*A*S*H," has revealed he is gay -- and proud of it.
  • Items prohibited for sale on eBay include tobacco, coin-operated slot machines, used underwear, and teacher's editions of textbooks.
  • Fox is ordering a second season of Seth Macfarland's "The Cleveland Show," even before the first season has ever aired.
  • Peter Sarsgaard and Maggie Gyllenhaal tied the knot last weekend.
  • Mia Farrow is 11 days into her hunger strike for Dafur. You can follow her on her YouTube channel.
  • M&M's actually stands for "Mars & Murrie's," the last names of the candy's founders.
  • Paula Abdul has told Ladies Home Journal in its June issue that she checked into a resort and spa in Carlsbad, CA, where she weaned herself off her medications last Thanksgiving, overcoming a 12-year addiction to painkillers.
  • Former Detroit Pistons player Dave Bing was elected mayor of Detroit this week.
  • Since Kirstie Alley stopped being spokesperson for Jennie Craig she has packed on 83 pounds, but says she's going to lose it... again.
  • Hair-loss treatment Propecia was originally developed to treat prostate enlargement.
  • Oh, Jack... Kiefer Sutherland is in trouble again. After he reportedly head-butted a man at a party, claiming he was defending actress Brooke Shield

DID YOU KNOW?

It's been scientifically proven that people who get eight hours of sleep each night tend to weigh less than those who don't but did you ever think that catching your z's could help you save money? It's true. Getting enough sleep helps your body maintain a proper hormonal balance and keeps your appetite in check during the day. But shutting off your lights, computer, TV and lowering your thermostat in chilly weather for eight hours will also cut down your energy bills. And that means more money stays in your wallet. (Sun)

Some women would do anything to be thin including saddling a best friend with the unwanted weight. In a new survey of women, ages of 18-34, a substantial 25% admitted that they would make their best friend fat for life if it would guarantee that they would remain thin. The same percentage also said that they would rather be "America's Next Top Model" on TV than become a Nobel Peace Prize winner. But most of the women don't seem to be quite that shallow or ruthless. A whopping 75% swore they'd be willing to shave their head to save the life of a stranger. And 88% said they'd give up a cell phone, jewelry and makeup to preserve a friendship. (National Examiner)

India car company Tata Motors Ltd. (TML) will roll out the new Nano this month, a car costing just over $2000. The funky little auto will have a sticker price of 100,000 rupees, that's $1,979 to us. It will end up at about $2,2000 after taxes and dealer costs. The 10-foot-long Nano has four doors and can seat five. It's definitely a no frills affair, lacking air conditioning, power steering, a radio or air bags. For big spenders, a version priced at $3,800 with such snazzy features as power breaks, heat and air conditioning will soon follow. (Sun)

KFLAG COUNTRY MUSIC UP DATE

The countdown to Keith Urban's Escape Together World tour ends today (Thursday, May 7th) as it kicks off at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut. The first show features special guest Sugarland.

The duo is one of seven acts hitting the road with Urban. The list of hand-picked openers also includes Taylor Swift, Jason Aldean, Lady Antebellum, Dierks Bentley, Glen Campbell, Little Big Town and The Zac Brown Band. Each show will feature only one opening act, but they will rotate over the next fews months, as Urban tells us: "Well, I think right now is an exhilarating time in Nashville as far as the records that are being made, the artists that are coming through, and I wanted to bring out different artists on the tour, and some of the artists couldn't do all the dates we wanted, so from my list that I was trying to narrow down I sort of thought, 'Well, why don't we just change it up?' So the other good part is that for the people that come out and see more than one show of ours they'll get to see somebody different, too."

  • Urban plays a second night at the Mohegan Sun Arena on Friday (May 8th).

Rascal Flatts has a sweet new sponsor for their upcoming American Living Unstoppable tour -- The Hershey Company. The candy maker will promote Hershey's S'mores and the trio with a new television commercial and the Hershey's S'mores Rocks Your Block promotion, which gives fans the chance to win an exclusive s'mores-themed block party featuring live music from Rascal Flatts. Other contest prizes include $2,500 Visa gift cards for the recipients to create their own s'mores-themed block parties, VIP trips to Rascal Flatts concerts and 100,000 music downloads. To enter the sweepstakes, log onto hersheys.com/rascalflatts.

FAST FACTS

  • The American Living Unstoppable 2009 tour will begin on June 5th in St. Louis.
  • The 60-dates run will feature special guests Vince Gill and Darius Rucker.
  • The Hershey's commercials starring Rascal Flatts will run through August.

Joe Nichols will trade his schedule of weekend concert dates for a six-day-a-week stint on Broadway for several months next year. Nichols will play the lead in the upcoming musical Pure Country. He's never acted in the theater, and certainly not on Broadway, so he listened closely when former Broadway star Reba McEntire offered some advice, as Nichols tells us: "The schedule is eight shows a week with one dark day -- Mondays. I know it's a really demanding schedule. Reba McEntire, as a matter of fact, pulled me aside on the red carpet in Las Vegas and said, 'This is the hardest thing I've ever done in my life. That dark day, you know, you think you're gonna want to spend it sight-seeing -- going here and going there and seeing all the sights and sounds and stuff, but what you're actually gonna wanna do is sleep and do laundry, and that's it. That's all you're gonna wanna do.'"

Nichols says he's going into this opportunity with his eyes wide open, and he's ready to do whatever it takes to be a success. "Like I said, she told me it's the hardest thing she's ever done, but it's well worth it. She wouldn't trade it for anything, so I took that as be prepared, do your best cause it's a really big challenge, but it's worth it if you can do it."

  • Pure Country is scheduled to open in early 2010.
  • Nichols will move to New York City later this year to begin rehearsals.
  • In the meantime, his new single, "Believers, is making its climb up the country charts.
Despite their busy summer tour with Kenny Chesney, Lady Antebellum will spend some time with fans in Nashville during this year's CMA Music Festival. The trio will fly in to "Music City" on June 12th in between dates on the Sun City Carnival tour. The group will kick off the morning with an acoustic breakfast with their fan club at Rocketown. Later that night, the group will perform at the main stage at LP Field.

FAST FACTS

  • Lady Antebellum's self-titled debut album has held its place on iTune's Top 10 Country Albums for over a year since it's release last April.
  • Their current single, "I Run To You," continues to be one of the Top 10 selling country songs on iTunes since the band's performance on the Academy of Country Music Awards last month.
Trisha Yearwood and Garth Brooks helped a Tulsa, Oklahoma family realize their dream last weekend, but it had nothing to do with music, meet and greets or autographs. The couple helped build a Habitat For Humanity home for a single mother and her two children.
  • It was Yearwood's idea to get involved as part of National Women Build Week. Later this week, Yearwood heads to her home state of Georgia to help with another build in Atlanta on Sunday (May 10th), according to Tulsa World.
  • She has helped Habitat For Humanity build five homes in the last four years.
CMT will be interrupt their regularly scheduled programming to present the final nominees for the 2009 CMT Music Awards with their Nominee Special on May 19th at 10 a.m. ET. The thirty-minute special will be co-hosted by Kellie Pickler and CMT personality Lance Smith. The CMT Music Awards Nominee Special will be simulcast on cmt.com.
  • This year's awards show will be held at Nashville's Sommet Center on June 16th. It will air live on CMT beginning at 8 p.m. ET.
  • The night's performers include Toby Keith, Brad Paisley, Rascal Flatts, Sugarland, Taylor Swift, Keith Urban and Def Leppard.
  • The first round of fan voting for the CMT Music Awards continues through May 11th at CMT.com.
  • Once the four finalists in each category are announced on May 19th, fans can begin voting for the winners via the website until June 15th.

ON THE TUBE


BACKSTORY: DARIUS RUCKER/GAC 12:00PM (ET)

OPRY LIVE/GAC 5:00PM (ET)
Kenny Rogers, Darryl Worley, Lorrie Morgan, Hal Ketchum

TRISHA YEARWOOD: FROM OUR KITCHEN TO YOURS/GAC 8:00PM (ET)

OUR SONG: JAMIE O'NEAL AND RODNEY GOOD/GAC 9:30PM (ET)

JASON ALDEAN: WIDE OPEN/GAC 10:00PM (ET)

Celebrity Gossip

CAMERON DIAZ AND BOYFRIEND SPLIT? Cameron Diaz has reportedly split from her boyfriend, model Paul Sculfor. The British magazine Grazia claims that hectic work schedules drove the actress and her beau -- who was once linked to Jennifer Aniston -- apart. An insider told the publication, "They have fallen out of love. They didn't seem to find time for each other anymore. Paul is not too enamored by Los Angeles and wants to be where his friends are. Cameron thought she could settle in England but missed her old life too much. The romance just died. When a friend asked after Paul she just rolled her eyes and dismissed it with a wave of her hand. It was obvious from the way she referred to him that he's no longer her boyfriend."

PARIS HILTON GIVES DEPOSITION: Paris Hilton defended herself against a lawsuit accusing her of failing to adequately promote her 2006 film Pledge This, insisting in a deposition that she pushed the movie all over the globe. Despite the effort she made as the film's star, Hilton admitted that she was unclear of what her role as one of the movie's eight executive producers entailed, saying, "I'm not sure what a producer does, but -- I don't know, help get cool people in the cast." Although Hilton's manager painted her as a workaholic, the film maker's cited a missed promotional opportunity on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno that Hilton passed on -- because she is a Letterman fan.

EDDIE GRIFFIN SUED: Eddie Griffin is being sued for allegedly bouncing a $150,000 check made out to a charity called Jamaica 360, which sends African American college graduates on a career-building vacation to the island. TMZ.com reports that a man who went on the tip claims that once the check didn't clear, Griffin duped him into handing over his credit card to cover the hotel -- which the comedian instead used to make the $150,000 charge to Jamaica 360. Since the credit card company is suing the man for failing to pay the six-figure charge, he is in turn going after Griffin.

CHRIS PINE TALKS 'STAR TREK' BROMANCE: I Love You Man is not 2009's only bromance film. Star Trek's leading man Chris Pine says his flick is along the same lines, citing the relationship of his character Kirk with Spock. Pine told Parade.com, "It's a relationship between two men that spend a lot of time together in space. It's sort of like Russell Crowe and Paul Bettany in Master and Commander. It is very much a story about two men learning really to love one another, and in the end, they become fast friends. But, along the way they butt heads because they're alpha males. They strongly believe in themselves."

K-FLAG SPORTS

Jon Garland scattered three hits over seven shutout innings to lead Arizona past San Diego 3-1, ending the Diamondbacks' three-game slide. Justin Upton homered twice, including a two-run blast that snapped a scoreless tie in the sixth.

In other National League action...

N.Y. Mets 1, Philadelphia 0
Milwaukee 15, Cincinnati 3
Atlanta 8, Florida 6
Chicago Cubs 6, Houston 3
St. Louis 4, Pittsburgh 2
Colorado 11, San Francisco 1
L.A. Dodgers 10, Washington 3

In the American League...

Tampa Bay 4, N.Y. Yankees 3, 10 innings
Baltimore 4, Minnesota 1, 6 innings
Cleveland 9, Boston 2
Kansas City 9, Seattle 1
Detroit at Chicago, ppd., rain
Toronto 13, L.A. Angels 1
Texas 3, Oakland 2

The Los Angeles Lakers and Boston Celtics managed to bounce back last night after dropping the opener of their conference semifinal series. Kobe Bryant dropped in 40 points and Pau Gasol added 22 and 14 rebounds to highlight the Lakers' 111-98 win over Houston. And the Celtics beat Orlando 112-94 behind Rajon Rondo's Third triple-double of the NBA playoffs: 15 points, 18 assists and 11 rebounds.

The NBA Playoffs continue tonite as the Atlanta Hawks will be at Cleveland. Tip-off is at 5 p.m.

Jussi Jokinen scored at 2:48 of overtime to give the Carolina Hurricanes a 3-2 victory and a two-games-to-one lead in their NHL second-round series against Boston. Pittsburgh also pulled out a 3-2 win in overtime as Kris Letang scored 12:23 into the extra session to get the Penguins within 2-1 in their second-round series against Washington.

In the NHL tonight...

Vancouver at Chicago at 5 p.m.
Detroit at Anaheim at 7:30 p.m.

The NHL is planning a showdown in court over the Phoenix Coyotes' filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy and the proposed sale of the team to Blackberry boss Jim Balsillie. Commissioner Gary Bettman says the league is investigating whether Coyotes owner Jerry Moyes had the authority to file for bankruptcy.

Wednesday, May 06, 2009

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What's your grilling secret? I found a few in Good Housekeeping


  1. Steaks: Steaks that are at least 3/4-inch to 1-inch thick won't dry out easily during grilling. Trim off excess fat and slash the fat edges at 1-inch intervals to prevent curling. Turn your steak with tongs once, halfway through cooking (don't use a fork -- it will pierce the meat and let the natural juices escape). Many factors can influence cooking time -- including the weather, especially wind, when you're using charcoal -- so test for doneness by cutting into the thickest part of the steak and checking its color.
  2. Hamburgers: Make ground-beef patties about 1-inch thick -- they're juicer than thinner patties. Ground meat is very susceptible to bacterial contamination, so be sure to cook your meat until it's at least medium-well done (160 degrees F on a meat thermometer inserted horizontally into the burger).
  3. Poultry: Whether you're cooking chicken, duck, or turkey, the best way to test for doneness is with a thermometer. Breasts should be cooked to 170 degrees F; thighs and whole birds to 180-185 degrees F. You can remove poultry from the grill when it's 5 or 10 degrees below the recommended temperature, but be sure to let it stand about 10 minutes to allow the temperature to rise. If you don't have a thermometer, remove the bird to a white plate and pierce with a fork. Any juice that comes out should be clear. If juice comes out pink, cook a little longer and check again. You can test cut-up pieces of chicken the same way.
  4. Kabobs: Foods that are cooked together on the same skewer should heat quickly and take the same amount of time to cook. Foods with different cooking times, like vegetables and meat, should be grilled on separate skewers. Also, be sure to leave a little space between pieces on the skewer so the food cooks evenly.
  5. If you like metal skewers, buy twisted or square ones, not round -- the food will twirl on the skewers less and cook more evenly. If you're using wooden or bamboo skewers, shape isn't a factor. But soak them in water for at least 15 minutes before using so they don't burn. Just pat dry before putting food on them.

DID YOU KNOW?

A job promotion may pad your checking account, but it also could be bad for your mental health, leading to more stress, anxiety and depression that you're too busy to properly treat. That's the word from a British study by researchers at Warwick University, who surveyed 1000 workers who had been promoted into supervisory or management positions over the previous five years. On average, the quality of an individual's mental health deteriorated by 10% after a promotion. That additional responsibility also leads to additional stress, anxiety and possibly even depression.

The University of Maryland Medical Center found: Laughter not only improves your mood it can improve your health. Aside from the rush of those feel good endorphins you get when you giggle, a good laugh also boosts the production of T-cells in the body which helps your immune system fight off disease. A hearty guffaw also appears to be good for your heart. Stress is associated with impairment of the protective barrier lining of our blood vessels. This sets the stage for fat and cholesterol buildup in the coronary arteries and fat and cholesterol buildup in the coronary arteries and eventually a heart attack. But laughter is a surefire stress buster and a great preventative for heart disease. A good chuckle increases circulation and boosts oxygenation by moving the body's lymph fluid. It also alleviates symptoms of depression, lowers blood pressure and promotes relaxation. (Sun)

You can show the world your favorite movies everything from home recordings to Hollywood blockbusters thanks to a new invention that puts a projector in your pocket. Samsung mobile phone manufactures, using new computer components created by engineers with Texas Instruments, have introduced the Pico Projector. This device works like a mobile phone camera in reverse, allowing you to show videos on any flat, white surface. The first Pico Projectors are being sold in South Korea, but experts say it's only a matter of time before the movie phones hit the streets near you. (Sun)

IS YOUR HOUSE CLEANER THAN MOM'S?


(National Examiner) In the mother of all challenges, many daughter across America claim they keep a cleaner house than their mamas and do the dirty deeds faster and more efficiently. A whopping 75% of women proclaim their house "is as clean or cleaner than the one they grew up in," says a new poll.Ironically, the women asserted that they could meet or beat their own mothers at housekeeping, even though many recent studies indicated that women have been spending significantly less and less time and effort on housework over the years. On average, the women reported spending five hours a week making their homes spic and span, says a survey by ShopSmart. The chores women reported doing at least once a week included:

  • 88 percent cleaning the toilets
  • 79 percent vacuuming
  • 70 percent mopping floors
  • 64 percent dusting
  • 7 percent washing windows

The task women minded least was vacuuming. The tasks they disliked the most were cleaning toilets and scrubbing showers and tubs.

THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW

  • Dom DeLuise died Monday night after a long illness. He was 75.
  • After being rushed to the hospital with a blood alcohol level of .39, David Hasselhoff says it's all a mistake and that wasn't really drunk. Whew, that's a relief.
  • Next week, Leonard Nimoy will guest star on the season finale of "Fringe" and Fox has just announced that the show WILL be back for a season 2.
  • John Melendez says he hasn't been told if he'll be part of the new Jay Leno show when he moves to 10pm next fall.
  • Sting's teenage daughter Coco, 18, is recovering in a Los Angeles hospital after fracturing her skull in a freak accident when she hit her head on a chair as she fell to the ground.
  • Looks like Windows 7 could hit stores just in time for the holiday season. Microsoft was indicating early next year, but it may come sooner.
  • Prince Charles is opening his own Facebook page to help promote the environment.
  • Elizabeth Edwards shows up on Oprah Thursday to talk about her life with John.
  • Simon Cowell says you will be seeing Kara Dioguardi back on American Idol next season.

KFLAG COUNTRY MUSIC UP DATE

Keith Urban is making a special effort to really get close to his fans on his Escape Together World tour, which kicks off on Thursday (May 7th) in Uncasville, Connecticut. His new 3500-square-foot stage was built specifically for the new tour, allowing Urban easy entry into the audience. He said, "I have a tendency to want to jump right into the audience and be part of them, and the way we've designed the stage makes that much easier for me."

Regular Urban concert-goers are always in anticipation of that moment when Urban leaps into the crowd with his guitar and sings his way to one unsuspecting fan to whom he ultimately hands his signed guitar.

He tells us that moment changes from show to show, and not even he knows for sure until the very last second. "It's gotta be spontaneous as to where you go in those moments, jumping into the audience or not going in, where you're gonna go -- I have no clue. It's literally all very, very spontaneous. Anytime I've tried to figure that out and map it out ahead of time it just doesn't work. It's got to be spontaneous for it to be exciting for me and for the audience."

Urban says that unexpectedly leaping into the crowd is always a risk, but it's usually worth it. "The only way for it to look like it's on the edge of just completely imploding is for it to be on the edge of completely imploding. That's the only way, and sometimes it does. Sometimes it's a disaster. I've had guitars just wrecked out there and my in-ear monitors shoved into my ear where I couldn't get it back out again and you name it, but at the end of the day it's worth it cause it's a lot of fun!"

  • Urban arrived in Uncasville yesterday (Tuesday, May 5th) for final preparations before the opening of the tour. A full show run-through was planned for Tuesday night and Wednesday (May 6th) afternoon before Thursday's opening at the Mohegan Sun with Sugarland. A second show takes place there on Friday (May 8th).
  • In addition to Sugarland, Urban's rotating lineup of opening acts are Taylor Swift, Jason Aldean, Lady Antebellum, Dierks Bentley, Glen Campbell, Little Big Town or The Zac Brown Band.
Brad Paisley and his wife, Kimberly Williams-Paisley, will get all gussied up and head to our nation's capital to attend the White House Correspondents' Association Dinner on Saturday (May 9th). The couple were invited to the black-tie affair by CBS News Chief White House Correspondent Bob Schieffer. Paisley and Schieffer met at a special Grand Ole Opry show at the Ryman Auditorium during Belmont University's Debate '08 in the Fall of last year. Several Hollywood celebrities and Washington elite, including President Obama, are scheduled to attend the dinner, which will be held at the Washington Hilton.

In other Paisley news, he will play Good Morning America's Summer Concert Series on July 3rd at the new location of Central Park in New York City.

  • Paisley's new album, American Saturday Night, will be released on June 30th.

SIDE NOTE

  • Other country acts set to perform as part of GMA's Summer Concert Series are Kenny Chesney on August 14th and Reba McEntire on August 21st.


Trace Adkins will make a special guest appearance on the live three-hour season finale of The Celebrity Apprentice on Sunday (May 10th) at 8 p.m. ET on NBC. It's down to comedian Joan Rivers and poker wiz Annie Duke, who will enlist former contestants for one last task to determine who will be this year's Apprentice.
  • Adkins finished second in the 2008 Celebrity Apprentice competition. He will join last year's winner, British tabloid editor and America's Got Talent Judge Piers Morgan, to discuss the memorable moments of last year's season and weigh in on who deserves the title of "Apprentice" this year.

FAST FACTS

  • Clint Black was booted from Sunday's (May 3rd) episode of Celebrity Apprentice.
  • Adkins will perform at the National Memorial Day Concert on May 24th. The tribute concert will air live from the West Lawn of our nation's Capitol on PBS.
  • On June 18th, Adkins will kick-off the America's Toughest tour with headliner Toby Keith.


The Lost Trailers member Stokes Nielson wrote the group's latest hit, "How 'Bout You Don't," about a long separation in his parents' marriage when he and his brother and bandmate, Andrew Nielson, were teenagers. Stokes tells us: "We went through a tough time, and two-and-a-half years later they reconciled and got back together, and last year they celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary, so right when we were writing this album I remembered something that Waylon Jennings told me when we first came into town and that was never be afraid to talk about the pain in your life, and real stories, real life, and that's what I did with this. I just wanted to get it out there."

Stokes adds that sharing the experience, however personal, helps unite people as only a song can do."I remember the first time I showed my mom and dad the song. They cried. They knew exactly what it was about, but you gotta do that because other people have been through that, and if you don't talk about the tough issues you're never gonna really connect with people because people need to know that that exists and that you can make it through, and I think that's the power of that song."

  • "How 'Bout You Don't" is the second single off The Lost Trailer's 2008 CD, Hollerback.
  • The Lost Trailers are first-round nominees for Group Video of the Year for "Hollerback" at the upcoming CMT Music Awards. Vote online at CMT.com from now through May 11th.
Those planning to attend the first ever Camp Nashville later this month will have to wait until next year. Organizers blame the sour economy for this year's cancellation. Current registrants will be given a full refund.
  • Artists scheduled to participate in Camp Nashville included 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).
  • For more information on next year's Camp or registration refunds, log onto campnashville.com.

FAST FACTS

  • Camp Nashville was created as a chance for 100 fans to live out their fantasy of being a country star for five days. "Red carpet treatment" included 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; and backstage parties at local venues.
  • The Camp was scheduled to conclude with participants performing as the opening act for Vassar and Lady Antebellum at the Wildhorse Saloon in downtown Nashville.

Dolly Parton has earned a Tony nomination for Best Original Score for the new Broadway musical, 9 To 5. Parton wrote the music and lyrics to 20-plus songs specifically for the show, which officially opened at the Marquis Theater on April 30th.
  • The musical also was nominated for Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Musical (Allison Janney), Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Musical (Marc Kudisch) and Best Choreography (Andy Blankenbuehler).
  • The Tony Awards will be broadcast live from Radio City Music Hall on June 7th on CBS.

ON THE TUBE


BACKSTORY: DARIUS RUCKER/GAC 8:00PM (ET)

OPRY LIVE/GAC 10:00PM (ET)
Kenny Rogers, Darryl Worley, Lorrie Morgan, Hal Ketchum

THE LATE LATE SHOW WITH CRAIG FERGUSON/CBS 12:35AM (ET)
Zac Brown Band

Celebrity Gossip

DOM DELUISE DIES: Actor Dom DeLuise died on Monday (May 4th) at the age of 75. Publicist Jay Schwartz confirmed his passing, but did not disclose the cause of death. CNN however, reports that the Blazing Saddles star had been battling cancer for more than a year. DeLuise is most famous for his role in Saddles, The Cannonball Run, and Spaceballs, but also established himself as a celebrity chef who wrote several cookbooks and children's books in the 1990s.

GISELE BUNDCHEN PREGNANT? The New York Post reports that the supermodel and her new husband Tom Brady were "stone-faced" when spotted leaving an OB/GYN office in Manhattan on Monday (May 4th). When asked if the couple had happy news to share, a spokesman at Bundchen's management company said, "We have no comment on our clients' personal lives."

KIEFER SUTHERLAND DEFENDS BROOKE SHIELD'S HONOR?: Kiefer Sutherland head butted a man in New York City at an after-party for the Met costume gala Tuesday (May 5), TMZ reports. Witnesses say the altercation started after Proenza Schouler designer Jack McCollough allegedly knocked Brooke Shields over and Kiefer told him to apologize to her. McCollough pushed the 24 actor, who responded with a head butt that cut McCollough's nose. Shields' reps tell TMZ that McCollough, who designs clothes for the actress, didn't do anything to warrant the alleged attack. "Jack did nothing inappropriate," the rep told TMZ. "It's not clear what caused Kiefer to do what he did." A police report was taken and the incident is under investigation. Shields will be interviewed by police on Wednesday, TMZ reports.

BEBE NEUWIRTH GETS MARRIED: Actress Bebe Neuwirth reportedly tied the know with Napa Valley vineyard owner, Chris Calkins. The New York Post reports that actor Peter Coyote officiated the Buddhist/Christian ceremony, which was held in front of 80 guest at Manhattan's The Players Club.

ED MCMAHON SETTLES LAWSUIT: Johnny Carson sidekick Ed McMahon has settled a malpractice lawsuit he filed against a Los Angeles hospital after he said they failed to diagnose his broken neck, discharged him without taking an X-ray and botched two subsequent spinal operations. The details of the settlement were not disclosed. McMahon also has a pending negligence claim against the owners of the home where he fell in March 2007.

K-FLAG SPORTS

The Cleveland Cavaliers have won the opener of their NBA second-round series, while the Denver Nuggets have grabbed a 2-0 lead in their series. LeBron James finished with 34 points, 10 rebounds, three assists and four steals as the Cavaliers blasted the Atlanta Hawks 99-72. The Nuggets outscored Dallas 117-105 behind 25 points apiece from Carmelo Anthony and Nene

The NBA Playoff schedule tonight...

Orlando at Boston, 5 p.m.
Houston at L.A. Lakers, 7:30 p.m.

The Anaheim Ducks have grabbed a 2-1 series lead over the Detroit Red Wings in the NHL's Western Conference semifinals. Jonas Hiller made 18 of his 45 saves in the third period as the Ducks downed the Wings 2-1. And Roberto Luongo stopped 23 shots as Vancouver beat Chicago 3-1 to take a 2-1 lead in that Western Conference semifinal series.

NHL Playoff action this afternoon

Washington at Pittsburgh, 4 p.m.
Boston at Carolina, 4:30 p.m.

Phoenix Coyotes' owner Jerry Moyes has been stripped of his authority to run the National Hockey League franchise. The league took the action yesterday after the team filed for bankruptcy. Additionally, BlackBerry boss Jim Balsillie announced a plan to buy the Coyotes and move them to Ontario.

The Los Angeles Dodgers managed just five hits and failed to score in their final seven at-bats Tuesday. But the Dodgers have still managed to tie the modern major league record for most consecutive home wins at the start of a season, all at the expense of Arizona. Andre Ethier's RBI single sparked a three-run first as the Dodgers beat Arizona 3-1 to improve to 12-and-0 at home.

In other NL action....

Washington 10, Houston 10, tie, 11 innings, susp., rain
San Francisco 6, Chicago Cubs 2
Milwaukee 8, Pittsburgh 5
Cincinnati 7, Florida 0
N.Y. Mets 4, Atlanta 3
Philadelphia 10, St. Louis 7
San Diego 2, Colorado 1, 10 innings

And in the American League...

Toronto 10, Cleveland 6
Tampa Bay 6, Baltimore 3
Texas 7, Seattle 2, 10 innings
Detroit 9, Minnesota 0
Boston 7, N.Y. Yankees 3
Kansas City 8, Chicago White Sox 7, 11 innings
L.A. Angels 5, Oakland 3

Tuesday, May 05, 2009

It's still Be Kind to Animals Week --- Here's a quiz:


  • In 1950 in New Mexico a bear cub was found in a tree after a forest fire had distroyed his home. He became a symbol for forest fire prevention. What is the name of this famous bear? (Smokey the Bear)
  • In 1882 this African elephant was sold to Barnum and Bailey Circus. He became the focal point for the circus, until he was struck by a freight train in 1885 in Canada and killed. What famous elephant is this? (Jumbo)
  • This killer whale was in the movie "Free Willy." What is the whale's real name? (Keiko)
  • Which U.S. President has a six-toed cat? (Teddy Roosevelt. He also had the most pets of any president)
  • What is the most prevelant farm-raised fish in the U.S.? (Catfish)
  • How many days can an ant stay under water? (two)

OTHER NEWS........

MORE THAN HALF OF TWITTER ACCOUNTS AREN'T IN REGULAR USE: Although the use of Twitter has skyrocketed in recent months, the Daily Telegraph reports that more than 60 percent of Twitter users stop using the social networking site one month after signing up for the service. Statistics from American research carried out by Nielsen Online found that that the microblogging website has a retention rate of about 40 percent, meaning only four in 10 users continue to use the site from one month to the next. When comparing its retention rate to rival social networking websites MySpace and Facebook, during their first three years of existence, Twitter's rate is about half as high.

PARENTS ON FACEBOOK? According to a new survey by InsideFacebook.com, women users over the age of 55 make up the fastest-growing age group on the social networking site -- 1.5 million strong. That's nearly a 550% increase from six months ago, dwarfing the new membership among people younger than 25, which grew less than 20% over the same period. For help dealing with your mom and dad crashing your social network party, go to: http://myparentsjoinedfacebook.com/

CHECK IT OUT: Swine flu masks could be the next hot fashion trend! http://www.pinktentacle.com/2009/04/stylish-surgical-masks-by-yoriko-yoshida/

WHAT DOES IT MEAN WHEN A GUY WON'T CUDDLE? A straight married guy told YourTango.com, "If a guy doesn't want to cuddle he probably doesn't want you to feel like he's your boyfriend. He doesn't want you to get too close, too fast. Similarly, he could argue that he doesn't want to lead you on." Hand-holding, he says, is a surefire way to tell if your new date sees you as monogomous girlfriend material. "Hand-holding for many guys is reserved for monogamous relationships."

INTERNET TO SHUT DOWN? Asylum.com reports that the internet may start running out of room in the next year. With bandwidth-hogging websites such as YouTube becoming more and more popular, Internet demand is rising at a rate of 60 percent a year. Some experts believe that by 2010 Internet users will start suffering brief "brownouts," and that by 2012 the Web could be rendered too slow and unreliable for important business. "Today people know how home computers slow down when the kids get back from school and start playing games, but by 2012 that traffic jam could last all day long," explained Ted Ritter, an analyst for the think tank Nemertes Research.

MOMENTUM BUILDING FOR MALE BIRTH CONTROL PILL
: Britain's Telegraph reports that a new major study found that a "male pill" could be as effective as condoms and its female equivalent. Researchers were able to achieve a 99 percent sucess rate by injecting men with testosterone in a trial that they claim is the largest so far conducted anywhere in the world. Progress for the product has been slow, in part because of a lack of interest from big pharmaceutical companies to carry out large-scale trials and also because of a lingering belief that many women would not trust men to take the pill.

Slow Down Day


In this hectic, fast-paced world, it's easy to become impatient when things don't happen as quickly as you'd like. It's hard to relax in a traffic jam or when the cash register at the supermarket needs a new roll of tape. But there's help in the new book "The Power of Patience: How to Slow Down the Rush and Enjoy More Happiness, Success, and Peace of Mind Every Day." Author M.J. Ryan offers these seven exercises to help you slow down and enjoy life to the max:

  • Go on a mental vacation. When you find yourself tensing up, visualize yourself in the tropics or the Alps -- any place you find relaxing.
  • Enjoy the experience. Even while doing chores, get into the pleasure of the experience, instead of rushing through it.
  • Seek practical solutions. If something irritates you, find an easy way to fix it. For instance, get a pop-top tooth-paste dispenser if you see red at the sight of a loose cap on the sink counter.
  • Use the pebble-in-the-pocket trick. When you start to feel irritated, move a pebble from one pocket to the other to interrupt the anger cycle, which will give you a chance to regroup your thoughts and emotions.
  • Ask for help. Overload causes stress. Since there's no prize at the end of your life for doing too much, ask for help from others.
  • Use inspirations. Find a quote that you like and paste it on your bathroom mirror or in your car. When you feel frenzied, use it as a patience pill.
  • Encourage others to be patient, too. Instead of grumbling, strike up a conversation while standing in line. Time will fly and you may meet someone interesting.

KFLAG COUNTRY MUSIC UP DATE


Taylor Swift is celebrating Mother's Day (Sunday, May 10th) with a special gift for fans and their moms! She is sharing her self-produced music video for her album cut, "The Best Day," online at bigmachinerecords.com/thebestday. In addition to viewing the video, fans can send one of three e-cards to their own moms.

Swift tells us she wrote "The Best Day" as a special surprise for her mother as a way of saying thank you."Last summer, I was on the road and I just started thinking about all the things she's done for me and and I started watching all these home videos and stuff, and I just was inspired to write a song about her, and so I wrote this song without telling her, and then, when it came time to record the album, I recorded the song without telling her, and then my producer sent it to me and I synced it up with all these home videos and made a music video."

Swift says the video got an emotional reaction. "I played it for her for Christmas and she didn't know it was me singing until halfway through the song because she didn't think that there was any way that I could possibly have written and recorded a song without her knowing, and so she just bursted out crying, and it was one of the sweetest memories I have of Christmas time."

  • "The Best Day" is on Swift's current Fearless album.
  • Her tour of the same name plays London's O2 Shepherds Bush Empire on Wednesday (May 6th) and Thursday (May 7th).

Kenny Chesney had to disappoint thousands of fans at his Pizza Hut Stadium show in Dallas on Saturday (May 2nd) and cut his performance short after just 50 minutes due to dangerous weather. While the conditions were out of Chesney's control, he has no intention of leaving things that way. The singer will perform a makeup show on May 17th. Fans will be admitted with their original ticket stubs and seating will be General Admission. Details are still being worked out, but Chesney wants fans to know he intends to finish what he started.

He said, "I'm gonna come back to Dallas and play it the way I wanted to do this show the first time. Let people come and tailgate, have fun with their friends and really get their rock on with us! I'm lucky to have fans who give us as much as ours do, and I want them to know how much that means to us."

  • Further information will be available at kennychesney.com in the coming days.
Martina McBride will perform her new single, "I Just Call You Mine," on an upcoming episode of ABC's The Bachelorette. Bachelorette Jillian Harris will escort one lucky date to a private concert by McBride at Hollywood's House of Blues. There she will also sing her Top 10 hit, "Ride," from her latest album, Shine.
  • An airdate for the episode will be announced at a later time.

SIDE NOTES

  • Fans attending next month's CMA Music Festival can participate in McBride's annual YWCA Celebrity Auction. This year's event takes place on June 13th at the Country Music Hall of Fame Park. Admission is free.

Jason Aldean's current chart-topper, "She's Country," has been certified gold for digital downloads of 500,000. Aldean was surprised with a commemorative plaque for the accomplishment during his taped appearance on The Bonnie Hunt Show last week.
  • "She's Country" tops the country chart for the second week this week. This is Aldean's first multi-week Number One hit.
  • Aldean will team up with Bryan Adams this week in Nashville to tape a new episode of CMT Crossroads.

SIDE NOTE

  • Aldean pays homage to one of his favorite country groups in the video for "She's Country." He is wearing an Alabama T-shirt in the clip because he says the group was one of his first major musical influences.

The first single from Miranda Lambert's upcoming album is making its way to country radio beginning this week. Lambert debuted "Dead Flowers" live on the Academy of Country Music Awards last month. She wrote the song based on the death, so to speak, of a bouquet of flowers she received one Valentine's Day.
  • Lambert's third studio album is due out in September.
  • She will host her second annual "Cause for the Paws" fundraiser in Tyler, Texas on May 17th. Last year's event raised over $113,000 for the Humane Society of East Texas. Lambert will be joined by Blake Shelton, Kacey Musgraves, and Adam Hood for the acoustic show. The evening with also include wine tasting and food from local eateries. To purchase tickets, log onto mirandalambert.com.

Luke Bryan is waiting to see where his biggest fans in the country are so he can reward them with a special album release concert. The singer has teamed up with Eventful.com for the Eventful Demand contest. Log onto eventful.com/lukebryan to Demand a performance from the singer from now through 2 p.m. PT on July 10th. The city that delivers the most Demands will win the concert.
  • Bryan said, "I have THE greatest fans in the world, so working with Eventful makes sense because it's a great opportunity to give a little back to the fans and give them the chance to be an active part of my album release. This should be a lot of fun! Let the games begin!"
  • Bryan's sophomore album, Doin' My Thing, will be released on October 6th.

FAST FACTS

  • Bryan is headlining his own Miller Lite-sponsored club tour.
  • His new single, "Do I," is headed to radio.

ON THE TUBE


ON THE STREETS/GAC 1:30PM, 5:30PM, 10:30PM (ET)
Faith Hill, Trace Adkins, Tracy Lawrence

Celebrity Gossip

GEORGE CLOONEY TO TESTIFY FOR RANDE GERBER: George Clooney will reportedly take the stand in the sexual harassment trial of his friend Rande Gerber. Days after it was revealed that Gerber -- Cindy Crawford's husband -- was being sued for sexual harassment, a rep for the nightlife mogul told TMZ.com that Clooney will serve as a witness in Gerber's defense. He said, "Mr. Gerber and Mr. Clooney will take lie detector tests to prove that the allegations against Mr. Gerber are false. Mr. Gerber will not settle this extortion case even for a single dollar and will take all actions necessary to clear his name, including filing a $10 million lawsuit for malicious prosecution once these allegations are proven false."

STUNT IN NICHOLAS CAGE FILM INJURES TWO: Two people were injured in New York City on Sunday (May 3rd) night by a car chase stunt mishap in Nicholas Cage's new movie, The Sorcerer's Apprentice. E! Online reports that around 1 a.m., a Ferrari sped down Seventh Avenue to keep pace with a Mercedes, whose stunt driver apparently lost control and ended up plowing into the entrance of a pizza shop. A tourist told the New York Post, "The Ferrarri took a sharp right to the left and lost it, swerving across the lanes, taking out a lamppost and a newsstand. One lady was knocked to the ground and a lamppost landed directly on top of a chap." Both of the people who were injured were taken to a hospital and reportedly treated for non-life-threatening injuries.

ROBERT DUVALL OPPOSING NEW WAL-MART: Robert Duvall is fighting against plans to build a Wal-Mart Supercenter near a Virginia Civil War battlefield where Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee first fought Ulysses S. Grant. The Associated Press reports that the actor, who is a descendant of Lee's, said that he will help preservationists to "chase out" the retailer from the historic site. At a news conference on Monday (May 4th), Duvall said that he is not anti-Wal-Mart, but believes in "capitalism coupled with sensitivity."

CASEY ALDRIDGE UNLIKELY TO FACE JAIL: Although the father of Jamie Lynn Spears's baby was charged with careless operation of a motor vehicle after his accident earlier this month, a Louisiana criminal attorney who is not involved in the case, tells People magazine that Casey Aldridge will face a fine of no more than $175 and/or imprisonment for no more than 30 days. Lester Gauthier told the magazine, "A typical sentence might be the fine plus court costs. He may not have a prison sentence. If he is given a prison sentence, it likely will be suspended." Alridge

TODAY IS ........Cinco de Mayo


It was the "5th of May" when Mexico defeated the French army in 1862 at The Battle of Puebla. Here's a cool bit you can tie into Cinco De Mayo, Spanish pick-up lines! Set it up where listeners can call in and ask to translate their favorite pickup lines. The catch is, you translate it wrong! For instance, "I want to kiss you all over" would be translated like "Besa Me Cula." Of course, besa me cula actually means "Kiss my ass." Anyway, say it real romantically and let them say it a couple of times until it sounds like they really mean it... your hispanic listeners will be splitting a gut!

Cinco de Mayo Facts

  • May 5, 1862 - the day the Mexican army defeated French invaders at the Battle of Puebla
  • 28.3 million - the number of Mexican Americans living in the United States
  • 61 feet - the height of the world's largest Pinata, created by Carnival Cruise Lines in 2008
  • 564 - the number of calories in the 12 ounce margarita
  • 234,507 tons - the amount of avocados imported from Mexico in 2008

Cinco De Mayo Quiz:

Cinco de Mayo commemorates Mexico's defeat of an army from:

  1. Spain
  2. Texas
  3. France ***
  4. England

The victory celebrated on Cinco de Mayo took place in 1862. How long was it before the enemy was actually ousted from Mexico?

  1. Five years ***
  2. 10 years
  3. Six months
  4. 15 years

The whole thing started over:

  1. Gold
  2. Money ***
  3. Religious identity
  4. Agricultural land

Cinco de Mayo is celebrated primarily in:

  1. The U.S.
  2. The Mexican state of Puebla
  3. Mexico City
  4. Both a) and b) ***

The Mexican figure most closely associated with Cinco de Mayo is:

  1. Gen. Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna
  2. Gen. Ignacio Zaragoza ***
  3. Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla
  4. Paulina Rubio

The United States didn't intervene because:

  1. It was pursuing an isolationist policy.
  2. It favored France, a valued trading partner.
  3. It was consumed by its own internal problems. ***
  4. The governor of Texas asked that it not.

The president of Mexico at the time was:

  1. Porfirio Diaz
  2. Benito Juárez ***
  3. Carlos Salinas de Gortari
  4. Gen. Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna

One group of Mexicans sided with the French. They were:

  1. Conservative landholders ***
  2. Peasants
  3. Zapotec Indians
  4. Both b) and c)

K-FLAG SPORTS

Even a triple play by the Arizona Diamondbacks couldn't stop the Los Angeles Dodgers from setting a post-1900 National League record for the most consecutive home victories to start a season. The Dodgers are 11-and-0 in L.A. after Manny Ramirez and Andre Ethier hit consecutive solo homers in the first inning to lead a 7-2 win over Arizona.

In the National Leagues last night...

Milwaukee 7, Pittsburgh 4
Washington 9, Houston 4
N.Y. Mets 6, Atlanta 4
Florida 3, Cincinnati 2, 14 innings
Chicago Cubs 4, San Francisco 2
Philadelphia 6, St. Louis 1
Colorado 9, San Diego 6

In the American League...

Minnesota 7, Detroit 2
Boston 6, N.Y. Yankees 4
Cleveland 9, Toronto 7, 12 innings
Baltimore 8, Tampa Bay 4
Kansas City 3, Chicago White Sox 0
L.A. Angels 5, Oakland 2
Texas 6, Seattle 5

The Boston Celtics and Los Angeles Lakers were losers at home in Game 1 of their NBA second-round series. Dwight Howard finished with 16 points, grabbed 22 rebounds and helped the Orlando Magic build a 28-point lead early in the second half of a 95-90 triumph at Boston. Yao Ming delivered 28 points and 10 boards in the Houston Rockets' 100-92 win in L.A

NBA Playoffs TONIGHT

Atlanta at Cleveland AT 5 p.m.
Dallas at Denver AT 7:30 p.m.

The Washington Capitals have a two-games-to-none lead in the NHL's Eastern Conference semifinals after Alex Ovechkin notched his first career playoff hat trick in a 4-3 victory over Pittsburgh. Ovechkin snapped a 2-2 tie with about seven minutes remaining before completing his hat trick 2:29 later. Sidney Crosby also had a hat trick for the Penguins, who host Game 3 tomorrow.

NHL Playoffs TONIGHT

Vancouver at Chicago AT 5 p.m.
Detroit at Anaheim AT 7:30 p.m.

Monday, May 04, 2009

So what scares you?


A recent Harris Poll revealed that 56% of American adults admit they now fear or once did fear monsters. The recent survey found that 86% of adults and 91% of children admitted to being very afraid of something. Nearly one in five adults also said they are scared of more things now than they were as a child. So, whatt scares the Hollywood stars?

  • Jennifer Aniston, Cher, Michael Jackson and Whoopi Goldberg all have a fear of flying.
  • Billy Bob Thornton is afraid of antique furniture. He's also afraid of bold colors.
  • Pamela Anderson fears mirrors.
  • Johnny Depp, Daniel Radcliffe and Sean "Diddy" Combs are frightened of clowns.
  • Orlando Bloom is scared of pigs.
  • Country singer Lyle Lovett is terrorized by cows.
  • Scarlett Johansson is frightened of cockroaches.
  • Nicole Kidman fears butterflies.
  • Justin Timberlake gets the chills from snakes, spiders and sharks.
  • Uma Thurman is claustrophobic and fears confined spaces.
  • Kim Basinger and Daryl Hannah are just the opposite, fearing wide, open spaces.
  • Carmen Electra, who co-starred in "Baywatch" is actually scared of water because she can't swim.
  • TV's vampire-slayer Sarah Michelle Gellar has a very real fear of graveyards, so real that she refused to film "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" in a real one.
  • Rock star Sheryl Crow says heights and hearing "scary" noises frighten her the most.
  • Madonna is afraid of thunder.
  • Christina Ricci is afraid of indoor plants.
  • Matthew McConaughey is scared of tunnels and revolving doors.
  • Jennifer Love Hewitt is afraid of the dark and monsters under the bed.

THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW

Someone stole the tires right off the car belonging to California state Attorney General Jerry Brown's hybrid Camry hybrid as it was parked outside his Oakland home.

Salt makes you happy. How? It appears to act as a natural antidepressant, which could be why we crave it and add more to our food than we know is good for us, reports a study from the University of Iowa.

This almost sounds made up, but true: Catherine Zeta-Jones is interested in acquiring the film rights to Susan Boyle's life story, and wants to play her onscreen. Zeta-Jones as frumpy?

Remember Tom Cruise's "Top Gun" love interest, Kelly McGillis? She was come out as gay and says he's looking for love.

The Miss California organizers admit that they paid for Miss California, Carrie Prejean, to get breast implants just a few weeks before the Miss USA pageant.

Al Roker will join The Weather Channel as host of a new morning program. Roker, who remains the weathercaster on NBC's "Today" show, will be on the air an hour earlier each weekday for the Weather Channel's "Wake Up With Al."

ABC and Disney shows are now going to start showing up -- for free -- on Hulu.

John McCain is going to host a war movie marathon on AMC Memorial Day weekend.

A judge in Nebraska is refusing to allow a prison inmate to legally change his first name to "Sinner."

A Cosmo web poll asked men: Is marriage still necessary?" 60.9% of men polled said yes. Today, 45% of men are not married, versus 30.7% in 1960.

Officials in Mexico say there has been less crime and less pollution since the Swine Flu outbreak.

Rebecca Romijn says she has lost nearly 60 pounds of pregnancy weight since giving birth to twins Charlie and Dolly without exercise! Okay, everyone -- group hate!

Be Kind To Animals Week --


May 4-10. Also known as Pet Week. We're doing the show from a local SPCA adoption center. Get food and coffee and invite people to see the show and take a look at adopting a pet. People love when we talk about animals.

According to Ladies' Home Journal:

  • 80% of dog owners and 63% of cat owners buy gifts for their pets.
  • 9% of dog owners and 5% of cat owners throw birthday bashes for their pets, too.

Pets are better company than our mates, a new survey reveals. Insurance roup Direct Line questioned 1,001 cat and dog owners who laid out some air-raising truths:

  • Nine out of 10 animal lovers say that after a bad day, their pets make them feel like a million bucks.
  • 86 percent of respondents say Fluffy or Rover helps relieve their stress and tension.
  • 45 percent of women would rather be with their four-legged friends than hubbies or boyfriends.
  • 30 percent of guys like their fuzzy pals better than their wives or girlfriends. Docs say our animal friends may even help us to live longer by lowering blood pressure.

The kind of pet you choose can be a direct reflection on the type of person ou really are. "There's a powerful connection between people and their pets hat's truly beneficial," says psychologist Marion Steinberg. "Research has hown you'll live a longer, happier life if you open your heart to anything rom a dog to a parrot." Steinberg says the latest study proves the animals ou choose to love actually highlights your personal traits. So what does our favorite pet say about you? Choose the one you like the best and iscover more about yourself.

  • Birds -- Fun-loving and adventurous, folks in your inner circle know you'll try anything once. The trouble is, you don't always plan ahead to avoid catastrophe. If you curb your impatience, you'll land on your feet more often than not.
  • Cats -- Just like the feline, you're picky about who you lavish your affection on. You're a natural-born leader who's not afraid to stand up for your rights and take charge of a situation. That's fine because your co-workers respect your ideas.
  • Dogs -- You're a straight shooter, and your pals often ask for your clear-eyed advice and thoughtful observations. A loyal and true friend, you never betray a confidence. Best of all, when you give your friendship, it's for life.
  • Fish -- You're a creative person who appreciates beauty in all its forms. Friends and family love your generous spirit and unselfish approach to life. You're also perceptive and observant -- a person who's always in the know.
  • Gerbils/Guinea Pigs -- Loved ones are sometimes confused by your behavior. You can be shy and standoffish or outgoing and full of spunk, depending on your mood. But despite the ups and downs, you're a popular and well-loved person.
  • Pot-belly pigs -- You're intelligent, funny and affectionate. Life is something to be enjoyed to the fullest. But although your friends are the center of your life, you may have a commitment phobia when it comes to love.
  • Rabbits -- These indicate you're a shy yet curious nature, ready for anything.

KFLAG COUNTRY MUSIC UP DATE

Touring artists are taking precautions to protect themselves from the Swine Flu. Jason Aldean has pulled out of all meet and greets through May 9th, while Kenny Chesney and Miranda Lambert also canceled scheduled meet and greets over the weekend during their Texas run on the Sun City Carnival tour.

The Flu wasn't the only glitch in Chesney's Dallas show at Pizza Hut Stadium on Saturday (May 2nd). Rain and strong winds forced the singer to end the show just 50 minutes into his set. Chesney closed the abbreviated set with a song from his catalogue that he felt was very appropriate -- "Something Sexy About The Rain" from his Be As You Are: Songs From An Old Blue Chair album.

Fortunately, fans did get to see performances by Lambert and Lady Antebellum, before Chesney took the stage.

  • The Sun City Carnival tour rolls into Des Moines, Iowa on Thursday (May 7th).
Keith Urban arranged his new tour with family in mind. The majority of his shows fall on the weekends, giving him ample time during the week to spend at home in Nashville with his wife and daughter."I structured the schedule of the tour so that I'm not out for weeks and weeks and weeks at a time. I can be out for a few days and then come home and be out for a few days and come home, and also bring my family out for some of the shows as well. It's nice to have them out there."

Fellow entertainers who are also fathers have taught Urban the importance of putting family first. "I also know a lot of artists that look back at their career and talk about all the things they missed cause they were so consumed with all these other things, and so I'm trying to just really take each day as it comes and be in the moment and not get too stressed out about stuff. It's hard to do, but that's the goal, right? Some days are better than others, but that's the journey."

  • Urban's Escape Together World tour gets started on Thursday (May 7th) in Uncasville, Connecticut. His first show is with special guest Sugarland.
Rock band Def Leppard is not only scheduled to perform at the upcoming CMT Music Awards, but find themselves with three nominations in the first round of voting for the show. Two nods are in the Wide Open Country Video of the Year award for "Nine Lives" with Tim McGraw and "Photograph" with Taylor Swift, while the latter is also included in the Performance of the Year category.

It used to be that rock stars had little in common with country stars like McGraw and Swift, however that's not the case anymore, Def Leppard's Joe Elliott tells us: "We first noticed a change in the country attitude, if you like, when we started seeing videos, which you'd never get to see, and then when CMT started, I remember the first time I saw a Garth Brooks video where they smashed two acoustic guitars together onstage and I saw beyond that and I just saw, 'That's Van Halen's lighting rig!' You know, it moved into rock, really. The cowboy hat was still there, but the way it was dressed up was very much similar to the way that MTV was for us in the late 80s."

  • "Nine Lives" was co-written by McGraw and appears on Def Leppard's 2008 CD, Songs From The Sparkle Lounge.
  • The "Photograph" collaboration with Swift was part of CMT Crossroads, which paired the two acts together, performing each other's music.
  • The first round of fan voting for the CMT Music Awards runs through May 11th at CMT.com.
  • The CMT Music Awards will be held in Nashville on June 16th. The show will air live on CMT beginning at 8 p.m. ET.
Dolly Parton wants to encourage Jessica Simpson to pursue her dream of making country records. Simpson recently parted ways with her Nashville country label after disappointing sales of her debut release, Do You Know, but Parton believes that's no reason to give up. She told USweekly magazine, "I think that's sad because she is a fabulous singer. They dropped me from the label too, but I just started my own label. So maybe you'll get Jessica Records next?"
  • Parton wrote the title track of Simpson's country CD, which the two recorded as a duet.
  • Last year, Simpson told reporters that with regard to country music, "I'm in it for the rest of my life."

FAST FACTS

  • Simpson's CD, Do You Know, sold fewer than 200,000 copies.
  • It was widely reported that Simpson flubbed many of her live performances, often forgetting lyrics, while on tour with Rascal Flatts earlier this year.

Jack Ingram is confirmed to sing the National Anthem in Dallas on Saturday (May 9th) during Round Two of the NBA Western Conference Semifinals. The Dallas Mavericks will take on the Denver Nuggets in game three of the series.
  • Ingram spent four days in Cuba last month on a USO tour at Guantanamo Bay.
  • His new single, "Barefoot And Crazy," is climbing the country charts.

FAST FACTS

  • Thirteen years into his career, Ingram scored his first Number One hit in 2005 with "Wherever You Are."
  • His next album, Big Dreams And High Hopes, will be released sometime this year.

Kid Rock has turned his hometown show at Detroit's Comerica Park on Friday, July 17th into a homecoming weekend. He's added a show on Saturday, July 18th and expanded the festivities onto the surrounding streets with an auto show, chili cook-offs, and a second stage featuring the winners of a "battle of the bands" contest. The July 17th show will also feature performances from Lynyrd Skynyrd and Robert Randolph, while Rock will be joined on the 18th by Alice In Chains and Cypress Hill.
  • The original July 17th gig's 35,000 tickets sold out in 27 minutes.
  • Tickets for the new show are priced at $69.50, $46.50, $30 and $99 for a six-pack of "party deck tickets." All go on sale Saturday, May 9th at 10:00 a.m.

FAST FACTS

  • Rock's latest album, 2007's Rock 'N' Roll Jesus, has sold more than two million copies and featured the smash hit "All Summer Long."
  • Rock has recently been working on his next effort, but will head out on the road with Skynyrd this summer, starting on June 26th in West Palm Beach, Florida.

ON THE TUBE


TOP 20 COUNTRY COUNTDOWN/GAC 10:00AM (ET)
Trace Adkins, Lady Antebellum

DIERKS BENTLEY: FEEL THAT FIRE/GAC 1:00PM (E

Celebrity Gossip

ROBERT SCHIMMEL ARRESTED FOR ALLEGEDLY BEATING HIS WIFE: Robert Schimmel was arrested this Saturday (May 2nd) on suspicion of beating his wife. The Associated Press reported that the stand up comic was booked in a Los Angeles county jail for investigation of spousal assault after being taken into custody following a fight at his home. The 59-year-old, who chronicled his battle with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma in a memoir last year, was later released on $50,000 bail.

CHELSEA CLINTON WEDDING SOON? Chelsea Clinton is reportedly planning to wed longtime beau Marc Mezvinsky on Martha's Vineyard this summer. The Boston Globe reports that the August nuptials will be held at the home of Clinton family friends Ted Danson and Mary Steenburgen and would coincide with President Obama's rumored vacation to the New England destination. 29-year-old Clinton and her investment banker boyfriend met through her parents and both attended Stanford University.

DANNY GANS DIES: Las Vegas entertainer Danny Gans died Friday (May 1st) at the age of 52. The Associated Press reported that a medical examination was conducted after he was pronounced dead in his bed but a coroner said it could take several weeks to determine the cause of death. Although Fred Champoux, a saxophonist in Gans's band, told the Las Vegas Sun that the entertainer was battling a cold, he said that "Wednesday night he was in top form and did an amazing show."

TAYLOR LAUTNER AND SELENA GOMEZ 'JUST FRIENDS': Taylor Lautner and Selena Gomez are just friends, according to the actress's Wizards of Waverly Place costar Jennifer Stone. Commenting on reports of the two going on dates in Canada, Stone told E! News, "Just because they're hanging out together doesn't mean they're dating, you know." A separate source told Us Weekly, "They've hung out a few times, but they are not dating."

OLD SUSAN BOYLE PERFORMANCE SURFACES: A clip of Susan Boyle singing at the age of 25 has surfaced online. People magazine posted a link from Scotland's Daily Record in which the now-47-year-old sings "I Don't Know How to Love Him" from Jesus Christ Superstar and Barbra Streisand's "The Way We Were" at a local contest. To see Boyle, go to: http://www.people.com/people/article/0,,20276302,00.html.

K-FLAG SPORTS

Arizona splits their four game series with Milwaukee. Prince Fielder and Mike Cameron hit back-to-back homers as the Brewers beat the Diamondbacks 4-3 on Sunday. The Arizona Diamondbacks take their road show west tonight against the Los Angeles Dodgers. L-A set a franchise record with their 10th straight home win, 7-3 over San Diego Sunday. Orlando Hudson drove in three with a pair of doubles.

Also in the National League yesterday...

Cincinnati 5, Pittsburgh 0
Houston 7, Atlanta 5
N.Y. Mets at Philadelphia, ppd., rain
St. Louis at Washington, ppd., rain
Chicago Cubs 6, Florida 4
San Francisco 1, Colorado 0, 10 innings
L.A. Dodgers 7, San Diego 3

In the American League...

Detroit 3, Cleveland 1
L.A. Angels at New York, ppd., rain
Toronto 4, Baltimore 3
Tampa Bay 5, Boston 3
Kansas City 7, Minnesota 5
Seattle 8, Oakland 7, 15 innings
Texas 5, Chicago White Sox 1

There was a triple-overtime thriller on ice as the Anaheim Ducks beat Detroit 4-3 to even their Western Conference semifinal at a game apiece as Anaheim's Todd Marchant scored the game-winner at 1:15 of the third overtime. Anaheim goalie Jonas Hiller made a career-high 59 saves in the win.

The Carolina Hurricanes have evened their second round playoff series against top-seeded Boston at one game apiece. Cam Ward turned back 36 shots for his second shutout in four games and the 'Canes blanked the Bruins 3-0.

The Denver Nuggets took the opener of their Western Conference semifinal by beating Dallas 109-95 behind 24 points from Nene and 23 from Carmelo Anthony. In Sunday's other NBA playoff game, the Atlanta Hawks advanced to the second round against Cleveland by eliminating Miami in a seventh game 91-78 behind Joe Johnson's 27 points.

Kurt Warner worked out at minicamp and pronounced himself ahead of schedule in his recovery from surgery to repair a hip injury that bothered him much of last season. The 37-year-old Arizona quarterback underwent arthroscopic surgery on March 17 to repair a torn labrum and remove some loose fragments in his left hip.

Friday, May 01, 2009

THE KENTUCKY DERBY


The Kentucky Derby occurs annually on the first Saturday of May at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky. Alternatively referred to as "The Run for the Roses" or "The Most Exciting Two Minutes in Sports," the Kentucky Derby is a 1.25 mile race for three-year-old thoroughbred horses.

  • The Kentucky Derby trophy is made of 56 ounces of 14 and 18 carat gold, and is two feet tall
  • Churchill Downs opened on May 17, 1875 and the very first race was won by a horse named Bonaventure. The featured race's winner was a 3 year-old chestnut colt named Aristides.
  • The phrase "Run for the Roses" was coined by New York sports columnist Bill Corum, who would later become president of Churchill Downs.
  • In 1969, Diane Crump became the first woman to ride in the Kentucky Derby and the first to ride in a pari-mutuel race in North America.
  • The horseshoe atop the Kentucky Derby was originally pointing down, and was turned 180 degrees to point upward in 1924.
  • Racing silks were adopted in order to distinguish jockeys and horses from one another.
  • "My Old Kentucky Home", the song played when the horse are led onto the field, has been played by University of Louisville Marching Band since 1936.
  • Early Times is the official Kentucky whiskey used to make Mint Juleps at the Kentucky Derby.
  • Many celebrities have owned horses that have run in the Derby, including Steven Speilberg, George Steinbrenner and Burt Bacharach.
  • The Garland of Roses, presented to the winner of the Kentucky Derby, has been shipped to Danville, Kentucky to be freeze-dried since 1996. Some owners even save a rose in order to dip it in silver for preservation.
  • The Derby was nationally telecast for the first time on May 3, 1952 on a CBS affiliate.
  • In 1896, the Derby was shortened from 1 ? miles to 1 ? miles because it was thought that the distance was too long for 3 year-old colts to run in the spring.
  • Donerail became the longest shot to win the Kentucky Derby in 1913, with 91.45-1 odds.
  • 12 Kentucky Derby winners have sired other Kentucky Derby winners, with Bold Venture actually siring two.
  • There has never been a winner to come out of post position #15.
  • The fastest Derby run was by Secretariat in 1973, at 1:59.40. The slowest run was by Stone Street in 1908, at 2:15.20.

U.S. SWINE FLU CASES TOP 100; HUNDREDS OF SCHOOLS CLOSE

As the number of confirmed cases of swine flu in the U.S. passed 100 yesterday (April 30th) in over a dozen states, hundreds of schools were closed in different parts of the country, including 300 in Texas alone. So far, however, the cases have continued to be relatively mild, with the only death still that of a Mexican toddler who traveled to Texas with his family. If the flu outbreak outside Mexico continues to be mild, health officials' main concern is whether the flu could come back in the fall in a much more dangerous form. That's what happened in 1918, when a mild spring flu returned as the deadly and historic Spanish flu pandemic in the fall. Scientists are diligently working to create a vaccine, and authorities say they could eventually produce enough for everyone if it's necessary, but it wouldn't be available until the fall at the earliest.

The White House had to do some damage control yesterday after Vice President Biden made one of his infamous gaffes. During a Today show interview, Biden raised alarms when he said he'd discourage family members from flying or taking the subway. Soon after, the White House said Biden meant to say that people who are sick shouldn't be in confined public places like planes or subways, and that he was discouraging just nonessential travel to Mexico.

It was revealed that an aide to Energy Secretary Steven Chu got sick with the swine flu while helping arrange President Obama's recent trip to Mexico. However, the aide, who passed the illness on to his family, didn't fly on Air Force One and never posed a risk to the president.

The World Health Organization announced it would stop using the term "swine flu" and use the scientific name H1N1 influenza A to avoid confusion over a possible danger from pigs. Egypt has been slaughtering thousands of pigs and other countries have banned imports of pork products out of a mistaken belief that the flu can be acquired from pigs or pork. The virus originated in pigs -- although it has genes from pig, human and bird viruses -- but in the current outbreak it's being spread from person to person, not from contact with infected pigs.

Swine Flu Retro Active?

K-FLAG SPORTS

The Orlando Magic and Houston Rockets advanced to the second round of the NBA playoffs last night, but the Chicago Bulls knocked off Boston 128-127 in triple-overtime to force a seventh game in that series. Derrick Rose scored 28 points and blocked Rajon Rondo's potential game-winning shot in the closing seconds to help the Bulls earn their third overtime victory of the series. Rashard Lewis had a team-high 29 points in Orlando's 114-89 win at Philadelphia, and the Rockets ripped Portland 92-76 behind Ron Artest's 27 points.

The Chicago Blackhawks erased a 3-0 deficit in the third period last night before falling to Vancouver 5-3 in Game 1 of the NHL's Western Conference semifinals. Sami Salo snapped a 3-3 deadlock with 1:13 remaining, a little over four minutes after David Bolland tied the game.

The Arizona Diamondbacks fall to the Milwaukee Brewers 4-1. The Brewers had a four-run seventh after being shut out for six innings by Max Scherzer. Scherzer left the game with a 1-0 lead, but the Diamondbacks' bullpen couldn't hold on.

In the National League...

St. Louis 9, Washington 4
Florida 8, Chicago Cubs 2, 10 innings
L.A. Dodgers 8, San Diego 5

In the American League...

Oakland 4, Texas 2
Kansas City 8, Toronto 6
N.Y. Yankees 7, L.A. Angels 4
Tampa Bay 13, Boston 0

Running back Chris "Beanie" Wells came to Arizona Cardinals headquarters to show off his new No. 26 jersey yesterday. He also pronounced himself more than ready to join one of the most prolific passing offenses in the NFL. The Cardinals will rely on the one-two punch of second-year pro Tim Hightower and Wells to try to bolster what was the worst ground game in the league last season.

The president of the Phoenix Coyotes denied a report that the NHL has taken control of the cash-strapped hockey club. Glendale city manager Ed Beasley told The Arizona Republic that the league is running the team and has promised to reimburse the city for parking fees and security costs at Jobing.com Arena.

THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW

  • John Edwards' wife, Elizabeth, tells all in a new book coming out May 12th. In "Resilience," she recalls how he confessed about his affair and she went into the bathroom crying, and threw up.
  • "Top Gun" co-star Kelly McGillis says she is a lesbian.
  • Next time you're on the verge of crying, look up it may help stop the tears.
  • Some less than pleased reviews coming out about "Wolverine," but just try and stop movie goers from taking it in this weekend.
  • Time Magazine has once again announced their list of the 100 most influential people in the world. Among 'em: Zac Efron, Tina Fey, Tom Hanks, Kate Winslet, Penelope Cruz and Jay Leno.
  • Julianne Hough won't be coming back to the ballroom next season on "Dancing with the Stars." "I'm not doing next season," Hough told "Access Hollywood" following the couple's ouster. "I'm gonna take one off."
  • Paramount is delaying the May 8 release of "Star Trek" in Mexico City because of the Swine Flu outbreak.
  • NBC didn't fire "Celebrity Apprentice." It'll be back for at least one more season.
  • Sean Penn has filed for separation from Robin Wright Penn, again.
  • Hasbro and Discovery are teaming up to create a new TV network.

KFLAG COUNTRY MUSIC UP DATE

Toby Keith will open his sixth I Love This Bar & Grill at Great Lakes Crossing in Auburn Hills, Michigan later this year. The restaurant and entertainment venue will seat 650 patrons, according to the Detroit Free Press. This is Keith's first restaurant in Michigan. Other I Love This Bar & Grill locations include Oklahoma City, Las Vegas, Kansas City, and Mesa, Arizona.

  • Menu items of interest include fried-bologna sandwiches, Southern-fried Twinkies, and the American Solider Burger, which is served free of charge to any military personnel with valid military ID.

SIDE NOTES

  • Keith recently completed his seventh USO tour.
  • His trip inspired a new song, which he blogged about earlier this week. He said, "I also wrote a new military song for this visit. It's called 'The Ballad of Balad.' Funny song about an Army recruiter. It made hard core, crusted, jaded FOB (forward operating base) Sgt. Majors laugh out loud. If it's half as good as "The Taliban Song," I'm sure it'll be a hit with civilians as well."
Keith Urban continues in rehearsals for the kick off of his Escape Together World tour next week in Connecticut. The new shows will include all of Urban's hits as well as new music from his Defying Gravity album. His 3500-square-foot stage consists of five massive video screens. Urban told us recently that this year's stage will be lower to the floor so as to keep a better connection with the audience. It will take Urban's 60 crew members and 100 local workers in each city to load the stage in and out of each concert site.
  • The Escape Together World tour will play in 58 North American cities with one supporting act -- either Sugarland, Taylor Swift, Jason Aldean, Lady Antebellum, Dierks Bentley, Glen Campbell, Little Big Town or The Zac Brown Band -- depending on the night.

FAST FACTS

  • The tour gets started on Thursday (May 7th) at the Mohegan Sun in Uncasville with special guest Sugarland.
  • His new single, "Kiss A Girl," closes in on the Top Five this week on the Billboard chart.
Martina McBride has taken to blogging on her website. While she's having fun posting entries for her fans to read, McBride tells us she feels a little guilty about doing it. "Yeah, it's fun! I mean, I wrote in one blog that I'm a little bit conflicted about it because while it's fun and interesting, I also feel like I'm contributing to people kind of being stuck in front of their computer and not getting out and doing things that are probably a better use of their time than reading about my thoughts, but it's a new way to keep in touch with your fans and I am enjoying it, I must say."

Fans are loving the fact that McBride is staying so connected, but the singer tells us she also gets something from blogging. "I've had so much fun stuff to write about lately, you know, and I notice that all this great stuff is happening to me -- all these people I've gotten to sing with and things I've been able to do -- and writing about it is good for me too because it just keeps a record of everything and hopefully I'll look back in 25 years and can remember exactly how I felt, so it's cool."

  • McBride's new single, "I Just Call You Mine," is making its way to radio.
  • The song is the second release from her new album, Shine.
Now that Dancing With The Stars is behind him, Chuck Wicks can focus on his music career again. His new single is about the little men of the house who are left behind to take care of things when their dads go away to war. Wicks co-wrote the song, called "Man Of The House," which he tells us took a long time to get just right. "As a songwriter, it took a long time to write this song. It took me six months to write it. I wanted to make sure I did it justice just because it's such a touchy subject. Anytime you talk about the war you wanna make sure you do the song justice and make sure it's valid and makes sense."

Wicks says that so far, reaction to the song has been incredible, especially when he plays near a military base. "The reaction that I've gotten from the road -- I mean, just watching people, and I do a meet and greet afterwords and have 'em come up to me, and they said, 'Man, you wrote that song literally about my little boy. He's literally 10 years old and we're waiting for his dad to come home. He comes home next week . . . ' I mean, to hear those stories, and you hear these people that actually experience this and are really living this everyday. It's really cool. It makes the dots connected and makes the circle complete, and it makes the song make sense."

  • "Man Of The House" is featured on Wicks' debut album, Starting Now, which is in stores everywhere.
  • Wicks and his partner and girlfriend, Julianne Hough, were voted off Dancing With The Stars during Tuesday's (April 28th) results show.
Jo Dee Messina is one of the organizers and participants of the inaugural Music Row Road Race to benefit St. Jude Children's Research Hospital on May 16th in Nashville. The 5k, along with a "celebrity fun run," will start and finish at the Country Music Hall of Fame.

To sign up for the run/walk, log onto musicrowroadrace.org. Friends, families and coworkers can join together as a team to raise money for the hospital and special recognition will be awarded to top fundraisers. St. Jude Heroes who raise $200 or more will receive two tickets to see Messina perform that night at the Wildhorse Saloon.

  • Messina takes her Music Room Series concert to the Rosebud Theatre in Effingham, Illinois on Saturday (May 2nd).

SIDE NOTE

  • Messina took up running a few years ago and even continued through her recent pregnancy with her four-month-old son, Noah. The singer is back in training and ready to pound the pavement for St. Jude.

Tracy Lawrence and his self-owned Nashville indie label, Rocky Comfort Records, will offer fans a digital download package of Lawrence's live music performances, called Front Porch Live Concert Series. Fans can purchase the raw, uncut audio recordings of Lawrence's concerts for just $14.99. The download package will include a high quality recording of the entire show with each song individually tracked in MP3 format, exclusive photographs from the show and a copy of the set-list.
  • Live audio performances from recent show dates have already been produced and will be made available directly from tracylawrence.com beginning May 1st. Those include concerts from Billy Bob's Texas in Ft. Worth on January 17th; the Dixie Dancehall in Beaumont, Texas on February 27th; Otter Creek Event Center in Carlton, Minnesota on March 29th; and Canyon Moon Ranch in Florence, Arizona on April 3rd. Concerts from his upcoming 2009 concert dates are being added to his site weekly.
  • Download packages may be purchased in advance, and all shows in the series will be available for download within 7-10 days following the concert date.

SIDE NOTES

  • Lawrence will release his first inspirational country album, called The Rock, on June 9th.
  • His first single is called "Up To Him."

ON THE TUBE


BACKSTORY: DARIUS RUCKER/GAC 11:00AM, 8:00PM (ET)

TOP 20 COUNTRY COUNTDOWN/GAC 12:00PM (ET)
Trace Adkins, Lady Antebellum

DIERKS BENTLEY: FEEL THAT FIRE/GAC 3:00PM, 9:00PM (ET)

OPRY LIVE/GAC 7:00PM (ET)
Dwight Yoakam, Joe Nichols, Charley Pride

OUR SONG: BRAD & JANA MATES/GAC 10:00PM (ET)

SUPERSTAR SESSIONS/GAC 10:30PM (ET)
Taylor Swift

TAYLOR SWIFT ON THE SET: WHITE HORSE/GAC 11:00PM (ET)

TAYLOR SWIFT ON THE SET: LOVE STORY/GAC 11:30PM (ET)

Celebrity Gossip

REDMOND O'NEAL SENT TO REHAB, NOT JAIL: A judge admitted Redmond O'Neal to a drug court program on Thursday (April 30th) that could remove him from probation and wipe his record clean of previous drug convictions if he is successful in it. The Associated Press reported that if the 24-year-old relapses or "otherwise flunks the program," he will face several years in jail on prior drug convictions. The son of Farrah Fawcett and Ryan O'Neal had been in custody since April 5th when he was arrested after police determined him to be in possession of heroin in a parking lot at Los Angeles area jail. He pleaded not guilty to the charges filed in that case.

JEWEL TELLS MELISSA RYCROFT TO QUIT 'DWTS' IF HURT: Jewel is urging Dancing With the Stars contestant Melissa Rycroft to get out of the competition if she's too hurt to perform. Writing on her husband's -- Rycroft opponent Ty Murray -- blog, the singer said, 'As bad as I felt for Melissa, who I hope feels better and comes back, I'm used to our cowboy athletes that live by the rule: 'ride hurt or don't get a score.' It may seem harsh, but it seems like the only way to keep things honest.”

HUGH HEFNER DENIES WANTING HOLLY BACK: Hugh Hefner is denying a report in Los Angeles Confidential that he's trying to win back ex-girlfriend Holly Madison. The Playboy founder told E!, "The notion that I would want her back as a girlfriend is bizarre." Although he was quoted as downplaying the seriousness of his relationship with Crystal Harris, Hef told E!, "I am now in one of the best relationships in memory with Crystal Harris and the twins. I'm not going to screw it up with former girlfriends." He added, "I would not trade Crystal Harris for anybody in the else in the world. And then this thing comes out and today is Crystal's birthday . . . It's ridiculous."

'GOSSIP GIRL' ACTRESS CONFIRMS CO-STARS' RELATIONSHIP: Gossip Girl actress Amanda Setton confirmed that her co-stars Ed Westwick and Jessica Szohr are in a relationship. Setton, who plays mean girl Penelope Shafai on the show, told People magazine, "It fell into place quite quickly and we're all super excited for them," adding, "They really balance each other. I'm just happy that they're happy."

'WORST WEEK' STAR GIVES BIRTH: Worst Week star Erinn Hayes gave birth to a baby girl on Wednesday (April 29th). The actress and her husband Jack confirmed to People magazine that they welcomed their second daughter Lilah Grace Hayes. They couple is already parents to two-year-old Maggie.

ANNA FARIS FATTENING UP FOR WEDDING: Anna Faris is not among the scores of weight-obsessed brides panicking about fitting into their dresses. The 32-year-old told People magazine that she is doing exactly the opposite, explaining, ""I am fattening it up! Now that I have a man, I'm like, 'Oh, I don't have to try anymore! Now I can eat. We love to splurge at home. We love to cook. My fiance is an incredible eater, and so he's really fun to feed, and it's great to share some wine and watch a movie. He's always like, 'Baby, don't lose that butt!"

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