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Wednesday, September 30, 2009


Jason Aldean celebrated his second consecutive Number One hit from his current Wide Open album with a party in Nashville on Tuesday (September 29th). "Big Green Tractor" dominated the country singles charts for four weeks, giving Aldean the third overall chart-topper of his career.

Aldean has seen quite a bit of success with songs about tractors, which he tells us might make people wonder. "I think with the fact that we had 'Amarillo Sky' and now 'Tractor' I think people are probably thinkin' we got some kind of tractor fetish or something, but it really is just kind of coincidence, you know what I mean? I mean, I grew up in Georgia where there was a lot of rural area and farms and my cousin had about a 200 acre farm that I used to help him on when I was a kid and things like that, so, I mean, I'm kind of drawn to those songs a little bit."

Aldean says these tractor songs have a special place in his heart, especially if they're hits. He tells us he might even consider cutting another such tune. "I am kind of drawn to like the blue collar-type songs a little bit for whatever reason, but I don't know. We'll see. Jim Collins wrote 'She Thinks My Tractor's Sexy' and now this one. If he's got another one I'll just have him send it over to me and we'll see what happens."

  • Aldean new single, called "The Truth," is climbing the charts.
  • The singer will be among those performing at the We're All For The Hall fundraiser at the Sommet Center in Nashville on October 13th. The sold out show also features performances by Faith Hill, Lady Antebellum, Little Big Town, Vince Gill, Taylor Swift and headliner Keith Urban.

Brooks & Dunn will perform their greatest hits as well as new music from their album, #1s...And Then Some, on the newest installment of CMT's Invitation Only, debuting on October 30th at 10 p.m. ET. The show was taped in Nashville just days after the duo announced their split. Kix Brooks and Ronnie Dunn perform and take questions from fans in the audience who wanted to know about their decision to part ways, among other things.
  • Brooks & Dunn's set list includes "Boot Scootin' Boogie," "My Maria," "Neon Moon," "Honky Tonk Stomp" and "Cowgirls Don't Cry."


  • Brooks & Dunn's last U.S. show of the year is on October 4th in Tucson, Arizona.
  • Their final tour as a duo, called the Last Rodeo tour, will happen in 2010.

As this year's recipient of the Academy of Country Music's (ACM) Humanitarian Award, LeAnn Rimes is teaming up with volunteers from The Home Depot, ACM, KaBOOM!, the United Way of Rutherford and Cannon counties and Murfreesboro, Tennessee community members on October 7th to build a playground in just one day at Spring Valley Apartments. Each year, the winner of this award receives a KaBOOM! playground donated by The Home Depot to be built in the city of their choice. Rimes selected Murfreesboro as the site for her playground build.
  • Rimes received the Humanitarian Award back in April during the ACM Awards in Las Vegas. At the time, Rimes told us how important it is for her to give back. "It makes me feel good, you know? It's part of, I think, my responsibility as a human being, but also as a celebrity to be able to do good for other people."
  • Past recipients of the Award include Rascal Flatts, Brooks & Dunn, Vince Gill, Neal McCoy, Martina McBride, Lonestar and Reba McEntire.


  • The Home Depot provides financial support, materials and volunteers. By the end of 2009, The Home Depot will have built and funded more than 1,500 KaBOOM! play space projects.
  • Rimes lends her time to such organizations as Children's Miracle Network, Camp C.O.P.E., Vanderbilt Children's Hospital in Nashville, and Nashville Humane Association.

Good Morning America co-host and breast cancer survivor Robin Roberts will help the Grand Ole Opry go pink during its two peformances on Friday (October 2nd). She will announce during a portion of the night's first show, including introducing special guests like Carrie Underwood and Terri Clark. During each of the night's shows, Underwood will take the stage to flip the switch and turn the Opry's signature barn backdrop pink in support of the groups Women Rock for the Cure and Susan G. Komen for the Cure. The shows will also include performances from Underwood, Clark, Jo Dee Messina and Lorrie Morgan.
  • Five dollars from the sale of every ticket to these special shows will be donated to Women Rock for the Cure and the Greater Nashville affiliate of Susan G. Komen when purchasers mention or enter the code "OPRYPINK" when ordering tickets over the phone or online.


  • Roberts was diagnosed with an early form of breast cancer in 2007.
  • That same year, Clark's mother was also diagnosed with breast cancer.

Dwight Yoakam will perform at the concert in conjunction with the 26th annual Love Ride on Sunday, October 25th at the Pomona Fairplex in Pomona, California. The show concludes the Love Ride, the largest one-day motorcycle charity fundraiser.
  • Jay Leno will preside as Grand Marshal, as he's done since the Ride's inception, when approximately 20,000 bikers from around the world start their engines.
  • In addition to Leno, celebrity riders include Honorary Grand Marshals Peter Fonda, Robert Patrick and Willie G. Davidson.
  • Love Ride has raised over $21 million for charity since 1984.


  • Yoakam will perform at Club Nokia in Los Angeles on Thursday (October 1st) at the All For The Hall fundraiser to benefit the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum located in Nashville. He will be joined by Vince Gill, Emmylou Harris and Melissa Etheridge, among others.


Q. What was the name of the band that Troy Gentry, Eddie Montgomery and John Michael Montgomery played in together before John Michael's solo career?
A. Early Tymz


Miranda Lambert, Mark Wills

THE ELLEN DEGENERES SHOW/SYN (check local listings)
Brad Paisley

Tom Arnold

Kris Kristofferson



Vince Gill, Emmylou Harris


  • Marty Stuart (51)
  • Eddie Montgomery (Montgomery Gentry) (46)
  • Deborah Allen (56)
  • Johnny Mathis (singer, "Misty" and "Chances Are") (74)
  • Marilyn McCoo (singer, The Fifth Dimension, married to Billy Davis Jr) (65)
  • Angie Dickinson (actress, Police Woman's Sgt. Suzanne "Pepper" Anderson) (78)
  • Fran Drescher (actress, The Nanny) (52)
  • Jenna Elfman (actress, Dharma & Greg ) (38)
  • Martina Hingis (Pro tennis player) (29)
  • Barry Williams (actor, The Brady Bunch's Greg) (55)
  • Monica Bellucci (actress, The Matrix Reloaded, The Passion Of The Christ) (45)
  • Vondie Curtis-Hall (actor, Chicago Hope) (53)
  • Basia (singer) (55)
  • Patrice Rushen (jazz/R&B singer, composer, and pianist) (55)
  • Eric Stoltz (actor, Fast Times At Ridgemont High, Mask, Pulp Fiction, Chicago Hope) (48)
  • Cissy Houston (member of Sweet Inspirations and mother of Whitney Houston, aunt of Dionne Warwick) (76)
  • Trey Anastasio (singer-guitarist, Phish) (45)
  • Lacey Chabert (TV actress, Party Of Five, Daddy Daycare) (27)
  • Debrah Farentino (actress, NYPD Blue, Eureka) (50)
  • Marion Cotillard (actress, La Vie En Rose, Public Enemies, Big Fish) (34)
  • Kieran Culkin (actor, Father of the Bride Parts I & II, Igby Goes Down, brother of Macaulay Culkin) (27)


  • Frances Preston and George Jones were elected to the Country Music Hall Of Fame in 1992.
  • Earl Thomas Conley's Greatest Hits album was released in 1985.
  • George Strait topped the Billboard chart with "Give It Away" in 2006.
  • Billy Currington's self-titled debut album was released in 2003.
  • The Judds climbed to Number One on the Billboard country chart with "Let Me Tell You About Love" in 1989.


JON CRYER ADOPTS DAUGHTER: Jon Cryer and his wife have adopted a baby girl. A rep for the Two and a Half Men star confirmed to People magazine that the couple is now parents to an infant named Daisy, who was born on August 11th. This is the first child for the couple, however Cryer has a nine-year-old son from a previous relationship.

SCARLETT JOHANSSON BLASTS WEIGHT RUMORS: Scarlett Johansson is still furious about reports earlier this year, suggesting she'd dropped 14 pounds for her role in Iron Man 2. She told Glamour magazine, "There was this rumor mill cranking out stories that I had lost 14 pounds -- I could never lose 14 pounds. I can't look at somebody who is 6 feet tall and 120 pounds and say, I'm going to get that body. That's just never going to happen." The normally secretive star also addressed her marriage to Ryan Reynolds, saying, "I never really thought about getting married -- it just kind of happened," she says. "You hope that a relationship makes you better, that you learn things about yourself....I feel more confident to explore things within myself that I hadn't thought about in the past."

TORI SPELLING HOSPITALIZED WITH STOMACH PAIN: Tori Spelling was readmitted to a Los Angeles hospital on Tuesday (September 29th), a day after she spent time there because of abdominal pain. Her rep told Life & Style magazine, "They released her last night. She wasn't feeling better today so she returned to the hospital for more tests." After she was initially released on Monday, Spelling's husband Dean McDermott tweeted, "Just out of the hospital. After a battery of tests, no conclusive answers. She still feels terrible. Hope it passes soon. She's in a lot of pain."

EDDIE FURLONG ESTRANGED WIFE GETS RESTRAINING ORDER: Terminator 2 actor Eddie Furlong's estranged wife just obtained a temporary restraining order after alleging that he threatened to hire people to beat her, reports. Rachael Kneeland, who filed for divorce from Furlong in July, claims the actor "grabbed me, bruised me, pushed me, made threats of more violence, left messages saying he would hire people to come and beat me with chains and bats." Kneeland also claims Furlong "is smoking cocaine and doing other various drugs." The restraining order states that Furlong must stay at least 100 yards away from Kneeland.

JAMIE KENNEDY DENIES CHEATING REPORTS: Jamie Kennedy has slammed reports that he is cheating on girlfriend Jennifer Love Hewitt. After reports that the pair had broken up because Kennedy was cheating with his ex-girlfriend Shannon Funk, a rep for the comedian told, "This is a completely fabricated story made up by a disgruntled former employee, terminated for cause. Jamie and Jennifer are happy and still together."

PATRICK SWAYZE MEMORIAL TO BE HELD ON SUNDAY: A private memorial service for Patrick Swayze will be held this Sunday (October 4th). reports that the memorial is set to take place at Sony Studios in Culver City, CA and the family is asking that donations be made to The Patrick Swayze Pancreas Cancer Research Fund. The actor died after a battle with pancreatic cancer earlier this month.

PAMELA ANDERSON SAYS SHE'S NOT BROKE: Pamela Anderson is denying reports that she's broke and more than $1 million in debt. The former Baywatch babe says that she is locked in a dispute with the contractors who told tabloid magazines that she owes them hundreds of thousands of dollars, but that isn't the case. In a statement she said, "These reports are crazy and I cannot believe this has become a media issue. I am actually touched at how much concern has been expressed for me over this. It is true that I am in a dispute with some of the contractors working on my home. This is because after paying millions of dollars to build the house I continue to get bills from the contractors. My lawyers are reviewing the work done to see if the bills are fair. If they are, they'll be paid. If they aren't, they won't be."

PARIS HILTON'S BOYFRIEND SUES FORMER LANDLORD: Paris Hilton's boyfriend Doug Reinhardt filed a lawsuit on Tuesday (September 29th), claiming that his former landlord is refusing to give back the portion of his security deposit that he is owed. Reinhart says that he agreed to pay over $2,332 for repairs, but the landlord will not return the rest of his $24,000 deposit. He's asking for the $21,668 balance in addition to court costs.

ANDREW SHUE ENGAGED TO 'TODAY' ANCHOR: Former Melrose Place star Andrew Shue is engaged to Today Show anchor, Amy Robach. People magazine reports that the two -- each of whom is divorced -- were introduced by mutual friends this past spring. Both celebrities split from their former spouses last year.


JOHNNY DEPP 'PIRATES' RUMORS UNTRUE: Despite rumors, Disney is not planning to replace Johnny Depp as the star of the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise. A spokesperson for Disney said that gossip about Depp's role is "completely unfounded." Online rumors circulating earlier this week suggested that Depp might not reprise his role as Captain Jack Sparrow in the film's next installment, Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides.

DAN RATHER'S CBS LAWSUIT DISMISSED: An appeals court has dismissed Dan Rather's $70 million lawsuit against his former employer, CBS. The newsman sued CBS and its executives for breach of contract in 2007, claiming that he was removed as the CBS Evening News anchor due to controversy about a report he made on President George W. Bush's military service. Rather's lawyer said he is disappointed at the unanimous ruling for dismissal and said he will ask the state's Court of Appeals to review the decision.

RYAN SEACREST TO MAKE NEW KARDASHIAN REALITY SHOW? Ryan Seacrest is reportedly considering producing a reality show centered on newlyweds Khloe Kardashian and Lamar Odom. When asked about the possibility, the television personality told, "I mean, come on, the producer side of me is thinking [it] could be a good reality series. Today's about celebration, tomorrow's about production." Kardashian already has two series under her belt; E!'s Keeping Up with the Kardashians and Kourtney & Khloe Take Miami.

MORE SOAPS GETTING CANCELED? Another long-running soap opera is reportedly biting the dust. TV Guide reports that One Life to Live is on the chopping block, while As the World Turns is in danger as well. A source told the publication, "One Life will be canceled next year barring a ratings miracle."


Jon Gosselin is being dropped from the title of his family's reality show. TLC announced on Tuesday (September 29th) that the program will be renamed Kate Plus Eight as of November 2nd, when it will put a "deeper focus" on Kate's role as a single mother.

Although TLC's president Eileen O'Neill said Jon will still be involved with the show, People magazine reports that he will no longer appear on the program. A source told People, "Given Jon's recent antics, there was no way the show could continue to portray him as a doting Dad, not while all this other crap was going on."

O'Neill said, "Given the recent changes in the family dynamics, it only makes sense for us to refresh and recalibrate the program to keep pace with the family. The family has evolved and we are attempting to evolve with it."


Meanwhile Jon is reportedly asking that the finalization of his divorce from Kate be delayed.

  • In Touch magazine claims that he said in a statement, "Even though we were heading for a divorce, it appeared that Kate had been suffering from this divorce as much as I had. That's why I asked my attorney to put the brakes on this divorce so I could try to regain control over the future of our family. So Kate and I could join on a cooperative course that would benefit our family -- not destroy it...I regret my conduct since Kate and I separated [on June 22]. I used poor judgment in publicly socializing with other women so soon."


Meanwhile, Kate recently suggested that the show could entirely disappear in the near future. The New York Post reports that Kate wrote on Facebook, "With ratings falling, this might be the last season of Jon & Kate Plus 8. I'm not sure yet."


Mel Gibson plans on asking a judge to dismiss his 2006 DUI. reports that the actor's lawyer will go to court next week and ask the judge to remove the blemish from Gibson's record as he's successfully completed the terms of his three-year probation.

  • Gibson was arrested for DUI in Malibu back in 2006, at which point he infamously went on an anti-Semitic tirade.
  • believes Gibson's lawyer will be in court next Tuesday (October 6th).


Malaysia has banned Bruno from airing in the country because it highlights gay life and contains gay sex scenes. An official from Malaysia's Film Censorship Board said, "It's banned because the story is based on gay life ... There are a lot of sex scenes. It's contrary to our culture."

Censors were also reportedly bothered by the inclusion of sex toys, politically incorrect comments and jokes about religion.

  • The Associated Press reports that gay sex or "carnal intercourse against the order of nature," is punishable by up to 20 years in jail and whipping in Malaysia.
  • Ukraine has also banned the film while star Sacha Baron Cohen's first offering, Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan, was prohibited from being shown in Kazakhstan and Russia.
  • Malaysia also banned Halloween II earlier this month, citing gory scenes and excessive violence.


Hugh Jackman interrupted his performance in Broadway's A Steady Rain last week after an audience member's cell phone started ringing during the show. Reuters reports that after the phone went off, Jackman said in character, "You want to get that?"

He continued, "Grab your phone, it doesn't matter. Come on, just turn it off ... we can wait. Just get the phone."

  • The audience reportedly began applauding as he added, "Don't be embarrassed. Just grab it.
  • Jackman co-stars with Daniel Craig in the show, which is scheduled to run until December 6th.



Beauty and grace weren't enough to keep Kathy Ireland on Dancing With The Stars. The former model was voted off the show last night (Tuesday, September 29th) after turning in a performance the night before that the judges thought was elegant but too cold. Ireland said she enjoyed her short time on the show, telling host Tom Bergeron, "I wouldn't change a moment of it." Ireland also thanked her professional partner, Tony Dovolani.

  • Actress Debi Mazar and her professional partner Maksim Chmerkovskiy were in the bottom two with Ireland and Dovolani. It was somewhat of a surprise since Mazar ended Tuesday night in a three-way tie for third place after the judges voted.
  • There are now 13 couples left to compete.
  • Joss Stone, Selena Gomez, dancers from Stomp the Yard and the USC Trojans performed on last night's show.


Roman Polanski's lawyers lodged an appeal with a Swiss court on Tuesday (September 29th), contesting his arrest on a U.S. extradition warrant to face sentencing for having sex with a 13-year-old girl in 1977. The Swiss Federal Penal Court said it will make a decision on the appeal within the next few weeks.

A lawyer for the 76-year-old filmmaker told Reuters that his client is "fine," however his current detention is very difficult. His lawyer declined to say how long Polanski is expected to stay in prison. A Swiss justice ministry spokesman said earlier in the week that it's possible Polanski could be released on bail, although it's very unlikely.

  • U.S. judicial sources said earlier in the week that the extradition process could take years if Polanski challenges it.
  • Meanwhile, Martin Scorsese, Woody Allen and more than 100 other filmmakers, actors and industry types, have signed a petition objecting to the director's arrest and demanding his release from a Swiss jail.


AT LEAST 82 KILLED BY TSUNAMI IN SAMOA: A tsunami created by a powerful Pacific Ocean earthquake killed at least 82 people in Samoa and American Samoa yesterday (September 29th), with dozens still missing. The quake struck around dawn about 125 miles from the South Pacific island nation of Samoa and the neighboring U.S. territory of American Samoa with a magnitude of between 8.0 and 8.3. Four tsunami waves 15 to 20 feet high roared ashore soon afterward, reaching up to a mile inland and sweeping cars and people out to sea.

SENATE FINANCE COMMITTEE REJECTS PUBLIC OPTION: The Senate Finance Committee yesterday (September 29th) twice rejected including a government-run public option in the health insurance reform measure they are working on, with five conservative Democrats in one vote and three in the other joining all the Republicans in opposing it. However, supporters said the public option is far from dead, predicting it will have greater success when the full Senate takes up health insurance reform legislation, and in the House of Representatives, where the three versions of reform legislation that have been approved by committees all contain a public option. Republicans say the public option would drive the private insurance industry out of business, while Democratic supporters say it will give the public more choices and, by providing competition to the private insurers, bring prices down.

TERRORISM SUSPECT ZAZI PLEADS NOT GUILTY, REMAINS JAILED: Suspected al-Qaida operative Najibullah Zazi pled not guilty Tuesday (September 29th) to plotting a bomb attack in New York City, entering his plea to conspiracy charges in a Brooklyn courtroom. The 24-year-old resident of suburban Denver was ordered held without bail. Meanwhile, New York Police Commissioner Ray Kelly said the threat was neutralized, and there's nothing to fear from Zazi's three alleged accomplices, declaring that the scheme, quote, "has been broken up." Kelly wouldn't elaborate, and AP cited a former federal prosecutor as saying Kelly's silence might mean the alleged accomplices have fled the country or are already secretly cooperating. Prosecutors say Zazi received al-Qaida explosives training in Pakistan last year, and bought beauty supplies in Denver containing hydrogen peroxide and acetone that could be used to make bombs. He was also found to have a laptop computer with bomb-making instructions. Zazi drove from Denver to New York just before September 11th, and prosecutors believe he may have intended to carry out his attack on the 9/11 anniversary. His trip led to raids on several apartments in Queens where he'd been staying, and he was arrested a week later.


TOYOTA RECALL OVER FLOOR MATS TO BE ITS BIGGEST EVER IN U.S.: Toyota said yesterday (September 29th) that it will recall 3.8 million vehicles in the U.S. because of a problem with a removable floor mat that could cause the accelerator to get stuck. Toyota said it was still working with the National Highway Safety Traffic Administration to find a fix for the problem, and that owners could be notified of the recall -- Toyota's largest-ever in the U.S. -- as early as next week. A spokesman said that until a fix is found, owners should take out the floormat on the driver's side and not replace it. The NHSTA said it had received reports of 102 Toyota incidents in which the accelerator may have become stuck. The vehicles affected are:

  • 2007-2010 model year Camry -- top-selling passenger car in the U.S.
  • 2005-2010 Avalon
  • 2004-2009 Prius -- top-selling hybrid
  • 2005-2010 Tacoma
  • 2007-2010 Tundra
  • 2007-2010 Lexus ES350
  • 2006-2010 Lexus IS250 and IS350

EX-DEMOCRATIC FUNDRAISER HSU SENTENCED TO 24 YEARS: Former Democratic fundraiser Norman Hsu, whose donations became an embarrassment for Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign, was sentenced yesterday (September 29th) to more than 24 years in prison on charges of fraud and violating campaign finance laws. The 58-year-old Hsu raised money for Clinton and other Democrats before his decade-long Ponzi scheme collapsed and he was arrested in September 2007. The judge said Hsu stole more than $50 million from hundreds of investors in his scheme, in which he'd claim that clothing or high-tech ventures would pay returns of up to 20 percent. Instead, he spent the money on himself or made charitable contributions to enhance his image. Hsu also used clients of his Ponzi scheme as straw donors to make thousands of dollars in illegal campaign donations.

  • Clinton returned more than $800,000 to donors linked to Hsu after his arrest.

COLLEGES URGED TO TREAT GAMBLING LIKE ALCOHOL, DRUGS: A national gambling task force said Tuesday (September 29th) that colleges and universities should do more to reduce gambling by students, treating the problem like drug and alcohol abuse. The Task Force on College Gambling Policies, established by a teaching affiliate of Harvard Medical School and the National Center for Responsible Gaming, said colleges should treat gambling as a health issue, setting up policies to restrict gambling on campus and treat students who develop addictions. According to the task force, nearly half of college students surveyed reported gambling during the past year, but a 2005 report found that only 22 percent of colleges have written gambling policies.

INDIA TO BE HONORED WITH FIRST OBAMA STATE DINNER: India will be honored with the first state dinner of President Obama's administration, which will be held on November 24th as Prime Minister Mahmohan Singh arrives for a state visit. The responsibility for all the elaborate planning belongs to First lady Michelle Obama and her staff, who will handle things including assembling a guest list, overseeing the menu, choosing the decor, seating, place settings and entertainment. Why choose India for the first state dinner? As the U.S. has become more engaged with Pakistan -- India's archrival -- focusing on greater military cooperation in dealing with Islamic extremists there and in Afghanistan, the honor may help ease some concerns, as well as the perception that Pakistan has surpassed India as America's closest friend in South Asia.

  • India was also honored with a state dinner in July 2005, under President George W. Bush.

DISNEY TO REWARD VOLUNTEERS WITH FREE ADMISSION: Disney kicked off a new promotion yesterday (September 29th), offering one day's free admission to any park at Disneyland or Disney World to one million guests who do a day of volunteer work in 2010. Disney is partnering in the "Give a Day, Get a Disney Day" promotion with HandsOn Network, a clearinghouse for volunteer opportunities, to connect people with projects and certify that the work was done. Jay Rasulo, chairman of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, told AP that promotion is "very timely," citing the increased needs of nonprofits in the weak economy, as well as President Obama's national volunteering initiative.


RED SOX CLINCH AMERICAN LEAGUE WILD CARD: The Boston Red Sox have clinched the American League wild card, ensuring they'll be in the playoffs for the sixth time in seven years. Even though the Red Sox lost to the Toronto Blue Jays 8-7 yesterday (September 29th) for their fifth loss in a row, the wild card was secured when the Los Angeles Angels later beat the Texas Rangers 5-2.

PHOENIX BEATS INDIANA 120-116 IN GAME 1 OF WNBA FINALS: The Phoenix Mercury took Game 1 of the best-of-five WNBA Finals last night (September 29th) at home over the Indiana Fever with a 120-116 win in overtime. The game was the highest-scoring in WNBA history. Cappie Pondexter and Penny Taylor both scored 23 points for the Mercury, and league MVP Diana Taurasi added 22 points for the winning team. Game 2 will be played Thursday (October 1st).

(Headline News, FYI and Sports stories were compiled in part from reports by the Associated Press and Reuters.)



  • THE NEW ADVENTURES OF OLD CHRISTINE - Richard and Christine are shocked when they realize how much their college buddies have aged.
  • GARY UNMARRIED - When Allison's new boyfriend offers to take Louis on a birthday trip to New York, Gary shouts out an unrealistic gift of his own.
  • CRIMINAL MINDS - The team searches for a disturbed man after he kills several people at a pharmacy, hoping to learn what set him off before he harms anyone else.
  • CSI: NY - The team searches for a cyberkiller who seems to be targeting health care workers; the case turns personal when a suspect mentions Mac's father.


  • MERCY - Veronica and Mike move back in together but realize the house is as much of a mess as their mess as their marriage; Sonia gets an attractive cop to help her find the identity of a patient.
  • LAW & ORDER: SPECIAL VICTIMS UNIT - Stabler and Benson suspect a sugar daddy of murder when a young woman's body is found stuffed inside a suitcase.
  • THE JAY LENO SHOW - Adam Corolla, Steve Carell, Vince Gill & Emmylou Harris


  • SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE - Dancers from across the country compete.
  • GLEE - Will tries to give a glee club more of an edge by bringing in a former classmate (Kristin Chenoworth).


  • HANK - (series premiere) An entrepreneur has to downsize and move his family back to his wife's hometown.
  • THE MIDDLE - (series premiere) Sue auditions for show choir; Brick asks Frankie to come to his class presentation dressed in a costume.
  • MODERN FAMILY - Phil is determined to help Luke prove he is responsible enough to have a new bike; Jay and Manny have some father and son time.
  • COUGAR TOWN - Jules makes a fool of herself when she ignores the advice of her best friend and tries to keep up with the hard partying twentysomethings.
  • EASTWICK - Roxie tries to protect Mia from her ex-boyfriend; Kat ends her marriage to Raymond.


  • AMERICA'S NEXT TOP MODEL - The contestants try to stand out when Tyra wraps them in vibrant fabrics and photographs them; China Chow serves as a guest judge.
  • MELROSE PLACE (repeat)


  • REAL WORLD/ROAD RULES CHALLENGE - (season premiere) Twenty-eight competitors arrive in Thailand; old rivalries and broken romances come to the surface.


THE ELLEN DEGENERES SHOW - Heidi Klum, Brad Paisley
THE OPRAH WINFREY SHOW - Girl talk about 'good' hair with Chris Rock
THE VIEW - Yoko Ono, Sean Lennon, Lea Michele, Cory Monteith


THE JAY LENO SHOW (NBC) - Adam Corolla, Steve Carell, Vince Gill & Emmylou Harris
JIMMY KIMMEL LIVE (ABC) - Rebecca Romijn, Joseph Fiennes, Alice in Chains
LATE NIGHT WITH JIMMY FALLON (NBC) - Dennis Hopper, Amy Brenneman, Owen Benjamin
LAST CALL WITH CARSON DALY (NBC) - Chris Pratt, Ted Ligety, the Like


MAN ROBBED OF HOT DOG AT GUNPOINT: Police say a man with a pellet gun approached another man sitting under a tree in a Massachusetts park and demanded that he surrender his hot dog. The weiner thief was later arrested with mustard on his shirt and was said to be carrying the pellet gun and a pocket knife. Police say the man has a criminal record of assault and vandalism and has now been sentenced to 18 months in prison. (AP)

WOMAN GOES ON TREASURE HUNT AFTER FINDING NOTE: An Illinois postal worker recently found a key and note under an antique chair she was refinishing that promised $250 in gold coins buried in a chest in Springfield. The envelope had the words "Finders Keepers" printed on it along with a map with the location of the chest. After agreeing with the property owner to split half of whatever was found, she began digging, but has found nothing so far. The woman says she plans to continue the search. (AP)

PSYCHIC CHARGED WITH LYING ABOUT ASSAULT BY RIVAL PSYCHICS: Police have arrested a Connecticut psychic on charges including reporting a false incident after they said she lied to them about an assault. The woman accused a group of rival psychics with orchestrating the attack after they left her threatening phone messages, but she could not tell the police what their names were. After police noted inconsistencies in her story, they concluded that she must have been assaulted by someone she knew, though her attorney says his client stands by her story. (AP)

STUDENTS SET ROBOT DANCING RECORD: 318 Australian college students gathered on the lawns of the University of Melbourne to set a world record for the largest ever robot dance. The previous record, held by 276 students at Britain's University of Kent, was broken by the Australians' five-minute routine, which featured students in robot costumes and even pirate gear. The event was organized by a group called "Robogals" whose aim is to encourage more women to study engineering and computer science. (AFP


ECONOMIC DEPRESSION GOOD FOR OUR HEALTH? Researchers studying health in the Great Depression found that death rates dropped in the lean days of the early 1930s and increased when the economy expanded. Many of the biggest killers, including heart disease and cancer, caused fewer deaths in the slump. The Daily Mail noted that only suicide bucked the trend, with rates rising in line with unemployment. Researchers believe our well-being blossoms in hard times because we are forced to cut back on indulgences such as rich foods, drinking and smoking. We may also spend more time with friends and family, boosting morale. And, without early starts and overtime, we may sleep better.

IS FAMILY'S HAPPINESS DEPENDANT ON THE WIFE? Michelle Obama recently said in an interview with Prevention magazine, "Throughout my life, I've learned to make choices that make me happy and make sense for me. Even my husband is happier when I'm happy." She added, "So I have freed myself to put me on the priority list and say yes, I can make choices that make me happy, and it will ripple and benefit my kids, my husband and my physical health."

KIDS OF WORKING MOMS ARE UNHEALTHY: A study by Britain's Institute of Child Health found that kids of working mothers were more likely to eat unhealthy snacks and watch a lot of TV. reports that the study looked at 12,500 five-year-olds, and controlled for factors like socioeconomic status and mothers' education. Researchers found that children of working mothers were more likely to drink soda and eat junk food between meals, and less likely to snack on fruits and vegetables, than their peers with stay-at-home moms. Kids whose mothers worked were also more likely to be driven to school, rather than walking or biking, and more likely to spend two or more hours a day watching TV or using the computer.


RENT-A-FRIEND COMPANIES POPULAR IN JAPAN: Japanese rent-a-friend companies allow people to pay for pretend friends, relatives, work colleagues, or even best men. Sometimes single mothers hire fake husbands so kids stop bullying their children at school for having absent fathers. reports that the "agents" are trained to know an extensive backstory since if rentees give any hint that they're aren't really the people they're pretending to be, it could mess up the clients' lives. Prices average around $250 per appearance.


Your Career Will Benefit: When a guy is climbing the corporate ladder, he can't think twice about staying late at the office or hitting the strip club with the boss. Girlfriends demand quality time -- as they should -- but you won't be able to give it to her if you want that corner office.

  • You Never Need To Make Plans For Two: Happiness means never having to ask permission. The benefits of having a significant other -- the nurturing and sharing and all that other crap -- all go out the window as soon as your buddy asks you to go to Las Vegas and you realize you need to check with your girlfriend first.
  • You'll Be Healthier: The first thing a guy does upon locking down a girlfriend or tying the knot is let himself go. There's no need to eat right or exercise if you're not chasing tail. Once you sit down on the couch to watch a Hugh Grant movie with your significant other, you aren't getting up -- ever.
  • Weddings Are More Fun: Marriage is a celebration of love, commitment and the opportunity to nail lonely women. I like the little program you get when you arrive for the ceremony. I immediately look for the list of bridesmaids. The marriage of a man and woman who love each other often leads to premarital sex between a man and woman who barely know each other.
  • You Can Enjoy Your Personal Space: If you're an absolute slob, then I guess there's some benefit to living with your girlfriend. But if you can maintain some modicum of cleanliness, you will be ever thankful you're single, live alone and can go to the bathroom with the door open.
  • You'll Save Money: Bachelors spend a lot of money on women for sure: on taking them out, on buying them the occasional gift and especially on buying enough drinks for ourselves to work up the courage to talk to them in the first place. But no one spends more than a married guy. Redoing the living room, taking trips to Ft. Lauderdale to visit her family and (gasp!) even having a kid.
  • The Sex Is Better: There are certainly benefits to sleeping with the same girl night after night: You get to know your significant other's likes and dislikes, and she yours. And she'll eventually make peace with you falling asleep immediately afterward. But that's about it.
  • You Can Watch Whatever You Want: Never underestimate the power of wielding complete control over the remote. True bliss is not getting dirty looks from your girlfriend just because you want to watch a Megan Fox movie on mute.
  • You Can Spend More Time With Your Friends: Guys who are about to get married are very fond of telling their boys that "nothing is going to change; we're still gonna hang out." When guys get out of a relationship or get divorced, the first thing they do is get the old band back together. That's because guys need quality time with their friends. For bachelors, every night is a guy's night out.

According to, what do the initials for the tabloid site TMZ stand for?

A: "30-mile zone"

  • Launched in 2005 by AOL and overseen by former Los Angeles area legal correspondent Harvey Levin, has become one of the most visited celebrity news sources on the web, thanks to having been the first to break several huge stories -- including the death of Michael Jackson. The name itself stands for "30-mile zone," an area where many celebrities live that radiates out in 360 degrees from the corner of Beverly and La Cienega boulevards in L.A.

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Is it ever OK to ask a co-worker out on a date.

According the the experts, it is alright, but there are some rules that you have to follow because of the underlying threat of sexual harassment. offers six office dating do's and don'ts:

  1. Do not repeatedly ask the same co-worker to go on a date if he or she has said no even one time. No means no. Period. Move on.
  2. Do get to know your potential date well before you ever go out. Sharing the same work environment means there are far more potential consequences if the date goes bad. As much as possible, know what you're getting into.
  3. Do start out slowly. If you take things slowly in the beginning, the chances of a bad ending are lessened.
  4. Do agree to set up relationship rules. Here's an example: No flirting at work.
  5. Do not be afraid to talk about sexual harassment. Be open and honest with each other by candidly discussing the issues on your mind--even those that might be a bit scary to address out loud.
  6. Do be ready to address the rumors in the office! Gossip thrives in every workplace, large or small. Be prepared to address the rumors with your employer. Tell the truth and promise you will keep your relationship professional when you're at work. If you make your employer feel comfortable with the relationship, all should be fine.


Miranda Lambert's third studio album, called Revolution, sees release on Tuesday (September 29th). The 15-song CD includes Lambert's current single, "White Liar," as well as "Dead Flowers," which was released earlier this year.

Lambert wrote all but three songs for Revolution. She tells us the new songs distance her somewhat from the material on her last album, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, which was released two years ago. "I have changed in my life a little bit. I've settled into life a little bit. I've grown up a little bit more. I surprised myself and got to know myself through this project because I feel like I was getting shoved in a corner a little bit being the crazy, wild-eyed girl that did 'Kerosene' and 'Crazy Ex-Girlfriend' and 'Gunpowder & Lead,' and that's still so much a part of who I am, but I have a lot to say. I have a very full life and it has everything from crazy, psychotic temper tantrums to bein' in love, and I think that it's all portrayed on this album."

  • Lambert will celebrate the release of Revolution with appearances on Good Morning America on Tuesday and The Late Show With David Letterman later that night.
  • Later in the week, Lambert will stop by Late Night With Jimmy Fallon.

Fans can download a track from Dierks Bentley's Feel That Fire album for free. The song "Beautiful World," featuring Patty Griffin, is available at Bentley hopes this gift to fans helps raise awareness about his nationwide Miles & Music For Kids fundraiser, which is sponsored by CMT One Country and benefits local hospitals in the Children's Miracle Network.
  • Bentley said, "This is definitely one of my favorite songs, not just from the last album, but probably that I've ever written and recorded. The whole premise is that if you watch the news or read the headlines, there is a lot of really negative stuff happening out there that can pull you down, but if you choose to follow the good and believe in something better, then it is a 'Beautiful World.'"
  • The Miles & Music For Kids fundraiser is expanding to six markets, with events taking place in Nashville, Tennessee; Bentley's hometown of Phoenix, Arizona; Seattle, Washington; Atlanta, Georgia; Dallas, Texas and Chicago, Illinois throughout 2009 and 2010. All proceeds from these events will benefit the Children's Miracle Network hospitals in those areas.
  • This year's kick off event will be held at Nashville's Riverfront Park on October 11th. It will feature performances by Bentley and Capitol Nashville labelmates Darius Rucker and Eric Church, along with Wynonna, Heidi Newfield and Michelle Branch. The Nashville event will once again benefit the Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt.
Luke Bryan will make a whirlwind promotional tour visiting nine cities in as many days in support of his new album, Doin' My Thing, which is due in stores on October 6th. The album launch will kick off on October 5th in Statesboro, Georgia, where Bryan will host his first-ever Farm tour, and continues on to Leesburg, Georgia (October 6th); Charlotte, North Carolina (7th); Greenville, South Carolina (8th); Tampa, Florida (9th); Atlanta, Georgia (10th); Augusta, Georgia (12th); Chicago, Illinois (13th); and finally Minneapolis (14th). In each city, Bryan will visit local radio stations and meet-and-greet with fans in addition to putting on a show.
  • Bryan will perform a full concert in his hometown of Leesburg. The town won the show through an online contest. The event will take place on the local high school's football field. Bryan said, "The last time I sang on that field, I had written a song for graduation. It will be nostalgic to go back and now play a full show."
  • After wrapping his album launch, Bryan will prepare for his first headlining tour. The Doin' My Thing run begins on October 30th in Jacksonville, Florida.
  • The first single from Doin' My Thing, called "Do I," is a Top 20 hit on the country charts.


  • Bryan co-wrote "Do I" with Lady Antebellum members Charles Kelley and Dave Haywood.
  • Lady A member Hillary Scott sang backgroud vocals on the song.

Carrie Underwood will receive the Harmony Award during the Symphony Ball at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center in Nashville on December 12th. Presented by the Nashville Symphony, the honor recognizes Underwood's musical contributions to helping the city keep it's unofficial title of "Music City USA."
  • Previous Harmony Award winners include LeAnn Rimes, the Judds, Steve Winwood, Martina McBride, Dolly Parton and Rascal Flatts.


  • Underwood will co-host the upcoming CMA Awards with Brad Paisley in Nashville on November 11th.
  • Her new album, called Play On, will be released on November 3rd.
  • The debut single, "Cowboy Casanova," is the fastest-climbing single of Underwood's career.

New trio Love And Theft are slowly adjusting to fame. Between touring with Taylor Swift last year and having their current single, "Runaway," a hit at radio, the guys are getting used to being recognized by strangers. Eric Gunderson tells us he recently got the star treatment while shopping in Nashville. "I was at the mall, and there's these two little boys and their mom walk past me, and both little kids kind of point and say, 'I think that guy's in Love And Theft,' and that was kind of the first time that's ever happened, especially in Macy's. (laughs) It was pretty cool, and then the mom came back after like 10 minutes. I think they'd been like watching me from the corner. She asked if I was in Love And Theft and if I could have a picture, so it was kind of cool."

Love And Theft members enjoy being approached by people wherever they are, according to Brian Bandas. "We like people and we like meeting people, and that's why we got into it. It's an opportunity to be nice and improve somebody's day."

  • "Runaway" is a Top 15 hit on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart.
  • Love And Theft's debut CD, World Wide Open, is in stores everywhere.

Holly Williams and her drummer, Chris Coleman, tied the knot on Sunday (September 27th) at an historic farm estate in Nashville. Williams' famous dad, Hank Williams, Jr., walked her down the aisle, while Rascal Flatts' Jay DeMarcus and Kid Rock both sang at the ceremony. According to reports, Williams also sang a bit -- she serenaded Coleman with the Stevie Wonder classic "Signed, Sealed, Delivered, I'm Yours."
  • Kings of Leon drummer Nathan Followill also attended the nuptials.
  • Williams and Coleman's first dance was to Emmylou Harris and Mark Knopfler's "I Dug Up a Diamond". According to People magazine, the tune has special meaning to the newlyweds, as Williams had to dig up her engagment ring as part of a scavenger hunt Coleman had planned for her early this summer.


  • Williams' current CD, Here With Me, was released in June.


Q. In what famous prison did Merle Haggard serve a three-year sentence for attempted robbery?
A. San Quentin


Miranda Lambert

Paula Deen

Miranda Lambert, Mark Wills

Miranda Lambert


  • Jerry Lee Lewis (rock-and-roll pioneer; cousin of former televangelist Jimmy Swaggart and club owner & country performer Mickey Gilley) (74)
  • Bryant Gumbel (TV host/sportscaster) (61)
  • Jill Whelan (Actress, Love Boat's Vicki Stubing) (43)
  • Natasha Gregson Wagner (Actress, Two Girls And A Guy) (39)
  • Andrew Dice Clay (Comedian) (52)
  • Ian McShane (actor, Deadwood's Al Swearengen) (67)
  • Erika Eleniak (actress, Baywatch, Under Siege, The Beverly Hillbillies; Playboy Playmate Of The Month in July 1989) (40)
  • Ken Norton Jr. (former NFL player and son of boxer Ken Norton) (43)
  • Mackenzie Crook (the British version of The Office, Pirates Of the Caribbean) (38)
  • Ken Weatherwax (actor, Pugsly on The Addams Family TV series) (54)
  • Cindy Morgan (actress, Caddyshack's Lacey Underall) (55)
  • Mike Post (musician, composer of music for many TV shows, including Rockford Files, NewsRadio, Hill Street Blues, The A-Team, The Greatest American Hero, Magnum, P.I., CHiPs, Hardcastle & McCormick, Doogie Howser, M.D., Quantum Leap, Remington Steele, Wise Guy, Murder One, NYPD Blue, L.A. Law, Hunter, and Law & Order) (65)


Leon Russell's version of "Roll In My Sweet Baby's Arms" debuted on the charts in 1973.

  • Garth Brooks' No Fences album entered the Billboard chart in 1990.
  • Reba McEntire's Rumor Has It album entered the Billboard chart in 1990.
  • Willie Nelson was elected to the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1993.
  • Rose Maddox made her first performance as a Grand Ole Opry regular in 1956.
  • Kitty Wells recorded the Top Five single, "Making Believe," in 1955.
  • Ronnie Milsap's Greatest Hits album was released in 1980.
  • Alabama's The Touch album was released in 1986.
  • Alabama's Just Us album was released in 1987.
  • The Judds' Christmas Time with the Judds album was released in 1987.
  • Lorrie Morgan married Sammy Kershaw in 2001.


LIAM HEMSWORTH SAYS HE AND MILEY CYRUS ARE ONLY CO-STARS: According to recent reports, Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth are something of a secret couple, though Hemsworth is now saying they are only co-stars. At a press event in Australia on Monday (September 28th), when asked if he and Miley are a couple, he paused before saying, "We just made a movie together. That's it."

AARON CARTER SAYS HE'LL WIN DWTS: Aaron Carter isn't shy about his chances at winning this season's Dancing With The Stars. Carter boasts in a radio interview, "There are no if's, and's or but's or possibilities or chances, I'm going to win Dancing with the Stars." In the interview, Aaron also confirms that he is not dating his DWTS partner Karina Smirnoff, he says, "She's beautiful, but I've got to keep it professional."

EMMY ROSSUM'S HUSBAND FILES FOR DIVORCE: Emmy Rossum's husband, Justin Siegel, filed for divorce Friday (September 25th) after a year-and-a-half marriage. A source tells People that the couple split in August. Siegel cited irreconcilable differences and is seeking spousal support from the 23-year-old actress.

CLAIRE DANES AND HUGH DANCY ARE MARRIED: Claire Danes, age 30, and Hugh Dancy, who is 34, got married quietly in France a few weeks ago, a source who attended the wedding tells PEOPLE magazine. The pair met while filming the movie Evening in Newport, R.I., and announced their engagement in February.

FRED DURST'S THREE-MONTH MARRIAGE ENDS: And they said it wouldn't last! The Limp Bizkit frontman interrupted his honeymoon with Esther Nazarov to announce on Twitter that, well, the marriage is over. The couple tied the knot in Las Vegas, but their marriage foundered during a grueling month-long retreat in the mountains, where Durst was working on a new recording. "We cannot go back and start a new beginning, but we can start today and make a new ending," Durst wrote on Twitter. Sweet.


SIMON COWELL TO BRING X FACTOR TO U.S.: Television's "Mr. Nasty" is bringing another of his British talent shows to America. The London Mirror newspaper reports Tuesday that Simon Cowell has sealed a deal worth a reported 107 million dollars to create a version of The X Factor for Fox Television. His negotiating tactics reportedly including refusing to re-up as a judge of American Idol if Fox didn't buy X Factor. Fox Television declined to comment.

THE HILLS STARS RAKE IN BIG BUCKS: Kristin Cavallari makes 90,000 dollars per episode as a cast member of MTV's The Hills. But Audrina Patridge makes $100,000 per episode. And Heidi Montag makes close to $100,000. Whoa! Somebody leaked all the cast salaries to The Daily Beast. Spencer Pratt is only making $65,000 per episode, because he just joined the cast last year, and Brody Jenner makes $45,000. This ought to liven up the backstage chatter among cast members. Former star Lauren Conrad got paid more than any of them, at $125,000 per episode.

DR. PHIL SHOW SUED: The Dr. Phil Show is being sued by five fans who were on a bus that crashed on the way to a taping of the show in December 2007, TMZ reports. According to the lawsuit, the brakes on the bus "failed and lost power, making the bus unable to stop" ... causing it to collide with "another vehicle, two concrete curbs, an iron fence and two trees." Five women are asking for unspecified damages against Dr. Phil's production company, Peteski Productions, claiming the show "negligently hired" the faulty bus to pick them up.

SAY GOODNIGHT TO THE CLEANER: The A&E Network has axed its drama The Cleaner, starring Benjamin Bratt, after the recent end of its second season. The network now has no scripted dramas. Its only other dramatic show was The Beast, starring the late Patrick Swayze. Looks like they'll be sticking to gripping real-life dramas like Dog The Bounty Hunter and Gene Simmons Family Jewels.


Kim Kardashian is officially back together with NFL running back Reggie Bush, after a couple of months apart. They got together just a day after Kim's little sister Khloe married L.A. Lakers player Lamar Odom. A source close to the couple told PEOPLE magazine, "They're totally back together for real." The source added, "Kim and Reggie spent a few months apart getting their priorities together and figuring out who they were as individuals so they can make it work together."

How close are they? Close enough that Bush's parents were among the guests at Khloe's wedding.

  • The couple amicably split in July.


Speculation is rife that the apparently eternal talk-show host Larry King may retire when his contract with CNN expires 18 months from now. King, now 75 years old, has repeatedly said he has no desire to retire. He's been hosting Larry King Live since 1985. But The New York Post says there is already talk behind the scenes about who might be the new Larry. The newspaper says CNN's first choice is Ryan Seacrest, but his big-bucks American Idol deal has made him way too expensive. They also like Diane Sawyer, but then she got a hot-shot new gig as anchor of the ABC Evening News. Also on the list: Joy Behar, a frequent guest host for Larry, who just got her own talk show on CNN's sister channel, HLN, formerly Headline News.


Only Jeff Goldblum will be left standing! The makers of Law & Order: Criminal Intent are planning a major overhaul of the cast of the long-running series, and that means curtains for some of the show's most familiar faces. USA Network confirms weekend rumors that star Vincent D'Onofrio will leave the series soon, during the two-parter that kicks off its ninth season. D'Onofrio, who plays Detective Robert Goren, will surrender his badge as top detective on the Major Case Squad to new regular Jeff Goldblum. And later in the season, Kathryn Erbe, Eric Bogosian and Julianne Nicholson all will be phased out. Nicholson will be replaced by Saffron Burrows.


The pop stars ruled last night (September 29th) on Dancing With The Stars as Mya and Aaron Carter topped the leaderboard at 27 points each and Donny Osmond came in third at 25. Kathy Ireland and Tom Delay were the bottom two with 18 points each and the remaining contestants were in the 19 to 21 range.

  • Director Baz Luhrmann was this week's guest judge, sitting in for Len Berman.
  • Joss Stone and Selena Gomez will be the musical guests on tonight's (September 29th) results show.
  • Tonight will also mark the show's biggest dance number yet when 62 performers including dancers from Stomp The Yard and members of the USC Trojans Marching Band performe as part of the Macy's Stars Of Dance series.
  • Taylor Swift, Michael Buble and Colbie Caillat are some of the musical guests scheduled this season.

Here's how it all went down on last night's performance show:

Joanna and Derek

Last week she topped the women's leaderboard and this week the judges liked her energy, but not her technique. They pointed out that she didn't have the precise footwork necessary for a good jive.

Score: Jive - 20

Natalie and Alec

Olympic swimmer Natalie was out to prove she's not a fish out of water by relaxing and breathing during the quickstep. The judges said they like her personality, but she still needs to relax and breathe. Carrie Ann says Natalie is one of her favorite competitors, though.

Score: Quickstep - 21

Chuck and Anna

The judges thought last week's fox trot had too much testosterone, so the mixed martial artist had a lot to work on to find his romantic side in the tango. The judges liked it, acknowleging the work he put into it and enjoying the fact that it was sexy -- and a little scary.

Score: Tango - 19

Melissa and Mark

Last week the judges thought Melissa's waltz was prim and proper and teased her for being nervous. The judges said she improved, but that she's still got more work to do.

Score: Jive - 19

Michael and Anna

Michael had great showmanship on the dance floor and stayed light on his feet. The judges loved it, Bruno called it a "proper quick step" and Carrie Ann said compared to last week this was a "touchdown!"

Score: Quick Step - 20

Debi and Maks

Max and Debi's love/hate relationship worked very well for them in the tango. The judges loved that she's a "drama queen" -- in a good way. Now she just needs to work on her subtler moves.

Score: Tango - 21

Louie and Chelsie

The youngest couple this season was determined to turn some heads. Carrie and Baz loved the joy the couple showed in performing, but Bruno said he thinks Louie is capable of a lot more.

Score: Jive - 19

Aaron and Karina

Aaron was the top man last week and this week he stayed there. Karina and Aaron danced to the theme from The Muppet Show and their performance featured cameos from the muppets Animal and Gonzo. Karina wore pink and Aaron wore green to represent Miss Piggy and Kermit. Bruno thought it was spectacular and called Aaron a "mini-Fred Astaire" in command of the performance.

Score: Quickstep - 27

Kelly and Louis

This week Kelly stayed with the blonde bombshell and it worked for her, but she had too many mistakes in her routine.

Score: Tango - 19

Kathy and Tony

Kathy was out to improve on last week's soggy salsa which landed her in the bottom two. This week, Ireland looked like a princess in her ballgown and jewels. But, the judges said she needs to stop being so cautious and warm up her performance more.

Score: Quickstep - 18

Mark And Lacey

Mark and Lacey wanted to at least keep the top 3 placement they earned last week. Mark did some amazing jumps in the routine, but the judges said his footwork could have been more precise. The judges gave him a lot of credit for recovering quickly after he slipped on the floor, though.

Score: Quick Step - 21

Mya and Dmitry

The judges split last week over their Viennese Waltz (Len gave them a 5 for the choreography, but the other 2 judges gave them 8s). This week Dmitry was going for a technically perfect routine. Mya looked super-sexy in a fringed mini dress as she tried to seduce Dmitry dressed as a nerdy guy. The judges loved that they told a story without sacrificing technique.

Score: Jive - 27

Tom and Cheryl

Tom showed off his "wild" side in last week's performance and this week he tried to be strong and sexy. Unfortunately he could barely hold on to Cheryl in their final pose and almost dropped her on the floor. The judges said that he came out looking proper and correct, but it basically fell apart. Tom was also suffering from an injured foot.

Score: Tango - 18

Donny and Kym

Donny was out to prove that a man in his 50s could dance the fast-paced jive. The audience loved it and so did the judges. They said it had all the elements and Baz added that Donny proved "dance has no age."

Score: Jive - 25


While Roman Polanski cools his heels in a Swiss jail, diplomats in France and Poland are pressing their American counterparts to let the him go. The director was born in Poland but has lived in France since 1977. French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner and his Polish counterpart Radek Sikorski have written to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton saying they hope Polanski can be quickly freed on bail. "In the same way that there is a generous America that we like, there is also a scary America that has just shown its face," said French Culture Minister Frederic Mitterrand.

  • The 13-year-old victim in the case, Samantha Geimer, recently filed a formal request asking Los Angeles prosecutors to drop charges against Polanski. The New York Daily News quoted Geimer as saying: "I have survived, indeed prevailed, against whatever harm Mr. Polanski may have caused me as a child. I got over it a long time ago." The incident occured at the home of actor Jack Nicholson.
  • Now 76, Polanski directed movie classics like Chinatown and Rosemary's Baby.
  • Polanski fled the United States in 1977 to avoid prison time after pleading guilty to having sex with a 13-year-old girl. He was arrested Saturday when he arrived in Switzerland to accept a lifetime achievement award from a film festival. The arrest warrant was issued by Los Angeles authorities.



Away We Go - Maya Rudolph, John Krasinski

Monsters Vs. Aliens - Voices of Reese Witherspon, Seth Rogen

The Brothers Bloom - Adrien Brody

Management - Jennifer Aniston, Steve Zahn

The Girlfriend Experience - Sasha Grey

The Wizard Of Oz Ultimate Collector's Edition

Saturday Night Live's Maya Rudolph and The Office's John Krasinski star in the comedy Away We Go, new on DVD today (Tuesday, September 29th). They play a young couple traveling across the United States in search of the perfect place to raise their family. The film also stars Allison Janney, Catherine O'Hara, Jeff Daniels and Maggie Gyllenhaal. Academy Award winner Sam Mendes directs.

Reese Witherspoon, Kiefer Sutherland, Seth Rogen and Will Arnett are just some of the big-name celebrities lending their voices to the DreamWorks animated film Monsters Vs. Aliens, out on DVD today (September 29th). When a meteorite from outer space hits a young California girl named Susan Murphy -- voiced by Witherspoon -- and turns her into a giant monster, she is taken to a secret government compound where she meets a ragtag group of monsters also rounded up over the years. Under orders from the President, this motley crew of monsters is called into action to combat invading aliens and save the world from imminent destruction.

Monsters Vs. Aliens also features the voices of Amy Poehler, Stephen Colbert, Renee Zellweger, Hugh Laurie, Rainn Wilson, John Krasinski and Paul Rudd. It was directed by Rob Letterman and Conrad Vernon.

New On Blu-Ray

Dark Crystal (1982) - Muppets

Labyrinth (1986) - David Bowie, Jennifer Connelly


The Unit: The Complete Series

The Chris Rock Show: Season 1 & 2

CSI NY: Season 1-5

Life On Mars: The Complete Series

How I Met Your Mother: The Legendary Season Four


IRAN TESTS LONGER-RANGE MISSILES: Iran tested its longest-range missiles Monday (September 28th), warning they can reach any place that threatens the country, including Israel, parts of Europe and U.S. military bases in the Middle East. The launch of the medium-range missiles that can reach up to 1,200 miles was the last of three rounds of missile tests that began Sunday, two days after the U.S. and its allies disclosed that Iran had been secretly developing an underground uranium enrichment facility, and was condemned as a provocation by Western nations. It also came ahead of a key meeting later this week between Iran and the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council, including the U.S., and Germany over its nuclear program. After strong condemnations from the U.S. and its allies, Iran said Saturday it would allow U.N. nuclear inspectors to examine the newly-discovered site.

AT LEAST 240 DEAD IN PHILIPPINES FLOODING: The death toll from massive flooding in the northern Philippines rose to 240 Tuesday (September 29th) as rescuers recovered more bodies, as is expected to go higher. The worst flooding to hit the country in more than 40 years was caused by Tropical Storm Ketsana, which roared through over the weekend, inundating the homes of some 1.9 million people in the capital and surrounding areas. Officials have asked for international aid, while worrying about two new storms that could hit the Philippines later this week and early next week.

WOMAN ACCUSED OF KEEPING SON IN CLOSET FOR YEARS: An Oklahoma City woman has been arrested after her 14-year-son told police he escaped from a home where he'd been kept for four-and-a-half years, locked in a bedroom closet for most of the time. Police said Monday (September 28th) that a security guard at a National Guard facility called them Friday after the boy showed up malnourished and with many scars and other signs of abuse and asked for a nearby police station. He told police his scars were from being tied up, hit with an extension cord and choked, and having alcohol poured on him and set on fire. The boy's mother, 37-year-old LaRhonda Marie McCall, and a friend, 38-year-old Steve Vern Hamilton, were arrested on child abuse and child neglect charges. Six other children living in the home showed no signs of abuse.


SECRET SERVICE INVESTIGATING 'KILL OBAMA' FACEBOOK POLL: The Secret Service is investigating after a poll was posted on Facebook Sunday (September 27th) that asked users if President Obama should be assassinated. The survey said, "Should Obama be killed?" and had the possible answers "no," "maybe," "yes," and "yes if he cuts my health care." Facebook employees removed the poll when they were alerted to it, and spokesman Barry Schnitt told Fox News that a third-party application allowed a user to create it. He said, "The application was immediately suspended while the inappropriate content could be removed by the developer and until such time as the developer institutes better procedures to monitor their user-generated content."

PALIN MEMOIR IS DONE, DUE OUT IN NOVEMBER: Just four months after her book deal was announced, former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin has finished her memoir and publisher Harper has moved up its release date from next spring to November 17th, just in time for the holiday shopping season. The 2008 Republican vice presidential candidate worked on the 400-page book, called Going Rogue: An American Life, with writer Lynn Vincent. The phrase used in the title, "going rogue," was famously used by members of John McCain's presidential campaign to describe Palin's reported refusal to follow the script outlined for her. Palin made her first public appearance last week since resigning as governor in July with more than a year left in her first term, giving a paid speech in Hong Kong to business leaders.

OBAMA TO BOOST CHICAGO OLYMPIC BID IN DENMARK: President Obama will be traveling to Denmark later this week in support of Chicago's bid for the 2016 Summer Olympics, a reversal after he initially said he couldn't make the trip because of the ongoing health care debate in Washington. Obama will only be in Copenhagen for a few hours, flying overnight Thursday (October 1st), making a presentation to the International Olympic Committee members Friday, and returning to the U.S. the same day. Obama's presentation will boost his adopted hometown against competitors Madrid, Rio de Janeiro and Tokyo. Appearing for their countries will be Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, Spanish Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero, and new Japanese Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama. This is the first time a U.S. president has appeared before the IOC to lobby for an Olympics.

  • First lady Michelle Obama was already planning to travel to Copenhagen as co-leader of the U.S. delegation.

SULLENBERGER RETURNING TO FLYING: Hero Captain Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger, who safely landed his US Airways jet in the Hudson River when both engines were knocked out in a collision with geese just minutes after takeoff, will soon be returning to flying. The airline said Monday (September 28th) that Sullenberger will pilot flights and join US Airways' flight operations safety management team. The 58-year-old Sullenberger wrote about the January 15th ditching in the Hudson in a book due out next month called Highest Duty: My Search for What Really Matters, written with Jeffrey Zaslow.

LOSING WEIGHT CAN IMPROVE SLEEP APNEA: A new study suggests that obese people who have sleep apnea can triple the chances of getting rid of the sleep disorder by losing weight, HealthDay News reported Monday (September 28th). Lead author Gary Foster, head of the Center for Obesity Research and Education at Temple University, said a weight loss of about 10 percent of total body weight in the study subjects was enough to bring about total or near-total remission. People who are overweight or obese are much more likely to have obstructive sleep apnea, in which a person's breathing stops or becomes very shallow, sometimes several hundred times a night and sometimes for as long as a minute. It's caused by the soft palate in the back of mouth falling down and blocking the airway. Sleep apnea can lead to cardiovascular problems, including stroke, and can raise the risk for dying prematurely.


COWBOYS BEAT PANTHERS 21-7 IN 'MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL': The Dallas Cowboys beat the Carolina Panthers 21-7 in Monday Night Football last night (September 28th), getting the win at home after being booed by fans at halftime as they were down 7-0. With just a six-point lead as the fourth quarter wound down, Dallas got a boost when Terence Newman returned an interception 27 yards with 5:07 left in the game, and rookie linebacker Victor Butler then got two sacks of Panthers quarterback Jake Delhomme and forced a fumble.

ANGELS CLINCH AL WEST: The Los Angeles Angels clinched the American League West title last night (September 28th) for the third year in a row with a 11-0 victory over the Texas Rangers. Los Angeles will open at home in the first round of the playoffs next week, most likely against the Boston Red Sox, who need either a win or a Texas loss to clinch the American League wild card.

(Headline News, FYI and Sports stories were compiled in part from reports by the Associated Press and Reuters.)



  • NCIS - An investigation into the bizarre death of a Marine and two friends seems linked to Gibbs' past.
    NCIS: LOS ANGELES - Sam leanrs that his former Navy SEAL colleagues are involved in the case of a murdered drug dealer.
  • THE GOOD WIFE - Alicia represents a stripper who says she was raped at the bachelor party of a wealthy businessman.


  • THE BIGGEST LOSER - Contestants get an offer that is very hard to refuse; players face their first temptation; one contestant is eliminated.
  • THE JAY LENO SHOW - Julia Louise-Dreyfus, Billy Crystal


  • HELL'S KITCHEN - The remaining chefs compete in their first individual challenge by attempting to create a dish that looks as good as it tastes.
  • SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE - Dancers from across the country audition in hopes of impressing the judges.


  • SHARK TANK - A housewife from South Carolina charms the male sharks; a college student pitches a product made from soy.
  • DANCING WITH THE STARS - A celebrity is eliminated.
  • THE FORGOTTEN - The team tries to solve the murder of a Jane Doe who was found strangled and left in an alley.


  • 90210 - Sasha and Dixon drive to Napa for the weekend; Annie makes a shocking discovery; Liam finds a way to reveal the truth to Naomi and get revenge on Jen.
  • MELROSE PLACE - Sydney's sister come to Melrose Place and makes an announcement; Lauren decides to take her side job to the next level.


  • SONS OF ANARCHY - When the MC heads north they find more than just bike trouble when they cross state lines; Gemma is left in a compromising position with The League.


  • THE HILLS - (season premiere) Kristin attempts to reconnect with friends, but angers Audrina by flirting with Justin; Heidi and Spencer go house hunting.
  • THE CITY - Olivia takes a job at ELLE; Whitney goes back to work for Kelly; Roxy comes to town need a job and a home.


THE OPRAH WINFREY SHOW - Dr. Oz Reports: Prescription Pill Intervention
THE VIEW - Harry Connick Jr., Farnoosh Torabi, guest co-host Gloria Estefan


THE LATE SHOW WITH DAVID LETTERMAN (CBS) - Kelsey Grammar, Alyson Hannigan, Miranda Lambert
THE JAY LENO SHOW (NBC) - Julia Louise-Dreyfus, Billy Crystal
THE TONIGHT SHOW WITH CONAN O'BRIEN (NBC) - Patton Oswalt, John Krasinski, Quinn Dahle
JIMMY KIMMEL LIVE (ABC) - Ricky Gervais, the latest Dancing with the Stars castoff, Alice in Chains
THE LATE LATE SHOW WITH CRAIG FERGUSON (CBS) - James Spader, Cobie Smulders, Laura Isobar
LATE NIGHT WITH JIMMY FALLON (NBC) - Jude Law, Felicia Day, Sunny Day Real Estate
LAST CALL WITH CARSON DALY (NBC) - Tucker Max, Naked Girls, Wild Light


GOLFER SINKS TWO HOLES-IN-ONE IN SAME ROUND: An amateur golfer in North Dakota shot two holes-in-one in the same round. Troy Radermacher of Ellendale, North Dakota was playing with family and friends when he shot a 135-yard hole-in-one on the fifth hole and completed the rare feat with a 116-yard shot on the fifteenth hole. Golf Digest magazine says the calculated odds of two holes-in-one in the same round are 67 million to one. Only two other people have accomplished this impressive feat. (AP)

NAKED MAN STEALS TRUCK AND CRASHES INTO DITCH: Authorities say a man in Alabama stole a truck and later crashed into a ditch, where he was arrested. The man, who was not wearing any clothes was said to be shouting "somebody's trying to kill me" when he jumped into the back of the truck and broke the back window. The driver abandoned the truck, and the naked man drove away. (AP)

WOMAN TRIES TO STEAL CHIHUAHUA AT GUNPOINT: An Australian woman who showed up for an appointment to buy a chihuahua held up the family at gunpoint. The woman was subdued by people at the house, who included an off-duty police officer and was charged with armed robbery and possession of a prohibited weapon. (AFP)

SOUTH AFRICAN MAN MARRIES FOUR BRIDES 'TO SAVE MONEY': A man in South Africa, where polygamy is legal, married four brides "to save money" and prevent cheating. A local government employee, the man told reporters that he loves each bride equally and there is good competition for his love at a large reception on a sports field. He has seven children with the four brides combined, and three from previous relationships. The man was quoted as saying, "It doesn't help to have one wife and 30 girlfriends that drain you so much you end up with no money." (AFP)


If you usually say no when your invited to a karaoke bar or if you do tag along but hang in the back of the room, we've got some advice for you.

Raina Lee, author of "Hit Me With Your Best Shot: The Ultimate Guide to Karaoke Domination" offers the following tips to

  1. Ham it up - So what if you can't sing? The audience will love you as long as you make up for it with an all out performance. Show off your dance moves, flirt like crazy and serenade the shyest member of the audience.
  2. If you can't sing it, say it - It's corny but it works: instead of singing the song, just speak the words in a dramatic, comic or at least just plain interesting manner. It's worked for William Shatner on sappy ballads and for B-52's lead singer, Fred Schneider on songs like "Love Shack." Be as campy as you wanna be.
  3. Chooses your songs wisely - Sing only the songs you absolutely love and know really well (including the verses, not just the chorus!) That way you can concentrate on your dance moves instead of being glued to the scrolling lyrics on the screen. Also, make sure to pick songs that are fairly well-known so your friends can sing along.
  4. Don't pick a song that's too long - Even if you're a great singer, you still might end up making the crowd restless with songs like "Bohemian Rhapsody" and "American Pie."
  5. Hold the liquor - it seems like having a few drinks would help you get over stage fright, but the truth is your voice will dry out with alcohol and with too many drinks you'll just make a fool out of yourself. Make 2 cocktails your limit and then switch to water.
  6. Mind your manners - Here are some standard rules of etiquette for the karaoke bar.
  • DON'T repeat a song someone else has already sung.
  • DON'T hog the mic, storm the stage, or invite yourself to a duet without the original singer's permission.
  • DON'T ever heckle.
  • DO applaud more enthusiastically than is necessary.
  • DON'T take yourself too seriously. This is karaoke, not "Fame."
  • DO commiserate with the hottie at the end of the bar over your shared love of "Cabaret."
  • DON'T cut the line or try to bribe the karaoke master into letting you sing ahead of others


You don't have to be a celebrity to have a stalker following you. Here's some advice from Cosmo about what to do if this happens to you.

  1. Trust Your Instincts - Don't downplay the danger or tell yourself you're overreacting. If you feel unsafe, you probably are.
  2. Keep Evidence - Save e-mails, phone messages, notes; write down the time, date, and places of contact. Documentation will help you obtain a protection order.
  3. Don't Communicate - You might be tempted to say something - anything - to stop the stalker's upsetting behavior, but any response may be misread as encouragement.
  4. Contact a Hotline - The National Center for Victims of Crime line is 800-FYI-CALL. Consultants can help with legal options and a safety plan (which might include changing your routine, moving temporarily, and/or having friends go places with you).
  5. Tell Everyone You Know - Inform roommates, coworkers, friends, and security staff at home and work so they can watch out for you.
  6. Call the Police - Every state has stalking laws, and bringing in law enforcement is a key step in building your case.

Sources: National Center for Victims of Crime; Stalking Resource Center

Texas Tech Football Coach Bans Players From Using Twitter

Texas Tech football coach Mike Leach said Monday (September 28th) that he's banned his players from using Twitter and will be monitoring their Facebook pages so they don't share information about the team. Leach imposed the ban one day after linebacker Marlon Williams tweeted about the coach being late to a team meeting, asking why he was still in a meeting room when, quote, "the head coach can't even be on time." And on Saturday, after Texas Tech lost to Houston 29-28 for the second loss in a row, offensive lineman Brandon Carter wrote on his Twitter page, "This is not how I saw our season." Leach said players don't need Twitter or Facebook, which he called stupid distractions. "I think that a guy who plays college football gets enough attention," he said. It's "a bunch of narcissists that want to sit and type stuff about themselves all the time. We'll put mirrors in some of their lockers if that's necessary, but they don't have to Twitter."

Monday, September 28, 2009


Here's how to get out of debt, according to Stacy Johnson, author of the book "Life Or Debt: A One-Week Plan For A Lifetime Of Financial Freedom."

  • Curb spending. First and foremost, be able to account for every dollar you spend.
  • Cancel credit cards. Cut up all but one or two credit cards so you can start paying them off.
  • Only keep credit cards with the lowest interest rates and no annual fee.
  • Track where your money is going every month. Cut back on all those extras, including services for call waiting or extra cable channels.
  • Look for lower rates on car insurance, phone or Internet service.
  • Pay cash if possible. Paying of merchandise over time can cost you triple, once you factor in interest and late-payment penalties.
  • Don't borrow money to pay off debts. Home equity loans can put you even deeper in the hole.
  • Make a list of your debts, then pay them off in order of the fastest possible payoff. Get rid of the small ones first and always pay more than the minimum required.
  • Pay off outstanding car, bank and mortgage loans quicker by doubling up on payments and attacking the principal amount.
  • Call your creditors and ask if they'll discount what you owe. If you can offer a lump-sum payment, they'll sometimes settle for as little as 50 cents on a dollar.


Tim McGraw's upcoming CD, Southern Voice, is another collaboration between the superstar and his road band, the Dancehall Doctors. McGraw has found that recording with these guys in the past has made a difference in the overall sound of the record, as he tells us: "It's always great when I get to go in an cut and album with my band for everybody to get to hear how great they are too, so the combination of the songs and how great my band's playin' and the way we work together. . . it's just a neat process, and I think it really adds a lot to the music."

Ronnie Milsap was joined by some Tennessee firefighters and local Nashville police outside Capitol Records in Nashville late last week to protest. The problem started when Capitol decided to pull Milsap's new single, called "My First Ride," from both radio and iTunes. The song, which was recorded as a fundraiser for the Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) and the International Association of Firefighters' (IAFF) disaster relief fund, also features Trace Adkins, who is on the Capitol Nashville roster.

A couple of weeks ago, Capitol issued a cease and desist letter to BLEVE Music, the company behind the charity album featuring "My First Ride." The legal notice told the company that they were being charged with "unauthorized use and exploitation of Trace Adkin's performance and name and dilution of the value of Capitol's valuable property."

  • According to BLEVE CEO Mickey Milam, Adkins had received permission from his management company to record the song with Milsap. The management company had reportedly gotten permission from Capitol for Adkins to record the song, but the label allegedly had no knowledge of it being released as a single.
  • Milsap told, "It's always about money. If Capitol had a piece of this that we're doing right now[...]what I want out of this is to make sure the firefighters and police get the money and not Capitol Records."
  • So far, Adkins has not commented on the situation.
  • Adkins currently has a Top 20 hit on the charts with "All I Ask For Anymore."
  • His new video debuts on GAC and CMT this week.
Jake Owen gives a little shout out of sorts to his twin brother, Jarrod, in his latest single, "Eight Second Ride." Jake wrote the song several years ago when his brother had a nasty habit that made for a good line in the song, he tell us: "At the time my brother and I both had big trucks, and Jarrod does a lot of spittin' tobacco and he always had a cup that sat on the console, and I'd climb in his truck and he'd be like, 'Hey man, watch out. I've been spittin' in that cup,' so there's a line in the song about, 'Climb on up but honey watch the cup where I've been spittin' my dip inside.'"
  • "Eight Second Ride" is the second single from Owen's latest CD, Easy Does It.
Gretchen Wilson has been added to the line up of performers at this year's Farm Aid. The 2009 event takes place on Sunday, October 4th at theVerizon Wireless Amphitheater in Maryland Heights, Missouri. Wilson joins Farm Aid board members Willie Nelson, Neil Young, John Mellencamp, and Dave Matthews at the show, along with Jason Mraz, Wilco, Jamey Johnson, Phosphorescent, Billy Joe Shaver, and Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real, among others.
  • Tickets for Farm Aid are available at, the Verizon Wireless Amphitheater Box Office or at participating Blockbuster stores.
  • The show will also air on DIRECTTV.


  • Wilson is planning to release a new album on her self-owned Redneck Records.
Vince Gill and Emmylou Harris will promote their L.A. All For The Hall fundraiser for the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum with an appearance on The Jay Leno Show. The two will perform a duet on the new NBC prime time hit on Wednesday (September 30th). The All For The Hall show will take place on Thursday (October 1st) at Club Nokia in Los Angeles. Other performers during this special "guitar pull" style show include Dwight Yoakam and Melissa Etheridge.
  • The Country Music Hall of Fame is located in Nashville.
  • Keith Urban will headline an already sold out We're All For The Hall show in Nashville next month.


Q. On what television show was Dolly Parton nationally introduced to the public for the first time? A. The Porter Wagoner Show


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Brigitte Bardot (French actress, And God Created Woman) (75)

  • Janeane Garofalo (comedienne-actress-radio host, The Larry Sanders Show, Reality Bites, The Adventures Of Rocky And Bullwinkle) (45)
  • Hilary Duff (actress, Lizzie McGuire, Agent Cody Banks, The Lizzie McGuire Movie) (22)
  • Naomi Watts (actress, The Ring, King Kong) (41)
  • Mira Sorvino (actress, Mighty Aphrodite) (42)
  • Bam Margera (skateboarder/daredevil, Jackass: The Movie and Jackass Number Two) (30)
  • Carre Otis (actress-model, Wild Orchid; former wife of Mickey Rourke) (41)
  • Sylvia Kristel (Dutch actress best known for her controversial title role in Emanuelle) (57)
  • Jeffrey Jones (actor, Easy Money, Amadeus, Ferris Bueller's Day Off, Beetlejuice, Ed Wood, Stuart Little, Deadwood) (63)
  • Grant Fuhr (hockey goalie, first African-Canadian to be inducted into the Hockey Hall Of Fame) (47)
  • J.R. Villarreal (actor, Akeelah And The Bee) (17)
  • Frankie Jonas (singer, The Jonas Brothers) (9)


  • Garth Brooks's Ropin' The Wind album entered the Billboard 200 chart at Number One in 1991.
  • Hank Williams Jr.'s Man Of Steel album was released in 1983.
  • George Strait's Does Fort Worth Ever Cross Your Mind album was released in 1984.
  • Garth Brooks's In The Life Of Chris Gaines album was released in 1999.
  • Rascal Flatts' Feels Like Today album was released in 2004.
  • Diamond Rio scored a Number One single in Billboard with "Beautiful Mess" in 2002.
  • The Recording Industry Association of America awarded a gold album for Jamie O'Neal's Shiver in 2001.
  • John Michael Montgomery's debut album, Life's A Dance, was released in 1992.
  • Ronnie Milsap climbed to Number One with "Lost In The Fifties Tonight (In The Still Of The Night)"
  • Waylon Jennings' "I'm A Ramblin' Man" claimed the Number One spot on the Billboard country chart in 1974.
  • Jeannie C. Riley went to Number One in Billboard with "Harper Valley P.T.A." in 1968.


The animated family movie Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs was at the top of the box office for the second weekend in a row, dropping just 19 percent from last week to fend off three new wide releases. The Bruce Willis robot action thriller Surrogates opened in second place, while Fame, a remake of the 1980 musical about students at a high school for performing arts in New York City, debuted at Number Three. Fame stars Kelsey Grammar, Megan Mullally, Charles S. Dutton and Naturi Naughton.

  • The science fiction horror film Pandorum, starring Dennis Quaid, opened in sixth place.
  • Michael Moore's newest documentary, Capitalism: A Love Story, opened strongly in limited release in just four theaters in New York City and Los Angeles. Moore's investigation of the financial meltdown, which mixes interviews with people losing their homes and jobs with his trademark stunts -- such as wrapping crime scene tape around Wall Street -- will expand nationwide Friday (October 2nd).


  1. Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs, $24.6 million
  2. Surrogates, $15 million
  3. Fame, $10 million
  4. The Informant!, $6.9 million
  5. Tyler Perry's I Can Do Bad All By Myself, $4.8 million
  6. Pandorum, $4.4 million
  7. Love Happens, $4.3 million
  8. Jennifer's Body, $3.5 million
  9. 9, $2.8 million
  10. Inglourious Basterds, $2.7 million


GISELE BUNDCHEN NOT FINDING OUT SEX OF BABY: Gisele Bundchen and Tom Brady have chosen to keep the sex of their baby a secret until he or she is born. The 29-year-old newlywed told the Brazilian magazine Caras, "We decided not to know. We will only know when it is born, in December. I want the emotion of finding out then if it is a boy or a girl."

TRAVOLTA EXTORTION ATTEMPT CAUGHT ON TAPE: People magazine reports that a tape exists capturing the alleged extortion attempt a paramedic and former Bahamian senator made of John Travolta. The magazine reports that Travolta's lawyer asks paramedic Tarino Lightbourn "Where the hell did you get a number of 25 million bucks?" after the intial demand. He responds, "I was poor all my life." After eventually agreeing to $15 million on tape, they make arrangements for the money hand-off. The trial is ongoing.

'BIG RUSS' DIES: The father of the late Tim Russert died last Thursday (September 24th) at the age of 85 of natural causes. The elder Russert, known as "Big Russ," was made famous by his son's best-selling 2004 book, Big Russ & Me, about the lessons the journalist learned from his father.

NICOLE KIDMAN LOOKS LIKE NICOLE KIDMAN: Nicole Kidman almost got mistaken for, Nicole Kidman. Sources tell the New York Post that a Starbucks cashier in Manhattan recently told the actress, "You know who you look like -- that lady who used to be married to Tom Cruise. What's her name?" The manager reportedly chimed in, "Nicole Kidman? That's it, you look just like Nicole Kidman: tall, the blue eyes, the hair . . . anyone ever tell you that?"

PLAYMATE SUES JOE FRANCIS: 2008 Playmate of the Year Jayde Nicole is suing Girls Gone Wild founder Joe Francis for $1 million. The model -- and girlfriend of Brody Jenner -- is alleging "assault and battery" stemming from an incident at Hollywood club last month, which Nicole claims left her with a "black-eye, swollen face, bruised ribs, sore and bruised abdomen region, bruised arms and legs, ripped-out hair, and utter emotional distress and humiliation." Francis hit back, telling Fox News's Pop Tarts, "Jayde Nicole is a total liar! Her lawsuit is completely bogus and without merit. I would never hit a girl in my life. Ever! All of Jayde's accusations in her lawsuit are completely contradictory to the actual security camera footage from the club that night." He also said he is planning a counter-suit.

TAWNEY KITAEN GETS ARRESTED FOR A DUI: The Celebrity Rehab alum was taken into custody Saturday (September 26th) afternoon in California on suspicion of driving under the influence. According to the Associated Press, police say the 48-year-old former actress/reality star allegedly, "made contact with officers after operating a vehicle while under the influence."

HAILEY GLASSMAN JOINS GOSSELIN WEBSITE: Jon Gosselin's girlfriend, Hailey Glassman, is now mentioned on the Gosselin family's website. According to RadarOnline, the site features the 22-year-old's official Twitter name and a statement that she does not have a Facebook account. The site's message notes: "Please disregard any vulgar or rude postings from fake accounts. If you're receiving messages from her name [on Facebook] it is NOT from Hailey."


'JON & KATE PLUS 8' RATINGS SLIDE: The ratings for Jon & Kate Plus 8 are continuing to slide in the wake of the couple's divorce announcement. reports that last Monday's (September 21st) episode hit an all-time low, attracting just 1.714 million viewers. 10.6 people tuned in to watch the couple announce their split back in June and that number has consistently slid since as each parent films separately with their eight children.

VINCENT D'ONOFRIO LEAVING 'LAW & ORDER'? Vincent D'Onofrio is reportedly close to leaving Law & Order: Criminal Intent. Sources close to the production told the Associated Press that the original cast member is poised to leave as a series regular early in the ninth season on USA Network next spring. The insiders also revealed that Jeff Goldblum, who joined the series last season, may remain as lead detective and could be joined by Saffron Burrows, replacing Julianne Nicholson. Deals with Goldblum and Burrows have yet to be signed.

NEVE CAMPBELL CONFIRMED FOR 'SCREAM': Neve Campbell has signed on to reprise her role as Sidney Prescott in the upcoming Scream IV. reports that the fourth installment of the franchise is set to begin filming in spring of 2010 and will supposedly be the first in a new trilogy. David Arquette and wife Courteney Cox, who met on the original film, are also reported to have signed on.

SOCIALITE GETS REALITY SHOW: New York socialite Tinsley Mortimer is getting her own reality show on the CW. The Hollywood Reporter announced that the network has ordered eight half-hour episodes of the show. Mortimer, who is separated from the great-grandson of an oil heir, has made a guest appearance on Gossip Girl and served as a guest judge on Bravo's Fashion Show.

MILEY CYRUS CONFIRMED FOR 'SATC': Sources tell that the Hannah Montana star will have a role in Sex And The City 2. In one scene, Kim Catrell's Samantha character is spotted wearing the same dress as Cyrus to a red carpet event. In the script, Mario Cantone's character Anthony responds by saying, "Mother of God: She is wearing the same dress as Hannah Montana." There's no word on if Cyrus will have a speaking part.

PAULA ABDUL TO APPEAR ON 'SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE'? The ex-American Idol judge might be making an appearance on So You Think You Can Dance? Her former boss, ex-American Idol producer Nigel Lythgoe, Tweeted: "I saw Paula @ the 'Power of Women' event yesterday. I asked her to come on SYTYCD again and she said she would. I hope she means it?" Lythgoe -- producer and judge on the show -- met with Abdul at Variety's 1st Annual Power of Women event in Los Angeles on September 24th.


Conan O'Brien is expected to return to work today (Monday, September 28th) after hitting his head on Friday (September 25th) during a Tonight Show stunt. The Associated Press reports that he's resting comfortably at home. O'Brien fell during a skit being taped for for Friday's episode and was taken by ambulance to the hospital. A source tells E! News that the talk show host was running down a flight of stairs when he slipped and banged his head, reportedly resulting in a concussion. O'Brien said, "Last thing I remember I was enjoying the play with Mrs. Lincoln, and the next thing I knew I was in bed being served cookies and juice." Actress Teri Hatcher, who was on the set as a guest that day, said, "We did this bit and at the very end, when we ran in to cross the finish line, he slipped as he was crossing the finish line and hit his head. He didn't get off the floor right away, but then he [seemed] like he recovered and [pulled] it together, and they did an instant replay, and you could really see his head hit the floor." She added, "He did go to the hospital and he does have a concussion."

  • NBC aired a rerun with guest Jeremy Piven on Friday.


The new CW series, The Beautiful Life, has been cancelled after just two episodes. It attracted just 1.1 million viewers during the second episode, so the network decided to give the Ashton Kutcher-produced show the boot on Friday (September 25th). According to Variety, the Wednesday night timeslot will be filled by reruns of the new Melrose Place, starring Ashlee Simpson-Wentz. The show followed the trials and tribulations of the modeling world and starred Mischa Barton, Sara Paxton, Elle MacPherson and others. Production problems hit the show from the start with Barton's hospitalization for emotional exhaustion and post-op pain in July. This marks just the start of canceled shows for the season.


Khloe Kardashian and Los Angeles Laker Lamar Odom got married yesterday (Sunday, September 27th) at a private residence in Beverly Hills. reports that the 25-year-old Kardashian -- wearing a Vera Wang gown -- walked down the aisle with her stepfather, Bruce Jenner, along with her sisters Kim and a pregnant Kourtney. Her bridal party included half-sisters Kendall and Kylie Jenner, and actresses Khadijah Haqq, Malika Haqq and Lauren London. There were about 250 guests at the wedding, including Ryan Seacrest, Kelly Osbourne, Kobe Bryant and his wife, Vanessa, as well as TV personalities Chelsea Handler, Lara Spencer, Brittny Gastineau and Lala Vazquez. The black-tie affair featured a Hollywood nightclub-themed reception that included a four-course meal and a DJ. The wedding was filmed for an upcoming episode of E!'s Keeping Up With the Kardashians.

  • Khloe and the 29-year-old NBA star have been dating for about a month.
  • Last week, Khloe got ready for her wedding by choosing items for her registry and celebrating with a bachelorette party, which were both filmed for the reality show.
  • According to, the pair reportedly rushed the wedding because the producers of Kardashian's reality show are footing the bill in exchange for the chance to feature the wedding on the series. The couple also had a pre-wedding ceremony on Saturday (September 26th) at a lobster restaurant in Los Angeles.
  • RadarOnline reports that Bruce Jenner made a speech that brought guests to tears.
  • Odom reportedly sought to get a prenuptial agreement signed over the weekend.


Bruce Willis may be a newlywed, but he and wife Emma Heming are not thinking ahead to babies. He told last week, "It's been suggested we begin breeding immediately. [But we're taking it] just a day at a time. Really slowly."

Willis has three daughters with ex-wife Demi Moore.

  • Breeding may not be a priority for the couple since they're completely focused with each other. Willis admitted, "I hear so many people in relationships say, 'I just need a couple of days away, or even an hour away.' But I don't want to be away from Emma at all. It's the most singular relationship I've ever had in my life."
  • He added, "We're sickening. We make out in public."


Mackenzie Phillips' half-sister Chynna Phillips, appeared with her on Friday's Oprah Winfrey Show to comment on Mackenzie's bombshell revelation of a sexual relationship with their father, John Phillips. Mackenzie, however, appeared via satellite as Chynna didn't want to be on stage with her. Chynna explained,"The thing I worry about is my words being convoluted. I wanted to be able to have this seat with you so that I could tell you where I'm coming from. Because you know how when you have too many cooks in the kitchen, it just doesn't turn out right and things can become twisted and convoluted".

During the broadcast, the sisters both said they loved each other.

  • Chynna said she knew Mackenzie was going to write about the incestuous relationship but said the lack of communication about the fact bothered her. She said, "That was the only thing that hurt my feelings. I felt like if I had been privy to the information a tad bit sooner, you know, at least maybe I could have prepared myself emotionally for the firestorm."
  • Meanwhile, Mackenzie's half-sister Bijou Phillips also commented on the situation, telling Us Weekly, "Mackenzie's history with our father is hers, but also clouded with 30 years of drug abuse. ... I hope she can come to terms with this and find peace. The life I had with my father was very different. He was Mr. Mom, encouraging and loving. The man that raised me would never be capable of doing such things, and if he was, it is heartbreaking to me to think that my family would leave me alone with him. I understand Mackenzie's need to come clean with a history she feels will help others, but it's devastating to have the world watch as we try and mend broken fences, especially when the man in question isn't here to defend himself."


Director Roman Polanski was arrested on Saturday (September 26th) in Switzerland on a 31-year-old warrant. He was on his way to the Zurich Film Festival where he would have received a Lifetime Achievement Award when he was stopped and detained by police. The 76-year-old Polish director fled the United States in 1978 after pleading guilty to having sex with a 13-year-old girl in California. The New York Times reports that he's being held on an arrest warrant issued when he left the U.S. more than 30 years ago before his sentencing. Polanski, who's a French citizen, has never returned to the U.S. since then and has tried to have the case dismissed. The Swiss Federal Department of Justice and Police said that a decision to extradite him to the U.S. is subject to judicial procedure.

  • A friend tels, "Why now? We don't understand. Roman has been to Switzerland before so we don't understand why he's been arrested this time."
  • Polanki's' films include Rosemary's Baby, Chinatown and The Pianist.
  • He's married to French actress Emmanuelle Seigner. The have two children, Morgane and Elvi


Saturday Night Live kicked off its 35th season with newcomer Jenny Slate dropping the F-bomb during a skit. She slipped during a parody of a talk show, called "Biker Chick Chat," which featured tough talk from its participants, played by Slate, Kristen Wiig and guest host Megan Fox. During the sketch, Slate said, "You know what? You stood up for yourself, and I (expletive) love you for that." She seemed to realize her mistake, and the skit continued with no interruptions. Throughout the sketch the women were using less vulgar words in place of expletives. According to the Associated Press, NBC declined to comment on the incident, but did say that the word had been changed to "freakin'" for the show's replays in western time zones.

  • The last time the F-word was heard on SNL was when cast member Charles Rocket slipped in 1981.
  • Slate is an actress and comedian who this summer appeared on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon. She's part of the comedy duo Gabe and Jenny.
  • The sketch aired live at about 12:40 a.m. ET -- following prime time, when use of expletives can be punished by the FCC.

CHECK IT OUT: Here's a clip to the skit:


Jude Law isn't planning on meeting his new baby daughter Sophia until Christmas-time. Sources told that the actor's priority right now is performing in Broadway's Hamlet -- not the child he fathered with a 24-year-old model after a brief fling.

  • A source told the website, "Sadly, Jude will not be able to see Sophia until he finishes work on Hamlet on Broadway in December. Jude is keen to see Sophia and will make sure that he visits her before he returns to Britain. Jude thinks that if he goes to Florida immediately, it will be a media circus. He doesn't see why he should give the paparazzi the pleasure."
  • Law has three children with his ex-wife Sadie Frost.

CHECK IT OUT: How to be a good dad:


Simon Cowell seems to be in a reflective mood as his 50th birthday approaches. The American Idol judge, who's about to celebrate his birthday on October 7th, wrote a long letter to his younger, arrogant self in Britain's Daily Mail over the weekend. In the note, he discusses how he handled things throughout his career, noting: "Look at you. You look like a complete idiot. Could you be any worse? You are about as bad an example of Eighties' excess as you could possibly be. You are overconfident, far too cocky and dressed from head to toe in expensive designer gear. Armani and Versace. Oh, nothing but the best for you Simon! It hasn't dawned on you yet, you idiot, that you can't afford any of this stuff." He tells a young Cowell, "And romance comes second to career. "You never married, but you have no regrets about that. Family life would be a problem now. You almost never stop working, or thinking about work."

CHECK IT OUT: Here's Cowell's letter:



Unofficial Standings For Sprint Cup AAA 400

  1. Jimmie Johnson
  2. Mark Martin
  3. Matt Kenseth
  4. Juan Pablo Montoya
  5. Kurt Busch
  6. Jeff Gordon
  7. A.J. Allmendinger
  8. Kasey Kahne
  9. Tony Stewart
  10. Ryan Newman

Johnson was dominant, leading the race for 271 laps in his quest to become the points champion for a record fourth straight time. He beat Hendrick Motorsports teammate Martin, the points leader, to the checkered flag by nearly two seconds.

It was Johnson's fifth win at The Monster Mile as he sweeps the wins at Dover for 2009 and his fourth overall win this season.


Red flag at lap 32 after the 96 car of Bobby Labonte took the inside line in front of Joey Logano who checked up his 20 car and Tony Stewart sent his former car for a wild ride. Mangled race cars were Robby Gordon, Martin Truex Jr., Joey Logano, and Reed Sorenson. All drivers have been released from the infield care center and are fine.

Here's video of the crash and interview with a relieved Joey Logano:

Joey Logano talks about the crash: "I'm fine. It scared the heck out of me that's pretty much what the biggest thing was. I'm not sure what happened. The spotter was clearing me low. I got down there and then they checked up getting into the corner. I guess I got hit from behind, I'm not really sure. I haven't seen a replay yet. I'm not sure I want to see a replay [smiles]. It was like it started rolling and I was in there like please make this thing stop and it just kept going and going. I'm fine. It goes to show how safe these cars are. I think we had a pretty good Home Depot Toyota. We took off good. We lost a few stops after the first pit stop but it was early in the race for that. It just startled me. I'm fine. That's the big part." HOW DOES THAT COMPARE TO ANYTHING THAT YOU'VE BEEN THROUGH? "It was the wildest ride I've ever been on. You can't go on a rollercoaster worse than that [smiles]. I'm just still shaking, that's all but I'm fine. I'm not even sore which is really surprising after all that. I'm just happy to land on my wheels. When I was on my side that was when I was getting worried for a minute. The good Lord was with me on that one."


Unofficial Standings For Las Vegas 350

  1. Johnny Sauter
  2. Matt Crafton
  3. Jason White
  4. Todd Bodine
  5. Timothy Peters
  6. Ron Hornaday
  7. Mike Skinner
  8. Aric Almirola
  9. Brian Ickler
  10. Taylor Malsam

Sauter, a rookie in the trucks who has three wins in the NASCAR Nationwide Series, passed Crafton for the lead on the outside exiting Turn 2 on the 130th of 146-laps on the 1.5-mile track and steadily pulled away to win by 2.47 seconds.

"It's unbelievable, man," Sauter said. "This is a big deal for me. Last year at this time, all I was doing was start-and-parks in the Nationwide Series. We've had speed all year, but we haven't been able to close the deal. Our truck has been phenomenal for the last two months."

Sauter, driving a Chevrolet, became the first rookie to win in the truck series since Scott Speed on May 30, 2008, at Dover International Speedway.


Unofficial Standings For Dover 200

  1. Clint Bowyer
  2. Mike Bliss
  3. Brad Keselowski
  4. Kyle Busch
  5. Carl Edwards
  6. Jason Leffler
  7. Reed Sorenson
  8. Scott Speed
  9. David Reutimann
  10. Jason Keller

Mission accomplished. After passing polesitter Kyle Busch for the lead on Lap 118 at Dover International Speedway, Bowyer led the final 83 laps of the Nationwide Series Dover 200 and beat Mike Bliss to the finish line by 1.319 seconds to win his second series race of the season and the eighth of his career.

On a day that didn't fulfill the promise of rain until the race was over, Busch, who came home fourth and widened his series lead to 211 points over fifth-place finisher Carl Edwards, wasn't the lightning rod for controversy this time. That distinction went to third-place finisher Brad Keselowski, and Denny Hamlin, who spun into the wall on Lap 190 after contact from Keselowski's Chevrolet.

After the race, Hamlin confronted Keselowski on pit road, but crew members broke up the shoving match before it could escalate.

Team owner Richard Childress asked Bowyer to replace Stephen Leicht in the No. 29 and run a three-race stretch starting at Dover to establish a baseline of consistency for the car. Bowyer, who won the NASCAR


IRAN TEST-FIRES MISSILES AFTER SECRET NUKE FACILITY REVEALED: Iran successfully test-fired short-range missiles Sunday (September 27th) in a display of force meant to show it is prepared to crush any military threat from another country. The missile testing came just two days after the U.S. and its allies disclosed that Iran had been secretly developing a previously unknown underground nuclear facility to enrich uranium, and warned it must open the site to international inspection or face stronger sanctions. After the strong condemnations, Iran said Saturday it will allow U.N. nuclear inspectors to examine the site. Defense Secretary Robert Gates said on CNN's State of the Union yesterday that pressuring Iran economically and diplomatically would have a better chance of changing its policies than military strikes against the nuclear site. He said, "The reality is, there is no military option that does anything more than buy time."

GATES SAYS WILL BE TOUGH TO CLOSE GITMO BY DEADLINE: Defense Secretary Robert Gates acknowledged on ABC's This Week Sunday (September 27th) that it would be difficult to meet President Obama's January 22nd deadline for closing the Guantanamo prison. Asked directly whether the deadline would be met, Gates said, "It's going to be tough." He elaborated, "I actually was one of those who said we should [set a deadline] because I know enough from being around this town that if you don't put a deadline on something, you'll never move the bureaucracy. But I also said and then if we find we can't get it done by that time but we have a good plan, then you're in a position to say it's going to take us a little longer but we are moving in the direction of implementing the policy that the president set." Plans to close Gitmo have been slowed by legal, political and diplomatic issues involving the some 223 detainees still at the detention facility.

RECESSION BOOSTS SOCIAL SECURITY PAYMENTS: Job losses due to the recession have contributed to a rise in applications for retirement and disability benefits, meaning Social Security will pay out more in benefits than it collects in taxes the next two years -- to the tune of $10 billion in 2010 and $9 billion in 2011 -- the first time that's happened since the early 1980s. Applications for retirement benefits are 23 percent higher than last year, while disability claims have risen by about 20 percent. Boosting those number are people eligible for retirement and early retirement who would have preferred to keep working, but were forced to apply for benefits because they lost their jobs. Similarly, a lot of people who had been working despite their disabilities are applying for benefits after losing their jobs.

GERMAN CHANCELLOR MERKEL WINS SECOND TERM: German Chancellor Angela Merkel won a second four-year term Sunday (September 27th), as well as a new center-right majority in Parliament. The conservative Merkel's Christian Democratic Union got 33.8 percent of the vote, while her new coalition partner, the Free Democrats, got 14.6 percent. The main left-wing party, the Social Democrats, got 23 percent, its poorest showing since World War Two, sending it into the opposition after 11 years in government.


COLUMNIST WILLIAM SAFIRE DEAD AT 79: Conservative columnist William Safire, a speechwriter for President Richard Nixon who also wrote about the English language, died Sunday (September 27th) of pancreatic cancer. He was 79. Safire wrote a conservative Op-Ed column for the New York Times for 32 years, until 2005, as well as his "On Language" column in the New York Times Magazine from 1979 until shortly before his death, in which he examined the origins and uses of words and everyday phrases. As a speechwriter in the Nixon White House, Safire wrote Vice President Spiro Agnew's famous phrase "nattering nabobs of negativism" about Vietnam War defeatists, and he won a Pulitzer Prize in 1978 for his columns on Carter White House budget director Bert Lance, who resigned amid allegations of bank fraud. Safire also wrote four novels and a political dictionary. He's survived by his wife, two children and one grandchild.

SURVEY: AMERICANS SAY SPENDING HABITS PERMANENTLY CHANGED: A majority of Americans questioned in a Citigroup survey out Friday (September 25th) say that they've permanently changed their spending and savings habits in response to the financial crash and the severe recession. Some 63 percent said the way they spend and save has, quote, "forever changed," with just 29 percent saying they'd go back to their previous spending and saving habits. The survey also found:

  • 80 percent of those making less then $50,000 a year said they'd most likely cut back on everyday expenses, as did 68 percent of those making $75,000 to $150,000.
  • 62 percent said they'd cut back on credit card purchases, and 61 percent said they'd continue to do so.
  • 57 percent said they'd cut down their debut, while 63 percent said they planned to do so in the future.
  • 34 percent said they were saving or investing more, while 60 percent said they'd invest or save more in the future.

WOMAN WHO GAVE BIRTH TO WRONGLY-IMPLANTED EMBRYO CALLED 'GUARDIAN ANGEL': A woman who on Thursday (September 24th) gave birth to a child that had been wrongly implanted in her as an embryo by a fertility clinic was called a "guardian angel" Saturday by the baby boy's biological parents, who were immediately given their son. Carolyn Savage has said that she and her husband never considered terminating the pregnancy or fighting for custody when they were told by an Ohio fertility clinic that she'd been mistakenly implanted 10 days earlier with another couple's embryo. Paul and Shannon Morell of Michigan said in their statement, "We will be eternally grateful for [our son's] guardian angel, Carolyn Savage, and the support of the entire Savage family." In their own statement released Friday, the Savages congratulated the Morells and asked for privacy, saying, "Our family is going through a very difficult time." The Savages have said they've hired attorneys who are working to make sure the fertility clinic accepts responsibility."

MANSON FAMILY KILLER SUSAN ATKINS DEAD AT 61: Susan Atkins, one of Charles Manson's followers who was involved in the 1969 Tate-LaBianca murders, died late Thursday (September 24th) of brain cancer, less than one month after a request for compassionate release from prison was denied. She was 61. Atkins was the first of the convicted Manson killers to die, with Patricia Krenwinkel, Leslie Van Houten, Charles "Tex" Watson, and Manson himself all serving life sentences. Atkins admitted her guilt while testifying during the penalty phase of her trial after she'd been convicted. She said she was high on acid during the murders, and described stabbing pregnant actress Sharon Tate, saying, "I don't know how many times I stabbed her and I don't know why I stabbed her. She kept begging and pleading and begging and pleading and I got sick of listening to it, so I stabbed her." Atkins said she felt no guilt, declaring, "It was right then and I still believe it was right." When asked how it could be right to kill, she answered, "How can it not be right when it's done with love?" In the decades since, Atkins has apologized many times, and said she found redemption in Christianity.


NFL SCORES -- WEEK 3: Here are the results of this week's National Football League games (Home teams are listed in italics):

  • Baltimore Ravens 34, Cleveland Browns 3
  • Detroit Lions 19, Washington Redskins 14 -- The win ended Detroit's 19-game losing streak, with their previous last win on December 23, 2007.
  • Jacksonville Jaguars 31, Houston Texans 24
  • New England Patriots 26, Atlanta Falcons 10
  • Green Bay Packers 36, St. Louis Rams 17
  • New York Giants 24, Tampa Bay Buccaneers 0
  • New York Jets 24, Tennessee Titans 17
  • Philadelphia Eagles 34, Kansas City Chiefs 14 -- In his first regular-season game since 2006, quarterback Michael Vick had a gain of 30 yards in 11 plays.
  • Minnesota Vikings 27, San Francisco 49ers 24
  • New Orleans Saints 27, Buffalo Bills 7
  • Chicago Bears 25, Seattle Seahawks 19
  • Cincinnati Bengals 23, Pittsburgh Steelers 20
  • Denver Broncos 23, Oakland Raiders 3
  • San Diego Chargers 23, Miami Dolphins 13
  • Indianapolis Colts 31, Arizona Cardinals 10

Tonight's Monday Night Football games on ESPN:

  • Carolina Panthers at Dallas Cowboys (8:30 p.m. ET)



  • HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER - Ted realizes that the girl he goes on a blind date with is someone he dated years earlier and that they still have nothing in common.
  • ACCIDENTALLY ON PURPOSE - Billie finds somethings surprising when she snoops through Zack's belongings in an effort to get to know him better.
  • TWO AND A HALF MEN - Chelsea convinces Charlie to let Alan's girlfriend move in.
  • THE BIG BANG THEORY - Penny and Leonard try to recover from an awkward hookup; Howard and Sheldon make a high stakes bet.
  • CSI: MIAMI - Horatio must submit to a gunman's bizarre request in order to save hostages when the lab is attacked.


  • HEROES - Peter meets a reluctant new hero; Claire tries to adjust to college life.
  • TRAUMA - (series premiere) Tragedy hits close to home for the trauma team at San Francisco City Hospital, changing the lives of the entire group.
  • THE JAY LENO SHOW - Bill Maher, Brad Paisley & Sheryl Crow


  • HOUSE - House has surprising news for Cuddy; Foreman tries to get House's job.
  • LIE TO ME - A woman (Erika Christensen) with multiple personalities could be a killer or a murder witness; the Lightman group interrogates a possible Supreme Court nominee.


  • DANCING WITH THE STARS - The teams perform; Baz Lurhman serves as a guest judge.
  • CASTLE - When two murders happen on the same night, Castle bets that he and Beckett can solve their case before Esposito and Ryan, but strange twists force the teams to work together.


  • ONE TREE HILL - Nathan and Clay disagree on how to handle the scandal; Haley starts to question Nathan's loyalty.
  • GOSSIP GIRL - Blair and Chuck sets their sights on an item for bid at Sotheby's; Vanessa grows suspicious of Scott.


  • JON & KATE PLUS 8 - Kate and the girls go for a carriage ride and visit a tearoom.


THE OPRAH WINFREY SHOW - Meet the most famous people in the world
THE VIEW - Arianna Huffington


THE LATE SHOW WITH DAVID LETTERMAN (CBS) - Felicity Huffman, Dr. Mehmet Oz, the Avett Brothers, a Top Ten list presented by Brody Jenner
THE JAY LENO SHOW (NBC) - Bill Maher, Brad Paisley & Sheryl Crow
THE TONIGHT SHOW WITH CONAN O'BRIEN (NBC) - Drew Barrymore, jockey Joe Talamo, Paramore
JIMMY KIMMEL LIVE (ABC) - (repeat) Courteney Cox, Jessica Capshaw, Dancing with the Stars castoff Ashley Hamilton
THE LATE LATE SHOW WITH CRAIG FERGUSON (CBS) - Chris O'Donnell, Paula Poundstone
LATE NIGHT WITH JIMMY FALLON (NBC) - David Duchovny, Kimbo Slice, Dirty Projectors
LAST CALL WITH CARSON DALY (NBC) - (repeat) Jesse Metcalfe, Caleb Aero, Metric


JUDGE ORDERS LAWYER TO DRESS WELL: A federal judge in Brooklyn, New York dismissed a complaint by a lawyer that he had the right to wear jeans and a baseball cap in the courtroom. The lawyer showed up to court in the outfit and was told by the judge that he was dressed inappropriately. The man decided to sue the judge and county clerk claiming that his right to wear the clothes were protected under the first and fourteenth amendments. However, it is within the law that a judge can set reasonable limits on litigants' behavior to enforce courtroom civility. (Reuters)

PILOT STALKED EX-GIRLFRIEND WITH PLANE: California Police arrested a man they claim was stalking his ex-girlfriend by flying his plane at a low altitude over her house. The man was arrested after an evening where neighbors called police to complain about a low flying plane making several passes over the area. He was arrested shortly after landing the aircraft. The police say they have been investigating a low flying plane in the area for over a year. The man is facing charges of felony stalking and violating a restraining order. (AP)

AMERICAN MARRIES RICKSHAW DRIVER: An American woman traveling in India hitched a ride in a rickshaw and married the driver a week later. The woman from Chicago says upon arriving in the city of Jaipur she hailed a rickshaw and hired the man as her driver for the week. On the third day, the man proposed to her and she accepted. After meeting on a Saturday they were wed in a small ceremony that Wednesday. The man is said to be fluent in English, despite being a school dropout. (AFP)

"DEAD" BABY WAKES UP AT FUNERAL WAKE: A baby that was born sixteen weeks prematurely and pronounced dead by doctors in Paraguay, woke up before its funeral wake. Doctors originally said the baby had been stillborn, but when the parents left the hospital with the baby it began to cry and move its limbs. The hospital is investigating the matter and the baby is now in stable condition in an incubator. (Reuters)


MCDONALDS IS EVERYWHERE: The farthest point from a McDonalds in the U.S. is 107 Miles. reports that a spot in South Dakota is 107 miles away from a Mickey D's, the longest distance in the Lower 48. It's located between the tiny towns of Meadow and Glad Valley, and is actually 145 miles by road. This was determined by blogger Stephen Von Worley, who mapped all 13,000-odd McDonald's and calculated the distance using geolocation software. Besides a few dead areas, if you are east of the Mississippi, and have a craving for a Big Mac, you should be able to get one before lunchtime is over.


CHALLENGES OF REVEALING YOU'RE GAY AT A YOUNG AGE: The New York Times magazine profiled young teens who have come out as being gay. The article shows how these girls and boys have to deal not only with being judged at a hard point in any teenagers life, but also with the skeptism some friends and family members offer, telling them it's just a phase or saying "How do you know you're sure?"


Churchill Car Insurance has analyzed claims data from the last three years and found that computer engineers top the list of motorists with the worst accident records. At the other end of the scale, farmers will be pleased to hear that they top the list of safest drivers in the U.K., with the least number of car insurance claims. According to the new research, there is a significant correlation between certain professions and the likelihood of having a car accident. Tony Chilcott, Head of Churchill Car Insurance, comments, "The poorer claims experience associated with computer engineers, sales managers, chefs and doctors most likely reflects the long hours they work in a very stressful job. As a result, they are more likely to be tired when driving and possibly distracted. Estate Agents make lots of journeys in their cars during the day -- dashing to see clients in urban areas and often parking wherever they can when they arrive."

Churchill's top ten most frequently claiming occupations are:

  • Computer Engineer
  • Sales Manager
  • Chef
  • Student
  • Doctor
  • Estate Agents
  • Surveyor
  • Customer Advisor
  • Hairdresser
  • Social Worker

Drivers with the lowest claim frequency are:

  • Farmer
  • Aircraft Fitter
  • Stores Personnel
  • Ambulance Driver
  • Laboratory Technician
  • Pilot
  • Caretaker
  • Agricultural Engineer
  • Green Keeper
  • Mechanical Engineer


  • You Can Go To A Crowded Bar And Not Meet Someone: Hot stuff, all you gotta do is smile at some guy and he'll melt like butter. Bonus points if you can actually get a sentence out.
  • Funky Chicken: If you're self-conscious about the way you dance, you are no fun to screw. Well, at least that's what peeps who are watching your awkward moves think. If you wanna do the horizontal mambo, you've gotta start by letting yourself get down vertically. Confidence is more seductive than high heels, lingerie, and money.
  • So Close, Yet So Far Away: Do you ever go up to the bar alone and order next to a stud? Luck is being in the right place at the right time, and so is getting 'er done. If you expect fate to drop a man in your lap, you don't see how many have already landed around you.
  • Don't Get Jealous, Get Even: Do you have a friend who gets it twice as much as you and you don't understand how? If so, start using her as a wingwoman. And take notes if you like what you see.
  • You're Bad At Breakups: If you can't leave a guy you're not into, well, then you're a settler, sinking in the soft relationship quicksand. No dates for you!
  • Just Teasin': Are you a tease? If your answer is no, you're doing it wrong. The brain is the biggest erogenous zone. If you don't know how to mess with a man's mind a little, you'll never be his fantasy girl. And I'm not talking about game playing; I'm talking about straight-up sexy repartee.
  • Dead On Approach: Do you say hi to people you pass by every day, like security guards, the dude that toasts your bagel, and the checkout girl at the drug store? Well, you should. It not only makes you approachable to them, but other sexy people around will notice that you're friendly, open, and easy to talk to.
  • Change Clothes And Go: Do not always go out in the same clothes you go to work in. I'm not saying look like the other kind of working girl for happy hour drinks, but you need to feel sexy to look it. And that's just not going to happen in that button-up blouse and comfy office loafers.
  • You're A Bitter Betty: If you've uttered phrases like "Men suck," "Will these guys ever grow up?" and "I'm so sick of men," well, your mantra is pretty negative. It's easy to get jaded, but turning to straight-up chauvinism isn't going to land you one of those guys you stereotype and belittle out of frustration.

When Should Aging Action Movies Stars Hang It Up?

Action movie stars in their 20s and 30s and even into their 40s can bring people into the movie theaters in droves, earning the envy of men and admiration of women. But just when should the realities of aging lead them to leave those role to younger actors, and are there too many graying action stars out there who just can't seen to give it up? The website asked that question, noting that 54-year-old Bruce Willis is starring in Surrogates, an action flick that opened this past weekend. The site put together a list of one-time action heroes it judged to be now too old for those roles, even many of them are still churning them out:

  • Steven Seagal, 58
  • Arnold Schwarzenegger, 62
  • Clint Eastwood, 79
  • Harrison Ford, 67
  • Sylvester Stallone, 63
  • Jean-Claude Van Damme, 49
  • Mel Gibson, 53
  • Jackie Chan, 55
  • Nicolas Cage, 45

Friday, September 25, 2009


It hasn’t been 2 full weeks yet and H&R Block is thrilled with the fact that they have collected OVER 4000 cans already!! They will continue to distribute these cans between: WestCare, the Salvation Army, St. Vincent de Paul and HELP. This FOOD DRIVE is to replenish the much needed Food Banks at these four local charities, so "PLEASE" drop off as many cans as you can, as often as you can!!! We have 4 more weeks and there are over 140 businesses, including all of our area School districts, that have a collection box, but if you aren't sure where to take your cans, just call H&R Block at (928) 763-3400 or (928) 763-3444. There is always someone there to help you!


Darius Rucker is already gearing up for his next album, the follow up to his platinum-selling debut country release, Learn To Live. Rucker tells us he's got several songs ready to record, a few of which were written with his famous friends. "I've written a lot of songs for the new record. I've written with Blake Shelton and Luke Bryan. Luke and I wrote a great, great funny song like you would think Luke would write, and I'm writin' with a bunch of guys, but we're gonna start recording at the end of the year. I don't know if we're gonna put it out early next year or late next year but I'm sure it'll be out next year."

Rucker says the new CD won't follow the same theme as Learn To Live. "Nah . . . You know, I wasn't goin' for the my life's groove on this record. I didn't really set out to write a record that was all about my life until I finished it and went, 'Wow! This is all about my life!' I'm not a theme record guy. I want the 13 best songs and then we drop out the one that's not as good. That's just how I am."

  • Rucker continues to tour with Rascal Flatts in addition to performing his own headlining shows. He plays in Greensboro, North Carolina and Columbia, Maryland this weekend.
Wynonna, Heidi Newfield and Michelle Branch have all signed on to participate in Dierks Bentley's fourth annual Miles & Music For Kids celebrity motorcycle ride and concert on October 11th in Nashville. Previously announced riders and performers include Bentley's labelmates Darius Rucker and Eric Church.
  • Miles & Music will provide an afternoon tailgating experience with live music, food and family fun on the river before the Tennessee Titans take on the Indianopolis Colts later that evening.
  • Bentley said, "My idea of the perfect Sunday afternoon includes live music, motorcycles, beer and football...but you also have to have girls...can't forget about them. It's awesome that Wynonna, Michelle and Heidi want to come help us raise some money that should be a blast."
  • Tickets start at $20 and are still available for the ride and concert through Ticketmaster.
  • The ride begins at Cool Springs Harley Davidson and will travel through Williamson County, Tennessee and downtown Nashville, culminating in a jam session at Riverfront Park.
  • In the three previous years, "Miles & Music for Kids" has raised over $500,000 for the Monroe Carell Jr. Childrens Hospital at Vanderbilt.


  • This year, Bentley has joined forces with Nationwide Insurance, CMT ONE COUNTRY and the Children's Miracle Network to expand the Miles & Music for Kids event to six cities across the country in 2009 and 2010, with all proceeds benefiting Children's Miracle Network hospitals in those areas.
Lady Antebellum are taking advantage of today's technology to expand their fan base. The trio regularly post webisodes of everything from being in the studio, on the bus and on stage, most recently with Keith Urban in Calgary. They also make good use of Twitter. Well, actually Hillary Scott and Dave Haywood take the lead on that. Charles Kelley is not a fan, as he tells us: "We, from the get go, knew that the internet is just growing and growing and growing. I mean, gosh, you look at all these -- to me which is some of the most annoying little things, all those Twitters and stuff. (Scott) I love Twitter! (Kelley) I hate Twitter. Oh my gosh, it's so narcissistic, but we're on it! For us, though I will say all these outlets are just a great way to create awareness of the band, and it's cool for us to kind of let fans know what we're doin'."]
  • Lady A continue their Canadian run with Urban on Saturday (September 26th) in Winnipeg.
  • Their new single, "Need You Now," is climbing the country charts.
The video for Trace Adkins' lastest single, "All I Ask For Anymore," makes it debut on CMT and on Monday (September 28th) and on GAC and CMT Pure both beginning on Tuesday (September 29th).

The clip was shot on location at the Tennessee Air National Guard in Nashville and features real soldiers and their families. Adkins' wife, five daughters, granddaughter and son-in-law make cameo appearances as well.


  • Adkins will perform at the Wounded Warrior Project's Soldier Ride at Nashville's Loveless Barn on Friday (September 25th).
Luke Bryan, Rodney Atkins, Phil Vassar, Heidi Newfield, Joey & Rory and songwriters Jeffrey Steele and Tony Mullins will all perform at the 5th annual Stars For Second Harvest benefit on September 29th at the historic Ryman Auditorium in Nashville. The event, which benefits the Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee, will again be hosted by hit songwriter Craig Wiseman.
  • Tickets are now on sale for $35 at For preferred seating, contact the Second Harvest Food Bank at 615-329-3491.
Crystal Gayle will receive her star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on October 2nd. Tanya Tucker will be the guest speaker during the ceremony, which will take place near Vine Street and Sunset Boulevard. Gayle's will be the 2,390th star on the Walk.


  • Crystal Gayle was born Brenda Gail Webb in Paintsville, Kentucky.
  • Her older sister, Loretta Lynn, suggested the name Crystal because there was already a recording artist named Brenda Lee.
  • Gayle became the first female artist in country music history to achieve platinum album sales with her fourth album, We Must Believe In Magic, which featured the huge hit "Don't It Make My Brown Eyes Blue."


Q. What country legend named his guitar "Trigger"?
A. Willie Nelson


Miranda Lambert

David Nail, Ricky Skaggs

Emily West

Miranda Lambert



  • Michael Douglas (actor, husband of Catherine Zeta-Jones) (65)
  • Catherine Zeta-Jones (actress, wife of Michael Douglas) (40)
  • Mark Hamill (actor, Star Wars' Luke Skywalker) (58)
  • Heather Locklear (actress) (48)
  • Will Smith (actor/rapper) (41)
  • Cheryl Tiegs (model and actress) (62)
  • Barbara Walters (broadcast journalist) (80)
  • Michael Madsen (actor, Reservoir Dogs, Kill Bill) (51)
  • Aida Turturro (actress, The Sopranos' Janice) (47)
  • Anson Williams (actor-director, Happy Days' Potsie) (60)
  • Hal Sparks (actor-comedian, Queer As Folk, Dude, Where's My Car?) (40)
  • T.I. (rapper/actor, American Ganster, ATL) (29)
  • Tate Donovan (actor, Damages, The O.C.) (46)
  • Clea DuVall (actress, Can't Hardly Wait, The Faculty, She's All That, The Astronaut's Wife, Girl, Interrupted) (32)


  • Connie Smith debuted on the chart with "Once A Day" in 1964. The song spent eight weeks in the Number One position.
  • Keith Urban's former band, the Ranch, made their chart debut with "Walkin' The Country" in 1997. Urban was the trio's lead singer and guitarist.
  • Alan Frizzell filed for divorce from Shelly West in 1983.
  • Sugarland kicked off their first headlining tour at the North Charleston Coliseum in South Carolina in 2007.
  • Gretchen Wilson's All Jacked Up album was released in 2005.
  • Dierks Bentley earned his first Number One single in Billboard with "What Was I Thinkin'" in 2003.
  • Diamond Rio's "How Your Love Makes Me Feel" went to Number One on the Billboard country singles chart in 1997.


JENNIFER ANISTON ISN'T STILL CRYING OVER BRAD PITT: Jennifer Aniston's rep is denying a report that the actress recently help up production on The Bounty because she was crying over Brad Pitt. A source had told the paper that Aniston tearily told an assistant, "I need a moment. This scene reminds me of Brad and me." Her rep clarified to, "It is absolutely false."

JESSICA BIEL HIKING KILAMANJARO: Jessica Biel is going to hike Africa's highest peak, Mt. Kilimanjaro. The 27-year-old, along with fellow actors Lupe Fiasco and Isabel Lucas, have signed up for the climb to raise awareness about the need for clean water worldwide. Biel said in a statement that she's proud to have joined the team "to help any way I can in order to raise awareness toward the life-threatening clean water crisis happening not only in Africa but around the world." Boyfriend Justin Timberlake may be joining her as he recently told GQ magazine that he's preparing for a major mountain climb.

JULIE CHEN GIVES BIRTH: Julie Chen gave birth to her first child on Thursday (September 24th). The Early Show host and her husband, CBS Corporation President and CEO Les Moonves named their son Charlie. Les has three children from his first marriage.

PAMELA ANDERSON REPORTEDLY IN DEBT: Pamela Anderson is reportedly in debt. Star magazine reports that the former Baywatch babe owes more than $1.2 million to creditors including construction companies she supposedly stiffed after they remodeled her home. Jay Bruder of Bruder Construction told the magazine, "A lot of people are owed a lot of money." In June, he filed a $674,043 lien against Anderson for the cost of "labor and materials and subcontractors to remodel main house, construct foundations for guest house."

JENNIFER JASON LEIGH REPORTEDLY PREGNANT: Jennifer Jason Leigh is reportedly pregnant. The National Enquirer reports that the actress and her director husband Noah Baumbach are expecting their first child. A source told the publication, "Having children is something they have wanted for some time. They are overjoyed with the news. Jennifer wanted to play it safe and not tell anyone until she was past the three-month mark. But now that she has reached that stage, she has been telling some of those close to her." The baby is reportedly due in March.


HEIDI MONTAG TO GUEST-HOST 'THE VIEW': Heidi Montag will guest-host The View on October 1st. The show announced that additional guest hosts who will be filling in for Elisabeth Hasselbeck when she's on maternity leave include Lisa Ling, Ugly Betty's Ana Ortiz, The Big Bang Theory star Kaley Cuoco and American Idol judge Kara DioGuardi.

SIMON COWELL BRINGING 'X-FACTOR' TO AMERICA? Simon Cowell is reportedly working on a deal to bring The X Factor to the United States. The Hollywood Reporter announced that Cowell is hammering out a deal with Fox. Cowell is currently in the last year of his deal with American Idol -- and X Factor is reportedly one of the major points he is hoping to include in a new deal. It is rumored that Cowell could earn about $50 million a season for Idol and that a successful X Factor might bring him an additional $50 million a cycle.

LINDSAY LOHAN TO HOST SINGAPORE CONCERTS: Lindsay Lohan will host three days of concerts in Singapore featuring Beyonce Knowles and the Black Eyed Peas. The shows, which coincide with Sunday's (September 27th) Singapore Grand Prix, were supposed to be hosted by Pussy Cat Doll Nicole Scherzinger, who dropped out at the last minute. Lohan said, "It's a bunch of amazing performers whom I'm a really big fan of."

JENNIFER MORRISON REPORTEDLY LEAVING 'HOUSE': Jennifer Morrison is leaving House. reports that Morrison, who played Dr. Allison Cameron on the Fox drama, shot her last scene earlier this week. That final episode will reportedly air in November.

'MELROSE PLACE' STAYING ALIVE: Despite low ratings, the CW has ordered more episodes of its freshman series Melrose Place. The Hollywood Reporter said that executives are holding out that viewers will still discover the program, especially as Heather Locklear is making an appearance come November. The CW has also given a full season order to One Tree Hill and has ordered additional episodes of The Vampire Diaries.

BARBIE MOVIE IN THE WORKS: Universal pictures is developing a live-action film featuring the iconic doll, Barbie. The Hollywood Reporter announced that Laurence Mark -- whose credits include Jerry Maguire and Julie & Julia -- is producing the film. Toy-maker Mattel has been very protective of Barbie in the past, with this project marking the first time she will appear on the big screen. It's unclear how Barbie's story will translate as she's "sometimes a high school teen, but at times a pilot, military officer, teacher or astronaut."


Mackenzie Phillips is returning to the Oprah Winfrey Show on Friday (September 25th), where she and half-sister Chynna Phillips will address the incest revelations that made headlines earlier this week. On Thursday's show Winfrey said, "You heard the bombshell from child star Mackenzie Phillips. Now she's back for the reaction, and her half-sister Chynna is speaking out." It's unclear if they will be live in studio.

Phillips revealed that she had a decade-long sexual relationship with her father, John Phillips, of the Mamas and the Papas. She said, "It started very early on in my life. And this was the mother of all difficult experiences. I was 17, 18. I wasn't a small child, but I'll tell you something, it was one of those things where you tell yourself, 'Don't look.' ... I felt so alone. And I think my father was not a bad man. It's kind of a testimony to what drugs and alcohol [do]."

  • Chynna has said that she does not doubt her sister's story but Mackenzie's stepmother, Genevieve Waite Phillips, denies the claims. She said in a statement, "John was a good man who had the disease of alcoholism and drug addiction. He was incapable, no matter how drunk or drugged he was, of having such a relationship with his own child."


Randy Quaid and his wife Evi were arrested in Texas on Thursday (September 24th) for defrauding an innkeeper -- a charge that stems from allegedly skipping out on a $10,000 hotel bill. reports that Randy assaulted the arresting deputies both physically and verbally and resisted arrest.

  • Sources added that a screaming Evi had to be wrestled to the ground upon her arrest.
  • The arrest warrant came from California, where officials want the couple extradited.


Sarah Jessica Parker and Kim Cattrall have reportedly reignited their long-running feud on the set of the second Sex and the City movie. A source told the UK version of OK! magazine that the women refuse to even talk with one another, making the rest of the cast and crew feel uncomfortable on set.

An insider said, "While the cast is all smiles on the outside, the level of dislike is unbelievable. No-one is having a good time on this shoot."

  • Parker's rep denied the story, telling, that it is "false on every level."
  • Spies also said that Parker is letting the stress of work and motherhood get to her. The source added, "The crew have taken to calling her 'Carrie Sadshaw'. When she doesn't have to be 'on' in her scenes, she looks so sad."


Eva Longoria Parker is going back to school. The 34-year-old Desperate Housewives actress said she plans to enroll in a master's program in Chicano studies and political science.

In Hola magazine's Mexico edition, the actress is quoted as saying that she wants to "learn more about the history of the country we come from." She didn't specify what university she plans on attending.

  • Longoria Parker was in Mexico City last month, taking on a Spanish-speaking role for the first time in a kidnapping film called Days of Grace.
  • Meanwhile, Eva reportedly wants to renew her wedding vows. The actress, who married NBA star Tony Parker in 2007 is quoted by as having said, "It seems like yesterday. We want to get married again. Our wedding went by so fast and, with the frenzy surrounding it, it felt like an out-of-body experience. We want to do it again -- something a bit more intimate -- because we love being married."


Khloe Kardashian and Lamar Odom are getting married on Sunday (September 27th). The reason behind the couple of one month's rushed nuptials has been a source of speculation and sources tell People magazine it has to do with Khloe's E! reality show, Keeping Up With the Kardashians.

An insider told People that Khloe is taking a page from the book of Kendra Wilkinson, whose recent E! wedding earned her reality show its highest ratings. The source said, "It creates a lot of buzz that the wedding is being planned and happening within such a short period of time. It's going to make for huge ratings, and Khloe and Lamar are sure about everything, so they all figured, 'Why not?!' "

  • Another source said, "It's happening so quickly because of the show. They want to create some drama for the cameras. Meetings and decisions are being delayed to the last minute."
  • Despite the supposed ratings-push, the source said the couple is ready to be husband and wife. The insider explained, "It may seem like it's a quickie wedding to everyone else but Khloe knows what she wants. She and Lamar started talking about getting married really soon after they met. They knew this was it, and they're just having fun with this whirlwind."


NASCAR Sets 2010 Testing Policy

NASCAR announced today its 2010 testing policy for its three national and two regional touring series.

The policy will again prohibit testing at tracks which host NASCAR national series events, by teams in the following series: NASCAR Sprint Cup; NASCAR Nationwide; NASCAR Camping World Truck; NASCAR Camping World East; and NASCAR Camping World West.

In 2010, however, testing will be allowed at NASCAR-sanctioned tracks that host a regional touring event but do not host a national series event.

No. 18 Team Penalized For Low Car at New Hampshire

NASCAR has issued penalties to the No. 18 team that competes in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series as a result of a rule infraction found last Sunday at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

The No. 18 car was found to be in violation of Sections 12-1 (actions detrimental to stock car racing); 12-4-I (any determination by NASCAR officials that the race equipment used in the event does not conform to NASCAR rules); and 20-12.8 1B (the height of the car at the left front fender did not meet the required specification; too low in post-race inspection) of the 2009 NASCAR rule book.

Crew chief Steve Addington has been fined $25,000 and placed on NASCAR probation until Dec. 31. Driver Kyle Busch and car owner Joe Gibbs have been penalized 25 championship driver and 25 championship owner points, respectively.

NASCAR On TV This Weekend
Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series races are at Dover
Camping World Truck Series race is in Las Vegas
(All Times Eastern)

  • Sprint Cup AAA 400 Practice - Friday, September 25th at 11:00 a.m. (Speed)
  • Nationwide Series Dover 200 final practice - Friday at 1:30 p.m. (ESPN2)
  • AAA 400 qualifying - Friday at 3:00 p.m. (ESPN2)
  • Dover 200 qualifying - Saturday, September 26th at 10:30 a.m. (ESPN2)
  • AAA 400 final practice - Saturday at 7:00 p.m. (tape delay) (ESPN2)
  • Dover 200 race - Saturday at 3:00 p.m. (ESPN2)
  • Camping World Truck Series Las Vegas 350 race - Saturday at 9:00 p.m. (Speed)
  • AAA 400 - Sunday, September 27th at 1:00 p.m. (ABC)


TERROR SUSPECT SAID TO HAVE BOUGHT BOMB INGREDIENTS: Federal authorities charged Thursday (September 24th) that 24-year-old Afghan immigrant Najibullah Zazi, who received explosives training from al-Qaida, bought large quantities of hydrogen peroxide and nail-polish remover near his home in Denver with the help of associates from New York in a plot to build bombs for attacks in the U.S. Zazi, a shuttle driver at the Denver airport, was indicted on charges of conspiracy to use weapons of mass destruction. Investigators have found bomb-making instructions on his computer's hard drive and said he used a Colorado hotel room to try to make the explosives a few weeks ago before a trip to New York earlier this month. Zazi was arrested last weekend, charged originally along with his father and a New York City imam with lying to investigators. Zazi's cross-country drive from Denver to New York led to a September 14th raid on several Queens, New York, apartments and his eventual arrest. Since then, transit systems, stadiums and hotels across the country have been warned to be on heightened alert.

UNRELATED TERRORISM ARRESTS IN ILLINOIS AND TEXAS: Two men, one an American convert to Islam and the other a Jordanian national, have been charged in unrelated cases after attempting to detonate what they thought were bombs. The cases are also not related to the major terrorism investigation going on in Colorado and New York. Michael Finton, who also went by the name Talib Islam, was arrested Wednesday (September 23rd) after he allegedly attempted to set off explosives in a van outside a federal courthouse in Springfield, Illinois. The 29-year-old Finton converted to Islam while in prison, and idolized "American Taliban" John Walker Lindh. In Dallas, 19-year-old Hosam Maher Husein Smadi was arrested yesterday (September 24th) after allegedly putting what he believed to be a car bomb in a parking garage beneath a 60-story office building. In both cases, fake devices were given to the men by FBI agents posing as al-Qaida operatives.

POLICE CLASH WITH PROTESTERS AHEAD OF G-20 SUMMIT: As world leaders gathered in Pittsburgh Thursday (September 24th) ahead of the start of the G-20 summit today, police clashed with protesters in the streets about a mile from the convention center, firing pepper spray and smoke after the protesters responded to calls to disperse by rolling trash bins and throwing rocks. Meanwhile, in a shift recognizing the rising influence of China, Brazil and India, the leaders of the world's top 20 wealthy and developing nations decided that the G-20 will take over the role of leading council on global economic cooperation. For more than 30 years, that role had been played by the smaller G-8 group of leading industrial countries. However, the G-8 will continue to meet on matters of common importance such as national security.

SECURITY COUNCIL BACKS GOALS FOR STOPPING SPREAD OF NUCLEAR WEAPONS: The United Nations Security Council yesterday (September 24th) unanimously endorsed a broad strategy aimed at stopping the spread of nuclear weapons and ultimately eliminating them. President Obama presided -- since the U.S. is Council president for the month -- as the 15-nation body adopted the U.S.-initiated resolution at the first such Security Council gathering of world leaders to deal with nuclear nonproliferation. The agreement didn't authorize any concrete measures, but it urged action on many proposals, including: negotiation of a treaty banning production of fissile material for nuclear bombs; establishment of internationally-supervised nuclear fuel banks to keep potential bomb material out of more hands; and ratification by nations of the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty banning all nuclear bomb tests. It encourages countries to take stronger steps to keep potential bomb material out of terrorist hands, including imposing stricter guidelines for exporting nuclear technology and doing more to detect and disrupt nuclear trafficking.


GOOD NEWS, BAD NEWS DAY FOR THE ECONOMY: Reports out yesterday (September 24th) on unemployment and home sales provided both good and bad economic news. The Labor Department said that the number of workers filing new unemployment claims last week fell unexpectedly by 21,000 to a seasonally adjusted 530,000. Analysts had expected to to increase to 550,000. However, the National Association of Realtors reported that sales of existing homes fell 2.7 percent in August to an annual rate of 5.10 million, below expectations of an increase to a 5.35 million pace.

KENNEDY CONFIDANT CHOSEN TO TEMPORARILY FILL HIS SEAT: A close friend of the late Senator Edward Kennedy who is the executor of his will was chosen by Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick yesterday (September 24th) to fill Kennedy's seat until a special election in January. Kennedy's widow and sons had encouraged Patrick to appoint 71-year-old Paul G. Kirk Jr., who served on Kennedy's staff from 1969 to 1977 and is a former chairman of the Democratic National Committee. Patrick announced Kirk's appointment one day after the Democratic-dominated Legislature changed the state's succession law to restore the governor's power to appoint an interim replacement. The appointment of Kirk will once again give Democrats the crucial 60 votes in the Senate needed to overcome a Republican filibuster, with would be particularly important for health insurance reform legislation. Massachusetts Republicans have gone to court in a last-ditch effort to prevent Kirk from being sworn in today.

GINSBURG HOSPITALIZED AFTER FEELING FAINT: Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was hospitalized Thursday evening (September 24th) after she felt faint in her office after undergoing treatment earlier in the day for an iron deficiency anemia that was diagnosed in July. Although an examination found the 76-year-old justice to be stable, she was given fluids and taken to the hospital as a precaution. Ginsburg underwent surgery in February to have a small, malignant tumor removed from her pancreas, at which time doctors found no spread of the cancer. Anemia is a common side of effect of the kind of chemotherapy Ginsburg underwent for pancreatic cancer.

  • Ginsburg was nominated by President Bill Clinton and seated on the Supreme Court in August 1993.

STUDY LOOKS AT WHAT WORKS WHEN JOB HUNTING: With so many Americans out of work, researchers at the University of Missouri set out to find out what makes for a successful job hunt, studying the efforts of 327 job-seekers ranging in age from 20 to 40. U.S. News and World Report says the researchers found that developing and following a plan at the start of a job search, and having positive emotions during the process had a significant impact on success. The researchers said that being conscientious seems to be key, writing, "Perhaps, conscientious job seekers conducted better quality job searches by scrutinizing their fit with prospective employers more carefully or more effectively following up with employers." Having positive emotions may have helped job seekers behave more confidently or cope better with stress, quote, "thereby responding more skillfully in interviews than job seekers with less positive emotions," according to the researchers. While acknowledging that people can't change their personalities, the researchers say that job seekers can change their behaviors and the display of their emotions.

BURGER NAMED IN HONOR OF MICHELLE OBAMA: Washington, D.C.'s Good Stuff Eatery unveiled a new turkey burger yesterday (September 24th) named after First lady Michelle Obama called the "Michelle Melt." The burger is made of fresh, locally grown ingredients that promote healthier eating, and the same herbs that are in the White House garden started by Mrs. Obama. It's made of free range turkey, caramelized onions, Swiss cheese, ruby red tomato, lettuce and South Lawn herb garden mayo all on a wheat bun. The burger was developed by Good Stuff Eatery chef Spike Mendelsohn -- a former contestant on TV's Top Chef -- in collaboration with White House chef Sam Kass. Proceeds from sales of the burger will go to D.C. Central Kitchen, which provides food for the homeless.


GRETZKY RESIGNS AS COYOTES COACH: Wayne Gretzky resigned yesterday (September 24th) as coach of the Phoenix Coyotes, making the announcement on his website. Hours later, the Coyotes announced that he'd be replaced by former Dallas Stars coach Dave Tippett. Gretzky's announcement comes amid the financial turmoil surrounding the team, as the court battle between Canadian billionaire Jim Balsillie and the NHL over the sale of the team continues after owner Jerry Moyes filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in May. Gretzky wrote, "We all hoped there would be a resolution earlier this month to the Coyotes ownership situation, but the decision is taking longer than expected. Since both remaining bidders have made it clear that I don't fit into their future plans, I approached general manager Don Maloney and suggested he begin looking for someone to replace me as coach." Gretzky's tenure as as Coyotes' coach from 2005 to 2009 was not much of a success, as they finished with a 143-161-24 record and missed the playoffs in all four seasons.

  • Gretzky, the leading scorer in NHL history, owns a small piece of the Coyotes franchise.

(Headline News, FYI and Sports stories were compiled in part from reports by the Associated Press and Reuters.)



  • GHOST WHISPERER - (season premiere) Melinda gives birth to a son who has inherited her gift for seeing spirits, though his gift has an important difference.
  • MEDIUM - (season premiere) Allison and her family cope with the outcome of her brain surgery.
  • NUMB3RS - (season premiere) A job protecting a high profile activist turns into a manhunt as the team searches for a sniper.


  • LAW & ORDER - (season premiere) When a war verteran is found dead, Lupo and Bernard connect the murder to an attorney who used to work for the Department of Justice.
  • DATELINE NBC - Investigative journalism.
  • THE JAY LENO SHOW - Hugh Laurie


  • BROTHERS - (series premiere) Retired NFL player Mike Trainor leaves the high life behind when he is called home to deal with family issues, only to find the change of scenery has become a necessity when his financial situation suddenly changes.
  • DOLLHOUSE - (season premiere) Echo marries a wealthy businessman connected to one of Ballard's open cases; Echo and Ballard make a deal.


  • FLASHFORWARD (repeat)
  • MODERN FAMILY (repeat)
  • COUGAR TOWN (repeat)
  • 20/20 - Investigative reporting.


  • SMALLVILLE - Clark wants to start training with Jor-El; Lois meets John Corben (Brian Austen Green), a new reporter at the Daily Planet.


  • MONK - A voodoo curse seems to be at work when dolls sent to San Francisco residents accurately predict inexplicable deaths; Meat Loaf guest stars.


ARKANSAS WOMAN GETS PREGNANT...WHILE ALREADY PREGNANT: Doctors say a woman in Arkansas is pregnant with two children, conceived several weeks apart. The second child is said to have been conceived approximately two weeks later than the first. While it is an extremely rare occurance, known as superfetation, the woman's doctor said that it is nearly impossible to know if it happens more often. While the second child will be born prematurely, the two week difference is not expected to cause any medical issues. (Mom Logic)

GARBAGE MEN BEING TRAINED TO HELP FIGHT CRIME: The Volusia County Sheriffs Office is training garbage men to be on the lookout for crime. The initiative, known as BOLO (Businesses on the Lookout) will teach workers to spot signs of wrongdoing and prevent crimes, such as residential burglaries, illegal animals, and illegal hazardous waste disposal. They will also be trained to spot signs of suspicious people, like "tattoos and scars". (Click Orlando)

DRUNK DRIVER CRASHES INTO POLICE DEPUTY HOUSE WHILE TEXTING: A Florida man who was driving with a blood-alcohol level of 0.14, double the legal limit, was doubly impaired, as he was also text messaging when he crashed through a fence and into the house of a police deputy. The deputy said he heard a loud noise and then saw that the man had crashed his minivan into the bedroom. (Sun-Sentinel)


HE/SHE TOO YOUNG TO DATE? According to Wikipedia, "The "half-your-age-plus-seven rule" is a rule of thumb used by some in Western cultures defining a mathematical formula to judge whether the age difference in an intimate relationship is socially acceptable." The rule goes -- take your age, divide it by two and add seven. If your potential love interest is at least that age, you're good to go!

WOMEN GET FREAKED OUT BY PARKING: If you're a woman, you're twice as anxious as a man about parking and twice as likely as a guy to ask another driver to park your car for you, according to a new study reported in the Daily Telegraph. According to the paper, "The gap in women's confidence behind the wheel extends to backing into a space: 75 percent say it can be too tricky even when there's enough room, and 22 percent admit to feeling hopeless to back up under any circumstances."

HOW TO TIP TO IMPRESS: According to, "A 10 for the doorman, a 20 at the door (not for quid pro quo, but just for thanks), $5 per drink to the barman, and a discrete $5 to the busboy. This will announce your presence and get you the sort of attention, service and (perhaps) comps that would otherwise be reserved for the likes of someone more well-known. The kind that will leave your date in a state of bemused wonder. (Just a side note: Men always pay cash at the bar. Don't be tapping at keys like a secretary).

AUGUST HAS HIGHEST MORTALITY RATE IN U.K. HOSPITALS: August is the most dangerous time to be admitted to accident and emergency, a study suggests. London's Daily Mail reports that researchers found hospital mortality rates rise by six percent on the first Wednesday in August. Perhaps not coincidentally, that is also the day newly qualified doctors, fresh from medical school, begin working in NHS hospitals.


  • Lots of time to spend online: To become famous, you're going to have to give people a reason to care about you or what you're doing. Is there something unique about you, your work or your interests? Do you have a special insight into something that a lot of people are interested? Basically, you need to figure out what you have to offer the world.
  • Next, you need a gimmick: Several people have gotten famous online solely off a gimmick, but it's rarely been a lasting fame. You could be the guy that straps a webcam on his head just because that's his gimmick (what's his name?), or you could use that gimmick to get more people interested in what you have to offer, creating a much wider audience.
  • Once you've got your mission and your gimmick, it's time to get going: Dedicate as much time as you can to your pursuit of fame. Blog, post on other blogs, upload YouTube videos and go viral with as much content about you as possible. You need to literally flood the Internet to get even a trickle of fame.
  • Network with other blogs and build a community around yourself wherever you can: Host chats, setup a forum about yourself, let everyone know what's up with you using Facebook, Twitter, Myspace, etc.
  • Digg yourself and use whatever other free promotion tools you can: Consider advertising with Google Adsense or another service if you can afford it.
  • Consider branching out into other media, pitch stories about your celebrity to traditional print, broadcast and other outlets: Give lectures, readings, throw parties or host other events to get your name out there.
  • Hire an agent and take over the world: So long, Oprah!

TWITTER FAUX PAS (Daily Telegraph)

  • Mock surprise at your own success: Self-promotion is one of the main reasons to join Twitter and is central to its continued success, so we can all drop the false modesty. Tweets like "stunned by the great response to my blog, keep it coming guys" may sound charmingly coy in your head, but people can see through the self-deprecation.
  • Group tweeting on a night out: "If everyone around the table feels the need to dive to their phones to tell the internet how much fun they're having, they can't be having that much fun. People who strain to look popular just appear incapable of enjoying an experience without audience validation."
  • Anything, anything, anything about sex: "That message may sound erotic to you, the person who joined Twitter just to stalk you, and (if you're lucky) the person you joined Twitter just to stalk. But remember that it will be read by dozens of people double and half your age who don't wish to see you as a sexual object. If you wouldn't say it out loud on a packed train carriage, you're best off not pressing enter."
  • 'So bored': You're on the internet, go learn something.
  • RIP : Tweets that merely record your awareness of someone's death smack of me-tooism, and are of zero interest or value to your followers. Since Michael Jackson's passing, certain Twitter users seem to take delight from the thrill of being the first of their friendship group to "announce" a celebrity death. It's morbid and it's scaring Jeff Goldblum's family, so stop.
  • Intimate family moments: The occasional tweet about family life makes a pleasant change to updates about work and pop culture, but does your daughter really want hundreds of her mother's acquaintances to know that she's having trouble at school?
  • Public feuds: It's impossible to fight on Twitter and not look like a stroppy eight-year-old. And as both parties want to have the last word the spat can eat up entire afternoons.
  • I'm a celebrity and I'm friends with other celebrities and we're just too witty: The little people did not join Twitter to bask in the glow of your fabulously glamorous lives, famous people. The direct message feature was created for prolonged two-way conversations.
  • 'Inspirational' quotations: One man's motivational motto is another's saccharine guff. Your followers may start to mistake you for one of the spambots that fire out nuggets of Deepak Chopra wisdom to tempt clicks.
  • One household chore, several vapid tweets: Assembling a chest of drawers from Ikea is an excellent subject for a tweet, whether it's written with pride in success or confusion and sorrow at failure. But some twitterers fall down by opting for a blow by blow account: "Can't find the nail". "Ah, there it is". "Hmmmmm". "Getting there. Slowly but getting there". Why not wait until the end of the task and wrap up the whole giddying experience as a single update, complete with a triumphant Twitpic?
  • Funerals: It should go without saying that live-blogging a burial is insensitive and inappropriate, but there have been instances. In 2008 the Rocky Mountain News sent a reporter to tweet the funeral of a three-year-old boy who had been killed in a car crash. The coverage included the tweet "family members shovel earth into grave".
  • One word tweets: With the possible exceptions of "dying" or "help", no single word can justify a tweet. If you're not prepared to put in the effort to compose something of interest to your followers then there is no reason to trouble them. Thinly-disguise appeals for @replies - such as "thinking" or "worried" - are particularly reprehensible.
  • Too many tweets: If you think you might have Twit-horrea, try deleting two out of every three tweets before pressing update. Increase this to three out of three if you've been drinking.

Thursday, September 24, 2009


Your laugh tells more than what you find funny... it's also tells about your personality.

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


There are few acts in the entertainment business that can boast a career like that of Reba McEntire. She's released 26 studio albums, selling some 50 million units worldwide, and she's successfully tackled the worlds of television, movies and theater. Talent is certainly a necessary ingredient to maintaining such a career, but McEntire tells us it also takes passion. "When I went to Broadway, I mean that was a project that I was so passionate about, portraying Annie Oakley in Annie Get Your Gun, and in the same year, the script -- well, it was called Sally in the beginning -- the TV show, I went out to LA to do that and was very passionate about it, but to reinvent myself and to do different things other than just music, although when I was on Broadway I was singing along with acting, and when I went to LA to do the Reba TV show I was touring all the time, and I had three albums out during that time."

McEntire adds that taking advantage of different opportunities keeps her career fresh year after year. "It's reinventing, keeping creative, having that wonderful team around you that think new things up for you, and having the good Lord comin' up with things for you, too. That sure does help, but havin' the, I guess the want to to keep on doin' different things and to want to have a job that you absolutely love, which is music. I do love music, and I love to get on stage. I love to perform, I love to record, so I feel like I'm a very blessed person to have a job I love."

  • McEntire's latest single, "Consider Me Gone," continues its climb up the country charts.

Taylor Swift has made history yet again, this time as the first artist ever to score two Number One records at Top 40 radio with a country crossover hit. Swift locked down the top spot on the Top 40 Mediabase chart this week with "You Belong With Me."
  • "You Belong With Me" is Swift's second consecutive Number One at Top 40, and her 4th consecutive chart-topping country single. Her first, "Love Story," topped the charts earlier this year. The song became the first ever country crossover recording to hit Number One on the Top 40 Radio format in the almost-two decade history of the radio platform, according to Mediabase.
  • Swift is happy for any radio airplay, no matter the genre, but she says that her loyalty to country music never waivers. "I'm a country artist and I write country music. But I'm also believer that the new generation is not really a fan of genres as much as it's fan of good music. And I think good music resonates, and hopefully my music is good and can be played on my many different stations."
  • Swift recently won an MTV award for Best Female Video for "You Belong With Me," making her the first country artist ever to win a Video Music Award in the history of the annual event.
  • The Fearless Platinum Edition, including special DVD/CD bonus features and several new songs, will be released on October 27th.
Eric Church will perform as part of pre-race festivities for the NASCAR Banking 500 race at Lowe's Motor Speedway in Charlotte, North Carolina on October 17th. His concert will take place outside of the Turn 2 Diamond Tower Terrace prior to the race. Admission to the concert is free with the purchase of a NASCAR Banking 500 ticket.
  • Church said, "Having grown up in North Carolina, being a NASCAR fan is a given. I've been to this very race many times with my dad. To be able to go back and play is a very special homecoming for me. I know a lot of my fans love NASCAR and a lot of NASCAR fans love country music. I guess the only question to be answered is, who is louder? The guys and their cars or me and the band. I can't wait to find out!"
  • College students can see the concert from a special viewing area with the purchase of a $49 Carolina CollegeFest 2009 package. The package includes five hours of live music, gift packs, prize giveaways and a reserved seat for the NASCAR Banking 500.
  • Church's "Love Your Love The Most" is a current Top 10 hit.


  • Church's first album, Sinners Like Me, was released in 2006.
  • His latest CD, called Carolina, was released in March.

Pat Green has parted ways with BNA Records Nashville. Green recorded two albums for the label, the first of which, Cannonball, was released in 2006. The project produced the Top 13 hit "Feels Just Like It Should." His latest CD, What I'm For, was released in January. Three singles were released, but the album's title track was the only one to break through to the Top 12.


  • Green previously recorded for Universal/Republic.
  • The singer continues to tour, with a show on Thursday (September 24th) in Montgomery, Alabama.
Jewel and her non-profit charity, Project Clean Water, want you to "Give A Drop" -- a drop of clean drinking water for people in a village in Africa. The charity has partnered with the Voss Foundation and Virgin Unite to launch the campaign. Their first venture is to help provide water to the village of Pel in Dogon, Mali.
  • The Give A Drop campaign works through website and text donations. Visit, or test the word "DROP" to phone number 85944 to make a $5.00 donation.
  • Jewel said, "When I was homeless, I became ill and couldn't afford to buy the bottled water I needed for my sick kidneys. I realized then that it was hard to get clean drinking water in the United States, and discovered it was a huge problem globally."


  • Jewel founded Project Clean Water in 1997.
  • To date, Project Clean Water has helped more than 30 communities overcome their individual drinking water problems in 13 different countries on five different continents.


Q. In what year did Reba McEntire make her debut on the Grand Ole Opry?
A. 1977



George Jones

Jack Ingram

Ricky Skaggs, David Nail


Gordon Clapp (actor, NYPD Blue's Detective Greg Medavoy) (61)

  • Kevin Sorbo (TV star, Hercules and Andromeda) (51)
  • Nia Vardalos (actress, My Big Fat Greek Wedding, My Life In Ruins) (47)
  • "Mean" Joe Greene (NFL Hall Of Famer) (63)
  • Alan Colmes (co-host of Fox News Channel's Hannity & Colmes) (59)
  • Lou Dobbs (CNN anchor) (64)
  • Gerry Marsden (singer-guitarist, Gerry & the Pacemakers) (67)


Brenda Lee, Harlan Howard and Cindy Walker were inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1997.

  • Loretta Lynn's Coal Miner's Daughter was released in 1973.
  • The Eagles' The Long Run album was released in 1979.
  • Sara Evans climbed to Number One on the Billboard chart with "A Real Fine Place To Start" in 2005.
  • Lee Ann Womack's self-titled debut album was certified platinum, while her follow-up, Some Things I Know, went gold in 1999.
  • Lonestar collected its first platinum album for Lonely Grill in 1999.
  • Joe Diffie's "Third Rock From The Sun" earned the Number One position on the Billboard country singles chart in 1994.
  • Mark Chesnutt received his first gold album for his debut, Too Cold At Home, in 1991.
  • Clint Black picked up his first gold album for Killin' Time in 1989.
  • The Sons Of The Pioneers received a star in the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1976.
  • Lester Flatt & Earl Scruggs recorded "The Ballad Of Jed Clampett," the theme for The Beverly Hillbillies, in 1962.


JUDE LAW HAS A DAUGHTER: Jude Law is a father again. Samantha Burke, a 24-year-old aspiring actress with whom Law had a fling, gave birth to the actor's daughter on Tuesday (September 22nd) night. The source told People magazine, "Samantha is doing well," adding, "I doubt Jude was there" for the birth. "Besides the financial support, he's not involved." The child's name is Sophia.

ELLEN POMPEO GIVES BIRTH: Ellen Pompeo and Chris Ivery are the parents of a baby girl. A rep for the Grey's Anatomy star confirmed to that Pompeo gave birth to Stella Luna Pompeo Ivery on September 15th in Los Angeles. Ivery was recently accused of cheating on his pregnant wife but the couple has maintained a united front in spite of the rumors.

SARAH MICHELLE GELLAR WELCOMES DAUGHTER: Sarah Michelle Gellar and Freddie Prinze Jr. welcomed their first child last Saturday (September 19th). A spokesperson confirmed that Gellar gave birth to a daughter, who they named Charlotte Grace Prinze. The couple met in 1997 while filming I Know What You Did Last Summer and later married in 2002.


MEGAN MULLALLY RECOVERING AFTER CAR ACCIDENT: Megan Mullally is recovering from minor injuries sustained in a Beverly Hills car crash last week. reports that the former Will and Grace star was involved in a two-car accident last Wednesday (September 16th), causing enough injury to cancel two performances of the play she is currently performing in. The site noted that Mullally was back on stage last Saturday (September 19th), but was sporting a brace on her wrist. Police have yet to determine who was at fault in the accident.

ERIC DANE AND WIFE SUING OVER RACY TAPE: Eric Dane and Rebecca Gayheart filed a lawsuit in L.A. County Superior Court on Wednesday (September 23rd), in response to the release of their " naked non-sex threesome tape." reports that the couple claims that had not only unlawfully posted almost four minutes of the private video that was shot behind closed doors, but "maliciously" distributed the video and included nude shots of the couple along with former beauty queen Kari Ann Peniche. They are demanding over $1 million in damages.

JENNIFER ANISTON NOT PREGNANT: Jennifer Aniston still is not pregnant. Although the latest cover of OK! magazine blares, "Pregnant at 40!" over a picture of the actress, her rep told, "Jennifer is not pregnant." Even inside OK! magazine, no proof of the pregnancy is offered. The piece merely quotes an insider as saying that she "wants to have a baby soon."

RENEE ZELLWEGER TO WEAR A FAT SUIT? Instead of packing on the pounds for the upcoming installment of the Bridget Jones series, Renee Zellweger will likely be donning a fat suit. reports that the actress is concerned about how long it took her to lose the extra 30 pounds after the last film wrapped, and is beginning to worry about how the rapid gain-loss is affecting her body.


SIMON COWELL DEVELOPING DANCE SHOW? Simon Cowell is reportedly planning to launch a new dance show on television. A source told that the American Idol judge "is secretly in talks to start his own dance show with Ian Burton, a UK friend who used to run a record label with him and has managed dancers." Sources claim that Cowell's intention is to go head-to-head against Nigel Lythgoe. The insider added, "It's his own SYTYCD show. He is always trying to do his own thing to compete with the Idol team. Now he is trying to steal the SYTYCD thunder."

SAMANTHA RONSON TO APPEAR ON '90210': Samantha Ronson will appear in an upcoming episode of 90210. People magazine reports that Lindsay Lohan's on-off gal pal taped an episode of the CW show, which will air on November 3rd. Ronson's scenes reportedly take place in a club and she will be offering love advice to Michael Steger's character Navid.

DIABLO CODY ADAPTING 'SWEET VALLEY HIGH': Diablo Cody is reportedly adapting the popular teen novel series, Sweet Valley High into a movie. The Hollywood Reporter revealed that Universal pictures is negotiations to pick up the rights to the series, with Cody attached to adapt. The publication reports that Cody's formative years were influenced by the books, which centers on a pair of teenage twins living in California. The novels debuted in 1983 and the 150-plus books have been printed more than 60 million times.

J.J. ABRAMS REPORTEDLY DEVELOPING COMEDY? J.J. Abrams is reportedly developing a new half-hour comedy for Fox. The Hollywood Reporter announced that few details about the project have been revealed, except that it will be "a comedic medical show." Abrams most recent project is Fox's sophomore sci-fi drama Fringe.

NEW STEPHANIE MEYER BOOK BEING ADAPTED TO FILM: A Stephanie Meyer book that's not part of the Twilight saga is reportedly being adapted into a film. Variety reports that several producers used their own money to acquire screen rights to The Host, which is a love story set in the near future on Earth, which has been assimilated by an alien species that call themselves "Souls."

HOLLY MADISON GETTING REALITY SHOW: Holly Madison is getting her own reality show. reports that the former Girl Next Door will begin shooting Planet Holly, on October 12th in Las Vegas. According to Holly, "It will have some docu-drama, but it's the perfect excuse for me to be normal in a lighthearted comedy romp. Think Mary Tyler Moore. In fact, I just hooked up my DVD player so I can look at all the episodes of her old TV show. But Planet Holly also will have an empowering message for women showing that however crazy the ideas you might have, they can be achieved."


Jaclyn Smith is alive and well despite reports that she'd suffered a gunshot wound in Honduras. Smith's name was mixed into the incident because the victim in question is a woman named Sandra Franklin, who worked as Smith's stunt-double on Charlie's Angels.

After the news spread -- mostly via -- Smith took to her Twitter to shoot down the rumor. She wrote, "Jaclyn is fine. Those reports are FALSE. Jaclyn is safe and home with her family. She is not in Honduras. It is a lie."

  • Her rep, Jay Schwartz, also spoke out, telling E! News, "This is absolutely not true. I just spoke with her today. She is fine and in Los Angeles." He clarified, "It was her Charlie's Angels stunt-double, Sandra Franklin, but details are unknown at this time."
  • The radio station HRN reports that Sandra Franklin was shot while in her home on Roatan Island, off the Honduran coast and suffered a wound to her abdomen. She is reportedly in stable condition.


John Travolta appeared in a Bahamian court on Wednesday (September 23rd) where he testified about a document two defendants are accused of using in an attempt to extort $25 million from him. Travolta was forced to recount his 16-year-old son Jett's tragic death as the document in question is a liability release he signed because the family considered flying Jett to the United States for treatment after he suffered a fatal seizure.

The document -- which Travolta testified he did not read -- was reportedly a refusal of treatment, which is why a paramedic on the scene, Tarino Lightbourne, and former Bahamian Senator Pleasant Bridgewater, allegedly though they could profit from it. reports that Travolta looked "nervous and emotional" as he testified, while his wife Kelly Preston seemed "distraught."

  • Travolta testified, "My son was autistic and suffered from seizure disorder. Every five to 10 days he suffered seizures which lasted 45 seconds to a minute." He said that on the day of Jett's death, a nanny alerted him of his son's condition and he and one of the nannies who works for his family continued to give Jett CPR as Kelly held their son's head.
  • He said that approximately 35 minutes passed from the time he entered the room where Jett was, to when the ambulance arrived.
  • The distraught dad then said Jett was put on a gurney and taken to an ambulance, with the nanny continuing chest compressions as they were taking him out.
  • Travolta is expected to return to the stand on Thursday (September 24th).


Anna Nicole Smith's longtime companion Howard K. Stern was charged with five additional felonies relating to her death on Wednesday (September 23rd). The added charges include four counts of obtaining a prescription for opiates under a false name or address and one count of prescribing, administering or dispensing controlled substances to an addict. Stern was already facing six other charges stemming from Smith's fatal overdose in 2007. Stern has pleaded not guilty to them all.

  • Similar charges had already been filed against Smith's psychiatrist, Dr. Khristine Eroshevich, and her internist, Dr. Sandeep Kapoor.
  • It's alleged that they are responsible for Smith's drug intake as the doctors prescribed an excessive number of drugs to Smith and in excessive dosages, even while she was pregnant with her baby.


Dr. Kapoor is further under investigation as People reports that he's accused of having a romantic relationship with Smith, in violation of medical ethics. Evidence reportedly includes video of a shirtless Dr. Kapoor kissing Smith at a nightclub.


Stern's attorney addressed the new charges, saying, "They are using a shotgun approach. Throw everything at the wall and see what sticks and the answer will be nothing sticks."

  • Outside the courtroom he said Smith was "not an addict" -- adding Anna's health was Howard's "main concern."


A preliminary hearing to determine whether prosecutors have enough evidence to proceed to trial is set for October 5th, but the Los Angeles Times reports that prosecutors plan to ask for an eight-day delay to evaluate handwriting samples taken today from Stern and Kapoor.


Mackenzie Phillips told Oprah Winfrey about her incestuous relationship with her father on Wednesday's (September 23rd) show, revealing that the only reason it ended was because she might have been pregnant with his child.

Mackenzie said that she and John Phillips had been sleeping together for ten years, beginning when she was 19. She claimed that after becoming pregnant, she was unable to discern if the child was in fact her father's or that of her then-husband Shane Fontayne. The elder Phillips eventually paid for her abortion and then she "never let him touch me again."

  • In response to Mackenzie's allegations, her former stepmother, Genevieve Waite released a statement directly to the Oprah Winfrey Show saying, "I am stunned by Mackenzie's terrible allegations about her father. I would often complain about her overly familiar attitudes towards him, and he said it was just her way. John was a good man. ... He was incapable, no matter how drunk or drugged he was, to have sexual relations with his own child."

CHECK IT OUT: See Phillip's Oprah appearance:


Contrary to reports, Anderson Cooper is not being groomed as Regis Philbin's replacement on Live. According to reports on and other blogs, insiders supposedly suggested that the CNN anchor is ABC's first choice to join Kelly Ripa when Philbin decides to retire in a year or two.

  • Cooper himself told People magazine, "It's completely made up. I have no idea where it came from. Regis is not retiring, and I'm very happy with what I'm doing."
  • He speculated, "I occasionally fill in for Regis, which is maybe how this came about. I love filling in for him, I love working with Kelly Ripa. ... It's nice to exercise different muscles."


The box office hit District 9, a sci-fi film set in Johannesburg, South Africa, is stirring up anger in Nigeria over the film's depiction of Nigerians as thieves, gangsters, prostitutes, and cannibals. In addition, the leader of the Nigerians in District 9 shares a name with the country's former president, Obasanjo. Nigeria has banned cinemas from showing the film and has contacted the producers, asking that references to Nigeria be removed.

  • "It is a Hollywood film, shot in South Africa and acted mainly by South Africans. We protested because it showed Nigeria in a very bad light," Information Minister Dora Akunyili told Reuters. "There is no country that does not have prostitutes and criminals but definitely most countries don't have cannibals, and we don't have cannibals in this country. We don't eat human flesh, it is definitely unacceptable."
  • Akunyili is currently spearheading an image re-branding campaign in Nigeria, which has been characterized worldwide as the center of corruption and e-mail fraud. The campaign uses the slogan "Nigeria: Good People, Great Nation."
  • The country has also asked Sony to remove an ad for its PlayStation 3 gaming console in which a customer asks the price, and was told: "You can't believe everything you read on the internet, otherwise I'd be a Nigerian millionaire by now."


Actor Ashley Hamilton and singer Macy Gray were voted off Dancing With The Stars last night (Wednesday, September 23rd) making them the first casualties of the show's ninth season. Gray got the lowest score when the ladies performed Tuesday and Hamilton tied for the lowest score with ex-football star Michael Irvin on Monday.

Dancing With The Stars returns next Monday night at 8:00 p.m. ET for a two-hour performance show. The one-hour results show will air Tuesday at 9:00 p.m. ET.

  • Last night's results show included a tribute to the late Patrick Swayze, who began his career as a professional da
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  • This season started off with 16 contestants, the most in the show's history.
  • High scorers this week included reality star Kelly Osbourne swimsuit model Joanna Krupa, and singers Aaron Carter, Donny Osmond, and Mya.


VACCINE HELPS PREVENT HIV INFECTION: An experimental vaccine has for the first time prevented infection with the AIDS virus, a breakthrough result after recent failures had led many scientists to think a vaccine might never be possible. Researchers announced Thursday (September 23rd) that the vaccine cut the risk of becoming infected with HIV by more than 31 percent in the world's largest AIDS vaccine trial involving more than 16,000 volunteers in Thailand. The study was conducted by the Thailand Ministry of Public Health and sponsored by the U.S. Army and the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. The institute's director, Dr. Anthony Fauci, told AP that there's still a long way to go, but said, "It gives me cautious optimism about the possibility of improving this result" and developing a more effective AIDS vaccine.

OBAMA TELLS U.N. AMERICA CAN'T SOLVE WORLD'S PROBLEMS ALONE: In his first speech before the United Nations General Assembly, President Obama yesterday (September 23rd) challenged national leaders to do more to help fix the world's problems, while saying the previous administration's go-it-alone approach is over. Obama said, "Those who used to chastise America for acting alone in the world cannot now stand by and wait for America to solve the world's problems alone," Speaking to the packed hall, Obama promised the U.S. would reach out in, quote, "a new era of engagement based on mutual interest and mutual respect." But he condemned, quote, "an almost reflexive anti-Americanism which, too often, has served as an excuse for collective inaction. Nothing is easier than blaming others for our troubles and absolving ourselves of responsibility for our choices and our actions." Obama also spoke about specific issues, including North Korea and Iran's nuclear programs, the Middle East conflict, and global warming.

GADHAFI, AHMADINEJAD SPEAK AT U.N. GENERAL ASSEMBLY: Among the national leaders speaking before the United Nations General Assembly yesterday (September 23rd) were the controversial figures Moammar Gadhafi of Libya and Mahmoud Ahmadinejad of Iran. Gadhafi delivered a rambling, 96-minute tirade in which he denounced the U.N. Security Council, saying it should be called the "Terror Council," and slammed U.S. policies from the Grenada invasion in 1983 to the current war in Afghanistan. About half of the people in the chamber, which had been packed for President Obama, emptied out as Gadhafi spoke. Also speaking was President Ahmadinejad, who portrayed himself as a champion of the developing world against unbridled capitalism. He lashed out at Israel and the West, accusing Western nations of hypocrisy, saying they preach democracy but violate its fundamental principles. Ahmadinejad didn't mention his country's nuclear program, which is the focus of world attention, but instead called for global nuclear disarmament. The delegations of the U.S., Canada and Israel boycotted Ahmadinejad's speech over his continued Holocaust denial.

RUSSIA MAY BACK IRAN SANCTIONS AFTER OBAMA MISSILE MOVE: Russian President Dmitry Medvedev suggested yesterday (September 23rd) that his government may back potential sanctions against Iran over its nuclear program, in the wake of President Obama's decision to scrap a missile defense system that was to be based in Poland and the Czech Republic that Russia had strongly opposed. Both sides denied there was a quid-pro-quo, but Medvedev told the U.N. General Assembly that Obama's decision, quote, "deserves a positive response." And Obama's chief Russia adviser, Mike McFaul, told reporters, "Is it the case that it changes the climate? That's true, of course. But it's not cause-and-effect." Russia, which has strong economic ties with Iran, has stood in the way of stronger action against the Islamic nation in the past, so a unified U.S.-Russian stance on new sanctions would put Iran under added pressure.

CENSUS WORKER FOUND HANGED WITH 'FED' ON HIS CHEST: The FBI is investigating whether a U.S. Census worker was the victim of an attack based on anti-government sentiment after he was found hanged from a tree near a Kentucky cemetery with the word "fed" scrawled on his chest. The body of Bill Sparkman, a 51-year-old part-time Census field worker and substitute teacher, was found September 12th in a remote area of the Daniel Boone National Forest in rural Kentucky. The Census Bureau has suspended door-to-door interviews in Clay County, where the body was found, pending the outcome of the investigation.


LAWMAKERS VOTE TO ALLOW INTERIM KENNEDY REPLACEMENT: Massachusetts lawmakers yesterday (September 23rd) granted Democratic Governor Deval Patrick the power to appoint an interim replacement for the late Senator Edward Kennedy until the special election in January. Just five days before he died in August, Kennedy sent letters to Patrick and the state Senate president and House speaker urging them to amend the succession law to allow an interim replacement. With the appointment of a Democrat by Patrick, the party would once again have the crucial 60 votes it would need in the U.S. Senate to overcome a Republican filibuster of health insurance reform legislation. Massachusetts Democrats had revoked the governor's power to fill Senate vacancies just five years ago, fearing then-Governor Mitt Romney would appoint a fellow Republican to Democratic Senator John Kerry's seat if he was elected president.

  • Kennedy's sons, Edward Kennedy Jr. and Rep. Patrick Kennedy of Rhode Island, have reportedly urged Patrick to appoint former Democratic National Committee chairman Paul G. Kirk Jr. to the interim post replacing their father. The 71-year-old Kirk was close friends with the senator, knows the late senator's staff well, and wouldn't be a threat to any of the candidates vying in the special election.

SURVEY: RECESSION LEADING WOMEN TO DELAY PREGNANCY, LIMIT NUMBER OF CHILDREN: Economic worries amid the recession have affected the decisions about motherhood made by many women in the U.S., with nearly half saying in a new survey that they want to delay pregnancy or limit the number of children they have. The survey from the Alan Guttmacher Institute of nearly 1,000 low- and middle-income women found at the same time, however, that about 25 percent said they were having a harder time paying for birth control, so they were either skimping on it, switching to a cheaper method, or even going without to save money.

PALIN GIVES SPEECH IN HONG KONG: Sarah Palin delivered a speech in Hong Kong Wednesday (September 23rd) to a packed audience of financial professionals in her first major public appearance since abruptly resigning as Alaska governor in July. In her first visit to the region, the 2008 GOP vice presidential nominee was critical of President Obama's administration on health insurance reform, spending and recently imposing duties on Chinese tires. She decried the growing U.S. deficit, and offered tax cuts as the solution to economic problems, saying, "If you want real job growth, you cut taxes and reduce marginal tax rates on all Americans . . . Cut payroll taxes, eliminate capital gains taxes, slay the death tax." She also spoke about China, calling for a, quote, "more robust" relationship with the U.S., but also speaking of its poor human rights record.

  • Palin's speech was closed to the media, but news organizations such as AP and Reuters were able to obtain recordings of it.

DALAI LAMA VISITS SITE OF MARTIN LUTHER KING ASSASSINATION: The Dalai Lama on Wednesday (September 23rd) visited the site where Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated in 1968, describing it as sad but inspirational. The Tibetan spiritual leader said, This history event gives us conviction today the struggle for justice, against inequality, discrimination . . . despite many difficulties and obstacles, can be won." He also said he often invokes King as an example of a freedom fighter who was a true practitioner of nonviolence. The Dalai Lama was in Memphis to receive the International Freedom Award from the National Civil Rights Museum, which incorporates the Lorraine Motel, were King was killed.


RUSSIAN BILLIONAIRE TO BUY NEW JERSEY NETS: Russia's richest man, billionaire Mikhail Prokhorov, said Wednesday (September 23rd) that he has a deal to buy 80 percent of the New Jersey Nets, and 45 percent of of a project to build a new arena for the NBA team in Brooklyn. The deal would make the 44-year-old former amateur basketball player who's worth an estimated $9.5 billion the NBA's first non-North American owner. The NBA will review the proposal, with the deal having to be approved by three-fourths of its board of governors.

BOBBY COX TO RETIRE AS BRAVES MANAGER AFTER NEXT SEASON: Atlanta Braves manager Bobby Cox announced Wednesday (September 23rd) that he will retire after next season, ending his long and successful tenure leading the team. The 68-year-old Cox said, "I've never lost the love to manage, period. But you have to make a decision. At my age, you have to make a decision. Somebody a little younger can start up." The four-time Manager of the Year led Atlanta to 14 consecutive division titles from 1991-2005, five National League pennants, and the 1995 World Series title. He will have a five-year consulting agreement to advise the Braves in baseball operations after stepping down as manager.

  • Cox began as a Major League manager with the Braves from 1978 to 1981, before going to the Toronto Blue Jays from 1982 to 1985. He returned Atlanta as general manager in 1986, and the went back into the dugout for good to manage in 1990.
  • Cox has 2,409 regular-season wins as a manager, fourth on the all-time list behind Connie Mack (3,731), John McGraw (2,763) and Tony La Russia (2,550).

(Headline News, FYI and Sports stories were compiled in part from reports by the Associated Press and Reuters.)



  • SURVIVOR: SAMOA - A twist gives a contestant a chance to make friends with the opposing tribe.
  • CSI: CRIME SCENE INVESTIGATION - (season premiere) Sara Sidle returns to help the team investigate when a famous young actress dies as the result of a suspicious car accident.
  • THE MENTALIST - (season premiere) Jane and Lisbon are stunned to discover that the Red John case has been assigned to another team.


  • SNL WEEKEND UPDATE - Political comedy.
  • PARKS AND RECREATION - Tom and Leslie discover marijuana planted in the community garden; Ann gets permission from Leslie to go on a date with Mark.
  • THE OFFICE - Jim has a request that leaves Michael feeling insecure; Pam works on the guest list for the wedding; Toby and Dwight go under cover.
  • COMMUNITY - Jeff's attempt to become Britta's partner for a class project backfires.
  • THE JAY LENO SHOW - Rush Limbaugh, Smokey Robinson with Joss Stone


  • BONES - Booth and Brennan investigate when a man is murdered for the undisclosed contents of his briefcase; the team looks for an alternate funding for Wendell.
  • FRINGE - A construction worker goes missing after he is mysteriously drawn into an underground tunnel full of human remains.


  • FLASHFORWARD - (series premiere) A normal day turns to chaos when everyone on Earth blacks out for 2 minutes, 17 seconds and sees events from their own futures.
  • GREY'S ANATOMY - (season premiere) Members of the staff find a unique way to deal with George's death; George's mother decides what to do with his organs.


  • THE VAMPIRE DIARIES - Tyler's attempt at embarassing Stefan backfires; an act of violence shocks the town.
  • SUPERNATURAL - Sam thinks about giving up hunting; Dean and Castiel search for Raphael.


  • IT'S ALWAYS SUNNY IN PHILADELPHIA - The gang tries to expand its horizons by going on a road trip to the Grand Canyon.
ABC's new sci-fi drama FlashForward premieres tonight (Thursday, September 24th). Executive producers David S. Goyer (co-writer of The Dark Knight) and Brannon Braga (24, Star Trek: Enterprise) present the show based on the novel by Robert J. Sawyer about a mysterious global event that causes everyone to black out simultaneously for two minutes and seventeen seconds. During the blackout, every person sees a glimpse of their future six months from now. At first, many believe it to be a coincidence, but soon discover that there may be something more mysterious going on. Los Angeles FBI Agent Mark Benford (Joseph Fiennes) leads an investigation to uncover what caused the event, and begins a project called "The Mosaic Collective" designed to compile people's visions of the future into a database. Once the connections begin to emerge, no one is sure if things will play out for better or for worse, but one thing is certain: everyone will be affected.


OFFICERS CAUGHT PLAYING NINTENDO WII AT CRIME SCENE: Several police officers could face discipline after they were caught on video surveillance playing Wii bowling at the scene of a crime. The Florida anti-drug force police officers had just finished raiding a convicted drug dealer's home and had taken the suspect into custody. In the video, one officer can be seen taking breaks from cataloging evidence to bowl frames, and another is seen jumping up and down in celebration. The incident is currently under review by the police department. (AP)

MAN DRIVES DRUNK TO POLICE STATION: French police say a man drove to their station drunk to distribute alcoholics anonymous fliers. Upon arrival police officers said they smelled alcohol on the man's breath. A test showed the man's blood-alcohol level was nearly double the legal limit. His license was confiscated and he was released after being ordered to appear in court. The man had a previous drunk driving conviction on his record and now faces up to four years in prison. (AFP)

INDONESIAN WOMAN GIVES BIRTH TO NEARLY 20 POUND BABY: A woman has given birth to the largest baby to ever be born in Indonesia on record, weighing in at 19.2 pounds. The child is said to be 24.4 inches in length and was born by cesarean section on Monday. While the baby appears to be healthy, doctors say his large size may be due to his mother having diabetes. (AFP)


MANNERS ARE 'OUT': Seventy-five percent of Americans think we are getting less civil. A Rasmussen Reports Poll found that only ten percent of adults believe manners are improving. Women under 40 feel strongest about the decline in civility, though a similar response showed up among every demographic group. Americans are reportedly blaming the decline in manners on the pervasiveness of cell phone use and text messaging during social events.


INDIAN CRICKET PLAYERS ADVISED TO HAVE SEX: India's cricketers at the Champions Trophy in South Africa are being encouraged by their coach to have sex to boost their on-field performance. The Hindustan Times said in a front-page report that the benefits of sex feature prominently in a secret document circulated among players by coach Gary Kirsten and mental conditioning expert Paddy Upton. The document said, "From a physiological perspective, having sex increases testosterone levels, which cause an increase in strength, energy, aggression and competitiveness."

ARE WOMEN DOCTORS BETTER THAN MALES?: Women doctors are far less likely to be suspended over poor work, according to a new study reported on in the Daily Mail. Meanwhile, their male counterparts are two-thirds more likely to be investigated over poor diagnostic or communication skills or drug and alcohol misuse. The gap is most prominent among GPs, surgeons and gynecologists, according to the report from the National Patient Safety Agency.

DINING WITH FAT PEOPLE BETTER MAKES ONE EAT LESS: The Daily Mail reports that researchers found dining with a thin person who eats a lot makes other people round the table eat more portions than they normally would. But sitting opposite a fat person at mealtime leads to them eating less than normal, said the university team looking into consumer habits. Surprisingly, the portion sizes remain the same but the amount they actually eat varies depending on the size of the person they are dining with, it revealed. If a fat diner orders a large portion, so will their friend, but the friend will not necessarily eat it all.


  • Too many details: Jack, a new patient who has been married for eight years with two young sons, rails against Facebook: "Let's see, yesterday my wife: Felt bloated, realized she has nothing to wear, posted yet another adorable photo album of our boys dressed as Jedi warriors, was missing Michael Jackson and, oh yeah ... DID NOT HAVE SEX WITH ME!"
  • Jealousy: Another patient, Katrina, complains that her husband is constantly tracking her every Facebook move. "He's always been the jealous type, but now he's like a stalker. Every new friend is an interrogation." Out of exasperation, she's decided to deactivate her account, but feels angry and smothered. "It's like I'm being monitored by the thought-police!"
  • Realization of mundane life: Fred complains that every time his wife posts something to her Super Wall, he realizes just how boring their lives have become. "Do I really need to know that my wife is about to do something totally nutty like go have a second cappuccino? What happened to the wild woman I fell in love with?"


  • According to the article's author, "Sure, it may have been a little scary to wonder if the phone was going to ring, or if you'd like each other's friends, but it also was thrilling. A sense of separateness and "not knowing" is scary, but it's also essential to attraction. The conventional wisdom tells us that in relationships there should be no secrets, there should be nothing to hide -- but if nothing is hidden, then what is there to seek? When you're in a long-term relationship, you don't need more information about your partner, you need less."

What Will Be the Most Popular Halloween Costumes This Year?

Summer may have just ended, but Halloween is only a little over a month away, so it's a good time to start thinking about costumes, both for the kids and for you. Spirit Halloween, the country's largest seasonal Halloween retailer, has released its annual prediction of which costumes will be the most popular this year:

Musical Mania

  • Michael Jackson
  • Britney Spears
  • Lady Gaga

Almost Infamous

  • Kate Gosselin
  • Sarah Palin
  • Bernie Madoff

From the Big Screen

  • Vampires
  • G.I. Joe
  • Transformers

For the Little Ones

  • Star Wars
  • Yo Gabba Gabba
  • Light-up fairy and princess costumes

Fun for the Whole Family -- Matching adult and child costumes

  • Sesame Street
  • Teletubbies
  • Nintendo
  • Nina Turtles

Wednesday, September 23, 2009


Is it any surprise that Carrie Underwood has another hit on her hands? The superstar's brand new single, "Cowboy Casanova," is not only the fastest climbing country single of her career, but also the fastest rising hit of the year at country radio. It climbs to Number 11 on Billboard's Hot Country Songs chart only one week after its official release date.

  • "Cowboy Casanova" is now available digitally.
  • The song is the first release from Underwood's upcoming third album, called Play On. The CD will be in stores on November 3rd.


  • Underwood will co-host the CMA Awards with Brad Paisley on November 11th in Nashville.
  • She is nominated for Top Female Vocalist and Music Event of the Year for "I Told You So" featuring Randy Travis.
Justin Moore scores his first Number One hit this week with "Small Town USA." The song claims the top of both the Billboard and USA Today/ Country Aircheck Country Singles charts this week. Moore is the only new artist to reach Number One on the Country Singles charts in 2009.
  • Moore said, "It is extremely humbling to have the Number One song in the country. There are a lot of great artists that never get to experience this feeling. I am forever indebted to everyone at country radio, and all the fans for this moment. This record has changed my year, my career, and life! Thanks to all!"
  • Moore's "Small Town USA" makes the Arkansas native the first solo artist to have a song from a debut album go to Number One since Taylor Swift's "Our Song" in December 2007.


  • Moore is also celebrating the news that he is going to be a father. The singer recently announced that he and his wife will welcome a daughter early next year.
Rascal Flatts is quickly making their way through their American Living Unstoppable tour. The guys have little more than a month left of shows, and then its home to Nashville to be with their families. While the fans make everything worthwhile, Jay DeMarcus tells us the hardest part of being entertainers is the time spent away from loved ones. "The best thing is being face-to-face with the fans that support you and give you your job. The worst thing is obviously the sacrifice and the time away from family, but we could all think of other jobs we could have that would be a lot worse than what we're doing, and thankfully we're at a place now where we only have to tour on the weekends, and we get to spend a few days at home and be fathers and husbands."
  • Rascal Flatts' last show this year falls on October 30th in Portland, Oregon.
  • Their brand new single, "Why," was just released earlier this week.
Montgomery Gentry's latest single, "Long Line Of Losers," sounds pretty autobiographical to Eddie Montgomery. The only part of the song that has no factual basis in his life is the part about "Mama" who "got caught at the local motel with the preacher man." Montgomery said he caught some flack from his mother about that line because she didn't want to be the subject of rumors.

Troy Gentry tells us that Montgomery managed to stay on his mother's good side because, as he pointed out to her, he didn't write the song. "That's the saving grace on that song is the fact that the song was already written and actually had already been performed by (songwriter) Kevin Fowler down in Texas. He's been playing that song for a couple of years now, so that is the one out for Eddie is that we had nothing to do with the creation of that song."

  • "Long Line Of Losers" is the fourth single from Montgomery Gentry's Back When I Knew It All CD.
  • The duo will join Lee Ann Womack and Phil Vassar to perform at the 6th Annual American Freedom Festival at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia on Saturday, November 7th. The concert will benefit the American Freedom Foundation, an organization which honors veterans of America's armed forces.

A man accused of stalking singer Jewel has been arrested for allegedly trespassing on the Texas ranch she shares with her rodeo champion husband, Ty Murray. The Stephenville Empire-Tribune reports that the 50-year-old Michael Lawrance Kozelka was busted last week. According to police reports, Murray found the man on their 2000-acre home on September 14th and warned him not to come back. But Kozelka allegedly returned to the couple's main residence the next morning, carrying a knife. That's when Murray called the cops. The stalker supposedly said he was on a mission from God, which had led him to the ranch. Kozelka was arrested for a misdemeanor trespassing and felony stalking, which could land him 10 years in prison. Bond was set at $30,000.
  • Jewel kicks off an acoustic tour next month.

Billy Ray Cyrus has started shooting a new holiday movie for the Hallmark Channel. Filming on Christmas In Canaan recently began in Vancouver. The film is reportedly based on a novel co-written by Kenny Rogers.
  • The plot is of two boys -- one white and one black -- who bond over their mutual concern for an injured puppy, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Cyrus plays the father of one of the boys.
  • Christmas In Canaan is set to air in December.


  • Cyrus also stars alongside Amber Valletta and Jackie Chan in the upcoming action-comedy The Spy Next Door. The movie is due out in January.
Dolly Parton's sold out two-night stint at London's O2 Arena last year has been immortalized on a new DVD and two-disc CD set coming out on November 10th. Dolly: Live From London features 15 of her hits performed in concert, along with the first DVD of Parton's live performance shot by 13 Hi-Def cameras.
  • In between song footage is exclusive intimate interview footage with Parton, who introduces viewers to the various members of her staff and takes cameras behind the scenes at her soundcheck.
  • Dolly: Live From London is the third project release from Parton's own Dolly Records.


  • Songs performed by Parton on the live CD and DVD include "Here You Come Again," "I Will Always Love You," "Two Doors Down," "9 to 5," Islands in the Stream," "Jolene," "Better Get To Livin,'" "Backwoods Barbie" and "Jesus and Gravity."
  • Parton is currently working a dance album, called Dance with Dolly, as well as a four-CD career-spanning boxed set which will feature 99 songs. That project is due for release on October 27th.


Q. Who was the first woman elected to the Country Music Hall Of Fame?
A. Patsy Cline in 1973



George Jones

Bucky Covington




  • Jason Alexander (actor, Seinfeld's George Costanza) (50)
  • Julio Iglesias (Spanish singer) (66)
  • Mickey Rooney (actor, born Joe Yule Jr., and married eight times) (89)
  • Bruce Springsteen (rock singer) (60)
  • Jermaine Dupri (producer and music executive) (37)
  • Neal Smith (former drummer, Alice Cooper) (62)
  • Elizabeth Pena (actress, Down And Out In Beverly Hills, La Bamba, Jacob's Ladder, Rush Hour, Resurrection Blvd., the voice of Mirage in The Incredibles) (48)
  • Ani DiFranco (independent musician) (39)
  • Chi McBride (actor, Gone In Sixty Seconds, The Kid, Boston Public, Undercover Brother, I Robot, Roll Bounce) (48)
  • Mary Kay Place (actress, Private Benjamin, The Big Chill, Captain Ron, The Rainmaker, Being John Malkovich, Girl, Interrupted, Sweet Home Alabama) (62)
  • Melanie Oudin (tennie player) (18)


  • Elvis Presley, Tammy Wynette, George Morgan and Bud Wendell were inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame of 1998.
  • George Strait recorded his Number One hit, "All My Ex's Live in Texas," in 1986.
  • Big & Rich and Cowboy Troy made their Grand Ole Opry debut in 2006.
  • Mindy McCready was checked into Nashville's St. Thomas Hospital after swallowing about 30 anti-depressant pills in 2005.
  • Rodney Crowell went to Number One on the Billboard country chart with a remake of Buck Owens' "Above And Beyond" in 1989.
  • Conway Twitty's version of "I Can't Stop Loving You" climbed to Number One on the Billboard country chart in 1972.
  • Hank Williams recorded "Take These Chains From My Heart," "Kaw-liga" and "Your Cheatin' Heart" in his final recording session at the Castle Studio in Nashville's Tulane Hotel in 1952.


NEW GUY FOR KATE WALSH? Kate Walsh has a new man. The actress, who is going through a messy divorce from film executive Alex Young, brought actor Neil Andrea as her date to Sunday's (September 20th) Emmy Awards. When asked about her beau, Walsh told People magazine, "I'm not going to talk about that! I know you have to ask, but it's super top-secret! It's in the vault!"

DID LINDSAY LOHAN KNOW HER BURGLAR? There's a connection between Lindsay Lohan and the 18-year-old man suspected of burglarizing her home. reports that Nicholas Prugo, who has been arrested in connection with the crime, is the son of Frank Prugo -- the former vice president of First Look Studios. The website reports that First Looks is behind the Lohan film, Labor Pains, which was released on television earlier this year.

TV STARS REPORTEDLY DATING: Jason Segel and Chloe Sevigny might be Hollywood's latest couple. E! reports that the How I Met Your Mother star and Big Love actress were spotted kissing in a corner during a post-Emmy party on Sunday (September 20th) night. A witness noted, "They stopped locking lips once they realized people were watching them."

ZAC EFRON REPORTEDLY SCARES COURTENEY COX'S DAUGHTER: Zac Efron reportedly terrified Courteney Cox Arquette's young daughter, Coco. reports that Courteney said, "Coco gets these huge crushes on people. One day we decided to surprise her and invite Zac Efron over. We didn't tell her he was coming -- she just loves him. We had a video camera up and we told her to close her eyes, (then said) 'Open them now!' She freaked out. She was traumatized and ran to her room... She was like, 'Oh no! I don't want to go out there!' I was trying to help her and she said, 'Well, it's his face!'"

'HARPER'S ISLAND' STAR GIVES BIRTH: Harper's Island star Elaine Cassidy gave birth to a daughter on September 16th. The Irish actress revealed the news to People magazine adding that she and husband Stephen Lord named their first child Kila. She said, "Stephen and I are absolutely delighted."

ANNA NICOLE SMITH'S PRE-DEATH DRUGS CALLED 'PHARMACEUTICAL SUICIDE': Unsealed documents relating to Anna Nicole Smith's death revealed that a Los Angeles pharmacist told Smith's internist that the drugs the internist prescribed to the model after her son died were "pharmaceutical suicide." The Los Angeles Times reports that the documents show that Smith's doctors were warned about prescription drugs by three pharmacists. Two of Smith's physicians and her boyfriend and attorney Howard K. Stern have pleaded not guilty to conspiring to illegally provide her with controlled substances. Smith died of an overdose in February of 2007.


'DANCING WITH THE STARS' RATINGS DROP: The Dancing With the Stars ninth season premiere ratings were down 19 percent from the previous season. pointed out that the show still came in first place in its time slot, but the drop-off was significant.

HEATHER LOCKLEAR GOING BACK TO 'MELROSE': Heather Locklear will reprise her character, Amanda Woodward. on the new Melrose Place. The show's executive producers announced on Tuesday (September 22nd), "We're ecstatic to have the chance to bring Amanda Woodward back to Melrose Place. Heather's involvement in the show is something we've been working on for some time as we couldn't imagine creating and producing this show without the iconic character's inclusion." Her episode is scheduled to air on November 17th. Locklear joined the original show during its first season and remained on until it went off the air in 1999.

SUSAN BOYLE DOCUMENTARY? A documentary about Susan Boyle is reportedly in the works. London's The Sun reports that film crews followed the singer during her recent trip to America and production companies are now "clambering" to get their hands on the footage. A spokesperson for the Britain's Got Talent star is quoted as having said, "There are various offers from TV companies interested in Susan. But nothing concrete has been decided yet. She's still busy recording her album."

BRAD PITT IN TALKS FOR 'SHERLOCK HOLMES' SEQUEL: Brad Pitt is reportedly in discussions with the producers of Sherlock Holmes to star in a sequel as the detective's nemesis Moriarty. The Hollywood Reporter revealed that negotiations were ongoing and made it clear that no deal was yet in place. Robert Downey Jr. stars in the title role of the film, which is due to be released on Christmas Day. The picture is directed by Guy Ritchie and also stars Jude Law as Watson.


Bijou Phillips was forced to film intimate scenes with her fiance's brother for a new role. The New York Post reports that Danny Masterson stars in Made for Each Other alongside his fiance and brother Chris, and had to watch as the cameras rolled during the unlikely pair's passionate scenes.

A source told the Post, "They definitely have a lot of sexual chemistry on screen. It made for some interesting moments on set when Danny had to watch his brother and fiance go at it."

CHECK IT OUT: Should you date your sibling's ex?


A jury began hearing arguments today in a Bahamian extortion trial centered around John Travolta. Although People magazine reported that the actor was prepared to testify on Tuesday (September 22nd) that the two defendants demanded $25 million in exchange for a document relating to his son's Jett's death, CBS reported that he was not in the courtroom when the proceedings began.

Jett's condition at the time paramedics responded to emergency calls was the focus of Tuesday's proceedings. The paramedic partner of defendant Tarino Lightbourne revealed that the 16-year-old, who had suffered a seizure, was unresponsive when they arrived and showed "no sign of life" when they examined him.

  • The partner testified, "Jett was lying down on his back. And there was no sign of life. He was not responding. I checked him for carotid pulse. I checked ABC -- air, breathing, circulation."
  • Lightbourne and former Bahamian senator Pleasant Bridgewater are accused of demanding the money from Travolta in exchange for the document, which was reportedly a release form saying that the actor wanted Jett taken directly to the local airport instead of the hospital. CBS noted that it was unclear why Jett Travolta was not taken to the airport, and why the defendants allegedly believed the actor would pay to keep it secret.


Tom Brady and Gisele Bundchen are being sued by two photographers who claim the couple's bodyguards shot at them after the superstars' wedding celebration in Costa Rica. earlier this year. reports that the photographers claim they had clearance to take pictures from a nearby property, but one of the guards approached them anyway, demanding a camera and memory cards.

One snapper says he was able to escape but the other claims he was "grabbed by the bodyguard, his arm twisted behind him and immobilized."

After eventually being freed -- supposedly to pick up his "escaped" cohort -- the men say they drove away rather than return to the guards as asked, and that's when "the Brady/Bundchen bodyguards opened fire with pistols."

  • In the suit, the photographers claims Brady and Bundchen were negligent in hiring and training the security team and allowed the guards to "discharge firearms with intent to kill or wound."
  • No one was hurt, although the snappers claim the bullets shattered the rear window of their car and narrowly missed their own bodies.
  • The photographers are seeking over $1 million in damages.
  • In other news, Bundchen -- who is six months pregnant -- is due to get her pilot's license in the next month. An aircraft company president in Boston confirmed that the 29-year-old has been taking lessons so that as part of her work as a new goodwill ambassador for the UN's Environmental Programme, she can focus on finding an alternative source of jet fuel.


Ellen DeGeneres is addressing the public's reservations about her addition to the American Idol judge's panel. On Tuesday's (September 22nd) episode of her talk show, Ellen said, "Apparently, there's a lot of debate going on right now, whether I'm qualified or not to be the new judge on 'American Idol'... I'll tell you right now, how I know I'm going to be a great judge -- because I've spent my whole life being judged. So, I know what it's like. So, I will be kind. I will be compassionate. I will be empathetic, and I will be truthful. I will be an honest judge without being mean."

She added, "I'm very excited to be on the show. I will tell you that right now. I just continue to be excited every single day. I knew people would have opinions, and I did not want to know what they were because why should I take that stuff in? I try not to watch anything that I think is going to be talking about me...."

  • DeGeneres also recently commented on Paula Abdul's impression of her at last week's VH1 Divas show, joking, "I have nothing but love for you too Paula -- but I want my wig back. I really do. Give it back."


The details are coming together quickly for the Sunday (September 27th) nuptials of Khloe Kardashian and Lamar Odom. Sources tell E! that despite only a week's notice, about 250 people are expected to attend the soiree, which will be held at the Bel Air residence of music mogul Irving Azoff, who is a friend of the family.

Most of Odom's Los Angeles Lakers teammates are expected to attend, although Kobe Bryant has yet to RSVP. In addition to Khloe's famous family, fellow E! star Ryan Seacrest will reportedly be on hand as well.

  • Although the insider acknowledged that a prenup "has been discussed," there's no confirmation whether a document is being signed.
  • The source reiterated that the whirlwind wedding is not due to a pregnancy while someone close to Odom explained, "He got to that point in life where he wanted to settle down then she came into his life not long after."

CHECK IT OUT: See the couple's wedding registry! Go to and enter Kardashian's name!


Mel Gibson is fine with having his girlfriend, Oksana Grigorieva, give birth out of wedlock. The 39-year-old singer told a British television show on Tuesday (September 22nd), "Actually we have no plans to marry whatsoever. I haven't thought about it -- we haven't spoken about it."

  • Grigorieva, who is due in December, is calm about the impending arrival. She added, "I have a 12 year old, so I've been a mother for 12 years -- and of course, there is no first time mother's trepidation as such. So naturally it's more relaxed, and I'm very dynamic so the pregnancy falls into my work schedule."
  • The child will be the eighth for Gibson, who officially split from his wife of 30 years in April, just weeks before stepping out with Grigeorieva.

CHECK IT OUT: Why do unmarried couples opt out of wedlock?


SECURITY BULLETINS FOR HOTELS, SPORTS STADIUMS: Counterterrorism officials have issued security bulletins about terrorist interest in attacking sports stadiums, entertainment complexes and hotels, with the FBI and Homeland Security Department sending two bulletins Monday (September 21st) to police around the country. While they know of no specific plots against such sites, the bulletins say they remain attractive targets to groups like al-Qaida. The memos don't mention the ongoing investigation of a possible terrorist plot involving a Colorado man and associates in New York City that led to an alert to mass transit systems across the country.

AHMADINEJAD SAYS WILL SEEK LENIENCY FOR U.S. HIKERS: Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said in an Associated Press interview Tuesday (September 22nd) that he will seek leniency for three American hikers who strayed across the Iranian border in July. The Iranian leader, who is in New York to address the United Nations General Assembly, said he'll ask the Iranian judiciary to treat the case with, quote, "maximum leniency." The three have been held for 52 days since they apparently strayed into Iran while hiking in northern Iraq's Kurdistan region.

FLORIDA MAN CHARGED IN MURDER OF WIFE, CHILDREN: Mesac Damas has been charged with six counts of first-degree murder in the killings of his wife and five children in their Naples, Florida, home, police said Tuesday (September 22nd). Damas was in police custody in Collier County after being released by authorities in his native Haiti, where he flew Friday (September 18th) after allegedly committing the murders, and where he was caught by Haitian police. As Damas was being led out of jail in Haiti, he told a reporter from the Naples Daily News, "I am going to be buried next to my family. Yes, I killed them." The bodies of Damas' wife, Guerline, and their five children, aged 11 months to nine years, were found in their home Saturday. A family member told AP their throats had been slit. There had been a history of domestic abuse by Damas against his wife.


PANEL FINDS RACISM IN PENN. SWIM CLUB INCIDENT: The Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission has found probable cause of racial discrimination at a suburban Philadelphia swim club that asked a group of mostly black and Hispanic children not to return in a June incident. The Valley Club has denied any racial motive behind its actions that day, when the children from the Creative Steps day camp were also refunded their payment for the summer. The club says there were simply too many children for the number of lifeguards on duty and that many of the children couldn't swim. Its lawyer yesterday (September 22nd) blamed the panel's finding on the, quote, "media firestorm" that followed the incident and said the club will appeal. Included in the report were e-mail messages, including from one club board member to the rest of the board that said, "Race is an issue, since every email of complaint mentioned race." One girl reported hearing a club member say, "What are all these black kids doing here?" and, "I am scared they might do something to my child." The report also noted that other large groups that came to the swim club did not cause the same reaction.

SCHILLING SAYS WON'T RUN FOR KENNEDY'S SENATE SEAT: Former Boston Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling announced last night (September 22nd) on HBO's Joe Buck Live that he won't run for the U.S. Senate seat from Massachusetts that had been held by the late Senator Edward Kennedy, who died last month of brain cancer. Schilling, who retired in March, had expressed interest earlier this month in running for the seat, but he said last night, "Regardless of the amount of support and outreach that's been given to me, it just did not make sense." Schilling publicly backed George W. Bush for re-election in 2004, and stumped for John McCain last fall, both Republicans, but he has said he also voted for Democrat Bill Clinton.

  • Schilling helped the Red Sox win the World Series in 2004 and 2007.

DISGRACED EX-REP. MARK FOLEY NOW RADIO TALK SHOW HOST: Disgraced former Rep. Mark Foley, who left Congress in 2006 when it was revealed that he'd sent salacious e-mails and instant messages to teenage male congressional pages, is now trying his hand at being a radio talk show host. The Florida Republican debuted last night (September 22nd) on political talk station WSVU in North Palm Beach with his show, Inside the Mind of Mark Foley. The station says the show will offer an inside look at the inner workings of Washington.

COPS FIRED WHO TASERED ELDERLY MAN IN PARADE: Two police officers who Tasered a 76-year-old man driving an antique tractor in a parade have been fired, the police department in Glenrock, Wyoming, announced Tuesday (September 22nd). Bud Grose was shocked five times near the end of the town's annual Deer Creek Days parade on August 1st, outraging many in the community. The officers chased and Tasered Grose after he disobeyed a traffic command and headed toward the town park rather than the end of the parade. One officer claimed he was hit by the tractor, but Grose denied that. The decision came after a consultant's internal investigation and a probe by the Wyoming Division of Criminal Investigation. However, no charges will be filed in the incident. An attorney for the officers said they will appeal.

L.A. RESIDENTS ALLOWED ONE ROOSTER PER HOUSEHOLD: You probably don't think of Los Angeles as a place where there'd be a lot of roosters, but there are actually enough of them that the City Council acted yesterday (September 22nd) in response to complaints over hygiene and the noise from roosters crowing, as well as concerns over illegal cockfighting. Under an ordinance passed by the Council, Los Angelenos are now allowed to have only one rooster per household. Violators of the law, which will take effect in November, face fines of up to $250.


BURRESS SENTENCED TO TWO YEARS IN JAIL: Former New York Giants star receiver Plaxico Burress was sentenced to two years in jail Tuesday (September 22nd) on a weapons charge and was immediately led away to begin serving his sentence, tearfully saying goodbye to his pregnant wife and young son. With time off for good behavior, he'll likely serve 20 months. Burress was at a Manhattan nightclub last November when a gun he'd tucked into his waistband slipped down his leg and fired, wounding him in the thigh. The gun wasn't licensed in New York or in New Jersey, where Burress lived, and his license to carry a concealed weapon in Florida had expired in May 2008. He'd been indicted on two counts of weapons possession and one count of reckless endangerment, but agreed to a single, lesser charge of attempted criminal possession of a weapon under a plea deal. Burress told ESPN he hopes to resume his NFL career when he gets out of jail.

  • Burress became a Giants hero when he caught the winning touchdown over the previously undefeated New England Patriots in the final minute of the 2008 Super Bowl.

HENIN RETURNING TO TENNIS: Former world number one Justine Henin has decided to return to tennis, less than two years after retiring in May 2008, saying she no longer had any passion for the game. The 27-year-old Belgian told VTM television yesterday (September 22nd), "The past 15 months I have been able to recharge my physical batteries, mental batteries [and] emotional batteries." The seven-time Grand Slam winner said she was inspired by the spectacular comeback of Kim Clijsters, who won the U.S. Open earlier this month after only being back to pro tennis for a few weeks. Henin plans to return to the tour in January.

SOTOMAYOR TO THROW OUT FIRST PITCH AT YANKEE STADIUM: New Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor will throw out the ceremonial first pitch at Yankee Stadium Saturday (September 26th) before the game between the Yankees and the Boston Red Sox. The Bronx native and Yankee fan is doing the honors as part of Hispanic Heritage Month.

(Headline News, FYI and Sports stories were compiled in part from reports by the Associated Press and Reuters.)

Ban Goes Into Effect on Clove and Flavored Cigarettes

The Food and Drug Administration's ban on candy, clove and other flavored cigarettes went into effect Tuesday (September 22nd), the first action taken by the FDA under legislation passed in June giving it power to oversee the manufacturing and marketing of cigarettes and other tobacco products, including regulating ingredients and limiting advertising. The goal of the new ban is to help prevent children and teenagers from smoking, since the flavored products are seen as a gateway to becoming regular tobacco users. The ban doesn't include menthol cigarettes, however, since the bill excluded them and instead called for the FDA to study the issue. Although flavored cigarettes are just a small share of the market, some 12 million Americans smoke menthol cigarettes.


According to, what is the longest-running ad jingle in TV history?

A: Slinky

Written by ad men Homer Fesperman and Charles Weagley and first heard in a 1963 television commercial, the jingle for the Slinky has not changed since that original premiere and continues to be used to sell the toy, which was first invented in the 1940s. Since its launch, more than 300 million Slinkys have been sold worldwide.

The jingle lyrics varied slightly from one commercial to another, but the basic lyrics go:

  • "What walks down stairs, alone or in pairs, and makes a slinkity sound?
    A spring, a spring, a marvelous thing! Everyone knows it's Slinky.
    It's Slinky, it's Slinky. For fun it's a wonderful toy.
    It's Slinky, it's Slinky. It's fun for a girl or a boy.
    It's fun for a girl or a boy!"


LEFTIES MORE LIKELY TO BE TEACHER'S PETS: According to the Daily Mail, a new study suggests left-handed children have a warmer relationship with teachers. A spokesman for Stabilo, the pen company that conducted the study, said, "For years people have made the assumption that left-handed children struggle at school more than right-handed kids. However, this study shows that actually left-handed children seem to embrace school more and actually have a more positive relationship with their teachers."

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ALCOHOL COULD HELP CURE BRAIN INJURIES: reports that alcohol may one day be given to people with brain injuries to help them recover. The idea has arisen from a study of 38,000 people with head injuries, which found that those with alcohol in their blood were more likely to survive. For every 100 people who died when stone-cold sober, only 88 died with ethanol -- the kind of alcohol in drinks -- in their veins. Investigators concluded, "The finding raises the intriguing possibility that administering ethanol to patients with brain injuries may improve outcome."

MICROCHIP COULD HELP ELDERLY PEOPLE REMEMBER TO TAKE PILLS: The Daily Mail reports that the Swiss pharmaceutical group Norvatis has created a microchip that will go into the shoulders of elderly patients to remind them to take their medicine. Older people will be given pills containing a harmless microchip that sends a signal to the chip in the shoulder when the pill is taken. But if the pill is not taken by the forgetful patient, the chip in the shoulder will then send a text to a caregiver or the patient to remind them.


MEN FISH OUT $87,000 IN CASH: Two Australian teenagers found $87,000 in their fishing net, but contacted police after receiving legal advice from an adult. Police say they suspect the money could be linked to crime, but have found no clues in the area where the boys recovered it. The teenagers may be able to keep the money if a legitimate claimer does not come forward. (AP)

POSTAL WORKER ADMITS STEALING 30,000 DVDS: A Massachusetts postal worker admitted to taking more than 30,000 DVDs being mailed to customers by Netflix during 2007, as many as 100 a week. Federal prosecutors say an investigation produced video of the man taking DVDs out of packages and putting them into his backpack. The man faces 10 to 16 months in prison and restitution costs of about $38,000. (AP)

PRIEST ROBS BANK IN POLAND: A priest has been arrested on suspicion that he robbed a bank by threatening a cashier with a knife. He made out with only about $350 and was apprehended about an hour later. Prosecutors say the man is indeed a priest from northern Poland, but that he is not currently assigned to any parish. (AFP)

CURVY MANNEQUINS BANNED FROM SHOP WINDOWS IN IRAN: Iranian police have warned shopkeepers that they will be arrested for displaying mannequins with body curves as well as headless mannequins without veils. Iran's moral security police have stepped up efforts to crack down on violations of their religious dress code since President Ahmadinejad took office in 2005. Other violations include the selling of women's underwear by men, tight pants for women, and "spiky" hairstyles for men, which could lead to being detained and being made to take "guidance classes" after repeat offenses. (Reuters)



  • THE NEW ADVENTURES OF OLD CHRISTINE - (season premiere) Christine and Matthew fly to the Bahamas to help Barb get an illegal visa.
  • GARY UNMARRIED - (season premiere) Gary decides to pursue his dream of becoming a radio sports announcer.
  • CRIMINAL MINDS - (season premiere) The team profiles a killer targeting an emergency room doctor; Hotch goes missing.
  • CSI: NY - (season premiere) A shooting and its aftermath drastically change the life of one member of the team.


  • MERCY - (series premiere) Veronica is caught by the hospital's new doctor; Sonia thinks she has found a man who can live up to her expectations.
  • LAW & ORDER: SPECIAL VICTIMS UNIT - Officer Nate Kendall (Wentworth Miller) helps a woman in trouble and gets put on a rape case; the team think they may be looking for a serial rapist. Christine Lahti guest stars as new A.D.A. Sonya Paxton.
  • THE JAY LENO SHOW - Vince Vaughn, Al Michaels, Bob Costas


  • SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE - Auditions continue.
  • GLEE - Kurt tries out for the football team; two members of the glee club receiving life-altering news.


  • DANCING WITH THE STARS - Tribute to Patrick Swayze; Sean Kingston performs; two celebrity dancers are eliminated.
  • MODERN FAMILY - (series premiere) Jay has grown children, grandchildren and a gorgeous young wife and all together they must bridge the generational, cultural and social gaps.
  • COUGAR TOWN - (series premiere) A recently divorced single mother explores the honest truths about dating and aging in beauty and youth obsessed culture.
  • EASTWICK - (series premiere) In the seaside village of Eastwick, three women discover bewitching talents they never knew they had.


  • AMERICA'S NEXT TOP MODEL - The contestants meet with Miss J. to prepare for their first runway show; Jaime Rishar serves as a guest judge.
  • THE BEAUTIFUL LIFE: TBL - Chris thinks his modeling career is over; Isaac confronts Vivienne; Marissa invites Raina's brother to a party.
NBC's new hospital drama Mercy premieres tonight (September 23rd). The show follows the lives of Mercy Hospitals nurses who each bring something unique to their expertise. Veronica (Taylor Schilling), who has just finished a tour of Iraq is the staff's most experienced nurse, Sonia (Jaime Lee Kirchner), who's given up on love, and Chloe (Michelle Trachtenberg) a brave newcomer who's in way over her head, must all band together to get through the drama and trauma of the hospital and their lives outside of it. The cast also includes Mike (Diego Klattenhoff), Veronica's ex-husband, Dr. Chris Sands (James Tupper), Nurse Angel Lopez (Guillermo Diaz), and Dr. Harris (James Le Gros).

The 11th season of Law & Order: SVU premieres tonight (September 23rd) with guest turns by former Prison Break star Wentworth Miller as officer Nate Kendall and Christine Lahti as tough-as-nails A.D.A. Sonya Paxton. It's a new day and time slot (9:00 p.m. ET/8:00 p.m. CT) for the show.

In the premiere, Kendall ends up involved in an SVU case after a rape victim runs into a crime scene he's working. While Detectives Elliot Stabler (Chris Meloni) and Olivia Benson (Mariska Hargitay) believe that Kendall is not right for the case due to his unstable personality, Executive ADA Paxton joins the team, bringing evidence of a common thread among three other rape cases. With Paxton's help, the team might expose a serial rapist -- that is, if everybody can get along.

Modern Family premieres tonight (September 23rd) on ABC. The Pritchett-Delgado-Dunphy family star in this mockumentary style show about a complicated but all-in-all normal extended family all living under one roof. The family consists of Jay (Ed O'Neill), his Columbian second wife Gloria (Sofia Vergara) and her enthusiastic son Manny, Jay's daughter from his first marriage, Claire (Julie Bowen), her husband Phil (Ty Burrell), who tries too hard to be as cool as their three kids, and Jay's openly gay son, Mitchell (Jesse Tyler Ferguson) with his spouse Cameron (Eric Stonestreet) and their newly adopted Vietnamese daughter, Lily. Sounds complicated, right? You might just find that this unique family is more like your own than you think.

ABC's new show, Cougartown premieres tonight (September 23rd), starring Courteney Cox as Jules Cobb. Jules is a recent divorcee with great friends, a successful business, and a loving son. While it seems Jules has it all, love and relationships have never come easy to her. Now she'll try to regain the wild years of her 20s that she never had, and learn that being comfortable in her own skin as a newly single 40-something means embracing everything that goes with it.

Premiering tonight (September 23rd) on ABC is the new show Eastwick. Based on the story by John Updike, Eastwick follows the lives of three very different women brought together by the discovery of their otherworldly powers. The women realize their power when a wealthy bad-boy, Daryl (Paul Gross), moves to Eastwick and stirs the women's most wicked desires. Joanna (Lindsay Price), a timid local reporter, Kat (Jamie Ray Newman), a stressed out full-time mom, and Roxie (Rebecca Romijn), an eccentric artist, team up to show this quiet New England town a wicked good time.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009


Kenny Chesney closed out his Sun City Carnival tour at Lucas Oil Field in Indianapolis on Saturday (September 19th) where he played to more than 45,000 fans. Highlights of the show included a duet with Sugarland's Jennifer Nettles on "When The Sun Goes Down," a collaboration with Miranda Lambert on "She Thinks My Tractor's Sexy" and the Zac Brown Band's covers of Alabama's "Dixieland Delight" and Steve Miller's "Space Cowboy."

  • Chesney was emotional as the show came to a close, particularly because he recently announced plans to take at least the next year off from touring. He said, "It's hard to believe we're putting this thing up on blocks. The response from the fans, out in the crowd and the internet, it makes you feel like people understand, and that they know we're not gone for good, it's just a breather...
  • He added, "This doesn't mean there will be no shows or no music. It means I'm not going to be staging a major tour - I'm not going to take two weeks off and be meeting with people to build a stage, to start thinking about how we can do the lights different an what the video's gonna be. This isn't just a show. This is a major production... and it's not just decide what to play, rehearse for a couple weeks and get out there. I need a break from that, so I can get back inside from a fresh place - and I'm really looking forward to that, because I don't know anyone who keeps their foot on the gas like this for eight years."
  • Chesney is continuing work on a new CD, which is scheduled for release sometime this spring.


  • Chesney kicked off the Sun City Carnival tour on April 17th in Uncasville, Connecticut.
  • He is nominated for three CMA Awards -- Entertainer, Male Vocalist and Musical Event of the Year for "Down The Road" with Mac McAnally.
  • Chesney has won the Entertainer award for the past three years.

The latest single from Taylor Swift's multi platinum-selling Fearless CD offers some important advice to the singer's largest fan base -- teenagers. Swift tells us she wrote "Fifteen" about the consequences of love, or at least what seems like love, at a young age. "The song 'Fifteen' is a song I wrote by myself and I wrote it about my freshman year of high school and how you don't really think the choices you make at 15 are gonna affect you for the rest of your life but they are, and it's crazy when you're 15, you're in your freshman year and you think you know everything."
  • Swift attended the Tommy Hilfiger show in New York City's Bryant Park on Thursday (September 17th) during Fashion Week. She sat alongside fellow celebs Naomi Watts, Emily Blunt, Rosario Dawson and Mary-Louise Parker.
  • Swift's sold out Fearless tour plays in Dallas, Texas on Friday (September 25th).

Chris Young is experiencing the biggest single of his career with "Gettin' You Home (The Black Dress Song)." Young co-wrote the song, which he readily admits was an attempt to appeal to the ladies, but he tells us he wanted the guys to appreciate it as well. "It is a sexy love song. It doesn't really hide anything, but at the same time the way we wanted to write this song -- and I really think it came across the right way -- is it's written to women and men. We've had couples come up after the show and be like, 'Hey, this is our song for each other now,' and it makes you feel good as a writer to hear that."

Young is happy with the balance he and his co-writers were able to achieve. "We also wrote it with that love song vibe in it, too. You know, you can tell these people have been together for awhile and they're sittin' there eyein' each other across the table, so it leaves the sexy vibe in there, but we tried to do it in like a tasteful way, too."

Joe Nichols will participate in a musical tribute to Merle Haggard during the ACM Honors event on Tuesday (September 22nd) in Nashville. Haggard is being presented the Poet's Award at the second annual ACM Honors. Other honorees include Dolly Parton, the late Jerry Reed, Kenny Rogers, Randy Travis, Hank Williams, Jr., and the late Harlan Howard.

On Wednesday (September 23rd), Nichols heads to Memphis, Tennessee to perform his current single, "Believers," at The Missing Peace Concert honoring the Dalai Lama. Nichols will join several artists, including Natalie Cole, who will perform with the Memphis Symphony Orchestra at the city's Cannon Center.

  • Nichols said, "It just doesn't get any better than this. A performance for a legend like Merle Haggard one night, and then the following day being on the same stage as Natalie Cole, and meeting the Dalai Lama. I'm just a country boy from Rogers, Arkansas. Stuff like this doesn't happen every night."


  • "Believers" is the lead single from Nichols new CD, Old Things New, set for release on October 27th.
  • Nichols' latest CD, Real Things, was released in 2007.

Randy Houser recently made a special stop at the NASCAR-themed Victory Junction Gang Camp in Randleman, North Carolina. The camp caters to chronically ill children ages six to 16. While there, Houser filmed a PSA for Victory Junction which will begin airing on ESPN during select televised races this fall.
  • Victory Junction was founded by NASCAR driver Kyle Petty and his wife, Pattie.
  • Houser said, "Victory Junction Camp was unbelievable. The Pettys have built a special place for kids to have fun and create memories that wouldn't be possible. I'm just happy they let me come hang out for the day!"
  • Houser's single, "Boots On," is a Top Two hit on the country charts.


  • Houser was recently nominated for both New Artist and Video of the Year for "Boots On" at the upcoming 43rd Annual CMA Awards show.
  • He is gearing up to co-headline CMT on Tour 2009 with Jamey Johnson. They will visit 30 markets across the United States beginning on October 8th in Brooklyn, New York.

George Jones will be the Spotlight Artist for the new show Opry Country Classics taking place at the Grand Ole Opry on Thursday (September 24th). Some of his biggest fans and fellow singers will take the stage to salute the legendary entertainer, including Jamey Johnson, the night's host, Vince Gill, Little Jimmy Dickens, Lorrie Morgan, and Tanya Tucker.
  • Johnson said, "George Jones has always been a hero of mine. I grew up listening to him and to be sharing the stage, honoring such a legend is just humbling and exciting."
  • Gill said, "If anyone were to ask me to define country music, I would tell them to listen to a George Jones record."
  • Opry Country Classics shows are held every Thursday through October 29th.


  • Jones' new CD, called A Collection of My Best Recollection, is available exclusively in Cracker Barrel Old Country Store locations nationwide.


Q. What are the names of Dierks Bentley's dogs?
A. Jake and George


Heidi Newfield


Bill Engvall, Jeff Foxworthy, Ron White, Larry the Cable Guy

Toby Keith

Reba McEntire


Scott Baio (Actor, Happy Days' and Joanie Loves Chachi's Chachi Arcola) (48)

  • Joan Jett (singer, Runaways, Joan Jett and The Blackhearts) (51)
  • Debby Boone (singer, Pat Boone's daughter) (53)
  • Shari Belafonte (actress, daughter of Harry Belafonte) (55)
  • Bonnie Hunt (actress, talk how host) (48)
  • Tommy Lasorda (former Los Angeles Dodgers manager) (82)
  • David Coverdale (vocalist, Deep Purple, Whitesnake, Coverdale/Page) (58)
  • Toni Basil (singer-dancer, "Mickey") (66)
  • Tom Felton (actor, Draco Malfoy in Harry Potter films) (22)


  • Alabama's "High Cotton" peaked at Number One in 1989.
  • Cyndi Thomson scored her first and only Number One single before retiring with "What I Really Meant to Say" in 2001.
  • Dolly Parton, Johnny Bond and Conway Twitty were inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1999.
  • Willie Nelson's The Troublemaker album was released in 1976.
  • Rascal Flatts' "Take Me There," written by Kenny Chesney, climbed to Number One on the Billboard country singles chart.
  • Keith Urban's Golden Road album was certified triple-platinum in 2005.
  • Garth Brooks' The Chase album was released in 1992.
  • Willie Nelson sponsored the first Farm Aid concert in Champaign, Illinois in 1985 with Merle Haggard, John Cougar Mellencamp, Roger Miller, The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Alabama, George Jones, Bob Dylan, Tom Petty, B.B. King, Judy RodmanWaylon Jennings, among others.


EMMY RATINGS IMPROVE: The ratings for Sunday (September 20th) night's Emmys were the show's highest in three years, although it only pulled in one million more viewers than 2008's all-time low. The Nielson company said on Monday that 13.3 million people tuned in for the Neil Patrick Harris-led broadcast, despite tough competition from major football match-ups on the other networks. The Giants-Cowboys faceoff on NBC brought in over 20 million viewers, believed to be the best overnight ratings of any prime time pro football game in 11 years.

FOX PICKS UP FULL SEASON OF 'GLEE': Glee has become the first new show of the fall to get a full-season order. The Hollywood Reporter announced on Monday (September 21st) that Fox has picked up the remaining nine episodes of the show that have been shot so far. The show's official debut earlier this month made it Fox's highest-rated scripted fall premiere in three years.

'SNL' WANTS ROB PATTINSON TO HOST: The Saturday Night Live cast is hoping Twilight star Rob Pattinson might drop by for a hosting gig this season. Before the Emmys began on Sunday (September 20th), Seth Meyers told E!, "We would love to get Robert Pattinson," adding, "We're actually hoping if [Rob's] not available, at least his hair will come by and host."

HUGH LAURIE ISN'T QUITTING 'HOUSE': Hugh Laurie's rep is denying reports that the actor is considering quitting Fox's House "because his pretend limp is giving him a real-life injury." checked the rumor -- which originated in Britain's Express -- with Laurie's reps who assured them that the story was "not true," even calling it "hysterical."

MAGGIE GYLLENHAAL HOSTING PBS SERIES: Maggie Gyllenhaal is set to host the upcoming season of PBS's Independent Lens. reports that the Emmy Award-winning program showcases films, documents, mini-series and more created by many independent filmmakers. Gyllenhaal commented on the new gig, saying. "I'm a passionate believer in the power of independent film. Independent Lens filmmakers ignore the rules and spend years pursuing diverse stories about people not normally seen on TV. I am truly honored to present their work as the new host of Independent Lens." The new season kicks off on October 13th.


EMMY RATINGS IMPROVE: The ratings for Sunday (September 20th) night's Emmys were the show's highest in three years, although it only pulled in one million more viewers than 2008's all-time low. The Nielson company said on Monday that 13.3 million people tuned in for the Neil Patrick Harris-led broadcast, despite tough competition from major football match-ups on the other networks. The Giants-Cowboys faceoff on NBC brought in over 20 million viewers, believed to be the best overnight ratings of any prime time pro football game in 11 years.

FOX PICKS UP FULL SEASON OF 'GLEE': Glee has become the first new show of the fall to get a full-season order. The Hollywood Reporter announced on Monday (September 21st) that Fox has picked up the remaining nine episodes of the show that have been shot so far. The show's official debut earlier this month made it Fox's highest-rated scripted fall premiere in three years.

'SNL' WANTS ROB PATTINSON TO HOST: The Saturday Night Live cast is hoping Twilight star Rob Pattinson might drop by for a hosting gig this season. Before the Emmys began on Sunday (September 20th), Seth Meyers told E!, "We would love to get Robert Pattinson," adding, "We're actually hoping if [Rob's] not available, at least his hair will come by and host."

HUGH LAURIE ISN'T QUITTING 'HOUSE': Hugh Laurie's rep is denying reports that the actor is considering quitting Fox's House "because his pretend limp is giving him a real-life injury." checked the rumor -- which originated in Britain's Express -- with Laurie's reps who assured them that the story was "not true," even calling it "hysterical."

MAGGIE GYLLENHAAL HOSTING PBS SERIES: Maggie Gyllenhaal is set to host the upcoming season of PBS's Independent Lens. reports that the Emmy Award-winning program showcases films, documents, mini-series and more created by many independent filmmakers. Gyllenhaal commented on the new gig, saying. "I'm a passionate believer in the power of independent film. Independent Lens filmmakers ignore the rules and spend years pursuing diverse stories about people not normally seen on TV. I am truly honored to present their work as the new host of Independent Lens." The new season kicks off on October 13th.


Kara DioGuardi is completely supportive of American Idol's decision to bring Ellen DeGeneres on board. The sophomore judge told People magazine at an Emmy After-party, "I think it's a genius decision. I wish I had thought of it."

She added, "[Ellen will get along with everyone] 100 percent. I was on her show once and she's lovely, generous, very kind. I think it's going to be great."

  • Ryan Seacrest also offered his opinion on the casting while at the Emmys, telling Fox News's Pop Tarts, "We love Ellen, she is a superstar. She will change the sexual tension. Simon and Paula had a specific sort of tension, but this will be quite different..."
  • Meanwhile, ABC News reported on Monday (September 21st) that DioGuardi will be a guest co-host on The View on October 15th.


There was reportedly tension between Paula Abdul and Kathy Griffin at last week's VH1 Divas show. Sources tell the New York Daily News that, "Paula had to be coaxed onstage to present with Kathy. Kathy has made fun of her A LOT in the past, and she's still pretty offended. She was leery about what Kathy might say about her in public."

Paula addressed Griffin's sharp-tongued ways during the broadcast, asking the comedienne to promise not to make fun of her anymore. Kathy acquiesced briefly, telling the night's host, "I pinky swear I won't make fun of you ... until you leave the room."

  • Griffin recently joked about Abdul's departure from American Idol saying, "It's very tough for me emotionally. I can't imagine my life without Paula. In a way that Paula can't imagine her life without, let's say, a little Vicodin."


David Hasselhoff is blaming his Sunday (September 20th) hospitalization on drugs he was taking to treat an ear infection. Although sources told that Hasselhoff's daughter called for help because her father was extremely drunk, his reps told the website on Monday that a combination of Antivert, for his ear, and Antabuse, a medication he takes that prevents alcoholics from drinking, "messed up his equilibrium."

The rep said that Hasselhoff felt sick but couldn't reach his family doctor, hence the call to paramedics. was also told that Hasselhoff was released an hour after being treated at the hospital.

  • TMZ was originally told that 17-year-old Hayley Hasselhoff called her mother Pamela for help after realizing her father's drunken condition. It was reportedly one of Pamela's friends who called 911 and had paramedics sent to the residence.


Khloe Kardashian and her boyfriend of less than a month, NBA star Lamar Odom, will reportedly tie the knot on Sunday (September 27th). Sources have confirmed the date to E! News, explaining that most guests have been notified over the phone, with formal invitations expected to arrive later this week.

An insider claims that the couple went ring shopping after deciding to marry over the weekend and picked one out on the spot.

  • As previously reported, the couple wants to tie the knot quickly so they'll have time for a honeymoon before Odom begins training with the Los Angeles Lakers.
  • A Kardashian source told that a pregnancy is not the reason behind the rushed nuptials.



  • Ghosts of Girlfriends Past - Matthew McConaughey, Jennifer Garner
  • Observe and Report - Seth Rogen
  • Battle For Terra - Evan Rachel Wood
Seth Rogen, Anna Faris and Ray Liotta star in the new comedy Observe And Report, out on DVD today (Tuesday, September 22nd). Rogen plays Ronnie Barnhardt, the head of security at the local Forest Ridge Mall, who like most other mall cops is dreaming of the day when he can swap his flashlight for a badge and a gun. His delusions of grandeur are put to the test when the mall is struck by a flasher. Driven to protect and serve the mall and its patrons, Ronnie seizes the opportunity to showcase his underappreciated law enforcement talents on a grand scale, hoping to earn a coveted spot at the police academy and the heart of his elusive dream girl Brandi -- played by Faris. But his single-minded pursuit of glory launches a turf war with the equally competitive Detective Harrison -- Liotta -- and Ronnie is confronted with the challenge of not only catching the flasher, but getting him before the real cops do.

Matthew McConaughey and Jennifer Garner star in the new romantic comedy Ghosts Of Girlfriends Past, out on DVD today (Tuesday, September 22nd). McConaughey plays celebrity photographer Connor Mead, who loves his freedom, his fun and his women. . . in that order. On the eve of his brother Paul's wedding, Connor's mockery of romance proves a real buzz-kill for a houseful of well wishers, including Connor's former flame Jenny -- played by Garner. Just when it looks like Connor may single-handedly ruin the wedding, he is visited by the ghosts of his jilted girlfriends, who take him on a revealing odyssey through a lifetime of failed relationships: past, present and future. Together they attempt to discover what turned Connor into such a player and whether he has a second chance to find -- and this time keep -- the love of his

Justin Long, Evan Rachel Wood, and Luke Wilson are just some of the big-named celebrities lending their voice to the animated film Battle For Terra, out on DVD today (September 22nd, 2009). Long and Wood voice Senn and Mala, two rebellious alien teens living on a beautiful and peaceful planet called Terra. But when Terra is invaded by human beings fleeing a civil war and environmental catastrophe, the planet is plunged into chaos. During the upheaval, Mala befriends the injured human pilot Jim Stanton and each learns the two races are not so different from one another. Together they must face the terrifying realization that in a world of limited resources, only one of their races is likely to survive.

Battle For Terra also features the voices of Brian Cox, Danny Glover, Chris Evans, David Cross, Rosanna Arquette, Mark Hamill, and James Garner.


  • 30 Rock, Season 3
  • Law & Order SVU, Season 10
  • The Mentalist: The Complete First Season
  • Ugly Betty, Season 3
  • Ghost Whisperer, Season 4

New On Blu-Ray

  • Star Trek: The Original Series, Season 2
  • The Star Trek: The Next Generation Motion Picture Collection
  • Star Trek: The Wrath of Khan
  • Star Trek: The Voyage Home
  • Star Trek: The Undiscovered Country
  • Star Trek: First Contact
  • The Complete Monterrey Pop Festival
  • Shaun Of The Dead


TOP COMMANDER IN AFGHANISTAN SAYS MORE TROOPS NEEDED: President Obama's top commander in Afghanistan told him in a report that was leaked to the Washington Post and published by the newspaper yesterday (September 21st), that the U.S. could lose the war if more troops aren't sent. In the confidential report sent to Defense Secretary Robert Gates on August 30th, General Stanley McChrystal said that if the U.S. and its NATO allies don't reverse the Taliban's momentum within the next year, the U.S., quote, "risks an outcome where defeating the insurgency is no longer possible." McChrystal also calls for a shift in strategy that puts more emphasis on protecting the Afghan people than on killing insurgents. Obama already approved 21,000 additional U.S. troops for Afghanistan earlier this year, and is now considering whether to commit more. Gates and others have warned that too large a force could do more harm that good, angering Afghans who see them as foreigners meddling in their country.

MASS TRANSIT SYSTEMS WARNED AMID TERROR PROBE: Counterterrorism officials are warning mass transit systems around the country to increase patrols amid an investigation of an Afghanistan-born immigrant who may have been plotting with others to detonate backpack bombs on New York City trains. The man, 24-year-old Najibullah Zazi, is in custody in Colorado, where he lived. He and two other defendants haven't been charged with any terrorism counts so far, only with lying to the government. But the case could expand to include more serious charges as the investigation proceeds. Investigators said they found notes on bomb-making instructions that appear to match Zazi's handwriting, as well as his fingerprints on batteries and a scale that could be used to make explosives. He also made a trip to Pakistan last year in which he received al-Qaida explosives and weapons training.

KIDS UNDER 10 LIKELY WILL NEED TWO SWINE FLU SHOTS: The National Institutes of Health announced Monday (September 21st) that studies of the new swine flu vaccine show that children 10 and older -- like adults -- will just need one shot for protection. However, younger children will almost certainly need two shots, 21 days apart. That actually isn't surprising, since young children often need two doses of vaccine against regular seasonal flu. The swine flu shots are set to arrive next month.

MAN SUSPECTED IN DEATH OF WIFE, CHILDREN CAUGHT IN HAITI: A man who Florida police have called a person of interest in the murder of his wife and their five children was caught in his native Haiti Monday (September 21st). After being apprehended, he told AP he'd returned to Haiti, quote, "to say goodbye to my family," and had planned to surrender. Mesac Damas flew to Haiti Friday, one day before the bodies of his wife and their children, aged 9 years to 11 months, were found in their Naples, Florida, apartment. The 33-year-old Damas has not been charged, with police saying he's wanted for questioning as a person of interest. There had been a history of domestic violence calls to the homes of Damas and his wife over the past decade, and family members said they'd urged Guerline Damas to leave her husband because he was violent.


NEW BOOK BASED ON SECRET CLINTON WHITE HOUSE INTERVIEWS: A new book is coming out next week based on a series of secret interviews conducted in the White House with President Bill Clinton over his eight years in office. Author and historian Taylor Branch, who knew Clinton since the early '70s, conducted the interviews, the tapes of which he said Clinton kept hidden in a sock drawer. USA Today yesterday (September 21st) reported on some of the revelations in the book, including that Clinton said his affair with Monica Lewinsky began because he, quote, "cracked" under personal and political pressure, citing the death of his mother, the Democrats' losses in the 1994 midterm elections and the Whitewater investigation. Branch also writes about an incident in 1995 when visiting Russian President Boris Yeltsin was found standing in the street in front of Blair House in the middle of the night, dressed only in his underwear, as he tried to hail a cab. Yeltsin was slurring his words as he told the Secret Service he wanted to get a pizza.

IRAQIS NOW HIT BY SURGE IN CRIME: As the worst of the sectarian violence has faded in Iraq, the Iraqi people are now having to deal with a new threat from a surge in crime. AP reports that many of those now involved in criminal activity are believed to be former insurgents who are unable to find legitimate work, and who are particularly brutal, as they were during the height of the sectarian violence in 2006 and 2007. In addition to a wave of thefts of armed robberies, kidnapping remains common. However, while kidnappings were carried out during the insurgency for sectarian reasons they're now being done for money, and children are increasingly the targets. In an even more troublesome sign, some members of Iraq's security forces are involved in the criminal activity, which may be an indication that militants are still infiltrating the security services.

REPORT WARNS OF GROWTH OF ALZHEIMER'S, DEMENTIA OVER NEXT FEW DECADES: More than 35 million people worldwide currently have Alzheimer's disease or other types of dementia, according to a new report, which predicts the number will nearly double every 20 years -- barring a medical breakthrough -- to affect a staggering 115.4 million people by 2050. While the Western world has long known that the rate of Alzheimer's will soar, the report from Alzheimer's Disease International seeks to raise awareness of the threat in poorer countries as well, where people are now living long enough to be affected by a disease that mostly affects the elderly. Alzheimer's or dementia affects one in eight people 65 and older, and nearly one in two people over 85. There is no known cure, with current drugs only able to temporarily alleviate symptoms.

RESEARCHER MAY HAVE DIED FROM DISEASE CAUGHT IN LAB: Health officials are investigating after a 60-year-old genetics researcher at the University of Chicago may have died from being exposed to a weakened form of the bacteria that causes plague, which was approved for lab studies. Malcolm Casadaban's lab has been sealed off while authorities investigate, and his co-workers, friends and family have been offered antibiotics as a precaution So far, there is no sign of any spread of the disease, and health officials are saying it's unlikely anyone else would be infected.

STUDY: SMOKING BANS CUT HEART ATTACKS BY UP TO 36 PERCENT: Smoking bans in public places can cut the number of heart attacks by as much as 36 percent, according to a new study from researchers at the University of California at San Francisco, who urged widespread bans on smoking in enclosed public places. The researchers looked at data from 13 studies of smoking bans in communities in the U.S., Canada and Europe, and found that heart attack rates fall immediately after smoking bans are put in place, falling by 17 percent in the first year and by as much as 36 percent after three years. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says that long-term exposure to secondhand smoke can raise heart disease rates in nonsmokers by 25 to 30 percent.


COLTS BEAT DOLPHINS 27-23 IN 'MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL': The Indianapolis Colts beat the Miami Dolphins 27-23 in their Monday Night Football game last night (September 21st), pulling out the victory despite having possession of the ball for just 14 minutes and 53 seconds of the game, the lowest time of possession for a winning team in the NFL since 1977. Colts quarterback Peyton Manning helped his team come from behind four times to get the win, including with a 48-yard touchdown to Pierre Garcon with 3:18 left for the winning score, and started the game with an 80-yard touchdown pass to Dallas Clark on the first play from scrimmage.

  • Celebrity partners of new Dolphins owner Stephen Ross were on hand for the game, among them: Serena and Venus Williams; Gloria and Emilio Estefan; Marc Anthony and Jennifer Lopez; Jimmy Buffett; and Tiger Woods.

(Headline News, FYI and Sports stories were compiled in part from reports by the Associated Press and Reuters.)



  • NCIS - (season premiere) Gibbs and the team go back to work, with DiNozzo and McGee beginning a search for Ziva's replacement.
  • NCIS: LOS ANGELES - (series permiere) Four months after being shot, Agent Callen returns to the Office of Special Projects and joins the Los Angeles team on a kidnapping case.
  • THE GOOD WIFE - (series premiere) After being humiliated by her husband's scandal, Alicia Florrick returns to work as a defense attorney, working on the case of a woman accused of murderng her ex-husband.
NCIS: Los Angeles premieres tonight on CBS. The show follows the Office of Special Projects (OSP) a division of NCIS that captures criminals who pose a threat to national security. These skilled agents must go undercover to infiltrate and apprehend these suspects, putting their lives on the line. The unit includes Sam Hanna (LL Cool J), a former Navy Seal who served in both Afghanistan and Iraq, and "G" Callen (Chris O'Donnell), who has the ability to take on any role to get his man. Armed with the latest weapons and technology, they'll do anything it takes to protect the country.

Premiering tonight on CBS is the new series The Good Wife, starring Julianna Margulies (Law and Order, ER) as Alicia Florrick, the wife of a politician who is suddenly thrown into the public spotlight after her husband is indicted in a sex and political corruption scandal and sent to jail. Now after 13 years, Alicia is attempting to resume her original career as a defense attorney at a law firm headed by her longtime friend, Will Gardner. Alicia also receives help and guidance from the firm's top litigator, Diane Lockhart, but soon learns her help is not without conditions. Competing with young, up-and-coming lawyers like recent Harvard grad, Cary, Alicia begins the long battle to reestablish herself and rebuild her life with her children, no longer as "the good wife."

  • THE FORGOTTEN - (series premiere) Alex Donovan leads the Forgotten Network, volunteers who try to identify the victims of unsolved murders, to identify 'Highway Jane,' a young victim whose corpse was left in the woods.

Tonight is the premiere of producer Jerry Bruckheimer's new ABC series, The Forgotten starring Christian Slater. Slater takes on the role of Alex Donovan, a former detective and the head of a group called The Forgotten Network, specializing in discovering the identities of unidentifiable victims after the police have given up. The Network, made up of volunteers, meets in places like coffee shops and living rooms, putting together clues, while sharing the passion and persistence needed to solve the mysteries of these victims and bring their killers to justice.


MAN WASHES PANTS AT LAUNDROMAT WITHOUT WEARING ANOTHER PAIR: A Florida man was arrested for indecent exposure after a police officer spotted him outside a coin operated laundromat in his underwear and partially exposed. The man, said to be homeless, told the officers he simply wished to wash his pants and didn't have another pair. Police also found the man with a beer mug said to have contained alcohol and also charged him with having an open container of alcohol in public. A woman claims the man exposed his genitalia to her, and according to police he has a record of exposure incidents in the past. (Sun-Sentinel)

9-YEAR-OLD BOY RETUNRS TO SCHOOL AS GIRL: After a 12-year-old British boy started elementary school as a girl last week, a 9-year-old boy is said to have done the same. While neither boy had a sex change procedure, as it is illegal for a person under the age of 18, they both came to school dressed as girls. The 9-year-old is said to have worn a female school uniform with a ponytail tied in a pink ribbon. Children at the school were told the boy left and that a new girl would be joining their class. Critical parents were warned by police that they could be charged with harassment and the boy's family has been given police protection. (Telegraph)

KNOCKED-OUT SOCCER PLAYER'S AMBULANCE CRASHES: A Chilean soccer player's ambulance crashed on the way to the hospital after he was knocked unconscious during a match. The player is said to have regained consciousness during the ambulance ride before it crashed into another vehicle. No one was hurt, but the player had to wait two hours for a substitute ambulance. (Reuters)

TAIWAN PRISON REJECTS 96-YEAR-OLD INMATE: A Taiwanese prison has decided not to accept a 96-year-old man who was sentenced to three-months for illegally occupying the dormitory of a railway administration he retired from several years ago. The man was given the option to pay a fine, but instead chose prison. He was rejected on the grounds that he could not properly take care of himself and must now serve his sentence at a prison hospital ward. (AFP)


TREND ALERT: WOMEN SMOKING POT: Marie Claire's October issue features a trend piece about "Stiletto Stoners," their term for middle-class women who smoke pot. The article merely points out that a fair number of women with jobs and social lives also like weed. Some examples the magazine lists are "Jennifer," a "5-foot-4, slim and athletic" lawyer with "long brown hair" and a "3-carat cushion-cut engagement ring." She smokes pot, just like "Debbie," who calls smoking a joint and reading "The Fountainhead" after a long day of work, "her bubble bath."

HOW MUCH DOES PDA REVEAL ABOUT A COUPLE? After watching Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon share a "painfully awkward kiss" on Oprah last week, a writer wondered if we judge people's relationships based on their public displays of affection. The writer speculated, "I suppose all we know about the romantic lives of others is what they choose to show us, and as a culture that is inherently nosy, we often try to pick up on things that may or may not be there, based solely upon how people choose to act in public."

VIAGRA-LIKE CREAM IN THE WORKS: Scientists are developing a cream that promises to be faster acting than Viagra but without the side effects. The Daily Mails says that the lotion will produce almost instant results, unlike anti-impotence tablets which can take 30 minutes to an hour before taking effect. In tests, performed on rats, the new delivery method has proven successful in nine out of ten cases. However scientists believe it will take ten years before the drug is available on the market.

HOT FOOD RESPONSIBLE FOR EVOLUTION? According to Richard Wrangham, a noted British anthropologist and primatologist at Harvard University, the unrivalled success of the human species comes down to its mastery of flame and using it to transform raw food into cooked food. He says that preparing hot meals and sharing them with one another is a ritual that has defined our social conventions.


  • BF & BFF: Your pals still want to be his friend. If they're still rooting for him, maybe you should be too.
  • Black And Blue: He didn't ever hurt you physically. In fact, he was quite gentlemanly.
  • Time Is On Your Side: You feel like you've got nothing to lose except maybe a couple hours for a date. Whatever happens, happens.
  • Not Co-Dependent: Beware, if he's vengeful or even slightly manipulative, he might just be waiting to get the upper hand again.
  • Going The Distance: What's he doing to get you back? Was it a random drunk text or did he talk to you face-to-face or phone-to-phone? Heck, he's gotta give you at least an email you can tell he spent time on. Guys get bonus points for creativity here, i.e., love letters, getting the DJ to play your fave song, or other heart-melting rom-com-esque smooth moves.
  • Change Is Possible: It's been a long time, so he may have actually grown up.
  • Back And Forth: If either one of you is not willing to discuss the past openly, there's no future. Do you think you can articulate what your old problems were to him or are you afraid to go there?
  • Needy Not Greedy: Ideally, he's single. But most importantly, he's not trying to stick it in you while he's still dating someone else. He has genuine feelings; he's not just feeling up on you.
  • If It Ain't Broke, Don't Fix It: Can you be realistic about your expectations? Are you OK with crashing and burning, or will it send you back to relationship rehab?
  • Not So Sexy Times: If the sex was never good, forget it. Either you have it or you don't; you can't learn chemistry.
  • Please Forgive Me: Do you still hold a grudge? Do you want him to pay for what he did to you last time? You can't run your love life like it's a toll booth. If you can't find it in your heart to forgive him, you can't date him again.
  • Tie The Not: Could you see yourself marrying him or being with him forever? If not, why bother? If you're just looking for a good lay, he's not your stunt penis that can just slip in for the action scenes. You can't have meaningless sex with an ex -- there are feelings there. So, go find a new boy toy.

Monday, September 21, 2009


Lady Antebellum's CMA nominated single "I Run To You" is the focus of financial services giant TIAA-CREF's fall advertising campaign. The tune is currently being featured in national advertising spots during college football's biggest games.

  • The 30-second spot follows a family of meerkats as they plan for their future.
  • Steven Goldstein, Executive Vice President of TIAA-CREF, said, "The song 'I Run To You' tracks the mood in these economic times, and we've seen people run to us for the financial strength and stability we offer. The lyrics line up perfectly with the messaging in our new ad campaign."
  • "I Run To You" was Lady Antebellum's first Number One hit.


Gary Allan's brand new single, "Today," is the lead release from his upcoming CD. Allan tells us the song is one that the fans are relating to as quickly as he did when he first heard it. "I didn't write it but I think that we've all got somebody in our lives that you just kind of feel like, 'Man I missed that' and when your heart's moving too slow, I guess that's what that is. So this song just hit me really hard. I knew it was a hit right when I heard it and was excited to cut it and excited to get it out."
  • Allan kicks off his Get Off On The Pain tour on October 14th at Chicago's House of Blues. His opening acts this fall include Jack Ingram, the Eli Young Band, and Justin Moore.
  • Allan's new CD is expected out sometime later this year.

Love And Theft will hit the road with Jason Aldean on his Wide Open trek this fall. The new trio, whose debut album is coincidentally called World Wide Open, will join the tour beginning on Friday (September 25th) in Lexington, Kentucky. Love And Theft have 14 Wide Open dates on the books through November 14th.
  • Love And Theft's Stephen Barker Liles said, "We've been fans of his from the beginning, so we're pumped about watching his show every night, playing our music and meeting the fans. It's gonna be awesome!"


  • Love And Theft's World Wide Open CD was released on August 25th.
  • Their debut single, "Runaway," is a Top 15 hit on the country charts.

Miranda Lambert's soon-to-be-released CD, called Revolution, features 15 songs, 12 of which Lambert wrote or co-wrote. She collaborated with boyfriend Blake Shelton on a few songs, as well as with former tourmates Lady Antebellum on a tune called "Love Song," she tells us: "Me and Blake and Charles (Kelley) and David (Haywood) from Lady Antebellum all wrote a song that's gonna be on the record, and it's really cool cause you definitely can hear the difference because I just broke it up a little bit from my normal routine that I would usually do."

Lambert added that Shelton helped her put a different spin, so to speak, on the new poject. "He's a really good guitar player, and so just doin' the guitar vocals on the computer, those songs in particular that he wrote with me on, (he) invented the sound of the songs, so it was definitely inspiring."

  • Revolution will be released on September 26th.
  • Lambert will perform a very special live album preview concert at Nashville's Ryman Auditorium on Thursday (September 24th). She will play every song from Revolution from top to bottom. The show is sold out.

LeAnn Rimes will not face criminal charges in the hit-and-run incident that she was allegedly involved in last month near her home in Brentwood, California. Police have decided that no crime was committed, despite the fact that Rimes fled the scene of a minor fender bender. Rimes claims she didn't realize she had hit another vehicle.

Along with the good news, though, came some bad. Rimes was involved in another minor car accident in Santa Monica on Thursday (September 17th). She rear-ended a Mercedes after noticing paparazzi following her as she left a clothing store. A spokesperson for Rimes told TMZ, "Due to the overzealous and very dangerous paparazzi following her, LeAnn was involved in a minor car accident. The police were called and fortunately everyone is safe."


  • Rimes was spotted out in public again with her actor boyfriend, Eddie Cibrian, over the weekend. The two hopped off Rimes' tour bus together on Saturday (September 19th) in Pomona, California. Rimes performed a show in Lancaster, California last night (Sunday, September 20th).

Bucky Covington is returning to his hometown of Rockingham, North Carolina for his first concert there since beginning his career as a finalist on American Idol during the show's 2005-2006 season. The free show will take place in the city's Harrington Square on Saturday (September 26th) at 7 p.m. ET.
  • Covington said, "When I was on American Idol the whole town pulled together -- all of the business, churches -- everyone. They all went above and beyond to help out and show me their support. Now it's my time to give back."
  • In addition to the concert, Covington will take part in the local BackPack Pals outreach program, which provides nutritional weekend meals and snacks to children whose primary source of food is the local school cafeteria. Concertgoers are encouraged to bring a canned good or other non-perishable food item to help support the community's BackPack Pals program and Our Daily Bread Christian Food Ministry.


  • Covington's sophomore album is scheduled for release in November.
  • His new single is a cover of the Nickelback hit, "Gotta Be Somebody."


Q. What college did Garth Brooks attend to earn his marketing degree?
A. Oklahoma State


Blake Shelton's BBQ Sweepstakes Party


George Jones


Faith Hill (42)

  • Larry Hagman (Actor, I Dream Of Jeannie's Captain Tony Nelson and Dallas's J.R. Ewing) (77)
  • Leonard Cohen (songwriter, "Suzanne," "Bird On A Wire") (74)
  • Stephen King (Horror novelist) (61)
  • Ricki Lake (Talk show hostess and actress) (40)
  • Bill Murray (Actor/comedian) (58)
  • Nicole Richie (The Simple Life; Lionel Richie's daughter) (27)
  • Luke Wilson (actor, Rushmore, the Charlie's Angels movies, the Legally Blonde movies, Old School; brother of Owen Wilson) (37)
  • Cheryl Hines (actress, Curb Your Enthusiasm) (43)
  • Jerry Bruckheimer (movie and TV producer; Beverly Hills Cop, Bad Boys, Armageddon, Black Hawk Down, Pirates of the Caribbean, the CSI shows, Cold Case) (63)
  • Don Felder (former guitarist, the Eagles) (61)
  • Rob Morrow (actor, Northern Exposure, Quiz Show, Street Time) (46)
  • Alfonso Ribeiro (actor, Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air, Silver Spoons) (37)


The Everly Brothers' "Wake Up Little Susie" charted in 1957.

  • Dolly Parton's Greatest Hits album was released in 1982.
  • Barbara Mandrell made her acting debut in Burning Rage, a made-for-TV movie, in 1984.
  • Keith Urban's Be Here album was released in 2004.
  • Darryl Worley earned his first Number One single in Billboard with "I Miss My Friend" in 2002.
  • The Internal Revenue Service placed liens totalling $16.7 million on Willie Nelson's property in 1990 to guarantee that he paid $6.5 million in back taxes.


The 3-D animated family comedy Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs debuted at the top of the box office with a voice cast that includes Bill Hader, Anna Faris, James Caan and Neil Patrick Harris. The movie is based on the popular 1978 children's book by Judi and Ron Barrett about a nerd who invents a machine that causes food to fall from the sky.

Director Steven Soderbergh's based-on-a-true-story comedy The Informant!, starring Matt Damon as a bipolar government informant, opened in second place, while last week's top movie, Tyler Perry's I Can Do Bad All By Myself, fell to third place. The romantic comedy Love Happens, starring Jennifer Aniston and Aaron Eckhardt, debuted at Number Four.

The R-rated horror-comedy Jennifer's Body, starring Megan Fox in her first headlining role as a high schooler possessed by a demon, opened in fifth place. It was written by Diablo Cody, who won an Oscar for the movie Juno.


  1. Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, $30.1 million
  2. The Informant!, $10.5 million
  3. I Can Do Bad All By Myself, $10 million
  4. Love Happens, $8.5 million
  5. Jennifer's Body, $6.8 million
  6. 9, $5.5 million
  7. Inglourious Basterds, $3.6 million
  8. All About Steve, $3.4 million
  9. Sorority Row, $2.5 million
  10. The Final Destination, $2.4 million


REBECCA GAYHEART REPORTEDLY PREGNANT: Eric Dane and Rebecca Gayheart are reportedly expecting their first child. A source told Star magazine, "Rebecca had some pretty bad morning sickness, but now she's more than three months along and in great spirits." Earlier this year, Dane told Ellen DeGeneres they were trying for a baby, hinting that they'd consulted fertility specialists to assist them. The pair, who wed in 2004, were recently at the center of a risque video scandal.

ZOOEY DESCHANEL MARRIES: Zooey Deschanel tied the knot with Death Cab for Cutie frontman Ben Gibbard on Saturday (September 19th). confirmed that the couple married near Seattle, Washington after a nine-month engagement.

AMBULANCE CALLED TO DAVID HASSELHOFF'S HOUSE: A person at David Hasselhoff's home was taken to the hospital on Sunday (September 20th). Los Angeles City Fire Department Bryan Humphries old, "One city fire ambulance responded to an unknown medical emergency at 3:15 PM at Louise Street in Encino and transported one individual with an unknown illness to a local hospital." As of early Monday (September 21st), the patient remained unidentified as did the cause of emergency.

ARREST MADE IN LOHAN-PATRIDGE BURGLARIES: An 18-year-old suspected of breaking into Lindsay Lohan and Audrina Patridge's homes has been arrested. The Los Angeles police confirmed to People magazine that Nicolas Prugo was nabbed last Thursday (September 17th) and charged with felony burglary. Lindsay's mother Dina told People magazine, "Yes, we have found [him], God is good." Lohan's Hollywood Hills home was burglarized last month by a young man and woman in which a safe was ripped out of the wall, and bags, shoes and jewelry were stolen, while the incident with Patridge happened back in February.

HALLE BERRY ISN'T PREGNANT: Halle Berry is not pregnant. After unflattering photographs sparked widespread rumors that the Oscar-winner was expecting her second child, she set the record straight on The Jay Leno Show, wearing a tight black dress. Regarding the temporary weight gain, she told Leno, "I was getting a complex! I was like, I've got to stop with the burgers, or something!"

'DANCING' COUPLE BACK ON? Derek Hough and Shannon Elizabeth appear to have rekindled their romance. Just months after announcing their split, the former Dancing With the Stars pair were seen enjoying a romantic night out. A source told, "They seemed to be having a great time, and they're definitely back on again, as they were making out and dancing together."

MICHELLE WILLIAMS AND SPIKE JONZE SPLIT: Michelle Williams has split from director Spike Jonze. The actress confirmed the breakup to Vogue magazine, saying, "The timing was impossible. I thought falling in love again was the only thing that was going to save me from the pain. This erroneous idea: It just makes things more complicated." The relationship was Williams' first since the death of her ex, Heath Ledger.

MICKEY ROURKE REPORTEDLY BREAKS UP ENGAGED COUPLE: Mickey Rourke is reportedly responsible for breaking up the engagement of a model. reports that Dima Bilan called off his impending marriage to Lena Kuletskayavhas after she and Rourke were photographed out together over the past month.


Neil Patrick Harris was among the most notable differences between Sunday (September 20th) night's Emmy Awards and the 2008 show. Mad Men and 30 Rock repeated as best drama and comedy series respectively, while three out of the four lead acting honorees were at least two-time winners. The United States of Tara's Toni Collette besting Tina Fey for lead actress in comedy was arguably the night's biggest surprise as Alec Baldwin, Glenn Close and Bryan Cranston all accepted their repeat honors with the comfort of veterans.

Kristin Chenoweth's supporting comedy win for Pushing Daisies was one of the evening's most emotional moments as the unemployed actress began crying upon hearing her name and gave a tear-filled thanks to those she worked with on the now-canceled series.

  • The Amazing Race blocked a long-awaited upset in the best reality show category, taking home its seventh Emmy. Jeff Probst repeated as best reality show host, marking his second statue in as many years as the category has existed.
  • Despite the headlines network late night shows have been grabbing this year, Comedy Central's Daily Show With Jon Stewart dominated the variety show categories, with the show and its writing staff winning top honors.
  • Grey Gardens was the star of the made for television movie category, with Jessica Lange scoring acting honors for her role, and the film itself winning the category.


  • Kanye West's recent VMA outburst was a source of comedy throughout the night, starting off with Neil Patrick Harris' hope that the outspoken rapper likes 30 Rock -- and continuing to Justin Timberlake's faux interruption of Tina Fey when the two were being recognized as best guest actors.
  • The supporting women of comedy interjected some laughs into the normally-bland reading of the nominees. Each of the women donned a unique piece of eyewear (ranging from a patch to 2009 sunglasses) until Vanessa Williams, sans glasses, shook her head when the camera panned to her.
  • Sarah Silverman put in a last-ditch effort to win best leading actress in comedy, sporting a mustache as her name was read among the other nominees.
  • Neil Patrick Harris staged a faux hijacking of an educational bit, claiming that the internet was taking over the broadcast. Many other winners expanded upon that point, cracking jokes at the expense of changing technology.
  • Backstage, Alex Baldwin addressed rumors that he's planning a political career, telling reporters, "People often ask me if I'm going to run for office. I have a real interest in public service, but that is even more nerve-wracking than this business. ... Right now the show is what I'm doing and it takes a lot of time."
  • Chenoweth addressed her emotional response backstage, saying, "I wasn't expecting to cry, and wasn't expecting to win. This is the most special experience in my career."
  • Winner Jeff Probst addressed last year's five-host panel -- of which he was a part -- saying, "It was a failure, and the irony is that I'm friends with Neil Patrick Harris and I told him, 'This is how you host a show.'"

CHECK IT OUT: See Emmy fashion:


JON CRYER: It's clear Cryer works on a show with all men, because no woman would ever let him hit the red carpet wearing a striped sweater vest under his tux.

VANESSA WILLIAMS: She may look younger than 46, but she's not 17! This turquoise prom dress just seemed like a poor attempt to recapture senior year.

HEIDI KLUM: We might be alone in thinking this, but heavily pregnant women look like they're about to hatch aliens. We'd have preferred a looser ensemble to the supermodel's skin-tight black gown.

BLAKE LIVELY: If you're really sexy -- you don't have to try hard to prove it. The Gossip Girl star's slutty, slit-up, plunged-down red number made her look desperate for male attention.

KIM KARDASHIAN: We didn't think white could be flattering for anyone, until we saw January Jones. On the other hand, Kardashian's asymmetrical sheet didn't do anything to refute the stereotype.


Winners announced at Sunday's 61st Annual Primetime Emmy Awards:

  • COMEDY SERIES: 30 Rock
  • ACTOR, DRAMA SERIES: Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad
  • ACTRESS, DRAMA SERIES: Glenn Close, Damages
  • ACTOR, COMEDY SERIES: Alec Baldwin, 30 Rock
  • ACTRESS, COMEDY SERIES: Toni Collette, United States of Tara
  • SUPPORTING ACTOR, COMEDY SERIES: Jon Cryer, Two and a Half Men
  • SUPPORTING ACTRESS, COMEDY SERIES: Kristin Chenoweth, Pushing Daisies
  • MINISERIES: Little Dorrit
  • MADE-FOR-TV MOVIE: Grey Gardens
  • ACTOR, MINISERIES OR MOVIE: Brendan Gleeson, Into the Storm
  • ACTRESS, MINISERIES OR MOVIE: Jessica Lange, Grey Gardens
  • SUPPORTING ACTRESS, MINISERIES OR MOVIE: Shohreh Aghdashloo, House of Saddam
  • DIRECTING FOR A COMEDY SERIES: The Office: "Stress Relief" Jeff Blitz
  • DIRECTING FOR A DRAMA SERIES: ER: "And in the End," Rod Holcomb
  • DIRECTING FOR A VARIETY, MUSIC, OR COMEDY SERIES: American Idol: "Show 833 (The Final Three)," Bruce Gowers
  • VARIETY, MUSIC, OR COMEDY SERIES: The Daily Show With Jon Stewart
  • WRITING FOR A COMEDY SERIES: 30 Rock: "Reunion," Matt Hubbard
  • WRITING FOR A DRAMA SERIES: Mad Men: "Meditations in an Emergency," Kater Gordon and Matthew Weiner
  • ORIGINAL MUSIC LYRICS: 81st Annual Academy Awards: Song Title: "Hugh Jackman Opening Number"
  • The following were announced at the Creative Arts Emmys on September 12th, 2009
  • GUEST ACTOR IN A COMEDY SERIES: Justin Timberlake, Saturday Night Live
  • GUEST ACTRESS IN A DRAMA SERIES: Ellen Burstyn, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: "Swing"
  • GUEST ACTRESS IN A COMEDY SERIES: Tina Fey, Saturday Night Live: "Presidential Bash 2008"
  • GUEST ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES: Michael J. Fox, Rescue Me: "Sheila"


Paula Abdul took a high-profile swipe at her American Idol successor, donning a wig and suit to look like Ellen DeGeneres at Thursday's (September 17th) VH1 Divas show as she attempted to mimic the new judge's dancing style. After the minute-plus imitation, Adbul asked the audience, "Why are you all staring at me? Can't a girl try out for a new job?"

  • She followed up by saying, "All kidding aside. [I have] nothing but love for Ellen, and I wish you the best of luck and congratulations on your new gig. And call me! You gotta call me if you have any Simon problems, 'cause you know, I know him best."

CHECK IT OUT: See Paula's "performance" --


GISELE BUNDCHEN NAMED GOODWILL AMBASSADOR: Gisele Bundchen has been named the new Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations Environment Program. She addressed the appointment on Sunday (September 20th) saying, "The environment has always been my passion. I grew up in a small town and I had the opportunity to live surrounded by nature. I couldn't have asked for a better childhood. We must act now, so future generations have the same opportunity. Mother Earth is our fundamental life-support system, and by becoming aware and responsible now, we can assist in preserving the planet."

'PRECIOUS' GETS HONORED IN TORONTO: The upcoming inner-city drama Precious received the Toronto Film Festival's People's Choice prize on Saturday (September 19th). The film, which features Mariah Carey, already got widespread attention after Oprah Winfrey showed up at the premiere to lend her support.

PENELOPE CRUZ WINS BIG AT ALMAS: Penelpe Cruz and Salma Hayek were among those honored at last week's ALMA Awards, which recognizes the achievements of Hispanic artists in movies, TV and music. Cruz, already an Oscar-winner, was named best film actress for Vicky Cristina Barcelona last Thursday (September 17th) night, while Salma Hayek received the Anthony Quinn Award for Industry Excellence. Eva Longoria Parker and George Lopez cohosted the ceremony, which also featured musical guests David Archuleta, Nelly Furtado, Shakira and Sean Kingston.

BILLY RAY CYRUS TO STAR IN HALLMARK MOVIE: Billy Ray Cyrus will star in the Hallmark Channel's Christmas in Cannaan. The Hollywood Reporter announced that the film is based on a novel, which chronicles the unlikely friendship that develops between two boys of different races in the 1960s who bond over concern for a wounded puppy. Cyrus will play the father of one of the boys.


The ninth season of Dancing With the Stars premieres tonight on ABC. Unlike last season, none of the scheduled contestants have been forced to drop out due to injury before competition began, but two have already been hurt.

Tom DeLay suffered a pre-stress fracture in his foot while Kathy Ireland needed seven stitches in her leg after a surfing accident.

  • The show is kicking off with a three night premiere and the third evening, the results show, will feature a tribute to the late Dirty Dancing star, Patrick Swayze.
  • Swayze made an appearance on the show's first season with his friend, former contestant Jon O'Hurley.

Here is a list of the competiting couples:

  • Mya, singer, and Dmitri Chaplin
  • Melissa Joan Hart, actress, and reigning DWTS champ Mark Ballas
  • Michael Irvin, former Dallas Cowboy, and Anna Demidova
  • Ashley Hamilton, actor, comedian, singer-songwriter, and Edyta Sliwinska
  • Aaron Carter, singer, and Karina Smirnoff
  • Kathy Ireland, former supermodel-turned-businesswoman, and Tony Dovolani
  • Debbie Mazar, actress, and Maksim Chmerkovskiy
  • Natalie Coughlin, U.S. Olympic swimmer, and season 1 champ Alec Mazo
  • Louie Vito, snowboarder, and Chesie Hightower
  • Chuck Liddell, ultimate fighting champ, and Anna Trebunskaya
  • Donny Osmond, singer, and Kym Johnson
  • Tom DeLay, former congressman, and two-time Dancing champ Cheryl Burke
  • Macy Gray, singer, and Jonathan Roberts
  • Joanna Krupa, model and actress, and season 7 champ Derek Hough
  • Mark Dacascos, Iron Chef personality, and Lacey Schwimmer
  • Kelly Osbourne, reality star, and Louis Van Amstel


Kate Gosselin reportedly taped the pilot episode for Mom Logic -- an upcoming "chat and information series" -- on Sunday (September 20th) in New York City. reports that critics' unfavorable assessment of her performance on The View last week has cast doubt on her ability to play a major role in the show, which will star Food Network personality, Paula Deen.

Radar reports that Lee Woodruff, the wife of ABC newsman Bob Woodruff, and former Early Show co-host Rene Syler also were on hand for the pilot, but Deen will have the final say on who will ultimately be cast alongside her.

  • Sources tell the website that although Kate is still under contract with TLC, she wants to break away from Jon & Kate Plus 8 so that she will not be financially tied to her ex-husband.


A man who assaulted a security guard who tried to stop him from getting into a car with Ryan Seacrest has been sentenced to jail. The New York Daily News reported that 25-year-old Chidi Benjamin Uzomah Jr. will serve 15 days behind bars and three years of probation after pleading guilty last Friday (September 18th) to three misdemeanors for assault, battery and possession of a switchblade knife. He was also ordered to stay away from the American Idol host.

  • Uzomah tried to get in a vehicle with Seacrest last Tuesday (September 15th) as he left a charity appearance at Children's Hospital of Orange County.


Khloe Kardashian is reportedly planning to marry her new beau, NBA star Lamar Odom. Insiders told E! that the couple, who confirmed they were dating earlier this month, have been "talking about rings."

Another source told that a wedding could happen as soon as two weeks from now. The insider said, ""Khloe and Lamar want to get married before Lamar has to go away for training, and the [basketball] season starts up [this fall]. They are hoping to pull together a wedding within the next two weeks so they can get married and have time for a honeymoon. They haven't decided where they will say 'I Do,' but they are scouting out numerous locations, including Khloe's family home in Calabasas, [Calif.]."

  • 29-year-old Odom has two children with his former girlfriend, but neither have been married. A source said that when the two met over the summer, "They instantly hit it off. It's like they've known each other for years."
CHECK IT OUT: Why people marry the wrong person:


David Hasselhoff was taken to a Los Angeles area hospital Sunday night (September 20th) for apparent alcohol poisoning, both TMZ and report. Paramedics were sent to the America's Got Talent judge's home after his 17-year-old daughter Hayley called her mother, Pamela Bach, saying her father was extremely drunk. There are conflicting reports about who called 911.

According to the RadarOnline report, Hasselhoff had gone on a bender after the recent finale of America's Got Talent.

  • Hasselhoff was hospitalized in May for what TMZ reported was a combination of an existing illness and moderate drinking.
  • The actor has been battling alcohol problems for years. In 2002, Hasselhoff checked himself into the Betty Ford Clinic after a drinking binge landed him in the hospital for alcohol poisoning. He was picked up on a DUI in 2004.
  • In 2007 he fell off the wagon in a big way. In a home video leaked to the Internet at the time, a shirtless, drunk, and incoherent Hasselhoff is seen on the floor of his Vegas home struggling to eat a hamburger while one of his daughters warns him that he's going to lose his job in a Vegas production of The Producers if he continues to drink. Hasselhoff seems to understand what she's telling him, but isn't sober enough to make sense: (Daughter) "Dad, you need to promise me you're not going to get alcohol tonight, okay?" (David Hasselhoff) "What?" (Daughter) "You need to promise me you're not going to get alcohol tonight." (Hasselhoff) "Why?" (Daughter) "Okay?" (Hasselhoff) "Huh?" (Daughter) "'Cause if you get alcohol tonight, you're fired from your show tomorrow. And a doctor's coming over here in the morning to check your alcohol level. And if you have any alcohol in your system, you're going to be fired from the show. You hear me? No alcohol." (Hasselhoff) "Okay."

CHECK IT OUT: 2007's infamous hamburger and The Hoff video:


John Travolta is expected to testify in an extortion trial related to his son's death that begins today (September 21st) in the Bahamas. Tarino Lightbourn, a paramedic on the scene last January when 16-year-old Jett Travolta died after a seizure, and Pleasant Bridgewater, a former Bahamian senator, face charges of conspiring to extort $25 million from the actor by allegedly demanding money for a document relating to Jett's care. Both have pleaded not guilty.

Bahamian police report that Lightbourn kept a one-page "refusal to transport" form that Travolta allegedly signed on the day of Jett's death. Bridgewater -- Lightbourn's lawyer -- allegedly called an attorney for Travolta and said her client wanted to sell the document.

  • The 55-year-old filed an extortion complaint, which under Bahamian law, requires him to testify in person.


Queen Latifah, Charlie Murphy, Faizon Love, the Lady of Rage and Rick Ross were all recently spotted on the Miami movie set of The Cookout 2. The sequel has quietly gone into production. So far there's no information available on a potential release date or the film's storyline.

  • The original Cookout was released in 2004 and was directed by Lance Rivera. The movie, which was produced by Queen Latifah, starred Ja Rule, Meagan Good, Eve, Tim Meadows, and Jenifer Lewis. The film also starred Danny Glover and Farrah Fawcett in her last film role.



Sprint Cup Sylvania 300
New Hampshire Motor Speedway

(Race Number 1 In The Chase!)

10 Clint Bowyer
9 Greg Biffle
8 Elliott Sadler
7 Ryan Newman
6 Kurt Busch
5 Kyle Busch
4 Jimmie Johnson
3 Denny Hamlin
2 Juan Pablo Montoya led the most laps


1 Mark Martin grabs his 5th Cup win of the 2009 season, he continues as the points leader over Jimmie Johnson by 35. It's Mark's first career win at New Hampshire.


  • Kasey Kahne is the first Chase driver to have trouble, he blew a motor and finished 38th
  • Other Chase drivers finished like this, Brian Vickers 11th, Tony Stewart 14th, Jeff Gordon 15th, Carl Edwards 16th
  • Kurt Busch got clipped on pit road by David Ragan who ended up in his pit stall backwards
  • A big wreck involving no Chase drivers, but Elliott Sadler, Robby Gordon and others
  • Jeff Gordon pounded the wall just before the above wreck
  • The axle cap was discovered as loose while leading the race on Tony Stewart's #14
  • Jeff Burton got spun by his teammate Clint Bowyer
  • David Stremme brought out a caution hitting the wall with some help from AJ Allmendinger
  • Juan Pablo Montoya led the most laps in this race
  • Dale Earnhardt Jr. demolished his #88 after running top 10 all day long, after some help from David Reutimann. Dale Jr. finished 35th.


Camping World Truck Series Heluva Good 200
New Hampshire Motor Speedway

10 Rick Crawford
9 Colin Braun
8 Mark Skinner
7 Brian Scott
6 Stacy Compton
5 Johnny Sauter
4 Matt Crafton
3 Kevin Harvick
2 Ron Hornaday


1 Kyle Busch

Kyle Busch didn't have the fastest truck on Saturday, and he had barely enough fuel to make it to the finish line.

Neither circumstance prevented him from winning his third straight start in NASCAR's Camping World Truck Series and his fifth race of the season. Busch took the checkered flag in the Heluva Good! 200 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, as points leader and runner-up Ron Hornaday Jr. and his team owner and third-place finisher, Kevin Harvick, battled for position behind him.

Harvick believed Hornaday's failure to move over in favor of Harvick's faster truck in the closing laps -- which Harvick attributed to lack of communication between crew chiefs and spotters -- cost Kevin Harvick Inc. the victory.

Busch took on four seconds' worth of fuel during a splash-and-go on Lap 172 of 200 and got back on track ahead of Hornaday, whose stop on Lap 170 had lasted almost twice as long. A debris caution on Lap 189 helped Busch conserve enough gas to get to the end of the race. His fuel cell hit "empty" as he approached victory lane.


FOCUS OF TERROR PROBE ARRESTED: A 24-year-old Afghan native who's been the focus of a terrorism probe was arrested late Saturday (September 19th) on charges of making a false statement to the government, as were his father and a New York City imam. The arrest comes a week after Najibullah Zazi's cross-country drive from his home in suburban Denver to New York led to a raid on several Queens apartments. Zazi has denied being involved in a terror plot, although he's admitted to receiving weapons training in Pakistan from al-Qaida. FBI investigators says they've found notes in Zazi's handwriting on a laptop describing how to make bombs and his fingerprints on batteries and a scale that could be used to make explosives that were seized during the Queens raids. Zazi's 53-year-old father, Mohammed Wali Zazi, and an associate, 37-year-old imam Ahmad Wais Afzali, face charges of lying to FBI agents about calls between Denver and New York.

  • Zazi was born in Afghanistan, moved to Pakistan at age 7 and emigrated to the U.S. 10 years ago, when he was a teenager.

WOMEN, FIVE CHILDREN FOUND DEAD; HUSBAND FLEW TO HAITI: A 32-year-old woman and her five young children were found dead in a Naples, Florida, apartment Saturday (September 19th) and police want to speak to her husband, who they have called a person of interest, who flew to Haiti on Friday. Police found the bodies of Guerline Damas and her children, ages 9, 6, 5, 3, and 11 months, after family members contacted police Friday and filed a missing person report the next day. Damas hadn't shown up for work Friday and her kids didn't go to school. Officials wouldn't say how they died. Police said yesterday that Damas and her husband, 33-year-old Mesac Damas, had a history of domestic violence calls to their homes over the past decade. Mesac Damas flew out of Miami International Airport Friday for Haiti, where he has family.


EX-AIDE SAYS JOHN EDWARDS IS FATHER OF MISTRESS' CHILD; TOLD HER HE'D MARRY HER: A book proposal from Andrew Young, a former aide to John Edwards, says that the 2004 Democratic vice presidential nominee and two-time presidential candidate is the father of his mistress' 19-month-old child, the New York Times reported Saturday (September 19th). Young also reportedly says that Edwards once told the woman, Rielle Hunter, that they would get married after his cancer-stricken wife Elizabeth died, and that the ceremony would be held on a rooftop in New York with the Dave Matthews Band playing. The book proposal states that Edwards knew from the beginning that he was the father of the baby, and tried hard to conceal it, including begging Young to claim paternity -- which Young did in 2007 -- and asking his national finance chairman, the late Fred Baron, to see whether a doctor would fake the results of a paternity test. Edwards denied in an ABC News interview last year that he is the child's father. He didn't comment over the weekend, however his attorney has said Edwards may make a statement at some point in the future about the paternity of the little girl.

NEOCON GODFATHER IRVING KRISTOL DEAD AT 89: Writer, editor and publisher Irving Kristol, known as the godfather of neoconservatism, died Friday (September 18th) of complications from lung cancer. He was 89. Kristol, like most neocons, was not a lifelong Republican. A New York intellectual, he was instead a radical leftist in the 1930s who slowly changed his views and then broke with liberalism after the 1960s and '70s. The neocon former Democrats broke with their party in those years over the Vietnam War, race relations, and what they saw as a breakdown of civic order, and Kristol famously called himself a, quote, "liberal mugged by reality." Kristol was awarded a Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2002 by President George W. Bush, who praised him as a "wide-ranging thinker whose writings have helped transform America's political landscape."

  • Kristol was the father of neoconservative editor and commentator William Kristol, an editor of The Weekly Standard, which first announced his father's death.

NASA SAYS LAUNCH LIKELY CAUSED SIGHTINGS OF STRANGE LIGHTS: NASA is saying that its rocket launch Saturday night (September 19th) is likely responsible for the dozens of calls in the Northeast to local TV stations reporting sightings of strange lights in the sky. NASA said it launched its Black Brant 12 rocket from Virginia in an experiment to create an artificial cloud as part of an effort to gather data on the highest clouds in the Earth's atmosphere, known as noctilucent clouds. The calls about strange lights came from as far away as Boston.

AUCTION WINNER PAYS $63.5K FOR DINNER WITH PALIN: An Alabama woman who owns a defense contracting company won dinner with former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin Friday (September 18th) with her $63,500 bid in an online auction. Cathy Maples of Huntsville made the winning bid in the eBay charity auction for the Ride 2 Recovery program, which supports wounded veterans through cycling programs. Maples said she is a, quote, "big advocate" for the 2008 Republican vice presidential nominee, and would love to see her as president.


NFL SCORES -- WEEK 2: Here are the results of this week's National Football League Games (Home teams are listed in italics):

  • New York Jets 16, New England Patriots 9
  • Atlanta Falcons 28, Carolina Panthers 20
  • Cincinnati Bengals 31, Green Bay Packers 24
  • Houston Texans 34, Tennessee Titans 31
  • Minnesota Vikings 27, Detroit Lions 13
  • Arizona Cardinals 31, Jacksonville Jaguars 17
  • New Orleans Saints 48, Philadelphia Eagles 22
  • Oakland Raiders 13, Kansas City Chiefs 10
  • Washington Redskins 9, St. Louis Rams 7
  • Buffalo Bills 33, Tampa Bay Buccaneers 20
  • San Francisco 49ers 23, Seattle Seahawks 10
  • Chicago Bears 17, Pittsburgh Steelers 14
  • Baltimore Ravens 31, San Diego Chargers 26
  • Denver Broncos 27, Cleveland Browns 6
  • New York Giants 33, Dallas Cowboys 31

Tonight's Monday Night Football games on ESPN:

  • Indianapolis Colts at Miami Dolphins (8:30 p.m. ET)

CUBS SUSPEND MILTON BRADLEY FOR REST OF SEASON: The Chicago Cubs yesterday (September 20th) suspended Milton Bradley for the rest of the season for conduct detrimental to the team, one day after the outfielder criticized the Cubs in an interview, telling the Daily Herald of Arlington Heights, Illinois, "You understand why they haven't won in 100 years here." The 31-year-old Bradley, who has a history of volatile behavior during 10 years in the majors with seven teams, also told the paper the team didn't have a positive environment, saying, "I need a stable, healthy, enjoyable environment. There's too many people everywhere in your face with a microphone asking the same questions repeatedly. Everything is just bashing you. It's just negativity." Bradley signed a three-year contract with the Cubs in the off-season, but has struggled throughout his first season in Chicago. It's unknown whether he'll be back next year.

  • The Cubs are eight games back in the National League wild-card race with 14 games left to play, and 10 games behind first-place St. Louis in the NL Central.

(Headline News, FYI and Sports stories were compiled in part from reports by the Associated Press and Reuters.)



  • HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER - (season premiere) Lily forces Barney and Robin to face their fears; Ted is anxious about his first lecture at Columbia.
  • ACCIDENTALLY ON PURPOSE - (series premiere) Billie finds herself pregnant by a fling with a younger man, but she decides to keep both her baby and its father.
  • TWO AND A HALF MEN - (season premiere) Charlie is forced to decide between his fiancee, Chelsea, and his former girlfriend, Mia.
  • THE BIG BANG THEORY - (season premiere) The guys follow Sheldon back to Texas after tampering with Sheldon's Arctic-expedition data.
  • CSI: MIAMI - (season premiere) As Eric's life hangs in the balance, Horatio finds himself thinking about the formation of the CSI team and how its members first met.


  • HEROES - (season premiere) A mysterious death pushes Claire in the spotlight; Angela worries that Nathan will discover his true identity.
  • THE JAY LENO SHOW - Jennifer Garner; Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass); headlines.


  • HOUSE - (season premiere) House goes through detox trying to stop his hallucinations; Dr. Nolan refuses to sign the papers to reinstate House's license unless House participates in his own mental recovery.


  • DANCING WITH THE STARS - (season premiere) Celebrities and their professional dance partners begin the competition.
  • CASTLE - (season premiere) Castle tries to fix his relationship with Beckett and finish writing his book; the pair investigate a dead man found tangled in tree limbs.


  • ONE TREE HILL - Haley and Mia try to protect Red Bedroom Records; Brooke chooses the new face of her clothing line.
  • GOSSIP GIRL - Georgina tries to make Blair a social outcast; Serena gets even with Chuck; Bree and Nate decide to explore their relationship.


  • JON & KATE PLUS 8 - Kate takes the kids on a trip to an Amish farm.


THE ELLEN DEGENERES SHOW - Jennifer Love Hewitt, Kelly Osbourne
THE OPRAH WINFREY SHOW - Oprah Goes Back In Time: The '60s
THE VIEW - LeBron James, guest co-host Alexandra Wentworth


THE JAY LENO SHOW (NBC) - Jennifer Garner, Rep. Barney Frank
THE TONIGHT SHOW WITH CONAN O'BRIEN (NBC) - Ricky Gervais, "Chicken" Charlie Boghosian, Lynyrd Skynyrd
JIMMY KIMMEL LIVE (ABC) - (repeat) Robin Williams, Bobcat Goldthwait, Matt & Kim
THE LATE LATE SHOW WITH CRAIG FERGUSON (CBS) - Marg Helgenberger, Dule Hill, Black Joe Lewis & the Honeybears
LATE NIGHT WITH JIMMY FALLON (NBC) - Clive Owen, Joanna Garcia, Living Colour
LAST CALL WITH CARSON DALY (NBC) - (repeat) Alison Brie, Brian Deegan, Franz Ferdinand
THE DAILY SHOW WITH JON STEWART (COMEDY CENTRAL) - (repeat) Former President Bill Clinton


WOMAN USES $20 BILL FROM 1934 IN UPS STORE: A woman in North Dakota walked into a UPS store and used a $20 bill from 1934 to pay. The business manager at first thought it to be a worthless counterfeit bill, but a police detective discovered that it was authentic and valued by collectors at as much as $134 on eBay. The woman says she has no idea how she got the bill, which is said to be in pristine condition. The manager of the store bought the bill from the woman and says she plans to give it to her father who is a coin collector. (AP)

CHEATING GIRLFRIEND WEARS SIGN ASKING FOR SECOND CHANCE: An unfaithful woman in Ohio who cheated on her boyfriend stood in a supermarket parking lot wearing a sign that read "I cheated. Honk if you think I deserve a second chance." and on the back "I honestly love him." The response she got from passing drivers was mostly positive, and some even got out of their cars to hug her and wish her luck. No word on whether her boyfriend saw the stunt or will forgive her. (AP)

ANGRY MAN ATTACKS ROOMMATES WITH SWORD: A Texas man who was apparently upset over finding a soda can in his bedroom and thinking someone entered without permission attacked his two roommates with a sword. Both roommates suffered non-life threatening cuts after the man cut through a door to a room they had fled into and attacked them. Police took the man into custody and have charged him with assault with a deadly weapon. (AP)

POLICE CHIEF IN MASK CAUSES SCHOOL LOCKDOWN: A police chief wearing a stocking mask was planning on surprising a science class at a high school in Michigan, but caused panic to break out at the school after he was spotted by a cafeteria worker. The chief and another officer were seen putting on the masks and were to conduct a mock robbery as part of the science teacher's lesson. The lesson called for the students to write descriptions of the suspects and conduct interviews. Although the mock robbery has been part of the class for the past 12 years, the alert caused about 180 students eating in the cafeteria to be evacuated into the gym for about 10 minutes.


WORKING OUT WITH OTHERS IS LESS PAINFUL: reported that researchers had members of the Oxford rowing team participate in two typical 45-minute virtual-rowing sessions -- one with teammates and one alone. They then measured the athletes' pain thresholds with a blood pressure cuff tightened around the athletes' arms. The rowers who had worked out in the group could tolerate twice as much pressure and discomfort. The theory behind these findings is that social interactions up the body's production of endorphins -- the feel-good chemical that lessens the sensation of pain.

HANDWRITING COULD INDICATE YOU LIE: Scientists say the way to spot a liar is by looking at their handwriting, according to the Daily Mail. They found those who write lies press harder on the paper, have longer strokes of the pen and produce taller letters than those telling the truth. The differences are too subtle to see with the naked eye, but can be detected using a computer and a touch-sensitive pad. The study's authors stressed that the research is in its earliest stage, but says the system could one day be used to test the veracity of loan applications or insurance claims.

WOMEN ON THE RISE IN SEAFARING AND HUNTING: Women are rising in two very different, two very macho arenas -- Seafaring and hunting. The AP reports, "Although as of 2003, only 1 to 2% of the world's seafarers were female, the Women's International Shipping & Trading Association (WISTA) reports a 40% increase in membership in the past two years, which may reflect a general increase in the number of women taking to the water." The overall number of hunters in America has fallen in the past few years, but the number of women picking up the weapons has only increased, reports Northwest Public Radio. The Idaho Fish and Game Department has welcomed the influx of women interested in game hunting by holding women-only "new hunter" workshops.


  • Forget what TV told you: Contrary to the popular belief (disseminated by the media) all women are not constantly confused, neurotic, insecure about everything, love to watch dizzy chick-flicks, have the size of their intelligence oppositely proportional to their external attractiveness. In actuality a very large percentage of women who like to look good (and put some effort into it) are exceptionally intelligent and well educated.
  • I'm not your ex-girlfriend: Just because she yelled at you every time you did not answer her call right away, or cheated on you every time she felt neglected, left you when you got sick/in trouble/etc., etc. does not mean I will do the same.
  • To make things easier, assume I know everything: Give some credit to my intelligence. I am fully capable of connecting my DVD player to the TV. I can even fix your wireless home network and install a new stereo in your car. I really don't need to wait for you to come and replace a burned out light bulb. Treat me as an equal human being, not as a retarded creature for whom you need to dumb down everything you say.
  • I don't need to stop and ask for directions to find my way: In fact, I hate asking for directions. I will never ask you to stop and ask for directions. Mostly because the directions people give are generally wrong. I'd rather stop at a gas station and buy a local map. (Yes, I can read maps. Even nautical ones.)

Would You Pay if Newspaper Websites Start Charging for Access?

As newspapers continue to struggle with falling circulation and reduced advertising, many are considering imposing some type of fee for access to information on their websites. Online content has mostly been given away for free by newspapers on their websites over the past 15 years, with most publishers able to subsidize the sites with profits from their print editions. That has now changed, and Internet ads on newspaper sites bring in just a fraction of the revenue that print ads do. Newspapers also want to protect the value of their print editions, since they still get most of their money from print ads, and charging for online access could help do that as well.

AP reports that charging for online access will likely to occur in small steps, as publishers try to come up with payment plants that will generate revenue without alienating too many readers. In one example, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette recently began a website that includes coverage and commentary on sports, politics and entertainment that isn't in the print edition or the free website. They're charging $36 a year, $3.99 per month. Let me know what you think!

Friday, September 18, 2009


If Christmas shopping is already on your mind, then Rascal Flatts has a idea for you. The trio will release a Limited Edition version of their Greatest Hits: Volume 1 CD. The special two-CD package includes four new bonus tracks which are live concert recordings of "Take Me There," "Winner At A Losing Game," "Me And My Gang" and "Summer Nights," along with a bonus interview and foldout poster of the band from their headlining Unstoppable tour. The limited edition release comes packaged in a silver foil-embossed keepsake box. The Limited Edition Greatest Hits: Volume 1 will be in stores on October 6th.

Here is the track listing:
Prayin' For Daylight
I'm Movin' On
These Days
I Melt
Feels Like Today
Bless The Broken Road
Fast Cars And Freedom
Skin (Sarabeth)
My Wish
What Hurts The Most
Life Is A Highway

Limited Edition Bonus Materials:
Take Me There (Live)
Winner At A Losing Game (Live)
Me And My Gang (Live)
Summer Nights (Live)
audio interview with Rascal Flatts
foldout poster


  • Rascal Flatts recently charted their fourth consecutive studio album at Number One on the Billboard Top 200 chart with the release of Unstoppable.
  • Since launching their career in 2000, they have sold 20 million albums.

Brad Paisley's latest hit, "Welcome To The Future," is taking on a bigger meaning for his fans. People are Twittering their so-called "welcome to the future" moments to the singer all the time, something Paisley tells us is a great sign that people are personally relating to the song. "That was such a victory. The first one of those I ever got was the day of the video premiere when they started running it on online when you could go watch it, and I knew right away. I thought, 'Okay, this is gonna really help them connect and make this song theirs,' cause that's the hard part I was having. I felt like my challenge was to get people to make this song theirs because it's so heavily mine."

Paisley adds that the video's concept has helped people formulate their own "welcome to the future moments.""I feel like you could write 900 verses for that song being that the phrase is so open-ended, and that's where we went for the video was sort of heavily leaning towards the dreams of kids and how they're all about now, and also about looking ahead. Until we came up with that concept I don't know if someone would've sent me any sort of message saying that their mom had beaten cancer . . . 'Welcome to the future' or that they were moving into their dorm that day, you know . . . 'Welcome to the future.'"

  • "Welcome To The Future" is a Top 10 hit on the country charts.
  • Paisley's American Saturday Night tour plays in Englewood, Colorado on Friday (September 18th).
Reba McEntire, Keith Urban, Alan Jackson and Tim McGraw are among the superstars giving the clothes off their back for a good cause. Their autographed donated articles of clothing are up for auction to raise money for Porter's Call, a Tennessee-based organization which provides free counseling and support for artists and their families in need.
  • Other celebs who donated to the cause include the Jonas Brothers, Gene Simmons, Billy Bob Thornton and Paramore. Various memorabilia includes signed guitars, CDs, DVDs and concert tickets.
  • To place a bid, log onto The auction runs through September 30th.


Luke Bryan got some help from labelmates Lady Antebellum on his new single, "Do I." Bryan tells us the song was created over the course of a few hours with Dave Haywood and Charles Kelley. "(It was the) first time that Dave and Charles and I ever got together and we may not oughtta do it again. We've kind of outdone ourselves on the first go around, but we had always been threatening to write and trying to get togther and write, and we all had some time off one day and they actually drove out to my house and we sat on the front porch and had a couple beers and 'Do I' is born."

Bryan said Hillary Scott got involved in the song after Haywood and Kelley played it for her. "A couple days later Hillary Scott called me just freaking out about the song. She really, really loved the song and so she was so perfect for singin' the backgrounds on it and so it's been just a great experience from top to bottom havin' those guys involved with me on it."

  • "Do I" is the first single from Bryan's sophomore album, called Doin' My Thing. The CD will be released on October 6th.
Trisha Yearwood will host the 2009 Christmas At Belmont concert at the Schermerhorn (SKERMER-HORN) Symphony Center in Nashville on December 7th. She will be joined by more than 400 students, School of Music faculty and the Nashville Children's Choir. The program is set to air on PBS-TV on December 23rd.


  • Yearwood graduated from Belmont College in 1987.
  • She is working on her second cookbook, due out sometime next year. Her first one, called Georgia Cooking In An Oklahoma Kitchen, was released in 2008.


Q. As a former schoolteacher, what subject did Darryl Worley teach?
A. Biology



Randy Owen, Jason Aldean


Blake Shelton's BBQ Sweepstakes Party






Lance Armstrong (bicyclist, cancer survivor, seven-time winner of the Tour de France) (38)

  • Frankie Avalon (singer-actor) (69)
  • Michael Franks (jazz musician) (65)
  • Robert Blake (Baretta actor, acquitted after facing charges of murdering his wife) (76)
  • James Gandolfini (actor, Tony Soprano of HBO's The Sopranos) (48)
  • Jada Pinkett Smith (actress married to actor-singer Will Smith) (38)
  • Holly Robinson Peete (actress, starred in 21 Jump Street and Hangin' With Mr. Cooper) (45)
  • Fred Willard (actor/comedian) (70)
  • James Marsden (actor, plays Cyclops in the X-men films) (36)
  • Anna Deavere Smith (actress, Philadelphia, The Practice, The West Wing) (59)
  • Alison Lohman (actress, White Oleander, Matchstick Men, Big Fish, Beowolf, Where the Truth Lies, Flicka, Drag Me To Hell) (30)


  • The Dixie Chicks' second Sony album, Fly, debuted at Number One on the Billboard 200 pop chart in 1999.
  • Merle Haggard recorded the classic "Sing Me Back Home" in 1967.
  • Willie and Bobbie Nelson received misdemeanor citations for drug possession in 2006. A search of Willie's bus near Beaux Bridge, Louisiana yielded 1.5 pounds of marijuana and 2/10 of a pound of mushrooms.
  • Keith Urban's "Days Go By" topped the Billboard country chart in 2004.
  • Kenny Chesney climbed to Number One on the Billboard country chart with "You Had Me From Hello" in 1999.
  • Reba McEntire received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1998.
  • Garth Brooks rose to Number One on the Billboard country chart with "Ain't Going Down (Til The Sun Comes Up)" in 1993.
  • Alan Jackson went to the top spot on the Billboard country singles chart with "Love's Got A Hold On You" in 1992.
  • More than 25 years after earning his first hit, George Jones finally scored his first gold album with I Am What I Am in 1981.
  • Connie Smith joined the Grand Ole Opry in 1965.
  • Minnie Pearl, Roy Acuff, Ernest Tubb and Rosalie Allen headlined the first country music show at New York's Carnegie Hall in 1947.


KATHERINE HEIGL SHOWS OFF NEW DAUGHTER: Katherine Heigl and Josh Kelley have brought their ten-month-old daughter Naliegh home. The couple released a photo of themselves with their new baby, who they recently adopted from South Korea. Her rep said in a statement, "Katherine, Josh and Naleigh are together and doing well." The Grey's Anatomy star revealed news of the adoption to Ellen DeGeneres last week, explaining that Naleigh -- named after her mother, Nancy, and sister, Margaret Leigh -- "was actually born the day before me in November, which I thought was really serendipitous and just kind of like a sign." To see the new family, go to:

NICOLE RICHIE SHOWS OFF POST-BABY BODY: Nicole Richie is back to her normal routine just a week after giving birth to her son, Sparrow. The 27-year-old was spotted looking happy and svelte as she ran errands with daughter Harlow in Los Angeles on Wednesday (September 16th). An photographer told, "She looked absolutely amazing -- anyone who didn't know would never have guessed she had given birth just a week ago. She even looked well-rested!" To see Nicole's post-baby body, go to:

MISCHA BARTON INTOXICATED? The people around Mischa Barton supposedly keeping her sober don't appear to be doing a good job. The New York Post reports that the actress seemed intoxicated during a recent night out. A source told the paper, "She kept saying, in a really spacey, weird British accent, 'Like, I'm with the deejay. I totally know the deejay. I'm here for the deejay.' She was slurring her words." The insider added that she needed to be escorted to the deejay booth where she proceeded to "stand for about an hour, dancing in her own world. I don't think her eyes were open to full capacity -- or even half capacity -- the whole time she was there."

DAVID CARUSO'S BABY MAMA DROPS LAWSUIT: A lawsuit files against David Caruso by Liza Marquez, the mother of his two children, has been dropped, TMZ reports. The lawsuit claimed that Caruso promised to give Marquez $1 million plus attorneys fees when the couple separated after the birth of their second child. It is unclear why the suit was dropped.

HEIDI KLUM DUE 'ANY DAY': Heidi Klum's due date is approaching. The New York Post reported that Klum -- who is starring in Ann Taylor's holiday advertisements, wasn't able to attend the line's fashion show in New York "because she is due any day now." The baby, a girl, will be Klum's fourth child and her third with husband Seal.


PAULA ABDUL SAYS 'IDOL' WILL BE 'DIFFERENT' WITH ELLEN DEGENERES: Paula Abdul says that with Ellen DeGeneres taking her place on American Idol, the program will be "a different show." When asked if she ever "broke down" while thinking about walking away from the popular series, Abdul told a radio show on Thursday (September 17th), "I think that happened during the time I was making that difficult decision [to leave], where I was fighting with myself back and forth: Am I willing to go against what my beliefs are and have the same outcome?" She added that she's doing "so many things" in the wake of her departure, but wouldn't provide any details.

MEGAN FOX ADDRESSES 'TRANSFORMERS' CREW LETTER: Megan Fox has reached out to the Transformers crew members who recently branded her "dumb" and "ungracious" in retaliation for comparing director Michael Bay to Hitler. She said in a statement, "I have spoken with the parties involved privately. I am very fortunate to be involved in this amazing franchise and look forward to Transformers 3."

DAN BROWN HAS NEW RECORD-BREAKING NOVEL: Dan Brown's latest novel, The Lost Symbol, broke a one-day sales record after moving over one million hardcover copies across the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom after it was released on Tuesday (September 15th). Brown's most popular novel, The Da Vinci Code, sold 80 million copies worldwide and was made into a film starring Tom Hanks that grossed more than $758 million.

AARON ECKHART WANTS TO BE IN 'BATMAN' SEQUEL: Even though his character, Harvey Dent died in the 2008 blockbuster, The Dark Knight, Aaron Eckhart wants to come back for the sequel. He said during a promotional appearance for his new movie Love Happens, "If Chris asked me back, I would love to. Heath really was meant to come back as The Joker (for the next movie) as we all would want him to do so maybe this will be the way it is and be its own little thing."


Burt Reynolds is home after a month-long stay in a rehabilitation center. His manager told People that the actor is "home doing well" after being treated for his addiction to prescription drugs.

Reynolds himself addressed the experience, telling People on Thursday (September 17th), "I felt that in spite of the fact I am supposedly a big tough guy, I couldn't beat prescription drugs on my own. I've worked hard to get off of them and really hope other people will realize they need to seek professional help, rather than ignoring the problem or trying to get off of the prescriptions on their own."

  • The 73-year-old added, "This has been a challenging time for me personally, and I really appreciate the outpouring of love and support from my fans, friends and family," he said. "I am looking forward to getting back to teaching and working."
  • His rep explained that the addiction problem started after the actor injured his back. Suzanne Niedland added, "A lot of high-profile people don't seek medical attention or choose not to go into rehab for fear of stories linked to tall tales, like what came out about Burt. Burt Reynolds was very brave to go through with detox and treatment."


New Moon doesn't open until November 20th, but advance ticket-sellers are already reporting sold-out screenings for the Twilight sequel.

  • According to E!, says more than a dozen of its show times have been sold out, while Fandango is reporting 50 sell-outs. Fandago also pointed out that the much-anticipated film is its top-seller heading into this weekend.


Kendra Wilkinson's husband doesn't need to sign up for unemployment. Hank Baskett, the former Philadelphia Eagles receiver who was dropped from the team in favor of Michael Vick, is signing with the Indianapolis Colts.

The expectant mother told E!, "This is a great opportunity for Hank to be playing for the Colts. Peyton Manning is one of the best -- if not the best -- quarterbacks in the league, and I'm excited to see my baby kick some a--!" She added, "So proud of Hank for staying strong and positive."


Jon Gosselin is returning his two German Shephard puppies to their breeder, claiming that Kate refuses to care for them when it's her turn to stay with the children at their Pennsylvania residence. Jon confirmed the news to E! saying, "It's not fair to the dogs to not be wanted in their own home."

Earlier this year, the Gosselins caught heat for their treatment of the dogs, Shoka and Nala, after Jon told People magazine, "Those kids beat them up, climb on them, pull their tails, bite at them, drag them around and everything you can imagine not to do to an animal, they've done."

  • After the local Humane Society fielded complaints stemming from that quote, Jon clarified, "Shoka and Nala are loyal companions who we consider members of our family. We would never do anything to hurt them and treat them with the respect and love that they deserve."
  • Meanwhile, Kate will be back on The View today (September 18th) as a guest, while Kathy Griffin takes her spot as guest co-host. Griffin recently parodied Gosselin in a short film she aired with Jimmy Kimmel.


Lindsay Lohan's mental state is often the subject of public speculation, but the starlet wants to clarify that she's not being hospitalized because of it. Lohan tweeted on Thursday (September 17th) morning, "Hahahaha my publicist just called me & said she heard I was in a psych ward!!!! Hahaha WHAT IS WRONG with people???? I'm working lol."

She added, "BUT that's one I've NEVER heard about myself before! New ones r always interesting huh? There's SO much more going on in the world! Wake up."
Lohan's rep told People magazine that the 23-year-old is currently in Texas shooting the upcoming thriller Machete.

  • Meanwhile, Lohan made headlines for her behavior earlier this week after throwing a diva-like fit at a New York fashion show. A source told the New York Post that "She arrived with her sister, Ali, and two other guests. She had already copped an attitude by refusing to pose for photos, and she had to be dragged into the press line." Later, "Lindsay decided she wasn't happy with the seating arrangements. She began taking the seating cards for celebrities like Juliette Lewis and Christian Siriano and moving them or throwing them on the floor."
  • The source added that after she threw Taylor Momsen's place card on the floor, event producers approached her to which she responded, "Don't [bleep]ing touch me," and "rolled her eyes and continued moving the place cards."


Opening this weekend is Love Happens, starring Jennifer Aniston and Aaron Eckhart. The story follows Dr. Burke Ryan, played by Eckhart, a doctor who wants his patients to confront their pain but is secretly unable to take his own advice. Eloise Chandler, played by Aniston, is a florist who has sworn off men. But when Eloise meets Burke, even though their pasts still loom overhead, they find that love happens when you least expect it. Love Happens was directed by Brandon Camp.

  • Love Happens is rated PG-13 and has a running time of 1 hour and 50 minutes.
Opening today (September 18th) is the new animated film Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs, with Bill Hader, Anna Faris and James Caan lending their voices. The film takes place in Shallow Hills, a town just hit by hard times, where the townspeople can only afford to eat sardines. But when Flint Lockwood, voiced by Hader, builds a machine that converts water into food the town makes him a local hero after tasty foods start falling from the sky. However, Flint realizes he may not be able to handle his invention after the machine spins out of control and threatens to bury the town under giant mounds of food. Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs was directed by Chris Miller.
  • Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs is rated PG and has a running time of 1 hour and 20 minutes.
Opening this weekend is the new film from Steven Soderbergh, The Informant!, starring Matt Damon. Based on a true story, The Informant! follows Mark Whitacre, played by Damon, a rising star at Archer Daniels Midland, an agricultural company, who became an informant on the company's price fixing tactics hoping he would gain a promotion and become a hero to the common people but instead, Whitacre inadvertently revealed his habit of helping himself to the company coffers and then threatened to derail the investigation he helped launch.
  • The Informant! is rated R and has a running time of 1 hour and 50 minutes.
Opening today is the Diablo Cody written Jennifer's Body, starring Megan Fox, Amanda Seyfried, Adam Brody, J.K Simmons and Chris Pratt. The film centers on teenager Jennifer, played by Fox, who, after being possessed by a demon, becomes hungry for every guy who never stood a chance with her before. When Jennifer's friend Needy, played by Seyfried, finds out what the evil Jennifer is doing she vows to put an end to it. Jennifer's Body was directed by Karyn Kusama.
  • Jennifer's Body is rated R and has a running time of 1 hour and 40 minutes.

The NASCAR Report for September 18th, 2009


Have you often wondered what goes on in the NASCAR garages during the down time over the course of a race weekend? Were you ever curious to know what Kurt Busch and his team do between returning home from a race and packing up for the next one?

Well, prepare to have those questions answered. The Miller Lite Blue Deuce will be using Twitter to provide fans with exclusive information about preparing for and running in the Chase. Legal-drinking-age fans can follow "@BlueDeuce2Win" on Twitter; or, for more information, visit the Miller Lite "Taste Nation" page on Facebook, or


Sunday's Sylvania 300 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway kicks off the battle for the 2009 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series title - the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup - which begins with 12 drivers, 12 storylines and possible history-in-the-making.

The field was set last Saturday night at Richmond International Raceway, with the top 12 drivers in the standings at the conclusion of that event eligible to vie for the series title during the season's final 10 races.

NASCAR On TV This Weekend
All races at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon, New Hampshire
There is no Nationwide Series race this weekend.
(All Times Eastern)

  • Camping World Truck Series Heluva Good 200 Practice - Today (Friday) at 10:30 a.m. ET
  • Sprint Cup Sylvania 300 Practice - Today at noon (Speed)
  • Camping World Truck Series Heluva Good 200 Practice - Today at 1:45 p.m. ET
  • Sprint Cup Sylvania 300 Qualifying - Today at 3:00 p.m. (ESPN2)
  • Sprint Cup Sylvania 300 Practice - Saturday at 9:00 a.m. (Speed)
  • Camping World Truck Series Heluva Good 200 Qualifying - Saturday at 10:00 a.m. ET (Speed)
  • Camping World Truck Series Heluva Good 200 Race - Saturday at 2:30 p.m. ET (Speed)
  • Sprint Cup Sylvania 300 Practice (Tape Delay) - Saturday at 6:45 p.m. (ESPN2)
  • Sprint Cup Sylvania 300 Race - Sunday at 1:00 p.m. (ABC)


OBAMA SCRAPS BUSH MISSILE DEFENSE PLAN: President Barack Obama threw out his predecessor's defense plan focused on Europe, and announced a new plan for a faster, more flexible defense system. The President said it would shift the focus to defense against Iran's short-and medium-range missiles. The change was welcomed by Russia, which had bitterly opposed plans for American defense systems based in Poland and the Czech Republic. But U.S. Senator John McCain, the President's failed opponent for the presidency, called the change "seriously misguided."

A Yale University lab technician who worked with Annie Le has been arrested for her murder. Raymond Clark, 24, was arraigned yesterday, Thursday. After a frantic search of the campus, Annie Le's body was found Sunday, hidden in the basement of the building where both had worked. Police said she had been asphyxiated.

BERNIE MADOFF'S BEACH HOUSE SELLS FOR 8.75 MILLION: It may be a drop in the bucket of money he stole, but victims will get the proceeds of the sale of the swindler's beach house in the beach town of Montauk, New York. The four-bedroom, 3,000 square foot house was on the market for only two weeks. The buyer was not identified by federal marshals in charge of the sale. Still up for grabs: his 9.9- million-dollar Manhattan penthouse and the 8.5 million-dollar Palm Beach mansion. French authorities grabbed the Riviera chateau. Madoff is serving a 150-year sentence for bilking investors out of an estimated 65 billion dollars.


DISCOVERY OF MINI DINOSAUR POSES MAJOR QUESTIONS: Long, long before the colossal Tyrannosaurus rex roamed the earth, there was... a dinky little critter that looked just like him in miniature. Paleontologists announced yesterday, Thursday, that they have discovered the fossilized remains of a dinosaur with the same massive head and puny arms as T-Rex, but it's only nine feet long, about one-fifth the size of the big guy. And, the little dino lived about 125 million years ago, or 35 million years before the jumbo T-Rex. The New York Times reports that the mini-rex was found in northeastern China and bought by a collector, who contacted scientists about his interesting find.

WE'RE ALL 2 TRILLION DOLLARS RICHER: Says who? Says the Federal Reserve. A report issued yesterday, Thursday, says that, after nearly two years of declines, the total net worth of all Americans has risen by 2 trillion so far this year, to an estimated 53.1 trillion dollars. The soaring stock market is credited for most of the gains. The value of stock holdings rose by 22 percent, while mutual funds jumped 15 percent.


HOUSTON TEXAN PLAYER FINED OVER MESSAGE ON HIS SHOES: Houston Texan cornerback Dunta Robinson was fined $25,000 for wearing cleats with the words "Pay Me Rick" written on the heel during the game on Sunday. The message was intended for Texans GM Rick Smith, who couldn't get a long-term contract done over the off season, which led to Robinson to hold out and miss training camp. Robinson ended up settling for a one-year deal worth $9.957 million.

NBA REFEREE CONTRACT TALKS BREAK DOWN: NBA referees could soon find themselves on the sidelines after the latest contract talks with the league broke down. Lamell McMorris said the officials made another $1 million in concessions in their proposal, but then headed home without a deal after it was rejected by the NBA. "It's become evident that the league would not be interested in continuing conversation at this time," McMorris said. If a new deal is not signed by the end of the month, the NBA will use replacement officials when preseason begins on October 1.


BURGLAR ARRESTED AFTER LOGGING INTO FACEBOOK: A 19 year-old Pennsylvania man who broke into a house and stole two diamond rings was caught after he signed into his Facebook account. Police say the man forgot to sign out of his account and they were able to locate him. He remains in custody and could face up to a 10-year prison sentence.

PLASTIC FRAGMENT REMOVED FROM MAN'S LUNG: Doctors say they removed a small plastic fragment from a man's lung that been there for 2 years. The fragment, said to be a piece of a fast-food restaurant utensil, was said to be inhaled by the man while gulping a soft-drink. The fragment was discovered after the man saw a doctor after experiencing chronic coughing fits. (AP)

MAN LITTERS NATIONAL PARK WITH OVER 3.000 GOLF BALLS: A man said he littered Joshua Tree National Park with over 3,000 golf balls to honor deceased golfers. Park rangers said it took over 370 hours and $9,000 to clean up the mess, which also included tennis balls, park literature and fruits and vegetables. The man said the food was for stranded hikers. (AP)

INJURED TURTLE GETS COASTERS FOR FEET: A turtle whose front feet were eaten by a raccoon was given new life after a fast-thinking veterinary surgeon came up with an unconventional solution. The doctor outfitted the turtle with plastic coasters, like those used under the legs of chairs and tables, and says the turtle can now walk fine. And by the way, the turtle's name is Lucky. (MSNBC)


WOMEN CAN'T KEEP SECRETS: The Daily Mail reports that researchers found that women will typically tell a secret to someone else within 47 hours and 15 minutes. A study of 3,000 women aged between 18 and 65 also found that four in ten were unable to keep a secret, no matter how personal or confidential the news was. More than half admitted that alcohol could prompt them to dish the dirt. Boyfriends, husbands, best friends and mothers were most likely to be initial recipients of the information.

MANY HAVE BABY NAME REMORSE: According to a study reported on by CNN, 10 percent of women who participated in a survey by admitted to having "baby-name remorse." Noting that by 12 months children already recognize the sound of their names, Dr. Karla Umpierre, a Miami psychologist and family counselor, told CNN that she encourages parents to get the child's input and approval if they decide to change the name after age 2. "It's best to change the name before then, because by 2 or 3 they have a sense of identity, and it could send mixed messages. The child might ask himself, 'Do you want to change me?'"

MALE EYEBROW GROOMING ON THE RISE: British men are becoming increasingly interested in having their eyebrows professionally groomed, according to Debenhams department store which plans to hold men-only "guybrow" nights. Fox News reports that the store claims that guys now make up 40 percent of the visitors to its brow bars, double the proportion of a year ago. Debenhams said its consumer research showed many men initially came for threading either in a bid to look good for a job interview, or at the request of their fiancees as part of the wedding preparations.

IS THE AGE ONE LOSES VIRGINITY GENETIC? The age at which you lost your virginity could be programmed in your genes. According a new study published in Child Development, the average age at which teens with absent fathers lost their virginity was 15.28, compared to age 16.11 for kids whose fathers were always around. Though researchers have often suspected that having an absent father, a single mom, or sexually active single parents could lead teens to have sex earlier, genetics seem to play a larger role than previously thought. Children whose fathers were sometimes absent lost their virginity at an average age of 15.36. The findings, reported on by, are based on a study of 1,000 cousins at the University of Oregon, and the familial relations of the subjects led to some other interesting conclusions. Namely -- The more genes the children shared, the more similar their ages of first intercourse, regardless of whether or not the children had an absent father.


  • She Tries to Make Eye Contact: Does she go out of her way to try and catch your eye? Do you catch her looking at you when you glance her way? These are signs that she's intrigued, but it may or may not have anything to do with a romantic interest. Pay attention to the context. These clues are a lot more telling at a lesbian bar then in the workplace.
  • She Makes a Point of Sitting Near You: At work she sits next to you in staff meetings. In a group of friends she'll take the seat right next to you or right across from you.
  • She Goes Out of Her Way to Engage with You: Does she always come by your cubicle at work to check in about a project that could easily be talked about via email? Does she show up at your softball games, at the club where you bartend or hang around outside your classroom when her next class is far away? These are all signs she could be into you. Then again, it could be your co-worker, boss or classmate.
  • She laughs at your jokes: Especially if they're not funny.
  • She touches you: Does she touch your hand when she asks to see your ring? Are there moments when touching is not called for, but she does anyway, like sitting close on a couch or giving your shoulder a squeeze when you pass by her.
  • She compliments you: If she says you have pretty eyes or a nice smile, she's probably flirting with you. If she compliments your shirt, hair or shoes, she could just like them.
  • She jokes around with you: Humor is a great ice breaker. If she likes you, she may tease you, joke with you or flirt with you.
  • Your intuition tells you so: Don't discount the power of your intuition. Often the energy between two people is palpable. Feel for it, but you can never be sure if one-sided.
  • She tells you: This is only sure fire way to find out if someone is into you. Either that or she tries to kiss you.

Question: Should Local News Anchors Be Allowed To Use Foul Language?


During the broadcast on New York's WNYW-TV at 10:00 p.m. Wednesday (September 16th), veteran news anchor Ernie Anastos was teasing weatherman Nick Gregory about his forecast. And then Anastos dropped the F-bomb on the air.

Anastos said, "I guess it takes a tough man to make a tender forecast," referencing the Frank Perdue commercials. Gregory responded, "Yes that's me!" And then Anastos said, "Keep ***-ing that chicken."

  • Anastos apologized for "his use of inappropriate language," in a statement released yesterday and also apologized on the air during last night's broadcast. He also became something of a YouTube sensation after a video of the incident was uploaded.
  • In a poll on, 40 percent of readers questioned about the incident said that anchors who use foul language on the air should be praised for making the news interesting.

TO SEE THE VIDEO: (WARNING: Not safe for work!) -


The local FOOD DRIVE just started a week ago and H&R Block is pleased to announce that they have collected close to 2000 cans already!!! They will continue to distribute these cans between: WestCare, the Salvation Army, St. Vincent de Paul and HELP.
This FOOD DRIVE is to replenish the much needed Food Banks at these four local charities, so "PLEASE" drop off as many cans as you can, as often as you can!!! We have 5 more weeks and there are over 140 businesses that have a collection box, but if you aren't sure where to take your cans, just call H&R Block at (928) 763-3400 or (928) 763-3444. There is always someone there to help you!

Thursday, September 17, 2009


If you've been to any of Kenny Chesney's shows over the past couple years, you may have noticed a returning stage prop -- a stuffed blue marlin that is usually prominantly placed on the set. While the fish may be a funny conversation piece, Chesney tells us it holds a personal significance. "I caught that thing off the north drop off the British Virgin Islands in 2003. But I caught it, literally caught that fish the day that one of my bus drivers died. It's a symbol of us, how much fun we like to have, how carefree we are, and of that day."

Chesney makes sure that the fish, which he named Marley, is carefully transported from city to city. "We have a big home for Marley. He's in a road case, and every single day if he's not on stage he's backstage somewhere just so somebody can look at it and go, 'Why does Kenny have a stuffed blue marlin backstage with a sombrero on its head?' (laughs)"

  • Chesney wraps up his Sun City Carnival tour with a stadium show on Saturday (September 19th) in Indianapolis at Lucas Oil Field.
  • The superstar will be taking next summer off from touring. He told Entertainment Weekly, "I need to recharge creatively . . . I just felt like this year it finally hit me that I need to get reconnected with my family. I wanna do some things that I've never gotten to do, like see other parts of the world, write some more songs. . . I've given a big part of my soul for this for so long, and nothing has really been filling that up. It seems like in the last couple of years, I've been on an empty tank. And that's gotta change."
  • Chesney makes a point to say that he is definitely not quitting, but rather taking a "pause."

Tim McGraw and his wife, Faith Hill, are nearing completion on their new custom-built home. The couple purchased 17 acres of land near Nashville a few years ago, and are finally seeing light at the end of the tunnel, as McGraw tells us: "We've been building a hour for three-and-a-half years now, so it's been a while, but, yeah, we've been married for 13 years in October and this is the first house we've built. We've always wanted to build a house and we've always had plans. Faith's one of these people who has a whole file cabinet full of tear sheets out of magazines. She'd been doin' that since before we'd even met. It took us a while to find a place to build and all these kind of things so that's why it took so long to build."

McGraw says the house will be very special to the entire family because it was created specifically for them. "When we move in, which will be here in about a month, I guess, it'll be the first time that we've ever been in a house that we knew was gonna be our house. Every place we've lived before we knew was gonna be temporary, so I think that that's gonna be a paradigm shift sort of in the way that we relax in our home because we haven't really had that before, so we're very excited about it."

  • McGraw's new album, Southern Voice, will be released on October 20th.

Taylor Swift's wardrobe, including the shimmering gown she wore to the MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday (September 13th), has earned her a spot in People magazine's annual Best Dressed issue. They give her the honor of having the "Best Sparkle," saying, "Taylor is country music's reigning princess, and she is always dressed appropriately in shimmering frocks." The Best Dressed issue of People hits newsstands on Friday (September 18th).

Justin Moore and his wife, Kate, will welcome their first child in February. They recently learned they are expecting a girl who will be named Ella Cole. Moore broke the news during an interview with a radio station in Michigan.
  • Moore's current single, "Small Town USA," is a current Top Five hit on the country charts.
  • He will open a few dates for Gary Allan in October.


  • Moore's wife, Kate, appears in the video for "Small Town USA."

Brooks & Dunn's very last album as a duo, #1's . . . and then some, debuts at Number One on Billboard's Top Country Albums chart this week. First week sales of the two-disc package surpassed 55,000 copies.
  • Kix Brooks and Ronnie Dunn will be guests on A&E's Private Sessions, airing on Sunday (September 20th) at 9 a.m. ET. The show includes both an interview and performance. Alan Jackson, Toby Keith and Keith Urban will be among those sending special messages to the duo during the program.


  • Brooks & Dunn recently earned a pair of CMA nominations as Vocal Duo of the Year and Musical Event of the Year for "Cowgirls Don't Cry," their recent hit single featuring Reba McEntire.
  • #1s . . . and then some features 30 songs spanning back to the duo's very first single, "Brand New Man." It also includes their new single, "Honky Tonk Stomp," which features special guest Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top.


Q. In what year was Lee Greenwood's "God Bless The USA" first released to country radio?

A. 1984




Randy Owen, Jason Aldean


Cassandra Peterson (actress, Halloween character Elvira) (58)

  • David Souter (Supreme Court Justice) (70)
  • Phil Jackson (former NBA player and head coach of Los Angeles Lakers) (64)
  • Kevin Clash (the man behind Elmo and others on Sesame Street) (49)
  • Rita Rudner (comedienne and actress) (56)
  • Bobby Lee (comedian, MadTV) (37)
  • Malik Yoba (actor, New York Undercover) (42)
  • Constantine Maroulis (singer, former American Idol contestant) (34)
  • Baz Luhrmann (Australian film director, Romeo + Juliet, Moulin Rouge, Strictly Ballroom) (47)
  • Bryan Singer (film director, The Usual Suspects, X-Men, X2, Superman Returns) (44)
  • Matthew Settle (actor, Rufus Humphrey on Gossip Girl, The In Crowd, Band of Brothers) (40)


Loretta Lynn's first appearance at the Grand Ole Opry was in 1960.

  • Reba McEntire made her Opry debut in 1977.
  • Hank Williams Jr.'s Greatest Hits album was released in 1983.
  • Brooks & Dunn's "Play Something Country" claimed the top of the Billboard chart in 2005.


Opening this weekend is Love Happens, starring Jennifer Aniston and Aaron Eckhart. The story follows Dr. Burke Ryan, played by Eckhart, a doctor who wants his patients to confront their pain but is secretly unable to take his own advice. Eloise Chandler, played by Aniston, is a florist who has sworn off men. But when Eloise meets Burke, even though their pasts still loom overhead, they find that love happens when you least expect it. Love Happens was directed by Brandon Camp.

  • Love Happens is rated PG-13 and has a running time of 1 hour and 50 minutes.
Opening today (September 18th) is the new animated film Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs, with Bill Hader, Anna Faris and James Caan lending their voices. The film takes place in Shallow Hills, a town just hit by hard times, where the townspeople can only afford to eat sardines. But when Flint Lockwood, voiced by Hader, builds a machine that converts water into food the town makes him a local hero after tasty foods start falling from the sky. However, Flint realizes he may not be able to handle his invention after the machine spins out of control and threatens to bury the town under giant mounds of food. Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs was directed by Chris Miller.


BURT REYNOLDS IN REHAB: Burt Reynolds has reportedly entered rehab. Entertainment Tonight claims that the 73-year-old veteran actor has checked into a clinic for the treatment of drugs and alcohol. His reps haven't returned calls seeking further details.

JENNIFER ANISTON SINGS FOR ELLEN DEGENERES: Jennifer Aniston showed her singing chops on Wednesday's (September 16th) Ellen DeGeneres Show. The new American Idol judge told Aniston -- who sings for an upcoming film role -- that she'd get "put through to the next round" after hearing the actress's rendition of the George Gershwin standard "I've Got a Crush on You."To hear her sing, go to:

JENNA ELFMAN PREGNANT: Jenna Elfman is expecting her second child with husband Bodhi Elfman. During an appearance on Wednesday (September 16th) morning's The Early Show, the Accidently on Purpose actress revealed, "I have a baby in my tummy -- but a real one, not just for my TV show. My character's pregnant the whole first season, so I said, 'It's a good time to have another baby, because we won't have to hide it.' " Accidently on Purpose premieres next Monday (September 21st) on CBS.

KRISTIN CAVALLARI DENIES JOHN MAYER HOOK UP: Kristin Cavallari is corroborating John Mayer's story that they two never hooked up. Days after Mayer denied rumors of a romance with The Hills star, Cavallari told, "I literally met John one time for five minutes. I am single, I'll tell you that. I'm 22. Why have a boyfriend? I'm having fun."

ALLEGED AUDRINA PATRIDGE STALKER ARRESTED ON UNRELATED CHARGES: A man who Audrina Patridge recently filed a restraining order against has been arrested on unrelated charges. reports that Zachory Loring was arrested in California on Tuesday (September 15th) on two outstanding warrants for vandalism and disturbing the peace. Patridge recently filed legal documents against him, claiming that he'd been lingering on her property and once handed her a drawing of a woman being


GEORGE TAKEI AND HUSBAND TO APPEAR ON 'THE NEWLYWED GAME': Actor George Takei and his husband Brad Altman are going to be the first gay couple to compete on The Newlywed Game. Altman told the New York Daily News, "George and I are thrilled. It's pretty historic for us. It's going to be a great experience for both of us to see how well we really know each other after 22 years together." The Game Show Network announced that their appearance will take place on the show's October 12th episode.

NICOLE KIDMAN STARRING IN TRANSGENDER FILM: Nicole Kidman will play a transgender person in an upcoming biopic about the Danish painter Einar Wegener, who in 1931 became the first person to go through a sex-change operation to become a woman. Variety reports that Kidman will replace Charlize Theron, who was originally slated to take the part.

JAY LENO LOSES VIEWERS: Jay Leno's audience was seven million people smaller the night after making his primetime debut on NBC. E! reports that the The Jay Leno Show pulled in 10.7 million viewers on Tuesday (September 15th) night, and although that was a significant drop from the 17.7 million who watched the premiere, he still beat out CBS' Big Brother finale and ABC's Patrick Swayze tribute in the ratings.

NEW JUDGE ADDED ON 'SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE': A new judge has been added to So You Think You Can Dance. Choreographer Adam Shankman, who recently worked with Miley Cyrus on The Last Song, will join Nigel Lythgoe and Mary Murphy at the show's judges table when it returns to television on October 27th.

JESSICA BIEL JOINING 'A-TEAM'? Jessica Biel is reportedly in final talks to join Fox's upcoming A-Team film. The Hollywood Reporter announced that the actress and District 9's Sharlto Copley are in negotiations for the project, which already has Liam Neeson, Quinton "Rampage" Jackson and Bradley Cooper attached to it. Neeson's set to play John "Hannibal" Smith and Jackson's on board as Sgt. "B.A." Baracus, portrayed by Mr. T in the series.

'SPIDER-MAN 4' GETS RELEASE DATE: The fourth installment of the popular Spiderman franchise is due to be released in May of 2011. reports that it took nearly a year to convince stars Tobey Maguire and Kirsten Dunst and director Sam Raimi to sign on. The first three films have grossed over $2.5 million at the worldwide box office.


Patrick Swayze's remains will reportedly be cremated. reports that the late actor's ashes will be spread across his New Mexican Rancho de Dias Alegres, which he called his favorite place in the world.

Meanwhile, The Time of My Life, the memoir Swayze wrote with his wife Lisa Niemi, has been given a September 29th release date.

  • In other Swayze news, Dancing With the Stars announced that they will honor the late actor on the September 23rd live results show. The Dirty Dancing star made a guest appearance during the show's first season, where he taught friend John O'Hurley a few dance moves in rehearsal.
  • Dancing's executive producer Conrad Green told People magazine, "We have some very fond memories of [the late actor] coming to help us our when we were a tiny little show way back when. He was one of the few people to integrate dance with being an A-list actor. He inspired many people and many of our pros to dance. We want to honor the great moments he's brought to film by getting our dancers to do their interpretation to some music from his films."


NBC's new comedy Community will premiere tonight after The Office on NBC. Community stars Joel McHale (The Soup) as Jeff Winger, a lawyer whose licence has been revoked after years of lying about his credentials. Jeff takes his lying ways with him to Greendale Community College as he attempts to go back to school to start over. When Jeff falls for Britta (Gillian Jacobs), an attractive classmate, he tries to get close to her by leading her to believe that he is a tutor forming a study group. The study group, with it's misfits from all walks of life, quickly sees through Jeff's lies, but bands together anyway for support.

  • Community also stars Chevy Chase, as Pierce, an older man returning to college to enhance his own strange brand of wisdom.


Kate Winslet topped People magazine's list of the ten best-dressed women of 2009, "with her unique brand of sexy sophistication, modern Hollywood glamour and those enviable curves." The British actress earned the distinction of having the best red carpet style, while Reese Witherspoon, Michelle Obama and Vanessa Hudgens were honored for their "short dresses," "accessible glamour," and "hippie chic," respectively.

Not every celebrity included in this week's annual double issue received accolades for their style. Jessica Simpson's unflattering "mom jeans" unfortunately marked a memorable fashion moment for the star, while Paula Abdul and Renee Zellweger were cited as having the worst red carpet dresses.

  • Some of the men recognized for their superior style include Robert Pattinson, Brad Pitt and Bradley Cooper.

People's choice of the Top 10 Best-Dressed Women of 2009 are:

  • Kate Winslet - Best Red Carpet
  • Vanessa Hudgens - Best Hippie Chic
  • Reese Witherspoon - Best Short Dresses
  • Cameron Diaz - Best Jeans
  • Michelle Obama - Best Accessible Glamour
  • Freida Pinto - Best Use of Color
  • Taylor Swift - Best Sparkle
  • Nicole Richie - Best Maternity
  • Beyonce - Best Street Chic
  • Kim Kardashian - Best Bikinis

CHECK IT OUT: To see pictures of the women, go to:


Stephanie Santoro, the nanny that Jon Gosselin denied having been intimate with, is speaking to the tabloids and refuting the reality dad's version of their relationship. Santoro told In Touch magazine that she and Gosselin had sex nine times and described their bedroom relations as not "terrible, but it wasn't the best I ever had."

She claims that the two first began their fling in the Gosselin family hot tub after which Jon "ran in to make sure all of the kids were asleep, and we went back into the apartment that is over the garage. We continued what was going on in the hot tub, and then he fell asleep afterward."

Jon's lawyer, however, slammed the nanny's claims, saying, "The content of the story is shocking, especially in light of the fact that a non-disclosure agreement purportedly prepared by the production company had been signed by the nanny before she started working with the Gosselin family."

  • Santoro's mother Marci chimed in, claiming that Jon asked Stephanie to lie to his girlfriend Hailey Glassman in order to save that relationship. Marci revealed, "He asked her if she would call Hailey and calm Hailey down and tell her that they never had a relationship, that they never went to eat together, that they never did anything together; that all she was, was a friend and a sitter to the children...He told Stephanie that he cared for Hailey, but he didn't see her as the person he wanted to spend his life with. He didn't see her as a stepmother figure for the children, but he said that he couldn't end it now because there was too much stuff, like the clothing line, that Hailey was involved in. He had to be careful how he handled everything."
  • Meanwhile Jon is disputing Kate's claims that he's introduced Glassman to his eight kids. He told E! News, "I've never brought Hailey to meet the kids, nor do I plan on doing that anytime soon." Hailey backed him up on her Twitter account, writing, "I was never at Jon and Katezilla's house nor did I meet the children, And nor am I in a rush to...When the truth finally comes out, the public owes Jon and I a HUGE apology, until then keep hating n being blinded, Bunch of Helen Keller's."


Kathy Ireland is the second Dancing With the Stars cast member to have sustained an injury this season -- and it didn't even happen while she was rehearsing for the show. E! reports that the supermodel received seven stitches in her leg last weekend after a surfing trip with her son turned clumsy.

Following partner Tony Dovolani's advice to "go out and have fun," Ireland joined her son for a day at the beach -- and smashed a surfboard against the side of her leg, splitting it open.

  • Luckily, Ireland's husband is an ER doctor and he managed to stitch his wife up himself.
    Despite the minor setback, Ireland's rep said she is still a go for Monday's (September 21st) premiere.
  • Contestant Tom DeLay revealed he had a pre-stress fracture in his foot earlier this week, but sounded hopeful that he'll also be ready for competition.
CHECK IT OUT: See a picture of the injury:


No, George Clooney will not be your Facebook friend. When asked about the popular social networking site at the Toronto Film Festival, the actor frankly responded, "I'd rather have a rectal examination on live TV by a fellow with cold hands than have a Facebook page."

  • Although it's unlikely they're buddies online, Clooney's new gal pal Elisabetta Canalis has won the approval of his friend, Matt Damon. The Informant star told People magazine, "She is a really, really wonderful woman," adding that he and his wife vacationed with the new couple over the summer. Damon continued, "It's nice to see my friend so happy."
CHECK IT OUT: How to make your girlfriend's best friend like you:


Megan Fox is a self-proclaimed hot-head. The actress confessed to Rolling Stone, "My temper is ridiculously bad."

Though she is the object of many men's affections, they might change their minds after hearing how she treats her on-off beau, Brian Austin Green. Fox revealed, "I've had to say to Brian, 'You have to go and stop talking to me, because I'm going to kill you. I'm going to stab you with something, please leave."

Lightening the situation, she explained, "I'd never own a gun for that reason. I wouldn't shoot to kill. But I would shoot him in the leg, for sure."

  • Apparently Green isn't the only recipient of her violence; Fox admits that she has cut herself. When asked if it's something she'd ever done, the actress replied, "Yeah. But I don't want to elaborate. I would never call myself a cutter. Girls go through different phases when they're growing up, when they're miserable and do different things, whether it's an eating disorder or they dabble in cutting."
  • Despite the widespread accolades she receives for her physical appearance, Fox admits, "I'm really insecure about everything. I never think I'm worthy of anything... I have a sick feeling of being mocked all the time. I have a lot of self-loathing."


The 24-year-old model carrying Jude Law's baby is looking to profit off the situation. Sources tell the New York Post that Burke is offering a tell-all to go along with pictures of the newborn, who is due on October 6th -- the same day Law's Broadway production of Hamlet begins.

The insider told the paper, "The irony of the timing for the interview is not lost on her. She will talk openly about her relationship with Jude -- and he's not getting rave reviews" for his behavior. While Jude has promised to provide for Sophia, Samantha doesn't feel like his behavior towards her was entirely chivalrous."

  • A source close to Burke said, "Samantha is getting offers ranging up to $200,000" for the interview and baby photos."



(season premiere) The castaways arrive in Samoa and are divided into tribes; each tribe must select a leader, without speaking.


  • PARKS AND RECREATION - (season premiere) Hoping to promote the local zoo, Leslie arranges for two penguins to wed, but things don't go as planned when they realize the penguins are both male.
  • THE OFFICE - (season premiere) Michael feels left out when the rest of the office gossips about the summer interns, so he hunts for a secret to share.
  • COMMUNITY - (series premiere) A fast talking lawyer finds himself back in school leading a study group after his degree is revoked.

  • FOX:

    • BONES - (season premiere) Angela's psychic alerts Brennan and Booth to the presence of a mass grave beneath a fountain.
    • FRINGE - (season premiere) Peter investigates Olivia's visit to a parallel univers


    BAUCUS UNVEILS HEALTH INSURANCE REFORM PLAN: Democratic Senator Max Baucus of Montana yesterday (September 16th) unveiled a long-awaited health insurance reform plan that, despite coming after months of bipartisan negotiations on the Senate Finance Committee he heads and after concessions were made to Republicans, drew no support from the GOP. Baucus' bill is the last of five produced by committees in the House and Senate. His proposed measure, which also drew fire from some Democrats, would cost an estimated $856 billion over 10 years. It doesn't include a government-run public option, but instead calls for the creation of non-profit cooperatives to create competition with private insurers. The legislation would also require all U.S. citizens and legal residents to get health insurance, offer subsidies on a sliding scale to help people buy it, impose fees on health care companies and insurers, and expand Medicaid.

    YALE GRAD STUDENT DIED OF 'TRAUMATIC ASPHYXIATION: The Connecticut state medical examiner reported Wednesday (September 16th) that 24-year-old Yale grad student Annie Le was suffocated, with the cause of death ruled as "traumatic asphyxiation." Le's body was found hidden in the wall of a Yale research center on Sunday (September 13th), the day she was to be married, five days after she'd disappeared after going to work at an animal research lab. Police are awaiting the results of DNA tests on evidence taken from 24-year-old lab technician Raymond Clark, who worked in the building and has been named a person of interest. Police had escorted Clark from his Middletown, Connecticut, apartment late Tuesday in handcuffs, with warrants for his DNA and items in his apartment. He was released early Wednesday into the custody of his attorney.

    KARZAI WITH 54.6 PERCENT IN PRELIMINARY ELECTION RESULTS: Afghan officials issued full preliminary results Wednesday (September 16th) of last month's election showing that President Hamid Karzai got 54.6 percent of the vote. However, that result that could be annulled by ballots being thrown out, as European Union election monitors are saying fraud is suspected in more than a quarter of the 5.6 million votes counted. If enough votes are thrown out for Karzai to drop below 50 percent, it will force him into a two-man runoff with top challenger Abdullah Abdullah, a former foreign minister, who has 27.7 percent of the vote. Recounts and investigations are likely to take weeks.


    SOLDIER BEING AWARDED POST-HUMOUS MEDAL OF HONOR: President Obama will award a post-humous Medal of Honor today (September 17th) to U.S. Army Sergeant First Class Jared C. Monti for repeatedly trying to rescue a wounded comrade in Afghanistan despite intense enemy fire. The Medal of Honor is the nation's highest award for military valor, and the one Obama will be presenting today to Monti's parents at the White House is the first of his presidency. Monti, who was 30, is being given the honor for his actions on June 21, 2006, when the 16-man patrol he was leading came under Taliban attack. When one of his man was wounded, Monti twice ran into the open under fire to try to retrieve him, but was forced back. He was hit by a rocket-propelled grenade on his third try and died at the scene. Medics eventually reached the man Monti was trying to save, Private Brian Bradbury, but he and one of his rescuers died when the hoist that held them to a helicopter gave way.

    • Former President George W. Bush awarded five Medals of Honor for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, all posthumously.

    WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT SWINE AND SEASONAL FLU THIS YEAR: The flu season is already well underway two months early, due almost entirely to cases of the new H1N1 swine flu, which so far is targeting mostly children and younger adults, although older people can get it too. Regular flu strains will start circulating as well as the weather gets colder, so a person who's sick may not know if they have seasonal flu or the swine flu. But it doesn't really matter, since the treatment is the same for both. AP put together some FAQs to ready for what's predicted to be a busy and long flu season:

    Vaccines -- The vaccine for seasonal flu is already available, while the separate vaccine for swine flu will be ready in October. Adults will likely need just one shot of the swine flu vaccine, and tests are now being done to see if children will need an additional booster shot. It's impossible to catch the flu from the vaccine, either for seasonal or swine flu, since they're made with a dead virus.

    Symptoms -- Swine flu symptoms include fever, aches, cough, sore throat, sneezing, runny nose and sometimes diarrhea and vomiting. Seek immediate care for a child that has difficulty breathing or is breathing fast, turns bluish, isn't drinking enough fluids, has severe vomiting, is hard to wake up or lethargic, or is so irritable that he doesn't want to be held. Also seek care if the fever breaks and then returns, which is a sign of a possible bacterial infection. For adults, seek immediate care if there's difficulty breathing, pain or pressure in the chest or abdomen, dizziness, confusion, severe vomiting or a rebound fever.

    Anti-flu medicines -- Drugs such as Tamiflu or Relenza won't be necessary for most people, since most will recover simply with rest and fluids. However, people at high risk should make plans with their doctors now in case they become sick so they can quickly get an anti-flu medicine. Those at highest risk are: children under 5; pregnant women; those 65 or older; and people with asthma or other lung problems, diabetes, heart, kidney, liver or blood disorders, neurodevelopment disorders such as cerebral palsy, or a weakened immune system.

    Going back to school or work -- Stay home for at least 24 hours after the fever breaks, and remain at home if you're still sick even after it does break. Children especially can be contagious for over a week.

    EXECUTION DATE SET D.C. SNIPER: A Virginia judge set an execution date of November 10th yesterday (September 16th) for John Allen Muhammad, the man known as the D.C. Sniper, who masterminded the October 2002 sniper attacks in the Washington, D.C., area in which 10 people were killed. Muhammad was sentenced to death five years ago for the murder of Dean Meyers, who was shot at a Manassas gas station during a three-week killing spree. Muhammad's attorney said he will appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court and ask Virginia Governor Tim Kaine for clemency. Muhammad and his teenage accomplice, Lee Boyd Malvo, have also been charged in other killings in the spree and are suspected of deaths in Louisiana and Alabama. Malvo is serving a life sentence.

    FACEBOOK NOW MAKING MONEY AS IT TOPS 300 MILLION USERS: Facebook said Tuesday (September 16th) that it's now making enough money to cover its operating expenses as well as capital spending, as the world's largest social networking site has now passed 300 million users. Facebook passed the positive cash flow milestone in its most recently ended quarter, ahead of its previous projection of doing so sometime next year. This is good news for the financial viability of Facebook, which has faced questions about its underlying business model. Facebook, which was created in a Harvard dorm room just five years ago, has seen an explosion in growth, with the number of users having tripled in the past year.

    MORE THAN EIGHT MILLION IN U.S. CONSIDER SUICIDE EACH YEAR: A new government study from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration found that more than eight million Americans seriously consider suicide each year. There are about 32,000 actual suicides in the U.S. each year. In other findings from the new report, based on a survey of more than 46,000 people 18 and older:

    • People 18 to 25 years old were much more likely to have seriously considered suicide in the previous year, 6.7 percent, compared to those 26 to 49, at 3.9 percent. Just 2.3 percent seriously considered suicide among those 50 or older.
    • Among people with a substance abuse disorder, 11 percent had considered suicide, compared to three percent for those without one.


    NFL FINES JETS, EX-COACH MANGINI OVER FAVRE INJURY: The NFL yesterday (September 16th) fined the New York Jets and former coach Eric Mangini for violating the league's rules on injury reporting with former quarterback Brett Favre last season. The Jets failed to place Favre -- who's now with the Minnesota Vikings -- on the injury report during the final month of last season even though he had a torn biceps tendon. The Jets were fined $75,000, and Mangini -- now coaching the Cleveland Browns -- and Jets general manager Mike Tannenbaum were fined $25,000 apiece. Hiding injuries could affect an opposing team's preparation and the NFL has cracked down on it.

    • Favre led the Jets to an 8-3 start last season, but threw nine interceptions down the stretch and the team lost four of its last five games, missing the playoffs. He retired after the season and was released by the Jets, but came out of retirement for the second time last month and signed with the Vikings.

    (Headline News, FYI and Sports stories were compiled in part from reports by the Associated Press and Reuters.)


    ARMLESS GETAWAY DRIVER HITS SPEEDS UP TO 100 MPH: Police say an 18 year-old man with no arms was the getaway driver in a gang-organized robbery attempt this week in a suburb of London. The armless man, who cannot dress himself and lives with his mother, waited outside in the car while gang members smashed open a store front with crowbars and hammers. After hopping back into the car, the man sped down a freeway with the police in pursuit, who were able to capture the criminals after the car crashed approaching a tunnel. (Daily Telegraph)

    EXECUTION OF DEATH ROW INMATE DELAYED BECAUSE OF UNSUITABLE VEINS: An Ohio death row inmate, who was supposed to be executed this week has now been granted a one-week reprieve after officials could not find a suitable vein for lethal injection. In the meantime, the prison is trying to figure out what to do with the 54 year-old murderer, who must be executed by lethal injection. This is not the first time an Ohio prison has had this problem, as back in May of 2006 a prisoner sat up to tell the guards the lethal drugs were not working. (Reuters)

    IDENTICAL NUMBERS DRAWN IN CONSECUTIVE LOTTERY ROUNDS: Bulgarian officials have ordered a special investigation into the country's national lottery after the same numbers were drawn in consecutive lotteries on September 6th and 10th. A mathematician noted that the odds of such an event are 4.2 million to one, though the suspicious coincidence could have possibly occurred. While no one won the first drawing on September 6th, 18 people guessed the winning numbers on the 10th and they will each receive around 8 thousand dollars. (AFP)

    GERMAN CITY UNKNOWINGLY ADVERTISES PORN ON WEBSITE: City authorities from a town in western Germany accidentally advertised pornography on a list of services offered to residents on their website. The error occurred when an employee compiling the list of services thought that owners of brothels, which are legal in Germany, might search the term "porn" to find out about the city's "sex tax". The error has since been removed from the website. (Reuters)


    DO MEN WANT TO WATCH BIRTHS? On Sunday's (September 13th) episode of Mad Men, Don Draper -- the lead character -- was forced to sit in a waiting room, like other men, while his wife was giving birth.

    According to one survey, one in five men sleeps with a teddy bear. The budget hotel chain Travelodge in the U.K. conducted a survey of 2000 of their guests who were travelling alone, and determined that a surprising 20 percent of male respondents said they regularly slept with a teddy bear, compared to only 15 percent of female respondents.

    ICE CREAM AND BURGERS CONTROL YOUR BRAIN: A study by UT Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas has found that fat from certain foods such ice-cream and burgers heads to the brain -- triggering it to send messages to cells -- warning them to ignore appetite-suppressing signals. Researcher Deborah Clegg said in a statement, "Normally, our body is primed to say when we've had enough, but that doesn't always happen when we're eating something good. What we've shown in this study is that someone's entire brain chemistry can change in a very short period of time. Our findings suggest that when you eat something high in fat, your brain gets "hit" with the fatty acids, and you become resistant to insulin and leptin. Since you're not being told by the brain to stop eating, you overeat." One type of fat (palmitic acid), found in beef, butter, cheese and milk, -- is particularly effective at instigating this mechanism.

    TAKING SHOWERS CAN MAKE YOU SICK: Showering can apparently lead to lung disease. Researchers from the University of Colorado found that 30 percent of shower heads contain extremely high levels of Mycobacterium avium, which is linked to pulmonary infections. Since tiny droplets of water from a shower often suspend themselves in the air, it makes it easy for the bacteria to be inhaled into the lungs. While this is more of a problem for those with preexisting medical conditions, the researchers warn the bacteria will occasionally make healthy people sick, and attribute a recent uptick in lung disease to more showering.

    TEENGLISH: Deciphering teenage language (Daily Mail)

    • Big up: To praise or congratulate
    • Bungalowed: Completely drunk
    • Cool beans: Great!
    • Devo: Devastated
    • Drunk dial: Phoning/texting while under the influence
    • Dry: Something tedious or dull
    • Fo'shizzle: Definitely
    • Owned: To be embarrassed
    • Rents: Parents
    • Safe: Cool
    • Woop woop: Noise made to denote happiness.
    • Zoned out: Day dreaming


    • Take Responsibility -- Maybe he's a two-timing jerk. Maybe you're a two-timing jerk. Or maybe he's just mind-numbingly boring. Whatever the reason, you need to tell him. Dragging things out only exacerbates the problem. You wouldn't want a guy to waste your time, so don't waste his.
    • Plan Ahead -- Lay the groundwork for a smooth breakup. Psychotherapist and author Tina B. Tessina, PhD recommends lining up a new place to live pre-breakup if you're living with your boyfriend. If you've got your own place but tend to leave things behind at his, "start removing it before the breakup," she says. "If he's borrowed stuff, make an excuse to ask for it back."
    • Stage the Scene of the Crime -- It is not cool to dump someone by text, email, IM or Twitter. "It always has to be in person if you have had over five or six dates," says Brad Berkowitz, author of "The 21st Century Guide to Bachelorhood." So what's the ideal place for dropping the hammer? Lure him to a public place that's quiet, such as a park or a cafe. This makes it easier to keep the conversation from dragging on and limits the potential for a big scene. Make plans with a friend for an hour after you meet your guy, so you have an excuse to leave.
    • Keep It Short (If Not Sweet) -- Nobody wants to use those trite sentiments ("I really need to focus on me right now"), but brutal honesty ("I'm hooking up with the hot intern at work") won't earn you any points either. Acknowledge that you care about him, but be firm when you explain that it's not working out. Skip the blame game -- it doesn't matter, and you'll only encourage a back-and-forth debate or him trying to rationalize his way out of singlehood.
    • Have a 24-Hour Plan -- There's no reason to rush ahead into a friendship with your ex.You both need time to heal. Avoid places that the two of you used to frequent as a couple, or anywhere you might run into him. If you start to feel down in the dumps and like you've just thrown away your only chance of love, Dawn Masler-Ranish, author of "The Broken Picker Fixer", suggests finding a retreat buddy -- "a girlfriend you agree to call when you feel lonely and are tempted to reach for a man-daid."

    Notre Dame Suing Ex-Employee Over $29K She Was Mistakenly Paid

    The University of Notre Dame is suing a former employee for $29,000 that she was paid in error and that she kept and spent. Sara Gaspar used to work catering events for the school, and says in court documents that when the school paid her a $29,387 tip on April 17th she, quote, "thought finally something wonderful had happened" in her life. Gaspar contends she called the school's catering department three times about the payment, but didn't hear back until she received a threatening call in June. By that time, she says, she'd already spent the money on a new car and bills. Notre Dame says Gaspar was supposed to get only $29.87, but was overpaid because of a typing error. They charge she didn't notify the school about the error, and instead spent the money knowing it wasn't hers. Notre Dame says it discovered the mistake in May and requested repayment, but Gaspar refused. She says in court documents, "If this was a mistake it was their mistake. Now I am paying for their mistake."

    Wednesday, September 16, 2009


    Taylor Swift made her first ever appearance on The View on Tuesday (September 15th) where the conversation inevitably turned to Kanye West's surprising intrusion on her acceptance speech at the MTV Video Music Awards. At the time the show aired, Swift had not heard from West, but he called her at the studio after the show ended. Producers at the The View confirmed that the phone call came through. Although details of the conversation were not revealed, Swift accepted West's apology.

    Swift told the ladies of The View that she was overwhelmed by the support she received both during and after the VMA's. "You know, there were a lot of people around me backstage that were saying wonderful, incredible things and just having my back and all the other artists that came and showed me love in the hours following it and all the people tweeting about it and all the fans. I just never imagined that there were that many people out there looking out for me, so it was really wonderful to see that people were out there defending me so I didn't have to."

    She did admit that at the time, West's outburst threw her off for a bit. "I'm not gonna say that I wasn't rattled by it. (Joy Behar) Rattled. (Swift) But I had to perform live five minutes later, so I had to get myself back to the place where I could perform. (Behar) But you're a pro and you did it. (Swift) Thank you."

    On anther subject, Swift says there are big changes ahead for her personally. "(Walters) But I understand you're still living home with Mama. Right? (Swift) Yes, actually. (Walters) Are you gonna continue to live home with Mama? (Swift) Well, I haven't told anybody this yet but I just got my first condo."

    • Swift will re-release her Fearless album, called the Fearless Platinum Edition, on October 27th. The project will include six new songs, as well as a DVD.

    Joe Nichols has been invited to perform his single "Believers" at a ceremony honoring the Dalai Lama in Memphis, Tennessee on September 23rd. That evening, Nichols will join Natalie Cole at the Cannon Center in a benefit concert hosted by the Dalai Lama. Proceeds from the concert will go to the Missing Peace Music and Art Program, the Dalai Lama's Foundation. A documentary film crew will be on hand to record the event for a possible television broadcast.
    • Nichols said, "Performing for the Dalai Lama -- those are words I never imagined coming out of my mouth. This is an honor beyond my expectations. The Dalai Lama's entire being is about peace and harmony, forgiveness and self-discipline and those are qualities to be admired. I am really looking forward to meeting His Holiness."


    • While in Memphis, the Dalai Lama will be presented with The Freedom Award, which is the highest honor given by the National Civil Rights Museum.

    Luke Bryan will launch his first headlining tour, called Doin' My Thing, on October 30th in Jacksonville, Florida. The tour coincides with the release of Bryan's album of the same name, which is due out on October 6th. New duo Fast Ryde will open the shows. The Doin' My Thing tour runs through December 5th in Milledgeville, Georgia.
    • The Georgia native specifically chose Jacksonville as the kick-off city because he's a big college football fan and October 30th is the night before the big SEC Georgia-Florida rivalry game in Jacksonville.
    • Since landing his record deal in 2007, Bryan has played more than 350 shows.
    • Bryan said, "Every performer dreams of the day you can take your own tour on the road. We just enjoy being out there, getting to know the fans and really working hard to make them have a good time."
    • The first single from Doin' My Thing, called "Do I," is a Top 25 hit on the country charts.
    • The song was co-written by Bryan and Lady Antebellum members Dave Haywood and Charles Kelley.

    Craig Morgan experienced a slight hiccup in his career when his last single, "God Must Really Love Me," was released earlier this year. Morgan said while he thought the song was a hit, radio and the fans were slow to respond. The song was pulled and quickly replaced with "Bonfire," which has been flying up the charts.

    Morgan tells us the song is a hit because it is a true reflection of him and his life."It's who I am. It's the kind of music they expect me to sing. The song is very much who I am and what I do, and I think that's why. I think when you're doin' something that you know it comes across that way, it's delivered that way. 'Bonfire' happens to be to everyone else what it is to me. I mean, that's a song that I can relate to that apparently a lot of other people relate to as well."

    • "Bonfire" was added to Morgan's latest CD, That's Why, earlier this year.
    • The song is a Top 20 hit on the country charts.
    President Barack Obama's off-the-record comments about Kanye West's VMA antics, in which he called West a "jackass" were overheard by ABC employees, who tweeted about it late Monday. Now has obtained the tape of those comments, recorded by an open mike.
    • In the snippet posted by, Obama says: "I thought that was really inappropriate. It's like, she's gettin' an award. What are you butting in? The young lady seems like a perfectly nice person. She's gettin' her award. What's he doin' up there? He's a jackass. (laughter)"
    • The comments came as Obama and CNBC reporter John Harwood chatted while prepping for an interview, and Obama was told about West's interruption of country star Taylor Swift's Video Music Award win.
    • Specifically, Nightline host Terry Moran tweeted, "Pres. Obama just called Kanye West a 'jackass' for his outburst at VMAs when Taylor Swift won. Now THAT'S presidential."
    • ABC apologized to the White House and CNBC on Monday about the tweets.
    • Obama's comments have stirred controversy over whether he should have made such harsh comments, but more about journalistic ethics.

    INTERNET COMMENTS - Do You Agree Or Disagree?

    • chloe on "HAHAH!!! LOVES IT OBAMA!!!!! Kanye is a jackass and has shown his *** time and time again. he should learn to think before he speaks or don't ***** about the fall out of being a TRUE JACKASS!!!"
    • Josie on "Journalistic integrity at its best!! Nothing like rushing in without all the facts. Our world of journalism today. Think or write now and then worry about the truth later * * *"
    • sheesh on "Doesn't the President have more important things to do then watch the VMAs? I think it's pretty sad that our "Commander in Chief" is actually commenting on such trivial things."


    Q. In what city is there a street named George Jones Place?
    A. Beaumont, Texas


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    • David Bellamy (Bellamy Brothers) (59)
    • Terry McBride (McBride & The Ride) (51)
    • David Copperfield (magician) (53)
    • Peter Falk (actor best known for his title role in TV's Columbo) (82)
    • B. B. King (legendary blues singer/guitarist) (84)
    • Earl Klugh (jazz guitarist) (55)
    • Lenny Clarke (actor-comedian: The Job, It's All Relative) (56)
    • Mickey Rourke (actor, Body Heat, 9 1/2 Weeks, Angel Heart, Sin City) (56)
    • Ed Begley Jr. (actor, The In-Laws, Best In Show, Six Feet Under) (60)
    • Lauren Bacall (actress, The Big Sleep, Key Largo, To Have and Have Not, Misery; widow of Humphrey Bogart and ex-wife of Jason Robards) (85)
    • Bernie Calvert (bassist, the Hollies) (67)
    • Alexis Bledel (actress, Rory on Gilmore Girls, The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants I & II, Post Grad) (28)
    • Molly Shannon (actress, Saturday Night Live, Never Been Kissed, Superstar, American Splendor, My Boss's Daughter) (45)
    • Jennifer Tilly (actress, The Getaway, Bound, Liar Liar; sister of Meg Tilly) (51)
    • Amy Poehler (comedian, Saturday Night Live) (38)
    • Nick Jonas (singer/musician, The Jonas Brothers) (17)


    Tim McGraw's "I Like It, I Love It" began a five-week stay atop the country singles chart in 1995.

    • Jo Dee Messina scored a Number One hit with "That's The Way" in 2000.
    • Earl Scruggs's first recording session with Bill Monroe took place in 1946. It was then Monroe recorded "Blue Moon Of Kentucky."
    • Merle Haggard recorded the chart-topping single "Kentucky Gambler" in 1974.
    • Ricky Van Shelton's Loving Proof album was released in 1988.


    KIM KARDASHIAN DISSED BY GERARD BUTLER: Kim Kardashian has reportedly been dissed by Gerard Butler. Sources told MSNBC's The Scoop that one of the reality star's "people" approached Butler at a recent party saying that the curvy brunette wanted to meet him, but he politely responded, "No thank you."

    LEELEE SOBIESKI PREGNANT: Leelee Sobieski is pregnant with her first child. The actress's rep confirmed to, "The happy couple is thrilled to be expecting in December." Sobieski is engaged to designer Adam Kimmel.

    'REAL HOUSEWIFE' WELCOMES FOURTH DAUGHTER: Teresa Giudice from The Real Housewives of New Jersey welcomed a daughter on Monday (September 14th). Star magazine reports that Audrina Giudice joins Teresa, husband Joe and their other three girls at home.

    'SEX AND THE CITY' STAR REPORTEDLY ENGAGED: Sex and the City star Chris Noth is reportedly engaged to his longtime girlfriend, Tara Lynn Wilson. reports that the couple announced the news at a fashion show in New York last weekend. Noth and Wilson, who have been together since 2004, have a son named Orion together.

    SIMON COWELL SETTLES SHOE LAWSUIT: A personal chef who sued Simon Cowell and ex-girlfriend Terri Seymour -- claiming the pair wouldn't return sneakers with $500 orthopedic insoles she'd left at Seymour's residence -- has gotten justice. reports that a settlement was reached in the case on Monday (September 14th), in which the chef got her shoes back, $75 in court costs and $9 for the gas she'd used driving to the residence. When contacted by TMZ about the case, the chef said, "I got my shoes back ... yayyyyyyy!"

    'AMERICA'S NEXT TOP MODEL' CONTESTANT ARRESTED: A former contestant on America's Next Top Model was arrested for disorderly conduct on Monday (September 14th) after fighting with another woman over a laptop. reports that while at the coffee shop, cycle five semi-finalist Brittany "Bre" Scullark picked up a computer that wasn't hers and refused to give it back, claiming it belonged to a family member of hers. Scullark was issued a court summons and will appear before a judge at a later date.

    HULK HOGAN SUING LAWYERS: Hulk Hogan is suing the attorneys that defended him and his son Nick after the latter's 2007 car crash. Fox News's Pop Tarts said that according to the suit, Hulk's automotive insurance company Progressive was obligated to cover all necessary legal costs, however the lawyers named allegedly failed to notify him of this and continued to bill at excessively high rates. The firm called his charges "baseless" and said they will "dispute and will contest the claims made against us."

    AMANDA BEARD GIVES BIRTH: Olympic swimmer Amanda Beard gave birth to her first child on Tuesday (September 15th). People magazine reports that the 27-year-old and her husband, photographer Sacha Brown, welcomed a son they named Blaise Ray Brown. The seven-time medalist told People, "I was in labor for about 16 hours and it was all worth it. He is happy and healthy and everything went as planned. It was the most amazing experience that Sacha and I have ever experienced. We are so happy to be new parents! This is gonna be the best adventure ever."


    EMMY PRESENTERS ANNOUNCED: Married actors Kevin Bacon and Kyra Sedgwick will team up to present an award together at Sunday's (September 20th) Emmys. Other familiar faces who will be gracing the stage include Tina Fey, Kiefer Sutherland and Simon Baker. Addition presenters include Alec Baldwin, Ricky Gervais, Cat Deeley, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Sigourney Weaver and Kate Walsh. The show is slated to air at 8 p.m. on CBS.

    KIEFER SUTHERLAND TO HEAD ACTOR'S CONSERVATORY: Kiefer Sutherland will head a new actors conservatory in Canada. The Hollywood Reporter announced that the 24 star will chair the stage and screen acting school, Norman Jewison's Canadian Film Center in Toronto. He addressed the appointment saying, "I am honored to contribute to Norman Jewison's legacy by offering the CFC my passion for storytelling, for Canada and its talent," The school opens on Monday (September 21st).

    HELEN HUNT TO REPLACE MAURA TIERNEY IN 'PARENTHOOD'? NBC has approached Helen Hunt to replace Maura Tierney in their upcoming drama series, Parenthood. The Hollywood Reporter says that the Oscar and Emmy winner is considering the role, which Tierney abandoned in order to focus on breast cancer treatment. Peter Krause, Erika Christensen, Craig T. Nelson and Dax Shepard are already on board.

    LAWSUIT OVER JENNIFER ANISTON MOVIE: Two screenwriters have filed a lawsuit against NBC Universal, claiming that Jennifer Aniston's new movie, Love Happens was actually their idea. reports that Greg Crowder and Tony Freitas allege that they had several meetings with NBC in 2006 about their script, The Truth -- which is similar to Love Happens. When the deal fell through with NBC and Crowder eventually submitted it to another company, he was told they were "concerned that [he] might have stolen the script from the upcoming Jennifer Aniston/Aaron Eckhart project called Love Happens" -- which they contend is the other way around. The duo is asking that NBC block the film's release -- or give them the profits, which they estimate will be more than $100,000,000.


    The Jay Leno Show is off to a strong start despite unflattering reviews. The Hollywood Reporter announced that Leno's primetime premiere pulled in 17.7 million viewers on Monday (September 14th) night, a number that is 34 percent stronger than Conan O'Brien's debut as the Tonight Show host and 50 percent higher than Leno's final Tonight Show last May.

    Despite the impressive debut numbers, NBC Universal CEO Jeff Zucker said that the show's success will be judged on a long-term basis.

    • Meanwhile, the critics were not impressed with Leno's return. Robert Bianco of USA Today wrote that the program was a "cut-rate, snooze-inducing, rehashed bore" while the Associated Press' Frazier Moore pointed out, "the biggest difference between Leno's new show and his old one: With his fade-out at 11 p.m., the local news began."
    • Mary McNamara of The Los Angeles Times wrote, "This is the future of television? This wasn't even a good rendition of television past."


    Michael Douglas will star as Liberace in an upcoming biopic about the "campy musical performer." Director Steven Soderbergh confirmed the casting to People magazine, further revealing that Matt Damon will portray Liberace's longtime lover.

    Soderbergh told a French newspaper, "We've already done some costume and wardrobe tests on Michael, and they're very, very, very good. I swear to you, Michael amazed me. He crushed it."

    • Damon told USA Today, "I'm doing this Liberace movie. Michael Douglas is playing Liberace and I play his lover. Steven is directing it. I saw Michael last night. He comes up and says, 'Get your Chapstick ready.' It's going to be a great movie. My role is a great role. But Michael's role? It's spectacular."
    • Liberace, nicknamed "Mr. Showmanship," was a staple of 1950s television and a main fixture in Las Vegas until his death from AIDS in 1987. Damon's character, Scott Thorsen, was Liberace's assistant/boyfriend whose 1982 palimony suit for $110 million publically outed the entertainer.

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    Tom DeLay is the first Dancing With the Stars cast member to suffer an injury this season. The former House Majority leader tweeted on Tuesday (September 15th), "Old age is catching up to me. May have a stress fracture in my foot. No worries, it'll take more than that to keep me off the dance floor."

    He sounded hopeful later in the day, tweeting an update that read, "No stress fracture. It's a pre-stress fracture. I live for another day."

    • Because of rampant injuries in past seasons, the show recently implements a rule that prohibits cast members from rehearsing for more than five hours a day.


    Patrick Swayze's most famous co-star remembers the late actor as a "real cowboy with a tender heart." Jennifer Grey, who starred with Swayze in Dirty Dancing, lamented on his death saying, "When I think of him, I think of being in his arms when we were kids, dancing, practicing the lift in the freezing lake, having a blast doing this tiny little movie we thought no one would ever see."

    She added, "Patrick was a rare and beautiful combination of raw masculinity and amazing grace," she adds. "My heart goes out to his wife and childhood sweetheart, Lisa Niemi, to his mom, Patsy, and to the rest of their family."

    • Another one of Swayze's well-known leading ladies, Demi Moore, remembered him by saying, "Patrick you are loved by so many and your light will forever shine in all of our lives. And in the words of Sam to Molly. 'It's amazing Molly. The love inside, you take it with you.' I love and will miss you Patrick."


    • Travis Fimmel, who costarred with Swayze on the A&E series, The Beast: "He was an inspiration, a gentleman and I was blessed to have worked with him and even more blessed to have called him my friend. My heartfelt condolences go out to his wife Lisa and their families."
    • Alyssa Milano: "RIP Patrick. You were a great talent. And more importantly ... a true gentleman.
    • C. Thomas Howell, who costarred alongside Swayze in The Outsiders, Red Dawn and Grandview, U.S.A.: "I have always had a special place in my heart for Patrick. While I was fortunate enough to work with him in three films, it was our passion for horses that forged a friendship between us that I treasure to this day. Not only did we lose a fine actor today, I lost my older Outsiders brother. My heart goes out to not only his entire family, but all his fans as well."
    • A&E: "We are saddened by the loss of one of our generation's greatest talents and a member of the A&E family. Patrick's work on The Beast was an inspiration to us all. He will be greatly missed and our thoughts are with his wife Lisa and his entire family during this difficult time."
    • Kirstie Alley, who costarred with Swayze in the 1985 TV miniseries North and South: "I will always cherish my amazing memories of Patrick...we had so much fun together...come back soon Patrick, we need you here on earth."
    • California Governor and former actor Arnold Schwarzenegger: "Patrick Swayze was a talented and passionate artist who struck a memorable chord with audiences throughout the world. He played a wide range of characters both on stage and in movies and his celebrated performances made the hard work of acting look effortless -- which I know from experience is not easy. As a fan and as an actor, I admired Patrick and I know that he will be dearly missed. On behalf of all Californians, Maria and I send our deepest condolences to Patrick's family, friends and fans."


    The Dirty Dancing star's rep Annett Wolf announced in a statement Monday (September 14th) night: "Patrick Swayze passed away peacefully today with family at his side after facing the challenges of his illness for the last 20 months."

    • Swayze had been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in early 2008.



    Premiering tonight on the CW is the new show, The Beautiful Life. Raina (Sara Paxton, Last House on the Left) and Chris (Benjamin Hollingsworth, The Line) are two teenage models looking to make it big in the world of fashion, but they soon learn that behind the scenes, the beautiful life can get ugly fast. Raina's secret past and Chris's Iowa upbringing make life in New York difficult from the start, but things only get more complicated when Raina breaks out as a star and steals the spotlight from her friend Sonja (Mischa Barton, The OC), one of New York's top models who has secrets of her own. Now Sonja will do anything to get back on top, and Raina and Chris must stick together to survive in the cut-throat world of fashion and fame

    Michelle Williams is finally opening up about Heath Ledger nearly two years after his death. The actress, who is the mother of their three-year-old daughter Matilda, told Vogue that she stayed silent for so long because, I didn't know what my boundaries were for a long time, which made interviews feel very unsafe."

    Now, she says, "I can talk about grief because that's mine, about single parenting, about trying to balance work and kids. But what I don't have to talk about is what happened between Heath and me in our relationship."

    • Although the two were not together at the time of his death, Williams admits that coping with the tragedy was terrible. She said, "I was holding it together by a string and a paper clip in the fall and winter. I didn't know if I could keep it all together... You console yourself by saying it's all a deepening process. But it's wired. After the first year, the pain is less intense -- it's less immediate. But the magical thinking goes away too. And that's a whole new reckoning."
    • She added, "Every time I really miss him and wonder where he's gone, I just look at her."
    • Williams has since began dating director Spike Jonze, but she mused, "I thought falling in love again was the only thing that was going to save me from the pain. This erroneous idea: It just makes things more complicated."


    POLICE ACROSS U.S. TOLD TO LOOK OUT FOR BOMBMAKERS: The FBI and Department of Homeland Security alerted local police departments across the country Tuesday (September 15th) about how to track evidence of bomb-making after authorities raided homes Queens, New York, where a man suspected of sympathizing with al-Qaida had visited. Members of Congress briefed by the FBI said there was no imminent danger. The federal agencies said in a statement yesterday, "We believe it is prudent to share information with our state and local partners about the variety of domestically available materials that could be used to create homemade explosives."

    JOINT CHIEFS HEAD SAYS MORE TROOPS NEEDED FOR AFGHANISTAN: Admiral Mike Mullen, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, yesterday (September 15th) endorsed an increase in U.S. forces in Afghanistan, saying the war is getting more complicated and the enemy more sophisticated. He said in a congressional appearance, "A properly resourced counterinsurgency probably means more forces, and without question, more time" and dedication. President Obama has already approved 21,000 additional troops for Afghanistan since taking office, and if he wants to send more, will face a skeptical Democratic Congress. Mullen was speaking on a hearing on his nomination for a second term as Joint Chiefs chairman. He's expected to be easily confirmed.

    MAN IN CUSTODY IN YALE STUDENT'S MURDER, NO CHARGES FILED: An animal research technicians was taken into custody by police last night (September 15th) as part of the investigation into the murder of 24-year-old Yale University grad student Annie Le. However, no charges were filed against 24-year-old Raymond Clark, and police said he'd be released after they got evidence they needed from him and his Middletown, Connecticut, home. Clark, described as a person of interest, was led away in handcuffs as neighbors cheered and police and FBI agents searched the apartment he shares with his girlfriend. Clark works in the same Yale lab as Le, whose body was found stuffed behind a wall in a campus research building on Sunday (September 13th), the day she was to be married, five days after she disappeared.


    RETAIL SALES UP BY MOST IN THREE-PLUS YEARS: Retails sales jumped in August by the largest amount in more than three years, a sign that consumers may be less wary of spending money as the economy recovers. The Commerce Department said Tuesday (September 15th) that retail sales increased by 2.7 percent last month after falling 0.2 percent in July, the largest gain in three-and-a-half years and ahead of analysts' expectations of a two percent gain. Auto sales soared by 10.6 percent in August, the most in nearly eight years, mostly due to the Cash for Clunkers program. However, sales excluding autos were also up, by 1.1 percent, more than the expected 0.4 percent increase. While encouraged by the news, economists warned that there's still high unemployment and tight credit, making it difficult to have sustained increases in consumer spending.

    • Yesterday's retail sales news came as Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke said the recession is, quote, "very likely over at this point," but also said there's not enough growth yet to keep unemployment from rising.

    STUDIES SHOW HEALTH CARE COSTS SOARING: As the nation continues to debate health insurance reform, two new studies out Tuesday (September 15th) found that costs have been soaring for people who get health insurance through their employers and for the employers as well. The Kaiser Family Foundation said that the average premium for a company-provided family health insurance plan rose from $5,791 in 1999 to $13,375 this year, an increase of 131 percent. Of that, the employee's portion rose from $1,543 to $3,515, and the employer's from $4,247 to $9,860. A separate study from the Business Roundtable, which represents large corporations, said per-employee costs will jump from $10,743 now to $28,530 in 2019, a decade from now, if nothing is done. According to Kaiser, about 60 percent of companies in the U.S. offer health insurance coverage

    IRAQI SHOE THROWER RELEASED FROM JAIL: The Iraqi journalist who famously threw his shoes at then-President George W. Bush last December, becoming a hero for many in Iraq and the Muslim world, was freed from prison yesterday (September 15th). An unrepentant Muntadhar al-Zeidi again condemned the U.S. presence in his country, saying, "Here I am, free, but my country remains captive. I confess that I am no hero, but I was humiliated to see my country violated, my Baghdad burn and my people killed." Al-Zeidi also charged that senior officials from Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki's government and the Iraqi army tortured him with beatings, whippings and electric shocks immediately after he was arrested. At a Baghdad press conference last December on Bush's final visit to Iraq as president, al-Zeidi threw his shoes at Bush while screaming, "This is your farewell kiss, you dog!" Bush ducked twice, and wasn't hit. Al-Zeidi was convicted in March of assault and sentenced to three years in prison, but it was reduced to one year because he had no previous criminal record. He was then released three months early due to good behavior.

    HARRY POTTER THEME PARK OPENING AT UNIVERSAL ORLANDO: The world of Harry Potter is coming to Florida, with the announcement that a new theme park area devoted to the wildly popular books and movies will be opening at Universal Orlando's Islands of Adventure next spring. The "Wizarding World of Harry Potter" will have rides, shops and restaurants that will all be Potter-themed, created with the help of art and set directors who worked on the Potter movies and consultations with the creator of Harry Potter and his world, author J.K. Rowling. The main attraction at "Wizarding World" will be a high-tech ride called Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey, which will take guests through scenes and rooms from the movies inside a remake of Hogwarts Castle. Other rides will include the Dragon Challenge, a twin high-speed roller coaster themed after the Triwizard Tournament, and the Flight of the Hippogriff family roller coaster.

    COP RESIGNS AFTER ALLEGEDLY POSING AS HIS TWIN TO HAVE SEX WITH WOMAN: A 25-year-old police officer in Orange, Connecticut, has resigned after being accused of posing as his twin brother in order to have sex with a woman. Jared Rohrig was charged last month with first-degree sexual assault and criminal impersonation in connection with the alleged July incident. The woman claims Rohrig restrained her and continued the sexual encounter against her will once she realized he wasn't his brother and tried to leave. Rohrig maintains that he's innocent and will plead not guilty.


    DICE-K PITCHES SIX SHUTOUT INNINGS IN RETURN AFTER THREE MONTHS AWAY: Boston Red Sox ace Daisuke Matsuzaka pitched six shutout innings in Boston's 4-1 win over the Los Angeles Angels last night (September 15th) in his return from three months on the disabled list with shoulder problems. Matsuzaka, who was an 18-game winner for Boston last year, didn't allow a hit through four innings and got a standing ovation when he left the game after one batter in the seventh. He gave up three hits and three walks in all while striking out five.

    (Headline News, FYI and Sports stories were compiled in part from reports by the Associated Press and Reuters.)


    IMPATIENT PASSENGER DRIVES BUS HOME HERSELF: After growing impatient waiting for a driver to begin his shift, a Chinese woman decided to take the wheel and drive herself home. The woman kept the bus's route, picking up and dropping off passengers along the way, until ditching the bus near her home. The driver has been suspended and fined for losing control of the bus. (Metro UK)

    MASSACHUSETTS INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY GETS 'RICKROLLED': Officials at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology came to work Monday to find that the school's massive research center, known as the Great Dome, had the first 8 notes of Rick Astley's 1987 hit "Never Gonna Give You Up" plastered onto the buildings scaffolding. Students carried out the prank after realizing that the scaffolding resembled unfilled sheet music. 'Rickrolling' is an online trend where people are tricked into watching the song's music video on YouTube with misleading links, but has expanded recently into more elaborate pranks. [Example:] (Telegraph UK)

    FAKE COP ARRESTED AFTER PULLING OVER TOWN MAYOR: A Louisiana man was arrested after he impersonated a police officer with a red light on his car to avoid traffic. The man pulled over Shreveport, La. Mayor Cedric Glover, only to realize his mistake and speed away. The mayor followed the man's car and called police, who seized gun from his holster and arrested him for impersonating a peace officer. (AP)

    COUPLE ROBBED DURING INTIMATE MOMENT IN TRASH BIN: A couple in their mid-40's was held up at knifepoint during what police described as 'an intimate moment' in a dumpster. The robbers, aged 64 and 59, ran off with their shoes, jewlery and the man's wallet, but were caught by police a short time later and the stolen items were returned. (AP)


    MEMORY-ERASING DRUG CLOSER TO REALITY: London's Daily Mail reports that a drug that would erase bad memories is one step closer to being developed after animal trials by Andreas Luthi of the Friedrich Miescher Institute in Switzerland proved to be successful. The paper explained that the medication could effectively erase recollections that are sad, embarrassing or otherwise unpleasant -- kind of like how, in the Oscar-winning movie, "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind," Jim Carrey and Kate Winslet were able to eradicate memories of their not so sweet affair by taking a pill.


    HITTING KIDS MAKES THEM BEHAVE WORSE: Research on toddlers and other studies following children into adolescence found physical punishment was bad for children and made them more likely to show anti-social behavior. The Telegraph reported that a study found children who were spanked more often at age one behaved more aggressively when they were two and had lower scores on tests measuring thinking skills when they were three.


    Non-cooperation. You can refuse to take part in any football-related activity. This could result in a very lonely fall.

    • Guerilla war. You can fight against football, but you have to be prepared to get dirty. There is no way to win against something as big as football, but you can make sure football doesn't win. Consider these tactics: withholding sex, cancelling cable, setting arbitrary deadlines on immaterial errands, throwing game-day tantrums and making expensive, non-refundable weekend plans. Like an actual insurgency, this approach is likely to alienate the fighter from her populace rather than win hearts and minds.
    • Power sharing. You can share your loved one with his sports team. It's weird to suffer the consequences of a team's ineffectual play, but dude really loves his team and will never give up his allegiance to his hometown, alma mater or a team that he adopted when the world seemed fair and just and like anything could still happen if you believed hard enough. If you don't like football but really want to spend time with him on the weekends, some kind of compromise is necessary.


    Percentage of men who've swapped their regular cell phones for smartphones: 61

    • Percentage of mobile-media junkies who are male: 59
    • Number of Blackberry addicts who still keep a regular phone handy: 1 in 5
    • Percentage of men who say they've felt smartphone envy: 34
    • Average price they pay in their quest for technological superiority: $216
    • Price of Barack Obama's ultra secure spyproof super Blackberry: $3,350
    • Amount the average data fiend hands over to a wireless carrier each month: $110
    • Number of men who've ever racked up a bill larger than their car payment: 1 in 7
    • Number whose employers pay their smartphone bills: 1 in 7
    • Percentage of media time spent on smartphones: 14
    • Percentage of that mobile access taking place at home: 70
    • Number of men who've surfed while sitting on the toilet: 3 in 4
    • Number who've dropped their smartphone in the bowl: 1 in 7
    • Percentage of men who say they bring their mobile devices to bed: 67
    • Number who'd like to cast their ballot for the next U.S. president by pushing "send": 1 in 2
    • Percentage who say smartphones make them more productive: 62
    • Percentage who use their gadgets to bypass porn blockers at work: 14

    Report Obama Called Kanye West a Jackass Leads to Journalism Questions

    The news reported by several ABC News employees on Twitter that President Obama had called Kanye West a, quote, "jackass" during an apparent off-the-record conversation about the rapper's interruption of Taylor Swift's acceptance speech during this past weekend's MTV Video Music Awards has led to a debate over journalism in the in the Twitter age. Obama was chatting with CNBC's John Harwood and others before sitting down to do an interview with Harwood following his speech on Wall Street Monday (September 14th). During that time, Obama was asked what his daughters thought about the Kanye incident, and he was critical of the rapper in audio that has been posted on (Obama) "I thought that was really inappropriate, you know, I mean it's like, she's getting an award, why are you butting in? . . . The young lady seems like a perfectly nice person, she's getting her award. What's he doing up there?" (Unknown person) "Why do you think he did it?" (Obama) "He's a jackass."

    CNBC and ABC share a fiber optic line, so some ABC employees were able to listen in and heard Obama's pre-interview comments. At least three of them quickly wrote on Twitter about what the president had said, including reporter Terry Moran. When ABC News found about it, they had the tweets deleted after about an hour and apologized to the White House and CNBC, saying some of its employees hadn't realized the statement was off the record. According to AP, CNBC's Harwood said there was no explicit agreement with Obama that those comments were off the record, but he explained that it's broadcast tradition that pre-interview chatter is considered off the record until the interview begins.

    Tuesday, September 15, 2009


    Everyone is abuzz about Kanye West's disruption of Tayor Swift's acceptance speech during the MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday (September 13th) night. Numerous celebrities took to their blogs and Twitter to defend her, but Swift has had nothing to say, except what she diplomatically told an MTV reporter immediately after the show. "You know, I was up there and I was standing there and I saw Kanye up on the stage and I was really excited, and then I kind of wasn't as excited anymore."

    After winning Video of the Year, Beyonce called Swift on stage to finish her acceptance speech. Swift told MTV that Beyonce's kindness saved the night for her. "You know, they told me to be ready just in case she might want to say something. It was just so wonderful and so incredibly classy of her and just gracious and wonderful to let me say something. She's just been my hero and one of my idols since I was little, and she's never, ever changed who she is. She's a great person and I really look up to her."

    Some of Swift's famous supporters who who took to the internet to voice their disgust over West's treament of her included John Rich, Blake Shelton, Brad Paisley, Kellie Pickler, Pink, Katy Perry, Justin Moore, Jewel, Lady Antebellum's Hillary Scott, and Kelly Clarkson.

    Here are their messages:

    • John Rich: "KanyeWest is a lowlife. He needs to have his @@@ kicked in the middle of the stage right now! What a piece of @@@@!!! Go TAYLOR SWIFT."
    • Blake Shelton: "Sorry y'all but we're just a little bit protective of Taylor Swift around here!! Hey Kanye.. By around here, I mean the world!! Moron...."
    • Brad Paisley: "Poor Kanye. so shy, so humble, such a class act. what doesn't anyone like him? I mean come on! Just kidding of course. he's a total ass."
    • Kellie pickler: "I apologize for my language. I'm just f-ing pissed. Tator Tot, you handled yourself with Grace. Kanye, go grow some f-ing b--s bitch! don't mess w/my lil sis!!********************************"
    • Pink: "Kanye west is the biggest piece of s---- on earth. Quote me. My heart goes out to Taylor Swift. She is a sweet and talented girl and deserved her moment. She should know we all love her."
    • Justin Moore: "I'd like to kick the s--- out of Kayne West."
    • Jewel: "You can't steal Taylor Swift's thunder. He only made himself look like an a**"
    • Lady Antebellum's Hillary Scott: "I wish people knew when to keep their mouth shut! Love you T!!"
    • Kelly Clarkson (in a letter to West on her blog): "I was actually nominated in the same category that Taylor won and I was excited for her ... so why can't you be?? I'm not even mad at you for being an ass---- ... I just pity you because you're a sad human being."
    • Even Jackson family patriarch Joe Jackson added his two cents, saying, "I don't know what he was doing, he jumped up on stage and snatched that microphone out of that poor girl's hand. They should blackball him out of show business for that. He just leapt up there, that was bad."
    Kenny Chesney's No Shoes Radio ( will broadcast his show at the Hard Rock Cafe in New York City's Time Square on Tuesday (September 15th) beginning at 6 p.m. ET. The show is part of the Ambassadors of Rock series. Special guest Uncle Kracker's set will also be broadcast live.
    • Chesney said, "Part of the idea of the station is to bring people deeper into this music, to give them more or a sense beyond the records and the big shows. We play stuff from my iPod, demos, things they'd never hear otherwise... and for but a very few hundred people, this Hard Rock show would certainly be one of those moments: something we'd all talk about how cool it was for years, knowing almost nobody got to hear it. Now, they can."
    • Chesney has only two shows left on his Sun City Carnival tour -- Bloomington, Illinois on Thursday (September 17th) and Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis on Saturday (September 19th).
    • Other Ambassadors of Rock performances at Hard Rock Cafes around the world include the Black Eyed Peas in Japan, The Killers in Buenos Aires and the two day event in London featuring Bruce Springsteen, Neil Young, Dave Matthews Band, the Pretenders, and Ben Harper, among others.


    • Chesney is nominated for three CMA Awards -- Entertainer, Male Vocalist and Musical Event of the Year for "Down The Road" with Mac McAnally.
    • Chesney has won the Entertainer award for the past three years.

    Rascal Flatts will perform on the season finale of NBC's America's Got Talent on Wednesday (September 16th), airing at 8 p.m. ET. Other performers that night include Shakira, Leona Lewis, and Cirque du Soleil.
    • Rascal Flatts' American Living Unstoppable tour rolls into Fort Wayne, Indiana on Friday (September 18th).
    • The tour officially wraps up on October 30th in Portland, Oregon.


    • Reba McEntire recently performed her new single on America's Got Talent.

    Jason Aldean holds firm to the Number One spot on both the Billboard and Mediabase charts for the fourth consecutive week with "Big Green Tractor." The last artist to have a four-week run was Brad Paisley with "Letter to Me" in February of 2008.
    • Aldean said, "This is crazy. The guys I've always looked up heroes...are the ones who are supposed to be sitting up there at the top. Man, I feel like I'm constantly thanking country radio and the fans, but they truly are a huge part of the reason I'm having such a great year. It motivates me to go out and work harder than I ever have before. The fans and all their energy and support are fueling everything I'm doing right feels incredible!"
    • Aldean also makes country music history this week as the first country artist to ever take the top spot on the Billboard all-genre Ringscan chart. "Big Green Tractor" edged out the rest of the Top Five, including Jay Z, Drake, Mariah Carey and the Black Eyed Peas.
    • "Big Green Tractor" has also just been certified gold for digital sales, making it the second track from his current Wide Open CD to claim that status.


    • "Big Green Tractor" is the second chart-topper and second single from Wide Open. "She's Country" topped the charts late last year.
    • Aldean takes his live show to the Mandalay Bay Beach in Las Vegas on Friday (September 18th).
    The video for Jake Owen's new single, "Eight Second Ride," is sexy to say the least. Owen's co-star is a beautiful 20-year-old woman. The singer had the final say on her, and as Owen tells us, it was not a tough decision, especially for this type of video. "I think it's got a lot of energy and it's rockin' but it's pretty steamy. That girl's pretty good lookin'. We just wanted a girl that had a different look to her, you know? We were just like, 'Let's get an exotic, kind of eye-catching kind of girl,' and so we did. They sent me a photo of her. I still have it on my phone. I remember lookin' at it goin', 'Yeah, she'll due! She'll be perfect!'"

    Owen says he got an unexpected surprise after shooting the video's sensual last scene. "The end of the video there where I'm rolling around with her on the truck bed was the last shot we did and it was like two in the morning and I guess she still lives at home with her mom and dad cause she's goin' to college and I didn't know that, and so there I am rolling around with her on the back of a truck bed and she gets off the back, I help her down, and all of a sudden this guy comes walkin' around. He's like, 'Hey, Jake. I'm Lacey's father.' (laughs) I was like, 'Uhhhhh . . . I'm really sorry I was just romping in the back of the truck with your daughter.'"

    • "Eight Second Ride" is featured on Owen's latest CD, Easy Does It.
    • The singer was just nominated for a CMA award for New Artist of the Year. Winners will be announced on November 11th.
    Gretchen Wilson will be among those honored with a Leadership Award from the National Coalition for Literacy and the Center for the Book during a reception at the Library of Congress on Wednesday (September 16th). The award recognizes individuals and/or organizations that have made contributions to improving literacy and raising awareness of the adult literacy in the United States.
    • Wilson earned her GED in 2008.
    • This Spring, she told a Congressional subcommittee, "People need the tools to succeed in America, and, at the very minimum, a major tool on the road to success is a high school diploma or GED. All Americans deserve a basic education so that they can take advantage of opportunities otherwise not open to them."


    • Wilson is currently working on her first release for her self-owned label, Redneck Records.


    Q. In what year did Garth Brooks make his first appearance on the Grand Ole Opry?
    A. 1989


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    Taylor Swift

    THE BONNIE HUNT SHOW/SYN (check local listings)
    Reba McEntire



    Dan Marino (former quarterback, Miami Dolphins) (48)
    Josh Charles (actor, Hairspray, Dead Poets Society, Sports Night, S.W.A.T., Four Brothers) (38)

    • Heidi Montag (reality TV star, The Hills) (23)
    • Tommy Lee Jones (actor, The Fugitive, Batman Forever, Men In Black I and II) (63)
    • Oliver Stone (director/screenwriter/producer, Platoon, Born On The 4th Of July, JFK, Wall Street, Natural Born Killers, Alexander) (63)
    • Prince Harry (Prince Henry of Wales) (3rd in line for English Throne, son of Prince Charles and Princess Diana, brother of Prince William) (25)
    • Jackie Cooper (actor, The Little Rascals' Jackie; Perry White in the Christopher Reeve Superman movies) (87)
    • Signe Anderson (original singer, Jefferson Airplane; left to have a baby and was replaced by Grace Slick) (68)
    • Jimmy Gilmer (singer, "Sugar Shack") (69)
    • Dina Lohan (reality TV star, mother of Lindsay Lohan) (47)
    • Mike Wade (my good buddy!) Happy Birthday xoxoxo Jessi


    • Carlene Carter's I Fell in Love album entered the Billboard chart in 1990.
    • Toby Keith's single "I'm Just Talkin' About Tonight" hit Number One in 2001.
    • Merle Haggard's The Best of the Best of Merle Haggard album was released in 1972.
    • Patsy Cline married Charlie Dick in 1957.
    • Garth Brooks' "More Than A Memory" became the first song to debut at Number One on Billboard's country singles chart in 2007.
    • Dierks Bentley earned his second gold album for Modern Day Drifter in 2005.
    • Former Nashville Star contestant Miranda Lambert signed with Epic Records in 2003.
    • Everywhere We Go became Kenny Chesney's first double-platinum album in 2000.
    • George Strait's Pure Country soundtrack was released in 1992.
    • Alabama collected its first platinum album for Feels So Right in 1981.


    ETHAN ZOHN'S CANCER RETURNS: Survivor winner Ethan Zohn revealed to People magazine that his cancer -- a rare form of Hodgkin's disease -- has returned after three months of intense chemotherapy. The 35-year-old said that doctors revealed the bad news on August 26th, but he waited until starting treatment again before sharing his condition with family, friends and the public. In his People magazine video diary, Zohn said, "It was a complete punch in the face," adding that his family is supportive and doctors have ordered a stem cell transplant aimed, he said, at "hitting the reset button" on his body.

    'DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES' ACTRESS'S CANCER RETURNS: Desperate Housewives actress Kathryn Joosten is battling lung cancer. The 69-year-old told People magazine, "I've got a little hang-up here, but we're going to handle it and move forward. I'm doing great." Joosten, who thought she'd beaten the disease back in 2001, says that she received the diagnosis two weeks ago and will fight against it again after more tests determine her course of treatment.

    ANGELINA JOLIE VISITS REFUGEES: Angelina Jolie continued to build her resume of humanitarian work with a visit to a Somalian refugee camp last Saturday (September 12th). People magazine reports that the actress spent the day meeting some of the 285,000 residents who live in the crowded camp. Jolie, who is a UN Refugee Agency Goodwill Ambassador, said, "The Somali families I met today are full of warmth and affection. I wish more people could meet them, then they would have a stronger desire to help."

    JENNIFER ANISTON DOESN'T LIKE TABLOIDS: Unsurprisingly, Jennifer Aniston is not a fan of celebrity tabloids. The over-exposed actress told Parade magazine, "It's embarrassing that people are focused so much and putting so much money into gossip magazines to escape. The paparazzi and the magazines deserve their share of the blame, but they're just supplying a demand. It's unfortunate that people don't care that they've been lied to, they don't care that they're being sort of messed with and not given the full truth. They buy them anyway."


    Flush the toilet

    • She says: It's a pretty simple lesson you learned when you were three years young. No one wants to see what you made in the potty, so when you're done, flush it down.
    • He says: Luckily, guys can often avoid going into the stalls and thus dodge this issue completely. There are times, however, when the stall is the only option, and it's fair to say flushing benefits everyone, regardless of gender.

    Talking across stalls

    • She says: This one could be personal preference rather than etiquette. Can you please wait until we're washing our hands to ask about my weekend?
    • He says: This goes for the urinals, too. If it's just two friends in the restroom, it might not be so bad, but once someone else enters, silence is best. Not everyone wants to hear about what you did this weekend -- it's like talking loudly in your cubicle, only more awkward.

    Dripping on the seat

    • She says: I'm pretty sure this is another lesson we learned back in kindergarten. I understand that many women don't like to fully sit on the toilet seat for fear of germs. But doesn't it make you a hypocrite to leave your urine splattered on the seat for the next person to enjoy?
    • He says: Guys are just as guilty, though I dare say it's less about germs and more about carelessness. Whatever the reason, clean up!

    "That time of the month"

    • She says: Without going into too much detail, every woman knows the rules when it comes to our favorite time of the month. Wrap it up and throw it away. Enough said.
    • He says: Um, TMI. Most of us probably have not had to deal with this in a men's room (though unisex restrooms are a different story).

    Oh, and, wash your hands

    • She says: I know where your hands just were -- you could at least pretend to wash them. What would your boss think if he knew you just shook his hand after using the restroom, fixing your hair and adjusting your undergarments? Wash up, people!
    • He says: Yes. A million times yes. I know that we can maneuver carefully and take a trip to the restroom without touching anything other than our belt, but we should still wash our hands. The worst offense remains when a guy comes out of the stall, fixes his hair and straightens his clothes, then walks right out the door. A few seconds of soap and water can kill germs and save co-worker anxiety.

    Leave the sales pitch outside

    • He says: Bathroom chitchat should be kept to a minimum, and I don't think much more than a "Hey" should be exchanged in most situations. A true party foul, however, occurs when you try to network, make a business transaction or introduce yourself in the restroom. The last thing I want to do near the sinks is take your business card or shake your hand.
    • She says: This must be a guy thing, because most girls don't hear about a business opportunity other than happy hour mentioned in the bathroom.

    Choose your reading material carefully

    • He says: If you're the kind of guy who likes to catch up on the morning news while you visit the restroom, that's your business. But please don't enter the stall with a stack of documents that you might be passing out to colleagues later. When you put a memo in front of me, all I'll be thinking is, "Was this on the bathroom floor?"
    • She says: Bringing reading material to the bathroom is a dude's deal, not to mention highly revolting. It's like telling the whole office what you're about to do. Most females get in and get out, so no reading material is necessary.

    Don't get towel greedy

    • He says: By now you should be environmentally conscious, so using 10 paper towels when two will do is unacceptable. Not to mention it uses up the towel supply quickly and means I'll be the guy who has wet hands and nowhere to dry them.
    • She says: You know what else towel greediness means? A wet spot on the front of my pants -- and in a place where you never want one. Seriously, at least in the women's restroom, there are usually towels around the sink area to absorb the extra water that we tend to splash around when (and if) washing our hands. When people overuse the towels and leave none left to absorb the extra liquid, my pants do that job instead when I lean against the sink to powder my nose. You're welcome, towel stealers.


    AMERICANS DON'T SPEND MUCH MONEY ON FOOD: Compared to other countries, Americans spend a small percentage of their household income on food. The U.S. Department of Agriculture statistics have an average family spending 5.7 percent of their earnings on meals and snacks, while the number is 8.6 in the U.K. and over 40 percent in countries like Jordan and Indonesia. points out that Americans were spending 17 percent on food in the 1950s -- but advances in agriculture and livestock, as well as government subsidies to farmers, have knocked down costs considerably.

    CHECK IT OUT: Quiz, How cheap are you?

    START OF FOOTBALL SEASON MAY LEAD TO SELF-ESTEEM BOOSTS: reveals how Basking in Reflected Glory (BIRGing) helps to explain how the performance of one's favorite sports team can change one's sense of self-worth. The website said that people will symbolically associate themselves with others -- such as sports teams -- so the individual will share in the team's success, therefore increasing one's own self-esteem. By wearing a sports team uniform, attending their games, or watching them on television, the team's successes becomes the fan's successes, and as a result, wins on the field translate into bolstered self-esteem.

    MEN LIE MORE THAN WOMEN: The Daily Mail reported on a study that found men lie six times a day and twice as often as women. The study found that the most common lie told by both sexes was: "Nothing's wrong, I'm fine."

    Top ten lies men tell:

    • 1. Nothing's wrong, I'm fine
    • 2. This will be my last drink
    • 3. No, your butt doesn't lok big in that
    • 4. I had no signal
    • 5. My battery died
    • 6. Sorry, I missed your call
    • 7. I didn't have that much to drink
    • 8. I'm on my way
    • 9. It wasn't that expensive
    • 10. I'm stuck in traffic

    Top ten lies women tell:

    • 1. Nothing's wrong, I'm fine
    • 2. Oh, this isn't new, I've had it ages
    • 3. It wasn't that expensive
    • 4. It was in the sale
    • 5. I'm on my way
    • 6. I don't know where it is, I haven't touched it
    • 7. I didn't have that much to drink
    • 8. I've got a headache
    • 9. No, I didn't throw it away
    • 10. Sorry, I missed your call


    DEAD HUMPBACK WHALE WASHES UP IN ENGLAND'S RIVER THAMES: A humpback whale, which was first seen Thursday, has washed up dead in the River Thames near London. Scientists say that the animal died of starvation, and that the occurrence of a whale wandering into the Thames was extremely unusual. Only 12 humpback whales have been recorded as stranded in the last 20 years. (Daily Mail)

    WOMAN FINDS SNAKE IN RENTAL CAR: A college student in Jacksonville, Florida found a 3 1/2 inch snake waiting for her on the dashboard of a rental car after being dropped off by the company. After calling the company, a trapper was hired who was able to capture the animal and determined that it was a non-venomous red rat snake. It is believed the snake got in the car through the wheel. The company gave the student another car, but she said she was a little nervous getting in right away. (Sun-Sentinel)

    DRUNK TEENAGER SLEEPING ON RAILROAD TRACK NARROWLY AVOIDS DEATH: A drunk French teenager who feel asleep on train tracks slept soundly while a speeding train approached. Luckily, the conductor spotted the boy lying on the tracks and was able to brake only a few hundred feet away. Awoken by police and firefighters, the boy gave them the finger and rolled back over to sleep again. (Reuters)

    BOY FAKES KIDNAPPING TO HIDE HIS POOR GRADES: An 11 year-old Alabama boy faked his own kidnapping because he was afraid to bring home a bad report card. The boy claimed a man with a gun forced him into a car, but that he was able to escape by jumping out. Police say they were suspicious that the boy was able to escape with his band instrument, but not his bookbag. He later confessed making up the story to his grandparents, who called police to apologize. No charges are being filed against the boy at this time. (AP)


    THREE NYC HOMES RAIDED IN TERRORISM INVESTIGATION: FBI agents and police carried out a pre-dawn raid in three apartments in Queens, New York, Monday (September 14th) as part of an investigation of a man suspected of being an al-Qaida associate. The raids came after the man, who was under surveillance, visited New York City over the weekend and left the area, according to GOP Rep. Peter King of New York. However, Democratic Senator Charles Schumer said a terrorist attack wasn't believed to be imminent. No arrests were announced, and AP reported that neither the FBI nor the NYPD would discuss the whereabouts of the al-Qaida suspect or whether anyone was being held for questioning.

    BRITISH MUSLIMS SENTENCED IN AIRLINE TERRORISM PLOT: Four British Muslims received lengthy jail sentences in London yesterday (September 14th) for their thwarted plot to blow up seven passenger airplanes over the Atlantic Ocean with liquid explosives. Ringleader Abdulla Ahmed Ali was given a minimum of 40 years in prison, one of the longest sentences ever handed out by a British court. Assad Sarwar and Tanvir Hussain were imprisoned for a minimum of 36 years and 32 years respectively, and Umar Islam was sentenced to a minimum of 22 years. British and U.S. officials said the plan was directly linked to al-Qaida, and police said they believe the plotters were just days away from mounting their attacks when dozens of suspects were arrested in August 2006.

    U.S. REPORTEDLY KILLED TOP AL-QAIDA SUSPECT IN SOMALIA: U.S. special forces reportedly killed a top al-Qaida suspect yesterday (September 14th) in a helicopter attack that hit a car in the southern part of Somalia. Kenyan Saleh Ali Saleh Nabhan was said to have built the truck bomb that killed 15 people at an Israeli-owned beach hotel on the Kenyan coast in 2002, and was also accused of involvement in a botched missile attack on a Israeli plane full of tourists as it took off from Mombasa. AP cited a senior Somali government source as saying Nabhan was killed along with four other foreign members of the al Shabaab insurgent group, which the U.S. says is al-Qaida's proxy in Somalia. The U.S. wouldn't comment.


    VIOLENT CRIME, INCLUDING MURDER, DOWN IN 2008: There was a nationwide drop in violent crime in 2008 of 1.9 percent, including a 3.9 percent decline in murder and manslaughter, according to data released yesterday (September 14th) by the FBI. Rapes were down 1.6 percent to the lowest national level in 20 years. The South had the highest crime rate, at 4,315 violent and property crimes per 100,000 people, while the Northeast had the lowest, 2,620 violent and property crime per 100,000 people. The national numbers show that crime continues to be way down from its peak in the early 1990s, and is at rates comparable to the 1960s.

    EXERCISE FOUND TO BENEFIT EVEN THOSE IN THEIR 80s: You're never too old for exercise, as new research has found that getting physical activity is beneficial even for those in their 80s, extending life by at least a few years. Israeli researchers found that the three-year survival rate was about three times higher for active 85-year-olds compared to those of the same age who were inactive. In fact, the benefit was seen not only in those who'd previously been active and continued to be in their 80s, but even among those 85-year-olds who'd previously been sedentary. Being active in this research was considered getting more than four hours of exercise weekly, even if it was just walking, while getting less was considered being inactive.

    CRYSTAL LEE SUTTON, INSPIRATION FOR 'NORMA RAE,' DEAD AT 68: Crystal Lee Sutton, whose fight to unionize Southern textile plants with low pay and poor working conditions was dramatized in the film Norma Rae, died Friday (September 11th) after a long battle with brain cancer. She was 68. Sally Field won a best actress Oscar for portraying Norma Rae, the title character who was based on Sutton, in the 1979 film. She said in a statement that Sutton was a, quote, "remarkable woman whose brave struggles have left a lasting impact on this country and, without a doubt, on me personally. Portraying Crystal Lee Sutton in Norma Rae, however loosely based, not only elevated me as an actress, but as a human being." In a 1973 event that was famously dramatized in the film, Sutton stood on a table with the word "UNION" on a piece of cardboard as she was being hauled out by police after being fired for her pro-union activities. Her fellow employees reacted to her act of defiance by shutting down their machines. Sutton spent years as a labor organizer in the 1970s, and later became a certified nursing assistant in 1988.

    OBAMA, BILL CLINTON HAVE LUNCH IN NYC: President Obama and former President Bill Clinton had a private lunch together Monday (September 14th) at the Italian restaurant Il Mulino in New York's Greenwich Village. White House press secretary Robert Gibbs later said the two spent most of the time talking about the economy, including health insurance reform. He said Obama values Clinton's advice, and that the two have a, quote, "strong relationship." Obama was in New York to give a speech on enacting an overhaul of the financial regulatory system.


    DEL POTRO STUNS FEDERER IN UPSET TO WIN U.S. OPEN: Roger Federer seemed on his way to winning his sixth consecutive U.S. Open yesterday (September 14th), taking the first set in the final handily, but Argentinian Juan Martin del Potro battled back, and after the four-hour and six-minute match was over, he was the champion, stunning the top-seeded Federer with a 3-6, 7-6 (5), 4-6, 7-6 (4), 6-2 victory. This was the first Grand Slam title for the 20-year-old, sixth-seeded del Potro, who'd previously been 0-6 against Federer. For his part, Federer had never been beaten by anyone other than Rafael Nadal in a major final.

    • It wasn't exactly the equivalent of Serena Williams' on-court tirade over the weekend, but the usually unflappable Federer argued with the chair umpire during a changeover in yesterday's match, using a profanity and saying, "Don't tell me to be quiet, OK? When I want to talk, I talk."

    SERENA WILLIAMS APOLOGIZES: Serena Williams apologized more fully yesterday (September 14th) for her profanity-filled, on-court tirade against a line judge Saturday (September 12th) over a foot fault call in her U.S. Open semifinal loss to Kim Clijsters. In an apology issued shortly before her doubles finals match, in which she and sister Venus won the title 6-2, 6-2 over defending champions Cara Black and Lizel Huber, Serena said she is, quote, "a woman of great pride, faith and integrity, and I admit when I'm wrong." She also faced many questions in the post-match press conference, and said that while she still thinks the line judge's call was wrong, quote, "Looking back on it, I think the lady did the best that she could. She was just doing her job." She said of the judge, "I would like to give her a big ol' hug," Serena has already been fined $10,000 over the incident, and could face larger fines or a possible suspension.

    BRADY LEADS PATRIOTS TO 25-24 WIN OVER BILLS: Tom Brady was back at quarterback last night (September 14th) for the New England Patriots, leading them to a 25-24 win over the Buffalo Bills in their season-opener. Brady is returning from missing virtually the entire season last year after tearing ligaments in his knee in the first game. In last night's Monday Night Football game at home in Foxborough, Brady threw two touchdown passes in the 2:06 of the game to pull out the win.

    CHARGERS BEAT RAIDERS 24-20 IN SEASON OPENER: The San Diego Charges began their season with a 24-20 Monday Night Football win over the Oakland Raiders last night (September 14th) in Oakland. Quarterback Philip Rivers led the Chargers to the win, which was capped by Darren Sproles' five-yard run with just 18 seconds left. The winning TD came after JaMarcus Russell had given Oakland a 20-17 lead with a 57-yard touchdown pass to Louis Murphy with 2:34 left.

    (Headline News, FYI and Sports stories were compiled in part from reports by the Associated Press and Reuters.)


    Kate Gosselin's first appearance as a guest co-host on The View was not nearly as dramatic her ex-husband's recent ABC interview, but the reality mom did admit to having a "meltdown" this past weekend.

    When Sherri Shepard asked how Kate handles Jon bringing his 22-year-old girlfriend around their eight children, Gosselin responded, "I'm not gonna lie, it's difficult., this is all difficult. Um, I think that to go a little further, you have seen me react the way you have seen me react. You will continue to see me react that way because truly, its not a coined little phrase, it's not a little quote that I release out there saying, you know for the sake of my children. I know I've been locked, the truth is, for the sake of my children, I'm going to continue taking the high road because it's the only road for me. It is not easy, I melted down over the weekend. In the privacy of my own home, I melted down."

    • Kate briefly addressed critics who berate her for putting her family's life in the public spotlight, admitting that as a single mother, she needs a paycheck.
    • Kate will be back on The View today (September 15th).
    • While Kate was presumable prepping for her guest-host gig, Jon was hitting up several MTV Video Music Awards after-parties. reports that the reality dad was spotted at several New York hotspots, although he never made it to the actual show. He admitted that skipping the ceremony might have disappointed his children as, "My daughter called me and wanted Taylor [Swift]'s autograph."


    Megan Fox had an unlikely defender after several members from the Transformers crew trashed the comely actress in an open letter posted on director Michael Bay's website. Bay himself condemned the crew's musings, which were prompted by a recent Fox interview in which she compared him to Hitler.

    After the unnamed crew members wrote that the 23-year-old was "dumb as a rock" and the "queen of talking trailer trash and posing like a porn star," Bay pulled the letter and posted in its place, "I don't condone the crew letter to Megan. And I don't condone Megan's outlandish quotes. But her crazy quips are part of her crazy charm. The fact of the matter I still love working with her, and I know we still get along. I even expect more crazy quotes from her on Transformers 3."

    • One of the crew's insults read, "Megan has been late to the sets many times. She goes through the motions that make her exude this sense of misery... Megan really is a thankless, classless, graceless, and shall we say unfriendly b**ch. It's sad how fame can twist people, and even sadder that young girls look up to her. If only they knew who they're really looking up to."
    • Bay and Fox have a contemptuous history. Around the time when Transformers 2 was released this year, Fox told Entertainment Weekly that the film paid no attention to acting, focusing entirely on special effects. Bay responded, taking full credit for her career and telling the Wall Street Journal, "Well, that's Megan Fox for you. She says some very ridiculous things because she's 23 years old and she still has a lot of growing to do. You roll your eyes when you see statements like that and think, 'Okay Megan, you can do whatever you want. I got it."


    Actor Patrick Swayze died Monday at the age of 57 after months of battling pancreatic cancer. The Golden Globe-nominated star of Dirty Dancing and Ghost passed away peacefully with family at his side, his publicist said. He is survived by his wife of 32 years, Lisa Niemi.

    Swayze announced in March 2008 that he was suffering from the disease, a particularly deadly form of cancer which is considered incurable. His diagnosis came just as he was beginning work on the A&E TV series The Beast. He completed one season of the show, which received decent ratings. But, the network said it had reluctantly decided not to renew the show for a second season.

    In early 2009, Swayze said that he'd been "going through hell" since being diagnosed with the disease. In an interview which aired on the January 7th episode of ABC's 20/20, the actor told Barbara Walters, "There's a lot of fear here. There's a lot of stuff going on. Yeah, I'm scared. Yeah, I'm angry. Yeah, I'm [asking] why me. Yeah, I'm all this stuff." He added: "I don't know what's on the other side. It tests everything I believe in. That there is something unique in all of us that does not die. I like to believe and always have that I've got a lot of guardian warriors sitting on shoulder including my dad saying, 'You just let Swayze-dog know, it's been his turn all this time, you just let us do the work and we'll finish it for 'em.' And so I'm trying to shut-up and let my angels speak to me and tell me what I'm supposed to do."

    • The actor said he first began to feel sick in late 2007. He told Walters that on New Year's Eve, "I tried to have champagne, and it would be like pouring acid, you know, on an open wound."
    • The former professional ballet dancer switched to acting full-time in 1978 after a series of injuries. He rose to stardom when he appeared as a sexy ballroom instructor from the other side of the tracks in 1987's Dirty Dancing opposite Jennifer Grey. He followed that up in 1989 with the action film Road House before his next big hit, 1990's Ghost with Demi Moore. Swayze played the ghost of Moore's husband who in one famous love scene comes back to hold Moore in his arms as she works on a potter's wheel.
    • Swayze played against his macho image in a sensitive and funny portrayal of a drag queen in 1995's To Wong Foo Thanks For Everything Julie Newmar. In recent years, Swayze appeared on stage in the musicals Chicago on Broadway and in Guys and Dolls in London.


    Everyone is abuzz about Kanye West's disruption of Tayor Swift's acceptance speech during the MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday (September 13th) night. Numerous celebrities took to their blogs and Twitter to defend her, but Swift has had nothing to say, except what she diplomatically told an MTV reporter immediately after the show. "You know, I was up there and I was standing there and I saw Kanye up on the stage and I was really excited, and then I kind of wasn't as excited anymore."

    After winning Video of the Year, Beyonce called Swift on stage to finish her acceptance speech. Swift told MTV that Beyonce's kindness saved the night for her. "You know, they told me to be ready just in case she might want to say something. It was just so wonderful and so incredibly classy of her and just gracious and wonderful to let me say something. She's just been my hero and one of my idols since I was little, and she's never, ever changed who she is. She's a great person and I really look up to her."

    Some of Swift's famous supporters who who took to the internet to voice their disgust over West's treament of her included John Rich, Blake Shelton, Brad Paisley, Kellie Pickler, Pink, Katy Perry, Justin Moore, Jewel, Lady Antebellum's Hillary Scott, and Kelly Clarkson.

    Here are their messages:

    • John Rich: "KanyeWest is a lowlife. He needs to have his @@@ kicked in the middle of the stage right now! What a piece of @@@@!!! Go TAYLOR SWIFT."
    • Blake Shelton: "Sorry y'all but we're just a little bit protective of Taylor Swift around here!! Hey Kanye.. By around here, I mean the world!! Moron...."
    • Brad Paisley: "Poor Kanye. so shy, so humble, such a class act. what doesn't anyone like him? I mean come on! Just kidding of course. he's a total ass."
    • Kellie pickler: "I apologize for my language. I'm just f-ing pissed. Tator Tot, you handled yourself with Grace. Kanye, go grow some f-ing balls bitch! don't mess w/my lil sis!!********************************"
    • Pink: "Kanye west is the biggest piece of s---- on earth. Quote me. My heart goes out to Taylor Swift. She is a sweet and talented girl and deserved her moment. She should know we all love her."
    • Justin Moore: "I'd like to kick the s--- out of Kayne West."
    • Jewel: "You can't steal Taylor Swift's thunder. He only made himself look like an a**"
    • Lady Antebellum's Hillary Scott: "I wish people knew when to keep their mouth shut! Love you T!!"
    • Kelly Clarkson (in a letter to West on her blog): "I was actually nominated in the same category that Taylor won and I was excited for her ... so why can't you be?? I'm not even mad at you for being an ass---- ... I just pity you because you're a sad human being."
    • Even Jackson family patriarch Joe Jackson added his two cents, saying, "I don't know what he was doing, he jumped up on stage and snatched that microphone out of that poor girl's hand. They should blackball him out of show business for that. He just leapt up there, that was bad."

    Monday, September 14, 2009


    People who feel happy and satisfied are more likely to be healthy in the future, according to a recent survey of over 10,000 people. Investigators at the University of Nebraska compared survey answers about happiness and satisfaction to healthy status reports taken three years later. About 63% said they were happy most or all of the time and more than 90% claimed life satisfaction. The happy results: The upbeat people were significantly more likely to report good health three years later. (National Enquirer)

    You'd think that being on a football team would make high school kids physically fit. But many of them are dangerously overweight. Almost half of the linemen are overweight and playing games with their heart health, according to a study from Iowa State University. Researchers analyzed height and weight data from nearly 4,000 varsity high school linemen in the state. 45% were overweight and 9% met the adult standard for obesity. States with an even bigger high school football tradition, such as Florida and Texas, may have an even larger problem, adds study co-author Kelly Laurson.

    People who consumed a diet rich in calcium and dairy products as children live longer lives as adults, according to a 65-year study from the Queensland Institute of Medical Research in Brisbane, Australia. The BBC News reports that higher daily intake of calcium and dairy as a child cuts the chance of dying as an adult, especially from stroke, by as much as 60 percent. Children who were from families that had the highest intake of calcium and dairy products had lower overall death rates, especially from stroke, than those who were from families who ate less dairy.

    Basketball and cycling are the most injury-prone sports. Football and soccer are close behind. The report from the Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC) shows that 1.6 million basketball-related injuries were treated last year -- in hospitals, doctors' offices, ambulatory surgery centers, clinics, and hospital emergency rooms. Bicyclists racked up nearly 1.3 million injuries; football scored 1 million; soccer tallied a little less than 500,000 injuries.

    Happily hitched women sleep easier than women in rocky relationships, reports a study presented at the annual meeting of the Associated Professional Sleep Societies. Subjects who defined their relationships as happy reported less trouble falling asleep and more restful z's, and they were less likely to awaken during the night than women in unsatisfying relationships. A contented union provides a sense of security, a mindset that can contribute to a blissful snooze. Excessive conflict and stress can disrupt sleep, says lead study author Wendy Troxel, Ph.D. Try to work out minor arguments before hitting the sack so you can sleep in peace. (Women's Health)

    A cup of piping hot cocoa can keep you mentally sharp even while performing tiring complex tasks, says a new study. When scientists at Britain's Northumbria University gave subjects a series of math tests, the people who drank cocoa did significantly better on them than folks who drank a placebo drink. The secret behind chocolate's brain boosting power is a heavy concentration of biochemicals called flavanols, which hep get more blood to the gray matter by dilating vessels. (National Examiner)

    The common belief that old men are more cantankerous than their female counterparts has been blown out of the water by a new study proving senior ladies are the real pains in the neck. The latest research shows women are the sadder sex by age 48 a time when males are actually enjoying the best years of their lives. "In later life, men come closer to achieving their aspirations, are more satisfied with their family lives and financial situations, and are the happier of the two," declares sociologist Dr. Anke Plagnol. The answers of the 10,000 participants in the Cambridge University study revealed that while women start life more satisfied, they are far less happy than their male friends and co-workers in their later years.

    Watching your weight? Watch the weekends. A study in the journal Obesity reveals that people eat an average of 236 more calories on Saturday than on any given weekday. Blame it on the break from your usual routine. "Since your day is not as structured on the weekends, neither are your eating habits," says study author Susan Racette, Ph.D. (Men's Health)

    A Harvard University research study shows an undeniable link between the exhaust spewed out by cars, trucks and other vehicles and the rate of death from heart failure or heart attack. A study of 500 people shows that certain nutrients can offset the damage caused by air pollution, which occurs when small particles of exhaust emissions clog up the lungs and over stress the heart. The top nutrients are vitamin B6, vitamin B12 and an amino acid called methionine. All three are available in supplement form, but doctors urge people to get them the old fashioned way by eating lots of whole grain cereals, shellfish, salmon, sardines, broccoli, avocados, mushrooms, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, sesame seeds and lentils.

    Your morning shower could be more like a chemical bath. Using a vinyl shower curtain may expose you to toxins. The Center for Health, Environment, and Justice, a Virginia based environmental advocacy group, tested five vinyl curtains and found that they all contained phthalates, chemicals used to soften plastics. Although some scientists doubt the seriousness of the threat, the group argues repeated exposure can be dangerous. "Phthalates can affect hormone levels, so you should avoid them whenever possible," says David O. Carpenter, M.D., the director of the Institute for Health and the Environment at the University at Albany. For safer shower, switch to a curtain made of either cotton or nylon. (Men's Health)


    Taylor Swift's big MTV Video Music Awards moment was ruined by rapper Kanye West. Swift won the moon man trophy for Best Female Video for "You Belong With Me." She was two sentences into her acceptance speech when West leapt from his seat in the audience onto the stage and took the microphone from her to make his own pronouncement: (Swift) "Thank you so much. I always dreamed about what it would be like to win one of these one day, but I never actually thought that woulda happened. I sing country music so thank you so much for giving me c hance to win a VMA Award, I ..." (cheers) (West) "Yo, Taylor, I'm really happy for you, I'ma let you finish, but Beyonce had one of the best videos of all time. (Boos and cheers) One of the best videos of all time!"

    • A stunned Beyonce stared in disbelief while the crowd booed West and Swift stood looking disheartened. She did not finish her speech then, but rather later in the show at the request of Beyonce. Beyonce had just won the night's big award for Video of the Year and after a brief thank you, invited Swift back to "have her moment": (Beyonce) "I remember being 17 years-old up for my first MTV award with Destiny's Child and it was one of the most exciting moments in my life. So I'd like for Taylor to come out and have her moment. Where are you?" (Taylor Swift) "Maybe we could try this again? I would really like to thank Roman White who directed my video and Lucas Till for being in it and I would like to thank all the fans on Twitter and Myspace and everyone who came out to my shows this summer."
    • Swift will obviously have a lot to talk about when she makes her first appearance on The View on Tuesday (September 15th). In addition to talking with the ladies, including guest co-host Kate Gosselin, she will perform two songs from her Fearless album.
    • Swift tells us that in the future she would like to expand her focus to include writing for other acts and mentoring promising up-and-comers. ["I would love to start getting cuts on other peoples' albums and stuff like that, and growing as a songwriter, and, you know, if I see something that completely inspires me in some new artist that I feel like just has something, has that spark, of course I would wanna help them out. I want country music to be the best music. I want it to be looked at as top shelf and I want there to be amazing content and amazing songs on country radio, and if I could in some way help some new artist achieve that that only makes what we do better."
    • Swift earned four CMA Awards nominations last week, including her first for Entertainer of the Year.


    • Sources tell us that Kanye West was asked to leave the MTV Awards after his stunt, which left Swift in tears backstage. West later apologized on his blog.

    Dierks Bentley's latest single, "I Wanna Make You Close Your Eyes", is drawing comparisons to something Conway Twitty would have recorded. Like Twitty, Bentley tells us that sexy love songs are becoming part of his repertoire. "Yeah, I love Conway. I love those kinds of songs. One of my bigger songs still is a song called 'Come A Little Closer' which is that same type of vibe and I think on every record I like to put out something that's really fun, something that's a little left of center and then something that's kind of in that more sexier vein groove and one for the girls, but also one for the guys too."

    Bentley says the song can be a useful tool for the guys. "They can play it for the girls, you know. If they can't sing or write a song maybe they can play that in their truck or play it at home and either lead to a good time or help them get out of a rough patch, a rough spot."

    • "I Wanna Make You Close Your Eyes" is on Bentley's current Feel That Fire CD.
    • Bentley continues to tour with Brad Paisley on his American Saturday Night tour.

    The Zac Brown Band's Zac Brown and his wife, Shelly, welcomed a new addition into their family on Wednesday (September 9th). Daughter Georgia Sloan weighed in at eight pounds, nine ounces.
    • Georgia is the couple's third daughter. She joins big sisters Lucy, 16 months, and two-and-a-half-year-old Justice.


    • Also on September 9th, Brown learned of his four CMA Awards nominations for New Artist, Vocal Group, and Single and Song of the year for "Chicken Fried."

    Trace Adkins will perform at the Wounded Warrior Project's Soldier Ride at Nashville's Loveless Barn on September 25th. The motorcycle ride takes place the next day from that same location. Tickets to the performance are $100.
    • Adkins has been a supporter of the Wounded Warriors Project since appearing on the Academy of Country Music Awards in April. He donated his proceeds from the live performance of "Til The Last Shot's Fired" to the organization.

    Carrie Underwood, Vince Gill, Randy Houser, Jamey Johnson, Miranda Lambert, Patty Loveless, Joe Nichols, James Otto, Kellie Pickler, John Rich, Blake Shelton, and Steve Wariner are all set to perform at this year's ACM Honors event on September 22nd at the Schermerhorn (SKERMER-HORN) Symphony Center in Nashville. The evening will be hosted by Lee Ann Womack, while Rodney Atkins and Montgomery Gentry's Eddie Montgomery will serve as presenters.

    The 2009 honorees include the late Jerry Reed, Kenny Rogers, Randy Travis, Hank Williams, Jr., Merle Haggard, the late Harlan Howard, Dolly Parton and the movie Beer For My Horses.

    • The second annual ACM Honors pays a musical tribute to the special honorees and non-televised category winners from the 44th annual Academy of Country Music Awards, which were held earlier this year.


    Q. Who was the first female to be named the CMA Entertainer Of The Year?
    A. Loretta Lynn in 1972


    • Danielle Peck (31)
    • John Berry (50)
    • Kimberly Williams (actress, Father Of The Bride I and II, According To Jim, wife of Brad Paisley) (38)
    • Faith Ford (actress, Murphy Brown's Corky Sherwood, Hope & Faith, The Pacifier) (45)
    • Sam Neill (actor, Jurassic Park, The Hunt For Red October, The Horse Whisperer, The Tudors, The Piano) (62)
    • Walter Koenig (actor, Star Trek's Chekov) (73)
    • Dmitry Medvedev (president of Russia) (44)
    • Steve Berlin (saxophonist, Los Lobos) (54)
    • Jon "Bowzer" Bauman, (singer in "Sha Na Na" ) (62)
    • Melissa Leo (actress, 21 Grams, Frozen River) (49)


    • Mindy McCready scored her first Number One single with "Guys Do It All the Time" in 1996.
    • Garth Brooks' fourth album, The Chase, was released in 1992.
    • Merle Haggard sang "Mama Tried" on Dick Clark's American Bandstand in 1968.
    • Actress Renee Zellweger filed for an annulment of her marriage to Kenny Chesney in Los Angeles in 2005. The couple were married for barely four months.
    • Tim McGraw's "Unbroken" went to Number One in Billboard in 2002.
    • John Michael Montgomery's first single, "Life's A Dance," was released in 1992.
    • Kenny Rogers received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1979.


    Tyler Perry's latest comedy, Can Do Bad All By Myself, opened at the top of the box office this weekend, marking the second film from Perry this year to debut at Number One, after Madea Goes to Jail in February. I Can Do Bad All By Myself stars Taraji P. Henson as a nightclub singer forced to care for her delinquent niece and nephews, and Perry, who wrote and directed the film, is back as his cross-dressing alter ego Madea. Singer Mary J. Blige co-stars.

    Opening in second place was the animated movie 9, a dark story about dolls who are the last remainder of humanity after a war between men and machines. Its voice cast includes Elijah Wood, John C. Reilly, Christopher Plummer and Jennifer Connelly.

    • The Final Destination fell to fifth place after two weekends at Number One.
    • In other new releases, the horror film Sorority Row, starring Rumer Willis, Audrina Patridge and Carrie Fisher, debuted at Number Six, and the Kate Beckinsale thriller Whiteout opened in seventh place.


    1. Tyler Perry's I Can Do Bad All By Myself, $24.03 million
    2. 9, $10.9 million
    3. Inglourious Basterds, $6.5 million
    4. All About Steve, $5.8 million
    5. The Final Destination, $5.5 million
    6. Sorority Row, $5.3 million
    7. Whiteout, $5.1 million
    8. District 9, $3.6 million
    9. Julie & Julia, $3.3 million
    10. Gamer, $3.15 million


    Tina Fey won an Emmy for her sensational sendup of Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin on Saturday Night Live. And Justin Timberlake got an Emmy for his guest host appearance on the same NBC show, on Saturday night in Los Angeles. The guest-appearance awards were handed out at Part One of the Emmy Awards, which focuses mostly on technical categories. The main event will be broadcast live next Saturday, September 20th.

    • Other stars who got television's top awards include Ellen Burstyn, for a guest appearance on NBC's Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, and Michael J. Fox, for a role on Rescue Me on FX.
    • Maria Shriver, California first lady, won two Emmys for her role as exective producer of two documentaries about Alzheimer's disease.
    • Tina Fey thanked ex-governor Palin for her award. "Mrs. Palin is an inspiration to working mothers everywhere because she bailed on her job right before Fourth of July weekend," she said.
    • Fey's sitcom 30 Rock leads all shows with 22 Emmy nominations, including one for her as best comedy actress.
    • Her award for SNL is her sixth career Emmy.
    • For Timberlake, it was a second Emmy award.
    • Michael J. Fox now has five Emmys to his credit. He got three for his sitcom Family Ties and one more for Spin City. In his Rescue Me appearance last season, he played a paraplegic drug abuser.



    A new experiment in network television, the primetime comedy talk show, finally launches tonight (September 14th) at 10 p.m., when late-night veteran Jay Leno launches his much-ballyhooed show on NBC. The former Tonight Show host will be doing The Jay Leno Show five nights a week.

    Jerry Seinfeld is scheduled to appear on the first show, along with hip hop stars Jay-Z, Rihanna and Kanye West.

    Leno's show comes at a time when NBC's primetime performance is on the skids, and all of the broadcast networks are losing their audience to the internet and cable television.

    • Other stars on this week's guest lineup include Tom Cruise on Tuesday, Robin Williams and Miley Cyrus on Wednesday, and Halle Berry on Thursday.
    • Bruce Hornsby and Eric Clapton are scheduled to perform together on Thursday.


    Johnny Depp has announced he will reprise his role as fey pirate Jack Sparrow in an upcoming fourth installment of the blockbuster Pirates of the Caribbean series. Depp sailed onstage aboard a pirate ship to make the announcement to the crowd at a Disney convention in Anaheim on Friday evening.

    The movie, to be titled Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, is due in the summer of 2011.

    On stage as Sparrow, Depp joked that he'd like a little snack, and suggested that Kermit the Frog, who had been on stage earlier, would do nicely because he "probably tastes like chicken."

    • Depp will play Tonto in an upcoming big-screen Disney adaptation of The Lone Ranger.
    • Long before that, we'll see him as The Mad Hatter in a movie version of Alice in Wonderland directed by his frequent collaborator, Tim Burton.
    • Photos of a very, very mad-looking Depp in a top hat have been circulating on the Web for months.
    • Alice appears in March 2010.


    TILA TEQUILA TO SUE SHAWNE MERRIMAN: The San Diego District Attorney has closed the case without charges due to insufficient evidence of a crime. But reality star Tila Tequila says she'll sue San Diego Chargers linebacker Shawne Merriman. Tila says Merriman choked and beat her during a violent incident at his home on September 5th. Her lawyer says she will pursue civil charges against Merriman.

    TRAVOLTA FAMILY REEMERGES: John Travolta and Kelly Preston made their first public appearance since the death nine months ago of their 16-year-old son Jett Travolta on Saturday. The couple and their daughter, Ella Bleu, appeared onstage to promote their new Disney movie Old Dogs at a Disney convention in Anaheim.

    COLIN FARRELL TO BE A DADDY AGAIN: Colin Farrell and his girlfriend, Polish actress Alicja Bachleda, are expecting their first baby together. Colin made the announcement on Saturday at the Toronto Film Festival. He has a 5-year-old son, James, with model Kim Bordenave.

    THE WIT AND WISDOM OF PARIS HILTON: What do William Shakespeare, Jane Austen and Abraham Lincoln have in common with Paris Hilton? All have their wittiest quips quoted in the latest edition of The Oxford Book of Quotations. Paris' contribution is: "Dress cute wherever you go, life is too short to blend in." When she learned of the honor, Paris tweeted: "So cool that I have a quote in the dictionary."

    AND THE WIT AND WISDOM OF MERYL STREEP: The woman who has been nominated for more Oscars than any other actress in history turned 60 this year, and The Times of London asked Meryl Streep whether it was an important milestone for her. "To everyone else it was," Streep replied. "It was a big number. To me it was, 'Well yeah, that comes after 59,'and I don't even want to look it in the eye."


    SUSAN BOYLE HAS LANDED! The Scottish singing sensation Susan Boyle flew into Los Angeles on Saturday, September 12th, to launch her career on this side of the Atlantic with an appearance on the finale of America's Got Talent. The show finale is scheduled as a two-parter to air on September 14th and 16th. It will be the American singing debut for the slightly dumpy but golden-voiced lady who wowed Simon Cowell and his audience in Britain's Got Talent. Meanwhile, Boyle's CD will be released November 24th, in time for the holiday shopping season. It's called I Dreamed A Dream, the title of her signature song. Amazon pre-orders put it on top of the charts already.

    DAN BROWN'S LOST SYMBOL WINS A KUDO: Janet Maslin got in first with her review of the long-awaited sequel to The Da Vinci Code. In a review posted on The New York Times site late Sunday night, Maslin says the sequel won't disappoint fans, and gives Brown credit for "bringing sexy back to a genre that had been left for dead." The review pokes gentle fun at Brown's notoriously pulpy prose, but says his latest thriller keeps the surprises coming fast and furious. Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group is shipping five million copies of The Lost Symbol in advance of its release on Tuesday, September 15th.

    HBO TOPS CREATIVE ARTS EMMYS WITH 16 WINS: The Time Warner-owned cable network led all contenders at the technical Emmys awards ceremony on Saturday, September 12th. Its top winners were the drama Grey Gardens and the Iraq war miniseries Generation Kill. Each won three awards. But the most honored single show at the Saturday night ceremony was Little Dorrit. The adaptation of a Charles Dickens novel on PBS won four technical achievement Emmys.

    LAUREN BACALL TAPPED FOR HONORARY OSCAR: Actress Lauren Bacall, producer Roger Corman and cinematographer Gordon Willis have been selected for honorary Oscars, Variety reports. Veteran studio executive and producer John Calley will receive the Thalberg Award. The awards will be presented on November 14th at the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Science's Governors Awards event in Hollywood. Bacall is a big-screen legend, but has previously gotten only one Oscar nomination, for supporting actress in 1996's The Mirror Has Two Faces. Corman is known as a producer of low-budget schlock like Eat My Dust and Candy Stripe Nurses, but he's considered an inspiration to big-budget luminaries like Francis Ford Coppola and Martin Scorsese. Gordon Willis is the cinematographer behind The Godfather trilogy and many Woody Allen movies.

    NBC'S POKER SHOW TOLD TO ANTE UP: The creators of NBC's Face the Ace poker show are being sued for 85 million dollars by a man who says they stole his idea, TMZ reports. Brandon McSmith claims he pitched the idea to Poker Productions two years before they debuted Face the Ace. The show was a lousy idea anyway. It was exiled to Saturday afternoons after it flopped in primetime.

    PRODIGIOUS FUNNYMAN LARRY GELBART DIES AT 81: Comedy writer Larry Gelbart's career spanned the history of television. He started writing jokes for Danny Thomas when he was 16 years old, and was the youngest member of the legendary team that wrote for Sid Caesar in television's "golden age," the 1950s. But he is best known as the creative force behind M*A*S*H, still considered one of the best television sitcoms ever. He co-wrote the gender-bending movie Tootsie in 1982 and wrote the script for Oh,God! in 1977. Gelbart was inducted into the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Hall of Fame in 2008. He died of cancer on Friday, September 11th, at his home in Beverly Hills.


    That's what it sounds like, anyway. The governor of California will join another elderly action superstar, Sylvester Stallone, in the cast of upcoming action adventure movie called The Expendables.

    Not only that, but Bruce Willis, Dolph Lundgren and Jet Li are in the cast, too, with Mickey Rourke thrown in, presumably for his boxing skills.

    In the movie, the testosterone-laden dream team travels to South America to overthrow a dictator. Stallone is the writer and director of the movie, due in August 2010.

    "I wanted to do a film that was more about men, just doing things that we did back in the '80s and '90s with films that were a little bit more men on men," said Stallone last weekend in an appearance at the Venice Film Festival, where he received a special award.

    • Governor Schwarzenegger's role reportedly is a cameo.
    • Mickey Rourke plays a character named Tool.
    • Stallone is 63 this year. Schwarzenegger is 62.



    1. Mark Martin - 5040
    2. Tony Stewart - 5030
    3. Jimmie Johnson - 5030
    4. Denny Hamlin - 5020
    5. Kasey Kahne - 5020
    6. Jeff Gordon - 5010
    7. Kurt Busch - 5010
    8. Brian Vickers - 5010
    9. Carl Edwards - 5000
    10. Ryan Newman - 5000
    11. Juan Pablo Montoya - 5000
    12. Gregg Biffle - 5000

    Chasing the chase are: Kyle Busch (3195), Matt Kenseth (3165) and Clint Bowyer (3059)


    • Martin leads the points since he won 4 races during the first 26 races.
    • Stewart-Haas Racing gets both cars in
    • Hendrick Motorsports has 3 cars
    • Richard Petty Motorsports has 1 car, Roush-Fenway Racing has 2, Joe Gibbs Racing has 1, Earnhardt-Ganassi Racing has 1, Penske has 1, and Red Bull Racing makes their debut in the Chase with Brian Vickers


    This was the final race for drivers to get themselves into The NASCAR Chase for the Championship. Here's how the top 10 stacked up...

    10 Ryan Newman
    9 Kevin Harvick
    8 Sam Hornish
    7 Brian Vickers makes the Chase
    6 Clint Bowyer
    5 Kyle Busch misses the chase by 8 points
    4 Mark Martin
    3 Jeff Gordon
    2 Kurt Busch


    1 Denny Hamlin takes home the win, at his home race track. Hamlin dominated this race leading 297 laps. It's Denny's first career Cup win at Richmond.


    • Scott Speed wrecked for caution #1
    • Reed Sorenson and Tony Stewart got together with Tony taking the blame
    • Matt Kenseth missed his pit stall, adding to his bad handling race car
    • Carl Edwards reports that the motor "missed" around lap 180
    • Brad Keselowski did a pit stop backwards thanks to a nudge from David Ragan
    • Martin Truex Jr. blew a tire and headed to the garage
    • Brad Keselowski blows an engine to bring out a caution for the last pit stop of the night
    • Matt Kenseth, Kyle Busch are out of The Chase, Brian Vickers raced his way in
    • In the past some of the best in the business haven't made the Chase, like Tony Stewart, Dale Earnhardt Jr., and Jeff Gordon


    Mike Skinner was the beneficiary of a wild conclusion in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race Saturday, winning the Copart 200 in a green-white-checkered finish at Gateway International Raceway.

    Matt Crafton was involved in incidents in back-to-back restarts with 10 laps remaining that knocked out the first-place and second-place trucks.

    On the first restart, Crafton, running third, jumped inside of Todd Bodine, who restarted second. As they approached Turn 1, Bodine's Toyota angled toward the inside and contact was made with Crafton's Chevrolet. Bodine did a quarter-spin on the pit lane exit and went across the track, hit the outside wall and made contact with Colin Braun and Rick Crawford. The race was red flagged.

    On the subsequent restart, Crafton lined up second behind Ron Hornaday Jr. When Hornaday turned into the first corner, Crafton was inside him and hit the left-rear of Hornaday's Chevrolet. Hornaday backed into the outside wall and then was hit by Jason Young.

    The race was again red flagged, with Crafton in front. But NASCAR black flagged Crafton for aggressive driving, giving the lead to Skinner. Johnny Sauter moved up to second and Brian Scott to third. Crafton was forced to restart at the back of the field, the 11th and final truck on the lead lap. When Crafton drove down pit lane to serve his penalty, a large number of the crowd applauded.


    Carl Edwards won the race off pit road on Lap 227. Then he won the race.

    After his crew got his No. 60 Ford off pit road in the top spot under caution, Edwards ran away from Kevin Harvick over the final 20-lap green-flag run and won the Virginia 529 College Savings 250 Friday night at Richmond International Raceway.

    Because of an ignition problem in qualifying, Edwards started from the rear of the field under a penalty for adjustments outside of impound. For the third time this season, Edwards won a race after starting from the back. The win was Edwards' fourth in the Nationwide Series this season and the 24th of his career, tying him with Tommy Houston for sixth all-time.

    Because he broke two bones in his right foot playing Frisbee before last week's Atlanta race, he couldn't do his characteristic victory backflip, but he savored the win nonetheless. Second in the Nationwide standings, Edwards trimmed the lead of third-place finisher Kyle Busch to 201 points.


    BIN LADEN RELEASES MESSAGE TO AMERICANS: Osama bin Laden released a message to the American people today (September 14th), three days after the anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, in which he warns about America's close ties with Israel. In the 11-minute audiotape posted on an Islamist website, the al-Qaida leader says, "The reason for our dispute with you is your support for your ally Israel, occupying our land in Palestine." Bin Laden charges there's been no real change in American policy because President Obama has kept people like Defense Secretary Robert Gates from the administration of former President George W. Bush, saying, "You have only changed the faces in the White House. Obama is a weakened man. He will not be able to stop the war." He also refers to the war in Afghanistan, saying, "If you stop the war, then fine. Otherwise we will have no choice but to continue our war of attrition on every front."

    FOUND BODY IS LIKELY THAT OF MISSING YALE STUDENT: Police said Sunday (September 13th) that a body found hidden in a Yale University building is likely that of 24-year-old graduate student Annie Le, who'd been missing since Tuesday (September 8th) and was going to get married next Sunday. The body was found hidden in a wall Sunday in the building in Yale's medical complex where Le worked. Police, who are treating the death as a homicide, wouldn't say if they have any suspects. They have previously said that Le's fiance, Columbia University graduate student Jonathan Widawsky, isn't a suspect and was helping with the investigation.


    CARD DECIDES NOT TO RUN FOR KENNEDY'S SENATE SEAT: After having said two days earlier that he was seriously considering running for the late Senator Edward Kennedy's U.S. Senate seat from Massachusetts, former Bush White House Chief of Staff Andrew Card said Friday (September 11th) that he's decided against it. Card, the highest-profile Republican to consider running in the January special election, said in a statement that he made the decision in the best interest of his family. The 62-year-old Card was President George W. Bush's chief of staff until stepping down in March 2006, and is a former Massachusetts state lawmaker who ran unsuccessfully for governor in 1982. Although Card and his wife live in Virginia, they also own a home in Massachusetts and Card maintains deep ties to his native state.

    WORLD'S OLDEST PERSON DIES IN L.A. AT 115: Gertrude Baines, the world's oldest person, died in her sleep Friday (September 11th) at a Los Angeles nursing home. She was 115. Baines was born on April 6, 1894 in Shellman, Georgia, and worked as a maid at the Ohio State Universities until her retirement. She outlived all her family members, including her only daughter, who died of typhoid at age 18. With Baines' death, 114-year-old Kama Chinen of Japan is now the world's oldest person.

    DISNEYWORLD ANNOUNCES MAGIC KINGDOM EXPANSION: The Walt Disney Company announced over the weekend that they are planning the largest expansion in the history of Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom in Orlando. The expansion will nearly double the size of Fantasyland, with changes including a new ride based on The Little Mermaid, a redesigned Dumbo the Flying Elephant ride, the addition of Pixie Hollow, a Tinker Bell-themed experience, and an elaborate area where children can dance with Cinderella, celebrate Sleeping Beauty's birthday or interact with Belle from Beauty and the Beast. Disney also plans to update the Star Wars-themed Star Tours ride in Disney's Hollywood Studios, including 3-D effects and the three movie prequels. The new Star Tours ride will debut in 2011, and the Fantasyland expansion will be complete by 2013.

    SON OF COLUMBIA DISASTER ASTRONAUT DIES IN F-16 CRASH: The son of an Israeli astronaut who died in the space shuttle Columbia disaster six years ago was killed Sunday (September 13th) when his F-16 warplane crashed on a routine training flight, the Israeli military announced. Twenty-one-year-old Captain Asaf Ramon was the oldest child of Ilan Ramon, Israel's first and only astronaut, who was one of the seven crew members killed when the Columbia broke up in 2003 as it re-entered the Earth's atmosphere. There was no immediate word on what caused yesterday's crash.

    FORMER SPITZER CALL GIRL RECORDING SONGS, WORKING ON A BOOK: Ashley Dupre, the former high-priced call girl whose trysts with Eliot Spitzer brought down the then-New York governor 18 months ago, is looking to use her notoriety to her own benefit. The New York Post reported Sunday (September 13th) that the 24-year-old Dupre is recording pop songs as she tries to get a record deal and is working on a book that she describes as a "cautionary tale." She told the Post,
    "Everyone likes an underdog story, and everyone likes a comeback. I'm the poster child for redemption."


    CLIJSTERS WINS U.S. OPEN IN RETURN FROM RETIREMENT: Belgian Kim Clijsters won the U.S. Open 7-5, 6-3 over ninth-seeded Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark Sunday night (September 13th) in a triumphant return from two years of retirement, becoming the first unseeded woman ever to win the Open, and the first mother to win a Grand Slam tournament since 1980. The 26-year-old Clijsters had won the U.S. Open before, in 2005, but she left tennis two years ago because of nagging injuries and her desire to start a family. Her 18-month-old daughter was on the court after the match last night to help her celebrate.

    SERENA WILLIAMS FINED $10K FOR OUTBURST, COULD FACE MORE PUNISHMENT: Serena Williams was fined $10,000 Sunday (September 13th) and could face further punishment for her profanity-laced tirade at a linesperson during her U.S. Open semifinal match Saturday night that she lost to Kim Clijsters, who went on to win the tournament. If Williams' behavior, which includes allegations that she threatened to kill the judge, are determined to be a major offense, she could be fined as much as all of her prize money from the tournament and be suspended. Williams blew up when the line judge called a foot fault as she served, which resulted in a double-fault, giving Clijsters a point and moving her one point away from winning the match. Williams stepped toward the official, pointing at her and screaming, "If I could, I would take this (expletive) ball and shove it down your (expletive) throat." Williams was then penalized a point for her outburst, handing the match to Clijsters, 6-4, 7-5.

    • Williams released a statement Sunday saying that, quote, "in the heat of battle I let my passion and emotion get the better of me and as a result handled the situation poorly."
    • Debate swirled at the U.S. Open Sunday over whether the line judge should have even made the call. Foot faults are rarely called at that level of competition, especially in the final moments of such a significant match.

    FEDERER TO FACE DEL POTRO IN U.S. OPEN FINAL: Roger Federer will be going for his sixth straight U.S. Open today (September 14th) against Juan Martin del Potro, who'll be playing in his first career Grand Slam final. Federer reached the final by beating Novak Djokovic 7-6 (3), 7-5, 7-5 yesterday in a match that included what Federer called his best shot ever -- a between-the-legs, cross-court shot from the baseline with his back to the net that he won. That winner came on the next-to-last point of the match. Del Potro won his semi-final match against Rafael Nadal, 6-2, 6-2, 6-2.

    SUZUKI IS FIRST TO HAVE NINE STRAIGHT 200-HIT SEASONS: The Seattle Mariners' Ichiro Suzuki has become the first player in major league history to have at least 200 hits in nine straight seasons. The right fielder set the mark with a single in the second game of a doubleheader against the Texas Rangers Sunday (September 13th) in Texas, breaking a tie with Willie Keeler, who did it for eight consecutive seasons from 1894-1901.

    NFL SCORES -- WEEK 1: Here are the results of this week's National Football League Games:

    • Denver 12, Cincinnati 3
    • Minnesota 34, Cleveland 20
    • Dallas 34, Tampa Bay 21
    • Indiana 14, Jacksonville 12
    • Atlanta 19, Miami 7
    • Philadelphia 38, Carolina 10
    • Baltimore 38, Kansas City 24
    • New Orleans 45, Detroit 27
    • New York Jets 24, Houston 7
    • San Francisco 20, Arizona 16
    • New York Giants 23, Washington 17
    • Seattle 28, Saint Louis 0
    • Green Bay 21, Chicago 15

    Tonight's Monday Night Football games:

    • Buffalo vs. New England
    • San Diego vs. Oakland

    (Headline News, FYI and Sports stories were compiled in part from reports by the Associated Press and Reuters.)


    MAN FINDS LIVE WWII ANTI-TANK GRENADE IN YARD: A British man was astonished to find what he thought was part of an old lawnmower to be an World War II-era anti-tank grenade. The man took photographs with the piece of metal and sat it on his kitchen counter for two hours before he got a 'bad feeling' and his Internet research revealed it to be a live explosive. Police were called in and evacuated nearby homes before transporting the explosive to an open field to be safely detonated. (Daily Mail)

    SINKHOLE OPENS ON FIELD DURING FOOTBALL GAME: A high school football game in Tennessee was postponed when a sinkhole opened on one of the sidelines during play. There was 6:33 left to play in the final quarter when the sinkhole was spotted and the teams from Alcoa and Fulton High School were told the field was unplayable. The rest of the game was to be resumed the next day on Alcoa's field with no admission charged.

    COUPLE ARRESTED AFTER GAS STATION SEX IN STOLEN CAR: An Australian couple were arrested after being caught at a gas station making love in the front seat of a stolen car. Cops gave the driver of the car a breath test and arrested him for drunk driving, unlawful use of a motor vehicle and driving without a license. Both were charged with indecent behavior in a public place (


    A GOOD SOCIAL LIFE CAN KEEP YOU HEALTHY (Science Daily): Being part of a group may have a more positive impact on your health than diet and exercise, new research suggests. Scientists say they have growing evidence that a vibrant social life can significantly reduce the risk of stroke, dementia and even the common cold. The conclusions are based on a number of recent studies, many of them focused on elderly patients. One doctor said that participation in groups is much cheaper than medication, with far fewer side effects, and is also much more enjoyable."

    YOUR NAILS ARE GROWING FASTER THAN EVER (UK Daily Mail) - You may be cutting your finger and toenails more often than your great-grandparents did, a new study shows. The speed of finger and toenail growth is 25 percent faster than it was 70 years ago, possibly because of a modern diet rich in protein. Researchers at the University of North Carolina, who obviously have enough time on their hands to watch fingernails grow, based their findings from studies done in the 1930s, the 1950s and today. Here are some other nail growth facts:

    • Your fingernails grow almost twice as fast as your toenails
    • Younger people and men have the fastest growth rates
    • The little finger nail grows more slowly than other fingers'
    • The middle finger has the fastest growing nail
    • Nails grow faster in the summer
    • Smoking can stunt nail growth.

    IS FACEBOOK CAUSING US TO CHEAT?: A psychotherapist writing on says that Facebook "can lead, almost accidentally, to infidelity." She says that what makes the social networking site so dangerous is that often the cheating begins almost innocently by allowing people to connect with the two most likely cheating partners: the cute person at their job and old flames they would never pick up the phone to call. Facebook "friends" can also take some of the emotional intimacy away from what should be going to one's partner. She advises Facebook junkies to cut back on their online time and spend more face time with their partners.


    A male writer for Marie-Claire magazine says that there are some things women can hear from their best girlfriends, gay male friends and close female relatives but won't accept from their male significant others. Here they are:

    • Weight - Some guys think it's okay to make weight loss suggestions, but the best policy is silence. If you're dying to make a suggestion, get one of her sisters or girlfriends to tell her on your behalf.
    • Outfit - If you like what she's wearing, keep it simple and say "you look great" or "I like that dress." If you don't like what she's wearing, keep your mouth shut. And never fall into the trap of saying "you look great today" because she might turn around and say "Today? Does that mean I don't look good on other days?"
    • Friends/Family - Some people have friends and family members who are annoying. We all do. But we choose our friends and if someone criticizes our friends they are also criticizing our choices in a way. As for family, don't forget that blood is often thicker then water.
    • Driving: It seems to be a guy thing: no matter what, they think they're better drivers than the women in their lives. If she's got really bad driving skills that could get her pulled over or in an accident, talk to her in the most caring way possible about it. Otherwise, keep your mouth shut and take the wheel yourself whenever possible.

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    Friday, September 11, 2009


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    9/11 BY THE NUMBERS (New York Magazine)

    The initial numbers are indelible: 8:46 a.m. and 9:02 a.m. Time the burning towers stood: 56 minutes and 102 minutes. Time they took to fall: 12 seconds. From there, they ripple out.

    • Total number killed in attacks (official figure as of 9/5/02): 2,819
    • Number of firefighters and paramedics killed: 343
    • Number of NYPD officers: 23
    • Number of Port Authority police officers: 37
    • Number of WTC companies that lost people: 60
    • Number of employees who died in Tower One: 1,402
    • Number of employees who died in Tower Two: 614
    • Number of employees lost at Cantor Fitzgerald: 658
    • Number of U.S. troops killed in Operation Enduring Freedom: 22
    • Number of nations whose citizens were killed in attacks: 115
    • Ratio of men to women who died: 3:1
    • Age of the greatest number who died: between 35 and 39
    • Bodies found "intact": 289
    • Body parts found: 19,858
    • Number of families who got no remains: 1,717
    • Estimated units of blood donated to the New York Blood Center: 36,000
    • Total units of donated blood actually used: 258
    • Number of people who lost a spouse or partner in the attacks: 1,609
    • Estimated number of children who lost a parent: 3,051
    • Percentage of Americans who knew someone hurt or killed in the attacks: 20
    • FDNY retirements, January - July 2001: 274
    • FDNY retirements, January - July 2002: 661
    • Number of firefighters on leave for respiratory problems by January 2002: 300
    • Number of funerals attended by Rudy Giuliani in 2001: 200
    • Number of FDNY vehicles destroyed: 98
    • Tons of debris removed from site: 1,506,124
    • Days fires continued to burn after the attack: 99
    • Jobs lost in New York owing to the attacks: 146,100
    • Days the New York Stock Exchange was closed: 6
    • Point drop in the Dow Jones industrial average when the NYSE reopened: 684.81
    • Days after 9/11 that the U.S. began bombing Afghanistan: 26
    • Total number of hate crimes reported to the Council on American-Islamic Relations nationwide since 9/11: 1,714
    • Economic loss to New York in month following the attacks: $105 billion
    • Estimated cost of cleanup: $600 million
    • Total FEMA money spent on the emergency: $970 million
    • Estimated amount donated to 9/11 charities: $1.4 billion
    • Estimated amount of insurance paid worldwide related to 9/11: $40.2 billion
    • Estimated amount of money needed to overhaul lower-Manhattan subways: $7.5 billion
    • Amount of money recently granted by U.S. government to overhaul lower-Manhattan subways: $4.55 billion
    • Estimated amount of money raised for funds dedicated to NYPD and FDNY families: $500 million
    • Percentage of total charity money raised going to FDNY and NYPD families: 25
    • Average benefit already received by each FDNY and NYPD widow: $1 million
    • Percentage increase in law-school applications from 2001 to 2002: 17.9
    • Percentage increase in Peace Corps applications from 2001 to 2002: 40
    • Percentage increase in CIA applications from 2001 to 2002: 50
    • Number of songs Clear Channel Radio considered "inappropriate" to play after 9/11: 150
    • Number of mentions of 9/11 at the Oscars: 26
    • Apartments in lower Manhattan eligible for asbestos cleanup: 30,000
    • Number of apartments whose residents have requested cleanup and testing: 4,110
    • Number of Americans who changed their 2001 holiday-travel plans from plane to train or car: 1.4 million
    • Estimated number of New Yorkers suffering from post-traumatic-stress disorder as a result of 9/11: 422,000

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    GET YOUR OWN 9/11 MEMORIAL: You don't have to be in New York to visit a 9/11 memorial. The New York Times reports that the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, which owns the steel, will invite police and fire departments and mayors and other leaders of cities and towns throughout the country to ask for pieces of World Trade Center steel for memorials. The Port Authority has filled about 25 requests in the last year, and has about a