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Friday, July 31, 2009



Monday, August 3

8:00am to 1:00pm

River Palms Hotel and Casino-Crystal Sands Room


Call Katrina Tookey at 702-298-4200 ext 6226

Or visit website Sponsor Code: river palms

Monday, August 3

10:00am to 4:00pm

Pioneer Hotel & Gambling Hall- Granny’s

Call Wanda Keenan at (702) 298-2442

Drawing for great prizes

Monday, August 3

12:00 to 4:00pm

MadDog Fitness

2350 Miracle Mile (Riverview Mall)

Call (702) 562-2166 or visit website Sponsor code: MadDog Fitness

Monday, August 3

11:00am to 4:00pm

Ivy Steel and Wire

(employee only)

Kingman Air Park

Tuesday, August 4

7:00am to 1:00pm



(employee only)

Contact Jennifer Washington at (928) 681-8912

Tuesday, August 4

1:00pm to 7:00pm

Golden Nugget – Laughlin

Contact Cari Peddycord at (702) 298-7130

Or visit website Sponsor Code: L1680

Tuesday, August 4

2:00pm to 7:00pm

Davis House

Visit website Sponsor Code: Davis House or call (702) 562-2166

Drawing for $50.00 Maverick gas card

1st 20 donors will receive a coupon for Baskin Robbins

Wednesday, August 5

8:00am to 2:00pm

Golden Nugget Laughlin

Contact: Cari Peddycord at (702) 298-7130

Or visit website Sponsor Code: L1680

Wednesday, August 5

9:00am to 2:00pm

Laughlin Community Church

Needles Highway-Laughlin

Contact Barbara Barker at (702) 989-1228

Wednesday, August 5

10:00am to 6:00pm

Kingman Community

KRMC Wellness Center

No appointments necessary

Drawing for 2 Roundtrip tickets with Great Lakes Airlines

First 20 donors will receive coupon for Papa Murphy’s Bake and Take Pizza

Thursday, August 6

9:00am to 5:00pm

Kingman Community

KRMC Wellness Center

No appointments necessary

Drawing for 2 Roundtrip tickets with Great Lakes Airlines

First 20 donors will receive coupon for Papa Murphy’s Bake and Take Pizza

Thursday, August 6

8:00am to 3:00pm

Parker Senior Center

Contact Darla Tilley at (928) 669-9514 or visit website Sponsor Code: Parker community

Thursday, August 6

Noon to 6:00pm

Quartzsite Senior Center

Contact Jeannia at (928) 927-5800

t-shirts for all donors

Friday, August 7

9:00am to 2:00pm

Tropicana Express – Coronado Room

Call Katrina Tookey at (702) 298-4200 ext. 6226

Or visit website Sponsor Code: Tropicana Express

One Free buffet for every donor

Friday, August 7

11:00am to 6:00pm

Blue Water Resort and Casino


Call BLUE WATER GIFT SHOP AT (928) -669-7078 or visit website Sponsor Code Bluewater

Saturday, August 8

8:00am to 2:00pm

St. John’s United Methodist Church


Call Lorraine Tucker at (928) 565-4841 for appointment

Saturday, August 8

8:00am to 12:00PM

Marine Corps League Auxiliary

Aquatic Center Rooms 155-156 West end of building

Lake Havasu City

Call (702) 562-2166 or visit website Sponsor Code: Marine auxiliary

Free Dilly ice cream bars for each donor

Friday, August 21

7:00am to 11:00am

Southwest District Kiwanis Convention(not open to the public)

Aquarius Hotel and Casino – Scorpio Room


Wednesday, August 268:00am to 6:00pm

Edgewater/Colorado Belle Employee’s Health Fair

Edgewater – Rio Vista room)

(employees only)


If you attend a blood drive, and are not eligible to donate that day, due to low iron, etc., please try to donate at another location in your area. Often times, donors are eligible 24 hours after they have been deferred. Eat a meal high in iron content, i.e., meat, poultry, green vegetables, nuts, peanut butter, and beans, the night before donating. Another helpful hint is to drink 6-8 bottles of water the night before donating to help hydrate your body.

Avoid caffeine drinks, dairy products and alcohol the morning of your donation.

Eligible blood donors are encouraged to give blood three times a year¾once in the summer—to keep hospital shelves stocked with lifesaving blood. Volunteer blood donors must be at least 17 years old, weigh at least 110 pounds and be in good health. Additional height/weight requirements apply to donors 22 and younger, and donors who are 17, must have signed permission from a parent or guardian. All blood donors receive a free cholesterol test and are automatically recognized in the Hero in Me rewards program. The program uses Gold, Silver and Bronze recognition levels to offer benefits to donors who give regularly during a calendar year.


Tim McGraw seems like quite the gentleman, given his history of booting rude male fans out of his shows, but bluegrass great Ralph Stanley knows a different side of the singer. In his upcoming autobiography, called Man of Constant Sorrow: The Life and Times of a Music Legend, Stanley claims that McGraw treated him disrespectfully after he beat McGraw out for the Best Male Country Performance Grammy back in 2002, according to reports. Stanley is also quoted as saying, "He (McGraw) wouldn't know a real country song if it kicked him in the ass."

  • Stanley's memoir will be released on October 15th.


  • In 2002, McGraw's Grammy nomination was for "Grown Men Don't Cry," while Stanley took home the trophy for "O Death."

Blake Shelton said the musical arrangement of his latest hit, "I'll Just Hold On," was key to making the song a favorite among listeners. Shelton tells us he needed to jazz it up just a bit to catch peoples' attention after hearing the demo. "I was listening to different demos and things when we were makin' the record and heard 'I'll Just Hold On.' The first time I heard it I liked it, and then (I) listened to it again and then I loved it, and then I listened to it again and then I really loved it. It's just one of those songs that started to grow on me, so when we went in the studio, I wanted to be sure that when people heard it on the radio that it wouldn't take them as long to fall in love with it as I did."
  • "I'll Just Hold On" is a Top 15 hit on the Billboard country chart.
  • Shelton continues to tour with George Strait, in addition to performing some of his own headlining shows.

Kellie Pickler and the Extreme Makeover: Home Edition crew surprised the Terpenning family on Thursday (July 30th) morning at their home in Beavercreek, Ohio. The unsuspecting family learned that their home had been chosen to receive a makeover. Pickler will trade in her stiletto heels for a hard hat and hammer as she helps with the demolition and building process. She will also perform at the family's emotional final reveal.
  • Pickler said, "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition is such a magical show because it is all about giving back. I'm thrilled to be a part of it."
  • The episode is set to air on ABC in the fall.


  • Pickler's current single, "Best Days Of Your Life," just became her first Top 10 hit.
  • Digital sales of "Best Days Of Your Life" have passed the 600,000 mark. The song is included on Pickler's self-titled sophomore CD.

With a name like Shine, it's hard to believe that Martina McBride's latest album is anything but sunny. McBride says that while not all of the 11 songs on the CD are upbeat, the project as a whole is cheery. "I don't think it's intentional. Like, it's not a decision that I sit down and say, 'I'm gonna make a positive record.' I'm drawn to certain songs at certain times in my life or whatever based on what I'm drawn to and what I'm feeling and what moves me. I always have been drawn to kind of positive lyrics and positive songs, atleast a song with some kind of hope, but overall I would say it has a good positive energy to it."

McBride says the album captures a particularly happy time in her life. "I'm in a great place. I feel like I have a renewed kind of energy and passion and creativity and inspiration. I feel similar to the way I felt on all those fronts with when I made Evolution and Emotion. That was just such a creative time for me. I felt like I really grew as an artist during that time, and I feel that way again. It's a great feeling!"

Shine was released in March of this year.

  • Her new single, "I Just Call You Mine," continues to climb the country charts.

Julianne Hough is among the five new additions to the American Red Cross' National Celebrity Cabinet. As such, Hough will help promote Red Cross services by donating her time, helping neighbors prepare for emergencies, responding to disasters and lending a helping hand to those in need.
  • Hough said, "I am honored to be a part of the American Red Cross Celebrity Cabinet and help support an organization that offers neutral humanitarian care to the victims of war and aid to victims of devastating natural disasters. Being part of this amazing organization will provide me with an opportunity to join its efforts to help others and encourage the American public to become involved with their local Red Cross and make a difference."
  • Other new members include Tony Award-winner and actress Anika Noni Rose; singer and Disney Channel star Demi Lovato; actress Sally Pressman from Lifetime's Army Wives; and actress Amanda Peet.
  • Sara Evans, Miley Cyrus, Pat Green, and Rascal Flatts are all also members of the Red Cross National Celebrity Cabinet.


  • Hough is currently on tour with George Strait.
  • The singer will make her movie debut in the new feature film, Footloose, which will be released sometime next year.

Lee Ann Womack's new video, "Solitary Thinkin'," will premier online at on Friday (July 31st). The site will also feature Womack talking about filming the clip, which was shot in downtown Nashville in historic Printers Alley.
  • "Solitary Thinkin'" is included on Womack's 2008 CD, Call Me Crazy.


Q. What was the name of the tour on which Tim McGraw and Faith Hill met and started dating?
A. Spontaneous Combustion tour


Jack Ingram

Barbara Mandrell Hall of Fame Medallion

Trace Adkins, Kellie Pickler

THE ELLEN DEGENERES SHOW/SYN (check local listings)
Lady Antebellum

Ryan Newman, Josh Turner

Dierks Bentley, Jimmy Wayne, Brad Paisley

George Strait

Terri Clark, Dolly Parton, Blake Shelton

Toby Keith


  • Chill out: Okay, the first thing you need to do is relax. No one's going to throw tomatoes at you if you strike out, and you're not going for some life-altering test. You just want to add some spice to your life and conversations, and appear more easygoing. So don't put so much pressure on yourself -- you just want to get people to laugh, or at least smile.
  • Don't take things seriously: Ease up on life and yourself; get used to taking things with a grain of salt. See the humor in situations; you'll see that most situations, even getting a $200 dollar speeding ticket or falling down on a banana peel have humor written all over them -- the trick is finding them and being able to laugh at yourself.
  • Be pop culture savvy: You can't be funny if you don't have any references or material. The broader your general knowledge is, the funnier the remarks you'll make. You can't say a Homer-esque comment if you don't know who The Simpsons are, and Allllrrriiighttty then! doesn't have the same effect if you've never seen Ace Ventura: Pet Detective .
  • Don't imitate others: You want to know about famous actors and comedians, but by the same token, you don't want to get caught using someone else's material. So rather than reciting that great Chris Rock line you heard the other night and passing it off as your own, use the joke in Chris Rock's intonation. That way, people know you're using his joke, and it can still be considered hysterical.
  • Find your style: Another reason to avoid imitating actors and comedians is because it may not suit your style. If you're not a very sarcastic or cynical person, it makes it hard to imitate someone like David Letterman or Chandler from Friends (besides, your friends will get annoyed when you keep saying, "Could this BE more [fill in the blank]?"). If you're rather quiet and subdued, it'll be nearly impossible to take on Robin Williams' or Jim Carrey's humor.
  • Have a joke pool: You never know when a situation calls for a joke, like if you're at a lame party, chatting with some acquaintances. This is where a reserve of jokes can come in handy. Humor yourself with a joke a day to take a break from your daily tasks, and keep the ones you like best in mind. That way, you'll always have several in stock for when the time is right.
  • Know your audience: There's a time and a place for everything, and just like you need to know your audience when giving a speech, you need to know whom you're delivering a joke to. This said, save the dirty jokes for your friends, and the witty comments for your girlfriend's parents.
  • Get your delivery and timing right: Being funny isn't only about telling great jokes; it's all in your mannerism, attitude, how you project yourself, and your delivery. Be animated and alive when you speak, and you can make any story funny.
  • Use people as props: You're not Carrot Top so drop the props. Rather than using objects as props, use people (I didn't say to use people as the butt of your jokes). What always gets a rise out of the ladies is trying to sell things to strangers on the street, like selling your wallet to an old lady. Or start talking to your invisible friend -- just make sure others know you're kidding around and haven't gone crazy.
  • Don't worry about bombing: Your goal isn't to strike a 10 on the Laugh-o-Meter, and every great comedian bombs every now and then. So don't worry if no one gets your joke -- just ignore it or laugh at yourself, and whatever you do: do not delve into your bag of jokes and continue trying to make everyone laugh -- you don't want to try too hard.


  • Pick a Recession-Proof New Career: Ernie Zelinsky, author of "The Joy of Not Working," mentions debt collector, shoe repairman and bankruptcy lawyer as evergreen jobs that always survive a recession. His rundown of "Best Recession Jobs" also cites alcohol, gambling, pharmaceuticals and "erotic services" as fail-safe careers -- proving that sex, drugs and vice are the best ways to survive the meltdown of capitalism.
  • Start a Business, Outsource All the Work: Empty your savings account to start a new business, and then find cheap contractors around the globe willing to do all your work for peanuts. Sound heartless? Welcome to the 21st-century economy, baby. Zelinski recommends; other post-work gurus like Tim Ferriss, author of "The 4-Hour Workweek," swear by the hire-an-Indian service, Brickwork.
  • Make Cash As a Hack Writer: While all of the writing you encounter at Asylum is Pulitzer-Prize-winning caliber, it's not vital to be as articulate and ingenious as we are. In fact, as Zelinski attests, you can be a crap writer and still make a killing. Itching to write a book, but don't have the chops? "DO IT BADLY -- BUT AT LEAST DO IT! Jump in! Once you get into it, you will improve," he promises. His "badly written" guide, "The Joy of Not Being Married," earned him $50,000 before taxes.
  • Self-Employment Is a Tax Haven: One reason not to miss cubicle hell: You can reimagine yourself as a freelancer and take advantage of creative accounting. "Suddenly, your home office, travel expenses, even your book purchases, may qualify as tax deductions," explains Barbara Winter. "This is one of those invisible perks of self-employment, although it becomes more apparent at tax time." Save every single receipt and just hope the IRS doesn't come a-knockin' with a magnifying glass.
  • Don't Let Joblessness Affect Your Mojo: If you're young and savvy, Zelinski suggests, unemployment won't affect your chances of getting laid. "Read Double Your Dating by David de Angelo and remember not to come across as being a 'nice guy,'" he says, somewhat sinisterly. "An unemployed funny, cocky young man will do a lot better with young women than an employed, 'nice' young guy." If all else fails, we suggest lying.


  • CROWN ROYAL BECOMES KENSETH'S SPONSOR: Roush Fenway Racing announced today that Diageo, parent company of Crown Royal, has renewed its multi-year sponsorship. Crown Royal will serve as the primary sponsor for Matt Kenseth and the No. 17 Sprint Cup team at 18 Cup events in 2010. "I'm excited about teaming up with Crown Royal," said Kenseth, one of only five drivers in NASCAR history to win the Sprint Cup rookie of the year award, a Sprint Cup Championship and the Daytona 500.

  • MUSTANG COMES TO NASCAR: Mustang may very well be the most successful nameplate in professional racing, but Ford's pony car has never had a presence in NASCAR. That will all change in 2010. When NASCAR's Nationwide Series rolls out a Car of Tomorrow for limited competition next year, the Ford model will be the 2010 Mustang."We're excited about Mustang coming to NASCAR," said Director of Ford North America Motorsports Brian Wolfe. "It's the most successful product nameplate in racing history, and it seems only right that it should be coming to the most popular form of racing in North America."

Sunco Red Cross Pennsylvania 500 takes place at Pocono Raceway
U.S. Cellular 250 takes place at Iowa Speedway
Toyota Tundra 200 takes place at Nashville Superspeedway
(All Times Eastern)

  • Sunco Red Cross Pennsylvania 500 practice is today at Noon (SPEED)
  • Sunco Red Cross Pennsylvania 500 qualifying is today at 3:30pm (ESPN2)
  • U.S. Cellular 250 final practice is today at 6:00pm (ESPN2)
  • Sunco Red Cross Pennsylvania 500 practice is on Saturday morning at 10:30 (ESPN2)
  • Sunco Red Cross Pennsylvania 500 final practice is on Saturday morning at 11:30 (ESPN2)
  • U.S. Cellular qualifying is Saturday at 1:00pm (ESPN2)
  • U.S. Cellular 250 is Saturday at 4:00pm (ESPN)
  • Toyota Tundra 200 is Saturday at 7:30pm (SPEED)
  • Sunco Red Cross Pennsylvania 500 is Sunday at 1:00pm (ESPN)


The third film from director Judd Apatow, Funny People, opens today (July 31st). Funny People is the story a famous comedian, played by Adam Sandler, who has a near death experience and what he does with his second chance. The film also stars Seth Rogen, Leslie Mann, Eric Bana, Jason Schwartzman and Jonah Hill.

  • Funny People is rated R and has a running time of 2 hours and 16 minutes.

Aliens in the Attic, the story of a group of young children who battle aliens invaders to save their hometown, opens today (July 31st). The movie stars Ashely Tisdale, Carter Jennings and Doris Roberts.
  • Aliens in the Attic is rated PG and has a running time of 1 hour and 26 minutes.


Movie star Jude Law, is going to be father to a fourth child. The According to, the mother is Samantha Burke, an actress and model. Her lawyer released a statement Thursday saying, "Ms. Burke can confirm that she did in fact have a relationship with Mr. Law and that she has informed Mr. Law that she is expecting his child later this fall. Since informing Mr. Law of the pregnancy, he has been nothing but responsive and supportive of Ms. Burke and the pregnancy."

  • Law's spokesman made a statement about the whole situation saying, "Mr Law is no longer in a relationship with the individual concerned but he intends to be a fully supportive part of the child's life."
  • According to, Burke is from Florida.
  • Law has two movies coming out on Christmas this year, Sherlock Holmes and The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus.
  • The 36-year-old actor also has two other movies expected to be released this year, Rage and Repo Men!
  • He has a stepson with his past wife Sadie Frost, who is the mother of Jude's three biological children.


CHECK THIS OUTHere's a tempest in a teapot, or at least in a Hollywood nightspot. "Mel Gibson Attacks Man In Club!"

That was the headline Thursday (July 31st), on the site. It seems Mel and his pregnant girlfriend, Oksana Grigorieva, were partying at a new nightclub Wednesday night when an innocent fan tried to take a snapshot, and Mel just attacked the poor guy, like a lethal weapon or something. Well, not exactly. It seems a reporter who had been turned away earlier talked a pal into trying to sneak a photo of the hot-tempered star, and Mel hauled off and ripped the guy's shirt open. Or maybe not. Anyway, the guy hot-footed it to the police station to file a report. Police told they suspect he invented the whole incident, since eyewitnesses say he and his tshirt were uninjured when they left the club. Now the guy's picture is all over the internet, looking like a fool in a torn tshirt.

  • This story was widely reported on the web before the LAPD squashed it flat.
  • Mel Gibson is trying to be good after a stream of bad publicity that started with a 2006 DUI arrest and continued through the dissolution of his long marriage to Robyn, mother of their seven children. Eyewitness reports of this latest incident say Mel actually tried to politely refuse photos.
  • Meanwhile, there's talk of a Mad Max 4. But the sequel to the movie series that made Mel famous would be a 3D animated feature.
  • Variety reports Mel Gibson has signed to star in a movie directed by his Maverick co-star Jodie Foster.


USA's action-comedy Psych returns next week with the premiere of the first half of the show's fourth season. James Roday stars as phony psychic detective Shawn Spencer and Dule Hill is back as Shawn's best pal Gus. Last season ended with Shawn deciding to get back together with his old flame Abigail, rather than start something up with Detective Juliet O'Hara (Maggie Swanson). But, Roday tells us, there may still be a future for Jules and Shawn: "It's a marathon, that relationship. I think everybody gets that. There's gonna to be a lot of going in circles and missed timing and hurdles that have to be cleared in order for something to ever actually happen."

  • Hill tells us that Gus will finally get a chance at love this season. He said, "It's been a long time coming, so Gus has a bit of pent-up energy. That will be taken care of the second half of the season." At last week's Comic-Con, he joked that he was hoping to get Halle Berry to play his girlfriend -- but "for some reason she doesn't want to come do our show, I don't understand."
  • According to Roday, Rachel Leigh Cook, who plays Shawn's love interest Abigail, will be seen "sporadically" on the show throughout the whole fourth season.
  • In this clip from the premiere episode of season 4, airing Friday, August 7th, Gus and Shawn go skiing in Canada, but it looks like they won't be picking up girls: (Shawn): Man a month ago I would have had us styled up with those girls tonight. (Gus): What? (Shawn) But, I'm spoken for now. I have Abigail and she has me."


ON AND KATE'S "ICONIC COUCH" IS GONE: The TLC network announced Thursday that the divorcing couple won't be sitting on the couch together during their interviews -- they'll have separate chairs. There will be more footage of them raising eight children as single parents, rather than doing it together.

KARA DIOGUARDI WILL RETURN TO AMERICAN IDOL: People magazine confirmed Thursday that the songwriter will be a judge on next season's American Idol. What's still not confirmed is whether or not Paula Abdul will be back.

AMY POEHLER TO GUEST STAR IN FIRST TWO EPISODES OF 'SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE: WEEKEND UPDATE THURSDAY:' The former SNL regular will reunite with "co-anchor" Seth Myers on the live half-hour primetime shows. The episodes air September 17th and September 24th.

DIANE KEATON SET FOR HBO COMEDY: This untitled comedy features Keaton as a feminist icon who attempts to reignite the movement by starting a sexually explicit magazine for women.

Celebrity Gossip

POLICE CHIEFS ARRESTED IN SARAH JESSICA PARKER SURROGATE BREAK-IN - Two police chiefs who are under investigation for masterminding a break-in at the home of a surrogate mother for Sarah Jessica Parker were booked and released Wednesday. According to, authorities say that the charges should become public today (July 31st). Last month, local news outlets reported that the police chiefs intended to gather information in the home that they could sell to the tabloids.

MISCHA BARTON PUBLICIST DENIES ACTRESS TRIED TO KILL HERSELF: Mischa Barton's publicist is denying rumors that the actress' recent hospital stay was due to apparent "suicidal actions." Separate sources made the claim to E-Online's Ted Casablanca, but the publicist told him, "Absolutely false your source is far from knowledgeable, as nothing they've told you is true, inclusive of the suicide attempt." Barton is back in New York, shooting the TV show Beautiful Life. Her co-star Sara Paxton told People "We had our first read-through (Wednesday) and we're all so very excited to have her back. She's such a great girl."

MC HAMMER'S COUSIN, BIG MARV, PICKED UP ON RAPE CHARGE: Marvin Turrell Grant, better known to fans of MC Hammer's reality show as Bigg Marv, was arrested Thursday on rape charges. A woman told cops that she met Marv on Twitter and after meeting for dinner they went back to her hotel room where he assaulted her. Hammer confirmed the arrest on Twitter, sending out a tweet saying: "Marv has been picked up. We're standing by him. Welcome to Fame Cousin Marv. We're praying for you." Hammer tweeted later that someone was on their way to bail his cousin out.

HEIDI AND SPENCER GO SHOPPING FOR BABY CLOTHES WHILE CAMERAS ROLL: The Hills' Heidi Montag and Spencer Pratt were at Kitson Kids in L.A. Wednesday to film a scene from their reality show. According to OK magazine, the couple made out for the cameras and then shopped for toys and onesies in the newborn section. With these two, it's more likely that they just want to start rumors she's expecting than it is that she actually is pregnant.

AMERICAN IDOL SEMI-FINALIST SAYS SHOW IS RIGGED: Season 8's Ju'Not Joyner says he's thankful for the opportunity to sing for America, but the reality show is not a talent contest. He tells AI Now, "It's a reality show with writers! We're all actors. All these shows have writers that guide the public opinion. The Hills, Real World. All of them." He went on to say that the producers "know what they want and they slant it to reflect that. They fix it in a way that makes you surprised but it's still manipulated."

GEORGE CLOONEY'S NEW ITALIAN GIRL FRIEND: People Magazine spotted George Clooney and his newly revealed girlfriend Elisabetta Canalis riding together on Clooney's motorbike.

THE CHURCH OF SHIATOLOGY: According to E! News, fans created the church as a way to worship movie star Shia LaBeouf. They even went as far as superimposing his face on iconic religious works of art. (To see "Shiart" click here

Thursday, July 30, 2009

HIGH-TECH HEALTH TIPS (Ladies' Home Journal)

Protect yourself from annoying little gadget injuries:

  • Cell Phone -- Tech trap balancing a cell between your neck and shoulder can put pressure on nerves, cramping your neck muscles and sending pain down your arms. Cradling these small phones strains your neck far more than a regular size phone, says Alan Hedge, Ph.D., director of the Human Factors and Ergonomics program at Cornell University. The Fix - Use the speaker phone or a hands free headset or go cordless with a Bluetooth or similar earpiece.
  • Computer Screen -- Tech trap staring at your computer screen for long periods can strain your eyes and give you headaches. You may also get dry eyes from blinking less. The Fix - Place your screen an arm's length away so it's easier to focus, says James Salz, M.D., clinical professor of ophthalmology at USC. If you have to strain to read the screen, get tested for computer glasses. Use OTC eyedrops to relieve stinging eyes and look away from the screen every 20 minutes.
  • BlackBerry and PDA -- Tech trap "BlackBerry thumb" is the price you pay for too much texting the tendons that connect thumbs to wrists swell, so it hurts to lift things. Reading the tiny screen can also make distant objects look blurry after a long PDA session. The Fix - Hold your PDA in one hand and type with your opposite pointer finger to give thumbs a break, says Dr. Hedge. If you use it constantly, try an external keyboard. To help eyes, look up often and focus on a spot far away.
  • iPod -- Tech trap forthcoming research from the University of Colorado at Boulder and Children's Hospital Boston shows that up to 24 percent of users rock out to their iPods at volumes and for durations that can cause hearing loss. The Fix - The 80/90 rule: "Listen to you MP3 player at full volume for one song or 80 percent volume for 90 minutes," says Brian Fligor, Sc.D., director of diagnostic audiology at Children's Hospital Boston. "To listen all day long, set the volume at 60 percent."
  • Laptop -- Tech trap it's a Catch-22: Place the laptop so the screen's at a comfortable height for your neck and shoulders and the keyboard is too high for your wrists. At a good wrist height, bending to read the screen can strain your neck and upper back. The Fix - When you can, place the laptop in a computer docking station and attach an external monitor, mouse and keyboard, says Margot Miller of the American Physical Therapy Association. This gives your laptop the ergonomic comforts of a desktop.
  • Wii Sports -- Tech trap nicknamed "Wii-itis," it's the tennis elbow of virtual sports, caused by overextending yourself when you're playing Wii Sports tennis, golf, baseball, bowling or boxing. The Fix - Watch your form. "Technique is just as important with Wii Sports as when you're playing an actual sport," says Dr. Hedge. He suggest warming up with some shoulder shrugs and taking a one to two minute break every 20 minutes. End with a few minutes of stretching.


You can increase your popularity with the opposite sex by using the most effective ways of talking, according to psychiatrist Dr. Jack Chernus. He offers these tips on using your speech to enhance your sex appeal:

  • Be direct and honest -- Never fake an interest. Fake people are instantly recognized by others.
  • Never have a superior attitude when approaching a person -- If you communicate that you think you're better, you'll be rejected.
  • Give sincere compliments -- If you like the way a person looks, dresses or talks, say so.
  • Learn to listen and respond to the person you want to attract -- Some people ask a question, then jump in with another question or remark without waiting for the response.
  • Think of the person as very special -- Try to get the person to open up and talk about his or her life.
  • Don't underplay or overplay your remarks -- Never say, "You're the most beautiful person I've ever seen!" Instead, make a simple straight statement such as "You look very attractive."
  • Don't interrogate the person -- If you want to find out something about him, be casual.
  • Express your true feelings -- People quickly sense dishonesty and are turned off by it.

Arizona Lawmakers Considering Selling Capitol Buildings for Cash

Arizona lawmakers, facing a $3.4 billion budget shortfall, are considering selling the state House and Senate buildings, and then leasing them back over several years before assuming ownership again. The same could be done with dozens of other state buildings, providing an estimated $735 million in cash. Under the plan, state government services would continue without interruption, while investors would gain long-term lease payments from a stable source. A spokesman for Republican Governor Jan Brewer told the Arizona Republic the idea is, quote, "one of the governor's least favorite options." But Brewer budget adviser Tom Manos told the paper, "This is the predicament we find ourselves in. We've exhausted the better options."


NEW YORK IS BEST CITY FOR SINGLES: New York has been rated the best U.S. city for singles for the first time, bumping Atlanta out of the top spot in the survey. The Big Apple also edged past Boston, Chicago, Seattle and Washington, D.C. Atlanta fell to No. 6, followed by San Francisco, Los Angeles, Milwaukee and Philadelphia. The annual poll that assessed 40 of the largest U.S. urban areas for coolness, cost of living alone, culture, job growth, online dating, nightlife and ratio of singles to the entire population in the area. But it was online dating that pushed it to the No. 1 position because it has more people with active online dating accounts than any other city in the country.

CHECK IT OUT: -- "It is a great resource for the worker who's just had enough. Short of screaming at your superior, you can instead type out your story furiously and have other sympathetic office-dwellers comment on your conundrum and say whether your bitch is valid or just pathetic whining."

FORMER CHAMPION OF RAISING DRINKING AGE REGRETS MOVEMENT: One of the people who was instrumental in pushing for laws to increase the legal drinking age to 21 now calls his actions "the single most regrettable decision" of his career. Dr. Morris Chafetz, a psychiatrist who was on the presidential commission in the 1980s that recommended raising the drinking age to 21, made his remarks in an editorial that he is shopping for publication and which he released to the advocacy group Choose Responsibility. Chafetz said that the law has resulted in "collateral, off-road damage" such as binge drinking that occurs in underage youth and crimes like date rape, assaults and property damage.

DYE IN BLUE M&MS COULD TREAT SPINAL CORD INJURIES: A common and safe blue food dye -- that is most notably used in blue M&Ms -- might provide the best treatment available so far for spinal cord injuries. Fox News reported that tests in rats showed the dye, called brilliant blue G, a close relative of the common food dye Blue no. one, crossed into the spinal fluid and helped block inflammation. Dr. Steven Goldman, who worked on the study, said, "We have no effective treatment now for patients who have an acute spinal cord injury. Our hope is that this work will lead to a practical, safe agent that can be given to patients shortly after injury, for the purpose of decreasing the secondary damage that we have to otherwise expect."

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Tim McGraw likely has one less fan after having a man at his weekend show at the California Mid-State Fair in Paso Robles removed from his concert. The singer abruptly stopped his performance to scold the man by saying, "You don't treat a woman like that." He then waited for security to escort the concert-goer out of the Main Grandstand Arena before continuing the show.

  • There are no details yet on exactly what the man did to provoke McGraw's anger.
  • Fans attending the Oregon Jamboree in Sweet Home better be on their best behavior, as McGraw will be performing there on Friday (July 31st).
  • McGraw's new album, Southern Voice, will be released on October 20th.

Taylor Swift earns another page in the Billboard history books this week as her current CD, Fearless, holds the Number One spot on the Top Country Albums chart for the 20th week. The feat puts Swift in an elite group with Shania Twain and Garth Brooks as being the only country artists in the Billboard SoundScan era to have two albums spend 20 weeks at the top of the Country Albums sales chart.
  • Fearless reclaimed the Number One spot last week, 36 weeks after its initial release.
  • Swift's self-titled debut CD, which was released in 2006, also remains one of country's top sellers, claiming the Number 11 spot on the sales chart this week.
  • Swift is the only artist this decade to have two albums spend 20 weeks at Number One on the Top Country Albums chart.
  • Fearless is the top-selling album in all genres of music so far this year.


  • To date, Swift's career CD sales top 7.75 million albums. Her paid song downloads now exceed 18 million, and her MySpace music streams are over 246 million.
  • Her current single, "You Belong With Me," holds the Number Three spot and climbing on both the Billboard Top Country Songs and Hot 100 charts.
  • Swift's current Fearless tour recently set a record at the North Dakota State Fair, with over 50,600 people in attendance that day. That's the first time ever the fair's crowd has topped the 40,000 mark.
  • The Fearless 2009 tour continues through mid-October.

One listen to Keith Urban's latest album, Defying Gravity, and you know that his wife, Nicole Kidman, is the catalyst for most of the new music. Urban tells us she has completey changed his life, so naturally Kidman has made her way into the songs, like his latest hit, "Only You Can Love Me This Way." "She's the inspiration for that. She's the one that's brought this love into my life and opened up a whole new . . . just stretched everything. My heart's just stretched since meeting her and becoming her husband and now a father and, yeah, it's just continuing to stretch open. It's beautiful!"
  • Urban's Escape Together World tour heads to Boston on Friday (July 31st) with special guest Taylor Swift.
  • The tour wraps on October 9th in Buffalo, New York.

On the heels of her split with longtime label, Sony Nashville, Gretchen Wilson has announced plans to open her own record label. Entertainment Weekly reports that Wilson hopes to release a new single and album sometime this fall. The label will be called -- what else -- Redneck Records!
  • While on the Sony roster, Wilson release three albums -- Here For The Party, All Jacked Up, and One Of The Boys.
  • She was slated to release a fourth, called I've Got Your Country Right Here, in the fall.
Reba McEntire has been added to the lineup of performers at the Canadian Country Music Association Awards (CCMA) taking place on September 13th at GM Place in Vancouver, British Columbia. The show will be broadcast nationally on CBC TV, with encore airings on CMT in Canada.
  • The two-hour CCMA's will also feature performances by Martina McBride, Terri Clark, George Canyon, Doc Walker, Jessie Farrell, Aaron Pritchett, and Johnny Reid.


  • McEntire's new album, Keep On Loving You, will be released on August 18th.
  • This CD is McEntire's first new solo studio album in six years.

Joe Nichols will be packing his bags and moving to New York City later this year to begin rehearsals for his first Broadway show. He will play the lead in the new musical, Pure Country, which opens early next year. After two months of preparation for the show, Nichols will call Manhattan home for an additional six to eight months.

Nichols talked with us about his anticipated culture shock. "I'm lookin' forward to that. I've never lived in New York City. I think it's gonna be a gigantic shock for me. I'm from Arkansas, so (there's a) little bit of difference between Arkansas and New York, but it's gonna be really cool, I think. I'm lookin' forward to the lights and the big city thing. I've never been to New York longer than seven to 10 days at a time, but what time I have spent there I've had a lot of fun."

  • In the meantime, Nichols' latest single, "Believers," continues to climb the country charts.
  • His new album, called Old Things New, is set for a September 29th release.
Lady Antebellum's first Number One hit, "I Run To You," is now the group's first gold-selling digital single, signifying more than 500,000 downloads.
  • Lady Antebellum member Charles Kelley said, "When we write, we never know which of our songs will end up connecting with people. The minute we put 'I Run To You' in our show, we knew that people were starting to respond to it because the voices were growing louder every night. I still can't believe that 500,000 people even know who we are...much less downloaded a song we wrote at the Loveless Café over lunch one day. It's crazy!"
  • Lady Antebellum is currently on the road with Kenny Chesney playing arenas and stadiums across the country.
  • They will join Keith Urban for their first trek to Canada later this fall.
  • Fans can catch the trio performing on the two-hour special, CMA Music Festival: Country's Night to Rock, airing on August 31st on ABC.


  • Lady Antebellum's self-titled album debuted at Number One on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart last year.
  • Their hits "Love Don't Live Here" and "Lookin' For A Good Time" helped the trio land two awards -- the Academy of Country Music's Best New Vocal Group award and the Country Music Association's New Artist of the Year.


Q. Football Hall of Famer Terry Bradshaw appeared in which Toby Keith video?

A. "I'm Just Talkin' About Tonight"


Naomi Judd, Big Kenny



Barbara Mandrell Hall of Fame Medallion

Kellie Pickler, Trace Adkins

Ryan Newman, Josh Turner


  • Martina McBride's "My Baby Loves Me" charted in 1993.
  • Johnny Cash recorded the Number One single, "Daddy Sang Bass," in 1968.
  • Alan Jackson's Good Time album went gold in 2008.
  • Travis Tritt's Country Club album was certified platinum in 1991.
  • Alabama became the first country act to go quadruple-platinum, as the Mountain Music and Feels So Right albums were certified for shipments of four million copies in 1985.

Celebrity Gossip

BAR REFAELI MOVING ON: Bar Refaeli has reportedly rebounded from Leonardo DiCaprio with Brazilian playboy Ricardo Mansur. Brazilian Web site Glamurama reported that the couple was recently spotted in St. Tropez together, as a witness said, "On Saturday, they were all over each other at Hotel Byblos at the swimming pool bar, and then in a club later that night." Mansur is somewhat of a DiCaprio patch, as he previously dated the actor's other famous ex, Gisele Bundchen.

JOHNNY KNOXVILLE DIVORCE FINALIZED: Johnny Knoxville's divorce has reportedly been finalized. reports that the Jackass star -- whose real name is Philip John Clapp -- has agreed to pay his ex-wife Melanie $6,000 a month in child support for their 13-year-old daughter. The former couple, who had been married for 12 years, also agreed to split their assets evenly - including residuals from the Jackass franchise and his Dukes of Hazard movie.

RYAN REYNOLDS NOT FIGHTING WITH SCARLETT JOHANSSON: Ryan Reynolds did not skip Comic-Con because he got into a fight with his wife, Scarlet Johansson. Reps for both actors told People magazine, "[The report] is completely untrue. Warner Brothers never planned to have Green Lantern as part of their panel at this year's Comic-Con and Ryan is in Europe shooting a film."


'REAL HOUSEWIVES' STAR RELEASING MEMOIR: The Real Housewives of Atlanta star NeNe Leakes is releasing her memoir, Never Make the Same Mistake Twice, on August 11th. The New York Daily News reports that the book will share her "rags-to-riches" story as well as spilling secrets about her co-star/nemesis, Kim Zolciak -- including that the blond used to work as an Atlantic City stripper who went by the name of Barbie. An insider told the paper, "NeNe and Kim were friends back in the day, and now that they're enemies, she's ready to dish some dirt."

TV FANS EXCITED FOR JAY LENO: According to a New York-based research company NewMediaMetrics, television fans are most excited for the fall premieres of NCIS: Los Angeles and The Jay Leno Show. Including midseason replacements V and Happy Town, ABC boasts nine of the top 20 new shows including FlashForward, Cougar Town and Eastwick.

DAVID ALAN GRIER GOING BROADWAY: David Alan Grier is joining the cast of David Mamet's Broadway play, Race. The Associated Press confirmed that the 53-year-old actor will star alongside James Spader, Richard Thomas and Kerry Washington when the show opens on December 6th.


Twilight fans can expect a major cast change in the third installment of the franchise when Bryce Dallas Howard assumes the role of Victoria, which had been played by Rachelle Lefevre. Summit Entertainment executive Erik Feig said, "Rachelle brought Victoria to great screen life, and Bryce will bring a new dimension to the character. The franchise is lucky to have such a talented actress as Bryce coming in to fill the role."

  • The studio claims that Lefevre is leaving because of scheduling conflicts with her new movie, the independent film Barney's Version, which co-stars Dustin Hoffman.
  • From justjemma says on "nooo, keep Rachelle Lefevre, a new victoria will not be the same, and too true that i was a bit disappointed that it wasnt k stew getting the boot, the girl cant act and is not bella."
  • From ChelleBelly on "Rachelle is crazy to leave this role. Eclipse would have been her biggest role in all three movies. Nuts! She should have gotten out of her other "commitments."
  • From elizk says on "Bad idea. Should have kept it the same. They should have put Bryce in there first if she was going to end up with the part in the end..."


Ashton Kutcher became famous playing a dim-witted teenager on That 70's Show and by executing pranks on his friends via Punk'd -- and the actor embraces his zany image. He admitted to Parade magazine, "I'm an idiot. I don't do things by the rules sometimes. I say things that I probably shouldn't say. I push buttons. I deserve to be made fun of."

  • Despite his self-proclaimed idiocy, Kutcher says that he's succeeded by putting himself around people he admires -- including wife Demi Moore. He said of Moore, "My relationship with Demi is so solid, thank God, and we're so communicative about the way that we're feeling, that we don't allow space to come between us. I definitely believe that if you stop working at relationships, they go away."
  • Regardless of his success, Kutcher confesses that "I'm still looking for trouble. I'm disruptive. I'm still doing some things that other people don't like."

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Wednesday, July 29, 2009


  • Gary Oldman let it slip at Comic-Con that the next Batman with Christian Bale will start filming early next year.
  • Kim Kardashian has split with New Orleans Saints running back Reggie Bush. Her spokewoman, Jill Fritzo, confirmed the longtime couple has called it quits. They had dated for two years.
  • Cosmopolitan reports only about 10% of people with big smiles in childhood photos wind up getting divorced later in life.
  • Octomom Nadya Suleman inked a deal for a reality show in which each of her 14 children will earn $250 a day while filming.
  • Applebee's is facing a class-action lawsuit after an E.W. Scripps media investigation showed that it, along with several other chain restaurants, falsely printed calorie and fat information about its so-called "healthy" dishes.
  • Simon Cowell has arranged for his protege, Leona Lewis, to get hypnotherapy... to help her with her confidence.
  • "Sex and the City" star Kim Cattrall recently appeared on a British reality TV series called "Who Do You Think You Are?," a show that traces celebrities' family tree -- only to learn that her material grandfather was a bigamist.
  • Bank of America says it's getting rid of 10% of its branches.
  • GM says it's going to drop sponsorship of the Buick open.

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