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Monday, August 31, 2009

Welcome to your September forecast!

Significant movements of the planets this month.

September starts off with Mercury turning retrograde in Libra -- the third time Mercury does its backward dance this year. Now, Mercury retrogrades in relationship-oriented Libra, making this a perfect time to review your recent agreements and conversations. All of the usual Mercury retrograde cautions hold true, so don’t react to any news you receive until you have double-checked the facts. Mercury will be retrograde until September 29.

Next, powerful Pluto turns direct in ambitious Capricorn on September 11, so watch as your goals advance! Then, on September 12, boundary-maker Saturn forms a quincunx aspect to Neptune, a planet whose energy dissolves boundaries, so you'll need to make adjustments in your overall life-plan.

Saturn opposes Uranus on September 15, reminding you to build flexibility into your goals. Then, the Sun shines a big spotlight on this opposition with a conjunction to Saturn and an opposition to Uranus on September 17. Mindful Mercury's entrance into Virgo on September 17 helps you get a plan together. Then the new Moon in Virgo on September 18 brings a fresh beginning, and by September 20 -- when Venus enters Virgo -- your immersion in all things Virgo enters your relationship life.

You may feel pulled in two different directions when retrograde Mercury in practical Virgo connects with the ongoing Saturn-Uranus opposition. Add to this a conjunction to rule-maker Saturn on September 22, and an opposition to independent Uranus on September 23. In between all of this, the Fall Equinox occurs on September 22 with the Sun’s entrance into peaceful Libra.

We end the month with Mercury turning direct in Virgo on September 29, and once again it's full speed ahead to move forward with your plans.


Shania Twain gave a gift to fans on the occasion of her 44th birthday on Friday (August 28th). She posted a very long letter along with a 15-minute video travelogue on her website. The video shows how Twain has been spending the past year since she first split with her husband and producer Mutt Lange.

Twain has spent a good bit of the last 12 months traveling around the world with a man she refers to as "a dear friend and true gentleman." Frederic Thiebaud, or Fred, as Twain calls him, is the ex-husband of Anne-Marie Thiebaud, Twain's former friend and the women with whom Lange was having an affair.

The travelogue was largely recorded on Thiebaud's cell phone. Twain's documented adventures include skydiving, horseback riding and riding camels in Egypt. Her eight-year-old son, Eja, is in some of the footage, as is Thiebaud's daughter, Johanna, who is also eight.

The travel habits of Twain and Thiebaud have sparked rumors that the two are married, engaged or at the very least, a couple, a subject that Twain does not clarify in the letter.

Twain said, "(He) has been the most constant companion and support for both Eja and I. And having gone through the suffering of his family splitting apart at the same time and under the same extreme circumstances, he understands me better than anyone. We leaned on one another through the ups and downs, taking turns holding each other up. We've become stronger and closer through it all, as have our children . . . "

  • Twain will fill the fourth seat at the judge's table during American Idol auditions on Monday (August 31st) and Tuesday (September 1st) in Chicago.


  • To watch Twain's new video travelogue or to read her letter to fans, click here:

Keith Urban will headline the 'We're All For The Hall' concert to benefit the Country Music Hall of Fame And Museum on October 13th at the Sommet Center in Nashville. He announced the news during his concert at the Sommet Center on Saturday (August 29th) before a packed house. So far, Faith Hill, Vince Gill, Lady Antebellum, Little Big Town, Dierks Bentley and Jason Aldean have signed on to perform as well. Tickets to the event will go on sale to the general public on Wednesday (September 2nd) at 10 a.m. CT at All tickets are $25.


  • To watch Urban's official announcement during his Escape Together World tour stop in Nashville, click here:

Carrie Underwood's brand new C.A.T.S. Foundation -- which stands for the Checotah (SHUH-COAT-UH) Animal, Town & School -- and the Academy of Country Music's charitable arm, called ACM Lifting Lives, teamed up to surprise students in Underwood's hometown of Checotah, Oklahoma on Friday (August 28th). The former American Idol winner personally delivered more than $117,000 in new instruments for the music programs at the Middle, Intermediate and High School in Checotah. Buses brought students from the lower schools to the high school for the last minute assembly during which Underwood performed her hit "So Small" with a fifth-grade girl.
  • Underwood said, "I am so proud to have come from such a wonderful community that helped shape me as a person, and I can think of nothing better than to share the gift of music with the students in my hometown. It's so great to be able to give back in a way that can truly better the lives of these kids and help create dreams and opportunities."


  • Underwood's C.A.T.S Foundation was created by the singer to help causes in and around her hometown of Checotah.
  • Underwood will be inducted into the Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame on September 17th.
  • She is working on a new album which is scheduled for release on November 3rd.

The release date of Toby Keith's new CD, American Ride, has been pushed up to October 6th. The project is in high demand thanks to the success of his lead single, the album's title track. It is his fastest-rising single since 2002's "Courtesy of the Red, White And Blue (The Angry American)," and is in the Top 10 on the country charts. The American Ride CD was originally scheduled for release on October 13th.


  • Keith is currently out on his America's Toughest tour with special guest Trace Adkins.
  • Keith kicks off his first major European tour in November.

Fans who didn't make it to this year's CMA Music Festival in Nashville will get to see some of the week's standout performances during tonight's ABC special, CMA Music Festival: Country's Night to Rock. The three-hour show includes appearances by Trace Adkins, Jason Aldean, Dierks Bentley, Brooks & Dunn, Kenny Chesney, Julianne Hough, Jamey Johnson, Kid Rock, Lady Antebellum, Miranda Lambert, Martina McBride, Reba McEntire, Jake Owen, Brad Paisley, Kellie Pickler, John Rich, Darius Rucker, Sugarland, Taylor Swift, and Zac Brown Band. It also features a reunion of The Judds giving their first performance together in six years.
  • This year marked Lady Antebellum's second time to sing on the main stage at the CMA Music Festival. The trio's performance of their recent Number One hit, "I Run To You" will be featured on the show, but their performance that night was fraught with challenges, as Charles Kelley and Hillary Scott tell us:"(Charles) We did have a couple technical difficulties. I felt so bad cause our first two songs we were kind of . . . our mics went out and everything. (Hillary) I don't think you could hear me. (Charles) So, yeah, we were lucky enough by the time 'Run To You' came up everything got figured out, so that's what's gonna be on the TV, so you won't see the chaotic throwing of my ears (in-ear monitors) and all that. (Hillary) But if you see my face a little like 'uhhhh . . . ' you'll know why! (laughs) (Charles) We were terrified. It was a blast!"
  • Darius Rucker tells us he was intimidated by the lineup of acts on the night he was scheduled to perform. "I'm sittin' there watching the show and it starts and Brooks & Dunn opens the show . . . alright, (laughs) I'm cool with that, and then they finish and 10 minutes later Reba McEntire comes on. I hate to say it but I was just kind of happy that it rained cause then Rascal Flatts didn't have to go on before me (laughs)! That was good!"UE (:24 OC: . . . That was good!)
  • Rucker added that sometimes he still can't believe that his dreams of being a part of country music are coming true. "To be invited to be on that stage on that night was . . . I'm really waiting for somebody to wake me up in Albuquerque and tell me it's time to go on stage and I'm waiting with my boys. I'm waitin' to be pinched cause, you know, you feel like I'm just trying to get in and those are the things that make you feel like, 'You're not tryin' anymore, man, you're in! They're with ya. As long was you keep giving them good music they'll play it.' That's a great feeling!"
  • CMA Music Festival: Country's Night to Rock airs at 8 p.m. ET.
  • This year's CMA Music Festival was held in June.

Reba McEntire, Dolly Parton and Wynonna are some of the country stars taking part in next weekend's Jerry Lewis MDA Telethon. The annual fundraiser, which begins on Sunday, September 6th, will also include appearances by Neal McCoy, Lee Greenwood, the Grascals and Bo Bice.
  • The Jerry Lewis Telethon runs through Monday, September 7th.
  • Check local listings for stations and times.


Kenny Chesney


Q. Who originally recorded "Fancy," which was later recorded by Reba McEntire and became a big hit?
A. Bobbie Gentry


  • Richard Gere (actor, An Officer And A Gentleman, Pretty Woman, Dr. T & The Women, Chicago; husband of Carey Lowell; former husband of Cindy Crawford) (60)
  • Itzhak Perlman (famous violinist) (64)
  • Frank Robinson (Hall Of Fame baseball player, the first black manager in the major leagues) (74)
  • Deborah Gibson ('80s pop star, formerly Debbie Gibson) (39)
  • Gina Schock (drummer of the Go-Gos) (52)
  • Van Morrison (rock legend) (64)
  • Glenn Tilbrook (singer-guitarist, Squeeze) (52)
  • Rudolf Schenker (guitarist, the Scorpions) (61)
  • Reb Beach (guitarist, Winger, Alice Cooper, Dokken, Whitesnake) (46)
  • Chris Tucker (actor-comedian, The Fifth Element, the Rush Hour movies) (37)
  • Marcia Clark (prosecutor in the O.J. Simpson murder trial) (56)


  • Dolly Parton's "Love Is Like A Butterfly" became her third Number One in a year in 1974.
  • Jeannie C. Riley made her Opry debut in 1968.
  • The Dixie Chicks' Fly album was released in 1999.
  • Roy Clark married Barbara Joyce Rupard in 1957.
  • Clay Walker earned his first platinum album with his self-titled debut in 1994.
  • George Jones topped the Billboard country singles list with "The Grand Tour" in 1974.
  • Merle Haggard's prison-themed "Mama Tried" claimed the top spot on the Billboard country singles chart in 1968.


JOHN KRASINSKI AND EMILY BLUNT ENGAGED: John Krasinski and Emily Blunt are headed down the aisle. The actor's rep told People magazine, "We can confirm that John and Emily are engaged." Kraskinski, who is 29, and Blunt, who is 26, have been dating since November of 2008.

'TOO SOON' FOR KELLY PRESTON TO TALK ABOUT SON: Kelly Preston has pulled out of her scheduled appearance at the California Governor's Conference for Women because it's "just too soon" to speak about the death of her son Jett. Preston was due to host a panel titled "Grief & Resilience" about her experience losing Jett, who died in January at age 16. She explained the decision to People magazine, saying, "It is with my sincere apologies that I must pull out from speaking at [the] conference. I am sorry, but I truly believed that I could do it. Otherwise I never would have said that I could. But I am still deeply in the process of healing, and it's just too soon." Earlier this summer, her husband John Travolta pulled out of the press tour for his film The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3 to because he and his family needed "additional time to reconcile our loss."

TYRA BANKS ENGAGED? Tyra Banks was spotted with what appeared to be a diamond on her left ring finger, sparking rumors that she's engaged. The talk show host is in a long term relationship with businessman John Utendahl. To see a picture of the ring, go to:

KATHERINE HEIGL HOSTS ELLEN POMPEO BABY SHOWER: Katherine Heigl hosted a star-studded baby shower for her Grey's Anatomy co-star Ellen Pompeo on Saturday (August 29th). Kate Walsh, Sandra Oh and Rebecca Gayheart were among the guests who celebrated the impending arrival of Pompeo's daughter with husband Chris Ivery. A source told People magazine, "Ellen looked gorgeous in a white summer dress with her hair in a braided up-do. She seemed very excited to celebrate with her girlfriends." Pompeo is reportedly due in October.

MEG RYAN DATING MARRIED MAN? Meg Ryan is reportedly dating a married man. The National Enquirer claims that America's former sweetheart is secretly seeing movie producer Graham King -- although his wife denies it. The tabloid however, claims that has rented a mansion down the road from his home for his trysts with the actress, who is reportedly hoping her beau can help revive her career. A source said, "Graham is not being deceitful with Meg. She knows his wacky situation is far from perfect. But being involved with King may be her Hollywood salvation."

IS DEREK HOUGH GAY? Rumors are circulating that Dancing With the Stars pro Derek Hough might be gay. Sources told the National Enquirer that Shannon Elizabeth broke up with the entertainer because constant rumors that he preferred the company of men "began to take its toll" on their relationship. The couple split amicably earlier this month with both saying that they would "remain good friends."


ROBIN WILLIAMS STARRING IN NEW COMEDY: Robin Williams has signed on to star in an upcoming comedy. The Hollywood Reporter announced that Wedding Banned "centers on a long-divorced couple who kidnap their daughter on her wedding day to prevent her from making the same mistakes they did."

CHANNING TATUM AND WIFE TEAMING UP FOR NEW PROJECT: Newlyweds Channing Tatum and Jenna Dewan are working on their first professional collaboration as a married couple. Jenna told, "We're sort of writing a screenplay right now for a musical. There's not a whole lot I can tell you yet, but it's a very fantasy-based musical." The actress added that she's in the process of changing her last name, explaining, "At the moment, I'm hyphening it," she said. "For the next film that I do, it will probably be Jenna Dewan-Tatum."

'WIZARD OF OZ' RETURNING TO THE BIG SCREEN: The Wizard of Oz is headed back to theaters for one night only. The Los Angeles Times reports that a high-definition version the classic film will hit 450 theaters on September 23rd to celebrate the film's 70th anniversary.


(Woman's Day) Did your child get "The Teacher" this year? Even if a teacher lives up to her reputation, you and your child can not only survive, but thrive, in the year ahead. Here's how:

  • The Strict Teacher -- Focus on what your child can gain from the teacher's approach. Know the classroom rules, and review assignments and homework with your child on a regular basis to ensure he's meeting the teacher's expectations.
  • The Tough Grader -- View the experience as a life lesson. When his honor student son got a teacher who never gave a grade higher than a C, Bob Nelms of Philadelphia encouraged the teen to stick it out rather than switch to another class. "Difficult teachers, like tough bosses, are part of lief," Bob says. Encourage your child to work hard no matter what the results, and help him adjust his grade expectations.
  • The Non-Communicator -- Think you'll be forewarned of a D on your child's report card? Not always. Ask for ways to keep tabs on your child's progress throughout the marking period that don't make unreasonable demands on the teacher's time.
  • The Crabby Teacher -- Encourage your child not to take it personally if his teacher is irritable, and help put the teacher's behavior in perspective. When her son had an impatient and scolding teacher, Dawn Bernett of Leesburg, Virginia, asked the teacher to list some of the boy's strengths, and then shared them with him. "It was nice for my son to know that, despite outward appearances, the teacher liked some things he was doing," Dawn says.
  • The Confusing Teacher -- Ask for individual help. If your child is still lost in a cloud of chalk dust, encourage her to find a study buddy in the class, and ask the teacher for recommendation of Web sites that explain the material.


  • George Clooney has a broken hand, the result of closing it in a car door while at a vacation home in Italy.
  • The newspaper situation gets worse. Their advertising revenue was down 29% for the second quarter.
  • As for the stock market, this has been their best 6-month rally since 1933!
  • Mischa Barton explains her mysterious hospital stay last month as the result of some wisdom tooth issues that complicated her life and so she just needed a rest. In her words, "it was a full-blown nervous breakdown."
  • David Beckham and Lady Gaga will join Ellen for the fall premiere episode of "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" on Tuesday, September 8.
  • It's being called "Helmet-gate," after President Obama went for a bike ride with his family on Martha's Vineyard... but he was the only one NOT wearing a helmet.
  • Chris Brown talks with Larry King on Wednesday night. (It was already taped.)
  • Danny Gokey's first post-American Idol album is going to be country!
  • The word is that Derek Jeter and "Friday Night Lights" actress Minka Kelly are secretly engaged and plan a post-baseball season wedding.
  • Chelsea Handler has supposedly kicked her boyfriend, Comcast CEO Ted Harbert, out of their Los Angeles home. No comment from Chelsea.
  • Country music takes over ABC tonight with "CMA Music Festival: Country's Night to Rock." Performers include Kenny Chesney, Brad Paisley, Taylor Swift, Sugarland, Reba McEntire and Kid Rock.
  • There's a new rehab facility in Fall City, Washington, (just east of Seattle) called "Restart," for those addicted to the Internet. Claims to be the first of its kind.


  • What's Done Is Done: "Do NOT apologize to her for things you did before you were in a relationship with her," advises Laurie Puhn, a family lawyer-mediator and author. "Past acts were not intended to harm your current girlfriend in any way, so do not let her guilt you on your past."
  • The "Oops, I Had a One-Night Stand" Apology: So you're out without your buddy, funneling Jagermeister down your throat as if your life depended on it, and suddenly it's 8 o'clock in the morning and you're groaning awake next to a stranger who isn't wearing any clothes. First, get some tests from your doctor. If your next step is to apologize to your girlfriend, don't expect that to go to well. "He should be 100 percent prepared for a breakup," Puhn says. "Cheating is very hard for a couple to truly get over and if you're not married yet, then most likely she's out the door." Also, ask yourself, do you really want to stay with her? Being in a relationship means you decide to stop looking for someone better."
  • Some Things May Be Better Left Unsaid: But what if your little diversion from faithfulness didn't involve much more than a drunken make-out session in the back of a dive bar? For Dr. Seth, an L.A.-based clinical psychologist and relationship expert, the need to apologize enters more of a gray area: "Because everyone is capable of making a mistake, be sure to evaluate the reasons why you want to tell your partner about the transgression. Sometimes, the memory of a transgression can haunt the person you hurt and make her insecure when you go out in the future. You want to strike a balance of honesty and protection of your partner's feelings."
  • Skip Starbucks, Be a Man: "The more important the transgression, the more privacy is needed," says psychologist and life coach Dr. Amy Johnson. "I've seen men do just the opposite -- admit to an affair in a crowded coffee shop thinking they'll be spared the angry outbursts and tears if they are in public. These guys are acting selfishly and are complete wimps! Give her the privacy she deserves and the opportunity to express any emotions she needs to, in private. Confessing in public will only lead to embarrassment for both of you."
  • Let Her Chew You Out: "Men often make the mistake during an apology scenario in which they don't give their partner the chance to talk," Dr. Seth says. "She may need a little time to vent her feelings and tell her side, so make sure your apology leaves room for a two-way conversation, not an apology monologue." We advise playing it calm and cool.
  • Keep Buts Out of It: Johnson stresses a vital rule: "NEVER say, 'I'm sorry, but...' Men and women are both guilty of this -- the 'but' completely counteracts the 'I'm sorry.'
  • Admit you were wrong. Even if you both made mistakes in the situation, your apology is about owning up to your part in the issue. It's not a time to remind her that she was also wrong or defend yourself in any way."
  • Apologize Empty-Handed: Don't show up at your 'sorry' session bearing flowers or a necklace. "If you cheat on your wife and later admit it to her, she doesn't want flowers with your apology -- what she wants is for you to not have cheated," advises Dr. Seth.


STUDY FINDS MEN MORE LIKELY TO STALK WOMEN ON FACEBOOK: A study reported on in London's Daily Mail suggested men are more likely to stalk women on Facebook, the social networking site, and spend at least 8 minutes spying on their partner's online profile every day. They become jealous when other men comment on photographs of their partner, the research commissioned by crime drama channel Alibi found. The poll showed 58 percent of Britons have looked up at least two ex-partners on Facebook, while 15 percent of adults have changed their Facebook status with the intention of making their current or ex-partner jealous.

MOWING LAWNS CAN RELIEVE STRESS: According to researchers, the aroma that comes from a freshly mowed lawn relieves stress and improves memory. Neuroscientist Dr. Nick Lavidis believes that the chemicals created when greenery is cut bolster the brain against the kind of bad stress that leads to higher blood pressure, a weakened immune system and forgetfulness. Lavidis is so convinced about the benefits of lawn-mowing that he's spent the last seven years creating a feel-good spray that replicates these aromas, which will soon be available in stores.

SIZE MATTERS FOR WOMEN DURING SEX TOO: Fox News reports that new research from Kim Wallen, a professor of psychology and behavioral neuroendocrinology at Emory University, indicates that the distance between a woman's clitoris and vagina may determine how easily she climaxes from intercourse alone. "Teleclitoridienne," a term meaning "female of the distant clitoris," was first studied in the last century. According to "Bonk: The Curious Couple of Science and Sex," the term was coined in the 1920s by Princess Marie Bonaparte, the great grand niece of Napoleon. This psychoanalyst was considered a sex researcher in her own right. To prove her hypothesis, Bonaparte interviewed and measured 243 females in 1924 that were incapable of having an orgasm during intercourse. Working with doctors, she actually measured these women, finding that 21 percent of the sample fell into the teleclitoridienne category. The 69 percent of women in her sample who could have orgasms during intercourse had significantly smaller distances between sex organs. These women, referred to as paraclitoridiennes, could almost always climax from intercourse.

GRAPHICALLY DESCRIBING FAILURE DESTROYS AMBITION: A new study suggests that people are likely to give up their ambitions only after they're given scenarios of all the ways they could horribly, horribly fail. reports that researchers culled a group of students studying to be psychologists, divided them up, and basically taunted their career aspirations in three different ways. The study deduced that just telling people they'll fail isn't enough -- it helps to paint "a very vivid picture" of said failure.



Nationwide Cup Series Napa Auto Parts 200 Results (unofficial)
Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, Montreal, Canada
Sunday, August 30th, 2009

  1. Carl Edwards
  2. Marcos Ambrose
  3. Andrew Ranger
  4. Jacques Villeneuve
  5. Brad Keselowski
  6. Tony Raines
  7. Jean-Francois Dumoulin
  8. Stephen Leicht
  9. Brendan Gaughan
  10. Kyle Busch


  • Teams practiced AND qualified in the rain on Saturday
  • Colin Braun had engine problems early on causing the longest caution in history!
  • Patrick Carpentier had transmission problems while running top 5
  • 4 minutes per pace lap...excruciatingly painful
  • Justin Allgaier lost control after a wheel hop, took out Ron Fellows and damaged Kyle Busch's 18 machine
  • Why can't teams figure out how to make windshield wipers work at high speeds?
  • In a late restart, Carl Edwards moved Marcos Ambrose aside, on the next set of turns, Ambrose returned the favor and took the lead back
  • With 16 laps to go, rain fell for a full course caution
  • NASCAR decided to continue racing in the rain, brought the cars down pit road, gave them a 5 minute clock to make preparations to race in the rain. This turned into a race in itself.
  • Kyle Busch's windshield wipers looked wicked cool
  • With 3 to go on the restart, Kyle Busch was spun, giving Carl Edwards a chance for more points. Kyle lost a ton of positions
  • A battle to the finish on the final lap of the race between Marcos Ambrose and Carl Edwards
  • Marcos Ambrose dominated this race, leading 60 laps, and lost it on the last turn hitting the curb sending his #47 airborne, putting him in second. Marcos said "I made one mistake and it cost me the race"


Camping World Truck Series 225 Results (unoffiical)
Chicagoland Speedway, Joliet, Illinois

  1. Kyle Busch
  2. Todd Bodine
  3. Colin Braun
  4. Rick Crawford
  5. Johnny Sauter
  6. Dennis Setzer
  7. Chad McCumbee
  8. Aric Almirola
  9. Timothy Peters
  10. Terry Cook

Kyle Busch won his second straight race in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, passing Todd Bodine with 19 laps remaining to take the inaugural 225 on Friday at Chicagoland Speedway.

  • It was Busch's fourth win of the season in 10 starts in the Billy Ballew Motorsports Toyota. Busch also made Chicagoland the fifth track in which he has won a race in each of NASCAR's three national series. He won the NASCAR Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series races there last season.
  • "It was a fun night," Busch said. "My parents are from just outside Chicago and my girlfriend is from just over the border in Indiana, and it was cool to come back and win before the home folks in the Midwest."
  • Bodine finished second, .580 seconds behind. It was his first top five in the last six races.
  • "Second is pretty good after the last two months," Bodine said. "We'll take it."

NOTE: There was no Sprint Cup race this weekend.


Last weekend, no matter what they did or how loud they screamed, Death found them.

In fact, movie-goers went looking for the big guy at the movies, pushing 3D horror flick The Final Destination to the top of the weekend box office. The movie earned estimated receipts topping $28 million in its first weekend out.

Death even killed Halloween II, which lost the gore game to come in a distant third. Last week's top-place Inglourious Basterds dropped an estimated 47 percent to take second place.


1. The Final Destination, $28.3 million
2. Inglourious Basterds, $20 million
3. Halloween II (2009), $17.4 million
4. District 9, $10.7 million
5. G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra, $8 million
6. Julie & Julia, $7.4 million
7. The Time Traveler's Wife, $6.7 millioh
8. Shorts, $4.9 million
9. Taking Woodstock, $3.7 million
10. G-Force, $2.8 million


Ryan Jenkins didn't begin his escape to Canada until 24 hours after the body of his wife Jasmine Fiore was found in a California dumpster. Police say that Jenkins, the late VH1 reality show contestant who apparently committed suicide last week, drove 150 miles after allegedly killing Fiore in order to dispose of her remains before packing his belongings and fleeing for his native Canada.

Based on interviews and security tapes, police believe that Jenkins killed Fiore on August 14th after the couple attended a poker tournament together. Surveillance video shows Jenkins returning to their San Diego hotel alone, and later carrying armfuls of clothes into his car, which police believe he emptied out of a suitcase so that he could fit Fiore's body inside.

  • Her car was found last week with blood inside, indicating Fiore fought for her life. It's unclear if she died in the car or in the hotel room.
  • After checking out, Jenkins drove 100 miles where police believe he may have removed the tips of Fiore's fingers and her teeth. The vehicle showed signs off off-roading, indicated he went to a remote area in order to do so. Police say Jenkins then disposed of her body and returned to the couple's Los Angeles penthouse where surveillance video shows him gradually moving most of his belongings into another car.
  • Footage shows Jenkins leaving the penthouse for the final time on the morning of August 16th -- after Fiore's body had been found and less than a day after he'd reported her missing.
  • A police source said, "He didn't expect that body to be located that soon, that was pretty obvious. He had to definitely hasten the pace when he got to LA as to what he needed to do.
  • On the 16th he picked up his speedboat in Nevade and began his escape to Canada, where he was found dead in a motel on the 23rd.


36th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards Winners List

  • Drama series: The Bold and the Beautiful
  • Lead actress in a drama series: Susan Haskell, One Life to Live
  • Lead actor in a drama series: Christian LeBlanc, The Young and the Restless
  • Supporting actress in a drama series: Tamara Braun, Days of Our Lives
  • Supporting actor in a drama series (tie): Vincent Irizarry - All My Children and Jeff Branson - Guiding Light
  • Younger actress in a drama series: Julie Berman, General Hospital
  • Younger actor in a drama series: Darin Brooks, Days of Our Lives
  • Game-audience participation show: Cash Cab
  • Game show host: Meredith Vieira, Who Wants to Be a Millionaire
  • Talk show-entertainment: Rachael Ray
  • Talk show-informative: The Tyra Banks Show
  • Talk show host: Whoopi Goldberg, Joy Behar, Elisabeth Hasselbeck, Sherri Shepherd, Barbara Walters The View
  • Morning program: Good Morning America
  • Directing in a drama series: One Life to Live
  • Writing in a drama series: General Hospital
  • Performer in a children's series: Kevin Clash, Elmo in Sesame Street
  • Lifetime achievement: Sesame Street


The View broke its Emmy curse on Sunday (August 30th) as Whoopi Goldberg, Joy Behar, Elisabeth Hasselbeck, Sherri Shepherd and Barbara Walters were named best talk show hosts at the Daytime Emmys. Although they frequently discuss the past snubs on their show, none of the women were on hand to accept the honor.

Rachel Ray picked up its second straight win for best entertainment talk show while Tyra Banks repeated for informative talk show. Good Morning America was again named outstanding morning program.

  • Guiding Light was honored with a Daytime Emmy before signing off the air after 72 years in September. Jeff Branson, who plays Shayne Lewis on the CBS soap, tied for best supporting actor with All My Children's Vincent Irizarry. Branson said, "I have such affection for that show. I'm grateful to have had the opportunity to be a part of television history. What other medium is producing product that lasts 72 years? It has entertained not only generations, but employed generations of people."
  • Vanessa Williams hosted the show, which paid tribute to Guiding Light as well as Sesame Street, which is celebrating its 40th year on the air. The Bold and the Beautiful took top honors of the night after being named best daytime drama for the first time in 22 years. The CW, which was airing the show for the first time, cut its broadcast as the cast and crew were assembling on stage to accept the trophy.
  • Lead acting honors went to Christian LeBlanc of The Young and the Restless, and Susan Haskell of ABC's One Life to Live.

CHECK IT OUT: See the Creative Arts winners:

Friday, August 28, 2009


  • Frank Hanawalt died last week in Seattle at age 87. Frank was the principal of Seattle's Garfield High School back in the 60's and had the dubious honor of expelling a student for not attending classes. A student who would become rock legend Jimi Hendrix.
  • Ellie Greenwich, who co-wrote '60s hits "Chapel of Love," "Be My Baby" and "Leader of the Pack," has died at age 68 of a heart attack.
  • Megan Fox as the next "Catwoman" is just a rumor, her agent says.
  • Bob Dylan is coming out with his first Christmas album on October 13.
  • Add Neil Patrick Harris to the ever-expanding list of celebrity judges for the next season of "American Idol."
  • Men who have higher sperm counts and more lively sperm not only become fathers more easily, but also live longer says Danish researchers from the University of Southern Denmark in Odense.
  • Really, a Star Trek cologne? Available in Tiberius, Red Shirt and Ponn Farr (the Vulcan mating cycle).
  • 700,000 clunkers were taken off the road in the government's recent "Cash for Clunkers" program.
  • Melanie Griffith has returned to a rehab facility to "reinforce her commitment to stay healthy."


Since news of Brooks & Dunn's upcoming split broke, the internet has been loaded with articles and blogs about it. A few have caught the attention of Ronnie Dunn, who tells reporters that he finds some of them quite funny. "I love reading it, and I have. I've fallen prey to reading a few of the comments after certain articles that you see. I read a couple, and you'll have people that have certain strong opinions -- 'Yeah, oh it's awful, it's terrible.' It's like, 'Yeah, it's been great,' and then one down at the bottom (says) 'Who cares!' (laughs) Those are the ones I like, you know? 'Who cares!' (laughs)."

  • Brooks & Dunn will release their last album, #1's . . . and then some, on September 8th.
  • The duo will be featured on Monday (August 31st) night's ABC special, CMA Music Festival: Country's Night To Rock, airing at 8 p.m. ET.
Darius Rucker and Lee Ann Womack will announce this year's CMA Awards nominees live from the Good Morning America studios in New York City on September 9th. The announcements will take place during the 8:30 a.m. ET half-hour of the show.
  • The 43rd annual CMA Awards will be broadcast live from the Sommet Center in Nashville on November 11th at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.
  • For the second year in a row, the show will be co-hosted by Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood.
Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood feel much more comfortable returning as hosts of this year's CMA Awards, having done it last year for the very first time. While the two plan to inject a little humor into the show, they take their roles as hosts quite seriously, as they tell us: "(Carrie) Everybody's there for a common goal -- to celebrate a wonderful year in music and celebrate each other. And people are winning things! You don't want to get up there and be the one reason that [people think], 'Oh, that was just an okay show.' Or 'That was a great show, but what's up with the hosts?' (Brad) And sometimes the host does take away from things. (Carrie) Everybody wants to come to the CMAs! (Brad) "Yeah. This is the night of the year when country should have class. All other nights it's... (Carrie:) It's a free-for-all. (Brad) Yeah, who knows! (Carrie) It's crazy. (Brad laughs)"
  • This year's CMA Awards takes place on November 11th at the Sommet Center in Nashville.
  • The show will air live on ABC beginning at 8 p.m. ET.


  • Paisley and Underwood are the reigning Male and Female Vocalists of the Year.
The Grand Ole Opry is joining the fight against breast cancer by "going pink" during two Opry performances on Friday, October 2nd. On each of the night's shows, Opry member Carrie 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, Terri Clark, and other soon-to-be-announced artists.
  • 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.


  • Clark's mother was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2007.

Jack Ingram is partnering with KC Masterpiece Barbecue Sauces and Marinades in a campaign to encourage Americans to make grilling a part of their football season. The campaign includes "Eat and Greets" with Ingram at select tour dates beginning in September, where contest winners will be invited to a backstage barbeque before each show. He will also share a few of his personal barbecue recipes using KC Masterpiece with his fans.
  • Ingram said, "I will literally spend an entire weekend in my backyard working on the perfect's what we do in Texas...we barbeque, drink beer and talk smack about football. The KC Masterpiece relationship is perfect because it's a brand that you would already find in my fridge any day of the week."
  • Ingram hits the road with Toby Keith this weekend.
  • This fall, he will join Gary Allan on his Get Off On The Pain tour.


  • Earlier this week, Ingram set a new Guinness World Record for "most interviews in a 24 hour period" while promoting his new album, Big Dreams & High Hopes.
  • The debut single, "Barefoot and Crazy" is a Top 10 hit on the country charts.
Toby Keith will kick off the 82nd National FFA (Future Farmers of America) Convention with a private concert for 55,000 FFA members in Indianapolis on October 21st. His appearance is due to his relationship with Ford Trucks, which is a longtime supporter of FFA.
  • Keith said, "I am really happy to be playing at the convention. I have been an FFA member and proud of it. We are going to have a big party at the stadium in Indianapolis."


  • Keith will open his next I Love This Bar & Grill in Pittsburgh. The 15,000-square-foot restaurant and club is expected to open late next year.


  • LeAnn Rimes (27)
  • Jake Owen (28)
  • Shania Twain (44)
  • Sherrie Austin (39)
  • Scott Hamilton (Olympic gold medal-winning figure skater) (51)
  • Jason Priestley (actor, Beverly Hills 90210) (40)
  • David Soul (actor and singer, played Hutch on TV's Starsky And Hutch) (66)
  • Jack Black (Comic actor/musician School of Rock, Shallow Hal, High Fidelity, half of Tenacious D) (40)
  • Ben Gazzara (Actor, The Big Lebowski, Buffalo 66, Happiness, Dogville) (79)
  • Billy Boyd (actor, The Lord Of The Rings) (41)
  • Jennifer Coolidge (actress, Legally Blonde, Best In Show, A Mighty Wind, Stifler's Mom in America Pie) (46)
  • Daniel Stern (actor, Breaking Away, Diner, the Home Alone and City Slickers movies) (52)


Love And Theft, Trailer Choir



Chuck Wicks, Brad Paisley


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


REP ADMITS GEORGE CLOONEY BROKE HAND: George Clooney is recovering after breaking his hand in Italy several weeks ago. Although the European media reported that the actor injured himself after a motorcycle accident in Switzerland, his rep Stan Rosenfield clarified to People magazine, "There was an accident and he did break his hand. He was not riding a motorcycle, it was not in Switzerland ... He was on his property in Italy and he shut the car door on his hand." Rosenfield joked, "The doctor has given him 30-40 years more to live, and no live animals were harmed during the wrapping of the hand."

KATE AND JON GOSSELIN (SORT OF) REUNITE: Kate and Jon Gosselin were peaceful as they sent daughters Cara and Mady on the bus for their first day of school on Thursday (August 27th). Photographers captured the parents arriving at the bus stop in separate cars to see the nine-year-olds off although witnesses told that the estranged couple did not interact.

MEGAN FOX MORE COMFORTABLE KISSING GIRLS: Megan Fox, who shares a lip lock with co-star Amanda Seyfried in their new movie Jennifer's Body, admits that the girl-on-girl scenes were fine with her. She told MTV News, "I feel much safer with girls, so I felt more comfortable kissing her in the movie than kissing any of the other people that I had to kiss." Her ease was in contrast to Seyfriend's comfort as Fox revealed, "I think she was extremely uncomfortable. I don't think that -- I know that. She was not comfortable and there was a lot of laughing -- like, giggling fits that happened in between takes."

CHELSEA HANDLER STAYS MUM ON SPLIT RUMORS: Chelsea Handler refused to confirm reports that she's split from her boyfriend, Comcast CEO Ted Harbert. When asked about the relationship, the Chelsea Lately host told People magazine, "I only comment on other people's lives, not my own."

MINKA KELLY AND DEREK JETER ENGAGED? Actress Minka Kelly and baseball star Derek Jeter are reportedly ready to tie the knot. A source tells the New York Post, "Derek and Minka are secretly engaged. The wedding is being planned and will take place after baseball season is over." Despite the supposed plans, a rep for Kelly said, "There is no fall wedding planned to Derek Jeter."

PARKER POSEY HAS LYME DISEASE: Parker Posey has been diagnosed with Lyme disease. The actress disclosed her condition on Wednesday (August 26th), after releasing a statement to explain why she is unable to perform in a new off-Broadway show she'd committed to. Playwright Horizons reports that a replacement for the 40-year-old actress will be announced shortly.

TOM SIZEMORE CHARGED WITH SPOUSAL BATTERY: Tom Sizemore has been charged with one count of spousal battery stemming from an incident with his girlfriend earlier this month. reports that the actor could face up to a year in jail and a $2,000 fine if he's found guilty of the misdemeanor. Sizemore was arrested on August 6th after someone called 911 once a verbal argument allegedly turned physical.

WINNING BIDDER FOR CRYPY ABOVE MARILYN MONROE WITHDRAWS: A person who offered $4.6 million for the crypt above Marilyn Monroe has retracted the bid. The attorney representing the current owner of the crypt said that he is working with eBay to determine the outcome of the auction. Owner Elsie Poncher plans to move her late husband's body once a new occupant is found.


BLAGOJEVICH AND WIFE TO APPEAR ON 'THE VIEW': Rod Blagojevich, the indicted former governor of Illinois, and his wife Patti will be guests next month on The View. ABC announced that the couple will appear on the September 9th episode of the daytime talk show. Rod will be promoting his new book, The Governor, while Patti will likely talk about her experience on the reality series, I'm a Celebrity ... Get Me Out of Here!

KRISTEN CHENOWETH TO JUDGE 'AMERICAN IDOL': Kristin Chenoweth is set to guest judge American Idol. reports that the actress -- who is a classically trained soprano -- will join Simon Cowell, Randy Jackson, and Kara DioGuardi for the Orlando auditions later this week. Chenoweth has starred on Broadway in Wicked and The Apple Tree, and won a Tony for You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown.

BLAKE LIVELY GETS NEW ROLE: Blake Lively has joined the all-star cast of the crime thriller, The Town. The Hollywood Reporter revealed that the Gossip Girl star will join Ben Affleck, Jon Hamm, Rebecca Hall and Jeremy Renner in the film -- which is also being directed by Affleck. The film is an adaptation of Chuck Hogan's novel, Prince of Thieves. Lively will play the sister of Renner's character who is also Affleck's troubled ex-girlfriend.

'HEATHERS' BEING TURNED INTO TV SERIES: The movie Heathers is being developed into a television series. Lakeshore president Gary Lucchesi told Variety, "We talked about doing a film remake at times, but doing it for TV seemed like a fresh and original idea. And despite my previous proclamations of childhood rape when my favorite pop culture touchstones are reappropriated, I am so behind this idea, I would wear its scrunchie if asked." Winonna Ryder and Shannen Doherty starred in the cult classic, though it's unclear if they'll participate in the show.

'MAD MAN' STAR GETS MOVIE ROLE: Mad Men's Christina Hendricks will star alongside Katherine Heigl and Josh Duhamel in the upcoming romantic comedy, Life as We Know It. Heigl is also producing the project with the help of her mother.

Thursday, August 27, 2009


Join Kflag Country Friday from 5 to 10pm for the "Ya Gotta Regatta Pre Party" at BHC Community Park! We will have a chance for you to dunk your favoirte VIP in the Long John Silvers Dunk Tank to raise money for the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Colorado River. I am even going to take my turn in the tank. So, if you want to get Jessi all wet bring your dollar bills and join myself, Craig and Tyrone as we broadcast live. There will be copious music, food and fun for everyone.

Then Saturday morning we'll be back out at Community Park in BHC to kick off the Regatta then head over to Rotery Park to wrap it all up with the Birthday Bash and Splash. A big thanks to our friends at AT&T, Papa Johns Pizza Bullhead City, Slumer Parties by Jan, The CHP and Long John Silvers for pitching in! It's a Regatta weekend coming up starting Friday at 5PM. Don't you miss it!!!


  • Dirty-flirty double standard: She flirts with dudes in front of you, shamelessly. Then, she gets super mad and makes a scene if you so much as give a cute waitress your order.
  • She needs to do everything with you: It's one thing to share experiences, but it's another thing to need someone to hold your hand all the time. When it goes beyond wanting to spending time together to demanding it constantly, you have to wonder, what's her problem?
  • Party pooper: She's mopey when you're not giving her 100 percent of your attention. When you start having fun, she's wants to leave.
  • Sex as a weapon: Putting out is the bartering chip she's been using since her school days, but it's a cheap ploy. A clever woman who respects herself doesn't have to abuse her sexual power.
  • Baby, I'm yours: She wants to have kids so she can stop working and mooch off you. Now who's the child?
  • High-maintenance mama: She's constantly complaining and barking orders. Everyone around her rolls their eyes at her demands. Why doesn't she get off her duff and do it herself?
  • Friend indeed: She forces you to show off to her lady friends with grand displays of obedience, love, and virility. But she never wants to hang out with you and your best bros. Why is it she expects people to thinks she's impressive when she never does anything to impress them?
  • Parent trap: She blames her life's problems on her parents, yet she depends on them, a lot.
  • Social climber: She's always looking for someone richer to kiss up to. When it comes to making new friends, she's a total snob.
  • Beauty is only skin deep: She thinks she should be famous, but she hasn't done anything to warrant admiration besides look pretty.
  • Eau de desperation: She reeks of needing a man, and she will stop at nothing to bag one. When she's single, her female friends even feel like they have to hide their boyfriends for fear she will try to pounce.
  • One-way street: You're constantly doing things for her, but, as Janet Jackson would put it, "What have you done for me lately?" If she's going to act like a princess, why doesn't she treat you like the prince of a gentleman you are?
  • Go fish: She's always looking for compliments. You have to constantly reassure her that she's amazing, but her response always seems to say: "I know."


Researchers at the University of Vermont analysed 2.4 million blogs and internet messages to find out which days of the week we love the most by counting the number of positive and negative words used. The findings show Sunday is our favorite day with our worst day being Wednesday.


  • Research shows that Mondays are our the second happiest day as we are still upbeat from the weekend.
  • Mondays are a good day to invest in the stock market but a bad day for staying alive.
  • Shares on a Monday tend to move in a similar direction as Friday making it easier to predict price changes.
  • A fifth more deaths happen on a Monday and it is the most common day to die of a heart attack.


  • Tuesdays are a good day to update blog pages but a bad day for sex.
  • The most hits on blog pages are recorded on Tuesdays.
  • We have the least sex on Tuesdays according to an NOP health survey.


  • Wednesdays are a good day to ask for a pay rise but a bad day for driving.
  • In a survey of 1,500 bosses, most revealed they were more receptive to requests a Wednesday. On Mondays they are too busy preparing for the week ahead and by Thursday and Friday they are thinking about the weekend.
  • Most traffic accidents happen on Wednesdays according to vehicle management firm Velo. It came to this conclusion after analysing 55,000 insurance claims.


  • Thursdays are good to give up smoking but bad for rain.
  • Your willpower is strong for the first few days which helps you get through the weekend.


  • Fridays are good to sack someone but bad for earthquakes.
  • Judi James, a business consultant, says Mondays are a bad day to tell someone they are fired because they only take the negative message. But on a Friday the words may not be as wounding and he or she may even agree it is time to look for another job.
  • Half of the worst earthquakes in history struck on a Friday, including one that killed 30,000 in Gujarat, India, and 2003's in Bam, Iran, that left 40,000 dead.


  • Saturdays are a good day to have a baby but a bad day for drinking.
  • Babies born on Saturdays have a better than average chance of becoming Prime Minister. Of 20 British leaders elected since 1900, six were born on a Saturday including Harold Wilson, Stanley Baldwin and Anthony Eden.
  • The number of people admitted to hospital for alcohol poisoning increases by two-thirds on Saturdays, the British Medical Journal revealed.


  • Sundays are a good day to communicate but bad for cooking.
  • A third more people opened their personal emails on a Sunday compared with a busy weekday, according to new research.


IS IT HARD TO BE FRIENDS WITH PRETTY GIRLS? A write on mused, "Let's face it: Beauty is a privilege. It acts like a honing device for male attention, opens doors to clubs, causes compliments to rain upon the lucky ones. But if the parties aren't careful, a beautiful friend and a regular-looking friend can get locked into a power dynamic. I truly think my friendship difficulties with pretty women stem from my challenging them with words or reasoning, instead of allowing them to get what they want, as they are used to. Jealous? No. I'm resentful. When it becomes clear to me that a beautiful friend of mine plays the "my way or the highway" card, I resent the fact that I'm being valued so little."

TEENS NOT DRIVING TWITTER'S SUCCESS: According to the New York Times, teenagers are not the dominant demographic on Twitter, account for 14 percent of MySpace's users and only nine percent of Facebook's. The paper wrote, "As the Web grows up, so do its users, and for many analysts, Twitter's success represents a new model for Internet success. The notion that children are essential to a new technology's success has proved to be largely a myth. Many young people, who have used Facebook since they began using the Internet and for whom text messaging is their primary method of communication, say they simply do not have a need for Twitter."

NAKED PLUS SIZE MODEL PROMPTS DISCUSSION: A "plus size" model who appears in September's Glamour magazine has prompted a mostly postitive reaction from women who are happy to have a "real" woman represented in a fashion book. In the picture, Lizzie Miller is seen smiling broadly as her stomach hangs out over her underwear. However, some people say that lavishing attention on the image makes the public look less progressive because "there are literally millions of women who look like Lizzie Miller -- we just don't see them in the media."


Final data released yesterday (August 26th) by the Department of Transportation on the $3 billion "Cash for Clunkers" auto rebate program showed 690,114 sales with the total value of rebates claimed at $2.88 billion.

The top-selling vehicles under the program were:

  1. Toyota Corolla
  2. Honda Civic
  3. Toyota Camry
  4. Ford Focus front-wheel drive
  5. Hyundai Elantra
  6. Nissan Versa
  7. Toyota Prius
  8. Honda Accord
  9. Honda Fit
  10. Ford Escape front-wheel drive

The top vehicles traded in were:

  1. Ford Explorer four-wheel drive
  2. Ford F-150 Pickup two-wheel drive
  3. Jeep Grand Cherokee four-wheel drive
  4. Ford Explorer two-wheel drive
  5. Dodge Caravan/Grand Caravan two-wheel drive
  6. Jeep Cherokee four-wheel drive
  7. Chevrolet Blazer four-wheel drive
  8. Chevrolet C1500 pickup two-wheel drive
  9. Ford F-150 pickup four-wheel drive
  10. Ford Windstar front-wheel drive van

And the top manufacturers of the new vehicles sold under the program were:

  1. Toyota, 19.4 percent
  2. General Motors, 17.6 percent
  3. Ford, 14.4 percent
  4. Honda, 13 percent
  5. Nissan, 8.7 percent


They're almost back in school, but do you know what your tweens are really up to? Check out this parents guide from Good Housekeeping magazine:

  • 18% of eighth graders have experimented with marijuana at least once according to a National Institute on Drug Abuse study. What you can do: Research shows that kids are 36% less likely to smoke marijuana if they learn about the risk from their parents, so talk to your child.
  • 48% of seventh graders admitted copying homework according to a Rutgers University survey. What you can do: Don't address what your child did, say experts, address the possible motives. One common reason kids copy: They don't really want to be dishonest, but they just don't understand the subject matter. If that's the case, go over the homework with your child every night.
  • 40% of tweens spend their lunch money on junk food according to a Good Housekeeping online survey. What you can do to help kids make smarter choices: Stock up on good for you snacks. The more kids eat healthy food at home, the more they'll seek it out in other settings. Limit TV time. Studies show there's a connection between how much television kids watch and how much junk they eat.
  • 45% of tweens aren't think about school even when they're there according to a Good Housekeeping online survey. What they think about most when they're tuned out: 20% are focused on after school plans; 12%, on popularity; and 13%, on dating.
  • 80% of ten year old girls have been on a diet according to a Magellan Health Services study. Plus a Good Housekeeping online survey found 34% of the tween girls said they've cut back on their eating without telling mom. What you can do: Kids look to parents as examples, so don't ever let the words "I'm so fat!" escape your mouth. Your kids internalize what you say about body image, so keep criticisms in check. You should also be careful about how often you talk about your child's looks. Even too much praise can send the wrong message. If your tween really does have a weight problem take action, but don't make her feel like an outsider. Get the whole family involved in exercise and eating well.
  • 52% of tweens admitted to using swearwords at school. What you can do: Watch your own language, parents are kids' greatest role models.
  • 22% of tweens admitted they've played hooky. What you can do: Ask the school for attendance records. If your tween isn't showing up, try your best to avoid yelling. That kind of reaction rarely translates into positive changes in kid's behavior. Instead, create a contract with your child to outline what the consequences will be if he ditches class.
  • 35% of tweens admitted turning in fake notes, forging signatures, whether to excuse an absence or to give permission for a field trip. What you can do: See if the school can keep your signature and handwriting samples on file so that administrators will be able to detect fakes right away.


  • The launch of the Space Shuttle "Discovery" has been delayed until Friday. I'm surprised they don't show its launches on the Discovery channel. Seems like a natural.
  • Dominick Dunne, intrepid crime reporter, writer and novelist, died Wednesday at his home in Manhattan. He was 83. His daughter played the older sister in the movie "Poltergeist" and shortly there after, was strangled to death by her boyfriend.
  • Jennifer Aniston will only date other celebrities, because she knows he will empathize with her hectic lifestyle, reports Us Weekly. She recently been linked to "300" star Gerard Butler.
  • Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood will once again co-host the CMA awards on ABC November 11th.
  • John Schnatter -- better known as Papa John -- has been reunited with the 1971 gold and black Chevrolet Camaro Z28 he sold for $2,800 in 1983 to help his father keep the family tavern open. now, he's offering free pizza on August 26 -- but only Camero owners get the free pie.
  • On the September 11th edition of "20/20," Barbara Walters will have a sit down chat with LaToya Jackson.
  • After 8 months as Jenny Craig spokesperson, Phylicia Rashad has lost 35 pounds. Her new TV commercials hit on Saturday.
  • The rumor mill has Megan Fox hosting the season premiere of "Saturday Night Live" on September 26th.
  • Paula Abdul is making all of her big announcements on Twitter... including the fact she'll be hosting this year's VH1 Divas show on September 17th.
  • By the way, Oprah will be making her next book club pick on September 18th.
  • British TV viewers have had enough, as the network has announced this will be the last season of their version of "Big Brother."

Birth order and how it might be able to determine your career. (From


  • Personality: Firstborns are ambitious, assertive, dominant and disciplined compared with their younger siblings. They're determined to succeed yet fearful of losing position and rank, and are defensive about errors and mistakes, Dattner says.
  • Compensation: A recent survey by found that workers who were the firstborn child in their families were more likely to earn $100,000 or more annually compared with their siblings.
  • Professions: The oldest tend to pursue vocations that require higher education, like medicine, engineering or law. Ohio State University researchers found firstborn children were more likely to pursue "intellectual" jobs.


  • Personality: Middle children are good at negotiation, peacemaking and compromise, Dattner says. They are easygoing and diplomatic and are usually closer to friends than family.
  • Compensation: More middle children identified themselves as earning $35,000 or less per year than firstborn or youngest children, according to the survey.
  • Professions: Middles tend to have excellent negotiating and people skills -- anything that employs these skills is a great fit.


  • Personality: Youngest children love the limelight and are used to sitting in it. They are charming and creative, have a good sense of humor and manipulate others when they want to get their way.
  • Compensation: Last borns were the least likely to report earning six figures, according to the survey.
  • Professions: Youngest children often gravitate toward artistic and outdoor jobs, according to the OSU survey. They're also successful in journalism, advertising, sales and athletics.

Only children: Only children are similar to firstborns in that they are motivated to conform to parental expectations, Dattner says. They are also achievement-oriented and successful in school and have problems delegating work. Research shows they are more confident, articulate and imaginative than other children. They also hate criticism and tend to be perfectionists.

Twins: Because of their equal status in terms of their age -- and, if they're identical, their genes -- twins are usually treated the same and turn out similarly. They tend to have different personalities and interests, but are closer to each other than other siblings and tend to have less conflict with each other than other siblings.


Kenny Chesney has written a song exlusively for ESPN's college football game coverage and studio telecasts. The song, called "This Is Our Moment," will be debuted at the start of Dick's Sporting Goods Kickoff week on September 3rd during the pregame show. It will also be used during select games throughout the season and bowl games.

  • According to reports, Chesney started writing "This Is Our Moment" on a cocktail napkin during a dinner with football announcer Brent Musburger and football analyst Kirk Herbstreit in Nashville last fall.


  • Chesney is the only concert act in any genre to sell over a million tickets in North America each of the past seven years.
  • His Sun City Carnival tour wraps on September 19th in Indianapolis.

Reba McEntire's brand new CD, Keep On Loving You, debuts at Number One on both the all-genre Billboard 200 and Top Country Albums charts this week. More than 96,000 copies of the CD were purchased since its release on August 18th.
  • McEntire takes the reigns at Number One from George Strait, who falls to Number Two on the Billboard 200 with Twang.
  • Keep On Loving You is McEntire's 11th Number One on the Top Country Albums chart, setting the record for the most chart-topping country albums among female acts. She was previously tied with Loretta Lynn

Darius Rucker performed to a packed Grand Ole Opry House in Nashville on Monday (August 24th) as a part of the Samsung AT&T Summer Krush concert series. A portion of the performance will air on Thursday (August 27th), on ABC's late-night talk show Jimmy Kimmel Live!.

Rucker has a special love and respect for the Opry House having grown up listening to Grand Ole Opry radio broadcasts. He tells us that he takes every chance he gets to grace that hallowed stage. "I say to my guys, 'Hey, I wanna play the Opry cause I want to (laughs)' and you know, sure enough you get on. That's what I love about country music. Any Tuesday, Friday or Saturday night I come to Nashville I can go to play, and as a musician that's a wonderful thing. Just to go play three songs in front of that crowd is awesome. I talk about the Opry and people laugh at me, but y'all don't know how many times we sat in the back of the Hootie bus and go, 'Man, get us on the Opry!' It never happened, and now to be able to play it is just always awesome to me."

  • In addition to his performance on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, fans can tune in to see Rucker on ABC on Monday (August 31st) night for CMA Music Festival: Country's Night to Rock.

Jack Ingram is likely resting his voice now that he has accomplished his goal of doing 215 radio interviews in a 24-hour period. The singer officially set the new Guinness World Record as of Wednesday (August 26th) morning, talking to stations across most of the 50 states and parts of Canada, Ireland and Australia about his brand new CD, Big Dreams & High Hopes, which was released on Tuesday (August 25th).
  • Ingram said, "After the last 24 hours, I officially have nothing left to say."
  • The previous Guinness record of 96 interviews was set by Pete Wentz of Fall Out Boy.


  • Ingram will open a string of dates for Toby Keith this weekend beginning in Kelseyville, California on Friday (August 28th).

Lady Antebellum is hard at work on their yet untitled sophomore album. While no release date has been announced, the CD's lead single, called "Need You Now," will soon be headed to radio.

Lady A members Charles Kelley, Hillary Scott and Dave Haywood co-penned "Need You Now," as they did most of the songs on the new project. Dave and Charles gave us a little insight into what to expect on the upcoming album. "(Dave) We had a lot of songs actually left over from the first record we didn't get to that we're kind of using for the second record, and we've never stopped writing. We've probably written more in the past year and a half than we have in the first year we were together. (Charles) We have lot more songs, I think, to choose from for this record, but when it does eventually come out you'll hear a lot of the same type of Lady A feel but it's definitely hopefully a little bit of a move in a different direction, maybe (we're) takin' a few more chances."

  • Lady Antebellum play their last show on Kenny Chesney's Sun City Carnival tour on Sunday (August 30th) in Raleigh, North Carolina.
  • They begin a string of dates with Keith Urban in Canada on September 16th.

A Georgia judge rejected a request to reduce the bond of alleged Miley Cyrus stalker Mark McLeod. The Savannah Morning News reported that the judge said during the Tuesday (August 25th) hearing, "I can't deny him bond, but if I could I would, because I do feel he's a danger."

The judge said that McLeod's statement during a post-arrest interview included a comment that he "was going to be coming back to Tybee Island (where Cyrus was filming) and finishing things." The judge explained that this comment made him feel as though McLeod could be a risk to other people.

  • It was also noted during the hearing that McLeod was arrested in 2003 for contributing to the delinquency of a minor when he illegally transported a girl across the Georgia-South Carolina border.
  • The 53-year-old McLeod is currently being held in lieu of $55,000 bond. He was arrested after showing up near the set of Cyrus's movie, The Last Song, several times over the summer, claiming to have received "secret messages" from Miley, who he called his secret wife.


Q. Where did trio Love And Theft get their name?
A. From the title of Bob Dylan's 2001 album.


Chuck Wicks, Emily West

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  • Jeffrey Steele (songwriter, former lead singer of Boy Howdy) (48)
  • Jeff Cook (Alabama) (60)
  • Paul Reubens (actor, known for his character Pee Wee Herman) (57)
  • Tuesday Weld (actress, Looking for Mr. Goodbar) (66)
  • Barbara Bach (actress, The Spy Who Loved Me, Caveman; wife of Ringo Starr) (62)
  • Chandra Wilson (actress, Grey's Anatomy) (40)
  • Cesaria Evora (world music superstar from Cape Verde) (68)
  • Daryl Dragon (the "Captain" of Captain & Tennille, "Love Will Keep Us Together") (67)
  • Sarah Chalke (actress, Roseanne, Scrubs) (33)


  • Garth Brooks's second album, No Fences, was released in 1990.
  • The Dixie Chicks' third Sony album, Home, was released in 2002.
  • Keith Urban achieved platinum with his Golden Road album in 2003.
  • Phil Vassar's first daughter, Haley, was born in 1998.
  • Crystal Gayle began a four-week stay at Number One in Billboard with "Don't It Make My Brown Eyes Blue" in 1977.


EDDIE CIBRIAN FILES FOR DIVORCE: Eddie Cibrian's marriage to estranged wife Brandi Glanville is headed towards an official end. Glanville told E! News that the CSI: Miami star filed for divorce on Monday (August 24th). She revealed, "We're getting a divorce. We talked to each other yesterday." Cibrian, who went public with girlfriend LeAnn Rimes last weekend, is headed to Mexico with his new flame this weekend, Glanville revealed, adding, "I'm looking forward to seeing those pictures." In his filing, Cibrian asked for shared custody of their two children as well as spousal support from Glanville.

DOMINICK DUNNE DIES: Author Dominick Dunne died on Wednesday (August 26th) at the age of 83. Dunne's son, actor-director Griffin Dunne said in a statement released by Vanity Fair that his father had been battling bladder cancer. Dunne often told stories about crimes among the rich and famous and is responsible for best-selling novels like The Two Mrs. Grenvilles. Over the past year he'd traveled to Germany and the Dominican Republic for experimental stem cell treatments to fight his cancer and wrote that he and Farrah Fawcett were in the same cancer clinic in Bavaria but didn't see each other.

HOGAN DRAMA RAGES ON: The drama between Hulk Hogan and Linda Bollea did not end with their divorce settlement. Fox News's Pop Tarts reports that Bollea filed a motion against her ex on Tuesday (August 25th) for the "Enforcement of the Confidential Marital Settlement" -- claiming Hulk has failed to release her Harley Davidson motorcycle and pay her $225,000 due on August 7th as promised in the settlement. A rep for Hogan said that he has done nothing wrong and is "absolutely complying with the terms of the marital settlement agreement."

'REAL HOUSEWIFE' REPORTEDLY EVICTED: Another Real Housewife is getting kicked out of her home. reports that Lynne Curtain -- who hails from the OC set -- have until Thursday (August 27th) to vacate the home they lived in on the show because they owe more than $12,000 in rent and other expenses.

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