KFLAG COUNTRY MUSIC UPDATE
Carrie Underwood has made no secret of the fact that one of the loves of her life is her Rat Terrier, Ace. He is her constant companion both on and off the road, and so it will be when Carrie ties the knot with fiance Mike Fisher this summer. Carrie told UsMagazine.com that the dog will be one of the ring-bearers at the ceremony. She said, "I don't know if I'll give him the actual ring. He would probably run away with it or eat it or something."
"He's like my kid," she continued. "It would be like if I was getting married and I had a child -- of course my child would be in the wedding!"
Carrie also said that the details of the couple's big day are coming together. She said her wedding dress is "in the works" and described it as being very her, saying, "It's girly and it's pretty and simple and glamorous."
In other Carrie news, the singer was in Manhattan yesterday (Tuesday, March 30th) to donate $10,000 to the city's Midtown East Bideawee animal shelter to support the Pedigree Pet Adoption drive.
Justin Moore says he's not at the point in his career yet where he's really making any money, so he hasn't had that first big splurge yet. He did, however, reward himself recently with an inexpensive new water toy. "You know, the biggest thing that I've bought was a boat, and it wasn't like a new, expensive boat. I've always wanted a boat, and we did like one show where we actually made a profit, and I was like, 'I'm gonna buy me a boat,' but it's not like the greatest thing ever."
- Carrie continues on her Play On tour, which takes place tonight (Wednesday, March 31st) in Rochester, New York.
Justin says that even when the money starts rolling in, he's not the type to frivolously spend. "I'm not really one to go buy stuff. I'd rather just put it in the bank, you know, cause you never know how long this is gonna last. The first thing I will do is buy some land back home when I have the opportunity to do that."
"Back home" for Justin is in the small town of Poyen, Arkansas. At last count, the town's population was just under 300 people.
Miranda Lambert is a big fan of her new single, "The House That Built Me." She didn't write the song, but tells us she knew from first listen that it was destined for greatness, if not the top of the charts. "I just don't see how anyone can listen to this song and think that it's mediocre or think that it doesn't matter, because it's one of the most amazing, timeless lyrics I've ever heard, and I'm just fortunate. I'm just the artist that happened to hear it first and grab it because I know anybody that would've heard it would've taken it. It's one of those songs that's gonna be . . . it's gonna make history, definitely."
- Justin will hit the road as part of Brad Paisley's H2O tour beginning on May 21st in Virginia Beach.
- In the meantime, Justin continues playing shows at clubs around the country. On Thursday (April 1st) he'll take the stage at The Machine Shop in Flint, Michigan.
- "The House That Built Me" is the follow up to Miranda's career first Number One hit, "White Liar."
- Miranda is in the midst of her first headlining tour, called Roadside Bars & Pink Guitars. The trek features various opening acts including David Nail, James Otto, Randy Houser and Wade Bowen.
- Miranda is also slated to join the Lilith Fair tour this summer, as well as making a stop at the Bonnaroo Music Festival in June.
- The singer is nominated for six trophies at the Academy of Country Music Awards on April 18th, including Top Female Vocalist and Album of the Year for Revolution. The show will air live from Las Vegas on CBS.
Dolly Parton will return to the set of Hannah Montana to play Miley Stewart's "Aunt Dolly" on one of the final episodes of the hit Disney show. This will make her third appearance on the Hannah Montana show. Dolly was originally supposed to appear in last year's Hannah Montana movie but her character wound up getting cut out of the script.
- Miranda won the ACM's Album of the Year award in 2007 for Crazy Ex-Girlfriend.
- Her next show will be on April 8th at the Taft Theatre in Cincinnati, Ohio.
- Dolly appeared as "Aunt Dolly" on Hannah Montana in both 2006 and 2007.
- The last season of Hannah Montana is reportedly scheduled to start airing by the middle of this year.
Keith Urban and Nicole Kidman were spotted checking out a $12 million estate during their recent trip to Sydney, Australia. They already own homes in Nashville and the Southern Highlands in Australia.
- Dolly is Miley Cyrus' godmother.
Kenny Chesney will make a guest appearance on ESPN's Mike And Mike In The Morning show on April 7th. The two hosts' new book, called Mike And Mike's Rules For Sports & Life, will be released on April 6th. Kenny wrote the book's forward.
John Rich will headline this year's Tax Day Tea Party rally at City Hall in Hendersonville, Tennessee on April 15th.
Mark Chesnutt is scheduled to play several shows at U.S. Air Force bases in South Korea beginning on April 8th. His schedule includes stops at Camp Casey, Camp Humphreys and Kunsan Air Base.
Q. What reality show contest did Steel Magnolia win to land their record deal?
A. CMT's Can You Duet
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CELEBRATING BIRTHDAYS TODAY!
Al Gore (former Vice President, environmental activist, recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize) (62)
- Angus Young (lead guitarist, AC/DC) (55)
- Herb Alpert (Jazz trumpeter) (75)
- Richard Chamberlain (actor, Dr. Kildare, The Towering Inferno, The Thorn Birds, Shogun) (76)
- William Daniels (actor, St. Elsewhere's Dr. Mark Craig) (83)
- Gordie Howe (Hall Of Fame hockey player) (82)
- Shirley Jones (actress, The Partridge Family's Shirley Partridge) (76)
- Gabe Kaplan (actor, Welcome Back Kotter's Mr. Kotter) (65)
- Ewan McGregor (Scottish actor, Star Wars Episodes I, II, and III, Big Fish, Moulin Rouge) (39)
- Rhea Perlman (actress, Cheers's Carla Tortelli and Danny DeVito's wife) (62)
- Christopher Walken (actor, Pulp Fiction, The Deer Hunter, True Romance) (67)
- Mick Ralphs (guitarist, Mott The Hoople, Bad Company) (66)
- Sean Hopper (guitarist, Huey Lewis & the News) (57)
ON THIS DAY IN COUNTRY!
- Keith Urban's Defying Gravity album was released in 2009.
- Alan Jackson's The Greatest Hits Collection went quadruple-platinum in 1998.
- Wynonna's self-titled solo debut album was released in 1992.
- Alabama's Greatest Hits album was certified gold and platinum in 1986.
- Dolly Parton performed "9 To 5" on the Academy Awards in 1981.
- Johnny Rodriguez charted his first Number One single, "You Always Come Back (To Hurting Me)," in 1973.
- Patsy Cline claimed a Number One country single in Billboard with "She's Got You" in 1962.
RIP TORN PLEADS NOT GUILTY: Rip Torn pleaded not guilty to burglary and firearms charges stemming from a January incident when he broke into a bank with a loaded gun thinking it was his Connecticut home. Torn's attorney said on Tuesday (March 30th) that the 79-year-old is making progress in alcohol rehabilitation, and is now has moved from an inpatient to an outpatient program.
LINDSAY LOHAN'S DAD AGAIN SAYS STAR NEEDS HELP: Lindsay Lohan is livid that her father is going public -- again -- claiming that she needs professional help for a substance abuse problem. Before Michael Lohan held a press conference during which he said Lindsay was "not okay" and told all her enablers to "get the hell out of the way," Lindsay tweeted her fury. She wrote, "Anyone else have a father that sells fake stories on them for money & dates a girl that works for tabloids?"
JESSE JAMES MISTRESS LAUNCHES WEBSITE: Jesse James' first alleged mistress has launched her own website. MichelleBombshell.com will offer paying customers "naughty, naked photos" and videos of Michelle "Bombshell" McGee. Although the site doesn't yet list subscription prices, it does advertise a "limited time only sneak-a-peek" for $9.95. A message on the soon-to-be-working site reads, "To all the people that think Michelle planned this drama, we can assure that if she had planned it, we would have had our pay-site and merchandise store ready for public consumption. We were caught off guard, but we will have our full pay-site up in the next couple weeks."
'LOST' ACTRESS GETS HITCHED: Lost actress Yunjin Kim got married in Hawaii last Sunday (March 29th) to her boyfriend, Jeong Hyeok Park. The two have known each other since 2002, when he became her manager. A source close to Kim told EOnline.com, "She always said she wanted to get married when Lost ended," adding that Yunjin was shot some of her final scenes for the series the day before her wedding.
KELSEY GRAMMER SETTLES LAWSUIT FOR $10: Kelsey Grammer has settled a lawsuit over the 2008 film Swing Vote -- by paying out $10. PerezHilton.com reports that the actor gave the ten bucks to the man who claimed the ideas from his screenplay were stolen for the movie. Bradley Blakeman alleged that he gave a copy of his script Go November to Grammer back in 2006 and was surprised to see Swing Vote which he said was "extraordinary similar" to his own script. He eventually agreed to drop the case for the miniscule settlement.
COPS CALLED ON JIM BELUSHI: The cops were called to deal with Jim Belushi after the actor reportedly caused a scene on an airplane. PerezHilton.com reports that when a flight attendant woke Belushi up, "Jim made such a scene that the captain called the tower to ensure the police would be at the gate when they landed." The police decided that no crime was committed so Jim and the flight attendant were able to walk free.
'NEW MATERIAL BY 'TWILIGHT' AUTHOR COMING OUT: Twilight author Stephenie Meyer is releasing a novella based on a character from the hit franchise. The Associated Press reports that The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner will tell the story of a newborn vampire featured in Eclipse -- the third installment of the best selling series. Meyer says the story was originally going to be included in The Twilight Saga: The Official Guide, but ended up being too long to fit. It will be released on June 5th.
JON HEDER DROPS OUT OF WILL FERRELL COMEDY: Jon Heder abruptly pulled out of starring in an upcoming sitcom produced by Will Ferrell because of "creative differences." The Napoleon Dynamite actor was supposed to play a computer geek who moves back to his small hometown to live with his parents in the untitled Comedy Central series. Heder's rep told EW.com, "Comedy Central, Gary Sanchez Productions and Jon Heder have mutually decided to part ways over creative differences with the character. Jon wishes the show nothing but success, and is very grateful for the opportunity."
'CASTLE' GETS THIRD SEASON: ABC has renewed Castle for a third season. EW.com reports that Monday (March 29th) night's episode attracted the show's largest audience to date -- 14.5 million viewers -- making reason for the renewal obvious.
TIM ALLEN LANDS HOSTING GIG: Tim Allen will host next month's TV Land Awards. The eighth annual awards will be held April 17 on the Sony lot and the show will air Sunday, April 25 at 9 p.m. Allen is stepping back into the spotlight because he's returning as the voice of Buzz Lightyear in Toy Story 3, which comes out in June.
USHER MENTORS THE CONTESTANTS ON 'AMERICAN IDOL'
The Top 10 contestants performed R&B songs on American Idol last night (March 30th) with Usher Raymond as a special guest. Siobhan Magnus went up first with "Through the Fire" and gave a rough performance. Casey James, on the other hand, took on "Hold On, I'm Coming" and rocked it. Michael Lynche beautifully sang another love song, but this week Lynche showed off his guitar skills. Didi Benami and Tim Urban delivered amateurish performances, according to the judges. Andrew Garcia, however, sang Chris Brown's "Forever" and finally gained the judges' approval. Katie Stevens left the judges divided with her version of "Chain of Fools," while Lee Dewyze impressed Usher and the judges with "Treat Her Like a Lady". The show closed with Crystal Bowersox and Aaron Kelly, who both impressed the judges by taking a risk.
JAMES FRANCO ACCEPTED TO PHD PROGRAM AT YALE
James Franco wants to keep getting smarter. The Spider-Man and Milk actor, who has already studied film-making at New York University and earned a masters of fine arts diploma from Columbia, will reportedly enroll in Yale University to obtain his doctorate.
A rep has confirmed the star was accepted into "prestigious" Yale, in Connecticut, and will begin courses for his Ph.D. in September if he accepts.
- Franco received an undergraduate degree in English from UCLA.
SANDRA BULLOCK REPORTEDLY PLANNING FOR DIVORCE
Sandra Bullock is reportedly planning to divorce Jesse James. Although Bullock's rep recently dismissed reports that the Oscar-winner hired a divorce attorney, RadarOnline.com claims that the actress has indeed taken steps towards legally ending her marriage.
In the past two weeks, four different women have come forward claiming to have had affairs with James. The Radar source said that Sandra is humiliated and feels that her entire marriage was a big lie. The insider declared, "She's had enough. She's ending the marriage."
Meanwhile, Bullock's rep said that there is no truth to rumors that Sandra wants to adopt Jesse's daughter Sunny. The rep told People magazine that Sandra is not considering adopting Sunny "nor have there ever been any plans for Sandra to adopt any of Jesse's children."
- In other news -- a fifth mistress might be surfacing soon. Radar reports that another woman "has been consulting attorneys and PR the past few days," adding, "She may even come out this week."
'GLEE' IS HOLDING OPEN CASTING CALL
Glee producers have kicked off a nationwide casting call. EW.com reports that performers between the ages of 16 and 26 interested in appearing on the hit series can upload video auditions to MySpace from now until April 26th.
The videos should explain why you want to be on Glee and feature a performance of one of Glee's hit tracks, like "True Colors," "You Can't Always Get What You Want," and "Lean on Me."
- Performances can either be a cappella or with a single instrument via My Space karaoke. Videos should be only five minutes in length (one-minute intro, four-minute performance) and are limited to one per person.
FORMER 'AMERICAN IDOL' FINALIST ARRESTED AFTER STREET FIGHT
A finalist from season six of American Idol was arrested in Georgia on Monday (March 30th) night after allegedly getting into a physical fight with another female. TMZ.com reports that 22-year-old Stephanie Edwards was busted after cops noticed the singer and another woman "fighting in the middle of the street." Cops say they broke up the fight and arrested both women.
Edwards told police she had gone to the other woman's home to confront her about "harassing phone calls" and things got violent after that. Both women were brought to a local jail and Edwards has since been released.
- Police told TMZ that Edwards had scratches on her face and chest, but the other woman had a bruised right eye.
- Edwards finished in 11th place behind Jordin Sparks back in 2007.
HEIDI AND SPENCER DENY DIVORCE RUMORS AS 'THE HILLS' TRAILER SURFACES
Heidi Montag and Spencer Pratt say they are not headed for divorce -- despite press reports and a revealing teaser for the upcoming season of The Hills. Montag admits that she's mentioned divorce in the past but says, "I was being dramatic."
The 23-year-old told People magazine, "I'm not moving out. I love Spencer with all my heart." Pratt added, "I love my wife more now than I ever thought I could."
Heidi explained their tumultuous marriage saying, "All that we've been through has only made us work harder at our relationship and making it better. We've worked through things and will continue to work on our relationship so we're the best couple we can be. We want to fall more in love with each other every day."
- As for the impending final season of The Hills, Heidi noted, "The Hills has told the story of struggle and of finding myself in L.A., so it's time for me to hang up all the drama like fighting and divorce talk with Spencer and become the mogul I am."
- The last season premieres on April 27th.
Wednesday, March 31, 2010
OBAMA SIGNS 'FIX' MEASURE, FINALIZING HEALTH CARE REFORM: President Obama yesterday (March 30th) signed the "fix" bill passed by Congress last week containing changes House Democrats demanded to the health care reform bill passed by the Senate in December before they would approve it. Obama signed that major health care reform legislation bill last week. The "fix" bill also contains changes in student lending, making the government the primary lender to college students and cutting out the banks that had acted as middlemen for the government-backed loans. According to the president, this will save more than $60 billion over the next 10 years, which would be used to increase Pell Grants for students and reinvest in community colleges.
ABC NEWS: IRANIAN NUCLEAR SCIENTIST DEFECTED TO U.S.: ABC News reported Tuesday (March 30th) that an Iranian nuclear scientist who's been missing since last June has defected to the U.S. and is helping the CIA. Citing unnamed sources, ABC said that Shahram Amiri, who worked for Iran's Atomic Energy Organization, defected as part of a long-planned operation to get him to leave Iran and resettle in America. He disappeared during a pilgrimage to Mecca. The ABC report said Amiri has helped confirm U.S. intelligence assessments about the Iranian nuclear program.
PRESIDENT TO ALLOW OIL EXPLORATION OFF VIRGINIA: President Obama will announce a plan today (March 31st) to allow exploration for oil and natural gas off the coast of Virginia. Obama, who wants Congress to move on a climate change bill, has tried to reach out to Republicans by signaling he is open to allowing offshore drilling, providing coastlines are protected. Drilling was banned in most offshore areas of the U.S. outside the Gulf of Mexico for more than 20 years because of concerns that spills could harm the environment. Congress allowed a prohibition on offshore drilling to expire in 2008.
RNC STAFFER FIRED OVER $1,946 BONDAGE CLUB PAYMENT: The Republican National Committee has fired an unnamed staffer who helped organize a $1,946 visit on January 31st to a bondage-themed topless club in Hollywood, and said it will get the money back that it reimbursed for meals at the Voyeur nightclub from a donor who took part. According to an RNC memo, the Voyeur outing involved several members of the "Young Eagles" GOP group who had been in town for a meeting. A staffer who'd been warned that the money spent there didn't qualify for reimbursement has been fired. Erik Brown, a California donor/vendor who billed the RNC for the club visit, will reimburse the money.
ROVE HECKLED AT BOOK SIGNING: Karl Rove, who served as senior adviser to President George W. Bush, was heckled at a discussion and book signing Monday night (March 29th) in Beverly Hills, including being called a "war criminal," and was ultimately forced to leave the stage, according to CNN. Rove was at the appearance for his new book, Courage and Consequences: My Life as a Conservative in the Fight, before an audience of about 100 people who'd paid up to $40 to hear him. Several anti-war protesters interrupted Rove's talk to accuse him and the Bush administration of lying to Americans about the threat Iraq posed to the U.S. to take the country into war. At one point, Jodie Evans, the co-founder of the anti-war group Code Pink, rushed toward Rove holding a pair of handcuffs, saying she was going to make a citizen's arrest. Rove called one heckler a lunatic, told another to get out, and said they represented, quote, "the totalitarianism of the left." But he decided the skip the book signing portion of the evening and leave early as the disruptions continued throughout his discussion.
TEACHER WHO INSPIRED FILM 'STAND AND DELIVER' DEAD AT 79: Jaime Escalante, the East L.A. math teacher whose story inspired the 1988 movie Stand and Deliver, died Tuesday (March 30th) of bladder cancer. He was 79. Escalante, a Bolivian immigrant, transformed inner-city Garfield High School by motivating struggling students to excel at advanced math and science. Edward James Olmos, who played Escalante in the film, said, "Jaime exposed one of the most dangerous myths of our time -- that inner city students can't be expected to perform at the highest levels." Escalante left Garfield in 1991 and taught at schools in Sacramento before retiring to Bolivia in 2001.
ATOM SMASHER ACHIEVES LANDMARK: The world's largest atom smasher yesterday (March 30th) collided two proton beams traveling at super-fast speeds in conditions simulating those just after the Big Bank, a landmark in research into the origins of the universe. The crash inside the $10 billion Large Hadron Collider in Geneva, a 17-mile tunnel that's the coldest place in the universe at slightly above absolute zero, created three times more energy than researchers had created before. It also kickstarted years of research in the collider that will attempt to create particles that have been more theorized about than seen. The spokesman for the American Institute of Physics compared the collider to a time machine, telling AP, "Some of the particles they are making now or are about to make haven't been around for 14 billion years." Among the many things the coming research will investigate is the search for the hypothetical Higgs boson -- dubbed the "God particle" -- that scientists theorize gives mass to other particles and therefore to other objects and creatures in the universe.
EATING CHOCOLATE EVERY DAY CAN BE GOOD FOR YOU: There's finally some good health news for people with a sweet tooth, as a new study has found that eating as little as a quarter of an ounce of chocolate each day -- about the equivalent size of a small chocolate Easter egg -- may lower the risk of having a heart attack or stroke. Although some benefit can be had from milk chocolate, the best results come from dark chocolate, while white chocolate has no effect. The benefit is believed to come from natural compounds call flavonoids, which are found in cocoa, that seem to promote artery health and reduce inflammation. At the same time, however, this isn't an excuse to scarf down a lot chocolate, since it's high in calories and eating too much can lead to weight gain. Like in many things in life, the key is moderation -- have just one small Easter egg-size piece each day.
UCONN, OKLAHOMA ADVANCE TO WOMEN'S NCAA FINAL FOUR: The University of Connecticut and Oklahoma advanced to the Final Four of the women's NCAA basketball tournament Tuesday (March 30th) with their wins over Florida State and Kentucky. Top-seeded defending champion UConn crushed third-seeded Florida State 90-50, getting the largest margin of victory ever in a regional final, and stretched their record win streak to 76 games. Third-seeded Oklahoma defeated fourth-seeded Kentucky 88-68, led by Nyeshia Stevenson, who scored 31 points. They are now headed to the Final Four for the second year in a row.
- UConn will play Baylor in the semifinals in San Antonio on Sunday (April 4th), and Oklahoma will play Stanford.
(Headline News, FYI and Sports stories were compiled in part from reports by the Associated Press and Reuters.)
ON THE TUBE TODAY
- THE NEW ADVENTURES OF OLD CHRISTINE (repeat)
- ACCIDENTALLY ON PURPOSE (repeat)
- CRIMINAL MINDS (repeat)
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- MINUTE TO WIN IT (repeat)
- LAW & ORDER: SPECIAL VICTIMS UNIT (repeat)
- LAW & ORDER: SPECIAL VICTIMS UNIT - When an investigative journalist is found murdered in her bed, Cragen recognizes tactics from a similar case 30 years earlier.
- HUMAN TARGET - Chance travels to an Alaskan island in search of a missing doctor and to expose the involvement of an industrial giant in a mining foreman's death.
- AMERICAN IDOL - Usher performsl another contestant is eliminated.
- IT'S THE EASTER BEAGLE, CHARLIE BROWN - Linus tells everyone an Easter beagle will give out candy.
- THE MIDDLE - Mike receives tickets to a basketball game that falls on the day of the funeral of Frankie's uncle; Brick tries to avoid a birthday party.
- MODERN FAMILY - The release of an new product Phil wants coincides with his birthday; Mitchell wants to toughen up; Cameron gets involved in a neighbor's marital problems.
- COUGAR TOWN - Jules thinks Grayson is overly attentive to his new girlfriend, Sara (Sheryl Crow).
- UGLY BETTY - Betty brings Hilda on an assignment to cover London Fashion Week; Bobby wonders why Justin is spending time with Austin.
- AMERICA'S NEXT TOP MODEL - The girls portray vampires in a blood filled bathtub.
- FLY GIRLS - Many and Louise go to New York to visit a guy Mandy is interested in; Tasha and Nikole attempt to work at a Virgin America charity together.
- HIGH SOCIETY - Tinsley goes to the factory to check out her new handbag line; Paul finds himself at the center of a new scandal; Dale investigates his royal relations.
- SOUTH PARK - Cartman's favorite restaurant gets shut down and replaced with store that sells medicinal marijuana.
- UGLY AMERICANS - Callie goes baby crazy after Mark starts fostering a demon orphan; Twayne notices some changes in his body.
DAY TIME TALK SHOW
THE ELLEN DEGENERES SHOW - Miley Cyrus, John Corbett, James Dupre
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THE VIEW - (repeat)
LATE NIGHT TALK SHOWS
THE LATE SHOW WITH DAVID LETTERMAN (CBS) - Ricky Gervais, turkey callers, the Whigs
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LAST CALL WITH CARSON DALY (NBC) - Jesse Ventura, Doves
THE DAILY SHOW WITH JON STEWART (COMEDY CENTRAL) - Roxana Saberi
THE COLBERT REPORT (COMEDY CENTRAL) - Craig Mullaney
LOPEZ TONIGHT - Omar Epps, Wendy Williams, Johnny Sanchez
OFF BEAT BRIEFS
FLA MAN ARRESTED AFTER THROWING CUP AT PATROL CAR: A man from Fort Pierce, Florida was arrested on vehicle theft and drug charges after throwing a plastic cup at a patrol car. According to police, the 24-year-old was driving early Saturday morning when he threw a plastic cup out the window, hitting the patrol car. The deputy activated his lights but the driver did not pull over. He eventually stopped and ran away but was soon caught when K-9 units found him up a tree. He is being charged with cocaine possession, vehicle theft, hit and run with property damage and littering. (AP)
MAN FLEEING POLICE JUMPS FENCE INTO PRISON: An Ohio man and his friend, who were running from a traffic violation, abandoned their vehicle and jumped a fence - landing in a prison yard. According to police, the chase started over a traffic violation on Monday and reached speeds over 90 mph. After speeding through several communities, the driver and passenger left the car and headed towards a fence. They didn't realize that they were outside a state women's prison in Cleveland. They were immediately arrested. (AP)
WOMAN ARRESTED FOR FAKE BREASTS HEIST: A woman from Orange County was arrested after using a fraudulent line of credit to purchase $12,000 worth of cosmetic surgery, including breast implants and liposuction. The 30-year-old Yvonne Jean Pampellonne pleaded guilty to grand theft, burglary and identity theft. She was sentenced to 180 days in prison followed by three years of probation. Pampellonne used a line of credit established in another person's name in order to obtain procedures at the Pacific Center for Plastic Surgery in Huntington Beach. (AP)
DEPUTY USES GOOGLE EARTH TO FIND SUSPECT: A Florida deputy was able to track down and arrest a man who illegally dumped his boat near the deputy's home by using satellite pictures provided by Google Earth. Deputy Gregory Barnes archived satellite images after finding an 18-foot boat illegally dumped just north of Pensacola. Google Earth allows you to see aerial images of communities across the world. While looking at the surrounding area, Barnes found an image of the vessel in Dwight Everett Foster's home. Foster admitted to dumping the boat. He faces a $5,000 fine and up to five years in prison. (AP)
DID YOU KNOW?
MAGNETS CAN CONTROL YOUR MORALS? Scientists have discovered a real-life 'moral compass' in the brain that controls how we judge other people's behavior. The region, which lies just behind the right ear, becomes more active when we think about other people's misdemeanors or good works. In an extraordinary experiment, researchers were able to use powerful magnets to disrupt this area of the brain and make people temporarily less moral. In the first experiment, 12 volunteers were exposed to the magnetic field for 25 minutes before they were given a series of 'moral maze' style scenarios. For each of the 192 scenarios, they were asked to make a judgment about the character's actions on a scale of 1 for 'absolutely forbidden' to 7 for 'absolutely permissible'. In the second experiment, the magnetic field was applied to their heads at the time they were asked to weigh up the behavior of the characters in the scenario. In both experiments, the magnetic field made the volunteers less moral.
FUTURE BATHROOM MIRRORS SOUND MORE LIKE DOCTORS: The bathroom mirror will be able to do more than just show your reflection in ten years time. The Daily Mail reports that -- powered by broadband -- it will be able to analyze your body's vital statistics as you brush your teeth. Blood pressure, weight and heart rate will all be measured and presented back to you as text on the mirror. The model is connected to a nutritional evaluator that will be able to report any sudden changes in health direct to your GP - again connected via broadband - via emails. The projections are part of the Ideal Home Show 'House of the Future', which is sponsored by Virgin Media.
COLA BAD FOR SPERM PRODUCTION? Men who drink about a quart or more of cola every day could be causing harm to their sperm, according to the results of a Danish study. On average, these men's sperm counts were almost 30 percent lower than in men who didn't drink cola. While most of the sperm counts would still be considered normal by the World Health Organization, men with fewer sperm generally have a higher risk of being infertile. The link is unlikely to be due to caffeine, the researchers say, because coffee did not have the same effect, even though its caffeine content is higher. Instead, other ingredients in the beverage or an unhealthy lifestyle could be involved. (Reuters)
SIGNS YOU SHOULD UNFRIEND SOMEONE ON FACEBOOK (Cosmopolitan)
1. She's a firm believer that you can learn a lot about your health from your poop -- and has the status updates to prove it.
2. You've only met him once but he "likes" everything you do on Facebook. Uh, stalk much?
3. You're pretty sure she doesn't wear her dress and veil everyday, but the girl can't stop posting pics from her wedding two years ago.
4. He changed his relationship status to single instead of breaking up with you in person.
5. One word: Farmville.
6. She might not be on The Biggest Loser but for some reason she wants the entire world to know what she had for lunch, how many miles she just ran, and when she is sweating it out at the gym.
7. She has a photo album of your days as a teen beauty pageant queen, a scanner, and a passion for tagging.
8. EVERY WORD HE WRITES IS IN CAPS AND USUALLY FOLLOWED BY TONS OF EXCLAMATION POINTS!!!!!!!
9. "So-and-So added you as a friend on Facebook" is the most you've heard from him in 10 years. Now that you've accepted the request you still haven't connected.
10. You call her Mom.
THE TYPES OF UNAVAILABLE WOMEN (Marie Claire)
I Have A Boyfriend: I can understand a woman staying with a great guy, but so many women stay with losers. I've gone for many girls who stay with a jerk who cheats on them, thinking they'll opt for me as the nicer guy. I should probably just shut off my attraction when I find out a girl has a boyfriend. But when I hear that he doesn't treat her well, or he cheats on her, or her friends all tell me they want her to break up with him, I think of myself as a savior who could sweep her off her feet and show her what it's like to be with a nice guy. But it never works that way.
I'm Out Of Your League: Whether it's true or not, we all do it: when someone's interested in us, sometimes we think we can do better. If we are fixated on a "god" or "goddess" we might miss something great right under our nose. If a girl thinks she can do better than me, even before she gets to know me, there's not much I can do. Of course, maybe she knows I'm lazy, I have cats, and I'm afraid to commit just by looking at me.
I'm In Another Town: Long distance is challenging and usually not worth the drama. But I've been into girls who live in other towns in my past. I'm guilty of sending emails, gifts, and trying to start relationships from remote locations. It's tough to start something up from far away when you can't go on dates, or go over to each other's place for a movie.
My Last Relationship Destroyed Me: People have to recover from the pain of past relationships. So, it doesn't matter how great I am if she's in recovery mode. She has to get through it at her own pace before she's emotionally available.
I Don't Want A Boyfriend: Just like men don't commit, women sometimes don't want to get in to anything too serious. When a situation gets to the critical point with a girl who doesn't want a boyfriend she just tells me it's best to "remain friends".
I Am In To Someone Else: Even if a girl is in to another guy, I play the percentages: 90% chance that he's a jerk, or does something stupid or inconsiderate. So, it doesn't necessarily deter me when I find out a girl likes another guy. But I forget, regardless of how great or bad the other guy is, if a girl likes him she probably has tunnel vision.
I'm Insane: Whether it's a little baggage or certifiable insanity, it's nearly impossible to get through to someone who isn't thinking clearly.
According to the wireless industry association CTIA and in part published in Discover magazine, how many text messages were sent in the United States in 2008?
A: 110 billion
WATER COOLER TALK
Hospital Plans to Stop Hiring People Who Smoke People who smoke will no longer be welcome as new employees at St. Luke's Hospital & Health Networks in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, which has announced that it plans to stop hiring smokers. The hospital says the goal is to improve the health of its employees and reduce health insurance costs. Starting on May 1st, job applicants at St. Luke's will be screened for nicotine, and won't be eligible for hire if they test positive. Anyone who flunks will be able to take the test again in six months and be considered for a job. The rule doesn't affect current employees, however, who won't lose their jobs if they smoke.
Does Paying the Poor for Good Habits Work?
A privately-funded, experimental anti-poverty program in New York City that pays poor people for having good habits, such as going to the dentist or opening a bank account, has has mixed results so far. The first analysis was out yesterday (March 30th) of the program that began in 2007 in which participants were offered 22 different incentives, ranging from $20 to $600. When compared with a control group that didn't get incentives, 10 percent more families in the reward group had two dental visits each year, 1 percent more had health insurance, 20 percent more had bank accounts and 3 percent fewer used costly services like check cashing. But fewer people in the reward group held jobs in the first year, and the rewards had no effect on school performance or attendance for young children or for low-performing high school students, and made only modest differences for higher-achieving students. The biggest improvements were seen in parents who were more educated, more likely to be working full-time already and more likely to be married.
R&B Singer's Nude Video at JFK Assassination Site Stirs Controversy
R&B singer Erykah Badu has stirred controversy with the video for hers new song, "Window Seat," in which she strips naked at Dealey Plaza in Dallas, the site of President John F. Kennedy's assassination and then falls to the ground as if shot at the sound of a rifle being fired. Badu, herself a Dallas native who is raising her children in the city, told the Dallas Morning News the video was about awakening interest in the concept of "groupthink," in which a person is afraid to express themselves for fear of being ostracized by the wider public. She explained, "When I fall to the ground in the video, the word groupthink spills out of my head because I was assassinated by groupthink." Badu filmed the video guerrilla-style, without getting the necessary permits from the city. She said she chose Dealey Plaza because it was the most monumental place in Dallas she could think of.
Q. Other than Nashville, where does Billy Currington live part of the year?
COUNTRY ON THE TUBE TODAY
TODAY/NBC 7:00AM (ET)
ON THE STREETS/GAC 1:30PM, 9:00PM (ET)
Alan Jackson, Gretchen Wilson
ALAN JACKSON: AQUAPALOOZA/GAC 8:00PM (ET)
THE LATE SHOW WITH DAVID LETTERMAN/CBS 11:35PM (ET)
CELEBRATING BIRTHDAYS TODAY!
- Justin Moore (26)
- John Astin (actor, The Addams Family's Gomez Adams) (80)
- Warren Beatty (actor, Splendor In The Grass, Bonnie & Clyde, Bugsy, Reds, Dick Tracy) (73)
- Eric Clapton (rock singer and guitarist) (65)
- Piers Morgan (British TV personality, winner of Celebrity Apprentice in the U.S.) (45)
- Celine Dion (Canadian pop singer) (42)
- Paul Reiser (actor-comedian, Mad About You) (53)
- Ian Ziering (actor, Steve on Beverly Hills 90210) (46)
- Norah Jones (singer) (31)
- Donna D'Errico (Baywatch actress and former wife of Motley Crue bassist Nikki Sixx) (42)
- Tracy Chapman (singer, "Fast Car", "Give Me One Reason") (46)
- Robbie Coltrane (actor, Hagrid in the Harry Potter movies) (60)
- Graeme Edge (drummer, the Moody Blues) (69)
- Dave Ball (guitarist, Procol Harum) (60)
- MC Hammer (rapper) (48)
- Mark Consuelos (actor, husband of Kelly Ripa) (39)
- Anna Nalick (singer, "Breathe (2 AM)") (26)
ON THIS DAY IN COUNTRY
- Martina McBride and "Blessed" earned the Number One position in Billboard in 2002.
- Time magazine put Garth Brooks on the cover in 1992.
- The collaborative album Wanted: The Outlaws -- featuring Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson, Tompall Glaser and Jessie Colter -- was certified gold in 1976.
- Ronnie Milsap charted his first Number One single, "Pure Love," in 1974.
- Tanya Tucker hit Number One in Billboard with "Would Lay With Me (In A Field Of Stone)" in 1974.
- Wilma Lee and Stoney Cooper joined the Opry in 1957.
- Johnny Cash recorded his classic single "I Walk The Line" for Sun Records in 1956.
ALLEGED KATHRYN ERBE STALKER ARRESTED: Cops arrested a man on stalking charges last week after he allegedly bombarded Law & Order: Criminal Intent star Kathryn Erbe with love letters for more than three years. The New York Post reports that 36-year-old Charles Nagel sent the actress a series of notes in which he shared his hopes that one day they would be together. He is also said to have repeatedly turned up on the set of the hit crime program.
LINDSAY LOHAN DOESN'T WANT HELP: Lindsay Lohan is again brushing off people who think she needs professional help for her hard-partying ways. After an anonymous source close to the star told TMZ.com that "If she doesn't get help soon, she's going to die," Lindsay insisted there's nothing to worry about. She told GossipCop.com, "I'm fine . . . I'm working and healthy."
BACHELOR JAKE WANTS TO BE FAMOUS: Claims by Jake Pavelka's ex-girlfriend that the former Bachelor is "fame-obsessed" might not be far from the truth. The New York Post reports that Pavelka has hired p.r. giant Rogers & Cowan to help turn his reality celebrity into a full-fledged acting career.
'BACHELORETTE ALUM HOLDING CAST REUNION: Jesse Csincsak, the former fiance of Bachelorette DeAnna Pappas, will host his fourth cast reunion this spring in Colorado. He told People magazine, "The event is going to have 40-plus previous contestants from the show, dating all the way back to season one. We will be making the 110-mile trek from Denver International Airport to Breckenridge with an entourage of limos, and Breckenridge's Paragon Lodging has donated a $5 million, sleep-30, ski-in and ski-out ski lodge on Peak 8 for some of us to stay in." He also teased that two alums will announce their engagement at the event.
CHAZ BONO LEGALLY CHANGING HIS NAME: Chaz Bono has taken another major step in his gender transition. TMZ.com reports that Sony and Cher's offspring filed an application last week at L.A. County Superior Court to change his name from his female birth name Chastity Sun Bono -- to Chaz Bono. Chaz began the gender transition process in 2009.
WILSON BROS SUED: A paparazzo is suing Owen and Andrew Wilson over an alleged fight that he says occurred in December of 2008. TMZ.com reports that the photographer, Clint Brewer, claims he "was walking up the stairs and was pushed in the back by" Owen Wilson. Brewer claims he has suffered medical expenses in the amount of $3,251.10 and general damages in the amount of $500,000.
PUCK TALKS CAR ACCIDENT: Former Real World-er Puck is speaking out about his recent car accident. The reality alum admits he was drinking and driving -- but blames the accident on a deer. He told the National Enquirer, "I drank two shots of Jack Daniels in the car, but I also ate a sandwich. I was doing about 40 when a deer jumped out in front of me. My seat belt broke, and I was being flung around in the car. I ended up trapped, upside down, in water. I didn't know it then, but I had a broken neck. I'd also broken my clavicle, my sternum and both feet. I broke my neck in three places, and if I try to move, I could be paralyzed for life. The only reason I am alive is that my son saved me."
UMA THURMAN MOVIE IS MAJOR BOMB: Uma Thurman's new movie, Motherhood bombed big time in the UK. The film -- which only took in $60,000 in the U.S. last year -- opened to a paltry $132 in its opening weekend. Producer Jane Edelbaum commented on the flop, telling The Guardian, "You're kidding? We must have broken a new record for grosses! Think about how much crap succeeds at the cinema. 'Motherhood' is not bad. It's a very decent movie. I've seen movies that are not half as good."
CONAN FORCED TO TURN DOWN TONY HOST GIG? CBS reportedly asked Conan O'Brien to host this year's Tony Awards, but he was forced to turn it down because of his NBC buy-out deal. Deadline.com reported the latest in a string of jobs Conan has had to decline in exchange for accepting NBC's $45 million payout he and his former "Tonight Show" staff received. According to the contract, Conan can return to the small screen beginning September 1st.
FANS TO VOTE ON MTV MOVIE AWARDS: Fans will choose the nominees and eventual winners of the 2010 MTV Movie Awards. Yesterday, movieawards.mtv.com began accepting submissions for nominees in 13 different categories, and the site will remain open until April 9th. Viewers of the awards show can log on to movieawards.mtv.com beginning this afternoon and submit their choice nominees in 13 categories. Submissions will be accepted until April 9. Fans will also pick the winners of the show's golden popcorn trophy by voting online from May 11th to June 5th. The awards will take place on June 6th.
COMMERCIALS FOR 'LOST' FINALE COST BIG MONEY: ABC is clearly anticipating a record audience for the series finale of Lost in May. PerezHilton.com reports that a 30-second ad during the finale will cost $900,000.
'SMALLVILLE' CREATORS SUE: The creators of CW hit show Smallville, Miles Miller and Alfred Gough, reportedly filed a lawsuit on Friday against Warner Bros. that claims they have been underpaid and cheated. According to the New York Post, The suit alleges that Warner Bros. is guilty of "unfair self-dealing," meaning that they are not selling the show for "fair-market" price to it's own networks.
NEW 'DANCING WITH THE STARS' COUPLE?
Is there a new Dancing With the Stars love connection? Sources tell Hollywoodlife.com that ESPN reporter Erin Andrews "may be" dating her partner, Maksim Chmerkovskiy.
Chmerkovskiy, was previously engaged to fellow dancer Karina Smirnoff, told People magazine of Andrews, "She does not hold back. She's open, and what you see is what there is. Everybody who meets her falls in love with her."
- Andrews also admitted that the two have more than a professional relationship. She said, "When Kentucky was upset (in the NCAA tournament), [Maks] texted me about it. He was like, 'You're the only person I know that cares about this.' He's been adorable."
DID JESSE JAMES PAY OFF MISTRESS NUMBER FOUR?
A fourth Jesse James mistress will not go public with any details of their affair, leading people to speculate that Sandra Bullock's husband paid her to keep quiet. Attorney Gloria Allred announced last week that she was hired to represent mistress number four, but told RadarOnline.com on Monday (March 29th) that the woman "has decided she will not tell her story."
Last week Allred announced, "I represent a beautiful model and businesswoman. She had a three-year intimate relationship with Jesse James. He pursued her and had strong feelings for her. She has proof of their relationship. The relationship JUST RECENTLY ENDED after the scandal broke."
- Just as Tiger Woods's mistress Rachel Uchitel retained Allred then decided against spilling details after news of a supposed pay-out, the development with Jesse's number four has lead the media to believe a similar transaction may have taken place.
ANTI-PIMP DEMI MOORE STARTS TWITTER FEUD WITH KIM KARDASHIAN
Demi Moore is standing up for African Americans in a new Twitter feud she started with Kim Kardashian. Moore was apparently offended after Kardashian tweeted a picture of herself with Kelly Rowland, Serena Williams and LaLa Vazquez along with the caption: "Big pimpin w @SerenaJWilliams, @LaLaVazquez @Kelly_Rowland Love u girls!"
Moore shot back, "Are you using the word 'pimpin' as in pimping? No disrespect I love a girls' night out but a pimp and pimping is nothing more than a slave owner!" She continued, "If we want to end slavery, we need to stop glorifying the 'pimp' culture. We have allowed it 2 B considered cool, but it still is what its!"
- The E! star diplomatically defended herself, saying, "Nothing wrong with dancing to Big Pimpin' by Jay Z in the club! Having a girls night out, gotta love that song. Good point! I agree! It was just a song not literal."
- Moore eventually tried to put a lid on the situation by writing, "Just so ya'll are clear, I like @KimKardashian. I was just making a point about how we have used a word and desensitized the real meaning. Clearly I stirred up a s**t storm, but 2 create change U have 2 be willing 2 take a risk and be willing 2 provoke thought & conversation."
PADMA LAKSHMI WANTS 'NOTHING TO DO' WITH BABY DADDY
Padma Lakshmi reportedly wants "nothing to do" with her baby daddy, Adam Dell. The Top Chef host never spoke about the father of her month-old daughter Krishna, but sources have confirmed Dell's identity and claim that the venture capitalist has been trying to "get back into [Lakshmi's] life."
A source told People magazine, "Her relationship with Dell was nothing more than an on-again, off-again fling. She moved on months ago. The only role he will have in her life going forward is as the biological father of her child. She wants nothing more to do with him."
- Insiders tell People that Dell has hired a publicist recently -- a move her friends call "a disgrace." A source close to Dell said he is merely "seeking more liberal visitation rights with his child," and denied that he is trying to be back in Lakshmi's life.
HEIDI MONTAG CAUSES DRAMA DURING 'THE HILLS' PHOTO SHOOT
The Hills may be ending -- but the show won't go away without drama. PerezHilton.com reports that Heidi Montag was a crazy diva at last weekend's shoot for promo pictures.
An insider told the site, "Heidi showed up with FOUR bodyguards. Audrina, Kristin, Stephanie and Lo were all shocked."
- It was unclear why Heidi felt so much security was needed as "No one from the cast spoke to her the whole time. Kristin was especially hurt because she and Heidi are friends in real life."
- The source said that Motag further alienated herself by refusing " to take part in a group shot, even though she had agreed to beforehand." Insiders said they will Photoshop her in to the photo.
TERI HATCHER LAUNCHING NEW WEBSITE FOR MODERN WOMEN
Teri Hatcher is launching a new website this spring with the goal of empowering women. Variety reports that GetHatched.com, which is in conjunction with Disney, will "provide, with humor, insight and vulnerability, solutions to the needs and obligations of today's modern women."
The actress plans to give advice in cyberspace via articles, blogs, and webisodes. Hatcher, along with a staff, will oversee the creative and editorial content. DisneyFamily.com will produce the website.
- This is not Hatcher's first foray into professional advice-giving. The actress also authored a book in 2006 called "Burnt Toast and Other Philosophies of Life," which provides family and career advice to women.
CHRISTIAN MILITIA MEMBERS WANTED TO KILL POLICE: Nine alleged members of a Christian militia group were charged Monday (March 29th) with plotting to kill a police officer and then murder many more cops by bombing the funeral. The Michigan-based group called Hutaree, which was readying for a battle with the Antichrist, hoped the slaughter would lead to an uprising against the U.S. government. Seven men and one woman were arrested in weekend raids in Michigan, Indiana and Ohio, and the ninth suspect was arrested last night after a search in Michigan. FBI agents moved quickly against the group because it members were reportedly planning an attack sometime next month. The charges against the eight include seditious conspiracy, which is plotting to wage war against the U.S., and attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction -- homemade bombs. Hutaree says on its website that its name means "Christian warrior" in a secret language.
U.S. TRANSIT SECURITY BOOSTED AFTER MOSCOW SUBWAY BOMBINGS: Transit security was boosted in the U.S. as a precaution Monday (March 29th) after a double suicide bombing in Moscow's subway system yesterday morning. Russian officials said two women blew themselves up during rush hour, killing more than 35 people, and the put blame on Islamic separatists in the Caucasus region. Among the cities boosting transit security were: New York, which said it was increasing coverage of the subway system; Washington, D.C., where Metro police conducted random inspections of stations and rail yards; and Atlanta, where the number of officer and patrols were increased throughout the public transit system.
REPORT: AFGHAN OFFENSIVE TO BEGIN IN JUNE: The Associated Press cited a senior military official as saying yesterday (March 29th) that NATO forces will carry out a long-planned assault on the Taliban's spiritual home in the Afghan city of Kandahar in June. The planned two-month offensive will be a major test of President Obama's new Afghan war strategy. General Stanley McChrystal, the top U.S. and NATO commander in Afghanistan, said earlier this month that the Kandahar operation will be different from the one in Marjah in February. Unlike Marjah, the Kandahar operation will be a rolling series of actions and won't open with a single major offensive.
RNC RED-FACED OVER $1,946 TAB AT BONDAGE CLUB: An embarrassed Republican National Committee launched an investigation yesterday (March 29th) to discover how a submitted $1,946 expense was reimbursed for meals at the bondage-themed Voyeur nightclub in West Hollywood, which features topless female dancers imitating lesbian sex. The Daily Caller website first reported finding the expense in a monthly RNC financial report for February. An RNC spokesman said yesterday that the Voyeur event was unauthorized, the expenditure was inappropriate, and that they are getting the money back. The reimbursement for the meals was made to political consultant Erik Brown of Orange, California, who was identified as a "non-committee staffer," who'd billed the RNC for the Voyeur visit.
DEAD MARINE'S FATHER TOLD TO PAY FUNERAL PROTESTERS' COURT FEES: In a decision being described as adding "insult to injury," the father of a Marine who died in Iraq is being ordered to pay the court fees of the group that protested his son's 2006 funeral. Attorneys for Albert Snyder of York, Pennsylvania, said Monday (March 29th) that the Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit on Friday ordered Snyder to pay $16,150 to Fred Phelps, the leader of the Westboro Baptist Church. The virulently anti-gay group has protested several soldiers' funerals, including that of Lance Corporal Matthew Snyder, contending that their deaths are the result of God's anger at America for its acceptance of homosexuality. Snyder was not gay. His family sued and was awarded a $5 million judgment against the protesters, but it was overturned by lower courts. Because of that, the court said Snyder should pay Phelps' court fees. The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to hear Snyder's appeal to consider whether the Westboro Church's funeral protests are protected by the First Amendment.
STUDY: CHILDREN AROUND THE WORLD NOT GETTING ENOUGH EXERCISE: A new study from the World Health Organization found that kids all over the world, not just in America, aren't getting enough exercise, and instead are spending time watching TV or on the computer. The survey of over 70,000 teens in 34 nations found that nearly one-third of them watch TV or are on the computer for three hours a day or more. One quarter of the boys and nearly 30 percent of the girls were sedentary, with girls less active than boys in every country. And just one quarter of the boys and 15 percent of the girls were found to be getting enough exercise, defined as at least an hour of exercise outside of gym class at least five days a week. Interestingly enough, which it came to being sedentary, it made no difference if the children lived in a rich or a poor country.
OBAMA TO THROW OUT FIRST PITCH AT NATIONALS' OPENER: President Obama will be continuing a presidential tradition next Monday (April 5th) when he throws out the ceremonial first pitch at the Washington Nationals' season opener. Obama will be marking the 100th anniversary of the first presidential opening pitch, thrown by President William Howard Taft on April 14, 1910. It will also be the 48th time a president has made an opening day first pitch in the nation's capital. Obama threw out the first pitch at last year's All-Star game in St. Louis, wearing a Chicago White Sox jacket -- representing for his favorite team -- as well as an unfortunate pair of baggy jeans that were jokingly described as "Mom jeans."
SUPERMAN COMIC BOOK SELLS FOR RECORD $1.5 MILLION: A comic book sale has set a new all-time record for the third time this year, breaking records that were set just one month ago. A copy of the 1938 edition of Action Comics Number 1, in which Superman debuted, sold Monday (March 29th) for $1.5 million at the auction website ComicConnect.com. Considered the Holy Grail of comic books, another copy Action Comics Number 1 set a sales record in February of $1 million. Just days later, that new record was broken when a copy of the 1939 comic book in which Batman debuted sold for $75,000 more. Yesterday's sale, which featured a copy of the Superman debut comic that was in slightly better condition than the one sold in February, has yet again set a new record.
DUKE FAVORED TO WIN NCAA TOURNAMENT: Las Vegas oddsmakers said Monday (March 29th) that Duke is the favorite among the Final Four to win the men's NCAA basketball title, while Michigan State is a longshot despite making it to the finals last year. Las Vegas Sports Consultants made Duke a 7-5 favorite, said Butler had a 5-2 chance of winning it all, put West Virginia at 2-1, and gave Michigan State 17-5 odds. The oddsmaker said either Duke or West Virginia would likely be favored over Butler or Michigan State in the finals.
BAYLOR, STANFORD ADVANCE TO WOMEN'S NCAA FINAL FOUR: Baylor and Stanford advanced to the Final Four of the women's NCAA basketball tournament yesterday (March 29th) with their wins over Duke and Xavier. Fourth-seeded Baylor beat Number 2 seed Duke 51-48 to get its second trip ever to the Final Four. Duke was defeated after leading for the entire second half until 6-foot-8 freshman phenom Brittney Griner scored a basket to put Baylor ahead with 45 seconds left to play. In the night's other game, top-seeded Stanford downed third-seeded Xavier 55-53 for a third straight trip to the Final Four. Stanford won on a game-winning basket at the buzzer by Jeanette Pohlen, who drove the length of the court for the shot after the ball was inbounded to her under Xavier's basket with 4.4 seconds left to play.
- The University of Connecticut will play Florida State today and Kentucky will face off against Oklahoma to determine the other two teams in the Final Four.
(Headline News, FYI and Sports stories were compiled in part from reports by the Associated Press and Reuters.)
ON THE TUBE TODAY!
- NCIS (repeat)
- NCIS: LOS ANGELES (repeat)
- THE GOOD WIFE (repeat)
- THE BIGGEST LOSER - Eliminated contestants vie for a spot back in the competition ; a friendship begins to unravel.
- PARENTHOOD - Drew helps Adam out when Max rejoins the baseball team; Sarah makes friends with Amber's English teacher (Jason Ritter).
- AMERICAN IDOL - Usher mentors the 10 finalists as they prepare to perform.
- DANCING WITH THE STARS - The celebrity with the lowest score is sent home; The Beach Boys perform; actor John Stamos makes a special appearance.
- LOST - Sun and Jin continue to search for each other; Locke confronts his enemy.
- V - Erica is attacked at her home; the Resistance recruits a dangerous new member; Ryan's concern over Val's 'abnormal' pregnancy grows.
- 90210 - Naomi butts heads with a new faculty advisor; Teddy tries to make Silver jealous; Liam catches his stepfather with another woman.
- MELROSE PLACE - Ella discovers someone is embezzling from WPK and framing her for it; Jonah throws a party; Michael tries to blackmail Lauren into sleeping with him.
- LAW & ORDER: CRIMINAL INTENT - TBA
- JUSTIFIED - Raylan's search for a missing informant puts him into contact with two ex-cons looking to enhance their violent reputations.
- 16 AND PREGNANT - Although she is in love with her younger boyfriend, not all of Nicole's family is supportive.
- SOUTHLAND - Gangsters open fire in a crowded club; tensions rise between Sal and Gil; Sammy confronts his wife about photographing gang members.
DAY TIME TALK SHOW
THE ELLEN DEGENERES SHOW - (repeat)
THE OPRAH WINFREY SHOW - (repeat)
THE VIEW - (repeat)
LATE NIGHT TALK SHOWS
THE LATE SHOW WITH DAVID LETTERMAN (CBS) - Luke Wilson, Pam Stout, Alan Jackson
THE TONIGHT SHOW WITH JAY LENO (NBC) - Joy Behar, Thomas Haden Church
JIMMY KIMMEL LIVE (ABC) - Miley Cyrus, the first Dancing with the Stars castoff, Erykah Badu
THE LATE LATE SHOW WITH CRAIG FERGUSON (CBS) - Greg Kinnear, Amanda Righetti, VV Brown
LATE NIGHT WITH JIMMY FALLON (NBC) - Edward Norton, Chuck Liddell, Moshe Kasher
LAST CALL WITH CARSON DALY (NBC) - Snoop Dogg, Keane
THE DAILY SHOW WITH JON STEWART (COMEDY CENTRAL) - Robin Williams
THE COLBERT REPORT (COMEDY CENTRAL) - Simon Johnson
LOPEZ TONIGHT - Ludacris, Clark Duke
OFF BEAT BRIEFS
MAN STREAKS OUT OF BOREDOM: A man from Tennessee was arrested on Friday for streaking in a supermarket because he was ''bored and didn't have anything else to do''. Daniel R Lee entered the IGA store wearing nothing but a face mask, and ran around the aisles. According to police, the suspect was found in the bathroom of a nearby Hardee's restaurant. Employees told officers that the 22-year-old man entered the restaurant wearing nothing but an orange sweat shirt and began asking customers for clothing. One employee gave him a pair of athletic shorts. Lee was charged with indecent exposure. (AP)
WOMAN POSES AS AN FBI AGENT: A Virginia woman was indicted by a federal grand jury for pretending to be an FBI agent and conning her neighbors into taking jobs as her assistants. Brenna Reilly, 29, told neighbors in her apartment complex that she was the FBI's director of forensics. Her neighbors agreed to be her personal assistants and gave Reilly personal information on a phony job application, including their social security numbers. According to police, she gave her neighbors tasks including writing condolence letters to family members of agents killed in the line of duty. Police say Reilly was never an FBI agent. (AP)
CHINESE MAN POISONS FROZEN DUMPLINGS: A man from China was detained after being suspected of poisoning frozen dumplings that were exported to Japan. The dumplings made 10 people sick and caused tension between China and Japan. The 36-year-old Lu Yueting put a poisonous substance in the frozen dumplings when he was working at a food plant in China's Hebei province. State media said Yueting was dissatisfied with his pay and colleagues and was acting out of revenge. Police found injectors he used to poison the dumplings and Yueting confessed. The Japanese Prime Minister praised China's efforts in the case and said the move would help develop ties between the two countries. (Reuters)
MAN THROWS CHIHUAHUA OVER BRIDGE: A man from Maryland faces up to four years in prison for throwing a stranger's Chihuahua over a bridge. David M. Beers, 35, threw the 4-pound Zoey out of his car window as he crossed Catoctin Creek on Route 464. Beers, a Marine Corp. veteran, told the police he was angry when dog's owners, the Wantzes, told him to get off their property when he stopped to make a cell phone call. Beers thought the Wantzes' driveway was a utility road. He left the property but later returned when the owners were gone, grabbed the Chihuahua and took her in his car. Beers pleaded guilty to aggravated animal cruelty and theft. (AP)
DID YOU KNOW??
COUPLES CHECK EACH OTHER'S EMAILS AND TEXTS: Nearly a fifth of spouses admit checking their partner's emails or text messages, according to a new study. When partners were asked whether they had read their spouses emails, eight percent of men and 14 percent of women said they had. Ellen Helsper, who led the study, said, "One of the surprising findings was that surveillance was undertaken more often by wives than husbands. This contrasts with research that suggests that women are less technologically skilled than men. It seems that they are able to overcome these barriers when they feel their relationship is at stake.'' One in 10 women and six percent of men had check the browser history of their partners. (Telegraph)
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WOMEN MORE SCARED OF THEIR HEALTH THAN MEN: Women are bigger hypochondriacs than men, a new study says. However -- they're also less likely to have a fatal illness, according to a report from Britain's Office of National Statistics. The ONS, reporting on information provided in 2001 by more than 750,000 people, said, "Women were more likely than men to report that they were in 'not good' or 'fairly good' health, but they were less likely to die during the follow-up period." Also, people who had never married, or were separated or divorced, are more likely to report illness and to die in the next five years. Dr. Igor Galynker, psychiatrist at Beth Israel Medical Center, said, "Women have more empathy and are more tuned in to their own feelings. And women have a longer life expectancy because they are more attuned to their physical health."FAST FOOD MAKES US IMPATIENT: New research shows that fast food has made us impatient. "Fast food represents a culture of time efficiency and instant gratification," said study researcher Chen-Bo Zhong of the University of Toronto, Rotman School of Management. "The problem is that the goal of saving time gets activated upon exposure to fast food regardless of whether time is a relevant factor in the context." In one experiment, the researchers flashed fast food symbols, such as the golden arch of McDonald's, on a computer screen for a few milliseconds, so quick that participants couldn't consciously identify what they saw. In a subsequent task, those who had been exposed to the symbols read faster than participants not exposed to fast food, even when there was no advantage to finishing sooner. In another study, participants who recalled a time when they ate at a food restaurant subsequently preferred time-saving products, such as a two-in-one shampoo, over regular products. (LiveScience.com)
WHY WOMEN LOVE GAY MEN (AskMen.com)
Men's clothes: Many, if not most, gay men have a great sense of fashion and style. For whatever reason, it seems gay men know how to dress, and they often put us heterosexual guys to shame with their impeccable taste in clothes and high fashion IQ.
Physical fitness: Yes, it's a bit of a stereotype, but you'll probably concede that many of the gay men you know are serious about physical fitness, and that's another reason why women love gay men. Of course, heterosexual women are big fans of the carefully sculpted male form. Gay or straight, women enjoy being in the presence of a well-built man.
Sensitivity: A 2008 study published by the National Academy of Sciences revealed that gay men and straight women have similarly shaped brains: Both are symmetrical, whereas the straight male brain is asymmetrical; it is slightly larger on the right side (the same shape as the gay female brain). So, it's possible that gay men think and see the world in a way that women can relate to; that might be another reason why women love gay men.
Faithfulness: Why do women love gay men? Because women don't have to worry about their gay male friends leaving them for other women. Surely one of the things that women get out of a friendship with a gay man is male companionship without the fear of betrayal or abandonment.
Fun: We're generalizing again here, but let it be said: Gay guys are just a good time. They're funny, refreshingly frank about sex and they can dance. We recognize there must be some dull, socially awkward gay guys out there, but most of the gay guys we know are fun to hang out with, and that's another reason why women love gay men.
Before the new regulations take effect in 2011, The Daily Beast has ranked 40 fast-food standards and classics based on which are worst for your health. They measured each food item's calories, saturated fat, cholesterol, sodium and sugar. The top 10 deadliest fast food meals:
- Wendy's Baconator Triple, 1330 calories and 38 grams of saturated fat
- Sonic's SuperSonic Cheeseburger, 980 calories and 24 grams of saturated fat
- Burger King's BK Quad Stacker, 930 calories and 28 grams of saturated fat
- Domino's Bread Bowl Pizza, 670 calories and 22 grams of saturated fat
- In & Out Burger's Double Double With Onion, 670 calories and 18 grams of saturated fat
- Arby's Large Beef n' Cheddar, 650 calories and 11 grams of saturated fat
- Popeye's Breast-Leg-Biscuit, 640 calories and 15.5 grams of saturated fat
- Taco Bell's Chipotle Steak Taco Salad, 900 calories and 11 grams of saturated fat
- White Castle's Sack of 4 Cheeseburgers, 680 calories and 16 grams of saturated fat
- Jack in the Box's Jumbo Jack With Cheese, 620 calories, 15 grams of fat
WATER COOLER TALK
Now Levi Johnston is Pitching an Alaska Reality TV Show Just one week after it was announced that TLC will air a travelogue-style reality TV show about Alaska hosted by former Governor Sarah Palin comes word that Levi Johnston, the headline-making father of her grandson, is shopping his own Alaska reality TV show. Radar Online reports that Johnston has meetings scheduled this week to pitch the show, tentatively being called Levi Johnston's Last Frontier, which will feature Johnston and his friends hanging out and doing things like hunting and fishing. Radar Online said it was being described as, quote, "sort of an Entourage on ice." Johnston told E! News that viewers would also see him being a father to Tripp, the young son he had with Palin's teen daughter Bristol. And -- get ready ladies -- it will also show Johnston getting back into the dating world. He told E! News, "I haven't dated since Bristol, so that is going to be in the show. It's going to be a part to fit -- me looking for women in California, across the world. I've got to find one, take her back to Alaska and see if she can hang."
N.Y. State Senator Launches Effort Against Saggy Pants
American Idol wannabe General Larry Platt, whose self-written song "Pants on the Ground" became a viral hit after he sang it in his televised audition, isn't the only person who has a problem with young men wearing saggy pants. New York State Senator Eric Adams of Brooklyn has launched an effort against the saggy pants trend. He's announced that he'll post six billboards around Brooklyn featuring two young men wearing low-hanging pants with the phrase, "Raise your pants, raise your image." He also hopes to spread the word through the media, the Internet and endorsements. Adams, who said the sagging pants trend came from prison culture, where inmates aren't allowed to have belts, told CNN, "It's part of a larger campaign . . . to tell our young people and our community as a whole, we are better than this." A former New York City police captain, Adams said of his time on the force, "The first indicator of whether a young person was in trouble was they way they dressed."