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Thursday, May 31, 2012


It should come as no surprise that Miranda Lambert is a pistol-packin' mama. With hits like "Gunpowder and Lead" and a pistol tatooed on her arm, Miranda is no stranger to weapons, but she says it's for good reason.
Miranda tells Self magazine that it's necessary for protection. She said, "I carry a weapon. I got a death threat a few years ago and was really scared. But I don't want bodyguards. I am my own security."
  • Miranda is on the cover of the current issue of Self.
  • She takes the stage at LP Field during CMA Music Festival in Nashville on June 7th.
  • Miranda will also perform with her Pistol Annies bandmates on the CMT Music Awards on June 6th. She is nominated in four categories at the fan-voted award show, which airs live from Nashville on CMT and at 8 p.m. ET.
Jake Owen is getting ready to head out on his first stadium tour as an opening act. While he has played these kind of venues on select dates, the Kenny Chesney/Tim McGraw-headlined Brothers of the Suntour will be his first full blown such tour.
One of the first concerts Jake ever attended was when he was in high school and Kenny was opening for Tim. Jake tells us he hopes fans feel the way about him as he did about Kenny and Tim all those years ago. "You know, I've heard Kenny talk about before where he goes up to the highest point in the stadiums and looks down and wonders how he can connect with that person who's sitting there. I'll think about that as well from the stage. I want, whether it's the person in the pit down there or the person way up high in the stadium . . . They already know a lot about Kenny Chesney and Tim McGraw. They know what they're getting when they're coming for that, but I still have that little bit of wonder in people like, 'Who is this guy?', and I want to make them leave the same way I left when I left that Kenny Chesney and Tim McGraw at Coral Sky Amphitheater going, 'God, those guys are amazing!' And I want those kids that are now loving 'Barefoot Blue Jean Night' to grow up with me, too, you know, and (laughs) cause I still have some growing up to do myself."
  • The Brothers of the Sun tour kicks off on Saturday (June 2nd) in Tampa, Florida.
  • Jake is climbing the charts with his latest single, "The One That Got Away."
  • Jake's last two singles -- "Barefoot Blue Jean Night" and "Alone With You" -- topped the country singles charts.
  • They are the first chart-toppers of his career.
Carrie Underwood is known to bust a move in her videos, but when it comes to her live shows, she finds that dancing interferes with her performance. She tells us: "My problem with the dancing on the stage is I sing. That's the problem, and sometimes if I get too excited on stage and I'm like bopping around I can't sing, and that's my first and foremost . . . I'm so mad at myself if I like give it my all and I'm like walking (and) rocking the runway on award shows and stuff like that and I'm doing things and afterward I don't feel like I turned in the best vocal performance that I could cause I'm bopping around, and obviously everything I do is a thousand percent live, so that doesn't help either. I do what I can with the limits that I have. It's easier to move around and stuff on a video when you're not actually having to belt it out."
  • Carrie will head out on her Blown Away tour in the UK on June 21st. She kicks things off with a sold out show at Royal Albert Hall in London.
  • Stateside, Carrie will perform on the main stage at LP Field during CMA Music Festival in downtown Nashville on June 8th.
When Joe Nichols' wife, Heather Nichols, delivered a healthy baby girl on April 17th, like all new parents, the couple was grateful and happy beyond words. But unlike most new parents, their path to delivering a baby to term was a challenging, difficult and often heartbreaking one. Heather had suffered five miscarriages prior to the birth of daughter Dylan River Nichols, and they want to share their personal and poignant story with America. Heather and Joe will appear on ABC's The View on Friday (June 1st) in hopes of helping other women who may be experiencing similar challenges.

Joe will also perform a song that is special to the couple, called "That Would Be Her." He sang it to Heather at their wedding, and Heather played the song throughout the lengthy and frequent treatments during her pregnancy. A line from the song inspired their daughter's middle name. The song can be found on Joe's debut CD, Man With A Memory.

In addition to their appearance on The View, Heather has launched a blog designed to share the information she acquired during her research into treatments and her experiences throughout this pregnancy. The blog can be found online at
  • Joe also has a teenage daughter from a previous relationship.
  • The singer recently parted ways with his label, Show Dog-Universal, and is seeking his next record deal.
Darius Rucker is among the six acts participating in the The Jim Beam Live Music Series. Kid Rock, Daughtry, David Gray, Bush and Train are also a part of the series, which will donate more than $100,000 to Operation Homefront, a nonprofit organization providing emergency financial and other assistance to the families of service members and Wounded Warriors.
Here is the Live Music Series 2012 Concert Schedule:
Kid Rock: Friday, June 1, at the House of Blues in Boston
Daughtry: Thursday, June 7, at the Temple Hoyne Buell theater in Denver
David Gray: Saturday, June 30, at the House of Blues in Chicago
Darius Rucker: Tuesday, July 24, at the House of Blues in Dallas
Bush: Thursday, Aug. 2, at The Ritz theater in Tampa
Train: Saturday, Aug. 18, at the Mann Theater in Philadelphia
  • Each of the six Live Music Series artists have chosen and recorded a song from Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Songs of All Time list and are offering it to fans exclusively on during the promotion period. Beginning in June, specially marked bottles of Jim Beam, Jim Beam Black, Red Stag by Jim Beam and Devil's Cut bourbons will be marked with offer details and instructions on how to download tracks from the six artists on
  • Jim Beam will present Operation Homefront with a check for $100,000 onstage at Kid Rock's concert in Boston on June 1st, the first show in the Live Music Series.
  • Fans across the country can join in and show their support by texting the word SALUTE to 27722 to add $5 to their phone bills as a donation to Operation Homefront(1).
Toby Keith's ninth annual Toby Keith & Friends Golf Classic raised $664,000 last weekend, outperforming the 2011 total ($650,000) and bringing the OK Kids Korral one step closer to reality.
The event kicked off in Oklahoma City with a groundbreaking for the facility, which will offer a place of respite to those seeking treatment at OU Medical Center Children's Hospital and other nearby facilities.
Toby said, "In my job, you get to go to a lot of places and see a lot of things, but there's not much in my world that's more gratifying or important than helping these families. Turning dirt on this project is a big moment for me and a lot of other people who've been a part of making it happen."

After the groundbreaking, it was on to the event's dinner and auction. Top-earning items included an autographed Three Stooges piece and a trip to visit the crew of the Time Bandit from Discovery's hit show Deadliest Catch. Both drew a winning bid of $25,000. A Brush Creek Ranch stay ($20,000), Hollywood package ($14,000), Phil Mickelson pin flag set ($10,000) and autographed Rolling Stonesguitar ($5,500) were among the night's big tickets. Three items from Toby himself drew $30,000.

On the links the following day, the team led by Dr. Jim Rohrer won the tournament, with Tony Baldridgetaking home a new truck in the Built Ford Tough Shootout.
  • Toby will co-host the CMT Music Awards with actress Kristen Bell on June 6th in Nashville. The show will air live on CMT and at 8 p.m. ET.
Bluegrass guitar legend Doc Watson died on Tuesday (May 29th) at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem, North Carolina at the age of 89. According to the AP, he was hospitalized after falling in his home, and remained in critical condition following abdominal surgery.
Blind since the age of one, Watson created a unique flat-picking style of playing guitar that helped changed the instrument's role in both bluegrass and country music.
In 1997, Watson received the National Medal of the Arts from President Clinton.
He also won eight Grammys throughout his career.

Garth Brooks has added some fall shows to his run at the Encore Theater at Wynn Las Vegas. The latest concert dates going on sale are September 21, 22; October 5, 6; October 26, 27; and November 16, 17. Tickets for the just-announced shows go on sale Saturday, June 9th at 10 a.m. PT at Ticketmaster or by calling 1-877-65-GARTH. Tickets are $225 plus tax and service charge.
Charter's Chord member Emily Robinson and her husband, Marc "Butter" Fortney of group Trailer Choir, are expecting their first child. Emily announced the good news on the Carter's Chord blog, writing that their new baby boy will join the family sometime in October. Emily will be showing off her baby bump during CMA Music Festival in Nashville next week.

Alan Jackson's new album, Thirty Miles West, will arrive at retail in just a few days. This is Alan's 14th studio album, and his first for his own Alan's Country Records (ACR) in conjunction with EMI Nashville.
As with most of Alan's projects, he said the songs were inspired by things going on in his own life and around him. He tells us:
["I think back to all the albums I made, I'd say they're all similar in that they're songs about what I've always thought what country music's all about. You know, whether it's songs about your family and where you grew up or somebody dying or heartache from a lost love or a drinking song or a fun, partying song. It's just a mixture of songs about your children and what you go through. As a writer, you always pull from that stuff, and then when you put the album together, you always look for songs that fill all those same subjects. But most songs are written about love or lost love, and most of the time, lost love and heartache, so you usually end up with a little heavier hand with that type of song, but I think that's probably how this album ended up."
  • Alan will launch his new album in New York City on June 5th, the day of release, with performances on NBC's the Today show and CBS's Late Show With David Letterman.
  • He will also be featured on GAC's Noteworthy at the Opry on Saturday (June 2nd) at 9 p.m. ET. The show will also include a special rendition of one his most memorable hits by fellow Opry memberCarrie Underwood.
  • Thirty Miles West features Alan's latest hit, "So You Don't Have to Love Me Anymore," which is currently making its way up the country charts.
  • Alan will perform at CMA Music Festival in Nashville on June 10th. He will play the main stage at LP Field.
  • Alan will play BamaJam with the Zac Brown Band in Enterprise, Alabama on June 15th.

Q. What country star once auditioned to be a backup singer for Reba McEntire, but did not make the cut?
A. Faith Hill

Rascal Flatts, The Band Perry
Blake Shelton


  • Tom Berenger (actor, Born On The Fourth Of JulyMajor League) (63)
  • Clint Eastwood (actor-director, Dirty HarryThe Good, The Bad, And The UglyUnforgivenMillion Dollar Baby, and many more) (82)
  • Chris Elliott (actor, TV's Get A Life; writer, Late Night With David LettermanThere's Something About Mary) (52)
  • Lea Thompson (actress, TV's Caroline In The CityBack To The Future) (51)
  • Colin Farrell (actor, In Bruges,Miami Vice, S.W.A.T., Minority ReportThe RecruitPhone Booth) (36)
  • Sharon Gless (actress, Cagney & Lacey's Detective Chris Cagney, Queer As Folk's Debbi Novotny) (69)
  • Gregory Harrison (actor, Trapper John MD's Dr. Gonzo Gates) (62)
  • Joe Namath (NFL Hall Of Famer) (69)
  • Brooke Shields (actress, The Blue Lagoon, Lipstick Jungle, Suddenly Susan) (47)
  • Mindi Abair (jazz saxophonist) (43)
  • DMC (rapper of Run-DMC, real name Darryl McDaniels) (48)
  • Peter Yarrow (singer-guitarist, Peter, Paul & Mary) (74)
  • Corey Hart ('80s pop star, "Sunglasses At Night" (50)
  • Eric Christian Olsen (actor, NCIS: Los Angeles, Fired Up, Cellular, The Hot Chick, Dumb and Dumberer, License to Wed, Eagle Eye) (35)
  • Jonathan Tucker (actor, The Virgin Suicides, The Black Donnellys, In the Valley of Elah, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Hostage, The Ruins) (30)


PARIS HILTON REPORTEDLY SINGLE: Paris Hilton is reportedly single again. PerezHilton.comreported that DJ Afrojack broke things off with the heiress because they got serious too quickly. A source explained, "Paris was smitten with him, but Afrojack just wanted to have fun and not be exclusive with anyone. He is on the road practically every day performing in clubs all over the world, and he just isn't ready to settle down, whereas Paris is."
MARY-KATE OLSEN DATING SARKOZY BRO? Mary-Kate Olsen is reportedly dating Olivier Sarkozy -- the half-brother of former French president Nicolas Sarkozy. The New York Post reported that 25-year-old Olsen and 42-year-old Sarkozy are "head over heels" for one another. The two have reportedly been seeing each other for about a month and were spotted in the Hamptons over Memorial Day weekend.
DANIEL CRAIG'S EX REPORTEDLY HOOKS UP WITH 'SATC' HOTTIE: Daniel Craig's ex-fiance Satsuki Mitchell has reportedly moved on with Sex and the City hunk Jason Lewis. Craig and Mitchell had been together for seven years when they suddenly split in 2010 -- reportedly because he fell for his now-wife Rachel Weisz, whom he married in 2011. Now the New York Post reported that Mitchell and Lewis spent Memorial Day weekend together in Hawaii.
EMMA ROBERTS AND CHORD OVERSTREET SPLIT: Emma Roberts and Chord Overstreet have reportedly called it quits -- again. The pair recently reunited after a breakup, but apparently things didn't go any better the second time around. A source told, "They're done. The last few weeks have been really rough." It's unclear what exactly went wrong between the young stars.


TALK SHOW HOSTS WANT JOHN TRAVOLTA: John Travolta is reportedly a hot commodity -- for TV hosts. reported that top television talent like Diane Sawyer, Barbara Walters, Matt Lauerand Katie Couric are all seeking an interview with Travolta in the wake of his gay sexual harassment scandal. A source told the site, "John is literally the most wanted person in the world right now. Everyone wants him, and he can literally pick who he wants to sit down with, if he decides to ever tell his side of the story at all." Although it's unclear whether or not John will sit down with anyone, one publicist noted, "Eventually, even if all the legal problems go away, John will have to say something or else this will follow him for the rest of his life."

TIM DALY LEAVING 'PRIVATE PRACTICE': Tim Daly is leaving the show Private Practice. The actor broke the news on Twitter, writing, "Wonderful fans of PPP. Shonda informed my agent today that Pete won't be returning for season 6. It was a great 5 yrs. R.I.P. Pete Wilder." It's unclear if his character will return at all to wrap up his storyline.
ANDIE MACDOWELL LANDS HALLMARK SERIES: Andie MacDowell will star in the Hallmark Channel's first ever prime-time series. The actress will play municipal court Judge Olivia Lockhart in the program called Cedar Grove. It will start with a two-hour movie airing later this year and continue with a 13-episode series early in 2013. The show is based on books by author Debbie Macomber.


Kathie Lee Gifford made a very embarrassing mistake on Today Wednesday morning, complimenting Martin Short's marriage -- even though his wife died nearly two years ago.

While interviewing the actor, Gifford said, "(Kathie) And he and Nancy have got one of the greatest marriages of anybody in show business. How many years now for you guys? (Martin) We, uh, married 36 years. (Kathie) But you're like in love? (Martin) Madly in love. Madly in love."
During the break, Martin informed Kathie Lee of Nancy's death and she later issued an on-air apology.
  • Short's wife Nancy Dolman passed away after a battle with ovarian cancer.


Contrary to reports, Ashton Kutcher and Demi Moore are not getting back together. Although the estranged spouses were recently spotted together at Kabbalah instructor Yehuda Berg's 40th birthday, they aren't rekindling their romance.

A source told People magazine, "They were friendly. Ashton got up at one point and grabbed coffee in a paper cup for Demi, and they smiled a few times during the program at each other. They seemed to get along and feel comfortable."
  • As for the future? The insider said, "The family is in a pretty good place right now, but Ashton and Demi won't go back to being what they were. Ashton will always be a part of their lives, especially with regard to the girls and how close he is with them. It's about figuring out how to move forward into a new place."


A pair of sunglasses were among the "sentimental" items Kim Kardashian claims British Airways stole from her luggage last weekend. After arriving at LAX, Kim blasted the airline on Twitter for "opening my luggage & taking some special items of mine!" reported that one of the items missing was a pair of vintage sunglasses her father, Robert Kardashian, gave her just before he died. She is also blaming airline employees for taking several "extremely expensive" purses and Tumi luggage.
  • Kim has reportedly filed a report with the airline, demanding surveillance video which could ID the culprit(s). Sources told TMZ that if they fail to comply, Kim will go to the police.
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A new celebrity feud has apparently surfaced from a seemingly innocent Twitter Q&A. Lost star Dominic Monaghan was responding to fan questions online when an inquiry about his former costar Matthew Fox led to an uncomfortable subject.

After a fan asked Monaghan to tell Fox he should get a Twitter account, Monaghan replied, "he beats women. No thanks." The fan responded, "but what about all those good times you had!?!" -- prompting another angry response which read, "how do you know we ever did?you don't know either of us.he beats women.not isolated incidents.often.not interested."
Fox was accused of drunkenly punching a female bus driver in her crotch last year. However he denied the allegations and criminal charges were never filed.
  • A Fox insider addressed Dominic's comments to, saying that the actor has never beaten a woman in his life. The source noted that the two men haven't talked in years -- but never had a falling out, so it's unclear why Monaghan has such strong opinions about Fox's alleged dark side.


Drew Barrymore's fiance Will Kopelman asked for permission before proposing to the actress -- but not from her parents. Cameron Diaz told InStyle magazine that Kopelman asked for her approval before popping the question to Drew.
Cameron, a longtime friend of Barrymore's, told the magazine, "I knew Drew was getting married before she did!" She noted that Kopelman had her full blessing.
  • As for Cameron's own love life? The serial Hollywood dater explained, "I would rather have my heart broken a thousand times than never love at all. I have so much love to give -- I'm not empty of love, I'm full of love."
Meanwhile, it turns out that Drew has another famous ex. Christian Bale told GQ Australia that he and Barrymore went on a date when they were teens.
He told the magazine, "We went to see some bloody awful horror film, and that was the end of it. She never called again."
  • Bale has been married since 2000 and has a seven-year-old daughter.


Dina Lohan is reportedly heading back to reality TV. reported that Lindsay's mom is in talks to appear on a new VH1 series called Hollywood Exes.

According to the site, Dina will appear in several episodes -- but is not a full cast member alongside the ex-wives of Prince, Will Smith, R. Kelly and Eddie Murphy. She was reportedly brought into the fold because she's friends with members of the cast and can "spice things up."
Sources say Lindsay will not be making any appearances.
  • Dina once had a short-lived E! series called Living Lohan, which featured the momager and her less-famous children.


SEATTLE GUNMAN KILLS FIVE, THEN HIMSELF: A gunman killed five people in Seattle Wednesday (May 30th), four of them at a cafe near the University of Washington and another in a carjacking, before shooting himself as police closed in. The man, identified by the Seattle Times as 40-year-old Ian Lee Stawicki of Seattle, died later at the hospital. Stawicki's brother, Andrew Stawicki, told the Times that his brother was mentally ill, saying, It's no surprise to me that this happened. We could see this coming. Nothing good is going to come with that much anger inside of you."

REPORT: VENEZUELAN PREZ. CHAVEZ AT 'END STAGE' OF CANCER: Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez's cancer has entered the "end stage," according to a report by Dan Rather, the former CBS newsman who's now the anchor and managing editor of HDNet. Rather cited what was described as a "highly respected source close to Chavez and who is in a position to know his medical condition and history" as saying that Chavez has an aggressive cancer called metastatic rhabdomyosarcoma and that he's expected to live no more than a couple of months at the most. Chavez is running for re-election, but Rather said several sources had said they doubt he'll live to see the results of the October 7th vote. Chavez has been treated three times in Cuba for cancer, but the type he is afflicted with has been kept secret.
NYC MAYOR WANTS BAN ON SALES OF LARGE-SIZE SUGARY DRINKS: New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg plans to propose a ban on sales of large-size sugary beverages by restaurants, food carts, movie theaters and delis, his administration said Wednesday (May 30th). The proposal is said to be aimed at fighting obesity, citing health statistics showing that 58 percent of New York City adults and nearly 40 percent of city public school students are obese or overweight. The ban would affect drinks sold in containers larger than 16 ounces, but not the sale of diet soda or dairy-based drinks. Bloomberg has previously launched a campaign to cut down on salt and a ban on trans fats in restaurant food, as well as a requirement that chain restaurants display calorie counts. His administration also banned smoking in bars and restaurants in 2003.
OBAMA CALLS ROMNEY TO CONGRATULATE, SET TO WELCOME BUSHES: President Obama called Mitt Romney yesterday morning (May 30th) to congratulate him for clinching the Republican presidential nomination the night before with a win in the Texas primary. Obama campaign spokesman Ben LaBolt said of the call between the two men who will battle each other in the presidential election, "President Obama said that he looked forward to an important and healthy debate about America's future, and wished Governor Romney and his family well throughout the upcoming campaign." Meanwhile, Obama is set to welcome his predecessor, Republican former President George W. Bush, and his wifeLaura back to the White House today for the unveiling of their official portraits. 
DRAGON SPACE CAPSULE SET TO RETURN TO EARTH TODAY: Space Exploration Technologies' Dragon capsule, which last Friday became the first spaceship built by a private company to travel to the International Space Station, is set to undock from the orbiting outpost early this morning (May 31st) and splash down in the Pacific Ocean later in the day. The capsule, which brought supplies to the space station, was scheduled to be detached from it at 4:05 a.m. ET and released from the station's crane about 90 minutes later, with splashdown expected at 11:44 a.m. Recovery ships will pick up the capsule and bring it to Los Angeles, and from there it will be taken to a SpaceX processing facility in Texas where it will be unloaded and inspected.
  • The successful trial run is expected to clear SpaceX to begin working off its 12-flight, $1.6 billion NASA contract to fly cargo to the space station.
BRITISH COURT RULES WIKILEAKS FOUNDER ASSANGE CAN BE EXTRADITED: Britain's Supreme Court ruled Wednesday (May 30th) that WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange can be extradited to Sweden for questioning on sex crime charges, rejecting his argument that the Swedish prosecutor who issued the arrest warrant wasn't a rightful judicial authority entitled to do so. However, the court issued a delay in the deportation, granting Assange's lawyer's request for two weeks to consider whether to apply to reopen the case on the grounds that the judgment referred to material that was not mentioned during the last hearing in February. Assange, a 40-year-old Australian, has been accused by two Swedish woman of sexual assault. He admits to having sex with them, but insists it was consensual and charges there are political motives behind the attempts to extradite him.
MARIJUANA CREATED THAT DOESN'T GET USERS HIGH: Israeli scientists have created a marijuana plant that doesn't get people high, a development that may help those who use the drug for medical reasons. The Israeli newspaper Maariv says the altered cannabis looks, smells and tastes the same, but the mind-altering effects of THC had been neutralized, while the effect of cannabidiol (CBD), which has been shown to help diabetics and ease psychiatric disorders, has been increased. Also gone along with the high is the munchies, the desire to eat many users feel when under the influence.
FDA REJECTS 'CORN SUGAR' NAME FOR HIGH FRUCTOSE CORN SYRUP: The Food and Drug Administration yesterday (May 30th) rejected the Corn Refiners Association request to rename high fructose corn syrup as "corn sugar." High fructose corn syrup has gotten a lot of bad press in recent years, so the association applied in 2010 to rename it on nutrition labels. But the FDA said it defines sugar as a solid, dried and crystallized food, not a syrup. As part of the PR battle, the Corn Refiners Association has also been running a marketing campaign to explain that its syrup is a form of sugar and has the same nutritional value as table sugar. That led to a lawsuit last year from the Sugar Association claiming that the campaign is misleading.
SPORTS:KINGS TOP DEVILS 2-1 IN OT TO TAKE GAME 1 OF STANLEY CUP FINALS: The Los Angeles Kings won the opening game of the NHL's Stanley Cup Finals last night (May 30th) over the New Jersey Devils, getting the 2-1 win in New Jersey on a goal by Anze Kopitar with 11:47 left in overtime. The Kings have now won all nine of the team's road games in the playoffs for an NHL record. Colin Fraserscored the Kings' other goal in the first period, while Anton Volchenkov tied it in the second period for the Devils. Game 2 will be played Saturday (June 2nd) in New Jersey. [Look in "Last Night's TV Audio" for sound from the game.]
HEAT BEAT CELTICS 115-111 IN OT FOR 2-0 LEAD IN NBA'S EASTERN CONF. FINALS: The Miami Heat beat the Boston Celtics 115-111 in overtime last night (May 30th) in Miami to take a 2-0 lead in the NBA's Eastern Conference finals. LeBron James led the Heat with 34 points, while Rajon Rondoput up 44 points for the Celtics in a losing effort, including all 12 of Boston's points in overtime. Miami came back for the victory from being down 15 in the first half and as many as 11 in the third quarter. Game 3 will be played Friday (June 1st) in Boston.
VENUS WILLIAMS OUT IN SECOND ROUND AT FRENCH OPEN: One day after her sister, Serena Williams, was ousted in the first round at the French Open, Venus Williams went down to defeat Wednesday (May 30th) in the second round, losing 6-2, 6-3 to third-seeded Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland. The losses marked the first time in 43 major tournaments with both Williams sisters in the field that neither got to the third round. The upset of Venus Williams was not as big as that of her sister, however, as Venus is now ranked 53rd and is dealing with Sjogren's syndrome, an autoimmune disease that can cause fatigue and joint pain.
  • In other play yesterday, the top-ranked woman and man, Victoria Azarenka and Novak Djokovic, both advanced, as did Roger Federer, who earned his record-breaking 234th Grand Slam match victory.
HORNETS WIN NBA DRAFT LOTTERY, WILL PICK FIRST: The New Orleans Hornets won the NBA's draft lottery Wednesday (May 30th) and the top pick overall, which they are expected to use to pick Kentucky star Anthony Davis. The Charlotte Bobcats, who went 7-59 for the worst winning percentage in NBA history, got the second pick in next month's draft.
(Headline News, FYI and Sports stories were compiled in part from reports by the Associated Press and Reuters.)



  • THE BIG BANG THEORY (repeat)
  • THE MENTALIST (repeat)
  • THE OFFICE (repeat)
  • THE OFFICE (repeat)
  • TOUCH - (season finale) Martin and Abigail join forces as Aster Corp.'s interest in Jake increases.
  • DUETS - The singers perform classic duets with their partners.
  • ROOKIE BLUE - While tracking down a police car stolen by students as a prank, Andy and Swarek pick up the trail of a teen who robbed and assaulted a local criminal.
  • BREAKING POINTE - (series premiere) Behind the scenes moments at a professional ballet company are revealed.
  • THE CATALINA (repeat)
  • DON'T BE TARDY FOR THE WEDDING - Kroy surprises Kim with some bling; Kim reveals what's beneath the wig.
  • PUNK'D - Kellan Lutz plays tricks on Julianne Hough, Ashely Rickards and Aimee Teegarden.
  • THE PAULY D PROJECT - Pauly meets with 50 Cent's record label; the guys must return to Rhode Island to clean up after Ryan.
THE VIEW - Matthew Broderick, Stacy Keibler, a performance from the Broadway musical "Nice Work If You Can Get It"
CONAN - (repeat)


UNHAPPY COUPLES HEAD TO 'DIVORCE HOTEL': A new business in Amsterdam, Netherlands offers couples a way to end their marriages in luxury. The "Divorce Hotel" encourages unhappy men and women to go any of their six properties to arrange the end of their marriages. Founder Jim Halfens said, "They arrive on Friday and we give them everything they need to leave Sunday with their divorce papers. Divorces can cost a lot of money and a lot of time. Here, it's done in three days." He added, "We have everything they need: lawyers, mediators, psychologists. The marriage failed, and that's negative. But it's also a new start, and that's positive. The only thing we can do is offer a better solution than fighting for years." Halfens also said he would like to bring the business to the U.S. and possibly create a reality show around the concept. (ABC)

MAN RAMS TRUCK INTO TACO BELL OVER WRONG ORDER: A man in Ohio who was upset that his Taco Bell order was missing one taco drove his truck into the entrance after restaurant employees corrected the order. Police said the man went through the drive-through Taco Bell in Huber Heights but soon returned to the window to berate an employee over a missing 99-cent taco. The man was given a new taco but before he left the restaurant's property, he rammed his truck into the entrance. Huber Heights police followed a trail of fluids leaking from his truck to the man's house where he was arrested on felony vandalism charges. Sergeant Chris Kash said, "The damage he's done to a business is vandalism, also, loss of business here and everything it's going to take to replace. This is a brand new store. They just built this and opened it maybe six months ago." (UPI)
TEXAS WAITER GETS $5,000 TIP: A 43-year-old server at D'Amico's in Houston, Texas said a pair of his regular customers gave him $5,000 to help him get a new car after his Nissan was destroyed in a thunderstorm. Greg Rubar said he'd been having trouble getting to and from the Italian restaurant ever since his car was ruined and was even 30 minute late the day the couple gave him the generous gift. He explained, "They were waiting until I showed up to give it to me." He said the man walked up to him and handed him an envelope, saying, "Go buy yourself a car." Rubar thanked him but didn't look inside the envelope and only later realized it contained $5,000 in cash. Rubar -- who has worked at D'Amico's for the past 16 years -- said, "I wasn't expecting this kind of money. I was shocked... I always talk to them. I've known them for eight years and I guess they just felt like helping me out." Rubar added, "When he gave me the envelope he told me he wasn't going to tip me for a while." He wants to thank the couple again but said they haven't been back to the restaurant since they gave him the money. (Daily Mail)
NEW YORK CITY TENANT SUED OVER FISH FARM: A man in New York City is being sued by his landlord for running a fish farm in his apartment. Errol Brett, a lawyer representing the owners of the high-rise apartment building, said 47-year-old Christopher Toole is violating his lease by running a non-profit operation from his apartment. Brett alleges that Toole, who runs the non-profit Society of Aquaponic Values and Education, breeds fish illegally to encourage other city-dwellers to grow fish in their own apartments. Neighbors have reportedly complained about water leaks, fishy smells and unreasonable levels of noise in the middle of the night. The lawyer claims that, because Toole sells the fish online, he is running a business out of the apartment. Toole told reporters that he didn't know about the lawsuit, but that "any publicity is good publicity." (Reuters)


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49% OF BRIDES IMMEDIATELY CHANGE FACEBOOK STATUS: A new study has found that nearly half of newly-married women are so impatient, they are changing their status to married before the wedding reception has even begun. The research, commissioned by David's Bridal, revealed that 49 percent of brides-to-be and newlyweds would, or did, update their Facebook relationship status immediately after the ceremony. Melissa Barrad, a wedding planner in San Diego, told Today that she has even seen the status update incorporated into the ceremony itself, explaining, "It's the 21st-century wedding announcement. Instead of sending out wedding announcements, people change their Facebook statuses." Ms. Barrad, who is Facebook friends with most of her clients, said about one-third change their marital status on the wedding night, and another third have done it by the next morning. (Daily Mail)

ONCE FAT, ALWAYS FAT: No matter how much weight you've lost, a study found that if you've been fat -- your friends always think of you as fat. Scientists have found when a woman slims down, her family and colleagues remember her as being overweight --and continue to label her as being lazy and greedy. The study, by Manchester University, the University of Hawaii in Manoa and Monash University in Melbourne, looked at 273 volunteers. All were shown pictures of five 31-year-old women and told to read notes about them. The study found most people regarded women who had lost weight as being less attractive than the one who had always been slim. (Telegraph)
COUGARS ARE GETTING AN EARLY START: An increasing number of teenage girls are attending their school proms with boys who are younger than them. These "cougars in training" often go after the younger boys because they are more respectful -- and because many of the boys they've grown up with are too familiar. Rachel Koehn, an 18-year-old high school student from Baltimore, Maryland, told The New York Times: "The senior guys at my school tend to like to go out with the younger girls, so now I guess we are doing the same with younger guys.' She added that her boyfriend's parents approve of the relationship, saying, "They love me because he doesn't have his license yet and I drive him everywhere." (NY Times)
GETTING OFF THE COUCH IS A SIMPLE DIET: Simply removing yourself from the couch will make you eat less junk food, a new study has showed. Researchers at Northwestern University's Feinberg School Of Medicine found that focusing on avoiding the couch rather than on losing weight will help reduce a person's "saturated fat intake without even trying." Dr David Katz, director of the Yale Prevention Center, said that sitting on the couch for long periods of time creates 'the perfect storm' of unhealthy behavior. He said that while sitting on the couch, people are not getting enough exercise and seeing advertisements on TV for foods they really shouldn't be eating. He added that they are more inclined to eat while watching TV and able to eat mindlessly because they are distracted from their food by what they're watching on TV. (Daily Mail)
1. You don't have to worry about shaving your legs! Just throw on some pants!Then again, if you DO want to shave and hit the pool or beach....
2. Flaunt that bikini!If you've got it - flaunt it! There's a swimsuit out there for ANY body type that will accentuate the positive. Get a bright bold color which is a sure fire way to initiate a conversation with new friends!
3. Get up and GO!Want to take an impromptu vacay with friends to Vegas or somewhere fun and tropical?...Do it! You don't ever have to answer to ANYONE you're in a relationship with, but as a single person, it's easier to get up and jetset!
4. Watch Whatever You Want on Television!If you're not a sports fan, no worries there! Being single means you can watch ANYTHING you want on television, especially those amazing Lifetime Movies that men hate!
5. Girls Night Out EVERY Night!It's ladies night every night! When you're single, men will buy you drinks and food. Happy Hour is your primetime to shine!
6. Join A Beach Club or Pool!What better way to socialize and have fun in the sun then searching out a happening pool or taking a trip to the beach...the perfect way to spend a summer day!
7. Volunteer!Fill your weekends with volunteering activities that involve being outdoors. From gardening groups, to playing with kids, to chilling with pets...have fun AND do something good for someone else at the same time!
8. Flirt!Flirt without thinking twice! You've got every right to! With warm weather approaching, everyone is in the mood!
9. Do Something Spontaneous!Do something that you know a previous lover would've rolled their eyes at, and revel in it....and let it feel AWESOME!
10. You have the bed ALL to yourself!No worries about someone snatching the covers and hogging the pillows! Sprawl out! The bed is ALL yours!...that is unless you want to share!
A: The average teen literature book contains how many occurrences of profanity?
A: 38
A study published in the journal Mass Communication and Society examined 40 popular teen lit novels and found that the average book contains 38 occurrences of profanity. These occurrences were enough, according to researchers, to net a movie an R-rating, and also accounted for significantly more profanity than one would find in a T-rated video game. Furthermore, the characters who swear the most tend to be the attractive, rich and popular ones.


Sex Offenders Fighting Against Social Networking Bans
Sex offenders who've been banned from social networking websites are fighting the restriction in the courts, and many are winning the argument that the bans infringe on their free speech rights, the Associated Press reports. Courts have long allowed states to place restrictions on convicted sex offenders who've completed their sentences, such as on where they're allowed to live and work and requiring them to register with police. However, the social networking bans, which usually bar convicted sex offenders from joining social networks like Facebook or chat rooms or use instant-messaging programs bring new questions about free speech rights as the Internet becomes more and more central to how we communicate. Authorities say, however, that the bans are needed to protect children from pedophiles who look for victims online at sites frequented by children. The AP says federal judges in Nebraska and Louisiana have thrown out all or part of social media bans on sex offenders.

Should Rich Kids Get Scholarships? Controversy Over Free Ride for P. Diddy's Son
Controversy has arisen over the news that Justin Combs, son of hip-hop mogul Sean "P. Diddy" Combs, has won a full $54,000 football scholarship to UCLA, with some questioning whether "free ride" scholarships should be given to the children of rich parents and if those kids should accept them. UCLA defended giving the scholarship to Combs -- who also earned a 3.75 GPA -- saying, "Unlike need-based scholarships, athletic scholarships are awarded to students strictly on the basis of their athletic and academic ability -- not their financial need." UCLA also said athletic scholarships don't rely on state money, but are funded through UCLA Athletics ticket sales, corporate partnerships, media contracts and donations from supporters.

New 'Politwoops' Website Archives Politicians' Deleted Tweets
A new website called Politwoops from the Sunlight Foundation, which works for transparency and accountability in government, archives politicians' deleted tweets. The comprehensive, searchable collection includes everything from minor typos and accidental "pocket tweets" to major gaffes, and tweets that were up for just minutes to those that were posted for months before being erased. The politicians followed are President Obama, the members of Congress and the presidential candidates, including presumptive Republican nominee Mitt Romney, and the growing collection includes more than 3,000 tweets in the past six months.

Wednesday, May 30, 2012


Of all the up-and-coming acts that Kenny Chesney could have tapped to open his Brothers of the Sun stadium tour this summer, Jake Owen was at the top of his list. Kenny has invited Jake out on select dates in the past, and as Kenny tells us, no one has ever been as grateful:"Jake's been on the road with us a couple of times, but never . . . I don't think he's been on a full tour before, and he did a few shows here and there, and he was so thankful to be on the show. This is kind of a running joke between he and I. I mean, he thanked me like 10 times a day for having me out on the road with him like five years ago, and I finally told him, I said, 'Look' . . . It's almost like I got to the point where I was avoiding him because he would just thank me all the time. I said, 'Jake, I know you're appreciative. I love ya, but don't thank me anymore,' and then he would . . . Cause I just wanted him to be part of the group and part of the tour out there, and still to this day he goes, 'I'm not gonna thank you anymore, I'm not gonna thank you anymore,' but I'm glad he's out there. He's had a really good record this past year and he deserves it."
  • The Brothers of the Sun tour kicks off on Saturday (June 2nd) in Tampa, Florida.
  • The lineup will also include co-headliner Tim McGraw and opening act Grace Potter & The Nocturnals.
  • Kenny will release his new album, Welcome To The Fishbowl, on June 19th.
  • His second single from the CD, "Come Over," is making its way up the charts.
A new exhibit all about Taylor Swift will open at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville on June 6th, just in time for fans visiting the city for next week's CMA Music Festival. Taylor Swift: Speak Now --Treasures from the World Tour, will run through November 4th and will feature costumes, instruments, props and set pieces from Taylor's 2011-2012Speak Now World tour.
Taylor recently donated $4 million dollars to the Hall of Fame, which in turn will build a 7,500-square-foot Education Center named after the superstar. That part of the Museum won't open until 2014.
  • Taylor's donation is the largest monetary gift by an artist in the museum's history.
Randy Travis has filed a lawsuit against his ex-wife and former manager. He claims thatElizabeth Travis breached her contract with him when she shared private details about his life in an attempt to ruin his career. reports that Randy also alleges Elizabeth tried to get more money from him by inflating travel reimbursement requests.
Elizabeth filed her own lawsuit against Randy earlier this year claiming breach of contract for terminating her as his manager in 2011, a job she held with the singer for nearly 30 years.
Randy and Elizabeth divorced in 2010.
Randy is asking the court to block her from being able to take a cut of his future concert dates, while Elizabeth is seeking her full management fee.
There is no word yet on these suits head to court.

Josh Turner wrote most of the songs for his upcoming album, Punching Bag, in his new cabin on the Turner family property located outside Nashville. The cabin is filled with momentos that Josh holds dear, including a guitar given to him by the late Buck Owens.
He tells us: You know, the Buck guitar was something that really caught me by surprise because I didn't have a whole lot of hits when he gave me that. I think maybe 'Long Black Train' might have been my only hit at the time, and he just absolutely loved that song. I have a recording of a song that he had written called 'The Last Train To Heaven' that he sent me, and it was him -- just him -- singing and playing on a piano, and talking to me on the recording. Little things like that have really meant a lot to me."
  • Punching Bag will be in stores on June 12th.
  • The album's first single, "Time Is Love," is in the Top 14 and climbing on the country charts.
  • Josh co-wrote eight of the 11 tracks on Punching Bag.
  • The CD will be Josh's fifth studio album.

Kenny Chesney, Brad Paisley, Sara Evans, Luke Bryan, Hunter Hayes and Billy Gibbonsof ZZ Top will all individually pair up with legendary rocker and guitarist Joe Walsh for a special installment of CMT Crossroads. The stars will pay homage to Joe throughout the show, performing his hits and Eagles' classics, including "Life's Been Good to Me," "Life in the Fast Lane" and more. CMT Crossroads: Joe Walsh & Friends will premiere on Saturday, June 23rd at 11 p.m. ET.
  • Joe said, "I've hand-picked some old friends and some new friends and we're going to make sure it's a special evening. Nothing beats country music with a little rock & roll sprinkled on top. We're going to mix up a batch and see what happens. I got a real good feeling about it. Nashville, here we come!"
  • Best known for his powerful guitar licks, Joe has entertained the masses for more than three decades with such classics as "Funk #49," "Walk Away," "Life's Been Good," and "Ordinary Average Guy."
  • A member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inducted Eagles, Joe has also enjoyed tremendous success as a solo artist. He will release Analog Man, his first solo album in 20 years, on Tuesday (June 5th).
The video for Dierks Bentley's latest single, "5-1-5-0," premiered on iTunes yesterday (Tuesday, May 29th). Dierks invited his band and local fans out to theshoot for a wild and muddy ride at the Big Nasty ATV/Motorcross Park outside of Savannah, Georgia in April. The song climbs to Number 11 on the country charts this week. Dierks is also featured on the newly revived Unplugged series, which debuts this week on

The Grand Ole Opry is hosting five star-packed Opry shows, a free Music Fest kick-off Opry Plaza Party, benefit guitar auction, popular artist signings, and more during CMA Music Festival week in Nashville. On Tuesday (June 5th) Easton Corbin will kick off the freek Opry Plaza Party, followed by two Opry shows that night featuring Carrie Underwood, Oak Ridge Boys, and more. CMA Music Festival weekend at the Opry will include performances by Lauren Alain, Mel Tillis, Charley Pride, Kellie Pickler, and Wynonnarunning June 8-10.
Daryle Singletary and his wife, Holly, have learned that their third child will be a girl. The new addition will join the family in November. The Singletary family already includes one-year-old twin boys.
Lorrie Morgan and Pam Tillis are teaming up for a duets album. The two are already on the road together on the Grits & Glamour tour. There is no word yet on when fans can expect that duets project. The tour runs through October.

Q. What is Rascal Flatts' Jay DeMarcus' legal name?A. Stanley W. DeMarcus Jr.
Rascal Flatts, Alan Jackson, Kellie Pickler, Mark Wills, Montgomery Gentry, Ronnie Milsap
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