A Nashville judge has agreed to postpone the next chapter of the Curb Records versus Tim McGraw trial that was scheduled to get underway in July. Despite a press release issued yesterday (Thursday, June 28th) on behalf of Curb Records that a judge determined that Tim still owes Curb another album, Tim and and his lawyers say that is far from the truth.
Tim's attorney issued a statement yesterday (Thursday, June 28th) that read, in part, "It is proper . . . for Mr. McGraw and his counsel to clarify the record in light of Curb's misleading and inaccurate press release. The Court's only ruling was to postpone, at the request of Curb, the trial as to damages claimed by Mr. McGraw and by Curb. There was no ruling about anything else, and specifically there was no ruling regarding the substance of either party's claims in the lawsuit. The Court's ruling did not effect, in any way, Mr. McGraw's relationship with Big Machine Records . . . Mr. McGraw and his counsel believe that the rulings speak for themselves, and that it is not proper for either of the parties to issue a press release regarding these matters."
Curb Records has claimed that Tim is still a Curb artist and is appealing the court's decision late last year that he was a free agent and could sign with another label, which he did earlier this year. Curb is investigating when Tim cut 20 songs for his new label, Big Machine Records, claiming that those songs belong to Curb.
Curb is appealing the court's decision to release Tim from their roster. That appeal will be heard on July 27th.
In the meantime, Tim will release a new single called "Truck Yeah" next week.
Miranda Lambert has been teasing fans with tweets about the special guest in her new video, and now that special someone has been revealed. NASCAR starDanica Patrick makes a cameo in the video for Miranda's new single, appropriately titled "Fastest Girl in Town."
Earlier this week, Miranda took to Twitter writing, "I might be headed to make a video....:) and I might have a really cool guest star or 2....big day tomorrow!:) stay tuned...."
The big reveal came on Wednesday (June 27th) when Miranda and Danica each both posted pictures of one another with the caption, "Hey hot stuff . . . you look like the "Fastest Girl In Town" . . ."
Miranda's photo shows her smiling with only the back of Danica's head in the shot, while Danica's shot showed her face and the back of Miranda's head. Fans were finally able to put it together.
Miranda tweeted on Wednesday (June 27th) night, "Long video shoot. Up since 5 am! But...it's gonna be sooooo worth it! Probably my favorite one ever! And I made a new friend . . . " FAST FACTS
"Fastest Girl In Town" follows Miranda's Number One hit, "Over You."
Miranda and Darius Rucker play in Scottsdale, Arizona on Tuesday (July 3rd).
Luke Bryan is turning up the heat in New York City's Central Park on Friday, July 13th as part of Good Morning America's "Summer Concert Series." He will perform his biggest hits, including his latest Number One, "Drunk On You."
Luke tells us about performing on GMA: "Just found the news out that we were going to have the opportunity to be a part of that, and we're just super-excited. A big smile is on my face every time I talk about it. And you know, we found out we were going to do it in Central Park, you know, I fell on a skateboard in Central Park, and now I'm performing in Central Park, it's pretty good. Life's good. To be a kid from Leesburg, Georgia, and at some point in my career, life has brought me to where I'm performing on Good Morning America in the heart of New York City at one of the most recognizable places in the world, and I'm just excited. It's gonna be fun."
The concert is free and open to the public.
Good Morning America airs on ABC beginning at 7 a.m.
Luke resumes his run on Jason Aldean's My Kinda Party tour on July 12th in Toronto.
"Drunk On You" is Luke's fifth Number One hit.
On the heels of his Number One hit, "Somethin' 'Bout A Truck," Kip Moore will release his new single, "Beer Money," the week of July 9th. Kip had a hand in writing every song on debut album, Up All Night, including "Beer Money."
Kip was initially going to release a song called "Drive Me Crazy" for his second single, but changed his mind at the last minute.
Kip tells us: "I'm so attached to so many songs on this record. It has been so difficult for me. We have bounced around on five or six different songs and 'Beer Money' is one of those things . . . It's an infectious song. I love the musical arrangements in it, and it's one of those things that everynight when we play it the whole crowd's singing it. I love the song! It's just one of those things that just felt right for the time right now."Kip has been touring extensively, performing his own shows and joining Billy Currington andDavid Nail on the road.
He will be performing on the fall leg of Eric Church's Blood, Sweat & Beers tour.
Kip will perform "Somethin' 'Bout A Truck" on NBC's Today show on July 4th.
"Somethin' 'Bout a Truck" has been certified gold for sales of more than 500,000 downloads.
The song topped the Billboard and Mediabase country charts for two weeks.
Newcomer Dustin Lynch will release his self-titled debut album on August 21st in both the U.S. and Canada. Dustin's debut single, "Cowboys and Angels," climbs into the Top 15 on the Mediabase Country Radio chart this week.
Dustin tells us that writing "Cowboys and Angels" was meant to be. "It was actually a crazy day. I walked in to co-write with Tim Nichols and Josh Leo. I'd never met the guys before, and I had the idea 'Cowboys and Angels', and Tim had the same idea written down on a piece of paper. Freak accident, and so we're like, 'Well, apparently we need to write this one today.' It was like a present from the sky, and so we about six hours later had the song that has truly changed my life."
Dustin's debut album will include 13 tracks, 10 of which he wrote or co-wrote.
The "Cowboys and Angels" video has surpassed one million views on youtube.
Dustin grew up in the small town of Tullahoma, Tennessee.
He is signed to Broken Bow Records, which is home to Jason Aldean.
Jake Owen recently filmed the music video for his new single, "The One That Got Away," in Cocoa Beach, Florida. Jake co-wrote the song, so the location made perfect sense because it is connected to Jake's upbringing in a nearby town. He said, "This song is a true story and very descriptive of my life growing up in Vero Beach, Florida. I hope people enjoy seeing a snapshot of my life in this video."
Jake continues opening shows for Kenny Chesney and Tim McGraw on theBrothers of the Sun tour, which plays in Pittsburgh and Cincinnati on Saturday (June 30th) and Sunday (July 1st), respectively.
Jake recently celebrated his second consecutive Number One hit with "Alone With You."
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Kellie Pickler's manager has confirmed that the singer and her record label, Sony Nashville, have parted ways. Larry Fitzgerald told ABC news, "Kellie's contract with Sony came to an end and they mutually decided not to renew." Kellie released three albums under the Sony umbrella. Her latest, 100 Proof, was released in January. Justin Moore is the first artist to sign an endorsement deal with Cabela's, the World's Foremost Outfitter of hunting, fishing and outdoor gear. The manufacturer will be the official outdoor apparel and gear retailer for Justin's tour throughout 2012 and 2013. Justin said, "I've always tried to partner with people and companies that I respect. I couldn't be happier to be associated with a company like Cabela's. The lifestyle that they promote and embrace is an exact reflection of how I grew up and how I intend to raise my family. I respect and admire the folks from Cabela's immensely. It should be a lot of fun and hopefully, together, we can reach the next goals we each have in place." Justin will appear this summer at the grand opening for Cabela's new store location in Rogers, Arkansas. Kenny Rogers' Nicholson, Georgia home that was scheduled to be put up for auction has been sold in the nick of time. The 150-acre property went for $2.25 million on Wednesday (June 27th). The property includes a 5,681-square-foot-house, a 2,675-square foot pool, an 8-acre lake, horse riding trails, go-cart track and other amenities. Little Big Town will participate in the CMA Songwriters Series at Joe's Pub in New York City on August 1st. Tickets to the show go on sale today (Friday, June 29th) at joespub.com. In addition to Little Big Town members Karen Fairchild, Phillip Sweet, Kimberly Schlapman, and Jimi Westbrook, the show will feature Natalie Hemby ("Pontoon," "White Liar," "Baggage Claim") and the evening's host, Bob DiPiero. Trace Adkins' new single, "Them Lips (On Mine)" is now available at all online retailers and can be downloaded at themlips.com. This is the debut single from Trace's forthcoming album, which will be released this fall. Dixie Chicks and Court Yard Hounds member Emily Robison is expecting her fourth child. People.com reports that the new addition is due in September, and is her first child with boyfriend Martin Strayer. Emily is also mom to seven-year-old twins Juliana Tex and Henry Benjamin, and nine-year-old son Charles Augustus with her ex-husband, Charlie Robison.
Q. What singer's wife plays in his band, playing keyboards and singing background vocals? A. Josh Turner
EVA LONGORIA AND EDUARDO CRUZ SPLIT AGAIN: Eva Longoria is single again. Us Weekly reported that the actress has split from Eduardo Cruz -- again. The two ended their year-long romance back in March, but briefly reunited in the spring. Now, however, sources close to the couple say they're done for good.
NO WATER BIRTH FOR KOURTNEY KARDASHIAN: Kourtney Kardashianhas abandoned plans for a natural water birth after witnessing one firsthand. TMZ.com reported that the reality star originally wanted to do the water birth because it's supposed to be a less shocking transition for the baby and usually done without drugs for the mother. However after watching a friend go through it -- and scream in pain -- Kourtney reportedly opted for a fancy suite at the hospital.
JENNIFER ANISTON FLIES WITH GEORGE CLOONEY: Jennifer Aniston is apparently still tight with her ex-husband's BFF. TMZ.com reported that Aniston and George Clooney -- along with their significant others -- were passengers on a private plane that departed from Lugano Airport this week. It's the first time Aniston and Clooney have been spotted hanging together since she split from Brad Pitt in 2005.
DORIS SINGLETON DIES AT 92: Doris Singleton, the actress best known for playing Lucy and Ricky Ricardo's neighbor Carolyn Appleby on I Love Lucy died on Tuesday (June 26th) at the age of 92. Lucie Arnaz, Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz's daughter posted on Facebook, "A day of saying hasta luego to two great ladies, Nora Ephron and Doris Singleton. May they both fly swiftly heavenward and enjoy a blissful rest for jobs well done down here. They were loved and appreciated and will be missed." Singleton appeared on Lucy 10 times between 1953 and 1957 and also appeared on shows throughout her career including Adventures of Superman, Hogan's Heroes, My Three Sons, Hazel, The Munsters, The Dick Van Dyke Show, Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C., The Fugitive, The F.B.I., Marcus Welby, M.D., Phyllis, Days of Our Lives and Dynasty.
DON GRADY DIES AT 68:My Three Sons actor Don Grady died on Wednesday (June 27th) at the age of 68. The Hollywood Reporter confirmed that he had been battling cancer. Grady was one of the original Mouseketeers on The Mickey Mouse Club, but was best known for playing Robbie Douglas on the My Three Sons from 1960 to 1972. After the show, he embarked on a music career released an album about the baby boomer generation in 2008.
Ann Curry has officially lost her job as the co-host of the Today show. The veteran journalist first confirmed her departure in an interview with USA Today, which was released shortly before her tearful on-air announcement Thursday (June 28th) morning.
Although the details of her exit deal weren't revealed, Curry will remain on the network covering international and national stories for NBC Nightly News, Dateline, Rock Center and, occasionally -- Today. It had been reported that NBC was hoping to keep her on the network in some capacity to avoid paying out the remaining $20 million on her contract.
She told the audience: "So welcome back everybody it's 8:50 and this is not easy for me to say but this is going to be my last morning as a regular co-host of Today. I will still be a part of the Today show family but I'm going to have a new title and a new role. And this is not as I ever expected to leave this couch after 15 years but I am so grateful, especially to all of you who watch because Matt and I and everyone who sits on this couch, we often call ourselves a family, but you are the real Toady show family."
Ann continued to get weepier as the segment went on -- especially when she apologized to her supporters for "not crossing the finish line": "And for all of you who saw me as a groundbreaker, I am sorry that could not carry the ball across the finish line -- but, man, I did try. And so to all of you who watched, thank you from the bottom of my heart for letting me touch yours and thank you for your tweets and your emails and your support and I will keep trying and I'm so sorry I've turned into a sob sister this morning, please forgive me, but I hope you will wish me well."
Matt Lauer -- who was reportedly a driving force behind Curry's ouster -- put on a sympathetic face after her announcement. He complimented her, saying: "(Matt) You have the biggest heart in the business. (Ann) You can kinda see I'm wearing it on my sleeve this morning. (Matt) No you put it on display every day in this studio and you have for what, almost 20 years in this studio. The way you care about people comes through in every story you report."
Curry also told USA Today that rumors about her poor performance on the show "hurt deeply" and complained that she wasn't given enough time to grow in her new role. Ann explained, "You know, Matt and I have had great on-air chemistry for 14 years, been part of the No. 1 winning team for a history-making number of years. That said, I just finished my freshman year as co-host. In every single co-host's first year, there have been kinks to be worked out, and perhaps I deserve as much blame for that as anyone."
It's been widely reported that Savannah Guthrie will step in and replace Curry.
ALEC BALDWIN HEADING TO BROADWAY: Alec Baldwin is returning to Broadway. The 30 Rock star will appear in a new production of the 1983 playOrphans, in which he'll play "a wealthy gentleman who becomes a father figure to two orphaned brothers after one of the siblings kidnap him." Alec said in a statement, ''I have dreamed, for a long time, of doing this play with this director. It's an honor to work with Dan Sullivan in Lyle Kessler's 'Orphans'.'' The show will kick off in spring of 2013.
JENNER SISTERS LAND BOOK DEAL: The youngest members of the Kardashian klan, Kendall and Kylie Jenner, have landed a book deal.EOnline.com reported that the teens are working with author Maya Sloane on a science-fiction book set 200 years in the future and are hoping to make it into a popular series along the lines of Twilight and The Hunger Games. The girls have a deal with Simon & Schuster, and are planning to finish the project by next summer.
ENTIRE 'COMMUNITY' CAST RETURNING NEXT SEASON: The entire cast of Community is returning for the show's fourth season. Chevy Chase's future with the show was uncertain after his public feud with show runner Dan Harmon earlier this year -- but Harmon was "removed" from the comedy last month instead. The show will return in the fall on Fridays.
REPORT: MATT LAUER'S WIFE THREATENS DIVORCE IF NATALIE MORALES GETS CO-HOST GIG
Ann Curry's exit from the Today show is only a side note in the Today show drama, if tabloid reports are to be believed. RadarOnline.com reports that Matt Lauer's romantic affairs are dictating who will sit next to him as co-host on the morning show.
A source told the site that Lauer's wife Annette Roque has threatened to divorce him if Natalie Morales gets the gig -- because the two reportedly had an affair when they were covering the Winter Olympics in Italy in 2006. Because of the affair rumors, sources have also speculated that Lauer is actually the father of one of Natalie's children.
An insider told TheNational Enquirer, "When [Annette] heard about Ann getting the boot, the first thing she told Matt was that she didn't want him cozying up any closer to Natalie. In fact, Annette drew a line in the sand and said if he pushed show bosses to make Natalie his new co-host, she'd divorce him. Annette knows Matt is the key to the Today franchise and his bosses will put whoever he wants in the co-host chair."
It's been widely reported that Savannah Guthrie is "a lock" for Curry's old job. Separate reports claimed that Natalie -- who has been at the network for much longer than Guthrie -- was livid after learning she'd been passed over.
Alec Baldwin is hoping to keep the press -- and any subsequent drama -- away from his wedding. The New York Post reported that the actor will only reveal his wedding plans on the day of his nuptials -- by texting guests the details that morning.
His brother Stephen told the Post, "I'm going. I haven't been told the location yet. That's about all I can say, because he [Alec] can still kick my butt."
It's been reported that Baldwin and fiance Hilaria Thomas will exchange vows at the historic St. Patrick's Old Cathedral in Manhattan, but there's no word on the reception location.
The couple could tie the knot as soon as this weekend.
JESSICA CHASTAIN AND WOODY HARRELSON ARE PETA'S SEXIEST VEGETARIANS
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Jessica Chastain and Woody Harrelson are PETA's Sexiest Vegetarians of the year. Both stars have been meat-free for over a decade.
Chastain, who shot to fame after appearing in The Help last year, gave up eating animals 15 years ago -- noting that her diet made it harder to pack on the pounds needed for her Oscar-nominated role. She told E!, "I had to be soft and curvy, so I ate a lot of soy. Soy helps you become curvy because it has estrogen in it. So what I would do -- and this is really gross -- is buy cartons of soy ice scream, microwave it and drink it. It was disgusting, [but] wait till you see my boobs in the movie."
Harrelson is actually a vegan, and has been living the lifestyle for 25 years because of health reasons. He once told Maxim, "I used to eat burgers and steak, and I would just be knocked out afterward; I had to give it up. The first thing was dairy. I was about 24 years old and I had tons of acne and mucus. I met some random girl on a bus who told me to quit dairy and all those symptoms would go away three days later. By God she was right."
Past Sexiest Vegetarian honorees include Kristen Wigg, Russell Brand, Olivia Wilde and Carrie Underwood.
Opening today (June 29th) is the new comedy, Magic Mike, starring Channing Tatum, Matthew McConaughy, Alex Pettyfer, Joe Manganiello, Adam Rodriguez and Olivia Munn. The film follows a male stripper, played by Tatum, who takes a newcomer, played by Pettyfer, under his wing and mentors him in partying, picking up women and making lots of money.
Magic Mike is rated R and has a running time of 1 hour and 50 minutes.
Opening today (June 29th) is the new comedy, Ted, starring Mark Walhberg, Seth McFarlene, Mila Kunis, Joel McHale and Giovanni Ribisi. The film follows a grown man, played by Wahlberg, who has a talking, walking teddy bear, Ted, voiced by McFarlene, as a constant companion.
Ted is rated R and has a running time of 1 hour and 46 minutes.
Opening today (June 29th) is the new drama, People Like Us, starring Chris Pine, Elizabeth Banks, Michelle Pfeiffer and Olivia Wilde. The film follows Sam, played by Pine, whose life is crumbling, gets word that his father has died. Sam settles his father's estate and learns that he has a 30-year-old sister, Frankie, played by Banks, who he never knew about. As they get to know each other, they are both forced to re-examine their lives.
People Like Us is rated PG-13 and has a running time of 1 hour and 55 minutes.
Opening today (June 29th) is the new comedy from director, Tyler Perry, Madea's Witness Protection, starring Eugene Levy, Tyler Perry, Denise Richards, Doris Roberts and Tom Arnold. The film follows George, a wealthy man must go into witness protection when he realizes the company he's been working for has been running a Ponzi Scheme and he's been set up as the fall guy. George and his family must go into hiding and are placed in Madea's care.
Madea's Witness Protection is rated PG-13 and has a running time of 1 hour and 54 minutes.
SUPREME COURT UPHOLDS HEALTH CARE LAW, ROBERTS SURPRISE SWING VOTE:The Supreme Court ruled 5-4 yesterday (June 28th) to uphold the Affordable Care Act health care law, with Chief Justice John Robertsproviding the surprise key swing vote that handedPresident Obamaa major campaign year victory. It had been expected that if the law was upheld,Justice Anthony Kennedy would be the deciding swing vote, as he has been on many cases in recent years. But instead, it was Roberts who broke with the other conservative justices and sided with the court's four liberals. However, in his ruling he said he was upholding the individual mandate -- which requires Americans to either buy health insurance or pay a fine -- and therefore the law, based on Congress' authority to lay and collect taxes, even though the administration had presented the fine as a penalty, not a tax. Roberts sided with the four conservatives in rejecting the administration's main argument that the mandate was constitutional on the basis of the commerce clause, but still upheld it based on the tax power. Yesterday's ruling did restrain one part of the law that deals with expanding Medicaid, with the court ruling the federal government can't withhold a state's entire Medicaid allotment if the state doesn't comply with the new Medicaid provisions.
Both Obama and his Republican presidential challenger, Mitt Romney, made public statements in reaction. The president praised the ruling and said it's time to move forward with its implementation.
"I know there will be a lot of discussion today about the politics of all of this, about who won and who lost. That's how these things tend to be viewed here in Washington. But that discussion completely misses the point. Whatever the politics, today's decision was a victory for people all over this country whose lives will be more secure because of this law and the Supreme Court's decision to uphold it.""The highest court in the land has now spoken. We will continue to implement this law, and we'll work together to improve on it where we can. But what we won't do, what the country can't afford to do, is re-fight the political battles of two years ago or go back to the way things were. With today's announcement, it's time for us to move forward, to implement and, where necessary, improve on this law."
Romney vowed that he'd repeal the health care law on his first day in office as president, and said that removing Obama from office is the only way to get rid of the law.
"What the court did not do on its last day in session, I will do on my first day if elected president of the United States. And that is I will act to repeal Obamacare." "What the court did today was say that Obamacare does not violate the Constitution. What they did not do was say that Obamacare is good law or that it's good policy. Obamacare was bad policy yesterday, it's bad policy today. Obamacare was bad law yesterday. It's bad law today."
HOUSE VOTES TO HOLD AG HOLDER IN CONTEMPT: The House voted in a mostly party-line vote yesterday (June 28th) to hold Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress over the investigation of the "Fast and Furious" gun-tracking operation, the first Cabinet member to ever be similarly rebuked. More than 100 Democrats walked out of the House chamber on the 255-67 vote, decrying it as a political stunt. The move came as in response to Holder refusing to turn over documents that the Republican-led House Oversight and Government Reform Committee has demanded. Holder has already turned over some 7,600 documents about the conduct of Fast and Furious, in which Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives agents in Arizona allegedly allowed guns to be trafficked to drug cartels in Mexico with the goal of tracking the weapons to high-level traffickers and dismantling their networks. Because the Justice Department, admittedly incorrectly, initially told the House committee that Fast and Furious didn't involve gun-walking, the committee has subpoenaed documents involving department communications about the probe. Issa contends he wants to know if the initial denial was part of an effort to obstruct the probe, which Holder has denied. Obama has claimed executive privilege for the documents.
The criminal contempt vote sends the matter to the U.S. attorney for the District of Columbia, who works under Holder, and it's likely to go nowhere. A separate vote on civil contempt will allow the House to go to court to try to get Holder to turn over documents the committee is seeking. However, in past cases, the courts have been reluctant to settle disputes between the executive and legislative branches of government.
COLORADO SPRINGS WILDFIRE MOST DESTRUCTIVE IN STATE HISTORY: A Colorado Springs-area wildfire that has forced the evacuation of tens of thousands of people destroyed an estimated 346 homes this week, making it the most destructive fire in Colorado state history. Additionally, it's left at least one person dead, after the remains of one person were found in a home where two people had been reported missing. There were some hopeful signs, however, as flames moving towards the U.S. Air Force Academy were stopped and cooler conditions arrived that could help slow the fire. The wildfire that's been burning for most of the week has already consumed more than 26 square miles. President Obamais set to tour fire-stricken areas today.
CNN, FOX NEWS WRONGLY REPORT HEALTH CARE LAW STRUCK DOWN: CNN and Fox News Channel won't be winning any awards for their reporting of the Supreme Court's decision on the health care law yesterday (June 28th), as both stations wrongly reported initially that the law had been struck down. The mistake was made as both rushed to get the news on the air, not waiting until the entirety of the decision was made clear. CNN later apologized, saying, "In his opinion, Chief Justice John Roberts initially said that the individual mandate was not a valid exercise of congressional power under the Commerce Clause. CNN reported that fact, but the wrongly reported that therefore the court struck down the mandate as unconstitutional. . . . CNN regrets that it didn't wait to report out the full and complete opinion regarded the mandate." Fox was less conciliatory, saying in a statement. "We gave viewers the news as it happened. When Justice Roberts said, and we read, that the mandate was not valid under the Commerce clause we reported it. . . . Then when we heard and read that the mandate could be upheld under the government's power to tax, we reported that as well -- all within two minutes.
JP MORGAN LOSSES MAY HIT $9 BILLION:The New York Times reported Thursday (June 28th) that JPMorgan Chase's losses on trading in credit derivatives that it says was designed to hedge against financial risk, not make money for the bank, may reach as much as $9 billion, for higher than the estimated $2 million disclosed last month when the story broke. JPMorgan CEO Jamie Dimon has apologized to shareholders and chief investment officer Ina Drew, who oversaw the trading group responsible for the trade, left the company. The Times story cites an internal JPMorgan from April that showed the losses could reach $8 billion to $9 billion in a worst-case scenario.
HILLARY CLINTON HAS NOW VISITED 100 COUNTRIES AS SECRETARY OF STATE: Hillary Clinton on Thursday (June 28th) became the first U.S. secretary of state to visit 100 countries while in office when she landed in Latvia. The previous record had been 96 countries, held by Madeleine Albright, who was secretary of state during the second term of Clinton's husband, former President Bill Clinton. In her three and a half years as secretary, Clinton has so far taken 70 trips abroad, the department said. She's spent 337 days on the road, including more than 1,750 hours, or more than 73 days, on her Air Force 757.
FIRST PRIVATE DEEP SPACE MISSION ANNOUNCED: A group of scientists and former astronauts announced plans yesterday (June 28th) for the first privately-funded deep space mission ever, with the goal of finding asteroids that could be damaging to the Earth. NASA already has a program to track the most dangerous near-Earth asteroids, those that are more than two-thirds of a mile across, and the agency believes it has identified nearly 90 percent of them. But there's little information about the estimated 500 smaller asteroids that could inflict damage, although not on a planet-threatening scale like the larger ones. The SENTINEL mission ,which was announced by the B612 Foundation, would send a telescope into orbit around the Sun in order to track small and mid-sized asteroids. Launch of the telescope is targeted for 2017 or 2018, if the project is able to get the several hundred million of dollars of funding it needs. The B612 Foundation is named after the home asteroid of the Earth-vising prince inAntoine de Saint-Exupery's story, The Little Prince.
DON LARSEN TO AUCTION HIS PERFECT GAME UNIFORM: Former New York Yankees pitcher Don Larsen announced yesterday (June 28th) that he's auctioning off the uniform he wore when he pitched the only perfect game in World Series history, looking to get the money to pay for his grandchildren's college education. Steiner Sports Memorabilia will conduct the auction beginning on October 8th, the 56th anniversary of Larsen's gem against the Brooklyn Dodgers in the 1956 World Series. Steiner Executive Vice President Brett Schissler estimated that Larsen's uniform could sell for as high as $2 million.
HUGE UPSET AT WIMBLEDON AS NADAL FALLS TO 100TH-RANKED ROSOL: One of the biggest upsets in tennis history took place on Wimbledon's Centre Court Thursday (June 28th), as second-seeded, 11-time Grand Slam champion Rafael Nadal of Spain fell to 100th-ranked Czech Lukas Rosol6-7 (9), 6-4, 6-4, 2-6, 6-4 in the second round. The result was the first time since 2005 that Nadal lost in the second round at any major tournament. In other results on Day 4 yesterday, Maria Sharapova,Serena Williams and Andy Roddick all advanced.
HORNETS CHOOSE ANTHONY DAVIS WITH NUMBER ONE NBA DRAFT PICK: The New Orleans Hornets chose Kentucky forward Anthony Davis as the Number 1 pick in the NBA draft last night (June 28th), while fellow Wildcats player Michael Kidd-Gilchrist was taken second by the Charlotte Bobcats. Kentucky, this year's NCAA champion, became the first school to have the top two picks, and also tied the record with six players taken overall.
Florida's Bradley Beal was taken third by the Washington Wizards.
The Cleveland Cavaliers picked Syracuse's Dion Waiters at Number Four.
Thomas Robinson of Kansas was taken fifth by the Sacramento Kings.
ITALY TOPS GERMANY 2-1, WILL PLAY SPAIN FOR EUROPEAN TITLE: Italy defeated Germany 2-1 yesterday (June 28th) to advance to the finals of soccer's European Championship, where it will play defending champion Spain for the title on Sunday (July 1st) in Kiev, Ukraine. Mario Balotelli scored both of Italy's goals in the first half of the match.
(Headline News, FYI and Sports stories were compiled in part from reports by the Associated Press and Reuters.)
THE ELLEN DEGENERES SHOW - (repeat) THE VIEW - Robby Benson, Randy Fenoli
LATE NIGHT TALK SHOWS
THE LATE SHOW WITH DAVID LETTERMAN (CBS) - (repeat) THE TONIGHT SHOW WITH JAY LENO (NBC) - Andrew Garfield, Quvenzhane Wallis, Of Monsters and Men JIMMY KIMMEL LIVE (ABC) - (repeat) THE LATE LATE SHOW WITH CRAIG FERGUSON (CBS) - Tyler Perry, Matt Kischen LATE NIGHT WITH JIMMY FALLON (NBC) - Blake Lively, Seth McFarlene, Charlie Watts LAST CALL WITH CARSON DALY (NBC) - (repeat)
MAN BATTERED SISTER FOR PUTTING TOO MUCH MAPLE SYRUP ON PANCAKES: Police in Delaware County, Indiana said they arrested a man who allegedly beat his sister for putting too much maple syrup on his pancakes. 47-year-old Joseph Eugene Perry Jr. is accused of grabbing his sister's neck and pushing her head against a cabinet. The woman reportedly declined medical treatment when police arrived. (The Star Press) WOMAN ARRESTED FOR FAILING TO RETURN 'TWILIGHT' ITEMS TO LIBRARY: A woman in Portales, New Mexico was arrested after she failed to return the book, Twilight, and the DVD for The Twilight Saga: New Moon -- which were both due on October 5, 2010. Lori Teel is suing the library, claiming she was traumatized and embarrassed by the arrest which took place in front of her five children. Teel said, "My kids are still very emotional. They had to stay with a complete stranger. My 3-year-old is traumatized over it. She will not leave my side." Teel's children stayed with a neighbor while she spent the night at the Roosevelt County Detention Center. Her attorney said, "Ms. Teel and her small children have been traumatized, humiliated, embarrassed, subject to ridicule, and otherwise suffered pain and suffering and other damages as a result of the wrongful arrest." The Portales Public library ordered Teel to appear in court, but the notices were reportedly sent to an old address. (UPI) BOY ARMED WITH AIR GUN STEALS ELECTRIC CAR: A company in Sweden said that a 9-year-old boy, armed with an air gun, stole an electric car and drove it around for 10 minutes before crashing it. The property management company that owns the vehicle said the boy waved his realistic-looking gun around, then took the electric car and crashed it 10 minutes later. A bystander detained the boy until authorities arrived. Police said the boy won't face charges because of his age but that social services will be contacted. MAN TESTING LIGHTER AT GAS PUMP SETS SELF ON FIRE: A man in Thomastown, Australia accidentally set himself on fire while pumping gas at a station. The driver was reportedly testing his lighter when he caught fire. Luckily, an attendant at the station shut down the pump.
MEETING IN PERSON BETTER THAN ONLINE DATING:Despite the popularity of online dating -- researchers say that meeting person is a better way to start a relationship. "Online dating is a terrific addition for singles to meet. That said, there are two problems," report author Eli Finkel, an associate professor of psychology at Northwestern University, said. He said that online dating doesn't not reveal much about the person and second, it "overloads people and they end up shutting down." He compared it to shopping at "supermarkets of love" and said psychological research shows people presented with too many choices tend to make lazy and often poor decisions. (Reuters)
GIRLS MORE INTO THE INTERNET THAN BOYS: Girls are apparently more addicted to the internet than boys. According to a new report from Common Sense Media of 13-17 year-olds, nearly 90 percent have used some form of social media and 75 percent currently have a personal social networking website. The study also found that girls are more plugged in than their male counterparts: 77 percent of them text daily, 33 percent have used Twitter, and 75 percent love posting photographs online, while just 60 percent of boys text that often, 22 percent have ever used Twitter, and 42 percent say they enjoy putting up pictures. What's noteworthy is that the gender difference comes at an emotional price: About half the girls polled admitted that content posted online often makes them worry about their appearance or social status. Just a quarter of the boys said the same. (Slate.com)
MEN ACTUALLY LIKE DOING HOUSEWORK: According to a study published by Cambridge University, men actually like to do the housework. Domestic arguments decline and the general happiness of the home gets better when men do more of the job of looking after the house, it says. Husbands and boyfriends apparently feel guilty when they don't do their share of the work around the home. "It may be because more men support gender equality, so they feel uncomfortable if the woman does most of the housework, and because women are becoming more and more assertive and making their dissatisfaction with lazy partners plain," the study said. (Daily Mail)
BEING UNPOPULAR LEADS TO LIFELONG HEALTH PROBLEMS: Being unpopular with your classmates might have consequences long after you finish school. Research has shown the those who are socially isolated in their teens are more likely to suffer health problems from obesity to high blood pressure when they hit their 40s. The health effects weren't limited to those who were bullied at school, suggesting that even being slightly socially isolated can be harmful to health. The effect was particularly noticeable among the girls, with the most unpopular and introverted at 16 more than three times as likely to be in bad shape at 43.
10 TIPS FOR MEETING THE SIBLINGS OF SOMEONE YOU'RE DATING (HowAboutWe.com)
1. Siblings are Great PR: Use Them to Your Advantage Remember, the siblings are connected to everyone else in the family -- the parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, etc. Get them to like you, and they'll put in a good word with the rest of the family. (Also, remember: they've met all the other significant others!)
2. Do Your Research: Before meeting a brother or sister, ask your significant other for some basic info: are they in school? Do they work? What are their hobbies, etc? Then you can easily start a conversation by saying, "Sally tells me you breed carrier pigeons?" (or whatever). It's nice to show that you actually remembered/care about something your SO said about them: flattery is a powerful thing.
3.Do as Your Significant Other Does... "Suss out how they relate to each other (do they tease, are they supportive, distant, etc) and mimic it to a lesser degree"
4. ...But Stay Neutral! "Even if your bf doesn't get along w/ their siblings it still prob matters whether they like you."
5. Be Friendly, and Ask a Lot of Questions This always works, no matter who you're meeting. People love to talk about themselves! Get them talking.
6. Don't Overdo It "Don't be nervous or try too hard to impress them," says Anna Breslaw, of Glamour.com. "If you act outright like you need to win their approval, it'll be super off-putting and totally awkward. Just talk to them like you'd talk to a friend, all idiosyncrasies and interesting things intact. You don't just want to be 'the girlfriend.' Because you're not."
7. Don't Cling to Your Significant Other If you can, try to find time to hang out or chat with the sibling without your significant other right there. It's nice to show you can hang on your own, and are interested in actually making a connection with them!
8. Give Them Space There's nothing quite like the relationship between brothers and sisters. Respect that. Hang back when necessary: let them do their thing.
9. Go Easy on the PDA "I think, while you obviously don't want to be PDAing... you do want to show the siblings/family how much you care about and love him/her. Because in the end all I really want for my brother is for someone to be crazy about him."
10. Remember, This Could Be Awesome Is there anything better than getting along like gangbusters with your significant other's siblings? It's going to make a world of difference for your relationship, and everything from holidays to vacations to hanging out on random weekends is going to be so much better if you get along. So make a good impression and genuinely try to get to know them!
The 1995, 2003 and 2006 Oscar winners for Best Actor all appeared in what 1982 teen comedy?
Supreme Court Throws Out Law Against Lying About Getting a Military Medal
The Supreme Court's ruling on the Affordable Care Act health care law got all the attention yesterday (June 28th), but the high court also issued a decision in another case that's drawn some public notice, striking down a federal law that makes it a crime to lie about receiving a military medal. The court ruled 6-3 that the Stolen Valor Act violates the constitutional freedom of speech protection, withJustice Anthony Kennedywriting for the majority, "The nation well knows that one of the costs of the First Amendment it that it protects the speech we detest as well as the speech we embrace." TheObama administration had argued in defense of the 2006 law, contending that the government has a strong interest in protecting the integrity of awards to war heroes. In his dissent,Justice Samuel Alito, who was joined byJustices Antonin Scaliaand Clarence Thomas, stated that the law was narrow and adopted to address an important problem. He wrote, "Congress was entitled to conclude that falsely claiming to have won the Medal of Honor is qualitatively different from even the most prestigious civilian awards and that the misappropriation of that honor warrants criminal sanction." Legislation has already been introduced in the House to make it a crime to lie about military medals only if there's an intent to profit.
Sandusky Set to Still Get $59K Annual Pension Despite Child Sex Abuse Conviction
Former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky is set to still receive his Pennsylvania state pension of some $59,000 per year despite being convicted last week of 45 charges of child sex abuse. FoxNews.com reports that under the law, Sandusky would only forfeit his pension if he was sentenced for crimes such as extortion and bribery by a public employee, but not violent crimes or sex abuse. The chairman of the State Employees' Retirement System told the Harrisburg Patriot-News that he will seek a legal review of their options in paying Sandusky's pension, but isn't optimistic that anything can be done to block it. Sandusky gets his pension for the rest of his life, and his wife, Dottie, gets it upon his death if he dies before her.
Miss Holocaust Survivor Pageant Held in Israel
An unusual pageant held in Israel Thursday (June 28th) called Miss Holocaust Survivor that featured 14 elderly women was billed by organizers as a celebration of life, but it also drew some criticism from people saying that judging aging women who'd suffered so much on physical appearance was inappropriate and offensive. But pageant organizer Shimon Sabag of the group Helping Hand, which aids needy Holocaust survivors, rejected the criticism, saying the winners were chosen based on their personal stories of survival and rebuilding their lives after the war, and beauty was only a small part of the competition. Nearly 300 Israeli women registered for the competition, who were whittled down to 14 finalists, ranging in age from 74 to 97, who described their memories of World War Two during the pageant. Named the winner was 78-year-old Hava Hershkovitz, who was banished from her home in Romania in 1941 and sent to a detention camp in the Soviet Union for three years.
Kenny Chesney's new album, Welcome To The Fishbowl, debuts at Number One this week on Billboard's Top Country Albums Chart with first-week sales of more than 193,000 albums. This is Kenny's 11th consecutive album to debut at Number One. The CD also debuts at Number Two on the all-genre Billboard 200 Chart.
Kenny says that Welcome To The Fishbowl is a very personal album for him, including the songs he didn't write. In fact, he tells us that some songs are almost too emotional for him to listen to on the CD. "I live with these songs so long before I record them that emotionally I've got to connect to it pretty good to really try to dig my teeth into it and see if I can make it my own, especially if I didn't write it, but the ones that I wrote, those are the tough ones, you know, because you feel it before you write it, and there's a couple on here that I did and it's tough to listen to a couple of 'em, you know, to be honest with you."
First-week sales of Fishbowl eclipse the first-week sales of his last three album releases, including the platinum-selling Hemingway's Whiskey, which produced four Number One singles and a Top Five song.
Welcome To The Fishbowl has already yielded the Top 10 hit "Feel Like A Rock Star" with Brothers of the Sun tour partner Tim McGraw.
Kenny's current single, "Come Over," is one of the fastest rising singles in his career.
Kenny is currently on the cover of Men's Health Magazine and People Country.
He'll take part in NBC's Macy's 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular, which airs Wednesday (July 4th) from 9-10 p.m. ET. The show also features Katy Perry.
Love and Theft's Eric Gunderson recently performed several hours of community service as a result of his detainment at the Nashville airport when he passed through security with a large knife in his backpack. Eric maintains that he had forgotten the hunting knife was in the bag when he grabbed it to head out of town for a show.
Eric tells us that the airport incident was nothing compared to his experience with his fellow community service workers. "What was scary was the community service I had to do to get out of it. I had a wallet in my back pocket, and I set my phone on top of a water cooler, and one kid ran up behind me and tried to snatch my wallet while the other kid just grabbed my phone and took off. I'm like, 'They have your name, your information, you're doing community service, you're trying to get out of this stuff and you're stealing from other people doing community service.' Like, 'Really? You're that stupid?'"
Love And Theft are climbing the charts with their Top 12 hit, "Angel Eyes."
The song is the debut release from their upcoming self-titled CD, which will be released on July 24th.
The Love And Theft album is the duo's second project.
Their first, called World Wide Open, was released in 2009 and produced the Top 10 hit "Runaway."
Lauren Alaina is still on cloud nine after getting to record with Aerosmith. She recently went into the studio with the iconic rock group where she provided background vocals on their upcoming album.
Lauren tells us: "I don't know if it's gonna be on the album or not cause they're making like final decisions, but the fact that I got to go in the studio with Aerosmith . . . that's fine with me, you know? I mean, who gets to say that? Not many people. It was really awesome that Steven came into the like booth with me and he's really awesome and he's a buddy of mine, so I get to say Steven Tyler's my friend, so (I'm) pretty lucky."
Lauren's brand new single is called "18 Inches."
It was co-written by Lauren's musical idol, Carrie Underwood.
Carrie Underwood is also reported to have recorded a duet with Steven Tyler on the new Aerosmith CD.
That album, called Music From Another Dimension, is scheduled for release on November 6th.
Alan Jackson will kick off the Fourth of July celebration early for members of the military and their families at Fort Sill, Oklahoma in the nation's heartland this weekend. Alan will perform at the Polo Field on the base on Saturday (June 30th) evening, and the show is open to the public. Alan will be joined by special guests Easton Corbin and Gloriana.
Fort Sill is a storied Army facility founded more than 140 years ago on the plains of Oklahoma; it was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1960 and is home to Army artillery and officer training programs.
Alan's new album, Thirty Miles West, was released early this month and debuted at Number One onBillboard's country sales chart.
Alan's latest single, "So You Don't Have To Love Me Anymore," is a Top 25 hit on the charts.
Kellie Pickler took a hand-on approach to kicking off the third year of the ConAgra Foods Foundation and Feeding America Hunger-Free program in Nashville on Tuesday (June 26th).
The singer got some help from local students at Pope John Paul II High School as they volunteered their time to assemble backpacks for the Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee. Kellie also got a personal tour of the food bank from Second Harvest's President and CEO Jaynee Day.
In other Kellie news, she is rumored to have parted ways with her record label, Sony Nashville, earlier this week. Sony reps have not confirmed the split. FAST FACTS
Kellie's latest album, 100 Proof, was released in January.
Two singles were released -- "Tough," which climbed to Number 30, and the album's title track, which is in the Top 50 on the country charts.
Rapper B.o.B.'s new video featuring Taylor Swift has officially been released. The clip was shot a few weeks ago in Nashville. CHECK IT OUT
Zac Brown Band has been added to the Ram Truck Road To Ram Jam sweepstakes, giving fans a chance to win merchandise and tickets to the invitation-only concert in Nashville on December 29th. The concert also includes Kellie Pickler, Brantley Gilbert and Easton Corbin. Each artist will receive a year-long lease on a 2012 Ram 1500 Laramie Longhorn truck which will be auctioned off next year to benefit a charity of the artist's choice. Hunter Hayes will join The Flaming Lips to help the band break the Guinness World Records title for Most Live Concerts In 24 Hours in multiple cities as part of MTV's third O Music Awards. The Flaming Lips' bus tour began yesterday (Wednesday, June 27th) in Memphis and wraps at New Orleans' House Of Blues tonight (Thursday, June 28th). Hunter will perform at Benny's Boom Boom Room in Hattiesburg, Mississippi tonight at 7:30 a.m. ET. The performance will be webcast at OMusicAwards.com.
Q. Who was the first artist to have an album enter the Billboard Top Country Albums chart at Number One? A. George Strait
ON THE TUBE
THE ELLEN DEGENERES SHOW/SYN (check local listings) Kellie Pickler
ACM GIRLS NIGHT OUT: SUPERSTAR WOMEN OF COUNTRY/GAC 10:00AM, 6:00PM (ET) Rascal Flatts, Reba, John Fogerty, The Judds, Little Big Town, Martina McBride, Ronnie Dunn, Jennifer Nettles, Vince Gill, Carrie Underwood, Blake Shelton, Miranda Lambert, Pistol Annies
DAY JOBS/GAC 3:00PM (ET) Hunter Hayes, Karen Fairchild, Colt Ford