Carrie Underwood is among the millions waiting to hear who next season'sAmerican Idol judges will be. She's on board with the producers' decision to put a country act at the table because, as she tells us, it only makes sense. "I mean, there definitely has been a lot of rumors about who's gonna be doing what, and I feel like we've heard just about every artist's name under the sun thus far is gonna be a judge, but I do think it'd be wise to have a country person in. I mean, you look at the track record of American Idol and there's me and Scotty and Lauren were the final two not this last season, but you know what I mean, but it makes sense. There's obviously a want for it from the American Idol-watching audience cause that's who they're voting for, so it makes sense that they would have somebody that they know and love in as a judge, and I think all the names that they've thrown out for the country music people to come in and be a judge have been really solid names, so I'm excited like everyone else to see who it's gonna be." Keith Urban was rumored to have won the judge spot, but a spokesperson for Keith says that nothing has been confirmed. He is reportedly in the running with Brad Paisley, while Reba and Toby Keith have turned down the opportunity.
The 12th season of American Idol will begin in January. FAST FACTS
Carrie celebrated her 15th Number One hit, "Good Girl," with a party in Nashville earlier this week.
She's gearing up for her Blown Away tour, which kicks off next month.
Blake Shelton is renting a home in the Hollywood Hills while shooting the new season of The Voice in Los Angeles. Blake decided to pick this particular house from a series of photos specifically for his wife, Miranda Lambert, because of its decor and the fact that it has a pool and "lots of room for the dogs to run around." Once he moved in, however, Blake wasn't feeling it. He told Country Countdown USA, "They sent pictures of all these houses, and I saw this one, and thought, 'Man, this is like pimped, she'll love that,' and then I got out here and it's a little too much. It's painted like Italy. But mostly it was about the pool and the outside area, and it's an awesome house, but it's a little Elvis-y for me."
The house also features a home movie theater complete with a stage, a wooden floor and curtains. It wound up being a great space for Blake to record his new Christmas album. He said, "We were going to rent a studio, and I asked my producer to come here, and he thought this room would work. So I ended up doing my entire Christmas album standing in this room on that stage. Reba came over and did her song, Kelly Clarkson, Miranda, Xenia came here too. We couldn't get Michael Buble here. We did his in a studio downtown. I guess he didn't feel comfortable coming to the house to sing a duet with me."
Despite his temporary address, Blake has certainly not gone Hollywood. He proves that he's still a good ol' country boy by saying, "I bet I'm the only guy within six or seven square miles of this area who goes outside to pee just because it's funny to me to see how far I can pee down into the canyon. I still get off on things like that. I'm still country. . . I'm not trying to be a politician, I'm not running for office, I'm just a damned country singer trying to sell some records every once in a while!"
The third season of The Voice gets underway on September 10th on NBC. FAST FACTS
In addition to a Christmas album, Blake has been working on another new studio album.
Lady Antebellum says that writing their latest single, "Wanted You More," was truly a group effort. The trio wrote the song while on tour, so they wound up sharing the session with some of their road band. Charles Kelley tells us: "Yeah, 'Wanted You More' is kind of interesting . . . We started that idea during a soundcheck out on the road, so we wrote that with honestly all the guys that are out there in our band on the road, so it's a seven co-write, and it was just . . . I don't know, man! There was something really strong about that lyric -- 'wanted you more.' I think many people have been there. It's like, 'I guess I wanted you more,' which is a hard realization sometimes to come to (Hillary Scott) And one to admit, for that matter. (Charles) Yeah, and to admit."Lady Antebellum has already spent some time in the studio lately working on their next album, the follow up to their 2011 Own The Night CD.
The group will begin the last leg of their Own The Night tour in Australia on September 25th in St. Kilda.
The Own The Night tour will close on October 2nd at the Sydney Opera House.
Own The Night produced two Number One singles -- the title track and "Just A Kiss."
Lee Brice has certainly paid his dues while following his dream of being a singer-songwriter. His road to success was paved with hard work as an electrician, an experience Lee recalls on this Labor Day weekend. "My daddy was an electrician. I was 10 years old diggin' ditches for him, pullin' wire and stuff. I did it my whole life -- and my brother. And then even when I came to Nashville and I couldn't afford to eat or pay my rent, I'd go home for a week and work with daddy. It got me through all the years here of just barely getting' by. Probably the most challenging thing, honestly, was just getting up in the 80-foot lift. We always did big commercial work and there's these big, huge lights up on top of the stadium poles -- and I'm in the bucket 80 feet in the air changing lights, leaning over lookin' down -- that was the most challenging thing right there (laughs)."
Lee is climbing the charts with "Hard To Love," a Top 20 single.
It's the second song from his Hard 2 Love CD, which was released in April.
Little Big Town and ConAgra Foods have partnered up to support the company's nationally recognized Child Hunger Ends Here campaign. The partnership will drive awareness of the shocking fact that more than one in five American children does not know where their next meal is coming from, and will inspire people to get involved in their local communities to help end child hunger in the United States.
Little Big Town is recording an exclusive video of the original song "Here's Hope" in the style of their popular web series "Scattered, Smothered, and Covered." Fans can visit the ConAgra Foods Facebook page in September to see the video, check out exclusive content and participate in a Q&A session with the band.
Little Big Town's Phillip Sweet said, "Having gone through difficulties with my own family and growing up in a single-parent household with five siblings, I've had first-hand experience with not knowing sometimes where our next meal was coming from. We had to be creative and work together as a team and a family to make ends meet. We could not have done it without the help of friends and our community. Our children should never have to wonder where their next meal is coming from, and with the passionate work and generosity of everyone involved with ConAgra Foods and this endeavor, hopefully child hunger will one day be a thing of the past."
For more information, visit ChildHungerEndsHere.com.
Little Big Town will release their new album, Tornado, on September 11th. FAST FACTS
Little Big Town is currently on the road as part of Rascal Flatts' Changed tour.
Their current single, "Pontoon," sits at Number Two on the country charts.
Miranda Lambert, Lee Ann Womack, Trace Adkins, Pistol Annies and Crystal Gayle will all pay homage to Loretta Lynn on the occasion of her 50th Opry anniversary. The special show will take place on September 25th. Loretta officially joined the Opry family on September 25, 1962.
That night will also be the Pistol Annies debut on the hallowed stage.
For ticket information, log onto opry.com. FAST FACTS
Loretta's accolades include three Grammy Awards, eight Country Music Association Awards including the first female artist to win Entertainer of the Year (1972), induction into the Country Music and Songwriters Halls of Fame, and the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award (2010).
Keith Urban will speak to some Metro Nashville Public High School students on September 6th at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville. He will share his thoughts on the craft of songwriting, his influences and creative inspirations, his career and more. He will also take questions from the students during the 75-minute program. The event will be live-streamed at countrymusichalloffame.org and at keithurban.net.
Dustin Lynch's self-titled album debuts this week at Number One on the country albums chart. His debut single, "Cowboys And Angels," has sold more than 500,000 copies.
Q. What is Jake Owen's first name? A. Joshua
ON THE TUBE
ON THE STREETS/GAC 4:30PM (ET) Josh Turner
DAY JOBS/GAC 5:00PM (ET) Gretchen Wilson, Lee Brice, Robin Meade
DAY JOBS/GAC 6:00PM (ET) Mark Wills, Craig Campbell, Love and Theft
TAYLOR SWIFT WORLD PREMIERE "WE ARE NEVER EVER GETTING BACK TOGETHER" LIVE/CMT 7:30PM (ET)
REBA: ALL THE WOMEN I AM/GAC 8:00PM (ET)
RON WHITE'S COMEDY SALUTE TO THE TROOPS 2012/CMT 9:00PM (ET)
RON WHITE'S COMEDY SALUTE TO THE TROOPS/CMT 10:30PM (ET)
Bill Daily (actor, Capt. Roger Healey of I Dream of Jeannie, and Howard Borden from The Bob Newhart Show) (85)
Gerald Albright (smooth jazz saxophonist) (55)
Swizz Beatz (rapper and producer; husband of Alicia Keys) (34)
Cameron Diaz (actress, Charlie's Angels, Shrek, There's Something About Mary, The Mask) (40)
Lisa Ling (former co-host of TV's daytime talk show The View) (39)
Peggy Lipton (actress, Twin Peaks, Julie from TV's The Mod Squad, mother of actressRashida Jones) (66)
Michael Chiklis (actor, star of The Shield and Fantastic Four) (49)
Timothy Bottoms (actor, The Last Picture Show, The Paper Chase) (61)
Warren Buffett (Wall Street whiz, and one of the richest people on the planet) (82)
Micky Moody (original guitarist, Whitesnake) (62)
Michael Michele (actress, New Jack City, ER's Dr. Finch, Ali) (46)
Lewis Black (actor-comedian, The Daily Show With Jon Stewart) (64)
Robert Crumb (cartoonist, Zap Comix; created the character Mr. Natural; did the cover forBig Brother & the Holding Company's Cheap Thrills and the lettering for Janis Joplin's I Got Dem Ol' Kozmic Blues Again Mama!) (69)
HONEY BOO BOO'S MOM TALKS GRANDDAUGHTER'S DEFORMITY: Honey Boo Boo's mom has denied tabloid claims that she's mocking her new granddaughter Kaitlyn -- who was born with four fingers and two thumbs on her right hand. June, 33, said of the reports, "We have embraced [the abnormality]. It makes Kaitlyn more special to us." June is helping to care for Kaitlyn while her daughter, 18-year-old Anna finishes high school. Check out Kaitlyn: http://bit.ly/Tr91fl
'GOSSIP GIRL' STAR ORDERED TO CO-PARENT ABROAD: Gossip Girl starKelly Rutherford has lost residential custody of her two children. TMZ.com reported that a judge ruled that her ex-husband, Daniel Giersch, can keep their kids in Monaco since he can't come to the U.S. because of a revoked visa. The judge determined that Rutherford has more of a "flexible schedule" and therefore can go back and forth between the two countries. Although Rutherford has the right to see their kids 50% of the time, she believes it's "virtually impossible for her to spend meaningful time with the kids, given the enormous travel commitments that would be involved."
SHAWN ASHMORE MARRIES: X-Men star Shawn Ashmore is a married man. ET Canada confirmed that the actor married film executive Dana Renee Wasdin on July 27 in Los Angeles. He tweeted after the wedding, "Thank you to everyone for sending Dana and I well wishes!!! We couldn't be happier."
'REAL HOUSEWIVES' STAR DATED GEORGE CLOONEY? Real Housewives of New York starCarole Radziwill apparently dated George Clooney once upon a time. The supposed relationship came to light after an episode of the show in which Radziwill's costar Sonja Morgan said during a beach trip, "Look at the ass on Carole . . . No wonder Clooney did her for a year." After the episode aired, Carole tweeted, "I don't kiss and tell but if I did tell I'd say Clooney was a very good kisser. #RHONY"
'WIFE SWAP' ALUM ARRESTED FOR PROSTITUTION: A woman once featured on Wife Swap was arrested earlier this week for prostitution. 20-year-old Alicia Guastaferro -- whose parents swapped places with another couple in 2008 -- was busted in a car with a 54-year-old man named James Doyle. She was discovered after Doyle was pulled over on suspicion of drunk driving and subsequently arrested on that charge, as well as providing alcohol to a person under 21 and patronizing a prostitute.
SETH MACFARLANE HOSTING 'SNL' PREMIERE: Seth MacFarlane will host the season premiere of Saturday Night Live on September 15th. He will be joined for the show's 38th debut by musical gust Frank Ocean. The following week will feature host Joseph Gordon-Levitt and music from Mumford & Sons. Daniel Craig and Muse will headline the October 6th broadcast.
PAULA ABDUL RETURNING TO TV? Paula Abdul is reportedly in talks to return to a TV. PopEater.com reported that the former American Idol/X Factor judge dined with NBC executive Marc Victor in New York last week. Victor confirmed that they discussed a possible new show, although he noted it's still very early in the process. An Abdul source told the website, "Paula would love to get back on TV again. She knows the value of TV. Long before Jennifer Lopez or Mariah [Carey] or Britney [Spears], Paula knew the future would be being in people's living rooms once or twice a week. She is hoping this turns into something solid very soon and can't wait to get to return to television."
CHARLIE SHEEN'S SHOW GETS 90-EPISODE PICK UP: Charlie Sheen'sAnger Management has been picked up for 90 more episodes. TMZ.com reported that the pickup doesn't just mean more exposure -- it means a lot more money for Charlie. Sources say that Sheen will bank upwards of $100 million for the 90-episode run. Variety reported that FX committed the 90-episode order to Charlie if the show averaged at least 4.53 million viewers during its initial 10-episode run.
RYAN GOSLING DIRECTORIAL DEBUT ANNOUNCED: Ryan Gosling is stepping behind the camera. The actor will make his directorial debut with How To Catch A Monster, based on his own screenplay. Mad Men's Christina Hendricks will star in the movie, which will begin filming in 2013.
EVELYN LOZADA HASN'T SPOKEN TO CHAD SINCE INCIDENT
Basketball Wives star Evelyn Lozada has revealed that she has not spoken toChad Ochocinco since their domestic violence incident earlier this month. According to TMZ.com, Evelyn was spotted in New York City yesterday morning (August 29th) and when a paparazzi asked her "How you feeling?" She replied, 'I'm feeling uh . . . okay." Paparazzi: "What you been up to?" Evelyn: "I've been laying low." Paparazzi: "Have you talked anybody lately? Have you talked to him at all ?" Evelyn: "No." Paparazzi: "Take care, alright?"Evelyn was scheduled to do her first interview on the incident with Robin Roberts on Good Morning America, but Robin reportedly pulled out due to her health issues. Evelyn's interview will now be conducted by Amy Robach.
CHAD JOHNSON FACING UP A YEAR IN JAIL
In related news, according to Gossip Extra, Chad could face up to a year in prison for allegedly head butting his wife earlier this month. He was originally charged with a misdemeanor domestic violence charge for the August 11th incident.
Because of Chad's prior domestic violence arrest back in 2000, his latest charge could be bumped up to a felony. That decision is up to the discretion of the Broward County State Attorney and there's no word on whether they plan to up the charges. If the charges are bumped up, he can face mandatory prison time of up to 12 months.
Chad Ochocinco took to Twitter to chat about the mess that is his life. Yesterday (August 29th), he tweeted, "That awkward moment when you realize you're not on Madden13 and have to create yourself..." When asked why he deleted his Twitter bio, he wrote, "I got to start life over and create a new one."
When another follower tweeted that they felt sorry for Chad, he responded, "Don't feel bad, my black a** messed up, I made the bed now I gotta lay in it. He added, "When you're the first to laugh at yourself everybody else's laughs don't bother you."
According to RadarOnline.com, Chad is also looking for love on Twitter. A source said, "He is constantly scouring Twitter flirting with women and if he sees someone he likes he has them direct message their number to him so they can meet up in person."
MAN CLAIMS TO HAVE HAD SIX-YEAR RELATIONSHIP WITH JOHN TRAVOLTA
A 62-year-old former pilot claims that he and John Travolta had a six-year sexual relationship that ended when the actor married Kelly Preston in 1992. Doug Gotterba told the National Enquirer that the two met when Travolta interviewed him for a pilot job. He recalled, "We flew into Monterey, Calif., and went up to the Highlands resort in Carmel. We had a wonderful dinner with a fantastic bottle of merlot, and I got the sense I was being courted. As we walked from the restaurant back to the room, John suddenly said, 'Hey, would you like a massage?'" He continued, "I'd already prepared myself for something like that, so I said, 'Sure, why not? I went back to his room, showered and came out wearing only a towel. John said, 'Okay, lie down here on the bed.' He gave me a massage -- and it turned into something else! John was gentle, but very passionate. The next day, he told me with a big smile on his face, 'I really enjoyed last night.' And I told him, 'So did I!" The continued their relationship until the early '90s. Gotterba recalled their last meeting, which took place shortly after John's wedding. He said, "We were making small talk when suddenly, I blurted out, 'So, John, tell me. Now that you're married, do you still prefer men -- or women?' He looked me straight in the eye and said, 'Well, Doug, I still prefer men!' I said, 'okay.' And that's the last time we saw each other."
NEW ORLEANS APPEARS TO WEATHER ISAAC, RURAL PARISH FLOODS:As slow-moving Hurricane Isaac has dumped nearly a foot of rain of New Orleans, the city appears to have weathered the storm, with its system of levee pumps, walls and gates improved after the Hurricane Katrina disaster holding up. But some other areas weren't as lucky, particularly low-lying, mostly rural Plaquemines Parish, where the storm pushed water over a long levee, flooding neighborhoods and causing many people to have to be rescued. Flooding was also reported in low-lying areas of Mississippi. Isaac, which knocked out power to as many as 700,000 people, had been downgraded to a tropical storm by mid-afternoon Wednesday and the Louisiana National Guard ended operations in Plaquemines Parish, saying they were confident they'd gotten everyone out. By early this morning, Isaac was continuing to move slowly northward toward Arkansas.
VP NOMINEE PAUL RYAN STARS ON PENULTIMATE NIGHT OF GOP CONVENTION: Vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan was the main attraction on the penultimate night of the Republican National Convention Wednesday (August 29th), the conservative favorite energizing the crowd as he attacked President Obama's record and touted his presidential running mate, Mitt Romney, as the right man to lead the nation and make the difficult decisions necessary to fix the economy and cut government spending and debt. Ryan's speech had a recurrent theme of Obama's ideas having failed and his time being past, asking why anything would be different in the next four years if the leadership isn't changed, and charging that the Democratic president wants Americans to live a government-planned life. Known for his plan to change Medicare into a voucher-style system, the Wisconsin congressman didn't shrink from the issue, accusing Obama of, quote, "raiding" Medicare as part of the Affordable Care Act -- the health care law which Ryan said they'll repeal -- and declaring that he and Romney will win the argument over Medicare. Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and rising Republican star Governor Susana Martinez of New Mexico were also given prime speaking spots in the 10 p.m. ET hour, while 2008 GOP presidential nominee Senator John McCain spoke earlier in the evening. Rice and McCain based their critiques of Obama on foreign policy, charging that he's failed to lead and has left allies and foes alike unsure of where America stands.
100-YEAR-OLD DRIVER HITS 11 PEOPLE IN LOS ANGELES: A 100-year-old driver hit 11 people yesterday (August 29th), including nine children, in South Los Angeles as he backed his car onto a sidewalk across from an elementary school. The driver didn't hear the terrified screams, so people began pounding on the windows of his Cadillac screaming for him to stop. Four of the children were in critical condition when firefighters arrived, but everyone is expected to survive. Driver Preston Carter, who will turn 101 next month, told a local TV station that his brakes failed. Carter was pulling out of the grocery store parking lot, but instead of backing into the street, he backed onto the sidewalk. In California, people over age 70 must renew their driver's license in person. Older drivers can also be required to take a driving test if they fail a vision exam, or if a police officer, physician, or a family member raises questions about their ability to drive.
EX-SEAL WHO WROTE BIN LADEN BOOK SAYS IT'S NOT POLITICAL IN '60 MINUTES' INTERVIEW: A former Navy SEAL who was part of the team that killed Osama bin Laden and has written a new book about says in an upcoming interview with CBS' 60 Minutes that the book is not a political statement, but was timed to commemorate the 9/11 attacks and give credit to the hundreds of people who made the bin Laden mission a success. Matt Bissonnette, who wrote the book, No Easy Day, under the pseudonym Mark Own but was outed by Fox News, says in the 60 Minutes interview set to air on September 9th in response to questions about whether it was timed to influence the election, "This book is not political whatsoever. It doesn't bad mouth either party, and we specifically chose September 11th to keep it out of the politics. You know, if these crazies on either side of the aisle want to make it political, shame on them."
In the book, Bissonnette says bin Laden was shot in the head when he peeked his head out of the bedroom door in his Pakistan compound as the SEALs were coming up the stairs. He says the SEALs then went into the room, found him in a pool of blood, and shot him until he stopped moving. That contradicts the administration's account, which said bin Laden was shot after he went back into the bedroom because they assumed he might be looking for a weapon. Although the new account raises questions about whether the raid was really intended to capture bin Laden, as the administration has said, Bissonnette backs that up, saying they were told they weren't on an assassination mission, and to detain bin Laden if he didn't pose a threat. The only comment from the administration yesterday was a statement that said, "As President Obama said on the night that justice was brought to Osama bin Laden, 'We give thanks for the men who carried out this operation, for they exemplify the professionalism, patriotism and unparalleled courage of those who serve our country."
APPEALS COURT ORDERS NEW JUDGE FOR GEORGE ZIMMERMAN TRIAL: A Florida appeals court has granted George Zimmerman's request for a new judge to oversee his second-degree murder trial in the February shooting death of teenager Trayvon Martin. A three-judge panel of the 5th District Court of Appeals found that Circuit Judge Kenneth Lester Jr. cast doubt on his impartiality when he wrote in his July 5th order setting $1 million bail that Zimmerman had shown, quote, "blatant disregard for the judicial system" and that he was, quote, "manipulating the system for his own benefit." The bail order came after it was revealed that Zimmerman and his wife had lied during an earlier bail hearing about how much money they had. The appeals court noted that their decision on allowing a new judge for Zimmerman had been a close call.
CDC: U.S. WEST NILE VIRUS CASES HAVE SET RECORD: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Wednesday (August 29th) that a total of 1,590 cases of West Nile virus have been reported in the U.S. through late August this year, including 66 deaths, setting a record for the number of cases of the mosquito-borne disease at this point in the year. The CDC said the numbers are increasing rapidly and they believe will continue to rise. The all-time, full-year record for the virus first detected in the U.S. in 1999 remains the 9,862 cases and 264 deaths in 2003. More than 70 percent of this year's West Nile cases have been reported from just six states: Texas; South Dakota; Mississippi; Oklahoma; Louisiana; and Michigan. An estimated 80 percent of people who are infected with West Nile virus don't have any symptoms, while about 20 percent have only mild symptoms. However, 1 in 150 people develop neurological conditions, and of those people, some 4 to 18 percent die, mostly those who are older or suffering from other illnesses. There is no treatment or vaccine for the disease.
NYC MAN SENTENCED TO 40 YEARS FOR KILLING, DISMEMBERING BOY: A 37-year-old Brooklyn man who pleaded guilty earlier this month to kidnapping, killing and dismembering an eight-year-old boy was sentenced yesterday (August 29th) to 40 years to life in prison. Hardware store clerk Levi Aron pleaded guilty to lesser charges to avoid a criminal trial and the possibility of life in prison without parole. He'll be eligible for parole in 40 years. Aron admitted that he kidnapped Leiby Kletzky after the boy approached him on a Brooklyn street to ask for directions in July 2011 after getting lost on his walk home from a religious day camp. The boy was Hasidic, an ultra-Orthodox version of Judaism, and the killing shocked his tight-knit community. Aron was Orthodox Jewish, but not Hasidic. Aron has said that he killed the boy out of panic when he saw the frantic search going on in the community for the boy. The medical examiner's office said Leiby had been drugged and than suffocated.
CLIJSTERS LOSES IN SECOND ROUND AT U.S. OPEN, ENDING SINGLES TENNIS CAREER:Kim Clijsters' singles professional tennis career came to an end in the second round of the U.S. Open Wednesday (August 29th), when she lost to Britain's Laura Robson 7-6 (4), 7-6 (5). The four-time Grand Slam title winner will retire after she finishes playing in the U.S. Open's doubles tournament. Speaking after yesterday's match, the 29-year-old Belgian said, "It's been an incredible journey, and a lot of dreams for me have come true because of tennis." Clijsters had retired before, in May 2007, only to return more than two years later, but now says she's ending her career for good. Clijsters won the U.S. Open in 2005, 2009 and 2010, and the Australian Open in 2011. Three of those four Grand Slam titles came after she returned from retirement.
In other play yesterday, winners included Victoria Azarenka, Maria Sharapova, defending women's champion Sam Stosur and Andy Murray.
NFL TO USE REPLACEMENT OFFICIALS DURING WEEK ONE: The NFL's regular season will open next week with replacement officials being used, and the league said it is ready to use them as much as necessary after that. Negotiations between the NFL and the Referees Association union are at a standstill, with talks essentially having gone nowhere since the officials were locked out in early June by the NFL. Replacement officials have been used throughout the preseason.
(Headline News, FYI and Sports stories were compiled in part from reports by the Associated Press and Reuters.)
THE NEXT - The mentors head to New York to work with their contestants.
WILFRED - Ryan looks inward to discover the truth about Wilfred.
LOUIE - Louie might get a break.
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WOMAN ARRESTED FOR TOSSING DRUG-FILLED FOOTBALLS INTO PRISON: A woman in Ohio was arrested for allegedly throwing two footballs stuffed with marijuana, cigarettes, pills, cell phones and chargers over the fence and into the grounds of the Richland Correctional Institution. The woman, Janine Fulton, is a former corrections officer who lost her job after letting a prisoner keep contraband. Fulton was charged with illegal conveyance of drugs. (CBS)
KIND ROBBERS LEAVE VICTIM WITH ENOUGH MONEY TO GET HOME: A robbery victim who was waiting for a bus in Ohio told police that two men demanded all his money, but had enough heart to make sure he had enough money to take the bus. The victim told Dayton police that he was waiting for a bus at 5 a.m. on Tuesday (August 28th) when men threatened him with a gun and asked him for everything in his pockets. The victim gave them his cell phone and $40. He said that before his attackers took off, one of them asked him if he had enough money for the bus. When he said no, the robber gave him back $2. (Washington Post)
'DIPJAR' LETS PATRONS SCAN CREDIT CARDS TO LEAVE TIPS: A new credit-card scanner called DipJar -- which in the shape of a tip jar -- promises to make it easy for patrons to leave tips at bars and coffee shops. The 26-year-old inventor, Ryder Kessler, said he thought of it after realizing baristas and bartenders were getting fewer tips because customers are carrying less cash. Kesslers said, "Everyone was paying with credit or debit, so the tips had plummeted. Baristas take really great care of me, and I didn't like that they were working just as hard and making less money." Two DipJars are already in use at two locations Oren's Daily Roast locations in New York City. (New York Post)
MAN ATTACKED WOMAN WITH LEAF BLOWER? A 33-year-old man in Tennessee has been charged with simple assault after he allegedly pointed a leaf blower at a woman who complained about grass-cutting remnants on her car. Kelly Carraway told police that she approached Michael Bridgewater Jr. for blowing debris onto her car and he "intentionally" pointed the running leaf blower at her "in an offensive and provocative manner." (UPI)
GIRL EVACUATING FOR ISAAC LEAVES RULES FOR STUFFED ANIMALS: Greg Taylor from Mandeville, Louisiana sent the below photo to CNN with the following message:
"Yesterday, I sent my family to AL to avoid Hurricane Isaac. After they left, I went to feed the family fish and I found the enclosed scene (See picture) -- where my daughter, Ashley, had given good instruction on how her stuffed animal friends should behave during the Hurricane. ( A future leader in the making! )"
A producer from CNN added, "[Greg] says his daughter, Ashley, is 8 'going on 17' and didn't tell him or her mom that she left hurricane safety rules for her stuffed animals."
AVERAGE AMERICAN WASHES HANDS FOR 5 SECONDS:A hand washing survey indicates most Americans wash their hands -- but most are not washing them long enough. The survey from Bradley Corporation (which manufactures bathroom furnishings) found that many wash for only 5 seconds. 70 percent of adults said they always wash their hands after using a public restroom, 29 percent sometimes skip it and 1 percent admit they never wash after using a public restroom. In addition, 57 percent of respondents estimated they wash their hands for just 5 to 15 seconds. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends washing hands for at least 20 seconds and suggests singing "Happy Birthday" twice to allow enough time to remove and rinse off germs. (UPI)
POOR COUPLES MORE LIKELY TO SEPARATE, NOT DIVORCE: Unhappy couples who don't have a lot of money are more likely to just have a long-term separation as opposed to getting a divorce. Researchers found that those married couples who undergo long-term separations generally appear to be those who can't afford to divorce. The researchers found about 80 percent of all respondents who went through a marital separation ultimately divorced, most within three years. About 5 percent attempted to reconcile, and 15 percent of separations didn't lead to divorce or reconciliation within 10 years. Couples in these long-term separations tended to be racial and ethnic minorities, have low family income and education and have young children. "Long-term separation seems to be the low-cost, do-it-yourself alternative to divorce for many disadvantaged couples," they said in a statement. "Separation may not be their first choice, but they may feel it is their best choice." (UPI)
EVERYONE IS JUDGEMENTAL ABOUT SEX: Men and women both look down on people who have sex with too many partners. The perception in some past studies has been that people judge women more harshly than men for having a lot of casual sex, but according to data from the 2011 Online College Social Life Survey, which surveyed students at 22 colleges, that perception is changing. Students were asked to respond to the question "If women hook up or have sex with lots of people, I respect them less" (and then the same question for men). About 48% of respondents judged men and women the same way in this regard. About 12% judged women more harshly than men, but about 13% judged men more harshly than women. An unconcerned 27% said they didn't judge anybody for casual sex, regardless of its frequency. (AskMen.com)
PARENT ALERT: KIDS' FRIENDS MORE IMPORTANT THAN GRADES: A new study found that the friendships kids make in school are more important than the grades they get. The study supports the notion that kids should be well-rounded, spend time with friends, play sports, do well in school, and hang out with their families. It suggests that parents should invest time and effort into activities that enhance social inclusion and connection for their kids, because these positive relationships in childhood and adolescence are key to adult well-being. (Yahoo!)
3 SURPRISING WAYS PORN CAN AFFECT YOUR MARRIAGE(YourTango.com)
1. You can learn from it. Jeni West has published a book entitled, Porn Star Secrets Of Sex. The main idea is that to become confident and sexy, you have to learn from someone who is not afraid to flaunt their sexuality. The best example of this is porn stars.
2. You can demystify it. Cindy Gallop found out that a whole generation of young men are educated by porn. Some of the cliche porn scenes are revolting and untrue. So, she created a website demystifying porn cliches and talked about during a conference.
3. You can get addicted to it and ruin your marriage. After taking control of your porn addiction, educate others on how they can do the same.
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Clint Eastwood Will Reportedly Be Mystery Speaker at GOP Convention Tonight
After Republican National Convention organizers released a revamped schedule of events on Monday (August 27th) in the wake of Day One being scrapped due to Hurricane Isaac, politicos began buzzing about a "To Be Announced" speaker listed for a prime slot on the final day of the convention tonight (August 30th). The only speakers listed after the mystery person wereSenator Marco Rubioof Florida, who'll introduce presidential nominee Mitt Romney, and Romney himself. The mystery may now have been solved, with Fox News reporting yesterday that the speaker will be actorClint Eastwood. Eastwood, a Republican who served as mayor of Carmel, California, from 1986 to 1988, supported 2008 GOP presidential nomineeSenator John McCainin 2008, and endorsed Romney earlier this month at a fundraiser. He said at that August 4th event, "Now more than ever do we need Mitt Romney. I'm going to be voting for him."
Man Proposes Marriage On Stage at the Republican Convention
Politics took a brief break for love yesterday (August 29th) at the Republican National Convention when a 32-year-old man proposed marriage to his girlfriend of three years on stage at the Tampa Bay Times Forum, the site of the political gathering. Bradley Thompson and his now-fiancee, Laura Bowman, aren't convention delegates, but are instead working on the event, he as a production manager and she as a production coordinator. Bowman said she thought something strange was up when she was called for a sound check, but although she didn't think the proposal would happen there, the couple knew they'd be engaged eventually, and even picked out the ring together. As for why Thompson chose to propose at the convention, political affiliation may not be the reason, since the New York City couple declined to reveal which political party they support.
Carrie Underwood celebrated her career 15th Number One hit, "Good Girl," with a party in Nashville yesterday (Tuesday, August 28th) at the Country Music Association headquarters on Music Row. "Good Girl" was the debut single from Carrie's new Blown Away album, and was the perfect choice to get things started.
She tells us: "Well, I mean of course when you think a first single from a new album, to me, I like the thought of having something uptempo and fun because I go sing it everywhere, right? I'm on a lot of TV shows and things like that so when I first heard it I thought this would be a great one to kick everything off with cause it's just fun and kind of spring/summer time and it was just a lot of fun to sing, and I get that a lot -- people can sing along and have fun with it."
Carrie will kick off her Blown Away tour on September 14th in Manchester, New Hampshire.
The tour is set to run through December 22nd in Sunrise, Florida.
The Blown Away tour will feature opening act Hunter Hayes.
Carrie is currently climbing the charts with the title track, "Blown Away."
The Blown Away album was released in May and debuted at Number One on both the pop and country charts.
Little Big Town is loving the response they're getting to their hit single, "Pontoon," from both fans and fellow artists alike. The group was surprised by the celebrity attention being paid to "Pontoon" with the new viral video which features the likes ofLuke Bryan, Wynonna, Darius Rucker, Thompson Square, Carrie Underwood, Eric Paslay, Sara Evans, Charlie Daniels, Jake Owen and Larry Gatlin. Karen Fairchild tells us: "Luke was the first one. We didn't know that they were doing that, and then I guess his performance was so inspiring (laughter) . . . It was. I would like to see the director's cut of his performance. (Jimi Westbrook) Iwould, too, cause I've heard about it. (Phillip Sweet) The unedited Luke Bryan version. (Karen) Yeah, so I guess then that encouraged them to ask some other artists to do it and then we heard about it and they asked us to do a little clip. We were the goodbye clip there and I don't know. We just never dreamed that all those people like Charlie Daniels and Larry Gatlin, that he would put on googles and sit in a baby pool! (Kimberly Schlapman) Yeah! (Karen) That's Larry Gatlin! (Kimberly) Crazy!"
"Pontoon" sits at Number Two on the country charts.
It's the debut single from Little Big Town's new album, Tornado, which will be released on September 11th.
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Toby Keith will release a new CD on November 13th called Hope On The Rocks. The project comes barely a year after the release of Clancy's Tavern.
The first single from Hope On The Rocks, called "I Like Girls That Drink Beer," has just cracked the Top 30 on the country charts. Co-written by Toby and collaborator Bobby Pinson, the song is one of the album's 10 cuts. The deluxe edition will have 14 tracks.
Toby produced Hope On The Rocks and served as its principle songwriter.
In the meantime, Toby's Live In Overdrive tour continues on Thursday (August 30th) at Ft. McCoy Army Base in Sparta, Wisconsin.
Clancy's Tavern includes the hits "Made In America," "Red Solo Cup," and "Beers Ago."
The video for Taylor Swift's new hit single, "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together," will debut tomorrow (Thursday, August 30th) at 7:49 p.m. ET on MTV, CMT and TeenNick. Taylor will personally introduce the clip as part of a special called MTV First: Taylor Swift.
Tasteofcountry.com reports that the video was shot in one continuous take with one camera and no edits. The three-minute and 11 second video also features five wardrobe changes for Taylor.
Following the video airing, Taylor will take part in a 15-minute chat on MTV.com.
At 7:30 p.m. ET, CMT will go "Red" for a 30-minute special featuring Taylor. The "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together" video will air on CMT every hour during music programming through Labor Day Weekend.
Taylor's new CD, Red, will be released on October 22nd. FAST FACTS
Taylor is set to perform new music from Red during the MTV Video Music Awards on September 6th.
VH1 Storytellers: Taylor Swift will air on VH1 on November 11th at 6 and 11 p.m. ET.
Trace Adkins and actress and singer Kristin Chenoweth are reuniting to co-host the American Country Awards airing live from Las Vegas on FOX on December 17th at 8 p.m. ET.
Trace said, "The ACAs honor the best and brightest of country music, from the hotshot breakthrough artists to the icons. I'm looking forward to cutting loose again with Kristin, who's quite the firecracker comedienne, while we also take viewers through an evening of great music and awards."
The ACA Awards are fan-voted.
Performers and presenters will be announced in the coming weeks. FAST FACTS
Trace and Kristin co-hosted the 2011 ACA's for the first time.
This will be the third year for the ACA's.
Wynonna Judd has been at her husband, Cactus Moser's, side since his August 18th motorcycle accident. Cactus had to have part of his leg amputated, but is on the mend, according to Wynonna, who issued a statement yesterday saying, "We continue to feel loved and supported by the outpouring of messages from people around the world. Cactus continues to improve every day as he begins his road to rehabilitation. We are looking forward to the day when we will be back together on stage again and I believe we will be stronger than ever. Until then I will be out on the road with the rest of the band while I wait lovingly and patiently for my husband to return to The Big Noise."
Wynonna will resume her tour schedule tomorrow (Thursday, August 30th) at Leelanau Sands Casino in Peshawbestwon, Michigan.
Here is Wy's tour itinerary: Thurs 8/30 Peshawbestown, MI Leelanau Sands Casino Sat 9/1 Elkhorn, WI Walworth County Fair Sat 9/8 Richmond, VA Carpenter Center Sat 9/15 Myrtle Beach, SC Alabama Theatre Fri 9/21 Mason City, IA North Iowa Community Auditorium Sat 9/22 Sheboygan, WI Weill Center for the Performing Arts Thurs 9/27 Shippensburg, PA Luhrs Performing Arts Center Fri 9/28 Glenside, PA Keswick Theatre Sat 9/29 Buffalo, NY Kleinhans Music Hall
She will begin her Rockin' Christmas tour on November 27th in Winnipeg.
Wynonna asks that in lieu of flowers, gifts and cards for Cactus, that donations be made in his name to Homes For Our Troops, a non-profit, non-partisan organization committed to helping military personnel who have returned home with serious disabilities. To learn more, log onto homesforourtroops.org/cactusmoser.
Cactus will be notified of every dollar donated in his name and a personal message to Cactus may be included along with the donation. FAST FACTS
Cactus is the drummer in Wy's band, The Big Noise.
Cactus and Wy were married at her Leiper's Fork, Tennessee farm in June.
Tim McGraw wrapped his HomeFront program last weekend in Boston, capping off a summer long campaign to award mortgage-free homes to veterans in need at each tour stop. Along with Chase, Operation Homefront, and ACM Lifting Lives, Tim gave away the keys to 25 homes to deserving troops. Tim said, "Each family had touching stories and made an indelible mark on me. From the Delucia family's amazing story of recovery and strength through physical injuries the first night in Tampa to the Connor family, who we surprised this past weekend at their new home with a puppy for their daughter Molly . . . I will never forget any of them. The need to take care of the men and women who fight and sacrifice so much for us is great, and this program is only making a dent. I definitely hope to do more down the road."
Lady Antebellum's Hillary Scott has added another member to the family -- a puppy. She let her first furry baby, Hobbs, make the big announcement about his "new baby sister, Baker" on Twitter. Lady Antebellum is back in the studio doing pre-production work on their next album. Randy Houser's new video, "How Country Feels," will premiere on CMT on Friday (August 31st) beginning at 11 a.m. ET. The video will repeat through Sunday (September 2nd) on the network as well as on CMT.com. Tracy Lawrence recently presented a check to Lace Up 4 Pink and Susan G. Komen of Greater Nashville for $5,000 each to help battle breast cancer. The funds were raised through the second annual Tracy Lawrence Golf & Concert For A Cure. The benefit, held in April, kicked off with a concert that included celebrities such as Ira Dean, The Roy's, Lorrie Morgan, Joanna Smith, Rick Huckaby, and Tracy. The golf tournament featured sports and entertainment celebrities including women of sports LPGA tour top ranking Angela Stanford, Kristy McPherson, and Gerina Piller.
Q. From what song did Wynonna Judd choose her name? A. "Route 66"
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NOTEWORTHY AT THE OPRY/GAC 10:00AM, 7:00PM (ET) Carrie Underwood, Dierks Bentley
'REAL HOUSEWIVES' COUPLE FILES FOR DIVORCE: Adrienne Maloof andPaul Nassif have each filed divorce petitions against one another. TMZ.com reported that even though Paul is the one who filed for legal separation in July, Adrienne first filed for divorce this week citing irreconcilable differences. Paul listed the same reason in his subsequent petition and both said they want joint legal and physical custody of their three children. They also acknowledge that there is a prenup in place.
HILARIA THOMAS DENIES PREGNANCY REPORT: Hilaria Thomas has denied rumors that she and husband Alec Baldwin are expecting a baby. The New York Post speculated that the newlyweds were going to become parents after sources claimed that Thomas has been sporting a "baby bump" and avoiding alcohol. However Hilaria tweeted in response, "Shld rumors that Im pregnant give me a cmplx about my waistline?1of the biggest culprits in the eating disorder epidemic is the media #shame." She added, "How about this: when I'm pregnant, I'll tell you . . . Deal?"
LORENZO MAKES HIS DEBUT: Snooki's new son Lorenzo made his first public appearance on Tuesday as his reality star mom was leaving the hospital. So far we know he has a full head of hair. Check it out: http://bit.ly/QPPkeS
'WALKING DEAD' STAR CHARGED WITH DUI: The Walking Dead's Scott Wilson has been charged with DUI following his arrest earlier in August. The 70-year-old actor was pulled over after cops spotted him driving erratically on August 18th in Georgia. He reportedly failed a sobriety test. Wilson's character on the hit show is a recovering alcoholic.
UTAH NBC AFFILIATE WON'T AIR 'THE NEW NORMAL': A Mormon church-owned NBC affiliate in Utah is refusing to air the network's new sitcom, The New Normal, about a gay couple that invites a surrogate mother into their home as they try to have a baby. KSL claims that the content is inappropriate for its audience. The CEO of KSL's parent company, Bonneville International -- which is owned by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints -- said in a statement, "For our brand, this program simply feels inappropriate on several dimensions, especially during family viewing time. The dialogue is excessively rude and crude; the scenes are too explicit and the stereotypes are offensive on all sides." NBC defended the program, noting it makes "a statement about the changing definition of the nuclear family."
HOWARD STERN LASHES OUT AT NBC: Howard Stern is embroiled in a dispute with NBC centering on Jay Leno. The America's Got Talent host told his radio listeners that his TV bosses sent him "a threatening kind of comment" after he recently dissed Leno. Howard's response? "I said, 'Do not tell me to not talk about Jay Leno -- I will (bleeping) talk about Jay Leno for four hours if you tell me not to. I was done with Jay, now I'm all fired up again: (Bleep) Jay! Take my job away from me. Who cares? Don't threaten me. I don't answer to anybody."
RYAN SEACREST SELLS MANSION: Ryan Seacrest has unloaded his old mansion. TMZ.com reported that he sold the 8,000 square foot house -- where he'd been living before buying Ellen DeGeneres's mansion -- for $11 million. Ryan took a loss on the property, which he bought for $11.5 million back in 2006. He had listed it at $12.9 million. Ryan bought Ellen's pad for $37.5 million.
KATIE COURIC LANDS JESSICA SIMPSON FOR SERIES PREMIERE
Katie Couric has landed the first post-baby interview with Jessica Simpson. The veteran TV personality's new show, Katie, will premiere on September 10th with Simpson, who will discuss her ongoing weight loss and show off her progress.
Simpson, who gained 70 pounds while pregnant with her four-month-old daughter Maxwell, will also talk about motherhood and maintaining a work-life balance.
Katie, whose last gig was anchor of the CBS Evening News, admitted that she's looking forward to a lighter program. She explained. "Doing the evening news absolutely requires and mandates a certain sense of seriousness. But I'm a more casual, informal person. I think I'm an extremely empathetic person. So I think people are going to see sort of, all the different sides I have."
Couric's friend Sheryl Crow will also join her on the show's debut episode. Crow wrote the program's theme song called, This Day."
Other early guests include Barbra Streisand, Jennifer Lopez, Chelsea Handler and Amanda Knox'sformer boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito.
Katie will air on ABC beginning Monday, September 10.