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Friday, September 28, 2012

KFLAG COUNTRY MUSIC UPDATE

Reba McEntire won't return as next year's host of the ACM Awards. Country Weekly reports that Reba's decade-plus stint as the show's host is done for the meantime. Instead, Reba's co-host of the last two years -- Blake Shelton -- will take over.
Reba said, "(I've) passed the torch to Blake. I'm a huge Blake Shelton fan."
Reba is instead focusing on her new ABC series called Malibu Country. The show is set to begin airing on Fridays in November.
The Academy of Country Music's CEO, Bob Romeo, issued a statement saying, "Reba has hosted the ACM Awards a record 14 times since 1986, and we fully understand and support her decision to focus her energies on her new television project. We've known about this for a while and have something very special planned with Blake returning -- he's got something big up his sleeve! -- that we'll be announcing soon. Stay tuned!"
No air date for the 2013 ACM Awards has been announced, but the show will continue to air live from Las Vegas for the next two years.
The Las Vegas Sun reports that the 50th anniversary of the ACM Awards will be held in Dallas, Texas in 2015.
Gary Allan has managed to release 10 successful albums, chart dozens of hits and tour around the country on a yearly basis and yet he has managed to fly somewhat under the radar. Aside from his music, the singer stays pretty quiet, particularly after the 2004 death of his wife. Gary tells us: "I'm really private, so when I'm home I'm home. I don't like people to know my business. I believe that you can be over-exposed. I believe the people that you see all the time, they're not gonna be around very long cause you get sick of 'em. When my wife passed, I stopped doing interviews mostly because . . . and I stopped doing meet-and-greets too, and it was mostly because I sort of became like the suicide ambassador where everybody wanted to tell me their story, and I realize that's like how people share with you and that's their way of bonding with me and getting close, but before shows I was hearing like 10 or 12 stories like that and I was like, 'I can't do this everyday,' so I ended up pulling back."
Gary has never stopped making music, however. His last album, Get Off On The Pain, was released in 2010, but fans will have a new CD in their hands early next year.
The upcoming album, called Set You Free, includes Gary's brand new single, "Every Storm (Runs Out Of Rain)," which he co-wrote.
FAST FACTS
  • Gary continues touring, with a show on Saturday (September 29th) in Conroe, Texas.
Eric Church might be a household name but he still manages to go unrecognized out in public. Most celebrities put on accessories like hats and glasses to stay incognito, but in Eric's case, he tells us it's what he takes off that allows him to live a normal life. "We stay pretty insulated. If I take the shades and the hat off I can go to my own show. I could probably sit there and hang out in the crowd and nobody would know, which I love! It's just . . . We didn't intend for that to happen but I'm really glad that it happened."
Another way Eric keeps himself in check is by having his wife and son with him at all times. "I keep my family with me. I mean, we go on the road together. It's hard at times, when you've got a little baby. We've got a dog that likes to bark, and it can be interesting being up early in the morning, having a show that night, coming back up on the bus and Boone's still awake -- stuff like that, but I would rather do that than come back to an empty bus after a great show and know that I'm missing out on whatever's happening at home. I just know that it would affect me musically is the reason we made the decision. Over time that would erode at what I was gonna be able to do to do my job to have that conflict, and sometimes it's hard but I enjoy having them out there with me. We just roll up and down the road, so we try to keep it as normal as what our normal is. Most people would melt down if they saw what our day-to-day was but for us it's normal."
Eric and family are headed to Sioux City, Iowa for a show there tonight (Friday, September 28th). The Blood, Sweat and Beers tour also stops in Kansas City tomorrow night (Saturday, September 29th).
Eric is climbing the charts with "Creepin'."
FAST FACTS
  • Eric is the top nominee at the upcoming CMA Awards on November 1st. He's up for Male Vocalist, Album, and Single, Song and Music Video of the Year for his Number One hit, "Springsteen." The show will air live from Nashville on ABC.
Justin Moore continues recuperating from a freak eye injury. The singer told Taste of Country Nights radio host Jeremy Robinson that he recently had a close encounter with an industry insider which left him in pain and sporting an eye patch.
Justin was talking to this woman and leaned in closer to hear what she was saying when her animated hand gesture got him in the eye. Justin says he didn't know he was truly injured until hours later saying, "I woke up in the middle of the night . . . I couldn't see, I couldn't open my eye. I had sharp pains shooting through my eye all day, it doubled me over."
The singer was instructed to cover his eye with a patch before hitting the stage in Baltimore, Maryland. He made fun of himself saying, "I looked like a pirate. I looked like a tiny, midget pirate."
Justin is out on the road with Eric Church on the Blood, Sweat and Beers tour. They perform tonight (Friday, September 28th) in Sioux City, Iowa.
FAST FACTS
  • Justin's latest single, "Til My Last Day," is a Top 20 hit.

Kip Moore will perform his platinum-selling, two-week Number One hit, "Somethin' 'Bout a Truck," on Monday (October 1st) on NBC's Today from the campus of the University of Tennessee.
The University of Tennessee won a contest to host this special episode called "Kathie Lee and Hoda Go Back to College." After a Twitter campaign, six finalists were chosen, and it was a heated competition between Syracuse University, Ohio State University, Brandeis University, University of South Florida, Creighton University and the University of Tennessee. After receiving almost 150,000 votes, UT was named the winner.
Kip said, "The energy level at a college is always heightened. You've got so much spirit among the student body. That gives us energy when we are playing, so we always look forward to playing on college campuses . . . The spirit of these big SEC schools is pretty amazing. I never got to be a part of that, so I am looking forward to it."
This is Kip's second appearance on Today with Hoda Kotb and Kathie Lee Gifford.
Kip is currently out on Eric Church's Blood, Sweat & Beers tour throughout the fall.
FAST FACTS
  • Kip's debut album, Up All Night, is the best-selling country debut album of 2012.
  • His current single, "Beer Money," is in the Top 20 and climbing.

While down under wrapping up their Own The Night tour, Lady Antebellum is confirmed to perform on Australia's version of The X-Factor. The trio will appear on the October 2nd episode which features the Top 10 finalists. The show tapes in Sydney.
Lonestar will return to television this weekend when they perform the national anthem at Sunday's (September 30th) NASCAR Sprint Cup race at the Dover International Speedway in Dover, Delaware. The group will also perform a full show at the stock car race, which draws over 80,000 fans a year to the track and over five million viewers at home.


COUNTRY TRIVIA
Q. On what television show was Dolly Parton nationally introduced to the public for the first time?
A. The Porter Wagoner Show
Friday, September 28th

ON THE TUBE
LATE SHOW WITH DAVID LETTERMAN/CBS 11:35PM (ET)
Dwight Yoakam
LATE NIGHT WITH JIMMY FALLON/NBC 12:35AM (ET)
Hunter Hayes

CELEBRATING BIRTHDAYS


  • Brigitte Bardot (French actress, And God Created Woman, Contempt) (78)
  • Janeane Garofalo (comedienne-actress-radio host, The Larry Sanders Show, Reality Bites, The Adventures Of Rocky And Bullwinkle) (48)
  • Hilary Duff (actress, Lizzie McGuire, Agent Cody Banks, The Lizzie McGuire Movie) (25)
  • Naomi Watts (actress, The Ring, King Kong) (44)
  • Mira Sorvino (actress, Mighty Aphrodite) (44)
  • Moon Unit Zappa (singer, "Valley Girl," daughter of Frank Zappa) (45)
  • Bam Margera (skateboarder/daredevil, Jackass: The Movie and Jackass Number Two) (33)
  • Carre Otis (actress-model, Wild Orchid; former wife of Mickey Rourke) (44)
  • Sylvia Kristel (Dutch actress best known for her controversial title role in Emanuelle) (60)
  • Jeffrey Jones (actor, Easy Money, Amadeus, Ferris Bueller's Day Off, Beetlejuice, Ed Wood, Stuart Little, Deadwood) (66)
  • Grant Fuhr (hockey goalie, first African-Canadian to be inducted into the Hockey Hall Of Fame) (50)
  • J.R. Villarreal (actor, Akeelah And The Bee) (20)
  • Frankie Jonas (singer, The Jonas Brothers) (12)
  • Dita Von Teese (actress/model) (40)

CELEBRITY GOSSIP


REESE WITHERSPOON WELCOMES SON: Reese Witherspoon is a mom again. The actress gave birth to a son on Thursday (September 27th). Her rep released a statement saying, "Reese Witherspoon and husband Jim Toth welcomed Tennessee James into their family today. Both mom and baby are healthy and the entire family is thrilled." Reese has a 13-year-old daughter named Ava and an eight-year-old son named Deacon from her marriage to Ryan Phillippe. This is the first child for Witherspoon and Toth, who married in March 2011.
KIM KARDASHIAN DOESN'T WANT TO BE CRAZY CAT LADY: Kim Kardashian has been tweeting about her cat Mercy -- a lot. The reality star is concerned her new social media focus might change her image from sex kitten to kitten-obsessed. She told People magazine this week, "I just hope I'm not turning into one of those cat ladies that's Tweeting too many pictures of her pet!" She added that getting Mercy was not an impulse decision. Kim explained, "I have always wanted a white Persian cat with light eyes. I've been always looking at kittens like that online."
JENNIFER BANS JUSTIN'S EX FROM WEDDING? Jennifer Aniston has reportedly refused to invite Justin Theroux's ex-girlfriend Heidi Bivens to their wedding. A source told the UK magazine NOW, "Jennifer hit the roof when she saw that he'd put Heidi on the guest list. Justin argued that Heidi's been part of his family for many years. Jen snapped back saying she was going to invite her exes Brad Pitt, John Mayer and Vince Vaughn! That seemed to help resolve things because now they've agreed no exes are to be invited."
HERBERT LOM DEAD AT 95: Herbert Lom, best known for playing Clarles Dreyfus in the Pink Panther films, died on Thursday (September 27th) at the age of 95. His family told the BBC that Lom passed away peacefully in his sleep. Throughout his career, Lom appeared in over 100 films -- the most recent being in the 2004 TV movie Marple: The Murder at the Vicarage.
JASON DAVIS RELAPSES: Celebrity Rehab alum Jason Davis has reportedly relapsed. RadarOnline.com reported that the oil heir has been shooting heroin into his foot. The site obtained a short video in which he is seen treating his bloody foot. A source said, "The video was taken on Tuesday night after a vein in his foot exploded and he was trying to wrap it up in a bandage. His foot is black and blue and it's disgusting. There was blood everywhere and Jason's so out of it and lazy that the blood stains are still all over his room and on the sheets. He hasn't cleaned any of it up." A rep for Davis had "no comment."

INDUSTRY NEWS



OLIVIA MUNN TO APPEAR ON 'NEW GIRL': Olivia Munn is set to appear on Fox's New Girl. E! News reported that Munn will play "the sexy, earthy and charming Angie, Nick's (Jake Johnson) new love interest, who can hold her own with the quippy group." Her episodes are set to run in November -- and will not interfere with production of The Newsroom.
TINA FEY TALKS '30 ROCK' FINAL SEASON: Tina Fey says it's coming to be "hard" to see 30 Rock come to a close after its upcoming final season. The comedy star told Entertainment Weekly, "I think it will be hard. I would love to get another TV show on the air someday." However, she teased a lot of exciting developments before the show goes off the air. Tina said that the final season will feature, "A sexual awakening for Liz Lemon, a Skype conversation between Jack Donaghy and Ann Romney's horse Rafalca, and the return of Matthew Broderick as Cooter."
RATINGS ANALYSIS BEGINS: The Mindy Project and The New Normal are neck-and-neck in the ratings. The premiere of Mindy Kaling's new show brought in 4.7 million viewers, while The New Normal attracted 5.1 million. However, the Los Angeles noted, "NBC pulled in more total viewers, 5.1 million versus 4.7 million, but that margin consists mostly of older viewers whom advertisers are less interested in."

SHOWTIME PREMIERES


Premiering Sunday night (September 30th) are:
DEXTER begins its seventh season at 9 P.M. with Deb trying to cover up involvement in Travis' murder as LaGuerta rethinks the Bay Harbor Butcher case. The show stars Michael C. Hall, Jennifer Carpenter and David Zayas.

  • Last season ended with a huge cliffhanger when Deb walks in on Dexter mid-kill.
HOMELAND kicks off its second season at 10 P.M. after leaving viewers with a huge cliffhanger at the end of season one when Carrie goes in for shock therapy. The premiere episode includes a former asset that threatens Carrie's peace as Dana lets a secret slip. The show stars Claire Danes, Damian Lewis and Mandy Patinkin.
  • Homeland won several awards at last week's Emmys including best actress in a drama series, best actor in a drama series and best drama series.

CBS SEASON OPENERS


Premiering tonight (September 28th) on CBS are:
CSI: NY kicks of its ninth season at 8 P.M. with the team trying to catch an arsonist whose last fire killed a fire chief. The show stars Gary Sinise, Eddie Cahill, Hill Harper and Anna Belknap.
MADE IN JERSEY has its series premiere at 9 P.M., following Martina, who makes a good impression on her boss and gets assigned to a new murder case. The show stars Jessica Blank, Dominic Fano and Drew Beasley.
BLUE BLOODS begins its third season at 10 P.M. with Jackie getting kidnapped by a criminal from Danny's past. The show stars Will Estes, Donnie Wahlberg, Bridget Moynahan and Tom Selleck.
Premiering Sunday (September 30th) on CBS are:
THE AMAZING RACE begins its 21st season at 8 P.M. with the teams meeting up at the starting point.
THE GOOD WIFE kicks off its fourth season at 9 P.M. with a state trooper targeting Zach putting Alicia on the offensive. The show stars Julianna Margulies, Matt Czuchry and Archie Panjabi.
THE MENTALIST, at 8 P.M. starts its fifth season at 10 P.M. with the team joining forces with the FBI to solve the murder of a hotel employee as Jane tries to determines Lorelei's connection to Red John. The show stars Simon Baker, Robin Tunny and Tim Kang.

FOX SEASON OPENERS


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Premiering tonight (September 28th) on FOX is:
FRINGE kicks off its fifth and final season at 9 P.M. following the fringe team 20 years in the future as they try to save the world from the Observers. The show stars Joshua Jackson, Anna Torv and Lance Reddick.

  • Joshua Jackson on the dynamic between Peter and Olivia: "Obviously the dynamic between Peter and Olivia is very different becuase they had enough time to be together have a child and have this life together and then off camera at the end of last season but before episode no not even after the end of the episode but before 2015 when the Observers invaded they were leading seemingly a very nice life and then when the Observers invaded and Etta went missing it split them up again but not in a divorce sort of way just Peter couldn't let go of them idea that he might be able to find his daughter and Olivia went back to work."
  • Anna Torv on finishing the story:"Finishing the story I think it's particulary for our creators and our writers like what a beautiful oppotunity to be knowing that you get to end it and end it properly."
Premiering tonight (September 30th) on FOX are:
THE SIMPSONS begins its twenty-fifth season at 8 P.M. with the family traveling to New York in search of Bart's long lost love (voiced by Zooey Deschanel).
  • Zooey Deschanel on the table read: ["The table read was like a dream come true seeing all the voices come to life cause they come out of real human beings that was incredible, everyone was so nice it was a little overwhelming for me cause I've been watching the Simpsons since I was ten."
  • Zooey Deschanel on Bart not having seen her character in a long time: "In this episode Bart hasn't seen me for awhile and it turns out that I've moved to New York and sort of become a Holly Golightlyesque character and we have a romantic time in New York City."
BOB'S BURGERS starts its third season at 8:30 P.M. with bikers handing at Bob's Burgers as they mourn the loss of a friend.
FAMILY GUY starts its eleventh season at 9 P.M. following the Griffins as they decide to climb Mount Everest.
AMERICAN DAD premiering its ninth season at 9:30 P.M. with Rogers hiring Hayley as a singer at his new bar.

ACTOR JOHNNY LEWIS DEAD; ACCUSED OF MURDERING ELDERLY WOMAN

Johnny Lewis was found dead in California on Wednesday (September 26th). The actor, who appeared to have fallen off a house, is suspected of having killed the elderly woman found inside the residence he fell from.
TMZ.com reported that neighbors heard the 81-year-old woman screaming, and then saw Lewis attack two other people with a piece of wood before climbing to the roof. The woman -- from whom who Lewis was reportedly renting a room -- was found beaten to death inside. Police also found the body of a cat that had apparently been beaten.
It's unclear if Lewis fell or jumped to his death.
TMZ also reported that Lewis had been released from jail just six days before the murder. At the time of his death, there were several criminal cases filed against him.
Law enforcement sources told TMZ that Lewis had also recently been in rehab -- and they believe he was under the influence of either PCP or Meth at the time of his death. The people who fought him told police that Lewis exhibited "superhuman strength."
A policeman on the scene told reporters, "It's a very gruesome scene. It's a very senseless crime, someone that's just defenseless, someone that in their late years, 70, 80 years of age. And then living in this type of neighborhood, you don't expect anything to take place like this."

  • Lewis starred as 'Half-Sack' Epps on Sons of Anarchy for two seasons. He also had roles on The O.C., Criminal Minds, Bones and CSI.
HOLLYWOOD REACTS
Sons of Anarchy creator Kurt Sutter wrote on his WhoSay page, "Not sure if folks know this yet, but Johnny Lewis (Halfsack) died last night. It was a tragic end for an extremely talented guy, who unfortunately had lost his way. I wish I could say that I was shocked by the events last night, but I was not. I am deeply sorry that an innocent life had to be thrown into his destructive path."
Katy Perry, who once dated the actor, tweeted, "Johnny Lewis, I love you deeply and madly and always. My heart is broken in a million little pieces. I will miss you every day.""

DID EMILY MAYNARD CHEAT WITH MATT LEINHART?



Remember when it was reported that Emily Maynard had cheated on her fiance Jef Holm? The pair quickly denied the reports and have since piled on the PDA.
Us Weekly is now reporting that the cheating in question was Emily sending "explicit" text messages with another man -- who they've know identified as Oakland Raiders quarterback Matt Leinhart.
Holm's ex Kaylee Shepherd told the magazine about the situation. She said, "[Jef] said the story was 100 percent accurate. When she put her phone down, [Jef] picked it up and read through everything. . . Jef said, 'It was that pro football guy . . . She strung me along and was talking to another guy the whole time!'"

  • Shepherd also claims that Emily gave Jef half the money she made from The Bachelorette to stay quiet. She recalled, "Emily told him 'I'm so sorry' and he said, 'Well, we have two options: The first is I can go to the media and tell them the truth and let everyone know what you're really like. Or two, I will deny the whole thing and you give me half the money you made from The Bachelorette.'"
  • He reportedly chose the latter.

AMANDA BYNES PLEADS NOT GUILTY TO HIT AND RUN



Amanda Bynes pleaded not guilty to two counts of hit-and-run on Thursday, although the actress wasn't present in court for the 10-minute hearing. RadarOnline.com reported that Amanda's attorney entered the plea on her behalf, and the 26-year-old was ordered to turn herself into cops.
The judge said that Bynes, who has been staying in New York City, must formally turn herself into to be booked by October 21st so that she can be fingerprinted and have her mug shot taken.
Bynes is also facing a DUI charge and two charges of driving on a suspended license. Her pretrial hearing is scheduled to take place on October 19.
As for why Amanda fled to New York? A friend recently told Radar, "Amanda isn't required to be in court so she has gone to New York City and says she plans on making it a permanent move. Amanda is adamant that she is retired from acting and wants to begin a new life in New York as a fashion designer. She thinks she can live a more normal life on the East Coast and won't be hounded by the paps."

  • EOnline.com reported that Amanda was shopping at the time of the hearing.

DINA LOHAN OFFERS ADVICE TO PARENTS OF AMANDA BYNES




Even though she has long been criticized for her parenting methods, Dina Lohan feels she is in a position to offer advice to the parents of Amanda Bynes. Although Bynes and Lohan have frequently been compared lately -- given their difficult transitions from child to adult star and driving and legal woes -- Dina refused to acknowledge the similarities.
She explained to Entertainment Tonight, "You know, I'm a mother, and I feel that that's for her mother to speak about, and not me, because people have spoken for my child and myself. I really feel that's for her parents to discuss and Amanda herself."
However when asked what advice she'd offer Rick and Lynn Bynes about how to deal with Amanda, Dina responded, "Just be around. It's hard when your daughter's not, you know, over 18, and you want to let them go and they want to feel like they're in control of themselves. So it's a very strategic place for a parent to be, but she'll be ok."
  • It was recently reported that Amanda won't respond to her parents, who flew to California in an attempt to help her. A source told Us Weekly, "Amanda shut them out and isn't speaking to them."
CHECK IT OUT: Bad parenting advice: http://bit.ly/PIDw10

MOVIES OPENING THIS WEEKEND



Opening today (September 28th) is the new science fiction movie, Looper, starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Bruce Willis, Emily Blunt, Paul Dano and Piper Perabo. Set in a futuristic world where time travel exists, the film follows a hired gunman, Joe, played by Gordon-Levitt, whose life has been pretty good but when the mob decides to close his 'loop', and sends Joe's future self back for assassination, young Joe must fight to survive.

  • Looper is rated R and has a running time of 2 hours.

Opening today (September 28th) is the new animated film, Hotel Transylvania, with Adam Sandler, Andy Samberg, Selena Gomez, Kevin James, David Spade and Fran Drescher lending their voices. The film follows Dracula, voiced by Sandler, who has opened a hotel for monsters and their families so they can relax and be themselves without humans around. Dracula has planned a special weekend to celebrate his daughter Mavis's 118th birthday but when a young human man shows up at the hotel and falls for Mavis, Dracula does everything he can to get the boy away from his daughter and hotel.
  • Hotel Transylvania is rated PG and has a running time of 1 hour and 35 minutes.

Opening today (September 28th) is thew new drama, Won't Back Down, starring Viola Davis, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Lance Reddick, Rosie Perez and Holly Hunter. Inspired by true events, the film follows two mothers who will stop at nothing to get their children's inner city school up to par on education.
  • Won't Back Down is rated PG and has a running time of 2 hours.

HEADLINE NEWS


NETANYAHU ARGUES FOR ACTION AGAINST IRAN IN U.N. SPEECH: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spoke before the United Nations General Assembly on Thursday (September 27th), making his most detailed argument yet for international action to stop Iran's nuclear program. Netanyahu contended that the world has until next summer at the latest to stop Iran from building a nuclear bomb. Holding up a drawing of a cartoon-like bomb, he showed the progress he says Iran has already made in completing uranium enrichment, and then used a red marker to draw a line across what the he said was completion of the second stage and 90 percent of the way to uranium enrichment needed to make a nuclear bomb. He said that was a threshold Israel cannot tolerate. Netanyahu declared, "To understand what the world would be like with a nuclear-armed Iran, just imagine the world with a nuclear-armed al-Qaida." Iran insists its nuclear program is for peaceful purposes, but the U.S., Israel, and other Western nations don't believe that.
CALIFORNIA MAN BEHIND ANTI-ISLAM FILM JAILED FOR VIOLATING PROBATION: The California man behind the crude anti-Islamic video that sparked violent demonstrations in the Muslim world was arrested on Thursday (September 27th) for violating his probation from a 2010 check fraud conviction. In yet another twist in the case, the man who'd been using the name Nakoula Basseley Nakoula told the judge his real name is Mark Basseley Youseff. He said he'd been using that name since 2002, even though he went by Nakoula in the fraud case. Citing a lengthy pattern of deception and the potential to flee, the judge ordered Nakoula jailed until a hearing can be held to determine if he broke the terms of his probation. Prosecutors noted Nakoula had eight probation violations, including lying to his probation officers and using aliases. After his 2010 conviction, Nakoula was sentenced to 21 months in prison and was barred from using computers or the Internet for five years without approval from his probation officer, though prosecutors said none of the violations involved the Internet. He also wasn't supposed to use any name other than his true legal name. However, a man believed to be Nakoula took credit for the anti-Islam video while using the name "Sam Bacile," and he's now claiming a new name.
GUNMAN KILLS FOUR IN MINNEAPOLIS BEFORE SHOOTING HIMSELF: A gunman killed four people inside a Minneapolis sign-making business yesterday afternoon (September 27th) before fatally shooting himself. Four other people were wounded, three of them critically. No details were released about the gunman, including his possible motive or whether he'd worked at Accent Signage Systems. However, the Minneapolis Star-Tribune reported that the man had apparently just lost his job at the business and had returned to the building, where he opened fire. The newspaper's report said the company's founder was among the dead.
MIDDLE EAST HACKERS ATTACK U.S. BANKS: The U.S. financial and banking industries have been hit by a major cyberattack in recent days, with ABC News reporting that the denial of service attacks were caused by hackers from the Middle East. Different banks were targeted on different days, including Bank of America, PNC and Wells Fargo, making it difficult for customers to access their accounts online. According to the ABC report, a group of hackers calling themselves Izz ad-Din al-Qassam warned the financial industry that it was going to attack in retaliation for the anti-Islam video made by a California man that sparked recent violent demonstrations the Muslim world. ABC reported that the U.S. was actively working to locate and disrupt the attacks.
TODAY'S FYI:
GOP FIRES VENDOR OVER QUESTIONABLE VOTER REGISTRATIONS: The Republican Party yesterday (September 27th) fired a vendor that's suspected of submitting 108 questionable new voter registrations in Palm Beach County, Florida. The Republican Party of Florida had used Strategic Allied Consulting to help register and turnout voters in the key swing state, and had paid the Virginia-based group more than $1.3 million. The Republican National Committee had also used Strategic Allied Consulting for work in Nevada, North Carolina, Colorado and Virginia. Both the national and state Republican parties said they quickly cut ties to the company once learning of the problem. Strategic Allied Consulting said the suspect forms came from one person, and they were cooperating with Florida election officials.
SANDUSKY VICTIM'S BOOK OUT NEXT MONTH: One of former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky's child sex abuse victims, known as Victim 1, has written a book about his story and will soon reveal his identity, publisher Ballantine Bantam Dell announced yesterday (September 27th). The book, called Silent No More: Victim #1's Fight for Justice Against Jerry Sandusky, is co-written by the victim's mother and psychologist and will be out on October 23rd. Victim 1, who's now 18, will reveal his identity on that day to ABC News. Victim 1 first went to authorities in 2008 and helped launch the investigation that eventually led to Sandusky's conviction in June on 45 counts of child sexual abuse. He is expected to be sentenced next month to spending the rest of his life behind bars.
NASA ROVER FINDS EVIDENCE WATER ONCE FLOWED ON MARS: NASA's Mars rover Curiosity has found evidence that water once flowed on the Red Planet, sending back pictures of bedrock that suggest a fast-moving stream was once there. Although there have been previous signs that water once existed on Mars, the new images, which show pebbles that were rounded off, likely by water, are the most convincing evidence yet. NASA intentionally landed Curiosity inside Gale Crater near the Martian equator early last month because photos from space suggested there might once have been water in that area.
FACEBOOK WILL NOW LET YOU SEND REAL-LIFE GIFTS: Facebook launched a new service yesterday (September 27th), called Gifts, which allows users to send real-life gifts to one another. Only some users have access to it now, but it will be rolled out to more people over the coming months. User will be able to click on a "gifts" icon on their Facebook friends' pages, and the icon will also show up on the right side of users' Facebook pages with the notifications for birthdays and other events. Clicking on the icon will show presents that can be bought, such as a Starbucks gift card, cupcakes, flowers, spa packages, chocolate, socks and a teddy bear. The recipient will be notified to enter a shipping address for the presents, and may even be able to customize their gift, such as choosing the cupcake flavor they want or the style of socks.
WORLD'S TALLEST FERRIS WHEEL TO BE BUILT ON NEW YORK'S STATEN ISLAND: Plans are in the works to build the world's tallest ferris wheel on Staten Island, New York City's fifth and often forgotten borough. At 625 feet, the ferris wheel will be about half the height of the Empire State Building, and visitors will ride in 36 capsules, each able to hold up to 40 passengers. The observation wheel will be located near the Staten Island Ferry terminal and anchor a retail complex with 100 outlet stores, theater space, a hotel, restaurants and cafes. It's expected to open in 2015. The project is part of Mayor Mike Bloomberg's effort to develop the city's extensive waterfront with parks and recreational projects and make the city more tourist-friendly.
SPORTS:
FANS CHEER RETURN OF REGULAR REF AS RAVENS TOP BROWNS 23-16: Fans in Baltimore cheered the return of the regular referees when the officials walked on the field Thursday (September 27th) ahead of last night's game that Baltimore's Ravens won over the Cleveland Browns 23-16. Just hours after the NFL's lockout of the refs ended at midnight, the officiating crew got a round of applause as they walked on the field, and two of them tipped their caps to acknowledge the support. Then, before the pregame coin flip, referee Gene Steratore greeted the players by saying, "Good evening, men, it's good to be back," and many in the crowd stood and cheered. Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco went 28 for 46 for 356 yards in the game, threw one touchdown and ran for another. Browns QB Brandon Weeden went 25 for 52 for 320 yards as the Browns fell to 0-4.

  • Earlier in the day, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell apologized to fans unhappy over the use of replacement officials for the first three weeks of the season. Speaking on a conference call, Goodell said, "Obviously when you go through something like this it is painful for everybody. Most importantly, it is painful for our fans. We are sorry to have to put our fans through that, but it is something that in the short term you sometimes have to do to make sure you get the right kind of deal for the long term and make sure you continue to grow the game."
(Headline News, FYI and Sports stories were compiled in part from reports by the Associated Press and Reuters.)

ON THE TUBE


CBS

  • CSI: NY - (season premiere) A recently paroled arsonist comes under suspicion when a blaze employing his past technique kills a fire chief.
  • MADE IN JERSEY - (season premiere) Martina makes a good impression on her boss, leading him to assign her to a murder case.
  • BLUE BLOODS - (season premiere) A criminal from Danny's past kidnaps Jackie.
NBC
  • GRIMM (repeat)
  • GRIMM - When a Wesen church is robbed, Nick and Monroe investigate its members for suspicious activity.
  • DATELINE NBC - (season premiere) The murder of a Hollywood stunt man leads investigators to a woman once married to a movie star mobster.
FOX
  • THE X FACTOR (repeat)
  • FRINGE - The fringe team, after being preserved in amber for 20 years, tries to save the world from the Observers in the your 2036.
ABC
  • SHARK TANK - Professionals dancers Jonathan Roberts and Anna Trebunskaya demonstrate their posture correction device; a gluten free cookie business.
  • LAST RESORT (repeat)
  • 20/20 - Inappropriate classroom behavior caught on tape.
CW
  • AMERICA'S NEXT TOP MODEL - The models visit a special effects production house and compete for the chance to be featured in a video game.
  • NIKITA (repeat)
DAY TIME TALK SHOW
THE ELLEN DEGENERES SHOW - Selena Gomez, Kobe Bryant, the Killers
THE VIEW - Damian Lewis, Jennifer Morrison, Michael Corbett, guest co-host Andy Cohen
KATIE - Chelsea Handler
LATE NIGHT TALK SHOWS
THE LATE SHOW WITH DAVID LETTERMAN (CBS) - Tom Dreesen, Dwight Yoakam
THE TONIGHT SHOW WITH JAY LENO (NBC) - Christina Applegate, Sherri Shepherd, the Paino Guys
JIMMY KIMMEL LIVE (ABC) - (repeat)
THE LATE LATE SHOW WITH CRAIG FERGUSON (CBS) - Michael C. Hall, Martha Plimpton
LATE NIGHT WITH JIMMY FALLON (NBC) - Ice-T, Justin Kirk, Hunter Hayes
LAST CALL WITH CARSON DALY (NBC) - Chuck Zito, Estelle, Rian Johnson
SATURDAY
NBC
  • SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE (repeat)
SUNDAY
CBS
  • THE AMAZING RACE - (season premiere) TBA
  • THE GOOD WIFE - (season premiere) A state trooper targets Zach, putting Alicia on the offensive.
  • THE MENTALIST - (season premiere) As Jane tries to determine Lorelei's (Emmanuelle Chriqui) connection to Red John, the team and the FBI collaborate on an investigation into the murder of a hotel employee.
NBC
  • FOOTBALL NIGHT IN AMERICA - Pregame.
  • NFL FOOTBALL - New York Giants at Philadelphia Eagles.
FOX
  • THE SIMPSONS - (season premiere) The family travels to New York in search of Bart's long lost love (Zooey Deschanel).
  • BOB'S BURGERS - (season premiere) A gang of bikers mourning the loss of their leader hang out at Bob's Burgers.
  • FAMILY GUY - (season premiere) In order to compete with ambitious friends, the Griffins decide to climb Mount Everest.
  • AMERICAN DAD - (season premiere) When Roger hires Hayley as a singer in his new bar, he becomes enthralled by her voice.
ABC
  • ONCE UPON A TIME - (season premiere) As fairytale characters awaken from Queen Regina's curse, they are not transported back to their home.
  • REVENGE - (season premiere) With the ante even higher after last summer's events in the Hamptons, Emily must plan her next move.
  • 666 PARK AVENUE - (series premiere) Jane and Henry are offered a chance to manage a premier apartment building in New York but supernatural forces in the building make them question their decision.
AMC
  • HELL ON WHEELS - A new arrival brings chaos; Eva is caught between Elam and Mr. Toole.
BRAVO
  • THE REAL HOUSEWIVES OF NEW JERSEY - Reunion.
E!
  • MARRIED TO JONAS - Kevin's relationship with Dani is put to the test.
HBO
  • BOARDWALK EMPIRE - Nucky reluntantly joins Margaret to receive a high honor from the church.
  • TREME - Antoine's students show interest; Albert receives news about his health.
SHOWTIME
  • DEXTER - (season premiere) Deb tries to cover up involvement in Travis' murder; LaGuerta rethinks the Bay Harbor Butcher case.
  • HOMELAND - (season premiere) A former asset threatens Carrie's peace; Dana lets a secret slip.

OFF BEAT BRIEFS

WOMAN INSISTED ON BATH BEFORE ARREST: A 45-year-old woman in Long Pond, Pennsylvania -- who was about to be arrested in her home -- insisted to police that she needed to take a bath before being taken in. Authorities went to Marisol Delarosa's home to serve her an arrest warrant which alleged she received stolen property. Police said Delarosa insisted she needed to take a bath before they could arrest her. When officers told her no, Delarosa reportedly tried to close the door. In the end, she was hit with a charge of resisting arrest and taken to Monroe County Correctional on $10,000 bail. (Scranton-Times Tribune)
GERMAN CAB DRIVER IS SELF-PROFESSED 'LADY WHISPERER': A cab driver in Germany who calls himself a "lady whisperer" is exhibiting photographs of more than 40 of his female passengers flashing him their breasts. The 67-year-old cabby, Hans-Jurgen Watzlawek, said he used his lady-whispering skills to convince passengers to flash him for the camera. The project started when a pregnant female passenger showed him her breasts to explain how they had been growing during her pregnancy. When she agreed to let Watzlawek photograph her, the project began. Critics believe the women in the photos were all drunk but the gallery owner said those claims are false. (Huffington Post)
COFFIN SHOP HOLDS HALLOWEEN SALE: A coffin shop in Minnesota is advertising full-sized coffins for $100 as part of a Halloween sale. The owner of the shop, 57-year-old Mike Zoff said that as part of the sale he'll sell his basic wooden coffin for the marked down price. His other coffins range from $295 to $780. Zoff is also selling some the his earlier, less perfect creations as holiday decorations. He said, "It's an undeniable segment of the business, away from the more traditional use. The Halloween sale thing, I've been getting a call or two a day." Zoff used to be a real estate broker who built wooden coffins on the side but when his coffin business took off, he quit his full-time job and turned his attentions to the coffin shop. (UPI)
MAN ARRESTED FOR WASHING GIRLFRIEND'S MOUTH OUT WITH SOAP: A man who was unhappy about his girlfriend swearing in front of their children literally tried washing her mouth out with soap. On Tuesday night (September 25th) John Vincent Caruso and Stephanie Madwell got into an argument when Stephanie started swearing. John got angry and threatened to wash her mouth out with soap if she didn't stop cursing. After his third warning, John went to the kitchen and got the liquid dish soap and squirted it into his girlfriend's mouth. Stephanie called the police and when they arrived at the home, they asked John about the soap. John not only admitted it but reportedly told police he often washed his own mouth out with soap out of respect for his parents. Police arrested John on a domestic battery charge. (The Smoking Gun)
IS THIS PICTURE (OF A BABY DOING A KEG STAND) A JOKE OR IS IT REAL? Police are investigating this photo: bit.ly/NTDcOp
WARNING: OFFENSIVE CONTENT AHEAD!!!
IS 'BUTT-CHUGGING' REALLY A THING: It's reportedly a faster way to get alcohol into your system. NSFW content ahead!!! bit.ly/Qzdlvm

THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW

FACEBOOK KEEPING TRACK OF YOUR STALKING: A newly activated Facebook feature is keeping track of your people searches and presenting them in your Activity Log. Facebook announced, "Starting today, in addition to your other activity, you'll be able to see the searches you're making on Facebook. Just as you can choose to delete any of your posts, you can use the same inline control on Activity Log to remove any of your searches at any time. It's important to remember that no one else can see your Activity Log, including your search activity." This means there's a record of who you're Facebook-stalking. While it's supposedly private for now -- beware if this is one of those things that eventually goes public!! (Facebook)
WHAT ARE THE CLASSIC WARDROBE STAPLES? Skinny jeans, leggings and blazers have replaced denim jackets, polo necks and thick black tights as wardrobe staples over the last 25 years. However, some staples have remained, including black pants, cardigans, a simple white blouse or shirt and the little black dress. The study found that 81 percent make sure their wardrobe is always full of staple or classic items.
STAPLE ITEMS NOW
Leggings and skinny jeans
Nude tights
Blazer
A maxi dress
Ballet pumps
STAPLE ITEMS 25 YEARS AGO
Straight leg jeans
Black, wool tights
Denim jacket
Simple knee length skirt
Black polo neck top
AND THE NON MOVERS. . . CONSTANT TRENDS
A fun and colorful pair of flip flops
Black cardigan
Black pants
Black or brown boots
White blouse
Flip-flops/flat sandals
White vest top
White/black short sleeved t-shirt/top
Bootcut jeans
White/black long sleeved top
Little black dress
Pencil skirt
Smart black coat
34% OF MARRIED COUPLES HAVE SEX 2-3 TIMES A WEEK: Among married couples, 45 percent have sex a few times per month, according to research from Sex in America: A Definitive Survey. Thirty-four percent have sex 2-3 times per week, and 7 percent manage an impressive 4 or more times per week. The remaining 13 percent do it just a few times a year. (Glo)
23 EASY WAYS TO INSTANTLY MAKE YOUR DAY BETTER: http://bit.ly/OuCEOB
PEOPLE CHOOSING COLLEGES BASED ON SOCIAL MEDIA: A recent survey of 7,000 high school students by Zinch, an online college resource, found that university social media accounts are influential to students who are deciding between colleges and universities. Admissions counselors are actively recruiting students on the popular social networks. The survey reveals schools that are smart with social media -- engaging students in video chats, Facebook contests and Twitter conversations -- are most influential online. About two-thirds of survey participants said they actively checked out prospective colleges on popular social networks including Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Pinterest and Tumblr. (LimeLife.com)
HIGH POWERED PEOPLE ARE LESS STRESSED: Conventional wisdom says government and corporate leaders have high levels of stress, but U.S. researchers say more authority means less stress. In other words, the feeling of being in charge of one's own life more than makes up for the greater amount of responsibility that accompanies higher rungs on the leadership ladder, the researchers said. The study, published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, also found the connection between power and tranquility was dependent on the total number of subordinates a leader had and on the degree of authority or autonomy a job conferred. (UPI)
BRITISH ENGLISH IS GETTING POPULAR IN AMERICA: British English is invading America. Geoffrey Nunberg, a linguist at the University of California at Berkeley, said that British English is becoming more popular in America.

  • Ginger (red hair): The use of ginger in the US to describe red hair took off with publication of the first Harry Potter book in 1998, says Kory Stamper of Merriam-Webster. Unlike in the UK, there is no anti-ginger prejudice in the US, she says - Americans think of warm, comforting things like gingerbread.
  • Sell-by date (expiration): Americans use "expiration date" for the British sell-by date - the date by which supermarket food must be sold. But sell-by date is increasingly used in the US in a figurative sense. Eg "That idea is well past its sell-by date."
  • Go missing (disappear): This came to the fore in the US when intern Chandra Levy "disappeared", says Ben Yagoda. Go missing was widely used, he says, because it felt more nuanced. In his view, British terms can "really serve a purpose" when there is no exact equivalent in American English.
  • Chat up (hit on): The use of chat up to refer to flirtatious conversation really began to take off in the 1990s, says Kory Stamper. Often you can't pinpoint why a word or phrase gets picked up, she says. Chat up is a good example of a Britishism that has "snuck in on cat's feet".
??? TRIVIA ???
What animated duo made their TV debut in a 1992 short in which they played baseball with a frog?
A: Beavis & Butt-Head
What is the longest-running American sitcom, the longest-running American animated program, and the longest-running American primetime, scripted television series?
A: The Simpsons

WATER COOLER TALK


Aurora Movie Theater Seeking Dismissal of Massacre Lawsuits
The Aurora, Colorado, movie theater that was the site of a mass shooting in July in which 12 people were killed and 58 others injured is seeking the dismissal of lawsuits brought by three of the massacre survivors who were hurt, Reuters reported Thursday (September 27th), citing court papers. In their lawsuits filed last week, the three victims said the theater had lax security. But the dismissal motion filed on behalf of Cinemark USA said, "It would be patently unfair, and legally unsound, to impose on Cinemark, a private business in the entertainment industry, the duty and burden to have foreseen and prevented the criminal equivalent of a meteor falling from the sky." The victims argued there should have been more security because of previous crimes in or near the theater, including assaults, robberies and at least one gang shooting. Cinemark disputed that there was a gang shooting, but said that even if there had been, quote, "such an event would be insufficient to make a madman's mass murder foreseeable." Twenty-four-year-old James Holmes is facing murder and attempted murder charges for the attack.

GOP Senate Candidate Akin Says Dem Sen. McCaskill Not Ladylike, Wildcat
Missouri's Republican Senate nominee Todd Akin, who found himself in hot water last month when he said that victims of what he called "legitimate rape" won't get pregnant because, quote, "the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down," is raising some eyebrows again with his latest remarks. Speaking yesterday (September 27th) about his recent debate with Senator Claire McCaskill, his Democratic opponent, Akin contrasted McCaskill's performance with her demeanor during her 2006 debates against then-Senator Jim Talent, saying that then, "She had a confidence, and was very much more sort of ladylike and all." Then, while speaking to supporters later, the Los Angeles Times reported that Akin said of McCaskill's debate performance, "The first two minutes, wow, it's like somebody let a wildcat out of the cage. She was just furious and attacking in every different direction, which was a little bit of a surprise to us."

Bikini Basketball League Gearing Up for Debut Next Summer
The Lingerie Football League will soon have company with the debut next summer of the Bikini Basketball League. According to ThePostGame website, tryouts have already taken place for the league, which will be made up of seven teams: the Chicago Desire; the Orlando Lady Cats; the Miami Spice; the Los Angeles Ice; the Hollywood Hotties; the New York Knockouts; and the Atlanta Fleet Angels. A representative of the Miami Spice told the Miami New Times, "This is a competitive basketball league, so we are definitely looking for girls that can really play. It is also a bikini league in which the girls will be playing basketball in bikinis, so looking good in a bikini is a must."

Thursday, September 27, 2012

KFLAG COUNTRY MUSIC UPDATE

George Strait is laying down his microphone and stepping out of the stage spotlight at the conclusion of his upcoming two-year tour. The superstar held a press conference at the Country Music Hall of Fame in Nashville yesterday (Wednesday, September 26th) where he announced his retirement from touring once his The Cowboy Rides Away tour wraps up in 2014.
George plans to continue recording albums and making the occasion special appearance, but he tells us it was just the right time to step away from touring. "Well, I keep saying I want to quit doing it before they quit coming, and I've had great fans over the years, and I say that jokingly, but I sort of had in the back of my mind 60 being the magic number, you know, when it might be time for me to think about it, and so after a lot of thought and sleepless nights I just feel like that I'm making the right decision. Now, I haven't been on tour for awhile and I'm really having second thoughts now, but I'm pretty sure during the middle of this tour I'll feel like I've made the right decision."
George celebrated his 60th birthday earlier this year.
The first 21 markets on The Cowboy Rides Away tour have been announced. George will be joined by special guest Martina McBride on both the winter and spring legs of the tour. The first show will be held on January 18th in Lubbock, Texas.
Here is the 2013 list of dates so far on the trek:
JAN 18 | Lubbock, Texas | United Spirit Arena
JAN 19 | Oklahoma City, Okla. | Chesapeake Energy Arena
JAN 25 | Salt Lake City, Utah | Energy Solutions Arena
JAN 26 | Nampa, Idaho | Idaho Center
JAN 31 | Sacramento, Calif. | Power Balance Pavilion
FEB 1 | Fresno, Calif. | Save Mart Center
FEB 2 | Las Vegas, Nev. | MGM Grand Garden Arena
FEB 15 | St. Paul, Minn. | Xcel Energy Center
FEB 16 | Grand Forks, N.D. | The Alerus Center
FEB 22 | Buffalo, N.Y. | First Niagara Center
FEB 23 | Hartford, Conn. | XL Center
MAR 1 | Knoxville, Tenn. | Thompson-Boling Arena
MAR 2 | Lexington, Ky. | Rupp Arena
MAR 17 | Houston, Texas | Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo*
MAR 22 | Greenville, S.C. | Bi-Lo Center
MAR 23 | Greensboro, N.C. | Greensboro Coliseum Complex
APR 5 | Albuquerque, N.M. | The Pit
APR 6 | Las Cruces, N.M. | Pan American Center
APR 12 | N. Little Rock, Ark. | Verizon Arena
APR 13 | New Orleans, La. | New Orleans Arena
JUN 1 | San Antonio, Texas | Alamodome**
*Denotes previously announced tour date featuring Martina McBride
Jason Aldean, Dierks Bentley, Kelly Clarkson and Little Big Town are the first group of performers confirmed for the 46th Annual CMA Awards. The show will air live from Nashville's Bridgestone Arena on November 1st on ABC.
The CMA Awards will be co-hosted by Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood for the fifth consecutive year.
Jason is nominated for Entertainer, Male Vocalist, and Single of the Year for "Dirt Road Anthem."
Dierks received three nominations for Album of the Year for Home, and Single and Song of the Year for "Home."
Kelly makes her debut in the Female Vocalist of the Year category this year.
Little Big Town is up for Vocal Group of the Year and Music Video and Single of the Year for "Pontoon."
Luke Bryan will kick off his fourth annual Farm tour next week. The eight-concert run will include Luke's friends and frequent songwriting partners Dallas Davidson and Rhett Akins, as well as singer/songwriters Chancie Neal and Cole Swindell. This year's tour will see the number of college scholarships grow to 20. These are offered to students of farming families within the communities that Luke performs in. Money raised from the shows fund the scholarships.

Luke begins the Farm tour on October 3rd in Claxton, Georgia and wraps up on October 13th in Macon, Georgia. Tickets are available at lukebryan.com/farmtour.
Luke wraps the year on tour with Jason Aldean, but he's already planning for his first headlining tour in 2013. He tells us the ideas are swirling and he's weighing all his options. "It's funny, I'm filling up my iPhone with notes for next year and the tour and everytime I go lay down in my bunk in my tour bus there's a big stack of like stage ideas and drawings and 3-D images and stuff of the show, so this is kind of the way this business is, you know? You wake up one day and next thing you know you don't have much down time but you kind of ride the wave and try to make it a big, long wave and enjoy it and we're really excited about headlining next year. You try to reinvent the wheel and do it in a way that fans and country fans have never seen it done, so I'm up to the challenge and looking forward to it."
  • Luke is currently climbing the charts with his latest hit, "Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye."
FAST FACTS
  • Luke is nominated for two CMA Awards for Male Vocalist of the Year and Album of the Year for Tailgates & Tanlines. The CMA Awards will air live from Nashville on ABC on November 1st.
Faith Hill's brand new single is called "American Heart." It's the second single from her yet unreleased CD. The first was "Come Home," which peaked at Number 26 last year.
Faith told People.com about the single saying, "We've been through a lot as a country throughout the years, and we've faced tremendous adversity. People are suffering, trying to make ends meet, and times are especially tough right now. The sentiment captures everything I think we all feel when we think about the American spirit."
The song will premiere in its entirety on Faith's Twitter account, @faithhill, on Sunday (September 30th) at 7 p.m. ET. At that time she will also be online answering fans' questions. Those questions can be tweeted using the hashtag #askfaith.
No release date has yet been announced for Faith's new album, and she has no plans to perform the new tune during her upcoming Las Vegas stint with Tim McGraw. In fact, Faith tells us she'll be lucky to squeeze in any new songs during the show at the Venetian: "Um, maybe just one, maybe one or two. It's not really gonna be about that, honestly. It will be an entirely different type of show, but maybe one or two, maybe. (Tim) The problem is time. (Faith) Yeah. It's 90 minutes. (Tim) The show is 90 minutes and by the time we do all of our duets and do some other things that are uptempo because all of our duets have been ballads (Tim and Faith laugh), so by the time we do some great things together that are uptempo there's not gonna really be any time really to do much separately."
Faith and Tim's Soul2Soul dates at The Venetian in Vegas begin on December 7th.
CHECK IT OUT
Loretta Lynn celebrated her 50th anniversary as a member of The Grand Ole Opry on Tuesday (September 25th) in Nashville. Loretta closed the evening's performance after being paid a musical tribute by Miranda Lambert, the Pistol Annies, Lee Ann Womack and Loretta's sister, Crystal Gayle.

Lee Ann sang "I Know How", Crystal Gayle took on "Don't Come Home A- Drinkin'", Miranda did "Honky Tonk Girl", and Pistol Annies performed "Fist City". Tuesday night was also the Pistol Annies' Opry debut.

Loretta took the stage and performed her hits "They Don't Make 'Em Like My Daddy Anymore" and "You Ain't Woman Enough," while Trace Adkins joined her for the Conway Twitty duet "Lead Me On." All the ladies returned to the stage to join Loretta on her signature song, "Coal Miner's Daughter."

Before Loretta's final song of the night, Johnathon Arndt of the famed Johnathon Arndt Gallery of Jewels, along with Opry vice-president and general manager Pete Fisher, presented the Opry legend with a congratulatory gift of a limited Johnathon Arndt 18 karat pink gold and diamond Swiss timepiece.
Loretta said, "The greatest moment of my life was when they inducted me into the Grand Ole Opry. That's a feeling you only feel once in a lifetime. And I'm glad I did."
FAST FACTS
  • Loretta's last album, Van Lear Rose, was released in 2004.
  • She published her third autobiography, Honky Tonk Girl: My Life in Lyrics, this year.

Tim McGraw was free to sign with Big Machine Records and is in the clear to release a new album, according to a Tennessee Court of Appeals ruling that was issued yesterday (Wednesday, September 26th). The ruling upheld a lower court's 2011 rejection of Curb Records' request for an injunction that would have prevented Tim from signing with another label. Tim's former label, Curb Records, issued a statement that reads: "We respectfully disagree with today's ruling by the Court of Appeals on that issue, and we intend to continue to pursue this issue, including through the further appeals process as appropriate..."

Tracy Lawrence received two special honors at the Wilson County, Tennessee Humanitarian Award Gala on Tuesday (September 25rh) for his philanthropy and charitable efforts. He was given the first ever "Wilson County Humanitarian Award" and was presented with the proclamation of September 25th as "Tracy Lawrence Day." Tracy's charitable efforts include "New Leash On Life," "Golf & Concert For A Cure," "Music with a Mission," and the annual "Mission Possible Turkey Fry."

COUNTRY TRIVIA
Q. What country legend named his guitar "Trigger"?
A. Willie Nelson

ON THE TUBE
UNPLUGGED/CMT 11:30AM (ET)
Little Big Town
ON THE STREETS/GAC 4:30PM (ET)
Little Big Town's Kimberly Schlapman, Ricky Skaggs
BACKSTORY: JASON ALDEAN/GAC 8:00PM (ET)

CELEBRATING BIRTHDAYS


  • Gwyneth Paltrow (actress, Shakespeare In Love, The Talented Mr. Ripley, Shallow Hal, Proof) (40)
  • Randy Bachman (singer-guitarist, the Guess Who, Bachman-Turner Overdrive) (69)
  • Meat Loaf (rock singer) (65, disputed)
  • Robbie Shakespeare (reggae bassist and producer, Sly & Robbie; also worked with Mick Jagger, Bob Dylan, Jackson Browne, and Joe Cocker, among others) (59)
  • Liz Torres (actress, Permanent Midnight, Gilmore Girls, Joe Dirt) (65)
  • Wilford Brimley (actor, The China Syndrome, The Electric Horseman, Absence Of Malice, The Natural, Cocoon, The Firm, In & Out) (78)
  • Brad Arnold (singer, 3 Doors Down) (34)
  • Stephan Jenkins (singer/guitarist, Third Eye Blind) (48)
  • Avril Lavigne (pop singer) (28)
  • Lil' Wayne (rapper) (30)
  • Shaun Cassidy (actor-singer, "Da Doo Ron Ron") (54)

CELEBRITY GOSSIP


JAMIE OLIVER COOKING FOR BRANGELINA? Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie have reportedly asked celebrity chef Jamie Oliver to cook Christmas dinner for their family. A source told The Sun, "Jamie will be heading to their Surrey mansion to help prepare Christmas dinner. Brad asked him to do it after he begged Jamie for cookery lessons last year. Jamie tried to teach him but he's useless in the kitchen."
CAMILLE RESPONDS TO KELSEY COMMENTS: Camille Grammer is hitting back at her ex Kelsey, who has continued to speak negatively about their relationship -- even though he's moved on with a new wife and child. She told RadarOnline.com, "Kelsey and I shared a life together and have two beautiful children together, and I just wish he would stop the constant barrage of negativity towards me as it's bad for our children and our respective families. I would hope that Kelsey would say something positive about our life together, so we can be amicable. I have absolutely no ill will towards Kelsey, I keep focused on what is ahead and I don't look back. I have happy memories about my time with Kelsey, yes, there were sad times, but I focus on the positive times for the sake of our children. I'm just not a negative person."
LINDSAY LOHAN ISN'T SLEEPING WITH NYC ARTIST: Contrary to rumors, Lindsay Lohan is not sleeping with artist Domingo Zapata. Although they've been spotted together around NYC, Zapata told the New York Post, "Lindsay and I are definitely not a couple. I think highly of her, but we are just friends that have worked together in the past. I am just busy focusing on my show coming up in LA, Art Basel in Miami in December and a Paris show in February."
ANTONIO SABATO JR. TIES THE KNOT: Antonio Sabato Jr. is a married man. The actor tied the knot with singer-songwriter Cheryl Moana Marie on Tuesday (September 25th) in Hawaii. Just 18 friends and family members were in attendance for the nuptials. The couple met three years ago after Sabato was unsuccessful finding love on the 2009 reality show, My Antonio.
PAUL NASSIF GRANTED VISITATION: Dr. Paul Nassif has been granted visitation with his children in the wake of his bitter custody dispute with his estranged wife Adrienne Maloof. After the Department of Children and Family Services found that there was no evidence he abused their three sons, Nassif went to court and was granted monitored visits. The matter will be permanently settled at a custody hearing scheduled for October 9th.

INDUSTRY NEWS


HEIDI KLUM HOSTING MTV EUROPE MUSIC AWARDS: Heidi Klum will host the 2012 MTV Europe Music Awards later this fall. The supermodel/TV personality signed on to front the show, which will be filmed in Germany on November 11th. She said in a statement, "I'm honored to host the '2012 MTV EMA' in its return to my home country of Germany. The MTV EMA is one of the biggest nights in global music, fashion and culture, and I'm thrilled to play a part in bringing this one-of-a-kind show to audiences all over the world. We're going to have a blast!"
'TODAY' SHOW PRODUCER DEFENDS MATT LAUER: Jim Bell, executive producer of the Today show, is opening up about the program's woes -- but insists Matt Lauer is not to blame. Bell told The Hollywood Reporter, "We had to make some tough calls. We're taking some shots. But that's okay. We have the right team in place now. We're just trying to move forward here." As for Matt? Bell said, "I'm the executive producer of the show. He's not. He's the public face of the show. So he's taken some of this. But it has been wrong. And that fact should be corrected."
CELEBS SING FOR CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL: A new video for St. Jude Children's Hospital features Jennifer Aniston, Jon Hamm, Keith Urban, Michael Strahan, Lady Antebellum and tons of celebrities -- along with patients, nurses, doctors and staff -- singing their version of the Paul McCartney's 1968 Beatles' classic, "Hey Jude."

ABC PREMIERES: 'GREY'S ANATOMY' AND MORE!


Starting tonight on CBS are:
LAST RESORT's series premiere is at 8 P.M. following a powerful Naval submarine's crew who find themselves enemies of the United States after questioning an order to fire at a foreign country. The show stars Scott Speedman, Andre Braugher, Daisy Betts and Daniel Lissing.
GREY'S ANATOMY, starts its ninth season, with the doctors trying to get past the plane crash and move forward with their lives. The show stars Ellen Pompeo, Sandra Oh, Patrick Dempsey, Eric Dane and Kevin McKidd.
SCANDAL, kicking off its second season at 10 P.M., the show stars Kerry Washington, Henry Ian Cusack and Guillermo Diaz.. Tomorrow's night premiere follows Olivia as she's asked for help by a senator facing public disgrace.

CBS PREMIERES: 'THE BIG BANG THEORY', 'ELEMENTARY', AND MORE


Premiering tonight on CBS starting at 8 P.M. are:
THE BIG BANG THEORY, starts its sixth season with Raj dealing with his loneliness while the guys are out on dates. The Big Bang Theory stars Jim Parsons, Johnny Galecki, Kaley Cuoco, Simon Helberg and Kunal Nayyar.

  • For his role as Sheldon Cooper, Parsons has win 2 Emmy's and a Golden Globe.
TWO AND A HALF MEN, gets its tenth season going at 8:30 P.M., with Walden planning a surprise for Zoey's birthday. The show stars Ashton Kutcher, Jon Cryer and Angus T. Jones.
PERSON OF INTEREST, begins its second season at 9 P.M., with Reese asking Detective Carter for help finding Finch, who was kidnapped. Person of Interest stars Jim Caviezel, Taraji P. Henson and Michael Emerson.
ELEMENTARY, kicking off the series at 10 P.M., is a modern take on Sherlock Holmes following Holmes and Watson as they investigate a home invasion that turned into murder. The show stars Jonny Lee Miller, Lucy Liu and Aiden Quinn.

TLC ORDERS MORE 'HONEY BOO BOO'


Honey Boo Boo isn't going anywhere. TLC announced that they've ordered additional episodes of the reality series, which has become a pop culture phenomenon.
Amy Winter, general manager of TLC, said, "Alana and her family have become a pop culture phenomenon. What you see is what you get, and we are excited to share even more of their unbridled hilarity, sincerity and love with our viewers."
The family will star in Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas specials for the network -- or "HOLLAday" specials as they're being called.

ROB PATTINSON REPORTEDLY MOVES BACK IN WITH KRISTEN STEWART


Rob Pattinson and Kristen Stewart are reportedly moving full steam ahead with their reconciliation. Us Weekly reported that the couple, who many thought were doomed after Kristen's summer cheating scandal, have moved back in together.
A source told the magazine, "They are living together and have reconciled."
Although the two have made up, an insider claims that Rob "is extra-sensitive right now. He's insecure."

  • The two reportedly reconnected earlier this month, after their respective promotional duties. They are set to begin promoting the final installment of the Twilight Saga together this fall.

JENNI 'JWOWW' FARLEY CONFIRMS ENGAGEMENT


Jenni "JWoww" Farley is officially engaged. The Jersey Shore star confirmed that she and boyfriend Roger Mathews are planning a walk down the aisle.
JWoww told In Touch magazine that the proposal occurred during a skydiving session. She recalled, "I look over and see a hand-written sign: 'Jenni, will you . . . ' and then I turned to him and freaked out. The whole time I'm screaming, 'What are you doing What's going on? He's like, 'I want to spend the rest of my life with you! Will you allow me to?' "
The two started dating during the third season of Jersey Shore and Mathews has frequently appeared on the show since then.
As for the ring? Mathews presented his soon-to-be-bride with a stunner that totaled 5 carats and features 2.5 carats in diamonds surrounding the center stone.

  • She said of the bling, "It's more than I ever expected. Roger's not an average-looking guy, he's huge: his personality, his size [6'4"]. So I always said, 'I want my ring like you -- big! The bigger the better!' "
CHECK IT OUT: Videos, creative marriage proposals: http://bit.ly/fbLxXi

JENNIFER GARNER SAYS BEN AFFLECK HAS 'WONDER SPERM'


Jennifer Garner is through with having kids -- but her husband Ben Affleck may throw a wrench into her plans.
Garner told Ellen DeGeneres that three kids is enough for her: "(Ellen) Are you gonna keep having kids, are you gonna have more? (Jennifer) No, I'm definitely, I plan to be done. But my husband is kind of a wonder sperm kind of guy."
The couple's youngest child -- son Sam -- is seven months old. They have two daughters who are three and six.
  • Garner also admitted that she gets her kids (and pets) names confused with each other -- and revealed she's even mixed them up with the Jolie-Pitts and called her daughters "Shiloh."

J.K. ROWLING CONSIDERS RETURNING TO HARRY POTTER UNIVERSE


J.K. Rowling says that there still might be more to come out of the Harry Potter universe. The famed author told the BBC that she'd consider revisiting the universe she created -- and then ended after seven books.
She explained, "It was murder saying goodbye, but where Harry's story is concerned, I'm done. Now, if I had a fabulous idea that came out of that world, because I loved writing it, I would do it."
However, she added, "I don't want to go mechanically back into that world and pick up a load of odds and ends and glue them together and say, 'Here we go, we can sell this.' It would make a mockery of what those books were to me."

  • Rowling noted that she's considered reworking several of the existing books as well: "I had to write on the run, and there were times when it was really tough. And I read them, and I think, 'Oh God, maybe I'll go back and do a director's cut,' I don't know."

TOM CRUISE IS NOT LEAVING SCIENTOLOGY


A rep for Tom Cruise has denied a report claiming that he is leaving Scientology. Star magazine reported that after "three failed marriages, a slumping career and the fear of losing Suri, Tom is desperate for a new life."
A source told the magazine that Tom acknowledged that Scientology was to blame for the downfall of his relationships. The insider claimed, "Tom hasn't admitted that he's definitely leaving Scientology for good. But he's distanced himself from those in the church and has been hanging out with good friends who aren't part of the religion."
However his rep told GossipCop.com that the story is "simply not true."
Meanwhile, a more credible source -- People magazine -- says that Tom misses daughter Suri in the wake of his divorce from Katie Holmes. Because Cruise has been filming a movie in London, and Suri's new school doesn't allow her the same flexibility that home schooling did, Tom hasn't seen his daughter in nearly two months.

  • However, friends say the two talk very frequently. A source told People, "I can tell you that I haven't had a meeting with Tom that was not interrupted by a phone call with his daughter."
CHECK IT OUT: Scientology myths: http://www.scientologymyths.info/

HEADLINE NEWS


ANTI-AUSTERITY PROTESTS IN GREECE, SPAIN: Demonstrators clashed with police in the capitals of Greece and Spain in the past two days as protests have erupted over new austerity measures. Yesterday (September 26th), nearly 70,000 people marched to the Greek parliament in Athens on the day of a general strike against further cuts demanded by foreign lenders. Later, police fired tear gas at rioters who were throwing Molotov cocktails. One day earlier, in Madrid, there were also violent protests as Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy moves closer to asking Europe for a bailout, which will require tougher austerity measures.
AHMADINEJAD AT U.N. CALLS FOR NEW WORLD ORDER, CONDEMNS 'UNCIVILIZED ZIONISTS': In his address to the United Nations General Assembly on Wednesday (September 26th), Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad called for a new world order not dominated by Western powers, quote, "who have entrusted themselves to the devil." While not repeating the comment he made to journalists two days earlier that Israel has no roots in the Middle East and would be, quote, "eliminated," he also said his country was under constant threat of military action from what he called "uncivilized Zionists." Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who will speak at the U.N. today, has promised a strong response to Ahmadinejad's verbal attacks. As in recent years, the delegations from the U.S., Canada and Israel were intentionally absent from the U.N. auditorium when Ahmadinejad spoke. At a news conference later in the day, Ahmadinejad said Iran is, quote, "capable of avoiding and neutralizing" efforts to sabotage its nuclear facilities, and repeated that his country is open to talks with the U.S., saying, "We are ready for a dialogue and a resolution of problems. . . . We have never had any problems with the people of the United States."
TODAY'S FYI:
U.S. ARMY GENERAL FACES CHARGES INCLUDING FORCED SEX, ADULTERY: An Army brigadier general who served five combat tours in Iraq and Afghanistan is facing possible court martial on charges including forcible sodomy, multiple counts of adultery and having inappropriate relationships with several female subordinates, it was announced yesterday (September 26th). Other charges against Brigadier General Jeffrey A. Sinclair, who was sent home in May because of the allegations, include violating an order, possessing pornography and alcohol while deployed, and misusing a government travel charge card and filing fraudulent claims. Sinclair, a 27-year Army veteran, has not been placed under arrest. An Article 32 investigation will be held next, including a hearing to determine if the case should go to trial in what would be a rare court martial for an Army general.
BARNES & NOBLE DEBUTS FIRST HI-DEF TABLETS: Barnes & Noble on Wednesday (September 26th) unveiled its first high-definition tablets, a 7-inch Nook HD tablet for $199 and a 9-inch Nook HD+ tablet for $269 and will compete with Apple's iPad. Barnes & Noble also added features that allow each member in a family to share a Nook tablet, becoming the first tablet to let each user create a home page and customize preferences. There are also parental controls that can prevent kids from accessing adult content or shopping online. The company is also introducing a new video-streaming and download service for the Nook.
UNIV. OF CALIFORNIA TO PAY $1 MILLION TO PEPPER-SPRAYED STUDENTS: Under a settlement, the University of California regents will pay some $1 million to 21 UC Davis current and former students who were pepper-sprayed during a peaceful campus protest last November against rising tuition costs. A video showing an officer casually walking up to the seated students and spraying them directly in their faces at close range during an Occupy rally went viral and led to an investigation by the university. Each student who filed suit will get $30,000 and a handwritten apology from UC Davis Chancellor Linda Katehi. CNN reported that, as of this summer, the campus police officer who pepper-sprayed the students, Lieutenant John Pike, was no longer working at the university. However, the university wouldn't say whether he quit or was fired, citing privacy guidelines.
'HARRY POTTER' AUTHOR J.K. ROWLING'S FIRST ADULT NOVEL OUT TODAY: Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling is stepping out into a new arena with the debut today (September 27th) of her first adult novel, The Casual Vacancy. The book tells the story of class prejudices and tensions between the well-off and the poor that come to the fore in a small English town, called Pagford, after the unexpected death of a member of the parish council. Rowling, who was a single mother living on government benefits when she first started writing the Harry Potter stories, told The Guardian, "The poor are discussed as this homogeneous mash, like porridge. The idea that they might be individuals, and be where they are for very different, diverse reasons, again seems to escape some people."

  • Rowling has revealed that her next book is most likely to be a novel for children, which is almost complete.
JIMMY HOFFA TIP LEADS POLICE TO SUBURBAN DETROIT DRIVEWAY: A new tip on the possible fate of Jimmy Hoffa has led investigators to a suburban Detroit home, where they will take soil samples from the ground beneath the driveway. Roseville Police Chief James Berlin said his department had gotten a tip from a man who saw a body buried there some 35 years ago, and believes it may have been the missing Teamsters leader. But Berlin said, "We are not claiming it's Jimmy Hoffa, the timeline doesn't add up. We're investigating a body that may be at the location." Hoffa was last seen on July 30, 1975, outside a suburban Detroit restaurant where he was supposed to meet with a New Jersey Teamsters boss and a Detroit Mafia captain. Tips over the decades have led to searches in several locations without success.
SPORTS:
NFL REACHES TENTATIVE DEAL WITH REFEREES: Looks like the hugely controversial ending to Monday night's football game between the Seattle Seahawks and the Green Bay Packers really was the tipping point. The NFL and the referees' union announced at midnight Thursday (September 27th) that a tentative deal had been reached to end the lockout that began in June and led to replacement refs officiating games in the first three weeks of the regular season to growing outrage from players, coaches and fans. The new deal, reached after two days of marathon negotiations, means the regular refs will be back on the field starting with tonight's game between the Cleveland Browns and the Baltimore Ravens. The tentative eight-year deal is the longest involving on-field officials in NFL history and was reached with the help of two federal mediators.
  • Meanwhile, New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick was fined $50,000 for trying to grab an official's arm Sunday to ask for an explanation of a call after his team lost to Baltimore, and Washington Redskins offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan was fined $25,000 for abuse of officials in his team's loss to the Cincinnati Bengals Sunday.
ORIOLES TIE TEAM RECORD WITH SEVEN HOMERS IN WIN OVER BLUE JAYS: The Baltimore Orioles tied a team record last night (September 26th) by hitting seven home runs in their 12-2 win over the Toronto Blue Jays. The victory kept Baltimore within 1 1/2 games of the American League East-leading New York Yankees. Chris Davis and Manny Machado each hit two home runs, and Nate McLouth, Jim Thome and Mark Reynolds also went long. Baltimore has hit seven home runs three times, most recently on August 26, 1985.
(Headline News, FYI and Sports stories were compiled in part from reports by the Associated Press and Reuters.)

ON THE TUBE


CBS

  • THE BIG BANG THEORY - (season premiere) Raj faces his loneliness when his friends are out on dates.
  • TWO AND A HALF MEN - (season premiere) Walden plans a surprise for Zoey's birthday.
  • PERSON OF INTEREST - (season premiere) Reese asks Detective Carter and Fusco for help finding Finch, who was kidnapped by his nemesis.
  • ELEMENTARY - (series premiere) Detective Sherlock Holmes investigates a home invasion that led to murder.
NBC
  • SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE - Weekend update Thursday.
  • UP ALL NIGHT - As Chris and Scott tackle their new business, Reagan tries to adjust to being a stay-at-home mom.
  • THE OFFICE - A toast at Roy's wedding leads Pam and Jim searching their relationship for buried secrets.
  • PARKS AND RECREATION - Leslie passes a city wide tax on huge sodas in hope of combating obesity in Pawnee.
  • ROCK CENTER WITH BRIAN WILLIAMS - (season premiere) Sexual assault in the military; Fifty Shades of Grey impacts a small Maine town.
FOX
  • THE X FACTOR - Auditions continue.
  • GLEE - Blaine and Brittany run against each other for student council president.
ABC
  • LAST RESORT - (series premiere) After questioning orders to fire at a foreign country, Capt. Chaplin and the crew of the world's most powerful nuclear submarine find themselves under attack and declared enemies of the United States.
  • GREY'S ANATOMY - (season premiere) Following a plane crash, the doctos of Seattle Grace try to cope with loss, adapt to changes and move forward with their lives.
  • SCANDAL - (season premiere) Information about Quinn's real identity and past is revealed; Cyrus and Mellie put President Fitz into a compromising position.
CW
  • THE VAMPIRE DIARIES (repeat)
  • THE NEXT - The six local winners perform in Los Angeles.
BRAVO
  • THE REAL HOUSEWIVES OF MIAMI - Joanna and Romain continue to grow apart; Adriana flirts with a club owner and Romain.
FX
  • LOUIE - (season finale) Louie struggles through the holidays.
DAY TIME TALK SHOW
THE ELLEN DEGENERES SHOW - Jennifer Garner, Dwight Howard, Green Day
THE VIEW - Vanessa Williams, the first Dancing with the Stars castoff
KATIE COURIC - Delilah
LATE NIGHT TALK SHOWS
THE LATE SHOW WITH DAVID LETTERMAN (CBS) - Regis Philbin, Neil Young, Lupe Fiasco
THE TONIGHT SHOW WITH JAY LENO (NBC) - Liam Neeson, Lisa Lampanelli, the Gaslight Anthem
JIMMY KIMMEL LIVE (ABC) - Selena Gomez, Lenny Venito, Tony Bennett
THE LATE LATE SHOW WITH CRAIG FERGUSON (CBS) - Anne Heche, Jennifer Carpenter
LATE NIGHT WITH JIMMY FALLON (NBC) - Sofia Vergara, Damian Lewis, Jeff Mauro
LAST CALL WITH CARSON DALY (NBC) - Diana Nyad, Chairlift, Samsara
THE DAILY SHOW WITH JON STEWART (COMEDY CENTRAL) - Amar'e Stoudemire
THE COLBERT REPORT (COMEDY CENTRAL) - Vince Gilligan
CONAN - Jake Gyllenhaal, Karen Gillan, the Chevin

OFF BEAT BRIEFS

'BAGEL HEAD' TREND ON THE RISE IN JAPAN: A form of temporary body art called a "Bagel Head" is becoming popular in Japan. To get the look, saline is injected into the forehead until it swells into a circle. Then someone has to press it in the center to create the "hole" of the bagel. The process takes two hours but lasts up to 24 hours until the body absorbs the saline. (The Sun)
If you can stomach it, check out this video of some people get their bagel heads done:
MAN HELD LOST IPHONE FOR RANSOM: Police in Pennsylvania said a 20-year-old man who found an iPhone 3GS in a movie theater refused to return it until the owner -- a girl named Kaitlyn and her mom, Donna -- paid him a ransom. When Kaitlyn told her mom she lost the phone, Donna called it and a man named Erick picked up. Police said the man -- whose full name is Erick Rosales Rojo -- would only return the phone if Barr met him and paid him $40. Barr decided to call police instead. An officer posing as Kaitlyn's father informed Rojo there was no reward and that he was in possession of a stolen phone when Rojo replied, "No, I would like some cash for it." When Rojo showed up to collect, police arrested him for attempting to profit off the theft of lost or mislaid property. (The Smoking Gun)
WOMAN HOLDS UP STORE BY PRETENDING FINGER WAS A GUN: A woman in Pennsylvania was arrested after she robbed a store using the old finger-in-the-jacket-looks-like-a-gun move. Laura L. Pastor admitted to the robbery of a Dollar General in Walnutport on Tuesday (September 25th) where she got away with a bottle of pain reliever and $148. During the robbery 51-year-old Pastor told the cashier, with her finger pointing out from inside of her jacket, "This is a stick up... Give me all the money or someone is going to get hurt." Police viewed surveillance footage and were able to find the jacket and hat that Pastor wore during the crime in the garbage outside of Pastor's house. She was charged with robbery and taken to the Northampton County Prison on $25,000 bail. (FARK)
HOW TO DRAW ATTENTION TO A YARD SALE: A man in La Mesa, California looking to attract shoppers to his yard sale posted a sign that read: "Ex-wife for sale or rent -- all yours for $10.50." The sign also had a drawing of a woman in a bikini. He told reporters his friend made the sign, hoping it would get people to stop and check out the sale. (ABC)
BONUS LINKS!
ADULTS REENACTING BABY PHOTOS IS A THING: http://bit.ly/PhICA4 (NJ.com)
THIS WOMAN LOST 160 POUNDS IN ONE YEAR AND DOCUMENTED HER JOURNEY FOR AN ART PROJECT: http://juliakozerski.com/changingroomperson. (Time)

THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW

IS MYSPACE BACK? MySpace is launching its comeback. Armed with Justin Timberlake and a renewed motivation, the social network is aiming to take on Facebook. Take a look at the preview: http://www.myspace.com/
22 THINGS YOU'RE DOING WRONG: http://bit.ly/UiUx63
WHY ARE MEN OBSESSED WITH BOOBS? In their new book, The Chemistry Between Us: Love, Sex, and the Science of Attraction, Larry Young and Brian Alexander tackle the question: why are men obsessed with breasts? They believe heterosexual men are so fascinated by women's breasts because of a hormone released during nursing which helps to forge the powerful bond between mother and baby -- and also creates an evolutionary drive for a strong nurturing bond between lovers. They noted that, 'biologically speaking,' the human male breast obsession is 'pretty weird because men are the only male mammals fascinated by breasts in a sexual context.' But -- humans are a rare mammal that has sex face-to-face. (Daily Mail)
NFL REF DRAMA SPOOFED AS 'REPLACEMENT GOOGLE': Check out one guy's spoof of the replacement ref crisis: http://www.replacementgoogle.com/
84% SAY ROAD TRIPS STRENGTHENED RELATIONSHIP: A new survey from YourTango and Ford reveals road trips are good for relationships. 91 percent of couples have taken road trips together, and 84 percent agree the experience has strengthened their relationship. However, coupled driving time is not all sunshine. For instance, plenty of couples (63 percent) have a "back-seat driver" on board who "helps" the real driver negotiate the road, offering him or her the following advice:
- 32 percent tell the driver they're driving too fast
- 27 percent tell them they're going the wrong way
- 22 percent tell them they're not paying enough attention to their surroundings/traffic
- 15 percent chide them for driving too slowly
- 9 percent tell them they're not using signals properly/sufficiently
- 7 percent chide them for honking/usual foul language/gestures towards other drivers
EAT 9 MEALS A DAY?! First we were told to eat three meals a day -- then the number was upped to six to avoid hunger and over-eating -- and now we are being advised to consume 9 times in a 24-hour period. Eating more frequently during the day means there are no sudden spikes of fatty acids, enabling the body to deal with the intake more effectively. This may help lower blood pressure and cholesterol, and even encourage weight loss. While they all had the same calorie intake and food, half the participants ate fewer than six times a day, while the remainder ate more than six times. Results show the first group had a significantly higher systolic blood pressure, the pressure that blood exerts on vessels while the heart is beating, compared with the more frequent eaters -- and were also significantly heavier. (Daily Mail)
9 SIGNS YOUR KID IS TOO BIG FOR A STROLLER (TheStir.com)

  • If your kids' legs are long enough to fold completely under the seat
  • If your kid can scoot the stroller forward with his own feet, Fred Flintstone-style
  • If you constantly have to buy your kid new sneakers because dragging has created wear and tear on her shoes
  • If your kid can clearly offer another child their seat and push them instead
  • If your kid can give directions to a stranger
  • If your kid can cross her legs like a diva at a dinner party
  • If your kid can recite his ABCs, identify colors, and list at least 10 state capitals
  • If your kid can fold the stroller up and slide it into the backseat of the car
  • If your kid can push you in the stroller
33 CLEANING TRICKS IF YOU'RE OCD: http://bit.ly/V8Ifey
??? TRIVIA ???
Approximately how many pizzerias are in the U.S.?
A: 61,269 pizzerias in the United States.
(Source: American Business Lists, Omaha, Nebraska.)
Each man, woman and child in America eats an average of how many slices of pizza a year?
A: 46 slices (23 pounds)
(Source: Packaged Facts, New York)

 
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