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Friday, June 28, 2013


Kip Moore might be a bit sleep deprived these days. He can't get a good night's rest thanks to an unwanted visitor in the home he rents in Nashville. Kip says there's no doubt about the fact that his home is haunted by a female ghost who sweeps outside his bedroom door.
He told Taste of Country, "It's real, and every night I feel like I'm gonna die. I'll hear some loud crashes at 3 a.m. in the middle of the night. It'll give you a heart attack, that's for sure. But at least she's clean. She sweeps, so at least she's clean."
Kip has managed to quiet the ghost a bit with a recent converation he had with her. He said, "I literally heard something the other night that just, I couldn't believe I heard it and I sat up in my bed and I really did this. It was 2 a.m. and I said, 'I got no beef with you if you've got no beef with me' and I went back to sleep."
Kip is sure to get some rest this weekend as he's on the road. He performs tonight (Friday, June 28th) in Dauphin, MB and on Sunday (June 30th) with Toby Keith in Tinley Park, IL.
Billy Currington's new single, "Hey Girl," takes him back to his early teenage days. He tells us he relates to the tune because the title helped him meet a few young ladies back in the day. It reminded me of the time that when my friends and I, growing up on the beach, would see a girl. You know, we were 14 and 15. It seems like it was always the easiest and best pickup line (laughs). It was just naturally what we'd always say -- 'Hey, girl' -- and it would start a conversation, so it's definitely real."
"Hey Girl" is the debut single from Billy's upcoming CD, We Are Tonight, which will be in stores on September 17th.
Billy is on the road this summer playing fairs and festivals.
Brad Paisley gives a whole new meaning to the phrase "test drive" when it comes to his music. The singer is always anxious to get feedback from those closest to him when he's done making a record, but there is only way he will present the new stuff -- on four wheels!
Brad tells us: "The album car test is the big one. I cannot stand to play the album for people in the studio -- or even in anything other than where there's moving pictures in front of you, because there's nothin' worse than somebody sitting there and the only thing they have to look at is you, and the only they have to think about is how they look listening. Like, they shouldn't have to worry about their reaction to my music. They should be able to have that reaction without me sitting across from them, goin', 'Well, whaddaya think?' That's no fun. In a car, you're both facing the same direction, and you're both watching the world as it comes towards you. And there's somethin' about that that is just the only place to listen to music for me. It's the best invention ever: the radio inside of a car."
Brad is climbing toward the top of the charts with his latest hit, "Beat This Summer."
His tour of the same name rolls on to Virginia and New Jersey this weekend with special guests Chris Young, Lee Brice and The Henningsens.

Beginning at noon CT today (Friday, June 28th), a limited number of tickets for Toby Keith's Oklahoma Twister Relief Concert will be released to the public for purchase. The event will be held on July 6th at the University of Oklahoma's Gaylord Family - Oklahoma Memorial Stadium in Norman, Oklahoma. Tickets may be purchased at In addition to Toby, performers include Garth Brooks, Trisha Yearwood, Ronnie Dunn and Willie Nelson. Proceeds will benefit the United Way of Central Oklahoma May Tornadoes Relief Fund.
Kelly Clarkson and Trisha Yearwood will star in their own episodes of the upcoming season of TLC's Who Do You Think You Are?. The ladies will trace their ancestry through the show. The new season premiers on July 23rd. Zooey Deschanel, Chris O'Donnell, Christina Applegate, Jim Parsons, Cindy Crawford and Chelsea Handler will also be featured in this season's lineup.
Kellie Pickler's new video for "Someone Somewhere Tonight" reportedly features her Dancing With The Stars partner Derek Hough. The clip's director, Roman White, recently tweeted, "Loving me some @kelliepickler and @derekhough right now. Just saying." Derek also posted a photo, saying, "Here's a little sneak peek of the project @kelliepickler and I did a couple of weeks ago." Someone Somewhere Tonight" is the first single from Kellie's upcoming album. No release date has yet been announced.
Scotty McCreery took a break from his first headlining tour to perform at the Sweet 16 birthday party for Sadie Robertson of Duck Dynasty fame. After the party, Sadie tweeted, "This boy made my birthday the best day of my life! So thankful that he came down for my party!"
The day before the party, which took place in West Monroe, Louisiana, Scotty also got stuck in the mud in a truck with Sadie's brother, John Luke Robertson, and enjoyed the legendary home cooking of Kay Robertson.
Scotty said, "The first time I met Sadie and John Luke was at the Opry in Nashville. I saw her tweet that said she was in Nashville, so I said, 'Hey, you want to come to the Opry?' I've watched the show since season one and we had exchanged tweets before."
Scotty and Sadie talked about her upcoming birthday during their Opry visit, and a few phone calls later, he was confirmed to perform at the "Redneck Red Carpet" party, held under a tent at a vineyard on June 17th.
Scotty added, "I texted her before the party and asked if she had any song requests and she said as long as I played 'See You Tonight' that she would be happy because that is one of her favorites right now, which is really cool. We kept it country. Willie and John Luke came onstage and we sang 'Man of Constant Sorrow.' We had a good ol' time!"
Scotty also stayed at Sadie's parents' house, Korie and Willie Robertston, the night of the party.
Scotty said, "I like the fact that they are who they say they are; they are who they look they are on the TV show. They are good, normal folks who like to have fun. It's really cool for me being so young and being in the public eye to have friends like John Luke and Sadie who are in the same boat. I am in an adult business and always around adults, so it's nice to have friends who are in the spotlight and around my same age."
Pictures of Sadie's birthday party are featured in the current issue of Us Weekly magazine, which is on newsstands now.
Scotty continues to work on his second studio album, which is set for release later this year.
The project's debut single, "See You Tonight," is currently climbing the country charts.
The video for Carrie Underwood's latest hit, "See You Again," leaves plenty of room for viewers to take away their own individual meanings. Carrie tells us that was by design. "The 'See You Again' video, I've been hearing the most amazing stories on what it means to different people, and it means different things, and that's how we wrote it, you know? We didn't want it to be one specific story, you know? We wanted people . . . Those are always the best songs, the best movies, the best things when people kind of fill in the gaps themselves and it can mean something different to each person that hears it."
In the next several weeks, Carrie will begin rehearsals for her role as Maria von Trapp in the live broadcast of The Sound of Music. The three-hour televised performance will air on NBC in December.

Lee Brice reached out to a young fan who was recently injured after leaving a concert. Nine-year-old Jaylynn Hiller was hit by a car driven by a teenager who was under the influence after leaving a concert in Allegan, Michigian earlier this month. She had planned to attend Lee's concert the next day, but was in the hospital with a fracture pelvis and unable to go.
As a big of Lee's, Jaylynn was very upset she had to miss the show.
Jaylynn's story got back to Lee, who also found out that the little girl loves his hit "I Drive Your Truck" because her stepfather was recently killed in a car accident and it was his favorite song.
Lee's management got in touch with Jaylynn and offered backstage passes to her and her family for one of his upcoming shows.
  • Lee's new single is "Parking Lot Party."
  • He's currently on tour with Brad Paisley on the Beat This Summer tour. They play tonight (Friday, June 28th) in Virginia Beach, Virginia.

Q. Who was the first artist to have an album enter the Billboard Top Country Albums chart at Number One?
A. George Strait
Friday, June 28th



  • Kellie Pickler (country star, and American Idol contestant) (27)
  • Kathy Bates (Oscar-winning actress, Misery, Titanic, Fried Green Tomatoes) (65)
  • Danielle Brisebois (singer-actress, played little Stephanie on All In The Family, also appeared in Knots Landing) (44)
  • Mel Brooks (Comedic movie director and actor, The Producers, Blazing Saddles) (87)
  • John Cusack (movie actor, Say Anything, High Fidelity) (47)
  • John Elway (Former NFL quarterback) (53)
  • Mary Stuart Masterson (actress, Weeds, Fried Green Tomatoes, Benny & Joon) (47)
  • Alessandro Nivola (actor, Best Laid Plans, Junebug, Jurassic Park III, Face/Off, Goal!, Grace is Gone, husband of actress Emily Mortimer) (41)
  • The Band Perry was the subject of a bobblehead night at a minor-league baseball game at Pioneer Park in Greeneville, Tennessee in 2012. The band threw out the first pitch before the hometown Astros defeated the Danville Braves, 5-2.
  • "Hillbilly Bone," Blake Shelton's duet with Trace Adkins, earned a gold single in 2010.
  • George Strait's Somewhere Down In Texas album was released in 2005.
  • Alabama, Brooks & Dunn, Sheryl Crow, Kenny Chesney and Delbert McClinton performed for 40,000 fans at a Dale Earnhardt tribute concert at Daytona Motor Speedway in Florida in 2003. The show became a Fox TV special.
  • Willie Nelson claimed the Number One spot in Billboard with "Living In The Promiseland" in 1986.
  • The Oak Ridge Boys topped the Billboard country chart with "Trying To Love Two Women" in 1980.
  • Marty Robbins' "El Paso City" went to Number One in 1976.
  • T.G. Sheppard's "Tryin' to Beat the Morning Home" went to Number One in 1976.
  • Merle Haggard recorded the Top Five single, "The Bottle Let Me Down," in 1966.


CAMERON DIAZ IS THE NEW MISS HANIGAN: A rep for Columbia Pictures has confirmed that Cameron Diaz will be playing Miss Hanigan in the highly-anticipated remake of Annie being produced by Will Smith and Jay-Z. The film co-stars Jamie Foxx and Quvenzhane Wallis.
'TODAY' SHOW BEATS 'GOOD MORNING AMERICA' WITH PAULA DEEN INTERVIEW: The ratings for Wednesday's (June 26th) Paula Deen episode of the Today show were higher than the ratings for Good Morning America for the first time since the week of Hurricane Sandy back in November. Today averaged 4.84 million viewers but GMA only scored 4.67 million.
'FELICITY' STAR JOINS HBO PILOT: Scott Speedman from Felicity and the cancelled ABC drama Last Resort has joined Ryan Murphy's HBO drama pilot Open. American Beauty's Wes Bentley was previously cast as the show's other male lead.
RELEASE DATE SET FOR 'FIFTY SHADES OF GREY': Universal Pictures and Focus Features have announced that Fifty Shades of Grey will be released globally on August 1st, 2014. Although the director and writer have been set, it is still unclear who will be playing the roles of Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele.
JULIANNE MOORE CLOSE TO JOINING 'THE HUNGER GAMES: MOCKINGJAY': Game Change star Julianne Moore is reportedly close to signing on to play President Alma Coin in the final two films of The Hunger Games franchise. The official announcement might be made by Lionsgate at the panel for The Hunger Games: Catching Fire at San Diego Comic-Con in July.


EMMA STONE IS A REDHEAD AGAIN: Now that Emma Stone has completed filming The Amazing Spider-Man Two, she has dyed her hair back to the fiery red locks that she is known for. Though she rose to fame with the red hair, the actress has revealed that she is actually a natural blonde.
FRIENDS AND FAMILY BURY JAMES GANDOLFINI: Celebrity friends and family of James Gandolfini gather in New York on Thursday (June 27th) to bury the award-winning actor. Guests included: Vincent Pastore, Lorraine Bracco, Jamie-Lynn Sigler, Joe Pantoliano, Steve Buscemi, Edie Falco, Michael Imperioli, David Chase as well as non-Sopranos actors Alec Baldwin, John Turturro, and New Jersey governor Chris Christie.
NIGELLA LAWSON MOVES OUT OF HER HOME WITH HER ALLEGEDLY ABUSIVE HUSBAND: Movers have been photographed over the past few days retrieving belongings from the home that belonged to Nigella Lawson and her husband Charles Saatchi. Nigella's sister was at the home on Wednesday (June 26th) to supervise as the movers picked up some of the 53-year-old chef's personal effects.
AMANDA BYNES IS BACK TO CALLING PEOPLE UGLY: More people can be added to the elite list of names that Amanda Bynes has called out for being ugly on Twitter. Bynes tweeted and deleted messages saying that her own sister Jillian and her Hairspray co-star Zac Efron have ugly faces. The tweets were caught as screen grabs by Gossip Cop and E! Online before Amanda had her change of heart.
ADAM BRODY AND LEIGHTON MEESTER'S FIRST PUBLIC OUTING AS A COUPLE: Former teen soap opera stars Adam Brody and Leighton Meester made their debut as a couple by holding hands at the premiere of Adam's new film Some Girl(s) on Wednesday night (June 26th.) The actors have been dating since January but this is the first time they have acknowledged their relationship at an industry event.


A new ad that was released this week to promote Discovery Channel's Shark Week has been creating a bit of controversy. According to the Hollywood Reporter, some people are offended by the ad's depiction of the grizzly death of a seal.
The commercial was made as a fake news story showing Snuffy the Seal being released back into the ocean after being nursed back to health by humans. As Snuffy is being lowered into the ocean, a shark jumps out of the water and eats him as people look on in horror. The ad ends with the tagline, "It's a bad week to be a seal. For the rest of us it's pretty awesome." Viewers on Discovery's YouTube channel where the video was posted are having mixed reactions with some finding it hilarious and others saying it is in poor taste and flat-out disgusting.

  • Shark Week begins on August 4th.
  • The Shark Week 2013 Promo:


It doesn't appear that Paula Deen's interview on the Today show did her much good since sponsors continue to cut their ties with her and new stories of her prejudice views are coming out. Another one of the chef's former employees has come forward and revealed to the National Enquirer that Paula allegedly used homophobic slurs to refer to her employees at her Georgia eatery Lady & Sons.
Following her interview with Matt Lauer on Wednesday (June 26th,) Paula lost partnership deals with huge retailers such as Walmart, Target, and Home Depot who have all released statements expressing that they do not plan on ordering any additional Paula Deen products after their current stock runs out. Paula also lost her job as a rep for the diabetes medication Novo Nordisk which she scored after famously revealing her diagnosis with the disease which she hid from the public for several years.
  • At the time of her Today show interview, Paula had only lost two business partners. She has now lost six.
  • Martha Stewart appeared on Wednesday's Watch What Happens Live and gave her thoughts on the situation to Andy Cohen. She said, "I feel sorry for Paula Deen. She's a public figure. And I know you have to be extremely careful being a public figure."


Premiering this Sunday on Showtime:
DEXTER. The final season of Dexter, airing at 9 P.M., begins with Miami Metro investigating a murder as Dexter continues to juggle life as a family man and serial killer. Dexter stars Michael C. Hall, Jennifer Carpenter, David Zayas and Desmond Harrington.
RAY DONOVAN. The series, starring Liev Schreiber, Jon Voight, Frank Whaley and Elliot Gould, kicks off its premiere at 10 P.M., focuses on Ray Donovan, a professional 'fixer' for the rich and famous in Los Angeles who can make anyone's problem go away except those created by his own family.
Sunday's series premiere follows Ray, who must find a way to get an action star out of a scandal with a transexual as his father gets released from prison 5 years early.


Forbes has released their annual list of the most powerful actress' in Hollywood. The list consists of some of the industry's biggest names but the ranking comes as a bit of a surprise.
Though Angelina Jolie taking the top spot and Jennifer Lawrence taking number two may seem like a given, Jennifer Aniston and Kristen Stewart beating out the likes of award-winners Meryl Streep, Charlize Theron, and Sandra Bullock for the third and fourth spots is not as expected. The magazine explains, "Thanks to Friends, Aniston would be fine if she never worked another day in her life. Instead, she's mostly doing movies that appeal to her artistic side, not necessarily her bank account. The actress takes pay cuts to appear in films like Horrible Bosses and We're the Millers. She still earns big from her deals with Vitamin Water and Aveeno skin care and she's never out of the press. Her recent engagement to actor Justin Theroux was one of the biggest tabloid stories of 2012."

  • They also justify Kristen's spot on the list saying, "With the Twilight money still rolling in (for now), Stewart makes her fourth appearance on the Celebrity 100 list after topping our list of Hollywood's Highest-Paid Actresses last year. This is likely to be Stewart's last Celebrity 100 list for a while though. While she helped make Snow White and the Huntsman a hit, a sequel is still a ways off and the actress doesn't seem terribly interested in doing more big-budget movies."
  • Hugh Jackman earned the top spot on the Most Powerful Actors list.
The Top Ten:
#10 Sandra Bullock
#9 Mila Kunis
#8 Charlize Theron
#7 Emma Stone
#6 Meryl Streep
#5 Gwyneth Paltrow
#4 Kristen Stewart
#3 Jennifer Aniston
#2 Jennifer Lawrence
#1 Angelina Jolie


Print This Story Kat Von D has called off her engagement to Deadmau5 and the couple are going their separate ways again. The tattoo artist revealed the news on her Twitter page on Wednesday (June 26th.)
Kat wrote:
  Kat Von D         @thekatvond
Cheating on your loved one is the most hurtful thing one could do. I hate to have to admit, that this relationship is indeed over.
Deadmau5 addressed the cheating accusation on his Facebook page on Thursday (June 27th) by writing, "All i am saying on the matter: Kat and I split in November and I moved back home to Toronto. During this time, while we were broken up, I did have relations with another woman. Following that, Kat and I reconciled and I acknowledged being intimate with another person while we were estranged. We did move past those issues and I proposed to Kat in mid- December. At the end of June, it was clear that the relationship was not working and we mutually ended the engagement. I was not, at any point, unfaithful to Kat during our time together. I don't wish to go tit for tat with these kinds of pronouncements and don't expect to comment further, but I do believe that those who have expressed concern deserve a more complete understanding of what transpired."
  • Kat was previously engaged to Sandra Bullock's ex-husband Jesse James but that engagement was called off as well.


Opening today (Friday June 28th) is the new action movie from director Roland Emmerich, White House Down, starring Channing Tatum, Jamie Foxx, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Jason Clarke and Richard Jenkins. The film follows policeman John Cole, played by Tatum, who has just been denied his dream job with the Secret Service of protecting President James Sawyer, played by Foxx. When he takes his daughter on a tour of the White House, the building is overtaken by a paramilitary group, John must save the president, his daughter and the country.

  • White House Down is rated PG-13 and has a running time of 2 hours and 17 minutes.


Opening today (Friday June 28th) is the new comedy from director Paul Feig, The Heat, starring Sandra Bullock, Melissa McCarthy, Demian Birchir, Marlon Wayans and Michael Rapaport. The film follows two total opposite law enforcement agents, straight laced Ashburn, played by Bullock, and foul mouthed Shannon, played by McCarthy, who must join forces to bring down a ruthless drug lord.

  • The Heat is rated R and has a running time of 1 hour and 57 minutes.


SENATE PASSES IMMIGRATION REFORM BILL: The Senate passed historic immigration reform legislation Thursday (June 27th) that contains a path to citizenship for illegal immigrants currently in the country while also mandating a military-style effort to secure the border with Mexico. The measure passed on a bipartisan 68-32 vote, with 14 Republicans joining all 52 Democrats and two independents to support it. However, the legislation's prospects in the Republican-controlled House are very uncertain, with conservatives generally against the path to citizenship.
EX-VICE CHAIR OF JOINT CHIEFS OF STAFF TARGET OF LEAKS PROBE: Retired Marine General James "Hoss" Cartwright, a former vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, is under investigation for allegedly leaking classified information about a covert cyberattack on Iran's nuclear facilities, according to reports by NBC News and The Washington Post. In June 2012, the New York Times reported that Cartwright was a crucial player in the cyber operation, which was started under President George W. Bush. According to the Times, Obama ordered the cyberattacks sped up, and in 2010 an attack using a computer virus called Stuxnet temporarily disabled 1,000 centrifuges that the Iranians were using to enrich uranium. Congressional leaders demanded a criminal probe into the leak, and Obama said he had zero tolerance for such leaks. Cartwright, once considered the leading candidate to become Joint Chiefs of Staff chairman, resigned from the military in August 2011.
FRIEND OF TRAYVON MARTIN TESTIFIES FOR SECOND DAY: A 19-year-old friend of Trayvon Martin, who was the last person to speak to him, via cell phone, before his February 2012 killing, testified for a second day yesterday (June 27th) in the second degree murder trial of George Zimmerman. During Rachel Jeantel's testimony, defense attorney Don West had several testy exchanges with her, charging that Martin injected race into the fatal confrontation with Zimmerman, and suggesting she wasn't believable because of inconsistencies in her story. But Jeantel remained firm in her testimony about the night Zimmerman shot Martin after a fight that Jeantel said she overheard on the phone. Among inconsistencies highlighted by the defense was that Jeantel testified that Martin's last words were "Get off! Get off!" before Martin's phone went silent, but she conceded yesterday that she hadn't mentioned that in her account of what happened to Martin's mother. Jeantel said she left out some details to spare the woman's feelings, and also because she wasn't asked directly about them. Jeantel testified that she thought race was an issue because Martin told her he was being followed by a white man, calling him a, quote, "creepy-ass cracker." But when the defense attorney responded, "It was racial because Trayvon put race in this?", she answered no.
TODAY'S FYI: FBI HAD MOLE INSIDE WIKILEAKS: Wired reveled Thursday (June 27th) that the FBI had a mole inside WikiLeaks for three months in 2011, less than a year after the anti-secrecy organization released thousands of U.S. military and diplomatic documents leaked to them by Bradley Manning. The mole, Iceland native Sigurdur Thordarson, went to Wired with his story, revealing that he'd provided the FBI with chat logs, videos and other data from WikiLeaks head Julian Assange and others and received $5,000 in return. Thordarson, who's now 20, had actually been a close associate of Assange and his motives for turning against him are unclear. He told Wired that he, quote, "didn't want to participate in having [hacker groups] Anonymous and Lulzsec hack for WikiLeaks." However, Wired says Thordarson actually approached Lulzsec on his own in 2011 to ask them to hack the Icelandic government for WikiLeaks, without getting permission from Assange. WikiLeaks fired Thordarson in November 2011 after discovering that he was selling WikiLeaks t-shirts and embezzling the money, but he continued working for the FBI even after that.
NEW RULES TO ENSURE ALL FOOD, DRINKS SOLD IN SCHOOLS ARE HEALTHIER: The Agriculture Department said yesterday (June 27th) that new rules finalized this week that were required under a child nutrition law passed in 2010 will ensure that all food and drinks sold in schools are healthier, with new fat, calorie, sugar and sodium limits. Rules put into place at he beginning of the 2012 school year had already imposed the healthier standards for the free and low-cost school breakfasts and lunches that are subsidized by the federal government. The limits are now being expanded to apply to food sold in what's called the "a la carte" line, as well as to what's puts in school food and drink vending machines.
HILLARY CLINTON WINS LIBERTY MEDAL, JEB BUSH TO AWARD: Two leading potential 2016 presidential opponents will meet this September when ex-Florida Republican Governor Jeb Bush presents the 2013 Liberty Medal to former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in Philadelphia. Bush is chairman of the National Constitution Center, which is giving Clinton the award in honor of her career in public service and her advocacy efforts on behalf of women. Clinton hasn't announced her 2016 plans, but is considered the frontrunner for the Democratic nomination if she does run. For his part, Bush, who hasn't ruled out a 2016 presidential campaign, would be considered one of the top GOP candidates if he does get run.
TENNESSEE MAN CHARGED IN ROMNEY TAX RETURNS SCHEME: A 34-year-old Tennessee man was charged with six counts of wire fraud and extortion on Wednesday (June 27th) for a scheme involving former Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney's tax returns during last year's presidential campaign. Michael Mancil Brown is accused of sending an anonymous letter to the accounting firm Pricewaterhouse Coopers in Franklin, Tennessee, last August, demanding $1 million in digital currency be put in a Bitcoin account to keep some of Romney's past income tax returns from being released. Brown falsely claimed that he'd gained access to the accounting firm's computer network and stolen the tax documents. Similar letters were sent to the Democratic and Republican offices in Franklin. During last year's campaign, Romney refused to released any tax returns from earlier than 2010.

  • Bitcoin is a form of electronic cash.
SHUTTLE EXHIBIT FEATURING ATLANTIS OPENING AT KENNEDY SPACE CENTER: An exhibit dedicated to the 30-year U.S. space shuttle program is opening to the public on Saturday (June 29th) at Kennedy Space Center in Florida, with the shuttle Atlantis as its centerpiece. More than 40 astronauts who flew on Atlantis during its 33 missions will take part in the grand opening Saturday. The shuttle is displayed in the exhibit tilted at an angle to give it the appearance of being in flight in orbit. The exhibit also features a life-size replica of the Hubble Space Telescope and images of the International Space Station beamed on the wall. Atlantis, which was the final shuttle to fly, touching down on July 21, 2011, to end the shuttle program, is also the last of the three surviving shuttles to go on public display.
CAVALIERS TAKE BENNETT FIRST IN NBA DRAFT: The Cleveland Cavaliers picked UNLV freshman forward Anthony Bennett at the Number 1 pick in the first round of the NBA draft last night (June 27th) in New York. The Orlando Magic took Indiana's Victor Oladipo with the Number 2 selection, the Washington Wizards took Otto Porter Jr. of Georgetown third, Indiana's Cody Zeller went to the Charlotte Bobcats fourth, and the Number 5 pick was Maryland's Alex Len, taken by the Phoenix Suns.
SERENA WILLIAMS ADVANCES, ALL U.S. MEN OUT AT WIMBLEDON: Defending champion and top-seed Serena Williams advanced at Wimbledon Thursday (June 27th), easily eliminating 100th-ranked Caroline Garcia of France 6-3, 6-2. There were no major upsets on Day 4 of the tournament, one day after several high-ranking players were stunningly ousted, including Roger Federer and Maria Sharapova. All the U.S. men are now out of the tournament, however, with all 11 eliminated, the first time in 101 years that no American men reached Wimbledon's third round. The final one ousted was 156th-ranked Bobby Reynolds, who was defeated yesterday by top-seeded Novak Djokovic 7-6 (2), 6-3, 6-1.
HERNANDEZ BEING EYED IN 2012 MURDERS: One day after being arraigned for first-degree murder in connection with the death of his friend Odin Lloyd, former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez is now being investigated as a possible suspect in a July 2012 double murder in Boston, according to reports. Three men were found shot in a car at a traffic light in the incident, two of them fatally, and investigators believe they'd gotten into a fight earlier at a nightclub with a group that included Hernandez. The Boston Globe says the working theory is that Lloyd might have had information about Hernandez's role in the double murder.
(Headline News, FYI and Sports stories were compiled in part from reports by the Associated Press and Reuters.



  • UNDERCOVER BOSS (repeat)
  • HAWAII FIVE-0 (repeat)
  • BLUE BLOODS (repeat)
  • DATELINE NBC - An accident traps a woman and her young daughters inside a car.
  • ANN CURRY REPORTS: A FACE IN THE CROWD - A groundbreaking face transplant procedure gives a second chance at a normal life to Richard Norris.
  • BONES (repeat)
  • THE FOLLOWING (repeat)
  • SHARK TANK (repeat)
  • WHAT WOULD YOU DO? - Cameras capture people's reactions.
  • 20/20 - Investigative reporting.
  • CULT - Skye and Jeff search for evidence against Sakelik.
  • CULT - Jeff and Skye try to infiltrate a True Believers meeting.
THE VIEW - Mariah Carey, guest co-host Jesse Tyler Ferguson
THE TONIGHT SHOW WITH JAY LENO (NBC) - Wanda Sykes, Kris Jenner, India.Arie
  • CROSSING LINES - When a mysterious virus kills several wealthy businessmen, the team's investigation leads to a group of art thieves.
  • THE SIMPSONS (repeat)
  • BOB'S BURGERS (repeat)
  • FAMILY GUY (repeat)
  • AMERICAN DAD (repeat)
  • CELEBRITY WIFE SWAP - The significant others of former professional wrestlers Ric Flair and "Rowdy" Roddy Piper trade lives for a week.
  • WHODUNNIT? - The 11 remaining guests work to solve a fiery murder.
  • CASTLE (repeat)
  • THE KILLING - Sarah and Holder catch up to the latest victim.
  • THE REAL HOUSEWIVES OF NEW JERSEY - Joe and Melissa argue; Caroline fears her kids are taking after their father too much.
  • KEEPING UP WITH THE KARDASHIANS - Kris worries about Rob's behavior.
  • TRUE BLOOD - Eric is irate about Burrell's aggression towards vampires; Sookie begins to learn why Warlow is after her.
  • FAMILY TREE - Tom discovers that his great-great-grandmoter may have been Native American.
  • DEXTER - (series finale) Dexter continues to juggle life as a family man and serial killer.
  • RAY DONOVAN - (series premiere) Ray's father is released from prison five years early.


GiRL SPENDS THREE HOURS A DAY TO LOOK LIKE A JAPANESE CARTOON CHARACTER: A 20-year old woman from London said she takes three hours every day to make herself look like a human doll. Katie Lawrence, an art student, admits she's obsessed with studying Japanese culture and searching for outfits to wear with her exaggerated make-up. Lawrence said spends about $300 each month on make-up. Lawrence added that her addition to make-up started when she was just 11-years-old and her mother introduced her to lip-gloss. (Daily Mail)

PAYPAL GALACTIC WILL LET ASTRONAUTS PAY BILLS FROM SPACE: The e-commerce business PayPal will launch PayPal Galatic to make universal space payments a reality. The company is planning to bring together leaders in the scientific community to prepare and support the future of space commerce. Anuj Nayar explains, "Astronauts who live for months in space still need to pay their bills back on Earth and for entertainment while in space." (ABC News)
TWO SISTERS ARRESTED FOR DUI IN SAME CAR AT SAME TIME: Two Miami sisters were charged with driving under the influence at the same time in the same car. Steffany and Vanessa Miranda were both arrested last Saturday (June 23rd) when a deputy spotted their Volkswagon swerving, increasing and decreasing speeds and braking suddenly. Steffany was behind the wheel when the deputy tried to pull them over but the sisters stopped in the middle of the road and proceeded to switch seats. Both were arrested and charged with DUI. (New York Daily News)
DRIVER CRASHES AND GETS COVERED IN PAINT: A Washington State man and his dog were covered in paint after the man lost control of his vehicle, which at the time was carrying buckets of paint. The driver somehow lost control of his SUV and ran off the highway, near Belfair, south-west of Seattle. The paint went flying covering the man and his formerly black dog. The unidentified man was taken to the hospital with minor injuries. (Telegraph)


Texas Gov. Perry's Criticism of Filibuster Figure Wendy Davis Gets Personal
Democratic Texas state Senator Wendy Davis was catapulted to national political stardom with her marathon filibuster Tuesday (June 25th) to try to block sweeping new legislation that would force most of the abortion clinics in Texas to close. Davis' hours-long filibuster, and the loud shouts from abortion rights supporters in the Senate gallery, kept the legislation from being passed before the midnight end of the special legislative session. However, Republican Governor Rick Perry the next day called a second special session that will almost surely pass the legislation. Perry also criticized Davis publicly yesterday (June 27th), and did so in strikingly personal terms. Speaking at the National Right to Life Conference, Perry spoke about Davis' history, saying, "She was the daughter of a single woman. She was a teenage mother herself. She managed to eventually graduate from Harvard Law School and serve in the Texas Senate. It's just unfortunate that she hasn't learned from her own example that every life must be given a chance to realize its full potential and that every life matters." Her went further afterward, telling reporters he was glad Davis' mother didn't have an abortion, saying, "What if her mom had said, 'I just can't do this. I don't want to do this.' At that particular point in time, I think it becomes very personal." Davis, whose single mother had four children and was herself divorced with a child by 19, shot back at Davis in a statement. She said, "Rick Perry's statement is without dignity and tarnishes the high office he holds. They are small words that reflect a dark and negative point of view. Our governor should reflect our Texas values. Sadly, Governor Perry fails that test."

Research: 54 Percent of Workers Say Boss Expects Them to Work on Vacation
A growing number of bosses are asking employees to work while on vacation, something that's been enabled by technology such as tablets, smartphones and laptops that makes this a lot easier to do. New research from global technology company Ricoh Americas found 54 percent of workers saying their boss expects them to work while on vacation, while an even greater number seem to have trouble separating from work all on their own, with 64 percent saying they check their email while on vacation because it helps to ease the return to work. But not being able to relax on vacation harms the health and personal lives of workers, according to, raising the risk of burnout and causing problems at home. Ricoh Americas VP of strategic marketing Terrie Campbell said, "Workers absolutely must have a chance to recharge for themselves, their families and their career. Employers ignore this need at their peril."

Weirdest Giveaway Ever -- Minor League Baseball Team Awarding Free Funeral
Minor league baseball teams have all kinds of fun giveaways and events to get fans out to the ballpark. But one Pennsylvania team has come up with possibly the weirdest giveaway ever, planning to award a free funeral to one lucky fan at an upcoming game. The Yahoo! Sports blog ThePostGame reports that The Lehigh Valley IronPigs, the Triple-A affiliate of the Philadelphia Phillies, will be giving out one $10,000 funeral or memorial package during the August 20th game, which they're calling a "Celebration of Life." The package includes a casket, embalming or cremation, the services of a funeral director and staff, a hearse and facility for funeral services, a headstone and a spray of flowers for the casket. To register, fans are asked to submit an essay of 200 words or less describing their ideal funeral and why they deserve it. IronPigs General Manager Kurt Landes is calling it a "once-in-a-lifetime giveaway" and "the most highly-coveted 'out-of-the-box' promotion in IronPigs history."

Thursday, June 27, 2013


When it comes to the most powerful celebrities, Forbes ranks Taylor Swift at Number Six on their newly-compiled "Celebrity 100" list. She is the only country act in the Top 10, flanked by Madonna, Beyonce and Jon Bon Jovi, among others. Oprah Winfrey tops the list.
Appointment to the list is based on several factors, including income, marketability and media presence over the past 12 months.

Taylor earned an estimated 55 million dollars over the last year.
Other country acts on the list include Toby Keith at Number 43 with an estimated income of $65 million; Carrie Underwood at Number 46 with $31 million; and Kenny Chesney at Number 47 with $53 million.

It's been a big week for Hunter Hayes! He celebrated his career second Number One hit, "Somebody's Heartbreak," earlier this week, and now comes news that his new album, Encore, debuts at Number One on the Billboard country albums chart. This is Hunter's first chart-topping debut.
He tells us: "That's huge! This concept, this deluxe, this Encore concept for me is very strange. It's not something I would've necessarily planned or thought about ahead of time. 'Crazy,' for instance, was originally a recording for the next record until I and the team talked about it and we were like, 'Well, the idea behind Encore is several different things, right? It's including songs on the original record, that, to me, deserve to be a part of the original record that I just never gave the chance to, songs that were written afterwards that to me defies the laws a little bit to go backwards but they need to be a part of this chapter. They need to be, lyrically, a part of this record. And then you have 'Crazy,' which was written about a year ago, but all in all I feel like 'Crazy' kind of sums up the concept (laughs). To do this with this with this record was a chance of a lifetime to go back and finish up your first impression the way you'd want to finish it."
Encore features eight new or re-recorded songs in addition to collaborations with Jason Mraz and Ashley Monroe.
"I Want Crazy" is currently just outside the Top Five on the country charts, selling more than 100,000 downloads this week alone.
Hunter performed the song with The Voice winner Danielle Bradbury during the recent season finale of the show.

The title of Luke Bryan's upcoming album will be called Crash My Party, after his current hit single which is quickly climbing the charts. The CD will be in stores on August 13th.
Luke revealed the title and cover of the album to his fans earlier this week on his official website by challenging them to "uncover" tiles that were hiding the album cover image by tweeting the hashtag #CrashMyParty. Over 4,000 tweets were sent within 30 minutes, making #CrashMyParty trend nationwide.
Luke tells us that Crash My Party has something for everyone, despite the title. "The album, it has your party songs, it has your songs that are about life that about rural life. It's got some love songs that I've never done this type of love song on it that I'm really, really excited about. I mean, we've got songs for the guys, songs for the girls, songs you can go ride dirt roads in, songs you can cry to. I think I've got a song on there that could really, really change some people's lives and really help them heal through a tough time. So, I've never been more excited than an upcoming album, and I think this one has something for everybody on there."

Crash My Party is the follow-up to Luke's most successful album to date, tailgates & tanlines, which has now been certified double platinum.
Luke recently debuted the video for "Crash My Party."

Miranda Lambert's brand new single is called "All Kinds of Kinds." It's the fifth release from her Four the Record album, and it's a song that Miranda tells us just seemed to hit home with her from the get-go. "'All Kinds of Kinds' is such a different song. To me, I heard this -- my producer sent it to me -- and I don't know, I just identified with it immediately. I don't really know why, but it just...all these characters in this song, and I'm finally in . . . I found my niche, I found my spot in country music, and everyone's uplifted me through that, and winnin' awards and havin' hits, but I still feel like I'm a little bit different. And I'm glad for that. But for 'All Kinds of Kinds,' it's just talkin' about all kinds of scenarios and how it takes so many different characters to make the world what it is."
Miranda will be performing at the CMA Songwriters Series event at the Royale Boston Nightclub in Boston, Massachusetts, on July 11th. The show features Brett James, Kip Moore, and Bob DiPiero.
  • Miranda is on the Jason Aldean-headlined bill at Fenway Park in Boston on July 12th & 13th. The show also features performances by Jake Owen and Thomas Rhett.
The video for Chris Young's latest single, "Aw Naw," debuts today (Thursday, June 27th) at noon ET on VEVO. The clip was recently shot in Nashville, and includes Chris' band members.
Chris said, "With a song like "Aw Naw," you have to have a fun music video. The night we shot the video we didn't wrap until 4 a.m. but we had a lot of laughs and pulled a few pranks but we stayed hydrated with aw naw juice."
"Aw Naw" was co-written by Chris, and is the debut release from his upcoming album, called A.M., which will be released on September 17th.
"Aw Naw" is currently available on iTunes and other digital music destinations.
  • Chris is currently on tour with Brad Paisley.
  • The Beat This Summer tour, which also featured Lee Brice and The Henningsens, plays in Virginia Beach on Friday (June 28th).

Shania Twain was one of the few country acts who reacted to the Supreme Court's ruling on the Defense of Marriage Act, which clears the way for gay couples to get married and enjoy tax and health benefits. Shania tweeted, "Congratulations to everyone celebrating #equality today in the U.S. #loveislove"

Ronnie Dunn and Kid Rock are among the acts making guest appearances on rocker Sammy Hagar's new album, Sammy Hagar And Friends. The 10-track CD of both original material and cover songs is set for release on September 24th.

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Q. From what Georgia city does Luke Bryan hail?
A. Leesburg

Trace Adkins


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  • Julia Duffy (actress, Newhart and Designing Women) (62)
  • Tobey Maguire (actor, the Spiderman films, Seabiscuit, Cider House Rules, The Ice Storm) (38)
  • Ross Perot (billionaire Texas businessman, ran as a third-party candidate for president in 1992 and 1996) (83)
  • Madylin Sweeten (actress, Everybody Loves Raymond's Ally, American Splendor) (22)
  • Bruce Johnston (of the Beach Boys) (71)
  • Vera Wang (fashion designer) (64)
  • Ted Haggard (disgraced evangelical preacher) (57)
  • J.J. Abrams (television producer, Lost, Alias, Fringe, Star Trek movies) (47)
  • Khloe Kardashian (reality TV star) (29)
  • Ed Westwick (actor, Gossip Girl, J. Edgar) (26)
  • Miranda Lambert shot the video to "Fastest Girl In Town" in Dickson County, Tennessee, with NASCAR driver Danica Patrick in 2012.
  • Ralph Stanley underwent a triple bypass operation in Virginia in 2005.
  • Jamie O'Neal had surgery in Nashville for a ruptured disc in her back in 2001.
  • Tracy Lawrence and his wife, Becca, had a daughter, Skylar JoAnn Lawrence, in Nashville in 2001.
  • Common Thread: Songs Of The Eagles went triple-platinum in 1994. It featured Travis Tritt, Little Texas, Clint Black, John Anderson, Alan Jackson, Suzy Bogguss, Vince Gill, Billy Dean, Tanya Tucker, Diamond Rio, Trisha Yearwood, Brooks & Dunn and Lorrie Morgan.
  • Lyle Lovett married Julia Roberts at the St. James Lutheran Church in Marion, Indiana in 1993, after a whirlwind romance that began during filming of the movie The Player.
  • Ray Price's chart-topping single "For the Good Times" charted in 1970.
  • Hank Snow recorded the Number One single "I've Been Everywhere" in 1962.
  • Gene Autry recorded the Number One single, "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer," in 1949.


NBC EXTENDS OPTIONS TO JOHN STAMOS AND OTHER STARS OF 'I AM VICTOR': NBC and Universal TV have extended the options of five cast members in the drama pilot I Am Victor including John Stamos and Matthew Lillard. Earlier this month, the network decided to retool the show and it is believed they are looking to meld two of the female characters into one.
MTV CANCELS 'ZACH STONE IS GONNA BE FAMOUS': MTV has decided not to renew Zach Stone Is Gonna Be Famous for a second season. The network released a statement saying, "After careful consideration of many factors, we have ultimately decided not to move forward with an additional season of the series. We wish Bo, the cast and the entire production crew the very best."
'CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY' MAY BE HEADING TO BROADWAY: A stage version of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory opened in London on Tuesday (June 25th) and the show is being considered to make the move to Broadway. Skyfall director Sam Mendes adapted the story to the stage but the reviews were not quite as overwhelmingly positive as the musical version of Roald Dahl's Matilda which began its Broadway run this season.
OWN NETWORK PICKS UP TWO SOAP OPERAS: Oprah's OWN network has picked up the rights to air the first 40 episodes of the soap operas All My Children and One Life to Live which were previously cancelled by ABC but have been continuing online. The network will begin airing the shows back to back Monday through Thursday starting on July 15th.
ELIZABETH BANKS SIGNS ON FOR TWO INDIE FILMS: Hunger Games actress Elizabeth Banks has signed on to star in two new indie films including the Beach Boys biopic Love & Mercy where she will play Brian Wilson's wife. In Little Accidents, Banks will play a woman whose life spirals out of control after a town is devastated by a mining accident that kills 12 men


COURTENEY COX IS DATING 'COUGAR TOWN' COSTAR: Newly divorced Courteney Cox is reportedly dating her Cougar Town costar Brian Van Holt. An insider told Us Weekly that they have been together for about six months. Cox's ex David Arquette once told Howard Stern that his wife and Brian were having an emotional affair.
REPORT: KIM KARDASHIAN IS OBSESSED WITH LOSING HER BABY WEIGHT: North West was born less than two weeks ago but her mother, Kim Kardashian, is reportedly obsessed with losing her baby weight. Sources tell Radar Online, "She really believes she can lose the first 30 pounds in the first month. She wants to look good in a bikini by the end of the summer."
ANNA WINTOUR TWEETS FOR THE FIRST TIME: Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour tweeted for the first time through her magazine's official Twitter account to express her support of the Supreme Court decision regarding same-sex marriage. The tweet said, "Today's rulings are a big step forward for all Americans striving to achieve equality. I couldn't be happier or more proud. --A.W."
KIM ZOLCIAK IS PREGNANT: Bravo reality star Kim Zolciak has revealed that she is pregnant with her fifth child. The revelation was made on Tuesday's (June 25th) episode of Don't Be Tardy. The 35-year-old took over a dozen pregnancy tests and all of them confirmed that she is with child.
JESSICA BIEL USES SHOCK COLLARS ON HER DOGS: Total Recall star Jessica Biel was spotted walking her dogs in New York City on Tuesday (June 25th) and both pups were wearing controversial shock collars. The collars are commonly used to teach obedience but some people feel it is a form of animal cruelty.


The past week hasn't been so easy for celebrity chef Paula Deen but she attempted to turn things around for herself by sitting down to an interview on the Today show with Matt Lauer on Wednesday (June 26th.) Paula got emotional during the conversation while insisting that she is a loving person and that she is distressed by the way the n-word gets tossed around between members of the African-American community.
US Weekly is reporting that Paula has hired Judy Smith -- the inspiration for Kerry Washington's character on Scandal -- to help her through this crisis. However, those close to Deen insist that even though the controversy may be costing her endorsement deals, her businesses are thriving.

  • Shortly after Paula's interview, Caesars casino company announced that they will be closing all four restaurants that operate on their properties as part of a business partnership with the chef.
  • Walmart also released a statement on Wednesday afternoon saying, "We are ending our relationship with Paula Deen Enterprises and we will not place new orders beyond those already committed."



Many celebrity couples have stood up for marriage equality by announcing that they would not walk down the aisle until everyone had that right and with Wednesday's (June 26th) repeal of the Defense of Marriage Act, at least one Hollywood power couple is ready to take the plunge. Not long after the Supreme Court made their ruling to strike down the law and overturn Prop 8, Kristen Bell re-proposed to her fiancé and baby daddy Dax Shepard.

  • The House of Lies actress wrote:
  • Dax originally responded by writing but deleting, "F*** Yes!!!!!!!" He later wrote:
  • The happy couple first got engaged back in 2009 and welcomed their daughter Lincoln last March.


It appears that it was more than just busy schedules that caused Jennifer Aniston to stop planning her wedding to Justin Theroux. Radar Online is reporting that the couple reportedly cannot agree on where to live after the wedding.
According to sources, Jennifer loves living on the West coast and refuses to live outside of Southern California but Justin was hoping he could convince her to relocate to New York City. One insider told the website, "He suggested the couple could live in New York City part-time, no more than six months a year and L.A. the rest of the time. Justin misses the Big Apple, and his friends. His entire life was in New York, and he uprooted his entire life to move to LA to be with Jen. He thinks it's time Jen start to compromise, but she is absolutely refusing to live on the East Coast, even part-time."

  • The Friends actress reportedly refused the offer possibly due to the massive renovations she is currently performing on her $21 million estate.


Emma Watson spent 10 years making the Harry Potter films but she claims it wasn't until she came to United States for college that she realized how many people knew who she was. The actress appears in the August issue of Teen Vogue discussing her fame.
She revealed that she wasn't aware of her celebrity status until she arrived at Brown University and had photographers following her every move. Emma explains, "It sounds stupid, or completely unbelievable, but that was when I realized that I was famous." The 23-year-old adds, "There are still days when I deal with fame horribly and there are days when I deal with it really well."


At 24 years old, Lucy Hale has had some experience in the dating world and up until recently she had a habit for falling for the bad boys. The Pretty Little Liars star chatted with Us Weekly about her new beau at NYC's Bongo Boutique on June 23rd.
Lucy has been dating Revolution's Graham Rogers. She described him to magazine as being "such a sweetheart" and added, "He is a good guy. And I am past the bad-boy stage."

  • This is the actress' first public relationship since breaking up with actor Chris Zylka last September after six months of dating.


SUPREME COURT HANDS VICTORY TO GAY MARRIAGE SUPPORTERS: The Supreme Court handed an historic victory yesterday (June 26th) to gay marriage advocates, striking down a key part of the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) to make married gay couples equal federally with straight couples. The 5-4 decision, which saw Justice Anthony Kennedy side with the court's liberal wing, threw out the part of DOMA which kept legally married gay couples from receiving federal tax, health and pension benefits that are otherwise available to married couples. Kennedy wrote the purpose of the law was to impose a disadvantage and, quote, "a stigma upon all who enter into same-sex marriages made lawful by the unquestioned authority of the states." However, the court's decision didn't touch on another part of DOMA, which says a state doesn't have to recognize a gay marriage performed elsewhere. In a second case, dealing with California's constitutional ban on same-sex marriage, the court also issued a 5-4 ruling that leaves in place a lower court's decision that the Proposition 8 ban was unconstitutional, clearing the way for gay marriage to return in the state. It was a technical ruling that said those challenging the lower court's ruling didn't have standing to do so.

  • After the Supreme Court's ruling, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said the Department of Defense would extend benefits to same-sex military spouses as soon as possible.

MANDELA REPORTEDLY ON LIFE SUPPORT: Former South African president and anti-apartheid leader Nelson Mandela is on life support, according to reports out last night (June 26th), after having struggled since being hospitalized on June 8th for a recurring lung infection. Authorities have described the 94-year-old's condition as critical since Sunday. After visiting Mandela last last night, South African President Jacob Zuma canceled his visit to Mozambique where he was supposed to attend a summit today.
TRAYVON MARTIN'S FRIEND TESTIFIES ABOUT FINAL PHONE CALL: A friend who was on the phone with 17-year-old Trayvon Martin moments before he was shot and killed by volunteer Sanford, Florida, neighborhood watchman George Zimmerman in February 2012 testified about the call during Zimmerman's murder trial yesterday (June 26th). Nineteen-year-old Rachel Jeantel said that Martin had told her he was being followed by a man he described to her as a, quote, "creepy-ass cracker" as he walked back from a convenience store to the home of his father's fiancee. Martin thought he'd lost him, but then told Jeantel Zimmerman was behind him. She testified that she heard Martin ask, "What are you following me for"? and then Zimmerman asking Martin what he was doing there, followed by what sounded like the phone earpiece drop into the grass as she heard Martin say, "Get off! Get off!, before the phone went dead.
There was also testimony from two former neighbors of Zimmerman, who said they heard howls and shouts for help in the moments before the shooting and saw one figure on top of another on the ground. Additionally, about a half dozen calls made by Zimmerman to a non-emergency police number to report suspicious people in the neighborhood in the months before Martin was killed were played for the jury. Prosecutors contend they show Zimmerman's state of mind as increasingly frustrated with repeated burglaries and that he'd reached a breaking point the night he shot Martin. However, the defense argued the calls were irrelevant.
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SNOWDEN PREVIOUSLY SAID LEAKERS 'SHOULD BE SHOT,' CRITICIZED WIKILEAKS: The technology news site Ars Technica published a story yesterday (June 26th) on what a person believed to be NSA leaker Edward Snowden wrote in the site's chatrooms in 2009, including saying that leakers should be, quote, "shot in the balls," and criticizing WikiLeaks, the anti-secrecy site that is now helping him try to obtain asylum. According to Ars Technica, Snowden posted using the alias "TheTrueHOOHA," and the quotes came from chats in 2009 discussing a New York Times article describing covert U.S. operations to target Iran's nuclear program. The story was based on information from anonymous sources, and Snowden wrote, "Who the f*** are the anonymous sources telling them this? Those people should be shot in the balls." He also wrote, "WTF NYTIMES . . . Are they TRYING to start a war? Jesus Christ, they're like WikiLeaks." TheTrueHOOHA also wrote about politics, including expressing support for libertarian policies, among them the gold standard and the elimination of Social Security. He wrote, "Save money? Cut this Social Security bullsh*t. Somehow, our society managed to make it hundreds of years without Social Security just fine."
POPE NAMES COMMISSION TO REFORM VATICAN BANK: Pope Francis set up a special commission of inquiry Wednesday (June 26th) to reform the Vatican bank, which has long been accused of failing to meet transparency standards intended to fight money laundering and tax evasion. The five-member panel, made up of an Italian cardinal, a French cardinal, a Spanish bishop, an American monsignor and a female Harvard Law professor who's a former U.S. ambassador to the Vatican, will report directly to the pope, bypassing the Vatican bureaucracy that has sometimes been targeted by allegations of scandal and corruption.
CHINESE ASTRONAUTS LAND SAFELY AFTER SPACE MISSION: Three Chinese astronauts returned to Earth Wednesday (June 26th) after a 15-day mission, during which they docked with an experimental space lab, part of China's plans to build a working space station by 2020. The Shenzhou 10 spacecraft was China's fifth manned space mission since 2003. In addition to the scientific work, female astronaut Wang Yaping gave a physics lecture from space last week on the effects of weightlessness that was widely viewed by middle school students around China. Despite its advances, China is still far behind U.S. and Russia in space technology.
NATIONAL INSTITUTES OF HEALTH TO RETIRE MOST LAB CHIMPS: The National Institutes of Health announced that it plans to stop using almost all of its chimpanzees in biomedical research, keeping just some 50 for further research crucial to human health if its needed. About 310 chimps will be retired to the Federal Sanctuary System in the next few years, although it's unclear where exactly the animals will go. The AP reported that some might eventually go to the Chimp Haven sanctuary in Louisiana. Explaining the long-expected decision, NIH Director Francis Collins said the use of chimps in biomedical research has been valuable in the past, but that new technologies has made their use in research largely unnecessary.
CNN BRINGING BACK 'CROSSFIRE,' WITH GINGRICH, CUTTER: CNN is relaunching its political debate show, Crossfire, this fall, this time with former House Speaker and 2012 Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich co-hosting with former Barack Obama deputy campaign manager Stephanie Cutter. Joining Gingrich on the conservative side will be columnist and MSNBC co-host S.E. Cupp, and Cutter will be joined on the liberal side by CNN contributer and former Obama green jobs adviser Van Jones. Crossfire debuted in 1982, and was originally hosted by Pat Buchanan and Tom Braden. Later co-hosts included Robert Novak, Tucker Carlson, James Carville, Paul Begala and Bill Press, before it went off the air in 2005.
PATRIOTS PLAYER HERNANDEZ CHARGED WITH MURDER: New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez was arrested yesterday (June 26th) and charged with the execution-style murder of Odin Lloyd, a friend who prosecutors say had angered the 23-year-old NFL player at a nightclub a few days earlier by talking to people Hernandez, quote, "had troubles with." The body of Lloyd, a 27-year-old semi-pro football player who was dating the sister of Hernandez's fiancee, was found last week shot multiple times in an industrial park about a mile away from Hernandez's North Attleborough, Massachusetts, home. Prosecutors contend that early on the morning on June 17th, two days after being at the nightclub, Hernandez and two friends picked up Lloyd at his home, and as they drove around, they discussed what happened at the nightclub. Lloyd started getting nervous and texted his sister, ''Did you see who I am with?'' When she asked who, he answered, ''NFL,'' then, "Just so you know.'' It's charged that Hernandez and his friends drove Lloyd to the industrial park, shot and killed him there, and then left. Investigators didn't identify the two other people or say whether they were under arrest.
  • Soon after Hernandez's arrest, the Patriots announced they had cut him from the team.
FEDERER, SHARAPOVA OUT AT WIMBLEDON: There were two huge upsets on third day of play at Wimbledon on Wednesday (June 26th), with both Roger Federer and Maria Sharapova out of the tournament. Defending Wimbledon champion Federer, who was seeded third, was beaten in the second round by 116th-ranked Ukrainian Sergiy Stakhovsky 6-7 (5), 7-6 (5), 7-5, 7-6 (5), ending his streak of reaching at least the quarterfinals at a record 36 consecutive major tournaments, his earliest Grand Slam event exit in a decade. On the women's side, third-seeded Sharapova fell 6-3, 6-4 in the second round to 131st-ranked Michelle Larcher de Brito of Portugal. There were also seven players who withdrew either ahead of or during their matches yesterday, including second-seeded Victoria Azarenka, who bruised a bone in her leg when she slipped on the turf Monday, and sixth-seeded Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, who fell during his match yesterday and then left.
(Headline News, FYI and Sports stories were compiled in part from reports by the Associated Press and Reuters.)



  • THE BIG BANG THEORY (repeat)
  • TWO AND A HALF MEN (repeat)
  • ELEMENTARY (repeat)
  • THE OFFICE (repeat)
  • HELL'S KITCHEN - A team of previous winners returns to challenge the remaining contestants.
  • DOES SOMEONE HAVE TO GO? - (finale) The CEO of True Home Value lets employees tackle tough decisions.
  • WIPEOUT - Contestants face obstacles.
  • MOTIVE - After a lawyer is murdered, his wife is the prime suspect.
  • ROOKIE BLUE - Andy and Cruz butt heads when a disturbed woman forces them to make a crucial decision.
  • ANGER MANAGEMENT - Charlie begins seeing a new female therapist who has unorthodox therapy methods.
  • ANGER MANAGEMENT - Charlie steals a hot woman from an angry nerd.
  • WILFRED - Ryan doesn't trust his sister's new love interest.
THE VIEW - Toni Collette
THE TONIGHT SHOW WITH JAY LENO (NBC) - David Spade, Joey King, Grace Potter
JIMMY KIMMEL LIVE (ABC) - Dwayne Wade, Annette Bening, Tony Goldwyn, the Neighborhood
CONAN - Kevin Hart, Chris Kluwe, Eve


COUPLE LETS STARBUCKS DRINKERS VOTE ON NAME FOR THEIR BABY: A Connecticut couple, who was struggling to decide on a name for their son, had Starbucks customers vote on the baby's name. Jennifer James and Mark Dixon are expecting their baby boy in September and have allowed Starbucks patrons to vote on either Logan or Jackson. The couple has received nearly 1,800 votes since they started the contest, not including people that voted more than once. The contest ended on Tuesday (June 25th) and the baby will be named Logan Jackson. (New Haven Register) ICE CREAM MAN ARRESTED FOR DRUNK DRIVING: A London man has been charged with drunk driving while serving ice cream out of his truck. Paul Hewlett is alleged to have been over the legal limit moments after serving children ice cream. The ice cream van was pulled over by police after receiving reports from concerned parents earlier in the week. The 49-year old will be in court next week facing charges of drunk driving and driving without valid insurance. (The Sun)
NEW TWITTER ACCOUNT IS REPORTING EVERY NYPD STOP-AND-FRISK: The account, @StopAndFrisk, was created last month to put a social spotlight on the controversial NYPD practice. New York-based developer Simon Lawrence and journalist Michele Lent Hirsh created the Twitter account to try and put a stop to the NYPD practice which allows officers to stop somebody they believe has committed a crime, is in the process of committing a crime, or is about to commit a crime. The account tweets several stop-and-frisks, which include the subject's age, location and the reason the police made the stop as per the records made available by the New York Civil Liberties Union. Lawrence said they originally wanted to tweet at the same rate the NYPD stops suspects, but then realized that would be too frequent for Twitter to handle. (Mashable)

CALIFORNIA MAN FACES JAIL TIME AFTER WRITING ANTI-BANK MESSAGES IN CHALK: A 40-year-old California man is being prosecuted for writing anti-bank messages on sidewalks -- and now faces a 13-year sentence. Jeff Olsen will stand trial on 13 counts of vandalism. The judge is barring Olsen's attorney from "mentioning freedom of speech during the trial." Upon exiting the courtroom on Tuesday (June 25th), Olsen said, "Oh my gosh... I can't believe this is happening." Olsen, a member of Occupy Wall Street, visited the Bank of America for 6 months leaving behind scribbled slogans like "Stop big banks" and "Stop Bank" According to Bank of America, it cost them $6,000 to clean up the water soluble chalk. (Sand Diego Reader)
INDIAN REPORTER FIRED AFTER REPORTING FROM ATOP MAN'S SHOULDERS: An Indian reporter was fired after reporting on the flash flooding in Uttarakhand while on a man's shoulders. Narayan Pargaien triggered outrage after a video clip of the incident went viral. The reporter claimed the survivor had hoisted him on his shoulders as a sign of respect. Pargaien explained, "...[He] wanted to show me respect, as it was the first time someone of my level had visited his house." News Express did not air the clip because they found it to be distasteful. (News


MANY PEOPLE WOULD RATHER HAVE A ROOT CANAL THAN WORK WHILE ON VACATION: A new survey finds Americans are very serious about their vacations. The study was commissioned by Ricoh Americas Corp. and was conducted online by Harris Interactive. The survey covered over two-thousand adults, and found that half of those who said they have taken a vacation said they'd rather get a root canal than work while on vacation. Sixty-seven-percent of those who have taken a vacation said their families resented it if they worked while away, and three-quarters said their employer did not make it easy to access work-related documents remotely. However, 67-percent of those who took a vacation said that checking work e-mail eased their return to work. Vice president of strategic marketing at Ricoh said, "Workers absolutely must have a chance to recharge themselves, their families and their career. Employers ignore this need at their peril." (UPI)
WHY PEOPLE BECOME "FANS" OF THINGS ON FACEBOOK: A new survey finds that most people who "like" brands on Facebook do so because they wish to support the brand. The firm Syncapse worked with Hotspex to interview over two-thousand consumers about why they became Facebook fans and found that 49-percent said "to support the brand I like," and 42-percent said "to get a coupon or discount." Thirty-five-percent said "to participate in a contest" while 27-percent said "to share my interests/lifestyle with others." The research also found that certain brands make a higher emotional connection with people on Facebook than others. Disney and Coca-cola were found more likely to be "Liked" on Facebook by people "looking to support the brand I like." (Mashable)
DOGS INTERACT WITH CAREGIVERS AS HUMAN CHILDREN INTERACT WITH THEIR PARENTS: Austrian researchers find that the relationship between dogs and their owners is remarkably similar to the relationship between young children and their parents. Scientists from the University of Veterinary Medicine in Vienna explain that human infants use their caregivers as a secure base when it comes to interacting with the environment. For example, a toddler stands by a parent and carefully investigates his or her nearby environment knowing the parents is close. To find this, researchers examined the reactions of dogs under three circumstances: absent owner, silent owner, and encouraging owner. The dogs were given the opportunity to earn treats, and researchers say the dogs were much less interested in earning treats if their owner was not present. When researchers replaced the owner of the dog with a stranger they observed that the dogs hardly interacted with the strangers and were not interested in trying to get the food reward. (UPI)
DEPRESSED TEENS FOUND TO TURN TO SOCIAL NETWORKS FOR HELP: A new study finds that distressed teens are using social media and mobile technology to experess their suicidal feelings and reach out for help. Two studies made the connection, both conducted by researchers at Ohio State University. One study analyzed data from a sample of MySpace members' profile pages in 2008 from those between the ages of 13 and 24. From two-million comments researchers narrowed down to 64 comments that truly referenced suicide. A second study found that of over one-thousand participants, those that said they had felt suicidal said they were most likely to talk to a friend or family member, and the second-most likely method of communication was found to be texts, talking on the phone, instant messaging or posting to a social network. Researchers say this information means society should perhaps redirect its resources from suicide hotlines to social networks. (Daily Mail)
TSA FOUND TO SCREEN SLOWLY BUT ACCURATELY: An experiment finds that the T-S-A is in fact slow and effective at screening the stuff you bring onto an airplane. To test this, researchers at Duke University gave about 200 TSA agents a test which required them to pick out a perfectly fomed "T" shape among many similar shapes. They were shown several versions of these images and to make it trickier some images did not even contain the perfect "T" shape at all. Next, 93 Duke undergraduates took the same test. The Duke students founf the "T" with 82-percent accuracy and took 3.86-seconds on average per image. The TSA officers took more than six-seconds per image, but had accuracy rates of 87 to 88 percent. Researchers explain the key in this exercise is consistency and that the TSA who took the same amount of time to check out each new image were the most successful. The TSA is said to be "very interested in the project." (NBC)
MEN WHO COMPLIMENT A WOMAN BEFORE ASKING HER OUT ARE MORE LIKELY TO GET A "YES": A recent study finds that men who gave a woman a simple compliment before asking her out were 16-percent more likely to get a date than guys who did not give a compliment. Dating expert Tracey Steinberg says this may happen because most women work hard to look good and that when they know a man appreciates their beauty it makes them want to get to know him better. (Men's Health)
APPLE ADDS A MALE VOICE TO SIRI IN LATEST BETA UPDATE: Apple has updated the beta version of its iOS operating system for developers and included a new male voice option for the Siri voice assistant. Apple says the new Siri voices, in male or female, have been developed to sound less robotic. In addition to the new voices, the iOS 7 beta update includes support for iPad, a new version of the Reminders app, the return of Voice Memo and a number of other small improvements. Apple is expected to release iOS 7 to the general public this fall. (UPI)
CUTLERY INFLUENCES HOW WE TASTE FOOD: Researchers from the University of Oxford have found that what you eat your food with influences how it tastes. Researchers found that cheese tastes saltier when eaten from a knife rather than a fork, and that yogurt tastes best eaten from a spoon. Researchers say the size, weight, shape and color of cuterly all have an affect on the flavor of our food. For example they found that a white spoon made yogurt taste best and a small spoon made foods seem sweeter in flavor. The research was published in the journal Flavour. (Fox)


Bets Being Made on the Soon-To-Arrive Royal Baby
As Prince William and Kate Middleton await the birth of their first child next month, a lot of the rest of the world is waiting too, and some people are placing bets on things like the baby's name, arrival date, size, and more random things like whether or not it will have red hair like its uncle, Prince Harry. CNNMoney reports that William Hill, one of the world's biggest online betting sites, has already taken in more than $30,000 in bets on the royal baby, with the most money expected to be wagered on the baby's name. The majority of those betting think the couple will have a girl, and "Alexandra" is the leading name, at 5-2 odds. Close behind are "Diana" and "Elizabeth," for William's late mother, Princess Diana, and for his grandmother, Queen Elizabeth the Second.

Mother Sues Monster Energy Drink Maker After 19-Year-Old Son Dies
The mother of a California 19-year-old who died last July from a cardiac arrhythmia has filed a lawsuit against Monster Beverage Corp., charging that his death was caused by regularly drinking Monster energy drink. The lawsuit alleges that Alex Morris wouldn't have died if he hadn't drunk two cans of Monster energy drink every day for the three years before his death, including the day he died. Paula Morris' attorney in the case is also representing the family of 14-year-old Anais Fournier of Maryland, who also sued Monster Beverage after Fournier died after drinking two 24-ounce cans of Monster Energy Drink. Energy drinks, including Monster, have come under increased scrutiny, with the FDA investigating reports of deaths linked to them.

Study: Having a Big Desk Makes You More Likely to Be a Jerk
Have you ever noticed that the person with the biggest desk at work or the biggest car in the neighborhood is also more likely to be a jerk? The Week reports that new research is now backing that up. Columbia University psychologists who tested how people reacted to the physical spaces around them found that large, lavish environments can make people feel more powerful, which leads them to be more likely to behave dishonestly. Study author Andy Yap told the Denver Post, "When you feel more powerful, you are more willing to take risks. If they hang a carrot in front of you, you might do whatever it takes to get that carrot, even if it's unethical." The researchers found the same thing with cars: people in a driving simulation were more likely to carry out a hit-and-run if they were in large fancy cars, and cars with bigger seats were more likely to be parked illegally.

Wednesday, June 26, 2013


Hunter Hayes celebrated the Number One success of "Somebody's Heartbreak" with a party at songwriting organization BMI in Nashville yesterday (Tuesday, June 25th). This is Hunter's second consecutive chart-topper, following on the heels of "Wanted."
Hunter co-wrote "Somebody's Heartbreak" with Andrew Dorff and Luke Laird. He tells us he really latched on to the song once he heard Luke's recorded version of it. "This was one of my first favorites. I remember Luke actually did a demo of the song before I did, and I loved it so much I was like, 'I have to go do my own now (laughs),' you know, because that's kind of my way of showing the team -- that's always been my way of the showing the team -- how much I'm into a song. I can like it, but if I don't do my own demo of it I don't feel like I'm quite invested on it. I did three different versions of this demo. I've been excited about this song since day one, since we wrote it. I felt good about it leaving the writing room, and I was stoked when I got Luke's demo. I really was jazzed on it, and so it shows you how excited I am about it, to get to celebrate that it did this well, and to have two in a row is pretty cool, too, so I'll take that any day."
Hunter is quickly climbing the charts with "I Want Crazy," which might end up being his third chart-topper.
His new album, Encore, a deluxe edition of his self-titled debut album, was released last week and is expected to bow at Number One on the Billboard country albums chart.
  • Hunter performs various fairs and festivals around the country this summer.
  • He kicks off his first headlining tour in October.
A Brentwood, Tennessee man who has allegedly been stalking John Rich was arrested on Sunday (June 23rd). Mark Christopher Sevier, a 36-year-old attorney, was charged with aggravated stalking after violating two restraining orders the singer had against him.
Sevier reportedly was released on $4,000 bond and is set to return to court on July 29th.
Rich contacted police and presented evidence of Sevier's harassment, including emails which threatened his wife and sons' safety, as well as a picture of a man depicting the singer dressed in next-to-nothing, covered in what appears to be blood, and draped in an American flag.
Rich had a previous legal issue with Sevier a few years ago over the rights to two songs Sevier co-wrote with artist Shanna Crooks. Sevier and Severe Records LLC brought a copyright infringement case against Rich and several others, which was dismissed after an appeal to the U.S. District Court in 2011. Ownership of the songs was disputed for several years before Crooks assigned ownership to the two songs to Rich and his publishing company.
Sevier's law career is reporedly in an "inactive status," as the Tennessee Sup
reme Count has ruled he "can't practice law due to reasons of mental illness."

Carrie Underwood has been added to the lineup for the sold out Oklahoma Twister Relief Concert on July 6th. Due to her previously scheduled show at the Grand Ole Opry, the Oklahoma native's performance will be aired via satellite from the Grand Ole Opry House in Nashville to the Gaylord Family-Oklahoma Memorial Stadium in Norman.

In addition to show organizer Toby Keith, performers will include Garth Brooks, Trisha Yearwood, Willie Nelson, Sammy Hagar, Ronnie Dunn, Mel Tillis and John Anderson. More artists are being added to the line up and will be announced on a future date.
Net proceeds of tickets (after tax and credit card fees) will benefit the United Way of Central Oklahoma May Tornadoes Relief Fund to aid recovery efforts.

Verizon Wireless is offering a text-to-donate capability before, during and after the benefit concert. Customers of any wireless carrier may donate by texting the keyword REBUILD to 52000, which will give an automatic $10 donation to the United Way of Central Oklahoma's May Tornadoes Relief Fund. Verizon Wireless customers will be limited to five text donations.
  • Blake Shelton hosted a televised fundraiser concert for Oklahoma's tornado victims back in May. The event raised $6 million for the United Way of Central Oklahoma.

Jake Owen claims the top of the country charts this week with "Anywhere With You," which is his fourth consecutive Number One hit in as many singles.
Jake tweeted, "Huge thanks to all my fans and friends at Country Radio for my 4th #1 in a row off Barefoot Blue Jean Night album. New music comin' soon!!"
Jake tells us that part of the recipe to his success lies in choosing songs, not just because of chart potential, but because they connect with him on a personal level. "Anytime I record a song, it has to do somethin' for me personally. I mean, I don't just look at it as though, 'Well, this sounds like a song that would be a hit on the radio, so I should just put my voice on it.' In order for me to put my voice on a song, I have to believe it, and I have to want to be a part of it, and so a lot of these new songs -- and any song really that I've recorded previously is . . . are things that I enjoy gettin' out there and singin'. I enjoy watchin' people sing it back."
Jake is currently at work on his next album with producer Joey Moi.
The album's first single, called "Days of Gold," is expected to arrive at radio in August.
  • "Anywhere with You" has been certified gold for more than half a million downloads.
  • Every single from Jake's Barefoot Blue Jean Night album is now gold, platinum, or double platinum.
Things got a little wild at Kenny Chesney's concert at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh on Saturday (June 22nd). According to reports, the stadium show ended with public brawls, injured fans, and a huge mess for workers to clean up. Close to 75 people were arrested inside and outside the venue for a variety of offenses, including disorderly conduct, public intoxication and aggravated assault.
According to Pittsburgh's CBS affiliate, the trouble started when some eager Chesney fans arrived at the venue before the gates opened, resulting in heavy traffic tie-ups. Things got worse as tailgaters left piles of trash in the parking lots.
The President of ALCO Parking said, "The Kenny Chesney crowd is the most difficult crowd for our staff to work with of any of the events of the year."
Chesney's No Shoes Nation tour rolls on to St. Louis on Thursday (June 27th).

Little Jimmy Dickens has been diagnosed with a pre-cancerous condition on his vocal chords. The Opry star will undergo three weeks of short-term radiation treatments beginning next week. Jimmy's doctors expect him to make a full recovery.
The 92-year-old entertainer said, "I can't begin to express my sincere gratitude for the thoughts and prayers that are being sent my way. My family and I appreciate the support, and I can't wait to return home to the stage of the Grand Ole Opry in one of my favorite rhinestone suits someday soon."
Jimmy most recently surprised Opry audiences with an appearance on April 12th. Prior to that, his latest scheduled performance happend back in December.
The Opry is inviting Jimmy's friends and fans from around the world to send cards and letters to:
Jimmy Dickens
c/o Grand Ole Opry House
2804 Opryland Drive
Nashville, TN 37214
  • Jimmy became a Grand Ole Opry member in 1948 and was elected to the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1983.
  • His classics include "Take An Old Cold Tater (And Wait)," "Country Boy," "Out Behind The Barn," and "May The Bird Of Paradise Fly Up Your Nose."

Tyler Farr has something to go absolutely "Redneck Crazy" about. His hit song of the same name officially marks Tyler's first Top 20 hit. The song is still climbing the Mediabase Country and Billboard Country charts at Number 19, and while happy with the feat, Tyler says he doesn't want to stop there. He tells us: "You know, you work so hard to get to this point, and then you get to this point, and you're like, 'All right, so what do I do now?' So it's . . . we're here, and we have a goal, and the goal is to get all the way to the top."
"Redneck Crazy" also continues to gain traction in the video world, with over 1.5 million views for the song's video on VEVO and counting.
The success of the song has raised demand for Tyler's debut album, also called Redneck Crazy, which will be in stores on October 15th.
Tyler's fan base also continues to grow, with Facebook users growing 600 percent in the last three months alone.
He continues on the road, playing fairs and festivals around the country this summer.
  • Tyler's stepfather played lead guitar in George Jones' band.
  • He has co-written songs for Colt Ford and Joe Nichols.

Q. Who is Lady Antebellum member Hillary Scott's famous mother?
A. Linda Davis, who dueted with Reba McEntire on "Does He Love You"

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