Written Prep for Thursday, June 26, 2014

UCN Written Prep

Thursday, June 26, 2014

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Today’s One-Liners
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Who Am I?
Impossible Question
Celebrity Tweets
Who Said It?
Web Tripping
Best TiVo Bets
eBay Oddities
Lifestyles
Our Weird World
Celebrity News
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Water Cooler Talk
Cool Stuff From the Web
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Today’s One-Liners

CAN YOU MAKE IT ILLEGAL TO TEXT IN A THEATER, PLEASE?

The US Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that police cannot go snooping through people’s cell phones without a warrant.***

***You can’t just look through someone’s cell phone. Tiger Woods was quoted as saying, “Now you tell us.”

 

HERE’S TO MICHAEL AND TO WHOEVER ACTUALLY SINGS ON ‘XSCAPE’

Michael Jackson’s devoted fans gathered at Forest Lawn Cemetery in LA on Wednesday to mark the fifth anniversary of the pop star’s death.***

***Fans asked the city to fly their flags at half mast. And Michael’s fans who also do pharmaceuticals were at half dosage.

***No word from Dr. Conrad Murray on the anniversary. But he did send Dr. Oz a lovely note, thanking him for being an inspiration to quacks everywhere.

 

JENNIFER LAWRENCE FACES HER GREATEST FOE: STAIRS

The teaser trailer for “The Hunger Games – Mockingjay Part 1” is online; the movie is released November 21st.***

***The Hunger Games are a battle to the death and anything goes. But you’re not allowed to bite anyone during their soccer games because that would be cheating.

***Katniss is back. In the best scene, the owner of her team makes some stupid racist comments and then he’s forced to sell it.

 

HEY, HE’S BEEN THERE

The New York Post reports that Billy Joel stopped his motorcycle and assisted a woman who was lying face down in the street; the incident happened in East Hampton, NY near Joel’s home.***

***There’s been an increase in Long Island of people passed out in the street, ever since the Kardashians moved in.

***As a tribute to the woman lying in the street, Billy updated his old song to, “She’s Always a Speedbump To Me.”

 

“JAMES FRANCO” AND “ACT” IN THE SAME SENTENCE?

North Korea is saying the upcoming James Franco/Seth Rogen movie “The Interview,” where they plot to kill Kim Jong-Un, is “an act of war.”***

***Kim Jong-Un is not pleased. But he did thank Seth Rogen for “The Green Hornet,” because he uses it to torture his enemies.

 

BLARNEY STONED

Irish authorities are investigating after a drone filled with drugs crashed into the exercise yard of a prison on Wednesday.***

***It was flying high then crashed, full of drugs. Really, it was the perfect tribute to Michael Jackson on his death anniversary.

***No official word yet on what drugs were involved but inmates did say they were magically delicious.

 

THEIR WORLD CUP RUNNETH OVER

This week’s World Cup match between the US and Portugal drew a record 24.7 million US viewers; observers say this could be a turning point for soccer in the U.S.***

***Soccer is really taking a bite out of the TV competition. And Luis Suarez offered to help.

***The US goes up against Germany on Thursday. The Germans will take the field and they’re expected to march into Paris about this time tomorrow.

 

BLOOD WORK SHOWS HIS WHITE ALBUM COUNT IS FINE

Following a viral infection, Paul McCartney has posted a video to YouTube telling his fans he feels great; McCartney, 72, resumes his US tour on July 5.***

***Paul is 72. As an older star, he plans to get rest, eat right and avoid any hydraulic doors on the set of the new “Star Wars” movie.

 

CO-STARRING SHIA LABEOUF WHO’S ALREADY FIGHTING WITH EVERYONE

The first trailer for Brad Pitt’s World War II movie “Fury” has hit the web; the movie is in theaters in November.***

***Brad plays a member of The Greatest Generation. Talking with Angie about getting married is what he calls “another not-so-great conversation.”

Timeline For Thursday, June 26, 2014

1819 The bicycle is patented by W. K. Clarkson.

1925 Charlie Chaplin’s classic comedy “The Gold Rush” premieres at Grauman’s Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood.

1961 “Quarter To Three” by Gary (U.S.) Bonds peaks at No. 1.

1963 President Kennedy visits West Berlin, where he made his famous declaration, “Ich bin ein Berliner” (I am a Berliner).

1964 The Beatles’ “A Hard Day’s Night” is released in North America.

1965 “Mr. Tambourine Man” by the Byrds peaks at No. 1.

1974 The bar code is introduced.

1975 Sonny & Cher’s divorce is finalized.

1977 Elvis performs his last live concert. He dies 7 weeks later.

1979 Elvis Presley’s dad, Vernon Presley, dies of a heart attack.

1979 Muhammad Ali announces his retirement from boxing.

1981 “For Your Eyes Only” opens in theaters.

1989 Melanie Griffith marries Don Johnson, again.

1989 Alan Jackson signs with Arista Records.

2001 Lonestar’s “I’m Already There” album is released.

2003 LeBron James, an 18-year-old student from Akron, Ohio, is the No. 1 pick in the NBA draft.

2003 Former South Carolina senator Strom Thurmond dies at age 100.

2007 Liz Claiborne dies.

2009 A federal judge in New York orders disgraced financier Bernard Madoff stripped of all his possessions under a $171 billion forfeiture order.

2013 In the state of California, the 2008 Proposition 8 ballot measure is upheld in an appeals case, allowing same-sex marriage to continue.

Today International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking (United Nations) – International Day in Support of Victims of Torture (United Nations) – National Handshake Day – Beautician’s Day – Forgiveness Day – National Canoe Day

- Tie-In Trivia: The Oreo cookie made its debut on this date in 1912. In what year did Nabisco release their Double Stuff Oreos? (1975)

- Tie-In Trivia: 40 years ago, in 1974, the first bar code was swiped across the first checkout scanner at a supermarket in Troy, Ohio. What product was swiped? (A pack of Wrigley’s gum)

- Tie-In One-Liner: On this day in 1974, a Universal Product Code was scanned for the first time to sell a pack of gum at a supermarket in Troy, Ohio. It was a big, new technological step but then, just like always, the clerk put the gallon of milk on top of the eggs and bread.

CeleBirthdays For Thursday, June 26, 2014

Billy Davis Jr. (5th Dimension)-74

Larry Taylor (Canned Heat)-72

George Fame-71

Brenda Holloway-68

Mick Jones (The Clash/Big Audio Dynamite)-59

Chris Isaak-58

Patty Smyth-57

Terri Nunn (Berlin)-53

Harriet Wheeler (The Sundays)-51

Colin Greenwood (Radiohead)-45

Writer-director Paul Thomas Anderson (Boogie Nights)-44

Paul Thomas Anderson-44

Sean Hayes (Will & Grace)-44

Chris O’Donnell-44

Nick Offerman (Parks and Recreation: Ron Swanson)-44

Derek Jeter (MLB)-40

Gretchen Wilson-40

Nathan Followill (Kings of Leon)-35

Ryan Tedder (OneRepublic)-35

Jason Schwartzman-34

Aubrey Plaza (Parks and Recreation: April Ludgate)-30

Jennette McCurdy (iCarly)-22

Ariana Grande-21

- Tie-In Trivia: Chris O’Donnell got his start in a McDonald’s commercial as a counter boy serving a hamburger to what other celebrity? (Michael Jordan)

- Tie-In Trivia: What was the name of Sean Hayes’ character on “Will & Grace?” (Jack McFarland)

- Tie-In One-Liner: Jason Schwartzman is 34 today. He recently co-starred in “Saving Mr. Banks” with Tom Hanks playing Walt Disney. In the best scene, Tom goes past Captain Hook’s pirate ship in Disneyland and it brings back bad memories of being Captain Phillips.

Who Am I?

1. My mother is actress Talia Shire; my uncle is director Francis Ford Coppola; and my cousin is Nicolas Cage.

2. I formed the rock band Phantom Planet at age 14; the band’s song “California” was chosen as the theme for “The O.C.”

3. My film debut was in Wes Anderson’s “Rushmore” (1998); I worked with Anderson again on “The Darjeeling Limited” (2007) and “Fantastic Mr. Fox” (2009).

4. I formed the band Coconut Records in 2006.

5. I played Louis XVI in the 2006 biopic “Marie Antoinette,” which was directed by my cousin Sofia Coppola.

A. Jason Schwartzman 

Impossible Question

Q. According to the History Channel, Americans eat almost 3 times more of this than the world average. What?

A. Beef!

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Q. According to a survey by BellaSugar, what are the two makeup items that women can’t do without?

A. Mascara and concealer.

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Q. According to a survey by Daily Glow, when asked what they would change about women, 77% of men said they wished women were better at doing this. What?

A. Taking compliments!

Celebrity Tweets

“The scariest thing at 4am in the morning is: the fitted sheet on your bed coming off one corner and hitting you smack in the face!”

A. Rebel Wilson

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“Nothing makes you seem older than using the expression ‘young people’.”

A. Will Arnett

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“Good news from the set of Pitch Perfect. Beca still mostly wears long pants and boots, so I basically never have to shave my legs. Or feet.”

A. Anna Kendrick

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“I’ve been unemployed for 2 days and require excitement. Time to tweet! Check in tomorrow – my followers get 1st dibs.”

A. Robert Downey Jr.

Who Said It?

“I have decided to talk about my breast cancer because since the moment I took the job at ‘Good Morning America.’ I have lived my life sharing my joys and my disappointments with all of you: my pregnancies, my relationships, my career.”

A. Joan Lunden

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“That’s not true. I did not have sexual intercourse with Lindsay Lohan,”

A. Adam Levine denies having ‘sexual intercourse’ with Lindsay Lohan

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“I hope you will know that this apology is heartfelt, genuine, and that I have an enormous personal affinity for the Jewish people in general, and those specifically in my life. The Jewish people, persecuted thorough [sic] the ages, are the first to hear God’s voice, and surely are the chosen people.”

A. Gary Oldman apologizes for ‘offensive’ comments in Playboy

Web Tripping

http://curiosity.discovery.com

The Discovery Channel’s Curiosity.com is a place to answer all your questions. If you’ve got a question, tap it into Curiosity’s search box. If one of Discovery’s numerous properties has answered it in the past, you’ll get those results. But there’s also a section with answers supplied by experts – including big names like musician Wynton Marsalis and Google “Internet evangelist” Vint Cerf. And this is nothing like Answers.com, where anyone can weigh in. If you want to become a Curiosity expert and offer answers to its “questions of life,” then you have to be an “appropriate professional and/or and appropriately published author.” Expand your mind today at this cool site!

Best TiVo Bets

Daytime Lineup:

Live! With Kelly And Michael (Syn) Tony Goldwyn, Ben Falcone and guest co-host Chrissy Teigen.

The View (ABC) Keira Knightley and Jay Thomas.

Dr. Phil (Syn) “My Husband’s Secret Life Revealed.”

The Ellen DeGeneres Show (Syn) Julie Bowen, Nicki Minaj, Lee DeWyze andMario Lopez.

Rachael Ray Show (Syn) Peter Walsh, Dr. Ian and “Numbers Game” host Jake Porway.

The Doctors (Syn) “Clint Black’s Family Tragedy; No-Knife Tummy Tuck.”

The Wendy Williams Show (Syn) “Win A Room In June” contest.

The Talk (CBS) Joe Manganiello, Kevin Frazier, Dean Sheremet and guest co-host Marie Osmond.

 

Primetime Lineup:

Black Box (ABC)

Rookie Blue (ABC)

NY Med (ABC)

The Big Bang Theory (CBS)

The Millers (CBS)

Big Brother (CBS)

Elementary (CBS)

Hollywood Game Night (NBC)

Undateable (NBC)

Undateable (NBC)

Last Comic Standing (NBC)

Hell’s Kitchen (FOX)

Gang Related (FOX)

 

Late Night Lineup:

The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon (NBC) Jennifer Lawrence, Craig Robinson and a performance by the Broadway cast of “A Gentleman’s Guide To Love and Murder.”

Late Night With Seth Meyers (NBC) Jonah Hill, Laura Dern and Nick Turner.

Late Show with David Letterman (CBS) Mark Ruffalo and Former Marine Lance Cpl. William “Kyle” Carpenter.

Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson (CBS) Jane Lynch and Keke Palmer.

Last Call with Carson Daly (NBC) Veronica Roth, the Preatures and MisterWives.

The Daily Show with Jon Stewart (COM) Melissa McCarthy.

Jimmy Kimmel Live (ABC) Bob Newhart, Nicola Peltz and Spoon.

The Colbert Report (COM) Paul Rudd.

Conan (TBS) Joel McHale, Freddie Wong & Matt Arnold and Daniel Sloss.

Tavis Smiley (PBS) Paul Rieckhoff and Robert Cray.

Chelsea Lately (E!) Brody Stevens, April Richardson and Jo Koy.

The Arsenio Hall Show (Syn) Sean “Diddy” Combs, Tisha Campbell-Martin, Shahidah Omar, Nicole Ari Parker, Cynthia Kaye McWilliams and Theo Von.

Watch What Happens Live (Bravo) Keira Knightley and Mark Ruffalo.

At Midnight (Comedy Central) Harley Morenstein, Grace Helbig and Hannah Hart.

eBay Oddities

Angel In A Potato

Bidding ends: June 30th

With no bids at press time, starting bid: $0.01

Item location: Gilbert, AZ

Seller says: “I cut it open and surprise surprise.”

Lifestyles

Cheering People Up Might Be Bad For Them

Instead of trying to cheer someone up, a new study finds that the best thing to do is validate that person’s feelings and let them know you understand. The study, published in the July issue of the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, involved 1,000 people between the ages of 18 and 30 under six different scenarios. Researchers discovered that people with low self-esteem don’t want to hear uplifting tales, and just need to be left alone. “Those with low self-esteem actually reject the so-called ‘positive reframing,’ or expressions of optimism and encouragement, most of us offer to them,” says Dr. Denise Marigold, the lead author of the study. “What we think is well-intentioned support is really alienating for them. They feel as if people don’t understand their issues and don’t accept their feelings. It almost demonstrates a lack of caring.” Instead, study participants with low self-esteem actually wanted to hear that their feelings were normal, and that it was OK to feel sad during certain situations. There’s a downside to trying to cheer someone up, too: The researchers discovered that when a person tries to support someone and fails, they end up feeling bad about themselves.

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Top Shows For Binge Watching

People love a good blue meth binge. “Breaking Bad” topped people’s lists as their favorite show to spend days, or even weeks, watching, according to a new TiVo study. Netflix’s political drama “House of Cards” is also popular among bingers with about 29% of the study’s subjects looking forward to watching Frank Underwood manipulate the nation’s top leaders in his constant search for power. “Breaking Bad” was a fave among 35%. Other favorites included “Game of Thrones” (25%), “The Walking Dead” (24%) and “Downton Abbey” (23%). The various versions of “Star Trek” came in at 20%. Other findings include:

- 52% cited TiVo as the most common source of the episodes of programs binged; Netflix placed second at 29%.

- 46% cited Netflix as the most common source for binge-viewing an entire season (or more) with TiVo coming in second at 19%.

- Another 46% stated TiVo is the most common device they utilize to binge view an entire season (or more).

- About 30% put off watching a season of a new show until they can just have a one-time binge fest to watch the whole thing.

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Fourth Of July Travel

AAA Travel projects 41 million Americans will journey 50 miles or more from home during the Independence Day holiday weekend, a 1.9% increase from the 40.3 million people who traveled last year and a nearly 14% increase compared to the Memorial Day holiday weekend. The majority of travelers will be celebrating their freedom with a road trip, with 34.8 million choosing to travel by automobile, the highest level since 2007.  he Independence Day holiday travel period is defined as Wednesday, July 2nd to Sunday, July 6th. Highlights from 2014 Independence Day Travel Forecast include:

- Holiday air travel is expected to increase 1% to 3.1 million travelers from 3.07 million last year.

- Travelers will encounter airfares 5% lower than last year and car rental costs that remain consistent with last year at $58.

- Hotel rates at AAA Two Diamond hotels are 15% higher than last year and Three Diamond hotels are 9% more.

- Travelers likely to pay most expensive Independence Day gas prices in six years. Today’s national average price of gas is about 20 cents per gallon more expensive than the average on July 4, 2013, which was $3.48 per gallon.

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Were The ‘90s The Last Great Decade?

Nat Geo gauged America’s attitudes toward the ‘90s in a recent survey, asking whether it really was “The Last Great Decade.” Nearly a quarter of the nation thinks that it was. The survey was timed to the global premiere of “The ‘90s: The Last Great Decade?” a three-night, six-part event narrated by Rob Lowe on July 6th. Here are the pop culture results:

- The 1980s were selected by 24% as the last great decade, followed by the ‘90s with 22%.

- 77% believe that as a nation we were better off in the ‘90s than today, and that we were safer (74%) during that decade than today.

- If an election were held today and the candidates were Clinton v Obama (this time, Bill Clinton), 74% of people would vote for Clinton; 90% of Republicans would choose Clinton over Obama, compared with 61% of Democrats.

- 61% of Americans think that the government was better overall in the ‘90s.

- The O.J. Simpson double-murder trial was selected as the No. 1 news event of decade (23%) and 86% believe “The Juice” was guilty. The death of Princess Diana (16%) finished second – and 47% believe that there was a conspiracy at play in Diana’s tragic passing.

- 65% believe Princess Diana her to be a bigger style icon than her would-be daughter-in-law Kate Middleton. This is especially startling when you consider that only a quarter of the nation (25%) say fashions in the ‘90s were better than they are today.

- Though it spent 15 weeks at No. 1 at the box office, is No. 2 in overall domestic grosses, and won 11 Academy Awards, “Titanic” (21%) finished in a statistical tie for best movie of the decade with everyone’s favorite underdog, “Forrest Gump” (22%). The survey also revealed some good news for Hollywood film studios: 59% think movies are better today than they were in the ‘90s.

- 53% think television shows better in the ‘90s. When asked to pick their favorite show from the decade, “Seinfeld,” narrowly took first (18%), followed by “X-Files” (17%), and “Friends” (15%).

- Joey Tribiani’s (Matt Leblanc’s) classic pick-up line “How you doin?” (24%) was selected as the ‘90s TV line people are most likely to quote and Ross & Rachel (32%) were selected as the nation’s favorite TV couple of the decade, beating out Mulder & Scully from “X-Files” at 23% and Kelly & Zack from “Saved by the Bell” at 13%.

- Whitney Houston’s cover of “I Will Always Love You,” from “The Bodyguard Soundtrack,” easily took the title for the decade’s top song at 32%, beating out Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit” at a distant 17%.

- 30% of men chose “Friends” star Jennifer Aniston as the most crush-worthy ‘90s celeb, narrowly edging out Christina Applegate from “Married With Children” (27%). On the flip side, Leonardo DiCaprio (28%), John Stamos (23%) and Mark Wahlberg (16%) were the male icons women most had a crush on.

- 35% of the nation chose Jennifer Aniston and Brad Pitt as the ‘90s celebrity couple they most wish was still together. Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman finished a distant second with 13%.

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Summer’s Bare Facts

Summer months bring sunshine, outdoor activities and the pressure for many women to break out their bikinis. A recent Wakefield Research survey found that the majority of women would like to improve one area of their body before they consider themselves “bikini ready.” Even for women who are in shape and leading healthy lifestyles, the survey found that many still have “problem areas” that they would like to improve. Seventy-four percent of women felt their abdomen was a trouble spot and 54% cited their thighs. Other findings:

- Approximately 78% of women would be unwilling to post a photo of themselves in a bikini as their social media profile.

- American women think about fixing or bettering their bodies approximately seven times per day.

- 88% of women believe there is one or more area of their body that needs improving before they are “bikini ready:”

Abdomen 74% Butts 38%
Thighs 54% Arms 37%
Flank/love handles 44%    

- 63% of women have used various “thigh-hiding” tactics before – including keeping shorts over their bathing suits (30%), refusing to wear a bathing suit (29%), buying a specific bathing suit that hides their thighs (25%) or refusing to wear shorts at all (22%).

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A Note Sure To Get You The Day Off Work

You don’t have to let work get in the way of enjoying the United States-Germany World Cup match today. U.S. Coach Jürgen Klinsmann has you covered. On the U.S. Soccer Facebook page, fans can download a note that any boss is sure to accept. “Please excuse [fill in your name] from work on Thursday, June 26th,” it reads. “I understand that this absence may reduce the productivity of your workplace, but I can assure you that it is for an important cause.” Of course, that cause is the major U.S. vs. Germany World Cup game. If the first part of the note doesn’t work, the ending might: “By the way, you should act like a good leader and take the day off as well. Go USA!”

Our Weird World

A Note Sure To Get You The Day Off Work

You don’t have to let work get in the way of enjoying the United States-Germany World Cup match today. U.S. Coach Jürgen Klinsmann has you covered. On the U.S. Soccer Facebook page, fans can download a note that any boss is sure to accept. “Please excuse [fill in your name] from work on Thursday, June 26th,” it reads. “I understand that this absence may reduce the productivity of your workplace, but I can assure you that it is for an important cause.” Of course, that cause is the major U.S. vs. Germany World Cup game. If the first part of the note doesn’t work, the ending might: “By the way, you should act like a good leader and take the day off as well. Go USA!”

 

Boy In Trouble After Taking School Bus For Joyride To Walmart

A 12-year-old Florida boy who allegedly took a school bus for a joyride in Panama City Beach early on Tuesday morning made it 14 miles without having a problem until he tried to park at Walmart. Store employees observed that the vehicle was having issues parking and then they noticed that the driver did not appear to be old enough to have a license. Michael Wade Propst apparently found the door of the bus unlocked and the keys in the ignition, so he decided to take it for a spin. Propst’s driving skills were impressive. “You have to take a weeklong course to operate a bus like that,” said Bay District School’s chief security officer, Mike Jones. “Yet at 12 he was able to drive one, and he didn’t just take it around the block.” Propst has been charged with grand theft of an item worth more than $100,000, felony criminal mischief and additional crimes.

 

Giant Tetris Game Sets Record

A big bonus for the designer of a giant Tetris game. Drexel University professor Frank Lee has earned the Guinness World Record for largest architectural video game display. It’s his second foray into the record books; he set the previous mark for the largest Tetris game. Lee and two colleagues created a computer program to play the classic shape-fitting puzzle on two sides of a 29-story skyscraper in Philadelphia. They used hundreds of lights in the glass facades of the Cira Centre. The screens totaled nearly 120,000 square feet and dozens of Tetris fans played the game using a joystick about a mile away from the building.

 

Man Walks Into McDonald’s With Knife In His Back

Customers were shocked Tuesday when a man walked into a McDonald’s in Queens with a knife stuck in his back. Andrew Hardy, 53, was reportedly stabbed after he attempted to break up a group of men who were throwing bottles at each other. He then managed to walk a block to the McDonald’s, where he encountered customers with his shirt soaked in blood. “He was cool and calm. But you could tell he was shaken up,” said Michel Green, a friend of Hardy. “I went to pull the knife out, but someone said, ‘No, no! It might have hit an artery!’“ Other customers rushed to help him and tried to make sure he did not fall back on the knife as he waited for an ambulance. Hardy was taken to the hospital and released later that day.

 

4-Year-Old Busts A Burglar

(Video at link) Wisconsin police have a new detective on their hands: four-year-old Abby Dean. Dean was at her family’s home with a 17-year-old babysitter when a pair of burglars entered the house. The two men took an iPod, Wii, Xbox, and Dean’s bank. The babysitter told police the burglars were black and resembled Dean’s next-door neighbors. But when the police spoke to Dean, she told them that the burglars were, in fact, white. After Dean’s revelation, the babysitter eventually confessed that the crooks were her 16-year-old boyfriend and his friend. The items, including Dean’s bank, were returned to the home. ‘That was really her being bad,” Dean said. “She’s not a good babysitter.”

 

Kindergarten Student Beats Entire School In Spelling Bee

A 6-year-old kindergarten student who spells at a seventh-grade level was able to win a spelling bee at his elementary school in Utah’s Jordan School district. Kazim Ali was younger than most of his competition at Eastlake Elementary, but that didn’t stop him from winning the bee. School officials don’t ever remember a kindergartener making it past the first round, let alone winning the whole thing. Ali won the bee by spelling the word sapphire. According to Ali, the biggest word he knows is anthropomorphic. He knows about 600 words in all and has already memorized 223 verses of the Koran. Kazim says his next goal is to be a national spelling bee champion

 

Facebook Burglar Caught

Police in Minnesota didn’t need a much in the way of CSI skills to track down the person who broke into a house in South St. Paul. First, the burglar logged into the homeowner’s computer to check out his Facebook page then forgot to log out. Then he agreed to meet up with the homeowner to get back the wet clothes he left behind at the scene of the crime. The crime victim says the burglar has to be the “world’s dumbest criminal.”

 

EPA Employees Told To Stop Putting Poop In Hallways

There must be a lot of crap going on at the EPA. Government Executive obtained an email allegedly sent by management at a Denver EPA branch, in which Deputy Regional Administrator Howard Cantor begged employees to stop performing inappropriate behavior that included “placing feces in the hallway.” Cantor mentioned “several incidents” that had occurred in the government building. After the incidents, EPA management brought in workplace violence expert John Nicoletti, who said that hallway feces were a health and safety risk, in addition to being “very dangerous.”

 

Fast Food Back-Thru

Police in Kelso, Washington, say an “extremely impaired” 21-year-old woman was trying to back her car into the drive-thru lane of a Jack in the Box. Authorities say the car crossed over a median into a water meter and shrubs, sideswiped the menu board and caused $18,000 in damage. According to police, the woman also had arrest warrants for drunken driving and driving with a suspended license. Sarah Ann Godfrey was arrested in connection with driving under the influence, fourth-degree assault, criminal impersonation, driving with a suspended license and first-degree malicious mischief.

 

Man Hit By Flying Hot Dog At Baseball Game Gets Second Chance To Sue Team

A man allegedly injured by a hot dog tossed at a 2009 Royals game will get another chance to pursue his lawsuit against the team, the Missouri Supreme Court ruled Tuesday. That’s because the threat is not an “inherent” risk of attending a game, the ruling said. The case stems from a 2009 incident in which Kansas City Royals mascot Sluggerrr nailed fan John Coomer in the eye with a hot dog. Sluggerrr and his helpers often throw hot dogs or launch them via air cannon into the crowd. Coomer suffered a detached retina and sued the Royals, though a trial court ruled against him after the team argued that fans assume the risk of being hit with all kinds of projectiles when watching a game.

 

Robber Wears Pink

Pittsburgh police are searching for a bank robber who thinks pink. Authorities say the man who robbed a bank branch in the city’s Carrick neighborhood was wearing a pink shirt and pink pajama bottoms. He topped off his disguise with a skeleton mask and a black wig. The suspect stuffed the loot into a black purse and a dye pack in the money exploded. Investigators add the robber was speaking to someone on a cellphone during the heist, likely a getaway driver.

 

World Cup Fan Pays More Than $7K For Curry Delivery From England

A soccer fan paid more than $7,000 to make sure that he would have food from his favorite Indian restaurant while he was visiting Brazil for the World Cup. Mustafa Azim informed Chilcha, an Indian restaurant in Sussex, that he wanted them to provide curry dishes for 12 of his friends during the tournament. In order to make it happen, Azim, who owns the aircraft company Imperial Air Salvage, chartered a plane so he could pick up the takeout. In addition to paying for the curry and charter flight, Azim also paid for a flight to Brazil, landing fees and other transportation costs. Chilcha’s food impressed Azim while he was working on the Tom Cruise film “The Edge of Tomorrow,” where Wahid was serving as caterer. Imperial Air Salvage provided planes to be blown up on set.

 

George H.W. Bush Judging Sock Design Contest

Want to knocks the socks off of a former president? Then enter a contest that the George Bush Presidential Library Foundation has put together. The foundation is offering individuals a chance to design a pair of socks for 90-year-old “sock man” President George H. W. Bush. After all the entries are submitted, Bush will choose a couple of pairs to be placed on display at his presidential library in College Station. The contest ends August 31st. Bush takes his socks seriously and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush once estimated that his father “must have, like, 500 pair of socks,” according to ABC.

 

Purse-Snatching Granny

An elderly woman caught on video stealing purses in Brooklyn was arrested by police on Tuesday. Hannah Harris, 68, has been charged with two counts of grand larceny and one count of criminal possession of stolen property. Police said that Harris targeted Mullanes Bar & Grill in Fort Greene on Sunday, when she allegedly stole a purse from a 45-year-old woman. Surveillance video footage shows a woman walking casually past a set of tables and taking a purse of the back of someone’s chair. Authorities believe that she’s also behind the June 1st theft of a purse from the Tea Lounge in Park Slope.

Celebrity News

‘Survivor’ Contestant Dies After Train Derails

Caleb Bankston, who competed on “Survivor: Blood vs. Water,” died when the train he was on derailed on Tuesday. He was 26. Bankston worked at the Alabama Warrior Railway in Birmingham. He competed on “Survivor: Blood vs. Water” in 2013 alongside his fiancé, Colton Cumbie, ending the game in ninth place. Bankston and Cumbie reportedly planned to get married in October. Bankston is the third “Survivor” contestant to pass away since the show premiered. In 2010, Jenn Lyon, who placed fourth on “Survivor: Palau,” died after a six-year battle with breast cancer. Last year, original “Survivor” contestant B.B. Andersen died of brain cancer at age 77.

 

‘Big Brother’ Returns

An expert in laser hair removal and facials, a barista, a YouTube personality, a police sergeant and a minister are among the 16 contestants who’ll try to win a half million bucks on “Big Brother.” Eight will were introduced last night, and the others tonight. CBS is calling it the most “twisted” season ever. Julie Chen will reveal two new twists in the competition tonight. This year, there will be 76 HD cameras and more than 100 microphones capturing their every move 24 hours a day.

 

Sarah Jessica Parker Returning To TV In ‘Busted’

Sarah Jessica Parker guest-starred on a number of “Glee” episodes last year, though she hasn’t had a regular role in a television series since she played Carrie Bradshaw on HBO’s “Sex in the City.” But the 49-year-old’s return to television might take place in an entirely different genre. Parker is reportedly attached to play one of two leads in an adaptation of “Busted: A Tale of Corruption and Betrayal in the City of Brotherly Love,” a non-fiction crime thriller written by investigative journalists Wendy Ruderman and Barbara Laker. Ruderman and Laker, who uncovered wide-ranging police corruption scandal in Philadelphia, won a Pulitzer Prize for their series of Philadelphia Daily News articles on the subject in 2009. “True Detective” producers Anonymous Content are also on board.

 

George Lucas Moves His Museum Plans To Chicago

“Star Wars “creator George Lucas has shifted his museum plans from San Francisco to Chicago. Lucas had trouble gaining permission to build a private museum from San Francisco officials, so he has shifted his focus to the Midwest. The museum will showcase memorabilia from Lucas’ 40-year career as a filmmaker as well as pieces from his own art collection. The Lucas Museum of Narrative Art is slated to open in 2018, and Lucas has pledged $700 million for its construction.

 

Judy Blume Planning Second-Ever Adult Novel

Judy Blume, the voice of your adolescence, is working on her second-ever novel for grown-ups, her publisher announced. “I’m both thrilled and terrified, my usual feelings at this point. I’ll be hiding out this summer revising, my favorite part of the process,” Blume, 76, said in a statement. The as-yet-untitled novel will be the iconic author’s first for adults since 1998’s “Summer Sisters,” the story of two friends who spend their summers together. Blume’s Knopf editor Carole Baron said that the book is “quintessential Judy.” “It’s pure Judy Blume, writing about family and about friendships, about love, about betrayal. It’s quintessential Judy,” she said.

 

‘Seinfeld’ Anniversary Marathon

TBS will celebrate the 25th anniversary of “Seinfeld” with a marathon. Starting Monday, they’ll air the 25 most popular episodes. Four will be on each night. Five will air on July 5th, the 25th anniversary of the first telecast. The episodes will include “The Contest,” “The Outing,” ‘‘The Junior Mint,” ‘‘The Puffy Shirt” and the “Yada Yada.”

 

Eliza Dushku, Rick Fox Break Up

Eliza Dushku and Rick Fox have split after five years of dating. The 33-year-old actress and 44-year-old former NBA star confirmed the breakup in separate interviews this week. While speaking to the Boston Globe on Sunday, Dushku also revealed she has left Los Angeles and purchased a condo with a basement near her hometown of Watertown, Massachusetts. “Rick’s an LA guy and I’m a Boston girl,” she tells the publication. Fox was a guest co-host on “The View” Tuesday. Sherri Shepherd made a comment about Fox and fellow guest co-host Donnie Wahlberg being taken, to which the former NBA player laughed and confirmed, “I’m single.” Shepherd giggled and said, “Me too!”

 

George Clooney’s Italian Villa Granted Extra Protection Ahead Of Wedding

George Clooney has famously enjoyed years of bachelorhood on the shores of Lake Como, where he’s partied with famous friends and girlfriends at his lakeside villa. But new restrictions in the area have prompted speculation that he’ll marry his fiancée, British barrister Amal Alamuddin, at his one-time bachelor pad. Councilors in the town of Laglio, where Clooney’s villa is situated, have approved new laws intended to keep the paparazzi away from the actor’s home. The new laws prohibit people from stopping outside his home and boats from approaching on water. Alamuddin’s London firm confirmed her engagement to Clooney last April.

 

Jillian Michaels Parts Ways With ‘The Biggest Loser’

Jillian Michaels has parted ways with “The Biggest Loser.” The 40-year-old personal trainer has officially quit the show, and does not appear on the program’s upcoming 16th season. “After helping hundreds of contestants transform their lives and inspiring millions of viewers at home, The Biggest Loser and Jillian Michaels have decided to part ways,” NBC said in a statement. “She will not be returning for season 16 when it airs in the fall.” Michaels trained contestants on 12 of the show’s 15 seasons. She was temporarily replaced by Kim Lyons in season 3, and officially left for seasons 12 and 13. Her departure now appears to be permanent, according to reports earlier this year. Season 16 of “The Biggest Loser” premieres September 11th on NBC. The network has not yet announced a replacement.

 

‘Survivor’ Stars Welcome Fourth Daughter

“Survivor” alum Rob Mariano (A.K.A. “Boston Rob”) and his wife and former castmate, Amber, welcomed their fourth child, a girl named Adelina Rose on June 20th. The couple began dating in 2003, after meeting on “Survivor: All-Stars.” Two years later, they married. Four must be Rob’s lucky number – not only does he have four daughters now, but he also won “Survivor” on his fourth appearance on the reality show. He announced Adelina’s arrival on Twitter, writing, “We are thrilled to announce Adelina Rose Mariano 12:51 am June 20, 2014 Mom and baby are doing great! #4for4.” Rob also shared the heartwarming moment Adelina met her big sisters, Lucia, 4, Carina, 3, and Isabetta, 2.

Music News

Mick Jagger’s World Cup Jinx

He may still have the voice, moves and energy. But Mick Jagger isn’t much of a help if you’re trying to find a team to root for in the World Cup soccer tournament. Brazilians have been following every team the Rolling Stones lead singer has backed. The latest “victim” is Italy. Jagger said last week that the Italian team would win the tournament. But the squad was eliminated yesterday, failing to get past the tournament’s first round. Jagger has also sung the praises of Portugal, which is on the brink of elimination and even has talked up Britain, his “home team.” England has also been dismissed from the tournament.

 

Trace Adkins Joins Louisiana Hall Of Fame

Trace Adkins was inducted into The Louisiana Music Hall of Fame during his tour stop at Dixie Landin’ in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, on Saturday. Adkins, a Louisiana native, was joined on stage by Mike Shepherd, the president and executive director of The Louisiana Music Hall of Fame, who presented Adkins with the award and an official statement signed by Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal. Adkins hals from Sarpeta, Louisiana. Adkins will return to his hometown to play a show at the Muddy Bottoms ATV & Recreation Park on July 5th.

 

Bret Michaels Helps In Tornado Cleanup

Bret Michaels did some cleaning up for the people of Pilger, Nebraska, after a twister destroyed or damaged more than half the town last week. Michaels came in helped in the restoration efforts, in addition to signing autographs for residents and other volunteers. Michaels said when he looked at the devastation he “got that lump” in his throat especially when he thought about the children would are being affected.

 

Joey, Of Joey + Rory, Recovering From Cancer

Joey Feek – one-half of married country duo Joey and Rory – recently underwent surgery to treat aggressive cervical cancer. Rory Feek shared the news on the couple’s “This Life I Live Blog.” The diagnosis came six weeks ago, during a routine appointment with Joey’s gynecologist. The doctor did a biopsy and delivered the news days later. Rory said a specialist recommended Joey undergo a hysterectomy to remove the cancer. She had the surgery on Friday and has been recovering at home since Saturday, he said. He added that his wife is now cancer free. The news comes four months after Joey delivered baby Indiana in February 2014. One month later, they revealed to fans that the girl has Down syndrome.

 

Karen O Planning Solo Album

Yeah Yeah Yeahs’ charismatic frontwoman Karen O has already struck out on her own – she performed her Oscar-nominated single “The Moon Song,” from Spike Jonze’s “Her,” at the Academy Awards in March. But she’s about to drop her first-ever solo album. The 35-year-old singer, whose real name is Karen Orzolek, announced that she would release an LP titled “Crush Songs,” a collection of tunes recorded in 2006 and 2007. Karen O also shared the album cover art, which features her own drawings, on Twitter.

 

Miranda Lambert And Carrie Underwood’s ‘Somethin’ Bad’ Video Debuts

Miranda Lambert and Carrie Underwood’s brand new video “Somethin’ Bad” premiered yesterday morning on CMT, MTV and VH1 as a cross-channel, cross-platform world premiere event. The video debuted simultaneously across the channels and their corresponding websites – CMT.com, MTV.com and VH1.com – reaching more than 100 million viewers across the three networks. The video is now live exclusively at MirandaLambert.CMT.com and CarrieUnderwood.CMT.com. The video can also be found on CMT Artists App, Palladia and the network’s 24/7 digital music channel, CMT Pure. “Somethin’ Bad” is the second single from Lambert’s record-breaking fifth album, “Platinum” and its premiere comes on the heels of the duo’s high-energy performance of “Somethin’ Bad” on the 2014 CMT Music Awards. Platinum debuted at No. 1 on the all-genre Billboard Top 200 chart and the Billboard country albums chart. Lambert is the first country artist in the 50-year history of the trade publication’s country albums chart to have each of her first five albums debut at No. 1.

 

Demi Lovato Reveals Her Grandfather Was Gay

Avid LGBT advocate Demi Lovato opened up about a gay member of her family while appearing in Logo TV’s inaugural “Trailblazers” special. “I’ve never spoken about this before, but my grandfather himself was a trailblazer. He was brave enough to come out in the 1960s, and I feel a lot of my spirit has come from him,” Lovato said. “He passed away a few years later and I only wish he could have been able to see all the progress that has been made.” Logo TV’s “Trailblazers” special comes on the one-year anniversary of the Supreme Court striking down the federal Defense of Marriage Act. Logo TV’s special will air tonight. Lovato is scheduled to perform at New York’s Pride Parade Sunday.

 

Gene Simmons Outlines Business Ideas In ‘Me, Inc.’

Gene Simmons is writing a book about his business philosophy. It’s called “Me, Inc.: Build an Army of One, Unleash Your Inner Rock God, Win in Life and Business.” It’s inspired by “The Art of War” and organized around 13 principles for success. “Me, Inc.” comes out October 21st.

 

La Toya Jackson Pays Tribute To Michael Jackson

La Toya Jackson issued a statement to commemorate Michael Jackson’s death yesterday. The pop icon died five years ago on June 25th. He was 50 years old, and died from a lethal combination of drugs. His personal physician, Dr. Conrad Murray, was later found guilty of involuntary manslaughter. “5 years ago today we all lost the most INCREDIBLE father, brother son and the most talented performer this world has ever known,” LaToya wrote in a statement. “If Michael were here today he would tell us all to celebrate his life and not to mourn his death.” “Michael was all about love and peace and in honor of my brother I ask you to please do something kind for someone today, and, BLAST and DANCE to all the beautiful music he left us all,” she continued. Sony has released 11 posthumous Jackson albums, the most recent of which is titled Xscape. The record debuted at number two on the Billboard charts in May and sold 157,000 copies in its first week.

 

Sun Studio Marks 60 Years Since ‘That’s All Right’

Sun Studio in Memphis, Tennessee, plans to celebrate the 60th anniversary of Elvis Presley’s first recording there. Presley was 19 when he recorded “That’s All Right” on July 5, 1954, with guitarist Scotty Moore and bassist Bill Black. The song became a local hit and Presley’s career was born. Sun Studio will unveil a new exhibit dedicated to that event on July 5th, as well as hold a cake-cutting event. Visitors to Graceland that day will get a commemorative poster. Presley’s personal 45 of “That’s All Right” is on display at Graceland.

 

Madonna’s Daughter Enrolls At The University Of Michigan

Madonna’s daughter Lourdes Leon is headed to college. Leon, 17, has allegedly enrolled in her mom’s alma matter, the University of Michigan, where she appears registered as a fine arts in musical theatre major. Madonna attended the University of Michigan on a dance scholarship in the late 1970s, but dropped out to pursue a career in the music industry before earning her degree. Lourdes is Madonna’s only child with ex Carlos Leon.

 

Rosanne Cash, Paul Williams Appear Before House Subcommittee

Rosanne Cash and Paul Williams testified before a House subcommittee yesterday. They were speaking in favor of artists’ rights in terms of music licensing, music streaming services and gaps in copyright law. Williams testified not just as a songwriter, but as the president and chairman of ASCAP. One of the issued raised was the lack of federal copyright protection for recordings made before February 15, 1972. Because of that law, many older performers do not get royalties from services like Pandora and Sirius XM. Rosanne Cash , whose father was Johnny Cash, called this system unfair.

 

Niall Horan Introduces One Direction-Themed Makeup Line

Niall Horan of One Direction took to Twitter Monday to tease fans about the band’s upcoming makeup line. “Just had a great meeting about 1D make up!” wrote the 20-year-old singer as a caption to a picture of the back of his hands featuring a few of the nail polishes, eye shadows and lipstick colors. It is still unknown when the products will be out for sale, or who is releasing them. News of the British boyband’s new cosmetics venture comes four months after it was reported that One Direction planned to open 1D-themed cafés around the world.

 

Aloe Blacc, Capital Cities Design Beck Beer Bottles

Aloe Blacc and Capital Cities are putting their marks on bottles of Beck’s Beer. They are among the artists the brewery has commissioned to design labels as part of its Live Beyond series of bottles. Their labels will start appearing on bottles beginning next Tuesday.

 

Teenie Hodges Dies

Guitarist and songwriter Teenie Hodges has died from complications of emphysema. He was 69. A longtime friend says Hodges died Sunday after taking a trip to the South By Southwest festival in March. Hodges is rapper Drake’s uncle. And though he was small in stature, he was a huge figure in the Memphis music scene. Hodges wrote “Take Me to the River,” which became a classic cover tune for acts ranging from Al Green to Tina Turner. Hodges, along with his brothers Leroy, on bass guitar, and Charles, on organ, Mr. Hodges was part of the celebrated house band at Hi Records in Memphis starting in the late ‘60s.

 

Chris Brown’s Assault Case To Go To Trial

Chris Brown has got a September trial date for his misdemeanor assault charges stemming from an altercation in Washington D.C. last October. The case goes to trial after Brown rejected a plea deal during a court appearance yesterday. “They wanted him to read from a script that wasn’t true,” Brown’s lawyer Mark Geragos told media outside the court. Prosecutors want Brown to “accept responsibility,” a source inside the courtroom said.

 

Billy Joel Rescues Woman In The Hamptons

Billy Joel played the role of hero this weekend in the Hamptons when The Piano Man rescued an elderly woman who fell in the middle of very busy street. Joel, who was riding by on his motorcycle, stopped to help the woman up and get her to safety. Next up for Joel on the stage is a show at Boston’s Fenway Park today as he continues his tour centered around a lifetime residency at Madison Square Garden, where he will play one show a month.

 

Paul McCartney Updates Fans

(Video at link) Sir Paul McCartney has released a short YouTube video, updating fans on his condition and announcing his newly re-scheduled U.S. tour dates. In the clip, McCartney says he feeling “great,” plays some air guitar and is “rockin’ and rollin’.” The postponed concerts will now take place in the fall, while the tour will officially get under way in Albany on July 5th.

 

Avicii’s Boston Concert Ends With Dozens Of Fans Getting Hospitalized

Dozens of fans attending Avicii’s concert in Boston yesterday were hospitalized. Ambulances were spotted at the TD Garden to transport around 38 people from the venue to nearest hospitals. Meanwhile, 50 people were treated at the venue. The hospitalized concergoers were mostly between 16 and 25 years old. The incident happened after they consumed “a dangerous substance,” according to an EMS worker. Fortunately, there were no fatalities. According to medical service representatives, none of those hospitalized faced symptoms that were life-threatening.

Water Cooler Talk

Prince Fielder To Get Naked For ESPN’s Next Body Issue

Prince Fielder donned a new uniform this season, but he’s now ditching his duds entirely. The portly Texas Rangers slugger and butt of many fat jokes will appear in the next installment of ESPN the Magazine’s Body Issue, the magazine announced yesterday. Fielder will appear alongside more traditionally-athletic bodies like those of Venus Williams and Michael Phelps. The sixth annual edition of ESPN The Magazine’s The Body Issue will feature 22 athletes posing nude,

 

First Federal Appeals Court Rules In Favor Of Same-Sex Marriage

In a landmark first, the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a ruling yesterdaystriking down Utah’s ban on same-sex marriage. The decision marks the first time a federal appellate court has found such a ban unconstitutional since the Supreme Court last summer declared that the federal government must recognize same-sex couples. The three-member court put its ruling on hold as it will likely be appealed to the Supreme Court. The ruling came on the same day that a federal judge in Indiana struck down that state’s ban on same-sex marriage.

 

Corvette Museum Decides To Keep Sinkhole

A sinkhole that opened up at the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, swallowing eight cars, could become a permanent fixture. Since the sinkhole opened up four months ago it has become a tourist attraction and yesterday the museum decided to keep it uncovered. The board had three options on handling the sinkhole. The first was to fill it completely and replace the floor. The second was to keep the sinkhole as is. The third option, which the board chose, was to keep a small portion of the sinkhole open. The plan would leave an opening approximately 25’ by 45’ wide, and 30’ deep. The board has asked for more information on the impact of humidity in the room and the impact that could have on any cars displayed there. The museum’s chief financial officer says since they opened the sinkhole up for viewing the museum has seen an increase in admissions and revenue. The current plan is to leave the sinkhole and eight Corvettes on display “as-is” until the end of August. The Corvette museum will celebrate its 20th anniversary in August.