INTERPREP ★ OCTOBER 20, 2017

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DATEBOOK: OCTOBER 20, 2017

This is day 293 of 2017. There are 72 days remaining.

BIRTHDAYS

• Melanie Mayron (thirtysomething) is 65

• Viggo Mortensen (Lord of the Rings) is 59

• Snoop Dogg is 46

• John Krasinski (13 Hours, The Office) is 38

• Jennifer Nicole Freeman (My Wife and Kids) is 32

IT HAPPENED TODAY

• 1882: Bela Lugosi was born. He was best known for playing Count Dracula in the Broadway play and subsequent film version.

• 1910: The hull of the RMS Olympic, sister-ship to the ill-fated RMS Titanic, was launched from the Harland and Wolff shipyard in Belfast, Ireland.

• 1947: The House Un-American Activities Committee opened hearings into alleged Communist influence in the motion picture industry.

• 1955: The Return of the King, the last part of The Lord of the Rings, was published.

• 1967: A purported bigfoot was filmed by Patterson and Gimlin.

• 1968: Former First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy married Greek shipping tycoon Aristotle Onassis.

• 1977: A plane carrying Lynyrd Skynyrd crashed in Mississippi, killing lead singer Ronnie Van Zant and guitarist Steve Gaines along with backup singer Cassie Gaines, the road manager, pilot, and co-pilot.

• 1979: The John F. Kennedy library opened in Boston, Massachusetts.

• 1992: In the first World Series game to be played outside the United States, the host Toronto Blue Jays beat the Atlanta Braves 3-2.

• 2004: A U.S. Army staff sergeant, Ivan “Chip” Frederick, pleaded guilty to abusing Iraqi detainees at Abu Ghraib prison. (Frederick was sentenced to eight years in prison.)

• 2006: A British woman who claimed to have been dumped by her cheating husband dumped his entire wardrobe for sale on eBay. The furious mother of two said she would take cash or swap the items for “a decent single man.” The clothes came from her husband’s closet, but she advised buyers that some items “might be slightly damp due to them being chucked out of the window.”

• 2011: The former leader of Libya, Muammar Gaddafi, and his son were killed while in the custody of NTC fighters.

SPECIAL EVENTS

• National Waitperson Day

• International Sloth Day

• Suspenders Day

UPCOMING

• October 24: World Series begins
• October 27: Pre-order the iPhone X
• October 27: Stranger Things Season 2
• October 28: Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show
• October 31: Halloween (Tuesday)
• November 1: Health insurance enrollment opens
• November 5: Daylight Saving Time ends
• November 5: New York City Marathon
• November 7: Election Day
• November 8: CMA Awards
• November 10: College basketball starts
• November 11: Veteran’s Day
• November 23: Thanksgiving (Thursday)
• November 24: Black Friday
• November 25: Small Business Saturday
• November 27: Cyber Monday
• November 28: Grammy nominations announced
• November 28: Giving Tuesday
• December 3: Supermoon
• December 3: Selection Sunday (college football)
• December 6: Time’s Person of the Year
• December 8: The Crown Season 2
• December 9: Heisman Trophy awarded
• December 10: Nobel Peace Prize ceremony
• December 11: Golden Globes nominations
• December 12: Hanukkah
• December 15: Star Wars: The Last Jedi
• December 21: First day of winter


DATEBOOK WEEKEND

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 21

•  Elvin Bishop is 75. Judge Judy is 75. Trumpeter Lee Loughnane of Chicago is 71. Matthew Ramsey of Old Dominion is 40. Kim Kardashian is 37. Country singer Kane Brown is 24.

• Bridge Day. Pumpkin Cheesecake Day. Reptile Awareness Day. Sweetest Day. Count Your Buttons Day – Sounds like a good task for the kids

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 22

• Christopher Lloyd is 79. Catherine Deneuve is 74. Jeff Goldblum is 65. Bob Odenkirk is 55. TobyMac is 53. Country singer Shelby Lynne is 49. Shaggy is 49. Spike Jonze is 48. Jesse Tyler Ferguson is 42. Michael Fishman is 36. Zac Hanson is 32. Jonathan Lipnicki is 27.

•  Caps Locks Day. International Stuttering Awareness Day. Mother-in-Law Day. National Nut Day.


NUMBER FOR THE DAY

2: Years we spend taking showers.


NEWS ATTACK!

Chris Long of the Philadelphia Eagles is pledging his entire yearly income of $1 million to charity. [Some are praising him as a great guy while others claim he’s taken too many shots to the head.]

An 11-year-old in Colorado was expelled from his Cub Scout Den for asking a visiting state senator tough questions. [He’s also been barred from the White House press room.]

Have you heard about that conspiracy theory that Melania Trump has a body double? [So now there are two women in the White House that don’t want to be there.]

A Canadian man is suing Sunwing Airlines for implying that they serve champagne when it’s really sparkling wine. He’s filed a class action lawsuit. [He’s trying to upgrade it to a first-class action lawsuit but the airline is fighting to make it business class.]

An investigation reveals that manufacturers of eye drops intentionally make the drops too big for your eyes so that you waste drops and have to buy more. [That explains Costco’s Visine in a Bucket.]

They’re having a huge problem in Hawaii with people stealing SPAM. It’s being used as a form of currency in drug deals. [So, in Hawaii users have a drug problem while their dealers have a weight problem.]

Are you going to see the new Thor movie? [Thor loses his job as the God of Thunder and uses his hammer to begin a new career as the world’s greatest superhero auctioneer.]

Shia LaBeouf was sentenced Thursday to a year of probation plus anger management classes. [I’ll bet that really ticked him off.]

For the first time the NFL is giving away free tickets to the Super Bowl. [That’s about the only way (team) will ever get there.]


NEWS & NUGGETS

SCIENTISTS CONFIRM: CANINES GIVE OWNERS ‘PUPPY DOG EYES’ ON PURPOSE _ Whether you own a dog or have been to someone’s house who owns one, chances are you’ve been given puppy dog eyes. This, of course, is where the dog looks up and displays the white of his eyes and appears to be begging. The look that can melt your heart in an instant is usually given to people by dogs when they want something, particularly food. Now, a new study (University of Portsmouth) has determined that dogs give the look to their owners on purpose as a way to communicate.

… One of the researchers said: “The findings appear to support evidence dogs are sensitive to humans’ attention and that expressions are potentially active attempts to communicate, not simple emotional displays.”

WOMAN’S MESSAGE IN A BOTTLE FOUND 29 YEARS LATER _ A South Carolina woman’s message in a bottle finally found its way to shore nearly three decades after she first wrote it. Miranda Chavez shared a photo of the letter after a couple in Georgia discovered the 29-year-old message. Miranda placed the message in a glass bottle and tossed it in the ocean in 1988. Linda Humphries and her husband David found the letter just 90 miles down the coast after their home state of Georgia had been hit by Hurricane Irma. Humphries managed to track Miranda down despite the fact the address she wrote on the letter no longer exists. • IMAGE

LIBRARY OF TRUMP’S TWEETS OPENS IN CHICAGO TODAY _ The Daily Show’s presidential Twitter library normally resides in New York. But this weekend residents of Chicago can see it this weekend only. It’s free and open to the public from 10 AM to 10 PM Saturday and Sunday in the Burlington Room at Chicago’s Union Station.

… The library displays the president’s Twitter feed, and exhibits include testimonials of people who were targeted by Trump on the social network, as well as what The Daily Show considers his finest work.

HALF OF TECH EXPERTS SAY FAKE NEWS CAN’T BE FIXED _ With Facebook and Google still struggling to combat fake news, especially during crises like the Las Vegas shooting, the proliferation of such false content might seem like an unstoppable flow. If that’s your opinion, you’re in the slight majority. A Pew survey of over 1,100 “tech experts” and scholars found that 51 percent believed the fake news problem will continue to get worse.

… Those who believe technology won’t stop efforts by fake news generators had two major arguments: Desire pleasing content will inevitably feed the fake news machines, and that technological advance will outpace our ability to comprehend and control it. The 49 percent who believe we’ll get a handle on fake news have faith in eventual tech fixes, along with our human capability to recognize a collective threat and collectively organize a solution.

HAWAII: STORES FORCED TO INCREASE SPAM SECURITY _ Hawaii can’t get enough Spam — residents eat five million tons of the canned meat every year. Now, after a series of brazen Spam heists a Walmart (in Kalihi) has the stuff under lock and key. At other stores, signs read: “All the corned beefs are relocated at the front. Please ask staff for assistance.”

… The extra security follows a theft last month in which a man got away with eight cases of Spam from one store. That same month, three women were foiled while trying to steal 18 cases of Spam from another store.

DREAMERS NOW HAVE THEIR OWN EMOJI _ DREAMers now have their very own emoji, a happy face scarfed by an American flag. It was designed by the Hispanic advertising agency GoDiversity as part of the Dreamers We Are With You campaign. The icon was created as a kind of shorthand for challenging the notion that DREAMers aren’t American and as a unifying symbol for DACA recipients and supporters to use across social media platforms. • IMAGE

BOMB-SNIFFING CIA DOG FIRED FOR NOT SNIFFING BOMBS _ Some people just aren’t cut out for the realities of a high-pressure work environment — and it would seem the same goes for dogs. Lulu the labrador’s handler had high hopes of her becoming the CIA’s latest bomb-sniffing talent, but it was not meant to be. A CIA blog post said that a few weeks into training, Lulu began to show signs that she simply “wasn’t interested in detecting explosive odors. Even when they could motivate her with food and play to search, she was clearly not enjoying herself any longer.” The post went on to say that the mental and physical wellbeing of the sniffer dogs is the CIA’s priority, so they “made the extremely difficult decision to do what’s best for Lulu and drop her from the program.”

… But it is not all bad news, as handlers have the option to adopt dogs who are dropped. Lulu now has a new home, and spends her days chasing rabbits and squirrels.

MILWAUKEE MARATHON DISTANCE INCORRECT FOR SECOND YEAR _ If you’re planning to run the Milwaukee Marathon in 2018, let’s hope the third time’s a charm. For the second straight year, organizers of the Milwaukee Marathon have failed to deliver a 26.2 mile course. The race was advertised as a qualifier for the Boston Marathon and New York City Marathons, but the distance discrepancy means Milwaukee won’t count.

… Milwaukee Marathon officials confirmed in a statement Wednesday the marathon was short of USATF certification due to the course being “set incorrectly.” This is the second year in a row with distance problems in Milwaukee. Last year, the course was too long (26.3 miles). This year, the marathon was short by nearly a mile — 25.4 miles.

TWITTER TO BAN GROUPS PROMOTING VIOLENCE, HATE SYMBOLS _ Twitter laid out a detailed plan to curb hate and abuse on its service Thursday, revealing that it will soon ban groups that promote violence, and bar users from using hate symbols as their profile picture. The company also plans improve the abuse reporting process, and implement steps that could lead to a lot more bans.

ON MOST SICK DAYS WE AREN’T SICK _ Two-thirds of those who call in sick to work aren’t really sick. In a recent survey, personal illness accounts for only 34 percent of unscheduled absences. Family issues account for 22 percent, followed by personal needs (18 percent), entitlement mentality (13 percent) and stress/burnout (13 percent). And get this — most employees tend to become violently ill on Mondays, Fridays, and right before or after a holiday.

UNPAID $7 WAFFLE HOUSE BILL LEADS TO ID THEFT RING _ Police in Louisiana have uncovered a sophisticated identity theft ring, thanks to two men who skipped out on their $7 Waffle House bill. Waffle House employees called police Saturday, saying two men had stiffed the restaurant and driven away in a U-Haul van. Investigators were still taking statements at the restaurant when patrol officers spotted a U-Haul van parked at a nearby hotel. The officers arrested the driver and passenger. A search of the van turned up fake identification and credit cards, credit card skimming devices — and a Waffle House receipt for $7.41. The investigation revealed “a highly sophisticated identity theft scheme operating out of Los Angeles.”

… Investigators say the two men had flown into New Orleans from two different states, rented the van in New Orleans, and had installed credit card skimming devices at multiple gas stations in the area to steal customers’ credit card numbers.

WHAT WOMEN WANT _ Do you know what women want? It’s not money or good looks, so pay attention, guys. What women really want in a man — according to a new survey — is someone who is honest, responsible, and doesn’t drink too much. They are also looking for someone who is intelligent, faithful, a good father, and a good listener.

REMEMBER THIS? A YEAR AGO THIS WEEK: GUY COVERS SONGS WITH HIS GUN AND TRUMPET _  With the holidays quickly approaching, you’re probably thinking about what gifts to buy your loved ones. Look no further. A YouTube user by the name of Charlie Cook has combined his love of firearms with his affinity for the trumpet to create GunGram. Charlie will customize a video for your special someone and post it on his YouTube channel. Charlies does Happy Birthday, the Mario theme and more. • LINK


WACKY-BUT-TRUE

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: WOMAN GETS CABLE BILL FOR $184,530 _ Angela Mixon-Smith said she nearly had a heart attack when she opened up her TV bill in Ohio. The retired postal worker’s DirectTV bill was $184,530.67. Angela said that in April the company offered her a promotional bundle that combined her DirectTV service with an AT&T cell phone plan because the two companies had previously merged. She took the offer but ever since then there have been confusing bills and service issues. Fortunately they corrected the error and cleared Angela’s balance.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: ROBBERS WITH KNIVES DEMAND $1 FROM STORE _ In Massachusetts two men entered the Brockton Market and Deli around lunchtime Tuesday while brandishing large hunting-style knives. They demanded… one dollars. Then they fled. No arrests have been made.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: TRUCKER USED A GROCERY BAG TO FIX HIS BRAKE LINE _ A semi truck that rolled over in Tacoma had its brake lines tied together with a grocery bag. The driver was not injured and was cited for speeding. Investigators determined that the brakes were faulty and “were probably a contributing factor to the accident.”

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: TACO-EATING TRUCK DRIVER CRASHES, DUMPS LOAD _ The driver of a semi truck lost control and spilled a load of bark in Washington state. The driver was eating a taco when he lost control.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: GUYS STEAL A HEARSE FOR A NIGHT OUT ON THE TOWN _ In South Africa, a couple of guys made several mistakes on their evening out on the town. Their first mistake was their choice of vehicle — a hearse that they stole when the driver left it unattended, with a body inside. Second, they forgot to check the gas gauge in the hearse and it ran out of fuel just as they were leaving the bar after enjoying several drinks. And their third and final mistake was asking three of the women they had met inside the bar to help them push the hearse. Thinking something was up, the women declined and instead called police.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: CHINESE TATTOO DELIVERS THE WRONG MESSAGE _ A teenage girl in England wanted to impress her mother by having the word “mum” tattooed on her back in Chinese letters. But the 19-year-old discovered something was wrong with the tattoo when a passing Chinese woman shouted at her: “Evil, evil, very bad.” It turns out the tattooed Chinese letters did say “mum” — but the symbols meant “friend from hell.”

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: JEWEL THIEF STOLE THE WRONG STUFF _  In Berlin, Germany, one crook should have done a little research before breaking into a jewelry store. While the store contained more than $3 million worth of precious jewels, the crook left with only $59 worth of fake jewels.


ON TELEVISION

FRIDAY

MACGYVER (8p ET, CBS) — New. Mac uses a needle and his teeth to escape after being kidnapped.

ONCE UPON A TIME (8p ET, ABC) — New

LAW & ORDER TRUE CRIME: THE MENENDEZ MURDERS (8p ET, NBC) — Repeat

HELL’S KITCHEN (8p ET, FOX) — New. mixed martial artist Paige VanZant and actress/model Shannon Tweed are the VIPs at dinner service.

CRAZY EX-GIRLFRIEND (8p ET, CW) — New

HAWAII FIVE O (9p ET, CBS) — New. McGarrett must ask Aaron Wright (guest star Joey Lawrence) for help after just putting him away.

MARVEL’S INHUMANS (9p ET, ABC) — New. Black Bolt and Medusa reluctantly work with Louise.

DATELINE (9p ET, NBC) — A new, 2-hour edition

THE EXORCIST (9p ET, FOX) — New.

JANE THE VIRGIN (9p ET, CW) — New

20/20 (10p ET, ABC) — New

BLUE BLOODS (10p ET, CBS) — New. Frank personally investigates when Garrett is attacked by a SWAT team outside his home.

SEASON PREMIERE: TRACEY ULLMAN’S SHOW (11p ET, HBO) — Tracey Ullman is back with new episodes for another season.

THE DAY I MET EL CHAPO: THE KATE DEL CASTILLO STORY (Netflix) — This new documentary tells the tale of Mexican actress Kate del Castillo’s curious encounter with the notorious drug lord.

SATURDAY

College football matchups here.

GEORGE MICHAEL: FREEDOM (9p ET, Showtime) — The pop superstar is remembered in this new documentary.

48 HOURS (10p ET, CBS) — New

SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE (11:29p ET, NBC) — Repeat. New episodes return Nov 4

TOO FUNNY TO FAIL (Hulu) — This new documentary features Steve Carell, Stephen Colbert, Louis C.K. and others involved in the making of the ill-fated sketch-comedy series The Dana Carvey Show.

SUNDAY

NFL Football schedule.

AMERICA’S FUNNIEST HOME VIDEOS (8p ET, ABC) — New

THE WALKING DEAD (8p ET, AMC) — Before the season premiere, AMC presents the 7th season finale with new content including a bonus scene and cast interviews.

WISDOM OF THE CROWD (8:30p ET, CBS) — New

SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL (8:30p ET, NBC) — The Patriots and Falcons meet for the first time since the Super Bowl.

SHARK TANK (9p ET, ABC) — Products featured in this new episode include a high-end photo booth makes all subjects look attractive, no-drill, no-hole curtain rod brackets, and a personal flotation device with multifunctional options.

SEASON PREMIERE: THE WALKING DEAD (9p ET, AMC) — The season 8 premiere is also the show’s 100th episode.

NCIS: LOS ANGELES (9:30p ET, CBS) — New

TEN DAYS IN THE VALLEY (10p ET, ABC) — New

MADAM SECRETARY (10:30p ET, CBS) — New


ENTERTAINMENT

IN THEATERS

Only the Brave (PG-13) – Based on the true story of the Granite Mountain Hotshots, a group of elite firefighters risk everything to protect a town from a historic wildfire. Josh Brolin, Miles Teller, Jennifer Connelly, Andie MacDowell, Jeff Bridges, Taylor Kitsch
Geostorm (PG-13) – When the network of satellites designed to control the global climate start to attack Earth, it’s a race against the clock to uncover the real threat before a worldwide geostorm wipes out everything and everyone. Gerard Butler, Abbie Cornish, Ed Harris, Andy Garcia
Same Kind of Different as Me (PG-13) – International art dealer Ron Hall must befriend a dangerous homeless man in order to save his struggling marriage to his wife, a woman whose dreams will lead all three of them on the journey of their lives. Renée Zellweger, Jon Voight, Djimon Hounsou, Greg Kinnear, Olivia Holt
The Snowman (R) – Detective Harry Hole investigates the disappearance of a woman whose pink scarf is found wrapped around an ominous-looking snowman. Michael Fassbender, Rebecca Ferguson, Chloë Sevigny, Val Kilmer, J.K. Simmons
Tyler Perry’s Boo 2! A Madea Halloween (PG-13) – Madea, Bam, and Hattie venture to a haunted campground and the group must run for their lives when monsters, goblins, and the boogeyman are unleashed. Tyler Perry

… Opening next weekend: Jigsaw, Suburbicon, Thank You for Your Service

SEN. JOHN MCCAIN TO VISIT DAUGHTER ON THE VIEW _ The View is giving new panelist Meghan McCain a birthday present on Monday. It’s a visit from her dad. The daytime talk show said Thursday that it has booked Sen. John McCain as a guest. Meghan turns 33 Monday.

DAVID SCHWIMMER PRAISED IN WAKE OF HARVEY WEINSTEIN SCANDAL _ David Schwimmer has been praised by a woman who interviewed him in 2011, noting how his sensitivity contrasted widely with the behavior of Harvey Weinstein. Nell Minow has spoken of her meeting with the Friends actor in 2011, when he was promoting a movie he directed. The restaurant they were due to speak in was noisy, and so Schwimmer hesitantly suggested going up to his room. Schwimmer said he could ask a third person to be present in the room.

… Minow recalls: “I haven’t thought of that since it happened but the Weinstein stories made me not just remember it but remember it in an entirely different context as an indicator of the prevalence of predatory behavior and as an indicator of Schwimmer’s integrity and sensitivity.”

… “This wasn’t just about his being a good guy who would not have tried anything. He understood what it is like to have to be constantly on the alert and he wanted to make sure I understood I was safe.”

FIRST LOOK AT MARGOT ROBBIE AS TONYA HARDING _ There are few tales of rivalries that are as infamous as that of ice skaters Nancy Kerrigan and Tonya Harding. Harding has become one of the most notorious figures in pop culture for her involvement in a physical attack on Kerrigan, one of her main competitors, before the 1994 Olympics. Now, Harding’s anti-hero story is being brought to the silver screen in a biopic titled I, Tonya — and the trailer reveals it could be a juicy watch. The film stars Margot Robbie as Harding. It’s in theaters December 8. • VIDEO

JIM & ANDY: THE GREAT BEYOND OFFICIAL TRAILER _ Netflix just released the first look at Jim & Andy: The Great Beyond, an upcoming documentary that gives a behind-the-scenes look at Jim Carrey’s critically acclaimed performance of Andy Kaufman in the 1999 film Man on the Moon. The film premieres on Netflix on November 17. In 1999, Carrey portrayed his idol Andy Kaufman — for twenty years, the behind-the-scenes footage has been withheld… until now. • VIDEO

NFL RATINGS ARE DOWN, BUT… _ Turns out the NFL’s ratings may have nothing to do with players taking a knee during the national anthem. A study of TV ratings shows while pro football ratings are down, the decline is small when considering the general overall fall in television viewership due to people dropping their cable packages.

THOR: RAGNAROK EARNS STELLAR ROTTEN TOMATOES SCORE _ Official critic reviews are rolling in for Thor: Ragnarok, and it looks like the third God of Thunder flick is going to be the best yet. Rotten Tomatoes is currently ranking the Marvel film in the high 90s.

… Thor: The Dark World and the original film earned a 66 and 77 respectively on the Tomatometer.

… CinemaBlend is giving the third film in the Norse trilogy four out of five stars, calling Ragnarok “one of the most entertaining” films in Marvel’s lineup.

QUENTIN TARANTINO’S CONNECTED TO A HARVEY WEINSTEIN INCIDENT _ Quentin Tarantino has spoken out against his longtime producer Harvey Weinstein. In an interview published by The New York Times on Thursday, the Pulp Fiction director admitted that he knew about some of the sexual assault allegations leveled against Weinstein long before the producer became embroiled in the recent controversy. He revealed to the paper that his ex-girlfriend Mira Sorvino had once told him about her alleged incident with the movie mogul — and that he also knew about the settlement Weinstein had reportedly reached with Rose McGowan.

JEAN-CLAUDE VAN JOHNSON TRAILER _ Action star Jean-Claude Van Damme is heading to Amazon for a new action comedy series. Jean-Claude Van Johnson stars JCVD as a version of himself that takes acting gigs as a cover for his real job as an undercover operative. After the brief teaser trailer that hit last week, a full trailer is here that reveals a lot more of the show’s story and gives a far better sense of the goofy, self-effacing tone they’re going for with the show. • VIDEO

DAVID BLAINE DENIES RAPE ALLEGATIONS _ David Blaine is denying a British former model’s accusations that he allegedly raped her. The Daily Beast reported on Thursday that Natasha Prince says the magician raped her at a private home in London in 2004, when she was 21 years old. No charges have been filed in connection with the allegation.

KIRSTEN DUNST WINS THE INTERNET WITH ONE-WORD RESPONSE TO FAN _ Kirsten Dunst made one lucky fan’s day on Thursday. Louis Virtel tweeted: “I’d say my biggest dream is telling Kirsten Dunst I’m a huge fan only for her to mutter ‘Pathetic’ and walk away.” Kirsten’s response: “Pathetic”.

SHIA LABEOUF SENTENCED TO ANGER MANAGEMENT _ Shia LaBeouf has reached a plea agreement stemming from his arrest in Georgia earlier this year, agreeing to undergo anger management counseling, as well as 30 days of mandatory drug counseling. The actor was also placed on 12 months’ probation on Thursday, and was ordered to undergo drug and alcohol evaluation and to perform 100 hours of community service. LaBeouf was arrested in July in Savannah, Georgia. Video of his arrest showed the actor telling a police officer that he was going to hell because he’s black.


AUDIO

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DROPS: Contest clips package.

PHONER: What are you afraid of?  →  4 real calls!

DROP: Sounds so dull, and the more you say it the duller it gets.


MORE PREP IN THE FACEBOOK GROUP


BITS & BREAKS

THE SCARIEST THINGS ABOUT EATING CANDY CORN

Just in time to suck joy out of everyone’s second favorite Halloween treat (chocolate tops all, obviously), Charles Platkin, PhD, executive director of the New York City Food Policy Center at Hunter College and editor of DietDetective.com, recently assessed candy corn’s ingredients. Here are the scariest facts:

• Candy corn contains 12 ingredients. Contrary to popular opinion that candy corn is all sugar, the candy is actually made up of a dozen ingredients: Four different kinds of sweeteners, including sugar, corn syrup, dextrose, and honey, but also the food dyes Yellow 6, Yellow 5, and Red 3, lab-made ingredients that are often vilified for questionable side effects.

• Candy corn’s colors could be carcinogenic. While Yellow 6 is FDA-approved, it’s been found to cause tumors in animal testing, according to a report on the risks of food dyes published by the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI). Both Yellow 6 and Yellow 5 also run the risk of being contaminated by cancer-causing substances or chemicals that can become cancer-causing once they enter the body — something that’s definitely not written on the package.

• One of candy corn’s ingredients can trigger itching and hives. While approved for use in the U.S., the coloring Yellow 5 has been linked to rare but sometimes severe allergic reactions, an outcome that could be linked to those impurities it picks up in manufacturing, according to the CSPI report. Because the ingredient adds nothing to food besides making it look prettier, consuming the ingredient could be considered an unnecessary risk.

• One of its ingredients can make kids go bonkers. Yellow 5, gotta love it: The CSPI report also warns that this coloring can trigger hyperactivity in children, with enough research completed back in 2012 to convince researchers that evidence of a link between artificial food coloring and children’s behavior “too substantial to dismiss.” As if the sugar high kids get from candy corn isn’t enough to spook parents — particularly on Halloween.

• It provides approximately zero nutritional value. Although 19 candies serve up 140 calories (that’s 7.5 calories per kernel, and all carbs), the only trace of nutrients come from the candy’s sesame oil, which happens to be high in vitamin E.

• It contains traces of animal hides and bones. Candy corn is made with gelatin, a protein made from animal sources. (So no, it’s not remotely vegetarian.)

• The candy’s hard outer coating comes from bugs. Candy corn’s firm, smooth coating is listed as confectioner’s glaze on the ingredient label, but the stuff is also known as lac-resin, a coating that comes straight from lac bugs, bright red insects that are found in Asia.

• Its shelf life is freakishly long. Sugar itself is a natural preservative that can prolong a food’s shelf life. But candy corn also contains 70 milligrams of salt, another preservative that could help explain why an open bag of candy corn can last up to six months.

• There’s nothing natural about candy corn’s flavor. Artificial flavoring is responsible for candy corn’s taste. One reason why that taste is so hard to describe (Waxy? Sweet?) could be that “artificial flavoring” can include any of the 700 additives permitted by the FDA, or the 2,000 other chemicals that aren’t directly regulated by the FDA, but sanctioned by the food industry, according to Platkin.

WORST ITEMS YOU CAN PASS OUT TO TRICK-OR-TREATERS

According to a survey, the worst things you can pass out are…

5. Sugar-free candy

4. Fruit, like apples and oranges

3. Small boxes of raisins

2. Toothbrushes

1. Pennies


FUN & GAMES

TRIVIA: 80% of snake bite victims get bitten how? (After harassing the snake)

ANSWER WRONG AND WIN

• What magazine did Hugh Hefner found?

• What color is a ruby?

• Where do you wear a beret?

• What type of food makes Popeye strong?

COUNTRY SONG OR NOT

I’ll give you a song title, you tell me if it’s a real country song.

• Don’t Give Me A Plastic Saddle ‘Cuz I Want To Feel That Leather When I Ride (song)

• She Got The Ring And I Got The Finger (song)

• I’m Almost Over You, Why Won’t You Get Over Me (not)

• The Heart That Got Away (not)

• I Keep Forgettin’ I Forgot About You (song)

• What Kind Of Lesson Are You Trying To Teach Me Now? (not)

• I’ve Got $5 And It’s Saturday Night (song)


VIDEO OF THE DAY

Amazing.


IMAGE OF THE DAY

A lesson in photography.


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COUNTRY DATEBOOK: OCTOBER 20, 2017

• 1951: HANK WILLIAMS signed a movie contract with MGM.

• 1962: LEROY VAN DYKE joined the Grand Ole Opry.

• 1967: The first Country Music Association Awards were held. The show was hosted by SONNY JAMES and BOBBIE GENTRY.

• 1992: KENNY ROGERS was sued by an aspiring actress who claimed he’d agreed to help her career in exchange for sexual favors.

• 2005: GARY ALLAN enjoyed his best first-week sales when Tough All Over debuted at No. 1 on the Country Albums chart.

• 2005: SUGARLAND’s music video for Just Might Make Me Believe debuted on CMT.

• 2009: TIM MCGRAW’s album Southern Voice was released.

• 2013 Kelly Clarkson married Brandon Blackstock.

• 2015: BRAD PAISLEY was a guest advisor as BLAKE SHELTON had a pair of contestants perform I’m That Kind Of Girl on The Voice.

CLINT BLACK and Lisa Hartman-Black celebrate their 26th wedding anniversary.

Jimi Westbrook of LITTLE BIG TOWN is 46.


COUNTRY AUDIO

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• THOMAS RHETT is enjoying the ride.

• SCOTTY McCREERY performs the national anthem.

• JAKE OWEN remembers playing golf at an early age.


COUNTRY MUSIC NEWS

JASON ALDEAN’s Annual Concert For The Cure is tonight (Friday) in Louisville. Each year Jason designates one stop on his tour, donating proceeds from that show to breast cancer awareness and research.

Deep From The Heart: The One America Appeal, a benefit concert for victims of the recent hurricanes, is Saturday (October 21) on the campus of Texas A&M University. Performers will include ALABAMA, LEE GREENWOOD, CASSADEE POPE, THE GATLIN BROTHERS, STEPHANIE QUAYLE, Sam Moore, Robert Earl Keen and Lyle Lovett. The fundraiser was organized by the five living past U.S. Presidents: George H.W. Bush; George W. Bush; Barrack Obama; Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter.

DOLLY PARTON made a contribution yesterday (Thursday) to the One America Appeal, started by former U.S. Presidents George W. Bush, George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton, Jimmy Carter and Barrack Obama, to aid in relief efforts for those impacted by hurricanes Irma, Harvey and Maria. In addition, Dolly and her Imagination Library are donating 500,000 books to hurricane survivors and covering the shipping cost to get the books into the hands of those kids and their educators.

PARMALEE will launch the Hotdamalama Tour November 3 in Pennsylvania.

NEW AND OUT TODAY

CHRIS YOUNG’s Losing Sleep. While he tried to stay true to his traditional sound, Chris says this album shows more growth.

DARIUS RUCKER’s When Was The Last Time.

THE WEEK’S TOP SINGLES

  1. KANE BROWN Featuring LAUREN ALAINA – What If’s
  2. LUKE COMBS – When It Rains It Pours
  3. THOMAS RHETT – Unforgettable
  4. DUSTIN LYNCH – Small Town Boy
  5. KIP MOORE – More Girls Like You
  6. KENNY CHESNEY – All The Pretty Girls
  7. CARLY PEARCE – Every Little Thing
  8. CHRIS JANSON – Fix A Drink
  9. JASON ALDEAN – They Don’t Know
  10. LANCO – Greatest Love Story

DATEBOOK: OCTOBER 23, 2017

This is day 296 of 2017. There are 69 days remaining.

BIRTHDAYS

• Former soccer player Pelé is 77

• Director Ang Lee is 63

• TV talker Nancy Grace is 59

• Weird Al Yankovic is 58

• Former NFL player Doug Flutie is 55

• Neurosurgeon and TV journalist Sanjay Gupta is 48

• Cat Deeley (So You Think You Can Dance) is 41

• Ryan Reynolds is 41

• Emilia Clarke (Game of Thrones) is 31

IT HAPPENED TODAY

• 1915: Some 25,000 women marched in New York City demanding the right to vote.

• 1925: Comedian and talk show host Johnny Carson was born in Corning, Iowa.

• 1958: The Smurfs appeared for the first time.

• 1998: A Danish man said goodbye to his 86-year-old father by taking his corpse for a motorcycle ride, and stopping at a bar for a beer and a cigar. Flemming Pedersen asked to be left alone with his dad, dressed the corpse in leather, a helmet, boots, and dark glasses, strapped it to his Harley-Davidson, and rode around Copenhagen for three hours to his father’s favorite places. He said he felt good about the ride.

• 2001: Apple unveiled the iPod. It officially went on sale on November 10, 2001, for $399.

• 2002: Gunmen seized a crowded Moscow theater, taking hundreds hostage and threatening to kill them unless the Russian army pulled out of Chechnya.

• 2006: Former Enron CEO Jeffrey Skilling was sentenced by a federal judge in Houston to 24 years, four months for his role in the company’s collapse.

• 2005: Near Carlisle, Pennsylvania, Elizabeth Laatsch called police to report that a deer in her yard had a pumpkin stuck on its head. It turned out the deer had a large brown or gold plastic ball stuck on its head, a lawn ornament or possibly a Halloween decoration.

• 2010: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention project estimated 1 in 3 adult Americans will have diabetes by 2050.

• 2014: Craig Spencer was diagnosed with Ebola after recently returning to New York from Sierra Leone. Spencer rode the subway, went bowling, and took a taxi the day before he began displaying symptoms.

SPECIAL EVENTS

• Lung Health Day

• TV Talk Show Host Day

• Boston Cream Pie Day

• Boston Cream Pie Day

UPCOMING

• October 24: World Series begins
• October 27: Pre-order the iPhone X
• October 27: Stranger Things Season 2
• October 28: Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show
• October 31: Halloween (Tuesday)
• November 1: Health insurance enrollment opens
• November 5: Daylight Saving Time ends
• November 5: New York City Marathon
• November 7: Election Day
• November 8: CMA Awards
• November 10: College basketball starts
• November 11: Veteran’s Day
• November 23: Thanksgiving (Thursday)
• November 24: Black Friday
• November 25: Small Business Saturday
• November 27: Cyber Monday
• November 28: Grammy nominations announced
• November 28: Giving Tuesday
• December 3: Supermoon
• December 3: Selection Sunday (college football)
• December 6: Time’s Person of the Year
• December 8: The Crown Season 2
• December 9: Heisman Trophy awarded
• December 10: Nobel Peace Prize ceremony
• December 11: Golden Globes nominations
• December 12: Hanukkah
• December 15: Star Wars: The Last Jedi
• December 21: First day of winter