COUNTRY April 8, 2015

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DATEBOOK: APRIL 8, 2015

This is day 98 of 2015. There are 267 days remaining.

BIRTHDAYS

• Comedian Shecky Greene is 89

• Original Mouseketeer Darlene Gillespie is 74

• Peggy Lennon of the Lennon Sisters is 74

• Former Texas Representative and Dancing with the Stars celeb Tom DeLay is 68

• John Schneider (Dukes of Hazzard, country music career) is 55

• First Survivor winner Richard Hatch is 54

• Guitarist Izzy Stradlin (Guns N’ Roses) is 53

• Julian Lennon is 52

• Dean Norris (Breaking Bad, Under the Dome) is 52

• Robin Wright (House of Cards, Forrest Gump) is 49

• Patricia Arquette (CSI: Cyber) is 47

• Taylor Kitsch (Battleship, John Carter) is 34

• Taran Noah Smith (Home Improvement) is 31

IT HAPPENED TODAY

• 1893: The first recorded college basketball game occurred in Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania.

• 1895: The United States Supreme Court declared income tax to be unconstitutional in Pollock v. Farmers’ Loan & Trust Co.

• 1904: Longacre Square in Midtown Manhattan was renamed Times Square after The New York Times.

• 1974: Hank Aaron of the Atlanta Braves hit his 715th career home run in a game against the Los Angeles Dodgers, breaking Babe Ruth’s record.

• 1975: Frank Robinson managed the Cleveland Indians in his first game as major league baseball’s first African American manager.

• 1986: In a landslide, actor Clint Eastwood was elected mayor of Carmel, California.

• 1992: Retired tennis great Arthur Ashe announced that he had AIDS, acquired from blood transfusions during one of his two heart surgeries.

• 1995: Virginia prisoner Robert Lee Brock’s lawsuit for $5-million against himself was dismissed in state court. Brock claimed he had violated his own civil rights by getting himself arrested for grand larceny and asked the state to pay the $5-million because he had no income in prison.

• 2001: A Valparaiso, Indiana, couple who met through their mutual love of jogging were married in their running shorts after completing a 5-kilometer race in which they competed against their pastor and best man. During Wanda Johns’ and Clarence Melion’s wedding, the Rev. Duane Schmidt told the sweaty couple they were starting the “marathon of life.” Johns’ racing outfit included a white veil attached to a baseball cap, a wrist corsage and a white lace garter.

• 2003: A man who tried to pick up a woman in a German nightclub dropped his false teeth down her cleavage. Tina Lange met the old man in a club, and she says she wasn’t even interested in him. At first she thought it was the guy’s phone number, but after a little digging, she found a set of teeth.

• 2007: An iPod saved a soldier’s life in Iraq. The MP3 player stopped a bullet from an insurgent’s AK-47. Kevin Garrad (3rd Infantry Division) was on a street patrol in Iraq and as he rounded the corner of a building an armed insurgent came from the other side. The two of them were within just a few feet of each other when they opened fire. The insurgent was killed and Kevin was hit in the left chest where his iPod was in his jacket pocket. It slowed the bullet down enough that it did not completely penetrate his body armor.

SPECIAL EVENTS

• National Dog Fighting Awareness Day

• Trading Cards For Grown-ups Day

• Zoo Lovers Day

• Empanada Day

UPCOMING

• May 10: Mother’s Day (Sunday)

• May 25: Memorial Day (Monday)

• June 21: Father’s Day (Sunday)

More holidays

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NUMBER FOR THE DAY

940,000: Acres use for almond growing in California.

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NEWS ATTACK!

In the wake of a poll listing him as the least liked golfer on the PGA Tour, Bubba Watson says that he needs to become a better person. [Then he wrapped a 5-iron around a caddie’s neck.]

A Russian nuclear sub caught fire. [Vladimir Putin quickly extinguished it with his personality.]

Tuesday there was a power outage in DC. [The Secret Service was forced to drink by candlelight.]

Did you see the story about the 17-year-old girl with a rare allergy to water? [Isn’t that something that usually teenage boys have?]

Did you see the story about the 17-year-old girl with a rare allergy to water? [Well, that’s one way to get your parents to buy you beer. ]

McDonald’s is introducing its biggest burger, the Sirloin Third Pounder. [Because you still have one unused notch left on your belt.]

For the first time Friday the Star Wars movies will be available for download. [That is, if everything goes well. Even the Force is no match for the evil of Comcast / Time Warner.]

For damages in World War II, Greece is demanding that Germany give it billions of dollars. [Plus a hug.]

ABC World News Tonight has upset long-time champ NBC Nightly News in the ratings. [But it’s a one-time thing. All ABC’s starting freshmen are expected to turn pro.]

A Buffalo restaurant is offering a 10% discount on Sundays if you stay off your smartphone. [And free dessert if you actually talk to your family.]

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NEWS & NUGGETS

BOBCAT CATCHES SHARK ON FLORIDA BEACH _ It’s a photo that could be used as the inspiration for a new SyFy Channel horror movie. But according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, it’s probably real. The photo is of a bobcat walking along the beach with a shark in its mouth. John Bailey snapped Monday evening while walking (in Vero Beach). The photographer said he noticed the bobcat staring at a shark in the water that was feeding on a smaller fish. The bobcat then leaped into the ocean, caught the shark and dragged it onto the beach. Once the bobcat saw the beachgoer, it dropped the four-foot shark and ran into the nearby woods. • Photo

DAVID CAMERON CAUGHT EATING HOT DOG WITH KNIFE AND FORK _ On the campaign trail, British Prime Minister David Cameron was invited Monday to a family Easter barbecue in Poole, a coastal town in southern England. Journalists and photographers attending the event expected to report on Cameron’s talk about tax and pensions with the host family, but instead a picture of his eating a hot dog with a knife and fork went viral.

… During a visit to the U.S back in 2012, Cameron struggled to eat a hot dog without utensils while being photographed eating a hot dog with President Obama at a basketball game.

FB icon Start it on Facebook, take it to the phones: Confess: What finger food do you eat with a fork? Pizza? French fries? Everything?

APPLE WANTS PEOPLE TO STOP SLEEPING IN FRONT OF ITS STORES _ Apple may want you to come into one of its retail stores to check out and try on the Apple Watch, but you’d better not plan on actually walking out the door with one. Apparently store employees are being encouraged to tell camping customer to buy the Apple Watch and the new MacBook online, where more will be in stock.

WRITING PEN FOR PARKINSON’S PATIENTS _ A group of students in London (Royal College of Art and Imperial College London) has developed a special pen that can smooth out the handwriting of Parkinson’s patients. Within the plastic housing are high frequency vibrational motors that help with writing by stimulating muscles in the hand as well as reduce the effort required to move the pen across the paper.

… The idea is similar to the Liftware Spoon that helps people with Parkinson’s and essential tremors to eat on their own without making a mess.

NBA MVP DONATED CAR TO A SINGLE MOM AND HER KIDS _ When he was named the Most Valuable Player of the 2015 NBA All-Star Game back in February, Russell Westbrook received a brand new Kia SUV as part of the car manufacturer’s sponsorship deal with the league. Not bad, but a free car doesn’t really move the needle that much for a highly-paid guy like Westbrook. So the Oklahoma City Thunder point guard decided to give it to somebody who could really use it.

… He asked his charitable foundation staff to find someone in the community for whom a new car could literally be a life-changing gift. They found Kerstin Gonzalez, a 19-year-old single mother of two who’s on track to graduate from high school this spring and hopes to pursue higher education while continuing to raise her two boys.

FAKE WINDOWS HIDE BLIGHT OF VACANT HOMES _ When homes are vacant, as many became after the housing crisis a few years ago, they become targets of vandals and thieves. So in a Minneapolis neighborhood they’re trying to deter vandalism with fake windows. Contractors have been hired to install vinyl sheets resembling windows, camouflaging the plywood that has dotted many vacant houses. It’s part of a new pilot project examining whether disguising vacant homes reduces vandalism and improves nearby property values.

NEW HAMPSHIRE RESORTS EXTEND SKI SEASONS _ It turns out all that snow in the Northeast has a silver lining. While some ski resorts have been challenged by a lack of snow this winter, several New Hampshire resorts are extending their ski seasons due to large amounts of remaining snow. The end of March often marks the end of the ski season, but there is enough snow this year at some New Hampshire resorts to stretch the season into April. Most resorts will feature reduced lift ticket prices for the remainder of the time they are open.

HERE’S HOW MUCH SPARE CHANGE THE TSA COLLECTED LAST YEAR _ Harried travelers are increasingly leaving their nickels and dimes in the bins used during airport security screenings, which has led to a growing source of revenue for the Transportation Security Administration. In the fiscal year 2014, the TSA collected almost $675,000 in loose change, up from $638,000 in fiscal year 2013. The amount of money collected has been steadily increasing since 2010. Overall, the agency has collected about $3.5 million in loose change since 2008. The cash is used to fund TSA security operations.

… Fliers at New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport left the most change behind, $43,000. Los Angeles International Airport ranked second at $42,000 and San Francisco International Airport ranked third at $35,000.

BLIND PAINTER RAISES OVER $1 MILLION FOR CHARITY _ Jeffrey Owen Hanson has created over 1,400 beautiful paintings and his undeniable talent has earned him fans in the likes of business magnate Warren Buffett and singer Elton John. But what makes his talent even more impressive is the fact that Hanson is blind. The young man from Overland Park, Kansas has been diagnosed with neurofibromatosis, a genetic disorder which caused a brain tumor that left him legally blind. Add to that, Hanson also suffers from a few other physical and mental issues.

… His passion for art started during his chemo and radiation treatments. His mother gave him watercolors and urged him to paint so that he would not dwell on his sickness. When friends of Hanson’s parents began snapping up his painted note cards they decided to try selling some of his larger pieces in the driveway of their home. Now, Hanson’s paintings sell for at least $4,000 each, and Hanson has decided to donate over $1 million of what he has earned to more than 100 organizations.

A PLAN TO PLANT 1 BILLION TREES A YEAR WITH DRONES _ An engineering firm in the United Kingdom wants to change the world 1 billion trees at a time, and they’re relying on drones to do it. The team at BioCarbon Engineering has developed an experimental system that uses drones to plant thousands of trees per day in deforested areas. The aerial technique is cheaper and faster than planting trees manually, and makes it possible for conservationists to counteract voracious industrial appetites for trees. BioCarbon is so confident in its drone tree planters, the company expects to plant 1 billion trees every year.

… The tree-planting drones follow a pre-planned path and use pressurized air to fire germinated seedpods into the ground at specified locations from a height of about 6 to 9 feet. The pods are encapsulated in a nutrient-rich hydrogel, which provides food for the young trees. After planting, the same mapping drones can revisit reforested areas to assess their progress.

PRANK BIRTHDAY CARD WON’T STOP PLAYING MUSIC _ Brothers Travis and Nick Peterson have designed a truly evil musical birthday card: Once it starts playing, it won’t stop for at least three hours. It won’t stop until the battery dies, or the receiver manages to destroy it.  The whole idea began when Nick and Travis were discussing how much they hated musical cards. The brothers are funding the hilarious idea on Kickstarter, already raising well more than their original $7,500 goal. • Link

… The Joker Card arrives in safe mode so the sender can sign it without the music going off. An activation tab has to be pulled before it’s placed into the envelope. Once the receiver pushes the play button, it won’t stop for hours. After pressing play, the unlucky recipient will be forced to listen to Happy Birthday over and over again until the card’s battery dies — or they destroy it. To make it even more evil, if you press the button again to try and stop the music, the volume just increases.

BURGER-KING WEDDING TO BE PAID FOR BY BURGER KING _ Joel Burger and Ashley King have heard all the jokes, and their okay with them. The couple will be married July 17 and recently had their engagement photo shot next to a Burger King restaurant sign. After the photo went viral, the restaurant chain contacted Joel and Ashley to let them know it would pay for the wedding and provides gifts.

… They’ve been Burger-King since the fifth grade together in New Berlin, Illinois when a motivational speaker at a school assembly put their names together.

MICHELLE OBAMA HASN’T DRIVEN A CAR IN 8 YEARS _ In a new interview with Rachael Ray, airing tomorrow (April 9), first lady Michelle Obama revealed she hasn’t been behind the wheel of a car since before moving into the White House. So who taught daughter Malia to drive? That would be the Secret Service because, says Michelle, “they wouldn’t let me in the car with her.” Michelle says driving is actually one of the things she’s most looking forward to doing after her husband’s presidency ends.

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WACKY-BUT-TRUE

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: UNDERAGE STUDENTS ACCUSED OF TOWING 1,800 BEERS _If you’re underage and you plan to haul a trailer full of booze to the Gulf for spring break, take some time to think through every detail. Like, make sure your license plate sticker hasn’t expired. Sheriff’s deputies in Alabama confiscated more than 100 cases of beer and numerous bottles of liquor from a group of Louisiana State University students on their way to Gulf Shores for spring break. The 18- and 19-year-olds were were stopped along an interstate in a Ford pickup that was towing a trailer with an expired tag.

… Deputies found nearly 2,000 beers, five liters of boxed wine and eight bottles of liquor in the trailer. Lucky for them none were drinking when they were pulled over.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: HEY MOM, I GOT YOU A DEAD CROCODILE _ Customs officers at a German (Düsseldorf) airport found a stuffed crocodile in a suitcase on Tuesday, after stopping a man passing through the ‘nothing to declare’ section. The man said he had bought the crocodile for $25 as a gift for his mother. The man now faces a court process for attempting to smuggle illegal goods into the country.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: COUPLE CAN’T FIND EACH OTHER IN 11,000 FOOT CONDO _ Brooklyn’s priciest condo is for sale — for $32 million. But it comes with a perk many unhappy couples might find useful: it’s so big you won’t know your spouse is home. This actually happened to the condo’s owners, Stuart Leaf and his wife. He told the Wall Street Journal that one time he’d been hanging out in their 11,000 square food condo after arriving home from work when his wife called his phone to ask when he’d be home from work. He told he’d been home for three hours.

… The Leaf’s townhouse is a combination of nine units spanning three floors. It contains six bedrooms, six bathrooms and two half baths. It also contains a 3,500 bottle wine room, a gym with a rock climbing wall, a screening room, and a 75-foot-long terrace with a barbecue.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: MOM SAYS SHE FOUND BAGS OF POT IN EASTER GIFT _ An Oregon mother says she got more than she bargained for when she picked up an Easter gift for her toddler in the clearance section of a local Walmart. Christina Hannahs (of Otis) said she found three bags of marijuana stuffed inside the “Smart Shots Sports Center” toy. The toy, made by VTech, is for children around the ages of 1 and 2 and comes with multiple parts including balls to toss in a basket and a screen that lights up. Hannahs said that as she assembled the item for her toddler, she found some parts were missing. Left behind in the box were the clear plastic bags of what she said was marijuana. Hannahs She found the toy in the clearance section of the Walmart and thinks it might have been returned by someone who stashed the drugs inside.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: BANK ROBBERS KEPT ACCURATE RECORDS _ Financial experts say if you want to keep track of your money, keep a log of expenditures. A husband and wife bank robbing team in the UK did it the other way. They kept a record of their robberies with columns, dates and days of the week, along with city information, net take on each robbery, plus a running total.

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ON TELEVISION

SURVIVOR (8p ET, CBS) — Castaways must keep their balance during a reward challenge; one castaway hunts for the idol. New episodes of Criminal Minds and CSI: Cyber follow.

AMERICAN IDOL (8p ET, FOX) — The top seven perform. Also: Florida Georgia Line; Jason Derulo; Iggy Azalea with Jennifer Hudson.

STORAGE WARS (9p ET A&E) — Two back-to-back new episodes.

NASHVILLE (10p ET, ABC) — New. The Middle, The Goldbergs and Blackish are all new.

HOUSE HUNTERS INTERNATIONAL (10:30p ET, HGTV) — New

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ENTERTAINMENT

STAR WARS SAGA TO BECOME AVAILABLE AS DIGITAL DOWNLOADS _ Some films from a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away are getting with the times: Star Wars is finally going to be available as a digital download. All six previous films, from 1977’s original Star Wars (a.k.a. A New Hope) to 2005’s Revenge of the Sith, will be available starting April 10 as a collection or individually at digital retailers that include iTunes, Google Play, VUDU, Amazon, and others. The seventh movie in the series, J.J. Abrams’ The Force Awakens, which will hit theaters December 18.

… Each movie download of the previous films will come with a pair of new or never-before-seen bonus features.

MISCHA BARTON CLAIMS MOTHER SIPHONED HER EARNINGS _ Mischa Barton claims in a lawsuit that her mother, Nuala, siphoned earnings the actress made from TV and movie. In the suit filed on Tuesday, Barton contends that her mom “committed a series of egregious acts to intentionally exploit and harm her own daughter” when she represented her as her talent manager.

TELETUBBIES IS RETURNING TO TV _ In case you felt your TV viewing was conspicuously lacking in colorful creatures sporting antennas, know that Teletubbies is returning. The original run of the BBC kids’ show saw 365 episodes between 1997 and 2001. The reboot does not yet have a premiere date, but it’s expected that the 60 new episodes will begin airing in 2015.

MARILYN MANSON GETS PUNCHED IN FACE WHILE DINING AT DENNY’S _ Marilyn Manson is currently on tour in support of his latest album and on Saturday, the 46-year-old rocker held a concert in Alberta, Canada. After the show, the musician reportedly hit up a local Denny’s to grab a bite to eat… where he was allegedly punched in the face. Police responded. And investigation determined that three people had been involved in a “physical altercation” and sustained minor injuries. No charges were filed.

NEW ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT EPISODES HAVE BEEN CONFIRMED _ Executive producer Brian Grazer has confirmed in an interview that the series Arrested Development will be returning for another seventeen episodes on Netflix.

EMMA STONE AND ANDREW GARFIELD ARE ON A BREAK _ Emma Stone and Andrew Garfield are on a break — but they do not appear to have officially split up. Rumors of trouble in paradise didn’t start making headlines until the last couple of weeks or so, but the speculation arguably started when Stone showed up on every major red carpet during awards season this year without her Amazing Spider-Man co-star and boyfriend of three years.

… A source says Stone and Garfield remain very friendly and on good terms and that their break is due to their work scheduled.

CHRIS COOPER JOINS STEPHEN KING’S JFK TIME TRAVEL THRILLER _ Chris Cooper has signed on to star in the Hulu series adaptation of Stephen King’s time travel thriller novel 11/22/63. He joins James Franco and Sarah Gadon in the story following an English teacher that time travels back to 1958 and tries to prevent the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.

TWISTED SISTER WANTS TO ROCK AGAIN _ Twisted Sister’s not gonna take it anymore — after one last tour the hair metal heroes will unplug their amps in 2016. A rep for the band says Dee Snider and the boys made the decision last month to call it quits — just one week before drummer A.J. Pero died from a heart attack.

LEONARDO DICAPRIO TO BUILD ECO-RESORT IN BELIZ _ Leonardo DiCaprio has announced plans to build an eco-conscious resort on a tiny island off the coast of Belize. DiCaprio’s venture will feature 68 guest villas and 48 private houses on Blackadore Caye, a tiny island 45 minutes by boat from Belize City. In addition to setting aside 45 percent of the island for conservation, the project’s directors say they intend to restore what they describe as an ecological treasure that has suffered from overfishing, deforestation, and an eroding coastline.

PEOPLE WERE CAUGHT LICKING A BENEDICT CUMBERBATCH STATUE _ A 6-foot chocolate statue, known to some as Benedict Chocobatch, was made of 500 bars of Belgian chocolate and placed in a London mall. The statue was displayed in the middle of the mall on Good Friday and surrounded by covert cameras to catch mall-goers who couldn’t resist a taste of Cumberbatch. Kids broke off fingers, ladies licked his arms, police dogs sniffed his feet, friends snapped selfies, an elderly woman even broke off his nose. • Link

KENDALL JENNER HACKED _ Kendall Jenner’s Twitter was hacked on Tuesday. The hacker or hackers tweeted three times from the account belonging to the reality TV star and model before Jenner apparently regained control. The messages referenced Jenner performing a sex act on Justin Bieber, mockingly fake-confirmed Bruce Jenner’s rumored sex change, and then directed people to follow the hackers or “Jenner” would “go bulimic again.”

KANYE WEST SETTLES PAPARAZZI LAWSUIT _ Kanye West has settled the civil lawsuit filed by Daniel Ramos, the videographer he allegedly attacked outside Los Angeles International Airport on July 19, 2013. It’s unclear whether Ramos received any money in the settlement, but one of the terms was for West to personally apologize to him. The two were photographed shaking hands afterwards, with West flashing a rare smile. The 37-year-old singer was charged with misdemeanor battery and attempted grand theft in September 2013 after he allegedly punched Ramos and wrestled his camera to the ground. West pleaded not guilty to both charges in November 2013, claiming he had acted in self-defense.

NICOLE KIDMAN’S ‘GRACE OF MONACO’ GOES FROM CANNES TO LIFETIME _ Grace of Monaco, starring Nicole Kidman as star-turned-princess Grace Kelly, is heading straight to Lifetime. The critically-panned film, which opened last year’s Cannes Film Festival, will premiere on Lifetime on Memorial Day, May 25.

HBO NOW IS OPEN FOR BUSINESS _ As of Tuesday (April 7) you can watch HBO without subscribing to a traditional cable package. Customers can sign up for HBO Now, the cable network’s standalone streaming service, directly through their Apple TV, iTunes account, or Cablevision’s Optimum Online for a monthly subscription of $14.99.

… HBO Now subscribers will have access to more than 2,000 titles, including popular films, original HBO documentaries, and the network’s full catalog of TV series, including Deadwood, Sex and the City, The Sopranos and more. The service also includes every episode of every season of current series like Game of Thrones and Veep.

KIM KARDASHIAN WEARS $1,234 HOODIE SHIRTS _ Kim Kardashian wore a $1,234 shirt while out and about in Beverly Hills on Monday. The Haider Ackermann hoodie shirt was made by one of Kanye West’s favorite designers.

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AUDIO

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TAXES CLIP PACKAGE

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BASEBALL CLIPS

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BITS & BREAKS

TOP TV SHOWS

Week of March 30-April 5

1. NCAA Final Four: Wisconsin vs. Kentucky, TBS, 16.8 million

2. NCIS, CBS, 16.6 million

3. The Big Bang Theory, CBS, 13.89 million

4. Dancing With the Stars, ABC, 13.76 million

5. The Voice (Monday), NBC, 11.87 million

6. NCAA Studio Show, TBS, 11.57 million

7. NCAA Final Four: Duke vs. Michigan St., TBS, 11.14 million

8. Blue Bloods, CBS, 10.7 million

9. NCAA Post-Game Show, TBS, 9.71 million

10. A.D., The Bible Continues, NBC, 9.68 million

11. Survivor, CBS, 9.59 million

12. Modern Family, ABC,, 9.43 million

13. Scorpion, CBS, 9.38 million

14. Madam Secretary, CBS, 9.27 million

15. NCIS: Los Angeles, CBS, 9.17 million

16. The Dovekeepers, Part 1, CBS, 8.98 million

17. Hawaii Five-0, CBS, 8.87 million

18. The Odd Couple, CBS, 8.7 million

19. Mom, CBS, 8.62 million

20. The Voice (Tuesday), NBC, 8.57 million

TAKE CARE OF YOUR BEER!

Every season is beer season, of course. But summer? Now that’s a season that can’t be lived through without the best beers. But before you head to the local liquor store to stock up on cases of your favorite brew and store them in what you think is your cool, dark garage, please press pause for a moment and remember HOLT. HOLT is short for Heat, Oxygen, Light and Time.

HEAT is used in the brewing process, but after the beer is bottled (or, heaven forbid, canned), heat is bad for your brew. It won’t “spoil” it, but it will speed up the beer’s chemical breakdown.

OXYGEN is easy to avoid — just don’t open your beer until you’re ready to drink it. And if you’re a slow beer drinker — and that’s OK — consider splitting bottles with your buds. When it’s time for more simply pop open an other and enjoy something colder than what could have been the warm, bottom half of the bottle.

LIGHT is the reason most bottled beers are packaged in brown or green bottles. But those colored bottles aren’t magic, so until it’s drinking time keep your beer in a cool or cold low-light or no-light place.

TIME is simple: Ask your local beer expert where and when the brew was made. If he can’t tell you, move on. One reason why locally- or regionally-produced beers taste so much better is because the natural chemical breakdown process that continues after beer is made hasn’t killed the flavor yet. So unless you know when it was made, avoid it.

GOLF QUIZ

Warmer weather means it’s time for a true return to nature. Yes, I’m talking about golf. Are you ready to pick up the sticks again? Take my golf quiz.

When selecting equipment for a round of golf, you should look for:

  • clubs that match your height and grip
  • golf balls that fly true and far
  • a golf cart that can store a 12-pack in the back

One of the trickiest things a golfer must deal with is getting a good tee time. For example, if you wanted to tee off at 7 Saturday morning at (popular country club), you should get in line at:

  • 5:30 Saturday morning
  • 7:00 this evening
  • last October

If you have a health problem, golf can be a good exercise because

  • it’s a low-impact aerobic workout
  • it gets you out in the fresh air and sunshine
  • if you have a coronary on the golf course, there will be dozens of doctors around to help.

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FUN & GAMES

TRIVIA:  There are 2.2 billion of these in use worldwide. (Credit cards)

TRIVIA: About 44 million Americans get one of these each year. (A physical)

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JOKE OF THE DAY

A couple of painters were painting a church steeple one day, and they were quickly running out of paint. To get the job done before it rained, they began to dilute the paint until they finished. It was a very spotty job. But, when they were done, the two painters got in their truck and headed for home. As they were driving down the road, it started to rain. All the diluted paint ran off the steeple. God was understandably angry at the men, so he appeared in front of the truck, which came to a screeching halt. The painters heard Him say in a booming voice: “REPAINT, AND THIN NO MORE!”

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VIDEO OF THE DAY

Cat pushes dog into swimming pool.

https://youtu.be/H9rORmASZSk

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IMAGE OF THE DAY

Beer Season.

Source: bits & pieces blog

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LAST MINUTE ITEMS

• How to get free Dropbox space.

• There are 320 million people in the United States. How many have your name?

• Wear a poo emoji button-down shirt.

• Guys, we found your Pinterest page: The Man Cave Grill Master’s Grills

• How to remove a wasp infestation with a shop vac.

• This is sand.

• Orbital objects.

• Yarn dissection.

• Vine: Dog finds the perfect stick.

• How to say sh** (and other words) in any language.

• How would you be in Mars years?

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COUNTRY DATEBOOK: APRIL 8, 2015

• 1988: RANDY TRAVIS’ album Storms Of Life was certified platinum.

• 1991: RICKY VAN SHELTON’s album RVS III was certified platinum.

• 2001: BLACKHAWK member Van Stephenson died at age 47 of skin cancer.

• 2008: TRISHA YEARWOOD’s cookbook Georgia Cooking In An Oklahoma Kitchen was released. She wrote the book with her mom and sister and shared many family recipes.

• 2009: Pop singer Jessica Simpson was dropped from the Sony Nashville record label. But the singer’s rep said that Jessica had only been “on loan to Sony Nashville for her country album.”

• 2011: CARRIE UNDERWOOD made her movie acting debut, playing a church counselor for a youth group in Soul Surfer.

JOHN SCHNEIDER is 55. His hits include What’s A Memory Like You Doing In A Love Like This, Country Girls and At The Sound Of The Tone. He is co-founder of the Children’s Miracle Network with MARIE OSMOND.

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COUNTRY AUDIO

MADDIE & TAE on people relating to their music. » go to download page

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COUNTRY MUSIC NEWS

LORETTA LYNN has been honored with the Crystal Milestone Award for the 2015 ACMs. The recognition is given in honor of her illustrious, 50-year career in which she has blazed trails for women in country music. Among her 13 ACM awards is the 1975 Entertainer of the Year, which made her the first female ever to win the Academy’s top honor. Past recipients of the Crystal Milestone Award include GARTH BROOKS, KENNY CHESNEY, MERLE HAGGARD and TAYLOR SWIFT.

… Loretta’s award was announced Tuesday along with some other off-camera ACM Awards winners. LUKE BRYAN is the 2015 Gene Weed Special Achievement Award winner, which according to the ACM acknowledges “unprecedented, unique and outstanding individual achievement in country music.” In addition to performing for 1.7 million fans last year (a personal record), Luke had six straight number one hits from his Crash My Party album.

… ERIC CHURCH is the 2015 ACM Award winner of the Jim Reeves International Award, which is presented to an artist successful in promoting country music all over the world.

… ALABAMA has been named the 2015 ACM Career Achievement Award winners, marking their advancement of country music’s popularity through other endeavors within the entertainment industry.

GARTH BROOKS became teary-eyed Tuesday as he dedicated a new child play zone at an Indianapolis children’s hospital, praising the colorful, game-filled space as a “miracle” that allows ailing youngsters to forget their illnesses and just be kids having fun. Garth arrived at Riley Hospital for Children in a race car driven by IndyCar driver Charlie Kimball, then waded into a crowd that filled the hospital’s atrium. After a ribbon-cutting for the hospital’s Child Life Zone, Garth entered that 4,200-square-foot space, which was funded through the Teammates for Kids foundation, which he co-founded in 1999.

… Garth told the crowd, “What you’re witnessing here in these zones is truly a miracle. It’s a place in a hospital where no doctor and no needles are allowed. It’s a place where a kid gets to be a kid.”He said research suggests young patients who enjoy moments of fun need less pain medication and have faster recovery times than patients who don’t.

JOSH TURNER will take the stage this weekend (April 12) at Busch Gardens Tampa. Josh is playing as part of the Food & Wine Festival.

LUKE BRYAN’s two final Spring Break shows in Panama City Beach, Florida attracted roughly 400,000 fans, and for those who weren’t able to make it, or those who want to relive it, AXS TV will be airing Luke Bryan Spring Break Checkin’ Out, featuring footage from the concerts, on Sunday (April 12). In addition to footage from both of this year’s Spring Break concerts, the special will also include exclusive interview content with Luke, as well as footage from previous years’ Spring Break concerts.

It has been three years since we’ve heard new music from MONTGOMERY GENTRY, and that’s all about to change this June. On June 9, the duo will release their new album Folks Like Us.

Sources say the ACM Duets Special that will air May 15 on CBS will include a duet with DWIGHT YOAKAM with SAM HUNT. Another will be PATTY LOVELESS with MIRANDA LAMBERT.

Finalists for the 2015 Billboard Music Awards, airing May 17 on ABC, have been announced. Across all categories TAYLOR SWIFT picked up 14 nominations.

… Up for Top Country Artist:

  • Jason Aldean
  • Luke Bryan
  • Florida Georgia Line
  • Brantley Gilbert
  • Blake Shelton

Up for Top Country Album:

  • Garth Brooks, Man Against Machine
  • Luke Bryan, Crash My Party
  • Brantley Gilbert, Just As I Am
  • Miranda Lambert, Platinum

Up for Top Country Song:

  • Jason Aldean, Burnin’ It Down
  • Luke Bryan, Play It Again
  • Sam Hunt, Leave the Night On
  • Florida Georgia Line feat. Luke Bryan, This Is How We Roll
  • Florida Georgia Line, Dirt

KRISTIAN BUSH will be at Wrigley Field to perform the national anthem and the seventh-inning stretch song at the Chicago Cubs-St. Louis Cardinals game.

KENNY CHESNEY recently announced that he is adding two more Las Vegas shows to The Big Revival Tour. Kenny will return to The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino on Friday, July 3 and Saturday, July 4th. Tickets go on sale Friday (April 10).

FLORIDA GEORGIA LINE will perform Sippin’ On Fire and serve as mentors tonight (Wednesday) on FOX’ American Idol.

The CMA Music Festival has added LEE BRICE, RANDY HOUSER, MADDIE & TAE and CHRIS YOUNG to its nightly concerts at LP Field in Nashville, June 11-14. They join previously announced performers that include JASON ALDEAN, DIERKS BENTLEY, LUKE BRYAN, SAM HUNT, FLORIDA GEORGIA LINE, LADY ANTEBELLUM, NEAL MCCOY, OAK RIDGE BOYS, KEITH URBAN, WYNONNA and ZAC BROWN BAND.

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DATEBOOK: APRIL 9, 2015

This is day 99 of 2015. There are 266 days remaining.

BIRTHDAYS

• Hugh Hefner is 89.

• Jim Fowler (Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom) is 85

• Michael Learned (mom Olivia Walton on The Waltons) is 76

• Dennis Quaid is 61

• Model Paulina Porizkova is 50

• Cynthia Nixon (Sex and the City) is 49

• Keshia Knight Pulliam (Rudy on The Cosby Show) is 36

• Leighton Meester (Gossip Girl) is 29

• Kristen Stewart (Twilight movies) is 25

• Elle Fanning (We Bought A Zoo) is 17

IT HAPPENED TODAY

• 1682: Robert Cavelier de La Salle discovered the mouth of the Mississippi River, claimed it for France and named it Louisiana.

• 1867: Passing by a single vote, the United States Senate ratified a treaty with Russia for the purchase of Alaska.

• 1913: On opening day at Ebbets Field, new home of the Brooklyn Dodgers, fans had to wait an hour to get in because nobody brought the key. Then there was no flag to salute for The National Anthem. The Dodgers lost to Philadelphia 1-0.

• 1953: Warner Bros. premiered the first 3-D film, entitled House of Wax.

• 1959: NASA announced the selection of the United States’ first seven astronauts, which the news media quickly dubbed the “Mercury Seven”.

• 1965: Major-league baseball’s first indoor game was played at the opening of the Houston Astrodome.

• 1973: Carly Simon received a gold record for the single You’re So Vain.

• 1992: President George Bush fell suddenly ill at a state dinner in Japan. He became pale, slumped in his chair, and threw up on the Japanese Prime Minister.

• 2003: Baghdad, Iraq fell American forces.

• 2005: Charles, Prince of Wales, married Camilla Parker Bowles.

SPECIAL EVENTS

• Cherish An Antique Day. You know, like Betty White.

• Name Yourself Day

UPCOMING

• May 10: Mother’s Day (Sunday)

• May 25: Memorial Day (Monday)

• June 21: Father’s Day (Sunday)

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