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DATEBOOK: JUNE 18, 2015

This is day 169 of 2015. There are 196 days remaining.

BIRTHDAYS

• Paul McCartney is 73

• Isabella Rossellini is 63

• Carol Kane (Taxi, The Princess Bride) is 63

• Dizzy Reed (Guns N’ Roses) is 52

• Blake Shelton (The Voice) is 39

• Jacob Anderson (Grey Worm on Game of Thrones) is 25

IT HAPPENED TODAY

• 1767: Samuel Wallis, an English sea captain, sighted Tahiti and is considered the first European to reach the island.

• 1873: Susan B. Anthony was fined $100 for attempting to vote in the 1872 presidential election.

• 1928: Aviator Amelia Earhart became the first woman to fly in an aircraft across the Atlantic Ocean. She was a passenger; Wilmer Stutz was pilot and Lou Gordon was mechanic.

• 1948: Columbia Records publicly unveiled its new long-playing phonograph record in New York. It played at 33 and 1/3 revolutions per minute.

• 1981: The AIDS epidemic was formally recognized by medical professionals in San Francisco, California.

• 1983: Astronaut Sally Ride became the first American woman in space.

• 1985: Wimbledon made Chris Evert Lloyd and Martina Navratilova co-number one seeds, the first time in the tennis tournament’s 63-year history for a co-top seeding.

• 1992: Italian police arrested a man for stealing 17-thousand little bars of hotel soap.

• 1994: At a Las Vegas auction a collector paid $36,000 for Elvis Presley’s expired American Express card.

• 1996: Ted Kaczynski, suspected of being the Unabomber, was indicted on ten criminal counts.

• 2000: Tiger Woods won the U.S. Open by a record 15 strokes.

• 2006: A British man finally paid a $15 speeding ticket he got in a park in Philadelphia nearly 52 years earlier.

• 2013: Russia passed a law banning foreign same-sex couples from adopting children.

SPECIAL EVENTS

• Sushi Day

• Recess At Work Day

• International Picnic Day

• Splurge Day

• Go Fishing Day

• National Cheesemakers Day

UPCOMING

• June 21: Father’s Day (Sunday)

• June 21: Summer begins (Sunday, 12:38PM Eastern)

• July 4: Independence Day (Saturday)

More holidays

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NUMBER FOR THE DAY

20,160: Minutes a person will spend kissing during their life.

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NEWS ATTACK!

AT&T is in trouble for cheating customers who purchased its unlimited data plan. The company was fine $100 million. [The fine should have been unlimited.]

Today (Thursday) the pope will release a major document on climate change. Meanwhile, a poll reveals that Catholics are divided on the issue of climate change. [Half believe it’s caused by pollution while the other half believe it’s caused by Protestants.]

Catholic Jeb Bush said that when it comes to climate change the pope should mind his own business. [Can you say something like that about the pope without your entire campaign staff coming down with leprosy?]

The Taliban terrorist group is warning the rival Islamic State to stay out of Pakistan which is Taliban territory. [It’s like when the Joker took on the Penguin.]

Donald Trump is now officially running for president. [A big mouth running around threatening everyone — isn’t that the plot of Jurassic World?]

Neil Young has told Donald Trump to stop using his song Rockin’ in the Free World for his presidential campaign. [However, Carly Simon has given Trump full permission to use You’re So Vain.]

South Korea says it will return to North Korea the five North Korean fishermen it rescued at sea. [Which makes you seriously question the meaning of the word rescue.]

JD Power and Associates has released its new list of the most dependable vehicles. Number one is Porsche. [Coming in last in dependability is whatever that is that my cable guy drives.]

The U.S. birthrate has gone up for the first time in seven years. [Well done, Kanye.]

The husband of the woman accused of helping those two New York prisoners escape says that he wants to correct a misconception. He says that in no way is he standing by in support of his wife. [Unless there’s a movie deal.]

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NEWS & NUGGETS

AMERICA’S OLDEST KNOWN BALD EAGLE FOUND DEAD _ The oldest known bald eagle in the United States was found dead early this month in western New York, near Rochester. It was reportedly hit by a car. The bird was 38, besting the previous longevity record by five years.

… The eagle was born in Minnesota and brought to New York’s Montezuma Wildlife Restoration Program when it was just a nestling. The eagle was first tagged at just a few months of age in Seneca Falls, in August of 1977. In 1981 it began breeding and nesting around Hemlock Lake, south of Rochester.

GREAT WALL OF CHINA MARATHON PROPOSAL _ When New Zealander Becky Mozley finished China’s Great Wall Marathon, she expected a medal. What she got was a diamond ring. Her partner Henry Harper had bought a hand-made ring from New York, planned the finish-line proposal and kept it a secret for months.

… Though they haven’t set a date for the wedding, there’s no rest for the running couple. On July 5 they will run New Zealand’s Wellington Marathon and they have three further ones planned after that this year.

COLLEGE CAMPUS HAS TEXTING LANE FOR CLUMSY STUDENTS _ In response to a “culture of walking and texting,” Utah Valley University has painted lanes on a staircase leading to the school’s new Student and Wellness Center. The partitioned part of the stairwell isn’t literally meant to keep texters separated but rather just to draw attention to the fact that some students spend too much time with their face buried in their phone — and if it prevents a couple collisions, that would be fine, too.

… There is precedent for this installation. A Chinese city (Chongqing) designated a special sidewalk for the phone-obsessed, giving them their own walkway instead of allowing them to clog other paths with their slow, head-down walking.

… A study (Stony Brook University) found people who walk while on their cell phone are 61 percent more likely to stroll off course and 13 percent more likely to miss their destination. Another study (Ohio State University) found emergency room visits related to cell phone use tripled between 2004 and 2010.

CRYPTIC CROSSWORD PROPOSAL PAYS OFF _ A crossword-loving British lawyer chose to pop the question to his girlfriend by hiding the question in the daily puzzle in The Times of London. Matthew Dick persuaded the newspaper to agree to his cryptic proposal to girlfriend Delyth. Tuesday’s Times crossword opened with one across: “Pretty Welsh girl widely thought not to be all there.” The answer: Delyth. Other clues included: “‘Will you marry me,’ say, that’s forward also rude”. The answer was proposal. Dick says that he showed his girlfriend the crossword at breakfast, with some key words underlined, then “reached into my pocket to reveal the ring.” She said yes and at first didn’t believe her future husband had set up the proposal with The Times — she thought it was something he printed out himself.

THERE’S A SERVICE THAT PAYS YOU TO TEST NAIL POLISH _ Here’s a a job where you’re paid to keep your nails as perfect and untouched as possible. Nailbox, a British nail polish subscription service, is searching for nail testers to try, test, and review 50 nail polishes and accessories every month for $55,000 a year. Each tester gets a package each month which includes polishes to test and photograph. Packages include “top coats, base coats, treatments, the latest nail polishes, nail files, and foils.”

… The website lists the following job requirements: “Be genuinely interested in beauty and nails, have a critical eye, keep up with new fashion and be a trendsetter, have well maintained hands and nails, and understand basic photography.” The ideal candidate would be “someone who takes good care of their appearance — and hands in particular.”

FATHER AND SON PLAN TO RUN ACROSS THE COUNTRY _ Shaun Evans, a father and ultra-marathon runner from upstate New York, is set to run across the country this summer, covering over 3,000 miles with the help of his son Shamus, who suffers from cerebral palsy. Shamus is 9 and was born with the condition, which limits the use of his legs. His primary method of mobility is a wheelchair, yet Shamus has joined his father on training runs ever since he was old enough to fit in a jogging stroller. In 2013, Shamus outgrew the stroller, and the Evans family was aided by the group Ainsley’s Angels of America, which helped them obtain a running chariot that allows Shamus to participate in races with his dad. In August of that year, the duo competed in a six-hour-long ultra marathon.

… Shamus’ determination has now manifested in Power To Push, which is set to kick off on July 4. Shamus and Shaun will together run across the country, visiting 15 states and covering a distance of 3,205 miles in 60 days. Along the route, which begins in Seattle and finishes in New York City, they plan to donate running chariots to kids like Shamus, a goal for which they have raised over $65,000. • MAPSee if his route comes through your city.

AIRPORT PODS LET YOU FEEL WEATHER AT YOUR DESTINATION _ Do you hate when you get off a plane and immediately realize you didn’t dress well for the weather? An airport in Sweden wants to solve this problem. To promote its connections to many international destinations, Stockholm Arlanda Airport built three pods that simulate different climates around the world in real time. The “Climate Portal” uses a combination of temperature, wind simulators and audiovisual cues to replicate the weather conditions. The weather simulators are all hooked up to weather data and allow people inside to experience the weather in those locations in real time.

… Stockholm Arlanda Airport is doing this for promotional reasons, but there could be a practical application here: Previewing the weather where you’re going will give you a better idea of what you need to be prepared. If an airport wanted to increase its revenue, it would be wise to install one of these pods across from a clothing store.

TRUMP DENIES PAYING ACTORS TO ATTEND PREZ ANNOUNCEMENT _ Just one day after Donald Trump announced his bid for 2016, the 69-year-old is being accused of hiring actors to cheer him on during the press conference. According to The Hollywood Reporter, New York-based Extra Mile Casting sent an email out to their clients last Friday looking for extras to beef up attendance at Trump’s event. THR obtained the alleged email which reads, “We are looking to cast people for the event to wear t-shirts and carry signs and help cheer him in support of his announcement. We understand this is not a traditional ‘background job,’ but we believe acting comes in all forms and this is inclusive of that school of thought.” The actors were reportedly paid $50.

… Someone tweeted a photo that allegedly shows Trump campaign employees handing out handwritten signs at the press conference. A Trump spokesperson said the claims are not true and that they aren’t issuing a statement.

MARINE CORPS VET SUED FOR LIVING ‘OFF THE GRID’ _ For US Marine Corps veteran Tyler Truitt, the homefront has a battle all its own: The 27-year-old resident of Huntsville, Alabama, is going to court with the city next month over his “off-the-grid” lifestyle, which includes living in a trailer, using solar panels, and catching rainwater in a 550-gallon plastic tank. Truitt, who lives on the property with his girlfriend, says they aren’t bothering anyone: “I just wanted to have something that would be debt-free, so that if I chose to go to school full-time I wouldn’t have to worry about any bills.” Employed at a US Army post, Truitt says he may finish the physics degree he began before enlisting in the Marines seven years ago.

… But the city sued Truitt and his girlfriend saying their non-city utilities (like heating, plumbing, and electrical) fall short of city building codes. The couple has also violated a zoning rule by living in a mobile home outside a trailer park. Now the city has ordered Truitt and Hamar to move and bring their trailer up to code, but Truitt has appealed an earlier guilty verdict and requested a jury trial. He calls it “civil disobedience,” and argues that his lifestyle should be applauded as frugal and environmentally friendly.

NEWSWEEK IN 1995: WHY THE INTERNET WILL FAIL _ Twenty years ago, in 1995, this was printed about the Internet in Newsweek magazine: “We’re promised instant catalog shopping — just point and click for great deals. We’ll order airline tickets over the network, make restaurant reservations and negotiate sales contracts. Stores will become obsolete. So how come my local mall does more business in an afternoon than the entire Internet handles in a month? Even if there were a trustworthy way to send money over the Internet — which there isn’t — the network is missing a most essential ingredient of capitalism: salespeople.”

… Granted, in 1995 the Internet was a mess. It’s somewhat understandable how many may have believed there wasn’t something to this Internet thing.

AT&T HIT WITH A BIG FINE OVER ‘UNLIMITED’ DATA _ The Federal Communications Commission slapped AT&T with a $100 million fine Wednesday, accusing the country’s second-largest cellular carrier of improperly slowing down Internet speeds for customers who had signed up for “unlimited” data plans. The FCC found that when customers used up a certain amount of data watching movies or browsing the web, AT&T “throttled” their Internet speeds so that they were much slower than normal. The fine, which AT&T says it will fight, is the largest ever levied by the FCC.

UPDATE: KFC SAYS ‘FRIED RAT’ IS WEIRD CHICKEN TENDER _ A California man made waves on Facebook after posting a photo of an oddly shaped cutlet that he claims to have received in a three-piece meal from a Los Angeles KFC. Devorise Dixon said that he bit into the unsavory-looking morsel and found it had a rubbery texture. He then claimed to have taken it back to the KFC restaurant where he’d purchased it. The manager told Dixon the fried lump was a rat, apologized and offered him a free meal. But KFC says Dixon is misleading the public and that the object in question is just a piece of breaded chicken.

… In a statement KFC said: “A customer has made a serious claim against KFC and refuses to cooperate in the investigation. Based on this, and the fact that he refuses to allow anyone to see the product, we are left to believe that he intended to deceive the public with this hoax and we are considering all options.” The company said it made several attempts to get in touch with him, but he refused to talk directly or through an attorney.

… PHONES: In a twist on the “strangest thing you’ve found in your food,” ask listeners to tell you what restaurant they will never visit again and why. The important thing is to beep out the restaurant name.

2016 OLYMPICS TO OFFER BRAZILIAN WAX SERVICE _ Hair today, gone tomorrow could be the motto for some athletes at next year’s Olympics in Rio de Janeiro with a ‘Brazilian bikini wax,’ the notoriously meticulous hair removal favored by beach-going locals, one perk on offer. The Olympic Village for the Rio 2016 games is going to have a gigantic beauty salon to take care of the athletes  It will have manicures, pedicures, hairstylists, and specialists in giving the famous Brazilian wax. Free beauty treatments will be just one of the perks for Olympic athletes.

PIZZA HUT’S HOT DOG-CRUSTED PIZZA CAN BE ORDERED TODAY _ Today (Thursday) is the day most of us have not been waiting for: Pizza Hut’s new hot dog-crusted pizza goes on sale to the general public. It’s called the Hot Dog Bites Pizza. Some are calling it Frankenpizza. It’s basically pizza surrounded by a halo of 28 hot dogs, baked right into the crust.

BURGER KING LAUNCHES RED BURGER _ Because black cheeseburgers weren’t weird enough, Burger King is now serving up red cheeseburgers in Japan. The Aka Burger (“aka” means “red”) comes in two varieties, Samurai Beef and Samurai Chicken, both making use of red cheese and red buns. Tomato powder was added  to give the ingredients their angry color, with the burgers also coming with a red hot sauce made from miso and hot pepper.

H.S. SENIOR POSTS SPECIAL INSTAGRAM FOR ALL 657 CLASSMATES _ High school can be rough. So for his senior year in Yakima, Washington, Konner Sauve decided he would use social media to empower his fellow students. Every single of them. One at a time. Konner started an anonymous Instagram account and posted a photo of every single classmate at his school, plus an uplifting and personal message for each student. That’s 657 times. Konner says the idea came to him last August while on vacation with his parents. He was thinking about his upcoming senior year and how busy and trying it would be. But then he realized that so many others face problems, too. Konner says he wanted to make an impact in order to recognize people for who they are and how amazing each one of them deserves to feel. He knew that by supporting them with positive encouragement it would be able to impact them in some way to keep chugging through high school.

… Except for a few close friends, no one knew Konner was the secret Instagrammer sending the encouraging messages. He revealed his secret after he gave his Valedictorian speech.

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WACKY-BUT-TRUE

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: TOE WRESTLERS PUT BEST FOOT FORWARD _ The village of Fenny Bentley in northern England hosted the World Championship for Toe Wrestling over the weekend in a competition that drew male and female fighters as well as spectators of all ages. Toe wrestling traces its roots to 1976. There are two participants in each bout. With their feet on a small square ring on the floor, the competitors begin by locking their big toes together, before battling arm-wrestling style to drive their opponent’s foot to the ground.

… Over the weekend Alan “Nasty” Nash beat Michael “Grimbo” Grimmett to claim his 12th World Title.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: WOMAN CLIMBS TREE TO SAVE CAT, GETS STUCK _ A woman in Maine climbed 75 feet up a tree (in Presque Isle) to try and save her cat, but then she panicked and called 911. The fire department came with a ladder truck and brought her to safety. The cat ended up climbing down on its own.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: MAN ROBBED OF MONEY HE STOLE FROM STORE _ An Iowa man was arrested after he told police he was robbed by someone — after he had robbed a gas station.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: HEINZ APOLOGIZES FOR KETCHUP BOTTLE _ A German man who tested out the QR code on a bottle of Heinz ketchup offering an out-of-date promotion says the code now leads to a porn site. Daniel Korell wrote to the ketchup company on Facebook, saying the Heinz Hot Ketchup “is probably not for minors” after he scanned the QR code on his bottle expecting to be taken to a label design contest website and was instead taken to a porn site. Heinz apologized to Korell, saying the company’s ownership of the website expired after the 2012-2014 contest came to a close.

… The ketchup company offered Korell a custom-designed bottle free of charge. Korell was also offered a free membership by the porn site that took over the domain.

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ON TELEVISION

SERIES PREMIERE: THE ASTRONAUT WIVES CLUB (8p ET, ABC) — This new series is based on Lily Koppel’s book about the wives of the “Mercury Seven,” the elite group of astronauts picked by NASA in 1959 to become the first Americans in space. Yvonne Strahovski (24: Live Another Day, Chuck), Dominique McElligott (Hell on Wheels), Azure Parsons (2 Guns), Odette Annable (House, M.D.), and Evan Handler (Californication) star.

THE BIG BANG THEORY (8p ET, CBS) — Repeat

DATELINE (8p ET, NBC) — New

U.S. OPEN (Golf) CHAMPIONSHIP (8p ET, FOX) — FOX Sports tees off its coverage of the 115th U.S. Open Championship from Chambers Bay Golf Club in University Place, WA. Play-by-play announcer Joe Buck is joined by lead analyst Greg Norman for the first round of the prestigious championship.

BEAUTY AND THE BEAST (8p ET, CW) — New

INSIDE THE ACTORS STUDIO (8p ET, Bravo) — Emmy-award winning Jim Parsons (The Big Bang Theory) talks about his life and career.

THE ODD COUPLE (8:30p ET, CBS) — Repeat

SEASON PREMIERE: MISTRESSES (9p ET, ABC) — Alyssa Milano has left the series, replaced by Jennifer Esposito as Season 3 begins. Brian White also joins the cast this season.

AQUARIUS (9p ET, NBC) — New

MOM (9p ET, CBS) — Repeat

THE VAMPIRE DIARIES (9p ET, CW) — Repeat

SERIES PREMIERE: COMPLICATIONS (9p ET, USA) — From the creator of Burn Notice, this new medical drama stars Jason O’Mara as a doctor who gets involved in a volatile gang war after saving a young boy’s life. Jessica Szohr (Gossip Girl) also stars.

MIKE & MOLLY (9:30p ET, CBS) — Repeat

HANNIBAL (10p ET, NBC) — New

ELEMENTARY (10p ET, CBS) — Repeat

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ENTERTAINMENT

THE TRAILER FOR THE SECRET LIFE OF PETS _ What do our pets do when we leave them alone? It’s something humans have wondered for ages, and with the help of video cameras and smartphones we’ve been able to fill in some of the pieces. The first trailer for The Secret Life of Pets from the studio behind Minions attempts to answer the other aspects and it’s as funny as it sounds. Because of course they don’t just sit at the door and wait for you. They might lounge around, but they watch TV, and they get creative when it comes to getting what they want. • TRAILER

HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA 2 FIRST TRAILER _ Sony released the first trailer for Hotel Transylvania 2 on Wednesday. The animated sequel picks up where the 2012 original left off, with Dracula (Adam Sandler) thrilled that his daughter Mavis (Selena Gomez) now lives at the hotel with her infant son, Dennis. But when Mavis and husband Jonathan (Andy Samberg) decide they want to raise Dennis in a more normal environment, Drac enlists the help of his spooky buddies to bring out the boys’ inner-vampire so Mavis and Jonathan will be forced to stay. Hotel Transylvania 2 creeps into theaters on September 25. • TRAILER

NICOLE RICHIE REGRETS WHERE SHE GOT THAT ONE TATTOO _ Getting a neck tattoo isn’t a move to make lightly — especially if you’re a gal who likes to wear her hair short or up. Unfortunately, it sounds like Nicole Richie is regretting the ink she had placed at the nape of her neck, particularly now that she’s rockin’ a new, hot-pink pixie cut. The 33-year-old mom of two says she was a “19-year-old idiot” when she got the tat. Richie has come clean in the past about her ink regrets, calling her “virgin” wrist tattoo “embarrassing and desperate.” It seems like the daughter of singer Lionel Richie has learned from her mistakes. She hasn’t gotten another since she was 21.

FUSION IS THE LEAST WANTED NETWORK ON TELEVISION _ Variety published a survey of just over 3,000 people who were asked which cable networks they would be willing to pay for if television moved to an á la carte model. The stations people would be most willing to pay for are about what you would expect — the big four (and free) networks, plus reliable and established cable channels like The Discovery Channel, Comedy Central and the Food Network.

… Then you begin to encounter cable news channels, midsize entertainment channels like E! and MTV, niche channels like Cartoon Network and NFL Network, and newly created stations like Fox Sports 1 and Oprah’s OWN. As you slide even further, you start seeing channels you forgot existed (Nick Jr.) or have never heard of (The Sportsman Network). • SURVEY SNAPSHOT

… Then, if you keep going, all the way to the very end, right next to the number zero, you’ll find Fusion.

… Interestingly, just 14 cable channels were selected by 50 percent or more of those in the survey as channels they would be willing to pay for.

  1. ABC
  2. Discovery
  3. CBS
  4. NBC
  5. History
  6. NatGeo
  7. FOX
  8. PBS
  9. HBO
  10. Comedy Central
  11. AMC
  12. Food Network
  13. Animal Planet
  14. Weather Channel

REPORT: BEN AND JEN GOING TO THERAPY _ Ben Affleck is reportedly in therapy with Jennifer Garner, trying to save his “troubled” marriage. According to Mail Online, the couple has decided to see a marriage counselor in hopes of working out their differences. After being married for 10 years, sources say that things have become strained, and the two are trying to stay together for the sake of their three children. Gossip indicates that the couple has had some pretty serious blowouts, and Ben has been known to stay at Hotel Bel-Air from time to time to get away.

ASHTON KUTCHER, DANNY MASTERSON LAND NETFLIX SERIES _ Ashton Kutcher and Danny Masterson have landed a new Netflix series. The former That ’70s Show co-stars will reunite to portray brothers in a comedy called The Ranch. Kutcher will play an athlete who returns home to his family’s Colorado ranch after a brief semi-pro football career. The Ranch will see the siblings team up to run the family business. A couple of Two and a Half Men producers co-created the series, which will be released in two, 10-episode blocks. The comedy is scheduled to premiere in 2016.

CHARLIZE THERON, SEAN PENN SPLIT _ Actress Charlize Theron is single again. Multiple sources are reporting that the 39-year-old actress broke up with actor Sean Penn after their recent trip to the Cannes Film Festival in southern France.

… Charlize has never been married so her marriage to Sean Penn would have been her very first trip down the aisle. Marrying Charlize would have been Sean’s third trip down the aisle. His first marriage was to singer Madonna and his second to House of Cards actress Robin Wright.

EMMA STONE REVEALS WHY SHE TURNED DOWN GHOSTBUSTERS _ It seems that everyone had Emma Stone in their dream cast for an all-female Ghostbusters reboot — except Emma Stone. Fans and even original Ghostbuster Bill Murray suggested his Zombieland co-star for the role, but in a new interview with the Wall Street Journal, Stone made a fan-saddening reveal about turning down a role in the upcoming Ghostbusters. She told the Journal: “The script was really funny. It just didn’t feel like the right time for me. A franchise is a big commitment — it’s a whole thing. I think maybe I need a minute before I dive back into that water.” Ghostbusters, does, however, still have an all-star cast, with Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones playing the spirit-hunting group. Chris Hemsworth has also been cast as the receptionist.

BRIAN WILLIAMS TO STAY AT NBC _ Brian Williams has reached an agreement with NBC that will keep him at the network, but not in the anchor chair at NBC Nightly News. The tentative agreement will keep Williams at NBC after his six-month suspension is lifted in August. Williams’ new role is unknown by most at NBC, though the company is expected to make a formal announcement soon.

TRANSGENDER WOMAN AMONG NEW BIG BROTHER 17 CONTESTANTS _ The Big Brother 17 premiers on June 24 on CBS, and its new houseguests will officially be revealed then, with producers promising a shake-up of the house. However, Big Brother 17 has already released of the names of 14 of its contestants, including Audrey Middleton, a transgender woman. A media consultant from Georgia, she was among those named on Tuesday. However, the network failed to talk about her gender, and her status only became public after a story about her was run by TMZ. Audrey grew up in a small Georgia town as a boy. The 25-year-old was inspired by Caitlyn Jenner’s story, but she’s also just a big fan of Big Brother.

TOMMY CHONG DIAGNOSED WITH RECTAL CANCER _ Cheech & Chong star Tommy Chong has revealed he is battling rectal cancer. The 77-year-old tweeted: “I have good news and bad news. First the bad news, the cancer came back and it’s a real pain in the butt. The good news is I now have to use more marijuana to treat the cancer.” He added, “I will be documenting my cancer fight on the Chong and Chong podcast to let my fans know how the fight is going. Please wish me luck while I kick cancer’s behind. Thank you for all of your love and support.”

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BITS & BREAKS

WHY YOU SHOULD QUIT FACEBOOK

It Wastes Your Time. It’s estimated that the average casual user (17 minutes per day on Facebook) who has been active on the site for 10 years has wasted upwards of 40 entire days of their lives scrolling and liking and commenting on pictures and posts. And more engaged users, who spend at least an hour a day on the site, have clocked 150 days feeding the Facebook beast during the same time.

Facebook Uses You to Sell Stuff. In 2012, the site manipulated posts from 689,000 accounts without consent in an experiment that examined whether or not it could affect your emotions by making a few edits on your page. The study was done, according to Facebook, to “improve our services and to make the content people see on Facebook as relevant and engaging as possible.” Skeptics think it was really used to discover the monetary benefit of a Like. COO Sheryl Sandberg later apologized, adding that they “never meant to upset you.”

And Targets You with Advertisements. One time you wanted to buy a thing, and then you searched for that thing, and six months later Facebook is still reminding you that you should think about buying that thing, even if you already bought the thing. Yes, most sites do this thanks to embedded cookies, but only Facebook seamlessly posts these ads in your timeline with enough regularity that you can only assume your friend has an odd obsession with the latest Norelco razor.

It’s Bad for Your Health. Facebook isn’t just a harmless website dedicated to cataloging your vacations, poor wardrobe choices, and thoughts on sporting events — it can actually do you harm. Studies hint that it can impact your immune system and inhibit the release of growth hormones, impair digestion and vision, limit thinking and kill creativity, and affect sleep patterns and happiness.

“Who Are These People, Anyway?” The average adult has 338 friends on Facebook and probably doesn’t know more than 10 percent of them anymore, or at all. Many of them likely have new lives, some have new last names, new passions, new facial hair, and new humans they’re now responsible for keeping alive. These are not the friends you knew, and semi-casually keeping up with them is a waste of time that could be better spent with new, real friends. Or on Twitter.

“But I Don’t Care About Privacy”. As one of nearly 1.3 billion users, odds are decent that your account won’t be hacked by someone with ill-will toward your family. That doesn’t mean that permitting easy access to your information goes without consequence, both immediately and decades from now.

Nothing You Post Actually Matters. Very few people care what you’re doing, whom you’re with, where you’re eating, or what you just bought, and the people who do were probably right next to you when you did it. We all saw that funny Ice Bucket Challenge video, and if we didn’t see it, it’s fine. We’re all fine. Instead, just invite a friend over to talk about real life.

… PHONES: Know anyone who’s dumped Facebook — even deleted their account?

ANNOYING BUZZWORDS THE OFFICE WOULD BE BETTER OFF WITHOUT

ECOSYSTEM — You probably recognize this word from Earth science class. What was originally a term to describe an ecological unit of living organisms and their physical environment was long ago hijacked by Silicon Valley. Now we have a “music ecosystem,” “business ecosystem,” “automotive ecosystem,” and so on.

LEVERAGE — Too often, people think “leverage” is a fancy way to say “use.” And sure, you could substitute “using” into a line like “Let’s make sure we’re leveraging industry best practices,” and the sentence would still be readable.

BANDWIDTH — When someone says they don’t “have the bandwidth to take on that project,” don’t you just want to reply, “Oh, should I switch this discussion over to 4G?”

DOUBLE-CLICK — “That’s a great idea: Let’s double-click on that for a moment.” Just as annoying are terms such as “drilling down” and “going granular.”

SUNSET — While this one sounds nice, it’s actually a creepy euphemism for killing off a product or project. Think: “We will be formally sunsetting this feature.” The new use of the word is also a great reason not to name a senior living community “Sunset Retirement Village.

Thanks to Dan for sharing this in our Facebook Group.

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FUN & GAMES

TRIVIA: India’s government is holding an event this Sunday (June 21) that could set a world record. 35,000 government employees will be doing what? (Yoga)

BUZZWORD!

The buzz word is “radio”. The answers to my clues contain the buzz word.

• Tall antenna (Radio tower)

• Electronics store chain (Radio Shack)

• Home of the Rockettes (Radio City Music Hall)

• Cuba Gooding Jr. movie (Radio)

• Nuclear experiments cause stuff to be this (Radioactive)

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JOKE OF THE DAY

A bartender notices that a customer comes in and orders three beers. He drinks them down one by one while sitting there laughing and chuckling to himself. The bartender is curious about this unusual behavior and asks the customer about it. He explains, “I’m alone in this town and I miss my two brothers and the good times we had drinking together. So, every now and then I have a beer for each of us and I think about old times.” The bartender is touched by the tender sentiment and feelings of brotherly love. However, several weeks later he happens to notice the man is ordering only two beers at a time. He says, “I notice you’re only drinking two beers now. Did something happen to one of your brothers?” “No, they’re OK,” he answers, “It’s just that I recently stopped drinking.”

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VIDEO OF THE DAY

Hey CrossFitters, can you do this?

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IMAGE OF THE DAY

Hiding in plain sight.

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LAST MINUTE ITEMS

• One of our favorite weather apps for iOS, Dark Sky, has just updated with a whole new set of notifications, crowd sourced weather, and more.

• A super-simple app for emailing yourself.

• All six Star Wars film at once.

• Real-time cyber-attack threat map.

• Play classic Atari games in your web browser.

• Where is the International Space Station right now?

• If the iPhone had been created in 1987.

• The final Jurassic World trailer is pretty terrifying.

Windows 93

• Ex-lovers meet each other for the first time after 30 years.

• How well can you hear audio quality?

• Mac users: get the fantastic Forecast Bar.

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COUNTRY DATEBOOK: JUNE 18, 2015

• 1955: WEBB PIERCE’s single I Don’t Care went to number one and stayed there for twelve weeks.

• 1984: The movie Rhinestone, starring DOLLY PARTON and Sylvester Stallone, premiered.

• 1992: GARTH BROOKS’ album No Fences was certified multi-platinum for sales of 8 million copies. Hits included Friends In Low Places, The Thunder Rolls and Two Of A Kind, Workin’ On A Full House.

• 2004: With Redneck Woman, GRETCHEN WILSON became the first country artist since LEE ANN WOMACK — and her song I Hope You Dance in 2000 — to spend five straight weeks at the top of the country singles chart.

• 2008: KENNY CHESNEY topped the country singles chart with Better As A Memory.

• 2009: DIERKS BENTLEY was the only country artist on a Forbes magazine Top 10 list of entertainment figures most likely to break out into mainstream superstardom.

• 2010: CARRIE UNDERWOOD received a gold single for Temporary Home.

• 2011: MIRANDA LAMBERT made a surprise appearance during BRAD PAISLEY’s concert at the Verizon Wireless Music Center in Noblesville, Indiana, to lead a round of “Happy Birthday” for husband BLAKE SHELTON.

• 2011: TIM McGRAW stopped his show at the Gorge Amphitheater near George, Washington, to boot a male audience member for mistreating a woman.

Tim Hunt of YANKEE GREY is 48

BLAKE SHELTON is 39

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COUNTRY AUDIO

Visit the country audio archive for over 2,000 audio cuts.

JUSTIN MOORE talks about stage moments going viral. » download page

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COUNTRY MUSIC NEWS

REBA MCENTIRE and BROOKS & DUNN kicked off their Las Vegas residency last night (Wednesday) at The Coliseum at Ceasar’s Palace. The set was intermingled, meaning neither act had a separate show. While Kix and Ronnie entertained, Reba was backstage doing costume changes. Both artists did many of their signature hits. The shows will run through July 4 then pick back up in December.

Rolling Stone has named its 45 Best Album of 2015 so far and the ZAC BROWN BAND’s Jekyll + Hyde makes the list. In addition, KACEY MUSGRAVES’ Pageant Material, due out June 23, also made the list.

LADY ANTEBELLUM is collaborating with another Electronic Dance Music artist. This time Audien has asked the trio to join him on a song. It’s not known whether the tune will appear on the EDM artist’s next album or an upcoming Lady A project. As you know, the trio collaborated with EDM artist Zedd at the CMT Music Awards last week.

Rumors suggest SAM HUNT and former Bachelorette star Andi Dorfman are dating. The two were seen getting cozy after Sam’s performance at the CMA Music Festival and Andi recently called off her engagement, further fueling the speculation.

LITTLE BIG TOWN posted on Facebook that band member Jimi Westbrook has a polyp on his vocal cords. Therefore the band have canceled all performances through July 30 so he can undergo surgery next week and have plenty of time to recover.

Contrary to reports, TRACE ADKINS and Rhonda have not called off their impending divorce. In fact, the couple have agreed in principal to the legal aspects and now simply face court approval.

COLE SWINDELL is at work on his sophomore album.

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DATEBOOK: JUNE 19, 2015

This is day 170 of 2015. There are 195 days remaining.

BIRTHDAYS

• Gena Rowlands is 85

• Phylicia Rashad is 67

• Ann Wilson of Heart is 65

• Kathleen Turner is 61

• Paula Abdul is 53

• Mia Sara (Ferris Bueller’s Day Off) is 48

• Jean Dujardin (The Artist) is 43

• Poppy Montgomery (Without a Trace) is 40

• Zoe Saldana is 37

• Macklemore is 32

• Paul Dano is 31

IT HAPPENED TODAY

• 1846: The first baseball game under recognizable modern rules was played in Hoboken, New Jersey.

• 1865: Over two years after the Emancipation Proclamation, slaves in Galveston, Texas, were finally informed of their freedom. The anniversary is still officially celebrated in Texas and 13 other contiguous states as Juneteenth.

• 1910: The first Father’s Day was celebrated in Spokane, Washington.

• 1941: General Mills in Minneapolis created a new dry breakfast cereal called Cheerie Oats. The name was later shortened to Cheerios.

• 1967: Catherine Murphy of Bonsall, California, became the first female golfer to play 150 holes without resting.

• 1978: The Garfield comic strip debuts. It would grow to over $1 billion in revenue within over 110 countries.

• 1987: Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream and the Grateful Dead’s Jerry Garcia announced a new ice cream flavor: Cherry Garcia.

• 1993: Toronto police reported that a business burglar had left a thumb print in the owner’s Silly Putty.

• 2005: An Arkansas, man survived with only minor injuries when a car skidded into his bedroom, rolled him up in his mattress and sprayed gasoline through his home. Ricky May of Pine Bluff was pinned under the Ford Taurus.

• 2006: Prime ministers of several northern European nations participated in a ceremonial “laying of the first stone” at the Svalbard Global Seed Vault in Spitsbergen, Norway.

SPECIAL EVENTS

• National Flip Flop Day

• Work@Home Father’s Day

• Martini Day

UPCOMING

• June 21: Father’s Day (Sunday)

• June 21: Summer begins (Sunday, 12:38PM Eastern)

• July 4: Independence Day (Saturday)

More holidays

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DATEBOOK WEEKEND

SATURDAY, JUNE 20

• Martin Landau is 87. Olympia Dukakis is 84. Danny Aiello is 82. John Mahoney (Frasier) is 75. Brian Wilson of the Beach Boys is 73. Anne Murray is 70. Bob Vila is 69. Lionel Richie is 66. John Goodman is 63. Michael Anthony (Van Halen) is 61. John Taylor of Duran Duran is 55. Nicole Kidman is 48. Dan Tyminski of Alison Krauss and Union Station is 48. Josh Lucas (Sweet Home Alabama is 44. Drummer Chris Thompson of The Eli Young Band is 35. Singer Grace Potter of Grace Potter and the Nocturnals is 32.

• American Eagle Day; World Juggling Day; Ice Cream Soda Day; Vanilla Milkshake Day

SUNDAY, JUNE 21

• Bernie Kopell (The Love Boat) is 82. Ray Davies of The Kinks is 71. Meredith Baxter (Family Ties) is 68. Michael Gross (Family Ties) is 68. Joey Kramer of Aerosmith is 65. Nils Lofgren is 64. Kathy Mattea is 56. Doug Savant (Desperate Housewives, Melrose Place) is 51. Juliette Lewis is 42. Chris Pratt is 36. Kris Allen (American Idol) is 30. Singer Rebecca Black is 18.

• Father’s Day; Alzheimer’s Awareness Day; International Yoga Day; Go Skateboarding Day

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