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DATEBOOK: JULY 6, 2015

This is day 187 of 2015. There are 178 days remaining.

BIRTHDAYS

• Former First Lady Nancy Reagan is 94

• Ned Beatty (Rudy, Homicide: Life on the Street, Deliverance) is 78

• Burt Ward (old Batman & Robin TV show) is 70

• Sylvester Stallone is 69

• Former U.S. President George W. Bush is 69

• Former NFL player turned actor Fred Dryer (Hunter) is 69

• Shelley Hack is 68

• Geoffrey Rush (Pirates of the Caribbean movies) is 64

• Allyce Beasley (Agnes DiPesto on Moonlighting) is 64

• Grant Goodeve (Eight is Enough) is 63

• Brian Van Holt is 46

• TV host Josh Elliott is 44

• 50 Cent is 40

• Kevin Hart is 36

• Eva Green (Penny Dreadful) is 35

IT HAPPENED TODAY

• 1785: The dollar was unanimously chosen as the monetary unit for the United States.

• 1854: The first official meeting of the Republican Party took place in Jackson, Michigan.

• 1928: The first all-talking movie feature, The Lights of New York, was shown in New York.

• 1933: Baseball’s first All-Star game was held at Chicago’s Comiskey Park. The American League beat the National League 4-2.

• 1942: Anne Frank and her family went into hiding in the “Secret Annexe” above her father’s office in an Amsterdam warehouse.

• 1944: Fire broke out in the main tent of the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus in Hartford, Connecticut, killing 169 people.

• 1947: The AK-47 went into production in the Soviet Union.

• 1955: America’s first seat belt law was signed, in Illinois.

• 1957: Teenagers John Lennon and Paul McCartney met for the first time at a church in Liverpool, England, following a performance by Lennon’s band, the Quarrymen.

• 1957: Althea Gibson won the Wimbledon championships, becoming the first black athlete to do so.

• 1997: The rover Sojourner rolled down a ramp from the Mars Pathfinder lander onto the Martian landscape to begin inspecting soil and rocks.

• 1998: Singing cowboy star Roy Rogers died at age 86.

• 2004: Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry chose former rival John Edwards, a North Carolina senator, to be his running mate.

• 2005: New York Times reporter Judith Miller was jailed after refusing to testify before a grand jury investigating the leak of an undercover CIA operative’s name. She was jailed for 85 days before agreeing to testify.

• 2010: Lindsay Lohan was sentenced to 90 days in jail and 90 days in a residential substance-abuse program for violating her probation stemming from two separate 2007 cases of driving under the influence of cocaine and alcohol. (She served 14 days behind bars.)

SPECIAL EVENTS

• Nude Recreation Week

• International Kissing Day

• Take Your Webmaster to Lunch Day

• Fried Chicken Day

UPCOMING

• July 14: MLB All-Star Game

• September 7: Labor Day

• September 10: NFL season begins (Steelers at Patriots)

More holidays

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NUMBER FOR THE DAY

4 million: Miles of roads in the U.S.

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NEWS ATTACK!

A dinosaur was number one at the weekend box office. [I know what you’re thinking, but no, I wasn’t referring to Arnold Schwarzenegger’s new Terminator movie.]

Fidel Castro made a rare public appearance. [Well, how long can YOU go without a McFlurry?]

Two days after a daring daytime bank robbery New York City Police arrested the suspect who is accused of pulling off the heist while confined to a wheelchair. [He would have gotten away with it until a sharp-eyed citizen wondered what were the chances that there were two wheelchairs with spinners and ground effects lighting.]

The pope says that he doesn’t think that the Church should have rulers for life. [The comment left both the Bush family and the Clinton family totally confused.]

The American women’s soccer team won the World Cup. [Which means that for the next four years they get to travel all across American explaining to people exactly what it is that they won.]

That woman who keeps sneaking onto airplanes has been released from jail. [But I don’t think that she’s learned her lesson. She was last seen buying tour guides of Havana.]

The rival CEOs of T-Mobile and Sprint had a heated exchange. It took place on Twitter. [Well, at their companies’ prices you didn’t think that they’d be dumb enough to phone each other did you?]

Billy Joel got married on July 4th. [Not exactly my idea of celebrating independence.]

The gigantic observation wheel called the Orlando Eye malfunctioned, stranding passengers aboard the contraption for three hours. [They passed the time by looking down at the people stuck in highway traffic for three hours.]

A Pennsylvania Victoria’s Secret has been robbed of merchandise four times since February. [Just how many girlfriends is this guy seeing?]

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NEWS & NUGGETS

U.S. WOMEN’S SOCCER TEAM WINS RECORD THIRD TITLE _ America had more to celebrate than just its independence this holiday weekend. Its women’s soccer team won the Women’s World Cup final in Vancouver on Sunday, defeating Japan by a score of 5-2. This marks a record third World Cup title for the U.S. women’s national team.

… U.S. team captain Carli Lloyd rewrote the Women’s World Cup record book with three goals in the first 16 minutes as the United States took a 4-1 lead at halftime of the final against Japan on Sunday.

… Lloyd set records for the fastest goal and became the first woman to score a hat trick in the World Cup final. She also was the third American woman to score a hat trick in any World Cup match, joining Michelle Akers and Carin Jennings Gabarra, both of which came during the 1991 tournament.

… Lloyd’s hat trick was the fastest in women’s or men’s World Cup history. Lloyd is also the first American to score goals in four straight World Cup matches.

WORLD’S OLDEST PERSON IS 116 TODAY _ Happy birthday to Brooklyn (New York) resident Susannah Mushatt Jones, the world’s oldest person. What are her secrets to longevity? She doesn’t call them secrets but Jones eats four strips of bacon for breakfast every morning, along with eggs and grits. Though Jones goes to bed around 7 PM every night and sleeps for about 10 hours, she still spends most of the day napping on and off in the living room. A relative says “she doesn’t communicate much,” but she always perks up when family members come over on Sundays for dinner, which is usually a BBQ feast.

… Susannah is blind, partially deaf, cannot say much and uses a wheelchair. She only takes high-blood pressure medication and a multivitamin. She became blind from glaucoma when she was 100. She has refused cataract surgery and a recommended pacemaker.

… Jones was the third-oldest of 11 siblings, born and raised in in Alabama. An aspiring teacher, she moved to New York City in 1923, where she ended up taking care of the children of wealthy families. Though married for a short time, she didn’t have kids, and so she always treated the ones she watched over as if they were her own.

WIFE CARRYING WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS _ A couple from Finland won the 20th edition of the World Wife Carrying Championships in Sweden, an event where men race around a track carrying a woman. Ville Parvaianen, who also won the event last year, but with a different partner, carried his female teammate around the 275 yard sand track in 1 minute and 2 seconds. The track includes a one-metre deep water obstacle. Another Finnish duo came in second; a Russian couple finished third.

… Forty-eight couples from a dozen countries completed the race. According to the rules, contestants do not have to be married, but the female teammate has to weigh at least 108 pounds and be at least 17 years old.

AMERICA, YOU HAVE A NEW HOT DOG-EATING CHAMPION _ Matt Stonie upset Joey “Jaws” Chestnut to win the July Fourth hot dog eating contest at Nathan’s Famous in Coney Island, breaking Chestnut’s bid for a ninth straight victory. Stonie, who finished second last year, downed 62 hot dogs and buns on Saturday, beating Chestnut by two. Both are from San Jose, California. The next closest competitor ate 32 hot dogs.

CHERRY SPITTING CONTEST _ At the 42nd Annual International Cherry Spitting Contest in Michigan on Saturday Kevin Bartz won with a winning distance of 48 feet, 8 inches.

RUNNING OF THE BULLS THIS WEEK _ The fiestas of San Fermin are celebrated this week in Pamplona, Spain and tomorrow (Tuesday) begins the world-famous Running of the Bulls.

… Spanish tradition says the true origin of the run began in northeastern Spain during the early 14th century. While transporting cattle in order to sell them at the market, men would try to speed the process by hurrying their cattle using tactics of fear and excitement. After years of this practice, the transportation and hurrying began to turn into a competition, as young adults would attempt to race in front of the bulls and make it safely to their pens without being overtaken. When the popularity of this practice increased and was noticed more and more by the expanding population of Spanish cities, a tradition was created.

WOMAN SUES MIAMI MARLINS AFTER ‘SHARK’ ATTACK _ A woman is suing the Miami Marlins baseball team after she says she sustained significant injuries and an impaired ability to work following a “shark attack” at a a 2013 baseball game. Beth Fedornak says that she was at a baseball game when a mascot, Bob the Shark, proceeded to “bite” her on the head. Fedornak says she felt “immediate” pain in her neck after the mascot dressed as a giant blue shark hit her with his foam and rubber jaws on the top of the head. Beth claims she has sustained over $86,000 in medical expenses from the incident, and that the “shark attack” has impaired her ability to work.

SERENA AND VENUS WILLIAMS TO BATTLE AT WIMBLEDON _ Women are ruling sports right now. On Sunday the US Women’s Soccer Team won the World cup and today (Monday) Serena Williams and her sister, Venus Williams, will go head-to-head in a fourth round matchup at Wimbledon. This will be the 26th time the Williams sisters will be meeting each other on the court. Serena has won most of the matches that they’ve played against each other (14-11).

… Though Serena is the favorite to win, the two sisters may be more evenly matched than one would expect. Elder sister Venus Williams is going through a comeback of sorts at the ripe old age of 35. She’s moved from 103 to 16 in the global rankings over the last four years while battling the ravages of a debilitating autoimmune disease. Wimbledon was the site of Venus’ last title, so this may be her last chance to win one.

GIRL PULLS OUT HER OWN TOOTH WITH A SLINGBOW _ The tooth fairy is a friend to all children losing their baby teeth but one girl obviously felt she needed to earn the money under the pillow. And yanking her loose tooth using a slingbow most definitely beats the classic door handle trick. Not only did she successfully extract her tooth but also hit the cardboard target. • VIDEO

WATER JET PACK GUY WAS SUNDAY’S TOUR DE FRANCE WINNER _ Germany’s Andre Greipel won the second stage of the Tour de France Sunday. But the overall leader was clearly the guy who soared above the competition for a minute or so on a water jet pack while riding a bike. • VIDEO

U.S. ARMY BACON AND SUNSCREEN FOUND BURIED AT SALISBURY PLAIN _ Archeologists unearthed several tins filled with U.S. Army bacon and sunscreen at Salisbury Plain, England, home of the famous Stonehenge ruins. Salisbury Plain has been a British military training ground since the early 20th century, but U.S. military forces staged there in preparation for the 1944 invasion of Nazi-occupied France during World War II. Archeologists found at least 16 tins marked “U.S. Cream Sunburn Preventive.”

WHAT DRIVERS TWEETED TO SUICIDAL WOMAN ON BRIDGE _ Drivers in a London suburb weren’t exactly sympathetic over the weekend to a suicidal woman who blocked traffic for two hours as emergency crews tried talking her down. Amid the delay (in Sunbury, Surrey) angry tweets came rolling out:

  • “Tell her to get on with it,” wrote one Twitter user to the police force’s account. “Bloody ruining everyone’s weekend. Sat in this for an hour and a half now.”
  • “To the person causing traffic jam on the M3/ A31, you selfish, selfish tw*t.”
  • “Surrey police, can’t you rubber bullet the jumper on M3/ A316 and get the traffic moving? Or get net ready and charge her? Ridiculous.”

… Eventually first responders saved the woman.

PARENTS NOT TOO HAPPY ABOUT ZOMBIES AT PARADE _ Thousands of cities and towns celebrated Independence Day with a parade — most with the usual marching bands, grand marshals and floats. But the LibertyFest parade in Edmond, Oklahoma, had some parents complaining. Representative entries of a few Oklahoma haunted houses and a hearse car club rode through the parade carrying scary creatures, including zombies. One parent said, “We were kind of ticked off ’cause it’s not what we were there for.” Several other parents shared those concerns on Facebook.

… James Fox, who had a haunted float in the parade, said from his view the reactions were different. According to those on the float, most people were smiling and waving back at them. And they aren’t sorry for their entry because they said they were in the commercial float section, just like other businesses advertising do.

FACEBOOK PHOTO REUNITES MOM WITH SON LOST FOR 15 YEARS _ The last time Hope Holland saw her son, Jonathan, he was 3. For 15 years she never gave up her dream of being reunited with her youngest son, who was kidnapped by his father, who shared legal custody, and taken to Mexico. On Wednesday, that long-awaited reunion happened, as the Campbell, California, woman wrapped her arms around her now-18-year-old — and it’s all because of a Facebook photo.

… In January, Holland she was signing up for a webinar on Facebook when a picture of two little boys taking a bath caught her eye. She realized it was her children. Jonathan is the person who posted the photo on Facebook last year. He posted the childhood pic with his brother hoping that somehow his mother, who he had no memory of, or brother would find him.

… Holland began checking out her son Jonathan’s Facebook page and messaged someone who was looking at the same photos she was scrolling through. That person put her in touch with Jonathan, and three days later they spoke on the phone for the first time. They talked for 80 minutes, and during their second conversation, her son brought up the idea of meeting her.

… Jonathan will spend two months with his mother before heading back to Mexico to finish his senior year of high school but plans to return to California after graduation.

‘CANDY BOMBER’ DROPS SWEETS OVER UTAH _ A pilot who delivered candy to children in Berlin at the end of World War II parachuted sweets down to Orem, Utah, to celebrate Independence Day. 94-year-old Gail Halvorsen, also known as the “Candy Bomber,” dropped 1,000 chocolate bars attached to tiny parachutes at a park on Friday. He flew over the area three times before releasing the cargo into the hands of the children below. An estimated 50,000 people stood in 100-degree temperatures to watch the 4PM drop. Halvorsen flew in a fixed-wing bomber from World War II with two escort planes attending.

… Halvorsen, a Salt Lake City native, grew up as a farm boy in Utah and Idaho before earning his private pilot’s license in 1941. He joined the Civil Air Patrol and later the United States Army Air Corps in 1942. During World War II, he was assigned to fly transport operations in the South Atlantic Theater.

SCHOOL CUSTODIAN GETS NEW HOUSE THANKS TO STUDENTS _ After years of taking care of her school, a custodian got the thank you of a lifetime. Brenda Hurst, who’s been the head custodian at Boiling Springs High School in South Carolina, for the last 20 years, lost her house to fire last year. The home had been in her family since it was built in the 1900s, and the only thing that survived the fire was her family bible.

… Boiling Springs High School’s principal immediately called the student council and staff members to see what they could do. One of the students, student body president Alexis Ork, said she immediately knew what she wanted to do when the principal told her what happened: give her a new home. Ork talked to her student council advisor, and the school soon came together to start raising money towards buying Hurst a mobile home.

… Students and staff started getting sponsors, but after Mike Ravan, executive director of United Carpenters for Christ in Spartanburg, South Carolina, read about Hurst’s story, he called the principal and offered to help build Hurst a new home.

… With donations from the school and community and help from volunteers, Carpenters for Christ was able to build and furnish a new home for Hurst.

MAN SHOOTS OFF FIREWORK FROM TOP OF HIS HEAD, DIES _ A man in Maine who was drinking and celebrating the Fourth of July tried to launch a firework off the top of his head, fatally injuring himself. Devon Staples and his friends had been drinking and setting off fireworks Saturday night in the backyard of a friend’s home. The 22-year-old placed a fireworks mortar tube on his head and set it off. The firework exploded, killing Staples instantly.

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WACKY-BUT-TRUE

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: POLISH MAN ‘LOST’ INSIDE AIRPORT FOR 18 DAYS _ The strange tale of Robert Wladyslaw Parzelski, a 44-year-old Polish man who got “lost” inside São Paulo’s international airport for 18 days, has captivated Brazilian newspaper readers and drawn comparisons with Steven Spielberg’s 2004 comedy The Terminal. In the film a native of the fictitious country Krakozhia finds himself marooned inside New York’s John F. Kennedy international airport after authorities sever diplomatic ties with his war-torn homeland. The character, played by Tom Hanks, enjoys a lengthy but action-packed stay at JFK.

… The real-life story of Robert Wladyslaw Parzelski, a London-based car electrician, got off to a more mundane start. Parzelski reportedly arrived in São Paulo on June 17 onboard British Airways flight 247. The tourist slipped easily through customs, but without a return flight, a word of Portuguese or a penny to his name, Parzelski decided not to venture outside. Instead, he set up camp on a concrete bench inside the airport and waited, supposedly for a friend who had agreed to meet him there, but never came. Alone and unable to communicate with others Parzelski did his best to make himself comfortable.

… Concerned airport cleaners began caring for the man, bringing him daily servings of water, yogurt and cigarettes. Two empty bottles of vodka and an improvised toilet were located on airport property. Once clean-shaved, Parzelski’s beard began to grow.

… Several days into his stay, Parzelski’s story drew the attention of the newspaper. With airport police and officials seemingly uninterested in their Polish guest, the newspaper called on a 70-year-old Polish doctor from São Paulo to get to the bottom of Parzelski’s bizarre story.

After a quick chat with the doctor on June 30 — Parzelski’s first conversation in more than 10 days — his story began to emerge. He was a father of five from Krakow who had moved to London with his family seeking work as a builder. When he lost his job during the economic crisis, a Polish friend in London proposed a trip to Brazil. He accepted.

… With the case still shrouded in mystery, Parzelski finally left Brazil on Tuesday afternoon, onboard a Swiss Air flight bound for Zurich. From there he was going back to London.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: MAN STUCK IN CHIMNEY _ Firefighters from the Phoenix (Arizona) Fire Department rescued a man stuck in a chimney. The man got stuck inside the chimney after he was locked out of his home by his own friends, who were playing an Independence Day prank on him. Firefighters used sledgehammers and drills to break into the chimney and get the man out safely.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: BRITISH WOMAN SLEEPWALKS HALF-MILE INTO THE SEA _ A 39-year-old British woman sleepwalked straight into the sea — and only woke up when she swallowed a mouthful of seawater. Before sleepwalking in the sea she first sleepwalked more than half a mile to the beach. After she awoke she walked out of the surf — and her disoriented cries for help were luckily heard by a nearby hotel employee.

… The woman says she used to sleepwalk regularly, but the last time was when she was 13.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: THIEF TAKES PIC, LEAVES BEHIND CAMERA _ A German thief effectively signed his own arrest warrant after photographing himself at the scene of a crime and accidentally leaving the pictures for police to discover. Police said the youth stole a digital camera during a break-in and took the photos before discarding the device nearby.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: MAN BUSTED FOR PRETENDING TO BE WOMAN _ A young Russian man who dressed in women’s clothes to sit in on an exam for his sister was caught after his oversize gut gave him away.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: WIFE FORCED TO WALK STREETS IN UNDERWEAR _ A man in China has apologized to his wife after he forced her to walk the streets wearing only underwear because he heard rumors she was having an affair.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: LARGE WAVE WASHES OUT TOWN’S FIREWORKS DISPLAY _ A large wave washed out the Fourth of July fireworks show in a Jersey shore community. Seaside Heights officials say a wave ran so far up the shore on Saturday night that it soaked all the fireworks set up on the beach. Town officials say the fireworks were set up closer to the surf than usual this year in an effort to satisfy state regulations requiring spectators be kept a specific distance away from the fireworks.

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ON TELEVISION

MLB BASEBALL (7p ET, NBC) — The St. Louis Cardinals head to Chicago to take on the Cubs.

SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE (8p ET, FOX) — Callbacks continue in Las Vegas as the judges pick the 10 Stage dancers and the 10 Street dancers in the Top 20 in this new, 2-hour edition.

THE BACHELORETTE (8p ET, ABC) — Kaitlyn and Ben visit Innisfallen Island in this new, 2-hour edition.

2 BROKE GIRLS (8p ET, CBS) — Repeat

SEASON PREMIERE: PENN AND TELLER: FOOL US (8p ET, CW) — Penn and Teller are back for a second season trying to figure out the tricks of these pro magicians.

MIKE & MOLLY (8:30p ET, CBS) — Repeat

SCORPION (9p ET, CBS) — Repeat

WHOSE LINE IS IT ANYWAY? (9p ET, CW) — This new edition features Penn and Teller.

MAJOR CRIMES (9p ET, TNT) — New

RETURN OF THE GREAT WHITE SERIAL KILLER (9p ET, Discovery) — Shark Week (which kicked off last night) continues with this new special where experts try to learn why great white shark attacks occur at Surf Beach, Calif., every two years.

CEDRIC’S BARBER BATTLE (9:30p ET, CW) — New

NCIS: LOS ANGELES (10p ET, CBS) — Repeat

THE WHISPERS (10p ET, ABC) — New

UNREAL (10p ET, Lifetime) — New

MURDER IN THE FIRST (10p ET, TNT) — New

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ENTERTAINMENT

TERMINATOR: GENISYS WINS LOOONG HOLIDAY WEEKEND _ Today you’ll hear that Jurassic World won at the weekend box office once again — and it did. But what no one else is remembering — except me — is that Terminator: Genisys opened on Wednesday.

… The simple story is that Jurassic World made another $30.9 million Friday-Sunday. It was a box office weekend made for famlies since lots of parents who normally would work Friday and/or Saturday had one or both days off. And if you’re going to take your kid to an action movie on a holiday weekend you’re more likely to see Jurassic World — not Terminator. Over the same Friday-Sunday period Terminator made about $29 million. So, yeah, Jurassic Word won the weekend.

… But here’s why Terminator: Genisys — while not blowing the doors off theaters — did better than everyone else is saying (not great, just better). It opened Wednesday, meaning Arnold fans who couldn’t wait to see humans battling robots probably didn’t wait around until the weekend. They saw Terminator on opening day, or Thursday night when they didn’t have to get up early Friday. Remember, Friday for many Americans was a holiday.

… Here are the numbers that count: Wednesday through Sunday Terminator: Genisys made $44.1 million. Over the same time period Jurassic World made $43.6 million. If T:G opened Friday it would be the No. 1 movie today.

IS TOM CRUISE LEAVING SCIENTOLOGY? _ Tom Cruise is reportedly leaving Scientology, and the reason behind this shocking decision is his daughter, Suri Cruise. Is it true? Well, the source is Star magazine. The tabloid says a source told it that a recent phone call with his daughter lead to the actor’s decision. The insider told Star: “She was going on and on about her ballet class and how much she loves it. That’s when Tom realized he’s never seen her perform ballet and he started to tear up. It hit him that she’s growing up before his eyes and he’s not there to witness most of it. They talk on the phone and video chat, but it’s not the same.”

… The insider claims: “Tom has been under tremendous pressure where Suri and Katie are concerned because the church doesn’t want him close to them. They can’t stand that their own poster boy isn’t raising his child in the church. If they label Suri a suppressive person (a Scientology term for an enemy of the church), as they’ve been known to do with dissenters, that would make it hard for Tom to have a relationship with her. He’s between a rock and a hard place, but he’s finally making a choice to put his daughter first.”

TAYLOR SWIFT PARTIES WITH FRIENDS OVER THE 4TH _ How did you spend your July 4th weekend? It probably was a lot like Taylor Swift’s, right? The pop star gathered a bunch of her famous friends and brought them to her mansion in Rhode Island. There was cooking and swimming and onesies and snuggling.

ASHTON KUTCHER AND MILA KUNIS ARE MARRIED _ Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis are married. People magazine reports the stars tied the knot over the weekend. Reps have not yet responded to requests for comment.

… Kutcher, 37, and Kunis, 31, met while playing love interests on the Fox sitcom, which ran from 1998 to 2006.

BILLY JOEL MARRIES _ Singer Billy Joel married girlfriend Alexis Roderick in a surprise ceremony July 4th weekend in New York. Apparently, guests thought they were showing up to an Independence Day party and got shocked with a wedding instead.

… The singer, 66, and Roderick, 33 — an accomplished equestrian and a former Morgan Stanley executive — have been together since 2009 and are expecting their first child, a little girl, this summer.

EXTENDED TRAILER FOR SHARKNADO 3 IS HERE _ What could go wrong with a movie starring David Hasselhoff, Ann Coulter, Kendra Wilkinson — and Mark Cuban as the President of the U.S.? Of course I’m referring to the Sharknado 3 movie, which finally has an extended trailer. Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No is due out July 22 on the Syfy Channel. This time the sharks blow into Washington D.C. and Orlando, Florida. • TRAILER

SIMON COWELL’S MOM HAS DIED _ Julie Cowell, the mother of Simon Cowell, passed away on Sunday. She was 89.

JENNIFER LAWRENCE AND CHRIS MARTIN SPEND WEEKEND TOGETHER _ What split rumors? Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Martin put reports that they had broken up to rest as they spending the Fourth of July weekend together in New York City. Lawrence, 24, and Martin, 38, were spotted walking near Central Park in Manhattan on Friday. A tweeter also saw the couple on Saturday riding bikes in a park.

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BITS & BREAKS

TOP TEN MOVIES

  1. Jurassic World, $30.9 million
  2. Inside Out, $30.1 million
  3. Terminator: Genisys, $28.7 million
  4. Magic Mike XXL, $11.6 million
  5. Ted 2, $11 million
  6. Max, $6.6 million
  7. Spy, $5.5 million
  8. San Andreas, $3 million
  9. Me and Earl and the Dying Girl, $1.3 million
  10. Dope, $1 million

… One year ago this week the number one movie was Transformers: Age of Extinction.

… Five years ago this week the number one movie was The Twilight Saga: Eclipse.

… Ten years ago this week the number one movie was War of the Worlds.

… Twenty years ago this week the number one movie was Apollo 13.

IN THEATERS FRIDAY

MINIONS (PG)

Minions Stuart, Kevin and Bob are recruited by Scarlet Overkill, a super-villain who, alongside her inventor husband Herb, hatches a plot to take over the world.

• Sandra Bullock, Jon Hamm, Michael Keaton, Allison Janney, Steve Coogan, Steve Carell
• Links: websitetrailerreviews

SELF/LESS (PG-13)

An extremely wealthy man, dying from cancer, undergoes a radical medical procedure that transfers his consciousness into the body of a healthy young man. But all is not as it seems when he starts to uncover the mystery of the body’s origin and the organization that will kill to protect its cause.

• Ryan Reynolds, Ben Kingsley, Natalie Martinez
• Links: websitetrailerreviews

THE GALLOWS (R)

20 years after a horrific accident during a small town school play, students at the school resurrect the failed show in a misguided attempt to honor the anniversary of the tragedy – but soon discover that some things are better left alone.

• Reese Mishler, Pfeifer Brown
• Links: websitetrailerreviews

WEEKLY HOT LIST

Courtesy of morning show talent coach Steve Reynolds. The Hot List is made up of the topics everyone knows about.

  1. July Fourth Holiday
  2. Summer Vacations
  3. Women’s World Cup
  4. Donald Trump
  5. Shark Week
  6. Shark Attacks
  7. Magic Mike XXL
  8. Greece
  9. Joey Chestnut Loses
  10. Ben Affleck Divorce
  11. Miss USA Pageant
  12. Jim Carrey
  13. Billy Joel
  14. Confederate Flag
  15. Wimbledon
  16. George Takei
  17. Bobbi Kristina
  18. Dalai Lama

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FUN & GAMES

TRIVIA: The Chesterfield cigarette company was the first to use what in its advertising? (A woman)

NEWS QUIZ!

If your only source of news is TMZ, you won’t win…

• In a new survey it was revealed that 4 in 10 American think these wild animals once lived at the same time as humans. (Dinosaurs)

• Walt Disney banned the use of this popular photography accessory. (Selfie stick)

• First Lady Michelle Obama announced that people taking tours of the White House would now be allowed to do what? (Take photos)

• After announcing he is running for president, many Twitter users decided to fat-shame this guy. (Chris Christie)

• This popular Hollywood couple announced they would be getting a divorce. (Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck)

• Taco Bell began selling donut holes that were sprinkled with what? (Cap’n Crunch Berry cereal crumbs)

• NASCAR asked fans to stop bringing these to races. (Confederate flags)

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JOKE OF THE DAY

A golfer stood over his tee shot for what seemed like an eternity. He was looking up, looking down, measuring the distance, and figuring out the wind direction and speed. He was driving his partner nuts. Finally, his exasperated partner said, “What’s taking so long? Hit the blasted ball!” The guy answered, “My wife is up there watching me from the clubhouse. I want to make this a perfect shot.” “Forget it man,” his partner says, “you’ll never hit her from here!”

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VIDEO OF THE DAY

Little boy’s slam dunk celebration gets cut short.

https://youtu.be/k3C9IZO7X_4

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IMAGE OF THE DAY

“I’m not only the mainframe at Cybernet, I’m also a client.”


Source: interprep

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• 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.

• Mac users: get the fantastic Forecast Bar.

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COUNTRY DATEBOOK: JULY 6, 2015

• 1963: BOBBY BARE entered the charts with his first Top Ten single, Detroit City.

1978: TAMMY WYNETTE married George Richey.

1991: ALAN JACKSON began the first of three weeks at the top of the Billboard Country Singles Chart with Don’t Rock The Jukebox.

1993: REBA MCENTIRE’s album Whoever’s In New England was certified platinum. Hits included the title track and Little Rock.

1998: Singing cowboy star ROY ROGERS died at his home in Apple Valley, California, at age 86.

2006: KRIS KRISTOFFERSON and WAYLON JENNINGS were inducted into Hollywood’s RockWalk. Kris left his handprints in the cement outside the Sunset Boulevard Guitar Center in Los Angeles. The two were immortalized next to exhibits of JOHNNY CASH, Elvis Presley and others.

2008: KIX BROOKS ran with the bulls in Pamplona, Spain.

2009: LADY ANTEBELLUM’s Charles Kelley married Nashville music publicist Cassie McConnell in the Bahamas.

2012: DARIUS RUCKER made a surprise appearance on the Grand Ole Opry, performing Wagon Wheel with Old Crow Medicine Show.

2013: TOBY KEITH raised $2 million for tornado relief with a concert at Oklahoma Memorial Stadium in Norman. He was joined by GARTH BROOKS, RONNIE DUNN, WILLIE NELSON, TRISHA YEARWOOD, MEL TILLIS, KELLIE COFFEY, JOHN ANDERSON and Sammy Hagar.

Grand Ole Opry member JEANNIE SEELY is 75. She scored 14 hits on the Billboard Country Singles chart from 1966-1974 including Don’t Touch Me and Wish I Didn’t Have To Miss You.

NANCI GRIFFITH is 62

JOHN JORGENSON (Desert Rose Band) is 59

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COUNTRY AUDIO

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

REBA McENTIRE jokes the Vegas show set list with RONNIE DUNN. » download page

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COUNTRY MUSIC NEWS

LADY ANTEBELLUM has released the music video for their latest single, Long Stretch of Love. • LINK

JENNIFER NETTLES can now add “jewelry designer” to her resume, thanks to her new line of accessories through American West Jewelry. The SUGARLAND singer put her signature touch on a small collection of unique earrings, bracelets, rings and more, featuring sterling silver, brass and turquoise.

TRISHA YEARWOOD says Mattel will make a Barbie Doll modeled after her and that GARTH BROOKS has received a prototype of an action figure of himself. She says if he goes for the idea, his doll and her doll will definitely be dating.

In the wake of Donald Trump’s remarks about Mexicans last week, CRAIG WAYNE BOYD has joined the list of performers and hosts who have pulled out of performing on the Miss USA Pageant, set for July 12.

BLAKE SHELTON may be on Forbes’ list as half of one of the Richest Couples, but he’s not above mowing his own lawn. Blake tweeted last week that he was mowing with a push mower and that it’s a pretty big yard.

SCOTTY McCREERY says his favorite baseball stadium is Fenway Park in Boston because of its long history and the fact he’s a die-hard Red Sox fan. Other stadiums on his top five list are Wrigley Field in Chicago (Cubs); Turner Field in Atlanta (Braves); Globe Life Park in Texas (Rangers); and City Field in New York (Mets).

Newcomer DRAKE WHITE (It Feels Good) is excited about opening shows for LITTLE BIG TOWN this fall on their Painkiller Tour. Drake says he’s humbled to be asked by a group like Little Big Town because they take everyone into consideration. He’s looking forward to honing his live show before releasing his debut album in the coming months.

JANIE FRICKE has turned her love of textiles and fabric into a second career. The Janie Fricke Collection is available in boutiques nationwide and for wholesale at her website, janiefricke.com. Items include pillows, throws and table runners with each of the fabrics being personally selected by the singer.

Thirty-five years ago this week GEORGE JONES’ He Stopped Loving Her Today became a No. 1 song. At the time, George didn’t think the song would become a hit. In his autobiography, George shares that he told his producer, “Nobody will by that morbid [song].”

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DATEBOOK: JULY 7, 2015

This is day 188 of 2015. There are 177 days remaining.

BIRTHDAYS

• Bandleader Doc Severinsen is 88

• Ringo Starr is 75

• Joe Spano (Hill St. Blues, Apollo 13, NCIS) is 69

• Shelley Duvall (Popeye’s Olive Oyl, The Shining) is 66

• Billy Campbell (Once and Again) is 56

• Jim Gaffigan is 49

• Amy Carlson (Blue Bloods) is 47

• Jorja Fox (CSI) is 47

• Hamish Linklater (The New Adventures of Old Christine) is 39

• Figure skater Michelle Kwan is 35

IT HAPPENED TODAY

• 1863: The United States began its first military draft; exemptions cost $100.

• 1865: Four conspirators in the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln were hanged.

• 1928: Sliced bread was sold for the first time by the Chillicothe Baking Company of Chillicothe, Missouri. It is described as “the greatest forward step in the baking industry since bread was wrapped”.

• 1930: Construction of the Boulder Dam — now known as the Hoover Dam — began.

• 1946: Howard Hughes nearly dies when his XF-11 spy plane prototype crashed in a Beverly Hills neighborhood.

• 1954: Elvis Presley made his radio debut when Memphis, Tennessee, station WHBQ played his first recording for Sun Records, That’s All Right.

• 1985: Boris Becker won the Wimbledon tennis title by defeating Kevin Curren. Becker became the youngest, the first German and the first unseeded player to win the title in the 108-year history of Wimbledon. Becker was only 17 years old at the time.

• 1999: The first lawsuit brought by a group of individual smokers made it to the trial stage. A jury in Miami held cigarette makers liable for marketing a dangerous product that causes deadly diseases. The jury held the tobacco industry liable for damages worth hundreds of billions of dollars.

• 2005: Terrorist bombings in three Underground stations and a double-decker bus killed 52 victims and four suicide bombers in the worst attack on London since World War II.

• 2007: Live Earth, a global series of concerts designed to raise environmental awareness, was held.

SPECIAL EVENTS

• Tell The Truth Day

• Global Forgiveness Day

• Father-Daughter Take A Walk Together Day

• Chocolate Day

• Macaroni Day

UPCOMING

• July 14: MLB All-Star Game

• September 7: Labor Day

• September 10: NFL season begins (Steelers at Patriots)

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