COUNTRY July 7, 2015

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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)

More holidays

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NUMBER FOR THE DAY

4.2: Percentage of American adults who use tanning beds.

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NEWS ATTACK!

China has turned several farms into earthquake-predicting stations. Breeders are asked to report any unusual animal behavior that may be the indication of an approaching earthquake. [For example, pigs becoming obsessive-compulsive, washing themselves over and over again.]

A thief dressed as an armored guard walked out of Walmart with $75,000. [You would think that Walmart employees would have become suspicious when he drove off in a Chevy Malibu.]

A Michigan woman goes to court today (Tuesday) after she was arrested for failing to renew her dog’s license. [Authorities discovered the lapse after the dog was pulled over for running a red light.]

In the UK a hotel guest had to be rescued by a hotel employee after she sleepwalked into the sea. [Then she pretended to fall back asleep to avoid tipping him.]

Rory McIlroy, the world’s number one golfer, is having to cancel tournament appearances after he completely ruptured an ankle ligament while playing soccer. [That was stupid. You don’t see Serena Williams risking injury by playing shortstop for the Yankees, do you?]

A new study finds that kids who smoke marijuana as an experiment are less likely to move on to harder drugs than kids who smoke marijuana out of boredom. [But my question is what if a kid gets bored with experimenting?]

Drones are getting popular on American farms now that the government has loosened restrictions. [“Old MacDonald had a joystick. E-I-E-I-O.”]

A visit to Starbucks will cost you more beginning today (Tuesday). [They added something new to their prices — a comma.]

Nabisco announced that Oreo Thins will become permanent on the U.S. market. They have less calories than regular Oreos. [Which I hope means that I will feel less guilt when I eat the entire bag.]

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NEWS & NUGGETS

WARREN BUFFETT UNLEASHES ANOTHER $2.8 BILLION DONATION _ In what has become an annual summer tradition, Warren Buffett has once again donated a breathtaking sum of money to charity. This year: more than $2.8 billion. Buffett announced the gift of over 20 million Berkshire Hathaway class b shares Monday. Berkshire Hathaway’s class b stock closed at $137.39 per share Thursday, making the gift worth $2.84 billion. He gave away about $2.8 billion last summer, and $2.6 billion the year before that.

… The major recipients are, as has been the tradition now for 10 years, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation as well as the foundations of Buffett’s family members — the Susan Thompson Buffett, Sherwood, Howard G. Buffett and NoVo Foundations.

… After the gift, Buffett still stands as the fourth-richest person in the world with a slightly decreased fortune of $64.5 billion.

STARBUCKS WILL COST MORE TODAY _ Starting today (Tuesday) Starbucks is raising its prices, from 5 cents to as much as 20 cents. With the price bump in most U.S. locations, a large coffee from Starbucks would cost $2.45.

CHALLENGE ACCEPTED: U.S.-JAPAN GIANT ROBOT BATTLE IS A GO _ A dozen movie and TV robot fantasies are about to become reality: Two giant robots, one from Japan and one from the United States, will battle until only one is left standing. Japanese robotics company Suidobashi Heavy Industries has accepted MegaBots’ challenge to a giant real, live giant robot battle. Both companies make multi-ton mech-style robots that are controlled by humans who ride inside. The face-off is a way for MegaBots to promote its newest mech, MegaBot Mark II, which the company calls “America’s first full-functional, giant piloted robot.” It has some pretty big guns that can shoot paintballs at a car-denting 100 mph.

… Suidobashi’s founder and CEO was surprised by the challenge but has responded with a video acceptance. The date of the giant robot battle is not known.

KAYAKER FISHES FOR GROUPER, CATCHES A SHARK INSTEAD _ Florida kayaker Ben Chancey was grouper fishing three miles off the Florida coast. He got a bite and spent some time trying to reel in a particularly large one when the fish broke free of the line. Unfortunately for Chancey there was a shark swimming nearby — a whole group of bull sharks, actually — just aching to get a bite of his bait once it was finally free. One chomped onto the free treat. The bull shark was an estimated 8½ feet long and 350 pounds — Chancey’s kayak is only 14 feet long. And so began a brief but terrifying battle between kayaker and shark. Only a few seconds in, as the shark pulled hard on his line and the fisherman yanked back on his end, it flipped over his kayak, sending the man right into shark-infested waters. Luckily, there was a larger boat nearby and Chancey went for it. After things settled down, he got back in the kayak and hooked the shark. • VIDEO

AMAZON’S BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION WILL BE BIGGER THAN BLACK FRIDAY _ To celebrate its 20th birthday, Amazon is introducing Prime Day, a “global shopping event” that the retail giant says will offer more deals than Black Friday. The deals will become available at midnight on July 15th, but will only be available to Amazon Prime customers in the US, the UK, Spain, Japan, Italy, Germany, France, Canada, and Austria. Amazon says new deals will be introduced as fast as every 10 minutes, and will come from every product category, from clothing to electronics.

OREOS THINS _ Oreos come in many shapes and sizes and Nabisco has a long tradition of creating new variations. Enjoyed in more than 100 countries, the classic chocolate cookie with the white frosting inside has come in some offbeat flavors like blueberry and green tea ice cream. Now a new Oreo is getting a skinnier look, but losing the twist. On Monday, July 13, Oreo Thins will hit the market. It actually looks like regular Oreos and has a similar cookie-to-filling ratio. But Oreo Thins has 140 calories, compared with 160 calories for three regular Oreos. Nabisco Mondelez International Inc., which produces the treat, says it will add “Oreo Thins” to its permanent lineup in the U.S.

GUY WHO HAD SEX ON BEACH LEARNS HIS FATE _ A man caught having sex with his girlfriend on a beach last year faced the judge Monday. The man’s sentence: 2½ years in prison. Forty-year-old Jose Caballero will also have to register as a sex offender in the state of Florida. According to witness testimony, 21-year-old Elissa Alvarez got on top of Caballero in a sexual way on Bradenton Beach last July in broad daylight, and a 3-year-old saw them. And a video caught the couple in the act. Then there’s the matter of Caballero’s legal past: He’s already served eight years for trafficking cocaine.

… Alvarez, who has no criminal history, was sentenced to time served plus sex-offender status.

RESTAURANT OWNER OPTS OUT OF RESTAURANT WEEK TO FEED HOMELESS _ Baltimore’s Restaurant Week is celebrating its 10th anniversary from July 24 to August 2. Participating restaurants are offering multi-course, fixed-price meals. But this year Michael Tabrizi, the owner of Tabrizi’s restaurant in Baltimore, won’t be participating. The week before restaurant week Tabrizi will partner with shelters to feed homeless people instead. He will serve up an extra special menu for his own “Homeless Restaurant Week”: a nutritious meal, sparkling apple cider and ice cream. For five days the dining room will close to the public for Tabrizi and his team to serve up meals three times a day to folks in need.

MYSTERY MAN SPOTTED PADDLING IN COFFIN NEXT TO HOSPICE FOR TERMINALLY ILL _ Terminally ill patients have been left traumatized after a man paddled on the water of a lake dressed as an undertaker just yards from a hospice. Relatives of those receiving end of life care at the Canbera, Australia, hospice slammed the man for his actions, who used the coffin as a stand-up paddleboard. Patients could see the man make his way across the lake from the windows of their rooms. The coffin was decorated with brightly-colored plastic flowers. There have been several sightings of the man dressed in funeral attire paddling on the water.

MAN DISCOVERS ULTRA-RARE GAME CONSOLE IN HIS ATTIC _ A man has discovered an ultra-rare game console that was the result of a brief collaboration between technology rivals Sony and Nintendo in the early 1990s. The never-released SNES PlayStation, known as the Nintendo PlayStation, was designed to play both Nintendo cartridges and games on compact discs. Only 200 prototypes were ever made. After the partnership broke down, Sony went on to develop its own console, the PlayStation 1. The 200 prototypes were all supposed to have been destroyed, but Philadelphia-based Terry Diebold kept onto one and stored it in his attic.

… Dan Diebold said that he discovered the console in a box of junk that his dad forgot to throw out. His father was asked to dump the box by someone named Olaf — possibly Olaf Olafsson, then-president and chief executive officer of Sony Interactive Entertainment. Dad Terry stored it in his attic — only to be discovered by his son Dan, who recognized how unusual it was, a few years ago. Dan hasn’t been able to turn the console on yet because it lacks a power cord, but he plans to do so soon. Along with the machine is a mystery cartridge and CD — and gaming fans can’t wait to find out what is on them.

… The piece of video game history is likely to be worth a small fortune and Dan thinks his dad may try to sell it because “he’s pretty broke”.

PARENTS FORCE 14-YEAR-OLD TO LIVE IN WOODS AFTER EATING POP TART _ Deputies in South Carolina (Sumter County) say a couple has been arrested after they forced their 14-year-old daughter to live in a tent in the woods because she ate a Pop Tart without permission. Investigators say the parents only gave their daughter a flashlight, a roll of toilet paper, a whistle and a watch and told her she had to stay out in the woods for a week. The parents told the girl she had to meet someone at a fence at specific times to get any food. Authorities found the girl Friday night, two days into her punishment.

FORMER DISNEY WORLD EMPLOYEE DIED IN FIREWORKS ACCIDENT _ The 22-year-old who died after placing a fireworks mortar tube on his head used to act as Beauty and the Beast character Gaston at Disney World. Devon Staples was in Calais, Maine, hanging out with friends at at a backyard party when he ignited the firework and was killed instantly.” Staples’ brother says Devon only lit the fireworks by accident. A 2014 video on YouTube shows Staples playing Gaston at Disney World. Despite other reports, Staples is not the same actor from a Gaston push-up contest video that went viral in January.

20-BIKE PILEUP INTERRUPTS TOUR DE FRANCE _ Stage 3 of the Tour de France was temporarily delayed on Monday after a 20-bike crash occurred. The leader at the time was caught up in the crash and was later diagnosed with two broken vertebrae in his lower back. Cyclists were moving at 26 miles per hour when the 20-bike crash occurred. • VIDEO

MAN ON HUNGER STRIKE OVER WEIGHT-LOSS SURGERY _ A New Zealand (Rotorua) man is going on hunger strike because the country’s insurance won’t fund his weight-loss surgery. Jason Patterson has been starving himself for about a week. Patterson weighs about 285 pounds. He needs a hernia operation, which insurance has agreed to cover. But before he can have the surgery, he has to lose at least 110 pounds. New Zealand’s insurance agency provided Patterson with several options to help lose weight, like visiting a dietician and a psychologist to support his effort. The agency says it’s waiting for him to make a decision.

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WACKY-BUT-TRUE

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: MAN FLIES AROUND SKY ON LAWN CHAIR TIED TO OVER 100 BALLOONS _ In Calgary on Sunday a man named Daniel Boria, who owns a cleaning company in the area, tied about 100 helium filled balloons to a cheap plastic lawn chair and shot himself up into the sky to promote his brand. He eventually jumped out of the chair and parachuted back down to the ground with the hopes of landing in a city park. He missed hit target and ended up in a field a few miles away … and eventually behind bars. Boria was charged with “mischief causing danger to life” and released form jail on Monday. The chair and the balloons were later spotted in a ditch by some kids. • VIDEO

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: MAN ADOPTS PUPPIES, LEARNS THEY’RE ACTUALLY BEARS _ A guy in China got a big surprise when he adopted two puppies. After raising them for two years he discovered they were actually two black bears. The man says he groomed them every day and they were very well behaved. It was only when he saw some leaflets about endangered wild animals that he recognized that he had been illegally keeping endangered animals by accident. So, he turned the animals in.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: POLICEMEN TO TEACH RUSSIANS SELFIE SAFETY _ Russian policemen are going to teach citizens how to take selfies safely, after a bunch of fatal or near-fatal selfie-related incidents. Today (Tuesday) representatives of the Russian Interior Ministry are holding a videoconference on the subject of selfie safety to inform local law enforcers on the subject. The local policemen will be encouraged to teach Russian citizens of playing it safe when taking a selfie.

… Earlier this month a young woman fell from a bridge when trying to take a selfie in Moscow. The cause of her fall appears to have been a broken fence, which she leaned on when taking the photo. This incident follows the hospitalization of two girls in June, who were electrocuted after attempting to take a selfie on a train tanker car.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: DISGRUNTLED LIBRARIAN BUSTED SELLING OLD BOOKS _ Police in Beijing have detained a university librarian accused of making more than $160,000 by selling antique books from the school’s library. The suspect was taken into custody after a police raid on his residence produced more than 500 books stolen from the university. He’d been selling them online. Some of the rare books were hundreds of years old.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: BEACH CLOSED AFTER HUGE HOLE OPENS UP _ A section of a beach in the UK was blocked off after a huge hole opened up and shot snails into the sky. The coastguard was called to the beach (Exmouth Beach) Sunday after the crater began to appear. Officers at the scene discovered a hole measuring 15-feet wide and 15-feet deep had emerged and was filling with water.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: FRIENDS TRYING TO HAND OFF RICE COOKER CAUSE SCARE AT US CASINO _ A rice cooker caused a brief security scare in Rhode Island. It started when a man at a casino told security he saw the rice cooker next to a car in the parking lot. Casino security, local and state police responded. Police reviewed surveillance video and found the woman who left the cooker. She said she was meeting a friend who wanted to borrow it but that the friend had already gone inside. So they agreed over the phone that she would leave the borrowed cooker next to her friend’s car. State police said their story checked out, and the two friends apologized.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: FOUR TONS OF GARBAGE REMOVED FROM APARTMENT _ More than four tons of garbage were removed from an elderly couple’s home in China. It took 12 hours for 20 workers to remove the piles of what they described as “trash” collected by the 62-year-old husband and his 53-year-old wife. Workers were forced to toss the garbage from the apartment’s fourth-story window to be collected below. When asked why he stored the trash instead of selling it, the husband said current recycling prices are too low and he was waiting out the market.

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ON TELEVISION

AMERICA’S GOT TALENT (8p ET, NBC) — The judges make decisions as the audition round wraps up in this new, 2-hour edition.

NCIS (8p ET, CBS) — Repeat

FRESH OFF THE BOAT (8p ET, ABC) — Repeat

ARE YOU SMARTER THAN A 5th GRADER? (8p ET, FOX) — New

THE FLASH (8p ET, CW) — Repeat

BLACKISH (8:30p ET, ABC) — Repeat

ZOO (9p ET, CBS) — New

EXTREME WEIGHT LOSS (9p ET, ABC) — A new, 2-hour edition.

BULLSEYE (9p ET, FOX) — Repeat

iZOMBIE (9p ET, CW) — Repeat

RIZZOLI AND ISLES (9p ET, TNT) — New

SEASON PREMIERE: HOLLYWOOD GAME NIGHT (10p ET, NBC) — Celebs playing on the Season 3 premiere are John Legend, Chrissy Teigen, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Giada De Laurentiis, and Zachary Quinto.

NCIS: NEW ORLEANS (10p ET, CBS) — Repeat

ROYAL PAINS (10p ET, USA) — New

PROOF (10p ET, TNT) — New

TIBURONES: SHARKS OF CUBA (10p ET, Discovery) — In this Shark Week special, American and Cuban scientists work together to search for a great white shark population.

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ENTERTAINMENT

BILL COSBY ADMITTED TO GETTING DRUGS TO GIVE WOMEN IN 2005 _ Bill Cosby admitted in a 2005 deposition that he obtained Quaaludes with the intent of giving them to young women he wanted to have sex with. He admitted giving the sedative to at least one woman. The Associated Press went to court to compel the release of the documents, and they were made public Monday. Cosby’s lawyers had objected on the grounds that it would embarrass their client.

… The 77-year-old comedian was testifying under oath in a lawsuit filed by a former Temple University employee. He testified he gave her three half-pills of Benadryl. Cosby settled that sexual-abuse lawsuit for undisclosed terms in 2006. More than a dozen women have since accused him of sexually assaulting them. Some believe they were also drugged. Cosby has never been criminally charged, and most of the accusations are barred by statutes of limitations.

U.S. WOMEN SHATTER TV RATINGS RECORD FOR SOCCER _ The U.S. women’s national team is basking in the glow of the new FIFA World Cup trophy they claimed with a win over Japan on Sunday. And the match drew a huge TV audience. Fox reported Monday that Sunday’s World Cup Final had the highest rating ever for a soccer game in the U.S. on a single network.

… While roughly 17 million American viewers tuned in to the start of Sunday’s game, that number quickly grew to 21.86 million an hour later — and reached 22.86 million 90 minutes after the start.

… The cities where the match was viewed by more people:

1. Kansas City
2. St. Louis
3. San Diego
4. Denver
5. Austin

GHOSTBUSTERS ADDS MICHAEL K. WILLIAMS AND ANDY GARCIA TO ITS CAST _ Paul Feig’s upcoming Ghostbusters reboot keeps getting bigger. Michael K. Williams (The Wire, Boardwalk Empire), Matt Walsh (Veep), and Andy Garcia have just been added to the Ghostbusters roster. They’ll co-star with Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon, Leslie Jones and Chris Hemsworth.

… Garcia will play the mayor of New York City. Williams  will be someone named Hawkins, and Walsh (Veep’s bumbling press secretary Mike McClintock) will play a guy named Rourke.

… Feig’s Ghostbusters is rumored to be a more horror-filled take on the 1984 original and is scheduled for release on July 22, 2016.

MALIA OBAMA INTERNING THIS SUMMER ON THE SET OF GIRLS _ Passers-by in the hipster area of Williamsburg in Brooklyn, New York, this summer might do a double-take this summer as they stroll past the New York set of HBO’s Girls. Turns out that lucky intern fetching coffee for the crew is none other than President Barack Obama’s eldest daughter, Malia. Seventeen-year-old Malia is looking at breaking into a career in the entertainment industry, and was given the opportunity to work on the popular show about single 20-somethings after a meeting with creator/actress Lena Dunham at the White House.

… Malia spent last summer as a production assistant for Halle Berry’s CBS show Extant.

… Malia will graduate from private Sidwell Friends School in Washington D.C. next year and has been college shopping. She was spotted checking out her dad’s alma mater, Columbia University, plus New York University, Stanford University, and the University of California at Berkeley.

BEN AFFLECK TURNS TO MATT DAMON FOR SUPPORT _ According to People, Ben Affleck has reached out to his childhood friend and fellow collaborator, Matt Damon, in the wake of his divorce news. A source told People: “In the same way Jen is turning to her friends, for a long time, Ben has reached out to Matt, who is a true touch point for him.”

… Ben and Jen were on a ten month separation before announcing that they have decided to divorce. Over the last two years they have been in couple’s therapy hoping to fix their troubles. Throughout their ten month separation, Affleck lived in hotels, but also came back to their home. Affleck will continue to live on their property, but in a different home.

PRODUCER JERRY WEINTRAUB DIES _ Jerry Weintraub, the legendary producer behind such hits as The Karate Kid and Ocean’s Eleven, died Monday in Santa Barbara, Calif. He was 77.

CAN’T BUY ME LOVE STAR AMANDA PETERSON DIES _ Actress Amanda Peterson, best known for the 1987 romantic comedy Can’t Buy Me Love, has died. She was 43. An official cause of death is unknown, but her father said that “she had some illness and a sleep apnea problem that may have contributed.” Peterson starred opposite Patrick Dempsey in Can’t Buy Me Love, in which she played cheerleader Cindy Mancini.

HANNIBAL UPDATE: AMAZON AND NETFLIX HAVE BOTH PASSED _ “Fannibals” everywhere received some troublesome news last month when it was announced that NBC had, after three seasons, cancelled Hannibal. Although a search was immediately launched to find the show a new home, producer Bryan Fuller shared Monday on Twitter that both Amazon and Netflix have officially passed.

ESPN CUTS TIES WITH DONALD TRUMP FOR CHARITY GOLF EVENT _ Donald Trump has lost his tie with another network. ESPN is moving next week’s ESPY Celebrity Golf Classic from Trump National Golf Club after Trump’s disparaging remarks about Mexican immigrants. The charity event will now be held at Pelican Hill Golf Club on July 14.

.. ESPN is the latest in the line of companies distancing themselves from Trump. Macy’s and NBC have also cut their ties with the real estate mogul after he made remarks about Mexican immigrants in his announcement for his presidential bid last month.

MICHAEL BUBLÉ IS EXPECTING SECOND CHILD _ Michael Bublé and his wife are expecting their second child. The singer and wife Luisana Lopilato both announced the pregnancy on social media with an assist from their firstborn. In a short video clip posted by the couple, someone off-camera, presumably Bublé, asks their son Noah “who’s that in there?” as Lopilato lies on the ground baring her belly. Noah walks over to his mom and says “baby.”

PAUL STANLEY OF KISS SLAMS KIM KARDASHIAN ROLLING STONE COVER _ Paul Stanley of the rock band Kiss slammed Rolling Stone on Twitter on Monday for putting Kim Kardashian on its cover, a feat it took his group 40 years to accomplish. Formed in 1973, Kiss finally nabbed the cover of Rolling Stone after being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in March, 2014. A disgusted Stanley tweeted, “#KimKardashian on the COVER of @RollingStone. Took us 40 years. Enough said.”

… Stanley is not the first celebrity to take aim at Kardashian. Sarah Michelle Gellar was so upset about Kardashian and Kanye West being on the cover of Vogue in April 2014 that she tweeted at the time, “I guess I’m canceling my Vogue subscription. Who is with me?” And “Orange Is The New Black” star Taylor Schilling said she sometimes resents using Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook because “this celebrity Kim Kardashian culture is not what I signed up for.”

LIFETIME HAS RENEWED UNREAL _ Lifetime has renewed Unreal for a 10-episode second season. The scripted series follows the behind-the-scenes action on the dating competition show Everlasting, where a young producer works to manipulate the contestants to get dramatic and outrageous footage.

EDDIE MURPHY HAS NEW REGGAE SINGLE _ Funny man and actor Eddie Murphy has released his newest reggae song with a little help from fellow musician Beenie Man. Wonna Deez Nights, Murphy’s second single, is a fun, summer love song complimented by Beenie Man’s signature style of rapping. Murphy’s first single, Oh Jah Jah, went on to top iTunes Reggae Singles chart and cracked the top five on Billboard’s Reggae Digital Song chart.

… If Murphy were to release a full reggae album, it would be his fourth studio release. Murphy’s prior releases include 1985’s How Could It Be, the four-year follow-up So Happy and 1993’s Love’s Alright. • SONG LINK

DUSTIN HOFFMAN IS A GRUMPY HOLLYWOOD ACTOR _ Dustin Hoffman is not pleased with the Hollywood film industry. Though the two-time Academy Award winner is pleased with the television industry, he’s worried about the state of modern cinema. Hoffman says (in and interview with The Independent), “I think right now television is the best that it’s ever been, and I think that it’s the worst that film has ever been — in the 50 years that I’ve been doing it, it’s the worst.”

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BITS & BREAKS

NEW ON DVD TODAY

A FEW TIPS FOR RUNNING WITH THE BULLS

British author and bullfighting expert Alexander Fiske-Harrison has been running with the bulls at Pamplona for the last six years and has participated in over 40 bull runs across Spain. The Running of the Bulls is this week and Alexander shared some tips.

• Plan! Watch as many videos as you can and realize that you must be physically, psychologically and technically able to run between thousands of idiots, among which will appear, as though by magic, half-ton-plus wild animals with swords attached to their heads.

• Do not interfere with the bulls. Do not touch them. Some people seem to think it’s a game to hit them with newspapers. This is a game that leads to people in wheelchairs or the grave.

• If you get knocked down, stay down. People have died by trying to get up and thus putting their vital organs at horn height. The herdsmen in green polo shirts who run with canes will intervene to take the bull off you as will the experienced runners.

WEIRD DATING WEBSITE PROFILES

Dating websites are a great way of meeting that someone special, but some people have some odd and even occasionally scary descriptions in their profiles.

• “I have no little or no empathy with other humans.”

• “I do understand and love animals but I’m not above eating the tasty ones.”

• “If you want a socially awkward nerdy redneck carnivore with road rage issues on a part time basis then hit me up.”

• “My hobbies are binge-watching TV shows and binge-eating marshmallows.”

• “If I do meet some one she will have to understand that I will spend more time away than with her.”

• “Could you forgive someone if they cheated?”

• “Don’t be surprised if my sister comes along on a few dates.”

• “Hobbies include stretching earthworms until they nearly snap.”

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FUN & GAMES

TRIVIA: 75% of employers provide this free of charge to employees. (Coffee)

FOUR THINGS

I’ll describe four unrelated things or places or peoples. The first begins with the letter ‘F’; the second begins with the letter ‘O’; and so on.

• This is Ford’s most popular vehicle. (F-150)

• Walt Disney World’s location. (Orlando)

• The curvacious model named Kate. (Upton)

• A little girl’s hair decoration. (Ribbon)

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JOKE OF THE DAY

The admiral of the navy went to interrogate the pirate captain. He noticed that the captain was missing a leg, had a hook on a hand and was wearing an eyepatch. So he asked him the story behind them. The pirate captain said, “I lost the hand 5 years ago, while fighting with the English army. So I used a hook in its place.” The admiral asks, “What about the leg?” The pirate captain says, “I lost the leg when a mutiny occurred and my first mate fought me. I killed him and all the mutineers were executed, but lost the leg.” The admiral says, “I understand the hook and the leg, but why the eye patch?” The pirate says, “That happened when I was strolling the deck and inspecting the activities, and a bird pooped on my eye.” The admiral asks, “You mean that you lost your eye due to bird poop?” “No,” the pirate said, “it was my first day with the hook.”

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VIDEO OF THE DAY

Puppy experiences air conditioning for the first time.

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IMAGE OF THE DAY


Source: neatorama

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COUNTRY DATEBOOK: JULY 7, 2015

• 1929: ROY ACUFF collapsed on a baseball field from sunstroke, ending his athletic career and beginning a course of events that eventually led to The Grand Ole Opry.

• 1956: JOHNNY CASH made his first appearance on The Grand Ole Opry.

• 1979: KENNY ROGERS peaked at #5 on the pop charts with She Believes In Me.

• 1979: WAYLON JENNINGS’ Amanda topped the country chart.

• 1987: HANK WILLIAMS JR.’s album Born To Boogie was released.

• 1992: BILLY RAY CYRUS’ hit Achy Breaky Heart was certified gold and platinum.

• 1993: The Recording Industry Association of America announced GARTH BROOKS was the decade’s top selling artist to date, selling more than 24 million albums.

• 1995: SHANIA TWAIN topped the country charts with Any Man Of Mine.

• 2008: KEITH URBAN and Nicole Kidman welcomed their first child, daughter Sunday Rose.

• 2009: CARRIE UNDERWOOD earned a platinum certified single for All-American Girl.

• 2007: GARTH BROOKS and TRISHA YEARWOOD sang We Shall Be Free from the National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C., for the Al Gore-sponsored Live Earth charity concerts.

• 2008: KEITH URBAN and Nicole Kidman welcomed a daughter, Sunday Rose Kidman Urban, at Baptist Hospital in Nashville.

• 2011: BLAKE SHELTON’s God Gave Me You was released to radio.

• 2013: RANDY TRAVIS was hospitalized in Texas with a heart infection.

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KENNY CHESNEY on his song Wild Child. » download page

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COUNTRY MUSIC NEWS

LUKE BRYAN has revealed his new album, Kill The Lights, will have 13 songs — six he co-wrote — as well as a collaboration with LITTLE BIG TOWN’s Karen Fairchild on a song titled Home Alone Tonight. Kill The Lights comes out August 7.

… Target stores and Target.com will offer a deluxe edition of LUKE BRYAN’s album Kill The Lights. The deluxe edition will include three bonus songs.

DOLLY PARTON’s August 1 concert at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium to benefit the Grand Ole Opry Trust sold out in 25 minutes last week. The show was added after her July 31 concert sold out in just minutes.

COLE SWINDELL has signed on to play in the 2015 Legends & Celebrities softball game at Great American Ballpark in Cincinnati on July 12.

REBA MCENTIRE says one advantage to her residency in Las Vegas with BROOKS & DUNN is the comfort in always knowing her surroundings and stage. Reba says it’s kind of like when she did her Reba sitcom in Los Angeles — she always knows where she’s going to be and doesn’t have to worry about the changes that come with each city and venue.

TANYA TUCKER will appear July 10 on the Tavis Smiley Show. She’ll talk about her career, current tour and recording plans.

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DATEBOOK: JULY 8, 2015

This is day 189 of 2015. There are 176 days remaining.

BIRTHDAYS

• Singer Steve Lawrence is 80

• Jeffrey Tambor (Arrested Development, Transparent) is 71

• Children’s singer Raffi is 67

• Chef Wolfgang Puck is 66

• Anjelica Huston is 64

• Kevin Bacon is 57

• Billy Crudup (Almost Famous) is 47

• Michael Weatherly (NCIS, Dark Angel) is 47

• Beck is 45

• Sophia Bush (One Tree Hill) is 33

• Jaden Smith (The Pursuit of Happyness) is 17

IT HAPPENED TODAY

• 1680: The first confirmed tornado in America killed one person in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

• 1776: The Declaration of Independence was read aloud in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

• 1831: John Stith Pemberton was born in Knoxville, Georgia. Pemberton was a pharmacist addicted to morphine after using it to treat a wound he received as a Confederate officer in the Civil War. His search for a cure for the addiction, which he never found, led him to create a beverage. His syrup debuted in Atlanta on May 8, 1886. Soon called Coca-Cola, it went on to make his partners and investors quite wealthy. But not Pemberton, as the inventor sold his interest in 1888.

• 1839: American oilman John D. Rockefeller was born in Richford, New York.

• 1881: The first ice cream sundae was served for the first time by druggist Edward Berner of Two Rivers, Wisconsin.

• 1889: The first issue of the Wall Street Journal was published.

• 1947: Reports are broadcast that a UFO had crash landed in Roswell, New Mexico.

• 1982: An assassination attempt against former Iraqi president Saddam Hussein took place.

• 1984: John McEnroe defeated Jimmy Connors at Wimbledon.

• 1987: Lt. Col. Oliver North became a daytime TV star, pulling in more viewers than many game shows and soap operas. He captured center stage as the Iran-Contra hearings were televised throughout the U.S.

• 2004: Police in the German town of Wiesbaden made quacking noises to coax two trapped ducklings out of a sewage pipe after they fell through a manhole cover and got trapped. Once the ducklings came out, they were returned to their mother.

• 2008: In preparation for its Summer Olympics, China announced it was training 200,000 cheerleaders.

• 2011: Space Shuttle Atlantis was launched in the final mission of the U.S. Space Shuttle program.

SPECIAL EVENTS

• SCUD Day. SCUD Day stands for Savor the Comic, Unplug the Drama Day, and encourages those of us whose lives might have a touch too much drama to step back, relax, and enjoy the funnier side of life.

• Video Games Day

• Milk Chocolate with Almonds Day

UPCOMING

• July 14: MLB All-Star Game

• September 7: Labor Day

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

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