COUNTRY August 4, 2015

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DATEBOOK: AUGUST 4, 2015

This is day 216 of 2015. There are 149 days remaining.

BIRTHDAYS

• Richard Belzer is 71

• Billy Bob Thornton is 60

• U.S. President Barack Obama is 54

• Daniel Dae Kim (Lost, Hawaii Five-0) is 47

• Dylan and Cole Sprouse (Big Daddy, Grace Under Fire) are 23

IT HAPPENED TODAY

• 1830: Plans for the city of Chicago were laid out.

• 1892: The family of Lizzie Borden was found murdered in their Fall River, Massachusetts home.

• 1945: Golfer Byron Nelson recorded the most tournament wins in a season: 18. (Still a record.)

• 1949: The NBL and NBAA merged into the National Basketball Association.

• 1956: Elvis Presley released Hound Dog.

• 2004: In Florence, Kentucky, Alan Swain walked into a bank and demanded cash from the teller. She told him “No.” He demanded money again and again she refused. To which Alan replied, “OK. I’ll go out and get my gun.” The bank employees then watched Alan jump in his car and, instead of fleeing, casually drive over to the shopping mall next door. He parked in the first place he found and walked inside. The cops were waiting for him when he came out.

• 2014: A hospital in France announced plans to open a wine bar where terminally ill patients would be able to enjoy a “medically-supervised” glass with their families. The head physician at the hospital said terminally ill patients had the right to “enjoy themselves”.

SPECIAL EVENTS

• Coast Guard Day

• Chocolate Chip Day

• Single Working Women’s Day

UPCOMING

• September 7: Labor Day

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

More holidays

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NUMBER FOR THE DAY

12: U.S. presidents who did not have a college degree.

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NEWS ATTACK!

The University of Illinois has been named America’s top party school. [They don’t have beakers in chemistry class. They use martini shakers.]

The University of Illinois has been named America’s top party school. [It’s the only school whose commencement exercises include an open bar.]

A hitchhiking robot named Hitchbot planned to spend the summer crossing America. But the Canadian contraption never made it off the east coast before being vandalized and decapitated in Philadelphia, the city of brotherly love. Despite the damage, Hitchbot released a statement saying that it still loves humanity and plans to one day return to the states. [Presumably, before President Trump can put up a wall.]

In Italy supermodel Naomi Campbell was found guilty of assaulting a paparrazo. She was given a six month suspended sentence. [And a ticker tape parade.]

Gawker has published Donald Trump’s personal cell phone number. [I assume the first three digits are 666.]

Kraft is recalling its single slice cheese due to reports of people getting choked on bits of plastic wrap. [Are these the same people who forget to peel their bananas?]

An adult couple in Maine was arrested for stealing the class hamster from a kindergarten. [Police caught them thanks to a 5-year-old fingerpainting sketch artist.]

President Obama has unveiled his plan to sharply limit greenhouse gas emissions. [He says he’ll start by going gluten free.]

According to a new study, a kid who’s a picky eater may be suffering from depression. [Mystery meat and brussels sprouts will definitely do that.]

In Australia, a man released from prison so that he could get married disappeared on his honeymoon. [They should have been suspicious when his best man was El Chapo Guzman.]

A new study finds that children as young as 16 months old understand joking around. [But even then they refuse to sit through the new Adam Sandler movie.]

Customers are complaining that Jessica Alba’s sunscreen doesn’t work. [They got burned by the sun… and the price.]

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NEWS & NUGGETS

TOP PARTY SCHOOL: UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS _ The University of Illinois has 23 Nobel Prize winners and tech prowess that contributed to the creation of YouTube, Netscape, Java and Yelp. And the they know how to party. So much so that they’ve earned the top spot on The Princeton Review’s annual list of top party schools in the U.S.

… Looking for the best campus food? Try the small, exclusive Bowdoin College in Maine.

… Most satisfied students? Claremont McKenna University, under what one student told the review was “the constantly beaming California sun.”

… Want a job? Go to Clemson University in South Carolina, where students say they’re instantly part of a worldwide network.

… More in Bits & Breaks.

DELTA JOINS AIRLINE BAN ON GAME TROPHIES _ The recent killing of a popular lion named Cecil by an American dentist in Zimbabwe sparked considerable outrage on social media and elsewhere against safari hunting. The event has also brought to light the role that airlines play in transporting trophy kills as cargo, and may have contributed to changing airline policy. On Monday, Delta Air Lines became the latest carrier to change its rules about transporting hunting trophies. Its announcement came as a group of airlines including Air France, KLM, Iberia, IAG Cargo, Singapore Airlines and Qantas signaled last week they would ban the transport of trophy-hunting kills.

… Delta was the only American carrier with direct service between the United States and countries in Africa. But bowing to pressure from some travelers and activists, and an online petition on Change.org, Delta changed its position.

CECIL THE LION BEANIE BABY _ You will soon be able to buy your own personal Cecil the Lion. On Monday, Ty Inc. announced a new lion Beanie Baby named Cecil in memory of the popular Zimbabwe lion killed by a Minnesota hunter last month. All profits from this particular stuffed animal will go to support the Wildlife Conservation Unit (WilDCRU), the University of Oxford-based animal conservation program that had been tracking Cecil since 2008. The Cecil Beanie Baby will hit stores in September and will sell for $5.99.

CALL DONALD TRUMP _ Note: It may be disconnected, but hit record and call his number. Last month Donald Trump publicized presidential rival Sen. Lindsey Graham’s cell number, urging his supporters to “try it.” On Monday the website Gawker decided that, in the spirit of open and fair political debate, the world should know Trump’s number (917-756-8000).

WE HAVE VIDEO OF THE GUY WHO KILLED HITCHBOT _ The hitchhiking robot known as hitchBOT was destroyed in Philadelphia over the weekend. And now we have footage of the jerk who did it. The vid shows a lone man in a sports jersey repeatedly kicking hitchBOT. Judging from the timecode, the person kicks hitchBOT at 5:46 in the morning on Saturday. Without more context, it’s hard to say why the man destroyed the beloved robot. • VIDEO

WOMAN’S CHICKEN GETTING $2,500 PROSTHETIC LEG _ A hen owned by a Massachusetts woman who specializes in chicken rehabilitation and rescue is getting fitted with a prosthetic leg tomorrow (Wednesday, at Tufts University’s Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine). Andrea Martin says she is paying for the $2,500 operation out of her own pocket. She says the alternative is euthanization. The chicken, named Cecily, was born with a damaged tendon in the leg that makes it useless.

… The surgery will begin when a specialist in avian orthopedics will amputate Cecily’s right leg. After a 10- to 14-day recovery period, the prosthetic, made on a 3-D printer, will be fitted. Similar surgery has been performed on a rooster and duck.

FB icon Start it on Facebook, take it to the phones: What’s the most you’ve ever spent on a pet?

CHINA BREAKS GUINNESS WORLD RECORD FOR LARGEST UMBRELLA _ An umbrella company in China has earned its place in the Guinness Book of World Records for creating the world’s largest umbrella. The umbrella of around 75 feet in diameter and 47 feet in height, was certificated by representatives of Guinness on Monday. The umbrella weighs nearly 6 tons.

FACEBOOK TO THE RESCUE: FROM 10 WEDDING GUESTS TO 2,000 _ Annette and Lior Solomon were getting married in Israel. Apparently some relatives assumed the event had been cancelled because the bride’s father had passed away. When the bride and groom arrived to be married there were almost no people. So the bride posted on Facebook that her wedding would have no guests and that anyone was welcome. After they were married between 1,000 and 2,000 people showed up for the reception.

WOMAN ACCIDENTALLY DROPS MONEY, ONLOOKERS HELP PICK IT UP _ After accidentally dropping a stack of bills worth a few thousand dollars in the middle of the street, a woman in China was deeply touched by the efforts of several kindhearted onlookers, who promptly helped her pick up all the scattered cash. The money happened to fall to the ground while she was opening her umbrella in the middle of a crowded intersection. Bystanders helped the woman recover every single bill.

NATIONAL ANTHEM GIRL SINGS ANTHEM 24 TIMES IN 24 HOURS _ Performer Janine Stange has made history for a second time. Stange, also known as the National Anthem Girl, first made headlines in August 2014 when she became the first person to sing The Star-Spangled Banner in all 50 states. Over the weekend she sang the national anthem 24 times in 24 hours. The performances were held in conjunction with a tournament hosted by Shootout for Soldiers, an organization that hosts 24-hour-long lacrosse events to raise money for wounded American military members. Throughout those 24 hours, 24 lacrosse teams from the region played hourly games. Stange kicked off each game with a rendition of the anthem.

HACKERS COULD CHANGE PATIENTS’ MEDICINE DOSAGES _ What’s scarier than having to check into the hospital? Checking into the hospital knowing that the device controlling your medication can be taken over by hackers. This concern has prompted the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to instruct hospitals and medical workers to stop using a patient-care device because it can be hacked and programmed to administer too much or too little medication. The FDA and an independent cybersecurity research team discovered a flaw in the Hospira Symbiq Infusion System that could allow an attacker to infiltrate the system remotely through a hospital’s network, gaining complete control of a patient’s dosages. The Hospira Symbiq Infusion System is used by medical workers to program automatic dosages of medicine like painkillers. The FDA said the devices should be disconnected immediately.

SOUTH CAROLINA WOMAN REPORTS SIGHTING OF ‘LIZARD MAN’ _ A South Carolina woman came forward to report a spotting of the legendary swamp creature known as “Lizard Man” and has provided photographic evidence of the sighting. The woman, identified only as “Sarah”, says she “went to church with a friend Sunday morning, [and] stepped out of the sanctuary to see the Lizard Man running along the tree line.”

… “The Lee County Lizard Man” or “The Bishopville Lizard Man” or “The Lizard Man of Scape Ore Swamp” was first reported in 1988 by 17-year-old Christopher Davis. Driving home from work around 2am, Davis had to stop near Scape Ore Swamp to change a flat tire. As he was finishing up, he reported having heard a thumping noise from behind and turned to see a seven-foot-tall bipedal creature running towards him. Davis said it had glowing red eyes, green skin, and three clawed fingers on each hand. Davis said the creature tried to grab at his car and then jumped on its roof as he tried to escape — clinging on as Davis swerved from side to side.  Davis’ side-view mirror was found to be badly damaged, and scratch marks were found on the car’s roof. After Davis’ tale was reported, others came forward with their own accounts of the beast. • IMAGE

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WACKY-BUT-TRUE

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: MECHANIC WINS PAY FOR CHANGING CLOTHES _ A German court says a municipal bus mechanic can have hundreds of dollars in back pay for time spent changing into his work clothes — but not for time he spent showering. A labor court in Duesseldorf said the man and the local transport authority reached a settlement Monday that will see him get $412 to cover the 10 minutes per day that he spent changing into and out of his uniform over a seven-month period last year.

… The plaintiff also had sought to be paid for a daily 10 minutes spent in the shower after work, But the court questioned whether that could be counted as time on the job and also wondered “whether 10 minutes is not too long for a shower.”

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: CHURCH PASTOR TACKLES ROBBER DURING SERMON _ Police in Florida (Melbourne) arrested a man who they say tried to rob churchgoers during a sermon. The robber was tackled by the church pastor.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: GIANT INFLATABLE MINION CAUSES TRAFFIC CHAOS _ If it seemed like those insufferably cute yellow Minions were everywhere this summer, you weren’t imagining things. On Sunday a giant inflatable shaped like a Minion came loose from its restraints and blew into traffic in an area north of Dublin, Ireland. The police caught up with the inflatable while it was bouncing his way down the road and were able to let its air out. There were no injuries, but one driver did get his side mirror knocked off. • SOME MINIONS SOUND EFFECTS • AND ANOTHER

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: POLICE OFFICER SAVES SKUNK FROM YOGURT CUP _ A Michigan police officer with a fearless nose was recorded by his dashboard camera freeing a baby skunk with its head stuck in a yogurt cup. The Rochester Police Department shared the video on its Facebook page. The department said it was more than luck and gratitude that spared the officer from the skunk’s stink: “Luckily baby skunks can’t spray like adults!”

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ON TELEVISION

CMA MUSIC FESTIVAL: COUNTRY’S NIGHT TO ROCK (8p ET, ABC) — This special shows highlights of the four-day event held in June in Nashville. Little Big Town hosts and musical performers include Jason Aldean, Dierks Bentley, Florida Georgia Line and Lady Antebellum.

AMERICA’S GOT TALENT (8p ET, NBC) — Guest judge Piers Morgan helps narrow down the field of contestants in this new, 2-hour edition.

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

NCIS (8p ET, CBS) — Repeat

THE FLASH (8p ET, CW) — Repeat

ZOO (9p ET, CBS) — New

THE LAST MAN ON EARTH (9p ET, FOX) — Ryan Seacrest’s Knock Knock Live has been cancelled and replaced with 2 repeats of this comedy.

iZOMBIE (9p ET, CW) — Repeat

RIZZOLI AND ISLES (9p ET, TNT) — David Ogden Stiers (MASH) guest stars in this new episode.

HOLLYWOOD GAME NIGHT (10p ET, NBC) — Celebs playing in this new edition are Gina Rodriguez, Rex Lee, Tom Arnold, Curtis Stone, Yvette Nicole Brown and Zachary Levi.

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

PROOF (10p ET, TNT) — New

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ENTERTAINMENT

WILL SMITH SHUTS DOWN DIVORCE RUMORS _ All day Monday, media outlets were claiming that Will and Jada Smith were ending their 17-year marriage. The story got so big Will released a statement through his own Facebook page: “Under normal circumstances, I don’t usually respond to foolishness. (Because it’s contagious.) But, so many people have extended me their ‘deepest condolences’ that I figured … I can be foolish, too! So, in the interest of redundant, repetitious, over & over-again-ness… Jada and I are… NOT GETTING A DIVORCE!!!!!!!!!!!!! I promise you all – if I ever decide to divorce my Queen – I SWEAR I’ll tell you myself!”

… Jada added on Twitter: “My king has spoken.”

GWEN STEFANI AND GAVIN ROSSDALE FILE FOR DIVORCE _ Gwen Stefani has filed for divorce from husband Gavin Rossdale after 13 years of marriage. The couple said in a statement: “While the two of us have come to the mutual decision that we will no longer be partners in marriage, we remain partners in parenthood and are committed to jointly raising our three sons in a happy and healthy environment.” Stefani has cited irreconcilable differences for the split.

BOBBI KRISTINA LAID TO REST _ Bobbi Kristina’s family gathered Monday in Westfield, New Jersey, for her burial at Fairview Cemetery, in the plot right next to her mom, Whitney Houston. Bobbi’s aunt, Leolah Brown, was booted from Saturday’s funeral after lashing out verbally at Pat Houston. As TMZ first reported, someone snapped a photo of Bobbi Kristina — lying in her casket — during Friday’s viewing, which was now been sold to a media outlet.

STAR WARS BOOKS FOR TEENS AND PRE-TEENS _ A set of books about the first three Star Wars movies is coming. The books are written by authors of acclaimed teen and preteen books. The first is Star Wars: A New Hope — The Princess, the Scoundrel, and the Farm Boy. It comes out September 22. The other two books are Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back So You Want to Be a Jedi? and Star Wars: Return of the Jedi Beware the Power of the Dark Side!

GWYNETH PALTROW CONSCIOUSLY UNCOUPLES FROM ‘CONSCIOUSLY UNCOUPLED’ _ Gwyneth Paltrow may never live down calling her divorce a “conscious uncoupling.” But she’s found a good way to spin it. Paltrow says she had “no idea” her letter was titled “Conscious Uncoupling” … but she’ll happily take credit for how obsessed we all became over it. As Paltrow tells Fast Company, “When I announced that I was separating on the [Goop] website, [my editorial director] titled the piece ‘Conscious Uncoupling’ and I had no idea.”

CHELSEA HANDLER’S BODY-SHAMING EX IS FEELING PRETTY DUMB _ Chelsea Handler posted a great looking bikini pic to Instagram Monday with a no-nonsense message for her ex-boyfriend. In the post, Chelsea looks fit, strong, and, most importantly, happy as she poses in a mismatched bikini. • IMAGE

… Along with the photo she wrote: “You know, I had a boyfriend who told me my boobs were too big and that I was fat. And then, I looked in the mirror.”

ALI LARTER IS BACK AS CLAIRE REDFIELD _ Former Heroes star Ali Larter will revisit the role of Claire Redfield for the upcoming Resident Evil: The Final Chapter. Larter previously played the character in Resident Evil: Extinction and Resident Evil: Afterlife. Larter joins a cast that includes Milla Jovovich as lead protagonist Alice in addition to Wentworth Miller in the role of her brother, Chris Redfield.

MAX VON SYDOW CAST IN GAME OF THRONES _ Max von Sydow has been cast in the upcoming sixth season of HBO’s Game of Thrones. Sydow will play the Three-Eyed Raven, the wizard-like character who appeared to Bran Stark in the final episode of Season 4 and was played by actor Struan Rodger. von Sydow will also appear in the upcoming Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

UFC FIGHTER RONDA ROUSEY TO STAR IN BURGER COMMERCIAL _ Carl’s Jr. and Hardee’s have announced that the UFC fighter will be the newest commercial star for the brand.

SUBWAY CALLS LATEST JARED FOGLE ALLEGATIONS “APPALLING” _ Subway is speaking out amid the latest allegations against Jared Fogle.
Business Insider claims the FBI has subpoenaed an affidavit detailing alleged texts been the chain’s former spokesperson and a former female Subway franchisee, in which Jared reportedly says he paid for sex with a 16-year-old. Subway wrote on its Facebook page: “About the most recent news story on Jared Fogle, this allegation, if true, is appalling and is contrary to the values of our brand. As previously stated, we have suspended our relationship with Jared.” The age of consent in Indiana, where Jared resides, is 16.

DUNGEONS & DRAGONS MOVIE OFFICIALLY ANNOUNCED _ The popular role-playing fantasy game Dungeons & Dragons is getting a big-budget feature film adaptation. Some producers behind The LEGO Movie and How to Train Your Dragon are onboard for the D&D movie.

DEADPOOL TRAILER COMING TODAY _ Deadpool fans attending Comic-Con in San Diego last month were the first to see the trailer for the upcoming film of the same name, but the rest of us will be able to see it today (Tuesday). The Hollywood Reporter reports that the Deadpool trailer will be screened during an appearance by star Ryan Reynolds on Conan O’Brien’s TBS talk show.

… This will be the official debut of the redband trailer for Deadpool, although bootleg copies from Comic-Con have popped up online since the event was held in July.

LADY GAGA TEASES NEW ALBUM _ Lady Gaga teased plans for her fifth studio album Monday on Instagram. The 29-year-old singer shared a selfie on the photo sharing site with the simple caption “LG5 time.”

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BITS & BREAKS

NEW ON DVD TODAY

NO. 1 PARTY SCHOOL: UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS

Princeton Review announced the top 10 party schools in America on Monday, one of more than 60 rankings in the 2016 version of its The Best 380 Colleges guide.

The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign leads this year’s list. Some online reviews give the school an A+ for party scene, touting “Tuesday wine nights,” while the area has been known for letting anyone age 19 and older in bars.

Here is the full list:

1. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

2. University of Iowa

3. University of Wisconsin-Madison

4. Bucknell University

5. Syracuse University

6. University of California-Santa Barbara

7. West Virginia University

8. University of Georgia

9. Tulane University

10. Colgate University

… Last year’s No. 1 party school, Syracuse University in New York, dropped to No. 5. The most sober school is Brigham Young University for the 18th straight year.

WHAT’S WITH ALL THE CELEBRITY BUST-UPS?

• On Monday we learned that Gwen Stefani and Gavin Rossdale have filed for divorce.

• Country legend Reba McEntire and her man, Narvel Blackstock, are separated.

• Speaking of country, The Voice mentor Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert are done.

• Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner are over.

• Thankfully the Will and Jada Smith break-up rumor was just that.

WEIRDLY HELPFUL APPS THAT MAKE PARENTING EASIER AND FUNNIER

The website FamilyShare.com put together a list of weirdly helpful apps for parents.

Kick to Pick

Let your own baby pick their name. Download the app and place your phone on your baby bump. When your baby kicks, the app will stop on a name, thus letting your child pick it out on their very own title.

Baby Reminder

The app reminds you not to forget your baby in the car. The app gives you a reminder once you arrive at your destination.

Baby Shusher

This app calms your screaming child with a rhythmic shushing sound. You can even customize the shushing from 15 minutes to 8 hours.

MagicSleep

MagicSleep recreates the sound of the womb to create an atmosphere of primal sleep. But be ready to pay up — the app is $14.99.

Sleepasaurus

Get your child to stay in bed well after the crack of dawn by using a dinosaur and some magic dust. Truly. This app lets your child know when it’s okay to get up by watching their dinosaur friend. Parents can set a timer for when Dino wakes up so your child knows when they can wake up, too.

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FUN & GAMES

TRIVIA:It wasn’t until there were about 1.8 million motor vehicles on the road that the first U.S. city installed what? (Traffic lights. Cleveland, Ohio, got the first traffic light in  city in the U.S. in 1914)

HISTORY MYSTERY

The following events happened in what year?

• The Dallas Cowboys become the first team to win 3 Super Bowls

• Suspected “Unabomber” Theodore Kaczynski is arrested at his Montana cabin.

• Dolly the sheep, the first mammal to be successfully cloned from an adult cell, is born.

• The Summer Olympics in Atlanta, Georgia, get underway.

• Rapper Tupac Shakur is shot in Las Vegas

• Singers Faith Hill and Tim McGraw marry.

• Star Trek: First Contact opens in theaters.

What year was it? (1996)

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JOKE OF THE DAY

A middle-age couple were looking to buy property and their over-zealous realtor show them what could only be described as a totally worn-out old farm. The land had just been worked to death. The weeds were hardly even growing. The smiling super salesman said, “Now really, all this land needs is a little water, a nice cool breeze and some good people.” And the husband replied, “Yeah, I agree, but couldn’t the same be said of Hell?”

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VIDEO OF THE DAY

Two cranes and a piece of a bridge crush several buildings in the Netherlands.

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IMAGE OF THE DAY

Puppies sleep anywhere.


Source: neatorama.com

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LAST MINUTE ITEMS

• Search Google like it’s the ’80s.

• How many superhero films will be made before you die?

• Draw in peanut butter.

• The world’s strongest coffee.

• Time-lapse of severe weather and natural wonders.

• Your daily source of natural rain sounds.

• What speed do you read?

• Your radio station videos are too long.

• How big is space?

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COUNTRY DATEBOOK: AUGUST 4, 2015

• 1959: SKEETER DAVIS joined the Grand Ole Opry.

• 1966: ROGER MILLER’s album Dang Me was certified gold.

• 1963: A 21-year-old housewife named CONNIE SMITH won a talent contest in Ohio that was being judged by BILL ANDERSON. Within a year, she’d recorded her first single, Once A Day, which went to number one.

• 1986: In Washington state MERLE HAGGARD stood up 10,000 Clark County Fair fans. Fair officials said he’d had a fight with his wife, but his spokesman said he had the flu.

• 1984: THE JUDDS scored their first number one hit on the Billboard Country Singles Chart with Mama, He’s Crazy.

• 1998: With 47, GEORGE STRAIT became the most nominated artist in the history of the Country Music Association Awards. He moved past MERLE HAGGARD, who held the previous record of 43.

• 2000: LEANN RIMES made a cameo appearance in the movie Coyote Ugly, which hit theaters today.

• 2004: JIMMY BUFFETT’s album License To Chill spent its third straight week at the top of the Billboard Country Albums Chart.

• 2004: CAROLYN DAWN JOHNSON scored six nominations for the Canadian Country Music Association Awards.

• 2008: BROOKS & DUNN received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

• 2009: SUGARLAND’s live album, Live On The Inside, recorded in Lexington, Kentucky, was released on CD and DVD at Walmart stores.

• 2010: TIM MCGRAW was named Artist of the Decade in terms of airplay across all genres with nearly 8 million total spins from 2000 and 2009.

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COUNTRY AUDIO

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

REBA McENTIRE talks about music through the decades. » download page

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COUNTRY MUSIC NEWS

After 26 years of marriage, REBA MCENTIRE and her husband Narvel Blackstock have announced their separation. In a joint statement issued Monday Reba and Narvel said that they have been separated for the past several months; however, a representative would not say whether or not the couple has filed for divorce. The statement says: “Despite this being the end of their marriage, they continue to support each other. They have worked together for 35 years and will continue to do so. They have asked that you respect their privacy during this time.”

… Reba and Narvel first began working together in 1980; she was a rising star and he was in her band. Narvel now runs a management company that represents Reba, as well as their daughter-in-law Kelly Clarkson and BLAKE SHELTON.

Funeral services for LYNN ANDERSON (Rose Garden) will take place tomorrow (Wednesday). Lynn died last Thursday (July 30) of a heart attack at the age of 67.

After the death of LYNN ANDERSON several country stars took to social media to remember her. TIM MCGRAW took it a step further and paid tribute to Lynn with a cover of (I Never Promised You a) Rose Garden. Tim and his band gathered backstage before his concert in Cleveland Friday night and dedicated their cover of the song to Lynn Anderson and her family. • VIDEO

JENNIFER NETTLES is no longer with her record label (Universal Nashville). Jennifer released her debut disc That Girl in January 2014. She put out two singles, although nothing broke for her.

LADY ANTEBELLUM’s Charles Kelley has finally jumped on Twitter.

CHRIS JANSON’s Buy Me A Boat has become a top ten hit, and the singer/songwriter decided it was time to experience what he’s been singing about. So last week Chris and his family bought a few kayaks and immediately went to the Harpeth River, just outside of Nashville, and spent the day easing down the river.

KENNY CHESNEY and JASON ALDEAN’s Saturday concert at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City broke an attendance record for the venue with 57,000 fans. The previous mark of just over 56,000 was set by a Pink Floyd show in 1994.

Tonight (Tuesday) LITTLE BIG TOWN hosts the ABC special CMA Music Festival: Country’s Night To Rock.

BRETT ELDREDGE will serve as a celebrity judge for the 2015 Miss America Pageant, airing September 13 from Atlantic City, New Jersey.

KELSEA BALLERINI will join CHASE RICE for his JD and Jesus tour stop in Atlanta on November 12.

KIP MOORE will embark on the Wild Ones Tour this October. He’ll play more than 20 shows into early December to support his sophomore album of the same name.

THE KENTUCKY HEADHUNTERS are hitting the road for a fall tour starting this week and running through December.

RICKY SKAGGS and DON HENLEY will receive Lifetime Achievement Awards from the Americana Music Association September 16 during its annual awards ceremony at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium. Ricky will be recognized as an instrumentalist for popularizing Bluegrass music and playing the mandolin while Don will be honored as a trailblazer for his California style country tinged rock.

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DATEBOOK: AUGUST 5, 2015

This is day 217 of 2015. There are 148 days remaining.

BIRTHDAYS

• Loni Anderson (WKRP in Cincinnati) is 70

• Maureen McCormick (The Brady Bunch) is 59

• Jonathan Silverman (The Single Guy) is 49

IT HAPPENED TODAY

• 1923: Syracuse University refused to let a student, Bernice Goldstein, graduate because she could not learn to swim.

• 1930: Neil Armstrong, the first man to walk on the moon, was born.

• 1962: Marilyn Monroe died.

• 1978: Pete Rose of the Cincinnati Reds registered his 3,000th major league hit.

• 1999: A man who admitted making thousands of obscene phone calls over a 3-year-period was arrested in Vienna, Austria, after one of the women told him she was busy and would return his call. So he gave her his phone number.

• 2005: A 38-year-old suburban New York City man allegedly admitted to police he drank 10 beers before lighting a commercial-grade firework inside his home, blowing up the house and burning himself and a female companion. A sheriff’s spokesman said the firework — designed to spread a pattern up to 50 feet across — was set in an 8 by 8 room.

• 2008: IBM was granted a patent for storing a customers preference for ‘paper or plastic bags’ on stores’ customer loyalty cards.

• 2009: A new study revealed that the French spend more time at the table and in bed than other nations.

• 2010: Thirty-three workers were trapped in a copper mine in northern Chile after a tunnel caved in. They were rescued after being entombed for 69 days.

SPECIAL EVENTS

• National Oyster Day

• National Underwear Day

UPCOMING

• September 7: Labor Day

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

More holidays

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