COUNTRY February 17, 2016

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DATEBOOK: FEBRUARY 17, 2016

This is day 48 of 2016. There are 318 days remaining.

BIRTHDAYS

• Rene Russo is 62

• Richard Karn (Home Improvement) is 60

• Lou Diamond Phillips is 54

• Larry the Cable Guy is 53

• Michael Bay (13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi, Transformers movies) is 51

• Dominic Purcell (Prison Break) is 46

• Denise Richards is 45

• Jerry O’Connell is 42

• Jason Ritter (Joan of Arcadia) is 36

• Joseph Gordon-Levitt is 35

• Celebrinot Paris Hilton is 35

• Chord Overstreet (Glee) is 27

• Ed Sheeran is 25

• Bonnie Wright (Ginny Weasley in the Harry Potter films) is 25

IT HAPPENED TODAY

• 1993: Serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer was sentenced to life in prison. Fellow inmates beat him to death less than two years later.

• 1998: Brahma Beer introduced the world’s first talking beer cans in Caracas, Venezuela. When opened the cans told drinkers whether or not they’d won prizes ranging from $50 to $2,000.

• 2003: Some 40 million viewers tuned in to the finale of Fox’s reality show “Joe Millionaire,” in which Evan Marriott chose Zora Andrich.

• 2009: President Barack Obama signed a $757 billion economic stimulus package into law

SPECIAL EVENTS

• World Human Spirit Day

• Random Acts of Kindness Day

UPCOMING

• March 13: Daylight Saving Time begins (move clocks forward)

• March 15: NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament begins

More holidays


NUMBER FOR THE DAY

1987: The high-point for water bed sales in the United States. In that year 22% of mattresses sold were water beds. It’s been all downhill from there.


NEWS ATTACK!

For this year’s swimsuit issue, Sports Illustrated has a virtual reality app users can download. [It makes it look as if I’m in the same room with these beautiful women who would never want to be in the same room with me.]

China plans to forcibly move nearly 10,000 people to make room for building the world’s largest radio telescope which will listen for sounds of intelligent life in space. [What better way to signal to alien species that we come in peace than to destroy the lives, history and culture of 10,000 people?]

Nissan has developed a self-driving office chair that scoots around looking for a spot at a desk or conference table to park. [“I’m sorry I’m late for the budget meeting, but the traffic in the hallway was bumper-to-bumper.”]

A computer glitch meant that a man in Toledo, Ohio was able was able to completely fill his empty gas tank for only 26 cents total. [Whoa! That’s far more impressive than going home with a boring old Grammy.]

Annie Clark, also known as alternative rocker St. Vincent, has created a guitar ergonomically designed specifically for women. It’s lightweight and contoured to fit the female body. [And if a man gets too close, it sprays a 15-foot stream of mace.]

If the recommendation of a recent panel is followed, the outback will soon be the home of the world’s nuclear waste. [That’s it. I’m never eating at that restaurant again.]

Scientists say the diet of cougars in California has changed. They no longer eat as much wild deer as they used to, preferring the easier to get meals of domestic dogs and cats. [Just like humans they’ve gotten stuck on junk food.]

Authorities investigating a prison in Mexico found cells with aquariums, portable saunas, and a bar. [So, I’m confused. Why were prisoners so determined to escape?]

The next Star Wars movie has started filming. [And on my way to work this morning I noticed that several fans had already pitched a tent outside the movie theater.]

In Rome a tourist stripped naked and frolicked in one of the city’s water fountains. [Suddenly, pigeons don’t seem nearly as bad.]


NEWS & NUGGETS

NURSING MOM OF TRIPLETS PRAISES DELTA’S FIRST-CLASS ACT _ Jenna Mde had to travel from Atlanta to Dallas on Friday, leaving her triplet babies behind. But because she breastfeeds, Mde still needed to pump during her flight — and that’s where a Delta crew came through for her with flying colors. Two flight attendants brought her into an empty first-class seat so she could pump in privacy, even bringing her snacks and “TONS of water” to keep her hydrated as she pumped.” Then, on her return trip, a gate attendant offered Mde the same arrangement on her flight back home. Mde shared her story about Delta on her Facebook page.

SOCIAL GROUPS AFTER RETIREMENT MAY BE GOOD FOR LONGEVITY _ When you see a bunch of retirees sitting in a diner or McDonald’s every morning, be happy for them. Researchers say losing membership in social groups during the retirement transition may be tied to lower quality of life and higher risk of death. Researchers (University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia) say while soon-to-be retirees are often exposed to lots of advice about finances, medical care and exercise, social group membership is rarely part of any discussion. But it should be.

… The researchers say social groups provide you with a sense of identity. Among other things, they give you a sense of belonging, meaning, and purpose — even for those who are retired.

BOY HUGS BEGGAR, BEGGAR SWIPES HIS iPHONE _ A teenage boy is regretting hugging a panhandler after giving the man some spare change in Harlem, New York. Police say the 14-year-old gave $1 to a man. “God bless you,” the man apparently told the boy, then hugged him. But when the boy reached into his pocket, his iPhone was missing.

GUZZLING SODA AFTER SODA DOESN’T DO A BODY GOOD _ What would happen to your body if you only drank your favorite soda? You know it would be bad. For one thing, it’s been estimated that one-fifth of the weight gain in the U.S. between 1977 and 2007 is attributed to soft drinks.

… Researches say drinking a 12-pack of soda a day — 12 12-ounce cans — can do nearly as much harm as smoking a pack of cigarettes a day.

ISIS FACING BUDGET CRUNCH _ Faced with a cash shortage, the Islamic State group has slashed salaries and is now releasing detainees for a price of $500 a person. The extremists who once bragged about minting their own currency are having a hard time meeting expenses, thanks to coalition airstrikes and other measures that have eroded millions from their finances since last fall.

… After building up loyalty among militants with good salaries and honeymoon and baby bonuses, ISIS has stopped providing even the smaller perks: free energy drinks and Snickers bars.

BASKETBALL PLAYER DIVES FOR LOOSE BALL, GETS STABBED BY FLOORBOARD _ A 14-year-old girl from Wisconsin Heights, Wisconsin, hit the deck for a loose ball during a high school basketball game over the weekend… and the deck hit back. She was impaled by a jagged piece of pine jutting out from the baseline floor. It was 3 to 4 inches long and in some parts, probably a quarter to a half-inch deep. Minutes later, emergency crews showed up and everyone was asked to leave the gym. They thought they were going to have to remove an entire board and take the board to the hospital. That didn’t have to happen, but the eighth-grader was loaded on a stretcher and spent the night at the hospital. None of her internal organs were hit by the wood. • VIDEO

NFL COMMISSIONER ROGER GOODELL MADE $34.1M IN 2014 _ Roger Goodell made $34.1 million in 2014 as commisioner of the NFL, which reported record earnings of more than $13 billion. ESPN obtained a copy of the league’s public tax filing on Tuesday on which Goodell was listed as the highest-paid employee. The second highest paid NFL employee was general counsel Jeff Pash, who made $7.5 million.

… Goodell’s salary was $4 million and the remainder was reported as “bonus income.”

FACEBOOK IS STRESSFUL _ Some Facebook users may enjoy collecting hundreds of virtual friends, but it turns out that those online relationships can cause a lot of stress. That’s what researchers (at Edinburgh Napier University) discovered after conducting a survey of 200 students who regularly use Facebook. Among the students who were surveyed, 12 percent said they actually dislike receiving friend requests, while 63 percent said they often delay responding to requests. More than one out of every 10 users said that the site made them anxious, and about three out of ten claimed to feel guilty about rejecting friend requests. Others said they felt pressure to come up with inventive status updates, and didn’t enjoy having to apply different rules of online etiquette to different friends.

FACEBOOK HELPS SISTER FIND LONG-LOST BROTHER IN CANADA _ A Canadian living in Calgary has just found her long-lost brother by posting a message online on New Year’s Eve. Matthew Handford tracked down his sister, Shylow Wilson, after she posted on Facebook that she was looking for her biological brother named Matthew who was given up for adoption by their mother after he was born at Calgary’s Grace Hospital in February 1987.

MONKEY RECEIVES NEW HEAD IN FIRST-EVER SUCCESSFUL HEAD TRANSPLANT SURGERY _ An Italian surgeon conducted the world’s first-ever head transplant surgery on a monkey. The operation, which took place in China, was successful. The monkey lived for 20 hours before it was put down. The surgeon intends to conduct the world’s first ever head transplant surgery on humans. His patient will be Valery Spiridonov, a Russian IT specialist.

STRAY DOG’S DANCE MOVES HELP HER FIND A FOREVER HOME _ A dog with some happy feet danced her way into the hearts of the Internet and now she has danced her way into a new home. The 1-year-old stray was adopted less than a day after Orange County Animal Services in Orlando, Florida, posted a video of the pup on Facebook dancing away in her kennel. The shelter appropriately named her after famed dancer Ginger Rogers, and after watching the pup hop in circles on her hind legs. The shelter said that Ginger will in a new home in the next few days. • VIDEO


WACKY-BUT-TRUE

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: MOM GIVES HER SMALL LOTTERY WIN TO HOMELESS MAN _ Single mother Sofia Andrade from Masachusettes enjoyed a victory this week when she discovered she’d won $200 after playing the lottery. Then Andrade experienced a chance meeting with a man who touched her heart. The man was homeless, so Andrade gave the man the entire amount to help him.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: INMATE SWALLOWS PENS, ESCAPES FROM HOSPITAL _ Police in Indiana are searching for an inmate who escaped from a hospital where he was being treated after swallowing two pens.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: STUDENT LOSES BET, SPENDS 30 HOURS IN WAFFLE HOUSE _ North Carolina State student Mike Fuller spent more than a day inside a Waffle House in Raleigh, North Carolina — 30 hours to be exact. Fuller said he pulled the marathon Waffle House visit “because my Fantasy Football league has a rule that if you come in last place then you have to spend 30 straight hours inside a Waffle House.”

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: MAN TOOK BACKHOE JOYRIDE _ A 59-year-old man took a backhoe on a joyride across the famous Seven Mile Bridge in the Florida Keys, dumping boulders onto the road along the way.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: DOORKNOB OBSESSION _ A man in Italy who claims he is obsessed with doorknobs faces three years in prison for a burglary spree in which dozens of them were taken from construction sites, along with tools and other materials.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: SCHOOL CALLS COPS ON POT-SMOKING PARENTS _ A school in England has called in the police after parents were spotted smoking pot while dropping off their children. The school (in Greater Manchester) sent a letter home with students last week saying the matter was a serious concern and that police had been informed.


ON TELEVISION

AMERICAN IDOL (8p ET, FOX) — The remaining 12 of the Top 24 perform in this new edition.

SEASON PREMIERE: SURVIVOR (8p ET, CBS) — For the 32nd season, the tribes are again split into brains, brawn or beauty. Being billed as one of the most grueling ever, this season was filmed on the island Kaôh Rong in Cambodia.

THE MIDDLE (8p ET, ABC) — New

THE MYSTERIES OF LAURA (8p ET, NBC) — Alysia Reiner (Orange is the New Black) and Jenna Fischer guest star in this new episode.

ARROW (8p ET, CW) — New

THE GOLDBERGS (8:30p ET, ABC) — Weird Al Yankovic appears as himself in this new episode.

MODERN FAMILY (9p ET, ABC) — New

LAW & ORDER: SVU (9p ET, NBC) — New

HELL’S KITCHEN (9p ET, FOX) — VIP guests in this new edition include Thomas Ian Nicholas (American Pie) and Omar Benson Miller (CSI: Miami).

SUPERNATURAL (9p ET, CW) — Emily Swallow returns as Amara in this new episode.

THE BIG BANG THEORY (9:30p ET, CBS) — Repeat

BLACKISH (9:30p ET, ABC) — New

CODE BLACK (10p ET, CBS) — Cameron Boyce (Disney Channel’s Jessie) guest stars in this new episode.

CHICAGO P.D. (10p ET, NBC) — New

AMERICAN CRIME (10p ET, ABC) — New


ENTERTAINMENT

TOP TV SHOWS _ Delayed because of holiday weekend.

GRAMMY RATINGS DOWN _ Music’s biggest night is officially over, and America’s not tuning in as much as it used to. While 23.7 million people tuned in to the Grammys telecast Monday, that number marked a 6.3% drop from last year’s viewership. It was also the lowest rated Grammys in seven years.

NATALIE COLE’S FAMILY OUTRAGED OVER GRAMMYs TRIBUTE _ Natalie Cole’s family is not happy with the 58th Grammy Awards’ tribute to the late singer-songwriter. The awards show paid homage to Cole, who died of congestive heart failure on December 31, with a video clip of the R&B singer performing a virtual duet of Unforgettable with her father, renowned jazz pianist Nat King Cole. As David Bowie, B.B. King, Lemmy Kilmister and Glenn Frey, who all died in 2015, were celebrated with honorary musical performances during the awards ceremony, Cole’s family members considered the brief video tribute insufficient. Cole’s sisters told Entertainment Tonight: “Words cannot express the outrage and utter disappointment at the disrespectful tribute, or lack thereof, to a legendary artist such as our sister.”

… During her four decades in music Cold had 21 Grammy nominations and won nine.

PAUL MCCARTNEY TURNED AWAY AT GRAMMYs PARTY _ Paul McCartney and his crew were denied entry to a Grammys after-party in downtown Los Angeles. The 18-time Grammy winner was caught by TMZ cameras trying to enter a club when security turned away Paul and his friends — including musician Beck. Paul can be heard joking, “How VIP do we gotta get? We need another hit…”

TAYLOR SWIFT DID NOT CRY AT GRAMMYS OVER KANYE WEST DRAMA _ Taylor Swift did not cry at the Grammy Awards on Monday night because of the recent drama involving Kanye West, despite a made-up report. Swift was caught by one of the Grammy cameras wiping away tears directly after her opening performance of Out of the Woods. The reason the singer was upset is because she missed a note during her song. Of course, Swift still got a great reaction from the audience and very few people even noticed her minor mistake. But HollywoodLife claims Swift broke down because Kanye West’s new track Famous was on her mind all night. The song slams Swift, claiming Kanye made her famous.

CALVIN HARRIS CONGRATULATES TAYLOR SWIFT _ On Tuesday, Calvin Harris posted a photo of girlfriend Taylor Swift on stage at the Grammy Awards picking up her award for Album of the Year. He captioned the shot, “Congratulations to my beautiful girlfriend.”

BACHELOR CONTESTANT LEX MCALLISTER DIES AFTER APPARENT SUICIDE _ An Ohio socialite who vied for Jake Pavelka’s heart on season 14 of The Bachelor has died after an apparent suicide. On Saturday, Alexa “Lex” McAllister was taken to Grant Medical Center in Columbus in stable condition after someone who received a text in which she threatened to kill herself called 911. Mcallister regained consciousness but “was unable to state to medics what kind of medication she took.” She died at 2:35 AM Tuesday.

… Gia Allemand, who finished third, hanged herself in 2013. She was 29.

HOMER SIMPSON TO APPEAR LIVE ON THE SIMPSONS _ Homer

Simpson will appear live in an episode of The Simpsons in May. During the May 15 episode, Marge, Lisa and Bart will turn the show over to Homer, who will take a break from stuffing his face to comment on the events of the day live during both the East Coast and West Coast broadcasts. He’ll answer fans’ questions, which they can tweet from May 1-4 using #HomerLive.

RYAN REYNOLDS INTERVIEWS HUGH JACKMAN _ 20th Century Fox had a very fine weekend, thanks to the Ryan Reynolds movie Deadpool. And the studio has another movie coming out soon featuring another one of their heroes. Hugh Jackman stars in Eddie the Eagle, and to promote the film, Reynolds and Jackman got together for a highly informative discussion about the art of acting. The video is pretty much what you expect from seeing the two very charismatic actors sharing a room together — lots of joking around and sarcasm. • VIDEO

NATHAN BARKSDALE, INSPIRATION FOR THE WIRE, DIES AT 54 _ Nathan Barksdale, the gang leader who was an inspiration for HBO’s The Wire, has died at age 54. Barksdale passed away from an unspecified illness while in a federal prison in North Carolina Saturday.

UNFORGETTABLE CANCELED AFTER FOUR SEASONS _ Unforgettable has been canceled. The Poppy Montgomery-led procedural, which ran for CBS on three seasons before getting canceled and moving to A+E, will not return for a fifth season. The series centered on a female detective who has a special condition that gives her the ability to visually remember everything.

DOLPH LUNDGREN IN FIRST KINDERGARTEN COP 2 TRAILER _ Dolph Lundgren takes over Arnold Schwarzenegger‘s old role in the first trailer for Kindergarten Cop 2. The sequel, hitting theaters 26 years after the first film’s release, follows an FBI agent who goes undercover as a kindergarten teacher to hunt down stolen data. • VIDEO

BUMBLEBEE MOVIE COMING IN 2018 _ Last week Paramount unveiled its plans to make a new Transformers movie every year, copying Disney’s plans for the Star Wars films. Transformers 5 will be out in June 2017, to be followed by a film in the two following summers. The second of those three films will be a spinoff featuring Bumblebee and will be released in June of 2018.

THANKS TO DEADPOOL, WOLVERINE 3 MAY HAVE AN R RATING _ Deadpool’s $132 million opening would have been impressive under any circumstances, but it was especially noteworthy given the film’s R rating. The conventional wisdom has been that PG-13 is the way to go if you want to make lots of money, because an R rating, by its very nature, excludes a sizable chunk of the potential audience. But not only did the R rating not hurt Deadpool, it seemed to actually help. It signaled to moviegoers that this wasn’t going to be just another bland, safe comic book adaptation, and they turned out in droves to see what it would be.

… Hollywood has taken notice. For the past several days, the question has been whether Deadpool could spark a whole new wave of R-rated superhero movies. And while it’s too early to tell, it seems like 20th Century Fox, at least, is ready to take the plunge again. Rumor has it the studio is considering an R rating for the upcoming Wolverine 3 movie.

VANESSA HUDGENS AND BOYFRIEND IN TROUBLE OVER NAME CARVING _ Vanessa Hudgens and her longtime love Austin Butler are being investigated for allegedly defacing a rock while spending Valentine’s Day together in Sedona, Arizona. The 27-year-old Grease: Live star and 24-year-old Arrow actor illegally carved their names (with a heart around them) into a precious rock formation at the Coconino National Forest. Vanessa posted a photo of the carving on Instagram, which triggered the investigation. That photo has since been deleted. Apparently there’s a federal law that prohibits “damaging natural surfaces or property of the United States.” The maximum punishment is a $5000 fine and/or 6 months in prison.

SCOTT DISICK MIGHT DO DWTS IF THE PRICE IS RIGHT _ Scott Disick is considering joining Dancing with the Stars if the show agrees to pay big. Kourtney Kardashian’s ex reportedly wants $500,000 to put on his dancing shoes. Dancing with the Stars casting folks have warned Scott that each contestant receives the same amount of money. He would get $125,000 simply for signing on, and then an additional $345,000 if he makes it to the finals. A source says this is a no-go for the reality star. It’s either half a million dollars or nothing at all.

HOT NEW ILLEGAL DOWNLOAD: KANYE’S ALBUM _ Kanye West declared on Twitter Monday that “My album will never never never be on Apple. And it will never be for sale… You can only get it on Tidal.” But apparently not everyone is interested in paying $9.99 a month just to get access to The Life of Pablo, because TorrentFreak reports that an estimated half-million people had already illegally downloaded a copy of the album.

KIM KARDASHIAN “CAN’T STAND” KANYE WEST’S TWITTER FINGERS _ Kanye West’s been taking Twitter by storm with his controversial rants, feuds with other rappers, and more. Now it seems his Twitter fingers might be getting him into trouble at home. A source close to Kim Kardashian claims that “Kim is a very supportive wife” and “rarely complains,” but she’s not a fan of the social media sagas. Kim can cope with most of her husband’s eccentric behavior, the source claims, but “what causes friction in the marriage is Kanye’s compulsive tweeting. Kim can’t stand it. She is all for self-promotion, but doesn’t approve of Twitter drama.”

KANYE CONCERNED ABOUT THE PRICE OF TEXTBOOKS _ College dropout Kanye West is very concerned about the price of textbooks. He hopped onto his digital soapbox — Twitter — to voice concerns about an issue close to his heart. This time, it’s the price of higher education and textbooks. He started off with an anecdote about a friend who makes $370 a day and is holding down two jobs in order to send her son to college. However, textbooks are so expensive that according to West, she may not be able to. Kanye did NOT ask Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg for money, or beg Taylor Swift — who he made famous — for a loan for his friend.


AUDIO

Newest on the PRO AUDIO page.

• Ryan Reynolds crashes Eddie the Eagle press interviews with Hugh Jackman. – 3 cuts

• PHONER: What did your dog eat? – 5 real calls

• PRESIDENTIAL RACE: Presidential campaign ad clip montage.

• 2016 CAMPAIGN: Cute kids say who they want to see as President.


BITS & BREAKS

IGNORE THESE OLD WIVES’ TALES ABOUT BABIES!

It’s amazing how many ‘Old Wives’ Tales’ there are about babies. Many are passed down from generation to generation, but just because Grandma says so doesn’t mean it’s true. Here are some:

• “A fat baby is a healthy baby.” Not true. The fact is that fat babies often turn out to be fat adults.

• “Solid foods will help a baby sleep through the night.” There is no proof that this is true. Even if solid foods do help a baby sleep, they shouldn’t be started before your doctor tells you to.

• “Air conditioning is harmful for a baby.” Ridiculous. Hospital nurseries are now air conditioned.

• “Teething causes high fever.” This is just not so. Any temperature above 101 degrees is not due to teething.

• “Wearing shoes will help a baby walk sooner.” No. As a matter of fact, just the opposite is true. Keeping your baby barefoot will strengthen his muscles and help him to learn to walk more quickly.

• “Getting teeth late means there’s something wrong.” Absolutely not true. There’s no relationship between the time that teeth come in and physical or mental development.

• “It’s bad luck to give a baby a haircut before one year of age.” I don’t know where that one came from, but it certainly makes no sense at all.

• “A baby frightened by strangers, at about four to six months, is insecure and unloved.” Not at all. This fear of strangers is normal at this age.

• “If a baby stands too soon, it will cause him to be bow-legged.” No. If your baby is happy standing, let him do so.

DETOX YOUR WALLET

Because our wallets go everywhere we go, they get weighed down with all sorts of unhelpful junk, like ticket stubs, receipts, discount cards, etc. But de-toxing your wallet is not as simple as turning it upside down and shaking everything out. Here’s a plan for reducing the clutter in your wallet:

• OUT WITH WASTE-OF-SPACE CARDS — Time to say “see-ya” to your shopping cards. Sure they might offer you discounts, but they also encourage you to keep spending. Keep one or two that you frequently use. Only keep cards that are current and used regularly.

• NO MORE USELESS PAPER — Go through your wallet and take out all the old receipts and ticket stubs. Do the same with little bits of paper with telephone numbers and names.

• KEEP PHOTOS TO A MINIMUM — Sure, its great to have a photo of your loved ones, but do your wallet a favor and limit yourself to one. The rest can be stored on your phone.

• FAREWELL FANTASTIC PLASTIC — Time to remove any excess plastic … that means credit cards. If you have lots of cards, close them down and consolidate your debts on a lower-interest rate card.

HUMAN HEALTH TRENDS THAT HAVE GONE TO THE DOGS

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More professionals are offering dogs health and medical treatment options normally reserved for their human companions. Examples:

Medical marijuana. Fluffy and Fido getting on in years? Losing their appetite? Aching and whining? Dog treats containing cannabidiol and even the psychoactive chemical THC have grown in popularity in recent years. Nevada has considered a bill to allow people to obtain medical marijuana for their pets.

Telemedicine. Getting your companion a checkup does not have to involve making an appointment with the vet. Instead, fire up the laptop or smart phone for a virtual vet visit. New apps allow live texting and video-chatting with licensed vets, allowing convenient access to pet medical care.

Acupuncture. The ancient Chinese therapy of acupuncture is gaining more acceptance to treat everything from pain to behavioral disorders in pets. Several veterinary schools and organizations certify vets in the practice of acupuncture. Dogs are the main acupuncture patients but cats, horses, and even birds have gotten the procedure.

Fitness trackers. Exercise trackers, like Fitbark, track dogs’ rest, activity, and playtime. A similar device allows remote medical monitoring of the vital signs of sick pets.

Antidepressants. Dogs have different sources of anxiety than humans, but they respond to a common treatment: Prozac. A recent study found that dogs with separation anxiety were less distressed when given the antidepressant along with behavioral therapy.

Health spas. Pet spas are cropping up in luxury condo buildings, offering pet treadmills, bone-shaped pools, and cots for nap time.

Raw food diet. Brands such as BARF Dog Food push these diets as the best for pets. However scientists have cautioned that sometimes homemade raw diets don’t include all the nutrients animals need.


FUN & GAMES

TRIVIA: A couple in Wilmington, Delaware, recently paid $325,000 for the number 14. Where did they put it? (On their car. The couple paid for a license plate with the number 14. A few years ago the license plate number 6 sold for $675,000.)

TRIVIA: Americans spent $5.4 billion on this in 2015. Hint: Legally spent. (Marijuana)

BRAIN TEASER

Question: A murderer is condemned to death. He has to choose between three rooms. The first is full of raging fires, the second is full of assassins with loaded guns, and the third is full of lions that haven’t eaten in three years. Which room is safest?

Answer: The third. Lions that haven’t eaten in three years would be dead.

MYSTERY VOICE

Question: Who is this?

Answer: Leonardo DiCaprio


VIDEO OF THE DAY

Drone captures sheep being herded across the grasslands of New Zealand.


IMAGE OF THE DAY


Sources: bitsandpieces.us

COUNTRY DATEBOOK: FEBRUARY 17, 2016

• 1995: TANYA TUCKER celebrated five gold albums with What’s Your Mama’s Name, Would You Lay With Me, Strong Enough To Bend, Greatest Hits and Tennessee Woman.

• 1995: WADE HAYES scored his first number one hit with Old Enough To Know Better.

• 2001: BRAD PAISLEY became a member of the Grand Ole Opry.

• 2006: CARRIE UNDERWOOD’s Jesus Take The Wheel spent its sixth week at the top of the country singles chart. The stint was the longest consecutive for a female this decade.

BRYAN WHITE is 42.

JOHNNY BUSH is 81. Johnny had a top ten hit with Whiskey River, which he wrote. It’s also WILLIE NELSON’s signature song.


COUNTRY AUDIO

Newest on the COUNTRY AUDIO page.

• ZAC BROWN BAND talks about performing on festivals.

• CARRIE UNDERWOOD at the Grammys gushes about her little boy Isaiah.

• JENNIFER NETTLES reflects on 10 years in country music.


COUNTRY MUSIC NEWS

GRANGER SMITH, whose Backroad Song is No. this week, will promote the March 4 release of his album Remington with appearances on NBC’s The Today Show (March 8), FOX & Friends (March 9) and Jimmy Kimmel Live (March 22).

During GARTH BROOKS’ concert in South Carolina last weekend he closed with a rendition of the RANDY TRAVIS hit Three Wooden Crosses in honor of his friend, songwriter Kim Williams, who died last Thursday at the age of 68. Kim and Garth co-wrote Papa Loved Mama, Ain’t Goin’ Down (Till The Sun Comes Up) and It’s Midnight Cinderella.

CHASE RICE will return to his glory days with his upcoming Back to College Tour, on which he will be performing at college campuses around the country starting in in April. There are currently seven dates on the schedule, including Chace’s Alma Mater, the University of North Carolina on April 16.

DUSTIN LYNCH stops by Late Night with Seth Meyers tonight (Wednesday).

RONNIE MILSAP celebrated his 40th anniversary as a member of the Grand Ole Opry with a performance there last weekend.

CHASE RICE will embark on his Back To College Tour beginning April 14 in Fort Myers, Florida (Florida Gulf Coast University). He’ll play college campuses through mid-May, including his alma mater, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

VINCE GILL says the one artist he’ll never turn down the chance to work with is ALISON KRAUSS. The two teamed up on Vince’s latest album, Down To My Last Bad Habit, with Alison providing backing vocals on Sad One Comin’ On, a song Vince wrote in tribute to the late GEORGE JONES.

Buy Me A Boat singer CHRIS JANSON says his goals for the next ten years are simple — to be able to continue playing music for people and hopefully have his songs on the radio regularly. One of Chris’ favorite places to play is the Grand Ole Opry and he hopes to visit the famous venue many times over the next several years.

CASEY JAMES is the proud father of a baby girl. He revealed the news on his Facebook during Monday night’s (February 15) Grammy Awards.


DATEBOOK: FEBRUARY 18, 2016

This is day 49 of 2016. There are 317 days remaining.

BIRTHDAYS

• Yoko Ono is 83

• Dennis DeYoung (Styx) is 69

• Cybill Shepherd is 66

• Juice Newton is 64

• John Travolta is 62

• Vanna White (Wheel of Fortune) is 59

• Matt Dillon (Crash) is 52

• Dr. Dre is 51

• Molly Ringwald (The Breakfast Club, Pretty in Pink) is 48

• Jillian Michaels is 42

IT HAPPENED TODAY

• 1929: The first Academy Awards were announced.

• 1930: While studying photographs taken in January, Clyde Tombaugh discovered Pluto.

• 2001: Dale Earnhardt was killed in a crash during the final lap of the Daytona 500, which was won by Michael Waltrip, driving in a car that Earnhardt owned. His son, Dale Earnhardt, Jr. finished second.

• 2006: American Shani Davis won the men’s 1,000-meter speedskating in Turin, becoming the first black athlete to win an individual gold medal in Winter Olympic history.

SPECIAL EVENTS

• Eat Ice Cream for Breakfast Day

• The Great American Spit Out

• National Drink Wine Day

• Pluto  Day (discovered today by Clyde Tombaugh)

UPCOMING

• March 13: Daylight Saving Time begins (move clocks forward)

• March 15: NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament begins

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