COUNTRY February 25, 2016

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DATEBOOK: FEBRUARY 25, 2016

This is day 56 of 2016. There are 310 days remaining.

BIRTHDAYS

• Karen Grassle (Caroline Ingalls on Little House on the Prairie) is 74

• Veronica Webb is 51

• Tea Leoni is 50

• Carrot Top is 49

• Sean Astin is 45

• Chelsea Handler is 41

• Rashida Jones (The Office, Parks and Recreation) is 40

• James and Oliver Phelps (Harry Potter films) are 30

IT HAPPENED TODAY

• 1919: Oregon placed a 1 cent per U.S. gallon tax on gasoline, becoming the first U.S. state to levy a gasoline tax.

• 1940: A hockey game was televised for the first time, by New York City station W2XBS. The New York Rangers beat the Montreal Canadiens 6-2 at Madison Square Garden.

• 2006: The world’s estimated population reached 6.5 billion.

• 2009: It was revealed by the White House staff that every day President Barack Obama is handed a special purple folder. The folder contains ten letters culled from the thousands the White House Correspondence Office receives each day from Americans who have taken the time to sit down and write to their president.

SPECIAL EVENTS

• Introduce A Girl to Engineering Day

• Chili Day

• Clam Chowder Day

• Chocolate-Covered Peanuts Day

UPCOMING

• February 28: Academy Awards

• February 29: Leap Day

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

• March 15: NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament begins

More holidays


NUMBER FOR THE DAY

745: Red carpet fan bleacher seats at the Oscars.


NEWS ATTACK!

What do you think of Facebook’s new reaction buttons? [My favorite is Blue Steel.]

New data shows that only about half of Americans get the proper amount of exercise. [And most of them are people who got stuck helping their friends move.]

The candy maker Mars is recalling its candy bars, including Snickers and Milky Way, from 55 countries. [Authorities fear that chocoholics will now turn to illegal candy bar smugglers, especially the world’s biggest kingpin, El Choco Guzman.]

J.D. Power released its new list of the most dependable automobiles. Topping the list are Lexus, Porsche, and Buick. [And the most unreliable automobile is whichever car you choose to drive to that big job interview.]

Tiger Woods was forced to release a video of him swinging a golf club to refute Internet rumors that his condition has deteriorated to the point where he’s lying down all the time. [For similar reasons, new videos were also released by Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio.]

Kevin Spacey said that he recently found out that he had unknowingly broken his nose several years ago. [Which explains why he couldn’t smell the food on his plate, but could perfectly smell the food on the person’s plate next to him.]

Donald Trump, an Ivy League graduate, said that he loves the poorly educated. [And he promises that if they vote for him, he’ll make sure that they stay that way.]

Kanye has released new song about himself called Closest Thing to Einstein. [Before you get upset remember that he’s probably referring to himself within the Kardashian clan.]

A male nurse is facing charges after he showed up to assist an emergency appendectomy while drunk. [But he did thoroughly prep the patient for surgery including crushing some ice and slicing some lemon wedges.]


NEWS & NUGGETS

PARENTS: STOP BUYING STUFF FOR YOUR KIDS _ If you’re home is busting at the seams, or you’re one of the millions of homeowners that pays for monthly storage, you don’t need a bigger home — you need to seriously downsize your stuff. And you can start with your kids. No, don’t get rid of them — get rid of their stuff. Specifically their toys. British researchers found that the average 10-year-old owns 238 toys but plays with just 12 daily. 3.1% of the world’s children live in America, but they own 40% of the toys consumed globally.

SEMI TRUCK NEARLY HITS MINNESOTA POLICE OFFICER _ A police officer in Minnesota had a near miss with a semi truck after the vehicle went speeding by on the shoulder of a snowy road on Tuesday. City of Crystal police department shared dash cam video of the incident on Facebook. The box truck can be seen speeding along the shoulder of the snowy highway as a police officer tends to an earlier accident. The officer and two citizens narrowly escape the vehicle’s path and avoided being hit by the speeding truck. • VIDEO

FLIGHT ATTENDANT MARRIES MID-FLIGHT FOR MOM _ Kristy Stratton met her new husband Jim Larsen during a layover from Los Angeles to Seattle six years ago. She’s a flight attendant for Alaska Airlines. Stratton’s mom was diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer in 2014, and she want just three things when it came to her daughter: She wanted to see where she lived; she wanted to see where she worked; and she wanted to see her get married.

… The airline was totally for the on-board wedding, so she enlisted her pastor, along with her photographer — a fellow Alaska Airlines stewardess — and let her mom know that her wishes were coming true. In one plane ride, Stratton’s would get to see her daughter’s place of work and watch her get married at the same time, on the way to seeing where she lives now in Seattle. • VIDEO

IS THE POWERBALL WINNER FROM CALIFORNIA DEAD? _ On January 13, 2016, the largest Powerball jackpot in history was drawn. The jackpot had reached $1.58 billion. Three winning tickets were sold. One was sold in Munford, Tennessee; one in Melbourne Beach, Florida; and one in Chino Hill, California. To this day, only the Tennessee and Florida winners have come forward to claim their prize. The California winner has yet to claim their share of the $1.58 billion jackpot that has been split three ways and amounts to $528,784,000 million each.

… As the Tennessee Powerball winners were publicly celebrating their win and appearing on national talk shows, social media networks were exploding with rumors that the California Powerball winner had died. The going rumor was that the winner had claimed an upfront cash payment, took out a loan against the winnings, bought a massive amount of cocaine, and partied until he overdosed. Scam and false news sites began reporting that a man named James Hugston overdosed.

… But the reality is the California winner has not come forward yet.

ALSO: Ten years ago this week a Louisiana man named Steve Jones heard about an unclaimed $850,000 Powerball ticket from the previous October. Jones decided to do a little housecleaning. Of the three tickets he swept out from under the bed, one wound up being the prizewinner.

BON BON THE CHIMP DEAD AT 57 _ The Dallas Zoo is mourning the loss of its beloved chimp, Bon Bon, which died on Sunday after 57 years in captivity. The chimp was the zoo’s oldest resident.

… Bon Bon was interested in some of life’s simpler pleasures; nail polish and new shoes were among her favorite things to observe. Staffers would occasionally show the chimp their painted toenails and she would be fascinated. Zookeepers even surprised Bon Bon for her 56th birthday by putting on a show painting their toes. Staffers say Bon Bon watched in joy.

LEGO CREATES STAY-AT-HOME HIPSTER DAD FIGURINE _ Lego is moving with the times, creating a new figurine of a stay-at-home dad. The hipster father figurine, who is pushing a baby in a stroller, is dressed in jeans and a red check shirt, and sports a beard and mop-top haircut. Was the stay-at-home dad figuring created because of a petition or something? Lego says no. A spokesman for the company says, “We need to stay in tune with the world around us. We aren’t responding to demand from anyone. We are trying to portray the world around us and listen to our consumer base.”

… The stay-at-home father figures are paired with one of a mother wearing a work outfit.

SPUD-ONLY DIET A HIT FOR AUSTRALIA’S MR. POTATO HEAD _ An Australian man who plans to eat nothing but potatoes for an entire year said this week that despite his strange diet he was not only feeling better, but surprisingly enjoying his meals. 35-year-old Andrew Taylor made a deliberate decision to eat only the starchy staple for 12 months, to break what he termed his “food addiction.” He also considered mangoes, bananas and watermelon. After deciding there were more options with the humble potato, Taylor now eats as many as he wants each day, boiled, mashed and even made into pancakes, occasionally flavoring them with seasonings such as garlic and salt. He’s currently on day 57 of his year-long potatoes-only plan.

… Taylor is documenting his experience on his Spud Fit Facebook page. So far he’s lost almost 38 pounds.

A GERMAN CITY BANNED COFFEE PODS _ The German city of Hamburg has banned coffee pods from government-run buildings. In an attempt to become more environmentally friendly, the city said it will no longer spend taxpayer money on products that don’t meet its high sustainability standards. Coffee capsules, like those sold by Nestle, Keurig and other brands, are specifically mentioned in the city’s new guidelines, because they create unnecessary waste and contain aluminum. A spokesman for the city said the pods contain 3 grams of waste for every 6 grams of coffee.

THE MOST EXPENSIVE CONDOM IN THE WORLD _ A condom made from sheep intestines recently sold online for $462. It was used in the 18th or 19th Century. Condoms from the Middle Ages were usually made from the intestines of sheep, pigs, cows and goats. Due to expensive price and long time production, they were used only by the wealthy. After cheap condoms were produced in the 19th Century, condoms made from sheep intestines were no longer used. The condom was found in France. The highest bidder came from Amsterdam, Netherlands. The buyer did not say what intend to do with the condom.

MICHIGAN: OUR POTHOLES MAKE US THE BEST PLACE TO TEST DRIVERLESS CARS _ Michigan and California, vying for control of our driverless future, are each proposing crumbling World War II military sites as ideal locations to test robot cars. Michigan’s secret weapon? Better potholes. Michigan plans to make a test track out of a 330-acre industrial ghost town near Ypsilanti, where B-24 bombers were built during World War II. Backers contend that tough winters make the factory site a better choice for the imperfect world of driving than California’s decommissioned Navy base in Concord.

… The states are competing for a chunk of almost $4 billion in federal funding that President Barack Obama last month proposed for development of self-driving cars.

HAPPY PEOPLE MORE LIKELY TO ACHIEVE FAVORABLE LIFE CIRCUMSTANCES _ Personal and professional success may affect happiness, but the effect appears to work the other way as well, with happy people more likely to achieve favorable life circumstances. According to a study (University of Illinois), happy people are more likely to work actively toward goals and build resources to achieve them. They also tend to be more confident, optimistic, energetic and sociable and better able to cope with difficult situations, which can help lead to success. On top of that, happy people apparently have better personal relationships overall, are healthier and maybe even live longer.

YOU CAN ‘FEEL THE BERN’ BY BUYING A BERNIE SANDERS WEED PIPE _ Bernie Sanders supporters can take the phrase “Feel the Bern” to a whole new level by buying weed pipes with the campaign’s logo from the Portland-based Stonedware Company. The pipes are $60 and 10% of that goes to the Bernie campaign. • LINK

‘MY BERNIE’ ACTION FIGURE ON KICKSTARTER _ The first Bernie Sanders action figure is in development and you can back it on Kickstarter. It’s being created by a Brooklyn design studio responsible for action figures of both Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama. There’s even a catchy “My Bernie” jingle on the Kickstarter page. • LINK

HACKERS COULD “MOUSEJACK” YOUR COMPUTER _ If you use a wireless mouse with your computer, beware: You could be at risk of getting “mousejacked.” That’s the term being used to describe a recently discovered security flaw that could allow hackers to exploit a wireless mouse to access anything on the computer. A hacker would just need a $15 antenna and a few lines of malicious computer code.

FOR SOME PARENTS, BABY-NAME THEFT IS NO JOKE _ If you’re trying to pick a name for your unborn child, be sure you don’t steal from a friend. More than half of parents say baby-name stealing is a no-no. According to the survey, if parents-to-be know another couple has plans for a baby name, they shouldn’t use it.


WACKY-BUT-TRUE

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: WACKY STREET NAMES _ An automotive website conducted an online poll looking for the wackiest real street names. It picked Psycho Path as number one, followed by Divorce Court, Farfrompoopen Road, and the intersection of Lonesome and Hardup.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: MAN CARRYING GNOME SPARKS POLICE ALERT _ In the UK a man was reported to police for carrying a “small child” on a highway. When cops stopped the man they found he was holding a garden gnome.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: MAYOR’S PLAN FOR PAY CUT SHOT DOWN _ The mayor of the village of Saint-Aubin, France, went to the media to complain that he was being paid too much. According to French law, mayors of villages of less than 1,000 residents cannot be paid less than $890 per month; the law is meant to encourage more people to step up to lead small towns. Delpeyrat said he “wanted to lead by example” in the struggling French economy by taking home only $440, but the politician was told he must accept more.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: TARGET EMPLOYEE TRIES HIDING CASH IN BRA _ The manager of a Target store in Greenacres, Florida, called police after reviewing security camera video of an office. Police said the video showed a female employee counting out some cash bills, then taking the cash and hiding it inside her bra. The manager confronted the employee and recovered $720 in cash. She allegedly admitted to police she had taken “random” amounts of cash “about 15 times,” for a total of around $6,000. She was booked on a charge of grand theft.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: SANTA CLAUS BUSTED FOR DUI _ Police in Post Falls, Idaho, noticed a car going the wrong way and pulled it over. The driver identified himself as Santa Claus — and had the driver’s license to prove it. Claus admitted to having “three or four beers” and was arrested and charged with DUI. Officers noted that Claus was “cooperative throughout” the interview and arrest process.


ON TELEVISION

THE BIG BANG THEORY (8p ET, CBS) — The Big Bang Theory celebrates its 200th episode, as the gang surprises Sheldon with a birthday party, including special guest star Adam West (Batman). Sara Gilbert, Wil Wheaton and Christine Baranski will also be returning.

AMERICAN IDOL (8p ET, FOX) — On the first live show of the season, the final two of the Top 10 are revealed and the Top 10 finalists will perform for America’s vote. Plus, Kelly Clarkson will return to guest judge and perform.

GREY’S ANATOMY (8p ET, ABC) — In this new episode, flashbacks reveal the evolution of April and Jackson’s relationship.

YOU, ME AND THE APOCALYPSE (8p ET, NBC) — Jamie is faced with an upsetting truth about his wife in this new edition.

DC’S LEGENDS OF TOMORROW (8p ET, CW) — In this new edition, a malfunction sends the Waverider into Star City in 2046, where a surprising version of the future waits.

LIFE IN PIECES (8:30p ET, CBS) — New

SCANDAL (9p ET, ABC) — Annabeth Gish guest stars in this new episode, as Cyrus orchestrates his master plan and Olivia questions what Jake will do with his new role.

THE BLACKLIST (9p ET, NBC) — Liz searches for more information about her mother, in this new episode.

MOM (9p ET, CBS) — In this new episode, Christy, Jill and Wendy agree to help Bonnie smuggle an illegal substance across the Canadian border.

THE 100 (9p ET, CW) — Kane and Octavia work together in hopes of averting a disaster in this new episode.

TOP CHEF (9p ET, Bravo) — In this new edition, Umami Burger restaurateur Adam Fleischman tasks the chefs with creating their own fast-casual restaurant concept.

PROJECT RUNWAY ALL STARS (9p ET, Lifetime) — In this new edition, the designers team up with music group Little Big Town to create red-carpet gowns for the Academy of Country Music Awards.

2 BROKE GIRLS (9:30p ET, CBS) — In this new episode, Max tags along when Caroline flies to L.A. to talk about turning her life story into a movie. Ed Quinn (Mistresses) guest stars.

HOW TO GET AWAY WITH MURDER (10p ET, ABC) — Annalise tries to stay ahead of Philip’s threats, as Wes and Laurel investigate the death of Wes’ mother in this new episode.

SHADES OF BLUE (10p ET, NBC) — In this new episode, two abusive cops harass Harlee’s daughter and her boyfriend.

ELEMENTARY (10p ET, CBS) — In this new episode, Holmes’ investigation into the attempt on Morland’s life leads to the revelation of Sherlock’s mother’s identity.

LIP SYNC BATTLE (10p ET, Spike TV) — In this new edition, model Gigi Hadid faces actor Tyler Posey.


ENTERTAINMENT

DRIVER CRASHES INTO KIM CATTRALL’S HOME _ A teenage driver crashed her car into the home of Sex and The City star Kim Cattrall early Wednesday morning. Cattrall tweeted photos of the crash, adding that the driver was a 16-year-old girl traveling with friends in an SUV. Cattrall tweeted: “A senseless 16-year-old driver plowed into my home Joy Riding at 1 a.m.” Photos show the car backed slightly away from the front door or the home as debris can be seen inside on a desk. No one in the home was injured.

MICHAEL B. JORDAN TO STAR IN THOMAS CROWN AFFAIR REMAKE _ Michael B. Jordan will be joining the cast of the upcoming revival of The Thomas Crown Affair. The Thomas Crown Affair, starring Steve McQueen and Faye Dunaway, opened in theaters in 1968. The studio remade the film in 1999 with Pierce Brosnan and Rene Russo, changing the ending. Jordan reportedly pitched the Thomas Crown remake idea to MGM executives.

SIMON COWELL OFFERS $35,000 FOR CHILD’S TREATMENT _ Simon Cowell stunned the mom of a toddler fighting cancer by phoning her to offer to donate $35,000 for his treatment. Cowell was moved by Kian Musgrove’s plight and agreed to fly the little boy to see a specialist in the U.S. Then Cowell made a surprise call to Kian’s mom as she sat at her son’s hospital bedside Wednesday. The call was to offer to add $35,000 to the family’s fundraising account. Kian needs about $700,000 for treatment after the toddler was diagnosed with an aggressive form of childhood cancer for the second time. • LINK

THE BIG BANG THEORY: ADAM WEST ON THE 200TH EPISODE _ The Big Bang Theory has seen its share of celebrity guest stars over the course of nine seasons. To celebrate the show’s 200th episode tonight (Thursday), TV’s original Caped Crusader himself, Adam West, is on hand to add a little “POW!” to the punchlines.

BATMAN V SUPERMAN GETS R-RATED DVD DIRECTOR’S CUT _ Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is going even darker for the DVD. A director’s cut of the upcoming superhero movie received an R rating from the Motion Picture Association of America. The cut, titled the Ultimate Edition, differs from the PG-13 version set for release March 25. The Ultimate Edition will have extended sequences of violence – the reason for the new rating.

BEN AFFLECK IS A ‘SEXY, SMART AND SEDUCTIVE’ BATMAN _ Ben Affleck is Batman. Affleck is taking on the role of the Caped Crusader in the upcoming Batman v Superman, and according to costume designer Michael Wilkinson, fans are going to be “blown away”. Wilkinson said, “It just feels right, like he was born to be this character.” Wilkinson said Affleck embodies the perfect combination of characteristics to put his own spin on the character, while staying true to the Batman fans have grown up with.

MOST AND LEAST-WATCHED CABLE CHANNELS ON TIVO _ Bravo may not be cable’s most-watched channel, but it’s well ahead of the pack by at least one viewing metric. TiVo Research recently released its findings from an in-depth DVR study, which showed 69 percent of primetime Bravo viewing was time-shifted — watched outside of its initial airtime — over the most recent three-month quarter. BBC America finished second, with a 60.3 percent rate.

The most time-shifted cable networks (primetime):

  1. Bravo: 69 percent
  2. BBC America: 60.3 percent
  3. AMC: 59.9 percent
  4. FX: 59.3 percent
  5. Syfy: 58 percent

The least time-shifted cable networks (primetime):

  1. The Weather Channel: 15 percent
  2. ESPN: 18 percent
  3. Sprout: 19 percent
  4. ESPN2: 19.6 percent
  5. TBS: 20.3 percent

… It’s important to note that this particular study only counted TiVo users, and not other DVR subscribers.

WHO THE STARS WANT IN THE WHITE HOUSE _ Which celebs are behind Bernie? Who’s tooting a horn for Trump? Here’s what we know.

Hollywood stars for Hillary Clinton includes:

  • Kim Kardashian and Kanye West
  • Robert DeNiro
  • Matt Damon
  • Beyoncé
  • Selma Hayek
  • Pharrell Williams
  • Tom Hanks
  • Britney Spears
  • Johnny Galecki
  • Magic Johnson
  • Katy Perry
  • Kerry Washington
  • Olivia Wilde
  • Rosie O’Donnell
  • Amy Poehler
  • Katy Perry
  • Shonda Rhimes
  • J.J. Abrams
  • Steven Spielberg
  • Jennifer Lopez
  • Leonardo DiCaprio
  • Snoop Dog
  • Stevie Wonder
  • Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner
  • Bryan Cranston
  • Elizabeth Banks
  • Christina Aguilera
  • Elton John
  • Will Ferrell
  • Morgan Freeman

Hollywood stars for Donald Trump include:

  • Kid Rock
  • Willie Robertson
  • Gary Busey
  • Jesse Ventura
  • Loretta Lynn
  • Mike Tyson
  • Jesse James
  • Wayne Newton
  • Mike Ditka
  • Dennis Rodman
  • Hulk Hogan

Hollywood stars for Bernie Sanders includes:

  • Ryan Gosling
  • Seth MacFarlane
  • John Densmore
  • Sarah Silverman
  • Dave Matthews
  • Mark Ruffalo
  • Bill Maher
  • Susan Sarandon
  • Jeremy Piven
  • John C. Reilly
  • George Wendt
  • Wil Wheaton
  • Steve Wozniak
  • Josh Hutcherson
  • Jackson  Browne

CHRISTIAN SLATER SUED FOR DEFAMATION BY DAD _ Christian Slater is being sued by his actor dad Michael Hawkins for defamation for alleging in a June 2015 Interview magazine article that his father is a “manic-depressive schizophrenic,” who had a “difficult time working with directors, collaborating with people.” Slater’s dad, who’s real name is Thomas Knight Slater, alleges in court papers filed on Wednesday in Los Angeles that his son’s remarks are not only baseless and unfounded, but have also impeded his ability to now get work. According to the court filing, Hawkins denies he suffers from schizophrenia, and contests Slater’s ability to make such a medical finding.

AMAZON WILL STREAM A LIVE MACKLEMORE CONCERT _ Amazon is planning to stream a live Macklemore concert on Saturday (February 27) at 12AM Eastern to help mark the launch of the superstar’s latest album.


AUDIO

Newest on the PRO AUDIO page.

• MYSTERY VOICE: Katie Holmes

• PHONER: What did you leave on your car. – 5 real callers


BITS & BREAKS

THE MOST ATTRACTIVE JOBS IN AMERICA, ACCORDING TO TINDER

The dating app Tinder recently released some very enlightening data about which jobs listed in profiles get the most right swipes.

MEN

  1. Pilot
  2. Entrepreneur
  3. Firefighter
  4. Doctor
  5. TV/Radio Personality
  6. Teacher
  7. Engineer
  8. Model
  9. Paramedic
  10. College Student
  11. Lawyer
  12. Personal Trainer
  13. Financial Advisor
  14. Police Officer
  15. Military

WOMEN

  1. Physical Therapist
  2. Interior Designer
  3. Entrepreneur
  4. PR/Communications
  5. Teacher
  6. College Student
  7. Speech Language Pathologist
  8. Pharmacist
  9. Social Media Manager
  10. Model
  11. Dental Hygienist
  12. Nurse
  13. Flight Attendant
  14. Personal Trainer
  15. Real Estate Agent

A FEW THINGS YOU DIDN’T KNOW YESTERDAY

• In a lifetime, an average driver will release approximately 912 pints of wind inside a car.

• People still cut the cheese shortly after death.

• The average adult has approximately six pounds of skin.

• The eight most popular foods to cause food allergies are: milk, eggs, wheat, peanuts, soy, tree nuts, fish, and shellfish.

• Ninety percent of the population has an innie belly button.

• The most widely used food in the world is the Onion.

• Over 40 million Americans have chronic bad breath.

• One average, men spend 40 hours a year shaving.

• Studies indicate that listening to music is good for digestion.

• People that smoke have 10 times as many wrinkles as a person that does not smoke.

HOW TO RUIN SOMEONE’S DAY

• Go to a movie theater and try to open a bag of potato chips for two hours.

• Tell a Bernie supporter you’re voting for Trump. Tell a Trump supporter you’re voting for Bernie.

• #HashtagEverythingYouWriteOnSocialMedia

• Sit at a green light and wait for it to turn red.

• Go to a library and say “Shhh!” to the quietest person in the room.

• Hold the door open for someone and right before they go through say, “Nice try” and close it.

• Tell a friend you’re coming over and never show up.

• Go on a blind date and pay the bill with pennies.

• Wave at someone and when they wave back say “Not you” in an annoyed tone.


FUN & GAMES

TRIVIA: According to experts, what costs U.S. businesses over $300 billion dollars per year? (Job stress)

TRIVIA: One out of 20 people have an extra what? (Rib)

MYSTERY VOICE

Question: Who is this?

Answer: Katie Holmes


VIDEO OF THE DAY

Semi-truck backing into a tiny garage is amazing.

https://youtu.be/MyriVHIUmIg


IMAGE OF THE DAY

Getting a kid through the airport.

Source: unknown


COUNTRY DATEBOOK: FEBRUARY 25, 2016

• 2003: JOHNNY PAYCHECK was laid to rest in Nashville after a long battle with emphysema. The 64-year-old singer was buried in a plot donated by, and near in proximity to, his friend GEORGE JONES.

• 2010: Apple announced JOHNNY CASH’s Guess Things Happen That Way was the 10 billionth song downloaded on iTunes.

• 2012: Suffering with a vocal problem, GEORGE STRAIT left the stage at Kansas City’s Sprint Center after performing just two songs. He made up the show one week later.

• 2015: DIERKS BENTLEY leads a 1990s cover band, Hot Country Knights, at The Stage in Nashville. The night includes RANDY HOUSER doing Watermelon Crawl, CHARLES KELLEY singing My Maria and MIRANDA LAMBERT covering Whose Bed Have Your Boots Been Under?

RALPH STANLEY is 89.

Shawna Thompson of THOMPSON SQUARE is 38.


COUNTRY AUDIO

Newest on the COUNTRY AUDIO page.

• MADDIE & TAE’ Tae on believing in themselves.

• TRISHA YEARWOOD on the energy created when she sings with GARTH BROOKS. From PBS Loretta Lynn special.

• KIP MOORE on The Talk – Tooth chip story.


COUNTRY MUSIC NEWS

GARTH BROOKS has added three concerts to his stop in Columbus, Ohio. The previously announced single date was April 23. The new dates are April 15, April 16 and April 22. Tickets for all four shows go on sale Friday (February 26).

While LADY ANTEBELLUM’s taking a well-deserved break, all three of the trio’s members are working on some fun projects: Charles Kelley recently released a solo album, Hillary Scott is working on a gospel album with her family, and Dave Haywood has been writing and producing. For some groups the situation might signal the end of their time together, but Brian says that he hopes his and his bandmates’ time apart will help their work together in the future.

CARRIE UNDERWOOD isn’t going to throw her baby boy Isaiah some over-the-top first birthday party on Saturday (February 27). In fact, she told Entertainment Tonight that she doesn’t even know what to get him for his big day. They are going to have a little party — “just family and friends, people that are staples in his life” — and it will not be fancy.

From the time she could talk, Haley Hayes has loved singing CARRIE UNDERWOOD songs, but there was a time when no one expected her to get the chance. At six months old, the now-10-year-old was diagnosed with Pompe disease — a rare genetic disorder that results in profound muscle weakness. Her life expectancy at the time was only one year, but ten years later, not only is she still singing Carrie’s songs, but she recently got to meet her idol.

… A friend of Haley’s helped arrange backstage meet-and-greet tickets at the Hampton, Virginia, show, making one of Haley’s dreams come true.

BLAKE SHELTON has been in a fight with the Westboro Baptist Church for years. They don’t like the way he lives his life, and he doesn’t like the way they judge him for the way he lives his life. So when the church group threatened to stir up trouble at Blake’s upcoming Missouri show, he fought back the best way he knows how. With humor. It started Tuesday when the church tweeted, “We’ll be picketing @blakeshelton this Friday @ Sprint!.” Within about 10 minutes, Blake had seen the post and responded: “Great!!!! Lots of my crew guys will be happy to see your wives.. Again.”

So why did LoCash Cowboys shorten their name to LoCash? The guys were on NBC’s Today Wednesday and shared that it came down to the logo. When Preston Brust sketched a new logo on a napkin, his partner Chris Lucas loved it. Preston pointed out that it was missing the word “Cowboys,” but Chris liked it the way it was — so the duo decided to drop the word “Cowboys” right then and there.

To mark half a century, the CMA is counting down to the November ceremony by producing a 50-part video series that chronicles five decades of the awards. Titled CMA Awards 50/50, the Country Music Association plans to release one segment each week until summer, with the frequency increasing as the awards draw closer. • VIDEO

… The first episode, titled Nothing Like the First Time, looks back on four artists’ first appearance on the CMA Awards, including CHRIS YOUNG’s 2011 performance of Voices and TRACE ADKINS’ 1996 take on Every Light in the House Is On at the Grand Ole Opry House.

… TANYA TUCKER’s video appearance reminded her that JOHNNY CASH introduced her the night she performed — at the age of 15 — her hit song Delta Dawn.

… LITTLE BIG TOWN recalls a copious amount of fog and smoke during their 2006 delivery of Bones — and a pretty major case of the nerves.

KELSEA BALLERINI found out her song Dibs hit number one was like going back in time. That’s because, when the call came in to her phone, she was with a bunch of my friends eating pizza at midnight. Kelsea says she remembered having girls’ nights when I was 12 and 13, playing all her friends’ songs on the guitar and talking about one day having a song on the radio.


DATEBOOK: FEBRUARY 26, 2016

This is day 57 of 2016. There are 309 days remaining.

BIRTHDAYS

• Fats Domino is 88

• Bill Duke (Commando, Predator) is 73

• Michael Bolton is 63

• Greg Germann (Ally McBeal) is 58

IT HAPPENED TODAY

• 1919: An act of the U.S. Congress established most of the Grand Canyon as a United States National Park.

• 1991: Tim Berners-Lee introduced WorldWideWeb, the first web browser.

• 1996: A 38-year-old Muncie, Indiana, woman tried to remove a callus from her foot by shooting it off with .410-gauge shotgun. She told police later at the hospital she had been drinking heavily and it seemed like a good idea.

• 2009: The world learned that the Obama family had decided on a dog and locked down a ‘delivery’ date. First Lady Michelle Obama said a Portuguese Water Dog would be arriving at the White House on April 1.

SPECIAL EVENTS

• Bacon Day

• Pistachio Day

UPCOMING

• February 28: Academy Awards

• February 29: Leap Day

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

• March 15: NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament begins

More holidays


DATEBOOK WEEKEND

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 27

•  Joanne Woodward is 86. Howard Hesseman is 76. Neal Schon of Journey is 62. Chilli of TLC is 45. Josh Groban is 35. Kate Mara is 33

• Kahlua Day. Polar Bear Day. International Sword Swallowers Day. Open That Bottle Night.

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 28

• Gavin MacLeod (The Love Boat) is 85. Actor-director-dancer Tommy Tune is 77. Frank Bonner (WKRP in Cincinnati) is 74. Mercedes Ruehl is 68. Bernadette Peters is 68. Gilbert Gottfried is 61. John Turturro is 59. Ali Larter is 40. Jason Aldean is 39.

• Academy Awards. Tooth Fairy Day.