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DATEBOOK: APRIL 24, 2018

This is day 114 of 2018. There are 251 days remaining.

BIRTHDAYS

• Shirley MacLaine is 84

• Barbra Streisand is 76

• Eric Bogosian is 65

• Cedric the Entertainer is 54

• Djimon Hounsou (Blood Diamond, Amistad) is 54.

• Aidan Gillen (Game of Thrones) is 50

• Rory McCann (Game of Thrones) is 49

• Eric Balfour (24) is 41

• Kelly Clarkson is 36

• Joe Keery (Steve Harrington in Stranger Things) is 26

IT HAPPENED TODAY

• 1704: The first regular newspaper in the United States, the Boston, Massachusetts New-Letter, was first published.

• 1800: The United States Library of Congress was established when President John Adams signed legislation to appropriate $5,000 to purchase “such books as may be necessary for the use of Congress”.

• 1969: Singer Paul McCartney announced that there was no truth to the widespread rumor he was dead.

• 1990: The space shuttle Discovery blasted off from Cape Canaveral, Florida, carrying the $1.5 billion Hubble Space Telescope.

• 1992: In London Terry Cole balanced 220 cigar boxes on his chin for nine seconds and a new world record.

• 1992: Singer David Bowie and fashion model Iman were married in a secret ceremony in Switzerland. The wedding wasn’t announced until more than a week later.

• 2005: Pope Benedict-16 was formally installed as leader of the Roman Catholic Church in ceremonies at the Vatican.

• 2005: Snuppy becomes the world’s first cloned dog. Snuppy, an Afghan hound, was created in South Korea using a cell from an ear from an adult Afghan hound. Snuppy was named as Time Magazine’s “Most Amazing Invention” of the year in 2005.

• 2013: A building collapsed near Dhaka, Bangladesh, killing 1,129 people and injuring 2,500 others.

SPECIAL EVENTS

• Teach Your Children to Save Day

• School Bus Drivers Day

• World Meningitis Day

• Pigs in a Blanket Day

UPCOMING

• April 26: NFL Draft begins
• April 28: White House Correspondents Dinner
• May 4: Star Wars Day – May the Fourth be with you
• May 5: Cinco de Mayo
• May 5: Kentucky Derby
• May 8: Cannes Film Festival begins
• May 13: Mother’s Day
• May 19: The royal wedding
• May 19: Preakness horse race
• May 27: National Spelling Bee Week starts
• May 28: Memorial Day
• May 29: Starbucks closes its stores for the afternoon for racial bias training
• June 1: Atlantic hurricane season begins
• June 1: National Donut Day
• June 10: Tony Awards
• June 14: World Cup begins
• June 17: Father’s Day
• June 21: First day of Summer
• July 4: Independence Day
• July 13: Friday the 13th
• July 15: FIFA World Cup Final
• July 27: Mars looking its best. Tonight, it’s supposed to look bigger, brighter, and more reddish than usual​.
• September 3: Labor Day


NUMBER FOR THE DAY

154 billion: Pieces of mail delivered by the United States Postal Service each year.


NEWS ATTACK!

Prince William and Kate had their third child, a baby boy. [So now there’s yet another person in England that people would rather see on the throne than Prince Charles.]

Gas prices have gone up. [In fact, for the first time, drivers at this year’s Indianapolis 500 plan to carpool.]

Reports say that Amazon is working on a secret project to create a home robot. [That’s great. I can stay on the couch and tell the robot to get up and plug in Alexa.]

Authorities at Miami International Airport had to stun a man several times to remove him from an American Airlines flight that was still at the gate. [What an amateur. Every experienced traveler knows that you’re supposed to wait until the plane is in the middle of its flight before becoming a disruptive passenger.]

One of the Navy’s famous Blue Angels jets was grounded at a Florida air show after suffering a million dollars of damage from a collision with a bird.  [It’s scary to realize that theoretically, an entire squadron of fighter planes could be taken out by your local KFC.]

Canadian Shania Twain said she would have voted for Donald Trump. [That explains why Trump hasn’t asked for National Guard Troops at the other border.]

This is Administrative Professionals Week. And Friday is Arbor Day. [The boss is killing two birds with one stone — he plans to plant a secretary.]

An internal review of the safety of Penn State athletic programs has restricted the Outdoor Club from taking members on trips to the great outdoors because it’s too dangerous. [In other moves, the fencing club can not only use feather dusters and the diving team can only dive using virtual reality.]

A 20-year-old guy who was attacked by a shark in Hawaii has also been mauled by a bear and bitten by a rattlesnake. [This is a guy who you definitely don’t want to get caught with in a thunderstorm.]

Sarah Palin is now on Instagram promoting a tea. [With all the drama in her family, I’m sure she drinks something stronger than tea.]


NEWS & NUGGETS

FORMER PRESIDENT GEORGE H.W. BUSH IN INTENSIVE CARE _ Former President George H.W. Bush, who just buried his wife first lady Barbara Bush on Saturday, is in intensive care. A spokesman said: “President Bush was admitted to the Houston Methodist Hospital [Sunday] morning after contracting an infection that spread to his blood. He is responding to treatments and appears to be recovering. We will issue additional updates as events warrant.”

BEFORE YOU APPLY FOR A JOB, GOOGLE YOURSELF _ Before you apply for a job, be sure to google yourself and check your social media posts for not-so-pleasant stuff. More than 1 in 3 employers say they will automatically disqualify a candidate because of something they found online!

OLDER AMERICANS USE SOCIAL MEDIA MORE THAN MILLENNIALS _ Ugh, those lazy millennials are so obsessed with their phones. Not so true. Research (by Nielsen) “found that Americans aged 35 to 49 used social media 40 minutes more each week than those aged 18 to 34. Gen Xers were also more likely than millennials to pull their phones out at the dinner table. Baby boomers were even worse.”

FB icon Start it on Facebook, take it to the phones: Snitch on your parents: What are they doing on their phones all day?!

12-YEAR-OLD GOT MAD AT HIS PARENTS AND RAN AWAY TO BALI _ Kids fight with their parents sometimes and then threaten to run away forever. But while most of those threats don’t go much further than some kid holing up in a treehouse for an afternoon, one 12-year-old in Australia took running away to a whole different level — stealing his parents’ credit card, hopping on his Razor scooter, and running away to Bali for a solo tropical vacation. This wasn’t a short trip, either. A flight from Darwin, in the northern part of Australia, would be just under three hours to Bali in Indonesia.

… The kid, named Drew, got mad at his parents over a video game or something. Probably Fortnite. After researching rules about minors flying without adults online, he stole his family’s credit card and scootered off to the airport — where he hopped on an international flight to Bali.

HORSE NAMED AFTER ROB GRONKOWSKI OUT OF KENTUCKY DERBY _ The horse named in honor of Rob Gronkowski is out of the field for the 2018 Kentucky Derby while battling a “slight infection.” Gronkowski the horse picked up a pair of victories last month, winning a Kentucky Derby condition stakes event on March 7 before finishing first in the Burradon Stakes on March 30. The New England Patriots tight end announced April 18 he had purchased a stake in the horse.

MAN GETS WORLD’S FIRST PENIS AND SCROTUM TRANSPLANT _ A team of doctors has successfully carried out the world’s first total transplant of a penis and scrotum. Surgeons at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore performed the operation on a soldier who had been wounded by a bomb in Afghanistan. They used a penis, scrotum and partial abdominal wall transplanted from a deceased donor. They say the soldier should be able to regain sexual function, which is impossible with penis reconstructions. The team of 11 surgeons performed the transplant over 14 hours on March 26.

… Doctors said the donor testicles were not transplanted, due to ethical considerations.

STRONGER PEOPLE HAVE HEALTHIER BRAINS _ A study of nearly half a million people has revealed that muscular strength, measured by handgrip, is an indication of how healthy our brains are. Using data from the 475,397 participants from all around the U.K, the new study (University of Manchester) showed that on average, stronger people performed better across every test of brain functioning used. Tests included reaction speed, logical problem solving, and multiple different tests of memory. The study shows the relationships were consistently strong in both people aged under 55 and those aged over 55.

THERE ARE 6,000 DOGS ‘WORKING’ AT AMAZON _ At Amazon’s Seattle-based headquarters, human employees share their work space with approximately 6,000 dogs on any given day. These furry friends have just one dog to thank for their employment opportunity: Rufus. During Amazon’s early years, a husband and wife team brought their Welsh corgi to the office and he immediately won the hearts of fellow employees.

… Rufus made such an impact that if you click a broken link and land on an error page, his picture comes up, along with three other dogs that followed in his “paw” steps: Lucy the Labrador, Sherriff the golden-Aussie mix and Martini the papillon.

… While some Amazon employees receive daily catered lunches and happy hour Fridays, dogs get access to some nifty perks as well. Not only do they get to spend the day with their owners, they’re able to snag dog treats at every reception desk in the company.

… Amazon also has a doggie deck, for pets to run around, on their 17th floor, which boasts a fake fire hydrant, dog relief areas and water stations. Additionally, the company offers a leash-free dog park where pups can play on rocks and other structures. On Halloween, employees and their dogs get to bond at Barktoberfest.

THIS IS HOW LONG IT TAKES ADULTS TO MAKE NEW FRIENDS _ In a new study, a University of Kansas professor now believes he knows why making friends as an adult is just so difficult. Short answer? Time. Associate Professor Jeffrey Hall found that it takes about 50 hours to cement a friendship between two adults. That is to say, going from mere acquaintance to a casual friend.

… If you’re ready to kick it up a notch, it’ll take about another 40 hours (90 hours total) to be actual friends — the type you might ask to water your plants while you’re on vacation, or to help you move.

Adulting is hard. People are overrated so just get a dog.

MAN WHO STOLE FAJITAS GETS 50-YEAR PRISON SENTENCE _ A Texas man has been sentenced to 50 years in prison for stealing $1.2 million worth of fajitas over nine years. Gilberto Escamilla was sentenced Friday after pleading guilty to theft by a public servant. Escamilla had been intercepting fajitas that he ordered through the Cameron County juvenile center where he worked and delivering them to his own customers. His scam was uncovered when he missed work for a medical appointment and an 800-pound fajita delivery arrived at the center, which doesn’t serve fajitas. Escamilla was fired in August and arrested after authorities checked vendor invoices and obtained a search warrant that uncovered county-funded fajitas in his refrigerator.

ELDERLY MAN GETS LIFT FROM POLICE TO SEE WIFE IN HOSPITAL _ An elderly Pennsylvania man had no way of visiting his ill wife in the hospital, so he called police to help. The 84-year-old man’s same-aged wife had a medical emergency last Thursday and was taken from their home in an ambulance. The frail man told police at the scene he had no family in the area to take him to the hospital, and he can’t drive anymore. The police chief (of Montoursville) gave him the patrol car’s cell number and told him to call whenever he was ready to go. A few hours went by, and the Deputy Chief got the call. He picked up the man and escorted him into the hospital.

H&R BLOCK DECLARES WOMAN DEAD _ A Canadian (Dartmouth, Nova Scotia) woman still reeling from her husband’s recent death is now facing added stress after tax-preparation company H&R Block mistakenly declared her dead. Mildred Bull’s husband of 43 years died January 13. In March, she went to H&R Block to have both his tax return and her own prepared. The couple had used the company in the past without problem. After paying H&R Block fees of almost $300, Bull left the business confident she had taken care of that part of her responsibilities following her husband’s death. But that changed April 10 when she received a check from the Canada Revenue Agency made out to “The Estate of the Late Mildred Bull.”

… She called the number on the back of the check to tell them she was really alive and after checking, the representative told her the information came from H&R Block. An H&R Block staffer made calls in an effort to correct the mistake, but Bull was still “red-flagged” by the system and had to take extra steps on her own to try to straighten out the mistake.

AMAZON IS WORKING ON A ROBOT _ Amazon is reportedly working on a home robot. Amazon has been working on this robot project, codenamed Vesta, for the past few years. Exactly what this domestic robot will do, however, is still a mystery, and Amazon doesn’t comment on “rumors and speculation.” The robot could act as a mobile, Alexa-armed Echo device. Perhaps it could follow in the steps of iRobot’s Roomba, and handle some degree of house-cleaning. Or perhaps it could be focused on some other aspect of the Amazon empire — a roving entertainment hub of streaming music and video, or a petite robotic home shopping companion.

TEENS RESCUE KANGAROO STRANDED IN DEEP MUD _ Two teens are being commended for their quick-thinking after mounting a rescue operation using rope to save a kangaroo stuck in deep mud on the outskirts of Sydney. Jack Donnelly and Nick Heath, both 19, were riding their motorbikes through the bush (near the Nepean River) when they spotted the creature stuck up to its neck in mud, growling and grunting in obvious distress. After spotting the distressed animal, the boys couldn’t reach it and so hurried home to get a long length of rope.

… Nick tied a rope around his waist and crawled out. Jack pulled him back in with the rope — around 30 yards or so.

… Dry conditions in the area have caused some animals to get desperate and it’s thought that the young kangaroo had gone into the mud in an attempt to reach water when it became trapped.

A PARROT WILL ANNOUNCE ONE OF THE BUCCANEERS’ NFL DRAFT PICKS _ The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are entrusting one of their Day 3 selections in this weekend’s NFL draft to an unusual announcer: A parrot. The team announced Monday that Zsa Zsa, a parrot from the Florida Exotic Bird Sanctuary, will reveal its fourth-round pick Saturday from aboard the pirate ship at Raymond James Stadium. The bird will be joined by caretaker Stephanie Dripps.

… Zsa Zsa is an 8-year-old Catalina Macaw. She has lived at the Florida sanctuary for four years and will have a life span of 70 to 90 years. Zsa Zsa’s previous owner had to find a home for her, due to not having the time to spend with her.

… The NFL draft begins Thursday. The San Francisco 49ers will announce at least one of their Day 3 picks with Chewbacca, R2-D2 and Stormtroopers from the Star Wars movie franchise. The U.S. Olympic men’s curling team will announce multiple selections for the Minnesota Vikings from a curling club in Minnesota.

REMEMBER THIS? A YEAR AGO THIS WEEK: PARENTS ARE MORE WORRIED ABOUT SEXTING THAN BOOZE _ A recent poll found sexting is now a bigger worry for parents than smoking or alcohol abuse. Here’s the crazy part: Nine out of 10 parents say schools should do more to educate kids on the dangers of sending revealing images. Schools should do more? Uh, then what are parents for?


WACKY-BUT-TRUE

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: MEN FIGHT OVER BIG MOUTH BILLY BASS AUDIO  A man in Florida (Sebastian) was arrested on a charge of battery domestic violence after throwing a Big Mouth Billy Bass singing fish at another man. Gregory Carney said he was angry with his friend Larry for throwing his Billy Bass in the trash. Larry told police the two were arguing on and off all day and that Gregory was playing with the Billy Bass to annoy him. So when Gregory left the room, Larry put Billy Bass in the trash. Gregory got Billy Bass out of the trash and threw it at Larry, striking him in the head.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: WOMAN GETS STUCK IN GAP BETWEEN TWO HOMES _ In the Philippines, a woman — who’d been drinking — tried to climb onto the roof of her home, but slipped and fell into a small gap between her home and the one next door. She was so wedged into the tight gap that she couldn’t get out. She was eventually rescued after six hours. • REFERENCE IMAGE

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: WOMAN HIT IN HEAD BY FALLING DOG _ A woman in China is being treated for serious injuries after she was hit in the head by a falling dog. A security camera caught the moment the woman was walking toward a building entrance when a small, white dog falls from above and onto her head. The plummeting pooch knocks the woman to the ground, the impact causing her to go limp. The woman apparently broke the dog’s fall. The canine appears to hit the ground and walk away unscathed. It was not clear from exactly where or how the dog fell.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: TEEN GETS KEY LODGED IN HIS HEAD DURING BRAWL _ Doctors in India treated a teenager who had a motorcycle key stuck in his skull during a fight. The 19-year-old was rushed to the hospital with the key wedged nearly two inches into his head and was in surgery for 3½ hours. • REFERENCE IMAGE

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: WOMAN ARRESTED FOR THROWING BUTTER _ A 26-year-old Florida woman (Merritt Island) was arrested after deputies say she threw a tub of butter at her sister during an argument.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: PENN STATE SAYS WILDERNESS RISKY FOR OUTDOOR CLUB _ A 98-year-old outdoor recreation club at Penn State will no longer be going outside because it is too dangerous out in the wilderness. The Penn State Outing Club, originally founded in 1920, announced last week that the university will no longer allow the club to organize outdoor, student-led trips starting next semester. The university says the hiking, camping and other outdoors-focused activities the student-led club has long engaged in are too risky.

… Two other outdoor recreation clubs at Penn State — the spelunking Nittany Grotto Caving Club and the Nittany Divers SCUBA Club — also have been directed to end trip offerings.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: MOTORCYCLISTS THOUGHT THEY WERE ENTERING TUNNEL _ Two British motorcycle riders mistook an underground garage entrance for a road tunnel, entered the parking garage at high
speed and slammed into a concrete barrier inside. One of the men broke his arm, the other injured his shoulder.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: WOMAN ASKED TO LEAVE STORE AFTER BABY FART _ A woman was asked to leave a store in England after employees accused her baby of breaking wind. The woman claimed one of the employees asked her to leave the store after implying her 17-month-old daughter had caused a stink. The woman told a reporter, “I told them that my baby didn’t do a poo or (pass wind) while we were in the shop; and that even if she did they have no right to ask me to leave.”

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: WOMAN CALLS 911 TO SAY HER CD PLAYER IS BUGGED _ A Florida woman called 911 to report her CD player was bugged and that her mobile home park was listening to her.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: THIEF STEALS FROM SAFE IN PRISON _ In England, thieves broke into a safe and stole over a thousand dollars. What made the crime unusual is where it took place — in a prison. The safe was in the reception area, which was unguarded at night. The thieves also broke into lockers and stole personal stuff from both guards and prisoners. Police said they had no immediate leads, but would certainly find a more secure place for the safe in the future.


ON TELEVISION

NCIS (8p ET, CBS) — Repeat

THE VOICE (8p ET, NBC) — New. Maroon 5 performs on tonight’s results show.

ROSEANNE (8p ET, ABC) — If you’ve missed the first few episodes of this reboot, you can catch up with 4 repeats in a row, starting with the season premiere.

LETHAL WEAPON (8p ET, FOX) — New. Murtaugh and Riggs investigate after a mansion break-in turns into a homicide.

THE FLASH (8p ET, CW) — New. Barry asks a new friend for help transporting a dangerous meta.

NCIS (9p ET, CBS) — Repeat

RISE (9p ET, NBC) — New. Tracey and Lou lead the cast through a series of rehearsals that falls short.

LA TO VEGAS (9p ET, FOX) — New. Depressed after his breakup, Dave goes gambling with Artem and Colin.

SEASON PREMIERE: THE 100 (9p ET, CW) — The 5th season kicks off

SEASON PREMIERE: GENIUS (9p ET, National Geographic) — After covering Einstein in season one, the 10 episode second season is about the life of legendary Spanish artist Pablo Picasso (Antonio Banderas stars as Picasso). Another new episode airs at 10p ET.

NEW GIRL (9:30p ET, FOX) — New. Schmidt asks Jess to help Ruth prepare for her preschool interview.

BULL (10p ET, CBS) — Repeat

CHICAGO MED (10p ET, NBC) — New. Dr. Rhodes tries to fix a heart that will be given to Dr. Reese’s estranged father.

DECEPTION (10p ET, ABC) — New. The mystery woman kidnaps Cameron, and the FBI calls on Jonathan Black to help find him.

KEVIN JAMES: NEVER DON’T GIVE UP (Netflix) — Kevin James (King of Queens, Kevin Can Wait) releases his first stand up special in 17 years.


ENTERTAINMENT

NEW ON DVD _ Released April 24. • LINK

• Maze Runner: The Death Cure
• Forever My Girl
• Paddington 2
• Den of Thieves
• Hostiles

KATE MIDDLETON GOES HOME JUST 7 HOURS AFTER GIVING BIRTH _ It’s official. Kate Middleton’s super powers apparently just increase every time she gives birth. Seven hours after welcoming their third child on Monday, April 23, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge introduced their son to the world from the steps of St. Mary’s Hospital, buckled their baby boy into his car seat, and took off for home.

… She didn’t take a full day to rest after her second baby either. While she did stay overnight in the hospital with Prince George, she opted to only stay about 10 hours when Princess Charlotte was born almost three years ago.

STAN LEE SUED BY MASSAGE THERAPIST _ A Chicago-based massage therapist has accused Marvel comics creator Stan Lee of sexual assault. Maria Carballo has filed a complaint against Lee, and his assistant, Mac Anderson. Carballo’s complaint contains five counts, including assault, battery, violation of the Illinois Gender Violence Act, emotional distress and civil conspiracy. Carballo alleges that over the weekend of April 21-23, 2017, she was hired to perform two massages on Lee in his room at the Hyatt Regency in Chicago.

… (CAUTION) While performing the first massage, Carballo claims Lee put his hand on his genitals and began to fondle himself. Later while rubbing his quadriceps, Lee began moaning and groaning. Uncomfortable, Carballo left the massage early. The masseuse claimed that her employer requested she perform another massage therapy session for Lee. Lee allegedly apologized, so Carballo returned, but her lawsuit states that one hour into the second massage Lee began to moan. Once again feeling uncomfortable, Carballo used her feet to massage him instead of her hands, but he allegedly moved her feet against his genitals. She promptly left.

NETFLIX ORDERS FAST & FURIOUS ANIMATED SERIES _ Eight live-action Fast & Furious movies have been released in theaters since 2001. A spin-off and two more sequels will open between 2019 and 2021. And now Netflix is working on a Fast & Furious animated show. Vin Diesel will be an executive producer.

A NEW DOOM MOVIE IS IN THE WORKS _ A new movie based on classic video game series DOOM is in production. Unlike the 2005 film starring Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, the new DOOM won’t be in theaters — it’s being produced for streaming on Amazon, Netflix or Hulu.

DULÉ HILL AND JAZMYN SIMON TIE THE KNOT _ Congratulations are in order for Psych star Dulé (doo-lay) Hill and Ballers actress Jazmyn Simon, who announced their marriage on social media on Monday. Hill captioned a photo with: “If I could speak all the languages of all the lands throughout the world, I still would not be able to find the words to express the fullness of my love for you @JazmynSimon.”

ANTHONY HOPKINS ON A TREADMILL _ Actor Anthony Hopkins isn’t known for his social media skills. In fact, most of you probably had no idea that Hopkins has a Twitter account. Well he does, and a couple of days ago he shared a crazy but fun video of himself going bonkers on a treadmill. • VIDEO

AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR CAST SALARIES _ (Spoiler alert?) The budget for Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers 4 comes in at $1 billion. Just how much is everyone in Infinity War getting paid? A source claims Robert Downey Jr. (Iron Man) has the biggest payday of the stars — he will receive $200 million for both films. What is surprising, however, is how far behind Downey’s other cast members lag. For example, Chris Evans — who, some say, is making his final appearance as Captain America — earned a grand total of $6.9 million for the two films. Jeremy Renner, who plays Hawkeye, is earning $6.1 million for his efforts, and Mark Ruffalo is earning $2.8 million for portraying The Hulk. Samuel L. Jackson, for his part, got “between $4 and $6 million” for both films, for his portrayal of Nick Fury.

… Scarlett Johannson — who will be reprising her role of Black Widow for Avengers: Infinity War and is the highest paid female actress on the films — lags behind Downey by receiving $20 million for her efforts.

PRINCE’S FAMILY SUES HOSPITAL AND WALGREENS _ Prince’s family is taking action after it was announced no one would be criminally charged in the singer’s death — by suing the hospital that treated his overdose a week before he died. Prince’s family filed to sue Trinity Medical Center out of Illinois for allegedly failing to properly diagnose and treat Prince’s opioid addiction before he suffered another, and ultimately fatal, overdose a week later.

… TMZ says the family claims that Trinity’s action — or lack thereof — was a direct and proximate cause of Prince’s death. They’re also suing one of Trinity’s doctors as well as an unidentified pharmacist and Walgreens employee whom they claim were involved in providing care to him in his final days. They’re suing Walgreens, too.

DWAYNE JOHNSON SHARES FIRST PHOTO OF NEWBORN DAUGHTER _ Rampage star Dwayne Johnson shared a photo of his newborn Tiana Gia Johnson on Monday, his third daughter. He captioned on Instagram: “Blessed and proud to bring another strong girl into this world. Tiana Gia Johnson came into this world like a force of nature and Mama @laurenhashianofficial labored and delivered like a true rock star. I was raised and surrounded by strong, loving women all my life, but after participating in baby Tia’s delivery, it’s hard to express the new level of love, respect and admiration I have for @laurenhashianofficial and all mamas and women out there.” • IMAGE

… Johnson and his girlfriend, singer Lauren Hashian, also are the parents of 2-year-old Jasmine. The actor shares a 16-year-old daughter with his ex-wife, film producer Dany Garcia.

MIKE MYERS WILL RETURN TO HOST THE GONG SHOW THIS SUMMER _ That wacky “talent” game show The Gong Show will be back for a second season featuring Mike Myers returning as the mythical British comedic legend, Tommy Maitland. The Gong Show will be back on ABC on June 21. Will Arnett will return to serve as a celebrity judge for a few of the shows.

… Last summer, ABC kept the real identity of Tommy Maitland a secret, even going as far as offering a complete fake resume posted online for the British comedian.


AUDIO

Find these audio files on the PRO AUDIO PAGE.

BIG MOUTH BILLY BASS: A couple of guys in Florida got into a fight over a Big Mouth Billy Bass.  →  April 24 Wacky-But-True

THE ROCK: He got asked to prom by a Minnesota teen and responded. Audio of her, then him.

DROP: I mean, you’re talking about a bunch of young, attractive people.


INTERPREP PROSHARE

More prep in the Facebook Group.


BITS & BREAKS

SHOWER THOUGHTS

In the shower you’re alone with no distractions. It’s just you and your thoughts. On a Reddit board called Shower Thoughts people share what things they thought of while shower. Shower SFX here, here and here.

• Stealing candy from a baby is not as bad as giving candy to a baby.

• The opposite of a fortune teller is a historian.

• Having kids is like having little best friends that are broke.

• You can track your age by the drug commercials that apply to you.

• They run a story every time the world’s oldest person dies, even though statistically speaking it’s the least surprising death possible.

• A mustache is just bangs for your mouth.

• Most people would say they are smarter than a cave man, but most people couldn’t survive in the wild for longer than a week.

• Being motivated to lose weight on a full stomach is easy. Being motivated to lose weight on an empty stomach is the real challenge.

• You can drink your drink but you can’t food your food.

THE PERFECT DIET?

Researchers (Johns Hopkins University and Duke University) claimed to have found the perfect diet. Here it is:

• This is what you get to eat: Lots of fruits and vegetable, a few low-fat goodies, and just a handful of low-salt snacks. Asian food is fine as long as there’s no soy sauce.

• This is what you can’t eat: fatty foods, red meat, sweet treats, sugared beverages, and too much alcohol.

• This is what you must do: Exercise 180 minutes a week. That’s 3 hours total.

• This is what will happen if you do all this: You will lose weight and you will stay alive.


FUN & GAMES

TRIVIA: Pepper is the top selling spice in the world. What’s second? (Mustard)

TRIVIA: In a study, it was revealed that 50% of adults have at least one of these in their bedroom. (Night light)

TRIVIA: Per capita, the people of Duluth, Minnesota, consume more of these than any other city in the U.S. (Buffalo wings)

RIDDLE

Q: Lynn likes grapes but not potatoes. She likes squash but not lettuce, and she likes peas but not onions. Following the same pattern, will she like pumpkins or apples?

A: Pumpkins. All the things she likes grow on vines.


VIDEO OF THE DAY

Moving fail.


COUNTRY DATEBOOK: APRIL 24, 2018

• 1993: Farm Aid IV was held in Aimes, Iowa.

• 1993: SAMMY KERSHAW scored a number one hit with She Don’t Know She’s Beautiful.

• 2003: THE DIXIE CHICKS appeared with Diane Sawyer on ABC’s Prime Time Thursday, where they said that in the wake of calling President Bush “embarrassing,” they’d received death threats and had their property vandalized.

• 2006: RASCAL FLATTS member Joe Don Rooney married Tiffany Fallon in a small ceremony before friends and family on the island of Cabo San Lucas.

• 2007: WILLIE NELSON and road manager David Anderson pleaded guilty to marijuana possession in St. Martinville, Louisiana. They were fined $1,024 apiece and given six months probation.

• 2008: GEORGE STRAIT scored his 56th number one hit with I Saw God Today.

• 2008: TOBY KEITH’s performance at a base in Kandahar, Afghanistan, was interrupted by mortar fire as he played for 2,500 troops in his sixth USO tour.

• 2010: DIAMOND RIO guitarist Jimmy Olander and vocalist Marty Roe finished half marathons as Team Rio raised $135,000 for charity in Nashville’s Country Music Marathon.

• 2015: The George Jones Museum opened in Nashville.

Richard Sterban of the OAK RIDGE BOYS is 75. He’s best known as the deep voice on hits like Elvira and Bobbie Sue.

REBECCA LYNN HOWARD is 39. Her highest-charting single, Forgive, peaked at No. 12 on the charts in 2002.

KELLY CLARKSON is 36.

CARLY PEARCE is 28.


COUNTRY AUDIO

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• BRETT YOUNG on connecting with fans.

• BRETT YOUNG on his songs reaching more people.

• JUSTINE MOORE and a hands-on career.


COUNTRY MUSIC NEWS

JASON ALDEAN’s Rearview Town is his fourth consecutive number one album on the Top 200 all formats.

REBA MCENTIRE’s stint as Colonel Sanders is coming to an end with actor George Hamilton reprising the role. But if you ask Hamilton, he thinks Reba should be in line for a return.

JAKE OWEN says his goal with the songs on his upcoming album was to capture a nostalgic vibe, much like his hits Barefoot Blue Jean Night and The One That Got Away. To that end, his latest, I Was Jack (You Were Diane), fit that mold perfectly. The tune, which is the first taste of Jake’s new album, is already his fastest rising single ever.

DEVIN DAWSON was, for five years, a member of a death metal band called Shadow of the Colossus. Devin says they made so little money, they practiced “slum touring”. He says, “We would all just pack up everything in a van and sleep in the van and ask people on the stage if their mom wanted to cook us breakfast in the morning and let us stay at their house.” Shadow of the Colossus also included Devin’s twin brother Jacob, who is now a successful songwriter and producer in Nashville. After five years of metal, Devin began to question his calling.

TAYLOR SWIFT has sent out love via Instagram to SUGARLAND for recording the song Babe and allowing her to sing on it. Taylor is also thanking fans who like the song and says she actually wrote it six years ago with Train frontman Pat Monahan.

KENNY CHESNEY’s Trip Around The Sun Tour got underway April 21 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa with more than 55,000 fans enjoying a two hour set. Next up for the tour is a stop at Miller Park in Milwaukee this Saturday (April 28).


DATEBOOK: APRIL 25, 2018

This is day 115 of 2018. There are 250 days remaining.

BIRTHDAYS

• Al Pacino is 78

• Dancing With The Stars judge Len Goodman is 74

• Talia Shire (Rocky movies) is 73

• Hank Azaria (The Simpsons) is 54

• Renee Zellweger is 49

• Jason Lee (My Name Is Earl, Almost Famous) is 48

• Gina Torres (Suits, Firefly) is 49

IT HAPPENED TODAY

• 1901: New York became the first U.S. state to require automobile license plates. They were inscribed with the owner’s initials. The fee was $1.

• 1928: The first guide dog was trained to help a blind owner. Buddy, a German Shepherd, became the companion of Morris Frank.

• 1950: In the NBA draft, the Boston Celtics used their second-round pick to select Chuck Cooper. That fall, Cooper would become the first African-American to play in the NBA.

• 1983: American schoolgirl Samantha Smith was invited to visit the Soviet Union by its leader, Yuri Andropov, after he read her letter in which she expressed fears about nuclear war.

• 1983: Pioneer 10 traveled beyond Pluto’s orbit.

• 1988: Sonny Bono was elected mayor of Palm Springs, California. In 1994 he was elected to Congress. He died in a skiing accident in 1997.

• 1991: Britain’s Broadcasting Standards Council proclaimed that the cult TV soap opera Twin Peaks was in bad taste, and that an episode depicting a man being beaten to death went “beyond all acceptable limits.”

• 2003: Southwest Airlines fired two pilots for “inappropriate conduct” after they removed all or most of their clothes mid-flight in the cockpit of a Boeing 737. The pilots claimed they spilled coffee on their clothes, but the airline ruled the prank went too far. The Federal Aviation Administration said though rules forbid behavior that distracts crew members, there was no specific ban on flying naked.

• 2013: All living former U.S. Presidents, including George W. Bush and current President Barack Obama, were present for the dedication of the George W. Bush Presidential Center in Dallas, Texas.

SPECIAL EVENTS

• Administrative Professionals Day

• Denim Day

• DNA Day

• Hairstylists Appreciation Day

• World Penguin Day

• Golf Day

• Zucchini Bread Day

• Hug A Plumber Day

UPCOMING

• April 26: NFL Draft begins
• April 28: White House Correspondents Dinner
• May 4: Star Wars Day – May the Fourth be with you
• May 5: Cinco de Mayo
• May 5: Kentucky Derby
• May 8: Cannes Film Festival begins
• May 13: Mother’s Day
• May 19: The royal wedding
• May 19: Preakness horse race
• May 27: National Spelling Bee Week starts
• May 28: Memorial Day
• May 29: Starbucks closes its stores for the afternoon for racial bias training
• June 1: Atlantic hurricane season begins
• June 1: National Donut Day
• June 10: Tony Awards
• June 14: World Cup begins
• June 17: Father’s Day
• June 21: First day of Summer
• July 4: Independence Day
• July 13: Friday the 13th
• July 15: FIFA World Cup Final
• July 27: Mars looking its best. Tonight, it’s supposed to look bigger, brighter, and more reddish than usual​.
• September 3: Labor Day