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DATEBOOK: JUNE 5, 2015

This is day 156 of 2015. There are 209 days remaining.

BIRTHDAYS

• Musician Freddie Stone (Sly and the Family Stone) is 69

• Financial guru/TV personality Suze Orman is 64

• Saxophonist Kenny G is 59

• Jeff Garlin is 53.

• Ron Livingston (Band of Brothers, Office Space) is 48

• Mark Wahlberg is 44

• Navi Rawat (Numb3rs) is 38

• Sophie Lowe (Once Upon a Time in Wonderland) is 25

IT HAPPENED TODAY

• 1783: The first public demonstration of a hot-air balloon flight took place at Annonay, France, where brothers Joseph and Jacques Montgolfier succeeded in launching their 33-foot-diameter balloon. The unmanned balloon rose an estimated 1,500 feet and traveled about 7,500 feet before landing after a 10-minute flight.

• 1851: Harriet Beecher Stowe’s anti-slavery serial, Uncle Tom’s Cabin, started a ten-month run in the National Era abolitionist newspaper.

• 1956: Elvis Presley introduced his new single, Hound Dog, on The Milton Berle Show, scandalizing the audience with his suggestive hip movements.

• 1968: Presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy was shot at the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles, California, by Palestinian Sirhan Sirhan. Kennedy died the next day.

• 1977: Singer Alice Cooper’s boa constrictor was bitten by a live rat it was being fed for breakfast. The snake died.

• 1981: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that five homosexuals in Los Angeles had come down with a rare kind of pneumonia; they were the first recognized cases of what became known as AIDS.

• 1993: A New Jersey court ruled that a father had to pay for the legal defense of his two teenage sons, who were charged with trying to hire a hit man to kill him.

• 1999: Steffi Graf won her sixth French Open tennis title, beating top-ranked Martina Hingis.

• 2001: A burglar fell asleep after taking sleeping tablets to calm his nerves during a raid on a hospital pharmacy in Amman, Jordan. The raider took three tablets from the haul of medication he had stolen. He then fell asleep and was later awakened by police.

• 2002: Elizabeth Smart, 14, was kidnapped from her bedroom in her family’s Salt Lake City home. (She was found alive in March 2003; two people accused of abducting her have been found mentally unfit to stand trial.)

• 2003: A severe heat wave across Pakistan and India reached its peak, as temperatures exceeded 122°F in the region.

• 2004: Ronald Reagan, the 40th president of the United States, died in Los Angeles at age 93.

SPECIAL EVENTS

• Hot Air Balloon Day

• National Moonshine Day

• Donut Day

• Ketchup Day

UPCOMING

• June 6: Belmont Stakes (Saturday)

• June 7: Tony Awards (Sunday)

• June 21: Father’s Day (Sunday)

• June 21: Summer begins (Sunday, 12:38PM Eastern)

• July 4: Independence Day (Saturday)

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DATEBOOK WEEKEND

SATURDAY, JUNE 6

• Singer-songwriter Gary U.S. Bonds is 76. Country singer Joe Stampley is 72. Robert Englund (Freddie Krueger) is 68. Playwright-actor Harvey Fierstein is 63. Sandra Bernhard is 60. Amanda Pays is 56. Record producer Jimmy Jam is 56. Colin Quinn is 56. Guitarist Steve Vai is 55. Max Casella is 48. Paul Giamatti is 48. Country singer Lisa Brokop is 42. Uncle Kracker is 41. Aubrey Anderson-Emmons (Modern Family) is 8.

• D-Day. Drive-in Movie Day. Yo-Yo Day. Drawing Day. National Trails Day.

SUNDAY, JUNE 7

• Tom Jones is 75. Ken Osmond (Eddie Haskell on Leave It to Beaver) is 72. Talk-show host Jenny Jones is 69. Liam Neeson is 63. William Forsythe is 60. Prince is 57. Guitarist Dave Navarro is 48. Bear Grylls is 41. Comedian Bill Hader is 37. Anna Torv (Fringe) is 36. Michael Cera is 27. Iggy Azalea is 25.

• National Cancer Survivors Day. VCR Day. Chocolate Ice Cream Day.

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NUMBER FOR THE DAY

19: Pounds of ice cream consumed by the average person each year.

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NEWS ATTACK!

Texas Governor Rick Perry announced that he, too, is running again for president. [NOW it’s a party.]

A science teacher in Florida was suspended for five days after he used a jammer to keep his students from using their cell phones in class. [So he got peace and quiet in the classroom and an additional five days of peace and quiet at home. Well played, sir.]

Next week Vladimir Putin will visit the Vatican. [I’m guessing that it’s not for confession.]

Jason Alexander has revealed why they killed George’s fiancée, Susan, on Seinfeld. The actress was talented but didn’t have good chemistry with the rest of the cast. [So, they killed the character after a last-minute deal fell through to trade her for cash and a first round draft to Friends.]

The Center for Science in the Public Interest released its list of this year’s worst meals offered by chain restaurants. Number three was Dickey’s Barbeque Pit’s 2,500-calorie item; number two was Steak ‘n Shake’s 2,530-calorie offering; and number one was Red Lobster’s 2,710-calorie winner. [The list is published to encourage people to make better eating choices but I have the feeling that all it does is guarantee that those restaurants will have a line a mile long.]

United Airlines says that it has punished the flight attendant who refused to give an unopened can of Diet Coke to a female Muslim chaplain for fear it might be used as a weapon. [Her punish is that she has to continue working as a flight attendant.]

A scientist has made a major breakthrough, discovering a hidden blood vessel in the brain. [That must be where all my good ideas keep disappearing.]

A 91-year-old Illinois man got to tick an item off his bucket list when it was arranged for him to back a vehicle through a closed garage door. [Next: throwing caution to the wind and warming up a sandwich in the microwave while it’s covered in aluminum foil.]

New research has led to speculation that one day to unlock our websites all we will have to do is sit in front of the computer and think of our password. No typing. [But my problem isn’t the hassle of having to type in a few words. My problem is trying to think of my password.]

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NEWS & NUGGETS

GUY SPENDS SIX WEEKS NOT KNOWING HE’S A MILLIONAIRE _ A New York man thought the Powerball winner had already been found, when in fact, he had the winning ticket worth $136 million tacked up in his basement behind a pipe for six weeks. The 56-year-old plumber matched all six numbers for the March 14 Powerball jackpot, playing numbers he’s used before but that he says don’t have any specific meaning.

… He blames the delay between the drawing and when he realized he was a multimillionaire on a simple conversation with a friend, a few days after the numbers were pulled. She told him the winning ticket was bought at a store nearby, and he said, “That’s where I bought my ticket.” But she added that she heard it was a school teacher who won, so he figured it wasn’t his lucky day. Except that it was.

PREZ CANDIDATE LINCOLN CHAFEE WANTS U.S. TO GO METRIC _ Lincoln Chafee launched his Democratic presidential bid Wednesday on a platform of what he called “bold” ideas — including the metric system. Chafee says the U.S. going metric would be part of his plan for becoming “internationalist” as a country. He says going metric would be “good for our economy, bottom line.”

… In a later interview about his metric system comments, Chafee said it would be a “symbolic integration” meant to show goodwill to the world.

ALADDIN AND LION KING BROADWAY CASTS IN EPIC AIRPORT SING-OFF _ At airports, it’s typical to see spontaneous outbursts of anger and frustration, so it is refreshing to see a spontaneous outburst of singing and applause at the gate instead. The casts of The Lion King and Aladdin staged an impromptu a cappella sing-off at LaGuardia Airport Sunday night when storms delayed numerous flights. • VIDEO

THE MOST CURSED SPORTS CITY IN AMERICA _ It’s NBA finals time and the Cleveland Cavaliers have a chance to end one of the most brutal losing streaks in American sports: their home city’s 50-year major-championship drought. The New York Times combined the number of seasons since a city’s last championship, across the four major sports. Cleveland is now up to an incredible 147 title-less seasons since the Browns’ 1964 NFL championship. • FULL LIST

PARENTS TURN TO PRAYER, LUCK FOR ENTRANCE EXAM EDGE _ In China they have national college entrance examinations on June 7 and 8, and nearly 9½ million students are registered for the exams. Parents in China are resorting to everything from prayer to lucky charms to give their kids a competitive edge.

… For instance, the number 8, associated with good fortune in China, is the last digit on the license plates of three buses that will take students from a popular exam preparation school to the exam site. The buses will depart at the “lucky” time of 8:08 am.

… Students at the school will also release Kongming lanterns for good luck in a ceremony before the exam. Yellow lanterns, however, will not be among them because the Chinese word for yellow, huang, is a homonym for “fail.”

QUEEN ELIZABETH KNIGHTS GRANDSON PRINCE HARRY _ Prince Harry received a surprise knighthood from his grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II, on Thursday. The 30-year-old royal, fifth in line to the British throne, was appointed a Knight Commander of the Royal Victorian Order (KCVO). The ceremony took place privately and Harry was given the KCVO insignia by the queen “for services to the Sovereign.”

… Queen Victoria founded the royal order in 1896 to reward those who have served her personally. The title is given as a gift of the monarch’s own initiative and the appointment comes just as the prince prepares to leave the army in June. Harry has served in the Royal Army since 2005 and completed two tours in Afghanistan.

TEACHER ACCUSED OF ASSIGNING BIZARRE EXTRA CREDIT _ Parents of students at Encinal High School in Alameda, California, want a teacher fired after they say he sent them home with an extra credit assignment of finding sex toys and condoms in their parents’ private drawers and taking a selfie with what they find. Encinal High administrators implied to parents that the assignment may have been a joke, but not every student saw it that way.

MAN IN NORWAY CATCHES FISH TOO BIG FOR BOAT _ A man fishing off the coast of Norway hooked a halibut so enormous that the only way he could get a photograph was to leap into the water alongside it. Erik Axner brought in the 220-pound fish after a epic 20 minute battle, and was astonished when he measured it and discovered it was more than 6½-feet long. • VIDEO

WOMAN DISCOVERS FATHER IS AN ELVIS IMPERSONATOR _ A Canadian woman used social media to find her father. She discovered he lives in Thailand. And he’s an Elvis Presley impersonator. Melonie Dodaro’s mother met her father in 1968 when her father worked as a painter while he spent a few months in Canada. He’s from the Netherlands. Now the father and daughter plan to meet in person.

PLAYGROUNDS FOR SENIORS _ Playgrounds designed for seniors have caught on in Asia and Europe and are beginning to make their way to North America. The parks include low-impact exercise equipment such as elliptical machines, static bikes and body flexors and are intended to help promote balance and flexibility. Another benefit of the senior parks is that they serve as a community gathering spot.

MARILYN HAGERTY REVIEWS BREADSTICK SANDWICH _ Marilyn Hagerty has returned to the restaurant that made her a star. The food critic from Grand Forks, North Dakota who rose to fame in 2012 after her rave review of the town’s new Olive Garden went viral, is sharing her thoughts again, this time on the chain’s newest creation: the breadstick sandwich. Hagerty said of the sandwich: “It’s a lot to eat.”

… In the review written as a letter to her sister Shirley, she seems to enjoy the sandwich but would really prefer the restaurant left things the way they were. She says, “I don’t know about you, Shirley, but I always have enjoyed the skinny breadstick buns with soup and/or salad at Olive Garden. To me, the basic lunch of soup and unlimited breadsticks and salad is good. The new buns may be better, but they are kind of big. I sort of like the original, thinner version. And you still can get them.”

LITTLE BOY GROWS HIS HAIR FOR CHILD CANCER PATIENTS _ Despite facing bullying from peers, Christian McPhilamy, an 8-year-old boy from Florida, grew out his hair for two and a half years. Christian said that bullies “would call me a girl.” But his mother said he would just explain to them what he was doing and never once said that he wanted to cut it off. Christian was determined to grow out his locks in order to donate them to the charity Children With Hair Loss — an organization that collects hair donations for young cancer patients.

9-YEAR-OLD BUILDING PERSONAL HOMELESS SHELTERS _ When Hailey Fort was just 5 years old, she spotted a homeless man in Kitsap County, Washington where she lives. She asked her mom whether she could help him. Her mom said yes, and for the last four years, that’s what Hailey’s been doing: helping the homeless, with the help of her mom. Now she plans to build 12 mobile shelters this year. The recipient of the first shelter is a man named Edward. Hailey’s mom said the family has already met with the city to make sure the shelter won’t cause a problem though its exact location has not yet been determined.

… Food is another one of Hailey’s priorities. She grows fruits and vegetables, and hopes to grow 250 pounds for the homeless this year. She’s begun documenting her progress on a Facebook page “Hailey’s Harvest.” • LINK

MAN BACKS SUV THROUGH GARAGE DOOR, A LONGTIME WISH _ A suburban Chicago man who says he always wanted to know what it is like to smash through a garage door now knows the feeling. 91-year-old Walter Thomas was able to slam an SUV through a garage door with his family’s help. The garage was schedule to be torn down anyway, and the SUV was donated. It was then up to Thomas to back it through the garage door and check that activity off his bucket list. Thomas described what he did this way: “I hit the gas, squealed the tires and bang — we went through the door.”

GIANT CABBAGE NETS 9-YEAR-OLD $1,000 SCHOLARSHIP _ A New Mexico elementary school student recently picked up a $1,000 scholarship check from a vegetable producer. The company awarded 9-year-old Ben Roesler after he grew a 12-pound head of cabbage last season.

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WACKY-BUT-TRUE

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: MAN DANCED ON PATROL VEHICLE BECAUSE VAMPIRES _ A Florida man was arrested after he was caught on surveillance video bumping his car into the back of a sheriff’s office marked patrol vehicle (in Lee County). He then began dancing on the patrol vehicle’s roof while music blared from his car. Even more bizarre, the guy broke the windshield wipers and took an American Flag from the neighbor’s yard.

… Why’d he do it? He claims it all began when a “woman with fangs” came to his door, threatening that a human sacrifice was about to occur involving vampires. That’s when he decided to get the Sheriff of Nottingham to help. • VIDEO

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: TURTLE BITES DRUNK MAN AFTER MAKE-OUT SESSION _ A guy in China was left with hurt pride and a sore lip after he got drunk and tried to kiss a turtle in a supermarket. Surveillance video showed the man stumbling into the seafood section and handling the turtles in a glass tank. After 30 minutes he thrust his head into the tank and emerged with a turtle clamped to his mouth.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: SHOPLIFTER HID STEAK DOWN HIS PANTS _ A Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, man was arrested in connection with shoplifting after police said he concealed packages of rib-eye steaks down the front of his pants then left a Walmart store without paying.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: PAINT SPILLS ONTO HIGHWAY _ 6,500 gallons of yellow paint spilled onto an interstate in Maryland late Wednesday. The driver of an overturned tractor-trailer was texting on a cellphone when he lost control of the vehicle, causing plastic barrels of white and yellow paint to fall and break. The cleanup will go into Saturday.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: NOISY NEIGHBOR: BLAME THE FOOTREST _ Police in Canada (Saquenay, Quebec) responded to a call about a neighbor making excessive noise. At the house, they found 91-year-old Yvette Vachon and fined her $120 for violating the city’s noise law, which forbids “shouting, swearing or behaving in a way to annoy the neighbors or passersby.” The source of the elderly woman’s excessive noise: closing the footrest on her reclining chair.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: UNIVERSITY MISSING BATHROOM FIXTURES _ The University of Illinois in Champaign is missing $540 worth of equipment. Over the past three weeks, a number of restroom fixtures have disappeared. So far, six soap dispensers and a paper towel dispenser have been taken.

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ON TELEVISION

UNDERCOVER BOSS (8p ET, CBS) — Repeat

SHARK TANK (8p ET, ABC) — Repeat

JURASSIC PARK (8p ET, NBC) — Steven Spielberg and Chris Pratt will host a special presentation of this 1993 film. Spielberg and Pratt will share their memories of the film, as well as introduce a two-minute, exclusive sneak preview of Jurassic World which debuts in theaters next Friday, June 12.

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

WHOSE LINE IS IT ANYWAY? (8p ET, CW) — Glee star Heather Morris is the guest on this new edition. A repeat follows.

COLD JUSTICE (8p ET, TNT) — New

HAWAII FIVE-O (9p ET, CBS) — Repeat

WHAT WOULD YOU DO? (9p ET, ABC) — New

BULLSEYE (9p ET, FOX) — Repeat

THE MESSENGERS (9p ET, CW) — New

BLUE BLOODS (10p ET, CBS) — Repeat

20/20 (10p ET, ABC) — Repeat

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ENTERTAINMENT

STAR TREK ACTRESS NICHELLE NICHOLS SUFFERS STROKE _ Barely three months after the loss of Leonard Nimoy, Star Trek fans have gotten more troubling news. Nichelle Nichols, who played Lt. Uhura in the original TV series and films, suffered a mild stroke Wednesday night. A statement on her Facebook page says: “She is currently undergoing testing to determine how severe the stroke was. Please keep her in your thoughts.”

MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE ROGUE NATION TRAILER #2 _ Some how the Mission: Impossible films are able to keep cranking out some pretty original plots with some amazing action. Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation is in theaters soon and a second trailer was released Thursday. • VIDEO

SHARKNADO 3 TEASER TRAILER _ What do Mark Cuban, NASCAR and the Lincoln Memorial have in common? They’re all featured in the latest Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No! teaser. • VIDEO

TRAILER FOR EVEREST MOVIE _ Universal Pictures on Thursday released the official trailer for Everest, an upcoming film based on the ill-fated 1996 climbing expeditions in which eight climbers died. Coverage of the events for Outside magazine later became the bestselling book Into Thin Air.

… The film was shot in Nepal and the Italian Alps and features a big-name cast, including Josh Brolin (who plays Texas climber Beck Weathers), Jason Clarke (who plays Rob Hall), and Jake Gyllenhaal (who plays Scott Fischer). Everest opens in theaters and IMAX on September 18. • VIDEO

ADELE IS NOT THE SINGER OF JAMES BOND MOVIE SONG FOR SPECTRE _ British tabloid have been saying that Adele’s doing the theme song for the next James Bond film, called Spectre. Her song for the Bond movie Skyfall was a huge success. But while Adele is working on a new album for a fall release, the James Bond folks went with someone new for the movie Spectre.

FIRST PROMO FOR CAITLYN JENNER DOCUSERIES HIT 4.5 MILLION VIEWS _ The first promotional ad for I Am Cait, Caitlyn Jenner’s new E! docuseries, grabbed more than 4.5 million views online in a single day. E! released the promo ad Wednesday, two days after Jenner’s Vanity Fair cover was unveiled.

A.J. MCLEAN CAN’T WAIT TO GOLF WITH CAITLYN JENNER _ He’s already golfed with Bruce Jenner but now Backstreet Boy A.J. McLean says he wants to get Caitlyn on the links too. A.J. has been golfing for years — and actually played a round with Caitlyn — back when she was Bruce — at Jenner’s home course at Sherwood Country Club a while back. McLean says Bruce kicked his butt back in the day and he’s been waiting to play again to get revenge — and he’ll be happy to play with Caitlyn

JASON ALEXANDER: ‘I FEEL OFFICIALLY AWFUL’ OVER ‘SUSAN’ STORY _ Actor Jason Alexander apologized Thursday for saying that the reason Seinfeld co-creator Larry David killed off his character’s fiancee in 1996 is that he couldn’t figure out how to work with her. Alexander said in a Twitter apology to the actress: “She was generous and gracious, and I am so mad at myself for retelling this story in any way that would diminish her.”

… Alexander said Wednesday the decision to kill off George Costanza’s fiancee, Susan Ross, wasn’t just a comedic one. Alexander said Larry David made the decision after cast members said they couldn’t figure out how to work with Swedberg. On Thursday, however, Alexander said that Swedberg was always willing to do whatever she could to improve her scenes and blamed himself for any shortcomings.

REESE WITHERSPOON, HUSBAND NOT FIGHTING OVER HAVING MORE KIDS _ Reese Witherspoon and her husband Jim Toth are not fighting over whether to have more kids. According to In Touch, “Witherspoon does not have babies on the brain and that’s a problem for her husband Jim,” who wants more kids. The magazine then quotes a so-called “insider” as saying, “They had a huge fight” about having more children. The tabloid, however, has absolutely no details other than that, and a source close to Reese says the story is completely false.

BETTY WHITE JOINS INSTAGRAM _ Betty White has officially joined Instagram. The 93-year-old actress’ first post was a photo with her Hot in Cleveland co-stars as the show comes to an end after six seasons on TV Land. Hot in Cleveland ended with a one-hour finale on June 3. • IMAGE

COLBERT’S BANDLEADER NAMED _ Stephen Colbert announced Thursday that Louisiana musician Jon Batiste will be his new Lat Show band leader.

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BITS & BREAKS

WEIRD CAUSES OF DIVORCE

The most common causes of divorce are those most of us know: infidelity, growing apart, financial stress, etc. Sometimes, issues far stranger are to blame.

Your commute is too long. When your commute to work is 45 minutes or more each way, you’re more likely to divorce.

All your friends are doing it. One study found people were 75% more likely to divorce if a close friend or family-member divorced, and 33% more likely to divorce if a friend of a friend divorced. But the power of influence can be positive, too: The study also suggests that helping a friend improve a rocky marriage may actually improve your own.

Your first child is a girl. According to 60 years of U.S. Census data, having a firstborn daughter leads to divorce more often than having a firstborn son.

You got seriously ill. A study that looked at almost 3,000 marriages of people over 50 and found that when a woman got seriously ill from cancer, heart or lung disease, or stroke, a marriage was 6% more likely to dissolve than if the man got sick or if both partners were healthy. The study authors suggest the financial strain that illness causes coupled with an older man’s ineptitude at caregiving contribute to marriage failure.

You’re a busy doctor. A new analysis of census data found that physicians had a lower rate of divorce than dentists, health care executives, nurses, and lawyers. But there’s a caveat: Female physicians who worked more than 40 hours per week actually had a higher rate of divorce. The opposite was true for men: When a male doctor worked more than 40 hours per week, his divorce rate dropped.

You share the housework equally. According to a Norwegian study couples who shared housework 50-50 actually had a higher rate of divorce. The study author suggests that these couples have created a business-like partnership that leads to unhappiness rather than a relationship filled with generosity, intimacy, and spontaneity.

She drinks more than he does. While heavy drinking and addiction is associated with higher rates of divorce in general, the numbers spike if the wife drinks significantly more than her husband.

You’re at a healthy weight. If your weight is under control, you’re far more likely to file for divorce. Researchers analyzed more than 2,700 divorce filings and found that 76% of them occurred when both husband and wife each weighed less than 200 pounds. The group with the lowest divorce rate weighed in at over 250 pounds.

SAFE CURSE WORDS YOU USE AROUND YOUR KIDS

FB icon Start it on Facebook, take it to the phones: What’s the safe curse word you use around your kids? From the InterPrep Audio Archives, here are a couple of calls to help with the phones.

Over on NickMom.com some moms said they use…

• Crumb buster

• Son of a beachcomber

• What the helmet?

• Snag dangler

• Holy stick

• Mother fiddler

• Flick it all

• Jack knockers

• Gag blankets

• Apple tartlet

• Dud bunny

• Shut the front door

• Cream and sausage

• Fig jigglers

• Sweet Chattanooga

• Calm your tickles

IN THEATERS THIS WEEKEND

ENTOURAGE (R) — OPENED WEDNESDAY

Movie star Vincent Chase, together with his boys Eric, Turtle, and Johnny, are back – and back in business with super agent-turned-studio head Ari Gold.

• Adrian Grenier, Jeremy Piven, Kevin Connolly, Kevin Dillon, Jerry Ferrara
• Links: websitetrailerreviews

INSIDIOUS: CHAPTER 3 (PG-13)

A prequel set before the haunting of the Lambert family that reveals how gifted psychic Elise Rainier reluctantly agrees to use her ability to contact the dead in order to help a teenage girl who has been targeted by a dangerous supernatural entity.

Dermot Mulroney, Stefanie Scott
• Links: websitetrailerreviews

SPY (R)

A desk-bound CIA analyst volunteers to go undercover to infiltrate the world of a deadly arms dealer, and prevent diabolical global disaster.

• Melissa McCarthy, Jude Law, Rose Byrne, Jason Statham
• Links: websitetrailerreviews

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FUN & GAMES

TRIVIA: The average person keeps one of these seven years. (Mattress)

TRIVIA: The average one of these lasts 22.3 hours. (Consumer-grade battery, like a AA and 9-volt.)

MYSTERY VOICE

Who is this famous person?

Answer: Melissa McCarthy, who stars in the new movie Spy.

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JOKE OF THE DAY

A Texan farmer goes to Australia for a vacation. There he meets an Aussie farmer and gets talking. The Aussie shows off his big wheat field and the Texan says, “Oh! We have wheat fields that are at least twice as large.” Then they walk around the ranch a little and the Aussie shows off his herd of cattle.  The Texan immediately says, “We have longhorns that are at least twice as large as your cows.” The conversation has about ended when the Texan sees a herd of kangaroos hopping through the field. He asks, “What are those?” And the Australian farmer asks with an astounded look, “Don’t you have any grasshoppers in Texas?”

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VIDEO OF THE DAY

Epic drone shot with surprise ending.

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IMAGE OF THE DAY

Because they’re saving for their first house.

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LAST MINUTE ITEMS

• Ex-lovers meet each other for the first time after 30 years.

• How well can you hear audio quality?

• San Andreas without special effects.

• Tarantino’s film homages. A side-by-side comparison.

• Mad Max: Fury Road before and after.

• Companies with the best lifetime warranties.

• Guy replaces pet names in local pet store with new hilarious labels.

• Classic cars next to their modern version.

• The E.T. sequel that fortunately never happened.

Eat This Much automatically creates meal plans that meet your diet goals.

• An architect wants to build an underwater tennis court in Dubai.

• Mac users: get the fantastic Forecast Bar.

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DATEBOOK: JUNE 8, 2015

This is day 159 of 2015. There are 206 days remaining.

BIRTHDAYS

• Former First Lady Barbara Bush is 90

• Jerry Stiller is 88

• Comedian/actress Joan Rivers would have been 82. She died in September of last year (2014).

• Nancy Sinatra is 75

• Kathy Baker (Picket Fences) is 65

• Tim Berners-Lee (credited with inventing the World Wide Web) is 60

• Griffin Dunne (An American Werewolf in London) is 60

• Dilbert cartoonist Scott Adams is 58

• Keenan Ivory Wayans is 57

• Nick Rhodes of Duran Duran is 53

• Julianna Margulies (The Good Wife) is 48

• Retired politician Gabrielle Giffords (shooting victim January 8, 2011) is 45

• Kelli Williams (The Practice) is 45

• Kanye West is 38

• Torrey DeVitto (Pretty Little Liars) is 31

IT HAPPENED TODAY

• 1845: Andrew Jackson, the seventh president of the United States, died in Nashville, Tennessee, at age 78.

• 1953: The Supreme Court ruled that restaurants in the District of Columbia could not refuse to serve blacks.

• 1968: James Earl Ray was arrested for the murder of Martin Luther King, Jr.

• 1969: The New York Yankees retired Mickey Mantle’s uniform No. 7 during “Mickey Mantle Day” at Yankee Stadium.

• 1987: Fawn Hall, secretary to national security aide Oliver L. North, testified at the Iran-Contra hearings, saying she had helped to shred some documents.

• 1995: U.S. Marines rescued Capt. Scott O’Grady, whose F16-C fighter jet had been shot down by Bosnian Serbs on June 2.

• 2001: British Prime Minister Tony Blair was elected to a second term in a landslide.

• 2004: In London, England, Andrew Bellwood broke into a home, stealing $10,000 in jewelry, cash and CDs, plus a baseball cap. He wore that cap at his next burglary but lost it when the residents returned home and chased him away. He was arrested after DNA experts identified him from the dandruff found inside the cap.

• 2008: The U.S. average price for a gallon of regular gasoline topped $4 for the first time ever.

SPECIAL EVENTS

• International Clothesline Week

• Bed Bug Awareness Week

• National Body Piercing Week

• National Business Etiquette Week

• National Headache Awareness Week

• Pet Appreciation Week

• World Oceans Day

• Best Friends Day

• No Socks Day

• Jelly-Filled Donut Day

UPCOMING

• June 7: Tony Awards (Sunday)

• June 21: Father’s Day (Sunday)

• June 21: Summer begins (Sunday, 12:38PM Eastern)

• July 4: Independence Day (Saturday)

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