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DATEBOOK: JULY 22, 2015

This is day 203 of 2015. There are 162 days remaining.

BIRTHDAYS

• Former Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole is 92

• Louise Fletcher (Best Actress Oscar for Nurse Ratched in One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest) is 80

• Terence Stamp (Star Wars Episode I, General Zod in Superman and Superman II) is 77

• Alex Trebek is 75

• Singer George Clinton is 74

• Danny Glover is 69

• Don Henley is 68

• Albert Brooks is 68

• Willem Dafoe is 60

• David Spade is 51

• John Leguizamo is 51

• Keegan Allen (Pretty Little Liars) is 28

• Selena Gomez is 23

IT HAPPENED TODAY

• 1933: Wiley Post became first person to fly solo around the world traveling 15,596 miles in 7 days, 18 hours and 45 minutes.

• 1934: Outside Chicago’s Biograph Theatre, “Public Enemy No. 1” John Dillinger was mortally wounded by FBI agents.

• 1991: Police in Milwaukee arrested serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer.

• 1994: O.J. Simpson pleaded not guilty to the slaying of his ex-wife, Nicole, and her friend, Ronald Goldman.

• 1995: Susan Smith was convicted by a jury in Union, South Carolina, of first-degree murder for drowning her two sons.

• 2003: Saddam Hussein’s sons Odai and Qusai were killed when U.S. forces stormed a villa in Mosul, Iraq.

• 2004: The Sept. 11 commission issued a report saying America’s leaders failed to grasp the gravity of terrorist threats before the 9/11 attacks.

• 2006: In Rutland, Vermont, a woman who was spotted leaving a Kmart with a bag of goods she allegedly didn’t pay for ran off, with three Kmart employees in pursuit. The woman jumped a guardrail and darted into some woods — where she got stuck in a swamp.

• 2011: Anders Breivik killed 69 people at a Norwegian island youth retreat after detonating a bomb in nearby Oslo that killed eight others in the nation’s worst violence since World War II.

SPECIAL EVENTS

• Rat-catchers Day

• Hammock Day

UPCOMING

• July 23-25: World Lumberjack Championships

• September 7: Labor Day

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

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NUMBER FOR THE DAY

18.2: Meals eaten outside the home each month by the average adult.

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NEWS ATTACK!

The female owner of a diner in Portland, Maine refuses to apologize for yelling at a customer’s 21-month-old little girl to stop crying. [Well, it sounds like Donald Trump has found his running mate.]

The JFK Airport in New York is working on a $48 million new terminal devoted exclusively to the comfort of animals. It includes climate-controlled stalls with showers and real trees for cats to climb. [And extremely comfortable furniture to ruin.]

A former employee of the state lottery in Iowa was found guilty of rigging the lottery so that he could win $14 million. [He probably would have gotten away with it if he hadn’t made the winning combination the same as his flight number for his getaway trip to Brazil.]

California regulators are proposing slapping a group of farmers with a $1.5 million fine for stealing water [while disguised as Tom Selleck].

A man in China admitted that he stole over 140 paintings and replaced them with fakes. [He smuggled the paintings through an elaborate tunnel constructed from China to Mexico.]

Tonight (Wednesday) on Syfy is Sharknado 3. [Is this the musical or is that Sharknado 4?]

Donald Trump called rival presidential candidate Lindsay Graham an idiot then gave out Graham’s personal phone number. [Is there anything lowdown and despicable that this guy won’t do? I’m telling you he’s a born politician.]

The Swiss Army is spending the summer delivering water to isolated herds of cows distressed by the heatwave. [The Swiss Army— making the world safe for lactose.]

A new study finds that first-time dads gain an average of 4.4 pounds. [It’s the pockets full of binkies, Goldfish crackers and caffeine pills.]

A Florida toll both operator was fired for paying a customer’s toll. [Because the last thing you want in a customer service job is a person who likes people.]

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NEWS & NUGGETS

HACKERS COULD TAKE CONTROL OF YOUR CHRYSLER VEHICLE _ As cars become more like computers, they are increasingly vulnerable to cyber attacks. While this may sound like a statement of the future, there are more than 471,00 Fiat Chrysler Automobiles currently at risk for remote hacking — meaning, someone could monitor and gain control of a vehicle from afar. The car manufacturer, which includes brands such as Dodge, Jeep, RAM, Fiat, Chrysler and Maserati, has quietly released a security patch for cars equipped with its Uconnect infotainment system, which is subject to a major vulnerability. The company is urging car owners with Uconnect to install the security patch immediately or visit a local dealer for assistance.

… A recent Wired report has highlighted how two hackers were able to wirelessly control a new, unmodified Jeep Cherokee via Uconnect. Charlie Miller and Chris Valasek spent a year writing software which exploited a vulnerability in the web-connected system, which works with Sprint’s cellular network. Miller and Valasek were able to determine the IP address of a car and control all its functions via a remote computer. During a test, Miller and Valasek hacked a 2014 Cherokee driven by a reporter, shifting the car into neutral while he was on the highway, effectively disconnecting the engine from the gearbox.

… The two hackers informed the automaker of the bug, and the security patch was announced last week.

OBAMA ORDERS FLAGS LOWERED TO HONOR TENNESSEE VICTIMS _ President Obama on Tuesday ordered that flags be lowered to half-staff at the White House and federal buildings across the country to honor the victims of last week’s shooting rampage in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Obama had faced days of pressure from lawmakers and others. He ordered flags flown at half-staff at the White House and “all public buildings and grounds,” as well as over military posts and naval stations and vessels — until July 25. Flags will be flown at half-staff at U.S. embassies and other overseas diplomatic offices.

TEACHER WALKS 25 MILES IN MEMORY OF MILITARY KILLED IN CHATTANOOGA _ An Oklahoma teacher was so heartbroken over the Chattanooga recruiter shootings he started a one-man walk to remember. David Bounds left his home in Little Axe and walked 25 miles with a U.S. Marine Corps flag all the way to Norman. That is where the Armed Forces Recruiting Center is located. Bounds wanted to show his support for the military and especially recruiters. He braved triple digit heat in memory of four marines and one sailor shot dead by a gunman in Chattanooga last week.

WOMAN ADOPTS DYING FRIEND’S FOUR DAUGHTERS _ What would you say if your best friend said, “I’m dying, would you adopt my four kids?” That’s the very question Laura Ruffino faced when Elizabeth Diamond — a single mom whom Ruffino had known since fifth grade — came down with brain cancer and lost her battle. Ruffino, from Buffalo, New York, says: “She said if anything ever happens to me I want you to take my girls and I instantly said okay.” That was last August. Diamond died in April of this year.

… Ruffino made good on her promise, adopting Lily, Ella, Samona, and Tara — ages 5 to 12 — into her home, doubling the size of her family.

INDIANA PACERS TO WEAR ‘HOOSIERS’-INSPIRED UNIFORMS NEXT NBA SEASON _ The Indian Pacers will have the best alternate uniforms in the NBA when next season rolls around. The team announced Tuesday that it’s partnering with Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Hoosiers. The Pacers will mark the occasion by wearing Hickory uniforms on select occasions throughout the season. Hoosiers, starring Gene Hackman and Dennis Hopper, hit theaters in 1986. The film is based on Milan High School’s improbable run to an Indiana state boys basketball championship in 1954. • IMAGE

HALLOWEEN CANDY DISPLAY AT WALGREENS _ Chicago blogger Jill Cataldo knew that her readers wouldn’t believe what she had seen, even if she presented them with a photo. At her local Walgreens store, there was a full display of Halloween treats, including candy corn and Snickers pumpkins. Halloween. On July 21. To prove she wasn’t making it up she asked her husband to grab a newspaper so she could photograph the date next to the Halloween candy display. • IMAGE

FOR SALE: MASSIVE RANCH LARGER THAN NYC AND LOS ANGELES COMBINED _ The Waggoner ranch, covering six counties in Texas, is the largest ranch within a single fence in the United States. For $175 million, it can be yours. It has more than 1,000 oil wells; 6,800 head of cattle; 500 quarter horses; 30,000 acres of cropland; tombstones for legendary cowboys, long-dead dogs, and a horse buried standing up. The real estate listings says it’s only a “fifteen-minute drive to ribeyes at the Rusty Spur in Vernon, Texas.” Property taxes only $800,000 a year. The ranch is larger than New York City and Los Angeles combined.

UPDATE: T-SHIRT PETITION REACHES 5,000 SIGNATURES _ UPDATE: A Change.org petition to convince Target to discontinue production of a T-shirt had picked up over 5,000 signatures. The black shirt emblazoned with “Trophy” across the chest in white lettering was released by the department store earlier this year as part of a “collection of engagement and wedding shirts.” Other shirts featured in the collection read “Bride” and “Mrs.” Some Target shoppers began uploading photos of the shirt, occasionally noting that it was displayed in the junior’s section. • IMAGE

… Some women have come to Target’s defense, saying they are — as one Facebook commenter put it — a “top prize” that a many would be lucky to have.

… Then there are these shirts made for men.

GIRL WAS SAVED BY HER SELFIE STICK _ In countries like Russia they’re teaching selfie-stick safety. Seems people aren’t paying attention and are falling off of cliffs and back-stepping into traffic while trying to take a selfie. But a Texas teenager was saved by her selfie stick. Erynn Johns and her family were on vacation on a beach in Nantucket earlier this month when she decided to bring her camera into the water with her to film the waves. At first, Erynn is seen relaxing with her dad. Suddenly, she is hit by the riptide. Dad yells at his daughter to “come on,” but she responds that she can’t. Erynn’s mom also got caught in the riptide when she attempted to help. Erynn held onto the selfie stick while her dad attempted to drag her back to shore and keep her above water. Erynn was able to hang on until she was rescued by a good Samaritan. Her mom and dad eventually also were saved by lifeguards and the good Samaritan. • VIDEO

CONGRATULATIONS, OTTAWA, YOU TOP THE INFIDELITY LIST _ Canada’s capital making news — and not for its politics. According to adulterers’ website Ashley Madison, one in five Ottawa residents allegedly subscribed. Some 189,810 Ashley Madison users were registered in Ottawa, a city with a population of about 883,000, making the capital No. 1 for philanderers in Canada and potentially the highest globally per capita, according to previously published figures.

REASON NO. 1,725 TO QUIT SMOKING: BREAST CANCER _ Long-time smokers may face an increased risk of death if they develop breast cancer. Among more than 800 women with breast cancer, those who had smoked for more than two decades had at least triple the odds of dying of any cause, or from breast cancer in particular, compared with women who never used cigarettes. (Study: Miyagi Cancer Center Hospital in Japan)

NEW FATHERS GAIN WEIGHT _ A new study says men gain a few pounds after they become fathers. The study looked at information from more than 10,000 U.S. men who were followed from their teen years until their mid-30s. About one-third of the men became fathers during the study period and upon entering fatherhood, men living with their children saw a 2.6 percent increase in their body mass index (BMI). The average weight gain was just over 4 pounds.

TEEN WAITER GETS $1,000 TIP FOR SIMPLE ACT OF KINDNESS _ A teenage waiter who took the time to chat about life with a male customer was rewarded with a $1,000 tip on a check for $20.31. Brendan Motil worked at the Smokey Barque BBQ in Frankfort, Illinois. It was a slow night, so he didn’t think it was a big deal to be friendly with his customers. But after the customer left and Motil went to collect the check, he was floored to find the $1,000 tip, as well as a note written on the back of the receipt. The note read: “Thanks for your kind service! You’re doing a great job as a server. I’m not sure what your hopes and dreams are in this life, but I hope this tip helps.”

… “My hope is that people [are] more peaceful to each other. The world can be so negative and violent, [so] I commit random acts of kindness.”

LONGEST-RUNNING PIZZA HUT RESTAURANT SET TO CLOSE _ A slice of Pizza Hut’s cheesy pie-filled history is set to vanish this weekend, as the company prepares to close its longest-operating restaurant in the U.S. The location, which has been in operation for nearly 55 years in Manhattan, Kansas, will close its doors for the last time on Sunday. Pizza Hut began serving piping hot pies to customers in 1958 in Wichita, just down the road a few hours from Manhattan. The owner of the restaurant, who operates several other Pizza Hut locations in the area, said closing was the “toughest decision I’ve had to make in my life,” but that he finally acknowledged that the financial side of the business outweighed its historical significance.

CAN FOWLING TAKE THE PLACE OF OTHER TAILGATING SPORTS? _ Fans of fowling want it to be your next tailgating sport. Fowling rhymes with bowling, and for good reason: the sport — if you can call it that — combines football and bowling. Each team has a regular set of bowling pins set up at their end. Teams take turns throwing a football at the other teams pins. The first team to knock down their opponents pins wins. The ‘sport’ has actually been around a few years but fans think this could be its breakout year. • VIDEO

ADULTS FAILED THE $100 HOT-CAR CHALLENGE _ If someone offered $100, would you sit in a parked car for 10 minutes on a sizzling summer day? Kars4Kids in New Jersey issued the Hot Car Challenge to adults to try. Some were visibly agitated by the excessive heat. Ever adult pressed the escape button to leave the car and get glasses of water. The video, posted June 29, has been viewed 1.6 million times. • VIDEO

MEN WHO HARASS WOMEN ONLINE ARE LITERALLY LOSERS _ Here’s a research finding that should surprise no one: The men most likely to harass women online … are the men most likely to have their own problems. Researchers (University of New South Wales and Miami University) watched how men treated women during 163 plays of the video game Halo 3. As they watched the games play out and tracked the comments that players made to each other, the researchers observed that — no matter their skill level, or how the game went — men tended to be pretty cordial to each other. Male players who were good at the game also tended to pay compliments to other male and female players. Some male players, however — the ones who were less-skilled at the game, and performing worse relative their peers — made frequent, nasty comments to the female gamers. In other words, sexist dudes are literally losers.

MARCHING BAND SURPRISES CANCER PATIENT _ When Ann Trachtenberg joked she wanted to be escorted out of her last chemotherapy treatment by a marching band, little did she know her niece would contact the Badger Band: The University of Wisconsin Marching Band to do the honors. When Ann checked out of the hospital, the band was there. • VIDEO

SHELTER DOG HUGS PUP FRIEND AND SAVES THEIR LIVES _ Two dogs that were set to be put down were saved after a heartbreaking photo showing one dog wrapping its arms around another was published on Facebook. Kala and Keira were seen in the photo shared Monday by Angels Among Us Pet Rescue in Atlanta, Georgia. The photo post said: “I’m Kala. This is Keira. We’re so scared in here. The people working in the shelters see how scared we are but just told each other that today is our deadline. We have to have someone rescue us or we’ll be ‘next.’ Keira is black and not a ‘real boxer,’ just a mix. She’s so brave and tells me it will be okay no matter what happens. She tells me to be brave too but I don’t know if I can be.” According to the charity, about two hours after the post, the dogs were saved by a volunteer to a veterinarian.

JOE BIDEN INJURED AFTER PLAYING WITH HIS DOG _ Vice President Joe Biden made headlines Tuesday when he appeared alongside President Barack Obama in the East Room at the White House for an event celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act. The 72-year-old politician was seen was a small bruise on the side of his lower lip. So, what happened?! The vice president’s office told reporters that Biden got the bruise by playing with his dog, a German Shepherd named Champ.

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WACKY-BUT-TRUE

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: WOMAN PUTS DOWN 13-POUND SANDWICH _ Molly Schuyler isn’t just a challenge eater, she’s a force of nature. At Fat Sal’s in Hollywood, she took on the Big Fatty, which contains cheesesteak, cheese burgers, pastrami, chicken fingers, mozzarella sticks and much more — all on 27″ piece of garlic bread. Schuyler finished the 13-pounds sandwich in 14 minutes and 13 seconds. • VIDEO

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: MAN EATS CHIPOTLE FOR 154 DAYS STRAIGHT _ Andrew Hawryluk has eaten Chipotle for 154 days straight (as of Wednesday night) and has the receipts to prove it. The 23-year-old animator from Los Angeles joked to his brother that he was going to eat Chipotle for the 40 days of Lent. He began documenting his journey on his website, Chipotlife, posting photos of each meal and receipt. He says once the 40 days ended it was anticlimactic, so he decided to see how much longer he could do it. Including Wednesday (July 22) he’s up to 154 days in a row. To date he’s spent close to $1,600. He buys extra meals in advance of holidays when he knows Chipotle will be closed.

… Hawryluk orders white rice, chicken, guacamole, and lettuce. He tops the concoction with Tabasco chipotle hot sauce. He calls it his go-to meal and it’s about 600 calories.

… The company is aware of his experiment and sent him gift cards for his birthday.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: AIRLINE FLIES ONE PASSENGER _ Air Zimbabwe last week flew one single passenger 782 miles on a Boeing 737. The lone passenger said that he had flown over 1,000 times in his life “but never in an empty plane”. (The flight was from Johannesburg, South Africa, to Victoria Falls, Zambia.)

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: WOMAN OFFERS HOME AS PRIZE IN DESSERT CONTEST _ A Northern California woman is offering to trade her home (in Jackson) for a great dessert. Erin Allard is hosting a dessert contest with the 2,267-square-foot century-old home as the grand prize. The four bedroom, two bathroom home has been restored and is valued at $390,000. She says she opted for the competition because it can take months to sell a home in rural Jackson, California. The contest will be judged by a panel of food experts. Those looking to apply have until September 7 to submit a $100 entry fee and a million-dollar recipe.

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ON TELEVISION

BIG BROTHER (8p ET, CBS) — New

AMERICA’S GOT TALENT (8p ET, NBC) — This “new” edition is a look back at some of the best auditions this season.

BLACKISH (8p ET, ABC) — It’s a mini-marathon with 4 repeat episodes.

MASTERCHEF (8p ET, FOX) — New

ARROW (8p ET, CW) — Repeat

EXTANT (9p ET, CBS) — Extant moves to a new time with this new episode.

SEASON PREMIERE: LAST COMIC STANDING (9p ET, NBC) — Last Comic Standing returns with judges Roseanne Barr, Keenen Ivory Wayans and new judge Norm MacDonald. Comedian Anthony Jeselnik is the host this season. The premiere features 100 comics competing in the invitational round.

SERIES PREMIERE: HOME FREE (9p ET, FOX) — In this new reality series, nine couples are challenged to renovate a rundown house with the hopes of winning their own dream home. Contractor Mike Holmes is the host, judge and mentor.

SUPERNATURAL (9p ET, CW) — Repeat

SUITS (9p ET, USA) — New

SHARKNADO 3: OH HELL NO! (9p ET, SyFy) — Ian Ziering and Tara Reid return to star in this campy, over the top “film”, with the action centered this time in Washington, D.C. The supporting cast includes David Hasselhoff, Bill Engvall, Bo Derek, Mark Cuban, Jerry Springer, Lorenzo Lamas, Matt Lauer and many more.

CRIMINAL MINDS (10p ET, CBS) — Repeat

MODERN FAMILY (10p ET, ABC) — Two repeats air back to back.

MR ROBOT (10p ET, USA) — New

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ENTERTAINMENT

TV STATION PUTS FIRST RECREATIONAL MARIJUANA AD ON HOLD _ One day, probably, recreational marijuana ads on TV will be as common as commercials for feminine hygiene products. But for now, well, you’re not going to see an ad for pot — though one almost aired. The first recreational marijuana TV ad ever got pulled from its schedule this week amid legal concerns. The thing is, while marijuana is legal for recreational use in Colorado and some other states, it’s still illegal in the eyes of the federal government, putting it in a gray zone when it comes to banking and advertising, among other things. In Colorado, it’s legal to air marijuana TV ads when 70% of the audiences is 21 or older. But TV station KMGH pulled the ad over concerns “about the lack of clarity around federal regulations that govern” such ads.

SONY IS GOING TO MAKE AN ANIMATED MOVIE ENTIRELY ABOUT EMOJI _ After a heated bidding war, Sony Pictures Animation has been given the thumbs up emoji to produce a movie about emojis. No word on the plot or a release date.

YOU PROBABLY SHARE YOUR NETFLIX PASSWORD _ According to a new survey it’s more likely than not that you’re sharing your Netflix account with a friend or relative, or are using someone else’s account. But the 60% of surveyed users who said they do share their account don’t seem to matter to Netflix — last week the streaming giant announced that it had reached 65.6 million subscribers worldwide. More than 42 million of those viewers are in the U.S., meaning that there’s more than one Netflix subscription for every three households in the country.

BACKSTREET BOYS AND ‘NSYNC TO MAKE ZOMBIE HORROR FILM _ They spent the ’90s making their teenage fans scream, and now members of two of the biggest boy bands of that era, Backstreet Boys and ‘NSync, are planning to make a whole new generation scream, by starring in a horror film together. Backstreet Boy Nick Carter says it’s “a zombie Western futuristic horror movie.” Dead 7 will star a variety of pop singers. A studio called Asylum is making the film — you may not know the company but you know it’s work: the Sharknado series.

WATCH: JURASSIC PARK MOVIES GET HIGH HEELS _ Jurassic World featured Bryce Dallas Howard’s character fleeing dinosaurs while wearing a pair of high heels. The entire movie. And then Jurassic World went on to become the highest-grossing film in the Jurassic Park series, so clearly there’s a correlation there, right? That was apparently enough to bring about “Jurassic Park: High Heels Edition,” a fan-made video that improves the first three movies in the series by digitally inserting the high heels that were sorely missing in their original theatrical runs. • VIDEO

PTC: MILEY CYRUS A BAD CHOICE FOR MTV VMAs HOST _ To say the Parents Television Council is unhappy Miley Cyrus will be hosting the MTV VMAs is an understatement. PTC president Tim Winter says he’s already betting the show will be “profane” and “sexually explicit.” Cyrus and MTV announced on Monday that she will host the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards ceremony next month. The hosting gig comes two years after her controversial appearance at the 2013 show, where she suggestively danced on stage with Robin Thicke. At the time, the PTC blasted MTV for Cyrus’ sexual content, and now the organization worries that by choosing her to host this year’s event, “it pretty much tell us what kind of program MTV intends to air.”

50 CENT: I’M WORTH LESS THAN FIVE MILLION BUCKS _ 50 Cent has taken a shot at Forbes. The magazine says he’s worth $155 million, but Fiddy says it’s really just a measly $4.375 million. 50 was in court Tuesday to give testimony about his finances during a hearing to determine how much he’ll have to pay in punitive damages to Rick Ross’ baby mama. The rap mogul says he made about $100,000 for his appearance in the upcoming film Southpaw, but didn’t know much about his deals with Disney and Reebok — and even admitted he’s never actually been inside a Reebok store.

KHLOE AND LAMAR PULL TRIGGER ON DIVORCE _ Khloe Kardashian and Lamar Odom have taken the final step in getting divorced. TMZ reports Khloe and Lamar both signed legal docs that will officially end their marriage. Court records show the documents were filed with the court Friday. All that’s left is a judge’s signature, and they’re officially single. It’s been a long time coming. Khloe filed for divorce in December 2013 and sat on it for more than a year. There was no activity in the file, to the point the judge threatened to dismiss the case. Khloe and Lamar both waffled on the divorce, and at times they talked reconciliation.

MELANIE GRIFFITH, ANTONIO BANDERAS DIVORCE A DONE DEAL _ Melanie Griffith and Antonio Banderas have taken the last step to end their marriage, by signing documents making their divorce official. Court records show both signed the necessary legal docs to become officially single after 18 years of marriage. Melanie was asking for full custody of their daughter, Stella, and also wanted spousal support. The custody issue resolved itself when Stella turned 18 last September. A judge still needs to sign the docs to make everything official and that should happen in a matter of days. It’s her fourth divorce and his second.

KHLOE KARDASHIAN TO HOST NEW FYI TALK SHOW _ Khloe Kardashian will host a “hybrid” talk show to air on the FYI network later this year. Kocktails with Khloe will feature her spending time with friends for “intimate” dinner parties and conversation as well as “outrageously fun party games.”

KYLIE JENNER GRADUATED FROM HIGH SCHOOL _ Kylie Jenner revealed to her Twitter followers on Tuesday that she has now officially graduated from high school. Sharing her news with fans, Kylie wrote: “I finished school last week” adding: “I know I never post on social media when I’m in class but that doesn’t mean I don’t encourage education!”

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BITS & BREAKS

TOP TV SHOWS

Week of July 13-19

1. Major League Baseball All-Star Game, Fox, 10.91 million

2. America’s Got Talent (Tuesday), NBC, 10.82 million

3. Celebrity Family Feud, ABC, 8.81 million

4. 60 Minutes, CBS, 8.09 million

5. ESPY Awards, ABC, 7.75 million

6. The Big Bang Theory, CBS, 7.21 million

7. The Bachelorette, ABC, 6.96 million

8. NCIS, CBS, 6.93 million

9. Zoo, CBS, 6.56 million

10. Big Brother (Thursday), CBS, 6.068 million

11. American Ninja Warrior, NBC, 6.065 million

12. Big Brother (Wednesday), CBS, 6.02 million

13. Big Brother (Thursday), CBS, 5.847 million

14. Mom, CBS, 5.846 million

15. America’s Got Talent (Wednesday), NBC, 5.839 million

16. NCIS: Los Angeles, CBS, 5.76 million

17. NCIS: Los Angeles (10 p.m.), CBS, 5.65 million

18. Dateline Mystery, NBC, 5.47 million

19. Blue Bloods, CBS, 5.31 million

20. Scorpion, CBS, 5.08 million

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FUN & GAMES

TRIVIA: In 1965 only 10% of homes in the U.S. had this. Today 91% do. (Air-conditioning)

DOUBLE LETTER GAME

I ask a question and the answer will be two words with each of the two words beginning with the same letter. So if I say “Walt Disney’s biggest star,” you would say “Mickey Mouse.” Ready?

• She’s a late Hollywood bombshell rumored to have had an affair with JFK. (Marilyn Monroe)

• When you see a flick in the afternoon it’s called this. (Matinee Movie)

• A late baseball legend with the same first name as Disney’s mouse. (Mickey Mantle)

• A popular Halloween-time song. (Monster Mash)

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JOKE OF THE DAY

There was a (neighboring state you like to pick on) farmer who couldn’t distinguish between his two horses. Since he didn’t know what to do he called his (your state) farmer friend for advice. The (your state) farmer suggests, “Why don’t you trim the tail of one of the horses.” The (neighboring state) farmer said, “You are a very clever man.” For a couple of months this was all right, but then the tail grew back to its normal size. So the the (neighboring state) calls up the (your state) farmer for advice on how to once again distinguish between his two horses. This time the (your state) farmer suggests that the best thing to do is to look for some characteristic that doesn’t vary with the time, like the height of the horses. “You are a very wise man,” the (neighboring state) farmer said. “I’ll measure them and tell you what I find out.” After a few hours, the (neighboring state) farmer calls his (your state) friend and tells him, “You were perfectly right, I’ve measured their height and indeed the white horse is three inches taller than the black one.”

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VIDEO OF THE DAY

This dog loves pinball.

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IMAGE OF THE DAY

Uhmerika!


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DATEBOOK: JULY 23, 2015

This is day 204 of 2015. There are 161 days remaining.

BIRTHDAYS

• Edie McClurg (Mr. Rooney’s secretary Grace in Ferris Bueller’s Day Off) is 64

• Woody Harrelson is 54

• Eriq Lasalle (ER) is 53

• Model Stephanie Seymour is 47

• Alison Krauss is 44

• Marlon Wayans is 43

• Michelle Williams (Destiny’s Child) is 35

• Paul Wesley (The Vampire Diaries) is 33

• Daniel Radcliffe is 26

IT HAPPENED TODAY

• 1715: The first lighthouse in America was authorized for construction at Little Brewster Island, Massachusetts.

• 1827: The first swimming school in the U.S. opened in Boston. Its pupils included John Quincy Adams and James Audubon.

• 1829: William Austin Burt of Mount Vernon, Michigan, received a patent for his typographer, a forerunner of the typewriter.

• 1886: New York saloonkeeper Steve Brodie supposedly made a daredevil plunge from the Brooklyn Bridge into the East River, a claim both supported and disputed by many.

• 1903: In Detroit, Michigan, the Ford Motor Company sold its first automobile, which featured a twin-cylinder internal combustion engine designed and manufactured by Henry Ford.

• 1904: Some people say the ice cream cone was invented today by Charles E. Menches during the World’s Fair/Louisiana Purchase Exposition in St. Louis.

• 1982: Diet Coke was introduced.

• 1982: The International Whaling Commission voted for a total ban on commercial whaling to take effect in 1985.

• 1984: Vanessa Williams became the first Miss America to resign when she surrendered her crown after nude photos of her appeared in Penthouse magazine.

• 1986: Britain’s Prince Andrew married Sarah Ferguson at Westminster Abbey in London in front of 300 million TV viewers.

• 1994: An asteroid orbiting between Mars and Jupiter was named “Zappafrank” after rock legend Frank Zappa.

• 1995: Comet Hale-Bopp was discovered and was visibly seen with a naked eye nearly a year later.

• 1998: Scientists at the University of Hawaii announced they had turned out more than 50 carbon-copy mice with a cloning technique said to be more reliable than the one used to create Dolly the sheep.

• 2003: In Ft. Worth, Texas, Fred McDugan was trying to conserve our natural resources when he walked into a Wells Fargo bank and handed the teller a holdup note written on an old sheet of paper. He got his cash and was out of the building before the teller turned the sheet over and saw just what it was. It was our Fred’s resume with a piece of black construction paper covering his name. The cops peeled away the tape and quickly made the arrest.

• 2009: Mark Buehrle of the Chicago White Sox becomes the 18th pitcher to throw a perfect game in Major League Baseball history, defeating the Tampa Bay Rays 5-0.

SPECIAL EVENTS

• Gorgeous Grandma Day

• National Hot Dog Day

• Vanilla Ice Cream Day

UPCOMING

• July 23-25: World Lumberjack Championships

• September 7: Labor Day

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

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