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DATEBOOK: JANUARY 8, 2016

This is day 8 of 2016. There are 358 days remaining.

BIRTHDAYS

• Larry Storch (F Troop) is 93

• Broadcaster Charles Osgood is 83

• Bob Eubanks (The Newlywed Game) is 78

• David Bowie is 69

• Michelle Forbes (True Blood, Homicide) is 51

• R. Kelly is 49

• Sean Paul is 43

• Gaby Hoffman (Transparent, Girls) is 34

IT HAPPENED TODAY

• 1675: The first corporation was chartered in the United States. It was a New York fishing company.

• 1790: George Washington delivered the first State of the Union Address address in New York City.

• 1901: The first bowling tournament sanctioned by the American Bowling Congress was held in Chicago, Illinois.

• 1955: After 130 home basketball wins, Georgia Tech defeated Kentucky 59-58. It was the first Kentucky loss at home since January 2, 1943.

• 1962: Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa was exhibited in the United States for the first time, at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C.

• 1975: Ella Grasso became Governor of Connecticut, becoming the first woman to serve as a Governor in the United States who did not succeed her husband.

• 1992: U.S. President George H.W. Bush fell suddenly ill at a state dinner in Japan. He became pale, slumped in his chair and promptly vomited on the Japanese Prime Minister.

• 1999: The top two executives of Salt Lake City’s Olympic organizing committee resigned amid investigations into how far city boosters stooped to win the 2002 Winter Games. Investigators found boosters gave IOC members cash payments up to $70,000 and expensive gifts; and paid educational, travel, housing and medical costs of IOC members and their families.

• 2011: An attempted assassination of Arizona congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords occurred at a grocery store near Tuscon. Thirteen people were injured and six others were killed in the shooting, among them federal judge John Roll.

SPECIAL EVENTS

• Argyle Day

• Bubble Bath Day

• English Toffee Day

• Show and Tell Day at Work

UPCOMING

• January 10: Golden Globe Awards

• January 11: College Football National Championship (University of Phoenix Stadium, ESPN)

• January 12: State of the Union Address

• January 18: Martin Luther King Day

• January 18: Blue Monday. Always the third Monday of January, Blue Monday is said to be the saddest day of the year — we’re back into the work grind, the Christmas bills have come, college students have to return to reality.

• February 7: Super Bowl 50

• February 14: Valentine’s Day

More holidays

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DATEBOOK WEEKEND

SATURDAY, JANUARY 9

• Joan Baez is 75. Jimmy Page of Led Zeppelin is 72. Country singer Crystal Gayle is 65. J.K. Simmons is 61. Joely Richardson is 51. Dave Matthews is 49. A.J. McLean of the Backstreet Boys is 38.

• Static Electricity Day.

SUNDAY, JANUARY 10

• Frank Sinatra Jr. is 72. Rod Stewart is 71. Donald Fagen of Steely Dan is 68. Pat Benatar is 63. Chris Smith of Kris Kross is 37.

• Cut Your Energy Costs Day. No Pants Subway Ride Day. Peculiar People Day. Houseplant Appreciation Day.

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NUMBER FOR THE DAY

990: Media credentials issued for the 2015 Oscars.

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NEWS ATTACK!

The government issued new dietary guidelines. The new guidelines come with much smaller portions of sugar and saturated fat. [But for an additional $1.25 they’ll supersize it for you.]

Samsung unveiled a prototype of a smart belt that can tell you your waist size, how many steps you’ve taken, and whether you’ve overeaten. [But will it alert me that you forgot to zip up your pants?]

In the UK two thieves turned themselves in to the police after they heard that an innocent man was being charged. [Sounds like we’re in for another one of those based-on-a-true-story feel-good British comedies with Judi Dench.]

Pizza Hut has launched a line of clothing and accessories. [Because who doesn’t want to look like they work for minimum wage?]

In Toronto the police were called to an apartment to stop a fight. One roommate had gotten angry with the other because he took his shower too early in the morning. [If figures that a Canadian crime would pivot around proper etiquette and hygiene.]

The new Star Wars movie just broke the North American sales record. [No movie in history has sold more Raisinets.]

A dog in Massachusetts went up to a police officer and barked over and over again until the officer realized that the dog wanted him to follow him. The dog then led him across a field and down a 30-foot embankment to a fellow dog trapped in the underbrush. [Then while the officer worked to free the animal three other dogs knocked over the corner liquor store.]

TimeWarner reported another data breach. [Hackers are threatening to publish the name of every really stupid TV show that you watch even though you always swear you’ve never even heard of the show.]

There’s new evidence that dinosaurs performed mating dances. [Scientists think the dances may have been the cause of their extinction. They died of embarrassment.]

There’s new evidence that dinosaurs performed mating dances. [The theory comes from the discovery of a fully intact fossil still wearing leg warmers.]

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NEWS & NUGGETS

CES: BLUETOOTH HOME PREGNANCY TEST _ Until now, that three-minute wait for a home pregnancy-test result comes with no built-in distraction beyond staring at the stick to see if one line or two is fading in. No longer. First Response will soon begin selling a Bluetooth-enabled test that links with a woman’s smartphone, recommending BuzzFeed quizzes and videos or health-related articles to pass the time while a clock ticks down the seconds to her result. And it doesn’t stop once the test is done, as it can track a potential due date, add that to a woman’s phone calendar and offer to share the news with selected friends and relatives via email or text.

CES: CUTTING BACK ON WATER USE _ The $100 Droppler gadget listens closely to the running water in a faucet to tell you how much you’ve likely used.

CES: BIG MOTHER _ Sen.se’s Silver Mother hub aims to help adult children or caregivers make sure that an elderly person living alone takes his or her pills, drinks enough water and goes about other daily routines. The small plastic figure resembles a Russian nesting doll that can nudge seniors with some not-so-subtle hints — the sound of running water, for instance, might remind someone it’s time to drink some water. It can also call in with recorded reminders that it’s pill-taking time or send alerts to caregivers and loved ones if something seems awry.

MAKING A MURDERER JUROR STANDS BY VERDICT _ A juror involved in the homicide case that spawned the popular Netflix series Making a Murderer says she stands by the verdict. The 10-part series raises questions about whether Steven Avery and his nephew Brendan Dassey were wrongly convicted. The show includes comments from an excused juror in Avery’s case suggesting his conviction was based on flawed evidence. But Diane Free, a juror who was present to the end, told The Associated Press that she was “comfortable with the verdict we reached. The thing on Netflix was a movie, not a documentary.”

… Authorities involved in the case have called the series biased and say it omits crucial facts that led to the convictions. Filmmakers Moira Demos and Laura Ricciardi have stood by their work, which spans nearly a decade and concentrates on the defense and perspective of Avery and Dassey’s relatives.

… The jurors have been mostly silent. Many had made an agreement not to talk about the case after the conviction. Free declined to elaborate beyond her brief remark when reached by the Associated Press. She said before hanging up, “I have to ask, please don’t call me again.”

MAN DIED FROM INHALING TOO MUCH DEODORANT _ A teenager in England (Folkestone, Kent) died in a freak accident after inhaling the gas from deodorant. The 16-year-old used an aerosol deodorant to clean himself rather than take showers. A coroner said he “sprayed it all over himself and succumbed to the effects of the gas.”

MAN DRIVES LAMBORGHINI THROUGH FLOODED INTERSECTION _ A video showing a man driving his super-expensive Lamborghini through a flooded intersection in California is going viral. In the video you can initially see an SUV trying to cautiously wade through the flooded intersection. The SUV then stops at the intersection, presumably for a signal. That’s when the white colored Lamborghini enters the frame. The driver of the $200,000 car nonchalantly drives the car through the muddy waters as if he didn’t care. Initially, it seems he did think twice about taking his expensive supercar into the waters — but then decided to go for it anyway. | VIDEO

A VEGAN ‘BUTCHER SHOP’ IS OPENING IN MINNESOTA _ The first vegan butcher shop in America will soon open in Minneapolis. Started by siblings Aubry and Kale Walch, The Herbivorous Butcher will sell “small-batch, locally-sourced, all-natural meat alternatives” that it has become known for since it started selling at the Minneapolis Farmers Market in June of 2014. The shop opens January 23.

2015 WASN’T THE HOTTEST YEAR ON RECORD IN THE U.S. _ A chilly start to 2015 kept the U.S. from experiencing its hottest year on record last year, even as the globe at large saw record heat. The U.S. saw average temperatures rise to the second highest level on record last year. Only 2012 saw hotter average temperatures.

ALMOST HALF OF PARENTS KNOW THEIR TEENAGER’S EMAIL PASSWORD _ According to a Pew study on parenting, most parents still don’t trust their teens to be responsible online, with about half keeping tabs on at least one of their kid’s passwords.

… 61 percent of parents reported looking at their child’s browsing history.

… 48 percent know the password to their teen’s email account.

… 35 percent know the password to at least one of their kid’s social media accounts.

WATERLESS TOILET USES NANOTECHNOLOGY TO TREAT WASTE _ A toilet that does not need water, a sewage system or external power but instead uses nanotechnology to treat human waste, produce clean water and keep smells away is being developed by a British university. The innovative toilet uses a rotating mechanism to move waste into a holding chamber containing nano elements. The mechanism also blocks odors and keeps waste out of sight. Cranfield University is developing the toilet as part of the global “Reinvent the toilet Challenge” launched by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

… Nanotechnology is the science of creating and working with materials about one nanometer wide, or one-billionth of a meter. A human hair is about 80,000 nanometers wide.

THE BEST WAY TO GET RICH: SAVE MONEY _ While more than one in five Americans believe the best way to get rich is to win the lottery, and 11 percent say inheriting money is the way to go, 55 percent says saving something each month for many years is best.

… Three percent of those surveyed thought a big insurance settlement was the best way to become wealthy. The poor were the most likely to say winning the lottery was the most practical way to gain wealth.

FLOSS OR BRUSH – WHICH IS MORE IMPORTANT? _ * Brushing and flossing are both important for your oral health. But if you had to do just one it would be flossing. Dr. Ann Laurent of Laurent’s Dental Artistry in Lafayette, Louisiana says, “Flossing and brushing isn’t really an either/or equation for optimum health. However, if you had to pick one, flossing is more important if done correctly.” The goal of flossing and brushing is to remove plaque buildup. Brushing only removes plaque from the front and back surfaces of your teeth. Flossing, on the other hand, allows you to remove plaque from between your teeth and underneath the gums. These hard-to-reach spots are where the most destructive microbes live. * Download a related call from the Pro Audio page.

… So why do we like to brush? In large part because the toothpaste industry has cunningly convinced us that to be socially acceptable, we must be minty fresh. Preoccupied as we are with our social standing, we wake up, feel the mint deficit in our mouths and immediately brush.

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WACKY-BUT-TRUE

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: COUPLE GETS ENGAGED IN WALMART, THEN SHOPLIFTS _ After getting engaged, it’s normal to want to celebrate. But one Michigan couple took their celebration in a different direction after their public Walmart proposal: they allegedly went on a small shoplifting jaunt at a nearby mall that included pilfering assorted sex toys.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: MAN WHO MAILED GAG GRENADE TO SHERIFF WON’T BE CHARGED _ A political supporter mailed a gift to a newly elected county sheriff in Pennsylvania. It was a gag gift meant for the sheriff to hang on his wall as a warning to those who might come into his office with complaints. The gift was a disarmed World War II grenade attached to a plaque. A sign on the plaque said,  “Complaint department. Take a number.” A numbered plastic ticket was attached to the grenade’s pin. It caused the evacuation of the courthouse for 90 minutes. The sheriff says the sender won’t be charged since it was sent as a gag gift from a supporter.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: PANCAKE-WAFFLE DEBATE TURNS VIOLENT _ Police in Muncie, Indiana, say a dispute over a woman’s preference for waffles over pancakes turned violent. Breion Donte Thomas told police her boyfriend “made her some pancakes for breakfast” and became angry when she said she wanted waffles instead. Her boyfriend shoved and hit her.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: FIND A THIEF AND GET FREE PIZZA FOR A YEAR _ The owner of a pizza place in Denver is offering a tasty reward to whoever can help police find a thief who burglarized his business. The burglary happened at Kaos Pizzeria Sunday. In an effort to identify the thief, the owner posted surveillance video online. While investigators continue to search for the man seen in the surveillance video, the owner has offered an incentive to anyone who can help lead police to an arrest: free pizza for a year.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: MAN POISONS COWORKERS TO GET DAY OFF _ A guy in China was arrested after police said he poisoned coworkers by sprinkling his medication into their food. He did it in an attempt to have his workplace shut down so he could have a day off work.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: BROOKLYN RESTAURANT OFFERING $100 GOLD-TOPPED DOUGHNUT _ New York foodies who find themselves with spare spending cash are being offered a pricey pastry: a $100 doughnut covered in 24-karat gold flakes. The Manila Social Club in Brooklyn unveiled The Golden Cristal Ube Donut in an Instagram post. One of the owners admitted, “It is gimmicky … It’s supposed to get attention, obviously. It’s gold on a doughnut! Let’s not be coy about this.” | IMAGE

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: RESTAURANT CHARGES $15 FOR A BOWL OF OATMEAL _ At London’s Sky Garden observation deck you can have breakfast at an oatmeal bar. For $15 a bowl. So what do you get for your money? Organic oatmeal made from ‘substantial, nutty’ pinhead oats prepared with either water, soy milk, rice milk, almond milk or cow’s milk. You then choose some toppings such as nuts and seeds.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: BURGLARS USES DISTRACTION _ Police in the U.K. say it was one of the most unusual distraction burglaries they’ve ever encountered. Two men barged into a house owned by a brother and sister in their nineties. One of the thieves then dropped to his knees and started to bark like a dog and crawl around on all fours. Police say while the shocked 90-year-old woman and her 93-year-old brother looked on in disbelief, the second man grabbed the woman’s purse and the pair ran off.

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ON TELEVISION

UNDERCOVER BOSS (8p ET, CBS) — Tim M. Betts of Muscle Maker Grill goes undercover in this new edition.

UNDATEABLE (8p ET, NBC) — New

LAST MAN STANDING (8p ET, ABC) — Joely Fisher guest stars in this new episode.

MASTERCHEF JUNIOR (8p ET, FOX) — A new, 2-hour episode.

REIGN (8p ET, CW) — New

DR. KEN (8:30p ET, ABC) — Dr. Mehmet Oz guest stars in this new episode.

SUPERSTORE (8:30p ET, NBC) — Repeat

HAWAII FIVE-O (9p ET, CBS) — New

DATELINE (9p ET, NBC) — A new, 2-hour edition

SHARK TANK (9p ET, ABC) — New

PENN AND TELLER: FOOL US (9p ET, CW) — Repeat

BLUE BLOODS (10p ET, CBS) — Treat Williams guest stars in this new episode.

20/20 (10p ET, ABC) — New

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ENTERTAINMENT

HBO ANNOUNCES GAME OF THRONES SEASON 6 PREMIERE DATE _ HBO has confirmed that the sixth season of Game of Thrones will premiere on Sunday, April 24. Game of Thrones season six’s premiere will be followed by the returns of Silicon Valley and Veep.

NETFLIX TO RESTORE ORIGINAL LOST FINALE _ If you missed the Lost finale in 2010 and decided to catch up on Netflix, you won’t be getting the whole story — but the streaming service has vowed to fix the problem. Some detail-oriented viewers noticed the two-part show closer on Netflix is 18 minutes shorter than the 104 minute version that aired on ABC six years ago. Lost co-creator Damon Lindelof wasn’t aware of the streaming service’s blunder until it was brought to his attention, and now he wants Netflix to correct the error. … Something tells me that this isn’t Netflix’s fault … that it’s an honest mistake and something got miscommunicated. I seem to remember ABC had to make an edit for rerun airings that tightened the show into ‘format’ (42 minutes to accommodate commercials), and somehow that [version] mistakenly got sent to Netflix.”

… Netflix has responded on Twitter, insisting that the shortened finale was an honest mistake and explaining the uncut version will be available for streaming soon.

CAITLYN JENNER QUIETLY CANCELS SPEAKING TOUR _ TMZ reports Caitlyn Jenner’s five-city speaking tour is over before it even gets off the ground. The “Unique Lives and Experiences” tour was set to kick off in Toronto on February 22, but people close to Caitlyn say she had scheduling conflicts, so they’ve pulled the plug. TMZ spoke to the Toronto venue which said there were still “a lot” of tickets left for Caitlyn’s speaking engagement when she canceled.

THE TALK’S SHERYL UNDERWOOD EXPLAINS(?) STEVE HARVEY COMMENT _ The first thing that the ladies of The Talk talked about on their Thursday afternoon episode was of course the stage crasher moment from the People’s Choice Awards the night before. Sheryl Underwood went straight into action and told the guy, “Don’t pull a Steve Harvey!” On Thursday she explained what she meant by her comment, which was inspired by his Miss Universe mistake. She explained: “I’ve been making this off-handed comment, when you say ‘you pull a Kanye,’ now ‘you pull a Steve Harvey,’ right? So I had been saying, don’t pull a Steve Harvey. And Steve is my friend, so because I had been saying it so much, I text messaged Steve and said, ‘Steve, if I say anywhere publicly, pulling a Steve Harvey, would that hurt your feelings?’ He said, ‘Nope.’ I said cool.'” Uh, confusing.

ADAM LAMBERT IS THE HIGHEST EARNING AMERICAN IDOL OF 2015 _ Adam Lambert pulled in a staggering $10 million in 2015, making him the highest earning American Idol alum in 2015, according to Forbes. It’s a record pull for the Season 8 runner-up, who tops the list for the first time this year. Carrie Underwood (Season 4 winner) has held the No. 1 spot for the last two years and slips to second place with an $8 million haul this year. Season 5’s Chris Daughtry toured his way to $6 million and the No. 3 slot with 91 shows during the Forbes scoring period. Season 11 winner Phillip Phillips made $5 million thanks to his last record, Behind the Light, released in 2014. The original American Idol Kelly Clarkson is reportedly having a “down year,” but still pulled in $4 million and ties at No. 5 with Season 10 winner Scott McCreery.

BEYONCE TO JOIN COLDPLAY FOR SUPER BOWL HALFTIME SHOW _ The Super Bowl is getting a little more super, as Beyonce is expected to join Coldplay onstage during halftime. She’ll likely joining Coldplay for Hymn for the Weekend, considering she’s featured on that track from the band’s latest album.

AMERICAN CRIME STORY SEASON 2 WILL BE ABOUT HURRICANE KATRINA _ American Crime Story: The People vs. O.J. Simpson won’t premiere on FX for another few weeks, but Ryan Murphy is already making plans for season two. The executive producer has revealed that the next installment of the true-crime anthology series will focus on Hurricane Katrina, which devastated New Orleans in late summer 2005.

ABC ORDERS SERIAL-ESQUE DRAMA PILOT _ ABC is jumping on the Serial bandwagon, ordering a pilot for The Jury, a drama described as similar to the popular podcast. Centering around a single murder trial, the series follows the trial, as seen through the eyes of the individual jurors, exploring the biases and experiences that influence the jurors’ judgment and how their pre-conceptions change along the way. According to ABC, The Jury feels like Serial meets 12 Angry Men.

KEEGAN-MICHAEL KEY FILES FOR DIVORCE FROM WIFE OF 17 YEARS _ Keegan-Michael Key and his wife of seventeen years, Cynthia Blaise, are getting divorced. The 44-year-old Key and Peele star filed for divorce on December 31 and the docs say that they split in November 2015. Keegan and Cynthia got married in December 1998 and they have no children.

HAN SOLO SHOULDN’T LOOK SO OLD IN THE FORCE AWAKENS _ A group of students at a university in England (University of Leicester, Department of Physics and Astronomy) have a theory that says that Han Solo should look younger than he actually is in The Force Awakens — thanks to his ship, The Millennium Falcon, and an aspect of Einstein’s theory of relativity called time dilation. Velocity time dilation results in time ticking more slowly on an object that is moving at a higher speed. Han Solo did a lot of high-speed traveling in his Millennium Falcon in the earlier movies, which would translate into him being years younger. At least, that’s what the students in England say.

AMY SCHUMER MAY HAVE MET HER BF ON ‘TINDER FOR FAMOUS PEOPLE’ _ How did Amy Schumer meet her new carpenter boyfriend? Maybe she was in the market for new living room furniture only to discover that Ben Hanisch had built not only the sturdy yet elegant rocking chair of her dreams, but also the foundation for true love. Or maybe she turned to a very exclusive dating app. According to a tip from an acquaintance of Hanisch, the pair met on Raya, the “Tinder for famous people.” You might be thinking that this furniture-making guy is a normal and question why he’s allowed to have such elite access. Look into it, though, and you’ll see that he actually fits the app’s requirements. Hanisch has over 17,600 Instagram followers, so it’s totally possible that he’s considered an influencer worthy of the app’s posh clientele.

MAD MAX: FURIOSA COULD GET HER OWN MOVIE _ Will we have a Mad Max spin-off focusing on Furiosa in the future? This is what Fury Road director George Miller says he wants to do, but it may need to wait until after the Mad Max sequel.

YOU CAN WATCH PUPPY BOWL SCRIMMAGES IN VIRTUAL REALITY _ The Puppy Bowl is a cute alternative to the Super Bowl, but this year, Animal Planet and Geico found a way to make it even more engaging: virtual reality. Fans can watch Puppy Bowl scrimmages via the DiscoveryVR app, which offers 360-degree views of puppies play-fighting, running, tumbling, snarfing, barking, and playing with toys that are thrown in slow motion. The practice matches can be watched on the Animal Planet site, YouTube, or with Google Cardboard or Samsung Milk VR. Or you could visit a local animal shelter and play with puppies in real life.

HANDYMAN SCHNEIDER ON ONE DAY AT A TIME HAS DIED _ Pat Harrington Jr., who played the gruff but lovable building superintendent Dwayne Schneider on all nine seasons of the hit ’70s and ’80s CBS sitcom One Day at a Time, has died. He was 86.

GWEN STEFANI IS A TROLL, BLAKE SHELTON IS A PIG _ Gwen Stefani and Blake Shelton are both getting animated this year. Both are voicing characters in separate animated movies based on pop culture crazes. Gwen Stefani is lending her voice to a mythical creature in DreamWorks upcoming Trolls movie, which is based on the troll dolls that first became a huge toy craze in the ’60s.

… Blake has been cast as a pudgy green pig named Earl in The Angry Birds Movie.

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AUDIO

NEWEST ON THE PRO AUDIO PAGE. (SHARE YOUR AUDIO HERE.)

• CALLER: Why you should floss – January 8 InterPrep.

• TOPICAL: People Choice Awards – guy jumps on stage during The Talk acceptance speech.

• CALLER: Listener asks what YOU do when you play the national anthem.

• TV CLIP: Dave & Ethan is one of the original shows available on the new NBC-owned SeeSo streaming comedy channel.

• TOPICAL: NBC launched SeeSo January 7. Parks & Recreation clip.

• TOPICAL: Making a Murderer filmmakers share new info on Today show.

• TOPICAL: Making a Murderer opening theme.

• FUNNY: Toddler tries bacon for the first time.

• DROPS: Loads of Friday-related movie-TV drops.

• PHONER: Things guys should never do together. Launch: You saw The Force Awakens with your wife/kids the first time. You called a friend to see it again and he said two grown men going to a movie together is weird.

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BITS & BREAKS

NEW IN THEATERS TODAY

THE REVENANT (R) A frontiersman named Hugh Glass on an fur trade expedition in the 1820s is on a quest for survival after being brutally mauled by a bear.

THE FOREST (PG-13) A young woman searches for her twin sister in a Japanese forest only to find herself surrounded by paranormal forces.

THE MASKED SAINT (PG-13) Based on a true story about one pastor’s mission to help his community by returning to his former life as a wrestler.

OPENING NEXT WEEK _ 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi; Norm of the North; Ride Along 2

NEW ON DVD THIS WEEKEND

Sicario
The Walk
The Visit
Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse
The Green Inferno
Sleeping With Other People
Captive
Experimenter
True Detective: Season 2
It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia Season 10
Luther – Season 4
Party of Five – The Complete Series

SHARE YOUR BEST GRILLED CHEESE RECIPE

FB icon Start it on Facebook, take it to the phones: I’m in the mood for one grilled cheese sandwich — what’s your secret recipe?

On Reddit, people suggested:

• White bread. Sea salt butter on outside. Shredded cheddar. Shredded mozzarella. Shredded asiago. Thin slice of Swiss. Soft cooked bacon. Smoked sea salt.

• Sharp cheddar inside. Use mayo on the outside to get the perfect level of browning (fat + egg = amazing browning). Best eaten with bread and butter pickles. The sweet/vinegar and melty cheese flavors are perfect together.

• Add pesto and bacon.

• Toast the bread in a toaster. I don’t bother with butter. Slice up some cheddar and put it right on the toast. Splash some Worcestershire sauce over the top, and put it under the grill until the cheese is browned.

HOW FAR DO ATHLETES RUN IN DIFFERENT SPORTS?

SOCCER – FIFA kept track of the amount of miles players covered during the 2014 World Cup. As one sample, during the U.S. game against Ghana, midfielder Michael Bradley logged 7.9 miles to lead all Americans. All of the U.S. midfielders ran at least 7 miles in the 90-minute game, while the starting defenders and forwards all exceeded 6 miles. Another interesting note? Soccer referees probably run even more than the players.

BASKETBALL – The NBA keeps close track of all sorts of statistics, including how much a player runs in the course of a game. A typical player will run about 2½ miles per game.

FOOTBALL – Obviously, how much a football player runs depends largely on the position being played. The most active are wide receivers and cornerbacks. However, Gizmodo reported in 2013 that those position players only run about 1¼ miles per game.

TENNIS – A lot of factors go into how far a professional tennis player runs in a match — mainly, their playing style and how many sets a match goes. They’re also constrained on a relatively small court, which limits the amount of distance they need to cover. At the men’s final at the 2015 U.S. Open, Novac Djokovic won over Roger Federer in four sets. Both players ran a similar amount in the match — just more than 2 miles.

HOW TO WIN THE LOTTERY

Tips from people who’ve actually won!

Leave the Number Picking to the Computer
Rather than picking numbers based on birthdays, anniversaries or other meaningful dates, lottery organizers note that the majority of past winners have left the big decisions up to the computer. About 70 percent of past winners used Quick Picks.

Are Certain Numbers Luckier Than Others?
If you opt to pick your own numbers, you might want to include 8, 54, 14, 39 and 13. Based on an analysis of past Powerball winners, these numbers are the most frequently drawn numbers.

Sign the Back of the Ticket
Imagine beating the nearly impossible odds and having the winning ticket but someone else claiming the money as their own. That’s what could happen if a stranger gets hold of an unsigned ticket and turns it in.

Stay Anonymous, If You Can
States have different rules when it comes to publicly announcing the winner’s identity. If anonymity is possible, take that option.

Assemble a Money Management Team
State-run lottery organizations do not give tax or financial advice to winners and they urge people to seek outside counsel.

Once You Win, Don’t Spend
Wait at least six months — if not a year — before making any purchases. According to a 2015 study (by the Camelot Group) 44 percent of winners spend their entire winnings within five years.

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FUN & GAMES

TRIVIA: Each year in the U.S. some $318 billion worth of these are just given away at no charge. (Coupons)

QUOTE ME ON THIS

Thanks Chris Wolf for sharing.

You get one point for naming the movie, one point for naming the actor and five points for naming the year the movie came out.

• “Frankly my dear, I don’t give a damn.” —Clarke Gable, Gone with the Wind (1939)

• “Hasta la vista, baby.” —Arnold Schwarzenegger, Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991)

• “I ain’t got time to bleed.” —Jesse Ventura, Predator (1987)

• “Say hello to my little friend!” —Al Pacino, Scarface (1983)

• “Take your stinkin’ paws off me, you damn dirty ape!” —Charlton Heston, Planet of the Apes (1968)

• “I spent my life trying not to be careless. Women and children can be careless, but not men.” —Marlon Brando, The Godfather (1972)

• “You can’t handle the truth!” —Jack Nicholson, A Few Good Men (1992)

• “You talking to me? You talking to me? Then who the hell else are you talking to — you talking to me? Well, I’m the only one here.” —Robert De Niro, Taxi Driver (1976)

• “I love the smell of napalm in the morning.” —Robert Duvall, Apocalypse Now (1979)

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JOKE OF THE DAY

A priest and a cab driver went to heaven. The priest was given fifty bags of gold and a nice house. The cab driver was given the same but also a boat, a lake and a box of diamonds. The priest asked St. Peter, “Hey, I was a priest — how come I don’t get a box of diamonds or a lake or a boat?” St. Peter said, “We go by results. During your sermons people slept, during his cab rides people prayed.”

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VIDEO OF THE DAY

Watch this poor, brave corgi try so hard to get over a fence.

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IMAGE OF THE DAY

If you’re afraid of elevators, this one’s definitely not for you.


Source: imgur

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LAST MINUTE ITEMS

•This map lists the places that have lost electricity because of squirrels.

• An alphabetized version of The Wizard of Oz.

• Your local Facebook Groups could be a good prep resource. This link shows you what groups are in your area.

• Top free time-waster websites.

• A quick way to create and share a note.

• Enjoy a snowy escape.

• How one guy keeps track of his luggage.

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DATEBOOK: JANUARY 11, 2016

This is day 11 of 2016. There are 355 days remaining.

BIRTHDAYS

• Felix Silla (Cousin Itt on The Addams Family) is 79

• Phyllis Logan (Downton Abbey) is 60

• Kim Coles (Living Single) is 54

• Mary J. Blige is 45

• Amanda Peet is 44

• Cody Simpson is 19

IT HAPPENED TODAY

• 1935: Amelia Earhart became the first woman to fly solo from Hawaii to California.

• 1949: The first recorded case of snowfall in Los Angeles, California.

• 1964: U.S. Surgeon General Luther Terry reported smoking may be hazardous to one’s health. This is the first such statement from the U.S. government.

• 1974: The world’s first surviving set of sextuplets — six kids — was born to Susan Rosenkowitz in Cape Town, South Africa.

• 1991: A man walked into a New York City garage and asked a mechanic to hold his lion for a minute, he’d be right back. The guy never came back and the 150-pound lion cub wound up at a wildlife preserve.

• 1998: A farmer in Croatia told reporters he chatted with four aliens who landed in his field in an iron-shaped spacecraft. He said the extra-terrestrials were very short and spoke broken Croatian. Neighbors told reporters Vrancic was an honest, down-to-earth man.

• 2003: Two-year-old Elliot O’Sullivan, who wanted to build a snowman, was upset when no snow fell near his home in Totton, England. So his dad Shaun, who was working 110 miles away in snow-covered Kent, filled his car with snow and drove the whole way home with the heater off to keep the snow from melting. Then, dad, mom, and son built a snowman.

• 2009: One of the world’s most famous chocolate makers, Cadbury, announced it would warn chocolate lovers that its product contains milk. Cadbury said it was necessary to print warnings in capital letters in yellow boxes saying “CONTAINS: MILK” in case people who are allergic to milk do not realize that there is milk in Cadbury milk chocolate.

• 2015: Over 3½ million people in Paris and across France stage unity rallies to protest the recent Islamist terrorist attack on the offices of French satire magazine Charlie Hebdo.

SPECIAL EVENTS

• Cigarettes Are Hazardous To Your Health Day

• Learn Your Name in Morse Code Day

• Clean Off Your Desk Day: 11 (2nd Monday)

UPCOMING

• January 11: College Football National Championship (University of Phoenix Stadium, ESPN)

• January 12: State of the Union Address

• January 18: Martin Luther King Day

• January 18: Blue Monday. Always the third Monday of January, Blue Monday is said to be the saddest day of the year — we’re back into the work grind, the Christmas bills have come, college students have to return to reality.

• February 7: Super Bowl 50

• February 14: Valentine’s Day

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