Don Chase in the Morning for July 12, 2012 Here is your weather forecast for July 12 & 13: Today: Partly sunny, chance of showers later today or tonight. Hi 88. Low 70. Friday: Mostly cloudy, chance of rain. High 88. Today is day 194 of the year. There are 172 days left. Congrats to those in the WKML Family celebrating birthday: Judy Baker William Barfield Wanda Lynn Bell Tammi Bisner Elvin Brewington Melissa Butera Freida Calton Virginia Chiarelli Shelby Coates Margaret Cogburn Kenda Collier Nikki Cook Michelle Dobbin Krystal Drake Jennifer Fisher Dexter “Boo” Godwin David Green Sandy Green Robert Hester Robyn Hilt Jonathan Jacobs Steven Jones Tommy Kendall Louise Kulp Shirley Lane Donnie Lively Arnell Locklear Melissa Locklear Jennifer Schmidt Martin Amanda May Grace May Adam Merritt William Muller Jonah O'Kane Jackie Page Ruben Ricks Jim Rivera Shane Russ Trent Sessoms Ryan Shankel Gayle Shelnutt Rhonda Sherrill Sonya Silvas Kenda Snyder Brian Stephens Karen Stockwell Jerry Summers Amber Paige Tart Tom Taylor Virginia Towe Teresa Trumble Tosha Walters Roxanne Wilcox Dianne Williams WKML prayers for the Family of Private first class Trevor Adkins killed defending in Afghanistan. Trevor called Spring Lake home. Military personnel will be taking part in a night-fire training exercise in Autryville tonight and again next week Monday through Thursday. COUNTRY MUSIC NEWS: #1 Country Album --- Kenny Chesney's Welcome to the Fishbowl is the nation's top-selling country album for a third week. It sold another 43,000 copies last week, according to SoundScan figures, bringing it to nearly 300,000 so far. Lionel Richie's Tuskegee takes a giant leap from number-nine to number-two, on a sales increase of 116 percent. That bumps Luke Bryan's Tailgates and Tanlines to number-three. Carrie Underwood's Blown Away and Eric Church's Chief round out the Top 5 for a second straight week. Big & Rich --- Big and Rich are as excited about The Farm's debut album release next week as are the "Home Sweet Home" singers. They helped the band's Damien Horne get on his musical feet after John found him playing guitar on the sidewalks of Nashville's historic Lower Broadway. Since then, he's become Big Kenny's best friend. "He married me and my wife. He married half of our friends." In addition to being a hit songwriter and musician, Damien is an ordained minister. --- The Farm's self-titled debut album comes out on Tuesday. Bryan, Luke --- Luke Bryan sang the national anthem at recent MLB All-Star Game – and he cheated. Luke has apologized to fans for writing down a few words on his hand so he would not mess up like a lot of singers have. “I had a few keys words written down to insure myself that I wouldn’t mess up. I just wanted to do my best. I promise it was from the heart,” he tweeted. “If I offended anyone with my approach I sincerely apologize. Anytime I sing the anthem it is an honor and my heart beats out of my chest.” Chesney, Kenny --- Kenny Chesney may be from east Tennessee, but he’s a Boston Red Sox fan. He explains his loyalty in the official program for Major League Baseball’s All-Star Game. Chesney grew up without cable, and says the Red Sox were one of the only teams he was able to follow on his three TV channels. He says baseball gave him one of his best father-son moments a few years ago. He took his dad to one of the last-ever Yankees-Red Sox games in the original Yankee Stadium and got to sit in the dugout. Chesney was the only musician scheduled to present at last night’s ESPY Awards. Little Big Town --- Little Big Town are celebrating their first number-one digital single with "Pontoon." It sold 86,000 downloads this week, pushing it to the top of the country chart. Karen Fairchild says when they heard it, they knew it sounded like a "big, old hit." Owen, Jake --- Condolences go out to Jake Owen -- his godmother, Pearl, has died. He Tweeted, "I appreciate everyone's thoughts and prayers for my angel in life, Pearl. She's passed on to a greater life. Ride the wind, till we meet again." A representative for Jake says that Pearl worked for his father for many years, and Jake called her his "best friend." She did attend his May wedding. Rascal Flatts --- Rascal Flatts’ Joe Don Rooney says the band nearly split up last year after the release of their most recent album, “Changed.” Rooney admits that 10 years together plus a change in management made them consider hanging it up. “A year-and-a-half ago, we all looked at each other and I think there was a part of us wondering if we could go on after 10 years. We had just gone through a significant management change where we had to make a tough decision and move on, and we had a meeting at Jay’s house,” he said. Ultimately, Rooney says the trio decided they were willing to stick it out and continue on their hit-making path. “We had a talk to see if [performing as Rascal Flatts] was something we still wanted to do,” Jo Don recalls, “and we decided yes, so let’s make the next 10 years another great run.” Swift, Taylor --- Maria Shriver doesn't think Taylor Swift is tailor-made for her son Patrick Schwarzenegger -- and she wants to put an end to their budding romance right away. The National Enquirer is reporting that she's warned Taylor to keep her guitar-pickin' hands off the 18-year-old, who's rumored to be the singer's latest boy toy. A friend of the family's says, "Maria is worried that Taylor will lead Patrick on and then leave his heart shattered in a million pieces, like she’s done with other guys. She’s 100 percent opposed to Patrick dating her. He’s entering the University of Southern California in the fall, and she doesn’t want anything distracting him.” Tweets --- Miranda Lambert checked in from her vocal rest with an apology and a tweet: "I can't wait to get back on the road and I know I'll be well rested and better than ever. Love you all and thanks for your support! Rock on!" ---Tim McGraw's new single has caught the attention of Lil Wayne's fans Twitter page: "On Tim McGraw's latest song 'Truck Yeah,' he mentions Lil Wayne on the first line: 'Got Lil Wayne pumpin' on my iPod.'" ---Sunny Sweeney is a Texas girl through and through. She tweets, "Jalapenos at 7 a.m. is always an amazing idea. I think I may have used way too many though because my mouth is like ON FIRE!" ---Casey James made a good point on Twitter: "For reference: space per seat on an airplane? A few cubic feet. Space required to read a newspaper politely? Much more than that." ---Kellie Pickler also made an interesting in flight observation. She tweets, "Guy beside me on the plane told the flight attendant he wanted Cheerios for breakfast. I ordered Jack. What's wrong with that?" ---Rascal Flatts' Jay DeMarcus shared some news on Twitter: "Happy Wednesday. Filming the new video for 'Come Wake Me Up' the next two days." ---Martina McBride tweeted an update from their new L.A. home. She tweets, "Emma is loving her new acting class. Delaney and I found a place to work out and are committed to sticking to it. We'll see how that goes." ---Reba McEntire isn't dealing with anything too heavy today. She tweets, "It's a slow day when you're biggest decision is whether to leave your hair curly or straighten it out." Oh, she also had to choose what to have for lunch. Underwood, Carrie ---Carrie Underwood and Mike Fisher are celebrating two years of marriage. Underwood tweeted happy anniversary to her “handsome, sweet, smart, wonderful husband,” and said “time flies!” Fisher wrote on Twitter “life is so much better with u in my life!” He said he was looking forward to many more years together. They were married on July 10, 2010, in Georgia. Urban, Keith --- The Keith Urban guide to Nashville includes three restaurants and live music joints. He talks about his adopted hometown in the cover story of this month’s American Way Magazine from American Airlines. Urban says he goes for “funky, earthy food” at long-running places like Brown’s Diner, Rotier’s Restaurant and Jack’s Bar-B-Que. Urban moved to Nashville from Australia in 1992. He says a lot of the places where he went to hear live music early on are still there, like 12th and Porter and Exit/In. Now that he’s got a wife and two daughters, he says Nashville is great for that too. Urban calls the city “a real family oriented place,” which he says suits him perfectly. Wynonna --- Wynonna Judd is suing her former stepfather, demanding that he pay her more than $200,000 for an unpaid mortgage on Louisville property he took over from her in 1994. Judd is asking that property at 409 Belgravia Court in Old Louisville belonging to Michael Ciminella be sold through the courts to pay back the loan, according to the lawsuit. Ciminella lives on the property, the lawsuit said. Ciminella is the ex-husband of Wynonna’s mother, Naomi Judd, and father of actress Ashley Judd. Ciminella later adopted Wynonna. In the lawsuit, Judd claims that Ciminella has defaulted on a mortgage owned by Judd on the house. Ciminella’s attorney said that the money was a gift, not a loan and Judd had never asked that he repay her until now. OFFICER DON'S POLICE BLOTTER: It’s time now for Officer Don’s Police Blotter: An Illinois woman abandoned her mentally disabled daughter outside a bar in Tennessee and then drove home to Illinois -- and she won't be charged with a crime. Eva Cameron left her 19-year-old daughter Lynn in Caryville, Tennessee, even though Lynn didn't know her address, her phone number or even her name. An anonymous tipster recognized the photo and let police know who she is. But because Lynn is older than 18, her mother can't be charged with child endangerment. Lynn is now a ward of the state of Tennessee. Nude Walkers Arrested Police in South Carolina arrested a pair of drunken men who were spotted walking around a city’s downtown “completely in the nude.” Charleston police said an officer spotted Christoph Robin Egan, 19, and Andrew Stephen Dunford, 21, both of Montclair, New Jersey, walking naked around 2 a.m. Monday. The officer said Egan only had a cell phone and Dunford was carrying a bag containing their clothing. The report said both men smelled of alcohol, slurred their speech and had bloodshot eyes. Egan told the officer he and Dunford had been out drinking at some bars and “thought it would be fun” to walk naked to the place where they were staying. The men were arrested on indecent exposure charges and were released on bail later Monday. Swallowed Engagement Ring Police in the Salt Lake City area say Angela Winters Hardman took a big gulp and swallowed a $4,000 diamond engagement ring. Authorities say Hardman asked to see the ring at a Macy’s jewelry counter. An employee says Hardman switched the ring with an obvious phony but denied taking the real one. According to authorities, Hardman then let nature take its course. She’s charged with pawning the diamond ring, after what’s described as the “natural digestive process” took place. Hardman was charged with felony retail theft. Baby Gator Theft New Orleans police are looking for a pair of gator-nabbers. Ten baby alligators were stolen from the Audubon Zoo. The next day, a woman told police two men had left eight baby alligators in her yard. The reptiles have been returned to the zoo, but they haven’t been put back on display. Deputies recovered another of the stolen gators, but didn’t know it came from the zoo. Authorities say that critter was released into a canal. New Orleans police say they’ve gotten two arrest warrants in the case. Welcome to today’s Don Chase Secret 2 Success: Our motto is “Expect Great Things To Happen.” When it comes to your dreams and goals, please don’t allow the fear of failure hold you back. Let me give you an example. You’ve no doubt heard the name Ted Williams, one of baseball’s greatest hitters. This is what Ted Williams said once. "Baseball is the only field of endeavor where a man can succeed three times out of ten and be considered a good performer." Here’s what he means. One year, he batted .406. That's getting on base 40% of the time. Look at it another way, Ted Williams failed 60% of the time when he was at the top of his game! The same is true for you and I. Instead of trying to hit home runs every time, just try to get to first base, then second, third and eventually home. "Baseball is the only field of endeavor where a man can succeed three times out of ten and be considered a good performer." The Splendid Splinter Ted Williams. Our motto is “Expect Great Things To Happen.” Thanks for being here for today’s Don Chase Secret 2 Success: SPORTS: BBall All-Stars By The Numbers Baseball is a game of stats. But here are some numbers you might have missed related to Tuesday’s All-Star game in Kansas City. KC has more barbecue joints per capita than any other U.S. city, 80 according to the Kansas City Barbeque Society. And there are more than 200 fountains in the so-called “City of Fountains.” Five were colored blue for the All-Stars. But the one All-Star statistic that really counts is the score. The National League shut out the American League 8-0. FAYETTEVILLE SWAMPDOGS The Dogs got by the Wilson Tobs 5-3 in the rain Paterno Defended Football Team in Letter Penn State will release the results of their internal investigation of the alleged cover-up of the Jerry Sandusky scandal tomorrow (Thursday) at 9 a.m. Today (Wednesday), a letter penned by the late legendary Penn State football coach Joe Paterno was forwarded to ex-Nittany Lion players and posted on the website FightonState.com. In the letter, which Paterno wrote about a month prior to his death in January, he defended the school's football program, saying the child molestation case surrounding assistant football coach Sandusky had nothing to do with football "in no uncertain terms." Paterno wrote, "Regardless of anyone's opinion of my actions or the actions of the handful of administration officials in this matter, the fact is nothing alleged is an indictment of football or evidence that the spectacular collections of accomplishments by dedicated student athletes should be in anyway tarnished." NASCAR: Sunday at 12noon, it’s the Lenox Industrial Tools 301 from Loudon, New Hampshire. CELEBRITY NEWS: Charlie Sheen And Jerry Lewis Allegedly Courted For ‘American Idol’ Charlie Sheen and Jerry Lewis have been mentioned as possible new judges on “American Idol.” Executive producer Nigel Lythgoe told TMZ he wanted to have the two actors in the show’s season 12. According to TMZ, Lythgoe would not confirm if he was joking, “but he repeated his wish list several times during the conversation.” Meanwhile, Sheen said he would have no problem joining the “Idol” family – if FX, the network that airs his show “Anger Management,” signs off on a deal and if the money was right. Kristin Chenoweth Hit By Lighting Equipment On ‘The Good Wife’ Set Kristin Chenoweth has been injured on the set of “The Good Wife.” The actress was taken to a New York hospital by ambulance after she was hit in the head by scaffolding during the filming of the CBS legal drama yesterday. According to TMZ, someone from the Brooklyn set called 911 at 5:07 P.M., reporting that a woman was hit in the head by scaffolding. A source connected to the production, meanwhile, said that Chenoweth “was struck by a piece of lighting equipment that collapsed because of a large gust of wind.” Meyers Says He’s Not Replacing Philbin Seth Meyers says he’s not leaving “Saturday Night Live” to serve as co-host of “Live!” with Kelly Ripa. Ripa’s longtime co-host Regis Philbin left the show last year after failing to hammer out a new deal with the morning program’s producers. Meyers is among the many guest co-hosts who have been filling in while a permanent replacement is hired. “No, no, no, no, no,” Meyers said. “I know [Regis’ replacement] is a very important thing down there. But, right now, what I would say to you: I’m really in love with the job I have. I’m very excited to be going back [to ‘SNL’] for the election season, which is always fun.” Vera Wang And Husband Separate Vera Wang’s publicist says the New York fashion designer has separated from Arthur Becker, her husband of 23 years. The couple has two daughters. No reason was given for the split. People magazine said Becker has his own business ventures, but is also involved in Wang’s beauty empire. Birthdays: Bill Cosby-75 Richard Simmons (Fitness guru)-64 TV's Most Powerful Moments According to a Nielsen survey, these are "TV's Most Powerful Moments": 1. September 11th tragedy (2001) 2. Hurricane Katrina (2005) 3. O.J. Simpson verdict (1995) 4. The Challenger space shuttle disaster (1986) 5. Death of Osama bin Laden (2011) 6. O.J. Simpson white Bronco chase (1994) 7. Earthquake in Japan (2011) 8. Columbine High School shooting (1999) 9. BP oil spill (2010) 10. Princess Diana's funeral (1997) 11. Death of Whitney Houston (2012) 12. Capture and execution of Saddam Hussein (2006) 13. Barack Obama's acceptance speech (2008) 14. The Royal Wedding (2011) 15. Assassination of John F. Kennedy (1963) 16. Oklahoma City bombing (1995) 17. Bush/Gore election results (2000) 18. L.A. riots (1992) 19. Casey Anthony verdict (2011) 20. Funeral of John F. Kennedy (1963) ON TV: Daytime Lineup: Anderson (Syn) The Duggars. Live with Kelly (Syn) Seth Meyers, Anne Hathaway and John Leguizamo. The View (ABC) “Breaking Bad’s” Bryan Cranston and Mario Cantone. Dr. Phil (Syn) Mad Men. The Martha Stewart Show (Syn) N/A The Ellen DeGeneres Show (Syn) Wanda Sykes and Bon Iver Rachael Ray Show (Syn) The “Hey, Can You Cook? All-Stars” finale. The Doctors (Syn) Ask our docs: New York City Edition Part 2. The Dr. Oz Show (Syn) Find out how to retrain your metabolism. The Wendy Williams Show (Syn) Jason Priestley and “The X Factor’s” Stacy Francis. The Talk (CBS) Big Brother. Primetime Lineup: Duets (ABC) Wipeout (ABC) Rookie Blue (ABC) The Big Bang Theory (CBS) Big Brother (CBS) Person of Interest (CBS) Take Me Out (FOX) The Choice (FOX) The Office (NBC) Parks and Recreation (NBC) Saving Hope (NBC) Rock Center with Brian Williams (NBC) Late Night Lineup: The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (NBC) Denis Leary, Olivia Munn and Kenny Chesney. Late Show with David Letterman (CBS) Anne Hathaway, Moody McCarthy and Loudon Wainwright III. Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson (CBS) Kelly MacDonald, Kevin McKidd and Scotland First Minister Alex Salmond. Late Night with Jimmy Fallon (NBC) Queen Latifah, Noah Wyle and Cloud Nothings. Last Call with Carson Daly (NBC) Rich Eisen, Alison Klayman and the Horrors. The Daily Show with Jon Stewart (COM) Pre-empted. Jimmy Kimmel Live (ABC) Fred Willard, Grace Potter and the Nocturnals. The Colbert Report (COM) Pre-empted. Conan (TBS) Dana Carvey, Mayim Bialik and Donovan. Tavis Smiley (PBS) Paul Ingrassia and Mira Sorvino. Chelsea Lately (E!) Josh Henderson, Jeff Wild, Heather McDonald and Ryan Stout. EXTRAS: On This Date: -1954 Elvis Presley signs his first recording contract (Sun Records) and quit his job as a truck driver. -1960 The first Etch-A-Sketch went on sale. -1974 G. Gordon Liddy, John Ehrlichman and two others are convicted of conspiracy and perjury in connection with the Watergate scandal. -1982 “E.T. : The Extra-Terrestrial” broke all box-office records by surpassing the $100 million mark in the first 31 days of release. -1996, Charles and Diana agreed to divorce. Teens & Plastic The teenage years are filled with firsts. From their first summer jobs to first cars, teens know how to spend money, but do they know the first thing about saving it? Capital One and ING DIRECT USA recently sought to uncover teen spending and saving habits in a survey of 12- to 17-year-olds and their parents. Findings include: •When it comes to their finances, only 17% of teens claim they know a lot about how to manage money. •24% of teens incorrectly think that using a debit card is borrowing the bank’s money rather than using their own money. •The most important lessons teens want to know when learning how to manage money are learning to save (35%) and understanding how to budget (28%). •Overall, 44% of teens get the majority of their money from a job outside of their home, while 30% get it from allowance or helping around the house. •For teen girls, 50% obtain the majority of their money through a part-time job outside of their home (babysitting, paper route, etc.) compared to 38% of teen boys. •Close to 15% of older teens ages 15 to 17 said no one at home helps them manage their money. Bridal Registry Study TheKnot.com and WeddingChannel.com have released the results of the 4th-annual The Knot Market Intelligence Bridal Registry Study. Here’s what happened last year: •1.5 million engaged couples registered with at least one store in 2011. Most couples register with 3 stores. •Bed Bath & Beyond, Target and Macy’s are the top three stores. •Brides register nearly 6 months before the wedding, on average. •Couples on average register for 153 items. The average gift registry is worth $5,158; 42% are valued at higher than $5,000. -The most popular registry items are bakeware (91%) and kitchen appliances (90%). •The top registry item qualities are practical (53%), casual (33%) and traditional (31%) •Couples expect to purchase 24% of their registry items themselves after the wedding. •69% of grooms are involved in selecting the items. •70% of couples added casual china to their registry in 2011, compared with 64% in 2008. Only 29% of couples registered for formal/fine china in 2011, compared with 36% in 2008. •Out of the 75% of brides who own a smartphone, 37% have accessed or managed their registry on it. •9% of couples created and used a universal registry like GiftRegistry360.com. This group has almost doubled since 2010, when only 5% of couples had a universal registry. •64% of couples used a personal wedding website to communicate registry information to their guests in 2011, compared with 47% in 2008. •In 2011, 11% of couples shared registry details via a social networking site versus a mere 5% in 2009. The High Cost of Being a Bridesmaid You are so excited that your friend is getting married and she even asked you to be a bridesmaid! Unfortunately, soon after the excitement wears off, you realize how much this is going to cost you and you become a little less enthused. The cost of being a bridesmaid is ridiculously high. According to WeddingChannel.com, bridesmaids may end up paying $1,700 or more on a wedding. They arrived at this number by tallying up the different costs a bridesmaid is likely to incur for the wedding. Here's what was included in their calculations: Engagement gift: $50 Travel to bridal shower: $300 Contribution to bridal shower: $50 Shower gift: $50 Travel to bachelorette party: $300 Contribution to bachelorette party: $60 Bridesmaid dress: $150 (on the cheaper side) Alterations: $50 Lingerie: $50 Shoes: $75 Accessories: $60 Wedding gift: $100 Travel to wedding: $300 Hair, nails, make-up: $100 Outrageous Résumé Mistakes With millions of people looking for jobs today, how do you make sure your résumé successfully captures the attention of employers and doesn’t end up in the Deleted Items folder? CareerBuilder’s study of 2,298 hiring managers nationwide provided real-life examples of resumes that stood out for the right – and wrong – reasons, and explores common pitfalls to avoid. When asked to share the most memorable and unusual applications that came across their desk, hiring managers gave these examples: •Candidate called himself a genius and invited the hiring manager to interview him at his apartment. •Candidate’s cover letter talked about her family being in the mob. •Candidate specified that her résumé was set up to be sung to the tune of “The Brady Bunch.” •Candidate’s résumé was decorated with pink rabbits. •Candidate applying for an accounting job said he was “deetail-oriented” and spelled the company’s name incorrectly. •Candidate’s cover letter contained “LOL.” Examples of What Worked •Candidate sent his résumé in the form of an oversized Rubik’s Cube, where you had to push the tiles around to align the résumé. He was hired. •Candidate who had been a stay-at-home mom listed her skills as nursing, housekeeping, chef, teacher, bio-hazard cleanup, fight referee, taxi driver, secretary, tailor, personal shopping assistant and therapist. She was hired. •Candidate applying for a food and beverage management position sent a résumé in the form of a fine-dining menu and was hired. Common Pitfalls to Avoid When asked what would make them automatically dismiss a candidate from consideration, employers said: •Résumés with typos – 61% •Résumés with an inappropriate email address – 35% •Résumés that are more than two pages long – 22% •Résumés printed on decorative paper – 20% •Résumés that detail more tasks than results for previous positions – 16% •Résumés that include a photo – 13% Christmas In July Even though summer is in full swing, some shoppers already have their sights set on the holiday season. As Christmas in July sales ramp up, 13% of U.S. adults reveal they have already started shopping for the 2012 holiday season. In addition, 17% said they plan to take advantage of Christmas in July sales for their holiday shopping this year. When asked how far along they are with their shopping, 4% said they are already done., while 45% said they only have one or two items. When asked when they start their holiday shopping, 11% said they shop year-round, while less than 21% said they shop less than one month in advance. TV’s Most Memorable Moments The September 11, 2001, terrorist attack on the World Trade Center is the most memorable moment shared by television viewers during the last 50 years, according to a new study by Sony Electronics and Nielsen. The 9/11 attack was nearly twice as impactful as the second top-ranked moment – Hurricane Katrina in 2005. The passage of time had an effect on moments that were once thought to be unforgettable, including man’s first moon landing in 1969. Age also made a big difference in the survey. JFK’s assassination was the second-most impactful TV event among people 55 and over, while for those between 18 and 34, it was the death of Osama bin Laden. TV’s top 20 most memorable moments: 1. September 11 attacks 2001 2. Hurricane Katrina – the levees break 2005 3. OJ Simpson murder verdict 1995 4. Challenger space shuttle disaster 1986 5. Death of Osama bin Laden 2011 6. OJ Simpson high-speed car chase 1994 7. Earthquake/tsunami in Japan 2011 8. Columbine school shooting 1999 9. BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico 2010 10. Funeral of Princess Diana 1997 11. Death of Whitney Houston 2012 12. Capture and execution of Saddam Hussein 2006 13. Barack Obama acceptance speech 2008 14. Prince William, Kate Middleton wedding 2011 15. Assassination of John F. Kennedy 1963 16. Oklahoma City bombing 1995 17. Bush/Gore election results 2000 18. Los Angeles riots/Rodney King beating 1992 19. Casey Anthony murder trial verdict 2011 20. Funeral of John F. Kennedy 1963 Chevy Offers Money-Back Guarantee General Motors is upping the incentives to get cars off dealership lots, including a money-back guarantee on Chevrolets. GM has announced no-haggle pricing for its 2012 Chevys at participating dealers and is giving customers up to two months to return most models for a cash refund. GM says it’s not reacting to increased inventory or worries about the economy. Chris Perry, Chevrolet vice president for marketing, said the company is just being creative. Edmunds.com senior analyst Jessica Caldwell said the promotions are a good way to get rid of old model-year vehicles. Lawyers Ask If Casey Anthony Got Money From Mom A woman suing Casey Anthony, acquitted last year in her daughter’s death, wants to know if Anthony benefited from a charity set up by her parents. Attorneys representing Zenaida Gonzalez, who accuses Anthony of defamation, asked the court to look into suggestions that Anthony’s parents helped her out financially. “Our sources have indicated that she has received money directly from her mother, Cindy,” said Matt Morgan, one of Gonzalez’s attorneys. The filing is the latest request for information as the civil suit heads to a January court date. Gonzalez alleges Anthony defamed her when Anthony told investigators a similarly named nanny kidnapped 2-year-old Caylee Marie Anthony in 2008. Authorities say the nanny didn’t exist. The filing came after a People magazine article reported Dr. Phil McGraw donated $600,000 to the charity established by Anthony’s parents in honor of Caylee Anthony. New Chemical Could Make Teeth ‘Cavity Proof’ A newly developed chemical named “Keep 32” could make teeth virtually cavity proof, a team of researchers from Yale University and the University of Chile says. The new molecule, named after the 32 teeth in the adult mouth, could revolutionize the field of dentistry. According to lead researchers José Córdoba of Yale and Erich Astudillo from Chile, the molecule immediately kills all of the streptococcus mutans bacteria in the mouth. This bacteria turns sugar in one’s mouth into the lactic acid, which ultimately leads to tooth decay and cavities. The pair say the product could easily be added to toothpaste or chewing gum and would leave the mouth cavity proof for several hours. The pair will take the product to the FDA for testing with the hope of having it approved in 12 to 14 months. They then plan to license it to oral hygiene product makers like Proctor and Gamble. Update: Kayak Chasing Shark May Not Have Been Great White As we reported yesterday, shark sightings off our nation’s beaches seem to be the theme of the summer. Great whites have been spotted on both coasts and though nobody has been hurt, some encounters have been way too close for comfort. However, the shark that caused a sensation when a photo of its fin slicing through the waters off Cape Cod behind a frightened kayaker was distributed worldwide might not have been a man-eating great white after all. The state’s top shark expert says the fin likely belonged to a harmless basking shark, a giant fish that feeds on nothing but plankton. Greg Skomal of the Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries says based on the fin’s shape and the depth at which the fish was swimming, he’s almost positive it was a basking shark. People Who Work From Home Are More Productive A recent study revealed that people who work from home are actually more productive than people who work in an office. Sure, telecommuters might stay in their PJs all day and mix household chores and an errand in with their daily duties, but there are just as many distractions for office workers who are frequently surfing the web, taking long lunches and chatting with co-workers Dress Like A Cow, Get Free Chick-fil-A Friday the 13th is your lucky day – if you don’t mind dressing up like a cow. Once again, Chick-fil-A is dangling free food to customers willing to make at least partial cows out of themselves. In celebration of Cow Appreciation Day, customers dressed “head to hoof” in cow attire will be rewarded with a free Chick-fil-A Meal for breakfast, lunch or dinner. This includes an entrée of choice, a side item and beverage. Chick-fil-A will give a complimentary entrée to customers partially dressed in cow attire. For cow costume ideas, downloadable cow spots, masks and other bovine-themed accessories, visit Chick-fil-A’s special Web site, www.CowAppreciationDay.com. Chick-fil-A will also have a photo contest at www.CowAppreciationDay.com and www.facebook.com/ChickfilA. Customers can submit a photo in one of three categories: Best Calf/Calves, Best Cow and Best Herd. Prizes include Chick-fil-A cow beach towels, gift cards and catered parties. Customers can upload photos for the contest from July 13th to July 31st.
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