Don Chase in the Morning for June 26, 2012
Here is your weather forecast for June 26 & 27:
Today: Sunny, cooler. High 84.
Tonight: Clear & 60.
Wednesday: Sunny & 90.
This is day 178 of the year. There are 188 days left.
Congrats to those in the WKML Family celebrating birthdays:
Kameron & Kyle Brown
Sarah Ann Burchette
Fred Erick Byrom
John Wayne Dial
Cindy Gail Hardy
Zachary Chase McNeill
Listeria Prompts Recall Of 1,000 Cases Of Dole Bagged Salads
Dole Fresh Vegetables has recalled 1,077 cases of bagged salads sold at Kroger and
Walmart stores in six states because of concerns about potential listeria
contamination. No illnesses have been reported in association with the recall. The
products carry a best-use date of June 19, 2012, and should have already been
removed from retailers’ shelves, but consumers should make sure they don’t have
the products at home. The products being recalled are Kroger Fresh Selections
Greener Supreme coded N158 211B 1613 KR04 and UPC 11110 91039; Kroger
Fresh Selections Leafy Romaine coded N158 111B KR11 and UPC 11110 91046 and
Wal-Mart Marketside Leafy Romaine coded N158111B and UPC code 81131 02781.
The salads were distributed in Georgia, Kentucky, North Carolina, South Carolina,
Tennessee and Virginia.
It's Forgiveness Day. Is there anyone you need to forgive? What did they do?
COUNTRY MUSIC NEWS:
Brown Band, Zac --- Zac Brown is infiltrating Nashville. He just opened up a
recording studio on Music Row for his Southern Ground Artists record label. Now he
has plans to eventually open a restaurant and a bar in Nashville. For now, Brown
and his band will be bringing their Southern Ground Music and Food Festival to
Music City on September 21-22. It features a diverse musical lineup and gourmet
food prepared by award-winning chefs. Zac Brown Band’s new “Uncaged” album is
due out July 10th.
Bryan, Luke --- Luke Bryan scores his second number-one from Tailgates and
Tanlines with "Drunk On You" topping the charts this week. But it's more than just
another hit. Luke says the success of the song has kept his career moving forward
and kept his album sales up, and it's also allowed him to just have fun.
Cagle, Chris --- Chris Cagle's new album, Back in the Saddle, is in stores. It's his
first new project in four years and he considers it his comeback. When he played
the album for his record label, he told them he wanted it to sound like a snapshot
of his life right now. He says, "I've just gotten back in the saddle and the ride is
going to be great." Back in the Saddle includes the hit single "Got My Country On"
and his newest release, "Let There Be Cowgirls."
Campbell, Glen --- Glen Campbell's Sunday night show at the Hollywood Bowl was
likely his final L.A. performance. Rolling Stone says it was a memorable night, with
the Rhinestone Cowboy serving up an hour of his '60s and '70s classics interspersed
with songs from his recent album Ghost on the Canvas. Although he's suffering
from early-stage Alzheimer's, Glen's vocals and guitar work remain impressive.
Preceding his set was an hour-long all-star show by such friends as Jackson Browne
and Kris Kristofferson. Several younger artists performed songs from Glen's days --
such as "Viva Las Vegas," "Let It Be Me" and "I Get Around" -- with the famed
Wrecking Crew studio group. Campbell's Goodbye tour continues through the
summer. He'll share some mid-July dates with Kenny Rogers, then join him for six
shows in Australia and New Zealand in August.
Chesney, Kenny --- Evidently, the orders to remove the Kenny Chesney look-alike
from the Brothers of the Sun tour stop in Nashville did not come from Kenny. A
press release says that no one on Kenny's management team nor the show's
promoter was aware until after the show that Nathan Blankenship was escorted out
because of his resemblance to the star. The concert promoter, the Messina Group,
is reaching out to Blankenship to resolve the issue.
Cyrus, Billy Ray --- Billy Ray Cyrus will make his Broadway debut this fall, playing
slick lawyer Billy Flynn in the long-running revival of the musical Chicago. Billy Ray
caught John O'Hurley in the role about a year ago and thought his performance was
"brilliant." He tells USA Today, "I fell in love with this character. He's got a lot of
heart and soul, but he's got an agenda, too. I like that contradiction." Billy Ray's
Broadway run starts November 5th and goes through December 23rd.
Moore, Justin --- Justin Moore is gearing up to write songs for his third album, but
he's already got a few in the bank. He says, "I've got a lot of songs that didn't
make the first couple of albums that I really, really like and think they'd be perfect
for a project. They just haven't been perfect for one of the first two." Justin isn't
moving away from Outlaws Like Me yet though. He's still throwing down hits like
"'Til My Last Day" on the Country Throwdown tour this summer.
Paisley, Brad --- Brad Paisley has been named Country Big Daddy by
OnTheLine.com -- the prostate awareness campaign. Fans elected their favorite
celebrity dads in a number of categories including TV, movies, sports and music.
Brad Pitt took the nod for Biggest Big Daddy of Them All and Brad Paisley's
doppleganger, Jeff Gordon, won for Racing Big Daddy.
Parton, Dolly --- Actress Rebecca Romijn named one of her twin daughters after
one of her favorite singers, Dolly Parton. Rebecca said on Anderson Cooper's on his
talk show that she visited Dollywood when she was seven months pregnant, and
Dolly asked her what she was naming them. So she blurted out, "Dolly." Dolly
made such a big thing out of it that Rebecca felt like she had to follow through.
Little Dolly's sister is named Charlie after their uncle.
Travis, Randy --- Randy Travis's ex-wife and ex-manager Elizabeth is firing back in
their legal tussle over his career. When their relationship went south, Elizabeth
sued for breach of contract. Randy countersued, saying that her public statements
were torpedoing his career. But in legal papers filed last week, Elizabeth insists that
she's done nothing of the sort and that Randy has undermined his own career.
Elizabeth is asking for Randy's suit to be tossed and for him to pay her lost wages.
Tweets --- Jake Owen tweeted an idea we can all get behind: "I wish salad tasted
like a Snickers bar."
--- Dierks Bentley tweeted a message and photo to his Little Big Town pals. He
wrote, "Yo, Little Big Town. We're listening to 'Pontoon' out on Percy Priest Lake on
the actual boat y'all used in the video."
--- Heidi Newfield tweets - This is me... Singing in 108 degree heat at my nieces
wedding. She better STAY married!!!!
Underwood, Carrie --- Carrie Underwood will appear at Boston's Royale on July 31st
as part of the CMA's Songwriter Series. Carrie has written for her own projects and
also has a cut on Lauren Alaina's album called "18 Inches." She'll be joined by co-
writers Brett James ("Jesus Take the Wheel"), Luke Laird ("So Small") and Hillary
Lindsey ("Just a Dream"). Hit songwriter Bob DiPiero ("Southern Voice') is also on
--- Carrie Underwood doesn’t consider herself a feminist. That’s because she says
the word can have a negative connotation. She tells Bang Showbiz that instead, she
thinks of herself as a “strong female.” She says her parents raised her to be pretty
independent. She grew up as basically an only child because her sisters were a lot
older than her. Underwood says she thinks that contributed to how she handles
herself in her personal and professional life.
NEWS OF THE WEIRD:
The owner of a private zoo in Pennsylvania says he is the first person he knows of
to become roommates with a giraffe. Adam Guiher, owner of the Living Treasures
Animal Park near New Castle, said he had a special structure built at the facility to
house himself and Levi, a 7-month-old giraffe he obtained from a small zoo when
his mother rejected him at 3 weeks old. Guiher said Levi, who currently stands at 9
feet tall and will grow to be about 18 feet tall, can walk in and out of his 24-foot-
high room whenever he wants to escape from weather. He said the house also
includes the typical rooms needed by humans, including an office, a master
bedroom, a kitchen and a spare bedroom.
A Michigan bride whose entire wedding party plunged into a lake when a dock
collapsed said the incident “makes for a good story.” Eric and Maegan Walber said
their wedding party gathered on the dock at the Bay Pointe Inn in Grand Rapids to
take pictures after the ceremony Saturday and the dock began to wobble after
about 30 seconds. “I saw the thing starting to tilt, and I’m like, ‘Oh, yup, this is
going to happen,’” Eric Walber said. “We went right under.” “Everyone was
laughing,” he said. “It was one of those things that just happens and you roll with
it.” Maegan said the plunge made her wedding day all the more memorable.
A Utah mother filed a formal complaint against a judge who had her slice off her
13-year-old’s ponytail as punishment for cutting a 3-year-old’s hair. Valerie Bruno
filed a formal complaint against 7th District Juvenile Judge Scott Johansen, who told
her he would cut the 276-hour community service sentence imposed on her
daughter, Kaytlen Lopan, by 150 hours if the mother cut off her teen’s ponytail in
his courtroom. Lopan had been sentenced in Johansen’s courtroom in May after she
was convicted on an assault charge for cutting several inches of hair from the head
of a 3-year-old girl they met at a McDonald’s in Price.
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New York shoe sellers said have noticed a pattern of thieves taking a single display
shoe from separate stores to make matching pairs. Salissou Mohamam, manager of
sneaker store Michael K, said workers at his store as well as a Foot Locker have
noticed thieves targeting the same sneakers. “They go to Foot Locker, which has all
right-sided shoes. Then they come here because we display left-sided shoes,”
Mohamam said. He said about 50 pairs of shoes are stolen each year using the
Police in Albuquerque, New Mexico, were surprised when a “bait car” they left on a
city street to nab would-be criminals got swiped by a very young thief. Surveillance
video captured by cameras planted in the car led police to an 11-year-old boy who
allegedly stole the car and took it for a joyride, even picking up two 10-year-old
friends along the way. In the video, the boy is heard bragging to his friends about
his driving skills. “I’m a good driver, huh?” he says, even cranking up the radio to
enjoy the jams while he drives. The party was soon over for the three boys, when
one spotted a police officer. “Quiet,” one says as they all crouch down in the car to
avoid being seen. “Slow down,” says another. Police tracked down the boy driver
after two false starts. The vehicle’s GPS system twice notified police that the car
was moving, but both times police tracked down the car they only found children
playing outside. It was only after police reviewed the surveillance video that they
realized an 11-year-old was behind the wheel.
Welcome to today’s Don Chase Secret 2 Success, a service of Bible Alive
Ministries. Dr. Ralph Richardson, teacher.
Our motto is “Expect Great Things To Happen.”
I have 3 words for you today. "Words have power." It's extremely important to
choose the right words especially when you are talking to yourself. Whaddya mean
talk to myself? Yes, we all do it. And, we sometimes say and think some terrible
things about ourselves. Let’s end that habit right now.
Here are some simple ways to change your negative words into positive ones:
Replace "never" with "try"
Replace "hope" with "completed"
Replace "try "with "I will"
Replace "wish" with "I will"
Replace "if "with "when"
Replace "need" with" deserve"
Replace "work" with "create"
Replace "can't afford it" with "committed"
Replace "probably" with "I will"
Replace "have to" with "choose to"
Words have power. Be sure to choose the right ones.
Our motto is “Expect Great Things To Happen.”
Thanks for being here for today’s Don Chase Secret 2 Success.
In major league baseball yesterday:
NY Yankees 7, Cleveland 1
Philadelphia 8, Pittsburgh 3
Toronto 9, at Boston 6
Cincinnati 3, Milwaukee 1
St. Louis 8, at Miami 7
Detroit 8, at Texas 2
Chicago Cubs 6, NY Mets 1
San Diego 8, at Houston 7
Kansas City 8, Tampa Bay 0
Minnesota 4, Chicago White Sox 1
Colorado 4, Washington 2
Oakland 1, at Seattle 0
San Francisco 8, LA Dodgers 0
Today/tonight & starting pitchers:
LA Angels at Baltimore 7:05 PM Wilson vs Matusz
Cleveland at NY Yankees 7:05 PM Masterson vs Hughes
Pittsburgh at Philadelphia 7:05 PM Bedard vs Worley
Toronto at Boston 7:10 PM Laffey vs Matsuzaka
Arizona at Atlanta 7:10 PM Hudson vs Hudson
Milwaukee at Cincinnati 7:10 PM Estrada vs Arroyo
St. Louis at Miami 7:10 PM Lohse vs Zambrano
Detroit at Texas 8:05 PM MLB Network Smyly vs Darvish
NY Mets at Chicago Cubs 8:05 PM Gee vs Wells
San Diego at Houston 8:05 PM Wells vs Lyles
Tampa Bay at Kansas City 8:10 PM Archer vs Chen
Chicago White Sox at Minnesota 8:10 PM Floyd vs Hendriks
Washington at Colorado 8:40 PM Gonzalez vs Friedrich
Oakland at Seattle 10:10 PM Blackley vs Vargas
LA Dodgers at San Francisco 10:15 PM Kershaw vs Vogelsong
Team USA got by the Dogs 11-6 last night.
Saturday, it’s racing under the lights with the running of the Quaker State 400 from
Kentucky. Coverage begins at 6:30 on The BIG 957.
CHAMPIONSHIP RALLY: Heat Celebrate NBA Title
The Miami Heat celebrated their NBA title yesterday with the championship trophy
taking center stage and each of the Heat's players taking a turn offering a salute of
sort to the hardware. Udonis Haslem kissed it not once, but three times. Mike
Miller bowed, while Chris Bosh gave it a hug. LeBron James walked right by it, but
waved to the crowd and Dwyane Wade slipped a pair of eyeglass frames, which he
sported during his playoff post-game press conferences, onto the base of the
trophy. The Heat players and coaches paraded around on double-decker buses in
front of hundreds of thousands of fans before moving into their home arena for a
rally with about 15,000 fans. LeBron said, "It's the best feeling I've ever had…This
was my dream, right here, to be able to hoist that Larry O'Brien trophy up, hug it,
grab it, never went to let it go."
MICHAEL PHELPS: Beaten in Olympic Trials Showdown
Michael Phelps hopes to rack up eight gold medals at this summer's Olympics in
London, but he's going to face some serious competition -- and some of it will come
for his own team. Last night fellow U.S. swimmer Ryan Lochte beat Phelps for the
first time in the 400-meter individual medley at the U.S. swimming trials. Some
pyrotechnics inadvertently went off during the race, but they didn't slow Lochte
down. This isn't first time that Lochte has beaten Phelps in other events. At last
year's world championships, he beat Phelps in two events on his way to picking up
five gold medals.
Penn State Totally Obliterates Sandusky In Mural
Jerry Sandusky’s image was blotted out of a mural depicting local heroes at the
Penn State Student Book Store in November. Since then, a blue ribbon denoting
child-sexual-abuse awareness has occupied his empty chair. But “with just the blue
ribbon there, you still saw Sandusky,” mural creator Michael Pilato says. Now he’s
filling that seat with Dora E. McQuaid, a poet, activist and Penn State alum who’s
won awards for her work on behalf of victims of domestic and sexual violence.
Pilato has also added a blue ribbon around the neck of the Nittany Lion, the school’s
mascot, featured at the bottom of the mural.
Biggest Jerks In NFL
Eagles quarterback Michael Vick is the biggest jerk in the NFL, CBS Sports NFL
Insider Mike Freeman says. Freeman claims Vick has not been forgiven by fans just
yet for his criminal past.
Freeman’s top-10 jerks:
1. Eagles QB Mike Vick
2. Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger
3. The New Orleans Saints
4. Former NFL receiver Terrell Owens
5. Bears WR Brandon Marshall
6. Eagles WR DeSean Jackson
7. Jets DB Antonio Cromartie
8. Bears QB Jay Cutler
9. (Tie) Coaches Jim Schwartz of Lions and Jim Harbaugh of 49ers
Update: Alex Trebek ‘Up And About’ After Heart Attack
A spokeswoman says “Jeopardy!” host Alex Trebek is “up and about” in a Los
Angeles hospital as he recovers from a mild heart attack. Sony Pictures Television
spokeswoman Paula Askanas said yesterday that Trebek is “in good spirits.” She
says he has been moved to a regular room. The 71-year-old Trebek was admitted
to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center on Saturday. He’s expected to fully recover and be
back at work when “Jeopardy!” resumes production for a new season in July.
Trebek was hospitalized for a heart attack in 2007. He has been hosting the popular
quiz show for 28 years.
Fund For Grandmother Bullied On Bus Reaches $650,000
Donations to a fundraising website for a grandmother bullied by middle-school
students on a bus reached $650,000 on yesterday afternoon, a record for the
website, after a video of the abuse topped 7 million views on YouTube. Karen Klein,
a 68-year-old bus monitor from Greece, New York, was bullied by Greece Middle
School students until she cried in a video uploaded on YouTube last week. The fund
on indiegogo.com, originally intended to send Klein on a vacation, will take
donations until July 20th, after which she will get the money minus deductions by
the company. A rep from indiegogo.com said Klein’s fundraiser is the fastest- and
largest-grossing fundraiser in the website’s history. Previously, the website’s largest
fund raised around $320,000. Klein will receive 93% of the money donated to her;
4% will go to indiegogo; and 3% will go toward credit card processing fees. Aside
from the money, Southwest Airlines has given Klein a three-night trip to Disneyland
in California for her and her eight
grandchildren. She has also been given a free week-long vacation by the Hilton
Sandestin Beach Golf Resort in Florida.
CHRISTIE BRINKLEY: Divorce Settled
Christie Brinkley and ex-husband Peter Cook have reached an out-of-court
settlement in their nasty divorce -- but the two are still warring. Last week a judge
urged them to hammer out an agreement to avoid a trial set for tomorrow
(Tuesday), telling them it would be in the best interests of their two children. They
did so, and then promptly resumed their public war of words. The former
supermodel wrote on her Facebook page, "In a late-night settlement, I finally won
the right to establish boundaries with provisions such as an intermediary to deal
with E-mail bullying, verbal and emotional abuse." In a statement, Peter's lawyer,
James Winkler, said the settlement proved that Christie's claims that Cook was
attempting to extort money from her "were baseless and that a hearing would have
only proved to be a further embarrassment for her... I hope this settlement will
temper Ms. Brinkley’s public harassment of him going forward and that she will
seek appropriate help to deal with her anger." The couple
divorced in 2008 after Peter cheated on Christie with an 18-year-old.
KIM KARDASHIAN: Not Ready to Marry Kanye
It doesn't look like Kanye West and Kim Kardashian will be getting married anytime
soon. In an interview with Oprah Winfrey last night (Sunday) on OWN, Kardashian
said she's not ready to rush into another marriage. However, she also denied that
their relationship is any type of publicity stunt, saying, "It's your heart you're
playing with. I couldn't sacrifice my heart.
Kris Humphries gave his deposition yesterday to Kim Kardashian's lawyer in the
couple's divorce case. Kim's deposition is expected to take place within the next 10
days in L.A.
Reese Witherspoon has been rumored to be expecting her third child for quite some
time, but the 36-year-old actress hasn’t confirmed it until recently. She also
revealed her plan to take time off after finishing her new movie, “Devil’s Knot,” with
Colin Firth. “Frankly, I’m feeling very round tonight,” Reese said during an event
hosted by the Gene Siskel Film Centre of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago
on Saturday. “I’m always feeling like I’d like to eat everything in sight!”
Police in Waterbury, Connecticut, confirmed to E! News Monday the 1967 death of
Dylan McDermott’s mother was a homicide, not an accident. Investigators said
Diane McDermott was fatally shot by her then-boyfriend John Sponza, who
allegedly had connections to organized crime. At the time of her death, police
categorized the gunshot wound that killed her as self-inflicted. Police reopened the
investigation last year because the actor was not satisfied with the initial conclusion
and sought answers they couldn’t provide. Police say they have since gathered
enough evidence, including ballistics reports and testimony provided by Dylan, to
prove Sponza was his mother’s killer. Sponza was shot to death in 1972.
Nicole Richie will launch her debut perfume in September. The self-named scent
features notes ranging from blackberry and orange to sandalwood and patchouli
and was inspired by the layers of scented oils and lotions she recalls her mother
wearing when she was growing up.
Steve-O and Elisabetta Canalis are back together after splitting two months ago.
The Italian stunner and the Jackass star were spotted together over the weekend in
West Hollywood. Elisabetta, who also dated George Clooney, recently said she
wasn't over the prankster.
Ann Curry won't be leaving the Today show empty-handed. The ousted co-host will
get a $10 million payout from NBC, according to reports. Only a year ago, Ann
signed a three-year deal with the network. NBC is expected to announce her
replacement later this week. After some time off, she's expected to become a
foreign correspondent for NBC News.
John Travolta has been hit with another lawsuit over alleged sexual misconduct.
Former cruise line worker Fabian Zanzi claims the actor stripped out of a robe and
pushed against him during a food delivery to his cabin in June 2009. He alleges that
Travolta said, "Take me -- I will take care of you, please," and then offered him
$12,000 to keep quiet. Travolta's lawyer, Marty Singer, calls the suit "ludicrous"
and says, "It is obvious that Mr. Zanzi and his lawyers are looking for their 15
minutes of fame." Zanzi is seeking unspecified damages for assault and battery
and emotional distress. Two other similar lawsuits against the star have been
Rodney King’s Family Asking For Help With Funeral Costs
Rodney King’s family is looking for help with the costs for his funeral. According to
King’s family, the $3.8 million settlement that he got from the City of Los Angeles
in 1992 is basically gone and there is no money to cover the $22,000 that is
expected for his funeral. The family issued a statement through their rep, asking
people to contribute to a memorial fund that was set up “for those who wish to
contribute to the King family.” According to their rep though, “They need the
money.” King is set to be buried on June 30th.
Celebs with #birthdays today: Derek Jeter, Michael Vick, Chad Pennington, Jason
Schwartzman, Chris O'Donnell, Sean Hayes
Anderson (Syn) My food obsession is destroying my life and Danny DeVito.
Live with Kelly (Syn) Tyler Perry, Emma Stone and Sylvia Brown.
The View (ABC) Rielle Hunter, the ex-mistress of John Edwards, tells all, and
“People Like Us” star Elizabeth Banks.
Dr. Phil (Syn) Won’t do “I Do” until…
The Martha Stewart Show (Syn) Four-start recipes with Chef Daniel Humm.
The Ellen DeGeneres Show (Syn) Reese Witherspoon and Nathan Lane.
Rachael Ray Show (Syn) The city that lost 1 million pounds.
The Doctors (Syn) 5 shocking health dangers in your purse.
The Dr. Oz Show (Syn) Weird behaviors analyzed.
The Wendy Williams Show (Syn) “Anger Management” stars Charlie Sheen,
Shawnee Smith and Brett Butler.
The Talk (CBS) Cedric the Entertainer, Janet Evanovich, Cat Cora and guest co-host
Last Man Standing (ABC)
Last Man Standing (ABC)
Extreme Makeover (ABC)
NCIS: Los Angeles (CBS)
48 Hours Mystery (CBS)
Hell’s Kitchen (FOX)
U.S. Olympic Trials (NBC)
America's Got Talent (NBC)
Love in the Wild (NBC)
Late Night Lineup:
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (NBC) Matt LeBlanc, Sig Hansen & Keith Colburn,
and Robin Thicke.
Late Show with David Letterman (CBS) LeBron James, Andrew Garfield and Maroon
Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson (CBS) William Shatner and Breckin Meyer.
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon (NBC) Emma Stone, Larry Hagman, Patrick Duffy and
Last Call with Carson Daly (NBC) Juliet Simms, Benh Zeitlin and the Naked and
The Daily Show with Jon Stewart (COM) Seth MacFarlane.
Jimmy Kimmel Live (ABC) Louis C.K., Zoe Kazan and Katy Perry.
The Colbert Report (COM) Richard Ford.
Conan (TBS) Russell Brand and Big K.R.I.T.
Tavis Smiley (PBS) Kristen Johnston.
Chelsea Lately (E!) Nelsan Ellis, Bobby Lee, Heather McDonald and Keith Robinson.
THE SOCIAL NETWORK: You Are Now @Facebook.com
Facebook just removed your email address from your profile and replaced it with an
@facebook.com email address without asking you. Whether you run a business,
organize a carpool or just like people to know how to get in touch with you NOT via
facebook – it seems like a bad move to change your own info without asking
permission or even alerting you to the fact. Facebook launched its own email
service back in 2010, but no one uses it. Yesterday, Forbes noticed that everyone's
email addresses in their profiles had been removed and changed to an
@facebook.com address (one that’s different from the internal email for
notifications and password resetting).
Wanna fix your email? Follow these steps (thanks to Lifehacker.com)
Click "About" on your profile and scroll down to your email address. Click "Edit" to
Click on the circle next to your Facebook email address and change its setting to
"Hidden From Timeline."
Click on the circle next to your other email addresses and change their settings to
"Shown On Timeline."
Click the Save button at the bottom of the Edit popup (don't forget this step).
Healthcare Ruling May Come Thursday
The U.S. Supreme Court didn’t rule yesterday on President Obama’s signature
healthcare law, one of its biggest rulings “in the last 50, 60 years.” But the court
said the justices would sit again Thursday, presumably to issue the healthcare
decision and other remaining rulings, before recessing for the summer. Besides
shaking up the 2012 presidential race, the case will define the legacies of Obama
and of Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts – and shape the future of the U.S.
healthcare system. The case is a landmark decision on the breadth of Congress’
constitutional power and will rival some of the Supreme Court’s most important
decisions ever, one lawmaker said. “It’s huge,” said Rep. Phil Roe, R-Tenn., a
doctor and healthcare law critic. “I think it’s one of the biggest decisions the court
has made in the last 50, 60 years – Brown vs. Board of Education [on school
desegregation], Roe vs. Wade [on abortion], the 2000 presidential election
[between George W. Bush and Al Gore] – those are all big decisions, and this is one
Americans Have Insufficient Emergency Savings
About half of Americans are unprepared for a financial emergency – with savings
tucked away to cover less than three months worth of expenses if income was lost
– and a quarter of the country has no rainy day fund whatsoever, according to a
survey for Bankrate.com. According to Bankrate, all Americans should strive to
have enough money in savings to cover six months of lost wages. Only 24% of the
nation meets that goal, the study shows. Those most likely to have sufficient
savings were predominantly wealthier, older Americans. Among people aged 65 or
older, 39% reported at least six months worth of savings – but 15% of this
subgroup also said they had nothing saved at all. For younger Americans, aged 18
to 29, the statistics were far more dire, with 35% reporting no savings at all, and a
solid majority, 63%, saying they had enough to cover three months’ worth of
expenses, at best.
ON THE ROAD: Birds Like Red Cars
Do you have a bright red vehicle? Do you find a lot of bird poop on it? Well, an
actual study was done in the UK to determine which cars are the "most popular"
with birds ... and red cars seem to be their favorite target. Yes, this seriously was a
study done by scientists. Here are the results:
Red: 18 percent
Blue: 14 percent
Black: 11 percent
White: 7 percent
Grey/Silver: 3 percent
Green: 1 percent
17 percent of people with bird poop on their car clean it immediately
20 percent will let it sit there for a couple days
55 percent leave it alone until the next time their car gets washed
8 percent NEVER get it off or let someone else do it.
Want up-to-the-minute information from the International Space Station? NASA has
an app for that. Space Station Live! allows users to see what the astronauts do
minute-by-minute. Streaming data lets the public see the latest information on
temperatures, communications and more. Teachers can use the information in the
classroom for science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Students can tour
the space station and mission control operator consoles through virtual 3D view
models. Space Station Live includes a web experience and free mobile ISSLive! app
for smartphones and tablet computers accessible on NASA’s website. The app is
also available through the Google Play and iTunes app stores.
http://spacestationlive.nasa.gov / www.nasa.gov/connect/apps.html
Do You Know What Your Teen Is Doing Online?
More than 70% of teens hide some of their online behavior from their parents,
according to a new study by McAfee. Plenty of young people are using the internet
in ways that might surprise mom and dad. These hidden behaviors include some
things you might expect – such as accessing violent (43%) or pornographic (32%)
content online – but there’s also a few surprises:
•9% have hacked into email accounts
•12% have met face to face with a person he or she met on the Internet
•15% have hacked into a social network
•16% have used their phones to cheat on tests in school
McAfee said parents are often unaware of these behaviors. Nearly half of parents
install some sort of online controls, the survey said; 44% know their teens’
passwords, and one in 10 uses a location-monitoring device. The report, titled “The
digital divide: How the online behavior of teens is getting past parents,” also
includes a list of the “top 10 ways teens are fooling their parents.” Here’s the list,
with the percentage of teens who said they engaged in these behaviors:
1. Clear browser history (53%)
2. Close/minimize browser when parent walked in (46%)
3. Hide or delete IMs or videos (34%)
4. Lie or omit details about online activities (23%)
5. Use a computer your parents don’t check (23%)
6. Use an Internet-enabled mobile device (21%)
7. Use privacy settings to make certain content viewable only by friends (20%)
8. Use private browsing modes (20%)
9. Create private email address unknown to parents (15%)
10. Create duplicate/fake social network profiles (9%)