COLLEGE IS A PRIORITY TO FAMILIES -- BUT SAVING ISN'T According to a new survey, American families believe a college education for their kids is important, but more than half of them haven't started saving for it. By the Numbers ... People with bachelor's degrees earn about 61% more over their 40-year work life -- and actually enjoy better health. But 52% of parents haven't started saving for college. Over the last five years, the cost of a public four-year college education has risen 51%. 86% of parents said they face obstacles in saving for college. 50% said their greatest obstacle was the rising cost of food, gas and other daily necessities. 42% of parents say the current state of the economy has affected their ability to save for their child's education. (But 44% did not say that their ability to take a vacation has been affected.) 13% of parents say they aren't saving because the "cost seems too overwhelming." Phone Topic: What is your most overwhelming financial problem these days? Phone Topic: Ask young listeners in your audience how they expect their college education to be paid for. How prepared are they for the financial challenge? Is it something that they've talked about with their parents? Or... Has nothing been done about it? Phone Topic: Invite parents with college kids in the family to weigh in. What advice do you have for younger families? What mistakes did you make? What would you do if you could do it all over again? ONLINE DATING LIARS For people who are either considering online dating or are already doing it, lying is a big concern. There are plenty of stories about first dates gone terribly wrong when the other person showed up and it was obvious that they had lied on their online profile. It's an incredibly awkward situation to be in, and it almost never ends well. Researchers from Cornell University actually studied the online dating community to find out just how many people are lying in their profiles -- and how big the lies are. Specifically, they compared the participants on height, weight, and age. Liars...! The study found that 81% of the participants lied about at least one of the three things in their profile. Women lied the most about weight by understating it in their profiles -- and men lied most about their height by overstating it in their profiles. Phoner: Study author Jeffrey Hancock -- Cornell University: (607) 255- 4452 or firstname.lastname@example.org By the Numbers... Even though there were lots lies told, the average lie was actually quite small: Age -- The average lie about age was only .44 years higher or lower than the real number. Height -- The average lie about height was only .33 inches higher or lower than the real number. Weight -- The average lie about weight was 5.86 pounds higher or lower than the real number. Phone Topic: What is the lie you most often tell? Has it gotten easier and easier to tell this lie? Has the lie almost become the truth? Phone Topic: Is there a dangerous lie that you've been telling many of the people you love? Aren't you worried about getting found out? Do you think you'll ever come clean on your own? More Results ... The study found that there were a few people who ignored the obvious consequences and lied in a big way in their online profiles. Some lies included: Claiming to be 3 years younger. Claiming to be 1.75 inches taller. Claiming to be 35 pounds lighter. Phone Topic: Invite your listeners to share their online dating horror stories. What's the biggest surprise they ever had to deal with when meeting a potential mate for the first time? HOW MEN AND WOMEN VIEW MONEY DIFFERENTLY Men and women view money differently. In fact, marriage counselors say that money problems are the root of most divorces. Here are some ways men and women handle money differently that might give you some insight into your relationship with money -- and maybe even your marriage. How many of the following statements ring true? 1. Women are taught to save money "just in case" something happens. Men are encouraged to learn how to invest and make money grow. 2. Women use money to take care of others. Men use money to keep score. 3. Women tend to buy what they want. Men buy what they need. 4. Women use money to create a lifestyle right now. Men use money to prepare for the future. 5. Women are cautious about investing money. Men take investment risks. 6. Women spend money on those they care about. Men spend money on themselves. 7. Women ask for what they think they deserve. Men ask for what they want. 8. Women view money in terms of relationships. Men view money objectively. 9. Women expect others to know more than they do. Men learn how to be effective investors. 10. Women gravitate toward the helping professions (which don't pay very well). Men tend to seek high-paying jobs. 11. Women want to be fair during tough financial times. Men advocate for themselves during financial straits. Phone Topic: Have you ever been able to pinpoint how you and your husband view money differently? In what situations do those differences pop up? What kinds of trouble do those differences cause? Daughters ... If you have a daughter, it's important to know the sorts of messages that girls often hear about money. Are they the sorts of things you want them to believe about money? "It's better to do good than be rich." "Girls just aren't good at math." "Men know more about money than you do." "It's just as easy to marry rich as it is to marry poor." "Money doesn't buy you happiness." WEIRD AROUND THE WORLD Where's The Beer? Fargo, North Dakota ... Police arrested a 21-year-old man for allegedly stealing a beer truck, then abandoning the vehicle in the mud after realizing there was no beer inside. Police arrested the man on Monday on suspicion of felony theft of an automobile. They were able to track down the suspect on a tip from his friend. "He'd stolen it thinking he'd get some beer, and it was completely empty," Said a police spokesman. Wedding Crasher Tampa, Florida ... A woman crashed her ex-boyfriend's wedding reception armed with a razor and a crowbar and injured the mother of the groom. Sheriff's deputies say Lisa Coker showed up uninvited at the wedding reception hosted by the mother of the groom, Gail Hosey. Apparently, Hosey refused to let Coker into the home where the reception was being held. That's when Coker attacked her with a crowbar. Hosey managed to get the crowbar away from her. But, according to police, the fight ensued and Coker pulled a razor blade and slashed Hosey on the arm. Coker was charged with aggravated battery and taken to jail. Hosey was rushed to the hospital for 16 stitches to close her wound. For a mugshot click here. Explosive Dogs Philadelphia, Pennsylvania ... A bomb squad detonated three suspicious packages outside the Philadelphia Phillies ballpark on Wednesday night. Those suspicious packages turned up to be hot dogs. Hours before the Phillies-Atlanta Braves' game on Wednesday night, a film crew shot a commercial of the Phillies mascot shooting heavily wrapped hot dogs from a hot dog launcher. But someone accidentally left three of the duct taped hot dogs outside the ballpark, sparking security fears. Stadium employees were evacuated and the bomb squad was called in. Only after the packages were blown up did authorities realize they'd just exploded hot dogs. "We saw something that looked suspicious," said Michael Stiles, Phillies senior vice president, administration and operations. "We did the right thing. It turned out to be nothing. We could have gone over and picked it up and thrown it in the trash and been done with it. But if we had been wrong, somebody might have lost an arm." After the detonation, the game went on as scheduled. "I'd rather them blow up some hot dogs or some ketchup and mustard and relish than have it be a real bomb," reliever Chad Durbin said. "Better safe than sorry." COULD IT BE? Is Lindsay Lohan back on drugs? That's what Star is saying! "Lindsay's been drinking, doing cocaine, and causing all-around mayhem for the past few months," an "insider" told Star. "She quit going to Alcoholics Anonymous and has absolutely never taken recovery seriously. She's gotten progressively worse, and everyone in her life is really scared." Well, seeing is believing, and, so far, so good for Lindsay. We'll be watching, though... OF COURSE IT'S SLUTTY -- IT'S BRITNEY ... So Britney's video for her song, "Womanizer" is turning out to be a slutty little performance. Among the things Britney does in the video [Usmagazine.com reports]... Britney, wearing tight, black leather pants and fake tattoos on her arms, lies on a kitchen counter provocatively. She straddles and makes out with a man dressed in a business suit. Britney sucks on cherries or dangles them around her mouth, all while straddling and crawling all over the man. Oh, and then for some reason, Us added: "For lunch, she ate three pieces of cheese pizza." Well, it sounds like she worked up an appetite. OH, BOO HOO So the bad economy is affecting... the celebrity magazine world, too. Clay Aiken should have gotten WAY more for his baby pictures of son, Parker (he reportedly got around $500,000) -- especially because it was a double whammy story -- pictures of the baby AND his coming out "party" -- so to speak. But, People had little competition for the photos, and in turn, no one to drive the price up. "Gone are the days when any celebrity gets millions of dollars for their photos," says one magazine editor. "Economically, it doesn't make sense ... People is the magazine that's most well-off, that has the finances right now to take on these exclusives." PERHAPS THEY'RE ALL CELEBRITIES -- JUST A LITTLE John McCain calls Barack Obama a "celebrity" -- but they're ALL kind of getting their own attention in one way or another, aren't they? And get this! Us Weekly reports McCain paid beauty-school grad Tifanie White -- who's done makeup for people on American Idol -- $5,583.43 to get him camera ready! In fact, McCain spent over twice as much touching up his face as Sarah Palin did on her Valentino jacket, Page Six reports (which she wore during her acceptance speech at the Republican National Convention). And ... SCENE! OH YEAH -- ALI LOHAN! Remember Ali Lohan's (Lindsay's sister) singing career? Me neither. Just give it up! But it seems there is still a soul who believes in her ... Johnny Wright, who manages the Jonas Brothers and Justin Timberlake, has offered to help out Ali and guide her career. The problem? [Mom] Dina Lohan. Seems she likes to have full control and the full manager's fee for herself! No surprise there ... But Johnny Wright is even willing to be a co-manager, like he is with the Jonas Brothers' father and Timberlake's mother, so we'll see. A rep for Ali and Dina told the NY Post: "We are meeting with [Wright's] firm." Of course they are! They're no fools! Well, when it comes to $$$$. AND THAT MAKES ALL THREE OF THEM! So first we hear Hugh Hefner's #1 girlfriend, Holly Madison, is hooking up with Criss Angel. Then we hear Kendra Wilkinson is seeing Philadelphia Eagle Hank Baskett. And NOW, comes word that Bridget Marquardt, who's married to a man in her hometown, by the way, has a man on the side! A Page Six "tipster" said: "Bridget's been getting quite close with Nick Carpenter, Marisa Tomei's ex-boyfriend. He directed her in a movie recently and apparently they 'hang out' whenever she can escape the mansion." And, well, there you have it. Where EVER will Hef find more blonde girls who want to live in his mansion and travel in private jets and go to ALL the Playboy parties? Ha! And Speaking Of... [janetcharltonshollywood.com says] Hef's #1 girl, Holly Madison, is simply using the oldest trick in the book to push Hugh Hefner into marrying her -- she's trying to make him jealous with Criss Angel. So far, though, Hef doesn't seem worried -- and when you think about it, Holly would have a tough time leaving the luxurious Playboy mansion life. Wonder if she'll do it. Time will tell ... IT'LL NEVER BE LIKE THE ORIGINAL Old 90210 vs. New 90210... An E! Online poll asked: "Which 90210 characters do you prefer?" 91.7% -- Original characters, including Kelly, Brenda, Brandon and Dylan 8.3% -- New characters, including Annie, Dixon, Silver and Ethan Exactly! TARTING AROUND Don't think much of Drew Barrymore's make-out session with [Gossip Girl's] Ed Westwick, 21. Page Six reports 33-year-old Drew is just "playing the field" and is also hooking up with a waiter at the Spotted Pig in L.A. Classy! But sounds FUN! SHE PROBABLY WON'T VOTE ANYWAY Did you hear what Joy Behar said to Paris Hilton yesterday (Thursday) on The View? "Too bad you can't vote because you were in the slammer ... My friend was in the slammer and couldn't vote." LOL! Looking shocked, Paris said: "I can vote." To which Joy asked: "Oh, it was just a misdemeanor?" "Yes," Paris said. "I drove with a suspended license." So there! Still funny though, seeing as how Paris HATES it when people mention her time in jail (remember how irritated she got at David Letterman when he wouldn't let up about her time in the pokey?). Apparently, Paris can't take the heat ... What? Is it NOT hot? BUT CAMERON'S NOT HELPING HIM Cameron Diaz's boyfriend, British model Paul Sculfor, recently read for a part in a romantic comedy, but his girlfriend didn't pull any strings or help him out like one would think ... "We don't speak about that," Paul told Us Weekly. In the meantime, Paul will continue modeling -- but not in his underwear... "I've got good legs, actually, but I'm too old to do underwear now ... I'll leave that for David Beckham. He's got a better body than me. But everything is fantastic. I'm a happy lad right now." Let's PRAY he and Cammie get married. It's time. --Briana Mordente Sex and the City (R) Four years after our favorite New York ladies departed the TV screen, and the gals' return and are now available on DVD. Carrie (Sarah Jessica Parker), Samantha (Kim Cattrall), Miranda (Cynthia Nixon), and Charlotte (Kristin Davis) negotiate their friendships, romances, and careers plus juggle the big plans of Carrie's pending nuptials to Mr. Big (Chris Noth)! All of our favorites return from Enid Frick (Candice Bergen) to Magda and Smith Jarrod (Jason Lewis). Leatherheads (PG-13) George Clooney takes another turn at directing, and stars as an aging football star trying to revive his team and legitimize professional football in 1925. He finds he has more challenges than he expected when he and the hot college star he's drafted (John Krasinski) compete for the heart of a tenacious journalist (Rene Zellweger). Run Fatboy Run (PG-13) Years after leaving his fiance (Thandie Newton) at the altar, a man (Simon Pegg) preps for a real-life marathon in an attempt to redeem himself in the eyes of their son and her new fiance. Run, Fatboy, Run marks the feature directing debut of David Schwimmer and is written by Michael Ian Black (Stella) and Simon Pegg (Hot Fuzz, Shaun of the Dead). Deception (R) The work of a corporate auditor (Ewan McGregor) is his entire life. But a chance meeting with a charismatic corporate lawyer (Hugh Jackman) will change his life forever.An introduction to an elite upper crust "sex club" of sorts will come with a price tag of betrayal treachery and murder. 5 Reasons You Should Go On A Date! In our bonus Relationship News section we have 5 reasons NOT to go on a date. Well before you get discouraged here are 5 reasons you SHOULD go on a date: 1. You’re Starving: Why should you sit home and eat Mac and cheese when there’s someone willing to pay for a 5 course meal. 2. You’re Horny: No need to watch Spank-o-vision you can get the real thing and did I mention a free meal? 3. Movies Are Expensive: It’s like $10 bucks to go see a movie now days, so save that ten dollars for the high gas price increase and go see a movie with a date. Its not like you have to talk to him/her for at least hour and a half 4. You’re Ugly: They say if you’re desperate you shouldn’t go on a date. I disagree, if you’re hideous and someone asks you or says yes to your invitation even if you don’t like them, go for it! Remember dating is like interviewing, it’s always good to practice even if you’re not seriously considering taking the position. 5. Excuse to Shop: If there’s a dress or shirt that you wanted to buy but didn’t have a good reason, just say yes to going on a date and convince yourself that you need to wear something nice out. Blondes Have More Fun: Study Reveals Women with Lighter Hair More Confident (Dailymail.co.uk) Scientists claim their research shows that bleaching hair does wonders for a woman's self-image. They feel more attractive, more likely to ask someone out on a date and become more adventurous in the bedroom. This increased confidence does not just affect a woman's love life. They find it easier to summon the courage to approach their boss and ask for a pay rise after coloring their hair blonde. Bottle blondes are also more likely to complain at unfair treatment and more inclined to put their foot down with friends and relatives, according to the study into the effects of hair dyeing on mood. While lighter locks lifted mood the most, other changes of hair color also gave women a boost. The good news for redheads is that they apparently have the best sex lives. A study of hundreds of German women found those with red hair had more partners and had sex more often. Top Ten Reasons Women Date Jailbirds (www.savvymiss.com) 10. Locked up is better than on the loose. There’s none of that, “Where were you last night?” or “So you like the intern at your office better than me?” or “Why are you staring at that girl? You think her butt is perkier than mine, don’t you?” Tall walls and armed guards mean he’s totally devoted to you. 9. Nothing like a prison project! Some women say they like bad boys because they can change them—you know, give him a new attitude, a new conscience, maybe even a makeover. If your guy’s incarcerated, you’ve got your work cut out for you. But then again, there’s nowhere to go but up. 8. Jailbirds come in flocks. Out in the free world, if your relationship falls apart it can take months to find a replacement beau. If you’re into prisoners, there’s plenty to go around. And you know exactly where to find them. Of course, if you don’t want to cause any riots you should probably find a guy at another location. 7. Your mailbox is always full. If it weren’t for prisoner-groupie relationships, the epistolary-style would be a lost art. While the rest of us deal with the daily disappointing trip to the mailbox (great, more bills), those who date men in prison receive long, romantic letters. 6. He’s doing time, not pestering you to do “it.” If you actually marry your prisoner (ah, Mrs. Inmate #4544328) you can have sex on your own time. That’s the beauty of the conjugal visit! He won’t paw at you when you have a headache or expect it just because it’s his birthday. Sure, when you do have sex it has to be in a prison but it seemed to work just fine for Gabrielle on Desperate Housewives. 5. Exercise yard = fabulous body. The Prison Break guys may not exist in real life, but the exercise yard sure does. And what other guy has as much time to work on his abs and quads? You may not get to enjoy them much, but when you do it’s enough to last you for another week. 4. The remote is all yours. So he hates America’s Next Top Model. And he wishes you’d stop listening to country music on road trips. It no longer matters. Crank up that stereo, girl, because the only thing he’s listening to is his roomie snoring in that bunk bed. 3. Nobody’s scarier than a gangster’s moll. Looking for instant street credibility? An unofficial insurance policy? Dating the ultimate bad guy means that no one will mess with you. Ever. 2. Their dating profiles don’t look half bad. “34-year-old agricultural salesman from California. Widower. Resembles Dean Cain.” When’s the last time you found that on Match.com? Now realize that Scott Peterson may not be everybody’s dream guy, but if you’re looking for a homicidal hunk, there are plenty to go around. 1. Breaking out is never boring. Perhaps he wants you to help him plot his escape. Oh, the hours the two of you will spend drawing up maps of the prison, finding disguises. Even if you prefer to do something more conventional like lobby the parole board…that could still keep you pretty busy. 5 Reasons NOT To Go On A Date (www.cnn.com) 1. You're Lonely: You'd think that going out when you're feeling all alone would be an excellent idea. I mean, how better to get over it than to spend time with a potential new boyfriend, right? Wrong. Loneliness can cloud a girl's judgment and make her do things like consider a 40-year-old virgin who still lives with his parents a viable dating option. Don't ask me how I know this. 2. You're Desperate: This is what loneliness turns into if left untreated. And by "untreated," I don't mean that this is what happens when you're single for a while. Not at all. There are plenty of cheerful single women who are neither desperate nor lonely. Desperation will cause you to do things like drunk-dial the 40-year-old basement- dwelling virgin and beg him for another chance. Once again, don't ask how I know this. 3. You're Infectious: Nasal drip, hacking, and/or phlegm are not acceptable date accessories. If you're sick, stay home. Seriously. At best you'll give him your cold (not cool) and at worst, you could end up zonked out on Nyquil with some dork's hand sliding its way up your knee as you're suddenly hit with an attack of the sneezes. 4. You're Not-Over-Him: What a jerk. Who does he think he is -- leaving you for the baby-talking twit who lives next door? What does she have that you don't? Well, for one thing, HIM. For another, her dignity. If you're still pining away for the one who got away, don't inflict yourself on a new guy. You're not going to have a good time because he's not him. He's not going to have any fun because you, my friend, are a basket-case and should be back home, boring your girlfriends with your sob stories and stuffing your face with Ben & Jerry's Chubby Hubby ice-cream. 5. You're Drunk: If you need more than one cocktail to get you into a date state, you should take off your fancy shoes, plop yourself back down onto the sofa, and text your regrets to the gentleman on his way to pick you up. 'Grey's,' 'Survivor' and 'Office' premiere ratings drop UPDATED: Every season premiere Thursday night drew a lower rating than last fall, as returning favorites such as ABC's "Grey's Anatomy," CBS' "Survivor" and NBC's "The Office" tripped across the board. ABC firmly won the night, as expected. Its two-hour fifth season premiere of "Grey's Anatomy" (18.5 million viewers, 7.4 national adults 18 to 49 rating and an 18 share) was the evening's highest-rated and most-watched show, with each half hour growing in the Nielsens. Yet "Grey's" was down 17% from last fall’s one-hour opener. Lead-in "Ugly Betty" (9.8 million, 3.3/9) slipped 15%, marking its lowest-rated debut to date. Despite being the only network to air a repeat in its Thursday lineup, CBS managed to place second for the night. The network ran the first-ever HD edition of "Survivor" in the show's first-ever two-hour debut (13.1 million, 4.5/11). "Survivor" fell 10% from last fall to a new premiere low, but won 8 p.m. By pushing "Survivor" into 9 p.m., the most intensely competitive hour of the week, CBS created a new DVR-busting dilemma for viewers, forcing some to make a tough call and vote one of their returning favorites off their duel-tuner TiVos.* What's impressive about "Survivor" is the reality series held its entire demo rating through its second hour as it went from the 8 p.m. frying pan into the 9 p.m. fire. At 10 p.m., CBS aired a "CSI" encore. NBC was third, airing one-hour editions of "My Name Is Earl" (6.4 million, 2.7/8, down 29%) and "The Office" (9.3 million, 4.9/12, down 4%). Note "Earl" dropped the most of all the returning shows and "The Office" dropped the least. At 10 p.m., NBC aired the final season premiere of "ER" (8 million, 3.3/8, down 20% to a new premiere low). Fox was fourth with two episodes of "Kitchen Nightmares" (4.2 million, 1.9/5 and 4.5 million, 2.1/5). In fifth, the CW had the second-week airings of "Smallville" (4.2 million, 1.7/5), dropping only slightly from last week, and "Supernatural" (3.2 million, 1.3/3), which fell more steeply (-23%).
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