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Trending This Mornin'
Patchy frost this morning followed by sunshine today. High mid 60s. Warmer Friday. High around 70. Your weekend looks dry with sunshine Saturday, and a few more clouds Sunday. Maybe a sprinkle or two Sunday afternoon. Highs in the low 70s.
The Virginia Department of Health has three new cases of fungal meningitis as of Wednesday. The new total is as follows: 27 confirmed cases of fungal meningitis, including one death. Officials say 24 are residents of Virginia and 3 are residents of West Virginia.
The Running Mates debate is tonight.
Toyota is doing a voluntary recall of millions of cars over power window problems. The recall affects the power window master switch, on the driver's side of the car. In time, the buttons can get sticky and some folks will try and fix it by using lubricants. However, some solutions have had bad reactions with the grease under the window switch.
Here's a list of the recalled vehicles:
• 2007 to 2008 Yaris
• 2007 to 2009 RAV4
• 2007 to 2009 Tundra
• 2007 to 2009 Camry
• 2007 to 2009 Camry Hybrid
• 2008 to 2009 Scion xD
• 2008 to 2009 Scion xB
• 2008 to 2009 Sequoia
• 2008 Highlander
• 2008 Highlander Hybrid
• 2009 Corolla
• 2009 Matrix
Yankees lead the series with Baltimore 2, 1. New York 4, Baltimore 2 (12). Oakland's walk-off 4, 3 win against the Tigers forces a Game 5. The Giants staved off elimination again Wednesday, beating the Reds 8-3, and have tied the best-of-five series at 2-2 with Game 5 scheduled at 2:07 ET today at Great American Ball Park.
Thursday Night Football: Steelers vs Tennessee.
Today is 10-11-12. Today is My Party Day, meaning you don't have to have a reason to start a party. (but I would like to know where you're registered)
1968 Apollo 7, the first manned Apollo mission, is launched with astronauts Wally Schirra, Donn Fulton Eisele and R. Walter Cunningham.
1975 Bill Clinton marries Hillary Rodham in Fayetteville, Arkansas.
1975 "Saturday Night Live" debuts on NBC.
1984 The first American female walks in space after a journey aboard the space shuttle Challenger.
Cuttin' Cake Today
Daryl Hall (Hall & Oates)-66; Joan Cusack-50; Luke Perry (Beverly Hills, 90210: Dylan)-47; Jane Krakowski (30 Rock: Jenna)-44
Joke of the Day
What is a computer's favorite dance? A. Disk-o
Smarter Than Question
If you lose your cellphone, chances are good you lost it here. Where is it? Congrats to Carol Lou and Rhonda, they got it. The answer is "coffee shop".
Beyonce has confirmed that she is no longer involved in the latest remake of A Star is Born, directed by Clint Eastwood.
The upcoming one-hour TV tribute to the late Whitney Houston just added some more star power. Britney Spears announced she will partake in the CBS special, which airs November 16th.
Nicole Scherzinger says she was afraid to tell people she struggled with bulimia, but reading the messages of support from fans made her cry. Scherzinger revealed on VH1’s “Behind the Music” she was bulimic for eight years and didn’t tell anyone.
Survivor Spoiler: Russell is voted out. He's the first returning playing to be sent home.
The blogosphere is ablaze with the dish that the famous momager - Kris Jenner - is in chats to host her own daytime talk show.
Retired astronaut Buzz Aldrin, 82, is set to step into the nerd world on “The Big Bang Theory.” It will air on Oct 25.
CBS is pulling Friday night legal drama Made In Jersey from its schedule after only two episodes. That makes Jersey the first canceled TV show of the fall.
All the networks (except the CW) will cover the VP debate tonight beginning at 9pm
abc: Last Resort is new
cbs: The Big bang Theory and Two and a Half Men is new
nbc: 30 Rock and Up All Night are new
fox: The X-Factor is new (and only an hour long --oh no!)
cw: Vampire Diaries premieres followed by the premiere of Beauty and the Beast
News from Nashville
Look who's on the cover of Rolling Stone...inside, Taylor touches on rules of love, 'hooking up', and Conor Kennedy.
Did you see Nashville last night on ABC. Hayden Panettiere says her character on the show - Juliet Barnes - was inspired by Carrie Underwood.
It only gets better for that Georgia boy with the million dollar smile. Luke Bryan leads the pack of 2012 American Country Awards nominees. The event airs live from Las Vegas in December. The 'Drunk on You' singer received seven nominations in all, including Artist of the Year.
Definition of Feel Like A Rock Star: Kenny Chesney has signed on to perform at his pal Sammy Hagar's annual Birthday Bash in Cabo San Lucas this Friday.
How did Darius Rucker's wife keep his Opry invitation a secret? Beth kept the request casual. “I was like ‘Hey, we were just thinking about getting out of town (Charleston, SC) for a night… would you mind if we jumped on the bus with you?’ He [Darius] was like ‘Yeah, sure no problem.’ He didn’t think anything of it because I’ve done that before.” That night, Darius was bummed thinking nobody was at the Opry, only to learn later, they were hiding until Brad Paisley could invite him to join.
Miranda Lambert has a secret weapon on the road when it comes to staying in shape -- her personal trainer Bill Crutchfield. According to WebMD.com, he started traveling with her in January to make sure she sticks to a diet and workout plan. Instead of hitting the gym, Bill puts Miranda through intense workouts using the items around them on tour. That may include running up and down a long staircase in a concert venue or using a nearby park bench for pushups. more
Sugarland's Kristian Bush has sold out both of his solo Thanksgiving shows at Eddie's Attic near Atlanta.
Randy Travis is teaming up with the Avett Brothers from CMT Crossroads.
Imagine Alan Jackson with his own corn maize!
Lar's This & That
Are You Mr and Mrs Average
A new survey came up with a bunch of facts about the average family: They drive a blue Ford and one other car, and they have two kids, three cell phones, and three laptops. The kids go to bed at 8:10 P.M. and the grown-ups go to bed at 11:23. They wake up at 6:45 A.M. and an hour later on weekends. And they argue five times a day . . . twice over what to watch on television and who gets the remote. Sounding like your household? (Daily Mail)
More Tempting Than Sex and Cigarettes
A new study found Facebook and Twitter is more tempting than cigarettes and sex! Researchers at the University of Chicago discovered through an online poll that the urge to interact through tweets and comments was stronger than sex and cigs.
In fact, researchers concluded that social networking was the hardest desire to resist. Well, at least it's a lot cheaper!
A survey by the UK version of the Girl Scouts (Girlguiding) found that marriage is not on the priority list for teens as much as it used to be.
The majority of girls 7 to 21 years old defined "success" as "being confident and independent" rather than "being married." Just three years ago the majority chose marriage as the #1 achievement before 30.
Ways to say 'I Love You' without words... try a few of these
Laughing at your partners bad jokes
Giving them a framed photo of the two of you
Do the manly-man or girly-girl thing -- meaning wash her car and gas it up, or take him to a car show or movie he really wants to see
Show up at a business event as a loving spouse
Do something for them that they hate to do -- spider out of the bathtub, for example, or a midnight run so the kids have milk in the morning.
Head here for the rest...
With the Wine & Garlic Festival coming up this weekend at Rebec Vineyards in Amherst, The Black Dog Wine & Music Festival at Chateau Morrisette, and on Oct 21st, Wine & Unwind Wine Festival at the Salem Civic Center - I thought this would work well for wine lovers.
Here are a couple wine myths to help you navigate your way through the grape stuff ...
Red wine with red meat, white wine with fish and poultry – This rule of thumb came from a time when food was simpler and less fusion-based. Nowadays, food is more complicated and the rule is – drink whichever wine you enjoy most.
The 15 minute rule – When it comes to wine temp, use this as a guide: Take the white wine out of the fridge 15 minutes before serving and put the red wine IN the fridge 15 minutes before serving.
Pair sweet wines with dessert – Again, this is a matter of taste. If you like sweet wine, go ahead and have it with your creme brulee or other dessert. Then again, a good Cab goes great with chocolate. Bottom line: Drink what you like!
Let's Have a Pizza Party
If you thought tonights Running Mate Debate was going to be something, wait until next week.
Next Tuesday, the presidential candidates are doing a town hall-style debate in New York where people in the crowd can ask them questions. And Pizza Hut is offering FREE PIZZA FOR LIFE if you make it into the crowd, get on the mic, and ask the candidates if they prefer sausage or pepperoni on their pizza.
i-Ownership Surging Among Teenagers
A new survey shows just how popular Apple has become with its iPhone and iPad products, especially among teens. A semi-annual study by analyst Piper Jaffray found that 40% of teens own an iPhone – almost double the 23% of teens who owned an iPhone in the fall of last year. The survey also found:
62% of teens plan to buy an iPhone as their next phone; Samsung was next at 22%.
44% own a tablet, up from 34% from this spring.
72% of those tablets were iPads, up from 70% in the spring of this year.
Plan To Dress Your Pet Up For Halloween
Wayfair.com’s Most Popular Pet Halloween Costumes for 2012:
1. Superhero 4. Taco
2. Elephant 5. Chef
Honk, If You Love A Computer Geek
Do you love a computer geek? Prove it by buying him or her a Like-a-Hug vest.
The device, created by MIT scientists, inflates when friends “like’’ a photo, video or status update you’ve posted on a social- networking site.
The inventors say the wearer will “feel the warmth, encouragement, support or love that we feel when we receive hugs.’’
'This' Is A Zucchini
According to a survey by Weight Watchers, young people don't know how to cook . . . but they THINK they do. 45% of adults born in 1990 or later admit they don't know how to cook. And HALF of the ones that CAN cook consider heating up chicken nuggets to be cooking. Four out of five people NEVER use fresh ingredients when they cook . . . and two in five couldn't identify a zucchini. (Stuff.co.nz)
I Leave You With This
What goes with a perfect fall afternoon with the sun shining in the front storm door? For our middle child, Michael, it's a cat nap.
Weird, But True News
A suspect trying to avoid arrest in Shelbyville, Mich., led cops on a wild, 100-mph chase before he crashed.
Then he really found himself in hot water. He ran away, but was soon found hiding in a covered hot tub behind a nearby home.
Staying Healthy Today
It's Tea Time
A soothing cup of tea is no longer just for fighting off a cold. At a recent International Scientific Symposium on Tea and Human Health in D.C., researchers promoted the many benefits that drinking tea has on chronic illness.
Green tea can help reduce the risk of fractures and improve bone mass, slowing the progress of osteoperosis. A six-month study of 171 postmenopausal women consumed the equivalent of four to six cups a day. Within three months, the bone stress damage was reduced.
Tea contains flavonoids, which induce dilation of the arteries and could lead to a reduction in strokes, heart attacks and cardiovascular diseases.
Flavonoids in green and black tea can provide a probiotic effect in the lower gastrointestinal tract.
Black tea is thought to reduce blood pressure, leading to a reduction in strokes and cardiovascular diseases.
Tea can also help burn 100 calories a day.
Good News Story
A Pennsylvania man had his last wish granted by Brad Paisley this past weekend at a tour stop in Hershey.
Lee Feldman has terminal pancreatic cancer and was worried his most prized possession, a custom made guitar would just sit and collect dust. Well, arrangements were made for Lee and Brad to meet backstage where Lee handed over the guitar. Not only did Brad accept the gift, but promised to play it on his new album.
Feldman said, “That’s the greatest thing I wanted to hear.”
Lar's Thought of the Day
All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them. Walt Disney (Hummm, worked for him.)