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Trending This Mornin'
Area's of fog this morning. Waking up to temps in the 50's. Then, who's ready for 64 degrees today? Hi 65 tomorrow with an 80% chance of rain. Breezy. The winter jacket weather returns by Thursday. Woo-hoo! Breezy and 45. Friday's high 34. Saturday's high 39, with some sunshine. (I'm thinking we're being set up by Phil the Groundhog.) Sunday's high 40.
There's a PayPal phishing scam going around through e-mail. According to Roanoke Police the e-mail claims your payment transaction was processed, and includes a "log in" link to see the details. That link will infect your computer with malware or spyware.
Roanoke has lost its only Hooters location as part of the fallout from a Richmond bankruptcy filing.
Author and poet Maya Angelou will speak at Randolph College Tuesday. Angelou will present “An Evening with Maya Angelou” at 7 p.m. this evening. The event is free, but seating in Smith Hall Theatre will be limited.
The price of sending a first-class letter in the U.S. rose a penny Sunday to 46 cents.
Tiger wins at Torey Pines.
The Cavaliers have added number 2 in the nation Oregon to this year's schedule and the game will be played in Charlottesville on Sept 7. That means the Cavs will play BYU and and Oregon the first two weeks of the season. Since it's a two-game series, Oregon will host game two in 2016.
1845- Edgar Allan Poe's poem "The Raven" was first published, in the New York Evening Mirror.
1861- Kansas became the 34th state of the Union.
1900- The American League, consisting of eight baseball teams, was organized in Philadelphia.
1936- The first five members of baseball's Hall of Fame, including Ty Cobb and Babe Ruth, were named in Cooperstown, N.Y.
1958- Actor Paul Newman and actress Joanne Woodward were married. They remained married until Newman’s death in 2008.
1995- The San Francisco 49ers became the first team to win five Super Bowl titles when they beat the San Diego Chargers 49-26 in Super Bowl XXIX (29). The 49ers will take on the Baltimore Ravens in the Super Bowl this year.
Cuttin' Cake Today
Sara Gilbert (Roseanne, The Talk) – 38; Heather Graham (The Hangover) – 43; Director-actor Edward Burns (Saving Private Ryan, The Brothers McMullen) – 45; Judy Norton Taylor (The Waltons) – 55; Oprah Winfrey – 59; Ann Jillian (It’s a Living) – 63; Tom Selleck (Blue Bloods) – 68; Katharine Ross (The Graduate) – 73; Actor-singer Noel Harrison (The Girl from U.N.C.L.E.) -79; Idol runner-up Adam Lambert is 31
Joke of the Day
Rabbits are causing problems at Denver International Airport by chewing on the wires of cars in the parking lots. Airport officials say those rabbits shouldn’t even be there. They belong at O’Hare.
Think about it. You'll get it by lunchtime.
Weird News This Morning
A Massachusetts woman says her 6-year-old took a jewelry box of family heirlooms because he wanted to show it off to a classmate he calls his girlfriend. But Diane DeNapoli's boy lost the box, which contained her great-grandmother's watch, her late mom's engagement ring and her grandparents' wedding rings. She's offering a reward for their return.
Last week, a man in Canada took a six-hour bus ride to meet up with a woman he'd been talking to online. But when he got to the bus station, she didn't show. So he called 911 to report he'd been STOOD UP. But, ya know, standing someone up isn't illegal. And when the dispatcher told him that, he got madder. Because it's Canada, they didn't arrest him, and told him to just cool off.
Smarter Than Question
Only 32 percent of hotel rooms in America have one of these, but you can find one in 100 percent of hotel rooms in Asia. What is it? No winner. The answer is "safe".
On the Bachelor last night Sean Lowe took the girls on a group date to...(drum roll) the roller derby rink. Which one did he fall for Lindsay, Robyn, Jackie, Catherine, Amanda, AshLee, Sarah or Tierra? 11 roses were handed out last night. Tierra and Selma have roses. There are nine more to be handed out: Sean gives them to: Catherine, Desiree, Lindsay, Lesley, Robyn, AshLee, Sarah, Jackie and Daniella. Amanda - and her busted jaw from roller derby - goes home. Next week, two nights of The Bachelor.
It was announced on The View yesterday, Barbara Walters, who fell and cut her head 11 days ago, is now suffering from chicken pox.
Michelle Williams says she and Kelly Rowland aren't performing with their former Destiny's Child partner Beyonce at the Super Bowl halftime.
Former Pittsburgh Steelers Hines Ward says he will be a zombie extra when AMC's hit series "The Walking Dead" returns.
(Photo: Celebrity Millennium, Flickr)
Celebrity Cruises provides the backdrop for an episode of Bravo's show Top Chef culinary competitiion. The Jan 30 episode was filmed onboard the Celebrity Millennium (one of my favorite ships) and the Celebrity Infinity while sailing in Alaska.
Tonight on TV
ABC: The Taste, Happy Endings, and Jimmy Kimmel Live are all new
CBS: NCIS, NCIS: Los Angeles, and Vegas are new
NBC: Betty White's Off Their Rockers, Go On, The New Normal, and Dateline are new
FOX: Raising Hope, New Girl and The Mindy Project are new
CW: Hart of Dixie and Emily Owens, M.D. are both new
News from Nashville
(Photo: Wade Payne, Invision AP)
It's official: Hunter Hayes' hit song 'Wanted' has sold more than 2 million copies, making it double-Platinum. It's going to be a good year for Mr. Hayes. Don't forget he's in Salem June 1 for the Blue Ridge Music Festival with Little Big Town, Gloriana and others. Tix on sale now!
Thompson Square were returning home from a show in Pembroke Pines, Fla. on Monday morning when their tour bus was blindsided just 20 minutes from home. There was some pretty serious fog when the accident occurred just after 5A. Keifer and Shawna were not injured. The bus will need some work, but should be done when Thompson Square joins Luke Bryan on the road for their Dirt Road Diaries Tour on Feb 7 in New York. Their new album is out March 26.
Jana Kramer says when Brantley Gilbert proposed to her they were at the Ryman, it was his birthday, there was a blindfold, a five-carat diamond and a country love story set in Nashville. I don't think she's stopped looking at the rock. Can you blame her? They'll get married later this year.
Zac Brown Band has signed on to perform the Daytona 500 Budweiser Pre-Race show at the Daytona 500 on February 24.
Kelly Clarkson is reporting eyeing a fall wedding with hubby-to-be Brandon Blackstock. Blake Shelton - the wedding singer - will play the reception. In the meantime, Kelly is taking flying lessons.
Tim McGraw's "Two Lanes of Freedom," is due out February 5. It feature's "One of These Nights" and "Truck Yeah."
Can you believe Lady A was extra nervous about debuting "Downtown" on The Tonight with Jay Leno last night.
Rascal Flatts has added a concert date in London, England on July 11 as part of their expanding swing of shows through Europe.
Keith Urban's third and final concert in Brisbane, Australia had to be postponed due to flooding in the area. Keith is currently on tour Down Under while American Idol airs the auditions he and the rest of the judges filmed last year.
Kris Kristofferson presented the Nashville Songwriter Association International's inaugural Kris Kristofferson Award to longtime pal Willie Nelson during a private ceremony Sunday night at Nashville's Bluebird Café. Yes, the same musical spot you see on "Nashville".
A tribute album to singer-songwriter John Denver will be released on April 2. The project includes new recordings from Brandi Carlile, Emmylou Harris, Old Crow Medicine Show, Train and others.
Gretchen Wilson is promising 3 new albums in 2013.
Can you believe Jason Aldean is hooked on Instagram? He's a big follower of Luke Bryan too.
Lar's This & That
What burns more fat
A new study out of the University of Northumbria says morning cardio is most effective when done while really hungry. The study found the effects of an empty stomach on exercise, and people who exercise on an empty stomach can burn 20 percent more body fat than those exercising after breakfast.
Buy those Girl Scout cookies
You could be buying a box from a one day famous GS. From celebrity Girl Scouts include Martha Stewart, Sheryl Crow, Mariah Carey, Hillary Clinton, and Taylor Swift who will probably never, ever, ever forget her experience as a Girl Scout.
Mr. Noisy Needs a Check-up
SNORING! Snoring is an early sign of life-threatening problems, according to a new study. The condition may cause a thickening of the arteries which can lead to strokes and heart attacks. Researchers are strongly advising snorers to seek medical advice.
Sidenote: Around a quarter of women, and four in 10 men are frequent snorers.
You're not going to like hearing this . . . but Looney Tunes cartoons might NOT have been scientifically accurate. As you know, Wile E. Coyote never could seem to catch the Roadrunner. Well, apparently, THAT is not accurate. Coyotes are actually more than TWICE as fast as roadrunners. Coyotes max out at 43 miles-per-hour, roadrunners max out at 20 miles-per-hour. **Next you're going to try and tell me Roadrunners don't have unlimited access to falling anvils.
Do You Suffer From Facebook Envy
Researchers have been looking into the effects of Facebook on society. And they discovered a common experience for people all over the world. It’s called “Facebook envy” – that feeling you get when you see all those happy pictures of your friends’ personal life and vacations. It can leave people feeling lonely and bummed out. Experts say the best antidote is to lay off Facebook for a while. Go see their lives in person. It’s not really as perfect as it seems online.
Here's something to keep in mind as we approach Valentines Day. A simple hug can save your life. Experts say oxytocin, or what they call the 'love hormone', increases during a hug, causing a calming effect. In fact, the effects from one hug in the morning lasted throughout a tough work day (more for women than men, the study noted).
So give your sweetie a squeeze before leaving for work today!
Driving mistakes mom makes
They're too tired to drive, yet they do it while texting and attending to their passengers at the same time. Must be teenagers, right? Nope -- they're new moms! A survey of 2,396 moms provides some frightening results.
Two-thirds say it's tough to concentrate while behind the wheel. 98% of parents driving with a child report being preoccupied for nearly a third of the time they're on the road. Distracted while driving causes 8,000 crashes A DAY!
78% of moms talk on the phone while driving with their baby. 26% read and send text messages. Research found you're four time more likely to have an accident when you talk on your cell phone --that includes hands free.
Moms drive exhausted. Truckers average 6 hours and 50 minutes of sleep every night. Moms average 5 hours and 20 minutes. Moms average 150 miles a week running errands and taking kids here and there. More than a third admitted to climbing behind the wheel even though they were way too tired to drive.
10% of new moms have been in a crash while driving their baby -- 3 times higher than the rate among the general population. On par with the teenage accident rate...
58% of moms find installing child safety seats difficult -- and they're not asking for help. 6 in 10 new moms haven't had their baby's child seat inspected by a child-passenger safety technician. Properly installed seats reduce fatalities by 71%.
80% of moms admit to leaving their toddlers unattended in the car to run a quick errand.
Good News Story
Mourners at a Pennsylvania fast-food fan's funeral wanted him to have it his way, so they arranged for his hearse _ and the rest of the procession _ to make one last drive-thru visit before reaching the cemetery.
David Kime Jr. "lived by his own rules," according to his daughter Linda Phiel said. He considered the lettuce on a burger his version of healthy eating.
On Saturday, the entire funeral procession pulled into Burger King for one last burger. It was placed atop his flag-draped coffin at the cemetery. His daughter says the display wasn't a joke, rather a happy way of honoring her father and the things that brought him joy.
Kime, 88, a World War II veteran, died Jan. 20.
Restaurant manager Margaret Hess said she knew his face and his order. She and her crew made 40 burgers for the funeral procession. That's what you call a whopper of a sendoff. **Find something that brings joy to your life. It may just be the thing you're remembered for.
Lar's Thought of the Day
"Sometimes a winner is just a dreamer who won't quit." - from the movie "Rudy"