Monday, June 16, 2014

BONNAROO OVER, FESTIVAL ATTENDEES HEADED BACK HOME
The Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival is over. As expected, Kanye rapped and ranted, festival attendees kept cool with a giant water slide and giant water fountain, and there are a lot of photos online at www.bonnaroo.com

KANYE RAPS AND RANTS AT BONNAROO
Fresh off his honeymoon with new wife Kim Kardashian, Kanye West returned to form at the Bonnaroo Music Festival in Tennessee Friday night.  Rap and rant ruled Kanye's performance as the hip-hop star put the public on notice that his dreams are bigger than Top 40 radio.  Dropping famous names like Shakespeare, Walt Disney, Mozart and Howard Hughes, Kanye told his audience, "You can only achieve as high as your dreams."  Kanye infamously trashed festival organizers in 2008 after delivering an abbreviated performance that was delayed several hours due to an overrun by Pearl Jam.  Also, in an omission some are taking as a possible diss against pal Jay Z, West reportedly altered the lyrics of several songs at Friday night's Bonnaroo, leaving out the name of his "Watch The Throne" rap partner.  Jay Z and his wife, pop superstar, Beyonce were no-shows at Kim and Kanye's wedding last month.
          Kim also managed to steal some attention away from her hip-hop hubby at the music festival.  The reality TV star was spotted cheering on Kanye near the soundboard wearing a revealing sheer top under a green cargo jacket and tight white jeans.  Kardashian posted several photos of her time at Bonnaroo to Instagram.

HANK WILLIAMS BIOPIC GETS LEADING MAN; HIDDLESTON
Tom Hiddleston ... of Thor and I saw the Light Fame.. has signed on to star in a new movie about Hank Williams Senior... called I Saw the Light. Filming starts in Louisiana this fall.

"22 JUMP STREET" TAKES LEAD AT THEATERS
The new "Jump Street" was number one at theaters this weekend. Next, "How To Train Your Dragon 2," and in third place, "Maleficent" starring Angelina Jolie.

DAME ANGELINA
Speaking of Angelina, the Queen of England knighted her! Actually, bestowed an honorary DAME title for Angelina's work on behalf of women's civil rights and safety.  Angelina can't really USE the title, it's just honorary.

METRO POLICE OFFICERS DECOMMISSIONED
A Metro police officer has been decommissioned, after being accused of reporting to work drunk. Two of his supervisors have also been decommissioned as their decision making is looked at ... since they're the ones who took him home, rather than notifying the chief, and arresting him.

PENTAGON ADDS SECURITY
The Pentagon is adding more security at the U.S. Embassy and other diplomatic facilities in Baghdad, as the Iraqi government tries to fight off the advance of Islamist militants.They've already taken several Iraqi cities. 

STARBUCKS PAYS FOR COLLEGE
Thousands of Starbucks employees are now eligible for free college degrees.  The coffee house chain and Arizona State University are announcing today that Starbucks workers can get a free online education.

COMMODORES PLAY TONIGHT IN WORLD SERIES
 The Commodores will take on UC-Irvine tonight in the College World Series.

U.S. PLAYS IN WORLD CUP
The United States' World Cup journey gets underway today as the Americans face Ghana.  Kickoff is set for 5pm our time.. .  The U.S. has lost to Ghana in the last two World Cups.  

SAN ANTONION SPURS WIN NBA CHAMPIONSHIP
The San Antonio Spurs are the 2014 NBA champions.  The Spurs pounded the Miami Heat 104-87 in Sunday's Game Five of the NBA Finals to win the title. 

TARGET REGISTERS
So, you're shopping at Target, you find your great deals, you're in the checkout line, and the cash register won't work. None of them will. That happened to Target shoppers in Southern California and in the Minneapolis area yesterday for awhile. The registers just wouldn't accept credit or debit cards, which is how most people shop these days. Can you imagine.. the one little lady with a checkbook was saying, MAKE FUN OF ME NOW....

DEAD DUCKS ON OLD HICKORY LAKE
Wildlife officials are investigating a duck kill in Mt. Juliet... on Old Hickory lake. A family with property there saw some of the ducks dying, and said it was DEFINITELY something unnatural. Tennessee Wildlife officials say the 20 dead ducks included ducklings, which makes them think the source was probably something nearby. 

TWITTER REMEMBERS CASEY KASEM
People are remembering radio and voice guy Casey Kasem on Twitter. One person wrote, A HUGE part of my childhood memories...A vast knowledge of music AND the voice of "Shaggy!"
         Kasem passed away this weekend, at the age of 82. 

OIL AND GAS PRICES UP
An early warning --all the trouble in Iraq is apparently causing oil prices to go up.. which means you and I can expect gas prices to follow. 

RESEARCH SHOWS KIDS START ACTING MEAN EARLY
Research shows children can start showing signs of being mean and manipulative, in kindergarten, or even y ounger. And because these issues are emerging at such a young age, some schools are beginning to implement programs to help teach kindness.

WHAT'S YOUR PERFECT AGE?
What's your perfect age? A new Harris Interactive survey finds most women say their perfect age is 53. That's up a decade from the last survey. Women say that's when they plug into themselves, listen to their own voice, and stop trying to please everybody else. 

COMMODORES PLAY TONIGHT IN WORLD SERIES
The Vandy Commodores will take on UC-Irvine tonight in the College World Series.

ALEX TREBEK SETS WORLD RECORD
"Jeopardy" host Alex Trebek set the Guinness World Record for "most game show episodes hosted by the same presenter (one show) on Friday.

AARON PAUL AD TURNS ON XBOX CONSOLES
Xbox One owners say "Breaking Bad" star Aaron Paul has been switching on their consoles.
 In a new ad for the Microsoft gaming machine, the Emmy-winning actor uses the Xbox's voice sensor to turn on his own console by saying "Xbox on."  But social media sites are filled with users who say the command is working on their consoles as well.  BBC News says an Xbox spokesman had no comment on the issue at this time, although he did note that previous ads have also featured voice commands.
 
FORMER TITAN VINCE YOUNG ANNOUNCES RETUREMENT
Former Titans quarterback Vince Young says he's retiring. The 31-year-old says he plans to work for the University of Texas in some capacity. Young was drafted by the Titans in 2006, but released after the 2010 season.

BANKS SUED
Bank of America and Citi bank are both reportedly about to get sued by the Justice Department ... for selling mortgage-backed securities before the economy collapsed.

NEW COMMUNITY CENTER OPENS
This is cool: Nashville has a new community center. The Sevier Park Community Center, is a 20-thousand-square-foot facility on Lealand Lane, and offers yoga classes, Zumba and Pilates, and they're planning after-school and summer programs for kids.  

KELLY CLARKSON
Former "American Idol" winner Kelly Clarkson and her talent manager husband Brandon Blackstock have a new baby. River Rose Blackstock. Brandon is the step-son of Reba McEntire, which makes Reba a grandmother. 

TRACY MORGAN IMPROVING
Actor/comedian Tracy Morgan is said to be improving after a crash that sent him to the hospital. His people say keep those positive thoughts coming.

"TWILIGHT" IMPOSTER DUE IN COURT
 And just because someone SAYS he's a movie star, doesn't mean it's true, A 33 year old California guy fooled entire schools into thinking he was some famous actor, and did school appearances and signed autographs. He got caught when he tried to convince a 14 year old girl he starred in a Twilight movie, and tried to lure her into a car with him. 

WOMAN MISTAKES MISSING PARROT FOR CHILD IN TROUBLE 
A woman this weekend got pretty freaked out when she kept hearing what she thought was a child... saying , "Daddy, Daddy, Daddy." Turns out it was a parrot that had gotten away from his owner. She called 9-1-1-, and firefighters came to the rescue. Little Ralphie the parrot was returned to his "daddy," safe and sound.

TALIBAN KEPT BOWE BERGDAHL IN A METAL BOX
The Taliban kept Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl in a metal box for two years after he tried to escape, and that he didn't see another person for the entire time he was kept in solitary confinement. He says he was covered in a hood whenever he was taken out of the six foot by six foot box.

INVESTIGATION ABOUT WHY BERGDAHL LEFT HIS BASE
A two-star general will head the investigation into why Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl left his base in Afghanistan in 2009.  Sources tell CNN the general will begin work on the case this week.  Bergdahl was captured by Taliban militants after he left the base and spent five years in captivity.