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Tuesday, January 30, 2007

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Pat's Super Bowl Recipes


1 lb Ground Beef...1 lb bulk italian sausage...1/2 cup milk...1/2 cup minced onion...1 tsp salt...1/2 tsp ground black pepper...1 egg...1 tsp worchestershire...1 12 oz bottle chile sauce...1 1/4 cups grape jelly.

- Combine beef and sausage in a lg bowl with the dry bread crumbs and milk. Blend in ground pepper, onion, salt, egg, and worchestershire sauce. Mix thoroughly.

- Shape the beef mixture into 1 inch meatballs, space them evenly on a cookie sheet and back at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.

- Meanwhile, in medium saucepan, mix the chili sauce and grape jelly over medium heat, stirring occasionally until jelly melts.

- Remove meatballs from oven, place into a 9x3 pan. Pour the sauce over the browned meatballs and return the meatballs to the oven to simmer for 30 minutes.


1 can of refried beans...1 container sour cream...1 packet hidden valley ranch dips mix...1 cup shredded lettuce...1 cup diced tomatoes...1 1/2 cups Mexican Style colby jack cheese...1 can 4oz diced green chilies, rinsed and drained...1 can sliced ripe olives, rinsed and drained.

- Spread refried beans on a 10 inch serving platter, blend sour cream and dip mix, spread over beans, layer lettuce, cheese, tomatoes, chilies, and black olives on top. Serve with tortilla chips.


Tuesday Rock Roundup

It's all over the Canadian papers: The Police are secretly rehearsing in Vancouver for a major, as-yet-unannounced appearance on the 2007 Grammy Awards. It's true, although there is no official word. But when CBS' live signal goes to the Staples Center on Feb. 11, director Ken Ehrlich will have scored a coup: The Police will appear and sing most likely one of three songs: "Every Breath You Take," "Message in a Bottle" or "Roxanne." And — surprise of surprises — this should guarantee an announcement forthcoming of a huge North American tour, followed by dates in Europe, all beginning in late spring. But the group will not, I repeat will not, appear at either the Coachella or Glastonbury festivals. There have been rumors to that effect, but all credible sources say they are untrue.

At his show in Las Vegas on Friday, Don Henley told the audience that the new Eagles album should be done in "60 to 90 days" and promised that he'd see them this summer. Bassist Timothy B. Schmit writes on his website, "We are making steady progress, and I now believe there actually will be an album. Exactly when, I couldn't say, but we are working diligently to make this happen as soon as possible." The Eagles' last studio album was The Long Run in 1979.

Peter Frampton is back in stores today with an updated version of his 1995 album, Frampton Comes Alive Two. The two C-D set, recorded at the Fillmore in San Francisco to commemorate the 20th anniversary of his landmark Frampton Comes Alive album, contains 40 minutes of unreleased music. The show is also now available for the first time on D-V-D (it was released on video in 1995). Frampton will be back on the road in April, May and June, with plans to do a co-headlining tour with the Doobie Brothers this summer.

There are rumors that Elton John is looking to purchase a 25-million-dollar penthouse in Los Angeles. If he does, his neighbors will be Cher, Matthew Perry and Lindsay Lohan. Elton has homes in Atlanta, England, Italy and France.

Bad Company and former Free drummer Simon Kirke will open two shows for Freeway, a Free cover band, next month in England. Kirke will also tour the U-K in April and May.


Various Artists - Endless Highway - Music Of The Band


The Marine DVD
Open Season DVD
Law and Order Special Victims Unit - The Third Year DVD


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Monday, January 29, 2007

Da Superfans blog and video

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Schools & Roads for Monday

Closings from WNDU.

Roads from Heather at Michiana News Channel:

Road Conditions: Elkhart: Partially snow covered, slick in some areas Elkhart County: Snow covered, slick South Bend: Main roads OK, side roads slick and snow covered. St. Joe County: Snow covered, slick Bypass: Mixed Bag. Use caution... slick in some areasm especially bridges. Toll Rd: Wet. Berrien County: Snow covered and slick.

Sunday, January 28, 2007


HUGE snowfall between Chicago and Indianapolis.

Did the NFL order it to punish us for the Chicago/Indianapolis Super Bowl?

I smell a conspiracy...

Friday, January 26, 2007

Phriday Photo Phinish

Another Super Mom Coming Next Friday!

Tommie & Craig are looking for another Michiana Super Mom!

Nominate your Mom or Wife by clicking here! She could win a One Hour Massage and Steamy Canopy Mud Wrap from Natural Therapies, and an American Dairy Association Prize Pack!

We love Mom! Do you?
Click here!

Congratulations to the 1st Super Mom, Julie Smith of Mishawaka, as nominated by her husband Victor!

The next will be selected Friday Morning on Tommie & The Bartender on WAOR!

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Thursday, January 25, 2007

Who Bleeds Bluer???

Which Team In Blue is going to win XLI?
And which team has the more generous fans?
Tommie & The Bartender want to find out on Wednesday. Stop by the Edison in Mishawaka location of the South Bend Medical Foundation for a round of Who Bleeds Bluer? and donate blood.
When you do, you'll have a chance to vote for the team you think will win the big game. You'll also get a $3 Coupon good Wednesday at Roc's Sports Cafe, conveniently located two doors away.
And, Thursday morning when we reveal which team had the most donors...we'll draw one name from the donors to get qualified for Super Bike I!
You're invited to join Tommie & The Bartender live at the SB Medical Foundation on Edison from 11 to 1...but you can donate anytime during the day at the Edison location to have a chance to qualify for Super Bike I.
Thanks in advance from the South Bend Medical Foundation, and 95.3 WAOR!

Rock News

Van Halen and David Lee Roth are meeting this weekend, not yesterday as Billboard mistakenly reported, to sign the contracts for a summer tour of amphitheaters. This will mark the first time that Roth will front the band on stage since 1984. And if what Eddie Van Halen recently said is true, then it will be his 15-year-old son Wolfgang on bass instead of Michael Anthony. Van Halen's last tour was in 2004 with Sammy Hagar. Asked if he can tour with Van Halen and never speak to them, since his relationship with Eddie has always been tempestuous. DLR said "Oh yeah, I have no problem with that." There is also talk of another Van Halen compilation album later this year.

Pete Townshend says he and Roger Daltrey are starting to lay out plans into 2009. Townshend writes on his website that he met with Daltrey on Tuesday, and they discussed celebrating the 40th anniversary of Tommy in 2009 because "we may not be around for the 50th." The Who also plan to launch a new website later this year.

Jimi Hendrix now has his own beverage. Liquid Experience is an energy drink named after Jimi's second album, Are You Experienced. The drink makes its debut at the Experience Music Project museum in his hometown of Seattle in April before going on sale in the rest of North America, Europe and Asia. And Hendrix is also the subject of a new computer music software program, which recreates his amp and effects rig. Supposedly you just plug your guitar into your computer and AmpliTube, the Jimi Hendrix Edition, enables you to emulate Jimi's guitar sound

Rush guitarist Alex Lifeson tells a Canadian radio station that the band is mixing its next album with plans to release it in late spring or early summer and with a North American tour scheduled to start on either June 12th or the 13th, followed by dates in Europe and South America later in the year. There are two working titles for the album floating around -- Snakes and Arrows and Snakes and Ladders.

Wednesday, January 24, 2007

Email about Moms, in honor of Friday's Michiana Super Mom drawing...

Answers given by elementary school age children to the following questions:

Why do we have mothers?
>>1. She's the only one who knows where the scotch tape is.
>>2. Mostly to clean the house.
>>3. To help us out of there when we were getting born.

What ingredients are mothers made of?
>>1. Clouds and angel hair and everything nice in the world and one dab of mean.
>>2. They had to get their start from men's bones. Then they mostly use string, I think.

Why do you have your mother and not some other Mom?
>>1. We're related.
>>2. The doctor knew she likes me a lot more than other people's moms like me.

What kind of little girl was your Mom?
>>1. My Mom has always been my Mom and none of that other stuff.
>>2. I don't know because I wasn't there, but my guess would be pretty bossy.
>>3. They say she used to be nice.

What did Mom need to know about dad before she married him?
>>1. His last name.
>>2. She had to know his background. Like is he a crook? Does he get drunk on beer?
>>3. Does he make at least $800 a year? Did he say NO to drugs and YES to chores?

Why did your Mom marry your dad?
>>1. My dad makes the best spaghetti in the world. And my Mom eats a lot.
>>2. She got too old to do anything else with him.
>>3. My grandma says that Mom didn't have her thinking cap on.

Who's the boss at your house?
>>1. Mom doesn't want to be boss, but she has to because dad's such a goofball.
>>2. Mom. You can tell by room inspection. She sees the stuff under the bed.
>>3. I guess Mom is, but only because she has a lot more to do than dad.

What's the difference between moms and dads?
>>1. Moms work at work & work at home, & dads just go to work at work.
>>2. Moms know how to talk to teachers without scaring them.
>>3. Dads are taller & stronger, but moms have all the real power cause that's who you got to ask if you want to sleep over at your friend's.
>>4. Moms have magic, they make you feel better without medicine.

What does your Mom do in her spare time?
>>1. Mothers don't do spare time.
>>2. To hear her tell it, she pays bills all day long.

What would it take to make your Mom perfect?
>>1. On the inside she's already perfect. Outside, I think some kind of plastic surgery.
>>2. Diet. You know, her hair. I'd diet, maybe blue.

If you could change one thing about your Mom, what would it be?
>>1. She has this weird thing about me keeping my room clean. I'd get rid of that.
>>2. I'd make my Mom smarter. Then she would know it was my sister who did itand not me.
>>3. I would like for her to get rid of those invisible eyes on her back.

(with thanks to Vic at Tire Rack for forwarding it on to us)

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Alleged Drunk Man Breaks Into Airport. Happened in Vegas, around 4am Tuesday morning. He stole one of those little luggage tow cars and smashed through a couple fences near the runway area. Also damaged the wing of a small plane.

Woman Takes Potty Break, Falls in Lake. Her name wasn't released after she was rescued from Lake Erie. Would you want your name released?

Toddler's Temper Ousts Family From Plane.

Michiana's Super Mom!

Don't forget, this week and next, Tommie & Craig are looking for the Michiana Super Mom!

Nominate your Mom or Wife by clicking here! She could win a One Hour Massage and Steamy Canopy Mud Wrap from Natural Therapies, and an American Dairy Association Prize Pack!

We love Mom! Do you?
Click here!

The 1st Super Mom will be selected Friday Morning on Tommie & The Bartender on WAOR!

Tuesday, January 23, 2007

One Dumb-Ass Story

Pamela Anderson is trying to keep Colonel Sanders off of your mail! The animal rights activist, who has battled K-F-C for years over the way they treat their chickens, has written a letter to U-S Postmaster General John E. Potter. It's in response to K-F-C's campaign to get legendary chicken-fryer Harlan Sanders' face on a stamp. In the letter, Pamela says, "Honoring a man whose legacy involves breaking animals' bones and scalding animals to death in de-feathering tanks is contrary to the values of most compassionate citizens, and I hope that you'll deny K-F-C's request. How about another Elvis stamp instead?" Sure, why not? A drug addict who died on his toilet trumps Colonel Sanders any day, right? So, she's a big fan of breasts...just not the Original or Extra Crispy ones?

Oscar Nominations Announced Today

Get the list here.

Entertainment News

Sharon Stone's ill-fated thriller Basic Instinct 2 and the Wayans brothers' comedy Little Man topped the nominations Monday for the 27th annual Razzie Awards with seven apiece. Both films were nominated for Worst Picture, along with the fantasies Bloodrayne and Lady in the Water, and the horror thriller The Wickerman. Sharon Stone was nominated for Worst Actress for reprising her role of a diabolical author -- and her "lopsided breasts" earned a nomination for earned a Worst Screen Couple. Also up for Worst Actress are sisters Hilary and Haylie Duff for Material Girls, Lindsay Lohan for Just My Luck, and Jessica Simpson for Employee of the Month. Little Man earned two Worst Actor nominations -- one for Shawn and Marlon Wayans, and the other for Rob Schneider. Other nominees include Nicolas Cage for The Wickerman and Larry, the Cable Guy for his unwatchable Health Inspector movie. Tim Allen is also up in the category for his work on The Santa Clause 3, The Shaggy Dog and Zoom. Picked by the Golden Raspberry Foundation, the Razzie nods traditionally come a day before the Oscar nominations. The Razzie dishonors will be announced Feb. 24, one day before the Oscars.

The Godfather of Soul's body has been moved. James Brown's coffin had been kept in a guarded, climate-controlled room at his South Carolina home since Dec. 30. The singer died of heart failure Christmas Day at age 73. Brown's longtime attorney, Buddy Dallas, isn't saying why the body was moved Thursday, or where it was moved to.

American Idol judges Simon Cowell, Randy Jackson and Paula Abdul said that they're no crueler than usual this year, and that people who audition should know what they're going to get. Cowell told television writers at a news conference Saturday, "If you don't want to hear that, don't show up."

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Agents Find Cocaine in Broccoli Load

Early Labor So Husband Can Watch Bears

Monday, January 22, 2007

Tuesday Rock Roundup

Bruce Springsteen has said he was writing songs for a new album with the E Street Band. Now, Backstreets, the Springsteen fanzine, says recording may have commenced at his home studio in Colts Neck, New Jersey. A spokeswoman for Springsteen was unavailable for comment. His last studio album with the E Street Band was 2002's The Rising.

Reports in London's News of the World that Paul McCartney has agreed to a settlement in his divorce from Heather Mills are not true, according to her lawyers. The paper said Macca agreed to give Mills 63-million dollars and his homes in London and Beverly Hills, California. But a lawyer for Mills says, "There has been no offer made whatsoever at any time to our client, and therefore no settlement has been agreed." Macca and Mills split last May after nearly four years of marriage. They have a three-year old-daughter, Beatrice.

Perez Hilton dot com reported over the weekend that The Police are rumored to be playing their first reunion show at the Coachella music festival near Palm Springs, California, this fall. There have been a number of hints, most notably the use of "Roxanne" as the password for the Coachella Ticketmaster ticket presale. Perez added: "Yeee haw! This has been a long time coming!"

The latest Police reunion rumor has the trio opening the Grammy Awards on February 11th in Los Angeles. A spokeswoman for Sting confirms that there will be two releases in conjunction with the band's 30th anniversary -- The Police Around the World, originally released on video in 1981, will be reissued on D-V-D. And a second box set, Message in a Box Volume Two, will include tracks not featured on the first box. Still no word on when each will be released.

Ozzy Osbourne says his new album will be much better than his last studio album, Down to Earth. He called his last record "just a filler album" in a recent interview with Revolver Magazine. Guitarist Zakk Wylde says this new album is raw and heavy. "We just went in and jammed out the riffs, just like how they made Back in Black and all the Black Sabbath records. I don't need Bob Rock there to tell me what to do, like that 'Vagina Monologues' band Metallica. When you know where you're going, you don't need to ask for directions!"

Ringo Starr appeared in animated form in the 1968 Beatles film Yellow Submarine and he'll return to the cartoon scene later this year in a new film from "Spider-Man" co-creator Stan Lee. Ringo will voice a character based on he himself, and make some new music for the film. Stan Lee tells T-V Guide, "The world doesn't know that Ringo's a great adventurer who has saved civilization many times. They will learn that when they see our little D-V-D." The film, titled Ringo, is due out by the end of the year. I must have this.


Various Artists - 2007 Grammy Nominees
John Mellencamp - Freedom's Road
Kenny Wayne Shepherd - 10 Days Out: Blues From The Backroad [Box Set]


The Guardian DVD Kevin Costner and Demi Moore's Boy Toy in a movie about the Coast Guard. One of those rare films that I actually saw in a theatre. Predictible, but not too bad. Worth seeing. And I can't usually say that about anything with Ashton Kutcher in it.
And the 2-Disc Special Edition of Brokeback Mountain


And one of my personal favorites:

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Friday, January 19, 2007

Nugent = Subtle

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Alleged Carjacker Gets Shot in Buttocks

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- A man trying to steal a car at gunpoint from a couple ended up being shot himself, Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott says. Harold Levar Jeffcoat, 29, was arrested Sunday at the hospital where he was being treated for a gunshot wound to the buttocks, Lott said.

Jeffcoat was shot Saturday night after he stuck a gun into the stomach of a man getting into his car at a Wal-Mart in suburban northeast Richland County and demanded his keys, deputies said.

A woman in the passenger seat pulled a gun from the glove compartment and fired five shots at Jeffcoat, hitting him once, investigators said.

Lott is calling the couple heroes. The sheriff said police don't encourage people to go out and "just start shooting," but they do want people to protect themselves.

Jeffcoat also was wanted for at least nine other armed robberies across Columbia, Lott said.

Thursday, January 18, 2007

1964: The Tribute

Hear our Thursday Morning conversation with the man who plays John Lennon here.

1964: The Tribute is the ultimate snapshot of a real Beatles Concert from the early years...before they stopped touring and lived in the studio. Check it out Saturday Night at the LaPorte Civic Auditorium and/or Sunday Night at the Morris in South Bend. Ticket info, as always, can be found at

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Wednesday, January 17, 2007

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Beatles Auction News

George Harrison's handwritten lyrics to "While My Guitar Gently Weeps" sold this week at auction for 300-thousand dollars. The early draft, whose wording differed slightly from what The Beatles recorded for The White Album -- and included an extra, unused verse -- was the highlight of a Scottsdale, Arizona memorabilia auction that also included a picture of a bird drawn by John Lennon at age 11. That item went for a bit over 30-thousand dollars.

That "lost verse" as penned by George: I look from the wings, at the play you are staging // While my guitar gently weeps // As I'm sitting here, doing nothing but aging // Still my guitar gently weeps.

Tuesday, January 16, 2007

Latest closing information...

...right here, from StormTeam 16.

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2007 is not only a big year for R-E-M because of their upcoming induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame -- it's also big because the band plans to record their first album in more than three years.

Robert Plant's idea to reform his mid-80s R-and-B cover band The Honeydrippers wasn't originally inspired by a couple of benefits gigs. Plant decided to restart the band after talking last year with late Atlantic Records co-founder Ahmet Ertegun at the Montreux Jazz Festival. Plant and Ertegun started discussing what material could be on a second Honeydrippers E-P, and Plant planned on hitting the studio this spring to record. Since Ertegun died last month, Plant has abandoned the idea of making any studio recordings., but he and the Honeydrippers will play at a Valentine's Day charity gig in Dudley, England, to raise money to pay for brain cancer treatments for his neighbor Jackie Jennings.

Rock Star Supernova will kickoff their very first tour tonight in Hollywood, Florida. The six-week trek with Panic Channel will hit some pretty large venues -- larger than Supernova guitarist Gilby Clarke expected. The venues include New York's Radio City Music Hall and the Wachovia Spectrum in Philadelphia. Clarke admits, "Some of them are very big. Some of them are very wishful thinking."

Heaven and Hell -- the name the Ronnie James Dio-era version of Black Sabbath will tour under this year -- have started their own MySpace page.

As we begin another season of American Idol tonight, judge Randy Jackson gives us his all-time pick. "Kelly Clarkson's done the best hands down. I mean her last record sold 10-million copies. What that says to me is that she hit her public square on the bull's-eye, so people believed her. They loved the songs. She had great songs. I think that song 'Breakaway' is a career record. I think 'Breakaway' is the best song ever recorded by any 'Idol' to date on any record." The second best woman ever to appear on American Idol? We have to go with Clay Aiken.


The Smithereens - Meet The Smithereens!
America - Here & Now


Employee of the Month with stand-up comic Dane Cook, Jessica Simpson and Dax Shepard.
Gridiron Gang. The Rock stars in this feel-good sports drama based on a 1993 TV documentary. It's set at Camp Kilpatrick, a juvenile correctional detention facility in the Los Angeles area.
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning. This horror film is a prequel to The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (2003), which was a remake of a 1974 cult favorite.
Season 7 of The King Of Queens

Monday, January 15, 2007

Day 6, Hour 2...

...experienced technical difficulties last night. But Tommie and The Bartender know people, so here's the synopsis of what went down in last night's second episode of the new season of 24:

7:00 - Bauer escapes from Fayed, calls CTU to try and get the airstrike against Assad cancelled. That annoying little guy from Ally McBeal talks the President out of cancelling it.

7:08 - Ahmed, it turns out, is a terrorist in Fayed's network. He returns to his house to retrieve a package that's hidden in a wall that Fayed needs. Jack busts in on Assad, and rescues both Assad, and the man who betrayed Assad. He gets them out seconds before the house is destroyed in a millitary helicopter strike.

7:19 - The President's sister, who is an attorney for an Islamic Organization, and the leader of that organization are visited by the FBI. In a blatant disregard of civil rights, they demand the personnel files for the entire group. She tells them to leave, as they have no warrant, and this is illegal. Then she calls her brother the President about it.

7:25 - Fayed sends a suicide bomber to blow up the LA Subway Station.

7:31 - Assad mand Jack torture the other survivor from the house to learn where Fayed's men are. Assad ends up killing him. Chloe and her only facial expression review the video tape from one of the helicopters involved in the attack on Assad. She sees Jack rescue Assad and one other man.

7:37 - The FBI come back to the Islamic organization with an improper warrant, and the President's sister deletes the files they want. She and the leader of the organization are arrested by the FBI.

7:44 - Ahmed's friend Scott from across the street sees the racist carpenter dude sneak into Ahmed's house. The guy beats Ahmed up, including slamming him into a glass table, which puts a huge chunk of glass in Ahmed's leg. (That will be important in episodes 3 and 4, by the way...) Ahmed shoots the dude and kills him. Then he turns the gun on Scott and tells him to "do what I say".

7:50 - Jack and Assad stop the subway bomber, with Jack kicking him off the train just before the bomb goes off. It still does so, but only the bomber is killed. Assad is following his companion, the handler who delivered him to the train.

7:57 - Fayed hears that the LA Subway bombing didn't go quite as planned...but two other attacks in the USA did, so he dismissed the news as unimportant. CTU learns that Jack stopped the bomber from killing everyone on the train when the conductor reports in on what happened. They find out that Fayed is responsible for all the attacks, and they inform the President.

7:59 - Jack and Assad go after the handler, hoping he will lead them to Fayed.

The Speech

All of it, courtesy of YouTube.

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Friday, January 12, 2007

James Brown Can't Rest In Peace Yet

CNN reports on a subject Craig and I have been discussing in the morning this past week. James Brown's family continues to squabble about his burial, and he's stuck in a sealed casket...waiting...

MLK Monday

On Monday, the country will recognize the Martin Luther King Junior holiday. The Reverend Doctor Martin Luther King Junior was a pastor, crusader and the youngest man ever to win the Nobel Peace Prize. His name has become synonymous with the civil rights struggle.

King was born January 15th, 1929 in Atlanta, where his father was the pastor of a Baptist church. He enrolled in Morehouse College at age 15, and found his calling. Even before graduating with a sociology degree, he was ordained a minister. He learned of Mahatma Gandhi and read about the Indian leader's pacifist philosophy. In 1955, King earned a P-h-D in theology from Boston University.

King became the pastor of the Dexter Avenue Baptist Church in Montgomery, Alabama. At a time when racial segregation was still the law in Southern states, he became involved in local civil rights efforts that became a national movement.

On August 28th, 1963, a quarter-million people marched on Washington, D-C to demand equality in civil rights heard his "I Have a Dream" speech. From the Lincoln Memorial, King said, "I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up, live out the true meaning of its creed. We hold these truths to be self-evident -- that all men are created equal." Two decades after that momentous speech, the third Monday in January was made a federal holiday commemorating his birthday. Since the first observance on January 20th, 1986, it has been an occasion for people to remember King's life and re-dedicate themselves to achieving that dream.

In 1964, at age 35, King was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.

In 1968, King went to Memphis, Tennessee to support a strike by sanitation workers, most of whom were black. On April 4th, he was assassinated while standing on a balcony at the Lorraine Motel. His death sparked riots across America. The Lorraine has since been converted into a national civil rights museum.

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Thursday, January 11, 2007

Lillies for Lily Munster

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Wednesday, January 10, 2007

Pro Football Sells

NFL Fans Are Good Friends to NBC (City News Service via LAT)NBC's first National Football League playoff programming since 1998 helped give the network its first non-Olympics weekly prime-time ratings victory during the official television season since the Friends finale more than two years ago, according to Nielsen Media Research figures.

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Tuesday, January 09, 2007

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Monday, January 08, 2007

Tuesday Rock Roundup

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has announced its Class of 2007. Van Halen, R-E-M and Patti Smith are going in, joined by Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five, and The Ronettes. To be eligible for induction, artists have to release their first single or album at least 25 years before the year of nomination. This year's ceremony will take place on March 12th in New York. It'll be interesting to see what form Van Halen takes, considering how Sammy and Michael are on the Eddie Hate List. The band's third singer, Gary Cherone, is not being a rare move by the Hall that makes sense.

Diamond Dave on the old days: "Van Halen when I was quarterbacking, the classic days, was a dynasty and that music, classic V-H and stuff like this, it's part of you. It's every bit as much a part of you as 'happy birthday to you.'"

Speaking of VH, According to Eddie Van Halen's girlfriend-slash-new publicist, Van Halen will tour this summer. But who the singer will be is the million-dollar question. Eddie says the ball is in David Lee Roth's court if he wants to return to the band yet again. Eddie and his brother Alex have been rehearsing with Eddie's 15-year old son, Wolfgang, on bass.

The D-V-D version of the 2006 film The U-S Versus John Lennon will be released on February 13th. The documentary focuses on the Nixon administration's attempt to deport the former Beatle from America during the run-up to the 1972 election. David Leaf, who co-directed with John Scheinfeld, says the filmmakers attempted to have Lennon himself essentially serve as the narrator through "a lot of visual and musical material [that's] never been heard or seen before."

Roger Daltrey tells us his plans for a Keith Moon bio-pic are moving ahead. "We're still trying to polish up a script. It's looking very promising for a green light, but it's, you know, like all films. There's no point in shooting one frame of film if the script's no good. And I don't want to just make a bio-pic of Keith Moon. It would end up carry-on Keith and I don't want to do that." Mike Myers is set to portray the late Who drummer. Co-producer Nigel Sinclair says, "Roger's dream was to have Mike as the creative force to pull the project together." If all goes according to plan, the film, See Me, Feel Me: Keith Moon Naked for Your Pleasure, will premiere in 2009. Also, Pete Townshend says Endless Wire is not The Who's last album. On his website [] he writes, "Roger Daltrey and I have found a way to work together now, and we will not let it go... I have some ideas for a new record. We need to finish this tour first. It ends in Denmark in July." The Who's next North American leg starts February 23rd in Reno, Nevada.

11 years after their last one, R-E-O Speedwagon are back to work on a new album. Singer Kevin Cronin says that now that the tour is over, they're mixing the last four songs and "discussing video ideas for the first single." They plan to announce the release date shortly. R-E-O Speedwagon's last studio album was 1996's Building the Bridge.

New on CD this week:

John Waite - Downtown - Journey Of A Heart

New on DVD this week:

Crank DVD Chev Chelios (Jason Statham) is a hit man who wakes up one day to find out he has been poisoned in his sleep with something called a Beijing cocktail. The toxin will be lethal unless he can keep his adrenaline level high.

The Illusionist DVD Edward Norton and Paul Giamatti star in this drama about a magician in Vienna circa 1900.

The Night Listener DVD Robin Williams stars as a talk radio host in this drama, adapted from Armistead Maupin's novel, which was based on real life.

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Friday, January 05, 2007

2007 To Be Warmest Year On Record

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Thursday, January 04, 2007

Further Police Evidence

As we reported yesterday, A-and-M Records will mark the 30th anniversary of the release of The Police's 1977 debut single, "Fall Out," this year. The label says, "While we can confirm that there will indeed be something special done to mark the occasion, the depth of the band's involvement still remains undetermined." However, that's not stopping the rumor mill from dishing the dirt. The latest item out of the U-K has the band getting together next month in England to begin rehearsing for a tour that would start in May or June. Sting's spokeswoman was unavailable to comment on this latest rumor.

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Man fights to keep bullet in head

A search warrant has been issued in the US for a potentially vital clue to a violent crime - a bullet lodged in a teenager's head.

Texan prosecutors want the bullet, embedded under the skin in 17-year-old Joshua Bush's forehead, to be removed.

They say it could help convict Mr Bush of the attempted murder of a used-car salesman in a row following a robbery.

The case has raised privacy concerns, with Mr Bush's lawyers fighting to have the bullet remain in his head.

Prosecutors say the 9mm bullet became lodged in the soft fatty tissue in Mr Bush's forehead in a shootout with the car salesman.

Police say Alan Olive returned fire after Mr Bush tried to shoot him.

They say Mr Bush was part of a gang that had tried to take cars from the forecourt.

Identified to police by other gang members, Mr Bush was interviewed.

Mr Olive, a competitive pistol shooter, said a man returned after the police had investigated, threatening to kill him if he gave evidence. The shootout followed.

"I just can't believe I missed him at that distance," Mr Olive says in court papers.

Wednesday, January 03, 2007

Are The Police Finally Reuniting?

It looks as though Genesis isn't the only trio making news this year. The Police, who went their separate ways in 1984, may also be reuniting. A spokesperson for Interscope Geffen A&M Records says, "As the 30th anniversary of the first Police single (Fall Out) approaches, discussions have been underway as to how this will be commemorated. While we can confirm that there will indeed be something special done to mark the occasion, the depth of the band's involvement still remains undetermined." A-and-M will reportedly mark the milestone with an anniversary release in the summer. The last time Sting, Stewart Copeland and Andy Summers performed together was in 2003 at their induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

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Tuesday, January 02, 2007

Lucas Heads Back To Indiana

A day after he led Darth Vader and 200 Star Wars storm- troopers down the streets of Pasadena, California in the Rose Parade, George Lucas goes back to work today. But not just any work...he's starting on the fourth Indiana Jones epic today.

17 years after Harrison Ford mothballed Indy's whip and fedora, Lucas and Steven Spielberg have finally approved a script for the fourth film about the aging adventurer. Filming will take place this year for a planned May 2008 release, just a week before Harrison Ford's 66th birthday. Lucas says "It's going to be fantastic. It's going to be the best one yet".

Tuesday Rock Roundup

This year promises to be a busy one in the classic rock world. A wide array of acts will be on the road, including Eric Clapton, Elton John (who turns 60 in March), The Moody Blues, Allman Brothers Band and, in the fall, Paul McCartney. He is also scheduled to release a new album. The Genesis reunion tour will hit North America in the fall, and everyone is waiting to see if David Lee Roth and Van Halen will reunite one more time. V-H has also been nominated for induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and the class of 2007 will be announced on January 8th.

Tom Petty says that reports of him retiring from music and the road were overblown last year. He tells the L-A Times, "Sometimes people get things wrong or misunderstand." But he adds that all the extra attention he got from a Rolling Stone interview last summer definitely added a little something to the Heartbreakers' 30th anniversary. "I really couldn't have imagined a year like this happening. I didn't see this coming, especially with the way things were just a few years ago." With a feature documentary due on the band this year, Petty says, "You never know how things are going to turn out, and I didn't see [last] year coming, like I said. But maybe [this] year will be even better."

The Eagles have filed suit against a South Korean insurance company that's been using "Desperado" in commercials without permission. Lawyers for Don Henley and Glenn Frey are asking the Korea Life Insurance Company to stop using the tune immediately -- and then fork over a half-million dollars in damages. An official for the company blamed its ad agency, saying, "As far as we know the deal was closed successfully. There might have been a misunderstanding, so we are looking into the matter right now."

Rod Stewart has been made a Commander of the British Empire (C-B-E) by the Queen of England. While that leaves him an aristocratic notch below Sirs Paul McCartney, Elton John, Tom Jones and Cliff Richard, it does put him in the same honorary league as Roger Daltrey, Eric Clapton, Ray Davies, Peter Sellers, Barry Gibb, Petula Clark and Roger Moore. The official ceremony will take place in March.

Will 2007 be the year that four surviving Faces -- Rod Stewart, Ronnie Wood, Ian McLagan and Kenney Jones -- reunite? Wood tells Uncut magazine that he thought they were all for the idea until "I got a call from Mac saying, 'Rod's doing it just for his own benefit. Let's not do it.'" Wood also has some criticism for the singer. "With all the years he's been stranded away from the group thing, he's Hollywood-ified... He's lost the earthiness I know he still has inside him." Stewart, who kicks off an arena tour later this month, has always said he would reunite The Faces for a one-off show or charity event. Woody's latest release, The Essential Crossexion, includes a previously unreleased collaboration with Stewart called "You Strum and I'll Sing."

Classic rock theme cruises are really catching on. Sammy Hagar did his first last year, performing for fans on a ship docked in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. This time., a boat will sail from Southern California to Cabo March 11th through the 18th. Lynyrd Skynyrd's Gimmie Three Days cruise, which also features 38 Special, leaves Miami on Friday. And Melissa Etheridge will provide the entertainment on a weeklong Caribbean Escape cruise being promoted by travel company that serves the lesbian community. The singer-guitarist will perform on the first and last nights of the cruise, which sails out of Fort Lauderdale, Florida on March 25th and returns on April 1st.

Chicago will celebrate its 40th anniversary as a band in 2007. Sax player Walt Parazaider told us recently of a compliment they received from H-B-O sports announcer Larry Merchant, who compared them to one of baseball's most revered figures. (audio)


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The Covenant DVD
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Monday, January 01, 2007

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