Thursday, October 25, 2018

The DIRT - 10.25

BONUS VIDEO: Jack O' Blake

This is amazing! Blake Shelton's face is carved on a pumpkin. 
JAY DeMARCUS: Starting Christian Label
Jay DeMarcus of Rascal Flatts has started a Christian music label. 
He tells Billboard, "It's been a long time coming. I've thought about doing it for several years and the timing just never seemed right, and now the pieces fell into place. When you don't have to force the pieces and they fit together naturally, it pretty much means the timing is spot on. I'm really happy about it."
His first signings are veteran Christian group Avalon and Lauren James, who leads worship at Joel Osteen's megachurch in Houston.


The performer lineup for th52nd annual CMA Awards has added Dierks Bentley with Brothers OsborneFlorida Georgia Line with Bebe RexhaKacey MusgravesPistol Annies and Thomas Rhett.
They join previously announced performers Kelsea BalleriniLuke BryanKenny ChesneyDan and ShayOld DominionCarrie Underwood and Keith Urban.
The CMA Awards, hosted by Carrie and Brad Paisley. will air live from Nashville on November 14th on ABC.

D.A. Of The Day - 10.25

  • WEIRD NEWS: Bird Brained

    A New Hampshire woman is celebrating Thanksgiving a little bit early this year -- after escaping serious injury when she was knocked off her motorcycle by a speeding turkey.
    Jess Downing was cruising down the road on her Kawasaki when she was caught off guard by the wild bird, which flew straight into her, causing the nasty spill. The 24-year-old, who was wearing a helmet and riding gloves, did break her right hand but was otherwise OK.
    In the aftermath, Downing said, “I got to keep the turkey, so that was good." She plans to make a tail mount for her bike with the bird's tail, the only part left intact. 
  • WEIRD NEWS: Butterflies Aren't Free

    A nature-loving Florida woman tried to bring some beauty to her neighborhood, but got smacked down for raising "livestock" -- the butterflies that were drawn to her yard.
    Retired teacher Krissa White planted a so-called butterfly garden six years ago, carefully choosing flowers and other plants that appeal to the colorful insects. But rather than appreciate the festive fluttering, her neighborhood association sent her a registered letter demanding she tear up the garden.
    Nosy neighbors said she was violating a rule says you can't have any animals other than dogs, cats or other household pets on your property. She'll be fined $25 per day as long as the butterflies remain. 
  • WEIRD NEWS: Homeowner Has an Itsy Bitsy Problem

    A California man's plan to kill spiders quickly went up in flames, as did the house he was staying in.
    Firefighters responded to a blaze Tuesday night at a house in Fresno which they say was ignited by a blowtorch thst had been used to kill spiders. The man inside the home was house-sitting for his parents and figured the fire would be the most effective way to kill the arachnids. He was right about that, but he also destroyed the upper level of the house and the attic in the process. Fortunately no one was hurt. (KABC-TV
  • WEIRD NEWS: *Friends* Star Wanted -- Sort Of

    A British police department will be there for you, which is why they're making one thing very clear: Ross from Friends did not steal beer from a restaurant and is not a suspect at this time.
    Social media users had a collective chuckle over a screen grab from the restaurant's surveillance footage which showed a thief who looked like a dead ringer for Friends star David Schwimmer. The Blackpool Police Department shared the photo on Facebook asking for help in identifying the thief, and followers immediately identified the TV star. 
    The photo went viral and led Schwimmer to post his own hilarious video with the caption, "Officers, I swear it wasn't me. As you can see, I was in New York. To the hardworking Blackpool Police, good luck with the investigation. #itwasntme." The police department thanked followers for their many responses but said, "We have investigated this matter thoroughly and have confirmed that David Schwimmer was in America on this date. We're so sorry it has to be this way." (New York Post)

HOTLIST - 10.25

BOMB THREAT: Biden & De Niro latest targets

(UPDATE 8:30 a.m. ET): Authorities confirm that a suspicious package addressed to former Vice President Joe Biden was found at a postal facility in New Castle, Delaware. (NBC News)
Actor Robert De Niro has become the latest recipient of a suspicious package, setting off a bomb scare at his New York address.
Law enforcement says the package, which is similar to the pipe bombs mailed yesterday to top Democrats and CNN's offices, was received at the building which houses the Oscar-winner's Tribeca Grill restaurant. Police safely removed the package early this morning and there was no need to evacuate as the building was unoccupied at the time.

De Niro, like other targets of the explosive devices, has been a vocal critic of President Trump..

TOM ARNOLD: L.A. Prosecutors Call BS

Tom Arnold may or may not ever find out if Donald Trump used the N-word on the set of The Apprentice, but it's a pretty sure thing that Apprentice producer Mark Burnett didn't assault him.
As you may recall, Arnold filed a police report last month alleging that Burnett had attacked him and attempted to choke him at an Emmys party in L.A. Arnold has been working on a TV show trying to find proof that Trump used the N-word, and said that Burnett was angry about it.
But it turns out that multiple witnesses back Burnett's version of events -- that Arnold came running toward him yelling, and that he reached out simply to defend himself. So L.A. prosecutors have declined to pursue charges.


Real Housewives of Beverly Hills castoff Brandi Glanville is feeling shaken and stirred -- after an intruder robbed her home as she and her family slept.
Brandi broke the news on social media, telling followers, "People, be very careful -- set your alarms even when you’re at home. My house was burglarized yesterday while my kids and I were both there. Thank you everyone for your kind words, prayers and best wishes. We are fine thank goodness! But I really appreciate you all for caring!"
She tells Us Weekly, “We have an alarm, but it wasn’t set because we were there and I felt safe in my home because we have a security system and gates. The scariest thing is thinking what could’ve happened if either myself or one of my boys walked in on them in the process of robbing us.”

POWERBALL: Jackpot Jumps to $750 Million

Here we go again, lottery players. Wednesday's Powerball drawing netted no winners, so the jackpot is creeping closer to $1 billion.
Saturday night's Powerball jackpot is now $750 million. One more drawing without a winner and it could jump to $1 billion. It comes on the heals of Tuesday night's $1.5 billion Mega Millions jackpot which was won by someone in South Carolina. That winner has not yet come forward, but the store that sold the ticket has been notified. The owner of KC Mart in Simpsonville will receive $30,000.

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

The Country DIRT - 10.23


Dierks Bentley is getting into the TV business. 
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FOX has given him the green light to produce a pilot about a Nashville bar where singers and songwriters go to chase their dreams. 
Dierks would serve as executive producer.

THOMAS RHETT: Lauren's Geographically Challenged

Thomas Rhett's wife Lauren is a little geographically challenged. 
While watching This Is Us, Thomas decided to throw his bride under the bus by revealing that she wasn't sure where Pittsburgh was located. 

DAN AND SHAY: Headlining Tour

Dan and Shay will roll out a headlining tour next year. 
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They'll get things going in New Orleans on February 28th and wrap up in Calgary, Alberta on April 20th. Morgan Evans will open for the first nine dates, and Chris Lane will open the shows for the remainder of the tour. 
Tickets go on sale Friday. 


Darius Rucker raised nearly $175,000 for the Just Be You non-profit organization during his joint tour with Lady Antebellum over the summer.
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He says, “My mom taught me how important it is to give back when I was young. We didn’t have much growing up, but we always did whatever we could to help others. Continuing to give back has been important to me throughout my whole career, so I love that we were able to do that with this tour.
The program empowers young adults through art therapy, peer mentoring and counseling.
The Summer Plays On tour also benefited Lady Antebellum’s Lady Aid philanthropy. 

FLORIDA GEORGIA LINE: Starting Olivia Early

Little Olivia Hubbard has good taste in cars. Here she is with her mama driving her own whip. 
Tyler Hubbard says, "This is what I get to come home to."
The guys of Florida Georgia Line are spending more time at home as they prepare for their residency in Las Vegas in December. 

D.A. Of The Day - 10.23

  • WEIRD NEWS: Pervert Had President's Permission

    A Southwest Airlines passenger who was arrested for groping a woman sitting in front of him told police he didn't do anything wrong because President Trump said it's OK.
    49-year-old Bruce Alexander was flying Sunday from Houston to Albuquerque when he allegedly grabbed the woman's breast. The victim said she was sleeping and woke up when she felt a hand on her right breast. At first she thought it may have been an accident, but then it happened again. 
    She got up from her seat and yelled at Alexander. She then asked to be moved to another seat. When the plane landed, police met Alexander at the gate and placed him under arrest. He reportedly told officers, "The President of the United States says it’s OK to grab women by their private parts."
    He's charged with abusive sexual contact. 
  • WEIRD NEWS: Chewed Out Over Chewing Gum

    A Swedish man bit off more than he could chew after snatching a pack of gum from a stranger at a classical concert -- only to have her slap him silly when the music stopped.
    The man, whose name was not released, got angry when the woman took out her gum during a quiet passage of Mahler's "Symphony Number Five," so he grabbed the pack and threw it to the floor. She didn't react immediately, but after the orchestra completed the piece, she started a mini-moshpit by grabbing him and smacking him in the face, sparking a full-on brawl.
    A spokesperson for the concert hall said she was concerned about a repeat of that event next month, when the orchestra tackles “Verdi’s Requiem ... [That] could be a high-risk concert actually. Extremely powerful, will awaken strong feelings ”
  • WEIRD NEWS: Immaculate Intrusion

    Two Canadian women managed to make a clean getaway after breaking into a stranger's home to vacuum and tidy up without permission.
    A homeowner in the town of Upper Tantalon, Nova Scotia called cops after a neighbor informed him that two women let themselves in, cleaned the house and left without knowing they had the wrong address. The house had been left unlocked to let that neighbor come in and out to take care of a dog that had been left behind for the weekend.
    After determining that nothing was missing, the "victim" opted not to press charges. Cops issued a statement saying, “Although the house was cleaned for free, RCMP would like to take this opportunity to remind homeowners to ensure their doors are locked at all times," 
  • WEIRD NEWS: The Sky Is Falling

    The owner of a walnut orchard in California made an unusual discovery that would be impossible to break with a nutcracker.
    Authorities have confirmed that a large metal object on the ground is a piece of space junk. More precisely, it's a fuel tank that broke off from a satellite. Vandenberg Air Force Base investigated and discovered that it came from a satellite owned by mobile communications company Iridium.
    The satellite had been in space for 20 years and recently re-entered the Earth's atmosphere. The fuel tank is the first piece of it that has been recovered. 
  • WEIRD NEWS: Robbery, Eat Fresh

    Police in Georgia are looking for a thief who robbed a Subway restaurant but also gave the sandwich chain a ringing endorsement.
    Investigators say 34-year-old Zachary Miller was waiting for his sandwich to be made when he jumped over the counter to steal cash from the register. He ended up fleeing the restaurant with about $100, but he also left without the most important thing...his sandwich.
    As workers waited for police to arrive, Miller took a risk by actually returning to retrieve his sandwich. He made off in a black car and police are still trying to find him. He also has a couple of outstanding warrants.

HOTLIST - 10.23

ROMAN REIGNS: Leaves WWE Due to Leukemia

Roman Reigns must leave the wrestling ring for a bigger battle – against leukemia.
Pro wrestling is 100 percent scripted. However, reality hit Roman Reigns a second time. Fighting back tears, the title-holder shocked Monday night's WWE Raw crowd saying, “I’ve been living with leukemia for 11 years. Because the leukemia is back, I’m going to have to relinquish the universal championship.”
His first diagnosis happened when he was only 22 years old. Now it’s relapsed and the prognosis does not look good. Typically, cancer returns more aggressively. But Roman Reigns declared, “This is by no means a retirement speech. I will beat this. I will be back.”

BOB BARKER: Hospitalized With "Serious" Back Pain

Bob Barker has been hospitalized with "serious" back pain, TMZ reports.
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Paramedics were called to the former Price Is Right host's home Monday afternoon after he woke up "with a major flare in back pain." His manager tells TMZ "his family decided to call in the professionals to transport him to the hospital ... rather than risk it themselves."
The 94-year-old is said to be on the mend. His manager tells People magazine that “he’s awake and alert. He’s resting and going through evaluations.”
Last year, Bob suffered another fall that landed him in the hospital.

AMY SCHUMER: Pregnant With First Child

Amy Schumer is pregnant.
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Eight months after getting hitched, the comedian and new husband Chris Fischer are expecting their first child together. Her friend Jessica Yellin of News Not Noise made the announcement via Instagram Stories today (Monday). Amy referred to the big news on her own Instagram page by photoshopping her face on Meghan Markle's body, and her husband on Prince Harry's body. The royals, too, are expecting their first child together.
Rumors of Amy being pregnant have been circulating for awhile. Hours after the star got married in February, she addressed the speculation, writing, “No I am not pregnant.”