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SOME CRAZY TWISTERS HIT THE MIDWEST YESTERDAY…
Deadly twisters hit three states early yesterday morning, killing at least a dozen people and leaving entire blocks in rubble. Hardest hit was the small southern Illinois town of Harrisburg, where at least six were killed by a tornado scientists estimated was 200 yards wide and had winds of up to 170 miles-per-hour. Also hit hard was the country music tourist destination of Branson, Missouri. Several of the town's famed venues were damaged just before the start of the tourist season. As is often the case in such tragedies, people pulled together to help their neighbors. Nell Cox, a 70-something widowed cancer survivor, saved her neighbor, who is sick with cancer and was literally blow out of bed by the storm.
OH GOOD, NORTH KOREA HAS HALTED THEIR NUKE TESTING (FOR NOW ANYWAY)
North Korea agreed yesterday to halt all nuclear testing and allow nuclear inspectors to visit its Yongbyon nuclear complex. The announcement was made simultaneously by the U.S. State Department and North Korea’s official news agency. It follows talks between U.S. and North Korean diplomats in Beijing last week and it may pave the way for renewed disarmament negotiations with Pyongyang. Meanwhile, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton also said the U.S. will meet with North Korea to finalize details for a proposed package of 240,000 metric tons of food aid. She said close monitoring of the aid would be required.
THEY FOUND THE BODY OF MISSING SEMINOLE COUNTY FIREFIGHTER JERRY PERDOMO YESTERDAY…
A body believed to be a missing Florida firefighter was found in Maine yesterday, just a day after a suspect in the man’s death was arrested. Jerry Perdomo, a husband and father of two, went missing 13 days ago shortly after he traveled in a rental car up the East Coast to visit a friend. His body was discovered in a wooded area. Daniel Porter, 24, was arrested Tuesday in connection with Perdomo’s disappearance. Porter and his girlfriend, Cheyanne Nowak, are believed to be the last people who saw Perdomo alive. A friend of Perdomo's said that he went to Bangor, Maine, to sell prescription pills, and that he'd mentioned someone named "Daniel" previously. But Perdomo’s family said the firefighter had never used or sold drugs.
A U.S. JUDGE HAS STRUCK DOWN THE IDEA OF THOSE NASTY LABELS ON CIGS…
THE OTHER TROUBLED COSTA SHIP ALLEGRA FINALLY DOCKS AFTER FIRE IN THE SEYCHELLES!
The stricken Costa Allegra cruise ship was making its way toward the Seychelles’ main island yesterday and was expected to arrive this morning. High winds and choppy waters were making the journey a slow one. Following an engine room fire three days ago that knocked out power and stranded the ship in the Indian Ocean, a French fishing vessel and two tugboats arrived Tuesday to push the ship to shore. A Seychelles Coast Guard boat was also accompanying the Allegra. The Allegra incident is the second disaster for the Costa cruise line, following the Costa Concordia – which ran aground in January off the coast of Italy, killing at least 25 people.
BEHOLD! THE 12 THINGS THAT WILL BE CHEAPER IN 2012
WATERPROOF CELL PHONES, IT’S ABOUT FRICKIN’ TIME!
It's about time. A company has finally created a smartphone that is waterproof. (Which really means, it's toilet-proof.) Panasonic has introduced the Eluga, which seems to be a nice, thin phone -- that's protected up to a depth of 1 meter or 30 minutes in water. Europe is going to get the phones first -- and we'll have to wait a bit longer to get our hands on it here in America. So, in the meantime, hold on tight to your phone -- especially when you're in the john.
ORLANDO JUST MADE THE TOP 10 CITIES FOR CHEATING LIST EVERYBODY…CONGRATS?
Controversial dating site, Ashley Madison, which encourages married people to cheat on their spouses, recently released a list of the Top 10 Cities For Cheaters. They based it on the number of subscribers in relation to the population of the cities. Yeah, most of us would agree this is seriously messed up, but if you are curious to see how your city ranks, here's the list:
San Antonio, Texas
Salt Lake City, Utah
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
YOUR ‘WHERE THE SUN DON’T SHINE’ NEWS IS BROUGHT TO YOU TODAY BY HOBE SOUND, FL
Rear-ended, in more ways than one! A Florida drunk driver with a sex toy up his bum was arrested last week after slamming into another vehicle from behind. Kevin Brann, 41, had more than five times the legal limit of alcohol in his system when cops busted him Friday. He had urinated in his pants and he had a “sexual anus plug in his rectum,” cops said. Officers hauled his butt to jail on a DUI with property damage charge. Sounds like this guy really hit bottom.
A weightlifting dude who strong-armed a teenager into giving him his smart phone was arrested after his ab tattoo gave him away! Muscle-man Wayne Jones, 49, allegedly approached the 18-year-old victim in Chicago and announced he was robbing the teen of his 4G phone. He lifted his shirt to show his chiseled abs as a threat that he could easily beat the kid up if he didn’t comply. Jones then punched the victim in the face, took the cell phone and ran. The victim told cops his attacker had an image of barbells and the number 400 tattooed on his abs and police were able to quickly get a match on Jones. (The 400 is an apparent reference to how many pounds he can bench press.)
THESE TWO OLD GEEZERS ARE WAY UNDER PAR!
Two elderly golfers in South Florida were arrested after trying to make a hole in one -- by gouging a teenager's back with a metal ball retriever. Ronald E. Richardson and Donald E. Nieto were teed off at the teen because he repeatedly blew an air horn as they were trying to tee off. The 15-year-old ran away each time, but when he returned to get his jacket, the two men attacked him -- but made the mistake of doing it in front of surveillance cameras. They now face child abuse charges!
SURVEY: IS IT EVER OK TO PAY FOR SEX?
In the annual AskMen.com "Great Male Survey," guys were asked:
Is it ever OK to pay for sex?
45% -- No.
26% -- Yes, but only for a crazy sexual experience that wouldn't present itself otherwise.
16% -- Yes, but only as a last resort.
13% -- Yes, it is always OK.
LEFTIES VS. RIGHTIES: HOW WE SEE THINGS DIFFERENTLY
BORN BETWEEN 1981 AND 2000? KEEP READING…
The kids of the millennial generation are all right…or are they? Depends on who you ask, according to a new report, which looked at the increasingly hyper-connected lives of people born between 1981 and 2000. Some respondents said that millennials’ Google-reliant lifestyles and need for instant gratification mean they’re prone to making bad decisions. But others say millennials’ constant access to a wealth of information- as well as their ability to effectively navigate it- makes them informed and resourceful. We’d ask the millennials what THEY think, but they’re too busy on Twitter.
NBA ROUNDUP: MAGIC WIN! LINSANITY CONTINUES…
The New York Knicks on Wednesday used a steady diet of Carmelo Anthony buckets and Jeremy Lin assists to bury the Cleveland Cavaliers 120-103 at Madison Square Garden. Anthony finished with 22 points and Lin chipped in 19 and handed out 13 assists as New York ran its record to 18-18. In more NBA news and notes: the Oklahoma City Thunder continued to roll over their opponents, with Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook leading the charge. Durant had 23 and Westbrook 22 in OKC’s 92-88 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers; Derrick Rose notched 29 as the Chicago Bulls took care of the San Antonio Spurs 96-89; despite (or perhaps because of) the trade rumors swirling around him, Rajon Rondo recorded his third triple-double of the season, scoring 15, grabbing 11 rebounds and dishing out 10 assists to pace the Boston Celtics past the Milwaukee Bucks 102-96; and the Memphis Grizzlies downed the Dallas Mavericks 96-85, but the big story of the game was the fact that Dirk Nowitzki scored only one point and left the game early in the second quarter suffering from tightness in his back. Here are all of the rest of Wednesday night’s scores.
KOBE SCORES 31 POINTS WITH A BROKEN NOSE AND A CONCUSSION!
A broken nose and concussion did not deter a masked Kobe Bryant from punishing the Minnesota Timberwolves by ringing up 31 points in the Los Angeles Lakers 104-85 win on Wednesday. Bryant played wearing a clear mask to protect the broken nose he suffered after a hard foul by Dwyane Wade in Sunday’s NBA All-Star Game, but the extra protection seemed to hurt Minnesota more than the Lakers superstar. The Timberwolves were just the latest victim of the Lakers home court dominance as L.A. ran its Staples Center record to a scary good 15-1.
TIGER GOT A LITTLE TESTY YESETERDAY WHEN ASKED ABOUT HIS WANTING JOIN THE NAVY SEALS…
Tiger Woods got testy with reporters yesterday after playing in the pro-am of the Honda Classic in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. No, the question wasn't about his ex-wife, nor his reported numerous affairs, but an excerpt from a forthcoming book by his ex-coach Hank Haney, in which it's suggested that Tiger considered giving up his golf career to join the Navy SEALs. Back in January, when the book's publication date was announced, Tiger called it "disappointing," said Haney was "unprofessional," and he vowed that he wouldn't read it or discuss it. Yesterday, he stuck to his guns.
USA NABBED THEIR FIRST EVER WIN OVER ITALY YESTERDAY!
It only took the United States national soccer team 78 years and 11 games but on Wednesday the Red, White and Blue beat perennial international powerhouse Italy 1-0 to run their all-time record against the Azzurri to 1-7-3. Clint Dempsey finally ended American soccer fans’ long national nightmare in the 55th minute when he put a low shot past sprawling Italian goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon. The win – albeit in a friendly match – was important for new USA coach Jurgen Klinsmann, who said, “It’s historic for us beating a team of Italy’s level. I think the boys did very, very well. They played great for 90 minutes.”
BREES AND THE SAINTS STILL HAVEN’T COME TO AN AGREEMENT YET…
With the deadline for NFL teams to use their franchise tag rapidly approaching, the New Orleans Saints and quarterback Drew Brees are reportedly nowhere close to coming together on an agreement to offer and sign a long-term contract. If both sides can’t bridge the wide financial gap that apparently exists, the Saints would likely decide to slap the franchise tag on their franchise field general by Monday’s deadline. Last season, Brees was named the league’s offensive player of the year after setting new NFL records in completions (468), yards passing (5,476) and completion percentage (71.2).
THE STEELERS ARE SET TO RELEASE HINES WARD!
The brilliant 14-year career of Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Hines Ward thrilling fans in the Steel City will come to an end sometime in the next two weeks, according to a message posted by team president Art Rooney II on the Steelers website on Wednesday. The message read in part: “We had a conversation today with Hines Ward and informed him that we plan to release him of his contract prior to the start of the 2012 NFL calendar year. Hines has been an integral part of our success since we drafted him in 1998, and we will forever be grateful for what he has helped us achieve.” For his part, Ward strongly suggested his NFL playing days aren’t over when he said, “This isn’t how I wanted this chapter of my career to end. I did everything in my power to remain a Steeler and finish what I started here 14 years ago. I do feel that I still have more football left in me and I’m looking forward to playing in the NFL, again, this upcoming season.”
R.I.P. DAVY JONES L
The Monkees lead singer Davy Jones died yesterday morning after suffering a heart attack. He was 66. The former pop idol passed away at Martin Memorial Hospital in Stuart, Florida. The Monkees, made up of Jones, Micky Dolenz, Michael Nesmith and Peter Tork, were formed in 1965 by TV producers for an NBC series about a rock band. The Monkees went on to produce three number one hits, “Daydream Believer,” “Last Train To Clarksville,” and “I’m A Believer.” Jones is survived by his wife, Jessica, and four daughters from previous marriages.
WHY DID SNOOKI LIE ABOUT BEING KNOCKED UP ANYWAY?
Why has Snooki been lying about her pregnancy? TMZ says it's because the Jersey Shore star "didn't want to jinx anything prior to being three months pregnant." But now that she's reached the milestone, an official announcement is expected soon. The New York Post reports Snooks made a deal with Us Weekly to announce the news on its cover and that she "plans to bankroll her mommy-to-be status into becoming the next Kourtney Kardashian." Snooki's boyfriend Jionni LaValle is allegedly the baby's father.
HEF’S SON HAS OFFICIALLY BEEN CHARGED FOR ROUGHING UP HIS PLAYMATE…IDIOT
Hugh Hefner's son Marston has been formally charged with battery and vandalism after allegedly assaulting his Playboy Playmate girlfriend earlier this month. If convicted, Marston, 21, faces more than a year in jail.
IDOL’S TOP 12 GIRLS PERFORMED LAST NIGHT…ANY EARLY PREDICTIONS?
Jennifer Lopez, Steven Tyler and Randy Jackson welcomed the Top 12 girls for their first live performances on last night's American Idol.
Chelsea Sorrell did "Cowboy Casanova" by Carrie Underwood. Steven said she needed to watch her timing.
Skylar Laine did "Stay With Me" by The Faces. Randy called Skylar a rocking mix of Kelly Clarkson and Reba McEntire.
Jessica Sanchez did "Love You I Do" by Jennifer Hudson. She had the judges on their feet.
Hollie Cavanagh did "Reflection" by Christina Aguilera. Jennifer called Hollie a front-runner.
Hallie Day did "Feelin' Good" by Nina Simone. Steven said he loved her old-fashioned voice.
Shannon Magrane did "Go Light Your World" by Kathy Triccoli. Randy said she came out swinging.
Jen Hirsh did "One and Only" by Adele. Steven loved her confidence.
Brielle Von Hugel did "Sittin' on the Dock of the Bay" by Otis Redding. Randy loved her swagger.
Haley Johnson did "Sweet Dreams" by Eurythmics. Randy said it was more a nightmare than dream.
Baylie Brown did "Amazed" by Lonestar. Steven and J-Lo agreed that it was a bad song choice.
Erika Van Pelt did "What About Love" by Heart. Steven said she nailed it. Randy loved her "Adele vibe."
Elise Testone also did "One and Only" by Adele. Steven said she blew it out of the water.
IS GEORGE CLOONEY GAY? NAH, BUT HE DOESN’T MIND IF PEOPLE THINK HE IS
George Clooney is secure with his sexuality. The actor tells The Advocate that he doesn't care if people think he isn't straight. "My private life is private, and I'm very happy in it. Who does it hurt if someone thinks I'm gay? I'll be long dead and there will still be people who say I was gay." George says he has no problem playing a gay character, either. "I'm certainly not avoiding it. Whether it's about being gay or it just happens to have a gay character, if it's a great screenplay, let's go do it."
WHITNEY HOUSTON AND HER $500K WORTH OF JEWELS ARE BEING PROTECTED BY CONCRETE!
The latest big question surrounding Whitney Houston's death and laying to rest is ... how is her casket being guarded. We reported that Houston was supposedly buried in $500,000 worth of jewels (although the funeral home denies those reports) ... so how are Whitney's remains being protected after those reports were released? E! Online did some digging to find out her body and jewels are being protected in light of grave robbery concerns ... which is so morbid ... and what they found might shock you. First, reports circulated that Houston's gravesite was being protected by armed bodyguards, especially since the location, tombstone and value have all been published in public forums. E! reporters tried getting in touch with the Fairview Cemetery in Westfield, N.J., where Houston was buried, but staff refused to talk to any media outlets. E! did, however, speak to sources at a Hollywood cemetery hosting many other fallen stars, and burial specialists there reported that Houston's below-ground burial is an effective tool against grave robbery. Many other celebrities, including Michael Jackson, have their caskets enclosed in concrete prior to their burials. Depending on the level of celebrity, families often choose to have the casket covered in concrete as protection from theft or vandals.
TOO SOON TARGET, TOO SOON…
Target has decided to pull a greeting card that mock Whitney Houston's turbulent marriage and life. The card was available for a while ... long before Whitney Houston died ... and it made light of the fact Whitney Houston's life spiraled out of control whens he started seeing Bobby Brown. The card in question said, "Next time you think of dating the bad boy, consider Whitney Houston." Since Houston's passing, Target has deemed the card too offensive and began removing the item from stores once complaints came flooding in.
ALEC BALDWIN DROPS THE WORD “PUSSY” IN HIS FIRSY 2 MINUTES OF HOSTING LIVE! WITH KELLY RIPA!
Alec Baldwin let slip an expletive on live TV yesterday. While co-hosting Live With Kelly!, the actor talked about his last appearance on the show with guests Hasim Rahman and Lennox Lewis. Alec said, "I was sitting between these two guys. They were both the size of a car." Kelly Ripa added that she jokingly told the boxers during a commercial break that Baldwin could beat them up. "Yeah. I would lean into one guy and I would say, 'He just told me that he thinks you're a [rhymes with wussy].'" Kelly nervously giggled and then quickly changed the topic.
TIM TEBOW & TAYLOR SWIFT WENT OUT ON A DATE!
Another hot story about Taylor Swift's personal life has surfaced and this could quite possibly be a match made in heaven. The latest reported suitor of Swift? That would be NFL favorite Tim Tebow. Reports say the two met for dinner in L.A. on Monday ... and the pair arrived at the restaurant together. Tebow reportedly walked Swift out after dinner, and then returned to the table to join two other people. A source said the two other people looked like they could have been their agents. Many Hollywood couples have been set up by their agents, so there's nothing out of the ordinary about that scenario. The pair was also seen chatting at the WME pre-Oscar party on Friday.
SOME DUMBASS DOWN IN BRAZIL TRIED TO USE JACK NICHOLSON’S ID TO OPEN A NEW BANK ACCOUNT!
There's only one Jack Nicholson! But apparently one Brazilian man didn't get that memo. Ricardo Sergio Freire de Barros was arrested Tuesday after trying to open a bank account with a fake ID bearing a photo of the Oscar-winning actor. De Barros was charged with use of false documents and falsification of a public document. Making things even more obvious -- the photo he used was a famous portrait first published in Entertainment Weekly in 2003.
LILO’S DOING SNL THIS WEEKEND…WILL YOU WATCH? HERE ARE THE PROMOS
DAVE GROHL’S VOCAL REST FORCES THE FOOS TO CANCEL ALL OF JAPAN!
Foo Fighters have had to cancel their Japanese tour, which was due to kick off next week, because Dave Grohl has been ordered to go on vocal rest. The Japanese promoters issued a statement from the band that says, "It wasn't an easy decision by any stretch, but after carefully considering medical advice, we felt we had no choice. We hate to disappoint our fans in Japan and hope you'll all understand and that we'll see you all in the not too distant future." Foo Fighters are scheduled to return to the road on April 1st at Lollapalooza Chile.
SULLY’S GOING BACK OUT SOLO!
Godsmack singer Sully Erna will kick off a solo tour in March. Only four dates have been announced so far -- March 30th in Sayreville, New Jersey; April 1st in Huntington, New York; April 6th in North Tonawanda, New York; and April 7th in Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania -- but more shows will be announced soon. Erna will be supporting Avalon Live, a live box set due out in late spring. It includes three DVDs, two CDs, a book and more. A single-disc DVD and Blu-ray will be out in the fall.
SEETHER IS GONNA RELEASE A NEW DIGITAL BOX SET!
Seether will be combining all their releases into one digital box set on iTunes. The Seether Collection will include all four of their studio albums, their live album One Cold Night, as well as other assorted tracks. The set comes with special digital artwork and liner notes for each release. The Seether Collection can be downloaded starting Tuesday.
JOE PERRY REVEALS THE NAME OF A NEW AEROSMITH SONG!
Joe Perry has revealed the title of one of the songs Aerosmith is recording. He says he plays acoustic guitar on "Oasis in the Night." He adds that another song, the title of which he won't reveal, features the "nastiest funk rock ever" and is reminiscent of "'Last Child' on steroids." Aerosmith are recording in L.A. and hope to have their album out in the late spring.