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January 2011
Time Marches On
& He’s Still Hard At Work
Man Behind Wikileaks Scandal • Hot Topics of 2010 • OSU’s Justin Blackmon
Private accused in scandalous release of U.S. secrets
A look into Bradley Manning’s past paints different picture than widespread media’s profile
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8 Praiseworthy
Band from Texas focused on exalting Savior with praise & worship
10 Tracy Lawrence
We catch up with the singer almost two decades since major-label debut
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Private accused in scandalous release of U.S. secrets
A look into Bradley Manning’s past paints different picture than widespread media’s profile
By Scott Corbin
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poses with
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photos are
posted online by This
Land Press
to supplement an
about the
young man
of leaking sensitive U.S.
and government
secrets to
an international Web
site that
specializes in such
rescent is a small town in the
farmlands of north-central
Oklahoma, between Guthrie and
Enid. It has had more than its
share of the famous and infamous.
The legendary
Geese Ausbey
of the Harlem
learned his skills on
the hardwood floors
and dirt courts
of the Oklahoma
Nearby is the
now-defunct Kerr
McGee nuclear
plant that employed
Karen Silkwood, a
woman who sought to blow the whistle
on its gross safety violations. She died
in a car crash following a union meeting
in 1974, the year before the plant closed.
The community of less than 1,500
is now named frequently as the
hometown of a young man who might
have revealed the most sensitive, and
potentially damaging, secrets since
former FBI agent Robert Hanssen.
But what took Hanssen 22 years to
accomplish as a spy for Soviet and
Russian intelligence services, Bradley
Manning did in months at age 22.
Manning is the youngest child of
retired U.S. Navy sailor Brian Manning
and Susan, whom he met while
stationed in the United Kingdom.В When
Bradley was in middle school, Brian
moved out of their Crescent home and
to Oklahoma City. Susan eventually
decided to head for her homeland,
taking her 13-year-old son with her.
After high school in a Wales town
with a population a bit smaller than
Durant, Bradley returned to the United
States. He lived with his father briefly
in Oklahoma City, on to Tulsa, then
eventually to Maryland, where he lived
as an openly gay man before joining the
Army in late summer 2007.
Independent journalist Denver Nicks
spent a few summer days in Crescent
to learn more about the boy who would
become the soldier who — depending on
the perspective — sold out his country
for spite or bravely exposed corruption.
First published in September 2010 by
Nicks’ “Private Manning and the
making of WikiLeaks” has been widely
considered the definitive article on
Bradley Manning’s life. Nicks spoke
with several childhood friends from
Crescent Middle School and others who
remembered him from southwest Wales.
As a little boy, Brad was high-strung
and abnormally intelligent. Like his
parents, he has always been smallish.
“We used to think of him kind of like
a cocker spaniel,” said Rhonda Curtis.
“He was just a little nerd,” said
Danielle, Rhonda’s daughter and Brad’s
childhood friend.
As kids, Danielle and Brad rode bikes
around the neighborhood, swam in his
pool, played “Super Mario Brothers” at
her house and “Donkey Kong” at his.
Bring up Bradley Manning in
Crescent, and you’re likely to hear he
was “too smart for his own good.” He
was a promising saxophonist in the
middle-school band, always excelled in
the science fair and starred on the quiz
bowl team. On bus trips to quiz bowl
competitions around Oklahoma, he
and a small group of friends passed the
time talking about ideas and big-picture
questions of right and wrong.
“We’d talk about stuff that, for that
age, was pretty deep,” said Shanée
Watson, who recently graduated
from the Massachusetts Institute of
Technology. “We discussed morality
and philosophy a lot. I know that
sounds weird, but that’s what we did.”
He was polite and obedient in class,
with no disciplinary record at all from
his elementary and middle-school
years. He did not, however, shy away
from confrontation.
“You would say something, and he
would have an opinion, which was a
little unusual for a middle-school kid,”
said principal Rick McCombs, who
was a high-school history teacher and
coach when Brad was in school. “Don’t
get me wrong, we had the cut-ups and
the clowns and the mean ones and
the bullies and those kinds of things,
but this young man actually kind of
thought on his own.”
Brad first expressed an interest
in joining the U.S. military while in
elementary school.
“He was basically really into America,”
said friend Jordan Davis via e-mail. “He
wanted to serve his country.”
Brad’s school-bus ride home was an
hour long, and acquaintances said he
spent most of the trip quietly doing his
homework while other kids had paperball and spit-wad fights.
Johnny Thompson — whose bus stop
was last on the route, just after Brad’s
— recalled a quiet but not exactly antisocial kid.
“After everyone else was gone I’d
actually go over there and talk with him
a little bit,” Thompson said. “He was
pretty nice if you were nice to him.”
Bradley’s friends had no idea about
his biggest secret. He disclosed to his
two closest pals that he was gay when
he informed them he’d be moving very
soon to the United Kingdom. As far
as they knew, he had not made such a
confession to anyone else.
Things didn’t go well for Manning
in Wales. Apparently, he was a
frequent target for bullies and earned a
reputation for not backing down from a
confrontation.В While the article for This
Land Press had Manning “finishing”
high school in Wales, Wikipedia
claimed he dropped out at 16 to move
in with his father in Oklahoma City.
Either way, there was no indication
Manning enjoyed his time in the United
He and his father didn’t get along
well either. That stay lasted only weeks
before he was in Tulsa — at first on
the streets, later on a couch at an old
Crescent friend’s apartment. According
to Nicks, Manning later got his own
place there before becoming a bit of
a drifter. Then, an aunt offered her
nephew, who had yet to turn 18, a place
to stay on the east coast.
He moved to Maryland, taking a few
odd jobs before doing something he’d
talked about since third grade. Even
though he was concerned about the
Army’s policy against homosexuals
serving openly in the military, a
friend in Potomac spoke to Manning
positively about his experiences as a
gay solider. So he signed up.
Basic training was put on hold when
he damaged a nerve in his arm but
finally completed in April 2008. After
being assigned to Fort Huachuca
in southern Arizona, Manning was
reprimanded for saying too much about
operations on his Internet postings.
Still, upon graduation, he was given
a security clearance as an intelligence
analyst. His sense of discretion didn’t
improve much, considering what he
revealed to a reporter from Syracuse
University while at a rally in New York
against Proposition 8, which banned
gay marriage in California.
“I was kicked out of my home, and I
once lost my job [because I am gay],”
he told her. “The world is not moving
fast enough for us at home, work or the
battlefield.” Brad told her that, for him,
the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy is the
worst thing about being in the military.
“I’ve been living a double life,” he said.
After Proposition 8 passed, Brad’s
Facebook wall became a flurry of
activity, much of it related to the gayrights movement, though most updates
were ordinary messages from a happy
young man, newly in love. He spent
the holiday season in the Washington,
D.C., area, and just before Christmas
announced a relationship with a new
boyfriend. He began posting more often
than ever: “Bradley Manning is a happy
bunny.” “Bradley Manning is cuddling
in bed tonight.”
For an active-duty soldier, he was
remarkably transparent about his sexuality
on his Facebook wall. After returning to
base: “Bradley Manning is in the barracks,
alone. I miss you, Tyler!” And, “Bradley
Manning is glad he is working and active
again, yet heartbroken being so far away
from hubby.”
In September 2009, Manning changed
his Facebook status to single and posts
between him and “Tyler” waned,
although they communicated amicably.
The next month, he was deployed to
At first, the main complaint for
Manning was the all-encompassing
dust of Mesopotamia, but other
problems soon arose. He got busted
back to private after a fight with
another soldier, and he was put under
psychiatric watch. But he continued
to be trusted with some of America’s
most sensitive material. Security was
lax enough that Manning brought rewritable compact discs into his office.
While pretending to listen to pop star
Lady Gaga (also a vocal “don’t ask,
don’t tell” opponent), he downloaded
gigabyte after gigabyte of military and
State Department secrets.
How he contacted WikiLeaks and
“information anarchist” Julian Assange
is another unanswered question,
though he’d already sent the files
before starting up a conversation with
someone he thought would be more
sympathetic than he turned out to be.
Army intelligence analyst Private First
Class Bradley E. Manning was sitting at
a computer at Contingency Operating
Station Hammer, east of Baghdad. He
was online, chatting with Adrian Lamo,
an ex-hacker and sometimes-journalist
based in San Francisco.
“Hypothetical question. If you had
free reign over classified networks for
long periods of time … say, 8-9 months
… and you saw incredible things, awful
things … things that belonged in the
public domain, and not on some server
stored in a dark room in Washington,
D.C. … what would you do?”
Manning was probing Lamo for
guidance — and approval.
“I can’t believe what I’m confessing to
you,” he typed.
Even as Manning told all to a stranger
over a military computer network,
Lamo’s call to authorities was what got
him arrested.  Private Manning’s revelations run the
gamut. Topics range from the horrifying
— such as the “Collateral Murder”
video of a U.S. gunship helicopter
shooting Iraqis, including several
apparent noncombatants — to silly
stuff like American diplomats’ memos
that inferred their foreign counterparts
didn’t have great hygiene habits.  Private Bradley E. Manning
As of this writing, formal charges had
not been brought against the young
private. Instead of apologizing for the
actions of previous American leaders,
Washington has been busy apologizing
for the supposedly confidential
criticisms revealed in the leaks. Experts
say hundreds, if not thousands, of
American agents and sympathizers
have been exposed, many put in mortal
danger as a result of Manning’s actions.
Some blame a new political
correctness for the obvious lapse in
security, though soldiers were still
being discharged for violating the
military policy against homosexuals
serving openly under “don’t ask, don’t
tell.” Others blame the policy itself for
driving Manning to treason.
But according to that policy, repealed
only in December, the young man who
didn’t go to great lengths to hide his
homosexuality could not have legally
served in the military. And considering
that his history of indiscretion with
sensitive information didn’t prevent
him from getting such access, it’s a
wonder there is any such thing as a U.S.
Government secret. Perhaps the most
shocking is the U.S. Government is so
careless with its secrets while subjecting
its citizens to body imaging and intensive
pat down procedures at public airports.
EDITOR’S NOTE: For the full story
represented in excerpts here, readers are
encouraged to visit This Land Press at
Band from Texas focused on exalting Savior with praise & worship
By Liz Hendricks
hat started as a back-up
band at University Baptist
Church in Waco is now
making its way toward
the front, and one might say Dutton is
driven by praise.
This band has
spent the past
seven years exalting
Christ, steered by
powerful vocals
and heart-changing
lyrics. And lately,
more people are
starting to listen to
its style of praise
with a rock-and-roll
The band’s name,
selected in honor
of the street that leads to their home
church, has spiritual meaning for Logan
Walter, Brian Patterson, Shane Wilson,
Nathan Jennings and Josh Hicks.
“Dutton Avenue has meant a lot
to us over the years, so that’s why
we chose the name,” said Logan, the
head vocalist.
Leading worship has become more
than a college hobby for Dutton’s
members. Equipped with their own
interpretation of the Gospel, they feel
it is their purpose. It’s obvious Dutton
is a product of a generation that desires
to worship and serve God like never
before. This group is zealous for God’s
Word and aims to help listeners feel the
same way.
“There is nothing I would rather do,”
Logan said. “Leading worship is my
With a voice like Logan’s, there is
no need to find a new career. And the
successful worship leader credits his
father as a pioneer.
“My dad did what we’re doing before
it even existed,” he said
According to Logan, his dad was
leading worship in the 1970s, long
before Chris Tomlin and Charlie Hall
were around. It was a “revolutionary
idea” then, because congregations
hadn’t heard scriptural lyrics other than
those found in hymnals. People latched
on to this idea due to its simplicity — a
catchy melody and truth-filled lyrics.
Those words are vital to Dutton’s
“Corporate worship leaders are held
to a higher standard of lyricism because
the lyrics are going to be projected
on the screen, everybody’s going to
be reading them and singing along,”
Logan said.
As a result, Dutton feels the lyrics
to each of the bands songs must be
theologically and biblically sound.
Logan’s writing process entails reading
through Psalms or a theology book.
When he gets a lyrical idea, he adds
music to it.
He said his style has developed and
matured into something more than
just standing in front of a crowd and
singing. He recently felt convicted to be
more of a worship pastor. Logan feels
that teaching is part of his job, not only
as a leader but as a Christian.
“Directing people to the truths of the
lyrics and where they can be found in
scripture or even sharing something
from my own personal walk with
Christ that may foster a deeper spirit of
worship within a congregation member
— that’s all part of what I’m called to
do,” Logan said.
The singing and song-writing ability
of Dutton — working on a new album
for April release — can’t be denied. As
a band, it’s easy to get lost in the “me”
factor, but Dutton has tried to avoid
that and make it a priority to serve.
Although Dutton has evolved and
changed as a group, the heart is still the
This group has managed to
successfully stay involved in the
community. Members have active roles
in their church, The Heights Baptist
Church, in Richardson.
Logan said his pastor had shared
with them an inspiring question: “If
our church doors closed today, would
anyone notice?”
So they make many efforts to do
community service projects with their
church — painting houses, planting
flowers and other various tasks.
On a more global scale, the band is
involved in World Vision — a Christian
humanitarian organization dedicated
to working with children, families and
communities worldwide to reach their
full potential by tackling the causes
of poverty and injustice. Through
a partnership between Dutton, The
Heights and World Vision, they sponsor
children in Uganda’s Charla-Guerra
to provide water wells, education,
supplies and other needs.
Dutton’s main focus is reaching
young people. Jesus instructed God’s
children to “worship in spirit and
truth” (John 4:24). To reach this nation’s
youth, both must be done very well.
Dutton does.
“We don’t have to be seeker-sensitive
or trite with lyrics,” Logan said. “The
more blatant you are with what you’re
doing and why you are doing it, the
more responsive they will be. Young
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people can differentiate between
something that is fake and what’s real.
You just have to be sold out to what
you’re doing. Otherwise, they will see
right through it and go find something
else other people are selling out to.”
Acts states that unbelievers will come
in and see us worshipping, and they
will fall down on their face and say,
“Truly God is among you.” This group
has done its best to worship that way
— passionately and biblically. Walter
said, it doesn’t matter if you’re singing
an old hymn or a new release. If you
sing it with passion, others will join in
and worship.
The guys of Dutton aren’t singing
and leading worship for personal gain.
The things they have done have been
acts they hoped would further God’s
Psalm 32:8: “I will instruct you and
teach you in the way you should go. I
will counsel you and watch over you.”
The Savior is leading, guiding and
teaching them how to worship. And
because they have obeyed Him, God is
pouring into their lives and abundantly
blessing them — and those who listen.
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charts for the group’s music on the
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Tracy Lawrence
We catch up with the singer almost two
decades since his big major-label debut
By Regina Phillips
The KLBC Buzz Editor
exoma’s KLBC listeners can
catch themselves singing along
with “Paint Me a Birmingham”
and “Time Marches On” now
and again. And country music fans
nationwide still see Tracy Lawrence lit
up on marquee signs.
The country singer, who turns 43
Jan. 27, was a success straight out of
the Atlantic Records gate in January
1992 with the chart-topping “Sticks
and Stones.” Despite moving around
between several recording houses,
Tracy’s career sets on a substantial
He recently called the studio to chat
live on the air with Bob and Scott of
“The KLBC Morning Buzz.” Tracy
was “winding down” 2010 with a Dec.
17 show at Choctaw Event Center.
The Durant venue brought in Tracy
for a two-star show also featuring
Lorrie Morgan to celebrate the “most
wonderful time of the year.”
It’s not the first time those two have
aligned. Tracy and Lorrie did a duet in
2009. They took on “After the Fire is
Gone,” originally by Conway Twitty
and Loretta Lynn, for Lorrie’s “A
Moment in Time” album.
“She asked me to sing on a record
with her, and we’re kind of in the same
circle of folks,” said Tracy, adding the
two have been friends for a long time.
“It was fun to do something with her on
that album.
“We’ve done some shows together
off and on through the years but never
where we’ve gotten on stage and sang
together,” Tracy said, noting the Durant
performance checked that off the list.
Lorrie and Tracy have put out holiday
offerings. Tracy described his as “really
a jazzy kind of Christmas album,” “a
very, very cool record.”
“All Wrapped Up in Christmas”
(October 2007) is one of three Tracy has
released on the Rocky Comfort label
he founded in 2006 with his brother
and manager. That venture paved the
way for Tracy to become the first artist
to have a No. 1 single on a self-owned
label when “Find Out Who Your Friends
Are” climbed to the top of the chart. The
collaboration with Tim McGraw and
Kenny Chesney actually made a recordsetting crawl to the pinnacle. It was his
first since “Time Marches On” (1996),
although a half-dozen subsequent
singles did come close — “Stars Over
Texas,” “Is that a Tear,” “Better Man,
Better Off,” “How a Cowgirl Says
Goodbye,” “Lessons Learned,” and
“Paint Me a Birmingham.”
“[The label] was something that I
wanted to do for a long time,” said
Tracy, whose first 19 singles broke
the top 10 on the country chart. “The
industry kind of pushed me out there,
trying it out for a while, and had some
success out of the box. You know, it’s
funny, when you’re not on anyone’s
radar, it’s a lot easier to slide one
through the cracks. Then somebody
realized that we might actually know
that we knew what we were doing. We
came out of the box with a No. 1 record.
�Find Out Who Your Friends Are’ won
a CMA and an ACM award. Then, we
came back out with a gospel album
(“The Rock,” 2009) and got a Grammy
nomination and had a No. 1 on one of
the gospel charts.
“Since then, it’s gotten a little tougher to
get any airplay, so I actually just signed a
record deal with Stroudavarious Records.
I’m going to be coming out with a new
album [in 2011]. We’re just about three
songs away from being done with it, so
I’m looking forward to getting a new
single out to you guys with a full staff
and everything. Then, I’m going to just let
go of the reins and just write songs and
tour, and see how that works for a while.”
When it comes to a favorite part of his
job, Tracy told Bob he enjoys the balance.
“There’s really nothing like a live
performance. I still love that instant
response from the fans. But I love
making records. You make a record,
and it’s going to be around for a long
time. It’s something that people can
find and buy and enjoy for many, many
years, long after you’re gone. It’s the
same with songwriting. I seem to be in
a better humor when I’m writing a lot,
because it’s kind of like going to the
therapist, except you’re not having to
pay $150 an hour. You’re just kind of
�I seem to be in a better humor when I’m writing a lot, because it’s kind of
like going to the therapist, except you’re not having to pay $150 an hour.’
— Tracy Lawrence
purging yourself of everything in your
mind. It’s pretty gratifying in its own
Tracy said he has about four or five
songs that could be considered his
“signature” tunes fans want to hear in
his set lists.
“�Sticks and Stones,’ obviously, the first
one. �Alibis’ was another one of those
corner pieces. �Time Marches On.’ �Paint
Me a Birmingham’ was a huge-impact
record that gets a tremendous amount of
response. �Find Out Who Your Friends
Are.’ There are several of them that I was
blessed with that were really big-impact
records over the years.”
Scott asked the singer about what he
looks for when selecting songs to record.
“Something that just strikes a
chord — maybe something that I’ve
experienced. I think that well-crafted
songs really stand out. As long as I’ve
been in the business, hit songs usually
have a special feel to them. You can
usually tell there’s something magical
about a big record. And a lot of times,
it’s that perfect marriage between lyric
and melody that just has that message
at the right time.”
Since it had been a while since Tracy
talked with KLBC, Scott was concerned
how things were going outside the
music business.
“It’s awesome,” Tracy said. “Babies
are growing. I’ve got a 7- and 9-yearold. My 9-year-old daughter is on a
competitive jazz dance team and she’s
really talented. She auditioned for the
�Nutcracker’ here in Nashville and got
a dancing part in it. This is her first big
production, and she’ll be performing
with the National Ballet and National
Symphony, which is pretty exciting.”
Sounds fancy for the kid of a Texasborn, Arkansas-raised singer of country
tunes. Well, he does sing about the
North moving South, South moving
And we’d be willing to bet, if the
world did have a front porch, the ol’
radio by the swing probably would be
playing some Tracy Lawrence songs.
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Kix without trademark mustache?
Blake has big ol’ afterparty • Brad’s hat is a heart-warmer
By Bob McKinzie
to attending Brad Paisley’s concert in
Tulsa. But Kenya has cancer and her
most recent blood count came in low,
so she couldn’t go. Sierra went and
held up a sign for her friend that said,
“Could you sign something for her?” It
got Brad’s attention, so he took off his
Stetson, signed it and said, “Give the
hat to her.” Kenya has 11 more months
of chemotherapy treatments and a hat
she said still smells like Brad to get her
through them — and one pretty cool
best friend.
KLBC 106.3 FM Program Director
Kix Brooks said fans might not
recognize him in “Thrift Store
Cowboy.” That’s because, to get the
movie role, he shaved off his signature
mustache. He said he’s still looking
at himself in the mirror and saying,
“Who’s that guy?” The movie will
be released sometime in 2011. To see
Kix losing the mustache, look it up on
Joe Nichols spent some time in rehab
in 2007, so he admitted he might not be
the guy to ask about Willie Nelson’s
new move to legalize marijuana. But
he said he’s seen the dangers the drug
can cause, and he’s not in favor of
Blake Shelton threw a party after the
inaugural American Country Music
Awards, and all attendees agreed it
was better than the show. He and
some friends — The Band Perry, Reba
McEntire, Easton Corbin, Luke Bryan,
Jerrod Nieman and Jason Aldean
— jammed at the House of Blues in
Las Vegas. Miranda Lambert was also
there, along with Lady Antebellum.
Blake made everyone sing an oldie and
one of their own hits. The Band Perry
sang Queen’s “Fat-Bottomed Girls.”
Jason Aldean, Charles Kelly and Luke
Bryan all sang The Steve Miller Band’s
“The Joker.”
Thousands of fans bought tickets to
Kenny Chesney’s Philadelphia show
for $25 each. But they’ll never get them.
Ticketmaster said it was a computer
error, and all the people who got cheap
tickets can keep their seats if they cough
up an additional $75. Otherwise, they
can have their $25 back.
Tracy Lawrence’s annual Mission
Possible Turkey Fry was a success,
as always. Tracy deep-fried dozens of
turkeys for the homeless. It did rain a
little, but that didn’t stop people from
coming out for the fifth straight year.
Chris Young isn’t above saving a little
money when he can. But the lengths
he’ll go might be surprising. He shared
a photo of himself camping out on a
sidewalk in front of an electronics store
to get some good deals. He spent the
night huddled under a Tennessee Titans
Snuggie. He bought some gifts for his
sister and his father, and snatched up a
55-inch HDTV for himself.
Kix Brooks
Martina McBride is thankful for a
renewed interest in her music. Being
with a new label has her as excited as
she was back when she got her initial
contract. She’s starting work on her first
album for Republic Nashville.
Hank Williams Jr. is making
moonshine. He said he’s been given
the secret recipe of late whiskey maker
Marvin “Popcorn” Sutton and plans
to turn the once illegal formula into
something patrons can buy off the shelf.
Lady Antebellum is under fire
regarding “Need You Now.” Some
people think it sounds too much like
“Eye in the Sky” by The Alan Parsons
Project. So much so, people from Alan
Parsons sent a letter to a magazine
stating Parsons fans are calling the song
a lazy rip-off. No lawyers seemed to be
involved yet.
The Band Perry has its first millionselling single with “If I Die Young.”
The tune came out of a family
songwriting circle. They knew they had
something as the song came together,
but they didn’t know it’d be this big.
Kimberly said the song seems a little
morbid, but it’s really an expression of
contentment. The video had 11 million
YouTube views at last count. It’s also
been the No. 1 country single.
George Strait’s “The Breath You Take”
has become his 83rd top-10 hit. Eddy
Arnold had 92, so George has a little
way to go to beat that.
Seventh-grader Kenya Protthier and
best friend Sierra were looking forward
Sara Evans and husband Jay Barker
have donated $25,000 to the Children’s
Hospital of Alabama. As for their own
children, they had trouble finishing
their Christmas shopping. With all
those kids from their blended families,
it can be a little tough. Sara said, in
2009, Santa somehow managed to get
six bicycles down the chimney and
assembled in the living room, all before
You Are.” The series picks a different
celebrity and researches his or her
ancestry. New episodes return at 7 p.m.
Feb. 4.
Joe Nichols has a greatest-hits package
coming out Jan. 25. It’ll include “The
Shape I’m In,” “Gimmie That Girl”
and everything else fans already know
from him.
Mark Wills needs more surgery.
Recently, he was rushed to the hospital
with a ruptured intestine. He was
minutes from dying, but he’s OK now.
He just needs more work to make sure
everything is reattached, as he put it.
Joe Nichols
Carrie Underwood picked up a Golden
Globe nomination for co-writing a song.
“There’s a Place for Us” is featured in
the latest “Chronicles of Narnia” film.
Gwyneth Paltrow’s 4-year-old son
wants to marry Tim McGraw’s 9year-old daughter after they met
while they’re parents filmed “Country
Strong.” Gwyneth even predicted
Moses and Audrey might get married
someday. Tim said, “Well, he better
make a lot of money.” Moses will be
5 April 8, and Audrey just turned 9 in
December. Someday. Maybe.
Tim McGraw is tracing his family
roots on NBC’s “Who Do You Think
Tim McGraw said he was sort of
angry at Gwyneth Paltrow at the
and Rodeo. Concerts run nightly March
1-20. Sugarland, Zac Brown Band and
Brad Paisley also are slated to play.
Country Music Association Awards.
He said: “Twenty years I’ve been in
the music business and I don’t think
I’ve ever gotten a standing ovation at
the CMAs. And then she walks out
and sings one song, and everybody
stands up.” He was joking about
being upset, by the way.
Billboard released its list of the top
country albums of the year, based on
sales from December 2009-November
2010. The magazine had Lady
Antebellum’s “Need You Now” at
No. 1, followed by Taylor Swift’s
“Fearless.” Lady A’s self-titled debut
was still strong at No. 6. Taylor had
two others on the list — “Speak Now”
at No. 3 and her self-titled at No. 19.
The trio, though, made enough impact
across the board to be named top
country act.
Billboard top country songs of 2010
1. “Love Like Crazy,” Lee Brice
2. “Rain is a Good Thing,” Luke Bryan
3. “Why Don’t We Just Dance,” Josh
4. “All Over Me,” Josh Turner
5. “The Man I Want To Be,” Chris Young
6. “Roll With It,” Easton Corbin
7. “Gimmie That Girl,” Joe Nichols
8. “All About Tonight,” Blake Shelton
9. “Come Back Song,” Darius Rucker
10. “She Won’t Be Lonely Long,” Clay
KLBC’s Country
Top 20 Chart
1. Reba, “Turn on the Radio”
2. Jason Aldean, “My Kinda Party”
3. Tim McGraw, “Felt Good on My Lips”
4. Carrie Underwood, “Mama’s Song”
5. Kenny Chesney, “Somewhere With You”
6. Rascal Flatts, “Why Wait”
7. Keith Urban, “Put You in a Song”
8. Chris Young, “Voices”
9. George Strait, “The Breath You Take”
10. Zac Brown Band, Alan Jackson, “As She’s Walking Away”
11. Luke Bryan, “Someone Else Calling You Baby”
12. Blake Shelton, “Who Are You When I’m Not Looking”
13. Taylor Swift, “Back to December”
14. Lady Antebellum, “Hello World”
15. Billy Currington, “Let Me Down Easy”
16. Toby Keith, “Bullets in the Gun”
17. Brad Paisley, “This is Country Music”
18. Eric Church, “Smoke a Little Smoke”
19. Sunny Sweeney, “From a Table Away”
20. “Wildflower,” The JaneDear Girls
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Blake Shelton venison will be on the
menu at his upcoming wedding to
Miranda Lambert. He also got to pick
some of the music and entertainment,
so that suits him fine.
Miranda Lambert is learning how
her music is touching people’s lives.
At one of her concerts, she met a girl
who’d been in a car wreck. As the girl
was getting painful treatments for her
injuries, her friend brought Miranda’s
albums and they sang along.
Add Trace Adkins, Martina McBride
and Miranda Lambert to the lineup for
this year’s Houston Livestock Show
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retailers. Part of the rant: “Every1 luvs
da album n say its crazy! So wen u hear
folks say they didnt no it was out r there
were hardly any n the store!” His “Just a
Dream” was a 2010 hit.
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Eminem making another movie
Bieber announces unlikely collaboration
Eight years after “8 Mile,” Eminem
has landed another acting gig. The 38year-old rapper will get in the ring as
a welterweight boxer who also fights
tragedy in “Southpaw.” The screenplay
is being written by the creator of FX’s
“Sons of Anarchy,” Kurt Sutter, who
plans to take inspiration from Eminem’s
latest album, “Recovery.” While “8
Mile” was an actual biography about
the rapper’s path to prominence, Sutter
said the boxing film will be more like a
metaphor for the next chapter in his life.
Meanwhile, Eminem — who won an
Oscar for best original song with “Lose
Yourself” from his first movie — leads
Grammy nominees with 10 nods,
including album of the year.
Not that anyone who’ll be affected hasn’t
already been alerted, but Justin Bieber
trading cards are available now.
He’s released a hit single featuring
Ludacris, had the next one remixed with
backing vocals by Usher and just holds
a whole lot of hip-hop connections. But
now Justin Bieber has recorded a song
with country trio Rascal Flatts. Lead
singer Gary Levox told a Nashville
radio station: “It’s actually a really good
song.” The Biebs, via Twitter, said he
loves Rascal Flatts and is honored the
group was making music with him. And
he posted a link to a YouTube video that
played Rascal Flatts’ “My Wish.”
Lady Gaga isn’t being modest about
her upcoming album. She told fans at
a Nov. 26 concert in Poland that “Born
This Way” will be “the greatest album
of this decade.” A bit confusing since
the calendar is rolling into 2011. Still, she
said it’s really good, with an expletive
for emphasis. The leadoff single is set for
February release.
Lady Gaga stirs a lot of pots, but it was a
surprise she’d gotten into the restaurant
business. The 24-year-old singer is a
silent partner in an Italian eatery on New
York’s Upper West Side. The owner said
Liz Hendricks unwrapped a Justin Bieber calendar at the KLBC/Texoma
Cable Advertising Christmas party. Oh boy, was she ever excited.
Gaga and her family were customers
and approached him about investing in
the place.
Nelly surely is hot in herre. The 36year-old rapper blew off some steam on
Twitter, calling out his record label for
disappointing album sales of his new
album. His sixth studio album, “5.0,” was
released Nov. 12 and sold 63,000 copies
in its first week. Not stellar numbers for
an artist whose debut has sold around
9 million copies, followed by more
multiplatinum. He said a record deal is a
50/50 partnership but he’s shouldering
90 percent of the blame. He criticized
Universal Motown for poor promotion
and shipping only 200,000 copies to
We’re Here for the party
Cee-Lo Green appeared on “Chelsea
Lately” the same night it was
announced his hit (censored version
titled “Forget You”) is nominated for
the Grammy record and song of the
year. Host Chelsea Handler told him
a former security guard for the show
claimed he was Cee-Lo’s brother.
Handler said she was being nice and
thought it might help get the singer on
the show if she posed for a photo with
him — poised for a paddle spanking.
Cee-Lo said, “Never settle for second
best.” He only has a sister. He’s also a
35-year-old grandfather since his 20year-old daughter, who appeared on
MTV’s “My Super Sweet 16” a few
years ago, had a son.
After the live CBS Grammy nominations
special, Cee-Lo talked about that song
with the expletive in the name: “It wasn’t
meant to be a radio song. It was meant
to be something with flair and first
impression, and it really took on a life
of its own. And I had no idea it would
become what it is today.”
Bruno Mars is the surprise runner-up
in the Grammy nominations count.
He has seven, although his solo debut
album, “Doo-Wops & Hooligans,” was
released a week outside the eligibility
period. It seems his pen is mighty, and
a collaborative spirit could pay. He’s
on the roster for co-writing Cee-Lo
Green’s “(Forget) You” and B.o.B’s
“Nothin’ On You.”
Katy Perry became the first female artist
in 11 years to take three consecutive
radio singles from one album to the
Billboard Hot 100 summit. The hit trio
includes “California Gurls,” “Teenage
Dream” and “Firework.” The album,
also titled “Teenage Dream,” is
nominated for a Grammy. The previous
Billboard mark was set by Monica with
“The Boy Is Mine,” “The First Night”
and “Angel of Mine.”
All year long!
Katy Perry said Helen Mirren needs
to step off her man. She said it jokingly
in response to talk-show host Ellen
DeGeneres bringing up a photo
featuring the 65-year-old British actress
bathing Perry’s hubby, Russell Brand.
But it’s a peek at a scene from the
remake of 1981’s “Arthur.” After the pic
surfaced, Mirren said Brand gave her a
pair of his underwear.
FYI, Miley Cyrus: Companies pay
celebrities big money to appear in
ads for their products because that
generally makes the public more likely
to purchase those items. Unfortunately,
it appears a pop star’s bong hit caught
on video produces the same results for
a hallucinogen. The video (taken and
sold by Cyrus’ “friends”) was published
online Dec. 10 by TMZ. The celebrity
news outlet then investigated sales of
salvia, which is an herb in the mint family
legal in most states. (Not Oklahoma,
but Texas allows salvia divinorum sales
for 18 and older). Demand for “the stuff
Miley was smoking” tripled for some
California sellers. It can be smoked like
a cigarette or in a pipe too, and chewed.
Salvia produces an intense high, similar
to marijuana and LSD. Syndicated TV
show “The Doctors” offered some insight
regarding salvia’s effects on the brain. Dr.
Michael Yang demonstrated by inhaling
the substance while hooked to diagnostic
equipment. Search for the segment on
Paramore announced Dec. 18 that
brothers and founding members Josh
Farro (guitar) and Zac Farro (drums)
were leaving the band. But the multiplatinum pop-punk group will carry on,
as Hayley Williams and company are
planning a 2011 South American tour.
That white, bejeweled glove Michael
Jackson wore on his Bad tour? It sold for
$330,000 Dec. 4 at an auction in Beverly
Hills. Also at the event, the blue denim
jumpsuit Johnny Cash wore while
rehearsing for his famous San Quentin
prison performance fetched $50,000
(much better than the sales estimate of
$3,000-$5,000). John Lennon’s militarystyle jacket seen in his 1966 Life magazine
photo shoot went for $240,000.
Adam Lambert, “American Idol” Season
8 runner-up, has garnered a Grammy
nomination for best male pop vocal
performance with “Whataya Want From
Me.” With the next batch of hopefuls
waiting in the wings, the singer (who
turns 29 Jan. 29) talked about the Fox
competition and himself: “I believe
�American Idol’ is a dream platform for
any artist. It did not, however, teach me
how to sing or perform. I made music
for years prior to the show but knew
that most major labels wouldn’t be
interested in me as a mainstream pop
artist unless I could develop a legitimate
fan base and prove that I had talent. �Idol’
gave me these opportunities. But I feel I
earned my current success by preparing
and executing a variety of strong
performances every week on the show
and being comfortable being different.”
Lambert has sold almost a million units
counting his 2009 full-length debut (“For
Your Entertainment”), a remix album
and an acoustic EP.
Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich has
tinnitus, a condition that causes constant
ringing in the ears. The 47-year-old said,
now, he’ll never sit down behind a drum
set without protection. of the
Black Eyed Peas also suffers from it. He
said he doesn’t know what silence sounds
like anymore, and music is the only thing
that eases his pain.
Adam “MCA” Yauch of the Beastie
Boys wrote and directed a short film
inspired by the band’s 1987 video for
“(You Gotta) Fight For Your Right (To
Party!).” Premiering at the Sundance
Short Film Festival in January, “Fight
For Your Right Revisited” stars Will
Ferrell, John C. Reilly, Seth Rogen, Jack
Black and Elijah Wood. Yauch, 46, also
is battling cancer.
According to Billboard magazine, Taio
Cruz’s New Year’s Eve performance from
Times Square distinguishes the 28-yearold singer as the first artist to present
John Lennon’s “Imagine” live. Available
on iTunes Jan. 1, sales will benefit Big
Brothers Big Sisters.
YouTube has launched a popularity
contest between more than 50 artists.
Rihanna, Kanye West, Justin Bieber
and OK Go are among the acts trying
to get the most fans to subscribe to
their YouTube channel through Feb. 5.
MyYouTube awards the artists points
for each new subscribing fan who shares
music video clips.
Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band
guitarist Nils Lofgren also is a sports
fan. He sent an open letter to ESPN
Dec. 3 regarding Philadelphia Eagles
quarterback Michael Vick. The 59year-old musician wrote to sports
reporters that he is “so disheartened and
disappointed by your collective, lopsided
praise of Michael Vick due to his recent
spectacular on-field performance.”
That’s because Vick is a year and a half
out of prison after serving 18 months for
involvement in a vicious dogfighting
ring. Lofgren continued: “Just because the
NFL lost its spine and common sense on
this matter doesn’t mean you reporters
have to get in line and go along.” But it
seems fans are willing to overlook Vick’s
off-field transgressions too, since he took
over the lead in online Pro Bowl voting
less than a week after Lofgren’s letter.
Cyndi Lauper has been busy with her
True Colors Fund. In April, she launched
the Give a Damn Campaign to counter
discrimination against the lesbian, gay,
bisexual and transgender community,
gaining support other straight celebrities
such as Pete Wentz, Jason Mraz, Kim
Kardashian, and Sharon and Kelly
Osbourne. Now she’s announced the
True Colors Residence will open in the
summer in Central Harlem. The aim is to
provide a home for LGBT young people
(ages 18-24) who’ve been kicked out or
felt they had to run away. The residency
will be the first permanent housing
facility of its kind in New York. Lauper,
57, has been married to actor David
Thornton since 1991. They have a 13year-old son, Declyn Wallace Thornton.
Lil Wayne already has served his prison
time for a July 2007 gun bust, but his
literal partner in crime is just going
through the court process. Ja Rule
accepted a deal Dec. 13, pleading guilty to
a felony weapon charge. Although formal
sentencing isn’t expected until February,
he agreed to two years imprisonment,
likely to serve 16 months. Lil Wayne also
got a plea bargain that sent him to the
clink March-November.
Billboard’s Pop
Top 20 Chart
1. P!nk, “Raise Your Glass”
2. Katy Perry, “Firework”
3. Ke$ha, “We R Who R”
4. Rihanna, “Only Girl (in the World)”
5. Nelly, “Just a Dream”
6. Bruno Mars, “Grenade”
7. Bruno Mars, “Just the Way You Are”
8. Rihanna ft. Drake, “What’s My Name?”
9. Mike Posner, “Please Don’t Go”
10. Far East Movement, “Like a G6”
11. Black Eyed Peas, “The Time (Dirty Bit)”
12. Usher ft. Pitbull, “DJ Got Us Fallin’ in Love”
13. Trey Songz ft. Nicki Minaj, “Bottoms Up”
14. Enrique Iglesias ft. Ludacris, “Tonight (I’m Lovin’ You)”
15. Edward Maya & Vika Jigulina, “Stereo Love”
16. Chris Brown, “Yeah 3X”
17. The Ready Set, “Love Like Woe”
18. Diddy - Dirty Money, “Coming Home”
19. Far East Movement ft. Ryan Tedder, “Rocketeer”
20. Eminem ft. Lil Wayne, “No Love”
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Jan. 20
Ozzy Osbourne
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American Airlines Center
2500 Victory Ave.
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Kendall Clark has his sights on a DJ job at KLBC/KSEO studios
... But he’s probably just too cute for radio
New Life House ready to help women
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Sen. Josh
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Old 97’s w/The O’s,
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House of Blues
2200 N. Lamar St.
Dallas, TX
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Michael Westbrook, voice of the
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catches the nutcracker at the
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The Coasters,
The Platters, The Drifters
NOFX, The Bouncing Souls,
Cobra Skulls, Old Man Markley
House of Blues
2200 N. Lamar St.
Dallas, TX
(214) 978-BLUE
Jan. 21
Cody Canada & The Departed
Billy Bob’s Texas
2520 Rodeo Plaza
Fort Worth, TX
(817) 624-7117
Jan. 22
Kathy Griffin (comedy)
WinStar Casino
777 Casino Ave.
Thackerville, OK
(800) 622-6317
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Thirty Seconds to Mars
House of Blues
2200 N. Lamar St.
Dallas, TX
(214) 978-BLUE
Feb. 4
Lady Antebellum
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777 Casino Ave.
Thackerville, OK
(800) 622-6317
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Thirty Seconds to Mars
House of Blues
2200 N. Lamar St.
Dallas, TX
(214) 978-BLUE
Feb. 5
Alice in Chains
WinStar Casino
777 Casino Ave.
Thackerville, OK
(800) 622-6317
Jan. 28
Vince Gill
WinStar Casino
777 Casino Ave.
Thackerville, OK
(800) 622-6317
Dane Cook (comedy)
American Airlines Center
2500 Victory Ave.
Dallas, Texas
(214) 373-8000
Josh Abbott
Billy Bob’s Texas
2520 Rodeo Plaza
Fort Worth, TX
(817) 624-7117
Feb. 10
Ozzy Osbourne, Slash
Bank of Oklahoma Center
200 S. Denver Ave.
Tulsa, OK
(866) 7-BOK-CTR
Mingo Fishtrap, Scott McCurry
House of Blues
2200 N. Lamar St.
Dallas, TX
(214) 978-BLUE
Amos Lee
House of Blues
2200 N. Lamar St.
Dallas, TX
(214) 978-BLUE
Jan. 29
Jason Aldean
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200 S. Denver Ave.
Tulsa, OK
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Feb. 11
Alan Jackson
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777 Casino Ave.
Thackerville, OK
(800) 622-6317
Joan Jett, Gin Blossoms
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777 Casino Ave.
Thackerville, OK
(800) 622-6317
Feb. 12
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2200 N. Lamar St.
Dallas, TX
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Tracy Lawrence
Billy Bob’s Texas
2520 Rodeo Plaza
Fort Worth, TX
(817) 624-7117
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Billy Bob’s Texas
2520 Rodeo Plaza
Fort Worth, TX
(817) 624-7117
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Dallas, TX
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Cradle of Filth
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Dallas, TX
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Dallas, TX
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Linkin Park, The Prodigy
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2500 Victory Ave.
Dallas, Texas
(214) 373-8000
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Gary Allan
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777 Casino Ave.
Thackerville, OK
(800) 622-6317
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Dallas, TX
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Behold! Our 2011 projections
By Michelle Pierce
e bid 2010 a fond farewell,
and now we look forward
into the second decade
of the 21st century. What
will it bring? Will it be bigger, better
and stranger? Is that even possible?
(Answer: Probably not.)
To peer into the future, we at The
KLBC Buzz have dusted off our crystal
ball, shuffled our tarot cards and
summoned our spirit guide, Great
Uncle Pali.
In the crossover of the century, “South
Park” and “The Simpsons” team up
in a desperate bid to stay relevant. No
person or group is left unscathed, and
the resulting controversy means the
episode is banned almost as soon as it’s
aired. It immediately becomes the most
torrented episode online, and Internet
memes spread like wildfire. В After years of denying it, several
TV stations do what SyFy did and
just change their names entirely to
divorce themselves from their previous
brands. Bravo becomes RWR, short
for Rich Women Reality. TLC becomes
the Little People and Babies Network.
The History Channel changes to
The Paranormal Network. All three
channels show nothing but reality
shows and the occasional UFO twohour special. В For two solid weeks, the major
networks show nothing but the reality
TV weddings of D-list celebrities. The
rhinestone industry experiences a
serious boom.
Following in the footsteps of Tom
Cruise and Mel Gibson, Denzel
Washington has a complete mental
breakdown during the summer months
and goes absolutely insane. В Katy Perry and Lady Gaga engage in
a dramatic fight to the death for the title
“Queen of Pop.” No one knows exactly
what it will entail, except that it will
involve meat, frogs and lots of other girls. В Hmm. Our own Scottie Wesley said
he loves his iPhone. Yet he insisted on
taking a photo of someone who didn’t
wish to be photographed.
Spurred by the success of “The
Social Network,” Hollywood studios
greenlight movies detailing the
origins of MySpace, YouTube, Twitter
and 4chan. Somehow, they get Jesse
Eisenberg to star in all of them. В Confused movie audiences spend
the entire year trying to distinguish
between the Green Hornet and the
Green Lantern. Comic book geeks froth
with rage as they attempt to explain the
difference for the 500th time.  For the first time, we witness a “War
on Easter” in addition to the “War
on Christmas.” Not surprisingly, it is
almost completely fabricated by the
media, as 99 percent of the world’s
population just can’t work up a good
offended attitude for Easter. В There is a minor zombie outbreak in
New Orleans. Fortunately, the outbreak
is contained and neutralized quickly,
thanks to a group of plucky young
adults who spent way too much time
reading “World War Z” and “The
Zombie Survival Guide.” As a result,
zombie survival courses become
general-education requirements at most
major colleges.  To everyone’s shock, conservative
radio/TV host Glenn Beck and
President Barack Obama become best
friends. Little do they know, this is the
third sign of the coming apocalypse. В After years of whispers and waiting,
we finally get what kids have been
waiting for since “Back to the Future
Part II” came out: hoverboards. When
the hoverboards are released, the
lines around the toy stores are filled
with 30-somethings seeking to finally
make their childhood dreams come
true. Flying cars, sadly, are still in
development. В In a major breakthrough, thanks to
the world’s largest and highest-energy
particle accelerator (Large Hadron
Collider), scientists discover faster-thanlight travel via wormholes, which they
can create via pocket-sized devices.
Instead of using them to explore distant
planets, the scientists immediately
hook them in as transporter devices,
promising “one in every home!”
People will be able to travel
via wormhole to work, school
and the grocery store. Almost
overnight, the transportation
industry collapses. The biggest travel
annoyance will be waiting in line to
use the transporter, and the number of
people who say “Beam me up, Scotty!”
before it’s their turn.  scientists actually will discover a cure
for cancer, but since it happens the
week the iPhone comes out, the medical
breakthrough will be pushed to a note on
CNN’s stream at the bottom of the screen. After the ecological tragedy of the
Deepwater Horizon oil spill, BP cleans
up its act and pioneers new safe
and environmentally sound drilling
technology. Unfortunately, their efforts
are too little, too late, and another oil
well blows, this time just outside the
Gulf of Mexico. It ruptures just one
week before the worst hurricane of the
year hits, and a freak lightning strike
ignites the oil spill. Burning water and
hurricane-force winds attack Florida
and the Caribbean. Haiti just gives up
and moves everybody to other islands.
Miami is utterly destroyed. Some
people see this as an improvement for
Florida. Michael Bay (director of “The
Rock,” “Armageddon,” “Pearl Harbor,”
“Transformers”) buys the film rights.  With the “World of Warcraft”
expansion “Cataclysm” now in stores
everywhere, the recovering economy
teeters dangerously on the brink of
collapse as 12 million people forego
real, paying work to spend January
and February getting their new goblin
rogue to Level 85. В The Transportation
Security Administration grows ever
bolder in its efforts to humiliate — I
mean protect — us. After the full-body
scans and pat-downs prove insufficient,
officials finally decide people must
disrobe completely before proceeding
through security. For the first time ever,
nudists are pleased and happy to fly.
TSA agents perform the procedures for
precisely 12 hours before they realize
most of humanity looks scary naked
and go on strike.  Even though 2011 isn’t an election
year, 2012 is, and candidates get started
with their campaign ads a full year early.
Candidates for president include
Obama, Sarah Palin, Al Franken
and Christine O’Donnell. The
ads start in October 2011. By
December 2011, 90 percent of
Americans with televisions have
either cancelled their cable
subscriptions or just
thrown out their TVs.
The iPhone 5
will make its
debut, and it
will cure AIDS
and cancer,
according to
Steve Jobs.
In somewhat
related news,
In December 2011, extraterrestrials
will make contact with Earth for the
first time. Unfortunately, it will
be to inform us our planet has
been scheduled for demolition
due to planned construction of
an interstellar superhighway.
Although we vehemently
protest this decision, there is
nothing to be done. Only
two people survive the
planet’s destruction,
and one is actually
an alien. The last
thought in most
people’s minds
is: “Holy cow,
that �Hitchhikers
Guide to the
Galaxy’ guy was
Umm, Great Uncle Pali, are you actually kin to
KLBC/Texoma Cable Advertising rep Joe Geisler?
t v mids e a so n net work schedules
Cast changes guest stars coming
“The Early Show” on CBS will debut a new team Jan. 3. Harry Smith and
Maggie Rodriguez will be replaced by Chris Wragge and Erica Hill, and
Marysol Castro will step in as weather forecaster for Dave Price.
The People’s Choice Awards winners will be revealed during a live
broadcast at 8 p.m. Jan. 5 on CBS. Queen Latifah has hosting duties again.
Online voting is open until show night in two categories — favorite new TV
drama and new TV comedy.
The “CSI: Miami” episode airing at 9 p.m. Jan. 9 on CBS was directed by
David Arquette (of “Scream” fame, still actually married to Courteney Cox).
Leelee Sobieski (“Joan of Arc,” “Never Been Kissed”) will guest star on
“The Good Wife” Jan. 11. She’ll play Alexis, girlfriend of the firm’s client’s
son, both of whom are accused of murder. It starts at 9 p.m. on CBS.
See Sarah Rue Jan. 17 on “Rules of Engagement” in a recurring role as
Brenda, a member of Jeff’s softball team. Illusionist Criss Angel also will
appear as himself.
Dan Aykroyd will appear in multiple episodes of CBS legal dramedy “The
Defenders” early in this second half of the season as a judge needing help.
Aykroyd, who voiced Yogi Bear in the December film, originated the “Blues
Brothers” with “Defenders” star Jim Belushi’s late bro, John.
Balthazar Getty will return as Tommy in the 100th episode of “Brothers &
Sisters” in January. He’ll bring a new woman, Rose (Cara Buono, Faye Miller
in “Mad Men”). Both are expected to hang around for at least three episodes
this season, maybe more. Getty said there’s “something really funny in
store.” See the Walker family drama at 9 p.m. Sundays on ABC.
Jennifer Love Hewitt and Betty White star in the Hallmark Hall of Fame
Presentation “The Lost Valentine” to air at 8 p.m. Jan. 30 on CBS.
Jane Lynch of “Glee” soon will be heard on “The Simpsons.” In an episode
titled “Replaceable You,” Lynch will voice Roz, Homer’s new assistant at
Springfield Nuclear Power Plant.
CBS has renewed “The Young and the Restless” for three years. It’s been the
top daytime drama for almost 22 years.
“The Closer” will shut down after Season 7, production of which will
begin in the spring. According to TNT, the decision was made by star Kyra
Sedgwick, who won an Emmy for her interrogation expert Brenda Leigh
Johnson. According to The Buzz editor, this is unfortunate news because the
show is one of the best on television.
“The Biggest Loser” Season 11 will be the last for trainer Jillian Michaels.
Her replacement has been chosen and will be introduced during the next
round. Michaels, who’ll be 37 Feb. 18, said she wants to focus on becoming a
mom (adoption) and doing more charity work.
New series
• “Body of Proof”: 9 p.m. March 29.
Dana Delany (“China Beach,” “Desperate
Housewives”) stars as a top neurosurgeon
forced out of the operating room who
begins working as a medical examiner and
rebuilding her relationship with her daughter.
• “Expedition Impossible”: debut
“later this season.” Teams of three solve
problems while racing across all types of
• “Happy Endings”: debut 9 p.m. April
13. Comedy about a group of pals trying
to remain friends after the two members
who brought them all together break
up on their wedding day. Cast includes
Elisha Cuthbert (“24”) and Zach Knighton
• “Mr. Sunshine”: debut 8:30 p.m.
Feb. 9. Comedy starring Matthew Perry
(“Friends”) as a self-involved manager of
the Sunshine Center, a San Diego sports
arena. The powerful, erratic boss is played
by Allison Janney (“The West Wing”).
• “Off the Map”: debut 9 p.m. Jan.
12. Drama about six doctors who go to a
clinic in the South American jungle to try
to remember why they became doctors.
Executive producers Shonda Rhimes and
Betsy Beers (“Grey’s Anatomy,” “Private
• “Winter Wonderland”: Winter
version of obstacle-course competition
• “The Bachelor”: premiere 7 p.m. Jan. 3
• “Better with You”: new episodes
begin 7:30 p.m. Jan. 5
• “Brothers & Sisters”: new episodes
begin 9 p.m. Jan. 2
• “Castle”: new episodes begin 9 p.m.
Jan. 3
• “Cougar Town”: new episodes begin
8:30 p.m. April 13
• “Desperate Housewives”: new
episodes begin 8 p.m. Jan. 2
• “Grey’s Anatomy”: new episodes
start 8 p.m. Jan. 6
• “The Middle”: new episodes begin 7
p.m. Feb. 9
• “Modern Family”: new episodes
begin 8 p.m. Jan. 5; starting April 13, addition
of “fan favorite” episodes at 9:30 p.m.
• “No Ordinary Family”: new
episodes start 7 p.m. Jan. 4
• “Private Practice”: new episodes
start possibly 9 p.m. Jan. 6
• “Secret Millionaire”: new episodes
7 p.m. March 6
• “V”: new episodes begin 8 p.m. Jan. 4
New series
• “Chaos”: debut 7 p.m. April 1 (taking
over slot after “The Defenders” season
finale). Comedic drama about a group
of rogue CIA spies in the Clandestine
Administration and Oversight Services. Cast
includes Eric Close (“Without a Trace”).
• “Criminal Minds: Suspect
Behavior”: debut 9 p.m. Feb. 16. Spin-off,
of course, starring Forest Whitaker, Janeane
Garafolo, Beau Garrett, Kirsten Vangsness
(Penelope Garcia) and others.
• “Live to Dance”: two-hour debut 7
p.m. Jan. 4; then 7 p.m. Wednesdays starting
Jan. 5. With Paula Abdul as executive
producer, mentor and lead expert, dancers
from all styles, backgrounds and ages
• “Mad Love”: debut 7:30 p.m Feb.
21. Comedy about four New Yorkers, two
falling in love, two despising each other.
Cast includes Jason Biggs (“American Pie”)
and Sarah Chalke (“Scrubs”).
• “$#*! My Dad Says”: 7:30 p.m.
Thursdays through Feb. 17
• “The Amazing Race”: new cycle
premiere 7 p.m. Feb. 20
• “The Big Bang Theory”: 7 p.m.
• “Blue Bloods”: moving Jan. 19 to 9
p.m. Wednesdays; returning Feb. 11 to 9
p.m. Fridays
• “Criminal Minds”: 8 p.m. Wednesdays
• “CSI”: 8 p.m. Thursdays
• “CSI: Miami”: varied time slot
• “CSI: N.Y.”: 8 p.m. Fridays
• “The Defenders”: moving Feb. 4 to 7
p.m. Fridays
• “The Good Wife”: 9 p.m. Tuesdays
• “Hawaii Five-0”: 9 p.m. Mondays
• “How I Met Your Mother”: 7 p.m.
• “Medium”: cancelled; final few
episodes air 7 p.m. Fridays before Feb. 4
• “The Mentalist”: 9 p.m. Thursdays
• “Mike & Molly”: 8:30 p.m. Mondays
• “NCIS”: 7 p.m. Tuesdays
• “NCIS: L.A.”: 8 p.m. Tuesdays
• “Rules of Engagement”: moves
from 7:30 p.m. Mondays to 7:30 p.m.
Thursdays starting Feb. 24 (taking over slot
after “$#*! My Dad Says” season finale)
• “Survivor”: new cycle “Redemption
Island” premiere 7 p.m. Feb. 16
• “Two and a Half Men”: 8 p.m.
• “Undercover Boss”: varied time slot
The CW
New series
• “Shedding for the Wedding”:
debut at 8 p.m. Feb. 23. Hosted by Sara
Rue, 10 overweight engaged couples live
together and compete for their dream
wedding for three months.
• “90210”: new episodes start 7 p.m. Jan.
• “America’s Next Top Model”:
Cycle 16 premiere 7 p.m. Feb. 23
• “Gossip Girl”: new episodes start 8
p.m. Jan. 24
• “Hellcats”: moves to 8 p.m. Tuesdays
starting Jan. 25
• “Life Unexpected”: two-hour
season finale 7 p.m. Jan. 18
• “Nikita”: new episodes start 8 p.m. Jan.
• “One Tree Hill”: new episodes start
7 p.m. Jan. 25
• “Smallville”: new episodes start 7 p.m.
Jan. 28
• “Supernatural”: new episodes start
8 p.m. Jan. 28
• “The Vampire Diaries”: new
episodes start 7 p.m. Jan. 27
New series
• “Bob’s Burgers”: debut 7:30 p.m. Jan.
9. Animated series about a man, his family
and a burger joint.
• “Breaking In”: debut 8:30 p.m. April
6. Comedy set at a digital security firm
starring Christian Slater and Bret Harrison
• “The Chicago Code”: debut 8
p.m. Feb. 7. Police drama about fighting
corruption in the Windy City. Cast includes
Jennifer Beals (“Flashdance,” “The L Word”)
and Delroy Lindo (“Get Shorty,” “Ransom”)
• “Million-Dollar Money Drop”:
actually debuted Dec. 20-23; new episodes
slated 8 p.m. Jan. 4; 7 p.m. Jan. 6 and 13.
• “Mixed Signals”: debut 8:30 p.m. Feb. 8.
Relationship comedy created by Bob Fisher
(“Wedding Crashers”) about three longtime
friends attempting to balance committed
relationships with need for freedom.
• “America’s Most Wanted”: new
episodes start 8 p.m. Jan. 22
• “American Dad”: moving Jan. 16 to
6:30 p.m. Sundays
• “American Idol”: performance
shows 7 p.m. Wednesdays beginning Jan. 19;
results shows 7 p.m. Thursdays
• “Bones”: moving Jan. 20 to 8 p.m.
• “The Cleveland Show”: moving Jan.
9 to 8:30 p.m. Sundays
• “Cops”: new 7 p.m. Jan. 22
• “Family Guy”: new episodes begin 8
p.m. Jan. 9
• “Fringe”: moving Jan. 28 to 8 p.m. Fridays
• “Glee”: special episode following
Super Bowl Feb. 6 (approx. 9:30 p.m.); new
episodes begin 7 p.m. Feb. 8
• “House”: new episodes begin 7 p.m.
Jan. 17
• “Human Target”: two-hour episodes
at 7 p.m. Jan. 5 and 12; off Jan. 19 for
“American Idol” premiere; 8 p.m. Jan. 26,
Feb. 2 and 9
• “Kitchen Nightmares”: season
premiere 7 p.m. Jan. 21
• “Lie to Me”: two-hour episode 7 p.m.
Jan. 10; back to 8 p.m. Jan. 17 until Jan. 31.
• “Raising Hope”: 8 p.m. Tuesdays
beginning Feb. 8
• “The Simpsons”: new episodes begin
7 p.m. Jan. 9
• College football: AT&T Cotton Bowl
7 p.m. Jan. 7
• National Football League: NFC
Division playoff 7 p.m. Jan. 15; NFC Pro
Bowl 6 p.m. Jan. 30; Super Bowl XLV 5 p.m.
Feb. 6
New series
• “America’s Next Great
Restaurant”: debut 8 p.m. March 16.
Contestants compete for chance to own
their own new restaurant chain.
• “The Cape”: two-hour series debut 8
p.m. Jan. 9; regular time slot 8 p.m. Mondays.
Drama about a father who becomes a super
hero to prove his innocence after framed.
• “Harry’s Law”: 9 p.m. Mondays; debut
Jan. 17. From the creator of “The Practice”
and “Boston Legal,” Kathy Bates stars as
Harriet, a patent attorney for 32 years who
opens a practice in a rundown shoe store.
• “Perfect Couples”: 7:30 p.m.
Thursdays; debut Jan. 20. Misadventures of
three couples struggling to find out what
makes the ideal relationship.
• “30 Rock”: moving to 9 p.m. Thursdays;
new episodes start Jan. 20
• “The Biggest Loser: Couples”: 7
p.m. Tuesdays; premier Jan. 4
• “The Celebrity Apprentice”: 8
p.m. Sundays; premiere March 6
• “Chase”: moving Jan. 12 to 8 p.m.
• “Chuck”: 7 p.m. Mondays; new
episodes start Jan. 17
• “Community”: 7 p.m. Thursdays; new
episodes start Jan. 20
• “The Event”: 8 p.m. Mondays; returns
with two-hour episode Feb. 28
• “Law & Order: Los Angeles”: 9
p.m. Tuesdays beginning Feb. 8
• “Law & Order: Special Victims
Unit”: returns with two-hour episode at 8
p.m. Jan. 5; then 9 p.m. Wednesdays
• “The Marriage Ref”: 7 p.m. Sundays,
beginning March 6
• “Minute to Win It”: 7 p.m.
Wednesdays; new episodes start Jan. 5
• “The Office”: moving to 9 p.m., still
Thursdays; new episodes start Jan. 20
• “Outsourced”: moving to 9:30 p.m.,
still Thursdays; new episodes start Jan. 20
• “Parenthood”: four new episodes
at 9 p.m. Tuesdays beginning Jan. 4; moving
March 7 to 9 p.m. Mondays
• “Parks & Recreation”: 8:30 p.m.
Thursdays; new episodes start Jan. 20
• “Who Do You Think You Are?”: 7
p.m. Fridays beginning Jan. 21
• “Californication”: (Showtime)
season premiere 8 p.m. Jan. 9
• “Hot in Cleveland”: (TVLand)
season premiere 9 p.m. Jan. 19
Although January isn’t usually best month for cinematic masterpieces
By Michelle Pierce
Jan. 7
�Season of the Witch’
Starring: Nicolas Cage, Ron Perlman,
Stephen Campbell Moore, Robert
Sheehan, Claire Foy, Ulrich Thomsen,
Stephen Graham, Christopher Lee
Rating: PG-13
(thematic elements,
violence, disturbing
Summary: A
medieval knight
must escort a young
girl, believed to be
a witch, to an abbey
where her powers
will be destroyed.
However, the
journey will pit
the knight and his
companions against an evil they cannot
The Buzz: Wow. This one originally
was supposed to come out in March
2009. But it’s been pushed to January,
the month where movies go to die. It
might be one of those that’s “so bad it’s
good,” but with a move like that, it’s
best just to avoid it.
Jan. 14
�The Dilemma’
Starring: Vince Vaughn, Kevin James,
Jennifer Connelly, Winona Ryder,
Channing Tatum, Queen Latifah
Rating: PG-13 (mature thematic
elements involving sexual content)
Summary: Ronny and Nick have
been best friends since college, and now
they’re partners in an auto design firm,
working on the biggest presentation of
their lives. Everything seems perfect
— until Ronny catches Nick’s wife
out with another man. As his amateur
investigation spirals out of control,
Ronny must decide how to tell his best
friend about the betrayal. As it turns
out though, Nick has a few secrets of
his own.
The Buzz: Kevin James and Vince
Vaughn have some hits and misses. But
considering the release date and the
story material (infidelity is a touchy
subject), it’s probably best just to wait
for the DVD.
�The Green Hornet’
Starring: Seth Rogen, Jay Chou,
Cameron Diaz, Christoph Waltz,
Edward James Olmos, David Harbour,
Tom Wilkinson
Rating: Unavailable
Summary: Britt Reid is a wealthy
party boy, happy to be the son of L.A.’s
most respected media magnate. Then,
his father dies and the reins of the
operation are left in his hands. Along
with Kato, one of his father’s servants,
Britt decides to make something of his
life by fighting crime, becoming the
vigilante known as The Green Hornet.
However, their crime-fighting success
means they earn the wrath of the city’s
most dangerous criminals.
The Buzz: Having never experienced
the original Green Hornet, I can’t say
how faithful this is to the source. Seth
Rogen is funny though, and at the very
least, the trailer looks entertaining. As
a superhero with no powers, only cool
gadgets and a nice car, he looks like a
much less serious Batman. It might be
worth a matinee.
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�The Company Men’
Starring: Ben Affleck, Chris Cooper,
Kevin Costner, Tommy Lee Jones,
Rosemarie DeWitt, Maria Bello, Craig T.
Rating: R (language, brief nudity)
Summary: When three men lose
their jobs due to corporate downsizing,
they’re forced to rethink their positions
and priorities in life, and realize there’s
more to it than chasing the next big
The Buzz: Originally scheduled
for Oct. 22, it’s kind of a surprise this
one was pushed back, considering
the strength of the cast and uplifting
appearance of the trailer. It might be
worth a look-see, but approach with
caution. A major release date shift to
January is rarely a good sign.
�No Strings Attached’
Starring: Ashton Kutcher, Natalie
Portman, Greta Gerwig, Kevin Kline,
Ophelia Lovibond, Ben Lawson,
Chris Bridges, Olivia Thirlby, Jake M.
Johnson, Lake Bell, Guy Brannum, Cary
Rating: Unavailable
Summary: Two best friends agree
to get into a relationship that’s purely
physical, but they soon realize each
wants something more.
The Buzz: It’s hard to say how this
one will turn out. On one hand, it
seems like it’s a somewhat realistic
relationship — people get involved
thinking they know the score, then
something happens to turn it upside
down. On the other hand, the number
of truly good romantic comedies that
come out of Hollywood in a given year
is in the single digits. I automatically
avoid any movie that has Ashton
Kutcher in a starring role, but your
aversion may vary. And people who
like to predict Oscar nominations have
suggested this movie might shoot down
Natalie Portman’s chances for a win
on “Black Swan.” (Reference Eddie
Murphy following “Dreamgirls” with
“Norbit” in 2007.)
Jan. 28
�From Prada to Nada’
Starring: Camilla Belle, Alexa Vega,
Adriana Barraza, Wilmer Valderrama,
Kuno Becker, Nicholas D’Agosto
Rating: Unavailable
Summary: Two sisters are living
the high life in Beverly Hills until
their father dies and leaves them in
ridiculous debt. With everything in
their former life sold to pay bills, they
go live with their aunt in East Los
Angeles. What follows is a fish-outof-water story as the two girls learn
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The Buzz: Comedies like this have
become almost laughably predictable:
They’re rich! Now they’re not! Being
poor is going to teach them how to have
a life better than ever! Unless you just
really, really love the actors, skip this
one. It’s been done. Repeatedly.
�The Mechanic’
Starring: Jason Statham, Ben Foster,
Donald Sutherland, Christa Campbell
Rating: R (strong brutal violence
throughout; language; some sexual
content, nudity)
Summary: Arthur is an elite assassin
known as a “mechanic,” taking out his
targets with efficient and brutal force.
When his mentor is killed, his business
becomes personal for the first time in
his life. Along with the man’s son, who
wants to learn the trade, Arthur goes in
search of answers and revenge.
The Buzz: Watching Jason Statham
fight people and blow up things
for two hours is what made movies
like “The Transporter” and “Crank”
so entertaining. As long as you
aren’t expecting anything more
than a mindless action movie, you’ll
probably enjoy yourself.
�The Rite’
Starring: Anthony Hopkins, Colin
O’Donoghue, Alice Braga, Ciaran
Hinds, Rutger Hauer
Rating: Unavailable
Summary: A skeptical seminary
student attends an exorcism school at the
Vatican, where he meets an unorthodox
priest who shows him the darker side of
the faith. Inspired by true events.
The Buzz: Religious horror movies
seem to be either really creepy or just
laughably bad. With only a trailer to
go on, it’s hard to tell how this one will
fare. But watching the preview alone
after dark is certainly enough to send
a chill up your spine. Still, all things
considered, it probably would be best to
catch this one on DVD.
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Anne Hathaway confessed to latenight host Jimmy Fallon she has, in
her head, written a part for herself
on Fox hit “Glee.” She said: “I would
want to play Kurt’s long-lost aunt, his
mother’s sister, who is also gay, who
comes back to help him deal with his
sexuality, and I would sing �You Are
Not Alone’ from Stephen Sondheim’s
epic show �Into The Woods.’” Fallon
noted she had put a lot of thought
into it. The 28-year-old “Love and
Other Drugs” star laughed and told
him he was conducting her nerdiest
interview ever.
Jennifer Grey suffered a ruptured disc
on the first night of the “Dancing with
the Stars” finale (a few weeks after
partially tearing a knee tendon) and
almost withdrew from competition.
But her doctor used steroids to treat
the injury for which he’d normally
prescribe three or four days of bed
rest. The doc said, once Grey sets
her mind to something, there’s no
stopping her. Obviously not, since the
50-year-old actress won the mirror-ball
trophy with partner Derek Hough.
Two weeks later, the doctor removed a
“huge fragment” from Grey’s back in a
successful operation. The same doctor
had put a titanium plate in her neck
due to a compressed spinal cord. She’d
had chronic pain from a 1987 head-on
crash with Matthew Broderick behind
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a suspicious white spot on her thyroid,
which was cancerous and removed.
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An 11-year-old has been outpicking
Terry Bradshaw in a season-long
competition to see who can best choose
each week’s NFL winners. Markell,
a devoted New Orleans Saints fan
who just finished his last treatment for
osteosarcoma at St. Jude Children’s
Research Hospital, was ahead of
the hall-of-fame quarterback 30-15
to 23-31 as of Dec. 12. The guys from
“Fox NFL Sunday” — Bradshaw,
Michael Strahan, Jimmie Johnson and
the entire on-air crew — welcomed
Markell to the set as part of their
effort to help raise awareness for kids
battling cancer at St. Jude.
Jessica Simpson had to learn the
tuna/chicken (of the sea) correlation
on national TV with help from first
husband Nick Lachey. She’s lived
down that one and stepped up her
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year-old sings “incessantly” and has a
repertoire of approximately 30 songs
(kid ones). Daddy, a country superstar,
said she’s a wonderful singer. She also
loves makeup — blush and lip gloss
— but can’t wear it out of the house. Not
sure if she gets to go glam on the tour
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Prince William and Kate Middleton
are all over the place these days — their
upcoming nuptials, royal duties, fashion,
etc., all favorite entertainment news
topics. Their popularity has inspired
another Brit named Kate to quit her
job as a pharmaceutical assistant to
become a professional Kate Middleton
lookalike. The 21-year-old Kate Bevan
said she’s been told for years she bore
a resemblance to Middleton, but since
the engagement, almost everyone who
comes into the pharmacy comments in
shock and she was stopped four times
one day on her way to buy a sandwich.
Bevan has enrolled in dialect classes
to help her sound more like the royal
fiancé too. But it won’t be a “couple” act.
Bevan is a newlywed, but she said her
husband looks more like Prince Harry
than William.
While at an opening for “How Do
You Know,” star Reese Witherspoon
mentioned a bad date she had. The 34year-old actress said: “I had someone
correct my grammar on a blind date
once, and I knew within the first 10
minutes that the date was over. I don’t
even remember what I said. I probably
said �ain’t.’” Witherspoon has been
with agent Jim Toth for a year, but
added some advice: “Just don’t correct
my grammar. I’m from Tennessee. I
probably say everything wrong.”
Passengers on a Dec. 2 flight from New
York to Kentucky likely had a hang-up
with Josh Duhamel. The flight already
was delayed. Then, when the plane
finally got on the runway, the 38-yearold actor refused several requests to turn
off his BlackBerry, so the pilot turned
around and went back to the gate.
Duhamel was escorted off the aircraft.
The “Transformers” star, who’d passed
the time watching the Cleveland-Miami
NBA matchup in the airport bar, was
“sorry,” according to his rep.
Reese Witherspoon won an Oscar for her
portrayal of June Carter Cash in “Walk
the Line,” performing her own vocals for
the film in front of a live audience. Still,
somehow, Witherspoon said her 11-yearold daughter, Ava, told her momma she
can’t sing. Ava and 7-year-old Deacon
did think it was cool, however, when she
got a black eye while practicing softball
for “How Do You Know.”
Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban get a
lot of spotlight in public, but daughter
Sunday Rose is the star at home. The
43-year-old Oscar-winning actress said,
just before the couple left for the New
York premiere of her latest film (“Rabbit
Hole”), Urban was playing the piano
while Sunday Rose danced around
the living room. Mom reported the 2-
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extended family were getting together
for the holidays. But participation for
her husband, David Duchovny (“X
Files,” “Californication”) would be
limited. The 44-year-old “Spanglish”
star said: “I have a lot of musical
cousins. David will not be singing. We
just encourage David to clap along.”
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Nicole Richie and Joel Madden got
married Dec. 11 under tents at the
home of her father, singer Lionel
Richie. Approximately 130 close
family members and friends attended,
including Benji Madden (the groom’s
twin brother and Good Charlotte
bandmate), Gwen Stefani and Gavin
Rossdale, and Samantha Ronson.
Richie, 29, and Madden, 31, have been
together four years and have two kids
— daughter Harlow Winter Kate,
who turns 3 Jan. 11, and year-old son
Sparrow James Midnight.
New York Yankees outfielder Nick
Swisher and “Better with You” star
Joanna Garcia were married Dec. 11. In
the wedding party were Reba McEntire
(who was the bride’s TV mom), JamieLynn Sigler (“The Sopranos”) and
Lance Bass (�N Sync). Guests including
Garcia’s castmates, Cameron Diaz, and
Swisher’s teammates Alex Rodriguez
and Johnny Damon. The 30-year-old
all-star and 31-year-old actress got
engaged in May.
Ryan Reynolds and Scarlett Johansson
are getting a divorce. The 34-year-old
actor, who was named People’s sexiest
man alive for the third straight time in
2010, and 26-year-old actress/singer
married in a quiet ceremony Sept. 27,
2008, in Reynolds’ native Canada.
Michael C. Hall and Jennifer
Carpenter, who star as brother and
sister on Showtime’s “Dexter,” filed for
divorce. They dated for more than a
year before getting married New Year’s
Eve 2009 but have been separated “for
some time,” according to their reps. The
39-year-old Hall, who won a battle with
Hodgkin’s lymphoma in early 2010,
was married to actress Amy Spanger
2002-06. This was the first marriage for
Carpenter, 31.
Neve Campbell quietly filed for
divorce in June from English actor
John Light. The 37-year-old “Scream”
star and Light, 36, met while filming
“Investigating Sex” (2001) and started
dating in 2005. They got married May
5, 2007. Campbell’s first husband was
fellow Canadian and actor Jeff Colt, to
whom she also was married for three
years, April 1995-May 1998.
Jennifer Jason Leigh filed for divorce
from director Noah Baumbach. The
48-year-old actress best known for
roles in “Fast Times at Ridgemont
High” and “Single White Female”
asked for spousal support and
primary custody of son Rohmer
Emmanuel, born March 17. They met
in 2001 and married in 2005. Most
recently, the two co-wrote the 2010
film “Greenberg” starring Ben Stiller.
Dylan Walsh (“Nip/Tuck”) and
actress Joanna Going, both 47, filed
for divorce. They were married for six
years and have a 7-year-old daughter,
Stella Haven Walsh.
Jim Carrey’s daughter, Jane, and Alex
Santana are calling it quits after a year
of marriage. They have a son, Jackson
Riley, who’ll be 1 Feb. 27. Jane, 23, is a
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as Nitro in the band Blood Money.
Prince William of Wales and Kate
Middleton will wed April 29 at
Westminster Abbey, where Queen
Elizabeth (William’s grandmother)
was married in 1947. William, 28, is
the eldest son of Prince Charles and
the late Princess Diana. Middleton,
who turns 29 Jan. 9, is the daughter
of a former airline officer and flight
attendant who’ve become millionaires
since founding a mail-order company
selling party supplies and decorations.
The betrothed met while attending the
University of St. Andrews.
LeAnn Rimes and Eddie Cibrian got
engaged over the holidays, according to
her rep. The 28-year-old singer/actress
and 37-year-old actor met while filming
Lifetime’s “Northern Lights” and, both
married, began an affair. Cibrian has
two children with his ex — Mason, 7,
and Jake, 3.
Tony Romo is engaged. The 30-yearold Dallas Cowboys quarterback
proposed to Candice Crawford on
her 24th birthday. She’s a former Miss
Missouri USA (2008) and works as a
sports reporter for KDAF in Dallas-Fort
Worth. She’s also the younger sister of
“Gossip Girl” actor Chace Crawford.
The newly betrothed have been dating
since summer 2009.
Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver
Chad Ochocinco is engaged to model
Evelyn Lozada. The groom-to-be
made it to the top four on “Dancing
with the Stars” last spring, then
starred in VH1 reality dating show
“Ochocinco: The Ultimate Catch.”
Lozada, seen on VH1’s “Basketball
Wives,” was in a previous relationship
with former NBA star Antoine
Walker. This is the first engagement
for Ochocinco, who turns 33 Jan. 9.
His last name was Johnson before
he legally changed it to the Spanish
words for his jersey number in 2008.
Bret Michaels is engaged this time.
He proposed on the season finale of
his VH1 reality show to Kristi Gibson
— his on-off girlfriend of 16 years and
mother of his daughters, Raine, 10, and
Jorja Bleu, 5.
Shania Twain, 45, is engaged to Swiss
business executive Frederic Thiebaud.
He’s the ex-husband of the country
singer’s former best friend who had an
affair with Twain’s then-husband, Mutt
Lange. Twain and Lange’s divorce was
finalized in June 2010.
Natalie Portman, 29, is engaged to
choreographer Benjamin Millepied and
expecting her first child. The two met
during production of “Black Swan.”
Playboy founder Hugh Hefner, 84, is
engaged to December 2009 Playmate
Crystal Harris, 24.
Kelsey Grammer is steering toward
marriage with 29-year-old British
flight attendant Kayte Walsh, despite
the pending status of his divorce from
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Housewives of Beverly Hills” and
is the mother of two of Grammer’s
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relationships. Walsh suffered a
miscarriage in fall 2010.
“The Partridge Family” star Danny
Bonaduce, 51, and Amy Railsback, a
28-year-old former substitute teacher
who’s now his manager, were married
Nov. 22 in a private ceremony in Maui.
The groom said he picked out a ring
featuring the couple’s “insignia” — a
$400 sterling silver, diamond-crusted
skull and crossbones. She also got a 1.25
white gold setting since the bride said
her man realized she “might not want to
wear a skull and crossbones every day.”
Jason London (the quarterback in
“Dazed and Confused”) got engaged
just after Thanksgiving to actress Sofia
Karstens. London, 38, who now stars
in SyFy’s “Weather Wars,” is not to be
confused with twin brother Jeremy
London (making summer 2010 news
when he said he was abducted and
forced by his kidnappers to take drugs).
John Travolta and Kelly Preston
welcomed son Benjamin Nov. 23. He
weighed 8 pounds, 3 ounces. Travolta,
56, and Preston, 48, have been married
since September 1991 and have a
daughter, Ella Bleu, born April 3, 2000.
Their eldest, Jett, died Jan. 2, 2009, due
to a seizure while the family was on
vacation in the Bahamas. He was 16.
Jay DeMarcus of Rascal Flatts became a
father Dec. 17. Wife Allison gave birth
three weeks early to Madeline Leigh,
who weighed 6 pounds, 9 ounces.
The 39-year-old dad said he’s already
calling her Maddy. She shares her
mom’s middle name. Allison is a former
Miss Tennessee USA and has served as
a CMT personality. The new parents
met when she appeared in the Rascal
Flatts “These Days” video and were
married May 15, 2004.
Alanis Morissette gave birth Dec. 25 to
son Ever Imre Morissette-Treadway.
The 36-year-old singer and rapper
Mario “Souleye” Treadway were
married May 22.
Stella McCartney, fashion designer
and daughter of Beatles legend Paul
McCartney, gave birth Nov. 23 to
daughter Reiley, who weighed 8 pounds.
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children — son Miller Alasdhair James
(turning 6 Feb. 25), daughter Bailey
Linda Olwyn (4), and son Beckett Robert
Lee (turning 3 Jan. 8).
Ali Larter (“Heroes,” “Resident Evil”)
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Hayes MacArthur. He’s the first for
Larter, who’ll be 35 Feb. 28, and husband
Hayes MacArthur, who stars as Rex in
new NBC comedy “Perfect Couples.”
“Project Runway” judge Nina
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Thanksgiving. Alexander David
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Zac Hanson (the 25-year-old drummer
in sibling group Hanson) and wife Kate
welcomed their second child, daughter
Junia Rosa Ruth, Dec. 15. She weighed
8 pounds, 7 ounces. Their son, John Ira
Shepherd, was born May 27, 2008.
Drea de Matteo and Shooter Jennings
are expecting a baby in the spring. The
actress, who turns 39 Jan. 19, and the
31-year-old Hierophant frontman (and
Waylon Jennings’ son) already have a
daughter, Alabama Gypsyrose, 3. De
Matteo (best known as Adriana on “The
Sopranos” and recently had a run on
“Desperate Housewives”) and Jennings
have been together a while but got
engaged in June 2009.
Autumn Reeser (lab tech/personal
assistant Katie on ABC’s “No Ordinary
Family”) is pregnant. The 30-year-old
actress also known for playing Taylor
Townsend on “The O.C.” married writer/
director Jesse Warren in May 2009.
Cowboy can’t be bucked
OSU wide receiver gets past snag to pull down big honors
By Jim Reagan
o say it has been a memorable year
for Justin Blackmon would be an
understatement. On the field, the
Oklahoma State University wide
receiver just completed a season as good
as any in recent memory. But the redshirt
sophomore had to overcome a midseason bump in the road that could have
jeopardized everything.
He’s now hauled
home the biggest
honors college
football offers for
his position, months
after the 20-yearold was pulled
over for speeding
in Carrollton after
a Monday-night
Dallas Cowboy
football game and
arrested for DUI.
Blackmon apparently has worked
through the off-field snag and, barring
injuries, the former athletic standout
and class president at Ardmore’s
Plainview High School seems a sure bet
for more gridiron greatness.
He told The KLBC Buzz during a
recent phone interview from Orlando,
Fla., he’s not afraid of interactions with
reporters, even so soon after news
outlets splashed headlines and broke
into programming with reports of the
Oct. 26 incident.
“It has its ups and downs,” Blackmon
said. “It’s a lot of fun talking to the
media. I enjoy it. Everything is under
a microscope. You have to think
everything through and think about
every outcome before you do it.”
Blackmon apologized and served a
one-game suspension. He also told the
Associated Press he was embarrassed
about what had happened and took full
responsibility for his actions. Blackmon,
who turns 21 Jan. 9, also vowed to
“redeem himself.”
He has certainly done that on the
football field.
Blackmon’s sophomore season was
spectacular. Almost mind-boggling
were his stats, such as 102 catches for
1,665 yards and 18 touchdowns, despite
missing one game. He also recorded at
least 105 receiving yards in each OSU
game this season.
As a result, the honors have followed.
Blackmon finished fifth in voting for
the Heisman Trophy, which is given
to the nation’s top collegiate player,
and won the Warfield and Biletnikoff
awards, which go to college’s best wide
receiver. He’s a unanimous pick for AllAmerican selection and was named Big
12 offensive player of the year — the
first time a pass catcher has grabbed
that honor.
“I was surprised and feel honored
that I got the opportunity to win that,”
Blackmon said.
His rise to the top of the college
football depth chart wasn’t a complete
Highly regarded out of Plainview
High, Blackmon was recruited by
several major schools and tabbed as
the No. 20 wideout in the country by
Super Prep magazine. He was versatile
as a prepster. Along with racking up
big numbers in receiving, he scored six
special-team touchdowns and ran back
four interceptions for scores.
Blackmon also excelled on the
basketball court. As a junior, he was
selected Lake County Conference most
valuable player.
But the athlete opted to stay in state to
play college football.
“It was between Oklahoma State,
Colorado and Missouri. When I went
and visited (OSU), I thought it was just
a nice place to be. Everyone was nice
and friendly. It just seemed like home to
me. That’s why I made my choice.”
Blackmon’s decision to head to
Stillwater instead of up Interstate 35
to Norman still apparently aggravates
Oklahoma University head football
coach Bob Stoops. Before the Sooners
and Cowboys met in the annual Bedlam
game Nov. 27, Stoops jokingly chided
former OU aide Kevin Sumlin for not
recruiting Blackmon hard enough.
“But ultimately, too, you could say
it’s my fault. I put too much trust in his
opinion,” Stoops quipped to reporters.
Well, Blackmon hoped to break into
the Cowboy lineup sooner than later.
“I went into it knowing there would
be a chance if I could get everything
down and I could learn the offense in
that short period of time. I was there
before the season started. Because of
the offense, I knew I would have the
But 2008 was to be a year of practice,
watching games from the sideline
and learning. Blackmon eventually
redshirted that season.
“I didn’t look down on it. That was
probably the best thing that I could
have done so that I could get bigger,
faster, stronger and learn the offense.”
Blackmon turned some heads in 2009.
As a second-year freshman, he caught
20 balls and scored a few touchdowns.
He also got plenty of help crafting his
game from Dez Bryant, who was at OSU
then, now on the Dallas Cowboys roster.
“He helped me a lot. He told me,
�Every time you step on the field, it is
time to compete. Whether, it is practice,
full pads or no pads.’ That’s what he did,
and that’s what I learned from him.”
At 6-1, 205 pounds, Blackmon said he
tries to pattern his pass-catching after
Terrell Owens.
“I like to think of T.O. just because he
is a big, physical guy, and that’s how
I like to play,” said Blackmon, whose
other pro favorites include a few former
NFL stars, wide receivers Jerry Rice and
Isaac Bruce.
Blackmon’s 2010 All-American season
helped the Cowboys quiet media
experts, many of whom had picked
them to finish near the bottom of the
Big 12 South. Instead, the high-powered
OSU offense helped compile a 10-2
record — good enough for a trip to the
Alamo Bowl.
“We didn’t try to think about the
media and what they were saying at the
first of the season. We had our goals set,
and we just believed in ourselves and
went about it.”
The Cowboys and Sooners closed out
the regular season with their annual
Bedlam matchup. There’s a lot of hype
surrounding the game, but is it really
that much different than the others on
the schedule?
“It’s crazy,” Blackmon said. “No
matter what the records are, it’s always
going to be a big game. And that’s what
I wanted. It’s always going to be close
and interesting.”
He confirmed there’s always trashtalking when the Cowboys and Sooners
go head to head.
His most memorable game so
far was against Colorado Nov. 19,
2009. Blackmon caught the go-ahead
touchdown with 8:11 remaining, and the
Cowboys came away with a 31-28 win.
Blackmon is eligible to leave after
this season for the National Football
League, and pro scouts predict he
would go high in the draft if he decides
to come out. ESPN pro football expert
Mel Kiper expected Blackmon to be a
first-round pick, projecting he’d be the
No. 13 player overall and third-rated
receiver on the board for NFL teams to
consider. At press time, Blackmon was
undecided about turning pro.
If he bolts for the NFL, Blackmon will
face another transition. He admitted the
move from Plainview High to big-time
college football was significant.
“The mental adjustment was the
biggest. Football went from being just
a fall sport where you kind of went on
with your other sports in the winter,
spring and the summer. Now it’s a yearround sport and you’re always around
it. At times, it can get to you, but you
have to be mentally strong.”
Blackmon said he appreciates
Oklahoma State and the way the school
stood behind him during his difficulty
this past season.
“They were really forgiving. They
supported me in that situation and they
backed me up.”
If our short chat was any indication,
Blackmon appears ready to grab all
opportunities that might come his way.
Those, most likely, will be numerous.
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Learn to be content
Don’t get lured asunder by life’s catches and releases
By Gerald Tidwell
etween my daughter’s hospital
room and the elevator is a room
with the door always closed. On
it hangs a sign: “I’d rather be
Who wouldn’t prefer to be sitting
on a creek bank, holding a fishing
pole, hoping a big
catfish will take that
bait? Much more
enjoyable than lying
in a hospital bed
wishing to hear
those wonderful
words: “You can go
home today.”
I looked daily
to see if anything
had changed in the
life of the person
behind the sign.
Where are you in your life? Hopefully,
you’re not lying in some hospital bed
as you read this column. The question,
however, is not to determine the
location where you would happen to be
but to enquire as to your inner stability.
Are you content with where you are
and what you have?
A man can withstand a lot of boredom
and routine if he knows the fundamental
orchestration of his life is right. The more
deeply satisfying a man’s job is, the less
extrinsic excitement he craves. A person
is at one with his Creator, attuned with
reality, sure of his place and purpose
within the large scheme of things, and
is free to be discontented, creatively
discontented with the domestic
arrangements on Earth. If he is rooted
and nourished by a few convictions,
he can be profitably discontented, even
happy, with things as they are.
The great apostle Paul could have
said, “I’d rather be fishing than chained
up in this lousy cell.” But he gave a
remarkable testimony: “I have learned
how to be content (satisfied to the point
I’m not disturbed or disquieted) in
whatever state I am.”
The key word is “learned.” What can
we learn behind the doors of where we
are? Contentment is a learning process
in the school of human experience.
Many of us find a satisfaction and
stability in our work that we discover
nowhere else. It is, normally speaking,
a man’s work that gives direction, drive
and purpose to his existence — the
joy of achievement, the challenge of
the difficult, the feeling that his job
contributes to the common good.
Thomas Carlyle (1795–1881, Scottish
born biographer, historian, philosopher
and author) preached a sermon titled
“The Gospel of Work” — a strange
phrase to many of us. Work often
is regarded as a dreary, inescapable
necessity. But Carlyle knew from bitter
experience that there is gospel — good
news, goodness, healing and even
salvation — in work. When all human
props collapse and sorrow devastates a
man, his work will give him something
to live for. What I am writing about is
not just busy work or a job that simply
exploits human greed. It should be
the sort of work that pays him in life
— wages, more liveliness of heart,
increasing skills, and brings him into a
more meaningful relationship with his
fellow man.
Friendship is another great payoff of
contentment. Scottish philosopher John
McMurry summarized it: “All meaning
full of knowledge is for the sake of
action. All meaningful action is for the
sake of friendship.”
McMurry stated the goal for all our
significant striving is to be capable
of friendship, to be more available to
one another, to be more generous and
long-hearted human beings, and to
be more richly related to one another.
Friendship, said McMurry, is the
medicine of life.
But in the end, the great
contentment in life is our relationship
with God. Jeremiah talked about
“returning to your resting place”
(Jeremiah 50:16). Without doubt, in
this chapter, he’s talking about that
great box the Israelites carried with
them as a standing symbol of God’s
presence in their midst. It contained
the tablets of the law, God’s gracious
gift to his covenant people as an
everlasting reminder God and man
are inseparably linked.
We find purpose and meaning in our
lives when we realize and claim our
personal relationship with the Creator
to whom we are bound not by “kicks”
and feelings or religious emotionalism,
but by God’s covenant of love.
In Jesus Christ, that covenant of love
became flesh and dwelt among us so
Jesus could say, “Come to me and I
will give you rest.” Life in Christ offers
us a wholesome, abiding satisfaction
in being at one with God and in a life
of significant struggle — life attuned
to God in Christ, even in its ordinary
moments. Small parts count, and our
smallest actions can be dedicated to
the enlargement and triumph of love.
Nothing is insignificant to the Christian
man. Every small decision is a call upon
his integrity and obedience.
What about the man behind the
sign? One day, I got off the elevator
and noticed the sign was gone. Either
the man checked out of the hospital
and headed to the creek bank, or he
decided that being in the hospital room
wasn’t all bad and became able to say
with the apostle: “I’ve learned how to
be content.”
texoma talk
State, county governments going through hiring processes
Defendants in two area murder cases file waivers • Youth academy stirs accusations of impropriety
By Scott Corbin
KLBC 106.3 FM News Director
Oklahoma is having
a hard time finding a state medical
examiner. The last two men to actually
hold the job have been forced out under
various clouds of allegations. A Tulsa
doctor was offered the post, only to
have that offer withdrawn by the board,
then offered and refused by that doc.
The latest to be considered for the job
also has some pretty big ethical problems, according to The Daily Oklahoman.
Dr. William Cox spent a month in a
halfway house and was ordered to pay
more than $100,000 in restitution for
taking a cut of funds paid to an Ohio
county (where he was a county coroner)
for autopsies done for other jurisdictions in 1997. In more recent years, he
was charged twice with contempt for
failing to appear in court when subpoenaed, serving about a week in jail in one
case. How difficult is it to find a state
medical examiner? If Oklahoma hires
Cox, the Sooner State will be hiring him
away from Rhode Island, where he’s
the acting chief medical examiner.
Voter perspective on tax
questions varied greatly across a
relatively short geographical distance.
In Pushmataha County, where Antlers
is the seat, extension of the current sales
tax was approved with an overwhelming
79 percent in favor. In Johnston County,
Coleman Public Schools asked district
voters to OK a hike in their property
taxes for two bond issues — $425,000
for construction and renovations, and
$75,000 to buy transportation equipment.
They were shot down 58 percent and 59
percent against.
Durant Main Street
Program has been named one of the
top 10 organizations revitalizing
downtowns in America. Finalists were
named for the 2011 Great American
Main Street Awards. The best of the
bunch will be named in May at a
ceremony in Iowa.
Three Bokchito-area
were injured in a pickup crash after
5:30 p.m. Dec. 13 on a Bryan County
gravel road west of Bennington. Dakota
Wayne Hammond was behind the wheel
when a tire blew on the 1992 Isuzu,
sending the 16-year-old driver and his
two passengers into a tree. Hammond
and Jacob Joseph Dean, also 16, were
wearing their seat belts and suffered
minor injuries. Passenger Dakota Garret
Jackson, 14, wasn’t buckled in and was
more severely hurt. He was airlifted
to Parkland in Dallas with critical
internal, head, arm and leg injuries. He
reportedly had been stabilized.
Phillip A. Yelvington
recently waived his right to a jury trial
and has entered a blind guilty plea.
In July 2009, the 34-year-old claimed
demons ordered him to break into
his new neighbors’ home and kill 25year-old Jason Booker. Booker bled to
death after calling 911, reporting he
had been stabbed. Yelvington could
get life without possibility of parole.
The preliminary hearing was delayed
until April 5.
Jason Lee Belew
his preliminary hearing on firstdegree murder charges in Bryan
County District Court. The 35-year-old
Sherman man is accused of raping,
beating, then strangulating an 11-yearold girl in October 2009 in Cartwright.
Dakota Hughes was staying with her
aunt when the aunt invited Belew to
her home after a night of drinking.
She told deputies she passed out and
found her niece’s lifeless nude body
the next morning.
A skull found by a hunter near
Lake Texoma is human, but how long
it has been there was still unknown at
press time. The Cooke County Sheriff’s
Office took the call from the Delaware
Bend-area of the lake. Authorities
searching the area for further clues
found more bones they believe went
with the skull, which is being studied at
a university anthropology department.
Fannin County
commissioners have been looking for a
new sheriff. Kenneth Moore announced
his resignation and intent to take a job
Jan. 1 with the Collin County district
attorney. Moore took office six years
ago, and one of his top goals was
raising deputy pay to what he called a
living wage. Little movement there, or
prospect of raises in the weak economy,
is what he identified as his prime
motivation for stepping down. His
appointed replacement will serve until
the next election. The field had been
narrowed to four just before Christmas.
Another Fannin County
official lost his job, though this one
involuntarily. The City of Bonham
suspended Fire Chief Bill Palya for
months while the Texas Rangers
conduct an investigation. He was fired
in December, though no reasons or
further insight into the investigation
was given.
A Durant woman who has
“walked in their shoes” is working
to give others the chance to become
productive, happy members of society.
Susie Hicks is the founder and director
of the New Life House. She told KLBC
News she hopes to provide a place for
women with drug dependency away
from influences that might cause them
to relapse. Hicks said the group home
wouldn’t have been possible without
the interest of Ron Cross. After the
Durant businessman and city council
member died, wife Tammy took up
the cause, ensuring there was enough
money to buy the home where these
women are beginning a “new life.”
A historic Texoma
community is for sale. Fink, Texas, is
on the market for $1.5 million. Included
in the asking price are the Finke store,
with cafe, hotel and liquor store,
along with 196 acres. Fred Finke’s
descendants eventually gave the area its
name, though it’s present-day spelling
differs. He moved to the area just east
of what’s now Pottsboro more than
150 years ago. The State of Texas has
designated the fourth Friday in June
as Fink Day, though celebrations have
been sporadic the last several years.
Oklahoma Municipal
League and anti-smoking advocates
want Oklahoma’s towns and cities to
have the option to restrict the habit
even more. Current Oklahoma law
prohibits cities from passing ordinances
that are more restrictive than current
state law. The group pushing for a
change wants towns to be able to
prohibit smoking in bars and the few
restaurants were it’s currently allowed.
The Sooner State
had a shortage of space for juvenile
offenders for a long time. A new
youth academy announced for Ada
is hoped to be a partial solution to
that and the struggles many of these
teens have. The Office of Juvenile
Affairs announced the Pontotoc
County seat as the site for a new
144-bed facility estimated to cost
$27 million. The annual budget, not
counting construction costs, comes
to just less than $70,000 per youthful
offender. But there is a sordid story
behind the announcement. The Daily
Oklahoman reported Sen. Harry Coates,
R-Seminole, might have had ulterior
motives when he took an active role in
selecting Rite of Passage as the private
company contracted to operate the
youth academy. The senator’s wife,
Betty, told the newspaper her husband
told her the day after he was re-elected
that he was having an affair with a 29year-old lobbyist for Rites of Passage
and the City of Ada. Hayley Atwood’s
husband, an attorney in then-Gov.
Brad Henry’s office, had filed for
divorce in July.
Two women accused
kicking a soccer ball over the fence at
the Mack Alford Correctional Center in
Stringtown allegedly tried to provide
inmates recreational opportunities
beyond simply the world’s most
popular sport. Prison officials who
found the ball before any convicts
discovered that, instead of air, it was
filled with a half-pound of marijuana
and two cell phones. Meanwhile, an
Atoka County deputy had pulled over
22-year-old Janelle Turner and 18-yearold Alexis White near the prison on a
traffic violation and found drugs inside
the car. The Oklahoma City women are
accused of smuggling the contraband
into the prison and were held at Atoka
County Jail.
Families Feeding
Families announced the founders
are back. Brian Burkhalter became
ill a while back, and although he’s
reportedly improving, wife Tish is
officially taking over the director
title. The group fed hundreds for
Thanksgiving and continues to serve
meals every weekday at its location,
Durant’s former George Washington
Elementary, just off East Main Street.
Donations are being sought to help
continue the Hope Chest ministry that
provides clothing and other needs for
families. And the steam table that’s
been used for an estimated 150,000
meals needs to be replaced, but has a
$12,000 price tag. Contributions can be
mailed to Families Feeding Families,
P.O. Box 5322, Durant, OK 74702.
A man found dead in
his deer stand Nov. 20 apparently
didn’t die of natural causes as initially
believed. LeFlore County investigators
determined the 46-year-old dropped his
gun from his perch in a pine tree near
Lake Wister. It discharged, the bullet
piercing his lower torso and lodging in
his neck. The gun was found at the base
of the tree. The hunter apparently was
there long enough that the blood had
dispersed and the bullet wound wasn’t
readily apparent until his body was
taken for autopsy.
Tishomingo High School
broke its own record recently. More
than 340 students, teachers and
neighbors turned out for the school’s
20th annual blood drive for Southern
Oklahoma Blood Institute. The school
has held the biggest single-day record
for a high-school drive for several years.
Participation has been bolstered by
conducting the event in honor of Stevy
Kellum. The THS student has gone
through treatments almost three years
for two different kinds of cancer.
Durant police arrested
two young guys who aren’t likely to ever
be suspected criminal masterminds. A
West Main convenience store called to
report a beer theft. The clerk said a man
wearing a red and black hooded jacket
walked into the store, grabbed a 30-pack
from the shelf and ran, jumping into an
awaiting pickup caught on surveillance
video. Approximately 50 minutes after
the report, Officer Tim McEachern
spotted the truck on 13th Avenue and
gave chase. Beer cans began flying from
the passenger window, one at a time,
spraying enough beer that the officer had
to use his windshield wipers. Then, the
driver lost control at Sixth Avenue and
Tennessee Street. The passenger climbed
through the window, hooded jacket
over one arm, a Bud Light in the other
hand. He didn’t get far. The 17-year-old
had a “pickup order” out against him,
according to the police report, and was
taken to juvenile authorities. Joseph
Tucker, 23, had an outstanding felony
warrant. The report also mentioned “the
remains of a 30-pack of beer” still in the
truck after the stop.
lighter side
Take precaution in home improvement, friendship
By Regina Phillips
The KLBC Buzz Editor
Give him a wake-up call
A Pink Floyd fan?
When people retire, they usually take
up a hobby or tackle some projects
left undone during their working
years. A German man decided it was
time to close off the entrance to his
cellar. It wasn’t until all the bricks
were in place that he realized he had
blockaded himself inside the cellar. Of
course he didn’t want to deconstruct
the handiwork he just erected, so he
decided to demolish the neighbors’
wall. The neighbors, with whom he’d
had disputes for a while, alerted police
when they detected drilling noises.
Officers were waiting for him when he
emerged and launched an inquiry.
The Buzz Stinger: Dang! I hate when
I do that!
A hotel guest in South Carolina
received a phone call around 11 p.m.
one Sunday from someone telling him
he needed to free a “midget” trapped
next door. The 73-year-old man was
instructed to get rid of hidden cameras
by smashing the TV with the back toilet
cover and throw it outside, then smash
mirrors with a wrench he found. He
had the caller dial his cellphone so he
wouldn’t have to keep going back to
the land line for each instruction. He
also used the wrench to break through
the wall but stopped when other
guests complained about the noise
and deputies arrived. When the caller
redialed the guest’s cell, he handed
it to a deputy. After the caller finally
realized he was continuing the ruse
with someone else on the line, the male
voice said he had the wrong number
The Buzz on Vacation
and hung up. According to the report,
the manager said she’d been informed
similar situations occurred at other
hotels, and other guests at this Motel 6
said they’d gotten calls too.
The Buzz Stinger: Prank callers have
gotten a lot more creative since “Is your
refrigerator running?”
Loan in double ’D’-efault
A German woman is afraid her
assets will be repossessed. Not
necessarily news, except she’s
struggling to hang on to her breasts.
In 2009, she accepted a loan for
augmentation surgery from her
boyfriend who’s now her ex. The 20year-old woman said she signed an
agreement containing the condition
that she wouldn’t have to pay him
back if she stayed with the guy for a
year. But soon after the enlargement,
the relationship diminished. He’s
threatening to get police and a
repossessor involved if she doesn’t
return the 4,379 euros ($5,865). The
woman claimed she put 3,000 euros in
his account the week before the story
appeared in a German publication.
The Buzz Stinger: If he took the
time to draft an agreement, he was
pretty serious about getting his money
— or at least his money’s worth.
Powderpuff quarterback
Jessica McGinnis
in Key Biscayne, Fla.
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A clerk at Amigo’s Mexican Food
in Deming, N.M., was resourceful in
spoiling a robber’s attempt to snag the
cash register. Police said the masked
man, without saying a word, grabbed
the register and took off for the door.
The cord tripped him up. But he didn’t
drop the bounty until the clerk pegged
him in the back of the head with a
package of empanadas, a type of pastry.
He ran away covering his noggin.
The Buzz Stinger: Yeah, he’s probably
not telling his buddies about this one.
Identity crisis
A North Carolina man was charged
with three misdemeanor counts
of impersonating a doctor. The 24year-old posed as a medical resident
seeking training and he pulled it off
for two weeks in the Cape Fear Valley
Medical Center before a physician
assistant noticed he wasn’t wearing
a badge in the ER. The guy told a TV
reporter his job was to observe and be
a helping hand if needed. He said no
direct patient care was involved, and
if something was wrong, the hospital
should’ve let him know instead of
the police. He claimed to have a
medical degree from the University of
Tennessee, but there’s no record of that.
A hospital spokesperson said he’s a
troubled young man with a history of
impersonation or similar activity.
The Buzz Stinger: Maybe I’ve
watched too many movies, but I’d be
leery of a hospital called Cape Fear.
Well, it is a restroom
A French woman was trapped in her
bathroom for three weeks. She was
rescued by firefighters who broke into
her home after a neighbor noticed she
hadn’t brought in her mail in a while.
Unfortunately, those folks living next
to her didn’t investigate earlier. The 69year-old grandmother got stuck in her
windowless water closet when her lock
broke. She started banging on the pipes
to draw attention. But the neighbors
thought it was rowdy workers and
even started a petition to stop that
noise keeping them awake at night. The
woman survived on tap water and was
taken to the hospital to recover from
The Buzz Stinger: I envision a goodintending Southern gentleman calling
from the other side of the door: “You
alright in there? Need some help?”
And he quickly dismisses the French
woman’s reply: “Wee wee!”
Oh the �Twilight’ years
Two self-described practitioners
of paganism and vampirism were
arrested in Arizona after they stabbed
their roommate to drink his blood. The
25-year-old roomie told police he’d
let them drink it before, but when he
refused this time, they got forceful.
He ran from the apartment and was
seen by firefighters on the scene for an
unrelated call. The 24-year-old male
suspect was charged with aggravated
assault. The 21-year-old female was
charged with false reporting to police
since she told officers she was attacked
and stabbed her assailant in selfdefense.
The Buzz Stinger: That’s when you
know your friends really suck.
Too many Disney movies?
A teen in the United Kingdom can
sleep for 10 days at a time. She’s
been diagnosed with Kleine-Levin
Syndrome, a rare condition also known
as Sleeping Beauty Disease. It began in
2008 while she recovered from the flu.
Her mom said the girl started falling
asleep in school and was rambling
about things that didn’t make sense,
like she was talking in her sleep. When
she goes into one of her prolonged
states of slumber, her parents wake her
once per day to feed her and take her to
the bathroom.
The Buzz Stinger: Really? I think my
little brother should’ve been tested.
Skeeter-killing champ
A Taiwanese woman caught 3.5
pounds of mosquitoes in a month.
That amounted to approximately 4
million of the pests. She won a contest
conducted by a company that makes
insect traps, catching more than twice
what the runner-up managed to get.
The company sent an application to
the Guinness World Records to get
her recognized as the planet’s top
exterminator. And she received a cash
prize equivalent to almost $3,000.
The Buzz Stinger: Louisiana has sent
her the ceremonial keys to the state
with a packet of travel brochures.
Combatting-the-cold defense
A Missouri man was acquitted of
drunk driving on a unique defense.
He said he tipped the bottle after, not
before, he lost control of his vehicle on
an icy road to keep warm. He had been
making his way home after a night out
with friends when his vehicle veered
off the slick highway and into a culvert.
The man swore he was not intoxicated
while driving, but he was when the
emergency crew finally arrived more
than two hours later.
The Buzz Stinger: My momma
always told me to keep blankets in the
trunk, just in case. They don’t rouse so
much suspicion.
Industrious youth
Two teens from Minnesota were
arrested and facing possible theft and
burglary charges. But they didn’t try to
knock off a convenient store. The 19and 16-year-old guys were accused of
stealing 17 calves from three counties.
The sheriff’s office received a tip that
led to the bovine and eventually the
suspects. According to investigators,
the teens told them they wanted to start
their own dairy farm. The plan was to
keep the heifers, sell the bulls and split
the profits. All the calves were returned
to their rightful owners.
The Buzz Stinger: At least they
weren’t trying to milk their parents for
That come in a longneck?
A bottle of beer for $765? Scottish
firm BrewDog touts “The End of
History” as the world’s strongest, most
expensive and shocking beer. It’s 55
percent alcohol, and the only 12 bottles
the company made already sold out.
Buyers in the United States, Canada,
Italy, Denmark, Scotland and England
were looking forward to their shipment.
Hopefully it comes in marked
packaging because they’ll be pulling
out the bottles encased in the carcasses
of four squirrels, seven weasels and a
rabbit. The company’s co-founder said
all the animals were roadkill.
The Buzz Stinger: Some brewer could
make a killin’ with all the armadillos
around here.
Know your audience
A Philadelphia man is offering a
reward for information leading to the
return of his laptop. But the advertising
executive isn’t posting a promise of
the typical cash prize. The MacBook
with all his sentimental stuff on it was
stolen from his vehicle parked outside
his office seconds after he ran back in
to retrieve something he’d forgotten.
Surveillance cameras recorded the theft,
which he posted on Philly-based Web
site The footage
also turned up on YouTube announcing
a reward — an ounce of marijuana.
Then, he printed and posted fliers:
“Fabulous drug stash” (with a photo
of pot and paraphernalia) for whoever
returned the computer. Like all ad
specials, there’s an asterisk notation:
“Actual reward may vary.”
The Buzz Stinger: He should throw
in some Funyuns and Little Debbie
snack cakes.