FOX COUNTRY'S TOP 10 AND NEW MUSIC
1. TIL IT'S GONE KENNY CHESNEY
2. TALLADEGA ERIC CHURCH
3. I SEE YOU LUKE BRYAN
4. SOMETHING IN THE WATER CARRIE UNDERWOOD
5. SUN DAZE FLORIDA GEORGIA LINE
6. PERFECT STORM BRAD PAISLEY
7. LIKE A COWBOY RANDY HOUSER
8. MAKE ME WANNA THOMAS RHETT
9. JUST GETTIN STARTED JASON ALDEAN
10. LONELY TONIGHT BLAKE SHELTON FEATURING ASHLEY MONROE
ALL COUNTRY ON YOU AUSTIN WEBB
WHOLE LOTTA NOTHIN' RACHAEL LYNAE
WILD CHILD KENNY CHESNEY WITH GRACE POTTER
RAISE EM UP KEITH URBAN FEATURING ERIC CHURCH
Kentucky state Senator Brandon Smith has got a problem. Police say Smith was speeding and smelled of booze during a January 6 traffic stop. He's since been charged with DUI but Smith's lawyer wants those charges dismissed based on an ancient 1891 provision in the state constitution saying that barring felonies, treason, or "breach or surety of the peace," assembly members are "privileged from arrest during their attendance on the sessions of their respective Houses, and in going to and returning from the same." Smith, who was the GOP whip until last month, initially lied and told police he hadn't been drinking but later admitted having a drink after he failed several portions of a field sobriety test. Incidentally he also voted against a bill that would have expanded alcohol sales in the state.
Suffice it to say 45-year-old Angela Woodworth of Gainesville, Florida won't be winning any mother-of-the-year awards anytime soon. Her 11-year-old son and three of his friends literally lept from her car because they say she was too drunk to drive. The four children were seen running into a Steak 'n' Shake after exiting the car and witnesses say they seemed terrified. They jumped out of the car after she hit a pole. Woodworth made it to the Steak 'n' Shake shortly thereafter and allegedly screamed at the kids and followed them around inside the establishment. Police say they found receipts confirming that Woodworth bought two pitchers of beer at a bowling alley and four other drinks at a Ruby Tuesday restaurant. She was arrested and charged with felony child neglect, marijuana possession, possession of drug paraphernalia and resisting an officer without violence. Ironically, she was not charged with driving under the influence.
People living in a homeless camp in Austin, Texas are being forced to move, after a body was found near the camp. Kelly Dubose, who lives in the camp found the body about 20-yards off the road. Now, she and about a dozen other people are being forced to leave the camp. She says, "I moved in with my mother about a year ago to help her, she's going through some medical issues and during that time her house actually burned down, six months ago and we had nowhere to go." Amazingly, although they're all homeless and practically penniless, those living in the camp are being told if they don't leave, they could face a $500 fine. An Austin police department representative says they will send a team of people from different agencies to offer assistance to the people living at the camp before.
Billionaire Jeff Greene says the $195 million price tag of his 23-bathroom Beverly Hills estate he's spent seven years building -- and has now put on the market -- is "quite reasonable." Meanwhile, he's living in a 35,000-square-foot estate in Palm Beach, Fla., with its own private beach. And when he flew to the World Economic Forum in Davos, two nannies came with the 60-year-old and his family. But while giving an interview in Davos, Greene had this to say on the subject of wealth: "America's lifestyle expectations are far too high and need to be adjusted so we have less things and a smaller, better existence. We need to reinvent our whole system of life." Reaction has not been to swell. The Denver Post editorial board called his comments "patronizing twaddle." MarketWatch notes "this billionaire just chided you for spending way too much money." Greene became a billionaire in part by betting against subprime mortgages; Forbes estimates his net worth at $3 billion.
A German court has ruled that a tenant who liked to relieve himself while standing up doesn't owe his landlord money for damages when he apparently missed the toilet. The Duesseldorf administrative court rejected the landlord's claim of $2,200 for damage to the bathroom's marble floor. Judge Stefan Hank ruled the man's method was within cultural norms, saying that "despite the increasing domestication of men in this context, urinating standing up is still common practice." But just for a little context, the whole sitting vs. standing thing is a big debate in Germany these days. Many public toilets actually have installed red traffic-style stop signs forbidding the standing position. No kidding.
At the Australian Tennis Open, a ball boy was hit in the groin by tennis ball traveling 121mph and served by Spanish ace Feliciano Lopez! The poor guy actually tried to pretend he was fine but then, in a delayed reaction, doubled over in pain. Lopez immediately rushed up to the boy to ask if he was OK. The poor young man eventually had to be escorted off the court. There is video on the internet. We dare you to try and not wince.
Just a little pro tip here -- next time you're travelling in Beijing on the Metro, having a watermelon on your head kind of freaks folks out. Police are questioning a man who did just that, rode the train with a mask carved out of a large watermelon. The guy has been nicknamed the "Watermelon Brother" by internet users who are trying to work out the mystery man's identity. One witness said, "This guy was just hanging around on the train wearing a watermelon mask with a beer bottle - apparently he was totally drunk."
While most parents are concerned with keeping guns out of schools, two new bills could bring gun education, including gun training, to South Carolina students. The first is from Rep. Alan Clemmons, who says current standards of school gun safety implies "the gun is an evil object." He cites the example of a student who got into trouble for just writing a story about shooting a dinosaur. He'd like to have students spend three weeks learning about guns and gun safety each year, based on a curriculum backed by the NRA. Clemmons' bill would also create a Second Amendment Awareness Day in all state schools, as well as a poster or essay contest with the theme "The Right To Bear Arms: One American Right Protecting All Others," to be held on Dec. 15. That date wasn't very well thought out and has drawn criticism because it is one day after the Sandy Hook school shooting anniversary. The second bill, being proposed in the Senate, would offer an optional gun safety or gun marksmanship course to students, though at an off-campus location.
Doctors were shocked right after little Alyssa Bella Bailey was born at Mercy Hospital Springfield in Springfield, Mo. That's because when she opened her mouth she showed of her two front teeth -- the bottom ones! The rare condition is known as natal teeth, which occur in just one in every 2,000 to 3,000 births. They are always present at birth, as opposed to neonatal teeth, which can develop within 30 days of birth. The teeth are often removed shortly after birth, as they're usually quite loose, with little root structure, and can fall out and choke the baby. Alyssa's parents instead plan to keep a close eye on hers until they eventually fall out.
If you're female and not doing anything special from Feb. 16 to March 3, and wouldn't mind going on vacation with a total stranger in the Dominican Republic, John Whitbread's waiting for you on eBay. After being dumped by his girlfriend a few weeks before their wedding, the 32-year-old UK man decided he didn't want to "mope forever" and let the money he had put down for his honeymoon "go to waste" -- so he put his ex's half of the luxury vacation up for auction. The only catch is he'll be coming along. But as of the weekend, he had 89 bidders, with a high bid of nearly $8,000 for the all-inclusive two-week vacation at a posh hotel. If he makes more than $1,600 off the sale, he'll donate the rest to a testicular cancer charity. His ad offers the trip as the "adventure of a lifetime" and describes himself as "dark hair, slim build ... with a good sense of humor." He adds: "I smoke, I drink, and damn have I got some sharp moves on that dance floor!"
A family cat in Tampa, Florida has definitely used up one of her nine lives after being shot through the head with an arrow. Owner Tyra Bulluck, 40, said they went looking for Akila after she got out of the house. They were horrified to discover their pet pierced by a 7-inch dart in a neighbor's front yard. Ms. Bullock, an animal behaviorist said, "I was absolutely appalled that a human being could be so cruel to any creature. It sickened me to think that somebody in this neighborhood would shoot my cat." Fortunately the dart missed her skull and is now recovering after surgery.
Shrimp ain't cheap and stealing it may cost you even more! In Worcester, Mass., John Pinard stole $300 worth of shrimp from a supermarket and has now been sentenced to three to five years in prison and two years of probation after pleading guilty to armed robbery, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, and assault and battery. Authorities say the 38-year-old Pinard entered a Price Chopper in June, loaded a cart with shrimp and attempted to leave. Pinard then struck the store manager several times with the cart and threatened to stab store employees with a hypodermic needle. He escaped in a vehicle, but left the shrimp and a pill bottle with his name on it behind. Pinard's lawyer said his client struggles with drug addiction.
In Framingham, Massachusetts, 39-year-old Jason Duval convinced District Court Judge Douglas Stoddard that he wouldn't be a flight risk by offering up his new Nike Air Jordans as bail. Stoddard said, "OK, we'll take them." Duval was facing jail time on an outstanding warrant for illegal possession of a controlled substance and driving to endanger in 2012. He agreed to pay $450 in court costs to have the charges dismissed. The warrant was issued when he failed to pay any money and he was picked up on New Year's Day. Duval told Stoddard he didn't want to go to jail but didn't have any money for bail because he was going through a divorce. The judge said he didn't want to release Duval without bail because he didn't believe he would come back and pay what he owed. Duval then offered up the shoes which he said he received as a Christmas present. The judge said he would return the sneakers if Duval paid $100 in $25 weekly installments beginning Jan. 13 or if he completed 10 hours of community service in the same period.
Lying all over Facebook about your great life may impress your friends, but new research suggests that it can also create false memories and disconnect us from our true self! Psychologist Richard Sherry, who helped found the Society for Neuropsychoanalysis, says that online fibbers may become "deeply" lost and forget their actual experience. A new survey by Pencourage doesn't disagree: It finds that 10% of respondents, and 16% of those age 18 to 24, had their recollections distorted after writing about them. An earlier Pencourage survey found that social-media lies usually added luster to otherwise ho-hum evenings or made relationships or careers look better; people said they wrote the posts out of jealousy or "fear of appearing boring."
It's not every day you see a help-wanted ad that asks: "Do you have a relatively high pain threshold?" But that didn't stop more than 10,000 people from applying anyway for the job of "human paintball target." The British company UKPaintball became so overwhelmed they finally stopped accepting applications to become an "official bullet tester." The ad explains: "The job will essentially involve being shot at with every new batch of paint bullets to ensure that all health and safety checks are in place before we can use them on the general public and paying customers." Oh and some "bruising" can be expected. Most applicants were from the UK, but people from the US, Canada, and India also are in the running. Of course one big reason for all the attention is probably the salary of about $60,000 a year. But applicants might be disappointed to find out they wouldn't be making that much: This is a part-time job, and the number of hours isn't specified. The $60,000 figure is the amount they'd make if it were full time.
In Maryland, Danielle and Alexander Meitiv are being investigated by Child Protection Services for allowing their 10-year-old son and 6-year-old daughter to play at a Silver Spring park, then walk a mile home -- alone. The parents are no dummies. She's a climate-science expert and he's a physicist for the NIH and say they follow a "free-range" parenting style and are just trying to teach their kids how to be independent and self-reliant. When the kids were halfway home, they were picked up by police after a neighbor reported the Meitivs. Danielle says that things have gotten "outrageous," including a police officer telling her husband in front of the kids that "shots would be fired" if he came downstairs carrying anything other than his ID, and a social worker visiting the kids' school and questioning the kids without the Meitivs' permission. Alexander says, "We're being bullied into a point of view about child-rearing that we strongly disagree with."
Talk about paying it forward! In Ann Arbor, Michigan, a group of real estate agents having a meeting decided to surprise their pizza delivery guy by giving him a $2,084 tip for delivering one pizza! The man, identified only as Rob, was stunned and said on video, "All I did was deliver pizza." Agents from Keller Williams Realty all pitched in while attending the company's regional conference. Stacey McVey says they wanted to show their appreciation to someone from the service industry. Besides cash, the man received a Visa gift card, lottery tickets, and letters of encouragement. Brian LeFevre, delivery manager at Pizza House in Ann Arbor, says the lucky delivery man was "ecstatic" and adds, "that's a pretty good day's work" for just one pizza.
In Columbus, Ohio a former substitute teacher who showed a movie featuring graphic sex and violence to a high school class has been convicted of disseminating matter harmful to juveniles. Sheila Kearns showed the film, "The ABCs of Death," during five periods of a Spanish class at East High School. The consists of 26 chapters, each depicting some form of grisly death and representing a letter of the alphabet, such as "E is for Exterminate," "O is for Orgasm" and "T is for Toilet." A jury convicted Kearns of four felony counts and while the convictions carry possible jail sentences, Kearns, 58, is expected to get probation when she's sentenced in March. Kearns admitted she didn't watch the movie beforehand or while showing it and was unaware of its content. But Detective Lolita Perryman testified Kearns seemed unconcerned when the movie's content was described to her.
It was the wrong time to start jonesing for chick and biscuits. In New Kensington, Pa., police arrested 32-year-old Shane Lindsey about 20 minutes after he allegedly robbed the Citizens Bank in downtown. A witness told police officers that he had seen a man matching Lindsey's description run toward a restaurant after the heist. Police knew the business had surveillance video and went inside to view it hoping for clues as to where the suspect went -- only to find Lindsey eating at a booth. Officers say the video showed the suspect run past the restaurant and then pause before coming back and going inside.
A Sacramento, California driver may have set a record for fastest car wash. But not intentionally. At the Quick Quack Car Wash, a 94-year-old man was caught on camera speeding through the car wash at an estimated 40 miles per hour last Friday. The man paid for his car wash, but claimed he could not take his foot off the pedal as he was driving through. Workers rushed out to try and stop him, but the car crashed through the equipment, causing an estimated $100,000 worth of damage. Fortunately no one was injured and the man walked away without a scratch. Plus his car's clean.
It's not quite the kind of question you'd expect on a chemistry exam. Indeed, students at England's University of York were quite shocked by an exam question asking to explain how Walter White made crystal meth in the hit TV show Breaking Bad. The question began: "In the TV show Breaking Bad, the main character Walter White synthesizes methamphetamine 3 according to the synthetic scheme shown below." They were asked to go on to demonstrate their understanding of the chemistry behind the process. The question was the brainchild of Professor David Smith, who later Tweeted: "I'm particularly proud of the 'Breaking Bad' exam question I set our 1st years this year." He later added, "Obviously any students scoring full marks on my exam question will be reported to the DEA." What?
It's not that unusual for neighborhoods to dole out awards and recognition to those who go the extra mile in beautifying their yard or community. "Yard of the Month" signs are commonplace in many residential areas as are awards like "Block Star Business" which is given out in Chicago. The problem is awards of that nature aren't usually given out to -- strip clubs! But The Admiral Theatre -- a strip club on Chicago's northwest side -- received one of Albany Park Neighbors' six "Block Star Business" awards last week. The group's website says the honor is meant to spotlight businesses that work to keep the neighborhood clean and presentable. Group member Shylo Bisnett explained, "It's difficult to dispute the Admiral doesn't deserve the award. They recently upgraded their facade and even during construction it was still tidy, it was still passable." Nick Cecola, the Admiral's creative director, said he thought it was a joke when he received an email informing him about the award. The club plans to frame and proudly display the award in the main lobby. Even Chicago Alderman Rey Colon approves saying, "The Admiral Theatre stands out on Lawrence Avenue as one of the most attractive and well-maintained buildings in Albany Park."