Despite the crazy accusations and attack ads from my opponents I still ask for your vote tomorrow for Favorite DJ. I will fight to stop crime, lower taxes and make sure our Social Security is there when we retire. I will work hard to make sure your jobis Stress Free with Continuous Soft Rock and help you focus on not the bad things in life but the good. I’m Steve Suter and I want to be your favorite DJ.
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by Ed Ryan
During our nationwide search for the best PD's in America I often came across a tidbit of information someone sends in that really grabsÂ my attention. Our goal is to make these lists more than just lists. We want you to know who these people are. Everyone's work is important and everyone's life is special. When I find that tidbit of information I do what any nosey reporter does, I pry. And that's what I did with Diane Newman, the Program Director at Entercom's legendary WWL in New Orleans.
Diane's role model isÂ 81 year oldÂ Althea Lanoix Newman, her mom. That's pretty cool when your mom is first on the list of people you admire. Mrs. Newman, Diane's Mom, is a breast cancer survivor and I'm sure pretty darn proud of her daughter. You know what they say about the "C" word. If it's in your family you better get checked out. So, about one year ago, Diane Newman goes in for a checkup and hears the words "suspicious mammogram." I don't want to give away too much of the story because Diane tells it so well. This is more than a story about a great PD at a legendary radio station. It's about company becoming family and in return being rewarded with great employees. It's a great story, for many reasons, and we're gladÂ Diane allowed us to share it all with you.Â
How long have you been in radio?
Iâve been in radio since February 1981.Â I was working on a masters in Communications at UNO â¦had worked in TV for a couple of yearsâ¦thought Iâd get a feel for radio and maybe stay a year.Â I was hired as a part-time studio producer for $3.81 an hour.Â My father thought I was out of my mind.Â He said, âDiane, I have tellers who earn more than that.Â You have a degree.âÂ 30 years later--here I am!Â Most programmers have to travel around the countryâ¦from smaller markets to bigger marketsâ¦until they land at their dream station.Â I started out thereâ¦WWL!Â
In 1989 Keymarket Communications, Johnny Andrews (GM) and Bob Christopher (OM), gave me the opportunity to be the Program Director for WWL.Â Â In 1999 Entercom bought our radio cluster.Â They named me Operations and Program Director in 2000.Â We had a lot of catching up to do.Â Entercom was so progressive.Â They were shocked that we were still using typewriters in the newsroom at the legendary WWL!
What's that like?
Programming a legendary station like WWL is an honor and a privilegeâ¦really.Â This station has been around since 1922.Â Itâs an institutionâ¦as much a part of New Orleans as St. Louis Cathedralâ¦gumboâ¦and the mighty Mississippi.Â President John F. Kennedy used the powerful signal of WWL to speak to the Cuban people during the Cuban Missile Crisis.Â Â
WWL helped rescue my family from flood waters in Gentilly during Hurricane Betsy in the 1960âs.Â Then, ironically, in 2005, I was programming WWL when it became a lifeline to New Orleans, the Gulf South and the nationâ¦during Hurricane Katrina.Â Itâs an amazing, powerful, demanding stage.Â You have to bring your âAâ game all the time.Â It settles for no less.Â And, people may think of New Orleans as a medium size market, but truth isâ¦when it comes to news, controversy, unexpected stories and eventsâ¦itâs a top 10 news market.Â It churns constantly.Â
Marry all that action with this radio station that reaches 5 states daytime/38-plus at nightâ¦and the demands of a News-Talk-Sports format thatâs live and local 19 hours a dayâ¦and youâre in constant motion.Â Katrina aftermath, BP Oil Spill, Saints win Super Bowl.Â Itâs exciting, demanding, fun.Â Â Andy Holt, my good friend who now programs KOIT in San Francisco always tells me, âDi, I could never do your jobâ¦Iâm not that smart.âÂ My response?Â âNot true.Â Besidesâ¦itâs called stamina and endurance.âÂ Sure you need smarts, but you better be readyâ¦all the time.Â Plan A, plan B, plan Câ¦ plan G?Â And, it helps to surround yourself with extraordinary people, who have gifts you donât have or talents that compliment yours.Â The one thing that made me fall in love with radio is its collaborative nature.Â You HAVE TO play team ball or you fail.Â At WWL we prepare, plan, play like the pros.
When were you diagnosed with breast cancer?
I was diagnosed with breast cancer in November 2010.Â I had a âsuspiciousâ mammogram.Â Iâve had that before, so I didnât panic.Â I get mammograms religiously, because my Mom had breast cancer in her early 40âs. (Sheâs my role model. Althea Lanoix Newman is now 81 years old. God is good!)
What was your initial reaction when you heard the C word?
After the ultra sound and the biopsy, I kinda felt it coming.Â The techs involved didnât SAY anything, but their actions said a lotâ¦avoiding eye contact, or being overly reassuring.Â But, when Dr. Stolier told me, âitâs cancerâ...suddenly the world fell silent.Â I could die.Â I cried for about 30 secondsâ¦then I put my war paint onâ¦âDoc, whatâs our game plan?Â What do we do next?âÂ We met the next morning.Â I donât know muchâ¦but I know when to surrender.Â I know radio.Â I donât know cancer.Â I know how to be a good daughter, sister, friend, loverâ¦I know how to danceâ¦I donât have the ability to remove cancer from my body.Â Dr. Alan Stolierâs the brilliant surgeon everybody recommended.Â I surrendered.Â
How did the operation/treatment etc affect your ability to work?
Once diagnosed I had to get numerous other testsâ¦a breast MRI, a body scan, more blood work, x-rays, another ultra sound. Iâd get my tests then go to work.Â I learned from my Mom that cancer has no power over you, if you donât keep it a secret.Â I told my staff and all my friends and co-workers in our clusterâ¦all they wanted to do was help me through.Â They even gave me a chemo shower!Â Seven of the guys shaved their heads and did a video to honor me!Â
And, what David Field (CEO), Deborah Kane (Regional President), Pat Paxton (Senior VP of Programming) and my boss Chris Claus preached from the start was âDi FIRST.Â Diane, YOU come first.âÂ David called me personally to tell me, âDiane from now onâ¦numbers 1 through 27 on your list of things to do are Diane Newman.Â Everything else can wait.âÂ It doesnât get any better than that!Â Â Entercom is so much more than a company, theyâre family.Â Â We all learned that during and after Katrina; this cancer episode reinforced what I already knew.Â Â
I had surgery at the end of December; I missed two weeks of work.Â That was tough--the Saints were in the playoffs!Â Then, I had to have another minor surgery - to get a port placed in my chest.Â This would allow them to pump the chemo drugs straight into your heart; a more efficient method than pumping it through your veins.Â After that - four months of chemotherapyâ¦ February through Mayâ¦every three weeks.Â I worked through chemo.Â My amazing chemo doc, Dr. Milton Seiler told me, âMost women work through chemo.Â Men, thatâs a different story.âÂ Â
I had chemo on Fridays.Â Iâd miss that Friday and the following Monday, then work until the next chemo.Â The effects are cumulative, so the more you go the tougher it gets.Â By chemo number four, I missed Friday, Monday and Tuesday.Â By chemo number five, I missed Friday, Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.Â By chemo number six, I missed Friday and the following week.Â Sure, I got nauseated.Â I lost my hair.Â Got thrush.Â Got flu-like symptoms from those damned Neulasta shots.Â My toenails turned purple.Â And, yes, I got tired.Â But, my jobâ¦my teamâ¦my partners at work (and, of course, my dear family and friends)â¦propelled me through.Â And, every time I went to chemo I had two angels by my sideâ¦Helen Centanni and Inez Glapion.Â They would NOT allow me to do chemo alone.Â (Inez fed me breakfast and kept me up through treatments.Â Helen delivered gifts to all of my fellow chemo patients like the Easter Bunny!)Â And, Deborah (Kane) came down to NOLA from San Francisco so she could support me through chemo #4.Â This is your regional president.Â Who does this?Â Goes to show you, family isnât just the people who share your blood and last name.Â
Throughout chemo they test your blood routinely to make sure your blood count is goodâ¦that youâre strong enough to continue.Â Luckily Iâm blessed with good genesâ¦we never had to slow or stop chemo.Â My blood work always came back good, excellent, amazing.Â And, by the time we took the final blood work Dr. Seiler told me all levels were back to normal; it didnât even look like I had chemotherapy.Â YES!Â
Rest for a few weeksâ¦well, rest and work.Â Mid-June Iâd start the next adventure in cancer care--radiation therapy.Â Dr. Stolier told me, âI know who Dr. Seiler uses for radiation therapyâ¦Dr. Ellen Zakris.Â Sheâs extraordinary.âÂ He was right.Â On the first day I met her she hugged meâ¦and spent forty five minutes explaining the impact on my body.Â She was so smart, generous, kind.Â After figuring out the best position for treating my breast & the deep position of the bed left by the tumorâ¦we started treatmentâ¦33 of âem.Â Iâd go every weekday at 11:20am.Â Iâd have my morning show meetings with Bob or Tommy and Susanâ¦go to radiation and come back to work in time for my âThink Tankâ meetings with Helen and Garland.Â It was all good, until the final two weeks.Â Yes, I got what felt like a severe sun burnâ¦my breast blew upâ¦then, the burn beneath the breast.Â It felt like a rope burn.Â I had to put a sock stuffed with gauze between my skin and my clothes.Â But, I never stopped working.Â Â
Itâs been about six weeks since my last treatment and Iâm doing good.Â But, like chemo, the effects of radiation therapy are cumulative.Â It hit me like a brick about 2 weeks agoâ¦the exhaustion from 33 radiation treatments.Â I took off last Friday and literally slept until 4 oâclock in the afternoon.Â Â And, all weekend my body just wanted to REST.Â Iâm trying real hard to listen.
What is the long-term prognosis?
The prognosis is as good as it gets for someone diagnosed with cancer.Â We caught it early.Â The tumor was small.Â It was completely removed.Â The two things they look for are cancer in the lymph nodes and cancer in the âmarginsâ around the mass.Â They found neither.Â We also had a bone scan of my entire body; there were no signs of cancer.Â I am blessed.Â And, thank God for big boobs!Â As Dr. Stolier said, âBecause you have âgenerousâ breasts, we can save the breast and do a lumpectomy.âÂ What science has shown in the past 40 years is this--your chances for remaining cancer free or having a recurrence are equalâ¦ 50/50 â¦ whether you have a lumpectomy or a mastectomy.Â I was willing to do whatever he told me to do.Â Surrender.
Have you done anything extra or different now that you are a breast cancer survivor, using your position at the station to raise awareness or raise money?
I just learned today that the New Orleans Saints want me to be their âhonorary captainâ at the Saints/Colts game at home in the Mercedes Benz Superdome on October 23rd.Â Â Itâs the only home game in October for the Who Dat Nation.Â I will be honored to represent anyone/everyone who has breast cancer, had breast cancer or helped someone battle this evil disease.Â
The toughest thing about getting diagnosed with breast cancer was telling the people you love.Â I wept for them as they wept for me.Â But, hope is what gets us through.Â We have to find a cure.Â
Now we've had a couple cool fronts but this is our first real COLD front. I got excited when I saw this weather advosory a little while ago from the weather service.
...STRONG COLD FRONT TO MOVE THROUGH TUESDAY... A COLD AIRMASS WORKING OUT OF CANADA WILL MOVE INTO THE REGION BEHIND A STRONG COLD FRONT TUESDAY. THIS AIRMASS WILL BRING THE COLDEST TEMPERATURES WE HAVE SEEN SO FAR THIS SEASON WITH HIGHS ON WEDNESDAY STRUGGLING TO GET MUCH WARMER THAN THE MID 60S AND MORNING LOWS THAT COULD DROP INTO THE UPPER 30S THURSDAY MORNING ALONG AND NORTH OF THE INTERSTATE 10...12 CORRIDOR. TEMPERATURES ARE EXPECTED TO BE AROUND 15 DEGREES BELOW NORMAL WEDNESDAY ANd THURSDAY WIT ONLY SLIGHT TEMPERATURE MODIFICATION FRIDAY AND THROUGH THE WEEKEND. IN ADDITION TO THE MUCH COLDER TEMPERATURES WINDS WILL BE AN ISSUE IMMEDIATELY AFTER FRONTAL PASSAGE. THE COLD FRONT IS EXPECTED PUSH THROUGH MUCH OF THE OUTLOOK AREA BY EARLY TUESDAY AFTERNOON. ONCE THE FRONT MOVES THROUGH WINDS WILL QUICKLY VEER AROUND TO THE NORTHWEST AND PICK UP IN SPEED. SUSATINED WINDS OF AT LEAST 20 MPH ARE EXPECTED OVER ALL LAND ZONES AT SOME POINT TOMORROW AFTERNOON BUT OVER THE SOUTHSHORE SUSTAINED WINDS WILL LIKELY RANGE FROM 25 TO 30 MPH WITH GUSTS APPROACHING 40 MPH LATE TOMORROW AFTERNOON AND THROUGH THE EVENING. OVER ALL OF THE MARINE ZONES WINDS WILL BECOME SUSTAINED AROUND 30 KNOTS WITH FREQUENT GUSTS TO 40 KNOTS OR GREATER. THE TIME FRAME WILL LAST LONGER OVER THE WATER WITH THE STRONGEST WINDS LIKELY OCCURING FROM LATE AFTERNOON TUESDAY THROUGH MID WEDNESDAY MORNING. CURRENTLY A WIND ADVISORY FOR THE SOUTHSHORE ONLY AND A GALE WATCH FOR ALL MARINE ZONES HAS BEEN ISSUED BEGINNING AT 4PM CDT TUESDAY.
Â Paul McCartney, 69, married American Nancy Shevell, 51, Sunday afternoon. She is his third wife. And the late-night wedding party did not go down well with his neighbors in London's posh St. John's Wood neighborhood. Â Officials said Monday that complaints from neighbors brought enforcement officers to McCartney's home early Monday morning as roughly 100 guests celebrated his wedding.
Officer Andrew Ralph says the volume of the recorded music was reduced and no further action will be taken. The former Beatle's guests included drummer Ringo Starr, Rolling Stones guitarist Ronnie Wood, model Twiggy, and other celebrities.
This afternoon, thousands are expected to line New Orleans streets for the funeral procession of Archbishop Philip Hannan. Visitation at Notre Dame seminary on South Carrollton Avenue continues today, but this afternoon, they move things downtown.
"At two o'clock, we will have a procession from Notre Dame Seminary to St. Louis Cathedral," said Archbishop Gregory Aymond. "I would expect that the procession would take probably about two hours."
A horse-drawn hearse will be led by a brass band will travel up Carrollton towards Canal Street. The procession will then head downtown to Chartres Street, then proceed to the cathedral.
"Arriving at St. Louis Cathedral, we will then have a continued wake that evening," the Archbishop said. The wake lasts until 9:00 p.m. The funeral mass is Thursday at 2:00 p.m. in the cathedral, then Hannan's remains will be laid to rest there.
My local religious hero has passed away. Former Archbishop Philip Matthew Hannan, who was a paratroop chaplain during three World War II campaigns and was assigned to New Orleans right after Hurricane Betsy, has died at the age of 98 after a long illness. Â He confirmed me at St. Edwards and probably alot of you. He was a great religion leader here till 1988 but still remained in public until just recently when he got to ill.Â The archdiocese said Hannan died peacefully shortly after 3 a.m. Thursday.Â Â Goodbye archbishop youâll never ne forgotten.
I know you’re not ready for Christmas music year but now is a good time for smart shoppers to start looking for what the experts believe will be the HOT toys this year and hard to find by Thanksgiving.
Taking a cue from last year's toy hits, many of this year's holiday favorites are toy sets or figures that kids can collect. But unlike last year, when Squinkies figures or Cepia's toy hamster Zhu Zhu pets mostly were collect by girls, this year's collectible toys are targeting boys. Among this year's collectibles are Hasbro's Beyblade Metal Fusion, a battling spinning top game for $5.99 to $39.99; Spin Master's Redakai, a trading card game, for $5.99 to $19.99; Cepia's DaGeDar collectible rolling balls for $4.99 to $19.99; and Lego's Ninjago construction sets for $3.49 to $119.99
Here's a complete look at the toys that made Time to Play Magazine's 2011 ``Most Wanted'' toy list, out Tuesday.
Cepia's DaGeDar, $4.99 to $19.99: Collectible decorated balls that come with track sets.
Hasbro's Beyblade Metal Fusion, $5.99 to $39.99: A battling spinning top game.
Hasbro's Nerf Vortex Line, $12.99 to $49.99: Foam dart guns.
iStar Entertainment's FyrFlyz, $10: A yo-yo like toy that glows in the dark.
Jakks Pacific's Spy Net Stealth Video Glasses, $39.99: Sunglasses that record video.
LeapFrog's LeapPad Explorer, $99.99: A tablet for tots, with games, e-books and a camera.
Lego's Alien Conquest and Ninjago Lines, $3.49 to $119.99: Popular construction sets with alien and ninja themes.
Mattel's Angry Birds Knock on Wood Game, $16: A block game based on the popular smartphone app.
Mattel's Fisher-Price Big Action Construction Site, $59.99: A construction site play set.
Mattel's Hot Wheels Wall Tracks, $29.99: A car track set that can attach to walls.
Mattel's Monster High Dead Tired Line, $14.49: Dolls that are the offspring of different monsters.
Mega Brands 3D Breakthrough Puzzle, $19.99: 3D Jigsaw puzzles.
MGA's Lalaloopsy Silly Hair Doll, $34.99: A rag-like doll with bendable hair.
Spin Master's Logo Board Game, $24.99: A board game that tests player's knowledge of popular brands.
Spin Master's Redakai, $5.99 to $19.99: A collectible trading-card game.
Thinkway Toys' Lazer Stunt Chaser, $39.99: A remote-control car that follows a laser.
Vtech's Innotab, $79.99: Another tablet device for kids that lets them, play games, color and read books.
WowWee's Lite Sprites, $19.99: Dolls that light up different colors with the touch of a wand.
On the Web: www.timetoplaymag.com.
So what can you say about your work on Facebook? Is “My Boss Stinks” OK? Even though he might see it are you protected by law? Some companies are still trying to figure out how far they can go in limiting what employees say about work online in the age of Twitter and Facebook. Confusion about what workers can or can't post has led to a surge of more than 100 complaints at the National Labor Relations Board _ most within the past year _ and created uncertainty for businesses about how far social media policies can go. Michael Eastman, labor law policy director at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, says employers are struggling to figure out what the right policies are and what they should do when these cases arise. The most important thing so far is the labor board's acting general counsel, Lafe Solomon, says federal law permits employees to talk about their jobs and working conditions with co-workers without reprisal. Now what if I say? My Boss Stinks” on my Blog am I protected? Just in case he’s really a great sweet guy.
Some scoop on both games this weekend. Frist LSU is away this weekend so the Tigernation will be watching on TV Saturday night and before the game the winner of 2011 “America's Got Talent'' show will sing the national anthem. Don’t know if there are going to show that on TV before the LSU-West Virginia game. It makes since she’s from there so West Virginia announced that Landau Eugene Murphy Jr. agreed to sing at Mountaineer Field prior to kickoff. She just won the talent competition earlier this month. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m on ABC. WhoDat nation is ready for another LOUD game Sunday in the Superdome and the scoop on the game is the Saints will wear their "60's" look throwback uniforms for this game. Hopefully they won't play like the Saints from the 60's.
French Quarter buggy drivers and Taxi owners are upset after âPedicabs'' began operating in the French Quarter last week. I know your thinking, whatâs a Pedicab'? Â Well it's people-powered transportation. It's aÂ seat with a person pulling it on a bike.Â (See Below)
But as is NawLuns tradition is corruption a foot?Â A business owner who applied for permission to operate some of the vehicles is appealing to the New Orleans City Council, saying the lottery process used to award permits was flawed. The rejected applicant says in his appeal letter to the council that some permit winners used multiple applications and proxy applicants to increase their chances of getting a permit. The council first approved the concept of using the pedal-powered rickshaws in September 2010. But legislative and bureaucratic complications followed, delaying the awarding of permits for monthsâ¦let me guess all this will wind up in courtâ¦for years. Same story over and over.
Bunch of new shows begin this weekâ¦ time to head back to the sofa every night to see your favorite shows. Ashton Kutcher kicked things off already with bragging rights over Charlie Sheen. Kutcher's debut on Two and a Half Men Monday was seen by 27.7 million people.
That's more than any other episode in the first eight seasons, when Sheen was the star. Some other big shows are still to come, Â Simonâs new show X-Factor Wed, Â Modern family Wed, the Office Thursday, the Good Wife now On Sundays and 1 couple from the new season of Dancing With the Stars will make an early exit tonight. The new season of The Biggest Loser starts tonight and Glee returns to Fox for its third season. Then there are a bunch of new showâs like Whitney and New Girl, and a new cop show, called Unforgettable plus the regular season premieres of NCIS and NCIS: Los Angeles are this week.
We have all heard the band at local events for years and on The Magic Of Christmas here on Magic, one of our most popular songs is âAll I Want For Christmas Is Youâ by Vince Vance. Vince Vance is an entertainer through and through, a creature whose DNA predisposed him to show business. Still, the singer, keyboardist and songwriter with the Heat Miser hair is amazed that his career has endured for four decades.Â
Â After 40 years in showbiz, Vince Vance still enjoys being the center of attention.Â
Â ``It seems almost impossible that I've done this with my life, 40 years of consistent shows,'' he said recently. ``Hopefully I handled it with some aplomb. Always gave 'em a smile. Always played a minute more instead of a minute less. Always been thankful and patient.''Â
Â On Saturday, Vince Vance & the Valiants celebrate their 40th anniversary with a four-hour ``Louisiana Legends'' show at Rock?'n'?Bowl in New Orleans. The expected parade of guest stars includes Jo-el Sonnier, Rockin' Dopsie Jr., Al ``Carnival Time'' Johnson and the Jokers' Art Sir Van.Â
Â The Valiants still average around 100 dates a year, mostly private functions. As a composer, Vance's credits include ``All I Want for Christmas Is You'' _ not to be confused with the Mariah Carey song of the same name _ which he co-wrote under the pen name Andy Stone. The Valiants' recording of ``All I Want for Christmas Is You'' scaled the country charts six times in the 1990s. LeAnn Rimes and Sammy Kershaw, among others, covered it. Vance says he could still live off the annual royalties ``if I wanted to live poor.''Â
Â He has written goofy Saints songs ("Gris-Gris on the Other Team'') and goofy political songs, including ``Bomb Iran.'' Set to the melody of the Beach Boys' ``Barbara Ann,'' ``Bomb Iran'' was omnipresent on radio stations around the country during the Iran hostage crisis of 1979-81. Years later, Vance cooked up ``Bomb Iraq,'' built on the Coasters' ``Yakety Yak.''Â
Â Much silliness with skits and costumes ensues during a Valiants performance. Vance describes the ensemble as ``a community of male and female artists who live a vaudevillian existence, making a living by singing and dancing and being comedic.''Â
Â Â Â Â But maintaining a band is not all fun and games.Â
Â ``Forty years . it's not been pleasant, really, for other people. It hasn't been that pleasant many times for me. It's been a struggle to keep a band together.Â
Â ``I just tweeted this morning, `None whom I began with stands with me now. Maybe I had bad breath.'?"Â
Â Vince Vance was born Andrew Franichevich Jr. in Oakland, Calif. He moved to New Orleans as a young boy and later graduated from Francis T. Nicholls High School. Along the way, he realized he possessed a ``sensitivity to music. I see numbers in front of me.''Â
Â He majored in English and music at Southeastern Louisiana University, then took a job as the band director at Donaldsonville High School while moonlighting as a piano player on Bourbon Street. One night in the summer of 1971, he was approached by a group of waiters who had started a '50s-style doo-wop novelty act along the lines of Sha Na Na.Â
Â He signed on as the keyboardist and musical director for the newly christened Vince Vance & the Valiants. He quit his high school job, and didn't bother to turn in his thesis for the master's degree in English that he had been working toward at Southeastern.Â
Â The Valiants' first gig was Sept. 18, 1971, at Your Father's Mustache in the 400 block of Bourbon Street.Â
Â ``I didn't care to take the spotlight,'' Vance said. ``It didn't start out that way. I wanted to be a musical director and write music. I thought of myself as serious. I'm just this nerdy composer, really.Â
Â ``But I was also like a mushroom, a fungi. (Get it? A `fun guy.') I had a knack for it.''Â
Â The original Vince Vance, James Etienne Viator, modeled his stage persona after Sha Na Na's greaser frontman, Bowser. By 1974, the former Andrew Franichevich had assumed the role of Vince Vance. He remade the character as a wild, Jerry Lee Lewis-like firebrand, playing keyboards behind his back and wearing animal skins onstage.Â
Â Since then, dozens of Valiants have passed through the ranks. Not all of them appreciated that the band continued after their departure.Â
Â ``It was like I had this destiny, and people resented it,'' Vance said. ``They wanted it to die when they left, to say it was over and no longer relevant.''Â
Â He loved it too much to quit. ``It was my life's work. It was like living a dream. This thing overwhelmed me, this fantasy world that I live in. You live your whole life as a fantasy, as this character named Vince Vance whose hair is 18 inches in the air.''Â
Â He always appreciated fantastic follicles. As a boy, he admired the coifs of James Brown, Little Richard and local rhythm & blues character Esquerita.Â
Â ``I really didn't have cool hair like Elvis and Frankie Avalon and Bobby Darin, guys I wanted to be like. One time, my hair looked exactly like that, and that was it. It was too curly and too weird.''Â
Â Especially frustrated before a 1975 gig in Phoenix, he brushed his hair straight up and sprayed it in place. ``Everybody looked at it and said, `Hey, dude, that's it!'?"Â
Â With that, his signature style was born. Maintaining the architecture atop his skull can be a challenge. Humidity adversely affects rigidity.Â
Â ``And people look at you in a strange way, like you're a girlie-man or a weirdo. But I believed that it made a stronger impression on audiences. I've dedicated my life to that, to making sure that each show is something that someone will never forget.''Â
Â The Valiants worked hard in the early years, 250 dates a year, mostly on the road. Late one night in October 1982, while traveling in Texas between gigs in Beaumont and Dallas, the band's van was struck head-on by a vehicle whose driver had fallen asleep. Guitarist Richard Heath was killed; the others suffered broken bones.Â
Â Â Â Â Vance insisted they return to the stage as soon as possible.Â
Â ``I made everybody in the band mad. Guitarist Nick Manousos said, `How can we go back and face this?' I said, `Guess what? This is what we do. We play gigs; we make money.' Nick had casts on both legs. We had to carry him onstage.''Â
Â Over the years, the group released 18 albums, some more successfully than others. The show grew more extravagant. The female Valiantettes all sport V-names. ``It's rather precious,'' Vance said. ``But it's something to talk about.''Â
Â He rocks an assortment of costumes: Elvis. King Tut. Elton John. A cop. A beach bum. He travels with three cases of props: dozens of sunglasses, 30 cummerbunds, 20 pairs of shoes, 10 bow ties, a dozen boas.Â
Â ``The girls have about a third of that. Even though I don't use them all the time, it's like a palette from which I can create a costume that is just right for a certain song.''Â
Â Vance is less comfortable discussing his offstage life. His wife passed away in 1987, and he has never remarried. ``I like girls, maybe too much. I really love women. It was a good idea to give up that rib.''Â
Â He has two sons, one of whom is the 9th Ward keyboardist and bandleader Ratty Scurvics. Like his father, Scurvics is not averse to costumes and theatrics, albeit of a more avant-garde nature.Â
Â ``He's out there doing his counterculture thing,'' Vance said. ``I used to try to book him: `Look, can you do at least one cover song?' He's never done anything except original stuff.''Â
Â Â Â Â Vance prefers not to disclose his age.Â
Â ``There was no age to Liberace. Little Richard is always Little. I'm not a person. I'm a character that I made up in my head. I'd rather be the character than the real person. I'm not Andrew J. Franichevich. I am New Orleans.''
So It's Concert vs. Football. Tonight would you rather see Katy Perry in concert or the Saints/Green Bay Game? Saturday Night would you rather be at Tiger Stadium for the LSU home opener or the Journey/Foreigner/Nightranger concert?
A man was arrested at Celine Dion’s home and accused of breaking and entering. They were not home at the time but not only did he break in he allegedly made himself right at home. Police say Daniel Bedard ate some pastry from the refrigerator and was drawing a bath when he was caught. What else can I say to that.
Well they all count now. It’s time for the Saints regular season to start and the first game is a big one spotlighted as the “NFL Kickoff” game Thursday night. Its last year’s Superbowl champs against the champs from 2 years ago. You can watch it on NBC between the Green Bay Packers and Saints. If you watched TV at all you can’t miss the commercials promoting the game and opening of NFL football's new season. The “Today”' show, the Weather Channel, Telemundo and E! Entertainment all are reporting live this week from Green Bay. Jay Leno is promoting the start of NBC's football schedule in his monologue, “Today” is encourage viewers to wear football jerseys to work or school and Jimmy Fallon has promised football-related sketches on his late-night show. Still up in the air is NBC's planned coverage of a one-hour football entertainment show prior to the game, which may conflict with President Obama's jobs speech. Too bad the Game is not a home game because this is some great tailgating weather.
So why can't we have Mid-week storms anymore. It always seems to be the weekend that gets washed out. In this case our Holiday weekend. Still uncertain what this thing is going to do but we know whatever strenght it gets and no matter where it goes we will feel the effects all weekend. The best place to be is in Dallas this weekend watching the LSU Tigers play Oregon. The rest of us hunker down and be safe. Don't drive into any flooded area.
Get ready!.... for what? We're not sure. Nobody not even those smart computer models can tell what this area of disturbed weather will do or where it will go. We already have some bands moving over us. Whatever it does, wherever it goes our Holiday weekend looks wet. It's close to being a Depression and it could form into a Tropical Storm and it's not moving much so it even has a rare chance to become a Hurricane but nobody knows so we will be updating you every hour.
So Tropical Storm Katia was gaining strength as it moved quickly across the Atlantic today not a problem for us at all and forecasters predict it could take a Northly turn and not hit the East coast at all. We hope so as they continue to deal with tha aftermath of Irene. So now we have KATIA. Wierd name huh? Well Storms are named years in advance and used over unless the name is retired after causing major damage. Are you following me? The name KATIA was actually KATRINA to be used again. But of course that name was retired so when it came up on the list they dropped the R and the N (KATRINA). Interesting huh?
Last year we had a lot more ceremonies around the area and more attention nationally on the 5th year anniversary of Katrina. But now 6 years after Katrina not alot of ceremonies around town the main focus for most of us is to continue to rebuild this great city and remember this day and all that we went through. We all have our stories but let’s also remember today the people that lost their loves 6 years ago..... Tropicals are quite just heat and smoke from a marsh fire to deal with today.
So who do you think is the most Powerful Woman in the World. Locally Saints part owner and Vice President Rita Benson LeBlanc has to be in the top 5. We have some strong powerful women on our City Council and working behind Mayor Mitch Landrieu. And we have some powerful business owners that are women, like the Demo Diva. None of them get onto Forbes’ annual 100 Most Powerful Women list? They come from: billionaires, business, lifestyle, media, nonprofits, and politics. Remember these candidates were ranked by money, traditional and social media influence, and their “reach” or power base. The top 10 and some others.:
Angela Merkel: Chancellor of Germany
Hillary Clinton: Secretary of State, United States
Dilma Rousseff: President of Brazil
Indra Nooyi: Chief Executive of PepsiCo
Sheryl Sandberg: COO of Facebook
Melinda Gates: Co-founder and co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Sonia Gandhi: President of the Indian National Congress Party
Michelle Obama: First lady, United States
Christine Lagarde: Director of the International Monetary Fund
Buildings had to be evacuated and airports shut down for a short time today after an Earthquake centered in Virginia was felt all up the North East Coast. Didn't cause major damage or injuries, but major cities like New York were inspecting bridges and buildings and in Washington they closed museums and national monuments. It was a 5.9-magnitude quake and this weekend that same area may be dealing with Hurricane Irene… an earthquake and hurricane in the same week?
One of the most beloved City Council menbers is leaving. I know City Council members are usually corrupt or unqualified. But that has changed in the last several years with Good poeple with visionary idea's. One of those people is leaving as Arnie Fielkow has resigned. He has a chance to make a whole lot more money for his family in a new job as the new chief executive officer of the National Basketball Retired Players Association but located in Chicago. he had helped rebuild this city, bring it's people together and kept the Saints here when Benson wanted out after Katrina. He is a great man and while we wish him well we worry about who is worthy to take his place.
I cannot watch a Saints game without turning down the sound on my TV and listening to Jim and Hokie broadcast on WWL the flagship station of the Saints Radio Network. Sometimes I put the big speakers on sometimes I have a mini radio with headphones, BUT now something to be excited about. You can now listen to Saints games LIVE on your computer at WWL.com! It’s FREE you do have to first sign up for the WWL Big Talkers Club; they won’t share your email address with anyone. You only need to sign up once;you should note that running a live audio stream on your computer does count as data usage on your internet plan. You may want to check with your internet service provider if you think streaming several hours a week could make an impact on your data usage limitations with your particular internet provider. It’s really cool because not only locals but the Who Dat nation including our troops overseas can now listen online. One problem if you watching the game with WWL broadcast on a computer it requires massive "buffering" of the audio to ensure that everyone can hear the game. That process does result in a significant delay between what you see on TV and what you hear on WWL.com. If you have a DVR, however, you could also pause your video to let the streaming audio "catch up," and then you'll be in sync. GO SAINTS-GO WWL Radio
As quick as heavy storms form around here this is something we can relate too but tragically 5 people have died from their injuries when a massive gust of wind brought down a stage at the Indiana State Fair on Saturday night, killing at least 5 and injuring 24, officials said. Authorities said they feared more casualties. "A big gust of wind came through. You could see a lot of people panicking. All the scaffolding and speakers -- all that came crashing down -- and the whole stand just collapsed," said Aaron Richman, who witnessed the collapse at the Indiana State Fairgrounds in Indianapolis. The Indianapolis Department of Public Safety posted on its Twitter page the death toll and said that 24 people had been taken to area hospitals. Two local hospitals placed the number of injured at 43, including some walk-in patients. Capt. Brad Weaver, commander of special operations for the Indiana State Police, said he took the stage at 8:45 p.m. to warn the audience of severe weather. Ten minutes later, the wind gust blew through. He said he "saw the framework from the stage start to come over." He said he and others took cover behind a trailer, which was also struck by debris from the stage. Sara Bareilles had finished her set at the Hoosier Lottery Grandstand stage when the wind knocked down the rigging on to the stage. "I'm speechless and feel so helpless," Bareilles said on her Twitter page. "My heart aches for the lives lost." The show's headliners, country music duo Sugarland, was to take the stage next. "We are stunned and heartbroken for the fans and their families in Indiana." said Sugarland singer Jennifer Nettles. "We hold those injured in our prayers at this very sad time. There are no words. It is tragic."."
Just 24 hours away from Gameday and the start of the Saints preseason. Who Dat, it’s the 49’s from San Francisco at the Dome at 7pm. If you got tickets you will be one of the first fans to see all the newly completed upgrades to the Superdome. Some say all the improvements and “all the bells and whistles'' makes it like a new facility. The latest work is part of a multi-phase $336 million project begun after Hurricane Katrina wrecked the building, stripping away part of the roof and dumping water throughout.
Saints owner Tom Benson says the result is equivalent to the new facility he was pushing for before the 2005 storm. Gov. Bobby Jindal says work was done at a fraction of the cost of a new stadium and the Superdome will provide $41.1 billion in economic benefits to the city and state. GO SAINTS
The last few months have been, let’s say, challenging for Jennifer Lopez. And while Randy and Steven Tyler agreed to return as judges on American idol she remained undecided or held out for more money. But now its official Jennifer Lopez is returning to American Idol. Producer Nigel Lythgoe confirmed the news today that Lopez will return for her 2nd season with Steven and Randy. She will be paid more than $20 million, an $8 million raise from her first season. Guess that hold out really worked.
Conditions were perfect when she left Havana Cuba on Sunday evening, the water was glasslike like we see Lake Ponchartrain a lot but it can also get very choppy very quick and that’s what happen as 61-year-old marathon swimmer Diana Nyad felt her right shoulder seize up with pain Monday afternoon as the ocean swells now rolled over her head and then she was struck by an asthma attack, her first ever, and struggled to breathe. But she kept swimming. But twelve hours later, halfway between Cuba and her destination of Key West, Fla., Ms. Nyad was treading water when she began vomiting. She then reluctantly allowed herself to be pulled aboard a support boat named the Bellisimo, where she was quickly wrapped in blankets. After swimming nearly 29 hours, Ms. Nyad abandoned her quest to complete the 60-hour, 103-mile journey, spread across three days, between Cuba and the United States. “It was my decision to stop and nobody else’s,” Ms. Nyad said during a phone interview Tuesday morning moments after arriving at a Key West marina. “I’m deeply grieved and disappointed, but I can hold my head up high. We pictured that moment of me crawling up on that Key West shore. We knew it was my year and my time, even at 61.” She added, “It was a fairy tale, but the fairy tale didn’t come true.” Her doctor, Michael Broder, said Ms. Nyad had not suffered from dehydration but was violently vomiting when she was hoisted out of the water. “Physically, she is exhausted and mentally she is exhausted,” Dr. Broder said. “Considering what she has been through, she looks pretty good.” Ms. Nyad said she had no regrets. She had concluded that the combination of her injured shoulder and the asthma attack made continuing impossible. “It was over, I knew it,” she said. “My body was at the absolute very end. Will power wasn’t a part of it anymore.”
On Tuesday morning, she said that her goal had been to demonstrate to people in their 60s that “life is not over” and that the age of “60 is the new 40.” At the age of 29, Ms. Nyad set a record for the longest ocean swim: 102.5 miles from Bimini in the Bahamas, to Jupiter, Fla. A year earlier, she had tried to swim the Cuba-to-Key West passage. Strong currents and rough water had banged her body against a metal shark cage, forcing her to quit after swimming 41 hours and 49 minutes. This time, she tried the swim without a shark cage despite warnings that the warm waters are infested with sharks. She was guarded by a flotilla of boats equipped with satellites, global position systems, advanced navigation systems and shark shields. Ms. Nyad said she did not feel as if she had let them down, or the thousands of fans who had followed the progress of her swim on Facebook and Twitter. “I’ll say this for myself and my team — there is no way 30 hours should have brought me to my knees,” she said. “Even yesterday afternoon, I really believed I was going to walk up on that shore, even though it wouldn’t be the way I had wanted it to be.” that.” For people over 60, she said, the goal should be “to live a life with no regrets and no worries about what you are going to do with your time. Fill it with passion. Be your best self.”
Are you a good swimmer, check that a great swimmer. Could you make it across Lake Pontchartrain? Could you make it from Cuba to Florida? Someone is trying! This female swimmer Diana Nyad is swimming from Havana Cuba to Key West, Fla. Right now she’s about a third of the way and oh by the way she's 61. Her Facebook page say she's experiencing some shoulder problems and asthma, but is still doing well. She can stop briefly for nourishment, but can't touch the support boat. She did it before and failed when she was 28. It's expected to take 60 hours to cover the 103 miles from Cuba's capital to Key West. And this time, she's not using a shark cage. She's relying instead on an electrical field from equipment being towed by kayakers to keep the sharks at bay.
With the school year coming up, Louisiana is having an annual sales tax holiday on Friday and Saturday. But lots of items are exempt from the 4 percent sales tax, not just school supplies The annual event exempts the first $2,500 of the purchase price of eligible items from the 4 percent state sales tax. The law defines eligible items as "individual items of tangible personal property for non-business use.'' Local sales taxes still must be paid. What's not covered? Any vehicle subject to tax and title, restaurant and to-go meals and such services as hotel rooms, printing and telecommunications services, leases or rentals, repairs to personal property and tickets for athletic and other amusement and recreational events. To be eligible for the tax holiday, a shopper must buy and accept delivery of the item, put the item on layaway or claim an item previously put on layaway. An item that must be delivered is eligible, as long as the customer does not request delayed shipment. And there's something in it for merchants: a $25-per-machine tax credit is available for reprogramming of cash registers for the holiday.
The Department of Revenue also said shoppers should keep receipts for uniforms, books and other items students will need for the new school year, since many of those purchases can be claimed as state income tax credits.
Not that I'm not over the Heat but is it just me or is time flying. I guess that's all part of getting older. But My daughter who's at LSU say's the same thing. So what's to look forward to this month. No Much. No Holidays till Labor Day in Sept. It's Back to School time and we also are getting into the busy part of Hurricane Season. Told you not much to look forward too but 2 more paychecks. But with a Holiday and some really good concerts next Month not to mention maybe some early cool fronts. And I have a feeling September will get here quick just like August did.
If you saw some white stretch limo's downtown this morning that was for a wedding of Former
Â Gov. Edwin Edwards, who will be 84 next month, just got out of prison and married 32-year-old Trina Grimes Scott at the Monteleone Hotel this morning.Â The bride befriended Edwards while he was serving a federal prison sentence for a bribery and extortion scheme.Â Â Edwards wore a blue suit, while the bride wore a cream-colored, knee-length, bare-shouldered dress.Â
Â A reporter asked what the dress was made of. She said she didn't know. Edwards quipped: ``It's Italian silk, with a Cajun twist.''
Not that it's shocking news. There were rumors for months even Reggie tweeted, 'It's been fun New Orleans" after we drafted RB Ingram. So now that Reggie Bush leaves the Who Dat Nation to play for the Miami Dolphins, what will Who Dat's do with their No. 25 jersey? At least he's not going to the Falcon's. And NO we don't play Miami this season.
Training camp practice sessions are open to the Public on a first-come, first-served basis. Bleacher seating is available along the north and west sides of the team’s training facility. Standing room along the fence line is permitted. There is no admission charge for watching training camp practice and parking is free. Public parking is available in parking lots close to the team facility off of Airline Drive in Metairie.
2011 New Orleans Saints Training Camp Schedule
Date Practice Times Location Notes
Wednesday, August 10 Morning 8:50 am – 11:30 am Outdoor Fields Open to the Public
Thursday, August 11 MEETINGS NO MEDIA
Friday, August 12 GAMEDAY 7:00 PM CT 49ERS at SAINTS LOUISIANA SUPERDOME
Saturday, August 13 PLAYERS OFF NO MEDIA
Sunday, August 14 Afternoon 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm Outdoor Fields Open to the Public
Monday, August 15 Morning 8:50 am – 11:30 am Outdoor Fields Open to the Public
Tuesday, August 16 Morning 8:50 am – 11:30 am Outdoor Fields Open to the Public
Wednesday, August 17 Morning 8:50 am – 11:30 am Outdoor Fields Open to the Public
Thursday, August 18 Morning 8:50 am – 11:30 am Outdoor Fields Open to the Public
Friday, August 19 TRAVEL TO HOUSTON NO MEDIA
Saturday, August 20 GAMEDAY 7:00 PM CT SAINTS at TEXANS RELIANT STADIUM
Sunday, August 21 BREAK CAMP
• Practice times and field locations are subject to change with little or no advance warning due to weather considerations or at the discretion of the Head Coach. Updates will be made hourly at the Saints twitter account @Official_Saints
• Media alerts, updates and schedule changes will be made daily on www.neworleanssaints.com once training camp starts.
PLEASE NOTE: In the event of inclement weather, (including rain, thunderstorms and extreme heat) practices will be moved indoors and will be closed to the public. Practice times and field locations are subject to change with little or no advance warning at the discretion of the Head Coach. Media and Fan alerts, updates and schedule changes will be made daily on www.neworleanssaints.com once training camp starts or by clicking on to twitter @Official_Saints
So this guy wakes up and it's freezing and realizes he's in a morgue fridge 24 hours after his family thought he had died. The day before his family called in an undertaker who sent him to the morgue after the 80 year old had some kind of attack and fell to the floor at home. So when the emergency crew got there, they examined the body, checked his pulse, looked for a heartbeat, but there was nothing. But a day after staff put the body into a locked refrigerated compartment, morgue workers heard someone shouting for help. They thought it was a ghost; everybody got scared and called the police. After opening the draw the man was pale and said, 'How did I get here?''' He was taken to the hospital and later discharged by doctors who deemed him stable.
Now the man’s family was informed while they were making funeral arrangements. and were happy to have him home, but all are still trying to recover from such a traumatic experience.
So I just blogged about the safest, sweetest movie Winnie The Pooh yesterday. And it brought some comment from listenetrs about other so called kids movies. Movies for kids aren't all sweetness and light, even if they're rated G. Bambi's mom dying, Old Yeller? Cruella De Vil wanting to make those poor little Dalmatians into coats? Scary scenes can make the happy ending worthwhile, but some kids can’t handle some intense moments, even if mom or dad is close by. So here are some of the scenes from Movies that frightened their children -- and sometimes, the parent’s too.
Toy Story' terror
Most kids were scared by the cymbal-clanging monkey in Toy Story 3. My god child Kyle when he wants to watch the movie, he asks — even before I put the DVD in — if I will skip the monkey part. He's not a very frightful kid, but the monkey really scares him.” Toy Story 3, hands down was a popular choice most parents called the creepiest "children's" film. The incinerator scene in Toy Story 3 scared a lot of children even to the point of tears. A lot of parents that bought Toy Story and Toy Story 2 on DVD refuse to purchase Toy Story 3."
What happened to 'Nemo's' mom?
Young children seemed terrified of the opening scene in 'Finding Nemo,' where Marlin and Coral are attacked by that big fish and the fish eats Coral and all the fish eggs except Nemo. Some parents skip that scene when playing there DVD
Stop those 'Cars'
'Cars 2, Oh come on what one parent described as “a mix of 'Fast and the Furious' and 007 all in one. I was surprised to see so MANY guns in the movie. So many shoot outs, it was just too much for a 6 year old and a 3 yr old!"
'Ice Age 2,' 'Gremlins,' and Darth Vader
"The flood in 'Ice Age 2 The Meltdown' had many 3-6 years olds scared. Now 'Gremlins' is pretty scary for older kids and even adults and who wasn’t scared of DARTH VADER!
'Ratatouille': Shoot those rats
More Gun’s to worry about in the Disney movie ‘Ratatouille’. Wham-bam first scene is of a grandmother-type woman pulling out a shotgun and shooting her whole house up trying to kill all of the rats!
My sister who is near 50 still will not watch that movie. She is scared to death of E.T. And we heard from a few parents that it terrified there children as well. The very first scene that showed E.T.'s face put some kids over the edge. Even after explaining to them that E.T. is 'nice' and 'cute' but had no luck at convincing them that he was anything other than a hideous monster from outer space!’
'Coraline': Fake Mom needs a manicure
"The scene in 'Coraline' where the "Fake Mom" is chasing after Coraline and has extremely long nails was way too much for one 7 year old. She hasn't watched the movie since."
Murder in 'Mulan'
"There are several scenes in the cartoon 'Mulan' which were far too violent/disturbing for a child to see. Another Disney movie that a parent says failed to recognize the topic was that Genghis Khan was a murderer of millions of people, and there are some subjects that shouldn't be taught to young children until they are old enough to understand
'Heidi': Even Shirley Temple movies can scare
Really” Yep, the 1937 movie, 'Heidi' starring Shirley Temple traumatized one small girl when she was 4 years old. She trembled when Heidi's grumpy grandfather or Fräulein Rottenmeier, the mean and strict housekeeper were in the scenes! She’s now 20 years old and says it's one of the scariest movies ever!"
One of my favorite things to do after we go out and eat is to stop at a Book store and look around. Pick a few books to look over in those comfy chairs. Some of the Stores even have little coffee shops in them. So I was very sad to hear that Borders was declaring Bankruptcy and going to close their locations here in town on vets near causeway and that awesome building on St Charles Ave. BUT today we found out that Borders is seeking permission to sell 30 to 35 of its stores to bookstore chain Books-a- Million. Border said previously that an unnamed bidder was seeking to buy the leases and assets of 30 Borders stores. It named Books-a- Million as the bidder during a hearing at the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York on Today and a judge is expected to rule on the matter as well as Borders plan to liquidate its remaining stores later on Thursday. Books-a-million said that they would keep any stores open that were not near and other of their stores which is great news for us because Book-a-million is currently located only on the Northshore and in Houma so let hope they keep both locations here in Open.
Call me a wimp but Pooh bear has always been special to me since I was a kid. So I find it very refreshing ion the movie world with the Hangover 2, Friends With benefits, Transformers, andÂ Harry Potter, Â I would skip me all to go see Disneyâs new âWinnie the PoohâMovie.Â Â Yes, really, will anybody else be in the Movie with me. Just the commercial is great I saw on TV last night. The commercial begins with all the characters youâve known your entire life happily marching along, a floating red balloon drifting up into the air over a bed of British pop band Keaneâs heartbreaking piano-ballad âSomewhere Only We Know.â
Â Then Pooh announces, âWe have a very important thing to do.â Clearly, that important thing involves disarming adults and rendering them powerless to the charms of a cartoon character they might have forgotten they loved. I do wonder how the old-fashioned âWinnie the Poohâ could survive this toilet tongue world we live in. I know you wonât hear a fart like in the too-grown-up-too-fast tone of the âShrekâ franchise. More than any other series aimed at the family audience in the past 10 years, âShrekâ and its endless imitators have helped turn childrenâs cinema into a litter box of visually frenzied animation and bad attitude starring digital chipmunks, a smart-aleck Russell Brand-voiced Easter Bunny, penguins that defecate all over Jim Carrey, guinea pigs who are also international spies and another bear named Yogi who found himself updated via digital 3-D, inserted into a live-action setting and forced to dance to âBaby Got Back.â Thanks for letting me vent. So not a person alive should call me wimpy for loving soft-spoken Pooh and his friends. And NO itâs not in 3-D. And donât think that the new âWinnie the Poohâ is just for 4-year-old kids obviously, the young kids will love it but itâs the household decision makers who are being courted and wooed here. Disney wants to reach out to the child inside the grown-ups who must drive the kids to the theater, hoping that those grown-ups will transfer their lifelong affection for The Hundred Acre Wood to a new generation. Thatâs why that Music is also important in the movie. The Keane song is so prominently placed, its lyric âOh simple thing where have you gone?â given prime space in the trailer. Itâs meant to beckon 40-year-olds to give 70 minutes to the memory of a time when mortgages and health insurance werenât even looming on the need-to-know vocabulary list. In this relaunched âWinnie the Pooh,â the biggest concern is finding Eeyoreâs lost tail. And itâs not just me. On YouTube, where the movieâs full-length trailer has more than a million hits, the usual inflammatory and profane comments section has turned into a confessional, with âWHY AM I WEEPING OVER THIS THING? IâM AN ADULT!â dominating the discussion.â
This scenario also gives Disney a chance to retro-brand their product after years of dilution and ill-considered attempts. (Biggest mistake: Tigger re-enacting the famous Marilyn Monroe up-blown skirt moment in 2000âs âThe Tigger Movie.â) The manic energy of everything else around â including recent Disney efforts like âTangledâ â just isnât a good fit for the animals in the Hundred Acre Wood, and the hand-drawn, 2-D style is a welcome signal that vintage Pooh is back. Purists can breathe a little more easily. The film is opening on the same day as âHarry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2,â hoping to siphon off parents of the very young for whom the Potter saga is too adult and intense. Itâs fitting, in a way, for a project that seems determined not to participate in modernity on any level besides employing the services of a weepy Britpop hit. Itâs classic counter-programming, on the weekend when the J.K. Rowling earthquake rolls across the entire country, for there to be another option, one thatâs sweet, quiet and kind instead of epic, violent and loud. Little kids will enjoy it all, while parents, when not checking their cell phones, will be thankful for the thoughtfully brief running time. Oh Botha.
Jennifer Lopez just released her new album called âLoveâ and her new single is called âStarting Overâ. Hummm. Now we find out that the Singer, actress and American Idol judge and husband singer Marc Anthony are divorcing after seven years of marriage. "This was a very difficult decision," the couple said in a statement. "It is a painful time for all involved and we appreciate the respect of our privacy at this time. The couple also said they have reached "amicable conclusions on all matters." They have 3-year-old twins, Max and Emme. Jennifer has not yet announced if she will return to the show. In addition to her musical career she has starred in films including "The Wedding Planner," "Maid in Manhattan," and "The Back-up Plan."In April, the pair announced plans for a television show together, "Q'Viva! The Chosen," with Simon Fuller, the creator of "Idol." The show was to feature the superstar couple as they traveled the world to find the best performers in Latin music, dance and other arts with the goal of creating a live extravaganza. The show had no airdate, and it's unclear if it will continue. In April, People put her on its cover declaring her the "World's Most Beautiful Woman." Â The marriage was the third for Lopez, 41, and the second for Anthony, 42. He was previously wed to 1993 Miss Universe winner Dayanara Torres. She was married to dancer Cris Judd and before that, to waiter Ojani Noa. Each of their previous three marriages lasted just a year
Had a listener call me and ask if the sales tax holiday is this weekend and NO it's not. But it is coming up so if you do plan a large purchase you might want to wait a couple of weeks when the Louisiana ‘annual sales tax holiday is scheduled for the weekend of Aug. 5-6. During those two days, the first $2,500 of the purchase price of eligible items is exempt from the 4 percent sales tax. It’s mostly to save on back to school item but no sales tax up to $2500 helps. The items are largely for personal, non-business use. Vehicle purchases aren't covered by the holiday. Neither are most services, tickets for recreational events and restaurant meals. The state revenue department says expenses for school supplies, uniforms and educational equipment required by schools also are eligible for deductions on 2011 state income tax returns.
Kids have this down and I have alot of parents wonder, “How do they do that smiley face thing”? So here’s a quick lessen. if you have alot of time to waste at work. First look at each cluster of things closely and you should be able to figure out what button that is on your phone. Here are a few popular happy faces...
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It wasn’t that long ago I stopped at the Exxon station at W.Esplanade and Causeway and gassed up for $3.19 a gallon, the next week it was $3.23, the next up to $3.34, last week it was $3.42 and this morning $3.54. As crude oil prices go up, so do gas prices. Gas prices have jumped almost thirty-cents and that Exxon station always has the lower end gas price. Others in the area like Shell are $3.79 for regular unleaded. Very few stations remain under $3.60. But the price of crude oil jumped over the last couple of weeks and now gas prices are playing catch up. Often times, stations will raise prices drastically, but you ever notice when it comes time to drop prices, they do so much slower. And it’s not like we can do anything about. It’s so frustrating to just pay what they say. But are Hybrids and electric cars really the answer?
Parents seeking healthier restaurant meals for their kids can start to look beyond chicken nuggets and macaroni-and-cheese. At least 19 restaurant chains including Burger King, Chili's, IHOP and Friendly's said today that they will include healthier options on their children's menus. At least 15,000 restaurant locations will focus on increasing servings of fruits and vegetables, lean proteins, whole grains and low-fat dairy. The items will have less fats, sugars and sodium. Less healthy foods like burgers and fries will still be on the menu, but the restaurants say they will do more to promote healthier options. Chili's, for example, will highlight a chicken sandwich with a side of pineapple or mandarin oranges on their kids' menu. Burger King has recently reformulated children's chicken nuggets so they include less sodium, and employees taking orders will ask if customers want healthier apple fries instead of just the standard "fries with that?'' The effort is part of a new National Restaurant Association initiative to give kids more healthy options at restaurants and to make it easier for parents to find those options. Some of the items are already on menus, but restaurants will advertise them more prominently and flag the healthier menu items to make ordering easier. To be part of the program, restaurants must include at least one kids' menu item that is 600 calories or less and meets other nutritional requirements. A side dish worth less than 200 calories must also be included. ``This could provide a great push toward healthier offerings at restaurants,'' said Robert Post, the Agriculture Department official in charge of developing the department's dietary guidelines, which came out earlier this year. Those urged Americans to eat less salt. ``We hope this is a trend toward new items and voluntary reformulations,'' Post said. Chain restaurants large and small signing up for the initiative are Au Bon Pain, Bonefish Grill, Burger King, Burgerville, Carrabba's Italian Grill, Chevys, Chili's, Corner Bakery Cafe, Cracker Barrel, Denny's, El Pollo Loco, Friendly's, IHOP, Joe's Crab Shack, Outback Steakhouse, Silver Diner, Sizzler, T-Bones Great American Eatery and zpizza. Joe Taylor of Chili's said the company has responded to consumer demands for healthier foods. While diners looking for a healthier meal used to have to ask for substitutions, they now have more options. ``We've seen our guests customize their meals to a greater degree when they are looking to hold the mayo or add the broccoli,'' Taylor said. Patrick Lenow of IHOP said the restaurant will add two new children's menu items because of the effort, including pancakes with fruit and scrambled eggs with fruit. The company had already limited everything on their children's menu to fewer than 600 calories and made fruit a default side, instead of fries _ a change that has dramatically increased fruit consumption at the restaurants, Lenow said. Several restaurant chains haven't committed yet to joining the effort. Maggiano's, owned with Chili's by Brinker International, is not part of the program. Neither is McDonald's, the world's largest burger chain. Dawn Sweeney, president and CEO of the National Restaurant Association, said the group is hoping to add additional restaurants to the effort in coming months. First lady Michelle Obama last year attended a National Restaurant Association meeting in Washington and pleaded with them to take a little butter or cream out of their dishes, use low-fat milk and provide apple slices or carrots as a default side. She said Americans eat a third of their meals in restaurants, which have long been seen by many as the worst offenders in terms of nutrition. Many restaurant companies are starting to reformulate menu items and add new healthier sections to their menus, however, as consumers have shown a heightened interest in nutrition. John Dillon of Denny's said the company recently took photos of French fries off their menus. ``Where before we may have been concerned about not having French fries pictured on our menu, we're now finding that has actually helped our business,'' he said. Nutrition advocate Margo Wootan of the advocacy group Center for Science in the Public Interest says the effort is a good first step, but that restaurants need to do even more. ``It's not enough to have one healthy option in a minefield of high calories, high fat and high salt,'' she said. She says the best ways for restaurants to make a difference is to make a healthy side dish a default, as IHOP has with fruit, and to suggest healthier options to diners at the order point, as Burger King has with its apple fries. The federal government will also soon require restaurants to post calories on their menus. FDA guidelines will require chain restaurants with 20 or more locations, along with bakeries, grocery stores, convenience stores and coffee chains, to clearly post the calories.
Yeap the family still fights over the oil riches, the classic theme song is back and so is JR— “Dallas”is back! Or at least it will be in the summer of 2012. The drama picks up a couple of decades after the original "Dallas" ended in 1991. In other words, J.R. and Bobby Ewing are still invested in their prolonged case of sibling rivalry, but it’s their sons who inherit the full family feud. Larry Hagman and Patrick Duffy reprise their iconic roles as the battling brothers, and Linda Gray returns as Sue Ellen. As for the next generation, Jess Metcalfe and Josh Henderson, both of “Desperate Housewives” fame, will take on the roles of Christopher and John Ross (aka J.R. III). Here is the very first promo for the upcoming TNT series.
The Lake Pontchartrain Causeway is again the owner of the title, "world's longest bridge."
Chinese officials claimed that a new bridge opened last week was the new champ with a length of 26 miles, two miles longer than the Causeway. Officials with the Louisiana bridge cried foul, and pointed out that while the Chinese bridge had 26 miles of roadway, most of the length is in a huge curve, covering far less distance when measured point-to-point.
"We'd wondered about the way the Chinese bridge was calculated," said Causeway General Manager Carlton Dufrechou. "It curves, and it's got a third spoke. They did use the aggregate length, which appears to be 26 miles." The record-keepers at Guinness agree.
Guinness has clarified the category as "world's longest bridge continuously over water," a title the Causeway again holds. The record-keeping organization has also created a category, "Longest bridge over water (aggregate length," ) for which the Chinese bridge now holds the record. "One way or the other, it's good to retain the title.
So there is lot’s of “Buzz” about this new Movie "Horrible Bosses," which makes sense since a lot of you may work for Horrible bosses that would never be as bad as these bosses. Jennifer Aniston is one of the Horrible Bosses but I find it hard to believe that anyone could actually work for any of these types of people, because it would be lawsuit city. But in Hollywood everything and anything goes in this naughty really R-rated comedy. But if you love raunchy comedy -- say the "Hangover" crowd you will like this too. Without giving anything away. Three yo-yos have horrible bosses. Salesman Jason Bateman is stuck with an abusive, sadist-psycho boss played by Kevin Spacey, Jason Sudeikis actually has a great boss in Donald Sutherland, but he die’s after one scene, (sorry to give that away) which leaves Sudeikis at the mercy of his boss’ coke-head, party-till-you-drop son (Colin Farrell). The third horrible boss is well really Horrible. A potty-mouthed sex addicted Dentist played by Jennifer Aniston. (Jennifer!) These three abused employees meet up in a bar to vent about their bosses and to plot their murders. But they haven’t a clue how to accomplish this so they hire one dude -- Jamie Foxx, to be their “murder consultant”, everything they try goes wrong, but ultimately -- The Three get more or less what they want without giving away the Movie too much. Out of 10 stars it gets a 6 for me.
So we all dream about it like our parents. One day you stop working, get a watch for a present and then... just live life with no job. You travel, you go out more, you do whatever you want all day and still get paid. But for our generation…NOT. According to a new study, a lot more of us are going to be working until we're 80, maybe even longer. According to the Employee Benefit Research Institute and their recent study titled "The Impact of Deferring Retirement Age on Retirement Income Adequacy," we'll be working a lot longer than our parents. Tulane Business Professor Mark Rosa says too many people are counting on Social Security benefits, which was never meant for retirees' sole form of income. "From its inception, it was meant to supplement another retirement plan from an employer." Of course, there aren't many of those kinds of plans anymore, as most corporations have chosen to roll employees over to a 401k plan that involves them saving and investing for their own retirement. I guess you could say 80 is the new 65. Rosa says, blame in part, the recession. "We've had people through this great recession that had retirement level assets maybe 6 or 7 figures of assets, dissolve right before their eyes. That's 20 or 30 or 40 years worth of savings that went away in about two years." This study shows the less a person earns, the longer they'll need to work. According to MarketWatch, Jack VanDerhei, one of the co-authors of the study says, "Those who earned (on average over the course of their careers) less than $11,700 per year, the lowest income quartile, would need to defer retirement till age 84 before 90% of those households would have just a 50% chance of affording retirement. "Those who earned between $11,700 and $31,200 will need to work till age 76 to have a 50% chance of covering basic expenses in retirement. Those who earned between $31,200 and $72,500 will need to work to age 72 to have a 50% chance and those who earned more than $72,500, those in the highest income quartile, catch a break; they get stop working at age 65 to have a 50/50 chance of funding their retirement. Now the reality about EBRI's findings is that many Americans, who are able to continue working and whose skills are still in demand, are already working past age 65. In 2009, 17.2% of Americans age 65 and older were in the labor force, according to recent AARP Public Policy Institute report."
Weâve gotten so many callâs about her and her new song âRollin In The Deepâ that Iâd thought Iâd share some info on Adele Laurie Blue Adkins. She is a 23 year old singer better knownas Adele is an English singer. She was the first recipient of the Brit Awards Critics' Choice and was named the number-one predicted breakthrough act of 2008 in an annual BBC poll of music critics, and at the 2009 Grammy Awards Adele won the awards for Best New Artist and Best Female Pop Vocal Performance. Poor thing has been sick lately but Adele's tour will soon be rolling again. Just last month, the Grammy winner was forced to postpone the remaining dates on her North American trek due to a bad case of laryngitis. But sheâs heading back to the United States in August to resume her tour, and then return to the U.K. -- where she's spent the last month recovering from her illness--for another set of performances in September. Adele revealedthe good news while chatting Tuesday morning on BBC Radio 1. "It's basically a hole in your vocal cord, but I sang through it, so that's why it popped, but I'm better now.Â " OUCH!
Because of the drought condition Fireworks may not be such a great idea this year. You can see one of the best fireworks displays in the country Monday night at 9 on the riverfront for Go 4th on the River. But if you’re going to stop by one of the many tents around the area and pick up fireworks, it's important to follow a few fireworks safety tips. . .
Even before lighting a single match, it's critical to make sure you’re using fireworks safely. In 2005, about 10,800 people were treated in emergency rooms for fireworks-related injuries. Nearly half of then were under age 15.
In fact, using fireworks safely is paramount when children are involved. Children between the ages of 10 and 14 were at three times the risk of fireworks injuries than the general population.
About a third of the injuries were from small firecrackers, 21 percent from bottle rockets and 20 percent from sparklers. In 2004, fireworks caused $21 million in direct property damage.
The National Safety Council advises that the best way to practice fireworks safety is to watch a public fireworks display conducted by professionals. However, if fireworks are legal where you live and you decide to use them, be sure you know you are using fireworks safely:
Use outdoors only.
Obey local fireworks safety laws. If fireworks are not legal where you live, do not use them!
Always have both a garden hose and a bucket nearby.
Only use fireworks safely as they are intended, don’t try to change or combine them.
Light only one firework at a time.
Never relight a "dud" firework. Wait 15 to 20 minutes and then soak it in water.
Dispose of fireworks properly by soaking in water, then disposing in trash.
Never shoot fireworks in metal or glass containers.
The shooter should always wear eye protection and never have any part of the body over the firework.
Use fireworks safely by using common sense. Spectators should keep a safe distance.
Shooter should avoid drinking alcohol and wear safety glasses.
Only kids over age 12 should handle sparklers of any type.
Never use homemade fireworks or illegal explosives.