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NEW YORK - Aerosmith has flown with turbulence for most of their 40-year career, but as the group's summer tour begins this week, things in the band seem to be absolutely blissful.

'We've already gone through all our problems,' Steven Tyler said in a recent interview, laughing with Joe Perry.

Aerosmith has definitely had its share of feuds both public and private, most recently in 2009, when Perry lashed out at Tyler after the 'American Idol' judge fell off a stage during the band's concert tour and injured himself, forcing the band off the road. Perry questioned Tyler's dedication to Aerosmith and even floated the idea of a new lead singer, but they made publicly made up.

Published in Music
Wednesday, 13 June 2012 13:48

June 13, 2012

Happy graduataion!

SPRING CREEK, Nev. - Students at a northeastern Nevada high school were surprised when they received their diplomas: the word 'graduation' was misspelled as 'graduataion.'

Spring Creek High Principal Keith Walz told the Elko Daily Free Press that the misspelling on about 200 diplomas ordered from the Salt Lake City company Jostens was an 'inadvertent mistake.'

Jostens spokesman Bryan Durfey acknowledges the company was responsible for the mistake, and says corrected diplomas already have been sent by priority mail directly to graduates.

He says the company realizes it isn't going to be perfect, and its policy is to fix errors immediately.

The school will not be charged for the extra diplomas.

In a similar incident, diplomas at a Maryland high school are being reprinted because they contained a misspelling of the word 'program.'

TME Evrywon noes speling dusn't mattur.

Published in Weird National Briefs
Wednesday, 06 June 2012 14:09

The Hunger Games' tops MTV Movie Awards

LOS ANGELES - The fan votes - not just the odds - were in 'The Hunger Games' favor at the MTV Movie Awards.

The dystopian survival saga escaped from Sunday's 21st annual extravaganza with the most golden popcorn-shaped trophies, including best fight for the film's final three-way battle and best on-screen transformation for Elizabeth Banks' over-the-top futuristic makeover. 'Hunger Games' stars Jennifer Lawrence and Josh Hutcherson were also honored for best female and male performances.

'I've wanted to hold a golden popcorn since I was 4 years old,' beamed Hutcherson.

With four wins out of eight nominations, 'Hunger Games' didn't totally decimate the competition. 'Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2' won prizes for best cast and best hero, while 'The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1' won for movie of the year, and 'Twilight' stars Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson locked the best kiss trophy for the fourth straight year.

Published in Buzz
Wednesday, 30 May 2012 12:50

May 30, 2012

The King is dead

LOS ANGELES - For the right price, you or a loved one can rest in peace in the tomb of The King.

Celebrity auctioneer Darren Julien is selling Elvis Presley's original crypt to the highest bidder as part of his 'Music Icons' auction later this month.

The tomb is located inside the granite and marble mausoleum at the Forest Hill Cemetery in Memphis, Tennessee.

Presley was interred there alongside his mother, Gladys, after he died Aug. 16, 1977. Two months later, they were re-buried at his Graceland home. The original crypt has remained empty ever since.

Published in Weird National Briefs
Wednesday, 23 May 2012 12:35

May 23, 2012

A brief burglary

BOISE, Idaho - Police in southwest Idaho say a man chose briefs over boxers to wear on his head as he held up a coffee shop and stole a safe.

Coffee shop owner Jason Wilson tells the Idaho Statesman says he believes the man was likely not prepared when he entered Big Star Coffee in Fruitland with an accomplice on Tuesday morning.

Wilson asked: 'Who robs something with underwear on their head?'

Investigators say the two burglars made off with about $500 in cash that was inside the safe. Their actions were captured on surveillance cameras inside and outside the shop.

TME Oddly enough, they were wearing ski masks as underpants.

Published in Weird National Briefs
Thursday, 17 May 2012 08:19

May 16, 2012

You can't park here!

LA PUENTE, Calif. - The Diaz family awoke to find a Lexus at the bottom of their swimming pool.

The Southern California family tells the San Gabriel Valley Tribune that drivers navigating the tricky intersection next to their house in La Puente have hit their cinderblock wall before, but early Sunday one of them smashed right through it in his silver sedan, then sank into the pool. A crane later fished out the 2006 Lexus.

California Highway Patrol officer Steve Licon says the driver - 40-year-old Modesto Cabral - was able to escape from the car through the passenger side window and had only minor injuries.

Jail records show he was booked on suspicion of drunken driving and was being held on $10,000 bail. It is not clear whether he's hired an attorney.

TME You use this term 'car pool' we do not think it means what you think it means.

Published in Weird National Briefs
Wednesday, 09 May 2012 11:53

May 9, 2012

Monkey business

LARGO, Fla. - A Florida man is charged with felony drunken driving and wildlife violations after police discovered a small monkey in his truck.

Largo Police say Eugene Carl Kotelman was speeding when they stopped him Thursday. He was driving on a suspended license and had been previously charged numerous times with driving on a suspended license and DUI.

Officers noticed a 'small monkey' in Kotelman's truck and released the primate to his friend.

After Kotelman was released on bond from the DUI charge, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission officers charged him with possession of wildlife and two counts of violating fish and wildlife rules. They took custody of the monkey.

Police did not have a way to contact Kotelman and no current phone listing could be found.

TME Mickey Dolenz needs to pick his friends a little more carefully.

Published in Weird National Briefs

LOS ANGELES - New research sends a stark warning to overweight teens: If you develop diabetes, you'll have a very tough time keeping it under control.

A major study, released Sunday, tested several ways to manage blood sugar in teens newly diagnosed with diabetes and found that nearly half of them failed within a few years and 1 in 5 suffered serious complications. The results spell trouble for a nation facing rising rates of 'diabesity' Type 2 diabetes brought on by obesity.

The federally funded study is the largest look yet at how to treat diabetes in teens. Earlier studies mostly have been in adults, and most diabetes drugs aren't even approved for youths. The message is clear: Prevention is everything.

Published in Livin'
Wednesday, 04 April 2012 16:56

April 4, 2012

Monkey business

COLUMBUS, Ohio - A gorilla from the Columbus zoo in Ohio is among those whose picks failed to match the winning Mega Millions numbers for a record $640 million jackpot in the multistate lottery game.

On ABC's Good Morning America, Colo (KOH'-loh) the gorilla was presented a pile of onions marked 1 through 56, for her five main selections, and a pile of turnips marked 1 through 46, for her Mega Ball choice.

Her onion choices were nine, 12, 21, 31 and 41. Her turnip Mega Ball number was 9. The winning numbers Friday were: two, four, 23, 38 and 46, with 23 as the Mega Ball.

The 55-year-old Colo had a history of giving sage advice. Last year, she correctly picked the NCAA Men's Final Four and its champion, Connecticut.

TME Foolishness. Everyone knows that gorilla magic can't be used for personal gain.

Published in Weird National Briefs
Wednesday, 04 April 2012 15:01

Report: AirTran did best job for passengers

WASHINGTON - For the second year in a row, low-cost carrier AirTran Airways did the best job getting passengers to their destinations with the least hassle, private researchers who have analyzed federal data on airline performance said Monday.

Hawaiian Airlines and JetBlue Airways also repeated their performance from last year, ranking second and third, respectively. Regional carrier American Eagle was last among the nation's 15 largest airlines included in the annual report.

The rankings are based on data airlines supply the Department of Transportation regarding lost bags, delayed flights, and bumpings from full planes, and consumer complaints made to the department.

Overall, the report shows flying is getting better even through passengers grappling with fare increases, canceled routes and a seemingly endless parade of new fees may not feel that way, said Dean Headley, a business professor at Wichita State University who has co-written the annual report for 22 years.

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