East Texas Headlines
Posted/updated on: May 22, 2015 at 4:38 pm
TYLER — KTBB is now at 97.5 FM, covering all of East Texas. According to Owner-General Manager Paul Gleiser, it’s a big step for the station — and our listeners. “One of the problems we’ve always had is that our AM signal has to change at night, and we lose a lot of people, particularly to the east in Longview,” says Gleiser. “That won’t happen anymore.” And Gleiser says there’s even more to the big switch. “Lots and lots of news/talk stations are moving to the FM band; it’s a trend in the industry,” he adds. “I want to be on the leading edge of that trend, rather than the trailing edge. This is something that excites me — we’ve been trying to get this done for a long, long time.” According to Gleiser, “The biggest advantage is you don’t have all the compromises of the AM band. We don’t have to change power at night, we don’t have to change our directional pattern at night…we cover the same territory day and night; it’s just a better experience for the listener…and we hope people will set a new button.”
Posted/updated on: May 22, 2015 at 4:31 pm
VAN — Natural disasters can create anxiety and emotional stress amongst children, families, and the community. The impact of a natural disaster such as the May 10 tornado in Van can cause traumatic stress and confusion and create fear. Van ISD counselors and administrators encourage parents to monitor their children closely for symptoms of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) that may arise over the weeks ahead. Tammy Willis, licensed specialist in school psychology for Van ISD, says that most children will be able to cope on their own over time. However, some children may be at risk for extreme reactions to natural disasters. These reactions can vary by age groups. Read more …
Posted/updated on: May 22, 2015 at 3:55 pm
BROWNSBORO — A Brownsboro ISD employee has been placed on administrative leave pending an investigation into allegations of an inappropriate relationship with a student. In a news release, Superintendent Dr. Chris Moran stated, “The safety of our students and staff is our first priority and we are taking these allegations very seriously. An investigation has been initiated and a more complete statement will be provided when appropriate.”
Posted/updated on: May 22, 2015 at 4:34 pm
TYLER — The law firm of Perdue, Brandon, Fielder Collins and Mott, L.L.P., announced Friday that it had obtained $342,063.70 for the Tyler ISD from the holding company Sears Methodist Retirement System. The money was for back property taxes on the Meadow Lake retirement community in southern Smith County. Sears Methodist sold Meadow Lake as part of a liquidation plan after filing for bankruptcy. Law firm partner Tab Beall said that it “took a lot of hard work from a number of people” both within Tyler ISD and Perdue Brandon to get the money for the school district. TISD CFO Tosha Bjork said, “We are extremely careful with taxpayer money and this additional sum will be used in a frugal and careful manner.” Read more …
Posted/updated on: May 22, 2015 at 4:32 pm
KILGORE — The Kilgore Police Department is warning the public about a string of vehicle burglaries in north Kilgore. According to KETK, police say several vehicles were broken into over the past few days on Reynolds Street near the intersections of Tidewater and Beall Streets. Authorities remind you to take valuables from your vehicle or hide them in your vehicle, and to leave your vehicle in a well-lit area. If you see suspicious activity, call police.
Posted/updated on: May 22, 2015 at 3:57 pm
CHEROKEE COUNTY — A Federal Appeals Court has ruled for a Cherokee County Sheriff’s Deputy who pepper-sprayed a 75-year old woman. The incident happened during a protest over the Keystone XL Pipeline. Barbara Janette Singleton is a member of the “Raging Grannies” a group from the Nacogdoches area that opposes the Keystone XL Pipeline. In November of 2012, she was among a group demonstrating in Cherokee County blocking a road. A sheriff sergeant didn’t give a lot of warning. He got his pepper spray and hit Singleton square in the eyes, sending her to the hospital. A Federal Judge dismissed her suit and in a 2-1 split decision, the 5th Court of appeals has upheld the judge’s decision.
Posted/updated on: May 22, 2015 at 3:55 pm
PALESTINE – The Palestine Police Department is stepping into the picture following the devastating EF-3 tornado that ripped through Van May 10, with Van residents still needing help in their recuperation efforts. The Palestine PD is assisting those efforts and asking for the public’s assistance through Operation Hope for Van. Read more …
Posted/updated on: May 22, 2015 at 5:08 pm
AUSTIN (AP) – State investigators have issued a bulletin warning that members of the Bandidos motorcycle gang may be plotting attacks on law enforcement, and law officers in Waco say it’s being treated as a serious threat. McLennan County Sheriff Parnell McNamara says his office received the bulletin Friday issued by the Texas Department of Public Safety. McNamara says the bulletin warns of retaliation against officers and their families following a shootout with bikers in Waco that left nine dead, 18 injured and 170 jailed. McNamara says threats against law enforcement have streamed in since Sunday’s melee at a restaurant in Waco, though some are more plausible than others. He says, “Are they going to come into town at 100 miles per hour lobbing grenades and firebombs? Right now, we don’t know.”
Posted/updated on: May 22, 2015 at 5:00 pm
AUSTIN (AP) – Texas lawmakers have approved motorcycle safety legislation that supporters say was going to be discussed at the bikers’ meeting in Waco where a deadly shootout erupted. The Texas House on Friday approved the measure, which would funnel state fees to motorcycle safety campaigns. It now heads to Gov. Greg Abbott. Five men wearing leather jackets and vests watched the vote. They’d advocated for the bill in place of three bikers who helped write the legislation but were among about 170 people jailed following Sunday’s melee. One of those watching from the House gallery, Ty Yocham, says he was delayed by an accident while heading to a meeting at the Waco restaurant where the police-involved shooting occurred. Yocham says he and other bikers running late turned around after hearing about the shooting, which killed nine people.
Posted/updated on: May 22, 2015 at 3:43 pm
DALLAS (AP) – A 14-year-old Dallas girl has been sentenced to the maximum 40 years in custody for drowning an infant she was watching. A juvenile court judge in Dallas on Friday sentenced the teen, who was not tried as an adult on the capital murder charge. The teen earlier acknowledged being “responsible,” the term used in juvenile courts, for the January death of 2-month-old Justice Hall. Authorities believe the teen didn’t want her mother to adopt Justice. The family kept the baby because the infant’s mother was in jail. The teen’s mother was at work when her daughter drowned the baby in a bowl of water. A juvenile court judge will decide, before the teen turns 19, whether she’ll be paroled or be moved to an adult prison to finish her sentence.
Posted/updated on: May 22, 2015 at 3:44 pm
HOUSTON (AP) – The Houston Fire Department says a May 1 house fire that killed three people was caused by an unattended cooking stove. Investigators on Friday announced the cause of this month’s accidental blaze that left two adults and a child dead. Houston firefighters managed to pull two victims from the burning residence. Both people were transported to a Houston hospital, where they later died. Officials say a third person was dead at the scene.
Posted/updated on: May 22, 2015 at 3:44 pm
EL PASO (AP) – El Paso police say two officers fatally shot a 22-year-old armed man after he had tried to get inside a children’s day care center. Police spokesman Sgt. Chris Mears say officers on Thursday morning shot the man after he ignored commands and made a “threatening motion” with his gun toward them. The man, who wasn’t identified, died at the scene. It’s the third fatal shooting by El Paso police this year. Officers had responded after receiving a report of a man who appeared to be distraught and holding a gun to his head while walking behind a business. Mears says the suspect had pounded on a day care center door, trying to get inside before officers arrived. The officers have been placed on administrative duty. Their names weren’t released.
Posted/updated on: May 22, 2015 at 3:46 pm
HOUSTON (AP) – A North Texas man facing execution in less than two weeks for the fatal shootings of four men more than 30 years ago has lost a federal court appeal. Attorneys for 67-year-old Lester Bower argued to the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals that the Grayson County jury that sent him to death row in 1984 didn’t have the opportunity to fully consider evidence that Bower had no previous record before he was arrested for the four slayings at a hangar on a Sherman-area ranch. The 5th Circuit late Thursday refused his appeal and refused to stop his scheduled June 3 lethal injection. Bower long has maintained he’s innocent of the October 1983 shootings. Parts of a missing aircraft stored at the hangar later were found at Bower’s Arlington home.
Posted/updated on: May 22, 2015 at 3:50 pm
AUSTIN (AP) – The Texas unemployment rate for April held steady at 4.2 percent. The Texas Workforce Commission on Friday announced last month’s statewide jobless figure compares to nationwide unemployment of 5.4 percent. Texas through March had seven straight months of unemployment rate declines. Amarillo had the state’s lowest jobless rate for April at 2.7 percent. Commission officials say the McAllen- Edinburg-Mission area had the highest unemployment statewide at 7.3 percent. The TWC says Texas has added an estimated 287,000 seasonally adjusted jobs over the past year, including a modest gain in April with 1,200 more positions.
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(INDIANAPOLIS) -- The Indianapolis 500, one of the most watched races in the world, has long been a male-dominated competition with cars flying around the track at breakneck speeds and pit crews taking mere seconds to change tires.
But women are now blazing trails in this world of high-testosterone racing, from the driver’s seat to pit crew.
(TORONTO) -- The 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup will kick off on June 6 and runs through July 5.
The tournament -- the largest single sporting event for women on the planet -- will be played in six host cities across Canada.
The United States, a two-time World Cup champion and one of the favorites...
(MONTREAL) -- After a short stint in the NFL, defensive end Michael Sam is crossing the border and joining the Montreal Alouettes.
The Canadian Football League team announced on Friday that they have signed Sam to a two-year deal.
“With the signing of Michael Sam, we have become a better organization today,” Jim Popp, the...
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The Ducks’ first goal came from Patrick Maroon 12:55 into the first period. Chicago tied things up minutes later with a goal from Patrick Kane.
But it was a second period goal...
(OAKLAND, Calif.) -- The Golden State Warriors beat the Houston Rockets 99-98 Thursday night to take a 2-0 series lead in the NBA’s Western Conference Finals.
Stephen Curry led the Warriors with 33 points and six assists on the night.
For the Rockets, James Harden had a game-high 38 points, as well as 10 rebounds and nine...
(NEW YORK) — AMERICAN LEAGUE
Baltimore 5, Seattle 4
Detroit 6, Houston 5, 11 Innings
Toronto 8, L.A. Angels 4
Tampa Bay 3, Oakland 0
Texas 3, Boston 1
Cleveland 5, Chi White Sox 2
Arizona 7, Miami 6
N-Y Mets 5, St. Louis 0
Colorado 7, Philadelphia 3
San Francisco 4, L.A. Dodgers 0
(BUFFALO, N.Y.) -- The defensive tackle of the Buffalo Bills, Marcell Dareus, has been suspended for the first game of the season for violating the NFL’s substance abuse policy.
Dareus' suspension comes from a May 2014 arrest after a traffic stop in Alabama, where he was charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance...
(RICHMOND, Texas) -- Denver Broncos defensive end Antonio Smith is currently under investigation in Texas over an allegation described by a local sheriff as “sexual in nature.”
The Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Office confirmed on Thursday an investigation into Smith over alleged child abuse allegations.
Fort Bend County Sheriff Troy Nehls said a...
(BOSTON) -- Former NFL standout Aaron Hernandez is commemorating his life sentence with a new neck tattoo that reads “Lifetime” and another on his hand that prison officials confirmed is gang-related.
Hernandez, 25, who is serving a life sentence after he was convicted in the 2013 killing of his friend Odin Lloyd last month, faced a judge...
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Dr. Bob’s Weather Report and Forecast
Posted/updated on: May 22, 2015 at 4:19 pm
WEATHER REPORT AND SUMMARY:
VT [VALID TIME] THROUGH 05/23/2015@1030C
ISSUED: 05/22/2015 1619C
TYLER-LONGVIEW METROPOLITAN AREA FORECAST:
TONIGHT: partly cloudy with a 20 percent chance for showers and thunderstorms, low middle 60s, southeast winds 5-10 mph;
SATURDAY: mostly cloudy with a 40 percent chance for showers and thunderstorms, warmer and breezy, high lower 80s, southeast winds 10-15 mph and gusty, severe weather risk–marginal;
SATURDAY NIGHT: mostly cloudy with showers and thunderstorms becoming likely by midnight, low lower 70s, southeast winds 10-15 mph, (60 percent probability for measurable precipitation), severe weather risk–marginal;
SUNDAY: widespread showers and thunderstorms with heavy rainfall possible in the afternoon, otherwise cloudy, high upper 70s, southeast winds 10-15 mph, (80 percent probability for measurable precipitation), severe weather risk–marginal;
SUNDAY NIGHT: cloudy with widespread showers and thunderstorms–tapering off after midnight, heavy rainfall possible in the evening, low near 70, south winds 10-15 mph, (80 percent probability for measurable precipitation), severe weather risk–marginal;
MEMORIAL DAY: cloudy with a 40 percent chance for showers and thunderstorms, high lower 80s, south winds 10-15 mph.
MONDAY NIGHT: cloudy with a 40 percent chance for showers and thunderstorms, low upper 60s;
TUESDAY: cloudy with showers and thunderstorms likely, high near 80, (60 percent probability for measurable precipitation);
TUESDAY NIGHT: mostly cloudy with a 40 percent chance for showers and thunderstorms, low upper 60s;
WEDNESDAY: mostly cloudy with a 30 percent chance for showers and thunderstorms, high middle 80s;
WEDNESDAY NIGHT: partly cloudy with a 20 percent chance for showers and thunderstorms, low near 70;
THURSDAY: mostly cloudy with a 30 percent chance for showers and thunderstorms, high middle 80s;
THURSDAY NIGHT: mostly cloudy with a 20 percent chance for showers and thunderstorms, low near 70;
FRIDAY: mostly cloudy with a 30 percent chance for showers and thunderstorms, high middle 80s.
MID-RANGE OUTLOOK FOR MAY 30-JUNE 5, 2015:
Near normal temperatures and above normal precipitation.
TYLER CLIMATE DATA FOR May 22, 2015
(The report is for the twenty-one hours ending at 2100 Greenwich
Mean Time, 4:00 p.m. Central Daylight-saving Time. The maximum
and minimum temperatures represent the observations during the preceding fifteen hours, and precipitation during the preceding twenty-one hours. The temperature and cumulative precipitation observations are made at NWS/419207, Tyler, Texas City Office, 95.3W/32.3N, 158M.
MONTH-TO-DATE PRECIPITATION 7.86
YEAR-TO-DATE PRECIPITATION 32.99
LONGVIEW CLIMATE DATA FOR May 22, 2015
(The report is for the twenty-one hours ending at 2100 Greenwich Mean Time, 4:00 p.m. Central Daylight-saving Time. The maximum and minimum temperatures represent observations during the preceding fifteen hours, while the precipitation represents observations during the preceding twenty-one hours. The observations are made at WMO/722470, Longview, Texas–East Texas Regional Airport, [94.7W/32.4N, 107M]
MONTH-TO-DATE PRECIPITATION 7.89
YEAR-TO-DATE PRECIPITATION 31.13
PUBLIC FORECAST EXPLANATION
ISSUED: 05/22/2015 1544C
Shower activity today has been widely scattered and is confined mainly to our north. An
upper air disturbance is passing through Oklahoma.
Wednesday’s cold front is still south of us, running from Southwest Louisiana to Lufkin
and Bowie. It will be coming back through as a warm front on Saturday, and this will increase
The crossing of a strong upper air low Sunday is going to bring widespread and perhaps
heavy rain to the area Sunday and Sunday night. There should be another lessening Monday,
followed by an increase Tuesday as another upper air low crosses. Then, look for a decrease in
activity at mid-week, perhaps followed by another increase towards the end of next week.
Rainfall amounts of about two inches seem likely for the weekend system.
At mid-afternoon today, skies are sunny, winds light southeasterly, and temperatures are
in the 70s running 7-10 degrees below normal. RKP
CODED CITIES FORECAST–TYR
ISSUED: 05/22/2015 1546C
DAY WX TEMP POP
Saturday SHOWERS 65/82 20%/40%
Sunday THUNDERSTORMS 71/79 60%/80%
Monday SHOWERS 70/81 80%/40%
(GOLETA, Calif.) -- A massive cleanup remained under way on the California shores Friday as a crude-oil slick from a ruptured pipeline covered nearly 10 squares miles of Pacific Ocean and nearly 8 miles of coastline, forcing the closure of beaches and campgrounds just as Memorial Day weekend nears.
"There's a lot of wildlife out...
(WASHINGTON) -- A newly unsealed arrest affidavit concludes that the quadruple murder inside a DC mansion "required the presence and assistance of more than one person," authorities said.
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(WASHINGTON) -- Douglas Hughes, the pilot and activist who shocked the country when he landed his gyrocopter on the lawn of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., last month entered a not guilty plea in court on Thursday to all six charges pending against him, including two felonies.
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To make sure you can enjoy your long weekend and stay safe, here are a few...
(WASHINGTON) -- The ongoing outbreak of avian flu has prompted four states to declare a state of emergency and 40 million birds being either infected or culled as a result. And now, Minnesota has canceled its poultry shows at the state fair to protect its prize fowl.
But this outbreak is different from previous outbreaks, some of which have...
(TALLAHASSEE, Fla.) -- The Florida State Attorney General's Office is investigating a dentist for Medicaid fraud after a group of parents alleged that he performed unnecessary and painful procedures on their children, ABC News has learned.
Dr. Howard Schneider, 78, has been practicing dentistry in Jacksonville since the 1960s. Authorities are investigating whether he collected millions of dollars in...
(PALM BEACH, Fla.) -- A Florida mother has agreed to circumcise her son after spending a week behind bars for refusing to cooperate with a court order to do so, ABC News has learned.
Heather Hironimus, 31, had been in custody since May 14 after going missing for several months with her 4-year-old son, allegedly to avoid...
(MILWAUKEE) -- As far as the first responders could tell, the man was dead. He was cold and stiff, according to the medical examiner's report.
But then on the way to the morgue, he started moving.
The 46-year-old man's name has not been made public, but the report from the Milwaukee County Medical Examiner's Office says that he wasn't...
(NEW YORK) -- Like most teenage girls, Mackenzie Langan loves to shop -- but those shopping trips used to often end in tears.
Mackenzie, a high school senior, is petite, standing at about 5 feet tall. But her bra size was a 32-H, so she said finding outfits that fit well was a constant challenge.
"It’s nice to...
(WATERFORD, Mich.) — After a vet tech's 10-year-old dog lost both eyes to glaucoma, her two younger pets stepped up to act as guides to the injured animal.
Kiaya is an Akita who lives in Waterford, Michigan, with her owner, Jessica VanHusen.
"She's my furry daughter," VanHusen told ABC News Friday. "She's amazing."
When Kiaya was diagnosed...
(DOWNEY, Calif.) — Erik Sorto hasn't been able to move his arms or legs in more than a decade, but he was recently able to pick up a beer and drink it with a new robotic arm.
Sorto, 34, was paralyzed from the neck down by a gunshot injury when he...
(ATLANTA) -- More than 50 people in nine states have been sickened with salmonella, and investigators suspect raw tuna in sushi is to blame, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The CDC is reporting that 53 people have been sickened -- including a child younger than 1 year old -- with a strain of salmonella...
(ORO VALLEY, Ariz.) -- When 18-year-old Skylar Mason survived a car crash that killed her father less than a year ago, the whole left side of her face was smashed and doctors reportedly weren't even sure they could save one of her eyes.
But Mason made a "miraculous recovery", and today, she's in good health, Meta Mason, told ABC...
(NEW YORK) -- David "Phil" Shockley was the valedictorian of his high school. He went on to earn a master's degree and run a nursing home. But at 31 years old, listeria changed his life forever, according to court papers, and he's been living with his parents ever since.
Now, he's suing Blue Bell Creameries, which laid off...
(NEW YORK) -- Celine Dion has a positive update on how her husband Rene Angelil is doing in his battle with throat cancer.
"Rene's doing really well. We know the path that he's going, the treatments," she told Entertainment Tonight. "I knew he was amazing. He's such a champ. He's working hard...
(SAN BERNADINO, Calif) -- An 86-year-old man with Alzheimer's disease told rescuers he was "doing pretty good" after spending nearly three days wandering in the Mojave Desert.
Rollande Towne had been spending a vacation with his family when he went missing, wandering away from his family's campsite early Monday morning, according to his grandson, Jared Weigand.
Weigand told ABC...
(BUENOS AIRES, Argentina) -- A new public service announcement out of Argentina is guaranteed to make you teary with the story of a man and his loyal dog.
In the ad, the unnamed man and dog are inseparable, with the dog patiently waiting outside for his owner at different locations as he runs errands.
When the man suddenly...
(LOS ANGELES) -- A 26-year-old woman was planning her wedding when she began to experience headaches, blurred vision, nausea and other symptoms.
Jordan Ward's fiancé insisted that she go to the hospital, where doctors sent her home, explaining that she had migraines, she recalled.
The next day, Ward was diagnosed with a stroke caused by blood clots. They told...
(NEW YORK) -- Netflix has released a trailer for A Very Murray Christmas, its upcoming Christmas special starring Bill Murray set to debut in December.
The 24-second trailer, which is clearly a nod to his role in Lost in Translation, features a signature shrug from the actor while he dons a pair of headband antlers and gazes glumly out...Read more...
(NEW YORK) -- Blythe Danner doesn't go online. One reason? It would be tough for her to read criticisms of her daughter, Gwyneth Paltrow.
"I don't like to read stuff. I don't even know what they write," she told Vulture. "I'm told, but it's hurtful to see things written about your baby."
Danner added that she struggles...Read more...
(NEW YORK) -- In the wake of Josh Duggar admitting that he inappropriately touched minors several years ago as a teenager, TLC has pulled the show in which he's featured with his large family, 19 Kids and Counting.
In a statement to ABC News, the cable network said: "Effective immediately, TLC has pulled all episodes of 19 Kids and Counting currently...Read more...
(LOS ANGELES) -- Kim Kardashian is a reality star, clothing designer and a book author -- and is now firing back at her critics who say her career is easy.
"I get more fed up with questions like -- I was traveling recently and I was doing a press day and people were like, 'How do you feel when people...Read more...
(NEW YORK) -- Now that George Clooney is a married man, he's getting used to being asked repeatedly if he and wifeAmal Clooney are going to have kids.
"I just did a junket," Clooney said about his new film, Tomorrowland. "Each of the outlets has a different version of how to get to it. They'll be like, 'There's a kid,...Read more...
(NEW YORK) -- Matthew Lewis, the actor who played Neville Longbottom in the Harry Potter series, is all grown up.
The one-time child actor recently showed off his toned physique on the cover of Attitude, the U.K.'s gay lifestyle magazine. And inside the magazine, there are pics where he's just wearing underwear and not much else.
Lewis' new look is...Read more...
(LONDON) -- He may have walked down the aisle, something many fans thought he'd never do, but George Clooney is still the same guy who loves a good prank.
"I'm doing one now that I can't tell you about, but in a year you are going to hear I've been arrested -- I'm not kidding, because I think I've crossed...Read more...
(NEW YORK) -- Much has been made of the Mad Men series finale that aired Sunday night.
However, the show's creator, Matthew Weiner, laid rumors to rest Wednesday night during a discussion with author A.M. Homes at the New York Public Library.
"In the abstract, I did think, why not end this show with the greatest commercial ever made?" he said,...Read more...
(NEW YORK) -- David Letterman's Late Show swan song brought in big ratings for CBS.
Wednesday night's broadcast of Late Show, which marked the end of Letterman's 33-year run on late-night TV, averaged 13.76 million viewers. It was the program's largest audience since February of 1994, when an episode of Late Show followed CBS coverage of the...Read more...
(NEW YORK) -- Josh Duggar is responding to recent reports that he inappropriately touched minors several years ago, saying he "would do anything to go back to those teen years and take different actions."
In Touch magazine was the first to report that Josh Duggar was investigated in 2006 for alleged misconduct starting when he was 14 years old....Read more...
(NEW YORK) -- "Red Nose Day," a three-hour live event designed to raise money for charity organizations that focus on helping children and young people in the U.S. and around the world lift themselves out of poverty, aired Thursday night on NBC.
The star-studded lineup included actors Will Ferrell, Jack Black, Anna Kendrick, and Gwyneth Paltrow, as well as musicians like Coldplay, John Mellencamp, Keith...Read more...
(NEW YORK) -- Here's a look at the new movies opening nationwide Friday:
Tomorrowland -- In the Disney film, George Clooney is a former boy-genius who, along with a bright teen, attempts to uncover the secrets of a mysterious place called "Tomorrowland." Hugh Laurie, Britt Robertson, Raffey Cassidy, Tim McGraw, Judy Greer, Kathryn Hahn and Keegan Michael-Key also star. Rated PG.
Poltergeist -- The horror remake focuses on evil spirits...Read more...
(NEW YORK) — A few months back, a Poltergeist cast member described the movie to me as a “family adventure film.” That hardly sounded appealing. Now that I’ve seen the movie, I know what the actor meant. It is a family adventure film, kind of, though not a particularly good one. But more telling: it’s Poltergeist. ...Read more...
(NEW YORK) -- Britt Nilsson may have been sent home this week on The Bachelorette, but that doesn't mean she hasn't found love.
During the rose ceremony, an unexpected twist occurred when Brady Toops admitted to the remaining "bachelorette" Kaitlyn Bristowe that his heart belonged to Nilsson, and that he was removing himself from the competition.
And on Thursday's Good Morning America, Nilsson hinted...Read more...
(LOS ANGELES) -- Kim Kardshian encouraged her youngest sister, Kylie Jenner to admit she had temporary lip fillers after previously denying that she'd undergone the procedure. The reality star said the implants helped the 17-year-old tremendously.
"I saw how for so many years she was so insecure about [her lips,]" Kim told Access Hollywood. "I mean, at 10 years...Read more...
You Tell Me Texas by Paul Gleiser
Based on the subject matter of the past few posts to this site I was accused Wednesday of hating Democrats. Rubbish. I don’t hate Democrats. As the saying goes, some of my best friends are Democrats. (No, really, some of my best friends are Democrats.) I don’t hate them and hate is such a strong […]
As we get older, it is often the case that our midsections don’t look as good as we’d like for them to. Or, if we succeed in losing a lot of weight, we might be faced with an excess of skin around the abdomen that no amount of exercise can tighten up. In both of these cases, it might be time to consider a tummy tuck. In this post to HealthConnnection.TV, UT Health Northeast plastic surgery expert Dr. James Motlagh answers the frequently asked questions about this procedure. Visit the Health Connection website!
Today in History
1176 - Murder attempt by "Assassins" on Saladin near Aleppo
1803 - 1st public library opens (Connecticut)
1883 - Cubs' Billy Sunday's 1st at bat, begins 14 consecutive strikes out
1891 - 1st motion picture shown to Natl Federation of Women's Clubs
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