<![CDATA[The Billy Mac Show - Blog]]>Mon, 30 Nov 2015 12:03:10 -0600Weebly<![CDATA[Twang Town Lowdown]]>Mon, 30 Nov 2015 15:25:27 GMThttp://thebillymacshow.weebly.com/blog/twang-town-lowdown3

Miranda Lambert is the cover story of Cosmopolitan’s January issue.
Inside, she gets real about life after split with Blake Shelton. She says, “Marriage is a tough business, and we gave it our best college try.”

Miranda adds she’s not ready to date and re-marrying is not anywhere near her radar. “I had a great relationship with an amazing man, so I know what good is. I have a great launching pad for the future. I will never take that for granted.”
Miranda’s full interview in Cosmo lands Thursday.

Charles Kelley postponed the launch of The Driver tour, which was supposed to start yesterday (Saturday) in Cleveland. That show will be rescheduled for early 2016. Sunday’s (Tonight's) show at The Stone Pony in New Jersey was also cancelled, according to the club’s website
As of now, the trek will get under way Tuesday in New York with Maren Morris. The following two shows on the itinerary -- Charlotte, North Carolina on Thursday and Atlanta on Saturday -- have also been scratched. That leaves Lexington, Kentucky on December 8th as the second scheduled show of the tour, but we'll have to see what develops.
No explanation has been given for the cancellations.

Most people gather around the tree to open presents on Christmas morning, but for Carrie Underwood and her husband, Mike Fisher, there's another tradition that comes once a year. Carrie tells People Country in the new December issue, "Well get up and go to Waffle House. It's such a hectic time, and I don't feel like making breakfast on a day that you're just making so much food anyway. So we order breakfast and leave a ginormous tip." And when Underwood is in the kitchen during the holidays, she keeps everything very organized. She shares, "I might tell somebody, 'Bring a salad!' But I do a lot of prep work the night before. I literally chop all my onions, everything, and I'll have them in little baggies that are labeled in the fridge. I get a lot ready." Underwood also shares some of her favorite vegan holiday recipes in the new issue of the magazine.

This Christmas will be the first for the couple's 9-month-old son, Isaiah, but that doesn't necessarily mean they're going to shower the little guy with tons of presents. Underwood shares, "I feel there's a lot of Christmas that has kind of gotten lost. (Mike and I) have talked about not wanting to spoil our kids. We want it to be more about the family and the fun times."

Tim McGraw's new album, Damn Country Music, features a track titled "How I'll Always Be" that was co-written by Chris Janson. Janson says the song is very special to him, but it's also a track that he specifically wrote with his friend Tim in mind. Chris tells Radio.com, "That's one song, I didn't wish I could have it back; I didn't write it for me. I wrote it, I sat down trying to write a song for Tim McGraw, and that's what I did." While Janson felt a personal connection with the song, he says he had no  problem giving it to McGraw for his new record. Chris says, "It's my story, and I wrote it from a real personal spot, but it just ended up being Tim's too. And they were like, 'Oh my God, why didn't you keep that song?' but it's just not for me."

Janson's relationship with Tim started when he co-penned his hit 2012 single "Truck Yeah," and he says it's a friendship that's been growing ever since. Chris says of their friendship, "It's amazing, man, and it's cool because I honestly don’t think he knows how much he's helped me. He's just that kind of guy. He's so laid back and just a good human being, and I’ve come to find that out as we’ve become friends." You can also hear the two singers team up on a duet titled "Messin' with Jesus" that appears on Janson's debut studio album, Buy Me a Boat

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Here's some advice for your next trip to the shooting range -- don't stand directly behind the targets.
Georgia man Aaron Acklan was shot three times at a range in St. Augustine, Florida. Even worse -- the shooter was his brother-in-law. James Duffy apparently thought Acklan was using the bathroom and didn't see him behind the targets.
Acklan was flown to a nearby hospital and treated for non-life threatening wounds. 

A Goodwill store in Kansas got a donation it could have done without -- a live grenade.
Store employees came upon the explosive as they were going through a box of materials someone had dropped off. Since Goodwill doesn't track who donates what, they don't know who gave them the grenade.
Fortunately, police were able to dispose of the grenade safely. The store reopened after four hours.

UFO researchers have turned up reports in two English newspapers of what sounds like the first recorded sighting of unexplained objects in the sky. In July 1801, long before mankind was flying anything, the Northampton Mercury reported “an immense moon with a black bar across it” loom over an area near Hull, a port city in England's Northeast. 

According to the newspaper's eyewitness, "It seemed then to form itself into seven small distinct moons or globes of fire which disappeared for the space of a few seconds. Its reappearance was equally brilliant, at first showing itself like the face of the moon, afterwards in five circular balls, and lastly like several small stars which gradually faded away, leaving the whole atmosphere brilliantly illuminated."

A few days later and about 80 miles to the west, the Chester Chronicle reported on the same thing, adding that, "During the time of it being visible, a faint blue light fell upon the surrounding objects, like that of distant torches."

A Maryland crook really hit bottom last week when he bared his bottom -- while running bottomless from a van that he'd stolen the night before.

Paramedics were dispatched to check on a report of a man lying unconscious in a vehicle, and when they arrived, they found a highly intoxicated James Wayne Hubbard in the front seat of the van, naked from the waist down. Hubbard, who'd soiled himself at some point in the night and removed his pants, declined medical attention and ran from the scene after authorities ran the license plates and found that the vehicle had been reported stolen.

​Police caught up with Hubbard several hours later. He was wearing a pair of clean shorts that he admitted he'd stolen from a house he'd broken into shortly after running from cops earlier in the day. 

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Kobe Bryant announced he is retiring after this season of basketball. The player posted a statement on “The Players Tribune” that said, “This season is all I have left to give.”

It is his 20th season with the Lakers, and it’s not a good one. Bryant is down to averaging under 16 points a game, and the Lakers are 2-13 and in last place in the Western Conference.

Bryant posted a poem, an ode to the game, in making his statement. In part, it read,

Dear Basketball,

From the moment
I started rolling my dad's tube socks
And shooting imaginary
Game-winning shots
In the Great Western Forum
I knew one thing was real:

I fell in love with you.

A love so deep I gave you my all –
From my mind & body
To my spirit & soul

As a six-year-old boy
Deeply in love with you
I never saw the end of the tunnel.
I only saw myself
Running out of one.

And so I ran.
I ran up and down every court
After every loose ball for you.
You asked for my hustle
I gave you my heart
Because it came with so much more.

British singer Adele has sold 3.38 million albums of “25,” a record-breaking number of copies in her first week of U.S. sales, as noted by Nielsen Music data. The album, released November 20th, is the first album to sell more than three million copies in a week.

The album has sold more copies than any other release in 2015, including Taylor Swift’s nearly two million sales of “1989.”

In her home country, “25” sold more than 800-thousand copies in its first week of release in the U.K. That is more copies than the next 86 albums on the charts combined. 

Adele will tour next year, her first jaunt since 2011.

On her website, Adele says of the new CD, “My last record was a break-up record and if I had to label this one I would call it a make-up record. I’m making up with myself. Making up for lost time. Making up for everything I ever did and never did. But I haven’t got time to hold on to the crumbs of my past like I used to … Turning 25 was a turning point for me, slap bang in the middle of my twenties … 25 is about getting to know who I’ve become without realizing. And I’m sorry it took so long, but you know, life happened.”

Singer Sinead O’Connor posted a suicide note on her Facebook page Sunday, according to “People” magazine. The note simply said, “I have taken an overdose.”

It went on to say, "There is no other way to get respect. I am not at home, I'm at a hotel, somewhere in Ireland, under another name If I wasn't posting this, my kids and family wouldn't even find out. Was dead for another fortnight since none of them bother their hole with me for a minute. I could have been dead here for weeks already and they'd never have known."

The 48-year-old singer has been going through a custody battle with two of her ex-husbands over their children.  She has also had health problems.
 Earlier, on Friday, O’Connor write another post on Facebook, saying she was “desperately in need of a job and a place to live,” adding, “I am being treated to badly by my family that I can barely stay alive.”

There are apps for everything it seems, but the new startup app Purple has a new angle for you – it can fill your gas tank. Not literally of course, but it can call someone to come to your location to bring you gas.

The app promises that within three hours they will arrive ready to put 10-15 gallons of gas in your car for the same charge that you would pay at your neighborhood service station.

Right now the service is only available in Los Angeles and San Diego, but it will hopefully spread to other areas soon. The company isn’t at this point charging a delivery fee, but there is a $1 fee for rush service during the very busy hours.

Canadian brothers Michael and Neil Fletcher were on a hunting trip when they found a bald eagle caught in a trap. The two set it free, but not before taking a selfie of themselves and the eagle.

The two were in the right place at the right time, hunting grouse with their Golden Retriever. They saw the eagle, then noticed it had a talon caught in the trap. Although the bird was very scared, it allowed them to place a hoodie over it while they worked to free the talon.

The two agree that rescuing and then getting to hold a bald eagle, even for a few minutes, was very amazing.  

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Five years into her marriage to Mike FisherCarrie Underwood says the honeymoon is over. She says now that they have a kid, their marriage is stronger than ever, but just a bit different.
She tells E!, "That went out the door with the poopy diapers. I think that's when the honeymoon phase, if it hasn't ended already, that's when it officially ends -- when you have a child. We're still very much in love, a very deep love, but it's just different. It morphs a bit."
Carrie will take the poopy diapers on the road with her Storyteller tour, which kicks off on January 30th in Jacksonville, Florida. 

Chris Stapleton and Little Big Town will be part of an all-star tribute to Gregg Allman. Blues legend Taj Mahal will also perform on the show, which will stream live on Skyville.com on December 11th.
Skyville is filmed live in front of a studio audience in Nashville. 

Jake Owen will be working on Thanksgiving. He will be in New York to perform at the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, which will also feature the premiere of Jennifer Nettles’ new single, “Sugar.”
Over the weekend, Jake shared some cute selfies with his daughter Pearl, who turned three on Sunday. He posted, “Happy third birthday to my best buddy in the whole world... Pearl!”

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A Florida man will have to face the music for not showing his face, after walking into a Walgreen's wearing a mask -- and walking out empty-handed.
Deputies were dispatched to the 24-hour store after Kyle Seaman was spotted lurking outside in the wee hours of the morning. Seaman had a black ski mask pulled back on his head, and he pulled it down before entering the establishment and walking around for a few minutes -- then left without saying a word.
A delivery driver called 911 to report the suspicious activity, and when cops arrived, Seaman asked, “Why does everyone think I’m going [to] rob the place wearing the mask?" He didn't get an answer to that query, but he was charged with wearing a mask or hood on public property, a misdemeanor in Florida.

A Georgia man's attempted beer run went very wrong -- when he ended up running himself over while trying to steal a truck-full of brewskis.
Gregory Miller hopped into a Coors Light truck that was idling at a gas station and hit the road, but tapped out on his first pit stop. Miller pulled over at a Bojangles chicken restaurant to have a snack, but forgot to put the vehicle in park and ended up running over his leg, giving himself an ankle injury severe enough to require a trip to the emergency room.
When the 55-year-old is released from the hospital, he'll face charges of vehicle theft and eluding police. 

A South Carolina man ended up with a fat lip after he got smacked down for telling a stripper she had a fat butt -- even though she weighed in at 115 pounds!

Kyle Youmans told cops that he was sitting in the audience at a gentleman's club when one of the dancers began "annoying" him by trying to strike up a conversation, so he suggested she go to the gym to "get rid of her muffin top." The young lady, whose name was not released, didn't take kindly to the advice and struck him in the face, at which point bouncers tossed Youmans from the joint.

Youmans admitted that he was "an 11 on a scale of one to ten" in terms of intoxication, but still insisted on filing a report with police. 

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John Stamos won't be heading to jail for DUI.
He copped a plea Tuesday and has received three years' probation. He was also ordered to complete 52 AA meetings in the next year and attend two hours of drug and alcohol counseling.
Stamos was arrested in June after Beverly Hills police pulled him over for “behaving strangely and driving erratically.” He was reportedly under the influence of GHB and another non-narcotic drug, and spent 30 days in rehab over the summer. 

Here's a celebrity business story of a sort we've seen many times before: According to TMZLarry the Cable Guy has filed a trademark infringement suit against a filling station in Diamondhead, Mississippi, that calls itself Giterdone. He claims the gas station is confusing customers and taking advantage of his fame by putting the name on merchandise, which is -- of course -- something that he does as well. The comic and actor is seeking all the profits from the stores tsotchkes sales as well as the destruction of its remaining stock.

Kaley Cuoco has said bye-bye to her wedding date tattoo, just months after saying bye-bye to her marriage.

The star posted pics of her new ink on Instagram. She covered the Roman numerals marking the day she and Ryan Sweeting wed (12/31/2013) with a giant moth.
Along with the new tat, she wrote, “The deep, meaningful, larger than life meaning behind this beautiful piece of ink, is… It covered the last one.”

She thanked the tattoo artist, writing, “Thank you @nero_sct @studiocitytattoo for helping me right my wrongs. Note to self -- do not mark your body with any future wedding dates.” She added the hashtags #Under30Mistakes and #DontTakeYourselfTooSeriouslyKids.
Kaley and Ryan announced they were divorcing in September. 

Kim Kardashian is dead set against having a C-section.
Though baby number-two is breech, the reality star plans to have a natural birth. In a blog post, she wrote, "His head is still up and it's supposed to be down. He was supposed to turn by 32 weeks. So now, I will have to get a C-section. Or so I thought!"

Kim says she "learned that you actually can deliver a breech baby" and found "one of the few doctors that still does this." In fact, Paul Crane was her mother's doctor and delivered Kim herself.

In order to avoid the C-section, Kim has been trying to turn the baby around through "intensive chiropractic work," burning the herb mugwort on her pinky toe and "even attempting hypnosis."
Kim's due date for the baby boy is around Christmas.

Johnny Manziel has been replaced by Josh McCown as the starting quarterback for the Cleveland Browns.  One week after being named the team’s starter, Manziel has been demoted to third-string quarterback for Monday night’s game against the Baltimore Ravens after social media posts surfaced this week showing Manziel allegedly partying last weekend in Texas during the team’s bye week.  Head coach Mike Petine said he, offensive coordinator John DeFilippo and quarterbacks coach Kevin O’Connell had spoken with Manziel before the bye to make clear they expected he would handle himself “the right way.” 


In today’s world, someone is always eager to tell you the top 10 or 20 of just about anything. “Time” just released what they consider to be the Top 10 Gadgets for 2015. How many do you own?

10. The Light L16 camera starts us off. This futuristic looking camera is really 16 different cameras in one. Yes, 16. For each image the L16 uses up to 10 of its lenses at once, the blends the photos into a high quality amalgamation. The person holding the camera does have some discretion, as they can adjust the depth of field of their image after it was taken. (light.co)

9. Samsung 16TB SSD is a new hard drive which is among the largest SSD ever made. The drive can hold up to 16 terabytes of data. (Samsung)

8. LittleBits Gizmos & Gadgets kit helps teach kids with hands-on tech time. It’s a pack of color-coded circuits, control boards and wiring that helps kids learn how their video game consoles and smartphones actually work. There are probably some adults who could use this one too. {Little Bits Electronics)

7. The Garmin Varia is a nice addition. While the Garmin’s you know are for your auto, this one is for your bike. It helps the rider know when a car is approaching from behind and will hopefully help prevent auto/bike accidents. (Gamin)

6. The DJI Inspire. This drone is a little more expensive than DJI’s popular Phantom series drone, which you’ve probably seen at local parks. While it does look like a spaceship, it would be a fun version for your first jump into the world of drones. (DJI)

5. OnePlus,  a cell phone with great specs at a low entry level fee of $329 with no contract. The problem, if you can call it that, is you have to be invited to buy one. Great publicity ploy to get people talking about it. (One Plus)

4. NASA’s New Horizons probe came within seven-thousand-seven-hundred-fifty miles of Pluto in July of this year, taking photos as it went by. It wasn’t long before New Horizons was beaming back data about the former planet, including very high resolution imagery of it. (NASA)

3. The Google self-driving car has long been talked about and while it’s a workable machine, Google doesn’t plan to put it on the road any time soon. The self-driving car has a Beetle-esque exterior with no (gasp) steering wheel. (Google)

Self-balancing scooters come in at the number two mark, and you’ve probably already seen them somewhere. After all, Justin Bieber and Wiz Khalifa have been seen on them so now everyone wants one. Would be great if they were available for Christmas, but a copyright dispute might keep them off the shelves. (10 Hawk)

The Microsoft HoloLens, which is number one, brings us Mixed Reality. When wearing the HoloLens, holographic images will suddenly appear around you. The headset has the potential use for professionals like surgeons and space astronauts. (Microsoft)

Ahmed Mohamed was suspended from his school in Irving, Texas for taking a clock that he made to school. Lawyers for the 14-year old are now asking 10 million dollars from the city of Irving and five million from the Irving Independent School District. They are also seeking an apology from those involved.

After word got out of the incident, the 14-year old received threats, including emails, that made him fear for his life. The arrest caused a variety of emotions from people, including outrage and sympathy as well as the threats. They say all this has caused severe psychological trauma. Mohamed says he thinks it is very sad that his teacher thought the homemade clock was a threat.

On a positive side, Mohamed was invited to the White House to meet President Obama. He also met Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir in the Sudanese capitol, Khartoum. He also got to meet Google co-founder Sergey Brin and officials form Turkey, Sudan and Jordan.

Mohamed and his family have since moved to Qatar to complete his education. The Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community offered him a full scholarship to come there.

“Time” magazine named Mohamed one of its “30 Most Influential Teens of 2015.”

So I don't usually want time to fly by but I am kinda geeking out about the new Captain America movie "Civil War" that drops on May 6th of 2016. The studio released the trailer during the Jimmy Kimmel show the other night. Here it is in case you missed it.

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Joey and Rory will release an album of hymns on Valentine's Day of 2016. 
The album, Hymns That Are Important to Us, was started after Joey Feek's surgery this summer -- months before her terminal diagnosis. In his blog, Rory writes, "I think Joey wants to capture the words and music of her childhood. The music that she goes to when she needs comfort. The music that makes this beautiful, tragic, crazy life somehow make sense."
He took a recent video at Joey's childhood home where Joey is in hospice care. In a moment of intense anguish, noticing the snow falling outside her window immediately brought her comfort. 

Blake Shelton was not on hand to watch girlfriend Gwen Stefani debut her new single on the American Music Awards Sunday night -- and she couldn't be happier that he blew it off.
Gwen unveiled "Used to Love You," an emotional kiss-off to ex-hubby Gavin Rossdale, on the ABC telecast, and a source close to her says the subject matter may have kept Blake at a distance. The spy tells Hollywood Life, “Blake wanted Gwen to have her moment -- have her song be sung without the AMAs cameras checking for his reaction every two seconds... And she was very appreciative that he chose to do that -- Gwen respects him even more after he showed that he isn’t selfish and just looking for his own screen time.”

In a new Billboard interview, Hunter Hayes shared five facts people might not know.
1. He’s a huge fan of HGTV.
  • "I got a new apartment, so I've been finding antiques and things like that -- just trying to make it feel like home. So I've been looking for stuff all over the country, and I got really obsessed with watching HGTV. My favorite show on the network is Fixer Upper."
2. He loves Bryan White
  • "He bridged a lot of sounds together, and made it seem realistic in a really cool way. I have a lot of respect for him."
3. Hunter can’t play fiddle, but he can play 30 other instruments really well.
  • "But I want to play it. I want it in my music so bad."
4. He really wants to create a James Bond theme.
  • "I haven't seen Spectre yet, but it's on my list of things to do when I get back in town. It's probably going to be a Thanksgiving holiday weekend kind of thing."
5. His mom’s gumbo is his all-time favorite meal.
  • "I grew up with it. It's what feels and tastes like home. The smell of it getting ready in the kitchen is really rad."
Cooking totally runs in the Hayes family. Every year, he looks forward to Thanksgiving at grandma's.

<![CDATA[TODAY'S IDIOT:]]>Mon, 23 Nov 2015 21:57:24 GMThttp://thebillymacshow.weebly.com/blog/todays-idiot8

A Florida man tried to a-"peel" to his girlfriend for help in faking his way through a drug test, but she refused -- and he assaulted her with a banana.
Charles Jeunegens came home wasted one morning last week and begged his gal to buy him a detox kit because he was on probation and wanted his urine to test clean. When she refused, Jeunegens flipped, slapping her and knocking her into a wall, before retreating to the kitchen where he grabbed a bunch of bananas and began throwing them at her as a witness videotaped the whole incident.
He was taken into custody on charges of battery, while the victim was treated for a cut on her tongue, which the banana split.

Jail could end up being the final frontier for a Star Trek fan who's accused of attacking his neighbor with a Klingon sword.

50-year-old Carlo Morris Cerutti and his wife Joyce of Spokane, Washington got into a heated argument with their neighbor over some trash. The Ceruttis took offense to the neighbor putting trash in one of their cans, and repeatedly asked him to stop. But the man refused and even threw a bag of garbage at Joyce. That's when her husband Carlo went full Klingon and started swinging the replica sword at him. 

The neighbor called 911 and police officers arrested Cerutti for assault. He claims that the neighbor tried to attack him and he grabbed the sword in self defense.

A Florida man has a wee problem to clear up with his local police after getting arrested for trespassing in a stranger's carport while "looking for a nice quiet place to pee."

Garrett Sweetman was spotted wandering around a mobile home park in the middle of the night by a police officer who was on routine patrol. The deputy followed Sweetman around the grounds, but lost him after the 30-year-old oddball abandoned the bicycle he was pushing. Another cop caught up with the suspect just as he was about to become public enemy number-one -- by relieving himself behind a car.

Sweetman denied any malicious intent and swore he was just looking for a little pees and quiet. He was charged with trespassing and lewd behavior.

<![CDATA[The HOTLIST]]>Mon, 23 Nov 2015 20:55:36 GMThttp://thebillymacshow.weebly.com/blog/the-hotlist

When the new season of Game Of Thrones premieres in April it appears we will finally have an answer to the cliffhanger we were left with at the end of season five.. Is Jon Snow dead? Well according to the promotional poster the network released today it appears that Jon is ALIVE (well at least in some capacity) We will find out what version of Jon Snow we have when the HBO series returns in early April.

Dontari Poe who is a defensive tackle for the Kansas City Chiefs ran his way into the NFL record books yesterday as he surpassed William "The Refrigerator" Perry as the heaviest player to score a touchdown. Poe who tips the scale at 346 pounds ran it up the gut yesterday for a one yard scamper into the end zone against the San Diego Chargers.. Perry who recently held the record weighed in at 335.

Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps is going to be a dad. He and his fiancee Nicole Johnson are expecting a baby boy next year.

Kurt Sutter has pulled the plug on his FX series The Bastard Executioner. The last episode aired Tuesday. Sutter announced the news by taking out ads in the industry trades. He told The Hollywood Reporter, "I don’t want to write something that nobody’s...watching." 

E! has canceled The Soup after 22 seasons. Joel McHale will end his 12-year run as host on December 18th. The show launched in 1991 as Talk Soup with host Greg Kinnear.

John Cena has signed on to host American Grit, a military-inspired reality competition show, on FOX. The 10-episode series will premiere in 2016.

<![CDATA[Twang Town Lowdown: Thursday, November 19th]]>Fri, 20 Nov 2015 02:09:52 GMThttp://thebillymacshow.weebly.com/blog/twang-town-lowdown-thursday-november-19th

Brad Paisley weighs in on his buddy Blake Shelton's new romance with Gwen Stefani
He tells People, "I do think she's completely out of his league! I don't know what he's thinking." Brad admits he hasn't seen the new couple together since they announced their relationship earlier this month. That all changes when he makes an appearance on The Voice on Monday. 

Vince Gill will release his new album, Down to My Last Bad Habit, on February 12th. 
He says, “40 years into this, it’s still as much fun as it’s ever been to play music. At the end of the day, what I get excited about is doing something I haven’t done before. When I record a song, I feel successful if I’ve accomplished something new.” 
The album's first single, "Take Me Down," features Little Big TownCam also makes a guest appearance on the record. 

Willie Nelson has come clean about the reason he needed to cancel tour dates in October. 
He tells the Washington Post that he had stem cell surgery to help his lungs. "Over the years I’ve smoked a lot of cigarettes, and I’ve had emphysema and pneumonia four or five times, so my lungs were really screwed up, and I had heard that this stem-cell operation would be good for them." He won't know if the surgery has been a complete success until some of the soreness heals. 
Last night, Willie received the Gershwin Prize in Washington, D.C., and tomorrow he has a show booked in Columbia, South Carolina. 

Taylor Swift is helping kids in New York City schools get their hands on more books. 25,000 books, to be exact.

She's teamed up with Scholastic Books and their Scholastic Possible Fund to distribute the books as part of the "Open a World of Possible" campaign. Swift first supported the campaign last year when she and Scholastic released a 30-minute video where she spoke to kids about the importance of reading.

Joey and Rory are still hoping that Joey's condition will improve. 
The family tells People, "Joey and Rory still have hope for a miracle, but realize one has already happened through the outpouring of love and prayers for them during this journey. They are cherishing every moment spent together and have found peace through the path God is leading them down." 

After a prayer vigil a couple of weeks ago, Joey's condition took a turn for the worse. She is now in hospice care at her childhood home in Alexandria, Indiana. 
In October, it was determined that her cancer wasn't responding to treatment.
Fans around the world have been downloading their song "To Say Goodbye" as a tribute to the duo.