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  • Waffle house trial

    Posted by David Burns


    Kid Rock testified in his Waffle House trial and admitted he exchanged some "tough" words with another customer before a broke out at the restaurant. But, he also said he didn't start fighting until he was provoked.

    The other man in the fight told the court he doesn't know what set Kid Rock and his friends off.

    Kid said: "I gave it to him verbally, I said, 'Shut your mouth, man.'"

    Kid also admitted that members of his entourage hit the man, but he never landed a punch. He said the fight started after the man insulted a woman in Kid Rock's entourage. He also asked Kid Rock about his ex-wife, Pamela Anderson.

    The man claims he was asking Kid Rock's friend to stop calling and texting him about a disagreement they'd had. The man said he had known the woman for years. He also denied insulting her or asking about Pam Anderson.

    Both the man and Kid admitted they'd been drinking. Kid said he'd had more than a six pack of beer after a concert before showing up at the restaurant. He was celebrating the fact that his latest album had just hit No. 1 on the charts. The victim said he'd smoked marijuana and had two or three shots of cognac at a club.

    The filed a lawsuit against Kid Rock and five members of his entourage. He wants about $6,000 in medical fees and unspecified damages. Kid Rock thinks the man is trying to cash in on the fact that he's a big star with a lot of money. He claimed that as the argument got more heated, the man said: "I wish you'd do something to me. I'd get paid."



  • Vikings and Twins Sunday...gonna be crazy in Minny!

    Posted by David Burns

    Plan Ahead: Both Vikings, Twins Games To Take Place Sunday

    Posted Sep 15, 2010

    The second concurrent Twins and Vikings games will bring big crowds to downtown Minneapolis the afternoon of Sunday, Sept. 19. As many as 100,000 people could fill Target Field and Mall of America Field at the H.H.H. Metrodome, so it’s important that folks plan ahead and explore their transportation options. The City of Minneapolis, Metro Transit, the Minnesota Twins, the Minnesota Vikings, and many other partners are working together to mitigate traffic congestion as much as possible and to spread the word to people who are coming Downtown the afternoon of Sept. 19 so they can plan ahead.

    Events on Sept. 19:

    • Vikings game vs. the Miami Dolphins – Noon at Mall of America Field at H.H.H. Metrodome – Doors open at 10 a.m.
    • Twins game vs. the Oakland A's – 1:10 p.m. at Target Field – Gates open at 11:30 a.m.

    Getting where you’re going

    Downtown is an urban setting that provides transportation opportunities to meet everyone’s desired experience, whether you want to drive, ride a bus, take a train, or bike or walk.

    When visiting Downtown, Target Field, Target Center, or the Metrodome, there are four tips people should remember to minimize delays and maximize their enjoyment of all the activities happening Downtown.


    1. Plan ahead  Visit DestinationTargetField.comvikings.com, or targetcenter.com to learn more about all your transportation choices.
    2. Know your parking options – There is parking availability throughout Downtown. If you prefer convenient access to Target Field and Target Center, the adjacent A,B,C, and Hawthorne ramps have plenty of capacity. The eastern side of Downtown near the Metrodome has many ramps and surface parking lots.
    3. Consider transit – Although Target Field, Target Center, and the Metrodome are extremely transit -friendly facilities, for Sept. 19 games, fans using transit should start their trips early, expect full buses and trains, anticipate delays and be patient.
    4. Bicycles are another great way to the games – Bicyclists are reminded to use headlights and taillights after dark and, if possible, to wear light or reflective clothing.
    5. Come early/Stay late – Take part in activities, shopping, dining, and other entertainment before and after games and concerts. Enjoy the extra time to experience all Downtown has to offer, and avoid transportation delays.

    Managing traffic

    The City of Minneapolis takes a number of steps to manage traffic during dual events. The volume of pedestrians, bikes, and cars Downtown before and after these events means increased traffic, but there are several ways the City works to improve operations and minimize congestion, including:

    • Traffic control agents are at many Downtown intersections during peak times before and after the events. Traffic control agents at intersections are key to maintaining traffic flow and improving pedestrian safety when traffic volumes are high.
    • Special traffic signal timing patterns are used to move high numbers of vehicles during events.
    • Dynamic messaging signs throughout Downtown provide drivers with real-time information as they move around the area. There are currently more than 50 of these signs Downtown, which are used to direct people to parking, to notify drivers when key parking ramps fill, and to help drivers find their way around.

    Making event days a great experience

    Many City departments, the Minnesota Twins, Minnesota Ballpark Authority, Target Center, the Minnesota Vikings, the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome, the Minnesota Department of Transportation, Hennepin County, Metro Transit, ABC Ramps, the Warehouse District Business Association, and others are all taking steps to make event days in Downtown success. To help fans plan ahead and make the most of their experience Downtown, these partners have collaborated to createDestinationTargetField.com on the Minnesota Twins Web site. The site helps folks explore all their options for getting to Downtown events, whether it’s by car, on a bus or train, or by biking or walking

  • This is a golf shot!

    Posted by David Burns

    Read First!!

    At the Masters every year they have a practice round (every tournament does). The 16th hole is a par three with water from the Tee box all the way to green.

    The tradition during the practice round is for the pros to try and skip their ball over the water onto the green. The ones who don't try to skip their ball over the water get booed.
    This is a clip of Vijay Sing skipping his ball over the water on Hole #16 during the practice round.

  • New Pumpkins

    Posted by David Burns

    It's another free download from SP "Spangled" trak 6 from there forth comming 44 trak lp "Teargarden By Kaleidysciope". Check it out at smashingpumpkins.com

  • Nikki Sixx has a new book.

    Posted by David Burns


    Nikki Sixx set a March 22, 2011 release date for his new book, "This Is Gonna Hurt".

    He said: "I've always had an eye for the oddities in life. Even as a kid I saw the world in my own way and thought most things that were different were beautiful and magical. Even things that other people thought were horrifying and disgusting and weird. People say I have a distorted lens. I think I see things as they really are."

    "This Is Gonna Hurt" is part photo, part journal. It's a collection of pictures and stories that capture the rage, love, optimism, darkness, and determination of his work. The book also looks at Sixx's experiences, from his early years filled with toxic waste to his success with Mötley Crüe, his death from an OD and rebirth to his addictions to music, photography, and love.


  • New Linkin Park stuff!

    Posted by David Burns


    Linkin Park admitted that Public Enemy strongly influenced their new album "A Thousand Suns".

    Member Mike Shinoda said: "I reference them in the song 'Wretches And Kings', there is a homage to Chuck D on there. It's probably the most hip-hop song on the record and one of the most aggressive, but it feels like nothing I've ever heard before."

    "Public Enemy were very three-dimensional with their records because although they seemed political, there was a whole lot of other stuff going on in there too. It made me think how three-dimensional I wanted our record to be without imitating them of course, and show where we were at creatively."

    "A Thousand Suns" drops next week.


    RELATED: Listen To A New Linkin Park Song

    A new Linkin Park song called "Wretches And Kings" is streaming on the net.

    The track is from the band's upcoming album, "A Thousand Suns". It is also being given away as a free download to anyone who pre-orders the set at the band's official web site. "A Thousand Suns" drops September 14th.


  • I could have done that?

    Posted by David Burns


    Loveland Habitat for Humanity in Colorado is turning worn-out jeans into insulation.

    The non-profit started collecting the jeans three months ago. Four thousand pairs are now waiting to be transformed.

    It only takes 500 pairs of jeans to insulate the average home.

    Loveland Habitat will send all the denim to a company in Arizona where they will shred the jeans. The jeans are non-toxic, give off no off gases, and are completely safe to install in your home.

    The program is called "Blue Into Green". Branches of Habitat for Humanity signed up after Hurricane Katrina.


  • Led Zepplin reunite?

    Posted by David Burns


    Jason Bonham knows that a Led Zeppelin reunion at his upcoming solo tour is far-fetched. But he's not against the idea of sitting in for his late dad again.

    He said: "I'm not going to hide it from them. I will invite them to every show I can, because my goal and dream is, 'Wouldn't it be cool if I did something that they thought was cool and they would get up and play with me?' That's what I'm doing this for. I'd love it."

    Bonham's show hits the road in October. Robert Plant is behind the Zeppelin-themed show, but Jason hasn't heard from Jimmy Page or John Paul Jones. The shows are to celebrate the 30th anniversary of John Bonham's death and the breakup of Led Zeppelin."

    Jason said: "What I want to do is a personal story. Give a little background on them and the reason why I'm playing them, and stories about growing up with dad and how Zeppelin has been part of my life from the beginning. It's a good musical journey; it'll be sad at times but it will really be a celebration."

    Bonham hopes that his "Led Zeppelin Experience" will go beyond the 30 shows he has planned. Dates and ticket information will be announced next week.


  • 12 year old college golfer!

    Posted by David Burns


    A 12-year-old golfing star from Frisco, Texas has verbally committed to play golf at the University of Oklahoma.

    Brad Dalke recently won the Boys-12 division of the US Kids Junior World Championships by six strokes.

    When he got home from the tournament he announced that he will attend Okalahoma on a full golf scholarship. 


  • John Madden dumbest things ever said!

    Posted by David Burns


    Madden 2011 officially hit stores this week...

    In honor of the new video game release, here are the 20 of the dumbest things John Madden has ever said:

    1. "There's a lot of letters in Ladanian Tomlinson"

    2. "A team should never practice on a field that is not lined. Your players have to become aware of the field's boundaries."

    3. "The best way to gain more yards is advance the ball down the field from the line of scrimmage."

    4. "If you lose your best cornerback and punter, I'd say that's a double loss."

    5. "It's 3rd and 20.. They need a good play here."

    6. "See, well ya see, the thing is, he should have caught that ball. But the ball is bigger than his hands."

    7. "When you have great players, playing great, well that's great football!"

    8. "Ruben Brown made that play there... well I mean he missed the guy completely but he was able to create just enough room for Thomas Jones by whiffing. The air he created on the miss gave Jones enough space to score."

    9. "If the quarterback throws the ball in the end zone and the Wide Receiver catches it....... It's a touchdown."

    10. "If this team doesn't put points on the board I don't see how they can win."

    11. "Whenever you talk about a Mike Shanahan offense, you're always going to be talking about his offense."

    12. "Some yards is better than none yards?"

    13. "Here's a guy, here's a guy who when he puts his contacts in, he can see better"

    14. "Usually the team that scores the most points wins the game."

    15. "Mark Brunell usually likes to soak his balls before a rainy game."

    16. "When your arm gets hit, the ball is not going to go where you want it to."

    17. "They're either going to run the ball here or their going to pass it."

    18. "The Dallas Cowboys have 2 types of plays in their playbook. Passing plays, and running plays."

    19. "When its raining the field gets wet, then all of a sudden everyone's running slower"

    20. "Hey, the offensive linemen are the biggest guys on the field, they're bigger than everybody else, and that's what makes them the biggest guys on the field."


  • Sharks in HD. This guy is nuts!

    Posted by David Burns


    Most surfers wouldn't want to see a great white shark circling their board... but this guy went back to the same spot a few days later with his video camera.

    The 41-year-old guy lives in Dana Point, CA.

    He paddled out into the water with a high-definition camera and dropped it under water to film the sharks. One was a nine-footer and the other was a seven-footer.

    The larger shark showed up first, and slapped Patterson's board with its tail. The smaller shark circled his board for 12 minutes.


  • D.N.A. on a stick!

    Posted by David Burns

    Newest fair attraction: DNA on a stick

    U researchers see the State Fair as an ideal place to find families for a study on the genetic makeup of children, but some wonder if it's an appropriate venue.

    Last update: August 8, 2010 - 10:04 PM

    State fairgoers wait in long lines for purple shoulder bags and two-bit yardsticks. But will they donate their children's fingernail clippings or blood droplets for free ride tickets and a string backpack?

    Genetic researchers at the University of Minnesota hope the answer is yes. During the first week of the fair, researchers will invite 500 children and their parents to answer health questions, agree to height, weight and blood pressure measurements and provide DNA samples.

    The ultimate goal of the "Gopher Kids'' study is to map the genetic makeup of normal, healthy children -- and thereby identify the genetic defects that predict chronic diseases and health problems.

    "If we know what's normal, then we know where to look for abnormality," said Logan Spector, lead researcher.

    But step one is just testing out the fair as a recruiting site.

    Spector said it can be challenging and expensive to find 500 average Minnesota children for research, but the State Fair presents a unique opportunity. The 1.7 million or so visitors each summer mean a wealth of accessible volunteers -- plus, the fair engenders a level of state pride that might encourage people to participate.

    "They don't get any personal benefit," he said, "but they'll know they are contributing to science and that it's a project that's run by their university."

    Then there are the little rewards: ride tickets and backpacks, as well as free passes to the State Fair for the next two years. A devout fairgoer since he moved from Georgia, Spector said he figured volunteers would need some form of enticement, and the U of M backpacks have been hot items at past fairs.

    Of course, there's no such thing as a free Pronto Pup. The free passes are designed to bring the volunteers back in 2011 and 2012 for further questions and screenings.

    In year one, the researchers will collect DNA samples only via saliva. Parents and children will also be asked to donate fingernail clippings and blood droplets, but they can decline.

    "I don't think a lot of kids hope to go to the fair so they can get stuck on the finger [to give a blood sample], which is why we made this optional," Spector said.

    The initial goal of the study is to recruit 500 volunteers and to assess whether they return for the second and third years. (Volunteers must include biological parents of children ages 1 to 11.) Gaining DNA from 500 volunteers wouldn't be enough for the researchers to identify the complex genetic sequences that predict good or bad health. But it would validate the State Fair as a recruiting site.

    Spector said he would then seek a grant from the National Institutes of Health to recruit thousands more volunteers at the fair. DNA samples from them -- along with the original 500 volunteers -- might be enough to unlock significant genetic discoveries, he said.

    Whether families volunteer remains to be seen. The concept of collecting DNA specimens for genetic research has been somewhat controversial in Minnesota. A privacy group, the Citizens' Council on Health Care, has repeatedly challenged the state's collection of newborns' blood samples, used to identify rare genetic and metabolic diseases.

    The leader of the council, Twila Brase, gave credit to the Gopher Kids researchers for some of the privacy steps they have taken -- and for allowing parents and children (once they reach 18) to withdraw from the study at any time and order their genetic samples destroyed.

    However, she questioned whether the State Fair is the right place for parents to make a serious decision about giving genetic information to research. "It's not a serious environment," she said.

    Spector noted that many fairgoers already agree to cholesterol tests that require small finger-pricks for blood. The U has conducted other clinical studies at the fair in the past, he added, but not studies that take place over multiple years.

    The website for the study assures that genetic information will be secured and viewed only by the researchers.

    Even if the genetic information indicates people are at risk for disease -- or that participating parents aren't blood relatives to their children -- the results won't be shared with them.

    Interested fairgoers can visit the U's building on Dan Patch Avenue or first visit the Gopher Kids website.

    The DNA saliva test works best when people haven't eaten for 30 minutes -- a risky proposition at the State Fair -- but it takes place at the end of the screening. So volunteers can eat all the chocolate-covered bacon and cheese-on-a-stick they want beforehand.

    Jeremy Olson • 612-673-7744