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Fresh gift ideas for Mothers Day 2012

Do something unique for your mom this year

Mothers Day 2012 falls on Sunday, May 13. Rather than give her the same old card and flowers, why not do something truly special for your mom to let her know how much you care.

A traditional way to celebrate Mothers Day is to take your mom out to brunch. This year, consider making brunch yourself, rather than going out to a crowded restaurant. Taking the time to prepare a meal for the number one woman in your life shows that you really care. Make her favorite dishes – or try something new and fun. She’ll definitely appreciate the effort. Also, make sure she doesn’t do the dishes afterwards!

If your mom is a wine lover, spend the day with her at a local winery. If you prefer to celebrate at home, buy some wine ahead of time and prepare a wine tasting at your house. Serve the wine with some artisan cheese and crackers, grapes, salami and chocolate to create a true wine tasting experience.

Is your mom the outdoorsy type? Plan a hike with the entire family on Mothers Day. Pack a picnic lunch with your mom’s favorite snacks and spend the day relaxing in the great outdoors with your loved ones.

For the tea-loving mom, an afternoon tea party would be a fun way to celebrate Mothers Day. Begin with a few pots of your mom’s favorite teas, served with cold milk, sugar cubes, lemon slices and honey. Set out a variety of sweet and savory snacks, such as finger sandwiches, smoked salmon, fruit, scones and shortbread.

Whatever you choose to do this Mothers Day, make sure you tell your mom thanks for all she’s done for you, and make this one a Mothers Day she’ll remember for years to come.

Levon Helm remembered fondly

Singer revered by many

Levon Helm, drummer/singer of the Band, died of throat cancer last Thursday at age 71.

The drummer backed up rockabilly star Ronnie Hawkins and Bob Dylan before becoming a star in his own right with the Band, and later as a solo artist. The Band was inducted into Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1994 and was awarded a lifetime achievement award at the Grammys in 2008. Levon Helm’s solo career granted him three Grammys in the past ten years.

Levon Helm was revered by many, and will be greatly missed.

“He was my bosom buddy friend to the end, one of the last true great spirits of my or any other generation. This is just so sad to talk about. I still can remember the first day I met him and the last day I saw him. We go back pretty far and had been through some trials together. I’m going to miss him, as I’m sure a whole lot of others will too,” posted Bob Dylan on his website.

Robbie Robertson, guitarist from the Band visited Levon Helm at the hospital a few days before his death, reported Rolling Stone. “Levon is one of the most extraordinary talented people I’ve ever known and very much like an older brother to me.  I am so grateful I got to see him one last time and will miss him and love him forever,” said Robertson in a statement.

“Levon was so sweet, so full of light. … I’m heartbroken he has moved on to ‘find a place where he can lay his head.’ But I hope he found it,” said Rosanne Cash, who performed The Weight with Helm at an American Music Association event last year.

Eagles guitarist Joe Walsh, who played with Helm occasionally, said in a statement Thursday that “Levon was an influence and an inspiration to all of us. It was an honor and a privilege to have known him. We will miss him.”

Orange Crush trashes Tybee Beach

Video showcasing damage goes viral

Orange Crush, an unofficial gathering of college students and young adults along Georgia’s coast, left tons of trash in its wake this weekend, leaving many Savannah residents outraged.

Tybee Islander Tony Abruzzio and his fiancé were walking along the beach Sunday morning when they encountered the mounds of trash left behind by Orange Crush party-goers. Abruzzio was so appalled that he shot a video displaying a section of the island cluttered with cups, bottles, other trash and clothing, which he then posted to YouTube.

“Bottles, broken-up ice coolers, towels — you name it, all over the place,” Abruzziosaid. “It was really unnecessary and unneeded… This is why Orange Crush has got such a bad reputation on Tybee.”

Abruzzio, along with volunteers from Savannah State University, the Tybee community and even some tourists managed to get the beach clean in a few hours.

The Orange Crush event used to be sponsored by Savannah State but is no longer. The party still continues however, despite school distancing itself and recommending that students not attend.

WSAV spoke with Tybee Mayor Jason Buelterman who said they found out about Orange Crush just a few days prior, and the city didn’t have enough time to prepare.

“Usually when people have events, they go before City Council, acquire permits and meet with us so we can all work together. This was not one of those events. Every year they go to a different part of the beach, so we have no way of knowing where they will end up. You almost need a mobile crew to deal with the litter.”

The City of Tybee released the crime data related to the Orange Crush event. There were 78 calls placed to dispatch and 55 incident reports generated. There were 18 arrests and of those were six felony drug arrests, according to the city. There were 30 citations issued. There were two auto accidents involving four cars.

Neil Diamond gets hitched for the third time

Singer married his manager Saturday in LA

Neil Diamond married his manager Katie McNeil in front of family and close friends in Los Angeles on Saturday, April 21. “Katie and I got married last night, we wish you all could’ve been there. It was magical!” he posted on Twitter Sunday night.

This is the third marriage for Neil Diamond and the first for 42-year-old McNeil. In 1963, Diamond wed his high school sweetheart Jaye Posner, with whom he has two daughters, Marjorie and Elyn. The couple divorced in 1969, and in December of the same year, Diamond married Marcia Murphey, a production assistant. He has two sons, Jesse and Micah, from that marriage. Diamond and Murphey divorced in 1995.

The legendary singer was excited to announce his engagement to McNeil to all his fans on Twitter last September. “Good news coming from sunny LA/ and you’re the first I want to tell/ Katie & I just got engaged/ and I hope you wish us well. Neil.”

“I’d like you to meet Katie,” he posted, with a picture of his new fiancé. “I’m lovestruck.”

On December 30, 2011, Diamond tweeted, “What a year! R&R Hall of Fame, Kennedy Ctr Honor, Billboard Icon Award, a Grammy nom., and best of all the hand of the girl of my dreams!”

Last year Diamond was a recipient of a Kennedy Honor for his contribution to American culture through the arts and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Known for hits such as “Sweet Caroline,” and “Love on the Rocks,” Neil Diamond will kick off a summer tour of the U.S. on June 1.

Metta World Peace still a bad boy

Artest ejected from game after elbowing player in head

Metta World Peace has reverted to his bad boy ways, it seems. While cheering his own shot in the second quarter of the Los Angles Lakers-Oklahoma City Thunder game, he delivered an elbow to the back of Oklahoma City guard James Harden’s head, knocking him to the floor.

Harden was diagnosed with a concussion and did not return to the game. Metta World Peace, born Ron Artest, was ejected form the game and faces possible suspension for the remainder of the regular season and possibly into the playoffs.

The forward has a history of bad behavior, most notably when he ran into the stands of The Palace at auburn Hills and incited a brawl in 2004. After the brawl Metta World Peace was issued a year-long ban from the NBA. The longest suspension for on-court behavior in NBA history, his suspension totaled 86 games. His re-instatement came with an implicit zero-tolerance clause for bad behavior. Overall, he has received over 100 games in suspension, including a seven-game suspension in 2010 that resulted from a domestic violence dispute.

In 2011 the player seemingly turned over a new leaf and legally changed his name to Metta World Peace, in an act that “was meant to inspire and bring youth together all around the world.” He chose the first name Metta because it is a traditional Bhuddist word that means loving kindness and friendliness towards all.

As for this latest incident that definitely does not qualify as “loving kindness and friendliness,” Metta World Peace is claiming it was an accident. “I got real emotional and excited, and it was unfortunate that James had to get hit with the unintentional elbow,” he said after the Lakers’ win. “I hope he’s OK. Oklahoma, they’re playing for a championship this year. I apologize to the Thunder and James Harden. It was just unfortunate.”

The Lakers won 114-106 over Thunder in double overtime.

Jamie Moyer sets new record

Oldest pitcher to win MLB game

Jamie Moyer became the oldest pitcher to ever win a major league game Tuesday night.

The Baseball Hall of Fame has asked Jamie Moyer for some sort of memorabilia to commemorate his record-setting night when he threw seven efficient innings to help the Colorado Rockies beat the San Diego Padres 5-3 on Tuesday

The pitcher said he would be honored. “To have your name mentioned with great players of the past or Hall of Fame players, it’s pretty special,” Jamie Moyer said.

“It’s a great night for the Rockies, as far as winning a baseball game. But it’s an historic night for one tremendous human being,” Rockies manager Jim Tracy said. “It couldn’t happen to a better guy. A more professional person I don’t know I’ve been around.”

The 49-year-old left-handed pitcher used his experience to his advantage against the young Padres, six of whom weren’t even born when Moyer made his major league debut in 1986 with the Chicago Cubs.

Jamie Moyer banked on a consistent cutter and mixing in a 78-mph fastball, giving up just six hits and two runs as he kept the Padres hitters at bay.

The Padre’s Mark Kotsay’s first plate appearance of the season was in the opening inning against Moyer. The 36-year-old Kotsay has a .583 lifetime average against Moyer. They even exchanged friendly grins after each of Kotsay’s two singles.

“He wears me out. He knows it. I know it,” Jamie Moyer said. “We joke in the offseason.”

Kotsay also expressed respect for Moyer. “It says something about how much he loves to compete and his willingness to work, and at 49, to go out and throw the ball and have success,” said Kotsay.

Jamie Moyer became the oldest player in baseball in 2008.

2012 Time 100 List

Profiles most influential people in the world

The 2012 Time 100 list came out today, a list comprising of 100 Leaders & Revolutionaries, Builders & Titans, Artists & Entertainers, Scientists & Thinkers, and Heroes & Icons, who are being recognized for changing the world, for better or for worse.

“They are the people who inspire us, entertain us, challenge us and change our world. Meet the breakouts, pioneers, moguls, leaders and icons who make up this year’s TIME 100,” announced the Time website.

Here are a few highlights from the Time 100 list.

”No one can learn how to be funny. What you can learn is how to trust yourself, to have enough self-confidence to say, “I think this is funny — they will too.” Louis gets that. There’s no downside to him. He’s the next Big One.” – Joan Rivers on comedian Louie CK.

“But most of all, in the roil of a difficult time, he seemed smart and steady, trustworthy.” – Joe Klein on President Barack Obama.

” I am so relieved that Adele possesses the kind of beauty that she does, that she’s crass and funny and that she sings live — and incredibly. Her success renews hope in me that the world I live in has good taste — that we still occasionally come back to what’s simple, and simply amazing.” – Pink on singer Adele.

”No one kitchen — or 10 — can contain him. He is advocate, promoter, entrepreneur, philanthropist, artist. Keep up with him at your peril.” – Anthony Bourdain on chef and activist Jose Andres.

” Viola, 46, has given her stage and screen characters true presence, depth and authenticity because of her uncompromising real-life character. She is a serious and soul-stirring actress, and her rich body of work represents the full range of our humanity.”  – Cicely Tyson on actress Viola Davis

“And she did the undoable. A royal wedding dress that could never live up to the impossible dream. But it did. The whole world gasped in astonishment and sighed in reverie as she made one young woman’s fantasy a reality for everyone.” – Sarah Jessica Parker on fashion designer Sarah Burton.

“How he can be so devastating and endearing at the same time I cannot say, but it sure wears well. Look for him to hold down this spot on TIME’s list for years to come.” – Garry Trudeau on political satirist Stephen Colbert.

The full Time 100 list can be found here.

Anna Paquin has a baby on the way

True Blood costars expecting their first child together

Anna Paquin is expecting a child with her True Blood costar and husband Stephen Moyer. The baby will be Paquin’s first, although Moyer has two children, 12-year-old Billy and 10-yea-old Lilac from previous relationships.

Anna Paquin, 29, and Moyer, 42, first met in 2007 when they began filming the show. They married in Malibu, CA three years later. Many of their “True Blood” cast and crew pals showed up to the celebration, including their script supervisor, an ordained minister, who performed the ceremony.

In 2010, Anna Paquin revealed to Marie Claire that she wanted to put off having kids with her then-fiance. “I have trouble planning anything more than brunch with my friends,” Paquin told the magazine. “But when the time’s right, we’ll do it.”

The same year she got married, Anna Paquin came out publicly as bisexual. “Frankly, no one had ever asked me before… There is a lot of prejudice against us, but the more people talk about it, the less of a deal it will be,” Paquin told V Magazine last year. “Who people choose to sleep with — or spend their lives with — shouldn’t matter, not that anyone particularly cares who I’m attracted to.”

Paquin won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress in 1993 at the age of 11 for The Piano. Her career took off later in the 90s thanks to her roles in She’s All That, Almost Famous and the X-Men Franchise.

She won the 2008 Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Television Series Drama for her role as the Southern waitress Sookie Stackhouse in the HBO series True Blood. Filming for Season 5 of True Blood began in November and it will premier June 10.

Chicago Blackhawks lose to Coyotes in OT

Player knocked unconscious, taken to hospital

Chicago Blackhawks star Marian Hossa was knocked unconscious and taken to the hospital on a stretcher last night after a crushing blow from Phoenix’s Raffi Torres.

Hossa was later released from the hospital and is expected to recover, but the Chicago Blackhawks are really short-handed now, as Andrew Shaw was suspended three games Tuesday for his hit that knocked Phoenix goalie Mike Smith to the ice in Game 2.

Torres was already somewhat reviled amongst Chicago Blackhawks players and fans. Last year, he knocked Brent Seabrook to the ice while playing for Vancouver.

“Of course we’re angry. It’s a natural reaction for anybody,” Chicago captain Jonathan Toews said. “Everyone loves Hoss, respects him and loves him as a teammate. … We wanted to win that game for him tonight, but came up short. We’ve got to focus on getting the next one for him.”

The hit by Torres did not draw a penalty, causing outrage from Chicago coach Joel Quenneville. “It was a brutal hit,” Quenneville said. “I saw exactly what happened. It was right in front of me. How four guys missed it was hard. The refereeing tonight was a disgrace.”

Hossa’s injury sparked concern from the Phoenix Coyote players as well. “It’s scary. Your heart goes out to him and his family. It’s past hockey,” Smith said.

Phoenix prevailed 3-2 over Chicago Tuesday night in the teams’ third straight overtime game. “It’s a terrible goal. We dominated overtime. I thought I was feeling good the whole game long. I feel bad I gave them that one after the guys battled in overtime like that. It’s definitely on me,” said goalie Corey Crawford.

Chicago Blackhawks are now trailing the Coyotes 2-1 in the series with Game 4 Thursday night.

Bob Beckel drops f-bomb on live television

Puts money in swear jar

Bob Beckel, FOX Commentator and host of The Five, says he didn’t know he was on the air when he dropped the f-bomb during an appearance on Sean Hannity’s Hannity.

“You don’t know what the fuck you’re talking about,” Bob Beckel said Monday as he defended the federal Head Start program in a heated argument with Tea Party activist Jennnifer Stefano.

“Whoa! Bleep!” Hannity jumped in. “What are you doing?”

Hannity apologized to viewers for the language, but Bob Beckel initially refused to, saying they weren’t on air. Informed that in fact they were, he said he was sorry, but that Hannity should have made it clear to him they were live.

“You should run your show a little better, instead of having me get caught like that,” he said.

After he realized what happened, Bob Beckel had bit of a meltdown, saying he was going to get fired, covering his head in shame and refusing to speak for the rest of the segment. Both Stefano and Neal Boortz tried to comfort him. Boortz by saying, “if they try to fire you, we’ll defend you.”

Bob Beckel took to Twitter to apologize again, saying, “I honestly thought we were off air. I just may not be cut out for the tv business. Peace.” He also thanked his defenders, noting the conservative ones.

On Tuesday’s The Five, he dropped change and then a dollar bill into “Bob’s Swear Jar.”

This is not the first time Beckel has cursed on air. He let the s-word slip back in September 2011, during a heated discussion about then-GOP candidate Herman Cain after  dropping the same word earlier that month during a discussion on tax cuts.