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Holly Warlick will be Tennessee’s new women’s head coach

After Pat Summitt step down as head coach, Holly Warlick has been appointed to take her spot as active head coach.

Holly Warlick is Tennessee’s new women’s basketball coach, after Pat Summitt stepped down, according to Yahoo! News.

Warlick is not worried about her duties and is excited for the challenge.
“This is what I do,” Warlick said. “I’m a basketball coach and I’ve been it all my life. I’ve learned from the best, so I don’t see it as I’m following a legend. I’m following a mentor who’s prepared me for this opportunity and it happens to be at the University of Tennessee.

Pat Summitt had been the women’s basketball coach since 1974.

Warlick said that she is “very honored, privileged and I’m ready to go to work.”
Summitt’s career includes 1,098 wins and eight national titles in her 38 seasons.
With five seniors leaving, the team has been anxious about prospects since the spring signing period opened April 10.

Summitt , after being diagnosed with dementia less than a year ago, decided to step down from job as head coach. She will still serve as head coach emeritus.
Warlick said, “It’s been really a positive response for us on the recruiting side.” Warlick recently hired two new assistants.

Warlick began her basketball career at Tennessee when Summitt recruited her. During her time there, she was a three-time All-American. She was the first Tennessee athlete to have her jersey retired at the end of her career.

Warlick began coaching at Virginia Tech as an assistant between 1981- 1983 and then left for Nebraska for two years. She rejoined Summitt and has spent the past 27 years there.

Norte Dame Coach Muffett McGraw believe Tennessee’s program will be ran the same with Warlick on board.
“We know that the Lady Vol program will remain strong and vibrant with Holly Warlick as head coach,” McGraw said.

Summitt presented Warlick with her whistle during a news conference on Thursday.

Sheree Whitfield leaving 'Real Housewives of Atlanta'

After four seasons, Sheree Whitfield has decided to leave ‘The Real Housewives of Atlanta.’

Sheree Whitfield will not be returning to the cast of The Real Housewives of Atlanta, according to the Wall Street Journal.

In a interview with Wetpaint, Whitfield said, “After four solid seasons of helping Bravo build the show into its most successful Housewives franchise, I have decided to leave.”

She reconfirmed this on her twitter Wednesday. Whitfield tweeted, “Yes it is official I’m leaving Real Housewives of Atlanta. I enjoyed my time working with everyone affiliated with the show.”

Whitfield states that her reasoning for her departure has to do with the direction of the show.
“The direction the show is going in is no longer a fit for my lifestyle. I’m tired of the fighting and the cattiness,” she said. “I want to be a part of something that empowers and inspires women to not only be healthy, but to treat themselves with respect.”

Rumors are floating around that the show’s direction was not the case.
One Bravo source told Radar Online, “Sheree was fired. She was demanding more money and that didn’t go over well with show executives. They are tired of dealing with her diva attitude and demands.”

Despite her departure, Whitfield is looking to remain on television.
“I wish the rest of the women the best of luck. I’m thrilled to say I’m a free agent and am already fielding offers.”

Bravo confirmed Whitfield’s leaving with a statement.
“We have enjoyed working with Sheree as part of The Real Housewives of Atlanta,” a spokesperson for the network said. “We wish her all the best in the future.”

The Real Housewives of Atlanta premiered in 2008. Whitfield joins former housewives of Atlanta including DeShawn Snow (Season 1) and  Lisa Wu-Hartwell( Season 2).

The show is in its fifth season and so far, only Kim Zolciak has been confirmed to appear.

'Dark Shadows' Jonathan Frid dies at 87

Jonathan Frid, famous for his role as Barnabas Collins on the soap opera ‘Dark Shadows’ died on April 13.

Jonathan Frid, the actor behind Barnabas Collins, vampire from the hit soap opera “Dark Shadows” died at the age of 87, according to the Los Angeles Times.

Frid died in his hometown of Hamilton, Ontario at the Juravinski Hospital on Friday, April 13.

“Dark Shadows” has recently gained popularity with the Tim Burton adaption, coming out this May. The film stars Johnny Depp as Barnabas.

Depp said about Frid, “Jonathan Frid was the reason I used to run home from school to watch ‘Dark Shadows.’ When I had the honor to finally meet him, as he so generously passed the torch of Barnabas to me, he was as elegant and magical as I had always imagined. My deepest condolences to his family and friends. The world has lost a true original.”

Frid made his final cameo in the upcoming film.

Kathryn Leigh Scott, co star on the original ‘Dark Shadows,’ who also has a cameo in the new movie left a tribute to the actor on her website.
“I am so grateful to have worked with Jonathan, and to have known him as the charismatic, entertaining, complex and plain-spoken man that he was,” she said. “What fun we had working together! He was irascible, irreverent, funny, caring, lovable and thoroughly professional.”

Scott continued on to talk about the moment that Depp and Frid met for the first time on the set of ‘Dark Shadows.’
“I won’t ever forget the moment when the two Barnabas Collinses met, one in his late 80s and the other in his mid 40s, each with their wolf’s head canes. Jonathan took his time scrutinizing his successor’s appearance. ‘I see you’ve done the hair,’ Jonathan said to Johnny Depp, ‘but a few more spikes.’ Depp, entirely in character, replied, ‘Yes, we’re doing things a bit differently.’”

“Dark Shadows ran from 1966 to 1971 on ABC. Frid joined the cast in 1967.
In addition to ‘Dark Shadows’ success, Frid had a length stage career.

He died of natural causes.

The Band's Levon Helm dies at 71.

After a long battle with throat cancer, Levon Helm died on Thursday.

Earlier this week, we reported that Levon Helm, drummer for The Band, was in his final stages of his battle with cancer. Helm died Thursday at the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York, according to Chicago Tribune. He was 71.

Band mate Larry Campbell told Times Herald-Record, “We lost Levon at 1:30 today surrounded by friends and family, and his musicians have visited him. As sad as this was, it was very peaceful.”

Helm was the only American player in the Canada based group, The Band, who gained popularity in the 60’s and 70’s. Helm provided the vocals on such songs like “The Weight,” “The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down” and “Up on Cripple Creek.” The group was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1994.

After The Band spilt, Helm pursued a solo career and even branched out into acting, playing Loretta’s father in 1980 “Coal Miner’s Daughter.” His solo career has earned him three Grammys in the last ten years.

Born in Arkansas, Helm was exposed to musicians like Bill Monroe and blues singer Sonny Boy Willamson, who inspired his musical background.

The Band, upon wishes of band member Robbie Robertson, called it quits in 1976 with one final farewell concert titled “The Last Waltz.” Helm moved on to record his solo albums in the 70’s and 80’s. In 1983, The Band reunited without Robertson.

Helm was diagnosed with throat cancer in 1999, and after a tumor was removed, began singing again in 2004. His last release “Ramble at the Ryman” (2011), is a live recording made at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium in 2008.

He is survived by his wife Sandy and daughter Amy.

Helm’s performance from The Last Waltz: 

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ABC suit over lack of diversity on hit shows 'The Bachelor'

Two African American men in Nashville, Tennessee are suing ABC for not featuring non-whites in prominent roles.

ABC is being sued after for only featuring White people in the main roles on their popular dating shows, “The Bachelor” and the “The Bachelorette,” according to Reuters.

Two football players, Nathaniel Claybrooks and Christopher Johnson, African American men, who have both tried out for “The Bachelor,” believe that the network intentionally leaves out non-whites from the shows.

The two Nashville, Tennessee residents filed the suit on Wednesday and claim that ABC will not include non-whites in fear of losing White viewers, who are the majority, or advertisers.

The complaint said, “Defendants are making the calculation that minorities in lead roles and interracial dating is unappealing to the shows’ audiences. ‘The Bachelor’ and ‘The Bachelorette’ are examples of purposeful segregation in the media that perpetuates racial stereotypes and denies persons of color opportunities in the entertainment industry.”

An ABC spokesman was not available for comment.

The suit demands that ABC consider non-whites for roles, as well as” punitive damages and other remedies.”

Last year when asked about the show featuring non-white, the show’s producer Michael Fleiss said to Entertainment Weekly:
“I think Ashley ( 2011 Bachelorette) is 1/16th Cherokee Indian, but I cannot confirm. But that is my suspicion! We really tried, but sometimes we feel guilty of tokenism. Oh, we have to wedge African American chicks in there! We always want to cast for ethnic diversity; it’s just that for whatever reason, they don’t come forward. I wish they would.”

The show, which high-lights a man or a woman who chooses one mate between 20 people, began in 2002.  Each week, a potential mate is eliminated.

The case is Claybrooks et al v. American Broadcasting Cos et al, U.S. District Court, Middle District of Tennessee, No. 12-00388.

Dick Clark dies at 82

Former host of “American Bandstand,” Dick Clark dies at 82, after a heart attack.

Dick Clark, television host of the dance show, “American Bandstand” and host of the annual celebration in New York’s Time Square to count down on New Years’, died April 18 at a hospital in Santa Monica, California after a heart attack, according to the Washington Post.

He was 82.

His death was confirmed by his publicist, Paul Shefrin.

Born in 1929 in Mount Vernon, New York, Clark majored in advertising at Syracuse University. It was there that he would work at the campus radio station that head started his career in broadcast.

From 1952 to 1987, Clark hosted “American Bandstand,” which originally started over the radio In Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and then made its way to national television. The program allowed teenagers of the era to vote on their favorite song.

By the time the show had reached its 30th anniversary in 1982, nearly 600,000 teenagers and 10,000 performers had been on the show. Performers like James Brown, Ike and Tina Turner and Simon and Garfunkel appeared on the show.

When Clark was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1993, the citation read:
“Dick Clark was significant in transforming the record business into an international industry. His weekly televised record hops played an integral role in establishing rock and roll, keeping it alive and shaping its future.”

After ABC ended “American Bandstand” in 1987, Clark took it into syndication for a couple of years and then appointed a new host, David Hirsch. The show went off the air not long after.

Dick Clark Productions was responsible for several made-for-TV movies, games shows and awards shows like American Music Awards. The company was purchased in 2007 by Washington Redskins owner Daniel M. Snyder for $175 million.

He is survived by his third wife, Kari Wigton, two sons, Richard and Duane and one daughter, Cindy.

U.S. troops posing with Afghan body parts might pose a problem

After pictures that surfaced from 2010 show U.S. troops posing with Afghan insurgent body parts and the U.S. government is not happy.

American soldiers seen posing with deceased bodies of Afghan insurgents are being chasticed for their behavior, according to Reuters. 

U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta regrets the decision of the Los Angeles Times to publish the photos because he fears they might trigger violence towards soldiers stationed in Afghanistan.

One of the pictures shows a U.S. paratrooper posed by a patch placed beside a body that says “Zombie Hunter,” while another picture shows soldiers with Afghan police holding the severed legs of a person. In the last picture, viewers see two soldiers holding a person’s hand with the middle finger raised.

Panetta has apologized during a NATO meeting, “on behalf of the Department of Defense and the U.S. government” and said “that behavior is unacceptable.”
White House spokesman Jay Carney said that Obama was briefed on the issue but was not sure if the president had seen the photos.

The photos were taken in 2010, and published by the Los Angeles Times after the newspaper acquired them from a soldier. The individual who submitted them wished to remain anonymous but has suspicion that the photos are proof of “a breakdown in leadership and discipline that threatened the security of the troops,” according to Reuters.

Panetta also said during the meeting, “That behavior that was depicted in those photos absolutely violates both our regulations and more importantly our core values.”

He continued and said, “I know that war is ugly and it’s violent and I know that young people sometimes caught up in the moment make some very foolish decisions. I’m not excusing that behavior, but neither do I want these images to bring further injury to our people and to our relationship with the Afghan people.”

The pictures are currently under investigation.

However, critics believe that this incident might have “complicated U.S. efforts to negotiate a strategic partnership agreement to define its presence once most foreign combat troops pull out by the end of 2014,” according to Reuters.

While The Los Angeles Times says that the photos were of suicide bombers and insurgents, it is unclear if these people were ordinary Afghans who got caught up in the fighting.

NFL 2012 Schedule has been released

On Tuesday, the NFL released the schedule for the up-coming season.

Football fans, all over, sat on the edge of their seats as the NFL’s 2012 schedule was announced on Tuesday. With what looks like it could be an interesting season, critics around the country have began to predict the next rivals and stand-out players.

It will not be too long of a wait to see Peyton Manning in a Denver Broncos uniform. The Broncos will play the Pittsburgh Steelers on opening Sunday of the season. Also scheduled to play that day:

The Chicago Bears vs. the Indianapolis Colts at Soldier Field
New England Patriots vs. Tennessee Titans at LP Field
Washington Redskins vs. New Orleans Saints at Mercedes-Benz Superdome, just to name a few.

The NFL has scheduled 13 games for the first Sunday, which falls on September 9th.

The very first game of the season falls on a Wednesday, the first time this has since 1948, according to MSN. The game, featuring the Cowboys and the Giants, was moved to avoid conflict with President Obama’s Thursday night speech at the Democratic National Convention.

Giants coach Tom Coughlin said,
“We will have a week-in and week-out challenge, not only in who we play, but with the different elements of our schedule.”

The NFL Network will now showing games from September until December, instead of just the second half of the schedule.

According to MSN, byes will occur from weeks 4 through 11. Then at the start of week 11, the league will have flex scheduling for the Sunday night game.

10 teams have three consecutive home games while Green Bay and Houston ended up being the only teams with three straight road trips.

Green Bay’s coach Mike McCarthy said, “As far as playing three on the road, I don’t look at that as an extraordinary challenge. It is always challenging, period, when you go on the road.”

The wild-card weekend will happen January 5-6 with the next weekend for the divisional round and then conference championships on January 20. Superbowl XLVII (47) is February 3 in New Orleans.

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Brothel owner Dennis Hof suggests the US government hire prostitutes

After the recent Secret Service scandal, Dennis Hof, owner of the Bunny Ranch, has a couple of suggestions for the US government.

Earlier this week, we reported on the scandal currently going on in President Obama’s Administration’s Secret Service. Well the owner of the Moonlite Bunny Ranch in Carson City, Nevada believes that the situation could have been avoided.

Dennis Hof said, “If these guys had come to the Bunny Ranch and satisfied their needs before the trip, none of this would have happened.”

Hof told Huffington Post that the Secret Service behavior at the “Pley Club,” was “truly awful” and risked having extreme consequences.

Hof said, “It’s a national security risk. These guys were f***ing morons. There’s an old saying, ‘loose lips sink ships,’ and these agents are supposed to be trained to keep secrets, but if you’re dumb enough to argue with a hooker over a $47 bill, you’re dumb enough to leave the plans where the president is going to be by the bedside.”

The eleven men of the Secret Service involved allegedly bragged that they worked for Obama and “we’re here to protect him.”

Though accounts say that the men paid for the sexual services in advance, Hof refers to a dispute over the bill between the men and women, which led to the police being called.
Prostitution is legal in Columbia and “The Pley Club” is a well-known brothel in the area.
Despite Hof’s strong feelings about the Secret Service behavior, he would not charge the agents and has proposed a plan for the Secret Service to bring Bunny Ranch women with them on foreign trips to avoid this from happening again.

“We’re contacting Sen. Harry Reid,” Hof said. “…He is our representative and we would be offering this free of charge to support our country and our president.”

The controversy has over shadowed the summit and local residents are disappointed in the reputation that has been left behind.

One man said, “Cartagena didn’t benefit one cent from President Obama’s visit. All people remember are that the Secret Service agents slept with our prostitutes.”

US will not aid North Korea because of missile launch

The United States has decided to not go on with their food aid deal with North Korea, after they launched a rocket.

The United States has decided to revoke their proposed food aid deal with North Korea because of their attempt to launch a rocket into orbit, according to MSNBC.

Administration officials announced that the deal with Pyongyang was off soon after the rocket was launched.

A White House official told reporters, “We are not going forward with any agreement to provide them with assistance.”

The rocket failed shortly after launch and crashed into a sea off the coast of South Korea.

The G-8 group of countries disapproved of North Korea’s actions and one Republican said that a failed test from the country could help North Korea develop “technology capable of delivering a nuclear weapon that can threaten American cities tomorrow.”

This is the fourth time that North Korea has attempted this launch, according to NBC News.

The G-8, which is made up of the United States, Canada, Japan, Russia, the U.K., Germany, France and Italy, are considering the assistance of the United Nations.
They released a statement saying, “We, the G-8 Foreign Ministers, condemn the launch by the Democratic People’s Republican of Korea (DPRK), which is a violation of U.N. Security Council Resolutions 1695, 1718, and 1874.”

Continuing on, the statement said, “Sharing the view that the launch undermines regional peace and stability, we call on the DPRK to abstain from further launches using ballistic missile technology or other actions which aggravate the situation on the Korean Peninsula.”

The G-8 foreign ministers further wrote that they were “ready to consider, with others, taking measures responding to all activities of the DPRK that violate U.N. Security Council Resolutions.”

U.S. Senate Republican Whip Jon Kyl said that this missile launch was a blatant action undertaken by the regime in Pyongyang. He said that the North Korean regime had showed a “complete disregard for international sanctions and its proclivity for worthless commitments.”

The official North Korean news agency reported that scientists and engineers are trying to discover the cause of the failure.