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Country Singers Pay Tribute to Shooting Victims at CMT Awards

Country singers honored victims of a mass shooting at a country music festival in Las Vegas instead of accepting awards at the CMT Artists of the Year show last (October 18th) night.

The format of the show changed this year to focus on victims of the shooting, as well as those recovering from hurricanes and wildfires, with a night of somber tributes, inspirational anthems and voices lifted in harmony.

Jason Aldean, who was on stage at the Route 91 Harvest Festival when the shooting occurred Oct. 1, stood side-by-side with the night’s other award winners, including Luke Bryan, Florida Georgia Line, Chris Stapleton and Keith Urban, to dedicate the night to country music fans. The honorees did not accept awards or give speeches as usual, but some chose to perform or other musicians performed in their honor.

“We’ve been tested beyond our worst nightmare these past few months,” Aldean said during the live broadcast from Nashville, Tennessee. “Heartbroken doesn’t even begin to describe how some of us feel. But we have proven time and again in this country that we have the power to overcome anything that threatens our way of life, or our freedom. We dedicate this night to you and everyone who has experienced loss or tragedy in the last few months.”

Rock legend Tom Petty passed away the day after the Las Vegas shootings, so Jason Aldean, Chris Stapleton, Keith Urban and Little Big Town ended the show with a group performance of Petty’s hit “I Won’t Back Down.”

“On this night when we usually celebrate a year of music, we also want to celebrate a year of incredible human spirit, the spirit we see in our fans every night,” Stapleton said.

“So in some small way we want to thank you for your resolve and perhaps lift your spirits for just a moment,” Urban said.

The names of the 58 victims from Las Vegas were listed during an “in memoriam” segment, along with the names of Tom Petty, Gregg Allman, Glen Campbell, Don Williams and Troy Gentry.

Near the end of the night, Luke Bryan took a moment to honor his friend Aldean.

“It could have been any one of us standing on that stage two weeks ago,” Bryan said. “It’s a nightmare that nobody should have to face. Jason has responded with dignity, care, respect and, some ways, defiance. And we all proud of him, especially me.”

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Bull Wanders Streets of Los Angeles

Police in California captured a wayward bull that escaped from a petting zoo and ran down a busy street in Los Angeles County on Saturday. The Crescenta Valley Sheriff’s Station posted a photo to Facebook showing the bull strolling down a La Crescenta road next to a car.

The Sheriff’s Station’s Facebook post reads, “The bull managed to get out and was found wondering down the roadway. Crescenta Valley Deputies were forced to become cowboys and they herded the bull until his trainer arrived. However, the bull is enjoying a Saturday night on the town and he was not too eager to return home.”

Eventually the bull’s owner was able to lasso the bovine and bring it back to the petting zoo.

Tuesday, on the East Coast, a bull was captured after running through streets of New York City. The loose bull was caught after it was spotting wandering through Brooklyn’s Prospect Park. It was unclear where the bull escaped from. Animal control officers eventually managed to tranquilize the bull and they carted it away.

NYPD Special Ops posted on its Twitter page, “Update The bull was benched in the dugout prior to #ALCS game 4. He was safely removed to the New York City Animal Care Center & will be cared for until a new home is found.”

The Animal Care Center tweeted that they have renamed the bull Jimmy Kimmel.

Kimmel tweeted, “If you are in #Brooklyn and have seen my cow, please bring it to the Brooklyn Academy of Music $$ REWARD!”


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Florida Man Charged $37,500 for Doughnut Icing

A man who was arrested for what police believed was meth, but was actually icing from a Krispy Kreme doughnut, has won the lawsuit he brought against the City of Orlando.

The Orlando Sentinel reports that Daniel Rushing, 65, won $37,500 from Orlando after a field test incorrectly indicated that he had drugs and landed him in jail.

Two years ago, Rushing was leaving a 7-Eleven when he was pulled over. The convenience store was under surveillance after complaints about drug activity.

In her arrest report, Cpl. Shelby Riggs-Hopkins, wrote that she saw “a rock-like substance on the floor board where his feet were.”

She conducted a series of roadside tests and they all came back positive for an illegal substance.

Officers said it was meth and took Rushing to jail on a possession of methamphetamine with a firearm charge where he spent 10 hours before posting $2,500 bond.

Later, a second test, this time performed by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, determined it was not meth, but sugar from a doughnut.

Rushing, who retired after 25 years with the City of Orlando Parks Department, still goes to Krispy Kreme every other week to get a glazed doughnut.

He just doesn’t eat it in his car.

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Flood Injury: A Life Preserver for Drowning Trees

Are your trees drowning? Many parts of the country have experienced a wetter-than-normal fall, which has left many trees sitting in soil saturated with water. Too much water sitting at the base of a tree can cause myriad problems. A traditional life preserver might not be the answer for these leafy giants, but a little knowledge – and knowing where to seek assistance – can help trees survive excessive moisture.

Too much water can be as bad for trees as too little water. While some trees are suited to survive occasional floods, most are not. In addition, as a tree becomes older, its ability to adapt to abrupt environmental changes decreases.

“Trees must maintain a proper water balance,” says Tchukki Andersen, BCMA, CTSP* and staff arborist with the Tree Care Industry Association. “Although most trees can withstand moisture conditions from very dry to very wet for short periods of time, continued extremes can cause serious problems, depending on the tree species,” Andersen explains. Some species (such as some oaks, pines and junipers) have adapted to survive drier conditions. Trees that grow along rivers (such as willows, poplars, cottonwoods and sycamores) and trees that grow in or around swamps and ponds (such as red maples, gums and pond cypress) can also grow in wet conditions.

Flood injury occurs when soil becomes saturated with water. There doesn’t need to be an actual flood to cause flood injury.

Has flooding damaged my trees?

Flood injury is usually expressed through changes in the foliage. One symptom in particular, chlorosis, is commonly caused by flood injuries. Chlorosis is the yellowing of leaves caused by a decrease in the amount of chlorophyll (green pigment) in the leaves. This symptom can look like a symptom of a disease but is often caused by non-disease problems, such as excessive water. A professional arborist can determine if chlorosis is caused by a pest, which might be possible to manage, or by water damage.

When flood conditions are prolonged, root dieback occurs. During root dieback, soil is so saturated that there is not enough oxygen available to the tree roots. Without the proper balance of oxygen and carbon dioxide, roots can’t survive. Eventually the tree is not able to absorb adequate moisture, despite the flood condition. The tree will exhibit symptoms similar to leaf scorch, where a tree’s leaves turn brown and die due to a lack of moisture in the leaves.

Symptoms of flood injury, in the order that they develop on the foliage, are:

  • slight wilting or drooping of the foliage
  • yellowing (chlorosis) and browning (necrosis) of leaf edges
  • browning in the center of the leaf

The symptoms usually start at the top of the tree or on the ends of branches, and spread throughout the entire crown. The symptoms are often more severe on the side of the tree facing the prevailing winds.

What to do

The best prevention for this problem is to avoid planting flood-intolerant trees in areas that are frequently flooded. That’s easy to say after the fact, but in planning a future landscape, this would be the best recourse to avoiding plant damage. There are a variety of wetland trees and shrubs that can tolerate flooding better than other trees.

For those trees in an existing landscape, there are not many practical short-term solutions other than improving drainage. Whenever changes in drainage are made, the impact to all the affected landscape plants needs to be considered. Avoid creating problems for flood-tolerant plants by providing drainage for intolerant plants.


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Kacey Musgraves Gets Married

Kacey Musgraves & Ruston Kelly are now married.

Musgraves and Kelly were married in Tennessee on Saturday, Oct. 14.

The wedding wasn’t a complete surprise, because Kelly had posted on Friday night that he was spending his last night as a bachelor. And he was happy to do so. “Finally ready to throw in that towel cuz I actually found the real thing. Couldn’t be more proud to have all our family and friends here to honor this new badass union.”

Congrats to the happy couple!

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Unique Halloween Display

One man in Mamaroneck, New York, is bringing humor to his Halloween display. Michael Fry, an art teacher and parent to two daughters, made a graveyard on his front lawn of 2017’s dying trends.

His sarcastic gravestones include everything from fashion to pop culture to politics, saying “so long” to “old” Taylor Swift, dabbing, ombre hair, and #roseallday, among others.

“I was thinking of doing gravestones and turning my front yard into a cemetery but I didn’t know what I wanted to put on them,” Fry, 39, told ABC News of his funny tradition that began three years ago. “I wanted to put something on them that wasn’t necessarily of people, and I didn’t want it to be too left or too right or offensive in any way.”

He said he wanted to do something “humorous and modern with the times,” which his students were certainly happy to help him compile.

“Things from that year that have either died, or are dying or are no longer fashionable or no longer hip,” said Fry. “Being a teacher, I get input from my students and friends and family members, and it’s become a collaborative effort.”

“I just hope everybody thinks it’s fun,” said the proud artist. “I put humor in all of my work. I try to take some of the edge off Halloween. It’s always scary and creepy and crazy, but I try to make it fun and funny for the young kids in the neighborhood.”

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911 Is for Emergencies Only

Some people may think it’s an emergency if they’re unable to post pictures of their dogs or vacation selfies from their road trip to grandma’s.

KOMO reports that police in Bothell, Washington, want you to reconsider the nature of your emergency.

After widespread reports of issues with Facebook and Instagram Wednesday morning, the Bothell police department was flooded with 911 calls from individuals freaked-out when they were cut off from their daily social media fix because Facebook went down.

Bothell Police tweeted, “We will move mountains to help those in our community. However we can’t fix Facebook so please don’t call 911 to ‘let us know its down.'”

It remains unclear what was causing the outages.