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Gibson sympathizes with LaBeouf

CNN Entertainment - Fri, 07/11/2014 - 14:15
Shia LaBeouf has at least one high profile supporter.
Categories: Entertainment News

Emmy nominations 2014 announced

CNN Entertainment - Fri, 07/11/2014 - 14:15
The 2014 Emmy nominations were announced on July 10, and the competition is going to be fierce.
Categories: Entertainment News

What makes me so tasty?

Health - Fri, 07/11/2014 - 13:56
The colors you wear and the food you eat don't matter. We bust five common mosquito bite myths to help you stop the itch.
Categories: Health

Anthrax investigation turns up 'distressing' issues at CDC

CNN - Fri, 07/11/2014 - 13:46
Concluding its investigation into the unintended anthrax exposure at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, the CDC says it has found another more "distressing" problem due to lab workers not following protocol.
Categories: National News

She drove a Mercedes to pick up vouchers

CNN - Fri, 07/11/2014 - 13:41
Darlena Cuhna joins Don Lemon to reveal the life circumstances that led her to drive a Mercedes to pick up food vouchers.
Categories: National News

Controversial South African ad faces no action

CNN World - Fri, 07/11/2014 - 12:58
A television commercial that prompted complaints for its portrayal of a white woman feeding a young black boy like a dog will not be formally investigated, South Africa's advertising watchdog has ruled.
Categories: International News

Should you raid your retirement savings to slash debt?

Business News - Fri, 07/11/2014 - 12:56
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MSU Volleyball Signs Amber Gass And Cheyenne Spell

Bulldog Beat - Fri, 07/11/2014 - 12:52
STARKVILLE, Miss. – Continuing to build to an already impressive signing class, Mississippi State volleyball head coach Jenny Hazelwood announced Thursday the signing of Amber Gass of Ballston Spa, N.Y., and Cheyenne Spell of Diana, Texas, for the 2014 campaign.

'Glee' star Becca Tobin's boyfriend found dead in hotel room

CNN Entertainment - Fri, 07/11/2014 - 12:47
The boyfriend of "Glee" star Becca Tobin, Matt Bendik, was found dead in a Philadelphia hotel room, the actress' manager confirmed to CNN.
Categories: Entertainment News

Friday Links

Business News - Fri, 07/11/2014 - 12:40
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Iraq's top diplomat replaced, sources say

CNN World - Fri, 07/11/2014 - 12:19
Iraqi Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari, a Kurdish member of Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki's government, has been replaced, according to two senior Iraqi government officials.
Categories: International News

Beatles photographer's iconic pics

CNN Entertainment - Fri, 07/11/2014 - 12:16
Beatlemania turns 50! The photographer who traveled with the band shares his personal behind-the-scene photos.
Categories: Entertainment News

Eileen Ford dies at 92

CNN Entertainment - Fri, 07/11/2014 - 12:15
Eileen Ford, who founded Ford Model Agency 70 years ago, died Wednesday at the age of 92, the company said.
Categories: Entertainment News

Wells Fargo is lending its mountain of cash

Business News - Fri, 07/11/2014 - 12:00
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Virus detected in baby 'cured' of HIV

CNN - Fri, 07/11/2014 - 11:55
A Mississippi baby scientists said was "functionally cured" of HIV now has detectable levels of the virus in her blood, 27 months after being taken off antiretroviral drugs, her doctors say.
Categories: National News

Roundup to feature popular acts

Twisted Rodeo - Fri, 07/11/2014 - 11:31

DODGE CITY, Kan. – In all the years Justin Rumford has been to Dodge City, he’s been to just one performance of Dodge City Roundup Rodeo.

That changes this year, when he will be one of the featured acts at the annual rodeo, set for 7:45 p.m. Wednesday, July 30-Sunday, Aug. 3, at Roundup Arena. This year’s rodeo also features and Xtreme Bulls Tour competition, which will take place at 7:45 p.m. Tuesday, July 29.

Justin Rumford, who grew up in Abbyville, Kan., will be one of the featured entertainers at this year’s Dodge City Roundup Rodeo, set for Wednesday, July 30-Sunday, Aug. 3. (PHOTO COURTESY OF JUSTIN RUMFORD)

“I worked in Dodge City every summer when I was in college as the stage coach driver at Boot Hill,” said Rumford, who grew up in a rodeo family in Abbyville, Kan., just 100 miles east of Dodge City. “When I steer wrestled, I was always in slack and never competed in a performance. The only performance I ever went to was when I drove the stage coach into the arena.”

Rumford is a rodeo entertainer and clown, and he’s pretty good at it, too. The last two years, he was recognized as the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association’s clown of the year. This past December, he was recognized as the 2013 Coors Man in the Can, the top honor for rodeo barrelmen.

In Dodge City, he will share the arena with the sport’s greatest stars and another amazing act, California-based Riata Ranch Cowboy Girls, which will showcase trick riding, trick roping and roman riding skills; they were nominated for the PRCA’s dress act of the year in 2011 and 2013.

“Our committee has worked very hard to bring the top talent in ProRodeo to Dodge City, and we’re very excited to have Justin and the Riata Ranch girls with us this year,” said Dr. R.C. Trotter, chairman of the volunteer committee that produces the annual rodeo. “This will be the third time the girls have performed at our rodeo, and they’ve always done an outstanding job.

“Having Justin at our rodeo is special because he grew up in Kansas.”

There isn’t a job in rodeo that Rumford hasn’t done. His grandfather, Floyd, founded Rumford Rodeo Co., and he was involved in the family business from the time he was in diapers. Now the Kansas cowboy has found his niche, bringing a comedic personality to the arena. It’s paid off quite well.

“It really means a lot to me to be able to work Dodge City,” he said. “When I talked to Dr. Trotter, I was so excited, especially since Lance Brittan was one of my biggest heroes when I was growing up, and he still fights bulls there.

“There’s so much history in Dodge City. When I ran the stage coach, I stayed at the arena every night through the summer. That is just a first-class committee, and they roll out the red carpet for you.”

The red carpet is equally on display for fans, whether its rodeo’s biggest names battling for the large purse or Rumford’s side-splitting comedy or the Riata Ranch Cowboy Girls’ Western showmanship.

“We don’t just trick ride or rope,” said Jennifer Welch Nicholson, who runs the operation. “We actually work with choreography, so we have a full production. We really work on timing and production and making the show make sense to the audience.

“We combine the trick riding, roping and roman riding in one sequence.”

That combination has earned the Riata Ranch Cowboy Girls grand acclaim. They are known worldwide for their work and have traveled to 18 countries – and all across the United States – performing.

“The Cowboy Girls is the main team,” Welch Nicholson said. “This is our third time back to Dodge City. We will have six of us there.”

Being a two-time nominee for the PRCA’s dress act award is a tremendous honor for her and the rest of the team.

“It’s wonderful to think that our peers think enough of our show to nominate us,” Welch Nicholson said. “There’s a lot of great talent out there.

“I’m very happy for the girls who put in their time and the hard work, because what we do takes a lot of hard work and dedication.”

It also provides a great deal of entertainment to rodeo fans.

“I think our audience is going to enjoy everything that will happen at our rodeo this year,” Trotter said. “It certainly makes it exciting for us.”

Categories: Twisted Rodeo

Biggest ever flying bird?

CNN World - Fri, 07/11/2014 - 11:30
Imagine a bird that couldn't fit in your living room because its wings were too big.
Categories: International News

Volunteering for feel-good vacation

CNN World - Fri, 07/11/2014 - 11:29
How often have you been on vacation and barely left your resort? It's all too easy to stick to the tourist trail when you have little time available and are in unfamiliar surroundings.
Categories: International News
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