Kathie Lee Gifford Asks Martin Short About His (Late) Wife

Kathie Lee Gifford and Martin ShortPeter Kramer/NBC; REX USA Someone wasn’t adequately prepared for her interview Wednesday morning.In what was clearly a gaffe, Today show host Kathie Lee Gifford, appearing live on the air, asked actor – and widower, since 2010 – Martin Short the secret to his great marriage to wife Nancy, including how they still make each other laugh.”How many years are you in love with her now?” inquired Gifford.Short, already looking stricken, quietly replied, “Thirty-six.”Short’s wife, Nancy Dolan, died of natural causes after battling cancer, though a publicist for the actor at the time of his wife death declined to comment on the cause.Made aware of her error, the Today show host later Tweeted an apology, writing on Wednesday afternoon, “I send my sincerest apologies to @MartinShort and his family. He handled situation w/enormous grace and kindness and I’m so grateful.”The couple had been married 30 years and had three children.

Martin Short on Kathie Lee: People Make Mistakes

By Breeanna Hare, CNN(CNN) — Martin Short reacted to Kathie Lee Gifford’s questioning about his deceased wife with admirable class on the “Today” show Wednesday, and he hasn’t changed his stance.The “Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted” actor stopped by to chat with morning show hosts Gifford and Hoda Kotb when Gifford began asking about Short’s wife, who died in 2010.“You and Nancy have one of the greatest marriages in show business,” Gifford began. “How many years now for you guys?”Short tried to drop a hint by saying, “We, uh, married for 36 years,” but Gifford continued, saying they were still in love (“madly,” Short said), and asking why.Gifford apologized via Twitter Wednesday, writing, “I send my sincerest apologies to @MartinShort and his family. He handled situation w/enormous grace and kindness and I’m so grateful.”Short didn’t change his position on Thursday when asked about the incident.“I think it’s live television and people make mistakes and there’s no ill will intended,” he told E!. “And I think it’s nice to aspire to be that way.”

Honoring loved ones passed this Memorial Day  – Alyce Faye Bragg – The Charleston Gazette – West Virginia News and Sports -

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — They came to the hills of West Virginia with enthusiasm and high hopes. He was coming back to his roots, as the old farm had been in his family since 1903. She was born in Kentucky, but had spent most of her life in Florida. She was as eager as he was to settle down to country life. He built a home on the very spot that his grandfather and grandmother had lived and raised their family.It was August, and the fullness of summer had settled down upon the hills. She thrilled at the black-eyed Susans dotting the fields and meadows, day lilies bordering the creek in brilliant orange display, and the darker orange of the pleurisy weed. Monarch butterflies hovered over the cloying, sweet fragrance of the milkweed, and white blossoms of the elderberry had given way to small, black berries.This was all new to her, with blackberries hanging on their vines, ripe and sweet. A neighbor taught her to can, and she was justly proud of her canning of ripe, red tomatoes. He was busy repairing the old barn, and getting ready to invest in cattle. She was right by his side, helping build fence, clear brush from the hillside and building an addition to their house.Snow was new to her, and she reveled in the first snowfall that winter. She would squeal with delight as he pulled her on an inner tube with his four-wheeler. She was like a child in her excitement, and never tired of cold weather.They were both animal lovers, and she was anxious to add them to their farm. Their first farm animal was a big black cow, and soon they added a bull. As time went on, they acquired more cattle, and each one was loved and named. She wanted some goats, and soon white and black goats were grazing on their hill. He built a chicken house and bought some laying hens. She also had some rabbits, and of course her beloved dogs.She was thrilled with these animals and farm life in general. He named his place "Mountain Man Farms" and called himself "the Farmer" and her "the Farmer's Wife." A few years passed, and they adapted to country living and were happy. Their dream was to live on the farm and grow old together.Almost two years ago their dream was abruptly shattered. She was diagnosed with a tumor on the brain, and it was malignant. She fought a valiant battle, with many treatments, but the tumors kept reappearing. Through it all, she remained cheerful and sweet. He was right beside her, taking care of her needs and tenderly caring for her.Hospice was called in to help during the last weeks, but he was there as well. The last night, he got up and gave her medicine, and sat by her bedside. She was sinking fast, and he knew it. He told her, "Baby, it's time to let go." She opened her eyes and looked at him. He continued, "Do you see that light? — go toward it." She began smiling. He said, "Run for the light, Baby — you can run!" Her smile got bigger as she left this world, running toward the light.On the steep hillside facing their home, he built a mausoleum between two huge rocks. It faces the morning sun, and is a beautiful tribute to the one he loved. Of course her ashes are there, contained in an exquisite wooden box. There is a prayer bench, and on the walls are some of the things she treasured. There are roses planted all around the mausoleum.There were many friends and neighbors, along with their families at the memorial service. Wild flowers hung over the steep rock above us, and spangled the ground at our feet. She was much beloved by her neighbors, who had ministered to her in the preceding weeks. He told us through his tears, "She was not only a wife, but she was my best friend and buddy. Everything I did, she was right beside me, helping me."We won't forget her either. Every time we go down the road, her mausoleum stands out between the two rocks. It's almost Memorial Day, and we remember Sandra Gay Brown — and so does her husband, Chester Lakin Brown.• • •Memorial Day has traditionally been a day of remembering our loved ones who are gone, and also honoring the American veterans who gave their lives on battlefields all over the world. It is tradition, also, for extended family members to gather at the family "graveyards" to remember and pay homage to their departed loved ones. It was sometimes a daylong ritual; cleaning off and decorating the graves. The womenfolk would bring food, and everyone would enjoy a picnic on the ground.Now it seems to have evolved into a day of merry-making, with cookouts in the back yard and relaxing beside the pool. Death seems to be a subject that we put in the back of our minds, with the attitude "it won't happen to me" but it is a reality. Young people die the same as old ones. The important thing is to be ready. How can we be ready? "If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness." (1 John 1:9)Death is not a tragedy when a person is ready to go. "Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of His saints." (Psalm 116-15) Of course we grieve and mourn when someone we love is taken in death. King David, speaking of the death of his child said, "But now he is dead, wherefore should I fast? Can I bring him back again? I shall go to him, but he shall not return to me." (11 Samuel 12-23)That is our hope of seeing our loved ones again — to live to please God that we may one day be with them through eternity. Here is a poem that I love:Death is A DoorBy Nancy Byrd TurnerDeath is only an old doorSet in a garden wall;On gentle hinges it gives, at duskWhen the thrushes call. Along the lintel are green leaves,Beyond the light lies still;Very willing and weary feetGo over that sill. There is nothing to trouble any heart;Nothing to hurt at all.Death is only a quiet doorIn an old wall.Contact Alyce Faye Bragg at alycef…@citlink.net or write to 2556 Summers Fork Road, Ovapa, WV 25164.

» SpaceX Dragon capsule returns to Earth after first commercial flight to space station Astronomy Science News

(May 31, 2012) — SpaceX’s Dragon capsule splashed down in the Pacific Ocean at 11:42 a.m. EDT a few hundred miles west of Baja California, Mexico, marking a successful end to the first mission by a commercial company to resupply the International Space Station. "Congratulations to the teams at SpaceX and NASA who worked hard to make this first commercial mission to the International Space Station an overwhelming success," NASA Administrator Charles Bolden said. "This successful splashdown and the many other achievements of this mission herald a new era in U.S. commercial spaceflight. American innovation and inspiration have once again shown their great strength in the design and operation of a new generation of vehicles to carry cargo to our laboratory in space. Now more than ever we’re counting on the inventiveness of American companies and American workers to make the International Space Station and other low Earth orbit destinations accessible to any and all who have dreams of space travel."The Dragon capsule will be taken by boat to a port near Los Angeles, where it will be prepared for a return journey to SpaceX’s test facility in McGregor, Texas, for processing. Some cargo will be removed at the port in California and returned to NASA within 48 hours. The remainder will be returned to Texas with the capsule.The capsule delivered to the station 1,014 pounds of supplies including experiments, food, clothing and technology. On its return trip to Earth, the capsule carried science experiments that will be returned to researchers hoping to gain new insights provided by the unique microgravity environment in the station’s laboratories. In addition to the experiments, Dragon returned a total of 1,367 pounds of hardware and cargo no longer needed aboard the station.Dragon’s journey to the space station was SpaceX’s second demonstration mission under NASA’s Commercial Orbital Transportation Services (COTS) Program, which provides investments to stimulate the commercial space industry in America. The mission began May 22 as the capsule launched from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket. Following a series of tests of its maneuverability and abort systems, the capsule was grappled and berthed to the space station by the crew members of Expedition 31 aboard the orbiting complex.In the next several weeks, NASA will evaluate the Dragon capsule’s mission performance to close out remaining COTS milestones. Once that work is completed NASA and SpaceX will set the target date for the company’s first full cargo mission.In addition to fostering the development of new American cargo vehicles, NASA also is helping spur innovation and development of new spacecraft and launch vehicles from the commercial industry to develop safe, reliable and cost-effective capabilities to transport astronauts to low Earth orbit and the space station.NASA also is developing the Orion spacecraft and Space Launch System (SLS), a crew capsule and heavy-lift rocket that will provide an entirely new capability for human exploration beyond low Earth orbit. Designed to be flexible for launching spacecraft for crew and cargo missions, SLS and Orion will expand human presence beyond low Earth orbit and enable new missions of exploration across the solar system.For SpaceX mission information and a schedule of NASA TV coverage, visit: nasa.gov/spacexFor more information about the International Space Station, visit: nasa.gov/stationFor more information about NASA’s commercial space programs, visit: nasa.gov/exploration/commercial

‘Cannibal Monster’ Arrested In China

MIAMI (CBS MIAMI) — South Florida isn’t the only country dealing with cannibalism.A Chinese man called the “cannibal monster” was arrested two weeks ago for the murder and mutilation of at least 20 people in Yunnan province.Several reports indicate 56-year-old Zhang Yongming ate his victims, sold the victims’ flesh to others and also fed them to his dog. Many of the victims were young boys.Hong Kong’s The Standard reports that authorities found wine bottles with eye balls inside of them and pieces of flesh hanging in his home.Yongming – who was convicted of murder in 1978 – was released from prison in 1997.In North Korea, the Yonhap News Agency reported earlier this month that three people were executed over the past few years for cannibalism. A man was executed for killing a girl and eating her in December 2009 and a father and son were killed in 2006 after being found guilty of cannibalism.The victim of the gruesome attack in Miami, 65-year-old Ronald Poppo, remains in critical condition after 31-year-old Rudy Eugene attacked him and ate his face on Saturday. Police shot and killed Eugene at the scene after ordering him to stop.Click here for a slideshow of notorious cannibals in history

Attorney: Suit dismissed over alleged fight with Matthew Fox in Cleveland’s Flats

CLEVELAND – The lawsuit against actor Matthew Fox over an alleged fight in The Flats last year has been dropped. On Aug. 27, the former star of “Lost” tried to catch a ride on a private party bus driven by 29-year-old Heather Bormann, according to a police report. When Bormann wouldn’t let him on the bus, Fox punched her in the stomach and breast, the police report said. When the city prosecutor decided not to charge Fox, Bormann filed a civil suit, seeking $75,000 in damages. Fox turned around a slapped the bus driver with a countersuit, saying she attacked him. Now, Bormann’s attorney said the lawsuit was dismissed about a month ago. J. Norman Stark said he told his client that it would take time and money to fight the countersuit, and then he couldn’t get a hold of her. After the court gave Bormann 30 days to answer the suit, she appeared in court. Bormann told the defense she could not afford to fight Fox’s suit and agreed to dismiss her case if he would dismiss his, Stark said. He also said that the actor did not pay Bormann any money. Just days after the alleged incident, which police said involved alcohol, Bormann spoke with NewsChannel5. “He was hitting me in the breast… I have bruises that I can’t show that would be considered inappropriate, but I am bruised up underneath in areas I can’t show,” she said on Aug. 29. Bormann said she punched Fox back in self-defense, cutting his lip and injuring her hand. Fox had been at Christie’s Cabaret — a strip club — on Main Avenue prior to the incident, sources inside the club told NewsChannel5. He spoke with police for a short time, but was not arrested. Fox was turned over to a friend at the scene and taken by taxi to his hotel. Fox was in Cleveland last summer to shoot the Tyler Perry movie “I, Alex Cross.” Copyright 2012 Scripps Media, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

Stanley Cup Finals Schedule 2012: LA Kings Will Take Control of Series Early

The only games the Los Angeles Kings have lost in the 2012 Stanley Cup playoffs were at home. If recent trends continue, the Kings should have a 2-0 series lead heading back to California for Game 3. In all three series so far, Los Angeles started on the road, and in all three series, it has taken both games. The first- and third-round series wins were also secured on the road. In the regular season, the Kings had the 10th best away record in the league at 18-13-10. In the playoffs, that number has jumped to 8-0. As a No. 8 seed, the Kings would have to be good at playing away from home if they are to make a deep playoff run. However, the gap between No. 1 and No. 8 this year in both conferences was smaller than usual. Jesse Spector of the Sporting News pointed out: Considering that the Kings won only 17 of the 46 one-goal games that they played in the regular season, including overtime and shootout losses, and that Los Angeles lost the Pacific Division title to a Phoenix Coyotes team that closed the regular season with a five-game winning streak, it’s easy enough to see how small the difference was between the No. 3 seed in the West and the No. 8. Also, considering that both teams got hot at the start of the playoffs and have been playing their best hockey of the season, that gap gets even smaller. The Devils have played well at home, going 6-2 and winning some crucial games at the Prudential Center to keep the series from getting out of their control, including three series-tying wins and two in a row to open up a 3-1 lead over Philadelphia in the second round.Still, Los Angeles’ away play has driven the team to this point. If it is to continue its success, which it should, these first two Finals games are important. It’s not often that a team doesn’t want to have home-ice advantage, but this may be one of those years.  2012 Stanley Cup Finals Schedule Game 1 at New Jersey—Wednesday, May 30 at 8 p.m. EDT—NBC/CBC. Game 2 at New Jersey—Saturday, June 2 at 8 p.m. EDT—NBC/CBC. Game 3 at Los Angeles—Monday, June 4 at 8 p.m. EDT—NBC Sports Network/CBC. Game 4 at Los Angeles—Wednesday, June 6 at 8 p.m. EDT—NBC Sports Network/CBC. Game 5 at New Jersey (if necessary)—Saturday, June 9 at 8 p.m. EDT—NBC/CBC. Game 6 at Los Angeles (if necessary)—Monday, June 11 at 8 p.m. EDT—NBC/CBC. Game 7 at New Jersey (if necessary)—Wednesday, June 13 at 8 p.m. EDT—NBC/CBC.

Spelling Bee challenges students from area schools

The Lawrence County Spelling Bee was held on Thursday at the Lawrence Courthouse in the Commissioner’s Conference Center and 11 students competed for the championship.By round nine, there were three contestants left.  After spelling correctly in eight rounds, Braiden Wills, from St. Vitus School, misspelled ‘susceptible’ and secured his position as the third place winner.The remaining two students went another 16 rounds before one could be eliminated.  Words such as corduroy, ferociously, kaleidoscope, ricochet, and psychiatry challenged the students.The second place winner was Haley Veras from Ellwood City.  The first place winner was Anthony Morgan from St. Vitus who was able to correctly spell ‘conscientious’ in the final round.Other competitors included:  Levi Green, Marissa Butera, Matthew Moore, Arielle Ricchione, Zoe Kalantzis, Jordon Essinger, Nikol Damato and Avery Schanno.The Spelling Bee was organized by Mrs. Jonica Walters, Gifted Coordinator from Ellwood City Area Schools. Interested parties should contact their gifted/enrichment teacher in their school district for information about next year’s Bee.

Royal Enfield Bullet Cafe Racer

May 31 2012 Royal Enfield Bullet is all set to give the bike makers like Honda, Bajaj, Yamaha, Suzuki and TVS a run for their money. A lot of sleepless nights are in store for these bike makers for sure. Based on their Classic UCE EFI500 Model, Royal Enfield has unveiled their new Cafe racer concept motorbike at the 10th Auto Expo in new Delhi. In the beginning of year 2012, it’s going to be exported to the US and Europe, but eventually towards the end of year 2012 they have a plan to launch this in India.The Motorcycle is for those who want to hop to a coffee shop for a coffee or to a bar or pub for a beer. It’s aimed at the youth primarily. It’s a lot different than the Royal Enfield Bullet we are used to as it includes a host of sporty features like a retro tail lamp cluster, Bump stop seat, clip-on bars, new twin pod instrument cluster, chopped mudguard, racing number plates on sides and megaphone muffler.Royal Enfield is planning to price it around Rs.170, 000. It will be fitted with same UCE500 motor doing job in Bullet classic 500 when it will be launched in 2012. It will be for sure a bit quicker than the Bullet 500 of today though.With like so Bullet classic, thunderbird twinspark, G5 military under its belt, I am sure they are going to be a force to reckon with in coming times.I am sure Harley Davidson will take a serious note of this development.I am waiting for a V-Twin from Royal Enfield now. Am I getting a little too greedy?Royal Enfield Bullet Cafe Racer By admin • News Update • 0 • Tags: auto expo, bajaj, bike makers, Bullet, cafe racer, coffee, coffee shop, model, mudguard, number plates, Royal, royal enfield bullet, store, tail lamp, tvs, Yamaha, year 2012

Coyotes beat LA Kings 2-0, avoid West final sweep

Updated: May 20, 2012, 11:29 PM LOS ANGELES (AP) – The Clarence Campbell Bowl was in Staples Center for the first time, waiting to be presented by Commissioner Gary Bettman to the NHL’s Western Conference champions. The Los Angeles Kings’ long-suffering fans gathered downtown shortly after dawn, eager to witness a series sweep and a coronation.And then Captain Coyote and his goalie crashed the party for a win that suggests this series is far from finished.Shane Doan scored two goals, Mike Smith made 36 saves in his third playoff shutout, and the Phoenix Coyotes emphatically avoided playoff elimination with a 2-0 victory in Game 4 of the conference finals on Sunday.Ray Whitney and Antoine Vermette had assists for the Coyotes, who avoided the sweep by snapping the eighth-seeded Kings’ eight-game winning streak and canceling Los Angeles’ plans to celebrate its first berth in the Stanley Cup finals since 1993. With their backs against the glass, the Coyotes soundly outplayed an opponent that had been on an 11-1 run through the postseason."We recognize we put ourselves in a tough position, (but) we also know it has been done," said Doan, Phoenix’s captain since 2003 and the sole remaining member of the Winnipeg Jets team that moved to the desert in 1996."I guess that’s what sports are all about, trying to do something that someone hasn’t done for a while, try to do things (when) the odds are kind of stacked against you," Doan added. "Nobody wants to be in the position we’re in, but everybody wants to prove they can answer that call."Phoenix still must win three more games to become just the fourth team in NHL history to rally from an 0-3 series deficit, but the Coyotes finally regained the form they showed in knocking off Chicago and Nashville in the first two rounds.Game 5 is Tuesday night in Phoenix. Los Angeles is 7-0 on the road in the playoffs, but the Coyotes can’t wait to see another whiteout in their stands."Two ways to look at it: They’re either due to lose, or we’ve got to find a way to stop them," Doan said. "Law of averages says you’re going to lose eventually on the road, so it happens. Next game wouldn’t be a bad one to lose."Doan scored on a power play in the first period and on a deflected shot in the second, silencing the crowd at the Kings’ first loss since April 18. Smith, who has all three of his shutouts on the road, made several impressive saves while outplaying Jonathan Quick for the first time in the series."We had nothing to lose," Smith said. "We had to make sure we played our best game. That would give us a chance to win. We obviously had a huge game from Doaner, and it trickled down through our lineup. He was unbelievable. He was such a great leader tonight. Every guy knew that they were going to do their part to try to force this series to Game 5."Quick stopped 19 shots with little help from his Los Angeles teammates, who were shut out for the first time in the postseason while hitting a bump in what had been one of the most impressive playoff runs in NHL history.The Kings have reached the Cup final just once in 44 seasons of existence, but their worst game of the postseason prevented them from claiming just the second conference title in franchise history – and becoming just the second No. 8 seed to win three playoff rounds."Phoenix played a really good game and came out hard," Kings defenseman Matt Greene said. "They got a big power-play goal against us there, and they got a big faceoff goal. Smith was awesome tonight. They played well, and we can play better. We need to respond better than that."The resilient Coyotes are no strangers to adversity after making the playoffs in three straight seasons without an owner or impressive fan support. Asked by Doan and coach Dave Tippett to show their pride in Game 4, the Coyotes showed they’re not done with the longest playoff run in franchise history."We’re going to go home feeling like we can grab some momentum out of this game," Tippett said. "There’s some areas we can certainly embrace that we did better in this game than the other games in this series. You go home and try to push it along again. We’re in the same situation."The scene was set for a Kings crowning at Staples Center, but they’ll have to have to fly to Phoenix after practice Monday. Los Angeles probably should work on its power play, now in a 3-for-60 slump after going 0 for 6 in Game 4."Do I like going back on the road tomorrow? No, absolutely not," Kings coach Darryl Sutter said. "But that’s the way it works. That’s why it’s four out of seven. Did we think, as not a home-ice team, we weren’t ever going to lose a game? No, it’s that simple. You’re supposed to play 28 games, not 12 or 13, four or five."With its fans standing and cheering from pregame warmup onward, Los Angeles showed only flashes of its usual aggressive forechecking and speed in Game 4. Phoenix managed just two shots in the first 14 minutes, but Doan still put the Coyotes ahead late in the period, skating out from behind the net and flicking a backhand past Quick.Doan’s first goal in five games snapped Phoenix’s 0-for-22 power play drought and ended the Kings’ streak of 30 straight penalties killed, dating to Game 5 of the first round against Vancouver on April 22. Los Angeles also fell behind in a game for just the second time since the second-round opener against St. Louis.Doan scored again midway through the second period with a deflected shot after Vermette won a faceoff. Doan’s shot ricocheted off the camera inside the net, and play briefly continued while the Coyotes raised their arms.The Kings were awful in the second period, with a failing forecheck and poor passing. Smith nearly gifted a goal to the Kings with a turnover behind his net, but the 40-year-old Whitney dived to deflect Dustin Brown’s shot on an open net."When you have nothing to lose, you just throw it all out there and see what happens," Whitney said. "You could see we were a little less nervous with the puck."Although a confluence of big sporting events in downtown Los Angeles threatened to affect the day for Kings fans, they weren’t deterred by the traffic nightmares threatened by the Tour of California cycling race outside and a Clippers evening playoff game.Thousands of black-jerseyed faithful formed lines outside pubs and thronged the streets outside Staples. Most of the seats were already filled by the warm-up, which began at almost the exact moment Peter Sagan won the Tour’s final stage on the street outside.The NBA worried a multiple-overtime playoff game might force a delay of the Clippers’ Game 4 against the San Antonio Spurs, or even force a postponement to Monday.The Coyotes avoided all overtimes – and all celebrations.NOTES: Martin Hanzal returned to the Coyotes’ lineup after sitting out Game 3 under suspension for boarding Brown. Veteran D Adrian Aucoin also returned for Phoenix after missing the series’ first three games with an injury. Aucoin went to the dressing room in the third period, but the Coyotes made no injury announcement. … Several Kings greats watched the game together in a luxury suite, including Rogie Vachon, Butch Goring, Glen Murray and Ian Turnbull. … Rainn Wilson, Matthew Perry and David Beckham attended the game. advertisement