Saturday, December 16, 2017

Delays possible on Interstate 10 in Benson, Tucson overnight Saturday, Dec. 16

Drivers on Interstate 10 between Benson and Tucson could experience delays this weekend as the Arizona Department of Transportation works to accommodate a large-capacity, oversized load.

A transport vehicle is scheduled to use the westbound I-10 travel lanes to head east on I-10 between exits 303 and 302 in Benson and again on the I-10 frontage road in Tucson between Kolb and Craycroft roads. The transport is scheduled to occur between 10 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 16, and 6 a.m., Sunday, Dec. 17. I-10 will be closed for approximately one hour as the transport occurs, and law enforcement officers will stop traffic.

Drivers can use State Route 83, SR 82 or SR 80 as alternate routes.

The transport will take approximately 60 minutes if the load is able to maintain an average speed of 50 mph.

Schedules are subject to change based on weather and other unforeseen factors. For more information, please call the ADOT Project Information Line at 855.712.8530 or email For real-time highway conditions statewide, visit ADOT’s Traveler Information Site at, follow ADOT on Twitter (@ArizonaDOT) or call 511, except while driving.

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Friday, December 15, 2017


  • About one in every three wives, wish their husbands would hold their hand more often. 
  • Studies show that on any given day, one in five of us will forget the day of the week. 
  • A recent poll said that 22% of people shop more in person thanks to mobile technology. 
  • 43% of us have assigned seating in our living room. 
  • The average American spends $1200 a year on fast food. 
  • The average man cuts himself shaving five times a year.


  • A Kentucky state representative has committed suicide after being accused of molesting a teenage girl. 
  • Disney announced yesterday that the deal has been signed -- they've bought 21st Century Fox assets, including the movie studio, network Nat Geo, Asian pay-TV operator Star TV, stakes in Sky and Hulu and regional sports networks. The price: $52.4 billion. 
  • Wal-Mart is actually selling a "Weed Christmas Tree" -- a holiday tree made entirely out of fake marijuana leaves. 
  • More than 20% of U.S. broadband households plan to buy a voice-controlled smart speaker with personal assistant before the end of 2017. 
  • As of Wednesday, Norway is the first country to go totally to digital radio and ditch FM. The transition concerns only national radio channels. Most local stations continue to broadcast in FM. 
  • Music mogul Russell Simmons has now been accused of rape by three women. That's a total of nine sexual misconduct accusations. 
  • Hillary Clinton was spotted wearing a surgical boot two months after breaking her toe falling down some stairs. 
  • Subway has seen a 25% drop in customer traffic over the past five years. 
  • Norway's Princess Martha has announced that she'd like a boyfriend for Christmas. Pressure's on, Santa. 
  • The United States Postal Service will honor the 50th anniversary of "Mister Rogers' Neighborhood" with a new forever stamp next year. 
  • The New York pipe bomb suspect reportedly rode the subway from Brooklyn to Manhattan with the bomb strapped to his body. 
  • India has banned ads for condoms from prime time TV. 
  • Arby's is currently testing a new sandwich called "The Arbynator" that features roast beef, curly fries, and both cheese and honey sauces. 
  • The long-awaited iMac Pro has finally landed in stores, starting at $4,999. 
  • Omarosa and President Trump say they're on good terms after her exit from the administration and she says don't rule out running for office in her future. 
  • 50-cent has signed an 8-figure deal with Starz to develop some shows. 
  • McDonald's has now made their McVegan burger a permanent member of the menu in Sweden and Finland. 


On this date in 1791, the Bill of Rights went into effect in the United States, although sometimes, you wouldn't know it. They are the first ten amendments to the U.S. Constitution.

On this date in 1836, the patent office in Washington, DC, burned to the ground. If only they had approved that patent for a fire extinguisher sooner.

In 1854, the first mechanical street sweeper went into service. Too bad most of the roads back then were dirt.

On this date in 1859, G.R. Kirchoff described the chemical composition of the sun in his famous "Hot Stuff" dissertation.

In 1877, Thomas Edison patented the phonograph. Finally, he had something to do with all his records.

On this date in 1939, "Gone with the Wind" made it's debut in theaters. It was the inspiration for that famous line, "As God is my witness, I'll never order an extra-large Coke again."

In 1944 that Dwight Eisenhower became a five-star general. For those not familiar with military terms, that meant he was reallyspicy.

Davy Crockett premiered on television way back in 1954. The show -- which aired in five segments -- is considered TV's first mini-series. The show spawned the famous coonskin cap, although Crockett never wore one.


Helen Slater turns 54 today. She originally played Supergirl in the movies. Now she plays Supergirl's mom on the TV show until she'll eventually play Supergirl's grandmother somewhere. People love saying goodbye to her: "Later Slater!"

Don Johnson from the old "Miami Vice" and "Nash Bridges" TV series, turns 68. Back then, he walked around looking cool with no socks. These days, there are two things he always has one: his socks and his turn signal.

Dave Clark of the Dave Clark Five turns 75 today. I don't remember which one he was in the group.

Cindy Birdsong of the Supremes turns 78 today. It used to be there "Ain't No Mountain High Enough"... now, there are.

Tim Conway turns 84 today. Depending on how old you are, you could remember him from McHale's Navy, The Carol Burnette Show or Dorf. Look up Dorf on YouTube.

Underdog Day -- the third Friday in December. "There's no need to fear - Underdog is here!" How about a little "Underdog" trivia?
  • The popular 60's and 70's actor was the voice of "Underdog?" (Wally Cox) 
  • Who is Underdog's girlfriend? (Sweet Polly Purebread) 
  • Sweet Polly Purebread was a reporter. Name her boss? (OJ Squeeze) 
  • Which early 50's sitcom starred Wally Cox prior to his voice work on "Underdog"? ("Mr. Peepers") 
  • Shoeshine Boy, Underdog's alter ego, was "both _____ and loveable." (humane) 
  • For what television station did Sweet Polly Purebread work? (TTV) 
  • Who was Underdog's nemesis? (Overcat) 

Sleep Comfort Day -- According to Dr. Naomi Quenck, a clinical psychologist, here's what those dreams mean:
  • Falling: Means you have a feeling that you're not meeting standards set by yourself or others, and with one wrong step, you'll fall below expectations. This kind of dream is experienced by 75% of people and they usually dream it when they are not feeling well. 
  • Being Nude: This dream stems from people worrying what other people think if they saw them as they really are. 
  • Being Chased: This dream usually pertains to being in a hostile environment, where we must look over our shoulders. It's experienced by 80% of people. 
  • Taking an Exam: This one stems from worries that we'll come up short when people evaluate our competence. You'll most likely have this dream when you're up for a raise or if you're dating someone new. 
  • Flying: This is the only common dream to involve a positive feeling... the feeling that the world is wondrous and at your command. 

Music Calendar...

In 1944 A plane carrying bandleader Glenn Miller, a U.S. Army major, disappears in thick fog over the English Channel.

In 1959 The Everly Brothers record "Let It Be Me."

In 1964 The "Beatles '65" album, which contained "I Feel Fine," "I'm A Loser" and "Rock & Roll Music," is released in the U.S.

In 1967 The Beatles' album "Magical Mystery Tour" is certified gold, a week before it even had the chance to make the charts in America.

In 1968 Grace Slick, performing with Jefferson Airplane on the "Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour," appears in blackface and raised a black-leather glove in the black power salute at the conclusion of
"Crown of Creation."

In 1969 John Lennon & Yoko Ono's Plastic Ono Band play at London's Lyceum Ballroom in Britain with proceeds going to UNICEF. The show, titled "Peace For Christmas," also included George Harrison, Eric Clapton, Delaney & Bonnie, Keith Moon and Billy Preston.

In 1971 The Rolling Stones' album "Hot Rocks" is released.

In 1973 Jermaine Jackson marries Hazel Gordy.

In 1973 "You're Sixteen" by Ringo Starr enters the U.S. top 40 chart.

In 1973 "The Most Beautiful Girl" by Charlie Rich hits #1 on the U.S. top 40 chart and stayed there for 2 weeks.

In 1977 The Sex Pistols are denied entry to the U.S. because of drug charges two days before a scheduled appearance on "Saturday Night Live."

In 1977 The Who perform a secret concert for longstanding fan club members at London's Shepperton Film Studios. The filmed results became part of the film documentary "The Kids Are Alright."

In 1978 Wolfman Jack hosts NBC-TV's "The Midnight Special" with guests the Crusaders, Barbara Mandrell and Peabo Bryson.

In 1979 David Bowie performs on NBC-TV's "Saturday Night Live."

In 1979 "Sara" by Fleetwood Mac, "Longer" by Dan Fogelberg and "Working My Way Back To You Girl" by the Spinners all enter the U.S. top 40 chart.

In 1981 The Police's album "Ghost In The Machine" is certified gold and platinum.

In 1982 Lou Rawls receives a star on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame.

In 1984 Olivia Newton-John marries Matt Lattanzi in Malibu, CA.

In 1984 Bette Midler marries Martin von Haselbert in Las Vegas.

In 1986 Kenny Rogers signs a $17 million deal with the Dole Food Company to pitch their products.

In 1988 James Brown is sentenced to 6 years in jail for leading police on a late-night, 2-state car chase two months earlier.

In 1990 Rod Stewart and model Rachel Hunter are married in Beverly Hills.

In 1992 "Incesticide," a collection of B sides and rarities from Nirvana, is released.

In 1993 John Williams makes his final appearance as the conductor of the Boston Pops.

In 1993 MTV airs Nirvana's "Unplugged" performance.

In 1993 "Hero" by Mariah Carey is certified gold and platinum.

In 1993 Whitney Houston received eight nominations, and Janet Jackson receives five, for the American Music Awards.

In 1994 Barry White's single "Practice What You Preach" is certified gold, while Mariah Carey's CD "Music Box" goes quadruple platinum.

In 1995 Shania Twain's album "The Woman In Me" goes quadruple platinum.

In 1997 The albums "Snowed In" by Hanson and "The Best That I Could" by John Mellencamp are both certified gold.

In 1998 The Dixie Chicks' CD "Wide Open Spaces" goes triple platinum.

In 1999 Garth Brooks tells TNN's "Crook & Chase" that he would keep an "extremely low" profile in 2000 and then will "probably" announce his retirement at the end of the year.

In 1999 Mariah Carey's "Butterfly" album goes platinum for the 5th time.

In 2001 An intruder who broke into George Harrison's home and stabbed him earlier in the year is found not guilty by reason of insanity.

In 2001 Joe Walsh receives an honorary doctorate of music from Kent State.

Today In History...

In 1612 Simon Marius, namer of Jupiter's 4 inner satellites, is the first to observe the Andromeda galaxy through a telescope.

In 1791 The first ten amendments to the U.S. Constitution -- The Bill of Rights -- went into effect after ratification by Virginia.

In 1836 The patent office burns in Washington, DC.

In 1854 The first mechanical street cleaning machine appears.

In 1859 G.R. Kirchoff describes the chemical composition of the sun.

In 1877 Thomas Edison patents the phonograph.

In 1890 Sioux Indian Chief Sitting Bull and 11 others are killed in Grand River, South Dakota, during a fracas with Indian police working for the U.S. government.

In 1916 The French defeat the Germans in the World War I Battle of Verdun.

In 1922 The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) is formed.

In 1938 Groundbreaking ceremonies for the Jefferson Memorial take place in Washington, DC, presided over by President Franklin D. Roosevelt.

In 1939 The movie "Gone With The Wind," starring Vivien Leigh and Clark Gable, premieres at Loew's Grand Theatre in Atlanta, Georgia.

In 1939 Nylon Yarn is commercially manufactured for the first time.

In 1944 The U.S. Senate approves the promotions of Henry H. Arnold, Dwight D. Eisenhower, Douglas MacArthur and George C. Marshall to the five-star rank of General of the Army.

In 1944 American forces invade Mindoro Island in the Philippines.

In 1948 Former State Department official Alger Hiss is indicted by a federal grand jury in New York on charges of perjury.

In 1950 A 221-foot Fir, at the time the tallest (cut) Christmas tree, is unveiled in Seattle, Washington.

In 1961 Former Nazi official Adolf Eichmann is sentenced to death in Jerusalem, Israel.

In 1964 Canada's House of Commons approves dropping of the Canadian "Red Ensign" flag in favor of a new design.

In 1965 Two U.S. manned spacecraft, Gemini VI and Gemini VII, rendezvous in orbit, coming within 10 feet of each other.

In 1966 Movie producer Walt Disney dies in Los Angeles.

In 1970 Soviet Venera 7 is the first spacecraft to land on another planet.

In 1978 President Carter announces he will grant diplomatic recognition to Communist China on New Year's Day and sever official relations with Taiwan.

In 1979 The deposed Shah of Iran leaves the U.S. for Panama, the same day the International Court of Justice in The Hague rules Iran should release all of the American hostages.

In 1982 Paul "Bear" Bryant, one of the winningest coaches in college football, announces his retirement from the University of Alabama.

In 1983 The last 80 U.S. combat soldiers in Grenada withdrew, eight days ahead of the final pullout schedule, just over seven weeks after the U.S.-led invasion of the Caribbean island.

In 1984 Soviet Politburo member Mikhail Gorbachev, reputed to be the #2 man in the Kremlin hierarchy, arrives in Britain for a week-long tour.

In 1985 Sylvester Stallone and Brigitte Nielson wed for a short time.

In 1986 CIA Director William J. Casey is hospitalized after suffering what doctors called a minor cerebral seizure.

In 1987 Gary Hart, who had dropped out of the race for the Democratic presidential nomination amid questions about his relationship with Miami model Donna Rice, makes a surprise return.

In 1988 U.S. Ambassador Robert H. Pelletreau Jr. telephones the PLO's headquarters in Tunisia, one day after President Reagan authorized direct talks.

In 1989 Drug trafficker Gonzalo Rodriguez Gacha is killed in northern Colombia following a shootout with police.

In 1989 An uprising that resulted in the downfall of Romania's Nicolae Ceausescu begins as demonstrators gather in Timisoara to prevent the arrest of the Reverend Laszlo Tokes, a dissident clergyman.

In 1991 At least 464 people are left dead or missing when an Egyptian ferry sinks in the Red Sea.

In 1991 Russian Foreign Minister Andrei Kozyrev asks U.S. Secretary of State v James Baker for formal U.S. recognition of the various Soviet v republics that had declared independence.

In 1992 IBM announces it would eliminate 25,000 more employees in the coming year.

In 1993 U.S. Defense Secretary Les Aspin announces his resignation, citing "personal reasons."

In 1995 French rail workers vote to end a three-week-old strike.

In 1996 Boeing Co. announces it plans to pay $13.3 million to acquire aircraft manufacturer McDonnell Douglas Corp.

In 1997 President Clinton appoints Bill Lann Lee as acting assistant attorney general for civil rights despite Republican objections.

In 1998 President Clinton concludes his 3-day Middle East journey on a disappointing note as Israel refused to resume the West Bank troop withdrawals called for under the Wye River peace accord.

In 2000 The long-troubled Chernobyl nuclear power plant in Ukraine is closed for good.

In 2000 Hillary Rodham Clinton agrees to an $8 million book deal with publisher Simon & Schuster for her White House memoirs.

In 2001 The Leaning Tower of Pisa, Italy, reopens to the public after a $27 million realignment project that lasted over a decade.

In 2002 Japan wins golf's World Cup for the first time in 45 years.

In 2003 The late Senator Strom Thurmond's family acknowledges Essie Mae Washington-Williams' claim that she was his illegitimate mixed-race daughter.

Born On This Day...

In 37 Roman emperor, Nero (54-68)

In 1812 Journalist, Joseph Moses Levy (founded London's Daily Telegraph)

In 1832 French engineer, Alexandre-Gustave Eiffel (Eiffel Tower)

In 1852 Physicist, Antoine-Henri Becquerel (discovered radioactivity)

In 1859 Linguist/author, Dr. Ludwik Zamenhof (Esperanto)

In 1861 Automaker, Charles Edgar Duryea (invented first U.S. auto)

In 1881 Actor, James Schneider (Keystone Kops)

In 1891 Country singer, Alvin Pleasant "A.P." Carter (The Carter Family)

In 1892 Business tycoon, J. Paul Getty (founded oil empire)

In 1896 Novelist, Betty Smith (A Tree Grows In Brooklyn)

In 1906 Producer/playwright, Kermit Bloomgarden (Music Man) [d: 9-2-76]

In 1911 Cartoonist, Dr. Nicholas Dallis (Rex Morgan MD) [d: 7-6-91]

In 1916 Pianist, Buddy Cole (Buddy Cole Trio) [d: 11-5-64]

In 1918 Actor, Jeff Chandler (Return to Peyton Place) [d: 6-17-61]

In 1922 Disc jockey, Alan Freed (coined term "Rock & Roll") [d: 1-20-65]

In 1926 Country singer, Rose Maddox [d: 4-15-98]

In 1928 Ventriloquist, Jimmy Nelson (Nestles, Farfel) (89)

In 1928 Artist, Friedrich Hundertwasser [d: 2-19-00]

In 1928 Singer/actor, Jerry Wallace (Primrose Lane) [d: 5-5-08]

In 1930 Author, Edna O'Brien (Fanatic of Heart, Casualities of Peace) (87)

In 1932 Singer/songwriter, Jesse Belvin (wrote "Earth Angel") [d: 2-6-60]

In 1933 Actor/comedian, Tim Conway (McHale's Navy, Carol Burnett Show) (84)

In 1936 Actress, Karen Morrow (Aunt Minerva-Tabitha, Jim Nabors Hour) (81)

In 1939 Singer, Cindy Birdsong (The Supremes) (78)

In 1939 Baseball player, Stan Bahnsen (Yankees) (78)

In 1940 Sportscaster, Nick Buoniconti (Dolphins, Inside The NFL) (77)

In 1942 Singer/drummer, Dave Clark (Dave Clark Five) (75)

In 1942 Actor, Geoffrey Davies (Dick-Doctor in the House) (75)

In 1946 Drummer/songwriter, Carmine Appice (Vanilla Fudge) (71)

In 1946 Singer/actor, Harry Milton Ray (Ray, Goodman & Brown) [d: 10-1-92]

In 1948 Actor, David Gwillim (RADA) (69)

In 1949 Actor, Don Johnson (Miami Vice, Tin Cup, Nash Bridges) (68)

In 1950 Actress, Melanie Chartoff (Fridays, Parker Lewis) (67)

In 1951 Singer, Ken Knox (Chairmen of the Board) (66)

In 1954 Actress, Felicity La Fortune (Ryan's Hope, All My Children) (63)

In 1955 Bassist, Paul Simonon (The Clash) (62)

In 1959 Actress, Heidi Bohay (Megan-Hotel, After Hours) (58)

In 1961 Bassist/songwriter, Nick Beggs (Kajagoogoo) (56)

In 1961 Director/writer, Reginald Hudlin (House Party) (56)

In 1961 Football player, Daryl Turner (Seahawks) (56)

In 1962 Singer/bassist, Tim Gaines (Stryper) (55)

In 1963 Actress, Helen Slater (Supergirl, Billie Jean, Ruthless People) (54)

In 1966 Actress, Molly Price (Bless This House, Faith-Third Watch) (51)

In 1968 Actor, Garrett Wang (Ensign Harry Kim-ST: Voyager) (49)

In 1970 Actor, Michael Shanks (Daniel Jackson-Stargate SG-1) (47)

In 1979 Actor, Adam Brody (Seth Cohen-The O.C.) (38)

In 1981 Actress, Michelle Dockery (Downton Abbey, Anna Karenina) (36)

In 1982 Actor, Charlie Cox (Stardust, Moby Dick) (35)

In 1982 Actor, George O. Gore II (Michael Kyle Jr.-My Wife and Kids) (35)

In 1983 Actress, Camilla Luddington (Grey's Anatomy, William and Kate) (34)

In 1983 Singer, Ronnie Radke (Escape the Fate, Falling in Reverse) (34)

In 1984 Bassist, Max Green (Falling in Reverse) (33)

In 1988 Football player, Josh Norman (Panthers, Redskins) (29)

In 1988 Rap singer, Lady Leshurr ("Queen's Speech") (29)

In 1995 Basketball player, Jahlil Okafor (Duke, 76ers) (22)

In 1998 Actor, Chandler Canterbury (Knowing, Repo Men) (19)

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