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Sat., Jan. 2, 2010 Dogbites News - with WNTI's Mike Watterston
Sat., Jan. 2, 2010 Dogbites News - with WNTI's Mike Watterston Looking west at entrance canopy - Tavern on the Green on a cloudy afternoon Nov. 2008 [source]
Tavern on the Green-bankruptcy; Foreigner tour; Bachman and Turner recording a new album [more...]



Air Date: Jan. 2, 2010

As far as one-hit wonders go, Daniel Powter is king of them all - for this decade, at least. Powter, whose hit "Bad Day" reigned on top of the Billboard pop charts for five weeks in 2006, was named as the decade's top one-hit wonder by Billboard. No. 2 on their list is the Terror Squad for "Lean Back"; No. 3 is Crazy Town with "Butterfly";

Foreigner are planning to tour extensively early next year. They are taking to the road to support their recently released 3-disc set, Can't Slow Down. The trek currently includes 25 shows in 13 states.

Randy Bachman and Fred Turner have announced they are currently in the studio recording a new album of original material to be released in 2010 through E1 Music Canada and embark on a world-wide tour, kicking off at the Sweden Rock Festival on June 12, 2010.

64-year-old Van Morrison - and partner Gigi Lee welcomed son George Ivan Morrison III into the world on Monday 12.28

HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif. (AP) -- Police say James Owen Sullivan, a drummer and backup vocalist for the Southern California band Avenged Sevenfold, was found dead at his home in Southern California. Lt. John Domingo says the 28-year-old Sullivan, who went by the stage name The Rev, appears to have died of natural causes on Monday in Huntington Beach. Avenged Sevenfold formed in Huntington Beach in 1999 and won Best New Artist at the MTV Video Music Awards in 2006.

DENVER (AP) -- Charlie Sheen's wife told police the actor pinned her on a bed, put a knife to her throat and threatened to kill her in a Christmas Day fight in Aspen that began when she said she wanted a divorce. An arrest warrant affidavit released Monday quotes Brooke Mueller Sheen as saying that the actor straddled her on a bed with one hand grasping her neck and the other holding the knife. She said Sheen told her: "You better be in fear. If you tell anybody, I'll kill you." He also told her, "Your mother's money means nothing, I have ex-police I can hire who know how to get the job done and they won't leave any trace," according to the affidavit.

We got a full, blue moon on New Year's Eve. As the second full moon in a calendar month appears in the night sky, an occurrence called blue moon. The last time it happened was in 2007.

Japanese researchers have succeeded in producing goldfish whose beating hearts can be seen through translucent scales and skin. The development is just one part of efforts to reduce the need for school dissections, which have become increasingly controversial. "You don't have to cut it open. You can see a tiny brain above the goldfish's black eyes." Researchers from Nagoya University produced by picking mutant hatchery goldfish with pale skin and breeding them together. He said the goldfish are expected to live up to roughly 20 years and could grow as long as 10 inches and weigh more than five pounds -- much bigger than other fish used in experiments, such as zebrafish and Japanese medaka.

Lil' Wayne gave New Orleans a farewell concert of sorts and will soon be headed off to prison. "I'm nothing without you," he told the screaming crowd Monday in his hometown at the New Orleans Arena, according to an Associated Press report. It is expected to be his last, or at least one of the last concerts he performs before being sentenced on a gun charge in New York in February 2010.

Tyra Banks is said to be closing down her talk show to pursue new career options. This will be the last season of The Tyra Show.

Comedy Central canceled The Jeff Dunham Show, which you probably didn't watch anyway.

Exene Cervenka hasn't ruled out making another X record

Tavern on the Green, once America's highest-grossing restaurant, is singing its culinary swan song. The former sheepfold at the edge of Central Park, now ringed by twinkling lights and fake topiary animals, is preparing for New Year's Eve, when it will serve its last meal. Just three years ago, it was plating more than 700,000 meals annually, bringing in more than $38 million. But that astronomical sum wasn't enough to keep the landmark restaurant out of bankruptcy court. Its $8 million debt is to be covered at an auction of Baccarat and Waterford chandeliers, Tiffany stained glass, a mural depicting Central Park and other over-the-top decor that has bewitched visitors for decades.

Chad Ochocinco is ready for Darrelle Revis, with a touchdown celebration planned for the Meadowlands. The chatty Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver took some playful shots at the Jets cornerback in an entertaining conference call with the New York media Wednesday, saying Revis couldn't cover him "in a brown paper bag on a corner of a Manhattan street inside a phone booth."

The Mets have reached an agreement with Boston's free-agent outfielder Jason Bay. The four-year deal is worth $66 million, with a vesting option for a fifth year, according to the source. If Bay reaches the requirements for the option to vest, the five-year deal would be worth over $80 million.

Conservative talk show host Rush Limbaugh was taken to a Honolulu hospital with chest pains Wednesday, a show staffer said. "Rush was admitted to and is resting comfortably in a Honolulu hospital today after suffering chest pains," Kit Carson, the chief of staff for the Rush Limbaugh Show, said.

AT&T Inc. said Thursday it would no longer sponsor Tiger Woods, joining Accenture in dropping support for the world's top golfer, who's taking a break from the sport to focus on his marriage after his admitted infidelity.

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