Nashville Songwriters Hall Of Fame Inducts Five New Members

Songwriters K.T. Oslin, Ronnie Dunn, Byron Hill, Joe Melson and Wayne Kirkpatrick were inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame Sunday, Oct. 28 at Music City Center. Many famous acts performed their classic hits — Runaway June performed “Do Ya,” Oslin’s 1987 chart topper, Jon Pardi performed Dunn’s “Neon Moon,” Shawn Camp delivered Hill’s “Born Country,” Jesse Labelle did his take on Melson’s “Crying,” Gabe Dixon gave a moving performance of Kirkpatrick’s “Change the World,” and Little Big Town rocked the crowd with “Boondocks.”  In addition, during the ceremony Reba McEntire came to the stage to accept a newly instituted Career Make Award, which will be given to performers who have recorded a wide range of the Hall of Fame members’ songs. 

Ronnie Dunn, Wayne Kirkpatrick & More Inducted Into Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame

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Midland Extend Their “Electric Rodeo Tour” Into 2019

The trio of Mark Wystrach, Cameron Duddy and Jess Carson ,who comprise the country group “Midland”, just announced they will be extending their headlining “Electric Rodeo Tour” into 2019 with a dozen new dates. The new tour will make stops in L.A., Detroit, Nashville, Austin and more. Tickets go on sale on Nov. 2 at 10 a.m. local time, and you can check out the full list of concerts in the linked article below.

Midland Extend Electric Rodeo Tour Into 2019

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Boston Gangster James ‘Whitey’ Bulger Killed In West Virginia Prison

James “Whitey” Bulger, one of Boston’s most notorious mobsters in addition to a secret FBI informant, was killed after being transferred to a federal prison in West Virginia. Bulger, 89, was serving a sentence of life in prison, and had recently been transferred to the high-security Hazelton penitentiary in West Virginia. The cause of death has not been specified. Bulger was convicted in August 2013 of 11 murders, among other charges including racketeering, and sentenced to two consecutive life terms plus five years. Bulger was the former leader of the Winter Hill Gang, as well as a FBI informant. He spent 16 years as as one of the nation’s most wanted fugitives before he was captured in Santa Monica, Calif., in 2011. Authorities found inside the apartment more than $800,000 in cash and an arsenal of weapons. He was convicted in 2013 of participating in 11 murders stretching from Massachusetts to Florida to Oklahoma, and was sentenced to life in prison.

Notorious mob boss James ‘Whitey’ Bulger found dead in West Virginia prison

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President Trump Planning Executive Order To End Birthright Citizenship For Some U.S.-Born Babies

President Donald Trump said in an interview that he plans to use an executive order to end citizenship rights for babies born in the U.S. to parents who aren’t citizens. However, the idea that he could do so by executive order was immediately opposed by Democrats, legal scholars and even House Speaker Paul Ryan. Trump said, “we’re the only country in the world where a person comes in and has a baby, and the baby is essentially a citizen of the United States … with all of those benefits. It’s ridiculous. It’s ridiculous. And it has to end. It’s in the process. It’ll happen … with an executive order.” However, it is doubtful that a  birthright citizenship can be ended through an executive order and without a change to the Constitution. The Constitution’s 14th Amendment, ratified in 1868, says: “All persons born or naturalized in the United States and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside.”

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Golden State Warriors Warriors Guard Klay Thompson Sets NBA Record For Most 3-Pointers In A Game

Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson broke teammate Stephen Curry’s NBA record for 3-pointers in a game with his 14th. With just under five minutes remaining in the third quarter Monday night against the Chicago Bulls, Thompson set the mark. Golden State led 92-50 at halftime, the second highest point total for a half in NBA history. Thompson has been struggling this season, and entered the game averaging 15.1 points in seven games while shooting just 13.9 percent from 3-point range. Thompson finished the Warriors’ 149-124 victory with 52 points and five rebounds. It was Thompson’s third career 50-point game.

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“A Wrinkle In Time” Director Ava DuVernay Partnering With Netflix On Prince Documentary

A Wrinkle in Time and 13th director Ava DuVernay is partnering with Netflix for a feature-length documentary on the late musical icon Prince. The documentary will chronicle Prince’s entire life and career. DuVernay tweeted about the project, saying “Prince was a genius, a joy, and a jolt to the senses. He was like no other. He shattered preconceived notions, smashed boundaries, and shared his heart through his music. The only way I know how to make this film is with love and great care. I’m honored to do so and grateful.” DuVernay has been working on the project for several months and she has the full cooperation of Prince’s estate. Prince died on April 21st, 2016, due to an overdose of fentanyl. As of press time, there was no estimated release date for the Prince documentary.

Ava DuVernay ‘honored’ to be making Prince documentary

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Actress Hilary Duff And Boyfriend Matthew Koma Welcome A Baby Girl

Actress Hilary Duff and boyfriend Matthew Koma shared on Instagram that their new baby girl had officially arrived. Duff shared the baby’s name, posting “Banks Violet Bair, this little bit has fully stolen our hearts! She joined our world at home on Thursday afternoon and is absolute magic” alongside a photo of the couple cradling their new addition. Duff posted several more photos of baby Banks in her Instagram Stories, sharing a snapshot showing Koma had dyed his hair pink in anticipation of the baby’s arrival. Duff is also mama to 6-1/2-year-old son Luca with ex-husband Mike Comrie.  

Hilary Duff welcomes new baby

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Pharrell Sends Cease & Desist Letter To President Trump For Playing “Happy” At Rally After Synagogue Shooting

Shortly after the Tree of Life synagogue shooting in Pittsburgh on Saturday, October 27, President Trump spoke at an Illinois rally and used Pharrell’s song “Happy” during the event. Now, Pharrell has issued a cease and desist letter to the President, asking him to stop from ever using it again. Attorney Howard King wrote in the letter, “on the day of the mass murder of 11 human beings at the hands of a deranged ‘nationalist,’ you played his song ‘Happy’ to a crowd at a political event in Indiana. There was nothing ‘happy’ about the tragedy inflicted upon our country on Saturday and no permission was granted for your use of this song for this purpose.” The letter went on to say that Pharrell “has not and will not grant Trump permission to publicly perform or otherwise disseminate his music, and claims the use of ‘Happy’ without his consent constitutes both copyright and trademark infringement.”

Pharrell Williams sends Trump cease-and-desist letter for playing ‘Happy’ at rally after synagogue shooting

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“Mac Miller: A Celebration Of Life” Concert To Be Livestreamed On Various Platforms

Mac Miller’s family announced earlier this month that they were putting together a memorial concert, featuring the likes of ScHoolboy Q, SZA and Travis Scott amongst others. Now Miller’s family is revealing that tonight’s Mac Miller: A Celebration of Life event will be livestreamed on various streaming platforms including Youtube, TIDAL, Facebook, LiveXLive, Twitter, and WAV. In addition to livestreaming the event, many platforms will offer the ability for viewers to donate to The Mac Miller Circles Fund, part of The Pittsburgh Foundation, supporting youth arts and community-building programs. Mac Miller: A Celebration of Life will kick off tomorrow at The Greek Theater in Los Angeles. Net proceeds from the concert will also go directly to the MMCF. To learn more about the charity, visit http://www.TMMCF.org.

Mac Miller: A Celebration of Life Announces Livestream Details to Benefit Mac Miller Circles Fund

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American ISIS Suspect Freed After Being Held For Over A Year

United States officials said on Monday that the administration has freed an American citizen whom the military imprisoned without trial for more than 13 months as a suspected Islamic State member.  The man, a dual American and Saudi citizen, was captured in September 2017 by a Kurdish militia in Syria. The Kurds turned him over to the American military, which held him as a wartime detainee at a base in Iraq. Officials said he was released in Bahrain, where his wife and daughter are living. The identity of the man has been kept secret, so he has been called “John Doe” in court filings and public debates.  This case has established the precedent of how the government locked up a citizen for more than a year without charging him with a crime, and the issue of whether the government can or should imprison American terrorism suspects without trial as enemy combatants, rather than prosecuting them.

American ISIS suspect freed from US custody after 13 months without charges

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