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One of the most successful folk-rock duos of the 1960s used the name "Tom & Jerry" at the beginning of their career. Under what name did they become successful?

       Simon & Garfunkel                                                      Source

Simon & Garfunkel were an American folk rock duo consisting of singer-songwriter Paul Simon and singer Art Garfunkel. They were one of the most popular recording artists of the 1960s and became counterculture icons of the decade's social revolution, alongside artists such as the Beatles, the Beach Boys, and Bob Dylan. Their biggest hits-including "The Sound of Silence" (1964/1965), "Mrs. Robinson" (1968), "Bridge over Troubled Water" (1969), and "The Boxer" (1969)-reached number one on singles charts worldwide. Their often rocky relationship led to artistic disagreements, which resulted in their breakup in 1970. Their final studio record, Bridge over Troubled Water, was their most successful, becoming one of the world's best-selling albums.

While still aged 15, Simon & Garfunkel now had a recording contract with Sid Prosen's independent label Big Records. Using the name Tom & Jerry (Garfunkel naming himself Tom Graph, a reference to his interest in mathematics) and Simon naming himself Jerry Landis (after the surname of Sue Landis, a girl he had dated) the single "Hey Schoolgirl" was released, with the B-side "Dancin' Wild", in 1957.        Source

Randall was first and correct with:

Alan J wrote:
   Simon & Garfunkel.

Jim from CA, retired to ID, said:
   Simon & Garfunkel

Gene replied:
   Simon & Garfunkel. After they became famous in the 60s, they did a gig as Tom & Jerry with Frank Zappa, for a lark.

Adam answered:
   Simon & Garfunkel

John I from Hawai'i says,
   John I from Hawai'i says, "Simon and Garfunkel."

Marian responded:
   Simon and Garfunkel

Deborah wrote:
   Going with a WAG - Chad and Jeremy?
  Uncommonly cloudy and humid yesterday and today. And rain is predicted Thursday through the weekend. And this is May? Okay, fine.

Daniel in The City answered:
   Simon and Garfunkel

Lois Of The LPs said:
   Simon & Garfunkel were going to go with "Dork & Dorkier" but people who dressed in matching outfits with their dogs threatened to sue, so they settled on "Tom & Jerry". I had some really good ideas this morning, but "" is down, and I am SO frustrated! Anyway, here's all I got...

Daleo o the Diamonds in Norcali replied:
   Simon & Garfunkel historically also known as the two little fellas that never really got along. I saw them at a Bezerkeley Concert in 1966 argue and bitch at each other through a very short 30 minute set. What a rip-off. I still loved some of their music, though…Goodbye Fuckhead Ted!!!...Wow, it's almost time…no it isn't…still months long campaign drudgery…In Canada the campaign season, start to finish, only lasts 11 weeks…Not in 'merica…medi9a makes too much money off of this circus…I heard Edie can whup his ass when he's not motor boating her boobs…also was hitched to Princess Leia

DJ Useo responded:
   This one I knew already. Simon & Garfunkel! & again, as with Buffalo Springfield,
  I was just recently enjoying S & G. I was playing a mono remaster of them on Monday!
  The vocals really shine in mono!

David in Moon Valley answered:
   probably last and most certainly least...i believe that would be Simon & Garfunkel....jeez the nuns in 7th grade loved 'em but if i hear Sounds of Silence one more time, I swear......

MAM   wrote:
   Simon & Garfunkel

  Simon & Garfunkel - Bridge Over Troubled Water

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Tonight, Thursday:

CBS opens the night with a FRESH 'Big Bang Theory', followed by a FRESH 'The Gawd-Awful Odd Couple', then a FRESH 'Mom', followed by a FRESH '2 Broke Girls', then a FRESH 'Rush Hour'.
Scheduled on a FRESH Stephen Colbert are Judge Judy Sheindlin, Zac Posen, and W. Kamau Bell.
Scheduled on a FRESH James Corden, OBE, are Sharon Stone, Sebastian Stan, Zach Woods, and Travis Scott.

NBC begins the night with a FRESH 'Strong', followed by a FRESH 'The Blacklist', then a FRESH 'Game Of Silence'.
Scheduled on a FRESH Jimmy Fallon are Robert Downey Jr., Amy Sedaris, and Chance the Rapper.
Scheduled on a FRESH Seth Meyers are Dana Carvey, Cyndi Lauper, and Mark Guiliana.
Scheduled on a FRESH Carson 'The Scab' Daly are Chris Hardwick, GRiZ, and Chris Gethard.

ABC starts the night with a FRESH 'Grey's Anatomy', followed by a FRESH 'Scandal', then a FRESH 'The Catch'.
Scheduled on a FRESH Jimmy Kimmel are Rob Lowe, Chloe Bennet, and Bebe Rexha.

The CW offer a FRESH 'DC's Legend Of Tomorrow', followed by a FRESH 'The 100'.

Faux has a FRESH 'Bones', followed by a FRESH 'American Girl'.

MY has 'TMZ (Not So) Live', followed by 'Hollywood Today (Not So) Live'.

A&E has 'The First 48', another 'The First 48', followed by a FRESH '60 Days In', then another FRESH '60 Days In'.

AMC offers the movie 'The Rock', followed by the movie 'The Breakfast Club', then the movie 'Sixteen Candles'.

BBC  -   
 [6:00AM]    TOP GEAR - SEASON 15 - Episode 6
 [9:00AM]    RAMSAY'S KITCHEN NIGHTMARES US - SEASON 5 - EPISODE 11-Spin-A-Yarn Steakhouse
 [10:00AM]    RAMSAY'S KITCHEN NIGHTMARES US - SEASON 7 - EPISODE 7-Zayna Flaming Grill, Part 1
 [2:00PM]    STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 5 - EPISODE 13-The Masterpiece Society
 [6:00PM]    ORPHAN BLACK - SEASON 4 - EPISODE 3-The Stigmata of Progress
 [7:00PM]    AFTER THE BLACK - SEASON 4 - Episode 3
 [11:00PM]    AFTER THE BLACK - SEASON 4 - Episode 4
 [11:30PM]    THE GRAHAM NORTON SHOW - SEASON 19 - Episode 6
 [12:30AM]    MAD MAX 2: THE ROAD WARRIOR (1981)
 [2:30AM]    ORPHAN BLACK - SEASON 4 - EPISODE 3-The Stigmata of Progress
 [4:30AM]    AFTER THE BLACK - SEASON 4 - Episode 4
 [5:00AM]    STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 5 - EPISODE 13-The Masterpiece Society    (ALL TIMES EDT)

Bravo has 'Million Dollar Listing NY', another 'Million Dollar Listing NY', followed by a FRESH 'Million Dollar Listing NY', and 'Below Deck Mediterranean'.

Comedy Central has 'Gabriel Iglesias: I'm Not Fat ... I'm Fluffy', 'Gabriel Iglesias: Hot & Fluffy', 'Gabriel Iglesias: I'm Not Fat ... I'm Fluffy', followed by a FRESH 'Inside Amy Schumer', and another 'Inside Amy Schumer'.
Scheduled on a FRESH The Daily Show is The Heavy.
Scheduled on a FRESH The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore is Ken Burns.
Scheduled on a FRESH @Midnight are Damien Lemon, Jak Knight, and Marcella Arguello.

FX has the movie 'Marvel's The Avengers', followed by the movie 'Captain America: The First Avenger'.

History has 'Alone', followed by a (F) 'Alone: A Deeper Cut', then a (F) 'Alone', followed by a FRESH "Join Or Die With Craig Ferguson', then a FRESH 'Night Class'.

IFC  -   
 [6:00AM]    MARON-Marc's Dad
 [6:30AM]    MARON-Dominatrix
 [12:45PM]    STIR OF ECHOES
 [3:00PM]    TREMORS
 [8:00PM]    JAWS
 [10:45PM]    JAWS 2
 [1:30AM]    JAWS 3-D
 [5:45AM]    COMEDY BANG! BANG!-Eddie George    (ALL TIMES EDT)

Sundance  -   
 [6:00AM]    Factory Girl
 [8:00AM]    Miss Potter
 [10:00AM]    The Virgin Suicides
 [12:00PM]    Love Actually
 [3:00PM]    Law & Order-Burden
 [4:00PM]    Law & Order-Bad Girl
 [5:00PM]    Law & Order-Damaged
 [6:00PM]    Law & Order-Tabloid
 [7:00PM]    Law & Order-DWB
 [8:00PM]    Law & Order-Flight
 [9:00PM]    Law & Order-Agony
 [10:00PM]    Law & Order-Scrambled
 [11:00PM]    Law & Order-Venom
 [12:00AM]    Law & Order-Punk
 [1:00AM]    Law & Order-Hate
 [2:00AM]    As Good as It Gets
 [5:00AM]    Miss Potter    (ALL TIMES EDT)

SyFy has the movie 'The Crazies', followed by the movie 'Saw VI'.

Scheduled on a FRESH Conan are Louis C.K., Mary Elizabeth Ellis, and Ben Harper & the Innocent Criminals.

 [6:00 AM]      At War With The Army (1950)
 [7:45 AM]      Abbott And Costello Meet Captain Kidd (1952)
 [9:00 AM]      Lost In A Harem (1944)
 [10:30 AM]      Block-Heads (1938)
 [11:30 AM]      The Big Parade of Comedy (1964)
 [1:00 PM]      A Night at the Opera (1935)
 [2:45 PM]      Blotto (1930)
 [3:15 PM]      The Devil's Brother (1933)
 [5:00 PM]      Bud Abbott and Lou Costello in Hollywood (1945)
 [6:30 PM]      At The Circus (1939)
 [8:00 PM]      The Fast and the Furious (1954)
 [9:30 PM]      The Beast With A Million Eyes (1955)
 [11:00 PM]      A Bucket of Blood (1959)
 [12:15 AM]      High School Hellcats (1958)
 [1:45 AM]      The Ghost of Dragstrip Hollow (1959)
 [3:00 AM]      Attack of the Puppet People (1958)
 [4:30 AM]      Tarzan and the Valley of Gold (1966)     (ALL TIMES EDT)

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 [6:00 AM]      MGM Parade Show #21 (1955)
 [6:30 AM]      Seven Days in May (1964)
 [8:45 AM]      Maytime (1937)
 [11:00 AM]      The Woman On The Beach (1947)
 [12:15 PM]      The Woman On Pier 13 (1950)
 [1:30 PM]      Clash by Night (1952)
 [3:15 PM]      The Racket (1951)
 [4:45 PM]      Berlin Express (1948)
 [6:15 PM]      Born to be Bad (1950)
 [8:00 PM]      Bad Day at Black Rock (1955)
 [9:30 PM]      Crossfire (1947)
 [11:15 PM]      Odds Against Tomorrow (1959)
 [1:00 AM]      On Dangerous Ground (1952)
 [2:30 AM]      Beware, My Lovely (1952)
 [4:00 AM]      The Set-Up (1949)
 [5:15 AM]      Act Of Violence (1948)

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The cast and crew of "Hamilton" arrive for the 2016 Tony Awards Meet The Nominees Press Reception in Manhattan, New York, U.S., May 4, 2016.
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Join Adele, Arrowsmith & Neil Young

Rolling Stones

The Rolling Stones have asked presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump (R-Pinche Pendejo) to stop playing their songs at his campaign events.

In a statement Wednesday, the rock band said they have not given permission to the Trump campaign to use their songs and "have requested that they cease all use immediately."

Trump, an avid music fan, has featured Rolling Stones songs at his rallies for months as part of a diverse soundtrack that includes Elton John, opera and classic rock songs. The Rolling Stones' 1969 classic "You Can't Always Get What You Want" was a popular song for his events, and during an event on Tuesday night, the campaign played "Start Me Up."

Adele and Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler both asked the candidate to stop using their recorded songs to fire up crowds. Neil Young also objected when the real estate mogul used "Rockin' in the Free World" during his campaign kickoff announcement last year. In those cases, the Trump campaign stopped using the songs.

Rolling Stones


Steve Martin, left, Carmen Cusack and Edie Brickell attend the 2016 Tony Awards "Meet the Nominees" press junket at the Paramount Hotel on Wednesday, May 4, 2016, in New York.
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Settles Defamation Suit

Sean Penn

"Empire" co-creator Lee Daniels apologized to Sean Penn in a statement made public Wednesday as part of a confidential settlement in a defamation lawsuit over comments Daniels made comparing the actor to the show's star Terrence Howard, who's been repeatedly accused of domestic violence.

As part of the settlement, Daniels also agreed to make a donation to Penn's charity, J/P Haitian Relief Organization, which the actor created after Haiti was devastated by an earthquake in 2010. The sum was not disclosed.

"I am so sorry that I have hurt you Sean," Daniels said. "Domestic violence is a very serious issue. My comments were cavalier; it was not my intention to diminish the severity of the issue, but rather to express a view regarding the disparate treatment of men of color in our national conversation."

Penn said he accepted Daniels' "heartfelt" apology and appreciated "the sincerity with which it was delivered."

He had sued in Manhattan civil court last fall, saying Daniels' statements were egregious and injured Penn's credibility and reputation personally and professionally and in his philanthropic activities. He had sought $10 million, though a jury would have to determine any damages.

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600K Sign Petition


Backers of a marijuana legalization initiative said Wednesday they have collected enough signatures for the measure to qualify for the November ballot in California.

The coalition that includes former Facebook president Sean Parker and is backed by Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom and marijuana advocacy groups said it has collected 600,000 signatures from registered voters - far more than the 365,000 needed - ahead of the July 5 deadline.

Stressing what promises to be a dominant message of their campaign, Newsom and other supporters said the initiative will make it harder for people under 21 to obtain pot.

The Adult Use of Marijuana Act was one of more than a dozen recreational marijuana measures that initially competed for the November ballot. The groups with the most political capital and money eventually lined up behind the Parker-spearheaded initiative after a behind-the-scenes skirmish over issues such as whether growers would be allowed to sell directly to retail outlets and how medical marijuana would be taxed.

The initiative has been endorsed by the California NAACP, California Medical Association and California Democratic Party. The California Republican Party voted to oppose it at its convention last month.



Charles Bernard Foster, Jodie Foster and Kit Bernard Foster seen at ceremony honoring Jodie Foster with a star on Hollywood Walk of Fame on Wednesday, May 4, 2016, in Los Angeles.
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Discovery Team Awarded $3 Million

Gravitational Waves

The scientists and engineers who made the first-ever direct detection of gravitational waves are now $3 million richer.

In February, researchers with the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO) project announced that their detectors had recorded evidence of gravitational waves - ripples in the fabric of space-time whose existence was predicted by Albert Einstein in 1916 in his theory of general relativity. These ripples were generated by the faraway merger of two black holes, each of which harbored about 30 times the mass of the sun, LIGO team members said.

News of the find spread quickly around the world, thrilling scientists and laypeople alike. And now it has netted the discovery team a cool $3 million, in the form of a special award from the Breakthrough Prize Foundation.

The three founders of the LIGO project - Ronald Drever and Kip Thorne of the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, and Rainer Weiss of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge - will share $1 million equally. The other $2 million will be split among the 1,005 authors of the discovery paper, as well as seven other people who made important contributions to the LIGO effort, Breakthrough Prize representatives said.

The Breakthrough Prize Foundation awards annual $3 million prizes in Life Sciences (up to five per year), Fundamental Physics (up to one per year) and Mathematics (up to one per year), as well as "special" prizes in these fields that can be granted at any time. The LIGO team will be recognized at a ceremony this fall for its Special Prize in Fundamental Physics.

Gravitational Waves


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An Army captain sued President Barack Obama on Wednesday, alleging that he doesn't have the proper congressional authority to wage war against Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria.

Capt. Nathan Michael Smith filed the suit in U.S. District Court in Washington as the president is deploying more special operations forces to the region - and a day after a Navy SEAL was killed in combat in Iraq, the third since a U.S.-led coalition launched its campaign against the Islamic State in the summer of 2014.

Smith supports the war on military and moral grounds and considers the Islamic State an "army of butchers." But he wants the court to tell Obama that he needs to ask Congress for a new Authorization for the Use of Military Force.

To fight IS, Obama has been relying on congressional authorizations given to resident George W. Bush for the war on al-Qaida and the invasion of Iraq. Critics say the White House's use of post-9/11 congressional authorizations is a legal stretch at best.

Smith is asking the court to find that the war against IS violates the War Powers Resolution because Congress has not declared war or given the president specific authorization to fight it.

Army Captain


Robert Clary attends the 29th Annual Gypsy Awards Luncheon held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Sunday, April 24, 2016, in Beverly Hills, Calif.
Photo by John Salangsang


Wave Of Dead Sea Creatures


Heaps of dead whales, salmon and sardines blamed on the El Nino freak weather phenomenon have clogged Chile's Pacific beaches in recent months.

Last year, scientists were shocked when more than 300 whales turned up dead on remote bays of the southern coast. It was the first in a series of grim finds.

At the start of this year, a surge in algae in the water choked to death an estimated 40,000 tons of salmon in the Los Lagos region, where the Andes tower over lakes and green farming valleys down to the coast.

That is about 12 percent of annual salmon production in Chile, the world's second-biggest producer of the fish after Norway.

This month, some 8,000 tons of sardines were washed up at the mouth of the Queule river. And thousands of dead clams piled up on the coast of Chiloe Island.



Savion Glover, left, and George C. Wolfe attend the 2016 Tony Awards "Meet the Nominees" press junket at the Paramount Hotel on Wednesday, May 4, 2016, in New York.
Photo by Charles Sykes


New Rules


The Obama administration is revising a federal rule that allows wind-energy companies to operate high-speed turbines for up to 30 years, even if means killing or injuring thousands of federally protected bald and golden eagles.

Under the plan announced Wednesday, wind companies and other power providers could kill or injure up to 4,200 bald eagles a year without penalty - nearly four times the current limit. Golden eagles could only be killed if companies take steps to minimize the losses, for instance, by retrofitting power poles to reduce the risk of electrocution.

Fish and Wildlife Service Director Dan Ashe said the proposal will "provide a path forward" for maintaining eagle populations while also spurring development of a pollution-free energy source that's intended to ease global warming, a cornerstone of President Barack Obama's energy plan.

The Fish and Wildlife Service estimates there are about 143,000 bald eagles in the United States, and 40,000 golden eagles.

It's unclear what toll wind energy companies are having on eagle populations, although Ashe said as many 500 golden eagles a year are killed by collisions with wind towers, power lines, buildings, cars and trucks. Thousands more are killed by gunshots and poisonings.



Mitzi Gaynor, left, and Dick Van Dyke attend the 29th Annual Gypsy Awards Luncheon held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Sunday, April 24, 2016, in Beverly Hills, Calif.
Photo by John Salangsang


Religious Discrimination Lawsuit


A Catholic woman fired from her job at a bottled water company led by a Nevada lawmaker has filed a federal lawsuit against the business, saying she was pressured to watch videos on Scientology and was denied pay raises because of her religious beliefs.

Grecia Echevarria-Hernandez filed a discrimination lawsuit April 26 against Las Vegas-based, also known as Real Alkalized Water. Republican Assemblyman Brent Jones is president of the company. His son, Blain Jones, is executive vice president of the company and is running for a Nevada Assembly seat.

The plaintiff said she was hired in March 2015 as a "brand ambassador" for Real Water, which markets water infused with electrons that "can help your body to restore balance, and reach your full potential!" according to the company website.

On her first day, Echevarria-Hernandez said she was forced to watch several videos with religious undertones, including "The Secret" and others based on Scientology.

Her supervisor later told her that she could get a 25-cent raise if she participated in self-betterment courses, and the plaintiff said she tried to sit through one of the classes. But it also had to do with Scientology and made her feel uncomfortable, so she left early.



Frank Langella attends the 2016 Tony Awards "Meet the Nominees" press junket at the Paramount Hotel on Wednesday, May 4, 2016, in New York. Langella is nominated for best performance by an actor.
Photo by Charles Sykes


Acidic Seawater Dissolving Reef

Florida Keys

Seawater - increasingly acidic due to global warming - is eating away the limestone framework for the coral reef of the upper Florida Keys, according to a new study. It's something that scientists had expected, but not so soon.

This is one of the first times scientists have documented long-term effects of ocean acidification on the foundation of the reefs, said study author Chris Langdon, a biological oceanographer at the University of Miami.

"This is what I would call a leading indicator; it's telling us about something happening early on before it's a crisis," Langdon said. "By the time you observe the corals actually crumbling, disappearing, things have pretty much gone to hell by that point."

The northern part of the Florida Keys reef has lost about 12 pounds per square yard (6.5 kilograms per square meter) of limestone over the past six years, according to the study published in the journal Global Biogeochemical Cycles. Over the length of the reef, that's more than 6 million tons. The water eats away at the nooks and crannies of the limestone foundation, making them more porous and weaker, Langdon said.

So far the effect is subtle, not noticeable to the eye, and can only be detected by intricate chemical tests. But as ocean acidification increases, scientists expect more reefs to dissolve and become flatter, and that fish will leave, Langdon said. Also, increasing acidity eats away at the shells of the shellfish, making them easier prey for other fish and harder for humans to harvest.

Florida Keys


A model displays a large diamond at Sotheby's in New York, Wednesday, May 4, 2016. The auction house plans to offer the Lesedi la Rona diamond in London on June 29.
Photo by Seth Wenig


Discovered in Ruins

Buddhist Sculptures

Sculptures and carvings dating back more than 1,700 years have been discovered in the remains of a shrine and its courtyard in the ancient city of Bazira. The sculptures illustrate the religious life of the city, telling tales from Buddhism and other ancient religions.

Also called Vajirasthana, Bazira is located the in the Swat Valley in Pakistan. It was first constructed as a small town, during the second century B.C., and eventually developed into a city located within the Kushan Empire. At its peak, this empire ruled territory extending from modern-day India to central Asia.

The Kushan Empire declined during the third century A.D., at the same time that a series of earthquakes ravaged Bazira. The damage caused by the earthquakes - and the financial problems brought about by the decline of the Kushan Empire - meant that Bazira gradually fell into ruin, with the city abandoned by the end of the third century.

Today, the ruins of Bazira are located near the modern-day village of Barikot. The Italian Archaeological Mission has been excavating Bazira since 1978, gradually unearthing remains of the ancient city.

One of the sculptures, carved in green schist, depicts a prince named Siddhartha leaving a palace on a horse named Kanthaka. The sculpture likely form part of the shrine's decoration, the archaeologists said.

Buddhist Sculptures



Baby hippopotamus Champ swims next to its mother Cherry in a pool of the hippopotamus facility at the zoo in Hanover, Germany, on May 3, 2016. The baby is 16 days old and weighs around 35 kg. It is the first hippo to be born at the zoo in ten years.
Photo by Holger Holleman



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