Within two weeks of being announced, the Veteran Retraining Assistance Program (VRAP) has received over 12,000 online applications. The program allows qualifying Veterans between the ages of 35 and 60 to receive up to 12 months of education assistance. Maximum payments are equal to the full-time rate for the Montgomery GI Bill - Active Duty, currently $1,473 monthly. For more information, read the Military.com VRAP GI Bill Factsheet or call VA National Call Center toll free at 1-800-827-1000.
(This is a great opportunity for older veterans who may need some new vocational training due to lay-offs or lost jobs. Don't let this pass you by!)
The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced that it will collaborate with the "100,000 Homes" Campaign and its 117 participating communities to help find permanent housing for 10,000 vulnerable and chronically homeless Veterans this year. The campaign's national support staff will also work with VA to provide technical assistance to help communities reduce the amount of time necessary to house a single homeless Veteran... For more information on VA's services for homeless veterans, visit VA's Homeless Veterans webpage...
(Sigh... I'm afraid that there'll always be some homeless vets. Severe addiction issues keep many of them on the street, or in the woods. The reason being is that in order to participate in these housing programs, vets identified with those problems; and it's not hard to figure it out, have to maintain a 'clean and sober' life-style... and, frankly, many don't want to. Sadly, I've known and do now know vets like that. It's frustrating.)
(I know numerous vets with 'unexplained' illnesses who served in the Gulf War and have been denied compensation claims. Hopefully, they can nail down the toxins that have caused the conditions and those vets will be properly compensated.)
A recent Government Accounting Office report states that more than 200 companies offer financial services that can help well-off veterans qualify for benefits by transferring or hiding assets so they can qualify for the VA veteran pension program. The VA veteran pension program is designed to help low-income veterans. To qualify, veterans must meet certain low-income criteria as outlined by federal law. Sen. Blumenthal has introduced a bill to protect the program from fraud.
(This really makes me angry. This link describes the VA Pension Program:
Veterans Pension, Those who are scamming the system are thieves and scoundrels. This program is entirely separate and different from service-connected compensation.)
Terry Savage: You May Be Able to Get Back Forgotten Money (Creators Syndicate)
What you are describing is a process called "escheat" - by which financial institutions are required to turn over unclaimed property to the state. It's hard to imagine simply forgetting about a bank account, mutual fund, insurance policy or safe deposit box. But it obviously happens all the time. Sometimes it's because there is no activity in the account. Other times it is because someone died and never let family members or heirs know about accounts or property.
Froma Harrop: Turbulent Tykes Torture Other Travelers (Creators Syndicate)
The now storied Alaska Airlines flight from Seattle to Miami has opened debate on unruly children in crowded airplanes. It seems a 3-year-old, having had his iPad removed in preparation for takeoff, threw a tantrum. Sitting with his father, Mark Yanchuk, little Daniel would not be calmed and refused to properly wear a seat belt. His mother, grandmother and a 1-year-old sibling had escaped to first class.
David Bruce has 42 Kindle books on Amazon.com with 250 anecdotes in each book. Each book is $1, so for $42 you can buy 10,500 anecdotes. Search for "Funniest People," "Coolest People, "Most Interesting People," "Kindest People," "Religious Anecdotes," "Maximum Cool," and "Resist Psychic Death."
"Theme From Dr. Kildare (Three Stars Will Shine Tonight)" is the name of a song written by Jerry Goldsmith, Pete Rugolo and Hal Winn.
The song was the theme for the television series Dr. Kildare. The series' lead actor, Richard Chamberlain, released it in 1962 as a single in his first venture into a singing career.
The single met with great success, becoming a #10 hit on the Billboard Hot 100 and reaching #12 on the UK Singles Chart.
Alan J was first, and correct, with:
Patton. Er, no, wait a minute - Dr. Kildare!
One of my favorite shows of the time, "Dr. Kildaire", starring Richard
Chamberlain. I especially loved the 2-part episode "Tyger, Tyger" with
guest star Yvette Mimieux, playing a surfer with epilepsy. Of course, Dr.
Kildaire fell in love with her. And of course, it ended tragically, but she
went out surfin'!
Here are couple of versions on YouTube. One is instrumental and the other
is sung by Richard Chamberlain:
Dr. Kildare Theme Song Dr Kildare sings Three Stars Will Shine, Richard Chamberlain
Thanks for the web site and the trivia questions!
Jim from CA, retired to ID, responded:
THREE STARS WILL SHINE TONIGHT Theme song from the Dr. Kildare TV Series
.....enjoyed my vacation but glad to be back in Idaho.
Dale of Diamond Springs replied:
That was from Dr. Kildare. I knew his father Chuck briefly. Great man! Talented son!!
With Raymond Massey
Whew, I missed the bullet yesterday, with B2BB's quiz question. Of course I knew the correct reply, but, it's too late now for me to answer now... (Wink, wink...)
As for today's question, the theme From Dr. Kildare was, "Three Stars Will Shine Tonight."
FYI, all you younger BCE readers, Ben Casey (left) and Dr Kildare (right) were THE TV hunks back in the day!!
PS: I had a wonderful day at the Puerto Rican Day Parade with my granddaughter and her two friends yesterday. While we were waiting for the bus to get there, one of the girls wanted to know why we were going to the parade since, "We're not Puerto Rican?" I explained that American's traditionally shared in the celebration of all cultures since our country is comprised of so many different people. I saw her exchange a look with her friend - as if we were going to something boring, like to a lecture or something. But, when we walked over to the street from the where the Parade was coming - the girls were astounded by the sea of humanity. My gd had been there before, and she knew - it was only fabulous!!
One of the 10-year olds brought her phone (hand held that does everything), and I confiscated it - no questions asked (too easy to be stolen or lost in that crowd). She showed me how to connect to AOL, but it was SLOW, and then, once connected, I could not read the screen. I don't know that it is a great idea to let a 10- yo have a walking Internet connection, maybe I am just sounding old here...
IAC, we had a really good time!
"Dr. Kildare" played by Richard Chamberlain
CBS begins the night with a RERUN'NCIS', followed by a RERUN'NCIS: The 2nd One', then '48 Hours'.
Scheduled on a FRESHDave are Jack Hanna, Patti Smith, and Bootsy Collins.
Scheduled on a FRESHCraig are Andy Garcia, Cody Horn, and Matt Kirshen.
NBC starts the night with a RERUN'America's Got Talent', followed by a FRESH'America's Got Talent', then a FRESH'Love In The Wild'.
Scheduled on a FRESHLeno are Patrick Duffy, Linda Grey, Larry Hagman, Meghan McCain, and Meiko.
Scheduled on a FRESHJimmy Fallon are Maggie Gyllenhaal, Andy Cohen, and Alejandro Escovedo.
On a RERUNCarson 'The Scab' Daly (from 4/9/12) are Adam Levine, ZZ Ward, and Jessie Baylin.
ABC fills the night with LIVE'NBA Finals', followed by a LIVE'Jimmy Kimmel', then pads the left coast with local crap.
Scheduled on a FRESHJimmy Kimmel are Martin Short, Cee-Lo Green, and Goodie Mob.
The CW offers a FRESH'The Catalina', followed by a RERUN'The LA Complex'.
Faux has a FRESHHell's Kitchen', followed by a FRESH'MasterChef'.
MY recycles an old 'Cold Case', followed by another old 'Cold Case'.
A&E has 'Storage Wars', another 'Storage Wars', still another 'Storage Wars', yet another 'Storage Wars', followed by a FRESH'Barter Kings', then another FRESH'Barter Kings', followed by a FRESH'Storage Wars', then another FRESH'Storage Wars'.
AMC offers 'CSI: The 2nd One', followed by the movie 'Cinderella Man'.
[6:00AM] BBC WORLD NEWS
[7:00AM] BBC WORLD NEWS
[8:00AM] GRAHAM NORTON SHOW - SEASON 10-Ep 14 - Dame Judi Dench, Dev Patel, Will Young
[9:00AM] JAMIE OLIVER'S MEALS IN MINUTES-Ep 7- Duck Salad
[9:30AM] JAMIE OLIVER'S MEALS IN MINUTES-Ep 8 - Oozy Mushroom Risotto
[10:00AM] DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 1 (2005)-Ep 11 Boom Town
[11:00AM] RAMSAY'S KITCHEN NIGHTMARES - SEASON 3U-Ep 4 - Flamangos
[12:00PM] RAMSAY'S KITCHEN NIGHTMARES - SEASON 3-Ep 3 - Rococo
[1:00PM] JAMIE OLIVER'S MEALS IN MINUTES-Ep 9 - Steak Sarnie
[1:30PM] JAMIE OLIVER'S MEALS IN MINUTES-Ep 10 - Chicken Pie
[2:00PM] RAMSAY'S KITCHEN NIGHTMARES - SEASON 4-Ep 1 - Ruby Tates
[3:00PM] RAMSAY'S KITCHEN NIGHTMARES - SEASON 2U-Ep 11 - Cafe 36
[4:00PM] DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 1 (2005)-Ep 12 Bad Wolf
[5:00PM] BATTLESTAR GALACTICA - SEASON 2-Ep 16 - Sacrifice
[6:00PM] TOP GEAR - SEASON 7-Episode 5
[7:00PM] TOP GEAR - SEASON 2-Episode 1
[8:00PM] TOP GEAR - SEASON 8-Episode 5
[9:00PM] BEATLES BIGGEST SECRETS
[10:00PM] THE BRIT LIST: 20 SEXIEST
[11:00PM] RAMSAY'S KITCHEN NIGHTMARES - SEASON 3U-Ep 4 - Flamangos
[12:00AM] BEATLES BIGGEST SECRETS
[1:00AM] THE BRIT LIST: 20 SEXIEST
[2:00AM] RAMSAY'S KITCHEN NIGHTMARES - SEASON 3-Ep 3 - Rococo
[3:00AM] TORCHWOOD: CHILDREN OF EARTH-Episode 2
[4:00AM] TORCHWOOD: CHILDREN OF EARTH-Episode 3
[5:00AM] BBC WORLD NEWS (ALL TIMES EDT)
Bravo has 'Real Housewives Of NYC', followed by a FRESH'Real Housewives Of OC', then another FRESH'Real Housewives Of OC', followed by a FRESH'Pregnant In Heels'.
Comedy Central has last night's 'Colbert Report', last night's 'Jon Stewart', 'Workaholics', 'Tosh.0', another 'Tosh.0', still another 'Tosh.0', followed by a FRESH'Tosh.0', then a FRESH'Workaholics'.
Scheduled on a FRESHJon Stewart is Colin Powell.
Scheduled on a FRESHColbert Report is Will Allen.
FX has '2½ Men', another '2½ Men', followed by the movie 'Tooth Fairy'.
History has 'Pawn Stars', another 'Pawn Stars', still another 'Pawn Stars', yet another 'Pawn Stars', 'Swamp People', followed by a FRESH'United Stats Of America'.
[8:15AM] Prairie Home Companion
[10:30AM] Death of a Cyclist
[2:30PM] Prairie Home Companion
[4:45PM] The Three Stooges-Of Cash and Hash
[5:10PM] The Three Stooges-Pest Man Wins
[5:35PM] The Three Stooges-Punchy Cowpunchers
[6:00PM] Malcolm in the Middle-Hal Coaches
[6:30PM] Malcolm in the Middle-Family Reunion
[7:00PM] Malcolm in the Middle-Tutoring Reese
[7:30PM] Malcolm in the Middle-Bowling
[4:00AM] Alone in the Dark (ALL TIMES EDT)
[6:00A] Love Lust & Street Eats
[7:00A] Everlasting Moments
[9:15A] Still Walking
[12:45P] Everlasting Moments
[3:00P] Love Lust & Makeup
[4:00P] THE MORTIFIED SESSIONS - Modern Family's Eric Stonestreet
[6:00P] The Bodyguard
[8:00P] A Good Year
[10:00P] INDIE SEX: Censored
[11:30P] Eloise's Lover
[1:15A] MY SO-CALLED LIFE - Other People's Mothers (Episode 10, Season 1)
[2:15A] California Dreamin' (Nesfarsit)
[4:50A] Bulletproof Salesman (ALL TIMES EDT)
SyFy has 'Fact Or Faked: Paranormal Files', another 'Fact Or Faked: Paranormal Files', followed by a FRESH'Fact Or Faked: Paranormal Files', then a FRESH'Hollywood Treasure'.
Scheduled on a FRESHConan, from Chicago, are Andy Samberg and Eric Hutchinson.
The venue for the Oscars has a new name - and sound.
The posh 3,400-seat theater formerly known as the Kodak Theatre reopened Monday with a new audio-visual system and new signage as the Dolby Theatre. Dolby Laboratories Inc. announced a 20-year deal with Hollywood & Highland Center owner CIM Group last month to rename the theater, which has hosted the Academy Awards since 2002.
The audio-visual technology company outfitted the four-level venue with its Dolby 3D and Dolby Atmos projection and audio systems. Besides the Oscars, the Hollywood theater is home to the Cirque du Soleil production "Iris" and will host the world premiere next Monday of the Disney-Pixar film "Brave," which will be the first feature film released utilizing the Dolby Atmos technology.
Unlike Dolby Surround 7.1, which uses different audio channels, Dolby Atmos can render sounds in space by harnessing individual speakers instead of entire speaker arrays. Dolby Atmos also adds overhead speakers, which were installed in the Dolby Theatre on two 50-foot-long trusses that must be removed for the acrobatic acts in "Iris."
Joy Behar is joining Current TV as the host of a prime-time talk show.
Behar's nightly program on cable channel HLN ended in December. Current TV announced Monday that Behar's new talk show will begin in September and will air Monday through Thursday at 6 p.m. Eastern time.
Next week she will guest anchor former New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer's show while he is on vacation.
Behar remains on "The View," the daytime ABC show where she has been a fixture since its debut 15 years ago.
Supermodel Petra Nemcova has been named ambassador at large for Haiti because of the charity work she's done through her nonprofit group the Happy Hearts Fund.
The Czech Republic citizen received the honor at a private ceremony at Haiti's National Palace on Friday with President Michel Martelly and Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe. Her appointment was announced Monday by the Happy Hearts Fund.
Nemcova joins Hollywood actor Sean Penn and hip-hop musician Wyclef Jean, who carry the same title to promote Haiti to the outside world.
The Happy Hearts Fund was created several months after Nemcova barely survived the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami. The nonprofit focuses on helping children and building schools.
ABC urged a federal judge on Monday to reject efforts by rival network CBS to block next week's premiere of the new reality series "The Glass House," citing differences between the new show and the longtime competition show "Big Brother."
CBS has asked the judge to block the June 18 premiere of "Glass House" because it copies key elements of "Big Brother" and the new show employs dozens of its former staffers. U.S. District Judge Gary Feess agreed last week that the case should be heard on an expedited basis, although no hearing date has been set.
ABC's filing states the network has spent $16 million promoting "Glass House," which would air after "The Bachelorette." Delaying the show's premiere could cost nearly 150 people their jobs, ABC argued in its most recent filing.
The network's attorneys also claim most of the things CBS argues are trade secrets are not unique concepts, but rather standard elements of reality television such as competition, betrayal, voting and a diverse cast. The show differs from "Big Brother," ABC's lawyers argue, because many of the contestants' decisions, and who remains in the house, are made by the audience members. The two least popular housemates will lead teams in a competition each week, with the losing leader facing elimination.
CBS alleges the dozens of former "Big Brother" staffers and producers now working with ABC may have violated non-disclosure agreements. Kenny Rosen, the top producer of "Glass House," has acknowledged he deleted emails that may have been needed in the case after learning a lawsuit was planned, attorneys for CBS wrote in a court filing last week. It also claims he instructed a worker to copy a manual used on "Big Brother."
Revellers take part in the LA Pride parade in West Hollywood, California, June 10, 2012. The parade is part of the annual Los Angeles lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender pride celebration in West Hollywood.
Photo by Jonathan Alcorn
Conservative talk show host Glenn Beck (R-Teary) has signed a five-year, $100 million contract to continue his morning radio show with syndicator Premiere Networks Inc.
It marks a big pay bump for Beck. His last contract with the Clear Channel subsidiary was reportedly for $10 million a year in 2007.
Over the past five years, Beck's audience has grown nearly 50 percent and the number of stations carrying his show has doubled to more than 400.
Forbes Magazine estimates that Beck, 48, makes $80 million a year. He parted ways with Fox News Channel last year after his TV show's audience size shrank and advertisers staged a boycott following his comment that President Barack Obama had "a deep-seated hatred for white people."
Former Hawaii Gov. Linda Lingle is chasing surfers for their votes in Hawaii - channel surfers.
The Republican hopeful is expected to launch a dedicated digital cable channel to subscribers in Hawaii on Monday, adding a new twist to campaign media in her push to give Hawaii its first GOP senator in 35 years.
Her campaign is touting the on-demand channel as the first of its kind for any U.S. Senate candidate, a new tool in a battle to reach voters that already includes TV and radio spots, social media, newspapers ads, mailings and other forms of communication.
The channel isn't like a typical TV channel where viewers tune in and simply watch whatever's scheduled for that moment. Viewers instead get a menu with videos and reading materials featuring Lingle's positions on various issues.
The channel is part of an ongoing advertising deal with cable company Oceanic Time Warner that includes traditional TV ads on six channels. The ads were expected to launch Monday night and the campaign spent $13,000 on media for this week.
Cast members (L-R) Hunter Tylo, Don Diamont, Jacqueline MacInnes Wood, Scott Clifton and Kim Matula celebrate the 25th anniversary of U.S. TV series "The Bold and the Beautiful" at the 52nd Monte Carlo Television Festival in Monaco June 11, 2012.
Photo by Eric Gaillard
Back in the 1970s, the hit sitcom "Happy Days" looked back at the 1950s. The show depicted a kinder, gentler era, but the days since haven't all been happy for many of the show's stars.
Those stars - Erin Moran, Marion Ross, Anson Williams, Donny Most - and Tom Bosley's widow, Patricia, sued CBS last year alleging they are owed royalties from the use of their images in merchandise that includes shirts, scrapbooks, cards, games, lunch boxes, dolls, DVDs, magnets and slot machines.
The actors brought the suit after they found out about "Happy Days"-themed slot machines in Las Vegas. The plaintiffs are seeking $10 million from CBS for alleged breach of contract, according to the Hollywood Reporter .
Ron Howard, now a successful film director, and Henry Winkler, who played Fonzie, are not part of the lawsuit.
"They had separate deals from the five of us," Most told "GMA." "Henry's been being paid for merchandise all this time. Isn't that funny Henry was paid but we weren't? So there's something not right about that."
The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra has chosen to not name a winner in its nationwide online concerto competition.
Music director Manfred Honeck announced the first-of-its-kind contest in February. Honeck and symphony officials came up with the idea in hopes of finding talented musicians who were not already represented by talent agencies and who, otherwise, might not have come to the symphony's attention.
Orchestra official Robert Moir didn't explain Monday why no winner was chosen.
Soloists entered by downloading 10-minute clips onto a symphony YouTube website. A panel of musicians and other experts picked eight semi-finalists from the 104 eligible videos, and the public voted on them in April. The top four were flown to Pittsburgh for auditions.
The winner was to receive $10,000 and a solo slot at two symphony concerts this fall.
Sunshine Uli of the Western Conference celebrates her touchdown against the Eastern conference during a Lingerie Football League exhibition match at Olympic Park in Sydney June 9, 2012.
Photo by Daniel Munoz
Bulgaria's history museum plans to display a "vampire" skeleton next week after unearthing the 700-year-old remains of two men stabbed through the chest with iron rods.
Archaeologists, excavating a monastery near the Black Sea city of Sozopol, discovered the skeletons which were buried in a pagan ritual that they said was aimed at keeping the men from turning into vampires.
"This was a pagan belief widespread in the Bulgarian lands in the 12th to 14th centuries. People were very superstitious then," National History Museum head Bozhidar Dimitrov said.
"Throughout the country we have found over 100 such 'vampire' burials of mainly noblemen from the Middle Ages who were branded bloodsucking immortals."
Dimitrov explained that these people were considered bad during their lifetime and according to pagan beliefs could become vampires after death and continue to torment the living. "That's why they were often pierced with rods, wooden or metal," he said.
The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences posted its nomination ballots on its website Monday, kicking off the long journey to September's Emmy Awards.
All 15,000 of the Academy's members are eligible to vote for the Best Program categories (e.g. Outstanding Drama Series; Comedy Series; Miniseries or Made for Television Movie), with the shows that amass the most amount of votes receiving nominations.
The ballots are due back June 28, with nominations being announced on July 19 from the Leonard H. Goldenson Theatre.
The 64th Primetime Emmys will air September 23 on ABC.
A March 9, 1816 letter written in English by French emperor Napoleon the 1st is presented, Sunday, June 10, 2012 in Fontainebleau, South of Paris, before being auctioned. The letter was sold euro 325 000, ($ 406 000). Visible in the lower part of the letter, a locket with a 1806 portrait of Napoleon by Jean Baptiste Isabey, estimated euro 22 000, ($27 000 ), was sold at the same auction.
Photo by Remy de la Mauviniere
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