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ESPN commentator apologizes for domestic abuse "provocation" remark

Business News - Mon, 07/28/2014 - 12:26
ESPN star Stephen A. Smith apologized on Monday for what he called "the most egregious error of my career," a Friday commentary about domestic abuse that referred to possible "provocation" by victims.

Family's one last photo aboard MH17

CNN World - Mon, 07/28/2014 - 12:22
Dave Hally took one last photo of his wife and 4-year-old daughter before takeoff for their dream vacation aboard MH17. Erin Mclaughlin reports.
Categories: International News

Fair offers affordable entertainment

Twisted Rodeo - Mon, 07/28/2014 - 12:21

LOVINGTON, N.M. – There aren’t many places one can go these days for just $8.

For folks near this community of about 10,000 people, that’s all it takes for a full day of entertainment at the Lea County Fair and Rodeo, which takes place Friday, Aug. 1-Saturday, Aug. 9, at the Lea County Fairgrounds.

Lea County Fair LogoJust consider what that one ticket is worth: ventriloquist Kevin Johnson, the Equilibrium Circus, the Ham Bone Express Pig Races, the Lea County Xtreme Bulls, a Wrangler Million Dollar Tour rodeo, livestock shows, the carnival, great food and some of the top concert acts in the country.

“We do this for the citizens of the county, and they show up every year,” said Corey Helton, chairman of the Lea County Fair Board. “They are the ones who make this possible. Their tax dollars are what put this on.”

That’s important, and it also is why fair-goers are afforded such a bargain. Just the concerts alone would make the annual exposition a valuable piece of entertainment.

Saturday, Aug. 2: Night Ranger and 38 Special
Tuesday, Aug. 5: Casey Donahew Band
Wednesday, Aug. 6: MercyMe
Thursday, Aug. 7: Joe Nichols
Friday, Aug. 8: Dwight Yoakam
            Saturday, Aug. 9: Eli Young Band

The key factor is that the Lea County Commission underwrites the 10-day affair. There are many reasons why county officials support the event, but it all comes back to supporting the community.

“Our fair and rodeo is a quality-of-life deal for the county,” said Dale Dunlap, now in his fifth year on the commission. “It brings in outside people and brings in a lot of contestants and vendors. It provides a lot of economic impact to Lea County.

“It’s something we’ve always done, and it’s always something that keeps getting bigger and better.”

That’s so true. More and more people are learning about the eastern New Mexico gem.

“We want to show the people that we’re interested in giving them entertainment,” said Dunlap, who previously had spent six years on the Lea County Fair Board. “We want to give back to the public and show them that we spend their tax dollars wisely.”

In fact, those involved in livestock showing realize they have something special in Lovington.

“With our livestock show and the sale, it teaches the young folks responsibility,” Dunlap said. “It could pay off in the long run. The sale is what I like to see because there are so many people who turn out to support these kids.”

That says a lot, but that’s what many have come to expect with the exposition.

“The flagship event for the county is the Lea County Fair and Rodeo,” Helton said. “It’s that one week a year that everybody comes together and catches up. Without the citizens here, I don’t think we could do it. The support from them is unbelievable. Whether it’s financial or other support we need, we seem to have it.”

Categories: Twisted Rodeo

'Woman in black' a social media mystery

CNN - Mon, 07/28/2014 - 11:24
The story of a woman dressed in black seen walking down the highway has gone viral. CNN affiliate WATE reports.
Categories: National News

New Wonder Woman draws mixed reaction

CNN Entertainment - Mon, 07/28/2014 - 11:18
DC Comics' Wonder Woman has gotten a makeover.
Categories: Entertainment News

Yo backer launches new app

Business News - Mon, 07/28/2014 - 11:06
Got more on your mind than the word "Yo" conveys? A new messaging app called MIRAGE has you covered.

Kristen Bell invests. Now what?

Business News - Mon, 07/28/2014 - 10:59
For actors Ryan Devlin and Todd Grinnell, getting celebrities to endorse their startup was easy. Launching This Bar Saves Lives came with other challenges, like learning a new market and balancing their mission with the demand for sustainable growth.

Second American infected with Ebola

CNN World - Mon, 07/28/2014 - 10:59
A second American aid worker in Liberia has tested positive for Ebola, according to the Christian humanitarian group she works for.
Categories: International News

What treats are good for pets?

Health - Mon, 07/28/2014 - 10:52
Are the goodies we give our pets good for them?
Categories: Health

Apple welcomes back top Bitcoin wallet app

Business News - Mon, 07/28/2014 - 10:45
The world's top Bitcoin wallet program, Blockchain.info, is back on Apple's App Store.

'Full House' star turns 50

CNN Entertainment - Mon, 07/28/2014 - 10:25
Categories: Entertainment News

Richard Branson's Virgin America files for IPO

Business News - Mon, 07/28/2014 - 09:59
Virgin America, the U.S. airline formed by billionaire Richard Branson's Virgin Group seven years ago, has filed for an IPO.

How dangerous is that sunburn?

Health - Mon, 07/28/2014 - 09:40
Dr. Sanjay Gupta tells us how applying sunscreen everyday can help you live to 100.
Categories: Health

Federal marijuana bill would legalize some strains

Health - Mon, 07/28/2014 - 09:38
The bill would amend the Controlled Substances Act to exempt marijuana plants with an extremely low percentage of THC, the chemical that makes users high.
Categories: Health

Teen gets 232 'teeth' removed

CNN World - Mon, 07/28/2014 - 09:27
A teenager in India, who had more than 200 "teeth" growing in his mouth due to a benign dental tumor, has had them removed.
Categories: International News

Boko Haram blamed in abduction of Cameroonian official's wife

CNN World - Mon, 07/28/2014 - 09:26
Gunmen suspected to be Boko Haram Islamists on Sunday abducted the wife of the Cameroonian deputy prime minister in a dawn attack on his home village of Kolofata, north of the area where they also kidnapped a local chief and his family, residents and security sources said.
Categories: International News

Clerk beats up robbers with MMA training

CNN - Mon, 07/28/2014 - 09:26
A store clerk turned the tables on a pair of accused robbers when they didn't realize he was a trained MMA fighter.
Categories: National News

Best Morgan Freeman impression ever?

CNN Entertainment - Mon, 07/28/2014 - 09:13
Frank Caliendo impersonates Morgan Freeman while reading LeBron James' letter about returning to Cleveland.
Categories: Entertainment News

Stocks: 4 things to know before the open

Business News - Mon, 07/28/2014 - 09:01
Markets appear ready to start the week with a whimper, continuing last week's uninspired performance.

Pilot, air traffic control's heated spat

CNN - Mon, 07/28/2014 - 08:32
Hear the testy exchange between a Delta pilot and an air traffic controller. CNN's Michaela Pereira has more.
Categories: National News

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