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ROOTS with ROBB: ZZ Top

ROOTS with ROBB: ZZ Top

“That Little Ol’ Band From Texas” gets the Roots treatment today.  Like many others, ZZ Top is a tale of two different bands, the meat & potatoes blues rock of the 70s, and the excess of the 80s.  The excess (synthesizers, classic videos with classic cars and girls) took them to a whole new level…

A Plunger is in the Oscar Nominee’s Gift Bag!

A Plunger is in the Oscar Nominee’s Gift Bag!

Nothing says congrats on being nominated like a Plunger with a Poop Emoji!  Yep, Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga will each get one of these bad boys in their Goody Bag on Sunday!  But look at all these amazing features!  Oh…and it GLOWS IN THE DARK!  The Mister Poop Plunger, I’m sold.

Shap in the Morning’s Roots with ROBB: Alice in Chains

Shap in the Morning’s Roots with ROBB: Alice in Chains

The first of the big 4 of Grunge to achieve commercial success, Alice in Chains is a band of two sounds and two different eras.  The two sounds:  The Sludgy metal steeped in Black Sabbath (they have a song named ‘Sludge Factory’), and the acoustic side with more vocal contribution from Jerry Cantrell (featured prominently…

ROOTS with ROBB: Fleetwood Mac’s RUMOURS

ROOTS with ROBB: Fleetwood Mac’s RUMOURS

The first Thursday of the month is here and that brings roots of a classic album.  Rumours is one of the best selling albums of all time, and you can argue it’s the best breakup album ever (Go ahead debate amongst yourselves).  It’s the only album I can think of where two couples within the band are breaking…

Entertainment News

Where’s the beef? Wolfgang Puck’s got it this Oscar Sunday

Where’s the beef? Wolfgang Puck’s got it this Oscar Sunday

ABC(LOS ANGELES) — As sure as a winner will forget to thank their significant other on the podium, celebrity chef Wolfgang Puck will be running the kitchen for the famed Governors Ball after the Oscars Sunday night.  It’s the 25th year that Puck’s been crafting A-list edibles for A-list guests at the official after-party of…

“Now this is a story…” Will Smith to revive ‘Fresh Prince of Bel-Air’ character in children’s book series ‘Fresh Princess’

“Now this is a story…” Will Smith to revive ‘Fresh Prince of Bel-Air’ character in children’s book series ‘Fresh Princess’

ABC/Randy Holmes(LOS ANGELES) — Will Smith is bringing something extremely fresh to the children’s book world. According to Entertainment Weekly, Smith has partnered with HarperCollins and author Denene Miller for a new book series called Fresh Princess. Inspired by Smith’s character from his iconic ’90s sitcom The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, the three-part picture book series…

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Ottawa buying deteriorating home by Walsh Park

Ottawa buying deteriorating home by Walsh Park

The city of Ottawa is buying a dilapidated home near Walsh Park for $1. Mayor Bob Eschbach says the city will have the home torn down. What happens after that hasn’t been decided. When the lot is cleared, the city could sell it for someone to build a new home on. Or the city could…

Geology hike at Dayton Bluffs Preserve coming up

Geology hike at Dayton Bluffs Preserve coming up

Space is limited for a hike on Saturday, March 2 from nine to noon at Dayton Bluffs Preserve just northeast of Ottawa. Conservation Foundation President Brook McDonald is leading the hike that includes a pioneer cemetery, Native American burial mounds, and some really old rocks. The hike is about two miles and will cover some…

Closings & Cancellations

Jack Sports from WCMY

THURSDAY ROUNDUP: Serena’s Holdiman, Baker named all-conference

THURSDAY ROUNDUP: Serena’s Holdiman, Baker named all-conference

GIRLS’ BASKETBALL Serena has two named to All-Little 10 Team UNDATED – Maddie Holdiman of Serena was among seven unanimous All-Little 10 Conference selections, and among 10 players named to the list overall. The senior, all-conference for the third time and unanimous for the second time, averaged 13.4 points per game in conference games. She…

Here is the latest Illinois sports news from The Associated Press

Here is the latest Illinois sports news from The Associated Press

LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) — The Chicago Bears have released tight end Dion Sims. Signed by Chicago in 2017 after spending his first four years with Miami, Sims caught 17 passes for 189 yards over 22 games the past two years. NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Rick Byrd won his 800th career game as Belmont rolled…

WEDNESDAY ROUNDUP: Moline trips up Ottawa; Marquette, Seneca win regional openers

WEDNESDAY ROUNDUP: Moline trips up Ottawa; Marquette, Seneca win regional openers

BOYS BASKETBALL Poor second half ends Ottawa’s winning streak OTTAWA – Ottawa was outscored 31-11 in the second half—15-2 in the fourth quarter—and had its seven-game winning streak snapped by Moline in a 54-37 loss at Kingman Gym. Myles Tucker had 20 points for the Pirates (23-3). Deonte Billups recorded a 20-point, 14-rebound double double…

Health News

Dramatic video shows officers race to save 3 who allegedly overdosed on fentanyl

Dramatic video shows officers race to save 3 who allegedly overdosed on fentanyl

TheaDesign/iStock(WINTER SPRINGS, Fla.) — Dramatic video captured the moment when deputies revived three people who allegedly overdosed on the deadly opioid fentanyl at a Florida gas station.All three people survived, Seminole County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Bob Kealing told ABC News on Friday.The incident unfolded on Aug. 18 when the deputies rushed to a gas station…

FDA says mineral sunscreens are safe, chemical sunscreens need more research

FDA says mineral sunscreens are safe, chemical sunscreens need more research

bymuratdeniz/iStock(WASHINGTON) — The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is working on a rule that could change the way consumers think about which ingredients in sunscreen are considered safe, saying they believe now that mineral sunscreens are safe but products that use chemicals need more research.The FDA announced Thursday that it has proposed a rule to…

‘Soda tax’ associated with 50% drop in sugary drink consumption in California city

‘Soda tax’ associated with 50% drop in sugary drink consumption in California city

rez-art/iStock(BERKELEY, Calif.) — Can a tax on sugar-sweetened beverages help mitigate the consumption of these products? The answer may be yes, according to a new study based out of Berkeley, California, where a so-called “soda tax” has been in effect since 2015.Sugar-sweetened beverages are the leading source of added sugar in the American diet, and…