Poodle recovers after rubber band removed around snout

POMONA, Calif. -- A 1-year-old poodle named Ricky is recovering after nearly losing his life when someone bound his mouth shut with a rubber band."One of the most severe injuries like this that I've seen. Very badly infected wounds. A rubber band penetrated all the way through and basically cut through all the tissue in Ricky's muzzle. Very, very bad," Dr. Cynthia Kinney said. Kinney gave Ricky his name and said the pup was found in Ontario, Calif. Saturday night. He had no tag, no collar, no microchip and just the rubber band embedded in his muzzle.He was rushed to the Inland Valley Humane Society for treatment. Pictures of his wounds were difficult to see as the rubber band was wrapped around his mouth two times and likely for weeks, causing cuts down to the bone."He has three layers of stitches. There's a deep layer, a middle layer and then the layer that you see. There's probably about 60 or 70 sutures that are in place," Kinney said.The surgery took more than an hour. Kinney said the young dog was in severe pain and starving to death. The Inland Valley Humane Society is investigating the horrific case of animal cruelty, searching desperately for the perpetrator. Kinney said someone likely put the rubber band on Ricky to stop him from barking or chewing on things, which is a cruel act the sweet canine didn't deserve. Kinney promises him a better life and that his abuser will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law."We are getting more and more aggressive with prosecution of these cases and we're watching people very carefully. We will not tolerate it," she said.The good news is that Ricky is in stable condition and doing well, but it'll be several weeks before he goes up for adoption. If you want to help Ricky, you may donate to the organization. Continue Reading

Jamie McLean Band CD release event set for Friday at Blue 5

For many touring acts, a CD release party is a rolling event, scheduled for every stop along the way after a new record comes out. Only once in a tour does the party happen on the day the record actually drops. That happens Friday, when Jamie McLean Band returns to Blue 5 Restaurant to celebrate the release of the disc “One and Only.” In a coincidence, the album is out that day. McLean is happy about it. He said that in more than a decade of rolling through Roanoke — at Blue 5, Martin’s Downtown Bar & Grill, Harvester Performance Center, a FloydFest appearance — he has come to love the area. “The first thing that caught my eye was that there were so many musicians in town, and a lot of the people that were coming out for the first couple of gigs were local musicians,” McLean said in a phone call last week. “There’s a real music community there. “I was always psyched to see Roanoke on the schedule, because I knew that there were going to be some people that dug the music. And it really kind of blossomed from there. It’s always sort of a highlight, because we get to see fans and friends. … It feels like family at this point.” McLean chose Nashville, Tennessee, to record the band’s fourth album. He had been visiting regularly for songwriting sessions, and hoped to have Oliver Wood (The Wood Brothers) produce it. Wood was in the midst of his own record release in 2016 but suggested Ken Coomer, who had drummed for Uncle Tupelo and then followed that band’s Jeff Tweedy to Wilco. Coomer left Wilco and moved to Nashville, where he continues drumming and building a producer’s resume. The songs were mostly done when McLean brought them to Coomer, but the producer had a knack for making key suggestions. McLean described Coomer’s magic as a 2 percent tweak that improves a tune 100 percent. “It’s the most fun I’ve ever had recording a Continue Reading

20 bands, musicians coming to the Beehive State in January

1 of 35 View 35 Items Provided by IMG Artists Grammy Award-winning violinist Hilary Hahn will perform with the Utah Symphony at Brigham Young University Thursday, Jan. 4, and at Abravanel Hall Jan. 5-6. SALT LAKE CITY — If one of your New Year's resolutions was to attend more concerts in 2018, you're in luck. A wide array of bands and musicians are coming to the Beehive State this month, ranging from the soul music of Booker T. Jones to bass guitar virtuoso Victor Wooten to the '70s/'80s rock sound of Styx. Check out this list of 20 bands and musicians performing in Utah throughout January. Please note that this list is not all-inclusive. Jan. 4-6 — Hilary Hahn When she was just 10 years old, violinist Hilary Hahn attended the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia — a school with a 4.8 percent admission rate that offers free tuition to all of its students. A native of Lexington, Virginia, Hahn has gone on to perform with symphonies throughout the country and world and was even featured on the original score of M. Night Shyamalan’s film “The Village.” The violin virtuoso will appear alongside the Utah Symphony at BYU’s de Jong Concert Hall on Jan. 4, and will take the Abravanel Hall stage Jan. 5-6. Jan. 4-6 — Richard Thompson English folk guitarist/singer Richard Thompson is making his way across the pond to Park City’s Egyptian Theatre to present three nights of his solo acoustic show. The prolific guitarist has a career spanning five decades, and a significant portion of his shows are often spent taking requests from his audience. He explained this technique in a recent interview with The Vinyl District, saying, “I’ve been doing all-request shows for a number of years now … where the people will write something on a slip of paper and put it into a bucket and I’ll play whatever comes out. It can be anything from Pacini to Rodgers and Hammerstein, so Continue Reading

What you get when you mix a ‘Sopranos’ star with a rubber band and broccoli

"Wise guys don't carry credit cards. ... Just cash." And with those words, one of the most unfuhgeddable pitches in Shark Tank history, delivered by none other than The Sopranos star Vincent Pastore, kicks off. Pastore is in the tank to represent "The Broccoli Wad," a money clip inspired by the rubber band found wrapped around stalks of -- what else? -- broccoli. It's a product meant for 'wise guys' that only carry cash (and don't want to be ID'd!). Watch as Pastore puts on the charm and gives the panel of clearly amused and confused Sharks the hard sell on this low-brow "piece of rubber." Continue Reading

Firefighter William Tolley’s heavy metal band to release single following his death

The show must go on. Internal Bleeding — the band Firefighter William Tolley joined when he was just 16 — will release their latest single “Final Justice” on Friday. Members of the Long Island-based heavy metal band gathered on Thursday to grieve following Tolley’s fatal fall from a Ridgewood, Queens, rooftop and to stand in solidarity behind the decision to go forward with the release. “‘You’ve got to carry on. You’ve got to make the band as big as it can be. If I can’t do it, somebody else has to do it,’ ” guitarist Christopher Pervelis said Tolley told him just hours before his death. The two were discussing their upcoming tour and how Tolley’s busy work schedule with the FDNY might prevent him making all of the shows. “When I think about it now, I can’t even process that,” Pervelis said. “Because when you think about fate and things like that, it’s just mind-blowing that he said that today.” The 48-year-old struggled to comprehend the loss of his bandmate and best friend. “If a guy could ever had a soulmate that’s not his wife, Bill was my soulmate, and he was the heart and soul of our band,” he told the Daily News. “He’s what drove the band and I can’t process the loss, that such a good person is gone.” Tolley’s pounding rhythm behind the drum kit formed the basis of the band’s “slam” sound, Pervelis said. The group gathered on Thursday to share memories, stories, and even a few laughs over the 14-year veteran firefighter who they knew as a rhythm machine behind the drum kit. “Bill was one of the first people in the death metal genre to really introduce backbeats and groove into death metal,” Pervelis said. “And that was a contribution that I think influenced a lot of people in Continue Reading

Running Doc recommends lots of stretching to deal with iliotibial band (ITB) pain

Dear Running Doc: I'm training for the Maui Marathon in September, using a three-day-a-week program that I found in Runner's World. Yesterday I did a 15-mile run and my right knee really started to hurt in the last mile. The pain begins on the outside of the knee, extends toward the outside of the kneecap, and feels like it goes into the center of the knee. Also, if I rub the outside of my leg, beneath my knee I can feel the pain. I have had problems with my left iliotibial band (ITB), but that pain radiated up toward my thigh and this radiates down. Any thoughts on what to do? Susan H., Molokai, HI Thanks Susan for the question. This time of year my waiting room fills up with ambitious spring trainers who find, practically overnight, that they can't run very far. You can diagnose this from across the room: "Doc, the pain starts a few miles into the run, not at the beginning, and sometimes I wake up with it the morning after a long run." They've taken a few days off, to no avail. They've switched to their bicycles, but gotten no relief. The really determined ones have scanned a couple of ITB articles, and now they're sitting there girding themselves for: 1) a long layoff; 2) a local steroid injection; or 3) surgery. In my opinion none of that's necessary, though you might not know it from the number of athletes advised to try at least one of the three. Surgery is truly a last resort, and a long layoff won't do anything to loosen a tight iliotibial band. But simple stretching will, and that's usually all the injury needs. Whether you were born with an abnormally tight ITB or have stiffened it with exercise (the band contains a very small amount of muscle tissue), you've got to get some slack back into it. Ice and an oral anti-inflammatory will help dull the pain, but only a supple band can keep the condition from returning. The simplest stretch is to lie on your back, bring your left knee up to your shoulder, and – with the palm of your left hand Continue Reading

Meet the band that released its new album on a beer can

Rock 'n' roll and beer are a historically comfortable pairing — something few bands know as well as Boston-based sci-fi alt-rockers The Lights Out.But that bond was taken to a whole new level with "T.R.I.P.," the band's latest album, which was released via a remarkably atypical medium: beer cans.Cans of T.R.I.P. beer, an Imperial Sesison IPA from Massachussetts-based Aeronaut Brewing Company, come with instructions on how to acquire a copy of The Lights Out's new album.Where does one come up with the idea to release an album on a can of beer?“First, you have to really love beer, that’s rule number one, and The Lights Out drinks a lot of beer," said the band's guitarist, Freehold native Adam Ritchie.There was also the fact that "T.R.I.P" (the album) is not your typical collection of indie rock tunes. Instead, Ritchie explained, the album's songs concern themselves with the classic theoretical concept of parallel realities.“A traditional format just wouldn’t have served the purpose, it wouldn’t have done the record justice because it’s so different," Ritchie said. "The idea of putting an album out these days, when you release it digitally it goes to usual places like iTunes and Spotify. It kind of feels like you’ve just spent the last several years minting a silver dollar by hand and then throwing it off a bridge into the ocean when you’re done with it." BREAKING IT DOWN: Our top 10 albums of 2016Eventually, the band connected with the folks at Aeronaut, a brewery founded by M.I.T. and Yale scientists, to bring their high-concept idea to life.“They’re smart guys, and we said, ‘If there’s one brewery that could really understand this idea, the concept of this album, it’s them,' " Ritchie said. "So we went to them and we said, ‘We have this album about every decision you make branching off into a whole other world and we’d like to talk to you guys Continue Reading

‘Kick Ass 2’ red band trailer released: More cursing, more violence, more Chloe Grace Moretz

Look up on the screen. It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s Chloe Grace Moretz punching someone in the family jewels. The first red band trailer for the upcoming “Kick Ass 2” hit the Internet on Wednesday with enough profanity, bullet-riddled bodies and attacks on genitalia to make Batman blush under his cowl. The two-minute, 30-second clip, which debuted on MTV.com, opens with Moretz’s foul-mouthed vigilante beating up the titular superhero wannabe (Aaron Taylor-Johnson) during a training session. “Oh, take our tampon out, Dave,” she says, setting the tone for the sequel to the 2010 hit. “Kick Ass 2,” based on the very graphic comic book series by Mark Millar and John Romita Jr., picks up where the original left off, with budding super villain, The Mother F---r (Christopher Mintz-Plasse) vowing to build a super villain army to get revenge for the death of his mobster father. Reinforcements arrive in the form of some more costumed crazies, including Jim Carrey’s bat-wielding and scenery-chewing Colonel Stars and Stripes. “Try to have fun,” says Carrey’s camouflage-masked Colonel. “Otherwise, what’s the point?” The original “Kick Ass” turned Moretz, now 16, into a star at the ripe old age of 12. It also drew plenty of outrage in England, however, over Moretz’s use of a shocking slang term for a female body part before slashing her way through of a pack of drug dealers. London’s Daily Mail called the screenwriters “sick” for putting that word in a kid’s mouth. “Chloe didn't say it. Hit Girl said it,” Moretz told The News in 2010, just before “Kick Ass” hit theaters. “When I put that wig on and they say ‘Rolling’ and they say ‘Action!’ I’m not Chloe. Right when they say Continue Reading

Octomom Nadya Suleman poses nude for Closer after snapping back into shape ‘like a rubber band’: ‘I get way too much male attention’

Despite flaunting her post-baby body on numerous occasions, Nadya Suleman has taken her incessant need for attention one step further – by baring all to show the world she’s “never looked this good.” The Octomom, who famously gave birth to octuplets in 2009 despite already struggling as a single mother of six, appears nude on the cover of the U.K.’s Closer magazine, albeit in a pair of flesh-covered underwear and with her hands strategically placed over her breasts. Though it’s taken three years, the attention-hungry public figure boasts it didn’t take much work to return to her fit figure. “I just pinged back into shape like a rubber band after the kids, I don’t know how I did it. I eat like a horse, don’t count calories and have never owned a set of scales,” she tells the magazine. “I gained an entire human when I was pregnant with the octuplets, going from (140 pounds to 266 pounds), but two months later, I was a size 8 again. Now, I never weigh myself.” Suleman does, however, admit to being a fitness fanatic. Content with her stretch marks and “slightly saggy” assets, she says she continues to run 40 miles a week for “stress relief.” “I've never believed in diets,” Suleman says. “I just eat healthily. I’m a pescatarian and eat 15 portions of fruit or vegetables a day. I eat so much!” Nadya Suleman showed off her massive belly during her pregnancy in 2009. (TMZ) The 36-year-old, who’s been celibate for 13 years, says she has no interest in dating despite getting her fair share of male admirers. “I get way too much male attention, but I won’t date until the octuplets are 18 – I live for them now,” she insists. “I know a lot of women like male attention, but I’ll go out with no make-up on and wear tracksuits, a wig and even a fake pregnancy stomach to put them Continue Reading

Band manager released from jail after serving time for part in nightclub fire

The band manager whose pyrotechnics display sparked a nightclub fire that killed 100 people in 2003 was freed from prison Wednesday after serving less than half of his four-year sentence.Daniel Biechele, 31, walked from the front door of Rhode Island's minimum security prison into his lawyer's car at midday and was driven away. He did not respond to questions as he got into the vehicle.His attorney, Thomas Briody, said in a statement that Biechele would not make any public statements "out of respect for those people most affected by the fire.""He was a private citizen before this tragedy, and he wishes to remain so," Briody said.Briody has declined to discuss future plans for Biechele, who married just before reporting to prison. But a spokeswoman for the Florida Department of Corrections has said Biechele will be assigned a parole officer and will live in Casselberry, Fla., outside Orlando.Biechele, the former tour manager for the 1980s rock band Great White, pleaded guilty in 2006 to 100 counts of involuntary manslaughter for his part in the fire at The Station nightclub in West Warwick.Sparks from the pyrotechnics display at the start of Great White's set on the night of Feb. 20, 2003, ignited flammable foam that lined the walls and ceiling of the one-story wooden roadhouse. The flames sent out toxic black smoke and created temperatures so high that most of the dead were killed within minutes. Panicked concertgoers became trapped at the front door. More than 200 people were injured.Biechele was indicted along with club owners Jeffrey and Michael Derderian on 200 counts each of involuntary manslaughter. He was to have been the first of the three to stand trial, but struck a plea deal with prosecutors. He got four years, plus an additional 11 years suspended and three years' probation.The parole board unanimously decided in September to release Biechele early, saying he had shown genuine remorse and had the support of family members of victims.Many family members Continue Reading