Kenny Rogers has revealed that he will retire but the country music legend will give his fans one final tour before he walks away.
The 77-year-old country icon announced his intention to retire during an appearance on “The Today Show” Friday morning. “It’s happily sad or sadly happy,” he says. “I’m going to do a big worldwide tour, and it’s going to be my last. I’m going to say goodbye at that point; I’ve done this long enough.”
Rogers was on hand to promote his new Christmas album, “Once Again It’s Christmas,” and he says that he wants to devote more time to his life outside of music. “I wrote in my book that there’s a fine line between being driven and being selfish, and I think I crossed that line when I was younger,” he explains. “And I really want to be there with my kids and my wife. They’re really very important to me, and I don’t see enough of them.” Rogers and his wife have 11-year-old twin sons, Jordan and Justin.
The Country Music Hall of Famer acknowledges that he’s known retirement was on the horizon for a while, adding that life on the road has gotten harder for him. “I’m sure I will miss it. I swore that I would do this until I embarrassed myself,” he says with a laugh. “I don’t walk around well, so I’ve found some new humor. My mobility is really driving me crazy.”
Rogers also announced he will make one final live appearance after his tour wraps, giving the final performance of his storied five-decade career on “The Today Show.”
Drivers sue Volkswagen over diesel emissions fraud
Volkswagen introduced its new CEO on Friday. Matthias Mueller, the former head of Porsche, will try to restore VW’s reputation after the company admitted to rigging 11 million vehicles with software to cheat diesel emissions tests.
The automaker’s stock dropped about 30 percent this week alone. And drivers who own VW diesel cars aren’t happy.
“We’re angry, we’re disappointed,” Scott Bahr told CBS News. He and his wife Suja Thomas bought a 2015 diesel Volkswagen Golf because it was billed as eco-friendly. But the EPA now says that’s not the case.
“I felt ill,” Thomas said. “It’s really made us feel very bad about what we ourselves are now doing to the environment.”
Bahr is now one of the growing number of consumers suing Volkswagen for using software to cheat emission tests.
“Volkswagen has committed a bait and switch,” said Gretchen Cappio, a Partner at Keller Rohrback in Seattle who is representing Bahr and about three dozen other Volkswagen customers across the country. “Everyone we’ve spoken with feels that they’ve been lied to by Volkswagen. They were sold clean diesel cars when in fact they got dirty diesel cars.”
The EPA notified car makers Friday it’s beginning additional testing of all diesel vehicles under more real world conditions. Previously, emissions tests were conducted in a lab.
“I think trust but verify would be the right way to go” when automakers say they aren’t trying to beat emissions tests, said Drew Kodjak, Executive Director of the International Council on Clean Transportation. His organization sponsored the study that revealed the VW emissions defeat device.
“Clean diesel is not a myth. It is absolutely possible with technologies that are available today to have a diesel that runs clean on the test and in the real world.”
Muller says he will work to restore trust in Volkswagen. His appointment was part of a larger restructuring plan the car maker announced Friday.
Are these the biggest IDIOTS out there or what? Willing to put the entire future of the company at risk……..
Bill Withers on Hall of Fame induction…….
Rock ‘n’ roll legend Bill Withers
Bill Withers wrote some of the most enduring hits of the ’70s and ’80s — and then disappeared from music.
Next week, his remarkable career will be celebrated at Carnegie Hall.
In 1970, Withers was in his early 30s and still working as an aircraft mechanic when he wrote “Ain’t No Sunshine.”
“Let me tell you how lucky I was. That was the B-side of the first record,” Withers told Anthony Mason in a rare interview. “Now, the one they put on the B-side of your first record, that’s a throwaway. And the disc jockeys, they turned it over, and life has never been the same since.”
“Ain’t No Sunshine” hit No.3 on the charts. Withers’ follow-up record, “Lean on Me,” went to No.1, and over the next decade he had a string of hits, including “Use Me” and “Just the Two of Us.”
But in 1985, Withers recorded his last album. He put down his guitar, quit his career and has not sung in public for 25 years.
“There aren’t many artists who were as successful as you were who’ve just walked away,” Mason pointed out to Withers.
“There’s more fuss over me now than it was then. In fact, when I played Carnegie Hall, the big question was, could I play a place that big? I was playing clubs … When I was current, nobody was really making a big fuss over me,” Withers said.
Over time, he acknowledged he had big hit records.
“I remember like songs like ‘Lovely Day,’ which had kind of become part of the landscape. When that was current, I was getting hassled by a record company for not making any hits,” Withers said.
Now, he gets offers “all the time” to play, he said.
“And what do you say?” Mason asked him.
“‘Judge Judy’ is on. I can’t talk to you right now,” Withers responded.
The 77-year-old songwriter made a rare appearance earlier this year to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and he will be honored at Carnegie Hall on Oct. 1.
“It’s like a pre-obituary,” Withers said when asked how he feels about it.
Withers’ 1973 album “Live at Carnegie Hall’ will be recreated by Ed Sheeran, D’Angelo and other artists in a concert that will benefit the Stuttering Association for the Young. Withers, once a stutterer himself, talked to kids about how to cope in the 2009 documentary “Still Bill.”
“For a time there, I was a small asthmatic kid who stuttered … which accounts for my closeness with my grandmother because the only person who thought that I was going to be strong was my grandmother. She would say, ‘Aw, Billy’s gonna grow,'” Withers said.
Withers, who honored his grandmother in the song “Grandma’s Hands,” didn’t fully conquer his stutter until he began performing in his 30s.
“And I figured out that my stutter was a fear of the perception of the listener. So I started having fun with it, trying to lower my perception of other people and raise my opinion of myself,” Withers said.
“I would do tricks, like picture everybody naked … you know, dumb stuff, but evidently it worked; you see how smooth I am now. You know, this is pretty good talking we’re doing,” Withers said.
Before Withers picked up the guitar and started writing songs, he had not spent much time playing music.
“But if you’re musical, you’re born that way… You can get into false humility and stuff, but you don’t try this if you don’t think you can do it. So if you have some success, it’s not a total surprise,” he said.
But when he began recording in 1971, Withers still kept his day job as a mechanic at Weber Aircraft in California.
“So it was funny because my first album cover picture was actually taken on my lunch break. Cause I didn’t want to take time off, so I said, ‘Send somebody up here.’ You know, they can take my picture. So, I’m standing in the door with my actual lunch box. And so guys are in the back yelling, ‘Hey Hollywood!'” Withers said.
Withers, who’s from Slab Fork, West Virginia, felt increasingly manipulated by the music industry. His label classified him as “urban,” and he rebelled.
“Actually erased an album,” he said.
“Why?” Mason asked.
“Cause I didn’t get paid … I spent nine years in the military, where there was a decent chance that you might die for $85 a month. You get into up in the hundreds and thousands, and you can really get hostile there, you know what I mean? And it’s an affront you. It’s an affront to your manhood for somebody to say, ‘So I didn’t pay you? So what?’ Really?” Withers said.
So 30 years ago, Withers walked away. And despite all the tributes, he has no urge to stage a comeback.
“If I was going to write anything any longer than four minutes and it didn’t have to rhyme, I would probably write about my old friend fear and all the disguises that it wears,” Withers said.
“In terms of the possibility that you might tour or perform again, what would you be afraid of?” Mason asked.
“See, if people were to entice you, if you weren’t right, they would be talking about you like a dog … All your friends, those journalists would say, ‘Why did you ever come out here?’ I’ve heard people make last albums, and they sounded like death,” Withers said.
“You don’t want to do that.”
“No man. Bill Withers Sr. would wake up and go, ‘Boy, why did you do that,'” he said.
“There are so many musicians I know, and I’ve talked to a lot, who couldn’t possibly stop,” Mason said.
“I think that’s maybe why my songs were just a wee bit different,” Withers said. “Whatever I am, I’m satisfied that I was at least valid … I wanted to write some songs that were reasonably profound, and I think I did that.”
Rowan County Clerk Kim Davisis joining the GOP.
Davis, who has become the face of opposition to the Supreme Court’s ruling legalizing gay marriage, told Reuters on Friday that she is leaving the Democratic Party to become a Republican.
“My husband and I had talked about it for quite a while and we came to the conclusion that the Democratic Party left us a long time ago, so why were we hanging on?” she told Reuters in an interview.
Davis, who refused to issue marriage licenses because she disagrees with gay marriage, was jailed for five days by U.S. District Judge David Bunning after she refused a direct order to either grant the licenses or allow her deputy clerks to do it.
Bunning released her after she agreed not to interfere with deputy clerks issuing the licenses. After she changed the license to remove her name and title and added that the license was being issued in response to the federal court order, plaintiffs asked that she again be held in contempt.
Couples want Kim Davis to stop altering marriage license forms
Davis has blamed Gov. Steve Beshear, a Democrat, for her legal woes because he has refused to call a special session to relieve her of that responsibility and refused to issue an executive order that would allow her to not issue licenses.
Beshear said the special session would be too costly and that he has no authority to issue such an executive order.
Conservatives from across the country, including Republican presidential candidates Mike Huckabee and Ted Cruz, flocked to Carter County, where she was jailed for five days, to lend their support.
Reuters said Davis was in Washington, D.C., for an event hosted by the conservative Family Research Council. According to the Rowan County Clerk’s office, Davis is still registered as a Democrat.
Davis was elected last fall as a Democrat. Before her, Davis’s mother was the Rowan County clerk for 37 years and was a Democrat also.
This girl is totally goofy and no telling what she will do next to keep the attention on her.
See that diaphanous cylinder of gas above? That’s the Veil Nebula — the supernova remnant of a star that exploded 5,000 to 8,000 years ago — as captured by the Hubble telescope. This shot of the gossamery structure looks a lot more detailed compared to previous attempts, thanks to Hubble’s Wide Field Camera 3, which used six fields of view for magnification. That’s the same camera that was attached to the space telescope during its last servicing mission in 2009, and the same one used to take a clearer, haunting photo of the Pillars of Creation earlier this year.
Each color represents a different type of gas (the hues were added during post-processing), with the blue parts being the hottest areas. The wispier, fainter filaments are also older than the brighter, sharper ones. Note that what you’re seeing here is actually just a teensy portion of the supernova remnant in a region known as the “Witch’s Broom Nebula,” and the whole thing is actually much, much larger than this.
Rafael and Felipe Mora appeared in court via video link on Sept. 22.
Dan Packard, the Deputy Lancaster County Attorney, said Rafael, 22, was accused of having abused the girl from Jun. 1 to Sept. 19, while Felipe, 32, allegedly began assaulting her as early as Dec. 30, 2011, the Lincoln Journal Star reported.
Both men face charges of sexual assault of a child in the first and third degrees.
The abuse was uncovered when Rafael’s girlfriend caught him kissing and touching the 10-year-old girl inappropriately, according to an affidavit cited by the Lincoln Journal Star. She subsequently alerted the police.
The victim told officers that both brothers had abused her. Felipe had allegedly done so on a weekly basis, threatening to harm the girl and her mother if they did not keep quiet about the abuse.
Police detained Rafael and Felipe Mora in the early morning of Sept. 20.
At the hearing on Sept. 22, the men said through a Spanish interpreter that they are unable to hire a lawyer and requested a public defender be appointed.
Lincoln Police Investigator Troy Cockle alleged that Rafael assaulted the girl three times, the Grand Island Independent reported.
Neither brother is a citizen of the United States, but their current status remains unconfirmed.
Both brothers are being held on bonds of $1 million. If found guilty, they could face between 20 years and life imprisonment.
No we do not need a border policy to the south…….