- “Boston Marathon”, the 119th running of one of the most prestigious running races, beginning this morning at 10 am EDT.
- “Volunteer Recognition Day”, honoring the legions of people who dedicate themselves to causes and helping others. They are making both big and small differences in the lives of millions worldwide.
ON THIS DATE…………
1912  Boston’s elegant new baseball stadium, Fenway Park, officially opens (Red Sox edge NY Yankees 7-6)
1999, two students, went on a shooting rampage at Columbine High School in Littleton, Colorado .. they killed 12 students and one teacher before taking their own lives.
2008, Danica Patrick became the first female winner in Indy Car history, capturing the Indy Japan 300 in her 50th career start.
2010, the B.P. Deepwater Horizon drilling rig explosion killed 11 people and caused the rig to sink. A massive oil discharge occurred in the Gulf of Mexico.
Model Miranda Kerr (32)
Actor – Joey Lawrence (39)
Actor – Shemar Moore (45) – (Derek Morgan on Criminal Minds)
Crispin Glover, aka George McFly in Back to the Future, (51)
Star Trek’s George Takei (78)
Senators invite woman assaulted by Canadiens fans to Game 3
The Montreal Canadiens have apologized for the “awful” behaviour of a group of fans who demeaned and physically assaulted two sisters at the Bell Centre on Friday night.
Katie Kerrick, a 19-year-old woman who was the second game of the Habs-Senators’ series, took to her Facebook late Friday night to vent her frustrations.
A longtime Senators fan, Kerrick had donned the team’s jersey — as had her 23-year-old sister — and the jeers and insults apparently started almost as soon as they entered the building.
It degenerated from there, Kerrick wrote, with one particular group of men seated behind them quickly becoming the main source of trouble.
“Throughout the whole game, we were yelled at, sworn at and called many derogatory names — as we were leaving our seats at the end of the third period, the man behind me was hitting me in the head with his towel repeatedly. After I asked him to stop and he used very offensive language towards me, he continued to hit me in the head the whole way down the stairs.”
Repeated attempts to get help fell on deaf ears, Kerrick told media.
Two attendants allegedly shrugged off the incidents and security was nowhere to be found. The two women were “genuinely scared of being injured by grown men,” Kerrick wrote on Facebook, and when the game finally ended in overtime, one of the assailants threw a nearly full can of beer over the sisters, soaking them and then shoved one of the sisters.
The Habs official Twitter account quickly picked up on the Facebook post — which went viral Friday night — tweeting: “We’re sorry to read about this. That’s awful.”
The team also asked Kerrick to contact them directly through their website. As the story began to circulate more widely, other Canadiens fans took to social media to express their disgust at the behaviour of the men in the stands and to lend their support to the sisters.
As the story began to circulate on social media, with Sens and Canadiens fans expressing outrage at the behaviour of the men at the Bell Centre, the Ottawa Senators stepped up with a special honour: Kerrick was their guest in the owner’s private suite for Game 3 on Sunday.
– RADAR Online claims Julia Roberts is selling her Hawaii home for $30 million
– Nike has sold $340 million worth of LeBron James shoes in the past year. That’s up 13% from the prior year
– A Picasso painting, named “Les Femmes d’Alger”, is going to be auctioned off in May. The 1955 piece shows women in a harem and is expected to sell for $140 million.
★ Fresh off their season premieres this week, HBO has announced that it’s renewing comedy shows “Veep” and “Silicon Valley”. “Veep”, which has garnered Julia Louis-Dreyfus 3 consecutive Emmys, is getting a 5th term in office. “Silicon Valley”, set among a group of misfits running a tech startup, is renewed for a 3rd season. The 2 half-hour comedies coupled with “Game of Thrones” and “Last Week Tonight with John Oliver” have given HBO a stellar Sunday night lineup. – Variety.com
– Sarah Jessica Parker is going to star in a new HBO series called “Divorce” about a New York woman going through a split
– 78-year-old Senator Pat Roberts’ phone rang and interrupted a Congressional hearing in Washington yesterday. And it was extra embarrassing, because his ringtone is the song “Let It Go” from “Frozen”. (He’s a Republican senator from Kansas, and he says his grandkids are the ones who got him to pick the song.)
Guy Set His Rental Car on Fire to Get Rid of Bed Bugs
A 44-year-old named Scott Kemery was in Long Island, New York on Tuesday when he realized his rental car had BED BUGS in it. Or at least he thought he saw bed bugs . . . we’ll never know for sure.
That’s because he’d heard the easiest way to kill bed bugs was to pour rubbing alcohol on them. So he bought a bottle of it at a grocery store . . . went back to the parking lot . . . and started dumping it all over the car seats.
But then he got back in the car, lit a CIGARETTE . . . and the fumes caused a massive FIREBALL.
Scott was able to get out, but had to be airlifted to a hospital with first- and second-degree burns. Meanwhile, he completely destroyed his rental car, and the heat from the fire damaged two cars parked next to it too.
At this point he’s not facing charges, and it’s not clear if he’s on the hook for the damage. But one thing did go right for him . . . those bed bugs are DEAD, man.
Classy Organization: Padres Keep Sick Pitcher on Payroll 20 Years After Last Throw
In the early ’90s, Matt LaChappa seemed destined for greatness. He was a towering presence on the mound, a hard-throwing lefty with a knee-buckling curveball and an even better pick-off move.
So when Matt LaChappa graduated from high school in 1993, it was little surprise that the San Diego Padres selected him in the second round of the Major League draft. (The first player selected that year was Alex Rodriguez).
LaChappa was fast becoming a rising star in the Padres minor league organization, when he suffered a massive heart attack, the first of two he would endure that night.
He was lucky to have survived at all, but his dreams of making it to the Major Leagues would forever be put on hold. But what happened next was completely unexpected — a direct result of one woman’s unwavering compassion and desire to “do the right thing.”
Priscilla Oppenheimer was the director of Minor League operations for the Padres for over 15 years and she bonded with LaChappa while he was a player and grieved with his family after his incident.
Oppenheimer was determined to make things right, and decided soon after LaChappa’s career-ending episode, to resign him the following season to his existing minor league contract. “Every year I would just give him a new contract, it was for a minimum amount of salary, but it was the insurance that really helped, especially since he needed 24 hour care.”
Twenty years later, Matt LaChappa is still a Padre, still signed to that same minor league deal that Oppenheimer drew up all those years ago.
Today, LaChappa is confined mostly to a wheelchair and has difficulty moving or speaking. But he still has his trademark smile, and on a recent visit to see the Padres take on the Arizona Diamondbacks, it was beaming brighter than ever.
Padres Assistant General Manager Fred Uhlman Jr. was one of the many Padres who greeted LaChappa on the field prior to the game.
“I think it’s good for our players and our staff to understand Matt and his story and what he’s gone through,” said Uhlman Jr. “I know they’re always happy when he’s here at the park.”
Astronaut Gets Sweet Message He Can See From Space
A fleet of Hyundai cars were used to send a sweet message from a teenager to her astronaut dad who is working at the International Space Station.
Using 11 Hyundai Genesis sedans, stunt drivers helped create what Guinness called the world’s largest tire track image — spelling out “Steph <3 You!” in Nevada’s Delamar Dry Lake.
The image measured 59,808,480.26 square feet and was able to reach Stephanie’s father in space. While Stephanie appeared in the Hyundai video, the company did not identify her father.
(Astronaut Terry Virts, who is currently the commander of Expedition 43 has a teenage daughter named Stephanie.)
Virts, who conducted several space walks during the previous expedition with then-commander Butch Wilmore, is set to return to Earth next month.
Here are this past weekend’s box office results
1.”Furious 7,” $29.1 million ($167.9 million international)
2.”Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2,” $24 million ($7.1 million international)
3.”Unfriended,” $16 million.
4.”Home,” $10.3 million
5.”The Longest Ride,” $6.9 million
6.”Get Hard,” $4.8 million.
7.”Monkey Kingdom,” $4.7 million.
8.”Woman In Gold,” $4.6 million
9.”The Divergent Series: Insurgent,” $4.2 million
10.”Cinderella,” $3.9 million
Luke Bryan and Miranda Lambert Were the Big Winners at Last Night’s ACMs
Nobody dominated last night’s “50th Annual ACM Awards”, although MIRANDA LAMBERT was the top winner with three awards. She won Female Vocalist of the Year, Song of the Year for “Automatic”, and Album of the Year for “Platinum”.
LUKE BRYAN took home two trophies. He won Entertainer of the Year, plusVocal Event of the Year for his collaboration with FLORIDA GEORGIA LINE on “This Is How We Roll”. Florida Georgia Line also won Top Vocal Duo.
TAYLOR SWIFT was back. They had her mom present her with a Milestone Award, and then Taylor did right by thanking the country music community for “gracefully” accepting her decision to go pop.
A great moment was when Taya Kyle, widow of “American Sniper” CHRIS KYLE, joined Nancy O’Dell to present GARTH BROOKS with his Milestone award. Garth performed “All-American Kid” and was joined by active military service members.
In addition to Taylor and Garth, other ACM Milestone Award recipients were Brooks & Dunn, Reba McEntire, Kenny Chesney, George Strait, and Miranda Lambert.
Entertainer of the Year: Luke Bryan
Top Male Vocalist: Jason Aldean
Top Female Vocalist: Miranda Lambert
Top Vocal Group: Little Big Town
Top Vocal Duo: Florida Georgia Line
Top New Artist: Cole Swindell
Album of the Year: “Platinum”, Miranda Lambert
Song of the Year: “Automatic”, Miranda Lambert
Single Record of the Year: “I Don’t Dance”, Lee Brice
Video of the Year: “Drunk On A Plane”, Dierks Bentley
Vocal Event of the Year: “This Is How We Roll”, Florida Georgia Line and Luke Bryan