THINGS I WISH MY KIDS WOULD ASK ME
Editor's note: Barry Courter has a 22-year-old son who recently graduated from college and an 18-year-old daughter who is a senior in high school.
Q: Dad, some of my friends are interested in study-abroad opportunities. What do you think?
A: I have no practical experience with this, but it seems like a great chance to discover new things. I would suggest approaching it like anything else. Find several people who have done it, and pick their brains. Ask about the pros and cons.
-- By Barry Courter
CHESNEY LEADS ACM NOMINATIONS
Kenny Chesney's steamy duet with Grace Potter, "You and Tequila," continues to radiate heat. The song helped Chesney to nine Academy of Country Music Awards nominations Thursday, including the top honor, entertainer of the year. Jason Aldean was next with six nominations. Brad Paisley, Blake Shelton and last year's winner, Taylor Swift, round out the fan-voted category. Lady Antebellum had five nominations, Paisley had four, dlocked at three, including Swift. The 47th annual ACM Awards will be aired live April 1 from Las Vegas on CBS. Nominees were announced via social media with the help of stars including Reba McEntire and Lionel Richie. Chesney is a four-time entertainer of the year winner. He's also nominated for male vocalist and album of the year.
-- The Associated Press
TOP 10 GAMES
Game Informer Magazine ranks the top Wii games for January.
"The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword"
"Skylanders: Spyro's Adventure"
"Kirby's Return to Dream Land"
"Lego Harry Potter: Years 5-7"
"Tiger Woods: PGA Tour 12 The Masters"
"de Blob 2"
"You Don't Know Jack"
TABLETS, E-READERS ON THE RISE IN U.S.
The folks at the Pew Research Center have come out with a new report showing that the number of U.S. adults who own tablets and e-book readers each jumped from 10 percent to 19 percent between mid-December and early January. Overall,s now own at least one of them, up from 18 percent in December according to Pew, which notes that "these findings are striking because they come after a period from mid-2011 into the autumn in which there was not much change in the ownership of tablets and e-book readers." The report, from the Pew Internet and American Life Project, attributed some of that change to the arrival of Amazon's Kindle Fire and Barnes & Noble's Nook Tablet, both of which cost less than other tablets on the market.
-- McClatchy Newspapers