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Cotton Candy Girl becomes new internet sensation

With a blue cotton candy cone in hand and spun sugar on her face, a little girl at a Seattle Mariners game had the perfect reaction to a Seattle win -- with the help of sugar.

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Her photos and GIFs have gone viral, with people calling her Cotton Candy Girl.

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Fans wanted to name her the player of the game, and the team shared a Photoshopped image of Cotton Candy Girl wearing the "Swelmet," a helmet worn by the player of the game.

The player of the game ended up being Adam Lind, who hit two homers. 

"Cotton Candy Girl, unfortunately, (was) not eligible," the team tweeted.

Cotton Candy Girl's father shared a photo her sleeping on the way home from the game, saying, "Beatrix sleeps the deep and satisfied slumber of (a Mariners) victory!"

Teen poses for hilarious Mulan-inspired ID picture

An Oregon teenager has gained lots of attention online after posting a photo of her school ID card.

June Kyra Dela Chica, 17, used makeup to mimick the likeness of The Matchmaker, the character who deems Mulan an unfit wife at the beginning of the first movie in the series.

Dela Chica, a senior at Aloha High School in Beaverton, Oregon, said she had been waiting since her freshman year to take the creative ID picture, according to KPTV.

She also said a photographer was skeptical of taking her photo when she sat down with her made-up face.

"Once the makeup was on, I moved my way to the pictures station and lined up,” Dela Chica told Buzzfeed. "One of the ladies was very open-minded and laughed. The other lady -- who was actually taking my photo -- was very grumpy and rude. I remember her saying, 'I don’t know if you can take this photo. Are the admins okay (with it)?'"

"I replied with, 'The admins said if I'm okay with showing my face like this to hundreds of people then go on ahead. And if it's really that bad, I can always retake it,'" Dela Chica said. "She shrugged and replied with a simple, 'Okay.'"

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The teenager, who said she normally doesn't get much attention on social media, has had her tweet of the Disney-inspired ID favorited more than 200,000 times.

"I tried really hard to do something I haven't seen anyone else do. I guess this was it," she said, adding that her school has her previous ID pictures on file if they need a better one and that she would take a more professional photo if asked by school officials.

#Phelpsface: Michael Phelps explains angry-faced image

Dubbed the "Angry Michael Phelps Face," an image of the Olympic swimmer stormed social media before the men’s 200m butterfly semifinal Monday.

Commentators pointed out that before the qualifying event, Phelps aimed his serious expression toward South Africa's Chad le Clos, who was dancing nearby

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Competition between the two swimmers goes back to the 2012 London Olympics, where le Clos beat out Phelps in the race, earning the gold medal while Phelps placed second. 

But Phelps said he didn't mean to aim any resentment toward le Clos Monday.

"I just had music going on in my head. I had thoughts going on in my head, spitting water a little bit all over the place, so I was in my own zone," he told the "Today" show on Tuesday. "I was not intentionally mean mugging him or giving him a dirty look."

After the angry face, Phelps qualified, coming in second place behind Tamas Kenderesi, of Hungary. Le Clos qualified in fourth.

Phelps went on to win gold in the 200m fly Tuesday night, earning his 20th gold medal of his career. He has a total of 24 Olymipic medals.

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Frankie Ballard is coming to JD Legends in Franklin

WHEN: Friday, August 12, 2016

TIME: 5:00 PM

WHERE: JD Legends Entertainment Complex - 65 Millard Drive, Franklin, OH 45005

TICKET PRICES: $15.00-$20.00

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Frankie Ballard is coming JD Legends in Franklin

Frankie Ballard's transition from Michigan-based singer/guitar slinger to major-label recording artist was, by most standards, an enviable one. His debut album, Frankie Ballard, produced two Top 30 singles, "Tell Me You Get Lonely" and "A Buncha Girls." He gained national media exposure, appeared on the Grand Ole Opry and played packed arenas opening for Kenny Chesney and on major tours with Taylor Swift and longtime idol Bob Seger.


But for Ballard, a music junkie with a restless spirit, there was still too big a gap between that first taste of success and the dreams he'd nurtured working 230 nights a year in crowded clubs back home. Call it a working man's sense of mission, call it a gut check, but Ballard took time out to step back and to reassess where he'd come from and where he was going. 


"I was disappointed those two records weren't bigger hits," he says, "and I looked at everything that had gone into them." 


What was missing, he realized, was a blue-collar sense of crafting his own product from the bottom up, of putting his stamp on every step of the process. He decided to retool, looking for a like-minded producer. 


"I wanted to get somebody that would let me get my hands on the music," he says. "I wanted to let it grow organically, to build tracks an instrument at a time and play a bunch on the record." 


His search led him to Marshall Altman, whose work with "bayou soul" singer Marc Broussard he was particularly fond of. 


"Marshall and I found a connection," he says. "I quickly realized he was my kind of guy. He loves to work and to experiment. Sometimes we would just mess around with guitar tones, or I'd go, 'Hey, man, I've got this little banjo part in my head' and he'd go, 'Go ahead, man, play it.'" 


They would get together for late-night sessions he describes as "freeing. I was making music that was coming from deep within me. If I didn't like something, we'd change it, and if we liked something, we'd chase it and try to get it perfect. It was an unbelievably cool experience." 


The first sign of magic from that collaboration is the single "Helluva Life." It's perfect summer uplift, a song about the magic inherent in small moments that can bring joy and perspective to modern lives with more than their share of challenges and big questions. 


"It's a song that parallels my journey over the last 18 months," he says. "There is good stuff and bad stuff that happens to us. Nobody's immune to that. Your girlfriend leaves you but your buddies pick you up and take you out on the town and make you feel better, or you lose your job but your brother steps in and helps you find another one. We lean on each other in the good times and the bad times, and sometimes it's hard to see where we're going when we're in the middle of it. I found myself feeling that big time." 


In capturing all of that complexity, the song represents the perfect re-emergence for a singer whose journey reflects all of the ups and downs of an entire society facing long-lasting challenges. 


"I know this song sure makes me feel connected to so many people struggling in this economy," he says. "There are people who've lost the corner office and people who've lost blue-collar jobs. I hope they see in my story that the music business isn't necessarily limos and private jets. Sometimes it's just busting your butt--at least that's what my journey has been. I want people to go, 'This guy knows where I've been.' 


His story is proof that he does. He's a product of Battle Creek, Michigan, a working-class town where he grew up "loving Elvis and Johnny Horton." Sports-obsessed as a kid, he played baseball at Western Michigan University, while he gradually turned a minor interest in music into an obsession. He studied guitarists, including blues greats like Buddy Guy, and locked himself away until he could excel at the instrument. He began playing open mic nights and played drums in a band as well. By the time he was out of college, he was leading his own band, playing 200+ nights a year within a 300-mile radius, and taking once-a-month trips to Nashville to expand his networking opportunities. In 2008, he earned an opening slot with Chesney in Grand Rapids and Detroit. Not long afterward, the songwriting skills he'd been developing earned him a publishing deal with Sony/ATV, as well as a management deal and, finally, a label deal. He moved to Nashville and began recording. 


He is presently at work on his second album, and both he and the label are anxious for his fans to hear what he's been working on. 


"I knew and the label believed I was making music that mattered," he says. Legendary producer and label executive Scott Hendricks (Trace Adkins, Blake Shelton, Brooks & Dunn) signed on as co-producer. Meanwhile, Ballard is doing what he does best--taking his music to the people. 


"My bread and butter is playing live," he says. "The band and I really hammer the road and I don't want to slow down. We keep it lean and mean out there and give everything we've got to put on a heck of a show. On stage, it's all about connection. I've always been a firm believer if people just wanted to listen to music they could easily do it from the comfort of their home or their vehicle, but when they come out they want to see something. They want to experience something. They want to be part of something. That's why I go to shows. And the best is when the connection comes through one of your songs. To watch someone sing your song back at the top of their lungs because they've been through the same thing, well, that means as much to a performer as it does to a fan, and that's what keeps me going." 


That connection is still at the heart of what he does. 


"There's a line in 'Helluva Life' that goes, 'The bad times make the good times better,' and I really believe that," he says. "That's why I don't resent the tough times I've been through. Maybe I needed to take the long way around and learn some lessons before I was able to handle success. It may just be God's way of helping me cope with what is to come." 


And his growing legions of fans are more than ready to take the rest of the journey with him.

  • WHEN: Friday, August 12, 2016 
  • TIME:  5:00 PM
  • WHERE: JD Legends Entertainment Complex - 65 Millard Drive, Franklin, OH 45005
  • TICKET PRICES:  $15.00-$20.00

Twitter trolls Donald Trump with #DonaldTrumpTheMovie

Donald Trump appeared in "Zoolander," "Sex and the City" and "Home Alone 2." 

He played himself in each of the productions, but what would a film starring Trump look like?

Earlier this year, Funny or Die released a parody film, "Donald Trump’s The Art of the Deal: The Movie" in which Johnny Depp portrays a flamboyant Trump in a sarcastic biopic.

But internet users think Trump's distinct personality could be the center of plenty other films. 

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People upset with the Republican presidential nominee have used the hashtag #DonaldTrumpTheMovie to suggest titles of films the 70-year-old businessman should star in.

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Brad Paisley Joins Demi Lovato in Concert for 'Without a Fight'

Brad Paisley joined Demi Lovato and Nick Jonas last night (July 26) in Washington, D.C. for a special appearance on the Future Now Tour. Paisley walked out on stage for his duet with Lovato on their new single "Without a Fight," as well as Lovato's poignant "Stone Cold." 

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