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31 years ago today Mount St. Helens in Southern Washington blew her top. This is a picture of the event that my dad took. You can see the ash cloud rising from the mountain in the center. It would get much larger, of course. This is one of my favorite pictures. I was only one (almost two) at the time, so I don’t remember it, but my older siblings do. I’ve been to the mountain many times over the years and seen its miraculous recovery. It still has small eruptions, from time to time, but none like May 18, 1980.

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President Barack Obama, only a few days after ordering the invasion of a compound in Pakistan that was believed to be the hideout of al Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden, sat down with Steve Kroft of CBS News’ 60 Minutes. The above video is the full interview which includes several minutes that were not seen in the original broadcast, which can be viewed at cbsnews.com.

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The woman in this video, Jennifer Zuniga of Ceres, CA, that encourages her son to fight has been arrested. I think she should be released and awarded some Mother of the Year trophy.

God bless Uh-merica.

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Armageddon

The explanation: http://io9.com/5725175/

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101.9 The EndThere has been a lot of speculation over the last several days as to what happened to 101.9 The End, the radio station that I worked at until Tuesday morning. I would like to set the record straight, in my own words, here.

As was first reported by AllAccess.com (the original item has since been removed), and later reported by City Weekly and Deseret News, the End is no more. The long standing station has been replaced by Generation X, a format heavy on 90s music including hair metal, rock and hip hop, that has no live DJs.

Prior to the change on Wednesday, I was let go and no longer work for KENZ or its owner, Citadel Broadcasting. As of now, there is no plan in place for me to be back on the airwaves in Salt Lake City. However, I have a few solid job leads and many of my friends in the industry have been very helpful in my search for new employment.

If you have any questions about the switch from the End to Gen X, feel free to post them here, and I will answer them as best I can. But keep in mind, I do not work there, and as such I have no inside information on the goings on of the new 101.9 FM.

Thank you to everyone who has shown their support on Facebook and elsewhere. Your kind words are very appreciated.

**update: I have been made aware of a story that ran on sltrib.com about this, too. Find it here.**

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Vatican Forgives the Beatles

In 1966, John Lennon claimed that The Beatles were “more popular than Jesus,” a statement that enraged many Catholics.  However, this week, the Vatican has made peace with the Fab Four.  According to the Associated Press, The Vatican newspaper paid tribute to the group to mark the 40th anniversary of the band’s break-up.  The paper printed an article that reads, “It’s true, they took drugs; swept up by their success, they lived dissolute and uninhibited lives…But, listening to their songs, all of this seems distant and meaningless.”  The article goes on, “Their beautiful melodies, which changed forever pop music and still give us emotions, live on like precious jewels.” (MTV News)

Weezer Joins Record Store Day Fun

Weezer is getting in on all the Record Store Day fun.  The band will support local music retailers by releasing a special limited-edition CD featuring five tracks. The collection features live versions of “I’m Your Daddy,” “(If You’re Wondering If I Want You To) I Want You To,” “Why Bother,” “Brain Stew” and “Buddy Holly.” Record Store Day takes place on Saturday and music lovers can learn all about it now at RecordStoreDay.com. (MTV News)

For more news on Bono and Green Day…

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Green Day Announce RockBand Details

On June 8th, Green Day: Rock Band will be released to the world. The track listing for the highly anticipated videogame includes 47 tracks including hits from Dookie, American Idiot and 21st Century Breakdown. The game depicts the band playing three separate venues, Milton Keynes in England, a fictional venue called The Warehouse and The Fox Theatre in Oakland, California. Green Day: Rock Band features the likenesses of Billie Joe, Mike Dirnt and Tre Cool and hits shelves on June 8th. (MTV News)

Hayley Williams In New Weezer Video

Hayley Williams is a big Weezer fan and recently got to sing their classic track, “Say It Aint So,” onstage with the band. The Paramore singer has teamed up with the group once again and appears in their new video for “I’m Your Daddy.” Fans should be sure to look for the flame-haired singer at about the one minute and 30 seconds mark. Check it out now at Weezer.com. (MTV News)

More news on Kings of Leon and Amy Winehouse after the jump.

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