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Metallica Tops $150M With WorldWired Tour

Metallica infiltrates the Hot Tours recap dated Feb. 16 at No. 3 with $10.3 million grossed from the January 2019 leg of the WorldWired tour, according to figures reported to Billboard Boxscore. Including the five engagements that impact this week, the tour’s total gross crosses the $150 million threshold since launching in 2016, reaching $155.9 million.

Metallica restarted their most recent North American leg on Jan. 18 at Tulsa’s BOK Center, which grossed $2.2 million, as previously reported. But they’ve since upped the ante, grossing $2.4 million at Raleigh’s PNC Arena on Jan. 28, and $2.5 million at Cleveland’s Quicken Loans Arena on Feb. 1. Including previous reports from Tulsa and Nashville, the limited 2019 leg has grossed $14.4 million and sold 123,792 tickets so far.

While Cleveland claims the leg’s highest gross, the Raleigh, N.C., show posted the best attendance numbers, selling 19,361 tickets. So far, the tour has sold 1,554,470 tickets in total.

The band has seven more U.S. dates on the books before a 25-city European leg this summer. These are the third legs in each continent since the beginning of the WorldWired Tour, in addition to dates in Asia and South America. This expanse mirrors Metallica’s worldwide reach throughout their career. Dating back to when Billboard Boxscore’s archives began in 1990, the band has grossed over $600 million and sold over 10 million tickets across the globe.

The tour is in support of their platinum, Grammy-nominated album Hardwired…..to Self-Destruct. The set was Metallica’s sixth to top the Billboard 200 chart. After debuting at No. 1 on the chart dated Dec. 10, 2016, the album showed remarkable longevity, returning to the top 5 on March. 25, 2017 and again on March 31, 2018.

February 18: On this day

On this day in 2003, Country singer Johnny Paycheck died at the age of 64. He had been in a nursing home, suffering from emphysema and asthma. During his career, Paycheck recorded 70 albums and had more than two dozen hit singles, the biggest of which was the working man’s anthem, “Take This Job and Shove It”.

‘Zombie deer disease’ has impacted wildlife in 24 states, including Iowa

A fatal disease that affects the brains and spinal cords of deer, elk and moose has shown up in at least 24 states, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) – often referred to as “zombie deer disease” or some variant – is in the same family as the human form of “mad cow disease.”

Symptoms of CWD in animals include: stumbling, lack of coordination, listlessness, drooling, excessive thirst or urination, drooping ears, aggression, lack of fear of people, and drastic weight loss.

The disease is spread directly by animal-to-animal contact and indirectly through contaminated water and food.

The CDC says “to date, there is no strong evidence for the occurrence of CWD in people;” but if CWD could spread to people, “it would most likely be through eating of infected deer and elk.”

There have been no reported cases of CWD infection in people.

Still, experimental studies “raise the concern that CWD may pose a risk to people and suggest that it is important to prevent human exposures to CWD.”

The CDC recommends that hunters harvesting wild deer and elk from areas where CWD has been reported “strongly consider” having the animals tested for the disease before eating the meat.

Another CDC recommendation: “Hunters harvesting wild deer and elk from areas with reported CWD should check state wildlife and public health guidance to see whether testing of animals is recommended or required in a given state or region.”

The CDC also recommends that hunters shouldn’t shoot, handle or eat meat from animals that show symptoms of CWD.

As of January 2019, the disease has been reported in Arkansas, Colorado, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Mexico, New York, North Dakota, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, West Virginia, Wisconsin and Wyoming.

The CDC says the overall occurrence of the disease nationwide in free-ranging deer and elk is relatively low, but adds that infection rates in areas where the disease is established may exceed 10 percent, or 1 in 10 – and infection rates of more than 25 percent have been reported in some areas.

“The infection rates among some captive deer can be much higher, with a rate of 79 percent (nearly 4 in 5) reported from at least one captive herd,” the CDC says.

CWD doesn’t appear to naturally infect cattle or other domesticated animals.

CWD has also been reported in two provinces in Canada, and in reindeer and moose in Norway and Finland – and there’s been a small number of imported cases reported in South Korea.

The disease was first identified in captive deer in the late ’60s in Colorado and in wild deer in 1981

Boys’ 3A & 4A basketball playoffs open tonight

Tonight (2/18), the Oskaloosa boys’ basketball team begins its path for a return to the state tournament.  The Indians host South Tama tonight in the second game of a Class 3A playoff doubleheader in Oskaloosa.  The first game has Washington against Fort Madison at 6:30, with the Indians/South Tama game to follow at 8:00.  We’ll have the Oskaloosa game on KBOE-FM with coverage starting at 7:45.

Also in 3A boys’ basketball tonight: Pella hosts a doubleheader with Grinnell versus Carlisle at 6:30, then Pella takes on Newton.  Knoxville plays at Ballard in an 8:00 game.  And in Class 4A, Ottumwa is at Davenport West tonight at 7.

EBF’s Walker finished second at state wrestling

Sage Walker of EBF placed second at the Iowa 2A state high school wrestling meet Saturday (2/16).  Walker lost the 170 pound championship to Paul Ryan of Mount Vernon 4-2.  The loss was Walker’s first of the season after 47 victories.  Also in 2A wrestling, PCM finished eighth in the team competition, as five Mustangs earned honors:  Wes Cummings at 160, Jarron Trausch at 170 and Lucas Roland at 182 all placed fifth in their respective weight classes; while PCM’s Colton Tool was sixth at 145 and Payton Drake seventh at 120.  And Grinnell’s Brock Beck took fourth place in 2A 120 pounds.

In Class 1A, Sigourney-Keota’s Mason Dye placed fifth at 113 pounds and Kade Chance of Cardinal-Eldon was sixth at 152 pounds.

Snow past and future

In case you’re wondering how much snow we received over the weekend, here are the reports we’ve received from the National Weather Service: 5.5 inches in Pella, 4 inches near Montezuma and Grinnell, 3.8 inches in Albia, 2.6 inches in Blakesburg and 2 inches in Ottumwa.

And more snow is on the way.  No warnings or advisories have been posted at this time, but the forecast calls for 3 to 5 inches of heavy snow Tuesday night (2/19) through Wednesday morning (2/20).  Keep tuned to the No Coast Network for the latest weather updates.

Paul McCartney Announces Deluxe Edition of ‘Egypt Station’

Paul McCartney’s trip that started with his recent Egypt Station will continue in a limited deluxe Egypt Station Traveller’s Edition that was announced Thursday (Feb. 14) for release May 10 on Capitol Records. Housed in an embossed vintage-looking suitcase, it will feature vinyl pressings, additional audio and video performances, a cassette and paper items related to the album. The set will retail for $360.

One of the main features will be three unreleased tracks: “Frank Sinatra’s Party,” “Sixty Second Street” and an extended version of “Who Cares.” Also included are four live album tracks taken from McCartney’s performances at Abbey Road Studios, the Cavern Club, Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts and Grand Central Station in New York City. Additionally, the package will have a deluxe 180G vinyl album, an Egypt Station Concertina CD and an Egypt Station Blue Cassette. Buyers will also get a set of HD audio tracks.

In keeping with the album theme, theEgypt Station suitcase will include maps, a travel itinerary, lithographs of McCartney paintings,Egypt Station luggage stickers, travel folders, luggage stickers, a “travel journal” with copies of McCartney’s handwritten lyrics, playing cards, a jigsaw puzzle, and a copy of a note written by the former Beatle.

Fans can get a pre-order link for the set by signing up by 6pm PT today on his website. Pre-order begins Friday, Feb. 15 at 9am ET.

Egypt Station, which was released Sept. 7, entered the Billboard 200 album charts at No. 1, McCartney’s first chart-topping album since Tug of War in 1982 and his first to enter the charts at No. 1. McCartney’s current Freshen Up Tour resumes March 20 at the National Stadium in Santiago, Chile, and returns to America May on 23 for a string of dates beginning in New Orleans and set to end at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles on July 13.

Honda recalls over 400k cars over stalling issue that increases risk of crashes

Honda is recalling 437,000 cars over an issue with fuel pumps.

The automakers say the gasoline flow from the fuel pump could slow to the point where the vehicle stalls, increasing the risk of a crash.

The recall affects Acura MDX SUVs, Acura TLX V6 cars, and Accord V6 cars.

Honda says it is not aware of any crashes or injuries related to this issue.

The presence of sodium particles in some gasolines can cause the fuel pump to slow down, which can lead to stalling, Honda says.

A spokesperson for the company said the issue has been observed mainly in southern states during warm summer months.

Accident in Keokuk County claims one life Thursday morning

One person is dead after a two vehicle accident Thursday morning (2/14) in Keokuk County.  The Iowa State Patrol says 49-year-old Matin McComas of Osceola was driving east on Highway 149 east of the Highway 21 intersection, when it crossed the center line and hit a pickup truck in the westbound lane driven by 27-year-old Alexander Rebling of Fairfield.  McComas was airlifted to the University of Iowa Hospital, where he died from his injuries.  Rebling was not injured.

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