Jimmy Buffett to open Margaritaville retirement community

Published: Monday, March 06, 2017 @ 6:55 AM
Updated: Monday, March 06, 2017 @ 6:55 AM

If you're getting ready to retire, you're going to want to find that lost shaker of salt. 

Jimmy Buffett's company has started construction on Latitude Margaritaville, a retirement community branded with the Margaratiaville name and lifestyle, Fox News reported.

The community, which is being billed as an "active adult community" for residents 55 and older, is expected to open for sales later this fall, with model homes opening next year.

>> Read more trending news  

It will boast walkable neighborhoods, fitness center, spa, live entertainment, private beach club and indoor and outdoor dining, according to a press release from Margaritaville Holdings and its partner Minto Communities.

There will be 6,900 homes, with a price tag starting at the low $200,000, and 200,000 square feet of retail space.

For more information, click here.

Kasich: U.S. should consider ‘taking out’ North Korean leader

Published: Friday, April 28, 2017 @ 6:09 PM


            Gov. John Kasich signs books at bookstore in Washington on Friday. JACK TORRY/STAFF.

It was the John Kasich they wanted to see: Poking fun at himself, respectfully answering questions from the audience and saying “we have to come together in this country.”

So for nearly an hour in a trendy book store in an upscale neighborhood loaded with Democratic voters, the Ohio governor autographed copies of his new book for nearly 150 people while delivering the same sales pitch that resonated with moderates during his unsuccessful quest last year for the Republican presidential nomination.

And while at one point he joked that he wished he “wasn’t such a jerk at times,” the crowd squeezed at the rear of the bookstore loved his message and made clear if he ever runs for president against, he can count on their votes.

“I love Kasich,” said Amanda Linton, a self-described staunch Democrat from Woodbridge, Va., who bought four copies of “Two Paths - United or Divided.” She said Ohio’s governor is “reasonable, he’s fair, he compromises (on) issues, he works with both parties and in a time of true divisiveness he would have healed our country.”

Others had similar reactions: “Real and personable,” said Luci Delsignore of Virginia, who grew up in Brazil. “We need more people saying we need to get back together,” said Pam Duran of Alaska.

Although Kasich said he did not “know what I’m going to do doing” in 2020, Linton said she hoped he runs, no matter what the political party.

He certainly acted like a presidential candidate. Earlier in the day, he met with reporters from major news organization at a breakfast hosted by the Christian Science Monitor, a box every candidate has to check before running.

At the breakfast, Kasich suggested the United States should consider “taking out the North Korean leadership,” a reference to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and his quest to build a nuclear-tipped missile that could reach Japan, South Korea and the West Coast of the United States.

When a reporter quizzed Kasich about whether he meant military action, the governor replied, “You know exactly what I’m talking about.”

During the book signing, Kasich took a shot at the revised House Republican plan to scrap much of the 2010 health law known as Obamacare, saying Republicans “need to sit down with Democrats” and Democrats need to work with GOP lawmakers to revise and stabilize the law.

He added: “Let’s do it together.”

But in Ohio, Democrats say Kasich hasn’t made much of an effort to reach out to them.

David Pepper, chairman of the Ohio Democratic Party, says he gives Kasich credit for being “a clear voice on how bad gerrymandering is and how that is leading to intense partisanship.”

But, he said, “Democrats want to see that bipartisanship in Ohio as opposed to” Kasich “talking about it at the national level.”

(Information from the Washington Post was added to this story.)

KASICH IN BEAVERCREEK

Ohio Gov. John Kasich Saturday will be at Books&Co. at The Greene, 4453 Walnut Street. Autograph line numbers will be given out starting at 12:30 p.m. You must show a receipt to get a line number. The event starts at 1:30.

North Korea test-fires missile

Published: Friday, April 28, 2017 @ 5:23 PM

South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff says North Korea has test-fired a missile from the western part of its country.

>> RELATED: Things to know about North Korea

The missile reportedly exploded within seconds of launch and landed in the Sea of Japan according to CNN.

>> RELATED: North Korea missile test: What is the DMZ?

The test took place in an area north of the capital city of Pyongyang.

While shorter-range missiles are somewhat routine, there is strong outside worry about each longer range North Korean ballistic test.

The launch comes at a point of particularly high tension. President Donald Trump has taken a hard line with Pyongyang and sent a U.S. aircraft supercarrier to Korean waters.

Please check back for updates.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Things to know about North Korea

Published: Friday, April 14, 2017 @ 2:05 PM

As tensions ramp up near the Korean Peninsula, here is a primer on North Korea, its leader and its people.

Some facts

The name: North Korea -- or formally, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea -- borders China, Russia and South Korea.

Population: 25,115,311 (estimated as of July 2016)

Area: North Korea is a little bigger than Virginia, with 46,000 square miles.

Capital: The capital city is Pyongyang. An interesting fact: Pyongyang runs on its own time zone. It’s about 30 minutes behind Japan and South Korea.

No ties: North Korea does not have diplomatic representation in the United States, nor does the U.S. have diplomatic representation in North Korea.

Median age: North Korea’s median age is estimated to be 33.8 years.

GNP: The gross domestic product, per capita, is $1,800. In the U.S., it’s $51,638.10

Leaders: North Korea is led by Kim Jong-Un. Since 1945, the country has been led by three generations of the same family: Kim Il-Sung, in 1945; then his son, Kim Jong-Il, upon his father’s death in 1994; then the current leader, Kim Jong-Un, upon his father’s death in 2011.

Why are there two Koreas?
From 1910 until the end of World War II, Japan controlled the Korean Peninsula. After the Japanese lost the war, the U.S. occupied the southern half of the peninsula and the Russians occupied the north half. 

In 1945, Kim Il-Sung became the country’s first leader. In 1948, separate governments -- one in the north and one in the south -- formed after regional differences went unresolved.

On June 25, 1950, North Korea invaded South Korea. The United Nations intervened with troops, and the “police action” (another name for a war), continued until 1953. 

After a peace treaty was brokered, the country broke into two countries. South Korea becomes a prosperous capitalist nation, while North Korea remains a poor country.

Why are tensions high now?
The leaders of the country have vowed to test and threatened to use nuclear weapons. The North Korean military has tested nuclear missiles on at least five occasions -- twice in 2016.

Can they attack nearby countries with nuclear weapons?
They can when they make a warhead small enough to be delivered on a missile that is fired at an enemy. North Korea says it has done that, but there has been no verification of that by the U.N. or other countries.

What are their neighbors doing?
The U.S. has given South Korea an advanced missile defense system. Japan has put its military on high alert. China, which is an ally of North Korea, has warned North Korean officials to step back from provocative actions.

Interesting facts about the country
  • USA Today reports that North Koreans born after the Korean War tend to be shorter than South Koreans of the same age. About 2 inches shorter, in fact. 
  • According to The Chosun Ilbo, men are encouraged to copy the hairstyle of the country’s leader, Kim Jong Un. No long hair. Women should copy the style of his wife, he reportedly said.
  • North Korea claims it has a 100 percent literacy rate for both men and women, according to the CIA World Factbook.
  • Only 3 percent of the roads in North Korea are paved. (CIA World Factbook.)
  • You cannot become a citizen of North Korea unless one of your parents is a citizen. (CIA World Factbook.)
  • The last election was held in the country on March 9, 2014. Kim Jong-Il won 100 percent of the vote. The next one is scheduled for March 2019.

Miley Cyrus' brother launches solo career

Published: Friday, April 28, 2017 @ 3:49 PM

Trace Cyrus (2015 Photo by Gabriel Olsen/Getty Images)
Gabriel Olsen/Getty Images

Talent runs deep in the Cyrus family. We’ve known for years that Billy Ray and Miley can sing, act, write songs and, um, twerk. OK, the latter may be just Miley.

>> Read more trending news

Now, we’re getting to know two more members of this creative clan.

>> RELATED: These new pics of Miley Cyrus and her fiance have everyone talking

Miley’s little sister (and Billy Ray’s daughter) Noah made her debut earlier this year on the Billboard pop charts with her first single, “Make Me (Cry),” and on April 14 she released the follow-up single, “Stay Together.” Both are from her forthcoming debut album “NC-17.” While she’s clearly not planning to follow her father’s country music path, in a March “Billboard” podcast, the 17-year-old singer-songwriter called Billy Ray her “biggest musical inspiration.”

Now, Miley and Noah’s older brother, Trace, is also stepping into the spotlight. Already somewhat well known as the former lead guitarist and backing vocalist for the pop band Metro Station, the 28-year-old musician and tattoo enthusiast is embarking on a solo career with his newly released single, “Lights Out,” which “Billboard” says combines “pop, electronica and a dash of emo.” There’s definitely no resemblance whatsoever to “Achy Breaky Heart,” the best-know hit from dad Billy Ray, who adopted a very young Trace and his sister Brandi after marrying their mother, Tish, in 1993. Trace is clearly carving out his very own niche.

>> RELATED: Miley Cyrus gets new tattoo as a tribute to her daddy

Still can’t get enough of this accomplished family? You’re in luck. You can also catch Brandi and mom, Tish, on their new home design makeover show, “Cyrus vs. Cyrus: Design and Conquer,” set to premiere on Bravo in May. As the show’s title suggests, they’ll be competing against each other on each episode. Let the games begin!