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Just How Rare Is Sia’s Chart-Topping Feat?

ABC/ Paula LoboSia‘s collaboration with Sean Paul, “Cheap Thrills,” is #1 on the chart, and you may have already heard that she’s the first artist past the age of 40  to score a #1 hit since Madonna did it with “Music” in 2005.  But Billboard has rounded up more facts and figures about how rare it is for an artist to score his or her first-ever #1 after hitting the big 4-0.

Sia’s the first female lead artist on a song to get her very first #1 past the age of 40 since 1989, when 43-year-old Bette Midler did it with “Wind Beneath My Wings.”

“Cheap Thrills” is the first #1 on the Hot 100 by a male and female artist who are both at least 40 years old since 1987, when Bill Medley and Jennifer Warnes scored with their Dirty Dancing classic “(I’ve Had) The Time of My Life,”

It’s also the first Hot 100 #1 to feature two solo artists, period, past the age of 40 since 1994, when Rod Stewart, Sting and Bryan Adams did it with “All for Love.”  At the time, Rod and Sting were both past 40, but Bryan wasn’t….he was 36.

In general, more males than females have hit #1 past the age of 40.  Pharrell‘s hit “Happy” came when he was past 40, for example.  Other men who’ve topped the charts north of age 40 include Elton John, George Michael, Meat Loaf, Bob Seger, Dr. Dre, Eminem, Frank Sinatra and former Beatle George Harrison.

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Orlando Bloom Contributed to Katy Perry’s DNC Speech

SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty ImagesOrlando Bloom may be British, but he can still participate in American politics. Turns out he helped girlfriend Katy Perry write her speech for the Democratic National Convention.

Katy revealed Orlando’s contribution after pal Sofia Rossi tweeted a line from the speech: “It’s not where you come from but what you grow into.” The singer replied, “Lando put that one in,” along with a heart emoji.

Katy has been a longtime Hillary Clinton supporter. In addition to her speech, she also performed “Rise” and “Roar” at the DNC event Thursday.

The singer sported a sparkly silver-striped Michael Kors gown and some patriotic jewelry for her appearance. Her stylist, Leslie Fremar, explained the outfit choice to fashion site Pret-a-Reporter.

“For this event we were very happy to support Michael Kors, an American brand, and the nod to the stars and stripes was a fun twist,” she says. “Her necklace and rings: vintage Bulgari from Eleuteri were the perfect accessory to pull it all together.”

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New Music: Flo Rida Dreams About Becoming a “Zillionaire”

Atlantic RecordsIn advance of his appearance on the Teen Choice Awards this Sunday, Flo Rida has released his latest single: “Zillionaire.”

The rapper shows off his singing voice on the infectious track, which was produced by pop music mastermind Max Martin. Flo sings about showering his girl with fancy gifts as soon as he becomes filthy rich. Who says money can’t buy love?

“Zillionaire” is featured in the trailer for the new movie Masterminds starring Zach Galifianakis and Kristen Wiig, which debuted online Thursday.

Sunday, Flo Rida performs a medley of his most popular songs on the Teen Choice Awards, including “My House,” “Good Feeling” and “Wild Ones.” The ceremony airs at 8 p.m. ET on Fox.

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ENTERTAINMENT NEWS

Jared Leto “Dove Deep” for His “Twisted but…Lovable Joker”

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Jared Leto tells ABC’s Good Morning America that he “dove pretty deep” to find his Joker in the upcoming movie Suicide Squad

It has already been reported that Leto refused to break character during the film, and sent his co-stars icky gifts like a dead pig, courtesy of “The Crown Prince of Crime.”

Leto’s process, while seemingly strange, was his way of paying tribute to what he calls “the role of a lifetime,” he explained.

The result is, “a sick, twisted, but I think very loveable Joker,” said the Oscar-winning actor.  “This character has been written about, acted, interpreted, reinterpreted, re-imagined for 75 years. So to be asked to take the baton and run with it was quite an honor and a responsibility.” 

A lot of work also went into “Mr. J’s” chilling laugh. Each actor who’s played the role has put his own spin on it, and Leto was no different.

“I remember walking the streets of New York, and in Toronto where we were shooting and I would just laugh out and see how people would react to it. And when I started honing in on this laugh, I realized it was the one where people would turn around and be like, “What the hell is that?!”

Suicide Squad, which also stars Margot Robbie, Viola Davis, and Will Smith, opens August 5.

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Meryl Street Thought She’d Age Out of Hollywood

Anthony Harvey/Getty ImagesIt’s hard to believe that Meryl Streep, who has received 11 of her 19 Academy Award nominations since she turned 40, ever doubted that she would continue to find roles as she got older.

In an interview with WSJ Magazine following the premier of her latest movie, Florence Foster Jenkins, Streep opened up about the age barriers for women in Hollywood that once seemed more impenetrable than now.

“I remember as I was hovering around 40, I thought each movie would be my last, really,” the highly decorated actress admitted. “And all the evidence of other 40-year-old women at that time — this is 27 years ago — would lead you to believe it was over.”

Streep, now 67, has defied those odds, and, in doing so, has helped to pave the way for many other actresses, though she notes she didn’t purposefully intend to do so. Instead, the work just kept coming.

On a certain level you don’t have any choice — you’re unhappy if you’re not doing it, so you’re compelled in a certain way. And if you’re lucky you can keep working,” she said.

Streep has certainly had that “luck,” but has nonetheless remained incredibly in touch with reality.

“But everybody has troughs and dismal times — every single person,” she added.

Streep also confessed that despite the recent popularity of social media memes featuring the actress, she laughed that she [doesn’t] even know what that [word] means.”

The memes, created by Instagram account Taste of Streep, show the actress posing with, and sometimes in, food.

“People have too much time on their hands,” Streep said of the pictures. “We need to create more jobs!

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The WWII Hero Who Never Fired a Shot: Trailer for “Hacksaw Ridge”

Lionsgate(LOS ANGELES) — The trailer for Oscar winning director Mel Gibson’s WWII biopic Hacksaw Ridge has just debuted online, and promises a unique look at a unique World War II hero: Desmond Doss.

Like millions of American soldiers, Doss performed astounding feats of courage under fire — but Doss, played by Andrew Garfield — was the only G.I. to do so by refusing to even touch a firearm. 

While Doss believed the war was justified, as a devout Seventh Day Adventist, he was steadfastly against killing. Branded a coward by his fellow soldiers, Doss hit the beaches of Okinawa as a totally unarmed medic, and despite being wounded, ended up evacuating at least 75 of his wounded comrades by lowering them singlehandedly from an enemy-laden cliff. 

Doss became the first of only three conscientious objectors in history to ever earn the Congressional Medal of Honor.

Hacksaw Ridge, which also stars Vince Vaughn, Sam Worthington, Hugo Weaving and Rachel Griffiths, will debut at the Venice Film Festival, and open in theaters on Nov.  4. 

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SPORTS NEWS

NFL Denies Trump’s Claim the League Sent Him a Letter Against Debate Schedule

ABCNews.com(NEW YORK) — Donald Trump says he supports three debates with Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, but he has a problem with the times.

“It’s against two NFL games,” he told ABC’s George Stephanopoulos. “I got a letter from the NFL saying this is ridiculous. Why are the debates…cause the NFL doesn’t wanna go against the debates. Cause the debates are gonna be pretty massive from what I understand.”

An NFL spokesman disputed Trump’s claim that a letter was sent complaining about the scheduled dates.

“We did not write a letter but we obviously prefer the debates on a different night than scheduled games,” the NFL spokesman said in a statement to ABC News.

The Trump campaign later responded in a statement to ABC News.

“Mr. Trump was made aware of the conflicting dates by a source close to the league. It’s unfortunate that millions of voters will be disenfranchised by these chosen dates,” the statement said.


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Dwyane Wade Says the Chicago Bulls are ‘Jimmy Butler’s Team’

Scott Clarke / ESPN Images(CHICAGO) — Despite being one of the most decorated players in the NBA, Dwayne Wade called the Chicago Bulls “Jimmy [Butler’s] team” when he was introduced to the media Friday.

“This is Jimmy’s team,” Wade said of his new teammate. “It won’t be a tug and pull whose team it is.” Wade, 34, who had played for the Miami Heat since 2003, signed a two-year, $47 million deal with the Bulls this month.

“I’ve know him since Marquette,” the 12-time All-Star also said about Butler. “I have tremendous respect for him. This would not have happened if it hadn’t been for Jimmy Butler. That was huge.”

Earlier this month, Bulls point guard Rajon Rondo said the team now had “three alphas” which included himself, Wade, and Butler, but also called the Bulls Butler’s team.

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Cowboys LB Damien Wilson Injures Eye in Paintball Accident

Harry How/Getty Images(OXNARD, Calif.) — Damien Wilson will start training camp with the Dallas Cowboys on the PUP list because of a paintball accident.

Owner and general manager Jerry Jones revealed the second-year linebacker’s injury at a press conference Friday, and said according to ESPN that it was “a serious enough issue to keep him off the field for a couple of weeks.”

Executive vice president Stephen Jones said he did not know the details of the accident.

Wilson will not be the only player starting camp with an injury; Darren McFadden is suffering a broken elbow and Lance Dunbar and Benson Mayowa are rehabbing knees.

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NATIONAL NEWS

Muslim Family of Fallen Army Captain Responds to Trump: ‘Shame on Him’

ABCNews.com(NEW YORK) — The grieving Khan family reacted Saturday night to Donald Trump’s latest comments, telling ABC News in an emotional interview that “running for president is not an entitlement to disrespect Gold Star families and [a] Gold Star mother.”

In his first response to a searing charge from bereaved Army father Khizr Khan at the Democratic National Convention that he’d “sacrificed nothing” for his country, Trump told ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos that he had in fact sacrificed by employing “thousands and thousands of people.” He also suggested that Khan’s wife Ghazala didn’t speak at the DNC because she was forbidden to as a Muslim and questioned whether Khan’s words were his own.

“Sacrifice — I don’t think he knows the meaning of sacrifice, the meaning of the word,” Ghazala Khan, mother of slain Army Captain Humayun Kahn said. “Because when I was standing there, all America felt my pain. Without saying a single word. Everybody felt that pain.”

While Ghazala Khan grew visibly upset, her husband, Khizr Khan was livid, urging Trump’s children to “tell him to learn to behave, learn to be decent.”

“Running for president is not an entitlement to disrespect Gold Star families and [a] Gold Star mother not realizing her pain. Shame on him! Shame on his family!” Khizr Khan said, struggling to hold back his anger. “He is not worthy of our comments. He has no decency. He is void of decency, he has a dark heart.”

In response to Trump’s suggestion that Ghazala Khan did not speak at the DNC because it was forbidden by her religion, she said Saturday the real reason she remained silent was her all-consuming grief.

“I didn’t feel anything except the pain,” she said through tears, before pleading: “Mr. Trump feel that pain and you will feel better. Please. I am very upset when I heard when he said that I didn’t say anything. I was in pain. If you were in pain you fight or you don’t say anything, I’m not a fighter, I can’t fight. So the best thing I do was quiet.”

Khizr Khan said he asked his wife of 42 years to speak, but she declined, knowing she would be too emotional.

“I invited her, would you like to say something on the stage when the invitation came, and she said, ‘You know how it is with me, how upset I get,'” he said.

Ghazala Khan went on to say that she’s sorry Trump doesn’t understand their faith.

“I don’t know what type of Islam he has read or heard. I’m so sorry about that, that he has not had any idea what the Islam is,” she said.

“My faith, Islam, has given us strength, all the woman and man are equal in God’s eyes. We are equal, we are the part of our husbands, they are the part of us. We can tell them what to do, they can tell us what to do,” she said, noting she was trying to calm her husband down during his speech at the DNC.

“Our religion tells us to be very peaceful, to love each other, to stay with each other, just don’t say bad things to your neighbor, or anyone. That’s why I was trying to calm my husband down. Don’t say anything about Mr. Trump! That’s his character, not ours,” she said. “We are proud of our religion and our family and our children and this country.”

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How the Chandra Levy Murder Has Become One of the Nation’s Most Intriguing Cold Cases

iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — More than 15 years after the 2001 murder of 24-year-old Chandra Levy, a killer has still not been identified and brought to justice, turning the young woman’s death into perhaps one of the most intriguing cold case mysteries in the country.

Levy, a Washington, D.C., intern, had an affair with California Congressman Gary Condit before she went missing. An undocumented immigrant named Ingmar Guandique was convicted of her murder in 2010. Condit was dismissed as a suspect in the case.

But on Thursday, a judge dismissed charges against Guandique at the request of prosecutors. The U.S. attorney’s office for the District of Columbia concluded that “it can no longer prove the murder case against Mr. Guandique beyond a reasonable doubt.”

Susan Levy, Chandra’s mother, told ABC News she is “in a state of shock” at the judge’s decision while the Metropolitan Police Department said it “will continue to pursue any new leads that are uncovered or brought to our attention.”

Here is everything you need to know about the case.

Who Was Chandra Levy?

Like thousands of other ambitious, young students, 24-year-old Chandra Ann Levy, who earned a master’s degree in public administration at the University of Southern California, came to Washington, D.C., determined to find a career in the federal government.

Levy had the help of a powerful man, Congressman Gary Condit, a friend of her family and a Democratic representative from her hometown of Modesto, California. With Condit’s help, Levy landed an internship in 2001 at the Federal Bureau of Prisons, and settled into an apartment near D.C.’s Dupont Circle.

Levy seemed to be thriving, her family said, and her career plans were on track. She had scheduled a visit home for early May, but she never made it. On May 1, 2001, Levy vanished.

The Search and Investigation

Levy’s family contacted police when they were unable to reach her. Investigators found her cellphone in her apartment and discovered she had searched for jogging routes in Rock Creek Park. But a search of the park found nothing.

Levy’s father told police that his daughter had been dating Condit, a married man 30 years her senior. Condit admitted to the affair but said he had not seen Levy for over a week, claiming he knew nothing about her disappearance.

During the summer of 2001, the case became a national scandal that dominated the headlines as investigators focused on Condit. He offered little help to investigators, dodging camera crews and reporters trailing him and refusing to comment about his relationship with Levy or the police investigation. Condit was not charged in the case.

The case was pushed out of the spotlight after the terror attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, but police continued to search for any sign of Levy, or of her remains.

In 2002, Levy’s body was discovered in a remote area of Washington’s Rock Creek Park, and police directed their attention on Guandique.

Guandique had already pleaded guilty to assaulting two other women at knifepoint in the park in incidents around the time that Levy vanished. But because there was little physical evidence, prosecutors did not charge Guandique with Levy’s murder until 2009.

Guandique was convicted in 2010 of killing Levy while she was running through Rock Creek Park. He was sentenced to 60 years in prison.

The Jailhouse Snitch

A key part of the prosecution’s 2010 case against Guandique relied on testimony from Guandique’s former cellmate. According to court papers, the cellmate said Guandique confessed to killing Levy. Last year, a judge granted Guandique a new trial because prosecutors failed to disclose that the cellmate had previous contacts with the prosecutors, and may have been testifying in hopes of a reduced sentence in his own case.

On Friday, more evidence was released that cast further doubt on the former cellmate’s truthfulness. Sources told ABC News that an actress named Babs Proller alerted authorities that the former cellmate, Armando Morales, told her he had not been truthful in his testimony. Proller reportedly taped the conversation, but ABC News has not been able to verify the contents of that tape. Still, more potential damage to the government’s key witness was enough to prompt prosecutors to abandon a new trial for Guandique.

What Happens Now?

Guandqiue’s sentence for his 2001 assault convictions would have expired in 2010, according to the U.S. attorney’s office.

According to ICE sources familiar with deportation procedures, it is highly unlikely that Guandique will be a free man in the U.S. again, despite the fact he has now been cleared in Levy’s murder.

Guandique – an undocumented immigrant from El Salvador – is now being held on an immigration detainer, according to the U.S. attorney’s office. An ICE spokesperson said Thursday that agents would take Guandique into custody within two days and move him to a prison or jail in Virginia.

Guandique will then have a hearing to determine if he is eligible for bond prior to his deportation hearing. Since Guandique has been convicted of assaulting two women and served a 10-year sentence, the possibility of bail is very slim. Gaundique will then have a deportation hearing, and again, the likelihood is that he will be sent back to El Salvador, in custody, on an ICE flight.

What About Condit?

Condit’s attorney L. Lin Wood said Thursday that prosecutors deciding not to retry Guandique “in no way alters the fact that Mr. Condit was long ago completely exonerated by authorities in connection with Ms. Levy’s death.”

Wood added Friday that Condit’s counsel was informed Thursday by prosecutors that Condit “is neither a subject nor a target of the investigation into the murder of Chandra Levy.”

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13-Year-Old Dog Up for Adoption After Waiting Months Outside for Deceased Owner

Courtesy Marley’s Mutts Dog Rescue(TEHACHAPI, Calif.) — An Australian Cattle Dog was rescued this month in California after waiting in the yard for his deceased owner, officials said.

Ricky Bobby, 13, was found outside a boarded-up home in Mojave, according to Zach Skow, founder and executive director at Marley’s Mutts Dog Rescue in Tehachapi, California.

“We named him Ricky Bobby because it was ironic,” Skow wrote to ABC News, referring to the fictional race car driver from the movie “Talladega Nights.”

“He is so big and fat but when he walked on a leash, tried to run,” Skow said, noting that the dog is 108 pounds. “He likes to try and go fast, but just can’t quite get there.”

He was fed hamburgers and Spam by a neighbor who was helping the pooch survive. Ricky Bobby had been waiting out in the yard for his owner, who had died months before. A neighbor had alerted Skow about the dog’s situation, said Amy Klein, media liaison for Marley’s Mutts.

“At first, he was very defensive, but is now starting to warm up to everybody,” Klein told ABC News. “There’s no thyroid problem or nothing, nothing. He’s just obese. His foster mom is taking him for long walks and giving him the correct amount of food for a good diet.”

Klein said Ricky Bobby has become more trusting of shelter volunteers and is currently searching or a forever home.

“We WILL get him adopted,” Skow said in his email to ABC News.

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WORLD NEWS

IOC’s 3-Person Panel Will Have Final Decision on Russian Athletes

Stockbyte/Thinkstock(RIO DE JANEIRO) — A three-person panel will decide which Russian athletes will be able to compete at the Rio Olympics amid reports of a wide-spread doping program, according to the International Olympic Committee.

The IOC said Saturday, according to BBC, the panel will decide whether to accept or reject recommendations for Russian competitors from individual sports’ governing bodies.

Over 250 Russian athletes so far were cleared to compete, according to BBC.

The news comes after athletes criticized the blanket ban of Russian competitors recommended by the World Anti-Doping Agency. WADA issued a report that it found  systemic doping among Russian athletes in many Olympic sports, leading to Russia being banned from international competition.

The opening ceremony for the Rio Games is next Friday.

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Report: Syrian Families Leaving Eastern Aleppo

iStock/Thinkstock(ALEPPO, Syria) — Syrian families are leaving eastern sections of Aleppo, according to Syrian state media.

Civilians are exiting out of the rebel-held eastern Aleppo through “humanitarian corridors” where they board buses to be taken to “temporary shelters,” state media reports.

Basma Kodmani of the opposition High Negotiations Committee said according to BBC that the passages, set up by Russian and Syrian forces, are “not for getting aid in, but driving people out.”

“The brutal message to our people is: leave or starve,” Kodmani said.

According to the United Nations, 300,000 people are trapped in eastern Aleppo and food supplies could run out in a few weeks.

The U.N. has cautiously supported the humanitarian corridors. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said there was concern whether Russia was prepared for the plan.

A Russian army spokesman said according to BBC that 85 civilians and 29 fighters left through the corridors Friday and 52 civilians and 24 fighters were able to exit Saturday.

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‘Kidnapped’ Gnome Returned to Canada After Apparent 8-Month Trip to Mexico and US

CTV(NEW YORK) — A gnome “kidnapped” from its Canada home nearly eight months ago is now back with its owner, who said the lawn ornament was returned along with a photo book of its apparent travels to the U.S. and Mexico.

The gnome, which went missing in December of last year, reappeared this Tuesday in a bag left on the driveway of its owner, Bev York of Highlands, British Columbia — a rural town in southwestern Canada, CTV News reported.

“I opened up the bag, and it had a beautiful book and story, and it just brought a smile to my face,” York told CTV News. “It was so cute.”

Whoever returned the small statue, named Leopold, appears to have put together a travelogue filled with photos of the gnome’s adventures, such as along U.S. Route 66, at the Grand Canyon and on the beaches of Mexico.


York told CTV News that she has no idea who was behind Leopold’s trip through North America. The only hint she got was a photo showing a toddler cuddling with the gnome, but she said, “I don’t recognize the little boy at all.”

And though Leopold came back a little more worn looking than when he left, York said she wasn’t upset.

“He had, it looks like, a big margarita, so he might’ve been damaged after that,” she joked.

 She added with a laugh that perhaps “they could’ve taken me instead of the gnome.”

York did not immediately respond to ABC News’ requests for additional comment.

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Fantasy Football Draft Parties at Hooters!

footballowlIt’s Fantasy Football time at Hooters! Host your fantasy draft party at Hooters and get a FREE draft kit with over $200 worth of Hooters coupons PLUS a chance to win a trip to the pro football draft OR the college football championship! Visit hooters.com/football to book your fantasy draft party. Every member of your draft party will receive a FREE LIMITED EDITION PINT GLASS! (up to 12 glasses per party)

Magic 104.9’s top Tracks

Magic 104.9’s top Tracks

1.”Can’t Stop the Feeling” by Justin Timberlake.
2. “Just Like Fire” by P!nk.
3. “Send My Love” by Adele.
4. “Cheap Thrills” by Sia.
5. “Ride” by Twenty One Pilots.

Magic 104.9’s Top Tracks

Magic 104.9’s Top Tracks

#1. “Can’t Stop the Feeling” by Justin Timberlake.
#2. “Just Like Fire” by P!nk.
#3. “Send My Love” by Adele.
#4. “Cheap Thrills” by Sia and Sean Paul.
#5. “Ride” by Twenty One Pilots.

LIVE BROADCASTS: Trinity @ A&M Day Spa

LIVE BROADCASTS: Trinity @ A&M Day Spa

Join Trinity this Saturday morning for the grand opening of the A&M Day Spa. Come see Las Cruces’ fabulous new Day Spa at 201 South Solano. Get pampered with mani and pedi’s, make up and eye lashes, massages, wraps, scrubs, facials and waxing.  Roll the Magic Dice for Movie Passes, Wet N Wild tickets, Adventure Zone passes, Magic 104.9 T-Shirts, DVD’s and more!

10am till noon this Saturday  (it’s about a block and a half north of Lohman in the Plaza Amistad)

TequilaTacos Cerveza Festival!

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Listen to win tickets on Magic 104.9! Answer Tequila Trivia with Magic Mike to score a pair of tickets! Win through Thursday (2-7pm)

Early Amigo General Admission $20  This ticket includes entry into the event, 10 (.25oz) samples of any Tequila, a branded Koozie, & your festival sampling glass amigo. You can print your ticket or check in with your smartphone at the event.

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