Top of the list: Breaking into the boys' club, and remembering a singer

Here are the stories people were talking about on February 18, 2013.

1.   BREAKING INTO THE BOYS CLUB:  Danica Patrick will be at the front of the pack when the Daytona 500 kicks off this weekend.  It is the first time a woman has ever held that spot. 

Patrick won the pole with a lap speed of 196.434 miles per hour.  Four time cup champion Jeff Gordon was the only racer to hit 196 miles per hour, but his average speed of 196.292 miles per hour wasn’t enough to beat out Patrick.  The List spoke with sportscaster Dionne Miller about the significance of this historic moment. 

"Though she’s had some success, it hasn’t equaled what she has wanted competing with the guys.  She’s long said I don’t want to be the fastest female driver, I want to have the fastest car and be the fastest driver and yesterday she certainly was," said Miller.

The Daytona 500 is considered to be the Super Bowl of the NASCAR world, the race is Sunday.

2.  SONGBIRD SILENCED:  The country music world is mourning the death of singer Mindy McCready.  The 37-year-old was found on the porch of her home in Arkansas, with a self inflicted gunshot to the head.  McCready’s long time boyfriend David Wilson is believed to have shot himself on that same porch about a month ago.  The couple has a child together. McCready also left behind a 6-year-old son with another country singer, Billy McKnight.  Popular radio DJ Ramblin Ray Stevens spoke with The List.  

"She loved animals and when she would come to the radio station she would always have her two little dogs with her in her Gucci purse," he said. 

Stevens went on to say he was not surprised by the news of her death.

"I think if you followed the story of her boyfriend, his apparent suicide and what she was being investigated for and the Dr. Drew Celebrity Rehab, it was just out of control.  It’s almost like if we heard the same news if it happened to Lindsay Lohan, would any of us be surprised?" he said. 

WEB EXTRA: Full interview with Ramblin' Ray Stevens

Earlier this month, McCready checked into court ordered rehab, and gave up her children to foster care.

3.  STEROIDS ON TRIAL TOO:  Oscar Pistorius returns to court tomorrow where prosecutors for the first time will describe evidence found at the scene.  Word today that illegal steroids and a bloody cricket bat were among the items collected.  Pistorius is charged with murdering his girlfriend, model and law school graduate, Reeva Steenkamp on Valentine’s Day.  Police have ordered the paralympic athlete to be tested for steroids.

4.  IF YOU CAN’T BEAT ‘EM… JOIN ‘EM!  That seems to be the theory for parents in the U.S. who are joining facebook to keep tabs on their kids.  According to a new study from the Education Database Online, 43 percent of parents admit to checking their children’s pages every day.  92 percent of them are friends with their kids, something Denise Albert, co-founder of TheMoms.com agrees with.  The List spoke with her via Skype today and Albert told us ‘if your kids are on Facebook, you need to be their friend as a parent because if you’re not their friend what are they hiding?’  The study also found parents are interested in their kids status updates, posts made by their friends, and photos where the children are tagged.

5.  PRESIDENTIAL POWER:  Presidential Obama hit the links in Florida with Tiger Woods this President’s Day weekend.  He may be on the greens with a great, but Obama isn’t “in” the green with the richest Commanders in Chief.  24/7 Wall St. listed the top U.S. President’s for their net worth.  George Washington topped the list, followed by Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, and Andrew Jackson.  Theodore Roosevelt rounded out the top five.
 

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