360 Lunchtime Links: Donald Trump steps into the ring with Colbert and more

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Republican presidential candidate, businessman Donald Trump holds a Bible as he speaks during the Iowa Faith & Freedom Coalition's annual fall dinner, Saturday, Sept. 19, 2015, in Des Moines, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)
Republican presidential candidate, businessman Donald Trump holds a Bible as he speaks during the Iowa Faith & Freedom Coalition's annual fall dinner, Saturday, Sept. 19, 2015, in Des Moines, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

Republican presidential candidate, businessman Donald Trump holds a Bible as he speaks during the Iowa Faith & Freedom Coalition’s annual fall dinner, Saturday, Sept. 19, 2015, in Des Moines, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

1. Donald Trump to appear on “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” tonight.

Stephen Colbert, in speaking about Donald Trump, told Howard Stern earlier this month, “I would dare him to come on the show.” Well, Trump isn’t one to turn down a dare. The GOP presidential front-runner is scheduled to appear on “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” tonight. During the first week of his new show, Colbert has already had several presidential hopefuls visit. Bernie Sanders, Ted Cruz and Jeb Bush were all subjected to the host’s grilling.

Speaking of Trump, it seems “Saturday Night Live” has found theirs in actor Taran Killam.

2. Willie Nelson’s weed brand secures funding.

Willie Nelson found some green to fund his green. Tuatara Capital, a New York-based firm, announced Monday through a press release that they would be the lead investor in the country singer’s new brand of marijuana “Willie’s Reserve.” Although the product is still without a firm release date the funding is expected to speed up development. Nelson told Rolling Stone last spring that he “will make sure it’s good or it won’t be on sale.”

3. Vince Young and Jerrod Heard are texting buddies.

Texas quarterbacks of past and present unite! After getting Vince Young’s number from receiver Daje Johnson, freshman quarterback Jerrod Heard didn’t waste anytime before reaching out. “As a guy I always looked up to and watched every Saturday as a young kid, to actually get to text him means a lot,” Heard said. Previous starting quarterback Tyrone Swoopes has said he does not have a relationship with Young.

All Texas players better hope they have a good relationship with Charlie Strong, who was recently elected the coach ESPN voters would depend on most to back them up in a fight.

4. Ryan Adam’s released his cover album of Taylor Swift’s “1989” on iTunes yesterday.

Listen to Ryan Adam’s version of Taylor Swift’s “Shake It Off,” and it becomes clear they aren’t shaking off the same things. Adams’ quiet and melancholic take on Swift’s poppy album, which has sold 5.2 million copies since its release last October, has been long anticipated — by fans and Swift alike. “It felt no less genuine than any song I’ve ever written for myself,” Adams said.

5. Houston Zoo says goodbye to its last grizzly bear.

The Houston Zoo’s 35 year-old grizzly bear, Bailey, was euthanized Monday morning because of complications with arthritis. Bailey and her brother Boomer were rescued from private ownership, where they were not properly cared for, before being brought to the zoo in 2007. Both bears had received treatment for chronic arthritis after their arrival.


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