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By Chris Neal
Country Weekly - January 9, 2001

It was a big year full of news, surprises, upsets and celebration.  Here's what happened and who did it!
#5: Did Earl have to die?
The Dixie Chicks' "Goodbye Earl," a gleeful tune about two friends who knock off an abusive husband, provoked a hornets' nest of controversy.  "The song is out attempt to put a Dixie Chicks spin on a serious subject," explained Chick Emily Robison.  "We do it with humor."
#12: Buns in the Oven
Little rooster due to hatch  Dixie Chick Natalie Maines announced that she and husband Adrian Pasdar are also going to be parents.  The baby boy, due in April, has already been named Jack Slade.  "We just thought it sounded cool," Natalie explained.
#20: Chicks Rule the Road
The Dixie Chicks' six-month Fly Tour wrapped up in December after playing to sold-out crowds in 65 cities and setting a new standard for country arena concerts.  The brash, flashy show wowed audiences and critics alike, culminating in a ratings-grabbing Nov. 20 TV concert special.
#28: Down the Aisle
She can love him better  Dixie Chick Natalie Maines married actor Adrian Pasdar on June 24.  The couple exchanged vows in a $55 ceremony at the Little White Wedding Chapel in Las Vegas, then hit the tow to go gambling with the rest of the Chicks in tow.

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