Terry Michael - Weekdays 6a-10a
My days in radio started way back when we still played 45 records on the air, in 1981. I graduated from Park City High School in Montana back in 1981. FFA was a big part of my life and being a state public speaking winner led me to radio. I started my career in Laurel Montana and had stops in Livingston, Polson, Bozeman, Billings, Portland Oregon, Nebraska City Nebraska and finally landed in Gillette Wyoming. I called play by play for high school and college sports for 27 years before taking over the morning show on Fox Country. My wife Gina and daughter Jenikah and dog Gizmo make up our Gillette family and we also have two boys Rob in Sioux City Iowa and Jeremy in Livingston Montana. We love this community and area and hope to grow older here.
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What Do You Do When a Bargain Isn't a Bargain? You SUE!
Los Angeles prosecutors are suing four national retailers, JC Penney, Sears, Kohl's, and Macy's, claiming the stores duped shoppers into believing they got bigger discounts than they actually did. L.A. City Attorney Mike Feuer said, "Customers have the right to be told the truth about the prices they're paying -- and to know if a bargain is really a bargain." He believes the retailers falsely advertised higher regular prices for merchandise so customers believed they were getting bigger bargains. California law bars retailers from advertising a higher original price unless the product was sold at that price within three months of the ad. The lawsuits seek civil penalties up to $2,500 for each violation and injunctions to stop so-called false reference pricing to increase sales. Prosecutors said thousands of "sale" items were advertised at false reference prices. One of the lawsuits said JC Penney was selling a maternity bathing suit top online for $31.99 in February, down from a so-called original price of $46. The top was later marked down further but still compared to the $46 price point, even though the item was never actually sold for $46. Prosecutors said JC Penney and Kohl's previously faced class-action lawsuits alleging similar deceptive business practices and had agreed to stop. There was no immediate comment from any of the retailers.
The Fading American Dream
According to new research, the American dream may not quite be dead, but it does have one foot in the grave. The Washington Post reports that 92% of people born in 1940 earned more money at 30 years old than their parents did when they were the same age. Economically speaking, doing better than your parents is the American dream, but for people born in 1980, that percentage had dropped to 51. That means barely half of today's 30-somethings are doing better than their parents. People born in the middle class and the Midwest have seen the steepest declines. The New York Times calls it some of the "most eye-opening economics work in recent years," as well as "deeply alarming." A slowing economy alone doesn't explain the problem and researchers place the blame largely at the feet of growing inequality. Over the past 30-some years, nearly 70% of income gains went to just the richest 10% of Americans. Researchers say that if inequality had stayed where it was in 1970, 80% of today's 30-year-olds would be earning more than their parents. Researcher Raj Chetty said, "We need to have more equal growth if we want to revive the American dream." researcher Raj Chetty says. Without addressing inequality, researchers say the economy would need to grow 6% annually to reverse these trends. Donald Trump is only promising to grow it by 3.8% per year; experts say it's more likely to be closer to 2%.
Letters to Heaven
In Monroe, Georgia, Suzanne Edwards and her family of four found a wet balloon in their backyard with a photo and a letter attached - a letter written from a little boy to his father in heaven. The note read, "Dad, I wish you were here so we could have fun together. I wish you a Merry Christmas. I hope you tell God to give me those presents. I hope you are happy in heaven. If you are, ok then tell me. I love you, Alexander." Suzanne said, "My husband walked in the door with a tear in his eye and told me to read the note. After I read the note, I just cried!" Now the Edwards are on a mission to find Alexander and his family. Suzanne said, "I really want to meet this little boy. It was such an intimate letter between him and his daddy. Knowing that I am a believer, I want to let Alexander know that heaven is a happy place and want to reassure him of that. What a better time of year than not to take your family for granted." They are using a local TV station to help spread the word and anyone who knows the family of little Alexander is asked to contact Marnie Williams at email@example.com, so she can put you in contact with Suzanne and her family.
Toys and Testosterone Shouldn't Mix
In McHenry, Illinois, Kyle Kuta is a bit of an amateur mechanic who just modified a child's Power Wheels toy car to run on a real engine and reach speeds of 40 mph! Kuta posted a video showing how he took a Power Wheels vehicle based on the Cadillac Escalade and replaced the 12-volt electric engine with a 5 horsepower 160cc Honda engine. He then is seen taking the souped-up toy car for a test drive, reaching speeds of 40 mph. He says, "This is what you get when you cram a 5 horsepower 160cc Honda engine into a plastic Escalade made for a kid: an unstable 40 MPH death trap. The frame is made out of Unistrut, the wheels were meant for a wheel barrel, and the rest of it is just junk we had laying around the garage." Yeah, we're gonna go ahead and suggest that you do NOT try this yourself.
Funny What You Find in Amber
Researchers have discovered something truly amazing trapped inside a golden piece of amber -- already partially shaped to be sold as jewelry. It was a fully feathered section of a dinosaur's tail. The seller actually thought it was some kind of plant. While scientists have found evidence of feathered dinosaurs, not to mention feathered prehistoric birds, this piece of amber is the first time feathers have been found perfectly preserved and attached to what is unmistakably a dinosaur. The tail section is believed to belong to a young, sparrow-sized coelurosaur that lived 99 million years ago. Researchers know the tail belongs to a dinosaur because of its articulated vertebrae; birds have vertebrae that are fused together. Now that researchers can see how feathers actually appeared on a dinosaur's body, they hope to learn how they evolved for flight in modern-day birds. They also believe that, given access to amber mines in Myanmar, they may one day find a whole preserved dinosaur.
OK - Well This is Seriously Scary
This is bad news. Researchers at England's Newcastle University have discovered criminals can figure out your credit card number, expiration date and security code in as little as six seconds with just a laptop and an internet connection. Fraudsters use a so-called Distributed Guessing Attack to get around security features put in place to stop online fraud. By using computers to systematically fire different variations of security data at hundreds of websites simultaneously they can work out the credit card number, expiration date and security code using a process of elimination. However, the folks at Visa noted: "The research does not take into account the multiple layers of fraud prevention that exist within the payments system, each of which must be met in order to make a transaction possible in the real world." They also added, "For consumers, the most important thing to remember is that if their card number is used fraudulently, the cardholder is protected from liability."
Nice Job Florida Parking Officers!
For four days, city parking officers in Fort Lauderdale, Florida continued to slap tickets on an SUV parked three blocks from the County Courthouse. Apparently nobody could be bothered to look inside. But when Carolyn White noticed the pile of citations, she did take a look. Inside she saw the body of 62-year-old Jacob Morpeau sitting in the driver's seat with his upper body laying face down over the SUV's center console. His hand held a credit card. It was later discovered he died of natural causes and had been ill with hypertensive cardiovascular disease. What's not known is how long Morpeau's body had been inside the Isuzu. The SUV had been issued tickets from Nov. 12 through Nov. 15 but whether he was inside the Isuzu when the tickets were put on the windshield is also not known. Fort Lauderdale officials declined to comment on the situation. If it makes you feel better, the assistant clerk said the city dismissed the $160 in parking fees, "due to extenuating circumstances."
The Grinch is Unfortunately Alive and Well
In Huntsville, Alabama, a real-life Grinch set fire to Whoville, burning down the Dr. Seuss-themed float before it could reach the city's Christmas parade! Jeananne Jackson, the creator of the group behind the float, said someone flicked a cigarette from another car while they were driving on South Memorial Parkway. The butt landed on several hay bales and the elaborate creation quickly caught fire -- three months of hard work up in flames. Jackson said they spent $1,000 in materials for the mobile Whoville replica, built for the Dr. Seuss-themed parade. The Huntsville Fire Department responded to put out the fire, but most of the structure had burned. Luckily, they were able to save some of the dogs, pigs and other creatures wearing custom-made Thing costumes and wigs. The float was created by the Facebook group for Lost and Found Pets of Huntsville/Madison County. They had hoped to win the $300 prize for best float, so they could use that money to pay for more pets to be spayed and neutered. The group scrambled to get another trailer brought to the parade site so they could put the items they saved onto it. Group members also dressed in costume, trying to make the best of a bad start.
I Knew We'd Find Him!
On Friday, Dec. 13, 2013, the Gerstein family's dog, Bella, went missing after Bill Gerstein let her out outside his law office in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Almost exactly three years later, she showed back up -- 1,200 miles away, in New Jersey. Gerstein explained, "She would go out back and then come back in when she was done outside, and that day, I was distracted." By the time he realized the Maltese Pomeranian mix never came back inside, she was gone. He and his family mounted an extensive search to no avail. But on Nov. 22 this year, he got a call from the pet recovery service associated with the microchip Bella had implanted: The dog had been found wandering the streets of Paterson, NJ, and had been brought to a shelter. Gerstein flew to New Jersey immediately, where Bella wagged her tail when she saw him. He said, "She definitely remembered me." The next day they flew home and Gerstein said, "She wouldn't stop kissing me, and she's not a big kisser."
What the What?
In Chandler, Arizona, homeowner Jacquie Wedding has sent a strong message to any would-be thieves regarding her outdoor Christmas decorations: Don't even think about it. Wedding said, "I hear it's getting really bad, even the lights off their bushes are getting stolen. It's kind of sad." So along with their typical yuletide lighting displays, they but an inflatable snowman holding a shotgun with a sign that reads: "Stealing this light is not worth your life. I'll find you!" Wedding said, "It just tells them we own a gun. We don't know how else to get the point across." The decorations have caught the attention of neighbors, many who pull over to take pictures and the local media. Ironically, because of all the attention the yard has created, the Wedding family is now thinking about taking everything down. But neighbors hope the display stays because in the week it's been up, no decorations have been stolen.
Mystery Ransom Seeks to Solve Mystery
Authorities have received over 400 tips but few actual leads in the case of a California woman who went out for a jog and simply disappeared. An apparent stranger hopes to change that. An anonymous donor has set up a website offering a $50,000 "ransom reward" if "the person who has Sherri Papini" will let her go. Papini disappeared in Redding on Nov. 2. Police aren't sure if her disappearance was voluntary or involuntary but her family maintains she was abducted. According to the website SherriPapini.com, anyone holding the 34-year-old mother of two should contact Cameron Gamble, an apparent kidnap and ransom consultant. Gamble says, "We are offering this reward with no strings attached," adding that he and the anonymous donor are working separately from police and Papini's family. But if such a kidnapper exists, that person better act fast. According to a letter, the offer is only available until Wednesday when the anonymous donor, who claims to be a visitor to Redding, will leave the area "on my next business trip."
Teen Wins Right to Have Body Frozen
In Britain, a young girl dying of cancer wrote to a judge: "I'm only 14 years old and I don't want to die, but I know I am going to." She was asking to be allowed to have her body cryogenically frozen in the hope of being "cured and woken up -- even hundreds of years in the future. While her mother supported her decision, the case went to court because her estranged father objected - even though he hadn't seen her since 2008! Justice Peter Jackson, ruled in the girl's favor, and she died peacefully last month. She was too sick to attend court, but Jackson visited her in the hospital, where he said he was "moved by the valiant way in which she was facing her predicament." The judge, who ruled that the case should be kept out of the news while the girl was alive, described it as "an example of the new questions that science poses to the law," and the first of its kind dealt with by a British court. The girl, who had started researching cryonics in the months before her death, was preserved after death and her body is now in the United States with a company that contracted to freeze her indefinitely for around $45,000.
Cassie De Pecol may only be 27-years-old but she's about to reach a milestone that most people don't do if they live to be 100. Cassie will soon be able to say she has visited all of the world's countries in the fastest time and at the youngest age. The Connecticut native has been documenting her travels on the Expedition 196 site - there are 196 recognized sovereign nations in the world, though the US and some other entities don't count Taiwan. She has just over a dozen nations left to visit and she hopes to do that by year's end. Could be a little dangerous because that includes Libya and Syria. Her expedition officially started on July 24, 2015, and she's trying to break the Guinness World Record set by Graham Hughes, who accomplished the same feat in four years, 31 days in 2014 at the age of 33. According to her Twitter bio, she's now up to 181 countries; she spends two to five days in each. Though she's so far spent about $200,000 on her journey, which has included more than 250 flights, much of that has been paid for by sponsors and by bartering for free lodging in exchange for social media posts.
Scientists Make Paralyzed Monkey Walk Again!
In what could someday prove to be a major step forward for people with spinal cord injuries, scientists out of Switzerland are reporting that they've gotten paralyzed monkeys to walk again. Working on a rhesus macaque monkey, a neurosurgeon placed electrodes in the part of the monkey's brain that controls leg movement, and docked a wireless transmitter on the outside of his skull. Then, she put another set of electrodes along the spinal cord, below the injury. The idea is that the brain device beams instructions to the spine, which tells the legs to move. Using this "brain-spine interface," they used electrical activity they recorded in the monkeys' spinal cords prior to the injuries and "played it back" to restore movement. A small clinical trial is already underway in Switzerland for two people with spinal cord injuries to further test the interface. But the lead researcher warns: "It will take at least another decade in order to achieve the full translation in humans, with no guarantee whatsoever that it will be a successful endeavor."
USB Stick That Tests for HIV
In a revolutionary advance in HIV testing, UK scientists have come up with a USB stick that can test a single drop of blood for HIV and have results in less than 30 minutes. Such a test could be extremely useful in remote regions around the globe where it's difficult to get a traditional HIV tests and also help people who already have HIV. HIV patients could constantly monitor the levels of the virus in their blood, similar to the way diabetes patients monitor their blood sugar levels. Current HIV tests take as long as three days to produce results. While still in its early stages, the USB stick detects the virus via a change in acidity levels; results are sent to a computer or a mobile app. Recent testing of 991 blood samples resulted in 95% accurate results in an average of just under 21 minutes per result. Researchers are also looking into whether the test could be used to detect other viruses in the blood.
Naked Man on a Plane
If you've ever wanted to make a plane land quickly, just take of your clothes and threaten to kill your fellow passengers. That's what 34-year-old Oliver Gee allegedly did and he's now facing up to 20 years in jail. The Condor charter flight he was on from Cancun to Frankfurt had to make an emergency landing in the United States after Gee caused disruption. The British national who lives in Mexico has now been charged and arrested. Gee had allegedly demanded to be served alcohol even before takeoff and was behaving aggressively. After takeoff, he allegedly threatened to kill another passenger and threatened and intimidated a three-year-old child. According to accounts from other passengers, Gee wanted to urinate in the cabin but was helped to the toilet by a flight attendant and a passenger who volunteered to help. Gee then allegedly slapped both of them before threatening that he knew people in Mexico who would gladly kill for him. Gee was restrained by the passenger and the flight attendant and the American authorities were warned about the emergency landing. The FBI met him on the tarmac when the plane diverted to Jacksonville, Florida, after which the plane continued its journey to Frankfurt.
Why Does George Zimmerman Keep Renewing His 15 Minutes of Fame Card?
Will the day ever come that we never hear from George Zimmerman again? Well Mr. Zimmerman is back in the news after being kicked out of Florida bar for using racist language! According to the bar's manager, Angel Benitez, and the Seminole County Sheriff's Office report, Zimmerman became belligerent and started yelling at a waitress. The manager noted this was not the first incident involving Zimmerman at that bar. Zimmerman reportedly said to Benitez, "I didn't know you were a "N-word" lover." When Zimmerman was removed from the bar, he claimed that he had been assaulted by a black man. Benitez said, "We don't tolerate any racial or bad behavior so that's why we trespassed him." When writing his narrative of the event for the police report, Zimmerman wrote, "I want to press charges. Officer Nickell is an incompetent officer under qualified to flip burgers."
That Time the Police You Are Running From Save Your Life
In Pasco County, California, 40-year-old Jeral Bornstein was in the midst of being pulled over by police when he decided to run. Deputies suspected him in a retail theft case which prompted the traffic stop. The car chase ended when Bornstein exited the vehicle and fled on foot. After running through woods, he jumped into a canal and began struggling to swim. So, the two deputies who had been chasing him just seconds prior immediately went into rescue mode, pulling Bornstein out of the water and performing CPR. Deputy John Riyad said, "By the time I got over to him he was pretty much dead weight. He was already unconscious." He was taken to the hospital, where he told authorities he fled because he didn't have a driver's license. Deputy Riyad said, "He was very grateful when we were at the hospital. He thanked us for saving his life."
Take Comfort Citizens: America Stands Ready to Hack!
If you're worried about speculative reports regarding potential Russian hacking and cyber shenanigans on election day, be assured U.S. military hackers are ready to act. Senior intelligence sources say the U.S. has successfully hacked into various Russian systems, including command systems at the Kremlin, telecommunications networks, and the electric grid. Officials describe this as "preparing the battlefield." Officials say they would only use the U.S.' advanced cyber weapons against Russia if it attacks our country "in a significant way," something that's frankly not expected. They also assure the public that it would be extremely difficult for hackers outside the U.S. to change the outcome of the election, as the election itself is too decentralized. Officials don't believe there's any way Russia, or any person or country, could change vote returns or mess with counting. However, it definitely could do things to damage people's confidence in vote tallies. That includes faking documents and otherwise spreading misinformation. So if any Russian hackers go too far on Election Day, the U.S. military is ready to respond in kind.
Wow! Carrots Really ARE Good For You!
An 82-year-old man in the town of Bad Muenstereifel, Germany finally found the wedding ring he lost three years ago - in his own vegetable garden with a carrot growing through it! Making it even more special, the great "find" happened just after what would have been his 50th wedding anniversary. Sadly, his wife had died six months earlier but had always told him the ring would eventually turn up. The couple's names were not released but it turns out she was right.
Wanna Make the Big Bucks? San Francisco Janitor Is for You!
Looking to make the big bucks? Try janitor for the San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit or BART, as it is known. It seems last year BART janitor Liang Zhao Zhang raked in about $271,000 in pay and benefits - almost five times his base salary of $57,945 - after making $162,000 in overtime pay! And it was no fluke. Zhang, who cleans BART stations in the downtown core, has averaged $227,000 in pay over the last three years! Reportedly he worked 2,485 hours of overtime in 2015, which is an average of 6.8 hours every single day. The problem is - he didn't work every day and in fact used five weeks of vacation time. Sen. Steve Glazer who opposes a ballot measure that would authorize BART to raise $3.5 billion for a refurbishment by selling bonds says, "There are so many examples like this. We can't reward bad behavior." But a BART rep says overtime is necessary, including during special events. "Station cleanliness is a priority for us" and "hiring more employees would cost more than paying overtime," she says, adding Zhang is simply taking advantage of the hours available. "If he doesn't take them, someone else will." Twitter users are mostly applauding him with one tweet reading: "Given how gross BART is, if the dude is cleaning it almost every day a year, he deserves the money!"
Good Thing He Had to Go!
Down in Australia, archaeologist Giles Hamm was surveying a section of the country's Flinders Ranges when his partner, aboriginal elder Clifford Coulthard, had to go to the bathroom. So they stopped the car so Coulthard could walk down to a creek and answer nature's call. It was a really good thing too because down at the creek he found an amazing spring surrounded by rock art estimated to be 49,000 years old! Named Warratyi, the find has huge ramifications for our knowledge of ancient Australian civilization and the discovery in the arid interior of the continent means humans either arrived in Australia up to 10,000 years earlier than previously believed -- or they expanded across the continent at a much quicker rate. Researchers at the site found 4,300 objects, including tools, and 200 bone fragments from multiple animals, including a 5,500-pound marsupial. The bones help explain how early Australians' interacted with megafauna, including hunting them. The tools show Australians were using bone and stone axes earlier than believed and are evidence that early Australians developed some technologies on their own rather than adopting them from other peoples as previously believed.
Now Those Are What We Call Vintage Jeans!
Talk about some vintage jeans! A Maine auction house is putting up for bid a bona fide pair of Levi's blue jeans bought in 1893. Daniel Buck Auctions & Appraisals says the jeans were ordered for Solomon Warner, a man who actually participated in the creation of the Arizona Territory. Warner wore them only a few times, and the jeans ended up in a trunk. The 123-year-old pants are expected to bring in tens of thousands of dollars due to their pristine condition. And it seems Warner was a pretty big fella. The cotton jeans with button fly feature a size 44 waist and 36-inch inseam.
What the What?
You'll be happy to hear that Rapunzel is alive and well...and apparently living in China. A 60-year-old woman in China's Shanxi province has hair that's twice as long as she is tall. Ni Linmei said she hasn't cut her hair since 1998 and since then, it's grown to about 11 feet, 9 inches. Linmei showed off her daring do on Sunday in the northern Chinese city of Taiyuan, and attracted plenty of looky-loos. She spends two hours each day washing and drying her hair. She's also applied to get a spot in the Guinness World Records book but may have to keep growing her doo for a few more years to make that happen. The current world record belongs to China's Xie Qiuping who set the record in 2004, when Guinness adjudicators measured her hair at 18 feet, 5.54 inches. It took her 31 years to grow it that long.
Making Mom & Dad So Proud!
Miranda Rader is a 20-year-old Texas A&M student was arrested after she allegedly crashed into a police car...while taking a "topless selfie" for her boyfriend! Yep, reportedly the cruiser was parked in the street with its emergency lights flashing when it was rear-ended by an SUV. Police say that as the officer approached the SUV, he saw Rader desperately trying to put her shirt back on while wearing an unhooked bra. Oh, she also allegedly had an open bottle of wine in the center console. She later admitted she was taking a Snapchat photo for her boyfriend when she crashed into the cruiser. She was charged with DUI and ticketed for being a minor in possession.
Guess What Makes You See in the Dark?
A new study suggests that marijuana may have a strange benefit: improving night vision. Based on a pharmacologist's observation in the 1990s that Jamaican fishermen who smoked or consumed cannabis had "an uncanny ability to see in the dark," researchers at McGill University dug in. They applied a synthetic cannabinoid to the eye tissue of tadpoles of an African toad and found, to their surprise, that it seemed to work. Specifically, they found that the cannabinoid made particular retinal cells more sensitive to light, improving the speed at which the eye responded to even dim stimulus. Researchers then tracked tadpoles -- only some of which had been given the cannabinoid -- while showing them dark moving dots, which the tadpoles naturally avoid. All tadpoles performed well in the light. But in the dark, the cannabinoid tadpoles avoided significantly more dots than the others.
More People Would Rather Pay Fine Than High Insurance Premiums
As with most insurance systems, for the Affordable Care Act to work it needs some people -- specifically young, healthy people -- to pay in more than they get out to make up for the people who take out more than they put in. The problem is those young, healthy people are finding that "remaining uninsured is a reasonably good financial option" and many people are deciding it's cheaper to pay the fine to the IRS for not having insurance than to pay premiums to an insurance company. And that's one of the reasons ACA premiums are going up next year. Not to mention that because the ACA allows people with pre-existing conditions to get insurance, nothing is stopping people from paying the penalty and then later getting insurance if something happens. Tax and health policy experts say the penalty for remaining uninsured needs to be steeper -- perhaps by hundreds of dollars -- to be effective. And while penalties are doubling next year -- from $325 to $695 for adults, that might not be enough. It's estimated 5.6 million tax returns will include penalties for being uninsured.
Over in Suffolk, England, the town council has apologized after 80 residents received a voter registration letter which asks them to log on to a pornographic website. Mid Suffolk District Council issued the letter to residents in the Claydon and Barham wards asking them to confirm who lives at their address to check who is eligible to register to vote. However, the website given for residents to respond actually directs them to a porn site. Mike Evans, strategic director for Mid Suffolk and Babergh District Councils, has apologized for the embarrassing mistake, calling the mishap a "technical slip."
Flag on the Play
In Indiana, students at Bloomington North High School are now banned from wearing anything that depicts a Confederate flag on campus. Leaders with the school district implemented the ban after students wore the flag draped around their shoulders like a cape. The students argued that they were exercising their First Amendment rights, but Principal Jeffry M. Henderson said the decision to wear the flag caused too much disruption given the flag's place in U.S. history. Students may have worn the Confederate flag in response to an LGBT event held at the school the previous week. A student who spoke to local reporters said there's been tension over a gay pride flag flown in the library and a teacher's room. Student Destiny Sherfield said, "I want to either have both flags banned or both flags brought back, so it's equality." Henderson said, "Balancing the First Amendment rights of all individuals in a democracy can be a challenging task. Doing that with teenagers can prove to be even more challenging."
World's Rarest Pasta!
We don't usually think in terms of pasta being rare but apparently there is one kind of pasta that is so hard to find and so difficult to make that you're going to have to travel to the tiny hamlet of Nuoro on the Italian island of Sardinia to get a taste. That's because su filindeu, which translates to "the threads of God" or "God's yarns," is only made by three living women, descendants of a long line of women who for 300 years have passed down the family recipe! One of them, Paola Abraini, is 62 wakes at 7am every day to make the pasta. The recipe isn't so much a secret as it is just really hard to do -- so much so that no one else seems able to make it! Celebrity chef Jamie Oliver gave up after trying for two hours this summer and engineers from pasta giant Barilla couldn't get a machine to replicate it. Su filindeu consists of only three ingredients: durum wheat semolina, water, and salt. According to the Slow Food Foundation, "Elasticity is fundamental and this is achieved by patting the dough with salted or plain water. The exact moment when this should be done cannot be exactly defined, it is a sensation that only who is kneading can recognize." Sections of the dough are then stretched, using the fingers, eight times into angel-hair-like strands and layered on a flat basket called a fundu. The pasta is then sun-dried, and ultimately looks like "tree bark." It's only prepared one way: cooked in mutton stock with pecorino cheese added. But it's darn good and Abraini says, "I love it more each day."
What the What?
Running from the police all night can really make one work up an appetite! In Arizona, officers tried to pull over 35-year-old Joshua Adkins around 10:30pm for an outstanding warrant, but he reportedly refused to stop. A police helicopter followed Adkins as he drove through Phoenix and two suburbs and even watched as Adkins went through an In-N-Out Burger drive-thru and appeared to order food. He eventually got out of his vehicle, ran into a backyard and was finally arrested after allegedly trying and failing to get into a home's backdoor
Love at 86
An 86-year-old grandmother has become something of a Facebook sensation after she posted pictures from her wedding day. It's not just that Millie Taylor-Morrison found love again well after her first husband of 41 years died in 1992, but that she is such a an amazing radiantly beautiful bride! Of course it helps that earlier in life, Millie was a professional model, but she stopped working in the industry after having her fourth child. She designed her gorgeous purple wedding gown herself and when groom Harold Morrison, 85, eyes welled up upon seeing her walk down the aisle before their 200 guests, Millie "just beamed with happiness," her granddaughter says. The New Jersey couple went to the same church six decades before their Oct. 16 wedding, and Harold actually attended Millie's first wedding -- in 1952. Millie said, "I used to admire him in church. He dressed impeccably, and I admire that in a man." After not seeing each other for many years, they met once again when Harold joined Millie's new church. After Harold fell ill, Millie offered to help care for him in her home so he didn't have to go to a nursing home. When his health improved, they decided they "wanted to be pleasing in God's eyes" and set about planning their wedding. And now their happily ever after begins.
People Doing the Right Thing
It's good to know 2016 hasn't completely killed good old American decency. In upstate New York, a couple who found nearly $10,000 in a shopping cart at a Tractor Supply Co. promptly returned the cash with absolutely no expectation of a reward. The cash -- $9,800 in twenties, fifties, and hundreds was turned in to staff, then the couple finished their shopping and left without leaving their names. Store manager Jeff Weltch says they're regular customers but otherwise he doesn't know them. On Monday, the cash's owner, an area restaurateur who didn't want to be named, called Tractor Supply to claim her lost envelope. The woman had been shopping Sunday after work. She had to leave her windows down because her dogs were in the car, and she didn't want to risk having the envelope, which contained the week's cash receipts from her restaurant, stolen. She apparently forgot the envelope in the cart after one of her dogs peed in the car, distracting her. She later said, "I was in awe that anyone in this day and age would turn that kind of money in."
In Brewer, Maine, police officer Sgt. Fred Luce was responding to a report of a daylight burglary at a notorious abandoned house. He drew his gun as he went inside and suddenly found himself confronting Assistant City Manager James Smith and two Bangor Daily News journalists who were inspecting the home for a story they were doing on foreclosed homes in the area. Smith was showing reporter Nok-Noi Ricker and photographer Ashley Conti around a city-owned, foreclosed ranch house when Sgt. Luce entered and yelled, "Hey, what are you doing here! Come over here!" The police officer pointed his weapon first at Ms. Conti, and then Mr. Ricker, in the backyard for about 10 seconds, even though they identified themselves as journalists. Brewer Public Safety Director Jason Moffitt said in an email that Luce acted appropriately and that he "had has his service weapon at a low ready, meaning that it was out of its holster but not pointed directly at anyone, which is a typical police response that falls within policy and procedure for this type of incident." Ricker, however, said, "He had the gun pointed at Ashley's head." She said that when Luce turned away from the photographer to face her, he was also holding the gun level with her chest or head. Conti said, "It was scary. It was uncalled for, unnerving and unnecessary." Abandoned since July when the city took possession for unpaid property taxes, the house has been the scene of assaults, drug sales and burglaries. The BDN journalists were reporting on the city's plans to repair and sell the house. Of course they'll be doing a very different story now.
Did You Get a Charger from Amazon?
Hey Buyer beware: A new report says Nearly 90% of Apple chargers and cables sold on Amazon could be counterfeit. The report from Associated Press says the chargers -- manufactured by Mobile Star and wrongly bearing the Apple logo -- "pose a significant risk of overheating, fire, and electrical shock." A lawsuit by Apple claims the cables and chargers are being sold "as genuine Apple products using Apple's own product marketing images." And they're being sold by both third-party sellers and Amazon itself. Apple says customers would have no reason to believe the faulty products are anything but the real deal. And it says that could damage its reputation. Apple says it routinely buys its own products off Amazon to make sure everything is on the up and up. Apple's lawsuit claims that over the past nine months, nearly 90% of the cables and chargers it purchased were counterfeit. Amazon is cooperating with Apple and has turned over its inventory of cables and chargers. In a statement, Amazon says it "has zero tolerance for the sale of counterfeits on our site. We work closely with manufacturers and brands, and pursue wrongdoers aggressively." Apple is seeking $2 million per type of counterfeit product from Mobile Star.
The Times They Are A Changing!
My how the times are changing. We very well may be on the brink of America's first woman president...and we definitely have our first male CoverGirl! The makeup giant's current spokesperson, Katy Perry, just announced James Charles as the first ever "CoverBoy" on her Instagram page. Charles, a 17-year-old "aspiring makeup artist," started using makeup only a year ago but has already amassed more than 430,000 followers on Instagram. Charles will appear in TV, print, and digital ads for "So Lashy" mascara later this month and will work with CoverGirl through 2017. Charles posted on Instagram: "I am so thankful and excited. And yes I know I have lipstick on my teeth. It was a looonnnnggg day." CoverGirl says it wants to work with "role models and boundary-breakers, fearlessly expressing themselves, standing up for what they believe, and redefining what it means to be beautiful." The company calls Charles an inspiration. Teen Vogue is definitely also on board, stating: "We're firm believers that anyone on the gender spectrum should be able to share their passion for makeup without facing outdated stereotypes and negative judgment."
Timing Really Is Everything
They say timing is everything. For 34-year-old Canadian Adam Bari, that seems to be horribly true. Bari was riding his motorcycle June 1 when he was T-boned by a car. His family is now facing the possibility of bankruptcy- something that wouldn't be if the crash had happened just 12 hours earlier. Bari suffered brain trauma, broken bones, and more in the crash, in which he was determined not to be at fault. He was so severely injured that police initially pronounced him dead. The father of two was in a coma for nearly a month and was only released from the hospital a few weeks ago. Bari's injuries would have been considered catastrophic -- had Ontario not changed its auto insurance guidelines the day before. Under the old guidelines, Bari would have been entitled to up to $2 million in compensation from the accident. Instead, he received just $86,000. His wife Courtney said, "Adam has the same amount of money available to him as somebody who broke their toe." Bari is currently unable to work and may never return to his old job -- and Courtney Bari has had to go down to one day a week while she takes care of him. Meanwhile, medical bills are piling up, and supporters have resorted to a GoFundMe page that seems to have drawn renewed attention after the media coverage, as well as charity golf tournaments.
Hell Freezes Over: Glenn Beck Supports Clinton
Hell has officially frozen over. Once one of the loudest and most adamant conservatives on FOX News, Glenn Beck seems to be advocating for Hilary Clinton in the White House. In a Facebook post Beck called on Republicans to vote against Donald Trump, whom he describes as an "immoral man who is absent decency or dignity." He also urged the GOP to get Trump to step down to show "that the Republican party still stands for something." Beck says voting for Trump is "validating his immorality, lewdness, and depravity," voting against him is the "moral, ethical choice." Beck says he's OK if that means a Clinton presidency, arguing that she can be fought against as president in a more moral way, through politics, protests, and more. Incidentally, Beck campaigned for Ted Cruz during the primary.
What the What?
If you're going to try to monetize yourself online, make sure you carefully read the fine print. Or ask your mom or dad. In Spain, a 12-year-old Jose Javier is a young trumpet player who simply wanted to get some ad hits (and some cash) for his band. Jose had placed an ad through Google's AdWords program, which he believed would bring him per-click profits. But the service that actually does that is called AdSense -- AdWords does the exact opposite, making the ad's creator pay whenever someone clicks on it. And so from mid-August to October, while Jose thought he was reaping internet treasure, he was really building up a giant tab - to the tune of $110,000! Fortunately for Jose's family, Google is doing the right thing and after reviewing the case says the family won't have to pay. As for how a 12-year-old set up the AdWords account in the first place: His mom says he used the bank account number for one of the savings accounts his parents had set up for his future expenses.
Cool Down With Cinnamon!
Turns out cinnamon is better for you than we thought. A new study in Scientific Reports suggests it can lower stomach temperature by up to 3.6 degrees. While the study used pigs, researchers say the same should hold true for humans. Eating cinnamon with meals seemed to lowered carbon dioxide levels in the pigs' stomachs after meals, which made their bodies cooler. Researcher Kourosh Kalantar-zadeh said, "cinnamon protected the walls of the stomach and small intestines, basically protecting the integrity of the gut." Pigs that ate cinnamon saw a "significant improvement in their overall health." It appears that cinnamon lowers the levels of stomach acid and pepsin in the gut, thereby helping blood flow in the stomach's walls, which in turn may improve digestion and gut health. Of course, more research is needed to see if any of that is true. Regardless, Kalantar-zadeh says that 1 gram of cinnamon (about 1/3 teaspoon a day should produce health benefits in humans. But don't overdo it. The US Department of Health says eating 6 grams of cinnamon or more a day for six weeks or longer can be toxic.
Grandma's Smokin' Weed! Call Out the National Guard!
Margaret Holcomb is an 81-year-old grandmother in Amherst, Mass. She admits she's been growing one single marijuana plant in her raspberry patch for years because it soothes her arthritis and glaucoma and also helps her sleep at night. Her garden is fenced in and away from neighbors. Okay - maybe what she's doing is wrong but do we really need to send in a military-style helicopter from the National Guard to descend on the garden and uproot the plant that was almost ready for harvest? It actually happened and Margaret's son, who was home at the time, says it was "shocking" and "scary as hell." Holcomb is technically growing the plant illegally in a state that has approved medical marijuana use because she has no card, though full legalization of recreational use is on the ballot next month. Ms. Holcomb later said, "I had been nursing this baby through a drought, and I was pretty pissed to tell you the truth. A state police spokesman said the National Guard and State Police conducted a widespread raid of 44 plants on multiple area properties, seizing the plants but not pressing any charges.