Thursday, February 28, 2013

Staying overnight at school

The huge snowstorm that moved through the Midwest caused some students at a Colorado school to be stranded.  A bus carrying about 60 students ranging in age from pre-school to 12th grade turned back to school when a road was closed due to bad weather.  The older students slept on gym mats covered with coats and the younger students used nap mats.  It's a small school where they all know each other and some are even related so it was just like a sleepover.  They watched movies, had concession stand pizza, played basketball, and talked by phone with their parents before going to sleep.  stranded students

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Is Bud watering down it's beer?

Consumers of Budweiser products have accused the beer giant of adding more water to their beer in order to reduce costs.  Former employees have exposed the practices at Budweiser and class action suits are being filed in several states.  watered-down beer

Guns for tickets

Michael "Blue" Williams wants to trade concert tickets for guns.  Not just any concert tickets but ones for Beyonce's Mrs. Carter tour.  He's raised most of the money he needs to make the project work, the NYPD is on board, now all he has to do is get Beyonce to agree.  He thinks young people would be more willing to get the tickets than the cash program that is currently in place.  His project would be supplemental to that one.  getting guns off the street

Monday, February 25, 2013

NASCAR loses a great fan

But Mitch Zannette wouldn't have it any other way.  He died in the infield at Daytona three days before the Daytona 500.  After doctors gave him just days to live, he decided that he wanted to see the race.  He checked himself out of the hospital and headed to Florida with his partner, Tammy, his son, Mitchell, and his brother, Joe.  They made the trip in a rented RV.  Mitch enjoyed every minute of his last days; meeting one of the Sprint Cup girls, walking on the beach one last time, visiting the garage area, and even managing to talk his way trackside during the short track races.  His favorite driver was Dale Earnhardt Sr. and his family is convinced that he is now in heaven spending time with Dale.  dream fulfilled

WI man hit by debris at Daytona

Wisconsinite, Gerald Drazkowski was at the Daytona 500 race with his wife.  After seeing the wreck and flying debris, he told his wife to duck.  He was hit in the leg but not injured from the impact.  He brings home a unique souvenir from the race.  big wreck

Saturday, February 23, 2013 car running in the Daytona 500

Michael Waltrip is driving a unique car in the Daytona 500 on Sunday, February 24.  The car is made from other team's used parts.  It's got the #26 on it for the 26 victims of Newtown CT.  It will also carry the #80888 for the number to text donations for the victims.  After the Daytona 500, the car will be run as the #30 car with David Stremme as the driver.  Waltrip's Daytona car

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

How many sheep and men can fit in a small car?

Police in New Zealand did a traffic stop on a suspicious vehicle.  The small car contained 10 sheep and 4 men.  It's a very hot day and that many in a car will create a lot of body heat especially when most of them are dressed in wool.  It was discovered that the sheep were stolen from a nearby farm.  They were returned unharmed but a bit shaken.  The men were arrested.  10 sheep and 4 men
Update:  11 sheep

Mindy McCready's dog

Why did Mindy McCready shoot her dog before shooting herself?  Experts say that it was probably out of love rather than anger that she did it.  The dog actually belonged to her late boyfriend and she may have wanted the dog to be "with her."  Two other dogs at her home were unharmed.  dog

First female pit crew member

Christmas Abbott has always been tough and that should suit her well as she tries to excel in an all male sport.  She will debut her talents in the Camping World Truck series in the pits for Jennifer Jo Cobb.  She'll also do a job shadow in Clint Bowyer's pit at the Daytona 500 on Sunday, February 24--this may lead to a job on a Sprint Cup car for Michael Waltrip Racing.  Christmas

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Flintstone's house for sale

Dick Clark's home is for sale and it looks like the Flintstone's house.  Now you can buy it at a discounted rate.  The price has been dropped by $250,000 so the purchase price is now $3.25 million.  Only one bedroom and two baths with an open floor plan but it sits on top of a mountain with a fantastic view.  Remember to invite me for a visit after you buy it!  Flintstone's house

Two years in prison for letting teddy bears in

A border guard in Belarus was sentenced after a Swedish plane parachuted teddy bears into the country.  He was sentenced because he failed to report the border crossing of the plane that dropped the teddy bears containing pro-democracy messages.  Bolarus and Sweden expelled each other's diplomats over the incident and two civilians were arrested as well.  One was a journalism student who put a picture of the bears on his website and a landlord who offered an apartment to the two Swedish pilots.  All this over teddy bears?  attacking stuffed teddy bears 

Monday, February 18, 2013

Taylor Swift being sued?

Taylor was paid $2.5 million up front to do a concert in Ottawa, Canada.  The concert was canceled but Taylor kept the money.  The ticket company now wants her to pay for the tickets that had to be refunded.  taylor swift sued

Danica Patrick

On the pole for the Daytona 500 is Danica Patrick.  She makes history by being number one to pull off the line on Sunday--she's the first woman to ever do it in NASCAR's Sprint Cup.  Because of getting the pole, Danica will not have to run in the Budweiser Duels.  CC106.3 carries all of the Sprint Cup action.  Danica

Sad day for Country music lovers

Mindy McCready was found dead yesterday.  She apparently commited suicide after killing her dog.  Her father had been staying with her after the death of her boyfriend last month and the subsequent removal of her children from her home.  When he left Sunday morning, he says that Mindy was finally in good spirits.  I loved her music and will be singing some of her songs in her honor this weekend.  She was a tortured soul--rest in peace Mindy.  Mindy McCready
Please remember that suicide is a long-term solution to a short-term problem--it's not worth it!

Saturday, February 16, 2013

Two students in jail

The two boys concocted a plan to kill a fellow student by stabbing her.  They say that their reasoning behind the attack was that she bullied them.  One boy planned to kill her with a knife and the other would stand guard with a semi-automatic handgun to keep anyone from stopping them.  These two boys were only 10 and 11!  Both Washington 5th graders are in a juvenile detention center.  murder plot

Cops need lessens in identifying pot leaves

Bonnie Jonas-Boggioni aged 65 and her husband were traveling home to Texas from Columbus, OH after attending a funeral.  They're big Buckeye fans and have the team's sticker on the back of their vehicle.  Cops in Tennessee apparently don't know the difference between a pot leaf and a buckeye leaf.  Bonnie was pulled over for suspicion of trafficking drugs because drug dealers always advertise what they're doing (insert sarcastic giggle here).  traffic stop

Family loves their pit bull

When the family home caught fire, it was up to the pet pit bull to save the day.  After waking and alerting the family, the dog went back in to save another pooch.  "Baby" is their hero.  The house is a complete loss but everyone including their pets are all safehero dog

Friday, February 15, 2013

meteorite hits Russia

Experts aren't sure if this is related to the meteor that's coming close to Earth later today.  There were no fatalities reported but over 500 people were injured when a meteor exploded sending fire balls to Earth.  meteor explosion

Passengers finally on land

The Carnival Cruise ship Triumph finally reached Mobile, AL Thursday night.  It took over 4 hours to get everyone off the ship.  Some got on buses to other destinations and some stayed in hotel rooms until a charter flight would take them home.  Stories about the horrible conditions are spreading with Carnival issuing apologies.  The passengers will receive their money back, a free cruise, and $500.  triumph

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Dogs helping cats

Cheetahs may be the fastest land animal but they're not very social creatures.  This is causing a decrease in the cheetah population.  So dogs are being used to help the big cats survive.  The cats now have protectors and are starting to breed more in captivity.  friends of cheetahs

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Monopoly secrets to winning

Now that the new token has been chosen, it's time to get on with playing Monopoly.  There are strategies to winning the game.  Of course, a little luck never hurt either.  The secrets to winning Monopoly can be applied to real life as well.  win Monopoly

Monday, February 11, 2013

Cruise ship stranded

No, it's not an old story...another cruise ship is stranded in the waters by Mexico.  The Carnival Cruise ship Triumph had an engine fire that caused it to become stranded.  No one was injured and another cruise ship is on-hand to deliver supplies.  A tug boat will tow it to a port in Mexico.  Carnival Cruise adrift 
Update:  The ship was not able to be towed to Mexico because it had drifted north.  It is now underway to Mobile, Alabama.  It should reach it's destination by Thursday and passengers will be staying in hotels until the cruise line can fly them home.  Conditions are not good aboard the ship and those on the ship are hoping for Thursday to arrive quickly.  news about Triumph

Taylor Swift gets back at ex.

During the Grammys, Taylor Swift apparently made a jab at ex, Harry Styles by using an exaggerated British accent during her performance of "We are Never Getting Back Together."  Taylor is well known for calling out exes in her songs.  Taylor at the Grammys

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Chris Christie

Former White House physician for Bill Clinton, Connie Mariano, has caused a stir with Chris Christie.  She made comments about his weight and health without ever even meeting him.  She says that she is concerned that he would die in office if he were elected.  Kudos to Chris for telling her where to get off!!  Chris' response

Turning tragedy around

The Garretts are a blended family.  She has two sons and he has three daughters.  Then they had a son together.  Unfortunately at 7 months, Jake passed away.  In her grief, Sherrill, was looking for something to help her through it.  A friend was talking with her about 15 years from now she would be wondering who Jake's prom date would be.  This gave Sherrill an idea.  She remembers her own prom when her mother had to have a dress made for her because they couldn't afford a fancy dress from the store.  Thus, "Dresses for Jake's dates" came into being.  They will loan all the necessary items needed for prom to any girl that needs them.  prom dates

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

New Star Wars movie

Now that Disney owns the rights to Star Wars, speculation is that the new movie will be about Yoda.  Other ideas floating around are movies about Boba Fett and Jabba the Hutt.  Excited to see where Disney takes this.  Yoda


Voting ended last night before midnight and Hasbro is scheduled to announce the new Monopoly token this morning.  We'll also find out which one will disappear from the game.  People from 120 countries were involved in the voting.  The shoe, the wheelbarrow, or the iron will be eliminated.  It will be replaced by a diamond ring, a guitar, a cat, a helicopter, or a robot.  I'd like to see the cat.  new token
UPDATE:  The iron is gone and the cat is in!!

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Using beer to make beer

For a brewery in Alaska it is way too expensive to prepare and sell the waste from making it's beer.  So, instead, they are using their own by-products to make more beer.  They should be able to save $450,000 per year.  beer