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Friday, October 23, 2015

Hilarious Baby Photo Expectations Vs. Reality

When you have a baby, you want nothing more than to show him or her off to the world, right? You see all these wonderful baby photo ideas on Pinterest, and you just have to try some out for yourself. These parents all had good intentions, and though the results probably aren't what they had hoped for, they are infinitely more hilarious.

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Bill Murray reportedly dating former child star Jenny Lewis

Bill Murray celebrated his movie “Rock the Kasbah” like a rock star by partying till after midnight Tuesday and jumping onstage with a band at the subterranean Hudson Hotel club Good Units.

Meanwhile, we hear one guest who showed up at the bitter end of the night is Murray’s rumored younger love interest, indie rocker Jenny Lewis.

Murray booked the same band that played his son Luke’s September wedding, Chevy Chevis Entertainment, and he joined the group to sing the Rascals’ “Good Lovin’ ” for a crowd including Lady Gaga and Taylor Kinney, Kate Hudson, Naomi Campbell, and Zooey Deschanel.


Feds Have Spent More on Origami Condoms, Fat Lesbian Studies Than on Benghazi Committee

The amount of taxpayer funding that has gone toward the investigation into the terrorist attack in Benghazi, Libya, is less than the amount the federal government has invested in “Origami condoms” and studies on why lesbians are obese.

Democrats are very concerned that the Select Committee on Benghazi is wasting taxpayer dollars. Leading Senate Democrats, including Minority Leader Harry Reid (D., Nev.), are demanding that the RNC reimburse the government for the cost of the investigation.

Rep. Linda Sanchez (D., Calif.) said it was a “gross misuse” of millions in taxpayer dollars. Ranking Member of the Benghazi committee Elijah Cummings (D., Md.) began his opening statement during the hearing with Hillary Clinton on Thursday saying, “Republicans are squandering millions of taxpayer dollars on this abusive effort to derail Secretary Clinton’s presidential campaign.”


Is A Kilt A Costume? Busch Gardens Says So, Denies Entry To Man Wearing Scottish Garb

UPDATE: Busch Gardens says kilts are now welcome at the park, whenever guests want to wear them.
After the story of the kilt-wearing man who wasn’t allowed into the park hit the Internet, Busch Gardens posted a statement on its Facebook page (h/t to Consumerist reader Shea), announcing that though it has to “adhere to a strict no-costume policy” during Halloween events, it’d changed its mind on the topic of kilts.
“We regret any confusion this has caused, and have clarified that kilts are permitted in our parks during these special events, just as they are on a typical day. We welcome our kilt-wearing friends out to enjoy Howl-O-Scream,” the park’s statement reads.
What passes for a costume for one person might just be considered a normal outfit for others, but at Busch Gardens in Williamsburg, VA, there’s no gray area when it comes to men wearing traditional Scottish garb: a park guest said he was denied entry because he had a kilt on.
That goes against Busch Garden’s anti-costume policy, the park said, especially during its Howl-O-Scream Halloween event.
But the Norfolk, VA man says he wasn’t trying to dress up as anything other than who he is. He’s of Irish, Scottish and English descent, and six years ago, he started wearing a kilt about every other day to do things like go grocery shopping and other mundane, everyday tasks, to show his pride.
“I’ve been a customer for decades and a regular pass holder, and this has left a terrible stain on the honor of my culture as well as my ethnic pride,” he wrote on his Facebook post along with a video of his outfit.

Carroll County official supports Ben Carson's anti-Muslim rhetoric

BALTIMORE —A Carroll County commissioner's support of a presidential candidate's anti-Muslim rhetoric is drawing renewed criticism.

Recent anti-Muslim comments by Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson sparked calls for the retired neurosurgeon to drop out of the race.

"I would not advocate that we put a Muslim in charge of this nation. I absolutely would not agree with that," Carson said.

The controversy continued to brew Thursday after an opinion piece published this week in the Carroll County Times.

Carroll County Commissioner Richard Rothschild had a byline in the paper on Monday. His piece backed up Carson's comments.

Opponents called his words "reckless," "hate-filled" and "inaccurate."


Amazon Planning To Hire 100,000 Temporary Workers This Holiday Season

While Amazon continues to deflect criticism of its workplace culture, the retailer announced plans to nearly double its workforce this holiday season: adding 100,000 temporary workers to its roster.

The new short-term employees will join about 90,000 current workers (human and robot) at the company’s 70 warehouses and shipping hubs around the country, CNBC reports.

The seasonal hirings represent a 25% increase from last year when the company hired about 80,000 short-term workers.

Amazon executives say the temporary positions are in addition to the recently added 25,000 jobs the company filled in recent months.


Ex-Baltimore principal sentenced to probation for stealing

BALTIMORE —A former principal of Western High School in Baltimore was given a suspended prison sentence and put on supervised probation Thursday.

Baltimore City Circuit Court Judge Melissa Phinn sentenced Alisha Trusty, 39, to five years in prison, which was suspended, and five years of supervised probation, the Maryland State Prosecutor's Office said.

Trusty pleaded guilty in June to stealing $53,912.94 from the school's student activity fund.

She has paid $15,000 in restitution and was ordered to pay $38,912.94 in additional restitution during her probation.


8 Things We Learned About Racial And Gender Wage Inequality In The Restaurant Industry

With nearly 11 million people working in the restaurant industry in the United States, the field has become one of the most populated in the workforce. But a new report finds that while there’s a plethora of positions in the restaurant business, there’s a stark difference between livable-wage and poverty-wage positions and it tends to further segregate employees by gender and race.

The Restaurant Opportunities Centers United released a report [PDF] Tuesday exploring the wide-ranging economic positions of service industry workers and calling for an end for what it calls racial and gender occupational segregation.

“While Jim Crow regulated the enforced separation between white and African American patrons in restaurants,” the report states, “today we largely find that restaurant workers are effectively segregated by race and gender by a partition between livable-wage server and bartender positions and poverty wage busser, runner, and kitchen positions.”


BREAKING NEWS: Hurricane Patricia makes landfall in Mexico

Hurricane Patricia, the strongest hurricane ever recorded in the Western Hemisphere, makes landfall in Mexico as a Category 5 storm, Reuters reports.


Lawmakers Introduce Legislation To Curtail Surprise Medical Bills

There are good surprise and there are bad surprise. Falling into the latter category are unexpected medical bills, which affect nearly 30% of privately insured Americans. This week, lawmakers took steps to shield consumers from these often burdensome tabs.

Texas Representative Lloyd Doggett, along with 20 co-sponsors, introduced the Ending Surprise Billing Act with the aim to put a stop to unfair and unexpected out-of-network charges.

Under the proposed legislation, patients can no longer be charged balance bills if they go to an in-network facility in an emergency.

In the case of non-emergencies, they cannot be balanced billed unless they are given 24-hours-notice that an out-of-network specialist is providing care, an estimate of the charges, and then provide written consent to those charges.

If the conditions of the legislation aren’t met, patients would only be responsible for what they would have paid for services if they received them from in-network providers.

“Patients under anesthesia shouldn’t have to pay out-of-pocket unexpectedly for a health care provider outside their insurance coverage network,” Doggett said in statement. “Surprise billing is a complex problem. But we should all agree that requiring patients to pay unfair and unexpected bills is not the solution.”


Police/Courts 10/23/15


Christopher Bowden, 21, of Fruitland, Md. was arrested on Oct. 13 for breaking into a friend’s apartment, stealing an Xbox 360 and pawning it at a local shop on April 23.

Ocean City police officers reported Bowden entered through a window on the front porch by cutting the screen and a shoe scuff mark was found on the window frame.

An investigation revealed Bowden pawned the Xbox 360 on the same day it was stolen, the report stated.

He was arrested and charged with first degree burglary, fourth degree burglary theft, malicious destruction of property and theft.


Ocean City police officers arrested Garry Bell, 52, of Sinking Spring, Pa. for assaulting his girlfriend inside a hotel on Oct. 15.

Upon arrival, Ocean City police communications advised officers Bell had a warrant from Pennsylvania and was immediately handcuffed, according to the report.


Domino’s Launches Custom-Built Chevy Pizzamobile With Built-In Ovens

Pizza delivery is a tricky business. You have to get a pizza from the restaurant to the car, let it sit in the car for a while, then get it from the car to the customer, all without tilting the box so the cheese slides off. Delivery drivers normally use their own cars for this… but what if there were a purpose-built car designed to keep food warm and advertise Domino’s in traffic?

The process began three years ago, when Domino’s ran a design contest looking for the “ultimate delivery vehicle.” 100 of the vehicles will roll out in test cities over the next few months.

The current version is called the DXP, or “delivery expert,” and is based on the gasoline-powered version of the Chevrolet Spark. It has warming ovens where the backseat and trunk normally would be. Yep: exterior, lockable warming ovens.


American Legion hosts second gala for wounded warriors in OC

Ocean City and the American Legion welcomed 15 wounded warriors from the Walter Reed Medical Center in Bethesda, Md. last weekend.

They participated in a number of activities including breakfast from the American Legion and VFW, a boat ride and lunch with United States Coast Guards in Ocean City and a trip to the Veterans Support Center of America near Salisbury.

“This is the third time [the American Legion has hosted Wounded Warriors in Ocean City,]” said American Legion Post #166 Commander Sarge Garlitz.

Last Saturday night, dozens of people attended the second annual Wounded Warriors Gala on 24th Street and heard from keynote speaker Dr. Debra Malone, a retired U.S. Air Force colonel and the trauma research director at Walter Reed National Naval Medical Center.


Toledo, Ohio Mayoral Candidate Promises God's 'Destruction' If She Doesn't Win

Cardin Statement on Hogan Administration’s Transportation Plans in Baltimore City

WASHINGTON – U. S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a senior member of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, issued the following statement in response to Governor Larry Hogan’s (R-Md.) announcement of his updated transportation priorities for Baltimore City.

“Governor Hogan’s decision to help Baltimore’s bus system run more efficiently is welcome news for the people who live, work and play in the city. While I welcome his suggestions to streamline bus service, his announcement is in no way a comprehensive, long-term solution to improving public transportation, reducing traffic or creating new jobs in Baltimore City. Spending $150 million to make buses run on time is a good start but no substitute for the 10 years of planning, $900 million in hard-fought federal funding and the economic growth that Governor Hogan threw away when he killed the Red Line in Baltimore.

“In an op-ed from September, the Governor wrote: ‘Over the next several months, my administration will announce a series of innovative ideas that have the potential to deliver real change.’ I have to ask, is color-coding bus lines and removing lanes from already congested city streets ‘real change’ to the people commuting to and through Baltimore? Making the buses run on time is not innovative, it is what is expected of our transit agencies. I agree with Governor Hogan that public transit should be multimodal and comprehensive, but this new plan falls short on both counts.”

Woman Flipped Off the Mayor, So He Had a SWAT Team Raid Her House

Piedmont, MO – Tina Warren has been fighting her local government over rising water bills, leaving her at odds with the town’s mayor, Bill Kirkpatrick. Warren has been running a number of campaigns against his policies, and she has even been flipping the mayor the middle finger every time she sees him.

Tina’s local activism made her a target for the local police, who pulled her over several times, reportedly demanding that she stop a petition drive that she was organizing about water bills.

According to Warren, her house was also raided and searched for drugs on Kirkpatrick’s orders. Now she is filing a harassment lawsuit against the city, stating that the mayor and the local police colluded to intimidate her and prevent her activism.


DOJ: Lois Lerner Will Not Face Criminal Charges in Targeting Scandal

Lois Lerner will not face criminal charges for targeting conservative and Tea Party groups during her time at the Internal Revenue Service, the Department of Justice said Friday.

CNN reported that the Justice Department will not bring charges against Lerner, who served as the director of exempt organizations at the IRS, and will close its two-year investigation into the alleged improper targeting.

The government agency said in a letter to Congress that investigators found “substantial evidence of mismanagement, poor judgment, and institutional inertia leading to the belief by many tax-exempt applicants that the IRS targeted them based on their political viewpoints.”

However, the letter said that “poor management is not a crime.” No one at the agency will face charges.


Old Commercial Boat’s Materials Dropped On Reef Site

OCEAN CITY — Just a week after the dilapidated “New Hope,” a fixture on the West Ocean City commercial harbor landscape for years, was dismantled, much of its steel and salvageable material found its new home on the ocean floor at the Bob Gower Artificial Reef site this week.

Last week, Captain Jeremiah Kogon and the crew on the MV Iron Lady meticulously dismantled the old New Hope, a 70-foot commercial vessel scuttled for years along the bulkhead at the commercial harbor in West Ocean City. Most of the sinking vessel, which had been half-submerged at the harbor for several years, was not salvageable and was ultimately hauled to the landfill, but much of its steel superstructure was stacked neatly on the deck of the MV Iron Lady for future deployment on the Bob Gower Artificial Reef site just miles off the coast of the resort.

With clear weather and calm seas this week, the MV Iron Lady, with the assistance of the Ocean City Artificial Reef Foundation and the Morning Star with Captain Monty Hawkins, began methodically dropping the tons of steel and other material on the Bob Gower reef site, named for the late, beloved captain who trolled the waters around the resort area for decades before his passage in 2011.


UPDATE, Read The Comments: In Case You Missed It, Listen To This Recent Salisbury Crime Interview

Uncle Sam admits monitoring you for these 377 words:

One of breakout standup routines from the late, great George Carlin was his 1972 monologue “Seven Words You Can Never Say on Television.” In the presence of polite company, I shall not repeat them… but rest assured, the routine is still hilarious to this day.

I wish I could say the same about the Department of Homeland Security… I wish I could say this is all a big joke… that the government’s “377 words you can never use online” is just some stupid comedy routine.

But it’s not. And you just can’t make this stuff.


BREAKING NEWS: Ex-IRS official Lois Lerner will not face criminal charges

The Justice Department announces it will not bring charges against Lois Lerner, the former IRS official who sparked a political controversy over the processing of applications for tax-exempt status.


Man Alleged Spit On By Police Charged, Injured In Chase

A man who was allegedly spit on by a Baltimore police officer is now in the hospital with injuries after police say he crashed a car.

Police spokesman T.J. Smith says that Alfred Evans was spotted speeding Wednesday night and that when officers approached, Evans put the car in reverse and sped down a one-way street in the wrong direction. Smith says Evans struck an SUV and a business.

Smith says bystanders pulled Evans out of the car. He was taken to the hospital. He faces traffic charges.


The 50 best US tourist attractions you've never heard of

Each state has its iconic landmarks, but there are plenty of attractions that fly under the radar.

New York has the Empire State Building, but it's also home to Letchworth State Park, unofficially known as the "Grand Canyon of the East."

We've rounded up the most worthwhile but lesser-known tourist attractions in every state.

While some of these places have a significant amount of visitors each year, they remain hidden gems to many out-of-state travelers.


2 uniformed Secret Service officers found sleeping on the job

WASHINGTON (WJLA) — Federal watchdogs discovered two uniformed Secret Service officers sleeping on the job during an audit last August.

In a report released Thursday, the Office of the Inspector General says one officer was at his post at the White House, the other at an unnamed embassy. ABC News is reporting that it was the Israeli Embassy.

One officer told investigators he had taken cold medicine that made him drowsy. The OIG found the other officer had worked 60 hours of overtime in the pay period leading up to the incident.


Second Homicide Suspect Arrested

Dover, DE - The Delaware State Police Homicide Unit continues to investigate a Dover area home invasion where three people were shot and two killed.

On Saturday, October 17, 2015 at approximately 1:38 a.m. a home invasion was reported with two suspects. Troopers responded to the 1400 block of John Clark Road (Rodney Village) south of Dover, De.

The Delaware State Police working with the First State Fugitive Task Force, the Eastern Pennsylvania Violent Crimes Fugitive Task Force, and the Norristown Police Department were able to locate Saleem Shabazz, 21 of Philadelphia, at the unit block of East Jacoby Street, Norristown, Pa.

Saleem Shabazz was taken into custody on October 22, 2015 at approximately 5:00 p.m. without incident. Shabazz is awaiting extradition back to Delaware and is currently being held at the Montgomery County Correctional Facility in lieu of $1 million cash bail. (mug shot attached)

If anyone has any information about this incident they are asked to contact Detective D. Grassi at 302-365-8441. Information may also be provided by calling Delaware Crime Stoppers at 1-800-TIP-3333, or by sending anonymous tips by text to 274637 (CRIMES) using the keyword DSP via the internet

House votes to repeal key pieces of Obamacare

House Republicans on Friday passed legislation that would eliminate some of the most contentious parts of Obamacare, and sent it to a Senate that, for a change, should be able to pass it and send it to President Obama's desk.

Lawmakers approved the Restoring Americans' Healthcare Freedom Reconciliation Act in a 240-189 vote that saw all but one Democrat vote against the measure, along with seven Republicans.

The bill would eliminate the individual and employer health insurance mandates, the 2.3 percent medical device tax, and the tax on "Cadillac" health care plans. It would kill off a public health fund under Obamacare that the GOP has said is a "slush fund" for the Obama administration.

And, importantly for many Republicans, it would also impose a one-year moratorium on federal funding for Planned Parenthood. That group is being investigated after a series of videos suggesting that the group may be profiting from the sale of fetal remains.

Power outage In Pocomoke City & Snow Hill

Choptank Electric is reporting 242 members without power in the Pocomoke City and Snow Hill areas. Crews are currently on site and working on isolating the issue.

All Members in Pocomoke City and Snow Hill areas should be restored at this time. If you are still experiencing an outage, please call our Outage Reporting Number at 1.800.410.4790 

The 10 movies people love watching over and over

Do you have a favorite movie that never seems to get old no matter how many times you've watched it?

You're not the only one.

Using data from over 1,000 people, Walt Hickey at FiveThirtyEight put together a list of the 25 most rewatchable movies of all time.

Turns out, when it comes to rewatching movies, many people have pretty similar tastes.

Of course, it's not an exact science. For several entries, Hickey had to interpret whether the person meant an individual film or an entire series, such as "Harry Potter" or "Star Wars."

There is also a difference between the movies men like to watch and the ones women like to watch.

How many of these movies have you seen?


Krauthammer: History will judge Obama

Charles Krauthammer told viewers Thursday on “Special Report with Bret Baier” that “history is going to judge Obama very severely” on his decision to keep U.S. forces in Afghanistan at their current level throughout much of 2016.

Krauthammer, a syndicated columnist and Fox News contributor, insisted Obama has no intention of reducing troop levels before he leaves office because he does not want “helicopters lifting off embassy personnel in Kabul the way that happened in Saigon in '75.”

“He does not want that embarrassment,” said Krauthammer. “I think he’ll hold the 10,000. I think that’s the right policy. And he wants to dump it in the lap of the next president.”


How subscription video on-demand services like Netflix are contributing to the demise of pay-TV

The way viewers are watching TV is rapidly evolving.  
Every year, more viewers are ditching their expensive pay-TV subscriptions and opting instead for subscription video on-demand (SVOD) services like Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Video, as well as premium services from HBO and Showtime. Rising demand for SVOD services, which allow viewers to stream the programming they want anywhere, has led many to question what the future of video entertainment looks like — and whether traditional pay-TV has a place. 
In a new report from BI Intelligence, we examine how the growth of SVOD services is coming at the expense of the pay-TV industry. We analyze the state of the pay-TV industry and map out which demographics are more likely to stop buying traditional TV packages. We also discuss the user base, original content offerings, and subscription models of the major subscription streaming services available today, including Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Video. Finally, we look at how traditional pay-TV companies and premium channels like HBO and Showtime are addressing the shift to digital viewing, as well as the implications of their response for advertisers. 
 Here are some of the key takeaways:
  • Those abandoning pay-TV packages fall into three main groups: cord-nevers, cord-cutters, and cord-shavers. Whereas video streaming services have found favor with younger viewers in particular, an increasing portion of older subscribers also are leaving behind their pay-TV packages. Still, younger viewers watch four times as much video content online than older viewers. 
  • Netflix is the largest SVOD service and will continue to dominate the industry with an impressive original content lineup and aggressive expansion plans. 
  • Amazon is trying to compete with Netflix by investing significant resources in original content.
  • Hulu is the third-largest SVOD service, but the only one to offer ad-supported membership tiers. Hulu has been the slowest to roll out original and exclusive content, but it has inked numerous deals in the past year to boost its content library. 
  • Pay-TV companies are responding to the rise of SVOD services by offering subscribers "skinny bundles" and their own streaming services.
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Study Says Hands-Free Devices Not Helping With Distracted Driving

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (WJZ) — Distracted driving. Hands-free technology in cars is hardly danger free.

Gigi Barnett reports a new study on the special devices yields some surprising results.

Sending or reading a hands-free text or touching the dash are distractions drivers thought they could do with ease.

“With the hands-free, I’m still watching the road,” driver Ethan Becker said.

A new study by AAA discovered that after the hands-free task is done, a driver can still be distracted for seconds — up to 27 seconds.


Governor Larry Hogan: A Transformative New Plan to Rebuild Baltimore Transit

Two Google employees are giving everyone a peek inside Google

For the most part, Google is a wondrously fantastic place to work.

But even some of the people who work at Google have only heard rumors of how great it is. Many have not experienced the crazy cool projects, climbing walls, or legendary slides themselves.

So, two Google employees, known by their first names "Nat and Lo" decided to check out their company. They are using Google's famous 20% time to film all the cools things inside Google, sharing their experiences on YouTube. (Google allows its employees to spend 20% of their time working on whatever projects inspires them).

Their YouTube channel is called, simply enough, "Nat and Lo's 20% Project" and so far, they've thrown open the doors to things like ...

... how Google X projects get started. Google X is the experimental lab working on everything from robotic swimming snakes to a tablet that captures 3D images and can use that to direct a remote control car around a house.


A close look at why the tablet market isn't coming back

The tablet market has hit a wall. Shipments contracted for the second consecutive quarter at the start of 2015, declining by 6% year-over-year (YoY). 
TabletShipmentsForecastBI Intelligence
On an annual basis, the tablet market has fallen off dramatically. 
As recently as 2011, annual global tablet shipments growth surged 305%. But by 2014, total tablet shipments growth had slowed to just 8%. 
In a new report from BI Intelligence on the tablet market, we have revised down our tablet shipments projections for what was once the fastest-growing consumer electronics category, after sustained contraction in the tablet market over the past two quarters.

Eastbound lanes of Bay Bridge reopen after truck overturns

QUEEN ANNE'S COUNTY, Md. (WJLA) — A box truck overturned on the Bay Bridge Friday morning. No injuries were reported by the Anne Arundel County Fire Department.

Eastbound lanes were closed for several hours before the span was reopened around 11 a.m.


Two vehicles were involved in the accident that occurred in the fourth lane.

The box truck involved in the accident is owned by Lindy's Seafood based in Woolford, Maryland.


Baltimore mom gives birth to ‘Incredibly Rare’ identical triplets

(BALTIMORE) — One’s company, two’s a crowd, and three’s a party — Kristen and Tom Hewitt know that firsthand after giving birth to extremely rare identical triplets in Baltimore earlier this month.

Kristen Hewitt said that when the couple got their first ultrasound, the technician was abnormally quiet. To break up the silence, her husband jokingly asked “if there was more than one baby in there.” The tech laughed and broke the news that the couple had not one, not two, but three buns in the oven.

Because the incidence of identical triplets, where one fertilized egg splits three times, is so low, there are very few absolute statistics on them. Doctors said the odds of babies like Thomas III “Tripp,” Finnegan “Finn,” and Oliver “Ollie” being conceived without the use of fertility treatments could be as high as one in two million.


The IRS is now recognizing same-sex marriages no matter where they were performed

The IRS is making it official: The tax agency says it will now recognize same-sex marriages regardless of where they were performed.

The IRS and the Treasury Department also said they will interpret the terms "husband" and "wife" to apply to same-sex spouses as well as opposite-sex spouses.

The IRS proposed the regulations Wednesday to implement the Supreme Court's decision in June legalizing same-sex marriages in every state.

The Supreme Court ruled 5-4 that the Constitution provides a right to same-sex marriage.


You Just Can't Please Them

"Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz criticized Hogan's plan as insufficient" ..."They should have been doing...

Posted by Maryland Democratic Party on Thursday, October 22, 2015

Student who went on mac and cheese tirade no longer at UConn

A University of Connecticut spokeswoman says a 19-year-old man is no longer enrolled at the school after going on a drunken, obscenity-laced tirade against food service workers for refusing to sell him jalapeno-bacon macaroni and cheese.

Spokeswoman Stephanie Reitz said Wednesday that Luke Gatti, a former freshman from Bayville, New York, was no longer a UConn student. She says she can't disclose why Gatti was no longer enrolled at the school because of federal law.

Many students on campus told Eyewitness News that Gatti leaving the school is the best outcome for him and the university.

"I don't think he should be forgiven because his behavior is just too out of line," said Zexi Ryn, a UConn students.


Animated map shows every nuclear bomb explosion in history

On July 16th, 1945, the United States conducted the world's first test of a nuclear weapon. Less than a month later, two bombs were dropped on the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, bringing about the end of the Second World War. No nuclear bombs have been used as weapons since the attacks on Japan, but thousands of tests have been conducted – primarily by the US and USSR throughout the Cold War.


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Hyundai reports lowest earnings in more than 5 years

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Hyundai Motor Co. reported Thursday its lowest quarterly earnings in more than five years after underestimating strong demand for SUVs and losing ground to local brands in China.

South Korea's largest automaker said its third quarter net income was 1.2 trillion won ($1.1 billion) for July-September quarter, slumping more than 25 percent over a year earlier.

The result, its worst since the first quarter of 2010, was below even the lowest estimate by analysts. The maker of Sonata and Tucson vehicles was expected to post 1.5 trillion won in quarterly profit, according to a survey of analysts by FactSet, a financial data provider.


Green Beret discharged for confronting child rapist gaining support for appeal

A Green Beret who is being discharged for roughing up an accused Afghan child rapist is gaining support nationwide from pro-military groups as his appeal nears the finish line.

Sgt. 1st Class Charles Martland’s last stand will occur at the Army’s Board for Correction of Military Records. The panel’s website states that it exists to “correct errors in or remove injustices from Army military records.”

Supporters say that, if any case involves an injustice, it is Sgt. Martland’s — kicking out a decorated Green Beret for taking a moral stand against a child abuser.

After a failed appeal before a different panel, Sgt. Martland’s Army attorney this time is sticking to a legal, not emotional, argument before the records board.

There were “irregularities” in the soldier’s last evaluation — the document that put him on the discharge list — and thus it should be thrown out, will be Sgt. Martland’s legal position, according to Joe Kasper, chief of staff for Rep. Duncan Hunter, a California Republican and war veteran who has taken up the commando’s cause.


Wicomico Eyes Three-Option School Board Referendum

SALISBURY – Wicomico County will make another bid this year at legislation enabling a referendum on an appointed versus and elected public school board, but officials are still seeking clarification on what the referendum should look like.

For years, Wicomico County has wrestled with the concept of going from a school board appointed by the governor to an elected school board or a combination of the two. In 2011, a bill in the General Assembly that would have put the question to the voters in Wicomico through the referendum process passed the House, but failed in the Senate when the clock expired on the session.
Four years later in the 2015 session, another attempt at taking the elected versus appointed school board question to referendum stalled in the General Assembly. County officials have since held four public hearings on the issue, taking testimony from stakeholders in all corners of the county and the County Council is now preparing a renewed effort at getting legislation passed in the upcoming General Assembly session to get the referendum question on the ballot in time for the 2016 general election.

However, county officials this week were still wrestling on the language in the proposed legislation and perhaps more importantly, what the referendum question might actually look like. Wicomico remains one of the few counties in the state with a school board fully appointed by the governor. After an extensive public hearing process, the referendum question has been winnowed down to three choices: keep a fully appointed school board; move to fully-elected seven-member school board; or opt for a school board consisting of five elected members and two appointed members.


BREAKING NEWS: Chafee ends presidential bid

Lincoln Chafee, the former Rhode Island governor and senator, says he is dropping out of the race for the Democratic presidential nomination.

Trump is like Reagan and the media is clueless about it

Neurotically ignoring the fact that Donald Trump’s position on immigration has catapulted him to the lead for the Republican presidential nomination, the media diminish his soaring poll numbers with a scrolling series of rationalizations.

Trump might or might not be the nominee, but the dismissals of him are wishful thinking, not historical fact.

All summer, for example, we were smugly assured that polls mean nothing this far in advance of an election. Sen. Marco Rubio’s (R-Fla.) campaign manager Terry Sullivan assured Politico: “Show me the candidate who was first place in August who ended up winning in February.”

I hope Rubio’s advisers are as sure about this as they were about amnesty being a big hit with voters.

Then it was September, and Trump was still in first place, so Rubio boasted to CNN, “We want to be in first place in February, not in August or September.”


A 23-year-old Google employee lives in a truck in the company's parking lot and saves 90% of his income

When 23-year-old Brandon headed from Massachusetts to the Bay Area in mid-May to start work as a software engineer at Google, he opted out of settling into an overpriced San Francisco apartment. Instead, he moved into a 128-square-foot truck.

The idea started to formulate while Brandon — who asked to withhold his last name and photo to maintain his privacy on campus — was interning at Google last summer and living in the cheapest corporate housing offered: two bedrooms and four people for about $65 a night (roughly $2,000 a month), he told Business Insider.

"I realized I was paying an exorbitant amount of money for the apartment I was staying in — and I was almost never home," he says. "It's really hard to justify throwing that kind of money away. You're essentially burning it — you're not putting equity in anything and you're not building it up for a future — and that was really hard for me to reconcile."


Why Biden Didn’t Run

With apologies to Bob Dylan, you can’t tell which way the wind is blowing without a weather vane, particularly if you are indoors looking out. We had no way of knowing what was happening in the bowels of the Justice Department and the White House before Joe Biden decided not to run. Now, we know:

There will be no indictment of Hillary Clinton.

Undoubtedly, Biden would have run if he had gotten word that an indictment was likely. He would have had to. The Democratic Party is determined not to nominate Bernie Sanders because they believe, correctly, that this would destroy their chances in November.

Biden’s candidacy would have been indictment insurance in the same way that Gerald Ford’s ascent to the vice presidency in 1973 was a form of impeachment insurance. Faced with the inevitability of Spiro Agnew’s rise to the presidency if Nixon were forced out, Republicans made damn sure that Agnew was indicted and had resigned the office of vice president before they moved to impeach Nixon. And so it has been with Clinton. The Justice Department would never indict the putative Democratic candidate for president unless a viable alternative were waiting in the wings. And the reverse is true: Biden’s decision not to run is the clearest indication that no indictment will be forthcoming.

Without a Clinton indictment, Biden would be unable to catch her. She leads him 54-16, with Sanders at 23 in the latest poll. But with an indictment, he could have won.


We now know more about how Newark schools partially squandered Mark Zuckerberg’s $100 million donation

When Dale Russakoff began writing about Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg's $100 million gift to help fix the failing schools in Newark, N.J., she assumed she would end up telling an uplifting story of transformational change.

"It sounded to me at the time like, well, that's enough money to do anything," Russakoff recalled of watching Zuckerberg announce the gift before a whooping "Oprah" audience in 2010, joined by a political odd couple in the form of Newark's charismatic, reform-minded Democratic mayor at the time, Cory Booker, and New Jersey's Republican governor, Chris Christie.

"I didn't think it was going to be the miracle that they talked about," Russakoff said, "but I thought that it was going to be noticeable, positive change in education in a city that had been so neglected by history."

Plagued by corruption and mismanagement, the schools had been taken over by the state in 1995 — hence the importance of Christie's involvement. But the system remained a disaster, with fewer than 40 percent of third- through eighth-graders reading or doing math at grade level.

Russakoff, a former Post reporter, devoted the next several years to real-time reporting about what happened to Zuckerberg's $100 million and another $100 million in matching funds. The effort she relates in her resulting book, "The Prize," is a far more complex and humbling endeavor than anticipated, a case study in the difficulty of translating good intentions into concrete results.


College Fund Set Up For Schultheis Children

Suddenly on October 16, 2015, Ben and Savannah lost their father in a tragic accident while out running. Rob also leaves behind his wife of 7 years and best friend Shannon. Rob's family has started this fundraiser to help with Ben and Savy's college expenses. We plan to invest the money raised to help them cope at least financially with this terrible tragedy that has changed thousands of lives forever.  Click HERE to donate

Click HERE to view the WCSO Press Release about this tragedy

Thank God Its Friday 10-23-15

What will you be doing this weekend?


Video Proof: CNN Caught Lying About Trump – Obama Does Back Gun Confiscation

For the last two days CNN has been lying about Donald Trump in order to put itself in its favorite gear: the Trifecta Gear that allows the left-wing network to, all at once, push gun control, protect Barack Obama, and attack a high-profile Republican as dishonest — in this case frontrunner Donald Trump.

Very quickly, here is the back story.

During a campaign rally in South Carolina Monday night, Trump told the crowd:

“You know, the President is thinking about signing an executive order where he wants to take your guns away. You hear about this? Not gonna happen. That won’t happen. But that’s a tough one, I think that’s a tough one for him to do,” Trump told the crowd. “There’s plenty of executive orders being signed, you know that. And we can’t let that go on.”


Mason Dixon Stand Down

Washington Post: Number of Guns Owned Doubled over 20 Years

On October 21, the Washington Post reported their estimate that the number of guns owned in America has doubled in the last 20 years.

They estimate “the average gun owner now owns 8 guns,” whereas the average gun owner owned “4.1 guns” in 1994.

The WaPo estimate sounds reasonable when you consider the fact that the Congressional Research Service reported gun ownership climbed from 192 million firearms in 1994 to 310 million firearms in 2009. Tack another four years of surging gun sales onto those figures, and the suggestion that guns owned doubled in two decades sounds reasonable.

At the same time, there is a significant problem with WaPo‘s estimate. Namely, that they are suggesting the new guns went to people who already owned guns. And doing this allows them to both admit the obvious—gun sales have been through the roof—while continuing to defend the left’s position that news guns are simply going to the same circle of gun owners who have been buying them for years.


BREAKING NEWS: At least 40 killed when bus, truck collide in France

French authorities say at least 40 people were killed when a bus collided with a truck near the city of Bordeaux Friday morning. Local reports indicate that most of the victims are elderly people who were on vacation. 

BREAKING NEWS: 1 dead, 2 wounded in shooting at Tennessee State University

Police in Nashville say one person was killed and two others were injured in a shooting on the campus of Tennessee State University late Thursday. Investigators believe the shooting stemmed from a dispute over a dice game.

Louie Gohmert Slams MSM for Failing to Cover Planned Parenthood Scandal

Rep. Louis Gohmert denounced the mainstream media Tuesday for its lack of coverage of the apparent Planned Parenthood practice of harvesting the body parts of unborn babies for sale.

Gohmert released a statement highlighting a letter he and other members of Congress sent to the presidents of ABC, NBC, and CBS News about their failure to cover the undercover videos produced by Center for Medical Progress (CMP).

“It is absolutely outrageous that mainstream media stations such as ABC, NBC and CBS have chosen not to report on the disturbing undercover Planned Parenthood videos which depict the trafficking of infant body parts in the United States,” Gohmert said. “These practices are not only grotesque; they shock the conscience of anyone who appreciates the miracle and beauty of a child.”


Where You Live Makes a Difference

This is one way of looking at "being prepared." Sorta!

You may have heard on the news about a Southern California man who was put under 72-hour psychiatric observation when it was found he owned 100 guns and allegedly had 100,000 rounds of ammunition stored in his home. The house also featured a secret escape tunnel. By Southern California standards, someone owning 100,000 rounds is considered "mentally unstable."

In Michigan, he'd be called "The last white guy still living in Detroit.

In Arizona, he'd be called "an avid gun collector."

In Arkansas, he'd be called "a novice gun collector."

In Utah, he'd be called "moderately well prepared," but they'd probably reserve judgment until they made sure that he had a corresponding quantity of stored food."

In Kansas, he'd be "A guy down the road you would want to have for a friend."

In Montana, he'd be called "The neighborhood 'Go-To' guy."

In Idaho, he'd be called "a likely a gubernatorial candidate."

In Georgia, he'd be called "an eligible bachelor."

In North Carolina, Virginia, W.Va., Louisiana, Minnesota, Mississippi, Alabama, Missouri, Wisconsin, Tennessee, Kentucky, Florida and South Carolina he would be called "a deer hunting buddy."

And in Texas; he'd just be "Bubba, who's a little short on ammo."

Kinda Can't Argue This One

Unless You Install Them Wrong

A Viewer Writes: A message to the hornblower(s) behind me

Please familiarize yourself with the "boulevard rule" in effect in Maryland. Simply put, it is a license to kill. If YOU violate another driver's right-of-way by as much as one inch YOU are liable for ANY incident. It does not matter if the other driver is speeding, drunk, stoned, no license or insurance, turn signals flashing, or just looking for a whiplash retirement, YOU will be charged with a right-of-way violation and YOU will pay.. The "Road Rage" of blowing your horn does not impress me, so be advised that I will NOT enter the intersection until it is completely 100% safe to do so. Do yourself a favor and cultivate caution and patience.