Thursday, February 16, 2017

Windsor public schools cancel upcoming field trips to U.S.

The Greater Essex County District School Board has cancelled all student trips to the U.S. for the rest of February, citing uncertainty over whether all students would be allowed to cross the border. School board officials in Windsor, Ont. say President Donald Trump’s ban on travelers from Muslim nations means the board cannot guarantee all students would be allowed into the U.S. The directive from the board is not a permanent policy and will be revisited based on how court proceedings connected with Trump’s executive order are resolved in court. (CBC News)


Boyfriend caught cheating by filing a complaint with Burger King on Instagram

A man was busted for cheating when he made the mistake of filing a complaint with Burger King on Instagram. Jordan von Smith complained on Instagram, about Burger King’s slow service after “his girl” waited too long for a burger. However, his live-in girlfriend, Shanlee Rose, saw the message and she became furious as she was not with him at Burger King the night before. She then tried calling her boyfriend, but he did not respond. She followed up her question with “answer your f***ing phone.”  He finally told her “to chill out” because he was with friend and were “just catching up.” However, this backfired when the other woman saw the messages and responded by saying: “please don’t bring me into this.” However his girlfriend did not let him get away with it and she told him: “Hope the whoppers were worth it. Your s**t is outside.” Burger King customers got involved in the exchange. One of them wrote back: “Did I seriously just witness a breakup on BK’s Instagram?” After the tweets went viral, they were deleted. (World Wide Weird News)


80-year-old woman unaware of sword inside cane until airport X-ray

The U.S. Transportation Security Administration said an 80-year-old woman had no idea there was a sword inside her cane until she tried to take it on a plane. TSA regional spokesman Mark Howell said during a Thursday event at South Carolina’s Myrtle Beach International Airport that an 80-year-old woman recently attempted to bring her cane on a flight she was catching at the airport. He said TSA agents put the cane through the X-ray machine and discovered that twisting and tugging on the handle revealed a hidden sword inside the cane. Howell said the cane had been a gift from the woman’s son and she had carried it for years without knowing about its hidden weaponry. TSA agents put the cane through the X-ray machine and discovered that twisting and tugging on the handle revealed a hidden sword inside the cane. The cane had been a gift from the woman’s son and she had carried it for years without knowing about its hidden weaponry. “It happens a lot, actually,” Howell said of sword cane discoveries. “People pick them up at a thrift store and the sword isn’t found until we X-ray it.” He said the woman surrendered her cane at the TSA checkpoint and caught her flight. (The Charlotte Observer)


Oklahoma bill to put abortion rights in hands of men

A controversial abortion bill in Oklahoma could put the right to abortion in the hands of men. Rep. Justin Humphrey (R-District 19) introduced House Bill 1441 earlier this month. Humphrey’s bill would require pregnant women seeking abortions in the Sooner State, whom he referred to as “hosts” while discussing the bill, to obtain written consent from the men who impregnated them. It also requires women seeking abortions to identify the men who impregnated them at their own expense and allows men who challenge the woman’s claims to demand and pay for a paternity test. The bill would not apply to women who are victims of rape or incest, and it would not apply if a physician decides the fetus places the woman’s life in danger. It also would not apply in cases where the man is dead, as long as the woman seeking the abortion signs an affidavit proving it. Humphrey faced backlash after he referred to pregnant women as “hosts” when discussing his bill. He stood by his term, saying he didn’t mean to offend anyone and didn’t know of a better term to describe a pregnant woman. State Rep. Emily Virgin described Humphrey’s comment as “incredibly disrespectful.” Oklahoma has passed some of the strictest anti-abortion bills in the country, although at least five have been struck down by the courts in recent years. (KOKI 23 TV)


First major health insurance company to withdraw from Obamacare

The healthcare insurer Humana will completely withdraw from the Affordable Care Act exchange program in 2018, leaving a sizable dent in the Obamacare market. This would make Humana the first major health insurance company to walk away from Obamacare. The company states that it has come to this decision due to the fact that it stands to lose $45 million in 2017 on Obamcare business. “We are again seeing signs of an unbalanced risk pool based on the results of the 2017 open enrollment period,” CEO Bruce Broussard said in an investor call. “Therefore we’ve decided we can’t continue to offer this coverage in 2018.“We’re really feeling that this organization needs to stay focused on what we do well, and I think what we do well is serving chronic conditions,” he said. “I think it’s going to be hard for us to get back into that marketplace.” This news comes on the heels of a failed $32 billion merger with health insurer Aetna, who refused to fight a court ruling that blocked the deal on anti-trust grounds. While this has little to do with Obamacare, the nebulous future of healthcare policy made it too difficult to determine a good reason to remain in the program. (Politico)


Texas cop uses patrol car to push burning truck from restaurant

Dash cam video captured how a rookie Glenn Heights. TX, police officer quickly moved a burning truck from a Jack in the Box drive-thru last Saturday night (2/11). Officer Chris Womack says he had just finished dinner with his wife when he heard the call about a vehicle on fire nearby. He rushed over to the restaurant and saw the truck on fire, dangerously close to the restaurant in the drive-thru. That’s was when he decided to use his patrol vehicle to push the truck away. The driver of the truck says the fire began in the engine. He was able to get his wife and daughter out of the truck safely before it burst into flames. And thanks to the officer’s quick thinking, nobody in the restaurant or the drive-thru was injured. “My adrenaline was going a little bit. But in the video, I’ve watched it a couple of times, I’m breathing pretty heavily. Well, that’s because the windows were down and I didn’t have the train of thought to roll the windows up during it,” Officer Womack explained. “It was just a God-send that I was here at that particular time.” The Glenn Heights Police Department posted the video on its Facebook and wrote, “I would like to commend Officer Chris Womack. Due to his courage and quick thinking, he was able to prevent a burning vehicle from causing major damage to the Jack in the Box and protecting the employees.” (Glenn Heights PD Facebook)


Wife who is allergic to husband faints in new home he built for her

The husband of a Minnesota woman who is allergic to everything, including her spouse, spent a year renovating their new home to create a safe space for her, but the smell of the new bathroom’s pipes and stress of the move have left her too sick to even stand. For the past year, Johanna Watkins, 29, had been living in friend’s master bedroom, which was wrapped in plastic with the windows sealed. Her husband, Scott, was staying in a room downstairs and would only see his wife when transporting her to doctors’ appointments or emergency room visits. She is also allergic to her parents, and it appears that her three siblings are the only people who do not trigger any allergic reactions. She was misdiagnosed 30 times before doctors determined in 2015 that she has mast cell activation syndrome, which causes cells to release the wrong chemicals in the immune system to the wrong place at the wrong time. After being diagnosed, her body continued to develop new allergies, which can cause her to faint or even suffer anaphylaxis. At one point, her symptoms became so intense that the family Watkins was staying with realized they could no longer cook in their own kitchen. Her husband, Scott, has transformed their new home in south Minneapolis into a safe space for his wife, with new paints, new floors and new furniture that is heated to mask any scents that could make her sick. He built her bedroom to include a positive-pressure system to keep the air fragrance-and allergen-free. However, despite Scott’s efforts to make minimal contact with his wife during the February 3rd move, the intensity of the day and scent of the new pipes almost resulted in a trip to the emergency room. However, Scott said his wife is slowly building a tolerance to the new house, but that that the air filtration has to be intensified and it has more windows than her previous space, which could trigger a reaction. For now he has covered the windows on the first floor where she is staying, while he lives upstairs. (Fox 9 TV)



Thirsty Thursday brings:

*Westminster Dog Show (Day 2)
*Kyoto Protocol Day
*National Almond Day

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