The 5-DAY LOCAL WEATHER FORECAST
Partly sunny. A slight chance of showers and thunderstorms in the afternoon. Highs ranging from the mid 60s along the Lake Ontario shore to the lower 80s inland.
Mostly cloudy with a slight chance of showers overnight. Warm with lows around 60.
Mostly cloudy with a 50% chance of showers and thunderstorms. Warm with lows in the lower 60s.
Showers likely with a 75% chance of thunderstorms. Highs around 80.
Showers likely with a chance of thunderstorms. Highs in the lower 70s.
FRIDAY (Advance Forecast)
Partly to mostly sunny with and a high around 60.
MLB (15 games)
Yankees & Blue Jays scrubbed by rain Mets 4 Cubs 3
Red Sox 5 Twins 1 Indians 6 Mariners 0
Pirates 1 Astros 0 Marlins 2 Diamondbacks 1
Braves 5 Dodgers 2 Rays 3 Orioles 1
Rays 3 Phillies 2 Angels 6 White Sox 2
Athletics 4 Brewers 2 Rangers 11 Tigers 8
Rockies 5 Giants 0
NBA (1 game)
• Tony Parker tallied 20 points and nine assists to lead the Spurs to a 105-83 victory over the Grizzlies in Game 1 of the Western Conference finals.
*No games tonight . . . Memphis is at San Antonio Tuesday night for a 9:00 start.
Miami hosts Indiana Thursday night at 8:30pm.
NHL (2 games)
• The Senators threw everything they had at the powerful Penguins and were rewarded with a 2-1 2nd-OT win in Game 3 to pull within one in the series.
• After the Rangers‘ Rick Nash tied the game at two, the Bruins took over, scoring three unanswered goals en route to a 5-2 win over the Rangers and a 2 game to none lead in the playoffs.
Rochester Red Wings
After losing on Saturday, yesterday the Red Wings clobbered Lehigh Valley 11-0.
They will play game 3 of 4 against the Iron Pigs tonight at 7:05.
The Red Wings return home Thursday night to begin a 4 game series against the Charlotte Knights.
Life-sized Barbie House Brings Protests From Feminists!
At the grand opening of a life-sized Barbie house in Berlin, the protesters outnumbered the fans! Demonstrators actually burned a doll on a cross at the opening of the Mattel toys fictional Malibu Dream House in the German capital before being ejected by security guards. The Berlin attraction is the second such theme house after a similar one opened recently in Florida. Visitors can fully immerse themselves in all things Barbie including checking out Barbie’s walk-in wardrobes and even “try on” her outfits using a digital mirror. Detractors, including Michael Koschitzki, editor at Socialist Alternative, said the attraction presented the idea that there were only two career options for women: model or pop star. The Barbie Dream House will remain in the German capital until August before going on tour around Europe. (Ananova)
Kill A Zoo Monkey — That’s Seven Years!
Killing a zoo monkey in Idaho is serious business. After 22-year-old Michael Watkins pleaded guilty to attempted grand theft, a felony, and misdemeanor animal cruelty stemming from the break-in and beating death of the monkey at Zoo Boise in November, he’s been sentenced to spend the next seven years in prison! The primate was one of the zoo’s two Patas monkeys, ground-dwelling animals from Africa that stand more than 2 feet tall and weigh about 35 pounds. They are rare in zoos but not endangered in the wild. The case shook officials at the zoo and triggered an outpouring of sympathy and donations from animal lovers worldwide. Watkins scaled the security fence at Zoo Boise in the pre-dawn hours of November 17 and attempted to steal the monkey, which bit him. Watkins then kicked and hit the animal, which ultimately killed it. In the meantime, Zoo gained two female Patas monkeys donated by the Rosamund Gifford Zoo in Syracuse, New York. (Reuters)
Going On a Gator Hunt!
When Houston-area high school senior 18-year-old Braxton Bielski went on his first ever gator hunt, he had no idea he’d be setting a new state record. The boy bagged an amazing 14-foot, 800 pound alligator – the heaviest ever certified in Texas! He shot the giant reptile after hooking it on a line using raw chicken as bait. Bielski’s father, Troy Bielski, won a Parks and Wildlife drawing for a five-day permit to hunt in the Daughtry Wildlife Management Area. The Houston police officer says his son had been dreaming of hunting alligators for years. Parks and Wildlife says the alligator was between 30 and 50 years old. (myway.com)
Pssst! Hey, Wanna Baby?
Police in Phoenix have charged 36-year-old Rozenna Luna with child abuse after she allegedly tried to give her 6-month-old baby away to strangers outside a convenience store! Witnesses told officers that Luna was asking strangers if they wanted a free child. Police say Luna had been drinking and smoking meth and had made no attempt to contact any safe haven locations, government agencies or family members for help. Iroinically, Luna ended up calling police herself. They say she knew she would be taken to jail on outstanding misdemeanor warrants and would not have to take care of her daughter. The baby is in state custody. (Huffington Post)
Portable Potty Prank!
Police in Poland are investigating after a college student was hurt when a portable toilet was turned upside down … while he was using it! Kondrat Jaworski, 23, had sat down in the toilet after several beers during an end of exams celebration in Krakow when the pranksters struck. Police are now studying mobile phone images of the incident that left the engineering student with a cut head and covered in you know what! Jaworski said, “It may have been a laugh for those involved but it was no joke, I landed on my head and then got covered in a foul smelling chemical liquid. Even the toilet seat fell on my head. I then had to try and pull my trousers up in the dark and find the door lock.” Police say the young men involved will be prosecuted for vandalism and assault. (Ananova)
What?! You Don’t Love the Smell of Frying Bacon?
A San Francisco bacon restaurant — called Bacon Bacon-is having to close its doors after neighbors’ complaints about the smell of bacon! The restaurant’s owner, Jim Angelus, “failed” to negotiate with neighbors who took offense to the pork restaurant’s smell. The smell led to the revelation that the restaurant failed to get “proper health permits” last summer. Neighbors claimed that the thick bacon aroma was overpowering and that grease was illegally disposed of in the sewers. Neighbors also say that they offered to buy the restaurant owner a new air filter — but he declined. Angelus says he’ll revive the restaurant’s food truck — when he can find an approved kitchen location in which to prepare meals. (NBC News)
Hey, It Worked the First Time!
In San Luis Obispo, Calif., 48-year-old Carl Bellenir was after a trip to Santa Barbara Bank & Trust where he had successfully cashed in several rolls of pennies that had been stuffed into rolls labeled for dimes. Not thinking that the rolls would be examined later in the day, Bellenir stupidly returned the very next morning to the same bank to try it again! This time police were called, and Bellenir fled, but he was captured down the street at a Bank of America trying the same trick! (Tribune News)
THINGS THAT YOU NOW KNOW
• In Georgia, there’s a battle going on between the governor and atheists. The governor believes the state has the right to have Bibles placed in government-run vacation cabins.
• NBC’s “The Office” took its final bow on Thursday with a 75-minute series finale, which drew a season-high 3.0 rating, while Fox’s “American Idol” ended its 12th season with a 3.6, just a little more than half of last year’s finale rating.
• The I.R.S. softball team canceled their scheduled game against a Republican softball team, because of the tension between the two right now.
• In Kennewick, Washington, a woman had her car stolen. Then, while at McDonalds, she noticed it going through the drive-through window. She called police and they got the guy as he was leaving.
• A painting of the late “Golden Girl” Bea Arthur — topless — sold for $1.9 million, even though she never posed for it. All in the painter’s mind.
• Microsoft stock is at its highest value since 2007 and Bill Gates is, once again, the world’s richest man.
• For the record, Eminem wasn’t recently stabbed. That was just a a Facebook hoax.
• Former NASCAR driver Dick Trickle ended his own life last week. He was 72.
• A Chinese construction company says they’re going to build the world’s tallest building. They’ll begin on the 2,749-foot structure next year.
• A Chicago area man, facing eviction, found some old lottery tickets he had bought months before in a cookie jar, took them in and won $4.85 million!
• Singer George Michael received minor injuries when he was a passenger in a car crash the other day.
Wash Your Troubles Away
If you’re having one of those days when you feel a little low, wash your troubles away. Literally. University of Michigan researchers have determined that just washing your hands with warm water and plenty of soap not only cleans your hands, but also your psyche — making you feel better. “Cleansing is about the removal of residues,” said study leader Spike W.S. Lee. By washing the hands, taking a shower or even thinking of doing so, “people can rid themselves of a sense of immorality, lucky or unlucky feelings, or doubt about a decision. The bodily experience of removing physical residues can provide the basis of removing more abstract mental residues.”
• In one study, people who were asked to judge the moral wrongdoing of others saw them as worse when exposed to an unkempt room or bad odor, compared with sitting in a clean room.
• In another study, participants who were asked to think of a moral wrongdoing of their own felt less guilty after using an antiseptic hand wipe.
• Even imagining yourself either “clean and fresh” or “dirty and stinky” affects your judgments of others’ acts, such as masturbation or abortion. The “clean” participants in one study not only judged others more harshly, they judged themselves as more moral than others.
• Cleansing also works for post-decision doubts. In one study, people who opted for one of two similar jams felt better about their choice after making the decision, a well-known tendency called choice justification. But if people were given a hand wipe to use, they no longer justified their choice: They had wiped off their doubt.
• Using soap and water showed similar results after a bad luck streak in gambling. After washing, participants started to bet higher stakes, suggesting they had “washed away” their bad luck.
When you diet, make sure you drink your milk. The best way to lose weight is to eat a calorie-restricted diet that is high in protein from dairy foods, low in carbohydrates and coupled with daily exercise. That’s the word from Canadian researchers at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, who have determined that this type of diet not only helps overweight and obese women lose weight, but also maintain bone health through the bone-supporting nutrients in dairy products, including calcium, vitamin D and dairy-based protein.
The Most Popular American Meal
The most popular American meal is not hamburgers, hot dogs, chicken or spaghetti, it’s leftovers. According to a study by the Food Marketing Institute, 58% of Americans are having leftovers for dinner on any given night. With the tough economy, people are eating out less these days, while two-thirds of Americans are buying less fancy foods and 60% are buying store brands. At least home cooking is healthier than going out to eat, according to 39% of the study participants. Another 53% think they are now eating healthier, while 41% of us claim to be “very concerned” about the nutritional value of what we eat.
Things You Might Not Know
1. The average American consumes two 14-ounce bottles of ketchup each year
2. Joseph C. Gayetty invented toilet paper in 1857.
3. Uranus is the only planet that rotates on its side.
4. The metal part of a lamp that surrounds the light bulb and supports the shade is called a harp.
5. Impotence is a legal ground for divorce in 24 state.
6. The most commonly stolen book from public libraries is The Guinness Book of Records.
7. Lake Ontario is the smallest of the Great Lakes.
8. There have been 6,000 shipwrecks on the Great Lakes resulting in the deaths of 30,000 people.
9. Canada is the only host country not to win gold at its own Summer Olympics.
10. California grants the most fishing licenses in the U.S.
In 1759 Architect, William Thornton (designed the Capitol at Washington, DC)
In 1818 Businessman, William George Fargo (co-founded Wells, Fargo & Co)
In 1908 Actor, Jimmy Stewart (It’s A Wonderful Life, Harvey) [d: 7-2-97]
In 1915 Israeli Defense Minister, Moshe Dayan [d: 10-16-81]
In 1919 Comedian/actor, George Gobel (I Love My Wife) [d: 2-24-91]
In 1927 Football Hall-of-Famer, Harold “Bud” Grant (Vikings) (86)
In 1944 Singer, Joe Cocker (Cry Me A River, You Are So Beautiful) (69)
In 1946 Actress/singer, Cher [Cherilyn Sarkesian] (Suspect, Moonstruck) (67)
Dick Reeves Thought – Well at least parts of her are 67.
In 1958 TV host/Talk Show host/actor, Ron Reagan Jr. (son of former President Reagan) (55)
IT WAS ON THIS DAY
In 1506 Christopher Columbus dies in poverty in Spain.
In 1862 President Lincoln signs the Homestead Act into law, which opened millions of acres of free land to settlers in the West.
In 1874 Levi Strauss markets his blue jeans with copper rivets, priced at $13.50 a dozen.
In 1892 George Sampson patents the clothes dryer.
In 1926 Thomas Edison boldly predicts that Americans would always like silent movies better that talking pictures.
In 1927 At 7:40am, Charles Lindbergh takes off in the “Spirit of St. Louis” from Long Island, New York, on his historic solo flight across Atlantic to France.
In 1932 Amelia Earhart takes off from Newfoundland for Ireland to become the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic.
In 1954 Bill Haley & the Comets’ single “Rock Around The Clock” is released.
In 1966 George Harrison visits the Maharishi Yogi for the first time.
In 1967 Jimi Hendrix signs his first American record contract with Reprise Records.
In 1991 The American Red Cross announces measures aimed at screening blood more carefully for the AIDS virus.
In 2000 The Guess Who perform at a Winnipeg community center as a prelude to their reunion tour featuring Randy Bachman, Burton Cummings, Jim Kale, Donnie McDougall and Garry Peterson.