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Posts from July 2014
by Deirdre Blake posted Jul 31 2014 9:36AM
Most of us get embarassed or ticket off when we get stopped by a cop for speeding, but one Idaho woman on vacation that did wrote a thank you note to the trooper that stopped her.
She said she wanted to say thanks to the trooper being kind to her grandkids in the car during the stop. He apparently talked calmly to them and even gave them stickers. It mentioned that Grandma got her own sticker shock, but the letter didn't say how much she was fined.
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Location : Idaho
People : Caught
by Deirdre Blake posted Jul 31 2014 9:29AM
3-D printing is all the rage. You can hit a button on your computer, which sends a file to a printer, which produces a small 3-D object out of plastic. Want a more hands-on way to make things? Enter the 3Doodler: the pen that turns you into the 3-D printer.
It's made by the startup Wobbleworks and is a $99 fat pen, not unlike a hot glue gun. As you move your hand, it leaves a thin trail of cooling, solidifying plastic. Move it around with a plan, laying down string upon string, and an object starts taking shape. The plastic costs $10 for packs of 25 sticks.
by Deirdre Blake posted Jul 31 2014 9:25AM
Thousands of people are trekking to a Bavarian farmer's field to check out a mysterious set of crop circles. The design was discovered by a balloonist last week and news of the find quickly spread online.
Farmer Christoph Huttner has told one news agency he didn't create the circle himself. Thousands of visitors have come to sing, dance and even swing pendulums in the giant image.
by Deirdre Blake posted Jul 31 2014 9:20AM
 Talk about going against karma. Someone has swiped a 400-pound statue of Buddha from a Maryland man's back yard.
Jim Elliot says the statue was taken overnight Monday. It's made of solid granite and was a gift from a military buddy of Elliot's when they served in South Korea. He and police are checking online to see if the crook is trying to sell it on Craigslist or EBay. 
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Location : Maryland
People : Jim Elliot
by Deirdre Blake posted Jul 30 2014 9:12AM

The finalists are in on four new Lays potato chips flavors, that were invented by everyday chip eaters from across the U.S.
The final four- Bacon Mac and Cheese, Wavy Mango Salsa, Kettle Cooked Wasabi Ginger and Cappuccino. You can vote for your favorite in the Lays "Do Us a Flavor" contest on Facebook, Twitter or Google plus, up to one time a day.
by Deirdre Blake posted Jul 30 2014 9:06AM
Amazon is going 3-D. The online retailer has started selling 3-D printed customizable objects like iPhone cases, jewelry and figurines.
Amazon's 3-D product store will offer more than 200 print on-demand products that can be customized by material, size, styles and color variations. For about $40, shoppers can make cufflinks, bobblehead figurines and wine glass holders. For $100, customers can make jewelry such as earrings and necklaces.
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by Deirdre Blake posted Jul 30 2014 8:54AM
You might be surprised to hear that you're probably spending more than you planned when you go out to eat because of the menu and your server.
When we read a menu from left to right, and studies show our eyes gravitate to the upper right-hand corner first. Having an expensive dish there will make everything else look more reasonably priced. The lack of pound sign on the price can also make you dole out more cash, along with your server's midas touch. That gentle hand to your shoulder contact might bump your tip by five to ten percent.
by Deirdre Blake posted Jul 25 2014 9:00AM
It's a fortune split 20 ways. The Endreson family of Ocean County, New Jersey, will be sharing a $20 million Pick-6 lotto jackpot.
A state lottery spokeswoman says the family has 17 brothers and sisters, ranging in age from 53 to 76. The prize will also be shared with three children of a brother who died a few years ago. The family has decided to take a lump sum payment of $14 million.
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Location : New JerseyOcean County
by Deirdre Blake posted Jul 25 2014 8:53AM
Want to know why the price you're paying for chicken is going through the roof? Blame the roosters.
The world's largest chicken breeder has found a key breed of rooster has a genetic issue that is reducing its fertility, adding to production problems. Aviagen Group's standard Ross male sires as much as 25 percent of the nation's chickens.
by Deirdre Blake posted Jul 24 2014 9:18AM
Marriage is supposed to be about romance right? A survey from Experian shows there are other factors these days too. More than 60% of people responding say that after the 2008 recession, they talked about credit scores before tying the knot. It might not be a bad thing though. Those same couples say they talk about financial goals more often and it's making for happier marriages. 
by Deirdre Blake posted Jul 24 2014 9:12AM

As if VA clinics didn't have enough problems, now one of them is in trouble after a Marine Corps vet was forgotten and locked inside one at a clinic in Florida.
Jeffrey Duck says he was at an appointment Monday afternoon when it happened. He says after he sat alone in a consultation room for almost three hours, he walked out to find out he was really alone. It set off an alarm in the lobby and he called 911 to get out. Officials there say they're reviewing their closing procedures. 
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Location : Florida
People : Jeffrey Duck
by Deirdre Blake posted Jul 23 2014 10:22AM

How would you feel about getting paid the same amount, but working fewer days a week?
A Mexican Billionaire is calling for a three day week with ten or so hours a piece. He's also proposing that the retirement age be bumped to 70 or 75. He says it should make people more productive and have a better quality of life. It echos feelings Facebook's COO has already shared. 
by Deirdre Blake posted Jul 22 2014 11:09AM
Most public pools try to keep the pee out of it for everyone's safety, but at Stafford's Curtis Park Pool, it's okay to drool in it for a day.
This year's Drool-in on September 6th from 10 a.m. to noon. It'll include doggie paddle races, a best swimsuit contest and bobbing for tennis balls. Pre-registration is required and costs $5 per dog.
by Deirdre Blake posted Jul 22 2014 10:56AM

If you love the Simpsons, you might have something to be sad about when one of the show's characters dies in the season premiere on September 28th.
Its' executive producer won't say who, but the title of the episode is "Clown in the Dumps." Could it be Crusty? We could still see whoever it is in flashbacks or even as a ghost in a future episode. 
by Deirdre Blake posted Jul 22 2014 10:53AM
if the trend catches on here, you wouldn't be able to catch some zs on the VRE or Metro on your ride to or from work anymore.
The Bay Area Rapid Transit in San Francisco is letting police enforce a ban on sleeping, lying or sitting with your legs stretched out. It says it isn't targeting the homeless, but to help workers if there's an emergency and stations or trains have to be evacuated quickly. 
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Location : San Francisco
by Deirdre Blake posted Jul 21 2014 10:04AM
What's in your coffee this morning? Some personal trainers and others are putting two tablespoons of butter and cocnut oil in theirs and having it as breakfast. Is it healthy though? It could have 320 calories, but some dieticians say if it's grass fed butter, the fats in it could be good. If you're don't exercise and your not active, you might want to skip the butter though.
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by Deirdre Blake posted Jul 21 2014 9:20AM
A Spotsylvania native is the latest local to hit the big screen.
Heather Hudson plays for the Baltimore Charm all-women's football team and this coming Sunday will star in an episode of Steve Austin's "Broken Skull Challenge" at 8 p.m. on CMT. She and seven other female athletes compete in a series of challenges until all but one is eliminated. The last woman standing complete the grueling "Skullbuster" obstacle course for a $10,000 prize.
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by Deirdre Blake posted Jul 18 2014 7:50AM
Arcade owners on the Ocean City boardwalk are fighting back against some proposed state rules that could raise the cost for us to play games while we're vacationing there. It could also mean what we win might be a little more chintzy. The Maryland Lottery and Gaming Control Commission is trying to make them pay a $50 licensing fee on any game where the potential prize has a wholesale value of more than $30.
by Deirdre Blake posted Jul 18 2014 7:49AM
3D printers are still pretty pricey and Staples stores sell them, but now you can use one in the store too for some pretty cool stuff.
You can make a replica of almost anything. And in the latest craze, all you need is a picture of your other half and you can 3-D print a mini figurine of them to give as a gift. They'll run about 65-bucks.
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by Deirdre Blake posted Jul 17 2014 9:55AM
How honest are people in Virginia are? We'll find out soon when the results of this year's Honest Tea test are released.
It places a stand with bottles of Honest Tea in cities in all 50 states and lets you take one, but asks that you leave a buck. The test was in DC yesterday, where last year it was the lowest performer. About 93 percent nationwide were honest though. The results some August 19th.
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Location : Virginia
by Deirdre Blake posted Jul 17 2014 9:49AM
A 40 year old mother of two has achieved a lofty goal and says belief in yourself can go a long way.
Kriste Lewis of Hattiesburg, Mississippi has been picked by the New Orleans Saints as a cheerleader on the NFL team's dance team. Lewis is one of only two NFL dancers in the 40 plus age group, and she's the oldest ever to audition for the Saintsations.
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Location : Mississippi
by Deirdre Blake posted Jul 17 2014 9:45AM
Yuppie puppies will feel right at home. Standard Pacific Homes is building houses that offer a pet suite as an option.
The company has 27 developments from Florida to California. The most upscale doggie digs include a step-in wash station, automatic feeder, large bunk-style bed and even a flat screen TV. The company's vice president says pets are family. Homes in L.A. start at $710,000. The pet spa option adds $35,000 to the price.
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Location : CaliforniaFloridaL.a.
by Deirdre Blake posted Jul 16 2014 11:27AM
They're New York's bravest -- and some of the hottest, too.
The new FD-NY calendar is out and for the first time ever, a female firefighter appears in the charity fundraiser of hard bodies. The Calendar of Heroes celebrates the 150th anniversary of the fire department. It sells for about 16 bucks with the proceeds going to the Fire Department New York Foundation.
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Location : New York
by Deirdre Blake posted Jul 16 2014 11:26AM
If you like tennis, badminton or ping pong, you can try your hand at a new sport in the area that combines them's called pickleball.
Launched by Fredericksburg Parks and Rec, it's played with two square paddles and an oversized wiffle ball. It's a shorter game where players can rotate in and out through 11-point matches. Bring your own paddles and a ball to play at the new court at Kenmore Park. Learn how to play at clinics coming there September 13th and October 4th.  
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Topics : Sports
by Deirdre Blake posted Jul 16 2014 11:03AM
You've heard cats have nine lives, but a 5-week-old kitten is really proving it might be true.
It curled up inside the car engine of a family on vacation in North Carolina and traveled safely more than 200 miles, back to Virginia. The Prince George County animal shelter says the New York couple heard a noise when they stopped for gas and found her. The shelter will put Carolina up for adoption next Tuesday.
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Topics : Social Issues
by Deirdre Blake posted Jul 16 2014 11:02AM
Now after you get a pie at Pizza Hut, you can choose a really sweet treat after. This week it starts selling the 8 inch pizza cookie.
More than 70% of customers polled say they wanted a sweet option and without it would go somewhere else. It wants us to promote the Ultimate Hershey's Chocolate Chip Cookie by tweeting hashtag #Pizza-Hut-Hersheys when we're eating it.
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by Deirdre Blake posted Jul 16 2014 10:59AM
A 3-carat diamond ring donated anonymously to a northern Virginia Goodwill thrift store sold for more than $11,600 in an online auction yesterday.
Employees at Goodwill's Annandale store say it was dropped off in a plastic bag with some other jewelry and 15-hundred dollars in gold sold at another auction. The money will be used to support job training programs.
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Location : Northern Virginia
by Deirdre Blake posted Jul 15 2014 11:18AM
If it works, the Go-Be could change the way we live. It's a bracelet that looks like a small microplane, on a black watchband, with a sensor.
It promises to measure our heart rate, calories burned, sleep, and stress levels and tracks the calories of everything we eat, through our skin. It could be amazing news for diabetics. It's kickstarter campaign has already raised hundreds of thousands of dollars.
by Deirdre Blake posted Jul 15 2014 10:33AM
This Virginia Dad has claimed a kingdom in Africa so his daughter can be a princess.
 Jeremiah Heaton recently trekked to a small, mountainous region between Egypt and Sudan called Bir Tawil. No country claims the land. Heaton says he planted a flag designed by his children there so that he could become a king -- and more importantly, so his 7-year-old daughter Emily could be a princess. 
They named the area the Kingdom of North Sudan. He has no political control without legal recognition from neighboring countries, the United Nations or other groups.
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Location : North Sudan
by Deirdre Blake posted Jul 15 2014 10:12AM
If you love the Big Bag lunch or six dollar burger at local Hardees, now you can see the flip side of its' healthier alternatives. Hardee's' new backwards spelled website is and has "better-for-you" options.
Don't worry, it's still targeting "young, hungry men" though, between the ages of 18 and 34, and has a new cinnamon pull-apart breakfast item covered in sugar and white icing.
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by Deirdre Blake posted Jul 11 2014 10:11AM
This should make all of you sports fans that like Harry Potter smile. A popular pastime with wizards is headed to the suburbs of central Virginia.
Henrico County has landed the US Quidditch Mid-Atlantic Regional Championship, scheduled for November. The Henrico version of the game borrows from rugby and dodgeball and used other elements of quidditch for the actual game. Oh, and instead of flying brooms, players clutch one between their legs as they run.
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Topics : Sports
by Deirdre Blake posted Jul 11 2014 10:07AM
A Oregon man who owns the Whoops Towing company should have been careful about whose car he hooks up. This week it was an undercover cop car and that got him busted.
They say this business without a certificate is the latest scam he's been involved in. He also had a failure to register as a sex offender, for posing as a firefighter and driving a stolen pickup rigged with concealed blue and red flashing police lights.
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Location : Oregon
People : Gets Busted
by Deirdre Blake posted Jul 2 2014 10:02AM
If you have to drive over the Cheapeake Bay Bridge to get to the Eastern Shore, Ocean City or Rehobeth Beach this weekend, but you're scared, there's a little help.
The owner of the Kent Island Express says lots of folks from commuters to travelers are scared of the bridge, 180 feet above the water. They'll drive you across and get you the four miles safely, just call them an hour before you get to the bridge. 
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by Deirdre Blake posted Jul 2 2014 9:57AM
It's a treadmill like you've never seen before... Putting you inside the video game universe. There's a company called Virtuix that's taking virtual reality to a whole new level.
They have a prototype for an omnidirectional treadmill,ut there's no belt. You wear special shoes and walk along a slick surface. As you walk and move it acts as a controller for any video game. It lets you walk, run and jump in 360 degrees and it puts your mind and body into the video game. The Omni can be pre-ordered online for $499. 
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