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  • Teens Suspended For Possession of...Mints

    Posted by Mike DuBord
     

     

    A group of high school students in Pekin, Ill., were suspended last week after school officials suspected the mints they were eating were actually illegal drugs.

    Jason McMichael, the father of one of the students, told the Journal Star that his 17-year-old son Eric was suspended for two days from Pekin Community High School and not allowed to attend the school's homecoming festivities after staffers found four students eating energy mint tablets that are marketed like caffeine energy drinks.

    McMichael said he received a phone call from the dean's office informing him of his son's suspension and that the teen was being monitored by the school nurse for an elevated heart rate—though McMichael doesn't believe it was due to the energy mints.

    "He's never been in trouble," McMichael said. "He was probably just nervous."

    Eric McMichael said he and three others were eating Revive tablets—touted as "nature's energy mints"—in the school cafeteria when they were disciplined.

    "People bring energy drinks to school every day," the teen told Central Illinois' WMBD-TV. "I see this every day and we get in trouble for energy mints?"

    According to EnergyFiend.com, each mint contains 101 milligrams of caffeine along with guarana, green tea, ginseng, acai, mangosteen and goji. The Revive brand is endorsed by several MMA fighters and fitness pageant contestants.

    McMichael's father said school officials later admitted they did not know if the chewable, unmarked mints were, in fact, illegal drugs but upheld the suspensions anyway, saying the teens displayed "gross misconduct for taking an unknown product."

    "Now they know nothing illegal happened," McMichael said on Friday, "but they're still pursuing the suspension."

    Superintendent Paula Davis told the paper that while she was not able to discuss the incident, school officials would have been within their rights to discipline the students if they were seen "ingesting things that look like unmarked pills.

  • Bridezilla's UNBELIEVABLE Demands

    Posted by Mike DuBord

     

    Bridezilla's Crazy Email to Bridesmaids Goes Viral. We Respond to Her Demands (and Cc: Internet) 

    Fact: One third of the women pictured are actually enjoying this activity.(ThinkStock)It's being called the most insane email a bride has ever sent to her bridesmaids. But if you've been in enough wedding parties, you probably won't be too shocked by the epic bridezilla missive going viral this week.

     

    The email, sent anonymously to Gawker, starts off by addressing the 10 "lovely" bridesmaids tasked with being unpaid interns for the worlds worst bridal boss. It goes on to anticipate their failures as friends and humans.

    Thirty bridesmaids, one bride. It happened.

     

    And while it represents all that is wrong with the wedding industry, it's also part of a trend for brides to send an "opening email" to bridesmaids with a list of expectations (i.e. demands, dates, overview of expected financial expenditure, etc.) Brides on forums like Wedding Bee and The Knot debate how to present their demands to bridesmaids. Do you send a group email? Do you create a newsletter with updates? Do you outline what the bridesmaid's job entails?

    The cost of being a bridesmaid

     

    Do we need to say this is not the best way to get a bunch of people to do a you a favor? It seems like we do. Here's a response to the bridezilla email [read in its entirety here] from the perspective of the bridesmaid:

     


    TO THE MOST DIFFICULT BRIDE EVER:

     

    You wrote: "As you all know I picked 10 wonderful ladies to stand by my side, share and make happen my special day to Jake. Each of you individually have a reason and a special place in my heart of why I picked you to be a bridesmaid"

     

    FIRSTLY, IT'S NOT AN HONOR TO BE A BRIDESMAID, IT'S A FAVOR.

     

    Everything you said is really nice, but the fact that ten of us were chosen for the honor makes us feel more like an army than a select group of friends.

    *****

    You wrote: "You may have already knew that my wonderful sister L- will be the Maid of Honor, she's in charge under me. Also my lovely mom will be a big help as well. L- has a big role in throwing me a bridal shower and bachelorette party, of course all of you guys do but at the end of the day shes the go to person and makes it happen."

     

    WE DON'T NEED A BRIDESMAIDS' MILITARY RANKING. WE'RE GOOD.

     

    Another thing that makes us feel less special? Being told where we are in the hierarchy of specialness.

    *****

    You wrote: "We have set our date for Saturday, August 31, 2013 in Vail, Colorado. That seems far away but it really isn't, the earlier the planning the better."

     

    YOUR PARTY ISN'T A SUMMER BLOCKBUSTER MOVIE

     

    For you, this wedding may feel like a personal Oscars, the most significant event of 2013, but for us it's just a night where we drink and eat. It's really hard to get excited about dinner a year from now.

    *****

    You wrote: "If you guys email anything I would also like you to put L- in the CC. Not all the bridesmaid need to be CC'd unless its coming from me or L-, if it something everyone needs to see then well do it."

     

    YOU'RE NOT A CEO ADDRESSING NEW HIRES

     

    I know you feel like you're running an enterprise, but we're not getting paid. In fact, in your business plan we all "spend" money, so you're going to have to work on the incentives before you start micro-managing.

    *****

    You wrote: "We set the date to August 31, 2013 if that's a problem we need to know NOW. Also by the end of the week we will be setting dates for the engagement party, bridal show and bachelorette party."

     

    MORE THAN 2 EMAILS ABOUT YOUR 2013 WEDDING IN THE SAME WEEK WILL FORCE US TO FILE YOUR NAME UNDER SPAM.

     

    Really August 31st? I think I'm doing something on that date. Oh wait, I'm going to the wedding you just gave us the date for two sentences ago. We got it. Also, your warning about further dates suggests several more emails like this one, which is already not going well. How about you save this email as a draft and send the whole shebang when you've got all your dates together? Thanks.

     

    *****

    You wrote: "Our wedding party is really the most important people at the wedding besides my self and Jake so we want every single one of our bridesmaid and grooms at our parties… if you already know you cant make one of the parties then we have to find someone else, not to be harsh in the slightest it would sadden me and of course you'll still be invited to our wedding, engagement ect."

     

    IF YOU WANT OUR HELP, PLEASE DON'T THREATEN US

     

    ...And you have to write, "not to be harsh," you're being harsh.

     

    *****

    You wrote: "The wedding as I stated will be in Vail the engagement party will either be in NY or CT and the bachelorette party will be in Vegas, cliche yeaa but I've never beenif you wont be able to afford a flight then that means you cant make a party which ultimately means I cant have you as a bridesmaid."

     

    WE'RE NOT RICH. DON'T TAKE THAT PERSONALLY.

     

    So that's three parties, in three different states scattered throughout the country. I was hoping to visit my family for the holidays but I guess I'll be out of vacation days and money. See you in 2014, aging parents!

     

    *****

    You wrote: "I would like everyone to send me any dates they are going away or planning to go away after February so if your going away in January I don't care. I want any dates from February to the day of our wedding in August, that way we know not to plan something when your away. But after this week the dates are set in stone. "

     

    JUST BECAUSE YOU PLAN YOUR PARTIES TWO YEARS IN ADVANCE THAT DOESN'T MEAN YOU OWN TIME

     

    Just so you know, this is a totally unreasonable request.

     

    *****

    You wrote: "Obviously we'll get the best deals and were not gonna books flights for $1000 … that's why were doing this in advance."

     

    PLEASE STOP USING THE WORD "DEALS" IN REFERENCE TO YOUR WEDDING

     

    Just because a flight is under $1,000 that doesn't mean it's cheap. Those hotel "packages" usually still average around $250 a room, and those bridesmaids dresses are usually three times the price of the same exact dress not sold in official bridal outlets. We already know we're going to be forking over a ridiculous amount of money, but please don't act like you're helping us save.

     

    *****

    You wrote: "I need to know if everyone is 100% in by WednesdayIf you don't think you'll be able to attend one party but can make the rest of them I'm sorry but I'll have to take you out as a bridesmaid and put you as a guestReally think about everything I've said. This is really going to be the most epic wedding ever so I hope you girls can share this special day with us!"

    NOBODY'S EXCITED ABOUT YOUR PARTY ANYMORE

     

    So what you're saying is that the people you don't like as much get to show up to that one party and then leave, without spending thousands of dollars and the next year as your indentured servant? How do we sign up for that?

     

    Please let me know by Friday.

     

    Best,

     

    A Former Bridesmaid

  • Idol Divas Take Their Feud Public. Poor Keith Urban

    Posted by Mike DuBord

     

     

     

    'Idol' divas Carey, Minaj take their feud public

     

    NEW YORK (AP) — Is this "Idol" threat an idle threat?

    Mariah Carey told Barbara Walters her fellow "American Idol" judge Nicki Minaj threatened to shoot her, Walters reported on ABC's "The View" Thursday morning.

    Consulting her notes, Walters recounted a phone conversation with Carey just before the ABC talk show went on the air, with new details of Tuesday's blowup between Carey and Minaj that was partly captured on video made public on the TMZ website.

    Walters said Carey told her that "when Nicki walked off the set, multiple people heard Nicki say, 'If I had a gun I would shoot the (adjective unspoken by Walters) bitch.'"

    After a meeting on Wednesday attended by the pair, Minaj said to Carey, "I love you, but we might fight again," according to Walters. "Mariah responded, 'No, we will not.'"

    Walters said Carey told her that the singer had hired extra security.

    "Mariah said she doesn't feel comfortable emotionally," Walters reported. "But she will continue with the show because she loves the show. And she loves mentoring the contestants."

    Walters issued an invitation to Minaj, a past guest of "The View," asking her to return to the show to give her side of the story.

    But Minaj wasted no time responding with a string of Twitter postings.

    One read: "Hey yAll. Lets just say nicki said smthn about a gun. Ppl will believe it cuz she's a black rapper. Lmao. I'll then hit up Barbara n milk it"

    She continued: "Ironically no camera or mic heard the gun comment tho. Lol (at) the struggle. Not even the producers believed u. Say no to violence barbz."

    A bit later, she tweeted: "I don't call tmz n Barbara Walters cuz I stand on my own two feet. Never needed an army. God is good. Insecurity is as cruel as the grave."

    Rumors of drama between Minaj and Carey began to swirl as soon as the new panel was officially announced on Sept. 16.

    Then the blurry web video released Tuesday by TMZ.com displayed what appeared to be an argument between Minaj and Carey during the tryout taping in Charlotte, N.C. On the video, Minaj announces that she is no longer putting up with "her ... Highness," in an expletive-enhanced reference to Carey.

    Fox's "American Idol" is still the nation's most popular show despite a dramatic fall-off in ratings last season that led to Randy Jackson being joined by three new judges, who also include country singer Keith Urban.

    The show's new season premieres in January.

  • Seahawks RB says "We didn't Win That Game"

    Posted by Mike DuBord

     

    SEATTLE – Several hours after the completion of one of the more memorable games in Monday Night Football history, Marshawn Lynch was sitting in a private room in the back of the Metropolitan Grill, celebrating a thrilling, last-second victory with friends and family members over big steaks and fat lobsters.

    Then, with the flick of a remote control, Big Brother appeared and left a rancid taste in the Seattle Seahawks halfback's mouth.

    Packers Tramon Williams (38), Charles Woodson (21) and safety M.D. Jennings (43) fight for possession. (AP)A waitress pointed the remote at the large mirror on the wall behind Lynch, and it suddenly morphed into an enormous, high-definition television screen. Within seconds, Lynch craned his neck and joined his dining companions in viewing a replay of rookie quarterback Russell Wilson's 24-yard touchdown pass to wideout Golden Tate, giving the Seahawks a 14-12 triumph as time expired and sending 68,218 fans at CenturyLink Field into hysterics.

     

    As Lynch watched Packers safety M.D. Jennings snatch the pass out of the sky and pull it to his chest while Tate, who had blatantly pushed off against Green Bay cornerback Sam Shields, belatedly latched on one arm at a time, the running back's eyes grew big and his jaw dropped low. The room was dead silent as the realization gripped Lynch and his companions: Like most of the viewing public, they now understood that the Seahawks had received an extraordinary gift from the replacement officials.

    "We didn't win that game," someone at the table said, and nobody made a peep to challenge him.

    By the time Lynch left the restaurant early Tuesday morning and, while waiting for his ride to arrive, reassured a group of Packers fans on Second Avenue almost apologetically that their team would bounce back from this bitter defeat, it was clear the league's already problematic officiating lockout had reached critical mass.

    Dramatic as it may sound, it's quite possible that history will look back on Tate's illusory jump-ball touchdown as the moment the NFL jumped the shark.

    The outcry over the replacement officials' game-deciding call (and the failure of the non-replacement replay officials to overturn it) crystallized the brewing anger toward NFL commissioner Roger Goodell and the owners he represents, whose collective insistence upon securing a favorable contract with the regular officials has clearly compromised the game's integrity.

    The bottom line...The Packers won that game.

  • Woman Puts Nephew In Trunk So He Doesn't Mess Up Her Leather Seats

    Posted by Mike DuBord

    WOMAN STUFFS HER NEPHEW IN THE TRUNK SO HE DOESN'T MESS UP HER LEXUS ... (REMEMBER WHEN RIDING IN THE TRUNK / HATCHBACK / BACK WINDOW LEDGE WASN'T A CRIME?)

    A Minnesota woman made her 11-year-old nephew ride in the trunk of her new Lexus so he wouldn’t drip water on the seats.

    The 38-year-old woman went to pick him up at an amusement park and he had just gone down a water slide. She didn’t want to get water on her leather seats so she had him get into the trunk. She folded down the back seat console so he could get some air.

    People in the parking lot saw the boy get in the trunk and called the cops. They pulled her over and arrested her.

    She could get a year in jail.

    Someone needs to take her crack pipe away!

  • 10 Things You NEVER Say To Your Boss

    Posted by Mike DuBord
     

    9 Things Never To Say To Your Boss from monster.com

    1. "I need a raise."

    2. “That just isn’t possible.”

    3. “I can’t stand working with ____.”

    4. “I partied too hard last night -- I'm so hung over!”

    5. “But I emailed you about that last week.”

    6. “It’s not my fault.”

    7. "I don't know.”

    8. “But we've always done it this way."

    9. “Let me set you up with...”

    10. DuBord Did It!

     
  • Wife Sues Ex Over Secret Tapes

    Posted by Mike DuBord

    An Ohio woman is suing her ex-husband after she said he spied on her  with a hidden video camera, microphone and a GPS for months in their  home.

    Cathy Zang learned about the recordings during their 2009 divorce proceedings after 14 years of marriage, according to the Cincinnati Enquirer. Her ex-husband, Joe Zang, a homebuilder in Ohio, admitted to installing all the equipment, but denied doing anything wrong, according to court  documents.

    After learning of the secret recordings, Cathy Zang searched her home and found numerous recording devices.

    "There it is! There it is! I found it. In the eye hole right here on the plug, I mean outlet," said her son, Zach Holbrook, on the recording.

    "He [Joe Zang] put small microphones and small cameras in wall outlets and  disguised them as actual wall outlets. It's a complete view of the  computer area, the kitchen area, the living room area," said Cathy  Zang's attorney, Don Roberts.

    Joe Zang and his attorney did not return ABC News' calls.

    One secret recording in particular captured a vicious fight between the  couple, including the exact moment the police showed up during the  dispute.

    "You grabbed me and you shook me and you pushed me. Good  God, what is wrong with you?" Zang could be heard asking her husband in  the recordings.

    While the Zangs' divorce is now final and out of  court, the recordings are at the center of a federal court battle over  the right to privacy amidst 21st century technology.  Two lawsuits are  now pending in U.S. District Court that involve nearly a dozen of the  former couple's friends and family and a computer monitoring software  company, as first reported by the Cincinnati Enquirer.

    One suit was filed by Javier Luis, a Florida man whose online conversations with Cathy Zang were monitored, while the other was filed by Zang  herself.  Both lawsuits seek hundreds of thousands of dollars  for  wiretapping and invasion of privacy, the Enquirer reports.

    "He was hacking into my personal computer account and getting into my e-mail.  At some point he had a GPS on my car," Cathy Zang told ABC News.

    "There are some embarrassing things that I wouldn't want other people to see  because I was in the privacy of my own home," she said.

    It's not clear what laws Joe Zang has broken since he installed the devices in his own home.

    "What do you do when both people pay the bills? When both people's names are  on the deed? When both people share the same computer, purchased it  together? It's very difficult for a prosecutor then to say, well you  have committed a crime against this other person," said legal analyst  Sunny Hostin, a former federal prosecutor.

    Ohio and federal  wiretapping laws permit audio recording as long as one of the parties in the conversation is aware of the recording.

  • Why Some Guys Are Immature

    Posted by Mike DuBord

    Pacifiers May Stunt Boys’ Emotional Development

     

    Do pacifiers harm boys? Do pacifiers harm boys? Popping a binky in a baby's mouth is a quick way to stop them from fussing, but for boys, it may also short-circuit their emotional growth.

     

    Before a baby can talk, he or she relies on non-verbal cues, especially facial expressions, to communicate. Babies also mirror those cues, and in so doing, discover the emotions the cues are attached to. In a recent study published in the Journal of Basic and Applied Social Psychology researchers from the University of Wisconsin scientists evaluated over 100 kids and found that that six and seven-year-old boys who had heavily used pacifiers were worse at mimicking emotions expressed by faces on a video. They also interviewed more than 600 college students and discovered that college-age men whose parents reported they had relied on pacifiers scored lower on tests measuring empathy and the ability to evaluate the moods of others. For girls and young women, the researchers found there was no difference in emotional maturity based on pacifier use.

     

    "Females tend to be more precise both in both expressing and reading emotional cues," lead author Paula Niedenthal, PhD, tells Shine. "We don't exactly know how that occurs. One reason might be that be that society encourages girls to read emotions. They might work harder at it." She adds, "Parents talk to girls about emotional processing more than they do to boys. That's not a revolutionary statement." Since boys aren't expected to be as emotional, parents may not compensate for pacifier use by helping them learn in other ways.

    The study was inspired by research on people at the other end of the age spectrum-adults who used Botox. Previous research suggested that people who paralyze their facial muscles with injections of Botulinum toxin as a cosmetic procedure not only express less facial emotion after treatment, but they also feel less emotion. "That work got us thinking about critical periods of emotional development, like infancy," said Niedenthal in a statement. "What if you always had something in your mouth that prevented you from mimicking and resonating with the facial expression of somebody?"

    Niedenthal acknowledges that asking parents (and babies) to chuck their pacifiers puts her on shaky ground. "Parents hate to have this discussion." She also says pacifier use while sleeping doesn't harm boys emotionally. "We already know from this work that nighttime pacifier use doesn't make a difference, presumably because that isn't a time when babies are observing and mimicking our facial expressions anyway. It's not learning time."

    Pacifier use in general is a controversial topic. The World Health Organization says that any artificial nipples can inhibit breastfeeding and the Journal of the American Family Physician adds that pacifiers may encourage ear infection and eventually lead to dental problems. However, the American Academy of Pediatrics says they are okay as long as you don't offer one to a hungry baby instead of nourishment. Pacifiers sucked during naps and bedtime may even reduce the risk Sudden Infant Syndrome.

    Niedenthal tells Shine her team is currently doing research on other factors, such as whether babies can express emotions while plugged in to a pacifier and if parents are offering pacifiers more to baby boys. For now, she suggests at least considering limiting daytime use-especially for boys. As with any child-rearing choices, "think about why and when you are using certain strategies. Parents offer the pacifier to their babies, they can't use it on their own. We can ask ourselves when is a good and bad time to use it, just like you might ask the same questions about how much screen time is okay."

  • Happy "National Cheeseburger Day"!

    Posted by Mike DuBord

    Picture of Bacon Cheese Burger RecipePhoto: Bacon Cheese Burger Recipe



     
     

     

     

    Bacon Cheese Burger

     

     

    Directions

    Put bacon strips on a parchment-line baking sheet; put another pan on top. Bake at 400 degrees, 10 minutes, then uncover and back 10 more minutes.

    Lightly mix 6 ounces ground beef chuck with a big pinch of kosher salt. Form into a ball, then into a 3/4-inch-thick patty; make an indentation in the center. Heat a cast-iron skillet over medium-high heat; sprinkle the skillet with salt.

    Cook the burger 4 to 5 minutes per side; top with 2 slices cheddar in the last minute of cooking (cover to melt). Serve on a sesame bun with the bacon.

  • It's Official...Keith Urban Is a Judge

    Posted by Mike DuBord

    Keith Urban Confirmed as an "American Idol" Judge

    Sunday, September 16, 2012 9:55 a.m. CDT

    Image courtesy of Capitol Records (via ABC News Radio)

                            Image courtesy of Capitol Records (via ABC News Radio)                        

    After weeks of rumors, Fox has finally announced the new judging panel for   American Idol ,  and it's no surprise: all the names we've heard mentioned have turned  out to be true.  Keith Urban has been officially confirmed as a judge,  and he'll sit alongside Mariah Carey -- already announced weeks ago -- plus rapper Nicki Minaj and original judge Randy Jackson .  They'll meet prospective contestants today, Sunday, in New York City.

    Keith said in a statement, "It's really an honor to have been invited to be a part of the   American Idol family.   I'm looking forward to working with everyone and to seeing the same  passion I have for music in all of the participants."

    In a statement, Fox executive Mike Darnell said,    ""With an unparallelled star like Mariah, fan-favorite Randy,    chart-toppers like Nicki and Keith and our incomparable host Ryan [ Seacrest] , we've put together one of the most exciting judging panels around."

    The new season of   Idol debuts January 2013.

    Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio