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Newspulse: Feb. 22nd Highlights
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Saturday, 21 February 2015 14:25

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LOCAL: Robert Clark Leads Authorities in a Nationwide Chase After Slaying an Elderly Couple
NATIONAL: Obama's Immigration Law
INTERNATIONAL: Ukraine's Cease Fire
SPORTS: Daytona 500
MUSIC/ ENTERTAINMENT: The Oscars
THIS DAY IN HISTORY: Dolly, An Adult Sheep, Had Been Successfully Cloned
BIZARRE/ HUMOR: Bostonians Leaping Out Windows
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NewsPulse Show - Feb. 15, 2015
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Wednesday, 18 February 2015 15:52

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LEGALIZING MARIJUANA AND JOHN KASICH’S PRESIDENCY

National News

GAY MARRIAGE LEGAL IN ALABAMA

International News

FIGHTING IN UKRAINE INTENSIFIES

Sports News

OSU GETS RECOGNIZED

Music/ Entertainment News

BOB SIMON

This Day in History News

THE USS MAINE MYSTERIOUSLY SINKS ON FEB. 15TH, 1898

Bizarre/ Humor News

UFOS OVER FRENCH NUCLEAR POWER PLANTS?


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Last Updated on Thursday, 19 February 2015 19:42
 
Newspulse February 8th Highlights
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Monday, 09 February 2015 23:09

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Check Out Newspulse's Interview with Amane Ali on Islam and the Middle East:

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The Powerball Jackpot- jumped to a half billion dollars after another weekend with no winner. Only a half billion jackpot in May 2013 and a half billion jackpot in November 2012 have topped this week’s. Seven players in California, Florida, Louisiana, Missouri, New York, Ohio and Texas matched five numbers in Saturday’s drawing for a win of a million dollars each. A Massachusetts ticket holder claimed a two million dollar prize. Saturday marked twenty drawings held with no winner.
Ohio’s Marines Reserve- Everyone can now visit a memorial paying tribute to a central Ohio-based Marine reserve that lost many Marines and a Navy Corpsman in Iraq in 2005 once again. The display of the exhibit continues from Monday through Feb. 22nd in the Statehouse rotunda. The exhibit that was first displayed at the Statehouse in 2008 has been viewed at 130 sites across the country. The majority of these past Marines come from Ohio. The memorial includes paintings, names, statistics and boots of those killed, with space for visitors to leave mementos. Statehouse officials are hosting a service there while the memorial is on display to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the unit’s deployment to Iraq.

Ohio’s Driver’s License- All new adult drivers have to take a driver education course before obtaining an Ohio driver’s license under a proposal being considered by state lawmakers. The Ohio Department of Public Safety also wants to expand teen driving restrictions and make “distracted driving” – including using your cell phone – a fine-able offense with fees funding driver education for those who can’t afford it. The “Drive Toward a Safer Ohio” proposals are part of Gov. John Kasich’s state budget, which lawmakers began reviewing this week and will revise several times before Kasich signs it into law before July 1. The department wants to make distracted driving an offense that could be added to other violations, punishable with a fine at a hundred dollars and a little bit above. That money provides driver education for students who cannot afford classes. Distracted driving includes any activity while driving a motor vehicle that takes the driver’s attention away from the road – including using a cell phone or an activity not necessary for operating the vehicle – according to department documents.

Sports

Manziel Therapy- Johnny Manziel, the Cleveland Brown’s newest star player, has entered rehab for unspecified reasons.  Manziel was drafted by the Browns with the 22nd pick last May, and ever since then his off-field antics have been well documented by the paparazzi and social media.  Two of his more notable moments pictures of him swigging champagne while floating on an inflatable swan at a Texas nightclub and in a video of him slurring words into a wad of cash held to his face like a phone. Manziel’s celebrity lifestyle quickly took priority over his career and affected job performance, such as when he missed the team's final regular-season walk-through.  As a result he was not ready to play in December when the Brown’s finally made him their starter, and gave no reason he would be ready to be no. 1 quarterback next season. Since this is the time of year NFL players are free of team responsibilities, it will be a good time for Manziel to try and change.  All fans can do is hope that he will be changed for the better when April comes around and voluntary off-season workouts begin.

Gordon Suspended- The Brown’s rocky offseason continues with further bad news for the team. One day after it was announced that Manziel would be entering treatment, the NFL announced a one-year ban for wide receiver Josh Gordon on grounds of testing positive for alcohol. Both he and Manziel were punished by the team for missing the final regular-season walk-through the day before the Browns' Week 17 game at Baltimore. Gordon was suspended for the game and Manziel was not allowed to watch from the sidelines.  Both major off-field offenses come after upheaval on the coaching staff, letting Kyle Shanahan out of his contract, while firing quarterbacks coach Dowell Loggains. With all of these problems on the team’s shoulders, no one knows what the Browns’ defense will look like in April, since they did not draft a receiver last year even knowing that Gordon faced a lengthy suspension.

Pebble Beach Golf Tournament- Time to switch gears to something a bit more relaxed.  The AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am Golf Tournament will start up on February 9th and go until the 15th.  Contested annually on three of the Monterey Peninsula's premier golf courses, the tournament is expected to attract over 150,000 spectators and millions of television viewers. The tournament will feature 156 professionals and another 156 amateurs.  The playoff will be sudden death starting at No. 18; then No. 17 & No. 18.  The winning purse will be $6.8 for professionals, and $1.2 million for amateurs.  Last years champion, Jimmy Walker, will be defending his title as well.  Past champions of the tournament include Jack Nicklaus, Tom Watson, Mark O'Meara, Payne Stewart, and Tiger Woods.

Music/ Entertainment

Bobby Kristina Brown- Bobbi Kristina Brown, 21-year-old daughter of the late Whitney Houston, remains in a coma at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta. Brown, was found unconscious by her friend Max Lomas on Jan. 31 in a bathtub at her Roswell, Georgia home. According to Lomas’ attorney Ashleigh Merhant, Brown could have been submerged for as long as 10 to 15 minutes before she was found. “The Odds are against her,” Bobbi Kristina’s counsin Jerod Brown wrote on his Instagram page on Thursday, ‘doctors don’t see any home for change’ in her condition.  Still, pray for BK,’ he said.

Suge Knight Faced with Murder and Injured- Former rap mogul Marion ‘Suge’ Knight, charged with two counts of hit-and-run with an allegation that he committed a serious and violent felony while out on bail in another pending case, faces up to life in prison if convicted. Authorities allege Knight killed one man, Terry Carter, 55 and injured another, Cle “Bone” Sloan, 51, with his pickup truck on Jan. 29  near a film set in Compton, California and then fled the scene. The collision followed a fight involving Knight and at least one of the men he struck in a restaurant parking lot, the district attorney’s statement said. Knight, who has a history of convictions and run-ins with the law, was out on bail in a separate robbery case at the time.

The Grammys- It’s not a stretch to call the Grammys, televised nationwide at 8 p.m. tomorrow, “music’s biggest night” because the hits being honored are so so massive, that isn’t likely anybody out there isn’t familiar with many of them. What with Rapper LL Cool J returning for hosting duties for the 4th year in a row and a  list of stellar nominees including reigning Diva Beyonce,who is up for several awards, “Happy” hitmaker Pharrell Williams and soulful newcomer Sam Smith, and the lineup of performers including Madonna, Kanye West, Paul McCartney, song-of-the-summer queen Ariana Grande and Super Bowl entertainer Katty Perry (who could forget her flight across the University of Phoenix Stadium at last Sunday’s Super Bowl halftime show)  The 57th Grammys airing tonight are sure to be a stunner. Be sure to check out the Grammys premiering tonight on CBS at 8pm E.S.T. and online at cbs.com.

National News

Chicago Measels OutBreak- Five infants at a suburban Chicago KinderCareLearning Center are the latest to be diagnosed with measles, part of an outbreak that has sickened more than one-hundred people in the past few weeks.Health authorities in Illinois said they anticipated more measles cases, but that there was no known link between the new cases in Palatine, Ill.,and last December's Disneyland outbreak. KinderCare has notified families nationwide that it will now require staff working with children under the age of 15 months to be vaccinated. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has confirmed at least 102 measles cases in 14 states, not including newly diagnosed cases in Illinois. Of the 102, 94 were related to the Disneyland outbreak, which has sickened dozens of people. The CDC's immunization chief said that some U.S. measles cases this year were linked with travel to Indonesia, India and Dubai.

Among the latest developments:

• The New Jersey Department of Health on Thursday said it is investigating a suspected case of measles that if confirmed would be the first in New Jersey this year. The child was not in a day care facility and there was "no identified connection" to the measles outbreak at Disneyland.

• In Santa Monica, Calif., 14 babies were held in voluntary quarantine this week after a baby at Santa Monica High School's childcare center was diagnosed with measles. The center was closed until further notice, district officials said.

Train Hits Jeep- Six people were killed Tuesday evening after a Metro-North commuter train struck a Jeep just north of the train station, the MTA confirmed. At least 12 others were said to be injured in the crash.

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority said the driver of the car — a woman who was possibly outside of her vehicle when the crash occurred — and five people on board the train were among those killed. Officials earlier said that seven lives had been lost in total but revised that Wednesday morning. Experts, however, say that all crashes are different and that one car isn't necessarily safer or more dangerous than another. In fact, they say, you're much more likely to get hurt or killed driving to the station than you are riding on the train, no matter where you sit. According to the National Transportation Safety Board, thrirty-two thousand three hundered sixty-seven people were killed in roadway accidents in 2011. By contrast, seven hundered fifty-nine deaths were attributed to rail transportation that year, but about five hundered of those were pedestrians or drivers who stopped on railroad tracks.

 

Health Care- President Obama devotes Tuesday to defending his health care law. In the morning, Obama meets with 10 people who have written him letters about how the Affordable Care Act has helped them. The Obama event with letter writers takes place as the Republican-run House plans to vote again Tuesday to repeal the law, saying it has led to higher insurance premiums and canceled policies. Obama has vowed to veto the House bill, though previous efforts to repeal the health care law have stalled in the Senate. Republicans campaigned against the health care act during last year's elections in which the GOP expanded its House majority and won control of the U.S. Senate. Obama's schedule Tuesday also features a Cabinet meeting in the afternoon. The agenda includes the proposed budget that Obama unveiled Monday, and the dispute with Republicans over Homeland Security funding that expires this month. The president and his Cabinet plan to discuss "the importance of Congress passing a clean funding bill to ensure the Department of Homeland Security has the resources it needs to carry out critical national security priorities," says the White House.

International News

Ukraine Peace- German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Francois Hollande met with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow on Friday but produced no new cease-fire plan for Ukraine.  However the talks were constructive and work is underway on a possible joint document at implementing the cease-fire agreement signed last September in Minsk. Merkel and Hollande arrived in the Russian capital following talks Thursday in Kiev with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko. German and French media have said Putin has proposed giving separatists more territory and autonomy than agreed to last September, but Ukraine is likely to reject it.  Western diplomats have aid the two leaders are coming with a counter-proposal to a detailed nine-page letter Putin gave earlier. Russia continues to deny U.S. and NATO accusations that it is arming separatists or that its troops are operating in Ukraine. Yet, images collected by the data-mining site Bellingcat show various kinds of military vehicles — including armored vehicles and Pantsir rocket launchers only used by Russia — that have been photographed in Russia last month, and later in Ukraine.

Pilot Burning- The recent brutal killing of a Jordanian pilot at the hands of ISIS has been added extra pressure to issue a forceful response to the militants. A video was posted to social media on Tuesday, showing Lt. Muath al- Kaseasbeh being burned to death in a steel cage. Jordan responded Wednesday by executing two al-Qaeda prisoners, including Sajida al-Rishawi, who had been sought by the militants in a trade for the pilot.  The deal had fallen through after ISIS refused to give proof the pilot was still alive.  The incident caused King Abdullah II to cut a trip to the US short and return home Wednesday night. The pilot's father called on Jordan to avenge his son's death. Safi al-Kaseasbeh said in an interview with Al Arabiya News Channel, "I expect the government to seek revenge, severe revenge for the blood of (Muath) against this horrid organization, this criminal organization, this organization that is far from Islam and the spirit of Islam." Other nations beyond Jordan have reacted with shock and the gruesome death is expected to bolster public support in the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, and Qatar in the U.S.-led coalition against the Islamic State.

Taiwan Crash- Dozens of people have been confirmed dead after a plane crash in Taiwan on Wednesday. The final moments of the Transasia flight were recorded on a car’s dashcam, showing it flying low over several tall buildings, banking to its left and clipping a highway overpass before crashing into the river below. Rescuers were quick to respond and tried to find all 58 passengers as soon as possible. However, only 15 were recovered alive, including a small child. Workers continued well into the night to find those who remained missing as people waited to hear the fate of their loved ones. Officials have said the cause of the crash is currently unknown. Pilots sent out a mayday signal shortly after takeoff, and a recording of the conversation reveals no hints about what may have happened. This is the second Transasia plane to crash in the past year, when last July 48 people were killed in Pengu during stormy weather conditions. The cause of that crash is still under investigation as well. The plane model of both crashes, the ATR 7, is a top of the line aircraft and one of the most popular turbo-prop jets in the world.  Transasia says the one involved in Wendesday’s crash had been in service less than a year. A black box was pulled from the wreckage however, and is hoped to provide answers about why the plane crashed so shortly after takeoff.

This Day in History

The First National Football League Draft- Speaking of last week’s Super Bowl, the First National Football League Draft was held Feb. 8-9, 1936 at the Ritz-Carlton in Philadelphia. Approximately 90 players were on the board. After 5 rounds Bert Bell, the then owner of the Philadelphia Eagles and future NFL Commisoner who came up with the idea as a way to keep the league fro going broke, moved that the draft continue for an additional 4 rounds. George Preston Marshall of the Boston (now Washington) Redskins seconded the motion.  The motion was carried unanimously

President Harding Installed Radio in the White House- Feb 8, 1922 was a big day at the White House. On this day President Warren Harding had a radio installed.  At the time radio was the hottest and highest tech in communications and it put the White House on the cutting edge. Almost two years later, Calvin Coolidge, who followed Harding, was the first president to broadcast from the White House. Coolidge’s address for Washington’s Birthday was heard on 42 stations from coast to coast.

Bob Marley- The one and only Bob Marley would have been 70 years old today. The legendary reggae singer died in 1981 at 36, but he still left an indelible mark on music, pop culture and the world. Some of his well known works include No Woman No Cry, Get Up Stand Up, Song of Redemption, and Three Little Birds.

Bizarre/ Humor

Nose Chop- As the Daily Mail reports, 37-year-old Henry Damon of Caracas, Venezuela has undergone several procedures, including cutting off a part of his nose, to make himself look like the villain Red Skull from the popular comic book. Damon has already had "several subdermal implants on his forehead" as well as several facial tattoos. His end goal is to get silicone implants on his cheekbones, chin and cheeks and then tattoo his face red to complete the look.

Bra & Bullet- A Brazilian news report says an underwire bra saved a woman's life after she was struck near the heart by a stray bullet. Globo television network says Ivete Medeiros (Me-Dare-Ruse), a merchant in the Amazonian city of Belem, was hit after she heard a commotion and emerged from a market to investigate. A thief holding up a passer-by on the other side of the street opened fire, and a bullet struck Medeiros under her left breast. Medeiros's husband told Globo he thought his wife had died. But the bullet lodged in the underwire of her black lace bra. Thursday's report showed images of Medeiros' dress, with a small hole, the bra and a squashed bullet. Medeiros told the network, "It was a deliverance from God."

Suspended For Myth- The father of a fourth grader in Kermit, Texas claims his son was suspended from school because the boy stated he had the “One Ring” — as in, the one featured in J.R.R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit — and that he could use the ring to make his friend disappear. The 9-year-old was accused of making a terroristic threat, his father, Jason Steward, told the Odessa American. Steward said that the family recently watched “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies” and his son was enthusiastic about the film. It should be noted that such a suspension indicates somewhat of a lack of familiarity with Tolkien’s works. If the boy used the word “disappear,” that would surely be a reference to the One Ring’s ability to render the wearer invisible. The Ring does not actually make anyone “disappear” in the sense of killing them or ending their lives.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 11 February 2015 15:15
 
Newspulse: Let Your Voice Be Heard
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Monday, 02 February 2015 16:31

Newspulse is not only here to bring you your news but to let your voice be heard. Within this exclusive hour of the week's hottest news, we also feature a segment where we discuss about whatever issue or topic you would like for us to discuss. You could do this by calling us up anytime during the breaks of our show at (440)826-7846 or by e-mailing your News Director, Gideon Lorete, at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it anytime throughout the week. So check out Newspulse every Sunday from 5pm to 6pm and be sure to hear your voice be heard. See you there!

 
Newspulse: February 1st Highlights
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Monday, 02 February 2015 15:11

LOCAL NEWS

Seven at BW To Get Broadcasting Awards

Five Baldwin Wallace University students and two faculty members of the broadcasting team at Baldwin Wallace University's (WBWC 88.3 "The Sting") will be recognized for their contributions to college radio and the station's daily operations at an upcoming Intercollegiate Broadcasting System Conference. WBWC General manager Liz Miller, Program Director Bruce Stacey, Music Director Michael Widman and faculty members Todd Richards, the station's production consultant, and Joe Tarantowski, WBWC Director of Broadcasting, will each be recognized with a Golden or Silver microphone at the IBS 75th Annual International Radio, TV, Webcast Conference March 6-8 in New York City.

MANSFIELD: Studying the Issue of Black Killings

It's been said that for every societal problem, a study group or task force is formed to study it and hopefully, come up with a solution. And that is just what Cleveland has begun to do. With the furor surrounding recent incidents involving what is being called a "lack of trust" between police officers and members of minority communities, it should come as no surprise that President Obama and Governor Kasich both have empaneled a task force to study the issue. This "lack of trust" between blacks and the police has existed at least since the enactment of the Emancipation Proclamation, about 150 years ago. So the question that needs to be answered is "Why the recent increases in the body count of young black males, dead at the hands of white cops?” According to the FBI's most recent accounts of "justifiable homicide" in the seven year period between 2005 and 2012, a white officer used deadly force against a black person almost 2 times every week. Nearly one in every 5 were under 21 years of age.  For comparison, only 8.7 percent of white people killed by police officers were younger than 21.

The Fight to Legalize Marijuana in Ohio

Key investors in a campaign to legalize marijuana use in Ohio include Oscar "The Big O" Robertson, Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame member, and Frostee Rucker, defensive end for the Arizona Cardinals, formerly of Cincinnati Bengals and Cleveland Browns. In a news release, Robertson, who formerly played for the Cincinnati Royals, said he joined the campaign to legalize marijuana use in Ohio because of the benefits provided by Medical Marijuana. "It's a terrible feeling when you can't help someone suffering from cancer or another debilitating condition, I know from personal experience.  Medical marijuana can give our loved ones relief," Robertson said.

Should Ohio Increase Its Cigarette Tax, and Should The Increase Be Used to Cut Income Taxes?

The idea has been opposed by tobacco companies, grocers and wholesalers who say higher taxes would force smokers to purchase products for less online or in other states. The GOP-controlled legislature in Columbus have scrapped the proposal, prompting Gov. Kasic to blame lobbyists for lawmakers' decision to pull the proposal. Health Advocacy groups including the American Cancer Society and American Lung Association say Ohio's taxes need to be raised higher than Kasich proposed last year to deter more Ohioan's from smoking, while continuing to generate large revenue, a portion of which could strengthen the state's bare-bones tobacco prevention program. A poll conducted last year by the organizations found 63 percent of Ohioans approved increasing the rate from $1.25 to $2.25 per pack. Shelly Kiser, director of advocacy for the American Lung Association in Ohio, said a $1-per-pack increase would cause an estimated 73,100 adult smokers to quit, prevent 65,000 youths from becoming smokers and prevent 40,000 future deaths from smoking.

NATIONAL NEWS

HEAVY SNOW STORM INTERFERES

The weather should be perfect in Glendale, Ariz., for fans headed to the Super Bowl, but those watching the game throughout the Midwest and Northeast are in for some treacherous drives home. A massive storm stretching from Nebraska to Maine will dump snow, ice and freezing rain on Sunday, getting progressively worse throughout the night in the Northeast. Forecasters declared a blizzard warning for Chicago, predicted up to a tenth of an inch of ice on Ohio roads and up to 14 inches of snow in parts of Massachusetts. The storm was battering much of the Midwest early Sunday, with a mixture of ice, snow and sleet blanketing several states. Chicago was among the hardest hit cities, with up to 8 inches of snow reported by early morning. Airlines had already canceled nearly 1,900 flights into Chicago-area airports and that figure was expected to grow throughout the day.

INTERNATIONAL NEWS

A Trade Attack Between Israel and Hezbollah Breaks Out

Israel fired a counterattack into Lebanon on Wednesday and promised more after a Hezbollah rocket strike killed two Israeli soldiers in the sharpest escalation between the two foes since their war in 2006. Hezbollah, an Iran-backed militant group, said the attack was carried out by the "heroic martyrs of Quneitra" in apparent retaliation for an Israeli airstrike on the Golan Heights that killed six Hezbollah fighters and an Iranian general Jan. 18. Israel said that strike targeted combatants plotting an attack on Israel. Hezbollah told the United Nations mission in southern Lebanon that it is not seeking to increase tensions with Israel, and its rocket attack satisfies its revenge, according to the Israeli news site Arutz Sheva. Wednesday's attack took place near Shebaa Farms, an area claimed by Lebanon where the borders of Israel, Lebanon and Syria meet. A Spanish U.N. peacekeeper, Cpl. Francisco Javier Soria Toledo, 36, was killed in the Israeli strikes.

McConnel is Unyielding on Iran

McConnel is unyielding on Iran that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu delay his controversial speech to Congress, and he vowed action on a bill to toughen sanctions on Iran despite White House opposition. The address to a joint meeting of Congress, which was scheduled without advance notice to the White House and just before Israeli elections, has created an issue in Washington and in Israel. Negotiators face a March 24 deadline to reach an agreement. In Washington, a proposal to put more sanctions on Tehran if there isn't a deal has divided Democrats and drawn a veto threat from President Obama in his State of the Union Address. Netanyahu is expected to make warnings about the threat from a nuclear-armed Iran the centerpiece of his address, now set for March 3. The White House has announced Obama won't meet with the Israeli prime minister when he visits Washington, citing the closeness of the Israeli elections on March 17.

The Agonizing Silence on Isis Hostage

After two days of threats and tense deadlines, there was no word Friday on the state of negotiations over the fate of a Jordanian military pilot and Japanese journalist being held hostage by the Islamic State. Sky News Arabia, however, reported on Twitter in Arabic that relatives of the pilot, Lt. Muath al-Kaseasbeh, said he was still alive and that negotiations for his release were continuing. An audio message purportedly posted online by jihadis had warned that al-Kaseasbeh, would be killed if Sajida al-Rishawi, an al-Qaeda prisoner, was not delivered to the Turkish border by sunset on Thursday, Iraq time. Jordan had offered to release al-Rishawi — on death row over her role in the bombing of an Amman hotel in 2005 that killed 60 people — but insisted first that it receive proof the pilot was still alive. Japanese officials also had no progress to report. The hostage drama has left Jordan with tough choices. Freeing al-Rishawi would conflict with the government's tough policy toward Islamic extremism. But King Abdullah II is also under strong pressure from the public and from the pilot's prominent Jordanian family to win his release.

SPORTS NEWS

Tom Brady

First off, let’s look at players. Tom Brady, The New England Patriots famous quarterback. Did you know ....One hundred and ninety-eight players were taken in the 2000 NFL Draft before the New England Patriots selected Tom Brady in the sixth round. Nearly 15 years later, that same quarterback out of Michigan is a sure-fire Hall of Famer and firmly in the discussion as one of the greatest quarterbacks in NFL history. Brady's legacy as an elite player is largely defined by his nearly unparalleled success in the playoffs. He is the all-time leading passer in career playoff yards (7,017), touchdowns (49), completions (646) and attempts (1,035). Brady's 20 postseason wins are not only the most of any quarterback, but also more than 21 current franchises have in their history. When he steps on the field Sunday night, he'll become the first quarterback ever to start six Super Bowls. A win against the Seattle Seahawks would give Brady his fourth title, tying him with Joe Montana and Terry Bradshaw for the most by a quarterback in NFL history. He is already one of five players to be named Super Bowl MVP multiple times, and is looking to join Montana as the only three-time winner.

Super Bowl XLIX

You've got two No. 1 seeds in the New England Patriots and Seattle Seahawks, with both teams chasing history. The Seahawks have a chance to become the first team to repeat as Super Bowl champs since the Patriots a decade ago. Tom Brady and Bill Belichick are looking for a fourth ring, which would tie them for the most all-time among quarterbacks and coaches. But there's so much more like Katy Perry and Lenny Kravitz who are performing at halftime for what should be a spectacular concert in Glendale, Arizona. And don’t forget about all the good commercials that play between breaks!! Catch The Superbowl at 6:30 PM EST on NBC.

Phoenix Open Golf Tournament

Well the Phoniex Open is still on! Here’s an update from the standings from the 2nd round.

Weather: Cloudy, with periods of mild rain and a high of 60 degrees. Winds E 5-10 mph.

Due to darkness, the second round was suspended Friday at 5:47 p.m. with 15 players still on the course. Those players will be back in position Saturday morning at 7:45 a.m. to complete their second round. Third-round tee times will be between approximately 9:00 a.m. 11:00 a.m. Saturday morning in threesomes off split tees (scheduled).

POSITION

ROUND

SCORE

1st

Martin Laird

66-66—132 (-10)

2nd

Daniel Berger

65-69—134 (-8)

3rd

Justin Thomas

67-68—135 (-7)

MUSIC/ ENTERTAINMENT

The Biggest Superbowl Movie

"American Sniper" has shot down another box-office record: Its $31.9 million is the biggest Super Bowl weekend gross ever. According to studio estimates Sunday, the Clint Eastwood film narrowly surpassed the previous top Super Bowl weekend draw. The concert film "Hanna Montana/Miley Cyrus: The Best of Both Worlds Concert Tour" earned $31.1 million earned in 2008. It has now made $248.9 million in six weeks, making it the most lucrative war movie without adjusting for inflation. The competition was thin. The animated adaptation "Paddington" came in a distant second with $8.5 million, in a virtual tie with Paramount's found-footage thriller "Project Almanac." Kevin Costner's "Black or White" opened in fourth with $6.5 million.

Geraldine McEwan

Geraldine McEwan has died, at age 82, following treatment for a stroke. McEwan was known for many roles including Agatha Christie detective Miss Marple in 12 TV episodes. Her two children said in a statement that she died Friday after suffering a severe stroke at the end of October. McEwan worked for many years in theater, television and films, sharing the stage with Laurence Olivier, Albert Finney, and other top British stars. She has won numerous awards. McEwan was born in Old Windsor, 20 miles (30 kilometers) west of London. She played Miss Marple in 12 TV episodes from 2004 to 2008. Her career also included movies like "Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves," working alongside Kevin Costner and Alan Rickman. She was married for nearly 50 years to Hugh Cruttwell, a former principal of the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts. She is survived by their two children, Greg and Claudia.

Super Bowl XLIX Halftime Show

Global superstar Katy Perry and Lenny Kravitz will headline the Super Bowl XLIX halftime show on NBC in University of Phoenix Stadium in Arizona today! Perry cemented her status as a best-selling superstar with the global success of three multi-platinum studio albums -- her 2008 debut One of the Boys, 2010's Teenage Dream, which made her the only female artist to have five No. 1 singles from one album on the Billboard Hot 100 char, and her current album, Prism. Perry joins an esteemed list of recent halftime acts that includes Bruno Mars, Beyoncé, Madonna, and The Who to name a few. As for the halftime show's other headliner, Kravtiz is a multi-instrumentalist genre-defying singer-songwriter. He began performing in 1978 as a 14-year-old wunderkind and transformed into a top-selling solo artist in the 1990s. His biggest hits include "Fly Away," "Are You Gonna Go My Way" and "It Ain't Over Til It's Over." Like most Super Bowl Halftime shows, the NFL is sure to have several surprise guest appearances during the performance. One name which has leaked is Missy Elliott. Elliott, a 43-year-old hip-hop and R&B artist, will join Perry and Kravitz at some point in the show. She has a host of accolades to her name, including seven BET awards, five Billboard Music and most impressively, five Grammies.

THIS DAY IN HISTORY

New York City's Grand Central Terminal

First off, tomorrow, on Feb 2, after almost ten years of renovation and reengineering, the new Grand Central Terminal opened to the public precisely at midnight in 1913. More than 150,000 people from all over the city visited the New York's newest landmark on its opening day. In 1899 The New York Times had called Grand Central "a cruel disgrace." But now, its image had changed dramatically. "The Grand Central Terminal is not only a station," The Times declared, "it is a monument, a civic center, or, if one will, a city. Without exception, it is not only the greatest station in the United States, but the greatest station, of any type, in the world."

The 29th Anniversary of NASA's Challenger

NASA honored all its fallen astronauts with a special day of remembrance Wednesday (Jan. 28), the 29th anniversary of the Challenger space shuttle tragedy. The Apollo 1 fire, NASA's first mission-related tragedy, occurred on Jan. 27, 1967. Astronauts Gus Grissom, Ed White and Roger Chaffee were inside their crew capsule at Florida's Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, conducting a test of the vehicle, which was scheduled to launch on an orbital mission less than a month later. A fire broke out, and all three crewmembers were killed. Then the next spaceflight disaster came 19 years and one day later. On Jan. 28, 1986, Challenger disintegrated just 73 seconds after blasting off.

BIZARRE/ HUMOR NEWS

Elementary Teachers Under Fire After Forcing 'Poop Inspections' On Students

The parents of students at Gustine elementary school in Gustine, Texas are furious after finding out 24 children were rounded up and forced to submit to a ‘poop inspection’ at the school.  The inspection was done after multiple accounts of finding human feces on the gym floor. One student felt her privacy was violated as she was forced to pull her pants below her butt so faculty could search for fecal stains. The superintendent is investigating in hopes of setting this story straight.

"Zombie Cat" Claws Way Out Of Grave And Into Our Hearts

A cat down in Tampa, Florida has been dubbed the “Zombie Cat” after digging itself out of an untimely grave.  The pet cat, named Bart, was seemingly hit by a car and found by his owner, Ellis Hutson.  He and a neighbor buried the apparently-dead feline, who then dug out of the grave and went to a neighbor’s house.  Bart was taken to an animal hospital and is expected to make a full recovery, though he will lose one of his eyes.

For The First Time Ever, A Commercial About Fruit Will Air During The Super Bowl (Congrats, Avocado!)

America’s new favorite fruit is part of a Super Bowl first.  Avocados from Mexico, the largest market of Avocados in the U.S., will be airing a 30-second ad during today’s game in the first corner.  Avocados are known to support healthy cholesterol levels, boast large amounts of potassium, and have anti-inflammatory properties.  It is the first time in the game’s advertising history that a fruit will get it’s own commercial, so keep an eye out for it soon.

SpongeBob SquarePants Discovered Inside Child

Over in Saudi Arabia, SpongeBob was reported hiding within a toddler’s trachea. Dr. Ghofran Ageely, a radiology assistant, documented x-rays that revealed the Nickelodeon celebrity smiling with his tongue sticking out. “I was amazed by the visible details,” Ageely exclaimed, “You can see his freckles, shoes, and fingers…AMAZING.” The SpongeBob pendant, belonging to the 16-month old’s sister, was successfully removed and the boy was sent home.

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