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    Friday, January 18th, 2019

    ... DEVELOPING ... STAND BY The Kramer Show. Heard on 101.1 in Panama City. Click here to listen live. Call the show at (850) 233-9988 Email the show at kramer@newstalk101.com Remember, you can sign in on this forum and post by signing in using your Facebook account! 6:00 --- SHOW PREP MEETING --- *) We will discuss what we have planned for the show today. Call 850-233-9988 and tell Kramer what you think he should talk about. --- EMOTIONAL SUPPORT --- *) This guy has an unusual "PET" for emotional support. Here. --- WASTING TIME --- *) People interact with social media on average 10 times a day. Here. *) People spend 46 hours a month dedicated to their NFL team. Here. --- RICH --- *) How much money would it take for you to feel rich? Here. 6:30 --- LOUIS CK --- *) Louis CK is an idiot. Here. --- BIRTHDAYS --- --- SEE BELOW RACHELLE --- 7:00 --- DWIGHTS ACCIDENT --- *) Dwight had a bad motorcycle accident yesterday. I want to talk to motorcycle riders - how many of you have NOT had an accident, and why do you think you have been so lucky? Tell me about how dangerous it is to ride a motorcycle. Close calls? 7:30 --- DEBRIS PILING UP --- *) AUDIO Congressman Neal Dunn on FEMA. Here. AUDIO. *) Local officials say the SHUT DOWN is effecting local efforts. Here. *) AUDIO News 13 did a special on the debris piling up. Here. AUDIO FROM VIDEO --- MANDATORY PHONE TOPIC --- *) *) Do you think a wall will work? Do you think we need one? Do you think changing the laws are more important than putting a wall up? --- QUESTION: 850-233-9988 - 8:00 --- GUEST --- *) TARA TALKS - www.yourprivateadjuster.com - 800-892-1116 --- Jim Bassett - STRATUS ROOFING - 850-688-0168 --- Tara will fight to get every dollar you're owed from your insurance company --- Tara is here to help get you every dime you're owed from your insurance company --- Tara will fight your insurance company to get you the cash you deserve --- Tara won't let your insurance company low ball you. She'll get you the cash you deserve 8:30 --- GUEST --- *) TARA TALKS - www.yourprivateadjuster.com - 800-892-1116 --- Jim Bassett - STRATUS ROOFING - 850-688-0168 --- Tara will fight to get every dollar you're owed from your insurance company --- Tara is here to help get you every dime you're owed from your insurance company --- Tara will fight your insurance company to get you the cash you deserve --- Tara won't let your insurance company low ball you. She'll get you the cash you deserve
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    Friday, January 18th, 2019

    Back in the Day on January 18 231 years ago - In 1788, the first British convicts arrived in Australia at Botany Bay. They established their penal colony a week later, on January 26th. Fun Fact: "Star Trek" fans also know the Botany Bay as the name of the ship commanded by Khan and his genetically enhanced crew of space colonists. 76 years ago - In 1943, the government declared a Wartime Ban on the Sale of Pre-Sliced Bread to conserve resources during World War 2. They were worried about the amount of additional wax paper used to wrap individual slices. So, from then on, only WHOLE LOAVES were sold until the end of World War 2. 71 years ago - In 1948, Ghandi broke his 121-hour fast after halting Muslim-Hindu riots. He was assassinated 12 days later. 67 years ago - In 1952, Curly from The Three Stooges died of a stroke at the age of 49. His real name: Jerome Howard. He was Moe and Shemp's brother. 44 years ago - In 1975, "The Jeffersons" debuted on CBS. It lasted 11 seasons, until 1985, honky. Fun Fact: The theme song was sung by Janet Dubois . . . who played Willona Woods on "Good Times". 43 years ago - In 1976, The Pittsburgh Steelers beat the Dallas Cowboys, 21-to-17, in Super Bowl 10. Pittsburgh's Lynn Swann was named MVP after setting a Super Bowl record with 161 receiving yards . . . including several juggling acrobatic-type catches and a 64-yard touchdown pass from Terry Bradshaw. 41 years ago - In 1978, Neil Sedaka received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. 39 years ago - In 1980, Studio 54 owners Steve Rubell and Ian Schrager were sentenced to three-and-a-half years in prison for tax evasion, and fined $20,000. . . . Ian Schrager was pardoned by President Obama last year and now owns a line of massively successful upscale hotels. . . . Steve Rubell died of AIDS in 1989 . . . which was probably God's way of getting him back for that velvet rope crap. 34 years ago - In 1985, Jerry Garcia was arrested in Golden Gate Park while free-basing cocaine in his car. He had "23 small bundles" of drugs in a briefcase beside him. And the main thing that gave him away was an expired registration. Remember kids: Crack Don't Smoke Itself! 29 years ago - In 1990, Washington, D.C., Mayor Marion Barry was arrested in a drug enforcement sting operation after he was video-taped smoking crack. This all happened because . . . say it with me kids . . . Crack Don't Smoke Itself! 26 years ago - In 1993, The Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday was FINALLY celebrated in all 50 states, when South Carolina caved and recognized. 23 years ago - In 1996, Lisa Marie Presley filed for divorce from Michael Jackson after 20 months of weird marriage. 21 years ago - In 1998, "Titanic" won four Golden Globes,including Best Drama and Best Director for James Cameron. Also at the awards, "Ally McBeal" beat "Seinfeld" as Best TV Comedy. Eight years ago - In 2010, Justin Bieber released his song "Baby". Seven years ago - In 2012,Wikipedia shut down for 24 hours in opposition of the SOPA and PIPA anti-piracy legislation. How in the world did kids write their term papers??? Google and Firefox also participated in the protest by altering their homepages.
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    Friday, January 18th, 2019

    Birthdays on January 18, 2019 Katie White of The Ting Tings is 36. Jason Segel is 39. Marshall on "How I Met Your Mother". Jay Chou is 40. Kato in Seth Rogen's "Green Hornet" movie . . . and Li the magic shop owner in "Now You See Me 2". Maulik Pancholy is 45. Jonathan on "30 Rock" and Sanjay on "Weeds". Jonathan Davis from Korn is 48. Biggest discs: 1996's "Life is Peachy" with "Good God", "A.D.I.D.A.S."and "No Place to Hide"; 1998's "Follow the Leader" with "Got the Life" and "Freak on a Leash"; and 1999's "Issues" with "Falling Away from Me","Make Me Bad" and "Somebody Someone". Dave Bautista is 50. Drax the Destroyer in the "Guardians of the Galaxy" movies. He's also in "Blade Runner 2049", and a former WWE superstar. Jesse L. Martin is 50. Detective Joe West on "The Flash". He was also Detective Ed Greenon "Law & Order" and Tom in "Rent". Dave Attell is 54. Comedian who had a Showtime series called "Dave's Old Porn", where he and a guest sat around cracking jokes watching '70s and '80s smut flicks. Alison Arngrim is 57. Nelly Oleson on "Little House on the Prairie". Mark Messier is 58. New York Rangers legend. Dr. Sharon Mitchell is 63. Former adult actress now known as The Mother Theresa of Porno. It was her non-profit healthcare foundation that caught and contained the industry's HIV scare several years ago. Tom Bailey Is 63. Founder of The Thompson Twins. Biggest hits: "Hold Me Now", "Doctor Doctor", "Lies", and "Lay Your Hands on Me". I have a picture, Pinned to my wall. An image of you and of me and we're laughing and loving it all. Look at our life now, tattered and torn. We fuss and we fight and delight in the tears that we cry until dawn Hold me now, warm my heart Stay with me, let loving start (let loving start) You say I'm a dreamer, we're two of a kind Both of us searching for some perfrct world we know we'll never find So perhaps I should leave here, yeah yeah go far away But you know that there's no where that I'd rather be than with you here Today Hold me now, warm my heart Stay with me, let loving start (let loving start) Mark Collie is 63. Country singer who you know as Frankie Gray on "Nashville". Mark's biggest hit was "Even the Man in the Moon is Cryin'". He's also written songs for Garth Brooks, Tim McGraw, and George Jones. Kevin Costner is 64. Ted DiBiase is 65. WWF's Million Dollar Man. He's now an ordained minister. Oliver Hardy (1892 - 1957) Stan Laurel's chubby partner. Cary Grant (1904 - 1986) Classic Hollywood leading man from the Hitchcock movies "Suspicion", "Notorious", "To Catch a Thief", and "North by Northwest". Danny Kaye (1911 - 1987) Brilliant comedian. He sang his red-headed heart out as "Hans Christian Anderson" and comes back to TV every year as Bing Crosby's partner in the holiday classic "White Christmas". A.A. Milne (1882 - 1956) Created "Winnie the Pooh". His son was Christopher Robin . . . just like the boy in the book. Bozo the Clown (1922 - 1997) Real name: Bob Bell. David Ruffin (1941 - 1991) Lead singer of The Temptations. He gave in to temptation and died of a cocaine overdose. • 2 days until National DJ Day • 3 days until Martin Luther King Day • 18 days until The Year of the Pig • 27 days until Valentine's Day
  4. BAY COUNTY, Fla. - On Wednesday night, the House of Representatives passed an emergency disaster relief bill but the Senate says they will bring any bill to the floor the president will not pass. President Trump says he will not support any bill that doesn't include funding for the wall. This feud -isimpacting the rebuilding process in the Panhandle and across the country. "Obviously it's holding up the disaster funding for not only Hurricane Michael but as well as Hurricane Florence and the wildfires," says Bay County Commissioner Philip Griffitts. The bill includes an amendment funding the federal government through early February, as well as disaster relief but isn't touching border security and Commissioner Griffits says, Bay County cannot move forward without the funds. "We've been told by our specialists that the fema reimbursements only account for about 40% of the recovery process." He says he thinks the men and women at the capitol are taking advantage of those impacted by natural disasters. "D.C. is using us as pawns for the wall and right now a stand alone recovery bill is what we need. We need folks to be compassionate for the citizens, like I said, Hurricane Michael, Furricane Florence and the wildfires and then let them worry about border security later." Congressman Neal Dunn is in Washington D.C. and he says he's doing what he can. "I'm trying to shame them into bringing a stand alone disaster supplemental for emergency funding for all the people, all across the country who were affected by natural disasters in 2018."
  5. If LOUIS C.K. has some kind of grand master plan to get back in the world's good graces, it must be a really LONG game. Because right now, it sounds like he's just burying himself deeper and deeper. Louis hit a comedy club in San Jose on Wednesday night, and he started the show with this . . . quote, "I like to [pleasure myself], and I don't like being alone." No apology, no hint of self-deprecation. He just put it out there to get a laugh. And according to the "Daily Beast", he got one. He didn't do his routine about the Parkland high school shooting, but he DID use it unapologetically to get another laugh. He said, quote, "If you ever need people to forget that you [pleasured yourself], what you do is you make a joke about kids that got shot." He also told the audience, quote, "The whole point of comedy is to say things that you shouldn't say. That's the entire point." (No, the whole point of comedy is to make people laugh. And it's a huge bonus if you can make them THINK at the same time. But nowhere in the contract does it say you have to be purposely offensive.) (That just seems to be your new thing, Louis: Offending people without really having a point. I'm kind of hoping it doesn't catch on, because it's really not a good look.) One last note: There were about 30 protesters outside the club . . . and one of them allegedly got punched.
  6. I'm not sure how you could be more UN-PATRIOTIC than this. The cops in Anderson, Missouri raided 65-year-old James Kivett's house looking for meth on Tuesday. And they found it . . . but they also found something else: A dead BALD EAGLE in the freezer. James wouldn't say how the dead bald eagle wound up in his freezer, but it's a federal crime to kill one. So James is going to be looking at charges for having the dead bald eagle . . . plus meth possession, illegal gun possession, having a stolen ATV, and having a stolen horse trailer.
  7. Is there any animal that CAN'T be an emotional support animal? There's a guy named Joie Henney in York, Pennsylvania. He used to host a hunting and fishing show on ESPN called "Joie Henney's Outdoors". And now . . . he has an emotional support ALLIGATOR. The gator's name is Wally, he's four-and-a-half feet long, and apparently he's so domesticated that he acts just like a dog. He likes lying on the bed, hanging out with Joie, and following him around the house. And Wally doesn't just give Joie emotional support . . . Joie takes him to senior centers in the area to spend time supporting the people there too.
  8. Social media has gotten pretty much NOTHING but bad press for the past few years . . . but that's not curbing our addiction. According to a new survey, almost one-third of Americans post, like, or share on social media more than 10 times a day, every day. And 86% of us still use social media at least once a day.
  9. The average NFL fan dedicates 46 hours a month to their team, according to a new survey. And that doesn't even include time spent watching games. That's just the amount of time we spend "thinking, talking, or reading" about our favorite team each month. So, about one-and-a-half hours a day, on average. Here are five more stats from the survey . . . 1. 84% of fans say they drop everything when their team is playing, so they can just focus on the game. 2. 79% of fans have rooted for the same team since they were a kid. 3. 41% have watched every single one of their team's games this year. 4. The top 5 "life moments" we've missed to watch football are a birthday party . . . a holiday event . . . church . . . school or work . . . and an anniversary. 5. Here's how blindly confident we all are: 75% of all NFL fans feel confident their team will win the Super Bowl next year.
  10. The boys basketball coach for Minneapolis Roosevelt High School questioned on Wednesday why young fans at his team’s road game in Jordan prominently displayed a flag promoting the re-election of President Donald Trump during Tuesday night’s contest. Michael Walker posted on Facebook a photograph of fans on the Jordan side of the gym with the flag draped over the legs of four front-row spectators. The message read: Trump 2020 Keep America Great! Several other young fans sitting nearby were wearing clothing patterned after the American flag. Listen: Basketball ref shortage requires new thinking to ease the crunch Too many games on Tuesday? Fewer officials per game? More games on other nights? In the latest Talking Preps podcast, prep writers Jim Paulsen and David La Vaque add their notions to the issue that flared anew this week in the metro area. Plus a chilly Hockey Day in Minnesota preview. “I coach a predominantly black inner city high school team,” Walker wrote on his Facebook posting. “We go out to a rural area in Jordan, MN and this is there. Please explain how and why this is appropriate at a high school basketball game?” Walker included a slew of hashtag phrases, among them #critical questioning, #blackandproud and #blackmenmatter. Walker, who is black, also is the director of his district’s Office of Black Male Student Achievement. School District Superintendent Matt Helgerson released a statement Wednesday afternoon expressing “regret that Roosevelt players and their coaching staff, fans and community were made to feel uncomfortable, as it is always our intent to graciously host our opponents.” Helgerson said district personnel are “reviewing this matter and collecting information [and] working cooperatively with the Minneapolis School District and Roosevelt High School in our review and response to this event.” Bridget Kahn commented on the Roosevelt coach’s Facebook posting wrote that the flag belonged to her and was used by students as part of a long-planned USA blackout theme night. Kahn told the Star Tribune later that her son and others took two of the flags with them to the game and “left with them wrapped around them like capes. I didn’t see anything wrong with that.” She said this was nothing more than young people wearing “a bunch of red, white and blue, supporting their president. They don’t have a racist bone in their body.” Kahn also pointed out, and the superintendent confirmed, that the Roosevelt team remained in the locker room during the playing of the national anthem before tipoff. The Roosevelt team has been carrying out this action at both home and away games, and “the Jordan team was made aware of that practice before the game,” Minneapolis schools spokesman Dirk Tedmon said. Helgerson said he arrived to the gym in the second half and saw the spectators in U.S. flag-inspired garb for what he said was not a school-sponsored theme night. He added that he didn’t see the Trump flag by the time he arrived. As for whether the presence of the flag during a school event violated any district policy, Helgerson said, “We’re in the process of reviewing all our policies as it relates to this particular situation. This is a new one for me.” Tedmon said that the Minneapolis district’s policy is “to not allow political advertising” at games it hosts. Jeanna Orris, who has three children in district schools, was at the game Tuesday and said, “I have no issues with a Trump flag at our game last night. ... It’s actually pretty cool [young people] are paying attention to things going on in our country.” Joining the Roosevelt coach in concern about the flag’s presence during the game is Crystal Flint, who coached the Minneapolis North girls team from 2005 until early 2018. “You got freedom of speech, but would that remotely be appropriate?” said Flint, who now coaches the girls team at Cretin-Derham Hall in St. Paul. “No, it would not.” Flint said she wants to know whether the flag was displayed because Roosevelt’s team is mostly black or has it been brought to previous Jordan home games. In any event, she continued, “Why is politics being represented at sports? Is there an intimidation factor? ... I think it’s divisive in this racial climate that we have.” Orris defended the intentions of those who brought the flag to the game, saying it there merely as part of one of a series of theme nights at Jordan athletic events. “They were not trying to be offensive,” she said. “Our little town is the least racist ... I just don’t understand how this got turned into a race thing.”
  11. The model who was recently named “Most Beautiful Face in the World” 2018 participated in the viral 10 Year Challenge showing off the two record-breaking looks of her young life. 17-year-old French model Thylane Blondeau shared a split of herself today and an image of her at just 6 years old, when she was given the accolade of “Most Beautiful Girl in the World.” In 2018 she was awarded a “Most Beautiful in the World” title again alongside “Aquaman” star Jason Momoa, who was named “Most Handsome Face.” The ranking was done by independentcritics.com, specifically by professional film critic TC Candler. The star posted the images as part of a viral trend in which people post an image of themselves from 2009 and 2019 to show the effects of age over the past decade. “#10yearchallenge!!!” And thanks for the 2.9M !!! Ily guys so so much,” the teen captioned the photos. It’s worth noting that her original photo broke with the standard for the 10-year-challenge and was from 2007. Blondeau, who began modeling at age 4, is the daughter of French soccer star Patrick Blondeau and French fashion designer Veronika Loubry. In addition to her modeling work, the star is also a brand ambassador for L’Oreal.
  12. A 14-foot crocodile that mauled an Indonesian woman to death was illegally being kept as a pet at the facility where it happened, officials said Wednesday. Deasy Tuwo, 44, the head of a laboratory at a pearl farm in North Sulawesi, was feeding the crocodile in its enclosure on Jan. 10 when she was killed by the 1,500-pound reptile. It was not immediately clear if she fell in the enclosure or if she was dragged by the animal. Police are investigating the incident. Her body was found the next day by her co-workers, the AFP reported. Hendrik Rundengan, from the local conservation agency, said Merry had eaten one of the woman's hands and most of her abdomen was missing. "These parts may still be inside the crocodile now," he said. The crocodile, named Merry, was being held at the pearl farm illegally. Rundengan told the BBC that officials repeatedly tried to visit the facility to try to remove the crocodile but had never been allowed in. The crocodile was sedated and removed from the enclosure. Merry will be moved to a conservation area, Hendrik Rundengan from the North Sulawesi Natural Resources Conservation Agency said. Police are reportedly still trying to get hold of the alleged owner of the reptile. The Indonesian archipelago has several species of crocodiles that kill humans. About 1,000 people a year are killed by crocodiles around the world.
  13. President Trump's personal attorney, Rudolph Giuliani, claimed Wednesday night that he "never said there was no collusion" between members of President Trump's 2016 presidential campaign and Russian officials -- but he did say that Trump himself never colluded with Russian officials. The former New York City mayor also said on CNN's "Cuomo Prime Time" that "if the collusion happened, it happened a long time ago. It's either provable or it's not. It is not provable because it never happened ... I'm telling you there's no chance it happened." Trump previously denied any member of his campaign conspired with Russian officials. In May 2017, Trump flatly stated: "There is no collusion, certainly myself and my campaign." 1,756 people are talking about this Twitter Ads info and privacy Giuliani made the startling statements during a contentious conversation with host Chris Cuomo about allegations against former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort made by Special Counsel Robert Mueller last week. Prosecutors said Manafort lied to them about sharing internal Trump campaign polling data with Konstantin Kilimnik, a Russian-Ukrainian businessman with alleged links to Russian intelligence. Giuliani admitted that Manafort was "wrong" to give the data to Kilimnik, but said "polling data is given to everybody." MANAFORT ACCUSED OF SHARING POLLING DATA WITH RUSSIAN ALLEGEDLY LINKED TO KREMLIN "There is not a single bit of evidence the president of the United States committed the only crime you could commit here [and] conspired with the Russians to hack the [Democratic National Committee]," Giuliani said. "First of all, crime is not the bar of accountability for a president," Cuomo responded. "It's about what you knew, what was right, what was wrong and what did you deceive about." 1,896 people are talking about this Twitter Ads info and privacy "The president did not collude with the Russians, whatever collusion is," Giuliani shot back, later adding that "I have no idea, never have, what other people [on the campaign] were doing." "But [Manafort] ran his campaign," Cuomo said. CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP Giuliani also repeated his call for Mueller to wrap up his investigation quickly, saying the probe was "over enough" and calling it "the most inappropriate investigation I’ve ever seen conducted on an ethical level that’s disgusting." "We’ve answered all the questions on collusion," Giuliani said. "We don't need a special counsel to investigate a campaign chairman. We have [Mueller] because the President of the United States is involved as a subject."
  14. TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WFLA) - A new bill filed by a Florida lawmaker would severely restrict abortions in the state. Legislation introduced in 2017 aimed at banning abortions after 20 weeks in Florida, but it failed in early committee meetings. HB-235, filed last week for the 2019 session, wants to take it a step further. It would make it a third-degree felony for a doctor to perform an abortion if a fetal heartbeat could be detected. "Consider the rights of that unborn baby," said Republican Rep. Mike Hill, who sponsored the bill. He says the decision to file the bill came down to his constitutional oath. “My oath said that I would protect life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Life being the first one," Hill said. The legislation would also redefine an "unborn fetus" as an "unborn human being." Kimberly Scott with Planned Parenthood calls the heartbeat bill, "the most dangerous bill that we have seen for reproductive health in the Florida legislature." Rep. Hill says a fetal heartbeat can usually be detected after 18 days. Planned Parenthood says six weeks. Either way, it would be a major decrease from the 24 weeks currently allowed under Florida law. Planned Parenthood says legal challenges would undoubtedly ensue if the bill became law. “They spend millions of taxpayer dollars in order to defend this type of legislation in the courts," Scott said. "This legislation is not in effect anywhere because it is so blatantly unconstitutional." But Hill says the shifting makeup of the courts might help his bill hold up. "We think we can start overturning a lot of these abortion rulings that are killing the unborn," he said. Similar laws passed in three states were blocked by the courts. A nearly identical bill was vetoed in Ohio.
  15. How much money do you need to make to be "rich"? Or, rather, how much money do you need for people to THINK you're rich? A new study asked people what salary someone would have to earn to be rich. And for the majority, the answer is . . . about $90,000 to $100,000. Here are a few more results from the survey . . . 1. The majority of people believe that being "poor" means you make less than $30,000-a-year. 2. 2% of people think you're rich if you're making $10,000-a-year. 3. And finally, 2% of people think you're "poor" even at $100,000-a-year.
  16. A driver in Kentucky was in for a rude awakening after they seemingly tried to run over a snowman — only to hit the tree stump underneath. Cody Lutz built the snowman over the weekend with family in Petersburg. He told Fox affiliate WXIX-TV he, his fiancée, and soon-to-be sister-in-law were playing in the snow when they decided to construct the large "Frosty." “We were playing in the snow, she’s from Mississippi so this is the most snow she’s ever seen in her entire life. I’m from Buffalo so this is no big deal,” Lutz said. “I love the snow!” A driver in Kentucky was in for a rude awakening when they seemingly tried to run over a snowman — only to hit the tree stump underneath. (Cody Lutz Media) The trio used a tree stump as the base for Frosty, and covered the exposed bark with snow. When Lutz returned home from work on Monday, he spotted tire tracks stretching throughout his yard to the base of the snowman “Instant karma!” Lutz told the news station, adding that someone apparently tried to run over the 9-foot-tall snowman before hitting the tree. He said the situation was "hilarious," and added that "what goes around comes around, in good ways and bad ways. So, I guess everyone learns a valuable lesson here from Frosty.”
  17. PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. - Gas prices are historically low throughout the country but our area of Florida isn't reaping those benefits. Panama City Beach's city council and the Bay County commission recently sent letters to the state, asking for an investigation into price gouging. "As it's gone down everywhere else, it's just stayed the same here," Mandy Watts, a Panama City Beach resident, said. One AAA diagram from Wednesday shows the counties impacted by Michael have among the highest gas prices in the state. "Their initial argument was supply and demand because there were so many people trying to help and crews helping, but that's dropped off. There's no lines for two hours at gas stations and they're just not changing it," Watts said. Attorney General Ashley Moody's office and Governor Ron DeSantis told News 13 they're aware of what's happening. "The Attorney General Moody has jurisdiction over that and she is aware. I think that's something that she's willing to tackle," DeSantis said Wednesday. There's been no formal investigation into price gouging so no one's been found doing anything illegal. However, some say it's unethical. "I definitely think a lot of places are price gouging. It's definitely taking advantage of a lot of people who have nothing and are still just struggling to survive," Kelly Moore, a Washington County resident, said. So who exactly is responsible for the high prices? Panama City Beach City Councilman Hector Solis said Chevron Oil in New Orleans reached out to the city council. "Chevron assured me that the wholesale prices selling to this area are in line with the prices in the state. This is not a wholesale gas price issue. This is a local issue, for distributorship and gas stations themselves, who have decided to keep the prices inflated," he said. Gas giants like Chevron sell to a middle man and that middle man sells to each privately owned station. Chevron representatives said they've sent two letters to their suppliers, many using the Chevron Brand, asking them not to gouge. Solis said Chevron representatives are planning a trip to the area to investigate. He said the people have the power to make a change. "Look at these gas stations that are charging too much, take a picture, [and] go ahead and file an official complaint. The more official complaints that are filed, the more attention we're going to bring," Solis said. To file an official compaint with the Attorney General, go to this website: http://www.myfloridalegal.com/pages.nsf/Main/E3EB45228E9229DD85257B05006E32EC
  18. LORDSBURG, N.M. — Ranchers and farmers near the U.S.-Mexico border have been finding prayer rugs on their properties in recent months, according to one rancher who asked to remain anonymous for fear of retaliation by cartels who move the individuals. The mats are pieces of carpet that those of the Muslim faith kneel on as they worship. "There’s a lot of people coming in not just from Mexico," the rancher said. "People, the general public, just don’t get the terrorist threats of that. That’s what’s really scary. You don’t know what’s coming across. We’ve found prayer rugs out here. It’s unreal. It’s not just Mexican nationals that are coming across." Her comments were part of a larger conversation about how many in the region believe migrants are coming to the U.S. illegally from all over the world, not just Central America. Border Patrol and its parent agency, Customs and Border Protection, did not respond to multiple interview requests. But CBP's Arizona region issued a statement on Twitter Wednesday that said agents had arrested people from across the world over the past five days. The rancher, who lives with her family in a remote, southwestern part of the state, said the discoveries raise questions about how many people who illegally entered the U.S. in Hidalgo County, N.M., traveled thousands of miles from overseas to sneak across the southern border. She is one of just a few hundred residents of Animas, N.M., a tiny town that sits between the international border and the Border Patrol's Lordsburg Station, which is 95 miles north of the boundary. A New Mexico rancher speaks with the Washington Examiner about migrants crossing the U.S.-Mexico border illegally, Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2019. (Anna Giaritelli / Washington Examiner) The few hundred residents there have no local police department. They rely on the Hidalgo County Sheriff's Department and U.S. Border Patrol to help when they need it, but otherwise count on tips and support from one another because of the 40 miles that separate the community from the county headquarters in Lordsburg. The rancher and six other residents of Animas told Washington Examiner this week that migrants from places other than Mexico and Central America are arriving. "I've talked to several agents that I trust. There’s not a lot that I do trust, but the ones I do trust, I talk to them," she said during a tour of her property. "What Border Patrol classifies as OTMs [other than Mexicans] has really increased in the last couple years, but drastically within the last six months. Chinese, Germans, Russians, a lot of Middle Easterners, those Czechoslovakians they caught over on our neighbor’s just last summer." Billy Darnell, a cattle rancher in Animas, said his neighbor had 18 women and children from the Philippines show up on his property last year. Border Patrol was called to the scene and took the group in. A New Mexico rancher holds a bottle found while touring her property near the U.S.-Mexico border, Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2019. (Anna Giaritelli / Washington Examiner) Government data indicates six known or suspected terrorists were caught trying to enter the U.S. from Mexico from Oct. 1, 2017, through March 31, 2018. However, the Trump administration has stated on several occasions that 3,700 people who were identified as coming from countries with terrorism problems have also been apprehended at that border. "We’ve talked about the thousands — the thousands of terror watchlist individuals who traveled through our hemisphere last year," Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen said on Fox News this month. "To pretend there’s not a danger on an unsecured border, on an open border, is just ridiculous. It belies common sense."
  19. NEW YORK (AP) — A Gillette ad for men invoking the #MeToo movement is sparking intense online backlash, with accusations that it talks down to men and groups calling for a boycott. But Gillette says it doesn’t mind sparking a discussion. Since it debuted Monday, the Internet-only ad has garnered nearly 19 million views on YouTube, Facebook and Twitter — a level of buzz that any brand would covet. The two-minute ad from Procter & Gamble’s razor brand shows men and boys engaging in bullying and sexual harassment and encourages men to “say the right thing” and “act the right way.” Taking on bullying, sexual harassment and toxic masculinity is a big task for a razor brand. Many critics took to social media saying it was insulting to men and laden with stereotypes. The uproar comes as Gillette battles upstarts like Harry’s, Dollar Shave Club and others for millennial dollars. Gillette controlled about 70 percent of the U.S. market a decade ago. Last year, its market share dropped to below 50 percent, according to Euromonitor. Allen Adamson, co-founder of branding firm Metaforce, called the ad a “hail Mary” pass from the 117-year-old company. But he added that online buzz, whether positive or negative, rarely makes a long-term difference for a marketer since memory fades quickly. “Getting noticed and getting buzz is no easy task, and they’ve managed to break through,” Adamson said. “Most advertisers advertise, and no one notices because there is so much noise in the marketplace, so just getting noticed Is a big win, especially for low-interest category like a razor.” On the flip side, it probably won’t sell many razors either, he said. Some cheers were mixed in with the social media boos. In a tweet, actress Jessica Chastain thanked Gillette “for this reminder of the beauty of men. I’m so moved by your call to action.” The ad echoes other attempts by major advertisers to take on social issues. Pepsi pulled an ad in 2017 showing Kendall Jenner giving a cop a Pepsi during a protest and apologized after an outcry that it trivialized “Black Lives Matter” and other protest movements. Nike polarized the nation with an ad featuring ex-NFL player Colin Kaepernick who started a wave of protests among NFL players of police brutality, racial inequality and other social issues. Sales weren’t affected in either of those cases. When controversy does affect sales, it is usually over something more substantive than an ad. Lululemon saw sales tumble in 2013 after a string of PR disasters including manufacturing problems that caused their pricey yoga pants to become see through and fat-shaming comments from their founder. But even that was short lived. Ronn Torossian, CEO of 5WPR, said that much like Nike’s Kaepernick ad, Gillette likely knew the ad would garner online debate. “Nike knew what they were getting themselves into,” Torossian said. The ad with Kapernick was “making a lot of noise, and it can’t be a surprise to (Gillette) that this is making a lot of noise.” P&G, one of the world’s largest advertisers, is known for its anthemic spots that appeal to emotions during the Olympics and other events, often aimed at women, such as the tear-jerking “Thank You Mom” Olympics branding campaign and Always “Like a Girl” 2014 Super Bowl ad. Pankaj Bhalla, North America brand director on Gillette says the controversy was not the intended goal of the ad, which is part of a larger campaign that takes a look at redefining Gillette’s longtime tagline “The Best a Man Can Get,” in different ways. Another online ad features one-handed NFL rookie Shaquem Griffin. While he doesn’t want to lose sales or a boycott over the ad, “we would not discourage conversation or discussion because of that,” he said. “Our ultimate aim is to groom the next generation of men, and if any of this helps even in a little way we’ll consider that a success,” he said. Larry Chiagouris, marketing professor at Pace University, is skeptical. “Treating people with respect, who can argue with that, but they’re kind of late to the party here, that’s the biggest problem,” he said. “It’s gratuitous and self-serving.”
  20. PANAMA CITY, Fla. - Bay district schools lost almost 5,000 students after Hurricane Michael. The population drop now forcing the school board to make the difficult decision to close schools next year. Superintendent Bill Husfelt will make a recommendation to the board regarding school closures during a workshop next week. He said many schools are under capacity and financially the district can't afford to keep some open. At Tuesday's school board meeting he wouldn't name which schools he will recommend closing but said the schools will be East of the Hathaway bridge, and not any high schools. The changes are in the early stages. No closures will happen until next year. There will be public hearings and votes before it's finalized. "If it wasn't for the storm we wouldn't be having this conversation. We can't afford to keep all the schools we have open and be able to function the way we are funded so we will make some recommendations and talk about that," said Husfelt. If you want to hear the superintendents recomendation and an update on the student population, the workshop is open to the public. It's on Thursday, January 24th at 9am at 1311 Balboa Ave, Panama City, FL 32401.
  21. As a new caravan that began in Honduras and quickly swelled to an estimated 2,000 people made its way toward Mexico on Tuesday, Mexicans who live along the border towns that will likely be most affected took to the Internet to lash out against another wave of migrants. “Work? Yes, there might be work for people who actually want to work, not for the lazy bums looking for entitlements,” said one commenter, with the screen name Azucena Santos, in Spanish on a YouTube page belonging to Shialeweb, who was recording the caravan. “Poor Mexicans, what’s in store for you!” Juan Palomina remarked: “Now look, let’s see if whacko [Mexican President} Lopez Obrador mobilizes the Marines and keeps these idiots from coming to Mexico. Give them enough to eat, at least.” Some urged the migrants not to be blindly optimistic. “People of Honduras, all of you who are spinning these grand illusions and getting ready to come on this caravan and in any future others, before you leave your country, please inform yourself about how people who’ve already come on previous caravans are faring in Tijuana,” said Belem Gonzales. “Mexico is just like your country,” Gonzales added. “There are many problems and needs, and you’re not going to be much better off than you were in Honduras. Please don’t trust these manipulative agitators who are encouraging you to risk everything for nothing.” Luis Mendez was far more unwelcoming. “We do not want caravans of (emojis of rats). Fight conditions in your own country. You are not welcome here.” By Tuesday afternoon, a caravan that started with about 500 people grew to about 2,000, according to a representative from the Honduras National Commission of Human Rights, which travels with the caravan. Word of the caravan’s departure was out at least as far back as last week. The newspaper La Prensa, of Honduras, reported on Jan. 9 that a caravan was scheduled to leave from San Pedro Sula on Tuesday - though the first group left the evening before. Migrants hoping to reach the U.S. wait in line to board a bus toward Honduras' border with Guatemala, as hundreds of migrants set off by bus or on foot from a main bus station in San Pedro Sula, Honduras, late Monday, Jan. 14, 2019. Yet another caravan of Central American migrants set out Monday from Honduras, seeking to reach the U.S. border following the same route followed by thousands on at least three caravans last year. (AP Photo/Delmer Martinez) The newspaper attributed the information to the immigration advocacy group “Pueblos Sin Fronteras,” or “Communities Without Borders,” as well as to “Dignificacion Humana,” or “Dignifying Humans.” Both groups said that some 4,000 migrants in all would end up being part of the caravan. The hostile social media comments on Tuesday are the latest reflection of tensions that have simmered since the caravans began last year. The tension is particularly prevalent in Mexican cities like Tijuana, where many of the migrants are being held in overcrowded shelters. Some say the concerns by people in receiving communities are, even if pointed, understandable. But others say the migrants deserve compassion for trying to flee conditions – often life-threatening – they did not create, and cannot control. The mix of exasperated migrants in overtaxed shelters and Mexican residents growing increasingly concerned about strains on communities has led to a number of clashes. In November, for instance, about 300 Tijuana residents held an anti-caravan demonstration at the same time Central American migrants were holding a protest. The dueling demonstrations ended in a huge fight, with police stepping in and escorting the migrants to various shelters. On its website, the immigrant advocacy group “Consejo Noruego para los Refugiados,” which is based in Colombia and has various offices in Latin America, decried the backlash against the caravan on “growing xenophobia in the U.S., as well as in Mexico.” “The journey north will be extremely dangerous and taxing for thousands of families from Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala that will be part of the trips in 2019," the group said. "Probably the obstacles will increase along the journey, given that there’s fatigue and frustration in the communities that have until now supported the caravans.” Several migrants told U.S. and Latin American news outlets they were determined to flee the poverty and violence in their homeland - no matter how tough U.S. immigration policy had become. Some said they were deported after having taken part in the first caravan last year, and were trying their luck again. Hondurans take part in a new caravan of migrants, set to head to the United States, as they leave San Pedro Sula, Honduras January 14, 2019. REUTERS/Jorge Cabrera - RC1E08C0C6A0 Meanwhile, on Tuesday, Honduran authorities arrested and detained Juan Carlos Molina,identified by La Prensa, the Honduran newspaper, as a coordinator of the latest caravan. Ira Mehlman, spokesman for the Federation for American Immigration Reform, which supports tighter enforcement, said the departure of another caravan was not surprising, considering indications there are individuals or organizations coordinating them. “Probably there are multiple parties involved, who have an interest in challenging the sovereign right of the United States to determine who can enter the country and under what circumstances,” he said. “You have opportunists and you have people who, understandably, want to come to the United States,” he said, “It’s a situation that’s getting out of hand, and no one is doing anything about it other than an administration that trying to solve things through executive action.” Mehlman said the backlash the caravans were getting from Mexicans who live in Tijuana and other areas affected by the large crowds of migrants was a logical reaction to the feeling of being overrun. “It does have an impact on people who live in the affected towns, just as it has impact on people in our country,” he said, adding that at the same time that understanding is extended to people who seek a better life, there needs to be understanding for “the motivations of people who want to set limits and enforce laws.”
  22. You're about to pay a lot more for Netflix. Yesterday, they announced their largest price-hike in their 12-year history, and their second increase in 15 months. The standard, most popular plan will go from $11 per month to $13 . . . the lowest plan will go from $8 to $9 . . . and the highest plan with ultra-high definition will jump from $14 to $16. So most people will be paying another $2 a month, or $24 a year. The rate change will be phased in over the next three months for all current customers. And it'll be immediate for any new subscribers. A lot of FURIOUS people are flooding social media to pretend that they're so upset they're CANCELING . . . but Netflix knows most people won't do that. Multiple recent surveys have suggested that Netflix was UNDERPRICED. In one, 64% of subscribers said they'd pay up to $15 a month for Netflix, and only 36% said they'd consider canceling if they raised their rates. In another, 83% said they'd be willing to pay $2 more per month to keep Netflix ad-free. And in yet another, 21% said they'd be cool paying MORE than $16 a month. Obviously, a big reason for this is that Netflix is keeping subscribers happy. Last month, they dropped $100 million to keep "Friends" for another year, and "Variety" says they spent $13 BILLION on content last year. For comparison, HBO "only" spent $2.5 billion in 2017, and CBS spent $4 billion. According to "The Verge", Netflix premiered "approximately 700 original shows in 2018 alone, and is expected to develop more this year." (What do you think? Is that worth it for you? Or are you one of those who'd actually consider canceling now?) (The thing is, in a vacuum $2 more per month is probably peanuts for most people, assuming they actually use Netflix on a regular basis . . . especially for their originals like "Stranger Things" and "Orange is the New Black".) (The problem is that all the subscription services are starting to add up . . . and when push comes to shove, it's easier to cut the most expensive one . . . the one that has raised its rates TWICE now in a year and a half.)