Halloween letter that's likely fake creates plenty of nationwide buzz
FARGO – Although many consider it a hoax, the story about a woman who told a Fargo morning radio show she plans to hand out letters instead of candy this Halloween has generated buzz across the country.
On Tuesday, the Y-94 Morning Playhouse broadcast the voice of a woman they called “Cheryl” who said she wanted to hand out letters to obese children in lieu of candy.
“I just want to send a message to the parents of kids that are really overweight,” she said on Y-94. “I think it’s just really irresponsible of parents to send them out looking for free candy just ‘cause all the other kids are doing it,’ she said.
Y-94 officials then posted the letter – which they said was emailed to the station – on its Facebook page.
“It takes a village to raise a child,” the letter states. “And “you (sic) child is, in my opinion, moderately obese and should not be consuming sugar and treats to the extent of some children …”
Some local media outlets took notice, reposting the letter on their own Facebook pages and broadcasting reports on it.
By Wednesday morning – also the anniversary of Orson Well’s 1938 “War of the Worlds” broadcast that set off a nationwide panic – national news outlets such as the “Today Show,” Fox News, “Good Morning America,” USA Today and the Los Angeles Times released stories about “Cheryl’s” letter.
But few are convinced there is a “Cheryl,” especially faithful listeners of the popular Y-94 morning show hosted by Rat, Zero and Maggie.
Y-94 stirred up national attention in September 2012 with its bit on “Donna the Deer Lady.” In less than 24 hours, 2.4 million YouTube viewers clicked on “Donna” telling Rat and Zero that she thought deer crossing signs encourage deer to cross the road rather than warn drivers.
Like Donna, Cheryl’s last name has not been released.
“JT,” Y-94’s programming director, did not return messages from The Forum on Wednesday.
John Austin, a member of the “Chris John and Jane in the Morning” show on 95.1 has worked at Y-94. He said the letter is almost certainly a hoax.
“It’s their shtick, that’s their thing, it’s what they are kinda famous for,” Austin said. “Kudos to those guys for pulling it off, but the problem becomes you have to be careful how many times you go to that well.”
Austin said a radio hoax can easily backfire.
“Nobody likes to be made to feel stupid,” he said.
Jesse James of “Jesse and Amanda with Pike in the Mornings” on 98.7 echoed Austin’s sentiments.
James said “Cheryl” is most likely a hired voice actor the station paid to call in.
Like Austin, James was concerned about the hit on credibility that Y-94’s bit could create. James said his show “is never fake.”
No one has reported Cheryl’s last name, including Y-94. But it is not Cheryl Wald of Fargo.
Wald has been asked many times if she was the caller after the self-proclaimed fitness and health fan commented on social media about the letter.
Her voice is not similar to the caller’s, but Wald has been outspoken about how she agrees with the idea of a village raising a child and thinks it is a good idea for parents to watch their children’s sugar intake.
Wald said she received negative feedback.
“People were really mean,” she said. “I’m into health and fitness, but I don’t think kids should get a letter like that.”
A woman in the Washington D.C. area named Becky Reina was upset a few days ago when she went outside and saw someone had stolen the pumpkin she'd carved with her two-year-old son Tommy.
So she put up a sign with a message to the person who stole it . . . and now it's going viral.
The sign reads, quote, "To the person who stole my son's pumpkin: Thank you for the life lesson. This will help teach him that sometimes people are mean for no reason and you have to just brush it off.
"Because my son is two years old and cannot read this sign, I will add: You are an [a-hole]."
Halloween Drinks by Jesse and Amanda with Pike in the Morning,posted Oct 25 2013 8:06AM
Blood Orange Margaritas
This flavorful citrus fruit adds a dramatic ruby red color to recipes both sweet and savory.
By Sarah Reynolds
Yields: 2 drinks
Total Time: 10 min
Prep Time: 10 min
Nutritional Information (per serving)
· Kosher salt
· Crushed ice
· 1/2 cup(s) fresh blood orange juice
· 2 ounce(s) tequila
· 1 ounce(s) triple sec or Cointreau
· Blood orange wedges (optional), for garnish
1. Moisten rim of 2 margarita glasses and dip in kosher salt. Fill a cocktail shaker with crushed ice. Add orange juice, tequila, and triple sec. Shake well and strain into glasses. Garnish with orange wedges, if desired.
Dark and Stormies
By Alison Mesrop
Nutritional Information (per serving)
· 8 cup(s) ginger beer
· 8 cup(s) ginger beer
· 4 cup(s) dark rum
· 1/2 cup(s) fresh lime juice, or to taste
1. To make ginger beer ice cubes: Pour 8 cups ginger beer into 4 ice cube trays and freeze.
2. Stir ginger beer, rum and lime juice in a pitcher. Serve in tall cocktail glasses with 3 or 4 ice cubes each; garnish with lime. Try Barritt’s Ginger Beer, available at sodapopstop.com, and Gosling’s rum.
Vampire Kiss Martini
For the grown-ups who aren't on chaperone duty, try this Halloween-style twist on a classic Champagne cocktail.
By Sandra Lee
Yields: 1 drink
Total Time: 10 min
Nutritional Information (per serving)
· 1 part raspberry liqueur, Chambord®
· 1 part vodka, Absolut®
· 1 part Champagne, Korbel®
· Licorice, wax teeth, candy corn, and/or blood orange slice
1. In a chilled martini glass, layer raspberry liqueur, vodka, and Champagne. Garnish with licorice, wax teeth, candy corn, and/or blood orange slice.
Dornan was among the actors shortlisted for the part after Hunnam bowed outalmost two weeks ago, with some reports labeling him the frontrunner. Others speculated that "True Blood" star Alexander Skarsgard was the top choice, while Theo James ("Golden Boy," "Divergent"), Christian Cooke (U.K.'s "Where the Heart Is," "Magic City") and Scott Eastwood ("Chicago Fire") almost emerged as contenders.
Hunnam, who originally cited scheduling conflicts on "Sons of Anarchy" as the reason for his departure, was set to make a $125,000 for the gig. That's a relatively small figure for a headlining role in the adaptation of a best-selling novel, so time will tell whether Dornan is able to wrangle up a more substantial paycheck.
The casting verdict came in the final days leading up to Universal and Focus Features' targeted production start in November, and, as of now, the movie is still slated for an Aug. 1, 2014, release.
Dornan is also known as a former Calvin Klein underwear model, which should serve as rudimentary prep for the many erotic scenes required in the S&M story. The actor also starred in Sofia Coppola's "Marie Antoinette" and the BBC2 series "The Fall."
Kim Kardashian is getting married! Kanye West popped the question on the evening of her 33rd birthday, a source confirms to Us Weekly -- and the rapper, 36 pulled out all the stops for the surprise proposal.
West proposed on Monday, Oct. 21 in front of Kardashian's family and friends at AT&T Park in San Francisco. "He projected please marry me onto the stadium screen for everyone to see," the source tells Us.
Earlier in the evening, West made an appearance at the Hollywood Film Awards in Beverly Hills, telling the audience that he had just flown in from San Francisco and that he was flying back that night. Kim's sister Khloe was already celebrating the happy news on her own Twitter account hours later. "Wow!!!!! Am I dreaming??!?!" Khloe, 29, wrote. "Tears of JOY!!!!!!! Wow!!!!!!"
Kim's hairstylist Clyde Haygood shared a pic of Kim flashing her brand-new bling via Instagram. "Guess what just happened!! #kimye"
After years of friendship, Kardashian and West began dating in April 2012 and welcomed baby North to the world on June 15 of this year.
It will be the first marriage for West and the third for Kardashian. She finalized her divorce from NBA player, Kris Humphries, on June 4; back in 2003, she divorced music producer Damon Thomas.
An unidentified woman on a flight to Tampa, Fla., had a breakdown screaming “God you’re my savior” over and over again while shaking in her seat as panicked passengers looked on in awe, and RadarOnline.com has the bizarre video.
According to fellow passenger Reed Stanley who was on the plane and videotaped part of the incident, “She’s been freaking out for the last 20 minutes. She started off by telling everyone to pray for her mother who just passed away.
There's NO bigger secret at work than how much money everyone makes. Well, MAYBE what you did in the supply closet with the chubby temp at the Christmas party is a bigger secret . . . but salaries are number two.
Which is why this is kind of crazy. A small but growing number of companies around the U.S. are breaking that taboo . . . and making everyone's salary public knowledge. WHY? Here are the top three reasons.
1. Trust. When there's full transparency, no one can SUSPECT the company is ripping them off or paying them way less than everyone else . . . they'll know for sure if that's the case. Public salaries can also earn more trust from clients and customers.
2. Motivation. There's no mystery in raise negotiations anymore. Employees will know what other people are making and will have to step up to prove they're providing the same value to the company and deserve the same salary.
3. Team building. If you know how much everyone's being paid, it eliminates that wall that all coworkers have to put up between each other.
Of course, all of that can BLOW UP. Knowing people's salaries could just make everyone BITTER and RESENTFUL . . . which is why the current, secret system is in place basically everywhere. Maybe it shouldn't be? We're not convinced.
On Thursday, a junior high school student in Salem, Oregon named Halsey Parkerson was meeting his aunt for lunch. And when she showed up at his school, she saw a student BULLYING him and saying he didn't have any friends.
Which is when his aunt decided to DO something about it and prove the bully wrong. So she got on Facebook and started contacting people.
And the next day, she showed up to Halsey's school with a HUNDRED other people, who literally stood behind him while he confronted the bully.
In the end, the bully apologized, admitted he was wrong, and actually HIGH-FIVED Halsey. And someone told the local news beforehand, so they got it all on tape.
Apparently the school had no idea what was going on. And they started to get worried when they saw around 50 cars show up in the parking lot. But when the principal found out WHY they were there, he let it happen.
Halsey described the whole thing as "glorious." And he said the next time someone tries to bully him, he'll hold his head high, and tell them he has too many friends to waste time worrying about what some IDIOT has to say about him.
Ellen gave $10,000 to a New Hampshire waitress who paid a tab for two National Guard soldiers.
The woman's name is Sarah Hoidahl. She's a 22-year-old single mother living with her mom. One day she was waiting on two female soldiers, and they were trying to choose inexpensive menu items, because they weren't getting paid due to the government shutdown.
So Sarah decided to cover their tab, which came to $27.75. Instead of a check, she gave them a note thanking them for their service.
Well, the women posted a picture of the note on Facebook, and that's how Ellen found out about it.
Ellen brought Sarah on her show Friday and gave her the $27.75. Then she surprised Sarah by giving her a big-screen TV . . . and a check for another 10-GRAND.
A 33-year-old man named Toby Sheldon has undergone $100,000 worth of plastic surgery to look like Justin Beiber. If I were him, I'd get a refund.
Sheldon has had Botox injections, hair transplants and even "smile surgery". He says, "It's Justin's smile that gives him his youthful look. So I had my upper lip lifted [and] my bottom lip plumped out."
A mall in Florida was evacuated after a man who was grieving the death of his fiancee threw some of her cremation ashes in an eyewear store earlier this week.
Sarasota police said the mall was closed for two hours, but that the man would not be prosecuted, NBC reported.
Store workers at LensCrafters in the Westfield Southgate Mall said they were going about their business, when a man walked by and tossed what appeared to be an ashy substance into the store, then fled, NBC reported. At the time, nobody knew what the white powder was, so the entire mall was closed to allow HAZMAT crews the time to investigate.
The man was later caught and admitted he threw the ashes. He also said he was grieving his dead fiancee and only trying to sprinkle her remains in spots that held special significance to the couple, police said.
The man’s name was being withheld. Police could pursue civil charges, but said they probably wouldn’t.
This Photo of an Injured Soldier Saluting His Commanding Officer Is Inspiring People All Over the World
A photo of an injured Army Ranger saluting his commanding officer from his hospital bed is inspiring thousands of people on Facebook right now. Here's the story behind it.
Corporal Josh Hargis from Cincinnati was in the middle of his fourth tour in Afghanistan on October 6th, when he was seriously injured by a suicide bomber. Four other soldiers were killed.
After Josh got out of surgery, his commanding officer . . . along with more than 50 other soldiers, doctors, and nurses . . . went to his hospital room to see him be presented with a Purple Heart. And they all ASSUMED Josh was still unconscious.
But when his commanding officer pinned the medal on to his blanket, Josh started moving. Then a doctor tried to restrain him, but Josh fought against him, raised his right arm, and saluted.
Someone managed to snap a photo of it, which was sent to Josh's wife, Taylor, along with a letter from his commanding officer, where he described the moment as, quote, "the single greatest event I have witnessed in my ten years in the Army."
He also said he thought the photo belonged on, quote, "every news channel and [in] every newspaper." So Taylor posted it on Facebook. And right now, it's being run by news outlets all over the WORLD.
By the way, Josh has since had his breathing tube removed, and his mother says he's in good spirits. His wife has also talked to him on the phone and says that from the sound of his voice, she can tell "he's going to be just fine."
FARGO – Thirty-two-year-old Katina Tengesdal of Fargo is in jail but ?not because of criminal charges.
She is in jail because Cass County District Court Judge Doug Herman ordered her jailed on a contempt charge. The reason? Tengesdal refuses to allow her parents unsupervised visitation with her 7-year-old daughter.
“I feel if I sent her there unsupervised, that it would not be the best thing for her, that she would be in trouble, in danger,” Tengesdal said.
Tengesdal is now on day six of wearing orange at the Cass County Jail.
“I have been sitting here watching people on criminal charges bonding out and I am still sitting here,” she said.
WDAY 6 News obtained copies of a North Dakota attorney general’s investigation. Bureau of Criminal Investigation agents looked into allegations of sexual abuse leveled against an adult male Tengesdal family member.
According to the investigative report, there were allegations of inappropriate behavior. The reports detailed accusations that include a request from the alleged perpetrator to an alleged victim: “Don’t tell anybody this happened.”
“This is what this case is all about,” Tengesdal said. “Everything hinges on these papers. It shows my reasons for why I am doing what I am doing.”
In the end, no charges of abuse were filed. One of the alleged victims stopped cooperating with authorities. And according to the BCI investigative report, there was not enough evidence to pursue any charges.
“I thought it was best to just let it go,” Tengesdal said.
When Herman was asked if he considered the investigative report and the abuse allegations when granting the grandparents’ visitation order, he said he could not comment on pending cases.
Tengesdal cannot afford an attorney, so she sits in jail despite filling out a form requesting a public defender. The request is still making its way through the court system.
Her boyfriend, Jason Miller, who works nights, has had to take Tengesdal’s daughter to work overnight and then get her to school in the morning. Miller said the 7-year-old is like a daughter to him, and he supports his girlfriend’s convictions.
Tengesdal could likely get out of jail by agreeing to the grandparent visitation order. But she is willing to sit there on the contempt charge, risking her job and a home mortgage – the price she is willing to pay, she said, to keep her daughter safe.
“As long as it takes, I will protect my daughter. I will do what it takes to protect my daughter,” she said.
This case comes just a month after a similar grandparent visitation dispute in Grand Forks.
The Grand Forks case sparked a rally of supporters for the parents, who were upset a judge granted visitation to grandparents, despite the objection of the parents. Some at the protest thought the ruling threatened parental authority.
Fargo attorney Julie Oster specializes in family law. She said state law calls for reasonable visitation rights if it’s in the best interest of a child.
“The statute has not changed,” Oster said. “The laws have always remained the same, but the Grand Forks case has opened it up a little more, and the case law is a little more free and open to give more grandparents rights.”
Minnesota has similar grandparent visitation rights laws.
The Snuggle House by Jesse and Amanda with Pike in the Morning,posted Oct 17 2013 6:21AM
A Madison business says it's cornered the market on cuddling. The owners of The Snuggle House insist there's nothing sexual about professional hugging or cuddling. They open their touch therapy business Tuesday. Lonnie Johnson is an employee of the Snuggle House. Johnson tells WISC-TV that whether they admit it or not, every human being needs to be loved, cared for and experience physical contact. The owners say the business is modeled after The Snuggery in New York, which says there are psychological and physical benefits of non-sexual touch. It charges $120 for a double cuddle and $425 for an overnight session.
We guess she brought sexy back? Seven years after being named the "Sexiest Woman Alive" by Esquire magazine, Scarlett Johansson has snagged the sexy title once again.
Scarlett Johansson was named Esquire's "Sexiest Woman Alive" for 2013 -- making it the second time she's been given the coveted title by the men's magazine and the first woman to get the honor twice. Holy sexy star, Scarlett!
But Scarlett's not the only celeb who's considered one of the sexiest stars alive. Mila Kunis won the same Esquire award last year, Kate Upton is considered one of the sexiest supermodels of all time and Halle Berry has proven that attraction doesn't have anything to do with age.
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