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NOPD looking for band of bicycle bandits

Posted: 07 Feb 2018 08:17 PM PST

NEW ORLEANS -- The NOPD is looking for a band of bicycle bandits who struck twice -- within minutes -- on the same block of the same street!  The cases are the latest to roll on the Wheel of Justice.

Both cases happened on January 26 in the 700 block of Barracks Street.

According to police, the first one happened at about 10:00 that night.  They say at least six juveniles on bicycles surrounded a man, attacked him, and stole his cellphone.

Police released a photograph taken from a security camera that they say shows the suspects in the case.

The second case happened about 15 minutes later, also in the 700 block of Barracks Street.  In that case, police released surveillance camera video that shows the victim walking down the street.  Police say nine attackers on bicycles began to chase the man.  The surveillance footage shows some of them jumping off of their bikes and chasing the man on foot.

At one point, the man falls to the ground.  Police say that's when the attackers stole his cellphone.

The NOPD confirms that detectives believe the same people are responsible for both robberies.

If you'd like to see get a better look at the surveillance footage in both attacks, click on the video button above to see the latest Wheel of Justice report.

If you can help lead police to any of the suspects, call CrimeStoppers at 504-822-1111 or toll-free at 1-877-903-STOP.  Remember, you don't have to reveal your name or testify in court, and you could be eligible for a cash reward.

So far, more than 363 people have landed behind bars after their cases rolled on the Wheel of Justice.

Druids, Nyx roll on a rainy Wednesday: See photos here

Posted: 07 Feb 2018 08:10 PM PST

NEW ORLEANS — Mardi Gras is off to a wet start, but that hasn’t stopped the parades and the people.

Druids and the Mystic Krewe of Nyx rolled on the traditional Uptown route Wednesday night.

Here are some photos from the fun:

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Woman found holding her own eyeballs across from South Carolina church

Posted: 07 Feb 2018 07:34 PM PST

ANDERSON, S.C. – Horrified churchgoers called 911 Tuesday after a woman tore out her own eyes with her hands, according to WYFF.

"It was across the street, and I could see blood, and could her screaming and I realized something was wrong," Elizabeth Hiott, who had been working at the South Main Chapel and Mercy Center, told the TV station. "I immediately called 911 and it almost felt like the 911 dispatcher didn't even believe me. That's how crazy it was."

Despite a conflicting report from the Associated Press, Lt. Bowland with the Anderson County Sheriff's Office confirmed that both eyes were removed, not just one. WYFF reports that after witnesses called 911, the woman, who had been kneeling next to some railroad tracks, ripped out the second eye.

"She didn't injure anybody, but it took several people to subdue her enough to get her on a stretcher," Bowland said. Witnesses said she was holding the eyeballs in her hands, not letting anyone touch her.

Medical workers rushed the woman to an area hospital by helicopter.

Hiott said she had seen the woman at church before, but not regularly.

The woman is on a respirator but is in stable condition, according to WYFF.

Pelicans-Pacers game postponed because of leaky roof at Smoothie King Center

Posted: 07 Feb 2018 07:31 PM PST

NEW ORLEANS — Rain may not have stopped the parades tonight, but it did stop the Pelicans from playing — inside the Smoothie King Center.

The Pelicans-Pacers game was delayed — then eventually postponed — because of a leaky roof at the Smoothie King Center.

The makeup game will be announced at a later date.

Tickets for tonight's game will be honored when the game is rescheduled later this season.

Parking will also be free of charge at the rescheduled date. Fans can also call (504) 525-4667 for more details. Information on refunds and exchanges will be made available Thursday.

At least the Pelicans were good sports about it:

Customers say they found rodent poop baked into pizza from Indiana Little Caesars

Posted: 07 Feb 2018 07:02 PM PST

INDIANAPOLIS – A Little Caesars restaurant near downtown Indianapolis is back open, after health inspectors shut it down Tuesday after receiving a couple's complaint of rat or mice droppings baked into their pizza, according to WXIN.

Johnathan McNeil said he and his girlfriend bought a pizza at the establishment near the intersection of 22nd St. and Meridian St., but on the way home she noticed something was amiss.

"She looked at the pizza and realized there was, like, doo-doo looking stuff on the pizza," said McNeil.

McNeil said he returned to the restaurant to demand an explanation.

"All of them were looking at my pizza dumbfounded as if they didn't know what's going on," said McNeil. "I said 'That's mouse doo-doo on the bottom of my pizza.'"

McNeil said he called police who arrived on the scene and suggested he contact the Marion County Health Department. An inspector initiated an emergency inspection, which resulted in the business license being suspended.

"We did find that there were rodent droppings and violations that warranted us doing a license suspension," said Janelle Kaufman with the Marion County Health Department.

Upon a follow-up inspection the next morning, Kaufman said the problems had been corrected.

"They cooperated with us, they worked with us … they cleaned everything they needed to do," said Kaufman.

Inspection reports show the restaurant has been doing battle with mice since at least last August. The store was cited four times since then, before being given the all-clear on October 3, 2017. However, the store was never closed.

Health officials said with only seventeen inspectors to cover about 4600 county restaurants, they rely on diners to be their eyes and ears.

"When they call and let us know what they see, it's so helpful to us," said Kaufman, "any restaurant can benefit from another inspection."

McNeil hopes other diners will learn from his experience.

"I just want people to check their food and be very cautious about what they're eating," said McNeil.

Managers at the store declined to comment. WXIN reached out for comment from the restaurant's corporate franchise owner, but did not immediately heard back.

Restaurant inspection reports are not posted until 10 days after they are conducted, however a restaurant's cumulative inspection history can be found online.


Reserve man booked on murder charge after teen found shot dead in a ditch

Posted: 07 Feb 2018 06:45 PM PST

RESERVE, La. — Detectives with the St. John the Baptist Parish Sheriff’s Office have made an arrest in connection with the shooting death of an 18-year-old who was found shot dead in a ditch.

Rondell Dewey, 21, was booked on a warrant for second-degree murder. He’s being held on a $750,000 bond.

According to the St. John the Baptist Parish Sheriff's Office, deputies responded about 11:50 a.m. Jan. 27 to a body found in a ditch at East 27th and Farlough streets.

The victim, 18-year-old Colay McCovery of Reserve, had multiple gunshot wounds.

"I appreciate all the people who helped us with this case, but we still need assistance," Sheriff Mike Tregre said. "We need more help from the public." 

Anyone with information regarding this incident, please speak up. Call the St. John the Baptist Parish Sheriff's Office TIPS line at 985-359-TIPS or Crimestoppers at 504-822-1111. Citizens can also submit tips on the Sheriff's Office website. 

A $5,000 reward is available for information leading to the arrest and indictment of the suspect or suspects responsible for the shooting death of Colay McCovery.

Anesthesiologist charged after ‘squirmy’ 4-year-old dies following dental procedure

Posted: 07 Feb 2018 06:28 PM PST

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VANCOUVER, Wash. – A Washington state anesthesiologist has been charged after a 4-year-old patient died following a dental procedure in March, 2017.

Chester Hu is accused of “incompetence, negligence or malpractice,” according to KOIN, in the death of Mykel Peterson.

Peterson’s mother, Thmeka Curry, brought him to Must Love Kids Pediatric Dentistry in Vancouver for a routine procedure – to get some crowns on his teeth.

Curry said her son had been “squirmy” during previous visits, according to KATU, so he was put under anesthesia. “(The anesthesiologist) was just saying how he gave him just a little extra dosage to make sure he didn’t wake up through the procedure,” she said.

He was breathing after the procedure was done, but Curry said she became concerned that he wasn’t waking up in the recovery room. Then, he stopped breathing and paramedics rushed the 4-year-old to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead.

An autopsy later revealed that Mykel died of multiple drug intoxication from anesthesia, according to The Columbian.

A GoFundMe set up for the family describes Mykel as a happy, loving and energetic boy who loved his PlayStation, holidays and family get-togethers.

Amazon keeps sending mystery packages to this couple – and they want it to stop

Posted: 07 Feb 2018 05:53 PM PST

ACTON, Mass. – The mystery Amazon packages started arriving in October, and now a Massachusetts couple just wants it to stop.

Mike and Kelly Gallivan, of Acton, told The Boston Globe it was funny at first. “Then it got to be weird,” Kelly said.

The boxes arrive without any packing slip or return address, and the products inside are mostly cheap gadgets, such as hand warmer phone chargers, tent lights, water glass humidifiers and cellphone cases.

“We just don’t know how to stop this stuff coming to the house,” Mike said. The couple are also worried that it may be some type of a scam, or that they’ll be held financially liable for the orders.

Amazon told the paper that the items were bought with a gift card, but declined to say anything else.

One theory to explain the flood of unwanted gizmos is that someone is using their address as part of a scam to game the review system. A review from an Amazon “verified buyer” will display more prominently, an expert told the paper, so whoever is buying the products may be doing it so they can write glowing reviews of their own merchandise.

Amazon told The Globe that they are investigating.

Jefferson Parish public schools announce calendar changes to make up for winter weather closures

Posted: 07 Feb 2018 05:48 PM PST

HARVEY, La. — The Jefferson Parish School Board approved the district's plan to make up the instructional time that was lost due to inclement weather.

The school board approved the following changes to the 2017-18 calendar during its February 7 meeting:

  • February 19 to May 15: Schools will add 10 minutes to the instructional day by taking time from a combination of lunch, change of class time, recess, etc… The school day will not be extended. Principals will simply adjust the bell schedule to increase instruction by 10 minutes each day.
  • March 15: Students will attend a full day of school. This day was originally a student holiday for teacher professional development and parent conferences. March 12-16 will be designated as parent-teacher conference week. Parents should contact their school for information on attending a conference.
  • May 23: All students will attend a full day of school. This day was originally a half-day for middle and high school students.

Schools closed in Jefferson Parish on January 4, 17, 18, and 19 because of winter weather. In addition to the instructional minutes gained through these changes, the 2017-18 calendar originally included extra instructional minutes.

Mothers accuse day care of waxing their toddlers’ eyebrows

Posted: 07 Feb 2018 05:18 PM PST

PASCO, Wash.  — Two mothers say someone at a Washington state day care center waxed their toddlers' eyebrows without permission, according to KREM.

Alyssa Salgado and Glenda Maria Cruz say they dropped their children off Thursday morning at the Pasco facility, and when they picked them up they noticed a red, splotchy patch between their eyebrows where hair used to be.

"I think it's a scratch but as soon as (I) get home I get a closer look these WOMEN decided to WAX MY DAUGHTERS uni brow," Salgado, 19, wrote on Facebook. "I birthed my daughter and love every little thing about her and these so called women took it upon themselves to correct the way my daughter should look."

Cruz said that her son wouldn't let her touch his face, saying that it hurt.

"My son can't talk and I don't know what he has been through," Cruz wrote on Facebook. "It's really hard honestly because he's just a baby he cant defend himself he's not even 2 yet."

The childcare center is located on the Columbia Basin College, and is run by the Boys and Girls Club of Benton and Franklin Counties. Organization officials say they take the allegations seriously and "will work to support the investigation process."

Columbia Basin College posted this statement on Facebook:

Columbia Basin College (CBC) was made aware that the Boys and Girls Club of Benton and Franklin counties is investigating a complaint regarding its staff at its childcare center operated for the Pasco School District on the campus of CBC. In addition, the Washington State Department of Early Learning, the licensing agency for childcare centers, will be doing its own investigation beginning Monday at the childcare center.

The Boys and Girls Club, Pasco School District, and Columbia Basin College take these allegations seriously and will work together to support the investigation process.

The Boys and Girls Club childcare center provides care and early learning for children of parents who attend New Horizons Alternative High School which is also located on the CBC Pasco campus.

Mayor Landrieu says ‘Thank you’ to city sanitation workers

Posted: 07 Feb 2018 04:38 PM PST

NEW ORLEANS -- Mayor Mitch Landrieu gave thanks to the city's sanitation workers for their dedication to cleaning up after the parades roll for carnival.

He says the goal is for the streets to look like nothing happened and workers are doing a great job picking up after twenty parades this past week.

Plus, it only took workers an hour and a half to get city streets looking spotless.

"The best parade, with all due respect to every one of the parades, is the one that happens at the end of all the parades and that's y'all and the work that everybody in this room does," says Mayor Landrieu.

Roughly 600 people are working with the sanitation department this Carnival Season.

They say you can do your part to clean up as well helping our city make sure those beads don't get lost in our catch basins.

King Cake of the Day: Balestra’s

Posted: 07 Feb 2018 04:27 PM PST

BELLE CHASSE, La.  -  It's officially King Cake Season. We're taking you to the hottest spots around to get your fill of Carnival goodness in King Cake of the Day!

Balestra's only opened their bakery two years ago, and they've already received multiple awards for their king cakes! Their combination of unique flavors and creativity is what makes them so interesting.

Some of their fun flavors include eclair, pumpkin cannoli, triple berry, unicorn, and mermaid!  But if you ask Amy, the head baker, her kids have a clear favorite, "My kiddos like the pumpkin cannoli the best. That's the one that we won the competition in Baton Rouge and we also won two awards at the king cake festival for."

Amy says, if you're not a pumpkin fan, give it a chance anyway. "With this king cake, the pumpkin flavor very mild, so we won over a lot of our customers who were coming by saying that they didn't like pumpkin and they ended up loving it!"

Is New Orleans Mardi Gras overrated? LSU student writer throws shade

Posted: 07 Feb 2018 03:43 PM PST

NEW ORLEANS — Dirty, drunks, overrated.

These are some of the words a 20-year-old LSU student used to describe Mardi Gras in New Orleans in a piece she wrote for LSU’s student newspaper, The Reveille.

Sarah Groberty,  a mass communication junior from Atlanta, thinks you should skip the Mardi Gras experience in New Orleans; it’s not worth it.

Instead, if you feel like you must celebrate, head to Mobile, Alabama, she says.

“Save yourself the cliché this year and abstain from the dirty and overpriced New Orleans Mardi Gras experience,” she says. “If you are hellbent on experiencing Mardi Gras, consider going to another city that also celebrates it. Mobile, Alabama is the birthplace of Mardi Gras and throws some awesome parades, as well.”

She cites the high alcohol consumption and the Endymion crash of 2017 as one of the reasons why you Mardi Gras is not too safe.

You can check out her complete article here.

What do you think? Do you feel safe at Mardi Gras? We took to the streets today to ask you. Here’s what some of you had to say:

11-year-old boy dies saving friend from icy pond

Posted: 07 Feb 2018 03:02 PM PST

NEW YORK – An 11-year-old New York City boy died Tuesday afternoon after saving a friend who fell into an icy pond, according to WPIX.

Anthony Perez and a 12-year-old friend walked out about 50 feet onto the ice when it cracked and Perez's friend plunged into the frigid water around 4 p.m., officials said.

Perez saved his friend, pulling him from the icy water, then fell in himself, police said. His friend rushed home and told his mother to call 911.

Firefighters were on scene within four minutes of receiving the call. Perez was submerged under the water when rescuers rushed to the pond. Firefighters had to break the ice and get into the water to pull the boy out. They used their hands to get through the ice.

Perez was unconscious and unresponsive when he was removed from the pond. He was rushed to the hospital in critical condition where he was later pronounced dead.

"We implore parents - make sure your kids know the ice in the city of New York, on these lakes and ponds, is not safe," FDNY Deputy Chief George Healy said. "It won't support your weight. "

Two firefighters were are being treated at the hospital for hypothermia.

Uncovering the truth about the first Mardi Gras: New Orleans or Mobile?

Posted: 07 Feb 2018 03:01 PM PST

PLAQUEMINES PARISH, La. -- Who celebrated the first Mardi Gras?

It's a debate that's been held between New Orleans and Mobile, Alabama, residents for centuries.

However, it only takes a trip through the marshes of Plaquemines Parish to settle this argument once and for all.

Across the mighty Mississippi River on the east bank and through historic Bayou Mardi Gras, lies the remains of Fort St. Phillip.

Plaquemines Parish president, Amos Cormier III, a crew, and I went to explore its grounds in search of the exact spot where Mardi Gras was first celebrated.

Louisiana's favorite historical brothers and French-Canadian explorers, Iberville and Bienville, founded "Point du Mardi Gras" in 1699.

"They landed here, and it was the day before Ash Wednesday, which in French is 'Mardi Gras,' or 'Fat Tuesday,' and so I think they gave the place the name given the timing of it all," says Cormier.

"If you breathe in you can feel the spirits of the past ... 1699, over 318 years ago, this was the first place where Carnival was celebrated. When the French explorers came here, they set ground and celebrated a Mass with one of the Franciscan priests. They had wine, good cheer, and merriment after, and we plan to do the same today," says Cormier.

The concrete forts of St. Phillip, all visibly sunken through the years into Louisiana's soft soil, still stand the test of time.

We traversed to a spot close to some of the fort's ruins where historians believe is the exact spot where the first Mardi Gras was celebrated.

"I'm proud to say that Plaquemines Parish, Louisiana is the first place in the U.S. where Carnival was celebrated, contrary to what Mobile says, we had our first one here in 1699, which predates the 1700 celebration in Mobile."

In Mobile, the first festival was held in 1703.

You do the math.

It keeps growing and growing: world’s biggest Mardi Gras store fills 4 acres

Posted: 07 Feb 2018 02:45 PM PST

NEW ORLEANS - It is THE spot for Mardi Gras.

In fact, it's called The Mardi Gras Spot.

WGNO News with a Twist features guy Wild Bill Wood is here.

It is the world's biggest Mardi Gras store.

With more than 10,000 Mardi Gras items.

And those 10,000 Mardi Gras items fill up 4 acres.

Yes, the Mardi Gras Spot is 4 acres big.

It's located at 2812 Toulouse Street, New Orleans, Louisiana  70119.

The phone number is 504-482-0000.

Lots of people call because lots of people order Mardi Gras supplies from all 50 states, from South America and from Europe.

If you need some Mardi Gras stuff from The Mardi Gras Spot, just click right here.

You see the website and the selection of beads that's second to none.

You'll see themed beads, throw beads, glass beads and pearl beads.

Those are just a few of the categories of beads from The Mardi Gras Spot.

If the beads don't light up your life, the collection of LED and Light Ups will.

The Mardi Gras Spot has headbands, wands, disco ball necklaces, fleur de lis necklaces and even necklaces with little light bulbs.

Anything with lights is really popular this year.

What's available from The Mardi Gras Spot in the novelties department?

Well, hula hoops.

Yes, hula hoops.

You can actually get a dozen hula hoops for $15.00.

The Mardi Gras Spot is the party place and not just for Mardi Gras.

You can get big bottles of glitter. You can get comedy and tragedy faces for any kind of party you're planning.

And if it's a birthday party you're throwing, how about the "Kiss Me It's My Birthday" buttons.

Just some of the stuff that makes Mardi Gras Spot not just the biggest Mardi Gras Spot in the world, but according to plenty of people who shop there, it's also, the best.

Soon Mardi Gras will be a memory.  And The Mardi Gras Spot will get ready for the next big holiday to sell stuff. That's St. Patrick's Day.

How Uber and Google went from ‘brothers’ to enemies

Posted: 07 Feb 2018 02:37 PM PST

Former Uber CEO Travis Kalanick says the company he founded once had a “little brother” relationship with rival Google. But then this tech family had a falling out.

Kalanick testified Wednesday in a bombshell trade secrets trial that when Google led an investment in ridesharing startup Uber in 2013, his then-startup was like a younger sibling to the tech giant.

“It was like big brother and little brother,” Kalanick said.

Waymo, formerly known as Google’s self-driving car project, alleges a former Google engineer stole confidential files and brought them to Uber. The trial kicked off Monday and could help define the nascent yet competitive self-driving car market.

The investigation into potential trade-secret theft began in late 2016 when Waymo accidentally received an email from a supplier containing an attachment that detailed Uber’s LiDAR circuit board. Waymo claimed it looked suspiciously like its own design.

Uber and Google had a strong relationship several years ago. Google invested $258 million in Uber in 2013 and integrated Uber into Google Maps the following year.

Related: The tech at the center of the Waymo vs. Uber trade secrets case

The relationship began to sour in 2015 when Uber acquired a team of robotics talent from Carnegie Mellon University, Kalanick said. (Google had been working on self-driving cars since 2009.)

Kalanick recounted a meeting with Google executives, including cofounder Larry Page. After hiring a team of self-driving engineers, Kalanick said Page was upset over the acquisition.

Kalanick recounted a phone call with Page in 2016 in which he was told, “You’re taking our people. You’re taking our IP.”

During the conversation, Kalanick disputed that Google employees were intellectual property. Page didn’t bring up the former Google engineer Anthony Levandowski or stolen Google files, Kalanick testified.

Waymo claims Levandowski downloaded thousands of files from Google servers before leaving the company in January 2016. He ultimately founded self-driving truck company Otto, which Uber bought in August 2016.

Waymo attorney Charles Verhoeven asked Kalanick about a series of text messages sent between Kalanick and Levandowski in 2016. For example, Kalanick sent a text to Levandowski in March saying, “Burn the village.”

Levandowski replied: “Yup.”

The former Uber CEO said he does not remember what those texts were about.

Related: Former Uber CEO Travis Kalanick takes stand in trade secrets trial

The trial between the billion-dollar tech giants briefly devolved into a debate over a Michael Douglas movie. Waymo attorneys showed a clip of fictional character Gordon Gekko’s “Greed is Good” speech from the 1987 film Wall Street.

The speech advocates for greedy behavior: “Greed, in all of its forms — greed for life, for money, for love, knowledge — has marked the upward surge of mankind.”

The former Google engineer, Levandowski, texted this clip to Kalanick in March 2016 with the message, “Here’s the speech you should give ;-) ;-).” Uber tried to prevent the video from being shown in court.

Verhoeven also mentioned a Bloomberg Businessweek report published shortly after the Otto acquisition in which Kalanick told the reporter that he had only started communicating with Otto after the startup was up and running. Meetings and emails show Kalanick communicated with Levandowski about working on self-driving car projects before the engineer left Google.

During Wednesday’s testimony, Kalanick said he did not read a due diligence report on Otto compiled before Uber acquired the company, nor did he read the acquisition agreement before he signed it. The due diligence report compiled by cybersecurity firm Stroz Friedberg could be key evidence for Waymo.

It states that Levandowski had five discs of Google data, but the engineer told investigators he destroyed them. Investigators could not confirm that he did. The report also found Google emails and deleted Google documents on Levandowski’s personal computer.

Investigators reported Levandowski was trying to delete information while Stroz Friedberg representatives conducted an interview with him.

Kalanick testified he did not ask Levandowski to bring Google information to Uber, or that Levandowski ever told him he had Google data. Kalanick said that until the lawsuit, he hadn’t heard Levandowski downloaded Google files with the purpose of bringing to Uber.

Levandowski’s Otto cofounder Lior Ron also testified on Wednesday. He was previously a project manager for Google Maps and knew Levandowski at Google before the two began a self-driving truck project.

Before Uber acquired Otto, Lyft also made a verbal offer for the company, Ron revealed.

Lyft did not respond to a request for comment.


The shows that had us crying before ‘This Is Us’

Posted: 07 Feb 2018 02:35 PM PST

Each week the Pearson family on NBC’s hit show, “This Is Us” tugs at our heartstrings. Tackling real life issues like addiction and the loss of loved ones, the show’s emotional themes hit home for millions of Americans. The last two episodes, featuring the death of patriarch Jack Pearson [Milo Ventimiglia] and painful aftermath for his family, were the just the latest to drive viewers to the tissue box.

But before “This Is Us” was providing a weekly outlet for our tears, there were several other TV dramas leaving those of us on the entertainment beat at CNN puffy-eyed.

Grey’s Anatomy

“Grey’s Anatomy” probably causes more tears during any given season than Seattle gets in total rainfall during a calendar year. I am not being dramatic. Whether it’s a disaster episode (see: the shooting, the plane crash, the train crash, the bomb episode, etc), a devastating case-of-the-week (remember when the doctors had two golden-hearted patients impaled by a tree and could only save one of them?), or a major death (R.I.P Derek, George, Lexi, Mark, Denny, Henry…you get the point), this show knows how to produce high-quality, emotionally draining drama. It also owes me a lot of money in therapy bills,” writes CNN entertainment reporter Sandra Gonzalez.

Six Feet Under

“When Nate told Brenda he wanted a divorce I felt like he was breaking up with me,” says CNN senior entertainment writer Lisa Respers France. “But his death scene was excruciating and probably one of the most emotional things I’ve ever seen on TV.”


“I loved ABC’s hit show “Lost” because of its unique premise and because it touched on all my favorite storytelling elements and themes: the supernatural, science fiction, philosophy. It was also not afraid to sacrifice popular characters or protagonists to advance a storyline. The show was unpredictable and exciting in that way. You never know which of the characters you’ve grown attached to was going to get killed off. I was devastated when Charlie died by drowning so he can save the others. His death was full of symbolism and significance. The deluge of water and the urgency played out like a final baptism, a redemption,” writes CNN deputy media editor An Phung.

Stranger Things

“You wouldn’t think that a show that involves Demogorgons and upside down parallel universes wouldn’t tug on the ‘ole heart strings, but Netflix’s “Stranger Things” does just that,” writes CNN media writer Frank Pallotta. “From the relationship between Joyce and her lost son, Will, in Season 1 to the relationship between Sheriff Hopper and his adopted daughter, Eleven, in Season 2 the show is the perfect mix of make you cry sadness and make you scream horror. I dare you to watch the kids dance at their winter recital in the final scene of Season 2 and not tear up. Oh, and don’t even get me started on Barb!”

Friday Night Lights

“‘Friday Night Lights’ was filled with hope, longing and melancholy, chronicling the commitment of a Texas high-school football coach, Eric Taylor (Kyle Chandler), to his family and his players, many of whom saw football as the ticket out of their small town,” writes CNN media critic Brian Lowry. “The show was filled with emotional moments, perhaps none more so than an arc in which Taylor went out of his way to rehabilitate his star running back, “Smash” Williams (Gaius Charles), whose college career had been threatened by an injury.

Mandeville man arrested for obscenity told officers he was ‘adjusting his underwear’

Posted: 07 Feb 2018 01:17 PM PST

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COVINGTON – A Mandeville man has been arrested after police say he exposed himself to a woman at a traffic light.

When 63-year-old Craig Nolinske pulled up to a stop light on the corner of Highway 190 and Holiday Boulevard next to the victim on February 6, he rolled down his window and began staring at the woman.

Nolinske then began "making motions which led her to believe he was masturbating," according to the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Office.

Officers caught up to Nolinske's vehicle after the victim dialed 911 and gave police his license plate number.

Nolinske's pants were open and he had his hand in his underwear when the officers approached his vehicle.

He told the officers that he was adjusting his underwear, according to the STPSO.

The officers found a video of Nolinske exposing himself and masturbating while parked in the Claiborne Hill Shopping Center earlier in the day after a search of the car.

He was arrested and booked on the charge of obscenity.

The ongoing investigation may lead to more charges, according to the STPSO.

Mister Rogers is coming to a post office near you

Posted: 07 Feb 2018 01:00 PM PST

Mister Rogers will soon live in every neighborhood across America, thanks to a stamp issued by the United States Postal Service.

Mister Rogers will soon live in every neighborhood across America, thanks to a stamp issued by the United States Postal Service.

The stamp is set for release on March 23 and will be introduced through a free dedication ceremony at WQED’s Fred Rogers Studio in Pittsburgh, which will be open to the public.

It spotlights the cherished children’s television star along with one of his show’s prominent puppets, King Friday.

“Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood” aired from 1968 until 2001 and rose to prominence for the host’s dedication to well-developed programming for kids. The show taught its audience about kindness, love and compassion, and is credited for helping children deal with tough aspects of their life.