Former host of iconic game shows, such as “Wheel of Fortune” and “Love Connection,” and self-proclaimed “Hollywood Conservative” Chuck Woolery is causing a stir with a string of tweets that appear to attempt to connect communism and Judaism.
On Memorial Day and the day following, Woolery fired off a round of tweets on his apparent theory that Judaism contributed to the rise of Soviet communism and that the religion is still fueling other socialist movements today. He did so by pointing out that Vladimir Lenin, Karl Marx and Bernie Sanders are all Jewish.
It’s unclear what prompted Woolery’s strange attempt to, as one Twitter user put it, prove “that communism is an international Jewish conspiracy.”
A Tennessee woman is facing drug-related charges after an off-duty sheriff’s deputy found a small bag of cocaine in his drink at a Tennessee Steak ‘n Shake restaurant, according to multiple reports.
Chattanooga police were called around 11 p.m. Thursday to a report of an assault at the Steak ‘n Shake in Hixson, WTVC reported. Hamilton County Deputy Rick Wolfe told investigators that he found a small bag of cocaine in his drink.
Surveillance footage from the restaurant showed that employee Jekjevea Monchell Yearby dropped the bag into Wolfe’s drink while she was taking his order, according to WTVC.
Yearby, 27, admitted in a subsequent interview that the cocaine was hers, according to an affidavit obtained by WTVC. She told police that she believed the bag accidentally fell from her waitress book into the officer’s drink while she was taking his order.
Yearby told police she had a second bag of cocaine inside her bra, WRCB reported. A small black straw that appeared to have cocaine residue on it was also seized, the news station reported.
Records from Hamilton County Jail showed Yearby was arrested on charges of assault, possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.
A man in Miami was arrested Monday morning after police said he shot at cars with an AK-47 rifle while driving on the highway.
The incident happened around 1 a.m. when the 37-year-old man fired his rifle at two passing cars in his red Toyota Corolla on the Palmetto Expressway, CBS Miami reports.
He then lost control of his car and crashed into the concrete median. The suspect was able to drive out of the median and began to drive northbound on the southbound lanes until he crashed again.
Once police surrounded the suspect, he started shooting at officers, according to CBS Miami.
Eventually the man surrendered and police arrested him. No one was injured in the incident, but traffic was shut down for hours on the highway southbound while police investigated, CBS Miami reports.
Read more at miami.cbslocal.com
Legendary southern rock musician Gregg Allman has died, according to a posting on his official website. He was 69.
The statement on the official website reads in part: “It is with deep sadness that we announce that Gregg Allman, a founding member of The Allman Brothers Band, passed away peacefully at his home in Savannah, Georgia.”
The musician had been in poor health recently. He had undergone a liver transplant in 2010.
Allman founded The Allman Brothers Band with his late brother, Duane.
The music community took to social media to express their condolences.
Golf star Tiger Woods didn’t know where he was early Monday when Jupiter, Florida, police found him asleep at the wheel of a 2015 black Mercedes-Benz stopped in the right lane of Military Trail, police records indicate.
Eldrick Woods, 41, blamed the confusion on “an unexpected reaction to prescribed medications.” His breathalyzer test was negative, indicating the Jupiter Island resident was not under the influence of alcohol when police stopped him on Military Trail south of Indian Creek Parkway, near Dakota Drive and Jupiter Middle School.
Police had to wake up Woods, who was buckled in the driver’s seat of the Mercedes-Benz. The car was running, the brake lights were on, and the right blinker was flashing, according to police records.
Woods was unable to stand on his own, police noted, and could barely keep his eyes open. When asked if he understood the directions to recite the alphabet backwards, Woods responded “yes, recite entire National Anthem backward,” police records state. An officer had to explain the directions several more times before Woods could correctly complete the task.
Records indicate Woods was cooperative with police and agreed to take a urine test, the results of which were not immediately available. Toxicology tests can take several weeks to process.
Woods told police he was coming from a golfing event in Los Angeles. However, he repeatedly changed his story about where he was coming from and where he was going, records state. He asked police how far from his Jupiter Island he was. Police informed him he was heading in the opposite direction from his Jupiter Island home, which was about eight miles away.
Woods told police he was taking several medications. An officer listed them as “soloxex,” “vicodin,” “torix” and “viox,” the latter of which he had not taken this year.
Torix and vioxx are anti-inflammatory medications. Vicodin is a pain medication.
“I didn’t realize the mix of medications had affected me so strongly,” Woods said in a statement Monday night. “I understand the severity of what I did and I take full responsibility for my actions.”
Woods said he apologized “with all my heart” to “my family, friends and the fans. I expect more from myself too. I will do everything in my power to ensure this never happens again.”
Woods was arrested on a charge of driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol and cited for improper stopping, standing or parking in an illegal place, according to Palm Beach County court records. He was booked into the Palm Beach County Jail around 7 a.m. Monday and left on his own recognizance at around 11 a.m., jail records show.
Woods is scheduled for an arraignment hearing July 5 before Judge Sandra Bosso-Pardo, according to court records.
Court records list six people as witnesses to the incident. Florida Department of Law Enforcement records indicate all are Jupiter police officers.
A California man was actually happy he got a speeding ticket recently.
Spencer White owns an iconic part of automotive and movie history. White drives a DeLorean, the same type of car that was made famous by the “Back to the Future” trilogy.
Recently, he was driving down a freeway just a few miles below the famed 88 mph required, at least in movie lore, to break through the space-time continuum.
His mother egged him on to go from 85 to 88.
“I was at 88 for about two seconds, and immediately I saw a police officer behind me,” White told KTLA.
The officer told them how fast they were going, and when he confirmed it was 88 mph, they started laughing.
The officer also smiled and let White take a photo of the radar gun.
And while he did get fined $400 for speeding, White said that it was “the dream ticket,” KTLA reported.
White told The Santa Clarita Valley Signal that he wanted the DeLorean for about a decade, but just bought it a month ago.
As part of a Memorial Day tradition, soldiers placed 280,000 flags on the headstones of fallen service members at Arlington National Cemetery.
The tradition, which soldiers call “Flags In,” has been held every year since the 3rd U.S. Infantry, known as the “Old Guard,” was designated as the Army’s official ceremonial unit 70 years ago.
Specialist Kristen Pinnock participated in the tribute for the first time this year, telling WFLA, “I’m thinking about the families -- what they had gone through, what they still go through.”
“It really pulls at your heartstrings as it reminds you that we’ll always be there. We’ll always honor our guys,” Staff Sgt. Jason Kohne said.
It takes nearly 1,000 soldiers to complete the ritual, and they also perform the same task at U.S. Soldiers’ and Airmen’s Home National Cemetery in Washington, D.C.
“I would do this every single year I could until I retire, if I could,” Army Pvt. Wes DeFee said told The Washington Examiner. “It’s such an honor to help the families and support them with honor and respect.”
Hearing the “Star Wars” theme or the song from “Indiana Jones” never gets old for some and members of Harvard’s Din and Tonics a cappella group put a new spin on the iconic instrumentals in front of the music’s creator, John Williams.
Williams was at the Ivy League university for Harvard’s commencement on Thursday. He was not only given a unique performance of his music, he also received an honorary doctor of music degree, Entertainment Weekly reported.
Watch the video of Din and Tonics’ performance below or click here.
Mark Zuckerburg addressed the Harvard graduates during commencement ceremonies Thursday afternoon. He was granted an honorary degree Thursday morning. Zuckerberg had attended Harvard, but dropped out to start Facebook.
Rangers at Mount Rainier National Park rescued a climber Sunday, the day after she fell into a crevasse while descending from the summit of Mount Rainier.
The climber was rescued from 12,300 feet elevation on the Emmons Glacier, on the mountain's east side, by the park's A-Star B3 helicopter.
A party of three had climbed the mountain Saturday morning and were descending by skis and snowboard when one member of the party, a 24-year-old woman, fell into a crevasse. Park rangers inserted six rescuers to the site, who used ropes to raise the injured but responsive climber 100 feet to the surface of the glacier by nightfall. Two rangers spent the night with her on the mountain while the rest descended with her companions.
On Sunday morning, the A-star helicopter returned to retrieve the injured woman, who was lifted from a 35-degree slope and delivered to a waiting medical unit at the White River Ranger Station around 11 a.m.
The patient has pelvic and back injuries, and head lacerations. She was delivered by ground transportation to Good Samaritan Hospital in Puyallup.
After another grueling concert on the road, U2 can be forgiven for acting in mysterious ways. The Irish rock ’n’ roll band finished their show in Houston on Wednesday night and decided to eat at a local Whataburger, KDFW reported.
After arriving, members of the band posed for photographs with some police officers, including Adam Clayton, who was wearing a kimono.
Larry Mullen Jr. also posed in the photo. A Twitter user, Boomcha, posted “Meanwhile at Whataburger,” along with a photo of the police posing with band members.
There were no photos of Bono or Edge, but perhaps they still hadn’t found what they were looking for inside the fast food restaurant.
Memorial Day is a day to remember those who gave their lives in defense of the country.
Here are a few quotes about patriotism and freedom.
Homer Simpson will get his day at Cooperstown on Saturday as he will be inducted into “inducted” into the National Baseball Hall of Fame, 25 years after the “Homer at the Bat” episode of “The Simpsons”aired on Fox.
“Homer at the Bat” aired on Feb. 20, 1992, and featured the voices of Ken Griffey Jr., Wade Boggs, Ozzie Smith, Don Mattingly, Roger Clemens, Darryl Strawberry, Jose Canseco and Steve Sax, ESPN reported.
In a prepared “statement,” Simpson said it is “truly an honor for me to enter the Baseball Hall of Fame.”
“My record for eating hot dogs will never be broken. I've been a fan for 40 years, which is how long some games take. And I can't wait for the ceremony in Canton, Ohio.”
D’oh! The Hall of Fame is in Cooperstown, not Canton (the home of the Pro Football Hall of Fame).
The episode will be shown Saturday in its entirety on an outside screen at baseball’s shrine. Simpson’s induction will include his onscreen acceptance speech, Hall of Fame officials said.
Sax, who won two World Series rings and was a five-time All-Star, said he gets asked more about his role in “The Simpsons” than about his career.
"I get asked as much about being on `The Simpsons' as I do about baseball," Sax told ESPN. "They don't want to know how it was to hit against Nolan Ryan. They want to know about being on that show."
In the episode, Simpson pinch hits for Strawberry with the bases loaded and two outs in the ninth inning. He gets hit in the head with a pitch, giving his Springfield team a 44-43 victory.
A football player who was once drafted by the Atlanta Falcons is making a difference off the field.
Bernard Reedy spends his spare time picking up people who cannot drive in the Tampa, Florida, area.
Reedy began working for Care Ride eight hours a day, five days a week, in 2015 after he was waived by the Falcons.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver still works there when he is not practicing or playing.
Reedy said he loves helping and meeting people.
"I’m just blessed. This kept me above water when I was unemployed, so I felt like why would I stop when I get a job again?” Reedy said.
Reedy went home to St. Petersburg after the Falcons cut him
He took the Care Ride job to pay the bills and was later signed by the Buccaneers.
A man was charged Thursday with jumping out of an American Airlines plane and onto the tarmac at Charlotte Douglas Airport.
Tun Lon Sein tried to bite a flight attendant's hand to get to the plane’s service door on Flight 5242, according to a federal complaint.
The flight was headed from Charlotte to New Bern.
Sein got out of his seat and went to the main aircraft door and tried to open it, according to the criminal complaint. The flight attendant and two other passengers got out of their seats and attempted to get Sein to return to his seat.
Sein is accused of biting the flight attendant's hand before opening the galley service door and jumping onto the tarmac.
An airport ramp worker and a Charlotte airport operations staff member went to the tarmac and stopped Sein from running onto the taxiway, court documents said.
Sein was escorted back to the Charlotte terminal where he was taken to Carolinas Medical Center for treatment.
Court documents said that Sein spoke little to no English, but circumstances leading up to the event showed that he understood the directions of the flight attendant.
On a Saturday morning 27 years ago, death knocked on Marlene Warren’s front door in Wellington, Florida, wearing a clown suit.
The murder has remained unsolved for nearly 30 years.
Here’s a look back at what happened that rainy morning on Memorial Day weekend, May 26, 1990.
Marlene Warren lived in the prosperous Aero Club neighborhood in Wellington, where many of the large homes on one-acre lots have backyard hangars for their owners’ private planes. An airstrip runs through the center of the community.
The steamy season was beginning to settle in across South Florida that Saturday when a clown came to Warren’s door just before 11 a.m.
Answering the door, a smiling Warren accepted the bundle of flowers and balloons the clown held.
“Oh, how pretty,” her son remembered her saying.
They were the last words she would speak.
Wearing an orange wig, red nose and gloves, camouflaged with white paint creating a grotesque happy face, the death-dealing clown raised a pistol and delivered a single shot at point-blank range to Warren’s face.
Her 21-year-old son, Joey Ahrens, in the living room with a group of friends, reached his mother as she collapsed amid a spreading pool of blood.
He recalled seeing the clown’s brown eyes before it climbed into a white Chrysler LeBaron convertible.
Warren, 40, died two days later.
Homicide investigators focused on Warren’s husband, Michael, 38, and Sheila Sheltra Keen, 27, whom Warren had hired to repossess cars for his West Palm Beach used car lot. Acquaintances told police Michael Warren and Keen were having an affair, which they denied.
Read more here.
NASA is learning some of the secrets of the largest planet in the solar system, revealing data Thursday from the space agency’s Juno mission to Jupiter.
Jupiter, the fifth planet from the sun, is a gas giant with an atmosphere mainly composed of helium and hydrogen, and characterized by towering clouds of ammonia and turbulent storms, including one that has raged for hundreds of years and is larger than Earth, known as the Great Red Spot.
With the initial scientific information from Juno, researchers are realizing the planet is even more complex than scientists imagined.
The spacecraft’s camera, called the JunoCam, recorded images of Jupiter’s north and south poles that show colossus, swirling Earth-sized storms, knocking into each other as they rocket around the top and bottom of the planet. The storms covering the north pole are very different from those in the south, though.
“We’re puzzled as to how they could be formed, how stable the configuration is, and why Jupiter’s north pole doesn’t look like the south pole,” Juno’s principal investigator Scott Bolton said in a briefing about the new data.
Bolton said it’s also unclear whether these are permanent storms at the poles.
“We’re questioning whether this is a dynamic system, and are we seeing just one stage, and over the next year, we’re going to watch it disappear, or is this a stable configuration and these storms are circulating around one another,” Bolton said.
Juno has also revealed new information about the planet’s irregular and lumpy magnetic field and its gaseous atmosphere.
Researchers are hoping to learn more about the Giant Red Spot, too, one of the “most iconic features in the entire solar system.
“If anybody is going to get to the bottom of what is going on below those mammoth swirling crimson cloud tops, it’s Juno and her cloud-piercing science instruments,” Bolton predicted.
The Juno spacecraft launched on Aug. 5, 2011, and entered Jupiter’s orbit last summer on July 4.
The results from Thursday’s briefing were collected in a Juno fly-by last August when the craft was within 2,600 miles of Jupiter’s cloud tops, NASA said.
The Polk County Sheriff’s Office took to Facebook on Thursday in an effort to help track down a $25,000 swan sculpture stolen by a naked man in Lakeland, Florida.
The man was caught on surveillance camera squeezing through a gap in the fence at Lakeland Cold Storage just before 5 a.m. Friday.
He was naked and carrying a five-gallon bucket, the video shows.
A short time later, a 2015 Ford F150 pickup truck loaded with a black and white-checked swan sculpture can be seen driving from the business.
“The truck was later recovered in Hillsborough County, sans swan,” the PCSO said on Facebook.
The naked man was also identified by deputies, but his name was not released by the Polk County Sheriff’s Office.
Investigators were confident that someone has seen the large missing swan statue.
“It’s got to be hard to hide one of these,” the office said on Facebook. “Someone has seen it.”
While the truck has been found and the suspect identified, the swan remains missing and investigators hope the public will help track it down.
“So, we have a naked man, a bucket and a very expensive and very large stolen swan,” the PCSO said on Facebook. “We know who the man is and we have the truck back. But have you seen the missing swan? Call us.”
Anyone with information on the whereabouts of the stolen swan is asked to contact the Polk County Sheriff’s Office at 863-577-1600 or 863-298-6200.
The National Football League is relaxing some rules around celebration dances for players, according to an announcement from Commissioner Roger Goodell on Tuesday.
“We know that you love the spontaneous displays of emotion that come after a spectacular touchdown," Goodell said a letter to fans. “And players have told us they want more freedom to be able to express themselves and celebrate their athletic achievements.”
The New York Times reported that the decision was made by NFL owners as one of several rule changes at the Spring League Meeting in Chicago Tuesday.
Other rule changes include decreasing regular-season overtime from 15 minutes to 10, allowing two players to come off of injured reserve instead of one, banning jumping over the line to block kicks, and the elimination of one of the preseason roster cuts.
The letter lists some examples of celebrations that will be allowed under the new policy:
Those approved types of celebrations, allowed after scores, are illustrated in the letter in GIF form.
Still, it’s not a free for all, ESPN reported.
“In my conversations with NFL players, it was also clear how much our players care about sportsmanship, clean competition and setting good examples for young athletes,” Goodell said. “That is why offensive demonstrations, celebrations that are prolonged and delay the game, and those directed at an opponent will still be penalized.”
So things like weapon imagery, such as a machine gun simulation, or sexually suggestive acts -- like Pittsburgh Steelers receiver Antonio Brown’s end zone twerking, are still things that can be penalized.
The strategy may lessen the number of unsportsmanlike-conduct penalties called on touchdowns. According to ESPN, the 2016 season had the highest number of penalties of the past five seasons with 29 called. Of the past three seasons, it has the highest cost of fines for touchdown celebrations at $310,301, up more than $240,000 from the 2015 season.
It’s official and straight from Maverick’s mouth.
Despite reports about a sequel to the 1986 Naval airplane action/drama film circling for years, Tom Cruise has not confirmed it’s happening until he was asked about it on “Sunrise,” Australia's morning talk show Wednesday local time.
“It's true, yeah it's true,” Cruise said. “You know what? I'm going to start filming it probably in the next year. I know. It's happening. It is definitely happening.”
Cruise is in Sydney promoting is upcoming movie, “The Mummy.”
“You're the first people that I've really said it (to), he said. “This is going to happen.”
In 2016, Cruise addressed rumors about a sequel on the U.K.’s “The Graham Norton Show.” At the time, when host Norton asked, Cruise said “no.” When pressed further and asked about a tweet teasing “Top Gun 2” from “Top Gun” producer Jerry Bruckheimer, he said, “Yes, we’re discussing it.”
It looks like the discussions went well.
“Top Gun” celebrated its 31st anniversary in the U.S. May 16.
A photo of the receipt circulated social media, showing the words “cops,” “pigs” and “puercos” — which means “pigs” in Spanish — written on the officer’s bill.
The restaurant owner was quick to respond to the incident, posting a message on Facebook in which he said the note was written by one of his employees and called the worker's behavior “gross and disrespectful.”
“I wanted to reach to everyone and apologize about an earlier post about a receipt that was handed over to police officer,” the owner wrote on the cafe’s Facebook page. “I find this very gross and disrespectful. We have reprimanded the employees involved. We support our local police department and all forms of law enforcement. I am the owner I have grown up in this town and I have always relied on the local police dept. to keep my self and my family and friends safe. I would appreciate it you could understand our frustrating situation. We would like to just let let everyone know we do not condone this type of behavior here.”
In a reply in the comments section, the owner explained that the restaurant “handled this with termination,” indicating that the employee in question was fired.
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