Blog Posts by Katie Kindelan

  • 5-Year-Old Takes Car to Search for Mom

    When 5-year-old Ameleah Kegly got off the school bus Monday afternoon, her mom was not there to pick her up.

    Ameleah walked herself home to the family’s home in Mansfield, Ohio, but mom Christina Hunter, 31, was not there either.

    So the girl waited at home, alone.  Three hours later, when her mom had still not arrived, Ameleah took matters into her own hands. She grabbed the keys at about 7 p.m. and got behind the wheel of the family’s black SUV to search for her mom.

    She turned the headlights on and put the key in the ignition but, failing to turn the ignition completely on, she rolled the car backward down the driveway, and right into the neighbor’s yard.

    Realizing the trouble she was in, Ameleah got out of the car and called 911.

    “Um, my mom’s car backed out on accident and I need the police to pull my mom’s car back in,” she told the dispatcher.  “The car is staying on running now you got to get here quick, my mom is going to be pissed at me.”

    “Where is your mom at?  Is

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  • Maks to ‘DWTS’ Judges: ‘I Have Nothing to Apologize For’

    "Dancing With the Stars" pro dancer Maksim Chmerkovskiy will dance again next week on the hit ABC show after surviving elimination last night, but what he won't do is back down from negative comments he made towards the show's three judges.

    "I definitely have nothing to apologize for," Chmerkovskiy said today on "Good Morning America."  "I have nothing to apologize for to Len, and certainly not to Carrie Ann.  She can make all the faces she wants."

    "The last time I apologized was to my grandma when she was dying of cancer," he said

    Len and Carrie Ann would be Len Goodman and Carrie Ann Inaba, the two judges who delivered particularly frank critiques of Chmerkovskiy and his celeb partner Hope Solo's Broadway-themed performance on Monday night's show, resulting in a low score of just 20 out of 30 points.

    This is your worst dance of the season in my opinion," Goodman said, after the pair's dance to "Seasons of Love" from the musical Rent.

    Chmerkovskiy protested and, as Goodman

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  • High Schooler’s Touchdown Scores More Than Just Points

    The touchdown Patrick Myshrall scored for his Worcester, Mass., high school football team put only seven points on the board in a game that wasn’t even close.

    But it scored well beyond that in other ways, capturing the spirit and hearts of his fellow teammates, students and the entire Worcester community.

    Patrick, a 17-year-old junior at St. Peter-Marian High, has Down syndrome.  He’s just 5-foot-4, weighs just 125 pounds and wears glasses and hearing aids.

    Patrick joined the varsity football team this year, unbeknownst to his parents, because he saw the players wearing their uniforms at school and wanted to be part of the team, his mom, Kate Myshrall, told ABC Boston affiliate WCVB.

    He attends practice every day, but had never played in a game before last Friday night’s game against rival Doherty High School.

    In a storyline straight out of a movie,  the coach for St. Peter-Marian’s team, Tom Henrickson, asked the Doherty coach, Sean Mulcahy, if he would let Patrick  join

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  • What Are America’s Dirtiest Surfaces?

    Your mom always said, be careful what you touch, and always wash your hands.

    Well, mom was right.

    A new survey has exposed the dirtiest surfaces that Americans touch and, unfortunately for the average person, they are some of the most frequent and most necessary things we touch on a daily basis.

    The top offenders on the list include gas pumps, handles on public mailboxes, escalator rails and ATM buttons.  Following closely were items like vending machine buttons, parking meters and buttons on crosswalks.

    The survey was released today by Kimberly-Clark Professional, a unit of the personal hygiene giant Kimberly-Clark Corp.

    The news comes just as the annual cold and flu season, which runs from September through April, gets underway.

    Testers drew more than 350 swabs from surfaces in U.S. cities including Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles, Miami and Philadelphia, and analyzed them for levels of adenosine triphosphate (ATP), which signals the presence of animal,

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  • Tourists’ Whale of a Tour Caught on Tape

    Most whale-watching expeditions end more in disappointment and gift store-bought postcards than once-in-a-lifetime memories and personal photographs. 

    A whale-watching tour last Friday off the shores of Southern California did not.

    A giant blue whale got up-close-and-personal with tourists Friday as they sailed aboard a catamaran near  Dana Point, Calif.

    The boat, operated by Captain Dave's Dolphin and Whale Safari, was stopped when, literally out of the blue, the 80-foot long blue whale approached head on, eliciting gasps and shrieks from the passengers onboard.

    The whale got eye-to-eye with the tourists, coming so close that the whale's eye, just above its mouth line, can be clearly seen in the video.

    "This whale headed straight for us and turned aside just seconds before contact," said Dave Anderson, the boat's quick-thinking captain who captured the whole encounter on tape.

    Tourists off the coast of California had an up-close encounter with a blue whale last week. News

    Even a whale watching veteran like Capt. Dave, as Anderson is known, was

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  • Is Halloween the New Christmas?

    In days of old, the sight of houses covered in over-the-top light decorations, miles and miles of yard displays and extravagant spending on treats and sweets meant only one thing:  Christmas was near.

    Not anymore.  Now, the celebration begins two months earlier, in October, for Halloween.

    The holiday that once meant just quaint trick-or-treating, a costume contest or two and maybe a bob for an apple is now second only to Christmas when it comes to celebrating, according to a survey from the National Retail Federation.

    Nearly 69 percent of Americans say they intend to celebrate the holiday this Monday, Oct. 31, the highest amount in the survey's nine-year history.

    Nearly half of those celebrating will decorate their homes and-or yard, and each will spend an average $72.31 on decorations, costumes and candy, a figure second only to the amount spent by individuals on Christmas décor.

    Need more proof that Santa Claus and Rudolph have ghosts and goblins close on their heels?


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  • Prince Harry Spies New American Girl, and Kate Middleton Look-Alike?

    The first target hit by Britain’s Prince Harry while on U.S. soil for intense pilot training came not in the battlefield, but in the nightclub.

    The party-friendly royal was enjoying a night off with fellow members of the Royal Air Force Friday, Oct. 7, at the Andaz Hotel in San Diego when 26-year-old cocktail waitress Jessica Donaldson caught his eyes.

    With all the power of a prince, Harry, 27, got Donaldson’s phone number and wooed the waitress, along with a few friends, to a beachside brunch just days later.

    “Harry is a real-life Prince Charming,” Donaldson told the UK’s Mirror.

    The pair caused another media storm when they were then observed kissing in a nightclub the night after.

    “Some of the hotel staff in San Diego say they saw Harry and a pretty brunette kissing in the foyer about one, two o’clock in the morning,” Duncan Larcombe, royal reporter for The Sun, told ABC News.  “Then they saw the same girl leaving at 10:30 the next

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  • New Dating Rules Slash First-Date Follow-up Times

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    You go on a date and 1.52 days later you haven’t gotten a text, call or email to arrange a second date?

    Sorry love-seeker, the object of your desire is just not that into you.

    Modern technology, reports online dating site, has changed the rules of the question that has bedeviled so many men and women, and ended so many relationships before they even had a chance:  how soon do you follow up?

    The invasion of cell phones, email and more into relationships has apparently cut the traditional “three-day rule” of how long one should wait in half.

    The site’s new LoveGeist survey found that after a first date on a Saturday evening, most daters will get in touch by 11:48am on Monday with a call or text, thus 1.52 days is now the average time spent waiting for a follow up message.

    “The three-day rule might have worked when all we had were landlines, but technology has revolutionized how we date,” relationship expert Kate Taylor told

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  • Intrepid Twin’s Great Crib Escape Caught on Camera

    Why would you want to stay in your crib for a nap when all the fun is happening outside?

    Why would you want to suffer the bumps, bruises and falls of a crib escape when you can just stay put and watch?

    Such was the dilemma facing twin brothers.  And it was all caught on tape.

    The twin brothers were in the crib together for a nap when one twin, Dayne, decided to make a great escape.

    Dayne climbs up and over his crib while his brother remains on the lookout, and appears to wonder what exactly his lookalike is doing, and why.

    Dayne lands with a thud but, unfazed, and with the resiliency only a toddler trying to evade nap time could have, bounces  up and toddles away.

    The twins’ mom said she set up a video camera in the twins’ bedroom closet because she could not figure out how Dayne was making his great escape time and time again.

    Sure enough, after the mom, identified on YouTube as  TheMomof6boys,  puts Dayne back in the crib

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  • What City Is Tops for Trick or Treating?

    When it comes to celebrating Halloween, not all cities are created equal.

    Trick or treating in one city's neighborhood may leave you with a ghoulish treat, a full-size  candy bar, while knocking on doors in another may leave you feeling ghoulish yourself, stuck with a box of raisins.

    Beyond the generosity of neighbors, there are also more strategic factors to take into consideration, such as how to get the most candy with the least amount of walking, and how to celebrate safely to make it home to enjoy your Halloween treats.

    Real estate website took all those factors into consideration when crafting its third annual 2011 Zillow Trick-or-Treat Housing Index, released today, ranking the 20 best cities in the country for Halloween.

    Zillow used its own Home Value Index and Walk Score, along with population density and local crime data, to determine the rankings.

    So which city came out on top?

    No need for a round of bobbing apples or a costume contest to break a tie

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