Posts by Michael Krumboltz
- The Sideshow3 mths ago
Danny Keefe has childhood apraxia of speech, which means he doesn't speak very well. He also loves to wear suits and ties, even though he's only 6 years old.
So when 11-year-old Tommy Cooney heard Danny was getting picked on at school because of the way he talks, he decided to do something about it.
Their relationship began this past spring when Danny asked his mom if he could join the Bridgewater (Mass.) Badgers peewee football team as water coach. The team's coach, Thomas Cooney, said yes and Danny was given a football jersey like the rest of the team.
"But he asked Coach Cooney if it would be OK if he didn't wear the shirt, but he could he wear his suits and a hat to the games," Danny's mother, Jennifer Keefe, told Yahoo News. "He just feels more comfortable."
- The Sideshow3 mths ago
And they say there are no good jobs out there anymore. The Denver Post is seeking a new section editor to "oversee the maintenance and development of a recreational marijuana website." Paging Willie Nelson! A partial image of the job description was posted to Twitter by Steve McMillan, an editor at the Denver Post. Colorado recently legalized the use of recreatrional marijuana for adults. The image was quickly retweeted and drew snarky and enthusiastic comments.
- The Sideshow3 mths ago
MSNBC commentator Martin Bashir issued an apology on Monday for suggesting that someone should defecate on former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin. The remark, which Bashir made on his MSNBC program, sparked a firestorm of criticism. Bashir was responding to a comment Palin made in which the former Alaska governor compared the U.S. debt to slavery. On Monday, an apologetic Bashir addressed his audience:
Bashir went on to say that he deeply regrets his words and that he learned "a sober lesson" and intends to learn from the experience. His apology concluded:
Speaking at a fundraiser in Iowa on Nov. 9, Palin compared the government to a slick marketer, according to the Des Moines Register.
- Michael Krumboltz at Yahoo News4 mths ago
Poor timing was redefined in Washington on Wednesday. During her testimony at a congressional hearing regarding the "debacle" of the HealthCare.gov launch, Health Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said that while she acknowledges serious problems with the site, it "has never crashed. It is functional, but at a very slow speed and very low reliability, and has continued to function."
Cue the website crashing.
- Michael Krumboltz at The Sideshow8 mths ago
Say this for the FBI agents working the Jimmy Hoffa case: They're persistent.
More than 35 years after the infamous union leader disappeared near Bloomfield, Mich., federal authorities continue to search for his remains.
The latest excavation will take place in a field near Detroit, reports Fox News.
Hoffa, the controversial Teamsters leader who was both lauded and vilified, went missing in 1975. He was 62 at the time. His disappearance is one of the country's longest-standing mysteries.
- Michael Krumboltz at The Upbeat9 mths ago
The Ocean Conservancy recently reported that volunteers removed millions of pounds of garbage from beaches and oceans during the organization's 2012 International Coastal Cleanup day.
That's admirable by itself. But we're particularly impressed that the volunteers also counted and categorized each and every bit of garbage. That's dedication.
The top item picked up, according to the report from the Ocean Conservancy: cigarette butts—2,117,931 of them. Other trash included: food wrappers and containers (1,140,222), beverage bottles (1,065,171), plastic bags (1,019,902) and bottle caps (958,893).
The volunteers also found unexpected bits of refuse, including 40 lottery tickets (we're guessing none were winners), 236 toothbrushes and 117 mattresses.
Interested in helping out? This year's International Coastal Cleanup day is Sept. 21.
Photographer Jaime Moore would like to be clear: She's got nothing against Disney princesses. It's just that she'd like her five-year-old daughter, Emma, to have an appreciation for real life heroines.
On her official site, Moore writes that all those do-it-yourself sites that instruct parents on how to dress their daughters like princesses got her "thinking about all the REAL women for my daughter to know about and look up too, REAL women who without ever meeting Emma have changed her life for the better."
So Moore set about photographing her daughter dressed as some of history's ground-breaking females. Women like Coco Chanel and Susan B. Anthony and Helen Keller. Moore writes, "My daughter wasn’t born into royalty, but she was born into a country where she can now vote, become a doctor, a pilot, an astronaut, or even President if she wants and that’s what REALLY matters."
A 106-year-old woman and a 73-year-old man have found love in a nursing home, Australia's news.com.au reports.
Neither Marjorie Hemmerde nor her special fella Gavin Crawford expected to fall for anyone.
"We just sort of melted into each other," Hemmerde told news.com.au. "We get along like old friends, the age gap doesn't seem to matter."
Crawford said, "Marjorie is very outgoing and has good outlook in life." He also told news.com.au that she is "always very cheerful and appreciative and we laugh together all the time."
"I think we both have learned that life is far too short not to enjoy it," he continued.
Neither lovebird has ever married before, which raises the question of whether Hemmerde and Crawford might consider tying the knot. It would surely be the wedding of the year, but—alas—it appears it isn't going to happen.
"I'm too irresponsible," Hemmerde told news.com.au. "I quite like living in sin."
Following the deadly blasts at the Boston Marathon, acts of heroism were shared on Twitter and the Web.
Some runners who crossed the finish line continued running to Massachusetts General Hospital to donate blood.
The fact that so many runners in the Boston marathon kept running after the marathon to the hospital to donate blood, touches my heart.
— olivia duran (@oliviacduran) April 15, 2013
Define Hero: "Boston Marathon runners who crossed the finish line and kept running to the hospital to donate blood." — Lelia Brooks (@leliamcnees18) April 15, 2013
Others on Twitter praised the first responders and marathon employees who tended to the injured.
Boston's 1st responders line up to help those injured.Take a look people - this is what a hero looks like. twitter.com/BosGuy/status/…
Nearly 55 years ago, Karel and Tom Nordstrom got married. They were twenty-something students with little money. Wanting to celebrate, the Canadian nationals held a small reception at the Royal Sutton Coldfield Hotel in Birmingham, England.
A few friends attended, enjoying drinks and food. After the reception, the newlyweds went to see about paying, but were told that the costs had already been taken care of thanks to an anonymous stranger who had already left, according to The Province.
Tom died last year at the age of 76. Karel is seeking the help of the Web to track down this mysterious benefactor who, through a simple act of kindness, helped get the couple off on the right foot and inspired her husband.
Karel spoke to The Province about her quest to find the stranger. She says the act had an enormous impact on the couple and their future children. "It really was the start of how we thought and think in this family,” Karel said.