Beyond The Headline
- ABC News at Beyond The Headline16 hrs ago
Bo Jackson once said, "Set your goals high, and don't stop until you get there." And that's exactly what the Thompson brothers are doing. They're the top two college lacrosse players in the country. Most people would think they got here by playing in cut throat competitions throughout their high school careers while having college scouts fight over them. Well, it didn't go quite like that..
The Thompson brothers grew up on the Onondaga Native American Reservation, which is located in upstate New York just outside Syracuse. This is where they resided before they were given the chance to go to SUNY Albany to play lacrosse and receive an education return. It wasn't long after their admission that they began making headlines. What's their secret weapon? Aside from being on the road to mastering the sport, they speak their native language on the field which leaves their opponent helpless.
- ABC News at Beyond The Headline1 day ago
Airport surveillance video shows a 16-year-old stowaway easing his way out of a jetliner's front wheel well and stepping onto the tarmac in Hawaii after miraculously surviving a five-hour flight from San Jose, Calif., in the unpressurized compartment, authorities said today.
The video appears to lend credence to the teen's story that he survived a flight that some experts deemed impossible.
The video captured the stowaway -- wearing a hoodie, jeans and sneakers -- exiting the wheel well of a Hawaiian Airlines Boeing 767, which department from San Jose and landed in Kahului, Maui, at about 10:30 a.m.
When the teen was found walking on the tarmac at Kahului Airport about an hour after the plane landed, he appeared disoriented and was questioned by a worker near the plane, Moniz said, noting the worker alerted authorities.
The teen was weak and couldn't hear well at first, Moniz said, and he was fed lunch and cookies.
"Due to the ongoing investigation, surveillance video will not be released," Moniz said.
The teen was taken into custody and checked by a doctor and found to have no injuries, FBI spokesman Tom Simon told ABC News.
- ABC News at Beyond The Headline6 days ago
Just because a child has a life threatening illness, he or she still has the ability to dream. In many cases, time isn't in their favor for these dreams or fantasies to come true. That's where photographer Shawn Van Daele comes in.
Sick children draw Shawn a picture imagining where they would like to be and he takes care of the rest through his graphic visual imagery and photography. Van Daele says, "I try to match it as much as I can to actually the drawing they send me. So, when they see it and compare it to their drawing, they aren't going to be able to believe it actually came to life. I just wanted to get the idea out there that anything's possible despite what life throws at you."
While many kids envision themselves to be superheros or have the ability to fly, another child had a different request. Her illness prevented her from going out into the sun and Shawn gave her the ability to be a butterfly, flying through the sunny sky filled with sunflowers!.
- ABC News at Beyond The Headline14 days ago
In a world where many people are worried about having a little extra weight around their waist, the fear of it being “bad for you” might be nothing more than an oldwives tale.
The obesity paradox in New Orleans, Louisiana has raised the question, “Is it better to be fat and fit, instead of focusing on the scale?” One doctors says- “It’s much more important to be fit, than to be thin, if you’re trying to improve long term health.” While this doctor isn’t promoting obesity or weight gain, he does say that if people “don’t lose that last 20 or 30 pounds, they can still be very healthy.”
While many people think this is wonderful news, some doctors think this is misguided information. Another doctor says- “claiming that it’s okay to be overweight or obese is actually doing harm to many people.”
We learned, what might look healthier on the outside, might actually be misleading.
- ABC News at Beyond The Headline16 days ago
No one enjoys scouring their credit card bills or bank account statements, but tricky marketing and sales tactics might mean you are being charged unknown fees, which are easily overlooked.
1 in 4 Americans are victims of “grey charges,” which can come in the form of unknown subscription fees, free-to-paid trial subscriptions, or unwanted auto-renewal fees. And according to the Better Business Bureau these charges are racking up average cost of $356 dollars a year for the average consumer.
You can prevent these charges by scanning your credit card and banking statements closely, though only 1 in 10 people actually do this.
Which is why Yaron Samid, BillGuard’s CEO developed an app that allows mobile phone users to track their credit, debit and bank account charges so they can quickly detect any questionable or fraudulent charges.
In the last two years BillGuard says they have identified $50 million dollars in suspicious charges for their users.
- ABC News at Beyond The Headline20 days ago
In the opening week of Major League Baseball, New York Met’s second baseman Daniel Murphy missed two games for the birth of his first child, Noah. And his decision to sit those two games out and travel to Florida to be with his wife has opened a major controversy across sport’s radio.
Major League Baseball players have negotiated three days of paid paternity leave, even companies like Bank of America and General Mills offer paid time off to new fathers.
But that hasn’t stopped radio hosts like Boomer Esiason from using his radio show, “Boomer and Carton” on WFAN to openly criticize Murphy for spending time with his wife after the birth of their son – insisting the player should have stayed on the baseball field.
The comment drew a mixed response from many of the program’s male listeners.
Murphy has defended his decision claiming that being by his wife’s side was the best thing for his family.
- ABC News at Beyond The Headline21 days ago
For many people the start of spring and the warmer weather that follows means storing the heavy winter gear and getting re-acquitted with the sun by spending more time outdoors.
And according to new research, spending at least ten minutes a day in the sun could help save your life by reducing the probability of developing several diseases.
Two new studies show people with low levels of vitamin D have a 35% increased risk of developing heart disease and also have a 14% increased risk in dying from cancer.
Vitamin D is credited with not only helping reduce the odds of developing several major illnesses, but it also boosts heart health and even strengthens your bones.
How exactly can you maximize your body’s production and consumption of vitamin D in order to reap its benefits?
For starters, vitamin D, also known as the sunshine nutrient is produced in the body when the sun comes into contact with the sun, so spending more time outdoors is the key. Doctors suggest spending at least one hour a week in the sun, but don’t forget the sunscreen.
- ABC News at Beyond The Headline22 days ago
There’s a dirty secret in neighborhoods all across the United States, giving Inspector Darren Johnson an unusual beat.
He’s part of a special hoarding team at California’s Orange County Fire Department.
Instead of eviction, however, the Orange County team uses a new tactic – compassion – to teach hoarders how to pull themselves out of their mess by bringing in clean-up crews. While also providing help by providing access to mental health services.
The strategy was a welcome approach for a retired Orange County psychiatrist who asked ABC News not to use his name. He said he didn’t consider himself a hoarder and that his mess had stemmed from a depression triggered by a breakup.
Teams like the one in Orange County are springing up across the country to address the growing problem. Hoarding affects an estimated 2 percent to 5 percent of the population, according to the American Psychological Association. Long considered a form of obsessive-compulsive disorder, it was reclassified this year as a unique psychiatric condition.
The health hazards and potential for fires pose a risk to the people who live in hoarder homes as well as their neighbors.
- ABC News at Beyond The Headline23 days ago
Spring training is a time for young baseball players to prove themselves to the coaches and hopefully earn a spot on the opening day roster. This year, a walk-on named Hank became a star during spring training and is the big story on opening day with the Milwaukee Brewers.
Hank can’t crush a baseball 400 feet, or throw a 100 mile per hour fastball, but he sure is cute.
Believed by a vet to be a two-year-old bichon frise mix, Hank was a stray dog wondering the streets when he walked into the teams spring training facility in Arizona. He was in bad shape when the team found him; he was dirty and an injury to his tail looked like he may have been hit by a vehicle.
After an unsuccessful search for his owner the Brewers decided to take him in and name him after Milwaukee baseball legend Hank Aaron.
Now he’s in Milwaukee and is arguably the most loved member of the team. He already has his own line of stuffed animals, T-shirts, pins and pennants, and a bobble-head doll on the way, with twenty percent of the proceeds going to help other dogs like Hank.
The Brewers hope that Hank will bring the team good luck on opening day and during the long dog days of summer.
- ABC News at Beyond The Headline26 days ago
Tony Award nominated actor Norman Lewis remembers how nervous he was when he tried out for the lead role in the Broadway musical Phantom of the Opera. He had talked about playing the role for years and wanted it badly.
“I love the music, I love the story, I’ve always loved seeing this show, I never get tired of seeing the show and hearing the show,” Lewis says.
To land the title role is than a dream come true for Lewis, it’s history for the show which has been on Broadway longer than any other musical, over 25 years, but until now has never had an African-American lead.
“People have a vision,” says Lewis, “with the Phantom, it was a white character, a white guy who was shunned by society. So people have a certain vision of a particular character and a lot of times we as minorities don’t fit that particular vision. And now, I think that people are a little more open to that.”
But Lewis believes that the challenges he’s had to face as an African-American actor help him relate to his character.
“There are certain things I cannot do because of who I am, and I feel that that’s a correlation of who the Phantom is, someone who feels shunned, and wants to be heard, and wants to speak his mind.”