Beyond The Headline

  • The Easiest Way to Buy a Car

    ABC News Beyond the Headline at Beyond The Headline 3 mths ago

    As the end of the year approaches, many car buyers are ready to get a steal on a new car. While buying a new car is an exciting process, it can also be very stressful and time consuming.

     

    With the help of advanced technology, you can buy a car without leaving the comfort of your home . T he new website Carvana.com is an online car dealership that conducts a 150-point inspection on its used cars so there are no surprises for the consumers.

     

    If you’re thinking of buying a car “the old fashioned way , ” by going to the dealership, try to avoid going on a Saturday. Saturday is the busiest day at the dealership.

     

    Buyers should also do their homework before going into the dealership. It’s important to know how much people in your area are paying for the car you’re looking at. This will give you leverage when negotiating with the car salesman. The new app Truecar can provide you with this information. 

  • Sting Takes on Broadway

    ABC News Beyond the Headline at Beyond The Headline 3 mths ago

    Grammy-winning artist — and now Broadway lyricist and composer — Sting said it was his mother who’d introduced show music to their household when he was growing up.

    “She brought rock n roll into the house — Elvis Presley, Little Richard, Jerry Lee Lewis — but she also had all of the Rogers and Hammerstein collection,” he told ABC News.

    Sting, who said “Carousel” was his favorite show, has his first musical set to open on Broadway in October.

    The show titled “The Last Ship” is set in his hometown in northeast England and focuses on the closing of a shipyard and its ramifications on the community.

    Sting said it was a different experience not being the performer and just watching and composing on the sidelines, but he was getting used to it.

    “You just have to relinquish a lot. … I don’t have much to do at this point. We have a wonderful director. We have a wonderful choreographer, a great creative team so I’m called in for maybe one detail a day. … I don’t have a huge task at the moment,” he said.

    Sting said he absolutely thought the play’s universal message would resonate with Americans.

  • School Bus Safety

    ABC News Beyond the Headline at Beyond The Headline 3 mths ago

    In most states, seatbelts are not required on school buses, and according to a new report, children would be safer if they were required to wear them.

    “Your child, if they are riding on a school bus, they are 50times more likely to get to school safely than if they were driving themselves or riding with friends,” Deborah Hersman, CEO of the National Safety Council, told ABC News.

    The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration(NTSB) estimates a cost of $5,485 to $7,346 for installing lap/shoulder belts in a large school bus. They also estimate that lap/shoulder belts on school buses would save two lives annually, nationwide.

    While seatbelts on school buses gets more scrutiny, students and their parents should be mindful of a few other safety matters. When the school bus approaches, stand at least three giant steps away from the curb. Be sure to wait until the bus stops, the driver opens the door and says it’s OK to step on the bus. Also, never run across the street to try and catch a bus.

  • Save Money on Your Cell Phone Bill

    ABC News Beyond the Headline at Beyond The Headline 3 mths ago

    There are more than 335 million cell phone plans in America. And while cell phone contracts are easy to sign, many are impossible to cancel or will cost you big bucks to do so. Most companies charge early termination fees when you try to switch providers.

    Families like the Krusch family know that multiple plans can add up. Their family has three contracts with three different companies. Their cell phone bills are costing them up to $300 a month.

    And when mom Claudia Krusch tried to cancel a plan, the company told her “it's going to be over $350,” she said.

    Jon Colgan, founder and CEO of the startup CellBreaker, said there are ways to get out of multiple contracts. And you can simplify and save money in the process. 

    First, by using CellBreaker.com you can look for any differences in your original contract. The site reads the fine print and sends you its findings so you may be able to cancel without a big fee.

    Next, you can sell or swap your plan. Using sites like cellswapper.com and cellplandepot.com you can post any unwanted contracts online and let others buy them and take them over.

  • Pain and Suffering in Liberia’s Capital City, Monrovia

    ABC News at Beyond The Headline 3 mths ago

    During a health crisis, governments sometimes implement extraordinary measures. Case in point, people are not allowed to enter or exit the area of West Point in Liberia’s capital city of Monrovia due to a government-imposed effort to control the massive outbreak of Ebola.

    The streets outside the quarantine area are empty of pedestrians. Shops normally bustling with activity are boarded up. Police and soldiers patrol in what resembles a war zone, barbed wire everywhere. Inside the fence, people line the streets looking out. Everyone is eager to talk across the barrier and share their stories.

    "It looks like it did during the war," one resident told ABC News' Chief Health and Medical Editor Dr. Richard Besser, referring to the decades-long civil wars that ended in 2003.

    During health crises governments sometimes feel that any action, no matter how absurd, is better than no action. The implementation of the quarantine will not control Ebola but it does add pain to people whose lives are already full of despair.

  • Uncovered: The Ebola Burial Team

    ABC News at Beyond The Headline 4 mths ago

    As the Ebola outbreak continues to spread, the staff that works at Ebola treatment centers are at extreme risk for being infected with the virus. Specifically, the burial team.

    After handling the corpses of Ebola fatalities, it's critical the team takes extreme precautions to properly disinfect their gear and their bodies. Every layer must be sprayed down thoroughly with chlorine to ensure they don't contaminate themselves, or others. If they make a mistake, they dramatically increase their risk of being infected with the virus.

    One of the main ways that Ebola is being spread is during funerals. Ritual cleaning, touching of loved ones, gathering of people for the ceremony leads to the spread of the virus. As part of Ebola control efforts, burial teams collect the bodies of Ebola patients, zip them into body bags, and transport them for cremation. As difficult as this is for families and communities, it is essential for disease control.

  • Fun. Pianist Shares His Musical Gift With Dogs

    ABC News at Beyond The Headline 4 mths ago

    Andrew Dost, the quiet pianist in the Grammy-winning band fun., has a fascinating new side gig. Dost composes and performs music for DOGTV, a station that keeps home-alone dogs company. According to researchers, 12 million dogs in the US have been clinically diagnosed with separation anxiety.

    DOGTV researched and produced guidelines on what dogs enjoy in a tune — keep it to below middle C; play the piano, harp or vibraphone; and nothing too piercing.

    Animals and music are a nascent field. Researchers found that cows produced more milk when listening to country music. And monkeys liked music that sounded like their screeching.

    So does it work?

    “I can’t tell if they’re going to be touched or emotionally moved by it,” Dost said, as he sampled some of his music recently at the South Pasadena Music Conservatory. “All I can hope is for that they don’t get up and run away.”

    Dost, who loves dogs, donates his fee to charity.

  • Inside The CDC

    ABC News at Beyond The Headline 4 mths ago

    As the death toll in the worst Ebola outbreak in history soars past 700, the U.S. government is issuing a rare travel warning that urges Americans to avoid traveling to Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.

    Here in the United States, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has a plan to usher anyone who shows symptoms off planes and into airport quarantine stations. These stations will be located inside the terminal with trained medical officers, prepared to respond to any passenger exhibiting symptoms of illness, especially Ebola.

    When the CDC quarantine team responds to a call of a sick passenger within the airport or on a plane, they respond to the scene prepared to treat any situation with any symptoms. Their response bags are loaded with different sized masks to fit any face so germs don't get in or out; an eye mask in case splashes are of any concern; CPR masks and an array of thermometers, including an infra-red thermometer that takes the patient’s temperature without touching him or her.

    If the patient is sick, the CDC will remove the patient from their environment and isolated to keep everyone safe and healthy.

  • Building a Business and a Town, One Dress at a Time

    ABC News at Beyond The Headline 4 mths ago

    Brandi Temple of Lexington, N.C., took the gift of a sewing machine from her husband and began making dresses just for her daughters.

    But when the recession hit home, she turned her little creations into something so much bigger. First she sold on eBay, then on Facebook. And in a year-and-a-half, her company Lolly Wolly Doodle was born, moving from Temple’s garage to a manufacturing center.

    It’s now a thriving online children's clothing business and she has $11 million in yearly sales. She just landed on the cover of Inc. Magazine .

    Her employees are also her neighbors. The recession had devastated their lives too. And when they heard of Temple’s success – they came knocking for jobs.

    “When you lay your head down at night, be able to do that knowing that you did everything that you could,” Temple said.

    Watch tonight’s World News With Diane Sawyer as correspondent Rebecca Jarvis visits Temple at Lolly Wolly Doodle headquarters.

  • Watch That Sun! How Sunscreen Can Help You Protect Yourself

    ABC News at Beyond The Headline 4 mths ago

    ANNE FLAHERTY of The Associated Press reports:

    Stop sunbathing and using indoor tanning beds, the acting U.S. surgeon general warned in a report released Tuesday that cites an alarming 200 percent jump in deadly melanoma cases since 1973.

    The report blames a generation of sun worshipping for the $8 billion spent to treat all forms of skin cancer each year.

    Rear Adm. Boris Lushniak said state and local officials need to do more to help people cover up, such as providing more shade at parks and sporting events. Schools should encourage kids to wear hats and sunscreen and schedule outdoor activities when the sun is low in the sky. And colleges and universities should eliminate indoor tanning beds on campus much as they would prohibit tobacco use, he added.

    "We need more states and institutions on board with these policies that discourage or restrict indoor tanning by our youth," Lushniak said. "Tanned skin is damaged skin."

    Melanoma is the deadliest form of skin cancer with 9,000 people dying each year from the mostly preventable disease.