Beyond The Headline
- ABC News at Beyond The Headline2 days ago
The federal government mandates that clothing for the nation’s armed service members be made in United States. With one exception, the military can import items that U.S. manufacturers don’t have the capability to produce. And apparently, that means sneakers. Under a 2002 exemption from the Berry Amendment, recruits are allowed to select their own athletic footwear based on comfort and fit, thereby reducing the potential for injuries related to their sneakers.
Now some American shoe makers, like New Balance Athletic Shoe Inc. are telling United States Department of Defense that they can produce a product for the military that is 100% “made in the U.S.A.”
ABC’s David Muir met with Danielle Terry an employee at New Balance in New York City to see how they produce shoes with the “made in the U.S.A.” in their “sneaker lab”.
Danielle Terry unpacks a kit of unfinished shoe parts, produced in a factory in Maine, ready to be assembled in the sneaker lab. As she steams the leather and fits it over a form to make final adjustments and fasten the button lace, she explains that the final step is a something most costumers will never even notice.
- ABC News at Beyond The Headline3 days ago
Armed with metal detectors, a group of “diggers” fan-out across the battlefields of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania focused on a mission; they are hunting hidden treasure.
For people like Ric Savage, a retired professional wrestler and host of Spike TV’s "Savage Family Diggers,” searching for buried treasure isn’t just a hobby, it’s also an addiction.
When Ric Savage was 9-years-old his parents gave him an old bullet as a gift. “I’ve never lost track of this bullet, my whole life,” says Savage. It was a gift that Savage credits with fueling his obsession with uncovering objects lost to the past.
“Every artifact tells a story, even if it’s something as small as a bullet,” says Savage. And it’s that story which has brought Savage and a group of fellow diggers to the snow covered fields of Gettysburg. They are interested in finding items like belt buckles from the Confederate army, buttons, and bullet shells that were fired during the Civil War.
And while they stress they are hunting because the prospect of touching a piece of history that has been buried close to 150 years excites them, they are also hunting relics and artifacts in order to make a financial profit.
- ABC News at Beyond The Headline4 days ago
In Dan Harris's book "10% Happier: How I Tamed the Voice in My Head, Reduced Stress Without Losing My Edge, and Found Self-Help That Actually Works--A True Story,” the ABC News correspondent recounts how suffering a massive on-air panic attack eventually led him to meditation.
“I never in a million years thought I'd be the type of person who meditates. I've had an aversion to all things airy-fairy since age five,” says Harris, “But then, a few years ago, I heard about an explosion of scientific research suggesting that meditation has an extraordinary range of health benefits. In particular, I found the neuroscience compelling. Studies say you can sculpt your brain through meditation just as you build and tone your body through exercise.”
As Harris began his exploration on mediation he discovered new research and scientific studies that demonstrated how the simple act of sitting-up straight, focusing your breath, and clearing your mind produced positive tangible results. Basically, mediation works.
- ABC News at Beyond The Headline8 days ago
It is one of the most iconic moments in cinema -- a fanfare of trumpets slowly building as Rocky runs up the steep stairs in front of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, jabbing and punching the air before lifting his arms in victory.
Now Sylvester Stallone's fictional boxer is fighting his way out of the 1976 film and headlining in a most unexpected venue; Broadway. The musical-theater adaptation of Rocky is currently in previews at the Winter Garden Theater in New York City.
Fans of the heavyweight champion expecting to see Sylvester Stallone singing and dancing onstage may disappointed. Rocky will be played by theater veteran Andy Karl who’s appeared in a long list of Broadway hits like Jersey Boys, Wicked, 9 to 5: The Musical, and Legally Blonde.
Karl says that he personally identifies with Rocky as a small-time, not well-known boxer fighting for his shot at a world heavyweight title. “I have had some great success in theater playing a lot of character roles,” says Karl, “but now I’m sort of thrust into the lead of the show.”
- ABC News at Beyond The Headline9 days ago
Deana Valorose knows that each click of the camera on her smartphone could mean money in her bank account.
Valorose, of Hollywood, Fla., said she’s made more than $300 from selling 68 of her pictures – from breakfast to sports and nature – through a free app called Foap.
The app sells the photographs to big brands like MasterCard for use in their advertisements.
Each photograph on Foap sells for $10. The owner gets $5 and Foap gets $5.
“The picture that I’ve sold the most of is parasailing – people parasailing,” Valorose said.
Business is booming, according to Foap, because it’s much cheaper for companies to buy stock photos from sites like Foap than from the professionals.
Foap said that half of its users were making money and that half were raking it in.
The app’s user base has grown 25 percent in the last financial quarter as the company seeks to win a share of the $4 billion market for stock photos, competing against longtime stakeholders iStock, Getty and The Associated Press.
- ABC News at Beyond The Headline10 days ago
Watching loved ones wrestle with the symptoms of dementia is heartbreaking. As our loved one’s brain cells are ravaged by dementia their memory may start to fade, they may lose the ability to communicate, even the simplest tasks like keeping track of personal possessions or preparing meals can become impossible. No matter how many family photos we show or personal stories we recount, as dementia takes hold, the connections to our loved one becomes increasingly harder and painful to make.
But what if we could use music to reach those that suffering from the debilitating effects of dementia? It was a theory posed by Dan Cohen, a social worker and founder of Music and Memory, an organization that takes donated iPods to nursing homes to provide music therapy to patients suffering from Alzheimer’s and other related illnesses. And according to Cohen, it appears to be working.
“The impact of music . . . grows over time. So somebody after ten months of having their own music, let’s say three hours a week will score 50% better on their cognitive exams,” says Cohen.
- ABC News at Beyond The Headline11 days ago
Brandon Stanton has gained notoriety for his photography blog and subsequent book, Humans of New York , a visual record that captures and celebrates the diversity of people living and working in New York City. But now it’s his girlfriend, Erin O’Sullivan who’s making headlines with her pet adoption website called “Susie’s Senior Dogs.”
Two years ago, Stanton adopted a 13-year-old dog named Susie with big brown eyes and wispy white hair. Immediately the pair began to form a strong bond and that inspired Erin O’Sullivan to start a Facebook webpage so that other people could find and adopt other elderly dogs in need.
Stanton says that he is thankful he met Susie while photographing people for his blog, “I had never seen a dog that was that interesting . . . she’s old and she just wants to be with me.”
But not all senior dogs are as lucky when it comes to finding loving homes and caring human companions. Must people prefer adopting puppies and for the older dogs, that often means ending up in shelters or worse.
- ABC News at Beyond The Headline12 days ago
If you’re like most Americans, you probably have a collection of items or appliances sitting around the house unused, collecting dust.
Now, resourceful individuals and families are putting those unused items to work and generating extra income by renting them to their peers for a fee.
It’s known as the ‘Sharing Economy,’ a variety of internet platforms designed for peer-to-peer transactions that range from renting personal items from bicycles, automobiles, to even an empty garage for people in need of a secure place to park their vehicles.
Most Americans who own a car are probably unaware that their car sits idle 92% of the time. Now families like the Sakof family in Chicago are making roughly $25o every weekend by renting their car during those times when they aren’t using the vehicle.
For the Sakof family renting their car for extra money was an easy decision. “What did we have to lose?” says Justin Sakof, “for us the car is sitting idle for 25 hours every weekend and on Sunday, it gives us another opportunity to be a family and spend quality time together.”
- ABC News at Beyond The Headline15 days ago
With 49 Academy Awards nominations and 5 Oscar wins, John Williams is the most Oscar nominated person alive. The only person with more nominations than Williams is Walt Disney, who holds a record total of 59 nominations.
At age 82, Williams is one of the most prolific movie composers in the music industry, earning his 49 th Academy Award nomination this year for his original musical score to The Book Thief .
With a body of work that consists of E.T. , Jaws , Schindler’s List , Star Wars , Superman , and Lincoln , Williams is the man behind the music to some of the most memorable movie themes of all time.
But how is it possible to find the inspiration not only to compose such a large volume of music, but also score diverse genres that span from science fiction to historical period pieces? Williams says he often looks to nature, “I’ve always felt there is more music in trees than anywhere else.”
After working on films that have become embedded in our cultural sub-consciousness, one scene in particular stands out as one of William’s favorites, “certainly one of my favorite scenes is that bicycle scene in E.T.”
- ABC News at Beyond The Headline18 days ago
Do you spend half the night tossing and turning, dreaming of a good night’s sleep? If yes, you’re not alone. Roughly 1 in 10 Americans suffer from chronic insomnia, and now some are finding relief in an unexpected place; the internet.
Ilse Blansert is a sleep whisperer and part of an exploding online phenomenon known as ASMR or Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response. Blansert creates and posts online videos of her whispering, tapping on book covers, and gently rearranging crayons with the goal of putting her viewers to sleep.
But what exactly is ASMR? Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response is characterized as a pleasurable tingling sensation in the scalp in response to visual, auditory, or cognitive stimuli that often helps people feel more relaxed and thereby, able to fall asleep.
Blansert describes why she thinks people are so interested in watching her pour water into a glass or gently run her fingers over a brush, “I think . . . it has to do with the combination of sounds and voices. It’s a calming relaxing voice because if it’s too fast you don’t really have a chance to experience those tingles.”
Those “tingles” are generating Blansert millions of clicks.