THE JOHN & HEIDI SHOW PRESENTS:
Did You Hear About This?
A NEWS HEADLINE: From Somewhere in This World.
Dateline.... BANGLADESH: A notorious poacher believed to have killed at least seventy endangered Bengal tigers was nabbed in Bangladesh after a two decade-long manhunt. They don’t mess around in Bangladesh, so don’t be surprised if he gets the death penalty.
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A man banging a skateboard on the ground of a Texas shopping mall set off an “active shooter” scare Monday — sending panicked shoppers scrambling for the exits and ducking for cover in bathrooms. Dallas Police said the unidentified person started banging the skateboard at NorthPark Mall at about 1:30 p.m. and made hand gestures as if he was firing into the crowd. Hundreds of shoppers at the mall sprinted for the doors, thinking the bangs were gunshots. A number of people called 9-1-1 to report gunshots as a result of the banging. One employee who spoke to the television station said he hid in a bathroom as the commotion broke out in the shopping center. “I was hiding in the bathroom for ten minutes,” he told the station. Dallas Police Chief Eddie Garcia said he doesn’t blame the shoppers for being on edge given the spate of mass shootings in recent weeks. “Obviously with the country — particularly what it is right now — there’s a lot of trauma. I don’t blame these individuals one bit. This is what’s occurring right now,” Garcia said at a press conference. “We are very fortunate that this was not an active shooter,” he added. (https://bit.ly/3uzWQp2)
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Six “low-tech” thieves snagged $740,000 worth of donations out of church mailboxes – then used the dough for cars, clothes, and to wire cash back to their native Romania, Florida police said. Four of the sacrilegious thieves were arrested Wednesday but two of the men are still on the loose, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement announced. “This low-tech yet well-organized effort to steal hundreds of thousands of dollars’ worth of mailed-in charitable donations — at a time when donations may have been most needed — has been stopped,” Department Commissioner Rick Swearingen said in a statement. The men took more than 1,500 checks from 636 churches – 355 in the state alone. The six operated out of Orlando but traveled throughout the state and elsewhere, sometimes hitting as many as 85 churches in a day. Some churches were hit multiple times as well. Now in custody are Ionut Raducan, 33, Marius Dumitru, 28, Marius Dumitru, 34, and Panait Dumitru, 32. Catalin Trandafir, 45, and Simona Trandafir, 39, remain at large. (https://bit.ly/3hSkhqW)
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Chinese police use geese squads. You've heard of police dogs, but police geese? As of 2013, 12 police stations in a rural area of China have begun to use geese as sentries. They are alert animals and, as you probably know, can create a lot of noise and commotion, which creative Chinese law enforcement officers are taking advantage of. While this trend has yet to spread throughout China, Dongwan police claim that the geese have already stopped at least one theft.
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PAST WEEK – NEXT WEEK PRESENTS:
It Happen in History
- In 1913, Hudson Stuck, an Alaskan missionary, leads the first successful ascent of Denali (formerly known as Mt. McKinley), the highest point on the American continent at 20,320 feet.
- In 1692. Bridget Bishop is loaded into a two-wheeled cart and brought from her Salem jail cell to a pasture on a hill, where a rope is hanging from freshly installed gallows. A crowd forms around her: law officers to read the death warrant, ministers to offer last rites, and onlookers, curious to see a witch in the flesh. Bishop’s execution raises doubts that could have stopped the Salem Witch Trials in their tracks. But instead, it became the first in a deluge of convictions, trials, and hangings that made the summer of 1692 go down in infamy.
Harry’s Quote of the Week
“Not all Readers become Leaders. But all Leaders must be Readers.” Harry S. Truman
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“I’ve Got Something to Say…”
By Chris Whiting
That One Time I Killed My Grandma
When Grandmother started to go downhill, I got melancholy as I could see I was going to lose my buddy. It started with her physically just being tired. I could see walking getting harder for her. And then I started to notice a far off look in her eyes like she wasn’t really there. Once that look came on it wasn’t long. She had gone to the hospital for congestive heart failure and after several days had slipped into a non-responsive state.
So, in that hospital room, with a heightened awareness that made everything crackle, I leaned over Grandmother’s struggling body and related the story of us praying in her kitchen. I thanked her for that lesson, and I told if it was time for us to give her up to God that was ok. She should go and we’d be all right. Maybe 30 seconds after I said this to her, she drew her last breath. It was a sublime and beautiful moment. Certainly, one of the holiest things I’ve ever experienced. She gave me so much during my lifetime, and even her death turned out to be one last gift to me on the way out. Love you Grandmother, until we meet again.
Then I flashed back to a moment many years ago at Grandmother’s kitchen table when I was little. I had lost something, a meaningless possession I don’t even remember today. But I was upset and ran crying into the kitchen to talk to her. She settled me down a little bit and asked if I had prayed about it. I told her I hadn’t, and she said before I get all hysterical, I need to give my problem to God. So, in her kitchen we both got down on our knees and we prayed and gave it up to God. I do not recall if I ever found the item, but I’ve never lost the lesson of that day.
Ram Dass says dying is like taking off a tight shoe. And I could tell Grandmother’s soul was starting to loosen the laces. I could see that her physical body was trying hard to hold on, but I had a knowing that a part of her, far more significant and enduring, was needing to move on. And in that moment, I knew I had to facilitate the parting of the two. It was a moment of stark clarity, with no fuzzy edges. I knew what I had to do, and I knew what the outcome would be. I sat and hesitated, trying to ignore the compulsion to tell her it was ok to move on. The outcome was certain, but I was not into Old Yeller-ing my own Grandmother. It’s certainly not good resume material, that much I know.
Grandpa was exhausted one night in the hospital while we were visiting, and asked if me, my sister, and my wife could stay in the room with Grandmother for a while he went down the waiting room. We did. We held her hand and talked to her. We sang Mares Eat Oats and other songs she used to sing to us when we were little. And as all of this was happening, I began to become aware of things happening beyond my physical senses.
TRACY’S TIPS & DIPS PRESENTS:
Tip of the Month
Tip on the Best Way to a Clean Windows from Tracy Noe
Add equal parts of vinegar and hot water into a spray bottle and then mix in 1 teaspoon of Dawn. Have a spray bottle of plain water ready. You can use a squeegee or scrub brush to apply the cleaner onto the windows. Rinse it off with the water.
Delicious Dip Recipe
Ingredients: 1 ½ ounces vanilla vodka, 1 ounce coconut rum, ½ ounce cream of coconut, 1 splash pineapple juice, coconut flakes for garnish, pineapple wedge for garnish.
- Gather the ingredients.
- In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, pour the vodka, rum, cream of coconut, and pineapple juice.
- Shake well.
- Strain into a chilled cocktail glass.
- Garnish with a pineapple wedge and/or coconut flakes. Serve and enjoy.
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LET’S EAT KC PRESENTS:
Picks of the Month
- Bar of the Month - The Blue Line
- Meal of the Month – Brunch at Mariana 27
- Happy Hour Special of the Month – The Lakewood Local
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