Here are the highlights from Wednesday morning’€™s Headlines segment on Dennis & Callahan, with John Dennis running the segment in place of Kirk Minihane, and John Meterparel joining in.

Julia Roberts’€™ half-sister’s suicide note revealed: ‘€˜My mother and siblings drove me into the deepest depression’€™

Nancy Motes blamed the actress and the rest of her family for her fatal February drug overdose in a suicide note that was revealed on Tuesday.

“I guess the only thing worse than having a loved one, a relative, commit suicide, would be to have the relative commit suicide and blame you for driving her to do it,” Dennis said.

Motes had strong words for her entire family, including Roberts, saying, “I burst into tears every morning [because] I woke up.”

“She wrote that in her suicide note? That hurts,” Callahan said.

Report: Alex Rodriguez lawyer will sue over legal fees

Sources told the New York Daily News on Tuesday that attorney David Cornwell, who represented Rodriguez in his 2013 Biogenesis doping scandal, plans to sue the suspended Yankees slugger next week for failing to pay for a half-million dollars in legal fees.

“We don’t hear much about [Rodriguez], do we?” Meterparel asked.

Callahan responded sarcastically: “But he’s coming back.”

Knife-wielding man threatens to kill Michael Strahan

A knife-wielding homeless man threatened to kill the former football star turned TV host outside ABC Studios in Times Square Tuesday, police sources told the New York Post.

Andre Johnson (not to be confused with the Texans receiver) pulled out a knife and made threatening remarks about Strahan during an argument with a security guard near the sidewalk-set of “Good Morning America” around 8 a.m.

Johnson reportedly was detained by police and authorities recovered a serrated knife at the scene of the incident.

“If you were going to attack a celebrity, would Michael Strahan be anywhere on your list? What does he do to bother anybody?” Callahan said.

Meterparel added: ”He is kind of annoying, though.”

Florida man jailed after beating up pet rabbit

A Florida man was arrested on charges of animal cruelty and battery for allegedly beating up a pet rabbit.

“He left little pellets, probably on the kitchen floor,” Dennis said.

James Wertz was arrested by police Friday after they say he not only punched the rabbit but violently squeezed it. Police said Tuesday the rabbit survived but has very serious injuries.

“Did they say in the story whether the rabbit started it? It wasn’t unprovoked,” Callahan said.

Blog Author: 
Nick Canelas

In Tuesday’€™€™s Three For All on Middays with MFB, Lou Merloni continued the fisher cat discussion from Monday, Tim Benz embraced the return of Rob Ford, and Christian Fauria looks at famous Belgian people in honor of Tuesday’s World Cup match between Belgium and the United States.

(To listen to the audio of this segment, click here.)

– In Monday’s segment, the trio discussed a fisher cat that has been roaming the streets of the Bronx over the past couple of months.

“He’s kind of like Batman,” Benz said. “He was first perceived to the world to be evil and the biggest rat in the Bronx. It turns out he’s eating the rats and now he’s like the entire Bronx mascot. This guy is an icon, this fisher.”

Fisher cats were back in the segment on Tuesday after a 12-year-old boy from Reheboth was attacked by what is believed to be a fisher cat at his home on Monday.

“Apparently this kid was at his house playing … and he was taken to the hospital,” Merloni said. “His condition not immediately known. The follow-up is now they’re calling it a mystery wild animal. They believe it’s fisher.”

Said Fauria: ”Never heard of a fisher cat in my life and these last two days we have discussions about fisher cats, which really look kind of cuddly and cute.”

Rob Ford returned to Toronto City Hall Monday after two months of rehab. He apologized for his past behavior and asked for another chance as mayor.

“I can tell you this much,” Benz said. “We’re going to continue to track the fisher story, we’ve got to continue to track Rob Ford because this rehab stuff, it isn’t going to stick very long. It’s only a matter of time before he falls off.”

– In honor of the World Cup, Fauria looked up a list of famous Belgian people. Among those he found: actor/marital artist Jean-Claude Van Damme, legendary actress Audrey Hepburn, saxophone inventor Adolphe Sax, and Austin Powers‘ rival Dr. Evil.

“I honestly didn’t feel like there was a lot, and there’s some people in here that I was just amazed that were from Belgium,” Fauria said.

Blog Author: 
Nick Canelas
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Mookie Betts joined the show to discuss his arrival in Boston.

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Jason Gay of the Wall Street Journal joined the show to discuss why we should all love the World Cup.

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The guys opened the show discussing a near no hitter at Fenway last night.

Here are the highlights from Tuesday morning’s Headlines segment on Dennis & Callahan, with John Dennis leading the discussion in place of Kirk Minihane, and Jerry Thornton joining in.

Atlanta parents of toddler killed in hot car researched child deaths

The parents of 22-month-old Cooper Harris, who died after he was left in a hot car by his father for seven hours, have confessed to having researched child deaths in hot cars prior to the incident, according to police reports.

“It was disturbing enough when you thought that maybe he had a girlfriend and wanted out from this,” Gerry Callahan said. “Now we think that they might be in it together? And they might be saying that they don’t want this kid anymore?”

The father, Justin Harris, said he forgot that his son was strapped in the car seat in the back of his vehicle and drove straight to work instead of dropping him off at day care first.

“That’s like [Luis Suarez] saying, ‘I fell down and my mouth bit his shoulder accidentally,” Dennis said.

Thornton added: ”It was disturbing enough when you gave him the benefit of the doubt and just thought he made a mistake.”

Officer’s conviction in cannibal case overturned

The 2013 conviction of former New York City police officer Gilberto Valle in a plot to “kidnap, torture, kill and eat women” was overturned by a federal judge on Monday due to a lack of supporting evidence.

Judge Paul G. Gardephe of Federal District Court in Manhattan granted Valle a verdict of acquittal on kidnapping conspiracy, the most serious count that he faced.

“You read about it you say, ‘He’s sick, he’s twisted. He didn’t do it,’ ” Callahan said.

No women were harmed in the plot, but prosecutors argued that Valle was immersed in a fetish website where he told people of his plans online.

“Did he have recipes in there?” Thornton asked.

“If he owned an NBA franchise would they take it away from him?” Dennis asked.

Callahan responded: “That’s a good question. Yes, they would, probably.”

Fans try to ditch work in time for U.S.-Belgium World Cup match

American soccer fans apparently are using all kinds of excuses to skip work in order to watch the World Cup match between the United States and Belgium on Tuesday afternoon.

The New York Post writes that John Matos of the Bronx will simply leave his hospital job early to watch the game at a local pub, saying, “I’m not worried about getting caught. It’s expected. They’d be proud of me.”

Another fan said he will leave work and come back because his boss “won’t be in.”

“I’m looking forward to watching this, I am, because it matters so much,” Callahan said. “It’s not a good DVR sport, Dino. There’s no way you can DVR it and go watch it at 7 o’clock tonight unless you lived in a cave. You’re going to hear it, you’re going to see it, someone is going to tell you what happened.

“As soon as you find out what happened. It’s ruined. It’s not like you hear what happened in a baseball game. It’s going to be 1-0 right? Maybe 2-0 at most. You miss the goal and that’s it, you’re done.”

Blog Author: 
Nick Canelas

In Monday’€™s Three For All on Middays with MFB, Christian Fauria discussed his eventful pool party, Lou Merloni talked about his son Mason‘€™s interesting experience with wildlife, and Tim Benz shared a report about the mysterious animal that has been stalking the Bronx for the past few months.

(To listen to audio of the segment, click here.)

– Fauria hosted an eighth-grade birthday party at his house over the weekend that was filled with a fair share of drama.

“€œSo, parents drop their kids off, ‘€˜Hey, little Johnny can swim fine.’ … So little Johnny jumps into the pool — little Johnny needs to be pulled out by the lifeguard,” Fauria said. “So not only does little Johnny, but little Billy and little Sammy — I just wouldn’t send my kids to any party, a pool party especially, if they could not swim.”

Fauria added: “The other issue is, a lot of kids now a days have these allergies. So we have two kids that come to the party, and both of them have nut allergies. … There’€™s a lot of responsibly hosting a party.”

“Do you want every kid to have a 3-by-5 index card around their neck?” Benz asked.

“€œA dog tag. That’€™s what I want them to have,” Fauria responded.

– Merloni headed to Cape Cod for the weekend, where his son Mason got into an eventful, if not morbid, experience with a woodpecker.

“We went down the Cape to my in-laws’€™ house and my father in-law says, ‘€˜You know, I saw this woodpecker fly into the window and he’€™s dead and he out in the backyard.’€™ And I said, ‘€˜Don’€™t tell Mason, he loves birds.’€™ About an hour later, Mason is like, ‘€˜Hey Dad, look at this.’€™ You turn the corner with his grandfather and he’€™s holding on to a dead woodpecker in his bare hands.”

Merloni added: “So I can’€™t even get the words out of my mouth, ‘€œYou better drop that before your mother …’ and all of the sudden here comes the mother.”

After washing up, Mason returned with rubber gloves on his hands to continue his examination of the dead bird.

– A mysterious animal has been roaming around the Bronx over the last few months, leading some to think that a huge rat was stalking through the New York borough. However, it was revealed that the creature was actually a fisher cat, a member of the weasel family.

‘€œThose things are nasty. … I’ve got them in my neighborhood. Those things can take down a horse,”€ Merloni said.

Said Fauria: “I’ve got a bunch of squirrels digging in my trash. I wonder if I should get one of these and let it loose in the backyard.”

Blog Author: 
Conor Ryan
Cubs President Theo Epstein joined the show to discuss his relationship with the Red Sox and the state of his Cubs.
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