Here are the highlights from Monday’s Headlines on Dennis & Callahan with guest host Jerry Thornton, John Dennis and Gerry Callahan. To hear the segment, go to the Dennis & Callahan audio on demand page.
– Keene State College students ruined the New Hampshire town’s annual pumpkin festival this weekend. The unruly students held out-of-control parties at or near the event, threw things and destroyed property. Police in riot gear responded with tear gas.
In the end, 30 people were injured and at least 12 were arrested.
“What do you do at Pumpkin Fest?” asked Callahan. “Other than smash windows and break bottles over people’s heads, what do you do at Pumpkin Fest?”
Replied Thornton: “This is the kind of thing that gives riots a bad name, because there are good riots. I would say the Boston Massacre was for a good cause.”
“I would think that if you’re going to riot at a pumpkin fest, it would include smashing pumpkins on the ground, right?” said Dennis.
Asked Thornton: “What was the point of this? Was it anti-pumpkin? Were they being denied pumpkins? Are their pumpkin rights being infringed upon? … I could get behind that if they said there’s too much pumpkin spice.”
– A Hopkinton bus driver was arrested Saturday night for operating under the influence after he transported the high school cross country team home after a meet. It was 59-year-old Robert Murphy’s third drunk driving arrest.
“He was driving a school bus and he’s already had two [OUI arrests]?” asked Callahan.
“It was 10:30 p.m., it wasn’t like he was going to school in the morning, and had a couple of mimosas,” Thornton said. “How are you going to keep a school bus driver sober at 10:30?”
– An Ohio kidnapping victim of 11 years answered questions in front of a live audience for the first time since she was released from captivity a year ago. Michelle Knight went as far as to forgive her captor Ariel Castro, saying Castro only held her because he had a disease.
“I’m in the wrong profession,” Thornton said. “I want to be a therapist. And no matter what somebody comes at me with, I’m just going to say it’s a disease. His disease happens to be rape, torture, beating the girls that he impregnates so that they’ll miscarry.”
“[Knight] had five miscarriages when he was impregnating her and beating her for 11 years,” Callahan said incredulously. “But she forgives him.”