The top stories of the day as recounted by Kirk Minihane.
The guys opened the show responding to MFB's MFK.

Here are the highlights from Friday’s Headlines on Dennis & Callahan with Kirk Minihane, John Dennis and Gerry Callahan. To hear the segment, go to the Dennis & Callahan audio on demand page.

– A Pennsylvania man was charged by police on Wednesday because he repeatedly called 911 on July 30, telling first responders that he was lonely. Gregory L. Shaffer told emergency personnel different stories why he needed help each time they arrived on the scene.

Said Callahan: “I’m sure there’s a number you can call if you’re lonely. … Call the Samaritans, they’ll talk to you.”

Replied Minihane: “How pathetic is this?”

– A woman from Quincy was sentenced to prison for four years after she terrorized and threated actor Kevin Spacey for two years through mail and social media. A judge also ordered Linda Louise Culkin to pay Spacey $124,000 for the bodyguards he used during that time to protect himself.

Culkin already has served more than 18 months for her actions against Spacey.

“Which is more than Ray Rice, Adrian Peterson, Jonathan Dwyer, Ray McDonald and Greg Hardy combined,” Callahan replied. “They won’t do as much time as this stalker lady.”

Joked Dennis: “She sounds like fun. Give her my number.”

– Wednesday was 227th anniversary of the signing of the U.S. Constitution. It was revealed that only 36 percent of Americans can name the three branches of the government.

Dennis: “I’m surprised it’s that high. That does seem high.”

Two years ago, only 15 percent of Americans could correctly name John Roberts as the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, but 37 percent knew Randy Jackson was a judge on “American Idol.”

“I bet 98 percent of people know who Jay-Z’s wife is,” said an incredulous Callahan.

– Michelle Obama has pushed for high schools to offer students healthier food options. Part of the plan is to reduce sugary snacks from vending machines.

“Kids are too hungry, weak, gaunt,” Callahan said. “They’re like crawling to McDonald’s, Subway.”

Despite the First Lady’s health crusade through the nation’s schools, a vending machine in the White House has bags of Jumbo Honey Buns that contain 590 calories each.

Said Dennis: “There’s a lot of sugar there.”

Blog Author: 
Andrew Battifarano

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Welcome to Friday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our WEEI.com home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

FRIDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
MLB: Red Sox at Orioles, 7:05 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-FM)
MLB: Dodgers at Cubs, 2:20 p.m. (WGN)
MLB: Tigers at Royals, 8 p.m. (ESPN2)
MLB: Rangers at Angels, 10 p.m. (MLB Network)
College football: UConn at South Florida, 8 p.m. (ESPN)
Soccer: Rapids at Real Salt Lake, 10 p.m. (NBCSN)

AROUND THE WEB:

– Roger Goodell has had a target on his back since his mishandling of the Ray Rice situation, but at least one player has his back.

Michael Vick, who was suspended indefinitely by the commissioner in 2007 for his role in running a dogfighting ring but paid his penalty and returned to the NFL in 2009, offered his support for the embattled Goodell.

“I think he’€™s doing a great job,’€ the Jets backup quarterback said after Thursday’s practice. “I think some situations are more complicated than others. You’€™re not going to get it right all the time the first time. These situations that [have arisen] are situations that we never dealt with before. I feel from a PR standpoint, just from a situational standpoint, it’€™s kind of new to everybody.”

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With a number of NFL players facing domestic abuse issues, Goodell is taking heat for not getting ahead of the situation and being harder on offenders.

“Nobody’€™s perfect,” Vick said. “Nobody can make the correct decisions right then and there on the spot when faced with all forms of adversity. So, you’ve got to give the man a chance. You’ve got to give him a chance. You’ve got to give everybody a chance to get it right. And you see that the other teams that are dealing with it now are making the right decisions based on what’€™s happened in weeks prior. So you’ve got to give people a chance, man. You’€™re not going to get it right on the first time.”

Vick said he’s looking forward to the league putting this controversy in the past. Of course, that will require the players to behave themselves, which has been a problem of late.

“It’€™s a lot of issues that are taking place. In due time, they’€™ll all be cleaned up,” Vick said. “It’€™s kind of hard right now. Hopefully, everything will resume [to] normal the next couple months. We just can’€™t continue to keep feeding into it. Every day there’€™s a new story that’€™s being written about and being talked about. We don’€™t seem to let it go. It’€™ll be all handled. . . . That’€™s what we have lawyers for. That’€™s what you have the commissioner for. You’ve got to let it die down. Other than that, [if] you keep talking about it, it’€™s going to continue to be an issue.”

Ron Washington, who abruptly resigned as manager of the Rangers two weeks ago, made his first public statement since the move and offered some insight into what was behind it.

“I made a mistake and I’m embarrassed more than I’ve ever been in my life,” Washington said in a 3 1/2-minute statement. “I was not true to my wife, after 42 years. I broke our trust. I’m here today to own that mistake and to apologize to her, and to those I disappointed, and those who have trusted in me, and I let them down.”

Washington, who did not take questions, asked for everyone to respect the couple’s privacy.

“Today, I’m at a very low time in my life. I’m sorry for breaking the trust that I had with my wife and for disappointing my players, for disappointing my coaches, disappointing Major League Baseball, and for disappointing the Texas Rangers,” he said. “All I ask is for your forgiveness and your understanding.”

The 62-year-old also made it clear he would like to eventually return to the game.

“I was born to be a baseball player. I’m a baseball lifer,” he said. “I look to the future and getting back into the game and continuing my career.”

– The legendary Royal and Ancient Golf Club at St. Andrews will allow its first female member in its 260-year history after 85 percent of club members who voted approved the move.

“I can confirm that The Royal & Ancient Golf of St. Andrews is now a mixed membership club,” R&A secretary Peter Dawson said.

Added Dawson: “This is a very important and positive day in the history of the Royal and Ancient Golf Club. The R&A has served the sport of golf well for 260 years and I am confident that the club will continue to do so in future with the support of all its members, both women and men.”

The members voted to move quickly to allow a “significant” number of women to join in the next few months.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On Sept. 19, 1977, which Red Sox rookie infielder singled in his first two plate appearances after going 4-for-4 the day before in his major league debut, giving him hits in each of his first six at-bats, an MLB record?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “Brady was the hardest worker that I’€™ve ever had. I remember my son Gunnar came in one day and said, ‘That Brady kid’€™s a worker.’ ” – Frank Dudlar, commenting on when Tom Brady worked construction for him in the summer of 1997; he was contacted after Brady posted his old resume on Facebook earlier this week

STAT OF THE DAY: 20 – Career returns for touchdowns by Falcons speedster Devin Hester, who ran back a punt 56 yards to the end zone in Monday night’s rout of the Buccaneers to break a tie with Deion Sanders for first on the all-time NFL list

‘NET RESULTS (mobile users, check the website to see the videos): The Yankees get a walkoff win when Blue Jays first baseman Adam Lind lets a ground ball go through his legs in the ninth inning.

Jays left fielder Kevin Pillar makes two impressive diving catches.

With his team trailing by a run with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning, Wilin Rosario crushes a home run to give the Rockies a win over the Diamondbacks.

Tony Cruz rips a single up the middle to give the Cardinals a 3-2 win over the Brewers in 13 innings.

Texas A&M Drew Kaser promotes his campaign to become the first punter to win the Heisman Trophy.

Ducks players surprise season ticket-holders visiting the arena to pick up their tickets.

TRIVIA ANSWER: Ted Cox

SOOTHING SOUNDS: Bill Medley of the Righteous Brothers was born on this day in 1940.

Blog Author: 
Jerry Spar
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