Here are the highlights from Thursday morning’s Headlines segment on Dennis & Callahan, with John Dennis leading the discussion in place of Kirk Minihane, and guest co-hosts John Meterparel and Jerry Thornton joining in.
WWII hero Louis Zamperini dies at 97
Louis Zamperini, a member of the 1936 U.S. Olympic track team and a World War II hero, passed away after a bout of pneumonia. He was 97 years old.
Zamperini is the subject of Laura Hillenbrand‘s book, “Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience and Redemption,” which recount’s Zamperini’s experiences as a member of the U.S. Air Force.
Zamperini’s plane crashed in the Pacific Ocean in 1943 and he survived on a raft with barely any food and water for 47 days, drinking seagull blood at one point to survive. Zamperini eventually washed ashore on a Japanese island and was held captive and tortured as a prisoner of war for two years.
“He recently faced the greatest challenge of his life with a life-threatening case of pneumonia,” Zamperini’s family said in a statement. “After a 40-day long battle for his life, he peacefully passed away in the presence of his entire family, leaving behind a legacy that has touched so many lives. His indomitable courage and fighting spirit were never more apparent than in these last days.”
“Pnemonia was the greatest challenge of his life?” Dennis asked. “They apparently did not read “Unbroken.” Unbelievable.”
Sgt. Bowe Berghdal goes off base to dine and shop
Bowe Berghdal, the soldier who was returned to the United States in a controversial prisoner swap after being held by the Taliban for five years, has been regularly going off his military post in Texas in order to dine and shop in an effort to reintegrate himself with society.
“I would be feeding him seagull blood,” Thornton said, referencing Zamperini’s experiences during WWII.
Model poses in bikini with colostomy bags
British makeup artist Bethany Townsend, who suffers from Crohn’s disease, was photographed in a bikini while wearing two colostomy bags that she was outfitted with in 2010. The photos have been viewed by more than 9 million people.
“You know what she says the worst part about having a colostomy is? Finding shoes to go with your bag,” Thornton joked.
Target asks customers to not bring firearms into stores
Retailer Target has issued a request to its customers, asking patrons to “respectfully” refrain from bringing guns into their stores.
“You know what, I wouldn’t mind leaving my gun at home when I’m going to Target,” Dennis said. “But based on some of the people that I’ve seen at Walmart, I’ve got to be packing.”
California nanny refuses to leave family’s home following firing
Diane Stretton, a 64-year-old nanny, has refused to leave the California home at which she worked before being fired. The couple who hired Stretton to watch their three children fired her after she stopped working, but the nanny has yet to leave the house.
Stretton alleges that the family served her dog food, which was delivered to her bedroom door.
“Yeah, but it’s the canned stuff. It’s not the dry [dog food],” Thornton joked.