Here are the highlights from Monday’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.
– Massachusetts and the Boston area had its first scare with Ebola this weekend. A man who had visited Liberia went to a Braintree medical center, saying he had muscle aches and a headache — symptoms of the virus.
Though the facility took precautions, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center officials said the man most likely doesn’t have the virus.
“Didn’t it make your heart skip a beat?” Callahan said. “Dallas is OK, there’s lots of space between Dallas and here.”
Part of the reason for Braintree’s precaution is because a Dallas nurse contracted the virus when she was helping treat the man who brought the disease into the country. In that case, officials said the Texas hospital was unprepared.
Said Callahan: “It’s so mean-spirited, to stop guys from coming in from Liberia, but wouldn’t that make all of the sense in the world?”
Replied Dennis: “Gerry, they’re giving them EBT cards, which stands for ‘Ebola big time.’ ”
“It’s concerning, I’m a little concerned about this,” Minihane said. “I’m not usually one of these people who jump in hysterics, but is this going to be massive three years from now, or is going to be something we just laugh about like Swine Flu?”
– A girl from Mobile, Alabama, was forced to sign a contract with her school saying she would not commit suicide or homicide. The contract stemmed from when the girl drew a picture of a gun and then pointed a crayon at a fellow student.
The girl’s mother said the school made her daughter take a survey on suicide. The girl did not even know what the word “suicide” meant.
“I don’t think 5-year-olds grasp the concept of suicide,” Callahan said.
“No, but they all have guns in Alabama,” replied Dennis.
Said Callahan: “That kid doesn’t have a gun.”
– This weekend’s “Saturday Night Live,” hosted by one of show’s former cast members, Bill Hader, hit a ratings low. Despite appearances by other former cast members including Kristen Wiig and Andy Samberg, “SNL” had a 1.8 rating in households with adults aged 18-49 — the lowest-rated episode during its run.
“I’m starting to wonder, it’s kind of like Brady, when does it end for ‘Saturday Night Live?’ ” said Minihane.
Replied Callahan: “To me, it’s like college football. College football needs some personalities, some stars. … With SNL, they need one or two stars that carry the program.”