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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.

“€œHe 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.”

“€œPnemonia 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.

“€œYou 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 “€œrespectfully”€ refrain from bringing guns into their stores.

“€œYou 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.

“€œYeah, but it’€™s the canned stuff. It’€™s not the dry [dog food],” Thornton joked.

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Conor Ryan
The stories of the day brought to you by John Dennis.

On Wednesday’s Three For All on Middays with MFB, Christian Fauria, Lou Merloni and Tim Benz discussed some sports-related items in the news.

To hear the segment, check the MFB audio on demand page.

– Chile was eliminated from the World Cup with Saturday’s loss to Brazil that had to be decided by penalty kicks after the teams played to a 1-1 tie. Chile nearly won the game when Mauricio Pinilla delivered a hard shot that clanged off the crossbar late in extra time.

Rather than attempt to forget the close call, Pinilla decided to memorialize it by having the image tattooed on his back with the words “One centimeter from glory” underneath.

The heavily tattooed 30-year-old also had “Blessed” and “For life” added to his face.

“He quite possibly took the worst possible experience of his life, a sporting experience and he had it tattooed on his back so he can constantly be reminded of his own failure,” Fauria said. “So I guess I ask you: Is there anything in your life that you would want to be reminded of — bad, something bad — that you would actually put in tattoo on your back. ‘€¦ Would you want to see that constantly? Would you want to be reminded of it constantly?”

Questioned Merloni: “Why would you want to be reminded of that?”

Fauria compared it to former Cowboys tight end Jackie Smith getting a tattoo of his dropped pass in the end zone in Super Bowl XIII. Merloni brought up Bill Buckner‘s error in the 1986 World Series.

“Stop beating yourself up,” Fauria said of Pinilla. “You’re going to have another shot.”

Bobby Bonilla received his annual gift from the Mets on Tuesday in the form of a $1.19 million check. The former outfielder was bought out by the team before the 2000 season, and instead of paying him $5.9 million and getting it over with, the Mets struck a deal to defer the payments.

As part of the agreement, the Mets — who at the time were profiting handsomely from their investments with Bernie Madoff — started making 25 annual payments to Bonilla in 2011. With the agreed-upon 8 percent interest, Bonilla’s total payments will reach $29.8 million.

“The best investment he ever made,” Fauria said. “The worst contract probably the Mets ever did.”

– According to the gossip pages, former model Kendra Wilkinson threw wedding photos into the pool and flushed her wedding ring down the toilet after learning that her husband, former NFL wide receiver Hank Baskett, had an affair with a transgender YouTube model.

Wilkinson, who gave birth to the couple’s second child five weeks ago, reportedly heard rumors about the affair and then found an unexplained credit card charge on Baskett’s bill. Wilkinson and Baskett have been married five years.

This led to a discussion about transvestite and transgender people.

“My thing is like, you can’t tell the difference,” Fauria said. “I’m not defending his actions, because he’s married. My point to you is that, did he know this was a transgender/transvestite? Or is that what he was looking for? Because the story is, hahaha, that’s really a dude, bro.”

Added Fauria: “Could you tell the difference? And my point to you is no. The really hot ones ‘€¦ There was one who was going to be Miss America.

“There are some, oh, that you can tell,” Merloni said. “But if you have the top 10 trannies in America, you probably wouldn’t.”

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Tommy Smyth of ESPN joined the show to discuss USA's loss to Belgium.

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The top stories of the day as recounted by Kirk Minihane.
The guys opened the show discussing the end of the World Cup run bythe USA.

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
The top stories of the day as recounted by John Dennis.

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