NO Ugly Sweater…Just Tradition

No Ugly Sweater Just Tradition: Indiana Boy becomes 5th family member to wear 61-year old garment. His father wore it in 1982, His grandfather wore it in 1958 and two of his great uncles also wore the sweater in the 50s.

Brady Gose, a 7-year-old Indiana boy, is now the fifth person in his family to wear a now 61-year-old sweater that the past two generations of boys in his family have all worn for their first grade school picture.

ht_sweater_1_kab_151007_4x3_992The grey sweater has made Brady a local celebrity in Brownsburg, his dad Chuck Gose told ABC News today.

“Just the other day, my son Brady told us he thinks he can be more famous than Tom Brady,” Chuck laughed. “He thinks it’s great and he knows the sweater is very special to our family.”

The sweater was first worn 61 years ago by Brady’s great-uncle in 1954, Chuck said. His dad — Brady’s grandfather — later wore it in 1958 and the youngest of the three brothers in that generation then wore it again


Dekalb Officer Behind Bars After Sexually Assaulting Woman

(SL) – Patrol Officer  Darren Dye-Harriel s is sitting in cell 12 after allegedly sexually assaulting a woman he offered a ride to.

DyeHarrielAccording to authorities the sexual assault allegation was filed Wednesday morning and was investigated by the DeKalb County Police Special Victims Unit. Hours later, officers arrested officer Darren Dye-Harriel who has been with the department for one year.

Dye-Harriel was charged with aggravated sodomy, kidnapping, making false statements and violation of oath of office. He was on duty when the incident occurred.

Dye-Harriel has been placed on administrative leave pending an internal investigation.

“I am deeply disturbed by these allegations,” interim Chief James Conroy said. “We will not tolerate any such criminal actions. I am pleased with the swift investigative actions of our detectives, which led to the arrest and charges in the case.”

Flooding Widespread In Metro Atlanta, North GA

(AJC) – Flood warnings and watches were in effect for large areas of metro Atlanta and north Georgia after a Christmas Eve weather system that spawned deadly tornadoes in Mississippi, Tennessee and Arkansas moved through the area Thursday.

The northern half of metro Atlanta was getting a break from the deluge early Thursday afternoon, as the heaviest of the rain had moved south of I-20 and I-85. But Channel 2 meteorologist Brian Monahan said at noon that more areas of rain will move over the entire metro area later Thursday and Thursday night.


MARTA was experiencing delays on all rail lines due to the weather. Rail service between the Five Points and Oakland City stations was terminated and a bus bridge was established, a spokesman said.

Downed trees were reported in parts of metro Atlanta, and Georgia Power reported nearly 10,000 customers without electricity statewide just before 9 a.m.

The rough weather was also causing departure delays of 2 to 3 hours at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport.

The weather system spawned two dozen tornadoes in six states from Indiana and Illinois to the Deep South, killing three people in Mississippi, two in Tennessee and one in Arkansas.


There had been no tornadoes reported in Georgia, but the wet and windy weather was causing other problems, from interstate crashes, which left a HERO worker injured, to downed trees in Buckhead and elsewhere in metro Atlanta.


Interstate 20 west near Stonecrest Mall in DeKalb County was backed up for miles as vehicles creeped along the interstate through standing water.

In Cobb County, one lane of Cumberland Parkway is closed now and the entire road will close beginning at 4 pm. due to flooding. The county advises motorists to avoid the area.

In Lilburn in Gwinnett County, police said Hillcrest Road was closed due to flooding until further notice.


In Alpharetta, sections of the city’s Big Creek Greenway were flooded Thursday, assistant city administrator James Drinkard said. The greenway was built in a floodplain, and usually closes when it rains.

All of north Georgia was under a flood watch through Friday night, with forecasters predicting an additional 1 to 3 inches of rain. A flash flood warning was issued for Gilmer and Fannin counties, where more than 4 inches of rain was recorded early Thursday.

The Gilmer County Sheriff’s Office reported on Facebook that numerous roads in the county were closed, and an apartment complex in East Ellijay was evacuated due to flooding.

“We suggest that you use more than regular caution if you have to be driving on the roads in Gilmer County this morning,” the Facebook posting read. “Excessive standing water is being reported on many roads.”

County officials warned anyone living near one of Gilmer’s three rivers to “evacuate immediately and move to higher ground,” and said that a shelter was being opened at Gilmer Middle School.

In neighboring Fannin County, sheriff’s officials posted on Facebook that the county was “currently experiencing heavy flooding” and that several roads were impassable.

In the northeast corner of the state, Rabun County was also under a flash flood warning.

Southwest of Atlanta, a flash flood warning was issued for Troup County, where 3 to 5 inches had fallen since 7 a.m. Thursday.

Accidents and trees down

The heavy rain was causing other problems in metro Atlanta.

Early Thursday, authorities worked to clear several wrecks on I-75 near the Brookwood Interchange. WSB 24-hour Traffic Center reported that a HERO operator was taken to the hospital after being hit by a vehicle while working an earlier crash.


Strong winds combined with the saturated ground to bring trees down in several locations, including on Tuxedo Drive and West Paces Ferry Road in Buckhead and on Richardson Road in northwest Atlanta.

No injuries were reported when a large tree came crashing down on a home on Peyton Woods Court in southwest Atlanta.

Atlanta fire Assistant Chief Chris Wessels said firefighters helped the resident cover the damaged roof with a tarp.

“We started getting a lot of calls for trees down a little bit after 8 this morning, and we anticipate that to continue throughout the day and into tomorrow,” Wessels said.

“If it’s at all possible for us to get our firefighters on the roofs, we try to do what we can to minimize the damage, because we still have a lot of rain coming in,” Wessels told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “With the heavy rain, the water damage would be tremendous if we weren’t able to get the tarps up.”

In DeKalb County, authorities reported six trees down on houses, one down on a car and one house struck by lightning.

Tornado warnings expire

A tornado warning was issued just after 5 a.m. for parts of Paulding, Polk and Haralson counties just northwest of Atlanta. That warning was allowed to expire at 5:30 a.m., but was replaced by a severe thunderstorm warning through 6:15 a.m. for parts of Cobb, Cherokee and Bartow counties.

That same cluster of storms prompted a “significant weather advisory” for north Fulton, Cherokee and Forsyth counties until 6:45 a.m.

Elsewhere, a tornado watch, indicating that conditions are ripe for the formation of tornadoes, was in effect through 10 a.m. Thursday for 28 counties south of Atlanta in middle Georgia.

Weather outlook

The chance of rain is 100 percent Thursday and 60 percent on Christmas Day, diminishing to 20 to 30 percent over the weekend.

Record high temperatures are forecast, Monahan said, reaching 73 Thursday, 75 Friday and 76 Saturday.

The previous record is 72 on both Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

Tell Him How You Really Feel: Hillary Unloads On Donald

Des Moines, Iowa (CNN) – Hillary Clinton said Donald Trump’s recent vulgar description of her electoral loss in 2008 was “not the first time he’s demonstrated a penchant for sexism.”


Clinton said the GOP frontrunner thrives on controversy in her first direct response to Trump telling an audience that she got “schlonged” — a term derived from a vulgar Yiddish word for a man’s penis — when she lost to then-Sen. Barack Obama in the 2008 fight for the Democratic presidential nomination.

“I really deplore the tone of his campaign, the inflammatory rhetoric that he is using to divide people, and his going after groups of people with hateful, incendiary rhetoric,” Clinton said in an interview with the Des Moines Register’s Tony Leys on Tuesday in Fairfield, Iowa.

GTY_trump_wedding_clintons_jef_150806_16x9_992“Nothing really surprises me anymore. I don’t know that he has any boundaries at all. His bigotry, his bluster, his bullying have become his campaign. And he has to keep sort of upping the stakes and going even further.”

She added, “I don’t respond to him personally, because he thrives on that kind of exchange. I think he has to answer for what he says, and I assume that others will make the larger point about his language. It’s not the first time he’s demonstrated a penchant for sexism. Again, I’m not sure anybody’s surprised that he keeps pushing the envelope.”

Trump said Tuesday that the term ‘schlonged’ isn’t vulgar and that he was using it to say Clinton had been beaten badly in 2008.

On Wednesday, Trump tweeted in part, ” … Be careful Hillary as you play the war on women or women being degraded card.”

GTY_donald_trump_hillary_clinton_sk_150619_16x9_992Clinton made three public stops in Iowa on Tuesday, two for town halls in Keota and Fairfield and another for a volunteer event in Bettendorf.

While Trump’s comments were the talk of the political world throughout the day, Clinton declined to respond to them directly when asked. But when asked a emotional question about bullying by a 10-year-old girl, Clinton seemingly made reference to Trump.

“You are looking at somebody who has had a lot of terrible things said about me. Luckily I am old enough where it doesn’t particularly bother me,” Clinton said, adding that the country “shouldn’t let anybody bully his way into the presidency.”

Holiday Cheer But Still No Justice For Burn/Arson Victim Safyre Terry

(SL)- Before you start complaining about what you don’t have or what you wish you had or what kind of day you’re having think about 8-year old Safyre Terry.  The little girl who lost her father and three siblings in an arson fire 2 years ago.  Safyre suffered burns to 75% of her body which left her disfigured and without a hand and a foot, but she won’t complain.

Safyre Terry was severely burned in a fire that claimed the lives of her father and 3 siblings.

When she was asked by her aunt Liz Dolder what she wanted for Christmas her only wish was to fill her card tree. Dolder posted the request on FB and it went viral. Here Safyre  thought she would only received about 20 cards and now…a million plus later she’s overjoyed.  Terry even received a card from the First Family of The United States and a whole lot more including  a trip to Disney World, thousands of gifts, and more than $338,000 in donations.

Safyre before the blaze.

Her story is one indeed of bravery and perseverance.  In a video posted Tuesday on a Facebook page chronicling her long recovery  Safyre triumphantly lifts a cup with a 3D-printed prosthetic hand made for her by students at the University at Albany. Dolder asks, “Who can do it?” and Safyre shouts, “I can!”

It’s a frequent call and response between Dolder and her niece, who shows no trace of self-consciousness about her scars and tracheal tube as she greets well-wishers at holiday events organized by police and motorcycle clubs in her honor.

The little girl had one Christmas Wish….cards.

Dolder, a stay-at-home mom who cares for Safyre, as well as her own 8-year-old twins, said more than a million cards and thousands of packages have arrived at the family’s home on a rural road 15 miles west of Albany.

Safyre has received over a million cards from all over the world including China and France.

Background Story

The Times Union covered the story for awhile. It appears that baby girl was injured in a fire that was allegedly set by Edward Leon who was upset with Safyre’s father David Terry ( who died trying to save his children from the blaze) because Terry was dating his ex-girlfriend who didn’t help matters when she admitted that she was sleeping after taking LSD the night of the fire.

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Don’t Get Pregnant! Brazilian Health Officials Issue Unusual Advice

(Rio de Janeiro (CNN)) – Brazilian health officials are dishing out some unusual advice these days: Don’t get pregnant.

That’s the message for would-be parents, especially in the country’s northeast, after officials linked a mosquito-borne virus called Zika to a surge in newborn microcephaly, a neurological disorder that can result in incomplete brain development.

“It’s a very personal decision, but at this moment of uncertainty, if families can put off their pregnancy plans, that’s what we’re recommending,” Angela Rocha, the pediatric infectologist at Oswaldo Cruz Hospital in Brazil’s hardest-hit state, told CNN.

Behind Brazil’s outbreak

More than 2,400 suspected cases of microcephaly have been reported this year in 20 Brazilian states, compared with 147 cases last year. Doctors are investigating 29 related infant deaths.

Microcephaly results in babies being born with abnormally small heads that cause, often serious, developmental issues and sometimes early death.


As a result, six states have declared a state of emergency. In Pernambuco state alone, more than 900 cases have been reported.

“These are newborns who will require special attention their entire lives. It’s an emotional stress that just can’t be imagined,” Rocha said. “Here in Pernambuco, we’re talking about a generation of babies that’s going to be affected.”

fs-zika1When the cases of microcephaly started to soar last month, doctors noticed they coincided with the appearance of the Zika virus in Brazil. They soon discovered that most of the affected mothers reported having Zika-like symptoms during early pregnancy — mild fever, rash and headaches.

On November 28, Brazil’s Health Ministry announced that during an autopsy it had found the Zika virus in a baby born with microcephaly, establishing a link between the two. Go to CNN for the whole story.

Falcons RB Tevin Coleman Injured After Slipping In Shower

(SL) – Falcons RB Tevin Coleman in concussion protocol after slipping in shower at team’s training facility. “He fell and hit his head, and he is in the concussion protocol,” Quinn said. “That’s unfortunate.”
Coleman, a third-round draft pick from Indiana, was the team’s starting running back at the beginning of the season until he suffered a fractured rib in Week 2. Devonta Freeman then took over as the starter.

Are The Two Women Who Reportedly Robbed Knicks Star Part of A Larger Ring?

(SL) – When will they learn? Yet another athlete has been robbed by women he invited to his residence shortly after meeting them at a club.  Police released video of the two suspects they believe stole $750,000 worth of jewelry from New York Knicks Star Derrick Williams’ apartment.  But now authorities are wondering if the two women are part of a larger ring of women targeting wealthy men at clubs.

The alleged thieving temptresses were caught on a surveillance camera as they left New York City club Up & Down on December 19 at around 5am to head over to Williams’ bachelor pad in the city’s Tribeca neighborhood.
494be985-aa56-406b-b125-6fa32446a99dWilliams has refused to comment about the incident, but police say he went to check the box that afternoon and realized the jewelry was missing.

The-24-year old signed a two-year contract with the Knicks this past July which ESPN reported to be worth $10 million at the time.


Cavs Iman Shumpert’s Best Assist Ever

(SL) – 911 Call of Cleveland Cavaliers baller Iman Shumpert delivering his daughter with Teyanna Taylor, in the couple’s  bathroom. The operator, who hasn’t been identified, is expected to be nominated for several awards for emergency workers during EMS week in July 2016. Sweetest thing I’ve heard in a long time. Take a listen!

Teyanna has bounced back already. The new mom posted a post baby pic on IG showing off her slim tummy.