Billy Manziel went to Vegas and all we got was this T-shirt

Updated: Thursday, September 01, 2016 @ 9:34 AM
Published: Wednesday, January 06, 2016 @ 10:45 AM
By: Cox Media Group National Content Desk

            Billy Manziel went to Vegas and all we got was this T-shirt
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The Internet has gotten a kick out of Billy Manziel.

Since ESPN reported about pro football player Johnny Manziel's bizarre disguise while partying in Vegas Saturday, there have been Photoshopped images guessing what the Cleveland Browns quaterback looked like.

Here are a few of our favorites:

And this:

And of course this, which we're reasonably sure will be a big hit at Halloween:

But what began with memes is now moving to merchandise.

Fresh Brewed Tees was among the first to jump on the trending topic, issuing “The Billy Vegas T-Shirt” for $26. 

StatsGeekTees decided to play on  Manziel’s nickname, creating “Johnny Vegas” and “Billy Football” shirts as a parody of “Johnny Football.”

The shirts also feature a Photoshopped image of Manziel’s infamous disguise.

There is also a T-shirt by Redbubble with the name Billy and Manziel’s jersey number, 2, on the front. 

The merchandise goes beyond shirts.

Sports artist Dave Choate tweeted a painting he had for sale.

The painting went for $500 on eBay. 

Infamous ‘Ma Barker house' floats on lake to new home

Updated: Friday, October 28, 2016 @ 4:33 AM
Published: Friday, October 28, 2016 @ 3:44 AM

            Infamous ‘Ma Barker house' floats on lake to new home
Infamous ‘Ma Barker house’ floats on Lake Weir to new home

Engineers floated the historic Ma Barker house on a barge Thursday morning across a Central Florida lake.

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The house was floated two miles across Lake Weir to its new resting place in the Carney Island Recreation and Conservation area in Ocklawaha.

The Marion County home is where Kate "Ma" Barker and her son, Fred, took part in the longest shootout in FBI history in 1935.

Barker ran the "Barker Gang" and rented the house to use as a hideout.

After thousands of bullets were fired in and out of the home, the Barkers were found dead inside.

Marion County Parks and Recreation spokesman Jim Couillard said the process was expected to take about 20 to 30 minutes and the home was anchored "down right in place."

Getting the two-story house across the lake cost upward of $235,000, officials said.

"It's a pretty big deal. It's an icon," said neighbor Ivonne Schlachter said.

Along with moving the building, plans were in motion to restore the home and open it to visitors, who will be able to see the original bullet holes in the furniture and walls from the four-hour shootout.

"It's pretty neat," Ocala resident Jeray Norman said. "There's a lot of our history that's being destroyed and (the house) just seems to be falling down and the fact that they are willing to take the time to move this house, I like it. It's pretty cool the fact that they are trying to preserve a little bit of local history."

Ocala contractor Paul Stentiford of Stentiford Construction Services said the total weight of the barges, the house and the loader was 188 tons, and only eight crew members were used to guide the home to shore.

Stentiford said it took two weeks and three days to get the home from its original site and onto the barges. The house was moved with the original furniture, minus one china cabinet, inside.

"Everything is just like it stopped in time, and it's neat to have our hands in the mix and be a part of it," Stentiford said.

Crews overcame the largest hurdle of getting the home to the shore. They're building a bridge to get it onto the foundation, and after that the restoration begins.

Crews said that moving it on water was the cheapest option and the most practical.

If done on land they would have had to cut down low-hanging oak trees and move power lines.


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Olympic champion Michael Phelps married girlfriend in June

Updated: Friday, October 28, 2016 @ 3:33 AM
Published: Friday, October 28, 2016 @ 2:45 AM
By: Bob D'Angelo - Cox Media Group National Content Desk

            Olympic champion Michael Phelps married girlfriend in June

Swimmer Michael Phelps is synonymous with Olympic gold. He earned five gold medals and a silver during the 2016 Summer Games in Rio de Janeiro.

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Phelps apparently also grabbed more gold this summer — a wedding ring.

People magazine reported that Phelps and his girlfriend Nicole Johnson are now married. The couple announced their engagement in February 2015.

TMZ obtained a copy of the couple’s marriage record. It shows that they applied for the license on June 9 and were married June 13 in Paradise Valley, Arizona.

Phelps' agent, Peter Carlisle, was listed as the person who performed the ceremony, People reported.

Nebraska couple creates Halloween light show to honor Cubs

Updated: Friday, October 28, 2016 @ 2:53 AM
Published: Friday, October 28, 2016 @ 2:05 AM
By: Bob D'Angelo - Cox Media Group National Content Desk

            Nebraska couple creates Halloween light show to honor Cubs

The excitement over the Cubs reaching the World Series for the first time since 1945 has reached a fever pitch, and a sellout crowd is expected when Wrigley Field hosts Game 3 on Friday night.

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Already, television ratings for the first two games are the highest since 2009, CBS Sports reported.

While Cubs fans in the Chicago area have shown plenty of love for their team, a Nebraska couple decided to mix Halloween with the World Series.

Sabrina Faire and her husband created a Halloween-themed light show that goes along with the Cubs fight song, “Go, Cubs, Go,” WGN-TV reported.

“We have a Halloween light show on our house every year and since this year the Cubs are in the World Series, we decided to do a special song just for them,” the couple said on their YouTube channel page.

This isn’t the first time the couple has created a Halloween light show. For the last few years they have created light shows and uploaded them to their YouTube channel.

Jury awards more than $70M to California woman in baby powder lawsuit

Updated: Friday, October 28, 2016 @ 2:23 AM
Published: Friday, October 28, 2016 @ 2:20 AM
By: Bob D'Angelo - Cox Media Group National Content Desk

            Jury awards more than $70M to California woman in baby powder lawsuit

A St. Louis jury on Thursday awarded a California woman more than $70 million in her lawsuit alleging that years of using Johnson & Johnson's baby powder caused her cancer, The Associated Press reported.

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The decision by the jury in the St. Louis Circuit Court case ended the trial that began Sept. 26 in the case brought by Deborah Giannecchini of Modesto, California. She was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 2012. The suit accused Johnson & Johnson of "negligent conduct" in making and marketing its baby powder.

It is the third jury to award damages over claims that are the basis of about 2,000 pending state and federal lawsuits, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported.

"We are pleased the jury did the right thing. They once again reaffirmed the need for Johnson & Johnson to warn the public of the ovarian cancer risk associated with its product," Jim Onder, an attorney for the plaintiff, told the AP.

"We deeply sympathize with the women and families impacted by ovarian cancer," Carol Goodrich, a spokeswoman with Johnson & Johnson, said in a statement. "We will appeal today's verdict because we are guided by the science, which supports the safety of Johnson's Baby Powder."

Johnson & Johnson is accused by more than 1,200 plaintiffs in state and federal courts of ignoring studies linking its Shower-to-Shower product and Johnson’s Baby Powder to ovarian cancer, the Post-Dispatch reported. A St. Louis jury on Monday ordered the company to pay $55 million to a survivor of the disease in South Dakota. In February, another local jury awarded $72 million to relatives of an Alabama woman who died of ovarian cancer.

Two other cases in New Jersey were thrown out by a judge who said there wasn't reliable evidence that talc leads to ovarian cancer, an often fatal but relatively rare form of cancer. Ovarian cancer accounts for about 22,000 of the 1.7 million new cases of cancer expected to be diagnosed in the U.S. this year.

Much research has found no link or a weak one between ovarian cancer and using baby powder for feminine hygiene, and most major health groups have declared talc harmless. Johnson & Johnson, whose baby powder dominates the market, maintains it's perfectly safe.

But Jim Onder of the Onder Law Firm in suburban St. Louis, which represented plaintiffs in all three St. Louis cases, cited other research that began connecting talcum powder to ovarian cancer in the 1970s. He said case studies have indicated that women who regularly use talc on their genitals face up to a 40 percent higher risk of developing ovarian cancer.

Onder has accused Johnson & Johnson of marketing toward overweight women, blacks and Hispanics — the very same women most at-risk for ovarian cancer, he said.

The International Agency for Research on Cancer classifies genital use of talc as "possibly carcinogenic." The National Toxicology Program, made up of parts of several different government agencies, has not fully reviewed talc.

Talc is a mineral that is mined from deposits around the world, including the U.S. The softest of minerals, it's crushed into a white powder. It's been widely used in cosmetics and other personal care products to absorb moisture since at least 1894, when Johnson & Johnson's Baby Powder was launched. But it's mainly used in a variety of other products, including paint and plastics.

The two St. Louis verdicts were the first talcum powder cases in which money was awarded. A federal jury in 2013 sided with another South Dakota woman, but it ordered no damages, a spokeswoman for Onder's firm said.