Canadian woman attacked by 400-pound polar bear

Published: Friday, December 20, 2013 @ 5:48 PM
Updated: Friday, December 20, 2013 @ 5:48 PM

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A woman in Canada was attacked by a 400-pound polar bear and lived to tell the tale. She and her friends were just crossing a street when they spotted the polar bear.

ERIN GREENE: "Within seconds of seeing him, he was already on my head and just kind of scratching at me and biting my head and pulling." (Via KUTV)

The bear apparently chose Greene out of the group. She said: "My friends started running, but the bear was so quick, and it was so close to us. I knew that it was going to get us. And it was very focused on me. Its eyes were locked on mine, so I was his target." (Via New York Daily News)

Her injuries were extensive.

"The bear tore off part of her scalp. It took 35 staples to reattach it. The 400-pound animal also sliced open Greene's knee, bit off a chunk of her ear and left puncture marks in her arms." (Via CBC)

A 69-year-old man was watching TV when he heard her screams. He managed to hit the bear in the head with a shovel and got it to drop her. He also suffered injuries and was hospitalized. (Via Animal PlanetWikimedia Commons / Alan Wilson)

The town of Churchill in Manitoba is famous for living closely with polar bears. In fact, much of its industry comes from bear-seeking tourists. Churchill sits directly in the migration path, and hundreds of bears travel near or through it each year. (Via National Geographic)

But melting sea ice has left the normally standoffish bears without homes, hunting grounds and food. And the townspeople are suffering the consequences. (Via Flickr / Martin LopatkaWikimedia Commons / Ansgar Walk)

Greene's attack marks the third this year — scary, considering there have only been a few in the past 50 years. Wildlife biologist Tom Smith said it's because the bears are getting desperately hungry.

​"Most of us expect to see an upswing in human-bear conflict because the animals, as they get more desperate, start taking more risks." ​(Via The Guardian)

The community that is speckled with ambling polar bears has organized a fundraiser to help Greene with her emergency air-lift bills. 

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Honey Boo Boo and Pumpkin discuss Mama June’s massive weight loss

Published: Thursday, February 23, 2017 @ 3:17 PM
Updated: Thursday, February 23, 2017 @ 3:32 PM

            Honey Boo Boo and Pumpkin discuss Mama June’s massive weight loss

Mama June Shannon’s weight loss journey has been a long one, but she’s finally done it.

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The matriarch of the “Here Comes Honey Boo Boo” family has undergone weight loss surgery and is ready to reveal her new body on the upcoming reality show, “Mama June: From Not to Hot” on WEtv.

Ahead of the show’s premiere, Shannon’s daughters, Alana (Honey Boo Boo) and Lauryn (Pumpkin), appeared on “Entertainment Tonight” to dish about their mother's new body.

“She had gastric sleeve back in May of 2015, and then she slowly started losing weight, and the reason she got the gastric sleeve was because she hit a plateau — she couldn’t lose any weight,” Pumpkin said. “And then it came to a point where (the trainer) had to step in because she hit another plateau with the gastric sleeve, and wasn’t losing any more weight.”

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After losing the weight, Shannon underwent additional surgeries to remove excess skin and lift her breasts.

Shannon has to stay hidden until the premiere of the show, and the girls admitted that being in hiding has been tough on her.

“It is very hard because Mama, she is a very stubborn person, and she wants to do everything,” Pumpkin said. “She’s like, ‘All right. I’ve got to go to the store,’ and we’re like, ‘Mama, no, you need to stay in the house because if somebody gets a picture with you…’”

“Mama June: From Not to Hot” premieres at 10 p.m. ET Friday.

Longtime radio, TV commentator Alan Colmes dies at 66

Published: Thursday, February 23, 2017 @ 10:00 AM
Updated: Thursday, February 23, 2017 @ 10:00 AM

            Longtime radio, TV commentator Alan Colmes dies at 66

Longtime radio and television host Alan Colmes has died, family members confirmed in a statement Thursday. He was 66.

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Colmes is survived by his wife, Jocelyn Elise Crowley.

"Alan Colmes passed away this morning after a brief illness," the statement said. "He was a great guy, brilliant, hysterical and moral. He was fiercely loyal, and the only thing he loved more than his work was his life with Jocelyn. He will be missed."

Colmes, born Sept. 24, 1950, in New York City, developed his career as a radio host in the Northeast. From 1996 to 2008, he acted as the liberal commentator opposite conservative Sean Hannity on Fox News Channel's "Hannity & Colmes."

In a statement on Fox News, Hannity described Colmes as "one of life's most decent, kind and wonderful people you'd ever want to meet."

"Despite major political differences, we forged a deep friendship," he said. "Alan, in the midst of great sickness and illness, showed the single greatest amount of courage I've ever seen. And through it all, he showed his incredible wit and humor that was Alan's signature throughout his entire life. I'm truly heartbroken at the loss of a dear friend."

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John Boehner: Repealing Obamacare just ‘happy talk’

Published: Thursday, February 23, 2017 @ 1:58 PM
Updated: Thursday, February 23, 2017 @ 1:58 PM

John Boehner: Repealing Obamacare just ‘happy talk’

Former House Speaker John Boehner said congressional Republicans will not fulfil their longstanding promises to scrap the 2010 health law known as Obamacare and pass a substitute, although he held out the possibility of revisions in the law.

In a health care conference in Florida Thursday, Boehner, a Republican who represented West Chester Twp. in Congress for more than two decades, said Republican promises to swiftly kill the entire law and replace it are just “happy talk,” according to


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Instead, Politico reported that Boehner predicted congressional Republicans would “fix Obamacare. I shouldn’t call it repeal-and-replace, because it’s not going to happen. Republicans never ever agree on health care,” he said, adding that “most of the framework” of the law is “still going to be there.”

Boehner’s comments reflected growing doubts among some Republicans that they can muster the votes in the House and Senate to scrap the law, which provides health coverage to more than 20 million Americans who were without insurance before President Barack Obama signed it into law.

Columbus area Rep. Pat Tiberi, R-Genoa Twp., who chairs a health subcommittee and will have a hand in drafting the new law, told the Associated Press this month that the word “repair” probably “lessens people’s anxiety that we won’t pull the rug out from under them.”

But Boehner’s remarks also once again placed him at odds with House GOP conservatives such as Rep. Jim Jordan of Urbana, who told Fox News this month for Republicans “to say we’re going to repair something implies you can actually fix something. This needs to be repealed because that is what we told the voters we were going to do.”

Jordan, who helped topple Boehner from the speaker’s chair in 2015, said scrapping the health law was a “central issue” in each of the past four congressional elections, asserting Congress needs to dismantle the old law as soon as possible, even if lawmakers do not have a specific substitute version ready.

Boehner opposed passage of the law, but has angered critics with some of his comments since. After Obama’s re-election in 2012, Boehner told ABC News that “Obamacare is the law of the land,” adding “there certainly may be parts of it that need to be changed.”

Yet faced with mounting conservative dissent, Boehner in 2015 said at a news conference “The law is broken. It’s raising costs for American families. It’s raising costs for small businesses.”

The law expanded coverage through federally subsidized private insurance plans and an expansion of Medicaid, the joint state and federal program that provides health coverage to low-income people.

Ohio step closer to raising license plate, driver’s license fees

Published: Thursday, February 23, 2017 @ 3:12 PM
Updated: Thursday, February 23, 2017 @ 3:12 PM

The Ohio House is scheduled to vote on a transportation budget bill Tuesday that includes increases in fees paid for vehicle plates and driver’s licenses.

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The House Transportation Committee voted in favor of the bill Thursday. Remaining in the bill are two fee increases: deputy registrars who run the state’s approximately 200 Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles (BMV) offices would charge $1.75 more for transactions; and counties would be allowed to charge an additional $5 for vehicle plates and use the money for transportation-related expenses such as road and bridge repairs.


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The battle over whether Ohio should continue to require a front license plate is also playing out in the transportation budget bill. State Rep. Alicia Reece, D-Cincinnati, pitched a plan to ditch the front plates. That measure got tabled.

As a compromise, lawmakers agreed to make failure to have a front plate a “secondary” offense when the vehicle is parked. That means police or parking enforcement workers would only be allowed to ticket the parked car for some other violation first – such as an expired meter – before also issuing a ticket for failure to display a front plate.

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The change would no impact on driving without a front plate. You could still get pulled over just for that violation.