Time announces Person of the Year finalists

Published: Monday, December 04, 2017 @ 3:18 PM

President Donald Trump speaks about on his decision to shrink the size of Bears Ears and Grand Staircase Escalante national monuments, Monday, Dec. 4, 2017, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
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President Donald Trump speaks about on his decision to shrink the size of Bears Ears and Grand Staircase Escalante national monuments, Monday, Dec. 4, 2017, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)(Evan Vucci/AP)

President Donald Trump might be Time’s Person of the Year.

Or it might be Kim Jong Un.

Or Colin Kaepernick.

Or the #MeToo Movement.

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Despite Trump’s recent tweet suggesting he’d passed on the honor, the magazine hasn’t declared who makes the cut but is releasing its short list.

See Time’s full list here.

Trump, who was named POTY in 2016, joins Amazon/Washington Post chief Jeff Bezos, Chinese President Xi Jinping, special counsel Robert Mueller, film director Patty Jenkins, the Dreamer movement and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman as finalists this year.

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According to Time, here is the list of Person of the Year candidates, and why they made the cut: 

Jeff Bezos

Bezos is the CEO of Amazon and became the richest man in the world in 2017, worth $100 billion as of November.

The Dreamers

They are the thousands of immigrants brought to the United States illegally as children. The Trump administration has said it plans to end Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA.

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Patty Jenkins

Jenkins directed the smash hit “Wonder Woman.” She is the first female director to break the $100 mark in an opening weekend. She’s been tapped to direct the film’s sequel.

Kim Jong Un

Un, the leader of North Korea, has been threatening the United States while nuclear war, launching test intercontinental ballistic missiles in recent months, that if successful, could hit the U.S. He has also been trading harsh words and insults with President Trump.

Colin Kaepernick

The former San Francisco 49ers quarterback started taking a knee during the national anthem as a protest against racism that has spread, not only througout sports, but to schools and private life. His silent protest has morphed into a commentary by many across the country against President Trump.

#MeToo Movement

The hashtag MeToo trended after allegations against mega-producer Harvey Weinstein came to light. Since then, allegations against other big names in Hollywood and entertainment have cost many high-powered men their jobs, multiple media outlets have reported. MeToo allowed women, and men, to join forces on social media to show that they too were victims of sexual harassment.

Robert Mueller

Mueller was named special counsel investigating the Trump campaign and its alleged ties to Russia and its quest to influence the 2016 presidential election. So far four people have been charged and the investigation continues.

Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman

The crown prince of Saudi Arabia, Mohammed bin Salman, has cracked down businessmen and members of the royal family who have been accused of corruption, according to Time.

Donald Trump

Trump was named the magazine’s Person of the Year for 2016. Since taking office,

he “has spent his first year in the Oval Office attempting to dismantle the work of the Obama administration, from health care to immigration policy, environmental regulations to tax reform, all while continuing to spark feuds and controversy with an unfiltered Twitter feed,” Time notes.

Xi Jinping

President of China, Xi Jinping, is considered one of the country’s most powerful leaders ever. He was granted a second five-year term and has been added to the Communist Party’s constitution, Time reported.

Time will make the announcement Wednesday morning as to who is it’s Person of the Year.

Why isn't the Google's art selfie feature available in two states?

Published: Thursday, January 18, 2018 @ 11:53 PM

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Google’s new Arts & Culture App has been insanely popular over the last week -- and no, it’s not because people are wanting to brush up on their art history skills (though it’s good for that, too). It’s because there’s a hilarious feature where you can upload a photo of yourself and the app will match your face with a work of art that resembles you. 

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Except in Texas and Illinois, that is.

According to the Chicago Tribune, it’s because of the states’ biometric privacy laws, which limits companies who obtain “biometric identifiers” (like a “retina or iris scan, fingerprint, voiceprint or record of hand or face geometry,” according to the law) for commercial purposes. Anyone violating the Texas law passed in 2009 could be subject to a penalty of up to $25,000 for each violation. 

Guys, this app is DEAD ON.

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Boston University study finds repeated hits to the head can cause CTE, without concussions

Published: Thursday, January 18, 2018 @ 10:27 PM

Youth football players. (Photo: Boston25News.com)
Youth football players. (Photo: Boston25News.com)

Kimberly Archie was pleased to hear about the new findings on chronic brain injuries released by Boston University on Thursday. 

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Doctors at BU have found constant hits to young athletes – even without concussions – cause Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy, or CTE. 

Archie says this better explains how her son died.

“I think it's great that peer-reviewed research has finally caught up to what a lot of us have known for a long time,” she told Boston 25 News. “And it seemed very suspect the way he died because the behavior was so erratic.”

Archie says her son died at age 24 from reckless driving that seemed suicidal, but she didn't understand why, until she had his brain autopsied and found he suffered from CTE after playing football from age 7 to 15.

“My son never had any brain injuries or what a lot of people like to call a concussion,” Archie said. 

The new research could change the way some sports are played. The athletic director at Walpole High School says he already plans to talk to coaches about the findings from BU, to find ways players can avoid those dangerous hits.

Ron Dowd says the new findings that hard hits can cause brain damage in several sports at a young age -- makes sense. 

“The more education, the more proof that you have is always better, you're always looking to improve” Dowd said. 

He plans to work with coaches to show players how to make tackles and plays without injuring their brain.

“You can still encompass techniques and so forth, still get your point across and not be slamming heads,” he said. 

Dowd says game rules could also be changed in the future to prevent CTE after this new research.

Archie hopes the new research helps other families avoid the loss she's had.

“It's different once you have the proof and you look back, then it becomes crystal clear,” she said.

3-month-old girl exposed to heroin, taken to hospital

Published: Thursday, January 18, 2018 @ 10:17 PM

Crystal Cumberland. (Photo: WPXI.com)
Crystal Cumberland. (Photo: WPXI.com)

Police arrested a woman after they say she exposed her baby to fentanyl.

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But she told investigators that's not the drug she thought she was using.

The baby had to be flown to Children's Hospital from Uniontown.

Crystal Cumberland is in jail and facing charges including aggravated assault and endangering the welfare of a child.

According to Pennsylvania State Police in Fayette County, in November, the baby girl had to be given several doses of Narcan to revive her.

At the time, investigators thought the baby overdosed on heroin, but according to a criminal complaint, Cumberland "admitted to hospital staff to snorting a white powder to get high, which exposed the infant to fentanyl that was sold as heroin." 

Children left in freezing car while mother talked to friends in mall, police say

Published: Thursday, January 18, 2018 @ 5:39 PM

Mother Talked To Friends In Mall While Children Left In Freezing Car

After getting calls about mothers leaving their kids in freezing temperatures, police are warning parents not to leave their children in their vehicles.

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A mother left her two young children in a car as she spoke with friends for more than 45 minutes, according to WXIN

Indianapolis Metropolitan police officer Stephen Jones found an 11-year-old girl clutching her 2-year-old brother inside a Toyota Corolla around 8:30 p.m. Tuesday at Castleton Square Mall. The outside temperature was 8 degrees at the time, according to WXIN

The girl told Jones she had the keys to the car but had turned it off. Jones asked her to turn on the car. 

Jones went into the mall and found the 29-year-old mother speaking with a group of her friends in front of a store. She was very apologetic. 

Jones filed a report with the Department of Child Services and warned the woman to never leave her children alone again, according to WISH

Hours earlier, police had also responded to a call that a woman left her son, 4, and daughter, 7, in a car in freezing temperatures for more than an hour, according to WISH.