Is Will Smith becoming Uncle Phil? Internet freaks out over bungee-jumping selfie

Published: Wednesday, March 15, 2017 @ 2:54 AM
Updated: Wednesday, March 15, 2017 @ 2:54 AM

            Uncle Phil (James Avery) and Will Smith in
Uncle Phil (James Avery) and Will Smith in "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air," 1990.(Ron Tom / NBCU Photo Bank / Getty Images)

It looks like Will Smith is actually turning into Uncle Phil.

A photo of Smith bungee jumping has made its way onto the internet, and people can’t stop buzzing about how Smith looks just like the late James Avery, his "Fresh Prince of Bel-Air" co-star.

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This photo of Will Smith bungee jumping looks like Uncle Phil.

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– The Cox Media Group National Content Desk contributed to this report.

Senate leaves town with GOP still short on votes for last-ditch health overhaul bill

Published: Tuesday, September 19, 2017 @ 9:21 PM

With the support of the White House, Republican leaders in Congress are once again engaged in a full court press to squeeze out 50 votes for a new GOP plan to overhaul the Obama health law, but in what’s almost a repeat of the last showdown vote earlier this year in the Senate, the decisions of a handful of GOP Senators will make or break this latest effort on Obamacare.

“My message today is I want to make sure that members of the Senate know the President and our entire administration supports Graham-Cassidy,” said Vice President Mike Pence, who interrupted his work at the United Nations General Assembly to fly back to Washington, D.C., so he could rally GOP Senators behind this new health care push.

“There is positive momentum,” Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) told reporters about the plan, named for Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), and Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-LA), as Republicans were envisioning a vote next week, before a September 30 deadline for action in the U.S. Senate under the expedited rules of ‘budget reconciliation,’ which does not allow for a Senate filibuster.

But as of now, there still aren’t enough votes for Graham-Cassidy, and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Tuesday made no guarantees that the plan would get a vote in the full Senate.

“We would have to act before September 30,” McConnell told reporters. “Everybody knows that the opportunity expires at the end of the month.”

The plan would send chunks of money to the states, and let them figure out how best to provide health insurance to people who don’t get coverage through their jobs, or the non-group insurance market, an idea that has received strong support from GOP lawmakers in the Congress.

“This is an entirely different bill,” said Sen. David Perdue (R-GA), who said he hoped some of those who had voted “No” in the summer would change their minds.

“This is a much better step forward than staying with Obamacare,” Perdue said.

But as with an earlier attempt to approve a health care bill this year in the Senate, a handful of familiar Senators will determine the outcome: Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME), Sen. Shelly Moore Capito (R-WV) and Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY).

Paul has repeatedly said he cannot embrace the Graham-Cassidy plan, arguing that it leaves in place too many of the Obama health law’s taxes and structure, and simply shuffles large amounts of money to the states.

Collins has said she is leaning against the bill, Capito remains publicly undecided, McCain has agonized about the process, but not ruled out the possibility of voting for the bill, and Murkowski – who cast a crucial vote against the GOP ‘skinny’ bill – remains on the fence.

“This chamber is deeply divided on what to do on health care policy,” Collins said on the Senate floor Tuesday afternoon.

Some Republican Senators are still pushing for changes in the Graham-Cassidy plan, trying to prevent states run by Democrats from using the money to set up a single-payer system in their own states.

Outside the Capitol, a bipartisan group of Governors made clear their opposition to the plan, arguing against a solution from just one party.

In a letter signed by 5 Democrats, 4 Republicans, and one Independent, the Governors endorsed “bipartisan efforts to make health care more available and affordable for all Americans.”

“Only open, bipartisan approaches can achieve true, lasting reforms,” the Governors of Colorado, Montana, Virginia, Pennsylvania, Louisiana, Ohio, Massachusetts, Nevada, Vermont and Alaska wrote.

With floor activity truncated this week by Rosh Hashanah, the Senate will not have votes again until Monday, and it still isn’t clear when – or whether – the Senate Majority Leader will try to move to the Graham-Cassidy bill next week.

But the clock is ticking.

With Yom Kippur starting on September 29, the Senate will only have a few days next week to act on health care before the special “budget reconciliation” authority runs out in the Senate.

And it’s still not clear if the GOP can find 50 votes.

'The Little Couple’s' former Texas home is for sale

Published: Tuesday, September 19, 2017 @ 9:08 PM

Doctor Jennifer Arnold and Bill Klein (2014 Getty photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images for Shorty Awards)
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Doctor Jennifer Arnold and Bill Klein (2014 Getty photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images for Shorty Awards)(Neilson Barnard/Getty Images for Shorty Awards)

Jen and Bill Arnold’s former Houston home is on the market.

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The diminutive TLC stars and former Houston residents have listed their custom home, which was recently retrofitted to normal scale. The couple and their two kids moved to Florida over the summer due to a new job opportunity for Jen.

The home, which was tailored to the Arnolds’ stature, is listed for just under $1.23 million. It is approximately 3,600 square feet with four bedrooms.

Not far from NRG Park, it has a first-floor master suite, a media room, a study, a resort-style pool and spa, and a wine grotto.

Fortunately for any interested homebuyer, and the Arnolds, it escaped unscathed from neighborhood flooding despite the property’s flood-prone location.

Today’s teens drink, date less than ‘70s counterparts, study says

Published: Tuesday, September 19, 2017 @ 7:48 PM

A study says teens today are drinking and dating less than their 1970s counterparts.
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A study says teens today are drinking and dating less than their 1970s counterparts.(Marco Di Lauro/Getty Images/Getty Images)

Teenagers aren’t in a rush to grow up. They’re not as interested in dating, snagging jobs or driving, according to a new academic study. 

Researchers from San Diego State University and Bryn Mawr College conducted a study, released Tuesday, to determine how soon adolescents engage in adult activities. 

To do so, they compared teenagers from the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s with teens from today, using surveys that questioned more than 8 million children, ages 13 to 19, from 1976 to 2016. The poll focused on topics including sex, alcohol and part-time jobs, and it also factored in race, region and gender. 

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After analyzing the results, they found that teens were not having sex, drinking or holding jobs nearly as much as those from 20 years ago. 

Among eighth-graders, only about half of them had held down a job or tried alcohol, compared with those in the ‘90s. As for older teens or those in the 12th grade, the number of youth getting their driver’s license, working, drinking and dating was down nearly 20 percent, compared with those from 40 years ago. 

“The developmental trajectory of adolescence has slowed, with teens growing up more slowly than they used to,” Jean M. Twenge, lead author of the study and professor of psychology at San Diego State University, said in a Tuesday news release. “In terms of adult activities, 18-year-olds now look like 15-year-olds once did.”

While researchers could not pinpoint why minors engage in fewer adult activities, they say homework or extracurricular activities were not a factor as those activities had decreased among eighth-and 12th-graders and was steady for 12th-graders and college students. 

However, they believe their findings, which were published in Society for Research in Child Development’s bimonthly journal, could be associated with increased internet and social media usage.

“Our study suggests that teens today are taking longer to embrace both adult responsibilities (such as driving and working) and adult pleasures (such as sex and alcohol),” said Heejung Park, study co-author and assistant professor of psychology at Bryn Mawr. “These trends are neither good nor bad, but reflect the current U.S. cultural climate.”

Man's body decomposed in airport parking lot for 8 months

Published: Tuesday, September 19, 2017 @ 3:55 PM

Man's Body Decomposed In Airport Parking Lot For 8 Months

The family of a Missouri man who was found dead in a vehicle in a parking lot at Kansas City International Airport is upset and said officials could have done more to find their loved one sooner. 

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The body of 54-year-old Randy Potter, of Lenexa, Missouri, was found Tuesday night at the Kansas City airport -- eight months after he was reported missing in January, KTVI reported.

Potter’s body was discovered after officers were alerted of a bad smell coming from a vehicle in one of the airport lots, WDAF reported.

Potter’s body was so decomposed, officials weren’t initially sure of the person’s gender or race, according to KTVI.

According to WDAF, Potter was last seen leaving his home on Jan. 17 as he headed to work. He never arrived at work and did not contact any friends or family members. 

Carolina Potter, Randy Potter’s wife, alerted police, filed a missing person’s report and even hired a private investigator to find her husband.

“Emotionally it’s been a very, very tough journey. The not knowing, the sleepless nights,” Carolina Potter said. 

The Potter family said police officers and airport officers dropped the ball. 

“My husband could have been found in the first -- I’m going to be very generous -- in the first week,” Carolina Potter told WDAF.

“The fact that he sat there for that long is disgusting,” the Potters’ daughter, Nichole Potter, said.

Investigators believe Randy Potter died by suicide.