Dad shares hilarious photos of his real-life Elf on the Shelf

Published: Thursday, December 07, 2017 @ 7:10 PM

Utah dad Alan Lawrence has a special, mischievous visitor every December: Rock the Elf. The real-life Elf on the Shelf is actually his youngest son, Rockwell. Every Christmas season since 2015, Lawrence posts hilarious photos of Rock the Elf wreaking havoc around the house on his website, ThatDadBlog.com. Rock hogs the syrup. He jams cookies into the VCR. He doesn't really have the best manners. And he even messes up the Christmas tree! This year, he's back for more mischief. Visit ThatDadBlog.com for mor

Whether you love or hate (or love to hate) the popular Elf on the Shelf Christmas tradition, one family’s real-life version is sure to spread some holiday cheer.

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Alan Lawrence is a dad of six in Paradise, Utah, who has been photographing his youngest son, Rockwell, as a tiny human-sized elf since December 2015.

If you’re unfamiliar with Elf on the Shelf, the story goes that Santa Claus sends these elves into homes with children to find out whether the kids have been naughty or nice. Overnight, the elves get into all sorts of mischief, before eventually settling into a new part of the house (or a new shelf).

In the morning, it turns into a fun hide-and-seek game for the kids in the morning.

In Lawrence’s case, Rockwell or “Rock the Elf” has been up to no good from the very start. During his first visit, Rock hogged up all the syrup, got in the way of nap time, jammed cookies into the VCR and even toilet-papered the Christmas tree.

Whoops.

And every Christmas since, Rock the Elf has made his way back to taunt Lawrence some more. Here he is last year, ready to wreak havoc.

But this year, Rock managed to escape the North Pole much earlier than he was allowed to, so an angry Santa Claus stripped him of his elf certificate and sent Elmer the Elf (a toy Elf on the Shelf) to re-certify Rock and “keep him in line.”

It doesn’t really look like it’s working, though. Rock the Elf is out of control. Lawrence documented some of the hilarious chaos on YouTube:

All of Lawrence’s photos and videos are posted to his website, That Dad Blog, where he shares his “joys and challenges of being a father,” including his experiences raising their second youngest son Wil, who has Down syndrome and “the ability of flight.”

Last year, he and his wife launched WilCanFly.com, a site where the family sells special calendars featuring delightful photos of their blonde haired boy in flight at Disney World, on the beach, over canyons and more.

(Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images)(Michael Loccisano/Getty Images)

Proceeds from the calendar sales go to two popular Down syndrome foundations, Reece’s Rainbow and Ruby’s Rainbow.

Read more at ThatDadBlog.com.

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No criminal charges filed in Prince's 2016 overdose death, prosecutor says

Published: Thursday, April 19, 2018 @ 12:48 PM
Updated: Thursday, April 19, 2018 @ 12:48 PM

Prince - By the Numbers

Authorities have declined to press criminal charges against anyone in the 2016 overdose death of musical icon Prince, saying Thursday that investigators were unable to determine where the artist got the fentanyl that killed him.

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Prince Estate releases original version of ‘Nothing Compares 2 U,’ unseen rehearsal footage

Published: Thursday, April 19, 2018 @ 12:50 PM

Prince - Through the Years

The original version of Prince’s “Nothing Compares 2 U” is now available for fan consumption.

The song, which was a successful single Sinéad O’Connor released in 1990, was recorded by Prince in 1984 at the Flying Cloud Drive Warehouse in Eden Prairie, Minnesota, with his longtime engineer, Susan Rogers.

The estate of Prince has released the original studio version of ‘Nothing Compares 2 U’. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)(Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

Prince composed, arranged and performed the ballad in its entirety, with the aid of backing vocals from Susannah Melvoin and Paul “St. Paul” Peterson. Eric Leeds plays sax on the original track as well.

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The song is being released to digital retailers and as 7-inch vinyl singles in picture disc and standard black vinyl formats through the Prince Estate and Warner Bros. Records.

From April 19 to April 25, the estate is also bringing back the online pop-up store PrinceHitNRun.com, where the picture disc and other limited edition Prince merchandise will be sold. The black vinyl version will be released to physical retailers on May 25.

The track is accompanied by a video featuring Prince & The Revolution rehearsing their choreography in the same warehouse in the summer of 1984.

Prince fans can also check out the new Prince Estate website, where fans can share their love of the iconic artist, who died on April 21, 2016.

Listen to Prince’s original version of “Nothing Compares 2 U” in the video above or at one of the steaming services at this link.

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‘Scandal’ finale: What time, what channel, what happens to Olivia

Published: Thursday, April 19, 2018 @ 12:29 PM

PASADENA, CA - FEBRUARY 22:  The cast of
PASADENA, CA - FEBRUARY 22: The cast of "Scandal" accept the Outstanding Drama Series award onstage during the 45th NAACP Image Awards presented by TV One at Pasadena Civic Auditorium on February 22, 2014 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images for NAACP Image Awards)(Kevin Winter)

Mellie’s in the White House. Rowan is talking to his dinosaur. Cyrus, who has killed his way to the vice presidency, is perched like a vulture waiting to take a seat behind a desk in the Oval Office.

Jake has just lost his mind.

If the names are not familiar to you, we’re guessing being a gladiator is not on your bucket list.

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The ABC series “Scandal” comes to an end Thursday after seven years of chronicling the rise and fall of Olivia Pope (played by Kerry Washington). Pope is a “fixer” in Washington, D.C., jumping in to make “awkward situations” come out right – or go away, as the case may be.

Shondra Rhimes created the show that quickly became a hit, and viewers were often surprised at the twists and turns the series took – from killing off favorite characters to revealing a black-ops group that runs the government.

In last week’s episode, Oliva is set up for a final reckoning as she is called to testify about her deeds and misdeeds of the past years. From a trailer released by ABC, it appears she will have some company in the end, as most all of the show’s major characters are seated at a table in front of a group of congressmen ready to talk.

“She started out as the character that we knew who very much believed in this power and how important this particular kind of power was, and molding it and being a part of it,” Rhimes told Variety. “We watched her, like everybody else, become completely corrupted by it and make all the same mistakes that everybody else makes to get what she wants from it. Then we watched her hopefully fight her way back from it.” 

Or, as Olivia put it: “This is bigger than us,” Olivia said. “This is about the country. This is about patriotism: the end of politics, the beginning of leadership. It all has to come down, no matter the cost . . . We are not the heroes of this story. We are the villains. This is your chance to be a hero. This is positive change.”

Rhimes, when asked about any “cultural risks involved with a black female antihero,” told The New York Times, “I’m smiling because I wasn’t thinking of her that way. For me, writing Olivia Pope as the lead meant she got to be the lead and the lead is everything. She’s the love interest, she’s mean, she’s kind, she’s flawed, she’s brilliant at her job. She makes mistakes. Equality is getting to be as screwed up and as messed up as all of the other leads on television.”

Will the Olivia get her comeuppance, or come out on the other side unscathed? You’ll have to tune in.

“Scandal” finale

What time: The episode airs at 10 p.m. ET

What channel: “Scandal” airs on ABC.

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Cops save suicidal teen, tell her 'nothing’s that bad'

Published: Thursday, April 19, 2018 @ 12:30 PM

WATCH: Body Cam Shows Officers Stop Girl From Jumping Off Bridge

Police officers in Columbus could be considered heroes after they rushed to save a teen from jumping off a bridge. 

The rescue happened on March 20, but the video of the rescue was released this week.

The body camera video shows Kenneth Kropp and Anthony Sebastiano grabbing the girl by the arms before two other officers help pull her over the railing to the safe side of the bridge, WSYX reported.

Once she is on the ground, they try talking to her and comfort her. 

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You can hear them tell the unidentified teen to calm down and that she's going to be alright, before reminding her that "nothing's that bad.

Kropp told WSYX that he takes calls personally. 

“When I’m heading to a run, regardless what it is, I always think ‘that’s my brother, my sister, my family’ -- it’s somebody and absolutely I imagined, ‘What if it was my child?’”

Police posted the video to the department’s Facebook page, saying that her family arrived before medics did and she was taken to a local hospital. 

They also posted a phone number for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. Call 1-800-273-8255 for free, confidential support for people in distress.

(Screengrab: Columbus Division of Police)

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