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January 8, 2015


Plea To Save Knavery, Flapdoodle And Rapscallion!

Detroit (AP) As a new year dawns, a Detroit university wants to bring worthy words back from the brink.

Knavery, you say? Well the word for “a roguish or mischievous act” is among 10 phrases that comprise Wayne State University’s annual Word Warriors list.

The 2015 edition of words worth reviving was released Monday. It also includes “caterwaul,” which means a shrill or wailing noise; “rapscallion,” meaning a mischievous person; and “flapdoodle,” or nonsense.

While this list giveth back to culture, another taketh away. Word Warriors comes days after Sault Ste. Marie’s Lake Superior State University released its List of Words Banished from the Queen’s English for Misuse, Overuse and General Uselessness.

That list seeks to scrap a dirty dozen, including “bae,” “foodie,” and “hack.”

Both universities accept nominations online.

Rodgers’ Lucky Charm Belongs To Sideline Technician

Green Bay, WI (AP) A beard grown by a communications technician who works on the sidelines during Green Bay Packers home games is getting a lot of attention.

The 9-inch beard belonging to Jeremy Wilcox has become a good luck charm, of sorts, for Aaron Rodgers. The Packers quarterback has been giving the red beard a gentle tug at each home game ever since Rodgers spotted Wilcox and his hairy chin early this season.

Some Packers fans are convinced the beard had something to do with Green Bay’s undefeated record at home during the regular season.

Wilcox has been deluged with interview requests after Rodgers was seen giving the beard a tug during the Detroit Lions game on national TV Sunday. Wilcox is taking it in stride, saying, it’s “just guys having fun.”

Charges Dismissed Over $60K Found By Remodelers

Washington, PA (AP) Four home remodelers no longer face criminal charges for spending $60,000 they found hidden inside a western Pennsylvania home.

The Washington Observer-Reporter reported Tuesday that theft and related charges were dismissed earlier this month.

A judge said the four were working as under-the-table laborers, fixing up an unoccupied house, when they found the money hidden in a second-floor dormer. The newest bills dated to the 1980s.

The men were working for a contractor who had bought the home from a dead man’s estate. The men didn’t report their find and split the cash. The contractor learned of the money and reported them to police.

The judge says that because the money’s owner can’t be readily identified, the four can’t have the intent to deprive the owner of the cash.

Officials Tell Family To Scale Back Luxe Treehouse

Granite Bay, CA (AP) Northern California authorities are telling a Placer County couple to prune back their deluxe treehouse.

Mike and Pat Splinter’s 500-square-foot treehouse features a full kitchen, a bathroom and all the plumbing. The Animal Planet cable network highlighted the structure last month in the show “Treehouse Masters.” The episode featured the Splinter family making hard candy for Christmas in the treehouse kitchen. But Placer County deputy planning director E.J. Ivaldi tells the Sacramento Bee that the family already has a full guest cottage on their property.

Because of that, authorities say the treehouse’s full kitchen, and mattress, must go. “They can use it for entertaining,” Ivaldi said. “What the county approved was a residential accessory structure. For the purpose of them being able to do a TV show, they were allowed to build a kitchen with the understanding that the kitchen would come out.”

A noted national treehouse designer, Pete Nelson, built the Placer County masterpiece for more than $60,000. The treehouse’s owners have not yet commented on the county’s order.

Wild Ride For Arizona Bobcat Stuck In Car Grille

Scottsdale, AZ (AP) An Arizona bobcat may have used up one of its nine lives after it survived getting stuck inside an oncoming car.

Arizona Game and Fish Department spokeswoman Lynda Lambert said that the bobcat appears to have escaped any serious injuries and is awaiting evaluation by a veterinarian at an animal sanctuary in Scottsdale.

Officials say a couple driving in Scottsdale on Friday night hit the bobcat after it darted into their path.

Upon reaching their destination, the man inspected his Mazda sedan and saw the very much alive animal trapped in the plastic grille.

Game and Fish employees sedated the 7-pound animal and removed it.

Lambert says the bobcat will be released back into the wild. Officials say its survival is a New Year’s miracle.

Woman Sues Over Use Of Her School Photo On Novelty Flask

Santa Fe, NM (AP) A New Mexico woman is suing a novelty products maker over a flask that includes her likeness and the phrase, “I’m going to be the most popular girl in rehab.”

The Santa Fe New Mexican reports Veronica Vigil alleges in her in federal court that Anne Taintor Inc. obtained and used her high school graduation picture from 1970 without her permission.

The lawsuit says the Brooklyn, New York-based company then defamed Vigil by linking her image to a product that makes light of substance abuse.

Court documents say the Chimayo, New Mexico, resident is an active church member and doesn’t consume alcohol or drugs.

The lawsuit seeks an unspecified amount of compensatory and punitive damages.

A spokeswoman for Anne Taintor Inc. said the company does not comment on pending litigation.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


ARCHIVES:

January 1 - West Virginia Troopers Hand Out $100 Bills

December 25 - Among Change, Gift Of Jewels For Salvation Army

December 18 - American Pops Question At Eiffel Tower

December 11 - Boys Searching For Santa Start By Calling 911

December 4 - Family Happy Squashy The Sasquatch Is Back In Their Yard

November 27 - New Sign In Indiana Warm Of Turtle Crossing

November 20- Flying Spaghetti Monster Devotee Sports Colander On License

November 13 - Man Held; Yard-Sale Teller Wasn’t Fooled By Fake $20s

November 6 - NYC Worker Suspended For Using ‘Robotic Voice’

October 30 - Custom Urns Courtesy Of Company’s 3-D Printer

October 23 - Woman Saved And Arrested On The Same Day

October 16 -Indiana College Gives Pizza Delivery Guy $1,200 Tip

October 9 - FTC Retailers: Drop Your Caffeinated Drawers

October 2 - Vets In NH Give Sight To Falcon Blind For Two Years

September 25 - Pregnant Buffalo + Frisky Bull Equals Knockout

September 18 - California Nudist Camp Accused Of Stealing Water

September 11 - In Washington Surprise Attack, Bear: 1 • Bowhunter: 0

September 4 - Dog Turns On Stove, Starts Fire...Maybe He Was Hungry?

August 28 - Um...OK, The Cameras Stink; Nevermind

August 21 - 86 Year Old Woman Writes Romance Novel

August 14 - Wanted: Serial Bank Robber With Questionable Taste

August 7 - Interrupting Lawyer Gets Rare Sanction

July 31 - Strip Club Endorses Pastor For Congress

July 24 - Man Starts Fire Using ‘Blowtorch’ To Kill Spider

July 17 - Great Fall Too Much, Humpty Dumpty To Be Rebuilt

July 10 - Performer Drapes, Lights Firecrackers On Body

July 3 - Good Samaritan Rescues Man From Burning SUV

June 26 - Firemen Rescue Man When ‘Lady’ Sculpture Traps Him

June 19 - Blind Man Hears, Feels His Way To Auto Mechanic Degree

June 12 - Drivers Gathering For Great Nebraska Tractor Ride

June 5 - Thief With Facebook Account Rats Himself Out

May 29 - Missing Pet Pigeon Flies To School Of Young Owner

May 22 - Testing Inconclusive, Suspected Bobcat Returned

May 15 - Rooster Prince George, At Dallas Hardware Store, Is Popular

May 8 - New Jersey Fire Siren Silenced By Osprey Nest

May 1 - New Jersey Tot Wipes Out Hours Of Monks’ Work

April 24 - Miss America: Don’t Suspend Teen Over Prom Invite

April 17 - Squirrel Blamed For $300K In Damage To Building

April 10 - Burglary Suspects Butt Dials 911

April 3 - Teen Says Typeface Change Could Save Millions

March 27 - Scrap Dealer’s Bargain Turns Out To Be Worth Millions

March 20 - City Considers Taking Ban On Spitting Off Books

March 13 - Gettysburg Wax Museum Selling Historical Figures

March 6 - Woman Gives Birth In New York City Crosswalk

February 27 - Wisconsin Rubber Duck Bill Racing To Finish Line

February 20 - Wait Till Santa See ‘Em! Reindeer Get Glowing Antlers

February 13 - NJ Festival Lets You Eat, Drink, Floss With Bacon

February 6 - Romance Sizzles At Bacon Fest As Couples Marry

January 30 - Man Shares Wanted Photo, And Cops Really LIKE Him

January 23 - Beloved Dog’s Ashes Returned To Owner After Two Years

January 16 - Colorado Gives Up And Renames Mile 420 Marker

January 9 - Brewery Responds To Starbucks Letter With $6 Check

January 2 - Atlanta Home Prompts 911 Calls With Fake Dangler

December 26 - Dog That Survived Gassing Headed To Rose Parade

December 19 - Tourist Distracted By Facebook Falls Off Pier

December 12 - ‘Cannibal Sandwiches’ Sicken Wisconsin Residents

December 5 - Topless Barber Charged With Unlicensed Cosmetology

November 28 - 852 Thai Children Set Human Christmas Tree Record

November 21 - Beagle’s Nose Predicts Few US Polar Bear Cubs

November 14 - NY Knish Factory Fire Leads To Nationwide Shortage

November 7 - Stolen Costumes + Craigslist = Not A Good Idea

October 31 - City: Odor From Sriracha Chili Plant A Nuisance

October 24 - Deadly Halloween Tableau Too Realistic For Some

October 17 - Abandoned Philly Prison Adds Screams For Halloween

October 10 - Indiana Dog That Crashed Half Marathon Gets Medal

October 3 - Naked And Scared Has Turned Into Semi-Clothed & Spooky

September 26 - Extra Weight Costs Bank Robber Swift Exit

September 19 - Russian Shot In Quarrel Over Kant’s Philosophy

September 12 - Art Heist Trial Help Up Over Lawyer’s Sneakers

September 5 - Marijuana Wrapped Arrow Shot At Squirrel?

August 29 - Hole Makes Huge Pumpkin Ineligible For Alaska Fair

August 22 - Prowling Ninja Says He Was Trying To Help Cops

August 15 - British Cats’ DNA Helps Convict A Killer

August 8 - China’s Heat Wave Brings‘Dead’ Man Back To Life

August 1 - Owner Could Face Charges For Venomous Snakes

July 25 - Swimmer To Go Alone Hauling 2,000 Pounds Of Brick

July 18 - Thai University Apologizes For Hitler Banner

July 11 - Winner Of The Cherry-Spitting Contest - BB Gun!

July 4 - Family Dogs Survive Close Call With Mama & Baby Bears

June 27 - ‘Here’s Looking At You...Officer!’ Man Quotes Bogart Upon Arrest

June 20 - "Happy Birthday To You" Copyright Suit Filed In NY

June 13 - Nude Revelers Greet Popular Tourist Train

June 6 - ‘Bucket List’ Item Leads To Women’s Arrest

May 30 - Swing Dance Your Way To Class Credit

May 23 - NH City Sues Parking Meter “Robin Hoods”

May 16 - Critter Cams Provide Peek Into The Lives Of Bears

May 9 - OMG - The Sun Is Shining! School Closes For Nice Weather

May 2 - Cartel-Linked Man Arrested On The Dance Floor

April 25 - Oregon Juror Jailed For Texting During Trial

April 18 - What’s That Sound? Court Screeners Find Pet Duck In Bag

April 11 - Goat That Walked Into Bar Was Taken From Zoo

April 4 - Man Accused Of Using Fake Penis For Drug Test

March 28 - Caretaker Charged With Taking Care Of Old Whiskey, Too

March 21 - Crime Doesn’t Pay #1: Thief Returns Money From 1980s

March 14 - People, Pooches Team Up To Fight Flab At Gym

March 7 - 37-Pound Tubby Tabby, Biscuit, In Need Of Home

February 28 - Shoeshine Man Donates $200,000 In Tips

February 21 - 911 Call Asking For Cigarettes Leads To Arrest

February 14 - Mistrial Declared When Prosthetic Eye Pops Out

February 7 - Snoozing Judge Sent Home For Nap


 

 

 

 

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