Archives for August 2015

Poll shows Carson even with Trump

Ben Carson and Carly Fiorina have made big gains in a new poll.

The Monmouth poll of Iowa Republican voters shows Carson even with Donald Trump at 23 percent support.

Fiorina comes in third with 10 percent. Ted Cruz sits right behind her with nine.

Jeb Bush has five percent. John Kasich and Marco Rubio each have four.

Trailer appears for movie about football concussions

Hollywood has tackled the NFL’s concussion issue.

Sony Pictures has released its trailer for “Concussion.”

Will Smith plays the pathologist who first discovered a neurodegenerative disease associated with repeated brain trauma.

“Concussion” hits theaters Christmas Day.

Musical forces aligning for SpongeBob

David Bowie, Cyndi Lauper, John Legend, and Lady Antebellum have joined forces.

They have contributed songs for the SpongeBob SquarePants musical.

It premieres in Chicago next June before it heads to Broadway.

Burning Man festival starting in Nevada

Tens of thousands of people have made their way to the desert outside Reno.

The annual Burning Man festival has started.

The gates shut down Saturday because of winds reaching 40 miles per hour, but the gusts subsided in time for the official opening.

A swarm of bugs appeared last week in Black Rock City, but the area appears insect-free now.

Survey puts Idaho as top state for drivers, Louisiana at the bottom

Idaho sits at the top of a new list of the best states for drivers.

The Bankrate list credits Idaho with the second-lowest insurance costs in the country, the fourth-lowest gasoline spending, and repair costs below average.

Vermont comes in second place Wyoming takes third.

As far as the worst states go, Louisiana ranks supreme on that end.

California comes in second place there. Texas follows in third.

Health experts still unsure of cost-benefit of e-cigarettes

Health experts remain divided over whether or not e-cigarettes provide national health consequences.

A recent British study describes the devices as 95 percent safer than regular cigarettes.

Researchers say not enough time has passed to determine the possible long-term effects of e-cigarettes.

They urge people to remain cautious over exposure to e-cigarette vapor.

The report appears in the latest issue of JAMA Internal Medicine.

Blue Bell ice cream returning to the shelves

Blue Bell ice cream has returned to the shelves in Texas and Alabama.

This follows a four-month production stoppage because of Listeria.

Blue Bell have started picking up Cookies n’ Cream, Dutch Chocolate, Homemade Vanilla, and The Great Divide.

Production has only resumed at one Blue Bell plant in Alabama.

Deflategate wreaking havoc on fantasy football

Fantasy football fans have a problem.

On one hand, New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady does not cost as much as in years past.

On the other hand, will he play the first month of the season?

A federal judge has to rule this week on Brady’s appeal of his four-game suspension.

The league has issued it for his presumed role in using underinflated football’s in January’s AFC Championship.

Mt. McKinley now Denali, but Ohio Republicans upset

The White House has decided to rename Alaska’s Mount McKinley, and this has rubbed some lawmakers the wrong way.

The Obama administration has restored the mountain’s name to Denali.

This ends a decades-long fight between Alaska and the government.

Ohio Republicans, however, have a problem with the name of one of their own disappearing: President William McKinley.

House Speaker John Boehner says McKinley earned the honor because of his legacy.

Obama to appear on “Running Wild with Bear Grylls”

The President tapes an episode of “Running Wild with Bear Grylls” this week.

NBC describes it as a “trek through the wilderness” during his visit to Alaska.

A news release says the President will receive a crash court on survival techniques.

The episode airs on NBC later this year.