by NDSU ATHLETICS posted Aug 27 2015 10:00AM

Are you ready for some BISON football?... Watch this!... GO BISON!

by Robbie Daniels posted Aug 27 2015 6:32AM
A disgruntled ex-reporter killed two of his former co-workers at a Roanoke, Virginia, TV station by gunning them down on live TV yesterday morning (August 26th) while one of them, 24-year-old WDBJ reporter Alison Parker, was interviewing a local official at an outdoor shopping mall for a tourism segment, and the other, 27-year-old Adam Ward, was filming it as the cameraman. As the segment was airing at around 6:45 a.m., viewers suddenly heard gunshots, saw Parker scream and start to run, and heard her crying, "Oh my God!" as she fell. Ward also fell, and after he did, his camera caught a quick image of 41-year-old suspect Vester Lee Flanagan holding a gun. The station quickly switched back to a shocked-looking anchor in the studio, who said, "OK, not sure what happened there." Both Parker and Ward died at the scene, while the woman being interviewed, Vicki Gardner, underwent surgery and is expected to survive.
Flanagan, who'd used the name Bryce Williams as a reporter, fled the scene, and then started posting on social media. He charged in tweets that Parker had made racist comments and that Ward had gone to human resources at the station after they'd worked together one time. He then tweeted, "I filmed the shooting see Facebook." On that site, Flanagan posted a chilling video of the shooting from his vantage point, which he filmed as he carried out the attack. In it, he's seen closely approaching Parker, Ward and Gardner, who aren't aware he's there, and then his arm is seen pointing the gun at Parker, but he waits to open fire until Ward swings the camera around again to focus on the interview, making sure the shooting is captured and broadcast live on camera.
Police determined that Flanagan was the suspect, and were able to locate him by his license plates as he tried to flee. With police chasing after him on a highway around 11:30 a.m, he ran off the road and crashed his car, and was found in the vehicle by state troopers with a self-inflicted gunshot wound that killed him

Flanagan's Motives
About two hours after the shooting, Flanagan sent a 23-page fax to ABC News, in which he said he'd been repeatedly mistreated both for being black and gay. He stated that he was motivated in part by the race-driven shooting at an historic black church in Charleston in June, writing, "Why did I do it? I put down a deposit for a gun on 6/19/15. The Church shooting in Charleston happened on 6/17/15. . . . The church shooting was the tipping point . . . but my anger has been building steadily. I've been a human powder keg for a while . . . just waiting to go BOOM!!!!" But he also expressed admiration for the Columbine High School killers, Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold, and Virginia Tech gunman Seung-Hui Cho, who killed 32 people in 2007. Flanagan wrote of Cho, "That's my boy right there. He got NEARLY double the amount that Eric Harris and Dylann Klebold got . . . just sayin'."
Flanagan's History
Later yesterday, WDBJ president and general manager Jeffrey Marks described Flanagan on-air as an "unhappy man" who was difficult to work with:"He was sort of looking out for people to say things that he could take offense to. He -- and eventually, after many incidents of his anger coming to the fore, we dismissed him."Marks said that Flanagan claimed that other employees made racial comments to him, but they couldn't corroborate any of his allegations, stating, "We think they were fabricated." His claim to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission was also dismissed. Marks further recalled that when the station fired Flanagan in 2013, police had to escort him out because he refused to leave. Flanagan had a similarly troubled history at other stations where he worked, and his was fired at least twice after managers said he was causing problems with other employees.

Both Parker and Ward were romantically involved with co-workers at their station. Ward was engaged to a producer, Melissa Ott, who was in the control room watching during yesterday's attack. Parker was dating an anchor at the station, Chris Hurst, and they'd just moved in together. He paid tribute to her on social media, saying, "We were together almost nine months. It was the best nine months of our lives. We wanted to get married. . . . She was the most radiant woman I ever met." Parker's father, Andy Parker, told the Washington Post, "My grief is unbearable. Is this real? Am I going to wake up? I am crying my eyes out."
Flanagan's family emailed a condolence note to WBDJ, saying, "It is with heavy hearts and deep sadness that we express our deepest condolences to the families of Alison Parker and Adam Ward. We are also praying for the recovery of Vicki Gardner. Our thoughts and prayers at the time are with the victims' families and the WDBJ7 NEWS family. Words cannot express the hurt that we feel for the victims. Our family is asking that the media respect our privacy. Sincerely, The Family of Vester Flanagan."
On-Air Tribute By WDBJ


by beer posted Aug 26 2015 12:00PM
Maybe the craft beer revolution is getting out of hand. San Francisco brewer 21st Amendment has announced that it's making a new Pop-Tart beer. The India Red Ale, called Toaster Pastry, will make its debut this coming weekend at the opening party for the brewery's new facility in San Leandro. It's been created as a tribute to when that facility was a Kellogg Co. factory that used to make Pop-Tarts and Frosted Flakes. Not yet known what kind of Pop-Tart flavor or sweetness the beer will have.

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by telegraph.co.uk/ posted Aug 26 2015 10:00AM
A woman who asked for home-delivered flowers received a twist on the traditional romantic gesture when her boyfriend gave her bags of flour instead.
After Paige-Ellen Williams hinted to her boyfriend, Richard Selway, that she would love to have some flowers delivered to her house, Mr Selway decided to do as she'd asked - by having 12 bags of flour sent to her address.
Miss Williams shared a picture of the delivery on Tesco's Facebook page, which has now been shared almost 9,000 times.
She said: "A Tesco delivery man knocked my door yesterday morning and I sent him away telling him he had the wrong address!
"We've never ordered online from Tesco and why on earth did I need 12 bags of flour? He came back insisting the delivery was for me as he'd spoke to my boyfriend!
"Definitely the last time I'll ever mention that I'd love to have flowers delivered to the house!"
When confronted by a confused Miss Williams, Mr Selway said: "Who said romance was dead?"
Tesco's response to the post has received over 13,000 likes.
Mike from their Customer Care department said: "I'm so sorry that we didn't get back to you sooner! We've been busy arranging other romantic gestures up and down the country.
"I've seen more mixed tapes than you'd like to imagine! In all honesty though, I think this act of romance is fantastic! Your boyfriend has really proven how much he's listening to you and your desire to have flours delivered.
"I hope you enjoy your weekend and I can't wait to see how you have the flours arranged in the middle of your dining table."


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by Admin posted Aug 26 2015 8:00AM
This is the easiest $25 you'll ever make.


There was a class-action lawsuit filed against Starkist Tuna about two-and-a-half years ago, claiming they were intentionally under-filling their cans by a few tenths of an ounce.


And they just settled the lawsuit. Even though they didn't officially admit to anything, they're PAYING UP.


If you bought at least one five-ounce can of Starkist tuna between February 19th, 2009 and October 31st of last year, you're eligible for $25 . . . or $50 in tuna.


Now, odds are you don't have any grocery store receipts to prove you bought the tuna. But that's fine. You just have to SAY you did. Although if you lie, you could be facing perjury charges . . . but we have no idea how they'll prove it.


To claim your free money, go to TunaLawsuit.com and fill out a claim form before November 20th.
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by Yahoo Finance posted Aug 26 2015 6:25AM
One of the reasons why the Ashley Madison hack has swept through the US' imagination to such a profound degree is how all-encompassing it seemed. The hack clawed its way into communities all across the country — well, not quite every community.
Gawker's Gabrielle Bluestone has uncovered that there are precisely three ZIP codes across the country that have no record of Ashley Madison users. That's ZIP codes, not area codes. And what do they have in common? They're partially lacking two things: the internet and a large number of people.
Gawker's discovery highlights a pretty dark truth. These three ZIP codes are probably the only ones in the US that don't house spouses looking to cheat — at least not by using Ashley Madison.
Here they are:

Nikolai, Alaska (99691) — Population: 94 (2010 Census)

Most of the residents of Nikolai are indigenous Alaskans, according to Gawker, and the town can dip to 60 below zero in the winter.

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Perryville, Alaska (99648) — Population: 113 (2010 Census)

When Gawker asked a local why no one in her town was on Ashley Madison, she replied that there was maybe only 10 households in the entire town that had internet. This town is also predominantly indigenous Alaskan.

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Polvadera, New Mexico (87828) — Population: 269 (2010 Census)

An employee at the county clerk's office told Gawker that there probably was no one on Ashley Madison because you can't get reception in that area, which is about 4 square miles of rural peace.

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And there you have it. Those are the last vestiges of the US left untouched by Ashley Madison — though of course there is the possibility that there are other bastions of innocence that have fake accounts registered to them.
Even so, the ubiquity of Ashley Madison is striking.
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by Robbie Daniels posted Aug 25 2015 11:00AM
People see faces in their food sometimes, but it's not usually political figures, at least until now. A Missouri woman recently told a local news station that she awoke one morning to find the face of Donald Trump in her tub of butter. No word on what the woman did with the butter.

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by Robbie Daniels posted Aug 25 2015 6:28AM
Soon after the Old Farmer's Almanac earlier this month predicted another cold winter coming up, The Farmer's Almanac is forecasting the same thing, saying it's going to be a, quote, "winter deja vu" of last year. The 199-year-old, Maine-based publication uses a formula based on sunspots, moon phases and tidal action to make its predictions, which this winter call for cold and snowy weather from Maine to Montana, with unseasonably cold temperatures dipping down as far as Kentucky. As for the rest of the country, the Almanac says there'll be milder weather out West, and chilly and wet weather for the South.


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by USA TODAY posted Aug 24 2015 10:00AM
BELMAR, N.J. — A 20-year-old Rutgers University student who is waiting tables at D'Jais Bar & Grill this summer to help put herself through school, got an unwelcome lesson in the humanities this last week.
On Aug. 17, Jess Jones of Belmar, N.J., was waiting on a party of eight at the restaurant and night club here. After the $112.03 bill was paid for by credit card, Jones discovered that her customers had left her no tip. Instead, the texting acronym "LOL" — for laughing out loud — was written on the tip line of the receipt next to the words, "1 hour for food."
The following day, Jones took to her Facebook page to lament about the indignity, where she also posted a photo of the receipt (blurring out any personal information belonging to the offending patrons).
Jones agreed to permit the Asbury Park (N.J.) Press to share her story and publish the photo of the receipt.
"Last night, I was stunned by this receipt that was left for me by a party of eight people," Jones wrote. "I would have preferred a '$0' tip than a 'LOL' tip, but as a waitress, bad tips and harsh notes are all part of the job. Even though they did wait an hour to eat, they remained satisfied with filled drinks and proper notice that the kitchen was a bit busier than normal. I've worked in the service industry for five years and I take pride in providing great service to my customers."
Jones wrote that servers in New Jersey earn $2.50 an hour. For non-tipped workers in the Garden State, the minimum wage is $8.38.
"Most of my paychecks are less than pocket change because I have to pay taxes on the tips I make," she wrote. "I need tips to pay my bills. All waiters do. We spend an hour or more of our time befriending you, making you laugh, getting to know you, and making your dining experience the best it can be. We work hard, and we really do care."
By Friday, the Facebook post had gone viral and was brought to the attention of Mayor Matt Doherty, who weighed in on the matter in his own public Facebook post.
"If you visit Belmar please treat the hardworking men and women in our service industry with the same respect you would expect at your job. This is ridiculous," Doherty wrote.
"My experience with this table was cruel and unnecessary but sadly it's not uncommon," Jones wrote. "With that said: Please be good to your waiters. I know it's annoying when things aren't right. I know how aggravating it is to receive a hefty bill when all night you've been wondering why the table that came in after you was served before you. But waiters are mere messengers most of the time, and it's wrong to shoot them, however bad the news."



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by Kare11 posted Aug 24 2015 7:30AM
MINNEAPOLIS - At the NFL's 2014 NFC Rookie Symposium, featured speaker Cris Carter told the league's incoming rookies a bit of advice now setting off controversy.
"If y'all have got a crew, you have to have a fall-guy in the crew," Carter said.
Wearing his Hall of Fame gold jacket, the former Vikings great followed fellow Hall-of-Famer Warren Sapp's advice about staying out of trouble.
Sapp laughed out loud as Carter began telling the rookies to establish a friend willing to take the heat on behalf of the professional football players, should they find themselves in trouble.
But Carter continued, pulling then-rookie Vikings quarterback Teddy Bridgewater on the stage.
"This right here is Teddy Bridgewater, Inc.," Carter said. "Now, I let my home boys know. Y'all want to keep rolling like this, then I need to know who's going to be the fall-guy. Who's going to be driving. Because you are all not going to be doing the right stuff, so I need to teach you how to get around this stuff too."
Sunday evening Carter responded to outrage over his comments with an apology on Twitter.
"Seeing that video has made me realize how wrong I was. I was brought there to educate young people and instead I gave them very bad advice. Every person should take responsibility for his own actions. I'm sorry and I truly regret what I said that day," Carter wrote.
The comments came to light in an ESPN the Magazine interview featuring Chris Borland, who retired from the San Francisco 49ers after one season because of concussion concerns.
The article says Borland was appalled at the advice, and quotes him as saying, "I was just sitting there thinking, 'Should I walk out? What am I supposed to do?'"
The ESPN article does not name Carter, an ESPN employee, as the former player who gave the advice. But various reports pointed to a 22-minute video posted on NFL.com of Carter and Sapp's presentation. The "fall-guy" portion lasts about two minutes. The video has since been taken down.
NFL Vice President of Communications Brian McCarthy emailed KARE 11 News this response:
"This was an unfortunate and inappropriate comment made by Cris Carter during the 2014 NFC rookie symposium. The comment was not representative of the message of the symposium or any other league program. The league's player engagement staff immediately expressed concern about the comment to Cris. The comment was not repeated in the 2014 AFC session or this year's symposium."
Carter was however invited back to speak at the 2015 symposium.
Hall of Fame Vikings player Carl Eller said he was appalled at Carter's comments.
"Really, we want to develop leaders. Not people who are, you know, schemers and trying to get away with stuff. That's just the wrong characteristic totally," Eller said.
Eller, who has spoken at the rookie symposium on the importance of character and developing off-the-field life skills, said he thinks Carter's comments were uncharacteristic.

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