Jimmy Elliott Bio:
Birthday: October 4
A 34+ year veteran of the world of radio, Jimmy has been with WOVK since 1993, and has been Program Director & Music Director of the station since the Summer of 1997... Born and raised in Wheeling, Jimmy got his start in Radio in 1978 at legendary local Top 40 station 14WK. Over the years, he has worked for literally every radio station in the Upper Ohio Valley at one time or another, plus outside of the Ohio Valley, for several different Pittsburgh stations over the years, plus stations in Dallas, TX and in the Florida Keys. Jimmy also spent several years as Director of Marketing & Licensing for an international comic-book publishing company in the early '90s...
Steve Crow Bio:
Birthday: January 26
The "Radio Bug" bit Steve back in 1976. Since then, he has been a reporter, copywriter, news anchor, disc jockey, and sportscaster for a number of Ohio Valley radio Stations, and has played everything from Country, Rock and Roll, Oldies, and now back to Country. Steve joined the staff of WOVK in Feb 2001, and joined Morning Madness in January of 2002... A self proclaimed "Golf Nut", Steve is also the mild-mannered Manager of Kurtz Monument Company in Wheeling, and a licensed Life Insurance Agent. A life-long resident of the Ohio Valley, Steve has somehow managed to stay married for three decades to his long suffering and saintly wife, Becky. They are the proud parents of two daughters, Jeannette and Emily, and grandparents of Gracie, who is Pap-Pap's bestest pal and the Greatest Gift he ever received...
If there was a contest for the most under-appreciated gadget in your home, high on the list would have to be the lowly doorknob. While the first patent application goes back to 1878, officials in Vancouver, Canada, have had enough. The only city in Canada with its own building regulations is hoping to change the country one knob at a time.
According to the Vancouver Sun, new building codes have been written which forbid the usual rounded knobs for doors -- and for sinks and shower faucets to boot -- in favor of easier-to-grasp levers.
Nicotine gum and e-cigarettes are a couple of methods smokers use to try and wean themselves off cigarettes.
But when you come right down to it, there’s nothing like good, old-fashioned high-frequency transcranial magnetic stimulation to kick the habit.
Okay, so even if it’s not a tried-and-true method just yet, researchers at Ben-Gurion University in Israel believe that magnetic brain stimulation could be a very effective tool in the battle to give up nicotine.
As daunting as it sounds, the technique is noninvasive while sending signals to the brain that reduce the craving to smoke. In a study of 115 people who smoked at least a pack a day, those who received the heaviest doses of magnetic stimulation along with a visual cue of a lit cigarette had better success in quitting and after six months, a third of that group was still smoke-free.
Interestingly, magnetic brain stimulation is used in the U.S. to treat depression but the Food and Drug Administration hasn’t yet approved it as a smoking cessation method.
While the saying goes, "Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned," a Michigan man turned that adage around in a very concrete way -- literally -- by building a vulgar statue tribute to his ex wife.
According to WJBK-TV, Alan Markovitz' wife cheated on him with another man before moving in with the guy. In retaliation, Markovitz bought the house next door to his ex, then built a 12-foot hand, with its middle finger extended, and pointing at her place.
In case the message was too subtle, Markovitz had a spotlight aimed at the statue, so its message isn't lost at night.
Markovitz says he never intended for the matter be made public, but his ex's daughter posted a pic of the statue to Twitter and it went viral.
An 89-year-old who won medals of valor for taking on Hitler's war machine was stopped in his tracks by risk-averse officials, who banned him from his post as the British Royal Navy's Remembrance Day parade marshal. The reason? He was supposedly too old to insure.
According to the Express, Albert Miller showed up to the event last week, expecting to fill the standard bearer role he's filled proudly for nearly 40 years, when officials called him aside. "They...said, 'I've got a bit of bad news for you,'" Miller recalled.
"At first I thought somebody had died and it was going to be another funeral. Then they told me HQ insisted I had to stand down as parade marshal. I said I was still fit and able, but they said it's because of insurance and that I should have stood down when I was 85. It hit me like a ton of bricks. I was that disgusted I didn't know what to say."
It was Thor who was the best man at the box office this weekend. The Marvel flick Thor: The Dark Worldwas the top film for the second weekend in a row, earning an estimated 38.5 million dollars.
Its reign as box office champ will undoubtedly come to an end next weekend, when The Hunger Games: Catching Fire arrives in theaters.
The comedy sequel The Best Man Holiday, the only movie to open in wide release this weekend, debuted in second place, raising 30.6 million dollars.
The Sandra Bullock-George Clooney film Gravity has now made more than 500 million dollars at the global box office, according to BoxOfficeMojo.com. The total is a career best for both actors.
Here are the top 10 movies from Friday through Sunday, with estimated ticket sales, according to Rentrak:
1. Thor: The Dark World, $38.5 million.
2. The Best Man Holiday, $30.6 million.
3. Last Vegas, $8.9 million.
4. Free Birds, $8.3 million.
5. Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa, $7.7 million.
6. Gravity, $6.3 million.
7. Ender's Game, $6.2 million.
8. 12 Years a Slave, $4.7 million.
9. Captain Phillips, $4.5 million.
10. About Time, $3.5 million.
Only one film opens nationwide on Friday: The Best Man Holiday. It's a sequel to the 1999 comedy The Best Man, which starred Taye Diggs, Nia Long, Morris Chestnut, Harold Perrineau, Terrence Howard, Sanaa Lathan, Monica Calhoun, Melissa De Sousa and Regina Hall.
They're all back in the follow-up, reprising their roles as longtime friends who are now reuniting for the holidays and reigniting "rivalries and romances." The Best Man Holiday is rated R.
The reigning box office champ, Thor: The Dark World, will likely hold on to that title in its second weekend of release. The Marvel sequel made over 85 million dollars in its debut weekend.
A Florida man was arrested Tuesday for impersonating a police officer -- all because he wanted a discount on donuts. According to WWSB-TV, 48-year-old Charles "Chuck" Barry drove up to a Dunkin' Donuts in Trinity last week, and when an employee handed him his order at the drive thru, Barry allegedly said he was entitled to a law enforcement discount.
When the clerk informed him that no such deal existed, Barry allegedly held up a gun in a holster, and said, "See, I'm a cop!" Barry drove off without his discount -- but returned the next day, and the employee took down his license plate and called actual cops.
Pasco County Sheriff Deputies tracked down their alleged wannabe colleague -- who was found to be carrying a holstered .38 pistol in his front pocket, and a police-style ID in his wallet. He was charged with improper exhibition of a firearm and false impersonation of a law enforcement officer.
On top of his other worries, President Obama now has to deal with a credibility problem.
The president's job approval numbers were already in negative territory last month, and according to a new Quinnipiac University poll, they've sunk even lower, with just 39 percent giving him good marks, while 54 percent disapprove of his performance.
A majority of voters in all age groups disapprove of the job Obama has done, with people 65 and over particularly upset with him.
But perhaps of even greater consequence to the president is that for the first time since Quinnipiac began getting the public's opinion of him in office, more people than not say Obama can't be trusted.
Fifty-two percent surveyed claimed the president isn't honest and trustworthy, with 44 percent believing that he is.
The president's credibility has taken a beating this year due to revelations of massive spy snooping and his promises about the Affordable Care Act, which he's had to retract.
Meanwhile, a majority of voters disapprove of his handling of the economy, health care, the federal budget and immigration. Obama only does better with his handling of terrorism, with 52 percent on his side.
Sometimes you feel like a nut, and sometimes you don't, but a thief in California felt like making off with 140,000 pounds of nuts from the Gold River Orchards facility near Escalon, California, last week. Police are trying to determine who stole several truckloads of walnuts valued at about $400,000, reportsKCRA.com.
According to authorities, the theft is just the latest in a series of nut heists to hit the industry as walnut prices rise to more than $2 a pound. Just last month, thieves pilfered about $50,000 worth of walnuts from a trailer parked on Highway 99 north of Sacramento.
In an effort to eliminate the market for the potential thieves, new laws are being created. In Butte County, California, officials passed a law preventing people from setting up roadside nut stands during harvest season.
Walnuts are California's fourth-leading agricultural export.