On Thursday at Orlando International Airport, the security agency took News 96.5 WDBO behind the scenes to learn about the advanced technology that is used to screen 58,000 travelers a day. TSA uses over 20 layers of security to screen passengers for threats before they even board the plane. Among the technology featured are the Advanced Imaging Technology (AIT) units, liquid bottle scanners, explosive trace detection machines and the checked baggage system. The screening process begins with a checkpoint where an ultraviolet scanner will flag people with fake IDs. Then, passengers move on to the advanced imaging technology machine to determine if a passenger has an object on their person that could possibly be used in a threatening manner. A liquid bottle scanner is used at airport checkpoints to differentiate liquid explosives and the chemicals used to make explosives from common liquids. There's also the explosive trace detector, which is a machine that looks for chemicals on a person's hands or belongings. Before your baggage makes it to the plane, it is scanned and screened for threats. If something unusual is flagged in a piece of luggage, it gets searched by a TSA agent before being passed on to an airline. Highly trained K-9 dogs are the final layer of security. The K-9 dogs are trained to detect explosives and can sniff out an explosive odor on passengers in a crowd.
A hotel bar in Canada is putting its foot down after its severed human toe was stolen. The Downtown Hotel in Yukon serves the infamous “Sourtoe Cocktail,” which is a shot of whiskey with a human toe floating inside. Those who drink the shot are supposed to let the toe touch their lips, but aren’t allowed to take it as a souvenir, according to the CBC. >> Read more trending news But on Saturday, a Quebec man boasting about wanting to steal the toe apparently did just that, according to the hotel. “We are furious,” Terry Lee, the bar’s “Toe Captain,” said in a news release. “Toes are very hard to come by.” Lee said, while the bar does have backup toes, “we really need this one back.” The hotel filed a police report and even believe they know who the thief is and so do the police. Now it’s just a matter of getting the toe returned. The news release said that 'unless the toe is returned safe,' the hotel plans to pursue charges and a $2,500 fine against the thief. Read more here.
A grand jury Thursday indicted a 34-year-old Georgia woman on charges of manslaughter in connection with the smothering death of a 2-month-old. >> Read more trending news Keanna Keys of Stockbridge had methamphetamine and Xanax, an anti-anxiety medication, in her system when she fell asleep on a couch with her friend’s baby, Henry County District Attorney’s Office spokeswoman Megan Matteucci said. On March 30, police responded to a call about an unresponsive baby at Keys’ home in Stockbridge, Georgia, Matteucci said. The spokeswoman said 2-year-old Madelyn Roberts was rushed to a hospital, where she was pronounced dead. Keys is charged with involuntary manslaughter, possession of methamphetamine and possession of alprazolam. According to the sheriff’s office, Keys had previously been arrested in Henry County in 2011 and 2012.
After President Donald Trump first hinted that he might have recordings of his private conversations with fired FBI director James Comey, he admitted Thursday on Twitter that he had no such tapes. >> Read more trending news “With all of the recently reported electronic surveillance, intercepts, unmasking and illegal leaking of information, I have no idea ... whether there are 'tapes' or recordings of my conversations with James Comey, but I did not make, and do not have, any such recordings,” he wrote. The news was first reported by Bloomberg News.
A homeless man was beaten to death on a Denver street last week when he came to the defense of two teenagers who were being attacked by another man, authorities said. KDVR in Denver reported that the teens were attacked around 4 a.m. Friday. When officers arrived, they found the victims, one of whom had serious facial injuries. The alleged attacker, Dejuan Stamps, was found about a block away, where officers said he was beating a man who was lying in the middle of the street. The news station reported that officers were able to subdue Stamps, but the beaten man, identified as 62-year-old James Farmer Jr., died at the scene from blunt force injuries. >> Read more trending news Farmer’s family told KDVR that he moved to Denver from Seattle for a job. He was staying in at the St. Francis Center homeless shelter to save money in order to move back home and be with his fiancée. Officials at the shelter described Farmer as a good man. “People who know what’s right, do what’s right,” one official told the news station. “And he was one of those people who did it. He stepped up to help. And unfortunately, it cost him his life.” Stamps is being held on charges of assault and first-degree murder.
One of the first acts of new U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan was to remove the official portrait of former Speaker Dennis Hastert from a lobby area just off the floor of the House, replacing that painting with a portrait of a Republican Speaker from the early 20th century.
“The Speaker believed it was appropriate to rotate in a different portrait,” said Ryan spokeswoman Ashlee Strong.
Last week, Hastert plead guilty to charges that he had evaded federal banking laws; reports indicate the ex-Speaker was paying $3.5 million to someone from his past, possibly to hide claims of sexual misconduct.
The Hastert painting had hung in a prominent spot in the Speaker’s Lobby, an ornate area just off the House floor where reporters can wait to speak to lawmakers of both parties.
Hastert was replaced in the Speaker’s Lobby with a portrait of Speaker Frederick Gillett, a Republican from Massachusetts.
There was no immediate explanation as to why Gillett was chosen, but a quick look back at history may help us draw a parallel between Ryan and Gillett.
Ryan is now Speaker because of increasing opposition among Republicans to the decisions of John Boehner, as many disliked what they charged was a top-down leadership style from Boehner that excluded many lawmakers.
Meanwhile, Gillett was the first Republican elected after the House had deposed Speaker Joe Cannon, whose autocratic rule had angered members of both parties.
Gillett was seen as someone who would not be as powerful as Cannon; a number of Republicans believe Ryan will do the same in the post-Boehner era.
The move to take out Hastert’s portrait came a few hours after Ryan had gaveled the House to order for the first time after being elected Speaker last Thursday, replacing Rep. John Boehner (R-OH).
“The House will be in order,” Ryan said firmly, as he brought down the gavel like someone who had been doing it for years as Speaker.
A few seconds later, a House clerk read the resignation letter of Boehner to an almost empty chamber.
“It has been an honor to serve. Sincerely, John A. Boehner.”
Ryan then noted that with Boehner’s resignation, there were now 434 members of the House. Boehner’s seat will not be filled until a special election in June of 2016.
One other note about Speaker Gillett – I found this article about him from the New York Times – it shows that golf was also a popular diversion for politicians almost a hundred years ago.