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.
On the eve of the next Republican debate in South Carolina, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) drew several hundred supporters to a rally northwest of Charleston, urging voters in the Palmetto State to join his conservative bid for the GOP nomination for President.
“The role of South is to insure that the next President is a real and proven conservative,” Cruz said, in a line that could be taken as a slight jab at Donald Trump.
Fresh off an extended bus trip through Iowa, and several days of stops in New Hampshire, Cruz told the crowd he feels very good about where he stands in the race for the Republican nomination.
“Every day as we travel the country, I’m more and more encouraged that we are seeing conservatives come together,” Cruz told reporters after his rally.
At this stop, Cruz stuck to his familiar stump speech, drawing strong applause with his basic message of reform and major change in Washington, D.C.
“By the way, if you see a candidate that Washington embraces, run and hide,” Cruz said to cheers.
Asked by a reporter after the rally about his recent spat with Donald Trump over Cruz’s birthplace, Cruz made clear he thought Trump was worried about the GOP race.
“This issue did not seem to concern Donald until a little over a week ago, when he was trailing in the polls in Iowa,” Cruz said.
Cruz and Trump will be standing next to each on stage for the debate on Thursday night, which could provide some sparks if this issue is brought up.
Cruz supporters see a path to defeat Trump
Recent polls here in South Carolina have had Trump in the lead, with Cruz second and Marco Rubio third, and on the eve of the debate, that was fully acknowledged by Cruz backers.
“It’s Trump’s territory, with Cruz building,” said Rep. Mark Sanford (R-SC), who helped to introduce Cruz at his Wednesday rally.
“I do think it’s true that Trump has the lead at this point,” said former state Attorney General Charlie Condon, who endorsed Cruz this week.
“But I’m confident once they start focusing on the issues, the personalities and what people stand for, and what they’ve done – Ted will do just fine,” Condon added.
In interviews with Cruz supporters – and in listening to Cruz – there is the sense that one line of attack on Trump might be to emphasize that Cruz is a real conservative – while at the same time questioning Trump’s conservative bona fides.
“I do not feel like Trump is a serious candidate,” said Mary Pearson, the Dorchester County Treasurer. “I almost feel like he is on an ego trip.”
Watch for the phrase “proven conservative” – and see if that makes its way into the Republican debate in Charleston.