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.
While there is no real chance that Donald Trump could be derailed as the nominee of the Republican Party, GOP leaders are clearly taking no chances this week, as they try to insure as much unity as possible among delegates here at the Republican National Convention.
“If there is anybody in this room that thinks that there is going to be anybody else nominated and win on Thursday night – not gonna happen,” said John Padgett, Chairman of the Georgia Republican Party.
At the first meeting of his state delegation on Sunday, Padgett implored Republicans from Georgia and others states to come together.
“No matter who you’re for, or who you’ve been for, when you get through with Thursday night, get on the Trump Train folks,” Padgett said to applause.
“We got an outsider,” said Sen. David Perdue (R-GA), who echoed the call to get behind Trump, arguing he’s the guy that will shake up D.C.
“This is the best candidate Republicans have had in a long time,” Perdue added.
In fact, Perdue got so animated in making his case to delegates from Georgia, that at one point he knocked my microphone off the podium, accidentally swatting it with the back of his right hand.
But even in this delegation – a state that was won easily by Trump – there were rumblings at this first meeting about some delegates who may not vote for Trump this week.
“Somewhere between ten and fifteen,” admitted Scott Johnson, who was on the Georgia leadership team for Ted Cruz during the primary, but is now backing Trump.
In an interview, Johnson admitted it’s taking a little longer to forge GOP unity in 2016.
“The bottom line – everyone realizes that we cannot have a third Obama term with Hillary Clinton,” Johnson said.
One of those on hand for the Georgia delegation meeting was conservative activist Ralph Reed, who repeatedly encouraged delegates to get more involved in helping Trump.
“You could be a multi-county leader,” he enthusiastically told one woman.
But there were rumblings being heard from other delegations as well, like Ohio, where home state Gov. John Kasich still isn’t on board with Trump.
If you look at this week’s schedule for the Ohio delegation, there’s no mention of the Governor coming to speak; Kasich has an event set for Tuesday – outside of the convention – that seems certain to draw a lot of media attention.
But many Republicans don’t want to dwell on past troubles and rivalries, like that of Trump and Kasich, arguing it’s time to focus on one thing – defeating Hillary Clinton.
“We had a long and raucous primary campaign season,” said Rep. Doug Collins (R-GA).
“Now we’ve got to look ahead.”
That effort to promote lasting unity starts Monday afternoon in Cleveland.