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Kacey Musgraves Gets Married

Kacey Musgraves & Ruston Kelly are now married.

Musgraves and Kelly were married in Tennessee on Saturday, Oct. 14.

The wedding wasn’t a complete surprise, because Kelly had posted on Friday night that he was spending his last night as a bachelor. And he was happy to do so. “Finally ready to throw in that towel cuz I actually found the real thing. Couldn’t be more proud to have all our family and friends here to honor this new badass union.”

Congrats to the happy couple!

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Unique Halloween Display

One man in Mamaroneck, New York, is bringing humor to his Halloween display. Michael Fry, an art teacher and parent to two daughters, made a graveyard on his front lawn of 2017’s dying trends.

His sarcastic gravestones include everything from fashion to pop culture to politics, saying “so long” to “old” Taylor Swift, dabbing, ombre hair, and #roseallday, among others.

“I was thinking of doing gravestones and turning my front yard into a cemetery but I didn’t know what I wanted to put on them,” Fry, 39, told ABC News of his funny tradition that began three years ago. “I wanted to put something on them that wasn’t necessarily of people, and I didn’t want it to be too left or too right or offensive in any way.”

He said he wanted to do something “humorous and modern with the times,” which his students were certainly happy to help him compile.

“Things from that year that have either died, or are dying or are no longer fashionable or no longer hip,” said Fry. “Being a teacher, I get input from my students and friends and family members, and it’s become a collaborative effort.”

“I just hope everybody thinks it’s fun,” said the proud artist. “I put humor in all of my work. I try to take some of the edge off Halloween. It’s always scary and creepy and crazy, but I try to make it fun and funny for the young kids in the neighborhood.”

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911 Is for Emergencies Only

Some people may think it’s an emergency if they’re unable to post pictures of their dogs or vacation selfies from their road trip to grandma’s.

KOMO reports that police in Bothell, Washington, want you to reconsider the nature of your emergency.

After widespread reports of issues with Facebook and Instagram Wednesday morning, the Bothell police department was flooded with 911 calls from individuals freaked-out when they were cut off from their daily social media fix because Facebook went down.

Bothell Police tweeted, “We will move mountains to help those in our community. However we can’t fix Facebook so please don’t call 911 to ‘let us know its down.'”

It remains unclear what was causing the outages.

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2nd “Manitowoc Minute” Show Added to Capitol Civic Centre Schedule

The Capitol Civic Centre announces that Manitowoc Minute’s Facebook sensation, writer and star of the Manitowoc Minute, Charlie Berens, will perform an additional show at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 27. The Dec. 27 and 28 performances are presented by Just Orthdontics, Time Out Sports Bar and Grill, and Valders Dental Associates with support from Action Realty and Allstates Rigging.

The Dec. 28 show sold out within days of on sale; the Dec. 27 show will go on sale at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 17. It is strongly recommended that those who are interested in buying tickets go online, cccshows.org, for quickest purchase; long lines are expected at the Box Office and an unusually high volume of in-coming phone calls is likely.

In addition to writing and starring in the Manitowoc Minute, Berens is a stand-up comedian and Emmy-winning journalist. As a UW-Madison junior, Berens started reporting for MTV’s Choose or Lose. Since then he’s worked with Fox, CBS Sports Network, and Funny or Die, to name a few. Berens was born and raised, along with his 11 other brothers and sisters, right here in Wisconsin.

Tickets purchased for the Dec. 28 show will not be refunded nor exchanged for the Dec. 27 show.

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Friday the 13th

Fridays have been considered unlucky since medieval times — a day once called Hangman’s Day, Connecticut College psychology professor Stuart Vyse told USA Today.

As for the number 13, many countries besides the United States, such as Canada, Australia and the United Kingdom, considered it to be unlucky.

People look towards the number 13 as something negative…in Tarot (cards used for predicting the future or meditation), the 13th card is the death card.

Placed together, Friday and 13 are certainly double the trouble for the superstitious.

History reveals that in October 1307, on the thirteenth of Friday that year, many Knights Templar were arrested and burned at the stake in France, according to the Independent.

Known as some of the most powerful and wealthy military men in the country, the Templar brothers were accused of crimes such as idolatry and homosexuality, and therefore landed on King Philip IV’s death list, History Today writes.

Some practicing Christians recognize Friday the 13th as the day that Jesus was crucified.

Judas Iscariot, a disciple of Jesus Christ who eventually betrays him, is also known as the 13th dinner guest at Jesus’ last meal, The Last Supper, writes National Geographic.

Fortunately for anyone deathly afraid of Friday the 13th, they can breathe much easier knowing their fear at least has a clinical name.

Defined by the Merriam-Webster dictionary as friggatriskaidekaphobia, Friday the 13th causes feelings of dread for those afflicted by the thought of the day.

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Imposter Scams

Many criminals are using government agency names or “look-alikes” in recent email and phone scams, hoping to add legitimacy to their ploys. Have you gotten a threatening call demanding money from someone claiming to be with the IRS? That’s a regularly used con. Did you get an email from “State Court” about a required appearance? That’s another one (do NOT open the attachment in one of these emails!).

But it’s not just government agencies whose identities are misused. Scammers falsely claiming to represent the local utility company, regularly call consumers and businesses and make threats that they will cut off the electrical service if the call recipient doesn’t make an immediate payment. And our tip on Tuesday covered calls from fake tech support representatives looking for money for “repairs” and access to victim’s computers.

Don’t fall for these scams. Delete the emails and hang up on these callers. They want your money, your personal information, or to infect your computer with malware. If you question the legitimacy of a communication from a business or governmental agency, contact DATCP’s Consumer Protection Hotline (800-422-7128) or call the misrepresented agency directly to inquire (but don’t use the phone number that was provided in the questionable message!). ‪#‎CyberAware

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Think before you post

Your fun-filled vacation photos could cause your grandma to get ripped off.

Why? Criminals can use the information you share on social media sites to create a narrative that they weave into their scams.

Consider the infamous “grandparent scam,” where elderly citizens are called by a scammer claiming to be the person’s grandchild. The “grandchild” says they are on vacation, were in an accident, and need an immediate wire transfer to get out of jail or the hospital. Your social media account could provide a tremendous amount of information for a scammer to use in their ploy, such as your name, family members’ names, where you live and if you are away from home.

Remember those fun-filled pics I mentioned? By viewing your profile, the scammer knows you are away on vacation in ____ with your best friend ____. They can fill in the blanks, making for a much more believable con.

It’s OK to share with friends and family on social media, but adjust the privacy settings for your accounts to block your content from strangers. Also, remember that sensitive information such as names, birth dates and Social Security numbers posted to social media accounts can be used by scammers to steal your identity.  ‪#‎CyberAware

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That amazing, unbelievable online rental ad? Beware.

As always, if something seems too good to be true, it probably is. If you are looking online for a rental property and find an unreal deal, be very, very cautious.

Scammers use information from real estate listings to post fraudulent apartment or home rental ads on Craigslist and other online sites. They may “rent out” a property that they don’t own to multiple people, taking security deposits and first month’s rents from all of these parties. Their listings may also be ploys to get you to pay for a credit report service…the scammers get a commission if you do.

Craigslist offers these two simple tips on their website: “Do not rent or purchase sight-unseen – that amazing ‘deal’ may not exist” and “Refuse background/credit checks until you have met landlord/employer in person.”  #CyberAware

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Microsoft is NOT calling. Watch for computer tech support scams

If you receive a call out of the blue claiming that your computer has a virus and that the caller can help you get rid of it, hang up immediately. It’s a scam. The callers often falsely claim to represent Microsoft or a local tech support company to gain the consumer’s trust. They tell the consumer that they can remove the (non-existent) virus from their computer for a fee. The caller asks the victim to download software from the internet that grants them remote access to the system.

If you allow these scammers to access your computer, they can load any number of malicious software programs onto your machine and they may access your files as well. If you give them your credit card number to pay for their “services,” you can expect to get ripped off there too. This is typically a phone-based scam, but also shows up in online pop-up messages saying you have a computer virus and telling you to call them for help. Don’t do it.  ‪#‎CyberAware

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Email and text message spam and scams

The terms “scam” and “spam” are almost interchangeable when it comes to email and text messages. Spam messages are junk bulk emails or texts that you receive without permission. The senders may be hocking “get rich quick” schemes and questionable products or they could be looking to get you to turn over personal or credit information (a practice known as “phishing” for data). Either way, you’re ripped off.

Did we mention that the messages can also transmit malware?

Simply put, if you get an odd email or text message out of the blue, delete it and take no further action. There is a lot to cover on email and text spam, so your best resource is our DATCP fact sheet: https://datcp.wi.gov/Pages/Publications/Spam284.aspx #‎CyberAware