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Man Sues Restaurant After Stabbing

Name one food that’s eaten more than any other by college students, and pizza’s probably it.  You can imagine folks getting antsy when they run out of pizza — but a Syracuse man nearly died when his local pizzeria ran out of slices at the end of the night.

Now, he’s suing the restaurant.

The Post-Standard in Syracuse, New York reports that in December of 2017, Kenneth Baombolia was one of about 10 people involved in a fight over the last slices of a pizza. It happened around 2:30 a.m. at Acropolis Pizza House, near Syracuse University. The fight spilled outside onto the street, where local authorities found Baombolia unresponsive. Police treated the scene as a homicide.

Fortunately, doctors performed life-saving surgery on Baombolia and he eventually testified against his attacker, 34-year-old Reddell Smith. Earlier this year, a jury convicted Smith of second-degree assault; Thursday, Smith was expected to plead guilty to gang-related federal charges.

Now Baombolia is suing Acropolis for not providing a proper amount of security during its late-night hours. His lawyer, Tom Shannon, claims the pizza parlor failed “to control patrons/customers of Acropolis Pizza House and provide others with a safe and secure place.”

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Woman Receives Probation After Pulling Gator Out of Her Pants

Yes, that was a gator in her pants.  And no, authorities were not happy to see it.

This all began when 22-year-old Michael Clemons ran a stop sign last May. Florida prosecutors say Clemons and his passenger, 25-year-old Ariel Machan-Le Quire, told the sheriff’s deputy who pulled them over that they were out collecting frogs and snakes.

Then Clemons gave the Charlotte County deputy permission to search bags in the trunk.

The deputy found 41 turtles in a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles backpack. He then asked if they had anything else. That’s when Machan-Le Quire pulled a foot-long gator out of her yoga pants.

Machan-Le Quire plead guilty to four charges and was sentenced to probation this week.  The case against Clemons case is still pending.


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Manitowoc Fire Fighters Support MDA with Annual Fill the Boot Drive

The Manitowoc Fire Department Local #368 is showing its continued support for the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) as its members kick off the annual Fill the Boot fundraising campaign to raise critical funds to help transform the lives of kids and adults with muscular dystrophy, ALS and related muscle-debilitating diseases August 15th through the 17th.

Continuing a 65-year tradition of giving strength to the MDA community, over 50 dedicated fire fighters from Manitowoc Fire Department Local #368 will hit the streets or storefronts with boots in hand asking pedestrians, motorists, customers and other passersby to make a donation to MDA on August 15th – 17th at 10th St. and Franklin.
We are thrilled to be working with the Manitowoc Fire Department Local #368 another year of Fill the Boot to help provide the funds needed to find treatments and cures for muscular dystrophy, ALS and related diseases that severely limit strength and mobility,” said Carolynn Hietala. “The dedication of these fire fighters to MDA’s mission is unwavering, spending countless hours both with Fill the Boot and MDA Summer Camp to care for the kids and adults in Manitowoc. “We know that their devotion to our families will make this year’s drive a success.”

Funds raised through Manitowoc Fill the Boot events in 2019 will help the MDA save lives and lift those up in need, by providing the MDA with vital resources to advance their mission of driving innovations in science and care for the neuromuscular community. Contributions have helped fund groundbreaking research and life-enhancing programs such as state-of-the-art support groups and Care Centers, including the MDA Care Center at Prevea Hospital in Green Bay, WI.

They also help send more than 80 local kids to “the best week of the year” at MDA summer camp at Salvation Army Camp Wonderland in Camp Lake, WI – all at no cost to their families.

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Capitol Civic Centre Community Chorale Season Announced

The Capitol Civic Centre Community Chorale announces dates and information for the 2019-20 season. The Chorale is open to adults, providing an opportunity to learn new songs and share the joy of song, with members ranging in age from 17 to 80. Selections include spirituals, popular music, Broadway songs, folk music, and original compositions.

According to Chorale member, Mark Schmitt, “Since moving back to Manitowoc last year, I found the Capitol Civic Centre Community Chorale providing me a chance to do the things I love: learn and perform quality music; connect with other musicians in the area; and support the arts in the Lakeshore. I am impressed with the Millers’ outstanding leadership in this effort – comparable to what I have experienced in larger cities and college settings.”

Dylan Johnston, student and former Chorale member continued, “[The] CCCCC is full of talented singers and musicians that perform beautiful pieces of music. I had learned so much during the two years while I was part of the group. In the last two years, we performed an outstanding concert with combining the MSO and other chorales, singing and playing at the Capitol Civic Centre last year. I enjoyed singing under the direction of Jim and Susie Miller who helped me become a better tenor singer.”

  • Interviews: Tuesday, Sept. 10 (Mertens Lounge at the Capitol, 4 to 6 p.m.). Schedule through the Box Office, 683-2184, or call Chorale directors Jim and Susie Miller at 684-4862. Interviews are not necessary for returning singers. Interviews are intended as an opportunity for the directors to access the singer’s voice type and for the singer to meet the directors; they are not auditions.
  • Rehearsals: Weekly from 6 to 7:30 p.m., beginning Thursday, Sept. 13, at UW-Green Bay, Manitowoc Campus.
  • Performances: At the Capitol Civic Centre Thursday, Dec. 5 and Thursday, Dec. 12 at UW-Green Bay, Manitowoc Campus (Dec. 2 dress rehearsal at the Capitol). Additionally, the Chorale will be the guest choir at “The Accidental Hero” performance April 26 and the UW-Green Bay Lakeshore Wind Ensemble’s “An American Salute” concert May 2, both at the Capitol. There also are opportunities for community performances throughout the year.
  • Showcasing Talent: Capitol Community Chorale performances feature soloists, guest instrumentalists, and small-group singers.
  • Cost/Tuition: $140 year/$75 semester. Refer a member; if they join the Chorale, the referring member will receive a 25% discount off their tuition. UW-Green Bay students will receive 1 credit (at no charge) for “University Singers” course. To learn more, go online:

Schedule your interview today and join the Chorale in the joy of song. Call the Box Office, 920-683-2184, prior to September 10.­­


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Netflix “Cheaters”: Here’s Your Contract to Sign!

If you still have several streaming series to finish because you’re waiting for your significant other to watch the remaining episodes, congratulations: You’re not a Netflix cheater.

The streaming service is trying to keep the peace with a Netflix Cheating Contract, a cheeky checklist that is attempting to ensure that neither of you strays…from your queue.

Among the promises on the contract:

-I WON’T fall asleep
-I WON’T get distracted by my phone causing the other person to rewind because I missed something
-I WON’T continue watching a show without the other person present
-I WON’T talk whilst the show is on
-In the event that I come across a spoiler, I WON’T share it with the other person.

A 2017 survey from the streaming service noted that 46% of all couples Netflix cheat — and 48% of those Netflix cheaters are married. Eighteen percent of couples have actually had a verbal argument over Netflix cheating, the survey found.

Shockingly, 14% of those believed Netflix cheating is worse than having an actual affair.

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Better Be a Good Passenger on THIS Bus!

An off-duty Peter Pan Bus Lines driver was arrested after she allegedly “purposely locked” a woman inside a luggage compartment on a Boston-bound bus on Sunday afternoon.

A 32-year-old Long Beach, New York, woman dialed 911 around 4 p.m. Sunday from inside the luggage compartment.

Officers pinged the woman’s phone and found she was headed down Interstate 84 near Willington, Connecticut. After an officer pulled the bus over and searched its luggage compartments, he found the woman in the second one he checked.  The woman told police a female driver intentionally locked her in there when she was attempting to retrieve items from her bag.

The driver, Wendy Helena Alberty, 49, of Brooklyn, NY, was charged with reckless endangerment and unlawful restraint, according to the Connecticut State Police.  She’s reportedly been suspended as officials investigate the incident.

It’s unclear how long the woman was stuck in the luggage compartment.  She was well enough after to refuse medical treatment.

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Millennials & Real Life Friends

In a day and age when people have hundreds of “friends” online, a new study says that millennials — those between the ages of 23 to 38 — are having a problem getting friends in real life.

A recent poll from polling firm and market research company YouGov revealed that 30% of millennials said the always felt lonely; 27% say they have no close friends, and 22% said they didn’t have a single friend.

Nearly half of those millennials polled said they have between one and four friends they consider “close.”

Considering these sobering statistics, it’s no surprise 30% of millennials say they don’t have a best friend; 70% percent do, however.

Just 16% of Gen Xers and only 9% of boomers said they have no friends.

A related study, from the University of Pennsylvania, may shed some light: researchers found a link between social media use and “decreased well-being.”

Psychologist Melissa G. Hunt put it plainly: “Here’s the bottom line: Using less social media than you normally would leads to significant decreases in both depression and loneliness.”

Another reason Americans aren’t making friends? Fifty-three percent say they’re too shy. Twenty-six percent said they don’t have any hobbies that would help them meet new friends — while 27% who admitted to having trouble making friends say they felt they didn’t need any.

All this being said, 42% of Americans out of the millennial demographic say they’ve made a new friend in the last six months; 38% of millennials say they’ve done the same.

Work remains a prime spot for making friends, with 76% of those polled saying that’s where they met their new pal; 44% said through their church or similar organization; 38% say they’ve met someone out of the blue at a park or cafe — the same percentage of those who said their new friendship was born from meeting the parents of their kid’s friends.