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Monday’s Headlines recap: State takes precautions for Ebola; Alabama school forces girl to take suicide questionnaire; ‘Saturday Night Live’ hits ratings low

10.13.14 at 9:34 am ET
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Here are the highlights from Monday’€™s Headlines on Dennis & Callahan with Kirk Minihane, John Dennis and Gerry Callahan. To hear the segment, go to the Dennis & Callahan audio on demand page.

— Massachusetts and the Boston area had its first scare with Ebola this weekend. A man who had visited Liberia went to a Braintree medical center, saying he had muscle aches and a headache — symptoms of the virus.

Though the facility took precautions, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center officials said the man most likely doesn’t have the virus.

“Didn’t it make your heart skip a beat?” Callahan said. “Dallas is OK, there’€™s lots of space between Dallas and here.”

Part of the reason for Braintree’€™s precaution is because a Dallas nurse contracted the virus when she was helping treat the man who brought the disease into the country. In that case, officials said the Texas hospital was unprepared.

Said Callahan: “It’€™s so mean-spirited, to stop guys from coming in from Liberia, but wouldn’t that make all of the sense in the world?”

Replied Dennis: “Gerry, they’€™re giving them EBT cards, which stands for ‘Ebola big time.’ ”

“It’€™s concerning, I’€™m a little concerned about this,” Minihane said. “I’€™m not usually one of these people who jump in hysterics, but is this going to be massive three years from now, or is going to be something we just laugh about like Swine Flu?”

— A girl from Mobile, Alabama, was forced to sign a contract with her school saying she would not commit suicide or homicide. The contract stemmed from when the girl drew a picture of a gun and then pointed a crayon at a fellow student.

The girl’€™s mother said the school made her daughter take a survey on suicide. The girl did not even know what the word “suicide” meant.

“I don’€™t think 5-year-olds grasp the concept of suicide,” Callahan said.

“No, but they all have guns in Alabama,” replied Dennis.

Said Callahan: “That kid doesn’t have a gun.”

— This weekend’€™s “Saturday Night Live,” hosted by one of show’€™s former cast members, Bill Hader, hit a ratings low. Despite appearances by other former cast members including Kristen Wiig and Andy Samberg, “SNL” had a 1.8 rating in households with adults aged 18-49 — the lowest-rated episode during its run.

“I’€™m starting to wonder, it’€™s kind of like Brady, when does it end for ‘Saturday Night Live?’ ” said Minihane.

Replied Callahan: “To me, it’€™s like college football. College football needs some personalities, some stars. … With SNL, they need one or two stars that carry the program.”

Read More: Ebola, Saturday Night Live,

Friday’s Headlines recap: Rock and Roll Hall of Fame announces 2015 nominees; O.J. Simpson has sex with transsexual in prison; Comedian Jan Hooks dies

10.10.14 at 8:37 am ET
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Here are the highlights from Friday’s Headlines on Dennis & Callahan with Kirk Minihane, John Dennis and Gerry Callahan. To hear the segment, go to the Dennis & Callahan audio on demand page.

— The nominees for the 2015 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame class were announced Thursday. Among the list were Green Day, rap group N.W.A., Nine Inch Nails and Sting as a solo act. To be nominated, the artists must have released their first album or song in 1989 or earlier.

The hosts argued that acts like Sting, who already are in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame with a band, shouldn’t be nominated again as a solo act.

Said Minihane of Sting: “He’s already in with The Police. Eric Clapton is in three different ways. At some point, don’t you just say if you’re in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, you’re in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame?”

Although Minihane said he’s a fan of Sting, Callahan said he felt otherwise.

“You can’€™t be great and have one of the five worst songs ever,” Callahan said.

Said Minihane: “I appreciate a good try and a whiff — if you have great songs.”

— A transsexual former inmate at Lovelock Correctional Center in Nevada reportedly had oral sex with O.J. Simpson in 2013. Jazmena Jameson, a prostitute, said the two had a flirtatious relationship before the one-time event.

What Simpson did not know, Jameson said, was that she was HIV positive and could’ve given the 67-year-old Simpson the virus, though the chance he was infected is small.

“So this happened in prison?” Dennis asked.

“In prison. These things happen in prison,” replied Minihane.

Said Callahan: “She was definitely a guy when she was in prison. … She might’ve had the surgery [to become a woman] since she got out. She’s not that bad looking. She’s probably better looking than any other bunkmate of O.J.’s in the prison.”

— Comedian and former “Saturday Night Live” star Jan Hooks died in New York on Thursday at 67 years old. She worked alongside a talented cast on “SNL” that included Mike Myers, Dana Carvey and Chris Farley.

“I agree that the cast [Hooks] was in was the best,” Callahan said. “I love how Chris Farley is like an afterthought.”

“Those casts were unbelievable,” replied Minihane.

Read More: Jan Hooks, O.J. Simpson, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame,

Poll: Who would you like to see host with John and Gerry on Friday?

10.09.14 at 4:23 pm ET
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Who would you like to see host with John and Gerry on Friday?

  • Sporty McKenzie (52%, 469 Votes)
  • Kirk Minihane (48%, 428 Votes)

Total Voters: 897

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Thursday’s Headlines recap: Ken Casey supports Charlie Baker; Boston City Council votes for pay raise; Yogi Berra Museum burglarized

10.09.14 at 8:18 am ET
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Here are the highlights from Thursday’s Headlines on Dennis & Callahan with Kirk Minihane, John Dennis and Gerry Callahan. To hear the segment, go to the Dennis & Callahan audio on demand page.

— Ken Casey of the Dropkick Murphys, a Democrat, will host a fundraiser for Republican gubernatorial candidate Charlie Baker.

“I really don’t think it really matters when they support these guys,” Minihane said of celebrity endorsements.

“It does when they cross over,” Callahan countered.

— The Boston City Council voted 9-4 to raise its annual pay from $87,500 to $107,500.

“If you were to fire them all tomorrow … would any of them get a job that pays more than [$]25,000 a year?” Callahan wondered.

“I know one they can have if they want it,” Minihane deadpanned. “They can sit right here.”

Added Callahan: “That’s insane — [$]107,000 for a part-time job?”

— Items were stolen from the Yogi Berra Museum in New Jersey during a break-in Tuesday night.

“I read that story, I felt bad for the guy,” Minihane said of the 89-year-old Yankees legend.

A $5,000 reward is being offered for the items’ return.

“My guess is the burglars are not going to return that for $5,000,” Minihane said. “Probably not.”

Read More: Charlie Baker, Dropkick Murphys, Ken Casey, Yogi Berra

Wednesday’s Headlines recap: Stephen Collins fired from ‘Ted 2′; 560-pound pimp complains about food at NY medical center; Evan Falchuk disagrees with homeland security policy

10.08.14 at 8:36 am ET
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Here are the highlights from Wednesday’€™s Headlines on Dennis & Callahan with Kirk Minihane, John Dennis and Gerry Callahan. To hear the segment, go to the Dennis & Callahan audio on demand page.

— Actor Stephen Collins, who starred as the father on the TV show “7th Heaven,” was fired from his role in Seth MacFarlane’€™s Boston-based movie, ‘€œTed 2,” after the emergence of a tape that purportedly includes his admission of child molestation.

“My question is, was he here yesterday, in Boston, when he was fired by Seth MacFarlane?” asked Callahan.

“Well, he was fired from ‘Ted 2,’ and I don’€™t think he ever arrived at all, it was going to be a one- or two-day pop in, pop out,” Minihane said.

Collins reportedly was fired from the film, but that’€™s just where the story begins. Collins’€™ ex-wife Faye Grant claims he told her before their daughter was born that he was glad the child wasn’t going to be a boy because he would have the urge to perform oral sex on him.

“Why would a girl have been any better?” Dennis asked. “He would’ve exposed himself to the girl.”

Minihane was surprised by the way Grant has handled the whole situation.

“I’€™m a little worried about this Faye Grant, I’ve got to be honest,” Minihane said. “She was married to him for almost 30 years and she seems to be relishing in this.”

— A New York pimp and convicted sex offender complained the New York Post yesterday that the food is bad and his bed is too small at a Queens medical center. Kenneth Harvey, who weighs 560 pounds, is not a fan of the tax-funded institution.

“Shocking, huh,” Callahan said. “A 500-pound guy thinks the bed’€™s too small and the food is ‘scanty.’ ”

At one time, Harvey was close to 700 pounds, meaning he actually has lost weight.

Said Dennis: “Well, he’s taking care of himself these days.”

“I don’€™t know about you guys, but my heart goes out to this poor fellow,” said Callahan.

— The five candidates running for governor of Massachusetts had a debate Tuesday night. One of the topics discussed was homeland security and terrorism.

Independent candidate Evan Falchuk said he is fine with fighting terrorism, but worried that “our civil liberties are being encroached upon,” especially in the case of the manhunt for the Boston Marathon bombers.

Said Dennis: “Evan, you can leave now. You don’€™t have to stay here. You don’€™t have to go home. You’ve just got to get out of here.”

Read More: Evan Falchuk, Stephen Collins,