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Monday’s Headlines recap: BET Awards wrap-up; ‘Transformers’ wins weekend; woman survives subway fall; people trapped at SeaWorld

06.30.14 at 8:50 am ET
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Pharrell Williams. (AP)

Pharrell Williams was named top male pop artist at Sunday’s BET Awards. (AP)

Here are the highlights from Monday morning’s AT&T Headlines segment on Dennis & Callahan, with John Dennis filling in for Kirk Minihane as the master of ceremonies and Jerry Thornton sitting in with the guys.

Lionel Richie (not John Denver) wins lifetime achievement awards at BET event

Sunday night the BET Awards were announced with few surprises.

The top female pop artist was Beyonce, while Pharrell Williams won best male pop artist thanks in large part to his hit song “Happy.”

“This sounds fantastic when you first hear it,” Thornton said of the hit song. “But it goes on like this for about 45 minutes. It goes on longer than ‘Free Bird.’ It doesn’t stop. It doesn’t change.”

The top hip-hop artists were Drake and Nikki Minaj. When asked to guess who won the lifetime achievement award, Thornton guessed, “John Denver?” Wrong. Lionel Richie earned the honor, leading Thornton to admit he had recently sung, “All Night Long” at a bar. “There was no escaping it,” he deadpanned.

(As a side note, BET misspelled Richie’s name when honoring the singer.)

‘Transformers’ wins again

Dennis broke down the the box-office winners for this past weekend’s movies, revealing that “Transformers: Age of Extinction” took top honors, hauling in $100 million.

“I hate all the ‘Transformers’ movies,” said Gerry Callahan. “All of them suck.”

Callahan referenced a movie review of the newest “Transformers” movie in the Boston Herald, citing the opening line: “Two hours and 45 minutes of stink.”

“This has been the summer of no summer movies,” observed Thornton.

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Thursday’s Headlines recap: Kim Jong Un is mad at James Franco and Seth Rogen

06.26.14 at 9:42 am ET
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Here are the highlights of Thursday’€™s edition of Headlines on Dennis & Callahan:

Norwood man cited in first up-skirt arrest

Twenty-three-year-old Josh Gonsalves was arrested Tuesday night for positioning an iPad under a woman’€™s dress on an MBTA bus. Gonsalves said that he had heard that is wasn’t illegal to do so.

‘€œThink about what he probably, in a best-case scenario, if we were as successful as he possibly could be, you’€™re probably just seeing underpants, right?’€ asked John Dennis. ‘€œIs that a turn-on?’€

Gonsalves initially denied the accusations, but said, ‘€œOK, you caught me,’€ when asked by police what the first photo was on his iPad.

Kim Jong Un swears ‘€˜merciless’€™ retaliation if new Seth Rogen film released

The North Korean government has promised a “merciless” retaliation against the United States if a movie starring Seth Rogen and James Franco about a plan to assassinate leader Kim Jong Un is released.

The movie, called “The Interview,” is about two people who attempt to assassinate Kim Jong Un after being granted an interview with him. The statement released by the North Korean government referred to the movie as an “act of war.”

“Would they start by trying to assassinate Rogen and Franco?” Dennis asked.

Man walks into McDonald’€™s with knife sticking out of his back

A man entered a New York McDonald’€™s and held a phone conversation with a knife stuck in his back Tuesday.

Andrew Hardy, 53, had been stabbed minutes earlier while trying to break up a fight. He then walked two blocks to the McDonald’s and called his daughter, with witnesses stunned by how composed he was.

Restaurant patrons called medics and he was released from the hospital later that day.

Wednesday’s Three for All recap: Staples ‘That was easy’ World Cup game

06.25.14 at 2:37 pm ET
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In Wednesday’s Three for All on Middays with MFB, Christian Fauria challenged Lou Merloni and Tim Benz to a game of guessing the Staples catchphrase, ‘€˜That was easy,”€™ in different languages.

(To listen to audio of the segment, click here.)

“€œI went to Staples, and you know that little red button that that says, ‘That was easy,’ Staples sells another one that has up to like 12 different countries on it and they say it in a different language, so I obviously got that one in honor of the World Cup,” Fauria said. “I was just kind of playing with it, trying to figure out if I could guess which translation of ‘€˜That was easy’€™ went with which country.”

Fauria had five ‘€˜That was easy’€™ challenges for Merloni and Benz, with Portugal, Germany, Argentina, Brazil and Italy being the five possible answers.

It did not take much time for Merloni to guess that the first ‘€˜That was easy’€™ was Italian.

“I did that one for you,” Fauria said. €œ”I was like, ‘€˜If he doesn’t know what this one is.’ … I made sure.”

Benz quickly picked up on the German version of the catchphrase€™ later on in the segment.

“€œIt sounds like it’€™s English,”€ Fauria said. “Maybe if you treat it like a Beatles album and slow it down.”

Benz also able to guess the Brazilian saying, impressing Merloni and Fauria.

“€œTim, you’€™re pretty good at this,” Merloni said.

It wasn’t a perfect showing for Merloni during the game, as he guessed that the Chinese saying was from the Netherlands.

“€œSee, I told you, I’€™m really good at geography,”€ Merloni said.

After the game, Fauria declared Benz the winner — something that Merloni did not necessarily agree with.

“He kept saying Germany for every single one,”€ Merloni said.

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Wednesday’s Headlines recap: Gary Oldman apologizes

06.25.14 at 9:18 am ET
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Here’s a recap of Wednesday’s edition of Headlines with Kirk Minihane on Dennis & Callahan:

Bob Dylan’s ‘Like A Rolling Stone’ lyrics sell for $2 million

A manuscript of the song was sold for $2.045 million at auction Tuesday.

“It’s a great, great, great song, whether you like Bob Dylan or not,” Minihane said. “My point is, if I had $2 million and spent it on that, is it an investment? Is it going to be worth more?”

“Not all of these people do it as an investment,” John Dennis said. “They do it because they have enough to say, ‘I’d like to own that.’ ”

Source: Georgia father knew child was left in hot car 

The Georgia father whose son was left in the back of his car for seven hours, resulting in the boy’s death, reportedly knew his son had been left there.

Justin Ross Harris had claimed that he didn’t realize his son had been left there until he was driving back from work, over seven hours later, but there is evidence that he knew his son had been left in the car all day.

Harris is being charged with murder.

Gary Oldman apologizes 

A day after making headlines for his rant against political correctness, actor Gary Oldman sent a statement of apology to both the Anti-Defamation League and the Simon Wiesenthal Center.

He did not, however, apologize to the other people insulted, including gay people, black people and Nancy Pelosi.

Tuesday’s Three for All recap: New Englanders are lazy and dirty; Amherst man scolds neighbor for watching World Cup

06.24.14 at 3:43 pm ET
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In Tuesday’€™€™s edition of Three for all€ on Middays with MFB, Lou MerloniChristian Fauria and Tim Benz discussed why New Englanders are lazy and dirty, as well as a Massachusetts man’s problem with a woman watching the World Cup.

(To listen to the audio of the segment, click here.)

Fauria found a survey in The Washington Post done by the Bureau of Labor Statistics that gathered information to determine how Americans spend their days.

“So what they did is they took a bunch of maps showing how Americans spend the variation of their time,” Fauria said.

One element to the study was sleep time per day, with Alabama and Mississippi topping the list at over nine hours per day.

“Down there, Christian, things move at a slower pace,” Benz said.

Fauria added: ”So I figured the food had something to do with it. Lots of heavy, greasy food, eating a lot. Because normally when the surveys come out regarding healthiest cities, the southern states don’t even make a blip on the radar.”

But even Massachusetts was up on the list, averaging eight hours, 42 minutes of sleep per day.

“I don’t even know anyone who gets eight hours of sleep,” Merloni said.

It only got worse for New England when it came to hygiene.

“When it comes to spending time doing grooming activities, like washing, dressing and just generally getting one’s act together for the day, Vermont is a notable outlier,” Fauria said.

Benz responded: ”How much time does it really take if you’re not going to comb or get the bee’s wax out of your hair and put on the same Birkenstocks and cargo shorts that you had the day before? How much time does this really take?”

The last area they mentioned was time spent working, and both Massachusetts and Maine ranked near the bottom.

“People from New England, we take from this, don’t work hard and they smell bad,” Benz said.

– Benz read a story about an Amherst man complaining to his South American neighbor because she was watching the World Cup too loudly while he was trying to watch NASCAR and listen to Lynyrd Skynyrd.

The woman told police that the man was scolding her for taking jobs away from Americans.

“You think that dude had a wife beater and just drank bud heavy?” Merloni said.

Benz added: “You can’t get more ‘Merica than that.”

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