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Tuesday’s Three for All recap: Fisher cats back in the news; Rob Ford’s return; Audrey Hepburn, Dr. Evil among famous Belgians

07.01.14 at 2:19 pm ET
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In Tuesday’€™€™s Three For All on Middays with MFB, Lou Merloni continued the fisher cat discussion from Monday, Tim Benz embraced the return of Rob Ford, and Christian Fauria looks at famous Belgian people in honor of Tuesday’s World Cup match between Belgium and the United States.

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

– In Monday’s segment, the trio discussed a fisher cat that has been roaming the streets of the Bronx over the past couple of months.

“He’s kind of like Batman,” Benz said. “He was first perceived to the world to be evil and the biggest rat in the Bronx. It turns out he’s eating the rats and now he’s like the entire Bronx mascot. This guy is an icon, this fisher.”

Fisher cats were back in the segment on Tuesday after a 12-year-old boy from Reheboth was attacked by what is believed to be a fisher cat at his home on Monday.

“Apparently this kid was at his house playing … and he was taken to the hospital,” Merloni said. “His condition not immediately known. The follow-up is now they’re calling it a mystery wild animal. They believe it’s fisher.”

Said Fauria: “Never heard of a fisher cat in my life and these last two days we have discussions about fisher cats, which really look kind of cuddly and cute.”

Rob Ford returned to Toronto City Hall Monday after two months of rehab. He apologized for his past behavior and asked for another chance as mayor.

“I can tell you this much,” Benz said. “We’re going to continue to track the fisher story, we’ve got to continue to track Rob Ford because this rehab stuff, it isn’t going to stick very long. It’s only a matter of time before he falls off.”

– In honor of the World Cup, Fauria looked up a list of famous Belgian people. Among those he found: actor/marital artist Jean-Claude Van Damme, legendary actress Audrey Hepburn, saxophone inventor Adolphe Sax, and Austin Powers‘ rival Dr. Evil.

“I honestly didn’t feel like there was a lot, and there’s some people in here that I was just amazed that were from Belgium,” Fauria said.

Tuesday’s Headlines recap: Atlanta parents researched child deaths before toddler killed in hot car; cannibal case overturned; fans try to skip work for World Cup

07.01.14 at 9:17 am ET
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Here are the highlights from Tuesday morning’s Headlines segment on Dennis & Callahan, with John Dennis leading the discussion in place of Kirk Minihane, and Jerry Thornton joining in.

Atlanta parents of toddler killed in hot car researched child deaths

The parents of 22-month-old Cooper Harris, who died after he was left in a hot car by his father for seven hours, have confessed to having researched child deaths in hot cars prior to the incident, according to police reports.

“It was disturbing enough when you thought that maybe he had a girlfriend and wanted out from this,” Gerry Callahan said. “Now we think that they might be in it together? And they might be saying that they don’t want this kid anymore?”

The father, Justin Harris, said he forgot that his son was strapped in the car seat in the back of his vehicle and drove straight to work instead of dropping him off at day care first.

“That’s like [Luis Suarez] saying, ‘I fell down and my mouth bit his shoulder accidentally,” Dennis said.

Thornton added: “It was disturbing enough when you gave him the benefit of the doubt and just thought he made a mistake.”

Officer’s conviction in cannibal case overturned

The 2013 conviction of former New York City police officer Gilberto Valle in a plot to “kidnap, torture, kill and eat women” was overturned by a federal judge on Monday due to a lack of supporting evidence.

Judge Paul G. Gardephe of Federal District Court in Manhattan granted Valle a verdict of acquittal on kidnapping conspiracy, the most serious count that he faced.

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Monday’s Three for All recap: Christian Fauria’s pool party fiasco; fisher cat terrorizes Bronx

06.30.14 at 2:04 pm ET
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In Monday’€™s Three For All on Middays with MFB, Christian Fauria discussed his eventful pool party, Lou Merloni talked about his son Mason‘€™s interesting experience with wildlife, and Tim Benz shared a report about the mysterious animal that has been stalking the Bronx for the past few months.

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

– Fauria hosted an eighth-grade birthday party at his house over the weekend that was filled with a fair share of drama.

“€œSo, parents drop their kids off, ‘€˜Hey, little Johnny can swim fine.’ … So little Johnny jumps into the pool — little Johnny needs to be pulled out by the lifeguard,” Fauria said. “So not only does little Johnny, but little Billy and little Sammy — I just wouldn’t send my kids to any party, a pool party especially, if they could not swim.”

Fauria added: “The other issue is, a lot of kids now a days have these allergies. So we have two kids that come to the party, and both of them have nut allergies. … There’€™s a lot of responsibly hosting a party.”

“Do you want every kid to have a 3-by-5 index card around their neck?” Benz asked.

“€œA dog tag. That’€™s what I want them to have,” Fauria responded.

– Merloni headed to Cape Cod for the weekend, where his son Mason got into an eventful, if not morbid, experience with a woodpecker.

“We went down the Cape to my in-laws’€™ house and my father in-law says, ‘€˜You know, I saw this woodpecker fly into the window and he’€™s dead and he out in the backyard.’€™ And I said, ‘€˜Don’€™t tell Mason, he loves birds.’€™ About an hour later, Mason is like, ‘€˜Hey Dad, look at this.’€™ You turn the corner with his grandfather and he’€™s holding on to a dead woodpecker in his bare hands.”

Merloni added: “So I can’€™t even get the words out of my mouth, ‘€œYou better drop that before your mother …’ and all of the sudden here comes the mother.”

After washing up, Mason returned with rubber gloves on his hands to continue his examination of the dead bird.

– A mysterious animal has been roaming around the Bronx over the last few months, leading some to think that a huge rat was stalking through the New York borough. However, it was revealed that the creature was actually a fisher cat, a member of the weasel family.

‘€œThose things are nasty. … I’ve got them in my neighborhood. Those things can take down a horse,”€ Merloni said.

Said Fauria: “I’ve got a bunch of squirrels digging in my trash. I wonder if I should get one of these and let it loose in the backyard.”

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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.

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