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Thursday’s Headlines recap: Ebola scare ‘much ado about nothing'; John Grisham defends friend who downloaded child porn

10.16.14 at 9:46 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.

— The federal government is being questioned for its handling of the Ebola virus situation after a Dallas nurse who treated a fatal Ebola patient was given the OK to fly on a plane by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control despite showing early symptoms.

Dr. Thomas Frieden, head of the CDC, insists people should not worry about sitting next to an infected individual, although he said that anyone who thinks they might have the disease should stay away from the public. Such inconsistencies have led to some calling for him to resign.

“When you hear from the guy in charge of this whole thing — and I’m not talking about the president, because he’s busy playing golf — the guy from the CDC, you just can’t have any faith in the federal government,” Callahan said.

Dennis said the Ebola scare is an overreaction.

“This is so much ado about nothing, it makes me sick,” Dennis said. “This is well beyond the idiocy of Y2K. This is well beyond the idiocy of Legionnaire’s disease. This is well beyond the idiocy of global warming.

“One person has died of Ebola. Three people have it. The economy is tanking, not completely because of Ebola, but because airline stocks are plummeting because nobody wants to fly. Vacation, car rentals, hotels, all that part of the economy is tanking because nobody wants to leave their house because they’ve all scared the crap out of us. This is the ultimate Chicken Little story.”

Added Dennis: “Fifty-two thousand people in this country died from the damn flu last year. We have one from Ebola, and this place has sho’ gone crazy.”

Callahan questioned his co-host’s assertion, noting that there is no known cure for Ebola.

“[The flu] goes away. I don’t think Ebola is going away,” he said.

Callahan is upset that the people in charge won’t stop flights from Liberia to the United States allegedly because they want to support the African nation’s economy.

Said a sarcastic Callahan: “We should share the suffering. You think you’re above them? The poor folks in Liberia? You think they’re not as good as us? . . . That is literally the mentality: We’re no better than they are.”

— Novelist John Grisham said America is wrongly jailing too many people, including some who stumble onto child pornography on the Internet.

Grisham said he had a friend with a drinking problem who “would never touch a child” but who “pushed the wrong buttons, went too far and got into child porn,” and he ended up in prison for years.

Said Dennis: “Well, then, Mr. Grisham, if you had a 5-year-old daughter, would you be comfortable with this guy who ‘only presses a wrong button when he has too much to drink’ living next door to you? I guess not.”

Responded Callahan: “I do see his point. Even if you look at it, you’re not acting on it. You see guys who look at it — and I know they’re facilitating the whole process — looking at it will get you 20 years.”

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Wednesday’s Headlines recap: Homeless man stabs two Boston park rangers; animal activist rants at restaurant; Ohio teens arrested for disturbing ice bucket challenge prank

10.15.14 at 9:04 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.

— A 34-year-old homeless man was arrested Tuesday night after he stabbed two park rangers on the Boston Common. Bodio Hutchinson ran from the scene and told cops chasing him to shoot him. Instead, the cops tackled the suspect to the ground and took him to jail. The officers he stabbed were listed in stable condition.

Said Dennis: “All right, three options here: deranged, suicide by cop or he wanted to become a martyr and be the next famous guy who gets shot by a cop without a gun in his hand — demented.”

“Park rangers have guns?” asked a surprised Callahan.

“It’s just in case Yogi and Boo-Boo go nuts,” replied Dennis.

Said Callahan: “I don’t think they have guns. Why would you let a guy stab you multiple times?”

— An animal activist gave an impassioned speech at a San Francisco restaurant in late September, urging diners not to eat meat. Kelly Atlas described how she saved an abused “little girl,” which was in fact her pet chicken named Snow. Atlas doesn’t like how chickens are treated and eventually killed by the food industry.

“She’s more deranged than the guy at the Common,” Dennis exclaimed.

Said Minihane: “You know what’s the greatest thing in the world? Biting into a Chick-fil-A grilled chicken sandwich.”

Replied Dennis: “If I’m going to protest the corporal punishment of chickens, I’m not going to a brasserie. Aren’t you going to Chick-fil-A?”

— Five teenagers from Ohio will face criminal charges after they tricked an autistic boy into doing a fake ALS ice bucket challenge. Instead of dumping ice water on the 15-year-old, the teenagers poured a bucket filled with feces, cigarette butts and urine.

“I hope they do time,” Callahan said. “I don’t want them to just get a little fine, a little community service.”

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10.15.14 at 6:44 am ET
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Tuesday’s Three for All recap: Cowboys RB Joseph Randle arrested for shoplifting; new ‘Ghostbusters’ movie reportedly will have female leads

10.14.14 at 1:29 pm ET
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Here are the highlights from Tuesday’s Three for All on Middays with MFB with Lou Merloni, Christian Fauria and Tim Benz. To hear the segment, go to the MFB audio on demand page.

— Cowboys running back Joseph Randle was arrested Monday for stealing underwear and cologne from a Dillard’s department store at a suburban Dallas mall. He was charged with Class B misdemeanor theft and released early Tuesday on bond.

“Dillard’s has got some pretty good stuff,” Fauria noted.

“What is this guy doing?” Merloni asked. “You play in the NFL. You go to Dillard’s. What is it, just for the rush? Just to see if you can get away with it?”

Said Benz: “That’s a weird combination, too, the underwear and cologne. Was he expecting a big night and he just didn’t have his wallet, and he couldn’t go out with whoever it was without the underwear and cologne?”

— Esquire magazine named 40-year-old Penelope Cruz the Sexiest Woman Alive in its current issue.

“Now, I’m a fan,” Benz said. “Definitely in the top echelon, top tier. Maybe even a second-liner. But first-line power play? MVP? Penelope Cruz? Really?”

Explained Fauria: “If somebody is sexy, if they have a lot of sex appeal, it doesn’t necessarily mean looks. It’s how they carry themselves. Maybe it’s how they dress, maybe they’re funny. Because there’s a lot of ugly, goofy-looking guys that have hot women. It has nothing to do with their looks, because their sex appeal is their charm. . . . The fact is they’re not basing this on looks. Because if they’re basing it on looks, I could walk down the street, I could go right now, walk out of this radio station and I could find 10 in New York City that are twice as hot as Penelope Cruz.”

— A new “Ghostbusters” movie, currently being written, will feature female leads.

“How weird is this that ‘Gostbusters,’ our movie from our youth, from our childhood, is going to be all women?” said Fauria, who expressed concern that he won’t like the new version.

Said Benz: “It all depends on the cast. You find the cast list, get back to us, and then we’ll do a thumbs up/thumbs down.”

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Tuesday’s Headlines recap: Penelope Cruz ‘Sexiest Woman Alive'; Aaron Hernandez can watch Patriots; Catholic church softens stance on gays, divorce

10.14.14 at 8:40 am ET
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Here are the highlights from Tuesday’€™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.

Esquire magazine named actress Penelope Cruz its Sexiest Woman Alive for 2014.

This did not sit well with the hosts.

“Oh, my God. I would cancel my subscription if I had one,” Dennis said, agreeing with Minihane that she has a “bird face.”

Said Minihane: “If Anne Hathaway or Penelope Cruz worked here, she would not be the most attractive woman at this place. … Penelope Cruz is a Hollywood 7.”

— Accused murderer Aaron Hernandez apparently has been allowed to watch Patriots games on television at the Nashua Street Jail because he has been a model citizen, according to a report in the Boston Herald.

Hernandez had been confined to his cell at the Bristol House of Correction for 21 hours per day, but the former Patriots tight end was moved three months ago to Nashua and now is in general population, Suffolk Sheriff Steven Tompkins told the Herald.

“This bothers me more than Ebola right now,” Callahan said, adding: “He gets to sleep late, work out, watch football. Is that a vacation or is that prison?”

Suggested Dennis: “They should be made to listen to it on the radio.”

— A group of Roman Catholic bishops convened by Pope Francis suggested Monday that the church soften its stance on homosexuality and divorce.

“Even the gays have something to offer the Pope,” Dennis said.

“What about the guys who threw condoms at the bishop in New York outside of church. Do they have something to offer?” Callahan asked.

Replied Minihane: “If I’m a homosexual and I grew up in the Catholic church, I’d be awfully angry at them, too, wouldn’t you be, if you’re a practicing Catholic? … They’ve turned their back on you. They’ve said it’s a sin for years and years and years.”