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Thursday’s Headlines recap: Dzokhar Tsarnaev’s sister arrested for alleged bomb threat; ‘Cops’ crew member killed in shootout 08.28.14 at 9:46 am ET
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Here are the highlights from Thursday’s Headlines with John Dennis, Gerry Callahan and guest host Jerry Thornton. To hear the segment, go to the Dennis & Callahan audio on demand page.

– The sister of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzokhar Tsarnaev was arrested Wednesday after allegedly making a bomb threat to another woman in a domestic dispute.

Ailina Tsarnaev, who lived in North Bergen, New Jersey, was charged with aggravated harassment. She stands accused of calling a Harlem woman who shares a child with Ailina’s boyfriend and telling her, “I have people that can go over there and put a bomb on you.”

“She speaks the truth,” Callahan said. “I mean, they’re not available. One’s in jail.”

Said Thornton: “The real question here, guys, I think is, what did we as a society do to push her to that point?”

“We did not love them enough,” Dennis responded.

“Is there any doubt that this leech, that this little maggot is still on the dole?” asked Callahan, adding: “Do you think there’s anyone in this worthless clan that’s ever worked a day. They came here to fleece our system. They have done a wonderful job of it.”

– A crew filming for the television show “Cops” in Omaha, Nebraska, apparently got a little too close to a shootout, and it cost one of the crew members his life.

Haverhill’s Bryce Dion, an audio supervisor for the show, was killed by a stray bullet from a policemen’s gun during an exchange with a robbery suspect at a Wendy’s restaurant. The suspect, who it turned out was using a pellet gun, was killed as well.

“It is kind of a front-row seat to the fall of civilization,” Thornton said of the show. “Which, by the way, it reminds you that the collapse of Western society is way ahead of schedule.”

“It is the same reason that people all over the world love soap operas,” Dennis said. “Because they watch this stuff and they see the dysfunction and the acrimony, and they say, ‘I feel good about my life.’ That’s what ‘Cops’ is.”

Added Thornton: “It will put you on the side of police, when you realize what sober men on the job trying to feed their families are dealing with.”

– David Chase, creator of the HBO series “The Sopranos,” addressed the show’s controversial final episode and reportedly indicated that lead character Tony Soprano did not die just after the famous final scene in a diner, as many people assumed — although Chase later released a statement saying his response to the reporter’s question was misconstrued.

“The ending, as we all know, sucked,” Callahan said. “One of the worst finales ever. It just went black. They’re in the diner, Tony’s with his family, there’s some mystery man in there, and it goes black. If you’re an artsy type — like Minihane you call things ‘films,’ you talk about directors — then you say it was genius. [But] it sucked. It was awful. Almost as bad as the ‘Seinfeld’ finale. But he did leave you wondering, did Tony die?”

Thornton called the show “pretentious” at times.

Added Callahan: “When ‘Sopranos’ was good, there was nothing better. When it was bad, there was nothing worse. It was awful.”

Read More: Boston Marathon bombing, Cops, Dzokhar Tsarnaev, The Sopranos
Wednesday’s Headlines recap: Aaron Hernandez, Boston Marathon wedding, Robin Williams 08.27.14 at 8:21 am ET
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In Wednesday’€™s edition of Headlines€ on Dennis & Callahan, Steve Buckley brought three stories to the table as he filled in for Kirk Minihane.

– The first story related to the Aaron Hernandez case, with a Boston Herald report noting that some evidence — including multiple cell phones and iPads –€” cannot be used because the police overstepped their search warrant’€™s boundaries.

“An iPhone 5, a BlackBerry Bold cellphone, and three iPads with GPS tracking capability were taken from Hernandez’€™s North Attleboro home June 18, 2013, by police investigating the slaying of Odin L. Lloyd the day before,” wrote the Boston Herald. “€œJudge E. Susan Garsh said the warrant let police look for one cellphone with Hernandez’€™s Connecticut number and did not apply to the five devices, or make any mention of GPS devices.”

Despite the apparent break for Hernandez, all three hosts remained confident that the remaining admissible evidence — including video of Hernandez walking into his home with a gun after Lloyd’€™s death — would be enough to get him convicted.

“There’€™s still a lot of evidence,” Gerry Callahan said. “€œHe’€™s not walking.”€

– The second story was about the recent marriage of Boston Marathon bombing surviver James Costello marrying Krista D’€™Agostino, his nurse who helped him recover through surgery and rehabilitation.

“It’€™s a classic 1940s movie,”€ Buckley said. “€œHe was banged up, he went to the hospital, he met the nurse. His eyes met her, her eyes met his, something clicked and they got storied.”€

“That’€™s a nice story,” John Dennis responded.

– The final story focused on the reaction to Monday’€™s tribute to Robin Williams at the Emmys. One of the videos shown saw Williams borrow a woman’€™s scarf, wrap it over her face and act like a woman from Iran, which led some on Twitter to call the video offensive.

They then played the video, with all three finding the video harmless.

“That sounds awfully offensive,”€ Callahan said sarcastically. “I can’€™t believe they let that through the censors.”

Tuesday’s Three for All recap: MFB hosts recount scary arirplane flight, stressful trip to amusement park, birthday surprise 08.26.14 at 1:47 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.

– Benz recounted an experience he had flying from Boston to Pittsburgh over the weekend. One of the other passengers on the plane was Sean O’Malley, the Archbishop of Boston, giving Benz confidence that he arrive safely.

“I was texting with a friend of mine, I said, hey, this plane’s not going down, I’m on board with a guy who was almost pope. Nothing’s going wrong with this plane, right?” Benz said.

However, as the plane started to descend it dropped quickly and there were some indicators that something might not be right.

“Everybody’s looking at the pope guy,” said Benz, who was seated directly behind O’Malley. “Now I don’t think too many people realized who he was. They just knew it was some guy in religious garb. ‘€¦ So everybody’s looking at him and he’s just reading — reading the Bible it whatever he was reading.”

After a second drop and a hard landing, Benz addressed O’Malley.

“I get up and I put my hands on the guy’s shoulder and I say, ‘I’m glad your here.’ And he looks at me and he says, ‘I was in South Africa taking seaplanes that were about five- or six-seaters for 10 years. This was nothing.’ He gives me like this Vince Lombardi, grizzled, flying veteran speech, and I felt so small, so insignificant.”

– Merloni took a trip over the weekend to Storyland in New Hampshire with his wife and son and a few other families, and he’s still recovering from the stress and anxiety.

“Every one of the couples, they’re fighting with their wives, everybody hated the kids, yelling at the kids, they’re tired, running around all day long, they go to sleep late, they’re running around all day at the park, your kid’s a little wise-ass. The next thing you know that carries over to you and your wife, you’re yelling at each other, the other guy’s wife, she’s yelling at my wife ‘€¦ everybody was on edge.

“It’s great for the kids. Everybody is on edge. You go up there and it’s fun but you’re pulling your hair out. And you just want to say, ‘Whatever happens up here, let’s leave it up here.’ ‘€¦ We’ll let it all go and just relax. Because it is chaos for like 24 hours.”

Fauria said it’s a similar experience at Disneyland.

“They are selling such a crock to families — the happiest place,” Fauria said. “If you really want to get a good laugh, if you don’t want to ever have children, sit at the exit of Disneyland at around 5:30, 6, 7, 8 o’clock at night, when it’s starting to close. You’ll see kids crying, melting down over balloons, a churro, you name it. ‘I want a shirt, daddy.’ Moms yelling at daughters, husbands yelling at wives, grandparents just pissed off being pushed in wheelchairs. It is the most terrible experience in your life.”

– Fauria’s weekend was highlighted by an early birthday present from his girlfriend, who presented him with a black labrador retriever that he named Lola.

Fauria played the audio from the moment his girlfriend surprised him, when he repeatedly asked her, “What the hell are you doing?”

“Do you think I was a little too rough?” Fauria said. “Initially I was like, whoa, what are we going to do with the dog?”

Said Merloni: “Keep the dog and your kids out of Storyland. I don’t think there’s any pets allowed in there anyways.”

Tuesday’s Headlines recap: ‘Breaking Bad’ rules Emmys; Worcester, Boston ranked at bottom of safe-driving list 08.26.14 at 8:18 am ET
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Here are the highlights from Tuesday’s Headlines with John Dennis, Gerry Callahan and guest host Butch Stearns. To hear the segment, go to the Dennis & Callahan audio on demand page.

The Emmys were held Monday night, and the TV awards show featured joking about lead actor nominee Matthew McConaughey and a tribute to Robin Williams from fellow comedian and close friend Billy Crystal.

“Are we Robin Williamsed out, kind of?” Stearns asked. “Is it sacrilegious to say that?”

“Every magazine at the checkout counter has Robin Williams and has for the last 2 1/2 weeks,” noted Dennis, while expressing appreciation for Williams’ talent.

“Breaking Bad,” the AMC show that ended its run last year, won five awards, including outstanding drama series.

“For how many more years will ‘Breaking Bad’ win Emmys?” Callahan wondered. “Hasn’t it been off the air?”

– Allstate released its annual safe-driving rankings of the nation’s 200 biggest urban areas, and Fort Collins, Colorado, finished first for a fourth time with an per-driver average of 14.2 years between collisions.

Massachusetts’ two biggest cities were at the bottom of the list. Worcester drivers have a collision every 4.3 years, while Bostonians go 4.4 years between crashes.

Washington, D.C., which finished in the bottom spot last year, was third-to-last at 5.1.

“We are — I believe I heard this correctly — 134 percent more likely to get in an accident in Boston,” Dennis said.

Stearns said he’s lived in a few locales across the country, and he’s convinced Boston drivers are the best.

“L.A. drivers are the worst. Detroit drivers drive the fastest on the worst roads. We’re the best drivers, because we’re aggressive as hell, but we tip our hat,” Stearns said. “A guy cut me off this morning at 5:45, John — I was a little late — I tip my hat to the guy. I tip my hat, it was a good move.”

Said Dennis: “See, we deal with rotaries. I don’t think they have rotaries in Michigan. They don’t have rotaries in L.A. That’s part of the problem.”

Added Dennis: “You’re part of the problem, Callahan, you drive like a maniac.”

Responded Callahan: “No, I’m an excellent driver. ‘€¦ I haven’t had a fender-bender in 30 years.”

Thursday’s Headlines recap: Montana man’s 911 call about an uncooperative prostitute backfires; former Maine hermit readjusts to society 08.21.14 at 8:37 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 listen to the segment, go to the Dennis & Callahan audio on demand page.

– A Montana man ended up in jail after calling police to claim that a stripper refused to have sex with him after he paid her $350, according to Billings’ KTVQ.com.

William McDaniel, 53, called 911 Saturday night to report the woman from Sagebrush Sam’s Exotic Dance Club in Rocker, Montana. McDaniel, who has a history of arrests for DUI and drug possession, was taken in by Butte-Silver Bow police for soliciting prostitution, a misdemeanor.

“If you’re in Rocker, Montana, wouldn’t you think something like this would be OK?” Callahan wondered. “It’s kind of a lawless [area]. … I’ll bet you people there, they think this is OK. They’re real libertarians out there, not phony ones like [Minihane].”

– The unarmed black teenager who was killed by a white police officer in Ferguson, Missouri, had punched the officer and shattered his eye socket prior to being shot, according to a report out of the St. Louis suburb.

Officer Darren Wilson suffered an orbital blowout fracture to the eye socket, Gateway Pundit reported.

“He crushed the guy’s face,” Callahan said. “Does this mean we call off all the looting?”

Said Dennis: “It’s not fair to bring this up, Gerry, at this time. It’s character assassination.”

Continued Callahan: “You’re 300 pounds and you crush someone’s face, and they are, I assume, on the defensive here, I think the officer was probably fearing for his life. Wouldn’t you fear for your life when a 300-pounder crushed your face? So, do we call off the looting? No more looting?”

– The Maine man who lived in the woods for 27 years until being arrested for stealing from area homes and camps is readjusting to life in civilization.

Christopher Knight, known as the “North Pond Hermit,” talked about his situation with GQ as he goes through a special court program that provides treatment and counseling following a stint in jail.

“Some people want me to be this warm and fuzzy person,” the 48-year-old told the magazine. “All filled with friendly hermit wisdom. Just spouting off fortune-cookie lines from my hermit home.”

Said Callahan: “If you want to be a hermit living in the woods, wouldn’t you choose like, Virginia? I mean, Maine? Maine in your house in the winter is cold.”