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Wednesday’s Headlines recap: Gun used by Marathon bomber linked to alleged heroin dealer; Auschwitz selfie teen explains herself to Meghan McCain; 79 hoarded cats removed from Arizona home

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

Gun used by Boston Marathon bomber linked to alleged heroin dealer

Stephen Silva, a friend of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, is believed to have provided the handgun used to kill MIT police officer Sean Collier during the manhunt, according to reports.

“So he’s in trouble,” Dennis said.

Silva initially appeared in federal court on charges related to heroin trafficking and possession of a handgun with an obliterated serial number.

“I love the fact that they’re onto these bums and they’re not messing around,” Callahan said. “These rats will all turn on each other and pretty soon we’ll know the lineup — because Dzhokhar doesn’t get a turn, he’s the last one — of witnesses and friends that will point the finger and say, ‘He did it, he knew what he was doing, he was doing it for Allah,’ and it’s going to be a slam-dunk case.”

Auschwitz selfie teen shows no regrets in appearance with Meghan McCain

Breanna Mitchell, the Alabama teenager who tweeted a smiling selfie from Auschwitz concentration camp, told Meghan McCain in an appearance on TakePart Live that she has no regrets.

Mitchell said she had studied the Holocaust with her late father and made the trip in his memory.

“That’s way she smiled in front of Auschwitz. You have a problem with that?” Minihane said sarcastically.

Callahan said: “It is the most embarrassing picture. You can see the barracks, or whatever you call them, in the background.”

“You can see the camps right behind her,” Minihane said. “She’s got her iPad or iPhone in her hand and she’s smiling like a dope.”

Nearly 80 cats hoarded in Arizona home retrieved by police

Police and animal rescue workers removed 79 cats from an Arizona home on Monday.

According to police, the house was foreclosed and and sold July 17 after previous homeowner Jean Whitaker was cited three days earlier for failure to maintain premises.

Authorities reportedly found that a number of the cats were dead, and there was some human excrement on the floor.

“Maybe they were saving it to play stoolball,” Callahan said, joking about the story regarding the English sport in Tuesday’s Boston Globe.

Said Dennis: “Imagine what that house must’ve smelled like.”

Starbucks barista faces firing over small tattoo

A Starbucks barista in Michigan is facing a difficult dilemma. The woman, whose first name, Kayla, was only provided, was told by her employer that she must get rid of her tattoo in 30 days or resign.

Kayla, 27, said she had the tattoo, which she described as a little heart that can be covered with a thumb, when she was hired by Starbucks five years ago.

Starbucks said the company policy bars baristas from having visible tattoos.

“They do a fine job, the baristas,” Callahan said. “They go to school and learn and get the orders right, but don’t they often kind of look, I don’t know, they look eccentric.

“Don’t they often have earrings, nose rings, fake glasses? You can’t have a little heart tattoo on your hand?”

Said Minihane: “You have to have the fake, non-prescription glasses.”

“They’re very nice people there,” Callahan said.

Minihane questioned their sincerity, saying: “They’re almost too nice.”