Saturday, May 18 2013 11:32 PM EDT2013-05-19 03:32:55 GMT
Powerball tickets are selling at a brisk pace with such a large jackpot at stake. Surging ticket sales have pushed the multi-state Powerball jackpot to a whopping $600 million. The odds of winning areFull Story >
Powerball tickets are selling at a brisk pace with such a large jackpot at stake. Surging ticket sales have pushed the multi-state Powerball jackpot to a whopping $600 million.Full Story >
Saturday, May 18 2013 9:23 PM EDT2013-05-19 01:23:51 GMT
Air Care has been called to the scene of a shooting in Dearborn County. Authorities received reports of an accidental shooting on Happy Hollow Road just around 9:00 p.m. The victim's name and conditionFull Story >
Air Care has been called to the scene of a shooting in Dearborn County. Authorities received reports of an accidental shooting on Happy Hollow Road just around 9:00 p.m.Full Story >
Saturday, May 18 2013 9:10 PM EDT2013-05-19 01:10:46 GMT
One man has been taken to the hospital after police found him shot on the sidewalk. The incident happened Saturday evening on the corner of Burnet and Rockdale Avenue in Avondale. One man was arrestedFull Story >
One man has been taken to the hospital after police found him shot on the sidewalk. The victim is believed to have non life-threatening injuries.
(RNN) - New York City's Times Square has cornered the market on dropping a ball to usher in New Year's Day.
The illuminated ball has been bringing in the new year since 1907 – with a hiatus in 1942 and 1943 because of World War II. Hundreds of thousands will crowd Manhattan again for 2013 – but what about everyone else who wants to see something lowered to mark the new year?
With that in mind, other places started their own "drops," with a few modifications to fit the individual communities.
Anyone can light up an orb. It takes a little more creativity to drop watermelons, or a pirate wench, or sausage, or a carp. And why not a Moon Pie, a live possum, a stuffed possum or a drag queen in a ruby slipper, too?
If you're going to stand outside Dec. 31, you might as well be warm.
Pensacola drops a giant, 10-foot, half-ton illuminated pelican. Not bad, but Key West wins points for variety and originality.
At Schooner's Warf, a pirate wench is lowered at midnight from the mast of a ship as cannons are fired; at Sloppy Joe's Bar, a giant conch shell gives in to gravity; and at Bourbon Street Pub, a live drag queen drops down in a giant sparkling red high heeled shoe – because why not, right?
"Priscilla Queen of the Desert was a big hit at the time," said Joe Schroeder, owner of the pub. "We were thinking about the shoe on the bus scene, and we thought that could be our drop."
The first year, the shoe was hastily assembled out of chicken wire and paper mache. Now, the shoe is larger, fancier and there is an extensive pulley system to lower Sushi, the 95-pound drag queen who has been riding the shoe since the celebration began more than a decade ago.
The shoe dropping has become so popular that Anderson Cooper features it during his New Year's Eve special on CNN.
"We're going to continue to do that every year until Sushi becomes the old lady in the show," Schroeder said.
If you're interested in something that would appeal to the 10-year-old kid in all of us, try a bunch of watermelons splattering all over the place.
A few years ago, John Frenz invited a few friends over to his Vincennes, IN, home for New Year's Eve to watch the ball drop in New York City.
"Someone said, ‘We should do something around here,' and the next hour and a half was the most lively – thoughts were flowing freely," said Rick Linenburg, friend of Frenz, party attendee and planning committee member for the watermelon drop.
Knox County is Indiana's largest melon producer, so dropping watermelons seemed like a logical choice. An 18-foot long, 15 1/2-foot wide watermelon will be hoisted 100 feet in the air during the last minute of the year.
At midnight, the "watermelon" will illuminate and the bottom will release real watermelons.
"The first year it was all over the street and no one could see it," Linenburg said. "We've erected a ‘splatform' that's about 10 feet high."
Gallagher would be proud.
Vincennes isn't the only town to drop fruit - kind of. Traverse City, MI, drops a cherry.
Well, a lighted cherry made of aluminum with more than 5,000 lights officially called the CherryT, which is a bit of a mash up for "charity" and "cherry."
The Traverse City region grows about 75 percent of the nation's tart cherry crop annually, and the price of admission is either a monetary donation or a nonperishable food item.
The family-friendly event (no alcohol) had about 5,000 people show up for its first year in 2009. The next year, that amount doubled.
For some reason, Pennsylvania seems to be a hotbed of communities that lower quirky items to celebrate the new year, many of which play off the name, industry or feature of the town.
For example, Harrisburg drops a lighted strawberry, the Crayola factory drops a giant crayon (well before midnight, for the kids), Bethlehem drops a Peep (yes, a replica of the marshmallow treat), Lancaster drops a rose, Dillsburg drops a pickle, Beavertown drops a beaver, Lebanon a huge 200-pound actual bologna, Hershey raises a giant Hershey kiss, Mechanicsburgh lowers a wrench - just to name a few.
If you want quirky, North Carolina is close behind Pennsylvania. Mount Olive drops a pickle - not an olive - because of the Mt. Olive Pickle Company. In Charlotte - the queen city - a crown is raised.
In Eastover, NC, a flea is lowered. A big 3-feet long, foam and wood flea constructed by Mayor Charles McLaurin. His name is Jasper.
"We had over 100 write-in suggests for naming the flea," C. Kim Nazarchyk, Eastover town manager, said in 2011. "The name chosen was Jasper, in honor of Jasper Geddie who was a very large landowner in the 1800s, which included the spot we use for the event."
In a 2010 interview with NPR, McLaurin said a flea was chosen because many of the town's buildings in the 1880s were not underpinned, and animals would crawl up under the church, which became infested with fleas.
Don't worry, there aren't any there now, but the name "Flea Hill" stuck.
Until this year in western North Carolina, Brasstown lowered a possum. Not a stuffed possum - like Tallapoosa, GA, lowers (his name is Spencer). Nope, this was a real live possum that was captured a week before being lowered in a giant Plexiglas cage.
But earlier this year, PETA sued the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission for issuing the permit to allow the possum drop.
The commission can issue permits for animal captivity, but it issued a temporary permit to Clay Logan, owner of Clay's Corner. A judge ruled the temporary permit violated state law prohibiting capturing and using wild animals for pets or amusement.
Logan told the Asheville Citizen-Times there will be a possum drop – but the possum won't be a live one, and the rest of the festivities will go on as scheduled.
Not to be outdone in the lowering-weird-animals category, Prairie du Chien, WI, lowers a carp named "Lucky," so named because carps are considered lucky in Chinese culture.
Each year, a new Lucky is fortunate to be plucked from the Mississippi River to be kissed by those wanting extra luck and then lowered at midnight.
Yup. People kiss the dead carp for luck. Lipstick is even put on the fish's lips.
"Anyone can kiss the carp," said Mike Ulrich of the city's Parks and Recreation Department in 2011. "Quite a few people kiss it."
And are Lucky's lips cleaned between kisses?
"It is what it is. You know how people are during New Year's Eve," Ulrich laughed. "There's already alcohol on their lips, so I'm sure it's fine."
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Monday, November 19 2012 2:37 PM EST2012-11-19 19:37:19 GMT
(RNN) - Family and friends will be gathering together during the holiday season for dinners, parties, and gift exchanges and many will document the festive season. To get that perfect memento of the season,Full Story >
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Friday, May 17 2013 10:45 PM EDT2013-05-18 02:45:31 GMT
Continuing our exclusive coverage of the IRS scandal, FOX19 has obtained documents of a fifth Cincinnati IRS agent who reportedly came after a pro-life group in 2009. The group was asked about prayerFull Story >
Continuing our exclusive coverage of the IRS scandal, FOX19 has obtained documents of a fifth Cincinnati IRS agent who reportedly came after a pro-life group in 2009.Full Story >
Friday, May 17 2013 6:51 PM EDT2013-05-17 22:51:09 GMT
Transcribed interviews conducted by the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform are set to begin Monday, May 20th for five IRS employees. Four of those IRS employees are based in Cincinnati.Full Story >
Transcribed interviews conducted by the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform are set to begin Monday, May 20th for five IRS employees. Four of those IRS employees are based in Cincinnati. Full Story >
Friday, May 17 2013 7:16 PM EDT2013-05-17 23:16:53 GMT
One person has died in a crash near Harrisonville, MO, Thursday evening. The crash happened on Missouri Highway 7 and Walker Road. It involved a car and a tractor-trailer. Harrisonville is in Cass County.Full Story >
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Saturday, May 18 2013 12:44 PM EDT2013-05-18 16:44:02 GMT
A bystander is in hot water after a late night crash in Middletown. Police say they were called to Verity Parkway to investigate a head on crash, An investigation revealed that a car driven by DanielFull Story >
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Wednesday, May 15 2013 9:50 PM EDT2013-05-16 01:50:03 GMT
The White House today released over 100 pages of emails regarding the attack in Benghazi. So what do those emails tell us? Members of congress and the President himself say it's all a side-show. WhileFull Story >
The White House today released over 100 pages of emails regarding the attack in Benghazi. So what do those emails tell us? Members of congress and the President himself say it's all a side-show. While others say the truth has still not been revealed. So what is true here? Full Story >
Saturday, May 18 2013 1:47 PM EDT2013-05-18 17:47:49 GMT
A fire badly damages an Anderson Township home. It happened early Saturday morning at a home in the 8000 block of Pine Terrace Drive. Fire officials say they got a call that smoke was coming from theFull Story >
Fire officials say there is significant damage to the home's first floor.Full Story >