Radiation at the Grand Canyon. Tourists exposed. – USA TODAY
Hey, Short Listers: I’m jamming out to Dolly Parton as I writeÂ thisÂ because I enjoy the Queen of Country’s music,Â even if her husband doesn’t.Â It’s Kirk BadoÂ in for Ashley ShafferÂ with today’s most-talked-about stories.Â
First, theÂ Grand Canyon: Tourists, employeesÂ and childrenÂ were exposed to unsafe levels of radiationÂ forÂ nearly two decadesÂ inside a museum building at the Grand Canyon, according to the park’s safety director.
She calledÂ the first lady an ‘ape’. Looks like she committed fraud, too.
In 2016, Pamela Taylor called Michelle Obama an “ape in heels”Â on Facebook and lost her job at a nonprofit group, but it seems racist words were just theÂ tip of the awful iceberg. Last week, a woman revealed sheÂ illegally registeredÂ for FEMA disaster benefits after a flood inÂ 2016 thatÂ killed more than 20 peopleÂ in West Virginia. That woman’s name and residences match those of theÂ Pamela Taylor behind the racist post.Â TaylorÂ defrauded the federal agency of more than $18,000 and could faceÂ up to 30 years in prison.Â
A foldable iPhone? Apple hints yes
Apple’sÂ “bendgate” controversyÂ last year had everyone stress-testing iPhones, but a new patent filingÂ suggests the tech giant might debut flexible phones â foldable iPhones, that is.Â Over Valentine’s Day, Apple applied for a patent, includingÂ 24 drawings that demonstrate ways in which future devices might be bent, such as a pyramid that suggestsÂ that two people sitting opposite each other could each view their own screen while competing in a game (Fortnite, anyone?). It’s unlikely we’ll see a model at the company’s showcase in September, but 2020?Â AppleÂ might beÂ flexible enough to pencil that in.Â Â Â Â
An iconic photo’s sailorÂ dies
George Mendonsa,Â identified as the sailor kissing a woman in aÂ photo at the end of World War II,Â died over the weekend at 95.Â TheÂ timeless photo came to representÂ the soaring spirits of Americans afterÂ the war.Â The woman in the photo, identified asÂ Greta Zimmer Friedman,Â described the kiss asÂ “something that happened to her,” her son said.
- An 11-year-oldÂ was arrested for refusing to standÂ for the Pledge of Allegiance.
- A vintage Michael Jordan shoe found at a demolition siteÂ could fetch more than $20,000.
- A victim in last week’s shooting in Aurora, Ill., sent his wife a heartbreaking final text.
Men who can do 40 push-ups have lower risk of heart disease, a study says.
Payless is closing all 2,100 of its stores, and here’s your guide to the best liquidation deals.
Jussie Smollett’s story may be unraveling
“Empire” star JussieÂ Smollett claimed he was a victim of a racist, homophobic attack nearly one month ago. He said two masked menÂ assaulted him,Â doused him in a chemical, yelled, “This is MAGA country” andÂ put a rope around his neck.Â The claim sent shockwaves through the entertainment industry, butÂ Smollett’s story seems to be unraveling.Â Police have questions for the actorÂ after two brothers arrested in the assault saidÂ they were paid by the actorÂ to orchestrate the attack.Â Chicago police may shift their investigation to Smollett within the next week as the baffling story drags on.
Trump’s national emergency mayÂ halt a Kentucky middle school
President Donald Trump declared a national emergency last weekÂ in an effort toÂ circumvent Congress and fund his border wall. What’s that mean, exactly? We have a quick explainer. Construction of a middle school in Kentucky could be in limbo as a result of reallocated funds.