For more than 30 years Lisa Rollins has been a part of upstate radio. Called the most calming, caring, conservative voice in radio, Lisa can see all sides of the issue, yet is never afraid to share her own personal opinion!
New data from the Marchez Institute reveals which U.S. states are the rudest, and which are the most polite. To rank the states on their rudeness, researchers listened to 600-thousand phone calls made between consumers and businesses and made note of each time they heard a swear word, or "please" or "thank you." People from Ohio, Maryland, New Jersey, Louisiana and Illinois were found to curse the most, respectively. While those from Washington, Massachusetts, Arizona, Texas and Virginia were found to be least likely to use swear words. The most courteous states were found to be South Carolina, North Carolina, Maryland, Louisiana and Georgia, while Wisconsin, Massachusetts, Indiana, Tennessee and Ohio were found to the rudest states.
The judge who presided over Casey Anthony's murder trial 2 years said in an interview with NBC's Today show yesterday (May 6th) that he'd been shocked by her acquittal on charges of killing her 2-year-old daughter, Caylee. Judge Belvin Perry said he thought there was enough evidence for a 1st -degree murder conviction even though much of the evidence was circumstantial, and said that when he saw the jury's verdict, he read it twice to be sure, saying he felt, quote, "surprise, shock, disbelief." Perry also said he saw 2 sides to Anthony, the 1she showed to jurors of a wrongfully accused mother grieving for her child and the other that the jury didn't see who was controlling and not afraid to shout and curse at her attorneys, as she did when they talked to her about a possible plea deal. Still, Berry said he thought justice had been served with a jury verdict, but added, "Justice will finally be served one day by the judge of judges. She is going to have to live with this and deal with this for the rest of her life."
Cicadas that have been growing underground since 1996 are about to make their once-every-17-years return along much of the East Coast of the U.S., from northern Georgia to upstate New York. The springtime emergence of the insects in late May or June is marked by the eerie mating music the males produce to woo females. University of Connecticut ecology and evolutionary biology professor Chris Simon explained, "When there's a lot of them together, it's like this hovering noise. It sounds exactly like flying saucers from a 1950s movie." People in the affected areas will see and hear the cicadas, but the insects don't sting or bite and aren't harmful to crops. After mating takes place, the females lay their eggs on twigs, which will hatch later in the season. When that happens, the nymphs drop to the ground and burrow underground to restart the 17-year cycle, next to be seen as full-grown cicadas in 2030.
Could the length of your first name actually affect the salary you're paid? Online job-matching site The Ladders recently looked at the information from its database of over six million professionals and found that people with first names longer than five letters lose out on about $3,600 in salary each year -- and that's per letter over five. They also compared people who used nicknames instead of their full names and found that only one name out of 24 pairings -- Larry instead of Lawrence -- saw the longer name earn more, on average.