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Jun 26, 2012

SMOKING

If you’ve tried everything to quit smoking maybe this anti-smoking PSA would encourage you.

Last week a Thai anti-smoking PSA was posted on YouTube and it’s gone viral.

And it must be working, because officials in Thailand says the national "quit smoking" hot line has had a 40 percent rise in calls since it went up.

 

* They are using little kids to trick smokers.

 

Jun 26, 2012

KIDS TV SHOWS

I never thought I would say this, but I’ve reached an age where I’m starting to sound like my parents about kids today.

What’s the cause for todays kids focusing on fame and fortune and not community and family.

One mom wanted to find out so she enlisted the help of a her colleague to conduct a survey asking people to identify the top values from popular TV shows spanning the past five decades.

Their research found that after 2007, "fame" was identified as the top value on the TV shows.

Jun 26, 2012

BUS MONITOR

You’ve probably heard the story about Karen Klein, the bullied bus monitor who’s video has gone world wide.

And a website was set up for people to donate money to give her a vacation to help erase that awful day.

Originally, the website was just asking for $5,000…as of today it’s over $600,000 in donations.

Karen is taking the high road and doesn't want her taunters prosecuted.

Is the negative publicity about the bullies punishment enough? What would you do if it were your kid?

Jun 26, 2012

JUDGES ORDERS

A Utah mother says she felt intimidated in court when a judge told her that he would reduce her 13-year-old daughter's sentence if she chopped off the girl's ponytail in court — an offer the mother says she now wishes she hadn't taken.

Jun 25, 2012

GARDEN HOSE WARNING

The right of Summer is over!

Add this to the list of things we used to do all the time as kids that have now been totally RUINED.

A new study by a company called Healthy Stuff is out to destroy the classic summer tradition of drinking water out of the garden hose. Because drinking that water COULD KILL YOU.

They tested 90 different garden hoses and found that ALL 90 contained levels of lead and phthalates that were higher than the safe levels set by the Consumer Product Safety Commission.

Jun 25, 2012

EMAIL FEAR OF FLYING

Hey Ashley & Brad,

I love when you guys read listener emails and that your listeners offer advice on whatever the topic may be.

Well, I need some advice from anyone who is not afraid to fly.

I’m getting married in a month and my fiancé Julie and I were given a honeymoon gift from her grandparents. A trip to Fiji, all paid for and at an incredible resort.

They surprised us with this trip last weekend and Julie is so excited. I would be really excited too, if we could travel by car!

Jun 25, 2012

ONLINE REVIEWS

If you’re like me, you do your research on anything big you buy, or places you eat or stay at.

Sometimes I really wonder if the reviews I read are real.

What’s to stop an ambitious company from gaming the system with fake, glowing reviews?

Well, thanks to some researchers they have come up with a statistical technique for finding false reviews, noting how fake ratings skew the natural J-shaped curve that real reviews produce.

Jun 25, 2012

CHILD HERO

A couple of days ago an amazing 11 year old didn’t let fear keep him from taking control.

An 11-year-old boy hid under his bed and called his father when he heard glass shattering at his Hollywood home.

Authorities say Luis Gutierrez told his son — also named Luis — to call 911 Thursday afternoon. The boy stayed on the line with dispatchers while three teenagers who broke into his Hollywood home.

Hollywood police Lt. Nikki Coffin calls the boy brave.

Jun 22, 2012

TRYING TO SURVIVE

It's kind of sad to hear about an out-of-work veteran who felt he had to sell his Army medal on eBay to raise money to start a new business. The medal went for $5,200 on eBay yesterday.

   "When I saw the amount that was posted on eBay, when I saw that it was $2,000, it was just, it was overwhelming," said BILL SHEPHARD, who returned from Iraq two-and-a-half years ago and couldn't drum up work in Woodbury.

Jun 22, 2012

TOP 10 HISTORICAL SITES KIDS MUST SEE

See the full story on Yahoo's SHINE!