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Gabatron Morning Briefing – 5-6-15: Parenting Clinic

A Georgia mother had police “mock arrest” her misbehaving 10-year-old son to “give him a scare” because he was being disrespectful to his teacher. He was being rude to his teacher and refused to do his work over the past few weeks. Police showed up at his home and put the boy in handcuffs. He was placed in a patrol car and officers “pretended to take him to jail.”

The Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit ruled Tuesday that the government does not need a warrant to search wireless carriers’ cellphone records. The government will have to present “specific and articulable facts showing that there are reasonable grounds to believe” the records “are relevant and material to an ongoing criminal investigation.”

A UN agency is likely to issue a requirement of video cameras in airplane cockpits. Pilots and unions are dead set against it, on privacy grounds.

Employers now expect way more than 40 hours a week, preferably unpaid for any extra hours.

NASA is offering you the chance to win $29,000. All you have to do is come up with a way to shield Astronauts from dangerous cosmic rays on the way to Mars and points outward.

Plus, if you’re looking for a summer destination, consider Shiyan Lake in China’s Hunan Province. Once a year they have their traditional pig race.

Each morning Keith Conrad will give you a few stories useful for starting conversations around the water cooler at work. Assuming that your office actually has a water cooler.

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Gabatron Morning Briefing – 4-14-15: Come Fly The Un-Friendly Skies

Florida Senator Marco Rubio has officially announced that he will run for President in 2016.

The Department of Agriculture has found the first case of the deadly Bird Flu. It was found in a chicken flock in Wisconsin. They say it’s not a threat to humans.

A new study says that airline quality is getting worse. They looked at performance, baggage issues, complaints, bumping passengers. Everything was worse.

NASA scientists believe that Mars may have water on it’s surface, but only at night when the Sun goes down. The Martian soil might absorb humidity, which condenses at night and combines with the salt in the soil. That would lower the freezing temperature. When the Sun comes up, it evaporates.

Rogue Microwave Ovens Are the Culprits Behind Mysterious Radio Signals.

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Gabatron Morning Briefing – 3-26-15: Distracted Driving

Former Illinois Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. will be released from prison today.

A new study from AAA suggests that teen distracted driving is a bigger problem than most people realize. They looked at 1,700 videos of crashes involving teens and found that in 60% of them the driver was distracted.

Scotland is preparing to ban smoking in cars with children present.

The United States Army has charged Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl with one count of desertion and one count of misbehavior before the enemy. If Bergdahl is tried and convicted under a court martial, he could serve life in prison for misbehavior or five years in prison for desertion.

The voice recorder indicates that one of the pilots of the German plane that crashed in the French Alps was locked out of the cockpit before the jetliner crashed. Apparently the co-pilot was actually trying to crash the airplane.

Plus, congrats to NASA’s Opportunity rover for roving 26.2 miles on Mars, completing it’s first marathon. It took 11 years and two months.

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Gabatron – #5: Friday Night Live

Keith Conrad notices that there seems to be an abundance of crazy people on public transportation in Chicago during the winter. He also got in an obligatory space story prompting the question, would you go on a one-way trip to Mars? Plus, everyone was talking about the SNL 40th anniversary special this week, while Keith doesn’t watch much in the way of live television anymore, Dan Levy prefers to let the magic box pick what he watches.

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How do you tell your mom you’re moving to Mars?
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Gabatron Morning Briefing – 2-17-15: The Martian Chronicles

Mars One has reached the third round of its selection process, and narrowed its shortlist down to 100 hopeful candidates. Eventually they will be whittled down to 24 in a reality show format. They are signing up for a one-way trip to Mars by 2025.

A Yale study suggests that dogs minds are much more complex than people realize.

Schools around the country are tackling the issue of cell phones.Would you give your child a cell phone while they are still in high school?

A bartender from Brooklyn had a hard time finding a date for Valentine’s Day, so he decided to create a website that was dedicated to finding a date for himself. It’s called DateBrandonScottWolf.com.

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Gabatron Morning Briefing 1-16-15: This Is Only A Test

Today’s high school sophomores in Arizona will have to pass a civics test to get their diploma. The measure goes into effect in 2017, and other states are expected to follow suit to mark the 230th anniversary of the US Constitution. I like the idea of having an “exit exam”, they had that in Alabama when I was in high school, oh so many years ago. I also think that civics is a good thing to make sure that the kids know about. Civics being the only thing on that list? Your kid may not be able to add, but at least they know how the Electoral College works. How about a comprehensive exam about everything they need to know?

Millennials will overtake Baby Boomers as the United States’s largest living generation this year. Millennials, aged 18 to 34, will number 75.3 million by the end of the year, compared to 74.9 million Boomers aged 51 to 69. Gen X-ers, meanwhile (ages 35 to 50), will outnumber Boomers by 2028. Here’s hoping that 20 years from now, we’re not spending all of our time making documentaries talking how great we are.

Alex Malarkey said that he got a guided tour of Heaven when he was in a coma when he was six years old. Now he says the story, which formed the basis for his book “The Boy Who Came Back From Heaven,” was fake. Now older, he says he just wanted attention. His mother posted a statement last April doubting the story and wondering why nobody was questioning it.

A study confirms that you remember stuff better when you close your eyes. They think that closing your eyes blocks out distractions, that blocking out distractions frees up the necessary brainpower to remember things. Of course that’s problematic if you’re trying to remember something while you’re also driving.

We’ve found out lost Beagle on Mars! The European Space Agency says its Beagle-2 lander, which had been lost on Mars since 2003, has been found. Everybody assumed that it crashed, but photos from NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter show it made it all the way down intact. So the mystery here is why didn’t it make contact with the Earth? Little Green Men?