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"And I miss the deductions!"
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Bo Sullivan first began his long career at WHYN radio in 1990 as a sports talk show producer. Bo then moved on to become the host of that sports talk show. In 1993, Bo became the sports anchor and co-host for the WHYN morning show. After a few hiatuses, both planned and unplanned, Bo came back to stay in 1996 as the morning show sports anchor, producer, and co-host.
Born and raised in Westfield, he's now raising his own family there. He lives with his wife Kris and daughters Leighanne and Shannon. When Bo was growing up, his father Richard Sullivan was superintendent of schools in two local communities. Politics runs in the family. Brother Brian is a Westfield city councilor and brother Rick is the city's seven term mayor. Besides transporting his children to various activities including CCD and swimming lessons, he coaches both daughters in three different sports. He also works as a part-time political consultant. In his scarce spare time, Bo likes to golf and is a frequent visitor to the Connecticut casinos.
What does Bo like most about his position at WHYN? For one, he's a big fan of waking at 3:30 a.m. Monday through Friday. He also enjoys meeting the many loyal listeners to the show. His lifelong ambition is to open a sports bar and play Texas Hold 'em every day of his life.
We've all heard that skipping breakfast is bad for us-from our moms to the media. And there are good reasons why you should grab a bite to eat on your way out the door. Ditching the first meal of the day has been linked to everything from high cholesterol levels to large waist sizes.
"When we skip breakfast, we have elevations in morning and afternoon hunger, plus a desire to eat and a reduced fullness or satiety," says Heather Liedy, Ph.D., assistant professor of nutrition and exercise physiology at the University of Missouri. "We also have elevations in ghrelin, a hormone known to increase hunger, and reductions in PYY, a hormone known to increase satiety." As if that weren't enough, skipping breakfast makes the regions in your brain that control cravings more active in the evening.
Liedy is the author of a new study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition that not only reinforces the findings that skipping breakfast is a bad idea, but also shows that high protein breakfasts are the way to go. That means-wait for it-eggs and sausage! (Well, lean sausage, but still.)
"The high protein breakfast meals in our study included two ounces of lean beef and two servings of eggs," explains Liedy. These were in the form of a breakfast burrito or an egg-based waffle with lean beef sausage. In contrast with low-protein breakfast eaters, who had two cups of ready-to-eat cereal with three-quarters of a cup of milk, the women who consumed the high protein breakfasts felt less hungry in the morning and afternoon.
The takeaway? While grabbing a low protein breakfast is better than nothing at all, a high protein meal gives you lasting satiety all day-and decreases cravings in the evening. "A high protein breakfast reduces unhealthy snacking by approximately 200 kcal," says Liedy. Not too shabby for just taking five minutes to put some protein on your plate in the morning.
Hundreds of armed vigilantes have taken control of a town on a major highway in the Pacific coast state of Guerrero, arresting local police officers and searching homes after a vigilante leader was killed. Several opened fire on a car of Mexican tourists headed to the beach for Easter week.
A tourist heading to the beach with relatives was slightly wounded Tuesday after they refused to stop at a roadblock and vigilantes fired shots at their car, officials said.
"We have besieged the municipality, because here criminals operate with impunity in broad daylight, in view of municipal authorities. We have detained the director of public security because he is involved with criminals and he knows who killed our commander," said Bruno Placido Valerio, a spokesman for the vigilante group.
Placido said vigilantes had searched a number of homes in the town and seized drugs from some. They turned over the ex-security director and police officers to state prosecutors, who agreed to investigate their alleged ties to organized crime.
The growing movement of "self-defense" vigilante groups has seen masked townspeople throw up checkpoints in several parts of southern and western Mexico, stopping passing motorists to search for weapons or people whose names are on hand-written lists of "suspects" wanted for crimes like theft and extortion.
The vigilantes have opened fire before on motorists who refused to stop, slightly wounding a pair of tourists from Mexico City visiting a local beach in early February.
The groups say they are fighting violence, kidnappings and extortions carried out by drug cartels, but concerns have surfaced that the vigilantes may be violating the law, the human rights of people they detain, or even cooperating with criminals in some cases.
Sensitive over their lack of ability to enforce public safety in rural areas, official have largely toleratedvigilante groups.
Judge Joe Brown, the second highest-rated court show in television syndication after Judge Judy, has been canceled by CBS Television Distribution.
The cancellation comes after negotiations on a new contract broke down, apparently over Brown’s salary. He reportedly has been making $20 million a year, but CTD was looking to trim his compensation in line with a decline in his ratings.
In the recent February sweeps, Judge Brown had a 2.5 household rating, down 17 percent from the prior February. He attracted an average of 3.4 million daily viewers, down from an average of 4.1 million last February. In the key demographic for a daytime show, which is women 25-54, Brown had a 1.1 rating, down 15 percent from a year earlier.
The most recent week for national ratings, reported Tuesday, had Judge Brown pulling a 2.1 household rating, down 16 percent from the prior week and 19 percent from the same week a year ago.
To be fair, all of the court shows have seen declines of as much as 20 percent this season -- with the exception of Judge Judy who remains number one by a wide margin. She averaged a 7.5 household rating in February, about 10.5 million viewers a day.
Judge Brown has been second to Judge Judy in the ratings for the past 739 weeks, and both are distributed by CTD. But the decline in his ratings have hurt what they can charge for advertising, so CTD wanted to pare his salary, says sources.
Judge Brown plays on the Fox owned TV stations in many major markets and on stations owned by Sinclair, Lin and others. CTD had discussions with Fox about replacing Judge Brown with a new show that would be fronted by Indiana Judge Geoffrey Gaither, but Fox declined to make the swap.
At this point, Judge Brown is scheduled to run in original and repeat episodes on the Fox owned stations until September, when they will have the opportunity to reprogram his time periods.
Judge Brown may not be done yet. He has met with Byron Allen of Entertainment Studios about continuing his show. Allen’s Entertainment Studios has a line up of court shows that includes America’s Court with Judge Ross, We The People With Gloria Allred and Justice for All with Judge Christna Perez. Allen’s shows play in syndication first and then play on a company owned digital cable channel. However, it appears unlikely Entertainment Studios could pay as much as Brown has been getting under his CTD pact, according to a source.
Judge Brown first went on the air in 1998. Before that, he was a real life criminal courts judge in Shelby County, Tennessee. He started his career as a lawyer and was the first African American prosecutor in Memphis, Tennessee earlier in his career.
Brown won fame when as the real judge in Shelby County, Tennessee, he presided over the appeal of James Earl Ray, who murdered Martin Luther King Jr. Brown was later removed from that case over charges of bias but by then he had caught the eye of the same producers and distributors behind Judge Judy.
Both Judge Brown and Judge Judy are produced in the same Hollywood facility, with courtrooms adjacent to each other. Both are produced by Big Ticket Television, a division of CBS, and distributed by CBS’s CTD.
Brown wasn’t the first African American to be a TV judge but he has become the longest running.
The Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, celebrated its third anniversary on Saturday, but the controversial law’s biggest challenge is still on the horizon.
But in October, the ACA faces a daunting task, when as many as 24 million people will start to sign up for private health insurance exchanges run by the government, starting in January 2014.
The Congressional Budget Office said in February that it projects that 7 million people will enter the exchanges in 2014, with that number soaring to 24 million by 2017.
One of the key concepts behind the ACA was that states would be running the health insurances exchanges, with some help from the federal government. But in most cases, the federal government will run the exchanges until states decide to play a role in their operations.
The federal government will need to find the funds to manage the transition and organize a large operation that includes education, outreach, and complicated dealings with the insurance companies offering the policies, with all of this kicking off in six months.
Officially called The Health Insurance Marketplace, the exchanges provide a way for people without employer-sponsored insurance to get coverage and tax credits for health care.
On October 1, the government will start taking applications for coverage. The Washington Post recently obtained a draft of the application, which is 21 pages long. (There will also be a secure, online version of the application.)
The Health Insurance Marketplace is also the area where small business will try to figure out how they will insure workers, or just pay a penalty instead for not offering copaid insurance.
For now, the federal government will be running 26 of the exchanges outright and another seven in partnership with states. And in an interesting twist, President Barack Obama will be using the exchange system for part of his family’s health care, as will members of Congress.
Most of the states that passed on setting up their own exchanges are run by Republican governors.
The federal government didn’t expect to be that involved in running the exchanges when the October 2013 and January 2014 deadlines were set years ago.
Another important part of the whole health insurance exchange process is Medicaid. The Supreme Court ruling last June gave states the option to decline expanded Medicaid funds, which were tied to expanded coverage within states for lower-income citizens.
So far, 13 states have passed on taking federal money to expand Medicaid benefits. That would keep some lower-income residents from receiving Medicaid benefits, as well as hospitals from receiving Medicaid subsidies when they treat lower-income patients.
And since those low-income residents can’t get Medicaid, they could be caught in a situation where they would pay higher premiums if they buy private insurance in The Health Insurance Marketplace.
“States that do not move forward with the Medicaid expansion could see large gaps in coverage because individuals with incomes below 100 percent (of the federal poverty level) generally cannot receive subsidies to purchase coverage in the newly established health insurance exchanges and will not gain any new affordable coverage options,” said the Kaiser Family Foundation in a research paper.
The Kaiser Foundation also found that in its recent polling, most Americans are unsure about the major changes coming in October, and few know about how the changes will be handled on a state level.
About 48 percent of people acknowledge they knew nothing about their state’s plans for insurance exchanges and Medicaid, and 78 percent knew little about their governor’s stance on the Medicaid issue.
Kaiser also found that 57 percent of Americans said that they didn’t have enough information to understand how the ACA would affect them, and most importantly, more than two-thirds of people who are uninsured and in lower-income households didn’t understand the ACA.
The one thing that most people understood, at 74 percent, was the individual mandate that requires people to have insurance or pay a fine on their tax returns.