The U.S. Army will drop its hand grenade competency requirement for graduation from basic training because getting recruits to pass it is taking “too much time” and they’re just not strong enough, Major General Malcolm Frost told reporters on Friday. Changes to the Army’s Basic Combat Training (BTC) will eliminate the current hand grenade proficiency standards as a requirement for graduation. “The new BCT does, however, do away with hand grenade qualification and land navigation course qualification as graduation requirements.”Discussing the change with reporters, Maj. Gen. Frost explained that training recruits to pass the current requirement was taking too much time: Plus, trainees just aren’t strong enough to throw the grenade far enough away – and simply can’t be taught to properly throw a grenade “if they haven’t thrown growing up” – Maj. Gen. Frost explained:"We are finding that there are a large number of trainees that come in that quite frankly just physically don't have the capacity to throw a hand grenade 20 to 25 to 30 meters. In 10 weeks, we are on a 48-hour period; you are just not going to be able to teach someonehow to throw if they haven't thrown growing up." Plus, the story of a town in Texas holding a 0.5K for underachiever runners.
A baby raccoon halted Northern California traffic after he crawled inside the engine compartment of an SUV stopped at a traffic signal. The East Bay Times reports that police Lt. Fred Dauer thought he had come across a traffic accident in Emeryville on Friday when he saw cars parked and people standing around using their cellphones.
But he quickly learned they had stopped because the driver of an SUV believed a raccoon he saw in the street had climbed inside his vehicle.
Dauer opened the hood and used a pole to free the 5- to 6-week-old raccoon, whom an animal officer named "Throttle."
The raccoon was taken to a shelter and is being transferred to a San Francisco wildlife rescue center.
Plus, Ethan Millard tells Alex Kirry about his tales from the UTA Trax Train where he has become the guy who no one wants to sit next to.
Alex Kirry and Ethan Millard enlist the help of former Utah QB and Former NFLer Scott Mitchell on how to get Alex's little league baseball team to get motivated to hit the ball and to actually play like they want to be there. its a pretty simple solution...give them ice cream. Alex doesn't think it will work.
A Kansas City suburb is pressuring the owner of a cut-in-half car adorned with a sign reading, “Divorced. She got ½,” to junk the junker.
The Kansas City Star reports that the half-car was created as a joke by the late-Edgerton Mayor Ray Braun who used to own the defunct gas station where the front part of the 1987 Chevrolet Citation is parked.
Ethan Millard and Alex Kirry dive into a sensitive topic..Dogs cannot get ‘autism’, the British Veterinary Association has warned, after the ‘anti-vaccine’ movement spread to pets.
'Anti-vaxxers' believe that immunizations have harmful side effects and may be the cause of autism in children - beliefs widely debunked by the medical community.
This theory is increasingly being applied to pets, particularly in the US,
A man who admitted to stealing $1.2 million in fajitas over a nine-year period has been sentenced to 50 years in jail. Gilberto Escaramilla was an employee at the Cameron County, Texas Juvenile Justice Department when the thefts took place. He placed orders for the fajitas through the juvenile detention center where he worked, but intercepted the orders and sold the goods on to his own customers. An amazing zenhealdines story...An elderly Pennsylvania man had no way of visiting his ill wife in the hospital, so he called police to help.
The Court of Public Opinion returns to the JayMac News Show, as Nightside's Ethan Millard and Alex Kirry bring a real life "what would you do" to Jay Mcfarland to judge. Ethan stumbled upon drugs at Canyonlands National Park - a variety of marijuana products, to be specific. But he wasn't sure what to do. Alex thinks he made the wrong call. What would you do?
Some passengers aboard Southwest Airlines Flight 1380 received a $5,000 check after a deadly engine failure that led to an emergency landing in Philadelphia. The jet's engine failed Tuesday about 20 minutes into its flight from New York City to Dallas leading to a woman's death. Plus, a #zenheadline Willy Wonka would be jealous of...Imagine eating a Reese's Peanut Butter Cup only to discover that there is no peanut butter inside. This is exactly what happened to Reddit user alexbchillin. But after his story went viral on Reddit, Reese's made it up to him by sending dozens of boxes of free candy.
Ethan MIllard and Alex Kirry welcome KSL Newsradio star Amanda Dickson who has written a murder-mystery novel "A Gentle Thief" that is now available as a podcast in audio form. Check it out. Plus, today's #Zenheadlines featuring
Police in Louisiana who say a woman came home to discover a naked stranger in her tub, eating her Cheetos while taking a bath.
The Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports that a responding officer found “a full tub of water and a plate of food along with half-eaten Cheetos belonging to the victim on the toilet next to the tub.”
Ethan Millard and Alex Kirry are back with another NewsMasters of the Universe with Utah's Morning News on KSL Newsradio. From Walmart, Amazon, Disneyland and James Comey, to American's Trillions in Debt, Brian Martin and Amanda Dickson give Ethan and Alex the chance to win Salt Lake Bees Tickets for some of their listeners.
Alex Kirry and Ethan Millard start off the episode today with Crisella Herzog, the co-Founder of the Utah Podcast Summit, June 2 of this year here in Salt Lake City, where Ethan and Alex will emcee the even where you can learn about podcasting, monetizing your existing podcast, production, marketing and just plain 'ol making your podcasting dreams a reality. Crisella plays an old school Nightside Project game of Russia or Idaho to kick things off as they also discuss what words they can and can't say on stage at the Summit. Plus a zenheadlines story of a family who has welcomed their 14th child into the world, and 14th boy!
Ethan Millard and Alex Kirry talk about a Florida man that said the letter “o” from a Hooters sign blew off the wall and landed on his foot, leaving him with injuries, but surveillance video said otherwise.
WFLA reports John Bradley Kane of St. Petersburg was arrested for insurance fraud Friday. Deputies said he lied to investigators about an incident that never happened outside a Hooters restaurant to get money or free food. Plus, Two New Hampshire men are trying to spread some positivity in Nashua with their feel-good signs, part of the zenheadlines of the day.
Former BYU and NFL Defensive Lineman and Host of the Rivals Podcast Jason Buck talks to Ethan Millard and Alex Kirry about the things he fears the most with his NFL career and the hits he took as a D-lineman over the years. Plus, Buck talks a little (a lot) of trash on Quarterbacks who represent the pretty boys of the game. Plus, a zenhealine from a bunch of joksters, A WiFi network dubbed "remote detonator" prompted a mass evacuation at Planet Fitness in Michigan on Sunday and caused the gym to close for several hours, according to authorities.
Ethan Millard faces off against KSL NewsRadio's Mary Richards, a professed Jazz know-it-all and a ringer against the futile quiz efforts of Millard who, while he grew up less than a mile from the Jazz home arena, can't remember who Jeff Hornacek is. From John Stockton and Karl Malone to the capacity of Vivant Smart home arena and Russell Westbrook and the Oklahoma City Thunder's chances against our Jazz, can you beat this quiz?
The Utah Jazz use #TakeNote as their official Twitter hashtag. It's all wrong. It has a pun, there's no branding information, and it's common enough that other unrelated people use it.
Here is a full list of the NBA team hashtags:
So how did Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg handle hours of grilling from lawmakers Tuesday? A big, fat cushion.
The cushion, which many on social media have jokingly referred to as a "booster seat," was spotted on Zuckerberg's chair while he testified on Capitol Hill. He answered questions from the Senate Judiciary and Commerce, Science and Transportation committees on how Facebook plans to secure users' data following the Cambridge Analytica scandal.
In a statement, Facebook said the cushion was provided by the committee as part of standard protocol. Sure.
Ethan Millard and Alex Kirry talk about their marriages and the little things that make it work with their very patient wives. The "mummified" remains of a monkey have been discovered by workers redeveloping a former department store in the US state of Minnesota. The dead creature was found in the ceiling of the old Dayton Department Store building in Minneapolis.
Ethan Millard and Alex Kirry go after this Canadian Provincial police squad for a crazy ticket. A Montreal mom was left confused after an officer wrote her a $169 ticket for driving in the HOV lane with her daughter. The officer claimed the nine-year-old passenger needed a driver’s licence.
Stéphanie Émond was driving in the Sources Boulevard carpool lane last week when the officer pulled her over. The lane is reserved for buses, taxis and cars carrying two or more people, as the roadside sign indicated, so Émond was puzzled. Even more so when she received the pricey ticket.
Ethan Millard and Alex Kirry chat today about Ethan's recent trip to Stansbury Island where he had to avoid being shot.
University of Florida President Kent Fuchs sent out a decree on April Fools to forgive parking fines for students at his University. The “Food for Fines” program will apply for all unpaid parking citations issued by the UF Office of Transportation and Parking over the past year.The program works like this: Any person with an unpaid parking ticket needs to donate five food items or other supplies listed on the Field and Fork Pantry’s wish list to the Parking Services office.
Cucina restaurant owner Dean Pierose joins Nightside Project host Alex Kirry for the newest Nightside game Would You Eat That? Alex picks out several less than appetizing sounding dishes like century eggs, chitlins, and balut, plus a few others. Some of these dishes may make you question how bad a McDonald's burger really is. So go ahead, play along with Alex and Dean on Would You Eat That? and let them know on facebook and twitter if you'd eat it, or if there's no chance you'd even touch it.
Finish your day happy with the Nightside Project. The Nightside Project is part of KSL NewsRadio and is hosted by Alex Kirry and Ethan Millard. KSL News Radio is part of Bonneville Media and based in Salt Lake City, Utah. Don’t forget to review and subscribe to the Nightside Project podcast on iTunes. And follow Alex and Ethan on Twitter @kslnightside or on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/NightsideProject/
Alex Kirry and Ethan Millard prepare for an upcoming interview with Cucina owner Dean Pierose where they will run past him some of the crazy food items from around the world and what he will and will not eat. From Balut in the Philippines, the Century Egg in China, Maggot Cheese out of Italy and Rotten Shark from Iceland, what won't he try as a world traveler? Plus, a #zenheadlines story of a woman who donated $1M to the National Parks in Washington State after her death because she loved them so much.
An iconic natural arch near Moab, Utah, was vandalized last week, and photographs widely shared on social media have brought an Idaho Falls family and its business under scrutiny for the incident.
Pictures of Ryan Andersen, owner of Andersen Hitches, and his wife Jennifer, along with three children whose faces were obscured, posing in front of graffiti scratched into the Corona arch have been shared widely on a host of social media platforms. Sites reviewing Andersen’s company have been slammed with comments accusing the owners of vandalizing the arch and calling for boycotts.
Ethan Millard doesn't get even one question right as Alex Kirry cruises to an easy NewsMasters of the Universe quiz on Utah's Morning News with Brian Martin and Amanda Dickson. From Villanova's National Championship run, to Bed Bath and Beyond honoring Toys R Us, and Dunkin Donuts offering Donut Fries, witness the spectacle of an Ethan shutout. Can you do better than he did?
Of course you don't. But Ethan Millard and Alex Kirry talk about the current marketing strategy of McDonald's in their battle for Fast food supremacy over Wendy's and Burger King. While fresh beef has been in the works for years, it comes at a time when fast food restaurants are battling for consumers' attention and their wallets. Dollar menus, quirky, limited-time menu items and beverage discounts have all been launched in an effort to woo diners. McDonald's fresh beef launch has been in the works for more than 4 years, helped along by Joe Jasper, who has been with the company for more than 40 years. Jasper owns 20 McDonald's locations in the Fort Worth area of Texas and was the very first franchisee to test out fresh beef.
Alex Kirry and Ethan Millard talk about a #zenheadlines story of a pizza deliveryman's customer service that was on fire. Literally.
Donatos Pizza driver Ralph Letner tells WDRB-TV in Kentucky that he was delivering a pizza to a mobile home park in Somerset when he saw a home on fire. Letner says he jumped out of his car and raced into the home to shut off the breaker. He found the homeowner and one other person inside. Plus, way too much time spent on Duck stories...
Ethan Millard and Alex Kirry investigate for themselves as police investigate reports of "zombie-like" raccoons in northeast Ohio, Cook County experts say such sightings are also unusually high in northern Illinois.
The animals are believed to be suffering from a viral disease known as distemper.
Plus, how long will your marriage last? Ethan and Alex will help you find out.
The Valley News Dispatch reported 69-year-old Larry Spiering and 61-year-old Becky Smith married Sunday at the Community Supermarket in Lower Burrell, where they met 10 years ago.
Smith said she was working at the supermarket when Spiering walked up and gave her a piece of paper with his name and phone number on it. She said it was only fitting that they married in the aisle where they met.
The couple said they picked April 1, which was Easter Sunday, because it was close to two other important dates: Spiering celebrates his birthday on April 2, Smith on April 3.