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Lawsuit: Olive Garden Stuffed Mushrooms Severely Burned Texas Woman, ‘Death Was Imminent’

mushrooms-3069822_1280FORT WORTH (CBSDDFW.COM) – A woman filed a law suit against Olive Garden claiming she was burned by a piece of a stuffed mushroom that became stuck in her throat.

According to court records, Danny Howard filed the case March 8 in Tarrant County District Court.

Howard said that the restaurant did not make her aware that the mushrooms were extremely hot.

The court filing says Howard went to an Olive Garden in Tarrant County back on August 11, 2017 and ordered the stuffed mushroom appetizer. In the lawsuit, she claims that there was “no admonishment or warning” that the mushrooms “were particularly hot or carried the risk to cause severe burns.”

Read more from CBSDFW…

Here Comes the Sun… and Moon!

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Happy equinox, Earthlings! March 20 marks the spring equinox, one of two seasonal markers in Earth’s year-long orbit when the Sun appears to shine directly over the equator, and daytime and nighttime are nearly equal lengths–12 hours–everywhere on the planet.

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During the equinoxes, both hemispheres receive equal amounts of daylight. (Image not to scale.) (NASA/GSFC/Genna Duberstein)

It’s the start of astronomical spring in the Northern Hemisphere, meaning more sunlight and longer days. From here until the beginning of fall, daytime will be longer than nighttime as the Sun travels a longer, higher arc across the sky each day, reaching a peak at the start of summer. It’s just the opposite in the Southern Hemisphere, where March 20 marks the fall equinox.

What’s more? The first full Moon of spring will rise tonight, lighting the skies on the equinox. Usually, a full Moon arrives a few days to weeks before or after the equinox. It’s close, but not a perfect match. Tonight’s full Moon, however, reaches maximum illumination less than four hours after the equinox. There hasn’t been a comparable coincidence since the spring equinox in 2000.

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When the Moon, on its orbit around Earth, reaches the point farthest from the Sun, we see a full Moon. (NASA/GSFC/Genna Duberstein)

And because the Moon is near perigee, it qualifies as a supermoon–the third and final of 2019. It’s not a big supermoon, so you won’t really be able to see the difference between this full Moon and any other one with your eyes. But keep an keep an eye on the Moon as it rises and creeps above the eastern skyline. A low-hanging Moon can appear strangely inflated. This is the Moon illusion at work.

Super or seemingly not, it’s a rare celestial coincidence to usher in springtime.

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SOURCE: NASA Watch the Skies Blog

Road closure this weekend: Bass Pro Drive over SH 121

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Crews are closing Bass Pro Drive over SH 121 this weekend from 8pm tonight (Friday, 3/8) until 6am Monday (3/11). Click HERE for detour information and upcoming road work.

Ralph Hall, Texan who was oldest congressman in U.S. House history, dies at 95

By Emily Langer

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Mr. Hall smiles during a tour of his home in Rockwall, Texas, in 2014. (LM Otero/AP)

Ralph M. Hall, a Texas Democrat-turned-Republican who was elected 17 times to Congress, where he became dean of his state’s delegation, one of the last veterans of World War II on Capitol Hill and the oldest person in history to serve in the House, died March 7 at his home in Rockwall, Texas. He was 95.

His longtime political strategist, Ed Valentine, confirmed the death and said he did not know the cause.

A former Navy pilot and Texas state senator, Mr. Hall was elected to the House in 1980 as a Democrat and for the next 34 years — the final decade as a Republican — represented a swath of the Red River Valley in eastern Texas. He announced that his 2014 campaign would be his last and was defeated in the Republican primary by John Ratcliffe, a former U.S. attorney who pledged to serve no more than eight years.

Read more from the Washington Post…

‘Jeopardy’ Host Alex Trebek Diagnosed With Pancreatic Cancer

By Rick Porter

downloadJeopardy host Alex Trebek has been diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer.

The 78-year-old broke the news in a video message Wednesday.

“I have some news to share with all of you, and it’s in keeping with my longtime policy of being open and transparent with our Jeopardy fan base,” Trebek says. “I also wanted to prevent you from reading or hearing some overblown or inaccurate reports regarding my health. So therefore, I wanted to be the one to pass along this information. Now, just like 50,000 other people in the United States each year, this week I was diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer.”

Stage 4 cancer means the disease has spread to other parts of the body. The cancer typically can’t be cured at that stage, but it can be treated.

Read more from MSN…

2 more blood pressure drug recalls for cancer risk; 4 in one week

Author: Travis Pittman

recall_pills_1531753469912_5798293_ver1.0_640_360Pharmaceutical companies issued two more recalls for blood pressure medications on Friday because of potential cancer-causing impurities, making it four recalls in one week. They are part of an ongoing string of recalls that started in July 2018.

Torrent Pharmaceuticals Limited recalled 60 lots of Losartan potassium tablets USP and 54 lots of Losartan potassium/hydrochlorothiazide tablets due to the detection of trace amounts of N-Methylnitrosobutyric acid (NMBA). Torrent said it was only recalling those lots in which NMBA was above the acceptable daily intake levels released by the FDA.

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Grapevine Outdoor Warning Sirens Will Sound TODAY – ONLY A TEST –

49897636_10161579643460268_7831878580857470976_nThe Outdoor Warning Siren test will be conducted today. On the first Wednesday of each month, we conduct our regularly scheduled outdoor warning siren test at 1pm. The test will last approximately two minutes.

We conduct these tests to ensure that the siren system is working properly. These tests are conducted on the first Wednesday of each month at 1pm across the entire North Texas region, provided that the weather is not overcast.

Grapevine PD Blotter 3/4/19

  • THEFT UNDER $100.00 (THEFT OF 2013 CHEVY SPARK REAR LICENSE PLATE): 900 TURNER RD
  • THEFT OF PROPERTY (>=$2,500<$30K; THEFT OF LAPTOPS USING FRAUDULENT INFORMATION): 1500 W SH 114
  • CRIMINAL MISCHIEF (>=$750<$2,500; DAMAGE TO DRAINAGE DITCH): 2200 W KIMBALL RD
  • RECKLESS DAMAGE: 600 WESTPORT PKWY
  • CRIMINAL MISCHIEF (>=$100<$750; HEADLIGHT BROKEN BY EX BOYFRIEND): 700 E WALL ST
  • THEFT OF PROPERTY (>=$100<$750; SMART WATCH STOLEN FROM DISPLAY TABLE): 1400 WILLIAM D TATE AVE
  • THEFT OF PROPERTY (>=$100<$750; BACKPACK AND LAPTOP TAKEN): 3200 MUSTANG DR
  • THEFT OF PROPERTY (>=$750<$2,500; THEFT OF BLUE SAMSUNG GALAXY S9 PLUS): 2000 ENCHANTED WAY
  • FOUND PROPERTY (HANDGUN FOUND IN A LOANER VEHICLE): 1200 E SH 114
  • THEFT OF PROPERTY (>=$100<$750; THEFT FROM SAKS OFF 5TH AVENUE): 3000 GRAPEVINE MILLS PKWY
  • DECEASED PERSON: 3700 GRAPEVINE MILLS PKWY
  • DRIVING WHILE INTOXICATED (BAC >= 0.15): 1800 WILLIAM D TATE AVE
  • BURGLARY OF VEHICLE (SMASHED WINDOW): 2500 MS PARK-8 RD
  • THEFT OF PROPERTY (>=$750<$2,500; THEFT OF VEHICLE): 1400 N SH 121
  • THEFT OF PROPERTY (>=$100<$750; THEFT OF PURSE): 3000 GRAPEVINE MILLS PKWY
  • ASSAULT CAUSES BODILY INJURY FAMILY MEMBER (HUSBAND ASSAULTED WIFE): 500 YELLOWSTONE DR

Grapevine Police Investigate Man’s Death at Apartment Complex

PRESS RELEASE

gpdGRAPEVINE, Texas – Grapevine Police are investigating the death of a 26-year-old man who fell from a stairwell of an apartment complex.

On Friday, March 1, at approximately 7:30pm, officers were called to the 3700 block of Grapevine Mills Parkway. Friends told police they were helping someone move when they started walking downstairs from the third floor. They say Kyle Wolf was trying to slide down the hand rail when he slipped and fell to the ground below.

Wolf was transported to Baylor Scott & White Medical Center – Grapevine, where he died. There are no signs of foul play, and Wolf ’s death appears to be accidental. The case remains under investigation pending full autopsy results.

Grapevine Source’s Houston journalist and historian seeks assistance

37540786_1551818089469545_rChris Daigle is an outgoing, energetic 61-year-old journalist and historian in Houston, Texas. His career has taken him on tour with the Rolling Stones, flying with the Blue Angels, and the coverage of many events for Associated Press in a 40-plus year career.

Chris suffered a stroke on the right side of his brain on November 9, 2018 while driving to work. He suffered paralysis on his left side, which severely limits his mobility. Now, his organizational and cognitive skills are limited as well, and this means Chris cannot work, and he doesn’t know how long he will be unable to do so.

Without a paycheck, and with benefits a long way off, Chris is rapidly losing the ability to pay for rent and bills, especially medical bills and prescriptions. Chris has no family to help him.

All money raised will go toward rent, bills and medical co-pays.

Chris is independent and determined to overcome these challenges, but it takes time and money, which are two things that are in short supply right now.

Chris does not know when or if benefits will begin, and expenses are piling up. Whether you know Chris, know of him, or do not know him at all, any contribution, big or small, will greatly impact his progress to recovery. This fund is to make sure Chris can live independently as he did before his stroke. With an estimated 4 months until benefits are in place, we will need to raise $20,000. If you can, please consider a donation to help Chris get back to normal!

For more background information, refer to an article by Chris in The Grapevine Source blog titled, “Special Assignment: Stroke.”

Thank you in advance for anything you can give!

Visit Chris’s GoFundMe Page HERE.