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    One woman got a whole lot more than she paid for in a college science class when she uncovered a nasty family secret. >> Read more trending news The unnamed student discovered that her father — the man who had raised her since she was a child and who she called “dad” for her entire life — wasn’t really her father. He was her uncle. And the story is just as bizarre as it sounds. Thankfully, Twitter user “Anya” managed to explain it:
  • Actress Emma Chambers, who played Hugh Grant’s younger sister in the 1999 movie “Notting Hill,” died Wednesday, her agent told CNN. She was 53. >> Read more trending news Her agent, John Grant, said Chambers died of natural causes. The British actress is survived by her husband, actor Ian Dunn. “Over the years, Emma, created a wealth of characters and an immense body of work. She brought laughter and joy to many, and will be greatly missed,' John Grant said. Hugh Grant tweeted that Chambers was “a hilarious and very warm person and of course a brilliant actress.” In addition to “Notting Hill,” Chambers starred for more than a decade as Alice Tinker in the BBC comedy “The Vicar of Dibley,” CNN reported.
  • The mother of Florida school shooting survivor David Hogg is speaking out after her family received death threats because her son and another survivor were accused of being crisis actors. >> Florida sheriff rejects calls from state lawmaker for his ouster after Parkland school shooting Hogg and fellow students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, have made frequent media appearances to call for action on gun control after police say Nikolas Cruz killed 17 people and injured more than a dozen others in a Valentine’s Day massacre. >> Delta latest company ending discounts, benefits for NRA members The students have since become the center of a false conspiracy theory claiming that they are actually actors who are coached before television appearances. >> Teachers to Trump: #ArmMeWith funding, supplies and resources, not guns Rebecca Boldrick, Hogg’s mother, told The Washington Post that her family has received death threats since the conspiracy theories started surfacing, saying, “I’m under so much stress.” “I’m angry and exhausted,” she added. “Angry, exhausted and extremely proud.” >> Read more trending news  The student has said he's not a “crisis actor” but rather someone who witnessed a tragedy. “It’s annoying. I hate it. But it’s part of American democracy,” Hogg said in an interview with the Post. “Am I an actor? No. Am I a witness? Yes.”
  • A squirrel became an unwitting Olympic participant on Saturday when the furry rodent dashed onto the parallel giant slalom snowboarding course and barely missed being run over or sliced in half by Austrian snowboarder Daniela Ulbing. >> Read more trending news  Unfortunately for Ulbing, she wasn’t quite as lucky as the squirrel. Though she won the heat that was almost thwarted by the squirrel, she fell in the next round to Ester Ledecka of the Czech Republic. >> Related: Olympian Gus Kenworthy rescues puppy from Korean dog meat farm But, Ulbing can’t be too disappointed with her loss to Ledecka. The Czech snowboarder is a regular winter games sensation. At only 22 years old, she made history at the 2018 games by becoming the first female athlete to win gold medals in different sports — she won the gold in alpine skiing last week. After a fun and freezing few weeks, the winter games are finally preparing to wrap up. At the moment, the Norwegians are at the top of the pack with 13 gold medals and 38 total. They’re followed by Canada and Germany. The Americans are in fourth place with nine gold medals and 23 total. >> Related: Photos: 2018 Winter Olympics: U.S. women's hockey team wins gold And, while the sports and squirrels were fun, this year’s games also had a lot of diplomacy going on in the stands and around the venue. Vice President Mike Pence kicked off the games with his visit to South Korea where he sat only feet away from the sister of North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un during the opening ceremony. President Trump’s daughter and special adviser, Ivanka Trump, is in South Korea now for the closing ceremony.  
  • Forget about 'Snakes on a Plane”; we're more concerned with snakes in the yard. Even though snakes are nowhere near as prevalent as our irrational fears would have us think (assuming you don't live smack dab in the middle of rattlesnake territory), if you're a homeowner with a bit of landscape or yard under your direction, you may encounter snakes on occasion. >> Daredevil squirrel makes Olympic dash onto ski slope, snowboarder misses it by inches That should be no biggie, according to experts at the North Carolina State University Cooperative Extension. 'As a general rule, snakes are just as frightened of you as possibly you are of them and often they move as quickly as possible in the other direction,' the extension noted. Venomous snake bites are rare and you can readily take steps to treat them. If you're an avid gardener, you may even want snakes in your slice of the great outdoors, since they dine on rodents and insects and can actually help protect you from garden pests. Not buying it? You can try to keep snakes out of your home life. Just understand that even the best measures are not 100 percent foolproof, according to America's Wetland Resources, which is based in the South. 'There are no magic or absolute solutions,' AWR asserted. 'There are no poisons or repellents that work, though some new 'breakthrough' is occasionally advertised. Horsehair ropes and trails of mothballs have consistently tested negative, and pest control operators have no answers.' But there are still plenty of valid ways to limit, or possibly eliminate, a slithery presence in your yard, garden or home. Here are five tips from the pros on how to keep snakes out of your yard: 1. Seal crevices. Closer to your home, seal the openings where snakes like to set up house. 'Check the clearance of door bottoms, weep holes, openings where pipes enter, cracks and spaces under eaves,' AWR recommended. 'Don't neglect storerooms and sheds.' AWR added that sealing enough openings to make a difference is much more difficult if you own a raised wooden home. 2. Tidy up the yard. Snakes might choose to live on your property or simply travel through, according to AWR. You want to make your property as inhospitable as possible, so concentrate on ridding it of any places snakes would consider good spots to hide. Remove debris, from piles of boards, tin, sticks and leaves to flat boats on the ground and piles of bricks or stone, AWR advised, and keep vegetation cut back. 3. Stop serving the snake's preferred menu. It's a win-win. When you take away potential hiding places for snakes, the spots where rat and mice families like to congregate are also eliminated. But take this one step further, AWR advised, and take further steps to get rid of the rodents that snakes like to snack on. You may want to involve a pest control agent, but you definitely want to practice anti-rodent hygiene, including not leaving pet food out for more than an hour or so, closing trash cans tightly and securing compost in a sealed container. 4. Combat the climbers. If limbs from a neighbor's yard hang over your fence, snakes may use them as an entry to your place. Consider working with your neighbor to get them trimmed. 5. Consider the snake-proof fence. If you live in an area where one or more venomous snakes are common, you may want to invest in a snake-proof fence, according to NCSU. 'Small areas where children play can be protected from all poisonous and most harmless snakes with a snake-proof fence,' it noted. 'However, the cost of the fence may make it impractical to protect an entire yard.' Make a fence by burying 1/4-inch mesh wire screening 6 inches underground and building it up 30 inches, instructed NCSU. 'It should slant outward at a 30-degree angle from bottom to top. The supporting stakes must be inside the fence and any gates must fit tightly. Tall vegetation must be removed along the fence, both inside and outside.' It's costly, but you can snake-proof the entire yard with a concrete chain wall that extends six inches or so below the surface, noted AWR. 'If you already have a wooden fence and the boards are very close together, a good solution is to snake-proof the bottom.' >> Drinking this type of tea could ruin your teeth, study says One fairly cheap way is to use 1/4-inch hardware cloth cut in strips wide enough to overlap the bottom of the fence so it can be tacked securely and extend down into a narrow trench six inches deep. AWR added another word of caution for either snake-proof fence design. (Spoiler alert: It's nightmare inducing.) 'Many snakes climb by looping over objects and the above described design may virtually eliminate their entry,' it noted. 'Others, however, can crawl up vertical surfaces if they are rough, such as the trunk of a tree or a brick wall (including the side of a house).' To overcome this creepy climbing capability, you can place a foot-wide ledge made of wood or metal flashing along the outer side at the top. 'This structure makes the snakes lean out away from the wall and it will lose its grip and fall.' >> Read more trending news  After all this snake talk, AWR does have one bit of great news. 'Snakes are rarely abundant in any one location.' And if all your efforts fail and snakes do make their way into your yard, AWR recommended the ultimate fail-safe. 'The best thing you can do for yourself and family is to teach everyone to respect snakes and to be on the lookout for them,' according to the AWR website. 'Remember, don't touch it with your hands. Use a shovel to place the snake in a deep bucket with a cover. The chances of your encountering a venomous species is remote, but possible enough to always by careful!
  • Do you love sipping tea? Beware of the fruity flavors, because they could be bad for your teeth, according to a new report.  >> On AJC.com: Drink up: Black tea helps you lose weight with gut bacteria Researchers from King's College London Dental Institute recently conducted a study, published in British Dental Journal, to determine how certain foods and drinks can affect tooth wear.  To do so, researchers examined a previous study that compared the diet of 300 people with severe erosive tooth wear with the diet of 300 people with healthy teeth. >> Read more trending news  After analyzing the results, they found that eating and drinking acidic foods and drinks, especially between meals, increased teeth erosion risk. In fact, those who consumed acidic drinks, such as sodas, lemon water and hot flavored teas, twice a day were more than 11 times more likely to develop moderate or severe tooth erosion. >> On AJC.com: The truth about green tea Furthermore, scientists discovered that drinking hot beverages and sipping or holding acidic liquids in your mouth before swallowing can increase your chances, too. While they noted some groups of people, such as wine tasters, are accustomed to swishing liquor around, the habit can still be dangerous.  “It is well known that an acidic diet is associated with erosive tooth wear, however our study has shown the impact of the way in which acidic food and drinks are consumed,” coauthor Saoirse O’Toole said in a statement.  >> On AJC.com: Cancer risk linked to hot tea among smokers, drinkers Now analysts hope to continue their investigations to create preventative measures to combat the issue. In the meantime, they recommend a change in diet to delay teeth damage.  “With the prevalence of erosive tooth wear increasing, it is vitally important that we address this preventable aspect of erosive tooth wear,” O’Toole said. “While behaviour change can be difficult to achieve, specific, targeted behavioural interventions may prove successful.”
  • Just when you got “Let It Go” out of your head, there’s a new “Frozen” song to check out. >> Watch the video here Mashable reported that “Monster,” the first original song from the “Frozen” Broadway musical, was released on Friday, along with a music video featuring Caissie Levy, who’ll play Elsa on stage, belting out the tune. The Broadway production of the beloved Disney movie will feature 12 new songs along with all the favorite tunes from the film. Just as they did for the movie, Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez have brought their magic to the play, writing all the songs. “Monster” comes into play during the second act when Elsa begins to wonder if she is a monster due to her magical abilities. Audience members also will get to hear several other new songs from Elsa, including “Dangerous to Dream.” Anna fans will be excited to hear that her character is getting her own new solo as well, “True Love,” and she’ll join Kristoff in a new duet called “What Do You Know About Love.” “It’s a moment of anxiety where the freedom she found in ‘Let It Go’ is shaken, and she hears in the distance the voices of the men coming for her, and she realizes now is the time she has to decide what her next move is,” Lopez said of “Monster,' according to the New York Times. >> Read more trending news  “It’s full of conflicting emotions,” Anderson-Lopez added. “It’s got fear. It’s got rage. It’s got her self-flagellation. It’s someone who has been living a double life of secrets and shame that no one knows about, and this is the moment of reckoning with all the destruction that she left behind her.” In addition to Levy, the “Frozen” cast includes Patti Murin as Anna, Jelani Alladin (Kristoff), Greg Hildreth (Olaf), John Riddle (Hans), Robert Creighton (Weselton), Kevin Del Aguila (Oaken), Timothy Hughes (Pabbie), Andrew Pirozzi (Sven), Audrey Bennett (Young Anna), Mattea Conforti (Young Anna), Brooklyn Nelson (Young Elsa), Ayla Schwartz (Young Elsa), Alyssa Fox (Elsa Standby), Aisha Jackson (Anna Standby), and Adam Jepsen (Sven Alternate). “Frozen” will make its debut at New York’s St. James Theatre on March 22.
  • If you like flavored coffee and Girl Scout Cookies, you might be in luck. Dunkin’ Donuts has announced that by Monday, Feb. 26, it will be selling three new flavored coffees inspired by Girl Scout Cookies. >> Read more trending news  Those flavors include Thin Mints, Coconut Caramel and Peanut Butter Cookie. These flavors will not just be limited to standard coffees. Dunkin’ Donuts said in a Friday press release that iced and hot coffee, lattes, macchiatos, frozen coffee and frozen chocolate can all have Girl Scout Cookie flavors. People on social media seem pretty excited about the news. You’ll have to see for yourself if a Dunkin’ Donuts near you will be participating. If so, the coffees will be around through May.
  • The recent rain in Tulsa County has done more than just saturate the area. Drivers in Tulsa tell us they've noticed a lot more potholes pop up. “You almost have to dodge them a lot of times, which puts you in a lot of trouble getting in the way of other traffic,” one driver said.   Police in Broken Arrow report the same thing has happened along Lynn Lane. One resident states the problem has always been there, but now it's even worse. “It’s just really bad because of the rain,” that resident said.   She adds the new potholes have made her family’s daily drive a little more difficult. Let us know where the worst potholes can be found in Tulsa County.  
  • The ground will be a bit soggy, but today should be perfect for outdoor activities. National Weather Service says the recent rain will move out of the Tulsa area. “Sunday will be mostly sunny with highs in the lower 60”s,” NWS said.   Conditions will remain dry Sunday night.  NWS is reporting mostly clear skies and a low around 30 degrees.   There is some good news weather wise for the upcoming work week.  The Tulsa area should see highs in the 60’s through Thursday.  
  • President Donald Trump lobbed verbal barbs at his critics in Congress on Saturday night, blasting a rebuttal intelligence memo issued by Democrats on the House Intelligence Committee about the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election, Democrats said the new details showed the FBI had done nothing wrong in its probe of Russian influence that had tentacles reaching to people in Mr. Trump’s orbit. “FBI and DOJ officials did not “abuse” the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) process, omit material information, or subvert this vital tool to spy on the Trump campaign,” the Democratic memo states. Republicans had the exact opposite view, both parties as both sides made claims and counter charges about what was in – or not in the memo – on the Russia probe. Let’s look a little further into the details. 1. Trump says Democratic memo proves no collusion. On Twitter, and in a telephone call to Fox News on Saturday evening, it didn’t take long for the President to make clear a familiar refrain, that the Democratic intelligence review had nothing in it to worry him, as he again claimed that the FBI had engaged in biased actions in the investigation related to the Russia probe. “The Democrat memo response on government surveillance abuses is a total political and legal BUST,” Mr. Trump wrote on Twitter. “Just confirms all of the terrible things that were done. SO ILLEGAL!” But on the actions of the FBI, the Democratic details seemed to paint a different picture from the President’s declaration. President @realDonaldTrump: ' @BarackObama was the president during all of this meddling or whatever you want to call it with Russians and others possibly…he's the one that was supposed to take care of this, and he didn't.' pic.twitter.com/C06fwfh7zF — Fox News (@FoxNews) February 25, 2018 2. First, take a few minutes to read the Democratic memo. Don’t take anyone’s word for what’s in the 10 page rebuttal from the House Intelligence Committee minority members, go ahead and read it yourself. The bottom line from the Democrats was simple, the FBI did nothing wrong, and the Republicans had put out a memo that didn’t tell the full story. “After reviewing the memorandum drafted by committee Republicans that was made public at the beginning of this month, the FBI rightly expressed its ‘grave concerns about material omissions of fact that fundamentally impact the memo’s accuracy,'” Democrats stated, as they countered that the FBI did nothing wrong in the investigation of former Trump Campaign adviser Carter Page. It was a much different review than what came from the GOP side. Also, here is a link to the GOP response. 3. Democrats reinforce the time line of the GOP memo. When it comes to actions of former British intelligence agent Christopher Steele – the author of the much ballyhooed Steele Dossier about Russian links to President Trump, it remains clear that whatever information Steele provided to the FBI, that “dossier” material was not what started the investigation by the FBI. As the Republican memo stated – and the Democratic memo repeats – the overall Russia counterintelligence investigation began at the end of July 2016 following information obtained from Trump foreign policy adviser George Papadopoulos, with a FISA warrant being sought against one time adviser Carter Page only after he left the Trump Campaign. 4. What did the FBI tell the FISA court about Christopher Steele? In the GOP memo, Republicans said the FBI never revealed that Steele was being paid for opposition research by a law firm with direct ties to the Democratic National Committee and therefore basically by Hillary Clinton’s campaign – making the charge that political machinations had caused the investigation of Carter Page. “Mr. Schiff’s memo does not disprove that politically funded documents were used as evidence in court,” said Rep. Mike Turner (R-OH). But the Democratic memo does give much more context about what the court was told with regards to Steele, saying that his research had been ‘commissioned by “political actors” to ‘obtain derogatory information on Donald Trump’s ties to Russia.'” 5. There was much more going on than the FISA on Carter Page. While no one knows for sure what was redacted in this Democratic memo, it’s obvious from the blacked out portions in relation to Carter Page that Page had long been on the radar of U.S. Intelligence, well before President Trump’s campaign began in 2015. Democrats say that the FISA surveillance of Page – who had already left the Trump Campaign when it was approved in October of 2016 – netted other important intelligence for the FBI. “The Court-approved surveillance of Page allowed FBI to collect valuable intelligence,” the Democratic memo states. What that was, isn’t clear – but the FISA surveillance was approved three additional times by the FISA court. 6. An active Russia probe vs the Clinton emails. When you think back about what the FBI was doing in the headlines in the weeks before November of 2016, most of the attention was on the Hillary Clinton email investigation, as then FBI Director James Comey dramatically re-opened the Clinton probe in late October, roiling the campaign. But as pieces of the Mueller investigation and this Democratic memo demonstrate, the FBI at the same time was actively investigating seemingly as many as four people with ties to the Trump Campaign – before the election. As I look back on my stories from the last six weeks of the campaign, Russia was not what the FBI was publicly focused upon. It raises some interesting questions. The new House Intel memo makes it even MORE baffling that FBI went out of its way to make public Clinton investigation while staying silent about Russian operation aiding Trump. They knew—and they kept it from us. — Garrett M. Graff (@vermontgmg) February 24, 2018 7. No matter the dueling memos, the probe continues. While issuing public memos from each party on the House Intelligence Committee is not exactly the way that you probably want to conduct a Congressional investigation, it’s obvious that much more consequential work on Russian interference into the 2016 election continues on both the Senate Intelligence Committee, and in the Special Counsel’s office. And there is still a review of how the matter was run by the FBI, undertaken by the Inspector General of the Justice Department. Publicly, we know of three guilty pleas as part of plea bargains involving members of the Trump Campaign. In federal court here in D.C., there are a number of sealed criminal cases which were filed about the same time as other actions by the Special Counsel. Are those cases related to this investigation? That’s not clear. But the story isn’t done.
  • Democrats on the House Intelligence Committee on Saturday released their redacted response to a Republican memo on the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election, as Democrats charged that the GOP omitted numerous details about the FBI’s probe during the campaign for the White House. “FBI and DOJ officials did not “abuse” the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) process, omit material information, or subvert this vital tool to spy on the Trump campaign,” the Democratic memo states. “The FBI supplied information to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court that Russia might be colluding with Trump campaign associates,” Democrats said in a press statement announcing the release of the memo, which had been held back earlier this month after the White House raised questions about details included in the ten page memo. “Some time ago, Republicans on our committee released a declassified memo that omitted and distorted key facts in order to mislead the public and impugn the integrity of the FBI,” said Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA), the top Democrat on the House Intelligence panel. “We can now tell you what they left out,” Schiff added. BREAKING: Congress releases redacted Democratic memo pushing back on GOP claims of surveillance abuses in FBI's Russia probe. — AP Politics (@AP_Politics) February 24, 2018 Democrats said their rebuttal “should put to rest any concerns that the American people might have as to the conduct of the FBI, the Justice Department and the FISC,” as they said the evidence “failed to uncover any evidence of illegal, unethical, or unprofessional behavior by law enforcement.” Democrats not only countered that, but raised questions about the testimony of one-time Trump campaign foreign policy adviser Carter Page, who was the focus of the original Republican memo, as the GOP raised questions about how surveillance had been approved of Page. Democrats said the answer was not the information supplied by ex-British intelligence agent Christopher Steele. Some portions of the document on those points were blacked out, or redacted. You can read the full Democratic memo at this link. Democrats also released a fact sheet to go with the memo.
  • Local districts have been dealing with a lot of school threats recently. In fact, at least four children have been arrested. Tulsa County Assistant District Attorney Erik Grayless has a warning for anyone thinking about making a threat of their own. “If you threaten a school, we will prosecute you,” Grayless said.   The district attorney's office is so serious about these threats that Grayless was willing to get even more specific. “You cannot post pictures of firearms on Instagram and reference your school,” Grayless said.  “That’s a threat.  The threat itself, regardless of your intentions, is a crime.” KRMG's told that alone could lead to a misdemeanor charge and six months of jail time.