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'Girther' conspiracy hits social media as critics question Trump's height, weight

On Tuesday, White House physician Dr. Ronny Jackson appeared before the press to give the details of President Donald Trump’s latest physical. According to Jackson — who was appointed by former President Barack Obama — the president is in great health, but some critics wasted no time casting doubt on Jackson’s analysis.

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Most of the results were pretty straightforward. Trump aced a cognitive exam and has benefited from not drinking or smoking his entire life, Jackson said. The doctor said he is going to try to put the president on a diet but joked that the commander-in-chief might just live to be 200. At one point in the briefing, Jackson said Trump weighs 239 pounds and stands 6-foot-3. That puts his body mass index at 29.9. (You’re considered obese if your BMI hits 30.) But not everybody bought that last statistic.

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More than a few people pointed to a photo of Trump standing side-by-side with Obama, who is 6-foot-1, and the men appear to be the same height.

There were also dozens of people who pointed to athletes with the same dimensions as Trump.

MSNBC’s Chris Hayes even termed the doctor doubters “girthers” — a stab at the “birther” conspiracy theorists who insisted that Obama was not born in the United States.

On Wednesday morning, “Morning Joe” host Joe Scarborough also cast doubts on the results that Jackson gave to the press. At one point in his segment, Scarborough said, “All I can tell you is this: If that’s what 239 pounds looks like, I would weigh 170 pounds. So yes, I have great respect for people who – great respect for this doctor, but if that’s what 6-foot-3, 239 pounds looks like, that’s a shock to me.”

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Study says people would rather hang out with their dogs than friends

A new study says that most dog owners would rather spend time with their pup than their friends.

Fox News reported that a study of 2,000 dog owners conducted by smart dog collar company Link AKC says more than half prefer their pet over pals. Owners said they sometimes skip out on social events to be with their dog.

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Eighty-one percent of those surveyed said they spoke to their dog like they would a friend. Single dog owners were twice as likely to talk to their pet about relationship problems. Eighty percent of owners said it’s a deal breaker if their partner didn’t like their dog.

The study found that six in 10 pet owners said their dog takes care of them in some way, with many saying their pet helped them get through a breakup or death of a loved one. 

Sixty-two percent of the pet owners surveyed said their dogs helped get them out the house at least twice a day for a walk and more than two-thirds said their dog helps them exercise more regularly.

“The physical benefits of dog ownership are often the first that come to mind, but we’ve found the emotional and mental health benefits of having a furry companion are just as impactful,” Link AKC chief marketing officer Herbie Calves told Fox News. “People consider their dogs members of their family and are looking for ways to connect and interact with them on a deeper level.”

The survey supports Calves’ claim. Fifty-five percent say unconditional love and constant companionship is among the biggest benefit of dog ownership.

“Dog ownership is a great responsibility but also comes with great physical, emotional and mental benefits,” Calves said.

Is feeding a cold a real thing? 5 winter health myths debunked

You've probably heard winter health myths for years and you may have even accepted some of them as fact.

From being told to bundle up, so you don't catch a cold to your neighbor swearing he got the flu from his flu shot, these myths make the rounds every winter.

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We separate fact from fiction with the following five winter health myths:

Cold weather can make you get sick.

Mom always warned you you'd get sick if you didn't bundle up before heading out in cold weather. Her advice wasn't exactly horrible, since you'll certainly be more comfortable and protected from frostbite. But cold by itself doesn't make you more likely to get sick, according to The Weather Channel. Most experts think we're more likely to get sick in colder months, but that's because we're all cooped up together, exchanging germs. Cold weather also dries out your nasal passages, reducing their ability to filter out infections. Despite evidence to the contrary, moms will probably keep warning their kids to bundle up. It's what they do.

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You lose 90 percent of your body heat through your head.

Of all your body parts, your head is more likely to be exposed in cold weather. But that doesn't mean the myth about losing 90 percent of your body heat through your head is true, according to Business Insider. Sure, wearing a hat in cold weather will help you stay warm, but that's just because you're covering an exposed body part, not because there's anything special about your head. You could cover up any other exposed body part and also feel warmer.

You don't need sunscreen in the winter.

If you think you only need sunscreen in hotter weather, you've probably packed your lotion away by the time winter comes around. But even when the weather's overcast in the winter, up to 80 percent of the sun's rays can still penetrate the clouds, according to Reader's digest.

UVA rays are always present - even in winter - and they can damage the deeper layers of your skin, increasing your risk for skin cancer and causing premature aging of your skin. And if you're planning a ski trip, you should be even more careful. UV radiation increases with elevation, and snow reflects and intensifies sunlight. So whatever the season, wearing sunscreen with at least a 30 SPF is the safest way to go.

Feed a cold, starve a fever.

The origin of this myth may be rooted in antiquated beliefs about colds and fevers, according to CNN. It was once believed that your body literally became colder if you had a cold, so it needed to be "warmed up" with food. Fever was thought to need "cooling down" by not eating.

In reality, you need to eat whether you have a cold or a fever. Good, nutritious foods are important, but it's OK if your illness suppresses your appetite a little. Staying hydrated is most important, especially if you have a fever. You may need to replenish electrolytes, so sports drinks can be a good choice. Good ol' chicken soup will keep you hydrated while also helping to clear your nasal passages.

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The flu shot can give you the flu.

This isn't true, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Protection (CDC). Flu shots are made with either an inactive form of the virus or no flu virus at all. Neither type can give you the flu. You may have a sore arm after getting a flu shot and some people report having a low-grade fever and aches for a day or two, but it's not the flu.

On the other hand, you may still get the flu even if you've had a flu shot, but the odds of getting it are much lower and, if you do get the flu, the symptoms will likely be less severe.

HGS Exhibitor Information

The first 14 years of the Green Country Home & Garden Show have been awesome, with around 25,000 Oklahoma homeowners attending each year. Your business can be a part of the largest FREE springtime home & garden show in Green Country, coming up January 26-28, 2018 in the Exchange Center at Expo Square. We bring in qualified buyers (new and existing homeowners) who are committed to finding ideas and answers to their home & garden questions. This show is a highly-targeted and cost-effective opportunity for businesses to market their products or services directly to this sought-after group of consumers.

An estimated $700 billion is spent on home and garden-related products and services each year. According to the NAHB (National Assoc. of Home Builders), the average zip code in America will see over $5 million spent on home improvement this year. That’s a lot of new roofs, landscaping, and remodels! Experts are projecting home improvement spending to increase 6% this year over last, with the average home improvement project costing around $4,000.

With this growing demand for these types of products/services, the Green Country Home & Garden Show has had proven success here in northeast Oklahoma. With such a vast array of products and services, The Green Country Home & Garden Show creates the ultimate source for consumers to fill many of their home & gardening needs under one roof! 

This three-day extravaganza will feature over 170 unique exhibitors from throughout Green Country and the U.S. displaying and demonstrating the newest and hottest services for home improvement/repairs, remodeling, gardening, landscaping, lawn care, home insulation & energy conservation, home security, home furnishings and so much more. Come and watch local horticultural expert Allan Storjohann, host of "The KRMG Gardening Show with Allan Storjohann", broadcast his live weekly radio show from 10:00am – 1:00pm on Saturday, January 27th. Bring out your problem plants or questions and ask him while he's at the Green Country Home & Garden Show. You can also hear Allan Storjohann on NEWS102.3 & AM740 KRMG every Saturday.

Here are some ways the "Green Country Home & Garden Show " can work for you...

  • Increase business  • Improve customer relationships  • Create an expanded mailing list  • Sell your services or products at the show  • Distribute coupons, samples and brochures  • Showcase new products  • Demonstrations  • In store promotions and tie-ins  • Door prize exposure  • Hands-on activity at your boothBuying a Booth  Your business can be a part of the largest FREE springtime home & garden event in Green Country! We bring in qualified buyers (homeowners) who are looking for ideas and solutions to their decorating, gardening and home-related questions. For example, did you know that:

*92% of consumer event attendees evaluate the companies they do business with by visiting a trade show?

*64% of attendees said that as a result of visiting a company's booth, they bought more of that company's product within 12 months? To help you reach this market, this event offers sponsors and exhibitors many one-to-one marketing opportunities with pre-qualified customers.  As a part of the"Green Country Home & Garden Show", you'll get unparalleled exposure through our strong promotions packages. This event will be highly-publicized on 4 of the top-rated radio stations in Tulsa, on Fox 23 (the local FOX-TV affiliate) as well as through cable TV advertisements, local newspaper coverage and social media. You can be a part of this winning team of highly successful exhibitors if you hurry and contact us today to reserve your space! Booth Space Each 10' by 10' booth comes with:

  • 8' tall back drape and 3' tall side rails. (Due to the intracacies of the layout, some booths may end up with 8’ tall drape on one or both sides of the booth as well)
  • 1 6' skirted table
  • 2 premium folding chairs
  • 1 wastebasket
  • Access to standard 110v electricity (you must provide your own extension cords and power strips)

Additional items (extra chairs, extra tables, carpeting, easels, TV-VCR combos, counter high stools, etc.) may be ordered directly through the show decorator, Event 1 or by calling 918-245-8006.

Exhibitor Info:

Load-in/set-up:  Tuesday, January 23rd through Thursday, January 25th from 8:00am to 7:00pm each day

Show dates: Friday, January 26, 2018 - Saturday, January 27, 2018 - Sunday, January 28, 2018 

Show hours: 12:00pm - 8:00pm on Friday, 10:00am - 8:00pm on Saturday and 11:00am – 5:00pm on Sunday

Show location: The Exchange Expo Center at Expo Square (at the fairgrounds) at 4145 E 21st St. in Tulsa, Oklahoma 

All exhibitors are required to provide us with proof of liability insurance before exhibiting at the show. If you do not have this coverage in place, Cox Media Group has made arrangements so that all of our exhibitors can instantly acquire this coverage at a significant savings from Rainprotection Insurance. Your cost will be just $84 for the entire week of the show. Please contact the show office if you need more information on this coverage. The Exchange Center has multiple drive-in bays with 16' and 21' high doors, a dock height loading platform and an available forklift for moving in large/heavy display items. Each booth comes with reasonable access to standard 110v electricity. Exhibitors must provide their own 16-gauge extension cords and power strips (all booths shouldn't be more than 30 feet from the nearest electrical box located in the floor). 220 power is available and must be arranged before your move-in date by contacting the show office staff at (918) 523-2067.

Do you own your own company and want to be in front of THOUSANDS of prospective customers in only 3 days? Call Steve McDonald at (918) 493-8531 or email him at Steve.McDonald@CoxInc.com.

SHOW OFFICE:

Green Country Home & Garden Show C/o Cox Media Group, Inc.  2625 S. Memorial Dr. Tulsa, OK 74129 (918) 523-2067 - show office (918) 493-5357 - show fax line

 

 

WATCH: Meteor spotted in Ohio, Michigan, Canada

The fireball lit up the sky just after 8 p.m. Tuesday.

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The dashboard cam video was shared by Mike Austin as he was driving north on I-75 near Bloomfield Hills, north of Detroit, Michigan. 

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The fireball also was seen from northwest Ohio and southwest Ontario, Canada

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It is not known whether the meteorite dissipated in the atmosphere or made it to the ground or into Lake Michigan.

White Castle will offer romantic Valentine’s Day package, reservations again

Fast food icon White Castle once again will offer its romantic Valentine’s Day package for those in love, but on a budget.

White Castle is now accepting reservations for its annual Valentine’s Day Dinner and for the first time, the chain is using OpenTable.com, or the reservation app, to allow diners to secure their spot for the traditional dinner with a twist, Cincinnati.com reported.

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This year, like in years past, White Castle will offer its original slider and veggie slider.  To throw love into the meal, it’s also serving up a chocolate-covered strawberry smoothie, a combination of strawberries and vanilla yogurt that is topped with Ghirardelli chocolate sauce. It will also decorate the locations in red and pink balloons, throw tablecloths on the tables and give menus to its guests, Delish reported.

To make a reservation, either use OpenTable or you can call the local numbers listed here.

Eagles guitarist Glenn Frey's widow files wrongful death lawsuit against New York hospital

The widow of late Eagles guitarist Glenn Frey is suing the New York City hospital that treated her husband before his death in 2016.

According to Reuters, Cindy Frey filed a lawsuit Tuesday accusing Mount Sinai Hospital and gastroenterologist Steven Itzkowitz of negligence while treating the musician, who had ulcerative colitis, in late 2015.

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The wrongful death lawsuit alleges that "Frey was rendered sick, sore, lame and disabled" because Itzkowitz and the hospital did not properly diagnose, treat or disclose the risks of treatment to him, Reuters reported.

Frey died Jan. 18, 2016, after suffering "complications from rheumatoid arthritis, acute ulcerative colitis and pneumonia," the band said in a statement at the time. He was 67.

Eagles manager Irving Azoff previously told The Wrap that rheumatoid arthritis medications were partly to blame for Frey's death.

“The colitis and pneumonia were side effects from all the meds,” Azoff said

Cindy Frey is seeking "unspecified damages," Reuters reported.

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Flu outbreak forces an entire school district in Oklahoma to cancel classes for rest of week

An entire Oklahoma school district canceled classes Wednesday through Friday after schools reported excessive flu absences among much of the staff.

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Morris Public Schools said Monday's absences were at 20 percent, and Tuesday's were at more than 30 percent.

Basketball teams will continue competition in the county tournament.

Wrestlers will need to contact the coach about scheduled meets.

The district asks that ill students stay home when school resumes.

CDC cancels nuclear disaster talk, focus switches to flu outbreak

Three days after a false report of a missile attack on Hawaii seemed the perfect time to help the public for a nuclear disaster. But instead, the Atlanta-based Centers for Disease Control and Prevention changed the top of Tuesday’s discussion to the flu epidemic

The CDC did not immediately respond to questions surrounding the topic change for the public health discussion, which had been planned for several weeks. 

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The CDC says the previous event, titled “Public Health Response to a Nuclear Detonation,” will be held at a future date. The session will focus on local, state and federal preparations in the event of a nuclear attack. 

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“While a nuclear detonation is unlikely, it would have devastating results and there would be limited time to take critical protection steps,” the CDC said before the event was changed. “Despite the fear surrounding such an event, planning and preparation can lessen deaths and illness. For instance, most people don’t realize that sheltering in place for at least 24 hours is crucial to saving lives and reducing exposure to radiation.”

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