Don’t Drink Too Much Tea


Don't drink too much of it.
Don’t drink too much of it.   (AP Photo/Larry Crowe)

Behind Man’s Kidney Failure: Excess of Iced Tea

16 glasses a day is probably not a good idea

A man’s kidney failure has been linked to his excessive iced tea habit—but don’t worry, you’re probably not approaching the danger zone. The 56-year-old Arkansas man was drinking 16 glasses of the stuff daily, amounting to a gallon every day, the AP reports. Black tea contains a lot of a compound called oxalate, which can lead to kidney issues, LiveScience reports. “With 16 cups of tea daily, the patient’s daily consumption of oxalate was more than 1500mg—a level that is higher than the average American intake by a factor of approximately three to 10,” scientists say.

The man was hospitalized last year, and his urine contained lots of the calcium oxalate crystals involved in kidney stones.

Read on…http://www.newser.com/story/204866/behind-mans-kidney-failure-excess-of-iced-tea.html

Clever Criminal


Inmate Escapes by Emailing Own Release Order to Jail

A crime of ‘extraordinary criminal inventiveness, deviousness': prosecutor

Sorry, this isn't the guy.
Sorry, this isn’t the guy.   (Shutterstock)

A smuggled cellphone and an online scheme that even a British judge called “ingenious” allowed a 28-year-old inmate waiting for his fraud trial to escape prison, NBC News reports. Last March, Neil Moore was housed in England’s Wandsworth Prison—the same facility that once housed Julian Assange and allowed Ronnie “Great Train Robber” Biggs to escape 50 years ago, NPR notes—when he came up with his plan: Using the phone he wasn’t supposed to have, Moore created a fake Web domain that resembled that of London’s Royal Courts of Justice. He then emailed an order from a supposed bail clerk to Wandsworth detailing the OK for his own release, the BBC reports. He was set free on March 10, 2014, and his MIA status wasn’t discovered for three days. read more on this story…http://www.newser.com/story/204788/inmate-escapes-by-emailing-own-release-order-to-jail.html


In this March 26, 2015, image provided by Randall Brown of Multnomah County Animal Services, a pair of chickens, dyed pink, are photographed in Portland, Ore.
In this March 26, 2015, image provided by Randall Brown of Multnomah County Animal Services, a pair of chickens, dyed pink, are photographed in Portland, Ore.   (Randall Brown)

‘Pink Chicken’ Mystery Solved

Birds’ owner says he dyed them to ‘make people smile’

By Newser Editors and Wire Services
  Portland’s pink chickens are no longer a mystery. Multnomah County Animal Services says the birds’ owner told the agency he used food coloring, beet juice, and Kool-Aid to dye the two birds, then released them to “make people smile.” Owner Bruce Whitman of Portland says the prank succeeded beyond his wildest hopes. In his words, “I didn’t expect to get this many people to smile.” He says he tucked the chickens into a tree to roost early Thursday in a waterfront park, figuring they’d wake to a good day with water nearby and bugs to eat, spread some smiles, and he’d pick them up Thursday evening. Read more on this story….http://www.newser.com/story/204665/pink-chicken-mystery-solved.html

What’s Wrong With Being Bald?


The talk on Twitter is  First Lady Michele Obama’s hair. Michelle Obama’s ‘Bald’ Appearance On ‘Jeopardy’ Worries FLOTUS Fans..Michelle Obama’s look on an episode of the popular game show “Jeopardy,” which aired Tuesday night, created quite the stir among followers on social media. The hubbub was a result of the look the first lady seemed to sport on the show, making her look nearly bald. Obama was on the show to discuss healthy eating habits. Take a look

Mr. T Is Back


Lawrence Tureaud, better known as Mr. T, attends the Starlight Awards at the Skirball Cultural Center in this Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2013 file photo taken in Los Angeles.
Lawrence Tureaud, better known as Mr. T, attends the Starlight Awards at the Skirball Cultural Center in this Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2013 file photo taken in Los Angeles.   (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision for Starlight Children’s Foundation/AP Images)
                                                                     Mr. T is the latest celebrity to get his own home improvement show, and it’s called—obviously—I Pity the Tool. It’s slated to debut sometime this year on the DIY Network, and it will feature the tough guy actor helping people in need by doing renovation work on their homes. “I am tough, but deep inside my toughness, I like to let people know I’m an old-fashioned mama’s boy,” Mr. T explains to Variety. “I’m really a marshmallow in my heart.”

He’ll help people like military veterans or those going through tough times; in the premiere,http://www.newser.com/story/204455/mr-t-getting-perfectly-named-diy-home-show.html

Tracy Morgan’s Friend’s Kids Get 10 Million From Walmart


Denita and Jamel McNair, the children of James McNair.
Denita and Jamel McNair, the children of James McNair.   (Seth Wenig)

Kids of Tracy Morgan Friend Getting $10M From Walmart

Settlement is for death of James McNair in accident

By Newser Editors and Wire Services

The two children of comedian James McNair, who was killed in the New Jersey Turnpike crash that injured Tracy Morgan, are getting a $10 million settlement from Walmart. The $10 million figure for Jamel McNair, 26, and Denita McNair, 19, was disclosed in documents filed in Surrogate’s Court in New York’s Westchester County, where James McNair lived until the June 7 accident. A Walmart truck hit a limo van that was carrying him, Morgan, and others home from a show in Delaware. Morgan, a former Saturday Night Live and 30 Rock star, is still recuperating from a brain injury.