Chris Malone

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Posts from August 2014


Primary Election Results For The Heart Of Florida
Here are the results of Tuesday's primary election from the Supervisor of Elections.  Just click on your county.

Alachua County Primary Election Results
Marion County Primary Election Results
Levy County Primary Election Results
Gilchrist County Primary Election Results
Citrus County Primary Election Results
Bradford County Primary Election Results
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Move Over Nutella And Make Room For Cookie Butter
For those times when slathering peanut butter on something just isn't enough, there is now cookie butter. Louise Kramer with the Specialty Food Association says, "Cookie butter has become a really big thing in 2014. It really is a treat that appeals to the American consumer in a new way." The cookie butter debuted in 2007 on a Belgium TV show, and the first flavor was based on a European cookie called "specloos"-- a cinnamon biscuit similar to a graham cracker. Now companies are expanding flavor varieties to appeal to classic American tastes, with flavors such as graham cracker and cookies & cream. Kramer points out another appeal of cookie butter, saying, "Parents don't want their kids to dip into raw cookie batter with eggs so it's a great alternative to get to lick cookies right off a spoon."

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I must admit, I'm a big fan of this stuff!  So far the only place I've found it is Trader Joe's but I'm sure other stores have it too.

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Easy Trick Helps You Avoid Drinking Too Much Wine
Wine can help you relax at the end of a long week, but how do you know when to stop pouring? A new study finds that pouring just half a glass of wine can be a successful way to prevent drinking too much. Researchers studied pouring habits of a group of participants and say that those who stuck to pouring half a glass, or to stop pouring two fingers from the top of the glass, tended to pour out 20 percent less than those who did not follow a rule. Study author Laura Smarandescu says, "It's a big difference. We would suggest using a rule of thumb with pouring because it makes a big difference in how much people pour and prevents them from over-drinking."

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Web Sites Match Sing Dog Lovers With Other Single Dog Lovers
If you love your dog so much that you want it to be involved in your search for a date, there are websites for that. Sites such as PetsDating.com and YouMustLoveDogsDating.com are connecting dog lovers with one another. Many of the sites recommend users bring their dogs on their first dates as a kind of ice breaker, and of course to see if there's chemistry between the pooches. Michal Strahilevitz, a professor of marketing says, "Having a theme that is...about one's passion makes it feel like you are looking for a needle in a smaller and far more relevant and appealing haystack." Still, not all agree it's a good idea, dating expert Trish McDermott says, "To squeeze doggie behavior under the first date microscope...is just another way to uncover the fatal flaw of an otherwise potential romance."

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The Ocala Saggy Pants Law Is Here To Stay
Last night's town hall meeting in Ocala failed to see repeal the newly adopted Saggy Pants law.

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Bigger Weddings Linked To Happier Mariages
It may be worth it to splurge on that big wedding after all. New data links "higher-quality" marriages with bigger weddings. Researchers followed 418 people as they got married and then for five years into their marriages. They found that "higher-quality" marriages were often linked to both "formal" weddings and those with bigger guest lists. But why? It may be because saying "I do" in front of a bigger crowd encourages a person to live up to their promises, or because having more people to invite may indicate having more of a support system. Still, it could just be that having a bigger wedding indicates a couple has more money, which certainly can help a couple avoid fights and ultimately stay together.

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Women Outpace Men In Running The Distance
Women and men have different strengths, and new data shows women are better at pacing themselves when running than men are. Researchers looked at nearly 92 thousand runners in 14 marathons. They found that at the halfway point, men slowed down an average of 16 percent, while women slowed down just 12 percent. Even experienced male runners were found to be more likely than experienced women to see their speed decrease in the second half of a marathon. Why does this happen? A researcher says it may be because "men burn a greater percentage of carbohydrates for fuel than women," while women burn more fat. This means that "men typically run out of fuel or hit the wall earlier than women do." The other theory is that men simple start off fast and hope they can keep the pace

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Gym Memberships For Dogs And Cats
If Fido is overweight it's your responsibility to get him back on track. Luckily, there are now gym memberships for dogs. One such gym is K9 Fit Club in Chicago, where dogs can go for hour-long obedience sessions that double as a workout. K9 Fit has eight gyms across the country and offers classes that are designed to give both dogs and their owners a dose of cardio and strength training. Dr. Marty Becker of Vetstreet.com says, "When you exercise with your pet, you tend to stick to it because they enjoy it so much. They encourage you to get your tail off the floor and out the door.

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You Have Been Tying Your Shoes The Wrong Way Your Entire Life
According to this video posted on Facebook by an elementary school parent, you’ve been doing it wrong your entire life.

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Aromafork Is Here
Imagine a bubble-gum-flavored pork chop. Or a smoked cheesecake. Nearly any flavor combination is possible with the Aromafork ($59), said Mark Wilson at Fast Company. It's a "deceptively simple device" that exploits the mind's tendency to confuse tastes with aromas. Each fork set comes with 21 small jars of aromatics plus a medicine dropper. A depression in the fork's handle holds a small piece of blotting paper that absorbs the oils. Forget the pork chop; "imagine tasting one steak flavored 21 different ways."


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Nearly Half Of Adults Refuse To Use Smart Phone Banking Apps
What don't you use your smartphone for? A new poll finds that 48 percent of consumers said they would "never" use bill payment apps on their phones, and 44 percent said they would never use mobile banking services. One in five said they did not feel safe shopping on their smartphone, and 63 percent said they worry about security on their mobile device. The survey covered two thousand people and also found that the top worry of respondents was safeguarding their data against identity theft if their phone got stolen. Intercede CEO Richard Parris says there are many security features readily available for these phones, but it's up to app developers and service providers to make use of them. Parris says, "If this baseline security technology was more widely embraced, the cellphone has the potential to be the personal security enabler of the future and not the security bleed it is viewed as being today.

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Kickstarter "Potato Salad" Guy Hosts Homeless Festival
The man who made headlines by raising over $55,0000 on Kickstarter to make a potato salad plans to use the money to hold a festival and help the homeless. Zach Brown is planning to hold a free, family-friendly festival called PotatoStock on September 27th in a Columbus, Ohio, park. Local artists will be featured, there will be lots and lots of potato salad, and sponsors including mayo-maker Hellmann's and Idaho Potatoes are on board. Proceeds from concessions sold at the festival will be donated to help end homelessness in Central Ohio, creating a permanent fund at the Columbus Foundation.

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New Words Coming To the Oxford Dictionary
Britain's Oxford University Press said that it's adding some new words to its online Oxford Dictionaries to reflect new language trends. Once every few months, editors for the site who track and analyze some 150 million English words decide which are being used so widely that they deserve a dictionary entry. However, this doesn't mean they'll become permanent additions to the English language, and they may not make it into the more traditional Oxford English Dictionary. Among the new words being added:
  • vaping -- inhaling nicotine vapor using e-cigarettes
  • listicle -- Internet article in the form of a number of bullet-pointed list
  • live-tweet -- posting comments about an event on Twitter as it's taking place
  • binge-watch -- viewing multiple episodes of TV shows in a row
  • Paleo diet -- a diet based on ancient man's presumed diet of wild plants and animals
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Parents Paying More For Back To School Supplies
Many kids are already back in the classroom, with Alachua, Marion, Gilchrist and Levy County schools beginning Monday. That means parents are buying the required supplies. Management consulting and technology services company Accenture polled parents of children entering kindergarten through college and found that 89 percent plan to do most of their back-to-school shopping in a physical store. Sixty seven percent of parents said they plan to spend between $100 and $500, while 41 percent plan to spend $500 or more. Fifty two percent said they'll spend more on back-to-school shopping than last year, and just 37 percent said they plan to spend the same amount. Experts say parents are paying more because costs are up, not because they have more money to spend.

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Ocala Police Need Your Help In Locating a Man Who Beat Up 69 Year Old Woman
The Ocala Police Department needs your help in locating a man who kidnapped and beat a 69 year old woman unconscious Monday. He is described as 5-foot-9 white male of average build with bad body odor. He was wearing a dark long-sleeved shirt, dark leather gloves and a dark mask. Call OPD at 369-7000 or Crime Stoppers at 368-STOP.

Let's catch this evil man.
-Chris Malone


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The Passive-Aggressive Letter Of Recommendation [Caution: Language]
Quite possible the worst recommendation letter of all time! An Australian man asked his previous employer for a letter of reference after working at a pawnshop for multiple years. Unfortunately, his former boss wasn’t exactly glad to see him go. A word of caution, if strong language and profanity is offensive to you, it's best to avoid reading the letter!

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Japanese Company Launches Man-Bra
Remember the Seinfeld episode from the 90s, where Krammer and Frank Costanza come up with the Bro/Mansierre?  Well that dream is now a reality! A "Man-bra" has just gone on sale in Japan to help men with their "moobs". The Floral Goodnight Bra, which promises "round-the-clock protection against the effects of gravity", can also be purchased with matching underwear designed to hold the man's private parts in place (although it doesn't look very manly and cost about $30.


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A 9 Year Old St. Cloud Boy Fights Off Alligator Attack!
Simply amazing!  A 9 year old boy's quick thinking saved his life after being attacked by a 400lb alligator last week!  James Barney Jr. of St. Cloud escaped with only minor alligator bites and a memorable souvenir, the animal's tooth.

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Whooping Cough Epidemic Hits California
The California Department of Public Health has declared a whooping cough epidemic for California. Experts theorize that since the vaccine was changed in 1997 it offers less protection against the disease. They also worry that parents’ failure to immunize children is helping to fuel the epidemic.

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Powdered Wine Coming To A Store Near You
If you want the health benefits of red wine without the hangover, there's now red wine powder. It's called Vinia and is a red grape cell powder developed by a biotechnology company. They claim a single serve packet contains the same amount of antioxidants found in an entire bottle of red wine, and delivers them without the added sugar, calories and ill effects of drinking a whole bottle. The powder is said to be easy to blend with other foods and has a mild grape flavor. The powder will go on sale the second week of September.

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High Speed Chase Closed Interstate 75 Monday Afternoon
If you were stuck on northbound I-75 yesterday afternoon, there was good reason.  According to alert KTK listeners who tweeted their experiences, a high speed chase involving law enforcement that ended just south of Paynes Prairie Monday afternoon between 3 and 3:30. Come to find out, the Gainesville Sun & Ocala Star-Banner report the chase began in Sumter County.  A personal thank you to our KTK family who kept us up to date with tweets, pictures and experiences as they happened! Thankfully no one was hurt!
-Chris Malone

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Spring App Adjusts Pictures To Make You Look Taller And Thinner
If the filters on Instagram and other photo editing apps just don't do it for you, there's now Spring. The app lets users stretch out photos of themselves so they appear taller and thinner. The app's description says it wants to "help you adjust your body proportions" so "your body looks sexier." Users just pick two or three spots on their body in the area they want to stretch, and then the app does the work and keeps everything proportional. Still, it's possible to stretch out the background of the photo and make the alterations obvious.

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Scrabble To Add 5,000 New Words To Dictionary
Scrabble players just got a big new bounty, as 5,000 words were added in the new Official Scrabble Players Dictionary from Merriam-Webster that's coming out next week. The dictionary, which has more than 100,000 playable words, was last updated a decade ago. Unsurprisingly, some of the new words came from the tech world, including "texter," "selfie," "vlog" and "hashtag." "Geocache" was also among the words added, after winning a public vote in a Facebook contest this May. To be included in the Scrabble dictionary, words must be two to eight letters long, found in a standard dictionary, can't require capitalization, can't have hyphens or apostrophes and can't be an abbreviation.
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How To Become An Attorney Without Attending Law School
Let's face it, law school is expensive!  3 years of extra school and relentless studying in order to take (and hopefully pass) the State Bar Exam.  But did you know that in 4 states, you can take the Bar Exam without ever attending law school?  Is Florida one of them?

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Working Out May Cause Cavities
If you're a fitness nut with some unexplained cavities your workouts may be to blame. A new study finds that triathletes have significantly higher levels of tooth erosion than non-athletes. Additionally, the more an athlete trained, the more cavities they had. Researchers say this may happen for two reasons: because endurance athletes consume a high number of carbohydrates which can alter the mouth's pH level, and also because breathing through the mouth dries it out and leads to less saliva. The scientists who conducted the study are currently testing special toothpastes and mouth rinses on athletes to see if a product could help them curb the tooth erosion issue. 

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Chris Malone's advice- Of course, this isn't a reason to skip the gym.  Just keep a bottle of mouthwash handy for a quick rinse after your workout. Look at it this way, it is easier to replace a rotten tooth than a bad heart, right?
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Men And Women Are Bad Drivers (In Different Ways)
The results are in, both Men and Women are bad drivers!  But how they are bad are different as Venus and Mars.  Men are more likely to speed, drive aggressively, and operate under the influence while women are involved in more non-injury accidents such as making turns at intersections.  So it is no surprise that men, on average, pay more for auto insurance than women.

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Drive safely!
-Chris Malone
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