ON AIR NOW

LISTEN NOW

Weather

cloudy-day
80°
Partly Cloudy T-storms
H 86° L 72°
  • cloudy-day
    80°
    Current Conditions
    Partly Cloudy T-storms. H 86° L 72°
  • partly-cloudy-tstorms-day
    86°
    Today
    Partly Cloudy T-storms. H 86° L 72°
  • partly-cloudy-tstorms-day
    85°
    Tomorrow
    Partly Cloudy T-storms. H 85° L 71°
LISTEN
PAUSE
ERROR

Wsb news on-demand

00:00 | 00:00

LISTEN
PAUSE
ERROR

Wsb traffic on-demand

00:00 | 00:00

LISTEN
PAUSE
ERROR

Wsb weather on-demand

00:00 | 00:00

Uplifting

    A 2-year-old girl who was diagnosed with a rare form of ovarian cancer is now cancer-free. ABC News reported that McKenna Shea Xydias has had four rounds of chemotherapy since she was diagnosed in February.  McKenna’s parents, Mike Xydias and Meagan Xydias, said they got the good news on June 12, less than four months after being diagnosed with an ovarian yolk sac tumor. Dr. Katie Sutton, the pediatric oncologist for the Aflac Cancer and Blood Disorders Center at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, was direct with the update. “Dr. Sutton came in -- she just got straight to it and said, ‘Scans were clear. There’s nothing there,’” Meagan Xydias told “Good Morning America.” “We sat and cried and held each other for a minute.” >> Read more trending news  Sutton said McKenna has done well and hasn’t had any serious or unexpected side effects outside of needing some blood transfusions. According to the U.S. Department of Heath & Human Services, childhood ovarian cancer accounts for less than 5% of all ovarian cancer cases. The Xydiases learned of McKenna’s diagnosis after a series of early day care pickups that started in January. Day care staff said she had a fever.  On Feb. 7, day care staff told the Xydiases that McKenna’s belly was bloated and she looked uncomfortable, so they took her home. After a trip to the doctor and a high fever a week later, she went to a pediatrician, who took an X-ray. Her bowels looked full, Mike Xydias said the doctors told them. They took their daughter to the hospital and after a CT and MRI, doctors determined there were multiple cancerous tumors.  McKenna went into surgery and started chemotherapy. Fundraisers were held to help with medical costs and updates were provided on a Facebook page called Fight with Kenni. >> Need something to lift your spirits? Read more uplifting news  By June, the page had a happy update. “Thank you so much for all the prayers and for keeping us in your thoughts for the past 4 months. Our journey began 2/14 and today, 6/12, Kenni has officially kicked cancer’s (expletive)!” the post said. “We couldn't have gotten through this without your love, support, and prayers. Thank you, from the bottom of our hearts! We thank God every day for taking care of our baby and giving us such faithful prayer warriors to help us get through this nightmare. “Today, we saw the oncologist and were told that all of Kenni’s scans were clear. No evidence of disease in her abdomen (everything that was left over after surgery has been taken care of). X-rays showed no evidence of disease in her chest (so nothing spread).” McKenna will have her levels checked for six months to determine if cancer has come back after treatment. Her parents continue to celebrate their daughter’s health. “There’s the medical aspect of, ‘Tust your gut when it comes to your or your child’s health,’ and there’s the life aspect of, ‘Enjoy every minute,’” Meagan Xydias said.
  • Her nickname is Hurricane, and at 103 years old, a Louisiana woman can still run like the wind. >> Read more trending news  Julia Hawkins, of Baton Rouge, won her age group with a record-setting performance in the 50-meter dash Monday at the Senior Games in Albuquerque, New Mexico, KRQE reported. The former teacher, wearing a red U.S.A. Track & Field shirt, finished the race in 21.06 seconds, the Albuquerque Journal reported. It apparently is a milestone time, since there is no women's record for the 50 in the 100-and-over group, the newspaper reported. “I call her a little old lady in tennis shoes,” Hawkins' son, Lad Hawkins, told the newspaper.. Hawkins also set the record in the 100-meter run two years ago, finishing in 40.12 seconds, WBRZ reported. Tuesday at the Senior Games, Hawkins finished in 46 seconds, KRQE reported. “I thought it would be neat to run at 100 and do the 100 yard dash,” Hawkins told the television station. Hawkins began running when she was 101, KRQE reported. “As you get older you need challenges,” Hawkins told the Journal.  Hawkins said she remained strong, especially in her legs, from years of cycling, the newspaper reported. “I keep active all the time,” Hawkins told the Journal. “I have an acre of land. I work in it all the time. I have 30 bonsai bushes – some are 40 or 50 years old. That keeps me busy.” Although her nickname is Hurricane, Hawkins is considering a new moniker. “I like the flower lady better,” Hawkins told the Journal.
  • The longest government shutdown could have been devastating for a couple of sisters in Baltimore. But when Nikki Howard and Jaqi Wright needed to pay bills and put food on the table as they, along with 800,000 other federal workers, were locked out of their jobs, they had a sweet plan. And now they have a contract with retail giant Walmart to help sell their cheesecake creations, WJLA reported. “Cheesecake has been my weakness since I can remember,” Howard told WRC in January, just a few weeks into the shutdown. “Our mother said, ‘You know what, girl?’ You could sell these cheesecakes’ and ding ding ding ding went off in my mind. And it’s like, we can sell these cheesecakes,” Wright told WRC. They came up with The Furlough Cheesecake. In their first week, they had 100 orders from all over the country: Atlanta, Indiana, Texas, the sisters told WRC. >> Read more trending news  Their story and their cheesecake caught the attention of Ellen DeGeneres, who surprised the sisters with a $20,000 order for a single cheesecake. A week later, the sisters delivered. Since their story went viral, they also had to rent industrial kitchen space to keep up with orders, and they have quit their jobs with the government.  >> Need something to lift your spirits? Read more uplifting news  And come August, Walmart will start stocking their cheesecakes in about 100 stores in the Washington, D.C. area, WJLA reported. They’re going to be a mini version of their cheesecakes.  But they’re not only supplying Walmart.  The sisters’ baked goods are featured at Bethesda Blues and Jazz Club, WJLA reported.
  • Nada Edwards had only one goal in mind when she awoke from a five-month-long coma earlier this year: to walk across the stage at Old Dominion University and get her diploma.  And last week, against the odds, Edwards was able to don her cap and gown, and with the help of a walker, accepted her diploma, graduating with her class from Woodrow Wilson High School, WTKR reported. Her long road to finishing high school was almost derailed in October 2017. Edwards was in a car crash when another car T-boned the one she was in, leaving her unconscious.  >> Read more trending news  Her prognosis was bleak. “They told me they didn’t think that she would wake up and if she did, she would be a vegetable and as a mom, you don’t accept that,” Alice Edwards told WTKR.  Five months after the crash, Nada Edwards woke up. On March 7, 2018, nurses at Children’s Hospital of Richmond told Alice Edwards that her daughter had lifted her leg and arm while they bathed her. Then when the mother arrived at her daughter’s bedside, nurses asked the girl “Nada, do you see mommy?” And Nada shook her head to say yes, WAVY reported last year. Along with physical therapy, which she is still going through, she had to work with the teachers at her high school to get back on track to graduate this month. She earned school credits while she healed at Children’s Hospital of the King’s Daughters, WAVY reported in May 2018. >> Need something to lift your spirits? Read more uplifting news  “Teachers would come to the house and work with her,” Alice Edwards told WTKR. “When she took her first set of SOLs (Standards of Learning) and they were like, ‘She passed them and she’s going to be able to graduate,’ we were just floored,” Alice Edwards said. Nada plans on continuing her education at Norfolk State University and major in social work so she can help others when times are tough, WTKR reported.
  • A heartwarming video of a Maryland man's emotional reaction to a Father's Day gift from his stepdaughter is going viral. >> Need something to lift your spirits? Read more uplifting news According to the Press Association, Sophia Wilcox, 20, gave her stepfather, 46-year-old Brian Sandusky, a framed collage of uplifting notes that he had left on her bedroom door when she was younger. >> Read more trending news 'During middle school, my stepdad used to leave me a note on my door each day to inspire me,' Wilcox captioned a clip of Sandusky tearfully accepting the gift Sunday. 'Well, I kept those notes & it's been 6 years since then. Today I gave him those notes back.' >> Watch the video here The video quickly went viral, racking up more than 5.6 million views by Wednesday morning. 'He's a very supportive man and always tries to make me laugh, even on a bad day,' Wilcox told the news outlet. Read more here.
  • Recently-published research indicates our dogs may have developed new facial muscles just to communicate with us. According to researchers from Howard University, North Carolina State University, the University of Portsmouth in the UK and Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, domestication has transformed the facial muscles of dogs for communication with humans. Those facial muscles have led to more expressive eyebrows, creating that puppy-dog eye look that draws us in. >> Read more trending news  The findings were published Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, a peer-reviewed scientific journal.  'Behavioral data show that dogs also produce the eyebrow movement significantly more often and with higher intensity than wolves do, with highest-intensity movements produced exclusively by dogs,' the researchers said, adding that the inner eyebrow movement 'resembles an expression humans produce when sad, so its production in dogs may trigger a nurturing response.' 'We hypothesize that dogs’ expressive eyebrows are the result of selection based on humans’ preferences,' the researchers said in the publication. To determine this, researchers conducted detailed comparisons of facial movements of nine wolves from two animal parks -- one in Germany and another in the UK -- and 27 domestic dogs randomly selected from shelters. The shelter dogs consisted of seven mixed-breed dogs and 20 Staffordshire bull terriers. To study the facial muscles anatomically, researchers examined four gray wolves -- two purchased from the taxidermy industry but not killed for the study, and two obtained from the Michigan Department of Natural Resources. They also obtained six cadaver specimens of domestic dogs, which were not euthanized for the study.  The main finding was that dogs and wolves had the same facial muscle arrangements except for around the eyes. Dogs were able to widen and open their eyes, making them look droopier, bigger and cuter to humans -- the puppy-dog eyes. For more information on the study -- including video of the puppy-dog eyes from domestic dogs -- visit PNAS.org.
  • Donations from a Central Indiana church congregation helped wipe out $2 million in debt for 2,500 families, WTHR reported. >> Read more trending news  Members of the Northview Church in Carmel raised the money and partnered with the charity RIP Medical Debt to ease the financial burden for the Indiana families, the television station reported. RIP Medical Debt buys debts for pennies on the dollar for families in need. Northview took money from its Dollar Club donations to raise the $20,000, WXIN reported. The Dollar Club is a fundraiser the church conducts four times a year, according to the Indianapolis Star. “We have around 10,000 people that come, so we collect around $10,000 when we do a Dollar Club,' Northview senior pastor Steve Poe told WXIN. 'This time we collected right at $20,000, so with that $20,000, when we gave that to RIP Medical Debt, they will be able to pay off over $2 million dollars in debt.' Poe said he got the idea for erasing medical debt after reading about a church in Evansville that helped wipe out $1.5 million in debt. The Dollar Club was the perfect outlet to raise the cash. >> Indiana church helps wipe out $1.5M in medical debt for families “We say, 'What can you buy with a buck?' Not much. But when everyone comes together, that gives us a lot of leverage,” Poe told the Star. Instead of $1, Poe asked the congregation to donate $3, since RIP Medical Debt seeks a minimum donation of $15,000, the newspaper reported. Mission accomplished. Letters will go out in the next few weeks to the families whose debt has been erased, WXIN reported. The families are chosen at random, according to WTHR.
  • Some Maryland anglers were definitely the top dogs at a North Carolina fishing tournament Sunday. >> Read more trending news  The winners of the Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament caught a 914-pound blue marlin Saturday night to set a tournament record, WCTI reported. The crew of 'Top Dog' boated the massive marlin at 8:40 p.m. Saturday. The previous record was set in 2000 when the crew of 'Summertime Blues' caught an 831-pounder, the television station reported. According to the International Game Fish Association, the world record catch for blue marlin -- all tackle -- is 1,402 pounds, set Feb. 29, 1992, near Vittoria, Brazil. The 'Top Dog' crew was ecstatic after a six-hour battle to land the marlin. “This has been my dream my whole life and I’m doing it right now. It truly is a dream come true,” crew member Phillip “Moonpie” Williams told WJZ. It was an emotional day for 'Top Dog' owner Todd Dickerson. Catching the big fish on Father's Day weekend was a tribute to his father, who died four months ago, WJZ reported. “He started me fishing in Ocean City, Maryland, for the White Marlin Open and all those tournaments,” Dickerson told the television station. “If you don’t believe there’s somebody upstairs keeping an eye on you, I mean this is believing right here. I’d give anything to have him here right now.”
  • One of the toughest things for some inmates may be not being able to see their children while prisoners serve jail time. But the Portsmouth Sheriff’s Office in Virginia tried to bring a little normalcy for the men who are behind bars. The Sheriff’s Office teamed up with a foundation named Men Alleviating Negativity held a father-daughter dance Saturday, WVEC reported.  >> Read more trending news  >> Need something to lift your spirits? Read more uplifting news  Eight inmates had a night of gameplay, music and a sit-down dinner with their daughters to help mark Father’s Day, WVEC reported.
  • A mother duck quacked for help after her ducklings fell into a Pennsylvania sewer Saturday morning. >> Watch the news report here Pittsburgh firefighters and police came to the rescue of the ducklings trapped in the sewer along Kalida Drive in Larimer. >> Need something to lift your spirits? Read more uplifting news  While the ducklings' mother watched, Pittsburgh police Officer Cassie Lee jumped into the sewer and rescued all 10 ducklings. Mom looked to make sure all her ducklings were accounted for and then walked away with her babies. >> Read more trending news  This is the second day in a row ducklings were rescued from a sewer in Pittsburgh. Read more here.

News

  • Texas police arrested a man they said was using fake identification to cash checks, KHOU reported. >> Read more trending news  The Fort Bend County Constable's Office, Precinct 2, posted photos of the suspect, who was not identified, in a Facebook post. The man was arrested at a Regions Bank in Katy on Wednesday, KHOU reported. He was charged with using a fraudulent ID and theft, the television station said.  Police said $6,200 in cash was recovered. According to authorities, the man had 'multiple fake IDs' and had gone to several banks in the area. 'This is a rare occurrence but our quick response caught him in the act,' the Constable's Office posted on Facebook.
  • Authorities arrested an 11th person Tuesday in connection with the ambush shooting last week of former Red Sox slugger David Ortiz in the Dominican Republic. >> Read more trending news  Prosecutors are expected to release more information at a news conference scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, according to CNN. An unidentified official told The Associated Press that Franklin Junior Merán was arrested Tuesday on suspicion of renting one of the cars used in the June 9 shooting in Santo Domingo. Ten other suspects have already been ordered to spend a year in preventive detention as the investigation continues, including the accused shooter. Authorities say they are looking for at least three other suspects, including the man they believe paid the hit men. Ortiz continued recovering Wednesday in the intensive care unit at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. Ortiz’s wife, Tiffany Ortiz, said doctors upgraded Ortiz’s condition to good Tuesday. “We remain grateful to everyone who has helped David through this ordeal, both in the Dominican Republic and here in Boston,” Tiffany Ortiz said in a statement released by the Red Sox. “David’s journey to good health has been bolstered by the many expressions of love that have come to us from across the globe. Your support has lifted his spirits tremendously during this challenging time.” Authorities continue to investigate. The Associated Press contributed to this report.
  • A warning about a popular payment app used by big banks like Capital One, JP Morgan Chase, Wells Fargo, Bank of America and PNC Bank. Many people are seeing their money disappear and the banks are doing little or nothing to get your money back.
  • Three Arizona teenagers are accused of setting off fireworks that sparked a brush fire in north Phoenix, police said. >> Read more trending news  The teens, all 16, were questioned by police Tuesday, KNXV reported. According to Phoenix Fire officials, the two-alarm fire burned up and over a nearby mountain, KSAZ reported. However, crews were able to put out the fire before it threatened a nearby neighborhood, according to KNXV. The teens admitted to lighting the fireworks, Phoenix Fire Capt. Rob McDade told the television station. “The first thing I thought was oh my God is that my house? Is it my dog? What’s going on?' Jordan Sims, who lives nearby told KNXV. 'It puts you kind of in like a panic mode, like am I going to have to pick everything up and get out of here within the next 30 minutes? We probably would not have been prepared for that.” It is illegal in Arizona to set off fireworks until June 24. “It’s illegal to set them off, it’s illegal to start a fire. They did admit to it pretty early so I think right now we are working with their parents and the fire investigators trying to figure out what really should be done out here,' McDade told KNXV. “I'm sure the thrill of lighting off fireworks sounds pretty good -- but you have to understand --- I mean even at the age of 16, this is a high brush(fire) season. All everything wants to do is catch on fire right now.”
  • A Wisconsin man allegedly told police it was 'a beautiful ride.' >> Read more trending news  Authorities, however, were not amused when Matthew R. Wilson, 51, took a sailboat from the Sheboygan Yacht Club for a joyride, the Sheybogan Press reported. According to a criminal complaint, Wilson, who is homeless, was charged Tuesday with theft of more than $100,000 and criminal damage to property, the newspaper reported. Sheboygan police were called to a Coast Guard station Saturday regarding the theft of the 40-foot Tartan 4000.sailboat, which is valued between $400,000 and $450,000, WITI reported. According to the criminal complaint, Wilson told police he had been kicked out of the Salvation Army because he was intoxicated, WISN reported.. He went from boat to boat in the marina until he found one open. the television station reported. According to police, Wilson found the keys and started the boat's engine before driving it away from the marina. Wilson said when he went to roll a cigarette, the boat ran ashore, WISN reported. Wilson was identified as the only person on the boat. The sailboat was ultimately towed back to the Coast Guard station. According to court documents, Wilson told police 'It was a beautiful ride. It was a beautiful ride, at least,' when he was taken into custody, the Press reported. An officer said there were scuff marks on the boat's hull, a gouge on the stern and partially consumed beer cans on deck, according to the criminal complaint. Wilson's preliminary breath test registered at .162, which is double the legal limit in Wisconsin, WITI reported. Wilson made a court appearance Tuesday. His preliminary hearing is scheduled for June 26, the television reported.
  • A 2-year-old girl who was diagnosed with a rare form of ovarian cancer is now cancer-free. ABC News reported that McKenna Shea Xydias has had four rounds of chemotherapy since she was diagnosed in February.  McKenna’s parents, Mike Xydias and Meagan Xydias, said they got the good news on June 12, less than four months after being diagnosed with an ovarian yolk sac tumor. Dr. Katie Sutton, the pediatric oncologist for the Aflac Cancer and Blood Disorders Center at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, was direct with the update. “Dr. Sutton came in -- she just got straight to it and said, ‘Scans were clear. There’s nothing there,’” Meagan Xydias told “Good Morning America.” “We sat and cried and held each other for a minute.” >> Read more trending news  Sutton said McKenna has done well and hasn’t had any serious or unexpected side effects outside of needing some blood transfusions. According to the U.S. Department of Heath & Human Services, childhood ovarian cancer accounts for less than 5% of all ovarian cancer cases. The Xydiases learned of McKenna’s diagnosis after a series of early day care pickups that started in January. Day care staff said she had a fever.  On Feb. 7, day care staff told the Xydiases that McKenna’s belly was bloated and she looked uncomfortable, so they took her home. After a trip to the doctor and a high fever a week later, she went to a pediatrician, who took an X-ray. Her bowels looked full, Mike Xydias said the doctors told them. They took their daughter to the hospital and after a CT and MRI, doctors determined there were multiple cancerous tumors.  McKenna went into surgery and started chemotherapy. Fundraisers were held to help with medical costs and updates were provided on a Facebook page called Fight with Kenni. >> Need something to lift your spirits? Read more uplifting news  By June, the page had a happy update. “Thank you so much for all the prayers and for keeping us in your thoughts for the past 4 months. Our journey began 2/14 and today, 6/12, Kenni has officially kicked cancer’s (expletive)!” the post said. “We couldn't have gotten through this without your love, support, and prayers. Thank you, from the bottom of our hearts! We thank God every day for taking care of our baby and giving us such faithful prayer warriors to help us get through this nightmare. “Today, we saw the oncologist and were told that all of Kenni’s scans were clear. No evidence of disease in her abdomen (everything that was left over after surgery has been taken care of). X-rays showed no evidence of disease in her chest (so nothing spread).” McKenna will have her levels checked for six months to determine if cancer has come back after treatment. Her parents continue to celebrate their daughter’s health. “There’s the medical aspect of, ‘Tust your gut when it comes to your or your child’s health,’ and there’s the life aspect of, ‘Enjoy every minute,’” Meagan Xydias said.