Philadelphia Union’s Barber Is A Team Player

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — When it comes to haircuts, Union players save a lot of money because their teammate Keegan Rosenberry keeps them looking sharp.

He picked up the skill as a sophomore in college, when the player who previously cut hair on his Georgetown team graduated and someone needed to carry the torch.

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“He taught me a little bit, Keegan said. “I just cut a couple of guys who didn’t mind what they looked like and from there, just kept learning more and more.”

Keegan has gotten such rave reviews, his teammate Auston Trusty decided to give him a chance.

“I trust him,” Trusty said. “I’ve seen him hook up some other people.”

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As a way to keep Keegan on his toes, the Union barber must pay the player $100 if he fails.

“I’m undefeated so far,” said Keegan who aspires to take his cutting ways beyond just his teammates by opening up a barber shop.

“I would love to, maybe when I’m done–maybe as a retirement plan,” he said. “But I think you actually need a license to do something like that.”

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Veterinarian Saves Cat’s Life With Vodka Shot

CBS Local — It only took a shot of vodka and a stroke of luck to save an Australian cat.

The black cat, which is aptly name named “Tipsy,” was quickly transported to an animal hospital after being found nearly dead outside of a tire shop in Lowood, Queensland.

When Tipsy arrived, veterinarian Sarah Kanther estimated that the cat had less than an hour to live.

But when Kanther realized the cat had consumed antifreeze, which was causing acute renal failure, she knew that vodka was the only thing that could save the feline’s life.

Kanther then remembered that one of the hospital nurses had given her a bottle of vodka for Christmas.

The quick-thinking animal hospital staff then administered 20 milliliters of diluted vodka into Tipsy’s system through a drip in order to reverse the harmful effects of the antifreeze.

“It sounds a bit radical but the enzymes that metabolize the antifreeze, making it more toxic to the kidneys, also metabolizes the ethanol in vodka,” Kanther told The Courier Mail. “Once we administered that, (Tipsy) metabolized the vodka instead of the antifreeze.”

About 12 hours after being administered the vodka drip, Tipsy went “off his rocker.” Once the buzz wore off —  and the hangover arrived — the hospital staff reportedly gave him a big greasy breakfast.

While it is not known whether Tipsy was purposely poisoned, he will be found a forever home once he makes a full recovery from his illness.


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Scientists Developing Surgical Helmet Made Out Of Coffee Grounds

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — A surgical helmet made out of coffee grounds could soon be used in the operating room.

This is specifically being tested for use with surgery on the nose and throat.

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The idea came from a big coffee fan who’s a professor of mechanical engineering at Vanderbilt University.

“I’ve always loved coffee. I have an espresso machine at home and I make coffee every day,” said Bob Webster.

The idea that if ground coffee can be vacuum-packed into a hard brick, then maybe it could improve the so-called GPS system surgeons use when operating on the nose and throat.

“The skin is mobile, it doesn’t stick to the skull, and so, a very slight motion can throw us off,” said Dr. Paul Russell. “A quarter-inch can be a big difference when you’re operating in a really tiny area.”

Instead of using a headband with two-way tape or drilling holes into a patient’s skull, scientists used a cap filled with coffee grounds that’s hooked up to a vacuum.

“The way that the cap solidifies, it actually conforms into the contours of the skull,” said Webster.

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The cap not only keeps a patient’s head secure, it makes optical scanning with reflective markers more accurate, guiding surgical tools inside the patient.

“It holds the markers very rigidly on the head so that they can’t move,” said Webster. “You can move the head all around and those markers go just with the head.”

The research was just presented at an international conference. Now the team is hoping to expand the work to eventually get FDA approval.

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Innovations, New Gadgets Unveiled At The 2017 CE Week

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Hi-tech gadgets took center stage at one of the biggest technology shows in New York City.

From indestructible tablet  covers to virtual 3-D coloring, CE Week had something for everyone under the sun.

The solar-powered GoSun Stove lets you bake, roast and steam in the sun. You just load food into its trays and the food go into a vacuum chamber that turns sunlight into heat.

There were also lots of gadgets designed to work with smartphones.

Aria is a new interactive application that lets kids draw in 3-D.

There are hi-tech baby monitors, which are wearable, too.  The one from MonBaby clips to your child’s pajamas and sends an alert to your phone if there’s a problem.

“Once it’s clipped and connects to the phone, it monitors your breathing, movement and rollover,” Art Vaitaitis of MonBaby said.

There was also an innovative smartphone that performs eye exams.

“You overlap lines at different angles and once you’re done, we can tell you how nearsighted, how farsighted and how much of a astigmatism you have,” Phoebe Yu of EyeQue said.

But Yu advises that EyeQue is only a baseline for yourself and not a prescription. And it was just one of the many inventions offering a vision of the near future.

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Preliminary Hearing Postponed For Cosmo DiNardo, Sean Kratz

BUCKS COUNTY, PA (CBS) — The preliminary hearing for the suspects in the murders of four young men in Bucks County has been postponed.

Cosmo DiNardo and Sean Kratz are now scheduled to face a district judge in Doylestown on September 7th.

The hearing was continued from July 31st.

Both DiNardo and Kratz stand accused of murdering four young men and burying their bodies in Bucks County.

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Philadelphia police told CBS3 that DiNardo apparently confessed that he was involved in at least two other killings in Philadelphia in the last five years.

Sources say the department is actively investigating DiNardo’s claims made in that confession to Bucks County investigators.

Tuesday night there’s a service at 7:30 p.m. to remember, Jimi Patrick, at his alma mater Holy Ghost Prep in Bensalem.

Services were announced Monday for all four men who were murdered in Bucks County.

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A memorial gathering will be held for 22-year-old Mark Sturgis of Pennsburg on Thursday, July 20 from 7 p.m. until 9 p.m. at the Fluehr Funeral Home at 864 Bristol Pike in Bensalem.

On Saturday, July 22, funeral services will be held for 19-year-old Dean Finocchiaro of Middletown Township. A wake will be held from 12 p.m. until 4 p.m. at the James J. Dougherty Funeral Home on 2200 Trenton Road in Levittown. The funeral service will be held immediately after.

Finocchiaro’s interment will be held privately.

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Walmart Releases Fruit Punch-Flavored Pickles

CBS Local — A new addition to Walmart shelves this week is a product called Tropickles: fruit punch flavored pickles.

Since their release, Walmart has found a skeptical reaction from consumers since they rolled out the new flavored pickles. Tropickles have been making plenty of headlines and found their way to social media, though mostly not due to overwhelmingly positive feedback.



The company says that the idea came from recipes on Pinterest.

“The modern-day couple, the pickle and fruit punch met on social media (they bonded over recipes on Pinterest, to be exact); now, we are celebrating their union on Walmart store shelves,” Walmart said in a statement.

Cute pitch aside, consumers still don’t seem to be infatuated the same way the pickle-fruit punch combo appear to be with one another.

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Cape May County Zoo Announces Birth Of Snow Leopard Cubs

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — A couple of newborn cubs will be winning over the hearts of onlookers soon.

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The Cape May County Zoo recently announced the birth of 2 female snow leopard cubs.

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According to the zoo, the cubs were born on May 19.

Officials at the zoo say their births came by the way of first-time parents Tysa, a 4-year-old female snow leopard from Wildlife Park in Wichita, Kansas, and Bataar, a 9-year-old male snow leopard from the Bronx Zoo in New York.

Cape May County Zoo announced this is its fifth litter of snow leopard cubs and the first litter since 2013.

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Visitors can see the cubs at Cape May County Zoo’s brand new Walter H. Trettin Snow Leopard Habitat located at the front of the zoo.

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