Behind The Scenes: Special Report in Louisiana

Thank you to the town of Lake Charles, Louisiana for your hospitality! We enjoy visiting cities around the country to bring you Special Report from the road-- we hope you feel the same way. We will be doing more of these shows as we approach the midterms and into 2016.

 

Special Report Grapevine: Drive-Thru Funerals

Back To The Future: The Royal Canadian Air Force had to get creative when seeking out replacement parts for its search and rescue airplanes – they ended up raiding the National Air Force Museum. In July 2012 – according to documents just made public – two navigational parts were taken off a Hercules plane on display and installed in a similar craft still in use. The Search and rescue planes were supposed to be replaced starting in 2002, but none are on the horizon.

House Calls: A former VA supervisor has been sentenced to four years of probation, community service, and $15K in restitution after pleading guilty to theft of government property. Venita Godfrey-Scott, a supervisor in the facilities management service, directed VA employees to work on her private home, including installing a deck, putting in new carpet and bathroom improvements. The employees worked on her home during regular work hours and used her government issued credit card to purchase supplies.

A Quick Goodbye: A funeral home in Michigan has installed a drive-thru windows allowing people to pay their last respects… without having to park. The drive-thru option is featured at Paradise Funeral Chapel in Michigan. The Saginaw News writes that the body of the deceased is visible through a window of the building. Mourning periods are limited to 3 minutes and a guestbook appears from a retractable door.

The War On Poverty

Paul and Daniel Sing 'Happy Birthday' to Dad

Paul and Daniel made this special video (with help from mom) to wish their dad a very happy birthday today-- check it out below and send Bret your birthday wishes via Twitter @bretbaier! 

And yes..Bret and President Obama share the same birthday. 

Special Report Grapevine: Protecting Our Borders From The YMCA

Clean Streets?: Detroit's financial woes are well publicized, but you may not have heard that the crime has dropped big time.  Compared to last year, robberies are down 37%, break-ins have dropped 22%, and there has been a 30% decline in carjackings.

One opinion-- "Part of the drop in crime and robberies in particular is because criminals are thinking twice that citizens could be armed."

That is not the NRA chairman or the gun lobby..this is from Detroit's police chief James Craig who also cited good work from police investigators is part of the crime decline. One gun control advocate isn't buying the story from the police chief, saying it is a complicated issue.

"Our position is, more guns equals more crime."

Taking it to the Streets: Arizona congressional candidate Adam Kwasman was trying to protest the arrival of immigrant children to a small town. While giving a speech to the crowd  a bus arrived and the Republican tweeted a picture of a yellow school bus saying, "Bus coming in. This is not compassion. This is the abrogation of the rule of law."

The candidate approached the bus before letting it continue.

The problem? The bus was full of YMCA campers..not illegal immigrants. Kwasman later apologized for the mixup.

The Name Game: Finally, the Washington Redskins may have their day in court but if they enter one judge's domain the team's name is not welcome. In a footnote  Judge Peter Messitte took a stand, "The Court will refrain from using the team name...referred to hereafter simply as "the Washington Team."

The name may not be welcome on TV either. The head of CBS Sports has not ruled out banning the team's name, saying they will likely leave it up to the announcers. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell echoed that --"We don't dictate to our broadcast partners how they cover the game. That's their decision."

The owner of the Redskins Dan Snyder has vowed not to change the name. 

Special Report Grapevine: Professor fired for calling global warming unproven science

Don't Agree? You're fired!: A University professor has been fired from the progressive group Institute for Policy Studies for publicly calling global warming unproven science. Caleb Rossiter is a self-described progressive activist who has taught classes on the misuse of statistics in the climate change debate.

He says ""If people ever say that fears of censorship for 'climate change' views are overblown, have them take a look at this. Just two days after I published a piece in the Wall Street Journal calling for Africa to be allowed the 'all of the above' energy strategy we have in the US the Institute for Policy Studies terminated my 23-year relationship with them because my analysis and theirs 'diverge.'"

Rossiter says officials at the institute have refused to explain their decision further.

Using an I-Pad during a debate..cheating or just keeping everyone honest?:  The moderator was not pleased when New York Congressman Charlie Rangel pulled out his tablet to counter his opponents during a recent event.

Moderator: "Congressman, are you Googling during this debte?"  

Rangel: "No I just wanted to show what he was picking out was inconsistent"

Moderator: "But it's not fair because they don't have their devices"

Rangel: "Oh I was going to show it to them, but you are right."

Rangel went on to tell the audience to fact check opponent's statements against the voting record.

Twitter Oops: Besides jumping out of a perfectly good aircraft in celebration of his 90th birthday, Former President George HW Bush received calls from many world leaders, including Russian President Vladimir Putin. Though the official Kremlin Twitter missed one very important letter in publicizing the phone call --

"Vladimir Putin congratulated George W. Bush on the 90th anniversary."

The Tweet was eventually deleted and another corrected version was published.

Business insider reports  The Russian President also sent a gift.. painting of the elder President Bush as a young Navy ensign.

 

Bret Baier opens up to Megyn Kelly about his new book

Special Report Grapevine: Entire High School Class Loses Diplomas

$50,000 Mistake: If you are going to build a memorial to a local icon you better make sure you get the right icon. Ottawa officials ordered a $50,000 piece of art to commemorate Jack Purcell, a local man who dedicated his time to fixing hockey sticks for neighborhood children. The Ottawa Citizen reports what the city got was 10 un-strung badminton rackets in dedication to a five-time badminton national champion also named Jack Purcell, but not the one from Ottawa.

A local ward councilor is not pleased, saying the creator must have "Googled Jack Purcell and the only thing that comes up is the badminton player. The Ottawa hockey stick helper out of kids doesn't come up on Google."

Hold On To Your Hats!: A time-honored graduation tradition..the tossing of the caps in the air..cost an entire class of high school graduates their diplomas -- at least temporarily. The students at Ridgewood High in suburban Chicago were warned not to throw them. The superintendent explained his reasoning for withholding the diplomas--"We expect dignified behavior. In past ceremonies, people have been hit by flying caps. We'd just as soon not have graduates leaving with cuts and black eyes."

Today, officials said they had rethought the decision and will send out the diplomas immediately.

Scared of Heights?: Finally, A scary event at the second tallest building in the western hemisphere. Standing on the glass floor at the top of the Willis Tower in Chicago, over 1,300 feet in the air, can be frightening., but not nearly as scary as the glass starting to crack under your feet. That is just what happened to members of a California family. One of them told the Chicago Tribune he could feel the floor cracking.

A spokesman for the tower says there was no danger and only the protective coating cracked -- as it is designed to do -- to protect the glass.

 

Tommy Vietor tells Bret "Dude, it (Benghazi) was like two years ago..."

Former Obama National Security Spokesman Tommy Vietor joined Bret live on set for Special Report  and when asked about whether he changed the word attacks to demonstrations in the Susan Rice talking points, Vietor said he did not remember because-- "Dude, this was like two years ago.."

Watch the exchange and share your thoughts with us here or via Twitter @BretBaier--

 

Bret interviews Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu

Bret Baier will interview Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu today to discuss the stalled effort by the Obama administration to broker a peace deal with the Palestinian Authority as well as the implications from Iran’s nuclear program, the ongoing civil war in Syria as well as the overall security outlook for the region. Please join us tonight at 6pmET for Special Report on Fox News Channel.

 

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