The wartime letters between Sgt. Warren Holly and his sweetheart, Jean Holly, are dated more than 60 years ago.
The mystery began about three weeks ago when Dan Heater bought a box of knickknacks from a stranger at Grumpy Jerry’s Flea Market. He found about 60 letters inside the box.
Heater read one letter and found terms of endearment and stories of war.
“He talked about the gunfire and everything and he kept saying he was OK. So I know he had to go through a lot,” said Heater.
But Heater didn't want to go much further so as not to invade the privacy of the couple.
Every letter is addressed from Warren Holly to Jean Holly except one written from her to his commander, pleading for him to be moved from the front line.
Heater wonders if the sergeant ever made it home and back to his sweetheart.
“I do wonder, and I hope he did. If the man's alive, I would love to meet him,” Heater said.
Heater said he wants all the attention he can get for the letters, and hopes someone who sees them can help get them back to the Holly family.
One week after he mocked Republican U.S. Rep.-elect Dan Crenshaw, a former Navy SEAL who lost an eye in Afghanistan, on "Saturday Night Live," comedian Pete Davidson issued an apology – and got a little payback.
"In what I'm sure was a huge shock to people who know me, I made a poor choice last week," Davidson said on Saturday's "Weekend Update" segment. "I made a joke about Lt. Cmdr. Dan Crenshaw, and on behalf of the show and myself, I apologize."
Davidson was referring to his remarks from the show's Nov. 3 broadcast, in which he said Crenshaw, who wears a patch over his right eye, looks like "a hit man in a porno movie." The joke immediately drew harsh criticism online, prompting a rebuke from the National Republican Congressional Committee.
"I mean this from the bottom of my heart: It was a poor choice of words," Davidson continued Saturday. "The man is a war hero, and he deserves all the respect in the world. And if any good came of this, maybe it was that for one day, the left and the right finally came together to agree on something – that I'm a [expletive]."
"Ya think?" Crenshaw said, sliding in behind the "Weekend Update" desk in a surprise appearance.
Crenshaw accepted Davidson's apology, then got a chance to take a few jabs at Davidson.
"This is Pete Davidson," Crenshaw joked as a photo of Davidson appeared on the screen. "He looks like if the meth from 'Breaking Bad' was a person."
Crenshaw also said Davidson looks like "a Troll doll with a tapeworm" and "Martin Short in 'The Santa Clause 3.'"
"By the way, one of these people was actually good on 'SNL,'" Crenshaw quipped.
Then the bit took a serious turn.
"There's a lot of lessons to learn here. Not just that the left and right can still agree on some things, but also this: Americans can forgive one another," Crenshaw said. "We can remember what brings us together as a country and still see the good in each other."
Crenshaw continued: "This is Veterans Day weekend, which means that it's a good time for every American to connect with a veteran. Maybe say, 'Thanks for your service.' But I would actually encourage you to say something else: Tell a veteran, 'Never forget.' When you say, 'Never forget' to a veteran, you are implying that, as an American, you are in it with them, not separated by some imaginary barrier between civilians and veterans, but connected together as grateful fellow Americans. We'll never forget the sacrifices made by veterans past and present. We'll never forget those we lost on 9/11, heroes like Pete's father. So I'll just say, 'Pete, never forget.'"
"Never forget," Davidson replied, shaking Crenshaw's hand. "And that is from both of us."
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World leaders gathered by the dozens Sunday to mark the end of World War I 100 years ago, turning Paris into the epicenter of global commemorations.
Deputies in Rowan County, North Carolina, said an 11-year-old is facing felony charges after they investigated two separate cases where parents reported finding needles or pins in their children's Halloween candy.
Investigators said the 11-year-old, who visits relatives in the neighborhood where the metal-laced candy was found, has been referred to the Rowan County Juvenile Court. The child is facing charges of distribution of certain food at Halloween containing foreign objects.
Police said at least two families found needles in their child's candy.
Deputies said the 11-year-old is going through a mental evaluation before the court proceedings begin.
A 12-year-old boy had to go to the hospital on Halloween night after biting into a Snickers candy bar that had a pin in it, his father said.
There was another pin found in a different piece of candy, too, Howard Peacock Jr. told officers. Peacock said he took his children trick-or-treating in the Grace Ridge subdivision.
Sheriff deputies said the candy in question came from the Grace Ridge subdivision, south of Salisbury, where hundreds of children trick-or-treat every year.
Peacock learned of the news that a child was allegedly the culprit.
A detective showed Peacock a video from an app that was not identified. In that video, it detailed how to tamper with candy bars.
"I just freaked out,” Peacock said a week after Halloween. “I just couldn’t believe it, that kids would be able to pull this up and see stuff like that.”
Peacock said he has not heard from the family of the suspect, but he said he understands because they must be going through a difficult time.
He hopes the child gets the help he needs.
"We forgive that boy for doing what he (did), and I hope he gets all the help the good Lord can give him," Peacock said.
On Nov. 1, another parent saw the story about Peacock's child on Facebook.
Realizing their children also trick-or-treated in Grace Ridge, they checked their kids' candy and found a mini Snickers bar with two small metal objects that looked like needles inside.
Peacock said his children started eating the candy when they got home from trick-or-treating. He said he didn’t check the candy because they have trick-or-treated in that neighborhood before, so he didn’t have any reason to be concerned.
The boy had to go to the hospital but was not seriously injured.
“They took a urine test and (did) X-rays, make sure he hadn't swallowed nothing else, another pin or something else lodged,” Peacock said.
The boy’s mouth was a little sore because the pin went behind his two front teeth.
WSOC-TV spoke with some local families who said they had more than 100 children come to their doors Halloween night. Many said they threw out their Halloween candy.
"I just hope they catch whoever did it. That's the first thing. Somebody needs to be made an example of. This is bad," father Jeff Miller said.
"It's really terrifying. He's 9 and he was going through the candy before I got a chance to check it, and what if he bit right in and a needle went through his mouth?" mother Tara Casper said.
Deputies said they identified a suspect over the weekend. They said the investigation indicated the 11-year-old inserted the metal objects into the candy through the wrappers with the intent of it being passed out to trick-or-treaters.
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The company has not yet released an end date to this promotion.
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As technology advances and retail grows more competitive, the shopping experience is changing.
Anticipating a 15 percent increase in online orders this year, several retailers have updated shipping standards for the season, including Target’s free two-day shipping on any orders regardless of price. Target is among many retailers picking up advance shipping services, a deal made famous when Amazon began offering it for Prime members.2. Virtual reality for shopping
Kettering-based Marxent has developed virtual reality to help Macy’s customers visualize furniture within their homes. Beck Besecker, founder and CEO of Marxent, said a growing number of apps are also allowing shoppers to visualize products without ever having to step out the door.
Virtual reality is also being used to teach store workers how to handle crowds during the holiday. The technology, used at 198 Walmart training academies, including in West Chester Township, has helped Walmart develop new strategies to make holiday shopping more efficient.4. Amazon Alexa devices
Amazon’s voice technology gives consumers the ability to purchase their items by simply asking an Alexa-enabled device to purchase an item, and Amazon will take care of the rest.
Consumers who choose to brave the crowds at stores this holiday season can also expect a quicker trip, with new mobile checkout technology debuting in both Walmart and Target.
The mobile payment options are expected to keep customers from waiting in long checkout lines, with Walmart’s Check Out With Me and Target’s Skip-the-Line giving shoppers a chance to check out with store employees strategically placed in the busiest parts of stores throughout the holiday season.
“One of the things that we’ve seen over the course of the past few years is that customers are really wanting to get in and get out pretty quickly,” said Tim Mahan, the western Ohio e-commerce manager.
Model and television personality Heidi Klum dressed as Princess Fiona from “Shrek” at her 19th annual Halloween party Oct. 31, 2018, in New York.
Walmart’s new mobile checkout technology may keep you from waiting in long lines this holiday season.
Check Out With Me will launch Thursday at stores across the nation, giving shoppers a chance to skip long checkout lines and opt for mobile checkout assisted by associates in the busiest parts of stores.
The associate will be able to swipe credit cards and offer receipts just like at checkout lanes.
“Every day we’re committed to providing customers with the broadest assortment of quality products at great prices, but, during the holidays, we take that promise up a notch,” said Steve Bratspies, chief merchandising officer for Walmart U.S.
The retailer is also launching store maps on Walmart’s app to help shoppers find gifts and other holiday purchases more easily.
And for customers who don’t want to leave their home at all, Walmart has added new editorial and curated content to its website to refresh new deals regularly.
“With new convenient ways to buy, we’ve never been in a better position to help our customers deliver for their families than this holiday season,” Bratspies said.
Have you peeped Google lately? It’s all about Halloween.
The search engine site, which sometimes uses its homepage to observe special occasions, is giving a special nod to the spooky holiday with an interactive, multiplayer game.
The game is called “The Great Ghoul Duel,” where players compete as two teams of four. Each group must collect the spirit flames that are scattered around the map and return them to their homes before the moon is gone. But of course there are some obstacles along the way as players can steal flames from their opponents.
Those who snatch up the most spirit flames will unlock special powers like speed boosts, night vision, magnetism and more. Each match lasts only about two minutes. You can play with family and friends by sending an invitation link or can compete against randomized players across the globe.
Update 12:30 p.m. EDT Oct. 24: Megyn Kelly issued a public apology on her show “Megyn Kelly Today” Wednesday morning after being criticized for her comments in which she questioned people taking issue with blackface.
“I want to begin with two words: I'm sorry,” Kelly said, going on to reference her defense of blackface on her show Tuesday.
“The country feels so divided and I have no wish to add to that pain and offense. I believe this is a time for more understanding, more love, more sensitivity and honor.”
Before Kelly’s show, some of her “Today” colleagues discussed her comments.
“This is a history going back to the 1830s -- minstrel shows -- to demean and denigrate a race wasn’t right,” Al Roker said. ““I’m old enough to have lived through ‘Amos ‘n’ Andy,’ where you had white people in blackface playing two black characters just magnifying the worst stereotypes about black people. And that’s what the big problem is and that’s what the issue is.”
Co-host Craig Melvin responded to claims by some that criticism of blackface is “political correctness run amok.”
“That’s silly, and it’s disingenuous, and it’s just as ignorant and racist as the statement itself,” Melvin said.
Watch Kelly’s full apology below.
Megyn Kelly made headlines Tuesday for comments she made on her NBC show “Megyn Kelly Today” about wearing blackface for Halloween.
During a panel discussion on her show, the journalist discussed costumes for the holiday, specifically highlighting the controversy around blackface.
“What is racist? Because you do get in trouble if you are a white person who puts on blackface on Halloween, or a black person that puts on whiteface for Halloween,” she said. “And back when I was a kid, that was OK, as long as you were dressing up as, like, a character.”
Blackface’s origins can be traced to minstrel shows from the 19th century, where white actors used black grease paint on their faces to depict and mock plantation slaves and free blacks on stage. In recent years, the issue has resurfaced and made headlines in cases where white people − from college students to celebrities − have emulated black actors, singers and athletes by using makeup to appear darker.
During Kelly’s panel discussion Tuesday, she brought up one such instance of that, referencing a scene from “The Real Housewives of New York,” where one of the white castmates, Luann de Lesseps, dressed up as Diana Ross by applying darker make-up and sporting an afro wig.
“There was a controversy on 'The Real Housewives of New York' with Luann (de Lesseps). She dressed as Diana Ross, and she made her skin look darker than it really is. And people said that that was racist. And I don’t know,” she continued. “I thought like, who doesn’t love Diana Ross? She wants to look like Diana Ross for one day, and I don’t know how that got racist on Halloween.”
Soon after the segment aired, folks on social media sent a barrage of tweets condemning her. Many disagreed with her remarks about blackface being OK when they were children.
Others called her opinions problematic, stating she was “ignorant” and “racist.”
And a few attempted to school her on the history of blackface and how to portray African-American figures without darkening their skin.
Amid the backlash, Kelly issued an apology by sending an internal email to her colleagues and friends.
“One of the wonderful things about my job is that I get the chance to express and hear a lot of opinions. Today is one of those days where listening carefully to other points of view, including from friends and colleagues, is leading me to rethink my own views,” she wrote. “I realize now that such behavior is indeed wrong, and I am sorry. The history of blackface in our culture is abhorrent; the wounds too deep.”
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