It's the Fourth of July, and even though we didn't have a regular morning show today, here's a special afternoon Top 5 for you...
"The Top 5 Things You Need To Know Today" for Wednesday, July 4, 2018:
HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO U.S. (us)!
242 years and still kicking! Early on, Benjamin Franklin wasn't sure: "...a republic, if you can keep it," he supposedly said. We've kept it so far, so as you enjoy the food, festivities, and fireworks, take care and do your best to keep cool. Which brings us to...
ONE MORE DAY, THEN BLESSED RELIEF!
The nationwide heat wave has been brutal, but after today and Thursday, we'll have some absolutely gorgeous (and much more comfortable) weather on the way. AccuWeather will keep you updated with the good weather news when we return Thursday morning. Meanwhile...
THE MUNICIPAL POOL AT SCHILLER PARK WILL BE OPEN AGAIN THURSDAY
In the midst of a heat wave, the LAST thing any city wants to do is close its public swimming pools, but the Schiller Park pool needed immediate repairs. It's closed today, but Syracuse has another six public pools that have stayed (and will stay) open throughout. Visit the city website for schedules and information.
NO QUESTION, HE IS ONE OF THE ALL-TIME GREATS IN HIS SPORT (IS IT A SPORT?)
Joey "Jaws" Chestnut is once again the winner of the Nathan's Famous July Fourth hot dog eating contest, held annually on Coney Island. He downed 74 franks in 10 minutes. Question: How can any human being do this? Better question: WHY would any sane human being do this?
IN THAILAND, THEY'RE STILL WORKING ON GETTING THOSE TRAPPED KIDS OUT
Youth soccer team and their coach managed to survive for almost 10 days in the dark. Rescuers can get to them, but getting them OUT is the problem. Right now, it looks like they will try giving the kids SCUBA gear to swim out, but it's tricky and dangerous. Stay tuned...
Meanwhile, people have asked me about my favorite patriotic march. I confess that my #1 is Anchors Aweigh!, the Navy's official song and the Naval Academy's victory march. (Hey, I grew up in Baltimore, Annapolis is in my DNA!) However, my close second is On, Brave Old Army Team!, the West Point victory march. I think it's not heard nearly often enough, so here you go: