Mummers’ Fancy Brigades Host Final Practices Before New Year’s Day Indoor Shows

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By John McDevitt

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — As the 114th Mummers Parade takes place along Broad Street tomorrow, 11 fancy brigade clubs will perform two shows indoors at the Pennsylvania Convention Center.

Tickets are available at the door for the noon show. The 5 o’clock judged show is nearly sold out.

The Spartans are the newest club and one of 11 brigades performing. They’re doing a Native American theme drill complete with giant rolling totem poles and tepees. Pat Dio is a Spartans Club officer.

“To tell you the truth the whole year was a challenge. I mean you figure we are starting from nothing, we started with nothing. We started with nine guys and a fog machine. We build it up to 80 people. I mean the biggest challenge was just coming together and we are here,” Dio said.

And there are strict rules in the competition.

Fred Keller is…

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Island resident on shortlist to go to Mars and never come back

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One woman from Sooke on Vancouver Island may be going on the trip of a lifetime.

30-year-old Marina Miral has been shortlisted to be one of about 40 people who will travel to Mars and never come back, in order to establish a human colony on the Red Planet.

If she is chosen as one of the 40 she will be leaving in about a decade.

“I didn’t believe it, I just read over it about five or six times,” says Miral about receiving the email she was still in the running. “All day yesterday I just had the hugest smile, my face hurt so bad when I went to bed.”

She says she made it really clear in her application that she would be very dedicated to the project if chosen.

The list for the Mars One Project has been whittled down from more than 200,000 applicants to just…

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No. 14 Louisville Runs Past UCF 90-65

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Russ Smith hit six 3-pointers and finished with 24 points and nine assists as No. 14 Louisville ran past UCF 90-65 on Tuesday in the American Athletic Conference opener for both teams.


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Flyers Rally to Tie, Top Canucks 4-3 in Shootout

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Vinny Lecavalier scored the only goal in the shootout for the Philadelphia Flyers, who rallied to tie the game in the final minute of regulation and beat the Vancouver Canucks 4-3 on Monday night.


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Police investigate New Years Eve stabbing

Global News

CALGARY – Police are investigating after a man was stabbed in the downtown core on New Year’s Eve.

Emergency crews rushed to the intersection of 14 Street and 17 Avenue S.W. around 5:45 p.m.

A man in his mid-20’s was taken to hospital in critical condition after being stabbed in the torso.

EMS say it happened after an altercation at a nearby location, and the victim was able to walk to get help.

Police don’t yet have any suspects in custody and are not sure what led to the stabbing.


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Police: Bridgeport Woman Left 3 Children Home Alone

CBS New York

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (CBSNewYork/AP) — A 35-year-old Bridgeport woman is accused of leaving her three children home alone while she went to a nightclub.

Mycheral Walker was charged with three counts of felony risk of injury to a minor on Sunday.  Walker has two daughters ages 1 and 4 and a 13-year-old son, police said.

According to authorities, Walker was arrested by officers based on their observations inside the home and statements by Walker and her son.

Connecticut law does not specify at what age a child can be left home alone to care for younger siblings.

Walker was released on a promise to appear in court Jan. 9.

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