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Shark Week, Texting Leads to Assault Charges, and More in Chad’s Steaming Pile

Here are just a few things in Chad’s Pile that you will hear on Lubbock’s First News this morning. Give Chad your feedback on the steaming topics.

1. Shark Week!

It’s one of television’s greatest times of the year, Shark Week! Every year, the Discovery Channel has a week of programming dedicated to sharks and shark documentaries. It seems like millions of Americans get excited about Shark Week every year. I’m with them, I love Shark Week. Not because it’s the greatest programming in the world, but because it can be interesting and actual programming that Discovery should be airing.

2. Texting in movie theater leads to assault charge (link)

Here is some free advice. Stop texting during movies. If you absolutely have to text or get on your phone, leave the theater. Here is an interesting story from the Star-Telegram:

Meet Dale Fout and Brenda Godwin. One weekday in April, they both went to a movie theater in Grapevine. Sat a row apart. Didn’t know each other.

By coincidence, they were born in the same year, two days apart. Both are 54. Fout, a marketing consultant, describes himself as a 220-pound “pretty big guy. I’m broad. I’m not fat. Used to play football.” Godwin says she is a 136-pound skin care specialist. Here’s how they met in the theater.

“Fout advised he had been assaulted and his neck was in pain,” officer Emily Hays wrote. Fout was treated for neck pain by Grapevine paramedics. “Fout said a female who was sitting behind him in Theater 8 grabbed him by the shoulder because he was texting during the movie,” Hays wrote. “Fout said he got up, walked out of the theater and asked management to call police.”

Godwin told police, Hays wrote, that “she tapped him on the shoulder with one finger to ask him to stop texting. Godwin advised the male then jumped out of his chair and ran outside of the theater.

“Fout stated he was offended by the contact and desires prosecution. Godwin was issued citation #P0039176 for assault by contact.”

You can read both sides of the story by clicking on the link above. I think I might take her side on this one.

3. Gaming kills someone (link)

Here is another story about people blaming video games for killing their kids. Or, at least the act of sitting while playing video games for killing their kids;

The family of a budding computer programmer have on Saturday launched a campaign to raise awareness about the health risks of playing online computer games after their son died following a marathon session on his Xbox.

A post-mortem revealed that 20-year-old Chris Staniforth — who was offered a place to study Game Design at Leicester University — was killed by a pulmonary embolism, which can occur if someone sits in the same position for several hours.

Apparently the guy was playing video games for 12 hours or more at a time. Sorry, not the fault of XBox. Take some personal responsibility on this one.

These and many more topics coming up on Monday’s edition of Lubbock’s First News with Chad Hasty. Tune in mornings 6-9am on News/Talk 790 KFYO, streaming online at, and now on your iPhone and Android device with the radioPup App.

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