In the spirit of Fourth of July week, this week’s roundup features stories about patriotism, political happenings, and all the holiday festivities.
Most Fourth of July celebrations center around food, but what are America’s favorites? According to a study conducted by Nielsen, beef is the number one food champion of Independence Day followed by chicken and pork, respectively. This doesn’t come as much of a surprise because hamburgers and chicken wings are a staple at any barbecue!
Speaking of food, Joey Chestnut set a new record at the Nathan’s Famous Fourth of July hot dog-eating contest at a whopping 74 hot dogs in just 10 minutes! He took home the coveted Mustard Belt for the 11th time.
Mark Hough was peacefully enjoying his Friday afternoon until a bear waltzed into the backyard of his California home, took a dip in the hot tub, and drank his margarita. This bear knows how to relax and is sure to become everyone’s spirit animal this summer.
The Hubble Space Telescope captured an image of a cluster of stars that resembles a Fourth of July fireworks display. True to its name, the “Celestial Fireworks” is a beauty that’s out of this world!
Vanessa Taylor, a 16-year-old high school student, was participating in the National History Day project when her research helped reunite twins after their bodies were separated at death during World War II. Ludwig Julius Wilhelm “Louie” Pieper and Julius Heinrich Otto “Henry” Pieper were killed off the coast of Normandy, France while taking part in the 1944 D-Day Normandy invasion. Louie’s body was found after the explosion, but Henry was classified as missing as action. After Henry’s remains were found, he was still unidentified for decades. Taylor’s request for government files on the sailors caught the attention of officials at the Defense POW-MIA Accounting Agency. They were able to positively identify the remains as Henry’s, and he was returned home in Nebraska. The Pieper twins are now buried side by side in a cemetery above Omaha Beach.
Walmart’s reputation is under fire over ‘Impeach 45’ clothing. The apparel caused outrage among Trump supporters. As a result, they’re calling for a boycott on Walmart stores.
Covington’s 19th annual “Four on the Fourth” race had an amazing turnout with about 350 participants this year. The event features a four-mile run, awards and door prizes, and a barbecue. The proceeds from this year’s road race went to the YMCA, the North Shore Food Bank, and local first responder groups.