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Teen Dies After ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

Cameron Lancaster, 18, died in a tragedy linked to the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge.

Teen Dies After taking ALS ChallengeThe death of an 18-year-old Scottish man in a flooded quarry is being linked to the “ice bucket challenge.”

Cameron Lancaster, of Burntisland, Fife, died Sunday. Emergency services — Police Scotland, the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service, and the Scottish Ambulance Service — were called to Preston Hill Quarry near Inverkeithing after he disappeared at around 5 p.m. His body was recovered at around 9 p.m. after four hours underwater.

In a statement, Lancaster’s family said: “Cameron died in a tragic accident. His death is such a great loss. During his short life, he touched so many people with his friendliness, kindness and thoughtful generosity of spirit. He will be hugely missed by his family and friends. The family are finding it hard to come to terms with this sudden loss and would ask for privacy.”

Ice Bucket Challenge – The ALS Association

“Designing Women” star Meshach Taylor Died

Meshach TaylorDesigning Women” star Meshach Taylor passed away Saturday night after a long battle with cancer.

Taylor’s family says he passed away at his home in California while surrounded by loved ones including his 100-year-old mother.  He is survived by wife Bianca Ferguson his four children, daughters, Tamar Taylor, Esme Taylor, Yasmine Taylor, and son Tariq Taylor, and four grandchildren.

He was sixty-seven-years-old.

Meshach, is best known for his Emmy-nominated role  as the flamboyant Anthony Bouvier on  the popular late 80’s show, known as “Designing Women.”  On the CBS sitcom,  Taylor played a former prison inmate who was falsely convicted of a robbery.  He was the only man on the staff, and later in the series becomes a partner.

He was surrounded by four dazzling Southern-styled ladies Delta Burke, Annie Potts, Jean Smart and Dixie Carter. 

Designing Women Cast

Taylor made a name for himself as the beleaguered male foil consistently at the mercy of the ladies’ antics during its seven-season run.

Designing Women on CBS:

  •  First episode: September 29, 1986
  • Final episode: May 17, 1993


Meshach Taylor Designing WomenMeshach Taylor Trivia:

  • Received his bachelor’s degree from Florida A & M University in Tallahassee, Florida (1993).
  • He was awarded the 1977 Joseph Jefferson Award for Actor in a Principal Role in a Play for his performance in “Sizwe Banzi is Dead”, at the Goodman Stage II Theater in Chicago, Illinois.
  • He was nominated for a 1979 Joseph Jefferson Award for Actor in a Principal Role in a Play for “Native Son”, at the Goodman Theater in Chicago, Illinois.
  • Altadena, California: Semi-retired [December 2012]

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Man Responsible for UCSB Shootings Name Released

The identity of the man responsible for the UCSB shootings has been released.

Elliott Rodgers California ShooterElliot Rodger, the  22-year-old son of  Peter Rodger, the second unit director of the first installment of “Hunger Games,” has been identified as the person responsible for the horrific massacre at University of California-Santa Barbara. Friday night.

Rodger stabbed to death three roommates at his apartment before starting his shooting spree, before he unleashed his violence on the streets of Isla Vista — the UCSB community.

According to sources,  Rodgers’ posted a YouTube video, a young man sitting behind the wheel of a car with tinted windows parked in front of palm trees talks of “loneliness, rejection and unfulfilled desires” and blames women for throwing themselves at “obnoxious brutes” but rejecting him, “the supreme gentleman.”

The video, titled “Elliot Rodger’s Retribution,” Watch Video Here

“For the last eight years of my life, since I hit puberty, I’ve been forced to endure an existence of loneliness, rejection and unfulfilled desires, all because girls have never been attracted to me,” Rodger says in the video. “Girls gave their affection and sex and love to other men, never to me.”

Days Of Our Lives: Debt Ceiling Saga Renewed

Business man looking inquisitively with a ceiling made of money overhead.

It’s fitting that the soft deadline for Congress to raise the debt ceiling comes only a few days after Groundhog Day. But politics may take a back seat this time around.

CNN reported on January 31 that House Republicans will demand some sort of conditions for raising the debt ceiling before February 7. But Sylvia Mathews Burwell, the White House Budget Director, told Reuters that she believes both sides want to avoid the same messy negotiations that led to the federal government being shut down for 16-days this past October. She specifically pointed to the $1.1 trillion spending bill passed on January 16 with strong bi-partisan support that will fund the government until the end of September.

The one thing working in the government’s favor is that the Treasury has several tools that can extend the default date through the end of February. But that also opens the door for more political melodrama that Americans have grown tired of.

Political Theater Helps Nobody

Excessive debt doesn’t help the Doe family on Main Street, nor the U.S. Treasury. But some debt is considered “good debt.” The Doe’s know they must take on a $200,000 mortgage to maintain continuity for their family, while the federal government knows that raising the debt ceiling has been a compulsory obligation despite political differences.

President Ronald Reagan, often viewed as the standard-bearer for Republican ideals, raised the debt ceiling 18 times during his eight-year White House stay. George H.W. Bush raised it nine times, Clinton four and George W. Bush seven times. President Obama is seeking his seventh increase this month. The only president not to raise the debt ceiling since 1939, the first year federal debt limits were instituted, was Harry S. Truman, according to Politifact.

Mark Zandi, chief economist of economic forecasting and bank stress testing firm Moody’s Analytics, called the statutory debt limit an “idiosyncratic, anachronistic…destructive rule” in written testimony before the Congressional Joint Economic Committee last September. The company’s chief economist took it a step further, calling for the elimination of the statutory debt ceiling entirely due to the negative effects politics have on the overall economy.

Standard & Poor’s has repeatedly warned the federal government that failure to curtail spending and reduce the deficit will ultimately cost the U.S. its top credit rating.

Forget February 7

The soft deadline to raise the debt limit will inevitably come and go with no deal being made. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-KY, told Fox News that it would be “irresponsible” for Congress to allow another debt ceiling hike without attaching conditions to it. But House Speaker John Boehner, R-OH, was a bit more conciliatory. He said that despite the differences between Republicans and Democrats, Congress does not want to default again.

The total outstanding debt for the U.S. currently sits at $17.25 trillion.

Amber Alert Issued In Long Beach Update

The California Highway Patrol sent out an Amber Alert on Monday over cellphones for a Long Beach boy allegedly abducted by his mother.

Boy, 12, Found Safe and Mother Charged After Amber Alert Issued.

A 48-year-old woman was charged with kidnapping Monday after allegedly abducting her 12-year-old son during a visitation that set off an Amber Alert.

Sri Ann Johnston, of Long Beach, was charged with one count each of kidnapping and child custody deprivation, according to a news release from the L.A. County District Attorney’s Office.



The boy, Nicholas Johnston, was allegedly picked up Wednesday in Long Beach by his mother for a midweek visitation, but she failed to take him to school the next day, the release stated.

Johnston and her son were missing for several days, prosecutors said, triggering an Amber Alert issued by the California Highway Patrol on Monday afternoon.

Shortly after the alert, which went out to cellphones and news media, the mother and son were found in Oceanside, in San Diego County.

Police were working with a U.S. Marshals Service fugitive task force, which took the mother into custody, according to a tweet from the Long Beach Police Department.

Sri Ann Johnston was expected to be arraigned later in the week. She faces up to 13 years and eight months in prison if convicted.

The boy was set to be reunited with his father later Monday, police said.

The victim was identified as Nicholas Johnston, 12, described as white with blond hair and blue eyes, 4-feet-8 inches tall and about 80 pounds.

CHP officials say the boy was abducted on Thursday by his mother, Sri Johnston, 49, who is white with brown hair and brown eyes, about 5 feet tall and 125 pounds.

She was last seen driving a tan 1998 Saturn four-door with California license plate 4AUU679.

The alert was sent to cellphones around 1:20 p.m., shortly after the CHP made the announcement through its Twitter account.

The Long Beach Police Department could not be reached for comment.


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News Brief: Polio-Like Illness Paralyzes 5 Kids in California

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A mysterious illness doctors are comparing to polio has struck down up to 25 children in California, leaving them with paralyzed limbs and a bad prognosis.

Medical experts have identified the illness in Californian children over the course of a year.

The children, aged between two and 16, all suffered paralysis of the arms or legs and some experienced respiratory difficulties.

The infections, possibly caused by a virus, are still very rare and there’s no widespread cause for alarm. But researchers at the University of California, San Francisco, say they’re concerned about the mysterious illnesses detected in kids ages 2 to 16 between August 2012 and July 2013.  Read more here

News Brief:   Mullica kindergarten teacher could be fired after finding students naked in bathroom

Residents and teachers in this rural community are rallying around a veteran teacher who may lose her job after she found two of her kindergarten students naked in her classroom bathroom and promptly reported it to a principal.

Superintendent Brenda Harring-Marro has filed tenure charges against the teacher, Kelly Mascio, of Mullica Township, said Mullica Township Education Association President Barbara Rheault.  Read more here

Retired Cop Involved in Theater Tragedy Denied Bond

Chad Oulson was described by friends as a man who loved dirt bikes and his baby daughter. Curtis Reeves was a retired Tampa police officer who liked riding his motorcycle with his wife and was once on his county’s Crimestoppers board of directors.

curtis reeves theater shooting Reeves , known to his friends as “Hondo.”joined the Tampa Police Department in 1966.

The men’s lives collided in a movie theater altercation that left Oulson dead and Reeves in jail. Oulson was texting his daughter’s daycare, friends said, and Reeves got mad.

“He must have just snapped,” neighbor Joe D’Andrea said of Reeves, describing him as friendly, “stand-up” guy. “I’m trying to put all of this together.”

During Reeves’ first court appearance Tuesday, Judge Lynn Tepper ordered that the 71-year-old be held without bond on a second-degree murder charge. Reeves appeared in court via video and donned a bullet proof vest.

Pasco County Sheriff’s officials say Reeves initially asked Oulson to stop texting at the theater in Wesley Chapel, a suburb about a half-hour north of downtown Tampa.

LAX Gunman Identified

Sheriff’s Detective Allen Proctor wrote that Reeves spoke to Oulson during the movie previews, then got up from his seat and informed management.

 When Reeves returned to his seat “additional words were exchanged” and Oulson threw a bag of popcorn at Reeves, the report said.

After officers read him his rights, Reeves told the detective that Oulson struck him in the face with an unknown object, and that’s when he removed a .380 caliber gun from his pants pocket.

The report said Reeves fired the gun and struck Oulson once in the chest and that he “was in fear of being attacked.”

Judge Lynn Tepper said she found the evidence from Monday’s shooting “significant” enough to warrant no bond on the second-degree murder charge. A bond hearing will be scheduled in the coming days.

Reeves faces life in prison if convicted. He only spoke once during his court appearance, to say “yes, ma’am” to the judge when she asked him if he could afford to hire his own attorney.

Reeves, who appeared in court via a video link from the jail, appeared to be wearing a bullet proof vest without a shirt on underneath.

This was not the first time Reeves had a run in at the movie Theater…Last month a  33-year-old  woman, Jamira Dixon, says Reeves harassed her lafter she texted during the The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug.

Gunman’s Father  In Hiding

 Reeves‘ attorney, Richard Escobar, argued that his client should be released because of his deep ties to the community.

Escobar said that he found the Sheriff’s Office probable cause document to be “quite weak” and that Reeves was defending himself from Oulson.

“The alleged victim attacked him,” Escobar said, adding that Oulson threw something, possibly popcorn, at Reeves. “At that point in time he has every right to defend himself.”

Judge Tepper said that throwing “an unknown object does not equal taking out a gun” and shooting someone.

Escobar said Reeves has lived in the Tampa Bay area almost his entire life – he worked at the Tampa Police department from 1973-1993, and was a homicide detective at one point. Reeves is active in his church and attends Bible study and has two grown children, one a Tampa Police officer.

Reeves’ home in Hernando County lies north of the movie theater. Neighbors said that Reeves and his wife moved to the rural subdivision about 10 years ago.

Everyone in the neighborhood knew that Reeves was a retired police officer, said D’Andrea, the neighbor.

“He was a stand-up guy in the neighborhood,” D’Andrea said. “I would not think he was the type of guy to do something like that.”

Reeves and his wife were friendly with the neighbors, often attending house parties, said D’Andrea. The couple also owned a motorcycle and enjoyed taking long rides.

Reeves was instrumental in establishing the Tampa Police Department’s first tactical response team, that agency’s spokeswoman said. He retired in 1993 and later worked security at the Busch Gardens theme park. He also served on the Crimestoppers board of Hernando County.

D’Andrea said Reeves’ experience in law enforcement should have taught him not to pull his weapon in a movie theater.

“It doesn’t just affect his life, it affects a lot of people,” he said.

Devon Detrapani and her husband Joseph were friends with the Oulsons and that the men worked together at Sky Powersports, a motorcycle and off road vehicle dealer.

Chad Oulson was the company’s finance manager and a hard worker, Detrapani said. He rode dirt bikes on the weekend and “liked” several motocross stars on Facebook, but his true love was his baby daughter, Lexi.

“They are awesome parents,” said Devon Detrapani. “They love that little girl so much.”  Read full story here


 Curtis Lepore Trial Begins (News Brief)

The Trial has begun  for the “Vine ” star who was charged with raping his ex-girlfriend in her SLEEP just weeks after the two met and fell in love online. 

Lepore became web celebrity by creating hundreds of quirky and silly 6-second videos and uploading them on “Vine
Curtis Lepore , who has 3.4 million followers on the social network was arrested in October for allegedly raping fellow “Vine” star Jessi Smiles in late August in Los Angeles.

Vine Social Network

Curtis Lepore and Jessi Smiles are two of the most recognized among the community.

  • Lepore is accused of sexually assaulting his ex-girlfriend as she was recovering from a concussion
  • Lepore and Smiles first met on Vine and had their first date in New York City in early August 2013
  • Rape suspect released 6-second statement on Vine urging people to reserve judgement before they hear his side of the story.  Full story here

ABOUT Vine:  Vine is a mobile app owned by Twitter that enables its users to create and post short video clips. The service was introduced with a maximum clip length of six seconds and can be shared or embedded on social networking services such as Twitter (which acquired the app in October 2012) and Facebook.  Though Vine was initially available only for iOS devices, it has been introduced on Android, Windows Phone, HTML5, and Windows 8. Vine was released on January 24, 2013.

TOPICS:  Celebrity Gossip , Curtis Lepore, Vine, Arrested, Trial, Jessi Smiles,


Oarfish Found off California Coast

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A Rare giant oarfish found by snorkeler off Californian coast.

The carcass of a massive, eel-like creature thought to have inspired tales of giant sea serpents has been found by a California marine instructor on a leisurely weekend snorkel.The carcass of a massive, eel-like creature thought to have inspired tales of giant sea serpents has been found by a  Catalina Island Marine Institute instructor during a leisurely weekend snorkel.

 Jasmine Santana spotted the 5.5-metre oarfish, which is as thick as a man’s torso, while snorkeling in clear waters off the island’s coast on Sunday afternoon, the institute said.

Oarfish are found in all temperate to tropical waters, but Oar Fish foundon Catalina Islandbecause they dive to depths of almost one kilometre they are rarely seen, and remain largely unstudied.

“Jasmine Santana was shocked to see (a) half-dollar sized eye staring at her from the sandy bottom,” the institute said in a statement.

“Her first reaction was to approach with caution, until she realised that it was dead.”

What is an oarfish

Oarfish have a crest running the length of their bodies and a skeleton of bone rather than cartilage common to fish species like sharks.

Woman finds oarfishBecause of their strange appearance, they are believed to have inspired legends of giant sea serpents.

It took a group of 15 adults to pull the fish’s massive carcass to the shore.

The body of the fish appeared almost perfectly intact.

The institute sent tissue samples and video footage to a University of California fish expert, and is awaiting a final determination on the species.

A spokesman for Guided Discoveries, the educational non-profit which operates programs on Catalina Island, says the sea creature’s skeleton will likely be put on display for visitors.

Qarfish:  A very long, narrow, silvery marine fish of deep water, with a deep red dorsal fin running the length of the body .  The oarfish is the longest bony fish alive and can grow up to a mammoth 17 meters in length. Its name presumably comes from either its compressed and elongated body, or the now discredited belief the fish rows itself through the water with its pelvic fins. Its habit of lingering at the surface when sick or ding makes the oarfish a source of sea serpent tales

   Oarfish or ‘Sea Monster’ Smelly Carcass Found on Beach in Spain

 A long, smelly carcass that washed up on the Spanish coast may never be conclusively identified — but experts say it sure looks like the remains of a Oarfish on a beach in Spaingiant oarfish or thresher shark.

A beachgoer stumbled upon the head of the 13-foot-long beast on Luis Siret Beach in the Andalusian village of Villaricos, according to NBC News.

The latest in a string of “sea serpent” stories has sparked an online buzz in the past few days, thanks to the gnarly-looking pictures that surfaced in the Spanish press last week. The carcass washed up on Luis Siret Beach in the Andalusian village of Villaricos, according to the local publication Ideal, and sparked jokes about the Loch Ness monster and mutant fish.

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