Yasiel Puig is one of the brightest young stars in major League Baseball, but now that details of some of the traumatic things that are going on in Yasiel’s life are coming to light, one can’t help but ask: “How is this guy able to play baseball with stuff like this on his mind?”
According to an extensive article from ESPN The Magazine that took more than five months to write and included interviews with more than 80 people who know of Yasiel’s situation, Puig is playing under constant threat of death from the human traffickers who helped him defect from Cuba.
Suffice it to say, when you start dealing with human traffickers, there are some scary and very undesirable things that go on. Yasiel has acknowledged some of the things discussed in the article, but Puig seems very reluctant to talk about details. Here’s what Puig’s said:
“I’m aware of the recent articles and news accounts. I understand that people are curious and have questions, but I will have no comment on this subject. I’m represented on this matter, and I’m only focused on being a productive teammate and helping the Dodgers win games.”
It does’t seem like Puig wants to talk about it and who blames him? If what the article asserts is true, representatives from the group of traffickers who brought Yasiel from Cuba into Mexico are still awaiting more money. This, despite the fact that Puig reportedly paid the group 20 percent of the $42 million contract he signed with the Dodgers last year.
So why is more money being demanded? It turns out that the initial group that got Puig out of Cuba was not the same group that finally got Yasiel into Mexico. As the first group kept Puig in a guarded apartment just off the coast of Cancun while waiting for money, a second group stole Puig and successfully delivered him to Mexico.
The first group still hasn’t seen the money they feel they are owed. The ESPN story asserts that a member of the Mexican-based smugglers has actually been at the Dodgers’ team hotel demanding money.
Obviously, such revelations are sure to have an affect on Puig, his teammates and the MLB. Major League Baseball released a statement saying the following:
“The safety and security of everyone involved in our sport is of paramount importance to Major League Baseball. MLB and its clubs have individuals and resources in place to provide appropriate security, but as a matter of policy, cannot comment on such measures that have been taken without potentially compromising those efforts.”
You really should take some time to read the full ESPN piece on Yasiel Puig. And then be more amazed he is able to play at all.
The BLM (Bureau of Land Management) wields power over about 460 million acres of the 2.27 billion acres of land in the United States of America. The federal agency which folks in western states deal with on a routine basis was largely unfamiliar to residents in other parts of the nation until the Cliven Bundy standoff at Bundy ranch in Nevada. Texas rancher Tommy Henderson has also been embroiled in fight with the BLM to keep his private property for about three decades.
The Bundy ranch standoff thrust the BLM into the spotlight as the story garnered international headlines, with Nevada Senator Harry Reid referring to those protesting the actions of the armed BLM agents as “terrorists.” Researching government reports to unearth exactly how much land the federal government owns and leases in America involved scouring years of two sets of reports from separate entities.
Executive order 13327 signed by President George H. W. Bush mandated an annual accounting of all federal real property except public lands and buildings and acreage which involved matters of national security. Public domain lands not subject to the executive order include national parks, national forests, and wildlife refuge properties.
The 2012 GSA Federal Real Property Report required by the Executive Order 13327 provided the most recent statistics available for non-public land ownership. The report states that the federal government owns 43,646,357 acres of land in America. The report which included real property data from 36 federal agencies also noted that 361,318 federal buildings and 485,866 federal structures also exist in the country. The operating costs for the buildings, structures, and land totaled $33,040,945,112 in 2012. According to the report, federal land holdings increased 28 percent in total acres from the 2011 GSA Federal Real Property report and operating costs for land holdings increased by 15 percent from the prior year.
The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) owns 24,842 buildings on 141,156 acres of land and experienced $887,175,009 in operating costs in 2012. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) owns 171 buildings on 628 acres and experienced $75,488,398 in operating costs during the same reporting year. The Department of Energy owns 10,612 buildings on 2,297,997 acres and experienced 42,123,998,968 in facility operating costs in 2012.
Excerpt from the 2012 Federal Real Property report:
“As the largest property owner in the United States, the federal government holds a unique responsibility to properly maintain and manage its real property assets. EO 13327 mandated that executive branch departments and agencies improve their real property assed management by: promoting efficient and economical use of real property, increasing agency accountability and management attention to real property reform, and establish clear real property goals and objectives.”
The CRS Report for Congress addressing federally owned public lands stated that four agencies administer 609 million acres of the 635-640 million under the control of the federal government. The agencies include the US Forest Service (USFS) in the Department of Agriculture, the National Park Service (NPS) the BLM, and the Fish and Wildlife Service – FWS. The Department of Defense administers 19 million acres on military installations. The public lands report also noted that, “numerous other agencies administer the remaining federal acreage. The BLM is also responsible for managing 700 million acres of subsurface mineral resources.
Excerpt from the public lands report:
“The BLM has a multiple use, sustain-yield mandate that supports a variety of uses and programs, including energy development, recreation, grazing, wild horses and burros, and conservation. The USDA manages 193 million acres also for multiple uses and sustained yields of various products and services including timber harvesting, recreation, grazing, watershed protection, and fish and wildlife habitats.”
The government report goes on to state that 62 percent of Alaska is comprised of federally owned public lands and 47 percent of 11 western states is encompassed by federal public lands. “This western concentration has contributed to a higher degree of controversy over land ownership and is in that part of the country, the CRS report added.
Another excerpt from the public lands report:
“Numerous issues affecting federal land management are before Congress. They include the extent
of federal ownership, and whether to decrease, maintain, or increase the amount of federal
holdings; the condition of currently owned federal infrastructure and lands, and the priority of
their maintenance versus new acquisitions; the optimal balance between land use and protection,
and whether federal lands should be managed primarily to produce national or local benefits; and
border control on federal lands along the southwest border. During the 19th century, many laws encouraged settlement of the West through federal land disposal. Mostly in the 20th century, emphasis shifted to retention of federal lands.”
Percent of land in western states under BLM public lands management:
Nevada 84.5 percent
Utah 57.4 percent
Oregon 53.1 percent
Idaho 50.2 percent
Arizona 48.1 percent
Wyoming 42.4 percent
California 45.3 percent
Colorado 36.6 percent
New Mexico 41.8 percent
Fans can watch the Anaheim Ducks vs. Dallas Stars Game 2 live online and see if the top seed in the Western Conference can take control over the series.
The Ducks handled the Stars in Game 1, winning 4-3, but also lost captain Ryan Getzlaf when he took a puck to the face in the final minute. Despite the ugly injury, Getzlaf said the day after the game that he plans to play in Friday’s Game 2.
“Luckily, he’s married, has a couple of kids,” Anaheim defenseman Ben Lovejoy said. “He’s not trying to impress anybody with his face.”
Fans who want to watch the Anaheim Ducks vs. Dallas Stars can tune at 10 pm ET in to NBC Sports, which is also offering streaming video of the game online.
The return of Getzlaf could be a boost to the Ducks, who are looking to head to Dallas with a 2-0 stranglehold on the series.
“That’s why he is who he is,” said coach Bruce Boudreau. “That’s why he’s won two gold medals and a Stanley Cup and he’s not 30. He learned from the Scotty Niedermayers and the Chris Prongers that were here before him, too. He’s a battler and a gamer. It won’t look too pretty, but he’s going to be playing.”
But the Stars are not looking to roll over, and on Thursday coach Lindy Ruff led the team in the longest film session of the season to find out what went wrong.
“It’s my job to get them in the right place, and they weren’t in quite the right place yesterday,” Ruff said.
Fans who watch the Ducks vs. Stars game live online will likely see the return of rookie goaltender Frederik Andersen, who stopped 32 shots in his NHL playoff debut for the Ducks. Boudreau indicated that Andersen will likely get the nod over veteran Jonas Hiller.
Those who want to watch the Anaheim Ducks vs. Dallas Stars game live online can click here for free streaming video.
Casey Gardner is a fine artist and musician in Melbourne, Florida who goes by the pseudonym, [Boredom.Is.Overrated]. He is an active member of the art community and generally tries to spread art and music through any means. But what is it that inspired him to create artwork of this type?
We spoke to Casey in person at the convention but we decided to do follow up with him for an interview.
How did you get involved with Space Coast Nerdfest 2014?
Brian Benson, the guy in charge, (Oh captain, my captain), contacted me more than a year ago about splitting a booth with our mutual friend, Mr. E. He appreciates the work I do (I work with children with disabilities, mainly Autism) and we’ve had a good friendship for several years.
So how well did your booth at Space Coast Nerd Fest work out?
Space Coast Nerd Fest was the first Con that I’ve ever sold at. I’m used to selling at small art shows, gallery openings, public shows (like First Fridays in Eau Gallie), and dive-bar art shows. First mistake I made – using a print box. I had all of my prints in a nice wooden box on my table. Nobody looked through it. When you’re in a gallery setting, people are there to look at the art, they will look at the prints. It took me about a half-hour to notice this; I took out all of my prints and put them on the table for quick viewing.
What has inspired your type of art and how did you get started?
Sonic the Hedgehog was my biggest inspiration as a child. I started off drawing the covers of the Sega Genesis games that my mother bought me in the ’90′s.
So were you a Sega guy during the Nintendo vs Sega days?
I was Sega, but not by choice. My mom bought me a Sega so she could play it when I went to bed. I got into Sci-Fi and Star Wars and started to draw space battles and haven’t really looked back. When I was eight, my mother inquired to a local studio/gallery in Staunton, VA about art classes; they never asked my age and my mother never told them. We showed up to a class for adults full of twenty-somethings. The school auditioned me that night, decided I had talent, and let me take a few classes (my mother had already paid) anyway. That was my first foray into painting.
How do others in the art world perceive your choice of subject matter as a fine artist?
Artist peers are very supportive of my anime/manga and science fiction work. It isn’t as popular with as many general gallery patrons but when people like it, they tend to go out of their way to let me know that they like it. I try to take everyone’s advice, when someone tells me to paint sea turtles, I paint sea turtles (why not?). But I’m always got a Sci-Fi piece close to heart and in my head ready to be put on canvas.
Do buyers of your work tend to be cosplayers or do you reach a more general audience?
I’ve sold to all sorts of people. For me, women seem to buy my work more often. I’m not sure if more women buy artwork than men, but that’s just what I’ve seen with my work. I get commissions for sea turtles, space images, and even a “health-field commission.” Often times, people that show an interest in my work aren’t people I’d consider “nerds” or “geeks.”
For example, this is the first work of art that I ever sold, which I traded for a queen size bed:
Thank you for allowing us to take up some of your time, Casey!
Casey has participated at the following artistic places & events:
- Member of the Brevard Cultural Alliance (BCA) and the Off Center Art Center
- First Friday Art Walks in Eau Gallie
- Gallery openings at CityArts Orlando, Off Center Art Center, and the EGAD! Art Lab
- Displays at Hurrikane Cafe (Indian Harbor Beach) and the Big Bang Studio (Cocoa Village)
- Local shows at The 321 Local (Cocoa), Wynfield’s Sports Bar (Satellite Beach), and The Bald Strawberry (original Cape Canaveral location)
- The Florida Tech College Players’ “Art & Music Day”
New York’s SAFE ACT is shredding the US Constitution, so why not shred gun registration forms?
That was the premise of hundreds of Second Amendment supporters in Buffalo, N.Y., who were symbolically protesting the requirement to register so-called assault weapons, the deadline in the state for which was Tuesday. The event occurred outside the Walter J. Mahoney State Office Building in downtown Buffalo. See embed below.
Said one protester, “We will not register our firearms, any firearms whatsoever. It’s been done before, historically. And historically, registration has always led to confiscation.”
Last month, about a thousand gun registration forms were burned in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., by gun rights advocates.
The the Secure Ammunition and Firearms Enforcement Act was rushed through the state legislature in January 2013 by Gov. Andrew Cuomo and his allies after the mass shooting at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut.
The law has withstood several constitutional challenges so far, although additional legal actions filed by gun rights advocates are still pending in federal and state court.
Under the April 15 deadline, “Gun owners who lawfully possessed guns that are now on the banned list were allowed to keep their weapons, but had to register them with the state police. They were also given the option of selling their guns to a licensed New York dealer or out-of-state buyer by Jan. 15 of this year. Those who fail to comply could face a misdemeanor charge or — if they were already disqualified from owning a gun because of a prior criminal conviction or other reason — a potential felony.”
As The Inquisitr has previously reported, the state of New York has 62 counties, and at least 52 counties have already passed resolutions opposing the SAFE Act.
Last year at this time, the Albany police union, in the backyard of the state capitol, formally condemned the SAFE Act and called for its repeal.
In what could be another form of protest against the SAFE Act, apparently perhaps only about 3,000 assault weapons have been registered so far out of several hundred thousand or more owned in the state.
Do you think gun control laws like the SAFE Act will contribute in any way to actually reducing gun violence or crime?
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Bruno Mars is giving his fans a chance to win a backstage pass and help those who need a little assistance at the same time.
The acclaimed singer is presently scheduled to perform at Madison Square Garden in New York City on July 14. Those who are planning to attend the concert can toss out some extra cash to win an opportunity to meet Mars behind-the-scenes. However, you’re going to need quite a bit of money in your couch cushions to make that happen.
According to Look to the Stars, Bruno Mars is auctioning off a backstage pass to help benefit the teachers and students at the Stephen Gaynor School. The institution describes itself as follows:
“Our school is an independent, non-profit Lower and Middle School for bright students with learning differences. Our school comprises nearly 330 students ages three to 14 with a range of learning challenges, from Attention Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) to speech, language, and motor delays.”
The lucky Bruno Mars fan who snags the backstage pass can bring along three friends to meet the performer at Madison Square Garden. The Charitybuzz website estimates the pass’ worth at $5,000, though it didn’t take long for that number to double in size.
As of this writing, those who want to meet up with Mars at the NYC gig will need to cough up around $10,500 for the pass. Since there are still 11 days left to place bids, there’s a very strong chance that this number will continue to rise. In other words, having quite a bit of disposable income is a plus. At least the winner knows that the money is going to a good cause instead of Bruno’s already sizable bank account.
The Inquisitr previously reported that the Super Bowl Halftime Show performer was one of many musicians profiled in a recent article by the folks over at Parade magazine. According to the publication, Bruno Mars earned a staggering $38 million over the course of 2013. Given his continued popularity, his paycheck will probably swell considerably during 2014.
Since the guy has quite a bit of money tucked safely under his mattress, he doesn’t mind spreading it around to those who need a little help. Mars reportedly donated $100,000 to people struggling to recover from Typhoon Yolanda in the Philippines. In short: Bruno is just a charitable guy.
What do you think about Bruno Mars auctioning off a backstage pass for the folks at Stephen Gaynor School? Would you pay over $10,500 to meet the singer?
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Parenting tends to make most people tone down hard-partying lifestyles. However, if you have little ones in tow and still feel the urge to get down on the dance floor, London’s family raves might be for you. One company is trying to prove that being a parent doesn’t have to go hand-in-hand with a boring, party-free existence. Surprisingly, feedback is mostly positive so far.
The family raves don’t happen exclusively at a particular location. Rather, they’re often in places normally used to host events for people who don’t yet have to figure out how to have fun without sacrificing the duties of parenthood. On specific afternoons, however, raves are opened to clubbers who have toddlers, and kids who are even younger.
The raves boast a “chill out area” where mothers can find some privacy and a respite from pulsing bass beats in case they want to breastfeed. There’s also a craft table, ideal for little family members who want to bring out their artistic sides while under the glow of strobe lights.
Some attendees of the raves are so young they still get carried around by their parents in sling devices, too young to walk independently or for long lengths of time. Surprisingly, the volume level of the music at family raves is reportedly almost identical to what might be heard at a traditional throwdown, but organizers say it’s still safe for little ears.
Anyone who attends these raves might be surprised to see how youngsters are eager to show off dance moves, often looking very similar to their adult counterparts. Kids who want to get their own tattoos can also do so at the bar. Fortunately for everyone involved, they’re only temporary, so are free of both pain and regret.
The concept of family raves is the brainchild of a company called Big Fish Little Fish. Using a bit of creative wordplay, the business brands itself as being targeted to “2-4-hour party people,” meaning individuals who want to have fun but don’t have the level of endurance required for all-night raves. If you’re curious, but not quite ready to attend one of the raves, this quote from the company’s website might get you fully on board: “Like the best wedding reception ever, or a really good after-gig party at someone’s house, it’s a place to cut loose and have a straight-up good time.”
The family raves are geared toward parents who have kids eight years of age or younger, but anyone is welcome at to attend as long as the family is comprised of both kids and adults. So, there you have it. Being a parent doesn’t mean you have to kiss your partying days goodbye.
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County music legend Glen Campbell has been transferred to an Alzheimer’s facility.
Campbell has been suffering from the disease since 2011.
Million of families who have cared for a loved one with the disease probably have some appreciation for what the singer/guitarist’s family and friends are going through, in addition to Campbell himself.
As The Inquisitr previously reported, through it all, the musician released new albums (Ghost in the Canvas and See You There) and embarked on one final tour in 2012. His daughter Ashley said last year that her father’s dimentia-related illness is “robbing him of what he does best.”
Campbell and his family felt it was best to make his condition known to his fans. “The singer’s battle with Alzheimer’s has sparked an outpouring of support and sympathy from fans since he and his wife Kim went public with his diagnosis in 2011. They explained their decision as being motivated by his wish to continue performing as long as possible, and said he didn’t want audiences speculating about what might be the cause of his occasional forgetfulness of song lyrics, confusion and repetition of between-song banter.”
Of the current situation, a family friend said that “He was moved to an Alzhemier’s facility last week. I’m not sure what the permanent plan is for him yet. We’ll know more next week.”
A documentary called Glen Campbell… I’ll Be Me about Glen Campbell’s final tour makes its debut tonight at the 2014 Nashville Film Festival.
Last month, Glen Campbell — who turns 78 on April 22 — received the inaugural Glen Campbell Courage Award at an Alzheimer’s Association event in California. Among many honors, he won four Grammys in both the country and pop categories in 1967 and was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2005. He has released more than 70 albums, 12 of which went gold. Campbell is perhaps best known for hits such as “Gentle On My Mind,” “By the Time I Get to Phoenix,” “Wichita Lineman” and “Rhinestone Cowboy.”
Is Laura Prepon really dating Tom Cruise? That depends on who you choose to believe these days. The truth about the situation is more than a little elusive.
The Inquisitr previously reported that Prepon and the Mission: Impossible alum are spending a fair amount of time together these days. While some insiders believe there’s something romantic brewing behind-the-scenes, Cruise’s rep recently denied reports that the Scientologists are getting cozy together.
According to the Daily Mail, the actor’s camp shot down reports that he’s currently dating Orange is the New Black star Laura Prepon. Although he’s reportedly a fan of her work on the aforementioned series, apparently the two have never actually met. That’s what his rep says, at least.
If Tom denies dating Laura, then where did all of this nonsense start? Page Six writer Richardson Johnson reportedly spoke to someone who believed the pair were engaging in some romantic shenanigans.
According to Fox News, Laura Prepon’s co-stars on Orange is the New Black can’t stop talking about her budding relationship with the actor. However, even the actress’ representative denied reports that she’s romantically entangled with Cruise. In other words, it’s really hard to figure out what in the world is going down at the moment.
Those who follow Prepon’s love life with a peculiar enthusiasm probably know that the pair were previously rumored to have started dating last year. Reps for both parties shot down those rumors almost as soon as they bubbled to the surface.
A source previously said about Laura Prepon and her supposed boyfriend:
“He had her picked up in a vintage car, knowing it was one of her favorites, and had pre-ordered a vintage bottle of 1979 merlot, which was on the table when she arrived. They spent three hours laughing and joking. It’s clear Tom is smitten and after the date he was on cloud nine. They had their second date at the restaurant too, meeting for Sunday brunch and she then accompanied him a few days later to a dinner party at John [Travolta] and Kelly’s home.”
All of these reports about Prepon and Cruise should keep fans busy until the second season of Orange is the New Black arrive on Netflix streaming. The latest batch of episodes are presently slated to arrive on June 6. Make sure you have your schedules completely cleared that weekend so binge watching isn’t a problem.
Do you believe Laura Prepon is dating Tom Cruise?
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The Walking Dead has ended its fourth season with Rick Grimes and company in another fine mess. Now one of the stars of the show is offering up a few hints about what we can expect next season when Walking Dead Season 5 kicks off in the fall.
Warning: Here There Be Spoilers
As The Walking Dead season 4 wound up, we saw Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln), Michonne (Danai Gurira) and Carl (Chandler Riggs) reuniting with those he was split up with when the prison was attacked. While that should be a happy occasion, it turns out the Grimes Gang didn’t find the others until they were herded into a train car at Terminus.
The group seems to be in pretty dire straights, though Grimes also seems pretty confident that he and his friends are going to get out of this situation in tact mainly because the Terminus folks “don’t know who they’re messing with.”
It seems that if The Walking Dead group does all make it out alive, it isn’t going to be that easy. Gurira has recently talked to Access Hollywood about what fans can expect and viewers are right to “be concerned” according to the actress who plays one of the biggest toughies on Walking Dead.
“It’s a dire circumstance, definitely,” she hinted according to Digital Spy. “These people are not very nice. We’re not checked into the Four Seasons in there, so yeah, it’s a pretty scary thing.
These members of the group have been in plenty of different jams when it comes to Walking Dead but Gurira seems to be hinting this situation is going to be one of their most dire. The season is still a long ways off but the actress seems especially pleased she knows things about what’s going to go on in Walking Dead.
The woman who plays Michonne seems to feel as though she is finally part of the insiders group on the cast. She’s now among the people on Walking Dead who get to know what the Grimes Gang is going to have to deal with long before they actually have to go through it.
Gurira isn’t letting too much slip about the upcoming season but she did want to make sure viewers knew there are going to be some trials and tribulations for the gang next fall. “I can tell you that it’s gonna be dire and it’s gonna be intense,” she explained. “It’s all the things you tune in to see. It’ll be that and then some.”
The Walking Dead kicks off this fall in the US and UK and will have a couple of new cast members viewers will need to familiarize themselves with.
Red Wings vs Bruins. Bruins vs Red Wings. Look for this 2014 NHL Playoff battle of Original Six teams to be tighter than the regular season records would suggest. The Boston Bruins won the President’s Trophy and home ice advantage for as long as they last in the playoffs handily, but you can never discount the Red Wings – even when half of their roster started the year in Grand Rapids instead of Detroit.
One thing is for certain. Injuries or no injuries, stockpile of young players that weren’t in the NHL when the season started or not, Bruins’ coach Claude Julien isn’t looking at the lower-seeded wildcard Red Wings as a gimme. A report on Yahoo! Sports quotes him saying:
“I heard about 40 percent of the series are upsets in the first round. You have teams that have high expectations. You have teams that have nothing to lose and everything to gain. So that certainly makes that first round a challenge.”
Indeed, when the Detroit Red Wings lost Pavel Datsyuk, Henrik Zetterberg, Todd Bertuzzi and other top-tier talent to long term injuries, many speculated that this could be the year that the Red Wings’ longstanding streak of playoff appearances could come to an end – including this earlier report in the Inquisitr. Clearly, the Red Wings made it, following a hot streak late in the year by a slew of players called up from Grand Rapids to fill in for injured Wings – led by scoring sensation Gustav Nyquist. Read about the Red Wings’ 23 year playoff appearance streak – the longest among all major North American sports – in this earlier article in the Inquisitr.
As for the battered Red Wings, Datsyuk returned for the final week of the regular season and had an impact. He is expected to play. Wings’ captain Henrik Zetterberg is expected to miss at least the first two games of the Bruins vs Red Wings series, as reported by the Bleacher Report.
Many consider the Bruins the favorites to win the Stanley Cup in 2014. With star power like Zdeno Chara, Loui Eriksson and Tyler Seguin, they could be more than the young (and still somewhat battered) Detroit team can handle in this Bruins vs Red Wings series.
The goaltending edge for the Red Wings vs Bruins series is solidly in Boston’s favor. Tuukka Rask is considered by many to be the frontrunner for the Vezina Trophy and was indisputably one of the NHL’s best goalies in 2014. Detroit’s Jimmy Howard has struggled off and on throughout the year, though his part playoff experience suggests that he can rise to the occasion when needed.
Watch the action in tonight’s Red Wings vs Bruins game streaming online live here.
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In an unusual gesture of kindness, a man from Boonville, Indiana let a septuagenarian keep his stolen car. The car, a 1993 model Chrysler was stolen last week from Derek West’s grandfather’s house where it had been sitting idle for over a year. The thief was Donald Grigsby who took the car away and sold it for $300 to the 72-year-old man whose name has not been revealed.
Later, the elderly man had some reservations about the price of the car following which he decided to look up its original owner. Since the car had its original license number on, he was able to home in on Derek West and called him up to inform him about the quandary. It was easy for him to look up Derek because the thief had sold the car to the old man in the rightful owner’s name.
Elated at the prospect of getting his car back, Derek reached the home of the septuagenarian who was visibly upset over the way in which he was fleeced off his hard earned $300. The meeting however changed everything. After seeing the trouble the senior citizen had gone through and appreciating his honesty, Mr.West decided to let the old man keep his car. He determined that the septuagenarian needed the car more than he did.
In an interview to local television network WFIE, Derek says, “…72-years-old and fixed income. Stuff like that. He was out $300, he was out the money and he was just, really upset. He told us, ‘Too good to be true.’ I just drove the car for several years as a work car…By the time it was over, I worked it out, I just wound up giving him the car. He needed it worse than I did.”
Meanwhile, police have managed to arrest the car thief, 46-year-old Donald Grigsby of Evansville, Indiana. He was apprehended by the Vanderburgh County Sheriff’s Office on April 13. Grigsby was apparently caught because he had signed the receipt for the car using his social security number.
What do you think about Derek West’s kind gesture? Would you have done the same thing had it been you in place of him?
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An alleged German Shepherd theft was foiled by a family’s surveillance video.
The Haskett family in Ontario, Canada, recently installed security cameras outside their residence because of crime in the area. When they came home one evening, they discovered that the nine-year-old dog, Partner, was missing.
Footage seemed to indicate (see embed below) several individuals scoping out the home earlier in the day when the pooch was tied up in the front yard, and then two persons later leaving the house with the dog. Owner Neill Haskett indicated that he believed the dog nappers broke in through a front window.
The Hasketts took to social media to obtain any tips about the dog napping, which the next day eventually led them to a man and woman who were walking what turned out to be Partner in a particular area. The pet had been shaved, however. “Neil said he’s not sure why the dog was taken, but speculates maybe his captors either wanted to keep him or try to sell him to another family. As for why Partner was shaved, Neil said he thinks maybe they were trying to conceal his identity. They also could have been trying to find a microchip under his skin so they could remove it.” The Hasketts’ four kids — who were in the family’s vehicle when this was going on — were in “hysterics,” Neil said, adding that “They were just mortified that this person had had our dog, and they had shaved our dog.”
Upon encountering the German Shepherd, and confronting the duo who claimed they obtained the pet from an animal rescue organization, the family called police who responded to the scene. A vet subsequently confirmed that the Shepherd was indeed Partner, and the dog was returned to its rightful owners who are thrilled that Partner is back where he belongs. As is Partner himself. Neil Haskett deemed it a “very emotional homecoming.”
Although Sudbury, Ont., police have yet to provide official confirmation, a woman in her 50s has supposedly been charged with breaking and entering, theft, possession of stolen property, and mischief, according to Neil Haskett. She is reportedly due back in court on May 21. Police are on the lookout for a male suspect.
The German Shepherd is one of the most frequently stolen dog breeds.
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A new image released by ABC News shows the bullet-riddled anti-American fueled rant allegedly scrawled by alleged Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev on the inside wall of a boat as he hid from authorities during a manhunt last April.
The image shows a piece of the boat sullied with two bloody marks and a message to the people of the US on the inside of a boat where Dzhokhar found temporary refuge in the backyard of a Watertown, Massachusetts residence.
Legible parts of the message are interlaced with bullet holes, but the overall message is stirring coming from a man who committed heinous acts of murder hours before his capture.
“The U.S. government is killing our innocent civilians, but most of you already know that… I can’t stand to see such [bullet hole] go unpunished,” Dzhokhar wrote in a captured image obtained by ABC News from a law enforcement official in Massachusetts. “We Muslims are one body. You kill one of us, you hurt [bullet hole] us all.”
State and general law enforcement officials confirmed the authenticity of the image.
Last May, ABC News also reported Dzhokhar wrote an anti-American message on the boat, called the Slip Away II, where he hid during the manhunt last April. Law enforcement sources previously said that the message also included the phrase “F*** America“.
According to Yahoo News, David Bruck, a member of Tsarnaev’s defense team, had no comment when he was shown the photograph Wednesday. In a pre-trial hearing the same day he repeated arguments made in court filings that Tamerlan was ultimately responsible for last year’s terror attacks. Previous filings indicated the defense might argue in Dzhokhar’s November trial that the 19-year-old was only doing his older brothers’ bidding.
“If the government’s indictment is true, this [case] is about a family,” Bruck said, adding, “a story of this family and the relationships between the people in.”
Dzhokhar pleaded not guilty to 30 counts related to the events at the Boston Marathon finish line last year. The blasts killed three people, including an 8-year-old boy, and injured more than 260 others.
Along with Dzhokhar’s political rant, he also expressed his disappointment that his older brother Tamerlan had met with Allah before him.
Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26, was killed in a shootout with Massachusetts’s law enforcement four days after the Boston Marathon bombing.
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Nicki Minaj has set a wedding date as of this writing, but that doesn’t mean the rapper isn’t kicking around some ideas.
Since Minaj is known for her extravagant appearance and zany music videos, it’s not altogether surprising that she has a few bizarre concepts in mind for her big day. According to TV3, the ideas Nicki has reportedly scribbled in her notebook are definitely in keeping with her outrageous personality.
Before we begin, let’s get one thing out of the way: This information comes from an anonymous source, which means it’s possibly bogus. While it’s fun to think about Nicki Minaj planning a wedding that strongly resembles one of her music videos, you shouldn’t start telling everyone about the situation just yet.
The aforementioned website claims that Minaj is engaged to longtime boyfriend Safaree Samuels. As such, she’s already planning the sort of things she’d like to see during the wedding. It shouldn’t come as a huge surprise that this includes “naked performers” and hot tubs.
“She wants to arrive by elephant, and to get soaking wet by jumping into either a pool or a hot tub for the ceremony. She’s talking fire breathers, naked performers, and actually exchanging vows in the hot tub. She wants it to be the most beautiful and outlandish do of all time,” an anonymous source said about the proposed event.
The insider continued, “Nicki really wants to get married in the Caribbean, as she was born in Trinidad and wants to celebrate that part of her heritage. She’s talking about renting a private island and hosting a three-day party — she wants the whole thing to be unforgettable.”
While the party will feature a plethora of extravagant details, the source explained that Nicki Minaj intends to keep her wedding dress and makeup traditional and classy. “What she does in the gown will be the wild part,” the insider added.
Minaj fans recently had a chance to see the rapper in more traditional garb during her recent appearance at the 2014 MTV Movie Awards. In fact, some people probably had to look twice before they realized who was strutting down the red carpet.
— Young Money (@YoungMoneySite) April 15, 2014
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Regardless of what Nicki Minaj chooses to do at her wedding, chances are everyone invited to the event will remember it for a very long time.
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The Mega Millions jackpot continued its slow climb Tuesday, rising by $10 million to a $38 million top prize after the April 15 drawing produced no match with all five numbers and the Mega Ball number. But the public remained unexcited by the eight-figure jackpot offered Tuesday, with ticket sales falling slightly from the previous drawing.
While ticket sales usually climb along with jackpots, the 16,315,888 sold for the Tuesday Mega Millions drawing with its $28 million jackpot were almost 600,000 fewer than three days earlier when a $20 million jackpot drew 16,901,932 sales.
Despite four Mega Millions jackpot winners in the 30 drawings so far this year, including an improbable three winners since March 18, only 14 drawings have sold more than 20 million tickets, all of them coming in the run-up to what proved to be the seventh largest lottery prize in U.S. history, a $424 million jackpot.
But even them sales did not crack the 20 million mark until the Mega Millions jackpot hit $84 million on January 3. From there, sales climbed steadily until they topped out at 113,435,277 for the March 18 drawing, which resulted in two winners splitting the massive Mega Millions jackpot.
With the relatively low ticket sales, it’s not too surprising that only one ticket matched the first five Mega Millions numbers. That ticket would normally be good for a cool $1 million prize. But the ticket was sold in California where lower-tier prizes are doled out on a pari-mutuel basis.
Sometimes that can be good, resulting in even bigger prizes. But sometimes it can be bad. On Tuesday, it was definitely bad. The lucky Mega Millions player who hit the “Match 5,” at a liquor store in Palmdale, will collect just $320,061 — before taxes.
All in all, 1,138,484 tickets were redeemable for some amount of cash, mostly just a buck or two.
Still, it is always worth checking to see if yours was one of them. See if your ticket matches these numbers, drawn at 10:59 pm Tuesday night in Atlanta, Georgia.
4 — 39 — 46 — 47 — 70 Mega Ball 13
The $38 million Mega Millions jackpot up for grabs on Saturday will come to $21.4 million for a winner who chooses to take the whole Mega Millions prize in one cash payment, rather divided into than annual payments for the next 30 years.
Just as Hilary Duff is ready to record music again, is she also ready to let a man back into her life? And not just any man – her husband? Hilary and estranged husband Mike Comrie spent the weekend together at California’s Coachella music festival, and appeared much closer than two people who are supposedly “separated.”
Their chill, sun-filled day at Coachella came after an afternoon spent together in Beverly Hills where the couple shopped for Coachella gear; Hilary proudly showed off her bag purchase on Twitter. (Who was watching 2-year-old son Luca while the parents were out? Grandma, according to Twitter, and had a ball doing so):
I think this means luc and grandmom had fun this weekend. pic.twitter.com/Dw1xSCCTi2
— Hilary Duff (@HilaryDuff) April 14, 2014
So with the weekend toddler free, does this mean romance has been rekindled for Hilary and Mike? Not so fast, a source tells Us Weekly. “They are still separated but very good friends. They are at Coachella this weekend, which is sure to fan the flames, but they aren’t a couple. It’s just not true – they remain separated.”
Though they claim separation, neither Duff nor Comrie have filed the proper documents to make their split legal – perhaps there’s hesitance on both ends? News of their separation came only four months ago, and after three years of marriage. Just in February, Duff and hubby were spotted in the Bahamas with son Luca on what Hilary called their “Modern Family vacation.” Their split was due to what US Weekly called a “lack of effort” on Comrie’s part, after he failed to work on any of the issues brought up when the two attended counseling. Perhaps now Comrie’s finally stepping up? In any case, all the alone time this weekend is a good sign for a possible union in the future.
There’s also more for Hilary to look forward to than romance – soon, we’ll see her back on our television screens! TV Land announced on Monday that they’ve ordered 12 episodes of Duff’s new show Younger. The sitcom follows Liza, a newly single 40-year-old struggling with re-entering the workplace. With the help of a makeover, she poses as 26 and lands a job as an assistant at a publishing house – and makes fast friends with Kelsey, played by Hilary Duff (who has no idea Liza is actually 40!) Great to see Hilary making a return to acting, singing and perhaps, her love life.
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Kirsten Dunst’s stance on gender roles is driving some self-described feminists up the wall. But do many women agree with her?
In a related report by The Inquisitr, one of our own female writers agrees that Kirsten Dunst is allowed to like her knights in shining armor.
After speaking to Harper’s Bazaar UK, Dunst drew some criticism for these comments:
“I feel like the feminine has been a little undervalued. We all have to get our own jobs and make our own money, but staying at home, nurturing, being the mother, cooking — it’s a valuable thing my mum created. And sometimes, you need your knight in shining armour. I’m sorry. You need a man to be a man and a woman to be a woman. That’s why relationships work.”
Erin Gloria Ryan of Jezebel was quick to throw insults in Dunst’s direction:
“I’m not going to couch this much because Kirsten Dunst is not paid to write gender theory so it shouldn’t surprise anyone that she’s kind of dumb about it, just as I wouldn’t be surprised if Gloria Steinem sucked at convincingly and heartbreakingly playing a mysterious oversexed teen who kills herself in a Sofia Coppola movie.”
But other women like Emily Hulsey of the Independent Journal Review believe the differing politics of conservatives and progressives explains the difference in reaction:
“True equality is a woman living her own life how she chooses in freedom from coercion. Those women who complain of men being domineering and oppressive also tend to be in favor a huge, controlling state. That’s ideologically incoherent.”
Other celebrities and people on Twitter have come out in defense of Kirsten Dunst:
Hi @KirstenDunst: FWIW, NEVER apologize to the mob!
— Adam Baldwin (@AdamBaldwin) April 15, 2014
Oh lay off @kirstendunst you angry shrieking feminist harpies.
— Dana Loesch (@DLoesch) April 15, 2014
Hey @kirstendunst sorry that feminists are mad that you like being a woman & like your man to be manly. Doesn’t seem odd to me.
— Chris Loesch (@ChrisLoesch) April 15, 2014
— Sergio Michel (@SMichelMusic) April 15, 2014
Do you agree with Kirsten Dunst in regards to gender roles and traditional feminism?
Finland, a European country where gay marriage is not yet legal, will become the first country to issue postage stamps featuring strong gay imagery on its postage stamps, when the country commemorates one of its best-known 20th-century artists with a sheet of three postage stamps later this year.
The stamps commemorate the artwork of gay Finland artist Touko Laaksone, widely known by his pseudonym, Tom of Finland, and feature images of what the Finland postal service calls the “strong and confident male figures” that turned up throughout the work of Tom of Finland.
But the images on the stamps, while conveying what the postal service calls the “confident and proud homoeroticism” present in all Tom of Finland drawings, are far less explicit than most of the artist’s work, which frequently depicted nude men with oversized penises in states of high sexual arousal.
According to the Los Angeles-based Tom of Finland Foundation, which is dedicated to preserving and promoting the gay art of Tom of Finland as well as other erotic art, the artist’s creative process would typically consist of “locking himself in his room, stripping naked, and stroking himself with one hand while the other hand created on paper what he could seldom find on the streets.”
But Tom of Finland, who died in Helsinki in 1991 at age 71, is credited with far more than simply creating a portfolio of sexually explicit, homoerotic drawings. The mustached, fetishized “look” he created for his characters influenced generations of gay men, including such iconic gay celebrities as Queen lead singer Freddie Mercury, photographer Robert Mapplethorpe and the gay 1970s disco ensemble The Village People.
Other countries have issued stamps commemorating heroes of gay culture and of the gay rights movement. Next month the United States Postal Service will issue a stamp depicting gay rights pioneer Harvey Milk, the San Francisco activist and Board of Supervisors member who was tragically assassinated by a fellow San Francisco Supervisor in 1978.
In 2012, Britain’s Royal Mail honored World War II mathematician and codebreaker Alan Turing with a stamp.
But the Tom of Finland stamps are believed to be the first time a country’s stamp has featured openly homoerotic artwork — or any kind of erotic artwork.
“It tends to be nude paintings reproduced on stamps, but as far as actual erotic art is concerned, I think this is the first time,” said Dean Shephard, editor of Gibbons Stamp Monthly.
The Tom of Finland stamps are scheduled to be issued in September.
Megan Huntsman, the Utah woman accused of killing six of her newborn babies over the last 10-years, gave birth at home, local police authorities say.
Investigators looking into the case that has gripped headlines around the nation, say that Huntsman did not go to a hospital to give birth to the babies, according to Pleasant Grove Police Captain Mike Roberts, who added they are not certain if she got any help.
On Sunday, Megan Huntsman was arrested and charged with six counts of murder and is being held on $6 million bail — $1 million for each newborn — and is expected to appear in court for her arraignment on Monday.
As to the motive for these hideous crimes, Utah police have their suspicions, however, they are not sharing any details publicly, for now at least.
Huntsman’s estranged husband discovered the remains of one of the infants in her home’s garage this past weekend, he called police and later on the disturbed mother confessed to killing six of her babies, putting them in a plastic bag, strangling them, and then packing them in boxes, which she left in the garage of her Pleasant Grove home over the past decade.
The gruesome killing reportedly took place between 1996 and 2006, with one of the babies being stillborn, according to Huntsman.
Roberts said Megan Huntsman hid her pregnancies — including those of her two daughters — from her husband and didn’t tell relatives until she was in the hospital.
Neighbors have said that they never knew she was pregnant, however, looking back they remember her changing back and forth, from loose fitting to tight fitting clothes.
“So, she apparently knows how to do it,” Roberts said.
But many are questioning how Megan Huntsman’s husband could have not known she was pregnant every year for 10-years and gave birth at home on seven different occasions.
Police do not consider Darren Brad West, 41, a suspect or person of interest in the case, although he is the alleged father of all seven dead babies.
According to Roberts, in his initial statement, West — who has since hired an attorney — said he did not know of any of the seven pregnancies. Police are trying to establish his involvement in the case.
The West family stated on Sunday, they are in a “state of shock and confusion” and that they’re mourning “this tragic loss of life.”
All of Megan Huntsman babies are believed to have been full term and police are not sure how the five-feet, four-inches tall, 105 pounds woman concealed nine different pregnancies, including those of her now 20 and 18-year-old daughters.
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