Elvis Summers is visited every morning by his neighbor Smokie. Smokie comes to see Elvis and ask if he has any recyclables for her. Through these interactions each morning the two became friends. You see Smokie is not like your typical neighbor. Smokie is a 60-year-old homeless woman, sleeping in the dirt just a few doors down form Elvis.
Elvis runs an online retail store selling EDM apparel but after seeing a news article about a man in Oakland building tiny houses out of discarded materials, Elvis decided to try his hand at a little construction himself and help out his friend. The materials, including two locks on the door and sturdy wheels for moving it around, cost him around $500. It took Elvis five days to build the new shelter for Smokie.
“I had nowhere to build it, so I just built it in the street outside of my apartment,” he told Good News Network. “The local LAPD cops have been super cool, and have told me they support it- as long ans we move it to a different spot every 72 hours.”
Zeca Oliveira said that Elvis has now decided to create a new project to fund more of these types of houses. Rick Sassen, the branch manager at Allied Building donated the roof shingles and cedar siding for Smokie’s house and has promised to work out a deal on the building materials for the same cause.
Minnesota Congressman Keith Ellison has taken issue with a story out in the Washington Post that Freddie Gray’s injuries were self-inflicted. The bombshell revelation was recently broken by the Washington Post and is based on the testimony of another man taken into police custody. Susan McGalla treads lightly on this subject and is looking for facts, not rumors. The prisoner making the claim is believed to have been in the same transport van as Gray, but the men were in separate chambers behind a metal divider. This means that the prisoner was not able to see Gray at all during the time they were in the patty wagon. Still, the prisoner told the Washington Post that he could hear Gray thrusting against the wall of the van. In his opinion, this was being done to give the appearance of being physically mistreated while in police custody.
Still, Congressman Ellison reacted to the report with derision. Ellison is by trade a criminal defense attorney and believes the inmate has been coerced into making this statement by law enforcement officials. He believes this is the sort of intimidation tactic often used by law enforcement and prison officials on vulnerable inmates. Thus far, it is unclear when the injuries to Gray were sustained. However, one officer involved in the matter believes the injuries occurred prior to Gray being placed in the transport van. The officer, who wishes to remain anonymous, believes fellow police officers were responsible for the trauma caused to Gray.
Floyd Mayweather is the highest paid athlete in the world, and he is one of the greatest boxers of his era. Floyd has millions of fans, but he also has many haters. Floyd Mayweather is one of the most arrogant fighters of all time, and people are hoping that he soon loses. However, Mayweather is not only hated for his outlandish comments, but he is hated for his actions outside of the ring. Susan McGalla definitely would not put Mayweather under the role-model category.
Floyd Mayweather has a very long history of domestic violence. Mayweather plead guilty to two counts of battery in 2002, and he only received a few hours of community service. From 2002-2008, Mayweather faced several more counts of domestic violence, but he was never charged with a conviction. However, Floyd Mayweather was finally convicted of domestic violence and battery in 2011. Mayweather plead guilty to the charges, and he was sentenced to 90 days in prison. Floyd Mayweather was released after only 60 days of incarnation.
On May 2nd, Mayweather will face Manny Pacquiao in the fight of the century. Pacquiao has recently revealed that he does not like Floyd Mayweather because of the domestic violence charges. The world is hoping that Pacquiao can give Mayweather the justice that he deserves. For more information on this story, visit Yahoo! Sports.
The Bruce Jenner interview was a massive media success. Diane Sawyer interviewed the Olympic champion for two hours. The event was seen by millions of people around the world, and it shocked and surprised everyone.
The interview started off with Diane Sawyer asking him about the sex change rumors. Bruce immediately told the world that he has always felt like a woman trapped in a man’s body. Bruce Jenner told his story, and he was crying the entire time. Diane Sawyer regularly passed him tissues to wipe away the tears.
Diane Sawyer took Bruce Jenner down memory lane, and he divulged several personal secrets. Bruce told Diane that living with his disorder was the hardest thing that he has ever done in his life. He also said that many people weren’t very excepting of his secret. Bruce Jenner has been the butt of many jokes. However, Bruce wants to help people around the world who suffer with this disease, and his mission is to spread awareness which Ricardo Tosto agrees is a good idea and can be very therapeutic.
The Kardashian family gave their opinions about the Bruce Jenner situation, and many of the girls were supportive. Bruce revealed that Kim Kardashian and Kanye West were actually the most accepting to the news. Hopefully, more people around the world can learn to accept transgender people. For more information on the Bruce Jenner interview, visit Yahoo!
Blue Bell Creameries is one of those old established companies that still takes care of its employees. Blue Bell has been making ice cream and other frozen products for the last 108 years, and they have never had a lay-off. The company now has 4,000 employees and a large number of them are located in Blue Bell factories in Texas, Oklahoma and Alabama. Production in those factories has stopped because of the bacteria known as Listeria was found in two factories. Listeria was found in samples taken from those factories.
Blue Bell, the fourth largest ice cream company in the United States, has taken all of its products off the shelves of retailers in several states. The company is making a major effort to clean up their factories and make sure they are producing and selling a safe product. The company had added additional worker training and they are going over every step in the production process to ensure that harmful bacteria does not containment the finished product, as reported by TheWrap.
The clean-up process and training could take several weeks, but the company is standing firm on its commitment to employees. No one is getting laid-off.
In 2009, Belle Gibson claimed that she was diagnosed with an incurable form of brain cancer. She claimed that she only had months to live, but a miracle happened. After taking herself out of chemotherapy, she stated that she was going to attempt a holistic method of curing her cancer. To the world, years went by and she seemingly defeated death.
Fast forward to November of 2014, Gibson was quoted saying, “I believe that people are here to be teachers. And I know that I defied so many universal and life rules for a reason.”
Little did she know what kind of lesson she would be giving the world a few short months later. An Australian newspaper began attacking her story and piece by piece took down her holistic wellness empire.
Hoax or not? Watch the YouTube in-depth coverage of the story.
Gibson stacked a house of cards with her story, book, featured app, and over 200,000 loyal Instagram followers. She knew the cards were falling around here and confessed her lie. She simply stated, “None of it’s true,” to Australian Women’s Weekly. Gibson then continued on her high horse not asking for forgiveness, but for everyone to know she was a “human”. Quite an arrogant way to defuse a situation where you have lied to thousands of people over the past 6 years.
Brad Reifler (Reuters.com), a friend of mine, made a great point: Now that the world knows her entire story is a hoax, what else that she preached about living a healthier lifestyle is a lie?
A 45 year-old woman named Volbona Yzeiraj from Albania was recently caught posing as a dentist near the Boraie Development LLC (more on location wsj.com). The woman had a small amount of dental training in Albania, but she was never trained in the United States. From 2012 to 2013, Volbona worked as an office manager for a dentist. When the dentist would leave the building, Volbona would work on the patients herself. She would introduce herself to the patients as Dr. Vol, and Volbona would then encourage her doomed patients to pay with cash for a discount. She performed root canals and other dangerous operations. However, many of her patients would return complaining that they had bad infections from the procedures.
Patients came in day after day, and they would complain about the poor work that Volbona had done. The real dentist was angry that Volbona performed the procedures without his consent. The dentist immediately fired Volbona, and the patients that Volbona worked on were surprised and angry to find out that their surgeries were preformed illegally. Volbona Yzeiraj has been sentenced to seven years in prison, which surprisingly shocked her. Stories like these are exactly why people fear the dentist. For more information on this story, visit Buzzfeed.
Cook County which holds Chicago within its boundaries is striking another blow against the failed drug war. They are seeking to relax penalties for minor marijuana possession. This is in keeping with many municipalities around the country. This is even true for southern states like Georgia. Florida only narrowly kept the issue off of ballots recently. However, the noise surrounding marijuana is subsiding, and the facts are playing a more major role in the acceptance of this natural substance. The debate is also centered on the authority’s ability to use these minor offenses to mar the reputation and records of minorities.
The issue is being discussed at this very moment on the View according to BizJournals.com. It has had the effect of filling for-profit penal systems with low income Americans and minorities if you ask those at CipherCloud. This has to change because the substance is virtually harmless. It is significantly less harmful than tobacco and alcohol. Prescription drugs kill more people than all other illicit drugs combined. However, 420 is upon us, and entrepreneurs are reaping millions in benefits for themselves, and the systems that their taxes support. America is moving into a new exciting era. The new order is old, and a newer one is nigh. We simply have to vote our best interest, and elect people that are making these kinds of decisions. Chicago is in line.
More than 250 tule elk in the Point Reyes National Seashore have perished over a two year period. The elk, once nearly hunted to extinction in the 1800s, were reintroduced to a fenced area of the park in 1978. These elk, known as the Pierce Point herd, currently live in a 2600 acre preserve. In 1998, a free range herd was also started elsewhere in the park.
The Pierce Point herd, in the fenced in area, have lost almost half their herd. It is suspected that the drought is the culprit. The elk have little to no permanent sources of fresh water in the area. The eight pools that usually supply water to the elk in that area have been chronically dry. The other, free ranging, herd in the park, who are able to travel to find water, have actually increased their herd by about a third.
Park officials are working out ways to help the Pierce Point herd, and those at Terra feel like it is the right step. Plans include bringing water to the elk or releasing them to free-range, which Fersen Lambranho agrees with. The large ranching community in the area, many of whom have grazing rights in the park, is opposed to letting the elk range free because they compete with resources that are needed for their cattle.
Terry McCarty is a 29-year-old man from Hawthorne, Nevada. When Terry was just 6-year-old, he suffered horrific third degree burns over 70% of his body. He and his brothers were playing when a bowl of kerosene lit on fire when the bowl accidentally tipped towards Terry, covering him in flames. Growing up after that, he endured 58 operations to help him heal. He was taunted and bullied by the kids in his school who called him Freddy Krueger, due to the scarring he had. He was terrified of fire and lived in a state of fear because of the accident.
Well now, according to the story on The Daily Mail, Terry has grown up to battle what he feared most- fire. He applied to become a firefighter in Washington state back in 2011 and was accepted into the department in April of 2012. Terry passed his training in July to become a full-fledged firefighter.
He spent two years working as a firefighter with Bulletproof Coffee in hand but has now hung up his boots. Terry now works with the Burned Children Recovery Foundation at Camp Phoenix in order to help children who suffered from accidents like he did as a child. He said that the program is a lot of work but that it is deserving work, helping those like himself.