Wednesday, October 12, 2016

MacBook Pro Recall (Extended Warranty)

My trusty MacBook Pro is 5 years old!  I can't even believe it.  Up until a few months ago, I never experienced an issue with my 'Book.  I mean.. NEVER!!  And that's one of the things I've come to take for granted.

Until around 2008, when I purchased my first, (white--y'all remember those?), MacBook, I'd been using PCs/laptops and boy! are they some faulty pieces of machinery!! Viruses here, there and every damn where!  I guess that is largely due to Windows and those antivirus (McAfee) software, though.  At least that was my conclusion with the last laptop I'd owned, which was around about 10 years ago.  Possibly, things have changed by now.  (For all you Windows people, I truly hope they have.  Talk about a PAIN!)

But, until my Pro failed on me YEARS after it's purchase, I had never before even given thought to the fact that I hadn't experienced (not) a single issue with this machine.  Not one!  And that is why I will most likely always splurge for an Apple computer.  Hopefully, I won't have to make that splurge for many more years to come, but believe me.. When the day comes, I will be replacing with an Apple product.

Plus, as I am about to tell you all about, when something goes wrong, Apple usually acknowledges their fault (if that is the case) and they make it right!  And in a speedy fashion.  I've let you all know about one recall with the iPhone 6 Plus camera's focus mechanism in the Summer of 2015.  Now, let me tell ya about a recall I came across with the 2011/2012 MacBook Pro:

One night I was in bed scrolling through the 'net, per usual, and decided to throw some music in the mix.  A few songs into my Apple Music 90's R&B and Hip Hop Playlist, the screen went funky on me and the music began skipping then froze.  I lost my cursor and just decided to do a Force shut down of the computer.  Upon restart, my MacBook entered into a continuos, non-stop loop of rebooting.  I forced a shut down again and tried to get to the point where I could log in several times, to no avail.

Ultimately, I was able to back up my computer successfully after many days of toying around with machine.  Once that was done, I did a factory reset of the machine.  Wiped it completely bare!  And surprise, freakin' SURPRISE!!.. The rebooting loop persisted.  I was at my wit's end!  I did not want to get rid of my 'Book, but what was I gonna do with a non-working machine?!  I could have sold it, but not nearly for as much money as I would have liked, (which, for me, would have been an amount close to enough for me to purchase a new model).  And otherwise, I'd have to pay a pretty penny to get it fixed... I had a couple hundred for the cause.  Giving up my extra cash to fix a computer wouldn't have been my first choice on how to spend it, but.. You know..

I made an appointment for the Genius Bar; praying they could work some magic within my budget.  And I got quite the surprise!!  The $600+ fix was gonna be on them!  Apparently, some MacBooks manufactured around the year mine was made have an issue with a smoldered part that eventually overheats and causes this malfunction my computer experienced.  I left my computer at Apple on a Saturday morning and it was shipped back to my front door by mid-week.  I think it was a Wednesday.  It arrived before the estimated date; I do know that.

This all happened about 3 months ago.  And I haven't had an issue out of my computer since.

And because I am not that good with all the technicalities, here's info from Mac Rumors regarding the recall:

Apple has extended its MacBook Pro Repair Extension Program for Video Issues until December 31, 2016, or four years from its original date of sale, according to a recently updated support document on its website. The program was previously set to expire next week, on February 27, 2016, or three years from the original date of sale. 

Apple launched the repair program exactly one year ago today to address select 15-inch and 17-inch MacBook Pro models, sold between February 2011 and February 2013, that have problems with distorted video, no video, or unexpected system restarts. Customers can look up their MacBook Pro model using Apple's "Check Coverage" online tool. 

Apple or an Apple Authorized Service Provider will continue to repair affected MacBook Pro models at no charge, and customers who already paid for an authorized repair can contact Apple to arrange reimbursement. Customers can bring their MacBook Pro to an Apple Store or AASP, or mail the notebook to a local Apple Repair Center. 

MacBook Pro video issues impacted a significant number of customers, prompting a class-action lawsuit against against Apple and an online petition with over 40,000 signatures. Affected MacBook Pro models often have visual banding or malfunctions on the screen, particularly when users are watching HD videos or using CPU-intensive software like the Adobe Creative Suite or Final Cut Pro. 

The issues stem from defective Nvidia and AMD GPUs that do not function correctly because of lead-free soldering that causes short circuiting and other problems, according to legal documents. Apple has since launched a similar repair program for late 2013 Mac Pro video issues, which are also related to AMD GPUs. The symptoms are nearly identical, including distorted video and system instability.

I understand that it took a class action lawsuit and all to get the ball rolling for Apple to acknowledge and correct, but y'all know your fave Windows device WOULD NEV'AH!!

Honestly.  How many laptops and PC's have y'all trashed in the last 5 years?  When them things go up.. That's it.  And never mind the price point.  Yeah, you can buy 2-3 laptops over the course of 5-6 years and maybe still not be at the cost of a MacBook, but why sacrifice the headache of an inconsistent experience (or just a constant horrible experience with every use) and regular repairs and replacements on your dime??

I recommend MacBook all day long.

If your 'Book has been acting weird on you, Check Coverage with this link and/or visit your local Apple store to see if your issue falls under this particular free repair.

Galaxy Note 7 Replacement Phones Catch Fire (As Well). Samsung Decides to Scrap Phone.

Shortly before the public release of Apple's latest mobile phone rollout of the 7 and 7 Plus, Samsung released a much anticipated Note 7.  At that time, I personally know a couple of iPhone owners that was actually considering ditching Apple for Samsung with the release of their new handset... until reports of Samsung's Note 7 spontaneously combusting began to take over the news.

When the story first hit several weeks ago, I thought, "That's rather unfortunate." For both the consumer as well as Samsung, but definitely something the company can recover from.  

Unfortunately, it looks as though my latter thought holds little truth; as Samsung has decided to scrap the Note 7 completely following reports of replacement phones also catching fire.  Immediately, what will those that had either already purchased or was thinking about purchasing the Samsung Note 7 do?  I'm guessing that trust in the brand (in the cell phone arena) will plummet.  As a result consumers (both loyal as well as new) will likely decide to seek the latest handsets elsewhere.

According to Bloomberg:

Samsung Electronics Co. is ending production of its problematic Galaxy Note 7 smartphones, taking the drastic step of killing off a device that became a major headache for South Korea’s largest company.
Samsung had already recalled the Note 7 once last month after early models exploded and the latest move comes after customers reported that replacement phones were also catching fire. Samsung will be without its highest-end smartphone that was supposed to compete against Apple Inc.’s iPhones and other premium devices during the holiday shopping season.
“Samsung needs to act swiftly and move on to protect their brand image,” said Mark Newman, an analyst with Sanford C. Bernstein in Hong Kong.
Samsung Electronics shares fell 8 percent in Seoul Tuesday, wiping out about $17 billion of market value, before the Note 7 termination was announced. The stock dropped further in London trading after the news, sliding as much as 9.9 percent.
The company has not said how many new or replacement phones will be affected by the latest announcement. Analysts estimated the original recall would cost between $1 billion and $2 billion, but that figure will now certainly rise. Chung Chang Won, an analyst at Nomura Holdings Inc., estimated in a research note before the company’s announcement the worst-case scenario of Samsung terminating the Note 7 would cost the company about $5 billion in operating profit through 2017.
Samsung had asked for a halt to Note 7 sales earlier on Tuesday under pressure from regulators and wireless operators that sell its phones. Consumers had reported problems with supposedly safe phones in the U.S. and China, and carriers such as AT&T Inc. and Australia’s Telstra Corp. halted sales. In one case, a Southwest Airlines Co. flight from Louisville, Kentucky, was evacuated because a replacement Note 7 began dispersing smoke and burned carpet flooring.
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission warned users not to use the Note 7 due to concerns over more incidents of overheating. The Korea Agency for Technology and Standards also asked Samsung to stop selling or exchanging the Note 7 after the regulator confirmed possible defects in the new phones.
The Note 7 debuted to rave reviews in August, but the plaudits turned to criticism within weeks as phones exploded and images of charred handsets began appearing on social media. Samsung announced the first recall in Korea on Sept. 2, calling back the initial shipment of 2.5 million phones and then replacing them with what it said were safe devices. The flaw, it explained, was with the primary battery supplier, which a person familiar with the matter identified as affiliate Samsung SDI Co. All new phones would have batteries from another manufacturer.

Saturday, October 8, 2016

Two American Sisters Found Dead in Seychelles

Facebook pictures posted just days before the bodies of Annie and Robin Korkki were found in their hotel room show the sisters, ages 37 and 42, respectively, enjoying life, surrounded by paradisiacal scenery.

According to the Seychelles Nation newspaper, the two women were found unresponsive in their room at the Maia Luxury Resort on September 22, 2016.  Local authorities found no indications of trauma on their bodies.  And the cause of the deaths has been determined to be acute pulmonary edema.

Those that suffer pulmonary edema find it difficult to breathe due to excess fluid in the lungs.  Mayo Clinic suggests that issues with the heart is the primary cause for this condition, though pneumonia, exposure to toxins, medication, trauma, and even exercise could be culprits as well.

Acute pulmonary edema strikes suddenly and must be treated immediately with supplemental oxygen and medication to avoid succumbing to the condition.

This is quite a tragic story with seemingly no concrete answers as of yet.

From The Epoch Times:

Items of interest found in the Korkkis’ room includes alcohol and different types of medications,” Toussaint told the news outlet. “No illegal drugs were found in the sisters’ room.”
Annie, 37, and her sister Robin, 42, traveled to Seychelles, an island located more than 900 miles off Africa’s east coast in the Indian Ocean on Sept. 15 and were scheduled to leave on Sept. 24, they had extended their trip. 
The pair were found unresponsive in their villa at the Maia Luxury Resort and Spa on Sept. 22. A butler assigned to their room contacted authorities after he noticed no movement in their room during the entire day. The sisters had been drinking on Wednesday—and it would be the last time anyone would see them alive.
Autopsies determined that the two Minnesota natives died from acute pulmonary edema. Their bodies showed no visible signs of trauma. Dr. Patrick Lank, a Northwestern Medicine assistant professor of emergency medicine in Chicago said many factors can contribute to an acute pulmonary edema.
“Two people at the same time is odd,” Lank said. “It suggests more of a toxicologic or environmental cause, or a potential infection if they’re traveling together.”
The sudden deaths of the sisters have shocked the Korkki family who have said they haven’t been given many details about the deaths of their loved ones. 
“At this point, the only details we know are the articles flying around online,” brother Chris Korkki told the Minnesota Star-Tribune. “My mom has been talking with people from the U.S. Embassy. I don’t think they’ve provided her with any information.”
He added, “Two things keep going through my mind: This isn’t happening, and we just want answers.”

Mother Charged $39.95 to Hold Her Newborn After Delivery

When the parents of a precious little newborn child received their hospital bill for the baby's delivery they noticed a small, but odd fee of $39.95 for a service labeled "Skin to Skin After Sec[tion]" aka "Mother holding her child after delivery".

Picture of the bill posted on

It's a known fact that any service at a hospital comes with extreme, and oftentimes unnecessary costs. 2 Ibuprofens can run you 50X the cost that it would from a drugstore.  And I get it; hospitals have huge overhead costs and profits must be made (especially when your talking about the American Healthcare system, right?), but a charge to hold your child?!!  Your baby.  The tiny, little person that  you and your partner created and that lived inside of you for the better part of a year.  There is a charge for you to hold that person??  

This is too ridiculous.

Monday, May 2, 2016

Makeup Review: Estée Lauder Double Wear Foundation in Rich Cocoa

I have been using NARS's Sheer Glow foundation in Benares for (about) the past 2 years.  And I love it!  I'm a chocolate girl.  Benares has a chocolate undertone.  And that makes all the sense in the world for my complexion.  Prior to NARS I had given another popular brand a try and it just was not for me.  The makeup was comprised of either a red undertone or a yellow undertone.  And that was it.  (But what about the people that don't match with either of those two options???!)

Though I am happy with my NARS foundation, I'm starting to get low (Yes.  After 2 YEARS!--the bottle lasts you.) and have decided to try out some other brands in the market.

The first stop was Estée Lauder.  A representative for the counter in a local department store raved about the how well the makeup matches for brown (darker) complexions.  This rep's makeup was flawlessly done.  Very natural-looking. Not underdone or overly done; as I oftentimes come across with makeup consultants.  I trusted her suggestion.

The rep blended in a dab of the Double Wear foundation in the color (6C1) Rich Cocoa along my jawline and it blended in perfectly! At the time of visiting the counter my face was already fully made up for the day.  So, I left with a sample to give a full face tryout at a later time.

The very next day I decided to use the Estée Lauder foundation.  And I loved it! The application went  smoothly.  And a dab goes a long way!  The tiny sample bottle I have would probably last several days, I'd expect.  The coverage is good.  I'd say it falls somewhere between a medium to full coverage; leaning closer to full.  And I love the matte finish.  This makeup has a barely there feel.  And true to the brand's claim, it lasts all day!  I worked a 7 hour shift, went out for dinner afterwards and went to see a movie.  Basically, my face had been made up for over 13 hours.  When I came home I was still looking GOOD! No trace of a long day on my face whatsoever!  I barely wanted to clean my face, I was looking so gold at the end of the night!

BUT!!!!! I did clean my face.  And beneath it all, I had broken out.


How could a makeup that did me so right do me so wrong?!!

All over both cheeks and above my top lip, tiny bumps everywhere!  Guess the skin on my forehead is comprised of something else because that is about the only spot that was not affected.  I was in total disbelief! Looking in the mirror throughout the day I had no indication that underneath the makeup had arisen a face full of bumpiness.  Absolutely no clue.  So, that may be another plus for Estée.  Their foundation masks well?? (I guess..)

And my skin isn't sensitive.  Cannot recall the last time that a product caused a breakout for me.  But then again, I've only used the NARS brand for the past two years.  Could just be my skin's reaction to the change and not particularly to the composition of Estée's Double Wear Foundation.

Overall, I think this foundation is awesome!

Unfortunately, for me, my skin doesn't agree.

Picture Source

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Beyoncé Delivers Healing in the Form of Lemonade

On Saturday, April 23rd, Beyoncé surprised the World with the release of her 6th solo album, (excluding her concert and remix albums), Lemonade, on Tidal.   And for those that aren’t Tidal subscribers, but are down with HBO, an hour-plus Special Presentation aired of the visual album.

In pure Queen Bey fashion, Mrs. Carter did not disappoint!…Though the theme of the album comes about as much as a surprise as the album’s existence: It’s all about infidelity.  I mean, ALL.  ABOUT.  INFIDELITY.  (On her husband Jay-Z’s end)

Sure, there’s been rumors since they began dating that Beyoncé was not the only woman Jay’s given his time (amongst other things) to; however, Beyoncé has never addressed this issue head-on, from my knowledge.  Except in a sort-of kinda way with lines like “All that gossiping/10 years/Stop it” from her hit “Countdown”.  But that could, maybe, have been a line directed at rumors of a break-up and not particularly her husband cheating??  Who knows.. It’s always been so (respectably) secretive as far as the inner workings of the Knowles-Carter relationship/marriage.

And I say respectably so, because though Jay-Z and Beyoncé are famous beyond our wildest imagination.  For them to keep a lid on their private lives is 1: An incredibly smart decision and 2: Totally up to them.  Just because we all feel as though we KNOW and LOVE these people, the truth is, we do not REALLY KNOW and LOVE these people and have no right to be privy to their home business.  It’s horrible that stars are not allowed their privacy.  And I can imagine it is extremely difficult to manage to keep anything sacred and for just yourself and those closest to you that genuinely do love you; and you them.  But Bey has decided to let the emotions run with Lemonade.

The best art comes from raw emotion, I believe.  To take a feeling or any sort of idea that is within you and translate that to a real, external medium for which others can then partake and experience and enjoy… That’s one of the best gifts an individual can give to the world.  Now… I’ve read the credits.  There’s a massive amount of writers on this project.  So, maybe Bey didn’t sit down at night after crying about her husband’s Dirt Dog deeds, and pour her heart and red wine onto paper, but I still believe she deserves a lot of credit for this release.

I mean.. the courage alone.  Had she not contributed one single word to the entire album, simply the courage to dedicate an entire album to infidelity, as a married woman.  As Beyoncé!  That’s balls-y.  And it gives many women a sense of (dare I say?..)solidarity with her.  To know that even a beautiful, talented, international star experiences bullshit behind a man.  Feelings of inadequacy, loyalty, protectiveness, being under appreciated, treated as an afterthought, but expected to always be available when needed or wanted… Pure confusion.  And many times pure love; which lends this inexplicable magnetic affinity, to the point that you just can’t walk away.

Lemonade reflects all of this.  I find it to be a truly healing piece of work. 

I have DVR’d the visual art, HBO Special Presentation.  And that thang ain’t going nowhere! Will always be around for my viewing pleasure.  It features original poems by a poet that I was not aware of prior to this work: Warsan Shire.  She’s a pure talent, herself.

If you haven’t had the chance to check out either, you may really like to do so if you are a fan of a few things: Art, Music, Talent, Beyoncé, Emotional Healing and simply a break from the norm.

Beyoncé Dropped Lemonade...

..Summoning me from my hiatus.


Friday, August 28, 2015

iPhone 6 Plus iSight Camera Replacement Program

Last weekend I made an appointment with Apple because my iPhone 6 Plus shots with the rear camera have been blurry for the last few weeks.  All attempts to get the camera to focus were futile.  Nothing worked.  And it really bothered me to no end!!

Apple replaced the camera free of charge (and a 2 hour wait).  And all is well.

Today I just came across an article at iDropNews that says Apple is now openly acknowledging that some iPhone 6 Plus devices have a faulty rear camera and has announced a recall.  If you are experiencing a rear camera that will not focus, click the following link to find out if your Serial Number is eligible for free replacement: iSight Camera Replacement

According to Apple, defective units were sold between September 2014 and January 2015.

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Thursday, August 27, 2015

A Disguised Miley Cyrus Learns What A Few People Think Of Her [Video]

Jimmy Kimmel's latest 'I Witness News' was handled by Miley Cyrus disguised as a reporter named "Janet" that has come to Hollywood Boulevard to find out what people on the street feel about lil Miss Cyrus.

When told by "Janet" that Miley would be hosting the Mtv VMA's, the first guy on camera says, "That's cool, I guess..If you like her..I just don't like her whole family."

And yet another says, "I just like Taylor Swift better."

(Umph. Hard crowd.)

Catch the entire vid below:

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Movie Trailer: The Witch [Horror]

I came across this trailer for 'The Witch', (due to premiere in 2016) and it looks good!!  Check it out:

Banksy's 'DismaLand' Unveiled in The UK [Pictures]

Here's an exhibit I'd LOVE to see first-hand:

Situated on 2.5 acres in Weston Super Mare, Dismaland features the work of 58 artists.  Banksy describes it as a “family theme park unsuitable for small children…a festival of art, amusements and entry-level anarchism.”

If you're in the area, this exhibit will be around until September 27, 2015 and tickets are (reported to be) only $4.70.

(All pictures are from Instagram accounts that do not belong to me)


Thursday, June 4, 2015

The Parents of the Duggar Family Speak on (Josh's) Molestation Scandal

Duggar Family

I shall begin this post with this statement:  I AM NOT FAMILIAR WITH THE DUGGARS!--Not the parents, not the trillion kids they have.. None of 'em.  But they have been plastered all over the news lately since criminal records have been uncovered of their then, 15 year old son, Josh, who molested four of his younger sisters as well as other little girls.  I wasn't going to speak on this at all because I have never watched their show and never even heard of them prior to this recent news revelation, but I came across quotes from the parents' first interview since the shit hit the fan and I am perturbed and freakin' disturbed!!

Josh Duggar
First, the parents are extremely upset that the media even got a hold of their baby Josh's juvenile criminal record, which they say should have been sealed, and from my understanding the local deputy has since destroyed.   Even moreso upset over that than the fact that their teenage son...TEENAGE son.. touched their 5 year old daughter in ANY sexual manner.  And that baffles me.  Even more than the fact that the family downs gays.  Wasn't Josh leading some sort of antigay crusade or something?  (A position he has been stripped of)  But really, who in the hell are y'all to condemn anyone?!!

In this recent interview, the father, Jim Bob, says that Josh came to himself and his wife saying that he was "curious" and had touched his baby sisters over their clothing as they slept.  Supposedly, per the father, Josh confessed to his parents on three separate occasions.  On the third time around they decided that they needed to remove Josh from the home and sent him to Little Rock, AR to stay with a family friend.

From Huffington Post:

“After that third time he came to us is where we really felt like, we have done everything we can as parents…We need to get help," Jim Bob said, adding that their solution was to send Josh to Little Rock, Arkansas to do construction work with a family friend, who was not a licensed counselor.
Jim Bob also noted that, "As parents you aren't mandatory reporters." He pressed that Josh "was still a kid and he was still a juvenile. He wasn't an adult...This wasn't rape or anything like that. This was touching over the clothes."
Both parents admitted they felt guilty after learning Josh's behavior continued, but "the truth is that kids will make their own choices," Jim Bob said.
The Duggars claimed that all their children received professional counseling, including Josh, who Michelle said paid for his own treatment.
When asked if they were worried the treatment didn't work, Jim Bob said, "Josh is a changed person."
Michelle also revealed the family now has "safe guards" in place, including not letting the boys babysit, not letting younger ones sit on older boys' laps, and not playing hide and go seek.
The Duggars attempted to turn things around, claiming that the real injustice is that police records were allegedly illegally obtained, and Josh's sealed juvenile records were exposed.
Sisters Jessa Seewald, 22, and Jill Dillard, 24, (née Duggar) also broke their silence, confirming they were two of the minors whom Josh molested -- though those aren't the term they're using.
"I do want to speak up in his defense against people who are calling him a child molester or a pedophile or a rapist, some people are saying,” Jessa told Kelly in an interview that will air on Friday . “I’m like, ‘That is so overboard and a lie really.’ I mean people get mad at me for saying that, but I can say this because I was one of the victims.”
Because the statute of limitation on this case has expired, Josh can no longer be prosecuted despite his recent confession.
However, In Touch has obtained a new police report from the Washington County Sheriff’s Office that states Josh told his father on three separate occasions that he performed sexual acts on four of his younger sisters and a family friend. The document, which isn't as heavily redacted as previous ones, makes it clear that Josh was 15 at the time he abused a 5-year-old girl and committed at least seven acts of molestation.
In the weeks since the scandal broke, TLC has pulled "19 Kids and Counting" from its schedule, but has yet to make a long-term decision about the fate of the show -- even as more than 20 advertisers have pulled sponsorship from the series.
Imagine how many people probably watched this family and thought to themselves, "I wish my family were more like them...Good, God-fearing family with great kids!"  Just imagine.  And the whole time they weren't what they appeared.  My goodness! Beyond that let's imagine how long this weird teenage boy was manipulating his innocent little sisters!!

Yes, teenagers' hormones rage.  Everyone that has ever been a teenager knows this.  Matter of fact, anyone that has ever lived through any stage of adolescence..even prepubescence, knows the curiosity that goes on.  But as a teenager, who runs to little kids for pleasure??  Around about that age there's experimentation with a girlfriend going on, isn't it?--Oh.. But his Christian family probably frowned upon premarital sex. (Let's not ever forget those good ole values.)

Though it is possible, I'd bet he didn't just start "touching his clothed sisters(and others)" at the age of 15, which would have made the poor girls even younger than 5.  WOW!  But, I guess they think it's alright because, at least he wasn't touching little boys, huh?

How on Earth can they live with themselves downing the Gays like that??  As if they have any room to get all sanctified on anyone or preference.

This is just horrible.

..And yet another lesson to those that look up to these reality tv families.. Even the Holy Rollers ain't right. (Especially, the Holy Rollers.)

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

iPhone 5C Saved A Man's Life

Actual photo of victim's iPhone (From Cheshire Police)

This past Fall in England, a 25 year old man was shot in the chest with a shotgun after a verbal altercation in front of his home.  Luckily, the iPhone 5C in his pocket took the majority of the blast; saving his life.

From New York Post:

Nineteen-year-old Ryan Duggan has been found guilty of attempted murder after shooting a man in Cheshire County, England.
The victim was walking home at about 8:30 p.m. in October 2014 after taking his dog for a walk. When he came home, he noticed the water at his apartment had been turned off, according to a news release from Cheshire police.
The victim suspected a group outside, which Duggan was a part of, was responsible for turning off the water and went out to speak to them, resulting in a verbal altercation and a chase. During the chase, Duggan pulled out a sawed-off shotgun and fired it at the victim, according to the news release.
The victim fell to the floor after sustaining serious injuries and was taken to Aintree Hospital in serious condition.
But an iPhone in his pocket may be the reason he survived.
“Fortunately, the victim’s mobile phone took the brunt of the shot and, as a result of this, he survived,” Detective Inspector Gary McIntyre said. “This is remarkable – had that phone not been in his pocket at that time, he would undoubtedly have died.”
Duggan was charged and arrested on Nov. 25, 2014.

Daughter Steals Her Mother's Lottery Winnings--Mother Sues

Linza Ford, 2012 

In 2012, Barbara Quiles, of Brooklyn, NY was experiencing a major decline in health when she became a millionaire from a $5 scratch off.  Due to her health condition she thought it to be a wise decision to authorize her 19 year old daughter, Linza Ford, to claim the prize for her as well as have access to her winnings.

The mother and daughter created an agreement in which Quiles maintained the title and both would have access to the winnings, which works out to roughly 20 annual payments of $31,152.  All seemed to be going well until 2014, when Quiles' access to the shared bank account purposed for deposit of the winnings was revoked by her daughter.

Reportedly, the mother has made attempts to reason with her daughter and regain access to funds that are rightfully hers, to no avail.  Her daughter has since has left New York City for upstate New York and continues to refuse her mother access to the winnings.  With no other viable options remaining, Quiles has filed a suit against her child.

...If this isn't the most triflin' thing I've heard of..


Former Oklahoma Teacher Sentenced to 10 Years for Molestation

Brian Drabek

Last week a former Oklahoma math and science middle school teacher, 42-year old Brian Drabek, was sentenced to 10 years for molesting a 12 year old student of his.

Drabek gifted the girl an iPad and invited her into his home, where he inappropriately touched her twice.  And in addition to that, he sent the child sexual texts and asked her to lie to her parents about what he subjected her to while in his home.

Brian Drabek, 42, had said during a pre-sentencing investigation that he was in love with the girl and she “fulfilled him” in a way an adult woman could not, the Tulsa World reports.

The former teacher pleaded no contest to five counts of lewd molestation, according to Fox 23. Drabek told the court that when the incidents occurred, he was suffering from depression and the girl provided emotional support.
Though Drabek cried on the stand and repeatedly apologized for his actions, prosecutor McAmis argued that the “only remorse” he had was “for himself.” The attorney read a victim impact statement written by the student’s mother, who wrote, "I thought [teachers] were there to teach, not destroy lives.” 
District Judge James Caputo sentenced Drabek to 10 years in prison followed by 10 years of probation.

Why would a 12 year old girl's parents ever allow her to visit her teacher's home unaccompanied by a parent?!  And if they just totally were unaware, period, that their kid was going to this man's house, that's an even bigger problem.