It’s always sad when someone dies. It’s even sadder when no one notices.
In Michigan, the death of a woman living alone in Pontiac, a suburb of Detroit, went unnoticed for six years, according to a report from a local TV station.
The woman, who is not being identified by authorities pending notification of family that did not notice she died around 2008, was found in the back seat of a Jeep in the garage.
Was it suicide? Keys were in the ignition, but police say the ignition was in the off position.
Was she trying to stay warm in her vehicle? She was wearing a heavy coat and could have been using the Jeep’s heater and was unaware of carbon monoxide levels.
An autopsy is being performed to determine the 49-year-old woman’s
Take it from a guy who has been picketed; suggesting women be given free birth control is a controversial topic.
Obamacare, which mandates free birth control be provided, has drawn a lot of criticism from religious groups and others who allege it sends a message to teens it’s OK to be promiscuous.
A new study concludes the opposite is true — those given free birth control have fewer partners.
A USA Today article highlights conclusions of the study of almost 8,000 girls and women given free birth control for a year in St. Louis:
If you own a dress shop in Boston, prepare to file for bankruptcy.
The highest court in Massachusetts has ruled “upskirt” photos, the ones taken by perverts when women aren’t looking, are legal.
A Boston Globe article says the law making it illegal for men to surreptitiously stick phones and other image-gathering devices under women’s clothing was overturned Wednesday when “Peeping Tom” charges were dismissed against a man caught snapping pics on Boston’s public transportation.
The ruling by the state’s Supreme Judicial Court was unanimous.
Prosecutors are urging lawmakers, who are currently in session, to write a new law.
“No respectable citizen wants this situation to be allowed to continue,” said Suffolk District Attorney Daniel F. Conley, whose office unsuccessfully prosecuted the criminal voyeurism case against 32-year-old Michael Robertson.
The court ruled that women in public places where security cameras are known to be in use have no “reasonable expectation of
“Purple Haze” and “Purple Rain” are associated with good times.
Purple drank and purple hash? Not so much.
A man who admitted smoking “purple hash,” which I assume is synthetic or laced marijuana, misbehaved so badly aboard a Southwest Airlines flight the jet had to make an emergency landing in Portland Tuesday.
The Oregonian’s lively writeup says the “brouhaha,” a word that contains “ha-ha” but ain’t funny, began when passenger Sheron Lamar Rogers told the flight crew he had a first-class ticket.
Southwest, of course, is famous for cheap flights and NOT having first-class seats on any of its planes.
Once aboard the Seattle-to-Sacramento flight, the 26-year-old refused to stow his luggage, telling the flight crew “I do what I want,” and then proceeded to do just that, according to federal court documents cited by The Oregonian.
In his seat,
Student debt is ruining the U.S. economy.
Many avoid crushing debt by working and going to college at the same time. Some find gigs on campus or venture into the “real world” and work as waiters, bartenders or retail clerks.
Some regularly fly to California to work in the porn industry.
Such is the case for a Duke University freshman who became the center of attention after a male student watching porn realized the woman of his temporary online dreams was a classmate.
Being chivalrous, he contacted the woman and promised to keep her secret. Then he told everyone he knew.
The reaction? Social media death threats, verbal abuse on web forums, and “friends” calling her a slut.
In an attempt to explain her actions to critics, the self-described “porn star” made herself available to the media, including the Duke student newspaper.
Curiously, the newspaper gave her two fake names — “Lauren” for her student persona, “Aurora” for work.
Some forms of drugs and sex remain illegal.
In Texas, a half-brother and sister arrested for meth possession were also slapped with “prohibited sexual conduct” after making out in jail.
The sad tale is chronicled by the Montgomery County (Texas) Police Reporter, and goes something like this:
Charlene Marie Ellet was detained at a Houston-area Wal-Mart for shoplifting. She told police she and her 2-year-old twins were driven to the store by her brother, Cameron Beck, 26.
Police were given consent to search Beck’s car and found a light bulb and “cut pen” containing meth crystals. I guess meth is smoked in light bulbs until LEDs take over completely.
Beck and Ellet admitted to smoking the drug.
Ellet was charged with shoplifting and both were charged with meth possession.
At jail, things got weird when police noticed the two, held in adjoining cells, were making out
The times they are a-changin’, to quote famed marijuana aficionado Bob Dylan.
One need look no further than the nationally televised news program where California Gov. Jerry Brown openly asks “how many people can get stoned and still have a great state or a great nation?”
Good question. With marijuana rapidly becoming more legal everywhere, we may soon find out.
Brown, 75, once known as the “liberal” governor who followed Ronald Reagan, says once the marijuana industry has “advertising and legitimacy” behind it the “tendency to go to extremes” may turn the U.S. into a nation of couch potatoes.
“The world’s pretty dangerous, very competitive. I think we need to stay alert, if not 24 hours a day, more than some of the potheads might be able to put together,” said Brown on NBC’s “Meet the Press.”
Brown may be paranoid.
Alcohol has been legal for decades, and during that time the U.S. has fared pretty well.
During Prohibition (1920-1933), government revenue from taxes tanked and
Global warming isn’t just bad for polar bears.
According to a new study cited in Mother Jones, increased temperatures will cause more violent crime. How many more?
A new study suggests the following increases in the U.S. between 2010 and 2099:
Those numbers represent only a 2 to 3 percent increase, but add up to “a lot of victims” says Matthew Ranson, the study’s author.
Any police officer will tell you more crimes are committed in summer. It’s not all temperature-related though — summer is also when younger criminals have more spare time to enrich themselves at your expense.
Ranson said most crimes increase along with temperatures, but the rate of increase for non-violent
Animals have been helping humans for thousands of years, but can a parrot solve a murder?
According to multiple media reports, the answer is yes.
The Times of India reports newspaper editor Vijay Sharma returned to his home Feb. 20 and found his wife dead. The family dog had also been killed.
Police struggled for a week to get any leads but the husband noticed his wife’s parrot, Hercule, went nuts when his nephew visited the home. The talking bird also began screeching any time someone mentioned the nephew’s name.
Sharma told police in Agra about Hercule’s strange behavior and police picked up the nephew for questioning.
The nephew admitted the crime, telling police he and an accomplice had intended to burglarize the home but he stabbed his aunt and the barking dog to death after they spotted him.
Hercule, the Times of India reports, “watched silently.”
That’s a lovely story, but is it true?
A reader in the comments points out the bird’s name and species is a little too close
Once upon a time, John Rocker was a great pitcher.
Unfortunately, for the former Braves closer and readers of this blog, there’s no such thing as Humor Enhancing Drugs.
A Sports Illustrated blog reports the verbal flamethrower recently got into a war of words on Twitter with a parody account. If you’ve never used Twitter, let me assure you there are plenty of people out there pretending to be something they’re not.
Wednesday, Rocker tweeted a rape joke he thought was funny: “I have a question: if u have sex with a prostitute and refuse to pay is that considered rape or theft?”
The parody account PFTCommenter, which pokes fun at the bad grammar used by commenters on the Pro Football Talk website, picked up the challenge.
“What did ur lawyer say?” PFTCommenter replied.
In the long, unprintable by a family newspaper exchange that followed, “humanity in general” was the biggest loser, writes Sports Illustrated writer Dan Treadway.