Alzheimer’s patient lived with dead husband for weeks

Last week we learned the disturbing tale of a woman whose death in her home was not discovered for 6 years.

Today, news out of Alabama is that a woman suffering from Alzheimer’s lived in a home with her deceased husband for a month.

Family and friends had not heard from Jessie Claude Kirby, 75, and Doris Kirby, 78, for several months, and asked Decatur, Ala., police to check up on them. Decatur is in north Alabama near Huntsville.

Doris did not open the door for police, but officers were able to peer into the home’s windows and see the body of Jessie on a bed.

Police entered the home and found Doris in poor health. The bodies of two dogs, which may have starved to death, were also found.

The local coroner said Jessie died of natural causes and foul play is not expected.

Doris Kirby was hospitalized.

The world is a big place, and these two cases probably are not indicative of a trend, but someone needs to devise a better method of checking up on seniors and those who live …

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Woman’s death unnoticed for 6 years

Police said in the 6 years since the woman's death, it was never broken into. (MCT photo)

Police tape surrounds the house on Savanna Drive, March 6, 2014, where a woman in her 40's was found dead in the back seat of her SUV in her garage in Pontiac, Mich., where she may have been there as long as six years. (Ryan Garza/Detroit Free Press/MCT)

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 …

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Study: Free birth control decreases sex partners

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:

  • 3.3 percent said they had more than one partner at the end of the study, down from 5.2 percent at the beginning of the study.
  • 16 percent of participants increased the number of sex partners, usually from zero to one.
  • Intercourse rates increased from 4 times per month to 6.
  • At the beginning of the study, 5 percent said they were virgins. At the end of the study, about half of the 5 percent reported having sex.
  • STD rates remained the same.
  • Earlier …

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‘Upskirt’ photos legal, says Mass. high court

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 …

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Alleged ‘purple hash’ smoker forces Southwest flight to land

Sheron Lamar Rogers was booted from a Southwest flight for demanding wine and flashing gangs signs for Jesus. (Multnomah County Jail)

Sheron Lamar Rogers was booted from a Southwest flight for demanding wine and flashing gangs signs for Jesus. (Multnomah County Jail)

“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.

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Duke student reveals porn name

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 sue their parents for tuition and lose.

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.

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Brother, sister face meth, incest charges

Cameron Beck and Charlene Ellet are being held on meth and incest charges in Texas. (Montgomery County Jail)

Cameron Beck and Charlene Ellet are being held on meth and incest charges in Texas. (Montgomery County Jail)

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 …

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How much marijuana should a state smoke?

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 …

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Study: Global warming to increase violent crime

Low temperatures may not reduce the risk of clothing theft, according to this picture. (AP photo for unrelated story)

Low temperatures may not reduce the risk of clothing theft, according to this picture. (AP photo for unrelated story)

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:

  • 22,000 more murders
  • 180,000 more rapes
  • 1.2 million more aggravated assaults
  • 2.3 million more simple assaults
  • 260,000 more robberies
  • 1.3 million more burglaries
  • 580,000 more vehicle thefts

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 …

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Report: Parrot solves owner’s murder

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 …

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