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sugarplum892 added a topic in current eventsTaco Bell fires worker for insulting police officerA Taco Bell in Newton, Kan., fired a restaurant worker who wrote a derogatory term on an order made by a police officer and his fiancée.
The employee wrote "PIG" on the takeout orders for the pair on Saturday. The officer complained to the manager on duty at the restaurant and pictures of the taco wrappers spread on social media.
The Newton Police Department wrote Sunday on Facebook, "We understand the incident was the action of an individual, and do not hold ill will to Taco Bell or any of its employees (even the individual who wrote the message). We look forward to a long partnership with this local business, and sincerely hope this negative experience can be a catalyst for positive change."
Jeff Graves, senior director of operations for Taco Bell, said the worker was fired, according to KAKE-TV.
"We do not share the same belief or view as the employee whatsoever," Graves told KAKE-TV. "Our company, Taco Bell, has always been pro-law enforcement, military. We've always supported the police in our community. Many of our restaurants give police discounts when they come in and eat."
Graves told KAKE-TV that he reached out to the police officer and apologized to him and all Newton Police officers.
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sugarplum892 added a topic in current eventsGroom ‘Sues New Wife For Fraud’ After Seeing Her Without Make Up For First TimeA man who saw his new wife for the first time without make up is reportedly SUING her for trauma, after being shocked at her appearance.
The unnamed couple had just got married in Algeria and after spending the night together, the husband woke up to find his wife bare faced.
But rather than admire her natural beauty, instead the man REFUSED to believe the woman was his wife, believing her to be a thief.
Finally realising that this was in fact the woman he loved, the man is now allegedly suing her for fraud and “psychological suffering”.
A source told Emirates 247: “He said he was deceived by her as she used to fill up her face with make up before their marriage.
“He said she looked very beautiful and attractive before marriage, but when he woke up in the morning and found that she had washed the make-up off her face, he was frightened as he thought she was a thief.”
The price of the husband’s “suffering” is £13,000.
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sugarplum892 added a topic in current eventsFBI: Suspect in Montana shooting says victim laughed at himHELENA, Mont. (AP) — An 18-year-old Wyoming man accused of robbing and shooting three members of a family after asking for roadside help told investigators he opened fire after one of the victims laughed at him, an FBI agent said in a court filing Thursday.
Jason Shane, 51, and Tana Shane, 47, died in the Wednesday shooting in the small town of Pryor, FBI spokesman Todd Palmer told The Associated Press. Their daughter, 26-year-old Jorah Shane, was shot in the back when she tried to run away, and she is recovering in a Billings hospital, the woman's aunt, Ada Shane, said.
The statement by Special Agent Larry McGrail II was filed in U.S. District Court seeking a murder warrant for Jesus Deniz, also known as Jesus Deniz Mendoza, of Worland, Wyoming.
Two FBI agents interviewed Deniz on Wednesday, and Deniz acknowledged shooting three people with a .22 caliber rifle and then driving away in their car, McGrail's statement said.
"Deniz told the interviewing agents that he shot the victims because he was getting tired of waiting around, and because the daughter had laughed at him," the statement said.
Deniz is being held in Park County, Wyoming, after police arrested him near Meeteetse, about 120 miles away from Pryor. A judge's signed warrant would begin the process of returning Deniz to Montana to face charges in the killing.
U.S. Magistrate Judge Carolyn Ostby scheduled an initial court appearance for Deniz on Friday.
Jorah Shane recounted to her relatives the events leading to the shooting. Her mother, Tana Shane, drove by a young man parked on the side of the road who told her he had run out of fuel, Ada Shane said.
"He's only 18, and he looked like an innocent boy," Ada Shane said. "Both my brother and sister-in-law have big hearts."
Tana Shane went by her house, picked up her husband and daughter, and they drove back to the stranded car, Ada Shane said. The man pulled a gun and held it to the temple of 51-year-old Jason Shane.
He ordered the father to stop the car and told everybody to get out, Ada Shane said. He told the family to give him their money, but the family said they had only change because they recently returned from a religious revival in Window Rock, Arizona.
The man told the family to start walking. Tana Shane told her daughter in their Native American language to run. Jorah Shane told her aunt that she heard a shot, started running then heard bullets whizzing by her head. She fell, heard another shot, and started running again toward a church just as a car was pulling out.
She ran to the car, and the frightened driver leaped out, Ada Shane said. Jorah Shane jumped in the driver's seat and drove to her house with the shooter still firing at her, the aunt said.
McGrail's statement largely confirmed the account by Ada Shane, though it did not name the victims and it said the driver who stopped near the church got out of the car to check on the woman's parents.
Jorah Shane was later hospitalized. A bullet had grazed her head and she had a gunshot wound to the back. She didn't know as of Thursday that her parents had been killed in the shooting, Ada Shane said.
"Last night before she went in, she told everyone to go look for her mom, she's hiding in the field," Ada Shane said.
The aunt said relatives have kept the hospital room's television off and she doesn't know how they will break the news to her.
Palmer, the FBI spokesman, declined to identify Jorah Shane as the wounded person, saying the FBI does not provide information about potential witnesses.
It is not clear whether Deniz has an attorney. Park County court officials said a hearing had not been set for Deniz.
Messages left on two phone numbers listed under Deniz's name were not returned.
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sugarplum892 added a topic in current eventsFlorida man, convicted of murder at age 12, released 16 years onORLANDO, Fla. (Reuters) - A Florida man who was called the nation's youngest convicted murderer at age 12 walked out of prison on Tuesday morning after serving almost 16 years behind bars.
Curtis Jones, 29, completed his sentence at the medium security South Bay Correctional Institution in South Florida, according to records in the state Department of Corrections.
Jones was convicted in 1999 of second-degree murder in Brevard County and sentenced to 18 years in the shooting of his father's girlfriend, Sonya Speight.
He and his older sister, Catherine, who also was convicted, claimed they had been sexually abused by a male relative in the house. But they were not believed even after child welfare investigators found evidence of abuse, the local Florida Today newspaper reported.
The two children intended to also kill their father and the male relative but panicked.
The newspaper said Jones became the nation's youngest convicted murderer when he and Catherine entered guilty pleas in a deal to spare them potential life sentences.
Catherine Jones, now 30, is set to be released on Saturday from the female annex of Lowell Correctional Institution in Ocala, according to state prison records.
Jones' lawyer, Alan Landman of Melbourne, did not immediately return a call for comment. He previously told the local Florida Today newspaper that neither he nor Curtis Jones would make a statement.
State records indicate Jones planned upon release to move to an apartment in Titusville. Florida Today reported that he has become an ordained minister.
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sugarplum892 added a topic in current eventsLegal Battle Erupts Between Surrogate Mom and Gay Dads
Two dads who had hoped to bring a baby daughter home to Spain from Thailand after she was born there via surrogate six months ago have instead been stranded in Bangkok with her ever since, as the birth mom has changed her mind. Now the fates of the American biological father, Gordon “Bud” Lake, his Spanish husband, Manuel Santos, the surrogate mom, Patidta Kusolsang, and baby Carmen are in the hands of a Thai court, where the men plan to file a petition on Thursday for permission to leave the country with their baby.
The dads, who live in Valencia, believe Kusolsang changed her mind because she found out that they are gay.
“For the last six months, we have been stuck in Thailand, faced with the possibility of losing our jobs and our house back in the U.S. because we cannot leave. If we leave, we risk the greatest loss of all — our beautiful baby daughter, Carmen,” they write on a crowdfunding page for their legal expenses (which has brought in nearly $30,000 so far), noting on Facebook that they have already wiped out their savings on housing, school for their 2-year-old son (who is with them in Thailand), visa renewals, and food. “All this because our surrogate doesn’t want Carmen to be raised by gay parents, and the law that should give me full parental powers excludes me from obtaining them because I am gay.”
Lake, who did not respond right away to a request for comment from Yahoo Parenting, further explains that when Kusolsang met Santos three days after the birth, she refused to sign the documents for Carmen’s passport and then pressed charges for child abduction.
On Facebook, Lake explains their process for choosing Kusolsang — who was a gestational surrogate, meaning her eggs were not used in the process. “We thought everything went perfectly during my visit to Bangkok. We hired what seemed to be a reputable agency to organize the surrogacy, New Life Thailand. We chose an egg donor, I left my samples for the IVF, and we liked the profile of the surrogate who the agency suggested. She was from a middle-class family with two sisters, a daughter, a professional job, and what seemed to be a good support structure.”
Thailand recently outlawed surrogacy for profit (while Carmen was in utero) because of a series of scandals, and a ban will go into effect at the end of the month. A temporary provision may allow the men to leave the country with Carmen, although it defines intended parents as “husband and wife,” according to Lake’s Facebook and Fundly pages. Also, in Thailand, the woman who gives birth to a baby has all legal rights to that baby and must grant her approval before any intended parents take the baby out of the country.
Kusolsang has denied that the sexual orientation of the men is the reason why she changed her mind. “I miss her every day,” she told CNN through an interpreter. “You see how cruel the world today. And I just don’t know what they are going to do with my baby.” She then explained that she had actually changed her mind earlier, after not being able to obtain details about the intended parents, and has said she would return the couple’s money in exchange for the baby.
The men, however, do not intend on leaving Thailand without their daughter. “In our mind there is not a possibility that we can lose Carmen,” Lake told CNN. “She is our daughter, and our daughter belongs with us.”
The fight over Carmen has turned into an ugly he said, she said in the Thai media and has drawn many online supporters for the dads (more than 75,000 of whom have signed a Change.org petition), stirring a dialogue that has turned nasty at times. “Of course the surrogate mother is a delusional psychopath and she has no biological relation to baby Carmen,” writes one Facebook commenter, Tosapit Jingjo Phadetpai of New York. “Guess what, she is NOT Carmen’s mother she is just a mutually agreed business transaction, scientifically, the closer thing to a mother for baby Carmen is the anonymous egg donor.” Supportive tweets for the dads have included, “Patidda said they are human trafficking? Screw you!”
Jennifer Lahl, an anti-surrogacy advocate who is president of the nonprofit Center for Bioethics and Culture Network, is not surprised at the public tone of the case. “How do you go against that powerful narrative of people who want to be parents? Surrogacy is a global billion-dollar industry,” she tells Yahoo Parenting. “[Public] sympathies are going to be with this family who desperately wants a child — not with this woman who made an agreement and changed her mind and is now ‘ruining their lives.’” In most surrogacy cases, she says, “Everybody wants the woman to disappear,” and choosing foreign surrogate makes that whole idea seem easier — as well as cheaper — and is why the option is often a draw for Americans.
But the battle over Carmen, Lahl says, is an example of why the practice of surrogacy should be ended altogether — the battle cry of her newly launched global campaign, Stop Surrogacy Now, which so far has support from 16 organizations in 18 countries. Her reasoning, she says, is based on the “hardline feminist view that we shouldn’t be using women’s bodies,” which applies to all.
“This isn’t about how gay people shouldn’t be parents through surrogacy — this is about how nobody should,” says Lahl, a former nurse and maker of the documentary “Breeders: A Subclass of Women?” She says the commonly heard explanation from parents who use surrogates is, “She needed the money, we needed the baby, we helped each other.” But, she continues, “The only reason she’s helping you is that she needs the money.” Regarding gestational surrogates, Lahl adds, “I don’t care that she didn’t contribute genetically — we can’t diminish the bodily contribution over the genetic contribution, because this baby wouldn’t be here without her.” Regarding the egg donor and others like her, she notes, “While most believe they are helping people, it’s important to know that she could help create a nightmare.”
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sugarplum892 added a topic in Hong Kong[Upcoming Hong Kong Drama 2015] The Fixer 拆局專家
Chinese Title:拆局專家 / Cak Guk Zyun Ga
English Title: The Fixer
Genre: Action, Crime, Modern, Mystery
Producer: Poon Ka Tak
Broadcast Period: August 10, 2015
Chin Ka Lok
The Fixer tells the story about a group of crisis experts, calling themselves “the fixers”, and how they solve intricate problems with the help of the police and the underground.
When the cops, the lawyers, or the triads come across problems they can’t fix, they will call upon a team of misfits—“the fixers”—an underground band of experts who work together to solve unsolvable cases. This team is led by the crafty Szeto Sam Ping (Chin Ka Lok 錢嘉樂), and together with legal consultant Lui Lui (Mandy Wong 黃智雯), talented hacker Mak Ping On (Tracy Chu 朱千雪), flirty thief Chan Dai Man (Timmy Hung 洪天明), and former government official Bak Shun (Henry Lo 魯振順), the fixers take extreme, often illegal measures to help their clients solve their problems.
Under Sam Ping’s lead, the team is unstoppable. But when Sam Ping reunites with his younger half-brother, OCTB sergeant Mak Hang Chik (Benjamin Yuen袁偉豪), who he hasn’t seen in many years, Sam Ping learns that his mother, Chu Fung Yee (Gigi Wong 黃淑儀), is gravely ill with dementia. To make up for the lost years, Sam Ping tries to fix the estrangement with his family.
A mysterious man shows up and exposes Sam Ping’s team, putting them all in danger. His own brother turning against him, Sam Ping is being hunted by both sides of the spectrum. He is trapped with a problem that he can’t fix.
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