Buffalo 4 y/o boy Bryan Allen found living alone with his dead mom Shaleena Hamilton | Examiner.com

A Buffalo, New York Rent-A-Center employee is the hero of the day. Taijuan Littleton said he had an appointment to meet a lady customer. When he went to her house, he discovered a nasty surprise: Shaleena Hamilton was deceased. Did Littleton freak out and run back to Rent-A-Center (as many would)? Well, that would have been a logical kneejerk reaction, but he didn't. Did Taijuan Littleton call the police? Yes, eventually but not after dealing with another small problem. Besides Hamilton's cadaver, Littleton also found her son Bryan Allen, 4, living alone with the body of his dead mom, Shaleena Hamilton. The Associated Press reported Dec. 15 on the startling discovery!  Buffalo 4 y/o Bryan Allen found living alone with dead mom Shaleena Hamilton | Examiner.com

WHO: Antibiotics create superbug antibiotic resistance, post-antibiotic world

 Madonna says "we are living in a material world" but the World Health Organization (WHO) says it's much scarier than that. WHO warns of a horrifying post-antibiotic world. reported the BBC on Nov. 19. Antibiotics misuse has caused global superbug resistance to infection fighting drugs. Sound like something out of Ray Bradbury? Well, this isn't a Twilight Zone sci-fi thriller--it's Earth: 2015 where antibiotics resistance can and is turning common ailments into superbug killers. WHO adds that world-wide misunderstandings about illness and the role of antibiotics is causing this post-antibiotic world.  WHO: Antibiotics create superbug antibiotic resistance, post-antibiotic world | Examiner.com

Parents blame stores for Christmas toy fights, spoiled teens temper tantrums | Examiner.com

Do you want to read some depressing Christmas statistics? Black Friday Christmas spending shot up 13 percent in 2015, reported Biz Report on Nov. 30. But the primary recipients of those gifts--kids--are getting greedier and brattier at the holidays, say their parents. Every Christmas you read about toy fights at stores, outrageous behavior from selfish children and the ridiculous lengths indulgent parents will go to for their spoiled kids. But Christmas 2015 hit new lows for greed, entitlement and audacity. Parents blame stores for Christmas toy fights and for their spoiled teens temper tantrums. Yes, you read that correctly--spoiled teens--61 percent of parents expect Christmas temper tantrums from their 18+ kids over gifts. Parents are not ashamed of this attitude of ingratitude--they believe manufacturers would prevent toy fights if they just made more. Parents blame stores for shorting them and making their spoiled teens make life miserable at Christmas. Talk about natural selection at its best.  Pardon me if this post reads a little ranty--I'm just sickened that any parent would make excuses for such obnoxious behavior from their teens. I'm horrified that parents could find fault with anyone other than themselves for children's greediness. Parents blame stores for Christmas toy fights, spoiled teens temper tantrums | Examiner.com

Skip holiday gift exchanges and donate Christmas presents to needy children

 Random gift exchanges are silly. There is no sense, financial or common, in trading gifts with extended family or people you're not close to. Times are tight and many can't afford frivolous gift exchanges. They don't want to waste money on a meaningless token gift. So here's a plan: skip holiday gift exchanges and donate Christmas presents to needy children.Skip holiday gift exchanges and donate Christmas presents to needy children | Examiner.com

Michigan school made graduation gown color gender neutral for LGBT students

In an effort to avoid offending gay, lesbian and transgender kids, a Michigan school changed its colors. Grand Haven High School in Grand Haven, Michigan made the graduation cap and gown color gender neutral for the school's LGBT students. The school announced the changes to graduating seniors on Oct. 26. An email that went out to parents the same day read: "GHHS is designing a CUSTOM Graduation Gown that ALL seniors will wear. NO LONGER will we have navy gowns and gold gowns."Michigan school made graduation gown color gender neutral for LGBT students | Examiner.com

 

Astros bullpen catcher Javier Bracamonte won Royals fans hearts after ALDS loss | Examiner.com

Call him a baseball player and a gentleman: Astros bullpen catcher Javier Bracamonte, that is. Big League Stew reported Oct. 15 that instead of being a sore loser after the Houston Astros' ALDS loss, Bracamonte won Royals fans hearts. Here's the touching story, but you'd better have your tissues ready because it's a sweet one. So it was a long, grueling last game of the American League Division Series. The Kansas City Royals, playing on their own field, sent the Houston Astros packing, in the taut Game 5. So you would think that the Astros would be all gloom and doom, right?Astros bullpen catcher Javier Bracamonte won Royals fans hearts after ALDS loss | Examiner.com

 

Emotional abuser warning signs: Is your partner a manipulative victimizer?

October 3 is National Boyfriend Day. If you're in a relationship with a loving guy, it's a special day for you. If you're dating an emotional abuser, a day honoring boyfriends is a slap in the face! How can you recognize abusers? They are manipulative victimizers. They trap people in relationships and then punish or guilt them for wanting out. The woman in the video was burned when her boyfriend tossed acid in her face when she tried to end it. That's an extreme example, but not beyond the realm of possibility. If you know an emotional abuser, you know the toxic thinking and disturbing behavior they are capable of.Emotional abuser warning signs: Is your partner a manipulative victimizer? | Examiner.com

 

Mad motorist Grant Taylor killed firefighter Dennis Rodeman in charity drive - Grand Rapids News | Examiner.com

In Lansing, Michigan, mad motorist Grant Taylor killed firefighter Dennis Rodeman in a charity drive, reported the Associated Press on September 14. Taylor, 22, admitted to deliberately running down and fatally hitting Rodeman, 35, because he was angry at firefighters who were in the road collecting for charity and slowing traffic. Taylor told police that he vented his anger to firefighters but got no satisfaction from them. So turned around and ran into Rodeman who was participating in the Muscular Dystrophy Association's Fill the Boot fundraiser. Rodeman died of his injuries at the hospital. His wife is expecting their first child.  Mad motorist Grant Taylor killed firefighter Dennis Rodeman in charity drive - Grand Rapids News | Examiner.com

Man fights bear with bare hands! Vietnam vet Larry Yepez battled bear and won

Larry Yepez is some bada$$! After an epic contest of "man fights bear" with bare hands, Yepez, 66, drives himself, bloody and beat up to the hospital. The Vietnam vet Yepez battled a bear and won, reported CNN August 16. Yepez credits his Marine training from four decades ago, with being able to fight off an attack from a 250 pound bear!Man fights bear with bare hands! Vietnam vet Larry Yepez battled bear and won - Grand Rapids News | Examiner.com

 

Free captive elephants like Mohan, 50 years a slave, on World Elephant Day - Grand Rapids Holidays | Examiner.com

It's World Elephant Day on August 12. Environmental News Network says it's trunks up for pachyderms! But many elephants won't be celebrating their own holiday. Captive elephants, like Mohan, 50 years a slave, are shackled in chains, underfed, and beaten. Mohan is the friend of Raju, the "crying elephant." Raju is the elephant who famously wept tears when he was released by Wildlife SOS India. Mohan is also in the custody of Wildlife SOS India as per a court order. But he is not freed yet. When rescuers attempted to take him, Mohan's vicious taskmasters beat them back with a 300-person armed guard. For their own safety and Mohan's the rescuers backed off. They've been relentlessly pursuing legal channels to get Mohan into protection. Time and again, they've been put off and rescheduled. Finally, Mohan will have his court day in court, August 13, just one day after World Elephant Day.   Free captive elephants like Mohan, 50 years a slave, on World Elephant Day

Depression linked to Parkinson's disease: Natural mood lifters to beat the blues

Spring is here, so say birds, flowers, sunshine. Yet you sit depressed, wondering what all the fuss is about. Depression is no joke. It can have disastrous effects on physical as well as mental health. Live Science says a new study says depression is linked to Parkinson's Disease. Clinically depressed people are 60 percent more likely to develop Parkinson's disease later.Depression linked to Parkinson's disease: Natural mood lifters to beat the blues - Grand Rapids News | Examiner.com

 

A-Z fiber fatty acids food swaps: Cleanse, burn fat, reverse Type 2 diabetes - Grand Rapids News | Examiner.com



A study for the University of Finland links obesity to Type 2 diabetes and pre-diabetes (also called insulin resistance and metabolic syndrome). The study says Type 2 diabetes is reversible with diet. I'm proof of that. After I lost 100 pounds, dropped 10 sizes and got my BMI to normal, I also lost pre-diabetes. I did it using theseA-Z fiber fatty acids food swaps: Cleanse, burn fat, reverse Type 2 diabetes - Grand Rapids News | Examiner.com

 

Is Star Wars Day secular or non-secular? Star Wars religious base, Jedi religion

 ns of Star Wars have their own holiday, Star Wars Day celebrated May 4. It's ostensibly a secular holiday. But some devotees follow Star Wars with pilgrim-like adoration. This begs the question: is Star Wars Day a religious holiday? Star Wars is certainly steeped in religion. The secret society of Jedi was a religion and even has followers today. The Star Wars Day greeting "May the Fourth be with you" mimics a Jedi blessing prayer!  Is Star Wars Day secular or non-secular? Jedi, 'Star Wars' religious base

Wife won't pull plug so comatose husband wakes: Love revives man on life support

Here's a feel-good story. When a wife refused to pull the plug on her comatose husband, he woke up. Danielle Josie Davis had been married just seven months when her husband Matt Davis was critically injured in a motorcycle accident in 2010, reported Good Morning America on April 6.  Wife won't pull plug so comatose husband wakes: Love revives man on life support - Grand Rapids News | Examiner.com

'Crying elephant' Raju's pal Mohan freed but elephants still in danger

Elephants are a hot commodity, for their ivory and for work and entertainment value. Minnesota professor Yiwei Zheng faces ivory smuggling charges for illegally importing elephant tusks into the U.S, reported Yahoo News on March 31. In happier news, a captive elephant, Mohan, may be released after 50 years in bondage and horrific cruelty in Lalganj in the district of Raebareli, India.'Crying elephant' Raju's pal Mohan freed but elephants still in danger - Grand Rapids News | Examiner.com

 

Bruised child's 'good woopin' T-shirt, beating shaming backfires on mom

Florida mom Melany Joyce Alexander's shaming punishment backfired. Alexander sent her bruised child to school wearing a shirt bragging up the "good woopin" received, reported the Washington Post Feb. 24. The kid's crime? Poor grades. Mom objected to an F grade point average. Alexander was arrested and charged with child abuse.  Bruised child's 'good woopin' T-shirt, beating shaming backfires on mom 

Celebrate Valentine's Day when you're single, or just survive the day of romance

Valentine's Day is fine for happy, committed couples. A little kitschy, with the overemphasis on superficial fluff. But Valentine's Day can be miserable if you're single or in a dissolving relationship. How do you celebrate (or just survive) a day devoted to romantic love when you're not in a romance? The Washington Post suggests we just skip Valentine's Day schmaltz or at least dial down the hype. Here are other suggestions for singles to survive Valentine's Day.  Celebrate Valentine's Day when you're single, or just survive romance schmaltz 

Martin Luther King Jr. Day printables, civil rights worksheets, lesson plans - Grand Rapids Holidays | Examiner.com

Martin Luther King, Jr. was born on January 15 which is celebrated as Martin Luther King, Jr Day the third Monday in January--Jan. 19, 2015. Teachers and homeschool parents, here are free printable lesson plans on MLK Jr., to teach children about this brave civil rights champion.



First, help students relate him on a personal level with Time magazine's Jan. 15 article on what Martin Luther King Jr. was like as child. Next head to Activity Village for a printable collection of MLK Jr. activities. There are American history lessons on civil rights, bus boycotts, Selma and Montgomery marches and more. Students make text-to-self connections writing about what freedom and justice mean to them. Use these to explore Black History Month in February.  

Martin Luther King Jr. Day printables, civil rights worksheets, lesson plans

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