The Beach Boys co-founder Brian Wilson’s wife Melinda dead at 77

During their nearly three-decade-long union, the pair had adopted five children together.

Petting Wildlife: Good Idea?

"The best thing a concerned citizen can do for any wildlife is leave it wild."

Country music legend retiring from touring due to health shares heartwarming memory with bandmate

PENNLIVE – Joe Bonsall’s health battles have been well documented early in 2024 because they have caused the legendary performer to have to step away from touring with The Oak Ridge Boys. Bonsall, 75, has reportedly been battling a neuromuscular disorder which finally made it impossible for him to carry on with his bandmates on the road. But his heart is very clearly still there, and it’s not hard to understand why. Take, for instance, the heartwarming...

Florida Man Sentenced to 60 Years in Federal Prison for Charges Related to the Sexual Exploitation of Minors

Balch sexually exploited six minors between the ages of 3 and 15 years old. Balch paid the victims’ mothers to produce images and videos of the victims engaged in sexually explicit conduct.

Porn star Jesse Jane found dead in suspected overdose

THE NEW YORK POST – Porn star-turned-actress Jesse Jane has been found dead along with her boyfriend of a suspected drug overdose, according to a report Thursday. The bodies of Jane, 43, and Brett Hasenmueller were discovered by officers at a home in Moore, Oklahoma, Wednesday during a welfare check requested by Hasenmueller’s boss, TMZ said. It was unclear how long the two had been deceased, according to the outlet, which said the deaths were apparently...

Senate Probes the Cost of Assisted Living and Its Burden on American Families

KFF Health News – A U.S. Senate committee on Thursday launched an examination of assisted living, holding its first hearing in two decades on the industry as leaders of both parties expressed concern about the high cost and mixed quality of the long-term care facilities. The federal government has minimal oversight of assisted living, which is regulated by states, unlike skilled nursing homes. Both the Democratic and Republican leaders of the Senate Special Committee on...

PETA Wants To Stop Using Punxsutawney Phil For Groundhog Day — Here’s Their Proposed Replacement

DO YOU REMEMBER – PETA has ideas for other ways to predict the weather on Groundhog Day Okay, campers, rise and shine, and don’t forget your booties ’cause it might be cold out on Groundhog Day. Each year, the eyes of the nation turn to a groundhog named Punxsutawney Phil, tasked with predicting the impending spring, but PETA wishes to relieve Phil of this duty and has proposed a surprising alternative. The tradition of Groundhog Day dates...

Vince McMahon accused of trafficking former WWE employee in new lawsuit

CNN — A former WWE staffer has accused the company’s founder, Vince McMahon, of sexual assault, trafficking and physical abuse in a lawsuit filed Thursday. The new, disturbing allegations from Janel Grant, who worked at WWE’s headquarters, come more than a year after the conclusion of a WWE-appointed special committee investigation into McMahon’s alleged misconduct while serving as chairman and CEO of the company. McMahon retired from his role amid the investigation in July 2022 but...

Strange vision problems may indicate Alzheimer’s disease

In 94% of cases, people experiencing posterior cortical atrophy went on to develop Alzheimer's disease, researchers found. The remaining 6% developed other dementias such as Lewy body disease or frontotemporal lobar degeneration.

Famous mountain man dies in double-fatality car accident

THE MOUNTAINEER – Haywood County’s most well-known and most beloved actor, Herbert “Cowboy” Coward, died in a vehicle accident Wednesday. Coward was widely known as “The Squirrel Man” for the tame pet squirrel that accompanied him nearly everywhere he went. But he was best known for his role in the 1972 classic movie, “Deliverance.” His girlfriend, Bertha Brooks, was also killed in the crash, as were constant companions — “Cowgirl,” his pet squirrel, and “Little Man,”...

Preparing to Hang Up the Car Keys as We Age

KFF HEALTH NEWS – Lewis Morgenstern has made up his mind. When he turns 65 in four years, he’s going to sign an advance directive for driving. The directive will say that when his children want him to stop getting behind the wheel, Morgenstern will follow their advice. “I recognize that I might not be able to make the best decision about driving at a certain point, and I want to make it clear I trust...

Ex-NIH Boss Follows Fauci’s Flip-Flop on COVID Lab-Leak Theory

(Ken Silva, Headline USA) Former National Institutes of Health director Dr. Francis Collins was interviewed Friday by House lawmakers, and he reportedly admitted that the COVID-19 lab-leak hypothesis is plausible—a drastic reversal for a scientist who was involved in attempts to suppress information that COVID may have leaked from a lab. As NIH director in 2020, Collins worked with Anthony Fauci in the drafting, publication, and public promotion of Proximal Origin—a highly influential paper written...

Walk like a penguin: Keeping your winter balance

MAYO CLINIC NEWS NETWORK – When winter storms hit, good balance can prevent falls and injuries — ranging from broken arms, legs or hips to back injuries and concussions. The National Center for Injury Prevention and Control says slips and falls are the leading cause of nonfatal injury across all age groups, except the 10–24 group. One in every 5 falls results in a serious injury, such as head trauma or broken bones. That’s more...

Rand Paul says Fauci should ‘go to prison’ over COVID-19 ‘dishonesty’

THE HILL – Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) said that the former U.S. chief medical adviser, Dr. Anthony Fauci, should “go to prison” over his “dishonesty” in handling the COVID-19 pandemic and lying to Congress. “For his dishonesty, frankly, he should go to prison,” Paul said during a Sunday interview on WABC 770 AM. “If you lie to Congress, and you’re dishonest, and you won’t accept responsibility. For his mistake in judgment, he should just be pilloried....
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