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national geographic green eyes thirty years later

he haunting image of the then 12-year-old Gula, taken in a refugee camp by photographer Steve McCurry, became the most famous cover image in National Geographic's history.
After a 17-year search, McCurry tracked Gula down to a remote Afghan village in 2002 where she was living married to a baker and the mother of three daughters.
However, she's being investigated because Pakistani officials discovered she was living in the country on fraudulent identity papers.

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2968633/National-Geographic-Afghan-girl-Pakistan-papers-probe.html#ixzz3SuVCesHb
Posted by Liberal_in_LA | Thu Feb 26, 2015, 09:56 PM (6 replies)

Life in a 90-square-foot box (apartment)

I would get a full bed and turn it sideways.


Life in a 90-square-foot box: Woman's apartment takes cramped New York living to the extreme...but she is in the West Village for just $775-a-month
Fashion worker, Mary Helen Rowell, has sacrificed on space to live in the upscale West Village neighborhood

Shared bathroom

At just $775 a month in rent - it's a steal by New York standards, where the median rent for a 1-bedroom apartment in her neighborhood is $3,200

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2971028/Life-90-square-foot-box-Woman-s-apartment-takes-cramped-New-York-living-extreme-does-pay-750-West-Village.html#ixzz3SuRvjgxr
Posted by Liberal_in_LA | Thu Feb 26, 2015, 09:47 PM (17 replies)

caught red faced

Wisconsin man arrested for setting sex offender’s future home on fire:

Authorities said a camera captured Speigle carrying two five-gallon gas cans while torching the property.
They caught him red-faced and red-handed, authorities said.

A Wisconsin arson suspect was busted with painful burns covering his face after allegedly torching a sex offender's future home Sunday.

Russell Speigle, 50, who lives near the Madison-area home that was suspiciously ignited not once but twice in less than three months, was arrested Monday for the latest blaze.

Authorities in Dane County say Speigle was caught red-handed on surveillance video carrying one of two five-gallon gas cans used in the Feb. 22 fire.

Posted by Liberal_in_LA | Wed Feb 25, 2015, 09:19 PM (3 replies)

Bruised child goes to school wearing T-shirt declaring she received a ‘good woopin’

A Florida child showed up at school covered in bruises and wearing a T-shirt proclaiming that she was a bad student and deserved a “good woopin.”

“I currently have all F’s in all of my classes. I am not aloud to have a boyfriend no time soon,” the hand-written scribble on the shirt read. “So back off before I get another good woopin like I got last night.”

Teachers immediately noticed the badly beaten child and her shirt, and police were notified. The girl’s mother, Melany Joyce Alexander, 31, was arrested and charged with child abuse. The child, whose name and age hasn’t been released by authorities, is in the custody of her stepfather.

The child’s neck, arms and back were covered in marks and bruises. “She beat the child with a belt, and the belt had some sort of metal on it,” Hernando County Sheriff’s Department spokeswoman Denise Moloney told the Washington Post. “The injuries were severe enough that there was bruising the next day. That’s severe.”
Posted by Liberal_in_LA | Wed Feb 25, 2015, 04:57 PM (17 replies)

this is not a mirage

In the midst of one of the driest climates in the world is an oasis town with lush palm trees, flourishing foliage, and a tranquil lagoon which is said to have curative properties.
The magical town is called Huacachina, and it can be found not only on adventurers' bucket lists, but also in a barren desert in Peru.
Visitors can visit the surreal settlement and the 96 residents who thrive on running small businesses on their greatest resource; sand.


Due to landowners building wells to access groundwater, coupled with evaporation during summer high temperatures, the lagoon water levels have dropped over the past few years.
In an effort to combat this, water has been pumped into the the lake from Ica for Huacachina inhabitants.

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/travel/travel_news/article-2966798/The-mystical-oasis-town-exists-middle-barren-desert.html#ixzz3SnL82YDS
Posted by Liberal_in_LA | Wed Feb 25, 2015, 04:35 PM (9 replies)

critics say that two young mothers should have noticed that they were given the wrong babies

In France, a Baby Switch and a Test of a Mother’s Love

GRASSE, France — When Sophie Serrano finally held her daughter, Manon, in her arms after the newborn, suffering from jaundice, had been placed under artificial light, she was taken aback by the baby’s thick tufts of hair.

“I hadn’t noticed it before and it surprised me,” Ms. Serrano said in an interview at her home here in southern France, not far from the Côte d’Azur.

Ms. Serrano, now 39, was baffled again a year later, when she noticed that her baby’s hair had grown frizzy and that her skin color was darker than hers or her partner’s.

But her love for the child trumped any doubts. Even as her relationship unraveled, in part, she said, over her partner’s suspicions, she painstakingly looked after the baby until a paternity test more than 10 years later showed that neither she nor her partner were Manon’s biological parents. Ms. Serrano later found out that a nurse had accidentally switched babies and given them to the wrong mothers.


The court decision ended Ms. Serrano’s long struggle to obtain damages for the nurse’s negligence. It also helped her, she said, silence those neighbors and others who accused her of lacking maternal instinct and criticized her inability to identify with her own child.

“After four days, how can you not recognize your baby?” Sophie Chas, the lawyer for the clinic, told the newspaper Le Figaro. “We can believe in it when it’s a second, a day, two days. But 10 years? The mothers may have been involved in creating the damage.”

Posted by Liberal_in_LA | Tue Feb 24, 2015, 08:45 PM (3 replies)

cop Victor Ramirez slaps sitting homeless man so loud you can hear the slap, could face charges

Florida cop filmed slapping homeless man and pushing him over could face charges

Terrifying: Once on the ground, Laclair tells the officer he was there to use the restroom and the officer responds by slapping him so hard that a loud slap can be heard. The man filming gasps in horror

A witness captured the moment Fort Lauderdale Police Officer Victor Ramirez pushed Bruce Laclair, 58, to the ground and slapped him
Laclair told the officer he wanted to use the station's restroom but the officer could be heard telling him he was not supposed to be there
Laclair was arrested for trespassing and spent the night in jail
Police have launched an investigation into the incident and looking into whether to bring criminal charges; Ramirez has been suspended with pay

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2967080/Florida-police-officer-facing-charges-video-emerged-showing-slapping-homeless-man-bus-terminal.html#ixzz3ShHiL9O3
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Posted by Liberal_in_LA | Tue Feb 24, 2015, 03:44 PM (23 replies)

Apple reveals new globally diverse emoji in 6 skin tones, some offended by the yellow emoji

Asians angered by Apple's 'racist' yellow emoji: Firm comes under fire for use of characters with six different skin tones

One user wrote: 'I have never in my life seen an Asian looking like that'
But Apple says the yellow shade is intended to be ethnically neutral
Cupertino-based company has also included flags from 32 countries
Racially diverse families and same-sex families are being added
The new emoji are being trialled on OS X 10.10.3 and iOS 8.3 beta 2


In an effort to better represent society, Apple has revealed a new set of globally diverse emoji that will come in six different skin tones.

The tones include an option that turns a character yellow - a shade that the the Cupertino-based company says it intended to be ethnically neutral.

But the colour has angered some Apple users, particularly those in China, who claim that the yellow tone is offensive to Asians.

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2967241/Asians-angered-Apple-s-racist-yellow-emoji-Firm-comes-fire-use-characters-six-different-skin-tones.html#ixzz3ShGqwUI8

Posted by Liberal_in_LA | Tue Feb 24, 2015, 03:38 PM (17 replies)

woman loads 5-year olds gifts into wrong car after birthday party

Mixup leads to 5-year-old losing all his birthday gifts

PEABODY, Mass. - A 5-year-old Massachusetts boy is heartbroken after the gifts he received at his birthday party were accidentally loaded into the wrong vehicle and disappeared.

Jessica Fratoni, of Peabody, tells The Salem News that a friend offered to put her son Gage's new Legos, action figures and other gifts in the mother's Honda Pilot after the birthday party at a bowling party Sunday.

The friend apparently loaded the gifts into the wrong Honda Pilot.

Fratoni contacted the bowling alley, which got in touch with other parties at the facility, but no one has come forward. She also contacted police and went on Facebook to appeal for the gifts' return.

Fratoni says her son cried and losing the gifts is "the worst thing that could possibly happen to a 5-year-old boy."

Posted by Liberal_in_LA | Tue Feb 24, 2015, 03:19 PM (4 replies)

Zendaya blasts Giuliana Rancic over hair comments - associated her dreadlocks with weed smoking

Teen star Zendaya has condemned “Fashion Police” host Giuliana Rancic for suggesting she reeks of marijuana because she wore her hair in dreadlocks.

The “K.C. Undercover” actress wore the hairstyle as she walked the Academy Awards red carpet on Sunday and during an Oscars special episode of Fashion Police, which aired on Monday, Rancic analyzed Coleman’s look and said, “I feel like she smells of patchouli oil … maybe weed.”

Zendaya has since fired back on Instagram.com, writing, “There is a fine line between what is funny and disrespectful. Someone sad (sic) something about my hair at the Oscars that left me in awe. Not because I was relishing in rave outfit reviews, but because I was hit with ignorant slurs and pure disrespect. To say that an 18 year old young woman with locs must smell of patchouli oil or ‘weed’ is not only a large stereotype but outrageously offensive.”

Rancic has since apologized, writing on Twitter.com, “Dear @Zendaya, I’m sorry I offended you and others. I was referring to a bohemian chic look. Had nothing to do with race and never would!!!”
Posted by Liberal_in_LA | Tue Feb 24, 2015, 03:15 PM (4 replies)
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