Wednesday, 6 February 2019

4-year-old Garland girl dies from flu

A 4-year-old Garland girl is Dallas County’s first pediatric flu-related death of the season. Her parents say she was an otherwise healthy child who only started showing symptoms four days before her death.
The family is still in shock trying to grieve and process how it happened so fast. They’re having to do it at the hospital where the child’s mother was hospitalized for flu-like symptoms.
Ashanti Grinage was the light of her parents’ life.
Ashanti’s father, Martell Grinage, says his daughter, who had no underlying health conditions, started showing symptoms of a cold Sunday evening after church. On Tuesday, they took her to the emergency room with a 103-degree fever. Tests determined she had Flu type A. She had not received a flu vaccine.

Martell says doctors sent Ashanti home once the fever subsided and recommended honey and lemon for her sore throat and cough and over the counter medications to keep the fever down. By Wednesday, she didn’t have a fever but still had other mild symptoms.
By Thursday, Ashanti was extremely lethargic. Her mom took her back to the ER, where she was diagnosed with pneumonia. She died later that day.
Martell says he’ll forever wonder if anything more could have been done to save his baby girl.
“I feel like I let her down and I lied to her because I told her I’d never let nothing bad happen to her,” he said. “That’s what’s killing me.”

Tuesday, 5 February 2019

Join Kit Harington, AKA Jon Snow, In London For Tea And A West End Show

If you have ever dreamt of having tea in London with the King of the North, aka Jon Snow, you’re in luck. The Game of Thrones actor Kit Harington, who enjoys relaxing and unwinding with a nice warm cup of tea, will fly the winner of an online drawing and a guest to London for tea at the invite-only Groucho Club® and a performance of True West on London’s West End, which will include a VIP backstage tour with Harrington after the show for an exclusive look at the costumes, props, and more.
To participate, fans need to visit before January 29 and donate $10. Omaze, an online fundraising platform, has partnered with Mencap to raise money to improve the lives of people with learning disabilities and their families.
Mencap was founded in 1946 by Judy Fryd, a mother of a child with a learning disability. The services offered by Mencap range from round-the-clock care to assistance with local leisure activities, guidance on employment and education, help for people with disabilities living independently for the first time, and advice on how to report crimes to the police.
Harington, 32, will return as Jon Snow for the eighth and final season of Game of Thrones. The eighth season will consist of only six episodes and feature original content not found in George R. R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fireseries, though it will adapt material Martin has revealed to the show’s creators about the upcoming novels in the series, The Winds of Winter and A Dream of Spring. Harrington married his Game of Thrones co-star Rose Leslie last June at Rayne Parish Church in Aberdeenshire, Scotland
True West, written by American playwright Sam Shepard in 1983, was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Drama. In the play, Harington stars as Austin, a Hollywood screenwriter with a wife and children. True West deals with the sibling rivalry between two estranged brothers who have reconnected. The play also stars South African singer and actor Johnny Flynn, who stars in the Netflix comedy Lovesick, and Genius, in which he plays a younger Albert Einstein.

Sunday, 3 February 2019

‘Karate Kid’ Thief Uses ‘Crane Pose’ Before Snatching Purse At Gas Station

An alleged thief drew inspiration from Hollywood when he broke out a signature pose from The Karate Kid before snatching someone's purse, according to police.
The man was spotted on surveillance video at a BP gas station in Swansea, South Carolina, striking the oh-so-familiar stance from the 1984 classic The Karate Kid, the movie which became synonymous with Karate in the United States and helped popularize the martial art.
Police tried to locate the karate aficionado with what they called a “unique ritual" that he used before he commited his larceny.


“As you’ll see in the screen shots this subject likes to perform Mr Miyagi’s Crane Technique made famous by Daniel LaRusso in the All Valley Under 18 Karate Championship,” the Swansea Police Department wrote in a Facebook post. The police department also added a few hilarious comments of their own: “Mr. Miyagi wouldn’t approve,” “Not the next Karate Kid” and “Don’t be ninjaing people that don’t need ninjaing.”
Authorities say they have now identified the man and warrants are forthcoming.
The signature move, called the crane kick, involves a one-legged karate stance which then launches into a flying jumping kick. The suspect, most definitely a die-hard fan of the classic movie, probably wanted to channel his inner Daniel La Russo to muster all the courage he needed for his theft and probaby ran back to his own Mr. Miyagi after his deed. In the film, the move is taught by the character Mr. Miyagi to Daniel LaRusso in the penultimate scene with his arch rival Johnny Lawrence.
Surprisingly enough, it's not the first time martial arts is used at a gas station. Last July, in Norwood, Massachussets, there was an almost completely different outcome when a crook trying to rob the station got much more than he bargained for. Cashier Ebrahim Gawargi, happened to be a martial arts student, and lost no time in defending himself and his place of business, Boston 25 News reported at the time. After beating up the bemused thief, Gawargi put him in a sleeper hold until police arrived.

Saturday, 2 February 2019

15 Hilarious "Text From Dog" Posts That Are Just Too Relatable

Did you ever wonder what your dog would say if it was him, instead of your friend Jeff or your annoying sister, who was constantly texting you all day? Would your dog send you pics of his empty bowl? Fall victim to fat-finger syndrome? Lots of texts have become popular internet memes over the years, but dog owner October Jones (who is actually an English animator, Joe Butcher) has really made some for the record books. When he realized he could actually send text messages to himself, the children’s game designer and cartoonist began to create imaginary texts back and forth between himself and his dog, Cooper. Coop’s name is perfect because it makes us think of a Mini Cooper, which he resembles, except in dog form: short, squat, bullish and stout. Which works, because he’s a bulldog. From the inspired “let’s get fat” to Dog’s abiding love for Batman, here are 15 perfect exchanges between Jones and “Dog” that make us completely say, “Same!”


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I don’t get the problem here; I mean, I can see that bacon is NOT an option, but IT SHOULD BE. As Dog once was quoted in an interview with The Guardian, everything should taste like breakfast meat: "I want more bacon flavour technology. iPads that smell like sausages. Write that down." The reason this text from Dog is so relatable is that...well, we totally agree! In this case, Dog speaks for us all. Unless we’re vegetarian, I guess. In which case, a whole new world of paint and decor opens up to us in colors like sage, grass green and beet red. Wait, dogs eat grass. Hmm. This logic doesn’t quite seem to click, so let’s rule out vegetarianism and stick to bacon paint swatches. And some more on the subject of food…


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Speaking of food, it’s totally Dog’s fave subject, which is, again, super relatable. So, you know, you hear someone open a bag of potato chips and what do you do? Hel-LOO, you’re, like, right THERE: pass the chips! But you have human hearing, which is, compared to dog hearing, really pretty crappy. Imagine if you had dog ears.
Um, ok, scratch that. You don’t look good with dog ears.
But if you DID, you’d be hearing dozens of people within a square mile opening chip bags! Imagine the horror! Poor Dog--he can be downstairs and knows without a doubt that October, his hapless owner, is eating yummy chips and LYING TO HIM ABOUT IT. We totally forgive Dog for heading upstairs to guilt-trip his owner into feeding him. So how does Dog feel about his waistline…?


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More food-related texts from Dog! Don’t worry, we’ve got a few about weeing and superheros coming up. But this may be the most honest of Dog’s texts. It’s about how he feels about being FAT! The verdict: fat sounds awesome. Let’s do it! Everyone’s always putting their dog on a diet, giving him skinny healthy kibble that, we can only assume, tastes like cardboard. Of course, we don’t know if it does, because only supremely weird people actually taste their dog’s food. But you sure as hell aren’t gonna sample it if it’s DIET dog food. You know what DIETS contain? The word DIE. Screw that. Let’s get fat.
Yeah, there’s nothing worse than dieting. But we're worried Dog has swung the other way: instead of getting fat, he's...


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This text is worrisome. Dog, we may need to stage an intervention. This conversation may be a cry for help. It seems like you’re on some sort of unhealthy stimulant drug, Dog. Do you know what your brains look like on drugs, Dog? They look like a scrambled egg. Plus, you’re a bulldog, so you’ve got a shortened snout which means you breathe funny and have trouble getting enough air, and we get your heart rate all jacked up on Red Bull and I may have to speed-dial the doggy emergency ambulance on your fat little addict ass. PUT THE MICROWAVE DOWN. You are totally ganked out, Dog. I get that you’re totally tweaking but you cannot go messing with the appliances. The first step is admitting you have a problem, Dog.


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This could be read several ways. I’m unclear on whether Dog finds a Lycra/Spandex-covered ass APPEALING, or ANNOYING. Either way, he wants to bite it. I can’t blame him; every time I see someone zooming past covered top to toe in skintight logos and sponsor messages, I throw up a little bit in my mouth. I guess it’s, like, a lifestyle thing or something, but I just think it looks stupid. My guess is that Dog agrees with my estimate of Lycra shorts on bicycling men. Please, sir, do not show me that. I have not elected to see it, and wrapping it in brightly colored fabric pasted to your body does not make it any less an affront to my virgin eyeballs, which are now bleeding after seeing the outline of your nutsack speeding past at 22 miles per hour.


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You got it. It’s the dreaded Cone Of Shame. NO pet likes this thing. When you tell your pet you’re goin’ to the doctor, does your pet scamper around happily, rejoicing at the news? NO. No he does not. He is NOT thrilled. Here, Dog has come out of a scrap with squirrels the worse for wear, and he has to wear this Elizabethan collar thingy to keep him from chewing at his wounds and stitches. (Wow, Cooper, the squirrels won that round? Seriously? You’re a little wuss, Dog.) But we feel his pain: nobody enjoys looking like one of those poseable desk lamps, do they? Nope. Nor do they enjoy getting TV reception on their neckwear. We’ve seen soft fabric ones, though, which seem kinder. But maybe the don’t have those in England.


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Celebrities. Always yelling (barking?) at their assistants for not doing enough to keep them in the public eye. “Have you updated my Twitter for today? How many gifs of me are out there? What’s my social reach, damn you?!” And what do those celebs do? Sit around all day and contemplate their navels, I’m sure. Dog is no different. Just look at this ridiculous exchange! What a vicious taskmaster he is. His owner must have to work his fingers to the bone to keep up with the mad, whirlwind pace of Dog’s merry-go-round existence. Jones’s fingers must BLEED from documenting the daily doings of this critical canine! Clearly Dog is not one of those animals from “The Secret Life of Pets” who get up to all sorts of stuff while his owner is seems he’s more of a zen practitioner.


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There ya go, Dog! Here’s a life lesson we all would do well to learn: when confronted by a crappy situation, the best policy is always to blame the other guy. It’s worked for embattled presidents, criminals and six-year-old boys: it will surely work for you, too! On top of learning absolutely nothing from our mistakes, this helps us by training us to analyze the behavior of other people and nitpick them, which as I’m sure you, dear reader, have learned, is everybody’s favorite thing. Poor dog. He lost his bone and it’s all the other guy’s fault! What a douchebag. Wait, Dog, you were trying to steal the OTHER dog’s bone? While you still had yours in your slobbery mouth? Hmm. There’s a logic error here.


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Dog, I relate. I am not a graceful woman. Once I tried to execute a delighted leap off the stairs in front of my apartment building while my friends were with me and I ended up eating it right there on the sidewalk in front of everyone. That would be forgivable except it happens all the damn time. So I get it when you try to couch your spaz-ness with this so-called “combat roll.” I can only wish I was that clever, to feign PTSD. It might have gotten me out of an embarrassing situation where I attempted to wobble to my feet and laugh something about “Who put that No Parking sign there?!” I keep hoping people will think I'm just doing some parkour, but unfortunately, I won't be leaping from rooftops any time soon.


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So I guess Dog liked the Lord Of The Rings movies. What respectable dog WOULDN’T love an intense fantasy trilogy featuring little people and sexy elves? Irresistible cinematic masterpiece though it may be, however, Dog’s love only goes so far as sausages. Once sausages enter the picture, he changes his tune. I know...I’m the SAME. WAY. I totally identify, Dog! Forget not passing Go: toss a sausage and I am OFF chasing it down no matter WHAT just got auto-populated to my Netflix queue. So while neither I nor Dog make a great Gandalf, doing a s**t job of protecting the home turf from weenie-wielding invaders, we still have good intentions, great taste in film and television entertainment...and mad rhyming skillz.


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This text from Dog is totally relatable because what pet owner hasn’t enjoyed the dubious honor of chowing down on some food item that has already been in their pet’s mouth? What I don’t get are those pet parents who find it adorable to allow their own mouth to come in contact with doggie mouth on the regular. DO YOU KNOW WHERE THAT PINK TONGUE HAS BEEN WIGGLING?! What disgusting oddities of Nature’s Kingdom it’s been exploring?! And you’re cool with letting him lick your open mouth? I get that some dogs are lickers and will go for the face with a quickness...but, well, that’s gross. I elect to adopt pups that keep their tongues in their own faces, and I’m sticking to that track record.


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Poor Dog! He’s been one-upped by a hottie on the train. This text exchange is totally for real because what pet owner hasn’t wanted to snuggle other adorable fur-kids, only to get shot down by a jealous puppy or pissed-off kitty? Animals get JELLY. Bitterness is not attractive, Dog! Besides, this is by all standards an objectively lovely dog. Regal, thoughtful, soft ears, looks concerned., nice red collar...can’t you get on board with this, Dog? Wouldn’t you like to have a little friend? No? Oh c’mon. Just...can we have one stroke? One little stroke? It doesn’t change anything about how much we love you, and in the end you’re the one we’re happy to come home to every day so we can walk you around the block to take a dump.


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I get it...this happens to me all the time. I’m all like, “I wanna do something!” and then when the time to do that something rolls around I’m like, “Naaaaah.” Because if I do not become flat in this very instant, something horrible might happen--I have to stabilize reality and remain stuck to this couch, or god knows WHAT disaster could befall us all. Besides, there’s the ever-compelling “Netflix and chill” thing, and I have to do it, I have to hit it HARD, like I really mean it. If me and Dog got together to do nothing in one another’s company, nothing could stop our inertia! We could own the world with our absolute lack of initiative! Because I hate to get all philosophical and stuff on ya, but NOTHING is actually some very serious SOMETHING to be done.


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This is awesome. Who hasn’t seen a dog freak out when their owner busts out the vacuum? Our pal here has just confirmed it is a vast conspiracy! Apparently dogs join the innumerable legions of humans who think housework is BS, and have arranged to create the impression that they are ARF-FRAID of it (see what I did there?) they never have to lend a helping paw. We don’t know what kind of punishment Dog may face from the doggie No-Chore Cabal, for leaking this potent secret. We can only hope that our informant takes it bravely. (Doubtful, given the squirrel ass-kicking we noted him receiving earlier.) You can almost see the astonishment, too, on his owner’s face as he realizes this whole time he’s been tricked into doing all the chores by himself.


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Sigh...everyone thinks they’re destined to star in the movie of their own life, right? Totally get it. Our pal Dog has a little bit of an obsession with Batman, calling himself Batdog, dressing up in the shower curtain (pulled down off the rod while his owner is away at work for the day, natch) as a cape, leaping off the neighbor’s trampoline--at least that’s what he SAID he did--and dude, I can relate. Personally, I groove better with Harley Quinn, because I’m...uh, in therapy...but really, who wouldn’t want to run around in the dark of night and defeat evil?! Especially if you’re a dog, because then you have four legs instead of two and giant canine teeth, which I think would make you a superior crime-fighter. If I had a Batdog, I’d come home from work and give him a Bat-cookie every time I walked in the door. That’s a good boy!