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Former WWE star Ashley Massaro dead at 39

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Former WWE Superstar Ashley Massaro died on Thursday at 39. Former WWE star Ashley Massaro (R) died on Thursday morning. She was 39. (Getty

Former WWE star Ashley Massaro died on Thursday, the WWE confirmed. She was 39.

Massaro, according to The Blast, was transported from her home in Long Island, New York, to a hospital around 5:30 a.m. on Thursday morning where she died. The cause of death is not yet known, though it has been classified as “non-criminal,” according to TMZ.

She tweeted Wednesday afternoon that she had just answered “a ton of fan mail”.

“We are saddened to learn of the tragic death of former WWE Superstar Ashley Massaro,” the WWE said in a statement. “She performed in WWE from 2005-2008 and was beloved by her fellow Superstars and fans around the world. WWE offers its condolences to Ashley’s family and friends.”

Massaro’s career took off after she won the “2005 Raw Diva Search,” and she won the WWE Women’s Championship against Melina at Wrestlemania 23 in 2007. She also briefly competed on “Survivor: China” in 2007, though was voted off in the second episode.

Massaro was part of a lawsuit filed by 60 former professional wrestlers against the WWE claiming that the company failed to protect them from repeated head trauma, which resulted in long-term brain damage, according to NBC News. That lawsuit was dismissed last year after a judge determined that several claims were either frivolous or that the statute of limitations had expired, per the report.

Massaro also alleged in the lawsuit that she was sexually assaulted on a WWE trip to an American military base in Kuwait in 2006. She said she was examined by a company doctor after returning from the trip, who then reported the incident to WWE executives. Those executives, she said, later met with her “to apologize for their negligence, but [they] persuaded her that it would be best not to report it to appropriate authorities,” according to the Boston Globe.

Receipt found in dumpster with live newborn led cops to mom

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By Lisa J. Huriash , Marc Freeman  and Juan Ortega

| South Florida Sun Sentinel |

May 10, 2019 | 5:02 PM

| West Boca

Receipt found in dumpster with live newborn led cops to mom

Rafaelle Sousa, 35, is accused of abandoning her newborn daughter in a dumpster in West Boca. (Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office)

The Sheriff’s Office was going door to door at the apartment complex, trying to figure out who would leave a newborn baby girl in the dumpster, her head wrapped in a plastic garbage bag and discarded with the rest of the household trash.

They were closing in, and found their way to a ground-floor apartment at Building 6 of the sprawling West Boca complex off State Road 7 on Wednesday. It was the dumpster for this building.

But Rafaelle Alessandra Carbalho Sousa wouldn’t answer the door when they came knocking.

She would tell her neighbor in their native Portuguese after detectives had left that she was a nail-tech doing manicures and pedicures out of her home without a permit, her neighbor said.

“’I didn’t open my door. I don’t have papers,’” Sousa said, according to the neighbor.

“They just want to know about the baby,” the neighbor told her.

“I don’t speak English,” Sousa responded.

Still, Sousa said she canceled her afternoon appointments in case the Sheriff’s Office came back again asking questions, the neighbor said.

The neighbor, who asked not to be identified for her own safety, said she still didn’t think anything was off when she saw Sousa on Thursday wearing a blue garment around her belly to flatten her stomach. The neighbor teased Sousa that she ought to take it off.

“They’re going to think you’re the mother,” she joked. Sousa laughed.

“Oh, I didn’t think,” she answered.

Neighbors saw Sousa arrested Thursday, led away in handcuffs into an ambulance.

Her husband reportedly told neighbors he didn’t know his wife was pregnant. And he told the same thing to the Sheriff’s Office, who wrote on the arrest report that “he found out when police first arrived because she whispered to him” that it was her baby in the dumpster.

“I put the baby in the dumpster,” were among the first words Sousa uttered to law enforcement, according to the arrest report, which also identifies her as a nail technician.

Cops didn’t crack the case going door-to-door in the end.

Instead, Sousa also left behind another clue that led to her arrest: A receipt from the beauty-supply store where she recently shopped, deputies say.

Sousa, 35, admitted placing her baby girl in a bag and throwing her in the dumpster, the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office said Friday. But that plan was foiled when workers at her apartment complex found the child alive Wednesday after hearing cries coming from the dumpster.

The baby, who weighed nearly seven pounds, was found in a white plastic garbage bag with a red tie. The girl’s head also was wrapped in a yellow and white plastic bag that also contained coffee grinds and other household trash.

Rafaelle Alessandra Carbalho Sousa, the mother accused of abandoning her newborn girl in a West Boca dumpster, will be kept in jail without bond, a judge ruled Friday morning.

Rafaelle Alessandra Carbalho Sousa, the mother accused of abandoning her newborn girl in a West Boca dumpster, will be kept in jail without bond, a judge ruled Friday morning. (Marc Freeman)

Detectives found a similar trash bag in the dumpster, with blood-soaked napkins and a receipt from Fantastic Beauty Supply, a store in Deerfield Beach whose system can store customers’ telephone numbers. Employees were able to match the receipt and provide deputies Sousa’s phone number, a sheriff’s arrest report said. Deputies then determined Sousa lives in an apartment near the dumpster, in the 10300 block of Boca Entrada Boulevard.

Diane Burton, a 20-year employee for the beauty-supply store, said she had been following the news Wednesday when the newborn was found in West Boca.

“When I got to work Thursday morning, detectives had been here interviewing some of the employees,” Burton, 54, recalled. The detectives also reviewed the store’s surveillance footage, and “they did spot her on video.”

She was surprised to learn the newborn’s mom had shopped at the store as recently as Tuesday, she said.

“They were able to identify her with the receipt and the videotape, and I guess that cohesively led to the arrest of this lady,” Burton said. “Thank God.”

Burton said her co-workers recalled having “no clue” that the newborn’s mom was pregnant. “The clothing that she wore was a little blousy,” Burton said. “But they couldn’t really tell if she was pregnant or in seasonal apparel.”

She said detectives also encountered a bit of luck: Within the past year, the beauty-supply store upgraded its system so all receipts include the store’s name, as well as its contact information. Previously, the receipts didn’t identify the store, she said. “It’s been very helpful in this case,” she said.

People who had seen Sousa in recent days said they didn’t realize she was pregnant, partly because she wore loose-fitting clothes. Sousa’s neighbor, a woman who frequently chatted with her, said she didn’t know — and couldn’t tell — that Sousa was pregnant.

“She never told me," said the neighbor. "She dressed in black, and she looked normal.”

The neighbor said Sousa and her husband are from Brazil and have a 3-year-old son. On Friday, a blue stroller sat outside of the family’s unit at Alister Boca Raton apartments.

Even a couple months ago she complimented Sousa on what a wonderful mother she was.

The neighbor said Sousa had laid out a blanket on the grass for her son, playing with him and spreading out food “like a picnic.”

“You’re such a good mother,” the neighbor remembered telling her. “I never do that with my kids.”

After the baby was found in the dumpster, the neighbor said she told Sousa how upset she was. “How could a mother do this?” she asked. “Why didn’t she give it to somebody? She could have given it to me. I don’t have a girl."

“Me too! I don’t understand it," Sousa replied, according to the neighbor. "I don’t believe it.”

At Sousa’s court appearance Friday, Circuit Judge Ted Booras ordered her held without bond on charges of attempted felony murder and aggravated child abuse. “She is not allowed to have contact with the minor child, the victim in this case,” Booras said.

A Portuguese interpreter translated the judge’s instructions.

The Sheriff’s Office said Sousa told detectives what she had done.

Live newborn found at dumpster in West Boca »

“She stated she tried to get the baby to respond and waited three hours to see if the baby would breathe,” detectives said in the report. “She also said she went back twice to the dumpster to make sure the baby was dead but never approached the bag because there were people in the parking area around the dumpster.”REST OF STORY HERE

‘Volcano tsunami’ hits Indonesia after Krakatoa eruption

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Mount Anak Krakatoa eruption seen on July 19, 2018 in Kalianda, Indonesia

At least 20 people have been killed and 165 injured after a tsunami hit the coast around Indonesia’s Sunda Strait, government officials say.

The country’s disaster management agency says two people are missing, and dozens of buildings were damaged.

It says the possible cause of the tsunami were undersea landslides after the Krakatoa volcano erupted.

The Sunda Strait between the islands of Java and Sumatra connects the Java Sea to the Indian Ocean.

The deaths were reported in the Pandeglang, South Lampung and Serang regions.

Footage posted by the head of the disaster management agency showed the aftermath of the tsunami, with flooded streets and an overturned car.

IOWA Students at North Butler and Clarksville schools can take firearms course in spring

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Firearm safety is being added to the curriculum in the North Butler and Clarksville Community School Districts.

Starting in the spring, a mandatory hunter safety course taught by Butler County Conservation will be implemented into the 7th and 8th grade PE curriculum. A voluntary, closed class will be added for those in grades 9-12 who want to participate. Rest of story here……

The U.S. Treasury yield curve just inverted for the first time in more than a decade.

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Strap in.

Photographer: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg 

Brian Chappatta is a Bloomberg Opinion columnist covering
debt markets. He previously covered bonds for Bloomberg News. He is also
a CFA charterholder.

The U.S. Treasury yield curve just inverted for the first time in more than a decade.

It’s a moment that the world’s biggest bond market has been thinking about for the past 12 months. I wrote around
this time last year that Wall Street had come down with a case of
flattening fever, with six of the 11 analysts I surveyed saying that the
curve from two to 10 years would invert at least briefly by the end of
2019. That’s not exactly what happened Monday, though that spread did
reach the lowest since 2007. Rather, the difference between three- and
five-year Treasury yields dropped below zero, marking the first portion
of the curve to invert in this cycle.

The First Inversion

After years of flattening, the yield difference between some Treasury notes falls below zero

Source: Bloomberg

The move didn’t come out of nowhere. In fact, I wrote a week ago that the spread between short-term Treasury notes was racing toward inversion, and Bloomberg News’s Katherine Greifeld and Emily Barrett noted the failed break below zero on Friday. Still, I wasn’t necessarily expecting this day to come so soon. Rate strategists have long said that being close doesn’t cut it when talking about an inverted yield curve and the well-known economic implications that come with it, namely that the spread between short- and long-term Treasury yields has dropped below zero ahead of each of the past seven recessions.  Read rest of story here

Unfortunate Misadventures of Ron Kitchen Junior

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up and downs of the property at 220 SE 2nd Pl Crystal River, FL

Below are the documents that paint the picture of the up and downs of the unfortunate misadventures of Citrus County Commissioner Ron Kitchen Junior’s property at 220 SE 2nd Ave Crystal River FL.  The saga began with the 1986 original purchase and continues through the many years of up and downs with the foreclosure in 2010 after the property had a mortgage of $372,000! So where does the swagger come from?

All information in this article is public information available on citrus county property appraisers and clerk of courts websites.

But no fear he’s learned his many lessons by mismanagement of his family home, Citrus County is in good hands. The pitfalls of political parties blaring problems, cover-ups, secret meetings, flying to Tallahassee grooming for state politics, in essence political parties have all the nuances of secret societies, hidden winks, smiles and the like. Rest at ease, all is well.

The Eagle

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The Eagle
This is the kind of story you need when it seems like the world is spiraling out of control. Not many people get a picture of this proud bird snuggled up next to them!

Freedom and Jeff

Freedom and I have been together 11 years this summer.

She came in as a baby in 1998 with two broken wings.

Her left wing doesn’t open all the way even after surgery, it was broken in 4 places. She’s my baby.

When Freedom came in, she could not stand and both wings were broken. She was emaciated and covered in lice..

We made the decision to give her a chance at life, so I took her to the vet’s office. From then on, I was always around her.

We had her in a huge dog carrier with the top off, and it was loaded up with shredded newspaper for her to lay in. I used to sit and talk to her, urging her to live, to fight; and she would lay there looking at me with those big brown eyes. We also had to tube feed her for weeks.

This went on for 4-6 weeks, and by then she still couldn’t stand. It got to the point where the decision was made to euthanize her if she couldn’t stand in a week.

You know you don’t want to cross that line between torture and rehab, and it looked like death

She was going to be put down that Friday, and I was supposed to come in on that Thursday afternoon.. I didn’t want to go to the center that Thursday, because I couldn’t bear the thought of her being euthanized; but I went anyway, and when I walked in everyone was grinning from ear to ear.

I went immediately back to her cage; and there she was, standing on her own, a big beautiful eagle. She was ready to live. I was just about in tears by then. That was a very good day. We knew she could never fly, so the director asked me to glove train her.

I got her used to the glove, and then to jesses, and we started doing education programs for schools in western Washington.

We wound up in the newspapers, radio (believe it or not) and some TV. Miracle Pets even did a show about us.

In the spring of 2000, I was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. I had stage 3, which is not good (one major organ plus everywhere), so I wound up doing 8 months of chemo. Lost the hair – the whole bit. I missed a lot of work.

When I felt good enough, I would go to Sarvey and take Freedom out for walks. Freedom would also come to me in my dreams and help me fight the cancer. This happened time and time again.

Fast forward to November 2000. The day after Thanksgiving, I went in for my last checkup. I was told that if the cancer was not all gone after 8 rounds of chemo, then my last option was a stem cell transplant.

Anyway, they did the tests; and I had to come back Monday for the results. I went in Monday, and I was told that all the cancer was gone.

So the first thing I did was get up to Sarvey and take the big girl out for a walk. It was misty and cold. I went to her flight and jessed her up, and we went out front to the top of the hill.

I hadn’t said a word to Freedom, but somehow she knew. She looked at me and wrapped both her wings around me to where I could feel them pressing in on my back (I was engulfed in eagle wings), and she touched my nose with her beak and stared into my eyes, and we just stood there like that for I don’t know how long.

That was a magic moment.. We have been soul mates ever since we came in. This is a very special bird.

On a side note: I have had people who were sick come up to us when we are out, and Freedom has some kind of hold on them

I once had a guy who was terminal come up to us and I let him hold her. His knees just about buckled and he swore he could feel her power course through his body. I have so many stories like that.

I never forget the honor I have of being so close to such a magnificent spirit as Freedom!! Hope you enjoyed this!

Rosemary, I’m glad the Kleenex box was close!!!!!!


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A small request…..Just one line: All you are asked to do is keep this circulating.. Even if it’s only to one more person. just someone who enjoys a GREAT STORY.

Those who would disrespect our flag have never been handed a folded one.


Update on Florida disaster aid

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Bill Nelson - U.S. Senator for Florida
In an effort to save Florida’s $9 billion citrus industry and speed-up work on Herbert Hoover Dike, I called on Senate leaders today to include additional disaster assistance for Florida in a government spending bill the Senate is expected to take up this week.

I urged Sens. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and Mitch McConnell (R-KY) to provide funding for several important projects aimed at helping Florida recover, including:

  • Funding to help Florida’s citrus growers. Florida’s citrus industry sustained more than $760 million in losses due to the storm. USDA estimates Florida’s citrus industry will harvest 46 million boxes of citrus this year, less than 25 percent of the nearly 204 million boxes harvested in Florida ten years ago.
  • Funding to help Florida schools. More than 12,000 students, who evacuated from Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands in the wake of the storms, have now enrolled in schools around Florida. The sudden influx of new students is putting a strain on some Florida schools as they struggle to accommodate the additional students with the limited budgets and resources they have available.
  • Funding to complete work on the Herbert Hoover Dike. Herbert Hoover Dike protects thousands of Floridians who live around Lake Okeechobee from the threat of catastrophic flooding. The Army Corps of Engineers says it needs approximately $200 million per year, for the next four years, to finish work on the dike by 2022.

If you’d like to read my entire letter, please click here.


Candidate forum scheduled Jan. 13

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The Nature Coast Republican Club will have a candidate forum at the Beverly Hills Lions Club on Saturday, Jan. 13. Coffee and networking, 8:30 a.m.; forum at 9 a.m.

Candidates for governor, attorney general and commissioner of agriculture are expected to be present.

For additional information, email NCRC2014@aol.com

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