Stage Collapses At High School Play

High school is a time to create memories and really grow as a person. One way to do this is by joining the performing arts club. Students can make new friends and explore versions of themselves they didn’t know before. There’s nothing quite like getting on stage and performing for a crowd. The rush and the energy is unlike anything I’ve ever experienced. However I would imagine the kids at Westfield High School in Westfield, Indiana would beg to differ.
On Thursday night during their performance of “American Pie,” the stage collapsed leaving one person critically injured. Students in the crowd were videotaping some of their classmates during the part of the play where they were singing and jumping around on stage. Within seconds, a group of nearly 40 students fell through the stage. Audience members were stunned and didn’t realize exactly what had just happened.
One of the injured students took to social media shortly after her accident, posting a picture from inside of the hospital. She was not seriously injured but doctors wanted to run x-rays on her potentially broken foot.
HP official Ray Lane estimated that nearly 1,000 people were in attendance at the Thursday evening play. Students were excited about performing for the sold out crowd. The principal of Westfield High School sent out a tweet indicating that the stage collapse caused multiple injuries and officials were in the early stages of conducting an investigation.
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Pregnant manager fired at Popeye’s

Oh my goodness and wow, wow, wow! A pregnant mother of what will be four kids was fired recently for not repaying the $400 that was missing from the cash register recently according to an article posted on grubstreet.com. But that isn’t the worst of it, as bad as it may sound. The worst of it is the reason the cash register was short in the first place. The woman was held up at gun point! Yes, you read it correctly. And it isn’t like this woman could just make up the story anyway because the security camera showed the whole transaction as it occurred.

Once this horrible business owner realized the publicity nightmare he just created for himself he tried to quickly offer her $2000 and her job back. Kudos to her that she turned it down.

Totally unbelievable, and yet this kind of behavior still happens in the United States. I hope this restaurant owner experiences a major public outcry. I hope he is boycotted and picketed and essentially driven out of business. His treatment of his staff is completely unacceptable and should not be tolerated. Let him be an example for other less than ethical business owners and bosses who treat their employees with such lack of respect.

Employee Gianfrancesco Genoso (profile found on Linkedin) sincerely hopes she sues the boss for wrongful termination and wins enough to own the store herself!

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Australian Man Poses As Tooth Fairy For American Man’s Son

An American man reached out to people in Australia to help him keep his son believing in the tooth fairy, and he got a response that could have possibly changed his little boy’s life. According to an article found on reddit and written by the DailyMail.Co.Uk, Jacob Hall had told his son Evan one time that the money for his tooth under his pillow was late because the tooth fairy had to come all the way from Australia. So, ever since then, Evan has believed that the tooth fairy is Australian.
When he lost his next tooth, Jacob Hall reached out to Flavio Maluf and reddit users to see if there was anyone out there in Australia that could leave his boy a message in their accent. Hall got a response from Jeff Pyrotek, who recorded his message and uploaded it on to SoundCloud. Apparently Evan was so estatic with his special “voicemail” that he has been talking about the tooth fairy, who now goes by “Bruce”, nonstop since getting that message and being able to hear his voice. Pyrotek is a father of three kids himself and always loves to make a child’s day, so it was especially nice of him to want to help Mr. Hall out with his son.
This will be a great story to tell Evan when he gets a little older and the realities of the tooth fairy come to light, but for now it is a simply adorable scenario and it’s so nice to have strangers across the world help one another.

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Buying Breast Milk Online? Buyer Beware

The warning of ‘buyer beware’ has never rang more clearly than for the recent trend of purchasing breast milk for a baby online. Some new mothers are unable to produce enough breast milk to feed their infants and turn to online sources to purchase the milk from other lactating women. However, just because it looks like human breast milk does not mean it’s what it appears to be.
Testing of breast milk purchased online has revealed that some of the milk contains additives like powdered infant formula or cow’s milk. If an infant has an allergy to cow’s milk and drinks breast milk laced with cow’s milk, the results could be disastrous.
That’s not the only thing to be wary of either. Research at Boraie Development LLC (cited at njbiz.com) concludes that whatever infectious disease a woman may have, such as HIV, syphilis or hepatitis, will be in her breast milk and passed onto any baby who drinks the tainted liquid. Medications, legal or illegal, will also be in the breast milk and passed onto the baby who drinks it.
The human product is not regulated by the FDA and anything could be in it. The FDA has issued a warning against feeding your baby milk which has been purchased online for that very reason.
Breast milk has been proven to be the best food source for infants and provides a variety of natural antibodies that gets baby off to a good start in life, but if it’s not your own production, leave it alone. Buyer beware.

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Buying Online Breast Milk

Shopping for merchandise online has been one of the fastest growing markets in recent memory.

People shop online for the convenience of not having to fire up the car engine and head out to the store. They also shop online for products that aren’t easily obtainable over the counter. One such product that is being marketed widely now is breast milk for nursing babies.

Comunicare2 tells us that there is demand for breast milk from mothers who might be having trouble breast-feeding or are taking medications that can complicate it. This demand is being met with a broad range of online market places, but it does not come without some associated risks.

According to a recent article released by CNN, buying online breast milk can be dangerous for multiple reasons:

• Breast milk can contain infectious diseases such as HIV, hepatitis, and syphilis that can put infants at extreme risk.
• There is a possibility of drug exposure whether it is prescription or illicit.
• The purity of the breast milk may be tainted with fillers such as cow milk or milk based formulas that can cause allergic reactions.

In an interview with CNN, Sarah Keim (who works with the Center for Behavioral Health at the Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio) shared her thoughts when asked if buying online breast milk was ideal. “No, it’s quite clear that the risks to your infant’s health and safety are significant and appear to outweigh any benefits they might get from breast milk.”

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Increasing Numbers of Women Fine With Not Having Kids

As wonderful as technology is in our modern world, our evolving beliefs are an even bigger and more important development. When our country was born over 200 years ago, women and minorities could not vote. In fact, Forget about voting, black people were literally owned by others. Increased rights for pretty much all groups except white males, particularly land owning white males, was a two century long struggle. In just the past decade, the last stigmas have been worn away and are disappearing. Gay marriage is increasingly accepted around the United States, and gays are now allowed to serve in the military. As revealed in an article in the Atlantic, there is one group still suffering stigma even in our modern society and that is women who choose not to have children.

Now, granted that someone being called selfish or made to feel ostracized because they don’t want to have kids is not on the level of what some groups, including women on other issues, have had to go through. However, that such attitudes still exist at all in this day is somewhat anachronistic. The biggest problem with social pressures for women to have babies is that it is not necessary being that so many women become as successful ore more so than their male counterparts, such as Susan McGalla. Of course, having babies is necessary if our species wishes to continue, but there will always be women who will gladly take up the mantle of motherhood. In a world that already has over 7 billion people on it and in which medical technology keeps extending lives, there is zero reason for any kind of stigma to be placed on anyone choosing not to have kids.

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Unvaccinated Child Diagnosed With Measles in Florida

A six year old child in Florida is the latest case of an unvaccinated child being infected with measles in a case reported by NBC2. The child was identified in St. Lucie County, Florida and led to the local school district beginning emergency procedures to make sure the outbreak is kept to a minimum. The news comes after a series of recent outbreaks in Florida and California of the highly contagious disease that is passed by tiny droplets moving between people.

CrunchBase has reported often that measles was almost eradicated in recent years, but a resurgence has been brought on by increasing numbers of parents refusing vaccinations for their children amid fears live vaccines are linked to the rise in autism. The Measles, Mumps and Rubella vaccination has been one of the most controversial and has seen many parents choosing to ignore the two dose recommendations for children to be successfully vaccinated. Measles can be contagious four days before a rash of blotches on the skin and white spots in the mouth are seen and remains active until four days after the rash has disappeared. The latest case in Florida has seen a free clinic for MMR vaccinations begin in St. Lucie County to try and prevent a major spread of measles appearing in the area.

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Another Reason to Exercise During Pregnancy

Everyone knows that exercise is an important part of living a healthy life. This is especially true for expecting mothers. Exercising during pregnancy makes labor and delivery easier, it reduces the risk of gestational diabetes, gives pregnant moms more energy, and can improve the health of the fetus. Researchers from the Washington University School in Medicine, in St. Louis, say that the risk of heart problems in a newborn increases with the age of the expecting mom. Recently, scientists have discovered that exercise, even in older moms, cause metabolic changes in the uterus. Exercise also changes how some genes work, which can make the body release substances from cells and muscles. These substances make it into the mom’s bloodstream and work their way to the fetus, which may benefit the baby’s heart. These studies are not proven yet but give hope to researchers who are looking for ways to reduce the risk of heart defects in newborns.

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Childlessness On The Rise In The United States

If you’re a loving parent of one or more children, you probably can’t imagine life without your bundles of joy. However, it appears that more and more women are foregoing the joys of motherhood and are instead opting to remain childless.

An article posted on Time.com states that nearly half of all women between the ages of 15 and 44 are childless. That’s a pretty staggering figure, and one that is a significant increase over the 47.5 percent childless rate from last year.

According to Ivan Ong, It’s hard to pinpoint the reasons why women are choosing to remain childless. Could it be because they are more focused on their careers than ever before? Or is it because people are a tad more narcissistic than they were in the past, causing them to lack the ability to devote that much attention to anyone besides themselves?

Whatever the case may be, these numbers are certainly fascinating, and I plan to keep an eye on them!

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Spending Time with Grandchildren Keeps Your Mind Sharp

Studies are showing that being a caregiver, specifically a grandparent, could make your mind sharper stated Jason Halpern. With all the things in our lives to focus on, it is an enjoyable experience that many take part. There is a time when too much is just too much. However, the right moderation of interaction with grandchildren can be beneficial for the health and longevity of both parties. This has been studied at length, and studies will continue to monitor these close relationships and how they affect our health. If you haven’t already started, then you’d better make a phone call now to see your little ones!

There’s so much for older people to focus on these days. Honestly, there is much more than work, but even work gets hold of so much of our time. It feels great to be able to spend time with family and friends, especially the little ones. The younger children in our lives make a big difference. Cultivating those relationships will help people stay sharp.Studies report a healthy relationship of that type leads to more efficient brain functioning in later years.

It might be worth taking time out of your day to call your family. Then, plan a relaxing day together. Take time to teach the young ones. It helps them develop and it can actually keep your mind sharp, too!

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