You know how everybody has that one cause that hits really close to home for them? This is it for me. I lost my cousin Kim in the Spring of 2008, when she was just 30 years old. The culprit? Breast Cancer. If you want to help fight this terrible disease, or learn more about how to spread awareness - check out Susan G. Komen for the Cure.
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Mumford & Sons' bassist Ted Dwane is out of the hospital and thanked fans for their support following brain surgery to remove a blood clot last week.
The band posted a photo of Dwane on its website, showing him with a shaved head. "Bear with a sore head! Thanks so much for all the well wishing, it seems to be working! I'm home," Dwane wrote in an accompanying message.
On Friday, June 14th, the band announced that they would have to cancel their appearances at the Telluride festival, Kansas' Cricket Wireless Amphitheater, and Bonnaroo, where they were replaced by Jack Johnson in a headlining slot. "[Ted] has been nothing short of heroic in how he has handled the whole ordeal, and now it has been medically proved that he does indeed have a brain," they wrote in a Facebook post, showing they still had a sense of humor after this frightening ordeal.
As of now, the band still intends to perform later this month at Glastonbury, where they will headline alongside the Rolling Stones and Arctic Monkeys. They will then play London's Olympic Park on July 6th, with the 80,000-capacity venue making this the biggest concert of their career.
Miss Utah USA, Marissa Powell, was asked about the income disparity between men and women. This was her answer:
With only a few days remaining before World War Z hits theaters, and Paramount Pictures has released an extended clip to get audience's pumped for the film's arrival. Brad Pitt plays a United Nations trouble-shooter out to defend his family, and the rest of humanity, against a global zombie invasion. The apocalyptic thriller shows Pitt and his family racing through panicked streets along and escaping many close calls with the waves of zombies threatening the living.
In the clip, Pitt and his family narrowly make it to a helicopter in a high-adrenaline rooftop escape scene teased at in the trailer for the zombie-filled film based on the book by Max Brooks. World War Z hits theaters on June 21st also stars Mireille Enos, Eric West, Matthew Fox, James Badge Dale and more.
General Motors is recalling almost 200,000 SUVs because corrosion in the driver’s door could cause a short circuit that poses a fire risk.
In a notice to consumers, GM says affected owners should park vehicles outside until they can be repaired.
The recall involves certain model year 2006 Chevrolet Trailblazer EXT and GMC Envoy XL and 2006-2007 Chevrolet Trailblazer, GMC Envoy, Buick Rainier, SAAB 9-7x, and Isuzu Ascender vehicles.
“Fluid may enter the driver's door module, causing corrosion that could result in a short in the circuit board,” states the recall, which affects a total of 193,652 SUVs.
“A short may cause the power door lock and power window switches to function intermittently or become inoperative. The short may also cause overheating, which could melt components of the door module, producing odor, smoke, or a fire.”
Owners will be contacted and their door modules tested by authorized dealers, the notice stated. Any door modules at risk of corrosion will be replaced free of charge.
The recall is expected to begin July 24, 2013, the statement added.
Jack Johnson will step in for Mumford & Sons at Bonnaroo Saturday night after the English folk-rockers canceled their appearance while bassist Ted Dwane recovers from surgery to remove a blood clot from the surface of his brain.
Johnson was already on his way to the festival to sit in with ALO last night when festival organizers asked him to replace Mumford & Sons in Saturday's headline slot.
"I called my band and asked if they were up for it," Johnson said in a statement. "Long story short – they are headed this way. I've got a lot of lyrics and chords to relearn by Saturday night. I was here to play the first Bonnaroo and it is a very special festival to my band. We are excited to hit the stage again."
Their Bonnaroo performance is one of six that Mumford & Sons have canceled since Dwane was hospitalized earlier this week. The band is currently scheduled to resume touring June 30th at Glastonbury, and has dates scheduled through the summer, including a headline slot at Lollapalooza in Chicago on August 3rd.
You might know who Angelina Jolie is.
Jolie underwent a preventive double mastectomy after learning that she was at high risk for breast cancer because of an inherited gene. The test for the BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes that she took actually costs $3,000 because a company called Myriad Genetics owns a patent on the mutated gene and therefore, a monopoly on the test.
Myriad Genetics was sued and the case went to the Supreme Court, which ruled unanimously that isolated human genes can not be patented.
In the opinion, Justice Clarence Thomas wrote that, “Myriad did not create or
alter either the genetic information encoded in the BCRA1 and BCRA2 genes or the genetic structure of the DNA. It found an important and useful gene, but groundbreaking, innovative, or even brilliant discovery does not by itself satisfy the inquiry.”
The ruling means other companies will legally be able to offer tests to find the breast cancer genes.
“I think there might be some blustering or saber rattling, but I would be really surprised if they sue anybody for patent infringement for a diagnostic test,” Robert Cook-Deegan, a research professor at Duke University’s Institute for Genome Sciences and Policy, told The New York Times.
All was not lost for Myriad Genetics — the justices ruled that artificial genes can be patented.
Complementary or cDNA can be protected by patent, since something new is being created. This is the case with cloned genes. Justice Thomas wrote, “cDNA does not present the same obstacles to patentability as naturally occurring, isolated DNA segments.” The Utah-based company’s stock price was up about 10 percent in early trading, a sign that investors didn’t see the ruling as a complete loss.
Regardless, it looks like soon more people will be able to afford a test to determine if they’re at increased risk of breast cancer, just like Angelina did.
For some reason, this is making it's rounds on the internet. Animals without necks are all the rage, so in case you need to blow off a little time on your last day of the workweek...here are some pics.
You've heard the adage "The customer is always right." Now, thanks to the power of social media, never has it been easier to shower praise on or file a complaint with a company for the entire world to see. One customer is causing outrage over a video she took of herself while complaining about an allegedly rude worker at a Dunkin' Donuts.
In the video, recorded on the woman's cellphone, she tells the employee behind the counter (not the employee she is there to complain about) that her experience the previous evening was not good and that she's there to get what she believes she is owed, a free meal. She complains about not being given a receipt for her purchase and says she is thereby entitled to free food. She tells the employee several times she is recording everything they're doing and going to put it online.
The employee remains calm even as the woman begins raising her voice and berating him to describe her displeasure with what happened. She does mention she has previously written many good reviews for this shop's location and she used to like coming there.
The employee, trying to appease the woman, tells her, "Whatever you want, I will get it for you." As the young man rings up the new order, the woman says, "I can't wait to post this on Facebook as soon as we're done." She then flips the camera around to herself and says to it, "Hi, Facebook. This is what you have to do in life." She then notices another customer standing nearby and informs him that she is recording and that she is going to post the video to Facebook. The man shrugs and acts as if he's not interested.
The video goes on for more than eight minutes, and the situation becomes ugly when toward the end the customer swears even more and starts using racial epithets. Her attempt to make this particular Dunkin' Donuts famous for bad service has backfired, drawing comments such as, "this actually makes Dunkin Donuts look way better" and "that is really sad and disturbing."
The video has surpassed 220,000 views and continues to climb on YouTube, more from people's outrage over the woman's behavior than for anything else.
Due to the attention the woman has received since posting the video to her Facebook account. She has since deleted it. She has been identified as 27 year-old Taylor Chapman from Florida.
He thought the box was empty, but a California husband accidentally sold his wife's $23,000 diamond wedding ring for $10 at a garage sale on June 1.
"Every year our community holds a garage sale. I was in the hospital, I just had a baby, so my husband thought it would be fun for my other kids if they could sell some things at the garage sale," said Racquel Cloutier, 31, of Laguna Niguel, Calif., who owns the ring.
For the sale Eric Cloutier chose things he thought the family no longer needed, including a seemingly empty watch box.
"He didn't know that before I went to the hospital, I put my ring in that box. I wanted the ring to be in a safe place and out of reach from my 2-year-old twins," Cloutier told ABC News.
Cloutier realized her ring, and the box it was in, was missing a day after she returned from the hospital, June 5.
"I go into my husband's closet, can't find the box, and then he tells me he sold it. I said, 'You sold it? What do you mean you sold it?' I immediately started crying," Cloutier said.
"I'm very, very, very upset," Cloutier continued. "I'm trying to remain optimistic but I don't know anymore. There's a small chance whoever bought the box doesn't know the ring is in there."
According to Cloutier, the ring was inadvertently bought by a blonde woman who was at first unsure if she would even buy the watch box.
"I would never, ever keep the ring if I had found it," Cloutier said. "If you're honest, you're honest. Clearly, the ring was in the box by accident."
As for Cloutier's husband, "He feels really terrible," she said.