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Couple welcomes 100th grandchild: Couple 100th Grandchild

Couple welcomes 100th grandchild: Couple 100th Grandchild, A western Illinois couple recently celebrated the birth of their 100th grandchild.

Leo and Ruth Zanger of Quincy have 53 grandchildren, 46 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild. The birth of great-grandson Jaxton Leo on April 8 made the number 100.

Leo Zanger tells the Quincy Herald-Whig that “the good Lord has just kept sending them.” He says the family “could start our own town.” Ruth Zanger says “there’s always room for one more.”

The Zangers have been married 59 years and have 12 children. The youngest, 31-year-old Joe, was already an uncle 10 times when he was born.

Most of the family lives in the Quincy area. When they get together they rent a church hall and it takes 50 pounds of ham or ten turkeys to feed everyone.

Massive sinkhole opens at golf course: Sinkhole Golf Course

Massive sinkhole opens at golf course: Sinkhole Golf Course, A big sinkhole discovered Friday near the driving range of a southwest Missouri golf course is attracting the attention of geological experts. The hole, which is 80 feet wide and 35 feet deep in some places, was created by two separate sinkholes that formed near the entrance to Top of the Rock golf course near the resort town of Branson, Martin MacDonald, conservation director for Bass Pro Shops, told The Associated Press in a telephone interview.

The Jack Nicklaus-designed par-3 course is part of the Bass Pro Shops-owned Big Cedar Lodge complex and hosted a Champions Tour event last month. The sinkhole isn’t near the main course and won’t affect play, MacDonald said.

Geologists say such sinkholes are fairly common in the Ozarks because of its karst topography, a feature in which water is constantly circulating through bedrock below the ground. That’s why the region has so many sinkholes and caves, including Lost Canyon Cave, an attraction at the Big Cedar complex, MacDonald said.

The initial focus Friday was ensuring the safety of the public and facilities, none of which were in danger, geological engineer Gary Pendergrass said. Next week, engineers will conduct a more in-depth investigation to determine the best way to replace the 7,000 cubic feet of material displaced by the hole, he said.

But before the hole is filled, it will be explored if there’s anything to learn about karst topography.

Adult website hack leaves users nervous: Adult Friend Finder Hacked

Adult website hack leaves users nervous: Adult Friend Finder Hacked, More than 3.5 million people’s sexual preferences, fetishes and secrets have been exposed after dating site Adult FriendFinder was hacked.
Already, some of the adult website’s customers are being identified by name.

Adult FriendFinder asks customers to detail their interests and, based on those criteria, matches people for sexual encounters. The site, which boasts 64 million members, claims to have “helped millions of people find traditional partners, swinger groups, threesomes, and a variety of other alternative partners.”

The information Adult FriendFinder collects is extremely personal in nature. When signing up for an account, customers must enter their gender, which gender they’re interested in hooking up with and what kind of sexual situations they desire. Suggestions AdultFriendfinder provides for the “tell others about yourself” field include, “I like my partners to tell me what to do in the bedroom,” “I tend to be kinky” and “I’m willing to try some light bondage or blindfolds.”

The hack, which took place in March, was first uncovered by independent IT security consultant Bev Robb on her blog Teksecurity a month ago. But Robb did not name the site that was hacked. It wasn’t until this week, when England’s Channel 4 News reported on the hack, that Adult FriendFinder was named as the victim.

Pickpockets shut down Eiffel Tower: Eiffel Tower Pickpockets

Pickpockets shut down Eiffel Tower: Eiffel Tower Pickpockets, The Eiffel Tower has closed to the public as workers protest a rise in aggressive pickpockets around the Paris landmark that attracts thousands of visitors daily.

The walkout has come a day after Paris authorities said crime against tourists in the French capital had dropped this year thanks to reinforced police presence and video surveillance.

The company that manages the tower said it did not open today because the staff were concerned about petty crime around the site and it is working with police to reach a solution. Crowds of tourists streamed around the monument, unable to reach its viewing towers. The tower is normally open every day of the year but sometimes closes briefly for bomb threats or strikes.

Workers at the Louvre staged a similar walkout in 2012, complaining of a rising problem of pickpockets haunting the famed Paris museum’s vast galleries.

Paris authorities said violent theft was down 25 per cent and pickpocketing was down 23 per cent in the first four months of 2015, compared with the same period last year, according to numbers released Thursday.

Pickpockets shut down Eiffel Tower: Eiffel Tower Pickpockets

Anorexic told she’s too thin to treat: Rachael Farrokh Go Fund Me

Anorexic told she’s too thin to treat: Rachael Farrokh Go Fund Me, A woman suffering from anorexia is speaking out about her illness in the hopes that she might save herself — and others battling the same disease.

Rachael Farrokh is 37, and has been anorexic for a decade. In an emotional YouTube video posted online last month, Farrokh said she is fighting for her life.

“I’m 5’7″, 40-something pounds,” Farrokh said. “I need your help … Otherwise I don’t have a shot.”

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Farrokh, who lives in San Clemente, California, is said to have once weighed a healthy 125 pounds, but after she began suffering with anorexia, her weight began to plummet.

“I just felt out of control,” Farrokh told ABC News. “At first it was innocent, where I wanted to drop a few pounds to get better abs.”

In this undated photograph posted to Facebook, Farrokh is pictured with her husband, Rod Edmondson, during happier times:

Posted by Rachael’s Road to Recovery on Tuesday, May 19, 2015
Farrokh’s weight loss has reportedly caused her a slew of medical problems. According to a GoFundMe page set up by Edmondson, Farrokh has experienced heart, liver and kidney failure, osteoporosis, blood clots and edema.

Edmondson says he’s had to quit his job to care for his wife full time.

“She is at a critical point,” he wrote on GoFundMe. “She desperately needs the highest level of care possible.”

According to the couple, most hospitals and treatment facilities will not take Farrokh because she doesn’t meet their minimum weight requirement.

Dr. Michael Strober, professor of psychiatry and director of the eating disorder program at the UCLA Resnick Neuropsychiatric Hospital, explained to ABC News that the refeeding process of people suffering from anorexia can be extremely risky.

“Refeeding syndrome results from metabolic changes that are associated with feeding an individual who has been calorie-depleted,” Strober said. “So, the feeding needs to be carefully monitored. The refeeding syndrome will involve the body’s attempt to adapt to sudden introduction of nutrients … Too rapid increase of calories can result in the metabolic adaptation which is associated of a number of hazards, which can be life-threatening.”

According to NBC News, there is one facility in Denver which specializes in refeeding patients who have extremely low body weights. Edmondson says he hopes his wife will be able to seek treatment there.

“People think it’s just about being skinny and that they just need to eat something and it will be all better,” he wrote on GoFundMe. “The reality is people are hurting so much that they’re trying to make themselves disappear, and if we ignore it we let them. I don’t want this fate for my wife.”

As of early Thursday, over 1,000 people had donated more than $40,000 to the campaign. Edmondson expressed his gratitude for the outpouring support.

“This is a long road and you all are helping turn [my wife] around,” he wrote on Facebook this week. “She reads all of your posts for therapy when she feels down and it shuts the eating disorder down in the process as a distraction. She is going to beat this once and for all. I don’t feel alone anymore and I love you all.”

Farrokh says she hopes her story will inspire others suffering from eating disorders to seek help.

Prostitute pleads guilty in Google exec death: Alix Tichelman Guilty

Prostitute pleads guilty in Google exec death: Alix Tichelman Guilty, An alleged prostitute accused in the death of a Google executive pleaded guilty on Tuesday, and was sentenced to six years in prison.

Alix Tichelman faced a series of charges in the death of Forrest Timothy Hayes, 51. The married father of five was found dead in November 2013 aboard his 50-foot yacht in California’s Santa Cruz harbor.

Authorities say Tichelman gave Hayes an injection of heroin and then, as he began to die, she sipped her wine, gathered her belongings, and calmly walked away.

She pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter, administering a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance, destroying or concealing evidence, and engaging and agreeing to engage in prostitution, according to the Santa Cruz Superior Court.

Google hit with Obama racial slur: Google Maps White House

Google hit with Obama racial slur: Google Maps White House, Despite a temporary suspension of Google’s Map Maker program, someone still managed to deface the popular service.

The Washington Post on Tuesday reported that a Google Maps search inquiry for the racist term “n***** king” will direct you to the White House.

“Some inappropriate results are surfacing in Google Maps that should not be, and we apologize for any offense this may have caused,” a Google spokeswoman told PCMag. “Our teams are working to fix this issue quickly.”

As of Wednesday afternoon, the search yielded no results, though USA Today reported that results vary by location.

A similar search of the phrase “n***a house,” however, still zooms directly in on the White House—”Iconic home of America’s president,” as the map says. (PCMag partially obscured the insulting term in the image above.)

This is not the first instance of erroneous Google Maps results. Last month, a snowboard shop known as Edward’s Snow Den was edited into Google Maps inside the White House executive mansion, a reference to the NSA leaker currently on the run in Russia.

Australian police troll Nickelback: Queensland Police Nickelback

Australian police troll Nickelback: Queensland Police Nickelback, Nickelback is one divisive Canadian band, playing to fans around the world while also seeming to draw the ire of people everywhere they go.

For example, a London man attempted to prevent Nickelback from performing in his city with a crowdfunding campaign.

And then there’s Jesse Carey of Virginia, who listened to Nickelback continuously for one week for charity. After completing the challenge, he said: “I don’t think I could have gone one more minute.”

Chad Kroeger credits Nickelback’s longevity to the controversy created by its critics. (Nathan Denette/Canadian Press)

All of this is nothing new for singer Chad Kroeger who laughs off the onslaught of criticism. In an October 2014 interview with The Pulse Of Radio in the U.K., he said, ?”If they had stopped writing all this stuff about us, there would be no controversy left in the band and we probably would have died out years ago. They don’t know that they’re still responsible for us being around today.”

If Kroeger credits his hostile critics with helping the band survive, then he and his bandmates owe a big thank you to the Queensland, Australia, police for their Facebook post about the band.

“Police are on the lookout for these men who are believed to be impersonating musicians,” the force said in a Facebook post on Wednesday, which includes a rough drawing of the suspects.

As it turns out, the Queensland police have a history of detesting Nickelback. In December 2014, they stated they would destroy a Nickelback CD received as a Secret Santa gift.

Urgent police warning: Men matching this description expected to be committing musical crimes in Boondall tonight. pic.twitter.com/iTI6ShuO2K

— @QPSmedia
Nickelback is performing in Brisbane Wednesday night.