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Teen Dies After ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

Cameron Lancaster, 18, died in a tragedy linked to the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge.

Teen Dies After taking ALS ChallengeThe death of an 18-year-old Scottish man in a flooded quarry is being linked to the “ice bucket challenge.”

Cameron Lancaster, of Burntisland, Fife, died Sunday. Emergency services — Police Scotland, the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service, and the Scottish Ambulance Service — were called to Preston Hill Quarry near Inverkeithing after he disappeared at around 5 p.m. His body was recovered at around 9 p.m. after four hours underwater.

In a statement, Lancaster’s family said: “Cameron died in a tragic accident. His death is such a great loss. During his short life, he touched so many people with his friendliness, kindness and thoughtful generosity of spirit. He will be hugely missed by his family and friends. The family are finding it hard to come to terms with this sudden loss and would ask for privacy.”

Ice Bucket Challenge – The ALS Association

“Designing Women” star Meshach Taylor Died

Meshach TaylorDesigning Women” star Meshach Taylor passed away Saturday night after a long battle with cancer.

Taylor’s family says he passed away at his home in California while surrounded by loved ones including his 100-year-old mother.  He is survived by wife Bianca Ferguson his four children, daughters, Tamar Taylor, Esme Taylor, Yasmine Taylor, and son Tariq Taylor, and four grandchildren.

He was sixty-seven-years-old.

Meshach, is best known for his Emmy-nominated role  as the flamboyant Anthony Bouvier on  the popular late 80’s show, known as “Designing Women.”  On the CBS sitcom,  Taylor played a former prison inmate who was falsely convicted of a robbery.  He was the only man on the staff, and later in the series becomes a partner.

He was surrounded by four dazzling Southern-styled ladies Delta Burke, Annie Potts, Jean Smart and Dixie Carter. 

Designing Women Cast

Taylor made a name for himself as the beleaguered male foil consistently at the mercy of the ladies’ antics during its seven-season run.

Designing Women on CBS:

  •  First episode: September 29, 1986
  • Final episode: May 17, 1993

 

Meshach Taylor Designing WomenMeshach Taylor Trivia:

  • Received his bachelor’s degree from Florida A & M University in Tallahassee, Florida (1993).
  • He was awarded the 1977 Joseph Jefferson Award for Actor in a Principal Role in a Play for his performance in “Sizwe Banzi is Dead”, at the Goodman Stage II Theater in Chicago, Illinois.
  • He was nominated for a 1979 Joseph Jefferson Award for Actor in a Principal Role in a Play for “Native Son”, at the Goodman Theater in Chicago, Illinois.
  • Altadena, California: Semi-retired [December 2012]

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Man Responsible for UCSB Shootings Name Released

The identity of the man responsible for the UCSB shootings has been released.

Elliott Rodgers California ShooterElliot Rodger, the  22-year-old son of  Peter Rodger, the second unit director of the first installment of “Hunger Games,” has been identified as the person responsible for the horrific massacre at University of California-Santa Barbara. Friday night.

Rodger stabbed to death three roommates at his apartment before starting his shooting spree, before he unleashed his violence on the streets of Isla Vista — the UCSB community.

According to sources,  Rodgers’ posted a YouTube video, a young man sitting behind the wheel of a car with tinted windows parked in front of palm trees talks of “loneliness, rejection and unfulfilled desires” and blames women for throwing themselves at “obnoxious brutes” but rejecting him, “the supreme gentleman.”

The video, titled “Elliot Rodger’s Retribution,” Watch Video Here

“For the last eight years of my life, since I hit puberty, I’ve been forced to endure an existence of loneliness, rejection and unfulfilled desires, all because girls have never been attracted to me,” Rodger says in the video. “Girls gave their affection and sex and love to other men, never to me.”

Days Of Our Lives: Debt Ceiling Saga Renewed

Business man looking inquisitively with a ceiling made of money overhead.

It’s fitting that the soft deadline for Congress to raise the debt ceiling comes only a few days after Groundhog Day. But politics may take a back seat this time around.

CNN reported on January 31 that House Republicans will demand some sort of conditions for raising the debt ceiling before February 7. But Sylvia Mathews Burwell, the White House Budget Director, told Reuters that she believes both sides want to avoid the same messy negotiations that led to the federal government being shut down for 16-days this past October. She specifically pointed to the $1.1 trillion spending bill passed on January 16 with strong bi-partisan support that will fund the government until the end of September.

The one thing working in the government’s favor is that the Treasury has several tools that can extend the default date through the end of February. But that also opens the door for more political melodrama that Americans have grown tired of.

Political Theater Helps Nobody

Excessive debt doesn’t help the Doe family on Main Street, nor the U.S. Treasury. But some debt is considered “good debt.” The Doe’s know they must take on a $200,000 mortgage to maintain continuity for their family, while the federal government knows that raising the debt ceiling has been a compulsory obligation despite political differences.

President Ronald Reagan, often viewed as the standard-bearer for Republican ideals, raised the debt ceiling 18 times during his eight-year White House stay. George H.W. Bush raised it nine times, Clinton four and George W. Bush seven times. President Obama is seeking his seventh increase this month. The only president not to raise the debt ceiling since 1939, the first year federal debt limits were instituted, was Harry S. Truman, according to Politifact.

Mark Zandi, chief economist of economic forecasting and bank stress testing firm Moody’s Analytics, called the statutory debt limit an “idiosyncratic, anachronistic…destructive rule” in written testimony before the Congressional Joint Economic Committee last September. The company’s chief economist took it a step further, calling for the elimination of the statutory debt ceiling entirely due to the negative effects politics have on the overall economy.

Standard & Poor’s has repeatedly warned the federal government that failure to curtail spending and reduce the deficit will ultimately cost the U.S. its top credit rating.

Forget February 7

The soft deadline to raise the debt limit will inevitably come and go with no deal being made. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-KY, told Fox News that it would be “irresponsible” for Congress to allow another debt ceiling hike without attaching conditions to it. But House Speaker John Boehner, R-OH, was a bit more conciliatory. He said that despite the differences between Republicans and Democrats, Congress does not want to default again.

The total outstanding debt for the U.S. currently sits at $17.25 trillion.