Month: June 2017

Married teacher in Maine's affair with her 17-year-old student only revealed after his suicide attempt

A married health teacher is accused of repeatedly having sex with a 17-year-old student in court papers filed by his mother after he tried to commit suicide.

The claims against Jill Lamontagne, 29, from Maine, only came to light in mid-June after the alleged victim tried to take his own life.

Details of the alleged relationship between the mother of two and her student were disclosed in the protection-order form filled out by the alleged victim’s mother, reports the Journal Tribune of York County.

It’s claimed the teen boy was admitted to the hospital on June 9 after taking a cocktail of drugs.

He later told a nurse he had tried to kill himself “because of a girl,” before admitting to his aunt that rumors about the relationship with the teacher were true.


“He said he loved her, he said it happened numerous times, in the classroom, at her house, in her car,” the boy’s mother wrote in the complaint.

“She told him she hadn’t had a sexual relationship in two years.”

According to the complaint, the student said he felt “used” by his teacher but wanted to continue the relationship.

He claimed that Lamontagne performed oral sex on him, and that “other stuff happened” between them as well.

According to the court filing, one sexual encounter took place when Lamontagne instructed him to come over to her home, and that the two of them “fooled around.” A lawyer representing Lamontagne in court Monday denied all the allegations.

She has worked at the school — where she was also a student — for five years and is the lead health teacher.

She has been placed on leave from Kennebunk High School and had a civil protection order issued against her.


Regional Schools superintendent Katie Hawes said the school is working with the appropriate agencies “to ensure the safety of our students and our staff.”

Hawes also said the district would consider firing Lamontagne if she is charged.

Lamontagne has not been criminally charged in this case. She remains on administrative leave while the school district investigates the claims against her.

According to her personal blog, she earned her bachelor’s degree in health sciences from the University of Southern Maine in 2010, followed by a master’s degree in inclusion education from the University of New England in 2013.

Her ‘Mission Statement’ reads: “My mission is to be an exceptional role model for my students. As a health teacher, I educate students about many aspects of their lives/lifestyles and I believe that I need to practice what I preach.

“To be successful in teaching students about these very sensitive topics, I am trustworthy, honest and reliable.

“I strive to be all of these things, along with kind, healthy and responsible so that I am a great role model and mentor for my students.”







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'LACK OF OVERSIGHT' 'Obamaphone' hit by Dem over fraudulent findings

A new government audit finds more than a third of enrollees of the “Obamaphone” program may not be qualified — among other fraudulent findings — prompting a Senate Democrat to roundly criticize the program’s “complete lack of oversight.”

A report released Thursday by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) claims the program, which gives cell phones to poor people, stashed $9 billion in private bank accounts, the Washington Times reported.

The 90-page report was requested by Sen. Claire McCaskill, a Missouri Democrat who serves as ranking Democrat on the Senate’s chief oversight committee and who is a former state auditor in Missouri.

“A complete lack of oversight is causing this program to fail the American taxpayer — everything that could go wrong is going wrong,” McCaskill said in a statement, according to the newspaper.

“We’re currently letting phone companies cash a government check every month with little more than the honor system to hold them accountable, and that simply can’t continue,” she said.

The program — officially known as the Lifeline Program and run by the Federal Communications Commission — predates President Obama but received attention during his time in office when recipients began to associate the free phone with other benefits given to the poor, the paper reported.

The GAO report found that about 10.6 million people have an Obamaphone, but 36 percent of them may not qualify, according to the Washington Times. The audit also concluded that more than 5,500 people were found to be enrolled for two phones, while the program was paying for about 6,400 phones for persons the government has listed as dead, the paper reported.

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Emily's sexiest bikini snaps

Emily Ratajkowski knows a thing or two about rocking a bikini. The 26-year-old actress, model and UN Women Goodwill Ambassador boasts a massive 13.7 million Instagram following. And it isn’t surprising, given her penchant for posting sexy photos. Whether she’s at the beach, on a boat or by the pool, Ratajkowski seems to enjoy spending her time in as few clothes as possible.


The model, who’s on the August cover of Glamour UK, is a self-proclaimed feminist and supporter of women’s freedom of choice. When it comes to her sexy image, she said, “I believe in sexuality. I think it’s a wonderful thing and, if anything, I want women to understand their own sexuality outside of a patriarchal male gaze. We’re the core of sexual beings, and I think that’s something that should be celebrated rather than attacked,” she told the magazine.


Below, you’ll find 12 of Ratajkowski’s sexiest bikini photos of all time. Plus, her expansive swimwear collection is the perfect inspiration when you’re shopping for your next swimsuit.


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Comedian: I tricked you all

Comedian Hannibal Buress hired a lookalike to attend the “Spider-Man: Homecoming” premiere in Los Angeles on Wednesday in his place. The doppelganger tricked some reporters into thinking he was the star.

Buress said sending someone in his place worked out exactly as he had hoped. 

“If I went to the carpet and did 20-plus interviews, you wouldn’t have reached out to my publicist. So it worked!” he told the Associated Press on Thursday.

Buress took to his Twitter account and wrote: “L.A I need a lookalike with solid comedic timing for an event tonight. Pays $500.”


Buress plays Coach Wilson in the summer’s upcoming superhero blockbuster.

The lucky man who was chosen to attend was aspiring actor Joe Carroll.

Carroll posted a few pictures on his Instagram at the premiere with captions saying: “When @hannibalburess hits you up and tells you to crash the red carpet since he couldn’t make it.”


Buress told the AP, “It worked way better and I didn’t have to fly or anything and I was able to still do the job I was scheduled to do and still promote the movie in a way more effective way than if I dressed up and went to the carpet. So it’s a win for me, it’s a win for the studio and the movie and it’s a win for Joe that did it.”

Buress is a stand-up comedian and actor. He became a household name in 2014 when a bit he did went viral that made mention of Bill Cosby’s rape allegations. 

“Spider-Man: Homecoming” hits theaters July 7th.

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Actor sentenced to jail

James Cromwell was sentenced to jail for refusing to pay fines related to his arrest at a protest at a New York power plant.

A town judge in Wawayanda on Thursday sentenced the Oscar-nominated actor to seven dails in jail, the Times Herald-Record of Middletown reports.

Cromwell was among a group found guilty of obstructing traffic at a December 2015 sit-in at the site of a natural gas-fired power plant being built in Wawayanda. The protesters say the plant poses a threat to the environment.

Cromwell says he hopes that people can see the injustice of the jail sentence and that others may be inspired to join the pickets.

Cromwell lives in a neighboring town. He has appeared in more than 50 films, including “Babe” and “L.A. Confidential.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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'Caesar' not backing down

The theater director who endured death threats and lost corporate sponsors after staging a Donald Trump-inspired version of “Julius Caesar” has a message to any artist fearful of facing similar backlash — don’t flinch.

“We can’t allow ourselves to feel overwhelmed. We can’t allow ourselves to feel we’re completely isolated. We’re not,” Oskar Eustis, artistic director of The Public Theater, told The Associated Press.

“We’re speaking for the majority of the country and we need to draw strength from that and step out and take the risks that will really fulfill the arts’ historic function.”

Eustis sparked controversy when he chose to portray Caesar as an ego-driven populist with fluffy blond hair, a gold bathtub and a leggy Slovenian wife for his free Shakespeare in the Park summer production.

While Trump’s name was never mentioned, the backlash was swift after photos and video appeared online of the Trumpian Caesar dying in a bloody group stabbing in Act 3, as has happened onstage for some 400 years.

Some screamed that the production condoned the assassination of Trump, even though the play clearly warns those who commit political violence even for noble reasons about the futility of their actions. Several protesters stormed the stage and police are investigating threatening phone calls made to Eustis’ family.

“I thought we might provoke some response but what I thought is we’d provoke response to our production, and what we got was not a response to our production but a response to a completely slanted, biased reporting on a photograph and video tapes of our production,” said Eustis.

Delta and Bank of America pulled their sponsorships of the production and, perhaps most painfully, The National Endowment for the Arts, which Trump once proposed eliminating, made a point of saying it had no role in the show.

“The NEA being forced to distance themselves from our production is a very sad commentary on how incredibly vulnerable they feel as a federal agency. I don’t have any criticism for them at all. They are fighting for their life,” said Eustis.

He said The Public, with deep roots in the community and wide financial support, will weather the storm. He said it has received more than 35,000 supportive emails, letters and social media comments, along with some 2,000 letters containing checks. (Filmmaker Michael Moore also promised to kick in $10,000.)

What Eustis most fears is that the blowback will have a chilling effect on less secure theater companies “because they’ll be afraid of the consequences.” Theater companies with Shakespeare in their name, but nothing to do with The Public have already become targets of vitriol.

Arian Moayed, a Tony-nominated actor and artistic director of the innovative theater company Waterwell, watched the events unfold with dread. He was onstage in his own updated production of “Hamlet,” this one set in Persia in the early 20th century.

“What happened to The Public and Oskar is kind of the worst fear for any theater-maker or artists of any field, mostly because we do live in a world where artistic freedom is all we have,” Moayed said.

The venerable Shakespeare & Company felt the collateral damage as far away as Lenox, Massachusetts. It was the target of caustic emails and voicemails from people mistakenly assuming it had a role in the show.

Allyn Burrows, the artistic director, chose to use the controversy to engage, quietly emailing hate-spewing critics back with a “Julius Caesar” synopsis and trying to tamp down the vitriol. “We’re used to screaming around here. We’re a theater company, right?”

While calling Eustis’ approach “bold,” Burrows said theater companies must follow their own muses when making art and be prepared to explain it. “You create theater to engage people in conversation. You can’t necessarily then be discriminatory on what kind of conversation it is.”

The theater community has struggled with the change in the White House. With Barack Obama, they had a president who often came to Broadway shows and who even helped champion one in “Hamilton.” Trump does not seem to share his predecessor’s enjoyment of live theater.

The fault line was quickly exposed when then-Vice President-elect Mike Pence went to “Hamilton” and was given a pointed message about diversity from the cast after the show. Trump hit back, saying theater “must always be a safe and special place.” Theater professionals scoffed: Theater, they say, must never be safe.

The stage world’s response to Trump has included Robert Schenkkan’s play “Building the Wall,” a Broadway transfer of George Orwell’s “1984,” and the Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company in Washington this fall reviving “The Arsonists,” about liberal apathy. More political plays are on tap as artists tackle the Trump era.

“I feel that people are making more work or wanting to create more,” said Mia Yoo, artistic director of La MaMa Experimental Theatre Club in downtown Manhattan. “Something this galvanizing is going to push us in a new direction that, hopefully, something good will come out of this.”

Moayed hopes theater can serve as a bridge between a divided America. “It’s so black and white in our industry right now. It’s either you hate Donald Trump or you love Donald Trump and there’s nothing in between,” he said.

“When you bring both sides of the equation to the table and have them just look at each other — face-to-face — without judgment and without irony or cynicism, you really can make an impact.”

Meanwhile, Eustis finds a silver lining in the sudden jolt of electricity that William Shakespeare is enjoying.

“The brouhaha over ‘Julius Caesar’ is an illustration of the fact that the arts have the ability to be on the cutting edge of positive change. We have the ability to make statements about democracy, about free speech, about robust debates, about the fact that controversy is a good thing for the arts. It’s what the arts are supposed to provoke. This is an opportunity that I hope folks won’t let go by.”

This article originally appeared on the Associated Press.

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What happened to child star?

Then/Now: Former child stars

Some careers are over by the time a kid turns 18, while others keep going and going and…”>Fox News

Lynsey Bartilson

Lynsey Bartilson is best known as Lily Finnerty on the hit sitcome “Grounded for Life.” She also appeared in several TV shows as a teen including “The Amanda Show,” “That ’70s Show” and “Party of Five.” Her last role was as a bartender in the 2015 movie “Bad Roomies.” Click here for more child star news on




JoJo got her start on “America’s Most Talented Kids” in 2003 when she was just 13-years-old. Shortly after competing on the show, she released her debut single “Leave (Get Out) which reached number one on the Billboard Pop songs chart. She dabbled in acting, appearing in TV shows and movies, and released a second record in 2006. She relaunched her career in 2016 by releasing her album “Mad Love” and she also showed off her more-adult look. Click here for another child star turned-sexy on



James and Oliver Phelps

The Weasley twins from “Harry Potter” look almost unrecognizable today. The actors famously dyed their hair red for their roles in J.K. Rowling’s film franchise. The now 30-year-old twins are still acting in fantasy flicks. 

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Hallie Eisenberg

The little girl from the Pepsi commercials is all grown up! Hallie Eisenberg — her brother is actor Jesse Eisenberg — continued her acting career, appearing in movies such as “Bicentennial Man” and “The Miracle Worker.” But she took a break in 2010 to go to college. She is currently dating “Voice” contestant Owen Danoff (pictured left). Click here for more celebrity pics on



Kimberly J Brown

Kimberly J. Brown is best known for her leading role in the 1998 film “Halloweentown.” The actress, then 14, portrayed Marnie Piper in the Disney Channel Original Movie. She went on to play that role for the next two installments in the series only to be replaced by Sara Paxton for the fourth and final “Halloweentown” movie. Brown has had very few acting roles since her teenage days. According to her website, the now 31-year-old released a children’s book in August 2016 called “Poppins Pumpkin Patch Parade.” Click here for more celebrity news on



Beverley Mitchell

Beverley Mitchell is best known for her role as Lucy Camden on the hit family drama “7th Heaven.” However, the former child star had many TV and movie roles before joining the TV show. She has since appeared in shows like “The Secret Life of the American Teenager” and had a brief country music career. Mitchell married her long-time boyfriend, accountant Michael Cameron in 2008. They have two children. Her most recent acting role was in 2015’s “A Gift Wrapped Christmas.” Click here for more pictures of Mitchell on



Madison De La Garza

Demi Lovato’s little sister isn’t so little anymore! Madison De La Garza, Lovato’s half sister, had her breakout role on the ABC hit drama “Desperate Housewives” when she was just 7-years-old. Although she’s still a child star, De La Garza sure looks all grown up at the age of 13.



Freddie Highmore

Freddie Highmore looks a lot different from when he played Charlie in Johnny Depp’s “Charlie And The Chocolate Factory.” The British actor is all grown up and currently stars in A&E’s “Bates Motel.”

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Thomas Brodie-Sangster

Thomas Brodie-Sangster barely looks a day older than when he starred opposite Liam Neeson in “Love Actually.” 13 years later, the actor has had roles in “Game of Thrones” and “Maze Runner.”



Bug Hall

Little Alfalfa (center) is all grown up! Bug Hall, the actor who played the lovable character in the 2004 “Little Rascals” film went on to appear in 1995’s “The Big Green,” 1997’s “Honey, We Shrunk Ourselves,” and 1998’s “Safety Patrol. As ad adult, Hall had small acting stints on “CSI,” “Cold Case,” and “The O.C.” He recently played the Ice Cream Man in 2014’s “The Little Rascals Save the Day.” Click here for more celebrity news from



Bonnie Wright

Ginny Weasley is all grown up! The former “Harry Potter” star has since gone on to earn a bachelor’s degree, launch a modeling career and continue acting since the film series ended. She was engaged to “Twilight” star Jamie Campbell Bower and is currently dating nightclub boss Simon Hammerstein who is 13 years older than her.



Daveigh Chase

Chase scared the entire country when she portrayed Samara in “The Ring.” The actress has come a long way from her villain days and has ditched her long, brown tresses from the horror film for blonder locks (left). Chase, now 24, also voiced the role of Lilo in “Lilo & Stitch” and had a reoccurring role on HBO’s “Big Love.” She also has a number of upcoming film roles listed on IMDB.



Drew Barrymore

Hollywood royalty Barrymore hit the big screen as a tiny tot, stealing our hearts in “E.T.” Though she had a wild child phase (complete with teenage rehab stint), the actress rallied and came back stronger than ever. These days, Barrymore is still starring in hits and directing them as well. She made her directorial debut with “Whip It” in 2009. Barrymore has two daughters, Olive and Frankie, with ex-husband Will Kopelman.



Joseph Gordon-Levitt

Gordon-Levitt played quirky Tommy on the hit 90s series “3rd Rock from the Sun,” and then moved on to teen movies like “10 Things I Hate About You.” In recent years, the actor has built up a solid career, with dark indie flicks like “Brick” and rom coms like “(500) Days of Summer.” He starred alongside Leonardo DiCaprio in 2010’s “Inception” and made his directorial debut in 2013’s “Don Jon” which he also wrote and starred in.



Melissa Joan Hart

Once a Nickelodeon kiddie favorite, Melissa moved from her hit “Clarissa Explains It All” to yet another successful series, “Sabrina the Teenage Witch.” After slowing things down a bit to start a family (three little boys and a husband), Melissa came back to the biz, competing in “Dancing with the Stars” and kicked off her current ABC Family sitcom, “Melissa & Joey:” in 2010. She released an autobiography in the fall of 2013 entitled “Melissa Explains it All.”



Danny Bonaduce

With the outrageous antics, it’s hard to believe he’s the freckle-faced kid from “The Partridge family” in the ’70s. Between the drugs, the arrests, and the general drama, Bonaduce is the greatest child-star cautionary tale. After the show, Danny struggled with addictions to drugs and alcohol and even became homeless at one point. He cleaned up his act in the ’80s, becoming a successful radio personality. Then in 2005 he starred in his own train wreck of a reality show, “Breaking Bonaduce” and in 2007 he was the host and judge of the VH1 series “I Know My Kid’s a Star.” Today, Danny makes personal appearances on TV and radio, and often gets in the ring for celebrity bouts with other stars past their prime. He is married to Amy Railsback. He has two children from a previous marriage.

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Sara Gilbert

The former “Roseanne” star stole our hearts as sassy daughter Darlene. As an adult, she returned to the small screen, appearing on “The Big Bang Theory” with Johnny Galecki — who played her boyfriend (and later husband) on “Roseanne.” Gilbert appeared on a few shows in 2010 and is a co-host and creator of the daytime talk show “The Talk.” The star has two young children with her ex-partner TV producer Allison Adler. She is married to former 4 Non Blondes frontwoman Linda Perry and they have one son, Rhodes Emilio Gilbert Perry.



Leonardo DiCaprio

Before he was king of the world in “Titanic,” Leo was Luke on “Growing Pains” and starred in movies like “This Boy’s Life.” DiCaprio churns out hit flicks continuously. From “J. Edgar” to “Inception” and more recently “The Revenant,” DiCaprio receives high praise for his films.



Neil Patrick Harris

Doogie! Everyone was relieved when the fictional child doctor grew up unscathed. After years leading a normal life, Harris came back into the public eye parodying himself in 2004 comedy “Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle.” The actor then took on the role of Barney on the CBS sitcom “How I Met Your Mother,” and scored a series of hosting gigs (Tonys, Emmys, etc). He’s also been active on Broadway, starring in shows like “Cabaret,”and directing a production of “Rent.” NPH won an Emmy for his guest-starring role in “Glee.” Harris and his partner David Burtka share twins Harper and Gideon.



Christina Ricci

Ricci was a huge child star in the ’90s, appearing in movies like “Mermaids,” “The Addams Family,” “Now and Then,” and “Casper.” The actress transitioned into more adult roles with “The Ice Storm,” then went on to star in flicks like “The Opposite of Sex,” “Pumpkin,” “Sleepy Hollow,” “Black Snake Moan” and “Speed Racer.” Ricci married James Heerdegen in 2013.



Fred Savage

After playing Kevin Arnold on “The Wonder Years,” Savage (whose brother Ben was also a child star) stepped behind the camera. Over the years he has directed and produced TV episodes of “Hannah Montana,” “Phil of the Future,” “Ugly Betty,” and “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia.” Savage graduated from Stanford University with an English degree, and has three children with his wife Jennifer Stone Savage.



Jodie Foster

The poster girl for successful former child actors, Jodie has maintained her composure, from “Taxi Driver” to “The Accused.” Some of her other movies include “Silence of the Lambs,” “Little Man Tate,” “Maverick,” “Nell,” and “Panic Room.” The actress, who has two children with ex-partner Cydney Bernard, graduated with honors from Yale and speaks fluent French. She has won numerous awards, including two Oscars, two Golden Globes, and three Bafta awards. She is married to Alexandra Hedison.

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Joey Lawrence

Whoa! Joey was a cute kid on “Gimme a Break!” and a hunky teen on “Blossom,” but faded away for a bit. He’s made a comeback in recent years, appearing on “Dancing with the Stars” and TV movies like “My Fake Fiance.” Lawrence is married with two daughters and most recently starred on “Melissa & Joey” on ABC Family.



Elijah Woods

Elijah ruled the ’90s as a wide-eyed brunette, appearing in movies like “Avalon,” “Forever Young,” and “The Good Son.” Ang Lee’s 1997 film “The Ice Storm” moved the actor into adult territory, and Elijah appeared in movies including “Deep Impact” and “The Faculty.” Today, he is best known for playing Frodo in “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy, but has since appeared in “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind,” “Sin City,” “Everything is Illuminated,” and “Bobby.” In 2005, Woods started his own record label, Simian Records. He recently starred in the dark comedy “Wilfred.”



Mayim Bialik

Mayim is famous for her starring role in ’90s sitcom “Blossom.” Since the show, the actress had two kids and got her Ph.D. in neuroscience. Dang! She ventured back to Hollywood, having appeared on shows like “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” “The Secret Life of the American Teenager,” and currently stars as Amy Farrah Fowler on “The Big Bang Theory.” She fits right in with those smarty pants! She has two sons with ex-husband Michael Stone.



Mark Paul Gosselaar

Though he’ll be forever known as Zack Morris, Gosselaar has found success as an adult in Hollywood. The former “Saved by the Bell” star has appeared in TV shows like “NYPD Blue” and “Raising the Bar,” and in recent years has starred in “Franklin and Bash.” Mark-Paul is married to advertising executive Catriona McGinn with whom he has two children. He also has two children with his first wife, model Lisa Ann Russell.

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Sarah Jessica Parker

SJP got her start as Patty on sitcom “Square Pegs” (at left) — a far cry from chic Carrie of “Sex and the City”! She’s had plenty of success since her “Footloose” days. Parker has since starred in “Sex and the City,” (and its sequel), “Failure to Launch,” “Hocus Pocus,” and “Did You Hear About the Morgans?” Married to Matthew Broderick, the couple have three children.



Macaulay Culkin

The “Home Alone” star seemed like he had a bright future ahead of him in 1990 and starred in the sequel two years later. But his career went stale by the mid-90s. He has had some guest appearances on shows over the years, but nothing to write home about. At age 18, he married fellow actor Rachel Minor. The couple divorced four years later and Culkin dated actress Mila Kunis from 2002–2010. Click here fore more pictures of the star on

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Ron Howard

Little Ronny Howard made his acting debut in “The Music Man” and then played adorable Opie on “The Andy Griffith Show.” He then appeared in the 1973 film “American Graffiti,’ and scored another hit television role: that of “Happy Days”’ Richie Cunningham. After retiring from acting, Howard turned his attention to directing, helming films such as “Splash,” “Willow,” “Apollo 13” (which won two Oscars), “A Beautiful Mind” (for which he won an Oscar for Best Director) and 2008’s “Front/Nixon.” Howard told “Vanity Fair” magazine his greatest achievement is “Forty-eight consecutive years of steady employment in television and film, while preserving a rich family life.” The director resides in Connecticut with his wife of more than 3 decades, with whom he has four children and one grandchild. Daughters Bryce and Paige are actors. He has many movies lined up, including the anticipated big-screen version of “Arrested Development.”



Danica McKellar

Winnie Cooper was America’s sweetheart on “The Wonder Years,” and she grew up to be appropriately wholesome, yet sexy. McKellar has turned her attention to studying math, and has released best-selling books geared toward young girls (“Kiss my Math,” “Math Doesn’t Suck,” “Hot X: Algebra Exposed”). Conversely, she did a lingerie pictorial for “Stuff” magazine in 2005. Danica does the occasional acting gig, though she admits that the transition from “child actor to adult actor was a little bumpy.” She’s had a guest roles on “The West Wing,” and “How I Met Your Mother.” The former child has a kid of her own now and is married to her second husband Scott Sveslosky.



Molly Ringwald

A teen queen in the ’80s, Molly stole hearts in John Hughes classics like “Sixteen Candles” and “Pretty in Pink.” After waiting out young adulthood in France, Ringwald made a come back when she starred in ABC Family’s “The Secret Life of the American Teenager.” Molly is married with three little ones. Her book, “Getting the Pretty Back,” was released in 2010.



Michael J. Fox

Michael P. Keaton went on to star in “Back to the Future” trilogy and “Teen Wolf,” and rode his fame wave into adulthood. As a grown-up, the former “Family Ties” actor starred in ABC’s “Spin City,” winning an Emmy and three Golden Globes for his role. Diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease in 1991, the actor has since been a research advocate. He has released three books (including this year’s “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Future: Twists and Turns and Lessons Learned”). The actor voiced Stuart Little in the animated mouse movie franchise, and has made occasional guest appearances on shows such as “Scrubs” and “Boston Legal.” His sitcom, “The Michael J. Fox” show was canceled. Married to Tracy Pollan since 1988, the couple have four children.



Alyssa Milano

The former “Who’s the Boss?” child star took a sexy detour (remember “Poison Ivy II”?), but turned things around, landing a regular gig on “Melrose Place” and then the hit WB series “Charmed.” In recent years, Alyssa wrote a book about baseball and completed a guest role on “My Name is Earl.” The actress starred in the short-lived sitcom “Romantically Challenged” and formerly starred on ABC’s “Mistresses.” She is married to Dave Bugliari and they have two children.



Natalie Portman

Portman was 12 when she landed a role in 1994’s “The Professional,” launching her career.  Though she took a break to study at Harvard, smarty-pants Natalie came back bigger than ever. Some of her hits include “Beautiful Girls,” “Where the Heart Is,” “Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones,” “Garden State,” “Closer,” “The Other Boleyn Girl,” “Brothers” and “Black Swan.” She married Benjamin Millepied in 2012 and they have one son, Aleph.



Anna Paquin

Anna won an Oscar at the tender age of 11 for her work in “The Piano.” Almost half a decade later, she came back with movies like “She’s All That” and the X-Men franchise. Her HBO series “True Blood” earned Paquin acclaim; she won a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in 2008. Anna is currently married her “True Blood” co-star, Stephen Moyer. The couple welcomed twins in 2012.



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'Alarming' rat lungworm parasite spreading through Florida, researchers warn

A parasite that can cause meningitis in humans and animals is spreading throughout the state of Florida, with health officials fearing that it may be in other areas throughout the southern U.S.

The parasitic roundworm, known as rat lungworm, is native to Hawaii and tropical locations, and while small studies have previously placed it in southern Florida, University of Florida researchers call their latest findings “alarming.”

In their study, which was published in PLoS ONE, the researchers tested rats and snails from 18 counties around the state. Samples from Hillsborough, Orange, Alachua, St. Johns and Leon all tested positive for the parasite.


“The reality is that it is probably in more counties than we found it in, and it is also probably more prevalent in the southeastern U.S. than we think,” Heather Stockdale Walden, the study’s lead author and an assistant professor in the University of Florida department of infectious disease and pathology, told the UF College of Veterinary Medicine website. “The ability for this historically subtropical nematode to thrive in a more temperate climate is alarming.”

Rat lungworm can cause severe gastrointestinal or central nervous system issues in humans and animals, including livestock or pets. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the adult form of the parasite is only found in rodents which pass larvae of the parasite in their feces. It can be transmitted to snails and slugs that ingest the larvae.


The parasite poses a risk to humans who ingest it through eating raw or undercooked snails or slugs that are infected, or freshwater shrimp, crabs or frogs that are infected with larvae. It can also be transmitted through raw produce that contains a small snail or slug. The parasite cannot be transmitted from human-to-human, and not all who are infected fall ill from it.


However, those who do experience symptoms may develop eosinophilic meningitis and can suffer from headache, stiff neck, tingling or painful feelings in the skin, low-grade fever, nausea and vomiting. Symptoms may last from 2-8 weeks and can resolve without treatment over time, although a failure to diagnose the infection may lead to serious complications or even death, according to the CDC.

At least six human cases have been confirmed in Hawaii this year, with one newlywed requiring several operations and months of recovery. While there have not been any confirmed human cases reported in Florida, the researchers are calling for more reliable diagnostics tests and a greater awareness among physicians and veterinarians.

The CDC recommends thoroughly washing vegetables and to avoid ingesting raw or undercooked slugs or potentially contaminated produce in areas where the parasite is known to be found.

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Illinois budget passes test run, but deadline will be missed

A $36.5 billion foundation for rebuilding Illinois’ crumbling finances passed a critical test on Friday, but a powerful legislative leader said no deal would be reached before a critical midnight deadline — meaning Illinois will enter its third consecutive fiscal year without a budget.

The proposal would be fueled by a $5 billion income tax increase and $2.4 billion in spending reductions, according to Democrats who control the Legislature. The proposal was approved on a 90-25 vote in the House, but it was a test run.

The plan won’t get a final vote before the fiscal year starts Saturday. Without a budget, the state enters dangerous territory: Some universities may not be able to offer federal financial aid, road construction and Powerball ticket sales could halt, and the state’s credit rating could be downgraded to “junk.”

House Speaker Michael Madigan said lawmakers would return to work Saturday. He also said he would send messages to the major credit agencies, which have promised to downgrade Illinois’ creditworthiness without a deal by Saturday, seeking more time to finalize the pact.

The missed deadline marks another blow in the record-breaking budget stalemate, though it followed the strongest display of bipartisan cooperation in months.

Madigan, a Chicago Democrat, noted that much more work needs to be done, but said: “This is a good step forward, a step we can build upon.”

The work includes finalizing negotiations on issues demanded by Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner, including a freeze of local property taxes and restricting costs in programs for injured workers and state-employee pensions. Madigan has his own demands, too.

The state’s last annual budget expired two years ago Friday. In a fiscal morass — the longest in any state since at least the Great Depression — Illinois has rung up a $6.2 billion annual deficit and a $14.7 billion stack of past-due bills.

Without a deal this time, the United Way reports that 36 percent of all human services agencies in Illinois face closure by year’s end, according to Rep. Greg Harris, the Chicago Democrat sponsoring the budget legislation.

Universities have already faced steep funding cuts and now face a loss of accreditation.

“There’s really not much to say, given the gravity of the situation we’re in. People in every corner of the state are watching what we do, to see if we get the job done,” Harris said Friday. “We’re staring at an abyss which faces us tomorrow morning when the clock strikes midnight.”

But what has routinely been acidic, rancorous debate over how to meet the state’s financial needs gave way to a measured tone of cooperation.

“I come to you today with great joy, not with regret or despair. We’re going to save our state, and we’re going to save it together,” the House Republicans’ floor leader, Rep. Steve Andersson of Geneva, said to thunderous applause.


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Disney changing 'Pirates' ride

The Hall of Presidents isn’t the only Disney attraction getting an overhaul.

Suzi Brown, a spokeswoman for Disneyland Resorts, confirmed on Friday that the popular “Pirates of the Caribbean” ride will be swapping out a scene in which a pirate buys his wife at auction.

The scene, which appeared in the “Pirates” rides at Disney World, Disneyland and Disneyland Paris, depicts a group of bound women on an auction block, with a banner reading “Auction, take a wench for a bride” hanging above their heads.


As riders pass by, the pirate characters can he heard saying “We wants the redhead,” in reference to the most prominently displayed of the “wenches” at auction, The O.C. Register reports.

Soon, however, the banner hanging at the site of the scene will read “Auction, surrender ye loot,” according to the Associated Press.

The redhead, too, will be recast as a pirate who will be overseeing the surrender of said “loot” at the three Disney parks in Orlando, Anaheim and Paris.

“Our team thought long and hard about how to best update this scene,” said Kathy Mangum, senior vice president of Walt Disney Imagineering, in a statement obtained by The O.C. Register.


“We think this keeps to the original vision of the attraction as envisioned by Marc Davis, X Atencio and the other Disney legends who first brought this classic to life.”

This isn’t the first time Disney has modified its “Pirates” rides to become more family-friendly. In 1997, Disney redesigned a scene in which pirates were chasing women, and changed it so the pirates looked to be chasing the women for the trays of food they carried.

In a post to the official Disney Parks Blog, Magnum also confirmed that the Paris version will feature new characters, including Captain Barbossa, from the “Pirates of the Caribbean” film series, and the “ghostly visages of Davy Jones and Blackbeard.”


Characters from the “Pirates” film franchise had already been added to the U.S. version of the ride between 2006 and 2011.

Brown confirmed that the changes to the auction scene will be made in July at the Paris park, and next year in the U.S. parks, the Associated Press reports.

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