Day: July 28, 2017

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Boy's transformation from drug-addicted newborn to healthy toddler goes viral


A woman’s tweet about her young cousin’s transformation from a malnourished infant born addicted to opioids, to a healthy toddler, has inspired others to share similar stories about siblings and relatives. Blaine Hamilton, whose parents are in the process of formally adopting her cousin, Coleman, told Buzzfeed that the family is “awestruck” by the support they’ve received on Twitter.

Hamilton, of Alvord, Texas, told the news outlet that Coleman is her first cousin on her mother’s side, and that he has been living with them for 15 months. After the family was granted guardianship of him, Hamilton shared a series of photos that documented his struggle with pyloric stenosis, a stomach condition, and his ensuing months of recovery.

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“Born w/ drug addicts as parents, neglected & weighing below birth wt @ 2 months old.. then my family took him n & look @ him now #FinallyOurs,” Hamilton tweeted on July 20.

“He was… malnourished and exposed to harmful drugs,” Hamilton’s mother, Kaysi, whose brother is Coleman’s father, told Buzzfeed. “He was taken by care flight to a children’s hospital at 8 weeks old.”

While acknowledging that welcoming an infant into their home was a difficult transition, the family is grateful that Coleman will grow up surrounded by biological family members, and thankful to their community who helped provide baby supplies.

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“We were overwhelmed about starting over, but we knew it was the right decision for our family,” Kaysi told Buzzfeed.

Hamilton’s July 20 tweet about Coleman has been applauded by thousands, receiving more than 128,000 retweets and over 538,000 favorites. People began responding to the tweet with videos of their own featuring other children who were born addicted to opioids. Hamilton told Buzzfeed that the experience has been “life-changing.” 



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Navy Seal lands HUGE gig


When Remi Adeleke remembers his life of “doing bad things” growing up in the Bronx, he looks back with a knowing laugh.

“I think God had a plan for my life that I didn’t see coming,” the actor told Fox News.

Growing up to a single mother, Adeleke admits he gave her quite a headache by choosing what he calls the “wrong path” in life.

It wasn’t until Adeleke stumbled across Michael Bay’s films, did his life begin to change.

“I saw two African-American actors playing heroes and it made me realize there’s more out there in the world than what society tells you, you can be,” Adeleke told us of watching “Bad Boys.”

He later went to see Bay’s “The Rock,” a film about Navy Seals, and it lead him to join the military and become a Navy Seal himself.

“I wanted to be like those guys I saw in that movie,” he said.

But the Nigerian-born actor — he moved to the United States when he was 5 — quickly realized being a Navy Seal wasn’t as easy as they made it appear in the movies.

He found himself in a downwards spiral; he cheated on his girlfriend, admitted to being emotionally abusive towards her and overall, “I was not a good person.”

While he was in cold-weather survival training in Alaska, he decided to do something he had never tried before: Turn his life over to God.

“I had time to reflect on my life and I didn’t like what I saw,” Adeleke recalled. “I decided I need to try this Jesus [thing] out because nothing that I’m doing on my own is working and if Jesus is really who everyone says he is, then I have nothing to lose at this point.”

The “Jesus thing” worked and Adeleke soon found himself married and working as a motivational speaker after retiring from active duty.

However, Adeleke was struggling financially, so when he was approached by Katherine Humphries, a casting agent, for a role as an extra on “The Last Ship,” he agreed.

He hated it and when Humphries reached out to him again, he said “Absolutely not.” But when she said it was for a one-day role in a Michael Bay movie, he jumped at the opportunity.

One day turned into three weeks and Adeleke found himself with a significant role in “Transformers: The Last Knight.”

“There’s no way I could have orchestrated this at all,” he said. “Michael Bay chose my career twice — as a Navy Seal and now he’s chosen my career as an actor.”

Now the actor hopes his story will inspire others the same way he was motivated by Bay’s films.

“Look at my life,” he said. “All the different facets of my life — of moving from Nigeria to the Bronx, to joining the Special Forces to getting my Master’s and now to acting. If I had quit, I wouldn’t be where I am today.”

He added, “Don’t expect a handout because you’re not going to get it. In the meantime, you’ve got to be diligent and if you are, you’ll reap the benefits.”

Watch Adeleke share more about his story in “I am Second.”

Faith & Fame is a regular column exploring how a strong belief system helps some performers navigate the pitfalls of the entertainment industry.

You can find Sasha Savitsky on Twitter @SashaFB.



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MESSAGE TO MULLAHS US imposes sanctions after Iran's failed launch


The United States on Friday imposed new ballistic missile sanctions on Iran, a day after the Islamic Republic launched a rocket towards space.

Though the flight ultimately wasn’t successful, officials told Fox News, Iran’s rocket is thought to be a step toward developing an intercontinental ballistic missile that could one day carry a nuclear weapon.

The sanctions announced on Friday target six Iranian subsidiaries of the Shahid Hemmat Industrial Group. The Treasury Department said that group is “central” to Iran’s ballistic missiles program.

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said the sanctions illustrate deep U.S. concerns about Iran’s missile testing and other actions. He said the U.S. would continue countering Iran’s ballistic missile program — including Thursday’s “provocative space launch.”

The U.S. has said the launch flouted a United Nations Security Council resolution because the technology is inherently designed to be able to carry a nuclear payload.

The sanctions come as the Trump administration continues debating its Iran policy and whether to scrap the 2015 nuclear deal.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.



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Olive Garden's strange emails


Olive Garden is trying to make nice with a blogger they recently accused of violating their trademark, but he tells Fox News he still has concerns about Olive Garden’s legal task force.

Darden Restaurants Inc. — the owners of the Olive Garden franchise — had recently sent a automated cease-and-desist email to Vino Malone of AllOfGarden.com, telling him to remove all “metatags, keywords, visible or hidden texts” which reference the Olive Garden restaurant, as they believed him to be infringing upon their intellectual property.

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On Tuesday, however, Malone revealed that the company had walked back its stance, and promised to take no further action as long as Malone “continue[s] to respect” the Olive Garden brand.

In a statement he gave to Fox News, Malone added that he’s “happy the issue was resolved satisfactorily,” although he still worries about writers in similar situations.

“I have a lingering worry that the automated system they use to detect trademark violations and send out cease-and-desist letters can and will be used to silence people without the emotional/financial wherewithal to risk a lawsuit with a huge company,” he said.

Darden first contacted Malone last week, informing him that he was infringing “upon the exclusive intellectual property rights of Darden Corporation” by continuing to maintain the AllOfGarden website, which Malone originally created to document his adventures with the Never Ending Pasta Pass.

But instead of acquiescing to Darden’s demands, Malone penned a response in which he argued that he was protected under the Nominative Fair Use doctrine. He also mocked Darden’s email, which had asked him to comply with their requests and respond within 10 days.

“If you want me to remove references to the Olive Garden from my blog, which, I remind you, solely consists of references to Olive Garden, I’m afraid I must decline,” wrote Malone.

“Please respond within nine (9) days, in limerick form,” he added near the end.

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Just under a week later, Malone received a follow-up email from Darden — the same email in which they asked him to continue to “respect” the brand — telling him that company’s legal team “huddled” up and decided to let him off the hook. They also offered him a $50 gift card for his troubles, as well as an “additional fun surprise” that they have yet to reveal.

Olive Garden, too, confirmed to Fox News that Malone’s site was “flagged through automated means” and the letter generated automatically.

“After review, we have determined no action is necessary and have shared that with the recipient,” said the company.

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Also — perhaps not surprisingly — Malone isn’t done having a little fun at Olive Garden’s expense. On Tuesday, he took to his blog to recap the entire ordeal in limerick form, seeing as Darden failed to provide him with any limericks themselves.

“Yes! An official who represents Darden/ Has granted me a total pardon/ We’ve reached resolution/ I received absolution/ For daring to print “Olive Garden,” read one of Malone’s limericks.

He also concluded his last stanza with the line, “At least I’m not going to court.”

Malone originally began his blog in 2015 after obtaining a promotional Pasta Pass, which entitled him to unlimited Olive Garden fare for a limited amount of time.



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3D-printed jacket costs $1500


Fashion is all about pushing boundaries. No one knows that better than Danit Peleg, a fashion-forward designer based in Tel-Aviv, Israel, who is blurring the borders between fashion and technology with a 3D-printed bomber jacket.

On her website, Peleg states her vision for “a world where anyone will be able to buy files and print clothes at home or at a designated store,” and she’s pushing the world one step closer to that goal with her newest FashTech (fashion technology) design.

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The bomber jacket is completely customizable, completely printed and completely wearable. It is the first 3D-printed article of clothing available for online purchase and ready to wear.

But, that kind of cutting edge fashion comes with a hefty price tag.

The jacket, which is “printed with a flexible, rubber-like material” and lined with a “silky fabric” to ensure optimum comfort for the wearer, will set buyers back a cool $1,500 apiece.

The hefty price tag may seem outrageous for a piece of clothing, but there is a reason why it costs so much — the jacket takes 100 hours to make (three times less than her first attempt at creating 3D fashion, which took nine months and 400 hours per piece).

Peleg has learned a lot since she first started printing clothes in 2015, and the technology has come a long way. So far, in fact, that the production process of the made-to-order piece “produces zero waste,” Peleg claims.

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For this first jump into downloadable fashion, Peleg is only offering a “limited edition” of 100 jackets. It even comes with a unique serial number on the label, and is packaged in a “premium box,” the website says.

And there’s more where that came from: On the front page of Peleg’s site, she says her 3D-printed bomber jacket is just one “integral part of ‘The Birth of Venus‘ collection.”

Stay tuned to Peleg’s site for more print-to-wear ensembles as the Venus collection continues to grow. 



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Freak golf cart incident kills Florida woman who famously sought wedding 'crashers'


A Florida woman who made headlines after inviting hundreds of “wedding crashers” to her reception in 2015 died last week from injuries sustained when she was dragged by a golf cart earlier this month.

Shelly Osterhout, 51, of Fort Myers died July 20 from injuries she suffered four days earlier in a freak accident in north Orlando. Osterhout had been in the area that day to visit her parents before going out for drinks, according to the News-Press.

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Osterhout and Timothy Foxworth, 36, of North Carolina left a restaurant together and went to The Villages retirement community where they took a spin on Foxworth’s father’s golf cart, FOX4 reported.

Osterhout tumbled out of the cart and was dragged for several feet behind the vehicle. Foxworth, who was intoxicated at the time, hauled Osterhout’s body to a flower bed and left her there, according to the Wildwood Police Department. He did not call the police to notify them of Osterhout’s injuries.

Foxworth was arrested later in the day and charged with “hit and run causing great bodily injury and driving under the influence causing serious/great bodily injuries,” according to the News-Press. The case is being investigated and charges could change for Foxworth due to Osterhout’s death.

Osterhout, who owned a small business called Computer Solutions of America, was well-known in her neighborhood — especially after she invited her community and strangers to her Oct. 10, 2015 wedding to Lee Sheriff Deputy Paul Johnson. The wedding made national headlines.

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“She was a community leader,” Osterhout’s son Jacob told FOX4. “She was very active in the community. She was a professor, involved with a ton of networking organizations, and lots of churches. She was constantly encouraging people to empower themselves to make the changes you want to see done in your community.”

Florida state Rep. Heather Fitzenhagen, who officiated Osterhout’s wedding, wrote: “I will miss you but remember all the energy, goodness and happiness you brought to this world. Rest In Peace dear Shelly.”



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A 'Golden Girls' reboot?


“Golden Girls” writer Stan Zimmerman confirmed to Fox News that a new series inspired by the classic sitcom is in the works featuring four older gay men living together.

“The Golden Girls,” which stared Rue McClanahan, Betty White, Bea Arthur, and Estelle Getty, aired from 1985 until 1992. Throughout its run, it racked up 68 Emmy nominations and 11 wins.

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“It is not a rumor,” Zimmerman told Fox News in an email. “[‘Golden Girls’ writer] James Berg and I did write a pilot script called ‘Silver Foxes.’ It is NOT a reboot of ‘The Golden Girls.’ But it is inspired by the show, a show that we were lucky enough to have written on during the first season of the show.”

Zimmerman added a private reading of the script took place in his living room with George Takei, Leslie Jordan, Bruce Vilanch, and Todd Sherry as the foursome.

It also featured Daniele Gaither and former “Saturday Night Live” castmate Cheri Oteri as “the power lesbian couple” who live next door, as well as Melissa Peterman as a woman who runs a retirement home where Leslie Jordan resides until “the guys find out he has to go back in the closet.”

Unlike the original, which took place in Miami, “Silver Foxes” would be based in Palm Springs.

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Zimmerman also revealed he’s hoping to get the last living “Golden Girl” to join as a special guest.

“We did create a one line role for Betty White to play,” he said. “Our fingers are crossed.”

However, Zimmerman said that despite the all-star cast, as well as having two original writers on board, he’s having trouble finding a network to pick up the series.

“Unfortunately, we cannot get one network executive to read it,” he explained. “Our even a producer to pass it to them. We have found ageism and homophobia alive and well in Hollywood. Hopefully a groundswell of support from the viewing public will get an outlet like Hulu or Amazon to make it.”



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Uproar over padded bra


Concerned parents are blasting discount fashion chain Primark for selling “padded” bras to children.

The controversial bras are branded “My First Bra” and are assumed to be targeted toward girls ages seven through 13.

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One woman took to Twitter to express her concern, arguing that the bras are sexualizing children.

This isn’t the first time the company has been called out for this issue. Another person noticed the same thing last year with a similar bra.

However, not everyone agrees that Primark has done something wrong. Some people feel that the bras aren’t an issue, pointing out that everyone develops differently. Another Twitter user noted that they don’t even appear to have much padding.

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A spokesperson for Primark told Cosmo U.K. that allegations of the bras being padded are incorrect.

“We would like to be absolutely clear that these bras are molded, not padded. ‘My first bra’ ranges are designed and constructed purely for support, comfort, and modesty and adhere to the BRC’s childrenswear guidelines. There is no enhancement. This type of molded bra is extremely common, and selling them is entirely normal practice on the high street.”



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Singer's wife: I'm 'shattered'


Late Linkin Park singer Chester Bennington’s wife opened up about her loss and thanked the rocker’s fans for their support.

Talinda Bennington told Fox News in a statement Friday she wants “to let my community and the fans worldwide know that we feel your love. We feel your loss as well.”

Chester Bennington hanged himself from a bedroom door in his home near Los Angeles last week. His death was ruled a suicide.

Talinda Bennington wrote that “we had a fairytale life and now it has turned into some sick Shakespearean tragedy…How do I pick up my shattered soul?”

She added, “The only answer I know is to raise our babies with every ounce of love I have left….May God Bless us all and help us turn to one another when we are in pain. Chester would’ve wanted us to do so. Rest In Peace, my love.”

Bennington was found dead on what would have been the 53rd birthday of Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell, who hanged himself in May. The two were friends.

Fox News’ Stephanie Nolasco and The Associated Press contributed to this report.



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Putin boots US diplomats in response to sanctions


Russian President Vladimir Putin finally took his revenge on Friday, responding to a months-old censure from the Obama administration and new Congressional sanctions by closing down several American facilities in Russia and ordering a reduction in the number of U.S. diplomats allowed in the country.

Following the U.S. Senate’s approval on Thursday of fresh, sweeping sanctions against Russia, the country’s Foreign Ministry ordered a reduction in the number of U.S. diplomats in Russia by Sept. 1 and said it was closing down a U.S. recreation retreat outside Moscow as well as warehouse facilities.

The Kremlin said the number of U.S. diplomats was being cut to 455, however, it wasn’t immediately clear how many U.S. diplomats currently serve in Russia, thus it’s not known how big of a reduction Putin actually ordered.

Congress’ package of stiff financial sanctions, which also punished Iran and North Korea, still needs to be signed by President Trump, which is no sure bet. The legislation bars Trump from easing or waiving the penalties on Russia unless Congress agrees.

However, even if Trump were to veto the sanctions, it’s likely Congress could override the president and push the package through. The Senate passed the bill, 98-2, two days after the House approved the measure by an overwhelming margin, 419-3.

The legislation is aimed at punishing Moscow for its alleged role in meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential election and for the Kremlin’s military aggression in Ukraine and Syria, where the Putin’s intervention has helped prop up the beleaguered government of President Bashar Assad.

Russia’s Foreign Ministry dismissed the new sanctions as “creating unfair competitive advantages for the U.S. economy.”

“This kind of blackmail aimed at restricting the cooperation between Russia and other nations is a threat for many countries and global businesses,” the statement said.

The 184-page bill seeks to hit Putin and the oligarchs close to him by targeting Russian corruption, human rights abusers and crucial sectors of the Russian economy, including weapons sales and energy exports.

The bill underwent revisions to address concerns voiced by American oil and natural gas companies, who argued that sanctions specific to Russia’s energy sector could backfire on them, and work to Moscow’s benefit. The bill raised the threshold for when U.S. firms would be prohibited from being part of energy projects that also included Russian businesses.

Lawmakers said they also made adjustments so the sanctions on Russia’s energy sector didn’t undercut the ability of U.S. allies in Europe to get access to oil and gas resources outside of Russia.

Russia’s response to the sanctions mirrors moves made by outgoing President Barack Obama last December to expel 35 Russian diplomats and shut down two Russian estates in the U.S. as punishment for alleged election meddling. At the time, with a new president set to take over, Putin said he would not immediately retaliate, wanting to see if relations improved under Trump.

But Trump hasn’t moved to undo Obama’s expulsions and closings, and with Congress acting on additional punitive measures, Moscow acted. The Kremlin said it would cut the U.S. diplomatic corps even further if the U.S. decided to expel more Russian diplomats to continue the tit-for-tat.

The Kremlin had previously said that it would not impose any sanctions on the U.S. until and if Trump signed the sanctions bill.

The Associated Press contributed reporting to this story.



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