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Cirque Du Soleil Performer Killed
A 31-year-old Cirque du Soleil performer was killed on Saturday (June 29th) after falling during the show Ka at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. Sarah Guyard-Guillot fell about 50 feet near the end of the show, with the Las Vegas Sun citing audience member Dan Mosqueda as saying she was being pulled up the side of a vertical stage when it seemed like she slipped out of her safety wire and fell. He told the newspaper, “Initially, a lot of people in the audience thought it was part of the [show]. But you could hear screaming, then groaning, and we could hear a female artist crying from the stage.” Guyard-Guillot, a mother of two children, had been with the show since 2006, and had been an acrobatic performer for over 20 years. The is the first time there’s been a performance-related death in the more than three-decade history of Cirque du Soleil.
Patriots Allowing Fans To Trade In Hernandez’ Jersies
The New England Patriots are allowing fans who purchased an Aaron Hernandez jersey to trade it in for another jersey…no questions asked.
The exchange offer is for two days only, July 6 and 7, and must be done at the Patriots Pro Shop. The exchange will be allowed only for Hernandez #81 jerseys. (Hernandez wore #85 his rookie year.)
“We know that children love wearing their Patriots jerseys, but may not understand why parents don’t want them wearing their Hernandez jerseys anymore,” said New England Patriots spokesperson Stacey James. “We hope this opportunity to exchange those jerseys at the Patriots ProShop for another player’s jersey will be well received by parents.”
The Patriots Pro Shop is at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, MA, and exchanges can only happen there during normal business hours.
James Gandolfini’s Stunt Double Being Harassed
James Gandolfini’s stunt double, Donald Metzger, is receiving bizarre calls. He tells the New York Daily News, “Jimmy was a wonderful guy. His death was upsetting… Right after he died, I started getting sick calls. One guy asked if I would pose as Jimmy in a casket. I said absolutely not. Another guy, from some kind of tabloid show or something, asked if I would do a recreation of him having a heart attack. I slammed down the phone.”
James’ funeral program is selling on eBay for $1,000.
Parents Admit To Using Electronics As A Babysitter
Many U.S. parents admit to using a high-tech gadget to babysit a child. The website CouponCodes4u.com found that six-in-ten parents said they use a piece of technology such as an iPad or smartphone to “babysit” or occupy their child so they did not have to. All 2,400 parents surveyed had a child between the ages of two and 13, and a quarter of respondents said they used technology to “babysit” while they travel, when the kid gets bored, and at family functions. Just 15-percent of parents said they never used technology to babysit, and a quarter of that group said they wanted to supervise their children while they used technology. (UPI)
Most People Say Sex With An Emotional Connection Is Best
A new survey from condom manufacturer Durex and YourTango.com finds that most people say the best sex is with someone with whom they have an emotional connection with. Ninety-two-percent of respondents said it was a turn on when their partner shows some vulnerability, because it is an important part of emotinal closeness. Respondents said “being with someone I love” and “feeling good about my sexual abilities” were the top confidence boosters in bed. Andrea Miller, YourTango chief executive officer said, “We’ve been conditioned by the media to believe that sex is primarily physical and a couple’s sex life will inevitably fizzle with time. However, these finding indicate just the opposite– getting closer on an emotional level is key to getting closer physically.” (UPI)
Rescuers Suing Hikers They Saved After Meth Found
Some of the people who took part in the rescue of two hikers who were lost in the Southern California’s Tabuco Canyon earlier this year are now suing them after nearly 500 milligrams of methamphetamine was found in one of their cars. The OC Weekly reports that the Orange County Fire Authority and 20-year search volunteer Nick Papageorge are trying to recover costs related to the rescue of 19-year-old Nicholas Cendoya and 18-year-old Kyndall Jack. The OCFA wants the $55,000 it spent, while Papageorge, who fell off a cliff during the rescue effort and need to have several screws put into his back, is suing for $350,000 in medical bills. While Orange County supervisors decided not to charge the hikers the $160,000 it cost to find them, both the OCFA and Papageorge are citing Marsy’s Law, also known as the California Victims Bill of Rights, in their lawsuits. Cendoya is facing criminal charges after the meth was found in his car while he was still lost.
Britain Could Allow Using Three People’s DNA to Create a Baby
Britain could be slowly moving towards allowing a controversial in vitro fertilization technique that uses DNA from three people to create an embryo. The technique would be used to avoid passing on genetic diseases such as muscular dystrophy, epilepsy, heart problems and mental retardation from a mother’s abnormal mitochondria, which is the part of a cell that supplies most of its energy and controls its cycle and growth. The procedure works by removing the healthy genetic material without mitochondria from a woman’s egg or embryo and transferring it to a donor egg or embryo that has had its DNA removed, but still has its healthy mitochondria. This hybrid is then transferred back to the mother’s womb, eliminating the risk of the health problems in that baby and in future generations of offspring. The technique, of course, raises ethical questions, and is a no-go for anti-abortion advocates, who consider embryos to be humans. Scientists who work on the procedure reject the description of these babies as having three parents, however, saying that the amount of DNA the donor contributes isn’t significant.
Republicans Think Hillary Clinton’s Age Could Hurt Her If She Runs in 2016
As the political world waits to see whether Hillary Clinton will run for president again in 2016, Republicans are already alluding to her age, believing the issue could hurt her. The former secretary of state will turn 69 just before the November 2016 vote. The New York Times’ Jonathan Martin wrote Saturday (June 29th), “The 2016 election may be far off, but one theme is becoming clear: Republican strategists and presidential hopefuls, in ways subtle and overt, are eager to focus a spotlight on Mrs. Clinton’s age.” In a couple of recent examples cited by Martin, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell mocked the potential 2016 Democratic field of Clinton and Vice President Joe Biden, who is now 70, as, quote, “a rerun of The Golden Girls,” and GOP Governor Scott Walker of Wisconsin referred to the Fleetwood Mac song, “Don’t Stop Thinking About Tomorrow,” which was Bill Clinton‘s anthem, when he quipped, “If you want to keep thinking about tomorrow, maybe it’s time to put somebody new in.” Democrats might be quick to push back, however, with a Republican hero, Ronald Reagan, who was also 69 when he was elected president in 1980, and 73 when he was re-elected four years later.