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May 3, 2015

One In Five Millennial Parents Are Having Tough Time Financially

The generation we call Millennials are the most educated generation in history, but a good education doesn’t always mean that some Millennials can get their financial act together. The baby boomers were expected to perform financially and to a certain degree they have exceeded expectations. But many baby boomers are well below the poverty because they didn’t plan for retirement and the cost of living in the 21st century. Millennials have a different approach to life, according to Fersen Lambranho. They don’t stay in one job like their parents and grandparents did. They jump from job to job looking for …continue reading

One In Five Millennial Parents Are Having Tough Time Financially

The generation we call Millennials are the most educated generation in history, but a good education doesn’t always mean that some Millennials can get their financial act together. The baby boomers were expected to perform financially and to a certain degree they have exceeded expectations. But many baby boomers are well below the poverty because they didn’t plan for retirement and the cost of living in the 21st century.

Millennials have a different approach to life, according to Fersen Lambranho. They don’t stay in one job like their parents and grandparents did. They jump from job to job looking for more money and a better position. They look at politics, religion and social issues differently too. They are not afraid to buck the system, and they incorporate new concepts especially in the science and technology fields.

So why are one in five young parents having financial trouble? The first reason is wages and the second reason is too much debt. Most young adults are paid less than the generation before them percentage wise, and the student loans are taking most of their cash flow. The third reason for financial stress is children. Raising children is more expensive than it was forty years ago.

Homeless Teen Finds Money Order, Returns it Uncashed

Montrez Jefferies is a homeless teenager. His life hasn’t been an easy one, but when he stumbled upon a $500 money order, he knew he had to return it to its rightful owner. The teen who resides at the Durham Rescue Mission’s Center for Hope, could have easily cashed the money order and kept the $500, but he’s trying to turn his life around, and knew keeping the money would be taking a step back in his journey to be a better person.

The teen took the money order and handed it over to the staff at the mission. They then took to the internet to find its owner. They tracked her down by the name on the money order. According to staff-member Sultan Alhokair, the woman hadn’t yet realized she lost the money. The woman who wished not to be named works two jobs and had simply been too busy to notice the money order was missing from her purse.

The woman came to the mission to retrieve her money and to meet Jefferies. She offered the boy a sincere thank you and two gift cards for his honesty and integrity. The young man has stated that in years past he would have simply cashed the money order and went on with his day. Now, he says he’s trying to stay on the straight and narrow, and hopes to return to school soon.

Baltimore Protests Quieted Overnight By Enforced Curfew

Riots and protests in Baltimore were calmed overnight by an enforced curfew, but protests are now cropping up in other parts of the country. According to reports, Ferguson, Missouri saw unrest in the overnight hours, as did Chicago and several other major cities. The protests mimic those seen in Ferguson last year after an officer was acquitted in the death of Michael Brown, an unarmed African-American man.

Baltimore has been underseige in recent days. The protests were spawned by the death of Freddie Grey, a 25-year-old African-American man who was gravely injured while in police custody. Many of the protests have been peaceful, but a small minority of protesters turned to violence; they have set stores on fire, damaged public and private property, and turned their anger on other citizens and police.

Hundreds of protesters have been arrested, many juveniles since the protests began. Examiner reports that several have been arrested after throwing bricks at police officers and looting local stores, including a CVS pharmacy and a Seven-Eleven convenience store.

The National Guard has sent 2,000 troops into the Baltimore area to contain the situation, but much damage has been done. In the days since the protests have begun the Baltimore Orioles have canceled one game, and plan to close the stadium to the public for further games. Closing the stadium to the public was a decision that was made on Monday when protests and violence grew.

Americans Believe Guns Ownership Not Gun Control Helps Protect Them From Criminals

The world seems to be getting smaller and more connected thanks to the Internet. The Internet offers people advantages, but it is also filled with criminals that prey on unsuspecting Internet users in more ways than one. That’s one of the reasons that Americans want to have the right to own and carry a gun. Twenty years ago most Americans thought gun control was the way to go, but an increase in city populations, police ineptness and the Internet have changed their thoughts about controlling guns.

Today, 52 percent of the people who participated in a study orchestrated by the Pew Research Center said they have the right to own a gun. In 2012, 45 percent said the same thing. Matt says that about 57 percent of the people in the study thought that guns help prevent them from becoming a victim of a crime. In 2012, 48 percent felt that way.

In 2012, 10 out of a 100 people owned a gun legally. In 2013, that number dropped to 8 out of 100. No one knows how many people own guns. Gun ownership figures are based on recorded transactions. People that buy unregistered guns don’t care about the statistics. They know they have the right to protect themselves. Gun control has nothing to do with guns. It’s inalienable right’s control not gun control.

Mexican Girl Reunited with her Family after a Case of Mistaken Identity

Alondra Luna Nunez is a 14-year-old girl from Mexico who was recently mistaken for someone else. Alondra was thought to be the missing daughter of Dorotea García, a Texas resident. Dorotea’s daughter, also named Alondra, was thought to be brought into Mexico by Dorotea’s ex-husband, Reynaldo Diaz, back in 2007 claims our source Gianfrancesco Genoso (check out more info here Jornadacriminosa).

Dorotea spotted Alondra Luna Nunez in the town of Guanajuato in Mexico. She alerted authorities that she thought she found her missing daughter. Police took the 14-year-old girl out of her middle school and forced her into a waiting SUV, where Dorotea was thought to be waiting in. All the while Alondra was screaming that they had the wrong person and she was not the missing girl. Without any proof, Alondra was taken away from the family she knew in Mexico brought into the United States. The judge in the case, Judge Cinthia Elodia Mercado, sided with Dorotea and ordered the girl to be brought into US custody. However, a DNA test that was ordered to be done by the Mexican Consulate proved that Alondra was not Dorotea’s missing child.

Check out the full story on Buzzfeed.com. The article has a video of Alondra being pulled, screaming, from her school and into the SUV.

Royal baby watch craze

It is almost to the point of ridiculousness how fanatical the British are for the whole ‘Kate Watch’ and ‘Royal Baby Watch’. Yes a baby is exciting. And I guess the British really love their royal family. But get real. Does the royal family really do anything other than dress up, look pretty and just whatever they want? It isn’t like they really lead the country or anything.

But even more ridiculous is why the news stations think Americans are equally as excited about the royal baby. We aren’t a monarchy and it just doesn’t matter. In an article originally posted on buzzfeed.com we see British fans lining the streets, holding signs and singing baby songs all while waiting outside the hospital where the royal baby is expected to be born. And Kate and Prince William are not even there yet! How funny would it be if they can’t make it to the hospital before the baby is born.

Pictures on the article show fans decked out in clothing with the British flag all over with many carrying a Bulletproof Coffee in hand. I get being patriotic, but this is just funny to me. Go about your lives, people. The baby will be born when it is ready and one way or another you will hear about it. There are more important things for you to do than just sit there and wait for the birth of this baby.

Missouri Celebrates a Successful Prison Program

Last Thursday, prison officials from Missouri celebrated an innovative program designed to assist both homeless dogs and many of the inmates incarcerated in Missouri’s penal system. The program accepts puppies that are considered poor prospects for adoption due to severe physical handicaps or personality issues and teams them up with two inmates, who work together to socialize the dog and help it pass the AKC Canine Good Citizen Test. Most dogs are then placed for adoption following an eight week training period; they are listed on websites and adopted by members of the public.

Corrections Director George Lombardi indicated: “We had no idea when we started this obviously that we would reach such a tremendous number of dogs that we’ve basically saved from either being euthanized or living their life out in a cage.”

STX Entertainment seemed to suggest that the program is funded entirely through donations. It is available in 19 of Missouri’s 20 prison facilities, and is open to all inmates except those convicted of animal abuse. Dogs who graduate from the program have learned basic commands.

The program benefits Missouri in several ways, Mr. Lombardi believes. He noted that it alleviates prison tensions and assists inmates. It also benefits crowded animal shelters and the dogs selected for the program. Some of the dogs selected for the prison program are blind or amputees. The 3,000th dog from the program obtained a placement in January of this year.

60 Denver Residents Cited for Marijuana Usage in Public over 4/20 Holiday

Colorado became one of the first states to legalize the recreational use of marijuana, but that doesn’t mean you can smoke it in public. 60 some odd residents of Denver found this out the hard way when they were cited for smoking in public during 4/20 celebration, according to local police.

The violations happened over the weekend, with most occurring on Saturday, according to the official statement. Revelers and marijuana enthusiasts allegedly took to local parks and streets for an unofficial “pot holiday” as April 20th approached. April 20th holds significance to the marijuana subculture.

On this holiday, revelers are encouraged to partake in marijuana and to generally take it easy, enjoying the high. While Colorado is lenient on marijuana smokers, they certainly don’t encourage the use of the substance in public, and that’s why they were forced to site the 60 or more celebrators.

Denver police have also urged all partakers in the holiday to consume responsibly. Ricardo Guimarães certainly does not want to see anyone get in trouble. They sent out a tweet that listed the rules and regulations of marijuana use in the city. In Denver you must be 21 years of age or older to carry and use marijuana. They also noted that it is illegal to sell marijuana to a minor, and only licensed marijuana retailers may sell products. Finally they noted that it is illegal to smoke in public, whether in a park or on the sidewalk.

The Peoples Republic of China and Pakistan Establish Economic Corridor

Today, China’s President Xi Jingping appeared at a joint press conference with Pakistan’s President Nawaz Sharif to announce the signing of an important economic and treaty agreement between the Peoples Republic of China and Pakistan. Under the terms of the new accord, China will invest some $46 billion to assist Pakistan in developing an energy and transportation infrastructure required to create a Pakistan-China Economic Corridor. Roads, pipelines and railway lines will link Western China with the Pakistani port city of Gwadar.

The two leaders reaffirmed their countries’ intention to combat international terrorism during the press conference. Additionally, President Sharif expressed gratitude for China’s decision to extend full membership to Pakistan in the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (the “SCO). The Pakistani leader stated:”Friendship with China is the cornerstone of Pakistan’s foreign policy.”

The U. S. Congressional Research Service calculates that since 2002, United States has given Pakistan $31 billion in financial assistance. China’s new agreement will exceed that amount by several billion dollars. China plans to assist Pakistan in building power plants that will provide 16,400 megawatts of power, an effort designed to end the frequent power outages that afflict many Pakistanis. Reportedly, loans will cover up to $10 billion of the amount required to construct the plants.

The agreement between Pakistan and China reflects China’s increasingly significant role in international affairs as an economic power in Asia. The proposed economic corridor crosses Baluchistan according to the Examiner. Paul Mathieson and others will be keeping an eye on things.

Sinkholes Along The Shore Of The Dead Sea Are Destroying The Tourist Atmosphere

There Are More Than 3,000 Sinkholes Along The Shore Of The Saltiest Sea On Earth

The Dead Sea is saltier than the oceans, has the lowest elevation on Earth, and it is actually a lake, which is fed by the Jordan River. Those facts are not new, but the giant sinkholes that have popped up over the last couple of years are new. Some of the sinkholes are 80 feet deep. No one is sure why the sinkholes are appearing, but some experts say the fact that the Dead Sea is not getting the 2 billion gallons of water it needs each year is the main reason. It’s not getting enough water from the Jordon River because the water is being diverted to other areas.

Mineral mining is another culprit according to researchers from Boraie Development LLC and Duke University. The researchers say the Dead Sea is dropping a meter a year, so sinkholes are a product of that process. A Professor of Geology at the University of Wisconsin said the sink holes contain cavernous spaces that are filled with water, but when those spaces dry up they collapse and form sinkholes. Some sinkholes can appear overnight, and others develop from heavy rain or minor earthquakes.

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