Developmentally Disabled Girl Found Locked In Wooden Cage

police-lights-redA woman and her boyfriend have been arrested after police found an 8-year-old developmentally disabled girl locked in a wooden cage in the couple’s mobile home.

The Las Cruces Sun-News reported Monday that officers checking on the girl’s welfare found her in the cage the size of a crib, and that she was left in it while the rest of the family went to a movie.

Authorities say 33-year-old Cindy Patriarchias of Las Cruces and 37-year-old Edmond Gonzales remained in custody Tuesday after being arrested Friday evening.

Patriarchias is charged with negligently causing child abuse, and Gonzales with negligently permitting child abuse. Court records indicate they appeared in court Monday but haven’t yet entered pleas.

A police spokesman says Patriarchias has been trying to adopt the girl.


Americans Paychecks Decrease In 2013, Consumer Confidence Index Plunges

Man_angryU.S. consumer confidence plunged in January to its lowest level in more than a year, reflecting higher Social Security taxes that left Americans with less take-home pay.

The Conference Board says its consumer confidence index dropped to 58.6 in January. That’s down from a reading of 66.7 in December and the lowest since November 2011.

Conference Board economist Lynn Franco says consumers were more pessimistic about the economic outlook and their financial situation now that Social Security payroll taxes increased at the beginning of the year.

Study: Leafy Green Veggies Leading Source Of Food Poisoning

barfA government study has fingered leafy green vegetables as the leading source of food poisoning illnesses.

However, the most food-related deaths were from contaminated chicken and other poultry.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released the study Tuesday. It’s based on an analysis of food poisoning cases from 1998 through 2008. It’s the agency’s most comprehensive attempt to identify which foods most often carry germs that make us sick.

The CDC estimates roughly 1 in 6 Americans — or 48 million people— gets sick from food poisoning each year. That includes 128,000 hospitalization and 3,000 deaths.

Theaters Embrace The Digital Age With ‘Tweet Seats’

tweetseatYou don’t have to turn your smartphone off at the Providence Performing Arts Center — at least not if you’re sitting in the “tweet seats.”

The theater is now setting aside a small number of seats for those who promise to live-tweet the performance. Twitter users might offer impressions of the set, music or costumes, or lines from the show that resonate with them.

At a recent staging of the musical “Million Dollar Baby,” even a few cast members were tweeting from backstage.

A growing number of theaters, including some on Broadway, have been experimenting in recent years with tweet seats and other real-time uses of social media. Some insist theaters should remain free of smartphones, but others say theaters can’t afford not to engage the digital generation.

Pennsylvania Man’s Funeral Procession Makes One Last Stop at BK

burger-king-hearseHave it your way, even after you’ve journeyed on from this life apparently.

Mourners for a Pennsylvania man wanted to pay their respects by making one last trip through the drive-through at the local Burger King. David Kime Jr. was a man who loved his fast food and especially the Burger King Whopper, according to his sister Linda Phiel.  Phiel said that Kime considered the lettuce on the burger his version of healthy eating.

Not only did they drive through, they even bought one last burger for Kime and placed it on his coffin prior to burial.

No statement could be found by the Post from Burger King, but we’re guessing a funeral procession, hearse and all, lined up at their drive-through probably wasn’t in their 2013 marketing plan.


Study Shows Alcohol Before Bed May Disrupt Sleep Cycle

a-little-nightcapWe’ve all done it.  Can’t get to sleep at night, so we make our way to the liquor cabinet for a little nightcap.

But a new study shows that we might want to think twice about drinking ourselves into a peaceful slumber.  While it has been proven that alcohol does help us fall into deep sleep faster, new information shows that that the sleep may not be a satisfying for our bodies.

Researchers found that the alcohol actually causes disruptions in the sleep cycle, therefore decreasing the quality of sleep, and wreaking havoc on concentration, motor skills and memory during the day.

But hey, sometimes you gotta do what you gotta do!


The Super Bowl Is A Popular Time For Gambling, 2012 Wagers Reached $10 Billion

BETSThe time for Super Bowl fun and festivities are creeping right around the corner just like the man in a trench coat you ran into, and away from, last week and and one other time during spring break a few summers ago in Florida.The Super Bowl is a big deal to nearly every human in the country, it’s a time for friends, family, drinking, yelling, celebrating, television, couches, and of course, gambling.


If you ever had a problem, specifically with self-control or addiction, you know how much it sucks. A gambling addiction seems to be the short-end of the addiction draw-sticks, you throw all your hard earned dollars into a machine with hopes to see flashing lights and loud noises with a number on the screen that keeps growing and eventually you have to be escorted to your vehicle by police after they hand you a big check. Some addictions are similar but the odds of flashing lights, noise and an expensive police escort are much better and not to your benefit.


With the Super Bowl XLVII just nine days away from appearing on your boob-tube, it’s important to know that the Super Bowl is also one of the most-gambled-on sporting events, a news release from the Nebraska Department of Health & Human Services says it all,



  “According to ESPN, wagers on last year’s Super Bowl were projected to exceed $10 billion internationally.  And in the United States, sports betting is illegal almost everywhere.”



So this means that the total amount of wagers made in 2012 collectively surpassed the cost of a 30-second television commercial during the game which would run you about $3.5 million.

““Though gambling can be a source of entertainment for many, over 55,000 Nebraskans meet the criteria for problem gambling behavior in a given year.”


 “Problem gamblers may be preoccupied with gambling, bet more money than they can afford, lie about the money and time spent gambling and often chase their losses,” said Scot Adams, director of the Division of Behavioral Health in the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services.””



Program Manager for the Division of Behavioral Health’s Gamblers Assistance Program, Maya Chilese, explains the signs of a gambling problem if by chance you find yourself gambling away your wedding ring while caught in the moment.

““If placing a bet becomes more important than sticking to reasonable limits, that’s a sign of problem gambling,” said Chilese. “But help for problem gambling is available, and it works.”

Treatment services may include crisis intervention, individual counseling, group therapy and family counseling. Help is often available at no to low cost for the gambler and his or her loved ones.”



Like the Super Bowl, you can’t do it alone. You can access many useful resources to get yourself back in the field of stability and you might even say “no” to your friend after you give his quarter back because the slots are not part of your goals!


“If you think you, a friend or family member may be experiencing problematic gambling behavior, confidential and free support is available 24/7 through the Gamblers Assistance Program’s Problem Gambling Helpline, 1-800-GAMBLER (1-800-426-2537). More information about problem gambling, including low-risk playing tips, is available at


The Division of Behavioral Health in the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services administers the Gamblers Assistance Program. GAP provides funding for the helpline, treatment services, prevention and outreach services and counselor training. The program is paid for by funding in part from the State Lottery and the Heath Care Cash Fund.”



FL. Mother Pays For An Armed Deputy To Patrol School

highschoolA north Florida woman is paying an armed deputy to patrol her child’s elementary school due to safety concerns following the shooting that killed 20 children in Newtown, Conn.

The Daytona Beach News-Journal reports Laurie Lauria has given the Flagler County School District enough money to cover the costs of keeping a deputy at Old Kings Elementary School for two months. And Superintendent Janet Valentine says Lauria has agreed to cover the costs through the end of the year.

There are six resource deputies at the county’s high school and middle schools. Officials have considered putting deputies at two elementary schools, but say the costs are prohibitive.

Flagler County Sheriff Jim Manfre says he appreciates Lauria’s concern, but asking a parent to pay for security is a “Band-Aid solution.”