Monthly Archives: March, 2013

Adama Lanza: Personal journals, drawings can offer clues on shooter’s motivation

Adam Lanza's signature on a school project, years before he became a school shooter. (Wikimedia Commons/Public Domain)

Adam Lanza’s signature on a school project, years before he became a school shooter. (Wikimedia Commons/Public Domain)

Recently, much has been written about a search of Adam Lanza’s personal effects. The list indicated the shooter was a card-carrying member of the NRA who had massive amounts of guns, ammunition and a gun safe in his room. Less has been reported on his personal journals and drawings . . .

Read about how Adam Lanza’s personal journals and drawings can offer insight on his motivation for the Sandy Hook school shooting.

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Marilyn Monroe’s heartbreakingly desperate letter, historic memorabilia hit marketplace

Marilyn Monroe reading a book. (Public Domain Photo/Abee5)

Marilyn Monroe reading a book. (Public Domain Photo/Abee5)

 

 

A desperate letter written by Marilyn Monroe to her acting coach Lee Strasberg will hit the memorabilia marketplace on May 30. An anonymous American collector expects the letter to fetch $30,000 to $50,000, according to Vanity Fair . . .

Read about Marilyn Monroe’s letter by clicking here.

Letter to a Facebook ‘friend’ who called me a ‘nasty traitor’

'You Won't Find Me on Facebook.' (Wikimedia Commons/Free Software Foundation)

‘You Won’t Find Me on Facebook.’ (Wikimedia Commons/Free Software Foundation)

Dear Former Facebook Friend,

Who knew our friendship would end this way?

It began innocently, although apparently not wisely, enough. In May 2010, you may recall that I was writing a lot of articles on homeschooling and posting them to my Facebook page. I thought it made good sense for a freelance writer who was a homeschooling expert to “friend” other Facebookers who also homeschooled. So, I “friended” you , , ,

Click here to read about why I ‘unfriended’ and blocked a Facebook friend.

Chicago Teachers Union says school closings are ‘racist,’ thousands protect district’s decision

CTU President Karen Lewis and Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn, at annual CTU LEAD dinner, Oct. 2012. (Wikimedia Commons/Pat Barcas)

CTU President Karen Lewis and Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn, at annual CTU LEAD dinner, Oct. 2012. (Wikimedia Commons, Photo credit: Pat Barcas)

Late Wednesday afternoon, the Chicago Teachers Union, with president Karen Lewis at the helm, led protests against the closing of 53 elementary schools and one high school. Union’s leaders, teachers, parents, religious leaders and concerned community members gathered at Daley Plaza, then marched on LaSalle Street, culminating in a sit-in on the southbound lanes of the street, in front of City Hall . . .

Click here to read about Chicago school closings protest.

Nike’s Tiger Woods ad: ‘Winning takes care of everything’ creates backlash

Nike's Tiger Woods ad: 'Winning Takes Care of Everything,' (Facebook.com)

Nike’s Tiger Woods ad: ‘Winning Takes Care of Everything’

Nike, one of the sponsors that never left Tiger Woods during his marital discord, has released a new ad with a picture of Woods with “Winning takes care of everything,” emblazoned across the bottom.

The Washington Post reported the ad has received 8,000 likes on Facebook and 2,000 tweets. But not everyone is happy about it, and re-tweeting doesn’t mean, “I agree” . . .

Read about Nike’s new Tiger Woods ad by clicking here.

How I met Michelle Obama

Michelle Obama, First Lady of the United States, 2013. (Wikimedia Commons, public domain photo)


Michelle Obama, First Lady of the United States, 2013. (Wikimedia Commons, public domain photo)

 

 

First impressions can be misleading, or they can be lasting. In mid-2004, I had a random opportunity to meet Michelle Obama who was then the wife of former US Senate candidate, Barack Obama. It was my first and only in-person contact with her . . .

Click here to read about how the writer met the then future FLOTUS.

Teen accidentally shoots, kills younger brother in Florida

(Photo: Francois Polito, Wikimedia Commons)

(Photo: Francois Polito, Wikimedia Commons)

 

A 16-year-old accidentally shot and killed his 12-year-old brother, in the gated Nona Crest subdivision, of Orlando, Fla., Friday afternoon. Police have not released the name of the teen or his sibling stating the investigation is active and the teen will not be charged . . .

Click here to read about the tragedy in an Orlando, Florida gated community.

 

AEG Live deposes Michael Jackson’s children and family matriarch Katherine Jackson

 Michael Jackson, at a press conference in 2009, announcing This Is It tour to fans.(AEG promotional photo)

Michael Jackson, at a press conference in 2009, announcing ‘This Is It’ tour to fans. (AEG promotional photo)

 

CNN reported lawyers for AEG Live, the concert promotion company that has been accused of liability in the death of Michael Jackson, has behaved “aggressively and erratically” in questioning Jackson’s children and mother . . .

Click here for the latest scoop on Katherine Jackson et al. vs. AEG Live.

 

New Center for Disease Control study: Rate of autism increases

18-month-old autistic child engaged in restrictive interest of stacking cans. (Wikimedia Commons, Photo credit: Nancy J. Wright)

18-month-old autistic child engaged in restrictive interest of stacking cans. (Wikimedia Commons/NancyJ.Wright)

US school children are being diagnosed with some form of autism at the rate of 1 in 50, according to a new Center for Disease Control study. Authors of the government study say this is due to better detection–not environmental factors . . .

Read about the CDC’s new study on autism.

Parents of Newtown shooting victim meet face-to-face with killer’s father

Emilie Parker, 6-year-old, who was murdered at Sandy Hook Elementary School, in Newtown, Conn. (Parker family photo.)

Emilie Parker, 6-year-old, who was murdered at Sandy Hook Elementary School, in Newtown, Conn. (Parker family photo.)

Alissa and Robbie Parker, parents of 6-year-old Emilie, one of the Newtown, Conn., murder victims, recently met face-to-face with Peter Lanza, the father of the killer, Adam Lanza, 20. Robbie Parker spoke out after the shooting and expressed condolences to the shooter’s family . . .

Click here to read about the Parker’s face-to-face meeting with Newtown, Conn. killer’s father.