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Parents, don't leave loaded firearms in your child's playroom

North Carolina 3-year-old shoots another 3-year-old after parents leave rifle in playroom | The Raw Story
Two North Carolina parents are facing multiple charges after police said that one 3-year-old child accidentally shot another 3-year-old child near Asheboro this week. According to WXII, deputies believe that 27-year-old William Monroe Simmons’ daughter was in a playroom unattended when the other 3-year-old shot her with a .22-caliber rifle that was left in the room. The girl was taken to Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center where she had surgery and was recovering from the bullet that apparently hit her arm and then traveled into her abdomen. Simmons and his girlfriend, 26-year-old Melisa Ann Mumpower, were both charged with three counts of misdemeanor child abuse, one count of felony child abuse and one count of failure to properly store a firearm to protect minor. Randolph County deputies said that the misdemeanor child abuse charges were related to living conditions in the home. Mumpower was in the home cleaning at the time the shooting occurred.

December 03, 2013

Woman murders friend for being insuffciently upset about a football game

Sister: Deadly shooting was over 'Bama loss - Yahoo News
Nekesa Shepherd said Briskey flew into a rage when she saw the sisters and others joking that the Crimson Tide's loss wasn't as bad as if the NBA's Miami Heat had lost a game. "She said we weren't real Alabama fans because it didn't bother us that they lost. And then she started shooting," Shepherd told The Associated Press. Shepherd said she and her sister were invited to the party by a mutual friend who also invited Briskey. About two dozen people were on hand. Shepherd, the mother of three, was shot to death in the parking lot of an apartment complex in the Birmingham suburb of Hoover and the women did not know each other before the party, Coker said. Court records were not available to show whether Briskey has a lawyer. She has only had a couple of speeding tickets in the past, records show.

San Francisco techies upset at being called "techies"

'Techie' term draws derision from tech workers - SFGate
And linguists say there may be a good reason behind tech workers not liking the term "techie." San Francisco State linguistics lecturer Jenny Lederer said the word "techie" may have started to pick up a set of inferences, which can make a benign, neutral word sound negative - so "techie," like how it's used in the song, may now conjure up ideas of gentrification and entitlement more than, for example, the terms "software engineer" or "tech worker" do. Adding further insult, Lederer said: "The 'ie' suffix can sound belittling, like 'groupie' or 'yuppie.' The 'er' suffix in English is agentive, as in 'hacker,' thus sounds stronger." She was not surprised that the terms "nerd" and "hacker" have become more popular. "What we see with 'nerd' is amelioration, a word with a formerly negative connotation becoming more positive." Next to a long line waiting to order at Sightglass, Drew Lyttle was at a table drawing. "I do work at a startup, but I don't identify as a techie, no," said the 32-year-old Lyttle, who works as an illustrator for a gaming startup. "In this city, 'techie' is like 'hipster' - even if you are one, you don't want to identify." "People talk about 'techies' with such disdain, like 'Oh, it's this thing that's swamping the city,' so of course the word's gotten negative." He was sketching cartoon creatures for a new computer game - "I got called a yuppie the other day. And people in the Financial District would probably look at me and say, 'Oh God, another techie.' "

November 27, 2013

Miss America, the Craft of Showing Up, and Doing THE JOB

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November 26, 2013

Kick In to Support THE MAGAZINE Kickstarter!

(This is reposted from my Snip, Burn, Solder Blog--'cause I...