Friday, December 29, 2017

More pregnant women are using pot to treat morning sickness, studies suggest

An increasing number of women are using marijuana while pregnant, possibly for morning sickness or anxiety, a research letter published in JAMA suggests. From 2009 to 2016, marijuana use among pregnant women increased from 4.2% to 7.1% researchers found using a database of about 318,000 pregnant females from a California health care system. Those 18 and younger increased use from 12.5% to 21.8% during that time. Pregnant women ages 18 to 24 increased use from 9.8% to 19%. The findings come from self-reported surveys, and “likely underestimate use,” researchers say. Findings in the research also found marijuana use among pregnant women rose from 2.37% in 2002 to 3.85% in 2014. The January study, which used data from the annual National Survey on Drug Use and Health, also found younger women, those between 18 and 25 years old, are most likely to use marijuana. (USA Today)


The best way to avoid e-miscommunication: Never start an email with “I” 

The “I” indicates that you are more important than the person that you’re communicating with, according to researchers. This simple change can also make you a better writer: You learn to think through an issue and frame the conversation in the receiver’s context (rather than your own). Email is a useful but troublesome communication tool — it’s easy to miss someone’s meaning when you lose the tone of spoken conversation. (LinkedIn)


Florida man arrested after punching ATM for “giving him too much money”

A Florida man claimed that an ATM was giving him too much cash, so he retaliated. Michael Joseph Oleksik, 23, was charged with criminal mischief on Friday for punching a Wells Fargo ATM in Cocoa, Florida, nearly a month ago. According to bank officials, the assault on the machine caused at least $5,000 in damages. Oleksik called the bank and told a manager that he pummeled the ATM because “he was angry the ATM was giving him too much money and he did not know what to do,” according to records. He added that he had been in a hurry for work so he had to be quick. Oleksik apologized for what he had done. The bank called the Cocoa Police Department, asking to press charges. The 23-year-old was detained on Friday and booked into the Brevard County Jail Complex.  (Fox News)


Boyfriend shoots random woman in the street to show his girlfriend how “crazy” he can be

Police in New Orleans, Louisiana, said that a man randomly shot a woman who was walking her dog to show his girlfriend how “crazy” he could be, according to reports. He initially got away with the shooting until he had another fight with his 20-year-old girlfriend and ended up stabbing her several times. While being interrogated, the girlfriend told police that he threatened her after the two got into an argument while in their car over how she had danced with another man at a party. She said that he pulled out a gun and threatened to kill her. He then said: “I’m going to show you how crazy I am” before reportedly shooting at the woman who was walking her dog. The 54-year-old victim was walking her dog with a man when she was shot in the left leg. He drove off and was not caught until he stabbed his girlfriend. He was charged with second-degree battery and domestic abuse battery for the assault of his girlfriend and aggravated battery in connection with the shooting. Prosecutors said that at the time of the shooting, the man was out on $10,000 bond for aggravated assault with a firearm. He is now being held without bond until his next court appearance. (World Wide Weird News)


Woman accused of $300K in damage to art at attorney’s home

Court records show a woman was arrested after causing damage to several works of art at an attorney’s home in Houston, TX. A 29 year-old-lady is accused of damaging three paintings and two sculptures by pouring liquid onto paintings, tearing paintings off the wall and throwing sculptures across the room, according to Harris County court documents. The resulting damage cost at least $300,000. Layman, who is from Dallas, was arrested on a charge of criminal mischief. The art owner is a high-profile attorney known for several key trials. He also hosted then-candidate Donald Trump at his home for a presidential campaign fundraiser in 2016. He made headlines the same year for parking a tank outside of his home, causing a brief fight with his homeowner’s association. (KHOU TV)


Man Behind Horse Manure Delivery For Steve Mnuchin Proud Of His Prank

A clinical psychologist who made headlines for sending a gift-wrapped box containing horse manure to the Bel Air home of Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin says he’s proud of his prank. The incident caused the LAPD’s bomb squad to shut down the residential street, and it warranted a surprise visit from the Secret Service. “One thing leads to another. You’re having a couple of drinks and you’re like ‘let’s do this,’” Dr. Robert Strong said. Strong, who works with the County of Los Angeles Department of Mental Health, explained that it was intended as a gesture of protest against the GOP’s $1.5 trillion tax overhaul, which was signed into law by President Trump recently. Strong said he agrees with critics who believe the policy favors the rich at the expense of the poor and working class. “I was talking to a friend about the tax bill and we were both complaining about how it’s total horse s***,” Strong said. “And one of our friends who happens to be there owns horses.” According to CBS Los Angeles, Strong went to a horse ranch in Sylmar, packed up some horse manure and dropped it off at the address in Bel Air. (CBS Los Angeles)


Man pokes sister with meat fork in buttocks on Christmas

Christmas was not exactly the “most wonderful time of the year” for one family, as a domestic dispute devolved into a man allegedly jabbing his sister in the buttocks with a meat fork, according to charging documents. The 25-year-old man, of York, Pennsylvania, faces one count each of simple assault and harassment. Pennsylvania State Police were dispatched to a home for a domestic dispute. The woman who called 911 said that her son had hit her daughter with a meat fork, documents state. Once there, police spoke with the victim, who said she and her brother were arguing when he pushed her to the ground and kicked her, documents state. The sister then ran upstairs to get away from her brother, but went back downstairs and told him that she could call the police. When she said this, he began to yell, picked up a meat fork and chased his sister up the stairs, documents state, adding “He then struck the left side of her buttock with the meat fork.” He then fled the area, documents state. Police saw two small puncture wounds on her and also the meat fork, which was on the kitchen table. The brother-turned-suspect was arrested later the same day and arraigned on the charges. He has a preliminary hearing on January 8, 2018. Documents did not state why the two were arguing. He has remained in York County Prison on $25,000 bail. (York Daily Record)


Finally Friday Is Here!! It brings with it:

*National Pepper Pot Day
*No Interruptions Day (Last Work Day of the Year)
*Tick Tock Day

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