Pizza shop causes outrage among locals for poking fun at human trafficking

The owner of a pizza shop in Barberton, Ohio, is making waves for a billboard that some believed to be poking fun at human trafficking.

While the subject is no laughing matter, Jeremy Clemetson, owner of East of Chicago Pizza store, is known around the area for his tongue in cheek signs.

“We’ve had ‘Legalize marinara,’ and ‘Our pizza is deep as potholes,’ ‘Free box with every pizza,'” he revealed to CNN.

But the most recent billboard, which read: “fat people are harder to kidnap,” caused discord among locals.

Coronavirus causes workforce to halt at standstill; many attempt to work from home

Due to the coronavirus outbreak, working from home is not just an added perk but necessary for survival.

Factories along with shops, hotels as well as restaurants have been emptied out as most stay home in their apartments — attempting to sort out how to work while taking steps to protect their health.

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“It’s a good opportunity for us to test working from home at scale,” said managing director of Reprise Digital, Alvin Foo, a Shanghai ad agency with 400 people. “Obviously, not easy for a creative ad agency that brainstorms a lot in person.” he said.

The working-from-home population is about evolve into a massive number. And while most people in China are still on vacation for the Lunar New Year, Chinese companies will soon be restarting operations — which commences the biggest work-from-home experiment to date.

China rushes into clinical human trials to find cure for Coronavirus

China has recently decided to a quick clinical trial for a drug in hopes to cure the coronavirus infection while the nation attempts protect those who have yet to come in contact with the nasty virus.

A new antiviral drug by Gilead Sciences Inc., Remdesivir, will be tested by a medical team from Beijing-based China-Japan Friendship Hospital in hopes for treating the deadly new strain of coronavirus.

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The trial for the drug will be conducted in the city of Wuhan, the central Chinese city of the viral outbreak.

So far, the virus has killed over 360 people, sickened over 17,000 in China and has since spread to at least a dozen nations.

According to the Chinese news outlet, The Paper, as many as 270 patients with mild and moderate pneumonia caused by the virus will be recruited in a randomized, double-blinded and placebo-controlled study.

China calls U.S. unreasonable for fueling fear and panic over coronavirus

Today, China’s Foreign Ministry accused the U.S. of setting a poor example when it comes to spreading information about the coronavirus outbreak.

According to a ministry spokesperson, they stated how unreasonable it is for countries around the world to attempt to prevent people from crossing the borders.

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In addition, the ministry called out the U.S. specifically, saying how instead of offering assistance to stop the coronavirus outbreak, it instead is just spreading panic.

“The U.S. government hasn’t provided any substantive assistance to us,” ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying said.

“What it has done could only create and spread fear, which is a very bad example.”

Coronavirus numbers increase, experts say we should start to worry

According to experts, the dangerously transmissible coronavirus will quickly become a pandemic as numbers of those infected continue to grow in China as well as countries around the world.

By definition, a pandemic is described as a disease that spreads across a massive region across continents and also the entire globe. The coronavirus has been spreading at a similar pace to influenza according to the New York Times.

“It’s very, very transmissible, and it almost certainly is going to be a pandemic,” director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease, Dr. Anthony S. Fauci, revealed to the publication.

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Currently, there are 11 confirmed cases in the U.S. as of Monday morning.

Six cases are in California, one in Arizona, one in Washington state, one in Massachusetts and two in Illinois. And while no deaths have been reported in the U.S. — 99 percent of cases remain in China.

This past Sunday, three more were said to be infected in California.

“I understand that people are concerned, but based on what we know today, the risk to [the] general public remains low,” shared Santa Clara County’s health officer, said Dr. Sara Cody. “A second case is not unexpected. With our large population and the amount of travel to China for both personal and business reasons, we will likely see more cases.”

On Sunday, the U.S. announced how Americans who traveled to China within the last 14 days would be sent to designated airports for enhanced screenings while foreign nationals who recently went to China would be denied entry aside from the immediate family of American citizens and permanent residents.

Ellen invites black teen barred from attending school due to dreadlocks, gifts him $20,000 scholarship

A black Texas high school student was informed he would not be able to return to school or attend his graduation ceremony unless he cuts his dreadlocks — so Ellen invited him on the show and gave him $20,000.

DeAndre Arnold who is a senior at Barbers Hill High School, shared with Ellen how he was suspended over the length of his dreadlocks and informed by his principal how he needed to cut his hair to return to school.

“You get good grades,” DeGeneres said. “You’ve never been in trouble, ever. This is the first time anything has come up. And now, you haven’t been in school for weeks because of this situation.”

Arnold then revealed how he has worn dreadlocks for years and has always followed the dress code as he kept his hair off his shoulders, above his earlobes and out of his eyes, by tying up his dreadlocks. He then told DeGeneres he was told he was in violation of the dress code after Christmas break.

“Every day I would go to school, I would be in dress code,” he revealed to DeGeneres. “But the thing with them is, if it was let down, I would be out of dress code.”

Ellen then responded with a hefty check of $20,000 to go towards his college fund along with a message for his school’s staff. Watch below!

Cuddling pigs for their forever homes sound like your dream job? Start packing your bags!

If you are a pig lover, this information is for you and be warned: you may squeal with delight from what you find.

A South Carolina rescue farm is seeking volunteers to socialize about 100 rescue pigs to get them ready for adoption, according to an ad posted to Facebook.

So what exactly entails socialization of piglets?

Belly scratches, feeding them cookies (yes, cookies) and talking to them.

If this sounds like you, click above for more info!

P!nk on plastic surgery: “I’ve decided that my talent and my individuality is far more important than my face”

P!nk took to Twitter this week in an open letter to herself regarding the aging process, encouraging herself to move away from “altering” her face.

“Letter to self; Dear Me, you’re getting older. I see lines. Especially when you smile. Your nose is getting bigger. You look (and feel) weird as you get used to this new reality. But your nose looks like your kids, and your face wrinkles where you laugh. And yeah you idiot..u smoked,” she tweeted.

“Continued note to self: Every once in a while you consider altering your face, and then you watch a show where you want to see what the person is feeling…and their face doesn’t move. I’m cannot get behind it. I just can’t.”

“I want my children to know what I look like when I’m angry,” she continued on Twitter. “I’m fortunate because I’ve never really depended on my looks. I’ve decided that my talent and my individuality is far more important than my face. So get on board cause I am about to AGE THE OL FASHIONED WAY (in a tutu ruling sh*t at 30 mph 100 ft in the air over 40) yasssssssss.”

The 40-year-old pop star was alluding to her famous stunts which usually involve her performing acrobatic acts while singing.

If you love Star Wars, then this $26.5 million mansion is for you

A mansion that has 5,000 square feet of Star Wars themed space is on the market for a mere $26.5 million.

The “Star Wars” portion of the house is located in the full basement — just in case the missus is embarrassed of, well this room:

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There are several elaborate rooms dedicated to memorabilia from the series, including the cantina, a gaming room and a museum-like hall full of action figures.

There is also a catina, a gaming room, a museum-like hall, and a home theater.

The theater has 18 seats with star-like lights overhead that are out of this world.

But don’t worry, in addition to the Star Wars theme, there are also (normal) features like a fruit tree orchard, a tennis court and an observatory along with indoor and outdoor pools.

James Bond producer states 007 will never be female

Barbara Broccoli, the woman spearheading the James Bond film franchise, says the lead character “can be of any color,” but will never be female.

Broccoli, who has produced the movie series since the mid-90s shared in a wide-spanning interview with Variety on Jan. 15 that 007 continue to be a man.

But that doesn’t mean Broccoli isn’t speaking up on behalf of women.

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“He can be of any color, but he is male,” Broccoli revealed to Variety. “I believe we should be creating new characters for women — strong female characters. I’m not particularly interested in taking a male character and having a woman play it. I think women are far more interesting than that.”

The announcement has surfaced amid speculation as to who will be replacing Daniel Craig who has played the spy since 2006’s Casino Royale.

Craig has confirmed he will in fact be stepping down from the upcoming film, “No Time To Die.”

You won’t believe how grown up Octomom’s eight babies are today

Natalie Suleman, who became known as “Octomom” in the tabloids after her pregnancy with 8 babies, is celebrating her children’s 11th birthday.

Suleman, who previously went by Nadya, shares snippets of her life with 14 kids on Instagram, she does not usually post photos of them all together.

Last year, she revealed to the New York Times how she has to split her children up into groups for various activities in order to spend time with each of them – -even eating in shifts.

And while Suleman faced criticism for her large family, they lead a quiet, normal life. All of the kids are vegan, they do well in school and love to read.

The celebratory post read:

“Happy birthday to my beautiful angels. You are some of the kindest, most compassionate, caring human beings I’ve ever known. Words cannot express how grateful I am to be your mother. You all have blessed my life immensely and I thank God daily for trusting me to care for, shape the lives of, and influence all of you. Recent tragic events of loved ones lost are a powerful reminder of how fragile, precarious, yet precious life is, as tomorrow is never promised. We need to hug our loved ones a little longer and a little tighter while they are here. You are my miracles, my angels, and I will love you with all my heart, forever. Happy 11th birthday Noah, Maliyah, Nariyah, Isaiah, Jeremiah, Jonah, Josiah, and Makai.”

After teen has minor ankle injury, she becomes diagnosed with rare “suicide disease”

A 16-year-old girl along with her family are asking for the public’s help to cover the cost of a miracle treatment that would help the teen live to see another day.

In 2013, Moana Ruhfuss was diagnosed with chronic regional pain syndrome (PRPS) when she was only 11 years old after an ankle injury.

According to the Mayo Clinic, CRPS is a form of chronic pain that usually affects an arm or a leg and typically develops after an injury, a surgery or a stroke or a heart attack,

And while there is no cure, when it comes to treatment, both improvement as well as remission is possible.

The condition is said to be more painful than childbirth and has been dubbed the “suicide disease” due to the high rate of suffers who decide to take their own lives.

If you feel led to give, visit Moana’s GoFundMe here.

Australian book store bans group of dating coaches from entering building

One book store is taking to social media to shun a group of people from ever coming in and it may surprise you: dating coaches.

Kinokuniya Sydney, a Japan-based bookseller in a Australian recently flocked to Facebook on Jan. 23 to ban the coaches as well as their clients from its store.

The bookstore alleges it became a practice ground for “pick-up” techniques.

OOPH.

“It has come to our attention that a dating coaching company has been using our store to give their clients practical experience, much to our dismay,” Kinokuniya Sydney wrote.

“We apologize to any of our customers who have been approached in the store or had the negative experience of someone trying ‘pick-up’ techniques with them.”

Woman uses Tinder after being stranded on mountain, matches with man who has bulldozer and saves her life

One woman decided to use Tinder in a new way that saved her life.

After extreme weather caused her camper to get stuck on the side of a mountain in Northern Norway, Lonia Häger and her friend decided to use a few unconventional methods.

Häger was traveling to Lofoten after visiting the North Cape, which is the most northern point of Europe. But according to her Instagram account, she recapped how while she and her friend, Phil, traveled down the mountainside, “it started raining…the street iced up that we even couldn’t stay on one point!”

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Both created a Tinder account for Häger and in just five minutes she matched with Stian Lauluten, who not only lived nearby but also had a bulldozer.

Lauluten “shaped lines in the ice” for the camper to travel through and then took them to a nearby parking lot.”

But that wasn’t all. Lauluten also helped them fix their tires with spikes the next day to prevent future similar incidents. Häger calls him a hero.

Let’s hope the two were able to share a meal over the ordeal. Lauluten earned it!

Neighbors decide to sue man over psychedelic paint job on $500,000 home

A man in Florida is currently facing a lawsuit after he decided to alter his $500,000 home in a colorful way but his neighbors found it be “unsightly and obnoxious.

Located in an upscale community in Naples, the house has been redecorated with multi-colored paint across the exterior, including the mailbox, garage, driveway and front lawn.

Neighbors report how the owner, Jeffrey Leibman, spent about a week making the alterations that rocked the community to their core.

“Obviously has a drug issue or something going on because I have just never seen anything like this in my life,” said fellow neighbor Alan Klawans, to WZVN-TV. 

Or maybe Alan, just maybe the guy is trying to just live his life in a colorful way. Maybe the whole “omar” thing is a riddle? Maybe Jeffery just like rainbows?

Parents sue school after faculty expelled teen for believing she may be gay due to rainbow-themed birthday

A family from Kentucky, who alleges their daughter was expelled over the design of her birthday cake, is now suing her former school.

Filed last Thursday, the lawsuit states how 15-year-old Kayla Kenney was kicked out of her Christian high school “as they believed she was gay.”

Originally, Kayla’s parents claimed that the school, Whitfield Academy, had made their choice after obtaining a photo of the teen celebrating her birthday with a rainbow-colored cake while wearing a similarly colorful sweater.

And while the rainbow has been a symbol of LGBTQIA+ pride, Kayla’s mom, Kimberley Alford, said her daughter is not gay and the cake was chosen as it looked nice.

Greta Thunberg wants to trademark her name due to what comes with international fame

Greta Thunberg, teen climate activist, revealed on Instagram how she has applied to register her name.

Along with her name, she also plans to trademark the Fridays For Future movement she founded in 2018 which has led her to international fame.

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“I assure you, I and the other school strikers have absolutely no interests in trademarks. But unfortunately it needs to be done,” she shared via social media.

This move would allow legal action against any persons or companies attempting to use her name or the movement’s which is is not line with its values.

Large chunk of Trump’s wall just blew over thanks to winds of 37 mph

Strong winds of 37 mph caused a portion of Trump’s border wall to fall over in Mexico, landing on a row of trees.

Awkward…

According to police in Mexicali, a town on the Mexico-California border, it happened midday this past Wednesday.

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The length of the wall that fell was close to 130 feet long.

Agent Carlos Pitones of the Customs and Border Protection sector in El Centro, California, revealed to CNN how the wall was just installed and had been set in concrete that had not yet hardened. 

Whoops, try again next time I guess?