Maria Fernandes Died While Napping In Her Car Between Her Four Jobs

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A New Jersey woman who worked four jobs to make ends meet has died while napping in her car between shifts.

Maria-FernandesMaria Fernandes, 32, of Newark, died Monday from a mix of carbon monoxide and fumes from an overturned gas container that she kept in her 2001 Kia Sportage, the New York Daily News reports.

Investigators said Fernandes pulled into a lot off Route 1 and 9 in Elizabeth, New Jersey, for a nap early Monday morning.

She left the car running and, police said, the fumes from a spilled gas canister and the car’s exhaust combined to kill her.

She was found dead around 3:51 p.m.

No foul play is suspected, according to Elizabeth Police Lt. Daniel Saulnier.

“This sounds like someone who tried desperately to work and make ends meet, and met with a tragic accident,” Saulnier told NJ.com.

Fernandes, who was born in Portugal before emigrating to the U.S., was beloved by co-workers like Parth Patel, who worked with her at a Penn Station Dunkin’ Donuts.

“She used to work like three shifts every day,” Patel told NJ.com. “Sometimes she wouldn’t sleep for five days.”

As hard as she worked, Fernandes had planned to take a break from all her jobs this Friday in order to celebrate Michael Jackson’s birthday at a Central Park memorial.

Her co-workers said Fernandes idolized the late singer, and often belted out his songs and mimicked his dance moves while on the job.

They plan to hold a tribute to her, News12.com reports.

How the baby born with the upside-down head has defied doctors

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Resourceful Claudio Vieira de Oliveira knows more than a thing or two about overcoming adversity.

1409565800591_wps_1_EXCLUSIVE_CONDITION_OF_USMedics told the now-37-year-old’s mother to let him starve to death after he was born with a rare condition of the joints that left him with severely deformed limbs … and an upside-down head.

But despite his physical limitations, Claudio, from Monte Santo, Brazil, has defied doctors’ doubts to become an accountant and inspirational public speaker.

‘Since I was a child I’ve always liked to keep myself busy and work – I don’t like to depend totally on other people,’ he said. ‘I do a bit of accounting, research for clients and consulting.

‘I have learned to turn on the TV, pick up my cell phone, turn on the radio, use the internet, my computer – I do it all by myself.’

Claudio types with a pen held in his mouth, operates phones and a computer mouse with his lips and has specially made shoes that allow him to shuffle around town.

His independence saw him succeeding at school and qualifying as an accountant from the State University of Feira de Santana.

When Claudio was born, doctors told his mother Maria Jose he would not be able to survive.

Maria Jose said: ‘People started saying ‘the baby is going to die’ because he could barely breath when he was born.

‘Some people would say: ‘Don’t feed him, he is already dying’.

‘But there’s only happiness now. Claudio is just like any other person – that’s how he was raised in this house.

‘We never tried to fix him and always wanted him to do the normal things everyone else does.

‘That’s why he is so confident. He is not ashamed of walking around in the street – he sings and he dances.’

At eight years old, Claudio, who had previously been carried everywhere, began to walk on his knees.

WHAT IS ARTHROGRYPOSIS?

Congenital arthrogryposis is a rare condition that causes curved joints in several areas of the body at birth.

Contrary to popular belief, it is not a deformation of the joints themselves, but one of the tissue that surrounds them, thus fusing joints in place.

It is caused by a number of factors, including lack of space in the uterus, muscle abnormalities, nerve abnormalities, blood circulation problems and maternal illness.

The condition is present in about one in every 3,000 babies and is usually detected before birth.

Treatment options include physiotherapy, splinting and surgery.

1409566213763_Image_galleryImage__EXCLUSIVE_CONDITION_OF_UHis family had to change the floor of the house so he could walk around without injuring himself.

Claudio’s bed, plugs and lights had to be made lower so that he could do things for himself without asking for help.

He cannot use a wheelchair because of his unusual shape, making it hard for him to be independent outside the home – but he begged his mother to be allowed to go to school and learn with the other children.

Doctors have recently diagnosed him with a rare condition called congenital arthrogryposis.

They believe he has multiple joint contractions in his legs and arms which mean they cannot extend properly.

Claudio said: ‘Throughout my life I was able to adapt my body to the world. Right now, I don’t see myself as being different. I am a normal person.

‘I don’t see things upside-down. This is one of the things I always talk about in my interventions as a public speaker.

‘Nowadays it’s much easier to deal with the public, I’m not afraid of it anymore and I can say that I am a professional, international public speaker and that I receive invitations from all over the world.’

He is not the only person with the disease who has refuse to let it overcome his life.

In February, MailOnline told the story of Leanne Beetham who became a celebrated photographer and artist whose paintings of wildlife – which she creates by holding a paintbrush in her mouth – have sold for hundreds of pounds.

Miss Beetham, who has a degree in applied animal behaviour, uses paint and graphite to make her images, which can take more than eight hours to complete at a sitting.

In 2006 one of her paintings was sold for £750 at Christies in London in aid of the David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation. Her exhibition last year in Hull raised money for the Withernsea RNLI, helping to replace equipment which had been stolen.

Texting while driving, woman impaled through buttocks

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A woman says she was texting and driving when she hit a pole that went through her car, piercing her thigh and buttocks.

Elizabeth firefighters had to saw off the front and back end of the pole to get the woman out.

1409540864000-butt-1-2-Christina Jahnz says she was in the parking lot of Elizabeth Middle School on Wednesday morning to deliver her daughter’s saxophone, which had been left at home. As she was driving away from the school, Jahnz started texting her friend.

“I was running late for a business meeting, so I did a voice text. I looked down to make sure it was all right. The next thing I knew, I was looking up, there was white powder from the air bags deployed,” Jahnz said.

Then, Jahnz realized that the guardrail pole went through the front of her truck, through her buttocks and into the back of her seat. Elizabeth firefighters rushed to the scene, where she says they used a saw to cut the front and back end of the pole before rushing her to Parker Adventist Hospital.

“I went into surgery and I lost count of the stitches after 40. They stitched me up inside too. I’m truly a miracle. They said if it gone just a little bit the other way I would have bled out,” Jahnz said.

After a four-day stay in the hospital, Jahnz was released late Sunday night. She will be able to get around with the help of a walker and is expected to make a full recovery.

Jahnz says even though she was going 20 mph and looked down for only a split second, she has learned a lesson she will never forget.

“It’s devastating knowing that I could have prevented it to begin with. I just hope my story helps to save the lives of others. Don’t text and drive,” Jahnz said.

‘Dead’ Brazilian Starts Moving In Body Bag, Revealing He’s Very Much Alive

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Valdelucio Goncalves may have died from a heart attack, but it’s his brother who will likely need a heart checkup after finding his supposedly deceased sibling alive in a body bag.

n-VALDELUCIO-GONCALVES-largeDoctors declared Goncalves, 54, dead in Salvador, Brazil after “respiratory and multiple organ failure,” the Daily Mail reported this week. His family was notified and made arrangements for the funeral later that day.

Goncalves’ brother, Walterio, was let into the morgue to dress the body when he noticed something weird.

“As I got closer I could see it wriggling. Then I saw it raising and falling as if he was breathing,” he told the Mirror. “I went crazy and shouted for the medical team, the nurse, so they could see what was happening. They checked him and confirmed that he was still alive.”

The staff had to rush to free him; his body had been tied up and his nose and ears were filled with cotton wool, according to the BBC.

The Menandro de Farias Hospital, whose doctors declared Goncalves dead, has launched an investigation.

His niece, Patricia Cintra, told local newspaper Correio 24 Horas that the family was not only mortified — they’d paid for everything.

“We had even bought a coffin and paid a deposit for the funeral,” she said.

Still, she said her prayers had been answered when she found out her uncle was alive. He was diagnosed with terminal cancer three months before the heart attacks.

Goncalves can’t speak, but he wrote a letter claiming that he was brought back from death by a Brazilian saint.

“I, Valdelucio, saw death at my feet, but my faith was so great that I was cured,” he wrote, according to the Daily Mail. “Before Irma Dulce I said, do a miracle in me, and she heard my prayer. I saw my mother telling me, son, hold onto her and you will be saved.”

Short on money? Why not start claiming your child has terminal cancer?

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leatha-kaye-slausonLeatha Kaye Slauson, 30, of Atlantic Iowa is facing charges linked to an allegation that she solicited money and widespread attention by claiming her 5-year-old daughter had terminal cancer. The child is not sick.

Slauson is currently charged with Felony Child Endangerment and Distribution of Drugs to a Child Under 18. That latter is a Class B felony.

The community had rallied behind efforts to help Riley Slauson enjoy what everyone believed was a life shortened by cancer. Fund-raising events helped pay for a trip to Disney World and to ease the family’s financial burden. The donations included more than $1,000 to an online donation site.

County Attorney Dan Feistner said Friday the child’s mother had admitted, “It was all, in essence, a ruse if you will on her part.”

The alleged scam began to take shape in October, 2013. Atlantic Police Chief Steve Green said, “She brought forth the story that the child was declining in health,” and a flood of support followed.

That story escalated through an elaborate web that drew in donations by word of mouth and Internet outreach.

Feistner said, “The community of Cass County, city of Atlantic commenced a flow-blown support of this individual.”

How much money was involved in this is uncertain. Feistner said, “It’s difficult to determine at this time,” but the donations involved checks, cash and payment for goods and services.

The story began to unravel as Riley was preparing to enter kindergarten. The school was looking into setting up a program for Riley and authorities say the medical contacts involved in that process turned up irregularities.

That triggered a rapidly unfolding investigation that resulted in charges within 24 hours.

Riley and four siblings are now in their father’s custody. Investigators say Leatha Slauson is the only person who appears to have been involved in any allegedly illegal activity.

She is currently being held in the county jail. Bond was initially withheld. A magistrate will review the case with the addition of the drug charge that was added Friday after the original Child Endangerment charge was filed.

The drug involved was Cannabis oil and Riley tested positive for that.

Feistner said, “There was a presence of THC in the child. That’s correct.”

The investigation is ongoing. The prosecutor said it’s possible that other legal action could follow. “Fraud, theft, I think there are possible other charges,” he said but that’s speculative at this point in the case.

Both Feistner and Chief Green said that while all of this appears to have been a con, what was genuine was the response of the community to the plight of an ostensibly ill child.

Chief Green said, “This isn’t the first time this community has stepped up for people. We do it for everybody.”

The chief himself donated to the cause.

“I did,” he said. “As a matter of fact my wife had cancer last year so we’re pretty invested in the situation.”

Feistner said communities near and far have contributed thousands of dollars. The money that’s been accounted for is currently frozen. Feistner says it’s not yet clear what will become of the funds.

Farmworkers kill colleague with oranges

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1672617507Two men have been arrested after they allegedly assaulted a farmworker with oranges until he died on a farm outside Tzaneen, Limpopo police said on Wednesday.

The men, aged 27 and 30, were taken into custody on Tuesday, said Lt-Col Moatshe Ngoepe.

“Babanto Chauke, 38, and two men had a quarrel, the two [allegedly] started throwing loose oranges at him until he died.”

The men were Chauke’s colleagues at Lakota Farm. They would appear in the Tzaneen Magistrate’s Court on Wednesday, Ngoepe said.