The incident was reported near Lincoln High School at MacRae Park in Des Moines about 2 p.m.
A short time later, several police cars were stopped behind the car along Southwest 9th Street about a block from the school.
Police said the man, Michael Sutton, 36, had two children — ages 4 and 5 — in the backseat of his car.
The officer said it took about a quarter of a mile to get Sutton pulled over. “He just kept rolling” south along Southwest 9th Street, police said.
Once outside the car, police said Sutton admitted to smoking meth the night before and that he was “still feeling the effects of it.” He said he was eating rocks but “they were small ones,” he told police.
Police said they found a drug pipe in his pocket. He was arrested and charged with possession of drug paraphernalia, child endangerment and some minor traffic charges.
Police said test results would take time, but that Sutton could face additional charges.
“They saw something, knew it was concerning, had concern for him or what his actions were and made the effort to contact an officer. Certainly, they could have carried on with their day and not done a thing about it, but they did the right thing in this situation,” said Sgt. Jason Halifax, Des Moines police spokesman.
The children were held until their mother, Sutton’s girlfriend, or another appointed guardian could pick them up.
We’re starting to think there might be something in the water over in China. Just a few days ago, we stumbled upon one of the most stunning actually-I’m-a-guy girls on the internet, and now a new model is stealing hearts all over the country. And yes, once again, this Asian princess is in fact a pretty prince in makeup.
Even so, it would seem that many Chinese netizens are now reaching the point where they’re starting to think, “To heck with it, he’s still gorgeous,” and would be proud to make this young man their wife.
In the age of the selfie, it’s not unusual to find hundreds of shots on social networks of beautifully made-up young women striking their best duck-face, octopus-cheeks or emo “I’m not even looking at you” poses, with or without the help of a few flattering filters. We, of course, only get to see the best shot they take (the ones where they look a bit pudgy or are caught mid-blink and like they’re having a seizure are swiftly disposed of), but usually the subject looks pretty good no matter the quality of the goods they’re working with.
Even so, some stars shine a little brighter than others in the dark depths of the social network abyss, and one 21-year-old beauty known as Xiao Can recently became the subject of tremendous adoration on online message boards in China, after one netizen shared a photo of what he described as “a peerless beauty“.
We wouldn’t go so far as to say that her beauty could never be matched (have you seen Mr. Sato in a wig?), but there’s no denying that this is one gorgeous young lady.
Except, hold on a second…
After checking out Xiao Can’s personal blog and reading a little more about her, it soon becomes clear that “she” is in fact a “he”.
There were still a number of men who after learning this struggled to comprehend that this princess could be anything less than the woman of their dreams. But after watching a couple of videos showing the model’s performances on numerous talent shows – during which she is openly asked, “Are you really a guy?” – it would appear that, yes, this peerless beauty really is just a tremendously pretty dude.
Naturally, there are plenty of women out there who, doing their very best with what they have, are decidedly irked by Xiao Can’s feminine good looks. But there are also hundreds of female net users who are already firm fans, begging to know his secrets.
And while some men were evidently shocked and a little grossed out that they could have fallen for another guy (welcome to the 21st century, chaps!), there are some who looked beyond Xiao Can’s gender, saying that they’d happily give up on women if men this pretty exist, with one man even commenting, “I don’t care if you’re a guy, marry me!”
A restaurant in the city of Fuzhou, China has a very special business model. No matter how much you order or eat, you get to decide how much to pay. Be it the full price or nothing at all, the restaurant does not make individuals pay a set price.
Liu Pengfei, the restaurant owner, being gravely concerned with the moral epidemic facing China these days, came up with the idea. By allowing people the choice to pay for their meal, the 50-year-old Liu wants to restore trust and morality amongst his customers. While we must commend Mr. Liu for his noble thinking, the reality is that his faith in humanity has landed him deep in the red.
The pay-what-you-want model is nothing new. Three years ago, the large restaurant chain Panera Bread attempted a similar model. One store stopped taking payments and asked customers to pay what they thought was fair. The main goal of the pay-what-you-want system was to provide assistance for individuals who didn’t have the money to afford a meal. The hope was that those that could afford to pay would cover the costs of non paying customers. The results were less than remarkable. Panera isn’t the only one that has tried this, though, as a number of other smaller restaurants around the United States have tried with varying results.
Mr. Liu’s restaurant, the “Good One,” opened in August of this year. It is a buffet that serves up a variety of Fuzhou style Chinese dishes in addition to other western themed foods. After customers finish their meals, they wash their own dishes and then have the difficult task of deciding how much to pay. Customers settle their bill by placing money into a box.
Unfortunately the results have been disastrous for Mr. Liu. According to investors of the restaurant, one in five customers don’t pay a single cent before returning home. In the first month the restaurant lost 100,000 yuan (US$16,440). This has led to a 250,000 yuan ($41,105) deficit since August.
Despite the building debt, Mr. Liu explained why he was committed to the pay-what-you-want model, stating, “The money isn’t the most important thing. It’s trust.” He added, “When I trust them [the customers], they will trust me and they will begin to love others.” Mr. Liu, a Christian, hopes his restaurant will have a positive affect on the Chinese people and encourage them to reevaluate their morals.
But Mr. Liu isn’t the only one who is concerned about China’s morality. In a Reuters report from September, Xi Jinping said he believes that China is “losing its moral compass.” Moreover, he is disturbed by his country’s vanishing morals and obsession with money. He sees a return to religion in order to remedy the growing crisis.
As for now, Mr. Liu still can’t figure out why some customers aren’t paying. He remarked, “It’s a little strange.” We can only hope the non-paying heathens have a spiritual revelation for the sake of Mr. Liu’s business.
A couple in Hermitage, Tennessee got quite a surprise when they pulled away from the McDonald’s drive-thru: instead of breakfast, they found thousands of dollars of cash when they opened their to-go bag.
Greg Terry took one look in the bag and realized the mistake, and it didn’t take long for an employee from the store to realize it too. Shortly after Greg and his wife Stacye found the cash, the McDonald’s employee reached them at their house and the Terrys handed back the cash without pause. “It was the right thing to do,” Greg told NewsChannel 5.
The cash was meant to be deposited at the bank but was mistakenly handed out through the drive-thru. It was “a fair amount of money. I could have gone shopping,” Stacye Terry laughed. The couple didn’t think twice about it, though. “The second that he said it was their deposit, my first thing was let’s get in the truck and take it back,” Stacye Terry said. “There is no other way to have it. I couldn’t live with myself.”
Phil Gray, the owner and operator of the McDonald’s, responded to the incident with the following statement:
We are grateful for this customer and the action they took upon realizing out error. We are looking into why this mistake happened, but what is most important to us is knowing that we are part of a community with the values that were evidenced by this person’s actions.
The Terry’s, meanwhile, are looking forward to returning to the McDonald’s.
The Food and Drug Administration approved a drug to treat Peyronie’s disease for the first time Friday. The condition can cause the male organ to curve dramatically when erect.
Doctors aren’t quite sure what causes Peyronie’s disease, though trauma during vigorous sex is one possible explanation. The curvature results from scar tissue inside the penis, which Xiaflex breaks down. A course of treatment consists of eight injections and four “penile modeling procedure[s].”
Somewhere between 5 and 10 percent of men have Peyronie’s disease, although for most of them, the curvature is hardly noticeable.
For others, the condition is more severe. “We joke around about it, but to someone who is in a relationship or attempting to be in a relationship who can’t perform sexually, this is a completely life-altering problem,” said Ryan Berglund, a Cleveland Clinic urologist. “You think about it all the time,” he said.
Xiaflex will give patients and doctors an alternative to surgery, which is the typical treatment for Peyronie’s disease. Surgery can cause erectile dysfunction and can shorten the penis.
Yet Xiaflex can also cause serious injury, and because of the risks, the FDA will only allow specially trained physicians and certified hospitals to administer it.
Shares of the drug’s manufacturer, Auxilium Pharmaceuticals of Chesterbrook, Pa., rose about 12 percent following the approval.
The FDA originally approved Xiaflex in 2010 to treat Dupuytren’s contracture, a disease that prevents patients from fully extending their fingers. The drug is an enzyme derived from a bacterium.
Scary. Insane. Ridiculous. Invasive. Wrong. The Washington Post reports that the FBI has had the ability to secretly activate a computer’s camera “without triggering the light that lets users know it is recording” for years now. What in the hell is going on? What kind of world do we live in?
Marcus Thomas, the former assistant director of the FBI’s Operational Technology Division, told the Post that that sort of creepy spy laptop recording is “mainly” used in terrorism cases or the “most serious” of criminal investigations. That doesn’t really make it less crazy (or any better) since the very idea of the FBI being able to watch you through your computer is absolutely disturbing.
The whole Post piece about the FBI’s search for a bomb threat suspect is worth reading. It shows how far the FBI will go with its use of malware to spy on people and reveals the occasional brain dead mistakes the FBI makes to screw themselves over (like a typo of an e-mail address that the FBI wanted to keep tabs on). Good to know these completely competent folks are watching over us by any means necessary. [Washington Post]
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The order from administrative law judge Robert N. Spencer said Masterpiece Cakeshop in suburban Denver discriminated against a couple “because of their sexual orientation by refusing to sell them a wedding cake for their same-sex marriage.”
The order says the cake-maker must “cease and desist from discriminating” against gay couples. Although the judge did not impose fines in this case, the business will face penalties if it continues to turn away gay couples who want to buy cakes.
The American Civil Liberties Union filed a complaint against shop owner Jack Phillips with the Colorado Civil Rights Commission last year on behalf of Charlie Craig, 33, and David Mullins, 29. The couple was married in Massachusetts and wanted a wedding cake to celebrate in Colorado.
Mullins and Craig wanted to buy a cake in July 2012, but when Phillips found out the cake was to celebrate a gay wedding, he turned the couple away, according to the complaint.
Nicolle Martin, an attorney for Masterpiece Cakeshop, said the judge’s order puts Phillips in an impossible position of going against his Christian faith.
“He can’t violate his conscience in order to collect a paycheck,” she said. “If Jack can’t make wedding cakes, he can’t continue to support his family. And in order to make wedding cakes, Jack must violate his belief system. That is a reprehensible choice. It is antithetical to everything America stands for.”
The Civil Rights Commission is expected to certify the judge’s order next week. Phillips can appeal the judge’s order, and Martin said they’re considering their next steps.
Mullins said he and Craig are “ecstatic.”
“To a certain extent, though, I don’t think that this is necessarily a surprise,” he said. “We thought it was pretty clear cut that he had discriminated against us.”
Mullins said he hopes the “decision will help ensure that no one else will experience this kind of discrimination again in Colorado.”
A similar case is pending in Washington state, where a florist is accused of refusing service for a same-sex wedding. In New Mexico, the state Supreme Court ruled in August that an Albuquerque business was wrong to decline to photograph a same-sex couple’s commitment ceremony.
Colorado has a constitutional ban against gay marriage but allows civil unions. The civil union law, which passed earlier this year, does not provide religious protections for businesses.
“At first blush, it may seem reasonable that a private business should be able to refuse service to anyone it chooses,” Judge Spencer said in his written order. “This view, however, fails to take into account the cost to society and the hurt caused to persons who are denied service simply because of who they are.”
ACLU attorney Amanda Goad said no one is asking Phillips to change his religious beliefs.
“But treating gay people differently because of who they are is discrimination, plain and simple,” she said.
The Ostersund District Court dropped the charges against the 27-year-old man, who had been arrested on narcotics allegations when he was pulled over on his way home from a dinner party and submitted to a blood test requested by police who suspected him of drug use, TheLocal.se reported Friday.
The man told the court the traces of tetrahydrocannabinol, the active chemical in marijuana, found in his blood were a result of eating a slice of cake he did not know had been spiked with the drug.
The court agreed the man seemed to have ingested the substance accidentally at the dinner party and the charges were dismissed.