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Knoxville Tennessee School Shooting Leaves Ryan McDonald Dead – A Mother’s Point Of View

By: Donna Chaffins | Date: August 22, 2008 | Categories: In The News, Random Thoughts and Conversations

Yesterday morning, August 21, 2008, just before school was to start, fifteen year old Ryan McDonald was shot and killed in his high school's cafeteria.  At 8:11 a.m. Jamar Siler, a fifteen year old fellow student at Central High School shot Ryan McDonald in the chest. Central High School is located in North Knox County […]

Brenden Adams – The Seven Foot Tall Twelve Year Old

By: Donna Chaffins | Date: August 20, 2008 | Categories: In The News, TV

Young Brenden Adams towers over his entire 6th grade class.  In fact, Brenden Adams towers over his entire school!  On Primetime Medical Mysteries last night they covered a story featuring Brenden, the boy who can't stop growing.  He is a kind and lovable twelve year old; normal in all aspects but one.  And Brenden IS […]

Disneyland Protesters Arrested

By: Donna Chaffins | Date: August 15, 2008 | Categories: In The News

How traumatic it must have been for the children visiting Disneyland yesterday, August 14, 2008, to see their beloved Disney characters handcuffed and loaded into police vans. This is what kids saw on Thursday at the Anaheim, California's Disneyland; Tinkerbell, Snow White and Cinderella, to name a few, were carted off to jail during a […]

Teen Charged With Parents’ Double Homicide On Primetime Crime

By: Donna Chaffins | Date: August 13, 2008 | Categories: In The News, TV

Tonight on Primetime Crime, they will be recalling the grisly murders of an Idaho couple, Alan and Diane Johnson who were shot to death in their home in September 2003. In late June, judges in the Idaho Supreme Court upheld a jury verdict that Sarah, the Johnson's daughter, had brutally murdered her parents in 2003, […]

Bigfoot Found In Georgia – Fact Or Fiction?

By: Donna Chaffins | Date: | Categories: In The News

Yes, you heard me correctly, the body of a 500 lb. ape-like creature has been found in Georgia.  According to the Post Chronicle, a group called 'Searching For Bigfoot'  has scheduled a press conference for Friday, at a hotel in Palo Alto, California where they claim they will be able to provide DNA evidence as […]

1 Mind Ministries Cult Members – Charged In Son’s Starvation Death

By: Donna Chaffins | Date: August 12, 2008 | Categories: In The News

Police have obtained warrants for five alleged cult members accused of starving an 18-month-old boy to death because they thought he was a ‘demon.’ According to The Examiner:  Police say they’ve charged the boy’s mother, Ria “Princess Marie” Ramkissoon, 21, and the alleged cult’s leader, Queen Antoinette, 40, with conspiracy to commit the first-degree murder […]

Perseid Meteor Shower – Best Time To View: Night of August 12 To Early Morning August 13, 2008

By: Donna Chaffins | Date: | Categories: Education, In The News

The 'Perseid Meteor Shower' will be at its peak in a clear, dark sky late night August 12 to the wee morning hours of August 13, 2008.  You may be able to see up to 80 shooting stars or meteors each hour. Meteor showers are the result of small particles entering the Earth's atmosphere at […]

Claimit.ca.gov – Still 30 Billion Dollars Unclaimed

By: Donna Chaffins | Date: August 10, 2008 | Categories: In The News, Random Thoughts and Conversations, Web Sites

I did a post a few weeks ago after Dateline MSNBC aired the Unclaimed Property Search segment.  Well it seems that some California residents still have some extra cash coming their way.  MSNBC wants to help you and other state’s residents ‘Claim It’.  They claim that over $30 Billion dollars is still unclaimed by millions […]

What Is Sarcoidosis Disease

By: Donna Chaffins | Date: August 9, 2008 | Categories: Family and Health, In The News

In light of the sad news today that actor and comedian, Bernie Mac passed away, from complications of pneumonia, and also suffered from sarcoidosis; I wanted to learn more about this disease. Here is what I discovered about sarcoidosis disease: What is sarcoidosis? Sarcoidosis is a disease that results from a specific type of inflammation […]

Bernie Mac Dead At 50

By: Donna Chaffins | Date: | Categories: In The News

Comedian Bernie Mac died early Saturday August 9, 2008, from complications due to pneumonia, his publicist confirmed.  He was 50. The film and TV star had been hospitalized in Chicago for more than a week receiving treatment. His publicist, Danica Smith, had reported that he was in stable condition as of Thursday. He had suffered […]