By Erika I. Ritchie | [email protected] | Orange County RegisterPUBLISHED: June 20, 2018 at 1:22 pm | UPDATED: June 20, 2018 at 11:54 pm LAGUNA NIGUEL – It’s been two months, and Kathie Gross is still rattled by what she calls the “most terrifying experience” of her life. The 49-year-old mother had just left a spin class at Monarch Bay Plaza and was driving home on Crown Valley Parkway when her cellphone rang. She answered and heard what she thought was her daughter Jordan’s terrified voice: “Mom, Mom! They took me and these men put me in a van.” Kathie Gross, 49 at her home in Laguna Niguel on Tuesday, May 8, 2018 was a victim of of a virtual kidnap attempt and for 15-minutes she was convinced that her 12-year-old daughter had been kidnapped. Only after her daughter’s school confirmed that she was safe did Gross realize the she was a victim of a scam. (Photo by Leonard Ortiz, Orange County Register/SCNG) Kathie Gross, 49, at her home in … [Read more...] about A caller says he has your child and demands a ransom: Is it real or a ‘virtual kidnapping’ scam?
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Norfolk County Councils public health team is now urging people to get their blood pressure checked as part of an awareness campaign launched today. Photo: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire It is known as the silent killer, and can lead to a heart attack, a stroke or heart disease. John Atkins, from Blofield, said he found out he had high blood pressure by accident. Photo: Norfolk County Council But despite the risks, it is estimated that one in six adults in Norfolk are completely unaware they have high blood pressure. Norfolk County Council’s public health team is now urging people to get their blood pressure checked as part of an awareness campaign launched today. The council said any adult who has not had their blood pressure taken in the past five years should visit a participating pharmacy to get it assessed. Margaret Dewsbury, chair of communities committee, said: “I was surprised to hear that so many people across Norfolk are unaware they have high blood pressure. That … [Read more...] about One in six unaware they are living with ‘silent killer’ which can lead to heart attacks
TORONTO -- The man who drove a rented van along a crowded sidewalk, killing 10 people, was a socially troubled computer science graduate who briefly joined Canada's military last year and expressed hostility toward women on his Facebook account, according to details that emerged Tuesday. The man identified by police as the driver, Alek Minassian, 25, was charged in a Toronto court with 10 counts of first-degree murder and 13 counts of attempted murder a day after the van rampage along the sidewalk of a busy Toronto street. Police have said Minassian, a resident of the Richmond Hill suburb of Toronto, appeared to have intentionally struck the victims in what was likely to count as Canada's deadliest vehicular attack. Government officials have said the attack did not appear to be an act of terrorism. The rampage shattered a peaceful Monday afternoon when a white Ryder rental van roared down Yonge Street, a main Toronto thoroughfare, and plowed into pedestrians along a nearly 1-mile … [Read more...] about Anger seen in van attack suspect
source Kevin Smith’s Facebook Writer and director Kevin Smith suffered a massive heart attack Sunday night. On Tuesday, he went live on Facebook from his hospital room with an update. Smith got emotional in the video, saying he didn’t want to die in that moment, but was “content.” Writer and director Kevin Smith, of “Clerks” fame, suffered a massive heart attack Sunday night after filming an episode of his AMC show, “Comic Book Men.” On Tuesday afternoon, Smith went live on Facebook with an emotional update for fans from his hospital room, in which he described his symptoms, what the emergency room was like, and addressed the Chris Pratt “prayer” controversy. After Smith’s heart attack, actor Chris Pratt tweeted that he was praying his “a– off” for Smith because he “believes in the healing power of … [Read more...] about Director and writer Kevin Smith posted an emotional video to Facebook after suffering a massive heart attack
The following is a guest post from Jon at Money Smart Guides, a personal finance site that helps readers get out of debt and start investing for their future. You can learn more about Jon here and check out his ebook, “7 Investing Steps That Will Make You Wealthy.” Ever curious about how the wealthy live? Wish you could see inside their finances in hopes of learning something? I had the privilege of a view into how the wealthy manage their money when I worked for a high net worth financial planning firm. In order to invest your money with us, you needed at least $US2 million. Not just $US2 million in net worth, $US2 million in liquid assets in order to invest. We had a handful of clients that just met the minimum and a few that had close to $US50 million. The majority were in the $US10-$US20 million range. As a guy in my early 30s who was somewhat successful with money, I didn’t know what to think, working for the wealthy. At first I felt out of place, to be honest. … [Read more...] about 10 things I learned about rich people while helping millionaires manage their money