Number Of Pregnant Moms Using Marijuana Increases

(SL) – Is it that deep? Let it go for 9 months. There’s a staggering number of women that continue to roll the dice with their babies’ health by smoking weed while they are pregnant.

There are no benefits. I repeat, no benefits in smoking weed while you’re pregnant.

A study just published in JAMA found that marijuana use among pregnant women in Kaiser Permanente Northern California has been rising substantially.

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For the study, Kaiser Permanente researchers (Kelly C. Young-Wolff, PhD, MPH, Lue-Yen Tucker, Stacey Alexeeff, PhD, Mary Anne Armstrong, Amy Conway, MPH, Constance Weisner, DrPH, and Nancy Goler, MD) analyzed questionnaire answers and laboratory results from 279, 457 pregnant women over an 8 year period. They found that from 2009 to 2016, marijuana use rose from 4.2% to 7.1% for all pregnant women. The jump was significantly greater for those under 25 years old with the numbers going from 12.5% to 21.8% among those under age 18 and 9.8% to 19.0% among those 18 to 24 years old.

No word yet on exactly why these women are still getting high while carrying a child but most feel that it could be in part to get rid of morning sickness, aches and pains.  NBC 2 News  did a report on the increase of marijuana use for morning sickness but, I repeat, this is no approved use of marijuana, no medical use, nothing.

Just say no.

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Ohio Teens Charged With Murder After Sandbag Prank Goes Wrong

(Toledo, OH) – The family of 22-year old Marquise Byrd is asking that the court charge four teens accused of killing the young father as adults.

Ohio+Sandbag+Death+VictimAuthorities say three 14-year-olds and a 13-year-old threw sandbags and other objects onto the southbound lanes of Interstate 75 on December 19. A sandbag hit Byrd after crashing through the window of the car he was traveling in.

Deputy Chief Lori Olender says another vehicle was damaged in the incident so the teens could face two counts of vehicular vandalism.
oh-teens-chargedEven though they are denying the charges against them, on Wednesday they were charged with the murder of Byrd.
The boys, who have not been identified because they are minors.

Atlanta Anchor Amanda Davis Dies Of Massive Stroke

(Atlanta, Ga) –  The AJC reports, Veteran Atlanta news anchor Amanda Davis has died, according to CBS 46. She was 62.

Davis suffered a massive stroke Tuesday night while waiting to board a flight at the Atlanta airport, the station reported.  “Her family is asking for privacy at this difficult time,” CBS 46 posted online. “Amanda’s friends and colleagues at CBS 46 are praying for her family.”

The Emmy-award winning journalist joined CBS 46 as a morning in January after spending 26 years at WAGA-TV. Davis retired from WAGA in 2012 following a DUI-related arrest. In 2016, Davis opened up about her battle with alcoholism in an interview with The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Davis was planning to fly to Texas for her step-father’s funeral when she suffered a stroke, according to CBS. On Sunday, she posted a message on her Facebook about celebrating Christmas after losing a loved on.

“Stay strong, keep praising the Lord,” Davis wrote.

All The Money In The World: Real Life Story Of A Billionaire Who Wouldn’t Pay Ransom For Kidnapped Grandson

(SL) – It’s truly riveting. The story of a teenager kidnapped and held for ransom in 1973. But this wasn’t just any teenager. It was John Paul Getty III. At the time his Grandfather, John Paul Getty Sr. was the richest private citizen in the world.

An oil magnate and billionaire, one would think that when that day of July 10th, 1973 came and it was revealed that his 16-year old grandson was being held in the company of the mafia that rescuing him wouldn’t be a second thought.

But it was. And that thought would carry on for five months. All The Money In The World explores the true story of John Paul Getty III who grew up in Italy where his father, John Paul Getty Jnr, was working for the family oil business. John Paul Getty had made a fortune in the oil business and by 1966 was a certified billionaire.

But when Getty Jr. developed a drug addiction, Getty Sr. cut him and his children off.

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Blake Griffin Looking To Legitimize His Children With Brynn Cameron

(Los Angeles, CA) – It looks like Brynn Cameron and Blake Griffin have officially called it quits. Once believed to be engaged, rumors have been circulating that the two parted way back in September. Griffin reportedly has been seeing Kendall Jenner since July.

But the NBA baller’s recent steps to establish paternity of this little boy and little girl is the most significant sign that the relationship is all the way done. Cameron was living with Blake but allegedly moved out when his relationship with Jenner was publicized.

DHUxe-DVYAAdoxeAccording to our sources, Griffin recently filed paperwork to legally establish paternity of Finley and Ford, the kids he has with ex-fiancée Brynn Cameron. Filing for paternity is the first step in getting a court ordered custody and child support agreement, and Griffin filed the documents shortly after he began dating Kendall Jenner.

We’re told Cameron actually fired off her own documents filed by powerhouse attorney Samantha Spector in response to Griffin, again seeking joint custody, but also asking the judge to establish child support based on Griffin’s annual salary.blake_griffin_net_worthChild support is established based upon income, and Griffin recently signed a $173 million deal with the Los Angeles Clippers, so there’s a good chance she’ll get a giant monthly payment.  There’s also a good chance Griffin will argue the amount.

Brynn earned a few headlines after having kids with Blake because she also has a baby with former NFL player Matt Reinhart. To be fair, the two dated while student athletes at USC where they had their son.

There’s speculation that Brynn believes Blake walked out on his family for a Hollywood relationship and she wants to ensure that her family will be taken care of.

Bad Business: American Airlines Accuses NBA Baller Jeff Teague’s Brother Of Stealing A Blanket

(Dallas, TX) – If you’re a sports fan then you’ve heard of Jeff Teague and his brother Marquis and you know that the baller brothers don’t need to steal anything, let alone some blankets on an American Airlines flight. But that’s exactly what a black flight attendant charged.

Marquis was traveling with his teammate Trahson Burrell and the assistant coach on Christmas Eve attempting to get to Sioux Falls, SD. The two play for the NBA G- League’s Memphis Hustle and the team had a game on Christmas Day.1227-trahson-burrell-marquis-teague-getty-3Reportedly, as the guys boarded the plane and were taking their seats a flight attendant started questioning them about their blankets and ultimately accused the players of stealing them. All three were kicked off the plane, just to be boarded on another flight and flown first class to their destination after the Airline found out that first class passengers had given them the blankets when they boarded.

Marquis Teague is the younger brother of Minnesota Timberwolves PG Jeff Teague. Marquis himself was a first round draft pick in 2012 by the Chicago Bulls.

Both Hustle head coach Glynn Cyprien and assistant coach Darnell Lazare took to Twitter to share their frustration after the incident.

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‘American Airlines Needs Sensitivity Training to Attendants on flights dealing with Humans & Blankets!,’ wrote Cyprien.

Lazare: ‘It’s 2017 and a Flight attendant for @AmericanAir sees 2 young black athletes with blankets from first class, his 1st comment is “did you steal them” how about you teach people to get the facts first before jumping to conclusions’

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American Airlines spokesperson Joshua Freed says, “We apologize for what occurred on this flight. We take pride in bringing people together, and we know that on this flight we let some of our customers down. Our team at American, along with Envoy Air, is reviewing what happened and will be reaching out to the two players and the assistant coach.”

Burrell and Teague both played in Memphis’s Christmas Day game in Sioux Falls, scoring 14 and 11 points, respectively, while Burrell added 11 rebounds, seven assists and five steals in a 131-115 win Over the Skyforce.

Rihanna’s 21-Year Old Cousin Murdered In Barbados The Day After Christmas

(Saint Michael, Barbados) – A joyous holiday has turned heartbreaking for superstar Rihanna. One day after spending Christmas with her family including her 21-year old cousin Tavon Kaiseen Alleyne, the celebrity-entrepreneur is now preparing for a funeral.4798297C00000578-5214291-image-a-28_1514385336249The details are slim, but it appears her cousin was walking through the Eden Lodge Area of Saint Michael on the island when he was shot several times. There are reports that he was robbed, but that hasn’t been confirmed.

Alleyne was transported to Queen Elizabeth Hospital in a private vehicle but later succumbed to his injuries. There’s been an increase in gun violence on the Island with statistics tallying 22 of the 28 murders committed this year were due to gun violence. 479756A300000578-5214291-image-a-29_1514354423242Rihanna took to her instagram page to remember her cousin and call for more gun control. Another woman Tanella who appears to be his sister also paid tribute to the young man.

This story is still developing.

The Greatest Christmas Gift Of All: Premie Born Four Months Early Makes It Home In Time For The Holiday

(Kansas City, MO) – When Robin Schneider gave birth to her little girl ‘Ellie’, she says it unnerved her to look at the little bundle of joy.  The size of a coke can, Ellie was born at just 21 weeks after what seemed to be the perfect pregnancy.

All that changed however when she went in for her first routine ultrasound and found out that her cervix was shortened. Normally, the cervix shortens and gets thinner and softer as a pregnancy progresses, so that the baby can pass through the birth canal during labor. But it was happening way too soon for Robin.

Robin says, “My cervix was about a tenth of the length it was supposed to be. The next day when I went back for a more detailed emergency scan, it had shrunk completely. This meant that I could have gone into labor at any second which would have been terrible because the doctors couldn’t have helped her and she wouldn’t have survived. It was a massive shock to us because I had thought me and the baby were healthy.”

Doctors inserted a small ring shaped device or cervical pessary into Robin’s cervix in the hope that it would ‘plug’ her up and prevent premature labor. But at 20 weeks, when Robin went into St Luke’s Hospital in Kansas City to have her pessary checked, it failed and her water broke.

Robin says, “It was absolutely terrifying. I was put on 24-hour bed rest and intravenous antibiotics, which were known to actually prevent labor.”

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Robin hung on for almost two weeks but by mid-June, the premature dilation caused when her water broke had developed into a premature pre-partum rupture of the membranes (PPROM) which led to an infection and with that, there was nothing the doctors could do. Robin had to deliver her baby.

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The Duke And Duchess of Cambridge Lead The Royals To Christmas Day Service

(London, England) – The future of the Monarchy was on display today as the Queen of England and her family attended church service on Christmas Day. William and Kate led the group as Meghan Markle was also invited and held onto Harry the entire way. It’s the first time Kate and Meghan have been photographed together. And it was also the first time Meghan was photoed curtsying before the Queen.

Video Courtesy of The Daily Mail

Bless her heart. Meghan seemed a little nervous as she took everything in. I’m sure her curtsy will smooth out a little as she continues to get used to royal behavior :). Harry looked pleased to have his future wife by his side as William and Kate looked to be giving her pointers along the way. Kate is pregnant with the 5th in line to the throne. Harry and Meghan will tie the knot in May.