KINDNESS OF STRANGERS Jaedyn Overbury and Lizzie Mason, both 18, were feeling desperate as they struggled to buy food, and were forced to appeal to the community for help A pair of teenagers expecting their first baby are overwhelmed by the public’s response to their plea after they were forced to live off dry toast for three days. Jaedyn Overbury and Lizzie Mason, both 18, were new to Birmingham, cash-strapped and struggled to buy food on Universal Credit and feared they would go hungry. Feeling desperate they made an appeal on the Erdington community group on Sunday, February 10. Jaedyn said: “Me and my misses are new to area (moved here from a homeless shelter in Worcester) and we have been here for about four months now. “We have moved into a house share of four people and unfortunately due to having a shared kitchen keep having our food vanish out the freezer. “We have informed our support staff but they can only recommend calling police (which we … [Read more...] about Pregnant couple on Universal Credit forced to plead for help online after being left eating dry TOAST for three days
A dermatologist had a medical mystery on her hands when a Virginia law student showed up in her office with a mottled discoloration on her leg.Dr. Kimberley Salkey was puzzled until she learned the student spent about six hours a day working with a laptop on her lap, the Associated Press reports. The diagnosis was “toasted skin syndrome,” a skin condition that is caused by long-term exposure to heat that can also be caused by heating pads.Medical journals have chronicled 10 cases involving laptops and discolored skin in articles published in the last six years, the story says. Salkey’s case, from 2007, was one of them.An article published Monday in the Journal Pediatrics says toasted skin syndrome can lead to permanent darkening of the skin and possibly skin cancer. The article does not cite any skin cancer cases related to laptop use, however. … [Read more...] about Law Student Suffers from ‘Toasted Skin Syndrome’ Due to Laptop Use
Updated: Indictments of two Bear Stearns hedge fund managers were announced today, and an e-mail warning of looming problems may play a role, the Wall Street Journal reports.Fund manager Matthew Tannin, a law school graduate, and his superior, Ralph Cioffi, were indicted (PDF provided by Wall Street Journal Law Blog) and arrested Thursday. The e-mail, sent from Tannin’s private account to Cioffi, could prove crucial to allegations that the managers’ discussions with investors didn’t reflect private concerns.Tannin writes in the e-mail that he fears the market for complex bond securities is “toast” and suggests discussing a shutdown of the funds, the story says. Four days after the e-mail was sent, Tannin told investors he was “quite comfortable” with their holdings, and Cioffi used similar language.The two men have told associates that their discussions, held before the investor meeting, led them to conclude that Tannin was overreacting to … [Read more...] about Will Prosecutors Get Help From ‘Toast’ E-Mail by Bear Stearns Manager?
A defense lawyer accused of smiling and calling her sexual abuse client “toast” after the verdict did not deliver effective assistance, the Michigan Court of Appeals has ruled.The court granted a new trial for defendant Jeffrey Gioglio in an appeal spurred by the prosecutor’s concerns, according to the Associated Press.Gioglio’s lawyer, Susan Prentice-Sao, did not deliver an opening statement, did not present any evidence, and did not cross-examine the alleged victim, a relative of Gioglio’s who accused him of sexual contact when she was 6 years old. Nor did Prentice-Sao raise a hearsay objection when a gym teacher testified about student reports of the alleged victim’s claims of rape.And while she did cross-examine other witnesses, Prentice-Sao did not ask them about Gioglio’s mental limitations. In her closing statement, she suggested the alleged victim was lying.Gioglio was convicted of second-degree criminal sexual conduct and sentenced to … [Read more...] about Prosecutor Concerns About Defense Spur Reversal; Lawyer Accused of Calling Client ‘Toast’
In-house lawyer Richard Burton has always enjoyed writing, but it was a piece of toast that inspired him to write a novel being released later this month.Burton’s book, Godsent, is a thriller about the son of God returning to earth, Texas Lawyer’s Tex Parte Blog reports. Reviews say the plot involves a virgin birth, a secret organization and suspicions the child is the antichrist.Burton is a lawyer with Landmark Management Group in Plano who previously worked at Bickel & Brewer. He tells Tex Parte he got the idea when he was watching CNN and saw an unusual report about a piece of toast at a diner said to look like the Virgin Mary. “They put it in the window, and people from all over came to stand in front of it,” he said.“So, I thought, what would happen if people really believed the Son of God was on earth again? With travel now, there would be worldwide pandemonium. The book stemmed from that news report: people flocking to see a piece of … [Read more...] about Toast Incident Spurs In-House Lawyer to Write Novel