Karen Klein: Pennsylvania Woman Walked 30 Hours Through Snow And Forest To Get Help For Her Family

Karen Klein, a Pennsylvania mother, walked for 30 hours through dense forest packed with snow, subsisting on twigs and her own urine, in order to get help for her family, CNN is reporting. Klein’s story begins with GPS. Karen and her husband, Eric, and their 10-year-old son had decided to visit the Grand Canyon. The main road to the canyon’s north rim, State Road 67, is closed for the winter. Using GPS, they were directed to forestry service roads. Karen Klein’s story of survival begins with faulty GPS directions. [Image by Andrewy_Popov/Shutterstock] However, Klein’s GPS directions led them into the exact opposite situation they wanted to be in. As heavy snow fell on unplowed and unmaintained roads, the family decided to turn around. Unfortunately, their car fell into a ditch and got stuck. With no cell phone coverage, no civilization nearby, heavy snow continuing to fall, and with little to no food or water, Karen did the only thing she knew to do. On Thursday afternoon, with a small amount of water and a few snacks, she set about to hiking through the snow and the forest to try to find help. She thought she might find help just a few short miles away, where she believed a nearby major highway ran. Fortunately for Karen Klein, she is a triathlete trained in survival. Unfortunately, though, nature doesn’t care about such things, and even the fittest, most well-equipped person can find themselves in over their heads — especially in the winter. Once she got to the nearby highway that she thought would be her salvation, she found that it, too, had been closed for the winter. She kept trekking. By Friday morning, Klein’s family back in Pennsylvania were starting to panic, according to the Allentwon Morning Call. By Friday morning, Klein’s husband, Eric, had been sitting together in the car, snowed in, having nothing to eat and despairing of ever being rescued. Realizing he and his son would die of thirst or exposure if something wasn’t done soon, he and the boy set out to find help. Eric was, fortunately, able to get to the top of a nearby hill and call for help. Karen was still missing. As a search and rescue effort mounted, Karen kept trudging through the dense forest. Within a few hours after leaving, her water ran out. She subsisted by drinking her own urine. When her food ran out, she ate twigs. At one point, she took off her shoe to remove a piece of ice; unable to get it back on, she kept hiking without it. Suffering from frostbite, exposure, and malnourishment, Karen kept on. She resisted the overwhelming urge to sleep, fearing that she would get hypothermia and that death would take her while she slept. She’d walk 10 feet, collapse, recover, and walk 10 more feet. This went on until she was able to find an empty guard shack. She broke a window, climbed inside, and huddled under blankets to stay warm. It was there that rescuers found her alive, six hours after she broke in. Karen’s sister, Kristen Haase, says that giving up was never an option for her twin. “She would make a decision and she would stick to it and never give up. She would do it or she would die trying. What kept her going, she says, is she didn’t want her mother to bury her daughter. She didn’t want her son to be without a mother.” Klein is now in a hospital recovering from her ordeal. She’s likely to lose several toes to frostbite, but otherwise she’s going to be fine. Eric and her son are also going to be okay. Karen Klein hopes to be back in Pennsylvania by next week so she and her twin sister can celebrate their 47th birthday together. [Featured Image by juliasv/Shutterstock]

Karen Klein: Pennsylvania Woman Walked 30 Hours Through Snow And Forest To Get Help For Her Family

Karen Klein, a Pennsylvania mother, walked for 30 hours through dense forest packed with snow, subsisting on twigs and her own urine, in order to get help for her family, CNN is reporting. Klein’s story begins with GPS. Karen and her husband, Eric, and their 10-year-old son had decided to visit the Grand Canyon. The main road to the canyon’s north rim, State Road 67, is closed for the winter. Using GPS, they were directed to forestry service roads. Karen Klein’s story of survival begins with faulty GPS directions. [Image by Andrewy_Popov/Shutterstock] However, Klein’s GPS directions led them into the exact opposite situation they wanted to be in. As heavy snow fell on unplowed and unmaintained roads, the family decided to turn around. Unfortunately, their car fell into a ditch and got stuck. With no cell phone coverage, no civilization nearby, heavy snow continuing to fall, and with little to no food or water, Karen did the only thing she knew to do. On Thursday afternoon, with a small amount of water and a few snacks, she set about to hiking through the snow and the forest to try to find help. She thought she might find help just a few short miles away, where she believed a nearby major highway ran. Fortunately for Karen Klein, she is a triathlete trained in survival. Unfortunately, though, nature doesn’t care about such things, and even the fittest, most well-equipped person can find themselves in over their heads — especially in the winter. Once she got to the nearby highway that she thought would be her salvation, she found that it, too, had been closed for the winter. She kept trekking. By Friday morning, Klein’s family back in Pennsylvania were starting to panic, according to the Allentwon Morning Call. By Friday morning, Klein’s husband, Eric, had been sitting together in the car, snowed in, having nothing to eat and despairing of ever being rescued. Realizing he and his son would die of thirst or exposure if something wasn’t done soon, he and the boy set out to find help. Eric was, fortunately, able to get to the top of a nearby hill and call for help. Karen was still missing. As a search and rescue effort mounted, Karen kept trudging through the dense forest. Within a few hours after leaving, her water ran out. She subsisted by drinking her own urine. When her food ran out, she ate twigs. At one point, she took off her shoe to remove a piece of ice; unable to get it back on, she kept hiking without it. Suffering from frostbite, exposure, and malnourishment, Karen kept on. She resisted the overwhelming urge to sleep, fearing that she would get hypothermia and that death would take her while she slept. She’d walk 10 feet, collapse, recover, and walk 10 more feet. This went on until she was able to find an empty guard shack. She broke a window, climbed inside, and huddled under blankets to stay warm. It was there that rescuers found her alive, six hours after she broke in. Karen’s sister, Kristen Haase, says that giving up was never an option for her twin. “She would make a decision and she would stick to it and never give up. She would do it or she would die trying. What kept her going, she says, is she didn’t want her mother to bury her daughter. She didn’t want her son to be without a mother.” Klein is now in a hospital recovering from her ordeal. She’s likely to lose several toes to frostbite, but otherwise she’s going to be fine. Eric and her son are also going to be okay. Karen Klein hopes to be back in Pennsylvania by next week so she and her twin sister can celebrate their 47th birthday together. [Featured Image by juliasv/Shutterstock]

Desperate Mom Volunteers To Donate Two Organs To Save Her Four-Year-Old Son's Life

A 36-year-old mother of three is donating two of her organs in order to save the life of her young son, telling him “This is going to be your year,” BBC News reports. Sarah Lamont will be donating one of her kidneys and a part of her liver in order to give her son the transplants he desperately needs. Ballymena mother Sarah Lamont gives four-year-old son Joe “gift of life” for Christmas: https://t.co/C6DNz5rVl6 pic.twitter.com/9P0nd2JX3H — BBC News NI (@BBCNewsNI) December 23, 2016 Lamont’s four-year-old son, Joe, was born with a rare kidney condition known as autosomal recessive polycystic kidney disease, which ­destroyed his kidney function at birth. His kidneys were so enlarged that they were the size of adult kidneys. They had to be removed to save his life because they were pressing on other vital organs. Doctors did not expect him to survive. Joe beat the odds and lived, but he has had an extremely difficult time. He has had a number of serious illnesses in his short life and he has been on the waiting list for combined liver and kidney transplants for two years. When there was still no sign that her son would be getting a call soon about organs being available, Sarah asked if she could donate both of the needed organs for her little boy. While it is relatively common for parents to donate organs to their children, no parent has ever given two organs. “They hadn’t suggested it before because it hadn’t been done before but in January I will donate part of my liver and a few months later my kidney,” Sarah said. Devoted mum Sarah Lamont just can’t wait to give brave Joe a kidney and part of her liver’ https://t.co/RywbXa0JNg — Allan Preston (@AllanPreston) January 2, 2017 The first of the operations will take place later this month at Birmingham Children’s Hospital, where doctors have only carried out a procedure like this once before. The liver transplant will be the riskier one for Sarah, with a one in 250 risk of death. Removing a kidney for live donation leads to death in one in 4,000 cases, doctors say. Sarah says things have been very difficult for little Joe. He has been on kidney dialysis since birth but there is no machine that will do the job of the liver, she says. “He’s had a really hard run,” she said. “His doctors have called him a miracle. He’s like the cat with nine lives. “We’ve been told so many times ‘we can’t do any more prepare for the worst’. The doting mother describes Joe as a “great, funny feisty wee boy”and says “he puts up with so much.” “I just want him to be a normal happy wee boy and have the opportunity to grow up and get a job and get married and have babies,” she said. Sarah says she’s doing what any parent would do to save the life of their child. “If I can help him do that like any parent – you’d do anything for your child,” she said. He’s fighting so hard to stay on this earth so I have to be his mummy and fight for him too. Sarah has two other children at home, Max, 12, and Eve, 10. She knows that she is putting herself at risk with the surgeries but says she would do the same for her older children. “I’ve had all the ­counseling about the risks, she said. “They are great surgeons and will do the best for me. But if anything goes wrong for me I know I will die knowing I saved my son.” Sarah is passionate about organ donation encourages people to find out the wishes of their loved ones so they can donate their organs if it is possible. “I would urge everybody to sit down and have a chat with their loved ones about what their wishes are,” she said. Doctors are planning to do the liver transplant on January 25, with the kidney operation in the following months when both mother and son have recovered. [Featured Image by thanongsuk harakunno/Shutterstock]

Man 'Raising The Flag' On Iwo Jima Photo Not Navy Corpsman John Bradley, Say Amateur Historians

The man seen in the Raising the Flag on Iwo Jima photo may have been wrongly identified for nearly a century. It was previously believed to be Navy Corpsman John Bradley, but someone has come forward to dispute some details he noticed. James Bradley, the son of the man who was thought to be in the photo from Iwo Jima, had possibly been mistaken in believing it was his father in the image. Apparently he wasn’t the only one who may have been mistaken about the identity of the Navy Corpsman in the sculpture which painstakingly recreated it in Arlington National Cemetery. Eric Krelle and his friend Stephen Foley spent months poring over every detail of that day as recorded in photographs and even a video clip recorded of the event. Eric zoomed in on every frame of the clip, and every inch of every photo, and analyzed the details before coming to the startling conclusion. The man whose name is etched into the statue in Arlington had raised a flag, but it wasn’t John Bradley. Iwo Jima flag raising photo might not have included John Bradley [Joe Rosenthal/Associated Press]It has been theorized that James Bradley’s memory of his father may have been created around assumptions, drawing on words spoken instead of solid proof. Emotions were high and it could have altered what John remembered when he told his son. CNN reports that outside sources may have reinforced the false memory until it seemed like a fact in hindsight. Many who experience traumatic times often alter how they perceive certain moments as a coping mechanism. They feel safer remembering the altered facts and build their reality around them. It’s a common psychological trick which sometimes leads to things like Stockholm Syndrome, where the victim falls in love with their captor, among others. For more than 70 years, the Marine Corps wrongly identified one of the men in the Iwo Jima flag photo https://t.co/H6aMQrxLZ2 — The New York Times (@nytimes) June 23, 2016 James Bradley’s memory of that day might not be an unhealthy one, but amateur historians Eric and Stephen claim it was likely based on false data. He had learned secondhand by others who had been in Iwo Jima that day. John Bradley had raised a flag that day, but it wasn’t the one in the picture. This was the explanation given by Susan Whitbourne, a professor of psychology at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. “This happens to everybody on some level. Just like real events, (false memories) become implanted somehow, and they start to grow, like a seed planted in soil starts to develop roots and connect to other memories. “It seems like a pretty simple matter. He was there; he raised a flag; someone else says he raised that flag. It doesn’t amaze me this happened. It’s just unfortunate because you may see people accusing a veteran of lying, when in reality he had a real experience that he misremembered.” Eric Krelle studied photos of John from that same day and noticed some discrepancies in the way he was dressed as opposed to the man in the famous photo taken by Associated Press photographer Joe Rosenthal. The man in the photo known as Raising the Flag on Iwo Jima is seen with uncuffed pants, a cap under his helmet, and a cartridge belt with ammunition pouches and wire cutters. Photos of John Bradley from that same day showed him with tightly cuffed pants, no cap under his helmet, and Eric claims a Navy Corpsman would have been issued a sidearm instead of an M-1 rifle. He would have had no reason for wire cutters. History books and Bradley’s own son may have been wrong about the photo of Raising the Flag on Iwo Jima, but it doesn’t make John Bradley any less of a hero. He was simply not the one in the photo, according to amateur historians. [Feature image via Joe Rosenthal/Associated Press]

Mothers Donate Breastmilk To Feed Slain Police Officer's Baby

Lesley Zerebny, 27-years-old, was a rookie police officer and a new mom when she was fatally shot in the line of duty on a domestic dispute call in Palm Springs, California. Also killed was her mentor, 63-year-old Jose Vega, who had been an officer for 35 years. He had planned to retire in December. Lesley was described as small in stature, but large in spirit, courage and laughter. The new mother had cut her maternity leave short to return to the police department because they were low on manpower. She had only been an officer for a year and a half when she was killed on October 8 in what deputies called a “planned attack”, according to the LA Times. Her daughter, Cora, was just four months old and Zerebny had been breastfeeding her. She had been the daughter of a California Highway Patrol Officer, a girl whom family recalled as someone who would run through the wooded area around her house barefoot, unafraid to catch a rattlesnake. Colleagues described her as “fearless” but an unbelievably loving mother, singing to the baby girl who shared her eyes, loving every aspect of the days she spent with her baby. She had also married a fellow police officer, Zach Zerebny, who is now left to raise Cora without Lesley. A grieving community was angered and saddened at the senseless deaths and the orphaned children – Vega also leaves behind multiple children, including an 8-year-old daughter, and there was little that they could do with the rage towards the shooter who apparently planned to kill them, a 26-year-old gang member who had already served 18 months in prison and was wearing body armor when they responded to his home for the domestic disturbance. They were gunned down immediately. While the justice system takes time, women in the area soon realized an immediate way they could help Zerebny’s daughter, Cora, and honor her mother simultaneously – those who were lactating for their own children could donate their breastmilk so that the little girl who had lost her mother wouldn’t have to adjust to a new form of nutrition immediately. According to LifeDaily, more than 500 ounces of breastmilk were donated by multiple women– enough to likely see Cora through the next month and help her adjust to life without her mother. [Image by Claudine Wong/KTVU Facebook] Claudine Wong of KTVU posted about the donation on Facebook. “This effort started on social media when a family member posted asking for prayers. That family member happened to be in the Monterey area and when a local woman named Ashley asked if donated breast milk could help, she said yes and then this incredible effort got underway. It didn’t take long but tonight more than 500 ounces of breast milk from moms the Monterey area were delivered to that family member to take back to Cora.
It was gathered in just 24 hours and they estimate that the milk could last for more than a month. It will be screened and tested before it can be used. As far as more donations I should say the Palms Springs Police Officers Association says that if people want to donate to formula they can send Enfamil reguline formula to the department. But this is not about breast milk or formula, it’s about the human heart and about the desire and the capacity of people to give. Two officers lost their lives on Saturday…responding to a call.
Officer Zerebny and Veteran officer Jose Vega. Today in Monterey moms also responded to a call for help.” [Image by Claudine Wong/KTVU Facebook] One mother began the donation by giving the extra milk she had and others in the area soon followed. The outpouring was so immense that Cora’s needs were met in just a week’s time. The Palm Springs Police Department released the following statement on October 15. “Breast milk donations On behalf of the Zerebny family, we would like to thank all those who have generously donated breast milk. At this time, the family has received more than adequate amounts for baby Cora and are no longer requesting donations of breast milk. If you have milk that you wish to donate, you may consider donating to a local milk bank or hospital in Officer Lesley Zerebny’s name to help feed other babies who may be in need. Thank you again for your generosity and continued support during this difficult time.” [Featured Image by Claudine Wong/KTVU Facebook Image]

New Baby For Australian Couple Who Lost Three Children In The MH17 Crash In Ukraine [Video]

An Australian couple say their new daughter, Violet May, has brought them “love and light, hope and joy,” after losing three children along with their grandfather in the MH17 crash. Marite Norris and Anthony Maslin welcomed their new baby on May 10, after their three other children, Mo (13), Evie, (11) and Otis (9), together with their grandfather Nick Norris, were lost when flight MH17 was shot down over Ukraine back in July 2014. The children were on their way home from vacation to attend school, while their parents remained in Amsterdam. As reported by CNN, in a statement released by Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs, the Maslins said their family was “torn apart when MH17 was blown out of the sky.” “An amazing gift”: couple who lost three children in #MH17 crash welcome baby girl. https://t.co/IlBjCOUli7 pic.twitter.com/vAUBXCCJDx — The Australian (@australian) May 12, 2016 The couple said in a statement a week after the MH17 crash, that they were living in a “hell beyond hell,” adding their babies were no longer with them and that they need to “live with this act of horror, every day and every moment for the rest of our lives.” However, they now believe that their children have sent them an amazing gift. “We believe that Mo, whose 14th birthday was Saturday, Evie, 12 next week, Otis, 10 next month, and Grandad Nick have sent us an amazing gift. Violet’s birth is a testament to our belief that love is stronger than hate.” Perth couple who lost three children in #MH17 crash welcome baby girl. https://t.co/IlBjCOUli7 — The Australian (@australian) May 12, 2016 The Maslins say they still live with pain, but with the new addition to their family, along with the knowledge that all four children are with them always, brings light into their darkness. “We will continue to love all four of our children equally. Violet brings some hope and joy for us. We hope she brings hope and joy for you too.” Couple whose 3 children died on flight MH17 welcome baby. (Maslin family photo / via AP) https://t.co/80SyHVtq8e pic.twitter.com/ZyrTYTe6PA — The Seattle Times (@seattletimes) May 13, 2016 Flight MH17 was traveling from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur when it was shot down over Ukrainian territory controlled by pro-Russian separatists on July 17, 2014, leading to the death of all 298 people on board the Malaysia Airlines plane, including 38 Australians. Dutch investigators released a report on the incident in October last year, stating they had found the plane had crashed after a missile warhead exploded outside the cockpit. In the report on the results of the investigation by the Dutch Safety Board, it was concluded that the Boeing 777 was downed by a Buk anti-aircraft missile, probably fired from an area under the control of the Russian-backed separatists. However, the report did not specifically assign responsibility for the shooting down of the plane. As reported by the Guardian, following the release of the report, Paul Guard – an Australian whose parents were both killed when MH17 was brought down – said Malaysia Airlines should have been told not to fly over the conflict zone in eastern Ukraine. Since the incident, Pro-Russia separatists have been accused of the MH17 crash by several Western Nations along with the Ukrainian government, saying it was the separatists that shot down the plane with a missile. Despite this, the Russian government along with rebel leaders dispute the allegations and have suggested it was rather Ukrainian forces that shot down the plane, using either a surface-to-air missile or one of their own fighter jets. After the report was published, Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte said, “We must do the utmost so that the people who did it will not avoid punishment.” [Photo screengrab from YouTube]

Jack In The Box Worker Allegedly Fired For Giving Veteran Free Tacos

A 19-year-old Jack in the Box worker claims he was fired for giving a military veteran and regular customer two free tacos as a way to thank him for his service. The tacos in question were evidently leftovers, and apparently were to have been thrown out anyway. Alex Mesta, the graveyard-shift employee at the Bakersfield, California, fast-food restaurant, also admitted to giving the vet free coffee from time to time. “It’s not even a dollar for our coffee,” he noted. The two tacos amounted to $.99. “But his actions were caught on store surveillance cameras—and someone from corporate wasn’t happy with what they saw. Mesta says he was fired from the job, which he’d held for two years,” Fox News reported. The incident captured national attention after a Facebook user detailed what reportedly happened at the Jack in the Box restaurant in central California. “… The young boy knew that this older man was a veteran and had great respect for him because the young boy felt a connection with the older man because his older brother is serving our country proudly… So every day this older gentleman came in for his cup of coffee $0.80 that is with a discount that Jack in the Box gives all servicemen and women… just so happen that somebody previously ordered two tacos and did not take them, so this 19-year-old boy offered them to the veteran and said it is not much but thank you for your service… This is a story that I feel the community needs to know you cannot punish this young man for doing what he felt was right in his heart…” Jack in the Box employee fired for giving away free tacos to veteran. https://t.co/K72si5KExR — Denver7 News (@DenverChannel) August 4, 2016 According to ABC affiliate KERO, the tacos plus coffee tab amounted to about $4.00, or maybe even much less than that, depending on which news agency has a fully accurate accounting. Mesta says he was fired on Monday rather than issued a warning. Evidently, the worker reimbursed the company for the tacos, according to the Facebook posting. The Jack in the Box corporate PR department issued a statement suggesting that there is more to the story, however. “We too are grateful to our veterans and to the men and women currently serving in the armed forces. Regarding this incident, while it would not be appropriate to provide complete details on an internal disciplinary issue, our actions in this case were not based on just one incident and had nothing to do with the guest’s military experience.” NO FREE TACOS: A teen says he was fired from Jack-In-The-Box for giving a vet free tacos. https://t.co/On4jZy9sNK pic.twitter.com/4I1ByldESW — FOX 10 Phoenix (@FOX10Phoenix) August 4, 2016 “I was let go because of me giving out free food, basically. They didn’t write down that it was for a vet. They just said I was mishandling products,” Alex Mesta insisted, KGET Bakersfield reported. There has been some limited chatter on social media about boycotting Jack in the Box as a result of the teen’s firing for gifting two tacos to a veteran. In an unrelated development, Jack in the Box shares jumped about 7.5 percent after Wednesday’s closing bell. “Jack in the Box may have been boosted by its ownership of Mexican restaurant chain Qdoba, which is a chief rival of the struggling Chipotle restaurant chain,” CNBC explained. “Jack in the Box Inc. shares were looking tasty to investors this morning, flying higher after the company turned in better-than-expected results in its third-quarter earnings report,” the Motley Fool added. Founded in 1951 and headquartered in San Diego since then, Jack in the Box operates about 2,000 restaurants primarily on the west coast of the U.S. and in certain urban areas on the east coast. The chain sells burgers in addition to tacos and other fast-food items. Based on the facts as we know them at the moment, do you think that Jack in the Box was justified in terminating the teen for offering two free tacos to the veteran? [Photo by Matt Marton/AP Images]

Keep Your Pets Safe This Winter: Cold Weather Brings Risks For Your Animals

Keep your pets safe this winter. Remember, cold weather brings risks for your animals, AccuWeather reports. Winter can be just as difficult for animals as it is for you. Animal experts stress that animals can get hypothermia and precautions should be taken to avoid this from happening. KC Theisen, Director of Pet Care Issues for the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), thinks that you should think of your animals as you would think of yourself. “If you wouldn’t stay out in that weather, your pet shouldn’t either. A key component to keeping healthy and safe is staying dry when you’ve been cold.” World Animal Foundation (WAF) said that animals should stay inside as much as possible during the winter. If your outside animals are not able to be brought in during the winter, you should create a water-proof and wind-proof enclosure with dry bedding for them to stay in. [Image by Shutterstock] One additional way to keep your animals dry and warm is to buy them clothing. Some may seem to think that is a bit strange, but it really does help, Theisen revealed. “Adding those layers of protection, like a sweater or a coat and waterproof booty, for your dogs can really help them stay more comfortable in severely cold weather as long as they are comfortable and happy wearing their attire.” HSUS also revealed that should your animal have to stay outside in cold weather, you should give them extra food and water to fight malnutrition and dehydration. HSUS explains that animals deplete their energy by trying to stay warm. In return, the energy burned can lead to malnutrition and dehydration if they don’t receive the proper amount of food an water to make up for the lost energy. Further, always make sure your pet’s water is not frozen. It is always best to use plastic food and water dishes, rather than metals ones to avoid your animal’s tongue getting stuck to the metal bowls. Another interesting fact that many may animal owners may not know is that road salt and antifreeze can be dangerous to pets in the winter. Animals tend to be drawn in to antifreeze due to its sweet smell, but it is dangerously toxic to them. Manufactures agreed to put a “bittering agent” into antifreeze to make it less appealing for animals, Theisen revealed. “We really, really hope this is going to reduce the number of pets that are lost each year or sickened each year due to antifreeze poisoning.” Vice President of the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), Dr. Louise Murray, explains how you can avoid your animal being poisoned with antifreeze. “Pet owners should be sure to store products out of the reach of pets, thoroughly clean up any spills from their vehicle, and consider using products that contain propylene glycol rather than ethylene glycol.” Murray also revealed the dangers of road salt in the winter for your animals. Humane Society also stresses that road salt is highly dangerous for animals. [Image by Shutterstock] “Though paw pads are tough, ice melts can cause them to sting, become irritated and even crack, turning a daily walk into a painful ordeal for your dog. What we also don’t want is for that pet to lick their feet clean and ingest the salts and the dirt from the road where they’ve been walking.” During severe winter storms and blizzards, Theisen recommends that you have a plan for your animals, just as you have one for yourself. “We recommend that everyone have a blizzard or severe winter storm plan in place that includes their pets.” Even indoor animals need to have an emergency plan should the power go out, leaving the house cold in the middle of the winter. If you need to leave your home due to the cold, you need to take your animals with you. There are always pet-friendly hotels. [Featured Image by Shutterstock]

Homeless Veterans To Be Housed In Motels – L.A. Will Convert Run-Down 'Nuisance' Properties Into Efficient Apartment Systems

Homeless veterans will soon be housed in motels. The city of Los Angeles has devised an ingenious plan of procuring run-down, underutilized properties and convert them to create affordable housing. Los Angeles will tackle the issue of homeless veterans by acquiring “nuisance” properties like motels and creating 500 permanent structures. The apartments will be renovated to ensure the vets have reliable housing. According to sources, there are about 2,700 homeless veterans in the county. These people need affordable housing, despite local and federal officials working to ensure such people have a roof over their head. LA has the largest concentration of homeless veterans in the country. #homelessveterans https://t.co/QkJk1ogkjy pic.twitter.com/zhlRNZOdgb — Weingart Center (@WeingartCenter) May 25, 2016 The city has already approved a deal with nonprofit and private developers to acquire potential properties. Under the deal, developers are to look for underutilized, often run-down motels from private owners. Thereafter they will remodel or renovate the properties to convert them into efficiency apartments. As expected, the properties won’t be big or spacious. However, since motels are designed with capacity and comfort in mind, multiple units can be quickly created with minimal construction. Moreover, properties like motels have a large common kitchen and sitting area which can be developed as communal eating and recreational spaces. Speaking about the transformation, Mayor Eric Garcetti said in a written statement, “Instead of allowing blighted properties to decay, let’s use them to make powerful change in our communities by giving our veterans the access to services and housing that they need and deserve.” 2015 was supposed to be the year Los Angeles ended homelessness among its military veterans. However, hundreds of people are still forced to hunt for decent houses, reported KPCC. Many still live in transitional housing systems, one of which is located at the West Los Angeles veterans’ campus. The problem is exacerbated owing to the advanced age and poor physical condition of the veterans. Many are restricted to their wheelchairs and have multiple health conditions that need medical attention. Congrats @skidroworg on making #supportivehousing real for #homeless #veterans in #LA. https://t.co/aYSkJOeNed — John J. Bauters (@JohnBauters) April 7, 2016 The city of Los Angeles has issued several government housing vouchers. However, many veterans complain that landlords aren’t willing to accept them and offer these old people a lease. Many among the veterans have been deployed to Vietnam and served in numerous military exercises. Despite holding a job, quite a few are struggling to find a place to live due to the ever increasing real estate prices. Now the city’s housing authority will issue vouchers funded by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Additional funding is expected from Proposition 41. The bond measure had earlier directed $600 million in bond money to fund housing for poor and homeless veterans. The vouchers will cover residents’ rent and even provide elementary supportive services, including case management and counseling, reported KTLA 5 News. These vouchers are good for 15 years. Officials supporting the move said that it will dramatically cut the years that are spent wading through red tape that deals with financing homeless housing developments. They added that the apartments could be ready for homeless veterans to move-in, as soon as in January 2017. Surprisingly, landlords needn’t be sour about the arrangement since the deal is expected to enable landlords to turn a profit, reported Los Angeles Times. Incidentally, the city has plans to develop the West Los Angeles Veterans Affairs campus too. The area will be transformed into a residential community with hundreds of permanent housing units for homeless veterans. The plans include developing 1,200 permanent supportive housing units for disabled and traumatized veterans. Additionally, more than 700 short-term units will be created for homeless veterans. Developing permanent supportive housing has always been a time consuming and cumbersome undertaking. Four to five years are typically spent in developing just 30 to 50 units. However, by converting motels and other nuisance properties, the city of Los Angeles can quickly extend housing to homeless veterans and ensure they have their own communities, preferably with medical facilities close by. [Photo by Tim Boyle/Getty Images]

Missing 24: Jill Stein Supporter Isaiah Washington Calls For 'Stay Home September 26' Protest To Fight Police Brutality

Actor Isaiah Washington, known for his role as Dr. Preston Burke on Grey’s Anatomy and black separatist and activist Madelon Blue McCullough have started the #missing24 and #stayhomeSeptember262016 hashtags on Twitter and Facebook and “united” efforts aimed at “boycotting the very system that was built on the backs of black people here in America,” according to posts on the Facebook pages of each. The boycott is planned for 24 hours on Monday, September 26, the day of the first presidential debate. Isaiah Washington has endorsed third-party Green nominee Dr. Jill Stein for president. According to TMZ, Washington told Star Jones of his father, of whom he bears the name, being murdered in the mid-seventies, when he was only 13 years old. I'll be voting for @DrJillStein. Join me. — Isaiah Washington (@IWashington) July 12, 2016 Washington and McCullough are calling for a complete economic shut down on September 26, including staying home from work and school and not buying and, presumably, selling anything. Isaiah Washington wrote on his verified Facebook page that “every African born in America is fed up, hurt, confused, saddened and angry,” about the seemingly summary executions of African-Americans in the streets of America at the hands of police officers. [Image by Michael Yarish/Getty Images] Washington’s Facebook posts also include the hashtags #RIPTerenceCrutcher and #HandsUpDontShoot, which refer to the tragic deaths of African-Americans at the hands of police. Recently, video footage of Tulsa, Oklahoma police officer Betty Shelby was released that showed unarmed, 40-year-old father, Terence Crutcher, being gunned down after his SUV stalled in the middle of the highway, as reported by The Inquisitr. Shortly after, news came of violent protests sweeping through a Charlotte, North Carolina neighborhood in the aftermath of the shooting death of Keith Lamont Scott, who had seven children, at the hands of Charlotte-Mecklenburg officer Brentley Vinson, as reported by The Inquisitr. “If there’s a war going on outside why dont we stay inside, be safe and withhold our $1.7 trillion dollar buying power?” asks a post on Madelon Blue McCullough’s Facebook page. [Image by Ethan Miller/Getty Images] Attention has been called to the fact that the use of body cams has been implemented by the Charlotte-Mecklenburg police, yet footage from the body cams of officers involved in fatal shooting deaths over the past year is missing in the majority of cases. Violent protests were reported in Charlotte for the second night with Governor Pat McCrory declaring a state of emergency in summoning the National Guard, as reported by WSOCTV. The Charlotte-Mecklenburg police have continued to assert that Scott was armed with a handgun and that he presented an imminent danger to officers. At least one eyewitness, Taheshia Williams, claims that Scott was holding a book, that he had no gun, and that the officer who shot him was white, as reported by The Root. Brentley Vinson, the officer being reported as Keith Lamont Scott’s killer, is African-American. There appears to be questions as to whether the gun Keith Lamont Scott was allegedly holding was loaded, whether it was registered, and if he was legally entitled to carry a firearm. “Before we had the body cameras and the videos everyone is shooting, cops would always say he was armed, or he had this,” Cenk Uygur with The Young Turks stated in a recent YouTube broadcast with regard to both the lack of footage available in the Keith Lamont Scott case and the seemingly incriminating footage available in the Terence Crutcher case. “And now we see the footage.” “We have shown your multiple videos of people restrained on the ground, being shot in the back,” John Iadarola with TYT added. “I’m very sure that within 72 hours from Wall Street to the NFL…Black Lives Would Matter. September 26, 2016 is THE DAY,” Isaiah Washington has challenged America. #Missing24 #StayHomeSeptember262016 #ACallToAction #RIPTerenceCrutcher pic.twitter.com/Z3gD3xQZf4 — Isaiah Washington (@IWashington) September 22, 2016 Everyone is upset about police brutality let's see how many ppl boycott ????✊???? #missing24 #blacklivesmatter — its_SIEMONE (@Lenape_) September 22, 2016 Peaceful. Gets the job done. Let's do it my people #Missing24 #StayHomeSeptember2016 #ACallToAction https://t.co/ZPTuwjgTum — Halafaxx Gal ???? (@Halafaxx) September 22, 2016 I'm with #IsaiahWashington #StayHomeSeptember262016 #SitDown2StandUpSept26 — Maia (@suitesweetz) September 21, 2016 [Feature Image by Mike Coppola/Getty Images]