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Author of ‘How to Murder your Husband’ on trial for murdering her husband

A romance novelist who once wrote an essay titled ‘How to Murder Your Husband’ has been accused of fatally shooting her own husband.
Nancy Crampton Brophy allegedly murdered Daniel in 2018 after 20 years of marriage.

Daniel, 63, was shot dead at the Oregon Culinary Institute where he taught people how to cook.
Lawyers wanted her 2011 essay to be presented to a jury, but a judge decided it could not be used as evidence because it was written so long ago.

Prosecutors said the couple was stuck in ‘financial despair,’ which fueled Crampton Brophy to shoot her husband in order to receive his $1.4 million life-insurance payout.

While the culinary school had no security cameras, nearby traffic cameras caught Crampton Brophy’s car on city streets near the institution around the time of the shooting.

Prosecutors say that she followed her husband to work and shot him with a Glock 9mm handgun she’d bought at a Portland gun show, which are the type of shell casings investigators recovered at the scene of the crime.

She had also bought a ‘ghost gun’ assembly kit that investigators found at a storage facility. ‘Ghost guns’ are unregistered and untraceable firearms.

Crampton Brophy’s defense attorneys have counter that argument claiming that the couple’s finances were improving before Daniel’s death. They also say that Crampton Brophy’s gun purchases were for book research and in light of mass shootings.
 

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This morning, I got some petrol at the local petrol station. While I was filling up the car, I noticed a van being filled up with diesel.
The van is owned by a company that specialises in fitting EV chargers for electric cars.
 

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I have deep muscle pain in chest, shoulders and neck (probably viral) and was deemed not fit enough this morning to attend an off-site mandatory Manual Handling course with my colleagues.
It was perfectly OK though to remain alone in Stores and deal with 12 boxes of solvents (10Kg each), 10 boxes of non-solvents, 7 bags of dry ice (10Kg each) and 30 x10Lt drums of solvent waste before Coffee.
 

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Woman investigating dog attack killed by pack of dogs


Police arrested an Alabama dog owner after a pack of dogs attacked and killed a state employee investigating an earlier attack by the same dogs.

The Franklin County Sheriff's Office says that Jacqueline Summer Beard, an Alabama Department of Public Health employee, went to follow up on an alleged incident involving dogs owned by Brandy Dowdy. The same pack of dogs allegedly attacked a woman earlier in the week.

Beard’s body was found after deputies responded to calls of a suspicious vehicle on Crumpton Road outside of Red Bay.

When deputies arrived, they witnessed several dogs attacking residents. One person suffered minor injuries.

"Some of the dogs had to be euthanized immediately," the sheriff’s office said in a release.

When the deputies found the body of Jacqueline Beard in her vehicle.

Dowdy was charged with manslaughter and under the dangerous dog law.

https://www.fox5ny.com/news/dogs-kill-alabama-woman

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Can behavioral interventions be too salient?​

Evidence from traffic safety messages​

JONATHAN D. HALL HTTPS://ORCID.ORG/0000-0003-3835-9097 AND JOSHUA M. MADSEN HTTPS://ORCID.ORG/0000-0003-0383-7829
SCIENCE • 22 APR 2022 • VOL 376, ISSUE 6591 • DOI: 10.1126/SCIENCE.ABM3427

Do traffic safety interventions work? Hall and Madsen present evidence from a study in Texas showing that the number of crashes actually increases by a few percentage points when motorists are confronted with displays indicating the number of road fatalities in the area (see the Perspective by Ullman and Chrysler). The authors suggest that this counterintuitive finding results from a cognitive overload experienced by drivers when confronted with multiple notices and instructions on complex stretches of road, leading to distraction. They conclude that traffic safety “nudges” need to be carefully designed and positioned to avoid backfiring. —AMS


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https://www.science.org/doi/10.1126/science.abm3427
 

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A fiction author's book deal was terminated after she confessed to plagiarizing substantial content to meet her deadline. The author then published an online essay about her confessed plagiarism and why she claimed she felt compelled to do it. This essay was then removed because the author seemed to have obviously plagiarized some of the content she used to discuss plagiarism.
LITHUB ESSAY ABOUT PLAGIARISM LOOKS VERY PLAGIARIZED

This morning, LitHub published an essay titled “I Plagiarized Parts of My Debut Novel. Here’s Why.” The first-person account was from fiction writer Jumi Bello and detailed how her debut release, The Leaving, which was scheduled to come out July 12, was canceled by its publisher Riverhead, after they learned that sections had been plagiarized.

According to Publisher’s Lunch, which reported on the cancellation in February, the book ... had appeared on “multiple anticipated lists.” In her essay, Bello claimed she came clean about lifting lines from other writers, losing the book deal in the process.

Bello’s essay explored the origins of plagiarism, and her specific experience with it, which she tied indirectly to a history of mental illness. After a stay in a psychiatric ward and an allergic reaction to an antidepressant, Bello found herself pressed to deliver on her manuscript: “I just want to get through it, to a place where I can sleep again. Looking back on this moment, I ignored my instincts. I ignored the voice inside that said quietly, this is wrong wrong wrong.”

By mid-morning Monday, however, the article had been removed. It now loads to an error page. ...

LitHub did not immediately return Gawker’s request for comment, and neither Bello’s website nor her Twitter profile include contact information. But the writer Kristen Arnett, a fellow Riverhead author, noted on Twitter that parts of the text about plagiarism’s etymological origins appeared to closely resemble other articles on the history of plagiarism. ...
FULL STORY: https://www.gawker.com/media/jumi-bellos-lithub-essay-about-plagiarism-looks-very-plagiarized
 

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A fiction author's book deal was terminated after she confessed to plagiarizing substantial content to meet her deadline. The author then published an online essay about her confessed plagiarism and why she claimed she felt compelled to do it. This essay was then removed because the author seemed to have obviously plagiarized some of the content she used to discuss plagiarism.

FULL STORY: https://www.gawker.com/media/jumi-bellos-lithub-essay-about-plagiarism-looks-very-plagiarized
I do hope she has learned the lesson 'don't become a novelist'.
 

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Trenton man dies of heart attack after burying girlfriend in backyard


In a bizarre twist that some might call karma, a Trenton man died of a heart attack after burying the body of his girlfriend after he strangled her, Edgefield County authorities say.

The Edgefield County Sheriff’s Office says evidence shows Joseph McKinnon, 60, strangled Patricia Dent, 65, inside the home and was burying her in the backyard when he died of a heart attack.

While covering the pit, McKinnon set the shovel aside and tried to walk away, but experienced a heart attack and died on the spot at 102 Tanglewood Drive.

https://www.foxcarolina.com/2022/05...er-burying-girlfriend-he-killed-deputies-say/

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Trenton man dies of heart attack after burying girlfriend in backyard


In a bizarre twist that some might call karma, a Trenton man died of a heart attack after burying the body of his girlfriend after he strangled her, Edgefield County authorities say.

The Edgefield County Sheriff’s Office says evidence shows Joseph McKinnon, 60, strangled Patricia Dent, 65, inside the home and was burying her in the backyard when he died of a heart attack.

While covering the pit, McKinnon set the shovel aside and tried to walk away, but experienced a heart attack and died on the spot at 102 Tanglewood Drive.

https://www.foxcarolina.com/2022/05...er-burying-girlfriend-he-killed-deputies-say/

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Do you think it's Karma?
 

EnolaGaia

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Who is Florida man?

It's a common meme referring to a stereotypical Florida resident involved in the weird (and sometimes idiotic) news stories emanating from that state.

Florida Man is an Internet meme popularized in 2013, and then re-popularized in 2020, in which the phrase "Florida Man" is taken from various unrelated news articles concerning people who hail from or live in Florida. Internet users typically submit links to news stories and articles about unusual or strange crimes or events occurring in Florida, particularly those where "Florida Man" is mentioned in a headline. The stories call attention to Florida's supposed notoriety for strange and unusual events

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Florida_Man
 
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