Today (on Half-Christmas) television and music legends Farrah Fawcett and Michael Jackson died, shocking fans across the world.
Hopeology would like to offer support in the form of prayers to the families of both.
(AP)— Farrah Fawcett, the “Charlie’s Angels” star whose feathered blond hair and dazzling smile made her one of the biggest sex symbols of the 1970s, died Thursday after battling cancer. She was 62.
The pop icon, who in the 1980s set aside the fantasy girl image to tackle serious roles, died shortly before 9:30 a.m. in a Santa Monica hospital, spokesman Paul Bloch said.
Ryan O’Neal, the longtime companion who had reunited with Fawcett as she fought anal cancer, was at her side, along with close friend Alana Stewart, Bloch said. [Read full story here]
(AP) — Michael Jackson, the sensationally gifted child star who rose to become the “King of Pop” and the biggest celebrity in the world only to fall from his throne in a freakish series of scandals, died Thursday. He was 50.
Jackson died at UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles. Ed Winter, the assistant chief coroner for Los Angeles County, confirmed his office had been notified of the death and would handle the investigation.
The circumstances of Jackson’s death were not immediately clear. Jackson was not breathing when Los Angeles Fire Department paramedics responded to a call at his Los Angeles home about 12:30 p.m., Capt. Steve Ruda told the Los Angeles Times. The paramedics performed CPR and took him to the hospital, Ruda told the newspaper. [Read the full story]
God bless their families, friends and fans during this strange and difficult time.
A Belgian teen gets 56 tattoos on her face and threatens to sue artist, claiming the tattoos were done against her will. Kimberley Vlaeminck says she feel asleep and when she woke up, her face was covered in blue and white stars.
Vlaeminick has just addmitted to making the entire story up in response to her father’s reaction.
The 18-year-old initially claimed she had fallen asleep during the procedure, and woke up in pain when her nose was being tattooed.
Vlaeminck had told police she emerged from a tattoo parlor with 56 stars over one side of her face, rather than the three she had asked for. She even threatened to sue tattoo artist, Rouslan Toumaniantz, for the thousands she needed for laser surgery to have them removed.
She blamed the Flemish-speaking tattooist for not understanding her French and English instructions.
But she told Dutch TV this week, “I asked for 56 stars and initially adored them. But when my father saw them, he was furious.”
She goes on to to say,
“I don’t regret it. To tell you the truth, this has given me some publicity,” Toumanaintz told The Telegraph. [Read the full story here]
I’m most troubled by this last part. Paris Hilton Syndrome (an urge for fame so strong it causes a person to forsake dignity, respect, and reputation for it) is international, I see. What is it about the lure of fame that attracts so many? Are we that deprived of validation and attention? Or has narcissism become an epidemic?
The former Catholic priest known as “Father Oprah” marries his girlfriend after news of their relationship (accompanied by some pearl-clutching pictures of them frolicking on the beach) forces him out of the church.
Father Alberto Cutie, an internationally known Catholic priest who admitted having a romantic affair and breaking his vow of celibacy, was married this week in Miami, Florida.
Cutie, 40, announced last month that he was leaving the Catholic Church and joining the Episcopal Church.
A judge performed the marriage ceremony Tuesday in Coral Gables, Florida, for Cutie and Ruhama B. Canellis, 35, according to Miami-Dade County court documents…
Cutie — sometimes called “Father Oprah” because of the advice he’s given on Spanish-language media — shocked some in the Catholic community when photographs of him embracing a bathing-suit-clad woman emerged last month in TV Notas magazine.
He acknowledged having carried on a two-year relationship with the woman, who at that time had not been publicly identified. [Read the full story]
Congratulations Father and Mrs. Cutie. May you hump in peace.
CNN reports another tale in the ongoing saga of patients who spend time and energy fighting insurance companies rather than focusing on treatment and recovery.
Robin Beaton found out last June she had an aggressive form of breast cancer and needed surgery — immediately.
Her insurance carrier precertified her for a double mastectomy and hospital stay. But three days before the operation, the insurance company called and told her they had red-flagged her chart and she would not be able to have her surgery….
Beaton turned to Texas Rep. Joe Barton for help. Barton said his staff went to work, but the insurance company, he said, was “unyielding.” Barton appealed to the company’s president, who promised to investigate personally. The president called Barton back within four hours and said the coverage would be reinstated.
“I didn’t know what to do. The hospital wanted a $30,000 deposit. I was by myself. I didn’t have that kind of money,” Beaton said through tears. “Can you imagine, having to walk around with cancer growing in your body? With no insurance. It’s the most terrifying thing in the world to not have anybody to turn to or anywhere to go.”
Beaton, who worked as a registered nurse for three decades, charged that the insurance company “searched high and low” to pull out anything on her so that they would not have to pay for her surgery. [Read the full story]
I could have sworn very purpose of health insurance was to protect patients from the high cost of medical care. Insurance rescission is like getting a scholarship for college and having it withdrawn days before your classes begin. Only a trillion times worse.
I have an idea for these companies: take the money you spend paying your over-worked public relations department and use it to pay for the treatments that would spare patients from suffering and/or death. Its just a thought.
Egregious because the man permanently modified his son’s body, or because he was drunk when he did it? If you picked the former, how is this different than piercing your daughter’s ears or circumcising your son for cosmetic reasons? Do you think the mother should have the tattoo removed?
Wisecracking ‘View’ co-host Joy Behar is getting her own talk show on HLN, a CNN offshoot, and will be bumping Lou Dobbs from his 9 p.m. time slot in the process.
The cable news network, once the home of Glen Beck, is hoping to boost its primetime ratings with ‘The Joy Behar Show.’ The 65-year-old star told the New York Times that the show will be “topical and fun” and that she’ll continue her work on ABC’s ‘The View.’To make way for the new program, a repeat of ‘Lou Dobbs Tonight’ will be nixed from the airwaves. According to the Times, HLN will announce the hiring on Thursday. [Original source]
It could be fear of the financial industry, a sense of social responsibility ignited by Obama’s campaign and election or both, but recent college graduates are opting for careers that will make a difference over ones that will make a dollar.
The shift in attitudes is also apparent in graduate school enrollment. At Morehouse College, more graduates are opting to study public policy, said Douglas Cooper, director of career services at the college’s division of business and economics.
That is a big change for Morehouse, which has a long history of sending its students on to Wall Street, thanks in part to a relationship solidified by former college president and current Bank of America Chairman Walter Massey.
“Clearly, students who have historically planned on making a beeline to Wall Street have rethought that or are rethinking that,” Cooper said.
The share of Morehouse business students going into finance has decreased to 37.5 percent this year from 44 percent a year earlier, while the number of students going on to graduate school has almost doubled.
Most students who continue to graduate school this year are planning to go into government-related fields, Cooper said.
Some think the shift will have longer-term consequences in employment trends as the baby boomer generation approaches retirement, opening up career paths in government and service.
“You may see a whole generation of some of the very best students that decide to do public service rather than business,” Challenger said. Read the full story…
Since we’re on the subject, the Hopeologist offers a few tips and reminders to recent grads:
- The job you start with won’t be the one you end with. The Department of Labor released a study examining the number of jobs that people born in the years 1957 to 1964 held from age 18 to age 42. They found that the average was 10.8 jobs over the course of 24 years. So if the job offer you received right out of college wasn’t exactly what you had in mind, relax. It won’t be your last. Every position you accept is one that will contribute to your overall professional development. Learn from the opportunities you’re given, then begin to create your own.
- Communicate your objectives. Keep the higher ups informed of your long term goals. If you’re clear about where you’d like to be, your supervisors will be more willing to help you get there. Career planning with your boss can keep you from wasting years in a position that won’t increase your marketability.
- Think outside the box. Don’t wait for someone to open the position you’re looking to occupy. Put together a description of your ideal job, then list the reasons why you’re the perfect person to do it. What is your experience? What skills do you have that would enable you to do the job with little-to-no training? Why are you qualified? Research companies who you’d like to work for and who could benefit from your services. Set up informational interviews with the Director of Human Resources and market yourself as the missing link. Know the company’s objectives like you know your own, and discuss how you can specifically, in this position you’ve created, help them meet their goals.
Knock ‘em dead, tiger.