February 15, 2014 |
John Henson, who occasionally performed as a puppeteer in the Muppets troupe his father founded, died Friday of a heart attack at his home in upstate New York. He was 48 and did not have a history of heart trouble, his sister Cheryl said. His father, Jim Henson, also died young: He was 53 when he died of pneumonia in 1990. John Henson sometimes performed as Sweetums, a large, hairy Muppet who towered over other puppets and humans. Henson played the character for a while at a Muppets movie/live-action attraction at Disney World, where he would suddenly run into the audience near the end to screams of delight from fans, said Brian Jay Jones, whose biography on Jim Henson came out last year.
February 14, 2014 |
Now that people in Colorado (and, soon, Washington state) can buy marijuana about as easily as they can pick up a 12-pack of Bud Light, it's a good time to ask: How risky is it to turn to pot? President Obama has already shared his opinion, telling the New Yorker magazine, "I don't think [marijuana] is more dangerous than alcohol. " The president's opinion stands in stark contrast with official federal policy that still classifies marijuana as a Schedule 1 drug, putting it in the same class as heroin and LSD. In this case, the president seems to be more correct than the government, says Richard Miller, professor of pharmacology at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago.
January 29, 2014 |
Men over 65, as well as younger men with diagnosed heart disease, were at least twice as likely to have non-fatal heart attacks in the 90 days after they were prescribed testosterone medication than were men of the same age and health status who did not get the hormone supplement, a study has found. For men under 65 with no diagnosis of cardiovascular disease, testosterone supplementation did not appear to raise heart attack risk, the study suggests. But among men older than 65, many of whom may have had undiagnosed risk factors, rates of non-fatal heart attack rose as much as threefold in the 90 days after they filled a prescription for testosterone medication.
January 15, 2014 |
Have you seen the "Devil's Due" movie promotion featuring a robotic devil baby in a remote-controlled perambulator? Everyone else has. Posted Monday, the viral video had nearly 9.4 million views on YouTube as of Tuesday afternoon. The stroller approaches people on the sidewalks of New York, and the baby then scares them out of their wits (except for that one guy). The YouTube video is shown in all its gory below (or here for mobile users). Be warned, the fake demon child screams, spews what looks like milk and even flips New Yorkers the bird. The video doesn't show any fallout from the scares.
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January 13, 2014 |
A 60-year-old man charged with murder in the slayings of his ill wife and bedridden sister pleaded not guilty Monday. Lance Holger Anderson is suspected of shooting his wife, Bertha Maxine Anderson, 68, in the head in their Canyon Country apartment on Dec. 11. She had dementia. Later that day, he took a taxi to a North Hills nursing facility where, police said, he fatally shot his sister, Lisa Florence Nave, 59. She had been there since suffering a heart attack five years ago. Homicide Report: Tracking killings in L.A. County Anderson surrendered outside the nursing home to police, who at the time described the slayings as possible "mercy killings.
January 8, 2014 |
Former Santa Ana Mater Dei water polo standout Jon Walters, a freshman at USC, died on Wednesday of a heart attack, the Orange County Register reported . He was 19. "Heartbroken," former Mater Dei classmate Jeremy Martinez, a USC baseball player, tweeted.