EXCLUSIVE: Paul Walker's close friend shares intimate, never before seen pictures of the actor who 'was more interested in being a good father and a good son than an actor' Friends Ronn Shikari and Vince Krause said Paul Walker talked to his family about quitting acting so he could see his daughter more often Described the actor as fiercely loyal to his friends and lacking in arrogance associated with celebrities Another friend Ricardo Miller was Walker's Brazilian jiu jitsu instructor for almost 10 yearsHe traveled with the actor to movie sets to help coordinate fight scenesMiller took candid photos of the actor during their time togetherHe told MailOnline that Walker cared more about being a good father and son than about being a movie star By Chris White Published: 22:02 GMT, 7 December 2013 | Updated: 20:32 GMT, 8 December 2013 ‘Fast and Furious’ star Paul Walker was due to give up acting this year, so he could spend more time with his daughter Meadow. This is according to two of his closest friends, Ronn Shikari and Vince Krause, who both live in Hawaii. They were introduced to Paul seven years ago through their mutual love of jiu-jitsu.
Fanfare fades as Apple rolls out its new line of iPhones Consumers looking for a way to measure how much excitement there is with the new iPhones that go on sale Friday may want to check out the TaskRabbit index. In recent Apple launches, busy consumers have turned to the San Francisco micro-job site to hire people to wait in line for the latest iPhone or iPad. Last year, 350 people were hired just in San Francisco and New York alone for the "line skipping" jobs. "This year, we've seen just over 250 people sign up to have a TaskRabbit wait in line for them in all of our 15 active markets combined," said TaskRabbit spokesman Johnny Brackett. The drop in the TaskRabbit index is just one indicator that the legendary enthusiasm among die-hard Apple fans is a bit damper this year for the new iPhone 5c and iPhone 5s. Wall Street analysts seem split on whether the new iPhones will set a record for first weekend sales, as each previous version has. Of course, consumers will have the final say this weekend. The wild card is China.
Jail Becomes Home for Husband Stuck With Lifetime Alimony Ari Schochet has grown so accustomed to being sent to jail for missing alimony payments that he goes into a routine. Before his family-court hearing, Schochet, 41, sticks on a nicotine patch to cope with jailhouse smoking bans, sends an “Ari Off the Grid” e-mail to friends and family, and scrawls key phone numbers in permanent ink on his forearm. Schochet, who said he worked as a portfolio manager at Citadel Investment Group Inc. and Fortress Investment Group LLC and once earned $1 million a year, has been jailed for missing court-ordered payments at least eight times in the past two years as he coped with the end of his 17-year marriage. The reason he ran afoul of the law was simple. “It’s a circle of hell there’s just no way out of,” Schochet said. Schochet and ex-spouses in similar changed circumstances say New Jersey’s law unfairly imposes lifetime alimony on them. Earning Power Relief may be on the way. Alimony Formula Connecticut Governor Dannel P. Far-Reaching Reform Group Lost Job
on.cnn All you need is love, right? Sure, but a little cash can't hurt, especially when it's time to get hitched. Weddings are big business across the United States. 2,079,900: Weddings in the United States in 2012, according to market research by the Wedding Report. $53.4 billion: Value of the wedding industry in the United States, according to market research by the Wedding Report. 26.9: Average age in 2011 for an American woman to marry for the first time. 28.9: Average age in 2011 for an American man to marry for the first time. $28,427: Average cost of a wedding in the United States in 2012, according to data from the 2013 Real Weddings Survey by TheKnot.com of 75,000 brides. $1,211: National average cost of a wedding dress. $76,687: The average cost in 2012 of a wedding in Manhattan, the most expensive city, according to the "Real Weddings Survey." 133-143: Average number of guests at each wedding. 11: Percent of couples who travel more than 200 miles to get married.
Benefits cap mum Marie Buchan hits back at critics: Try walking in my shoes before you call me a scrounger A mum who fears her family will end up on the street because of a benefits cut today hit back at critics who labelled her a scrounger. Single mum-of-eight Marie Buchan received £582 each week until the sum was cut to £500 in July under the Coalition's new benefits cap. Now the 31-year-old has rent arrears of £2,000 and has been threatened with eviction from her three-bed home in Birmingham. Her story provoked a huge response online, with over 100 readers commenting on the Mirror article and more than 1,400 on the Facebook page. But speaking to the Birmingham Mail today, Marie said she worked a 21-hour day to make sure her kids were well cared for. And the 31-year-old challenged critics who branded her a sponger to walk in her shoes before condemning her. “I always wanted a big family and to be a mother but I never wanted to be in this position,” she said. “I try my very best to buy the kids clothes and to give them the best I can, but it is a constant battle. Marie said she:
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That Victoria’s Secret baby is just the tip of a disturbing trend Update Oct. 18, 2013 at 8:54 pm EST: Police have now revealed that, contrary to the girl's claims, her baby was full term and was born alive, and then likely asphyxiated. Today the body of a baby was discovered in the bag of a 17-year-old teen suspected of shoplifting at a Victoria's Secret store in Manhattan. People are rightly shocked by this event. However, what if I told you that this sort of thing is happening routinely, all across the country, as well as in other parts of the world? Take a look at the following list...which is far from complete. Here are the incidents in just the past eight months or so: October 17 - A 17-year-old girl is stopped at a Victoria's Secret store in Manhattan for suspected shoplifting, and admits that in her bag she has the body of a baby that she gave birth to the day previous. Click "like" if you are PRO-LIFE! I've been working in the news business for nearly 10 years, and I can't ever recall a similar string of incidents.
Massachusetts mom stranded in Brazil over custody dispute A Massachusetts woman and her six-year-old daughter have been stuck in Brazil for more than a month after police seized their passports as part of an international custody dispute with the child's father. Shauna Hadden, 33, and her daughter, Ava Machado, have been in Brazil since late May, when they began a trip Hadden said was intended to connect the girl with the father she hadn't seen in more than three years. Hadden's mother, Linda, said Friday the pair had already arrived in Rio de Janeiro on her way to visit Ava's father, 32-year-old Donizete Machado, when her daughter received a phone call from a mutual friend warning her that Machado planned to keep the girl. Instead of taking a flight to southern Brazil to meet Machado, Shauna Hadden and her daughter flew north to stay with friends in the northeastern city of Fortaleza, Linda Hadden said. Then federal police seized Shauna Hadden's passport along with her daughter's in early June. U.S. Click here for more from MassLive.com.
859f81aa-cf9b-11e2-8845-d970ccb04497_story It was never quite clear what feminizing the workplace would mean when women en masse invaded corporate America a generation ago. Most of us donned our Mao suits, bow ties and sensible shoes and did our best to blend in. The workplace didn’t become more feminine; women became more masculine. Then along came “Sex and the City.” Much, and little, has changed over the decades. Women are exceeding their male counterparts in education. To the point: Women are reaching equality as never before. Before you roll your eyes and wake up poor, old, tired Dr. Of course women want wealth and power, but not at the expense of the things that matter most — equilibrium, inner peace, wisdom, heart and a family that isn’t in constant chaos. What’s love got to do with the bottom line? Everything, really. Those brilliant seers “They” always said that money doesn’t buy happiness. Huffington described it as that inner place of heart, soul and wisdom where few of us spend much time. opinions post_newsletter348 true
mtv-video-music-awards-review Photo We experience things via reactions now, rather than head-on. As has become the norm, the best way to engage with the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards, broadcast on MTV on Sunday night from the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, was to follow on Twitter the slanderous jokes and instantly available GIFs of memorable moments. Inside the arena, too, it seemed as if not paying direct attention was the norm, too, if the cutaway shots of the famous and bored during the show were any indication: One Direction studiously mute during the brief ’N Sync reunion, Drake averting his eyes as Miley Cyrus raunchily twerked, Rihanna barely moving her head for anyone. To be fair to the celebrities trapped inside the Barclays Center, though, there wasn’t much to look at during this year’s event, and even less reason to look at it. Given that, it should at minimum be both disturbingly loose and also reflective of pop’s true tidal waves. Mr. The ceremony was also a tribute to the stubborn persistence of pop. Ms.