One of the wildfires burning in California is approaching Big Sur. My husband mentioned this to me before I left for work today – and it hit me like a rock. He has a much closer tie to Big Sur, but the magic of this coastal town is infectious. It’s impossible to explain how Big Sur makes you feel, but trust me when I say once you’ve experienced the beauty, peace and energy of this coastal community, you will never be the same.
Hundreds of homes across the state are threatened and the damage, sadly, won’t be limited to California. New Mexico is also dealing with several fires.
Eleven years behind bars. Plenty of time for Varsha Sabhani to think about what she and her husband did to two Indonesian women they were convicted of abusing. Actually, “abuse” doesn’t really cut it. The actions of this couple led to allegations of “modern-day slavery." The details are insane. We covered this story several times on my show at Headline News, and each time the Prime News show team was left speechless by the alleged abuses these women suffered.
The victims – two women who came to the US from Indonesia to work as housekeepers – testified they were beaten repeatedly, forced to search for food in the garbage because they weren’t fed properly (and were then beaten for that), that their passports and documents were confiscated on the day they came to work for this couple. One of the women says she was forced to eat dozens of chili peppers and when she threw up, was then forced to eat her own vomit.
Her husband will be sentenced tomorrow.
This final tale may come as a shock to many, but I feel it’s my duty to keep you informed. You may want to sit down for this.
It turns out the Pope’s shoes – yes, the snazzy red ones – are NOT Prada. WHAT?!
The Vatican newspaper “L’Osservatore Romano” says Benedict XVI isn’t much for fashion, that he’s a simple man who opts for symbolism in his clothing choices, not labels. The paper goes on to say the Pope “does not wear Prada, but Christ.”
It doesn’t much matter to me either way, but if they’re not Prada shoes, why not just say so from Day One? The Pope’s snappy red footwear has been talked about since his inauguration three years ago, and consistently credited to Prada. Why not give the little guy from Novara the credit sooner? Just a thought…
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