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Officer's 4-year-old granddaughter killed in car accident

The 4-year-old granddaughter of a Paulding County Sheriff’s Office detention officer was killed Tuesday in a car accident, officials said.

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Alora Rose Sell was involved in a crash on Georgia 101 south, which is in the Union community, the Sheriff’s Office wrote in a post Wednesday on the agency’s Facebook page.

On a GoFundMe page created to assist the family with funeral costs and other expenses, Alora’s mother said she left work to pick up two of her children from her parents’ house. 

Haley Borders Sell said she, Alora and her 3-year-old son were hit from behind by a speeding vehicle. The Sheriff’s Office has not released details about the crash or any possible arrests.

“She was barely alive as my dad pulled her from my van and I administered CPR,” she wrote. “My other children watched. This has been a nightmare that I just want to wake from.”

More than $4,000 in donations have poured into the GoFundMe page. The goal is $20,000.

“I’m banged up pretty bad,” Sell said. “My vehicle (is) totaled.”

She said, “(The worst part is), I’m planning a funeral instead of a ‘Trolls’ birthday party for my sweet beautiful baby girl.”

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Lennon, McCartney back together? Well sort of

Lennon and McCartney have teamed up again. But it wasn’t some long-lost recording of John Lennon fronted by Paul McCartney years later. 

It was actually the sons of the two music legends.

Sean Ono Lennon and James McCartney recently spent time together and took a selfie that could, at a quick glance, be taken for an image of their two fathers from years ago.

Lennon posted the photo to Instagram this week.

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Both are following in the footsteps of their fathers, having become musicians themselves, CNN reported.

Ono Lennon is the son of the late John Lennon and Yoko Ono. McCartney is the son of Paul McCartney and the late Linda McCartney. 

Some of the younger Lennon’s followers are hoping there is more than a photo opportunity, asking them to do a musical project together, CBS News reported.

Lennon also recently posed with a photo with the late George Harrison’s son Dhani, CBS News reported

Trump revoking former CIA director John Brennan's security clearance

President Donald Trump is revoking former CIA Director John Brennan’s security clearance, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Wednesday.

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The announcement came weeks after Huckabee Sanders told reporters that Trump was looking in to the process required to revoke security clearances from half a dozen former Obama administration officials. 

Huckabee Sanders cited Brennan's "erratic conduct and behavior" as the reasoning behind the revocation and accused him of "lying" and "wild outbursts." Brennan has been critical of Trump, calling his performance at a joint press conference last month with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Finland "nothing short of treasonous."

>>MORE: Former CIA Director John Brennan: 'I will not relent'

Huckabee Sanders did not say Wednesday that Brennan leveraged his security clearance for financial gain -- an allegation she levied at some former intelligence officials last month.

>> Trump wants to revoke security clearances for ex-Obama intelligence officials, White House says

During a July 23 news briefing, Huckabee Sanders said Trump was exploring options to remove security clearances from former officials who have “politicized and, in some cases, monetized their public service.”

Huckabee Sanders said Wednesday that officials continued to look at revoking the clearances of other former officials, including former FBI Director James Comey and former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe.

Black woman denied job because of ‘ghetto’ name; company claims email hacked

A Missouri woman who applied for a customer service job was shocked Monday when she received an email stating that her “ghetto” name had lost her the position. 

Hermeisha Robinson, 27, of Bellefontaine Neighbors, posted the email response from Mantality Heath on her Facebook page. 

“Thank you for your interest in careers at Mantality Health,” the email read, according to Robinson’s post. “Unfortunately, we do not consider candidates that have suggestive ‘ghetto’ names. We wish the best in your career search.”

The email was signed Jordan Kimler, a nurse practitioner with the company. According to the company’s website, Mantality Health provides treatment to men suffering from low testosterone. It has multiple locations in several states. 

Robinson wrote that she was upset to be turned away from a position she felt she was well qualified for.

“My feelings are very hurt and they even got me second-guessing my name, trying to figure out if my name is really that ‘ghetto,’” she wrote. “I would like for everyone to share this post because discrimination has to stop!”

Share the post her friends did. As of Wednesday morning, it had been shared more than 10,000 times. 

One of the people sharing Robinson’s post was her cousin, Miltina Burnett. Burnett wrote on Facebook that the response made Robinson -- who was named after her late father, Herman -- question whether she should “change her name to fit in corporate America.”

“Don’t ever change who you are to become more like them,” Burnett wrote. “They had no right to say what they said to her.”

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch spoke with Mantality Health owner Kevin Meuret, who on Tuesday said that the company’s email system was hacked by someone outside Missouri. Meuret said he believes the hacker may be an angry former employee. 

“I’m a father of three daughters, and that young lady getting that (response) is horrible,” Meuret told the Post-Dispatch. “That young lady opened something that must have felt like a freight train, and that’s unacceptable.”

Burnett shared images of private messages she received from Mantality Health employees about the alleged hacking. 

Company officials believe the hacking may have been done through Indeed.com, where Robinson submitted her application. Mantality Health’s website has a statement addressing the situation.

“The password for the outside job board site used by Mantality was compromised on Aug. 13, 2018,” the statement reads. “We are currently working with law enforcement to identify the perpetrator and consider appropriate legal action. We share the anger and frustration of those who received these bogus emails.”

Meuret told KMOV News 4 that they believe about 20 applicants got emails similar to Robinson’s.

Dorneshia Zachery was one of them, the news station reported. 

“The company looked at my name and said, ‘We don’t care about what you’ve done in life; your name is going to dismiss you completely,’” Zachery told News 4

Meuret told the news station that the emails are deplorable.

“This is not a reflection of who we are as a company,” he said. 

The company has gotten the Chesterfield Police Department involved in the case, as well as St. Louis County’s cybercrimes division. 

“We will continue to pursue this even if it becomes a federal matter,” Meuret told the Post-Dispatch

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Indeed.com officials told News 4 that they have found no signs of hacking on their end.

“Account security is of utmost importance to Indeed and something that we diligently monitor,” the company’s statement read. “Account holders are responsible for use of their password and we recommend frequent updates and complete confidentiality of your password. Our investigation into this particular account shows no evidence of compromise.”

Cybersecurity experts told the Post-Dispatch that the incident was likely an internal break-in and not a “high-tech hacking event.”

“If you have a guy who knows everything about the infrastructure of the company, it’s going to happen,” Jianli Pan, a cybersecurity professor at the University of Missouri-St. Louis, told the newspaper. “It’s up to the company how important it is for them to keep their systems secure. But that’s not free. It takes money and training and designating some expert to be in charge of such issues.”

Companies, particularly small ones, should have a checklist of things to do when an employee leaves, according to Joe Scherrer, Washington University’s program director of graduate studies in information systems management and cybersecurity management. The checklist should include eliminating all access to email, social media and all other communication means, Scherrer told the Post-Dispatch

“You should scrub them out of the company. I know that sounds harsh, but it’s how to prevent this from happening,” Scherrer told the newspaper

Police investigate $98,000 ramen noodles heist 

Fayette County officials have confirmed reports regarding a $98,000 ramen noodle heist.

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The incident occurred about three weeks ago, Lt. Allen Stevens, with the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office, told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

While some outlets are reporting the investigation involves a string of robberies, including multiple car break-ins and one motorcycle theft, Stevens told The AJC that’s not the case.

The noodles were stolen from a trailer parked at a Chevron in Fayetteville. There have been no updates on the heist as of Wednesday afternoon, Stevens said.

The police report did not specify the brand of noodles.

Fun fact: A single packet of Maruchan Ramen typically costs less than 30 cents at your local grocery store. With $100,000, one could devour more than 300,000 noodle-packed meals, though such a regimen would likely not be doctor-approved.

“Between the preservatives and the packaging, instant noodles are a minefield of potential health problems. The more you eat, the worse it is,” Food Revolution reported, citing research from a 2014 Baylor University study that found a link between high consumption of instant noodles and increased risk of metabolic changes linked to heart disease, diabetes and stroke.

After husband’s death, woman finds his beloved lost dog

A woman whose husband’s beloved dog escaped two days before he died has been found. 

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Sarah Tiger was in the Madison area for her husband Jack’s medical care when their dog Hope escaped from a caretaker and was missing for 12 days before being found Tuesday, WISC reported

Tiger told WISC Hope was found around 9:15 p.m. at a park in the Middletown area. She had lost some weight but was otherwise fine.

Before Hope escaped, a visitor had brought the 4-year-old shepherd-beagle mix to visit Jack Tiger while he was in the hospital.

"He didn't recognize his twin, he didn't recognize his parents, he didn't recognize me,” Sarah Tiger told WISC. “But he did recognize her, and his last words were 'My Hopey Hope.'"

He died died Aug. 5, WISC reported.

Cat rescue hiring person to live on Greek island full of felines

A cat rescue in Greece is hiring someone to look after more than 50 felines on an island.

According to Travel & Liesure, God’s Little People Cat Rescue is looking for someone to fill a position that requires both a love and expertise of cats.

In an Aug. 5, Facebook post, cat rescue owner Joan Bowell posted the job offer, located on the Greek island of Syros.

“I am looking for someone who can take over the daily running of my Greek cat sanctuary in my absence,” Bowell said. “You will have 55 cats in your care and need to be able to overview them all + feed and medicate (big added bonus if you’re trained vet. nurse!).”

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Bowell said the job will come with a semidetached tiny home -- water and electricity included -- with a garden and view of the Aegean Sea and a salary. 

“The daily hours is that of a part time job (approx. 4 hours) and the salary reflects the fact that you get the house for free (with everything paid). All expenses for the cats will of course be paid incl. all veterinary care. You will be expected to take a cat to the vet in case of illness and therefore will need to be able to drive a manual car,” the posting said

Bowell included photos of some of the cats along with views of the house, garden and sea on the rescue’s Facebook page.

Bowell and her husband, Richard, moved from Denmark to Syros in 2011.

The two told The Telegraph they found bony cats relying on scraps for food, injured and feral cats and kittens in trash bins when the first got to the island. 

They started taking in strays and working with local veterinary staff, ultimately improving the health of the cats on the island.

According to The Telegraph, the couple is leaving for New York, where Richard Bowell will work with the United Nations.

The couple has recruited five volunteers to narrow down more than 3,000 applications. The best person for the job, according to the posting, is someone who is  45 or older, has veterinary experience, can enjoy being in their own company, and has experience with feral or non-sociable cats.

More information on the position, including how to get salary specifics and where to send an application and photo, is available at the God's Little People Cat Rescue Facebook page. Bowell is still going through applications and said it will take some time to pick the right person for the job.

Thyroid medications being recalled due to issue with ingredient, FDA says

The Food and Drug Administration has issued a voluntary recall for a pair of medications meant to treat hypothyroidism.

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The levothyroxine and liothyronine tablets, manufactured by Westminster Pharmaceuticals LLC, were sold wholesale in 100-count bottles. They used active ingredients sourced before the FDA issued an import alert about Sichuan Friendly Pharmaceutical Co. Ltd., officials said. The alert warned that a 2017 inspection found that the company deviated from current good manufacturing practices, putting the quality of ingredients at risk.

>> See the full list of recalled medications

Officials with Westminster Pharmaceuticals said that as of Aug. 9, they had no reports of illnesses connected to the recall. The company warned that patients taking the recalled medications should continue to do so, at least until discussing options with their doctors.

“Because these products may be used in the treatment of serious medical conditions, patients taking the recalled medicines should continue taking their medicine until they have a replacement product,” FDA officials said in a recall alert.

Harvard students launching cafe to help homeless teens discover their potential

Can a cup of coffee and a donut change a life? Two rising sophomores at Harvard University think it can. 

Tony Shu and Connor Schoen are getting ready to open Breaktime, a coffee shop with a mission. 

"Breaktime is a social enterprise that creates cafes to provide stable employment, vocational training and career advising to young adults experiencing homelessness," Schoen said.

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The two are currently converting an 800 square foot site at 1000 Massachusetts Ave. in Cambridge into a coffee shop that will employ homeless teens.

A volunteer experience at a homeless shelter sparked the idea for Breaktime. They heard many stories from clients about how hard it was to gain employment because of the stigma of homelessness.

"We hope to show other employers that this is a population that has a lot of talent and a lot of potential. They just need some support," said Shu.

Getting that first job opportunity can be life-changing according to Katherine James of Bridge Over Troubled Waters, an organization that helps homeless youth. She said developing some consistency on the job for a homeless youth can show future employers a person is reliable and has developed marketable skills.

Breaktime will be a streamlined operation, reselling baked goods to reduce fixed costs and licensing requirements. "Our biggest goal is to create a template model that can be used in other cities, other places," said Schoen.

The date for opening Breaktime is late October or early November and the students are still raising funds.

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