Mom dresses baby in new Halloween costume every day in October

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Bay Area sanitation workers find ring flushed down toilet after 6-week search

California sanitation workers saved the day after a naughty toddler flushed a priceless heirloom ring down the toilet — by unearthing the antique from a sewer six weeks later. Mehvish Tapal was left devastated in October after her 3-year-old son threw the diamond and sapphire band down her San Francisco Bay Area home's toilet, reports KTVU. The ring had been in her husband Munazzar's family for more than 60 years after his great-grandfather bought his great-grandmother the ring in London. The Tapals called in a plumber, who used a camera to scout out the drain. But sadly, despite his $400 fee, he found nothing. They then called in the Union Sanitation District, which sent workers to flush the lines five different times in a bid to track down the band. Crews were just about to call it quits after six weeks of searching when, as they vacuumed up debris from their final effort, it appeared in their hands. It had sat in a swill of filth about a third of a mile from their home. "It's like a needle in a haystack," Shawn Nesgis, a wastewater collection supervisor with Union Sanitation District, told KTVU. "This (find) is a rarity. I've been here 20 years and this is the second that I know of.” Tapal said she was astonished that the ring had finally made its way back home. "I was waiting for that miracle and the funny thing is it came in its own time and in its own way," she told KTVU. She plans to give the band, handed to her by her mother-in-law when she became pregnant, to her son. But for the time being, the heirloom will be kept under wraps to prevent any further disappearances. ON A MOBILE DEVICE? CLICK HERE TO WATCH THE VIDEO. Join the Conversation: Continue Reading

Pregnant Sacramento woman disappears days before due date

A Sacramento woman who is expected to give birth to her second child "at any time" has disappeared. The Sacramento Police Department is searching for 20-year-old Aubrey Andrews, who was nine-months pregnant when she left her husband and 3-year-old son on the night of Dec. 6. The mysterious disappearance is described as "unusual" by police but they report there are no obvious signs of foul play. Her husband Edward Andrews said in an emotional interview with TV Station FOX40 that his wife was placed on bed rest by her doctors. She got into her white 2012 Toyota Prius and was planning to see a friend, her husband said. More than a week later, she has not returned. And the child "could come at any time at this point," he told the station. A bizarre detail in the situation is that Aubrey seemingly did not plan to be gone long. She did not take extra clothing or money and has not used her credit card since she vanished, the husband said. Calls to her cell phone go straight to voicemail. A day after the disappearance her purse and several notebooks with her handwriting mysteriously appeared on his porch. The words in the notebook indicated she felt she needed to leave, the station reported. "If she doesn't want to be here, she doesn't have to be. But at least let us know. Tell us you went somewhere, that you're safe," the husband said. At least let us know. Tell us you went somewhere, that you're safe. He adds his wife suffered from postpartum depression after she gave birth to her first child. Police said Andrews may have driven to Southern California where she has friends and family. A police spokesman told the Daily News they are concerned for the mother's safety because she has been missing for over a week. The department is conducting an investigation. The mother is described as a Filipino woman, 5-foot-1, 150 pounds, brown/hazel eyes and Continue Reading

Voice of the People for Feb. 6, 2010

Gun control for tiny, plastic toysLevittown, L.I.: Has the world gone mad? I truly understand the fate of this poor boy with the 2-inch plastic gun. When my son was in first grade, he was suspended for two weeks because the school said he brought a weapon (a keychain nail file) and drugs (Luden's cough drops) to school. Mara CostantiniCornwall, N.Y.: This lunacy is all over. My 10-year-old daughter went through the same thing with an even smaller gun last year. I asked the principal, "What is she going to do? Throw it at someone's eye?" She wound up having to sit out of class with a teacher for a day "to instill the severity of the issue." Jim LupiBrooklyn: I am a retired New York police officer. From now on, I will make sure to be carrying my gun permit when I'm wearing my French cuff shirts with my favorite cufflinks. They are miniature guns, 2 inches long. Jack Raphan Dreams of stars are dustBronx: President Obama has crushed my 12-year-old daughter's dream of becoming an astronaut. When I told her that the planned missions to the Moon and to Mars were canceled and there will no longer be manned space flights, the tears started coming down her face. Mr. President, what about all the jobs that will be lost and add to the unemployment rate, careers ending because of a stroke of your pen? You gave billions to the banks, Wall Street and Detroit. You have just put a 52-year-old industry out of business. Hopefully, in 2012 the next administration will reverse this. John Mazarakes Trial and errorCoram, L.I.: Attention, Ivy League law school geniuses Barack Obama and Eric Holder: You insisted that KSM and his terrorist thug cohorts be tried in our civilian courts, then you both stated that they would be convicted and executed. Guess what, guys? By your statements, you prejudiced the nationwide jury pool and gave their attorneys grounds for years of appeals. Try them in Gitmo, convict them, throw them in a sty with a dozen hungry razorbacks and turn off the lights. Continue Reading

Heartbroken dad opens up about crash that killed pregnant wife

In 60 mind-numbing seconds, Rafael Sanz absorbed the staggering news of his wife's death beneath a 5-ton school bus - and then looked into the bright face of their newborn boy. "You know that song, 'New York Minute?'" Dr. Lynn Kemp said Friday. "I had to tell this poor man that his wife was dead, and then I walked him down to show him his son." Sean Michael Justin Sanz - delivered after a band of good Samaritans lifted the bus off his dying mother - was expected to survive his emergency arrival, his shaken father said outside the family's Bronx home. "The baby's doing good," said Sanz, tears in his eyes and a haunted look on his face, after returning from St. Barnabas Hospital. "My wife is gone. I'm not doing too good." NYPD traffic agent Donnette Sanz, 33, died at the Bronx hospital after an ex-con with a suspended license and a bizarre criminal past slammed into her with his van. Suspect Walter Walker - whose license was previously suspended 24 times - was jailed Friday on $100,000 bail after Bronx prosecutors charged him with criminally negligent homicide. A solemn Walker, in a dirt-and-grease-stained T-shirt and jeans, clutched a Yankees cap behind his back in Bronx Criminal Court. "He's no villain," said his wife, Yvette. "There's a lot of good about him." The van's impact catapulted Sanz, who was seven months pregnant, into the path of the 10,000-pound yellow school bus on Webster Ave. Walker said his brakes failed; authorities said he ignored the problem for weeks, even as the vehicle made a grinding noise every time he tried to stop. About two dozen local heroes came quickly to the victim's aid, lifting the bus with a collective burst of adrenaline to free the mortally injured Bronx woman. One day later, some of Sanz's rescuers were still stunned by tragedy on an otherwise quiet Thursday afternoon. "Everyone was screaming and hysterical, and someone yelled, 'She's under the bus!'" said Otis Hubbard, 52. Continue Reading

Children at polygamist sect may have been pregnant as young as 13 – source

SAN ANGELO, Texas  - After hours of legal wrangling, a custody hearing for hundreds of children seized from a polygamist sect finally turned to whether they were abused when a child welfare worker said some women at the sect's ranch may have had children when they were minors, some as young as 13. The testimony came late Thursday, the first day of a court hearing to determine whether the 416 children, swept up in a raid on the ranch two weeks ago, will remain in state custody. Child welfare officials claim the children were abused or in imminent danger of abuse in part because the sect, Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, a renegade Mormon splinter group, encourages girls younger than 18 to marry and have children. Child welfare investigator Angie Voss testified that at least five girls who are younger than 18 are pregnant or have children. Voss said some of the women identified as adults with children may be juveniles, or may have had children when they were younger than 18. Identifying children and parents has been difficult, Voss said. The state has asked that DNA be taken from all of the children and their alleged parents to help determine biological connections. The judge has not ruled on that request. During the court hearing Thursday, which continues Friday, hundreds of lawyers shouted objections or queued up to cross-examine witnesses while the judge struggled to maintain order. "I've tried to impose some structure to this free-for-all," said Texas District Judge Barbara Walther. The case - one of the biggest, most convoluted child-custody hearings in U.S. history - presented an extraordinary spectacle: lawyers in suits and mothers in 19th-century, pioneer-style dresses, packed into a courtroom and an auditorium two blocks away that was patched into the proceedings by a grainy video feed. The state wants to keep the children in its custody, and likely move them to foster homes while officials continue investigating Continue Reading

Happy Mother’s Day: Woman pregnant with 18th child

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - It's a happy Mother's Day for an Arkansas woman — she's pregnant with her 18th child. Michelle Duggar, 41, is due on New Year's Day, and the latest addition will join seven sisters and 10 brothers. There are two sets of twins. "We've had three in January, three in December. Those two months are a busy time for us," she said, laughing. The Duggars' oldest child, Josh, is 20, and the youngest, Jennifer, is nine months old. The fast-growing family lives in Tontitown in northwest Arkansas in a 7,000-square-foot home. All the children — whose names start with the letter J — are home-schooled. Duggar has been been pregnant for more than 11 years of her life, and the family is in the process of filming another series for Discovery Health. The new show looks at life inside the Duggar home, where chores — or "jurisdictions" — are assigned to each child. One episode of the new show involves a "jurisdiction swap," where the boys do chores traditionally assigned to the girls, and vice versa, Duggar said. "The girls swapped jurisdictions, changing tires, working in the garages, mowing the grass," she said. "The boys got to cook supper from start to finish, clean the bathrooms," among other chores. Duggar said she's six weeks along and the pregnancy is going well. She and her husband, Jim Bob Duggar, said they'll keep having children as long as God wills it. "The success in a family is first off, a love for God, and secondly, treating each other like you want to be treated," Jim Bob Duggar said. "Our goal is for each one of our children to be best friends, and everybody working together to serve each other makes that happen." The other Duggar children, in between Joshua and Jennifer, are Jana, 18; John-David, 18; Jill, 16; Jessa, 15; Jinger, 14; Joseph, 13; Josiah, 11; Joy-Anna, 10; Jeremiah, 9; Jedidiah, 9; Jason, 7; James, 6; Justin, 5; Jackson, 3; and Johannah, 2. Continue Reading

Fashion Week celebs make for red-letter day at Heart Truth’s Red Dress Show

One of the most glamorous events on the fashion week calendar, The Heart Truth's Red Dress Show, always lures the biggest stars right onto the runway. Special guest Laura Bush proclaimed, "Nothing draws attention like a little red dress," as she watched Heidi Klum, Mary Lynn Rajskub, Lisa Rinna, Liza Minnelli and more hit the runway in a dazzling array of designer gowns at Friday morning's gala charity event. But behind the glitz, a dedicated backstage team was busy making sure the stars looked flawless for their runway debuts. By 6:30 a.m., the first of the production crew arrived to transform the New York Public Library's elegant interior into a giant backstage area, with room for hair, makeup and TV crews and, of course, those fabulous red gowns. Head dresser Barbara Berman was up from 3:30 a.m. transporting the 14 designer gowns, totaling tens of thousands of dollars, to the event. "The girls are wearing their own comfortable shoes because they're not used to the runway," confided Berman, as she instructed her team of 15 dresses to steam the gowns for their celebrity wearers. By 7 a.m, Bobbi Brown and her team of 12 makeup artists were hard at work getting the first wave of celebs camera-ready, while Bumble and bumble's Jimmy Paul headed his team of 10 hair stylists, armed with roll-ers, straightening irons and armfuls of Swarovski crystal hair accessories. "We're giving everyone whatever they want," said Paul, "which is really fun because usually for a fashion show, it's more of a uniform look." Not even the pouring rain and morning chill could dampen the energy indoors as the girls psyched themselves up for their big debut. 7:00 a.m. EARLY RISERS Jimmy Paul gets to work on pregnant "24" star Mary Lynn Rajskub. Waiting for her scarlet manicure to dry, Rajskub confides, "I'm about 16 weeks along. For the first three months, I was constantly sick, then it just stopped and now I feel great." Paul describes Rajskub's runway look as "very rock Continue Reading


PLAXICO BURRESS had only nice things to say about the Jacksonville Jaguars' cornerbacks yesterday, unlike what he said about the Bears' corners last week. Apparently he realized that his trash-talk was pointless when the Giants' offense has so many problems of its own. "Right now we can't really talk about anybody," Burress said. "We just need to get ourselves together first before we assess anybody else right now." That may sound like a harsh criticism of the 10th-best offense in the NFL, but it has been performing far below the Giants' high standards for at least the last three weeks. In fact, heading into Monday night's game in Jacksonville between the Giants (6-3) and the Jaguars (5-4), Big Blue's explosive passing attack has slipped all the way to 17th in the league. To Burress, the Giants' leading receiver with 35 catches for 558 yards and five touchdowns, that ranking is unacceptable. "Things are not happening the way that we want them to," he said. "Everybody knows that we have the talent on this offense to go out and put up numbers, make plays and be very exciting and do spectacular things. But right now it seems like we're just doing the basic things, just trying to complete passes and get first downs. "I think we all know we're a lot better than the points we're putting up. We're leaving a lot of plays on the field, a lot of points on the field, and putting our defense on the field for entirely too long." Over the last three games - all at home - the Giants have averaged just 17 points, down from a hefty 27.1 average during the first six weeks of the season. And their passing numbers have dipped from a 298 yards-per-game average to an average of just 135 over that same span. A lot of that has to do with the slump of quarterback Eli Manning, who bottomed out with his awful, 14-for-32, 121-yard, two-interception performance Sunday night against Chicago. Burress, however, said he didn't think his quarterback was struggling. In fact, he put Continue Reading

Born at 1 lb, baby goes home after 6-month struggle thanks to Montefiore Medical Center

Elisheva Garcia thought she was headed to a routine pregnancy checkup — but she was actually in the throes of labor. Garcia, a 26-year-old accountant from Westchester County, was just 25 weeks pregnant. She knew she was at risk for a preterm delivery because her cervix — where the uterus connects to the vagina — was shorter than normal. She was transferred from a Westchester practice to Montefiore Medical Center in the Bronx because doctors wanted her to be at a hospital with a neonatal intensive care unit. On Oct. 2, she was admitted to Montefiore and was regularly monitored by the maternal-fetal medicine team to make sure her baby was developing healthy. But during a regular evaluation Oct. 9, “all of a sudden I was dilated,” she told the Daily News. Garcia knew that delivering her baby 15 weeks early meant that he would be whisked away to the NICU immediately. When little Leonidas was born, he weighed just over 1 pound. “It was very scary,” Garcia says. “I didn’t even get to hold him (right away).” U.S. NEWS RANKS THE BEST CHILDREN'S HOSPITALS IN 2015-16 Doctors were worried, too. “You’re always scared,” said Dr. Suhas Nafday, director of newborn services at the Weiler Division of Montefiore Medical Center, who oversaw the baby’s care. “You want to do the best, but at the same time sometimes nature takes over.” But Leonidas cried when he popped out — a good sign of his strength. He went on a breathing machine in the NICU, and Garcia got to hold him briefly that night. “He fit in the palm of my hand,” she said. Because Leonidas missed out on 15 weeks in utero to finish developing, he was born with a bleeding brain, eye problems and malfunctioning lungs. Neonatologists were able to stabilize him for about a month before they were faced with their next challenge: necrotizing enterocolitis, a deadly intestinal problem Continue Reading