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Man Who Wrote One Of The Most Recognizable Songs Ever Dies At 75

Man Who Wrote One Of The Most Recognizable Songs Ever Dies At 75

Ohio man survives overdose on tracks as train passes over him

Emergency crews say a Middletown, Ohio, man who overdosed is lucky to be alive after he fell onto nearby railroad tracks.

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When Jesse O’Neill, 46, allegedly overdosed Friday night, he fell onto the railroad tracks near University Boulevard, fire officials said. O’Neill fell between the tracks, and he wasn’t hit when a Norfolk-Southern train passed over him around 8:30 p.m., officials said.

He was revived after Middletown paramedics gave him five milligrams of Narcan, according to Middletown Division of Police report. He was taken to Atrium Medical Center.

O’Neill told officers and paramedics he snorted heroin after he got into an argument with his live-in girlfriend. He told police he didn’t remember passing out nor the train passing over him.

The conductor told police he saw the man lying between the tracks, and by the time he stopped the train, 26 rail cars had passed over the man.

The train was stopped between 30 and 45 minutes and blocked four city intersections: University and Manchester, Central and University, First and University, and Grand Avenue and University, the report stated.

O’Neill was charged with disorderly conduct, criminal trespass and inducing panic.

Oxford English Dictionary extends definition of ‘woke’

If you’ve attended a social-justice protest or watched an episode of “Dear White People,” you’ve likely heard the word “woke.” But the term wasn’t being used to refer to sleep. It was being used to describe political awareness, and the Oxford English Dictionary is taking note. 

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This week, the organization has expanded the meaning of “woke.”  

It no longer just defines the word as the past participle of “wake.” It’s now also an adjective that means “alert to injustice in society, especially racism.”

“By the mid-20th century, woke had been extended figuratively to refer to being ‘aware’ or ‘well informed’ in a political or cultural sense,” Oxford told The Huffington Post. “In the past decade, that meaning has been catapulted into mainstream use with a particular nuance of ‘alert to racial or social discrimination and injustice.’”

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The dictionary also noted that the word was popularized by Erykah Badu’s 2008 song “Master Teacher.” In it, she sings, “I stay woke.” The phrase began to be more widely used in 2014 in association with the Black Lives Matter movement.

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“Woke” isn’t the only African American slang word to be added. “Bootylicious,” “bling bling” and “twerk” have also been included in the dictionary.

The word has been updated on Oxford’s website and in its upcoming print edition.

Video: Female sniper laughs after ISIS bullet explodes into wall over her head

In the war for the Middle East, locals have been trying to take their homeland back from the Islamic State. Rebel fighters, often trained by Americans and using American-provided weapons, fight the battles. In a new clip that has surfaced online, we see the resilience of the local fighters battling for their homeland.

According to Hemze Hamza, a journalist who uploaded the video to Twitter, the woman is a Kurdish fighter. He wrote, “Kurdish women have no fear.” Hamza is embedded with the YPG (Yekineyen Parastina Jin, the People’s Protection Units) in an all-female unit. Amazingly, after a bullet smashes into the wall inches from her head, she crouches down and laughs off the brush with death — she even sticks her tongue out. The footage was reportedly taken outside the ISIS-held city of Raqqa in Syria.

The West has become fascinated by the YPG, particularly their all-female forces. In 2014, a Kurdish fighter named Rehana went viral after a tweet claimed that she had killed more than 100 ISIS terrorists.

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The United States has been supporting the YPG in hopes of defeating ISIS. In May, the Pentagon announced that President Donald Trump had authorized an arms shipment to the YPG. That announcement came only days before President Erdogan of Turkey visited the United States. Erdogan has been strongly opposed to the Kurdish forces and repeatedly criticized Obama for propping up the Kurds, telling Al-Jazeera, “Obama deceived us,” and calling the YPG a “terrorist group.” But Erdogan’s own visit was thrown into controversy after his personal security attacked protesters, a move that a bipartisan group of senators called “unacceptable.”

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Tarantulas, scorpions discovered in abandoned apartment

A renter in Texas who moved out of his apartment recently left behind some strange friends.

The apartment complex staff was surprised this week to find tarantulas and scorpions in containers all over the apartment, KPRC reported.

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The Houston chapter of the the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals was called in to manage the unusual case. In total, over a dozen tarantulas and almost 60 scorpions were found in the apartment. Ten of the tarantulas were alive, and of the 59 scorpions, 54 were babies, the SPCA said. Almost all of them were venomous, though not enough to kill a person, SPCA officials said.

It's unclear how long the creepy guests had been abandoned in the unit. They can live weeks without resources, according to the SPCA.

No charges have been filed yet in the case, and a custody hearing is scheduled in July, the SPCA said.

As for the apartment, it will be exterminated, though officials said they can't be sure all of the arachnids have been found, KPRC reported.

Major overhaul in works for Disney's Epcot

After nearly 40 years of fun, a major overhaul is in the works for Disney’s Epcot.

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Permits already filed reveal big changes for the Universe of Energy pavilion.

Sources said a "Guardians of the Galaxy" ride will likely be announced at D23, a fan event in California held in July.

There is also talk of a "Tron" light cycle ride, like the one in Japan.

>> Read: Disney gets permit to add gondola rides at theme park

WDW News Today said cast members are already being told Universe of Energy will close Oct. 1 to make room for a new roller coaster.

“Those permits are already filed. That’s months ahead and people don’t think Universe of Energy will last through the year,” said Tom Corless of WDW News Today.

Earlier this week, plans were also revealed for some kind of project between France and Morocco.

It’s rumored it will be "Ratatouille," which is already in Disneyland Paris.

“Clearly, the 'Ratatouille' ride, and whatever is going to replace Universe of Energy are happening immediately, like they’re going to begin construction by the end of the year,” Corless said.

According to WDW News Today, work will begin this fall and will be executed in phases.

The overhaul should be complete in five years, just in time for the park’s 40th birthday in the fall of 2022.

Actor Jason Statham, model Rosie Huntington-Whiteley welcome first child

Model Rosie Huntington-Whiteley and actor Jason Statham officially became parents on Saturday, and just announced the news on social media.

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“Our little man arrived! Jack Oscar Statham 8.8lbs on Saturday June 24th,” Huntington-Whiteley wrote on a Tuesday Instagram post alongside a sweet photo of her newborn holding her fingers.

Huntington-Whiteley announced her pregnancy in February with a photo of herself in a bikini with her baby bump on full display.

“Very happy to share that Jason and I are expecting!! Lots of love Rosie x Photo by @jasonstatham,” she wrote.

According to E! News, Huntington-Whiteley was joined by 40 to 50 close friends and family members at her baby shower on May 20.

“Everyone was really chill, and the spotlight was Rosie,” a source told the entertainment site, adding that she looked “flawless” at the party.

The couple kept things private ahead of their son’s birth and most recently appeared on the red carpet at the premiere of Statham’s film “The Fate of the Furious.”

Statham and Huntington-Whiteley have been dating since 2011 and became engaged in 2016.

Fans, critics surprised, delighted at Kendall Jenner's birthday gift to North West

North West, daughter of Kim Kardashian and Kanye West, turned 4 earlier this month. To celebrate, Kardashian and West gifted their daughter with a puppy, but it’s what North West’s aunt, Kendall Jenner, got her that fans are delighted by. 

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Jenner, 21, gave her niece a book with more than 20 science projects.

Along with the book were materials and ingredients for four of the projects. 

Kardashian, who said she loved the gift, shared video of the book and prepared kits on social media. She said she appreciated the creative package.

Many praised Jenner for getting the gift “instead of something expensive and lavish.” 

Chris Cornell’s widow Vicky Cornell says he ‘didn’t want to die’ in new interview 

Vicky Cornell is opening up about her husband Chris Cornell’s final night.

On May 18, the Soungarden and Audioslave frontman was found dead in a Detroit hotel room after performing one final concert. The corner ruled his cause of death to be suicide by hanging, but his wife thinks there’s more to the story.

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“My Chris was happy, loving, caring and warm,” Vicky Cornell said in this month’s issue of People. “This was not a depressed man—it wasn’t like I missed that. What I missed were the signs of addiction.”

Cornell previously struggled with addiction issues but had been sober for years, according to his wife. Shortly after his death, it was revealed that Cornell had prescription drugs and an anti-anxiety medication in his system. Vicky is unsure how the medical examiner could so quickly rule the death a suicide without waiting for toxicology results or a full autopsy report.

Related: Family of Chris Cornell disputes suicide report

She believes the drugs in his system significantly altered his state of mind.

“He didn’t want to die,” she said. “If he was of sound mind, I know he wouldn’t have done this.”

She continued, “Chris was humble, sweet, kind and good, with the patience of a saint.” The family was reportedly looking forward to an upcoming trip to Disney World with their kids, Toni, 12, and Christopher, 11. Cornell was also a father to Lily, 17, from a previous marriage.

Related: Chris Cornell toxicology report indicates multiple prescription drugs in system, did not cause death

Because Cornell was sober since 2009, she is now left guessing if she missed the signs of a relapse.

“I relaxed, I guess,” she told the publication.

The rocker was prescribed the Ativan as a sleep aid last year though it left him feeling deprived of rest. His widow said that was a sign. Following the Detroit concert, Cornell reportedly woke his wife up by turning the lights off and on in their home, remotely using an app on his phone. Vicky Cornell said when she awoke, she called her husband.

“He was on a rant,” she said. “I said, ‘You need to tell me what you took,’ and he just got mean. That wasn’t my Chris.”

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That’s when she decided to send Martin Kirsten, Cornell’s bodyguard, to check on him. After breaking down the doors, Kirsten found him slumped in the bathroom. He was later pronounced dead at the scene.

“Addiction is a disease,” Vicky Cornell said. “That disease can take over you and has full power. I’m going to do everything in my power to make sure other children don’t have to cry like mine have cried.”

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