Cigarette Causes Massive Fire In Texas Apartment Complex

A fire that broke out in a Denton, TX, apartment complex has left one family stranded and several others with damage repair, according to the Dallas-Fort Worth NBC affiliate NBCDFW.com. The fire, which triggered two fire alarms, erupted just before 3 p.m. Tuesday just three days before Christmas. The fire got so big that witnesses reported seeing flames shooting from the roof of the building. Eight units were damaged in total, but one was completely destroyed. That unit belonged to Ashley Bean, who lives there with her boyfriend Jarrod Brook and has called the place home for two years. Bean told reporters that she and Brooks would be homeless right now if it wasn’t for the help and support of family and friends. “We’re still kind of in shock. I don’t really know what to feel,” said Bean, after seeing the mess Wednesday morning. “It’s definitely been hard, just to wake up and realize there’s nothing there anymore.” According to investigators with the Denton Fire Department, the tragic situation is believed to have been caused accidentally by the couple. They say a discarded cigarette on the balcony of the couple’s apartment sparked the fire that resulted in about $400,000 in damage. The couple and others in the apartment complex are lucky in the sense that no one was seriously injured or worse in the fire. Cigarettes that are improperly discarded are a leading cause of fire deaths, which is why every apartment should have at least one smoke detector. Even the couple’s three cats were able to avoid certain peril by taking refuge in the box spring of the mattress in their bedroom. Bean said the firefighters told her it actually ventilated the air for them and ultimately kept them alive throughout the blaze. With the help of co-workers and the American Red Cross, the couple has been provided clothes, provisions, and temporary lodging in a nearby hotel. The unfortunate situation is another solemn reminder to take care when disposing of...

read more

Thirsty? Your Glass of Tap Water Contains Millions of Good Bacteria and Microbes

Dec 29, 15 Thirsty? Your Glass of Tap Water Contains Millions of Good Bacteria and Microbes

Posted by in Featured

They say water is the source of life. But what if someone told you that the tap water you drink is host to the lives of millions of bacteria? According to a new study conducted by researchers at Lund University in Sweden, when you drink a glass of tap water, you’re consuming approximately 10 million bacteria and microbes found in a sticky coating found in drinking water treatment plants and on the inside of water pipes. This thin coating, known as “biofilm” is essentially unavoidable for tap water drinkers. When you turn on your tap, the processes involved ensure that the living critters find their way into your glass. Yet despite the inevitably of ingesting this bacteria, researchers say that it shouldn’t be a cause for concern. In fact, the bacteria and microbes are largely a good thing, as they are a large part of water purification that happens inside of the pipes. “We suspect there are ‘good’ bacteria that help purify the water and keep it safe — similar to what happens in our bodies. Our intestines are full of bacteria, and most of the time when we are healthy, they help us digest our food and fight illness,” researcher Catherine Paul said. According to Paul and fellow researchers, there is a great variety of among the microbes and bacteria, and for every milliliter of drinking water, Paul can see as many as 80,000 bacteria. The researchers stressed that although the research took place in Sweden, biofilms are present in water pipes all over the world. The researchers hope the study will help to update and improve water pipe systems, which typically need replacing after 40 years. “The hope is that we eventually may be able to control the composition and quality of water in the water supply to steer the growth of ‘good’ bacteria that can help purify the water even more efficiently than today,” Paul...

read more

Reality Star Adjusting from ‘Housewife’ to Single Life

Yolanda Foster is finally moving on with her life following her divorce, says Entertainment Tonight. The former supermodel and “Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” star split from her husband, music producer David Foster, this year. In fact, it’s been a rocky year for Foster in general — she’s also been battling Lyme disease, with which she was diagnosed in 2012. Yet despite this “Housewife’s” hardships, she’s still be using her platform to inspire others and has been posting regular updates about her new life on her Instagram (@yolandahfoster). This October, Foster moved out of the 12,000-square-foot mansion she shared with David in Malibu, CA. With roughly one million divorces in the country taking place each year, those who have ended their marriages or separated from a partner make up a significant portion of the 43 million Americans (about 16.8% of the population) who relocate each year. For Foster, that meant moving into a condo in West Los Angeles. She shared a photo of her phone displaying the date she moved in (Dec. 11) on social media, with the caption “First day of the rest of my life #DefiningMoment #NewBeginnings #OneFootInFronttOfTheOther #HomeSweetHome.” She also posted pictures of a friend coming to visit her, saying that her “bestie” had been “blessing” through the changes in her life. Foster isn’t the only one moving on after divorce. This seemed to be the year of celebrity splits, from rocker couple Gwen Stefani and Gavin Rossdale to Muppets Kermit and Miss Piggy. The country music world was rocked by the end of Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert’s marriage. Shelton, incidentally, left his wife and is now with Stefani, his Voice co-star. But according to In Touch Weekly, Lambert seems to be doing just fine, and is even rumored to be getting cozy with singer Sam Hunt. Lambert and Hunt will be touring together next year. A source close to the singers told Hollywood Life, “They have developed a solid friendship and love flirting with each other… He’s definitely helping...

read more

Alligator Wrestling Match Interrupts Play at Florida Golf Course, Video Goes Viral

Dec 21, 15 Alligator Wrestling Match Interrupts Play at Florida Golf Course, Video Goes Viral

Posted by in Featured

There’s a reason that Florida University’s mascot is a gator. The ravenous reptiles are all over the state, and a recent tussle between two of the beastly creatures at a golf course has caught the internet’s attention. According to local news affiliate WFLA, the Myakka Pines golf course in Englewood, FL, was recently home to a full-blown gator fight on the fourth hole, and it was all caught on camera. Florida resident Lynn Sarels was playing a round with some friends on Saturday when the group noticed a commotion on the fourth hole. Two alligators were engaged in an epic brawl right on the green, and it was truly a sight to behold. “They were rolling around, biting each other, flipping each other, it was amazing,” said Sarels. The fight’s instigator was already something of a local celebrity. Goliath, a 12-foot gator who got his own taste of viral fame back in the spring, had chased down a smaller 10-foot gator who encroached on his territory. Goliath’s first graced social media months ago when a video of him roaming the course went viral. This time around, Goliath was not alone, and witness Kathy Dee quickly grabbed her camera to capture the melee. “I got a little nervous then because I had never seen that before,” said Dee. “They were rolling around and they were tangling with one another and one was trying to get free.” After about ten minutes, the fight concluded, and Goliath maintained his title of “Baddest Gator in Myakka Pines.” The gargantuan beast confidently strode away while the smaller gator limped into a pond. Spotting alligators on the course is nothing new for Florida golfers. There are more than 1,300 golf courses throughout the state, and Myakka Pines is one of many that was built on a swamp with eclectic wildlife. According to the Weather Channel, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission squashed rumors that the gators were actually mating. They said the pair “definitely” wouldn’t be mating this time...

read more

Shift in Luxury Real Estate Markets Shocks Investors

A big shift is happening in the luxury home buying market, and it was unexpected by a large amount of investors. Miami’s luxury homes saw a relatively large uptick in sales, while London may be slipping from their spot at the top of the luxury buying list. Miami’s sales saw an increase of 5.3% year-over-year in the third quarter of 2015, according to the Miami Association of Realtors, and inventory for existing properties also increased. Miami-Dade County had 258 sales totaling over $1 million per sale in quarter three, which is up from 245 from this time last year. Luxury condos also saw a huge gain in sales, going from 202 to 237 — a 14.8% increase. “Miami luxury home buyers can purchase a larger home at a better price compared to other world-class global cities,” said Christopher Zoller, the 2015 Residential President of MIAMI. “The strength of the dollar coupled with Miami’s growth as a leading global city is leading more executives, hedge-funders and businessmen to buy luxury properties here. South Florida offers everything a luxury buyer would want: from oceanfront views to world-class art to top-tier amenities.” Miami is ranked sixth on the list of the most important cities in the world to ultra-high-net-worth individuals (UHNWI), according to the 2015 Knight Frank Wealth Report. Luxury buyers are also generally harder to please; they spend in excess of $1 million more often than not because they have such high expectations. Those in the elite UHNWI group have a net worth of more than $30 million. The only North American cities that made the top 10 on the Wealth Report were Miami and New York. The top five were London, New York, Hong Kong, Singapore, and Shanghai. The “Luxury Defined” report of 2015 issued by Christie’s International looked at what $5 million would buy a wealthy person in the biggest cities around the world. In Miami, that $5 million buys a six-bedroom, 6,475-square-foot, custom-built waterfront home. While Miami is rising on the list of...

read more