Today’s Top 5 Stories In Less Than 5 Minutes

1. Your Vote And $–

2. Military & Sex —

3. Aging Beautifully —

4. Sex Ring —

5. Gas Cheaper! —

BREAKING NEWS: Today at 4:45 pm 14-year-old Shaylee Chuckulnaskit died as a result of severe injuries she acquired when Jaylen Fryberg shot her in the head with his .40 caliber Berretta last Friday during his Marysville-Pilchuck High School mass shooting.

Mass Shooting Victim Dies Photo Credit: Courtesy Of Wall Street Journal Live

Mass Shooting Victim Dies
Photo Credit: Courtesy Of Wall Street Journal Live

1. Your Vote And $

Go Republican, and this is what you will happen to your money:

Every Vote Counts. Photo Credit: Courtesy Of Courtesy of Center on Policy Initiatives

Every Vote Counts.
Photo Credit: Courtesy Of Courtesy of Center on Policy Initiatives

The Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare and ACA) could fall into the dust if Republicans win. And they have no alternative to healthcare. That would result in the insurance companies running rampant over people once again.

Republicans hate the Dodd-Frank law, because it holds the big banks accountable. And it would free up funds for loans for cars, homes and small businesses.

Tax benefits for our line-items will expire:on electric cars, energy-efficient appliances, etc.

The Minimum Wage is on the ticket this week for Alaska, Arkansas, Nebraska and South Dakota. Conservatives say that a $10 minimum wage will slow job growth and walk workers out of their jobs. Liberals don’t see it that way.

Don’t pass the buck. Vote.2

2. Military & Sex

Military Survey Embarrassing. Photo Credit: Courtesy Of Michael - Flickr: IMG_4240.jpg cc 2.0

Military Survey Embarrassing.
Photo Credit: Courtesy Of Michael – Flickr: IMG_4240.jpg cc 2.0

A blush-triggering survey happens every two years. But this year it is especially intimate. The military is trying to get its head around the serious fact that sexual offenses are on the increase. 

The military hopes victims will come forth or at least will be made more aware from consideringg these explicit questions. Nate Galbreath, senior executive advisor for the Pentagon’s sexual-assault prevention office said,

“This is a crime of a very graphic nature. For us to improve our understanding, it sometimes requires asking tough questions.”

It is a beginning.

3. Aging Beautifully 

Actress Ages 25 Years. Photo Credit: Courtesy Of John Turner cc 2.0

Actress Ages 25 Years.
Photo Credit: Courtesy Of John Turner cc 2.0

Actor Frances McDormand (57) is aging gracefully. She plays Olive Kitteridge in a two-part four-hour mini-series spanning 25-years. Her husband is director Joel Coen,

“We have a lot of conversations about aging and how difficult it is in our culture. I’ve been very fortunate that I’m happy with the way I look and how I age.”  

The mini-series which will air on HBO is about a “retired math teacher living in small-town Maine with a dysfunctional marriage.” She suffers from depression as does her son.

One day women aging won’t be news. Thankfully.

4. Sex Ring

Police Discover Alabama Sex Ring. Photo Credit: Courtesy Of Conolly, Public domain

Police Discover Alabama Sex Ring.
Photo Credit: Courtesy Of Conolly, Public domain

Brittney Wood disappeared after she was with her uncle Donnie Holland in Alabama. Unfortunately Holland shot himself shortly thereafter. In seeking Brittney investigators untangled a dark and horrific story of shame.

Her family and family friends have been charged with dozens of felony crimes involving an ever-expanding “incestuous ring.” Teresa Heinz, an assistant district attorney in Baldwin County, Alabama said,

“You’d be surprised how many of them had prior allegations. Nothing happened. You have to wonder what wouldn’t have happened to these children if something had been done. And Brittney might still be alive.”

Sad. And preventable.

5. Gas Cheaper! 

Gas At 4-Year Low!!! Photo Credit: Courtesy Of David Falconer, Photographer (NARA record: 1427627) EPA

Gas At 4-Year Low!!!
Photo Credit: Courtesy Of David Falconer, Photographer (NARA record: 1427627) EPA

Well it has finally happened. Gas prices have fallen under $3 for the first time in four years! And we are all doing the happy dance – at least in our heads.

Chief oil analyst at the Oil Price Information Service Tom Kloza said,

“It’s stunning what’s happening here. I’m a little bit shocked.”

The average family saves $50 per month, because the demand for gasoline hasn’t increased as fast as drillers anticipated. And people are more careful with those precious gallons of fuel.

Such a racket. But this shows we can change things.

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