Trending News for April 15:

Cable Guy Sues Kristin Cavallari and Jay Cutler; US Could Have More Than 300 Million Extra COVID Vaccines By July; Arrest In 3-Person Stabbing In California; Kimberly-Clark Opening Office In Chicago’s Fulton Market District; Chicago Police Anticipate Peaceful Demonstration


Cable Guy Sues Kristin Cavallari and Jay Cutler After Dog Bite

cable-guy-sues-kristin-cavallari-jay-cutlerTV personalities Kristin Cavallari and NFL player Jay Cutler are both facing a lawsuit involving one of their dogs. A cable and satellite installer has decided to sue the couple after he was allegedly bitten by one of their German Shepherd dogs. 

The complaint was filed by Nathan Beam, an Alabama resident, on Tuesday, April 13th. Beam requested the couple to compensate him of up to $500,000 for his medical expenses, pain, emotional distress, and more. 

The victim claimed that the incident occurred in June 2020, when he was assigned for an installation at a house based in Franklin, TN. The house was recently purchased by Next Chapter, LLC in May 2020, making them the third defendant in the lawsuit. Prior to the incident, the couple announced that they were getting a divorce, which led them to sell the property. 

As detailed in the complaint, the installer noticed that neither of the two dogs was restrained or placed in an enclosed area. Beam argued that this was part of his installation agreement. He also claimed he was not warned about the alleged “dangerous” behavior of either dog. 

Beam detailed that when he was leaving the property, he encountered one of the dogs as he walked to his truck. The dog stood in front of the driver’s side door of his truck to block him from entering. When Beam picked something up from the ground, he felt the dog’s “mouth and teeth clamped down” on his left thumb and fingernail. He said that the dog “would not let go for several seconds.”

Beam also claims that he never “enticed, disturbed, alarmed, harassed, or otherwise provoked the dog.”

The lawsuit shares that Beam believes the dog is named “Kona.”  

At the time of the incident, neither of the couples was at the house. Beam informed one of Cavallari’s assistants about the alleged attack, where he was given a paper towel. He was also told to immediately leave the property. 

The lawsuit shared that “Cavallari and Cutler should be held liable regardless of whether the dogs had shown any dangerous propensities.”

On social media, Cavallari referred to her dogs with the hashtags “#TrainedKiller” and “#DontMessWithThisCrew”. Beam’s lawyer also noted that the TV star referred to one of her dogs as a “Beast.” 

The incident has caused Beam physical pain, mental suffering, visible disfigurement, medical bills, lost wages, scarring, and permanent impairment and disability, among other injuries. He requested for a jury of six to handle the case. 

The TV star’s camp has declined to comment. 


Estimates Suggest US Could Have More Than 300 Million Extra COVID Vaccines By July

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According to a report released by the Duke Global Health Innovation Center on Thursday, the US has gathered an oversupply of the vaccine. 

The report follows the open letter released by Oxfam on Wednesday, which showed the signatures of over 100 former heads of state and Nobel laureates in a move to ask President Biden to “put the collective right to safety for all ahead of the commercial monopolies of the few.” They also called for the president to waive intellectual property rules for the vaccines. 

The paper shares: “Leadership from the US on safe, effective, and equitable global access to COVID-19 vaccines is imperative.”

The Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) also backed a letter that suggests the US should donate 10 percent of its excess doses. 

These letters add pressure for the president to make vaccines available worldwide and still be able to provide them for his countrymen. 

It’s possible to note that the country’s vaccination drive is seeing progress, even though there are some areas in the world where the virus continues to spread uncontrollably. Not to mention, more virulent variants have sprung out.

Under Biden’s administration, the country has renewed its deal with Covax as a way for lower-income nations to acquire the doses. Antony Blinken, Secretary of State, is scheduled to host an event in support of this effort on Thursday. 

Despite these developments, many experts argue that these measures are still not enough. They estimate that the country will need to have “at least 300 million excess doses or more” before July ends, especially since the vaccination program is expected to include the majority of children.

The oversupply problem in the US, however, forms a contradiction with other poor countries. Most of which have had supply and distribution problems with the vaccine. If not addressed, it could prolong the health crisis and affect the recovery of the country. 

When asked about the issue, President Biden said: “If we have a surplus, we’re going to share it with the rest of the world.” 

“We’re going to start off making sure Americans are taken care of first, but we’re then going to try to help the rest of the world.”

As shared by Blinken, “This pandemic won’t end at home until it ends worldwide.” He also noted that international action is needed to protect Americans. 

The Duke paper estimates that the poorest 92 countries in the world won’t reach 60 percent vaccination rate of their population until 2023 “or beyond,” especially if the current distribution trends persist. 


Police Arrest Suspect In 3-Person Stabbing Incident In California

police-arrest-suspect-three-person-stabbing-californiaAuthorities have arrested a 19-year-old man in California in connection to a triple stabbing incident. The stabbing claimed the lives of a mother and her 8-year-old daughter.

The San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department said in a statement that they took Jacob Allen Wright into custody after a five-week investigation into the murders of Jia Jia, 44, and Ruby Meng, 8. Wright was arrested on Tuesday.

The two were found dead inside a home in Rancho Cucamonga in the early morning hours of March 7.

According to police, another 38-year-old woman was found in the home with stab wounds, but she was able to survive her injuries. The woman is believed to be a family friend of the victim.

Detectives served Wright a search warrant to collect evidence as part of their investigation into the double murder. But according to authorities, they have not yet found a relationship between the suspect and the victims.

Police continue to look into the motive of the incident as it remains unclear. Investigators handling the case believe that Wright acted alone.

According to the sheriff’s department, the investigators interviewed Wright before arresting him. He was booked for murder and attempted murder charges.

As of this writing, Wright is being held without bail at the West Valley Detention Center. His online jail records show that he is scheduled to appear in Rancho Cucamonga Superior Court on Thursday.

There is no word on whether Wright hired the services of a legal representative to defend him.

Police are asking the public for any information about the stabbings to speak to Detective Malcolm Page of the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department. If you have any information or any unreported crime that involves Wright, you may contact (909)387-3589 or send an anonymous tip at 800-78CRIME or through www.wetip.com.


Kimberly-Clark Opening Office In Chicago’s Fulton Market District

chicago-welcomes-kimberly-clarkGood news to residents of Chicago! Kimberly-Clark is planning to open an office for its business in the Fulton Market district. Once the consumer products giant opens, it will be bringing in a total of 250 jobs to locals. 

The announcement was shared by the North American company and government officials on Wednesday. 

According to the announcement, Kimberly-Clark is planning to lease space at 1155 W. Fulton St. by the spring of 2022. This will bring in jobs from Neenah, Wisconsin. 

Kimberly-Clark’s president of US consumer sales, Kurt Laufer, said:  “Chicago provides us the opportunity to grow Kimberly-Clark’s business and will position us closer to our outstanding retail partners, marketing and digital agencies, and other service providers who already call Chicago home.”

Right now, the company has 90 employees in their Civic Opera House, 20 N. Wacker Drive office. Once the new location opens next spring, the employees will be moved to Fulton Market too. 

A spokesperson for the company shared that this is enough time. The pandemic has forced company offices to close and let employees work from home. The diaper and toilet paper maker has followed this law and encouraged employees to stay at home. 

When the office opens next spring, Kimberly-Clark will be hiring specialists in sales, marketing, executive management, and other roles. 

Despite opening an office in Chicago, the company headquarters will continue to operate in Irving, Texas. 

Lauren Huffman, Communications Director of the state’s Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity, revealed that the company can qualify for tax credits amounting between $9.5 million and $19.5 million over the next ten years. This is under the Illinois Edge program, which gives Edge credits that are 50% of the state income tax that can be attributed to the new jobs generated. 

As of this writing, the location that Kimberly-Clark is eyeing had already been renovated. It has a total of 100,000 square feet. 

Most of the building was already committed to WeWork as the location for its shared office space business. But due to financial trouble, the company was forced to scrap the deal. A venture of Domus Group and Barnett Capital currently owns the building. 

In its announcement, Kimberly-Clark did not specify whether it will be occupying the entire building. But the available space at the time of announcement has an area of 87,000 square feet. 

Both Governor J.B. Pritzker and Mayor Lori Lightfoot welcomed Kimberly-Clark to Chicago. The two highlighted the available talent in the region. 


Chicago Police Anticipate Peaceful Demonstration After Adam Toledo Body-Cam Footage Is Released

chicago-police-prepare-peaceful-demonstration-adam-toledo-body-cam-footageJust hours before the police release body-cam footage of the unfateful death of 13-year-old Adam Toledo, community members and protestors from Little Village gathered downtown to call for transparency and accountability. 

The Civilian Office of Police Accountability (COPA) announced earlier in the day that it will be releasing video and other materials connected to the fatal police shooting from March 29th. The material is said to be released on Thursday, including police body-cam footage, third-party video, the Office of Emergency Management & Communications video transmissions, incident reports, and ShotSpotter recordings. 

COPA spokesman, Ephraim Eaddy, shared a statement: 

“COPA has remained sensitive to the family’s grief and is carrying out this release in accordance with the City’s Video Release Policy.” 

Eaddy added that the organization’s “core values of integrity and transparency are essential to building public trust, particularly in incidents related to an officer-involved shooting, and we are unwavering in our commitment to uphold these values.”

Considering it is a sensitive video, the Chicago Police Department is preparing for possible demonstrations. On Monday, they announced that they have canceled the days off of the officers and have prepared to switch officers to 12-hour shifts.

As of this writing, protests in honor of Toledo have been peaceful. This is largely thanks to the Toledo family, who have repeatedly called for calm. 

The family’s lawyer, Adeena Weiss Ortiz, released a statement on Wednesday that they “appreciate the community support and are grateful that events so far have remained peaceful.” The family prays that “for the sake of our city, people remain peaceful to honor Adam’s memory and work constructively to promote reform.”

One of the protesters, 15-year-old Marlene Feraz, says that “We’re going to keep fighting for Adam Toledo and other people who got shot by CPD and other police around the world.” 

Feraz believes peaceful demonstrations will continue until next week. 

Kristian Armendariz echoed Feraz’s statement and promised that he will continue “to fight for what’s right” whether or not Toledo had a gun with him. “I don’t think Adam deserved to die. He still had the right to a trial with a jury.”

33-year-old Madison Martinez believes that the 13-year-old victim did not have a gun on him when a police officer shot him. Still, she wants to see the video for herself.

“They should release it so we can see the truth. They’re obviously hiding something if they haven’t released the name of the cop who shot him.”

“He needs justice.”