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Infant’s Face Sliced Open During C-section; Victoria’s Secret is Modifying Its Name; Caterpillar Infestation Leaves Yards Full of Droppings; Couple Ambushed and Shot in a Busy Street; Former Chicago Cubs Ben Zobrist Sues Pastor for Defrauding Charity and for Having an Affair with His Wife


Infant’s Face Sliced Open During Emergency C-section in Colorado

Kyanni Williams, a newborn in Colorado, required more than a dozen stitches to close a large gash across her face inflicted during an emergency C-section.

Her parents intended for her to be born naturally, but physicians were unable to detect a heartbeat during her mother’s labor last week at Denver Health, according to TV station KDVR.

“They said our baby made a sudden movement, they couldn’t hear her heartbeat or find it, and they took her into an immediate C-section,” said her father, Damarqus Williams.

However, when Kyanni came out, the family said she had a disturbing wound across her cheek that required 13 stitches.

“They said her face was close to the placenta wall,” Williams told the outlet. “I’ve never heard of anybody having to deal with their baby’s face looking like this after a C-section,” he added.

Kyanni’s grandfather, Walter Williams, explained that their delight at her arrival was cut short by their anxiety and frustration.

“I tried to be understanding about what happened, but on top of the fact her face got cut, and a plastic surgeon had to come to do it, there’s just a lot of things I’m not understanding with the C-section,” Reazjhana said. “To have your granddaughter born to come out to see the plastic surgeon, to get 13 stitches, is devastating. It’s heartbreaking,” he said.

“It’s upsetting, she’s not comfortable,” the baby’s father, Damarqus Williams, said.

The family established a GoFundMe campaign in order to raise funds for the cost of hiring a lawyer and exploring their legal alternatives.

“They have to be held accountable for what they did,” the baby’s grandmother, Tashaira Williams, told the outlet.

Other OB-GYN offices throughout the state were contacted for their viewpoint on the frequency of C-section cuts.

“I’ve done over probably 2,500 deliveries, and I assisted on C-sections, that’s the first time I’ve ever seen that,” Advance Practice Nurse Lisa Merck said after we sent her the photos. “That is kind of one of the things that can happen, but it is really, really rare.”


Victoria’s Secret is Modifying Its Name Amid Brand Overhaul

Victoria’s Secret, which has spent the last year aggressively rebranding itself to appeal to a broader spectrum of customers, also intends to change its name.

The lingerie behemoth announced Monday that it would change its name to Victoria’s Secret & Co. when it separates from L Brands in August and becomes an independent, publicly-traded company.

The change comes amid a flurry of news surrounding the rapidly evolving business, which last week launched a new marketing campaign and collection called the VS Collective, which features seven women, including soccer star Megan Rapinoe, 17-year-old American skier Eileen Gu, and tech investor and actress Priyanka Chopra Jonas.

Its infamous “Angels,” who have included supermodels Heidi Klum, Tyra Banks, and Gisele Bundchen over the years, will be phased out of the company’s marketing platform following years of criticism that they ignored women with more natural appearances and typical body types.

Additionally, the corporation introduced a new board of directors last week, with six of the seven members being women.

“This is an exciting time for all of us at Victoria’s Secret,” chief executive Martin Waters said in a statement. “The progress we have made over the last year underscores our commitment to driving profitable growth, creating new opportunities for our talented associates, and evolving our brand and product to reflect the diverse experiences, passions, and perspectives of our customers.”

Victoria’s Secret & Co. will also include the company’s Pink brand, which caters to teenagers and women in their twenties.

Among L Brands’ holdings is Bath & Body Works, which will be spun off from the company in August. Bath & Body Works will continue to operate under its current name.

The billionaire Les Wexner founded the Ohio-based company, which has also been increasing profits at Victoria’s Secret by cutting costs and reducing discounts. It has seen its shares rise by up to sixty-nine percent year to date, compared to the S&P 500’s 11 percent gain.


Caterpillar Infestation in Upstate NY Leaves Yards Full of Droppings

Caterpillars from Gypsy Moths have exploded in population in Upstate New York, munching on tree leaves and depositing excrement in the neighborhood yards, according to the residents.

According to media reports and New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) alerts, the invasive bug is undergoing a population boom, with larvae out in massive numbers not seen in over a decade.

Shannan Warick of Schuyler County told Syracuse.com that she relocated her patio furniture away from caterpillar-infested trees – and their droppings.

“It sounds like it’s raining in the backyard,” she said. “It’s really disgusting.”

The tiny pests have ripped through leafy trees such as oaks and moved on to pines and needles, to the point that some residents claim that entire woods have been stripped of their greenery. According to Dwight Relation, owner of Rockwood Maples in West Chazy, caterpillars stripped the leaves off his oaks, pines, and white birches.

“They just kept eating and eating and eating,” Relation told the paper, which compared the property to a scene out of Hitchcock or Kafka.

“There’s no green vegetation at all,” he added. “Everything’s gone. It almost looks like it got hit with a nuke … like a chemical, and it just killed everything in sight for hundreds of yards.”

The Department of Environmental Conservation recommends removing egg masses from trees or drowning caterpillars in soapy water — but cautions against handling them since their back hairs can irritate the skin.

Chris Koetzle, the supervisor of Glenville, told News 10 ABC that he feels “trapped” in the absence of common answers.

“They’re talking about individually drowning the caterpillar — which there are millions of them — so that’s not really practical,” Koetzle said.

Gypsy moths were from Europe and were introduced to the United States in the 1800s by an entrepreneur seeking to expand silk production. It had escaped from its cages and is now spreading throughout the Northeast and Midwest and are now going south.


Chicago Couple Ambushed and Shot in Their Car in the Middle of a Busy Street

Over the weekend, a young father was shot, and his girlfriend was severely injured after being grabbed from their car and shot on a crowded Chicago street.

Gyovanny Arzuaga and Yasmin Perez were in a car passing through the Humboldt Park area on Saturday, hours after attending the city’s Puerto Rican Day Parade, when their car was ambushed by a group of males, according to local publications, including Fox 32.

Disturbing video footage emerging on social media appears to show that the victims were being dragged and falling out of their vehicle, with a Puerto Rican flag on display, and then being shot at close range by a single assailant.

Arzuaga, 24, died after a gunshot to the head, while Perez, 25, his girlfriend and the mother of his two children, was critically injured by a bullet to the neck, according to the Chicago Sun-Times.

While police in the area declined to comment on the video’s validity, the Chicago Tribune’s CBS station received footage shot by an eyewitness that appears to show the same occurrence but from a different viewpoint.

According to a police spokeswoman, the shooting was preceded by a car crash, but no other information about a suspected motivation was released on Monday, and no suspects had been identified.

“My heart is destroyed,” Arzuaga’s brother, who was not identified by name, told Fox 32. “That was my best friend, my brother.”

Arzuaga and Perez were among at least 21 individuals shot from Saturday to Sunday in Chicago, according to local news outlet WGN, with Arzuaga one of three victims who died as a result of their wounds.

The rise of criminality and gun violence on Chicago’s streets has instilled fear and frustration in the city’s people, further eroding their trust in authorities. The nights are interrupted with gunshots and the sirens of passing police cars. The victims’ terrifying screams fill the twilight air, leaving wounded folks and dead bodies lying in the deserted streets.


Former Chicago Cubs Ben Zobrist Sues Pastor for Defrauding his Charity and for Having an Affair with His Wife

Ben Zobrist, a former Chicago Cubs player, and 2016 World Series MVP, has filed a lawsuit against his former pastor Byron Yawn, saying that he had an affair with his wife Julianna Zobrist and scammed his charitable foundation while serving as his spiritual advisor and confidant.

Byron Yawn, the CEO of a Nashville-area business consulting firm, was a previous pastor of Nashville’s Community Bible Church, where the Zobrists began visiting in 2005.

While having an affair with Zobrist’s wife, he extended pastoral care and friendship to the former big-league baseball player.

Julianna and Zobrist married in 2005 and have three children.

Ben Zobrist paused his 2019 Cubs season for around four months to address marital issues with his 36-year-old wife, Julianna Zobrist, a contemporary Christian musician.

According to the lawsuit, Yawn exploited his friendship with Ben in order to “assume a leadership position with Plaintiff’s charity, Patriot Forward, to his own personal benefit.”

According to the lawsuit, Yawn began collecting hourly rates and subsequently proposed a $36,000 annual compensation. He allegedly utilized the position to develop a relationship with Julianna Zobrist while they worked on the charity’s social media presence.

According to the lawsuit, Yawn and Zobrist had a sexual connection in 2019 that lasted around a year. Throughout this period, the pair communicated using “burner” cell phones. According to the lawsuit, Yawn’s wife noticed Yawn and Zobrist’s correspondence on one of the phones initially.

According to the complaint’s text conversations, Zobrist confided in Yawn about marital difficulties. Zobrist informed Yawn in a February 2019 text exchange that he was delaying coming to Spring Training after learning his wife had met with a divorce lawyer.

Ben Zobrist filed a lawsuit seeking compensatory and punitive damages for missing a portion of the 2019 baseball season.

Zobrist contends that Yawn “breached his fiduciary duty toward the Plaintiff as well as his duty of confidentiality and trust that existed by virtue of his pastoral relationship with the Plaintiff” through his acts. He is suing Yawn for $6 million in damages.