New York Couple Accused of Torturing Housekeeper Over Missing Jewelry

A couple in Bayside, Queens is accused of kidnapping their housekeeper at knifepoint, allegedly burning her body with a plumber's torch while questioning her about missing cash and jewelry, WCBS reports.

32-year-old Devanand Lachman and 31-year-old Ambar Lachman were arrested earlier this month on charges of felony assault, felony kidnapping and unlawful imprisonment. From NBC New York:

Sources said the couple, who live in Bayside, Queens, believed their maid, 54-year-old Daisy Machuea, stole money and jewelry from them. When she went to clean their home the afternoon of Friday, Feb. 13, Devanand Lachman and another man allegedly burned her with a plumber's torch and repeatedly hit her on the body with an object, according to police and the victim.

Machuea told NBC 4 New York through her friend and housemate, Oscar Ramirez, who translated from Spanish for her, "They kept punching, one guy this side, the other guy the other side."

Machuea denies stealing anything, but says she admitted to the theft at the time to stop the abuse. The three suspects then took Machuea to to her home, The New York Daily News reports, where they stole her and her roommate's cellphones.

Police are still searching for the third assailant, described as about 6 feet tall and 30 to 35 years old with a medium build.

New York Couple Accused of Torturing Housekeeper Over Missing Jewelry

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Doctors Find Bullet in Head of Florida Teen Complaining of Headache

When 19-year-old Juanye Jones visited a Daytona Beach hospital Wednesday night, his chief concern was his nagging headache. Doctors ended up finding something a bit more serious, however: a fragmented bullet lodged in his head.

Jones was apparently one of three bystanders hit during a shooting at Bethune-Cookman University Monday night. Reportedly thinking he had just been grazed in the shooting, the teen didn't seek treatment until days later.

"I thought he was in there for something minor and then the police showed up," a witness at the hospital told The Palm Beach Post, "I hear he has a bullet in his head. He had a headache and now he has a bullet in his head."

After discovering the fragments via X-ray, doctors advised Jones to seek further treatment, but according to the Orlando Sentinel, "it's not clear if he ever did."

[Image via Shutterstock//h/t Uproxx]

What Color Is This Goddamn Dress?

Since it hit Tumblr yesterday, the image below has started an internet schism that may never be healed. Some maniacs, it seems, see the dress as gold and white, while other completely reasonable people see it as blue and black.

What Color Is This Goddamn Dress?

This is not a joke. This is not a prank. This dress is blue and black but some people say it's not.

Buzzfeed even opened a poll to try to get to the bottom of this, and things are looking bad for the side of the sane:

What Color Is This Goddamn Dress?

In private discussions, Gawker staff have been unable to agree on the color of the goddamn dress or develop a workable theory as to why it appears different colors to different people. With that in mind, please take our own poll below, and remember, there's only one right answer (blue).

The White Winter Home Screen

You may not be able to tell in some places, but we're right in the middle of winter. If you need a reminder beyond your window, this peacefully white home screen will make you feel winter's chill.


Which Columnist Subjected a Woman to His Unwanted Groping?

Today Talking Points Memo publisher Josh Marshall tweeted the following blind item:

It's weird seeing columnist explain what really counts as rape when you've seen a woman cringe when she's subjected to his unwanted groping.

— Josh Marshall (@joshtpm) February 26, 2015

So who is Marshall talking about? We couldn’t find any recent columns in a mainstream outlet about “what really counts as rape,” and Marshall didn’t respond to an email requesting clarification. We did come across a few hints, though.

The first hint: If you search Marshall’s Twitter history for “rape” and “columnist,” you’ll find exactly one prior tweet, from February 2014, in which Marshall uses both of those words:

WSJ Columnist: Women need to step up and take their share of the blame for date rape. #youreadthatright

— Josh Marshall (@joshtpm) February 12, 2014

The columnist mentioned in that link, James Taranto of the Wall Street Journal, argued at the time that “what is called the problem of ‘sexual assault’ on campus is in large part a problem of reckless alcohol consumption, by men and women alike.”

The second hint: Earlier today, Taranto mockingly linked to a column of Marshall’s on Twitter (using a picture of himself standing next to the 2014 Mel Bechner painting Ha Ha):


— James Taranto (@jamestaranto) February 26, 2015

Perhaps all of these tweets are somehow related?

If you have any other theories, shoot us an email.

Police: Missouri Gubernatorial Candidate Dead in

Missouri Auditor Tom Schweich, one the leading Republican candidates for governor of the state, died in a St. Louis hospital on Thursday after shooting himself in his home, the Associated Press reports.

"Everything at this point suggests that it is an apparent suicide," Clayton Police Chief Kevin Murphy told reporters Thursday afternoon, saying there was "nothing to suggest anything other than that."

Minutes before the 911 call was made from his home, Schweich reportedly called the St. Louis Post-Dispatch to request an interview concerning "Schweich's belief that a top state GOP official had spread false information about him."

An editor at the newspaper says that in the days leading up to his death, Schweich had privately shared plans to accuse Missouri GOP Chairman John Hancock of making anti-Semitic remarks against him.

According to Hancock, Schweich—who had Jewish heritage but attended an Episcopalian church—called the chairman last November to say "he was aware I had made anti-Semitic remarks," a claim Hancock calls "demonstrably untrue."

"This whole thing doesn't make any sense," Hancock told the Post-Dispatch. "Three months of allegations about me that are not true don't make any sense. Suicide doesn't make any sense. It is a tragedy."

[Image via AP Images]

When we think of confidence , it's hard not to associate it with being successful. Confidence isn't really about success or failure, though. It's about jumping in and taking action regardless of what the outcome will be.



Google’s Artificial Intelligence Masters Classic Atari Video Games

Think you’re good at classic arcade games such as Space Invaders, Breakout and Pong? Think again. In a groundbreaking paper published yesterday in Nature, a team of researchers led by DeepMind co-founder Demis Hassabis reported developing a deep neural network that was able to learn to play such games at an expert level. What makes this achievement all the more impressive is that the program was not given any background knowledge about the games. It just had access to the score and the

Getting locked out of your house is the worst. Having a hide-a-key can help, but you need to make sure it doesn't look too conspicuous. This setup looks just like some plain old piping on the side of the house.


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