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Reports: Jim Carrey’s Scientologist Ex Committed Suicide Using Pills Prescribed to Him Under an Alias

Reports: Jim Carrey's Scientologist Ex Committed Suicide Using Pills Prescribed to Him Under an Alias

Earlier this week, Irish make-up artist and Jim Carrey’s on-again, off-again girlfriend Cathriona White was found dead of apparent suicide. Now, TMZ reports, law enforcement say White was found with three empty pill bottles—all prescribed to Jim Carrey (under an alias).

According to TMZ, White was found with prescriptions for Ambien (a sleep aid), Percocet (a pain killer), and Propranolol (a blood thinner).

Reportedly, there is “reason to believe” that White may have taken the medications from Carrey’s house.

The couple broke up on September 24th, although reports differ as to who initiated the breakup. TMZ reported that White left a note addressed to Carrey.

On The Underground Bunker, former editor-in-chief of The Village Voice and Scientology expert Tony Ortega claims that, according to two of her friends, White had been undergoing the controversial church’s “Survival Rundown” (SRD) course in the months before her death:

The Survival Rundown itself has been around for a long time, at least since the late 1970s. But Shelton explained to us that a new version of the SRD is being pushed now by Scientology leader David Miscavige, with alterations to the exercises that L. Ron Hubbard originally designed, and recent reports from inside the church contained troubling descriptions of how the SRD was affecting subjects. “You can end up with people going into semi-hypnotic trances and all sorts of other nonsense which I think is psychologically damaging,” [Chris Shelton, a former member of Scientology’s Sea Org] told us. “So what you have here is Miscavige altering the technology to ensure it is done in the worst possible way to the worst possible result on every single person. He is making sure that almost everyone who runs these Objective Processes are going to be on them for hundreds and hundreds of hours and that they are very likely going to be a bit insane when they are done with them.”

Our sources say that Cathriona had not finished the SRD, and had stalled on it in the last six months. They also say they were stunned to learn that she had killed herself.

White’s body was found at her home in Los Angeles; she will be buried in County Tipperary, in Ireland. The Daily Mirror reports that Carrey will attend the funeral.

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Historic Flood Disaster Unfolding in South Carolina After Two Feet of Rain Reported

Historic Flood Disaster Unfolding in South Carolina After Two Feet of Rain Reported

An intense and historic flood disaster—unrelated to Hurricane Joaquin, but influenced by it—continues to unfold across the Carolinas this afternoon, with South Carolina taking the brunt of the tropical deluge. Some communities near Charleston have recorded more than two feet of rain in the past three days.

Last week, it looked like the East Coast was going to face a one-two punch of epic proportions. The first—and most dangerous—threat we thought we faced was from Hurricane Joaquin, a borderline category five storm near the Bahamas. For days, many of the weather models showed Joaquin curving into the East Coast, but thankfully, a trough in the jet stream kicked it out to sea.

However, an upper-level low developing in that very same trough promised to wring out every bit of tropical moisture over the southeast as it swung toward the ocean, and it did exactly that. A direct stream of atmospheric moisture from the tropics—heavily influenced by Hurricane Joaquin—allowed for a band of heavy rain to hose both South Carolina and North Carolina for days on end, even continuing as of the writing of this post.

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Historic Flood Disaster Unfolding in South Carolina After Two Feet of Rain Reported

Above is a long radar loop stretching from 4:00 PM EDT on Friday through 2:00 PM EDT on Sunday. The heaviest rain fell right along the I-26 corridor between Charleston and Columbia, dumping an unbelievable amount of condensed tropical moisture on saturated ground faster than natural and man-made water systems could handle.

These bands of rain are reminiscent of the persistent bands of lake effect snow that bury communities in western New York each winter. Although they’re created by completely different processes, the end result here is no different.

Historic Flood Disaster Unfolding in South Carolina After Two Feet of Rain Reported

Some locations in South Carolina have reported more than two feet of rain in the past three days, and the rain still isn’t over yet. The above map shows rainfall over the past 14 days, with a wide swath of a foot or more over central and coastal South Carolina. Though the map stretches back two weeks, most of this rain has fallen since Friday.

Here are some rainfall totals collected by NWS offices in Charleston and Columbia on Sunday morning:

6 miles northeast of Mount Pleasant, S.C.: 24.23”
3 miles south-southwest of Shadowmoss, S.C.: 22.47”
3 miles north-northeast of Huger, S.C.: 21.04”
Gills Creek, S.C.: 18.39”
3 miles northwest of Summerville, S.C.: 17.23”
Charleston Airport: 16.61”
NWS Charleston: 16.49”
Shaw Air Force Base: 14.34”
Columbia Metro Airport: 9.50”
3 miles northeast of Walterboro, S.C.: 7.87”

On Saturday, Charleston Airport recorded 11.50” of rain, which shattered the record for the most rain they’ve ever recorded in one day, previously held by a 10.52” rainfall on September 21, 1998. Records at the Charleston Airport stretch back to March 1, 1938.

The result of this onslaught of water is some of the worst flooding residents have ever seen. Widespread evacuations and water rescues are underway in neighborhoods near bodies of water that are overflowing their banks. Local officials report that the city of Georgetown is under four feet of water.

Many roads and bridges are being washed away by the torrents of water as rivers and streams soar well above their normal height. The situation is so bad that the South Carolina Department of Public Safety reports that the entire 74-mile stretch of Interstate 95 between I-20 and I-26 is closed due to flooding.

The tide gauge in Charleston Harbor is at major flood stage, recording a value of 8.18 feet at 2:18 PM EDT. The Congaree River in Columbia is expected to crest in a major flood at 31.3 feet this afternoon, coming in well above its normal single-digit depth—however, we won’t be able to measure the crest of the Congaree’s flooding at this location, since the crushing force of the water swept away the river gauge.

Waters will slowly recede as the rainfall slows and comes to an end during the day on Monday.

[Top Image: Associated Press | Maps: Author]

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500 Days of Kristin, Day 252: Does Kristin Know What Exclusive Means

500 Days of Kristin, Day 252: Does Kristin Know What Exclusive Means

It’s a Football Sunday, which means Kristin Cavallari—whose debut book Balancing in Heels hits shelves in 248 days—has posted a tailgating snack recipe on her app. It’s for spinach-artichoke dip.

Unfortunately for those who would like to read a spinach-artichoke dip recipe written by Kristin Cavallari on the Official Kristin Cavallari App for iPhone and Android, Kristin has marked the recipe as “exclusive” content. To unlock exclusive content on Kristin’s app, users must pay $2.99—per month.

Perhaps it was an oversight, then, that Kristin also gave her “exclusive” spinach-artichoke dip recipe to Us Weekly for free. Today, the magazine posted the following online: “Exclusive: Kristin Cavallari Shares Her Spinach-Artichoke Dip Recipe, Tips for Throwing a Football Party.”

The entire recipe, which calls for coconut milk instead of “fattening” cream, can be read in full, for free, at the link above.

This is the third time in three weeks that Kristin has attempted to charge her app users for content she has already made freely available elsewhere.

Like we would not notice.

This has been 500 Days of Kristin.

[Photo via Getty]

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Malia Obama’s College Application Process Way More Interesting Than 2016 Election At This Point

Malia Obama's College Application Process Way More Interesting Than 2016 Election At This Point

Barack Obama may have had to make some difficult decisions as president, but surely none of those compare to that with which his daughter Malia, a high school senior, is now confronted: to which elite universities should she submit a college application?

The eldest First Kid is not wanting for choice. According to the New York Times, Malia has toured Harvard, Princeton, Columbia, and Brown—covering half the Ivy League—and non-Ivies Stanford, UC-Berkeley, New York University, Barnard, and Wesleyan. Also: Tufts.

But! Which power elite tour guides get the privilege (lol) of walking backwards in front of the president’s daughter and trying not to trip? There’s a question. Not to blow up anybody’s spot, of course, but rather in the interest of documenting the mechanisms of social reproduction, here are a few:

At Columbia, the president’s alma mater, Malia was shown around by Zila Reyes Acosta-Grimes, a third-year law school student serving on the university senate whose father is a prominent New York jurist.


At Yale, the college’s head student tour guide, Jeremy Hutton—once a competitor in the Mr. Yale beauty pageant—showed off the Gothic campus.

Very cool.

At Harvard, Malia toured the Yard with Taylor Nides, a fellow senior from Sidwell and the daughter of Thomas R. Nides, a former deputy secretary of state under Mrs. Clinton, and Virginia Moseley, the deputy Washington bureau chief at CNN.

Malia and Taylor followed their tour with a lunch off campus with Olivia Moseley, a Harvard senior who is the niece of Ms. Moseley and Mr. Nides.

Haha, right—as one does. Anyway! Keep those grades up, Malia.

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A Strike May Park San Francisco’s Tech Buses

A Strike May Park San Francisco's Tech Buses

San Francisco’s tech workers may be looking for a new ride to work if their shuttle bus drivers go on strike over contract negotiations. At a meeting yesterday in San Leandro, leaders of the Teamsters Local 853 advised members to be prepared for a strike if there’s no progress on the contract proposal that the union approved and sent to Compass Transportation back in August. The proposal would increase pay and improve benefits for drivers.

As SF Gate reported, the dispute is over a proposed contract between the union, Teamsters Local 853, and Compass Transportation Systems. Compass is a contractor which provides shuttle bus services for big technology companies like Apple, eBay, Evernote, Genentech, PayPal, and Yahoo for their employees’ commutes. For instance, Apple uses Compass to take its San Francisco-dwelling employees to Cupertino and back every day. In August, union members voted to approve a contract proposal, but Compass hasn’t accepted.

Holidays and Health Care

Most of the dispute is over parts of the contract proposal dealing with medical benefits, as well as a provision which would give drivers paid time off on 11 holidays, when the tech companies’ employees are off (with pay). Instead, Compass has offered 6 paid holidays. And at the moment, drivers get no paid holidays, so when the tech workers don’t need rides, the bus drivers lose money.

The contract proposal also asks Compass to pay for the first year of health care coverage for its drivers. There’s debate over that provision even among union members, since some say that even the tech workers they shuttle to and from work don’t get free health insurance.

Better Pay

If it’s accepted, the contract proposal would also raise drivers’ wages from between $17 and $21 an hour to between $25 and $29 an hour. It would also raise wages for drivers forced to work split shifts: dropping busloads of tech workers off in the morning and picking them up in the afternoon, with several hours in between during which drivers have to stick around but don’t get paid. In early 2014, the average driver was working 15.5 hour days, with about 6 hours of unpaid time between split shifts.

Pay increases actually seem to be the least disputed part of the proposal. Earlier this year, Apple raised the pay for its drivers, and eBay, Genentech, PayPal, and Yahoo followed suit. Drivers for those companies had been making $17 to $20 an hour, and their pay increased, on average, by about $9.50 an hour.

In many parts of the U.S., $17 to $20 an hour would be a decent wage, but rent in most of San Francisco is increasingly expensive (a phenomenon for which tech buses have taken some heat). And thanks to the split-shift problem, most bus drivers aren’t getting paid for full-time hours. As a result, some are actually living in their cars because they can’t afford to either rent a really expensive apartment near their routes or commute for several hours to work. There is no free bus for the bus drivers, after all.

High Stakes

For a strike to happen, union members would have to vote in favor the action, and that’s not something they will do lightly. During a strike, drivers won’t be driving, which means they’ll lose their pay for the duration. There’s also a chance that their employer, Compass Transportation, might lose some of its contracts if its bus drivers strike — which could leave drivers out of work in the long run. That’s why striking is usually a last resort when negotiations between unions and employers break down.

On the other hand, a bus driver strike could mean negative publicity for San Franciso’s tech companies, who have already faced criticism and even protests over their private shuttle buses. And, of course, a driver strike would shut down these companies’ shuttle bus systems until the parties reached a resolution. Those factors could give any potential strike — or even the threat of a strike — quite a bit of leverage at the bargaining table.

[SF Gate]

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