The New Jersey canine that was crowned world’s ugliest dog in 2007 has died, according to owner Karen Quigley.
“He made people smile, he made them laugh and feel good,” Quigley said. “He will truly be missed.”
Quigley told reporters that the Chinese crested Chihuahua mix died on Thanksgiving morning, after dealing with some health issues in recent months. Q
The dog, Elwood, was nearly euthanized in 2005, after his breeder decided he was too ugly to sell. Instead, Quigley rescued him.
Since then, Elwood won the crown for the ugliest dog at Sonoma-Marin Country Fair in California, and was often referred to as Yoda or E.T. by fans for his resemblance to the characters.
After winning the title, Elwood garnered an online fan base and appeared in over 200 events to raise money for nonprofit animal organizations and rescue groups.
In memory of her dog, Quigley wrote “Everyone Loves Elwood”, a children’s book with a message that it’s OK to be different.
Rosy Esparza fatally fell from the "Texas Giant" roller coaster at Six Flags Over Texas in Arlington, Texas on Friday night.
After Esparza's death in the park at 6:30 p.m., the ride was immediately shut down, but the rest of the park remained open (video below).
Six Flags Over Texas canceled a concert by singer Bridgit Mendler that was scheduled for Saturday night as well as KIDZ Star USA talent search auditions on Saturday and Sunday.
"Our thoughts and prayers are with the family. The investigation into the death at Texas Giant is still ongoing. We are working closely with authorities to determine the cause of the accident. The ride will remain closed," said a spokesperson for the amusement park.
Some witnesses say that Esparza’s safety restraint might have come loose or was not secured tightly.
Six Flags' park guest Carmen Brown said that Esparza expressed concern to a Six Flags Over Texas' employee that she was not secured in her seat.
“He was basically nonchalant,” Brown told the Dallas Morning News. “He was, like, ‘As long as you heard it click, you’re fine.’ Hers was the only one that went down once, and she didn’t feel safe. But they let her still get on the ride. The lady basically tumbled over. We heard her screaming. We were, like, ‘Did she just fall?’”
Kanisha Howell told CBS Dallas-Fort Worth: “When it got in the air and started coming down, I don’t know if she had a seizure or what, but she fell out of the cart and just fell out of the sky. We’re leaving now because my daughter, we both cried and were terrified and I didn’t want to ride anything else.”
Arlington police declined to comment on the accident.
The Texas Giant opened in 1990 as the world’s tallest wooden roller coaster, but was converted to a steel-and-wood hybrid in April 2011.
A 46-year-old recreational league soccer referee who was punched by a teenage player and slipped into a coma has died.
During a game last week, Ricardo Portillo called a foul on a 17-year-old player and issued a yellow card. The player took exception to the call and punched Portillo in the face.
"The suspect was close to Portillo and punched him once in the face as a result of the call," said Justin Hoyal a police spokesman in a press release.
The teenager was playing goalie during a game at Eisenhower Junior High School in Taylorsville when Portillo issued him a yellow card for pushing an opposing forward trying to score a goal. A yellow card is given as a warning in soccer for a violation of the rules.
The player, who was reportedly larger in stature than Portillo, then punched him in the face.
There was no immediate sign of trauma after the punch landed. But eventually, Portillo began feeling dizzy and sat down. He then began vomiting blood and an ambulance was called to the scene.
The teen has been booked into a juvenile detention center on suspicion of aggravated assault. Authorities will consider additional charges now that Portillo has died.
Long time and respected Chicago Sun-Times film critic Roger Ebert has died at the age of 70. He’s spent more than 45 years reviewing film and three decades co-hosting Siskel and Ebert until Gene Siskel died in 1999. Afterward, he co-hosted with Richard Roeper. Since 2002, Ebert dealt with cancer which resulted in an invasive surgery. In 2006, complications from thyroid cancer treatment took his jaw and he could no longer talk, eat and drink.
On April 3, yesterday, Ebert announced he was taking a leave of absence after a “painful fracture” lead to the discovery of new cancer. His last entry on his blog read,
“It really stinks that the cancer has returned and that I have spent too many days in the hospital. So on bad days I may write about the vulnerability that accompanies illness. On good days, I may wax ecstatic about a movie so good it transports me beyond illness.”
“So on this day of reflection I say again, thank you for going on this journey with me. I’ll see you at the movies.”
Death, you get two thumbs down.