Court Awards $23.6 Billion To Widow In Smoking Lawsuit


(PCM) A Florida court jury has awarded Cynthia Robinson, the widow of Michael Johnson, Sr, $23.6 billion in punitive damages in a lawsuit she filed against R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company back in 2008.

Robinson claimed that smoking killed her husband, who was 36 years old at the time of his death. He began smoking when he was only 13-years old and died of lung cancer. Robinson feels that the tobacco company is to blame.

The court trial lasted about four weeks and jurors deliberated for nearly 15 hours before reaching a verdict in the case. The jury found that the tobacco company was negligent in informing Michael Johnson of the dangers of smoking such as causing lung cancer and also the fact that nicotine is highly addictive.

On top of the $23.6 billion, the court also awarded Robinson with nearly $16 million in compensatory damages.

R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company is planning to appeal the ruling but there has been no word on when a new trial will take place.

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Young Girl Killed By A Brain-Eating Amoeba Was One In A Billion


(PCM) You may have seen several stories popping up around the web warning people about the dangers of swimming in fresh water lakes and ponds, as there are potentially lethal amoebas lurking under the surface.

The reports began circulating after a 9-year old girl by the name of Hally Yurst passed away on July 9th after a waterborne, brain-eating amoeba caused her death.

As terrifying as it sound sounds, Yurst’s family has come forward and spoken out about their daughter’s death claiming the she was one in a billion. In a news conference Shon Yurst claims “You are more likely to die from drowning than you are from ever dying from this organism. It’s like a one in a billion.”

He goes on to say that his family is very active in the water and will continue to be. Hally Yurst was said to have been in at least four different bodies of fresh water leading up to her death.

The Naegleria fowleri amoeba lives in all fresh bodies of water and was the source of little Hally’s infection. Sources claim that infections for brain-eating amoebas in the U.S. are extremely rare and only one in Kansas has been reported since 2011.

Symptoms of infection generally appear about four to five days after contact and include headache, vomiting, and fever. People then suffer from confusion, seizures and hallucinations.

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Bikini Pic Of Former Model With Colostomy Bags Has Gone Viral


(PCM) British make-up artist and former model Bethany Townsend is making headlines after she posted an image of herself in a bikini laying out with her colostomy bags in full view.

Townsend has been suffering from Crohn’s Disease since the age of three, but was not officially diagnosed until the age of 11. Because of her misdiagnosis, she was forced to have 16 inches of her bowl removed at a young age and has been on steroids, infliximab, methotrexate and every other drug going as well as being tube fed for 4 years.

After five additional surgeries, Townsends’ bowl burst four years ago and she ended up with two colostomy bags. After that incident Townsend gave up her modeling dreams.

Back in December, Townsend was vacationing in Mexico with her husband and he was always telling her that she had a great body and wanted her to wear a bikini. Finally, Townsend agreed and figured that it didn’t matter because she would most likely never see any of those people again anyway.

Townsend eventually decided to share the vacation bikini picture with the Crohn’s and Colitis UK Facebook page and it almost immediately went viral.

Townsend claims that “I felt like I finally had the confidence after three-and-a-half years of having them that I wanted to give other girls the confidence, the guys the confidence, to be like, ‘we have nothing to be ashamed of.”

We certainly think that Townsend’s act of sharing was both incredibly brave and definitely inspiring!  What do you think?

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