Couple facing daunting future receives gift of dream wedding

Published: Thursday, December 21, 2017 @ 9:18 AM

Liz Stipkovits and her fiancé James Garish are getting help with their dream wedding after Liz has been diagnosed with cancer for a third time.
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Liz Stipkovits and her fiancé James Garish are getting help with their dream wedding after Liz has been diagnosed with cancer for a third time.(WPXI.com)

Liz Stipkovits and her fiancé, James Garish, are busy planning a wedding for February

“I knew immediately when I laid eyes on her, that's who I was going to be with,” Garish said.

They met when James was 5 years old.

About 22 years later, James got enough courage to reach out to Liz while he was deployed in Iraq.

The McKeesport couple has been together now for eight years.

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“He has been my rock,” Stipkovits said. “He's been my rock. I got sick in 2013.”

Liz battled breast cancer and went into remission for two years, but it came back a second time. Just when she thought it was gone again, only two months later, it came back for round three. 

“He grabbed ahold of my hand and basically said, ‘We're in this together, we got this, we'll beat this and whatever you need, I'm here for you,’” she said.

The cancer has now moved to other parts of her body. 

“Time is of the essence for her,” Jamie Holmes, of Jamie’s Dream Team, said.

Thanks to a nomination from Lori McKown, a social worker at Jefferson Hospital, Holmes and the non-profit are going to give the couple the wedding of their dreams.

“Something happy, no more doom and gloom,” Garish said. “A break from all the medical stuff.”
“I need that to level out for a minute,” Stipkovits said.

After he returned from serving in the military, Garish donated his first paycheck to Jamie's Dream Team to help provide a fishing trip for a little boy.

Now, the couple has set Feb. 17 as their wedding date, and Jamie's Dream Team is looking for help with everything from a dress to flowers to a venue, all with the hopes of fulfilling the Christmas wish for the very deserving couple. 

“It feels great,” Garish said. “I'm very thankful to Jamie for helping us out.”

Police: Man performed satanic ritual on passed-out woman

Published: Friday, January 19, 2018 @ 7:50 AM

Kyle Parker
Westmoreland County Prison
Kyle Parker(Westmoreland County Prison)

A Pennsylvania man is behind bars after police said that he performed what he called a satanic ritual on a friend.

Kyle Parker is accused of cutting the victim on her palm during an argument, TribLive reported.

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The woman passed out, but when she woke up, she said found razor blade cuts on her calf.

The next day the victim said that Parker told her, “I sold your soul to the devil,” Trib Live reported.

Parker was charged with simple assault and harassment and was taken to Westmoreland County Prison in lieu of $75,000 bond, Trib Live reported.

Georgia mom's post about 5-year-old paying rent sparks viral Facebook conversation

Published: Thursday, January 18, 2018 @ 4:53 PM

Mother Says She Charges 5-Year-Old For Rent

At the age of 5, most kids are still learning the basics of counting, but one Georgia mom has tasked her 5-year-old with not only counting but learning the art of financial planning.

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Essence Evans has received international attention for her recent Facebook post, about requiring her 5-year-old daughter to pay toward the family’s rent, water, electricity, cable and food. Evans, who says she lives in Georgia, said in a Facebook post Jan. 14, that she gives her daughter a $7 allowance each week, so paying rent is a way to teach her some “real world” concepts.

“I explained to her that in the real world most people spend most of their paycheck on bills with little to spend on themselves,” Evans wrote. “So, I make her give me $5 dollars back. $1 for rent $1 for water $1 for electricity $1 for cable and $1 for food.”

Her daughter gets to keep $2 for herself or for saving.

I MAKE MY 5 YEAR OLD PAY RENT. Every week she gets $7 dollars in allowance. But I explained to her that in the real...

Posted by Essence Evans on Sunday, January 14, 2018

The post has since been shared more than 314,000 times, and there are more than 44,000 comments, mainly praising Evans’ efforts to teach her daughter responsibility. 

“I think this is absolutely amazing! It is a great way to teach her how the real world works and to get her a little savings account of her own so she has a good start when she moves out or goes to college or whatever she chooses to do,” Jennifer Barfield wrote in response to the post.

Cathy White Stark agreed, writing that Evans is “a fantastic parent! Kids are clueless how things work and yes,they have this sense of entitlement. ... Good job.”

Some supporters even told personal stories of how similar tactics served them well.

“My father did that with me. I never complained. But when he died. He left me close to $28,000.00 I was shocked,” wrote Jim Koloski.

While the chorus of praise resonates throughout most of social media, there have been some who call her methods a bit much for a 5-year-old.

Some applauded the general idea but critiqued Evans for charging her child for necessities, even if just a small fee.

Evans’ Facebook post and the conversation around it have been featured on “Loose Women,” a television program in the United Kingdom, and several online news sites.

Evans did not immediately return The Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s request for comment.

Dog mauls 4-year-old girl, police say

Published: Thursday, January 18, 2018 @ 9:14 PM

4-Year-Old Recovering in Hospital After Being Mauled by Dog

4-year-old girl is recovering at a local hospital after she was mauled by a family friend’s dog, police said. 

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The attack happened Thursday afternoon at the Meadows Mobile Home Park in Melbourne, police said.

Police said the girl's mother dropped the girl off to be watched by a family friend and another woman. The family friend left and the child was being watched by the other woman when the mixed-breed dog attacked the girl, police said.

The woman was able to grab the girl and run out of the house, where she screamed for help, police said. The dog kept trying to get through the door when a neighbor grabbed the child and called 911, police said. 

"I just picked her up and ran like hell with her. I told my wife, 'Call 911, we got an emergency.' That's before I even saw her wounds," neighbor Richard Hansen said. "I saw her trying to keep the door shut, so I ran over there and she said the dog attacked her."

It’s unclear why the dog attacked the child, police said.

The child had injuries to her neck, back and leg, but she will recover, police said. The woman also has not-life-threatening injuries. 

"The little girl kept saying, 'Bad dog, bad dog,'" Hansen said.

Animal services has captured the dog, as well as three other dogs, but it’s unclear what will happen to the animals.

Police said they don't anticipate filing any criminal charges against the dog owners and said they were cooperative.

Why isn't the Google's art selfie feature available in two states?

Published: Thursday, January 18, 2018 @ 11:53 PM

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(Photo by Joern Pollex/Getty Images for MBFW)(Joern Pollex/Getty Images for MBFW)

Google’s new Arts & Culture App has been insanely popular over the last week -- and no, it’s not because people are wanting to brush up on their art history skills (though it’s good for that, too). It’s because there’s a hilarious feature where you can upload a photo of yourself and the app will match your face with a work of art that resembles you. 

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Except in Texas and Illinois, that is.

According to the Chicago Tribune, it’s because of the states’ biometric privacy laws, which limits companies who obtain “biometric identifiers” (like a “retina or iris scan, fingerprint, voiceprint or record of hand or face geometry,” according to the law) for commercial purposes. Anyone violating the Texas law passed in 2009 could be subject to a penalty of up to $25,000 for each violation. 

Guys, this app is DEAD ON.

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