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China’s Most Beautiful Criminal Surrenders to Police

A 19-year-old robbery suspect has turned herself into police after earning the title “China’s Most Beautiful Criminal” while she was on the run.

According to the South China Morning Post, 19-year-old , Qingchen Jingjing was allegedly part of a gang who targeted usually drunk guys at bars and tea houses; she and her accomplices would reportedly scam the men out of money.

On November 20, cops circulated her picture to seek the public’s help in nabbing her — however, the photo soon went viral for another reason: Jingjing’s looks.

“She could earn much more being a livestreamer than a bar scammer. Being a scammer is very hard work,” snarked one user on Weibo, the Chinese equivalent of Twitter.

Incidentally, it was that same social media platform that investigators used to announce her arrest.

Jingjing’s situation sparked immediate comparisons to ex-con Jeremy Leeks, who became known as America’s “Hot Felon” when his mugshot was circulated by the authorities. He’s since gone on to model for various outlets.

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Soccer Team Fakes Death of a Player

Representatives for an Irish soccer team have apologized after faking the death of one of its former players.

Public broadcaster RTE reported that a representative of the team, Ballybrack FC falsely told the Leinster Senior Football League that Fernando LaFuente — who was until recently on the squad — had perished in a “traffic accident” last week.

The league subsequently postponed Ballybrack’s game on Saturday — and even held a moment of silence for LaFuente, who, it should be said, is very much alive.

LaFuente, who now works for a software company, told RTE, “I was home yesterday after my work finished. I was playing some video games. … [My colleagues] started sending me all these news articles and mass media. And that’s how I found out I was dead.”

Ballybrack apologized on Facebook, calling the announcement, “a gross error of judgement…made by a person who has been experiencing severe personal difficulties unbeknownst to any other members of the club.”

The team added, “the person in question has been relieved of all footballing duties.”

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Top Things to Do This Weekend on the Lakeshore

Celebrate Christmas in historic Sheboygan Falls with the Christmas Open House and activities for the whole family on December 1st. Enjoy wagon rides, listen to the carolers and visit with Santa, and even take photos with him. There are free children’s activities, pony rides, complimentary refreshments and lots of in-store specials and raffles. Take a chance in the Christmas cash holiday raffle. Be sure to stop out at 4:30pm for the holiday parade as it makes its way through the downtown, with the lighting of the community Christmas tree afterwards.

Bundle up the family and head to Camp Sinawa near Valders for Christmas at Sinawa on December 1st from 4 to 9pm, and December 2nd from 4 to 8pm. Walk through the woods on pathways lit by thousands of candles to view each decorated cabins. Enjoy a horse drawn wagon ride thru the enchanted forest filled with Christmas lights, music, props and characters. Take pictures with Santa while listening to Christmas carolers. Enjoy hot homemade food & beverages, and cookie & bar sale. Park at Piggly Wiggly store in Valders and take the free shuttle to the camp. Donations accepted at the entrance of $5 per adult and $4 per child under age 6.

Mishicot Christmas in the Village will be held Saturday, December 1st from 9am to 2pm. Many activities throughout the village include, breakfast with Santa, food make and take crafts, letters to Santa, horse drawn wagon rides, vendor craft show and alpacas. Each business will be giving a mitten for an entry for the Tree Hop basket give-away.

Bring the family out and join your friends and neighbors in Chilton for the annual parade of lights, Saturday, December 1st at 5pm in downtown Chilton. The parade begins near the central house & proceeds west on Grand Street to State Street and finishes on Washington Street at Chilton City Hall. Enjoy the decorated floats, sing along to the Christmas music and wave to Santa!

The Reedsville AMVET Post 1032 is hosting Breakfast with Santa on Sunday, December 2nd from 8:30 am to 1 pm at the Reedsville Elementary School. There will be pancakes – regular & potato – plus porkies and scrambled eggs. Adults cost $7 and kids 6 to 12 are $5…with those 5 and under free. There’s also a craft raffle.

St. Anne Parish in Francis Creek will host their Chili Lunch on Sunday, December 2nd from 10am to 2pm. Dining Hall is wheel chair accessible, Adults $6, Children 3 to 10 $2.50, Under 3 donation, Carry-outs, $6.00, Includes rye bread, cheese, dessert and beverage, hot dogs also available. Cookie and candy sale as well during the chili Lunch.

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“Meet the Rangers” event to be held Dec. 4 at Titletown Park in Green Bay

People can learn about the important role rangers play in enhancing visitor experiences at Wisconsin State Parks System properties during a Meet the Rangers, evening event at the new Titletown Park in Green Bay. This outdoor event will take place on Tuesday, Dec. 4 from 5 to 8 p.m. outside the perimeter of the ice skating rink, directly across from Lambeau Field.

Visitors are invited to meet Wisconsin State Parks System Rangers and learn about other outdoor recreation careers. Other parks staff will provide tips on winter recreation, including: snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, winter hiking and camping. Participants may also enjoy a naturalist-led activity, learn about volunteer opportunities and purchase their 2019 state parks admission stickers.

Free OutWiGo stickers will also be available this evening. OutWiGo is wellness initiative of Wisconsin State Parks, focused on encouraging Wisconsin residents and visitors to enjoy the overall health benefits of outdoor recreation.

This event is free and open to the public. Ice skating and tubing fees are not included. Directions and other information on Titletown Park are available, at http://www.titletown.com. For information on Wisconsin State Parks, visit wiparks.net. For questions, contact Kathryn Gehrke at Kathryn.gehrke@wisconsin.gov or call 608-515-3072.

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6’4″ Cow Will Live Happily Ever After

 

Knickers, a seven-year-old Holstein-Friesians cow is getting a new lease on life, after growing to be more than twice the size of the rest of his herd.

Holstein-Friesians are usually a little more than four feet tall, but he stands six-foot-four — the largest of his kind in the world.

The Sun reports the massive mooer could produce around 1,400 pounds of beef — enough for 450 cuts of steak and 815 pounds of ground beef. However, the 3,083 pound cow is too big to become beef, according to owner Geoff Pearson. “It was too heavy. I wouldn’t be able to put it through a processing facility. So I think it will just live happily ever after,” he joked.

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Adult Smoking Hits a New Low in Wisconsin

New data show that statewide efforts to reduce smoking rates are paying off, with the state’s smoking rate falling to 16% in 2017 after several years at 17%, according to the Department of Health Services’ Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System survey (BRFSS). One of the biggest reductions is among those aged 35-44, down to 19% in 2017 from 24% in 2016. There are also signs that smoking rates may be starting to fall for some groups that have higher rates, including African Americans and people who are on Medicaid.

“The hard work by community organizations, health educators, families and young people to provide information about the dangers of smoking, and programs available to help people quit, is making a difference, said State Health Officer Karen McKeown. “We are grateful to all Wisconsin citizens who are helping to reduce tobacco use statewide.”

There is still work to be done however, McKeown said. E-cigarette use is increasing, and many e-cigarette users and those who use smokeless tobacco also smoke cigarettes. According to the 2017 BRFSS, 46% of Wisconsin adults who use e-cigarettes also smoke cigarettes, and 39% of Wisconsin adults who use smokeless tobacco also smoke cigarettes.

Smokeless tobacco can lead to mouth and other cancers, increased heart disease and stroke risk, and cause mouth lesions. E-cigarettes can include harmful chemicals like formaldehyde and diacetyl, and their aerosol can contain heavy metals and cancer-causing chemicals.

Additionally, some groups remain at increased risk for tobacco use and its related health problems. The groups include individuals earning less than $24,999 and those with less than a high school degree, with smoking rates of 29% and 28% respectively. People diagnosed with depression are another high use group at 28%.

Certain groups also smoke at higher rates, including (averaged across 2013-2017):

American Indian/Alaska Native – 37%
Multiracial – 30%
Black/African American – 28%
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, or who did not identify as heterosexual – 26%
“The Department is committed to helping everyone live their best lives, and being tobacco-free is an important part of that goal,” McKeown said.

Free quit tobacco help is available by calling the Wisconsin Tobacco Quit Line at 1-800-QUIT NOW (784-8669).

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Suspected Car Burglar Gets Run Over by his Own Car

A suspected car burglar ended up pinning himself when he jumped out of a rolling car during a police chase in Oregon last week, authorities said.

Suspect Isaiah John Gellatly, 31, suffered a broken leg in the high-speed chase in Happy Valley, Oregon, police said. After being treated at a hospital, he was booked at the Clackamas County Jail, police said.

The episode unfolded just after 11 p.m. Monday when a Happy Valley patrol officer responded to a call about a theft in progress and spotted Gellatly inside a parked 1998 Honda Accord lying in the fully-reclined driver’s seat, according to a police statement.

When the officer shined a light into the Honda, the driver sat up in his seat, put the car in drive and peeled away, police said. With his emergency lights flashing and siren wailing, the patrol officer chased after the vehicle and radioed for assistance, officials said.

Officers responding to help placed spike strips in the road, which punctured one of the Honda’s tires.

The suspect then turned into a business complex, as the hobbled Honda hit curbs, a retaining wall, and the bumper of a pursuing police car, authorities said.

Dashcam video from a police car showed Gellatly allegedly opening the driver’s side door, jumping out and running alongside the still-rolling Honda — which ironically helped bring him to justice.

Gellatly’s lower leg was pinned under the wheel of the Honda, allowing cops to finally catch him.

In the car, cops say were numerous items believed to be stolen, including a tennis racket, a ping-pong paddle, designer sunglasses and a Schwinn scooter.

Gellatly of Vancouver, Washington, was arrested on suspicion of attempting to elude police, reckless driving, unlawful entry into a motor vehicle and theft.