Parents Under Fire For Killing Their Infant By Feeding It An All-Vegan Diet

A 7-month-old baby in Belgium tragically passed away as a result of the strict diet his parents fed him, which was entirely glutton and  lactose free. The parents, identified only as Peter S., 34, and Sandrina V., 30, self-diagnosed their child with food allergies without ever  consulting a doctor. According to public prosecutors: 

The  parents determined their own diagnosis that their child was gluten intolerant and had a lactose allergy. Not a single doctor had a dossier about Lucas and child protection services did not know about them. 

In court, the parents claimed they never took their child to a doctor because they never noticed anything wrong. The mother added that  sometimes Lucas (the child) would gain a little weight, then lose it, which “she thought was natural.” Van Meirvenne, the parents’ attorney, told the court: 

Lucas had an eating disorder. He got cramps when he was fed with a bottle and his parents tried out alternatives. 

The 7 month old weighed just 9.47 pounds when he died in 2014, which is  half the size of the average baby his age. The child’s autopsy revealed his stomach was completely empty, and his official cause of death was ruled dehydration and malnutrition.

The mother and father ran a natural food store in the town of Beveren in Belgium, and insisted on putting their son Lucas on an alternative diet that included quinoa milk. Doctors warn that such a diet is generally unsuitable for such young children.

In the days leading up to his death, Lucas was gasping desperately for air. Finally beginning to suspect something was wrong, his parents drove him to a homeopathic doctor on the other side of the country instead of the nearest hospital. Seeing the child’s condition, the homeopathic physician told them to take Lucas to a real hospital immediately. The child was pronounced dead upon arrival.

Both parents are now facing up to 18-months in prison for their role in the death of their son. A message to parents: if you suspect your child has an allergy, get a second opinion. From a doctor.

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Trump Is Bringing Toby Keith With Him To Saudi Arabia, And There's A Bunch Of Problems With That

President Trump will be showing the Middle East how awesome America is by bringing country singer Toby Keith for a very special concert.

And no women are allowed because of the strict Islamic law of gender segregation. To herald president Donald Trump’s visit, the “I Like Girls That Drink Beer” singer will perform on Saturday – where the very things mentioned in this particular tune are banned: Alcohol and women. 

The designated embodiment of American patriotism will perform from a tasteful repertoire of songs like, “Beer For My Horses,” “Whiskey Girl,” and “Drunk Americans,” to rock the heck out of the Islam-enforced capitol city of Riyadh.

Keith is not a shocking choice for Trump to string along. After all, the singer was on the sparse list of performers for the inauguration. But, what’s confounding is the fact that this is the same singer known for his post 9/11 vengeance anthem, “Courtesy of the Red, White and Blue (The Angry American),” where he made the incendiary declaration: “We’ll put a boot in your *ss/It’s the American way.” 

Saudi singer Rabeh Sager will share the stage with the cold beer guzzling nationalist in a performance where, “An Arabian lute and American guitar unite in a star-studded night,” according to an online ad.

This is one for the record books.

It sure reads like a satire.

“An International Crisis Was Triggered By A Country Star,” is the type of headline you may or may not find in ‘The Onion.’

Exercising discretion with song choices is paramount. Keith is also known for another controversial tune, “The Taliban Song,” in which he sang: “We’ll bid a fair adieu and flip the finger to the Taliban,” referring to the fundamentalist group that was led by Saudi-born Osama Bin Laden. Capping the night with that ditty would just be a sour note to land on.

For a country that up until recently considered live music a sin, the male concert goers will be in for a whole lot of ‘Merica – embodied in songs about women and booze – shoved in their faces. 

At least in this scenario, it’s the women who might actually be the ones who are spared.

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This Baby Goat With One Eye Is Defying The Odds And Absolutely Thriving

Just when I think that the world will always be dreary and predictable, something truly extraordinary happens. In this case, it is this baby cyclops goat, who has lived now for eight days in a village in India. Born on May 10th, National Geographic is reporting that he is definitely defeating the odds. 

The goat has cyclopia, which means his brain has failed to separate into two halves. That’s why he has only one eye socket. The condition can be a genetic defect, but can also be caused by the mother ingesting toxins during pregnancy. Most creatures suffering form the condition don’t last long. But this goat is a creature of hope:

The goat may be surviving because of the loving care he’s receiving from owner Mukhuri Das, who told reporters that he’s thrilled by all the attention he and the goat are getting. Dozens of people swing by his residence everyday, trekking from surrounding villages. Das said, “I believe this goat will bring luck to my home.”

The Huffington Postreports he told Barcroft TV that he certainly wasn’t expecting anything like this. “I was shocked. It’s like a miracle and people have been coming to our place to see this baby goat,” he said. “It might be something from God that the baby goat was born in our house.”

In addition to having only one eye, the goat is missing eyelashes, eyelids, an ear, teeth, and its jaw and nose are shortened and underdeveloped. Other than that, he seems fine! But it’s these sorts of deformities, and an underdeveloped brain, that make it difficult for animals born with cyclopia to live. 

Das has apparently been feeding him like a normal goat and he’s doing fine. Maybe this goat has the perfect balance of needed abilities to make it work, or maybe a goat doesn’t actually need a fully developed brain to survive. He still baas. Long live cyclops goat!

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The Deputy AG's Testimony Just Made The Comey Situation Even More Complicated

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein Thursday told the U.S. Senate yesterday that he was aware of President Donald Trump’s decision to fire ex-FBI Director James Comey…

…before he addressed a memo to the president indicating he had lost confidence in the FBI director.

Rosenstein made the admission during a closed-door briefing for all 100 senators where addressed the controversy that’s dogged the Trump administration since the president fired Comey on May 9. Comey was conducting a probe into whether Trump and his associates colluded with Russian operatives to win last year’s presidential election.

“He knew that Comey was going to be removed prior to his removal,” said Senator Claire McCaskill (D-MO), after the briefing.

Rosenstein knew Comey would be fired “the day before,” said Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL), in another sign that Trump made his decision before the memo arrived on his desk.

At first, the White House denied that Comey’s firing was precipitated by Rosenstein’s recommendation. Trump contradicted the official White House statement, telling NBC News that he had decided to fire Comey “regardless” of the memo.

Yesterday, Trump did another about-face, saying Rosenstein’s “very, very strong letter” was instrumental to Comey’s sacking.

Rosenstein made his appearance before the Senate after a highly charged week for the Trump administration.

Trump’s dismissal of Comey prompted legal experts to argue that his actions constitute grounds for an investigation of Trump for possible obstruction of justice.

A New York Times report Monday revealed that Trump asked Comey to halt the criminal investigation into ex-national security adviser Michael Flynn, who provided false information about his communications with the Russian government.

Another New York Times report revealed that Trump appointed Flynn to his post despite Flynn’s warnings to the transition team that he was under federal investigation for secretly working as a lobbyist for the Turkish government.

Earlier this week, Rosenstein announced he’d appointed former FBI Director Robert Mueller as special counsel for the Russia investigation. Democrats pressured Rosenstein to appoint a special counsel after the role his memo played in Comey’s dismissal came to light.

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These Goth Lattes Redefine What 'Black' Coffee Is

You’ve heard of goth ice cream and, let’s be honest, it looks absolutely delicious. But what about goth lattes?

That’s right, you can totally get the blackest of the black coffee imaginable with these new, brutal caffeinated delights.

Technically, it’s called a charcoal latte, so don’t start playing The Sisters of Mercy just yet.

But on second thought, you totally could. It’s not like there’s anything necessarily keeping you from calling these yummy-looking cups of coffee “goth.” 

These darker than dark lattes are currently all the rage in cafes throughout England and Australia.

And as it turns out, they don’t just look cool and taste delicious – they also pack some health benefits.

Brit + Co says that ingesting activated charcoal can do wonders for helping to detox your digestive system. Which sounds like fancy talk for helping you poop healthily.

Like any self-respecting latte, these Instagrammable dark beverages are topped off with wonderful, white foam designs, giving them a very yin and yang look.

I mean look at how pretty that is. And pretty is not a word that I would usually use to describe coffee.

It could also help make a fashion statement.

Probably peering out the window, wondering why he settled for regular old boring coffee all his life.

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Mom Donates Stem Cells To Help Son Fight Life-Threatening Skin Condition

Jonathan Pitre was born with a rare skin disease that covers his body in blisters, called epidermolysis bullosa (EB).

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There are two forms of EB: regressive and aggressive. Those diagnosed with the latter sadly often die from skin cancer early on in life.

As he approached his 16th birthday, Jonathan and his mother, Tina Boileau, learned of a new and dangerous stem cell procedure that could repair his damaged skin.

The treatment required Pitre’s mother to donate her stem cells to her son, which would replace his white blood cells with her own. Eight of the 30 children who’ve had the procedure performed on them have already died of infections. Those who survived, however, have improved skin conditions, fewer blisters, and better overall healing. In other words, their lives were changed.

Boileau and her son decided to go through with the operation, which required doctors to extract bone marrow from Jonathan’s mother, and inject the stem cells from that marrow into the teen.

In an interview with the Ottawa Citizen, Pitre talked about his decision to go through with the operation.

“One of the reasons we’re doing it is to try to prolong my life. Right now, if we don’t do anything, I may not live to be 20. Maybe 18 even. So my time really is running short…“Hopefully, my quality of life will improve — that’s the No. 1 thing. We know it’s not a cure.”

The family moved from their native Canada to Minnesota where they prepped for the procedure.

For months, Boileau donated skin, blood, and bone marrow for the transplants necessary to help her son.

On Tuesday evening, the news was in: Pitre’s stem cell transplant was successful. It worked.

“Jon is full of me. He doesn’t have any T cells that are his,” Tina said, beaming at the good news.

For Tina, the surgery’s success is a late Mother’s Day gift. For Jon, an early birthday present, especially since his first transplant last Thanksgiving failed.

Tina celebrated the good news by taking Jonathan out for a walk in the hospital hallway.

Doctors are now keeping an eye out for any diseases that might crop up in the wake of Jonathan’s successful surgery, particularly graft-versus-host-disease, or GVHD. So he’s got another fight ahead of him, but this is a major milestone for the young man from Ottawa and his mother. (h/t ottawa citizen)

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These Rose-Shaped Donuts Beat A Traditional Bouquet Any Day Of The Week

Getting someone a dozen flowers is a thoughtful and kind gesture.

So is getting them a dozen donuts. Slightly less romantic, but definitely yummier.

But what if you could somehow combine the two? No, I’m not talking about genetically modifying plants to look like miniature donuts.

I’m talking about these rose-shaped donuts offered by Doughnut Plant.

The petal-riffic donuts come in three different flavors: strawberry, Italian blood orange, and rose. 

The rose donuts are being offered “indefinitely” at all Doughnut Plant locations.

The cost for one of these bad boys? $ 5 each.

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This Reporter Completely Cornered Sean Spicer, And People Are Rooting Her On

Sean Spicer’s day took an ugly turn after an NBC News reporter took him to task during a White House Press briefing.

NBC News’ Hallie Jackson grilled Spicer during Monday’s press briefing over the existence of audio recordings President Donald Trump may be keeping of his conversations with other officials.

Trump, if you recall, tweeted this (now infamous) message last week after firing FBI Director James Comey, who was leading an investigation into whether Trump and his associates colluded with Russian operatives to win last year’s presidential election.

Spicer deflected Jackson’s questions––as expected. Jackson was having none of it.

“Why won’t you just explain whether or not there are recordings of the president’s conversations?” she asked.

“The president has made it clear what his position is,” the embattled press secretary responded. (Spicer did not elaborate as to what he meant by this; he did say last week that he spoke to Trump about the tweet, but that Trump had nothing else to say about the Twitter tantrum.)

Jackson pressed on: “That’s not my question. It’s why won’t you explain it.”

Spicer responded, “I understand that because that’s what the president’s position is.”

But she persisted.

“So given that you refuse to confirm or deny any of this, how is any senior official supposed to feel comfortable having a private conversation with the president?” she asked.

“As I’ve said Hallie, the president has made it clear what his position is,” Spicer said, by rote.

“Even with these Congressional lawmakers calling to see if they exist?”

“Hallie, I’ve asked the … Hallie, I answered the question over and over again the same way,” said the weary Spicer.

But Hallie Jackson is far from the only person in Washington demanding answers, even if Spicer refuses to give them.

A host of lawmakers have issued calls for Trump to turn over any tapes of conversations with Comey. The controversy could also fuel a boycott led by the Democrats of whoever Trump nominates as Comey’s replacement.

“You can’t be cute about tapes. If there are any tapes of this conversation, they need to be turned over,” said Republican South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham, who has often voiced his grievances with the administration and his colleagues.

Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer said Trump must immediately provide Congress with any existing tapes he might have, adding that Democrats will refuse to vote on Comey’s replacement until a special prosecutor is named in charge of the Russia probe.

“To have that special prosecutor, people would breathe a sigh of relief because then there would be a real independent person overlooking the FBI director,” Schumer said on CNN’s State of the Union.

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This Teen Built The World's Smallest Satellite And Got Major Props From NASA

This Teen Built The World’s Smallest Satellite And Got Major Props From NASA

When I was 18-years-old, I didn’t even know how to take out a student loan without my mom’s help.

Rifath Shaarook, on the other hand, built the world’s smallest and lightest satellite.

Oh yeah, and he earned respect from NASA, along with accolades in first place in a competition the agency co-sponsored called Cubes in Space.

Shaarook built the 65gram (0.14lb) device as an exercise in demonstrating how well carbon fiber performs when 3D printed.

His invention is now set for a sub-orbital, four-hour mission in outer space.

During this short mission, the tiny satellite will be fully operational for 12 minutes in space’s micro-gravity.

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“We designed it completely from scratch. It will have a new kind of on-board computer and eight indigenous built-in sensors to measure acceleration, rotation and the magnetosphere of the earth,” he told Business Standard.

Shaarook named the little tech-wonder after India’s science-loving former President Abdul Kalam. He calls it KalamSat.

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Kalam spearheaded many initiatives and paved the way for the country’s aeronautical scientists to make great advancements in space exploration for India.

Shaarok’s background is a humble one. He comes from a small town in Tamil Nadu and is currently working as a lead scientist for Space Kidz India.

The program encourages and promotes young children and teenagers in India to study science and education.

Shaarok also has a history of invention. For example, three years prior, he built a variation of a helium weather balloon as part of a nationwide young scientist’s competition.

Again, I’d like to point out that at 18, I was just learning what an oil change does for a car’s engine. Color me impressed with this kid.

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Pepsi Fire Is Here To Satisfy Your Cinnamon Soda Needs

It might be that deep down inside I’m a 19-year-old college student, but I really, really like Fireball Cinnamon Whisky. But I can’t help the fact that I love the way it tastes.

But that doesn’t mean I love everything cinnamon. No, no, no. Because all of the love that I have in my heart for Fireball can never change how I feel about Pepsi’s latest concoction.

Cinnamon Pepsi. Or “Pepsi Fire,” which is what they want you to call it. Don’t give in.

Probably in an attempt to try and expunge the bad taste Kendall Jenner’s ad left in everyone’s mouths, Pepsi tried to go and get all West Jersey club on us and release a cinnamon-flavored soda beverage that sounds about as appetizing as drinking rusty tacks, in my opinion. 

What’s interesting is that Pepsi Fire first debuted as a special edition Slurpee Flavor at 7-11 chains.

Which people, of course, posted to Instagram, probably because they couldn’t believe it was real.

Would you want to try the “hottest drink of the summer”? I mean, it’ll probably mix really well with Fireball, so…

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