Police: Elderly couple found alive but hurt had suicide pact

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Police say an elderly couple found alive with knife wounds in their Pennsylvania home had a suicide pact and the man could now face criminal charges.

The two were discovered Sunday afternoon in Belle Vernon.

Rostraver police say the 80-year-old man told them he slit the throat of his 82-year-old wife, then swallowed 20 painkillers and cut his own wrists.

Police Chief Greg Resetar says it’s not clear why the couple would have made the pact. He says there are no known health issues that would have prompted it.

The woman is in in critical condition at a hospital. The man was recovering in fair condition at a different hospital.

Two FBI agents wounded near Chicago; subject of warrant found dead

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The FBI says two of its agents were shot and wounded while trying to serve an arrest warrant at a suburban Chicago home, and that the man they were seeking there is dead.

The agency didn’t release the name of the dead man or say if he shot the agents, whose injuries it says aren’t life-threatening. It also didn’t say if the agents killed the man.

FBI spokesman Garrett Croon says the agents were serving the warrant at a Park Forest home Tuesday morning and that the situation had been resolved by 9 a.m.

The Park Forest-Chicago Heights School District told students during the incident to remain home, but says it later got the all-clear from the local police and resumed busing students to school.

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How Real Brilliance Is Measured

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“Imagination is everything. It is the preview of life’s coming attractions.”
—Albert Einstein

Every year we do this list — this fantastically unscientific list, in which we acknowledge 100 brilliant ideas, companies and the founders behind them. This list represents everything that is great and meaningful in entrepreneurship and living in a country that celebrates and cheers for disruption. (Gotta love an election cycle.) It’s sort of our kiss on the cheek and nod to innovation.

Honestly, it’s my favorite issue of the year because it captures the spirit of what we entrepreneurs stand for: boldness, creativity and collaboration. It’s our essence, and more important, it’s your essence. And in the spirit of disruption, this year we made a point of doing away with the traditional, quantifiable markers of brilliance — revenue numbers, head count, archetype and whatnot — to focus on the ideas, almost all fueled by passion and implemented by strong leaders who simply get shit done. This is our definition of brilliant, and this year all the visionaries we highlight really are freakin’ brilliant.

Here’s the thing about brilliance: It can’t be truly measured. It just is. We know this because we tried. There is nothing scientific or academic about being a brilliant entrepreneur. You can go to school for it. You can study it. But until you do it, you’ll never get it.

Entrepreneurship is equal parts science, art, luck and, yeah, capital, but an infusion of cash doesn’t always equal great new ideas. In fact, an absence of funding often leads to the breakthroughs that become brilliant ideas. That’s why I love this list so much. Time will tell whether the companies, entrepreneurs and ideas we profile become the next big thing or flame out before Christmas, but their influence will certainly last. That’s because great ideas generate the next wave of game-changing ideas, and so on. I see it repeated year after year. One thread of an idea can spawn generations of brilliance. That’s the goal of our unscientific look at how cool humans can be.

To data wonks and business purists, we may sound like lightweights here, but I submit that we are not. Every day, high-priced, by-the-book MBAs are eclipsed by the artists, the creatives, the poets and the dreamers. No b-school would ever make the case for landing a used rocket on a tiny platform in the middle of the ocean, but Elon Musk made it happen. Brilliant.

If there’s anything I’ve learned — and seen — from covering this world for years, it is to never underestimate the power and force of the human spirit. So let your freak flag fly, guys.

These are our brilliant freaks. All 100 of them. Now let the celebration begin.

How a Group of Ecommerce Veterans Launched Hollar, an Online Dollar Store, and Hit $1 Million in Monthly Sales After Just 5 Months

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As big-box stores struggle to meet the lowest of earnings projections and shutter dozens of stores nationwide, one type of brick-and-mortar retailer is thriving: the dollar store.

In this legacy industry, David Yeom saw an opportunity. He launched Hollar, an online dollar store, in November. Since then, Hollar has seen 50 percent month-over-month growth for six consecutive months, he says. By April, it had reached $1 million in monthly sales. Today, the Santa Monica, Calif.-based company is announcing its plans to manufacture products of its own.

The Great Recession curbed middle-class spending, but despite economic recovery, shoppers remain frugal. At dollar stores, you’ll find common household goods, beauty products, you name it — for the fraction of the cost at other retailers. The brands may be unfamiliar, if not uncanny knockoffs of popular names, but post-recession customers don’t like to pay full price. So what if that Sharpie marker says “Skerple” upon close examination, as long as it works?

In the past decade, online shopping and mobile devices have changed consumer behavior as well. The demise of major retailers isn’t just about penny-pinching — it’s about the Internet. Major dollar-store chains are riding on the recession’s tail, but they still make the vast majority of their money from brick-and-mortar stores and don’t lean heavily on ecommerce. Some don’t even offer the option to buy online. If you visit the 99 Cents Only Stores website, you can’t even purchase a gift card, let alone any items. You’re directed to a store locater.

Related: These 5 Retail Innovations Could Actually Make You Want to Shop in a Store Again

Dollar General (founded 1939) and Dollar Tree (founded 1986), the two companies that dominate the dollar-store market in the U.S., each operate around 13,000 locations. Dollar Tree acquired Family Dollar in 2015. Meanwhile, Dollar General raked in $20.4 billion, and the chain plans to add 900 locations in 2016 and 1,000 in 2017. Some of America’s most prominent investors have gotten in on the action. It was only a matter of time until a startup emerged.

Previously, Yeom was VP of marketing for The Honest Company, the Jessica-Alba-co-founded provider of wholesome household products. On every lunch break he took with CEO Brian Lee, the two would follow their meal with a stop at the nearby Daiso, a Japanese dollar store chain. These trips made Yeom, then 39, nostalgic for his childhood in East Los Angeles. Shopping at Daiso with his mom and sister was a monthly treat. He could pick out a new toy or trinket, and his mom never had to worry about it costing too much.

One day last spring, the Honest Company executives were on a typical Daiso run when Yeom started brainstorming about what it would take to launch a new dollar store company as an online marketplace. Luckily for Yeom, he had a dream team of serial entrepreneurs, business executives and investors waiting to help him make his idea a reality. While still working for Honest, Yeom raised $5.5 million in seed funding from early Honest Company and Snapchat investor, Jeremy Liew. With a term sheet in hand, Yeom left his company after three-and-a-half years to build one of his own.

Lee, who also founded ShoeDazzle and LegalZoom, remains Honest’s CEO, but he’s a chairman, co-founder and investor in Hollar. Other co-founders include Chief Creative Officer Eddie Rhyu and CTO Thanh Khuu, both formerly of ShoeDazzle. The fifth co-founder is COO John Um, who formerly served as a strategist for 99 Cents Only Stores. After gathering $12 million in a series A round, Yeom and his team launched Hollar in November 2015.

“When I asked John, ‘Why don’t you guys sell online?’ the quick answer was, ‘We can’t do it. Our existing supply chain was never designed for the direct consumer shopping experience,’” Yeom says. “These businesses have been out there for decades, and they continue to grow and be incredibly profitable. Online is really an afterthought.”

For Yeom, who had spent his career at HauteLook, Yahoo and eBay before Honest and Hollar, online was the first thought. At Honest, he had grown familiar with a demographic that would also embrace Hollar: young mothers. He didn’t have Jessica Alba to plug his business on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, but he did have valuable insight into what matters to moms.

“If you have something great, that especially moms are going to love, they are a chatty bunch,” Yeom says. “They want something that’s not just a great deal, because a lot of people offer deals.”

Related: 5 Essentials for Building a Lucrative Ecommerce Site

Yeom explains that Hollar gives moms a convenient and simple way to shop. Millennial moms increasingly use their phones to browse and buy as data plans stand in for broadband connections, and Hollar reports that 80 percent of its traffic comes from mobile, primarily Android devices. And while many delivery startups only service coastal metropolitan areas, 80 percent of Hollar orders come from Middle America.

A million in monthly sales might seem like a lot for a brand-new company that sells products for between $2 and $5. Part of that is thanks to a popular $2 light-up unicorn pillow pet, of which Hollar sells 1,000 per day. But the reality is, most people don’t just buy one thing. Rather, they can’t, because Hollar has a $10 checkout minimum. Yeom was skeptical about imposing this limit before Hollar’s launch, but an advisor assured him that as customers scrolled through the site’s 20,000 items, they would load up their shopping carts regardless.

“For a marketer, I’m very pro-consumer and I didn’t really like that aspect,” Yeom says. “But you know what? We haven’t heard anything about it. We don’t hear from our 70,000 Facebook fans like, ‘Oh my God, why are you doing this?’”

The average Hollar cart size is $30, and the largest order so far, at $963, contained 300 items. While Yeom was fortunate to find himself surrounded by a group of friends and industry veterans who could fund his company and help him set up every aspect of its operations, from supply chain to merchandise selection, he notes that just having these friends in high places wasn’t enough. He had to listen to them and trust their advice.

“Through my 17 years of working on the web, I got to see a lot of the mistakes happen,” Yeom says. “I think I did myself a service by keeping my eyes open, listening, embracing, learning, asking myself, ‘How do I want to structure a team?’ ‘How do I build a culture that’s going to get people motivated or excited?’”

He also learned about staying competitive.

Virginia minister arrested on child pornography charges

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A Virginia minister has been arrested in connection to an ongoing child pornography investigation.

Isle of Wight County Sheriff’s Lt. Tommy Potter tells local news outlets that 48-year-old Christopher Alan Hogge was arrested Monday on eight counts of distribution of child pornography.

Hogge has been the pastor at Battery Park Baptist Church in Smithfield since 2001 and is also the director of social services for the city of Franklin. Potter says Hogge regularly works with children in both jobs.

Investigators received a cyber tip from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children that an Internet account in Isle of Wight County had accessed a social media account where child pornography was stored.

Potter says Hogge was downloading the pornography and distributing it to other people.

It’s unclear if Hogge has an attorney.

Murder suspect helping Washington state police find bodies of missing couple

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One of the two brothers accused of killing a married couple in Washington state surrendered last week and is reportedly helping authorities find the victims’ bodies.

Tony Reed, 49, is accused of helping his older brother, John Reed, kill the couple sometime around April 11, Q13Fox.com reported. John Reed is believed to be on the run in Mexico.

Tony Reed’s attorney told the station that his client intends to prove his innocence.

“He wanted to come up and face the charges and thought it was the right thing to do,” James Kirkham, the attorney, said.

The assistance was welcomed news for authorities.

“He’s been helping detectives, yes, but we still have not recovered their bodies, so that’s something we hope will happen very soon,” Shari Ireton, a Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman, told Q13Fox.com. “The chances of being able to get to their exact location is much better than it was a week ago.”

On April 12, neighbors reported Monique Patenaude, 46, and her husband, Patrick Shunn, 45, missing when their livestock was left unattended.

Detectives concluded the couple had been killed after they searched the vehicles and the home near the couple’s where John Reed recently lived.

Surveillance video linked the Reed brothers to the dumping of the couple’s cars over an embankment north of Seattle, authorities said. Authorities have said they had no information about any issues between John Reed and Shunn and Patenaude but noted that others had described a property dispute between them.

Tony Reed has dozens of arrests and twice was under state supervision — from 1989 to 1991 on drug charges, and from 1994 to 2003 for three misdemeanors, one count of attempting to elude police and one count of third-degree assault.

John Reed has been cited for mostly minor offenses, including driving without a license and collecting wood without a permit. He served five years under supervision of the Department of Corrections in the late 1990s for attempting to elude police in Whatcom County.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

18 Ways You Talk Like a Sailor and Don’t Even Know It

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Donald Trump, according to Hillary Clinton, is a “loose cannon” who can’t be trusted because he “tends to misfire.”

This isn’t true.

A loose cannon is a dangerous thing, but not because it misfires. That would be “shooting its wad.” Rather, a loose cannon — a real one — tends to cause even more damage. When a cannon came loose from its mounting on a sailing ship in battle, it tended to rattle around the deck, a big, heavy, hot cylinder of metal that could take out limbs and, worst of all, go straight through a hull and sink a ship.

No wonder it’s become such a common metaphor.

Many of the phrases we use in business and life came from the same great age of sailing that yielded “loose cannon.” Hillary Clinton can be forgiven for getting one wrong. After all, you’d be horrified to hear that you talk like a sailor. But here’s how you do:

1. Broadside.

Ever have a CEO get so angry, he delivered a broadside at you? You never wanted to be the ship to be facing an enemy that fired all its guns on a single side of a ship at once, which was a broadside. Just as our anger sometimes gets the best of us, a simultaneous broadside wasn’t good for the ship firing it, either, since it shook the beams and often made the ship hard to keep course.

2. Cut and run.

There’s no faster way to get away from a bad situation. Anchors are, by their nature, pretty heavy, so it would take a long period of time for a ship’s crew to pull it up (or “weigh” it) to depart from a port. If an enemy happened to be bearing down on you, you really didn’t have time to pull up an anchor, so you cut the line and left it behind.

3. Dressing down.

No one likes this severe form of reprimand, which is mistakenly thought by many to mean you are stripped of something, like your dignity. Actually, the derivation means you were added to. When sails because worn and had trouble holding firm in wind, sailors would take them down and treat them with waxes and oils to freshen them. So, when you get dressed down by your boss, she’s trying to make you better.

4. Even keel.

This is one of the most sought-after personality traits in a leader or worker. Being on an even keel suggests one is a straight-shooter who can keep his attitude or emotions in check. A keel on the ship is the centerline which goes from front to back (stem to stern). When you’re sailing on an even keel, you aren’t leaning left or right. (This is also why we use the term “keel over” to say someone dropped dead. You usually did when your ship keeled over.)

5. Figurehead.

We use this term to suggest a leader has no real power, but is just there for show. That’s exactly the use of the original term. More than just a decoration, a figurehead on the ship, often attached to the bow, had almost mythological powers, which was important, given that sailors were a superstitious lot.

6. Flying colors.

When we come through an ordeal, we say we made with “flying colors.” Same thing with warships. The colors were your country’s flag, which were enormous in size and flown at the stern of a vessel. When you lowered your colors, you surrendered. Sometimes, even when you fought, the battle was so fierce that your colors were ripped to shreds. Coming out with your colors still flying meant you won the day.

7. Griping.

No one likes a colleague who complains about everything, commonly called “griping.” No one liked a ship that griped either. A ship gripes when its bow is too high and facing the wind, making it difficult to move forward quickly and harder to steer.

8. Groggy.

Next time you see someone nodding off at his cubicle, or zoning out during a meeting, check his breath for rum. To keep sailors hydrated (and happy), the British Navy, starting in 1740, issued a half pint of rum mixed with a quart of water, twice a day, to all sailors. This drink was known as “grog.” You were “groggy” when you appeared to have had too much.

9. Hand over fist.

Everyone likes to make money hand over fist. It means you’re winning. Sailors were a competitive group, and speed in climbing a line or raising a sail was often a matter of pride (or a gambling opportunity). In each case, the faster you were going hand over hand, or hand over fist, on a line, the better your chances of winning.

10. Hell to pay.

We get this one wrong all the time, since there isn’t hell to pay, but rather the devil. When there was a bad situation brewing, sailors would often say, “There’s the devil to pay, and no pitch hot.” Satan needn’t worry about his accounts receivable, though, because the “devil” in this case was a particularly hard-to-reach seam of a sailing ship to be filled with tar, an exercise known as paying with hot pitch. No one liked to pay pitch in the devil on a ship, since you had to hang off the side. over the water, just to get to the seam. (Fun fact: Most sailors back then didn’t know how to swim.) This is also where the phrase “between the devil and deep, blue sea” derives.

11. Loggerheads.

No doubt you’ve seen colleagues arguing so sharply you’ve said they’re “at loggerheads.” A loggerhead was a long piece of iron, with a big ball at the end. Sailors would heat a loggerhead to warm tar to fill in the seams between planks in a ship’s hull. In a fight, though, sailors would grab them and batter one another with them.

12. Overbearing.

Sometimes you might wish your office were a ship, so you could throw your overbearing colleague overboard. But, to overbear your enemy was a smart tactical move at sea. When you were overbearing, you were upwind of an opponent, so you could always move first and, as you got closer, your own sails would prevent wind from reaching the other ship’s sails.

13. Scuttlebutt.

We use the term “scuttlebutt” to denote rumor or gossip, because, even before the invention of the office water cooler, there was still water-cooler chatter. A scuttlebutt was a water cask on ship opened for sailors to come and drink. Naturally, that’s where many shared news, true or otherwise.

14. Slush fund.

Money put aside to pay for illicit activities, like bribes, or for activities not sanctioned by your budget, is often referred to as a “slush fund.” Slush was the fat that was skimmed off the top of cooking pots. Ships’ cooks tended to keep this for themselves, to sell it to tallow dealers to make things like candles.

15. Taking turns.

Ship’s were well-run machines, with crews going about their duties in “watches.” Each watch was usually four hours, timed by a 30-minutes hourglass that was constantly turned. Every time the glass was turned, the ship’s bell would sound. At some turns of the hourglass, then, a new watch would begin, and sailors would talk about taking their turn.

16. Toe the line.

Getting wayward employees to toe the line and get on the same page is a challenge for any leader. Sailors, when called to attention, lined up in unision by matching their toes to a given seam in the deck planking.

17. True colors.

When we think we know someone, and suddenly an action makes us doubt our intuition, we talk about someone showing her “true colors.” Again, colors were a flag of origin, yet many ships sailed under “false colors” to deceive potential enemies. But, under rules of war, just before you fired a cannon or otherwise engaged an enemy, you were expected to hoist your country’s real flag, or your true colors.

18. Under the weather.

Any time you were on the deck, you were in the weather. When you had to be brought belowdecks, you were considered under the weather. Passengers who were sick, or sailors who were injured, were taken below, and, thus, were under the weather, which became a euphemism for illness.

Man accused of chaining girl in basement denies wrongdoing

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An Ohio man accused of chaining a teenage girl in his basement as punishment is denying he did anything wrong.

Timothy Ciboro (SIH’-bohr-oh) said in jailhouse interviews with media outlets in Toledo that the allegations aren’t true and that the 13-year-old girl wasn’t mistreated. But he wouldn’t answer questions on whether he had chained her.

Ciboro and his 27-year-old son were charged with kidnapping and child endangerment last week after the girl ran from the home.

The girl is a relative of the two men and told police she used a spare key to unlock herself.

Ciboro told media outlets the girl didn’t want to do things with the rest of the family and she wanted to be away from the house and with people who weren’t good for her.

Memorial Day crosses honoring fallen soldiers removed from public property after complaint

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A Memorial Day display featuring crosses to honor fallen soldiers was removed from public property in Georgia after someone questioned whether the soldiers were all Christian.

The 79 white, handmade crosses posted on public property along state Highway 92 in Hiram, Ga., were meant to represent the 79 Paulding County residents who died in America’s wars, according to town officials. 

But the crosses were abruptly taken down last Friday after someone called Hiram City Hall questioning whether the cross is an appropriate symbol for the memorial.

Hiram Mayor Teresa Philyaw said the cross display, which she approved and planned, was never intended to be religious.

“It was never about religion — it was just to honor them,” Philyaw told FoxNews.com on Tuesday. “I was devastated when it had to come down.”

“We wanted to make sure that they weren’t forgotten. We also wanted their families to know that our hearts still bleed for them,” she said. “At the time, it never, ever crossed my mind about the religious factor in it.”

“The cross is a ‘rest in peace’ symbol to me,” said Philyaw. 

But not everyone in the Georgia town with a population of 2,332 agrees with Philyaw.

Hours after the crosses were posted, an unnamed resident called the office of city manager Barry Atkinson and asked whether all 79 military personnel were Christians.

Philyaw said they had died in wars from World War I to Iraq and Afghanistan. She said to her knowledge, none of their families had complained.

The cross memorial has since ignited fierce debate on social media — with many people saying its removal is political correctness run amok, while others argued all faiths should be represented.

“The 79 veterans from Paulding County who sacrificed their lives for our nation are being taken down for the Memorial Day holiday because some find it offensive,” wrote one Facebook user. “Tell that to the families of these brave veterans who died for us so we can have freedom and shame on you, mayor of Hiram, Georgia, for caving in to their demands.”

“It is impossible to do anything good in this world anymore,” wrote another.

Some Facebook users posted photos of other memorial sites in which crosses were used to honor the fallen.

Barry Atkinson indicated he agreed with the decision to remove the crosses, WSB-TV reported.

The phone call, Atkinson told the station, “opened our eyes that we missed something here.”

“We immediately took corrective action,” he said.

Atkinson also noted that the caller offered to make a donation should the city plan to build a permanent memorial.

“If Hiram was willing to do a permanent veterans memorial, they offered to make a cash contribution, so I wouldn’t say they were really mad,” he said. 

Some Hiram residents, meanwhile, are searching for private property where the crosses can be displayed, according to the station.

For her part, Philyaw said, “If there is one of those 79 that they know to be of a different religious belief, we will gladly put up.”

A city council meeting is schedule for Tuesday night to debate the proper way in which to honor the fallen heroes.

“Whatever the choice is, a memorial of some kind will be displayed,” said Philyaw.

Off-track Yellowstone visitors not being pursued

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U.S. authorities say they will not try to force four men accused of walking onto a sensitive hot spring at Yellowstone National Park to return from their homes in Canada for prosecution.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office says the men are charged with misdemeanors that don’t meet the legal standard to force their return to face prosecution.

The men were traveling in a recreational vehicle with British Columbia license plates and are believed to be back in Canada.

Powell says he hopes the four will voluntarily return so the matter can be resolved in court.

If they don’t, the four can either be arrested if they attempt to cross the U.S. border or denied entry.

The men are accused of leaving an established boardwalk and stepping onto a geothermal feature on May 14.