By on May 2, 2021

first_imgPrivate service were held for Philip J. Lauler, 67, a lifelong resident of Guttenberg. He passed away Aug. 20. He was employed by Guttenberg Department of Public Works. He was the brother of Sharon Platt, and is also survived by his nieces Kelly and Holly, a great-niece and nephews Christopher, Charlie and Hannah. Services arranged by the Vainieri Funeral Home, North Bergen.last_img

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Mother blames cancer vaccine for teen’s death

By on September 27, 2020

first_imgNZ Herald 8 Aug 2012The mother of a teenager found dead in her bed has told an inquest that her daughter’s physical and mental health deteriorated sharply when she was given the Gardasil cervical cancer vaccination.Jasmine Renata, 18, died in September 2009 in a sleepout at her home in Upper Hutt, north of Wellington.She had received the last of three injections of Gardasil six months earlier.At the time of her death, Ms Renata’s mother Rhonda said she believed Gardasil may have been the cause.At an inquest in Wellington today before Coroner Ian Smith, Mrs Renata said her daughter was fit, rarely got sick, didn’t smoke and rarely drank alcohol.But after her first Gardasil dose in September 2008, she developed pains in various parts of her body, suffered a racing heart beat, weak arms, tingling in her hands and legs, and became tired and irritable.Her hair had started falling out and she was sleeping as much as possible.…She rejected a suggestion from Coroner Smith that her daughter could have died from a congenital heart problem because there was no history of heart disease in the family.“The only one who’s not here is my daughter and she’s the only one who took Gardasil.” read more

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Russi Taylor, Voice of Minnie Mouse, Dead at 75

By on September 20, 2020

first_imgRussi Taylor, the iconic voice of ‘Minnie Mouse’ since the mid-1980s has died, according to the Walt Disney Company.Taylor, 75, died Friday in Glendale, California of unknown causes, according to Disney.Taylor provided the character her voice for more than three decades, the company said. She also took part in hundreds of projects that included television, film and multiple theme parks.“Minnie Mouse lost her voice with the passing of Russi Taylor,” Bob Iger, The Walt Disney Company’s chairman and CEO, said in a statement. “For more than 30 years, Minnie and Russi worked together to entertain millions around the world—a partnership that made Minnie a global icon and Russi a Disney Legend beloved by fans everywhere.”Taylor was originally from Cambridge, Massachusetts, on May 4, 1944 and wanted to work for Disney ever since she met its founder during a childhood trip to Disneyland.When asked how the magic came about, Taylor in an interview said:“At one point during our chat, he asked me what I wanted to do when I grow up, and I said, ‘I want to work for you!’ So he said, ‘Okay!’—and now I do,”Taylor was married to Wayne Allwine, who ironically was the voice of Mickey Mouse from 1977 until his passing in 2009. According to Disney representatives, they met in the mid-1980s and married in 1981.Taylor took on many other Disney voice roles in her career. Her voice was casted as Nurse Mouse from the 1990 animated tale “The Rescuers Down Under;” Donald Duck’s nephews Huey, Dewey and on shows such as “Kim Possible” and “Buzz Lightyear of Star Command,” the company said.She also voiced the characters of Martin Prince and the twins Sherri and Terri on “The Simpsons.”Taylor once said, “I never wanted to be famous. The characters I do are famous, and that’s fine for me.”R.I.P to a true icon.last_img read more

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Lakers must wait on Paul George after Pacers trade forward to Thunder

By on August 17, 2020

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersGeorge’s representatives had informed the Pacers last week of the Palmdale native’s plans to join the Lakers in the 2018 offseason after opting out of his contract to become an unrestricted free agent. There remains a chance George will don the uniform of the team he grew up cheering for next summer.The Lakers resisted spending the first night of free agency splurging on any deals so they could keep two maximum-contract slots open to pursue players such as LeBron James, George and newly minted league MVP Russell Westbrook next summer.On the other hand, the Lakers might be behind in the count. The latest development leaves the Lakers vulnerable that George’s one-year rental could become a long-term commitment.Consider the disparity in talent between the Thunder and Lakers. Though Oklahoma City lost in the first round of the Western Conference playoffs to the Houston Rockets in its first season without Kevin Durant, Westbrook won regular-season MVP honors after averaging 31.6 points, 10.7 rebounds and 10.4 assists while shooting 42.5 percent.The Lakers went 26-66 last season and missed the playoffs for the fourth consecutive year, while fielding an intriguing albeit unproven young roster. Oklahoma City doesn’t boast as talented a roster as Cleveland or Boston – teams that could have become championship contenders had they acquired Paul – but acquiring him in a trade gives the Thunder his “Bird rights” and the ability to offer him a more lucrative contract than any other team next summer. A good experience alongside Westbrook could convince both players to stay put. The Lakers spent four long summers frustrated with their inability to acquire or retain an elite player. Just as the team’s previous front office experienced a few times, Lakers president of basketball operations Magic Johnson and general manager Rob Pelinka swung for the fences and missed … for now.A few hours before the free agency negotiating window opened on Friday night, the Indiana Pacers traded four-time All-Star Paul George to the Oklahoma City Thunder for guard Victor Oladipo and young center Domantas Sabonis.The Lakers were among several teams that held trade talks with the Pacers and offered Indiana its choice of either fourth-year forward Julius Randle or fourth-year guard Jordan Clarkson along with their No. 27 and No. 28 picks in the just completed NBA draft, but the Pacers didn’t accept either offer.The Lakers did not actually strike out in their pursuit of George. To some degree, they find themselves waiting patiently at the plate for better pitches. Pelinka described the Lakers front office as “really relentless” when it came to pursuing trades, but he also said their plans are “built on being smartly aggressive.” Thus, the Lakers refused to offer either their No. 2 draft pick or second-year forward Brandon Ingram as part of any proposed deal for George.Instead, the Lakers used their No. 2 pick on smooth-passing UCLA point guard Lonzo Ball. Though Ingram averaged 9.4 points on only 40.2 percent shooting, the Lakers are encouraged by his growth, positional versatility, defense and aggressiveness and they praise his professional attitude and work ethic.The Lakers go into free agency hopeful to acquire players on one-year deals who match a specific criteria. The Lakers have narrowed their focus to players who can bolster their outside shooting and/or defense, while also mentoring their young roster.The Lakers already have 10 players under contract, and that does not count the deals they will soon sign with their four draft picks: Ball, forward Kyle Kuzma, shooting guard Josh Hart and center Thomas Bryant. That leaves the Lakers with only one spot left to fill on an NBA-maximum 15-player roster.Another position could open depending on what the Lakers do with fourth-year forward Tarik Black. The Lakers have until July 4 to decide if they will make Black’s $6.6 million contract guaranteed for the 2017-18 season.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

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