Woman Found Dead In The Trunk Of Her Car
Susan “Su” Taraskiewicz was only the second female ground service employee to have ever worked for Northwest Airlines (now Delta Airlines) at the Boston Logan International Airport in Boston, Massachusetts.
The maxim that a fool and his money are soon parted is never more true than when the method used for doing the parting is a fraudulent financial scheme of the “pyramid” type in which people are promised massive returns on their investment but there is no proper foundation for such confidence. Such schemes are often dubbed “Ponzi schemes”, but why are they so called?
Hate Crimes in America
Last year it was BLM, this year it is AAPI, who's next? Hate... Crimes... Racism... Patriarchy... Religion... Can you attach a face or ethnicity to each of these subcategories? Why is it that America seems to have a desperate need to hate? The racial divide has us only seeing color but racism is hardly the beginning of hate. If you believe in the Bible stories for instance, the first crime was committed by a jealous sibling illustrated by Cain and Abel. The prized possession, the inheritance, was worth killing his brother over. Greed... Status... Power... Is jealousy the root cause of hate crimes? It seems as though every system that this western world is built on, is being examined under a black light so to speak- Patriarchy, the Royal Family, White Supremacy... Before I jump into this argument, I would like to state that I am an ally for Asian Americans and stand in full solidarity with the entire community. We are in this blameless fight together.
The Cursed Film
The distributor asked me how I wanted the funds to be forwarded. I wanted a check. Not only did I want a check I wanted to walk into their offices in New York, meet with someone, anyone, the janitor, and be handed a live check and have my hand shaken. Then I’d walk down to the nearest bank branch and deposit that thing. I wanted to watch the teller’s eyes try not to bug as he or she punched in the numbers; three, two, four, four, three, zero, nine, point, eight six.
The Bloody Dance
“Dance with me,” he yelled. Move your hips to the beat of the music. Who cares who is looking, as long as your beads hypnotise me with their jingles.
I glance at my watch as a toxic cloud of cigarette smoke escapes my lips. 5:36 A.M. As I shift my weight from one foot to the other, my shoe hits a protruding tree root.
Nahum struck the axe into the chopping block and raised his hands, turning slowly to face the lawman. “You be careful with that sidearm, son. Making me a might nervous, it must be said.”
Every time I lace my running shoes, I think about Ahmaud Arbery. To summarize the Arbery case: in February 2020, two white men, Travis (34) and George (64, a retired police officer) McMichaels got into their vehicle -- Travis with his shotgun, George in the bed of the truck with a .357 Magnum -- pursued the unarmed Arbery (25) through their neighborhood, and blocked his path with their vehicle.
Deadly Date Night
Oh Come on! I thought. Seriously Universe? It was our first official date. We’d literally arrived at our wine tasting weekend location no more than 5 hours ago and already things had taken a turn for the disaster. Yet again. I don't completely loathe the disasters that appeared to follow me around. That's how I met my boyfriend after all, us being involved in a hostage type situation a few months ago and all, but still. It’d be nice to have a break from the stress of it is all I’m saying. And I’m saying that while looking at what appears to be a dead body.
Yawn Curling from the aged park bench, an adolescent boy rises – groggy – with his messy black hair veiling the features of his face.
Was it really too much to ask for a simple evening? A pleasant night spent with pleasant company. To enjoy a drink and some scintillating conversation? To not have everything I touch to end in disaster? Apparently so. Okay universe, I got the message. No good times for me. I didn't even understand how this one had happened. I guess that Merlot was hitting me more strongly than I’d thought. Not just me though, as I wasn’t here alone. I wasn’t the only one seeing this. So was the random guy standing next to me with his mouth agape.
Find Love or Die Trying
She was looking for a man to make her feel valuable in a society that made her feel worthless, and if she happened to make a bit of money, perhaps a little fame along the way then that was okay by her. She’d played the game so far, bought every product going, enhanced herself, pandered to society’s ideals. All she wanted in return was for someone to treat her like they cared about her. Not another hedonist trying to work his way through sex jokes he’d seen on Urban Dictionary. If anyone ever tried to ‘donkey punch’ her again, they would not live to boast about it.
Wrath of the Kentucky cannibal
Since childhood, I have been a fan of old westerns. I enjoyed classics like Bonanza, Gunsmoke and anything with Clint Eastwood, John Wayne or James Stewart. The old westerns were called “Spaghetti Westerns” because they were often filmed in Italy. There are also legendary gunfighters that remain forever in old folklore.
La Vie en Rose
I could feel his eyes on me from across the smoky cafe. Even with the distractions from the captive audience spread out in front of me, the lights that blinded me intermittently, and the musical accompaniment from the house band, his rapt attention was still of the utmost intesity.
As a student in International Law and Political Science, I’ve been brainwashed with the importance of the Rule of law as a barrier to the arbitrary exercise of power, and I must admit that I really did believe in it. The Rule of law is a principle of governance in which all persons, institutions and entities are equally accountable to laws that are publicly promulgated, equally enforced and independently adjudicated, I was taught throughout my ten-year-long studies. Now I’m involved in a political sex scandal, I can assert that the Rule of law is disturbingly, substantially malleable in France, especially when it comes to the idea of equality before the law. I’m glad I was able to confront this reality before I finish my studies: from an intellectual student, I now have the opportunity to become an intelligent woman.
Eat, Drink and Be Merry
Marcus took another long drag on his cigarette, letting the smoke fill his lungs and holding it briefly as the nicotine shot into his bloodstream, and then exhaled slowly as if letting the smoke go was speeding him closer toward his meeting with death. He wasn’t a smoker. Or a drinker for that matter. But when Henry came on shift and offered Marcus the already lit cigarette, something inside just said “Oh, what the hell.”
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