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Elijah wakes up in a cage, and can barely remember anything about himself or his situation. He fights his way alone to escape a building full of bizarre and deadly monsters, while learning disturbing truths about himself. Once he finds the way out, he has to pass it up and keep fighting to rescue hiw wife and child from his nemesis.

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has previously published three other books and various short stories, as well as spending two years as a journalist for The Michigan Daily Newspaper. He studied creative writing under the tutelage of Jonis Agee, author of “Strange Angels” and “South of Resurrection.”

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Melissa6 portrait Growing up in Ontario, Canada, M.J. was the only child of a single mom.  Her passion for the arts ignited at a young age as she wrote adventure stories and read them aloud to close family and friends.  The dramatic arts became a focus in high school as an aid to understanding character motivation in her writing.  Majoring in Theatre Production at York University, with a minor in English, she went on to teach both elementary and high school for 10 years throughout Simcoe County. M.J. currently lives with her husband and young son in Caledon, Ontario.  She keeps busy these days with her emerging authors’ website Infinite Pathways: hosting writing contests, providing editing services, free publicity tips, book reviews, and opportunities for authors to build their writing platform and portfolio.  In addition she writes articles and edits freelance as she continues her own creative writing working toward completing the next book in the Chronicles Series. Time’s Tempest: The Chronicles of Xannia (1) is M.J.’s debut science fiction novel.  She firmly believes that if she hadn’t been born a Virgo, she wouldn’t be half as organized as she needs to be to get everything done from one day to the next.

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#interracialLove

Posted: October 21, 2014 in change, life, race
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Hidden Spongebob Messages

Posted: June 10, 2014 in Uncategorized
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Places to go bare footed

Posted: April 20, 2014 in Uncategorized
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Anse Source d’Argent, Seychelles, Africa

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With its ideal snorkling conditions and shallow waters, this secluded beach is a great place to bring the kids.

Black Sand Beach, Jokulsarlon, Iceland

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While Iceland might not be the first beach destination you think of, forget perfectly white, sandy beaches and dig your toes into the black sand of Jokulsarlon.

Seven Mile Beach, Negril, Jamaica

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Sheltered by a Caribbean reef, Seven Mile Beach is known for its tranquil waters, cliff jumping and lack of surrounding development, making it one peaceful slice of paradise.

Pfeiffer Beach, Big Sur, California

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While it isn’t wise to swim here, this beautiful beach located on Los Padres National Forest land is perfect for a day trip and the chance to spot some patches of purple sand.

Fraser Island, Queensland, Australia

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Thought to be the world’s largest sand island, Fraser Island has been inhabited for over 5,000 years by humans and a variety of wildlife (swamp wallabiesbandicootspotoroos, and dingoes to name a few).

Belle Mare Beach, Mauritius, Africa

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Even though you’re in town for the beach, make sure to wake up early to catch a picturesque Belle Mare sunrise.

Matira Beach, Bora Bora, Tahiti

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Nicknamed “the Romantic Island,” Matira beach on Bora Bora is the perfect honeymoon destination to sink your feet into the sand.

Nai Harn Beach, Phuket, Thailand

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This dream destination is also home to two perfect spots for avid snorklers — a small cove called Ya Nui, and a little beach called Ao Sane.

Ipanema Beach, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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You might’ve heard “The Girl From Ipanema” a few times, but did you know that at the world’s sexiest beach, beachgoers clap every daywhen the sun sets?

Canggu Beach, Bali, Indonesia

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If you’re in Canggu to see the sand and catch some surf, you can join one of the local surf camps (we hear The Chillhouse is the place to be).

Lawyers: Free man wrongfully locked up for decades

 
 
This March 15, 1980 proclamation by then Texas Governor Mark White commutes Jerry Hartsfield's death sentence to life in prison. Hartsfield has been locked up for more than three decades for a slaying even though the state's top appeals court ruled in 1980 that he doesn't have a valid murder conviction. His attorneys are asking a state district judge to dismiss the charge and free him because his constitutional right to a speedy trial has been violated. (AP Photo/Michael Graczyk)

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This March 15, 1980 proclamation by then Texas Governor Mark White commutes Jerry Hartsfield’s death …
 

BAY CITY, Texas (AP) — Attorneys for a Texas man who was kept in prison for more than three decades after his murder conviction was overturned have asked a court to free him so he can get on with his life, saying he’s suffered enough from the mishandling of his case and that key trial evidence has gone missing.

 

Attorney Jeffrey Newberry wrote in a recent court petition that the state clearly violated Jerry Hartfield’s right to a speedy trial by waiting decades to retry him for the 1976 death of Eunice Lowe, who was beaten to death at the Bay City bus station where she worked as a ticket agent.

“The most serious prejudice a defendant can suffer in being denied a right to a speedy trial is to have his defense possibly impaired,” Newberry wrote. He urged State District Judge Craig Estlinbaum to free Hartsfield “with prejudice,” meaning the state couldn’t retry him on the same charges.

Hartfield, 57, was convicted in 1977 of killing Lowe and sentenced to death, but that conviction was overturned three years later. After prosecutors unsuccessfully appealed that ruling, then-Gov. Mark White commuted Hartfield’s sentence to life in prison in 1983.

Hartfield, who is described in court documents as an illiterate fifth-grade dropout with an IQ of 51, didn’t challenge his continued detention until 2006, when a fellow prisoner pointed out that once his conviction was overturned, there was no sentence to commute. Appeals courts agreed and ordered Hartfield freed or retried. Hartfield is scheduled to stand trial again in April for Lowe’s slaying.

In a court filing, Matagorda County District Attorney Steven Reis rejected the assertion that Hartfield should go free. While acknowledging that the state “may be partially responsible” for the delay in retrying Hartfield, Reis argued that prosecutors didn’t act in bad faith and that Hartfield bears some responsibility.

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Hartfield “failed to proffer any evidence that he wanted a speedy trial during this period,” Reis wrote. No evidence supports a finding that Hartfield “actually wanted a new and speedy trial,” that he did anything before 2007 to assert that his right to a speedy trial had been violated, or that the state deliberately acted to delay a retrial, Reis contends.

Newberry contends that the state was solely responsible for the retrial delay.

“Had the state carried out the (appeals court) mandate, Hartfield would not have needed to file the documents that he began filing,” he wrote. “Mr. Hartfield has affirmatively demonstrated that his ability to present a defense has been prejudiced by the delay.”

Newberry also says authorities haven’t been able to find some evidence used to convict Hartfield, including a pickaxe used in the attack or Lowe’s car, which was stolen and later recovered. Furthermore, a Texas Ranger who was a key witness for the prosecution at Hartfield’s 1977 trial has since died, he wrote.

Estlinbaum asked both sides to address some legal questions before he rules on the matter.

At the time of the killing, Hartfield, who grew up in Altus, Okla., was working construction at nuclear power plant near the bus station where Lowe worked. He was arrested within days of the killing in Wichita, Kan., and was convicted and sentenced to death in 1977.

Hartfield disputes a confession police said he gave them that was among the evidence used to convict him. Prosecutors also had an unused bus ticket found at the crime scene that had his fingerprints on it and testimony from witnesses who said he had talked about needing $3,000. Reis said Hartfield led authorities to Lowe’s car in Houston and that his fingerprint was on a piece of broken Dr Pepper bottle found beside Lowe’s body.

say this to someone you love

Posted: February 9, 2014 in Uncategorized
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Three waitresses spending their downtime on a slow, snowy Saturday folding silverware and talking about “life stuff” like bills, college and student loans got the answer to their prayers when a diner handed them each a check for $5,000.

Amber Kariolich, Amy Sabani and Sarah Seckinger were working their shift at the Boone County Family Restaurant in Caledonia, Ill., Saturday when a middle-aged woman eating an omelet alone at the counter asked them their names.

$1,000 Gifted to Honest Waitress in Restaurant Mix-Up

A few moments later, the woman handed them each a check written out to them individually and indicated she had overheard their conversation.

“She presented it to us and said to put it in our pockets and use it for school or whatever we needed,” Seckinger, 21, told ABCNews.com. “All three of us just started crying.”

Seckinger says she and her coworkers had been discussing Kariolich’s school loans and Seckinger’s dream to go back to school to finish her final semester of a criminal justice degree.

Steak n’ Shake Waitress Scores $446 Tip on $6 Check

“I stopped school to go to work,” said Secking, who has worked at the restaurant for six years.

Kariolich, who was the waitress serving the woman that day, has worked at the restaurant for 10 years and Sabana for nearly two years.

The woman quickly left the family-run restaurant after handing over the checks, but not before arguing with their insistence that she not pay the bill on her $9 omelet.

The restaurant’s owner, Matt Nebiu, called the bank after the woman, whom Nebiu says has dined there before but is not a regular, to confirm that the checks are real.

Watch This Waitress’s Reaction to a $500 Tip

“They said there was no hold on the checks,” Nebiu said. “We are in a small population of a town and we’ve been here for 30-some years and for people to do that you know that there’s nice people out there.”

“It was very generous,” he said.

Seckinger said she plans to use the money to finish her degree and says she and her coworkers still cannot believe their luck.

“It’s still surreal,” she said.