LA Angels hitting coach Don Baylor had a freak accident during yesterday's ceremonial first pitch. Holy leg break... Many texters weighed in and said that this could be a result of Don having dealt with bone cancer in the past. Either way... still scary and we wish him a speedy recovery.
One of the big discussions we had earlier today was about the woman in Cambridge who is suing Medicare and MassHealth because she wants them to cover her gender reassignment surgery. I'm exhausted from our talk this morning, but here are some comments from people on Facebook. (One of the big sticking points is whether you consider this "elective" or "cosmetic" surgery. I don't, but you are entitled to your opinion. I don't see this as anywhere near the same thing as having breast implants covered because you have low self-esteem.) If the responses by our listeners to this story on Facebook are any indication, the majority of people aren't convinced gender dysphoria is anything but a mere "fantasy." I'm actually pretty disappointed in how many of you responded... not because you weren't on board with it, but because of how you chose to describe someone with this condition. Hey... just because you don't understand something doesn't mean there's no legitimacy and that someone is a "freak." But I digress... Feel free to share your thoughts by commenting below.
*Granted, manyof the gripes people have are because this story specifically mentions MassHealth, and it seems there are a boatload of "medically necessary" things it won't cover. There is certainly another aspect of this debate that can target publically vs privately funded health insurance.
Of all the get-rich-quick schemes out there, this has got to be the most painful. Chamangeni Zulu lives in Zambia, and he's in his early 20s. And he recently talked to a witchdoctor, who said he'd get rich if he sacrificed one of his body parts. So last Monday, he did what the witchdoctor told him . . . he walked out of his village, and stripped down naked. And not long after he did, he got attacked by a hyena, which tore off three of his toes. But apparently Chamengeni wasn't sure that was enough of a sacrifice. So he stuck around . . . and also let the hyena eat off his manhood. Then he crawled to a nearby road where some cops spotted him and took him to the hospital. Now he's in stable condition, and says he doesn't regret it . . . because he's excited about all the money he's about to come into. There's even a photo of him online, lying in a hospital bed with a huge smile on his face.
This happened a few months ago, but the story just came out now. 66-year-old Kenneth Herold was at the Wynn hotel in Las Vegas back in January, and started talking with 25-year-old Christina Lafave at one of the bars inside. Like most of the fancy hotels in Vegas, the bar is absolutely infested with escorts looking for rich guys . . . and Christina was one of those pros. They ended up agreeing to go up to his room, where he'd pay for an erotic massage. Christina gave Kenneth the massage, and also "performed" on him, but had him wear protection. Then she left. But a few hours later, he realized his $35,000 Rolex had disappeared, and called security. The police tracked down Christina, but she said she hadn't stolen the watch . . . she said Kenneth was just mad that she'd made him use protection. But after more questioning, she confessed she'd stolen the Rolex. And she'd stolen it by hiding it inside her most intimate area. She's facing two felony charges for grand larceny and possession of stolen property.
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