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90-Year-Old Will Walk 3,600 Miles for Children With Cancer, KISS and Cinderella Keyboardist Dies From Cancer and More – Curetoday.com07.25.21

Mark Hoppus shared that he has the same cancer type his mother survived.

Mark Hoppus, singer and bassist of Blink-182, recently announced his cancer diagnosis on social media. He shared that he had been undergoing chemotherapy for the past three months, but did not disclose the cancer type.

Recently, in a livestream question and answer session with fans, Hoppus explained that he was diagnosed with diffuse large B-cell lymphoma stage 4a.

Oddly enough, I have the exact same form of cancer that she had, and she beat it so Ive been able to talk with her and bond with her quite a bit," he said, according to iHeart Radio.

He explained that he was scheduled to undergo a CT scan that week to determine the effectiveness of his treatments. If the chemotherapy is not yielding results, he may look into receiving a bone marrow transplant. If the current treatment is working, he said, he must go through at least three more rounds of it.

Were beating the cancer, its only a matter of time," said Hoppus, who also shared that he plans to get a tattoo to celebrate being cancer-free when the day comes.

Dean Troutman, 90, has been traveling on foot to raise money for St. Jude Childrens Research Hospital, through a fundraiser called Troutman Trek.

Ive gone only a little over 100 miles. Im just getting started, he told WGN9.

In 2014, Troutman walked more than 700 miles around Illinois to raise money in memory of his late wife, Dorothy (Peggy) Troutman. He was able to fundraise $70,000, which was used to build a playground and complete other projects in his local area. The following year, he walked again, raising over $10,000 for children and families of St. Jude Childrens Research Hospital.

This year, his goal is to walk for a full year, completing 3,600 miles across the central and southern parts of the U.S.

My goal now is to get out of Illinois, he said. And once I get into Indiana, my goal is to hit Ohio then Kentucky and West Virginia, then Virginia, North Carolina, and South Carolina and I hope to be out in Florida by Christmas.

So far, he has raised more than $9,600 during this trek.

I like to walk, and Ive got to have a reason to do it, Troutman said. And St. Jude is a charity I think deserves it as much or more than anyone I can think of.

Gary Corbett, a keyboardist who toured with the bands KISS and Cinderella, died from lung cancer last week.

The news was confirmed by his sister in a Facebook post.

Those who knew Gary know that we and the world of music have all lost a very talented, funny, kind and gentle soul. The pain cuts so deeply that our hearts are bleeding, she wrote.

Former bandmembers of Cinderella also released a joint statement about Corbetts death, writing, Gary was a talented musician and good-hearted friend. He toured with Cinderella on and off for many years. Our deepest condolences go out to Garys wife Lenore and his family and loved ones. RIP Gary.

KISS released an official statement on Corbetts death as well, sharing that they were shocked and saddened to learn of the passing of Gary Corbett to cancer.

Miranda McKeon, a 19-year-old actress known for her role in Anne with an E, was diagnosed with breast cancer after she found an odd lump on her breast during a weekend at the beach with friends.

After going down a little Google rabbit hole, my mind was at ease because I didnt think anything could be wrong because of my age, McKeon told Entertainment Weekly.

Unfortunately for McKeon, a biopsy revealed that she had stage 3 breast cancer. The cancer had also spread to her lymph nodes. Her doctors told her that she was one in a million due to the rarity of receiving a breast cancer diagnosis as a teenager.

"My doctor was like, 'Your stage doesn't define you. And your cancer is your cancer.' she said. Which I appreciate because when you hear someone's stage, your mind goes straight to one place or another and I don't think that's necessarily representative of what I'm going through.

McKeon started treatment right away, which will be four months of chemotherapy with infusions every other week, followed by radiation and a potential surgery.

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FBI: Devontay Anderson, Wanted Fugitive Accused Of Killing 7-Year-Old In Chicago, May Be In Minnesota Or Wisconsin – CBS Minnesota06.29.21

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) A fugitive who is wanted in a 7-year-old girls violent shooting death in Chicago, Illinois may now be in Minnesota or Wisconsin, FBI Minneapolis officials announced Friday. A reward of up to $25,000 is being offered in hopes of locating him.

The FBI says 22-year-old Devontay Davoucci Anderson of Illinois is charged with first-degree murder in connection to the April 18 shooting death of the girl, who was fatally shot while in a vehicle in a fast food drive-thru in Chicago. She had just gotten out of school.

Anderson and an associate allegedly opened fire on the vehicle. The girl was struck multiple times. Her father was also shot once. The girl died from her injuries while her father survived.

Anderson was subsequently charged with first-degree murder. A federal arrest warrant was issued for him in late April after he was charged with unlawful flight to avoid prosecution.

Anderson is described as a Black man, around 5-foot-5 inches tall, 150 to 160 pounds, with brown eyes. He also has a small tattoo of capital letters written in script over his right eyebrow.

According to the FBI, Anderson is also known to go by Vontay or Moneybag and has connections to Illinois, Indiana and Florida.

Devontay Anderson (credit: FBI Minneapolis)

The FBI is offering a reward of up to $25,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of Anderson.


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BUSINESS BUZZ: No Regerts removes more than tattoos – The Pioneer06.29.21

This article is part of Business Buzz, a series designed to feature small businesses that make a big impact on the community. Participants featured will include the locally-owned businesses that make up the fabric of Big Rapids and the surrounding area.

BIG RAPIDS Regretting a tattoo is a regular occurrence and getting them removed used to be impossible, but advancements in laser technology have allowed doctors to get rid of them with relatively ease.

No Regerts Tattoo Removal in Big Rapids is one business that helps individuals with this issue on a daily basis and utilize a high tech laser to fade tattoos in sessions, as well as using the technology to address other skin conditions.

A physician-operated specialty clinic, No Regerts was founded in 2020 by podiatrist Dr. Jeff Mossel, who serves as the business medical director and oversees all treatments.

All of the laser technicians at No Regerts received the designations of Certified Laser Specialist and Laser Safety Officer from the worlds leading laser tattoo removal training college, New Look Laser College.

Mossel grew up in Byron Center and achieved his Bachelor of Science at Central Michigan University and his doctorate at School College of Podiatric Medicine in Chicago, Illinois.

Mossel completed his residency at Cook County Hospital in Chicago and the VA and University of Arizona in Tucson.

Before No Regerts, Mossel founded Big Rapids Foot & Ankle, a podiatry practice that focuses on foot care and health. No Regerts is operated inside of Big Rapids Foot & Ankle.

I had an open room in my office, and was looking at new opportunities to bring business in, Mossel said. I did some research and saw that there was a laser that took care of nail fungus, and noticed that it also worked with tattoo removal, and when I saw that I figured Id check it out."

"There arent many tattoo removal places in the area, and the ones that are around are expensive, so I thought it would be a good idea to implement in my practice," he added.

No Regerts provides services for completely removing unwanted tattoo ink, fading for cover up tattoos, vascular lesion removal no-obligation, as well as complimentary consultations for all patients.

The consultations are designed to educate a patient about the laser tattoo removal process and provide an in-depth tattoo assessment to determine the number of treatments a given tattoo will need.


Laser tattoo removal works when the ink particles in the skin absorb the light energy from a state-of-the-art laser. The absorption is what causes an ink particle to shatter into tiny fragments that are small enough for the immune system to naturally remove.

If an ink particle reflects light energy, then it remains intact and permanently trapped in the skin. Successful laser tattoo removal relies heavily on the technology and wavelengths a laser produces.

Mossel said the lengthy process depends largely on the size and colors that are in a certain tattoo, and that some tattoos can be as fast as 20 seconds, while others take several treatments.

The process can be a bit slow, because were working in sessions to break down the pigment which can take time, Mossel said. The process isnt burning the tattoo off of your skin, but breaking up those ink particles to help your body take care of it naturally, so we dont usually see any scarring or blisters after its done, and out lasers can remove almost all color except for a few white pigments.

An average patient would usually take three to 10 visits for a full removal depending on their tattoo and preferences. No Regerts can do full removals, lightening tattoos in preparation for a cover up, and can remove or lighten certain areas of a given tattoo.

The business will remove hate- or gang-related tattoos for no charge.

As for the pain levels, the process of getting a tattoo removed is reportedly less painful than getting the tattoo itself.

Many of my patients describe it as feeling a burning sensation, Mossel said. Luckily the process can go much faster for removal than for tattooing and we are able to have less pain and remove the tattoo faster for the patient. We ice the area if needed and also have a numbing agent that we can use for patient who need it, but everyone has different pain tolerances, so we treat each patient and tattoo differently."

"The process isnt particularly pleasant, but it goes quickly, at least," he added.

Mossel said that since opening, the business has gotten positive reviews from patients. Winter is usually a busier time for tattoo removal, as the process requires that patients avoid high sunlight and wear sunscreen during and after the process to protect the skin from sun damage.


No Regerts also utilizes their laser technology to treat patients with vascular veins, or spider veins, such as telangiectasia on the face and legs. Vascular lesions are extremely common and appear on all parts of the body in various shapes and sizes. These unwanted blemishes usually develop with age and are also caused by activity level, hormones, and genetics.

During treatment, the laser emits light energy into the skin and onto the unwanted vascular lesion. The hemoglobin of the blood absorbs the light energy and causes the blood to be warmed significantly, leading to inflammation of the vessel. The inflammation causes the vessel to collapse and successfully cut off blood flow.

Most patients will see significant results after a single treatment while larger vascular lesions may require more. In the case that multiple treatments are necessary, treatments are spaced at least four to six weeks apart.

Side effects of laser vascular lesion removal are few. Patients may experience some slight bruising and redness following treatment. Over the weeks following treatment, the skin should heal and eventually reveal unblemished skin.

Mossel said the treatment has been positive for many patients who struggled with the appearance of the common skin blemish.

Weve had great reviews on our vascular removals, and are happy that we can provide two services in one with our lasers, Mossel said. The removal process is simple and fast, and at No Regerts, both tattoo removal and vascular lesion removal are much lower cost than other places.

Weve had some great success stories with our tattoo removals, one patient we treated had a teardrop tattoo that was preventing him from getting a job and we were able to remove that, and as soon as we did he was able to get a job which was great to see. For many of our patients, removal of tattoos can help them with improving their lives.

Recently in a new location at 103 S. State St. in Big Rapids, No Regerts has been seeing an increase patient. Mossel said he has no plans to make major changes or additions to the services, but looks forward to removing more tattoos and helping individuals with their skin concerns.

To learn more about No Regerts, how to book an appointment, and more on their laser technology, visit their website at


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Body found in submerged car is identified | News | – Sentinel-Tribune05.19.21

PERRYSBURG A body found in a submerged car, confirmed as being owned by a missing person, was removed from the pond near the Owens-Illinois headquarters on Friday.

Perrysburg Police Chief Patrick Jones said the the case is being investigated.

Lucas County Coroners office is working. Law enforcement from Georgia is sending dental records up, so were just waiting on confirmation. The car was registered to her. There is a tattoo that appears identical, but obvious we cant say 100% until we get the coroners office to confirm that for us, he said. Right now we have one of our detectives working with law enforcement in Georgia trying to just figure out what the path was to get from Georgia to here and how they ended up in Perrysburg.

The vehicle owner is listed as Hailey Elayne Worthy. She went missing from Georgia to Michigan trip that started Dec. 13, according to missing persons website report.

The last message from her, on Dec. 15, at 3 a.m. to friends states, I love you all and see you soon.

A missing person report was later filed with the Rockdale County Sheriffs Department in Georgia, Case #20182984. It was reported as a missing persons case Dec. 30.

The report states that she was driving a silver Nissan Sentra bearing Georgia license plate.

Police are researching phone records and other evidence.

Perrysburg police and fire departments were dispatched to the scene at 6:53 a.m. on Friday to remove a silver four-door sedan with Georgia license plates on the south side of the pond. The Toledo dive team arrived on scene at 7:52 a.m.

We had to wait until morning to have the Toledo dive team assist us. Once we were able to get a diver in there, we were able to confirm that there was a body, Perrysburg Fire Chief Rudy Ruiz said.

Perrysburg police are working with Georgia law enforcement authorities to identify the body and notify the family.

The car was completely submerged in the pond, which has an approximate 10-foot depth. The body appeared to be in the drivers seat, according to Ruiz, but the victim wasnt seat-belted.

Ruiz said there was no obvious indication that there was a vehicle in the pond, except as could be seen from the air.

The vehicle had been spotted Thursday by a ProMedica pilot who had flown over the pond near the OI Headquarters at 1 Michael Owens Way at approximately 6 p.m. At 9:35 p.m. a call was placed by the pilot who had reported a vehicle partially in the water.

The water is clear, but being down so deep, and there were no tire tracks, or marks, or anything like that anywhere around the perimeter. We confirmed that right away, Ruiz said. But when the helicopter was doing maneuvers they happened to notice there was a vehicle in the water.

Perrysburg fire was dispatched to the scene at 9:37 p.m. It was determined that the efforts would be recovery and not rescue. The dive team was also called in, but due to safety concerns it was determined that they would come back in the morning.

One body was found in the car by Toledo divers.

According to an Associated Press story, the body may have been in the vehicle and pond since December.

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Events to return to Rosemont’s Stephens Convention Center starting in July – Daily Herald05.06.21

After a long, pandemic-triggered absence, trade shows and public events will return this summer to the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, the facility announced Tuesday.

Events will be held at the multi-hall, 840,000-square foot center on River Road starting in July. It's been dormant since March 2020, when the COVID-19 crisis resulted in restrictions on gatherings across the state, nation and world.

"We're excited to take another step toward normal," Mayor Brad Stephens said in the announcement. "It's good for Rosemont and it's good for Illinois."

A specific reopening date wasn't mentioned in the center's announcement.

An Asian-themed animation festival called Anime Midwest is scheduled to run July 2-4. Other events scheduled for July include the Exxxotica adult entertainment expo and the Chicago Tattoo Arts convention, both set to run July 16-18.

But final dates for events are being determined, a center spokesman said.

In all, about 30 events are tentatively scheduled for the center between July and Dec. 31.

Cleaning and disinfecting protocols will be enacted to prevent spread of COVID-19 and other viruses at the venue.

"The health and safety of our attendees is our highest priority," convention center Executive Director Chris Stephens said in the release. "We closely track and follow all best practices and guidance from the CDC and the Illinois Department of Public Health."

Before the pandemic, the Donald E. Stephens Convention and Conference Center hosted about 70 trade shows and 250 meetings and social events annually, according to the facility. The events bring about 1.5 million visitors and an $800 million economic impact to the region, village officials said.

Some draw tens of thousands of people to the venue and nearby hotels, restaurants and other businesses.

The center reopening will boost traffic "dramatically" at the Gibsons Bar & Steakhouse across the street, said Patrick Houlihan, managing partner for the Gibsons Restaurant Group.

"It has a really big trickle-down effect for everybody," Houlihan said.

The last event held at the convention center was the World of Wheels car show in early March 2020.

Other suburban hotels and convention centers are planning to host events starting this summer, too. For example, the Original Sewing and Quilt Expo is set for June 3-5 at the Schaumburg Convention Center.

"We are going to have a complete show with wonderful vendors, fabulous classrooms and teachers, and some really great quilt displays," said Liz Fredrick, sales manager for the event.

And the Chicago Auto Show, the Black Women's Expo and other events are planned for Chicago's McCormick Place.

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New Steelers center Kendrick Green ‘nasty’ on the surface, but there’s much more to him – Galesburg Register-Mail05.06.21

By Brian Batko| Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (TNS)

PITTSBURGH When Zack Belk was being recruited to play college football 12 years ago, his younger brother wanted to come along on the visits. It was on a trip to Knox College, a Division III school in Galesburg, Illinois,that the head coach couldn't believe the size of 10-year-old Kendrick Green, and told him right then and there they'd love to have him on the team someday.

He was only half-joking.

"I always tell people that was his first offer," Belk said with a laugh Saturday afternoon. "They were recruiting me, but then they really wanted Kendrick."

Somewhere, that coach was probably patting himself on the back Friday night when the Steelers chose Green out of Illinois not Knox to be their third-round draft pick. And maybe their next great center?

The 6-foot-2, 305-pound Green got the call from Mike Tomlin at Belk's house, in their hometown of Peoria, Illinois.Belk, 30, is eight years older than Green, so he's had a front-row seat to watch his brother go from Major League Baseball hopeful to dominant lineman and now to much-needed help for a beleaguered Steelers offense.

"Sometimes you see guys and it's like they were just big and stumbled onto football, and they're really good," Belk said. "Kendrick's story and him being drafted is a culmination of all his efforts since he's been 5 years old."

Green's older brother called him "real nasty," which is key for new Steelers offensive line coach Adrian Klemm, who takes over the No. 1 job presiding over that unit after Shaun Sarrett was not retained this offseason. Klemm had been the Steelers' assistant offensive line coach, but now he can have even more of a hand in shaping that group, and the first rookie added to it was Green.

There are questions, no doubt, about the team's newest lineman. He was listed at 6-4 on the Illinois roster but measured in a shade under 6-2 at his pro day. In college, 29 of his 33 starts came at guard, and only four at center, where the Steelers must replace All-Pro stalwart Maurkice Pouncey. But he already checks what might be the biggest box for the Steelers, and that's a mentality and a physicality Klemm won't have to teach.

"He just finishes plays with a nasty demeanor and imposes his will every play," Klemm said Friday night.

For Green, his disposition isn't without talent to back it up. Yes, he's on the smaller side for an offensive lineman, but he showed his athleticism with a 4.88 40-yard dash faster than any other interior lineman who ran at his pro day this year and 9-foot-11-inch broad jump, by far the best of any 2021 center. Not that he'll be running 40 yards downfield very often, but his 10-yard split time of 1.69 seconds an indicator of initial burst also was tops in the class.

It should be no surprise, then, that Green didn't just pick up football because he was a burly kid. He just happened to excel at that sport the most, given his powerful frame. Growing up, he went to the local basketball camp sponsored by Peoria legend Shaun Livingston, the fourth overall NBA draft pick in 2004 who won three titles with the Golden State Warriors. Green really enjoyed baseball as a first baseman and power-hitter who was "so strong that if he just touched the ball, it was gone," his brother remembered.

"He was really good. He'll get mad I'm sharing this, but at one point when he was a little kid, he wanted to quit football and just focus on baseball," Belk said. "Kendrick's a workhorse, but when he was a kid, he hated to go to football practice. He was like, 'Man, baseball's so much easier,' when he was 9 or 10. I said, 'You're just being lazy.' I told him you're much better at football than baseball. He said, 'I'm going to MLB!'"

Instead, Green racked up most of his accolades on the field and the mat. He finished third in the state in wrestling as a senior heavyweight and played both ways to help Peoria High School win its first football state championship that same year. Green racked up 12 varsity letters in all and even earned a spot on the U.S. under-19 football team that played in the world championships in China.

He elected to head to Champaign and play for the hometown Fighting Illini but had a bit of a rude awakening. Not only did he redshirt his first year, but the coaching staff had seen enough of him at the position he was recruited for, moving him from defensive tackle to the offensive line.

"I was awful at defense," the gregarious Green admitted Friday night shortly after being drafted.

Of course, the switch worked out well for his football future. But as he's evolved, Green has come to care about more than just what happens between the lines. Last summer, he spent most of three days working the phones to organize a rally for racial equality on the Illinois campus.

Green led a march that ended at the Champaign Police Department, and eventually he spoke to the crowd assembled around him. He told them public speaking isn't his strong suit, but that the goal of the event was to unify the community and raise awareness of police brutality, while acknowledging that "Rome wasn't built in a day."

"Peoria is definitely a very racially divided city, when you talk about inequality. And when you're Black and you grow up in a bad part of town that is suffering heavily from poverty, you grow up seeing those things," Belk said of his brother, a sociology major. "His teammate now, [Najee Harris], who was homeless for a time that's not Kendrick's story. He had a decent childhood. But being around it and being so close to it your entire life, you just have a soft spot in your heart to that type of stuff. He's older now. He's not an idiot. He's a pretty smart guy. He sees a lot of what's happening in his own city and the world, and he's passionate about it."

On that day in late August, people were literally following Green, including Illinois athletic director Josh Whitman, then-football coach Lovie Smith, basketball coaches Brad Underwood and Orlando Antigua, plus plenty of student-athletes. But at his pro day in March, Klemm watched how teammates gravitated to his leadership and "commanding presence" from a football perspective.

That's always a good quality to have in a center, one Pouncey was revered for in Pittsburgh and in college. Klemm was careful not to compare Green to Pouncey or Dermontti Dawson and Mike Webster, a couple other college guards who moved to the middle and turned into Hall of Famers but when you're a center for the Steelers, the bar is set sky-high. It just so happens Green also idolized the Pouncey twins' playing style, and he even wore No. 53 like Maurkice and brother Mike.

"I play with a mean streak," said Green, who squatted 700 pounds last spring and has a tattoo of Ares, the Greek god of war, on his left forearm. "I'm looking to play physical and finish guys."

Klemm always wants his center to set the tone for the rest of the line, but first, Green will have to beat out veteran B.J. Finney and former undrafted free agent J.C. Hassenauer. His inner circle believes he's up for the challenge, and the journey began Friday night with his siblings, friends, fraternity brothers and proud father, LaMont Carroll, by his side.

But most important was his 5-month-old daughter in his lap.

"He loves her to death, and she's honestly the driving force of what's going to hopefully keep him grounded and make sure he's smart with his finances," Belk said. "He's not going to be that guy you read stories about being a rookie, going out, doing dumb stuff, messing up his shot on the field. He's there to work. He wants to start, he wants to win and he wants a Super Bowl."

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Illinois Gov. Pritzker Activates National Guard To Protect The State Capitol Ahead Of Inauguration – WBEZ01.20.21

Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker activated the Illinois National Guard Friday and crews began boarding up windows at the statehouse to protect the state Capitol complex from possible armed violence ahead of President-elect Joe Bidens swearing-in.

Pritzkers deployment of 250 Guard members to downtown Springfield comes in response to an FBI bulletin earlier this week warning of armed protests in all 50 state capitals and potential disruptions to Bidens inauguration itself.

We will be adequately protected, the governor said during a briefing with reporters Friday, though he added he was unaware of any threats specifically targeting the state Capitol building.

Meanwhile, crews from the Office of the Capitol Architect spent Friday boarding up first-floor and basement windows around the statehouse in an unprecedented precaution to fend off any potential marauders supporting President Trumps false election narrative.

Additionally, Pritzker ordered up another 100 Guard members to join 200 Illinois troops already deployed to the nations capital, following last weeks insurrection by a mob of supporters of President Donald Trump.

Following the violent siege at our nations Capitol and reports from federal law enforcement on threats to state capitals, I am bringing all resources to bear to protect our residents and our democratic process, Pritzker said earlier Friday in a statement.

Our exemplary members of the Illinois National Guard will be working closely with our State Police as well as local and federal authorities to keep our capital city safe, he said. We will continue to be fully transparent with the public on any new information and the steps we are taking to respond.

The governors statement said the National Guard would not interfere with any peaceful protests that might arise in Springfield this weekend or next week, and the 250 Guard members will aide local authorities in enforcing street closures and designated perimeters.

At least two people from Illinois have been charged in the riot, including a suburban man who has since been fired from his tech startup and a Roselle tattoo artist.

In other developments Friday, the governor avoided any condemnation of newly seated Illinois House Speaker Emanuel Chris Welch over a 2002 police report involving domestic battery against a woman. No charges were filed as a result of the event, which state Rep. Kelly Cassidy, D-Chicago, said should warrant further scrutiny.

In a Friday interview with WCIA-TV, the Champaign-based CBS affiliate, Welch, of Hillside, denied hitting the woman.

Let me say that Speaker Welch answered questions repeatedly from the caucus, and I think thats one of the reasons he ultimately was elected, that he adequately answered those questions to the caucus, Pritzker said.

Speaker Welch has addressed that publicly, the governor continued. Hes been asked publicly about it. Hes been asked privately about it and has earned the support of many women and womens groups. I think thats important to point out in the context of the questions that have been asked.

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Tattooers Talking About Their Love of Pantera – INKED01.20.21

Its been over 20 years since their last album and 18 since the band broke up, but the mark Pantera left on the music world will last forever. Over the course of their five classic albums (everyone involved pretends the preceding four never happened), Pantera delivered countless heavy riffs and classic jams.

Our friends over at REVOLVER are celebrating all things Pantera by releasing the Book of Pantera. The collectors issue comes with five separate covers, each celebrating one of Panteras classic albums: Cowboys From Hell, Vulgar Display of Power, Far Beyond Driven, The Great Southern Trendkill and Reinventing the Steel. Theyve also released limited edition vinyl versions of each of those albums, available in bundles with the coinciding magazine.

The release made us a little nostalgic for the iconic metal band, I couldnt help thinking about the first time I ever heard Pantera. I was at the Odeum in Villa Park, Illinois to watch an ECW pay-per-view. The main event involved Rob Van Dam, who used to walk out to the ring to Panteras Walk. The second that grinding riff came out over the PA, the crowd erupted, soon screaming along, Re! Spect! Walk! What did you say? It was intoxicating. As I rode home from the event I couldnt get the song out of my head, in part because it was such an earworm, but also because it was the soundtrack to such an electric evening. Less than 24 hours later I was slipping my brand new copy of Vulgar Display of Power into the CD player of my Chrysler LeBaron and driving far too fast cranking the volume to a level that tested the integrity of they poor cars speakers.

My own fond memories of Pantera led me to reach out to some of our favorite tattoo artists who love to keep their shops loud while they work and asked them some questions about the original Cowboys From Hell.

Jesse Levitt: I first heard Pantera when I was 15 when my friend gave me the album Far Beyond Driven.

Nikki Simpson: The first time I heard Pantera was actually when I was a preteen watching Beavis and Butthead. They were watching the music video This Love and making fun of Phil Anselmo as if Pantera was a kid, like, Dammit Pantera this beer is warm, get me another one! And You treat your stepmother with respect, Pantera! Or youll be sleeping in the street!

Mada Fleming: I was maybe 7 or 8 years old. My mom was dating some scary dude with long hair and tattoos. Pantera popped up on the radio and he blasted it. I remember being super freaked out. I cant recall if it was Mouth for War or Walk but it was one of those songs. I was super put off but also enthralled that music could create fear and excitement like that. When youre a kid, its like watching a scary movie. I definitely wanted more of that feeling.

Jesse Levitt: My favorite song would be 5 Minutes Alone. Its just catchy and badass. Gets me pumped up to shred on my skate or snowboard! Which is my other passion other than art and tattooing.

Nikki Simpson: Id probably have to say Becoming is my favorite song. The lyrics are so gnarly and empowering and the main riff is just so nasty and groovy, all that shredding you typically hear from Dimebag wasnt even needed for this to just be a strong, heavy ass song. There was a point in my life where I hung on a lot of musicians lyrics for strength, and having someone as powerful as Phil translating pain and anger into being born again, with snakes eyes, becoming godsize. It just gives you the chills and motivation to be a bad motherfucker and rise above. So its either that song or Domination. That song has the heaviest breakdown of all time, of any genre of metal. I have DOMINATE tattooed on my knuckles because of that song.

Mada Fleming: Im trying not to be a basic bitch and say Cemetery Gates, but that song had a huge impact on me because before that I had only heard the harder side of Pantera. Before that I had never even owned an album of theirs because I think I was still too young to ask my mom to buy me one in fear that she would be worried [laughs]. Definitely Cemetery Gates.

Jesse Levitt: The bands legacy will always be that they are super fucking tough. Dimebag will always be remembered as a metal hero for sure, as will the rest of the band.

Mada Fleming: At the time [they were active], I feel like Pantera was the only major label band carrying the flag for true metal, while most of their contemporaries were going soft. They just continued to get heavier with each release. Not to mention Dimebag Darrell, obviously.

Nikki Simpson: Pantera is that band that no matter what genre of metal youre intofrom death metal, to hardcore, to thrash, to black metal, and shit, even glam rock and bluestheres something for everyone in their music. Their groove and heaviness and musical virtuosity is unparalleled and their sound just cant be replicated. Aside from their sound being timeless, their southern swagger and badass attitude just made them somehow even fucking cooler because you knew not a second of it was a gimmick. These dudes just came to shred and party and anytime you hear Pantera, youre instantly pumped. Thats a mighty fine legacy to me.

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Proposed NY Biometric Privacy Act Would Allow Private Right of Action – Ad Law Access01.09.21

New York may become the latest state to allow consumers to sue companies for improperly collecting, retaining or using certain biometric data. Earlier this week, a bipartisan slate of state legislators (17 Democrats, 7 Republicans) introduced Assembly Bill 27, which seeks to amend New Yorks General Business Law to add a new article known as the Biometric Privacy Act. Of primary interest here is the bills grant to individual consumers of a right to sue companies that violate the terms of this potential new law.

What the Law Would Cover. Currently, Illinois is the only state with a biometric privacy statute that provides for a similar private right of action. Illinoiss Biometric Information Privacy Act, commonly known as BIPA, has been the subject of previous discussion here. The requirements of the proposed New York law largely mirror BIPA. For example, both have a private right of action and substantially similar definitions of biometric identifiers and biometric information, prohibitions regarding the collection, storage, and transfer of such information, and penalty provisions. Should the law pass, the trends and jurisprudence that have emerged from the litigation in Illinois will be particularly instructive to New York companies.

New Yorks proposed bill applies to biometric identifiers such as retina or iris scans, fingerprints, voiceprints, hand or face geometry scans used to identify an individual, and biometric information that is used to identify an individual based on his biometric identifier(s). The bill specifically excludes certain data from its scope, including writing samples, written signatures, photographs, human biological samples used for valid scientific purposes, demographic data, tattoo descriptions, and physical descriptions such as height, weight, hair color, and eye color. (We note that the proposed law would be consistent with New York SHIELD Acts expanded definition of private information.)

What the Law Would Require. The proposed law requires private entities in possession of biometric identifiers orbiometric information (collectively referred to herein as biometric data) to develop public, written policies establishing a data retention schedule and destruction guidelines. It also prohibits private entities from collecting, capturing, purchasing, receiving through trade, or otherwise obtaining a persons biometric data unless it first:

(1) informs the subject in writing that biometric data is being collected or stored,

(2) the specific purpose of the collection and the length of time for which it is being collected, stored and used, and

(3) obtains a written release from the subject.

The bill also prohibits private entities from selling, leasing, trading, or otherwise profiting from a persons biometric data. Further, a private entity that discloses or otherwise disseminatesa persons biometric data may do so only:

(1) upon obtaining the subjects consent;

(2) to complete a financial transaction at the subjects request,

(3) if such disclosure is required by federal, state or local law or ordinance, or

(4) if a valid warrant or subpoena requires such disclosure.

Private Right of Action. Significantly, the proposed bill includes a private right of action in New York supreme court for any violation of the statutes requirements. Where a violation is found, the prevailing consumer may recover the greater of actual damages or liquidated damages per violation of up to $1,000 for a negligent violation and up to $5,000 for an intentional or reckless violation. The statute also includes provisions that allow for recovery of attorneys fees and costs. There is no bar on aggregated or class claims.

In Illinois, BIPA has been the catalyst for an active stream of consumer lawsuits in both state and federal court. Such claims were bolstered by an Illinois Supreme Court holding that even mere technical violations of the statute were sufficient to warrant consumer recovery. Rosenbach v. Six Flags Entr Corp., 129 N.E. 3d 1197 (Il. 2019). Illinois experience with private consumer litigation is instructive for the scope that it has reached. Thus far, litigants have used it to raise various hot-button issues, including questions around companies employment practices such as the use of fingerprints for timekeeping records and retailers use of facial recognition technology in their store security measures.

Assembly Bill 27 has been referred to the Consumer Affairs and Protection Committee. We will continue to monitor its status and other laws/litigation related to biometric privacy.

If you have questions about your pending or potential litigation risks arising from use, storage, or sale of personal information, please reach out to a member of our team.

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Police looking for man who tried to rob woman in Collinsville Walmart parking lot – KSDK.com01.03.21

COLLINSVILLE, Ill. Police are looking for an armed man that tried to rob a woman of her purse in the parking lot of a Collinsville, Illinois, Walmart Sunday afternoon.

Officers were called to the Walmart on Collinsville Crossing Boulevard at around 3 Sunday afternoon for a report of an attempted robbery. When they arrived, they were told two patrons were loading up their cars when a man got out of the passenger side of a dark SUV and approached them.

They said the man demanded the victim's purse and showed her the gun in his waistband. The woman refused and started yelling for help, at which time the suspect jumped back into the dark SUV and sped off.

No one was injured in the incident.

Police said the suspect was about 6-foot tall with a thin build and a tattoo on his neck. He was wearing a dark hooded sweatshirt.

Anyone with information is asked to call Detective Douglas Talbot at 618-344-2131 Ext. 5279 or Crimestoppers at 866-371-8477.

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