Life & Style: New Year's Eve

 

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By Leslie Linsley

Contributing Writer

 

(Dec. 29, 2014)

Every year I hear the same question: What are
you doing for New Year’s Eve? I’m not much for celebrating
anywhere but home. It’s the last weekend to enjoy the Christmas
decorations and somehow it seems all the more special knowing that it
will all be taken down very shortly. Like many people I’ve talked
to I have my own rituals although there are many parties and events
around town for celebrating with friends on the island. The Nantucket
Hotel event has turned into a very exciting one that is talked about
in the months preceding the evening. It’s an opportunity to dress
up and go dancing in a wonderfully exciting space. Gwenn and Mark
Snyder have done a great job in making this a spectacular tradition.
Those who are having dinner parties at home have shared some of their
decorating ideas that you might find useful if you’re planning a
get together tonight.

 

• Pure white and silver is a great color scheme
for this night. Bring out all your silver and use it to create a
centerpiece on the table. Put a silver Christmas ball in each
champagne flute and tie pure white linen napkins with French wired
silver ribbon. Use white tulips, paperwhites or lilies in clear glass
or silver vases. Be creative with tinsel. Surround the flowers on
the table with silver balls scattered about. The white, silver and
green represent winter magic.

 

• Think red and white or even black and white.
Use lots of red or white tulips for your centerpiece, red napkins and
linens with pure-white chinaware. Fill a silver bowl with shiny
bright red balls dotted with sprigs of holly. Put a red ball in each
champagne flute.

 

* Artist Donn Russell once had a New Year’s
party and set the table with items from his collection of English
memorabilia. Small tins were filled with candies, he used souvenir
plates and arranged a centerpiece of little figurines of the royal
family. While you may not have such a collection, whatever you
collect can be the basis for a table setting that’s personal and
fun.

 

• A designer I once worked with in New York
always set an elegant, artistic table from ordinary materials. She
often covered the center of her dining table with green moss then
arranged shiny balls and votive candles on top, keeping everything
low. Like me, she loves bare branches as a bouquet and sticks tufts
of fluffy quilt batting on them to look like snow.

 

• Another designer friend uses all metallic
colors on his dining table but first lays a strip of brown Kraft
paper down the center and puts a pen at each person’s place. During
the meal everyone is asked to spontaneously decorate, doodle, write
messages and resolutions on it. How fun is that?

 

• A friend who loves red spray-painted bare
branches with glossy red paint and created a sculpture of sticks
stuck into a container filled with moss. He used black candles for a
masculine edge. The sticks are lined up in the center of the table
and the overall effect is like gazing through an enchanted forest.

 

• If you have the items, setting a very ornate
table can be exquisite. You cannot overdo. Not everyone has the
china, silverware, candlesticks etc. to do this but from the many
yard sales, auctions and antique shops I’e been to on the island,
I’d say there are a fair amount of us who have inherited things
from another era. This is the time to bring it all out.

 

• Some items that are easy to make to decorate
the table: 1. Wrap drinking glasses with metallic tape in a spiral
pattern to hold candles. 2. Pile a cake plate with lemons and sprigs
of leaves and silver balls. Keep everything on the table yellow and
white. Fill little baskets with lemon drops for each guest.

 

The point of decorating and entertaining for
New Year’s Eve is to make it special. Your home should feel like a
celebration. If an intimate no-frills evening is more your speed it’s
still fun to make it special with a favorite meal, a good movie or
music, a fire in the fireplace, a good bottle of wine and maybe even
getting out of your sweats and into something a bit more festive.
You might even start now making a list of resolutions to share with
those or the one you are spending the evening.

 

Don’t forget candles. It’s the easiest way
to make your home romantic. Every New Year’s Eve is an opportunity
to make the evening memorable so you can look back and remember what
you were doing on the night that 2014 turned into 2015.

 

Even if you plan to spend New Year’s Eve
alone you can make the evening your very own by getting a good movie,
playing your favorite music, planning a favorite meal and popping a
bottle of champagne. And whether you dress up to be home with a
significant other or surround yourself with good friends, have a
happy, healthy, joyful and wonderful new year.

 

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AirAsia flight: teams retrieve bodies from Java Sea

Teams searching for AirAsia flight QZ8501 have begun recovering dozens of bodies from the Java Sea, as Indonesian officials confirmed that scattered debris found nearby came from the plane.

A major search and rescue effort involving at least 30 ships and 15 aircraft from nine countries has been looking for the aircraft since it vanished early on Sunday morning while carrying 162 people from Surabaya, Indonesia, to Singapore. The findings mark a major breakthrough on the operation’s third day.

The flight’s carrier, AirAsia Indonesia, an affiliate of the Malaysian budget carrier AirAsia, confirmed in a statement posted on Facebook that the debris belonged to the missing flight.

“I am absolutely devastated,” AirAsia’s chief executive, Tony Fernandes, said, according to the statement. “This is a very difficult moment for all of us at AirAsia as we await further developments of the search and rescue operations but our first priority now is the wellbeing of the family members of those on board QZ8501.”

The Indonesian television station TvOne reportedly broadcast images of a floating body, then apologised for showing the pictures after relatives of passengers in Surabaya saw the images on television and burst into tears.

AFP reported that at least two relatives collapsed and had to be carried out on stretchers. “My heart will be totally crushed if it’s true. I will lose a son,” 60-year-old Dwijanto told the news agency.

The Indonesian president, Joko Widodo, arrived in Surabaya after nightfall to meet the families.

Indonesian president Joko Widodo talks to the media in Surabaya after meeting relatives of the missing AirAsia plane passengers.
Photograph: Made Nagi/EPA

Indonesian officials said search and rescue teams spotted the shadow of a plane beneath the water. “God blessed us today,” Bambang Soelistyo, the head of Indonesia’s National Search and Rescue Agency, told reporters, according to AFP. “At 12:50 the air force Hercules found an object described as a shadow at the bottom of the sea in the form of a plane.”

As dusk fell, Indonesian navy spokesperson Manahan Simorangkir said searchers had begun to recover bodies. “Based on the navy radio, it has been reported that the warship Bung Tomo has retrieved 40 bodies and the number is growing,” he said. “They are very busy now.” No bodies have been identified.

Earlier, Tri Wibowo, the co-pilot of one of the planes involved in the search, said he saw “dozens of floating bodies as well as bags and aircraft debris”, according to the Jakarta Post. SB Supriyadi, the director of national search and rescue, told reporters the corpses were not wearing life jackets.

Indonesian air force official Agus Dwi Putranto told a press conference on Tuesday afternoon that search vessels had found objects located approximately 10km from the location where the plane was last captured on radar. “We spotted about 10 big objects and many more small white-coloured objects which we could not photograph,” he said.

“It is not really clear … it could be the wall of the plane or the door of the plane,” Putranto said. “Let’s pray that those objects are what we are really trying to find.” As the day wore on, searchers began to identify life jackets and luggage among the debris.

On Tuesday, Indonesian officials announced they would be expanding the search area. France, Australia, Malaysia, Singapore, the US, New Zealand, South Korea and China are assisting in the operation.

The US navy has deployed the USS Sampson, and the Australian foreign minister, Julie Bishop, said Australia was deploying two RAAF P3 Orion planes equipped with specialist search equipment.

Sunu Widyatmoko, chief executive officer of AirAsia Indonesia, said: “We are sorry to be here today under these tragic circumstances. We would like to extend our sincere sympathies to the family and friends of those on board QZ8501. Our sympathies also go out to the families of our dear colleagues.”

COLUMN: New Year's resolutions for pets and their owners

Pets provide us with so much affection and unconditional love that we should find ways to improve our relationships with them in the coming year. At the top of almost everyone’s resolution list is to find ways to save money. Pet owners can keep veterinary costs low by following a few simple guidelines in the New Year.

Keep pets up to date on important vaccinations and parasite prevention. It is much less expensive to prevent a disease than it is to treat it. The two most common diseases in dogs and cats are gingivitis or gum disease and obesity. Both can be prevented with home dental care, such as brushing with C.E.T. enzymatic tooth paste daily. Proper diet and feeding habits help with preventing obesity.

Don’t procrastinate and miss veterinary exams and visits. If your pet is injured or ill, delaying veterinary attention could actually lead to higher expenses!

Resolve to keep good communications with your veterinarian and veterinary staff. Keep your veterinarian up to date on pet health and behavioral changes.

Consider investing in pet insurance or starting a pet health savings plan as the New Year begins. These simple steps can help you avoid financial issues if your pet is sick or even avoid an “economic euthanasia.” There are numerous pet insurance providers. One company I think is pretty good is Trupanion. Visit www.trupanion.com for more information.

Next on many resolution lists is the promise to exercise more and lose weight.

Like their humans, many pets in the U.S. are overweight or obese. The New Year is a great time to make the commitment to losing those extra pounds.

Studies show that dog owners spend as much as twice the time walking each week than non-dog owners. This positive reinforcement can be beneficial for your goals and help your pet lose weight, too.

Some people will make resolutions to spend more quality time with family. That resolution should be expanded to include our pets as well.

There is an old adage that “a tired dog is a good dog.” Including a small amount of time in our daily routine for our pets can help prevent destructive behavioral issues.

Many pets could benefit from enrolling in a basic training class, especially if you have a new puppy. Consider this New Year as a great time to make sure your pet is a “good pet citizen.”

Looking our best is another popular resolution each year. Why not include your pets?

Proper grooming and brushing is a way to meet your resolution of spending more time with your pet. If you have not heard of the Furminator Brush, you need to discover it. This amazing brush really helps with excessive shedding. Go to www.furminator.com.

Helping others is a promise that people make each New Year. Keep that promise by volunteering your time or providing needed help at your local animal shelter or rescue group. The Farmington Regional Animal Shelter has been open for just more than one year and is very much in need of volunteer help on an ongoing basis to make it run smoothly and successfully. Go to www.fmtn.org/animalservices.

Another great resolution for all pet owners is to promise to discuss all aspects of your pets care with your veterinarian before acting on information found online. Even though Internet searches and discussions with online friends might seem to be helpful, there is a lot of misinformation present on the web.

Avoid using “Dr. Google” as your only source of pet health recommendations. Your veterinarian is the true pet health expert and will be happy to answer your questions and concerns.

Lastly, I want to sincerely thank all of you for reading the “Pets and Their People” column this past year. And thank you, Daily Times for giving me this venue for client education.

Dr. Darren Woodson has practiced veterinary medicine in the Farmington area for more than 28 years and has a passion for educating pet owners. If you have a question you would like him to address, email dwoodson@valleyvetpet.com. Please understand Dr. Woodson will choose the questions that are most relevant to our readers.

Entertainment News: Man charged in celebrity crash

A Las Vegas man has been charged with rear-ending Jennifer Lopez.  Los Angeles prosecutors say Robert John Reitz was charged with drunk driving.  He is 53 years old.  Reitz could get six months in jail and a one thousand dollar fine if convicted.  Lopez’s Rolls-Royce was stopped at a traffic light in Malibu in September when a pickup truck hit it from behind.  Lopez, her two children and a friend were not hurt.

(CNN)- Actor Dustin Diamond is due back in court on Monday.  He was in court yesterday following his arrest Friday in Port Washington, Wisconsin.  Diamond, best known for his role as Screech in ‘Saved by the Bell’ allegedly stabbed a man during a bar fight on Christmas Day. Diamond claims he was protecting his girlfriend and did not intentionally stab anyone.  The victim suffered non-life threatening injuries.

(CBS)- Motown hits Broadway.  Original Motown super groups, The Temptations and The Four Tops are performing their greatest hits including “I’ll Be There” and “Baby I Need Your Lovin'” at the Palace Theater this week.  The special 7 show engagement ends this Sunday, January 4th.

Appeals Court: Producer Likely to Win Defamation Lawsuit Against TheWrap

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A California appeals court has revived a defamation lawsuit against TheWrap over its reporting on the documentary Revelations of the Mayans 2012 and Beyond.

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The doc was scheduled to be made by Raul Julia-Levy — who professes to be the son of actor Raul Julia, best known for playing Gomez in The Addams Family films of the 1990s. The executive producer on the film was Elizabeth Thieriot. Much intrigue followed the documentary thanks to touted bombshells that would connect the Mayans to extraterrestrials and prophesies including that 75 percent of Earth’s population would die in the next two decades.

In the end, the film became most notable for a feud between Julia-Levy and Thieriot. After the film stopped production, the two became ensconced in a legal battle that resulted in an arbitrator determining that Julia-Levy had breached contract and committed fraud.

Before the arbitrator handed down the ruling, TheWrap looked into the fight and reported that Thieriot was being accused of fleeing with film footage. The entertainment news site also pointed to documents that purportedly showed she had filmed without a valid permit on federal ground in Mexico.

Thieriot filed a $1 million defamation claim, calling the accusations false and stating that the documents and the article were based solely on Julia-Levy’s word.  

TheWrap   was able to prevail at the lower court by exploiting California’s anti-SLAPP statute, which provides an early recourse for those whose First Amendment rights are threatened via legal action. The trial judge rejected the lawsuit on the basis that the story wasn’t false insofar as it was merely repeating accusations by Julia-Levy.

On Tuesday, California appellate Judge Thomas Willhite reversed the decision based on an analysis of why Thieriot is likely to prevail in her lawsuit. Here’s the full opinion.

First, there’s the issue of falsity.

Judge Willhite applies a California common law rule that holds “one who republishes a defamatory statement is deemed thereby to have adopted it and so may be held liable, together with the person who originated the statement, for resulting injury to the reputation of the defamation victim.”

In other words, simply attributing false statements to a source isn’t a shield against defamation.

There is an exception to that rule when reporters base statements on privileged information such as judicial and legislative proceedings and anything said in the course thereof.

In defense of Thieriot’s lawsuit, TheWrap attempted to point to Julia-Levy presenting criminal charges to the Mexican government to institute proceedings against Thieriot.

Judge Willhite says that’s not enough because the California statute only “protects reports of such charges only when a warrant has been issued, and there is no evidence that a warrant was issued in this instance” and further that “Thieriot presented evidence that the article was not a ‘fair and true report’ of the investigation, because the article stated that Thieriot was ordered ‘to appear and turn over the hard drives and towers,’ and that she was told not to leave Mexico, but Thieriot’s evidence shows that no such orders were made.”

Then, there’s the issue of malice.

“In this case, Thieriot presented evidence that defendants relied upon a source — their only source — known to be unreliable,” says the ruling. “Indeed, it is not disputed that defendants were aware that prosecutors from the Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office had ‘filed a 3-inch-thick document [in a different, high-profile, case] assailing the credibility’ of Julia-Levy, and contended that Julia-Levy ‘had a history of making false statements to police and in legal filings.'”

Should TheWrap have been careful to trust a source who has been called an “imposter” by others?

Steve Pond, the article’s author, contacted Larry Stein, Thieriot’s attorney, to get the producer’s side. Stein said he told Pond that he had recently been retained and would provide Pond with accurate facts within a day or two after speaking to his client. The lawyer believed that the article wouldn’t be published until then, but it went up on the website the following morning.

The appeals court judge cites this as well as other things like the reliance on documents handed over directly from Julia-Levy to conclude that “a reasonable trier of fact could find that defendants’ acceptance of Julia-Levy’s claims was reckless in light of the ‘obvious reasons to doubt [his] veracity’ and defendants’ ‘purposeful avoidance of the truth.’ “

Judge Willhite adds all of these factors together. He writes, “We conclude Thieriot presented sufficient evidence to show a probability of prevailing.”

Frank Broccolo, the Sidley Austin attorney representing TheWrap, says he is disappointed in the ruling and considering taking it to the California Supreme Court. He stresses the analysis won’t be binding on further proceedings in the ongoing defamation lawsuit.

In a statement, Sharon Waxman, CEO and editor-in-chief of TheWrap, said: “I am truly disturbed by this ruling by the California appeals court because of the chilling effect it could have on all news media going about the business of news gathering on a daily basis. In this instance, The Wrap reached out repeatedly to representatives for Elizabeth Thierot during the reporting of the article in question. The idea that a news organization might be subject to the whims of a wealthy individual who has the means to intimidate them through the legal process because they do not like what is being written is a dangerous one for the functioning of a free and independent news media. It seems to us exactly what the anti-SLAPP statue is meant to prevent.”

Email: Eriq.Gardner@THR.com
Twitter: @eriqgardner

Search for missing AirAsia flight QZ8501 halted as darkness falls

Hopes were fading on Sunday night for the safe return of 162 people aboard the missing AirAsia flight QZ8501 after the first day of the search was called off in Indonesia owing to failing light. The government in Jakarta said it did not “dare to presume what [had] happened” to the aircraft.

In what appeared to be the third mysterious air tragedy to beset south-east Asian air travel this year, the Airbus 320-200 passenger jet took off from the Indonesian city of Surabaya for Singapore at 5.35am on Sunday, but lost all contact with air control at 6.17am.

The search, which focused on an area of the Java Sea near Belitung, an island off of the east coast of Sumatra, resumed at first light on Monday, while some ships continuedthe hunt overnight.

Djoko Murjatmodjo, Indonesia’s acting director general of transportation, said the flight had made its last communication to air traffic control at 6.13am when the pilot, referring to bad weather, had “asked to avoid clouds by turning left and going higher to 34,000 feet [10,360 metres]”.

No distress signal was sent from the aircraft, which was last seen on radar at 6.16am. A minute later it was no longer there, said Murjatmodjo. “We don’t dare to presume what has happened except that it has lost contact,” he said.

“We hope we can find the location of the plane as soon as possible, and we hope that God will give us guidance to find it.” The plane had four and a half hours of fuel on board.

In the hours that followed, the UK Foreign Office confirmed a Briton was a passenger on the flight, among the 155 passengers and seven crew on board. He was named in local reports as Chi-Man Choi, an energy industry executive, who was believed to have boarded the flight with his two-year-old daughter, Zoe. The Foreign Office did not name them. The passenger list included 16 children and one infant.

As the hours wore on, anxious relatives gathered in airport crisis centres in Surabaya and Singapore awaiting news of their loved ones. As night fell some in Singapore took the option of flying to Indonesia to be with other waiting family members, while others were put up in hotels or left to spend the night in their own homes.

The CEO of AirAsia, Tony Fernandes, took an emergency flight to Surabaya, home of many of the jet’s passengers, and told reporters the company was devastated by what had happened. “We don’t want to speculate but right now of course the plane has been missing for 12 hours and there’s a deep sense of depression here,” he said. “This is a massive shock to us and we are devastated by what has happened. It’s unbelievable.”

AirAsia CEO, Tony Fernandes. Source: Reuters

Fernandes, a Malaysian businessman who founded the regional low-cost carrier in 2001, said Captain Iriyanto, an Indonesian national, had more than 20,500 flight hours, almost 7,000 of them with AirAsia. It is understood that Iriyanto was joined by French co-pilot Remi Emmanuel Plesel.

On Sunday afternoon, AirAsia changed the colour of its logo on social media sites to grey as a mark of respect for the missing plane. According to the company there were 155 Indonesians, three South Koreans, one French national, one Malaysian, one Singaporean and one Briton on board the aircraft.

Relatives of passengers on board AirAsia flight QZ8501 at Juanda international airport, Surabaya.
Photograph: Beawiharta/Reuters

It has been a tragic year for aviation in Asia, with the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing in March resulting in the loss of 239 passengers and crew. The wreckage, which is believed to be in the southern Indian Ocean, has still not been found. In July, meanwhile, Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 was shot down over Ukraine, killing all 298 on board.

Airbus said in a statement that the AirAsia aircraft had been delivered “from the production line” in October 2008, and had accumulated 23,000 flight hours during 13,600 flights. The statement said: “At this time, no further factual information is available.”

The search was launched by Indonesia’s army and national search and rescue agency. They dispatched three aircraft including a surveillance plane, according to an air force spokesman, Hadi Tjahjanto. Early morning searches are likely to see assistance from Malaysia and Australia while Singapore has dispatched a C130 turboprop plane for assistance.

Indonesia’s vice-president, Jusuf Kalla, who based himself on Sunday at the search and rescue headquarters in Jakarta, said there was a “high possibility that an accident has happened”. He said: “The government is deploying all force: military, search and rescue, and is using all available personnel and equipment to locate the plane, whether it’s on land or water.”

Relatives of a flight attendant who was travelling on missing Air Asia Flight QZ 8501 gather at their home in Palembang, South Sumatra.
Photograph: Abdul Qodir/AFP/Getty Images

The US president, Barack Obama, on holiday in Hawaii, was briefed on the jet’s disappearance, according to the White House spokesman, Eric Schultz. South Korean government officials, responding to the news that three South Korean citizens were on board the plane, have called an emergency meeting at the country’s foreign ministry in Seoul.

The Foreign Office said in a statement: “We are aware of an incident regarding AirAsia flight QZ8501. Our thoughts are with the passengers’ families as they await further news. We have been informed by the local authorities that one British national was on board. Their next of kin has been informed, and we stand ready to provide consular assistance.”

AirAsia, a budget airline with its headquarters near Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, has dominated cheap travel in the region in recent years and carried almost 8 million passengers in 2013.

It focuses on short routes of just a few hours, to connect the large cities of south-east Asia, but has recently attempted to expand into long-distance flying through its sister airline AirAsia X. AirAsia has set up an emergency line for family or friends of those who may be on board. The number is +622 129 850 801.

Best present for your pet? Exercise, and that includes cats

This time of year, busy schedules and frequently frigid weather make it harder to stick with healthy habits, such as taking the dog for a walk. Yet finding ways to exercise your dog and cat during the winter can benefit the whole family, and save your pet from becoming a fat cat or a pudgy pooch.

It’s no surprise that dog owners walk almost twice as much in a week than do non-dog owners. What is a surprise is that Colorado — known for a relatively lean and pet-loving human population — ranks fourth in the number of overweight dogs and fifth in overweight cats in the state, according to the State of Pet Health 2014 report from Banfield Pet Hospital.

Nationally, the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention estimates that more than half of dogs and cats are overweight.

In the past few years, awareness of pet obesity has increased among veterinarians and pet owners, but we still suffer from a “fat gap,” as many pet owners fail to recognize their pets’ weight problems, according to the American Veterinary Medical Association. Extra weight can lead to diabetes, heart and lung disease, skin conditions, arthritis, high blood pressure and even cancer.

What can exercise do for your pet?

Improved overall health:”The number one thing you can do is keep your dog at a healthy weight,” says Felix Duerr, a Colorado State University small animal orthopedics and sports medicine specialist. “They will have less arthritis and live a longer, healthier life.”

Weight control: You should be able to feel your pet’s ribs — not a layer of fat — beneath his or her fur. If you stand looking down at your pet, you should be able to see a waistline. From the side, the underbelly should be tucked up.

Reduction of unwanted behavior: Exercise can cut down on chewing, digging, vocalizing and other unpleasant habits.

Stronger muscles and improved flexibility: Strength and agility can decrease risk of injury for pets, just as they do for people.

A stronger human-animal bond: Spending quality time with your pet will make you both happier.

Dr. Camille Torres-Henderson is a veterinarian with the Community Practice service at Colorado State University’s James L. Voss Veterinary Teaching Hospital.

Dogs and cats, working out

Try these cold-weather games with your furry friend.

Fetch. Both dogs and cats enjoy this game. Use different types of toys to keep the game interesting.

Hide-and-seek. Hide food or low-calorie treats around the house. This is a great way to provide cats with mental stimulation any time of year.

Food puzzles. These “toys” make the dog or cat work to get their food, which provides a great mental workout.

Laser pointer. Both dogs and cats enjoy chasing this light around the house.

Feather on a stickfor your feline friend: Many cats love the thrill of hunting and chasing these feathers. It’s a great way to get them up and moving.

The old-fashioned walk: Bundle up and take your dog for a brisk walk if the temperatures will allow. Start out quickly, and only allow pausing and sniffing on the return route. Consider booties to protect your dog’s feet from snow.

After winter months pass, gradually reintroduce more rigorous exercise. As with people, excessive activity after being sedentary for months can cause injury.

If your pet has become pudgy, consult your veterinarian on diet and exercise changes.

Murder-suicide rocks Hollywood

Married entertainers were found dead together Monday, and a famous boxer may have witnessed their violent end via an iPhone video chat.

Rapper Earl Hayes, son of Isaac Hayes, and his wife Stephanie Moseley, star of VH1 series, “Hit the Floor,” were found dead in their Los Angeles apartment Monday. 

“LAPD’s SWAT officers responded to the location and discovered two victims inside the apartment suffering from gunshot wounds,” the LAPD said in a statement, according to Us Weekly. “The initial investigation revealed that 34-year-old Earl Warren Hayes shot his wife, 30-year-old Stephanie Elyse Moseley to death and then took his own life.” 

TMZ first reported the news of their deaths, saying neighbors could hear a woman screaming Monday morning and gunshots. 

VH1 said in a statement the network was “incredibly saddened” at the news of Moseley’s passing.

“VH1 and the entire ‘Hit The Floor’ family send our thoughts and condolences to her family and friends at this difficult time,” rep Chris Delhomme told FOX411.

“Stephanie was exceptionally beautiful, an absolutely amazing and incredible dancer, and judging by how the other girls spoke about her, a lovely human being,” “Hit the Floor” co-star Dean Cain said. “I’m heartbroken and saddened.”

Hayes was once signed to boxer Floyd Mayweather’s record label and was often seen partying with the famous boxer. TMZ reported Mayweather watched the tragedy unfold via FaceTime. 

Before her VH1 series, Moseley had been a backup dancer for Chris Brown and Britney Spears among other performers. 

Chris Brown instagrammed a photo in memory of the dancer with a caption, “RIP baby girl. Danced with me on tour and was always the coolest person. My prayers go out to you and HAZE family.”

FOX411’s Diana Falzone contributed to this report. 

Pictures of the year 2014: World news- part 4

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Ten years since the Boxing Day tsunami that hit South East Asia in 2004 

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Sayed Shah shows a picture of his son Zulqarnain, 17, a student who was killed in the Taliban attack on a military-run school in Peshawar, Pakistan 

Pakistan school attack

Downton Abbey on ITV: Phyllis Logan, Laura Carmichael, George Clooney, Lily James, Michelle Dockery and Elizabeth McGovern. 

Unlikely TV cameos

Christmas lights on display in New Milton, Hampshire where each year a group of residents on Byron Road switch on their lights to raise money for local charities 

Let it glow!

 

Rude Christmas cards, in pictures

 

Buddy and Porky Pet Health – Are Your Pets Ready For Holidays?

Dear Readers,
This is the time of year that we usually issue warnings about all the horrible things that can happen to your pets over the holidays.

If it’s not poinsettias to worry about (which it is not) then it’s mistletoe (which it is) or chocolate, or grapes or tinsel (yes to all).

But you can just go online to any reputable animal welfare site, we like the ASPCA, and read all those depressing and dire warnings.

We’re not saying you shouldn’t read up about them.

We’re just saying, let’s have fun instead!

Here’s how:

Buy your pets some holiday toys – or make some – you can never have too many toys.

Adopt a new pet for the holidays.  It’s probably not a great idea to bring a frisky kitten home the day before Christmas and plop her down in front of the tree.

But you can adopt a grownup cat a year or older from the Oswego County Humane Society for an adoption fee of only $25 from now until the end of December.

She’ll have a home and you will have a better home.

Sign up to volunteer with your local Humane Society or shelter to help, however they need help. It may not be walking the dogs, but it will definitely be worthwhile.

Donate – money is great but so are supplies, food, toys.  Call to find out what they need.

Take your dogs for a walk in the winter snow and mud. No, it’s not the same as a walk on the beach, but they’re dogs. They don’t care.

Go ahead, snuggle up on the couch with all of them.

Send everyone you know pictures of your beautiful fur kids and wish them Happy Holidays.

Find hilarious cat and dog videos on YouTube and post the link on Facebook.

Here’s one we love.

http://www.tastefullyoffensive.com/2014/11/golden-retriever-hilariously-fails-dog.html

Curl up on the couch with them again.

Kiss them on the lips!

Speaking of having fun, the Faux Fur Ball is January 31 at the American Foundry.

Great food, music by the Billionaires, dancing, raffles, a silent auction, all for the real fur balls of the Humane Society.

Invitations will be out soon or you can buy tickets online at www.oswegohumane.org

The Oswego County Humane Society provides spay/neuter services and assistance, fostering and adoption of animals in urgent need, humane education programs, and information and referrals to animal lovers throughout Oswego County.

Our office has relocated to 110 W. Second St., Oswego, NY.

Phone: (315) 207-1070.
Email: ochscontact@hotmail.com

Website: www.oswegohumane.org

Because People and Pets Are Good for Each Other!