this week's celebrity news of
substance abuse from About.com/Alcoholism;
Fergie: God Saved Me from Crystal Meth
During a talk show appearance, singer Fergie discussed her former addiction to crystal meth and gives God the credit for saving her. The 37-year-old said she was able to quit after an incident in church when she thought a SWAT team was waiting for her outside.
Tony Scott Autopsy Shows Anti-Depressant, Sleep Aid
Famed movie director Tony Scott was in good physical health when he jumped to his death August 19, a coroner has ruled. Scott had only therapeutic levels of the anti-depressant medication Remeron and the sleep aid Lunesta in his system at the time of his death.
Bobby Brown Arrested Again on DUI Charge
R&B singer Bobby Brown has been arrested again for drunken driving. Brown was arrested during a Ventura Boulevard traffic stop after he failed a field sobriety test. Brown also did not have a court-ordered interlock device installed on the vehicle he was driving.
Carlton Fisk Charged With DUI
Baseball Half of Fame catcher Carlton Fisk has been charged with driving under the influence in New Lenox, Illinois. Police arrested Fisk after receiving calls from motorists about someone being passed out behind the wheel of a vehicle that was in the middle of a corn field.
Mark Grace Indicted in Second DUI Case
There won't be a probation sentence this time for former Arizona Diamondbacks first baseman and television analyst Mark Grace. He has been indicted for aggravated driving while under the influence, his second DUI charge in less than 15 months.
'Honey Badger' Busted for Drugs Again
Former LSU defensive back Tyrann Mathieu, known to fans as "Honey Badger," has been arrested again on drug charges along with three other former Tiger players. The four were arrested at Mathieu's apartment. Mathieu was dismissed from the team in August for failing a drug test.
Tuesday, October 30, 2012
this week's celebrity news of
Posted by Fireman John at 5:50 AM
Thursday, October 18, 2012
How the BFD has changed over the years; high tech apparatus, specialized training and the latest in protective gear. In 77 we were given used helmets, turnouts and 3/4 boots We had 2 weeks of training and learned on the job
There were open cab engines & tiller trucks. The shop had to put wood covers over some engines to protect us from rocks and urine thrown at us at Father Panik Village & PT Barnum Apts. Arson was rampant, open hydrants in the summer were the worst on Engine 10 but we loved the action.
When all engines got resuscitators medical calls went up but arson began to subside. Tim Gies from Squad 5 used to say "more fires, less bullshit" Us engine guys were used to taking shit from the truckies how big and bad they were while they slept through the still alarms we responded to.
As an LT on Engine 1 while headed to a car fire Capt Bill Haug made a smart ass comment on the speaker to which I responded..".and how many car fires have you fought Bill? "Paul Neugebauer commended me for speaking up to Haug.
Ended my career at Engine 3 with a great group of guys, was Dana Hannon's first officer, worked with Don Herring, the most versatile firefighter, met Dennis Gergely whose father I worked with for years at 10's
also had the best Battalion Chief, Bruce Porzelt & his driver LT Paul Kochiss
Lots of changes over the years, many retired friends, younger guys now Lt's Capt's and A/C's Carry on the tradition brothers, of the biggest & best Fire Dept in the state
Posted by Fireman John at 12:01 AM
Sunday, October 7, 2012
Nobody grows old merely by living a number of years. We grow old by deserting our ideals. Years may wrinkle the skin, but to give up enthusiasm wrinkles the soul.
- Samuel Ullman
Happiness is to be found along the way, not at the end of the road, for then the journey is over and it is too late.
- Robert R. Updegraff
Any activity becomes creative when the doer cares about doing it right, or doing it better.
- John Updike
Love is an act of endless forgiveness, a tender look which becomes a habit.
- Peter Ustinov
Serious people have few ideas. People with ideas are never serious.
- Paul Valéry
Do not spoil what you have by desiring what you have not; but remember that what you have now was once among the things you only hoped for.
- The Vatican Sayings, Epicurus
The Vice Presidency is sort of like the last cookie on the plate. Everybody insists he won't take it, but somebody always does.
- Bill Vaughan
Get off it, over it and on with it. It's time to live your life.
There can be no rainbow without a storm and a cloud.
- F.H. Vincent
The purpose of life is to discover your gift. The meaning of life is to give it away.
- David Viscott
Posted by Fireman John at 12:22 PM
Wednesday, October 3, 2012
weekly update on celebrity substance abuse
Green Day frontman Heads to Rehab After Meltdown
The frontman for the musical group Green Day, Billie Joe Armstrong, has checked himself into a treatment center after a very public meltdown on stage at the iHeartRadio Festival. Armstrong released a string of obscenities and trashed his guitar after being given a warning that the band had only one minute remaining to perform.
Amanda Bynes Pleads Not Guilty to Hit-and-Run
Attorneys for actress Amanda Bynes have entered not guilty pleas in Lost Angeles County court for two misdemeanor hit-and-run charges. The charges are in connection with traffic incidents on April 6 and August 4 in which Bynes' car struck other vehicles, including one police cruiser, and drove away.
Chris Brown Tests Positive for Marijuana
Singer Chris Brown may have put his probation in jeopardy after failing a court-ordered drug test for marijuana use. Judge Patricia Schnegg told Brown that he wasn't "an average person sitting in a living room" that he was a public figure and on probation.
Nick Fairley Seeks to Avoid DUI Trial
The attorney for Detroit Lions' Nick Fairley has requested that the defensive tackle complete a diversion program for his drunken driving and fleeing the police charges, a program for first-time offenders. One problem might be the marijuana possession charge Fairley is also facing from another arrest this summer.
Police: John Abraham 'Obviously Intoxicated'
When Atlanta police officers taped off an area where a woman was threatening to jump from a building, Falcons defensive end John Abraham was arrested for refusing to leave the area. Police said Abraham was "obviously intoxicated," slurring his speech and unsteady on his feet.
Doctor Shows Up to Work Drunk, Gets Suspended
New Hampshire has suspended the medical license of a doctor who showed up drunk for work at the Catholic Medical Center in Manchester. When they tested the doctor's blood, his alcohol content level was recorded at 0.186.
Posted by Fireman John at 2:27 PM