Dallas Nurse Amber Vinson No Longer Has Ebola: Family

Dallas nurse Amber Vinson no longer has signs of Ebola in her blood, her family said Wednesday, one week after she was hospitalized at an Atlanta hospital with the potentially deadly virus. Vinson will be transferred into a different unit at Emory University Hospital and is still being treated in the serious communicable diseases unit, […]

Folt: Nine being terminated or under disciplinary review as result of report on UNC academic fraud

A sobering independent investigation into academic fraud at UNC-Chapel Hill released Wednesday prompted Chancellor Carol Folt to commit to holding accountable all current university staff implicated in the report, including initiating termination against four and disciplinary review for another five. A system of no-show classes was pushed by academic counselors for athletes, hatched and enabled […]

Mindy Kaling Defends Controversial Anal Sex Episode

Mindy Kaling and the cast of “The Mindy Project” are always keeping it sexy — this season more so than ever, especially now that Mindy and her office crush, Danny Castellano (Chris Messina), are finally in a monogamous relationship.

But with monogamy comes experimentation, at least according to Kaling. The actress, writer and show creator explored that idea during the Oct. 7 episode, titled “I Slipped,” which tackled a possibly-too-sexual, possibly-too-scandalous subject matter for a network sitcom: anal sex.

On set at “The Mindy Project” in Los Angeles on Friday, the 35-year old comedian told The Huffington Post that more than anything, she wants to offer “things that no one is seeing anywhere else [on television].” But what mattered most to Kaling was less about the boundary pushing, and more about whether this was an issue that is relatable.

“There are nine of us in the writers room and if something is making us debate issues or we are scared by it, a lot of times that means we should do it,” she said. “Although it’s taboo, it was so relatable to everybody in the room. We wanted to acknowledge that everybody deals with this but nobody wants to talk about it.”

Though perhaps speaking of the unspeakable started a conversation slightly different from what Kaling had in mind. The episode opened up a dialogue about sexual consent and its portrayal on television. At the New Yorker Festival on Oct. 11, Kaling addressed a fan who asked her about the negative reactions the show received.

I think that, we have to, in knowing what their relationship is and knowing that the way it was portrayed, it wasn’t something that made her feel unsafe or degraded … you can love someone and be in a relationship with them when you’re both consenting adults, and people can try things and you can be like … ‘I busted you on that.’
It was not an issue of sexual unsafety. I understand people felt that way, and I disagree … In a larger sense, we have this card — this red card — of stirring fear in men about certain things. I was sad about that because I thought, ‘Is that a situation where we want to use that card for that?’ It bummed me out a little bit. There was no sexual peril in there; it was not a situation where she felt unsafe or was objectified. She just was startled … I was sad about that.
Speaking on-set, Kaling, reiterated that Danny was just trying to see how much he could get away with in the relationship.

“I think a lot of men can relate to that,” she said. “We don’t do taboo things just for the hell of it. But this was also just consistently making us laugh. I think the death of any show is that it’s not relevant anymore.”

“The Mindy Project” airs Tuesdays at 9:30 p.m. on Fox.

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Barnabas Davis Arrested With 633 Packs Of ‘Ebola’-branded Heroin

Accused drug dealer Barnabas Davis was apparently hoping to stand out from his competition by capitalizing on global paranoia.

When police in Toms River, New Jersey, arrested Davis, 47, on Monday, they allegedly discovered 633 wax folds of heroin as well as “trademark” stamps that marked the packets with the brand name “Ebola.”

Investigators said they got a tip about drug dealing taking place in the rear suites of the Ramada Inn along Route 9 and executed a search warrant of Davis’ room, NBC Philadelphia reports.

The Ebola-branded heroin doesn’t actually contain the deadly virus. It’s just a way for customers to ask for a specific type of heroin, according to Toms River police officer Ralph Stocco.

“Different dealers have different potencies and products. Many times they are labeled with catchy phrases,” Stocco told the Daily News. “In the past we have had Bin Laden, Hello Kitty, D.O.A., Twin Towers, 911, gumball, pow, etc.”

Davis — known as “Hammer” by some — was charged with possession of heroin, possession of heroin with intent to distribute, possession of crack cocaine and possession of crack cocaine with the intent to distribute, according to NJ.com.

He was taken to the Ocean County Jail in lieu of $300,000 bail.

Investigators say the Ramada Inn had no knowledge or involvement in Davis’ alleged drug dealing and cooperated in the investigation, 6abc.com reports.

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Ebola-stricken nurse Amber Vinson’s condition improves: family friend

The second Dallas nurse to contract Ebola from “patient zero” Thomas Duncan showed improvement over the weekend, a family friend told the Daily News. Amber Vinson, 29, was transferred to Emory University Hospital in Atlanta Wednesday after she spiked a fever last Tuesday, one day after flying home from a trip to visit family in […]