19-year-old kills herself after porn audition

Beautiful and young, Alyssa Funke went to Las Vegas and “auditioned” for a porn movie via a website.
After the video went public, the former straight-A student’s old classmates in Stillwater, Minnesota, began sending her messages.
Some were surprised, some negative, and others supportive. She answered a few with social media posts of her own, including “Pornstar status” and “FAMOUS for dayzzzzz.”
However, it all took a toll, and the young woman bought a shotgun and drove to her family’s boat, where she killed herself.
KMSP-TV reports Funke’s family confirmed she had a history of depression. Her father is in prison, and her mother has been charged with dealing drugs. They say Alyssa also had struggles with money.
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Funke’s family blame her death, in part, on online bullying. But the sheriff’s office said the messages she was sent did not amount to criminal harassment.
Alyssa’s family said they are talking about her death now because they want to keep other girls from making the same mistake. They want young women to understand the pressure that comes from social media and the stigma porn carries.
They also said they would like to bring attention to bullying and the effect it can have on somebody.

Mike Tyson Gets A New Adult Swim Animated Series

This could actually be pretty amazing.

What happens when you combine the classic Scooby Doo cartoon with the “Baddest Man on the Planet”, Mike Tyson? You get the new Adult Swim animated series, Mike Tyson Mysteries.

The new series, as spokesperson Rob Coddry simply put it, is “Scooby-Doo meets the A-team… with Mike Tyson.” The cartoon will feature voice work from comedian Norm Macdonald, Rachel Ramras, and Jim Rash (from Community).

According to Adult Swim:

In Mike Tyson Mysteries, a new half-hour animated adult comedy series, Mike Tyson is taking the fight from the boxing ring to the streets … by solving mysteries! Aided by the Mike Tyson Mystery Team – the Ghost of the Marquess of Queensbury, Mike’s adopted Korean daughter, and a pigeon who was once a man – Mike Tyson will answer any plea sent to him. If you have a problem that needs solving, Iron Mike is in your corner.
A trailer for the series premiered at San Diego Comic Con, which you can enjoy above. Will you watch Mike Tyson Mysteries?

California Man Shares What May be a Young Cop’s Last Photo

California cop slain five days after her last photo was taken.

In an effort to show his wife the police officer who found his wife’s stolen phone, Marshall Crawford took a picture of himself and 25-year-old Escondido police officer Laura Perez. The photo was taken just five days before Perez’ body was found in a Moreno storage locker. Crawford who was touched by Perez and her efforts to help him retrieve his wife’s phone said this to NBC 7:

“She was a gentle person who was in a rough and tumble business and she handled herself with grace and finesse,” Crawford said.
Perez’ husband, Freddy Perez-Rodas pleaded not guilty in Murrieta court on Friday. He’s accused of shooting his wife to death, hiding her body in a storage locker then setting their home on fire trying to cover up the crime scene. No victims were found in the home when firefighters put out the flames on Wednesday. It didn’t take long for investigators to determine the fire was arson and take Rodas into custody. During questioning Rodas had told police that his wife had been shot in the chest three times. Soon after investigators discovered Perez’ body in an All-Size Storage in Moreno Valley early Thursday morning.

During Rodas’ arraignment investigators revealed that $85,000 in cash was also found in the same locker his wife’s body was in. NBC reported that Rodas now faces murder charges, as well as charges of arson and personal use of a firearm. He is scheduled to appear in court on August 15 and faces 50 to 100 years in prison if convicted on all charges. Perez leaves behind a 4-year-old daughter who is in custody of extended family members and will benefit from a fund started by the Escondido Police Officer’s Association.

“It’s just so painful to see someone that young, that vibrant not be with us and I ache for her daughter and family,”Crawford said.

Report: Browns stunned by Johnny Manziel’s ‘non-stop antics’

At a time when the Johnny Manziel story should start to focus almost solely on football, some members of the Browns organization have turned it into another examination of his off-field life.

Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer wrote a story, citing anonymous Browns sources, saying the team is “alarmed” by his actions since the draft. Manziel has been seen at various parties this offseason. The story said the team was worried enough about a photo of Manziel apparently rolling up a $20 bill that coach Mike Pettine told Cabot that he called the rookie quarterback from his vacation in Hawaii to get answers. The Plain Dealer pointed out that tight-rolled bills are often used for drug use, although there was no evidence in the photo that’s what Manziel was doing, Pettine reached out to ask him about it. According to the story, Pettine said he planned to address it again with Manziel face-to-face when he reported for camp with the other rookies on Wednesday.

It isn’t just the one photo, either. The Browns sources who talked to Cabot said the team was promised by Manziel before the draft that he would tone down his partying, and the Browns have been “stunned by his non-stop antics” since they took him.

This is a big story for a few reasons. Cabot is one of the best and most respected voices on the Browns beat, so there’s little doubt to the legitimacy of what she wrote. Also, take into account the timing and purpose of the story. The Browns knew the talk of Manziel’s actions off the field would take a back seat to his quarterback competition with Brian Hoyer once training camp started. The Browns could have easily been quiet about their off-field satisfaction and let the narrative change to Manziel’s progress as a player. The sources speaking to Cabot had to know how her story would play out, and they’re likely aware that it would put the spotlight back on Manziel’s partying on the day the Browns report to camp, when the media attention is high. Instead of protecting their young quarterback, some sources within the Browns set out to do the opposite. It has been less than three months since the Browns took Manziel with the 22nd overall pick, and some within the organization are already seemingly taking a combative stance with the former Heisman winner.

And, there was a troubling football aspect to the story too. The story said Manziel “regressed in practice after the first week of organized team activities,” and the team thinks he wasn’t dedicated enough to learning the playbook because he was flying around the country and partying. The story said he has already lost ground in the quarterback competition before camp starts.

Manziel has tremendous talent, which is why the Browns took him in the first place. His partying became a big story at Texas A&M, and he still was one of the greatest quarterbacks in college football history his two seasons there. All of this might blow over because Manziel gets his chance in the preseason and dominates on the field.

But as Browns camp starts, the team’s dissatisfaction with their rookie quarterback is in the spotlight. It seems like a message is being sent.

Wade calls Kobe the 2nd greatest player of all time

Despite an eloquent written statement following LeBron James‘ departure from the Miami Heat, Dwyane Wade has been relatively silent regarding his ex-teammate, but while he was back in Chicago earlier this week for the “Dwyane Wade and Brandon Marshall Sports Academy”, #3 was back to his friendly and outgoing himself when asked questions by the media. SB Nation’s Windy City Gridiron was […]

Red Cross officially declares Ukraine civil war

The formal classification means participants in the fighting between government forces and pro-Russian separatists in the east could eventually be prosecuted for war crimes in international courts.

“Fighting in eastern Ukraine continues to take its toll on civilians, and we urge all sides to comply with international humanitarian law, otherwise known as the law of armed conflict,” ICRC director of operations Dominik Stillhart said in a statement.

“These rules and principles apply to all parties to the non-international armed conflict in Ukraine, and impose restrictions on the means and methods of warfare that they may use,” he added.

The Swiss-based humanitarian body is the watchdog for the Geneva Conventions, the rules governing conduct in conflict.

The Red Cross uses the term “non-international armed conflict” for civil war.

It underlined that international law obliges warring sides to respect and protect the civilian population and those not — or no longer — participating in hostilities, including the wounded and those detained, who must be treated with dignity.

Stillhart was due in Ukraine on Wednesday for talks on the conflict and to discuss the ongoing repatriation of the bodies of those who died in downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17.

The Red Cross underlined that the laws of war require “all possible measures” to be taken to search for the bodies of the dead, prevent the theft of their personal effects and hand them over to relatives for burial.

“The ICRC is prepared to facilitate the movements and activities of the specialists until their work is complete and the remains of all victims have been recovered and identified,” Stillhart said.

Pro-Russian rebels have been widely blamed for downing the plane over eastern Ukraine on July 17th, in a tragedy that claimed 298 lives.

They have also been criticised for their handling of the crash site and the victims remains.

The ICRC said that in the wake of the disaster it had contacted both sides to offer its services to help deal with the bodies.

It said it had already stated its views to both sides in the conflict.

This was its first public statement on the issue, however.

Yet another child dies in a hot car; a foster father is arrested

The death of a 10-month-old girl left in a hot car in Wichita, Kanas — the latest in a string of hot-car child deaths in the United States — triggered the quick arrest of the girl’s foster father and on Friday prompted state officials to launch home inspections of adoptive and foster families.

The foster father told police he picked up with child from a babysitter about 4 p.m. Thursday, drove home and forgot the child was in the back seat, according to Lt. Todd Ojile of the Wichita Police Department.

Investigators say the girl was locked in the car with the windows up for some two-and-a-half hours. Temperatures in the Wichita area reached the low 90s on Thursday.

The foster father was in the process of adopting the girl with his partner, according to police. “Both were extremely upset,” Ojile said.

Ojile says the couple’s other children have been removed from the home as the investigation continues. The couple are the adoptive parents of two children and are foster parents to four others with ages ranging from 3 to 18 years old, he said.

On Friday, Kansas Department for Children and Families Secretary Phyllis Gilmore ordered immediate home inspections for all adoptive and foster families associated with the agency that approved the couple for foster care.

The 29-year-old foster father, whose name was not released by police, was booked on an aggravated endangerment charge but has not been formally charged. Ojile said the district attorney could file charges as early as next week.

So far in 2014, according to statistics compiled by the Department of Geosciences at San Francisco State University, there have been at least 18 heatstroke deaths of children left in vehicles. In one highly publicized case, a Georgia father remains in jail awaiting trial on murder and child cruelty charges in the death of his toddler son, who was left in the father’s SUV for seven hours.