2C-I or ‘Smiles’: The New Killer Drug Every Parent Should Know About

Witnesses described the 17-year-old boy as “shaking, growling, foaming at the mouth.” According to police reports, Elijah Stai was at a McDonald’s with his friend when he began to feel ill. Soon after, he “started to smash his head against the ground” and began acting “possessed,” according to a witness. Two hours later, he had stopped breathing.

The Grand Forks, North Dakota teenager’s fatal overdose has been blamed on a drug called 2C-I. The night before Stai’s overdose, another area teen, Christian Bjerk, 18, was found face down on a sidewalk. His death was also linked to the drug.

2C-I–known by its eerie street name “Smiles”–has become a serious problem in the Grand Forks area, according to local police. Overdoses of the drug have also be reported in Indiana and Minnesota. But if the internet is any indication, Smiles is on the rise all over the country.

“At the moment I am completely and fully submerged, if you can’t tell by my eyes, in a psychedelic world known as 2C-I,” says a man who appears to be in his late teens or early 20s on a YouTube video posted back in October. His pupils are dilated. He struggles to formulate a description of what he’s feeling-it’s hard to tell if its because his experience is profound or if his speech skills are simply blunted. He’s one of dozens of users providing Youtube “reports” of their experiences on the synthetic drug.

Smile’s effects have been called a combination of MDMA and LSD, only far more potent. Users have reported a speedy charge along with intense visual and aural hallucinations that can last anywhere from hours to days.

“At first I’d think something was extremely beautiful and then it look really strange,” another user says in a recorded online account.”I looked at my girlfriend’s face for a minute and it was pitch black…the black started dripping out of her eye.”

Because the drug is relatively new–it first surfaced around 2003 in European party scenes and only recently made its way to the states–the most readily accessible information about 2C-I comes from user accounts, many of which detail frightening experiences.

[Yahoo]

Paris Hilton Retracts Gay Comments

Paris Hilton continued to do damage control Thursday, apologizing for saying gay men were “disgusting” and “probably had AIDS.”

“I am so sorry and so upset that I caused pain to my gay friends, fans and their families,” Hilton said in part of a lengthy apology she released to the the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD.) “Gay people are the strongest and most inspiring people I know.”

Hilton’s apology comes the same day an audio recording of her speaking about gay people appeared on the Internet.
The audio was recorded as Hilton was riding in a cab with “an openly gay male model” during New York Fashion Week in the early morning hours of Friday, September 7.

Shortly after the tape was posted Hilton’s publicist said her comments were expressions of concern about the dangers of unprotected sex, not homophobic slurs.

Hilton’s publicist confirmed the recording was authentic, but said, “It was not her intent to make any derogatory comments about all gays.” [CNN]

Eva Longoria & Mark Sanchez Are Officially Dating

All of the rumors that have been swirling around about Eva Longoria and Mark Sanchez have officially been confirmed. The Desperate Housewives star and the New York Jets Quarterback have been seen out frequently together. The actress confirmed on “Extra” with “Mark and I are, you know, fine. We’re happy just dating,” admitted Longoria to friend and host Mario Lopez after he confronted her with the Sept. 11 issue of The Post with their photos and the headline “Mark and Eva celebrate” on the cover.

Kate Middleton Topless Photos Start UK Scandal

Photos were published today in a well known French magazine of Prince William’s wife Kate sunbathing topless at a private house in southern France, prompting a strong condemnation from the royal family.
Officials said the royal family was considering legal action for a “grotesque and totally unjustifiable” invasion of privacy in the same country where William’s mother Princess Diana died while fleeing paparazzi.
The couple was “saddened” by the use of the photos, which appear genuine, royal officials said.
The revealing pictures of Kate in Closer, a popular gossip magazine, were blurry and shot from a distance. The publication claimed they were taken on a guesthouse terrace in France where the couple vacationed earlier this month. The first major press incident involving William and Kate brought back memories of Diana being hounded by paparazzi in France in the hours and days before her fatal car crash there in 1997.
Royal officials, who demanded anonymity in line with palace policy, condemned the decision to publish the images. “Their Royal Highnesses had every expectation of privacy in the remote house. It is unthinkable that anyone should take such photographs, let alone publish them,” a St. James’s Palace official in London said. “The incident is reminiscent of the worst excesses of the press and paparazzi during the life of Diana, Princess of Wales, and all the more upsetting to the Duke and Duchess for being so.”
The palace official said representatives of the couple were consulting with lawyers. The royal family is outraged and feels that the magazine has gone to far.

Mexico ‘Gulf Cartel Boss’ Jorge Eduardo Costilla Caught

Law officials can breathe a sigh of relief today as one of Mexico’s biggest drug lords is captured. Jorge Eduardo Costilla Sanchez, one of the country’s most wanted drug lords was captured by the Mexican marines. Mr Costilla, a suspected Gulf cartel leader, was detained in the northern state of Tamaulipas, they said. His capture follows the arrest last week of the suspected head of a rival Gulf faction, Mario Cardenas Guillen. The Gulf cartel has been engaged in a bloody battle with the Zetas drug gang for trafficking routes into the US. A Mexican Navy statement said a man identifying himself as Jorge Costilla Sanchez was arrested on Wednesday in Tampico in Tamaulipas. The Navy said more details would be issued early on Thursday. Mr Costilla, known as El Coss, is wanted by both the Mexican and US authorities. He is on the Mexican government’s list of the 37 most wanted drug lords, with a reward of more than $2m offered for information leading to his capture. More than 20 of the men on the list, which was published in early 2009, have been killed or captured. Mr Costilla, who had been a local police officer in the city of Matamoros, joined the Gulf cartel in the early 1990s. The cartel has been weakened since 2010 when relations were severed with the Zetas, its former enforcers, who are now one of Mexico’s most powerful drug-trafficking organisations. The gang also split into rival factions in 2010 after the then head, Antonio Cardenas Guillen, was killed in a shootout with troops. The latest arrests come during the final months in office of President Felipe Calderon, who launched a crackdown on the cartels in 2006 and will be very helpful to him in the upcoming elections.

Apple Officially Announces iPhone 5

The time has finally arrived!! After months of rampant rumors and hype, Apple debuted its latest smartphone Wednesday in front of a packed house at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, claiming it is the world’s thinnest.

The iPhone 5 features a larger screen and weighs 112 grams, or about 4 ounces, which is 20% lighter than the iPhone 4S. It is also 18% thinner, Apple’s marketing chief Phil Schiller said. It has an improved A6 processor that is twice as fast as its predecessor, high-speed 4G LTE connectivity and a widescreen aspect ratio.

Apple has also improved the device’s battery life and updated both of its cameras, giving its front camera 720p HD video. The company also announced a smaller dock connector for the device and a new cable charger named Lightning that is 80% smaller than its predecessor.

Siri got a makeover as well, and can now tell users the scores of sports games and post status updates to Facebook. The iPhone 5’s dock connector has also been made smaller.

Giuliana and Bill Rancic Introduce Their First Child, Edward Duke

It’s definitely no secret that Giuliana and Bill Rancic have been waiting a long time for their first child, so now they are reveling in new parenthood. Just two weeks after Edward Duke Rancic was born, the proud parents are showing off their miracle baby.

After a gestational carrier gave birth to their 7 pound, 4 ounce bundle of love on August 29, the proud parents immediately bonded with their baby. “I was sobbing and yet had the biggest smile,” Giuliana, 37, tells Life & Style in its new issue. “It was very emotional. I just kept saying, ‘He’s so cute.'” Bill, 41, says Duke (the baby will be known by his middle name) gets his looks from his mother. “The baby’s got Giuliana’s dimples,” the proud dad gushes. “Every day he’s changing — it’s just remarkable to see. He’s a very cool customer, one happy little guy.”

So what is the inspiration behind that happy little guy’s name? “Edward Duke was pretty much picked out when he was conceived,” Giuliana tells the magazine. “Edward is Bill’s late dad’s name and my dad’s name. It was a way to honor them. And Duke means leader.” The Rancics are so happy to be parents that they are even enjoying the less fun tasks of parenthood, including diaper duty and waking up for late-night feedings. “I’d never changed more than a diaper or two in my life,” Giuliana tells Life & Style. “Now it’s like the little things that make me happy — happier than I’ve ever been.” As for those feedings, “we alternate,” she explains. “I don’t need much sleep, so Bill will do the 8 p.m. before-bed feeding, and I’ll do the 12 a.m. and typically the 4 a.m. — though he did do the 4 a.m. last night. Bill just jumped out of bed and was like, ‘I’ll do it!'”

The couple, who recently celebrated their fifth wedding anniversary, had a long road to parenthood. On their Style Network reality series, “Giuliana and Bill,” they openly shared their struggle to conceive. While Giuliana was being treated by a fertility specialist that the doctor insisted that she have a mammogram, which revealed that she had breast cancer. She immediately underwent a double mastectomy last fall. Because she is taking an oral medication for the cancer over the next four-and-a-half years, Giuliana was told she could no longer try to conceive. So the couple took embryos they had stored prior to the cancer diagnosis and tried their luck with a gestational carrier, who immediately became pregnant.

Giuliana, who is on maternity leave from “E! News” and “Fashion Police” until November 13 (though she will be covering the Emmys on September 23), says they are so happy with the surrogate process, they plan to do it again. “There will definitely be more kids in our future,” she tells Life & Style. “Nothing too soon though. … We’d have to go down the surrogate path again. We got so lucky this first time around, we just hope that we can be so lucky again. We’ll see.” For the full story on the new addition to the Rancic Family make sure to grab the September 24 issue of Lifestyle Magazine.

Christian Bale Flies 4-Year-Old Cancer Patient and Family to Disneyland

Christian Bale may not save lives in reality, but the actor definitely tries to make a difference in the lives of his fans.

The Dark Knight Rises star flew 4-year-old leukemia patient Jayden Barber and his family out to California for a lunch date at Disneyland’s Club 33 earlier this week.

“Finally can share!!! Christian sent us to LA and we had lunch at Disney club 33 on wed,” Barber’s mother wrote with a picture of the two on her Lighting the Batsignal for Jayden Facebook page. “He and his family were so awesome and down to earth!!!”

Christian Bale also visited shooting victims in Colorado hospitals in July. Charlene Barber continued by sharing her family’s experience with Bale at the Anaheim theme park, “The entire interaction was like old friends having lunch. Jayden did not get star struck but was well aware of who we were with!”

“They talked movies and super Heros an he was genuinely happy to hear about everything Jayden wanted to tell him. Christian, his wife and daughter are three of the most beautiful people we have ever met! Christian made these arrangements for us personally and ensured we were treated like royalty. I don’t have even one negative thing to say about them. I can tell you that they were just as impressed w Jayden as Jayden was w them :)”

According to WYTV in Ohio, Barber was undergoing chemotherapy for bone cancer for two years before it turned into MDS leukemia last year. Jayden is now in remission.
Just a couple months ago, Bale was spotted in Colorado visiting shooting victims who were impacted by the Dark Knight Rises tragedy.

NFL To Use First-Ever Female Referee

Shannon Eastin, who has spent time officiating high school and college games, will be part of the replacement crew officiating Thursday’s Packers-Chargers game. Eastin has worked Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference games, and she also has worked the Arizona Cardinals’ Red and White game, a preseason scrimmage.

Coincidentally, at this time last season, the NFL’s head of officials said the league was considering hiring a female referee full time.

“We have some in our pipeline, and I expect we’ll see it soon,” he said.

Male or female, former NFL head of officials Mike Pereira said using replacement referees will ultimately hurt the integrity of the game.

“Now you’re going to get a group of people out there with no experience,” Pereira told The Dan Patrick Show, “and you’ve got such a mix of people — some with barely more than high school experience, you’ve got guys that have been out of the game for years, you’ve got guys that have officiated in the lingerie football league … you’ve got such a mix right now that it’s not good for the game.”

This is the first referee labor dispute since 2001 when a contract issue led to the referees missing the last exhibition game and first regular-season game of the season.

Ryan Reynolds And Blake Lively Marry at ‘The Notebook’ Spot

When Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively said “I do” over the weekend, they selected a venue thousands of miles away from the hubbub of Hollywood, but Boone Hall Plantation & Gardens in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, does have ties to Tinseltown.

The place where Reynolds, 35, and Lively, 25, exchanged vows in front of 6o family members and friends on Sunday night has been the backdrop of several movie and TV productions. Most notably, scenes from 2004’s “The Notebook” were filmed there. You may remember that in the movie a young Allie (Rachel McAdams) and Noah (Ryan Gosling) visited her family’s summer home. Well, Boone Hall Plantation served as the family’s lavish estate. It was outside the historic home that they had lunch – and the well-to-do Hamiltons were horrified to learn that Noah, who worked at a local mill, earned a very small salary. Later, Allie and Noah went for a boat ride during which Noah stripped and jumped into the water. Her family looked on displeased as Allie followed suit.

In a funny twist, Lively actually dated Gosling in late 2010. Their brief time together, during which they enjoyed an ice cream date at Disneyland, took place after she split with her “Gossip Girl” co-star Penn Badgley and before she started seeing Leonardo DiCaprio in May 2011. Lively and Reynolds, who met on the set of 2011’s “Green Lantern,” started dating in October 2011 — less than a year ago.