Cracking down on texting and driving

Screen Shot 2015-11-05 at 10.31.15 AMThe Minnesota Department of Public Safety said that most accidents are caused by drivers being distracted, and using a phone is the most common way to be distracted while driving.

While it’s legal for most drivers to talk on the phone while driving (for example, drivers with a provisional license are barred from talking while driving), texting and driving, along with tweeting, instagramming, facebooking, and snapchatting, are illegal even at a stop light. Just in Minnesota last year, more than 3,200 citations were given for texting and driving. Of those citations, 70 result in accidents, and 350 serious injuries.

On August 1, a new law was put into place that raises the fine of texting and driving from $50 to $275. Law enforcement has also increased to try and control the number of fatal accidents. Brad Norland, a Minnesota State Patrol Officer, thinks that law enforcement alone won’t fix this problem, however, and that soon every generation will use phones.

Already, there is a downward trend in serious car accidents due to distracted driving because of the new laws put into place, but the problem isn’t solved yet. The Minnesotans for Safe Driving organization is encouraging drivers to break their addiction to phones, and to have another person in the car take control of their calls, texts, and anything else that would take their eyes off the road for even a second.


Twenty-three years ago, eleven year-old Jacob Wetterling, his brother and their friend were biking home from a movie rental store in St. Joseph, Minnesota.imgres That night, on October 22, a masked gunman encountered the boys and told the three young boys to lie down on the ground. After asking the children their ages and seeing their faces he told Wetterling’s brother and his friend to run away and not look back otherwise he would shoot.

That statement is alarmingly similar to the statement the gunman had said January 13, 1989 to a different twelve-year-old boy, Jared. Jared was walking four blocks from an outdoor ice rink to his home in Cold Spring, Minnesota. It was a quarter to ten when a man pulled over and asked Jared for directions. While Jared was describing where to go, the man forced Jared into the backseat of his car where he proceeded to drive five miles to an isolated area. Once they reached a northern area of north Richmond, Minnesota the man sexually assaulted the twelve-year-old boy and dropped him off two miles from his home and “told him to run and not look back or he threatened to shoot” according to reports from Saint Autumn blog.

That night Jared went to the hospital and later described a man between the ages of forty and fifty years old, between 180-190 pounds, who stood at about five foot eight inches with large ears and a beer belly. Jared’s description matched that of Daniel Heinrich. Heinrich, however, was let go due to lack of evidence and Jareds inability to identify him in a line-up. Due to modern-day advancements such as DNA  recognition, Heinrich had been proved guilty in the Cold Spring case but could not be charged due to the Statute of Limitations.

Back to when Wetterling was lying on the ground on that October night, it is believed that Heinrich possibly took the young boy and put him in an abandoned car. His whereabouts are still unknown.

In May 2014, investigators confirmed that they were taking another look at a series of attempted and actual child molestation’s that occurred in the Paynesville, Minnesotaarea in the two years leading up to the Wetterling abduction. Between the summer of 1986 and the spring of 1987, five teenage boys were attacked without any guilty party arrested.  Authorities re-interviewed some of the victims and are working with the internet blogger who brought information to light.

imagesAfter months of research and interviews with some of the victims, it is believed that these attacks were not random and that the culprit could be connected to the abduction of Wetterling, just 40 minutes away.

Today, November 4, 2015, Daniel Heinrich is undergoing a trial for five charges of possessing and receiving child pornography.

“A chilling context and a gravity of danger for the community,” said Magistrate Judge Tony Leung, who ruled that there was enough probable cause against Heinrich to keep him in custody. Authorities are still investigating Heinrich’s alleged involvement of Jacob Wetterlings kidnapping.

Foundation 101

How to match your foundation to your skin tone:

Foundation was first developed for people in film to enhance their features on camera. Now all kinds of women use foundation to give their skin a fresh, enhanced look.

IMG_0002The first step to matching your foundation to your skin is figuring out the undertone of your skin (there are yellow undertones, pink undertones, and neutral undertones). If you are having a hard time deciding your skin’s undertone, an easy, quick way to figure it out is to look at the veins on the inside of your wrist. If the veins are blue/purple you are cool/pink toned. If the veins on the inside of your wrist are are green then you are warm or yellow toned. Sometimes you won’t be cool or warm, you’ll be right in the middle which is called neutral. THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS AN ORANGE UNDERTONE.

After you’ve figured out your undertone, then you have to find a correct shade. For the shade of your foundation you should match it to your neck/chest area. This will be helpful for those who exfoliate their face and have a lighter skin tone on their face than their body. You do not want your face to be a different shade from the rest of your body; this defeats one of the biggest purposes of foundation. 

Another thing to take into consideration when choosing a foundation is how much coverage you want. There is light coverage that gives a more natural look and tends to just give a little extra life to the face, and medium coverage which gives a medium look for people who want a little more than light and a little less than full. Medium coverage foundation is usually for people who have small imperfections they want to make less noticeable or for people with better skin who want to simply enhance their skin further. Full coverage foundation is more for special occasions or for people who have large imperfections they want to cover. Full coverage foundation can also tend to look more cakey and noticeable if not applied correctly.IMG_0003

On top of the coverage of the foundation, there are pressed powder, loose powder, and liquid foundation options. Liquid foundations look the most natural and can give a wide range of coverage no matter how applied (since most liquid foundations can be layered). Most powder foundations are harder to make look natural and still get some coverage.

Some common mistakes girls make with their foundations is layering powder foundation on top of liquid foundation; this is one way to get a “cake face”. If you do wear liquid foundation, you don’t always have to set it, but if you do want to set it there are finely milled setting powders that help prevent your face from looking cakey. If you do notice your foundation is looking too powdery one thing you can do is use a mist/spray on your face (i.e. MAC Fix+, Mario Badescu facial spray, L’Oreal Infallible makeup setting spray, Urban Decay makeup setting sprays). Using a mist/spray will wet the powders on your face and make them look more like your real skin rather than a powder sitting on top of it.

So, please ladies, take some tips and try new things with your foundation. You might be surprised with how much better it looks by changing a few simple things.