An encore for an opera singer who survived two double lung transplants

NEW YORK — What would you do if you were told you might have to give up the thing you were born to do? Here’s the story of a singer who got her second and third wind. 

Charity Tillemann-Dick loves all things opera. And her life reads like the plot of a grand opera. 

“It makes a hot, gorgeous mess of a vehicle for human joy and suffering — and tragedy,” she said. 

Diagnosed at age 20 with pulmonary arterial hypertension, or high blood pressure in the lungs, Tillemann-Dick’s heart was more than three times larger than normal. But she couldn’t imagine a life without song. 

As her career flourished, Tillemann-Dick’s body deteriorated until a 2009 lung transplant saved her life. She was 26. 

“It was a rough go,” she said. 

That’s an understatement. Her new book titled “The Encore” describes a grueling medical journey. 

Charity Tillemann-Dick

Charity Tillemann-Dick performs.

“It was two months before I could breathe on my own,” Tillemann-Dick said. “There is this wisp of a voice, but it was something, and so I started singing every day.”

Act two: three years later — Tillemann-Dick’s body rejects the lungs. 

“I had this sorta conversation with God,” she said. “And I’d made my peace with everyone. I thought it was the end. And the next morning, I got a call.”

Dr. Marie Budev, director of the Heart Lung Transplant Program at the Cleveland Clinic, had found a match. 


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Maroon 5 manager dies unexpectedly at 40

LOS ANGELES — Jordan Feldstein, the manager of Maroon 5 and actor Jonah Hill‘s brother, has died. He was 40 years old.

A spokeswoman for the band confirmed Saturday that Feldstein died unexpectedly Friday. The Feldstein family said in a statement that Jordan Feldstein called 911 after experiencing shortness of breath Friday. He had gone into cardiac arrest by the time paramedics arrived and died a short time later.

Feldstein was the founder and chief executive of Career Artist Management and had managed Maroon 5 since its inception 15 years ago. His company also counts Miguel, The B-52s, Elle King and Rick Springfield among its clients.

Miguel took to Instagram Saturday to send his condolences to Feldstein’s family.

Woke up today to a huge unexpected loss. Just wanting to send my condolences to Jordans kids, his family and friends, I can’t imagine how difficult this is for them to process. It’s crazy to know that in our short time, Jordan already made real dreams of mine reality. We were/ are just getting started and it’s just sad because i could see years of friendship and success together. Still I’m grateful to have gotten to know and learn and work w Jordan in our short time… to get a sense of the rare kind of person he was. If he said it, he made it happen. Man, I didn’t think yesterday would be the last time we’d speak. Rest in power Jordan, you’re already

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Here’s the Tesla Elon Musk will launch into orbit around Mars

Two days ago, SpaceX CEO and Tesla founder Elon Musk unveiled plans to launch his “midnight cherry Tesla Roadster” into space as part of the maiden voyage of the company’s Falcon Heavy rocket in January. 

The planned trajectory: a “billion year elliptic Mars orbit.” The soundtrack: David Bowie’s “Space Oddity.”

On Friday, Musk revealed the setup in a photo slideshow posted to Instagram. The Roadster appears bright red in the center of SpaceX’s slate grey rocket, called Falcon Heavy.

Musk’s SpaceX venture, alongside Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic enterprise and Jeff Bezos’s Blue Origin, is one of a few private companies committed to exploring travel to the Moon and Mars. The Falcon Heavy rocket is powerful enough to launch a fully booked 737 jet into orbit, and is designed to carry human cargo into space.

The mission is seen as a precursor to sending humans to Mars.

A Red Car for the Red Planet Test flights of new rockets usually contain mass simulators in the form of concrete or steel blocks. That seemed extremely boring. Of course, anything boring is terrible, especially companies, so we decided to send something unusual, something that made us feel. The payload will be an original Tesla Roadster, playing Space Oddity, on a billion year elliptic Mars orbit.

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Bank of England: Economic Collapse Coming If UK Keeps Borrowing Money

The following is from the Trumpet Brief sent out yesterday. These daily e-mails contain personal messages from the Trumpet staff. Click here to join the nearly 20,000 members of our mailing list, so you don’t miss another message.

In the final years of his presidency, Barack Obama passed on a golden opportunity to cripple Hezbollah’s global drug trafficking operation. According to a bombshell investigative piece by Politico reporter Josh Meyer, Obama was so desperate for a nuclear pact with Iran that he not only let its Hezbollah proxy off the hook—he actually blocked efforts to stop the terrorist group’s criminal activities!

Even before Obama was elected as president in late 2008, he was engaged in back-channel communications with Iran’s supreme leader, promising to befriend the Islamic Republic. Soon after the election, in his Cairo speech, Obama said Iran’s history of killing and maiming civilians was in the past. It was time to move forward.

When Iran’s Green Movement rose up against the supreme leader just days after that Cairo speech, Obama’s America turned a blind eye to the democratic uprising. From that point forward, virtually every foreign-policy decision Mr. Obama made helped to strengthen and empower the Iranian king and its proxies, like Hezbollah.

When President Obama signed the nuclear deal with Iran in January 2016—lifting sanctions, releasing valuable assets, handing over terrorists and tens of billions of dollars, and clearing the path for the mullahs to build a nuclear bomb—we at the Trumpet said the United States had effectively crowned

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Surgery saved the cop’s life. With a long recovery ahead, officers raise money to help

After an Horry County police officer was on duty patrolling last month, he suffered a traumatic heart injury and was rushed to a nearby hospital for life-saving surgery.

Now, 36-year-old KC Canterbury is home for recovery, but still faces a mound of medical bills as he heals.

“He’s one of those people that would literally do absolutely anything for anybody at any hour of the day,” said John Brantly, vice president of the Coastal Carolina Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #12. “He’s a very family oriented person, regardless of whether it’s blood family or blue family, you couldn’t find a better person.”

On the night of Nov. 25, Canterbury suffered from an aortic dissection and an aneurysm.

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An aortic dissection is a serious condition in which the inner layer of the aorta, the large blood vessel branching off the heart, tears, according to Mayo Clinic. Blood surges through the tear, which causes the inner and middle layers of the aorta to separate — or dissect, hence the name.

An aneurysm is an “abnormal bulge or ballooning in the wall of a blood vessel,” Mayo Clinic explains. An aneurysm can rupture, cause internal bleeding and lead to death.

Canterbury was in critical condition when he was rushed to the hospital that night before he underwent an intensive surgery. He was released from the hospital on Dec. 11.

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Director Ridley Scott pulls off the impossible and replaces Kevin Spacey in “All the Money in the World”

When director Ridley Scott announced that he was recasting Kevin Spacey and re-shooting 22 scenes in the wake of sexual assault allegations against Spacey, many were left wondering exactly how much of an impact the changes would have on “All the Money in the World.”

It’s no secret that reshooting all of Kevin Spacey’s scenes in “All The Money in World” over Thanksgiving, six weeks before release, was no easy feat. Scott tells Fox 4’s Shawn Edwards how he pulled it all off and why he decided to go with Christopher Plummer.

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3 Ways to Flip Houses with No Money Down

Flipping houses with no money is typically achieved by wholesaling properties to investors without purchasing them or by using other people’s money. However, when people talk about flipping houses with no money, they also mean doing it with no money down, and a third option is finding a hard money lender that offers 100% financing.

How Flipping Houses with No Money Works

Flipping houses with no money can be an involved process. Typically, you’ll have to find an attractive investment, convince an investor or lender to put down money, and then invest some sweat equity. However, when people talk about flipping houses with no money, they typically want to know how to actually finance the property.

You can typically flip a house with no money in the following 3 ways:

1. Wholesale the Fix and Flip

When wholesaling a fix and flip property you’re essentially selling the purchase contract without having to pay for the property first. You can do this by finding a seller and make them an offer with an assignment contingency. This lets you find another buyer and sell them the property for a premium and profiting off the difference.

Specifically, an assignment contingency is a contingency in a real estate contract that allows you to assign the property to anyone of your choosing before the agreed upon settlement date. The difference between what the contract is worth and the amount you sell it for is your profit. If you haven’t found someone to assign the contract to before the settlement date, you’re

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Foreign money driving top of housing market in Vancouver, Toronto

VANCOUVER/OTTAWA, Dec 22 (Reuters) – Foreign buyers in Canada’s two largest housing markets are focused on larger and more expensive homes, new data from Statistics Canada shows, confirming industry lore that their money drives up top-end real estate prices in Vancouver and Toronto.

While non-residents, defined as people living outside Canada, own less than 5 percent of residential properties in the two cities, those homes are worth significantly more than those held by residents, according to a Reuters analysis of Statscan data released this week.

Public debate over the role of foreign investment in Canada has reached a fever pitch, with locals saying price increases of 60 percent in Vancouver and 40 percent in Toronto over the past three years are keeping them out of the market.

In Toronto, the average value of a detached home built in 2016-2017 and owned by a non-resident is C$1.7 million ($1.3 million), a whopping 48.7 percent higher than C$1.1 million for residents. Those values for Vancouver average a lofty C$2.5 million for non-residents and C$1.8 million for residents for a difference of 40.6 percent.

Among all detached homes, not just new ones, those owned by non-residents were larger than residents’ houses by 13.1 percent in Vancouver and 2.2 percent in Toronto.

The new data reinforces anecdotal evidence that foreign buyers tend to focus on the most affluent neighborhoods, said Jane Londerville, a real estate professor at the University of Guelph in Southern Ontario.

“If the goal is to get a couple million dollars

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Celebrities rally for bullied boy after his emotional video goes viral

A boy teased for being “different” was flooded with comforting messages from dozens of celebrities over the weekend. This comes after he expressed his daily struggles as a victim of bullying in a heart-wrenching video posted online.  

On Friday, Keaton Jones of Knoxville, Tennessee, described the painful ordeal to his mother Kimberly in a Facebook video, where he breaks down in tears.

“They make fun of my nose, they call me ugly,” Jones said.”I have no friends.”

You can watch the entire clip below — it has been viewed at least 21 million times as of Sunday night:

During lunchtime, the bullying turns from verbal to physical, Jones says. According to his mother, the boy asked her to pick him because he was afraid to eat with his schoolmates.

“They pour milk on me and put ham down my clothes, throw bread at me,” the boy said.

He tries to reason with his bullies, saying, “People that are different don’t need to be criticized because it’s not their fault.”

Still, Jones offered advice to victims of bullying and how they can handle it.

“If you’re being made fun of, don’t let it bother you,” Jones said. “Stay strong I guess. It’s hard. It will probably get better one day.”

The powerful, emotional video of his experience at school quickly went viral,

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Photographer shares "soul-crushing" video of dying polar bear

Wildlife photographer Paul Nicklen recently documented a tragic scene on Baffin Island, Canada — a polar bear dying of starvation. Nicklen, who is the co-founder of Sea Legacy, shared the heartbreaking video with his followers on Instagram.  

The video shows the polar bear struggling to walk and visibly suffering. The animal’s fur appears to be disappearing from its deteriorating body. 

At one point, the bear can be seen unsuccessfully searching for food in a nearby trash can. While foaming at the mouth and fighting to keep its eyes open, the animal eventually gives up its conquest for food. It then lies back down on the ground out of what appears to be pure exhaustion. 

My entire @Sea_Legacy team was pushing through their tears and emotions while documenting this dying polar bear. It’s a soul-crushing scene that still haunts me, but I know we need to share both the beautiful and the heartbreaking if we are going to break down the walls of apathy. This is what starvation looks like. The muscles atrophy. No energy. It’s a slow, painful death. When scientists say polar bears will be extinct in the next 100 years, I think of the global population of 25,000 bears dying in this manner. There is no band aid solution. There was no saving this individual bear. People think that we can put platforms in the ocean or we can feed the odd starving bear. The

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