A reward is now being offered for information leading to the arrest of two murder suspects who were last seen with a 15-year-old girl who has been missing for 18 days.
Two suspects in a murder were on the run, and the woman’s 15-year-old daughter was last seen with the pair in the Torrance area April 16, 2019.
Photo credit: Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department
Alora Benitez is believed to be with her mother, Maricela Mercado, and another man, Roman Cerratos, who are both wanted in the murder of a man who was discovered slain in a bloodied car in Carson weeks before.
Cerratos and Mercado are considered armed and dangerous.
The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department announced the $20,000 reward after the three disappeared April 16, and haven’t been seen since.
The car the trio was traveling in, 2013 four-door BMW sedan, with Nevada license plate “MARIMAR,” was discovered near a major border crossing in San Diego County Friday, April 19.
Despite an Amber Alert and emergency alert sent days after the girl was seen getting in the car with her mother and Cerratos, no one has reported spotting them since.
The BMW was discovered in the area of San Ysidro, but no one was inside, officials said. Alora’s father said he fears they may be in Mexico.
Homicide investigators were on scene to examine the sedan.
Benitez is 5-feet 2-inches tall, weighing 100 pounds, with brown hair and brown eyes. Investigators could not provide a description of the outfit she was last seen in.
Cerratos and Mercado are considered suspects in the slaying of a man who was found dead Tuesday in the front seat of a white Audi.
The car, streaked with blood, was found parked in the 400 block of East Carson Plaza Drive, the sheriff’s department said.
Anyone who spots Benitez should call 9-1-1 immediately.
Jeffery Appel, 32, was found dead in the bloodied Audi in Carson April 16, the day the suspects and Alora were last seen in Los Angeles County. The cause of death has not yet been determined.
Anyone with information on where the trio may be is asked to call sheriff’s Homicide Detectives Lawler or Blagg at (323) 890-5500 or Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-8477.
For a long time, Clint Eastwood shared a relationship with Oscar nominee Sondra Locke. But after she passed at the age of 74, the truth about their relationship has come forward. Although they loved each other very much, things were not always roses between Eastwood and his lover Locke. Her death was publicized only this past Friday, although she died back at the beginning of November 2018, and few people knew the difficult details about how Locke battled cancer for a long time.
Eastwood first came into Locke’s life when she was a married woman. That didn’t stop him from trying to get with her because Locke was not in a traditional marriage. Her marriage was not typical in a way whatsoever. She had married her gay best friend and shared a loving relationship with him as friends. She loved her husband, although it was always in a platonic way. And she remained married to him until the day he died.
Although their relationship proved to not be healthy for Eastwood or Locke, Locke remained with Eastwood for thirteen years. The couple dealt with public controversy over their love. Eastwood was not always a good man to her. He forced her to have abortions twice. The reason was that he believed having children with Locke was “improper.”
Nevertheless, Eastwood fathered children in the 1980s with Jacelyn Reeves. And when Locke found out about Eastwood’s change of heart, their relationship took a turn for the worst.
Eastwood had a controlling approach to his relationship with Locke. In an interview with The Sun, Locke described how he wanted to control everything about her, including how she used birth control.
“Clint complained of the IUD – it was uncomfortable for him,” she wrote. “And he too was not in favor of birth control pills, so he suggested a special clinic at Cedars Hospital where they taught a ‘natural’ method of birth control.”
Because Clint Eastwood wanted to use the “rhythm” method, Locke got pregnant twice, and Eastwood demanded she get rid of it.
“Not only was I taught their method but I was constantly monitored with regular pregnancy checks. The whole process was awkward and entailed taking my temperature every morning and marking the calendar, etc. It was demanding, and ultimately it had failed twice.”
For years, Eastwood mistreated Locke. Eventually, Locke decided to get some help from the law to get what she deserved from Eastwood. She filed palimony in 1989. But it ended out of court with a $1.5 million deal involving Warner Bros. But it was a scam, and she filed another lawsuit against Eastwood for fraud.
Throughout her life and career, the talented Sandra Locke faced turmoil, much during the time of her relationship with Eastwood himself. She never obtained the glory she deserved despite her potential.
Because she trusted Eastwood and thought he was the love of her life, she learned only later that their relationship was not meant to last. Nevertheless, the loss of Sondra Locke must have been a big deal for Eastwood.
Who knew one picture could cause so much of an outrage?
There is a saying that goes, “A picture is worth a thousand words”. Well in this case, this picture here is definitely causing way more than that.
There has been a lot of outrage by the public after a photo showing 16 West Point cadets who were supposedly raising their fists in support of the Black Lives Matter movement made its way to the Internet.
Apparently, the photo is of the all-black, all-female cadets, and they can be seen raising their fists, although the gesture is one that has been known to be associated with a controversial movement of its own.
However, this gesture has also been used for many centuries, and it is used to depict resistance by a wide array of groups, from suffragists to labor unions to the Black Panthers.
According to a report by the Army Times, the picture was received on the 4th of May from a few concerned readers who expressed worries over the fact that it was possible the cadets had violated Directive 1334:10 of the Department of Defense, as regards Political Activities by Members of the Armed Forces. According to the directive cadets, are discouraged from engaging in “partisan political activity” when they are clad in their uniforms.
John Burk, a motivational life coach who spent some time as a soldier, accused the cadets of aligning themselves with a known political movement. He said on his page on Facebook that he was contacted by an anonymous member of the military service, who expressed their concern with the contents of the picture.
According to a report by the Daily News, the anonymous source said to Burk about the picture, “It really is a bit of a touchy subject, this one. It is possible for us to get kicked out of West point, or forced to repeat some years for what we in the military know as a ‘respect board’.
These can easily be given for just making someone angry, so there’s no doubt to the fact that absolutely no one would like to get kicked out of the college… especially for something like this”
Ever since Burk made that post on his Facebook page, it has gone viral, with thousands of shares, likes and comments coming in from different people all over the world. A lot of people dropped comments that expressed their unhappiness at what the cadets did, while some felt like it wasn’t so much of a big deal. Up till now, the debate seems to be raging on social media.
One commenter wrote, “The purpose of equality is holding both men and women to the exact same standards. THESE WOMEN SHOULD BE KICKED OUT!!!”
Another wrote, “They should immediately expel all of those cadets”
“We can already confirm that the cadets who are seen in this photo are indeed members of the United States Military Academy’s Class of 2016,” said Lt. Christopher Kaser, who works as a spokesperson for West Point, in a statement sent via Email to both the Daily News and the Army Times. “Currently, we have officials of the Academy conducting an investigation into the matter”
Till now, it remains to be seen the kinds of disciplinary actions that the Army will take, if any would even be taken at all. The cadets in the photo have also not been identified.
Most kids these days get their hands busy with their gadgets, well not this 2nd grader!
This kid is also known as “Little John” and he wowed the audience with this incredible charisma, to think that at this point he didn’t start singing yet!
Little John is dressed in his smart blue button-down shirt with his guitar wrapped around him. As he stood in front of his microphone, he sure is ready to play his instrument. But know that the song he chose was not an easy one but still, this brave boy went for it. With his oozing confidence, the audience was more than ready to witness what he can offer.
However, they were not prepared for what he was about to show them. This performance was at a convert that was put on by the school.
Before he started his performance, Little John introduced himself to the audience that informed them that he is going to perform two songs. Everybody was getting more excited. When he started singing, “Folsom Prison Blues” which is one of Johnny Cash’s greatest hits. Johnny Cash was an American singer-songwriter, a guitarist, and actor, and also an author.
In the music industry, he is one of the best-selling artists of all time. He sold over 90 million records worldwide.
Cash was always known for his deep and calm bass-baritone voice. He has a very distinctive sound which made it easier for him to be remembered by fans from all over the world. We all know that Johnny Cash is one of the greatest performers and covering his song would take guts and this boy surely has that.
For Little John, the Johnny Cash song came naturally to him. He never faltered! Not once. He even got the voice that can match with the original singer! You can even hear one of the audience shouts, “Wooh! Good job!” This kid has pure talent and even at a young age, he has the ability to get his audience’s attention. He has a warm and beautiful voice.
When everyone thought that this was it, Little John shocked everyone when he did something surprising! This was totally unexpected.
As it turns out, Little John has something has a hidden talent and he took the right moment to shock everyone. He amps up his performance to a whole new level that nobody ever expected from him. Although everyone in the audience knew that he can play the guitar, but nobody thought that he would already be this good. Who can possibly play that good when they are just 7 years old anyway?
The moment he started doing his tricks with his guitar strings, it completely blew everyone away! It’s like he’s been doing this for years!
This might be an old video of him performing, but there is no doubt that this boy’s talent is surely going to bring him someplace. The video of his performance now has over 6 million views and the number is still growing.
As we see kids getting enthralled by new games and gadgets, it is also nice to introduce them to other hobbies that might interest them. An interest in music and musical instruments might just be the hidden talent that you have yet to discover from them. Who knows, they might be the next Little John!
When a high school football player realized that no one was there to sing the national anthem before his game, he had a choice. He could either stand down and allow the game to proceed without a live performance of the anthem. The teams could have listened to a recording and put their hands over their hearts. But this player, a football player, who could be cast in Glee, made a different choice when he stepped forward, guitar in hand, and offered to sing for the crowd instead.
Because a video of him was recorded to show just how talented this young man is, it has gone on to go viral thousands of times over. And people are standing up and applauding this teen’s courage and creativity all at the same time.
The singer/football player is Jackson Dean Nicholson. He decided to stand up and perform his acoustic, country-style rendition of “The Star-Spangled Banner” in front of his local crowd. But as the video recording of his act went online, it became clear that he was not only singing for the people in the stands but thousands of Americans across the country as well.
Nicholson is a senior who plays defense on the team. And he was proud to share his country music with the crowd, who responded with love for his patriotism.
“It was very cool. I probably knew 90 percent of the people sitting in those stands, and they had no idea I was doing it ‘til I brought my guitar out,” he told the Baltimore Sun.
Not only did Nicholson shock the audience with his performance, but he also came out and blew them away.
After his performance was shared online via Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and several other video sharing platforms, it went viral attracting lots of comments from thousands of people across America.
Then Fox News featured Nicholson’s performance. Not only is Nicholson a football player, but he is also a guitar player. And when he is not practicing with the team or playing games, he writes music – which is available to the public on his YouTube channel.
Besides being a dedicated student, he has been working on an album for a few years. Ever since he was a freshman at Arundel High School, he has been writing songs so he could release his album and make money from his music. One of his songs, “Man Upstairs,” has bee turned into a music video. He recorded that one with Champion Studios.
Instead of dreaming of being an NFL player, Nicholas is done with football come January.
“This is my last year, then I’m done. I’ve got until January. I’ll have all my credits done, and I only have to be enrolled for this semester. I got a waiver by my principal, and she’s very supportive of what I do.”
In other words, Nicholson wants to write and play music. And with the discipline he’s learned on the football field, he’s going to be successful.
What do you think about this high school football player’s rendition of the national anthem?
Many years ago, the United States military brought Isabell Whitney and Preble Staver together. They met while on a blind date and immediately felt chemistry. They were both studying in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania at the time and could not help but watch as their romance blossomed until it consumed their lives and made them inseparable. Their daughter, Laurie Staver Clinton, always knew her parents were deeply in love – however, their commitments in the United States military, although instrumental to bringing them together soon put a wedge between them.
Whitney was a nurse in the United States Navy while her husband was in the United States Marines. War tore them apart from each other; however, they reunited after the way and got married. Before long, they produced five children in total.
Laurie adored her father, who received a Bronze Star for his commitment to the United States Marines. She remembers her father as a tall, outgoing man, who always led with his “larger than life” personality. She described her mother as “my heart.”
Laurie told NPR, “She taught me how to be a kind person, how to be a compassionate person.”
While Preble continued his career in the Marines, Isabelle stayed home and spent most of her time raising the couple’s five children. Eventually, when the kids were old enough, she returned to the workforce as a nurse. Laurie credits her mother to keep the family together through the numerous moves around the country because of Preble’s military career and after the death of one of their sons Peter, who died in a football-related accident in 1975 while he was in high school.
The couple served in World War II and were loyal to each other – and their country – for the entirety of their lives.
Laurie remembers her mother as always having a nurse’s compassion, even when she became the patient as she was older. Isabell slipped into dementia as an elderly woman, and her husband Preble struggled to cope with the additional responsibility.
“When I would explain the need for the separation, Mom would go, ‘But that’s Daddy, that’s Preble,’” she said. “Even in her demented states, she had the compassion and understanding that my dad’s reaction to some of the disease process wasn’t really a reaction to her, and she still wanted to be with him.”
A family friend and fellow church-goer, Jim Need, recalls the couple fondly. He was there when their health started to fail.
“Sometimes he was a little frustrated because she may not recognize him. But… when she did, you could always just see him. Just smiling, like crazy,” Need said.
For Preble’s birthday recently, all he wanted was to be able to sleep next to his wife – which had not been available to him for some time. The family arranged it and then paired napped next to each other for a few hours.
On October 25, Isabelle received her last rites while Preble held her hand. She passed on, and Preble followed her into heaven just a few hours later. Isabelle almost reached her 96th birthday.
Everyone has moments of forgetfulness from time to time, especially when life gets busy.
While this can be a completely normal occurrence, having a poor memory can be frustrating.
Genetics plays a role in memory loss, especially in serious neurological conditions like Alzheimer’s disease. However, research has shown that diet and lifestyle have a major impact on memory too.
Here are 14 evidence-based ways to improve your memory naturally.
1. Eat Less Added Sugar
Eating too much added sugar has been linked to many health issues and chronic diseases, including cognitive decline.
Research has shown that a sugar-laden diet can lead to poor memory and reduced brain volume, particularly in the area of the brain that stores short-term memory (1, 2).
For example, one study of more than 4,000 people found that those with a higher intake of sugary beverages like soda had lower total brain volumes and poorer memories on average compared to people who consumed less sugar (2).
Cutting back on sugar not only helps your memory but also improves your overall health.
SUMMARYResearch has shown that people who regularly consume lots of added sugar may have poorer memories and lower brain volumes than those who consume less sugar.
2. Try a Fish Oil Supplement
Fish oil is rich in the omega-3 fatty acids eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA).
These fats are important for overall health and have been shown to lower the risk of heart disease, reduce inflammation, relieve stress and anxiety, and slow mental decline (3, 4).
Many studies have shown that consuming fish and fish oil supplements may improve memory, especially in older people.
One study of 36 older adults with mild cognitive impairment found that short-term and working memory scores improved significantly after they took concentrated fish oil supplements for 12 months (5).
Another recent review of 28 studies showed that when adults with mild symptoms of memory loss took supplements rich in DHA and EPA, like fish oil, they experienced improved episodic memory (6).
Both DHA and EPA are vital to the health and functioning of the brain and also help reduce inflammation in the body, which has been linked to cognitive decline (7).
SUMMARYFish and fish oil supplements are rich in the omega-3 fatty acids EPA and DHA. Consuming them may help improve short-term, working and episodic memory, especially in older people.
3. Make Time for Meditation
The practice of meditation may positively affect your health in many ways.
It is relaxing and soothing, and has been found to reduce stress and pain, lower blood pressure and even improve memory (8).
In fact, meditation has been shown to increase gray matter in the brain. Gray matter contains neuron cell bodies (9).
As you age, gray matter declines, which negatively impacts memory and cognition (10).
Meditation and relaxation techniques have been shown to improve short-term memory in people of all ages, from people in their 20s to the elderly (11).
For example, one study demonstrated that Taiwanese college students who engaged in meditation practices like mindfulness had significantly better spatial working memory than students who did not practice meditation (12).
Spatial working memory is the ability to hold and process information in your mind about the positions of objects in space.
SUMMARYMeditation isn’t just good for your body — it’s also good for your brain. Research suggests meditation may increase gray matter in the brain and improve spatial working memory.
4. Maintain a Healthy Weight
Maintaining a healthy body weight is essential for well-being and is one of the best ways to keep your body and mind in top condition.
Several studies have established obesity as a risk factor for cognitive decline.
Interestingly, being obese can actually cause changes to memory-associated genes in the brain, negatively affecting memory (13).
Obesity can also lead to insulin resistance and inflammation, both of which can negatively impact the brain (14).
A study of 50 people between the ages of 18 and 35 found that a higher body mass index was associated with significantly worse performance on memory tests (15).
Obesity is also associated with a higher risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease, a progressive disease that destroys memory and cognitive function (16).
SUMMARYObesity is a risk factor for cognitive decline. Maintaining a body mass index within the normal range may help you avoid a host of issues associated with obesity, including a poorer memory.
5. Get Enough Sleep
Lack of proper sleep has been associated with poor memory for quite some time.
Sleep plays an important role in memory consolidation, a process in which short-term memories are strengthened and transformed into long-lasting memories.
Research shows that if you are sleep deprived, you could be negatively impacting your memory.
For example, one study looked at the effects of sleep in 40 children between the ages of 10 and 14.
One group of children was trained for memory tests in the evening, then tested the following morning after a night’s sleep. The other group was trained and tested on the same day, with no sleep between training and testing.
The group that slept between training and testing performed 20% better on the memory tests (17).
Another study found that nurses working the night shift made more mathematical errors and that 68% of them scored lower on memory tests compared to nurses working the day shift (17).
Health experts recommend adults get between seven and nine hours of sleep each night for optimal health (18).
SUMMARYStudies have consistently associated sufficient sleep with better memory performance. Sleep helps consolidate memories. You’re also likely to perform better on memory tests if you’re well rested than if you’re sleep deprived.
6. Practice Mindfulness
Mindfulness is a mental state in which you focus on your present situation, maintaining awareness of your surroundings and feelings.
Mindfulness is used in meditation, but the two aren’t one and the same. Meditation is a more formal practice, whereas mindfulness is a mental habit you can use in any situation.
Studies have shown that mindfulness is effective at lowering stress and improving concentration and memory.
One study of 293 psychology students showed that those who underwent mindfulness training had improved recognition-memory performance when recalling objects compared to students who did not receive mindfulness training (19).
Mindfulness has also been linked with a lower risk of age-related cognitive decline and an overall improvement in psychological well-being (20).
Incorporate mindfulness techniques into your daily routine by paying more attention to your present situation, concentrating on your breathing and gently resetting your attention when your mind wanders.
SUMMARYPracticing mindfulness techniques has been associated with increased memory performance. Mindfulness is also linked to reduced age-related cognitive decline.
7. Drink Less Alcohol
Consuming too many alcoholic beverages can be detrimental to your health in many ways and can negatively impact your memory.
Binge drinking is a pattern of drinking that raises your blood alcohol levels to 0.08 grams per ml or above. Studies have shown it alters the brain and results in memory deficits.
A study of 155 college freshmen found that students who consumed six or more drinks within a short period of time, either weekly or monthly, had difficulties in immediate and delayed memory-recall tests compared to students who never binge drank (21).
Alcohol exhibits neurotoxic effects on the brain. Repeated episodes of binge drinking can damage the hippocampus, a part of the brain that plays a vital role in memory (22).
While having a drink or two now and then is perfectly healthy, avoiding excessive alcohol intake is a smart way to protect your memory.
SUMMARYAlcohol has neurotoxic effects on the brain, including reducing memory performance. Occasional moderate drinking isn’t an issue, but binge drinking can damage your hippocampus, a key area of your brain associated with memory.
8. Train Your Brain
Exercising your cognitive skills by playing brain games is a fun and effective way to boost your memory.
Crosswords, word-recall games, Tetris and even mobile apps dedicated to memory training are excellent ways to strengthen memory.
A study that included 42 adults with mild cognitive impairment found that playing games on a brain-training app for eight hours over a four-week period improved performance in memory tests (23).
Another study of 4,715 people showed that when they did 15 minutes of an online brain-training program at least five days a week, their short-term memory, working memory, concentration and problem-solving improved significantly compared to a control group (24).
Plus, brain-training games have been shown to help reduce the risk of dementia in older adults (25).
SUMMARYGames that challenge your brain may help you strengthen your memory and may even reduce the risk of dementia.
9. Cut Down on Refined Carbs
Consuming large amounts of refined carbohydrates like cakes, cereal, cookies, white rice and white bread may be damaging to your memory.
These foods have a high glycemic index, meaning the body digests these carbohydrates quickly, leading to a spike in blood sugar levels (26).
Studies have shown that the Western diet, which is high in refined carbohydrates, is associated with dementia, cognitive decline and reduced cognitive function (27).
One study of 317 healthy children found that those who consumed more processed carbs like white rice, noodles and fast food had reduced cognitive capacity, including poorer short-term and working memory (28).
Another study demonstrated that adults who consumed ready-to-eat breakfast cereal daily had poorer cognitive function than those who consumed cereal less frequently (29).
SUMMARYLike added sugar, refined carbohydrates lead to a spike in blood sugar levels, which can damage your brain over time. Diets high in refined carbs have been associated with dementia, cognitive decline and reduced brain function.
10. Get Your Vitamin D Levels Tested
Vitamin D is an important nutrient that plays many vital roles in the body.
Low levels of vitamin D have been linked to a host of health issues, including a reduction in cognitive function.
A study that followed 318 older adults for five years found that those who had blood levels of vitamin D less than 20 nanograms per ml lost their memory and other cognitive abilities faster than those with normal vitamin D levels (30).
Low levels of vitamin D have also been linked to a greater risk of developing dementia (31).
Vitamin-D deficiency is very common, especially in colder climates and in those with darker skin. Speak with your doctor about getting a blood test to find out if you need a vitamin D supplement.
SUMMARYVitamin-D deficiency is very common, especially in colder climates, and has been associated with age-related cognitive decline and dementia. If you think you might have low levels of vitamin D, ask your doctor for a blood test.
11. Exercise More
Exercise is important for overall physical and mental health.
Research has established that it’s beneficial for the brain and may help improve memory in people of all ages, from children to older adults.
For example, a study of 144 people aged 19 to 93 showed that a single bout of 15 minutes of moderate exercise on a stationary bike led to improved cognitive performance, including memory, across all ages (32).
Many studies have shown exercise may increase the secretion of neuroprotective proteins and improve the growth and development of neurons, leading to improved brain health (33).
Regular exercise in midlife is also associated with a decreased risk of developing dementia later in life (34).
SUMMARYExercise brings incredible benefits for your whole body, including your brain. Even moderate exercise for short periods has been shown to improve cognitive performance, including memory, across all age groups.
Antioxidants help lower inflammation in the body by reducing oxidative stress caused by free radicals. You can consume antioxidants in foods like fruits, vegetables and teas.
A recent review of nine studies with more than 31,000 people found that those who ate more fruits and vegetables had lower risks of cognitive decline and dementia compared to those who consumed less of these nutritious foods (35).
Berries are particularly high in antioxidants like flavonoids and anthocyanins. Eating them may be an excellent way to prevent memory loss.
One study of more than 16,000 women demonstrated that those who consumed the most blueberries and strawberries had slower rates of cognitive decline and memory loss than women who ate fewer berries (36).
SUMMARYAnti-inflammatory foods are great for your brain, especially berries and other foods that are high in antioxidants. To incorporate more anti-inflammatory foods into your diet, you can’t go wrong by consuming a variety of fruits and vegetables.
13. Consider Curcumin
Curcumin is a compound found in high concentrations in turmeric root. It’s one of a category of compounds called polyphenols.
It is a potent antioxidant and exerts powerful anti-inflammatory effects in the body.
Multiple animal studies have found that curcumin reduces oxidative damage and inflammation in the brain and also lowers the quantity of amyloid plaques. These accumulate on neurons and cause cell and tissue death, leading to memory loss (37).
In fact, amyloid plaque buildup may play a role in the progression of Alzheimer’s disease (38).
Though more human studies are needed on the effects of curcumin on memory, animal studies suggest it may be effective at boosting memory and preventing cognitive decline (39, 40).
SUMMARYCurcumin is a potent antioxidant. Animal studies have shown it reduces inflammation and amyloid plaques in the brain. However, more research in humans is needed.
14. Add Some Cocoa to Your Diet
Cocoa is not only delicious but also nutritious, providing a powerful dose of antioxidants called flavonoids. Research suggests flavonoids are particularly beneficial to the brain.
They may help stimulate the growth of blood vessels and neurons and increase blood flow in parts of the brain involved with memory.
A study of 30 healthy people found that those who consumed dark chocolate containing 720 mg of cocoa flavonoids demonstrated better memory compared to those who consumed white chocolate without cocoa flavonoids (41).
To get the most benefit out of chocolate, choose dark chocolate with a cocoa content of 70% cacao or higher. That will help ensure it contains larger amounts of antioxidants like flavonoids.
SUMMARYCocoa is high in antioxidants that may help improve memory performance. Make sure to choose dark chocolate with 70% cacao or higher so you get a concentrated dose of antioxidants.
The Bottom Line
There are many fun, simple and even delicious ways to improve your memory.
Exercising your mind and body, enjoying a quality piece of chocolate and reducing the amount of added sugar in your diet are all excellent techniques.
Try adding a few of these science-backed tips to your daily routine to boost your brain health and keep your memory in top condition.
Life can hold incredibly cruel fates for people, regardless of how kind or loving they are.
This is especially so when there is the loss of a child – or possibly even worse, the unexpected and sudden loss of a child’s parents.
After all, when you are so young, you are still relying on your parents to take care of you and teach you how to take on the world.
To not have your parents means that you have to survive on your own.
That is already hard for anyone, but for achildit is especially so.
These four siblings now have to deal with such a horrible situation.
They are incredibly young, with the oldest barely brushing the start of preteen-hood at the age of 13 and the youngest a fresh-faced boy of only 6-year-old.
Their names are as follows: Justin, the eldest, Amiah, who is 10,Daimean, who is two years Amiah’s junior, andTrayvion, the youngest.
The siblings had been waiting at home onthe fatefulday, dressed up in their Halloween costumes and eagerly awaiting the return of their parents, Donald and Crystal Howard.
The plan was supposed to be simple – Donald and Crystal had driven down to a nearby store to buy some face paint that would serve as the icing on top for the children’s Halloween costumes.
As it turned out, that was the last time the children were to see their parents.
Donald and Crystal had later died in a tragic car accident enroute,while being only about a mile away from home.
Thankfully the local police had managed to contact a close living relative of the children whowascompletely willing to care for them – their grandmother.
Unfortunately, she lived in a differentstate,and thus would have needed at least 7 hours before she can arrive.
In the meantime, Nathan Bradley, a state trooper, was given the gut-wrenching task of visiting the children and informing them about the horrible news.
Bradley found himself unable to break the news tothem,and found himself unwilling to call the Department of Family and Child Services while waiting upon the arrival of the children’s grandmother.
It didn’t sit right with him – the last thing these children needed to know upon learning about the death of both their parents was to spend a night incountyjail until they could be put under somebody’s care.
Instead, he decided to spare them the painful knowledge and leave them in blissful ignorance for a few more hours.
The children were piled into Bradley’s care, where they were cared for by him for a night.
Not only did they get fries and milkshakes from McDonald’s and Burger King, they were treated to candy and ice cream as well.
They even were given a tour of Bradley’s police station, where they could hang out and read magazines or watch movies.
It was only the next day, when the boys’ grandmother arrived, were they told about their parents.
The boys are now living in Florida with their grandmother, but Bradley couldn’t stop worrying about them.