News Offbeat

There’s a Gator Inside

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An alligator walks into a shop…

What sounds like the beginning of a lame joke was all too real for the owners of a Miami Gardens, Florida convenience store. Police say the animal (pictured) was likely lost and searching for food. The baby gator was captured and released back into the wild.

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News Offbeat
Real Stories from Around the World
researched, compiled, and written by
Danny Inc, News Editor
Residential Life Magazine

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News Offbeat

“Bearly” Legal

It’s like you can’t trust wildlife anymore.

A Colorado homeowner says a black bear opened the doors of an unlocked car parked on the property, and began rifling through their personal property. A Twitter video of the incident has been video by thousands. Now, officials are reminding people to lock up their valuables.

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Real Stories from Around the World
researched, compiled, and written by
Danny Inc, News Editor
Residential Life Magazine

News Offbeat

Junk Food Junkie

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“No one can eat just one” is more than a marketing slogan.

Police in Charleston, South Carolina say a man there shot his cousin for eating a bag of chips he was saving for later. Now, 19-year-old Ryan Langdale (pictured) faces attempted murder and other charges.

Police say Langdale advised his 17-year-old cousin not to eat any of his Lay’s salt n’ vinegar chips. Langdale said he’d shoot his relative otherwise. Sadly, the teen ignored that memo, had a nice snack at his cousin’s expense, and got shot for his troubles.

Langdale originally told police he was cleaning a rifle and it accidentally fired.

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Real Stories from Around the World
researched, compiled, and written by
Danny Inc, News Editor
Residential Life Magazine

Politics and Society

Don’t Stand So Close to Me

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So I’m in the bathroom doing my thing and some guy comes up and stands right next to me, even though there’s about six other open urinals.

Look, I get that some other dude was using the last one, but this guy still could have used a middle one, which would have given him a good amount of space between the both of us. This dude obviously isn’t up to snuff on his Urinal Protocol. Say, for instance, there are five ‘spots.’

  1. The first guy comes in and uses the very last one.
  2. The second guy picks the one farthest from him.
  3. The third guy takes the middle one, and anyone else will wait.

Yes, they’ll wait even though there are two urinals that are technically open. This is what guys do. This is the standard.

So I don’t know what his guy’s problem was today. Kind of weird to pick the second one in if you ask me, but, hey, whatever works for the guy, y’know? I’m not gonna even bring it up to this guy. I’m just saying it was weird is all. Real weird.

by Stavros “Stolli” Capleton
Residential Life Magazine

News Offbeat

Ramen Fever

Someone’s about to nosh hard.

Deputies in Fayetteville, Georgia say some hungry suspect there stole a trailer containing $98,000 worth of Ramen noodles. That’s roughly 300,000 individual packs.

It’s yet unclear how the suspect was able to steal the truck undetected.

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Real Stories from Around the World
researched, compiled, and written by
Danny Inc, News Editor
Residential Life Magazine

Employment and Enterprise

Healthcare Career Advancement — Tips and Tricks

Spanning the spectrum from home health aides, to medical transcriptionists, nurses, doctors, and many other concentrations, the healthcare field is of the most varied in the country. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the industry is expected to enjoy a 19 percent growth through 2024. This is often attributed to an aging population, increased interest in health insurance options, and other factors.

State of Healthcare Careers

Following a hiring slowdown in 2013, the healthcare industry quickly rebounded as the Affordable Care Act presented healthcare options to individuals who were previously unable to obtain coverage or otherwise afford medical care. During this time, it is estimated that more than 470 thousand healthcare industry jobs were created.

According to a report from Modern Healthcare, nursing has been the most popular and fastest-growing career track among healthcare professionals. Still, all healthcare concentrations are expected to experience constant growth and change. In order to keep up with these changes and be in a position to excel in a healthcare career, it is important to be focused on and involved in career advancement and continuing education opportunities.

How to Excel in a Healthcare Career

It has been said that healthcare education never ends. This fact means continuing education should be a priority for healthcare workers. There are several ways by which to accomplish this important career goal.

Enroll in an Advanced Degree Program

Regardless of concentration, there are several higher education options available to  healthcare professionals — whether through a local University system, online courses, and elsewhere. In addition to advanced degrees, earning an educational certificate will also assist workers in their career advancement goals.

Find a Mentor

Establishing and maintaining professional relationships is essential for career advancement. While it may be best to seek out and foster relationships with co-workers in a related or desired position, there are also online mentoring options available.

Become a Leader

Employers are impressed by workers who take initiative and show an interest in the advancement of their institution, whether that is hospital system, assisted living facility, medical office, or other healthcare-related organization.

Healthcare professionals can establish themselves as leaders in their concentration by mentoring new employees, volunteering with non-profit organizations related to their career, seeking out opportunities to serve and/or chair committees, and joining a healthcare association.

Network

Networking — both in person and online — is a cornerstone to career advancement. More than meeting new people and establishing professional relationships, networking allows workers to exchange industry knowledge, brainstorm and troubleshoot solutions to workplace concerns, discover promotion and new position opportunities, and expand industry knowledge and expertise. ■

by Frank Samandari
for Residential Life Magazine

Frank Samandari is an award-winning journalist, web writer, and voice talent based near Daytona Beach Florida.

 

 

Food and Dining

You Say It’s a Biscuit

Today at lunch, one of my friends was talking about how their mom made biscuits last weekend, and this other guy kept calling them ‘muffins,’ for some reason. He may have been trying to be gross. Anyways, my friend got so mad! She was, like, “They’re biscuits, not muffins.” This guy has been on her case for a while. I guess she was just sick of it.

So then the guy started copping a really bad attitude, like it was some insult or something. He was getting all red and stuff! It was sooo funny. He was all “What’s the big deal?! What’s the difference?!” And my friend got right up in his face! I don’t even know what she was thinking today! lol

What’s in a Name?

First she said it was like Coke and Pepsi, and I guess I made a funny face or something (she told me later), so then she’s like: “It’s the difference between a hot dog and an Italian sausage.” And these boys started laughing, and one guy started making a rude gesture. He got removed from the lunchroom by the monitor. I hope he gets in trouble.

Anyways, then the other guy — the one my friend was talking to in the first place — was all: “You don’t know what you’re talking about. You’re just trying to make stuff up to make your point.” And she totally flipped out She was like: “You just don’t know how to compare things. You need to go back to second grade.” And a whole bunch of people starting laughing! It was great. The guy was pissed! He went on this whole tirade about how he doesn’t eat breakfast, or something, so he wouldn’t know what things are called. He was totally trying to dig himself out of the hole!

My friend was like: “Well, you need to listen better.” And the guy told her to shut up and walked away. He punched the soda machine on the way out. I’m pretty sure the monitor saw him, ‘cause she walked out after him. If he damaged the machine, he might have to pay for it. Or maybe his parents.

But the whole thing is that he picked on the wrong girl today! I mean, I hope he doesn’t get suspended or anything. But he needed to learn a lesson. He has a chip on his shoulder. I’m glad my friend stood up for herself and didn’t let him make a big scene. Just another day of drama! Ha! :-p

xoxo,
♥chelz♥

by Chelsea Abrahams
Residential Life Magazine