Nov 23, 2014 @ 06:46 pm Marisa Sung
If you're buying items online, our 5-On-Your-Side investigation is a must see. We are uncovering dangerous and potentially deadly items being sold on a daily basis.
Recalled products are being found all over Northeast Ohio and across the country. In fact, it's such a huge problem we teamed up with ABC News investigators.
We all found lots of items posted on Craigslist that have a dangerous history behind them.
"The holidays are extremely hard. His birthday is extremely hard," said mother Jennifer Irwin who will never hold her baby boy Ayden again. "The doctor came in and lifted and turned his neck and said ‘See what happened?' And that's when it hit me what happened. You could see the marks around his neck.”
Six-month-old Ayden was strangled by a dangerous baby monitor cord. The Consumer Product Safety Commission worked with the company Summer Infant Inc. to issue a recall on the monitor after two children including Ayden died.
Irwin told us she mounted everything according to the instructions.
"I relied on what they said to keep my child safe. I spent all this money to keep my child safe. And in the end it ended up killing him," said Irwin.
Our team of investigators found a baby monitor being sold on Craigslist that part of the same recalled monitors that killed Ayden. Undercover video shows us buying it in a parking lot.
Our searches on Craigslist found numerous dangerous items. A Lane Cedar Chest was being sold through a consignment shop called Prosellers Inc. out of North Ridgeville.
The chest is part of a nationwide recall after children have died inside the chests.
The problem with the chests is with the locks. Kids get inside the chests and there's no way to get out. Owner of Prosellers Inc. Doug Cook said he had no idea about the recall.
"I would never knowingly put out a product that certainly might take a child's life or anything like that," Cook told newsnet5.
Our search also took us to Akron after we found an Oeuf Sparrow Crib being sold there at a business.
The secretary showed us the crib, and sure enough, it's the same model where spindles and top railings detach from the crib and create a hazard for babies. The seller took the item off of Craigslist.
Dangers to children were a big theme in our search. We found a lot of Baby Einstein jumpers on craigslist.
One was being sold at a woman's house on Cleveland's west side. She said she didn’t know about the recall. The item is no longer on the site.
"It is illegal to sell a recalled item," said Elliot Kaye who is the Chairman of the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission that issues recalls.
He told newsnet5 his agency has a very difficult time convincing Craigslist of the recall problem.
"They have a responsibility to members of the public who are using their websites,” said Kaye. “Craigslist has certainly benefited from it financially. I think as a sense of civic responsibility they should step up and join their safety partnership."
In fact, Kaye told us just last year the CPSC had 9,000 products taken off of online sites. That's about one every hour of every day. And he said Craigslist was not helpful.
The company ignored our request for an interview, but did issue a statement saying in part it, "...provides a system whereby users can flag postings advertising recalled items for removal..." and that it had "productive talks" with CPSC six months ago.
Meanwhile, our searches continue to find recalled items popping up all the time on the site. That is a troubling situation for people like Irwin who worries about problem products hurting the ones you love.
"There isn't a day that goes by that I don't miss (Ayden)," she said with tears in her eyes.
Chairman Kaye told us one of the problems with recalls is that businesses, in general, need to put the same kind of resources and marketing that they use to sell a product into getting the product back if there's a threat to someone's safety.
Nov 23, 2014 @ 04:42 pm Marisa Sung
I just read a very interesting article that cited that the upcoming Presidential Candidates are competing mainly on their looks. Really? If that is the case then how did Michelle Obama ever become First Lady?? Or how then is Hillary Clinton running for President?? Her looks leave a lot to be desiered and she doesn't dress well at all. They mocked Chris Christie for going under the knife in order to appear slimmer but the truth of the matter is the only very good looking truly Presidential Candidate was Mitt Romney and he lost more than once! He also has a wife who is very attractive and would have made an excellent First Lady. She is neat, pretty, educated, well-spoken and well-dressed. I beg to differ from the article that states that Candidates are dismissed based on their appearance. Dan Quayle was great looking despite having had an ugly and old looking wife=did that hurt him? No, it didn't. Also, Mike Huckabee, John and Cindy McCain, and Pat Ryan and wife are all good looking and extremely photogenic and yet they all lost so how do you explain your theory?? We have a current First Lady who is advocating "Healthy Eating" while she struts around with a body frame that is hardly desirable. She is overly muscular, stocky and doesn't have the tall, trim physique that is considered to be desirable=to say that she is average looking is being nice! I wouldn't focus on her looks and clothes so much as they should be hidden if what you say is true. Given the aformentioned points, Chris Christie's weight is the least of his problems, believe me! :)
Nov 23, 2014 @ 03:11 pm Marisa Sung
If you weren't born into a certain social stratum, don't miss "The Social Climber's Bible: A Book of Manners, Practical Tips, and Spiritual Advice for the Upwardly Mobile." Here are just a few of their pointers to get you started! :)
Please buy the book and learn some very important lessons! There are more social climbers now than ever before!
1. As Coco Chanel said, "dress as you wish to be perceived. First and foremost, social climber should look like they belong . . . anywhere."
2. "As a rule of thumb, never be overdressed, for the simple reason that it will make it clear how hard you're trying to be something you're not."
3. "The era when an accent could hinder your climb is behind us. Sounding as though you come from somewhere when you actually come from nowhere can be a plus. It is far better to keep your accent and your real name than taking on a fake name and losing your accent=you are then a fraud and a huge part of your soul dies when you do that. Be who you really are and it will make you seem more authentic.
4. For the social climber, honesty is rarely the best policy! You know who you are! :(
5. Social Climbing in the right house of worship will not only bring you closer to heaven, it can make your prayers come true. This is the case with so many popular and trendy movements such as Kabbalah, Transcendental Meditation, Scientology and other similar type Organizations. The best way to promote a cult, belief system or movement is to gather a bunch of celebrities and high net worth people to do the advertising for you! :(
6. Highly accomplished people never grow tired of hearing how great they are or having a million photos taken no matter what they claim! :(
7. The 3 questions you NEVER want to ask at a cocktail party.
1. Who are you?
2. Where do you live?
3. What do you do?
8. Where sexual desires are concerned, especially when love is involved, you are not in control; your desires control you. Since a good social climber is always in control, sex and worse, love, can lead to potentially fatal missteps.
9. Great social climbers do not stop dating up the food chain just because they are married. Sad but true.
10. Being a great guest involves more than simply self-confidence and having great manners. It means learning how to make yourself an asset to any and every social function you attend. For instance, donate self-made items for the auctions, offer to donate services, business knowledge etc.
11. More often than not, being a great guest means that you have to pretend that you are a better person than you really are. A little goes a long way. Most important of all, always bring a present.
12. Thank-you notes should always be written on personalized stationery in ink by hand!
Back in the USSR, Hungary or Poland! :(
Nov 23, 2014 @ 02:34 pm Marisa Sung
The following is a list of the most powerful families in the United States of America!
1. The Bush Family! :)
An American Political Dynasty to rival the Kennedys, the Bush Family has been such an important part of American life since the early 1950's! It has produced a Senator, two Governors, and most notably two Presidents! George W. Bush bought a share of the Texas Rangers Baseball Team, and has made a major mark in the fashion world via Lauren Bush. Most recently, George P. Bush, son of former Florida Governor Jeb Bush, recently launched his own political career in Texas = look out for him! :)
2. The Kerry Family
The craggy Massachusetts Senator gets to fill Hill's shoes for the next four years as Secretary of State. Kerry is a descendant of John Murray Forbes, a railroad magnate and merchant. Kerry's second marriage to Theresa Heinz, linked the Brahmin Forbes clan to the Pittsburgh Ketchup Dynasty.
3. The Murdoch Family! :)
Three of Rupert's six children, Elizabeth, Lachlan, and James have been groomed for succession. Elizabeth's husband, PR Guru Matthew Freud is the great grandson of Sigmund Freud! For the next generation, Grace Murdoch's godfather is Tony Blair!
4. The Emanuel Family
The Emanuels are perhaps the ultimate American Power Siblings. Ezekial is a prominent Health Care Policy expert and one of the Intellectual Fathers of Obamacare. Ari, is the Hollywood superagent of both Martin Scorcese and Oprah Winfrey.
5. The Kennedy Family
JFK walked his country back from the nuclear brink but couldn't save himself. RFK busted gangsters and fought segregationists until he was assassinated and Ted Kennedy carried the torch until his death in 2009.
6. The McCain Family! :)
The son and grandson of U.S. Four Star Navy Admirals, John McCain has long been and continues to be one of the Senate's most respected voices on military and foreign affairs! His daughter with Cindy McCain, Meghan has carved out her own niche as a very well respected Republican Blogger! Son Jack, became the fourth generation of his family to graduate from the U.S. Naval Academy in 2009! Congratulations to Jack! :)
7. The Powell Family! :)
Retired 4 Star U.S. Army General, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, National Security Advisor and Secretary of State, Colin Powell is perhaps our most distinguished living Statesman! He has made a small fortune by giving speeches, writing, and advising Silicon Valley Venture Capital Firms! His son Michael is former Boardmember of Cisco and is currently a media lobbyist! :)
8. The Pritzker Family
The Pritzker Empire went National in the late 1950's when A.N.'s son Jay bought the Hyatt House Hotel near the Los Angeles Airport. With the help of his brothers Donald and Robert, he created a National Hotel Chain.
9. The Jordan Family
The grandson of a Georgia share cropper, Vernon E. Jordan Jr. started his career as a field operative for the NAACP during the Civil Rights Era. He later ran The United Negro College Fund and became a powerful lawyer, a lobbyist, and Democratic Senior Statesman.
10. The Barzun Family
The Barzun clan unites several strands of American power, culture and philanthropy, not to mention booze (Jack Daniels and Southern Comfort via Kentucky). Matthew Winthrop Barzun made his fortune as a CNET Networks Executive. He was U.S. Ambassador to Sweden from 2009 to 2011 and then served as President Obama's 2012 National Finance Chair. He is now the presumptive Ambassador to the United Kingdom.
Nov 23, 2014 @ 09:58 am Marisa Sung
A man is never too old to learn.
huó dào lǎo, xué dào lǎo
Starting Today, with each Chinese Proverb of the Day I will also include a new Mandarin word. We will learn a word or phrase a day that is directly related to the Proverb! :)
Introduction to Business Mandarin Chinese
Nov 22, 2014 @ 01:56 pm Marisa Sung
1/3 cup radishes, sliced paper thin
1/3 cup fennel, sliced paper thin
1/3 cup of celery, sliced paper thin
1/3 cup of carrotes, peeled, sliced paper thin
1/3 yellow squash, sliced paper thin
1/3 cup zucchini squash, sliced paper thin
1/3 cup Dandelion leave, cut into 1 inch pieces
2 tbs. Chives, cut into 1 inch sticks
2 tbs. Italian parsley leave
2 tbs. Fennel tops, coursely chopped
1 tbs. celery tops, coursely choppsed
1 tbs. lemon juice, freshly squeezed
3 tbs. Extra-virgin olive oil, organic
Washed sliced vegetables (first 7 ingredients well in cold water.
Transfer vegetables to a salad spinner and spin until all water is removed.
Transfer vegetables into a stainless steel bowl and add the chives, Italian parsley, fennel and celery.
Drizzle lemon juice and olive oil over the vegetable and herb mixture and season to taste with salt and pepper.
Toss all of the ingredients gently until combined.
Serve immediately and ENJOY! :)
Best served with home grown herbs, check it out:
Nov 22, 2014 @ 12:12 pm Marisa Sung
Guilin’s mountain and water scenery is the best under heaven.
Guilin Mountains, China - Wonder of Asia
Nov 22, 2014 @ 11:49 am Marisa Sung
A young girl from Cambodia named Vee (Short for Vischeka) was just arrested for stealing the identities of her many friends = frenemies. She would target young women who were very nice and vulnerable, mooch off of them and then steal their social security, passport, credit cards and other financial information. She wiped out quite a few of them. She was responsible for skipping out on thousands upon thousands of dollars of rent money, wiping out her the entire savings account of her "friends" and even went so far as to commit the same act against her very own sister! The women were left high and dry while she moved on from place to place and lived the high life via her new "friends". One girl in particular, took action by enlisting 20/20 and a private detective. They used social media to help find her. The many photos of Vee posted on social media eventually led to her capture. All of the girls were given back their expensive belongings but I don't think that they were ever compensated for their washed out savings accounts and massive credit card bills! :(
Vee (Vicheka Ly) was the youngest child of Immigrants who escaped from Cambodia with not a penny in their pocket! :( She always wanted money and beautiful things so she dropped out of high school to escape her socioeconomic status. She used her good looks to manipulate men and women all over the United States but primarily in the States of Oregon and California! It worked for her for too many years and she would often be so brazen as to go on shopping sprees along with the friends who she stole the credit cards from. They would watch her buy all of these luxury items and go out to party with their money, all the while unaware of this fact! Can you imagine?? She was finally arrested but her "frenemies" are the real victims in this case as they will never be compensated emotionally and/or financially! Now do you understand the trouble with illegal immigration?? There are so many "Vischekas" or "Vees" out there who are just waiting to prey on American Law Abiding Citizens who work very hard for their money!! :(
For more information, please go to:
Identity Thief Trailer
Nov 21, 2014 @ 08:34 pm Marisa Sung
I just returned home from a few weeks in The Big Apple where most of my closest friends live. I was very disappointed to learn that so many of them are either in the process of divorce or about to file for divorce. Too many to be exact! I think a lot of it has to do with how rough the last recession was on them and also the duration of their marriage. It is very hard to stay with the same person for 20 plus years unless they are truly your perfect match and soulmate=unfortunately, this is not the case with the majority of married couples! Even Mark Sanford is separated from the woman who he ended his marriage for! :(
Ask a newly divorced person what went wrong in their marriage and you're likely to get a polite, pat version of the story: We simply grew apart. We wanted different things in life. I couldn't live with him anymore. It's not every day you get to hear the frank, no-holds-barred version of what led someone to divorce, but earlier this week, divorcés on Reddit revealed those details. The answers were as honest and unflinching as you'd expect from an anonymous forum.
1. She couldn't imagine having kids with him.
"I realized that I wouldn't trust him to take care of any kids we might have someday. And then I realized, if I felt that way, why would I trust him around me?"
2. He married a narcissist.
"We divorced because she knew I had her figured out. She couldn't manipulate me and control me anymore. Once I understood narcissism, it was over."
That goes both ways folks! Statistically speaking, many more men are narcissists than women!
3. They really did just grow apart.
"We were married for eight years. I think we both knew it wasn't forever. I loved her dearly and she loved me. However, there was always something we couldn't provide each other. We just ended up growing apart and fell into gap that was never going to close. I have no regrets with the marriage. I have two wonderful girls, one of which I adopted that was hers with another man. We are still good friends and talk daily. We have our arguments but for the most part, we get along great for ex-spouses and people are always impressed by it. I still spend the holidays with her family even though she is in another relationship. I get along great with him, too."
4. She cheated.
"We found out that I couldn't have kids without some expensive science getting involved. She couldn't handle that, and took matters into her own hands and got pregnant by someone else. I was prepared to forgive her behavior up until that point. She wanted to come back later, but burned bridges and all..."
Or he cheated which again is statistically much more common! :(
5. They got married too young.
"I was too young (married at 23 to a 30-year-old) and we simply couldn't make it work. We became different people from who we were when we first met and had a fairly amicable split. One of our main problems was that we had never really discussed the future properly (in detail, not just 'oooh, won't it be nice when we're old!') and I think we both assumed a lot about each other's priorities. For example, I am very urban and he wanted us to move to the countryside. Neither of us was 'wrong,' we simply weren't right for each other."
6. He was too dependent on her.
"During the 10 years we were together (married for six), he never held a job for very long. At first, I believed his excuses -- it was never his fault -- and I tried to be supportive. But it got to be too much. I got tired of him never taking responsibility for being late or for being lazy. The last two years we were married, I was working two jobs (one full-time and one part-time) and he was unemployed for about a year. Did he help out at all around the house? Nope. I'd get home at 11 p.m. at night after having been gone since 7 a,m. and he'd demand dinner. He never did the laundry or cleaned anything. He spent all day playing video games and draining our bank account. I finally got smart and left."
Or she was too dependent on him and would amount to less than zero without him! :(
7. They realized they had married for the wrong reason.
"We got a divorce because we never should have gotten married in the first place. But we wanted 'the dream.' It's amazing how many people of my generation this happens to. Thankfully, we realized it for ourselves before children were involved."
What else is new?? :(
8. He couldn't trust her.
"For one, a lack of trust (on my part). I caught her in too many lies and ended up second guessing everything she told me or failed to tell me. Basically, I ended up reading too much into everything she did because I never knew or trusted what she was saying or her motives. She got sick of it and left me."
Or she didn't trust him which again is much more common and the reason for my broken engagements! :(
9. She could no longer stand the criticism.
"We stopped wanting the same things in life and I grew tired of constantly being criticized. I didn't think the commitment [of marriage] required me to feel broken."
That goes both ways too, but women tend to verbally criticize men more as women are much more vocal about their feelings.
10. He wanted out for the kids' sake.
"I married her when I was young and my mother had just died. I felt I needed someone. It was a marriage of convenience for the next ten years. It was when we had kids and were forced to interact with each other that I could not stand it anymore. I asked out of the marriage when the kids (twins) were 3 years-old because I felt if they were any older it would affect them too much and I would not be able to leave. I am very happy I did it. Although the financial strain of child support and alimony has been difficult, I feel it was the best thing for me and the children. I remember actually thinking that I have one life to live and there is no 'do over' unless I did it when I did."
11. He grew up. She didn't.
"We were incompatible on an emotional level. I kept hoping she would grow up. She didn't. She stayed the same person I married. Go figure. A year of couples therapy, six months of personal therapy for me, 15 years and three kids later...we got divorced."
I keep hearing "I grew up but HE didn't. The Peter Pan syndrome! :(
12. Their marriage was virtually passionless.
"I had a comfortable and 'nice' marriage for 11 years. I'm not sure if we were ever passionate, but by the end, we were much more like good companions who had maintenance sex once a week. Then she had an affair with a co-worker and I realized I wasn't really in love and happy anymore."
That passionless comfortable union ends the second you fall head over heels in deep passion with your soulmate! At that point, it becomes unbearable to stay in the marriage! You really need to live in a very structured environment to be satisfied with just good companions! Living in an isolated vacuum allows for security without temptation! Kind of like being very happy to get a Hershey Bar all the time because you never got a Godiva! :(
The War of The Roses
Nov 21, 2014 @ 08:14 pm Marisa Sung
With the season come the party invitations. And between late nights at the office and shopping for gifts, there is little time left for pre-party grooming. Whether you're hosting a festive gathering or simply attending one, these easy steps will have you ready for any event!
1. Sleek Strands
The Harry Josh Flat Iron heats up in just 45 seconds and the infrared heat adds shine to hair! The model has a charming vintage look.
2. A Gleaming Smile
While you're putting on your makeup or doing your hair, leave in Crest's new 3D White Whitestrips 1 Hour Express to brighten teeth.
3. A Palette that has it All
This Bobbi Brown palette expands to reveal ten eye shadows, from sparkly silver to charcoal, that can create shimmery yet natural smoky eye makeup. And while we love red lipstick for the holidays, the upkeep in the midst of cocktails and appetizers can be overwhelming. The neutral lip gloss colors here are easy to maintain throughout the evening.
4. A Merry Manicure
We can't get over the glamorous packaging of this Dior nail polish in Marilyn. The bright, candy red shade flatters all complexions.
5. Boozy Perfume
Nest's White Sandalwood is creamy and sweet, plus it has a hint of amaretto in the formula.
All I Want For Christmas
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- Asian-Americans struggling post-recession
- Manny Pacquiao is singing his own entrance song for the Mayweather fight
- Asian Irish Daniel Henney
- US Congresswoman Grace Meng requests Lunar New Year honors
- Asian Americans are catching white Americans in the wealth race
- Prince William speaks Mandarin in Chinese New Year message
- A Day in the Life of Lucky Editor Eva Chen
- How to make money as a fashion blogger
- 'Big Hero 6′ Wins Oscar For Animated Film
- Lydia Ko wins Women's Australian Open
- George Takei gears up for broadway show
- Freida Pinto hosts Pre-Oscar Party for Vanity Fair
- Michelle Wie gives golf lessons to 'Hawaii Five-0' actors
- It's on like Donkey Kong! Pacman vs Mayweather!
- Michelle Wie makes acting debut on Hawaii Five-O tonight
- President Obama Sends Warm Wishes for the Lunar New Year
- Oriental Mood? It's Chinese New Year?!!!
- What does the Year of the Goat mean?
- Record number of Americans giving up their citizenship