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Internet cat community mourns death of Oskar the Blind Cat

Oskar the Blind Cat, who touched and entertained people around the world, has died. He was six years old.

Oskar’s death was sudden, his owners reported Monday on their social media channels. The cause of death was likely heart failure. Oskar showed no signs of illness before his death. 

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Oskar was born in May 2011 on a farm in Iowa. He was born with a severe form of microphthalmia, a genetic condition which prevented his eyes from fully developing. Oskar was adopted the same year by Mick and Bethany Szydlowski, a couple in Nebraska who began to chronicle life with a blind cat on social media. The couple have another cat, Klaus, a former stray who quickly became Oskar's sidekick. A YouTube video of Oskar playing with the air from a hair dryer went viral, launching him into internet stardom.

In addition to sharing the antics of Oskar and Klaus, the Szydlowskis use social media to promote adoptions of special needs animals across the country. The couple and both cats moved to Seattle in 2012.An outpouring of condolences from other internet cat celebrities and their owners followed the news of his death.

People with depression are more likely to use certain words — here’s how they express themselves

How a person talks and types can tell you a lot about their mental health.

» RELATED: 5 signs you should ask your doctor about depression

According to new research published in the journal “Clinical Psychological Science,” certain language may help identify whether someone is suffering from depression.

For their study, the researchers conducted a computerized text analysis of 63 internet forums including more than 6,400 members in total.

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They hypothesized that individuals in “anxiety, depression and suicidal ideation” forums would have a “more black and white view of the world,” study author Mohammed Al-Mosaiwi wrote in an academic article. The researchers believed this view of the world would manifest itself in absolutist language, using words such as "always," “nothing” or “completely.”

» RELATED: When love isn’t enough: A daughter’s suicide leaves a grieving father searching for answers

When compared to 19 control forums, Al-Mosaiwi wrote that that the prevalence of such absolutist words was approximately 50 percent greater in anxiety and depression forums, and approximately 80 percent greater for suicidal ideation forums.

In addition to absolutist language, the scientists found that those with symptoms of depression used significantly more first person singular pronouns, such as “me,” “myself” and “I.” They used significantly fewer second and third person pronouns − “they,” “them” or “she.”

» RELATED: The suicide rate for teen girls is the highest it’s been in 40 years — Is social media to blame? 

“This pattern of pronoun use suggests people with depression are more focused on themselves, and less connected with others,” Al-Mosaiwi wrote. “Researchers have reported that pronouns are actually more reliable in identifying depression than negative emotion words.”

That doesn’t mean everyone who uses the language associated with depression is actually depressed. Researchers note it’s how you feel over time that determines whether you are suffering.

But the new findings are a testament to using machine learning to help identify mental health problems. According to Al-Mosaiwi, researchers have already started using computerization to study specific subcategories of perfectionism, self-esteem issues and social anxiety.

» RELATED: Perfectionism is a major issue for millennials and their mental health, study says 

According to the World Health Organization, more than 300 million people of all ages suffer from depression, and it’s the leading cause of disability worldwide.

Additionally, approximately 800,000 people die of suicide each year −that’s one person every 40 seconds. In the U.S., between 1999 and 2014, the suicide rate rose by 24 percent. And according to recent data released Thursday by Atlanta-based Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, suicide rates among 15- to 19-year-old girls doubled between 2007 and 2015, reaching a 40-year high.

More resources:

Suicide prevention resources for parents, guardians and families

Suicide prevention resources for teens

Suicide prevention resources for survivors of suicide loss

More resources and programs at the Suicide Prevention Resource Center.

Atlanta Mood Support: DBSA Metro Atlanta

Love chocolate? Cadbury is hiring 4 taste testers

If you love chocolate -- really love chocolate -- a job listing by Cadbury owner Mondelēz International looks like a sweet deal.

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The company is looking for four people as taste testers for its latest chocolate products, Birmingham Live reported.

Mondelēz International is seeking candidates to sample Cadbury, along with products like Oreo. Also, the taste testers will pass judgment on cocoa drinks, Birmingham Live reported.

This is not a job that takes up 40 hours. Testers will spend eight hours a week sampling chocolate so they do not suffer “palate fatigue.”

Last year, Mondelēz International hired one taste tester after receiving 6,000 applications, Birmingham Live reported.

The deadline for applications is Feb. 16. For details, visit the Mondelēz International website.

Cafe manager tells breastfeeding mom to cover up

An Apopka restaurant is facing social media backlash Wednesday after one of its managers told a mother who was breastfeeding her baby to cover up.

Manager Bridget Tarassenko told WFTV investigative reporter Karla Ray she didn’t know that a state law allows women to breastfeed almost anywhere.

>>> Read the Florida statute here <<< 

Mother Amber Wilkie told Eyewitness News that in late January, she ordered enough food for her toddler and middle school-age child, but her 8-month-old, Savannah, needed to eat too.

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"I was getting ready to feed her because she was hungry. It had been a couple of hours," Wilkie said. 

Wilkie said she started breastfeeding Savannah uncovered in the restaurant, which she said she's always done.

"It's purely natural to breastfeed a baby," Wilkie said. 

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Natural or not, Tarassenko told WFTV that she had never seen someone openly breastfeeding in her restaurant before. 

“I didn’t know how to react to it. I wanted to protect her privacy because I had other customers in there as well. I asked her to cover up, and the next day I was being harassed on social media,” Tarassenko said.

Many of the posts 9 Investigates found online pointed out the Florida law, which states, "A mother may breastfeed her baby in any location, public or private, where the mother is otherwise authorized to be." 

"You can breastfeed your baby anytime, anywhere you need to, covered or uncovered; that is state law," Wilkie said.

Meet Lucas, first Gerber Baby with Down syndrome

The world has a new Gerber Baby. 

Meet Lucas, the 1-year-old baby from Dalton, Georgia, who is now the face of Gerber, USAToday reported. He’s also the first company “spokesbaby” with Down syndrome, the “Today” show reported

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Lucas’ mom Courtney Warren told “Today” that she entered her son’s photo on a whim, using Gerber’s hashtag on Instagram. The family found out that Lucas had beaten 140,000 other kids to win the title of 2018 Gerber Baby, “Today” reported.

Gerber’s CEO and president, Bill Partyka, said, “Every year, we choose the baby who best exemplifies Gerber’s longstanding heritage of recognizing that every baby is a Gerber baby. This year, Lucas is the perfect fit.”

Lucas’ mom hopes that people see more than his disability.

“He may have Down syndrome, but he’s always Lucas first,” Warren told “Today.” “He’s got an awesome personality and he goes through the milestones of every child ... We’re hoping when he grows up and looks back on this, he’ll be proud of himself and not ashamed of his disability.”

Being named 2018 Gerber Baby isn’t the only honor bestowed on Lucas. He also will receive $50,000 that his parents hope to use for his education, Time magazine reported.

When can you go back to work or school if you have the flu?

While battling the flu, your body needs couch time to rest and recover. After a few days, maybe you are getting very bored with daytime TV and eager to get back into your routine.

But colds and the flu are very contagious and it’s important not to rush going back to school and work.

This year is a particularly harsh flu season. 

Here’s some guidelines on how long you should stay home:

How long to stay to home 

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that you stay home for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone, except to get medical care or other necessities. Your fever should be gone for at least 24 hours without the use of a fever-reducing medicine, such as Tylenol. You should stay home from work, school, travel, shopping, social events, and public gatherings.

Check with your child's daycare or school before sending your child back. Many have rules and it’s generally at least a full day after they don't have any fever without medication.

How long is a person with the flu contagious?

In general, about a week. People with the flu may be able to infect others from 1 day before getting sick to 5 to 7 days after. However, children and people with weakened immune systems can infect others for longer periods of time, especially if they still have symptoms.

What should you do while while sick: 

Stay away from others as much as possible to keep from infecting them. If you must leave home, for example to get medical care, wear a face mask if you have one, or cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue. Wash your hands often to keep from spreading flu to others.

MORE: How to protect your family from the flu at school, work

MORE: Have the flu? Atlanta archbishop advises ill Catholics to skip Mass

MORE: 8 things you need to know about this year’s really bad flu season   

READ: The agony of ER waits: Flu season is making them worse 

READ: Father of Coweta teen who died of flu asks, “Why?”

The Home & Garden Expo of Oklahoma

The 2018 Home & Garden Expo of Oklahoma is a FREE three-day event for all homeowners, taking place July 27th-29th at Expo Square. Make plans now to take the whole family to the 10th annual Home & Garden Expo of Oklahoma. Parking and admission are both FREE. 

This FREE three-day extravaganza will feature nearly 300 exhibitors from throughout Green Country displaying and demonstrating the newest and hottest services for home improvement/repairs, remodeling, gardening, landscaping, lawn care, home insulation & energy conservation, home security, home furnishings and so much more.  One lucky attendee will even win $500 cash that will be given away each day of the show (no purchase necessary).

Come and watch local horticultural expert Allan Storjohann broadcast his live weekly radio show from 9:00am to 12:00pm on Saturday, July 28th on NEWS102.3 & AM740 KRMG.

JULY 27-29, 2018

The River Spirit Expo Center at Expo Square

4145 East 21st Street

Tulsa, OK 74112

SHOW HOURS:

Friday, July 27th: 12pm-8pm

Saturday, July 28th: 10am-8pm

Sunday, July 29th: 11am-5pm

Do you own your own company and want to be in front of THOUSANDS of prospective customers in only 3 days?  Call Steve McDonald at (918) 493-8531 or email him at Steve.McDonald@CoxInc.com.

SHOW OFFICE: Home & Garden Expo of Oklahoma C/o Cox Media Group, Inc. 2625 S. Memorial Dr. Tulsa, OK 74129 (918) 523-2067 - show office (918) 493-5357 - show fax line

Exhibitor Resource Center

SHOW FEATURES:

* FREE parking and FREE admission - it’s the largest FREE summertime Home & Garden show in Northeast Oklahoma!

* Now in its 10th year - the show features nearly 300 unique exhibitors with numerous displays highlighting home decorating and design ideas for inside and outside, plus so much more! 

* Tens of thousands of homeowners who are seeking experts, services and products.

* A live radio broadcast of KRMG’s “The Gardening Show” with Allan Storjohann on Saturday morning.

* Multimedia promotional plan includes live and recorded promotional announcements and live-on-location broadcasts on 4 of the top 5 adult-oriented radio stations in the market, plus TV spots on the Cox cable system and on KOKI-Fox 23, through social media and by newspaper ads in the Tulsa World.

JULY 27-29, 2018 The River Spirit Expo Center at Expo Square (upper level) 4145 East 21st Street Tulsa, OK 74112

SHOW HOURS: Friday: 12pm-8pm Saturday: 10am-8pm Sunday: 11am-5pm

IMPORTANT LINKS FOR EXHIBITORS:

EXHIBITING TIPS: 

How to Exhibit Successfully  

Approaching Visitors on the Show Floor 

Booth & Exhibiting Tips

Do you own your own company and want to be in front of THOUSANDS of prospective customers in only 3 days? Call Steve McDonald at (918) 493-8531 or email him at Steve.McDonald@CoxInc.com.

SHOW OFFICE:Home & Garden Expo of OklahomaC/O Cox Media Group, Inc. 2625 South MemorialTulsa, OK 74129

(918) 523-2067 - show office(918) 493-5357 - show fax line

Group of North Carolina coworkers wins $200K Powerball prize

A tradition of playing Powerball together led a group of 10 North Carolina coworkers to a $200,000 lottery win.

“We’ve been playing the Powerball every week for the last three years,” Ronald Lute of Lincolnton said. “We each pitch in $10 and get our tickets.”

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On Jan. 20, Lute stopped by Bob’s Superette in Lincolnton and got tickets for him and his fellow Ethan Allen employees, WSOC reported.

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Dale Hedrick of Newton was the first one to realize they had a winning ticket.

“I checked my phone Sunday morning,” Hedrick said. “I just kept looking at the numbers. I looked at them so many times, I memorized them.”

Hedrick immediately called Lute to tell him, but he didn’t answer, so he called Anthony Rowe of Conover instead. 

“I couldn’t believe we actually won something after playing all these years,” Rowe said.

Eric Dellinger of Lincoln was the last to find out. He didn’t learn about the win until three days later. 

“I was on vacation,” Dellinger explained. “I didn’t answer my phone because I thought it was work. I couldn’t believe it when I finally found out. It’s exciting.”

Dennis Setzer Jr. of Sherrills Ford, Roger Smith from Lincoln, Matthew Hedrick from Catawba, Randy Jones from Lincolnton, Randy Heavner from Lincolnton and Johnny Moss from Newton are the other co-workers who won.

The group claimed their prize Friday at lottery headquarters in Raleigh, WSOC reported.

After required state and federal tax withholdings, they each took home $14,100. They all said they plan to save the money or use it to pay bills.

The winning ticket beat odds of one in 913,129. It matched the numbers on the four white balls and the Powerball to win $50,000. Because the ticket had the $1 Power Play feature, the prize quadrupled to $200,000 when the 4X multiplier was drawn.

K95.5 Blake and Bling Valentine’s Day Contest

K95.5 and Moody’s Jewelry have your chance to win the coolest Valentine’s Day in town! 

It’s the K95.5 Moody’s Jewelry Blake and Bling Contest ---your chance to score a pair of tickets to see Blake Shelton live in concert at the BOK Center on February 15th…plus a $1,000 Moody’s Jewelry Gift Certificate to choose your own bling. 

To enter, simply click here.

Good Luck from Moody’s Jewelry and K95.5!

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NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Begins January 30th at 3pm and ends February 13th, 2018 at 12noon. Contest is open to legal residents of Oklahoma 18 years or older. Standard 30 day prize rule applies --- Individuals may only win one prize from KWEN in any 30 day period. Only one winner per household for the duration of the contest. Odds of winning will vary. Winners will be notified by text. Void where prohibited or restricted by law. Click here for official contest rules.

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