Patty Duke passes away…….

Patty Duke show 1965


Patty Duke, who won a best supporting actress Oscar for her performance as Helen Keller inThe Miracle Worker and starred as two cousins on her own sitcom, died Tuesday, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed. She was 69.

“This morning, our beloved wife, mother, matriarch and the exquisite artist, humanitarian and champion of mental health, Anna Patty Duke, closed her eyes, quieted her pain and ascended to a beautiful place,” read a family statement. “We celebrate the infinite love and compassion she shared through her work and throughout her life.”

Her husband, Michael Pearce, told The New York Times that she died at a hospital near her home in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, from complications of a ruptured intestine that she had suffered Thursday.

Duke received her Oscar in 1963 at age 16, then the youngest ever to win in a competitive category. She also collected three Emmy Awards among 10 nominations during her career.

Also at 16, Duke became the youngest at that time to have a TV series bearing her name. The Patty Duke Show ran for three seasons on ABC, and she was nominated for an Emmy in 1964.

The series was based on a Sidney Sheldon pilot about two identical-looking cousins, one American (Patty Lane) and one English (Cathy Lane). Duke played both parts: the perky one and the studious one. William Schallert (whose character had an identical twin to make the whole plot work) and Jean Byron were the heads of the Brooklyn Heights household.

As the theme song said, the kids were “one pair of matching bookends, different as night and day.” 

Duke’s film career was sporadic, peaking with her first major production, The Miracle Worker(1962), and reaching the most attention with Valley of the Dolls (1967) where, countering her squeaky-clean image, she played a pill-popping alcoholic.

Her other films included Happy Anniversary (1959), By Design (1981), Willy/Milly (1986), The Hitch-Hikers (1989), Prelude to a Kiss (1992), Bigger Than the Sky (2005) and Amazing Love (2012), appearing opposite her son, Sean Astin of Lord of the Rings and Rudy fame.

In addition to her husband and Sean, survivors include another son, Mackenzie Astin (Andy on the 1980s sitcom The Facts of Life and a broadcast journalist on Scandal).

Duke was married from 1972 to 1985 to Addams Family star John Astin. He adopted Sean, and he and Patty had Mackenzie together.


Anna Marie Duke was born Dec. 14, 1946, and raised in Elmhurst, N.Y. She made her first television appearance in 1955 in an episode of The Brighter Day and played the title role in the movie The Goddess (1958) as a younger version of Kim Stanley’s character. 

Her manager, John Ross, primed her for the Broadway version of The Miracle Worker, which was based on Keller’s 1903 autobiography The Story of My Life. Duke intensively trained her to do things without sight and practiced with a blindfold for roughly a year. The regimen paid off: She was tapped by producer Fred Coe to play Keller, starring opposite Anne Bancroft as teacher Annie Sullivan, in the production directed by Arthur Penn that opened in October 1959.

Duke won praise from critics for her performance as the deaf-blind-mute girl. At 13, her name was raised above the title of the play, believed to be the first to be done so at such an early age, and she won the Theater World Award for most promising newcomer. 

She starred in another Broadway play, 1962’s Isle of Children, where she played a dying girl. It was not a success, and Duke segued to the United Artists version of The Miracle Worker, with Penn and Bancroft also making the move to the big screen. Bancroft won the Oscar for best actress.

After she accepted her Oscar from presenter George Chakiris, her acceptance speech consisted of two words: “Thank you.”

In 1980, she won an Emmy for playing Sullivan (Melissa Gilbert portrayed Keller) in an NBC adaptation of The Miracle Worker.

In 1985, Duke starred as the first female president of the U.S in the short-lived Susan Harris sitcom Hail to the Chief and began a three-year stint as president of the Screen Actors Guild.

She also played a drug-addled mother who became a minister in the 1995 series Amazing Grace.

Duke penned an emotional 1989 autobiography, Call Me Anna, in which she revealed that she had suffered for years with manic depression, careening between extreme euphoria and debilitating depression and prone to delusions, panic attacks and thoughts of suicide.

More evidence of problems that could have been avoided…….

Report of 15 Men With Guns Detained at Deep Creek

Listen to the police radio traffic here:

At 9:20 a.m. on Sunday morning multiple agencies including the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s deputies from the Victor Valley Station responded the report of suspicious circumstances at Deep Creek hot springs area.

Per scanner traffic, the reporting party told dispatchers that there were fifteen or more possibly armed men of middle eastern descent that camped out at the location chanting loudly through the night in what was believed to be their native language. Some of the men, believed to be in their 20’s went to a secluded area to shoot at around 3:00 a.m. Witnesses said that the shots fired sounded louder than that of handguns.

According to the victim/witness, there were two groups of men, about 15 per group, armed with heavy weapons, who began shouting “Allah u Akbar” and started firing. The firing allegedly lasted upwards of TWO HOURS before police were able to find callers in the vast California parkland.

The Sheriff’s helicopter was the first on scene and they reported that when the men saw them they grabbed their things and began hiking toward the Bowen Ranch parking lot. The helicopter followed as deputies were en route to the location. The deputies arrived at the Bowen Ranch parking lot and waited for the men to approach.

The men continued to hike for around 20 minutes with backpacks and other bulky items. During the hike, the men reportedly huddled up in possible discussion and at one point split up into two groups.

When deputies approached the men all complied and were patted down. After all were patted down and cuffed, deputies requested an area search since they believed they could have ditched weapons while hiking the trails. Deputies searched for over an hour and did not locate any weapons left behind.

It is unclear if any weapons were located in the possession of the suspects. San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Spokeswoman, Olivia Bozek said, “The deputies detained the subjects and from what I was told they are going to be transported to the High Desert Detention Center.  I do not know what charges they are going to be booked for.”

I wonder if anyone has figured out we are under attack


 A Minnesota company is making national headlines for a gun that’s not even on the market yet. 

The start-up Monticello company, called Ideal Conceal, is getting a lot of attention for its double-barrel .380-caliber handgun. The reason why? The gun is designed to look just like a cell phone. 

CEO Kirk Kjellberg said he got the idea for the gun at a restaurant, after getting his permit to carry — and quickly realizing he’d like to be more concealed. 

“I walked towards the restroom and a little child, a boy about 7, saw me and said, ‘Mommy, mommy, that guy’s gotta gun,'” he said. “The whole restaurant of course turns and stares at you and I thought, ‘There’s just gotta be something better to do than this.'” 

The gun, as advertised on his website, is designed to look just like a smartphone — “so your new pistol will easily blend in with today’s environment.”

Kjellberg said the prototype will be done in June and will likely be manufactured in October. So far, he said he’s had plenty of interest — more than 4,000 requests, he claims, including from law enforcement. 

The gun will be sold for $395. 

Ideal Conceal’s gun looks just like a smartphone

Since marketing for the gun began, Kjellberg admits he’s seen a range of feedback, including concerns raised about those who might be carrying a weapon indistinguishable from a cell phone.

He said his product is for those who want to carry a gun, when they need to “and not have to engage other people about why they’re carrying that gun.”

He said the fact that there are several ways in which those with permits to carry are currently able to conceal their weapons, makes his product no more of a safety concern than other guns. 

“We don’t want anything sinister to go on with it either,” he said, “it’s just made for mainstream America, not criminal enterprise.”



Nurse surrenders license after taking picture of patient’s penis


An upstate New York nurse with the appropriate last name Johnson surrendered her license after she snapped a picture of an unconscious patient’s penis.

The New York Education Department announced it granted a request from Fulton resident Kristen Johnson, 27, to surrender her nursing license.

The department said Johnson “did not contest the charge of moral unfitness in the practice.”

Johnson pleaded guilty in November to a misdemeanor charge of disseminating unlawful surveillance photos. The plea deal required her to surrender her license to practice as a registered nurse and complete three years of probation.

Investigators said Johnson was arrested in May 2015 after an investigation determined she had snapped a photo of an unconscious patient’s penis with her iPhone 5 and sent the picture to coworkers at Upstate University Hospital in Syracuse.

Johnson also used her smartphone to take video of another nurse cleaning a female patient’s gastrointestinal blood clot, investigators said.

How come DAWG can never get these type women caring for me???


 White House to commit $116m

to Heroin and opioid abuse epidemic

The Obama administration announced new measures on Tuesday to combat the growing epidemic of heroin and prescription opioid abuse, most of which are centered on prevention and treatment, not crime-fighting.

The White House is committing $116m to support treatment, with nine actions that include expanding access to care and drugs for combatting overdoses. It also proposed $7m in US justice department funding to increase community policing.

Michael Collins, deputy director for national affairs at the Drug Policy Alliance, said the increased focus on helping addicts rather than interdicting drugs and incarcerating dealers continues Obama’s commitment to “doing more than previous administrations to roll back the war on drugs”.

But Collins questioned where the funds would come from to pay for the proposed measures, and called the policing proposal a “step backward”.

Tuesday’s announcement builds on Obama’s call last month for an additional $1.1bn in congressional funding to fight the growing public health problem, according to the White House. Opioids have killed 28,647 people in 2014, a four-fold increase in opioid overdoses since 2000, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Obama is expected to discuss the plan Tuesday afternoon on a panel at theNational Prescription Drug Abuse Heroin Summit in Atlanta.

The most significant monetary investment in the plan is $94m in “new funding” that Health and Human Services Department (HHS) released earlier this month, so that 271 Community Health Centers could expand “medication-assisted treatment of opioid use disorders in underserved communities”. This funding could result in the centers treating 124,000 new patients, according to the White House.

The plan also includes $11m for states to distribute naloxone, a drug that reverses opioid overdoses, and an HHS proposed rule that would allow qualified doctors to increase the number of patients to whom they can prescribe buprenorphine, a drug that combats opioid addiction, from 100 to 200.

A growing number of drugstores and pharmacy chains are making the anti-overdose drug naloxone available without a prescription in certain locations, including RiteAid, Kroger, Walgreens and CVS, the White House noted.

Another new HHS rule is being finalized that would treat substance abuse and mental health services like medical and surgical benefits under Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program programs. The White House says this could affect more than 23 million people.

Tuesday’s announcement also mentioned a host of private-sector initiatives to combat prescription opioid and heroin addiction, including a new initiative involving more than 60 medical schools, where students will have to study recently-issued CDC guidelines for prescribing opioids in order to graduate. The guidelines are an attempt to cut back on over-prescribing painkillers.

Collins, of the Drug Policy Alliance, applauded the growing emphasis on treatment, especially since “one thing we’ve learned over the years is that putting more money into law enforcement is not going to reduce the supply of heroin.”

But he also noted that the White House’s announcement reflected “a renewed focus on compassion for addicts – because it’s white people from rural areas [who are now affected], whereas in previous decades it was black people in inner cities.” Regardless of how it’s come about, he said, “it’s a positive step.”