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Friday, October 31, 2014

TOTT STAFF | 12:44 PM | | | |

How To Stay Safe On Halloween! Tips For Kids and Adults...

Halloween might be scary for different reasons than you think. On average, twice as many kids are killed while walking on Halloween than on any other day of the year. 

Here are a few safety tips and tricks so kids can stay safe while out walking... and adults while out on the town!

• Costumes can be both creative and safe. The most important thing is to make sure you can be seen by drivers. Decorate costumes and bags with reflective tape or stickers and, if possible, choose light colors. Masks can obstruct your vision, so choose non-toxic face paint and make-up whenever possible.
• Make sure costume is the right size to prevent trips and falls. Wear well-fitting, sturdy shoes.
• Have kids use glow sticks or flashlights to help them see and be seen by drivers.
• Walk on sidewalks and cross streets at crosswalks or intersection.
• Children under the age of 12 should not be alone at night without adult supervision. If kids are mature enough to be out without supervision, they should stick to familiar areas that are well lit and trick-or-treat in groups.
• Popular trick-or-treating hours are 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. so be especially alert for kids during those hours.
• Examine all treats for choking hazards and tampering before eating them. Limit the amount of treats you eat.
• Eat only factory-wrapped treats. Avoid eating homemade treats made by strangers.
• Expecting trick or treaters? Leave porch lights on to let them know you are ready to give some treats! Otherwise, lights off.
For adults
From downtown costume parties to back road bonfires, many celebrations will likely include alcohol. Make your plans for this year's Halloween fun, but keep in mind that one of the best choices you can make is to drive sober or designate a sober driver to get you home safely.
With an increased number of impaired drivers on the road and an increase in pedestrian traffic as children treat-or-treat, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration classifies Halloween as a statistically dangerous night for impaired driving, according to a press release. That danger can be prevented if drivers just plan ahead.
"Every year there are still some people who think they can drive after drinking," said Dr. Leanna Depue, executive chair of the Missouri Coalition for Roadway Safety. "In 2013 there were nine fatal crashes and 34 serious injury crashes during the Halloween holiday weekend."
Roadway tips:
• Before the Halloween festivities begin, plan a way to safely get home at the end of the night.
• Always designate a sober driver.
• If you've been drinking, take a taxi, call a sober friend or family member, or use public transportation.
• Walking impaired can be just as dangerous as drunk driving. Designate a sober friend to walk you home.
• If you see a drunk driver on the road, contact local law enforcement.
• If you know someone who is about to drive or ride impaired, take their keys and help them make safe travel arrangements to where they are going.

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TOTT STAFF | 12:41 PM | | | | | |

NEW MUSIC: Nicki Minaj feat. Drake, Chris Brown and Lil Wayne, "Only"

Drake and Chris Brown reunite for the first time on a track and it's super hot! (Did you expect otherwise?)

Check out Nicki Minaj's new song featuring the fellas, along with Lil' Wayne below:

Thursday, October 30, 2014

TOTT STAFF | 5:07 PM | |

Top 5 Underpaid Top Coaches In NFL - 2014!

According to Forbes here are the top five underpaid head coaches in the NFL:

1. Jim Harbaugh, San Francisco 49ers ($5 million)
It has to be surprising to those who don’t follow the 49ers closely that Harbaugh has not signed an extension that would make him one of the five highest-paid head coaches in the NFL. With a career regular season winning percentage of .741, Harbaugh ranks third in NFL history behind Guy Chamberlin and John Madden (minimum 40 wins). He’s led the 49ers to three consecutive NFC Championship game appearances and was one pass away from winning Super Bowl XLVII in February of 2013.
With all that said, there is a certain backdrop to Harbaugh’s tenure in San Francisco. Reports have surfaced throughout the football world this season that he’s not exactly the easiest guy to work with. Fox Sports insider Jay Glazer even went as far to say that Harbaugh will not return to the 49ers next season, even if they win the Super Bowl this upcoming February. Other reports have suggested that a number of players on the 49ers roster want him fired.
Take all that for what it’s worth. Harbaugh is a dynamic head coach and an intimidating presence on the sideline. Any thoughts of him continuing to coach at $5 million per season are ridiculous. Whether in San Francisco or somewhere else, Harbaugh will receive a substantial raise at some point in the not-so-distant future. And despite these reports, the odds are likely it will be with the 49ers.
2. Chuck Pagano, Indianapolis Colts ($4.5 million)
There are some who will credit Andrew Luck for the impressive turnaround that this Colts team saw following a two-win 2011 campaign. And while he deserves a lot of credit, the culture that Pagano brought with him from the Baltimore Ravens cannot be overstated. Relying a great deal on young players to step into important roles, the Colts won 11 games in Pagano’s first season. During that season, the long-time NFL assistant coach missed 12 games due to a cancer diagnosis. Once he returned, Indianapolis showed that it was more than ready to take the next step towards championship contention. Indianapolis won 11 games last season and earned the AFC South title. And now, eight weeks into the 2014 campaign, the Colts are 5-3 and have won five of their last six games.

Assistant coaches being promoted to a head coaching role don’t necessarily see the big bucks. This doesn’t mean that Indianapolis should avoid having a dialogue with Pagano about an extenstion that would make him among the top-10 highest-paid coaches in the league. Right now, he’s behind the likes of first-year head coaches Bill O’Brien (Houston Texans) and Jay Gruden (Washington Redskins).
3. Marvin Lewis, Cincinnati Bengals ($4.5 million)
Now the second-longest tenured head coach in the NFL behind Bill Belichick of the New England Patriots, Lewis has surely seen his ups and downs with the Bengals. After coordinating one of the best defensive groups in league history with the Baltimore Ravens from 1996-2001, Lewis took over a struggling Bengals franchise that had not earned a playoff spot in the 12 years prior to his arrival in Cincinnati. All Lewis has done since is lead this franchise to five trips to the postseason, which matched the team’s total in the 29 years before Lewis took its head coaching job.
While Cincinnati has missed the playoffs more times than not during Lewis’ tenure, he’s proven to be an important cog in what the franchise has built. He’s also considered a great defensive football mind with an understanding that he can pass off the offense to other great minds. This has created a situation in Cincinnat where all units work together to get the most out of the talent that the team possesses. And as the 18th highest-paid head coach in the NFL, Lewis deserves a huge raise at some point soon.
4. Mike McCoy, San Diego Chargers ($4 million)
Yet another coordinator without any prior head coaching experience getting a top job in the NFL, McCoy has proven that he will be around in Southern California for a while. Taking over for Norv Turner, who wore out his welcome in San Diego, McCoy led the Chargers to a playoff appearance and postseason win in his first year with the team last season. And despite two consecutive losses, the Chargers sit at 5-3 through eight weeks.
McCoy will have to show he can have consistent success over the course of the next couple seasons, but he’s on the fast track for a pretty big raise in the not-so-distant future. The difference in culture and success throughout the entire Chargers’ organization since he took over for Turner in 2013 has been amazing to watch.
 5. John Fox, Denver Broncos ($5 million)
When the Carolina Panthers fired Fox following the 2010 season, it wasn’t too much of a surprise. He had led that franchise to three playoff appearances in nine seasons as its head coach. But following a 2-14 season, the Panthers decided to go in another direction. This wasn’t an indication that Fox failed as a head coach in the NFL. Rather, it was just time for both sides to move on.
Some will give Peyton Manning most of the credit for Denver’s success since Fox took over as its head coach, but that’s too easy. Remember, Fox won a playoff game with Tim Tebow under center the year before Manning signed with the team. That in and of itself is a major feat. Now 40-15 in three-plus seasons with the Broncos, this defensive-minded head coach is among the most successful in the NFL. He recently signed a two-year extension with Denver, which is an indication that no further raise will be coming any time soon.
TOTT STAFF | 4:44 PM | | | |

10 essential facts about Ebola

EveryDayHealth - 

Here are 10 essential facts about Ebola that may ease your fears:

1. The current Ebola outbreak is most widespread and intense in West Africa.
The countries of Guinea, Sierra Leone, and Liberia have reported the most infections, with additional cases in Nigeria, Senegal, one in Spain, and four in the United States. To date, the current outbreak includes 10,141 cases of Ebola as of October 25, 2014, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).The first case confirmed within the United States was in a person who had travelled from West Africa to Dallas, and died of the illness. Two nurses who cared for him fell ill at the same hospital. One was diagnosed with Ebola on Oct 11, recovered and released virus free Oct 24. A second was diagnosed on Oct 15, released virus free Oct 28. A doctor just back from Guinea fell ill Oct 24, diagnosed with Ebola in New York City.People who are most at risk are those in close physical contact with an infected person, like family members and the healthcare workers taking care of the patient.

2. Travel warnings have been issued for Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone. Because of the increasing numbers of Ebola cases in these West African countries,the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advises against all “nonessential” travel to these countries while the Ebola outbreak is ongoing.

3. Main entry points to the United States from West Africa screen for Ebola cases. Five major U.S. international airports will now screen patients coming from Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone for fever and possible Ebola exposure, announced theCDC and Department of Homeland Security, Oct 8. Screening began at New York's JFK International Airport, followed by Washington-Dulles, Newark, Chicago-O'Hare, and Altanta. As of Oct 21, these five airports are the only U.S. entry points available to travelers coming from Guinea, Liberia, or Siera Leone. After arrival, public health workers will monitor all of these travelers daily for 21 days for any signs of fever or other symptoms, and any intent to travel, the CDC announced.The U.S. case of Ebola was not apparent during travel, because the patient did not have symptoms until several days after arriving in the United States from West Africa, the CDC notes.Screening could be implemented by checking for fever in any passengers to airports whose flights began in West Africa, says David C. Pigott, MD, professor of emergency medicine at the University of Alabama, Birmingham (UAB). Dr. Pigott published a 2005 review of the virus in Critical Care Clinics journal. 

4. Ebola is caused by an RNA virus. This emerging health threat is the result of a RNA (ribonucleic acid) virus that infects wild animals — like fruit bats, monkeys, gorillas, and chimpanzees — as well as people. Contact with an infected animal’s blood or body fluids is probably the original source of the infectious disease. Outbreaks of Ebola began in 1976 in the Democratic Republic of Congo on the Ebola River, and Sudan, with later outbreaks in Uganda and other African nations, according to World Health Organization data“It is not a casual contact-acquired infection,” notes Safdar. Rather, in its later stages, the Ebola virus is passed from person to person via bodily fluids. "There is no known Ebola transmission through coughing or sneezing, like with influenza or tuberculosis," he says. The virus can live on surfaces that are soiled with blood or other body fluids, but sterilizing hospital equipment with bleach kills Ebola.

5. Early Ebola symptoms are also symptoms of other viral infections. Early Ebola symptoms include fever, headache, body aches, cough, stomach pain, vomiting, and diarrhea. Because these could be symptoms of other diseases, it's difficult to diagnose Ebola early on. The time it takes from exposure to Ebola to actually getting sick, known as the incubation period, is anywhere from 2 to 21 days, says UAB's Pigott. Most people who are infected with Ebola will develop early symptoms eight to nine days after exposure to the virus, according to the CDC. Specific tests for antibodies against Ebola and viral DNA help doctors make a conclusive diagnosis.

6. Bleeding is common in the later stages of Ebola.Later symptoms of Ebola can appear quickly, within a few days after onset of early symptoms. Due to internal and external bleeding, the patient's eyes may become red, and they may vomit blood, have bloody diarrhea, and suffer cardiovascular collapse and death, explains Pigott. The only treatment doctors can provide is supportive care — they give the patient fluids and oxygen, and keep their blood pressure steady. 

7. Ebola is often fatal.Nearly half of the cases of Ebola viral infection in West Africa have resulted in death, based on WHO data. Of the 10,141 cases in the current outbreak, 4,922 people have died, as of Oct 25, according to WHO statistics. Health workers often succumb to the disease because of close contact with sick patients. Among those infected with Ebola was the doctor who was the head of Ebola virus treatment in Sierra Leone, Dr. Sheik Umar Khan, who died on July 29. The head doctor for Ebola treatments in Liberia, Dr. Samuel Brisbane, died from the disease three days earlier.

8. New Ebola medications are in development.The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has not approved any treatments for Ebola, notes Pigott, who adds that there is “nothing that’s been tried in humans at all.” But two American health workers who were infected in Liberia, Dr. Kent Brantly and Nancy Writebol, are being treated with a drug that’s still under study.The drug is called ZMapp, and it's made by Mapp Biopharmacuetical Inc. “It’s an experimental, antibody-based medication,” explains Pigott, but it has not been tested in human trials for effectiveness. Developed in early 2014, ZMapp is produced in plants and has not yet been found to be safe for use in people, according to the manufacturer.9. There is no vaccine to prevent Ebola.Vaccines in development have been effective at preventing Ebola infections in animal studies, researchers from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) report. The research, on apes in particular, is controversial because ape populations are dwindling and in danger of extinction. It would be very difficult to test effectiveness of an experimental vaccine in people, Pigott says, because it's unlikely anyone is going to let you inject them with Ebola and later see whether or not they get the infection. However, safety testing of new vaccines in people is now underway.

10. Ebola is not a risk to the general public in the United States.You are not at risk for Ebola infection unless you are in direct contact with bodily fluids of someone with Ebola while they have viral symptoms such as fever, vomiting, and cough. “If you don’t have early viral symptoms, you’re probably not contagious,” says Pigott. New infections come from close contact with an infected person, especially with blood, body fluids, or contaminated needles, late in the disease when viral levels are high.To protect the U.S. public health, the CDC is building up their capacity for testing and surveillance, and getting infection control information out to health workers. They are training medical responders, flight crews and airport workers on how to report a sick passenger to the CDC in case isolation becomes necessary.
TOTT STAFF | 2:35 PM | | | | |

CAUGHT ON CAMERA: BGC’s Natalie Nunn Gets Gruesomely Jumped! + Goes BUCK In Our Exclusive Interview!

If you haven’t heard Bad Girls Club took it a step further this season with BGC 13 aka "Bad Girls Club Redemption"... bringing girls from multiple different seasons all in one house… along with a therapist. Well, not too sure the therapist part worked too well!
One of our favorite and most popular “Bad Girls,” Natalie Nunn, was cast for the show and things got ugly.
While on the show Natalie got into it with fellow fan favorite, Rocky and also Redd from last season…that's when all hell broke loose! 
Vlad TV - Natalie Nunn shared a shocking photo online of gruesome injuries she claims were a result of being jumped during a taping for the Bad Girls Club. The reality star had several lacerations on her body, including a large gash near her bicep and another near her wrist. The Bad Girls Club breakout star says she was jumped and cut with a broken glass cup, but doesn't name anyone as the aggressor. Natalie has since deleted the photo from her page, but you can check out a screenshot of the photos and caption in the above slide. 


Natalie has always seemed to have problems with other bad girls...

Check out Lady T’s EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW with her going BUCK on all other cast members below:

Will this latest fight end Natalie’s career on the “Bad Girls Club” series forever?

Just maybe….

Rumors have it that the reality star be on her way to a new show on the network?

Rumor Fix - Just like the Bad Girls Club, Natalie’s Bad Boys USA (working title) will put the seven participants in a mansion to live together. But, the veteran reality star says she thinks Oxygen missed an opportunity to catch drama outside the house with the star’s real lives — so that’s what she’s doing on her new show.
“For instance, maybe we’ll have a rapper and a DJ collaborating outside the house. If they don’t have anything going on — they’re not a bad boy. Storyline is what we’re also going to follow,” the reality star-turned-producer says.
The 29-year-old has her dream cast: “I’m looking for a Stevie J kind of guy, a Perez Hilton type of bad boy – a s**t talker blogger who still has his stuff together — A  Ray J type of bad boy who’s already been on TV and a  rapper like Waka Flocka Flame.”

What do YOU think about a “Bad BOYS Club” show?