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Where in Mexico is Steven Slater?

The JetBlu flight attendant was reported as missing in Tijuana

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Is Steven Slater alive and well at home in Tijuana? (Facebook)

Steven Slater is likely somewhere in Mexico, but is he missing?

Widely known as the beer chugging JetBlu flight attendant who quit his job in 2010 by deploying the emergency exit chute and shouting “Fuck it, I quit,” as he slid to the pavement, Slater became something of a worker’s national hero.

Slater has since been in and out of Southern California recovery centers, including West Hollywood’s Breathe Life Healing Center and WestWind Recovery sober-living residences and has struggled openly on Facebook with relapse and employment struggles.

He recently relocated to the San Diego area and like an increasing number of people who live near the border, Slater, who had recently taken a job at Seaworld, decided it would be cheaper to live in Tijuana and commute to work.

That move unsettled his many friends in the sobriety community and his fans, concerned for his safety given his history of recovery failures.

“I blocked three people so far today who felt the need to message me with their unsolicited scoldings. Not one of whom I have ever met in person nor whom has ever paid my rent. I’m not looking to go down a spiral of self-doubt at an already stressful time because someone has a problem with something that is absolutely none of their goddamn business. Yes, I know about the crime. Yes, I know about the line to get across the border. At this point I’m starting to think there’s a bunch of passive-aggressive assholes who would like to see me get jacked after all. JUST STOP,” he wrote on August 2nd.

After five days living in Tijuana Slater had reportedly missed two days of work, according to co-worker Tony Tapia.

“Hello Friends,” Tapia wrote on Facebook, “I’m Tony one of Stevens friends and coworkers from seaworld who also happens to live in Tijuana near him. I am very worried about Steven. The last time I have heard from him was Sunday night when he was walking around San Ysidro Border. The last time his landlords seen him (a family friend) was Sunday morning when he left for work which I did see him that day at work. He has missed two days of work and doesn’t reply to his phone. If you know any information about his whereabouts or if he’s safe place let me know. Thank you.”

Another friend, Jim Fossett, a Los Angeles nurse, told The New York Post that Slater “left his job at SeaWorld on Sunday to cross back over (into Mexico). He seemed like he felt pretty safe in the neighborhood where he lived. I don’t know if he met up with the wrong person or he got mugged or something.”

Slater had made several posts about his commute, complaining that it “takes 3 hours to cross into the United States but one 5 minutes to enter Mexico.”

Within hours of Tapia’s post a “MISSING” meme was posted and the story that Steven Slater was missing went viral, making newspaper headlines and evening newscasts in New York and Los Angeles.

TMZ, the first media to report Slater as a missing person, reporting at 9:25 AM on August 8, said that the Chula Vista Police Department claimed Slater was “reported missing Tuesday in Tijuana after friends pled with the public just days prior to help find him. Cops say friends told them they had not been able to get in touch with Slater since Sunday,” TMZ wrote.

By 9 PM the same day Facebook friend, Jason Lopez, posted on Slater’s page that the Ex-pat was at home in Tijuana and did not wish to be disturbed.

Once again it appears, Steven Slater has grabbed headlines, coincidentally on the ninth anniversary of his August 9, 2010 “I quit” stunt.

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Jazz Jennings publicly opens up about her binge-eating disorder

“I have gained a substantial amount of weight. I suffer from binge-eating disorder, a disease in which I’m addicted to food”

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Sander and Jazz Jennings (Photo via Facebook)

CORAL SPRINGS, Fl. – In an Instagram post Friday, prominent Trans youth activist, YouTuber and social media influencer Jazz Jennings revealed that she is battling an eating disorder. In a side by side photographic comparison Jennings showed her followers that she has in fact suffered a massive weight gain.

“I’m posting this photo because it’s time for me to address my weight gain and hold myself accountable,” she said, while sharing a picture of herself by the pool, wearing a sports bra and shorts.

Jennings wrote; “As many of you have noticed, over the past few years, I have gained a substantial amount of weight. I suffer from binge-eating disorder, a disease in which I’m not only addicted to food, but I eat it in large quantities.

My binging, along with an increased appetite I experience from some of the meds I’m on, has caused me to gain almost 100 pounds in a little less than 2 years.

I’m ready to change my ways; I’ve been saying I’m ready to turn over a new leaf, but I’m running out of trees now. I’m ready to take the initiative and create positive changes when it comes to my health.”

One of her twin older siblings, brother Sander, showed his unwavering support of his sister by commenting, “You are so resilient and can do anything you put your mind too. [sic] I believe in you and will be by your side every step of the way.” She wrote back, “You’re my teammate.”

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Heat Alert; High Temperatures forecast for parts of LA County & SoCal

It is important that we check on others, in particular those who are especially vulnerable to the harmful effects of high temperatures

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Graphic courtesy of the National Weather Service

OXNARD – The National Weather Service has issued a heat watch and warning for interior segments of Sothern California including the Mojave Desert areas, Kern County, parts of Ventura and Los Angeles County, Palm Springs and the Inland Empire to the border, as well San Gabriel, San Bernardino, Riverside and the Coachella Valley.

The average daytime temperatures are expected to exceed 110 degrees Fahrenheit.

The Los Angeles County Health Officer has issued a Heat Alert as high temperatures have been forecast for the following areas:

  • East San Gabriel Valley – through Friday, June 18
  • Santa Clarita Valley – through Saturday, June 19
  • Antelope Valley – through Sunday, June 20

Public Health reminds everyone to take precautions to avoid heat-related illness, especially older adults, young children, outdoor workers, athletes, and people with a chronic medical condition who are especially sensitive to negative health impacts from extreme heat. Public Health offers the following recommendations during high temperature days:

  • Drink plenty of water and keep hydrated throughout the day.
  • If you must go out, plan your day to avoid going out during the hottest hours, and wear sunscreen. Wear lightweight, light-colored clothes, and wear a hat or use an umbrella.
  • Cars get very hot. Never leave children or pets in cars and call 911 if you see a child or pet in a car alone.
  • Beware of heat-related illness, like heat stroke and call 911 if you see these symptoms: high body temperature, vomiting, and pale and clammy skin.
  • Check on those at risk, like those who are sick, older adults, pregnant women, and children, and those who live alone.
  • If you are wearing a mask, avoid strenuous workouts wearing face coverings or masks not intended for athletic purposes.
  • Visit your power company’s website or contact them by phone to determine if you are scheduled for a rolling power outage.

“While it is very important that everyone take special care of themselves, it is equally important that we reach out and check on others, in particular those who are especially vulnerable to the harmful effects of high temperatures, including children, the elderly, and their pets,” said Muntu Davis, MD, Los Angeles County Health Officer. “High temperatures are not just an inconvenience, they can be dangerous and even deadly. But we can protect ourselves, our families, and our neighbors if we take steps to remain cool and hydrated. It is critically important to never leave children, elderly people, or pets unattended in homes with no air conditioning and particularly in vehicles, even if the windows are ‘cracked’ or open, as temperatures inside can quickly rise to life-threatening levels. If you have an elderly or infirm neighbor who is without air conditioning, check on them throughout the day.”

County and City partners have planned ways to safely operate cooling centers during times of high heat. Residents who do not have access to air conditioning are encouraged to take advantage of these free cooling centers.

To find a location near you, visit https://ready.lacounty.gov/heat/ or call 211.

The health and safety of staff and visitors at cooling centers is priority. Public Health notes the following for cooling centers:

  • Staff and visitors are instructed to stay home if they do not feel well. Any person reporting or exhibiting signs of illness is advised to seek appropriate medical care.
  • Staff and visitors are required to wear a face covering at all times, regardless of COVID-19 vaccination status.
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Stage and screen actress Lisa Banes has died after hit and run

The 65 year-old actress was admitted to the ICU at Mount Sinai Morningside hospital in New York with a traumatic brain injury.

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Screen and stage actress Lisa Banes (Screenshot via YouTube E! News)

NEW YORK – Los Angeles resident and critically acclaimed actress Lis Banes died Monday at Mount Sinai Morningside hospital as a result of injuries she suffered stemming from a hit and run accident on June 4, after being struck by an electric scooter, a spokesperson for the NYPD confirmed.

The 65 year-old actress was admitted to the intensive care unit at Mount Sinai Morningside in New York with a traumatic brain injury. According to the NYPD, the actress was crossing Amsterdam Avenue at 64th Street, in a crosswalk near the Juilliard School, at Lincoln Center. The driver left the scene and no arrests have been made.

Banes’s wife, Kathryn Kranhold, a contributing reporter for the Center for Public Integrity, had made a plea “to pray for Lisa” after the accident — and called for anyone with information about the accident to contact police.

“We are heartsick over Lisa’s tragic and senseless passing. She was a woman of great spirit, kindness and generosity and dedicated to her work, whether on stage or in front of a camera and even more so to her wife, family and friends. We were blessed to have had her in our lives,” her manager David Williams said in a statement released Tuesday.

Banes has appeared in numerous television shows and movies, including supporting roles in “Gone Girl” starring Ben Affleck in 2014 and “Cocktail” with Tom Cruise in 1988. On television, she’s had roles on “Nashville,” “Madam Secretary,” “Masters of Sex” and “NCIS.” NBC News Entertainment reported.

Anyone with information about Banes’s death is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477), or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782). You can also submit a tip via the website or on Twitter, @NYPDTips. All calls are kept confidential.

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