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Couple allegedly neglects children to play video games

Associated Press - July 14, 2007 10:23 PM ET

RENO, Nev. (AP) - A Nevada couple has pleaded guilty to child neglect -- after allegedly ignoring their young kids while obsessively playing Internet and video games.

Michael and Iana Straw each face a maximum 12-year prison sentence.

Authorities found a 22-month-old boy and an eleven-month-old girl severely malnourished and near death last month.

Doctors treated the boy for starvation and a genital infection. He lacked muscle development, causing him difficulty walking.

Hospital staff had to shave the girl's head because her hair had been matted with cat urine. The ten-pound girl also had a mouth infection, dry skin and severe dehydration.

The prosecutor says the couple had food, but just chose not to give it to their kids. She says they were too distracted with the fantasy role-playing game "Dungeons and Dragons."

I'm pretty sure D&D is not a video game, it's in person, but aside from that WTF IS WRONG WITH THESE PEOPLE?! Seriously! LICENSE TO PROCREATE. I hate people.

So less than five days until Deathly Hallows and I think I might faint from the anticipation. I am so fucking nervous about getting spoiled, too. foreverseenstar has already read the supposedly legit table of contents and the epilogue. And apparently the entire book has leaked and been scanned. I had a dream about being spoiled! That is how nervous I am. I didn't want to do this, but I might have to go on lj hiatus tomorrow. I promise I will murder anyone who spoils me. foreverseenstar has promised she won't breathe a word to me about what she's seen which is smart because I know where she sleeps at night.

This week will be a busy one of helping her with robes. I am very stressed out for her about getting them done, but I'll help where and when I can. Any time she wasn't sewing this weekend I was like, "You're making me nervous." Why do I feel like I'm going to have to take Monday off just to sleep? I have a feeling I'm going to be getting so little of it this week. Between reading and preparation for DH, stuff I need to do for the wedding, oh yeah and that thing called my chemistry class. Just, GAH.

Work isn't exactly a walk in the park today, either. As usual Ditz McGee has totally fucked up our job again and I'm pretty sure our president is going to eat her. Apparently we were supposed to actually go down to the client today but Ditz didn't convey that to me, and apparently she chose to ignore that fact herself, as she showed up in jeans to work. Now the two of us are just conferencing in from here and I'm pretty sure the prez is all "...grrr..." about it. Thank god though, because I've got wayyyyy too much shit to do to have to go all the way down to fucking Norwalk. I'm already leaving early for my hair appointment. Hopefully the call doesn't run over.

Oh yeah, also, I'm trying to reread Half-Blood Prince before Friday night. It probably won't happen but it was worth a shot. I thought about the audio book, but my finances are in enough disarray without tacking on a $50 audio book right now. *sigh*

Alright, I better get to some work before shit really starts to blow up around here. Later, skaterz.

PS - Can people PLEASE stop asking me to do things this weekend so I can stop sounding like a loser when I tell them I can't because I'm busy reading Harry Potter? *facepalm*


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Jul. 16th, 2007 03:36 pm (UTC)
Re: DH Spoilers
God. You and me both. I swear, if I get spoiled (especially in person) I call that a just reason to commit acts of violence.
Jul. 16th, 2007 03:42 pm (UTC)
Re: DH Spoilers
Is it bad that I kind of want to wear earplugs? I keep thinking about those assholes who did the drive by "SNAPE KILLS DUMBLEDORE!" People are such assholes.
Jul. 16th, 2007 03:43 pm (UTC)
Re: DH Spoilers
Oh, when I go buy my copy at midnight on Friday, I'm SO taking my Ipod. In and out of Wal-Mart in less than 10 minutes if I can.

Jul. 16th, 2007 03:46 pm (UTC)
Re: DH Spoilers
Good call! I'm going to the book party so I don't think things will go as quickly for me. Meep.
Jul. 16th, 2007 04:36 pm (UTC)
I solemnly swear I am up to no good you won't hear spoilers from me.
Jul. 16th, 2007 05:03 pm (UTC)
Pretty Tonks icon!
Jul. 16th, 2007 04:53 pm (UTC)
Ditz McGee?
Who is that?

making me laugh out loud at work here :)

Jul. 16th, 2007 05:00 pm (UTC)
Re: Ditz McGee?
Jul. 16th, 2007 05:05 pm (UTC)
Re: Ditz McGee?
duh, i knew that :)

thanks for making my day a little brighter
Jul. 16th, 2007 11:16 pm (UTC)
D&D is in person, but I think, if it was just the two of them, they might've been doing like an online version in chat or something, because two people is like hella not fun.

Jul. 17th, 2007 02:17 pm (UTC)
I'm so excited!
I'm so excited!
I'm so... SCARED!
Jul. 17th, 2007 12:39 am (UTC)
Here's what another LJ friend of mine wrote a few days ago:

"I'm so afraid that some asshole at the midnight release of Book Seven will get their book, flip to the last page, and shout out the ending.

Shit, I'm so scared."

Then I sent her this link: http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20070713/en_nm/britain_potter_impatient_dc

iPod and (loud) headphones are a must, I'd think.
Jul. 17th, 2007 02:18 pm (UTC)
Sounds like a good idea.
Jul. 17th, 2007 04:34 am (UTC)
idiasm and I told our boss that we couldn't work overtime because we were going to stay up all night and read the book. We're so awesome.

(p.s. I'm starting to get paranoid about spoilers... I think I'm only going to read my 'real life' filter for the next week. *sad*)
Jul. 17th, 2007 02:19 pm (UTC)
I just switched to a journal-only filter. No comms. No feeds. I'm so scared.
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