8 moms, 8 months pregnant thanks to Hurricane Matthew

A South Carolina photographer known for capturing beautiful pictures of newborn babies might have eight more clients thanks to Hurricane Matthew.

Cassie Clayshulte of Cassie Clayshulte Photography took photos of eight expectant mothers who are all eight months pregnant after Hurricane Matthew swept the East Coast last October. 

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Clayshulte said when the storm hit the small town of Bluffton, she was inspired to do something for parents who gave birth during the mandatory evacuation.

“I felt the call to show those in our area that something beautiful could come from something devastating,” Clayshulte said.

Clayshulte’s photography business is the official newborn photographer for Coastal Carolina Hospital and she noticed that after major events, like a hurricane or power outages, she sees a surge in newborn clients, so she knew nine months after Hurricane Matthew would be busy.

That’s when Clayshulte got the idea for a special project.

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“I wanted to show everyone that the storm gave some Bluffton, Beaufort, and Hilton Head couples a special miracle,” Clayshulte said. “If it weren’t for Matthew, these eight couples wouldn’t be expecting these little miracles.”

Clayshulte’s photos of the eight expectant mothers incorporated the hurricane damage that existed in the area to illustrate that beautiful things can come from disaster. She also featured the beaches of Hilton Head to show how the area is still a great place to visit.

“This storm destroyed trees and property and our area’s tourism industry took a big hit, but the storm helped these couples create something even more beautiful and these stunning mommies-to-be are living proof,” Clayshulte said.

The mothers, who were the stars of the photo shoot, can’t wait for their little miracles to be brought into the world.

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“I feel babies always come at a time when they are most needed,” Bluffton mother Danielle said. “When he is born, I feel he will fill a hole in our lives we didn’t even know was missing. I’m so eager and excited to meet him.”

One of the mothers was excited to add another addition to her family.

“We decided to go ahead and try for another great kid. I do call our first Hurricane Porter, so it will be interesting to see if little sister is just as wild, especially since she was conceived during an actual hurricane,” Bluffton mother Molly said.

Clayshulte she wants to use her talent to make the world a better place one photo at a time, but also hopes to show everyone that world is already full of beauty. They just have to choose to see it.

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Hairspray can explodes in hot car, destroys windshield

A simple beauty product turned into an explosive device when it was left under the sun in a hot car.

KGW reports that the windshield of a Washington woman’s car was destroyed after a can of hairspray exploded inside her car while she was at work.

Karmen Ayres walked out to her car, only to find the can lodged in the windshield.

Ayres had left the hairspray in her car’s backseat.

With temperatures outside reaching the low-90’s, the inside of the car heated up and caused the can to explode.

“At first I looked up, because I thought maybe something fell,” Eyres told the station. “But then I noticed it was from the inside out. I was in shock and then I realized what it was.”

Word to the wise, don’t leave hairspray in your car on a hot day! A Vancouver woman had quite the surprise after her can heated up pic.twitter.com/K2ctFQN0qc

— Devon Haskins (@devonhaskins) May 24, 2017

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7th-grader gets ‘Most Likely to Become a Terrorist’ Award

No, your eyes are not deceiving you. That is a real certificate that was typed up and presented to a 7th grader at Lance Cpl. Anthony Aguirre Junior High School in Houston.

“MOST LIKELY TO BECOME A TERRORIST,” it reads, inside a border of cheerful stars.

Lizeth Villanueva, who was bestowed the unwanted honor, told CNN affiliate KPRC her teacher gave out different “mock awards” to her advanced learning class. The teacher told them they were supposed to be funny but they “might hurt [students’] feelings.”

Lizeth and her family didn’t exactly see it that way.

“It was not a joke,” Lizeth said. “I do not feel comfortable with this… I do not feel comfortable being in the same classroom with [the teacher].”

“When she first showed me the paper, I’m like, ‘What is this?'” Lizeth’s mother, Ena Hernandez, told the affiliate. “I read it again, and I’m like, ‘What is this?’ That’s when my daughter told me it was supposed to be a joke.”

The school’s administration released a statement apologizing for the event and promising to launch an investigation.

“Aguirre Administration would like to first of all apologize for the insensitive and offensive fake mock award that were given to students…As principal, I want to assure all students, parents and community members that these ward statement and ideals are NOT representative of the Aguirre Vision, Mission, and educational goals for its students.”

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‘Joker’ arrested after pointing gun at passing vehicles, police say

A Miami-Dade County man whose green hair and face tattoos resemble the look of Batman’s nemesis the Joker was arrested Tuesday after pointing a gun at passing vehicles, police said.

Lawrence Sullivan, 29, faces a charge of carrying a concealed weapon without a permit.

According to a Miami-Dade police report, police were alerted about a man with green hair and tattoos on his face standing at the corner of Southwest 104th Street and Hammocks Boulevard, pointing a gun at passing vehicles.

An officer spotted a man matching that description walking out of the Hammocks Place apartments. When the officer asked the man, later identified as Sullivan, if he was armed, Sullivan said he had a gun in his pocket, police said.

Sullivan told the officer that he didn’t have a permit because it was too expensive, police said.

Among the man’s face tattoos are the words “Joker” stenciled across his forehead, next to a Batman logo with profanity scribbled within it.

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West Kendall woman finds iguana in toilet bowl, calls 911

What did a South Florida woman do when she lifted the lid on her toilet and found an iguana inside?

She closed it again and called 911.

Lt. Scott Mullin of Miami-Dade Fire Rescue’s Venom One unit told the Miami Herald it’s the first time he’s found an iguana in a toilet.

Mullin said when the call came in Tuesday night, he asked the dispatcher to make sure it was an iguana and not a snake.

Gisele Quintero told Local 10 News reporter Todd Tongen that her mother called her after finding the iguana.

“I opened the door, stuck my hand in. I took a picture with my phone and when I pulled it out, I noticed it wasn’t a garden snake,” she said. “It’s something (that’s) got legs and it’s moving.”

Quintero said she didn’t know what to do, so she called 911.

“They kept asking, ‘Is this an emergency?'” she said. “I’m like, ‘Well, not really, but we’d like to get this removed.'”

Mullin said the grandmother, her daughter and grandchildren were waiting when he arrived at their home in West Kendall. Mullin said the lizard likely came up through the pipes.

“It’s believed, because they’re excellent swimmers and they can hold their breath for an extended period of time, that it probably wound up coming up from the plumbing system and wound up in the toilet,” Lt. Felipe Lay said. “It’s a very rare call for Miami-Dade Fire Rescue.”

Mullin used gloves to lift the iguana from the bowl, put it in a box and drove it to a wildlife rescue center.

Quintero said she plans to check the toilets in her house each time she uses them from now on before sitting down.

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Cyclists use 120 plungers to raise bike lane awareness

Cyclists in Omaha, Neb., raised awareness of protected bike lanes by gluing 120 plungers to the street Monday along the designated lanes.

The Omaha World-Herald reports this particular street has been the scene of multiple accidents between cars and bicyclists. By using the reflective-wrapped plungers to demonstrate where the lanes lie, advocates said traffic would slow and the street would become safer.

“The plan was to leave them out for 36 hours so people could see what a protected bike lane could do,” said Stuart Nottingham, cyclist and plunger advocate.

The City Works Department claimed the plungers were a road obstruction and removed them after about four hours.

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