Complaint details alleged sex abuse texts by airline passenger

(CNN)A new federal complaint describes lurid text messages between an airline passenger and a woman last month discussing performing sex acts on children and drugging the minors to facilitate the abuse, court papers show.

Michael Kellar, 56, and Gail Lynn Burnworth, 50, both of Tacoma, Washington, exchanged the flurry of text messages in July, including on the day Kellar was a passenger aboard a Seattle, Washington-to-San Jose, California, flight on July 31, according to the federal complaint.
A passenger sitting behind Kellar spotted the text messages, took photos of the conversation and alerted authorities. The couple was questioned and arrested.
Kellar has been charged with attempted enticement of a minor and both face a charge of conspiracy to produce child pornography, according to the complaint unsealed Monday.
The complaint lays out the couple’s plans to sexually abuse a 5-year-old and 7-year-old who lived with Burnworth, her ex-husband and his wife. Burnworth, who is not the children’s mother, also promised to take graphic photos and videos at Kellar’s request, the complaint said.
Among Kellar’s requests were videos of molestation, bestiality, fetish behavior involving feces and “kids videos,” the complaint said.
In a July 28 exchange, Kellar asked Burnworth: “Do you really think you can do this or are you just saying this???” the complaint said.
Burnworth responded: “No I think I can do it if I don’t have parents over my shoulder or worried about who’s going to walk in on me. And then on Sunday I will have kids no parents, just kids,” the complaint said.

Tipster says she’s not a hero

Authorities were tipped off to the case by a plane passenger who was just trying to look out the window.
As the plane was descending, the woman leaned forward to look out the window in the row ahead of her, The San Jose Mercury News reported. But suddenly another passenger’s phone obstructed her view.
“I don’t know how I saw it, I just saw in big text, ‘child in their underwear,'” the woman told The News. “I thought, ‘What did I just see?’ My heart started racing. Then I could see more texts coming in.”
The woman is not being identified by the newspaper at her request due to safety and privacy concerns.
After seeing the alarming texts, “my instinct just told me to discreetly take some pictures,” she said. “As he kept obsessively looking at the texts, I just decided to snap pictures of texts he was re-reading.”
The woman said she then alerted a flight attendant, who then called police, The News reported.
“I’m being labeled as a hero. I don’t need a bunch of attention. I’m just so thankful the kids are safe,” the woman said, according to The News.

Suspects in custody

Kellar, who is in the Santa Clara County jail, is scheduled to appear Tuesday in a federal district court in San Jose. No information was immediately available on Kellar’s defense attorney.
Burnworth appeared Monday before a magistrate in a Tacoma courtroom. She didn’t make a statement in court other than acknowledging she understood the charges she faces. Burnworth has a detention hearing scheduled for Thursday.
She is being held in a federal detention center in Seattle. Burnworth’s federal public defender, Jerome Kuh, did not return a phone call or an email to CNN on Monday.
The two young children, who were identified as victims, were safe, San Jose police said last week.

Couple first met on dating website

In a July 31 interview with Seattle police, Burnworth said she met Kellar on match.com about a year ago and she visited his home several times, the complaint said. Kellar is divorced with two children, the complaint said.
Burnworth told authorities she and Kellar had engaged in sexual intercourse and fetish behavior involving feces, recording several encounters, the complaint said.
Burnworth told police she “sexually assaulted and produced approximately ten depictions of child pornography” involvingone child, the complaint said.
In all, Burnworth said she took photos and videos of “as many as fifteen to twenty depictions” involving the two minors and emailed them to Kellar, the complaint said.
A third minor also lived in the home, authorities said.
Burnworth told police Kellar had ultimately backed out on the arrangement before the appointed time, telling her, “Well, I’m not coming because I know you won’t go through with this,” the complaint said.
“Burnworth statedshe did not even have access” to the two children at the time she and Kellar planned the encounter, the complaint said. She also told police that if she had the chance, she would havelet Kellar have sexual intercourse with one of the children and doing so may have required drugging her, the complaint said.
Kellar, who was traveling on the Southwest Airlines flight for work, acknowledged he knew that Burnworth lived with three minors, two of whom he described as “young,” the complaint said. But when confronted about specific references to abusing children, Kellar told police “he was engaged in fantasy,” the complaint said.
Police retrieved the deleted messages between Kellar and Burnworth from Kellar’s phone, the complaint said.
In another graphic exchange, also on July 28, Kellar allegedly texted: “Do you think you can knock them out enough with the Benadryl?”
Burnworth responded: “I don’t know what we can sure give it a big try.”
“Only if you think it will be safe!” Kellar responded, the complaint said.

Read more: http://www.cnn.com/2017/08/08/us/plane-texting-sex-exploitation-complaint/index.html

Paul Allen Fast Facts

(CNN)Here is a look at the life of Paul Allen, philanthropist and co-founder of Microsoft.

Birth place: Seattle, Washington
Birth name: Paul Gardner Allen
Father: Kenneth Allen, librarian
Mother: Edna Faye (Gardner) Allen, teacher
Education: AttendedWashington State University, 1972-1974
Owns a 414-foot yacht named Octopus that cost $200 million to build. Among its amenities are a recording studio, helipads and two submarines.
Also owns a 303-foot yacht named Tatoosh.
Allen is also a musician, having received his first guitar at 16. He’s been a big fan of Jimi Hendrix since seeing him in concert in the late 1960s.
Has a minority stake in the Seattle Sounders FC soccer team.
Timeline:
1968 –
Paul Allen meets fellow student Bill Gates in the computer lab at the private Lakeside School in Seattle.
1974 – Drops out of Washington State to take a job at Honeywell in Boston.
1975 – Allen and Gates found Microsoft (then called Micro-Soft) in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Allen is the company’s chief technologist.
1977 – Gates and Allen sign a formal partnership agreement, giving Gates 64% of Microsoft and Allen 36%.
1980 – Microsoft hires Steve Ballmer as its business manager.
1982 – Diagnosed with Hodgkin’s disease.
1983 – Allen leaves Microsoft. Gates offers Allen $5 a share for his stake in the company. Allen counters with a demand for $10 a share. Gates rejects that offer and Allen leaves the company with all of his stock. He remains on the board of directors.
1986 – Starts Vulcan Inc. to manage his business and philanthropic interests.
1988 – Buys the Portland Trail Blazers basketball team.
1988 – Establishes the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation.
1997 – Allen purchases the Seattle Seahawks football team.
2000 – The EMP (Experience Music Project) opens in Seattle. The museum, funded by Allen, costs $100 million.
2000 – Steps down from Microsoft’s board of directors. By the end of 2000, Allen divests himself of $8.5 billion worth of Microsoft stock.
2002 – Allen gives $14 million to the University of Washington to build the Paul G. Allen Center for Computer Science and Engineering.
2003 – Creates the Allen Institute for Brain Science “to accelerate understanding of the human brain in health and disease,” after his mother is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. Allen has given the institute more than $500 million since its inception.
2004 – Funds SpaceShipOne, whose mission is to become the world’s first commercial space vehicle.
2004 – The Flying Heritage Collection opens north of Seattle, housing Allen’s restored collection of World War II-era planes.
July 15, 2010 – Signs the Giving Pledge, and commits to donate the majority of his wealth to charity.
December 2010 – Gives Washington State University $26 million to build the Paul G. Allen School of Global Animal Health.
April 19, 2011 – Allen’s memoir, “Idea Man,” is released. In the book, he claims claims Bill Gates and Steve Ballmer conspired to dilute Allen’s shares in Microsoft and force him out of the company while he was recovering from cancer in 1982.
August 2013 – Allen and his band, the Underthinkers, release an album called “Everywhere at Once.”
October 2014 – Pledges $100 million to fight Ebola through his Tackle Ebola initiative.
December 9, 2014 – Allen donates $100 million to start an institute to focus on the workings of human cells as a way to battle disease. It will be called the Allen Institute for Cell Science.
March 2, 2015 – Announces he has found the wreck of the Musashi, a long-lost World War II Japanese battleship, near the Philippines.
January 2016 – An anchor chain on the Tatoosh allegedly damages an estimated 11,000 square feet of coral reef on Seven Mile Beach Park in the Caymen Islands. Allen is not on board at the time. The owners reach a settlement agreement with the government of the Caymen Islands before the end of the year.
March 23, 2016 – Founds The Paul G. Allen Frontiers Group to support emerging bioscience research.
March 2017 – Named number 42 on the Forbes World’s Billionaires list, with a net worth of $19.9 billion.

Read more: http://www.cnn.com/2014/11/26/us/paul-allen-fast-facts/index.html

This Ohio factory owner says she has jobs but few sober applicants

(CNN)An Ohio factory owner said Saturday that though she has blue-collar jobs available at her company, she struggles to fill positions because so many candidates fail drug tests.

Regina Mitchell, a co-owner of Warren Fabricating & Machining in Hubbard, Ohio, told The New York Times this week that four out of 10 applicants otherwise qualified to be welders, machinists and crane operators will fail a routine drug test.
In an interview Saturday with CNN’s Michael Smerconish, Mitchell said that her requirements for prospective workers were simple.
 
 
 
“I need employees who are engaged in their work while here, of sound mind and doing the best possible job that they can, keeping their fellow co-workers safe at all times,” she said.
“We have a 150-ton crane in our machine shop. And we’re moving 300,000 pounds of steel around in that building on a regular basis. So I cannot take the chance to have anyone impaired running that crane, or working 40 feet in the air.”
 
President Donald Trump addressed his blue-collar base in Ohio this week, returning to his campaign theme of getting local communities back to work and returning jobs to America from overseas.
But Mitchell said she has jobs. She just doesn’t have sober applicants.
For 48 of the 50 years her company has been around, drug abuse had never been an issue, she told Smerconish.
“It hasn’t been until the last two years that we needed to have a policy, a corporate policy in place, that protects us from employees coming into work impaired,” she said.
Opioid use is on the rise across the country, but especially in Ohio.In 2014, the state had the second-largest number of opioid-related deaths in the United States and the fifth-highest rate of overdose.
“This opioid epidemic that we’re experiencing … it seems like it’s worse than in other places all over the country,” Mitchell said.
Ohio’s new law on medical marijuana, which went into effect in 2016 and allows those with a qualifying condition and a recommendation from a physician to buy the drug legally, was another hurdle for employers to overcome, she said.
“The difficult part about marijuana is, we don’t have an affordable test that tells me if they smoked it over the weekend or smoked it in the morning before they came to work. And I just can’t take the chance of having an impaired worker running a crane carrying a 300,000-pound steel encasement,” she said.
For now, she said, there are almost 12,000 open skilled labor jobs in Mahoning County.
“There are good-paying jobs and the opportunity for people in our area. We just can’t find people to show up who can pass a drug test,” she said.

Read more: http://www.cnn.com/2017/07/29/us/ohio-factory-owner-cnntv/index.html

Carol Channing Fast Facts

(CNN)Here’s a look at the life of award winning actress and singer Carol Channing. Her most famous stage roles are Lorelei Lee in “Gentlemen Prefer Blondes” and Dolly Gallagher Levi in “Hello, Dolly!”

Personal:
Birth date: January 31, 1921
Birth place: Seattle, Washington
Birth name: Carol Elaine Channing
Father: George Channing, a newspaper editor
Mother: Adelaide (Glaser) Channing
Marriages: Harry Kullijian (2003-2011, his death); Charles Franklin Lowe (1956-1999, his death); Alexander Carson (1949-1956, divorced); Theodore Naidish (1942-1944, divorced)
Children: with Alexander Carson, adopted by Charles Lowe: Channing Lowe, 1953
Education: Attended Bennington College, 1938-1941
Other Facts:
Is known for her wide eyes, platinum blonde wigs and speaking with a lisp.
Nominated for four Tony Awards; won one time and was also presented with two special Tony Awards.
Performed the role of Dolly Levi more than 5,000 times, missing only one performance due to food poisoning.
In her 1998 divorce complaint, she claimed that she and husband Charles Lowe had only had sex once or twice in 41 years of marriage. The divorce was not yet final when Lowe died in 1999.
Considers her inclusion on Nixon’s “Hate List” to be one of her highest honors.
Recovered from uterine cancer diagnosed in the late 1960s.
Timeline:
1941-1946 –
Understudy for Eve Arden in “Let’s Face It.”
1948 – Broadway debut in the Marge and Gower Champion production of “Lend an Ear.”
1949 – Opens as the lead, Lorelei Lee, in “Gentlemen Prefer Blondes” on Broadway.
January 16, 1964 – “Hello, Dolly!” opens on Broadway.
May 24, 1964 – “Hello, Dolly!” wins ten Tony Awards including Best Actress in a Musical for Channing.
1968 – Receives a Special Tony Award.
1971 – Named Hasty Pudding Theatricals’ Woman of the Year by Harvard University.
1995 – Receives a Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement.
2002 – Receives the Actors Fund Julie Harris Award for Lifetime Achievement at the sixth annual Tony Awards.
2002 – Her book “Just Lucky I Guess: A Memoir of Sorts” is released.
2004 – Is awarded an honorary doctorate in entertainment arts by California State University.
2005 – Co-founds the Dr. Carol Channing & Harry Kullijian Foundation for the Arts (now the American Foundation for Arts Education), with Harry Kullijian.
October 2005 – Opens a new cabaret act in New York City, “The First Eighty Years Are the Hardest.”
September 13, 2007 – Channing’s luggage containing her rhinestone-studded costume from “Gentlemen Prefer Blondes” is stolen from the Hollywood Renaissance Hotel in Los Angeles. The dress is worth at least $150,000 and had been promised to the Smithsonian Institution; it is found the next day.
2009 – Releases an album entitled “For Heaven’s Sake.”
2012 – The film ”Carol Channing: Larger Than Life” is released.
January 20 2014 – As part of a year-long 50th anniversary celebration of “Hello Dolly,” Channing makes an appearance at Broadway’s historic Town Hall in New York.

Read more: http://www.cnn.com/2013/01/11/us/carol-channing—fast-facts/index.html

Maryam Mirzakhani, only woman to take math’s highest award, dies at 40

(CNN)Maryam Mirzakhani, a Stanford University professor who became the only woman to receive the highest honor in mathematics, died Saturday after a long battle with cancer, the school said.

She was 40.
The Iran native thrived in study of curved surfaces such as doughnut shapes and amoebas — to a degree that other bright minds in the field dared not explore, her colleagues have said.
In 2014, she became the first woman to receive the Fields Medal, the highest honor in mathematics and equivalent in reputation to a Nobel Prize.
The International Mathematical Union established the award in 1936 and has presented it to at least two people every four years since 1950. All 52 recipients before Mirazkhani were men.
“Maryam is gone far too soon, but her impact will live on for the thousands of women she inspired to pursue math and science,” Stanford University President Marc Tessier-Lavigne said.

Like finding a way out of a jungle

When she won in 2014, the IMU called Mirzakhani’s accomplishments in complex geometric forms such as Riemann surfaces and moduli spaces “stunning.”
“Because of its complexities and inhomogeneity, moduli space has often seemed impossible to work on directly,” the IMU said. “But not to Mirzakhani.”
She was happy to take it on.
“It is like being lost in a jungle and trying to use all the knowledge that you can gather to come up with some new tricks, and with some luck you might find a way out,” she said once.
Her work could help advance understanding in physics, quantum mechanics and areas outside math, Stanford said in an online news article about her death.
She said the 2014 award was a great honor.
“I will be happy if it encourages young female scientists and mathematicians,” Mirzakhani said at the time.

From Iran to California

Mirzakhani was drawn to mathematics while in high school in Iran’s capital, Tehran, where she grew up.
As a teenager, she gained international attention when she won gold medals in two International Mathematical Olympiads, achieving a perfect score in one.
Mirzakhani got her undergraduate degree at Sharif University of Technology, then moved to the United States, where she went to work on her doctorate at Harvard University.
She was an assistant professor at Princeton University before moving to Stanford.
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani saluted Mirzakhani in a message in Farsi, posted to Twitter.
“Maryam Mirzakhani was a creative scientist and a gracious human being who lifted Iran’s name in the global scientific community,” Rouhani’s account reads. “May she Rest In Peace.”

Read more: http://www.cnn.com/2017/07/15/us/mirzakhani-obituary-first-woman-win-math-prize/index.html

High winds, rain lash Pacific Northwest

(CNN)High winds and rain whipped Oregon and Washington Saturday, downing trees and wires, causing flooding and knocking out power for tens of thousands of customers in the coastal regions of the Pacific Northwest.

The fierce storm spawned by Typhoon Songda put 13,700 customers in the dark in the Portland area, Portland General Electric reported at 11 p.m. (2 a.m. ET).
Throughout the night, utilities worked to restore power to residents in Oregon and Washington.
Around 11 p.m., Puget Sound Energy said nearly 15,000 customers were without power. Seattle City & Light tweeted that it had fully restored power after about 3,000 customers who lost power due to a fallen tree in southeast Seattle.
The National Weather Service said winds reached 70-80 mph along the Oregon coast and 45-55 mph in the Portland area Saturday. The Portland Bureau of Transportation tweeted around 4:45 p.m. (7:45 p.m. ET) that 34 trees were down on roads.
So far, no deaths have been reported.
Despite reports of downed trees and power outages, the Saturday storm was not as powerful as initially predicted.
“We are glad conditions were not as extreme as we were forecasting for the coast,” said a Facebook post by the National Weather Service in Portland. “This is better for everyone who may have been negatively impacted who now came through unscathed.”
The winds lost some power in the afternoon and the weather service canceled high-wind warnings for the Oregon coast around 4 p.m. (7 p.m. ET). A wind advisory for south Willamette Valley was lifted.
In preparations for the storm, Seattle had braced for winds expected to move up the Washington coast. The city had hunkered down by shutting its parks, preparing emergency resources and opening more slots at homeless shelters.
“We’re glad the storm passed without significant damage, given the potential outcomes,” tweeted the National Weather Service Seattle on Saturday night.
Earlier in the day, emergency workers treated a 4-year-old boy with serious injuries and his father for minor injuries after they were struck by a falling tree branch. They were transported to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle.
Storms were expected to hit when the Seattle Seahawks play the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday afternoon.
To the south, winds of 45 mph were reported in the Sacramento Valley in California and high gusts were reported as far south as Las Vegas, Nevada.

Two confirmed tornadoes

The National Weather Service confirmed two tornadoes touched down Friday in the northwest Oregon coastal cities of Manzanita and Oceanside.
Judson Moore of Manzanita told KOIN he looked outside and saw “a wall of water and debris coming up the street.” He and his wife locked themselves in a bathroom.
“The pressure changed. You could almost feel the suction and the whole building was shaking,” he said. “I could hear the neighborhood just being torn apart.”
It lasted 30 seconds, he said. They weren’t hurt and their business was not badly damaged.
Jane Wannell of Manzanita weathered the storm well.
“I always have my camping equipment ready because we lost power,” she told KOIN. “So I was able to cook nice meals yesterday. The utility people were amazing! We got power back at 8 o’clock last night. That was an amazing gift to us.”
First responders searched the Mazanita area but have not found anyone trapped under the debris, Tillamook County Sheriff Andy Long told CNN.
The tornadoes damaged 25-30 homes, Gordon McCraw with Tillamook County Emergency Management told CNN. Video and photos showed uprooted trees, toppled telephone poles and ruffled rooftops.
The Coast Guard rescued 40 teenagers and six adults near Lake Crescent, Washington, Coast Guard Petty Officer Ali Flockerzi told CNN.
The group was stranded at their camp without power and was blocked in by falling trees, Flockerzi said. The Coast Guard deployed a 29-foot rescue boat to take them to safety, Flockerzi said.
The National Weather Service’s Portland office said it broke its record for the most tornado warnings in a day, issuing 10 on Friday.
Saturday’s weather may not be the end of it. A third storm could potentially pass through the Pacific Northwest next week, according CNN Meteorologist Dave Hennen.

Read more: http://www.cnn.com/2016/10/15/us/pacific-northwest-wind-storm/index.html

Why she put a price on her virginity

(CNN)At one of Nevada’s infamous legal brothels, a 20-year-old woman recently signed up for work — but not to have sex.

Instead, Katherine Stone, who dreams of one day becoming a lawyer, planned to sell something other women working at the bordello couldn’t offer: Her virginity.
Like the brothels themselves, Stone’s choice has been controversial, particularly for those who believe a woman’s virginityshould only be shared for love.
But in Stone’s eyes, that’s exactly what she’s doing.

‘I love my family’

In 2014, Stone’s family home in Seattle, Washington, was destroyed by a fire. Without insurance, Stone and her family found themselves forced to remain in the scorched property.
Then came the day when she noticed an ad on Facebook, and “I found out all about the brothels and the money,” Stone says. “It made me think, ‘Wow, it’s a chance at fixing all that I need to fix.'”

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Even after her virginity is auctioned, Stone says she has no intentions of leaving the ranch. “I anticipate to continue working at the ranch for the next five years,” she says. “I plan to go to law school in the future.”

‘I have the right to choose’

Hof himself has been heavily criticized, with some lambasting him for exploiting women in need. The businessman and reality TV personality employs over 500 women at his ranches in Nevada, with roughly 30 working every weeknight at the famous Moonlite Bunny Ranch.
As for Stone’s contract, “it’s controversial; there is not any question about that,” Hof says. But, he continues, “It is her choice. I don’t think it is a good idea for a girl to drink six tequilas and lose her virginity on the bathroom floor in a frat house … If she wants to (sell) it, I think that’s great.”
If that sounds like something a pimp would say, Hof wouldn’t disagree. “In the strictest sense, I am a pimp,” he says. “I am a guy that brings customers to a girl. The difference is I have a license to do this.”
Stone would argue she has the same.
“I have the right to choose what I do with my body,” she says. “And in this troubling economy, do you blame me?”

Read more: http://www.cnn.com/2016/10/20/us/legal-brothels-selling-virginity-this-is-life/index.html