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January 27, 2009 – Comments (4)

LOS ANGELES, California (CNN) -- A man apparently despondent about losing his job killed his wife and five children before turning the gun on himself, officials said Tuesday.

The bodies of five children and two adults -- the children's mother and father -- were found Tuesday in a home in the Los Angeles neighborhood of Wilmington. Among the dead, authorities said, were an 8-year-old girl and two sets of twins -- 5-year-old girls and 2-year-old boys.

Ervin Lupoe apparently called 911 and contacted a television station by fax before committing suicide, authorities said.

"No words can describe this tragedy," said Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa.

http://www.cnn.com/2009/CRIME/01/27/family.dead/index.html

This evening Target and BestBuy announced further job cuts.  Company after company are reducing their workforces by 10% or more.  We are facing unprecedented job losses.  I have tried to make a big deal of this issue on CAPs and warn you of the pending crisis.

For those who are prepared, the consequent distress is minimized as you are ready for whatever comes your way.....at least most things anyway.

Reporting the facts is not always fun, but if one person or family is helped.....it is more than worth it.

To lighten things up a bit....too bad I never had a girl like this in my law school class, but I'm sure I couldn't have budgeted for it at the time:

Reporting from San Francisco -- A Stanford law school graduate who allegedly boasted online that she paid off her student loans by working as a high-priced call girl pleaded guilty Monday to tax evasion and agreed to pay $313,134 in penalties.

Cristina Warthen, 35, who went by the name Brazil and advertised on a website called TouchofBrazil, traveled across the country to provide her services from 2001 to 2003, according to court documents filed by federal prosecutors in Northern California. She now lives in Los Angeles.

http://www.latimes.com/business/la-me-stanford-escort27-2009jan27,0,1415502.story

NOTE-Keeping perspective:  This behavior took place before the credit crisis started to gain traction and employment opportunities were likely much better between 2001-2003 than currently.

According to a search warrant affidavit filed earlier, Warthen began working as a prostitute in 2001 and advertised extensively on the Internet. On her income tax returns, she listed her business as "tour service" and her business name as "Girls of Ipanema."

An agent searched the trash at her Palo Alto home and found financial records and a law book containing $2,400 in hundred-dollar bills apparently used as bookmarks.

According to the affidavit, Warthen posted on a website for "high dollar hotties." One entry titled "newfound freedom after giving up the law" says she had completed her law degree at Stanford and paid off more than $300,000 in loans.

"I have paid off 100% of my loans, and I have tried to send a positive message to SF escorts re: assumptions about the nature and social status of women in the business," she wrote, according to the affidavit.

$2400 would have been my total discretionary spending for all three years in law school.  Quite candidly, if anyone would have paid a dime for my services, who knows how I would have acted?

I have to tell you, I have acquainted with a number of Stanford alums in my career, on balance, they are definitely more enterprising and creative than their East Coast Ivy League counterparts and WAY more fun!!!!

4 Comments – Post Your Own

#1) On January 27, 2009 at 10:16 PM, madcowmonkey (< 20) wrote:

You would think a lawyer from Stanford would be able to get out of that one:) Sucks to be her. Gave up all the punani and was taxed 100% of it. Gives a picture to the definition of tax whore. Yikes, never thought I would use that word on good old caps. Sorry for any Alstytes that I may have offended.

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#2) On January 27, 2009 at 10:38 PM, colonelnelson (37.89) wrote:

In light of this story, I strongly suspect that your class reunions at Stanford Law are more interesting than my alma mater.

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#3) On January 27, 2009 at 11:50 PM, tonylogan1 (28.23) wrote:

mixed in some humor to the dark side... nice post ...

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#4) On January 28, 2009 at 5:18 PM, dinodelaurentis (78.60) wrote:

isn't this the blood in the streets that i've heard so much about?

chilling what the details are...

 you are not what you do for money. i am very comfortable with apllauding the lady and condeming the man.

silly bugger.

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