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Internet Users Criticize $36K Donations for Stripper Who Fell From 15-Foot Pole

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  • A Texas woman has gained national attention after a shocking video of her falling from a 15-foot stripper pole went viral.
  • Genea Sky suffered a fractured jaw, sprained ankle, and broken teeth after the incident. She had to get stitches and also needed surgery for her jaw. 
  • Sky’s friend set up a GoFundMe page to cover her medical expenses, and over $36,000 has already been donated.
  • Some were critical that so much money has been raised for a stripper as opposed to other causes, while others are defending Sky and sex workers in general.

Frightening Fall

A Texas woman has received national attention after she was captured on camera falling from a 15-foot stripper pole over the weekend.

Genea Sky was performing at XTC Cabaret in Dallas when the accident happened. The now-viral video shows Sky dropping through the air and smacking her face into the ground. After falling, she immediately gets up and starts dancing again on her hands and knees.

The clip has received thousands of shares and reactions, ranging from jokes to serious concern for Sky. 

Sky posted a tearful video to her social media pages on Sunday to update viewers on her injuries and express gratitude for those sending her positive messages. 

“Originally I didn’t plan on posting about this situation at all,” she said. “But obviously the video has gone viral and I’m getting a lot of messages asking me if I’m okay… so I decided I had to update everybody and let everybody know what’s going on.” 

Sky said that she “pretty much” broke her jaw and needed surgery, as well as broke several teeth and sprained her ankle. She also revealed a few stitches across her skin. But ultimately, she said she was okay and focused more on the support she has received.

“I’m just really overwhelmed by all the messages and everything, and I’m so thankful though for all the positive messages I’ve been getting, and all the love,” Sky said.

“I decided to post this video just to say thank you and just let you guys know that I am having a hard time but I am okay and I’m going to be okay,” she added. “It’s just a really humbling experience to just be alive, you know, I’m really thankful for that.”

Sky posted another update after her jaw surgery, writing that it went well and again thanking people for their kindness.

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Today has been a very long day. My surgery went well. My jaw is currently wired shut so please refrain from calling me as of right now and bare with me on replies because my phone hasn’t stopped blowing up. Everyone’s love & kind words have not gone unnoticed whatsoever and it means so much to me that all of you have blessed me and uplifted me in so many ways. I am overwhelmed in the best way by all the support. I was really nervous as this all started blowing up because people are cruel and this is a very sensitive time for me. But I never imagined so many people would stand behind me in a situation like this and that has outweighed all the negativity by far. I am beyond grateful for you all. I am in a tremendous amount of pain but i am ready for this road to recovery so I can get back to my life. I will continue to update everyone over the course of my recovery but thank you once again for EVERYTHING 🙏🏽

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Mixed Reactions to GoFundMe 

Following her stripping accident, Sky’s friend set up a GoFundMe page to raise money for her needed medical procedures. 

“Her job does not cover the expenses of her medical bills,” the fundraiser description reads. “Since she sustained such serious injuries, she will be out of work for an extended period of time.” 

TMZ reported that Sky is not eligible for worker’s compensation because she is not a full-time employee at XTC. Eric Langan, the CEO of the company that owns the club, told the news outlet that they’re looking into helping Sky financially, but the club does not take responsibility for faults in the dancers’ self-chosen routines.  

Sky’s GoFundMe has already raised over $36,000 and many encouraging messages accompanied the donations. But others weren’t as thrilled about the fundraiser and took to Twitter to complain about that much money being raised for a stripper instead of other causes.

“People will donate to a stripper but won’t donate to a dying cancer child patient smh,” one person said. 

But others defended Sky and argued that strippers need support just like everyone else, particularly because they’re usually hired as independent contractors and therefore not entitled to worker’s compensation or health benefits. 

“Everyone is pro-Medicare for all until a stripper has to set up a Go-Fund Me to pay for surgery for a workplace accident cus there’s no Worker’s Comp in her industry,” one Twitter user wrote.

In addition to the criticism, another challenge has arisen for Sky in the form of fake accounts and GoFundMe pages that have been created under her name in attempts to get money.

“It’s really sad that people are trying to profit off my situation,” she wrote in a recent Instagram post.

“My GoFundMe is FOR MY MEDICAL BILLS & to SURVIVE while I recover & can’t work,” she added. “I support myself 100% and I’m putting myself through SCHOOL. So to try to use my situation for a simple come up is just sad.”  

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Lincoln College to Close for Good After COVID and Ransomware Attack Ruin Finances

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Last year, 1,043 schools in the U.S. were the victim of ransomware attacks, including 26 colleges or universities, according to an analysis by Emsisoft.


One of the Only Historically Black Colleges in the Midwest Goes Down

After 157 years of educating mostly Black students in Illinois, Lincoln College will close its doors for good on Friday.

The college made the announcement last month, citing financial troubles caused by the coronavirus pandemic and a ransomware attack in December.

Enrollment dropped during the pandemic and the administration had to make costly investments in technology and campus safety measures, according to a statement from the school.

A shrinking endowment put additional pressure on the college’s budget.

The ransomware attack, which the college has said originated from Iran, thwarted admissions activities and hindered access to all institutional data. Systems for recruitment, retention, and fundraising were completely inoperable at a time when the administration needed them most.

In March, the college paid the ransom, which it has said amounted to less than $100,000. But according to Lincoln’s statement, subsequent projections showed enrollment shortfalls so significant the college would need a transformational donation or partnership to make it beyond the present semester.

The college put out a request for $50 million in a last-ditch effort to save itself, but no one came forward to provide it.

A GoFundMe aiming to raise $20 million for the college only collected $2,452 as of Tuesday.

Students and Employees Give a Bittersweet Goodbye

“The loss of history, careers, and a community of students and alumni is immense,” David Gerlach, the college’s president, said in a statement.

Lincoln counts nearly 1,000 enrolled students, and those who did not graduate this spring will leave the institution without degrees.

Gerlach has said that 22 colleges have worked with Lincoln to accept the remaining students, including their credits, tuition prices, and residency requirements.

“I was shocked and saddened by that news because of me being a freshman, so now I have to find someplace for me to go,” one student told WMBD News after the closure was announced.

When a group of students confronted Gerlach at his office about the closure, he responded with an emotional speech.

“I have been fighting hard to save this place,” he said. “But resources are resources. We’ve done everything we possibly could.”

On April 30, alumni were invited back to the campus to revisit the highlights of their college years before the institution closed.

On Saturday, the college held its final graduation ceremony, where over 200 students accepted their diplomas and Quentin Brackenridge performed the Lincoln Alma Mater.

Last year, 1,043 schools in the U.S. were the victim of ransomware attacks, including 26 colleges or universities, according to an analysis by Emsisoft.

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U.S. Tops One Million Coronavirus Deaths, WHO Estimates 15 Million Worldwide

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India’s real COVID death toll stands at about 4.7 million, ten times higher than official data, the WHO estimated.


One Million Dead

The United States officially surpassed one million coronavirus deaths Wednesday, 26 months after the first death was reported in late February of 2020.

Experts believe that figure is likely an undercount, since there are around 200,000 excess deaths, though some of those may not be COVID-related.

The figure is the equivalent of the population of San Jose, the tenth-largest city in the U.S., vanishing in just over two years. To put the magnitude in visual perspective, NECN published a graphic illustrating what one million deaths looks like.

At the beginning of the pandemic, the White House predicted between 100,000 and 240,000 Americans would die from the coronavirus in a best-case scenario.

By February 2021, over half a million Americans had died of COVID.

The coronavirus has become the third leading cause of death in the U.S. behind heart disease and cancer.

The pandemic’s effects go beyond its death toll. Around a quarter of a million children have lost a caregiver to the virus, including about 200,000 who lost one or both parents. Every COVID-related death leaves an estimated nine people grieving.

The virus has hit certain industries harder than others, with food and agriculture, warehouse operations and manufacturing, and transportation and construction seeing especially high death rates.

People’s mental health has also been affected, with a study in January of five Western countries including the U.S. finding that 13% of people reported symptoms of PTSD attributable to actual or potential contact with the virus.

Fifteen Million Dead

On Thursday, the World Health Organization estimated that nearly 15 million people have died from the pandemic worldwide, a dramatic revision from the 5.4 million previously reported in official statistics.

Between January 2020 and the end of last year, the WHO estimated that between 13.3 million and 16.6 million people died either due to the coronavirus directly or because of factors somehow attributed to the pandemic’s impact on health systems, such as cancer patients who were unable to seek treatment when hospitals were full of COVID patients.

Based on that range, scientists arrived at an approximate total of 14.9 million.

The new estimate shows a 13% increase in deaths than is usually expected for a two-year period.

“This may seem like just a bean-counting exercise, but having these WHO numbers is so critical to understanding how we should combat future pandemics and continue to respond to this one,” Dr. Albert Ko, an infectious diseases specialist at the Yale School of Public Health who was not linked to the WHO research, told the Associated Press.

Most of the deaths occurred in Southeast Asia, Europe, and the Americas.

According to the WHO, India counts the most deaths by far with 4.7 million, ten times its official number.

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Official Says Missing Alabama Convict and Corrections Officer Had a “Special Relationship”

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Authorities have also said they now believe the officer willfully helped the inmate escape.


New Information on Missing Inmate & Officer

Authorities in Alabama revealed Tuesday that Assistant Director of Corrections for Lauderdale County Vicky White, who is accused of helping a murder suspect Casey Cole White escape from jail, had a “special relationship” with the inmate.

“Investigators received information from inmates at the Lauderdale County Detention Center over the weekend that there was a special relationship between Director White and inmate Casey White,” Lauderdale County Sheriff Rick Singleton said in a statement. “That relationship has now been confirmed through our investigation by independent sources and means.”

Officials have previously said that the two are not related, despite their shared surname.

Singleton elaborated on the nature of the relationship while speaking to CNN later on Tuesday. He said it took place “outside of her normal work hours” and added that although it did not include “physical contact,” he still characterized it as “a relationship of a different nature.”

“We were told Casey White got special privileges and was treated differently while in the facility than the other inmates,” Singleton said.

Also on Tuesday, the Marshals Service issued a statement confirming that authorities believe Officer White had helped Mr. White escape. The authorities described her as a “wanted fugitive” and offered a $5,000 reward for any information on her whereabouts. Earlier this week, the Marshals Service also offered a $10,000 reward for any information that could lead to Mr. White’s capture.

Singleton echoed the belief that Officer White’s actions were intentional while speaking to Good Morning America Wednesday.

“I think all of our employees and myself included were really hoping that she did not participate in this willingly. But all indications are that she absolutely did,” he said. “We’re very disappointed in that because we had the utmost trust in her as an employee and as an assistant director of corrections.”

Mysterious Escape

Vicky White and Casey White were last seen leaving the Lauderdale County jail just after 9:30 a.m. Friday. The officer told other employees that she was taking the inmate to a mental health evaluation at a courthouse just down the road, and that she would be going to a medical appointment after because she was not feeling well.

Officials later said her actions violated an official policy that required two sworn deputies to transport people with murder charges. In 2020, Mr. White was charged with two counts of capital murder in connection to a fatal stabbing he confessed to and was awaiting his trial in Lauderdale County.

Mr. White was also serving time for what officials said was a “crime spree” in 2015 which included home invasion, carjacking, and a police chase. He had also previously tried to escape from jail, police said.

It wasn’t until 3:30 p.m. on Friday that a jail employee reported to higher-ups that he was not able to reach Officer White on her phone and that Mr. White had never been returned to his cell.

During a press conference that same night, Singleton told reporters that there had never even been a scheduled mental health evaluation. At another briefing Monday, he announced that an arrest warrant had been issued for Vicky on a charge of “permitting or facilitating an escape in the first degree.”

At the time, Singleton said it was unclear “whether she did that willingly or was coerced or threatened” but added, “we know for sure she did participate.” 

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