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Elementary School Principal, 59, Accused of Asking Teen Girls to Go Skinny-Dipping at His Home

A 59-year-old Arizona elementary school principal was arrested on Tuesday after allegedly posting online ads asking teenage girls to go skinny-dipping with him at his house, PEOPLE confirms.

Karl Judd Waggoner is held on the suspicion of luring and aggravated luring of a minor. He remains in the Pinal County jail in Arizona in lieu of a $ 100,000 bond and is awaiting formal charges as the county attorney reviews the case, authorities say.

It was unclear Wednesday if he has retained an attorney.

Law enforcement began investigating Waggoner, a principal at Four Peaks Elementary School in Apache Junction, Arizona, after a detective with the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office came across an online ad on Craigslist asking for teen girls to come out to a skinny-dipping party at Waggoner’s home in nearby Scottsdale, Arizona.

A sex crimes detective then posed as a 14-year-old girl in order to engage Waggoner, who allegedly had “sexually inappropriate conversations, discussed engaging in sexual acts with the undercover detective and provided sexually explicit photos,” Pinal County Sheriff Mark Lamb tells PEOPLE.

“Our detective found the ad last week,” Lamb explains, alleging, “All through this holiday weekend, he was posting online and soliciting for young girls. We decided to move on it Tuesday morning and we picked him up near the school.”

 

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“Our detective was very clear that he portrayed himself as a 14-year-old girl,” Lamb says.

He says the undercover investigator was “going back and forth” with Waggoner for six days.

After Waggoner was arrested, Lamb says he allegedly “admitted to having the profile and the communication with the investigator.”

Lamb says the sheriff’s office has reached out to law enforcement in Texas, where Waggoner previously worked, on the suspicion that there may be a history of wrongdoing. Their investigation is ongoing.

Sally Marks, a spokeswoman for the Apache Junction Unified School District, where Waggoner works, tells PEOPLE he was hired on July 18 and started at the elementary school on Aug. 7. He is now on leave, she says.

“We are very very shocked to hear the news,” she says, noting he “received glowing recommendations from everyone we talked to.”

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“We did a background check on him and nothing showed up,” Marks says. “All the standard things we do, fingerprinting, background checks. We also did personal checks. … We are supposed to go back five years and we went back 15. He was very qualified. We were initially thrilled.”

Waggoner had allegedly moved to Arizona to be closer to elderly relatives, Marks says.

News of his arrest has reportedly shocked the school community.

“When I first met him, I thought something was a little strange about him,” Kay Garrett, whose granddaughter goes to the elementary school, told local TV station KNXV. “He seemed nice — but wow.”


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Fla. Woman Caught on Camera Asking Man to Kill Husband Gets 16 Years, But Lawyer Claims it Was Reality TV Stunt

A Florida woman accused of hiring a hit man to kill her husband in 2009 has been sentenced to 16 years in prison — but her attorney tells PEOPLE his client will appeal the case.

Dalia Dippolito was convicted last month of solicitation of first-degree murder. According to prosecutors, she was recorded on video and audio as she plotted to have Michael Dippolito killed. During her trial, jurors heard her telling an undercover detective she was “5,000 percent sure” she wanted her husband dead.

Circuit Judge Glenn Kelley imposed the sentence on Dippolito, saying that she had acted in a “cold and calculated manner.”

No money ever changed hands between Dippolito and the undercover detective, and Michael Dippolito was unharmed.

Dippolito has maintained that she never intended to go through with the murder-for-hire plot. Her attorneys say the recordings were part of a video project that she was doing along with Michael and her former lover so that the trio could land a reality TV show.

Dippolito’s attorney, Brian Claypool, told jurors that officers with the Boynton Beach Police Department failed to properly investigate the situation because they were eager to capture video footage for the TV show Cops.

Dippolito remains hopeful her conviction will be overturned on appeal, Claypool tells PEOPLE. A 2011 conviction was thrown out on appeal. A retrial last fall ended with a 3-3 hung jury.

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“She’s doing surprisingly well, considering,” Claypool says. “She is clinging to her faith during this time.”

Claypool tells PEOPLE that Dippolito’s team has several avenues for appeal.

Throughout the trial, Claypool alerted the judge that one of the jurors was allegedly falling asleep. “She was almost snoring,” he says. “We made two trial complaints on the record, and submitted five affidavits from people who saw her sleeping. Florida caselaw is clear that this is grounds for a new trial.” 

If that doesn’t work, the defense will appeal on the grounds that X-rated text messages between Dippolito and her lover — who has since died — were prejudicial hearsay and should not have been read to the jury. Claypool also says that jurors heard unsubstantiated allegations that Dippolito had once tried to kill her husband with antifreeze, and that she had previously tried to hire another hitman.

“There are several grounds for appeal,” says Claypool, “and we intend to pursue them all. My client is not perfect, but she is a mother who didn’t do what they said she did. A lot of the evidence that was introduced was not only irrelevant, but it was extremely prejudicial.”

Prosecutors did not return PEOPLE’s calls for comment.


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Stop Asking Brands To Give You Free Stuff For Retweets

Back in my day, we used to have to call a 1-800 number, wait 20 minutes on hold for an uninterested operator, and then demand to speak with a manager if we had any hope of getting free stuff in the mail.

These days, there’s a jovial marketing team of millennials behind your favorite brand on Twitter, just waiting for an opportunity to slide into your DMs and give you freebies.

But there’s a new Twitter trend that’s even more annoying than those folks who make it their business to complain until they get a free meal or suite or Uber ride.

Now people are sending direct messages to brands asking how many retweets they’d need to get a super expensive product for free, and brands are responding with ridiculous, unattainable numbers ― often demanding retweets in the millions; way more retweets than any one post has ever received.

Some of these campaigns are getting hundreds of thousands, if not millions of retweets, giving free advertising to brands while giving next to nothing ― except maybe 15 seconds on The Internet’s Grand Stage ― to the consumers.

The whole thing was real cute when it first went viral.

A guy named Carter Wilkerson asked Wendy’s how many retweets it would take to get free chicken nuggets for a year. Wendy’s responded a minute later with “18 million,” and the internet went crazy. To his credit, Wilkerson has 2.9 million retweets as of this writing, but he hasn’t even reached Ellen DeGeneres’ record of 3.3 million retweets, and he’d need about 5 percent of the entire Twitterverse on his side to reach the 18 million goal.

Wilkerson isn’t even drunk on his newfound power. He’s selling T-shirts emblazoned with the now infamous hashtag #NuggsForCarter, and says the proceeds will go toward adoption services in the U.S. 

It all goes downhill from there. The Twitter user embedded above gave Mercedes-Benz more than 248,000 retweets worth of free advertising. Then you’ve got smaller campaigns like this one, between a user looking for free wings and Hooter’s:

Brand analysts say there might be more behind-the-scenes work at play with this new advertising scheme. 

“It’s sort of a smarter story from the influencer’s side,” Melissa Gonzalez, a retail and market analyst based in New York, told HuffPost. “People are looking to get that virality, so they’re gonna post a picture of that direct message hoping that it gets picked up and makes people follow them more.”

Gonzalez also noted that it’s nigh impossible to tell whether some of these brands might be working with Twitter users or other influencers to sell a product. Regardless, it’s hard to establish the value of a retweet to a company, but you can’t imagine that Wendy’s spent many employee hours coming up with one tweet that said, “18 million.”

Asking brands for free stuff in exchange for retweets doesn’t often work out, but sometimes the attempts are just hilarious (the Smash Mouth example especially):

Even HuffPost’s own Igor Bobic fell victim to the trend, though we’ll give him a pass because the man just wants his salad back on the menu:

Everyone else, just stop. Your favorite brands are more savvy than ever before online, and they’re feeding off your followers.

But now that we’re here, hey United, how many retweets for a scorpion to drop down and sting me mid-flight? Oh, wait…

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Deals and Discounts… Should You be Asking Your Wedding Vendors for a Discount?

Bridey, I’m friends with pretty much all of my wedding vendors on FaceBook, and recently, a fellow vendor posted about how it’s almost inescapable for a bride and groom not to ask for a discount these days. Somehow, it’s become instilled in their DNA because of all of the free (and usually shitty) advice out there suggesting that couples must immediately ask if vendor pricing is flexible. Seriously, I’d say that at least 60% of recently engaged couples come out and ask for a discount before learning what they are receiving. They gear up for negotiation as if they are walking into a used car dealership… Like as wedding vendors, our prices are fluid, and adjustable and if they’re not, then they should be. But, why? Why has this become the “norm” in the hospitality industry? I mean, has it really come down to the fact that if we don’t automatically offer a discount, then we’re not being hospitable? Well, fuck that.

Look, I have said time, and time again, that, “if you don’t ask (for a discount) then you don’t get“. And, I still believe it. But, just like everything else in wedding planning and in life for that matter, one must use advice carefully and thoughtfully. Seriously, maybe I should have added the caveat that you must listen and understand the terms of the provisions before jumping the gun and asking for a discount. Perhaps once you learn more about what the vendor you are considering hiring for your wedding is offering, it won’t occur to you to ask for a discount simply because their pricing is fair for what you are receiving. Forgive me… I really thought I didn’t need to highlight this particular point, but apparently I should have.

Bridey, think about it like it’s foreplay… Give your wedding vendors a chance to finish before the encore. Plain and simple. For example, the FB friend I referenced? He said that, “Couples always ask for a winter/off-season discounts. Don’t you think that this (winter) weather might be a little bit more stressful than a nice summer or fall day?” Bridey, really think about this… Picture your vendors driving to the wedding venue, loading in (and out) their equipment, and then safely getting home… in a snowstorm. If anything, you should be paying more for “off season”, not less.

The exception? Wedding venues. Yes, you should still listen to their offerings, and not rush into asking for a discount, but in my experience, venues such as hotels, country clubs, etc. would rather provide a discount and have a wedding as opposed to no wedding at all, especially in their “off season”. Why? Because at the end of the day, these venues are a corporation with bosses to answer to, and monetary goals to meet and achieve, not an individual wedding vendor whose profession puts food on the table for their children. It’s a completely different animal. Usually, your photographer, videographer, DJ, invitation designer, harpist, pianist, wedding planner, etc. are one or two peeps trying to make a living. And, when you ask for a discount (immediately or not), you’re completely undermining their bottom line.

So, where does this leave us? Plain and simple, bridey, do you homework. Find out what the appropriate range for each wedding vendor, and then meet with them to find out why they fall on either side (or the middle) of the spectrum. If you love them, but they are truly out of your price range, then, and only then, ask if they have flexibility with their pricing. But, don’t be surprised if they don’t, because just like you, they have bills to pay and mouths to feed. Got it?

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No, I Don’t Watch ‘Game Of Thrones,’ So Please Stop Asking

Season 6 of “Game of Thrones” premiered on Sunday, and the Internet was predictably all aflutter.

I don’t watch “Game of Thrones.” This is partially because I haven’t had HBO for many years. But, let’s be real, if I really wanted to watch the show, I could have borrowed a friends HBO password.

Truthfully, I just don’t care enough. I imagine this is the way people felt when “Breaking Bad” was hitting its stride. The conversations are about the same.

  

“You don’t know what you’re missing!”

The same can be said for literally anything I’ve never experienced. “You’ve never worn an active bee hive like a helmet?? You don’t know what you’re missing!”

 

“You like fantasy stuff, so I think you’d love it!”

You may as well have just said, “Wait, you love one thing?? Well, maybe you could love two things!”

 

“There’s just nothing like it.”

You just said if I liked one thing, then I’d probably like this other thing, essentially equating them. Now, you’re telling me to abandon that line of thinking. Which is it??

 

“Anyone can die at any time.”

That’s called “the world as we know it.”

 

“Kit Harington!” [swoon]

You’re just saying an actor’s name — I don’t know what that means. You’re all flushed and sweating profusely. Are you OK?

 

“It’s so raw: all the nudity, sex and violence!”

Well, golly-gee-whiskers, I sure hope my roommates at the nunnery don’t mind me staying up past 7 p.m. to watch!

 

“Just set aside a weekend and get caught up!”

Or “Just deprive yourself of sunlight for two days!”

 

Listen, you “Game of Thrones” fans mean well, I know. But it’s too late. Really, go on without me. I’ll be fine. There’s plenty of TV to watch out there.

Now if you’ll excuse me, I have to go Netflix the same shows I’ve been watching for a decade.

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Paul Haggis Criticizes Journalists For Not Asking Tom Cruise About Scientology

When Tom Cruise was promoting “Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation” this summer, The Wrap reported that the actor’s PR team banned journalists from asking him about the Church of Scientology, at least in order to secure an interview. Out of those who did talk to Cruise (The Huffington Post was not among them), no one seemed to pop the forbidden questions. Both Salon and The Atlantic questioned why the media, who voraciously covered Alex Gibney’s Scientology doc “Going Clear” (us included) earlier this year, suddenly went soft when it came to interviewing celebrities associated with the Church. Now filmmaker and former Scientologist Paul Haggis is criticizing journalists as well.

I don’t know how journalists can continue to call themselves journalists if they aren’t brave enough to ask a question,” Haggis recently told The Daily Beast in an interview about his new HBO miniseries. The filmmaker resigned from the Church in 2009 and has since been vocal about his experience as a Scientologist,  appearing in “Going Clear.” He said that sometimes movie coverage should come second to asking important questions. “There was this huge elephant there, and every journalist agreed not to address it,” he told The Daily Beast. “Why? You’re just a PR person at that point. Shame on you.”

Gibney’s documentary, which was based on the 2013 Lawrence Wright book of the same name, specifically calls out Cruise and his lack of commentary on the allegations against the Church. At a screening of “Going Clear” in March, Gibney said, “Cruise is the big kahuna and that’s why we’ve gone to the trouble of calling him out. We believe that he has a responsibility to say something about the abuse.”

UPDATE: When asked for comment on Haggis’ remarks, Karin Pouw, a spokesperson for the Church of Scientology, told The Huffington Post in a statement: 


“The Church of Scientology has no interest in being exploited to publicize Paul Haggis’s next made-for-TV project or to convince his skeptics that he is relevant again.”

For the full interview with Haggis, head to The Daily Beast.

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How to Ask a Man Out—Without Actually Asking – Oprah’s Lifeclass – Oprah Winfrey Network

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An audience member in the Oprah’s Lifeclass Social Lab considers herself old-fashioned and wants to know whether she should ask a man out on a date? Watch as dating expert Amiira Ruotola gives her the script any woman can use to prompt someone to ask her out on his own.

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