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Some stories stick with you and eventually you just have to find out more. This was the case with one of the blogs we posted: Orange County Man Alleged To Have Put Semen In A Co-Worker’s Waterbottle. We wondered did he do it? Well after some more looking we have a follow up.

Michael Kevin Lallana was convicted of twice ejaculating into a co-worker’s drinking water was ordered to pay the victim $27,410.80 for loss of wages, therapy and medical expenses, sentenced to six months in jail three years’ probation and he was also required to register as a sex offender.

Lallana worked with the victim, Northwestern Mutual Financial Network and on two separate occasions at two separate branches he left a semen-laced bottle of water on the victim’s desk, and when she returned later, she drank from it.

Lallana stated that “felt that was as close as he could get”  to the 29-year-old executive assistant, and that he did it for “He did it for the purpose of sexual gratification.” said Deputy District Attorney Brock Zimmon.

Names. They can have a huge impact on your life, particularly when your name is unusual or odd. I’m sure you have no doubt that our staff has seen many crazy names over the years in the business of DNA Testing. While we’d love to share our favorites, we cannot dishonor client confidentiality. Instead, below is some interesting research on the types of names that might just indicate how your parents “vote” on your name.

Based on research from BabyNameWizard.com, it appears that there is a big divide on the style of names chosen in blue states and red states. Laura Wattenberg founder of BabyNameWizard.com says that more progressive communities, tend to favor more old-fashioned names. Parents in more conservative areas come up with names that are more creative or androgynous. What do you think? To see more on this go to Baby Names: The Latest Partisan Divide?

Written by Briana R.

Stacey Hott claims Roddy is the biological father of her 4-month old baby boy. The Georgia woman said in her paternity suit, “[White] is a professional athlete capable of providing generous support for the minor child commensurate with his earnings.” She also requested that White take out a life insurance policy for himself, for the “benefit of the minor child,” according to TMZ an entertainment website. Roddy’s agent had no comment on the situation.


On December 7, 1941 the Japanese struck Pearl Harbor in a surprise attack that decimated the US Pacific Fleet. Of the ships that were attacked few sank as fast or as completely as the Oklahoma, which listed and capsized within minutes after a rapid series of direct torpedo strikes.

Survivors from the Oklahoma described a surreal scene below deck of sloshing water and fuel oil, men trying to climb from the darkness through hatches, beating their way out with tools. Hundreds remained trapped in interior compartments. Of the dead on the Oklahoma, 36 were easily recovered and identified. The remainder were not able to be identified and were interred in communal caskets.

Approximately 74,000 soldiers from World War II still remain unaccounted for. About one-quarter of those are considered recoverable by the military’s Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command, the Hawaii organization that has relied on scientific and geopolitical changes to identify more than 600 long-lost MIAs since 2003.

The Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command’s military and civilian teams have tracked down aircraft wrecks and burial sites in remote locations, exhumed remains, and analyzed bone fragments and bits of material at the world’s largest forensic anthropology lab. They work with casualty offices from each branch to find survivors and collect DNA samples for matching. For each name, the military tries to locate at least two relatives who share a long-lasting form of DNA passed along maternal lines.

In Hawaii, Greg Berg, the forensic anthropologist who manages the joint command’s Central Identification Laboratory, cautions that the work to identify remains could take years, the process he warns is complicated by commingling of remains which is far more extensive than expected. Only five people have been definitively identified since 2003.

Still, “the commingling problems are not insurmountable, and [we are] confident in our abilities to eventually bring about case resolution,’’ Berg said by e-mail.

For more see: Boston Globe

I just came across an article distributed by the National Public Radio (NPR) about a scientific beak though in DNA sequencing. This article just goes to show that DNA can answer current question about crimes, relationships and health but it can also help us look into our past.

Scientists have used DNA lurking inside the teeth of medieval Black Death victims to figure out the entire genetic code of the deadly bacterium that swept across Europe more than 600 years ago, killing an estimated half of the population…

People back then had no access to modern antibiotics and were likely weakened by other infections as well.

Poinar says the ancient Black Death DNA looks so similar to Yersinia pestis that still infects people today that researchers believe the medieval strain must be the ancestor of all modern strains.

The Natural History Museum of Denmark’s Thomas Gilbert says the insights that come from these studies will be of interest not only from a historical perspective, but also to help scientists understand how deadly epidemics have emerged in the past so that they can get ready for what might come in the future.

For the full story see: Decoded DNA Reveals Details Of Black Death

While this field of research might not seem very practical at first glance there is a wealth of knowledge about, diseases, bacteria and the ways we interact with them and how they spread and change.