For me, few things are as captivating and fascinating to explore as old buildings and castles. Château de la Mothe-Chandeniers, a castle located in Les Trois-Moutiers, a few hours drive from Paris, is no exception. This elegant and spectacular castle from the 14th century was destroyed in a fire in 1932, but there are still quite a few surprises to discover inside… What a place!

Borgen Château de la Mothe-Chandeniers is located in the middle of the woods in the Poitou-Charentes region, in the west of France.

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Its moat and walls tells of a place with a rich history of elegance, aristocracy and intrigue.

No matter where you turn, you can see how nature has conquered the balconies and the high arches. But centuries ago, this castle was a place for the rich and the famous.

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If you look closely, you can imagine the castle in its former glory. Magnificent!

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The castle used to belong to the famous Bauçay family. They are said to have had close relations with several generations of the french royal family.

During the Middle Ages, England conquered the castle on two different occasions and it soon became known as a lace where noblemen held extravagant parties.

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But the festivities soon ended… During the the French Revolution, the castle was completely destroyed.

In 1809, François Hennecart, a rich Frenchman, bought the castle. He wanted to restore everything to its former glory.

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About 50 years later, it was taken over by Lejeune Edgar, a wealthy relative of Napoleon III.

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Once again, the castle’s beautiful arches and halls were filled with prominent guests.


Everything was built to impress. Just look at these windows in the chapel.


The chapel is the only part that is still intact.

One of the cellar vaults in the basement is open to visitors.

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Although centuries have passed since this beautiful castle was built, some parts of it are still preserved.


Unfortunately, much of the building was destroyed in a fire in 1932. A library filled with rare books, antique furniture and valuable paintings were burnt by the flames.

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After the fire, the castle was left untouched for decades, until 1981, when math teacher Marc Deyemer bought the land with the hope of restoring the buildings.

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But since Château de la Mothe-Chandeniers had been abandoned for so many years, nature had taken over. Plants and trees had slowly began to conceal the castle’s former glory.

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Marc Deyemer unfortunately didn’t finish his dream project and the castle remained in ruin.

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Later, the surrounding forest and Château de la Mothe-Chandeniers were sold to French bank Crédit Lyonnais. They divided the land to be able to sell smaller parts of it so now, many different landowners own different parts of the area.

In recent years several non-profit organizations have been created to rebuild the castle, but so far nothing has been done. Nature continues to rule, year after year./strong>

Regardless, doesn’t it just look like the most magical place?

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Hard to argue that Château de la Mothe-Chandeniers isn’t an incredible sight in its winter glory.

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Pictures published by Newsner with permission of photographer John Pilkington, where another source isn’t provided. See more stunning photos of Château de la Mothe-Chandeniers by John.

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Among the films he was featured in: “Twins,” “Dances with Wolves,” “Last of the Dogmen,” “Fargo,” and “The Longest Yard.” He also appeared in the TV shows “Walker, Texas Ranger” and “JAG.”

Steve Reevis, a Browning native who appeared in dozens of films, has passed away at the age of 56.

According to IMDB, in 1996 Reevis received an award from First Americans in the Arts for his supporting roles in both the critically-acclaimed movie “Fargo” and in the TV movie “Crazy Horse.”

Steve Reevis grew up on the Blackfeet Reservation. Steve graduated from South Dakota’s Flandreau High School and attended Haskell Indian Junior College in Lawrence, Kansas, where he received a degree in arts.

His first movie job was as a stunt rider in the 1987 film War Party which also had his brother, Tim. Tim later performed in Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show at Disneyland Paris. Steve’s first acting role, in 1988, was in Universal’s Twins.

His non-speaking role as Cheyenne Warrior #1 in the highly acclaimed Dances With Wolves in 1990 brought face recognition for the young actor and helped to open doors for additional roles. In 1993, he was cast as the Apache scout, Chato, in Geronimo: An American Legend starring Wes Studi as the titular warrior, another role that brought recognition to Steve as an actor. He is probably most recognized for his 1995 Native American lead role in Last of the Dogmen with Tom Berenger.

In 1996, Reevis received an award from First Americans in the Arts (FAITA) for his supporting roles in both the critically acclaimed movie “Fargo” and in the made-for-television movie “Crazy Horse”. In 2004, he repeated this honor for his work on the ABC series Line of Fire.

More recently, Reevis has appeared in Columbia’s 2003 film The Missing, in the 2005 remake of The Longest Yard, and in TNT’s 2005 mini-series Into the West. Reevis also appeared on Fox’s drama series Bones.

He died on December 7th, 2017. He lived in Morongo Valley, California with his wife and children at the time of his death.

Wes Studi, Buffalo Child, Michael Greyeyes, Steve Reevis, and Nathaniel Arcand in the movie “Crazy Horse.”
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Meet Julia The Abandon Dog People Were Afraid Of Because She Looked Like A Wolf. See Her Dramatic Transformation That Changed Her Life

The Heroes of Hope For Paws have done it again. Hope For Paws is a non-profit organization that rescues abandoned and abused animals. They created Hope For Paws to help animals who suffer and die every year because of negligence and abuse. One day they got a frantic call about a “wolf” wandering the streets of LA. Immediately they sprang into action and headed out to see what they could do. When they arrived on the scene they saw the wolf.

Lisa Chiarelli was first on the scene. She was able to trap the dog in a fenced in yard. As the team examined the animal from a distance they noticed a tattered rope attached to her neck. She was dirty and covered with infection but they realized they were not dealing with a wolf as they were told, but a lost or abandoned dog.

They were able to earn her trust by feeding her treats. They team named her Julia. “Even though Julia was so skinny and starved, she took food so gently,” Hagar said. She finally felt safe enough after 20 minutes to let Lisa slip the Lucky Leash around her neck. As she walked to the car, it was clear that Julia was in a lot of pain. They transported her to the vet and she underwent a full examination. Julia suffered from manage, multiple bacterial infections, and malnutrition.
“This poor girl was so swollen from infections,” Hope for Paws founder Eldad Hagar said. “She was bleeding, pus was oozing from everywhere, and it’s hard to see because of this coat, but she is just skin and bones.” It was clear Julia was not in good shape and was in need of some TLC.

Lisa and the team treated her to a nice bath and some pampering. “As Lisa grabbed a towel, Julia just rested her head on Lisa’s arm,” Eldad wrote. “She was happy it was over.”  But even in her pain and confusion, the pup had already learned that the humans around her could be trusted to help. Turns out she is a sweet and loving German Shepard/Husky mix.

Eldad of Hope For Paws said,  “Julia has special, calm, wise eyes,” he continued. “I don’t know how to explain it, but it’s something so special.” She is only 2 years old, but such an old soul,” Eldad said. “I can’t even imagine what she had gone through during all this time since she was born.”

Once Julia is fully recovered, she will be placed in a foster home through A.R.T. N Paws Animal Rescue. Julia is proof of the amazing work that rescuers at Hope For Paws does every day to help animals.
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Los Angeles| Officers of the LAPD received some totally unexpected backup yesterday, during a fire fight with local gang members in the Watts neighbourhood, as an elderly lady with an assault rifle showed up and scared the criminals away.

Officers Ricardo Cordova and Frank Cho were responding to a call concerning a presumed drug deal in a parking lot, when they came under fire from members of a local street gang. The policemen rapidly found themselves in a perilous situation, being inferior to their attackers in both numbers and firepower.

Fortunately for them, 79-year old Wendy Robinson was watching the events from her kitchen window and decided to intervene. The elderly woman equipped herself with her personal bulletproof vest and an AK-47 assault rifle, and ran to the officers’ rescue, firing more than 160 rounds in the direction of the assailants, injuring two of them.

“There was ten of twelve of these scumbags, firing with Uzis and shotguns at these two poor officers who had only pistols, so I really had to do something,” she says. “I got my vest and gun, a few extra clips of ammo, and I went out the house. As soon as I began shooting at them, the look on these thugs’ face changed and they began to run for their lives. The policemen also seemed really surprised to see me, but they were definitely relieved when they saw I was there to help them.”

Two of the assailants were injured and were arrested on the site. They were transported to the Martin Luther King community hospital. Their state is considered serious, but doctors don’t fear for their lives.


Officers Cordova and Cho say they owe their lives to the rapid intervention of Ms. Robinson, and have decided to recommend her for the prestigious Presidential Medal of Freedom.
The LAPD fears the elderly woman could now face some form of retaliation from the criminals, for helping the police and humiliating them, but the threat doesn’t seem to bother Ms. Robinson at all.

“They told me that these punks might try to attack me because of what I did,” she told reporters. “Well, let them come! I have never been afraid of anyone in my life, and I am not going to start now! These kids think these streets belong to them, but I have been here for 53 years, and I don’t intend to leave. I am ready to defend myself and my house, don’t worry about me.”

The sector of the Watts neighbourhood in which Ms. Robinson lives is known to be dominated by a primarily African-American gang known as the Crips.

They are one of the largest and most violent associations of street gangs in the United States, with an estimated 30,000 to 35,000 members, and have been involved in murders, robberies and drug dealing, among other crimes.

This Inspiring 12-Year-Old Girl Could Cause Cannabis to Be Legalized Nationwide


A 12-year old girl could hold the key to legalizing marijuana.

Marijuana for medicinal purposes has been made legal in some states, but the law is still tough on those who haven’t got the right paperwork to go along with their product.

After and of the products she was given failed to treat her severe epilepsy, 12-year old Alexis Bortell discovered the only thing that helped her was liquid THC drops containing cannabis extract.

She is now suing Attorney General Jeff Sessions to make the medicine legal and available to everyone in the country after her positive experience with the drug.

Before finding the brand of liquid THC she opted for, which is known as “Haleigh’s Hope,” she suffered multiple seizures a day, and none of the medicine prescribed to her by doctors helped.

The lawsuit which has been filed against the Department of Justice, and the Drug Enforcement Agency states that “Nothing she tried worked,” and after finding cannabis extract she had “immediate relief from her seizures.”

Alexis’s family moved from Texas to Colorado in order for he to recieve the treatment legally, as THC is still illegal in many states and the crime of possessing it is punishable by jail.

Although Alexis now how the answer to her prayer in the form of her medication, she cannot travel to any states where the law has remained unchanged, for fear of her and her family being arrested for illegal possession of a controlled substance, this is why she has followed through with the lawsuit.

She said “I would like to be able to visit my grandparents without risking being taken to a foster home,”

Bortell’s lawyer has said the government have “made a representation that cannabis has medical application for the treatments of Parkinson`s Disease, HIV-induced dementia and Alzheimer’s disease and yet at the same time the United States government maintains that there is absolutely no medical benefit for the use of cannabis. That is of course absurd.”

What Percentage Indian Do You Have to Be in Order to Be a Member of a Tribe or Nation?


50 or 25 percent blood quantum or lineal descent, every tribe has its own criteria for mandatory percentage Indian

Tribal Nations are the only recognized arbiter of belonging to or being a member of a tribe. No other agency or arm of any government has that responsibility, other than the particular tribe to which a person claims to belong. Thus the issue of what percentage Indian is any individual belonging to a tribe?

Every tribe has its own membership criteria; some go on blood quantum, others on descent, but whatever the criteria for “percentage Indian” it is the tribe’s enrollment office that has final say on whether a person may be a member. Anyone can claim Indian heritage, but only the tribe can grant official membership.

The first blood quantum law for legal percentage Indian was passed in 1705 in the colony of Virginia in which laws were introduced to restrict the civil rights of Native people.

In 1924 Virginia passed the Racial Integrity Act, which required that every individual be classified as either white or black. Native Americans were erased from Virginia and U.S. history as their birth records were literally changed. The act has been lauded ‘pencil genocide.’

In 1934, due to the federal government’s Indian Reorganization Act of 1934 and the associated awarded lands, many tribes were forced to adopt their own sets of blood quantum laws.

Here is a list of some tribes that claim blood quantum / percentage Indian requirements:

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50 Percent / One-Half Blood Quantum (One Parent)

Kialegee Tribal Town

Miccosukee Tribe of Indians of Florida

Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians, Mississippi

St. Croix Chippewa Indians of Wisconsin

White Mountain Apache Tribe, Arizona

Yomba Shoshone Tribe, Utah

25 Percent / One-Fourth Blood Quantum (One Grandparent)

Absentee-Shawnee Tribe of Indians

Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes

Confederated Tribes and Bands of the Yakama Nation, Washington

Oneida Tribe of Indians, Wisconsin

Kickapoo Tribe of Oklahoma

Pascua Yaqui Tribe, Arizona

Kiowa Tribe of Oklahoma

Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation, Kansas

Navajo Nation, Arizona, Utah and New Mexico

Shoshone Tribe of the Wind River Reservation, Wyoming

Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation, Arizona

Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, North and South Dakota

Utu Utu Gwaitu Paiute Tribe, California

Havapai-Prescott Tribe, Arizona

United Keetoowah Band of Cherokee Indians, Oklahoma

Fort Peck Assiniboine and Sioux Tribes, Montana

St. Regis Mohawk Tribe, New York, Canada

12.5 Percent / One-Eighth Blood Quantum (One Great-Grandparent)

Apache Tribe of Oklahoma

Comanche Nation Oklahoma

Delaware Nation, Oklahoma

Confederated Tribes of the Siletz Reservation, Oregon

Fort Sill Apache Tribe of Oklahoma

Karuk Tribe of California

Muckleshoot Indian Tribe of the Muckleshoot Reservation, Washington

Northwestern Band of Shoshoni Nation of Utah (Washakie)

Otoe-Missouria Tribe of Indians, Oklahoma

Pawnee Nation of Oklahoma

Ponca Nation, Oklahoma

Sac and Fox Nation, Oklahoma

Sac & Fox Nation of Missouri in Kansas and Nebraska

Squaxin Island Tribe of the Squaxin Island Reservation, Washington

Suquamish Indian Tribe of the Port Madison Reservation, Washington

Three Affiliated Tribes of the Fort Berthold Reservation

Upper Skagit Indian Tribe of Washington

Wichita and Affiliated Tribes (Wichita, Keechi, Waco and Tawakonie)

6.25 Percent / One-Sixteenth Blood Quantum (One Great-Great-Grandparent)

Caddo Nation

Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians

Confederated Tribes of the Grand Ronde Community of Oregon

Fort Sill Apache Tribe

Iowa Tribe of Oklahoma

Sac and Fox Nation, Oklahoma

Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, North Carolina

Lineal Descent

Alabama-Quassarte Tribal Town

Cherokee Nation

Chickasaw Nation

Choctaw Nation

Citizen Potawatomi Nation

Delaware Tribe of Indians

Eastern Shawnee Tribe

Kaw Nation

Mashantucket Pequot Tribe of Connecticut

Miami Tribe of Oklahoma

Modoc Tribe

Muscogee Creek Nation

Osage Nation

Ottawa Tribe of Oklahoma

Peoria Tribe of Indians

Quapaw Tribe of Oklahoma

Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians of Michigan

Seminole Nation

Seneca-Cayuga Tribe of Oklahoma

Shawnee Tribe

Thlopthlocco Tribal Town

Tonkawa Tribe

Wyandotte Nation




CLEVELAND — The father of one of three victims of Ohio serial killer Michael Madison leaped over a table to attack the defendant in court Thursday just minutes after the judge pronounced a death sentence.

Van Terry is the father of victim Shirellda Terry. Shortly before the courtroom incident, Terry had approached the podium to address the judge and speak about the impact of his daughter’s loss.

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“Right now, I guess we’re supposed to, in our hearts forgive this clown, who has touched our families, taken my child,” Terry said.

Terry then paused and turned to look behind him at Madison, who was sitting behind the defense table, before running towards the convicted killer and lunging over the table at him.

Cuyahoga County courtroom deputies wrestled Terry as Madison and others scrambled to get out of the way. The courtroom momentarily burst into chaos, as someone sitting in the gallery repeatedly yelled “No!” and someone else screamed, “Terry!”

Law enforcement officers dragged Terry from the courtroom. Madison didn’t appear to be injured.

Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Judge Nancy McDonnell declined to clear the courtroom, and after about a 15-minute delay, the sentencing hearing continued.

The outburst happened minutes after McDonnell sentenced Madison to death for the 2013 killings.

The bodies of 38-year-old Angela Deskins, 28-year-old Shetisha Sheeley and 18-year-old Shirellda Terry were found in July 2013 near the East Cleveland apartment building where Madison lived. Madison told police he strangled two of the women but couldn’t remember killing the third.

Thursday, McDonnell accepted a jury’s recommendation that 38-year-old Michael Madison receive the death penalty. She could have instead chosen to sentence Madison to life in prison without parole.

McDonnell said the horrific nature of Madison’s crimes far outweighed evidence presented in efforts to spare him, including an abusive and chaotic childhood.

The same jury convicted Madison earlier this month of multiple counts of aggravated murder and kidnapping.

Michael Madison


Any execution is likely years away because of lengthy appeals. In addition, Ohio currently lacks supplies of lethal drugs, meaning it’s unclear whether the state can even begin a new round of executions, currently scheduled to start in January and stretching into 2019.

The discovery of the bodies in 2013 drew national attention to the possibility that another serial killer like Anthony Sowell had been killing women in and around Cleveland. Sowell was convicted in 2011 and sentenced to death for killing 11 women whose bodies were found at his Cleveland home. The Ohio Supreme Court is considering whether to uphold his conviction and sentence.

Madison’s attorneys never contested his guilt at trial. They instead focused on saving his life by presenting evidence that Madison suffered lasting psychological damage from physical abuse as a youngster. There was testimony that Madison was abused by his drug-addicted mother, a stepfather, some of his mother’s boyfriends and family members.

“This history of abuse and his dysfunctional upbringing certainly doesn’t excuse what happened here but certainly provides a basis for understanding the type of person Michael Madison evolved into,” defense attorney David Grant told the judge Thursday.

The case began when a cable television worker reported a putrid smell coming from a garage shared by Madison at the apartment building. Inside, police found the decaying body of a woman wrapped in garbage bags that were sealed closed with tape. The next day, searchers found bodies in the basement of a vacant house and in the backyard of a home nearby.

Prosecutors argued both at trial and during the mitigation hearing that Madison deserved to die because of the circumstances surrounding the killings.

A death sentence “will send a message to the community that the strongest possible sentence will be imposed upon crimes of this nature,” Christopher Schroeder, a Cuyahoga County assistant prosecutor, told the judge.

Madison was classified as a sex offender in 2002 when he was sentenced to four years in prison for attempted rape.