Blog Posts by Katie Kindelan

  • Facebook IPO Turns Graffiti Artist Into Multi-Millionaire

    Facebook IPO Turns Graffiti Artist David Choe Into Multi-Millionaire (ABC News)

    The decision seven years ago by a Korean-American muralist and graffiti artist to turn down thousands of dollars in cash for his work painting murals on the walls of Facebook's first office in Palo Alto, Calif., has made him a very, very, rich man.

    The artist, 35-year-old David Choe, gambled and instead took an equal value of shares of Facebook's stock.

    The social network, in one of the world's most widely anticipated IPOs, or initial public offerings of stock, filed papers Wednesday to raise at least $5 billion.

    As a result, Choe's shares could be worth upward of $200 million when Facebook stock trades publicly later this year, the New York Times reported.

    The story of Facebook was yet to be told back in 2005 when Choe was invited by the social network's then-president, Sean Parker, to decorate the new corporate headquarters with his signature murals.

    Choe, who now lives in Los Angeles, said he thought at the time that the idea of Facebook,

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  • Weightlifting Cheerleader Says No to $75K Modeling Contract

    Anna Watson may don the red-and-black uniform of the University of Georgia cheerleaders and line up on the sidelines every game day to cheer the Bulldogs on to victory, but she’s not your average All-American cheerleader.

    Watson, a cheerleader since age 5, could probably hoist most of the football players she cheers for.

    The 21-year-old junior can bench press 155 pounds, squat 255 pounds and dead lift 230 pounds, according to her school newspaper the Red and Black.

    What started out as interest in fitness for the junior exercise and sports science major turned into a potentially lucrative obsession.

    “When I first went to school [UGA] I would just do cardio all the time to relieve stress,” Watson said today on “Good Morning America.”  “And a trainer in Hawaii was like, ‘Why don’t you try weight lifting?’ So I started lifting.”

    Watson spent hours in the gym and transformed herself from a 125 pound college student to 175 pounds of lean, cut muscle.“I just got in the gym and

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  • New Jersey Police Officers Pull Man From Burning Car

    Two New Jersey police offers pulled a man from his burning car in a dramatic rescue that was caught on tape by a dashboard camera in the officers’ cruiser.

    Barnegat, N.J., police officers Lauren Keilitz and Michael Diblasi responded to reports of a fire in a residential neighborhood around 8 p.m. Monday, authorities from the Barnegat Police Department said.

    When they arrived, they discovered a car parked in the driveway of one of the neighborhood’s two-story homes  fully enveloped in flames.


    “Fully involved,” one of the officers can be heard saying in the video, right before both officers rushed to the burning car, a 2005 BMW 745.

    Police say Keilitz and Diblasi found a man, described as “incapacitated,” sitting in the car’s driver seat, but were unable to reach him because the driver’s door was stuck.

    Diblasi, a nine-year veteran of the police force, ran back to the patrol car to retrieve a window punch, which he then used to smash through the window, department

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  • Connecticut Police Chase Ends With Car in Sleeping Man's Bedroom

    A police chase ended in a rude awakening for a Connecticut man when the chase suspect's vehicle crashed into his bedroom and landed on top of him as he lay in bed.

    Michael Sweat, 34, was sleeping in his apartment bedroom when he awoke to find a BMW SUV on top of his back, authorities said.  He spent the next hour pinned in that position until New Haven firefighters were finally able to free him.

    While Sweat lay stuck underneath the car, the suspect who caused the early morning crash fled the scene.















    That person, still on the loose, had engaged police on a five-mile chase that began in the nearby town of Hamden around 12:30 a.m., police said.

    Officers spotted the suspect's BMW X5 SUV, realized the driver was wanted for motor-vehicle violations and tried to pull the vehicle over.  Instead, the driver led police on a 30-minute pursuit through the campus of Southern Connecticut State University and into the town of New Haven.

    There, the suspect lost control in the Newhallville

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  • Mother of Nearly 14-Pound Baby Said No to Drugs to Avoid C-Section


    The Iowa mother who gave birth to a nearly 14-pound baby with no surgery or medication says she chose to deliver naturally rather than undergo a C-section.

    "We just wanted to avoid any unnecessary procedures," Kendall Stewardson said today on "Good Morning America."  "We decided to fight for that [a natural delivery] because we wanted to try to lower my chances of getting a C-section."

    When Stewardson and her husband, Joshua, made that pledge ahead of the birth of their second son, little did they know he would break a record.

    Asher Stewardson was born last Thursday at Mercy Medical Hospital in Des Moines, Iowa, weighing 13 pounds, 13 ounces, making him the biggest naturally born baby the hospital had ever recorded.

    Mercy officials say only a tenth of 1 percent of all newborns weigh more than 11 pounds at birth.

    Stewardson delivered Asher after six hours of labor but just six minutes of pushing, all without the aid of an epidural or any other drug.

    "We were just really

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  • Woman's Journey to a Stunning 500 Pound Weight Loss

    To say Melissa Morris led a normal life would be far from the truth.

    Weighing in at nearly 700 pounds, her life was anything but normal.

    "I didn't get up to make myself food.  Somebody always brought me something," Morris said today on "Good Morning America."  "I didn't get up and cook.  Somebody brought it to me."

    Morris, 37, had been overweight her whole life, but her weight began to creep up the scale after she met and married her husband, Chris, and the couple moved to rural Livingston, Texas in 2002, away from family and friends.

    It took a bout of cancer faced by her mother to make Morris realize she needed a drastic change.

    "My mom was sick with cancer and we went to Ohio to be with her," Morris told "GMA."  "We went home [from the hospital] and my mom was sitting in her chair and she still had her bandages from her surgery and she looked up at me sitting in my chair and she said, 'Can I get up and make you something to eat?'"

    "I thought my mom is sick with cancer, my mom

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  • William and Harry Dish on the 'Real' Queen


    While most commoners only watch Queen Elizabeth from a distance, her grandsons, Prince William and Prince Harry, have had an insider perspective their whole lives.

    Now, to celebrate their grandmother's reign of 60 years on the throne, the two princes are giving rare and personal insight into what the 85-year-old queen is really like.

    PHOTOS: Queen Elizabeth and the Royal Family

    For one, Prince Harry, says the Queen, seemingly a very independent woman, is, in fact, very dependent on her husband of more than 60 years, Prince Philip.

    "Regardless of whether my grandfather seems to be doing his own thing," Harry, 27, told a BBC reporter, "sort of wandering off like a fish down the river, the fact that he's there, personally. I don't think that she could do it without him."

    The princes' comments came in an interview with the BBC's Andrew Marr for a three-part documentary titled "The Diamond Queen" that will air as the Queen celebrates her Diamond Jubilee, beginning Monday, Feb.

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  • Elton John Slams Super Bowl Halftime Shows, Offers Advice to Madonna

    Madonna and Elton John may have made nice, publicly at least, after their Golden Globes spat earlier this month, but the war between the two music superstars just heated up again thanks to a bit of advice offered from John to Madonna.

    "Make sure you lip-sync good," Sir Elton told "Good Morning America" of what he'd tell the Material Girl as she prepares to headline the Super Bowl XLVI halftime show this Sunday in Indianapolis.

    "I've never seen a decent one," John, 64, said of the halftime performances that have become as much of a must-see as the game itself.  "Never ever."

    John, a native Brit, finds himself in the middle of America's game thanks to a Pepsi ad he'll be starring with alongside current "X Factor" winner Melanie Amaro.

    Elton John Slams Super Bowl Halftime Shows, Offers Advice to Madonna (ABC News)

    The ad features John wearing a crown and acting like a king, something the "Rocket Man" singer can't deny he likes.

    "I love being the king," John told "GMA."  "But it'd be too dangerous for me to be the king.  I've got too many things inside my head

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  • Kansas Lawmaker Wants to Make 'Toto' Official State Dog















    "Toto, I have a feeling we're in Kansas anymore," quipped a young Judy Garland as Dorothy in "The Wizard of Oz," when she found herself transported to Munchkinland with her beloved dog Toto.

    Now a state legislator in Kansas is hoping that three clicks of his heels and a "yay" vote from his fellow legislators will keep Toto in Kansas forever -- enshrined as the state's official dog.

    Rep. Ed Trimmer, a Democrat who has served in the Kansas House since 2005, last week introduced House Bill No. 251 to make the Cairn Terrier, the same breed as Toto in the 1939 movie, the official dog of the Sunflower State.

    "This is a good piece of legislation," Trimmer told ABCNews.com.  "I do realize that this isn't  the most important piece of legislation or issue we're dealing with, but I hope we can take this legislation as what it is, a symbolic piece of legislation, and move it through," he said.

    The idea to add a state dog to the list of Kansas's symbols, which include a state reptile

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  • 'Housewives' Kyle Richards Reveals What Sent Kim to Rehab


    When “Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” star Kim Richards checked herself into rehab in December, many people assumed it was the pressure of having cameras follow her every move, and the very public documentation of her fallout with younger sister Kyle on the show that led her to seek help.

    But what viewers didn’t see on Season One or Season Two of the hit Bravo reality-TV show was the real behind-the-scenes drama that had been brewing for years, both with Kim’s battle to stay clean and the sisters’ tenuous relationship.

    “It wasn’t about the Housewives,” Kyle, 42, said today on “Good Morning America” of Kim’s decision to enter rehab.  “I think it was just an accumulation of things.

    “It was our family and sitting down, and she really felt it was time,” she said.  “I have to give her credit for making that decision on her own.”

    Kim’s erratic behavior on the Bravo show, from slurring her words and throwing tantrums to moving in with a boyfriend her family did not like, led

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