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A Pennsylvania woman is speaking out after a post office lost her mother’s ashes for several weeks, forcing her to get the news involved.

Joanne DeGaetano of Bensalem reached out to NBC10 Responds after getting the Post Office runaround before they admitted that they could not locate her mother, Ruth’s, ashes. Ruth passed away in December from COVID-19 while in a New Jersey nursing home. According to DeGaetano, the remains were shipped by the United States Postal Service on December 28th and should have made it to her the following day.

“It was enough to lose my mom, but not to have her ashes. It’s a hard pill to swallow,” DeGaetano said. The woman tried to locate the ashes for weeks before contacting the news station. She had hoped to have her mother’s remains in mid-January to commemorate what would have been Ruth’s 90th birthday.

“Just all of a sudden, I went okay— something is not right— I should have had her long by now,” DeGaetano stated.

DeGaetano says she reached out to multiple post offices in North Jersey. The funeral director also tried to help by emailing the Post Office complaints department. No one knew where the remains were. Eventually, someone with the Post Office contacted her for the first time after NBC10 Responds got involved with the case. However, the representative did not provide any clues as to where the ashes were.

“At one point, what she said to me was that– it appears your mother’s package has gone into a black hole.”

NBC10 Responds continued to press the Post Office, though they still could not explain how they managed to lose the ashes.

After two weeks of relentless searching with the news station’s help, DeGaetano finally received a phone call from the Post Office saying that the ashes had been located and were on the way to her. She rushed home to meet the Bensalem Postmaster, who delivered the box to her home in his own car.

“We are very pleased that we were able to deliver the remains to the rightful owner and again sincerely apologize for the delay. Thanks again to all for your assistance,” a Post Office spokesperson said.

DeGaetano got emotional as she thanked NBC10 Responds for their relentless work on locating her mother’s remains.

“A lot of emotions today,” she said. “Thank you, thank you, thank you.”

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HBO Max To Offer Lower Monthly Payment Plan Because ‘Most People…Are Not Wealthy’

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HBO Max is thinking about lowering its price because the streaming service’s execs believe “most people…are not wealthy.”

It’s only been one year since HBO Max came into the streaming service arena, and now the brand is considering creating a new tier of pricing for those who can’t afford the current payment plan, which is $14.99 a month.

“It turns out that most people on this planet are not wealthy,” WarnerMedia CEO Jason Kilar said during a virtual appearance at Morgan Stanley’s Technology, Media & Telecom conference via Deadline. “If we can wake up and use price and be able to kind of invent and do things elegantly through advertising to reduce the price of the service, I think that’s a fantastic thing for fans.”

Like Hulu and Peacock, HBO Max will now offer an ad-based payment plan tier, which is expected to launch later this year, according to UPROXX. The streaming service announced that thanks to Wonder Woman 1984, HBO Max is now two years ahead of schedule. The film’s January release reportedly doubled its subscribers after its theatrical and streaming release.

The streaming service believes the numbers will only grow higher, as Godzilla Vs. Kong is set to drop on the platform later this month.

Is HBO Max too expensive? Netflix’s highest payment plan tier is $17.99.

 




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Apple’s AirTags To Have Feature That Allows Users To Know If Someone Is Using Bluetooth To Track Them

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Apple‘s upcoming AirTags will provide a way for users to track a person or an item and allow a user to know if a person is tracking them.

According to Mashable, Apple has developed a new option called “Item Safety Alerts” within the iOS 14.5 beta feature. The outlet reports that the feature will alert a user when an unknown item is on their person or object being tracked. This feature would benefit someone if someone were to place an AirTag on an object, person, child, or pet of someone.

The Item Safety Alerts feature can be switched on or off in the Find My App tab. If a person chooses to have the feature turned off, a notice will alert the user to know that someone could potentially track them without the user being notified.

“The owner of an unknown item will be able to see your location, and you will no longer receive notifications when an unknown item is found moving with you,” the notice says.

The AirTags have Bluetooth capability and can easily be attached to bikes, clothing items, purses, or bags.

The Verge reports that the new feature may also not be solely exclusive to AirTags, as Apple reportedly plans on opening up the Find My app to other companies like Samsung’s Galaxy SmartTag.

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China Wants To Teach Masculinity After Seeing Stereotypical Gender Roles Change; Political Advisers Claim Country Is Going Through ‘Masculinity Crisis’

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China wants to create masculinity courses for boys in response to changing gender roles.

In January, China’s Education Ministry published plans to “cultivate masculinity” in boys from kindergarten through high school. The initiative involves hiring and training more gym teachers, testing students more comprehensively in physical education, making health education compulsory, and supporting research into issues like the “influence of the phenomenon of internet celebrities on adolescents’ values,” the ministry stated, according to NBC.

But advocates in the country feel the move is working against equality and perpetuating gender stereotypes. “Boys don’t need masculinity education,” said Lü Pin, the founder of China’s largest feminist advocacy media channel, Feminist Voices.

“The concept of masculinity forces every man to be tough, which excludes and harms men with other types of characteristics,” she said. “It also reinforces men’s hegemony, control, and position over women, which goes against gender equality.” Chinese censors banned Feminist Voices back in 2018.

The plan’s announcement comes after China’s political advisers claimed the nation was going through a “masculinity crisis.” “Chinese boys have been spoiled by housewives and female teachers,” the adviser, Si Zefu, said in a policy proposal back in May, NBC reports. Boys would soon become “delicate, timid and effeminate” unless action was taken, he said. Zefu went on to say that the “feminization” of Chinese boys “threatens China’s survival and development.”




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