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Texas historic winter storm and power outages weren’t the only blow residents received. According to the New York Post, some Texans are receiving electricity bills in the thousands.

Ty Williams, a Dallas-area resident, typically gets a bill for $600, but amid the recent winter storm and the need for heat, his monthly bill skyrocketed to $17,000.

“How in the world can anyone pay that? I mean you go from a couple hundred dollars a month…there’s absolutely no way‚ it makes no sense,” Williams said after getting the bill from the energy company Griddy.

Apparently, the price for power in the Lone Star State went from $50 to $9,000 per Megawatt in some cases due to the supply and high demand during the disaster, local station WFAA reported.

Some Texans have “variable or indexed” electricity plans offered within the state, which runs its own unique stand-alone electricity grid partially regulated by market demand.

Texans who didn’t lose power turned up their heat to battle the brutally cold weather, not considering the prices would outrageously surge.

“The last thing an awful lot of people need right now is a higher electric bill — and that’s unfortunately something a lot of people will get stuck with,” said Matt Schulz, a chief industry analyst.

Royce Pierce also lives in the Dallas-area and received a $10,000 bill for his three-bedroom home.

“We are hoping there will be relief,” Royce said. “This is something maybe we can skate by and tackle as time goes on but how many people can’t? A lot.”

Veronica Garcia, a Reliant Energy customer in Mansfield, Texas, said her one-bedroom apartment’s electricity bill nearly doubled to $114.

“Hopefully if they’re decent, they won’t charge people for this, because we had no control over the situation,” said Garcia, who is an administrative associate at UT Southwestern Medical Center. “Hopefully I can beat the charges and they do the right thing.”

Griddy did not immediately respond to comment on the matter. But a Reliant Energy representative told NBC that it’s offering flexible bill payments to help customers who were impacted by the storm.




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“Pose” Returns For It’s 3rd And Final Season On May 2nd

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FX’s announced that it’s Landmark LGBTQ series “Pose” is returning for its third and final season on May 2.

Pose co-creator and executive producer Steven Canals made the big announcement this morning, on “Good Morning America.”

“It was a very difficult decision for us to make, but this has been an incredible journey and we have told the story that we wanted to tell the way that we wanted to tell it,” Canals said.

The groundbreaking FX series, created by Canals, Ryan Murphy, and Brad Falchuk, told the stories of queer and transgender people of color in the ballroom scene of New York City in the late 1980s and early 1990s at the height of the HIV/AIDS epidemic, which ravaged the community.

“Although we know you’ll be sad to see the show go, this season will be filled with all of the love and laughter and tears that you have come to expect from the Evangelista family,” he explained. “I, along with my incredible collaborators, never intended on changing the television landscape. I simply wanted to tell an honest story about family, resilience and love,” Canals told “GMA.”

The show’s finale is set to air on June 6.




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Two Women Who Met Working Together At A Restaurant Find Out They Are Biological Sisters

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Two girls who jokingly told people they were sisters after they had met while working together at a New Haven, Connecticut restaurant found out years later they are actually biological sisters.

According to CNN, Cassandra Madison, 32, and Julia Tinetti, 31, worked together at The Russian Lady in 2013 and found they had a lot in common. Both women were adopted from the Dominican Republic as babies and favored in appearances so much so customers and coworkers would mix them up.

They also discovered they had Dominican flag tattoos, which made them start talking, and they soon became fast friends, the news outlet reported.

“We hit it off right away. There was no trying to force a friendship or anything,” Madison told CNN. “Our personalities are very similar, so it was very easy for us to just start hanging out.”

“We had an event that we went to that we dressed alike — our socks matched, our sneakers matched, our sunglasses matched our shorts were black — she made us tank tops that said that she was the big sister and I was the little sister,” Tinetti said. “We kind of just went with it like as a joke. It was not serious at all.”

The women looked into their adoption paperwork to see if they were biologically connected, but the forms said they had different mothers.

“So we said, ‘OK, never mind, forget it, then we’re not,’ and we just moved on with our lives,” Madison said. “But we still played into us being sisters even though we knew that we weren’t. Well, we thought we weren’t.”

In 2015, Madison moved to Virginia Beach, Virginia but the two kept in touch. She was always intrigued to know about her biological parents, and in 2018 her adoptive mother gave her DNA test for Christmas.

She eventually met her dad and other family members but learned her mother had died that same year. There were seven other kids in her family.

When Madison and Tinetti reconnected in 2020, they realized that something wasn’t right about their paperwork. Tinetti and her best friend Molly, who was also adopted from the DR, had stayed in touch over the years. They learned that Molly’s adoption papers said that she and Madison had the same mothers, but a DNA test confirmed they were distant cousins.

When Madison talked to her father, he informed her that they had given up another daughter for adoption.

“And I’m like, ‘Why would you not tell me this?’ And he’s just like ‘I’m sorry. It was just a very difficult time in our lives, and your mom and I, we don’t like to talk about it,’” Madison said.

That is when she went to Virginia to have Tinetti take a DNA test, which she quickly agreed to take despite having no interest in learning about her biological roots.

“I had a great family growing up, I got a good education, I didn’t feel like I was missing anything in my life,” Tinetti said. “I was happy with the life that I had. I didn’t feel the need to do it.”

The results came in in late January, revealing they were indeed sisters.

“I was like, ‘This is it,’ and I waited for probably like 10 minutes before I even opened it because I was trying to prepare myself for what was going to be there,” Tinetti said.

Tinetti has since had video chats with her biological father and her siblings and hopes to go to the Dominican Republic to meet them in person.

“It was like seeing myself in these people,” she said. “It’s like, ‘OK, well, now I know where I come from,’ you know what I mean? It has always been a mystery for me.”

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Cardi B deletes Twitter page (again) after fans trash her line of dolls and demand a new album

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Cardi B deleted her Twitter page again after fans rejected her plans to release a line of dolls rather than a new album.

Cardi previously deleted her Twitter page in October, after teenage trolls criticized her for taking her cheating husband, Offset, back.

Her Twitter page isn’t actually deleted — it is only hidden. But Twitter will deleted her page permanently if she doesn’t reactivate it within 30 days.

On Friday, the Bronx rapper expressed disappointment that fans rejected her plans to expand her business empire like Jay Z.

In a livestream video on Instagram stories, Cardi complained that music videos take a month to produce, while a new album takes even longer.

Cardi wants to get to the cash flow NOW by dropping dolls “that look like me,” and she doesn’t get why her fans won’t let her be great.

She explained that music doesn’t pay the bills — particularly since streaming sales of new music online are at historic lows.

The 28-year-old rapper deleted her Twitter page then complained that her fans are “harassing” her for a new album.

“People don’t get rich, like — look at Jay Z — people don’t just get rich off music,” she said. “I gotta venture off to do something, to do other business ventures. It’s f—ing wack every time I do a business venture, you got people harassing me for a album.”

Talk about biting the hand that feeds you.

Ungrateful rappers like Cardi fail to recognize that fans are fickle. They will dump her like yesterday’s leftovers and move on to a new artist.

Listen to her rant below.
 

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