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Weekend update: App leads family to dead student, TikToker exposes pharmacist who destroyed vaccine doses, and more

Here's what you may have missed this weekend.

Jan 4, 2021, 8:54 am*

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Eilish O'Sullivan

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A man told a cop he couldn't wear a face mask due to his asthma condition, showing the cop his inhaler as proof. The masked cop responded by pulling out his own inhaler for asthma. Here's what else caught our attention this weekend:

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  • Family tracks missing college student through iPhone to find her killed
  • TikToker exposes ‘rogue pharmacist’ accused of intentionally destroying COVID vaccine doses
  • People have been growing their hair long during the pandemic—great news for those who need wigs

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Family tracks missing college student through iPhone to find her killed

A family in Kentucky used an iPhone location app to track a 21-year-old relative after she went missing. They found her dead in a car.

The woman, who has been referred to as "TT" by her family but has yet to be officially identified, was a student at the University of Louisville, according to Wave 3, which spoke with the family. She reportedly told family members she was going to the salon on Wednesday before going to one of her two jobs, but then she failed to answer her phone. That's when family members grew concerned. 

They tracked her to a Louisville neighborhood via a location app on her iPhone. 

“We didn’t know if she called an Uber or caught a ride with a friend to the beauty shop,”  Terrilynn Hardy, TT’s aunt, told the outlet. “We’re lost with that. All we had was the GPS on the phone. Everything took us by shock.”

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The student was found in a car next to a deceased man, both of whom were fatally shot, according to Louisville Metro Police. The family has no idea who the man is and does not know how he is connected to the 21-year-old student. His identity has yet to be released.

Read the full report here, and catch up on more you may have missed in the first weekend of the new year below. 

—Eilish O'Sullivan, news wire editor


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TikToker exposes ‘rogue pharmacist’ accused of intentionally destroying COVID vaccine doses

At the end of December, news broke that hundreds of doses of the Moderna vaccine were ruined after being left out at room temperature for longer than is allowable in order for them to stay effective. The investigation determined that an employee deliberately took the vials out of storage for two nights in a row, in what appears to have been an attempt to not only ruin them but hide the fact that they were no longer viable. When police reported that a pharmacist was arrested in conjunction with the destruction of the doses, they declined to release his name. So, one TikTok user took matters into her own hands.

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—Rachel Kiley, contributing writer

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People have been growing their hair long during the pandemic—great news for those who need wigs

Thousands and thousands of canceled appointments have yet to be rescheduled, thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic. Hair appointments, in particular, have taken a backseat to caution. Many people haven’t visited a barber since the pandemic began, but it turns out their overlong hair can actually do some good. Wig makers are urging anyone planning a trip to the hair salon to consider donating their unwanted hair.

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  • Pregnant Instagram influencer dies at 36 💔
  • Republican state senator’s maskless social gatherings surface after he dies of COVID 😷
  • Influencer ‘Glacier Bro’ presumed dead after waterfall accident was caught on video 😞
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  • YouTuber Dream doxed by fans who found his address through photo of kitchen 🏠
  • Video: Cops ‘turn on’ Proud Boys, far-right group desecrates ‘Blue Lives’ flag in response 🤼‍♂️ 

FIRST MAIN CHARACTER OF 2021

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Twitter crowned John Roderick as its “first main character of 2021 on Sunday. The musician and podcaster revealed that he let his child go hungry for six hours after refusing to help her use a can opener. People online have since given him various nicknames, including “Bean Dad,” “Can Opener Dad,” and “Apocalypse Dad.”

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Inspired by Digg's "Who Was This Week's 'One Main Character' On Twitter?"


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*First Published: Jan 4, 2021, 3:00 am