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Erin Patterson charged with murder over mushroom deaths



Erin Patterson, a 48-year-old resident of eastern Victoria, found herself in police custody after a tragic incident that claimed the lives of three of her relatives.

The statement says: “Homicide Squad detectives have charged a woman this afternoon as part of their investigation into the deaths of three people following an incident in Leongatha earlier this year.

“A 49-year-old woman was arrested this morning and interviewed by police.

“The Leongatha woman has subsequently been charged with three counts of murder and five counts of attempted murder.

“She was remanded in custody to appear at Morwell Magistrates’ Court tomorrow morning.

“The murder charges and two attempted murder charges relate to an incident on July 29, where four people were taken to hospital after they fell ill following a meal at a private residence in Leongatha.

“A 70-year-old man, a 70-year-old woman and a 66-year-old woman, all from Korumburra, subsequently passed away.

“A 69-year-old Korumburra man was released from hospital on September 23.

“The further three attempted murder charges relate to three separate incidents in Victoria between 2021-2022.

The horrifying event unfolded when Patterson prepared a lunch featuring mushrooms. What’s not yet known is whether she had foraged from a nearby forest, unaware of the deadly consequences her choice would bring.

According to authorities, Patterson’s unsuspecting family members, who had gathered for a leisurely lunch, fell ill shortly after consuming the meal.

Despite their efforts to seek medical help, three relatives tragically lost their lives before reaching the hospital.

Patterson’s arrest came after a thorough investigation by the local authorities, who discovered evidence pointing to her negligence in properly identifying the mushrooms.

The community is left in shock as they grapple with the devastating loss of three beloved family members.

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How to make your money work for you over the next decade



With high interest rates, persistent inflation, and a tight labor market—the next decade is expected to be very different from the last 10 years.

Companies and households around the world are still trying to get back to pre-pandemic economic outputs and lifestyles.

So, how can people successfully invest and better manage their personal finances?

James Faris, an Investing Reporter with Insider joins Veronica Dudo to discuss. #InAmericaToday #featured #money #finance #economy #investing

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Parents buying houses for their adult children



Rise in parents purchasing homes for adult children sparks concerns

A growing trend of parents buying houses for their adult children is causing a stir, raising questions about the potential downsides of such arrangements. While the gesture may seem benevolent, experts warn of the pitfalls associated with this practice.

Financial advisors express concerns about the impact on both generations’ financial independence. By providing ready-made homes, parents might inadvertently hinder their children’s ability to learn crucial financial lessons, such as budgeting, mortgage management, and property ownership responsibilities.

The trend also sparks debates on the long-term implications for the housing market. Critics argue that such parental interventions can distort property prices and exacerbate existing affordability challenges, particularly for younger individuals aspiring to enter the property market independently.

There’s a call for a broader societal discussion on the balance between parental support and fostering financial autonomy. While the intention is often rooted in care, the unintended consequences of sheltering adult children from financial realities are prompting a reassessment of this well-meaning practice.

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Victoria’s Secret criticized for trans woman’s apology



Victoria’s Secret is facing backlash after issuing an apology to a transgender woman who had a negative experience while trying on bras at one of their stores.

The incident has ignited a debate about inclusivity and sensitivity in the fashion industry.

The controversy began when the trans woman, who remains anonymous, visited a Victoria’s Secret store to shop for bras. She reported feeling uncomfortable and discriminated against by store staff.

In response to her complaint, Victoria’s Secret issued an apology, acknowledging the incident and expressing their commitment to diversity and inclusion.

However, the apology itself has come under fire from both supporters and critics.

Some argue that the brand’s apology is insincere and merely an attempt to save face, while others believe it is a step in the right direction towards a more inclusive shopping experience for all customers.

The incident raises important questions about how brands should handle situations involving discrimination and whether their apologies are genuine or performative.

It also highlights the ongoing challenges faced by transgender individuals when accessing spaces traditionally designed for cisgender customers.

As the fashion industry continues to evolve, many are calling for a deeper examination of inclusivity and sensitivity, not just in policies but in practice.

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