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Fatal silicone buttock injections: New Yorker with criminal record pleads not guilty

The Japan Times

NEW YORK - A New York City woman accused of killing a patient at an illegal cosmetic surgery clinic has previously served two prison terms for unlicensed silicone injections. The New York Times reports that 44-year-old Whalesca Castillo served a year in prison in 2011 and nine months in 2014 on charges relating to operating an illegal medical clinic. Castillo pleaded not guilty on Thursday to manslaughter and criminally negligent homicide in the June 17, 2018 death of Lesbia Ayala, of Philadelphia. Authorities say Ayala had an embolism when Castillo injected silicone into her buttocks and thighs. Castillo was arraigned in Bronx criminal court on a grand jury indictment.


RealDoll's first sex robot took me to the uncanny valley

Engadget

During my four-hour visit to the birthplace of the RealDoll, the frighteningly life-like full-body sex toy, I've seen mounds of silicone vaginas, sheets of detached nipples, headless women hanging from meat hooks, a 2-foot penis and skulls with removable faces that attach like refrigerator magnets. Now, as we sit in the dim light of his R&D room, staring at his latest creation, Matt McMullen, the founder of Abyss Creations (the parent company behind the RealDoll), nonchalantly turns to me and says, "All I see is potential." For a man poised to bring millennia of male desire to life, McMullen, a small but striking figure who looks like a reformed industrial rocker, is surprisingly calm. Later this week, he'll launch Harmony AI, the heart of RealBotix, a platform intended to bring artificial intelligence to McMullen's sex dolls and companionship to the lonely, eccentric or curious. Harmony AI is part Android app, part sexualized personal assistant available for download directly from RealBotix.


Stasher Silicone Bag Review: These Reusable Silicone Bags Make for Killer Sous Vide

WIRED

I don't have many pet peeves in the kitchen but washing plastic storage bags might just top that tiny list. As the guy who started his high school's recycling program, I just can't bring myself to throw them away, but damn, those bags are no fun to clean. Take your pick: washing them in the sink leaves the back of your had covered in cooking juices and oil while sticking them in the dishwasher turns them into crumpled bags with pools of cloudy water. In a promising step forward, sous vide cooking now has reliably reusable bags. If you cook sous vide a lot and don't want to throw away plastic bags every time you cook, the dishwasher-safe Stasher's worth a shot.


New York silicone death: Briton Donna Francis 'should be deported'

BBC News

A woman accused of killing a patient who had silicone injections in her buttocks in New York should be deported to the United States, a judge has said. Kelly Mayhew, 34, died in 2015 after having cosmetic surgery injections in the basement of a house in Queens. Donna Francis, 38, from Essex, is wanted in the US and could face charges over criminally negligent homicide. The case will now be sent to Home Secretary Sajid Javid to make the final decision within the next two months. Ms Francis could also be charged with unauthorised practise of a profession.


New York woman indicted over deadly silicone butt injections: authorities

FOX News

Whalesca Castillo, 44, was arraigned on manslaughter, criminally negligent homicide and unauthorized practice following the June 2018 death of Lesbia Ayala, 48, according to a news release from the Bronx District Attorney's (DA) Office. "The defendant allegedly illegally injected the victim with a silicone substance for cosmetic purposes," Bronx District Attorney Darcel D. Clark said in the news release. "Tragically, the injections killed the victim, who had traveled from Philadelphia to the Bronx for the procedure." The alleged instance occurred at the suspect's home "on or about June 17, 2018," the DA's office said, citing the investigation. Castillo allegedly gave the injection "as part of an illegal cosmetic procedure to enhance the buttocks of" Ayala, according to the news release.