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Wednesday, October 10, 2012

WHO'S HOT? & WHO'S NOT! "Freeway" Rick Ross Accepts WHO'S HOT? Award

Our autumn 2012 issue features "Freeway" Rick Ross Receiving his WHO'S HOT! award and gives us the scoop on what he's doing. Then from Goatscaping, to Forbes' Living Roofs, check out what's going on to keep our lives green and positive!

Friday, October 5, 2012

We Have Your Back, LeVar!!!



     Reading Rainbow 2.0 founder and host of the old PBS show, LeVar Burton is rightfully UPSET after Mitt Romney threatened to cut PBS funding on October 3, 2012, as TMZ reports, "Romney would be stealing an invaluable educational resource from underprivileged children." LeVar tells TMZ, "I am personally outraged that any serious contender for the White House would target as part of his campaign the children of America in this fashion. Educators across the country, as well as millions of children and adults know that the programming on PBS has been responsible for significant improvements in education, literacy, math, science and life skills for generations of our children."

     Last night during the Presidential debate, Mitt promised to cut funding to PBS claiming it isn't an essential government expense. LeVar's firing back, claiming, "PBS represents .00016% of our nation's budget, yet this free resource benefits kids across all economic circumstances. Defunding PBS directly punishes the less fortunate by removing this trusted and extraordinary educational resource available to all. On behalf of America's children, I can't stay silent. I encourage you to join me in fighting this short-sighted and frankly mean-spirited attack on our children."

We have your back, LeVar!

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Source: TMZ

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Kirk & Ann Douglas Are WHO'S HOT!

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Kirk Douglas has doubled his Los Angeles Skid Row pledge for homeless women to $10 million — surprising even his wife, for whom the effort is named.

Kirk and Anne Douglas made the initial $5 million pledge in July for continued support of the Anne Douglas Center for Women at the Los Angeles Mission, which opened two decades ago on Valentine's Day.

The 95-year-old actor also gave his wife an award Wednesday for her work at the shelter.

Kirk Douglas says his wife told him she was determined to do something for her country when they married 57 years ago and he says she has never stopped.

Source: http://m.yahoo.com/w/legobpengine/news/kirk-douglas-doubles-skid-row-pledge-10m-151520345.html?orig_host_hdr=news.yahoo.com&.intl=US&.lang=en-US

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

LeVar Burton's Reading Rainbow is Back & Better Than Before

I'm so excited to find on Yahoo!TV that LeVar Burton's Reading Rainbow is back and better than before; as if that was even possible! 

For 26 years, children like myself went on educational adventures with him as host of the beloved PBS series "Reading Rainbow." The show ended in 2009 and Burton has been "gliding under the radar" he tells Yahoo! TV, but now he's back in a big way with a re-imagined version of "Reading Rainbow."

Burton absolutely loves "Reading Rainbow." He is the son of an English teacher and has a longstanding commitment to literacy so when the series went off the air he worked furiously behind the scenes to reinvent it, keeping today's tech-savvy kids in mind. 

His labor of love was completed in June when he launched Reading Rainbow, the iPad app, which offers children an enhanced reading experience with animations, videos, and games. Like the show, Burton hosts the virtual "field trip" videos and has been traveling extensively over the last 10 months to film them, recently visiting the White House. 

Unlike the TV series, the kids are in control of the experience and can select their own books from a collection of 150 – many of which Burton narrates. A very modern version of the TV classic; this is WONDERFUL!!!!  Burton previewing the Reading Rainbow iPad app in NYC in June.

"The TV show was all about providing a window into interesting, real-world experience for kids and connecting it to literature. The formula here is the same," he says of the app. "We have what we believe to be a value proposition to the parents – and to the kids. We're going to collect some of the finest children's literature that we can find, we're going to digitize it, and present it to your kids in a way that will engage them – just like these magical devices do. They engage us all. And we're also going to give you the kind of video field trips that you, as a parent, remember when you were a kid watching 'Reading Rainbow,' and there's a whole universe for them to explore and they get to select their own books and take ownership of the experience."


Of the journey it took to get the "Reading Rainbow" app off the ground, he says, "We've been gliding under the radar the last couple of years, but we've really been doing this. It's been silent work. Now that we're releasing product and trying every day to make it a better experience for the customer, we need to be more visible to let people know we're open for business."

The Reading Rainbow app is available at the iTunes store. 

I hope you are as excited as I am!!! I've been singing the Reading Rainbow theme, "I can go anywhere! Take a look. It's in a book. The Reading Rainbow!" since finding this and now my daughter knows it too! 

LeVar Burton, your continued dedication to literacy is what makes you WHO'S HOT!!! I know your old and new fans will continue to enjoy your hard work! I am downloading the app now. Are you?

-Mia

LeVar Burton's Reading Rainbow Is BACK & BETTER!!

I'm so excited to find on Yahoo!TV that LeVar Burton's Reading Rainbow is back and better than before! A if that was even possible. 

For 26 years, children like myself went on educational adventures with him as host of the beloved PBS series "Reading Rainbow." The show ended in 2009 and Burton has been "gliding under the radar" he tells Yahoo! TV, but now he's back in a big way with a re-imagined version of "Reading Rainbow."

Burton absolutely loves is "Reading Rainbow." He is the son of an English teacher and has a longstanding commitment to literacy so when the series went off the air three years ago he worked furiously behind the scenes to reinvent it, keeping today's tech-savvy kids in mind. 

His labor of love was complete in June when he launched Reading Rainbow the iPad app, which offers children an enhanced reading experience with animations, videos, and games. Like the show, Burton hosts the virtual "field trip" videos and has been traveling extensively over the last 10 months to film them, recently visiting the White House. 

Unlike the TV series, the kids are in control of the experience and can select their own books from a collection of 150 – many of which Burton narrates. A very modern version of the TV classic. This is WONDERFUL!!!!
 
Burton previewing the Reading Rainbow iPad app in NYC in June

[Related: LeVar Burton discusses new 'Reading Rainbow' app at 'Star Trek' convention ]

"The TV show was all about providing a window into interesting, real-world experience for kids and connecting it to literature. The formula here is the same," he says of the app. "We have what we believe to be a value proposition to the parents – and to the kids. We're going to collect some of the finest children's literature that we can find, we're going to digitize it, and present it to your kids in a way that will engage them – just like these magical devices do. They engage us all. And we're also going to give you the kind of video field trips that you, as a parent, remember when you were a kid watching 'Reading Rainbow,' and there's a whole universe for them to explore and they get to select their own books and take ownership of the experience."


Of the journey it took to get the "Reading Rainbow" app off the ground, he says, "We've been gliding under the radar the last couple of years, but we've really been doing this. It's been silent work. Now that we're releasing product and trying every day to make it a better experience for the customer, we need to be more visible to let people know we're open for business."

The Reading Rainbow app is available at the iTunes store. 

I hope you are as excited as I am!!! I've been singing the Reading Rainbow theme, "I can go anywhere! Take a look. It's in a book. The Reading Rainbow!" since reading this and now my daughter knows it too! 

LeVar Burton, your continued dedication to literacy is what makes you WHO'S HOT!!! I know your old and new fans will continue to enjoy your hard work!

-Mia

Friday, August 3, 2012

WHO'S HOT? Beyonce Is!! She Urges Us to Support Humanitarian Day & Leave Our Footprint

WHO'S HOT? & WHO'S NOT! Definitely supports her cause!! Beyonce is teaming with the United Nations and Humanitarian Aid Organizations on a global campaign to encourage people around the world to get involved. On her site IAMBEYONCE she urges to, "Leave Your Footprint On August 19th, 2012" followed by,
"ON THE 19TH OF AUGUST 2012 ... WE RISE TOGETHER - FOR EACH OTHER. DO ONE THING. NOTHING IS TOO SMALL. DO ONE THING FOR ANOTHER HUMAN BEING... THIS BEGINS WITH EACH OF US. MAKE YOUR MARK AND SAY, 'I WAS HERE'. AND TOGETHER, ON AUGUST 19TH, WE’LL MAKE OUR STORIES KNOWN."
We salute you as this is what we at WHO'S HOT? & WHO'S NOT! live to do: Leave Our Footprint. So yes! Please get involved!

Monday, July 23, 2012

Penn State's Punishment, What's Awesome is the Players Keep Full Scholarships, Eligibility & Can Leave

As reported by TMZ, 
"Penn State University was just hit with a $60 million sanction by the NCAA for its role in covering up the Jerry Sandusky child rape scandal. And it gets worse -- or better -- depending for whom you're rooting. NCAA President Mark Emmert just announced ... PSU will be BANNED from bowl games for the next 4 years. The NCAA will also vacate all PSU football wins from 1998 to 2011. The elimination of PSU wins will have a dramatic effect on Joe Paterno's all-time carer win record. In fact, he will  lose 111 total wins from his record -- dropping him BEHIND Florida State football legend Bobby Bowden and Alabama's Bear Bryant.  Paterno will go from #3 all time to #12. Penn State's football team will also have its football scholarships reduced from 25 to 15 per year for the next 4 years. All PSU football players are allowed to transfer out of the school to any other school as soon as possible ... while keeping full eligibility. In other words, a PSU player can transfer to Ohio State next season and start immediately. Football players are also allowed to quit the football team and keep their scholarships while continuing to attend the university in pursuit of a degree. The PSU athletic program will be on probation for 5 years. The NCAA said it reserves the right to launch an investigation into individuals to impose even more sanctions, if necessary.The $60 million fine is equivalent to the football program's gross revenue for 1 season.The NCAA said the money 'must be paid into an endowment for external programs preventing child sexual abuse or assisting victims and may not be used to fund such programs at the university.'The NCAA said it considered the 'death penalty' -- the elimination of the school's football program for 1 season -- but decided the punishment it chose will have a deeper impact in changing the culture at Penn State.PSU signed a consent decree -- which means the University is on board with all of the sanctions. The NCAA explained ... 'By perpetuating a 'football first' culture that ultimately enabled serial child sexual abuse to occur, The Pennsylvania State University leadership failed to value and uphold institutional integrity, resulting in a breach of the NCAA Constitution and rules."

UPDATE: 6:26 AM PT -- Well, that didn't take long -- a PSU football recruit has ALREADY decommitted to the school. Ross Douglas -- a cornerback from Ohio -- will no longer attend PSU in the Fall. No word on where he will play.
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Originally Published on TMZ.com

Monday, July 16, 2012

AIDS Vaccine by 2019?

FOXNEW reports, that there could be an AIDS vaccine as early as 2019. This is wonderful news!!! They go on to describe the history of our battle against this insidious disease that has taken far too many lives and devastated counties like Africa.  

Recalling, "an ill-fated press conference in 1984, U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Margaret Heckler boldly predicted an effective AIDS vaccine would be available within just two years.

But a string of failed attempts - punctuated by a 2007 trial in which a Merck vaccine appeared to make people more vulnerable to infection, not less - cast a shadow over AIDS vaccine research that has taken years to dispel.

A 2009 clinical trial in Thailand was the first to show it was possible to prevent HIV infection in humans. Since then, discoveries have pointed to even more powerful vaccines using HIV-fighting antibodies. Now scientists believe a licensed vaccine is within reach.

'We know the face of the enemy,' said Dr. Barton Haynes, of Duke University in Durham, North Carolina, and recent director of the Center for HIV AIDS Vaccine Immunology (CHAVI). The research consortium was funded by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), founded in 2005 by the National Institutes of Health to identify and overcome roadblocks in the design of vaccines for the human immunodeficiency virus, which causes AIDS. NIAID's funding of CHAVI ended in June.

Unlike many viruses behind infectious disease, HIV is a moving target, constantly spitting out slightly different versions of itself, with different strains affecting different populations around the world. The virus is especially pernicious since it attacks the immune system, the very mechanism the body needs to fight back.

'The virus is far more crafty than we ever thought,' said Haynes, who will outline progress in vaccine research at the International AIDS Society's 2012 conference being held in Washington from July 22-27.

First sign of hope

Thanks to drugs that can control the virus for decades, AIDS is no longer a death sentence. New infections have fallen by 21 percent since the peak of the pandemic in 1997 and advances in prevention - through voluntary circumcision programs, prevention of mother-to-child transmission and early treatment - promise to cut that rate even more.

Still, as many as 34 million people are infected with HIV worldwide. And with 2.7 million new infections in 2010 alone, experts say a vaccine is still the best hope for eradicating AIDS.

Teams have been working on a vaccine for nearly three decades, but it wasn't until RV144, the 2009 clinical trial involving more than 16,000 adults in Thailand, that researchers achieved any hint of success.

The test of a combination of two vaccines followed several big failures, including the stunning news that Merck's vaccine may have increased the risk of infection among men who were both uncircumcised and had prior exposure to the virus used in the vaccine.

'It had an extremely chilling effect on the whole field,' said Colonel Nelson Michael, director of the U.S. Military HIV Research Program at the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research, which led the RV144 trial.

The Thai study tested Sanofi's ALVAC, a weakened canary pox virus used to sneak three HIV genes into the body, and AIDSVAX, a vaccine originally made by Roche Holding's Genentech that carried an HIV surface protein.

Both vaccines had poor showings in individual trials. Researchers were so convinced the Thai trial would fail that 22 scientists wrote an editorial in Science calling it a waste of money.

Then came the shocker. Results of the study published in 2009 showed the vaccine combination cut HIV infections by 31.2 percent. According to Michael and many other experts, the result was not big enough to be considered effective, but its impact on researchers was huge, says Wayne Koff, chief scientific officer of the International AIDS Vaccine Initiative (IAVI) based in New York.

An extensive analysis of the Thai trial published this year in the New England Journal of Medicine offered clues about why some volunteers responded.

The study, led by Haynes, scientists at Walter Reed and 25 other institutions, found men and women who were vaccinated made antibodies to a specific region of the virus's outer coat, suggesting this region provides an important vaccine target.

Preparations are under way for a follow-up trial testing beefed-up versions of the vaccines among heterosexuals in South Africa and men who have sex with men in Thailand.

Once again, the trial will use a Sanofi vaccine, but instead of AIDSVAX, researchers will use a different vaccine candidate with a boosting agent from Novartis.

Michael said it has been a major effort to secure new research partners and funding, including support from host countries, as well as to persuade rivals Novartis and Sanofi to work together. The teams still need to retool the vaccines to work in South Africa, where the strain of HIV is different.

'We're really working as fast as we can,' said Michael, who expects large-scale effectiveness studies to start in 2016.

The hope is to have at least 50 percent effectiveness, a level that mathematical modelers say could have a major impact on the epidemic. Michael thinks this might be the pathway for getting the first HIV vaccine licensed, possibly by 2019.

Vaccine experts are equally excited about a vaccine that Michael's team is developing with Harvard University and Johnson & Johnson's Crucell unit, which uses weakened versions of a common cold virus and a smallpox virus.

A study published in February showed this vaccine protected monkeys from a virulent strain of HIV. Animals that did become infected after repeated exposure also had low levels of virus in their blood. Safety studies in human patients are just starting, with large-scale efficacy studies slated for 2016.

Next-generation vaccines

The current crop of vaccines is largely designed to train immune system cells known as T-cells to recognize and kill cells already infected with HIV. While these trials progress, scientists are working on even more advanced vaccines that activate powerful antibodies to prevent HIV from infecting cells in the first place. Both would be administered before a person becomes exposed to the virus.

Most modern vaccines use this antibody approach, but HIV's extreme skill at mutating makes it difficult for specifically targeted antibodies to identify and neutralize the virus.

Teams led by Dr. Dennis Burton of the Scripps Research Institute in La Jolla, California, Dr. Michel Nussenzweig at Rockefeller University in New York, Dr. Gary Nabel of NIAID's Vaccine Research Center, Haynes at Duke and others have focused on rare antibodies made by 10 to 20 percent of people with HIV that can neutralize a broad array of strains.

Researchers think a vaccine that can coax the body into making these antibodies before HIV exposure would offer a powerful foil to many forms of the virus.

Such antibodies seek out and latch on to regions of the virus that are highly 'conserved,' meaning they are so critical to the virus that they appear in nearly every HIV strain. By attaching to the virus they make it incapable of infecting other cells.

Until 2009, scientists had identified only a few broadly neutralizing antibodies, but in the past few years teams have found dozens.

So far, scientists have isolated the antibodies, identified what part of HIV they target and even know the exact shape they make, Koff said. Researchers are now using this information to design vaccines that prompt the immune system to make them.

'We're not there yet,' Nabel said.

NIAID this month said it will spend up to $186 million over the next seven years to fund the Centers for HIV/AIDS Vaccine Immunology & Immunogen Discovery. The new consortium is focused on making vaccines that induce these protective antibodies, with major grants going to Duke and Scripps.

Nabel said no vaccine being tested today 'is likely to hit it out of the park,' but many researchers do feel advances in broadly neutralizing antibodies are key to developing a highly successful HIV vaccine.

'It's really a new day when we start to think about where we are with AIDS vaccines,' Nabel said."

There is hope, real hope on the horizon in the battle against AIDS. Let's pray it all falls into place.

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Originally published by FOXNEWS, "Scientists see AIDS Vaccine within Reach After Decades."

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

R.I.P. Andy Griffith, 86

Andy Griffith is best known for his starring roles in two very popular TV series, "The Andy Griffith Show" and "Matlock".
Griffith earned a degree in music from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. In the 1950s he became a regular on the Ed Sullivan Show and the Steve Allen Show. He was featured in the Broadway play "No Time for Sergeants" (1955) for which he received a Tony nomination, and he later appeared in the film version. His film debut was in the provocative and prophetic "A Face in the Crowd", in which Griffith gave a performance that has been described as stunning.
On "The Andy Griffith Show", Griffith portrayed a folksy small-town sheriff who shared simple heartfelt wisdom. The show was one of the most popular TV series in history. It generated some successful spin-offs, and the original is still seen in re-runs to this day.
Griffith created his own production company in 1972, which produced several movies and TV series. In 1981, he was nominated for an Emmy for his portrayal in "Murder in Texas". In 1983 Griffith was stricken with Guillain-Barre syndrome, but he recovered after rehabilitation.
In 1986 he produced and starred in the very successful TV series "Matlock". The show spawned numerous TV movies as well. When he accepted the People's Choice Award for this show, he said this was his favorite role.--------
Originally published by IMDb, Andy Griffith

Friday, June 22, 2012

Uncle Rush Urges Peace in the Middle East

We always love to hear of Uncle Rush's continued outreach works as he is always pushing to create a better world for us all. His trip to the middle east is no exception. As Hip Hop, fashion and internet mogul Russell Simmons sees it, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is like "a rap beef" that can be resolved through dialogue and understanding.

"A little trust, and it's over," he said.

The cofounder of the pioneering Def Jam Recordings record label is in Israel on the invitation of Israeli President Shimon Peres.

When he isn't managing his clothing line Phat Farm promoting artists, or running his online site, Global Grind, Simmons champions an eclectic mix of causes, from veganism to gay rights to yoga. He walks the walk and shows the world daily WHO'S HOT!

In Israel, he's focusing on interfaith trust. He said creating dialogue should be as simple as a mediating a rap battle, were it not for the political deadlock between Palestinians and Israelis.

Muslims and Jews "have the same aspirations and goals that are much greater than the things they call differences," Simmons said.

Simmons arrived in Israel on behalf of a foundation that aims to promote face-to-face dialogue between ethnic and religious communities. He discussed yoga with the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem, Muhammad Ahmed Hussein, and received a blessing from the rabbi of the Western Wall, Shmuel Rabinowitz.

Simmons even did a headstand for his kids in front of the Dome of the Rock, one of the holiest sites to Muslims.

As usual, he keeps it real for us and is a great role model, especially for his kids. Great Job Uncle Rush, to are truly an inspiration to us all!

namaste

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Source AP

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Baby Soaps & Shampoos Trigger Positive Marijuana Tests

Now this is the second time I saw this topic. TIME.com reports, that
commonly used baby soaps and shampoos, including products from Johnson & Johnson, Aveeno and CVS, can trigger a positive result on newborns' marijuana screening tests, according to a recent study. A minute amount of the cleansing products in a urine sample — just 0.1 milliliters or less — was found to cause a positive result.

Researchers at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, began studying the issue after an unusually high number of newborns in their nursery began testing positive for marijuana exposure. Newborn screening for marijuana at hospitals, particularly among babies of women who are considered at high risk of drug use, is not uncommon: at U.N.C. Chapel Hill, 10% to 40% of newborns are tested.

Positive results can precipitate an investigation by child welfare authorities. "We really did this to help protect families from being falsely accused," study co-author Dr. Carl Seashore, a pediatrician in the U.N.C. Chapel Hill newborn nursery, told My Health News Daily.

Soaps that were specifically associated with false-positive marijuana test results include Johnson & Johnson's Bedtime Bath, CVS Night-Time Baby Bath, Aveeno Baby Soothing Relief Creamy Wash and Aveeno Baby Wash & Shampoo.

Other products, such as Johnson's Head-to-Toe Baby Wash, CVS Baby Wash, Baby Magic and even standard hospital gel hand soap, also indicated the presence of marijuana metabolites when tested, but not at sufficient levels to qualify as a positive result according to the hospital lab's standards.

The problem is almost certainly not limited to these products, however. Researchers also tested ingredients used widely in soaps and shampoos, including polyquaternium-11 and cocamidopropyl betaine, which both elicited positive marijuana test results. So far, there is no explanation as to why the chemicals interfere with the test's function, but importantly, they aren't intoxicating; they don't cause symptoms of marijuana exposure in children. The researchers think minute amounts of the substances were simply washing off the babies' skin into their urine samples and confounding the screens.

While more sophisticated and expensive testing can easily distinguish between true and false positive results, most hospitals don't use such tests because of the time and costs involved. And positive tests found at the hospital aren't typically sent to outside labs for confirmation, which makes false positive results — and possible investigations afterward — all the more troubling.

Indeed, why hospitals test infants for marijuana exposure in the first place is not entirely clear. Twelve U.S. states designate prenatal exposure to any illegal drug as child abuse; however, there is no scientific evidence that connects marijuana-smoking by a parent with abuse.

The question is not whether it's acceptable for expectant mothers to use illegal drugs. No child-health expert would characterize recreational drug use during pregnancy as a good idea. But it's not at all clear that the benefits, if any, of newborn marijuana screening — particularly given how selectively the tests are administered — justify the potential harm it can cause to families.

"If the issue is that the mother broke the law and therefore the child should be removed, we might want to consider going after mothers who exceed the speed limit while driving," says Carl Hart, an associate professor of psychology at Columbia University and author of a leading text on drug effects. "Of course, this is ridiculous." (Full disclosure: Hart and I are currently collaborating on a book project.)

To remove children from their home at birth because of a positive marijuana test is immediately and inexorably harmful, says Richard Wexler, executive director of the National Coalition for Child Protection Reform. "Even when the test is accurate, there is no evidence that smoking pot endangers children," he says, adding, "There is overwhelming evidence that needless foster care endangers children."

Wexler explains that the odds of abuse and neglect are higher in foster care than they would be at home for the babies. "These infants are being taken from homes where there is no evidence of abuse, and placed in a situation where the odds of abuse are at least 1 in 4," he says. "The odds of this kind of separation doing emotional damage are nearly 100%. Children risk enormous emotional trauma when they are torn from their mothers during a crucial period for infant-parent bonding."

One study of infants who were exposed to cocaine in the womb found that their physical growth and development increased when they remained with their biological mothers, compared with being removed from the home because of maternal drug use. "For the foster children, being taken from their mothers was more toxic than the cocaine," Wexler says.

The effects of prenatal drug exposure can vary widely. Maternal cocaine use during pregnancy has been linked with subtle developmental problems in children. But despite the popularized notion of permanently disabled "crack babies," the research shows that the harms of cocaine use in pregnancy are on par with those associated with smoking cigarettes. Both can increase the risk of preterm birth and stillbirth. Neither is as dangerous as alcohol, which can cause irreversible intellectual disability.

The evidence on marijuana is inconclusive: Some studies link marijuana use in pregnancy with reduced fetal growth and behavioral problems, but other research has found no effect. Again, the science shows no damage that approaches the harm linked with alcohol or cigarettes.

Although marijuana exposure has not been associated definitively with child harm, testing for it and placing children in foster care unnecessarily has been. Worse, the risks of custody loss are not applied equally to all women.

Determining whether a mother is considered at high risk for drug use — and warrants newborn testing — is ostensibly based on objective factors like whether she failed to obtain prenatal care or has acknowledged being a drug user. But in reality, characteristics like race often dictate which women are singled out for testing: a 2007 study found that babies born to black mothers were 50% more likely to be tested than white infants, even though rates of drug use and odds of positive results didn't vary by race.

If you now consider the additional risks of false-positive results due to bath soaps, it's hard to make the case for continued newborn marijuana testing — especially if the ultimate goal is to help children thrive.

Wonder how many families have suffered.


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Source: 
Maia Szalavitz is a health writer for TIME.com

Saturday, June 16, 2012

Parents' Lawsuit: Third-grader Forced to Bathe at Texas School

When will people get it? You do not do anything to a child that is not yours that involves removing their clothes!  

MSN reports, "A school nurse and counselor forced an 8-year-old Texas boy to bathe after telling him he 'smelled badly, was dirty and had bad hygiene,' according to a lawsuit filed Thursday.

At this point, why wasn't it prudent to just send the boy home? Or contact the parents? Instead, "The boy was forced to take off his clothes one day in November and the two school officials "began violently washing his body," the parents said.

Amber and Michael Tilley filed the suit against the Peaster School District on Thursday in federal court in Fort Worth. "It's terrible, and we don't want anything like that to happen to any other children," Amber Tilley said. His parents also say school officials put cotton balls in their son's ears and left them there for the entire day.

"His body and his ears, they were really sore, real tender from being scrubbed," Amber Tilley said. The lawsuit claims the boy was traumatized by what happened and has had to see therapists.
"He just kept on and on, wanting to take baths," his mother said. "You know, he just felt so disgusting."
The parents say nobody from the school ever contacted them about a hygiene problem.
"The first thing I said was, 'You ought to try to call us,'" Michael Tilley said. "And they said, 'We were trying to avoid him being embarrassed.' And I said, 'You all did a real good job of helping that process along.'"
His parents kept him out of school for a week.
"The first day he went back to school, he completely sprayed himself from head to toe and back up again with cologne," Amber Tilley said. "And it was choking me out, but I didn't say anything to him."
His parents say they believe he was clean before the incident and insist that, at age 8, he doesn't have a problem with body odor.
"It's never go two, three days without a bath -- never," the mother said.
The lawsuit seeks monetary damages and also asks that the district "cease all harassment and retaliation" against the boy.
The parents' attorney, Jason Bach, of Austin, said the case is unlike any he has tried. "The thing that's unusual is that any school employee would take it upon themselves to do this to a child," Bach said. "As bizarre as that is, the injuries that this child has sustained are significant."

Story developing....

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Source MSN

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Lance Armstrong vs USADA (DETAILS)

The L.A. Times reports that our Yellow Jersey Hero, Seven-time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong is back in the spotlight in a very way. The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) has brought formal doping charges against him that could result in him being stripped of ALL his Tour de France titles. Yes, all seven.

In the meanwhile, Armstrong has also been immediately banned from competing in triathlons, a sport he recently took up professionally.

It reports, "In the 15-page charging letter obtained by the Post, USADA says it collected blood from Armstrong in 2009 and 2010 that was 'fully consistent with blood manipulations including EPO use and/or blood transfusions.'" 

Of course we had to get 
Lance Armstrong response to the USADA Allegation; 
"I have been notified that USADA, an organization largely funded by taxpayer dollars but governed only by self-written rules, intends to again dredge up discredited allegations dating back more than 16 years to prevent me from competing as a triathlete and try and strip me of the seven Tour de France victories I earned. These are the very same charges and the same witnesses that the Justice Department chose not to pursue after a two-year investigation. These charges are baseless, motivated by spite and advanced through testimony bought and paid for by promises of anonymity and immunity. Although USADA alleges a wide-ranging conspiracy extended over more than 16 years, I am the only athlete it has chosen to charge. USADA's malice, its methods, its star-chamber practices, and its decision to punish first and adjudicate later all are at odds with our ideals of fairness and fair play.
I have never doped, and, unlike many of my accusers, I have competed as an endurance athlete for 25 years with no spike in performance, passed more than 500 drug tests and never failed one. That USADA ignores this fundamental distinction and charges me instead of the admitted dopers says far more about USADA, its lack of fairness and this vendetta than it does about my guilt or innocence."


Story developing...

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Sources,  L.A. Times and lancearmstrong.comIronman 2012Kona Triathlon 

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Let's Talk! White High Schooler Returns Scholarship Intended for Black Students(DETAILS)

Do you think he should have returned it, and why?  ABCNews reported a couple of days ago that, "When a student who won a scholarship for African-American students walked to the stage at a Riverside, Calif., high school to pick up his award, the audience laughed nervously. The student, Jeffrey Warren, was white. 

Warren, 17, a recent graduate of Riverside's King High School, won a USD 1,000 scholarship sponsored by Riverside's Martin Luther King Senior Citizens Club. While a cover letter to guidance counselors indicated that the award was intended only for black students, the application merely "encourage[d] African-American students to apply," according to King High School Principal Darel Hansen. 

The morning after the ceremony, Warren returned the money. Since then, his story has made national headlines. 

Warren's father Rod, a language arts teacher at King High School, said he told his son to apply for every scholarship for which he might be eligible. Since the application did not explicitly rule out non-black applicants, the soon-to-be San Diego State freshman gave it a shot. Out of the 27 scholarships for which he applied, he won four, including the one he later gave up. 

'The laughter was slight at the beginning, then it got louder,' Rod Warren said. 'You could tell the [award presenters] were surprised, but they shook his hand and gave it to him.' 

When the Warrens returned home from the ceremony, they concluded that returning the money was the right thing to do. 

Etta Brown, the chairwoman of the MLK Senior Citizens Club's scholarships committee, said she was shocked when she realized the winner of her group's scholarship was a white student. Since the scholarship was created in 2005, it had never been awarded to a non-black student. 

Warren's decision to return the award was "generous," she said. Since the application did not explicitly disqualify non-black students, she said the group would not have asked Warren to give it back, despite some internal debate. 

In the future, the application will be worded more clearly, she said. 

Rod Warren said his son reasoned that if he were ineligible for the scholarship, the issue would be resolved at the interview stage of the application process. The interview, however, was over the phone, and Brown said it never occurred to the reader who interviewed Warren that the interviewee might be white. 

After news of Jeffrey's decision to decline the scholarship spread, Susan Jaggers, his former math teacher, launched a campaign to compensate him for the sacrifice. Circulating a framed picture of Warren to all the teachers whose classes he took at King High School, Jaggers has so far yielded USD 351. 

'We didn't totally replace the money, but I knew many of [Warren's former teachers] would be willing to throw a few bones,' Jaggers said. 'All his teachers love him.' 

Warren's scholarship has been given to an African-American student who will be attending Cornell University in the fall. The second of the scholarship's two winners is a North High School student who will be attending Xavier University."
Now let's have a respectful conversation on this; which includes giving answers that are not offensive to anyone.
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Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Breaking News: Something Needs to be Done as 16 Million Children are Starving in N. Korea

AP Reports that in 
PYONGYANG, North Korea, "Millions  of North Korean children are not getting the food, medicine or health care they need to develop physically or mentally, leaving an entire generation stunted and malnourished, the United Nations said Tuesday.

Nearly a third of North Korean children under age 5 show signs of stunting, particularly in rural areas where food is scarce, and scores are dying from diarrhea due to a lack of access to clean water, sanitation and electricity, the agency said. Hospitals are spotless but bare; few have running water or power, and drugs and medicine are in short supply, the agency said in a detailed update on the humanitarian situation in North Korea.

People in the capital, Pyongyang, live in relative comfort, but the situation in the rest of the country is more dire. About 16 million North Koreans — two-thirds of the country — rely on twice-a-month government rations, the report said. And there are no signs the government will undertake the long-term structural reforms needed to spur economic growth, it said.

North Korea does not produce enough food to feed its 24 million people, and relies on limited purchases of food as well as outside donations to make up the shortfall.

The United Nations called for USD 198 million in donations for 2012 — mostly to help feed the hungry but also to invest in programs designed to mitigate and prevent a chronic food shortage that has resulted in persistent malnutrition among North Korea's young.

The appeal comes at a delicate time for North Korea, which has sought to put forth an image of stability and unity during the transition to power of the new, young leader, Kim Jong Un. Yet it has begun to publicly acknowledging a severe shortage of food for the first time in years.

'Malnutrition over a generation can have a long-lasting effect on a population in terms of physical growth, cognitive capacity, the ability to learn,' said Jerome Sauvage, the U.N.'s Pyongyang-based resident coordinator for North Korea. 'The long-term effect of malnutrition can be very severe for a whole generation and on the whole population.'"

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Sunday, June 10, 2012

Study Digs Into Secrets of Keeping HIV in Check

SUNDAY, June 10 (HealthDay News) -- A small number of HIV-infected patients have immune systems that are able to keep AIDS at bay by preventing the virus from reproducing for years, and researchers are reporting that they've gained new insight into how that works.

These fortunate patients, known as "elite controllers" or "long-term non-progressors," are quite rare. They've long fascinated scientists who want to understand the secrets lurking inside their immune cells. Researchers trying to develop an AIDS vaccine are especially interested in these special patients.

The key seems to be that certain cells in the immune systems of these people are better able to detect and kill cells that are infected with HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, said study co-author Dr. Bruce Walker, a professor at Harvard School of Public Health.

In essence, he said, they have better "glasses" than the same cells in patients who can't fight off the virus as well. These cells are better able to "see" signs of trouble from infected cells that send out a kind of distress signal. 

The new research shows that "there's a way to measure what's good vision and what's bad vision," Walker said. "We can immediately start looking at vaccine candidates to see if our techniques of training these killer cells are leading to really good vision or not. We can also try to understand what it is that's impaired the vision in some of these patients and allowed for good vision to develop in others."

The researchers came to their conclusions after studying the blood of five "elite controllers" and five normal HIV patients.

Only about one in 200 or 300 HIV patients is able to naturally keep the virus from developing into AIDS without the help of medications, Walker noted. One person has been fending off AIDS since 1978.

"We can't be sure that everybody who achieves this state is actually going to persist in it, but it certainly looks like the vast majority of them will," he said. 

Nitin Saksena, head of the retroviral genetics division at Westmead Millennium Institute's Center for Virus Research in Sydney, Australia, said the study needs to be confirmed by other research, and it has limitations, such as the small number of patients involved. It's important to consider that "elite controllers" are quite different from each other, Saksena added.

Dr. Mark Connors, chief of the HIV-specific immunity section with the Laboratory of Immunoregulation of the U.S. National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, questioned the study results, saying they don't demonstrate why the killer immune cells work more effectively in the elite controllers. Essentially, Connors doesn't think the study authors discovered why the cells have better "vision." 

Study co-author Walker, however, said the research is valuable: "This is another example of HIV revealing its secrets. Having been in this field for 30 years, the remarkable thing is that we just keep learning more."

The study is published in the June 10 online edition of Nature Immunology.

Creflo Dollar Denies Punching, Choking Daughter

COLLEGE PARK, Ga. (AP) — Megachurch pastor Creflo Dollar staunchly denied Sunday that he punched and choked his 15-year-old daughter in an argument, telling his congregation the allegations made in a police report are nothing but "exaggeration and sensationalism."

"I will say this emphatically: I should have never been arrested," Dollar said in his first public appearance two days after police charged him with misdemeanor counts of simple battery and cruelty to children.

The pastor got an enthusiastic ovation from the packed church as he took the pulpit Sunday at the World Changers Church International in metro Atlanta. He addressed the criminal charges head-on for several minutes before moving on to his sermon.

"I want you all to hear personally from me that all is well in the Dollar household," Dollar said.

Dollar is one of the most prominent African-American preachers based around Atlanta, with 30,000 members in the Atlanta area and a ministry of satellite churches across the U.S.

He was arrested after his 15-year-old daughter called 911 at about 1 a.m. Friday and told a Fayette County sheriff's deputy that she and her father argued when he said she couldn't go to a party. A police report says the girl told a deputy her father charged at her, put his hands around her throat, began to punch her and started hitting her with his shoe. The deputy noted a scratch on her neck.

The report said the deputy also interviewed Dollar's 19-year-old daughter, who said her father grabbed her sister's shoulders and slapped her in the face and choked her for about five seconds. She said her sister tried to break free, but did not fight back. When her father threw the 15-year-old on the floor, the older girl ran to get her mother. Dollar's wife, Taffi, told the deputy she did not see the fight.

Dollar launched into a lengthy denial of the allegations from the pulpit Sunday.

"The truth is that a family conversation with our youngest daughter got emotional," he said. "And emotions got involved and things escalated from there."

He said the mark on his daughter's neck had been there for about 10 years and was caused by a skin condition, eczema.

"The truth is she was not choked, she was not punched. There were not any scratches on her neck," Dollar said. "But the only thing on her neck was a prior skin abrasion from eczema. Anything else is exaggeration and sensationalism."

Dollar's congregation appeared supportive Sunday, giving him sustained applause as he took the stage. As he spoke, people in the sanctuary yelled encouragement: "We love you!" and "We've got your back!" As he talked about the difficulty dealing with teenage children in a "culture of disrespect," many in the crowd nodded in agreement.

Members of the church seemed to close ranks around Dollar even before he addressed them from the pulpit Sunday. Dozens of people approached by The Associated Press as they arrived for the service declined to comment, and the few who did expressed support. After the service, many were still reluctant to comment, but those who did said they were satisfied with their pastor's comments.

"When I first heard what he was accused of, I didn't believe it. I knew there had to be more to the story," said Phyllissa Wolley, 23, a daycare worker who has attended the church for about five years. "I felt like he addressed the accusations today, and I believe what he said. To hear from him personally, I really appreciated that. I was glad to hear his side of the story."

Others said the media blew the accusations out of proportion without having all the facts and they felt vindicated after hearing Dollar speak.

"I think you're looking at a bunch of sensationalism," said George Blake of Ellenwood, adding that he thought the media rushed to tell the story without knowing the full story. The 49-year-old said he never questioned his pastor of eight years.

"It's not up to me to me to be satisfied with what he had to say," Blake said. "This is a man of God spreading the word of God."

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Originally posted by Associated Press - Sun, 10th Jun 2012 06:55 PM

Friday, June 8, 2012

Breaking News: Pastor Creflo Dollar Arrested!

TIMEU.S. Reports (ATLANTA) — Megachurch pastor and televangelist Creflo Dollar — who has drawn scrutiny for his flashy lifestyle and preaching that prosperity is good — was arrested early Friday after authorities say he slightly hurt his 15-year-old daughter in a fight at his metro Atlanta home.

Fayette County Sheriff's deputies responded to a call of domestic violence at the home in unincorporated Fayette County around 1 a.m., said investigator Brent Rowan. The pastor and his daughter were arguing over whether she could go to a party when Dollar "got physical" with her, leaving her with "superficial injuries," Rowan said.

The 15-year-old was the one who called authorities, and her 19-year-old sister corroborated the story, Rowan said.

Dollar faces misdemeanor charges of simple battery and cruelty to children. He bonded out of Fayette County jail Friday morning.

"As a father I love my children and I always have their best interest at heart at all times, and I would never use my hand to ever cause bodily harm to my children," Dollar said in a statement released by his lawyer Nikki Bonner. "The facts in this case will be handled privately to further protect my children. My family thanks you for your prayers and continued support."

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Thursday, June 7, 2012

HOW COOL! Hearing-Impaired New Hampshire Boy Inspires New Marvel Comics superhero

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

It's Finally Happening, DC Comics' Green Latern Is Out of the Closet



One of DC Comics oldest heroes is super-coming out.  The original Green Lantern - a DC Comics mainstay for the past 70 years - will be revealed to be a gay man in next week's issue of "Earth 2."
Alan Scott - formerly a married father of two who first appeared in 1940 - tips readers off to his sexuality early on in the comic when he gives his boyfriend a welcome home kiss.
"He's very much the character he was. He's still the pinnacle of bravery and idealism. He's also gay," "Earth 2" writer James Robinson told The Post. 

The Emerald Guardian's sexuality was rebooted along with the rest of his fictional universe as part of DC's "New 52" initiative aimed at rejuvenating their characters.  Robinson said he decided to make the change because making the character young again meant erasing Scott's gay superhero son out of existence.  "The only downside of his being young was we lose his son, Obsidian, who's gay. So I thought, 'Why not make Alan Scott gay?'" Robinson recalled. "That was the seed that started it."  He ran his idea by the bosses at DC, "who signed off on it without hesitation."

Originally posted at FoxNews

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

US Lowers Cutoff for Lead Poisoning, It's Unsafe for Pregnant Women


For the first time in 20 years, U.S. health officials have lowered the threshold for lead poisoning in young children.  The new standard announced Wednesday means that hundreds of thousands more youngsters could be diagnosed with high levels of lead. Too much lead is harmful to developing brains and can mean a lower IQ. Health officials have been focused on young children, who are most affected by lead poisoning. There is not a threshold for older children or adults, although pregnant women should have blood lead levels below 5 micrograms to protect the developing fetus. "Unfortunately, many, many more parents will be getting bad news," said Rebecca Morley, executive director of the National Center for Healthy Housing, a Maryland-based nonprofit focused on hazards to kids in homes.

The standard is for children younger than 6. Recent research persuaded experts and government officials that young children could be harmed from lead levels in their blood that are lower than the old standard.  Really, "there is no safe level of blood lead in children," said Christopher Portier, of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. He heads the agency's environmental health programs.

The CDC announced the change Wednesday, adopting recommendations made in January by an advisory panel of experts. At the same time, CDC officials acknowledged they don't have additional funds to help doctors or local health departments do more testing of children or find and clean up lead contamination.  Lead poisoning is detected through a blood test. The change means poisoning will be defined as 5 micrograms of lead per deciliter of blood. The old standard was 10 micrograms.

Under the old standard, lead poisoning in children had been declining in the U.S. Experts estimated that somewhere between 77,000 and 255,000 children had high levels of lead, though many of them are undiagnosed. The change could raise the count to 450,000 cases.  Lead - a metal that for years was common in paint and gasoline - can harm a child's brain, kidneys and other organs. High levels in the blood can cause coma, convulsions and death. Lower levels can reduce intelligence, impair hearing and behavior and cause other problems.

Congress cut the CDC lead program's budget from about $29 million last year to $2 million.
In many places, it's up to city and county health departments to provide many of the services for lead poisoned kids, and those departments have lost more than 34,000 jobs in the last three years because of budget cuts. The timing is unfortunate, Morley said. "But we wouldn't want to keep information from parents just because there's not money to provide the service," she added.

Originally posted at FoxNews

Monday, June 4, 2012

BREAKING NEWS:
TMZ.com reports Mark Zuckerberg Sued -- Accused Of Selling Off A Billion Before FB Disaster 

A new lawsuit claims Mark Zuckerberg pulled a billion dollar fast one on Facebook investors.The class action lawsuit -- filed by disgruntled Facebook shareholders -- claims the 28-year-old CEO had inside info that the stock was grossly overvalued, and he protected his own financial hide by quickly unloading a ton of Facebook stock.This is the second time in two weeks a group of FB shareholders have joined together to accuse the mogul of withholding information.The lawsuit claims Zuckerberg and his cronies hid the fact that there was a foundational flaw in the Facebook business model -- that there was not nearly enough advertising revenue to support a stock valued at $38 a share.The lawsuit claims Morgan Stanley, JPMorgan, and Goldman Sachs -- all sounded the alarm before the IPO that Facebook was seriously overvalued, but that information was "selectively disclosed" to the largest investors.Then again, hasn't Mark suffered enough.  He's only worth around $15 billion.

Stay tuned as the plot thickens....

Arsenic Drinking Water Deemed Safe, Could Harm Mother's & Children



According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), drinking water with low levels of arsenic – 10 parts per billion – has been deemed nontoxic and okay for human consumption. However, new research has revealed that the water may not be so ‘safe’ to drink after all. Researchers from both the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole, Mass., and Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth have discovered that drinking water with low levels (10 ppb) of arsenic stimulates adverse health effects in pregnant and lactating mice, as well as their offspring.

The experiment had stemmed from previous studies the researchers had done, which had shown exposure to low levels of arsenic in water caused mice to have lower immune responses and become more susceptible to the flu. They had found the effects were even greater on the mice who were exposed to the arsenic in utero and in early childhood. “Our original intent was to repeat the flu study – we were going to give the arsenic water to pregnant moms so the babies would be exposed in utero and nursing,” Dr. Joshua Hamilton, chief academic and scientific officer for the Marine Biological Laboratory and one of the study’s lead authors, told FoxNews.com. “Then we would take away the arsenic, and at some point in the future give them the flu to see how they’d react. We never got to do that experiment because what we saw was the consequence of what they published. Giving mice 10 ppb arsenic in water led to the babies being substantially smaller.”

After giving the mice the water, the pregnant and/or lactating mothers experienced problems with their lipid metabolism, which caused lower levels of nutrients in their blood and breast milk. These nutrient deficiencies lead to growth and developmental deficiencies in their offspring while they were still breastfeeding.  “In the mom’s blood and breast milk, there were significant decreases in triglycerides – an important nutrient for mom and baby,” Hamilton said. “It was the principal reason the babies were under-developed. When we took new born pups with arsenic moms and switched them over to feed from non-arsenic moms, they started to recover. So it suggested it was a nutrient problem, not a direct effect of the arsenic on them but on the mother.”

After an order issued by the EPA in 2006, the arsenic standard for drinking water was set at a limit of 10 parts per billion in order to protect consumers from the adverse effects associated with chronic arsenic exposure. According to the EPA’s website, such complications include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, partial paralysis, blindness, and an increased risk of various types of cancer.  While 10 ppb is the EPA standard, it only applies to public, regulated well waters. The problem lies in the unregulated well waters in arsenic heavy regions – such as New England, Florida, and the Upper Midwest – which have been found to have concentrations of 100 ppb and higher.  The researchers noted that since the experiment was done in mice, it does not necessarily translate to humans since they are not physiologically identical. However, Hamilton said that the experiment should still serve as a cautionary tale because tests on mice can be predictive of how something will react in humans.

“I think as a community in toxicology, we’re seeing more and more studies that are suggesting that 10 ppb may not be protective enough for humans,” Hamilton said. “I can’t think of any other drinking water contaminant regulated by the EPA where the federal drinking water standard is so close to levels where we see adverse effects in animals and humans. It’s a very unique chemical.” The team hopes to do further experiments to understand what exactly is happening to the physiology of the mice, as well as to see if it’s necessary for the EPA to lower the arsenic standard. But according to Hamilton, there are more hurdles to overcome than just proving the science.

“Whatever number we set must be something where we have the technology to take it out within reasonable cost, and the technology to show we’ve done it accurately so we know we’ve met the standard,” Hamilton said. “The estimate was that we might be able to drop the standard to 2 to 3 ppb, most public water supplies can achieve this and can say they’ve met the standard. But at the end of the day, we gave [mice] drinking water with arsenic in it with exactly the same dose that you can drink out of your tap that the EPA says is safe – and bad things happened to them,” Hamilton added. “It needs further investigation, but certainly it’s a cautionary tale that at such a low dose, we’re seeing these dramatic effects on these animals.”


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Sunday, June 3, 2012

Zimmerman Surrenders to Police


By Charles Hadlock, NBC News, and M. Alex Johnson, msnbc.com

Updated 4 p.m. ET: George Zimmerman, the man charged with second-degree murder in the shooting death of Florida teenager Trayvon Martin, was booked into jail Sunday, two days after a judge revoked his bail after evidence surfaced that Zimmerman and his wife may have misled the court about their finances. Zimmerman, 28, arrived in the state Saturday night from an undisclosed "secure location," where he has been staying because of "significant threats against his life," his lawyer, Mark O'Mara, said Sunday. He arrived at the jail before 2 p.m. on Sunday.

Zimmerman met police at a business park and was driven to the jail. He was handcuffed and wore a blue checkered button-up shirt. He is being held without bail and is listed as having $500 in his jail account, according to the jail website. Zimmerman, a neighborhood watch captain in Sanford, Fla., was released after posting $15,000 in cash on April 20 after he was charged with killing Martin, 17, who was unarmed, in February.

The case triggered a nationwide debate about whether race was involved in the shooting; Martin was black, while Zimmerman is the son of a white man and a Peruvian woman. Zimmerman was quiet and his return to jail went smoothly, Seminole County Sheriff Donald Eslinger said at a news conference Sunday. He said Zimmerman will stay in a single cell as he did before he was released in late April. The cell is 67-square-feet and is equipped with a toilet, two beds, a mattress, pillow, blanket and sheets, according to The Associated Press.

Key events in the Travyon Martin case Seminole County Circuit Judge Kenneth Lester revoked Zimmerman's bond Friday after learning that Zimmerman and his wife, Shellie Zimmerman, may have misled him about their assets when he set bond. Prosecutors demonstrated that Zimmerman had at least $135,000 that he did not disclose in a special PayPal account he had set up to pay for his defense. Zimmerman and his wife testified at a bond hearing that they had little money. During the hearing, Zimmerman also apologized to Martin's parents.

The judge set bail at $150,000 -- days later, Zimmerman was released after putting forth 10 percent of the total bail amount. But prosecutors listened to recorded jailhouse phone calls and said the Zimmermans talked about the money "in code to hide what they were doing." Judge revokes bail for George Zimmerman By concealing the defense contributions, Zimmerman benefited from a lower bond than he might have been granted had he and his family told the truth about how much money they really had, Lester said. O'Mara said in a posting on the defense team's website that he would seek a new bond hearing, at which he would argue that "the vast majority" of the donated money was in an independently managed trust and that neither "Mr. Zimmerman or his attorneys have direct access to the money." Wearing a casual, pink-striped button-up shirt Sunday, O’Mara said that Zimmerman is concerned about his and his wife’s safety because of the “enormous anger and frustration and hatred that has spurred from this case.”

Origianally written and published by MSN

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Four Witnesses Change Their Stories

         At least four key witnesses have changed their stories about what they saw the night George Zimmerman fatally shot Trayvon Martin in Sanford, Fla., the Orlando Sentinel reported Tuesday.
The report comes after state prosecutors released about half the evidence they have in their second-degree murder case against Zimmerman. The witnesses, known publicly only by numbers, first talked to Sanford police and later to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement and state prosecutors.
Among the changes, according to the Sentinel:
Witness 2: A young woman from the Retreat at Twin Lakes community, where Martin, 17, was shot Feb. 26, first told investigators she saw two men running and a fist fight. She later said she only saw one person running and couldn’t distinguish much because she had removed her contact lenses.
Witness 12: A young mother in the townhome community first said she saw two men on the ground but wasn’t sure who was on top; she later said Zimmerman was on top because she recognized his size based on news reports.
Witness 13: A male neighbor first said Zimmerman, with a bloodied head, told him he had to shoot Martin because “he was beating up on me,” and to please call Zimmerman’s wife. He later went into detail and described Zimmerman’s tone right after the shooting as casual, like the shooting was “nothing.”
Witness 6: A male neighbor, whose story change was initially reported Friday, first told police Martin was on top of Zimmerman and throwing down punches mixed martial arts style. He also first said Zimmerman was calling for help. The man later said he wasn’t sure who was yelling for help, and that Martin may have merely pinned Zimmerman to the ground. He was still sure, however, that Martin was on top.

Originally posted by MSN

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Stroke Device COMPLETELY Removes Blood Clot

WHAT AN AWESOME FIND!!!!

WHO'S HOT? FoxNews highlights Dr. Jeffrey Katz' blood clot removal stent.  Here is what they had to say.

According to Dr. Jeffrey Katz, chief of vascular neurology and director of the Stroke Center at North Shore University Hospital (NSUH), a stroke causes the blood vessel in the brain to become blocked. “That area of the brain that isn't getting blood flow dies, and so [stroke victims] get symptoms depending on the area of the brain that is being affected - not being able to understand what someone is telling them, they can get weak on one side, double vision…” Katz said.  
In early 2012, Rich Hasselberger, 47, was rushed to the hospital after collapsing at his son’s lacrosse game.  “I was on the sidelines at Erik's lacrosse game, and all of a sudden words weren't making sense,” Hasselberger said. “I remember like five minutes before I passed out. I went blank. It was that quick...”  At the North Shore University Stroke Center in Manhassett, N.Y., doctors diagnosed Hasselberger, a father of three, with a spontaneous carotid dissection and ischemic stroke.
 Katz used a new device to treat him that helped to open up his blood vessels and restore blood flow to his brain. The device – called the ‘Solitaire Flow Restoration Device’ – is a self-expanding, cylindrical metal cage that is inserted through a small tube into the blood clot itself. “You leave the stent retriever up for five minutes allowing the clot to grow into the stent, and then you pull it out,” Katz said. “In those five minutes, there is blood flow going to the brain tissue that wasn't before.”
 “Previously we could only open about 50 percent of blood vessels,” Katz added. “In this trial they were opening about 90 percent plus, which is great.”  In Hasselberger’s case, Katz was able to completely remove the blood clot – something he says is a major game changer.  “I think before we had this type of device, it was like trying to drive a nail into a board without a hammer,” Katz said. “And now we finally have a hammer, and I think it's really exciting.”
Yes! This is really exciting because I have family members and know that there are millions who have had heart attacks, strokes and blood clots who ended up needing stents. Thanks to Dr. Katz, we are well on the way to making blood clots a thing of the past. NOW THAT'S HOT!!
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Zimmerman had Broken Nose & Black Eye, Say Doctor


In a report obtained by ABC News  Zimmerman had,
"a broken nose, a pair of black eyes, two lacerations to the back of his head and a minor back injury.”  The three-page medical report is part of the discovery -- stacks of documents and CDs – currently being examined by the prosecution and the defense, ABC News reported. The doctor wrote that Zimmerman, 28, made an appointment to make sure he could return to work, ABC News reported. Zimmerman, an insurance underwriter at the time, told the doctor that his lower back hurt; photos show that he also had bruising on his upper lip. The report also notes that Zimmerman had been prescribed mood medications Adderall and Temazepam before the shooting, ABC News reported. The doctor added that Zimmerman refused to go to the hospital the night of the shooting and added that it was 'imperative' that he see his psychologist."
 Some reports say that the FBI are pursuing Trayvon Martin's murder as a Hate Crime. For the complete article, click here.

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