Change.org petition seeks to ban Life Alert commercials – Too scary

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Date: August 28th, 2014

fallenCUMMING, Georgia – A new Change.org petition is aiming to get medical alert system manufacturing Life Alert to pull its new commercials from airwaves for being too scary.

“Your commercial is frightening and traumatic for those who deal with anxiety disorders and suffer from panic attacks,” writes Georgia resident Jack Smith, whose petition to ban the commercial has received just over 150 signatures thus far.

The controversial ad portrays an eerily empty house, with slow, heavily filtered tracking shots and emotionally manipulative sound effects.

The camera ominously creeps toward a flight of basement stairs, as an elderly woman desperately cries out for help while her neighbor in the seemingly affluent area obliviously plays with two dogs and the mailman.  More  Watch video

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Dogs Eating Dead Bodies Of Ebola Victims

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Date: August 28th, 2014

virus ebolaLiberia – Dogs in one community in Liberia are reportedly eating the remains of dead Ebola victims lying on the streets.

The New Dawn reports that the Liberian government buried bodies of those suspected to have died from Ebola a few weeks ago in Johnsonville Township, outside of Monrovia. A number of dogs were reportedly seen pulling the bodies out of the graves and eating the remains.

Dr. Stephen Korsman of the University of Cape Town’s medical virology division tells News 24 that dogs can be infected with the Ebola virus but that “infections appear to be asymptomatic.”

“This means that dogs won’t get sick, but they still could carry a potential risk through licking or biting,” Korsman explained to News 24.  More

Mother’s Facebook post gets her 4-year-old son kicked out of school

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Adult Illegal Aliens With Graying Hair Enrolled in Public Schools

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Date: August 28th, 2014

schoolMassachusetts – The mayor of Lynn, Mass. says that some of the illegal aliens from Guatemala who are enrolled in her city’s public schools are adults with graying hair and “more wrinkles than I have.”

“They are not all children,” Judith Flanagan Kennedy told reporters at a press conference at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday.

“One of the things that we did notice when we were processing some of these students coming in was that they were adults,” she said.

She added that the federal government will not allow school officials to verify their ages, even though one of the students turned out to be 35 years old.  More

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Second American killed fighting with ISIS identified as Abdirahmaan Muhumed – Fathered 9 children

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Date: August 28th, 2014

anotherA second American reportedly killed fighting with the Islamic State group in Syria has been identified as Abdirahmaan Muhumed, of Minneapolis, two sources told Fox News late Wednesday.

KMSP-TV in Minneapolis reported that Muhumed was killed in the same battle as Douglas McAuthur McCain, who grew up outside Minneapolis in the town of New Hope and most recently lived in San Diego.

A profile of Muhumed by Minnesota Public Radio this past June described him as a 29-year-old Somali-American who had been married more than once and was a father of nine children.

In a Facebook messages to an MPR reporter, Muhumed wrote “I give up this worldly life for Allah” and “Allah loves those who fight for his cause.” A picture posted on the social network showed Muhumed carrying a Koran in one hand and a rifle in the other.   More

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Man raises $28,000 to have his 100-pound scrotum removed

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Date: August 28th, 2014

scrotumIRVINE, California – A man in Michigan with a 100-pound scrotum successfully raised enough money to undergo surgery to have it removed.

When Dan Maurer was in his late 20s, he noticed his scrotum was swelling to an abnormal size. After doctors told Maurer to simply lose weight, he dropped 50 pounds — but his scrotum kept growing.

A decade later, Maurer, now 39, can only move 40 feet at a time and is the unwanted center of attention whenever he leaves the house.

Maurer suffers from scrotal lymphedema, a rare condition that he thought was untreatable.

But a TLC documentary about a man with an even larger scrotum inspired Maurer to return to the medical community that failed him and undergo the expensive — and dangerous — surgery to have the growth removed.  More

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7-year-old girl buried alive in UP crawls out of her grave

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Date: August 28th, 2014

7India - It could well be termed as a miracle as after being buried alive in a field, 7-year-old Tanu was brave enough to cry for help and attract attention of a villager passing by.

Alok Kumar, a native of Maanpur village in the neighbouring Sitapur district was returning from his fields on Monday evening when he heard the cries of a girl.

Following the cries, he reached the middle of his cane field and to his surprise, he found the earth moving.

He quickly removed the soil and was shocked to see Tanu who was in a semi unconscious condition.

He took her out and before taking her to the nearby Maanpur police station, he gave her a bath and changed her clothes.  More

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Huge wasp nest discovered by son in his mother’s spare room

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Date: August 28th, 2014

waspUK – A son went into a rarely-used bedroom in his mother’s home and discovered thousands of wasps had made a giant nest in a bed.

An estimated 5,000 wasps had created a nest by chewing through bedding, including a blanket and pillow. 

Pest-control expert John Birkett was called to tackle with the mound of wasps inside the mattress at the five-bedroom home in Winchester, Hampshire.

He added: ‘They must have started making the nest at the start of May. It’s amazing that the woman didn’t realize she was living with them.  More

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Vogue Model, Accused Of Stealing Chocolate Bars

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Date: August 27th, 2014

deRoosmarijn De Kok, who wore Yves Saint Laurent to her Monday court appearance, is accused of concealing the items in her bag and trying to leave the store without paying on July 18, according to the New York Post.

Her lawyer, Sal Strazzullo, says the teen just “forgot” about the candy and fish oil, and pointed out that she did pay for other items that trip, including protein bars and non-fat yogurt.

He also says she’s innocent because she never actually left the store with the products.

“The complaint states that she attempted to leave — it doesn’t state that she did leave. She’s totally innocent,” he told the Post.  More

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Giant panda fakes pregnancy for extra fruit and buns

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Date: August 27th, 2014

pandaChina – The birth of tiny panda cubs – seen live on television for the first time – was expected to captivate viewers in China. 

But fans of the endangered animals will be disappointed, because there will be no pitter patter of tiny paws any time soon.

Experts say that the ‘pregnant’ panda who was to be the star of the show is not expecting after all, and may have been faking a pregnancy to cash in on cushy living quarters and extra treats at the Chengdu Giant Panda Breeding Research Centre in China.

It is standard practice at the breeding centre to take extra care of expectant giant pandas, as every cub is so important to preserving the highly threatened species.  More

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‘Sons of Guns’ star Will Hayden arrested

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Date: August 27th, 2014

haydenLouisiana – “Sons of Guns” star Will Hayden has been arrested again, this time for aggravated rape, according to documents sent to FOX411 by the East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office.

Hayden is accused of raping a minor “almost daily” since March 2013 and taking her virginity when she was 11 years old. TMZ reports the girl is Hayden’s daughter.

During an interview with detectives, the alleged victim said she did not report the sexual abuse because she was afraid Hayden would hurt her. The most recent abuse of the now-12-year-old girl occurred during July 2014, according to the documents.

According to police documents, the alleged victim claims that Hayden told her “don’t tell them nothing because I’m all you got.”  More

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Life imitates glasses advertisement

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Date: August 27th, 2014

searsConnecticut – An 88-year-old woman had to be taken to hospital after she accidentally let a racoon into her house, thinking it was her cat.

The woman was taken to Yale-New Haven Hospital to be treated for several injuries after she was bitten by the animal, reports the New Haven Register.

Police Captain Ronald Smith said the woman opened a sliding glass door after hearing a scratching sound but a raccoon followed the pet into her home in Hamden, Connecticut.

When the woman attempted to pet what she thought was her cat, the raccoon attacked her, biting her on the elbow, hand, forearm, lip and chin.  More

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Iraq War Vet Warned Waffle House Wasn’t Safe – Gets Beaten

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Date: August 26th, 2014

weemsMississippi – A rural Mississippi man suffered life-threatening injuries and required brain surgery after he entered a Waffle House despite receiving a warning not to enter the restaurant because of the color of his skin.

The severe beating occurred early Sunday morning around 2 a.m., reports The Clarion-Ledger. Up to 20 assailants participated.

The injured man is Ralph Weems IV, a veteran of the Iraq War and a Marine. He is white.

The altercation began at about 1 a.m. when Weems and a friend, David Knighten, chose to go inside the Waffle House.  More

 

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Brazilian man wakes up in body bag after being declared dead

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Date: August 26th, 2014

deadSALVADOR, Brazil – A Brazilian man thought to have died awoke the following morning in a body bag in a local morgue.

Family members of 54-year-old Valdelucio Goncalves had been informed their loved one had died from “respiratory and multiple organ failure” following a pair of heart attacks, and the body could be identified at the morgue of Menandro de Farias General Hospital in Salvador, Brazil.

“Workers at the morgue let me in, and showed me where he was lying, in a zipped-up body bag,” Goncalves’ brother Walterio described to Brazilian news site G1.

“But as I got closer I could see it wriggling.”  More

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Tallest Man In The World, 8-Foot-4 Leonid Stadnyk, Dies At Age 44: Height Was A ‘Curse’

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Date: August 26th, 2014

tallestLeonid Stadnyk, an 8-foot-4 Ukrainian man, refused to be officially measured by the Guinness Book of World Records because he didn’t want the attention. It’s very likely, however, that he was the tallest man in the world. Stadnyk died Sunday at age 44 because of health problems.

Though some people who have reached Guinness World Records are proud of it, Stadnyk shied away from publicity. He felt ashamed and burdened by his height: “To me, my height is a curse, a punishment from God, not something to celebrate,” he said in a previous interview. “What sin I have committed, I do not know. All my life I have dreamed of being just like everyone else.”

Stadnyk reportedly disliked being so tall because it prevented him from accomplishing normal, ordinary goals like his lifelong dream of being a veterinarian, or even getting married.  More

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Subway Conductor Says She Was Bitten By Bed Bugs – Taken To Hospital

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Date: August 26th, 2014

bedbugsNEW YORK - Bed bugs were reported on yet another subway train Monday, when a conductor reported she was bitten on an N Train.

The conductor reported the bite on a Coney Island-bound N Train Monday afternoon, according to the Metropolitan Transportation Authority.

She requested medical attention and was taken to Brooklyn Hospital Center, the MTA said.

That train was removed from service, and exterminators were immediately notified, the MTA said.

Bedbugs have been found on at least four more subway trains this month alone, three of them N Trains.  More

Android App Takes Down Heart of National Weather Service Website

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Naked man damaged cars, kicked officer at hemp festival

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Date: August 26th, 2014

timGRANTS PASS, Oregon – A naked man had to be sedated at a hemp festival in southern Oregon after police said he damaged cars, started fights and kicked an officer.

The first troopers at the scene were led to a grass field where four men were restraining the suspect, who was described as naked, combative and agitated, on the ground.

The suspect was identified as 27-year-old Timothy Seaux of Grants Pass. According to jail records, Seaux is 6’3″ and 250 pounds.

A witness pointed out one vehicle in the parking lot that had sustained heavy damage.

Witnesses said Seaux had caused the damage while two frightened women were sitting inside the car.  More

Oregon inmate claims prison bunk beds are dangerous, tore his knee, seeks $49,000 

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Malaysia Airlines is a flying ghost town

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Date: August 26th, 2014

maMalaysia Airlines flights have transformed into mile-high ghost towns as pictures posted to social media depict a barren scene of near-empty planes and desolate terminals.

Photos of abandoned seats and deserted waiting areas come as the international airline continues to lose overwhelming amounts of money daily while it recovers from the downing of flight MH17 and the disappearance of flight MH370.

The decrease in travelers is so bad that the airline is attempting to lure back passengers in Australia by nearly doubling the amount of commission it offers to travel agents from 6 percent to 11 percent, according to News.com.au.

“The southeast Asia air carrier burns its cash reserves at nearly $2.16 million each day,” Howard University professor Oliver McGee, an expert on transportation, wrote on Linkedin.  More

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Southwest Airlines Lost Family’s Aging Mother

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Date: August 26th, 2014

aliceDENVER – A Denver family is angry at an airline they say lost their diabetic and slightly forgetful mother.

The recent trip to the East Coast for Alice Vaticano, 85, to visit her daughter turned into a bit of a marathon.

She says her daughter took her to the Newark Airport, where a skycap promised to wheel her directly to her gate. Her daughter didn’t obtain clearance to go to the concourse with her.

But somehow Vaticano got parked and forgotten.

“She pushed me there and left me,” Vaticano said. “I was just sitting all day in a wheelchair.”  More

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Man fakes his own kidnapping to have a Friday night without his girlfriend

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Woman, 75, gets life term for killing husband 40 years ago

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Date: August 26th, 2014

udenCHEYENNE, Wyoming – A judge in Wyoming sentenced a 75-year-old Missouri woman to life in prison on Monday for killing her husband with a rifle in the mid-1970s then throwing his body down the shaft of an abandoned gold mine where it remained for nearly 40 years.

Defendant Alice Uden wore wire glasses, a court-supplied hearing aid and a blue suit, and sat quietly in her wheelchair before speaking at the hearing.

Uden sobbed gently as she addressed the court about the death of her third husband, Ronald Holtz, then 25.

The shooting happened at the couple’s home in Cheyenne in late 1974 or early 1975. Uden testified she shot Holtz with a rifle next to the girl’s bed.  More

Justin Bieber investigated for attempted robbery

No media outcry after black cop kills young white man

Dad Put Gun To Son’s Head To Try ‘Scaring’ Him Back To College

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Saw blade impales Houston construction worker

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Date: August 26th, 2014

bladeHOUSTON – A Houston construction worker has been hospitalized after he was impaled in the chest by a circular blade that became detached from a power saw.

Houston fire spokesman Kenyatta Parker says the man was still conscious Monday morning when he was transported to a hospital with at least part of the blade still embedded in his body.

Parker says firefighters responded to an emergency call that a man had been hurt while working atop a building near The Galleria, a popular shopping center.  More

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USC star injured saving nephew from drowning

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Date: August 26th, 2014

shawCalifornia – University of Southern California senior cornerback Joshua Shaw likely won’t play in the Trojans’ season opener Saturday against Fresno State, but he’s already being hailed by his coach as a hero after spraining both his ankles jumping off a second-story balcony to rescue his 7-year-old nephew from drowning.

The school said the incident occurred Saturday evening, when Shaw was attending a family party at his cousin’s apartment in Palmdale, Calif.

At one point, Shaw saw his nephew Carter, who cannot swim, struggling in the apartment complex’s pool.

With no one else nearby, Shaw jumped off the balcony onto the concrete below. Despite the pain, USC said Shaw was able to crawl into the pool and pull his nephew to safety before maneuvering himself out of the water.  More  Update: So That USC Player Who Jumped Off a Balcony to Save His Nephew? He Made it Up

 

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Men arrested after pants-down shouting match

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Date: August 26th, 2014

andersonSTRUTHERS, Ohio – Struthers Police arrested two men Saturday evening after witnesses said they pulled their pants down and yelled obscenities at one another in a woman’s front yard, according to a police report.

Police arrested William Anderson (picture), 54, and Michael Susak, 34, charging Anderson with disorderly conduct, public indecency and resisting arrest. Susak received charges of criminal damaging and public indecency.

Police received numerous calls regarding a large fight in the rear yard of 253 Maplewood Ave. in Struthers Saturday evening.

One witness said that the argument started when Anderson knocked on a woman’s door, telling her to quit letting her dog urinate in his yard.  More

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Cambodian rat meat – A growing export market

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Date: August 25th, 2014

ratCambodia – Rice field rats are considered a delicacy in Cambodia

A unique harvest is under way in the rice fields of Cambodia where tens of thousands of wild rats are being trapped alive each day to feed a growing export market for the meat of rural rodents.

Popularly considered a disease-carrying nuisance in many societies, the rice field rats, Rattus argentiventer, of this small South-East Asian nation are considered a healthy delicacy due to their free-range lifestyle and largely organic diet.

Rat-catching season reaches its height after the rice harvest in June and July when rats have little to eat in this part of rural Kompong Cham province, some 60km from the capital Phnom Penh.  More

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Babysitter Sets Fire To Home Of ‘Disrespectful’ Kids

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Date: August 25th, 2014

MarthaA Texas babysitter was arrested after setting fire to the house of children she said “lacked respect.”

Martha Dreher, 57, has pleaded not guilty to arson charges, ABC reported Saturday. The house fire occurred on August 9 at an Austin home belong to Glenn Williams.

Dreher had been babysitting Williams’ four children — two preteen girls and 5-year-old twin boys — for several months, KVUE reports.

On the night of August 9, the daughters were on vacation with their father, and Dreher was watching the two boys at their mother’s house, according to the American-Statesman.  More

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Burglar swipes device that controls prosthetic hand of triple-amputee veteran

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Date: August 25th, 2014

benA Texas veteran who lost both legs and much of his right arm to an IED in Afghanistan was left to relive his experience when a heartless thief stole the device he uses to control his prosthetic right hand last week.

U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Ben Eberle, 27, told the San Antonio Express-News he left the device in the center console of his pickup truck overnight and awoke Friday to find the driver’s side door window smashed and the critical device gone.

The iPod Touch has an application called i-limb, which Eberle uses to achieve hand movements he otherwise could not due to extensive nerve damage.

Because Eberle’s prosthetic hand is programmed to only work with the stolen iPod, and vice versa, he will have to replace both, he told the newspaper.

“That takes a long time,” Eberle said. “It’s tedious and it’s a lot of work with the hand itself.”  More

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Vermont diner takes down bacon sign after it offends Muslims

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Date: August 25th, 2014

bacon1Vermont – The Sneakers Bistro got its pick of a sign to stake into a prime traffic median along Winooski’s Main Street after dolling up the bed with annual flowers for the city of Winooski’s “Operation Bloom” volunteer program.

The sign that read “YIELD FOR BACON” was installed in June, according to a cached Facebook post, but it wasn’t until August that a Muslim resident of Winooski claimed the sign was insensitive to those who do not consume pork.

The restaurant owners, who have not been identified, contacted the woman who complained and took the sign down out of respect on Friday.

The backlash, however, continued over the weekend and led to the takedown of its Facebook page and even Yelp reviews.  More

British diplomats apologize for tweets marking 1814 burning of White House with BBQ, cake 

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Police call in bomb expert to ‘defuse’ toy lightsaber

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Date: August 25th, 2014

lightJUNEAU, Alaska – A plastic toy lightsaber discarded on a road in Alaska caused a bomb scare, prompting local police to dispatch a bomb expert.

An unidentified Juneau resident became suspicious of an object on the side of the road.

Rather than call 911, the concerned citizen phoned the Juneau Police Department’s business line to report the mystery.

Not taking any chances, a member of the force with formal Explosive Ordnance Disposal training was dispatched, and quickly realized he was sent to contain a plastic Star Wars toy.  More

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Chicago crime rate drops as concealed carry applications surge

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Date: August 25th, 2014

chlIllinois – An 86-year-old Illinois man with a concealed carry permit fired his weapon at an armed robbery suspect fleeing police last month, stopping the man in his tracks and allowing the police to make an arrest.

Law enforcement authorities described the man as “a model citizen” who “helped others avoid being victims” at an AT&T store outside Chicago where he witnessed the holdup. The man, whose identity was withheld from the press, prevented others from entering the store during the theft.

Police said the robber harassed customers and pistol-whipped one.

Since Illinois started granting concealed carry permits this year, the number of robberies that have led to arrests in Chicago has declined 20 percent from last year, according to police department statistics.  More

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Pediatricians’ group says school should start no earlier than 8:30 a.m.

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Date: August 25th, 2014

sleepCHICAGO – Pediatricians have a new prescription for schools: later start times for teens.

Delaying the start of the school day until at least 8:30 a.m. would help curb their lack of sleep, which has been linked with poor health, bad grades, car crashes and other problems, the American Academy of Pediatrics says in a new policy.

The influential group says teens are especially at risk; for them, “chronic sleep loss has increasingly become the norm.”

More than 40 percent of the nation’s public high schools start classes before 8 a.m., according to government data cited in the policy. And even when the buzzer rings at 8 a.m., school bus pickup times typically mean kids have to get up before dawn if they want that ride.  More

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New York’s worst inmates are living like kings – Silence of the Lambs Unit

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Date: August 25th, 2014

manhattanNew York – The “worst of the worst” prisoners in the city’s jails are living like kings — while correction officers are reduced to being their personal servants, The Post has learned.

Nearly two dozen prisoners get to kick back all day and watch TV and play chess in a little-known section of the Manhattan Detention Complex dubbed the “Silence of the Lambs” unit by guards — and the “VIP Room” by the inmates, correction sources said.

The guards are forced to wait on the violent prisoners hand and foot because the inmates are not allowed to walk around without officer escorts in the ninth-floor unit, which is officially called “9?South,” the sources said.

And the inmates take full advantage of their situation, demanding that coffee be served to them piping hot — sending it back when it’s lukewarm.  More

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