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4 DEAD FROM RARE MENINGITIS, MORE CASES EXPECTED
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Health officials are expecting to find more cases of a rare and deadly form of meningitis that has sickened more than two dozen people in five states. Four have died.
All received steroid injections, mostly for back pain, a fairly typical treatment.
The type of meningitis involved is not contagious like the more common forms. This type is caused by a fungus often found in leaf mold and which health officials suspect may have been in the steroid.
Eighteen of the cases are in Tennessee, where a Nashville clinic received the largest shipment of the steroid. The drug was made by a specialty pharmacy in Massachusetts that issued a recall last week. Investigators, though, say they are still trying to confirm the source of the infection. More…
Greek police clash with protesting shipyard workers
About 250 workers from the Hellenic Skaramangas shipyard (HSY) forced their way into the complex by pulling up a shutter and stood in the ministry’s grounds chanting “We want solutions, not layoffs!”.
The head of the army’s general staff, General Mihail Kostarakos, came out to address the protesters but was booed and heckled.
Scuffles broke out when police surrounded the workers and used truncheons to beat them back, television images showed. One man could be seen with a bloodied face, while another could be seen being dragged away by police as he tried to enter the ministry building. More…
‘I was a monster, a thief. I stole people’s lives.’ The Washington sniper Lee Boyd Malvo speaks, 10 years on
For three weeks in 2002, Lee Boyd Malvo and John Allen Mohammad terrorised a nation. While Mohammad was put to death for murdering 16 people at random, his accomplice, who was 17 at the time, was spared execution. Josh White meets him
Lee Boyd Malvo said he remembers each of the sniper shootings in detail. But one moment – one image – stands out among the carnage of that terrifying time 10 years ago: “Mr Franklin’s eyes.” Malvo remembers being in the blue Chevrolet Caprice. He scanned the area to make sure John Allen Muhammad had a clean shot. He gave the “go” order and looked across Route 50 at the target. Muhammad, hidden on a hill above, pulled the trigger. A bullet screamed across the highway, instantly killing Linda Franklin, who had been going about her business at a shop in Seven Corners, Virginia, at precisely the wrong time.
He remembers her husband Ted Franklin’s eyes – the devastation, the shock, the sadness after the shot. “They are penetrating,” Malvo said in a rare media interview from prison.
“It is the worst sort of pain I have ever seen in my life. His eyes… Words do not possess the depth in which to fully convey that emotion and what I felt when I saw it… You feel like the worst piece of scum on the planet.” More…
California mom jailed for 180 days over children’s chronic truancy setting example as one of the firsts in the state
Lorraine Cuevas, 34, is one of the first victims of a new state law combating children missing school days
Mother’s second and third grader collectively missed 116 days last school year
A California mother has been jailed for 180 days after her two children missed more than 10 per cent of last year’s school year, setting an example as one of the firsts by a new state law.
Lorraine Cuevas, 34, was arrested after school officials said her second and third grader at Monroe Elementary School in Hanford together missed 116 days of school.
The school board says the mother had plenty of warning of the new state law combating chronic truancy with a number of phone calls and letters sent to her home that they said went ignored. More…
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