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  • The Fuzzy Gray Place in the Killing Zone

    08/12/2006 5:32:05 PM PDT · by neverdem · 8 replies · 376+ views
    The Pernicious NY Times ^ | August 13, 2006 | DENISE GRADY
    NO one with a heart would deny painkillers to a suffering patient whose death was near. But what if the drugs, besides easing pain, could also hasten death — could make “near” closer to “now”? It is a question the doctors and families of dying patients face every day. Much of the time, they are generous with drugs. The practice is generally considered acceptable, even if it does help end a life — provided that the intention is strictly to relieve pain, not cause death. Basically, it’s O.K. if you happen to grease the skids for poor old uncle as...
  • Deer in peril by Coachellla CA aqueduct fencing work

    07/10/2006 1:05:29 PM PDT · by spectr17 · 17 replies · 1,021+ views
    Outdoor News Service ^ | July 5 2006 | JIM MATTHEWS
    OUTDOOR COLUMN -- matthews-ONS -- 05jul06 Deer in peril by aqueduct, fencing work By JIM MATTHEWS Outdoor News Service A portion of the burro deer herd in Imperial and Riverside counties is being denied water during the scorching summer heat because of work being conducted by the Coachella Valley Water District (CVWD) on the Coachella Canal, located on the east side of the Salton Sea and Imperial Valley. The canal, which has delivered Colorado River water to farm fields in the Imperial Valley for decades, is being replaced with a concrete lined canal to eliminate leakage. This will increase the...
  • The Dying Priest

    06/30/2006 12:27:48 PM PDT · by The_Republican · 14 replies · 2,010+ views
    Unknown | June 30th, 2006 | Unknown
    The old priest lay dying in the hospital. For years he had faithfully served the people of the nation's capital. He motioned for one of his aides to come near. "Yes father" said the aide. "I would really like to see Ted Kennedy and Hillary Clinton before I die", whispered the priest. "I'll see what I can do, father" replied the aide. The aide sent the request to the Senate and waited for a response. Soon the word arrived. Kennedy and Clinton would be delighted to visit the priest. As they went to the hospital, Clinton commented to Kennedy, "I...
  • A Dying Al-Zarqawi Tried to Get Away

    06/09/2006 5:54:29 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 46 replies · 1,043+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 6/8/06 | Patrick Quinn - ap
    BAGHDAD, Iraq - Abu Musab al-Zarqawi could barely speak, but he struggled and tried to get away from American soldiers as he lay dying on a stretcher in the ruins of his hideout. The U.S. forces recognized his face, and knew they had the leader of al-Qaida in Iraq. Initially, the U.S. military had said al-Zarqawi was killed outright. But Friday new details emerged of his final moments. For three years, al-Zarqawi orchestrated horrific acts of violence guided by his extremist vision of jihad, or holy war — first against the U.S. soldiers he considered occupiers of Arab lands, then...
  • Suspected shoplifter runs into squad car

    05/24/2006 9:39:03 PM PDT · by Rakkasan1 · 11 replies · 688+ views
    Pioneer Press ^ | 5-24-06 | EMILY GURNON
    Rather than running away from the police, an alleged shoplifter ended up running into them — with grave results. Scott Everette Blake, 46, of Mounds View allegedly tried to steal more than $200 in men's accessories Saturday night from a Marshalls store near the Northtown shopping center in Blaine, said Anoka County Sheriff's Detective Jeff Rokeh. Store security guards watched as he removed watches, wallets and key chains from their packaging, bit off the security tags and stuffed the items in his pockets, Rokeh said. The guards called Blaine police and asked them to stand by as Blake prepared to...
  • Unbundled Media Content Poses A Challenge (Dinosaur Media Extinction Alert)

    04/05/2006 11:53:57 AM PDT · by abb · 232+ views
    Forbes.com ^ | April 3, 2006 | Staff
    Media content is increasingly becoming "unbundled" from its physical distribution medium, such as CDs. This "disruptive" technology has led to different pricing models and lowered barriers to entry for content authors, creating a challenging business environment for publishers and media companies. Historically, information and entertainment content were captive to their physical distribution medium or distribution time. Given the technology of the past, consumers were forced to purchase and access content using the physical medium or schedule dictated by the content distributor. This resulted in "appointment-based" consumption. Today, this old model of consumption is vanishing, due to changes in three significant...
  • Buchwald's Goodbye: Writing, Reminiscing (His Opus from Life)

    04/05/2006 8:14:38 AM PDT · by Responsibility2nd · 160 replies · 1,891+ views
    Examiner ^ | 04/04/2006 | DARLENE SUPERVILLE,
    WASHINGTON - Columnist Art Buchwald is dying and enjoying every minute of it. Death was expected within weeks of his decision to reject blood-cleansing treatments that could prolong his life, yet he lives on. Neither Buchwald nor his doctors know why, he says. But it doesn't matter. The Pulitzer Prize-winning political satirist says he's not afraid of death, isn't depressed and is, in fact, having the time of his life. He spends his days writing columns from his room at a local hospice and reminiscing with friends from all stages of his storied life who visit daily. "It's a great...
  • NYC Kindergarteners To Be Taught About AIDS

    03/21/2006 6:45:25 PM PST · by Melissa 24 · 24 replies · 753+ views
    CBS TV New York ^ | Mar 20, 2006 12:40 pm US/Eastern | Kerri Lyon
    NYC Kindergarteners To Be Taught About AIDS Image Kerri Lyon Reporting Save It Email this Article Email It Print this Article Print It (CBS) GLENDALE HIV and AIDS have been taught in New York City classrooms since 1987 with the lessons mandated by the state. But this year, the city has revamped the curriculum, and parents said that it was without their input. Parents have now seen what their kids will be learning, and they have a lot of questions about whether its appropriate in the classroom. Susan Petschauer's third grade son Andrew is getting his first lesson in the...
  • When Moviegoers Vote With Their Feet (Hollywood Extinction Alert)

    03/17/2006 4:52:43 AM PST · by abb · 50 replies · 1,435+ views
    The New York Times ^ | March 16, 2006 | Sharon Waxman
    In a loud corner of the Bally's hotel convention floor, a dozen beefy, bare-chested men wearing chicken masks and black Lycra tights leapt from a wrestling ring onto the exhibition floor. It was a welcome distraction at the annual ShoWest convention this week, where the aim is to whip up enthusiasm among movie theater owners for the coming summer blockbusters. Theater owners and studios fret about smaller audiences, like this one for a 7 p.m. show of "The Hills Have Eyes" in Las Vegas on Monday. Readers Forum: Movies Deftly stepping to avoid a flying wrestler (part of the promotion...
  • Probe launched after hospital separates dying woman, husband.

    02/25/2006 8:35:04 AM PST · by M203M4 · 53 replies · 1,549+ views
    CBC ^ | Wed, 22 Feb 2006 | CBC News
    Probe launched after hospital separates dying woman, husband Last Updated Wed, 22 Feb 2006 17:51:11 EST B.C. health officials are investigating after a woman died alone two days after being forcibly separated from her husband of 70 years, despite the family's pleas that she be allowed to spend her remaining time with him. Fanny Albo, 91, and her husband Al had both been in the acute care unit of Kootenay Boundary Regional Hospital in Trail, a city in southeastern B.C. about nine kilometres north of the border with the United States. "They brought her in on the gurney. They said,...
  • Remembering WWII Vets.

    01/10/2006 11:13:08 AM PST · by tryon1ja · 11 replies · 2,256+ views
    Private Email | unknown | Sam Bierstock & John Melnick
    My Dad will be 84 on the 15th. of this month. He is one of the WWII vets still with us. The following email got me to thinking about him and how unique he has become and ever more so every day. He never talked much about the war and still doesn't until this day. About all he ever told me is that he drove a gasoline truck and that he spent a lot of time in North Africa and Italy. I know he won a bronze star because I saw it once. But other than that, he won't same...
  • End-of-Life forum to be presented at SPC Seminole Campus

    11/09/2005 12:11:36 AM PST · by BykrBayb · 28 replies · 858+ views
    Seminole Beacon ^ | Nov. 9, 2005
    SEMINOLE – Death and dying, hospice, palliative care, advanced directives, living wills and bereavement are among the end-of-life issues to be presented by the Applied Ethics Institute of St. Petersburg College at the college’s Digitorium on the Seminole Campus on Thursday, Nov. 17, 7 to 9 p.m. The free forum will be moderated by Mary Tittle, Ph.D., RN, College of Nursing, St. Petersburg College and begin with presentations from David A. Weiland, M.D., The Hospice of the Florida Suncoast; Patricia Thieleman, Ph.D., RN, College of Nursing, St. Petersburg College; and Hanna Osman, Ph.D., College of Public Health, University of South...
  • SUSPENDED BETWEEN LIFE AND DEATH

    10/05/2005 7:39:17 PM PDT · by neverdem · 35 replies · 1,002+ views
    Kansas City Star ^ | Oct. 05, 2005 | DAVID BROOKS
    Let me tell you how we’re going to die. Twenty percent of us, according to a Rand Corp. study, are going to get cancer or another rapidly debilitating condition, and we’ll be dead within a year of getting the disease. Another 20 percent of us are going to suffer from some cardiac or respiratory failure. We’ll suffer years of worsening symptoms, a few life-threatening episodes, and then eventually die. But 40 percent of us will suffer from some form of dementia (most frequently Alzheimer’s disease or a disabling stroke). Our gradual, unrelenting path toward death will take eight or 10...
  • Bretons Speak Up To Save Their Dying Language

    09/30/2005 6:10:46 PM PDT · by blam · 32 replies · 876+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 10-1-2005 | Colin Randall
    Bretons speak up to save their dying language By Colin Randall in Brest (Filed: 01/10/2005) They have their own schools, bilingual road signs, vibrant festivals and dubbed Perry Mason repeats on television. But even the most passionate champions of the Breton language admit that its survival is in question. A pupil in Relecq Kerhuon reads Tintin in Breton Native speakers are ageing, their numbers falling by 15,000 a year. And among those remaining, there is anger that the French government does more for Brittany's large influx of British settlers than for those campaigning to save Breton from extinction. Along the...
  • News Flash -- New Orleans Left to the Dead and Dying

    09/03/2005 4:14:36 PM PDT · by Vigilanteman · 35 replies · 1,891+ views
    Nola.Com ^ | 3 September 2005, 5:28 p.m. CDT | By ALLEN G. BREED (AP)
    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Thousands more bedraggled refugees were bused and airlifted to salvation Saturday, leaving the heart of New Orleans to the dead and dying, the elderly and frail stranded too many days without food, water or medical care.
  • The Rural War

    07/20/2005 1:08:09 PM PDT · by neverdem · 67 replies · 2,451+ views
    NY Times ^ | July 20, 2005 | ROBERT CUSHING and BILL BISHOP
    WHICH American communities pay the highest price for the war in Iraq? A look at the demographics of soldiers killed reveals that Iraq is not the war of any one race or region. Rather, it is rural America's war. Altogether, a nearly equal percentage of Americans aged 18 to 54 live in counties with a million or more inhabitants as live in counties of 100,000 or fewer. And yet, of the soldiers who have died in Iraq, 342 came from densely populated counties while 536 came from smaller ones. Derived from Pentagon and census data, this chart shows the Iraqi...
  • Sergeants fulfill Raider's dying wish (WET EYEs For All that Read this)

    05/20/2005 5:44:29 PM PDT · by AZHua87 · 28 replies · 1,195+ views
    Marine Corps News ^ | May 20, 2005 | Cpl. Edward R. Guevara Jr.
    MARINE CORPS RECRUIT DEPOT SAN DIEGO, Calif. (May 20, 2005) -- Four depot sergeants in dress blues came to the bedside of a dying Marine Raider Monday afternoon at Sharp Chula Vista Medical Center, Chula Vista, Calif. Color guard members Sgts. Machel M. Messias, Edgar I. Villa, Koami Fedy and Alejandro F. Galvez went to the center to fulfill the dying wish of Wallace Reid. Reid, who now has several life-threatening medical issues, has lived at the Veterans Home of California, near the center since 2001. Known as paratroopers of the sea, the Raiders were an elite World War II...
  • There's a Crack In Our Foundation - (Terri Schiavo; America betrayed her)

    04/11/2005 3:54:53 PM PDT · by CHARLITE · 200 replies · 2,887+ views
    GOPUSA.COM ^ | APRIL 12, 2005 | DEBBIE DANIEL
    Wake up America . . . the alarm clock just went off and we keep turning over and going back to sleep. There's an "uprisin' on the horizon" and we refuse to face it. Sleeping through it might make it easier, but the end result will be devastating. We've had a lightning bolt cut through the very core of our foundation forming a crack so deep we could topple by our weight of indifference. This ship is listing badly; so tilted we may never be uprighted again. Our love affair with America is "breaking apart" because our foundation is cracking....
  • National Hospice Work Group - Expanding Boundaries

    04/02/2005 12:31:18 AM PST · by Liberty Reigns · 26 replies · 758+ views
    National Hospice Work Group ^ | March-April 2003 | Bruce Jennings, et al
    Access to Hospice Care: Expanding Boundaries, Overcoming Barriers, a report drawn from a three-year study of hospice access and values issues conducted by The Hastings Center and the National Hospice Work Group, a voluntary association of progressive hospices, was published as a Special Supplement accompanying the March/April 2003 issue of the bioethics journal, the Hastings Center Report... The report also offers a new vision of hospice, one that holds firm to many of the traditions and values of the past but finds new and more flexible ways to deliver care. The model of traditional hospice care as an independent and...
  • World's Children Dying From Common, Treatable Infections (guess whose fault it is?)

    03/26/2005 9:30:37 AM PST · by ChildOfThe60s · 20 replies · 628+ views
    MSN ^ | THURSDAY, March 24 | By Steven Reinberg, HealthDay Reporter
    Six easy-to-treat infectious diseases account for the majority of deaths in young children in the developing world, according to a new report by researchers for the World Health Organization (WHO)........... ..........Better treatment would require political action that's just not there right now, however. "There is not yet the global conscience and political will to make it happen," Black said............ .........Moreover, Black noted that "the U.S. is among the worst countries in the world in terms of contributions to foreign assistance."
  • Morality and Reality (Schiavo)

    03/25/2005 8:46:29 PM PST · by neverdem · 20 replies · 1,161+ views
    NY Times ^ | March 26, 2005 | DAVID BROOKS
    OP-ED COLUMNIST The core belief that social conservatives bring to cases like Terri Schiavo's is that the value of each individual life is intrinsic. The value of a life doesn't depend upon what a person can physically do, experience or achieve. The life of a comatose person or a fetus has the same dignity and worth as the life of a fully functioning adult. Social conservatives go on to say that if we make distinctions about the value of different lives, if we downgrade those who are physically alive but mentally incapacitated, if we say that some people can be...
  • GETTING TO KNOW TERRI SCHIAVO

    03/19/2005 12:33:11 PM PST · by freeholland · 314+ views
    ATTACK MACHINE.COM ^ | MARCH 19, 2005 | BURT PRELUTSKY
    Early on, I must confess, I didn’t take much interest in Terri Schiavo. All I’d heard was that she was a vegetable, brain-dead, totally unaware of her surroundings. I did hear rumors that her husband Michael wanted her taken off life-support because he could then inherit whatever remained of a very sizeable insurance settlement. But, so what? And so what if he was shacked up with some other woman and had sired two kids with her? No matter what a lout he might be, the only important question was whether Mrs. Schiavo would or would not be better off dead....
  • Sargeant records video for family saying if he dies in Iraq it would be the right thing to do

    02/23/2005 11:43:16 AM PST · by mark1080 · 49 replies · 1,260+ views
    MSNBC ^ | 2/23/05 | don teague
    Before deploying earlier this year, Sergeant First Class David Salie was certain of two things: Serving in Iraq was the right thing to do and he wouldn't survive his tour. He shared that premonition with his wife weeks before he left. "He rolled over and looked at me and he said, 'D, I'm not coming back,'" recalls Deanna Salie. Sadly, David Salie's prediction came true. He was killed in a roadside bombing on Valentine's Day, just four days into his Iraq tour. His children and wife are now mourning a terrible loss. "I am a little mad at him for...
  • NASA Plans to Bring Down 'Dying' Hubble Telescope

    02/07/2005 9:15:56 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 221 replies · 3,152+ views
    Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 2/7/05 | Deborah Zaborenko - Reuters
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The aging Hubble Space Telescope (news - web sites) -- a path-breaking scientific instrument whose eye-catching images have won fans around the world -- would die in orbit under the 2006 budget for NASA (news - web sites) proposed on Monday. The U.S. space agency's total budget would rise 2.4 percent over 2005 to about $16.5 billion, but only $93 million would be spent on Hubble, with $75 million of that aimed at bringing the observatory down to Earth safely, NASA's comptroller said. While NASA's budget is only a tiny slice of the overall $2.5 trillion requested...
  • Dying-The "Old Sergeant" Series

    01/27/2005 2:20:29 PM PST · by Steve Newton · 14 replies · 779+ views
    http://steven.newton1.home.att.net/ ^ | 2005 | Steven J. Newton
    DYING The old sergeants platoon had just fought an engagement against a group of terrorists that had ambushed them just outside the Western part of Baghdad. The rag heads had completely surprised them and the sergeant blamed himself. It was a coordinated attack using an IED and terrorists attacking from both directions using pick up trucks with steel plating welded across the windows and doors.
  • Living and Dying in Tokyo

    10/03/2004 10:08:50 PM PDT · by sfwarrior · 127 replies · 2,851+ views
    SFGATE.com ^ | Adam Sparks
    My mother-in-law passed away last week, and I attended the funeral in Tokyo. The five-day wake was a mind-blower in so many ways. It made me think of just how different Japan is than the United States and how, in so many ways, it is so far superior, both culturally and technologically. We have much to learn. First, the treatment of death is much different. My mother-in-law's body went directly from the hospital, where she passed away, to the home of her husband. There, the body was placed on the floor in the home's tatami room, a traditional chamber, lined...
  • N. Korea: Wife of Kim Jong-il Gravely Ill: Sankei

    08/11/2004 8:39:54 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 38 replies · 940+ views
    Chosun Ilbo ^ | 08/11/04 | N/A
    Wife of Kim Jong-il Gravely Ill: Sankei Quoting an intelligence source in Seoul, Japan's Sankei Shimbun reported Wednesday that rumors are circulating that 51-year-old Ko Yong-hi, the wife of North Korean leader Kim Jong-il, has slipped into critical condition. South Korean intelligence is rushing to confirm the rumors, the report said. According to the source, following Ko's return to North Korea from Paris, where she received treatment for breast cancer, North Korea purchased an extremely expensive coffin from France and transported it back to Pyongyang aboard a specially chartered flight. Ko gave birth to Kim Jong-il's second and third...
  • Lady Dilhorne, 93, Who Trained War Pigeons, Dies

    04/05/2004 8:17:54 AM PDT · by paulklenk · 15 replies · 181+ views
    AP / NYTimes ^ | April 2, 2004 | AP
    LONDON, April 1 — The dowager Viscountess Dilhorne, who trained pigeons to carry secret communications from Europe in World War II, died on March 25. She was 93. Her son, John, Viscount Dilhorne, told of her death, at her home in Northamptonshire, in central England. In World War II, Mary Manningham-Buller — as she was known before her husband was given a title — trained carrier pigeons in a small village in Oxfordshire, west of London. Secret agents and resistance fighters in Europe used them to communicate with London. The birds flew back to Mrs. Manningham-Buller with coded messages strapped...
  • God at the Bedside [Medical practice and religion]

    03/18/2004 8:52:09 AM PST · by Pharmboy · 5 replies · 197+ views
    New England Journal of Medicine ^ | March 18, 2004 | Jerome Groopman, M.D.
    Not long ago, in the oncology clinic where I work, my patient Anna Angelo asked me to pray to God. At the time, prayer was far from the forefront of my mind. Anna (her name has been changed to maintain confidentiality) is a 71-year-old woman from Boston's North End with long-standing cardiac and hepatobiliary disease. Six years ago, breast cancer developed. The tumor was incurable from the time of diagnosis, since it had already spread to bone. The cancer cells tested positive for estrogen and progesterone receptors, and Anna was treated with a series of hormonal agents, which, over the...
  • Is Pakistan's Nuclear Programme Dying?

    03/03/2004 5:46:48 PM PST · by blam · 203+ views
    BBC ^ | 3-3-2004 | Paul Anderson
    Is Pakistan's nuclear programme dying? By Paul Anderson BBC correspondent in Islamabad In all the heat generated by Pakistan's leading nuclear scientist, AQ Khan, confessing to nuclear proliferation, relatively little attention has been paid to the future of the country's nuclear weapons programme. AQ Khan dramatically confessed to leaking nuclear secrets in February. In the 1970s Prime Minister Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto famously declared that Pakistanis would go to any sacrifice to match India's nuclear weapons programme, even if it meant the people being reduced to eating grass. Now they have a nuclear programme, they are discovering that weapons technology is...
  • Hubby might be dying...need your prayers

    02/26/2004 8:00:22 PM PST · by ETERNAL WARMING · 252 replies · 311+ views
    na ^ | Feb. 25, 2004 | Eternal Warming
    Hubby might be dying....need your prayers Dear friends, My sweet husband might be dying in the next few days. They're planning on moving him out of the hospital and into a long care facility. The Doctor said there is nothing they can do for him, and he might die during transport to the facility. The kids are on their way in case it's goodbye. Norman is everything to us. We all love him so dearly. Please keep me and the three kids in your prayers. We'll soon know if his dream was a Near Death Experience or if it was...
  • A Dying Democrat

    12/18/2003 1:06:21 PM PST · by raynearhood · 12 replies · 140+ views
    Jokesgallery | 12/18/03 | unknown
    A Dying Democrat An old man was critically ill. Feeling that death was near, he called his lawyer. "I want to become a Democrat. Get me a change of registration form." "You can do it", the lawyer said, "But why? You'll be dead soon, why do you want to become a Democrat?" "That's my business! Get me the form!" Four days later, the old man got his registration changed. His lawyer was at his bedside making sure his bill would be paid. Suddenly the old man was racked with fits of coughing, and it was clear that this would be...
  • Public Historically Supports a Terminally Ill Patient's Right to Die (Schiavo Related)

    10/30/2003 12:48:56 AM PST · by Recovering_Democrat · 8 replies · 2,898+ views
    Gallup ^ | 10/30/03 | Gallup
    PRINCETON, NJ -- The American public generally endorses the concept of what can loosely be called the "right to die" if a terminally ill patient wants to end his or her life, or if a spouse makes a decision to end his or her marriage partner's life if that person is in a persistent vegetative state. These considerations have become particularly relevant in recent weeks with the publicity surrounding the case of Terri Schiavo in Florida. In 1990, Schiavo fell into a persistent vegetative state, and has remained in that condition since, her life supported by a feeding tube. Her...
  • Florida Bishops Urge Safer Course For Terri Schiavo

    10/28/2003 11:46:53 AM PST · by Salvation · 31 replies · 177+ views
    Diocese of St. Petersburg ^ | 8-27-03 | Florida Bishops
    August 27, 2003    Florida Bishops Urge Safer Course For Terri Schiavo   We continue our fervent prayers for Terri Schiavo, for her family, and all involved in this most difficult and heart wrenching situation. After a fourth consideration of her case, the 2nd District Court of Appeals has upheld the latest order of the trial court judge to withdraw her hydration and nutrition tube. An emergency appeal to the Florida Supreme Court was denied. Barring unforeseen legal intervention, the trial court will soon re-schedule the removal of Mrs. Schiavo’s feeding tube.  It is most unfortunate that family members have...
  • Arafat reported seriously ill

    10/07/2003 10:07:59 AM PDT · by Alouette · 152 replies · 344+ views
    Jerusalem Post ^ | Oct. 7, 2003 | Khaled Abu Toameh
    Four ambulances that were seen entering Palestinian Authority Chairman Yasser Arafat's compound in Ramallah on Monday afternoon triggered off rumors that he was seriously ill. Within minutes, senior officials in the compound were bombarded with phone calls from curious journalists. Arafat's spokesman, Nabil Abu Rudeineh, dismissed reports that Arafat had been taken to a local hospital. He said Arafat suffered from exhaustion and was recovering. But another senior official said Arafat's health has rapidly deteriorated over the past two weeks. "I don't think it's the flu as some people say," he said. "The president hasn't been feeling well for some...
  • The Dead Sea Is Dying As Its Dark Salty Waters Retreat

    10/03/2003 6:04:46 PM PDT · by blam · 39 replies · 956+ views
    The Dead Sea is dying as its dark salty waters retreat (Filed: 04/10/2003) Human exploitation is forcing the surface level down by three feet each year, reports David Blair The jagged cliffs of the Judaean desert mountains, where John the Baptist wandered and Jewish fighters made their last stand at Masada, once sloped directly into the Dead Sea. Today, many of those cliffs descend into ugly mudflats covering much of the basin marking the lowest point on Earth. For the Dead Sea is in retreat as human intervention forces the water level downwards by more than three feet per year....
  • Portland Woman in train accident gives birth before dying

    08/04/2003 11:39:30 AM PDT · by bedolido · 6 replies · 274+ views
    Associated Press ^ | 08/04/03 | Staff Writer
    PORTLAND - A woman whose car was hit by a train gave birth by Caesarean section over the weekend hours before dying from her injuries. Dawn King, 31, died early Saturday after her son was delivered two months prematurely. The child is listed in serious condition. She had been taken by LifeFlight to OHSU Hospital after the accident near her home. The woman's husband, David King, said Sunday that the baby likely will remain hospitalized for at least two months until he can gain weight and take nourishment without assistance. Dawn King was a Sweet Home Junior High School math...
  • A mystery we’ll all solve, someday

    02/25/2003 8:01:45 AM PST · by mikeb704 · 100 replies · 414+ views
    Oak Lawn (IL) Reporter ^ | 2/27/03 | Michael M. Bates
    It’s always near. We never go long without hearing or thinking about it. It’s as central to the human condition as breathing or anxiety or love. We mere creatures sometimes assume we’ve accomplished a great deal. We’ve ostensibly made so many strides in so many areas in a relatively short span of time. Yet on the subject of what is death is about, we have no more certain knowledge than our ancestors did millennia ago. Recent tragedies at just two nightclubs claimed almost 120 lives. At one club they were black young people, at the other white. All gone much...
  • Part of AIDS Virus Can Hide Itself

    12/16/2002 1:02:04 PM PST · by new cruelty · 5 replies · 234+ views
    Associated Press ^ | December 16, 2002 | MARK EVANS
    A part of the AIDS virus that was considered vulnerable to attack can camouflage itself by changing shapes, says a study that helps show why HIV is so hard to target and kill. HIV cripples the immune system by infecting and killing T-cells. It uses a protein structure on its surface called gp120 to gain entry to the cells. In 1998, scientists announced that they had figured out much about the structure of gp120 and hoped that finding a vulnerability in it could lead to vaccines against HIV. But finding gp120's weakness has remained elusive, in part because the protein...
  • Hospital readies for RN walkout

    11/29/2002 2:24:29 PM PST · by Vidalia · 1 replies · 307+ views
    Honolulu Star Bulletin ^ | Thursday, November 28, 2002 | Tim Ruel
    Faced with an ailing financial condition and the prospect of a nurses strike that could begin Monday, the St. Francis Medical Center in Liliha has stopped admitting patients, is canceling in-patient surgeries and will move all patients into one of its two wings on Sunday, the hospital said. St. Francis, one of the state's largest hospitals, asked Emergency Medical Services yesterday to reroute ambulances to other Oahu hospitals, though its Liliha emergency room will remain open. Emergency surgeries will be done in order of urgency. Outpatient surgeries will be suspended Saturday, though other outpatient services will be available. Most of...
  • Mink's condition worsens, recovery poor, party says

    09/27/2002 6:46:34 PM PDT · by Vidalia · 143 replies · 476+ views
    Honolulu Advertiser ^ | Friday, September 27, 2002 | Vicki Viotti
    <p>The Hawai'i Democratic Party said U.S. Rep. Patsy Mink's condition has worsened today and prospects for recovery are poor. The party released a statement this afternoon saying Mink "will not make promises to voters that she may not be able to keep. She will remain on the ballot, but her family wants voters to know that she will not assume office in the 108th Congress if she is not able to represent the 2nd district with her customary vigor."</p>
  • The Transcript of Bill Clinton's Recruitment to the Israeli Army!

    08/07/2002 4:57:33 AM PDT · by mattdono · 11 replies · 456+ views
    Mullings.com ^ | 08/07/02 | Rich "The Mullster" Galen
    This is true ...Bill Clinton says he would 'fight and die' for Israel Sat Aug 3, 1:22 AM ET NEW YORK (AP) - Former President Clinton ( news - web sites), who avoided the Vietnam War, told Jewish supporters in Toronto that he would fight and die to protect Israel if Iraq or Iran ever invaded. "The Israelis know that if the Iraqi or the Iranian army came across the Jordan River, I would personally grab a rifle, get in a ditch, and fight and die," Clinton said to cheers at a Hadassah children's charity fund-raising dinner this week. This...
  • Euthanasia

    08/05/2002 11:12:38 PM PDT · by shamus11 · 13 replies · 413+ views
    Numbertwelve web site ^ | August 6th, 2002 | James Bredin
    Canadians or Americans are not allowed euthanasia. The Dutch are allowed. It means that seniors who want to die, do not have the option, though they may be dying a horible slow lingering death. It is time that the laws were changed to allow seniors who are close to death the choice to get on with it.
  • Dying for Dubious Jihad

    06/22/2002 10:25:30 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 6 replies · 242+ views
    The American Enterprise Online ^ | 6/24/02 | Ralph Reiland
    Dying for Dubious JihadInside the suicide strategy.A video released by the militant Islamist group Hamas shows a proud Naima al-Obeid holding a rifle beside her favorite son, Mahmoud, a 23-year-old college student. Mrs. al-Obeid is saying good-bye to her son as he heads out to kill some Jews. The video starts with a warm embrace between mother and son, their final embrace as it turns out, and then a nice kiss. “God willing, you will succeed,” says the mother. “May every bullet hit the target, and may God give you martyrdom. This is the best day of my life.”Mahmoud says:...