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  • Organs removed from young woman against family's wishes

    11/23/2014 9:49:01 AM PST · by Shimmer1 · 80 replies
    http://www.myfoxdfw.com/story/27395023/organs-removed-from-young-woman-against-familys-wishes ^ | Nov 15, 2014 | The Associated Press contributed to this report.
    The organ donation process has been completed for the young woman whose family was fighting against it. According to family members of 26-year-old Martha Perez, her organs were removed on Friday against their wishes. Fox 4 spoke to the family before the removal and they said the third woman confirmed dead of injuries sustained in an Arlington wreck involving a suspected drunk driver was technically still alive. more.....
  • Medical Journal Pushes Killing Patients for Their Organs

    10/08/2014 12:49:48 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 42 replies
    Life News ^ | 10/8/14 | Wesley J. Smith
    To donate vital organs, a donor must be dead. Tough this is known as the “dead donor rule,” I have been warning that utilitarian bioethicists and transplant medical professionals want to shatter the DDR to permit killing living living profoundly cognitively disabled patients for their organs.Now, we see what appears to me to be a push poll type question in a study measuring popular support for such a change in the law.A push poll seeks to obtain a desired answer by the way the question is framed. Here is the question from “Abandoning the Dead Donor Rule?” in the Journal...
  • Want To Murder Someone? Pennsylvanias About To Make It Easier

    09/17/2014 9:06:21 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 11 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 9-17-2014 | Dick Teresi
    Pennsylvania legislators are poised to pass into law an organ-transplant-donation bill that will make it easier for murderers to avoid detection and prosecution. Two bills, almost identical, Senate Bill 850 (SB 850) and House Bill 30 (HB 30), according to its many bipartisan sponsors, will greatly increase the number of organ donors. There are currently 121,000 people on the national waitlist for organ transplants, and laws to increase the organ supply are perennially popular in many states. Those opposing such laws are commonly accused of condemning to death people on the waitlist. Law enforcement officials, however, are taking exception to...
  • Antiquities Robbers Caught Selling Rare Ancient Burial Chests

    03/31/2014 1:09:05 PM PDT · by BlueDragon · 9 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 3/31/2014 | Ari Yashar
    Some of the 11 Jewish ossuaries from Second Temple period still held bones, featured Hebrew script listing names of those interred. The Antiquities Authority and police cooperated last Friday to arrest suspects who allegedly stole ornate stone ossuary burial chests, which were used by Jews in Israel during the Second Temple period roughly 2,000 years ago. The suspects were caught while in possession of eleven ossuaries, some of them still containing skeletal remains. The suspected grave robbers, who were arrested and brought in for questioning, came from the Arab village of Abadiyah in Judea, located near Bethlehem, as well as...
  • MIA remains ID'd, to be buried on anniversary of disappearance

    12/11/2013 7:45:59 PM PST · by jttpwalsh · 67 replies
    Stars and Stripes ^ | December 10, 2013 | news@stripes.com
    The Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command and Armed Forces DNA Identification Laboratory have identified the remains of an airman who went missing during the Vietnam War. Air Force Col. Francis McGouldrick Jr., of New Haven, Conn., is to be buried Friday with full military honors at Arlington National Cemetery on the 45th anniversary of his loss, according to a Pentagon statement Monday.
  • Ancient Etruscan Prince Emerges From Tomb: Photos

    12/03/2013 9:10:36 AM PST · by Beowulf9 · 18 replies
    http://news.discovery.com ^ | Sep 20, 2013 | Rossella Lorenzi
    Italian archaeologists have unearthed a 2,600-year-old intact Etruscan tomb that promises to reveal new depths of one of the ancient worlds most fascinating and mysterious cultures.
  • Mystery deepens in coffin-within-a-coffin found at Richard III site

    07/30/2013 7:56:16 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 48 replies
    Phys.Org ^ | 07-30-2013 | Provided by University of Leicester
    Archaeologists have unearthed a mysterious coffin-within-a-coffin near the final resting place of Richard III. The University of Leicester team lifted the lid of a medieval stone coffin this week the final week of their second dig at the Grey Friars site, where the medieval king was discovered in September. This is the first fully intact stone coffin to be discovered in Leicester in controlled excavations and is believed to contain one of the friary's founders or a medieval monk. Within the stone coffin, they found an inner lead coffin and will need to carry out further analysis...
  • Cemetery Guns and Grave Torpedoes

    08/12/2012 12:46:02 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 15 replies
    GUNS.com ^ | August 4, 2012 | Christopher Eger
    Cemetery Guns and Grave Torpedoes Newspaper editor Arthur Brisbane once said, The fence around a cemetery is foolish, for those inside can't get out and those outside don't want to get in." However, this has not always been the case. For centuries graveyards had to content with the scourge of grave robbers who preyed on the valuables of corpses, and even the corpses themselves. This threat led to an industry solutiongrave guns. Cemetery Guns Set-guns, defined as a gun that is set to fire on any intruder that encounters the wire that sets it off, have been around since at...
  • Archaeologists: Tombs Dating Back to 5th Millennium BC Unearthed in Syria

    11/29/2010 8:02:36 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 10 replies
    Global Arab Network ^ | Thursday, November 25, 2010 | H. Zain
    The dolmen means "stone table" or the "holy cemeteries". It represents the beginning of human architectural art as the findings indicate that man used this kind of tombs for burial 5,000 years ago. Archaeologist Yasser Abu Noktah said that the discovered dolmens at al-Maysara Spring consist of roofs with huge flagstones, on which animals' drawings are carved, adding that a number of stone and flint tools were also unearthed at the site. Al-Maysara site is one of the most important Syrian sites which date back to the Neolithic Age between 7,000 to 4,500 BC. Abu Noktah added the archaeological expeditions...
  • Robbers strip 300 graves at historic black Chicago cemetery

    07/09/2009 5:47:44 PM PDT · by JRochelle · 36 replies · 1,668+ views
    AFP ^ | 7/09/09 | Mira Oberman
    CHICAGO (AFP) Grave robbers stripped at least 300 plots at a historic black cemetery outside Chicago, dumped many of the bodies and then resold the plots for a profit, officials said Thursday. The years-long scheme was carried out by the cemetery's manager and three gravediggers who sold the "used" graves so they could pocket the fees rather than pass them along to the Arizona-based owners. "This was not done in a very delicate way," Cook County Sheriff Thomas Dart said at a press conference. "They would excavate a grave, excavate the entire site and then they would proceed to...
  • Bill Collectors Now Chasing Dead Debtors

    03/07/2009 1:07:43 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 72 replies · 4,087+ views
    Newsmax ^ | March 6, 2009 | Gene J. Koprowski
    Debt collectors are dunning the dead, seeking payment from deceased debtors or their next-of-kin by using sophisticated databases that scan probate court records and other information sources as a way to bolster revenues in depressing economic times, according to news reports. The New York Times is reporting that though many banks may need a bailout and some homeowners can't make their mortgage payments, the departed are definitely paying down their part of the debt. Post-mortem harassment is the latest trend in debt collecting, and one of the thriving parts of the reviled industry. In Minneapolis, Minn., teams of debt agents...
  • FDA approves first human embryonic stem cell safety trial (3 days after Pres. Bush left)

    02/02/2009 7:07:22 PM PST · by STARWISE · 328 replies · 7,182+ views
    Scientific American ^ | 1-23-09 | Jordan Lite
    Federal regulators have green-lighted the first trial of an embryonic stem-cell treatment in humans. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) gave the go-ahead for Geron Corporation to start a phase I safety trial of its therapy GRNOPC1 for spinal cord injuries, the Menlo Park, Calif.based company announced today. It first sought permission for the trial four years ago and spent much of the last year trying to satisfy the FDAs concerns about it. "This marks the beginning of what is potentially a new chapter in medical therapeuticsone that reaches beyond pills to a new level of healing: the restoration...
  • Philadelphia undertakers admit selling corpses

    09/05/2008 5:10:30 AM PDT · by Calpernia · 32 replies · 378+ views
    Reuters ^ | Tue Sep 2, 2008 | By Jon Hurdle
    Two former Philadelphia funeral directors on Tuesday admitted to selling cadavers to a ring that cut them up and sold the body parts to hospitals for implants. Gerald Garzone and his brother Louis Garzone pleaded guilty to charges that they conspired with others to take bones, skin and organs from 244 bodies in their funeral homes between February 2004 and September 2005. They were part of a scheme that plundered 1,077 bodies in New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania without the permission of relatives in an operation that netted the conspirators $3.8 million. One of the bodies belonged to Alistair...
  • Dems digging up votes in Louisiana

    06/11/2008 10:28:32 AM PDT · by Dawnsblood · 26 replies · 71+ views
    Hot Air ^ | 6/11/08 | Ed Morrissey
    Analysts used to joke about waiting for the results from cemetery precincts in Chicago before calling elections. In Louisiana, that may be closer to the truth than one might imagine. WBRZ reports on a voter registration scandal that had Democrats submitting thousands of fraudulent enrollments, included George W. Bush and a bunch of dead people:Secretary of State Jay Dardenne said Tuesday he will meet today with a Democrat-affiliated group responsible for a voter registration effort that is inundating East Baton Rouge and other parish registrars with bogus and incomplete applications.Dardenne said his investigators are trying to determine if any state...
  • 67 Bodies Secretly Exhumed From NM Grave

    04/08/2008 2:49:30 PM PDT · by SmithL · 56 replies · 1,568+ views
    AP via SFGate ^ | 4/8/8 | MELANIE DABOVICH, Associated Press writer
    Albuquerque, N.M. (AP) -- Working in secret, federal archaeologists have dug up the remains of dozens of soldiers and children near a Civil War-era fort after an informant tipped them off about widespread grave-looting. The exhumations, conducted from August to October, removed 67 skeletons from the parched desert soil around Fort Craig 39 men, two women and 26 infants and children, according to two federal archaeologists who helped with the dig. They also found scores of empty graves and determined 20 had been looted. The government kept its exhumation of the unmarked cemetery near the historic New Mexico fort...
  • British PM urges no-consent organ harvesting

    01/14/2008 1:07:53 PM PST · by redstates4ever · 17 replies · 74+ views
    Sunday Telegraph (UK) ^ | 1/14/08 | Patrick Hennessy
    London - Prime Minister Gordon Brown yesterday threw his weight behind a move to allow hospitals to remove organs from dead patients without explicit consent. Writing in the Sunday Telegraph, Mr. Brown said such a move would save thousands of lives and that he hopes such a system can start this year. The proposals would mean consent for organ donation after death would be automatically presumed, unless individuals had opted out of a national register or family members objected.
  • Found In Farmer's Field: The 2,000-Year-Old Skeleton Of The Lost Lady Of Rome

    11/23/2007 7:32:17 AM PST · by blam · 46 replies · 311+ views
    Daily Mail ^ | 11-23-2007 | Chris Brooke
    Found in a farmer's field: The 2,000-year-old skeleton of the lost lady of Rome By CHRIS BROOKE Last updated at 09:14am on 23rd November 2007 In her lifetime she was a member of a wealthy family based in a bustling British outpost of the world's mightiest empire. The imperial glory has long faded. But, almost 2,000 years on, archaeologists have discovered a corner of an English field that is forever Rome. They have unearthed a coffin containing a remarkably well-preserved skeleton in the village of Aldborough, near Boroughbridge, North Yorkshire - once the site of a major Roman town, Isurium...
  • Meticulous grave robbery vexes N.H. police

    11/08/2007 6:00:45 AM PST · by Andy'smom · 7 replies · 121+ views
    The Boston Globe ^ | 11/08/07 | Martin Finucane
    After she died in 1824 at the age of 30, Sarah Symonds rested in an out-of-the-way cemetery in the small town of Hillsborough, N.H., for more than 180 years. But sometime around Halloween her sleep was disturbed. Someone dug up her coffin and her remains, leaving behind only a few shards of wood, a meticulously dug hole, and a mystery for the local police. "It was dug in a very strange manner. It's perfect," said Hillsborough Police Chief Brian Brown. "You'd have to see it. The sides are all squared. The bottom's level." "We just don't have any answers right...
  • China Agrees Not to Take Inmates' Organs

    10/05/2007 6:36:22 PM PDT · by JACKRUSSELL · 23 replies · 347+ views
    Associated Press / Google News ^ | October 5, 2007 | Associated Press
    (LONDON) Chinese medical officials agreed Friday not to transplant organs from prisoners or others in custody, except into members of their immediate families. The agreement was reached at a meeting of the World Medical Association in Copenhagen. China has previously acknowledged that kidneys, livers, corneas and other organs are routinely removed from prisoners sentenced to death row. But officials insist that this only happens when consent is provided. Critics argue that death-row prisoners are not truly free to consent and may feel compelled to become donors, violating personal, religious or cultural beliefs. The announcement Friday comes after several years...
  • A danger within? North Texan files suit over transplanted tissue (Black market cadaver trade)

    09/25/2007 6:12:37 AM PDT · by Dysart · 9 replies · 118+ views
    Star-Telegram ^ | 9-25-07 | JAN JARVIS
    Jim Livingston never gave much thought to the bone transplanted in his neck until that Sunday afternoon when his doctor called to tell him about the recall."Do they want it back?" he asked, half-jokingly.Quickly it became clear that this was no laughing matter.Bone allegedly stolen from a corpse had been used in Livingston's neck to relieve the pain of a ruptured disk.With that bit of news, the 44-year-old Weatherford father joined hundreds of others nationwide who are living with the knowledge that they carry bones and tissue taken illegally from cadavers in what has become a bizarre tale of selling...
  • 700-Year-Old Tree Coffin Discovered In Quang Tri

    09/09/2007 3:25:29 PM PDT · by blam · 61 replies · 1,223+ views
    700-year-old tree coffin discovered in Quang Tri 17:43' 04/09/2007 (GMT+7) VietNamNet Bridge The Quang Tri Museum has recently received an ancient coffin made from a tree trunk, according to the museums director, Mai Truong Manh. The coffin was discovered on August 28 in Trung Chi village, Dong Luong ward, Dong Ha commune at 1.2 m underground when local residents were digging for the construction of an electricity post. The coffin is 2.25 m in length, 0.49 m in width and 0.28 m in height with the body and lid skillfully done. According to experts, burying the dead in tree...
  • Pyramid's Secret Doors to Be Opened

    03/22/2007 12:55:25 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 34 replies · 1,018+ views
    Discovery News ^ | March 20, 2007 | Rossella Lorenzi
    Doors will soon open to reveal one of the mysteries of the Great Pyramid in Giza, Dr. Zahi Hawass, chief of Egypt's Supreme Council of Antiquities, told Discovery News in an exclusive interview... "Finally, people all over the world will know what is behind the second door in the southern shaft and the third door in the northern shaft," Hawass said... [T]hese 8-inch square shafts remained unexplored until 1993, when German engineer Rudolf Gantenbrink sent a robot through the southern shaft. Nine years later, Hawass performed an investigation of the southern shaft on live television. As the world held its...
  • WI: Accused Grave Robbers Charged With Attempted Sex Assault On Corpse

    09/06/2006 11:54:14 AM PDT · by llevrok · 62 replies · 3,515+ views
    WISC TV ^ | 9/6/06
    The three men arrested for allegedly digging up the grave of a woman who died last week in Grant County are also charged with attempted sexual assault. The three men appeared in Grant County Circuit Court on Tuesday. According to a criminal complaint, the three men were charged with digging up the grave at the St. Charles Catholic Cemetery in Cassville with the intent to have sex with the victim's body, WISC-TV reported. Alexander Grunke, his twin brother Nicholas Grunke and their friend Dustin Radke -- all 20 years old -- have been in a Grant County jail since Saturday....
  • Anti-American 9/11 Conspiracy Theorists to DEFAME 3,000 dead Americans at WTC on 9/11/2006

    08/27/2006 12:10:59 AM PDT · by Moseley · 20 replies · 1,559+ views
    New York 9/11 Truth ^ | 8/1/06 | New York 9/11 Truth
    Calling all truth activists! Come to NYC for a weekend that will change the world with events which commemorate the 5th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks and expose 5 years of official deception. Just like the neocons have used 9/11 as an "opportunity to refashion the world", according to Donald Rumsfeld, let's use the opportunity of the 5th anniversary to inform the world that we're a huge constituency who seeks to honor the victims by pursuing the truth and calling for justice. It has been 5 years too long for truth and justice! We must do all we can to...
  • I.R.S. to Cut Tax Auditors (government moving to eliminate nearly half of the lawyers)

    07/23/2006 8:35:51 PM PDT · by Libloather · 29 replies · 1,419+ views
    NY Times ^ | 7/23/06 | DAVID CAY JOHNSTON
    I.R.S. to Cut Tax AuditorsBy DAVID CAY JOHNSTON Published: July 23, 2006 The federal government is moving to eliminate the jobs of nearly half of the lawyers at the Internal Revenue Service who audit tax returns of some of the wealthiest Americans, specifically those who are subject to gift and estate taxes when they transfer parts of their fortunes to their children and others. The administration plans to cut the jobs of 157 of the agencys 345 estate tax lawyers, plus 17 support personnel, in less than 70 days. Kevin Brown, an I.R.S. deputy commissioner, confirmed the cuts after The...
  • Senate rejects effort to cut estate tax (RINOs Chafee & Voinovich break with party)

    06/08/2006 11:07:16 AM PDT · by Mr. Mojo · 23 replies · 1,031+ views
    AP (via Yahoo News) ^ | 6/8/06 | MARY DALRYMPLE
    Senators voted Thursday to reject a Republican effort to abolish taxes on inherited estates during an election year with control of Congress at stake. GOP leaders had pushed senators to permanently eliminate the estate tax, which disappears in 2010 under President Bush's first tax cut, but rears up again a year later. A 57-41 vote fell three votes short of advancing the bill. Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, R-Tenn., said the Senate will vote again this year on a tax that opponents call the "death tax." "Getting rid of the death tax is just too important an issue to give...
  • Jail for animal rights extremists who stole body of elderly woman from her grave

    05/11/2006 10:46:48 PM PDT · by MadIvan · 13 replies · 951+ views
    The Guardian ^ | May 12, 2006 | Steven Morris, David Ward and Riazat Butt
    Three animal rights extremists involved in the theft of the body of an elderly woman from her grave were yesterday jailed for 12 years each in what is seen by police and prosecutors as a groundbreaking case.The militants, including a vicar's son and a psychiatric nurse, led what they called a "holocaust" against a farm which bred guinea pigs for medical research. Jon Ablewhite, John Smith and Kerry Whitburn pursued a six-year hate campaign against Darley Oaks farm in Newchurch, Staffordshire. Whitburn's girlfriend, Josephine Mayo, was sentenced to four years for a lesser part in the campaign. Almost 100 people...
  • Estates Of Pain (Blue State America Taxes People At Death, Loses Retires And Revenue Alert)

    07/31/2005 10:10:45 PM PDT · by goldstategop · 27 replies · 1,015+ views
    Opinionjournal.com ^ | 08/01/05 | Wall Street Journal Editorial
    The law requires that any resident of the Nutmeg State with an estate of more than $2 million pay a death tax of up to 16%--merely for the privilege of dying in Connecticut. The legislators in Hartford hope that the tax will raise $150 million in revenue each year--money that will come in only if the legislators in Hartford are also planning to build a Berlin Wall around the state. Otherwise, expect a stampede of retirees and family businesses out of Connecticut into the many states without a death tax, such as Florida, which has a constitutional prohibition against estate...
  • Repeal the Death Tax? Not so Fast....

    05/15/2005 2:23:44 AM PDT · by oioiman · 45 replies · 1,078+ views
    The Weekly Standard ^ | Irwin Stelzer
    Death and Taxes The House votes to eliminate the inheritance tax. by Irwin M. Stelzer 05/09/2005, Volume 010, Issue 32 SEVERAL YEARS AGO I SUGGESTED in these pages that it would be good conservative policy to raise, rather than lower, inheritance taxes. After all, American conservatives, traditional and neo, believe in a meritocracy in which material success should depend mostly on our own efforts and accomplishments, rather than those of our ancestors. But Congress disagrees. Or at least the House does. It has voted to eliminate inheritance taxes permanently, and the Senate now has to decide whether to go along....
  • Funeral Company Accused of Moving Bodies

    05/22/2003 12:57:01 PM PDT · by OXENinFLA · 8 replies · 160+ views
    http://wokv.com ^ | 5-22-03 | AP
    Funeral Company Accused of Moving Bodies By the Associated Press A funeral services company and its local operators were charged Thursday with felonies for allegedly unearthing older bodies to make way for more burials at two South Florida cemeteries. Menorah Gardens, its parent corporation, Service Corporation International, and two of its directors were charged with misconduct and incompetence in operating a cemetery, woeful negligence and failing to obtain authorization from a family before disinterment. SCI and Menorah Gardens officials did not immediately return calls Thursday seeking comment. SCI is based in Houston and is the world's largest funeral services company....
  • King's old brass sparks legal joust

    04/13/2003 1:00:51 PM PDT · by Willie Green · 4 replies · 242+ views
    The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ^ | Sunday, April 13, 2003 | Michael A. Fuoco
    <p>This is no fairy tale, even though it involves a centuries-dead British knight, a lady distressed, heraldry, provenance and a joust for justice.</p> <p>It is instead a present-day international art story in search of a happy ending, a drama being played out among a 12th-century church in a tiny English village, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, a Grove City family and a Tennessee art professor.</p>
  • Staff Found With Body at Jamestown Fort

    02/12/2003 4:44:32 PM PST · by Willie Green · 5 replies · 344+ views
    The Associated Press ^ | FEBRUARY 12, 2003 | JUSTIN BERGMAN
    For education and discussion only. Not for commercial use. JAMESTOWN, Va. (AP) A decorative staff found with skeletal remains at the site of the first permanent English settlement in North America indicates the man was a high-ranking official of the colony, archaeologists said Wednesday. Officials at the Jamestown fort said the remains could belong to Capt. Bartholomew Gosnold, second-in-command at the founding of the Jamestown settlement. Experts said the discovery could be one of the most significant archaeological finds of early colonial history. ``This is absolutely the best preserved skeleton we've found from this time period and I'm totally...