iStock/Thinkstock(LOS ANGELES) — Evidence supports that a shooting inside a Los Angeles middle school classroom Thursday was caused by a gun accidentally discharging in a 12-year-old girl’s backpack, Los Angeles police told ABC News.A 15-year-old boy was shot in the head and a 15-year-old girl was shot in the wrist.One bullet was fired and investigators believe the bullet traveled through the wrist of one student and then struck the head of the other student. Three others suffered minor injuries in the incident at Salvador B. Castro Middle School.The handgun was not registered, police told ABC News, and detectives are still trying to determine how the girl obtained the weapon. The 12-year-old suspect, who has not been named, was arrested and booked for negligent discharge of a firearm. She has retained an attorney and is not answering questions. The shooting was reported at 8:53 a.m. local time and occurred in an elective class with mixed grades, officials said. The school was placed on lockdown, which later was lifted.Diego Salinas said when his sister texted him from the middle school, he immediately rushed over.“I went crazy, I couldn’t handle it,” he told ABC News Thursday. “I’m actually shaking … I’m really afraid.”“I’m nervous, I’m anxious, I want to cry,” Salinas added. One parent told ABC Los Angeles station KABC-TV that the shooting took place next to her son’s classroom.“He was in tears, but I’m so thankful he picked up the phone,” she said of her call to him. “Our thoughts and prayers are with those who were hurt in today’s shooting incident at Sal Castro Middle School and with all the students, families and employees on the campus,” Vivian Ekchian, interim superintendent of the Los Angeles Unified School District, said in a statement Thursday.“The Los Angeles Police Department, Los Angeles Fire Department, Los Angeles School Police and District leadership immediately responded, and we followed protocols to ensure the safety and well-being of the Castro Middle School community,” she added. “The school has been declared safe, and we are communicating with parents of students at Castro Middle School, as well as neighboring campuses. We are also providing appropriate supports to those who may be impacted by the incident.”Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.Powered by WPeMatico Related
Gardai and the PSNI have launched their annual cross-border Christmas Drink Driving campaign, with the message this Christmas clear: Never, Ever Drink or Drug Drive. The Donegal Road Safety Working Group are also urging drivers to be aware of the effects that alcohol can have the morning after a night of drinking.The appeal is for motorists to drive responsibly over the Christmas and New Year period as alcohol continues to be a significant contributory factor in fatal collisions. Statistics show that 11% of fatal collisions in which a driver had consumed alcohol occurred between the hours of 7.00am and 11.00am and figures also show that 6% of all driving under the influence arrests have also taken place within this 4 hour period.Gardai and the PSNI at the launched their annual cross border Christmas Drink Driving campaign which is supported by the Donegal Road Safety Working Group as part of their ongoing road safety awareness programme and also reinforces the continued co-operation between both forces with regard to road safety on both sides of the border. Brian O’Donnell, Donegal County Council Road Safety Offcier, John Miller, Inspector Road Policing, Harry Rutherford, Vice Chairman Road Safety NI and Garda Inspector, Michael Harrison pictured at the launch. Photo Clive WassonGardaí will be increasing the number of checkpoints over the Christmas period, which will be run on a 24/7 basis and Gardaí can breathe test any driver that has committed any road traffic offence.Inspector Michael Harrison said: “The dangers of drinking and driving are well documented and people should be aware that any amount of alcohol in your system can affect your driving.“Driving safely requires a lot of skill and alcohol will impair your driving ability. “During this Christmas period, I ask all drivers not to put their and other people’s lives in danger by drinking and driving,” Harrison said.An Garda Síochána have commenced the Christmas Drink Driving campaign, 11 people already have been arrested and drivers must also be aware that we are now testing drivers for drug use as well.“Our primary objective is to save lives so I ask drivers never to drink and drive.”To date, 142 people have been killed on Irish roads this year, a decrease of 7 compared to the same period last year. 10 people have tragically been killed in Donegal so far in 2018.Brian O’Donnell, Donegal County Council Road Safety Officer said,” It is very difficult to calculate how many drinks a person can have before being over the limit. “If you have been out drinking until two or three in the morning, there is a big risk, particularly if you are a learner driver or a novice driver where the limit is lower, not only of being caught but also of being involved in a collision and causing injury or killing someone,” he added.“The advice and the bottom line is, don’t drink and drive. I would also appeal to passengers, not to take a lift from a driver who has been drinking, if you do, you are putting your life in the hands of a drunk driver.“Just one drink impairs your driving – that is not an opinion, it is a fact. Christmas and the New Year is a time for enjoying family, friends and social events, one second, one wrong decision and it can change yours and everyone’s lives around you forever.”Joint policing campaign sends stark message over drink driving this Christmas was last modified: December 17th, 2018 by Shaun KeenanShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:AN GARDA SIOCHANACHristmasdrink drivingNew YearPSNI
The DoD is planning to spend $679 billion in fiscal year 2008 on the Iraq and Afghanistan wars in money allocated from the Defense Authorization Bill. That’s more than an 8 percent increase over the funding in 2007.In a story that parallels the commercial technology gains from NASA’s race to space in the 60’s, new research is leading to a host of new technologies that have commercial applications.Net-centric embedded applications is one group of technologies receiving a lot of funding. Better storage and data transmission technologies are also leaders. Applications that involve high-level imaging and video, GIS, and multiple real-time feeds are drivers behind the need for massive amounts of storage.The demand for up-to-the-minute information is pushing the need for rapid analysis of huge amounts of raw data and has prompted some storage companies to start targeting storage devices that are aimed at capturing and analyzing military intelligence and to beef up the ability to rapidly analyze real-time intelligence data.Technology improvements for storage devices used for military purposes are sure to later move to the civilian market, much like GPS technology has. Immediate cross-over applications for the new technologies include security monitoring and healthcare imaging.
Real Madrid rebounded from their midweek Champions League embarrassment by securing a 1-0 home victory over lowly Rayo Vallecano on Saturday.Karim Benzema, who limped off late on, struck in the 13th minute to ensure there was no repeat of the forgettable 3-0 loss to CSKA Moscow that summarily ended a run of four successive triumphs.Marco Asensio had chances to put the result beyond doubt before Thibaut Courtois made a crucial double save in stoppage time, Santiago Solari’s men returning to winning ways in time for Wednesday’s Club World Cup semi-final clash with Kashima Antlers. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! They head to the United Arab Emirates two points shy of table-topping Barcelona, who visit Levante on Sunday, and with clean sheets in three straight LaLiga matches for the first time since September 2015.Madrid began confidently in their bid to move on from the CSKA shock as Lucas Vazquez cut inside from the right and slipped through Benzema for the French forward’s first goal in six games.He doesn’t miss! #RealMadridRayo pic.twitter.com/CEtJI8lIZ6— LaLiga (@LaLigaEN) December 15, 2018Chances came and went soon after the opener with Emiliano Velazquez heading marginally wide from a corner, before Stole Dimitrievski foiled Asensio in a one-on-one.Rayo were fortunate to avoid additional damage before the break, Toni Kroos’ left-footed drive cannoning into the post.Dimitrievski denied Asensio for the second time five minutes after the restart while Sergio Ramos had a header ruled out for a marginal offside call as Madrid’s wait for a second stretched beyond the hour.They were never able to completely put the match to bed against their 19th-placed visitors and, after Benzema hobbled off, it was Courtois’ time to shine, the goalkeeper well-placed to block both Alex Alegria’s overhead kick and Velazquez’s follow-up in a panicked [email protected] was presented with the #BallondOr trophy ahead of #RealMadridRayo! pic.twitter.com/45syLKiSkp— LaLiga (@LaLigaEN) December 15, 2018What does it mean? Clear heads for Club World CupMadrid’s mood needed a lift before the long journey to the UAE and three points on home soil will make the flight a whole lot more comfortable.They can now concentrate solely on claiming silverware without having to worry about questions that might confront them upon returning to Spain.Vazquez valuable in victoryOn target against Valencia earlier this month, winger Vazquez made another impressive contribution here as he skilfully set up Benzema’s opener, threatened to get on the scoresheet himself and was busy throughout.Asensio out of sortsThough undoubtedly talented, Asensio’s failure to convert either of his two good chances will do nothing to quieten the critics.The Spain international offered little else in his 70 minutes and, with just one league goal this term, it is perhaps understandable that he is beginning to feature more regularly in transfer rumours.Key Opta Facts- Madrid have won their last 17 LaLiga games against Rayo, their best streak against a single team in the competition.- Benzema has scored six goals in 16 La Liga matches this season, one more than he had last term (five goals in 32 appearances).- Madrid have scored 24 goals in 16 LaLiga games in 2018-19, their worst tally at this stage of a campaign since 1993-94 (also 24 goals). What’s next?Madrid meet Kashima in Abu Dhabi on Wednesday and will hope to have a Club World Cup final to contest prior to their next LaLiga clash, which is away to Villarreal on January 3.Rayo, meanwhile, have useful time to prepare for Levante’s visit next Sunday. read more
Ohio State trailed arch-rival Michigan, 4-0, Saturday when Evelyn Carrillo stepped up to the plate with the bases loaded in the bottom of the first inning. The sophomore first baseman had one thought as she stared down Wolverine freshman pitcher Haylie Wagner. “The mentality I have is something up, I bang,” Carrillo said. She did just that. Wagner left a change-up in the zone and Carrillo lifted it over the wall in right field for a grand slam to tie the game, 4-4. Changing the game with one swing of the bat is nothing new for Carrillo. The Corona, Calif., native is batting .364 this season with five home runs and 33 RBIs to help the Buckeyes to a 23-14 record on the year. She attributes her productivity to the mental approach she brings to the plate. “As a hitter you gotta make sure you stay confident,” Carrillo said. “And just have that mindset where if I see my pitch I’m just gonna hit it.” Carrillo was named Big Ten Player of the Week after the Buckeyes’ three-game series at Michigan State during the last weekend in March. She helped OSU sweep the Spartans by going 11-for-12 at the plate with eight RBIs, including a career-high six RBIs in the first game of the series. It was the first career conference honor of Carrillo’s career. OSU coach Linda Kalafatis isn’t surprised by her first baseman’s success at the plate this year and said she doesn’t expect it to stop anytime soon. “Evelyn, I think, has got the prettiest swing on the team,” Kalafatis said. “I expect big things from her for the rest of her career.” Perhaps the biggest benefactor of Carrillo’s success this season has been shortstop Alicia Herron. The senior captain is having the best statistical season of her career in her final year as a Buckeye and said hitting behind her fellow infielder has been a huge help. “It helps because it gives me another chance to hit,” Herron said. “They have to pitch to me or else they’ll have to pitch to her . She gives me a better shot at letting me to hit. For OSU to be successful going forward, some of Carillo’s teammates said they know their best players have to perform when the game is on the line, something Carrillo proved Saturday. “Evelyn came in clutch and had the grand slam,” said senior pitcher Mikayla Endicott. “That changed the momentum.”
The couch is dark brown corduroy with lumpy cushions. There are a few telltale smears of food, maybe yogurt or a banana, and some crumbs here and there. It’s a well-loved piece of furniture.Margaret Siebers plops herself down in the center and reaches out to baby daughter Frances, who climbs onto her mother’s lap to breastfeed.”This is where I spent several months,” says Siebers, with a shrug. Her 4-year-old, Violet, runs around nearby. “I could come downstairs and sit on the couch.”Siebers was about halfway through her pregnancy with Frances, when health professionals guiding her care told Siebers she should be on bed rest. And the subsequent months, spent confined to a bed and couch in her small home in Milwaukee, turned her family’s life upside down.”My husband immediately quit his full time job,” Siebers says, “and he took care of me. I wouldn’t even get my own glasses of water. So I like to say that ‘I was on bed rest, and he was on house arrest,’ because he really couldn’t leave either.”Siebers is just one of thousands of pregnant women who are put on bed rest by their doctors, nurses or midwives each year. The stated reason: Going to bed will help prevent a premature birth, or worse, a miscarriage. But there’s a major problem with this advice — there is no solid, scientific evidence that bed rest improves outcomes for pregnant women and their babies.”The bottom line is that there’s never been any proven benefit of bed rest,” says Dr. Anne Drapkin Lyerly, an OB-GYN and professor of bioethics at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Lyerly and colleagues in 2013 did a review of the scientific research on bed rest as it relates to a variety of conditions, from early contractions to high blood pressure to carrying twins. They found no benefit.In fact, women put on bed rest can suffer harm — physical, psychological and economic. “It doesn’t seem like a dangerous intervention in the same way we think about surgeries or medications,” Lyerly says. “But in fact it can be very dangerous.”Siebers was about 22 weeks pregnant when she visited a radiologist for a routine ultrasound. It was a standard screening at that point in her pregnancy — one that checks the baby’s growth, proportions and organs to ensure the fetus is developing properly. The baby was doing great, the doctor told her. The fetal heartbeat was strong and the ultrasound looked perfect. But there was one point of concern: Siebers’ cervix was ‘shortened,’ which can be a sign that a woman is at risk of preterm labor.”So that was really scary for us,” she says. “We’re at this appointment and the doctor’s looking at the baby and saying, ‘You’ve got a beautiful heart.’ And I’m thinking, ‘Oh great, they’ve got a beautiful heart and they might die.’ “Siebers’ health care team at that point included a midwife, who was her primary caregiver, an obstetrician consulting on her case, and the doctors who performed the ultrasound. Because she’d had a miscarriage the year before, the team recommended she undergo a procedure called a cerclage to help keep her cervix closed. And they wanted her to stay in bed.Deb Studey, Siebers’ midwife, had cared for her during her previous pregnancy, which had ended in miscarriage at the end of the first trimester. Studey says she believes the bed rest may have helped Siebers carry this second child — Frances — to term.”I know that being on bed rest was hard for Margaret. But I also knew, on the flip of that, having a 24-week baby in an ICU wasn’t going to be an easy outcome either. So, in my mind,” Studey says,”bed rest let her get to term.”Studey is aware that the research doesn’t show bed rest to be beneficial. In fact, a 2013 study that specifically addressed the issue of a shortened cervix found that women who were prescribed activity restrictions during their pregnancy were actually more likely to give birth early.”I think studies are always of interest,” Studey says. “I guess I pay attention just as equally to how things are working for women — and that doesn’t always fit a study. I think we’re all different.”But Lyerly, the UNC bioethicist, tells NPR bed rest is not a benign intervention, and doctors and others who work with pregnant women need to think hard before prescribing it. And the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists cautions against it, for several medical reasons.”One of the most dangerous things that can happen when a woman is on bed rest is having a blood clot,” Lyerly says. “You can have blood clots in your legs or in your pelvis. And if those clots travel to your lungs, it’s life threatening.”She says women also risk losing muscle tone, becoming weak — just before they’re about to go through labor and then care for a child. And lying in bed can weaken bones, and reduce lung capacity. Some women become depressed.”Women who are pregnant are not just ‘women who are pregnant,’ ” Lyerly says. “They are oftentimes mothers of other children. They are senators; CEOs; journalists; professors. They work in restaurants. They have jobs and they need their jobs.”On a mid-November evening, the Siebers family is celebrating Frances’ first birthday. Margaret and her husband Alex have come home from work, where Alex had just injured his finger with a miter saw and was trying to clean and bandage the wound. Margaret made popcorn and peeled mandarins for the kids, as 4-year-old Violet twirled around the house in a whirlwind of red sparkles, and Frances climbed everything she saw.It wasn’t a scene that lent itself to quiet time on the couch.That’s why, when Margaret Siebers was told to stop moving, to go to bed, Alex Siebers, 33, quit his job to care for the family for several months.”Her mobility was extremely limited,” he says, “and the fact that we live in this house where the bathroom’s upstairs, you know, wasn’t helpful.”His wife would get up in the morning, use the bathroom and go downstairs to the brown corduroy couch. She’d write letters, watch Netflix, read books.”I could go upstairs to use the bathroom,” Margaret recalls. “I tried not to go too often, just because I didn’t want to be up and down the steps too much. I would sit on the porch sometimes. But whenever I moved, I would try to stay where I landed for hours, if I could.”She was able to continue working from bed, 24-hour a week, for her family’s company, Bagtags Inc., which makes lanyards and custom name tags for big events. But that was hardly enough to make ends meet.The Siebers went on Medicaid. They also qualified for FoodShare, Wisconsin’s food stamp program, and WIC, the federal nutrition program for women, infants and children. Friends from church got organized to bring the family meals. And their landlord gave them a break on their rent.Margaret received a small inheritance of $1,000, along with a tax return of about $800 that gave her some unexpected money.”All of those things together helped us to get through,” she says, “but barely. If any of those things were missing, I don’t really know what we would have done. Maybe move in with relatives.”And the family became isolated, says her husband.”It felt kind of like ‘knocked out of society’ for a while,” Alex Siebers says. “Our daily routine, our lives and our connections with people — we lost touch. Because we were, you know, trapped in here just trying to make it.”Kelly Jones, an economics professor at American University in Washington, D.C., and a senior research economist at the Institute for Women’s Policy Research, says prescribing bed rest diminishes the role of women in society.”If you’re telling a woman to undertake an activity that you’re not certain is going to be benefiting her, and yet it’s keeping her away from her job, what you’re saying to her is ‘Your participation in the economy is not important,’ ” Jones says.The practice can also more generally harm the standing of women in the workplace.”We know that the gender wage gap really starts when a woman has her first child,” Jones says. She says that’s partly because women take on more household work and child care. “But there are also aspects of that, that come from false assumptions, or [from] discrimination in the workplace surrounding childbirth and motherhood.”Sending women to bed reinforces the notion that they are fragile or weak, Jones says. And those long-term absences from the workplace can have lasting effects on a woman’s earning power.Siebers’ consulting obstetrician, Sheldon Wasserman, says he’s seen women and men make huge sacrifices to ensure a successful pregnancy — including people who mortgage their homes to pay for fertility treatments and women who spend months in bed.”The pursuit of having a child is one of the most fundamental desires,” he says.Wasserman is chair of the Wisconsin section of ACOG. He knows what the research on bed rest says, and knows about ACOG’s recommendations against it.”I’m kind of torn between the art and the science of medicine,” he says. “Have I seen over the years patients who were on bed rest who were able to have children when their previous obstetrical history is very poor? Yes, I have.”It’s hard to quantify just how many pregnant women are ordered to bed each year by their doctors. A widely cited study from 1996 found that about 20 percent of women were prescribed bed rest at that time. A study two years later found that as many as 90 percent of maternal-fetal specialists order bed rest for some patients in high risk pregnancies.The practice dates back to the time of Hippocrates, but became widespread in the late 1800s, when a British anatomist posited that if immobility heals broken bones, it likely could heal other ailments. The “rest cure” became standard medical care, according to Jacqueline Wolf, a professor of the history of medicine at Ohio University, who has written books about the history of pregnancy and childbirth.Prescribing bed rest for pregnancy persisted in part, she says, because there was a notion that pregnant women were vulnerable to getting upset and hysterical.”So, prenatal care brought out [among] obstetricians — virtually all of whom were men in the U.S. until the 1970s — a very intense and pervasive paternalism,” Wolf says. “If a woman had any sign of preterm labor or bleeding, she was to get complete rest. No visitors. No conversations. Darkened room — shades drawn. Even earplugs.”The depth of research on the topic has changed since the 1970s. But bed rest is still widely prescribed. Today, women’s magazines, consumer advice web sites and even major medical centers include information about bed rest as a common practice that anyone may expect to face.When NPR asked listeners if they’ve been on bed rest in the last year, more than 200 women responded in just four days.Some said they’d spent just a few days in bed, or were told simply to ‘lighten up’ on their physical activity. Others, like Margaret Siebers, were given strict orders to stay in bed.Siebers says she was aware that the research showed little benefit to her staying in bed.”You better believe I spent a lot of that time lying on my back reading articles about the effectiveness of it,” she says. “So that was that was something that came up a lot.”She asked her doctors if she could travel to her family’s cabin, and lay on the couch there, just for a change of scenery. She questioned exactly how much she could do. Could she cook? Walk her daughter one block to the park? The caregivers didn’t always agree. But in general it came down to this: The baby is OK, so don’t change a thing.That rationale is particularly troublesome to Anne Drapkin Lyerly with UNC, because it can induce unearned guilt in the mother if something goes wrong with her pregnancy.”When bed rest is prescribed, the implication is that it is useful and that the immobilization is what is going to present prevent whatever dreaded outcome — whether that’s preterm birth or miscarriage or preeclampsia,” Lyerly says. “If it ends up that a baby is born prematurely, or a woman develops preeclampsia, she is going to worry that she didn’t adhere to the recommendation well enough and will blame herself.”Lyerly says she prescribed strict bed rest to one of her patients early in her career, and the pregnancy ended in miscarriage several hours after the woman took a shower.”There was no amount of argument I could do to make her think it wasn’t her fault,” Lyerly recalls. “Because, after all, we had prescribed bed rest and she had gotten up.”When Siebers’ pregnancy reached 37 weeks, a time when doctors believe it’s safe to give birth, the stitch that doctors had taken to hold her cervix closed was removed. She was allowed to get up and return to normal activity.It was then a full three weeks before she went into labor, and gave birth to Frances.”So maybe it worked really well, or maybe it wasn’t necessary,” Siebers says of her time spent on bed rest. But after all the family went through, she says, she doubts she’ll want to have another child.Now, a year after Frances’ birth, both her parents have returned to full-time jobs.The family gathers around a table, with little bowls of ice cream – one with a single candle for Frances. They sing an extra-long version of Happy Birthday, Margaret Siebers’ family tradition, and mom blows out the candle as Frances dips her fingers tentatively into her first ice cream.Alex Siebers ponders the whole experience.”It would be very disheartening to learn later on in life — after there had been much more study and research done on this — to find out that that hadn’t been necessary,” he says. “Because that was a real hardship for us. I can’t, obviously, attribute the outcome to the bed rest completely. But, you know, there she is. You know — there’s the baby.” Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit https://www.npr.org.