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    Post by genkicoll on Tue Sep 04, 2012 2:16 pm

    Michael Clarke Duncan Died Monday at the Age of 54

    Mr. Clark Duncan had a heart attack on July 13, 2012, and never fully recovered. The damage to his organs from lack of oxygen during that time was just too great. He was best known for his poignant role in The Green Mile. Co-star Tom Hanks was quoted as saying, "I am terribly saddened at the loss of Big Mike. He was the treasure we all discovered on the set of 'The Green Mile.' He was magic. He was a big love of man and his passing leaves us stunned."

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    I was shocked when I heard the news this morning, and my thoughts and prayers go to his loved ones, and especially his fiancee, Rev. Omarosa Manigault.


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    Post by genkicoll on Sat Sep 22, 2012 12:29 am

    Secret revealed: Ohio woman unknowingly married father
    By Chelsea J. Carter, CNN
    updated 10:50 PM EDT, Fri September 21, 2012

    Find the full story here:
    http://www.cnn.com/2012/09/21/us/ohio-woman-marries-father/index.html

    Story excerpt:

    (CNN) -- It was a dark secret. The kind that destroys lives, devastates families and decimates faith.

    Nobody shared it with Valerie Spruill while her husband was alive. For years after his death, she heard bits of the story. It was something about an absentee father, something about her husband.

    None of it made sense, she said. That's not until her uncle finally told her what no one else
    had: She had unknowingly married the father she never knew.

    "It is devastating. It can destroy you," Spruill told CNN late Thursday by telephone. "It almost did."

    Spruill, 60, of Doylestown, Ohio, went public with her story this month, first published in the Akron Beacon Journal, with the hopes that it would help others facing what seem like insurmountable problems.

    It's a story that has gone viral, attracting attention as faraway as Australia and India where the questions are always the same, she says: How could that happen?

    It's a question that Spruill said she has been grappling with since she first learned the truth in 2004, six years after her husband Percy Spruill died.

    "I don't know if he ever knew or not. That conversation didn't come up," she said. "I think if he did know, there is no way he could have told me."

    She confirmed that her husband was indeed her father through a DNA test, hair taken from one of his brushes.

    Find the rest of the story here:
    http://www.cnn.com/2012/09/21/us/ohio-woman-marries-father/index.html



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    Post by genkicoll on Sun Oct 21, 2012 11:35 pm

    This comes from CNN, and I am going to post the full article because it is so interesting. Here is a direct link to their article:
    http://www.cnn.com/2012/10/20/health/saint-marianne-cope/index.html?hpt=hp_c2

    Mother Marianne becomes an American saint

    (CNN) -- An American health care pioneer on Sunday received the Roman Catholic Church's highest honor.

    Mother Marianne Cope -- along with another North American, Kateri Tekakwitha -- became a saint, a designation so difficult to achieve that only 10 other Americans have been canonized before her.

    Saint Marianne Cope may be best remembered for her work with patients suffering from Hansen's disease -- or lepers, as they were called at the time.

    In Hawaii in the late 1800s, people were so afraid of the disease that even those with simple, unrelated rashes were often banished to the remote island of Molokai. They remained at this leper colony for the rest of their lives, far away from family and friends. Their children became orphans.

    An island priest who was worried about this health crisis wrote to nearly 50 different religious congregations asking for help. But the work was perceived as so dangerous that only Mother Marianne responded. Before she made her long journey to the remote islands, though, she radically changed medical practices on the mainland.

    'A wonderful hospital administrator'

    Mother Marianne opened and operated some of the first general hospitals in the United States, St. Elizabeth Hospital in Utica, New York, in 1866 and St. Joseph's Hospital Health Center in Syracuse, New York, in 1869. Both are still in operation today.

    At that time, hospitals had a bad reputation. Doctors had limited medical knowledge and even less understanding of how diseases spread. Most patients who turned to hospitals for help never left them alive.

    Mother Marianne started to change that, first by instituting cleanliness standards. The simple act of hand-washing between patient visits cut the spread of disease significantly. Word of her facility's success spread quickly, according to Sister Patricia Burkard.

    "She was a wonderful hospital administrator and really started the patients' rights movement and truly changed how people cared for the sick," said Burkard, who until recently held the same office Mother Marianne did as head of her religious congregation, now known as the Sisters of Saint Francis of the Neumann Communities.

    Leaders at the College of Medicine in Geneva, New York, heard about Mother Marianne's success and decided to relocate to her area.

    It became Syracuse University's College of Physicians and Surgeons, and its students went on to perfect their skills at Mother Marianne's hospitals. That meant her patients had access to some of the top medical minds in the country and some of the most cutting-edge treatments.

    The addition of student doctors also gave Mother Marianne's patients an unheard of choice. They were asked if they wanted to be seen by a student or cared for by someone with more experience.

    Mother Marianne made sure the medical facilities welcomed all people regardless of race, creed or economic standing. That was many decades before desegregated hospitals. She even weathered criticism for caring for alcoholics. She treated their problem -- which was seen by many experts as a moral failing unworthy of help -- like a disease.

    "She was clearly far ahead of the times," Burkard said.

    In 1883, Mother Marianne left those hospitals in good hands, Burkard said, and traveled with six sisters to Hawaii. When they arrived in Hawaii, church bells rang and a gathered crowd cheered to welcome them.

    Within a year, she established the first general hospital on Maui. The facility was so successful that King Kalakaua honored her with the medal of the Royal Order of Kapiolani. She also opened the Kapiolani Home, which cared for the many female orphans of patients with Hansen's disease.

    At the government's request, she took over another badly run medical facility in Honolulu. The hospital, which was supposed to house only 100 patients, housed 200. Its deplorable conditions were described in a diary kept by one of her fellow Franciscans and quoted in a book about Mother Marianne's life, "A Song of Pilgrimage and Exile."

    "Fat bedbugs nested in the cracks (of walls). Brown stains upon walls, floors, and bedding showed where their blood-filled bodies had been crushed by desperate patients. Straw mattresses, each more or less covered by a dirty blanket, lay upon the unswept floor. ... Blankets, mattresses, clothing, and patients all supported an ineradicable population of lice," wrote Sister Leopoldina Burns.

    "When she got to Honolulu, it was roll up the sleeves and clean the places up," Burkard said. "That was the story wherever they went. The sisters came in with their bucket brigade. They brought order, and I guess a lot of TLC to people no one else wanted to help."

    Mother Marianne's efforts were so successful her patients were allowed to remain on the main islands, but in 1887 a new government took charge. Its officials decided to close the Oahu hospital and reinforce the old banishment policy. Mother Marianne decided to follow them to Molokai, even though it meant she'd never return.

    On the island of Molokai


    On the island, Father Damien DeVeuster, whom the Catholic Church named a saint in 2009, had established a medical facility known as the Apostle of the Lepers. By the time Mother Marianne arrived, he was dying from Hansen's disease.

    At his request, she told him she would care for his patients. Upon his death, she took over his facility that cared for men and boys and established a separate enterprise to treat girls and women.

    Saint Damien of Molokai's patients had been living in rudimentary huts. They dressed in rags. Mother Marianne wanted to improve their lives.

    She raised money and started programs that gave the ill population a much more dignified life. She set up classes for patients. She worked to beautify the environment with gardens and landscaping. Patients got proper clothes, music and religious counseling. She couldn't cure them, but she could make their lives better.

    Mother Marianne died on August 9, 1918, at the age of 80. Incredibly, to this day none of the Franciscan sisters have ever contracted Hansen's disease.

    Almost immediately the sisters started organizing her case for sainthood. To become a saint, a person must meet a strict set of religious and otherworldly requirements. Once a person dies, this kind of local effort must be made on their behalf.

    The sisters gathered all of Mother Marianne's written work and correspondence. They took testimony from people who knew her. This evidence of her holiness had to be presented to a local council, which made a recommendation that she was worthy of consideration to the Vatican. There, a team of nine theologians pored over the documents.

    The theologians voted in her favor, and then the Pope John Paul II named her a "Servant of God, Venerable." This is the honorific after which most cases for sainthood stop.

    To become a saint, it's not enough to do good deeds. People must pray to the person under consideration, and the Church must establish that in doing so those prayers resulted in not one, but two verifiable miracles.

    "A miracle is some extraordinary fact, especially in the medical field -- a cure that nobody expected and suddenly, against all expectations, this person is cured," said Father Peter Gumpel, a priest who has scrutinized hundreds of sainthood cases in his nearly 50 years as a "devil's advocate," or someone at the Vatican who examines the case made on behalf of a potential saint.

    "Miracles are still required because the Church has to be absolutely sure what we are doing in canonizing someone conforms to the will of God," he said. "To do this, we ask for a sign from God."

    After a case is made that a miracle has occurred, a team of doctors must verify that there is no medical explanation for the cure. Then the case goes to a second group of doctors who consult for the Vatican, who go over those same records and must make the same determination. The process then starts over again once a second miracle occurs.

    Many of these cases take hundreds of years. Mother Marianne's got through in record time.

    Mother Marianne's miracles

    Mother Marianne's first official miracle came in 1992. That's when Syracuse resident Kate Mahoney recovered after her doctors had given up hope.

    The then-14-year-old had a near-fatal reaction to the chemotherapy she received to treat ovarian cancer. In December of that year, she was admitted to the hospital suffering from severe abdominal pain.

    Doctors performed surgery to remove an internal buildup of fluid. During the surgery, she suffered a serious hemorrhagic shock followed by cardiac arrest. Many of her vital organs shut down. Machines kept her alive when her heart, kidney and lungs stopped working.

    According to the medical file submitted to the Vatican, three doctors determined Mahoney's body was in the process of overall deterioration. They thought she would die.

    It was around then that friends reached out to Sister Mary Laurence Hanley. Hanley was the director of the Cause of Mother Marianne and the person who put her case for sainthood together.

    The sister visited the sick girl. She prayed for Mother Marianne's help, enlisting others to do the same. She touched Mahoney with a relic from the soon-to-be-saint.

    That week, Mahoney showed signs of improvement. By the next week, her medical records show doctors recording their "surprise" that her vital organs started to work again "for some unknown reason." Eventually local and Vatican doctors determined there was no medical explanation for her full recovery.

    In 2005 Pope Benedict XVI agreed that Mahoney had experienced a miracle. Mother Marianne was beatified, one step away from sainthood.

    It was in that same year that the second miracle happened.

    Sharon Smith, then 58, was admitted to St. Joseph's Hospital Health Center in Syracuse. She says she had been at home and fainted.

    "I woke up two and a half months later in the hospital," Smith said.

    Her doctors told her she had developed a severe inflammation that was killing her pancreas and was spreading to other vital organs. Several surgeries did little to help. Her doctor consulted several experts. None could remember anyone recovering from similar cases. The doctor told Smith there was little they could do for her.

    "When I heard that, I started thinking about my time in the Navy," the Gulf War veteran said. "I thought, 'I have led an interesting life. I have great friends. I have some wonderful memories. Lord, if you have to take me, at least I have these.'"

    Smith mentally prepared for death.

    "But for some reason He was nice enough to leave me here," she said, laughing.

    Smith says the doctors did what they could to keep her comfortable. They even tried surgery to repair a huge hole that had opened between her stomach and intestine, but it didn't work. That's when the Franciscan sisters stepped in.

    "My friend was sitting in the waiting room with my longtime roommate Pat while I was in surgery," Smith said. "The doctor came in to tell them, 'She is not going to breathe on her own again.' My roommate came in and said goodbye, and then my other friend came in and told her that this lady in the waiting room gave her a prayer card with Mother Marianne on it and suggested they pray for her help.

    "They did, and I woke up. I started breathing on my own," Smith said.

    The nuns paid regular visits to Smith, who is not Catholic. They kept her company. They prayed with her. They brought her communion. Then Sister Michaeleen Cabral pinned a small plastic bag on Smith's hospital gown. Inside was dirt from around Mother Marianne's grave -- known in the church as a relic.

    "When they pinned that relic on me, I started feeling a little better," Smith said. "A little while later, when I opened my eyes, my doctor started pulling out my tubes.

    "When he started pulling out the last one, I said to myself, 'This is it.' But instead he said, 'Now I want you to order a sandwich.' I didn't think I heard him right. I hadn't eaten in nine months. I said, 'Are you kidding me?' But he said, 'No, order anything you want to eat. I don't know what happened, but the hole I couldn't fix between your stomach and intestine has healed itself. Your inflammation is gone. You're better.'"

    Mother Marianne had helped one last patient.

    Smith finally left the hospital in January of 2006. "I had never heard of Mother Marianne before this, but all those prayers with the help of God and Mother Marianne's intercession, I survived," Smith said. "I'm still flabbergasted."

    'You are our miracle'

    To give back to the sisters who helped her, Smith started regularly volunteering at Francis House, a medical facility the sisters run to care for the terminally ill. Smith spends much of her time there cleaning rooms and visiting patients.

    As she walked out of a patient's room one day, she ran into the nun who used to bring her communion at the hospital.

    "She said, 'Oh my God, are you the girl I saw in the hospital who was so sick?'" Smith said. "I thought Sister Michaeleen was going to pass out.

    "She told me, 'You've got to see Sister Mary Laurence. You are our miracle. I know you are.' They dragged me up to Sister Mary Laurence, who was amazed. They thought they had their miracle."

    And so it was, the Catholic Church concluded. After multiple doctors examined her medical records and could find no other explanation, the case went on to Pope Benedict XVI. In December 2011 he announced Mother Marianne would become a saint.

    This weekend, Mahoney and Smith are both at the Vatican for the canonization service. Smith was to present Pope Benedict XVI with a cross that contains a dirt relic from Mother Marianne's grave. To this day, Smith wonders why she has been chosen to be a part of something so big.

    "I can't imagine that someone like me would experience a miracle. I'm an ordinary person," Smith said. "But the sisters explained that's who God and the saints use."

    Sister Burkard is at the Vatican, as well.

    "Every time I think about the large banner with her image that will hang on the Vatican for the ceremony, I get chills," she said.

    "People tend to think of saints as these very special otherworldly people, but so much of (Mother Marianne's) life parallels so many other good people we know today," Burkard said.

    "She probably could have done anything with her natural talents for leadership and organization, but she chose to make the world a better place. She would not let people's fear determine what she did or how people should be treated.

    "She is a wonderful example for these difficult times. She gave people that others feared hope. She restored their dignity. That is the path she chose to walk."


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    Re: In the News

    Post by genkicoll on Tue Dec 11, 2012 8:30 pm

    There's been a shooting at Clackamas Town Center here (somewhat) locally (in Oregon). Reports are confirming at least two dead, and up to 60 shots fired.

    Check out one of the primary reports here:
    http://www.columbian.com/news/2012/dec/11/shooting-reported-clackamas-town-center/

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    What is wrong with people?? I simply cannot understand this kind of senseless violence! :(


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    Post by genkicoll on Mon Apr 15, 2013 4:46 pm

    Two Bombs Explode near Boston Marathon Finish

    Currently two people are confirmed dead, with 23 injured (at last count.) I'm hearing that there was a third bomb, but that the police safely detonated it before it could cause harm.

    Live updates here:
    http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/lookout/live-updates-explosion-near-boston-marathon-finish-line-192213861.html


    Photo slideshow here:
    http://sports.yahoo.com/photos/two-explosions-near-boston-marathon-s-finish-line-1366055187-slideshow/

    3:25 PM, PST update -more than 100 people injured.


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    Post by genkicoll on Wed May 01, 2013 12:38 pm

    Here's an eye-widening story, which I found through Yahoo! News:

    Irish Twins Born 87 Days Apart Set Record
    http://www.inquisitr.com/643386/irish-twins-born-87-days-apart-set-record/


    An excerpt:
    The term “Irish twins” is a colloquialism stemming from babies born close together, but twins born 87 days apart in Ireland in a record-setting pregnancy are not what the term was initially coined to describe.

    However, the Irish twins born 87 days apart do not share a birthdate nor even a birth month. They don’t even technically share a birth season!

    Maria Jones-Elliot of County Kilkenny in Ireland was 23 weeks pregnant when she gave birth to baby Amy on June 1, 2012. Amy was the first of the pair of twins born 87 days apart to arrive and was little more than a pound when she made her entrance four months early.


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    Post by genkicoll on Mon Jun 03, 2013 5:10 pm

    Nearly 3,000 Evacuated in Argentina & Chile -- Volcano

    The Copahue volcano eruption in the southern border between Argentina and Chile, is imminent. Some 3,000 people from both sides of the border are being evacuated to avoid casualties in the event that the lava begins to spill onto nearby populations in the Patagonian Andes. Side Chilean indigenous peasants were reluctant to leave their land because there are 21,000 head of cattle.

    See the full article here: http://www.allvoices.com/contributed-news/14699342-nearly-3000-evacuated-in-argentina-and-chile-by-the-threat-of-a-volcano


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    Post by genkicoll on Mon Jul 08, 2013 5:43 pm

    Now this is just too cool:

    news.yahoo.com, July 8, 2013 wrote:
    Beauty pageant queens have been the butt of a lot of jokes lately — for example, Marissa Powell, Miss Utah, who recently flubbed an answer about the gender gap in wages during the Miss USA pageant. But one crowned beauty has people talking because of a noble act: chopping off all her hair for charity. Patricia Celan was named Miss Charity British Columbia on July 1. Contestants were raising money for the organization Cops for Cancer, which funds research for children's cancers and sends kids stricken with the disease to summer camp. Celan promised that if she raised the most money, she would shave her head. Well, she raised $8,000, topping what the other contestants raked in. So, she made good on her promise right there on the pageant stage.

    First her ponytail was cut off, and then the electric buzzer came out. Celan donated her hair, and she had it shaved to stand in solidarity with cancer patients who have lost their hair. Celan said of her new look, "I've been told that I'm pulling off the Natalie Portman look." The new short haircut will be great for the summer, during which Celan is volunteering at Camp Goodtimes for children with cancer. Now there's a pageant queen who is beautiful inside and out.


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    Post by genkicoll on Wed Aug 14, 2013 4:43 pm

    Something fun today...

    From ThePostGame.com
    http://www.thepostgame.com/blog/more-family-fun/201308/offensive-linemans-son-has-huge-hands

    Philadelphia Eagles Offensive Lineman Lane Johnson's Newborn Son Has Huge Hands

    Eagles offensive lineman Lane Johnson is 6-foot-6 and weighs more than 300 pounds. Johnson's wife, Chelsea, who just gave birth to a son, David, is 5-foot-11.
    So it's safe to assume that little David will grow up to be big. Really big.
    Johnson, the fourth overall pick of the 2013 NFL draft, tweeted a photo of the little (er, big) guy. And wait until you get a load of this kid's hands -- these things are oven mitts.


    The baby's hands are so big that Lane (who, remember, is 6-foot-6) said that when David was born he thought the little guy's pair matched up with his. David was born Saturday, which means he is no older than 3 days in the photo on the Twitter post.

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    Just for reference, here is a picture of a "normal" baby's hands:


    Kinda scary!    Wonder how big that kid is going to be?!


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    Post by genkicoll on Thu Aug 15, 2013 1:37 pm

    A SQUEE-worthy article from just a couple of hours ago:

    From Yahoo! News:
    http://news.yahoo.com/adorable-mammal-species-found-plain-sight-142924817.html

    Adorable new mammal species found 'in plain sight'

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Imagine a raccoon with a teddy bear face that is so cute it's hard to resist, let alone overlook. But somehow science did — until now.

    Researchers announced Thursday a rare discovery of a new species of mammal called the olinguito. It belongs to a grouping of large creatures that include dogs, cats and bears.

    The raccoon-sized critter leaps through the trees of mountainous forests of Ecuador and Colombia at night, according to a Smithsonian researcher who has spent the past decade tracking them.

    But the adorable olinguito (oh-lihn-GEE'-toe) shouldn't have been too hard to find. One of them lived in the Smithsonian-run National Zoo in the Washington for a year in a case of mistaken identity.


    "It's been kind of hiding in plain sight for a long time" despite its extraordinary beauty, said Kristofer Helgen, the Smithsonian's curator of mammals.

    The zoo's little critter, named Ringerl, was mistaken for a sister species, the olingo. Ringerl was shipped from zoo to zoo from 1967 to 1976: Louisville, Ky., Tucson, Ariz., Salt Lake City, Washington and New York City to try to get it to breed with other olingos.

    It wouldn't.

    "It turns out she wasn't fussy," Helgen said. "She wasn't the right species."

    The discovery is described in a study in the journal ZooKey.

    Helgen first figured olinguitos were different from olingos when he was looking at pelts and skeletons in a museum. He later led a team to South America in 2006.


    "When we went to the field we found it in the very first night," said study co-author Roland Kays of the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences. "It was almost like it was waiting for us."

    It's hard to figure how olingos and onlinguitos were confused for each other.

    "How is it different? In almost every way that you can look at it," Helgen said.

    Olinguitos are smaller, have shorter tails, a rounder face, tinier ears and darker bushier fur, he said.

    "It looks kind of like a fuzzball ... kind of like a cross between a teddy bear and a house cat," Helgen said.


    It eats fruit, weighs about 2 pounds and has one baby at a time. Helgen figures there are thousands of olinguitos in the mountainous forest, traveling through the trees at night so they are hard to see.

    While new species are found regularly, usually they are tiny and not mammals, the warm-blooded advanced class of animals that have hair, live births and mammary glands in females.

    Outside experts said this is not merely renaming something, but a genuine new species and a significant find, the type that hasn't happened for about 35 years.

    "Most people believe there are no new species to discover, particularly of relatively large charismatic animals," said Case Western Reserve University anatomy professor Darin Croft. "This study demonstrates that this is clearly not the case."


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    Post by genkicoll on Wed Oct 30, 2013 12:24 pm

    This is the kind of news I love to see Smile

    from Yahoo! Shine:


    Sometimes you find kindness in the most unexpected places - even a Pizza Hut!
    A single mother from Raleigh, North Carolina wrote to ABC11 to share the incredible experience she had at the pizza chain while dining with her children.

    Despite going through a difficult time - she's in the middle of a messy divorce and was forced to move several times - the woman always makes the effort to go out to dinner with her kids every Friday. She recently brought her kids straight from school and daycare to Pizza Hut, when her son's ADHD medication was wearing off.

    The woman apologized in advance to a young man seated alone in a nearby booth, worried her children would begin to get rowdy and loud. He replied that he didn't mind, as he had three children of his own.

    The woman and her children continued with their meal, with the mother trying the best she could to engage with her kids to keep them on their best behavior. Meanwhile, the young man finished his dinner and left.

    At the end of their meal, instead of bringing over the check, the family's waitress came over and said the young man had already paid their bill. He also left them a Pizza Hut gift card and a three-page handwritten letter:

    "I do not know your back story, but I have had the privilege of watching you parent your children for the past 30 minutes. I have to say thank you for parenting your children in such a loving manner."

    "I have watched you teach your children about the importance of respect, education, proper manners, communication, self control, and kindness all while being very patient," he continued. "I will never cross your path again but am positive that you and your children have amazing futures."
    He concludes, "Keep up the good work, and when it starts to get tough, do not forget that others may be watching and will need the encouragement of seeing a good family being raised. God bless! -Jake"

    With all the hardship life can bring you, this story shows that good things can happen to you just as easily!


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    Post by RenaissanceMom on Wed Oct 30, 2013 1:56 pm

    Wow, just wow! That is truly a beautiful story and I'm sure just what that mom needed in her life. Okay

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    Re: In the News

    Post by genkicoll on Mon Feb 03, 2014 5:47 pm

    Anyone who's familiar with Philip Seymour Hoffman's acting probably all ready knows that he died of a heroine overdose this weekend, but since I'm in this thread, I thought I should mention it.  RIP, Mr. Hoffman. Offering

    What I really came in here to post is this story, which just about floored me!

    from Yahoo! Shine:

    Cat Gives Owner Bubonic Plague

    By Vladimir Negron | petMD.com

    After accidentally being bit by his cat, Paul Gaylord is lucky to be alive. His cat had infected Gaylord with the plague.

    Gaylord, who lives with his wife at the rural foothills of the Cascade mountain range in Oregon, recently told the Guardian how the incident occurred.

    Gaylord, then 59, found his cat, Charlie, choking on a mouse after being missing several days in the woods one Saturday in 2012. Immediately Gaylord attempted to clear the cat's throat but was bit on his hand. The next day the cat was seen suffering enough to cause Gaylord to have the cat put down. However, it wasn't until Gaylord returned to his job on Monday that he realized just how sick Charlie had been.

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    After developing a high fever, flu-like symptoms, and large lumps in the glands under his arms, Gaylord was taken to the hospital by his wife. Doctors diagnosed him with bubonic plague.

    "I knew rodents could carry the disease, but I didn't realize I could get it from my cat," Gaylord told the Guardian.

    His condition worsened -also developing pneumonic (which infects the lungs) and septicaemic plague (which infects the bloodstream), even having his heart stop at one point - and ended up in a coma for 27 days.

    "Technically, I shouldn't be here," Gaylord told the Guardian.

    Despite losing several fingers and toes due to the severity of the infection, Gaylord says he feels positive and happy to be alive.

    "I think it's just a fluke that I caught this," he said. "Now I hope to make people aware of the illness."

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and health department eventually investigated Gaylord's home and surrounding area, even digging up his cat, Charlie, and sending it off to a lab where it was confirmed to have the plague. However, they were unable to find the dead rodent or any other sign of the disease.

    Contrary to popular belief the Plague - sometimes referred to as "Black Death" due to its killing of millions during the Middle Ages - is still active around the world. According to the CDC, "People most commonly acquire plague when they are bitten by a flea that is infected with the plague bacteria."

    A young Colorado girl was also diagnosed with the plague in 2012.

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