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Published: Monday, October 02, 2017 @ 2:46 PM
— The father of the Las Vegas gunman who killed at least 58 people was referred to as a psychopath and was placed on a list of the 10 most wanted criminals by the FBI after he escaped from a federal prison in Texas on New Year’s Eve 1968.
Known as “Chrome Dome” for his habit of shaving his head, Benjamin Hoskins Paddock was arrested in Springfield, Oregon, in September 1978.
Paddock was serving a 20-year sentence for robbing a bank in Phoenix when he escaped from prison.
“Since he has utilized firearms in previous crimes, has employed violence in attempting to evade arrest and has been diagnosed as being psychopathic, (Benjamin) Paddock should be considered extremely dangerous,” Palmer M. Baken Jr., agent in charge of the Phoenix FBI office, said at the time, according to news reports.
Paddock remained on the list of the 10 most wanted criminals until 1977, a year before he was arrested. He was arrested the following year while he was reportedly working in Eugene, Oregon, as the manager of a bingo parlor and living under the name Bruce Werner Ericksen.
Published: Friday, February 23, 2018 @ 10:58 PM
— The Food and Drug Administration on Wednesday approved a breakthrough blood test that can help detect concussions in adults.
It can be administered as soon as 15 minutes after the injury, but results take a few hours to produce.
According to the Atlanta-based Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, traumatic brain injury is a “serious public health problem in the United States.” In 2013 alone, there were about 2.8 million visits to emergency rooms for traumatic brain injury-related conditions. Of these, nearly 50,000 people died.
TBI is typically caused by a blow or bump to the head, or a by a head injury that disrupts the brain’s normal functioning. It can range from mild to severe. About 75 percent of TBIs that occur each year are assessed as mild TBIs or concussions.
Most patients with traumatic brain injury undergo a neurological exam, followed by a CT scan.
For their research, the FDA evaluated data on 1,947 individual blood samples from adults with suspected mild TBI or concussion and reviewed the product’s performance by comparing blood test results with CT scan results.
They found the blood test was 97.5 percent as effective in detecting concussion and 99.6 perfect as effective in ruling out the injury.
The test also costs as little as one-tenth as much as a CT scan.
"A blood test that accurately, reliably and consistently detects the presence of brain proteins that appear in the blood after a brain injury is a major advance," Dr. David Dodick, a fellow of the American Academy of Neurology who specializes in sports medicine and neurology, told CNN. Dodick was not involved in the study.
One of the challenges of diagnosing concussions is that the injury’s symptoms can occur at various times. For some, they appear instantly. Others may not experience symptoms for hours or even days.
Symptoms also vary from person to person. Some may experience light or noise sensitivity, or may lose balance.
“This is something that has been a long time coming,” Col. Dallas Hack, who was director of the Army’s Combat Casualty Care Research Program from 2008 to 2014 and is now retired, told the New York Times.
“The concept originally was that we would have something that medical personnel in the field would be able to use to assess whether somebody who had received a head injury needed a higher level of care,” Hack said.
A new blood test could within a few hours rule out concussion — or guide doctors to perform a full brain scan. https://t.co/VdCqvVdl9I— STAT (@statnews) February 21, 2018
But Dodick told CNN that researchers still need to better understand when brains have fully healed from trauma and how the protein biomarkers may actually affect prognosis. Additionally, it’s unclear whether or not the new test can determine subconcussive blows, hits to the head that don’t always cause symptoms but do cause brain injury.
Subconcussive or repeat blows are believed to lead to the neurodegenerative disease chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or CTE. Over time, that damage may lead to personality changes, mood disorders and other behavioral issues.
"These occur much more often than actual concussions, especially in certain collision and contact sports,” Dodick told CNN.
Published: Friday, February 23, 2018 @ 11:14 PM
— Over the years, much has been speculated about President Donald Trump’s hair, but he’s never admitted to having a reason for choosing his particular hairstyle other than the fact that it’s the way he “likes it.” However, on Friday, that all changed when he finally admitted to having a bald spot — and trying to hide it.
“Oh, I try like hell to hide the bald spot, folks. I work at it,” he told the crowd at the Conservative Political Action Conference in Oxon Hill, Maryland. “It doesn’t look bad. Hey, we are hanging in, we are hanging in, we are hanging in there. Right? Together, we are hanging in.”
Trump’s honest take on his hair came after a video of him boarding Air Force One at Andrews Air Force Base on Feb. 2 revealed a bald spot on the back of his head when his signature mane was whipped by the gusty wind.
Trump’s hair has been a topic of conversation for years, and he has often talked about it himself. In a much-maligned interview on “The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon,” the late-night host was allowed to mess up then-candidate Trump’s hair to prove that it was real.
Trump has also made it clear multiple times that he doesn’t wear a wig or a “rug” as he’s called it. “As everybody knows, but the haters and losers refuse to acknowledge, I do not wear a ‘wig.’ My hair may not be perfect, but it’s mine,” he once wrote on Twitter.
“I do not wear a rug. My hair is 100 percent mine. No animals have been harmed in the creation of my hairstyle,” the former businessman quipped in his book, “Trump: How to Get Rich.”
Published: Friday, February 23, 2018 @ 7:38 PM
SEATTLE — A couple strolled through downtown Seattle’s iconic, bustling Pike Place Market food stands on a clear winter Saturday when their dog started running through the booths.
"We noticed a puppy who looked very similar in age and appearance to [our dog] Maui, and once they saw each other they got really excited and started playing together," owner Kaitlyn Hawkins told KIRO 7. "After chatting with the other owners we realized that the dogs are siblings."
The 11-month-old dogs rolled around, embracing each other in their coincidental reunion.
Maui and her sister Juniper were adopted from Russia. They were flow to Seattle-Tacoma International Airport last May as puppies.
The two dogs recognizing each other nearly a year later has made them an internet sensation. With more than 15 million visitors exploring the historic district annually, people find the encounter quite remarkable.
A worker at the Pike Place Market captured the moment in a video, and nearly 3 million people have watched it on Facebook.
"I witnessed the coolest thing," the Facebook post said. "They even had identifying tattoos that confirmed it. This joyful reunion went on for over a half an hour, in fact they were still at it when I left the market."
Published: Thursday, February 22, 2018 @ 9:14 AM
DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. — A man was shot and killed early Thursday in a possible case of road rage in Georgia, police said.
Investigators were at the entrance of the Brighton Village subdivision in Dekalb County on Thursday morning, where the man’s body was found in a car after at least three shots were fired.
The DeKalb County Medical Examiner’s Office was at the scene, Lt. Mark Lavigne said.
According to police, the victim’s two children and two other adults were in the car at the time of the fatal 4 a.m. shooting.
One of the adults in the car was the victim’s wife, WSBTV reported.
The victim’s relation to the other adult in the car was not immediately known.
DeKalb Police investigating murder of father shot as driving down Flat Shoals. Victim’s wife and two kids were in the car and not hurt. Looking into possible connection to two overnight shootings in Atlanta where drivers also shot near or on I-20 pic.twitter.com/g7jcNUtl9m— Steve Gehlbach (@SteveGWSB) February 22, 2018
No one else was injured.
It was not immediately clear whether the incident was related to a pair of random shootings that injured two drivers in southwest Atlanta earlier Thursday.
“We will definitely be looking into that,” Lavigne said.