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Stranger spanks toddler in Kroger, says ‘This is what we do to kids in Mexico’

Published: Thursday, February 08, 2018 @ 7:04 PM

Stranger Allegedly Spanks Child In Grocery Store, Says "This Is What We Do To Kids In Mexico"

James Morris was not bothering a soul Tuesday as he stood in the self-checkout area of a local Kroger with his 2-year-old son.

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One minute, the toddler was asking for a candy bar. The next, a man with “a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage” was grabbing the boy by the arm and spanking him, according to a police report obtained from officials in Newnan, Ga., south of Atlanta. 

“I was watching what happened,” Morris told WSB-TV, “and I looked up at him and that’s when he made the statement, ‘This is what we do to kids in Mexico.’”

“I said, ‘Buddy, we’re not in Mexico.’”

Store employees quickly separated them. The report did not specify why or how many times 62-year-old Juan Guvarra Martinez hit the boy. 

When an officer tried to handcuff him, he resisted, officials said.

“Juan was taken to the ground and we were able to grab his arm so it could be cuffed,” police said. “We had to stand Juan up and escort him out of the business.”

Martinez later began kicking the doors and windows of the patrol car.

After he was cleared by Piedmont Newnan Hospital staff, Martinez was arrested on multiple charges, including simple battery, child cruelty, disorderly conduct, obstructing officers and violating probation, according to jail records.

He is in the Coweta County jail.

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When he is released, he cannot return to Kroger. The store, police said, put Martinez on its “criminal trespass log.”

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Google’s new AI can look into your eyes and predict heart attack risk

Published: Wednesday, February 21, 2018 @ 3:13 PM

FILE PHOTO
William Thomas Cain/Getty Images
FILE PHOTO(William Thomas Cain/Getty Images)

Researchers from Google and sibling company Verily Life Sciences have developed a new algorithm using artificial intelligence to predict the risk of heart attack, stroke and other major cardiovascular events.

How does it work? Through the eyes.

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Scientists studied data from 284,335 patients and found the “deep-learning” AI algorithm could identify risk factors based on age, blood pressure, gender, smoking status and others just by scanning the individuals’ retinas.

“The rear interior wall of the eye (the fundus) is chock-full of blood vessels that reflect the body’s overall health,” the Verge reported. “By studying their appearance with camera and microscope, doctors can infer things like an individual’s blood pressure, age, and whether or not they smoke, which are all important predictors of cardiovascular health.”

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Google’s AI was able to differentiate patients who suffered a major cardiac event in the following five years and those who didn’t with a 70 percent accuracy

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"While doctors can typically distinguish between the retinal images of patients with severe high blood pressure and normal patients, our algorithm could go further to predict the systolic blood pressure within 11 mmHg on average for patients overall, including those with and without high blood pressure," lead author Lily Peng wrote in a Google blog.

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Medical algorithms are traditionally created to redesign experiments to test hypotheses made from observations. But this algorithm found new ways to analyze existing medical data.

“With enough data, it’s hoped that artificial intelligence can then create entirely new medical insight without human direction,” the Verge reported.

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This technology would make it more efficient for doctors to analyze cardiac risk without a blood test, which typically predicts events with 72 percent accuracy. But more tests are necessary before the AI can be used in a clinical setting.

“We look forward to developing and testing our algorithm on larger and more comprehensive datasets. To make this useful for patients, we will be seeking to understand the effects of interventions such as lifestyle changes or medications on our risk predictions and we will be generating new hypotheses and theories to test,” Peng wrote.

The research was published Monday in the journal “Biomedical Engineering.”

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Franklin Graham writes tribute to his late father, Billy Graham

Published: Wednesday, February 21, 2018 @ 2:38 PM

Billy Graham Dead at 99

The Rev. Billy Graham, the Christian evangelist known as “America’s pastor,” died Wednesday after battling various health ailments.

He was 99.

Billy Graham’s son, Franklin Graham, posted a tribute to him on Facebook following the news of his father’s death.

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“Where is Heaven?” Franklin Graham recalled his father being asked, to which he then replied, “Heaven is where Jesus is, and I am going to Him soon!”

Franklin Graham (R) helps his father Billy Graham to the stage during the Billy Graham Library Dedication Service on May 31, 2007 in Charlotte, North Carolina. Franklin Graham posted a tribute to his father, who died Feb., 21, 2018, on Facebook.(Davis Turner/Getty Images)

“He will be missed by our family, his colleagues, faithful ministry partners, and, yes, many around the world,” Franklin Graham wrote. “But what joy he has to be welcomed by God the Father, and be reunited with my mother in the presence of Jesus who speaks peace to eternal souls.”

Related: Anne Graham Lotz on her father Billy Graham’s death: ‘Daddy is home’

Franklin Graham’s mother, Ruth Graham, died in 2007.

Read Franklin Graham’s Facebook post below:

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Gun-shaped cellphone case mistaken for weapon at Florida high school, officials say

Published: Wednesday, February 21, 2018 @ 2:31 PM

A student brought a cellphone case shaped like a gun. (Photo: DeLand police)
A student brought a cellphone case shaped like a gun. (Photo: DeLand police)

A DeLand High School student caused a scare Tuesday when some students thought his cellphone case was a gun, school officials said.

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The 15-year-old boy's cellphone case was shaped like a gun, and a student thought it was a real weapon in the teen's back pocket, so the student reported it to a teacher, officials said.

The school was placed on a 30-minute lockdown.

The 15-year-old, whose name has not been released, faces charges of disruption of an educational institute, a misdemeanor, officials said.

“We know that kids will be kids, but in today’s world, we must be vigilant,” DeLand police Chief Jason Umberger said in a news release. “I want to express to all of our young people out there that they should always feel comfortable coming forward with information. Even if you’re not sure, we want to know. We don’t know what we don’t know, so whether a potential threat is made through Snapchat, Instagram, Facebook, Twitter or something else. Take a screenshot and send it over. You never know, you could be saving the lives of your friends."

The school district has reported at least 18 threats – all not credible – since the Parkland high school shooting, officials said. 

School officials urged parents to be vigilant.

"You have to have a discussion with your children regarding 'see something, say something' to a trusted adult. You have to monitor your children's cellphone and social media, and third, you need to check their backpack," said Volusia County Superintendent Tom Russell.

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Substitute teacher fired after video surfaces showing him slamming student

Published: Tuesday, February 20, 2018 @ 1:27 PM

Substitute Teacher Fired After Video Shows Him Slamming Student

A substitute teacher at Western Guilford Middle School, in Guilford County, North Carolina, was fired after a video surfaced of him body-slamming a student.

The student, Jose Escudero, told WGHP that the altercation started because of a box of chocolates on Valentine’s Day.

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Jose said the teacher took the box, throwing it into a sink, WGHP reported.

The 12-year-old said he waited until end of class to ask for the chocolate to be returned.

Jose said he put them in his bag and the substitute teacher tried to grab the candy, WGHP reported

Jose said the teacher then grabbed him and held him against the wall before throwing him over his shoulder to the ground.

The student said he had bruises on his elbow, shoulder and back.

Jose’s mother shared the video of Jose falling to the floor on Facebook saying she wants justice.

Guilford County Schools spokeswoman Tina Firesheets told WGHP that the teacher is no longer a district employee.

The Escuderos told WGHP that they’re looking into legal action against both the school and teacher, whose name has not been released.

WSOCTV.COM contributed to this report.

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