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Published: Thursday, June 21, 2018 @ 8:20 AM
— If you are looking to soak up some sun, today would be the day to do it.
Thursday marks the summer solstice, and for those in the Northern hemisphere, you will see more daylight than on any other day of the year.
What is the summer solstice and what does that have to do with the longest day of the year? Here’s a quick look at what it means.
What is it?
The solstice happens when the sun reaches the highest point in the sky relative to the equator, meaning the Northern Hemisphere is tilted fully toward the sun. In fact, the North Pole is tilted far enough toward the sun to where the Arctic Circle will see 24 hours of daylight.
The sun reaches its northernmost point on Earth during the summer solstice. Do you know where that is?
The sun will reach its northernmost point when it hits 23 degrees 27 minutes north latitude – in the Tropic of Cancer.
When does it do that?
In 2018, the solstice falls on Thursday at 6:07 a.m. EDT.
Wait, isn’t it on the same day every year?
The summer solstice happens each year between June 20-22.
Why isn’t it on the same day every year?
Blame it on math. The fact that the date floats is due, in part, to the difference between the Gregorian calendar system, which normally has 365 days, and the tropical year (how long it takes Earth to orbit the Sun one time), which is about 365.242199 days, according to The Farmer’s Almanac.
The Georgian calendar adds a leap day every four years to make up for the extra .242199. The leap day, along with other factors, moves the summer solstice backward and forward on the calendar by a couple of days.
Why is it the longest day of the year?
It’s known as the longest day of the year not because it’s any longer than any other day, but because in the Northern Hemisphere, it’s the day that receives the most hours of daylight. It receives the most sunlight because the Earth is tilted toward the sun for the longest time during a day.
If it is the longest day of the year and it’s summertime, why isn’t it the hottest day of the year?
It’s not the hottest day of the year because the Earth releases the energy it absorbs at various rates – but it never releases it instantly. On Thursday, the Earth will receive the most energy from the sun, but will release that energy in late July or August, usually. This effect, according to Weather Works, is called seasonal temperature lag.
Published: Saturday, July 21, 2018 @ 3:48 PM
— Have you ever felt rushed during a doctor’s visit? Most physicians don’t give their patients adequate time to explain the reason for their visit, according to a new study.
Researchers from the University of Florida, Gainesville, recently conducted a study, published in the Journal of General Internal Medicine, to explore clinical encounters between doctors and their patients.
To do so, they assessed the initial few minutes of consultations between 112 patients and their medical practitioners between 2008 and 2015. The encounters they reviewed were videotaped in various clinics in the United States.
The scientists observed whether doctors invited patients to set the agenda with questions such as “What can I do for you?” They also took notes on whether patients were interrupted while answering questions and in what manner.
After analyzing the results, they found that 36 percent of patients were able to set the agenda. However, they were interrupted 11 seconds on average after beginning their statements. Those who were not interrupted finished speaking after about six seconds.
They said primary care doctors allowed more time than specialists as specialists generally know the purpose of a visit.
“If done respectfully and with the patient’s best interest in mind, interruptions to the patient’s discourse may clarify or focus the conversation, and thus benefit patients,” co-author Singh Ospina said in a statement. “Yet, it seems rather unlikely that an interruption, even to clarify or focus, could be beneficial at the early stage in the encounter.”
While they are unclear why doctors don’t allow patients to speak longer, they believe time constraints, not enough training on how to communicate with patients and burnout may be factors.
The scientists now hope to further explore their investigations on the ultimate experience of doctor visits and the outcomes.
Published: Saturday, July 21, 2018 @ 9:00 AM
HOUSTON — A cardiologist who treated former President George H.W. Bush was shot and killed Friday in a bicycle drive-by shooting near Texas Medical Center in Houston.
Police said Dr. Mark Hausknecht, 65, was riding his bicycle near Texas Children’s Pavilion for Women just before 9 a.m. on Friday when he was shot by another bicyclist going in the other direction, Houston Police tweeted.
UPDATE on this morning's fatal shooting at 6600 Main Street: pic.twitter.com/Srgvcss4rW— Houston Police (@houstonpolice) July 20, 2018
The man fired two shots at Hausknecht before taking off on his bike, police said.
Hausknecht was on his way to work at the time, KTRK reported. A witness flagged down a private ambulance driving by the scene. Emergency crews rushed him to a nearby hospital, where he later died.
Investigators do not know if the shooting was random or targeted, or possibly the result of road rage.
Jim McGrath, spokesperson for former President H.W. Bush, 94, issued a statement on Twitter.
“Mark was a fantastic cardiologist and a good man,” President Bush said in the statement. “I will always be grateful for his exceptional, compassionate care. His family is in our prayers.”
Published: Friday, July 20, 2018 @ 10:10 AM
MEMPHIS, Tenn. — A man was arrested for trying to hit a Memphis police officer on Beale Street, court records said.
According to the arrest affidavit FOX13 obtained, Joseph Pszczola was yelling in a popular restaurant just before 11 p.m. on Thursday.
Employees of the business flagged down officers for help. When police arrived, they asked Pszczola to leave. Yet, he continued to scream, employees said. One of the officers said the suspect was slurring his speech and also smelled of alcohol.
The confrontation spilled out into the street and escalated when Pszczola pushed an officer and tried to punch him, court records said.
The officer then struck the suspect in the face, and Pszczola fell to the ground, according to court records.
The suspect and the officer were transported to area hospitals and are expected to be OK.
Published: Saturday, July 21, 2018 @ 3:20 PM
DALLAS — A 32-year veteran of the Dallas Police Department died early Saturday after he was hit by a suspected drunken driver during a funeral escort, authorities said.
Senior Cpl. Earl “Jamie” Givens died early Saturday while he and other officers were escorting the body of Senior Cpl. Tyrone Andrews from Laurel Land Funeral Home to East Texas, police said. Andrews died of cancer, The Dallas Morning News reported.
Givens was stopped Saturday morning with his motorcycle’s emergency lights on when he was struck by a fast-moving Kia Sportage, authorities said. Givens, who was assigned to DPD’s traffic unit in 2012, was blocking traffic to an Interstate 20 on-ramp when he was hit, according to police.
Givens’ fellow officers rendered aid to him before the Dallas Fire-Rescue Department arrived at the scene. However, police said, he was pronounced dead after he was taken to the Baylor University Medical Center.
The driver of the Kia Sportage, whose name was not released, struck a concrete divider and stopped, according to officials. The 25-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of driving while intoxicated.
Authorities continue to investigate the incident.
Dallas police Chief Renee Hall asked for the public’s prayers Saturday during a news conference.