Vigil held for Amtrak crash victims

Published: Thursday, December 21, 2017 @ 9:01 AM

At Least Three Dead, Dozens Injured In Washington Train Derailment

As the last signs of the train derailment are removed, the city of DuPont is saying, ”we will not forget” to the families affected by the tragedy.

Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts Troop 472 - wanted to remember the victims and organized a vigil Wednesday.

“We wanted to honor them,” said LJ Gruba, 9, a Cub Scout.

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“The boys knew it was bad and they knew people were hurting, so immediately they wanted to help,” said Leo Gruba, LJ’s dad and a den leader.

A vigil was held to remember the victims of this week's deadly train derailment in Washington.(

Nearly three days after this deadly derailment, the people of DuPont gathered.

“As we enter into the most holy holiday weekend, we remember that there are three families who got the most horrible news they can possibly get,” DuPont’s mayor, Mike Courts, said to the crowd.

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The scouts of Troop 472 provided an outlet to remember the lives affected.

Monday's derailment injured dozens and killed three.

Zack Willhoite and Jim Hamre were passionate advocates for passenger railroad.

Ben Gran -- another rail buff -- was also killed. Family members say he had taken more than 400 trips on Amtrak.

While investigators work to zero in on a cause, DuPont’s mayor says the crash will never leave them.

>>Related: Engineer did not use emergency brake before deadly Washington train derailment

“By 7:40 in the morning a horrific and unimaginable accident occurred, right here in our city,” Courts said. “Their lost sons are now embraced by this family. These people who were strangers to us on Monday, they're now part of our community.”

The scouts say there’s a reason they decided on a candlelight vigil.

“The message is, there’s still a light, there’s hope. It might seem dark and bleak right now but in the end everything will be better,” said Michael Forbes, a DuPont Eagle Scout.

And people here say they've experienced the strange way a tragedy can unite a community.

The crash “helped us identify what as neighbors we felt is important. And that's one another,” Gruba said.

>>Related: Leaders warned of danger from new route before Amtrak derailment in Washington 

The group ended the vigil with song – the chose to sing, “Silent Night.”

DuPont’s mayor says with traffic back to normal, he will likely lift the city's emergency declaration Thursday morning.

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Regular exercise can prevent older adults from falling, study says

Published: Saturday, April 21, 2018 @ 11:03 PM

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Falls and fractures among older adults can lead to long-term disabilities. However, doctors have now found a simple solution to avoid accidents: regular exercise. 

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Researchers from the U.S. Preventative Services Task Force recently conducted a review, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, to determine the best practices to avoid falls among people age 65 and older. 

To do so, they examined data from about 20 studies that gathered the health records of older adults, some of who were at high risk for falling. They also evaluated evidence on vitamin D supplementation, which has been linked to a reduced risk of decreased bone density.

After analyzing the data, they found that exercise decreased the likelihood of falls and injuries related to falls. In fact, they discovered there was a 10 to 20 percent reduced risk. 

“It’s abundant evidence,” said Madeleine Hackney, geriatrics professor at Emory University, who was not a part of the trial. “As we get older, we lose muscle mass. The way to get stronger is to strengthen them on a regular basis.”

The researchers listed several types of exercises that are beneficial for older adults, including cardio, resistance training and even tai-chi.

However, they said vitamin D may not be as effective in preventing fractures. They recommend against vitamin D supplementation to limit falls among adults 65 and older, because they did not see a consistent benefit. Those with a vitamin D deficiency are an exception. 

“Pooled analyses showed neither a significant reduction in falls nor a significant effect on the number of persons experiencing a fall with vitamin D supplementation,” the authors wrote.

Hackney called those findings “interesting.” 

“That’s going in the face of common practice. Doctors are prescribing it, but the evidence is not backing it up,” she said. 

Despite the results, Hackney said there are several different approaches to strengthening the body.

“The most important thing is that they find something they like to do where they can be nurtured and supported,” she advised. “If you do it regularly, you body will note.”

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Man intentionally ran mother, 80, off road, deputies say

Published: Saturday, April 21, 2018 @ 10:24 PM

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A man intentionally ran his 80-year-old mother off the road Thursday as she was trying to drive to the sheriff’s office to get help, investigators said. 

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Roger Wayne Lincoln, 58, crashed into his mother’s car around 6 p.m. He was driving in a red 1999 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am as she was driving to the Payette County Sheriff’s Office, according to KTVB.

The mother, whose name was not released, was taken to a hospital for treatment. 

"Our belief is they had some kind of incident at the house and we believe he didn't allow her to call 911 at that time, according to the information we have, and she was leaving the residence to get help,” Payette County Sheriff's Lt. Andy Creech told the Idaho Press.

Lincoln is wanted on charges of aggravated battery, intimidating a witness, leaving the scene of an injury collusion and intentional destruction of a telecommunication line or instrument, according to KTVB.

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'Mini-Me' actor Verne Troyer dead at 49

Published: Saturday, April 21, 2018 @ 4:21 PM

Verne Troyer, famous for his role as
Verne Troyer, famous for his role as "Mini-Me" in the Austin Powers comedies, died Saturday. He was 49. (Photo: Verne Troyer/Facebook)

Verne Troyer, famous for his role as Mini-Me in the "Austin Powers" comedies, died Saturday. He was 49. 

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American Airlines plane with hydraulic fluid leak safely lands at Florida airport

Published: Saturday, April 21, 2018 @ 7:12 PM

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An American Airlines plane flying from Charlotte, North Carolina, to Palm Beach International Airport developed a hydraulic leak Saturday afternoon. 

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Palm Beach County Fire Rescue crews responded to the airport after the plane landed safely at the gate at about 1:07 p.m, according to Capt. Albert Borroto.

The plane -- which was scheduled to land at PBI -- did not need to make an emergency landing, and there are no reports of injuries, Leonard Serratore of PBI said. 

It is unclear if the plane experienced the leak before or after the plane took off from Charlotte. 

In August 2016, a similar incident with an American Airlines plane occurred at PBI in which the plane developed a hydraulic leak on a taxiway. In that instance, 23 passengers and one flight attendant were taken to area hospitals with minor injuries, including burning eyes, itchy skin and difficulty breathing.

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