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5-Year Old Beat Leukemia With Cannabis Oil When Chemotherapy Failed

Two years ago, Landon Riddle had acute lymphocytic leukemia (ALL), a cancer of the blood and bone marrow which is the most common cancer in children. His mother says his condition improved so much following treatment with medical marijuana that chemotherapy was not needed. But the Children’s Hospital of Colorado, disagreed insisting chemotherapy poisons were the best choice and threatened his mother with legal action and removal of her child from her care.

It all started back in September 2012. Landon, then 2, was living with his mother, Sierra Riddle, in St. George, Utah, when he developed a sore throat and swollen lymph nodes. The emergency room doctor said it was a virus and sent him home.


Two days later he went back. His armpits were swollen.


“They thought it was either a virus or infection in the lymph nodes, so they gave him some antibiotics,” Sierra Riddle says.


But on the fifth day, his mother says she was changing his diaper and noticed his groin was also swollen, as well as his abdomen and throat. He was having trouble breathing.


That time, she got a frightening diagnosis: cancer.


Landon was flown to a children’s hospital in Salt Lake City.


“His whole chest was full of leukemia tumors, which is why he couldn’t breathe,” his mother says. “They started him on chemo, but told us that he probably wasn’t going to make it.”


Landon’s cancer had quickly progressed, leading doctors to give him an 8% chance of survival, she says.


In general, ALL is one of the most curable cancers. According to the American Cancer Society, more than 90% of children diagnosed with the disease survive.


Chemotherapy is the standard treatment, and Riddle says doctors put Landon on a four-year treatment plan. The first two months of chemo went fairly well, but then Landon became extremely ill.


“Most days he couldn’t get off the couch,” Riddle remembers. “He would just lay there and throw up and throw up.”


Riddle says he also developed neuropathy — a symptom of nerve damage that can cause weakness, numbness and pain — in his legs that left him barely able to walk.


Around that time, a friend set up a Facebook page called Offer Hope for Landon, and recommendations started streaming in, including several endorsing cannabis — medical marijuana — as a treatment.


Medical marijuana, however, isn’t legal in Utah. Still, desperate for answers, Sierra Riddle and her mother, Wendy Riddle, started looking into it.


They considered going to California or Oregon. Then their research led them to the Stanley brothers in Colorado. The six brothers are one of that state’s biggest cannabis growers and dispensary owners.


The Stanleys produce about 500 pounds of medical marijuana a year. At the time, much of it was high in THC — tetrahydrocannabinol, the psychoactive ingredient in pot that gets users high but also helps patients with an array of conditions including pain and nausea.


But the Stanleys were also growing something quite revolutionary: a plant cross-bred to reduce the THC and increase another compound found in cannabis called cannabidiol, or CBD. Many researchers believe CBD is one of the compounds in marijuana that has medicinal benefits. According to the National Cancer Institute, it’s thought to have significant analgesic, anti-inflammatory and anti-tumor activity without the psychoactive effect.


The Stanleys expect to produce over 1,000 pounds this year, most of it the cross-bred variety, according to Joel Stanley.


Riddle, herself a recovering heroin addict, struggled with the idea of giving Landon marijuana.


“I was telling my mom, you know, ‘We really need to think about this.'”


But, says Riddle, her son was already prescribed medications like OxyContin and morphine — medications with significant side effects.


Landon suffered from stomach failure, and “the OxyContin made him so miserable, when he had hair, he would literally try to pull his hair out.”


In the end, she decided she had nothing else to lose and moved to Colorado. She rented a room, got Landon’s medical marijuana card and began giving him marijuana — THC for the pain and nausea, but also CBD. The dose was based on Landon’s weight. He first took it in oil form, but now takes a pill.


Once the doses started, “Landon’s (red and white blood cell) counts increased dramatically,” she says.


Six months later, encouraged by Landon’s progress, she stopped his chemotherapy treatments completely.


“Once I took the chemo out, I see these amazing results. And no more need for blood transfusion and platelet transfusions,” Riddle says. “I think that the chemo in combination with the cannabis did put him into remission and now the cannabis will keep him there.”


But Landon’s doctor at the Children’s Hospital of Colorado was shocked.


“She told me with no uncertainty that if I refused chemo, she would have no choice but to report me to the proper authorities,” Riddle says.


So Riddle found a lawyer willing to take her case.


“Nobody wants to hurt Landon here,” says attorney Warren Edson. “This is about making him better. We have no problem making sure he’s monitored throughout this process. And again, if there’s any indication this is doing him harm, I can’t imagine Sierra doing anything other than the right thing.”


Children’s Hospital Colorado, in a statement, says it is “committed to protecting the well-being of our patients.” The hospital says it cannot discuss specific cases, but provided information from Dr. Stephen Hunger, director of the hospital’s Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders.


Children’s Hospital Colorado is “one of the largest centers in the country that treats children with ALL,” the statement says.


“The Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders at Children’s Hospital Colorado has always done its best to work closely with families to provide the most appropriate treatment for cancer, while also seeking to minimize side effects and maximize quality of life.


“Today, chemotherapy is a required part of therapy for children with leukemia. Many supportive care medications are used in children and adults with cancer, including those considered to be complementary and alternative medicine (also referred to as integrative health).


“Marijuana or a product derived from marijuana is often used to decrease side effects in adults with cancer,” the hospital says. “There are several FDA-approved and commercially available anti-nausea medicines derived from marijuana (cannabinoids) that are frequently used by adults and children with cancer, and we often prescribe these medications.”


In an effort to stave off a legal wrangle, Riddle, her mother and Edson met with the doctors in charge of Landon’s care in October.


“They said they were willing to work with us. They said they were willing to alter the chemo plan, and they did not,” Riddle says.


Child protective services — which Riddle says had already been notified and visited the family’s home — was also at the meeting, along with Dr. Margaret Gedde, who wrote Landon’s original prescription for marijuana and is monitoring his care.


“I could see a large gulf between the doctors who were making the point this is a fatal disease — ‘You know, he needs this treatment to survive,’ and pretty much that was their stance,” says Gedde.


“The family wanted to discuss more alternative modes of treatment and really things that wouldn’t make him so sick, but again, the doctors being convinced that really it had to be done the way that they were used to it (being done) — that just made it very much really a confrontation there of two different mindsets. I felt sympathetic to both.”


Child protection officials declined comment on the case.


“There are many challenges with marijuana research as it relates to cancer,” the organization says in a statement. “While it shows promise for controlling cancer pain among some patients, there is still concern that marijuana may cause toxic side effects in some people and that the benefits of THC must be carefully weighed against its potential risks. There is no available scientific evidence from controlled studies in humans that cannabinoids can cure or treat cancer.”


For now, Landon is still in remission with no sign of recurrence. Still, Gedde is cautious and says she can’t recommend cannabis over chemo.


“When you look at children who go through that same course of treatment and compare Landon to them, it seems like he’s doing better than what would be expected,” she says.


“I’m very hopeful and very encouraged that the CBD is probably having a beneficial effect for him, but I think we’re still looking to have the disease course play out and find out. I think in cancer, you don’t really know until later.”


Wendy Riddle says they have no regrets and will continue to fight.


“It’s not just fighting for Landon. It’s not just about him, it’s about all of the kids to come,” she says. “When Landon is 15 years old and we talk about this, I want Landon to know that we did everything in our power to be compassionate in his care and to protect him.”


Early in 2014, New York governor announced a plan for medical marijuana at hospitals.


Little attention has been given to the long-term side-effects of chemotherapy drugs. This is of paramount importance as long-term effects could considerably compromise patients’ quality of life. Also, a better understanding of the whole spectrum of chemotherapy adverse events–both short and long term–should an issue of investigation for oncologists to refine the use of such therapy, in terms of both scheduling and individual patients’ risks and preferences.


Dr. Robert Atkins, MD, of Atkins Diet fame once announced there are several cures for cancer, but there’s no money in them. They’re natural, effective, and inexpensive, no expensive drugs are involved but they require quite a lot of self-discipline from patients. It costs millions to fund research and clinical trials needed to produce a new cancer drug that can be patented and sold. Often these drugs create more illness. It has been said that the key to success in the health business is to pull off the trick of making people patients for life. Consider how many people who registered a couple of abnormal blood pressure readings have been kept on medication until the medication killed them, when a quick fix course of drugs supported by major changes of diet and lifestyle would have returned their physical condition to an unmedicated healthy state.



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After marathon negotiations in Atlanta, leaders from 12 nations cement pact which coalition of critics say will raise the price of essential drugs, drive industrial scale agribusiness, and threaten workers rights


The Trans-Pacific Partnership will tie together as much as 40 percent of the world’s economy. (Photo: Reuters handout)

Amid a last minute scramble, leaders from the United States and 11 other Pacific Rim countries announced Monday that they had reached agreement on a sweeping trade deal, one that critics, including US presidential candidate Bernie Sanders, say will slash standards and protections for both consumers and workers—with impacts to be felt across the globe.

The agreement, known as the Trans Pacific Partnership (or TPP), which would tie together as much as 40 percent of the world’s economy, has for nearly 8 years been negotiated in secret. Though details of the compromise were not yet revealed early Monday, critics said that—minutia aside—the global trade pact will certainly be a boon for corporate power

“TPP is a deal for big business,” said Nick Dearden, director of the UK-based Nick Dearden, Global Justice Now.

“Wall Street and other big corporations have won again. It is time for the rest of us to stop letting multi-national corporations rig the system to pad their profits at our expense.”
– Bernie Sanders
Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders was also quick to condemn the deal. Saying he was disappointed but not surprised by the “disastrous” agreement, Sanders added: “Wall Street and other big corporations have won again. It is time for the rest of us to stop letting multi-national corporations rig the system to pad their profits at our expense.”

The compromise was reached after five days of round-the-clock negotiations in Atlanta, Georgia. U.S. President Barack Obama reportedly “spent recent days contacting world leaders to seal the deal.”

The negotiations had been extended after talks got stuck over the issue of how long a monopoly period should be allowed on next-generation biotech drugs. The compromise reportedly reached between the U.S. and Australia “is a hybrid that protects companies’ data for five years to eight years,” the New York Times reports, falling short of the 12 years desired by U.S. negotiators.

Other final compromises reportedly reached included “more open markets for dairy products and sugar, and a slow phaseout—over two to three decades—of the tariffs on Japan’s autos sold in North America,” the Times continues.

One of the more controversial aspects of the deal is the Investor State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) provision, which permits multinational companies to sue governments over allegations that profits were lost due to local regulations.

“Two fifths of the global economy will be covered by corporate courts, meaning a huge rise in governments being sued for protecting the public interest from corporate greed,” Dearden explained. Then highlighting some of the other alarming provisions of the deal, he continued: “Medicine prices will rise as Big Pharma gets more power to monopolize markets. Small farmers will suffer from unfair competition with industrial scale agribusiness. No wonder this has been agreed in secret.”

Chris Shelton, president of the Communication Workers of America, said the agreement is “bad news” for working families and communities. In a statement, Shelton said, “Despite broad promises from the Obama administration,” the TPP “would continue the offshoring of jobs and weakening of our communities that started under the North American Free Trade Agreement,” and “would mean labor and environmental standards that look good on paper but fall flat when it comes to enforcement.”

“It’s a corporate dream but a nightmare for those of us on Main Street,” he added.

It now falls on signatory governments to ratify the agreement. In the U.S., many members of Congress as well as presidential candidates have expressed skepticism over the pact, which heretofore had been largely undisclosed to legislators. Reportedly, the full 30-chapter text will not be available for another month.

Lori Wallach, director of Public Citizen’s Global Trade Watch questions whether the pact will pass in Congress, given the amount of pushback the deal recieved when the U.S. House and Senate voted this summer to pass Fast Track trade promotion authority.

Wallach explains: “If there really is a deal, its fate in Congress is at best uncertain given that since the trade authority vote, the small bloc of Democrats who made the narrow margin of passage have made demands about TPP currency, drug patent and environmental terms that are likely not in the final deal, while the GOP members who switched to supporting Fast Track in the last weeks demand enforceable currency terms, stricter rules of origin for autos, auto parts and apparel, and better dairy access for U.S. producers.”

For his part, Senator Sanders said he “will do all that I can to defeat this agreement.” in the U.S. Senate. “We need trade policies that benefit American workers and consumers, not just the CEOs of large multi-national corporations,” he added.

In Canada, the deal comes just two weeks ahead of national elections. In a statement, Maude Barlow, national chairperson of the Council of Canadians encouraged Canadians to “vote against the TPP” during the upcoming election.

“Just what are we supposed to make of a deal that has been kept secret from the Canadian public?” Barlow asks. “Our own legislators don’t even know what’s in it.

“The Harper government has signed a deal that will lay off thousands of auto workers and put thousands of dairy farmers in jeopardy while giving even more foreign corporations the right to dictate Canadian policy,” she continued, adding that “Stephen Harper negotiated the TPP during an election when his mandate is simply to be a caretaker government. Parliament now has the ability to vote on the TPP. We strongly encourage the next government to reject it.”

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There are many foods that may be hurting your mood, making you sick, and even pushing you toward depression! On the flip side there are many foods that promote your health, give you energy, turbocharge your memory and focus, and improve your mood. These are some of the most effective foods in that category.


80% of the caffeine in the world is consumed as coffee. Prospective studies of men and caffeine use showed a strong inverse association between coffee drinking and depression, with no association for tea or cola. A piece of epidemiology from the Nurses’ Health Study was published in the Archives of Internal Medicine in 2011: Coffee, Caffeine, and Risk of Depression Among Women. So the more the merrier, but forget those weaker brews. Three cohort studies in the past have shown an inverse relationship between coffee consumption and suicide.


They’re a great alternative to standard spuds as they are rich in folate, plus they are better than white potatoes at keeping blood sugar levels steady. And since folate contributes to the production of serotonin, it may help ward off depression and improve mood. In addition, vitamin B6 helps create dopamine, a mood neurotransmitter that may help combat PMS.


The brain is loaded with receptors for capsaicin. We also know that our brains respond to the heat of capsaicin by releasing endorphins, natural compounds that are related to morphine and have a calming effect.


Peas and beans are good sources of magnesium, a mineral that plays a core role in your body’s energy production. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) lists magnesium as being necessary for more than 300 biochemical reactions in the body.


If you’re more a salad type than a carnivore, spinach is one of your best go-to sources for iron, which helps deliver energy-sustaining oxygen to your cells. It wards off fatigue and aids concentration. It’s also a good source of vitamin B6 and folate, which support the brain’s ability to produce mood-boosting neurotransmitters, such as serotonin.


These super fruits help stave off the brain aging that can lead to slower thought processing. Thank the anthocyanins (antioxidants that lend berries their hues); these substances may work with other compounds in the fruit to block enzymes that short-circuit normal communication between brain cells. Since each type of berry has its own mix of phytochemicals, go for a variety.


They’re one of the best sources of the mood-boosting mineral selenium, which can ward off low mood and anxiety.


While the rind is bitter, it contains a lot of citrulline, as nutrient that relaxes blood vessels by activating the same mechanism as the impotency drug Viagra. This compound also helps the brain get rid of the metabolic waste product ammonia, which can damage neurons. The red flesh of watermelon is bursting with the powerful antioxidant lycopene, much more so actually than the tomato. Studies show you can boost the levels of this important nutrient by up to 40 percent (and beta-carotene by 150 percent) by letting it sit outside the refrigerator at room temperature for several days.


Even if you’re not a guacamole fan, this green fruit can bring you happiness. Avocados contain serotonin, a type of feel-good neurotransmitter in the brain. They’re bursting with depression-fighting folate, mood-lifting tryptophan and stress relieving vitamin B6.


Step away from the white rice and breads, which can cause blood-sugar crashes that leave you dragging. A better sub? Quinoa is a complex carb but also a complete protein that can give you a steady stream of energy. Quinoa is one of the rare plant-based foods that contains all nine of the essential amino acids that your body can’t make itself.


Beets are one of the best sources of the B vitamin folate that is crucial for good mood, memory retrieval, processing speed, and lightning reflexes. Beets are also packed with betaine, which our brain uses to form SAM-e, a natural antidepressant. Uridine, another important nutrient found in these root vegetables, stimulates the production of phosphotidylcholine, a building block of the brain’s synaptic connections, helping to increase your mind’s processing power. A combination of uridine and omega-3s is as effective as prescription antidepressants in animal studies, and trials of uridine combined with omega-3s are being studied in the treatment of bipolar disorder by Harvard University.

12) EGGS

Especially raw, eggs contain a beneficial blend of omega-3 fatty acids, zinc, B vitamins, and iodide, nutrients that work together to battle fatigue and reverse bad moods. They’re a great source of zinc, which helps you to feel more alert and energised by regulating your metabolism and blood sugar levels.


Walnuts are one of the richest dietary sources of serotonin. Providing new evidence that serotonin may be directly absorbed from food into the body, a recent Spanish study found that those who ate a daily 1-ounce combo of walnuts, hazelnuts, and almonds had more of this feel-good substance than a nut-free group.


can balance hunger and mood between meal energy slumps as they help to stabilise blood sugar levels.The fruit’s high vitamin B6 content can help relieve anxiety and stress, and it’s also a great source of tryptophan -the essential amino acid the brain converts into happiness hormone serotonin.


Alliums promote healthy arteries and ensure proper blood flow to the brain. These savory vegetables relax your blood vessels, decreasing your blood pressure, which prevents small strokes in the brain, a major cause of depression and dementia later in life. But more than that, it influences the uptake of tryptophan, the precursor to the important neurotransmitter serotonin. It also enhances the release of the neurotransmitter norepinephrine.


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Supreme Court upholds prayer at government meetings

Supreme Court upholds prayer at government meetings

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On November 6, 2013, the Court heard oral arguments in the case of Town of Greece v. Galloway dealing with whether holding a prayer prior to the monthly public meetings in the New York town of Greece violates the Constitution by endorsing a single faith.

by Richard Wolf, USA TODAY

Posted on May 5, 2014 at 9:13 AM

Updated today at 9:13 AM


WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Monday upheld the centuries-old tradition of offering prayers at the start of government meetings, even if those prayers are overwhelmingly Christian.

The 5-4 decision in favor of the any-prayer-goes policy in the town of Greece, N.Y., avoided two alternatives that the justices clearly found abhorrent: having government leaders parse prayers for sectarian content, or outlawing them altogether.

It was written by Justice Anthony Kennedy, with the court’s conservatives agreeing and its liberals, led by Justice Elena Kagan, dissenting.

The long-awaited ruling following oral arguments in November was a victory for the the town, which was taken to court by two women who argued that a plethora of overtly Christian prayers at town board meetings violated their rights.

While the court had upheld the practice of legislative prayer, most recently in a 1983 case involving the Nebraska legislature, the case of Town of Greece v. Galloway presented the justices with a new twist: mostly Christian clergy delivering frequently sectarian prayers before an audience that often includes average citizens with business to conduct.

The court’s ruling said that the alternative — having the town board act as supervisors and censors of religious speech — would involve the government far more than Greece was doing by inviting any clergy to deliver the prayers.

“An insistence on nonsectarian or ecumenical prayer as a single, fixed standard is not consistent with the tradition of legislative prayer outlined in the court’s cases,” Kennedy said.

Kagan, joined by the court’s other three liberal justices, said the town’s prayers differed from those delivered to legislators about to undertake the people’s business. In Greece, she said, sectarian prayers were delivered to “ordinary citizens,” and their participation was encouraged.

“No one can fairly read the prayers from Greece’s town meetings as anything other than explicitly Christian — constantly and exclusively so,” Kagan said. “The prayers betray no understanding that the American community is today, as it long has been, a rich mosaic of religious faiths.”

The legal tussle began in 2007, following eight years of nothing but Christian prayers in the town of nearly 100,000 people outside Rochester. Susan Galloway and Linda Stephens, a Jew and an atheist, took the board to federal court and won by contending that its prayers – often spiced with references to Jesus, Christ and the Holy Spirit — aligned the town with one religion.

Once the legal battle was joined, town officials canvassed widely for volunteer prayer-givers and added a Jewish layman, a Wiccan priestess and a member of the Baha’i faith to the mix. Stephens, meanwhile, awoke one morning to find her mailbox on top of her car, and part of a fire hydrant turned up in her swimming pool.

The two women contended that the prayers in Greece were unconstitutional because they pressured those in attendance to participate. They noted that unlike federal and state government sessions, town board meetings are frequented by residents who must appear for everything from business permits to zoning changes.


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5.1 quake rattles L.A., Orange County

Overturned vehicle

( Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times / March 29, 2014 )
Caltrans workers and Brea police officers inspect a BMW that was overturned in a rock slide in Carbon Canyon after a magnitude 5.1 earthquake.


Cesar Zamora, night manager at the 99 Cent Only store on Imperial Highway, looks over aisles of fallen goods.

( Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times / March 28, 2014 )

Cesar Zamora, night manager at the 99 Cent Only store on Imperial Highway, looks over aisles of fallen goods.


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5.1 earthquake: Significant damage reported in some areas

A series of temblors, punctuated by a magnitude 5.1 earthquake Friday night near La Habra, did more than just rattle nerves a few miles away in Fullerton, where residents had to deal with no water service, property damage and, in some cases, finding other accommodations.

Throughout the city, crews were working to repair broken water mains, leaking gas lines and other damage.

At least seven 8-inch water mains were broken, leaving an estimated 100 homes and businesses without water Saturday morning, officials said.

PHOTOS: 5.1 earthquake rattles L.A., Orange County

In the middle of the intersection of Gilbert Street and Rosecrans, a crew armed with shovels, earth movers and massive stainless water main clamps labored in a 12-by-20-foot hole eight feet under the pavement.

“We have five leaks as big as this one in this area alone,” worker Ed McClain said. “None of us slept a wink last night. We’ll keep going until these problems are fixed.”

Swaths of Gilbert Street had also been undermined by gushing water, leaving bowl-shaped depressions in the roadway.

Among those left high and dry was Sarah Lee, director of a nearby college preparatory business.

“Let me show you what we’re dealing with,” she said, turning the handle of the bathroom sink faucet. “Nothing.”

Lee then tapped the toilet handle and frowned: “Nothing.”

In the nearby community of Brea, which is served by the Fullerton Fire Department, a broken water main caused “moderate to heavy damage” at City Hall, said Fullerton fire Battalion Chief John Stokes.

In all, more than 70 people remained displaced at midday Saturday — 54 of them from an apartment complex in the 2600 block of Associated Road where 20 units were red-tagged after the building suffered a cracked foundation, Stokes said.



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Larger L.A. earthquake possible after 5.1 temblor, USGS says

Quake swarm

Map shows a swarm of earthquakes that hit the La Habra area on Friday. (Len De Groot/Los Angeles Times / March 28, 2014)

By Rong-Gong Lin II

March 28, 2014, 9:48 p.m.

The 5.1 magnitude earthquake that rattled Southern California on Friday night raises the possibility that a larger quake is on the way, seismologists said.

The swarm of earthquakes began at 8:03 p.m., when a 3.6 earthquake hit. That ended up being a foreshock of the largest earthquake to hit, a magnitude 5.1 at 9:09 p.m. At least two more aftershocks hit, a 3.4 at 9:11 p.m. and a 3.6 at 9:30 p.m.

U.S. Geological Survey seismologist Lucy Jones said the 5.1 quake has a 5% chance of being a foreshock of an even larger quake.


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5.1 earthquake causes damage; some flee from homes

5.1 earthquake causes damage; some flee from homes

Authorities were tallying damage from a magnitude 5.1 earthquake that struck Southern California on Friday night.

Quake swarm topped by magnitude 5.1 temblor rattles L.A. region

Quake swarm topped by magnitude 5.1 temblor rattles L.A. region

A series of earthquakes peaking with a magnitude 5.1 shaker struck the Southland on Friday evening, causing a rock slide, water main…

5.1 earthquake rattles Southern California; homes damaged

5.1 earthquake rattles Southern California; homes damaged

A magnitude-5.1 earthquake centered in northern Orange County rippled across the Los Angeles Basin, and preliminary indications suggest…

5.1 earthquake: Vin Scully calls it during Dodgers game

5.1 earthquake: Vin Scully calls it during Dodgers game

Vin Scully was calling the Freeway Series at Dodger Stadium when the 5.1 earthquake Friday night made some news.

5.1 earthquake hit on fault that caused deadly 1987 Whittier quake

5.1 earthquake hit on fault that caused deadly 1987 Whittier quake

Preliminary data suggest Friday night’s 5.1 magnitude earthquake near La Habra occurred on the Puente Hills thrust fault, which…

Larger L.A. earthquake possible after 5.1 temblor, USGS says

Larger L.A. earthquake possible after 5.1 temblor, USGS says

The 5.1 magnitude earthquake that rattled Southern California on Friday night raises the possibility that a larger quake is on the way,…

California maps will identify tsunami danger zones

California maps will identify tsunami danger zones

California officials on Friday announced that they were beginning to draw tsunami flood maps in Huntington Beach, Crescent City and other…

California maps will point to tsunami danger zones

California maps will point to tsunami danger zones

California officials on Friday announced that they were beginning to draw tsunami flood maps in Huntington Beach, Crescent City and other…

Earthquake: 3.4 quake strikes near Coalinga, Calif.

A shallow magnitude 3.4 earthquake was reported Friday morning 20 miles from Coalinga, Calif., according to the U.S. Geological Survey….

Scientists, private firms wrangle over statewide quake alert system

Scientists, private firms wrangle over statewide quake alert system

Tom Heaton was sitting in his kitchen in Pasadena on Monday morning when an alert went off on his laptop warning him that an earthquake…

L.A. earthquake spawns more late-night mocking from Kimmel, Fallon

L.A. earthquake spawns more late-night mocking from Kimmel, Fallon

Mockery of Los Angeles’ response to the magnitude 4.4 earthquake that struck earlier this week continued on the late-night talk show circuit…

Oil industry group: 'Irresponsible' to link L.A. quake, fracking

Oil industry group: ‘Irresponsible’ to link L.A. quake, fracking

An oil and gas industry association blasted a push by several members of the Los Angeles City Council to investigate…

Officials probe whether L.A. earthquake caused oil leakage

Officials probe whether L.A. earthquake caused oil leakage

Work crews continued to scramble Tuesday to clean up crude oil that seeped from the ground and forced the closure of a Wilmington…

Did 'fracking' play role in L.A. earthquake? Councilmen want to know

Did ‘fracking’ play role in L.A. earthquake? Councilmen want to know

Three Los Angeles City Council members want city, state and federal groups to look into whether hydraulic fracturing and other forms of…

11 aftershocks hit Westside after Monday's 4.4 earthquake

11 aftershocks hit Westside after Monday’s 4.4 earthquake

A magnitude 2.6 earthquake that hit Brentwood at 8:45 a.m. Tuesday was 11th aftershock since a magnitude 4.4 temblor struck in nearby Encino…

Jimmy Kimmel mocks L.A. news anchors' on-air earthquake reactions

Jimmy Kimmel mocks L.A. news anchors’ on-air earthquake reactions

To be a TV news anchor in L.A. is to be under constant threat of being mocked on “Jimmy Kimmel Live” — most famously for how the anchors…

L.A. earthquake: Odds of a stronger follow-up temblor diminish

L.A. earthquake: Odds of a stronger follow-up temblor diminish

Any chance that Monday’s magnitude 4.4 temblor was a prelude to a larger, more powerful earthquake was reduced to 1% Tuesday morning.

4.4 quake a wake-up call on L.A.'s unknown faults

4.4 quake a wake-up call on L.A.’s unknown faults

They are not as familiar as the freeways, but Southern California’s major faults — such as the San Andrea



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Posted: 02/27/2014 4:27 pm EST Updated: 02/28/2014 8:59 am EST
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Filet mignon accompanied by sides of asparagus and a yucca purée. Golden fish fillets in a lemon butter reduction. And for dessert? A mouth-watering fruit salad a la créme de passion fruit.

That’s what’s cooking in 8-year-old Arthur Gonzaga’s kitchen — a young chef from Minas Gerais, Brazil who has recently taken to the Internet to share his latest culinary adventures with the masses.

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Arthur, who was diagnosed with leukemia in August of 2013, spent the latter half of that year in and out of the hospital due to his treatment and recovery process. During this time, in which Arthur was forced to spend Christmas Eve in the emergency room of São Paulo’s A.C. Camargo Cancer Center, the young boy’s father, Renato Gonzaga, and stepmother, Priscila Inserra, entertained the idea of creating something beautiful and positive for their son to focus on.

The result was Arthur’s very own cooking show. He posted short segments to YouTube where Arthur both cooked and shared his delicious recipes. The family fittingly titled the series “Arthur Gourmand.”

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After celebrating the new year at home, Arthur began cooking in the kitchen of a close family friend who opened up her house to the young chef and currently acts as the project’s art producer, Inserra told The Huffington Post. Gonzaga has made many cameos in the videos, acting as his son’s sous chef and passing Arthur whatever ingredients he needs, while actively showing support for his incredible passion and talent.


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Giant sinkhole forces closure of roads, transit station in Ottawa

Giant sinkhole forces closure of roads, transit station in Ottawa

A sinkhole opened up near the University of Ottawa at Laurier Avenue and Waller Street in Ottawa on Friday, February 21, 2014.

Photograph by: Justin Tang , Ottawa Citizen

OTTAWA — City crews are at the scene of a massive sinkhole that has opened up in Ottawa.

The sinkhole, which measures about eight metres wide and about 12 metres deep, has forced authorities to close roads after the hole opened near the intersection of Laurier Avenue and Waller Street in downtown Ottawa.

The hole is also causing major delays for commuters as OC Transpo had to shut down a nearby transit station.

City workers at the site say they don’t yet know the cause of the collapse.

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Road collapse leaves 8-metre wide sinkhole at tunnelling site

24-hour work by Rideau Transit Group began Wednesday for light rail transit system

CBC News Posted: Feb 21, 2014 9:57 AM ET Last Updated: Feb 21, 2014 8:21 PM ET

Road collapse halts LRT tunnelling

Road collapse halts LRT tunnelling 2:45

A sinkhole eight metres wide and 12 metres deep opened up at the construction site where crews are digging the eastern entrance to Ottawa’s light rail tunnel, and officials are trying to determine why.

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Crews work on a large sinkhole that halted tunneling work on the East Portal of Ottawa’s LRT project. (Fred Chartrand/Canadian Press)

​No one was injured. It happened on Waller Street, just south of Laurier Avenue, and tunnelling operations at the site have stopped.

A digging crew in the tunnel first noticed dirt falling into the tunnel at about 10 p.m. ET Thursday, where the excavator — a roadheader called Crocodile Rouge — was gouging the earth, said deputy city manager Nancy Schepers during a technical briefing on Friday.

“As they continued to observe material entering the tunnel, and the rates increased, the crew suspended tunnelling operations and immediately notified [Rideau Transit Group’s] management to discuss next steps and a stabilization strategy. City staff were also notified at that time,” Schepers said.

By 1 a.m., a large sinkhole had opened up on Waller Street.

“We can only confirm that it was directly above where tunnel excavation was occurring, and at this point we cannot confirm its root cause,” Schepers said.

Soil conditions in area of collapse ‘challenging’

Waller Street sinkhole (Feb. 21, 2014)

This sinkhole formed early Friday after a road collapse in downtown Ottawa. (Photos courtesy of John Holtby and Brian Bancroft)

​RTG crews had begun 24-hour tunnelling operations on Wednesday. Schepers said the city and crews were aware that soil conditions were different in the area.

“We were aware of different geotechnical conditions in this vicinity, and some of you will recall that before we went out to tender we actually shortened the length of the tunnel, recognizing that this type of material would be challenging. Certainly we provided all that geotechnical data,” Schepers said.

“Monitoring equipment has confirmed that the impact is localized, and the geotechnical team has not identified any safety concerns at this point.”

The Crocodile Rouge roadheader is about 20 metres away from solid bedrock that two other excavators are working on, in different sections of tunnel, elsewhere in Ottawa.

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Kids forced into prostitution for Super Bowl: FBI

U.S. Army helicopters fly over Metlife Stadium ahead of Super Bowl XLVIII between the Seattle Seahawks and the Denver Broncos on February 2, 2014, in East Rutherford, New Jersey.

The FBI rescued sixteen juveniles ranging in age from 13 to 17 in a two-week operation leading up to the NFL’s Super Bowl championship.

NEW YORK — Forty-five people were arrested and 16 juveniles rescued in a two-week crackdown on prostitution in the New York-New Jersey area leading up to last Sunday’s Super Bowl, Federal Bureau of Investigation officials said on Tuesday.

The bureau said some of those arrested claimed they traveled to the site because of the high-profile football game, which drew an estimated 400,000 visitors to the region. The minors rescued ranged in age from 13 to 17 and included high school students and children reported missing by their families, the FBI said.

Arrests were made and victims recovered in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut, said FBI spokeswoman Barbara Woodruff.

The FBI, backed by state and local law enforcement agencies, had mounted a major crackdown on human trafficking and prostitution ahead of the February 2 championship game, with some 3,000 law enforcement agents and civilians trained to help spot people who might be the victims of human trafficking.

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45 arrested, 16 juveniles rescued in Super Bowl prostitution bust

NYC police bust major sex ring near Super Bowl Boulevard.

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Forty-five people were arrested and 16 juveniles rescued in a two-week crackdown on prostitution in the New York-New Jersey area leading up to last Sunday’s Super Bowl, Federal Bureau of Investigation officials said on Tuesday.

The bureau said some of those arrested claimed they traveled to the site because of the high-profile football game, which drew an estimated 400,000 visitors to the region. The minors rescued ranged in age from 13 to 17 and included high school students and children reported missing by their families, the FBI said.

Arrests were made and victims recovered in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut, said FBI spokeswoman Barbara Woodruff.

The FBI, backed by state and local law enforcement agencies, had mounted a major crackdown on human trafficking and prostitution ahead of the February 2 championship game, with some 3,000 law enforcement agents and civilians trained to help spot people who might be the victims of human trafficking.

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Published on Jan 31, 2014

Strontium absorbent to be tested in Fukushima
Workers at the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant are trying to contain leaked and leaking radioactive wastewater in the site. They are using various approaches.
As part of their efforts, they will examine how much an absorbent material placed underground can remove radioactive strontium from leaked wastewater.
The plant has seen a string of radioactive water leaks from storage tanks starting last August. Workers have taken countermeasures, including removing soil from around the tanks. But high levels of radioactivity were detected in groundwater near a tank that leaked large amounts of radioactive water.

TEPCO to look for more leaks at Fukushima reactor
The operator of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant is slowly finding out more about the damage at one of the reactor containment vessels. The destruction was caused by 2011 accident.
To cool molten nuclear fuel in their containment vessels the operator is injecting water into the No.1 to 3 reactors. Because the circulation system was destroyed by the accident the water is leaking from the vessels and pooling in the reactor and other connected buildings.
The engineers are investigating leaks in a number of places in the containment vessel that houses the core at the No.1 reactor.

TEPCO to lower radiation levels at plant perimeter
Japan’s Nuclear Regulation Authority has urged the operator of the damaged Fukushima Daiichi plant to lower radiation levels at the plant’s perimeter.
Radiation levels measured at some locations were more than 8 millisieverts on an annual basis. The reading is 8 times the limit of 1 millisieverts per year set by the authority.
The levels rose as the number of storage tanks for radioactive water at the plant increased and additional ones were placed near the perimeter.

Nuclear Engineer: Even worse news at Fukushima plant — Radioactive water has formed pathway and is flowing straight into Pacific Ocean (AUDIO)…

County officials in California approve action on Fukushima: “An international crisis of epic proportions” — Monitoring and testing requested for West Coast…

Kyodo: Robot data reveals hole in Unit 2 suspected to be almost 10 square cm; Highly radioactive water draining out bottom of containment vessel — Tepco model shows molten fuel barely underwater — Temperature irregulaties started earlier this month (GRAPHIC)…

NHK broadcaster quits in protest over nuclear issues — Professor censored after 20 years on air — Was to reveal ‘extraordinarily high’ damages — Newly installed NHK chief ‘enthusiastic’ to help spread gov’t messages to audience…

NYTimes: Widespread public distrust of NHK over Fukushima radiation cover-up — Reports: President’s resignation last month related to coverage of nuclear issues — Former NHK employees speak out: “Gross political interference”…

BBC: Ukraine “on brink of civil war” — Gov’t: Threats to blow up nuclear plants; Facilities on high alert after seizure of energy ministry (VIDEO)…

Coolant water injection system of reactor1 has a trouble / Reactor1 might lose the coolant system suddenly…

Evidence to prove reactor2 also possibly exploded in 311 was found / Hole on suppression chamber…

Hundreds file lawsuit against makers of Fukushima nuclear plant…

Boxer: ‘Unacceptable delay’ in U.S. Fukushima response…

Debris hinders decommissioning work at Fukushima nuclear plant…


Retired Military Scientist Exposes Fukushima Cover-Up


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Joshua Black, a GOP candidate for the Florida House of Representatives, called on January 21st (better known as Martin Luther King Day) for President Barack Obama to be hanged.

Via a Twitter account already full of conspiracy theories and calls for impeachment, Black responded to fellow impeachment advocates by saying he is “past impeachment. It’s time to arrest and hang him high.”

The remarks even incurred criticism from fellow Florida Republicans, with fellow candidate Chris Latvala responding: “you aren’t seriously calling for the killing of Obama are you? I know you are crazy but good heavens.U R an embarrassment.”

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Tampa Bay Times

Secret Service visits Pinellas candidate who said Barack Obama should be hanged

Adam C. Smith, Times Political Editor

Say you’re a rookie political candidate eager to raise your profile. Here’s one sure way to do that you DO NOT want to try: publicly call for the president of the United States to be hanged.

That’s what Republican state House candidate Joshua Black did on Twitter Monday. It generated an widely read article in the Tampa Bay Times, a call from Anderson Cooper’s guest booker, an interview for Political Connections on Bay News 9 and, naturally, a visit from the Secret Service.

Black, a taxi driver, said that Secret Service representatives were waiting for him at his house while he taped the Political Connections interview.

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