Six dead following flash flooding in Palestine, Texas
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Wednesday, May 4, 2016

News reports on Monday indicated authorities in Palestine, Texas identified a sixth victim following flash flooding late last week. Giovani Olivas, 30, was reportedly swept away in the flood.

In under an hour late Friday evening, Palestine was deluged by seven inches of rain, causing residents of one neighborhood to flee to their rooftops. Over 30 buildings, included many homes, in the city suffered significant damage.

Lenda Asberry, 64, a retired school teacher, and her four great grandchildren also drowned during the flood. Onlookers reported the woman was attempting to get the children to safety when they were swept away. Asberry’s daughter told reporters water levels were up to the woman’s neck while attempting to save the children.

One resident of the area told reporters “[her] furniture was floating around” inside her home, forcing her to climb atop her couch to seek safety.

Dark skies blanketed the nearby city of Tyler hours before the storm struck. At least one government office located in the Palestine area was closed on Monday and was slated to remain closed on Tuesday due to water damage. A tornado also ravaged much of nearby Lindale, Texas, resulting in severe damage of at least one residence. The storm system moved up along the US eastern seaboard over the weekend.

Poll of 100 million votes names new Seven Wonders of the World
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Sunday, July 8, 2007

In 1999, Bernard Weber started the New7Wonders foundation, and eight years, 200 candidates and 100 million votes later, seven man-made structures now have something in common – they all hold the title of ‘Wonder’. Weber claims he started the foundation to ensure that “everybody can decide what the new seven wonders should be and not some government, not some individuals, not some institutions.”

Nominated structures had to be built or discovered before the year 2000, and out of the 200 nominations, only twenty-one were left by the early part of last year. Voting had been taking place for six months, but only recently did voting result in server crashes, causing the foundation to encourage text message voting.

The results were announced at a ceremony hosted by Hilary Swank, Ben Kingsley and Bollywood star Bipasha Basu in Lisbon, Portugal. Out of the twenty-one, the following seven were announced as the new ‘Wonders of the World’:

  • Great Wall of China, in northern China. It was created in the 5th century BC to protect the northern borders of the Chinese Empire. The Wall is the world’s longest human-made structure, stretching over 6,400 km (4,000 mi).
  • Christ the Redeemer in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The giant statue of Jesus Christ is 38 m (105 ft) tall and weighs 700 tonnes. The statue is located at the peak of the 700 m (2296 ft) Corcovado mountain, overlooking the city of Rio.
  • Machu Picchu, above the Urubamba Valley, Peru. It is a city created by the Inca Empire, located on a mountain ridge. Machu Picchu was forgotten for centuries by the outside world, however not by the locals. It was brought to international attention by archaeologist Hiram Bingham in 1911.
  • Petra, in Jordan. It is famous for having many giant stone structures carved into the rock. The site was revealed to the Western world by the Swiss explorer Johann Ludwig Burckhardt in 1812, but remained accessible only to Europeans until after World War I.
  • Chichen Itza, on the Yucatán Peninsula, Mexico. It is a large archaeological site originally built by the Maya civilization. Chichen Itza was a major regional center in the northern Maya lowlands. Archaeological data suggest that Chichen Itza’s collapse was violent.
  • Taj Mahal, in Agra, India. It is a white marble mausoleum generally considered the finest example of Mughal architecture. Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan commissioned it for his favorite wife, Mumtaz Mahal, and it was constructed between 1632 and 1648.
  • Colosseum, in Rome, Italy. It is a giant amphitheatre located in the centre of the city, and was capable of seating around 50,000 spectators. It was constructed between 70 AD and 80 AD, and used for nearly 500 years for a variety of events.

Although the foundation had large amounts of public support, UNESCO, the United Nations cultural program, distanced themselves from the project, saying it had “no link whatsoever” to the project. UNESCO currently keeps tabs on 851 places in its ‘World Heritage Sites‘ program.

Left out of the Seven are the Pyramids of Giza, to which a respected Egyptian antiquities expert replied that the pyramids are a “symbol of the genius of the ancient people.” The foundation announced that the pyramids would have “honorary status” with the seven. The pyramids were the only remaining of the original Seven Wonders.

Weber claims that now that the man-made wonders have been chosen he has a new task: choosing the seven natural wonders of the world. He says he will start his new project immediately.

Submitted by: Hai Donlon

I will genuinely claim that there isn’t a single thing even remotely close to being as much fun as driving a huge lifted pickup truck down the road. On the other hand, while there are plenty of lifted trucks for sale across the country, you will need to know what you would like before purchasing a truck. If a truck isn’t lifted the right way there can be many different problems that might develop in the future. Seeing as there are a lot of factors to consider before purchasing a lifted truck, I want to share some suggestions and knowledge with you which will help you to get the best value. Thus, I really encourage you to go through these pointers while keeping these in your mind before you purchase a lifted pickup from a dealer or independent owner.

Was the truck lifted by a skilled professional or in an individual’s drive way? You would be amazed at how lots of people don’t feel to ask the seller this question, nevertheless it is usually really vital. Lifting a truck is not as simple as just altering out the tires. There is lots of operate needed and with that work, you can find also plenty of potential challenges. Just as an example, a lot of trucks will need new suspension parts just after they may be lifted also to a list of other points. It’s also critical to know that there are actually many strategies individuals use to lift a truck, although not all of them are recommended.

Value is also an important aspect to contemplate. Anytime you happen to be shopping for a customized automobile or truck you could anticipate to see some quite high rates, but you have to don’t forget that customizing a vehicle does not necessarily result in a higher value tag. The reality is the fact that lifting a pickup truck can lower the value. Although the truck has been lifted, you are still paying for that truck not the alterations. I can understand that some individuals have spent a lot of cash on their upgrades, despite the fact that, in several circumstances the truck just isn’t worth the price tag they may be asking for. To give you an example, in case you had been to purchase a 1994 Dodge pickup with a lift kit, that you are nevertheless obtaining a 17 year old truck and there may perhaps be troubles associated having a truck this old.


Prior to you go out and purchase a lifted truck, you may would like to consider the idea of acquiring a stock truck and lifting it yourself. Right here is a thing that you simply ought to definitely consider. Examine it this way, would you rather purchase a lifted truck with complications, or buy a good truck and then have it lifted the way you’d like it? The expenses will in all probability be concerning the similar and you will possess a tiny far more manage more than what the truck looks like and how it runs.

I extremely recommend that you contemplate the information above to generate confident that you get a superb truck. Just use your most effective judgement before getting something and don’t get wrapped up inside the shiny truck syndrome, it may finish up costing you a fortune in repair fees. Try and bear in mind that you’ll find loads of lifted trucks around, so do not buy one particular which you will regret. Happy shopping!

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Woman finds human finger in bowl of chili at Wendy’s restaurant
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Thursday, March 24, 2005

San Jose, California — A woman eating a bowl of chili at a Wendy’s restaurant bit into a chewy bit that turned out to be a human finger. She immediately spat it out, warned other patrons to stop eating, and upon recognizing the object as a finger, vomited.

“I’m more of a Carl’s Jr. person,” the 39-year-old Las Vegas woman, Anna Ayala, told Knight Ridder. She said this incident was her first visit to a Wendy’s restaurant. Ayala described how she found the finger, “Suddenly something crunchy was in my mouth,” she continued, “and I spit it out.”

According to Devina Cordero, 20, after Ayala found the finger, she ran up to her and Cordero’s boyfriend and said, “Don’t eat it! Look, there’s a human finger in our chili.”

“We went up to the counter and they told us it was a vegetable,” Cordero continued. “The people from Wendy’s were poking it with a spoon.”

The restaurant is located at 1405 Monterey Highway, just south of downtown San Jose.

Wikinews reporter David Vasquez drove his car up to the drive-thru menu and found that chili was still on the menu, at a price of US$1.19 for a small serving. He also witnessed workers unloading supplies from a semi-trailer truck in the restaurant’s parking lot, and carting them into the back door of the establishment.

According to Ben Gale, director of environmental health for Santa Clara County, the finger did not come from any of the employees at the restaurant. “We asked everybody to show us they have 10 fingers and everything is OK there,” he said. The found portion of the finger likely belonged to a woman because of its long and manicured fingernail, also found in the food.

Officials seized the food supply at the restaurant and are tracing it back to the manufacturer, where they believe the finger may have gotten mixed in with the raw ingredients used to prepare the chili. The restaurant’s operators were later permitted to re-open after preparing new chili prepared from fresh ingredients.

As this story was filed, there was no mention of the incident on the Wendy’s corporate web site. Wendy’s issued a statement through a spokesman.

“Food safety is of utmost importance to us,” said Wendy’s spokesman Joe Desmond. He referred to the incident as an “unsubstantiated claim.”

“We are cooperating fully with the local police and health departments with their investigation. It’s important not to jump to conclusions. Here at Wendy’s we plan to do right by our customers,” Desmond said.

According to county health officials, the unfortunate woman who bit into the finger is doing fine, despite her initial reaction. Officials also noted that the finger would have been cooked at a high enough temperature to destroy any viruses.

The Santa Clara county medical examiner reported that the finger had a solid fingerprint, although investigators did not say if a search of fingerprint databases would be performed to find the owner of the finger.

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This article features first-hand journalism by Wikinews members. See the collaboration page for more details.

The Health Benefits Of A Forward Sloping Seat For An Ergonomic Computer Chair}

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The health benefits of a Forward Sloping Seat for an Ergonomic Computer Chair



One of the pioneers in proposing the benefits of a forward-sloping seat was Danish surgeon Dr. A.C. Mandal. He had found that the only way he could remain seated without incurring backpain was to lean forward on the front legs of his chair. He also observed that many school children did the same thing when trying to ease back pain brought on by poorly designed school furniture.

Mandal recommended that the seat pan should slope forward by 15. When we take up this position our lumbar spine does not need to flatten out to assume the seated posture and our hips and trunk are at the optimum position of balance for the muscles.

By tilting your seat forward you alter your centre of gravity from behind the sitting bones (ischial tuberosity) to directly above them. As a result your muscles do not have to tense up or contract to maintain an erect posture. At the same time the lumbar curve ( or lordosis) is restored and pressure on your discs is reduced.

A variation on the forward-tilt seat has been produced which copies the shape of a saddle. This has the effect of opening out the thighs and giving more stability to the pelvis. It also restores some lordosis to the lumbar spine. There are versions of this type of seat on the market which are popular with some people. One drawback of this type of seat, however, is that your desk has to be set up much higher to allow for the legs to occupy the saddle position.

Some of the more common objections to early versions of the sloping seat were:-

You tended to slide forward.

Too much weight was placed on the feet.

Your clothes tended to ‘ruck up’..

Balans Chair:

The Balans was one of the first forward-sloping chairs in mass production to incorporate Mandal’s suggestions – using a knee rest to prevent slipping forward.

Most of the weight is taken on the knees and while this reduces pressure on the discs, the muscles had to work harder to maintain an erect posture since there is no backrest. As your muscles become tired there is a natural tendency to slump.

In addition to these problems your knees and shins can become quite sore after a time since there is no provision for changing the knee position. Getting in and out of the chair is somewhat difficult because of interference from the central pillar.

Despite the various drawbacks mentioned, however, many thousands of these chairs were sold because of the obvious relief given to the discs through the forward-sloping seat taking pressure off the spine.

Kneelsit balance chair

When you allow the seat pan to tilt forward your pelvis rotates forward, this posture produces the least amount of stress on muscles, tendons and discs, since your spine is correctly aligned.

It also pulls the chest out, increases lung capacity and makes breathing easier as well as improving the working of the heart and blood circulation; it also allows you an open abdomen, which aids digestion.

When your pelvis is tilted forward your lumbar spine curves naturally and the rest of your spine follows. This is the ideal posture when working upright – as at a computer. When you have a backrest – as in the Kneelsit chair – this backward tilt can also be used to relax the spine and take pressure off your disks and muscles, for example when you are reading or just chatting.

The real secret, however, to maintaining a healthy spine is to have a chair which allows free-flowing, natural movement between both forward and backward tilts. This sets up a continuous “pumping action” which feeds and nourishes the cells of your spinal discs, exercises your back muscles and allows you to sit for hours on end with very little discomfort.

Gregory J. Usher B.Ec., Dip.Ed., F.A.I.I., M.Psych. is the designer and Inventor of a unique patented ergonomic computer chair named Kneelsit The Chair for Life which has been selling via the Internet since 1996. To learn more about this unusual chair you may like to visit the author’s website and check out the great

benefits the chair provides.

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Triple limb-reattachment fails – boy loses foot

Triple limb-reattachment fails – boy loses foot
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Tuesday, April 5, 2005 Terry Vo, the 10-year old Australian boy who had two hands and a foot reattached by surgeons after losing them in an accident, has had to have the foot re-amputated. He will be given a prosthetic foot in its place.

The operation to re-attach three limbs was thought to have been a first – but was ultimately unsuccessful, with the foot having died inside, and receiving insufficient blood supply following the surgery to reattach it.

“That would lead to the small muscles in the foot actually constricting, the toes bending over and a deformed …. foot that is sort of clawed over and doesn’t have good sensation,” said plastic surgeon, Mr Robert Love today, on Australia’s ABC Radio.

“Even if you can get all of that to survive, he [would be] worse off than having had an amputation.”

“What is very disappointing is that for the first two days after [the operation] the foot looked absolutely magnificent,” he said.

Terry’s hands were healing well, said the surgeon. The prosthetic foot would allow him to walk normally, since his knee was intact.


All US states could have smoke-free laws by 2020

All US states could have smoke-free laws by 2020
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Friday, April 22, 2011

Government officials have predicted that by 2020, all US states will have bans on indoor smoking in private sector bars and restaurants, the chief sources of secondhand smoke, if the current rate of progress in enacting smoking bans continues.

In a press release issued yesterday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported that by December 31, 2010 there were 26 states with broad indoor smoking bans, covering workplaces, bars and restaurants, while an additional 10 states had banned smoking in one or two specific indoor areas. Cumulatively, these restriction cover almost one half of the country’s population, 47.8 percent, while a remaining 88 million nonsmokers are still exposed to secondhand smoke yearly, including half of all children over three years old.

In comparison, in 2000 there were no states that had broad indoor smoking bans.

Some states have enacted less restrictive laws, such as requiring separate ventilation systems for smoking areas. Southern and western states are lagging in implementing smoking bans. Florida, Louisiana, and North Carolina have banned smoking in two of the three sectors. Currently there are only seven states having no state wide restrictions on indoor smoking, although some have local ordinances. These are Indiana, Kentucky, Mississippi, South Carolina, Texas, West Virginia, and Wyoming, according to the CDC.

The full report was published in this week’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

Secondhand smoke is a known cause of a number of diseases including lung cancer and heart disease. The Surgeon General’s report of 2010 says, “tobacco smoke damages every organ in the body, resulting in disease and death.”

Completely prohibiting smoking in all public places and workplaces is the only way to fully protect nonsmokers from secondhand smoke exposure.

In the press release, Ursula Bauer of the CDC, said that secondhand smoke is the cause of 46,000 heart disease deaths and 3,400 lung cancer deaths yearly in nonsmokers. “Completely prohibiting smoking in all public places and workplaces is the only way to fully protect nonsmokers from secondhand smoke exposure,” she said.

Dr. Thomas R. Frieden, director of the CDC said, “Eliminating smoking from work sites, restaurants and bars is a low-cost, high-impact strategy that will protect nonsmokers and allow them to live healthier, longer, more productive lives while lowering health care costs associated with secondhand smoke.”

The American Heart Association issued a statement: “We must zero in on those areas that continue to lag despite studies that show smoke-free policies benefit public health and the local economy with lower health care costs.”

Gary Nolan of the Smokers Club, a smoker’s rights group, said, “It wouldn’t surprise me if they prevailed.” He noted that heavy pressure is being applied to bars and restaurants by public health officials to ban smoking. “It’s just a little bit more liberty slipping away at the hands of big government.”


Interview with Reggie Bibbs on his life with neurofibromatosis

Interview with Reggie Bibbs on his life with neurofibromatosis
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Friday, December 14, 2007

Neurofibromatosis (NF) is a genetic condition causing benign tumors (neurofibromas) to grow along certain types of nerves and, in addition, it can affect the development of bones or skin. There are several variants of the disease but type 1 and type 2 NF account for the vast majority of cases.

The disease manifestations can vary from very mild to severe. Major symptoms include growths on and under the skin; skin pigmentations called café au lait spots in type 1; acoustic nerve tumors and consequent hearing loss in type 2. Growths can affect nearly all parts of the body, and pressure on nearby structures can cause a wide variety of complications. There is a small risk that the tumors transform into malignant cancerous lesions.

NF is one of the most common single-gene human diseases; around 1 in 2,500-4,000 live births are affected by NF-1, whereas NF-2 occurs in about 1 in 50,000-120,000. Both type 1 and 2 are autosomal dominant conditions, meaning that only one copy of the mutated gene need be inherited to pass the disorder. A child of a parent with neurofibromatosis and an unaffected parent will have a 50% chance of inheriting the disorder. The gene responsible for NF-1 and possibly NF-2 is thought to function as a tumor suppressor gene.

In most cases of neurofibromatosis 1, patients can live normal and productive lives. In about 25-40% of patients there is an associated learning disability with or without ADHD. In some cases of neurofibromatosis 2, the damage to nearby vital structures, such as the cranial nerves and the brainstem, can be life-threatening. When tumors are causing pain or disfiguration, surgery is thus far the only proven beneficial treatment option.

Reggie Bibbs is a 43-year-old-man living in Houston, Texas. Mr Bibbs was born with a genetic disease called neurofibromatosis (NF), which causes him to develop tumors on his body (see infobox on the right). NF can be a subtle disease, but in Bibbs’ case it has left him with a disfigured face and deformed leg. But he is happy with the way he looks, and doesn’t want to change his appearance to please other people. He has launched a successful campaign entitled “Just Ask”, and that’s just what Wikinews did in a video-interview.

The interview was prepared by Wikinews reporter Michaël Laurent with the help of Bertalan Meskó (who has a popular genetics and web 2.0 blog). Their questions were sent to a close friend of Mr. Bibbs, Lou Congelio, who kindly conducted the interview.


  • 1 Infobox: What is neurofibromatosis?
  • 2 The interview
    • 2.1 On neurofibromatosis
    • 2.2 Growing up
    • 2.3 A head to toe body tour
    • 2.4 The daily life of Reggie Bibbs
    • 2.5 Raising awareness and his campaign
  • 3 Sources
  • 4 External links
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Pradeep Srivastava, Md Is Your Finest Cardiologist For Treating Heart Ailments}

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Submitted by: Pradeep Srivastava MD

As the importance of cardiology is increasing with every passing day, and so is the popularity of world famous doctor, Pradeep Srivastava, MD. A FACC fellow of American College of Cardiology, Dr. Srivastava is the leading provider of internal medicine and cardiology for the residents of Greenbelt, MD and Washington, D.C. The primary aim of this doctor is to help the patients to deal with their current congestive heart failure. He can be your best guide, if you are suffering from heart murmurs, chest pain, atrial fibrillation and more such conditions, which might affect cardiovascular system of patients.

A board certified personality

Well, Pradeep Srivastava, Cardiologist is a board certified cardiologist, besides he is also Board certified in Internal Medicine and Interventional Cardiology ready to help patients with any kind of heart ailments, and additional internal medical help. He is a trained expert with so many years of experience, in his kitty. Well, Dr. Srivastava is board certified in the field of cardiology from the American Board of Medical Specialties. Furthermore, he has other certifications in cardiovascular disease from the American Board of Internal Medicine. These certificates mark as proof of his amazing journey towards medical history.

Working with an experienced team:

Dr. Srivastava is further defined as board certified member in the field of cardiology, internal medicine and interventional cardiology. He is known to have completed Cardiology Fellowship from the George Washington University. After that, he continued his field of internal medicine training at SUNY University, at Buffalo Medicinal School. The Pradeep Srivastava, MD, cardiologist, DC is primarily committed to provide patients with promising care, and work with each patient carefully, his main aim is to clearly look at each patient separately, and provide personalized care if needed. He always believes that each patient needs to be treated carefully and separately, to match his or her individual needs. His high quality and personalized care makes him completely different from the rest.

Comfort is the ultimate mission

The main aim of Dr. Srivastava is to provide patient with ultimate care. For that, he is ready to go for that extra edge, and work hard, day and night. While in his practicing sessions, he has already treated different types of patients, suffering from multiple problems. Therefore, working on any of our cases will not be a difficult task for him. He is ready to welcome all kinds of patients, both new and old ones. Moreover, he is known for accepting major forms of medical insurances from the patient parties.

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Services he can encounter and solve

The famous and renowned Pradeep Srivastava, MD Maryland is known to function on various types of problems. It does not matter how crucial or simple the task is, as he is ready to provide only positive results to clients. Whether you are looking for syncope to atrial fibrillation, stress testing or even heart murmur, you can receive the best treatment from this doctor. Moreover, this cardiologist will further help those patients, suffering from congestive heart failure. There are some different treatments, associated with Vertigo patients, as well. For that, you must consult Dr. Srivastava first. He is ready to help you with separate treatments for blocked arteries of Heart and legs or neck and chest pain.

He provides following services at his office and or at the Cardiac Catheterization Lab of reputed George Washington university Hospital in DC-

1. EKG

2. 2 Dimensional Echo Cardiogram

3. Nuclear and Echo Stress test

4. Second opinion on Cardiology and Internal medicine issues

5. Complete DOT physical Exam including in house Blood testing.

6. Age appropriate vaccinations

7. Pulmonary function testing

8. arotid and Leg Doppler studies looking for Narrowed arteries.

9. Cardiac catheterization and Coronary Stenting

10. 24 hours Holter and wireless Electronic event monitoring for Dizziness and Palpitation symptoms.

11. Leg and Peripheral Angiogram and Angioplasty/Stent/Rota bladder procedure

12. Complete Electrophysiology and Pacemaker/AICD Defibrillator Care.

His caring compassionate nature and religious beliefs that drive him to do more philanthropic deeds.

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Ontario Votes 2007: Interview with Green candidate Marion Schaffer, Oakville

Ontario Votes 2007: Interview with Green candidate Marion Schaffer, Oakville
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Monday, September 24, 2007

Marion Schaffer is running for the Green Party of Ontario in the Ontario provincial election, in the Oakville riding. Wikinews’ Nick Moreau interviewed her regarding her values, her experience, and her campaign.

Stay tuned for further interviews; every candidate from every party is eligible, and will be contacted. Expect interviews from Liberals, Progressive Conservatives, New Democratic Party members, Ontario Greens, as well as members from the Family Coalition, Freedom, Communist, Libertarian, and Confederation of Regions parties, as well as independents.

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