18 Jan

Security Council Committed to Ending Ebola Outbreak

first_imgThe Security Council is unanimous on one thing: its commitment to ending the Ebola outbreak.In the first-ever emergency Security Council meeting called on a health crisis, all 15 council members voted to declare the disease a “threat to international peace and security.”The council met on HIV/AIDS in 2000, in a non-emergency session.On Friday, the General Assembly passed, with all 193 member states in favor, its own resolution on Ebola, after holding open debate on the health crisis.The resolution had the most co-sponsors in UN history: 134.Israel’s Ambassador Ron Prosor addressed the Security Council on Thursday and expressed unequivocal support for sending aid workers and funding to Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.“Israel is proud to be playing its part,” Prosor said, citing tikkun olam, the Jewish principle that it is the individual’s responsibility to improve the world.According to the Jerusalem Post, one of Israel’s leading newspapers, Israel NGOs have deployed to Sierra Leone and Cameroon, the ambassador said, to help train doctors in how to fight the spread of the highly communicable disease.Stable healthcare infrastructure is the first line of defense for combating epidemics such as these, health expert say. Ensuring that patients exposed to the disease know to go to a healthcare facility immediately and not to say goodbye to family members is critical for helping stop the disease.“This must be the moment when we enable nations to become the architects of their health systems rather than its victims,” Prosor said.During Thursday’s meeting, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon announced the creation of the UN Mission for Ebola Emergency Response to respond to the epidemic. UNMEER”s five priorities, Ban said, are “stopping the outbreak, treating the infected, ensuring essential services, preserving stability and preventing further outbreaks.”For weeks, officials from the World Health Organization, other UN agencies and Médecins Sans Frontières have been calling on world leaders to ramp up aid to the affected countries. WHO director-general Dr. Margaret Chan and UN Systems Coordinator for Ebola Dr. David Nabarro have spoken to the press at UN headquarters on several occasions, pleading for more resources, rather than a de facto policy of isolation.“I estimate that to get ahead of outbreak the level of response needs to be about 20 times greater than it is at the moment,” Nabarro said on Thursday during the Security Council meeting.On Thursday, the Security Council finally responded to doctors’ pleas. In her testimony, the Security Council president for September, US Ambassador Samantha Power, reiterated the unprecedented speed with which this outbreak has spread. The death toll in Liberia is greater than that of the last 20 outbreaks combined, Power said.“Instead of isolating the affected countries, we call for flooding them—flooding them with the resources that are desperately needed to turn the tide in this fight,” the US ambassador said. “The math is simple: the sooner we act, the more lives we save.”During an appearance on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart on Thursday, former US president Bill Clinton said that the WHO, UN, Médecins Sans Frontières and US Department of Health will speak about Ebola during this year’s Clinton Global Initiative.It will take a “Herculean effort” to isolate and stamp out the Ebola epidemic, he said.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

30 Dec

L.A. draws up a new gang plan

first_imgTaking another step in the fight against street gangs, Los Angeles city officials vowed Friday to redefine prevention versus intervention and spend more money on programs to quell the most serious gang crimes. Councilman Tony Cardenas, head of the city’s Ad Hoc Committee on Gang Violence, said he and more than 30 groups that work with gangs came up with a new plan after months of frustration about how the city spends roughly $78million a year on gang prevention, intervention and suppression. “At the core of what this comes down to is credibility,” he said. Though he declined to name them, he said some prevention programs have been getting money under the banner of intervention when those programs don’t actually intervene in gang activity. “It’s a first step,” Carr said. “We need accountability. A definition does not lead to accountability, but it leads to a framework.” Now, there are 61 interventionists, and about $3.7million is dedicated to hard-core gang intervention, an amount called far too low by civil-rights attorney Connie Rice in a critical report this year on the city’s gang programs. As Villaraigosa prepares to prioritize this year’s budget for the coming year, Councilman Bernard Parks says the new definition will help guide city officials in deciding which programs deserve city dollars. “It’s a major step forward for the city of Los Angeles,” said Parks, the former Los Angeles Police Department chief who heads the council’s budget committee. Up until now, the city has spent most of its money on prevention efforts such as the LAPD Explorers and recreation programs. But, Chief William Bratton has pointed to intervention groups such as Communities in Schools in North Hills as a key element in battling gang violence. Now, police regularly call intervention groups – often headed by former gang members – to squash retaliation and rumors that swell after gang fights, and they say the relationship has stemmed gang crime. Overall, gang crime has dropped 3.4percent this year over last, with a dramatic 26percent drop in gang-related homicides. Still, in the San Fernando Valley, crimes classified as gang-related have increased 2.3percent. But with no controls or measures of effectiveness, anti-gang groups have also been under scrutiny for their cozy relationship with street criminals, something experts say is key to infiltrating gangs. Earlier this year, Hector Marroquin Jr., founder of gang-intervention group and city-funded No Guns, was arrested in connection with a home-invasion robbery. Police say he was still an active 18th Street gang member. Communities in Schools interventionist Mario Corona is serving time in prison for possession of a pound of methamphetamine and a handgun. Yet despite the program’s murky past, the rising crime in the Valley and several high-profile gang crimes have pushed gangs to the top of city and state officials’ agendas. The shooting death of 14-year-old Cheryl Green by Latino gang members looking to hurt African-Americans last December amid rising racial tension has motivated City Councilwoman Janice Hahn. On Friday, she said she will keep alive her plans for a parcel tax of up to $40 a year. Now slated for next November’s ballot, it would raise an estimated $30million annually for gang-intervention and -prevention programs. rachel.uranga@dailynews.com (818) 713-3741160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Under the new definition, intervention groups do hard-core, street-based mediation and redirect gang members to job training, tattoo removal, counseling and other social services. “The gang interventionist is the point person, the first point of entry of which a gang member can start looking at another way of life,” said Susan Cruz, director of Sin Fronteras, a Burbank-based group that works with youths caught up in the legal system. The move comes nearly nine months after Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa unveiled what was billed as an aggressive plan to attack gangs. And it comes three months ahead of a gang-program audit by City Controller Laura Chick that Villaraigosa believes will be a blueprint for effective gang-intervention and -prevention efforts. Despite appointing as the city’s gang czar Jeff Carr, an evangelical pastor with decades of experience working with gangs, Villaraigosa has done little else to develop or promote programs that directly affect gang members. last_img read more

29 Dec


first_imgMajella O’Donnell has admitted she tried desperately to give her singer husband Daniel a child.However, despite trying to conceive for years, the couple abandoned any hope they had of having their own child.Majella, 52, revealed they went to see doctors about having a child and both were fit enough to have children. “We were both examined but there was no reason (why we couldn’t conceive), we were both fine.“WE reckoned it wasn’t meant to be because for 10 years we used no protection at all.“At the beginning, I wanted a child more for him because I thought he should experience fatherhood; but he doesn’t feel he’s missed anything.“I’m glad the way it worked out really, I’m nearly 53. Can you imagine a 10 year old running around the place? I just wouldn’t have the energy. Thanks be to God – He was looking after us in His own way,” said Majella.  ME AND DANIEL TRIED DESPERATELY TO HAVE A BABY – MAJELLA O’DONNELL was last modified: January 5th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:babydaniel o’donnellMajella O’Donnelllast_img read more

27 Dec

Marriage amendment push is revived

first_imgWASHINGTON – President George W. Bush and Republican senators launched a repeat election-year push Monday for a constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage. Critics denounced it as a political ploy, and even some backers agreed the proposed amendment is doomed to fail. “Our policies should aim to strengthen families, not undermine them,” Bush said at a White House event as Senate debate began on the measure. “Changing the definition of marriage would undermine the family structure.” It’s the latest effort to pass the “Marriage Protection Amendment” from Sen. Wayne Allard, R-Colo. The same measure in 2004 failed to clear a procedural hurdle necessary to go to a vote. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2Allard estimates he has 52 yes votes, short of the 67 needed to pass the Senate. In arguing for the amendment, Allard, Bush and other supporters repeatedly pointed to “activist judges” as a powerful force redefining marriage state by state. “Marriage is under attack all across the country,” Allard said. Senate Democrats repudiated the amendment debate as a blatant attempt by Republicans to drive conservative voters to the polls in November, echoing their strategy in 2004. During that national election year, 11 states had same-sex marriage measures on their ballots, including Ohio. Bush won the state, which was decisive in his re-election victory. “This proposed constitutional amendment is being used to satisfy the most extreme right-wing supporters and politicians,” said Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt. White House Press Secretary Tony Snow acknowledged that “of course there’s a political dimension” to Bush’s pronouncement in support of the amendment, but added that “the president is speaking out about a piece of legislation because he believes in it.” Constitutional amendments must pass by two-thirds votes in both houses of Congress and then be ratified by legislatures of three-fourths of the states. The U.S. Constitution has not been amended for 14 years. As the Senate debate began Monday, Republicans talked about marriage with one man and one woman as the foundation of all societies. Democrats stressed a need to protect states’ rights and to keep discrimination out of the Constitution. North Dakota Sen. Byron Dorgan, a Democrat, lashed out at Colorado Springs-based Focus on the Family for newspaper advertisements it ran claiming he doesn’t believe every child needs a mother and a father. The ad was similar to one run in Colorado, attacking Sen. Ken Salazar, a Democrat. Focus on the Family – which is based in conservative Christianity – must believe there are only nine commandments in the Bible, Dorgan said. “They forgot the commandment that says thou shall not bear false witness,” he added. Focus on the Family spokeswoman Carrie Gordon Earll said that for Dorgan “to go to the Scripture to try and support his decision not to defend marriage is kind of an odd response.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

27 Dec


first_imgSanta: iCare along with Buncrana CLG are hosting Santa in the clubhouse on Saturday the 15th December, from 3pm until 6pm. The Santa package per child is €4 which includes photograph, €7 for 2 children and €10 for 3 or more children. There will be hot chocolate, mince pies and refreshments for all. We hope to have choir singers, dancers and music to entertain everyone. What better way to start the festivities by joining with your local community for a worthy cause and relaxing among friends…All are welcome!Congratulations: Congratulations to the Scoil Mhuire Under 15 Hurling squad who are the new Ulster Schools Hurling Champions having defeated De La Salle Belfast on a scoreline of 4-09 to 1-05, well done to all the players and mentors on this historic achievement.Senior Football: Buncrana Senior Footballers secured promotion to Division 2 following a victory over Carndonagh on Sunday. Odhran Doherty and Peter McLaughlin dominated midfield from early in the first half, and Buncrana went into an early lead following points from Oisín Doherty and Paul McGonigle. Further points from Odhran Doherty and Darrach ‘Connor left Buncrana with a seven point lead at halftime. HT Buncrana 0-10 Carndonagh 0-3. Carndonagh increased their share of possession in the second half but failed to capitalise on chances, having to wait until the 49th minute to register their first score of the second half. Ryan Bradley pointed shortly before the final whistle, to give Buncrana a winning margin of six points. Congratulations to the squad and all the mentors involved. Ladies Football: Buncrana GAA Club are having a meeting on Friday 21st December in the Clubhouse at 7.30pm, for all ladies who have played last year and for any new girls who are interested in playing next year.Christmas Charity Swim: Buncrana GAA Senior Footballers will be battling the cold on Christmas morning as they are taking part in a charity swim to raise funds for Insight Inishowen, an excellent local charity. Please sponsor the lads if you can, all proceeds will go to Insight Inishowen.Sale of Club Tracksuits: A sale of club tracksuits for children will take place on Tuesday 4th December from 8pm-9pm. All tracksuits reduced to 20euro, sizes 9/10, 10/11 and 12/13. Please contact Elizabeth Anne on 0860604075. Sam Maguire Photographs: Photographs of the Sam Maguire taken in the Plaza on Sunday 28th October by Angela Tourish can now be collected. Please phone 0863068662 to arrange collection.Coaching: The Ulster GAA Coaching Conference is taking place in Cookstown on 26th January 2013, the Croke Park GAA Coaching Conference will take place on 12th January 2013, all coaches who are interested in attending please contact Coaching Officer Odhrán Doherty. Anyone interested in doing a Foundation or Level One coaching course in the New Year please contact Odhrán Doherty also.Ryan Bradley Coaching Sessions: Ryan Bradley GAA Coaching Sessions for under 6’s are taking place every Saturday in Crana College, with children asked to be present at 11.15am. A €2 contribution will be used exclusively to purchase equipment and gear for participating children. The sessions focus on fun, enjoyment, participation, balance, coordination and basic skill of football and hurling.U8 Football: Under 8 football coaching sessions are taking place in Crana College on Friday nights at 6.30 and all newcomers are very welcome. The session offer the opportunity to learn the basic skills of Gaelic Football in a fun and safe environment.Lotto: The winning numbers in the €3,320 jackpot lotto draw, which took place on Tuesday 4th December in O’Flaherty’s Bar on the Main Street, are as follows: 13-24-31-32There was no jackpot winner that week, however prizes of €20 go to each of the following participants: Denis Bonner, Grianan ParkDeirdre Deeney, Castle AveConor Doherty, 12a, Cluain MhuireJim Mc Dermott, Magherinture Geraldine Bradley, 7 Castle AveClub Notes: Anyone who would like to receive a copy of the weekly club notes should email Oisín at buncrana.pro@gmail.com to be included on the mailing list. If you have any items which you think should be included in the club’s weekly notes, please email Oisín at buncrana.pro@gmail.com by 6pm on each Sunday for consideration. To keep up to date with all the latest goings-on, please join us on www.facebook.com/buncranagaa or www.twitter.com/buncranagaa @buncranagaaGAA NEWS: BUNCRANA CLUB NOTES was last modified: December 10th, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:buncrana gaa club noteslast_img read more

25 Dec

Kids finding trouble in home cabinets, garages

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake Overcome by paint vapors, the young man had lost consciousness. His listless body slumped forward. His face dropped into the plastic bag. He became asphyxiated. When paramedics hugged Bob McCarty, he knew. He knew that his beautiful curly haired son who as a toddler brazenly batted his eyes at waitresses, who later grew to 6 feet 4 inches tall and excelled at football and lacrosse, that his boy with a knack for mathematics and language classes, was dead. Although the coroner declared it an accident, Mike McCarty died from the tragic consequences of abusing everyday products to get high – a growing and troubling trend on the rise with adolescents. Teens don’t need drug dealers for a fix. They’re finding it in medicine cabinets, under the kitchen sink and in the garage. It can be a bottle of cough medicine. A bottle of nail polish remover. A can of air freshener. A package of cold pills. Inhalant abuse on the rise Mike McCarty died after bagging – where aerosol and vapor-containing items are poured into a bag and inhaled. It’s similar to huffing – where similar products are sprayed into a rag and then breathed in. Both uses rob the brain of oxygen, creating a dizzy, buzzed feeling for a few minutes. It can also lead to sudden death. Inhalant abuse made headlines years ago when its popularity peaked among adolescents. But it’s steadily rising again, gaining ground with over-the-counter drug abuse, which experts say is soaring among adolescents. The practice involves taking regular cough, cold or allergy medicine in large doses, which can give hallucinogenic effects. “You think why on Earth would I take something that I could spray my motorcycle with and inhale it into my lungs, and the answer is 14-year-old kids aren’t that smart, and they don’t have a sense of dying,” Bob McCarty said. Many kids don’t consider these products as real drugs, such as marijuana and methamphetamines, because the items come from home and convenience marts and not from dealers. They also don’t consider themselves taking drugs either. But the products remain an attraction to curious adolescents, in part because they’re cheap and easy to get. These items also fly under the nose of many moms and dads who realistically wouldn’t question markers, computer cleanser or other household products sitting in their children’s rooms. Still, even parents keeping watch for signs of drug use can overlook the symptoms because they’re only looking for what they know – the stench of marijuana, the smell of beer. They don’t always recognize the rags, cotton balls or bottles of spray deodorant on the night stand as other possibly signs of drug use. “Huffing and over-the-counter medications scare me the most out of everything right now,” said Cary Quashen, president of the Santa Clarita-based Action Family Counseling and Action Parent-Teen Support program. “Kids make contracts not to do drugs, but to them these aren’t drugs.” Quashen said that nearly all of the 1,000 teens in treatment at Action’s nine clinics and two residential treatment centers have huffed and abused over-the-counter medications at one time. Availability, excitement and lack of knowledge about the drugs are the main reasons why they’ve become so popular, he said. Beginners to addicts Its prevalence is found at all levels of drug use, from young experimenters to young habitual users. Even slick users who’ve moved onto harder drugs sometimes return to huffing and over-the-counter medications when they’re supposedly in recovery, because they are usually not detectable in drug tests. Tom Hedrick, director of The Partnership for a Drug-Free America, said inhalants and medicine abuse are the two biggest problems that the nonprofit is seeing and are also the least understood, with parents being even less aware of it. One in five children have tried huffing or bagging, with use starting in third and fourth grade, then peaking among eighth-graders before it slows down, according to the New York-based organization. In 2004, the nonprofit reported an increase of inhalant use, after a two-year decline, and expects the trend to continue in 2005, because fewer kids view the behavior as dangerous, Hedrick said. “You can literally die trying it once,” Hedrick said. “The biggest problem is that so few people know what’s going on. It happens under the radar screen.” At a recent Action Parent-Teen Support Group meeting at Saugus High School, nearly all 33 students raised their hands when asked if they ever tried inhalants. Suddenly stories about inhaling whipped cream cans – whippets – and Dust-Off, called dusting, filled the classroom. Another got high from the spray deodorant Axe. One teen talked about going into flops – seizures – when he once inhaled too much. He and his friend were in the woods getting high when that happened. Easy to get Sascha Aquino was 16 and alone at home the first time she inhaled Dust-Off, a can of compressed air used to clean computers. She had heard from others about the high it gives and was curious about it. So she put the whole nozzle in her mouth and pressed down, not knowing that the ingredients could be deadly. She used it a few more times after that, in part, she said because it was easy to get to. “You could go to Best Buy and open it up and do it there without having to take it home,” she said. About 1.7 million 12- to 17-year-olds were estimated to have used inhalants in 2004, according to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, a federal agency with the Department of Health and Human Services. The agency reported similar use for 2003. “You’re talking about a problem that is not going away,” said spokeswoman Leah Young. “These are numbers that one does have to worry about, because kids can die instantly.” Aquino later moved onto Coricidin Cough and Cold, known as Triple C, and Robitussin. Both over-the-counter medications contain dextromethorphan, nicknamed DXM, which has been discovered by adolescents in the last five years, said Richard Geller, medical toxicologist and director of the California Poison Control System in Fresno. Aquino would check the ingredients on back of the medications and if there was more than 15 milligrams of dextromethorphan inside, she’d use it. Robitussin especially seemed to give her strength, and the teen would drink two bottles each on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Sometimes a co-worker did it with her. They read on the Internet about reaching different plateaus with the drug with the highest being an out-of-body experience. They tried over and over to achieve that. The cycle continued off and on for about two years for Aquino. She has since quit all drug use and is in recovery. Ten percent of kids Over-the-counter drug use has grown from modest to startling proportions over the last 18 months, Hedrick said, noting that one in 10 kids have reported using cough medicine to get high. Ashley Lane was 13 when she first started drinking, huffing and smoking pot. When she and her friends didn’t have money to get high for a hook up, they stole Coricidin from drug stores for a quick fix. She took 10 pills at a time, and when she built up a tolerance, she moved onto 15. One night, Lane and a friend each took 20 pills, and then they went their separate ways. The friend ended up in the emergency room. Meanwhile Lane went to the movies where she threw up and began to pass out. But another friend took her home, keeping her up all night playing music and smoking cigarettes so she wouldn’t fall asleep. Lane, who also snorted methamphetamines, never touched Coricidin again. Now 16, she has been sober for more than seven months. She said Coricidin was scarier than methamphetamines. “I knew a lot of tweakers and when you’re spun, you know what’s going on, but you’re paranoid,” Lane said. “I knew what was going on when I was on meth. But when I was on Coricidin, I didn’t know.” Seeking solutions Some are wondering what more can be done to protect adolescents from misusing these products. While Congress battles over setting a federal standard for selling medicines containing pseudoephedrine, which can be extracted and used to cook methamphetamines, some are wondering if more products, such as Robitussin and Coricidin should also be considered. Manufacturers in the past have sometimes changed the ingredients of their products to prevent drug abuse. Pseudoephedrine was replaced in some medications with prenlephrine, a weaker and less effective drug. When Liquid Paper was a popular pick for bagging, manufacturers removed the solvent that could make people high, said Geller. Products abused as inhalants should be put behind the counter with the buying age set at 18, because their effects can be equally as deadly, said McCarty. It could be added to the list of products that teens under 18 can’t buy, such as spray paint and diet pills containing ephedrine. The downward spiral “I can’t explain how wiped out this stuff should be,” McCarty said. It’s been only four months since the McCartys buried their son. A year ago, Mike was doing well at Chaminade Middle School. But last spring, he was caught with alcohol in his locker. School officials wanted to expel him, but the family pleaded to let the boy stay and asked that he be assigned to perform community service so he could graduate with his friends. But the answer was no. Instead of an expulsion, however, he was allowed to withdraw from the school. That’s when the boy’s life quickly unraveled, his dad said. He began smoking pot, tried cocaine, huffed, bagged and took Robitussin and Coricidin in large quantities. The McCartys then sent their son to a treatment center for help. During his admission, a counselor asked Mike if he ever tried Dust-Off. Bob McCarty had never heard of Dust-Off before but decided to let it go, because there was so much more going on that day. Two weeks later Mike came home and had sworn off drugs. Passing regular drug tests, the 14-year-old seemed clean and clear for about 45 days. The family thought their son’s days of addiction were over. But there was more to come. Mike had found another way to get high – huffing and bagging. Neither shows up on the drug tests. The family had no idea that he was still getting high until they found him that August day in the bathroom. Their brain dead son was kept alive at the hospital on a respirator for four days while the family absorbed what had just happened. “From April to August. Four months. With a busy parent, that’s nothing. And boom.” McCarty said. Counselors see increases At the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence of the San Fernando Valley, more teens are coming in who have been using over-the-counter medications, said Susan Shaddock, director of program services. Shaddock said that these drugs have always been abused by teens, but that every once in a while, something happens to bring them to the attention of adolescents. This time, she wonders if it’s the focus these medications are getting in some stores that have voluntarily put them behind the counter. State law limits sales of products with pseudoephedrine to consumers, allowing about nine grams of the drug per purchase. That’s typically about two to three bottles of pseudophedrine-containing medicine. Some chain drug stores and retailers have also voluntarily placed products containing dextromethorphan, such as NyQuil and Robitussin, behind the counter. But that brings awareness to the drugs and for some, it’s a reason to try, she said. Still, she said that anything to curb drug use is worth a shot. But how do you regulate products used for huffing, bagging and over-the-counter medications when the possibilities for abuse are found in hundreds of them? That, some say, is when parents need to be the regulators. The problem is that many don’t know what to look for or that the situation even exists. Shaddock agrees, adding that everything can’t be kept under lock and key. “Regulations make it more difficult, and if they’re that difficult maybe they won’t use it,” Shaddock said. “But if they’re trying that hard to get out of their reality, they’ll try something else.” — Sue Doyle,(661) 257-5254 sue.doyle@dailynews.com160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WEST HILLS – He was already brain dead by the time his parents broke down the bathroom door. Mike McCarty had no heart beat. He was not breathing. He was 14. Earlier he said that he was going to shower before heading out to the movies. But when the water ran too long, Bob and Laurie McCarty knew there was a problem. The frantic parents banged on the locked bathroom door. They scrambled for the keys. When they got through, a plastic bag lay to their son’s side. The recent eighth-grade graduate had taken spray paint from the garage, squirted it into the bag and inhaled it to get high.last_img read more

24 Dec

D.J. Wilkins Signs With Drake Men’s Basketball

first_imgDES MOINES, Iowa – D.J. Wilkins, a 6-2 guard from Merrillville, Ind., will join the Drake University men’s basketball team in 2018-19, head coach Darian DeVries has announced.Wilkins joins the Bulldogs after spending last season at Florida Southwestern State College.”We’re excited to have D.J. become part of the Bulldog family!’ DeVries said. “He brings tremendous playmaking ability to our team with a great shot and will be a constant threat from the three-point arc.”Wilkins is a product of Merrillville High School where he was a three-time all-conference selection and a two-time all-state honoree as well as a 2016 McDonald’s All-America honoree.Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

21 Dec

Local Roundup: HSU’s Barker helps Team USA win gold at Maccabiah Games

first_imgArcata >> “Breathtaking” is how Humboldt State third baseman Rachel Barker described her experience in the Maccabiah Games.Barker was recently invited to play in the Maccabiah Games in Israel, a competition sponsored by the Maccabi World Union. According to its website, the Union is “the largest and longest running Jewish sports organization spanning over five continents, more than 60 countries, 450 clubs, and 400,000 members” which “utilizes sports as a means to bring Jewish people of all …last_img read more

20 Dec

Redwoods softball sweeps Lassen

first_imgLily Peterson delivered a lead-taking RBI single late in game one and Linsdey Scott proved hard to hit in game two as the College of the Redwoods women’s softball team played its long-awaited home opener, winning both games of a doubleheader against visiting Golden Valley Conference foe Lassen College, Wednesday afternoon at the McKinleyville High softball field.“It was great to be the home team,” Redwoods’ head coach Maggie White said. “Last week we lost a couple close games that make being …last_img read more