Police arrested three people outside Cleveland on Tuesday who’d been holding a mentally disabled woman and her daughter captive in what a U.S. district attorney described as “subhuman” conditions for over a year. According to federal prosecutors, the captors collected their prisoner’s government benefits, beat her for painkillers, and forced her to feed fruits and vegetables they wouldn’t give her daughter to the free-range iguana with which she was forced to room. The mother and daughter were also allegedly forced to eat dog food, sometimes out of cans, while the kidnappers’ pit bulls dined on table food. The three have been charged with forced labor, and one them faces a potential count of tampering with a witness. The mother of one of the suspects has already denied the allegations and claims that the woman was actually paying to stay at the apartment and could leave at any time.
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- Army medic
- Election 2012
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- MRI scans
- Mitt Romney
- Nick Walker
- President Barack Obama
- burn the data
- contrasting agents
- federal court
- medical imaging dye
- mentally disabled woman
- nephrogenic systemic fibrosis
- serial bank robber
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- toxic metal
- war hero
Army medic Nicholas Walker returned home from Iraq after 250 combat missions, traumatized and broken. His friends and family couldn’t help him. Therapy couldn’t help him. Heroin couldn’t help him. Pulling bank heists helped him.
By Scott Johnson at Buzzfeed:
"Nicholas Walker, Nico to his friends and family, is a U.S. Army veteran with an exemplary record of service as a medic during the very worst years, and in the very worst areas, of the war in Iraq. He is also a convicted bank robber — and not just the garden variety; in only four months, Walker managed to rob nearly 10 banks (an 11th attempt was aborted), making him one of the most prolific individual bank robbers in Ohio. “It’s definitely in my top two, in terms of robberies by one individual,” said Art Hernandez, a federal prosecutor who helped send Walker to prison for 11 years in 2012. “It’s one of the most unusual [cases] I’ve ever prosecuted.”'
"Despite its ubiquity, every case of PTSD is different. Nick Walker, instead of retreating quietly into a life of physical or emotional abuse, or simply killing himself, chose to cope by lashing out in a unique and mystifying way. It was a decision that baffled his family and friends, and even, eventually, Walker himself. It was no less confounding for the experts brought in to examine him afterward. Pablo Stewart, a forensic psychiatrist who testified on Walker’s behalf, said his was “one of the worst cases of PTSD I’ve ever seen.”'
It's a "Must Read," full story here.
By Jeff Gerth, ProPublica
In 1994, a scientist studying her company's new medical imaging dye reached troubling findings. Her boss, she recalls, told her to "burn the data."
That alleged request surfaced this week in a groundbreaking trial over the dye, which is injected into patients to sharpen MRI scans and has been owned since 2004 by GE Healthcare. At issue is whether GE did enough to protect patients from a rare but devastating side effect of the dye: a disease that causes large areas of the skin to become thick and hard. ProPublica investigated the dye in 2009 and 2010, revealing that GE ignored the advice of its own safety experts to "proactively" restrict its use.
GE's lawyer, John Fitzpatrick, didn't dispute the request to burn the data in his opening statement to the jury on Tuesday. But after this story was published, the company told ProPublica that the scientist's boss denies having told her to destroy data. Fitzgerald also confirmed that an outside researcher will testify that he would not have published a study stating the dye was safe if he had been shown certain internal company research.
But Fitzpatrick insisted that GE's accusers were twisting such evidence to falsely impugn the company and wrongly suggest that it had endangered patients. He insisted GE had always acted ethically with regard to the dye, known as Omniscan.
After settling several hundred other cases out of court over the last several years, GE went to trial this week in federal court in Cleveland — the first opportunity for the drug's history to be fully aired. The plaintiff, Paul Decker, 61, contends that he contracted the skin ailment, known as nephrogenic systemic fibrosis, because of an injection of Omniscan in 2005. He was diagnosed in 2010.
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CBS News reports:
"President Obama's victory over Mitt Romney in last Tuesday's presidential election was driven, in part, by the president's strength in urban areas, where robust support cushioned the incumbent against electoral deficits in rural America. But almost a week after the election, it is now becoming clear just how lopsided President Obama's victory was in some cities: in dozens of urban precincts, Mitt Romney earned literally zero votes."
"The Philadelphia Inquirer reported today that, in 59 precincts in inner-city Philadelphia, the GOP nominee received not a single vote. And according to the Cleveland Plain Dealer, nine precincts in Cleveland returned zero Romney votes."
Angry Republicans on Twitter with the hashtag #electionfraud and #voterfraud:
"There's demonstrable evidence of #VoterFraud and #ElectionFraud and nary a word. It's impossible Mitt Romney got NO votes in Philly district"
"There's something wrong, just wrong, about Romney not getting 1 single vote in several Ohio precincts. It's beyond the realm!"
"Im SURE that the Pres vote was stolen. As the truth comes out, it will awaken a sleeping giant. #ElectionFraud #WeThePeople"
"#VoterFraud...Soooo how many Repub polls had 100% votes only for Mitt..nothing to see here move along as Dems steal election .#VoterJustice"
"There should be a national outrage about how the Obama campaign hijacked this election."
"It is statistically impossible for Romney to not have received a single vote in 59 Philly voting divisions."
Do you think it will ever sink in that they lost the election to a black man? That their candidate was a lying flimflam man? Or, will they cry for the next four years?