Posts by Jason Sickles, Yahoo

  • Washington school shooter Jaylen Fryberg's personal struggles revealed on social media

    Jason Sickles, Yahoo at Yahoo News6 days ago

    Social media posts penned by the shooter in Friday’s rampage at a Washington State high school portray a head-over-heels teenager who grew more and more tormented when the relationship fell apart.

    Authorities have identified the gunman as Jaylen Fryberg. Fryberg’s Facebook page shows him living in Tulalip Bay, nine miles from Marysville-Pilchuck High School where police say two students were killed — including the gunman — and at least four others injured in the Friday morning tragedy.

    “I can't believe I just witnessed a shooting,” Austin Joyner, a student at the school, said on Twitter. “Kid came into the cafeteria and walked over to a table and pulled out the gun and shot 4-6 shots at students sitting down.”

    The Seattle Times reported that several students told them that Fryberg, a freshman, was responsible. Kobe Baumann, 14, told the paper that he was with Fryberg in English class shortly before the shooting, and that he appeared to be kind of nervous.

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  • Ebola quarantine ends for Thomas Eric Duncan’s fiancee, but not her heartache

    Jason Sickles, Yahoo at Yahoo News10 days ago

    DALLAS — A month ago today Louise Troh was picking up her long-lost love, Thomas Eric Duncan, at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport — after 16 years and an ocean’s distance between them.

    Tragically, their fairy-tale reunion ended within days and they were separated again — this time a mere 15 miles apart.

    Duncan died on Oct. 8 in isolation at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas from the highly contagious Ebola virus, which his family says he unknowingly brought with him from West Africa.

    Troh never got to say goodbye in person. She and members of her family were kept in quarantine for a 21-day incubation period out of fear that Duncan might have passed on the dreaded disease during their week together.

    On Monday, health officials gave Troh  the all-clear to resume her life.

    “Even though the quarantine is over, our time of mourning is not over,” Troh said in a statement provided by city officials. “My beloved fiance, Thomas Eric Duncan, who was also the father of my son, Karsiah Eric Duncan, did not survive with us. We continue to mourn his loss and grieve the circumstances that led to his death, just at the time we thought we were facing a happy future together.”

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  • Dallas hospital exec on Ebola crisis: 'We are deeply sorry'

    Jason Sickles, Yahoo at Yahoo News14 days ago

    DALLAS — A top official at the Texas hospital where Ebola patient Thomas Eric Duncan died and two nurses contracted the deadly virus is apologizing to Congress for his facility’s “mistakes” in handling the highly contagious disease.

    A transcript of testimony by Dr. Daniel Varga, chief clinical officer of the hospital’s parent chain Texas Health Resources, is expected to be presented at noon Thursday before the House Energy and Commerce Committee’s subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations.

    “Unfortunately, in our initial treatment of Mr. Duncan, despite our best intentions and a highly skilled medical team, we made mistakes,” Varga’s testimony reads. “We did not correctly diagnose his symptoms as those of Ebola. We are deeply sorry.”

    Because he cannot attend the hearing, Varga’s remarks were posted on a federal government website on Wednesday.

    Texas Health is a faith-based, nonprofit organization consisting of 25 acute-care and short-stay hospitals. Varga, who was paid $500,000 in 2012, according to the group’s tax returns, is responsible for patient safety among other things.

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