Posts by Jason Sickles, Yahoo
- Jason Sickles at Yahoo News3 hrs ago
DALLAS – A Texas man just back from West Africa has been confirmed as having the first case of Ebola to be diagnosed in the U.S.
Authorities with the Centers for Disease Control revealed the finding Tuesday, a day after the unidentified patient arrived at a Dallas hospital with suspicious symptoms.
Officials at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas put the man into “strict isolation” and sent a specimen to the CDC in Atlanta for testing.
The CDC said preliminary results show the man has the deadly disease which has been linked to more than 3,000 recent deaths in Africa. According to the World Health Organization, there have been more than 6,500 cases confirmed in Africa, with Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone among the hardest hit.
Dr. Christopher Perkins with the Dallas County health department told reporters that the Texas man didn’t start showing symptoms until he arrived home.
“We know at this time this person was not symptomatic during travel but became symptomatic once arriving here and being home for several days,” said Perkins, according the Dallas Morning News. “So that decreases the threat that might be to the general population.”
- Jason Sickles, Yahoo at Yahoo News5 days ago
The Ferguson police chief issued a surprise apology on Thursday to the family of unarmed shooting victim Michael Brown.
“I am truly sorry for the loss of your son,” Chief Thomas Jackson said. “No one who has not experienced the loss of a child can understand what you are feeling.”
It marks the first time Jackson has publicly addressed the Brown family directly.
The apology came in a 2 1/2-minute video recorded and released by a national public relations agency hired recently by the City of Ferguson.
Jackson, wearing a casual red polo shirt instead of his customary uniform, stood in front of three flags and read from a prepared statement.
“Overnight I went from being a small-town police chief to being a part of a conversation about racism, equality and the role of policing in that conversation,” Jackson said. “As chief of police and as a resident, I want to be part of that conversation. I also want to be part of the solution.”
The apology comes six weeks after Officer Darren Wilson shot Brown, 18, multiple times in broad daylight in the middle of a residential street.
- Jason Sickles, Yahoo at Yahoo News5 days ago
Police in Ferguson, Mo., have violated their own reporting standards since last month’s controversial fatal shooting of Michael Brown by Officer Darren Wilson.
Ferguson Police Department protocol requires that a use-of-force report be submitted after all such incidents — lethal, nonlethal and even when barehanded physical force is used.
A written directive signed by Chief Thomas Jackson in 2010 states “early and accurate reporting helps establish agency credibility.”
But there is no use-of-force report for the Aug. 9 shooting death of Brown, an unarmed 18-year-old who was shot multiple times in broad daylight in the middle of a residential street.
Yahoo News requested the report under Missouri’s public records laws. Ferguson City Clerk Megan Asikainen, who manages all municipal records, said multiple times that the document doesn’t exist.
The absence of the report also goes against the recommended standards of state and national police credentialing groups.
- Jason Sickles, Yahoo at Yahoo News11 days ago
The Central Intelligence Agency’s motto: “And you shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free.”
So what truths have we learned from the CIA's declassification of more than 200 articles this week from its in-house journal, Studies in Intelligence?
Well, on the lighter side:
- An employee boated to work in the 1970s and '80s as a member of the “CIA Canoe Pool.” From the author’s eight-page essay in the spring of 1984:
“There are other problems that a non-canoeist might not anticipate. Mud, for example. I have an agreement with my wife that my method of commuting will not add significantly to her laundry pile, and my muddy trousers often test the limits of that agreement.”
- The fall of 1982 brought forth the “Bestiary of Intelligence Writing,” described as “specimen samples of clichés and misused or overused word combinations that CIA editors have encountered frequently over the years.”
- Jason Sickles, Yahoo at Yahoo News11 days ago
The Florida man who police say gunned down his daughter and six grandchildren Thursday had been to prison for fatally shooting his young son during a hunting trip 13 years ago, according to court records.
Don Charles Spirit, 51, phoned the Gilchrist County Sheriff's Department around 4 p.m. Thursday and indicated that he might harm himself and others.
“When he called 911, he said enough to alarm us to get someone there, and we needed to get there in a hurry,” Sheriff Robert Schultz said.
But the father and grandfather shot himself as officers approached his home. Deputies then discovered the bodies of Spirit's daughter and her six children at the small, rural house near Bell, about 38 miles northwest of Gainesville in north central Florida.
Sheriff Schultz identified the victims as Sarah Lorraine Spirit, 28; Kaleb Kuhlmann, 11; Kylie Kuhlmann, 9; Johnathon Kuhlmann, 8; Destiny Stewart, 5; Brandon Stewart, 4; and Alanna Stewart, who was born in June.
“Them were nice little kids — they’d laugh and cut up going down the road going to school and coming back,” neighbor Betty Dyer told Yahoo News. “People’s minds are just sick, I guess.”
- Jason Sickles, Yahoo at Yahoo News19 days ago
An unresolved question in the controversial shooting death of Michael Brown is whether or not the unarmed teen may have charged at Ferguson officer Darren Wilson, giving the policeman reasonable fear to fire a barrage of fatal shots.
But new comments made by eyewitness to CNN, claim the 18-year-old only stumbled toward Wilson after being struck by gunshots fired while the officer was chasing him.
Brown “staggered dead after the second shot, 20-25 feet, to the ground,” the unidentified witness told CNN. “He was like a walking dead guy.”
The witness is one of two contractors who were working nearby on Aug. 9 when a confrontation between Brown, Wilson and Brown’s friend Dorian Johnson escalated into the fatal shooting.
According to multiple reports, both contractors were working outside when they said they heard a single gunshot, looked up from their work and witnessed the shooting. Neither worker, who asked not to be identified in the news stories, knew Brown nor lives in Ferguson. They have given statements to St. Louis investigators and the FBI.
- Jason Sickles, Yahoo at Yahoo News21 days ago
An undisclosed number of people who’ve been exposed to the Ebola virus — not just the four patients publicly identified with diagnosed cases — have been evacuated to the U.S. by an air ambulance company contracted by the State Department.
“We moved a lot of other people who had an exposure event,” said Dent Thompson, vice president of Phoenix Air Group. “Many times these people are just fine, they just had an exposure. But you have to treat it as though the disease is present.”
How many exposed patients have been flown from West Africa to the U.S.? Thompson said medical privacy laws and his company’s contract with the State Department prevent him from revealing the figure.
“I’m not avoiding it,” Thompson told Yahoo News. “I’m just not allowed to talk about it.”
- Jason Sickles, Yahoo at Yahoo News24 days ago
A suspected drug dealer alleges that the Ferguson, Mo., policeman who killed Michael Brown used excessive force against him last year in an arrest that earned him commendation from the police department, the man’s attorney told Yahoo News.
Officer Darren Wilson arrested Christopher Brooks on Feb. 28, 2013, after catching him and another man allegedly packaging marijuana to sell while sitting in a car in Brooks’ grandmother’s driveway.
Yahoo News obtained the full police report from Brooks’ lawyer, Nick Zotos, after the Ferguson department refused to release an un-redacted version.
According to the report, the men exited the car but Brooks wouldn’t give up his keys so the officer could search the locked PT Cruiser.
“Brooks slapped my hand away,” Wilson wrote. “Brooks was consistently yelling for his cousin, who was now on the front porch, to help him and asking him to ‘get me.’ ”
- Jason Sickles, Yahoo at Yahoo News27 days ago
The third American health worker infected with Ebola in Africa has been identified as Dr. Rick Sacra, a missionary group announced on Wednesday.
The diagnosis came just two days after Sacra wrote about the unprecedented Ebola epidemic on his personal blog.
His dispatch from West Africa last weekend started with a humble salutation: "Dear Praying Friends."
The 51-year-old Massachusetts resident told of arriving in Monrovia, Liberia, less than a month ago to work at a mission hospital. The Ebola outbreak has thrust the capital city’s health care system into chaos, and medical emergencies are mounting, Sacra wrote.
"Please continue to pray!" he requested. The Christian specifically asked for strength, safety, and protection for patients and medical staff.
Shortly after publishing the blog entry, Sacra began feeling Ebola symptoms and immediately quarantined himself, according to Bruce Johnson, president of SIM USA, a charity based in Charlotte, North Carolina, that sponsor’s the doctor’s work in Liberia.
- Jason Sickles, Yahoo at Yahoo News28 days ago
An American doctor working in West Africa has tested positive for the Ebola virus, a missionary group announced on Tuesday.
The unidentifed doctor is the third U.S. medical missionary to contract the deadly disease in the past six weeks.
SIM USA, an international Christian aid organization, said the doctor was treating obstetrics patients at the group’s hospital in Monrovia, Liberia, when he felt Ebola symptoms and immediately quarantined himself.
The group said the doctor has since been transferred to an Ebola isolation unit and is “doing well and is in good spirits.”
The group, based in Charlotte, North Carolina, didn’t reveal the doctor’s age or how long he had been working in West Africa. It said specifics on how the doctor contracted the virus haven’t been determined.
Two American medical missionaries contracted Ebola in Monrovia in late July and were eventually evacuated to an Atlanta hospital, marking the first time a patient with a known case has been treated in the United States.