Posts by Jeff Stacklin

  • Three women, missing for a decade, found alive

    Jeff Stacklin at The Lookout11 mths ago

    Three women who went missing separately about a decade ago, when they were in their teens or early 20s, had been tied up but were found alive Monday in a residential area just south of downtown, and three brothers were arrested, police said.

    One of those arrested is a 52-year-old man, police say. The women were being treated at the hospital. A 6-year-old also was found in the home.

    One of the women, Amanda Berry, was last heard from in 2003, when she called her sister to say she was getting a ride home from the Burger King restaurant where she worked, reported the Cleveland TV station WEWS. She was to turn 17 the day after she disappeared.

    Another of the women, Gina DeJesus, was 14 when she went missing on April 2, 2004. She was walking home from school.

    The third woman, Michelle Knight, 32, had been missing since 2002.

    Ariel Castro, the owner of the home where the women were found, has been arrested, a. Live TV reports showed hundreds of people and media gathered outside the Cleveland home, where the women were found. 

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  • A year after high school mass shooting, Ohio town still grieves

    Jeff Stacklin at The Lookout1 yr ago

    Chardon, Ohio — A few red ribbons, tattered by the elements, still hang on trees along the streets of Chardon, Ohio. To some people in town, the ribbons are a necessary reminder of a shooting spree at Chardon High School a year ago that left three students dead and three others injured.

    On Tuesday, just a day shy of the one-year mark of the tragedy, T.J. Lane pleaded guilty to three counts of aggravated murder and other charges in the Chardon shooting. Prosecutors say Lane fired 10 shots from a .22-caliber pistol at students milling in the school cafeteria the morning of Feb. 27, 2012.

    After a year in which even deadlier mass shootings like those in Aurora, Colo., and Newtown, Conn., grabbed headlines, it could be easy to overlook the tragedy that shook Chardon, a middle-class community of 5,000 residents about 30 miles east of Cleveland.

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  • A remote-controlled device to stop severe headache pain

    Jeff Stacklin at Yahoo! News1 yr ago

    Most sufferers of brutal migraine and cluster headaches are all too familiar with the warning signs of an approaching attack, but a California biotech company says it has created a device that can potentially stop the crippling pain as easily as flicking a switch. Developed by Autonomic Technologies Inc., the therapy has successfully completed a trial of its technology on European patients with cluster headaches, also known as “suicide” headaches, the Redwood City, Calif., company said Tuesday. The same device is being trialed for use on migraine headache patients in Europe, and the company plans to offer it for patients suffering from cluster and migraine headaches in the United States, too. During trials of the device in Europe, 67 percent of cluster headache patients were relieved of pain within 15 minutes – a far cry from hours or days some people suffer from cluster headaches, which are more severe than migraine headaches. “It’s amazing,” said Dr. Frank Papay, a facial doctor at the Cleveland Clinic who developed the surgical technique to implant the device. Changes in most patients were remarkable, he said. “We could see almost immediately visual changes in the patients,” Papay said. “We could just see them relax.” The device’s electrical stimulation technology evolved out of the Cleveland Clinic’s research in deep-brain stimulation to treat Parkinson’s disease. It’s part of the wave of new therapies using electric impulses to treat certain conditions. The Cleveland Clinic has recognized technology as one of the top innovations for 2013. How it works For patients, the implant procedure to get the almond-size device implanted is almost as easy as a wisdom tooth extraction, Papay said. The device is inserted into a group of nerves, called the sphenopalatine ganglion, situated behind the nasal passages and eye sockets, Papay said. That group of nerves, he said, is actually outside the brain. “There are a lot of theories why we get headaches, but no one knows exactly why,” Papay said. “The brain itself only perceives pain. It does not have pain receptors inside it. When you have a headache, you don’t have a brain-ache. You probably have pain from the covering of the brain or these nerves that surround the covering of the brain.” The implanted device has a tiny tail that sits against the nerves. When patients feel headaches coming on, they simply hold a smartphone-sized remote control to their cheek that sends a radio signal to the implanted device. That triggers a slight electrical charge to stimulate nerve cells. “It’s an impulse that’s so minor that the patient may feel it a little tiny bit, but it’s not to the point where they feel any pain or distress,” Dr. Papay said. “It’s almost unperceivable.” Trial data also shows that many patients also experienced a decline in headache frequency. A skeptic speaks up At least one headache specialist doesn’t see relief in store for users of the device just yet. Dr. Seymour Diamond, executive chairman of the National Headache Foundation and founder of the Diamond

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  • Philippines shootings illustrate worldwide gun violence problem

    Jeff Stacklin at Yahoo! News1 yr ago

    A shooting rampage that left a pregnant woman, her 3-year-old daughter, and seven others dead on Friday near the capital of the Philippines illustrates that the United States isn’t the only nation facing problems with gun violence.

    The killings happened just three weeks after the Sandy Hook Elementary shooting in Newtown, Conn., when a 20-year-old gunman armed with an assault weapon murdered 26 people, including 20 children. As in the U.S., people in the Philippines already were wrestling with the problem of gun violence in their country following the death of a 7-year-old girl, who was hit by a bullet of unknown origin during traditionally noisy celebrations on New Year's Eve.

    There are similarities and differences between both countries’ attitudes and cultural responses to gun violence.

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  • Could the Assad regime be crumbling in Syria?

    Jeff Stacklin at The Envoy1 yr ago

    Syria's regime is showing signs that it is weakening, according to reports from newspapers in the United Kingdom and Israel.

    Syrian President Bashar Assad has sought asylum for himself, his family, and associates in Latin America if his regime falls and he is forced to flee Damascus, reported Haaretz, an Israeli daily paper.

    The report indicates that nation's deputy foreign minister met with leaders in Cuba, Ecuador, and Venezuela, and brought personal letters from Assad to local leaders.

    Meanwhile, The Guardian reported Tuesday that former Syrian foreign ministry spokesman, Jihad Makdissi, is traveling to the United States after apparently defecting. Makdissi, the newspaper notes, is the most senior Christian official who hasn't abandoned Assad's regime. He arrived Monday in London, where he previously served in the Syrian embassy.

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