Posts by Jeff Stacklin
- Jeff Stacklin, Yahoo! News at Yahoo News1 yr ago
After two years at Yale, Dan Friedman made the kind of decision that drives parents bonkers. He dropped out.
“I loved school; I had a great time,” he says. But the Silicon Valley tycoon Peter Thiel—the co-founder of PayPal and now a venture capitalist—chose Friedman for a two-year, $100,000 fellowship that requires young people to skip college and develop a tech business instead, under the guidance of Thiel’s team.
Two years later, Friedman’s business, Thinkful Inc., a New York City company that offers customizable technical training, has 10 full-time employees and has raised $1 million in venture capital, some from Thiel’s venture fund.
The fellowship is intended to encourage bright young people like Friedman to take a risk on their entrepreneurial ideas and avoid racking up student debt. Thiel, who nabbed two degrees from Stanford before forging his career in tech, has rankled some in the academic world for his high-profile skepticism of the worth of a college degree.
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CLEVELAND, Ohio—Police visited the home of Ariel Castro, the man who police say held three young women captive for the past decade, at least once while they were being held inside. But it wasn’t until Monday when one of the women, 27-year old Amanda Berry, managed to escape and phone 911 that officers came and got them to freedom.
With Ariel Castro, 52, and brothers Pedro, 54, and Onil Castro, 50, in custody and awaiting charges, authorities have come under scrutiny for how they missed clues that Berry and two other young women were being kept as prisoners in the rundown home in the city's west side neighborhood.
Berry, whom police called a hero for breaking out of the house Monday and summoning help, had disappeared in 2003 when she was 16. Michelle Knight went missing in 2002, when she was 20. Gina DeJesus, then 14, was reported missing in 2004.
Police, along with officials of the Children and Family Services department, visited the house in January 2004 to follow up on a report that Castro, then a bus driver for the Cleveland public schools, had left a child on a bus while he ate lunch.
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.
A gunman took at least two shots at a security officer outside the Watts Bar nuclear power plant in east Tennessee and then escaped in a boat, a spokesman for the Tennessee Valley Authority said.
The incident, which is being investigated by the FBI and local police authorities, occurred just before 2 a.m. Sunday. TVA spokesman Jim Hopson said the gunman has not been apprehended.
FBI officials did not immediately respond to a telephone message left Monday.
The power plant, which was not damaged during the shooting, was put on an "unusual event” status—the lowest caution level for a facility regulated by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Hopson said. The facility remained on that status through early Sunday afternoon, he said.
Security at the nuclear plant was not compromised during the incident, he said. The security officer also was not injured.
“But anytime you have shots taken at a security officer at a nuclear plant, that’s a big issue,” Hopson added.
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.
- 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
- 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.
- 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.