Monday, Apr. 30, 2007
When Bill Brickey Junior of Jonesboro was in the Marine Corps long ago, he failed to lock his truck on one occasion and a thief took his ceremonial sword from the vehicle.
Seventeen years later, Brickey has his sword back because of the determination of another former Marine and a Florida woman.
Brickey lost the sword to a thief when he made an overnight stop in Jacksonville, Florida, in 1990.
Later, Donna Lewis of Osage, Florida, found the sword in a ditch and realized its importance. But she had no luck finding Brickey, whose name was engraved on the weapon.
Not long ago, she mentioned the sword to Bill Hanson, a former Marine who lives in Jacksonville. Hanson began a search for the sword’s owner with the name and serial number on the sword, and that led him to Brickey.
Last week, Brickey received the sword in an express shipment. Brickey said he is so grateful and feels like a family heirloom has been returned.
Brickey served 20 years in the Marines, and his father and three of his brothers also were Marines.
It’s hard to predict how someone will react in an emergency situation.
John and Kelly Cooper of Rifle now know how their 14-year-old son, Jeremy, will act in the face of danger. Jeremy warned residents of the Winchester Garden Apartments on Railroad Avenue that the building was burning and to get out, according to John.
Jeremy assisted his aunt, Christina Cooper, from the third-floor window because flames had blocked the doorway of the apartment. According to John, his son told him that he went to find another way out with no success and by the time he reached the window from which his aunt had exited, the apartment was filled with smoke.
Jeremy then jumped from the same window and began notifying residents of the danger that lurked, John said.
“He’s a very modest kid,” John said of his son. “I’m very proud of what he did and how brave he was.”
On Wednesday evening, Jeremy was helping his aunt, John’s sister, move into a new apartment at the complex and had planned to go to bed, but instead stayed up late searching for a television cable, John said.
That’s when he noticed smoke and ash filtering in from under the front door of the apartment.
Christina, 40, sustained a broken back when she landed on the ground. She was later transported by Rifle Fire Protection District (RFPD) medics to Grand Valley Medical Center in Rifle, then by helicopter to St. Mary’s Hospital in Grand Junction where it was determined that she fractured the L-1 vertebrae of her spine.
“Doctors told me that it was like dropping a bowl,” John said. “She shattered the bone in her back but the fragments didn’t damage the nerve column.”
RFPD fire marshal Kevin Whelan stated in a press release that “It appears a cigarette was the probable ignition source and empty cardboard boxes contributed to the fire size and intensity.”
Four of the six apartments affected by the fire have been reoccupied and damage to the building was estimated at around $45,000.
Fire crews arrived on the scene to find Christina on the ground and another woman resident sitting in the window of another apartment. Fire crews rescued the lady by ladder and she was uninjured.
John, a retired police officer from Arkansas, said he was impressed by the collective efforts of all services involved.
“Having been in law enforcement for a long time, the response was just incredible from the different agencies and even the Red Cross.”
Nearly 30 years after her time as a student drew to a close, memories of Lynne Everhart’s time at Hedgesville High School came flooding back to her this week in a rush of purple and gold.
A series of coincidences and the honesty of an anonymous man brought the lost class ring of the 1979 graduate back to her hand this week.
“Of course, I cried,” said Everhart, still in a state of disbelief.
It was about 25 years ago that she lost the piece of jewelry, a gold ring adorned with the Hedgesville Eagle mascot and her birthstone — an amethyst — and her name engraved in script lettering inside the band.
Everhart believes it was about 1982 that the ring likely slipped off the pinky finger of her husband, who worked part-time at the former Texaco station in Marlowe.
Since it went missing, Everhart would joke that her husband had hawked her ring long ago any time the subject of the traditional piece of jewelry was broached.
Now employed as a secretary at her alma mater, Everhart left work early on Wednesday, leaving a substitute secretary in her place. Before the day was over, a gentleman stopped by the school with a class ring in a box — placed there for safe keeping when he found the ring more than 20 years ago.
Everhart said that it’s not uncommon for missing rings to be returned to the school, but those that come in are usually only two to three years old, at the most.
The returned ring was passed on to Hedgesville Principal Don Dellinger, who solicited the help of some keen-eyed students to read the inscription inside the band. Though the inscription included Everhart’s maiden name, Dellinger instantly knew it was hers, having grown up in the same area and around the same time as she had.
“It fell in the right person’s hands,” Everhart said.
Dellinger was excited to return the long-lost ring to its rightful owner, she said, and brought it out to her before 8 a.m. Thursday.
No one in the office knew the name of the man who returned it.
In 2006, Everhart purchased a class ring for one of her sons, a senior in high school. It, too, was lost, but is protected under a new replacement program offered by the jeweler.
“After finding this ring, I’m probably going to turn around and order my son’s,” she said. “You don’t think it means much to you, but it really does.”
Having graduated from Hedgesville and now working there each day, Everhart said her ring has even more sentimental value. “I still look down,” she said. “I can’t believe it.”
A two-year-old girl saved her mother after she collapsed by telling the emergency operator their name and address and tending to the woman as they waited for an ambulance.
The girl’s mother, Carla Imbrenea, managed to dial 999 before suffering severe chest pains and shortness of breath. As she drifted in and out of consciousness, she heard her daughter, Gabriella, calmly telling the operator her mother’s name and address.
Gabriella even followed the operator’s instructions and placed a wet flannel on her mother’s head and fetched her a drink.
When the ambulance arrived at the house in Bournemouth, Dorset, the girl carried her stool to the front door but could not reach the handle. She went back to her mother and helped to pull her up that she could let the paramedics in.
Lisa White, an ambulance technician for the South Western ambulance service, said: “Gabriella was fantastic. She was so calm and just said that mummy needed help as she was feeling poorly. Normally children get very upset when their parents are ill, but she coped very well. When we arrived, Gabriella was at the door with the phone in her hand and was saying, ‘I helped mummy’.”
Ms Imbrenea said she had managed to dial 999. “But I just couldn’t talk because I was hyperventilating.
“All I can remember next is hearing Gabriella tell the operator my name. She told them my address and kept telling them I was awake.
“It was so frightening as I was there on my own with her. I was terrified I was going to pass out cold and she was going to be left on her own.
“Gabriella told them I was hot, and then got a wet flannel to put on my head. Then she rummaged through a bag before coming back with an old bottle of juice.
“I could hear Gabriella telling the operator about her dolly, called Molly, and all about her friend from pre-school.
“I was so lucky to have her there as she completely took control even though she is so young. Afterwards she didn’t seem at all fazed about it. She is fantastic and I am so proud of her.”
Ms Imbrenea, who recovered after being treated for a severe panic attack, added: “I have never spoken to Gabriella about what to do in an emergency, but she was so calm. Perhaps she will grow up to be a nurse.”
Three Chicago police officers rescued a man who was trapped in his car this morning shortly after it collided with a sport-utility vehicle and caught fire on Chicago’s West Side.
“In about two seconds, he would have gone up (in flames) with us if we didn’t get him out,” said one of the rescuers, Harrison District Sgt. Michael Spagnola. “I have soot marks on my shirt so this one’s going in the garbage.”
Spagnola was on patrol shortly before 1 a.m. when he was flagged down by the driver of the SUV at Chicago and Homan Avenues. The sergeant said he then saw flames erupt from under the hood of the car, and rushed over to try and get the man, who was unconscious, out through the driver’s side door.
But Spagnola was unable to open it becuase “it was creased and smashed in.”
Shortly thereafter, Harrison District Officers John Dulcason and Oscar Serrano arrived to assist Spagnola, and the three broke through the window of the front passenger’s side door to unlock it. By then, “flames were shooting out from the engine compartment through the dashboard from underneath the windshield,” the sergeant said.
The officers got a hold of the man’s waist and arms, and managed to wriggle him free from under the steering column, where he was pinned. Spagnola said the man regained consciousness once he was out of the car.
“I think the cold from the pavement woke him up. (Before that) he was limp as could be,” Spagnola said.
The man was taken via ambulance to Mt. Sinai Hospital, where he was reported in critical condition this morning. He “was all banged up,” Spagnola said, adding the victim suffered cuts to his face and arms.
The three officers suffered minor cuts and smoke inhalation, and did not require hospitalization. The driver of the SUV was not hurt.
One or two citizens helped the officers break through glass. One of them even tried to douse the flames with a bucket of water, the sergeant said, but the flames proved too intense.
When asked if he feared for his life during the rescue effort, Spagnola said, “There’s always a little bit of fear, but you’re not thinking about it.”
This non-profit organization was created to help the family farmer temporarily sidelined by injury or other disaster by planting up to one thousand acres of crops free of charge.
It`s in its second year now but Farm Rescue experienced a first in Turtle Lake yesterday.
The volunteers helped a couple in which the wife is the one who is recovering.
Spend just a few minutes with Sharon Weible, and you`ll have no doubts that she`s got a big heart.
Even if it isn`t hers.
“Her heart was turning bad, there was nothing to do to fix it, says Wes Weible. “It was just going bad. Eventually she would have just passed away.”
That was one possible ending to the Weible`s story but Wes and Sharon like this one much better.
“I was excited, never scared,” says Sharon. “I just thought I got a second chance.”
Sharon was on a transplant list for nine months before she was flown to Rochester, Minnesota for surgery last November.
“You never knew when you`d get called. We had our suitcase packed, ready to go every night.”
The Weible`s made 13 trips to the hospital before the operation, and they`ve spent the majority of their time commuting between Turtle Lake and Rodchester since.
That means Wes concentrated more on being a support system and less on being a farmer.
The Weible`s received gifts like this prayer blanket from friends and family, but it was an organization of strangers who stepped in and gave the gift of livelihood.
“She has to go, you can`t not go,” says Wes. “You went through all that to get a heart, you can`t give up now.”
You can`t give up, so farm rescue stepped up, and volunteered to plant 600 acres of wheat for the Weible`s so Wes could focus on the more important things in life.
His heart was in the right place. And now so is Sharon`s.
Sharon`s recovery is going very well.
They`ve made the ten hour drive to Rochester seven out of the last eight weeks, but it looks like they`ll be making that trip less and less.
Farm Rescue is planting about six hundred acres of wheat for the Weibles.
Saturday, Apr. 28, 2007
A malnourished eagle that was spotted hopping around in a wooded area of Monroe County has been rescued, thanks to the efforts of 51-year-old atwin brothers who work for CN railroad.
About a week ago, Joe Barbara and his brother, Jon, learned from co-workers that the eagle was in the area. Joe Barbara, an engineer, and Jon Barbara, a conductor who lives in Toledo, Ohio, spotted the bird from their trains.
They reported the bird to authorities.
“We thought it was taken care of,” Joe Barbara, of Erie Township, told The Monroe Evening News for a Saturday story. “I figured it’s the national bird, they won’t horse around they’ll get someone out there.”
When the bird was spotted again last week, the brothers decided to help on their own.
“We couldn’t let it out there to die,” Joe Barbara said.
They set out Friday with Joe Barbara’s wife, Helenne, 46, and managed to find the eagle. It took about 15 minutes to capture.
“It spread its wings to make itself look twice as big and opened its beak. It was very intimidating,” Joe Barbara said. “It couldn’t fly, but it could run. … It wasn’t like it was standing still for us.”
After notifying police, the brothers called Dave Hogan, a raptor handler and rescuer from Monroe. The eagle didn’t appear to have any broken bones, but was abnormally small and found to be malnourished.
A veterinarian was to examine the bird and Hogan planned to seek permission to help the bird regain its health.
Friday, Apr. 27, 2007
The last time Valerie Koutsoulis cut her hair, she was 4.
“I found her in the bathroom with a set of scissors, hacking away,” said her mother, Katie Koutsoulis.
The next time Valerie, a third-grader at Kohl Open School, gets her hair cut will be at an April 21 fundraiser benefiting Locks of Love. Valerie said she hopes to donate her hair and raise money for the nonprofit organization that provides hairpieces to disadvantaged children experiencing medical hair loss.
“I’m a kid, and so it’s really easy for me to imagine someone in school walking around bald,” said Valerie, 8. “And they probably would get picked on by a lot of the kids. I thought, if they got wigs, then that would help them get their self-esteem back.”
The Spa at Southern Exposure, 2323 Pacific Ave., is donating haircuts to Valerie and as many as 24 other people who want to donate their long hair April 21.
Donated hair should be at least 10 inches long.
Valerie also is seeking checks to send to the nonprofit. They should be made out to Locks of Love.
In a single day they could play the role of weatherperson, parent, counselor, doctor, pastor, reporter and more. They work behind the scene – away from the flashing lights, sirens, cameras and caution tape.
One of the few and biggest rewards they receive is the satisfaction they feel at the end of their shift. They might have contributed to saving a life or a house, finding a child or a criminal, or provide comfort as the last voice someone hears before they die.
They are dispatchers and this is their week.
Every year, the second full week of April is proclaimed as National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week in honor of the men and women who serve as public safety telecommunicators, or more commonly known as dispatchers.
The titles of telecommunicator or communications officer are being increasingly used because these officers do more than dispatch the right people to the right place. They are required to serve the public wearing many hats.
At the Van Wert City Police Department (VWCPD) and the Van Wert County Sheriff’s Office (VWCSO), dispatchers have to monitor several radio bands, from the one their own law enforcement officers use to other department radios, answer 9-1-1 calls, answer business calls, dispatch ambulances, officers, firefighters, and talk to people walking in the door.
“We are the first contact when someone is upset or has a problem,” said Cheryl Bowen, 11 year dispatcher at the VWCPD. “We are the first contact and we have the potential for being the last voice a person hears. They may go unconscious and not come back.”
In a week, and sometimes a single day, dispatchers can take complaints of barking dogs, reports of missing children, power and cable outages, and automobile crashes, and a call from someone with a gun saying they want to kill themselves.
“One night I had three people that died on me,” said nearly two decade VWCPD dispatcher Rick Spoor. “But you go on to the next call.”
Bowen added that keeping humor in the better parts of their days and going and having a “good cry” if you lose someone are important coping mechanisms.
“Our job can also be fun though, it’s not boring. Everyday is different,” said six year VWCPD dispatcher Shelly Smith.
A dispatcher must be at the phones and radios 24 hours a day, seven days a week and 365 days a year. There are no holidays off, no leaving the office early on Fridays and no long lunches. There is always someone in the communication room at each location.
Simple daily tasks other people take for granted, like going to the bathroom or taking a few moments for a mental break, can be hard to come by when the radio and phones require constant monitoring.
“On a hectic day, you can’t get out of this room,” said Bowen.
There have been many changes that aid dispatchers in their job and allow the public to receive help faster, but some have also raised new problems and concerns. Many more people have cell phones and are using them to not only call from the road, but from home also.
All cell phone calls to 9-1-1 in the area are patched through to the sheriff’s office, regardless of the location of the caller. There is a GPS tracking system in place, but it’s intermittent. The technology is constantly being refined, but it’s far from those that are shown in popular TV shows.
“You never know when you answer the phone what’s going to be on the other end or if it’s going to be our county,” said Vicky Huebner, dispatcher at the VWCSO.
Huebner said because the cell phone calls can come from various towers from a single location, someone in Allen County might get routed to Van Wert. No matter where the person is calling from, it can still be hard to pinpoint their location. Sometimes, the GPS system might show them in a field when they are in a house or on a road.
Spoor said before, all they did was receive a call and had no idea where the caller was. Now, a landline call can be pinpointed and there is a chance to know where a cell phone caller is located.
“Cell phone callers many times don’t know where they are at, they don’t realize a lot of times that you have to be able to give that information out,” said Huebner. “We’ve went out looking for accidents, sometimes you just can’t find it.”
In such cases, dispatchers have to put on the hat of interviewer and ask as many questions so they can to try and figure out where the caller is. Asking for road signs and landmarks are common questions.
The Van Wert County Ohio State Highway Patrol Post doesn’t receive 9-1-1 calls but that doesn’t mean days are any slower. Troopers out on the road frequently come across emergencies and radio in to dispatch to request medical assistance or backup. OSHP dispatchers also have business lines and additionally, a non-emergency number (877-7-PATROL) for motorists in Ohio they monitor.
“Dispatchers have to be able to think on their feet and handle situations in a calm manner,” said Van Wert Post Commander Gene Smith. “You never know what’s on the other end of the phone.”
The top situations dispatchers said they will never forget were the tornado in 2002, talking a man that was threatening to kill himself with a gun into letting his grandchildren out of the house and putting the gun down, delivering a baby over the phone and getting medical assistance to a kid who had nearly cut his finger off with a metal Slinky.
And favorite parts of the job?
“Catching the bad guys,” said Bowen. “And making sure people are safe.”
Huebner added that one of a dispatcher’s main goals is “to make sure everyone goes home to their families at night.”
LOCAL DISPATCHERS HONORED
Several local dispatchers have been honored this year for their service. Three were nominated for awards at the Eighth Annual Gold Star Awards Luncheon for their part in two different calls.
The luncheon is a joint effort of the Ohio Chapters of the National Emergency Number Association (NENA) and the Association of Public-Safety Communications Officials International (APCO) to “publicly honor the outstanding individual achievements and contributions of the men and women who are the backbone of Ohio’s 9-1-1 system.”
A fourth earned the title of Dispatcher of the Year from the Ohio State Highway Patrol (OSHP). Jean Myers, who has over 30 years of service with the Van Wert post, was honored in February of this year at the Patrol’s Annual Awards Luncheon for her 2006 title.
“She’s also retiring at the end of this month,” said Van Wert Post Commander Gene Smith. “It’s going to be tough to replace her.”
Cathy Evans of the Wert County Sheriff’s Office (VWCSO) and Rachel Sullivan of the Van Wert City Police Department (VWCPD) were nominated in the Double Gold category for their part in a call reporting a 10-foot python was wrapped around the waist and attached to the hand of its owner, who was beginning to panic. Evans had the role of keeping the caller calm, getting important information and dispatching emergency medical personnel.
Sullivan, who is studying to become a veterinarian, had been listening to the radio traffic on the VWCSO’s band and called Evans to lend a hand educated in dealing with animals. Evans relayed the information to the deputy at the scene, Colleen Wiley, who was able to get the python off of the person and into its cage, all without harming the animal.
Nominated in the Gold Star category was Rod Smith of the VWSO. Smith was recognized for his part in a call reporting a Thomas Edison school bus rollover. A 9-1-1 caller reported that the bus had rolled over and contained around 20 passengers who were possibly handicapped. Smith had to quickly dispatch several different emergency responders to the scene.
Even though they didn’t receive awards in the categories they were nominated for, 9-1-1 coordinator Kim Brandt said they and all dispatchers should be honored for the excellent work they do.
Wendy Gallegos stands before her class and writes “concer” on the board.
One of her students raises her hand.
“Ms. Gallegos, you should have written ‘concocer’ instead,” she said, referring to the Spanish verb for “to know.”
Gallegos looks at the board, smiles and quickly erases her mistake.
“You see, I have taught you so well, you pick up on my mistakes,” she said with a laugh.
To Gallegos, the scene in her classroom is typical of the children she teaches. They are the bright students of Immokalee Middle School.
To her students, Gallegos is the teacher who they think is most deserving of one of Collier County’s Golden Apple Awards.
Gallegos teaches high school Spanish 1 and 2 to Immokalee Middle School students. But she is quick to dismiss any assumptions one might make about her students.
“The assumption, because the majority of my students are Hispanic, is that they speak Spanish. I have a lot of second-, third- and fourth-generation students who don’t know any Spanish at all,” she said. “And for those who do, sometimes it is harder to unteach any bad language habits.”
It is not easy to be in Gallegos’ class. Students must be in the top of their class and have to pass the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT). They must sign a contract, saying they will be committed to the program for three years, taking Spanish 1 over their sixth- and seventh-grade years, and Spanish 2 in eighth grade. They also must earn a B or higher in the class.
“I become part of their lives for three years. I become part of their families. If they forget their homework, by the end of that period, that child will call home,” she said.
Gallegos said she is willing to go out of her comfort zone to help her children succeed.
“I pay my mortgage in Naples, I sleep in Naples, but this is my home,” she said. “Why shouldn’t I do that?”
Maria Plata, 14, said after a couple of years, Gallegos’ class becomes like home.
“You learn a lot, but there is also some pressure to do well,” she said.
Gallegos’ Spanish class is taught mostly in English in sixth grade. By the time the students are eighth-graders, they are speaking fewer words of English and more of Spanish during the 50-minute classes.
“My goal is to get my kids to say something in Spanish every day,” she said. “I want them to be able to talk to me. That’s why I help them, I praise them, I recognize them when they do good work. And we have fun. The day I stop having fun is the day I am going to consider a different job.”
If a student needs help, Gallegos offers the student a “lifesaver,” which is help from a classmate. The lifesaver gets a piece of candy as a reward.
She also offers a 50-cent question of the day for a student in her class. One of her students asks if the question could be the $1 of the day.
“No, it can’t be a dollar,” she said with a laugh. “Gas prices are up!”
Sixth-grader Cheyenne Green, 12, said Gallegos’ class is anything but boring.
“She’s not like regular teachers,” she said. “She elaborates a lot. She makes sure we learn something. My sister had her, so I was really excited for her to be my teacher, too.”
Gallegos also doesn’t let her students get away with much. She reminds them that, no matter what their circumstances are, there is someone out there who has it worse. Her eighth-grade class sponsors a Colombian girl through the World Vision Program, which is a humanitarian organization dedicated to working with children, families and communities to tackle issues of poverty and injustice.
The students do not get extra credit for their participation in World Vision, nor do they have to participate. Gallegos has the students take home permission slips explaining the financial commitment — $2.50 a month for students — and the parents agree.
“I want to impact my kids in a positive way,” Gallegos said. “I don’t teach a subject. I teach kids. This is what I was born to do.”
Gallegos also knows where the kids are coming from. She grew up in the projects in the Bronx, N.Y. She is the first person in her family to graduate from college, to own her own home, to get her master’s degree. Her husband, Israel, grew up in Immokalee and she has heard about his experiences, leaving school early to go to the fields and pick.
“There was one way out and that was through education. I tell them that no one can take their education away from them. It’s how you break the cycle of poverty,” she said. “I have the authority to tell them that because I have been there.”
Gallegos, 35, met Israel, a physical education teacher at Immokalee High School, while working for the district. The couple have four children: Juan, Lissette, Tony and Ariana. Gallegos proudly says that her children attend Immokalee schools by choice.
“It is in the best interest of my family,” she said.
Gallegos said she is glad that her Golden Apple Award, which is the first for Immokalee Middle School, is bringing attention to Immokalee.
“People need to know good things happen in Immokalee and that good things happen at Immokalee Middle School,” she said. “They need to see we have awesome kids.”
The course of true love never did run smooth – and that’s certainly true of one couple who have just celebrated their first wedding anniversary, 36 years after they split up.
Nigel Postle and Diana Gascoigne fell in love in 1969 when they worked at May & Baker in Norwich.
The relationship did not work out and they married other people -but three decades after they split, they made contact through popular website Friends Reunited and fell in love all over again.
Now they have just celebrated their first wedding anniversary and looking forward to returning to their home city to build a new life.
Nigel said: “I am so looking forward to coming home. Over the 34 years we were apart, there was hardly a time when I didn’t think of her, wonder where she was or what she was doing.”
When the pair met, former Thorpe Grammar School pupil Nigel was 19, and Diana, who grew up in Heacham, was 17.
The couple lived happily together for two years in Cyprus Street, until a row shortly after Nigel’s 21st birthday saw them split up. Nigel went to London to study law while Diana trained as a PE teacher in Leicester. Both married and had children – but neither was happy. Diana and her husband split up and she brought up her daughters as a single parent, while father-of-two Nigel had two unsuccessful marriages.
Nigel, 55, said: “Breaking up with Diana was the most painful experience I have ever endured and I never really got over her. The pain subsided but the memory and love for her carried on.”
The feeling was mutual and in 2002, Diana, who had moved to Yorkshire, put her details on Friends Reunited in the hope Nigel might get in touch.
Diana, 54, said: “I was on there for a year and I hadn’t heard anything from him so I stopped looking. In 2004, my mother died and I went on there again because I needed to get in touch with some cousins.
“Nigel’s email was sat there and had been for 18 months. We talked and arranged to meet each other in Norwich in 2005.
“I realised that the man I had loved was still there and he said I was the same girl he had known back then. We got engaged in September 2005 and were married in March the following year. I really have found the perfect husband.”
The couple, who live in Leeds, have now found a home in Knowsley Road, Norwich, and will move in next month.
A date in 1969
· Dance to Sugar Sugar by The Archies, Get Back by The Beatles or Je T’aime … Moi Mon Plus by Jane Birkin and Serge Gainsbourg at the Samson and Hercules
· Enjoy a beer and a Babycham at The Talk.
· Visit the London Steakhouse in Tombland for prawn cocktail, steak and black forest gateaux.
· See Paul Newman and Robert Redford in Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid at the Gaumont cinema, now Mecca bingo opposite John Lewis.
A date in 2007
· Catch a hot new band such as The Sunshine Underground or the Maccabees at The Waterfront.
· Go to Mercy or Lava/Ignite for the latest club hits.
· Relax with a Budweiser or vodka and Red Bull.
· Eat at Pizza Express in The Forum.
· Head for the cinema to watch Hot Fuzz or Ghost Rider.
Being injected with pig cells is not everyone’s idea of a health kick, but a Kiwi has stunned researchers seeking a cure for diabetes.
Ten years ago, Michael Helyer, of Auckland, was implanted with pancreatic cells from pigs in a hope that they would help balance his blood glucose levels.Today, not only are the pig cells still alive, they seem to be producing steady levels of insulin.
The findings, reported in New Scientist, have given researchers hope that xenotransplantation, or the use of animal cells in humans, could spell an end to some diseases.
Mr Helyer, now 51, was found to have type 1 diabetes when he was 22, but in 1996 was injected with microscopic capsules containing about 500 million insulin-producing cells derived from the pancreas of newly born pigs.
A recent sample of the capsules showed that many were still alive and some produced insulin. Mr Helyer has had to continue injecting insulin throughout the trial, but at much lower levels than before the transplant.
Because there was a slight chance of infection from the cells, the pigs used were taken from a population on the Auckland Islands, which had remained in isolation for about 200 years.The Auckland-based company that pioneered the treatment is hoping to follow up the success with further trials in coming months.
Because xenotransplantation is banned in New Zealand, the pig cells for future transplants will likely be injected in the United States.
It was not clear where Mr Helyer had his procedure, though New Scientist referred to labs in the US and Melbourne.
Moved into action by the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, George Nummer signed up for his first breast cancer walk at age 70.
Now 75, the ambitious Clawson resident plans to take part in all 12 Breast Cancer 3-Day walks this year, criss-crossing the nation and hoofing it across 720 miles.
“My life has so very much more meaning now than it did before I started doing the walks. The main reason I’m doing all 12, 60-mile walks this year is because I want to get the attention of not only women, but also of men,” Nummer said. “If I can raise awareness enough to save just one life, then it is worth the little pain I suffer doing the walks, which is nothing compared to the suffering a breast cancer survivor goes through.”
The first breast cancer walk Nummer joined was sponsored by Avon in 2002. There wasn’t another breast cancer support walk in Detroit until 2004, when the Susan G. Komen Foundation held a 3-Day here. Since then, he’s been in five other walks and trains new walkers.
“The people you walk with, you experience their stories,” he said. “The time really goes fast when you’re walking. It’s a great support group.”
Nummer retired in 2001 after working as an electrician for 30 years. He said a speech by President George W. Bush after 9/11 inspired him to help others throughout the country, which he decided to do by raising money to fight breast cancer.
After joining the walks, he started taking on electrician jobs to raise money for the walks. Everything he makes, he said, he puts toward the $2,200 he has to raise for each walk.
This year, he’ll need $26,400 (he has $5,000 so far) for the 12 walks, which take place from August to November in Boston, Chicago, Cleveland, Minneapolis/St. Paul, Seattle, Michigan, Philadelphia, Atlanta, Tampa Bay, Dallas, Arizona and San Diego. The Breast Cancer 3-Day walks benefit Susan G. Komen for the Cure, which funds research and community outreach programs, and the National Philanthropic Trust Breast Cancer Fund.
Susan G. Komen for the Cure has invested almost $1 billion to fight breast cancer worldwide. More than 200,000 women and men are expected to be diagnosed with breast cancer this year and more than 40,000 will die as a result of breast cancer, according to Susan G. Komen for the Cure.
A little boy gave a homeless man everything he’s got, in gratitude for saving his father’s life in Delray Beach.
Milton Pendleton has been praised in the news for saving two men who were injured in a small plane crash in Delray Beach last week, and even though he’s seen better times, his heart was filled with emotion when a10-year-old boy gave him his life savings of $100 cash.
Joshua Swerdlow says it took him eight months to save up the cash, but he was inspired after seeing the story on TV.
“He’s homeless and he helped those two pilots, and he shouldn’t be living in there,” said 10-year-old Joshua. “It’s just amazing that he’s living like that.”
His parents accompanied him in the trip they made from Miami to thank Pendleton.
“You don’t want me to cry,” said Pendleton. “You know the kid has got a heart. That’s very sweet.”
Pendleton says he wasn’t always homeless, and had a roofing job, but eventually fell on hard times when he could no longer pay for a roof over his head. He still works washing cars everyday, but it’s not enough to pay for a place to live, so he must continue ‘camping out’ as he calls it.
After CBS4 News cameras captured the moment, Pendleton had to be on his way to work, washing more cars.
Thursday, Apr. 26, 2007
A YOUNG dad was hailed a hero after fighting back flames and smoke to rescue a two-year-old boy.
Darren Miller, aged 18, leapt into action when he discovered a neighbour’s house in Fortune Street, Great Lever, was on fire.
Mr Miller found toddler Keanu Joyce semi-conscious on the first floor hallway of the house after running to his aid.
The boy’s distraught mum, Terri, aged 23, had already rescued her other son, three-month-old, Brandon, from the blaze, but burned her arm and face in the process.
Firefighters believe the blaze was sparked by the toddler playing with a lighter in his bedroom.
Bolton Central watch manager Kevin O’Connor said: “This was a very close call and I think it’s a miracle no one died.
“Darren saved the child’s life and for someone so young and inexperienced his actions were truly exceptional.
“From what we understand, Keanu managed to get his hands on a cigarette lighter and set fire to his play pen.
“I only hope this incident will drive home the necessity of having a working smoke alarm, which we will provide and install free of charge.”
Keanu’s mother and grandmother Wendy Bogart, aged 42, were sleeping when the fire broke out at 8am yesterday in a back bedroom shared by Keanu and Brandon.
The young mum managed to rescue her baby son, who was sleeping in a Moses basket by the bedroom door but was unable to find Keanu.
Beaten back by the flames and suffering from burns to her face and arms, she fled the house.
She alerted neighbour Mr Miller to the blaze and he raced across the road to carry out the dramatic rescue.
Mr Miller, who hopes to become a firefighter, said: “Terri was hysterical. It all happened very quickly.
“There was thick black smoke and I could just about see Keanu at the top of the stairs. I covered my face with a cloth, ran in, grabbed him and brought him outside.”
The brave teenager then went back into the house, closed the bedroom door and put towels down to contain the fire.
All four family members were taken by ambulance to The Royal Bolton Hospital suffering from the effects of smoke inhalation.
Brandon was admitted to hospital and was last night said to be in a stable condition. The other family members were released.
Mr Miller, who is currently working as a painter and decorator, and has a five-month-old daughter, Nicha, said: “It was instinctive to go in, it just had to be done. They are like family to me.”