A Device to Detect ‘Aggression’ in Schools Often Misfires

This story was co-published with ProPublica. Ariella Russcol specializes in drama at the Frank Sinatra School of the Arts in Queens, New York, and the senior’s performance on this April afternoon didn’t disappoint. While the library is normally the quietest room in the school, her ear-piercing screams sounded more like a horror movie than study hall. But they weren’t enough to set off a small microphone in the ceiling that was supposed to detect aggression. A few days later, at the Staples Pathways Academy in Westport, Connecticut, junior Sami D’Anna inadvertently triggered the same device with a less spooky sound—a coughing fit from a lingering chest cold. As she hacked and rasped, a message popped up on its web interface: …

Ex-Kindergarten Teacher Lists 5 Reasons Why She Quit Her Job, Gets 263K Likes

Jessica Gentry, a former kindergarten teacher, said she loves children, but that wasn’t enough for her to stay in the job she’s had for the last 12 years “There were a few major events that spurred my departure. I hold teaching in such high regard that watching my most recent administration laugh about students with disabilities, state that we ‘shouldn’t lose sleep over’ struggling students, say that she [a school administrator] ‘washed her hands of this year’ in April was disheartening to say the least,” Gentry told WHSV, Michael Richards, the Superintendent of Harrisonburg City Public Schools, made the following statement: “There is an enormous amount of educators who feel that exact way but have felt alone and guilty for …

According To Bill Gates, This Was His Biggest Ever Mistake In Business

Bill Gates is one of, if not, the biggest names in computer science, a dedicated philanthropist responsible for saving millions of lives, and the second richest man in the world – just behind Jeff Bezos. So, what could he possibly regret? Apparently, letting Google launch Android. The ex-CEO of Microsoft spilled the beans on this particular qualm at a “Lessons from Luminaries” event held by Village Global, a venture capitalist organization, in San Francisco. “In the software world, particularly for platforms, these are winner-take-all markets,” Gates said, adding, “So the greatest mistake ever is whatever mismanagement I engaged in that caused Microsoft not to be what Android is.” He went on to say Android is the standard non-Apple phone platform, …

Here’s Why Impeachment Polling Is All Over The Place

Democratic support for impeachment is continuing to grow both on the campaign trail and in Congress. At least and have publicly supported the idea, which still faces continued reluctance from senior Democratic leaders including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. What the rest of America thinks about impeachment remains a more complicated question. A wave of new surveys tell often contradictory stories about the popularity of impeachment. But a few clear findings do emerge: First, public opposition to impeachment generally outweighs support, to at least a modest degree. Second, support for impeachment shows no signs of ebbing. And third, it has the backing of most Democrats ― although many would still rather that presidential hopefuls spend their time talking about issues like …

US supreme court declines to block partisan gerrymandering

Justices say redistricting a political question beyond courts reach as critics warn supreme courts demurral could give green light for abuse The supreme court has declined to rule in a pair of partisan gerrymandering cases, in a demurral that advocacy groups warned could amount to a green light for abuse by political insiders in charge of redrawing state legislative maps. Pro-democracy groups had hoped the court would declare partisan gerrymandering unconstitutional and throw out maps in Maryland, where Democratic mapmakers were accused of shrinking Republican influence by distorting district lines; and in North Carolina, where Republican operatives were accused of doing the same to Democrats. But the court has deferred in both cases concluding that authority over district maps rests …

Commonly prescribed drugs are tied to nearly 50% higher dementia risk in older adults, study says

(CNN)Scientists have long found a possible link between anticholinergic drugs and an increased risk of dementia. “It also highlights which types of anticholinergic drugs have the strongest associations. This is important information for physicians to know when considering whether to prescribe these drugs,” she said, adding “this is an observational study so no firm conclusions can be drawn about whether these anticholinergic drugs cause dementia.” She said that people taking these medications are advised not to stop them without consulting with their doctor first, as that could be harmful. The study involved analyzing data on 284,343 adults in the United Kingdom, aged 55 and older, between 2004 and 2016. The data came from QResearch, a large database of anonymized health …

Hundreds more cases in baby deaths review

The independent review, being led by midwife Donna Ockenden, was already investigating 250 cases. Latest news from the West Midlands It initially focused on 23 cases in which maternity failings were alleged. But by March, 250 families had come forward, although it is understood not all the cases related to death or serious harm. What do we know about the review? Baby death investigation ‘not watered down’ Temporary new boss for under-fire trust The trust, which was put into special measures in November, was also made subject to “further urgent action” in May amid safety concerns over emergency and maternity services, following an inspection by the Care Quality Commission (CQC). Analysis By BBC Social Affairs Correspondent Michael Buchanan NHS regulators …

The care home that built a replica High Street

Image caption The care home is also home to animals, including some hungry goats “It just got bigger and bigger and it was like, ‘Let’s do this, let’s not just have shop fronts but spaces people could actually use, that families could use,’” says Anthea Reid, the care home’s manager. Next to the cages housing the parrots there are guinea pigs, ducks and those hungry goats – all aimed at stimulating residents’ senses. Image caption Audrey, next to her daughter Viv, has lived at the home for two years “I think it’s excellent, it gives them a talking point,” says Viv Semmens, whose 90-year-old mum Audrey has lived there for two years. Audrey is living with dementia, like more than …

Dominican health minister says drugs, alcohol, medical problems may have killed US couple; lawyer calls it ‘ludicrous’

Edward Holmes and Cynthia Day died last month in the Dominican Republic. (Facebook) Several medications were found in the room, including an anti-inflammatory drug, an opioid and blood-pressure medicine, Dominican officials said at a news conference last Friday. Autopsies for many of the tourists showed pulmonary edema, an accumulation of fluid in the lungs frequently triggered by heart disease. Among nearly a dozen U.S. tourists who have died in the country in the last 18 months, Dominican investigators said most died of a heart attack. Autopsies for Day and Holmes showed they had enlarged hearts, internal bleeding and pulmonary edema. Day was said to have fluid in the brain. On the radio show, the health minister said that Holmes was “morbidly obese.” DOMINICAN …

South Bend bar shooting kills 1 person and wounds 8 others the same day as Pete Buttigieg’s town hall

(CNN)A melee at a South Bend bar left one person dead and eight victims injured just as mayor and presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg gets ready to address issues in his Indiana city. The shooting happened the same day that Buttigieg is scheduled to speak at a town hall with South Bend’s police chief. The event, moderated by NAACP South Bend Chapter President Michael Patton, will outline the process for officer-involved shooting investigations. Buttigieg has touted his leadership of South Bend on the presidential campaign trail. But he’s come under criticism in recent weeks after an officer shot and killed a man who was allegedly breaking into cars with a knife in hand. In response, Buttigieg canceled an appearance at a …

Specially trained dogs try to save threatened turtle species

John Rucker of Montana with his dogs at Nachusa Grasslands in Franklin Grove, Illinois looking for ornate box turtles. (FOX NEWS/ MITTI HICKS) The turtles have become endangered because farms have been encroaching on their property. They need tall grass to live and little of it is left. “The ornate box turtles are a really important part of the prairie ecosystem, which once covered the majority of states like Illinois, Iowa, Missouri, Nebraska, and Kansas,” said Elizabeth Bach, ecosystem restoration scientist for Nachusa Grasslands. “With settlement from European settlers, most of that land was converted to agriculture practices. The result is we’ve lost over 99 percent of the historic range of that tall grass prairie here in Illinois. Species like the ornate box …

Teens brain tumors allegedly misdiagnosed as anorexia

Asbury, left before being diagnosed, and right during treatment, said her doctors were quick to relate her symptoms to her sister’s mental health issues. (SWNS) She said her sister had struggled with mental health, and her doctors were quick to relate Asbury’s symptoms to her sibling’s. But before she started driving, she said she had trouble seeing road signs, which landed her an appointment with the eye doctor, according to SWNS. COLORADO GIRL, 7, DIAGNOSED WITH RARE TICK PARALYSIS AFTER CAMP OVERNIGHT “We went to the optician and had an eye test but they couldn’t get a reading for me so they sent me straight into Addenbrooke’s that afternoon for more tests. The opticians there sent me to neurology to get scans. …

Call to end assessments for terminally ill

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media caption‘You have to prove you’re terminally ill – even when there’s medical evidence’ The family of a woman who died from motor neurone disease is calling for an end to a disability benefit assessments for the terminally ill. Susan Hill was 63 when she died, 18 months after she was diagnosed. She had applied for personal independence payment (PIP) to pay for carers and underwent what her husband called a “quite degrading” assessment. The Department for Work and Pensions said it is looking into how it can improve its processes. Motor neurone disease (MND) is a degenerative condition which can leave patients without the ability to speak, move or eat. Image caption …

The 150-year-old ‘soul’ of a seaside town

Image copyright Illustrated London News Image caption The pier opened in 1869 to great fanfare Image copyright Science & Society Picture Library Image caption It was constructed using surplus rails from Isambard Kingdom Brunel’s South Wales railway Image copyright Clevedon Pier & Heritage Trust Image caption Thousands came out to celebrate the pier’s reopening on 27 May 1989 Image copyright Clevedon Pier & Heritage Trust Image caption Another ceremony was held when a new pier head and landing stage for steamer ships was added A new visitors’ centre and restaurant opened in 2016, with visitor numbers topping 100,000 for the first time in 147 years. In April, it came third behind Worthing and Clacton in the National Piers Society competition …

How Best To Optimize Your Caffeine Habit, According To The US Military

Every coffee drinker has their own routine when it comes to satisfying the caffeine craving, whether that is five cups of filter before lunch, a mid-morning latte, or a flat white before work. Now, the US military has calculated a better way to do coffee – or at the very least, a way to maximize alertness while keeping caffeine intake to a minimum. According to The Times, studies have shown the system (“2B-Alert” – see what they did there?) has enabled people to slash their caffeine consumption by as much as two-thirds without dampening their alertness. The research abstract has been published in the journal Sleep and was presented at the 33rd annual meeting of the Associated Professional Sleep Societies LLC (APSS) in San Antonio on June 12. The …

Johnson and Hunt make pitch to be PM

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionJeremy Hunt: “We are democrats who want to deliver Brexit”. Boris Johnson and Jeremy Hunt have made their pitch to be the next prime minister at the first of 16 Conservative Party hustings. The two contenders for Number 10 laid out their vision for the country at a conference in Birmingham. Mr Johnson said these were “dark days” for his party, but insisted he could turn things around. But his rival warned members not to elect the “wrong person” and risk “catastrophe”. Mr Johnson said the most important thing was to “get Brexit done”. Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Jeremy Hunt insisted he would leave the EU with no deal if …