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Baby Saved From Fire by Being Thrown From Building

February 4th, 2008 by Delana

Baby Thrown Clear

Ludwigshafen, Germany - If there weren’t pictures to prove it, people might have a hard time believing a loving father threw his child multiple stories to waiting rescuers below. This dangerous gamble was taken against an almost certain death in a smoke-filled burning building where, in the end, nine other people perished. The baby, however, survived. Rescuers managed to catch and save the baby from below.

Baby Thrown Multiple Stories

The wreckage is still too unsafe to check for further survivors, police say, and the cause of the fire has yet to be revealed. The building had over 50 residents and more than half either died or were taken to the hospital in critical condition. Many of those who did escape were force to follow the infant’s lead and leap from windows as staircase escape routes were choked with flames and smoke.

Baby in Burning Building Fire

The damage could have been far worse had rescue workers not been nearby at a celebration. Multiple rescue workers were also hurt while trying to rescue people from the building and put out the fire though none sustained serious injuries.

Damaged Building

Patriots Player Faces Serious Drug Charge

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Andrews Charged With 'Intent To Distribute'

POSTED: 12:06 pm EST February 5, 2008
UPDATED: 3:32 pm EST February 5, 2008
New England Patriots defensive back Willie Andrews faced serious drug charges in Lowell District Court Tuesday.Andrews, 24, was arrested on charges of possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, according to the Middlesex County District Attorney's Office.He covered his head and pleaded not guilty at his arraignment and was released on his own recognizance.Andrews was arrested after someone called police reporting drug activity on Middlesex Street in Lowell Tuesday morning, the district attorney said.Police said Andrews had $6,800 and three bags of marijuana. Each bag contained between 2 and 3 ounces of the drug, according to the evidence presented in court.Andrews, who was drafted by the Patriots in 2006, was best known this season for his return of a 77-yard kickoff return against the Miami Dolphins to score his first NFL touchdown.The Patriots said they would have no comment on the specific charges, but team spokesman Stacey James said "the conduct of our players is very important to the New England Patriots. As is our policy, team discipline will be handled internally."Andrews was arrested one day after the team returned from Arizona, where the New York Giants upset New England 17-14 in the Super Bowl to end the Patriots' perfect season.

New iPhones, iPod Touches Double Capacity

New iPhones, iPod Touches Double Capacity

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Apple Inc on Tuesday introduced models of its popular iPod touch handheld computer and iPhone with double the memory available in previous versions.

Apple, which said in January it had sold more than 4 million iPhones since sales began last June, says the iPhone will now also sell with 16 gigabytes of memory.

The iPod touch, a wireless touch-screen device that plays music and videos, adds a 32 gigabyte model. Both devices will sell for $499, Apple said.

Apple will continue to sell its iPhone with 8 gigabytes of memory for $399, and two lower-capacity versions of the iPod touch, 16 gigabytes and 8 gigabytes, for $399 and $299, respectively.

The updated models come amid a slump in Apple's stock, due to fears that a U.S. recession could make consumers less likely to buy iPods or iPhones. The stock, which closed on Tuesday at $131.65 on Nasdaq, is down more than 33 percent so far this year.

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More Mobiles Than Landlines in Iowa

A report from Iowa's Utilities Board has found that at the middle of last year, the number of cellphone users in the US state exceeded the number of landlines by a total of 400,000. The report says that the total number of wireless connections in Iowa as of June 30, 2007, is 1,943,334. Wireless carriers are serving at least 97 percent of all Iowa communities.

Wireless numbers reported as part of NANPA numbering resource data for Iowa indicate that the number of wireless numbers in the state increased 28 percent from 2003 to 2005 and 23 percent from 2005 to 2007. The growth in number utilization from 2003 to 2007 is 57 percent.

According to the survey data, US Cellular holds the greatest market share in Iowa.

Nationally, the number of households with only a wireless telephone continues to increase. The National Center for Health Statistics reports that approximately 13.6 percent of households during the January to June 2007 time period had at least one wireless telephone, but did not have a traditional landline telephone. This percentage may be high for Iowa, because of quality of reception in rural areas where, presumably, there are fewer cell towers.

PRO-CHOICE: Why I am an abortion doctor

Why I am an abortion doctor

'I can take a woman, in the biggest trouble she has ever experienced in her life, and by performing a five-minute operation, in comfort and dignity, I can give her back her life'

Garson Romalis, © Garson Romalis Published: Monday, February 04, 2008

What follows are remarks delivered by Canadian abortion doctor Garson Romalis on Jan. 25, at the University of Toronto Law School's Symposium to Mark the 20th Anniversary of R. vs. Morgentaler


I am honoured to be speaking today, and honored to call Henry Morgentaler my friend.

I have been an abortion provider since 1972. Why do I do abortions, and why do I continue to do abortions, despite two murder attempts?

The first time I started to think about abortion was in 1960, when I was in secondyear medical school. I was assigned the case of a young woman who had died of a septic abortion. She had aborted herself using slippery elm bark.

I had never heard of slippery elm. A buddy and I went down to skid row, and without too much difficulty, purchased some slippery elm bark to use as a visual aid in our presentation. Slippery elm is not sterile, and frequently contains spores of the bacteria that cause gas gangrene. It is called slippery elm because, when it gets wet, it feels slippery. This makes it easier to slide slender pieces through the cervix where they absorb water, expand, dilate the cervix, produce infection and induce abortion. The young woman in our case developed an overwhelming infection. At autopsy she had multiple abscesses throughout her body, in her brain, lungs, liver and abdomen.

I have never forgotten that case.

After I graduated from University of British Columbia medical school in 1962, I went to Chicago, where I served my internship and Ob/Gyn residency at Cook County Hospital. At that time, Cook County had about 3,000 beds, and served a mainly indigent population. If you were really sick, or really poor, or both, Cook County was where you went.

The first month of my internship was spent on Ward 41, the septic obstetrics ward. Yes, it's hard to believe now, but in those days, they had one ward dedicated exclusively to septic complications of pregnancy.

About 90% of the patients were there with complications of septic abortion. The ward had about 40 beds, in addition to extra beds which lined the halls. Each day we admitted between 10-30 septic abortion patients. We had about one death a month, usually from septic shock associated with hemorrhage.

I will never forget the 17-year-old girl lying on a stretcher with 6 feet of small bowel protruding from her vagina. She survived.

I will never forget the jaundiced woman in liver and kidney failure, in septic shock, with very severe anemia, whose life we were unable to save.

Today, in Canada and the U.S., septic shock from illegal abortion is virtually never seen. Like smallpox, it is a "disappeared disease."

I had originally been drawn to obstetrics and gynecology because I loved delivering babies. Abortion was illegal when I trained, so I did not learn how to do abortions in my residency, although I had more than my share of experience looking after illegal abortion complications.

In 1972, a couple of years after the law on abortion was liberalized, I began the practise of obstetrics and gynecology, and joined a three-man group in Vancouver. My practice partners and I believed strongly that a woman should be able to decide for herself if and when to have a baby. We were frequently asked to look after women who needed termination of pregnancy. Although I had done virtually no terminations in my training, I soon learned how. I also learned just how much demand there was for abortion services.

Providing abortion services can be quite stressful. Usually, an unplanned, unwanted pregnancy is the worst trouble the patient has ever been in in her entire life.

I remember one 18-year-old patient who desperately wanted an abortion, but felt she could not confide in her mother, who was a nurse in another Vancouver area hospital. She impressed on me how important it was that her termination remain a secret from her family. In those years, parental consent was required if the patient was less than 19 years old. I obtained the required second opinion from a colleague, and performed an abortion on her.

About two weeks, later I received a phone call from her mother. She asked me directly "Did you do an abortion on my daughter?" Visions of legal suit passed through my mind as I tried to think of how to answer her question. I decided to answer directly and truthfully. I answered with trepidation, "Yes, I did" and started to make mental preparations to call my lawyer. The mother replied: "Thank you, Doctor. Thank God there are people like you around."

Like many of my colleagues, I had been the subject of antiabortion picketing, particularly in the 1980s. I did not like having my office and home picketed, or nails thrown into my driveway, but viewed these picketers as a nuisance, exercising their right of free speech. Being in Canada, I felt I did not have to worry about my physical security.

I had been a medical doctor for 32 years when I was shot at 7:10 a.m., Nov. 8, 1994. For over half my life, I had been providing obstetrical and gynecological care, including abortions. It is still hard for me to understand how someone could think I should be killed for helping women get safe abortions.

I had a very severe gun shot wound to my left thigh. My thigh bone was fractured, large blood vessels severed, and a large amount of my thigh muscles destroyed. I almost died several times from blood loss and multiple other complications. After about two years of physical and emotional rehabilitation, with a great deal of support from my family and the medical community, I was able to resume work on a part-time basis. I was no longer able to deliver babies or perform major gynecological surgery. I had to take security measures, but I continued to work as a gynecologist, including providing abortion services. My life had changed, but my views on choice remained unchanged, and I was continuing to enjoy practicing medicine. I told people that I was shot in the thigh, not in my sense of humour.

Six years after the shooting, on July 11, 2000, shortly after entering the clinic where I had my private office, a young man approached me. There was nothing unusual about his appearance until he suddenly got a vicious look on his face, stabbed me in the left flank area and then ran away.

This could have been a lethal injury, but fortunately no vital organs were seriously involved, and after six days of hospital observation I was able to return home. The physical implications were minor, but the security implications were major. After two murder attempts, all my security advisors concurred that I was at increased risk for another attack.

My family and I had to have some serious discussions about my future. The National Abortion Federation provided me with a very experienced personal security consultant. He moved into our home and lived with us for three days, talked with us, assessed my personality, visited the places that I worked in and gave me security advice. In those three days, he got to know me well. After he finished his evaluation, when I was dropping him off at the airport, his departing words to me were "Gary, you have to go back to work."

About two months after the stabbing, I returned to the practise of medicine, but with added security measures. Since the year 2000, I have restricted my practise exclusively to abortion provision.

These acts of terrorist violence have affected virtually every aspect of my and my family's life. Our lives have changed forever. I must live with security measures that I never dreamed about when I was learning how to deliver babies.

Let me tell you about an abortion patient I looked after recently. She was 18 years old, and 18-19 weeks pregnant. She came from a very strict, religious family. She was an only daughter, and had several brothers. She was East Indian Hindu and her boyfriend was East Indian Muslim, which did not please her parents. She told me if her parents found out she was pregnant she would be disowned and kicked out of the family home. She also told me that her brothers would murder her boyfriend, and I believed her. About an hour after her operation I and my nurse saw her and her boyfriend walking out of the clinic hand in hand, and I said to my nurse, "Look at that. We saved two lives today."

I love my work. I get enormous personal and professional satisfaction out of helping people, and that includes providing safe, comfortable, abortions. The people that I work with are extraordinary, and we all feel that we are doing important work, making a real difference in peoples' lives.

I can take an anxious woman, who is in the biggest trouble she has ever experiences in her life, and by performing a five-minute operation, in comfort and dignity, I can give her back her life.

After an abortion operation, patients frequently say "Thank You Doctor." But abortion is the only operation I know of where they also sometimes say "Thank you for what you do."

I want to tell you one last story that I think epitomizes the satisfaction I get from my privileged work. Some years ago I spoke to a class of University of British Columbia medical students. As I left the classroom, a student followed me out. She said: "Dr. Romalis, you won't remember me, but you did an abortion on me in 1992. I am a secondyear medical student now, and if it weren't for you I wouldn't be here now."

9 Underrated Sandwiches

Feb. 3 9:16 AM by ChendaNgak

With the Super Bowl offering opportunities to indulge in mass quantities of meat, cheese, and bread, we believe that some attention should be paid to some of the lesser-known sandwiches. They may not be on the menu at Subway or Quiznos, but these sandwiches should still be considered for consumption.

9- Po' Boy

Some people would look at a Po' boy sandwich and say that it's just a submarine sandwich, but it's so much more than that. This staple of the Louisiana diet consists meat or seafood (even alligator), lettuce, tomato, pickles, mayonnaise, and onions on a baguette. The seafood is usually battered and fried so take note before you order.

8- Gyro

My big, fat, expanded waistline is demanding some answers. If you've ever had a good Gyro, you would understand. This Greek fast food is exotic, yet truly appealing to American taste buds. It consists of meat-usually chicken or lamb-roasted on a vertical rotisserie that is stuffed into a wrapped pita. If you go for the works, the toppings are usually tomatoes, onions, lettuce, French fries, and tzatziki sauce. (If you must know, tzatziki sauce is usually made of strained yogurt, cucumbers, garlic, olive oil, and garlic.)

7- Dagwood

There are no hard rules about what goes into a Dagwood sandwich (shown above, sideways.). The only requirements are that it must be thick and multi-layered with meats, cheeses, and condiments. Named after Dagwood Bumstead of the comic strip Blondie, this tall wonder never caught on with real people--even in the 1990s when super-sizing was the norm. Now that eating is out of style, this sandwich will undoubtedly die a slow death. What a delicious shame.

6- Banh Mi

There is a saying in that when the English colonized India, they left behind a great infrastructure; and that when the French colonized South East Asia, they left behind great bread. That ain't no lie! The Banh Mi is a Vietnamese sandwich that usually consists of a variety of meats like grilled pork, grilled chicken and pate; then topped with pickled carrots, daikon, onions and cilantro. This is not your average All-American sandwich. Proceed if you consider yourself an adventurous gourmand.

5- Sloppy Joe

The Sloppy Joe is as delicious as it is simple: ground meat, tomato sauce or ketchup, and hamburger buns. One of America's most proudest inventions, it is a testament to the resourcefulness of Depression-era cooks, who had to stretch plenty of value out of low-grade beef. While the quality of meat has increased in recent years, the proliferation of Sloppy Joes haven't. Good luck finding it at a restaurant, as even the cleanest eater is going to end up with plenty of bits of beef and sauce on their face.

4- Fluffernutter

Most folks consider sandwiches strictly grounds for savory ingredients, but if the Fluffernutter is any indication, there's more to sweet sandwiches than just PB&J. The mixture of peanut butter and marshmallow creme is popular in the Northeast, but a unknown entity elsewhere. If you actually find a supermarket with Marshmallow Fluff on the shelves, we highly recommend whipping up a Fluffernutter for yourself.

3- Falafel

You wouldn't expect a high-quality sandwich to come out of the birthplace of Christ (Have you ever eaten a communion wafer? Yuck!), but the Falafel is an amazing example of the culinary quality of the area. Served in a pita (pocket bread) and filled with savory delights like vegetables, salad, spicy condiments and tahini, it can be found on every street corner in the mideast. That is, the non-war torn areas.

2- Torta

This Mexican delight is quite unique. It's served on an oblong roll called a telera and stuffed in almost any variety your stomach could lust after, depending on where you order it. Most places will offer beef, ham, turkey, and sausage with a chipolte mayonnaise sauce; then you can get it topped with avocado, cheese, lettuce, tomato and onions. It's a hot sandwich and they usually warm the bread and sauce up on the grill before serving it up.

1- Croque Monsieur & Croque Madame

Bonjour Coronary heart disease! There are no veggies in this French import. The Croque Monsieur is a straightforward ham and cheese sandwich, grilled and topped with more cheese. (Not for the lactose intolerant!) If you want to live on the edge-the edge of a heart attack-then go for a Croque Madame, which is basically a Croque Monsieur topped with an egg. Au revoir, appetite!

Retro Arcade Gaming Fan Heaven Is Worth Infinite Quarters

IMGP9873.jpgPeter Hirschberg has just finished his stunning retro-gaming heaven, a Valhalla for the best arcade video games ever. His Luna City Arcade has 57 fully-restored arcade classics, which span from Asteroids to Zaxxon, plus a whole load of pinballs. Amazingly enough, he does all this on his own dime, for the love of it. This personal museum is open now to the public by invitation only, and the best thing: entrance and quarters are completely free for his guests. Check the video, huge gallery and the interview with Peter after the jump.

Luna City Arcade

Jesús Díaz: Stunning museum, Peter. When was it completed?
Peter Hirschberg: The building was completed just a couple weeks ago. I'm still working on the inside a bit, but it was good enough to have my first Game Day over there. The building is 60'x40', with 12' ceilings. There's a bathroom and a finished upstairs. The outside matches the house, with cedar siding and stonework around the bottom.

The electrical system was a pretty interesting aspect of the building. We had two 400amp breaker panels installed, along with commercial-grade wiring, to handle the load of all the games (our entire house is only 200amps). Between the gameroom and the house, we are using an entire outdoor transformer.

JD: Is there any admission fee or could people just get in and spend quarters on the machines?
PH: Nope, totally free. I insist that people use the quarters I provide. The change machines are set to dispense quarters for free. My rules are "don't use your own money" and "don't take my money home with you."

JD: What's your crown jewel, your fave arcade of them all?
PH: It would be a tie between Discs of Tron, Tail Gunner, Space War and Lunar Lander.

JD: And what's the public's favorite, what machine sees the most traffic?
PH: The favorite game among visitors would probably be Galaga. The only reason I got that game was because people kept harassing me for not having it. I don't really like the game that much. Star Wars is another really big favorite among guests.

JD: Do you think there are any modern games that capture the feeling of the classics?
PH: I like the game Echoes, and Geometry Wars. Back in the heyday of the arcade, Geometry Wars is what we thought arcade games would look like in 20 years. It's the first game since the '80s that I can play and not feel dirty.

JD: What's your favorite home gaming system?
PH: I like the Wii since it has that childlike innocence that I miss in game systems. I don't play it that much. It's pretty much just for the kids. But I do like playing Geometry Wars on it. The control scheme is pretty interesting.

JD: Do you receive donations from any big companies to maintain the machines or is it just you and friends?
PH: I wish! This whole thing was financed entirely on my own nickle. Any big companies out there? This is your chance to sponsor me!

Indeed. Hopefully all those dirty rich EAs and Microsofts of this world could spare some of their own quarters in helping Peter with this amazing effort. In the meantime, if you want to help him, contact him at his page. [Peter Hirschberg]