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Author: Everett Themer

2 Men, 1 A Charlotte Air Traffic Controller, Charged With Pipe Bomb Possession

An air traffic controller at Charlotte Douglas International Airport received a homemade pipe bomb from his roommate, police said Friday. Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department officers responded to 315 Minitree Lane after receiving 911 calls reporting that a local resident was in possession of a homemade explosive device.  Members of the CMPD Bomb Squad also responded and confirmed that it was a homemade pipe bomb.  Two Charlotte residents, Derrick Fells and Paul Dandon were charged with manufacturing and possessing a weapon of mass destruction. Fells, 30, constructed the device and admitted that he had made the bomb in order to use...

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Over the counter pain relief as effective as opioids in ER patients

A recent study tested using over the counter pain remedies on patients treated for injuries such as broken bones and sprains found that the pain relievers acetometaphin and ibuprofen worked as well as opioids at reducing severe pain.  These results contradict the common ER practice of prescribing powerful but highly addictive opiods to treat short-term, severe pain and could potentially result in changes that would help prevent new patients from becoming addicted. The study has limitations: It only looked at short-term pain relief in the emergency room and researchers didn’t evaluate how patients managed their pain after leaving the...

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Uber Aims for Space with NASA

Uber and NASA are joining forces to develop software which the company aims to use to manage “flying taxi” routes that could work like ride-hailing services it has popularized on the ground. Wednesday, Uber announced that it was awarded the first formal services contract by the National Aeronautical and Space Administration addressing low-altitude airspace rather than outer space. NASA has been contracting aerospace manufacturers to develop rockets since the late 1950s. Chief Product Officer Jeff Holden said Uber would begin testing proposed four-passenger, 200-miles-per-hour (322-km-per-hour) flying taxi services across Los Angeles in 2020, its second planned test market after...

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New Diabetes Research May End Injections

California medical research scientists believe that they may have found a way to transplant insulin-producing cells into diabetic patients who lack those cells and protect them from immune rejection. Their system, one of several promising approaches under development, hasn’t yet been tested in people.  If their approach works, it could make living with diabetes much less of a burden and free people living with Type-1 diabetes from having to regularly test and monitor their blood sugar levels and insulin injections. While some researchers are developing machines to automate that process, Crystal Nyitray, founder and CEO of the San Francisco based...

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Student Organizations Banned at Florida University

Florida State University has announced a ban on all fraternities and sororities after the death of a 20-year old student attending a house party Thursday night.  20-year-old Pi Kappa Phi fraternity pledge Andrew Coffey was found unresponsive Friday morning and died on scene.  The Tallahassee Police Department is investigating his death. The organizations are now forbidden from holding formal activities including participating in homecoming, pledging or hosting official meetings.  Current members will still be allowed to live in their homes.  Florida State University President John Thrasher says the move is meant to send a message to Greek organizations. “We’ve...

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