Courtesy Keith Smith(BALTIMORE) — As Keith Smith talked about his wife, Jacquelyn Smith, he rattled off a list of characteristics he fell in love with: She was a career woman, a good mother, a church-goer and, most of all, a giving person.Her kindness, he said, is what cost her her life.Now Baltimore police are hunting for an apparent team of panhandlers who preyed on her good nature and stabbed her to death for a few dollars.“She was trying to help someone out,” Keith Smith told ABC News. “I think the reality is, we forget about the times that we’re living in. You may have the best intentions on helping this person, but when you let a person get into your safe zone, you’re actually opening yourself up to whatever this person has intended for you.”‘Help me feed my baby’About 12:30 a.m. on Saturday, Smith was diving his wife and daughter, Shavon Smith, home after they had been out celebrating Shavon’s 28th birthday. At a stop sign in the Johnston Square neighborhood of East Baltimore, Jacquelyn Smith, 54, spotted a woman standing on the side of the road, carrying what looked like a baby wrapped in a blanket and holding a cardboard sign, reading, “Help me feed my baby, God bless.”She asked her husband to pull over and she rolled down the window and handed the woman $10, Keith Smith told ABC News.“It was drizzling, it was cold, wet and my wife, like any normal person, felt sorry for the baby, which turned out not to even be a baby,” he said. “It must have been like a stuffed animal or something wrapped in a blanket. From where we were, it looked like a baby and we thought it was a baby.”Keith Smith said he noticed a man standing next to the panhandling woman. But it never crossed his mind that he and his wife were being set up.“As she was handing her the money, the guy came to say ‘Thank you,’ and the woman was saying ‘God bless you. God bless you,’” Smith recalled. “While we’re looking at her saying ‘God bless you’ and my wife was handing her the money, he came over to the car and said ‘Thank you’ and then he started stabbing my wife and snatched her necklace off and ran.”He said the female panhandler reached into the car, grabbed his wife’s purse and scurried off into the darkness.Search for suspectsWith his wife bleeding profusely from a stab wound to her chest, Smith sped to Johns Hopkins Hospital, where Jacquelyn was pronounced dead.“For most people, the last thing you’re going to think about is that this person is about to take your life for a few dollars,” Keith Smith said.Baltimore interim Police Commissioner Gary Tuggle said during a news conference Monday that detectives are seeking the public’s help in identifying the two suspects.He described the female suspect as being in her 20s with medium brown skin, a medium build, about 5 feet tall, and wearing a long brown coat. He said the suspected male accomplice is black, about 5 feet 10 inches tall, with a medium build, a goatee and wearing a black hoodie.“They’re using this ruse as panhandlers to get the attention of their would-be victims,” Tuggle said. “We also want to caution the public about engaging with panhandlers in recognizing the fact not all of them have honest intent. Not all of them are in real need.”‘I want justice’Keith Smith said he and his wife were married for nearly five years. Together they have six children and three grandchildren.Jacquelyn Smith worked as an electrical engineer at the Aberdeen Proving Ground, an Army facility in Aberdeen, Maryland, her husband said. He said he and his wife are members of the Helping Hands Ministries Church in the Baltimore suburb of Churchville, where Jacquelyn’s memorial service is scheduled for 6 p.m. on Friday.“I don’t want to beat myself up, but I feel somewhat responsible for letting that person get that close to my wife,” Keith Smith said, his voice choking with emotion. “It’s just a lot right now going through my mind. That’s why it’s hard for me to sleep because now I’m trying to see how I could have did things differently, how I could have took another street. I’m just thinking of all kind of ways that my wife would still be here.”He also had a warning to other kindhearted people like his wife, saying, “You’ve got to stay vigilant or you’re going to be sitting in the same seat I’m sitting in.”“I just want justice. That’s it,” he said. “I just want justice for my wife.”Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
Marilyn Nieves/iStockBy AARON KATERSKY, ABC News(JERSEY CITY, N.J.) — A Keyport, New Jersey, pawnshop owner whose phone number turned up in the pocket of one of the assailants in last December’s Jersey City shootings pleaded guilty Wednesday to a single criminal charge.Ahmed A-Hady pleaded guilty to one count of being a felon in possession of a weapon during a hearing conducted by videoconference.A-Hady was charged after his phone number and the address to his pawn shop were found on a note in the pocket of David Anderson, one of the two assailants who police say killed Jersey City police detective Joe Seals in a cemetery and, subsequently, three people inside a kosher grocery store on December 10, 2019.“That’s what drew the attention of the FBI to that location, which was ultimately searched two days later,” said Assistant U.S. Attorney Thomas Kearney.Federal authorities recovered 12 firearms, including three AR-15 style firearms, in the pawn shop and apartment above the store where A-Hady lived. Three of the weapons were registered to A-Hady, who could not legally possess them as a convicted felon.A-Hady was previously convicted in 2012 for attempting to obtain a controlled dangerous substance or analog by fraud.A-Hady was not linked in any other way to the Jersey City shootings, and prosecutors did not provide evidence he had communicated with the two shooters.Anderson and girlfriend Francine Graham died in a gun battle with police during the grocery store attack.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.
Around 2 million people were expected to embark on the pilgrimage, which this year takes place from July 28 to August 2.The hajj is a religious duty that, according to Islam, must be carried out at least once in their lifetime by all adult Muslims who are physically and financially capable of undertaking the journey. It’s also a major source of income for Saudi Arabia.According to government figures, Saudi Arabia has recorded more than 16o,000 cases of coronavirus and 1,300 deaths. Also On POLITICO England to ditch most lockdown rules from July 4 By Jack Blanchard Trump extends foreign worker restrictions through end of year By Nolan D. McCaskill Saudi Arabia has banned international visitors from making this year’s hajj, the annual Islamic pilgrimage to Mecca, in order to slow the spread of the coronavirus.Only a very limited number of foreign nationals “who already reside in Saudi Arabia” may take part, according to an announcement issued on Monday by the country’s Ministry of Hajj and Umrah.The decision was made “in accordance with what has been stressed by the Saudi Ministry of Health regarding the continued risks stemming from this pandemic … and considering the risks of the disease and infections spreading in crowded gatherings where it is difficult to maintain safe social distancing among the individuals gathered,” the ministry said.
The men’s rowing club will host Saturday its first annual Joseph D. Boyle Memorial Ergathon to raise funds for pancreatic cancer research.The ergathon, to be held in the Joyce Center Rowing Gym from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., will honor the memory of the father of junior rower Joe Boyle, who died of pancreatic cancer last October.“My way of dealing with grief has been to give back, do something positive and be optimistic,” Boyle said, “It’s what my dad would have wanted, and I decided that I wanted to do something constructive in helping other people that have pancreatic cancer. It would be a good way to give back in his memory instead of just wallowing in grief.”Junior rower Bryce DeVenecia said the team invites the entire Notre Dame community to participate.“We’ve contacted all the alumni, and now we’re trying to reach out to the students mainly and see whoever wants to come and put in a couple meters for the cause and spread awareness about pancreatic cancer,” he said.According to the American Cancer Society, the five-year survival rate for stage I pancreatic cancer is 14 percent and 3 percent for stage III.“Pancreatic cancer is very under-researched, very underfunded, so this event is to spread awareness and raise funds,” DeVenecia said. “We’re giving the funds to the Harper Institute for Cancer Research, and we’re hoping to raise a lot of money to start a lot of research here on campus and also spread awareness on campus about this terrifying disease.”Boyle said an ergathon is “similar to a walk-a-thon or run-a-thon or jog-a-thon” but performed on an indoor rowing machine known colloquially as an ergometer, or erg.“The whole men’s team is going to row as many meters as possible in four hours,” Boyle said, “We’re getting donations pledged to us per 500 meters. Some of us are planning to row 42,000 meters, so that’s 84 500s, so if you donated a dollar per 500, that’d be an $84 donation.”A rowing marathon is 42,000 meters, DeVenecia said.Although this year’s ergathon is the first, the team hopes to expand the event in the future.“We’re going to make it into an annual event, so sometime in the early spring or late winter every year,” Boyle said. “Hopefully, every year we’ll raise more money and keep it going in honor of my dad, keep the event alive and see how we can grow it. … We’re trying to get through the first one, but next year we’ll definitely network it way ahead of time.”“Anyone that wants to come out and support us is welcome to,” he also said. “Thanks for the support and check us out on Facebook. Like it, spread it around. Donate a dollar, five dollars, whatever you want — every penny counts.”Tags: Bryce DeVenecia, Ergathon, Joe Boyle, Men’s Rowing
Before the establishment of the Spanish missions, Native American tribes had long been associated with the San Antonio area. Coahuiltecans were hunters and gathers ranging throughout south Texas and northeastern Mexico, following the seasonal availability of food. Conflicts between the Coahuiltecans and Spaniards are documented beginning in the 16th century. For the Spaniards, the acculturation of Native Americans was a major means for securing their claim to vast lands in North America. With few soldiers or settlers, Spain’s claim to these areas in the face of encroachment by France and England depended on the success of the missions. Presidios, a system of frontier military outposts, were established near the missions to protect Spain’s expanding territory.San Antonio de Bexar under Spain and MexicoSpanish expeditions in 1691 and 1709 explored the area and named the San Antonio River and San Pedro Creek. Beginning in 1718, five Spanish missions were established near the head of the river to evangelize the Native Americans of the region. In 1718, San Antonio de Bexar Presidio was founded. Early the next year, the king of Spain approved the Marques de San Miguel de Aguayo’s proposal to transport families from the Canary Islands to populate the province of Texas. By March 1731, 15 families arrived and the villa of San Fernando de Bexar was founded between the San Antonio River and San Pedro Creek, east of the presidio. It was the first chartered civilian settlement in Texas and served as the provincial capital from 1773 to 1824.Native Americans were relatively willing recruits for the missionaries as their population had been decimated by European diseases and they faced an ongoing struggle against encroaching nomadic tribes from the north and south. The natives found food and refuge in the missions in exchange for a strictly regulated mission life that included their labor and their submission to religious conversion.Increasing hostility from the mission natives’ traditional enemies, the Apache, and later the Comanche, coupled with inadequate military support caused the communities to retreat behind walls. In 1792, all missions were closed by order of the Spanish government, and in 1793 the abandoned Mission San Antonio de Valero, later called the Alamo, became a barracks for Spanish soldiers from Alamo de Parras, Mexico.From 1811 through the mid-1830s, political and military upheavals hindered growth in San Fernando, and when hostilities between Texas and the Mexican government erupted in 1835, it became a base of operations and battlegrounds in the siege of Bexar in December and the battle of the Alamo in March 1836.Era of Texas Independence and Early StatehoodFrom 1836 to 1845 the city was a part of the Republic of Texas until Texas was annexed into the Union. In 1837, San Fernando was renamed San Antonio and became the seat of Bexar County. The Mexican War (1845 to 1848) led to Mexico ceding Texas, California, New Mexico and most of Arizona to the United States for $18.25 million. After Texas entered the union in 1845, San Antonio grew as a servicing and distribution center for the western movement of the United States.San Antonio During the Civil War and ReconstructionTexas had been a part of the United States for 15 years before Texas formally seceded March 2, 1861, and like the rest of the country, it was divided with conflict and controversy. Some Texans supported the Union — Gov. Sam Houston refused to declare loyalty to the Confederacy. He was removed from office by the Texas secession convention.In 1861, a local militia forced the surrender of the federal arsenal at San Antonio even before the state seceded. San Antonio then served as a Confederate depot, and several Confederate units were formed.San Antonio Becomes a Modern CityAfter the Civil War, San Antonio was the southern hub and supplier for the cattle trail drives. It was the starting point for the Chisholm Trail, a cattle route from Texas to Kansas. The cattlemen who drove the longhorns north to Kansas railheads launched the legend of the American cowboy. The city prospered, serving the border region and the Southwest as a center for distribution, merchants and the military. In 1873, John Dobbin was appointed marshal and transformed the police force from a frontier, cowboy-type group into an organized, uniformed police department.When barbed wire was introduced to San Antonio in 1876, its widespread use led to “fence cutting” and range wars. Fort Sam Houston was established in 1876. Railroad service reached the city in 1877, and street car operations began too. Two years later, Western Union brought telephone service to San Antonio, and in 1883, electricity was extended to the city center. Automobiles began to arrive in San Antonio by 1899. The Gunter Hotel in San Antonio served as headquarters in Texas for the construction of the southern transcontinental highway named Old Spanish Trail during the 1920s.The 20th century brought more military bases to greater San Antonio, with a strong Air Force presence. San Antonio celebrated its 250th birthday in 1968 when it held the World’s Fair, HemisFair ’68. The Tower of the Americas was the theme structure of the fair, and today it is among the tallest observation towers in the U.S. with a lounge and revolving restaurant at the top.DEL RIOLying 156 miles west of San Antonio along U.S. Highway 90 is Del Rio, Texas, home of Laughlin Air Force Base. Del Rio is the county seat of Val Verde County and just a heartbeat from the international Amistad Reservoir, shared with Mexico, and the Amistad National Recreation Area. Del Rio connects with its neighbor, Ciudad Acuna in Coahuila, Mexico, by two border crossings: the Del Rio-Ciudad Acuna International Bridge and the Lake Amistad Dam International Crossing. Del Rio lies in the Gulf Coastal Plains of Texas, a remote region near the Rio Grande.The Del Rio region is semiarid, with a mix of desert shrub and steppe vegetation, depending on soil type, with several acacias, cacti and grama grasses as the dominant flora. Summers are long, hot and frequently humid, when daytime temperatures typically reach into the upper 90s or higher.What began as Laughlin Army Air Field in March 1943 was renamed Laughlin Air Force Base in 1952. Today, it is an Air Education and Training Command installation and the U.S. Air Force’s biggest pilot training base. The base has 1,387 active-duty military, 1,032 civilians, 1,268 family members, 72 reservists, 32 foreign student pilots and 267 contractors who live and work on and around the base.
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Pretty Woman: The Musical, the stage musical based on the hit 1990 film, will end its Broadway-premiere run at the Nederlander Theatre on August 18. The show began previews on July 20, 2018 and officially opened on August 16. By closing, Pretty Woman: The Musical will have played 27 previews and 421 regular performances.Three-time Tony nominee Andy Karl and Samantha Barks lead the cast as Edward and Vivian, respectively, with Tony nominee Orfeh as Kit De Luca, Charlie Pollock as Phillip Stuckey, Eric Anderson as Mr. Thompson, Sam Seferian as Giulio and Kingsley Leggs as James Morse. Married co-stars Karl and Orfeh were both honored with 2019 Broadway.com Audience Choice Awards, with Karl winning in the category of Favorite Leading Actor in a Musical and Orfeh winning for both Favorite Featured Actress in a Musical and Favorite Diva Performance. As previously announced, Jillian Mueller and Brennin Hunt will take over the roles of Vivian and Edward beginning on July 22.The ensemble features Allison Blackwell, Brian Calì, Robby Clater, Jessica Crouch, Nico DeJesus, Anna Eilinsfeld, Matt Farcher, Lauren Lim Jackson, Renée Marino, Ellyn Marie Marsh, Jillian Mueller, Jake Odmark, Jennifer Sanchez, Matthew Stocke, Alex Michael Stoll, Alan Wiggins, Jesse Wildman and Darius Wright.Directed and choreographed by Jerry Mitchell, Pretty Woman: The Musical has a book by the film’s screenwriter, J.F. Lawton, and late director Garry Marshall, and an original score by Bryan Adams and Jim Vallance.The show features set design by David Rockwell, costume design by Gregg Barnes, lighting design by Kenneth Posner and Philip S. Rosenberg and sound design by John Shivers. Music supervision, arrangements and orchestrations are by Will Van Dyke.As previously announced, Pretty Woman: The Musical will launch a national tour and open international productions in Germany and London’s West End in the coming year. Related Shows View Comments Pretty Woman: The Musical Show Closed This production ended its run on Aug. 18, 2019
by Harold Dauerman, MD, UVM You may have a leaking heart if your mitral valve is damaged. What is the mitral valve you ask? It’s located between the left atrium (where blood enters the heart from the lungs) and the left ventricle of the heart (which pumps the blood to your entire body). Mitral valve regurgitation means that your mitral valve is letting blood leak backward into the atrial chamber of the heart. How Heart Valves WorkHeart valves work like one-way gates, helping blood flow in one direction between heart chambers and out of the heart. The mitral valve is on the left side of your heart. It lets blood flow from the upper to the lower heart chamber. See a picture of mitral valve regurgitation(link is external). When the mitral valve is damaged – for example, by an infection or with aging – it may no longer close tightly. This lets blood leak backward, or regurgitate, into the upper chamber. Your heart has to work harder to pump this extra blood. Small leaks are usually not a problem. More severe cases weaken the heart over time and can lead to heart failure(link is external). There are two types of mitral regurgitation:Harold Dauerman, MD (Photo: LCOM Creative Services)Primary regurgitation means there is a problem with the anatomy of the valve. The valve does not work well and does not close tightly. This might happen due to calcium buildup on the valve. It can also happen in people who have mitral valve prolapse(link is external). Secondary regurgitation means another heart problem causes the valve to not close tightly. The anatomy of the valve is typically normal. The heart problem, for example cardiomyopathy (Heart failure due to a weak heart muscle, such as from a viral infection), affects the heart muscle, and this causes regurgitation.Symptoms of Mitral Valve RegurgitationSymptoms of mitral valve regurgitation include being tired or short of breath when you are active. If your heart weakens because of your mitral valve, you may start to have symptoms of heart failure. Call your doctor if you start to have symptoms or if your symptoms change.Symptoms include:Shortness of breath with activity, which later develops into shortness of breath at rest and at night.Extreme tiredness and weakness.A buildup of fluid in the legs and feet, called edema(link is external).New Treatment Option for PatientsThe MitraClip device is a small clip that treats mitral regurgitation. It allows your mitral valve to close more completely, helping to restore normal blood flow through your heart.Transcatheter Mitral Valve Repair (TMVR) is a new treatment option for high risk patients with severe mitral regurgitation due to a primary structural cause of mitral valve leak.In 2013, the FDA approved a device called Mitraclip(link is external), a small clip that is attached to your mitral valve. We access the mitral valve with a thin tube (called a catheter) that is guided through a vein in your leg to reach your heart. Once placed, the clip closes the leaky valve.More than 25,000 patients have been treated worldwide and have seen improvement in heart failure related symptoms. The UVM Health Network started offering this treatment option in January 2017. It is for patients deemed appropriate by our heart team, including a cardiac surgeon, heart failure specialist, and interventional cardiologist. We very recently treated a 90-year-old, referred from Copley Hospital. He had lifestyle-limiting congestive failure. We found that he had severe mitral regurgitation. He was also a high risk for surgery, so we advised MitraClip as it is less invasive. Eighteen hours after the valve repair, he was smiling from his hospital bed.This minimally invasive therapy complements and expands the surgical and medical treatment options already being offered to patients with this high risk disease.Harold Dauerman, M.D., is an interventional cardiologist at the University of Vermont Medical Center and professor of medicine at the Larner College of Medicine at the University of Vermont. He is the author of the information, below, which originally appeared on the UVM Medical Center blog and can also be found here(link is external).
VA Medical Center,Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center,Collaboration between Dartmouth-Hitchcock and White River Junction VA Medical Center Outcomes Group shows high ratings for VA surgical careVermont Business Magazine A study by researchers from White River Junction Veterans Affairs Medical Center (VAMC) and Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center and Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth shows VA hospitals across the country outperform or are equal to neighboring non-VA hospitals in surgical quality and overall patient safety satisfaction. The study’s findings were published June 26, in the Journal of Surgical Research(link is external).Researchers at the White River Junction VA Medical Center in Vermont and the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in New Hampshire identified VA medical centers with at least one non-VA hospital within 25 miles in three regions across the United States: West-Southwest, New England and Deep South. “Under the MISSION Act, Veterans now have more health care choices than ever,” said Brett Rusch, MD, Executive Director of the White River Junction VA Healthcare System. “But because of how well the VA compares to non-VA hospitals, we know Veterans will continue to choose VA for their health care needs.”David Soybel, MD, Chief of Surgery at the White River Junction VA Healthcare System, explained “The White River Junction VA has a long history of tracking health care performance and outcomes. I’m proud of the work our team did on this study, which will help Veterans across the country make better informed health care decisions.” With a sample of 34 VA facilities and 319 neighboring non-VA hospitals, the researchers used benchmarks created by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality(link is external). They also used scores from the Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems(link is external). The results showed VA facilities performed better or as good as non-VA hospitals in overall patient safety indicators (PSIs), which measure potential hospital complications and adverse events following surgeries and other procedures. VA hospitals performed much better in surgery specific PSIs.The researchers also found VA and non-VA hospitals were about equal in patient satisfaction with overall hospital experience.The data was collected from Hospital Compare(link is external), a publicly available database that helps consumers decide where to seek health care. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services(link is external) runs the database.Source: 7.21.2020. Veteran Affairs Medical Center. White River Junction, VT Visit VA’s Office of Research and Development(link is external).
– Clear-Com’s Eclipse HX, FreeSpeaK II and V-Series Panels establish seamless AoIP solution across multiple locations – ALAMEDA, USA – December 2, 2020 – In spring 2020, Clear-Com participated in MCI’sXMedia.Lab, providing various products and IP solutions for extensive SMPTE ST-2110 testing. With the support of leading broadcast and IT manufacturers, MCI GmbH is working alongside the technical developments of the SMPTE/EBU IP roadmap. The IP test lab was established in 2018, with the goal of creating a platform to validate possible solutions for new IP-based and cross-media approaches that broadcast and ProAV companies are currently faced with.New questions arise all the time and warrant in-depth consideration of the new possibilities. To meet this challenge, MCI founded the XMedia.Lab in 2020 as a further development of the original IP test lab. The XMedia.Lab employs use cases to examine possible application-oriented IP solutions for everyday activities in the broadcast and ProAV sectors.This year, the XMedia.Lab took place throughout February and June and was based on the principle “everything over one network.” An IP-based production infrastructure allows simultaneous transmission of audio, video and metadata over the same line of the same network, which significantly reduces the complexity of signal distribution over physically separate lines. In addition, the use of an IP network can result in an efficient distribution structure.Remote production was selected as a use case in which intercom systems facilitate indispensable communication capabilities in everyday production. When selecting the intercom system, the requirement was to integrate them into the principle of “everything over one network”. Working closely with Clear-Com, an intercom system that meets these requirements was configured in the XMedia.Lab. The system was comprised of Eclipse HXDigital Matrix, FreeSpeak II and V-Series Iris™ Panels.Alexander Hemme, Clear-Com Regional Sales Manager for Germany said, “We are connected to MCI by a longstanding partnership, and a common interest in actively shaping future cross-media developments for an IP-based broadcast industry. Clear-Com has put a lot of energy into the development of IP-enabled solutions in recent years. The XMedia.Lab offers the opportunity to test our products for interoperability in an SMPTE ST-2110 environment and to provide insight that helps us further develop future product generations.”The challenge in this year’s XMedia.Lab was to integrate the matrix system at different locations with communications enabled via AES67, which is inherently compatible with SMPTE ST-2110, the standard XMedia.Lab was designed around.“An IP-based production infrastructure based on the SMPTE ST-2110 standard still presents us with the challenge of interoperability when we’re networking different product solutions. Clear-Com was actively involved in the integration of its solutions into the IP system throughout the entire XMedia.Lab and was always readily available to help and respond to any questions,” said Markus Need, Project Engineer for MCI.The Clear-Com Eclipse-HX Matrix was located at the main site on the Studio Hamburg premises in Hamburg-Tonndorf. The various IP-Panels and IP-Antennas were distributed throughout the network at different locations, including a remote site, which was about 30 km away. The entire system was connected to the network and interconnected via a specially provided VLAN.Low latency real-time communication via AES67 was successfully implemented and thus the Clear-Com intercom system, including the DECT wireless system, was able to meet the principle of “everything over one network”.