October 2007

Scores of sex offenders in Anderson, South Carolina, will be corralled for Halloween tonight in a move authorities say is needed to keep kids safe as they trick or treat.

Keeping trick or treaters safe from sex offenders is a priority for many law enforcement officials on Halloween.

“At 5 p.m., we are going to require all of our probation/parole/pardon sex offenders to report to the office and they’ll remain here from 5 to 10:30 p.m,” agent Gerald Black, with the South Carolina Department of Probation, Parole and Pardon, told CNN affiliate WYFF.

Authorities in Roanoke, Virginia, will do the same. “You have a safer public. We have all the offenders in this area that are on probation or parole in one location. We know where they are,” Randy Phillips with the Department of Corrections told CNN affiliate WSLS.

While there’s a debate about the need for restrictions and authorities aren’t imposing such stringent restrictions everywhere, special limits on sex offenders for the evening are widespread.

“Our agents will be out in force, checking on sex offenders, to ensure that they stay behind locked doors, in dark houses, with absolutely no contact with ‘trick or treaters’ on Halloween night,” said Tom Hoffman, California Department of Correction and Rehabilitation director of parole.

Paroled offenders in California have a 5 p.m. to 5 a.m. curfew, cannot leave any outside lights on and may not answer their doors except for law enforcement. Illinois offenders face similar restrictions, including a ban on dressing in a costume.

Tennessee Rules

Tennessee, in common with many other communities, has issued rules for sex offenders on Halloween. State law mandates the following for sex offenders:

Do not answer the door to trick-or-treaters

No passing out of candy to children

No holiday decorations on homes

No visits to haunted houses, corn mazes, hay rides or other seasonal activities

Do not attend any party where children are gathered

No costumes

No trick-or-treating

Source: State of Tennessee Board of Probation and Parole Sheriff’s deputies in Harris County, Texas, have been checking homes of sex offenders for Halloween decorations and are ready to arrest violators.

“We actually have probation officers riding with us,” Precinct 7 Deputy Johnathon Davis told CNN affiliate KPRC. “They’re going to issue them a citation or their probation is going to be revoked.”

About 2,000 registered sex offenders in Maryland will be required to post “No Candy” signs on their doors on Halloween night.

Michigan and Wisconsin are among states urging parents to check the state’s public sex offender registry before venturing out in search of treats.

“For many parents, Halloween represents a time when our children fan out into neighborhoods that may not be familiar,” Michigan Attorney General Mike Cox told CNN affiliate WDIV. “Doing a timely check of the sex offender registry can help parents be informed about potential risks in the community and take appropriate measures to safeguard their children.”

Authorities in Milwaukee County, Wisconsin, took preventative measures Sunday, arresting 11 sex offenders on probation and parole violations during a sweep of 100 homes, CNN affiliate WISN reported.

One of the Milwaukee offenders was arrested after police found a candy dish and children’s toys, both prohibited items, in his apartment.

But some say the sex offender roundups and restrictions are more show than safety.

“There has not been a single case of any child being molested by a convicted sex offender while trick or treating,” writes columnist Benjamin Radford on LiveScience.com.

Rebecca Brunger, an Alaska probation officer, told the Anchorage Daily News her state doesn’t put any extra restrictions on sex offenders on Halloween as there’s never been a case there of a trick or treater being molested by a registered offender.

Idaho defense attorney Tim Gresback told the Spokesman, Review, in Spokane, Washington, that extra Halloween restrictions on sex offenders are unnecessary.

“Here we’re creating a new police action squad to go out and address a problem that has never manifested itself in the community,” Gresback told the newspaper. He said in 20 years he’d never run across a case of a sex offender attacking a child on Halloween.

But states and communities don’t want to take any chances.

New York offenders face a 3 p.m. to 6 a.m. curfew coupled with phone calls and visits from probation officers.

“Our Halloween operation gives parents, caregivers, law enforcement and the community added assurance that children will be protected and neighborhoods will be safe from known predators,” said George B. Alexander, chairman of the New York state Division of Parole.
Thank you CNN News
Hello baby Boomer and friends…

Do sex offenders have the same rights as other criminals…should they have been hauled in…? Or does this violate their rights??? Do they have any rights?

They certainly didn’t have the right to abuse a child to begin with.

And the average person and child can’t tell them from Uncle Bob, Aunt Sally, the person next door, the teacher or the priest…maybe we should have them wear a flashing neon collars. That might be a determent…

I am still in favor of castration for the men who commit this hidious crime…

Personally…I don’t think a sex offender ever recovers from the act of sex with a child. I think they are permanently damaged.

The mind is a tricky area.

Happy Halloween Baby Boomers
~The Baby Boomer Queen~

America’s 20 million plus diabetics mean dollar signs for drug companies that sell a slew of new products, including a successful drug based on the saliva of a Gila monster, and a failed inhalation device that’s been compared to a “bong.”

Glaxo’s blockbuster drug Avandia came under fire in May after a report linked it to an increased risk of heart attacks.

The diabetes epidemic is expanding in step with the nation’s aging population and its widening waistlines. Obesity is a leading cause of the disease and more than 60 percent of Americans are considered obese, giving rise to a new word in doctor slang: “diabesity.”

Weight loss can be an effective way to prevent and treat type II diabetes, the most common form of the disease. But many diabetics instead fight the disease with drugs.

Some of the drugs treat heart conditions that are related to diabetes, such as high cholesterol. Among the most popular are cholesterol cutting statins like Pfizer’s Lipitor, the top selling drug in the world with nearly $13 billion in 2006 sales.

But other drugs, such as the pills Actos from Takeda and Avandia from GlaxoSmithKline, and the injectable drug Byetta from Amylin and Eli Lilly & Co., treat the disease more directly by controlling blood sugar levels.

Diabetics have difficulty producing insulin or processing the insulin that their bodies produce, or both. Insulin is a hormone that helps the body convert blood sugar into energy. Diabetics have been injecting insulin as a tried and true treatment since the 1920s.

Newer products help diabetics control blood sugar levels. Byetta works by signaling the pancreas to produce the right amount of insulin after eating. Not only do diabetics sometimes have trouble producing insulin naturally, but they also develop resistance to it. Actos and Avandia work by reducing that resistance.

But Glaxo’s blockbuster drug Avandia, which totaled $3 billion in 2006 sales, came under fire in May. That’s when The New England Journal of Medicine published a report from Dr. Steve Nissen, chief cardiologist of the Cleveland Clinic, that linked Avandia to an increased risk of heart attacks. Much of Nissen’s data was based on studies conducted by Glaxo.
The British drugmaker Glaxo attacked the integrity of the study for being a “meta~analysis” of previous studies, rather than a study in its own right. Nonetheless, the company’s stock has dropped 11 percent since the journal report, and Avandia sales have disintegrated, with a 38 percent plunge in the third quarter to $460 million.

When Glaxo announced plans to shut down a plant in Puerto Rico and reduce staff by 250 workers, the company blamed the hemorrhaging sales of Avandia.

Despite the negative flap, a panel of experts advising the Food and Drug Administration backed Avandia in July. In a nonbinding vote, panelists voted 22 to 1 to keep it on the market.

Actos and Avandia share many characteristics because they’re members of the same drug class, known as thiazolidinedione, or TZD. In August, the FDA said that Glaxo and Takeda agreed to strengthen the heart failure warnings on their diabetes drugs.

Nonetheless, the Japanese drugmaker Takeda has emphasized that its Actos is a separate product from the competition and doesn’t share the same risks.

Takeda found fuel for its defense in two more studies published in The Journal of the American Medical Association in September that compared the cardiovascular risks of the two drugs.

One of the studies was co-authored by Nissen, and the other study was from Dr. Sonal Singh of the Wake Forest University School of Medicine in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Both studies concluded the same thing: that Actos is safer than Avandia.

Glaxo disputes the findings. Glaxo spokeswoman Mary Anne Rhyne said her company has conducted 42 studies of Avandia, tracking more than 5,000 patients, and found no difference in risk between the Glaxo product and Actos.

Fortunately for diabetics, they have other choices for controlling blood-sugar. Since it was approved for the U.S. market in 2005, diabetics have been injecting Byetta, a drug based on the saliva of the Gila monster, a rare venomous lizard from the American Southwest and Mexico.

In its two years on the market, Byetta has yet to be hit by a firestorm of allegations over side effects. Byetta sales are growing rapidly, with Eli Lilly & Co. reporting a 30 percent jump in the third quarter to $165 million. (Lilly splits U.S. sales with its partner, Amylin.) Also, the companies are working on a more advanced version of the drug, called Byetta LAR, in the effort to keep sales growing.

Januvia, a pill from New Jersey based Merck & Co., Inc., is the newest entrant to the diabetes field. Like the other drugs, it controls blood sugar levels and is only used by diabetics with type II diabetes, which generally emerges in adults as a result of obesity.

Januvia’s growth has been rapid since the drug was launched into the U.S. market in October 2006. Sales for Januvia and the similar drug Janumet, which is much smaller, totaled about $200 million in the third quarter of 2007. Some analysts believe Januvia has billion dollar blockbuster potential. John Boris, an analyst at Bear Stearns, has projected $740 million in sales for 2007, Januvia’s first full year on the market.

Januvia could someday compete with the diabetes drug Galvus from the Swiss drugmaker Novartis. Both drugs are members of the same class, known as DDP~4 (dipeptidyl peptidase~4) inhibitors. Both work by allowing diabetics to increase insulin when their blood sugar is high, and reduce sugar produced by the liver after eating when the body doesn’t need it.

Galvus was approved by European authorities in September, but the FDA wants more data from Novartis before it deems the drug good enough for the United States. Producing fresh data requires more tests, a costly and time consuming endeavor for Novartis.

So the market is brisk for diabetes drugs that control blood sugar levels. But it hasn’t been so hot for inhaled insulin. This concept of inhaling powdered insulin, rather than injecting it in a liquid form, became a reality in 2006. That’s when Pfizer Inc., the New York drug giant, launched Exubera, the very first device for inhaled insulin.

But Exubera is no more. Pfizer and its new device failed to win the hearts and minds of diabetics and their doctors. In October, Pfizer announced that it had yanked the product off the market, taking a $2.8 billion hit as a result of closing down manufacturing facilities.

Pfizer is the largest seller of pharmaceutical drugs in the world, as measured by annual sales, so it’s big enough to take a hit and survive. Pfizer is 250 times the size of Mannkind Corp., a California company that is developing a device for inhaled insulin called Technosphere.

With Exubera off the market because of lack of popular demand, the future is uncertain for Technosphere, and the stakes are high for the relatively small company, which has no products on the market. But the aspiring product Technosphere does have a potential edge over its failed rival: convenience.

Technosphere is the size of a cell phone and fits easily into the palm of one’s hand. Exubera was considerably larger.

And that’s not all. When in use, Exubera is a transparent tube filled with white mist, resembling, in the words of one diabetic, a “bong.”


Thank you Arron Smith and CNN News


There you have it Baby Boomers and friends…more bad news for Avandia…take heed!

Don’t be taken down the merry lane of Diabetic commas, bad hearts and other death defying pharmaceutical lies and poisons.

PAY [excuse the pun!] close attention to the amounts of MILLIONS and BILLIONS of dollars just one pill makes a year…

Why is it that pharmaceuticals can make a pill that will keep you a diabetic but not one that will cure the stinking disease…only one answer there…they couldn’t make any moneydoing that, now could you?

Let’s see…a one time fix verses being able to seel you drugs for the rest of your lfe…

Well I don’t know about you…but I can do that math!

Peace, Baby Boomers, but with out meds!

~The Baby Boomer Queen~

Doctor says grout sealer caused ‘chemical…Consumer Product Safety Commission is supposed to block harmful products…

Critics say the agency has too few resources to do an effective job…

Consequently, they say, unsafe products like Stand ‘n Seal slip through…

I n from NEW YORK, Dr. Walter Friedel had successfully completed plenty of do it yourself projects around his New Jersey home. So when he bought Stand ‘n Seal tile grout sealer from Home Depot in October 2005, he never imagined it might make him sick.

Dr. Walter Friedel says a home improvement product he purchased in 2005 gave him “chemical pneumonia.”

1 of 3 Friedel said he read the instructions before using the product. As suggested, he ventilated the area. Yet a half hour after spraying Stand ‘n Seal on the tile floor in his hot tub room, he said he could barely breathe.

“By the time I made it from my bedroom to the kitchen, I was down on one knee, I was so short of breath,” he said.

Friedel said doctors told him a chemical in Stand ‘n Seal had severely damaged 30 percent of his lungs. They said he had “chemical pneumonia” and put him in intensive care for four days. Friedel needed an oxygen tank for four months. He still struggles to walk up long flights of stairs or hills without shortness of breath, he said.

What Friedel didn’t know before using the tile grout sealer was that it had been recalled by the Consumer Product Safety Commission two months earlier. News reports at the time said the product had made dozens of people sick and killed two of them.

The Consumer Product Safety Commission, a federal agency, is supposed to keep unsafe products off store shelves. But with just 400 employees. half the number it had in 1973, monitoring about 15,000 products, unsafe products like Stand ‘n Seal sometimes wind up in consumers’ hands.

“The Consumer Product Safety Commission is a woefully underfunded, understaffed safety agency,” said Don Mays, senior director of Consumer Reports. He also said the CPSC’s lab equipment is outdated.

CNN tried to ask the CPSC about these charges, but a spokeswoman refused to comment, saying an ongoing investigation prevents the agency from discussing the issue.

Dangerous Products
Does the agency tasked with protecting U.S. consumers have enough resources to do the job?

Friedel and nearly 200 other victims are suing Home Depot along with Stand ‘n Seal’s manufacturer accusing them of manufacturing and selling an unsafe product.

Court documents show as far back as May 2005 consumers started complaining about Stand ‘n Seal to its manufacturer, Roanoke, now known as BRTT.

In an internal e-mail dated June 17, 2005, company Chairman William Kyte wrote, “For the last two months or so we have been getting calls with problems related to the Stand ‘n Seal. He called the situation “very serious.”

The CPSC started an investigation in June 2005, but didn’t recall Stand ‘n Seal until the end of August, more than two months later.

“The Consumer Product Safety Commission clearly dropped the ball on the Stand ‘n Seal case. They failed to get an unsafe product off the market,” Mays said.

Records show Roanoke promised it had fixed the problem after the recall. The CPSC allowed Stand ‘n Seal back on the market with a new formula. Friedel was able to buy the cans that made him sick two months after the recall.

The numbers on the cans Friedel bought and showed CNN did not match the numbers on the recall list.

“These were supposed to be safe cans,” Friedel said.

A recall notice on the CPSC’s Web site warns about Stand ‘n Seal cans bought before June 2005. But it does not indicate that people like Friedel were able to buy the product and got sick from it long after the initial recall. An operator from the CPSC’s public recall hotline told CNN that as long as we bought the product after June 2005, our cans would be safe.

Home Depot pulled the product off the shelves in March of this year. The company refused an interview, but it has denied liability, saying in a statement that it removed the recalled cans and was not aware that problems continued. The statement adds that Home Depot “never knowingly sold any of the recalled product.”

Even though Friedel isn’t suing the CPSC, he blames the commission in part for what happened.

“They didn’t fulfill their job, that’s for sure,” Friedel said.
Thank you
CNN News and Randi Kaye

Two Dead In Covington Murder ~ Suicide…Woman Was Protecting Granddaughter From Father, Relatives Say…

In COVINGTON, Kentucky, relatives say a Covington woman was protecting her granddaughter when she killed the 6 year old’s father, then herself on Sunday.

Police said they found Charles Johnson dead in a Bakewell Street home just before noon.

Nearby, officers found Betty Hamilton dead from an apparent self inflicted gunshot wound.

Relatives said Johnson was to begin unsupervised visits with the girl on Sunday, and that he’d abused the girl previously.

Kelly Stratton, the girl’s mother, said she did everything she could to keep Johnson away from her daughter, including taking a photo of her daughter’s bruised body to police.

When that didn’t work, relatives said, Hamilton took matters into her own hands.

“Once they say to you, ‘You’re gonna have to send your granddaughter back to the abuser’? She couldn’t, not one time, not one more time, and then she couldn’t do that without doing something to herself,” sister Judy Sholler said.

“It’s terrible that they both had to die, “How am I going to tell my daughter and tell my son that his grandma’s dead?” Stratton said. “I guess if you’re going through this situation, and you wanna be treated right, you better save up some money to get a lawyer.”

The incident remains under investigation.
Thank you Cincinnati News
Well Baby Boomers…is the the ultimate act of love or is this still murder, in the first degree…???

I know people who have been in this same situation…what does one do when the authorities won’t do anything to protect the innocent??? Should one take action, like this woman did?

Britney Spears gets public attention when she holds her child on her lap and lets her drive…and how many of you out there were allowed to do this and it was a great thrill for you…

…but here is a Mother and the Grandmother who tried to get help and the child was still put into the hands of the abuser.

If I had Donald Trump’s money I would have a HUGE underground going for women and children [and men if it were needed].

Who wants to help?

~The Baby Boomer Queen~

Obama states: Clinton “dodging” Social Security

Obama accused Clinton of dodging questions about Social Security in Des Moines Saturday


Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama on Saturday lashed out at rival Hillary Rodham Clinton, accusing her of dodging tough questions about Social Security.

Obama, campaigning at a senior center in Des Moines, said all the presidential candidates need to talk honestly about Social Security instead of sidestepping the issue, but he singled out Clinton, the front~runner for the nomination, for special criticism.

Obama’s criticism of Clinton comes as she has been increasing her lead in national polls, leaving him and other Democratic candidates lagging far behind.

Obama’s campaign arranged for him to be introduced at the event by Tod Bowman, an undecided caucus goer and a teacher from Maquoketa, Iowa, who tried to pin down Clinton during a debate in Iowa earlier this month on whether the government should tax workers’ earnings above the present cap of $97,500 to help pay for Social Security benefits.

Clinton sidestepped the question in public, but told Bowman privately afterward that she didn’t want to put an additional tax burden on the middle class but would consider a “gap,” with no Social Security taxes on income from $97,500 to around $200,000. Anything above that could be taxed. Her answer was overheard by an Associated Press reporter.

“A candidate for president owes it to the American people to tell us where they stand,” Obama said. “… because you’re not ready to lead if you can’t tell us where you’re going.”

“She’s not alone in avoiding answering this question directly, she’s not alone in ducking the issue,” Obama said. “Because conventional thinking in Washington says that Social Security is the third rail of American politics. It says you should hedge, and dodge, and spin, but at all costs, don’t answer.”

Bowman said he “got the feeling [Clinton] really didn’t want to answer my question.”

“After the forum ended, she came up and spoke to me, it was nice of her to do that, and I appreciated her taking the time to do that. But, when I asked my question again, hoping she would answer it, this time she gave me a conflicting response,” he said. “It left me feeling disappointed, because I just didn’t understand why she wouldn’t tell me where she stood on an issue this important.”

Bowman added: “It made me wonder, if a candidate won’t answer a question on the campaign trail, how can we be sure she’ll be honest with the American people when they’re president?”

Clinton spokesman Mark Daley responded to Obama, saying the Illinois senator “has abandoned the politics of hope as his campaign has stalled.

“Maybe he should focus on explaining to Iowans why a few months ago he said that everything was on the table, including raising the retirement age, but today says he opposes it,” Daley said. “Sen. Clinton has been clear about her position on Social Security. She will oppose any effort to privatize the program. As president, her first priority will be restoring fiscal responsibility and fair tax policies, and then will work in a bipartisan process to address Social Security’s long term challenges.”

Obama is not Clinton’s first rival to criticize her sidesteppinging of Bowman’s question. Democratic hopeful John Edwards also cited the episode in remarks at an event last weekend:

“The American people need a president who will be straight with them, who will be honest about the greatest challenges our government faces. And one of the most important of those is the looming Social Security crisis. First, Sen. Clinton said she would just wait for things to get better. Now, she has apparently told some people that she really supports my idea of asking people who make more than $200,000 a year to contribute a little more.”

Obama spoke about his solutions for Social Security, and said President Bush’s argument that the system is broken and needs and overhaul is an exaggeration.

“The underlying system is sound. The actual problem is a projected cash shortfall that can be readily solved. But the longer we wait to solve the problem, the bigger it grows,” Obama said.


Thank you AP news…


Is it time for the dirt to be thrown???

Will it be a dirty, mudd throwiung…free for all…it is getting close to gate time…who will be out in the running…who will be the winner…we have seen all of the runners as they praded by the stands…

This is one race that the crowds need to go to…go and vote baby boomers/people…The people need to win this one.

~~The Baby Boomer Queen~~

In PROVIDENCE, Rhode Island, Dennis Champlain’s grandfather helped win federal recognition for the Narragansett Indian Tribe. Champlain himself has danced in tribal powwows and teaches his children that they are Narragansetts.

Dennis Champlain and his extended family were removed from the rolls of the Narragansett Indian Tribe.

Yet the Narragansetts say he is no longer a member of the tribe.

Champlain and his extended family are among thousands of people removed from American Indian tribes in recent years, often amid tribal squabbles or when a casino comes to town. In Rhode Island, the Narragansetts’ removal of about 140 of roughly 2,400 members has become an issue in Saturday’s election for the tribe’s chief sachem, or leader.

Tribal officials say they have the right to decide who is a member and to prevent fraud by people angling for a share of gambling money. But many of those kicked out complain they have little recourse to fight what amounts to an attack on their identity.

“We’re in the process of a redefinition of tribal identity at its core,” said David Wilkins, a political scientist at the University of Minnesota and a member of North Carolina’s Lumbee Tribe. “It’s ramping up in a way that’s really quite frightening to a lot of Native people.”

Wilkins traces most purges to four factors: internal political squabbles, stricter racial requirements for membership, punishment for gang or drug related crime and, most often, during debates over sharing casino profits.

A 1978 U.S. Supreme Court ruling said the federal government should not intervene in most tribal membership disputes, leaving appeals up to the tribes.

Tribal casinos generated $25 billion in revenue last year, according to the National Indian Gaming Commission. Tribes often split the profits by making payments to members. Fewer members can mean a larger paycheck for those left.

But that paycheck can lure people with dubious claims of ancestry. The Pechanga Band of California said it was deluged with membership claims after it opened its casino in 1995.

John Gomez Jr., 39, a Pechanga member since childhood, was kicked out in 2004. He said gambling profits were one factor: He lost free health care and a $15,000 monthly payment. But he said he and others had questioned leaders before a tribal election.

“I think a lot of it has to do with the money, but there’s a lot of it that’s also about the politics,” said Gomez, who co~founded the American Indian Rights and Resources Organization, a group that lobbies against expelling tribe members.

The Pechanga council has said it cut members who should never have been let in.

It’s not clear how many people have been removed from tribes in the last few years. There are 562 federally recognized tribes, and tribal governments are not required to report citizenship decisions. But the number is in the thousands.

Gomez’s advocacy group counts at least 1,500 people ousted from 13 tribes in California.

In Michigan, the Saginaw Chippewa want to remove about a tenth of their 2,700 members due to rules that require them to be at least one~quarter Indian. Critics said it’s an attempt to cut casino payments.

The Cherokee Nation voted in March to deny citizenship to an estimated 2,800 descendants of tribal slaves.

In the Narragansett election, Paulla Dove Jennings, a historian, is running an underdog campaign against the incumbent, Matthew Thomas, saying it is unfair to take people’s identities as Narragansetts away.

The tribe began a review of its roster about three years ago amid a failed push to build a casino , but there is a dispute over why. Thomas said a tribal assembly, similar to a town meeting, voted to verify all tribal membership before adding several children to the roster.

But Leslie Champlain, a cousin of Dennis Champlain, said she attended the meeting and believes the tribe did not approve an audit. She suspects tribal leadership wanted to root out dissent after her sister, a tribal councilwoman, demanded a detailed audit showing how the tribe spent millions of dollars, some of it from the gambling company Harrah’s Entertainment Inc.

Thomas called Champlain’s claim “ridiculous” and said he is bound by the decisions of the tribal assembly and cannot be held responsible for someone else’s ancestry.

Members were asked to prove they descend from ancestors listed on an 1880 census using birth, death and marriage certificates. The Champlains had used other documents as recently as 1994. This time, it was not enough.

Dennis Champlain said he learned his family was kicked out by reading about it in a newspaper. Thomas said members can appeal to a tribal court, but the Champlains say no one ever told them how to appeal.

Dennis Champlain does not blame his fellow Narragansetts, but he calls the process unjust.

“It’s not a matter of whether it’s right or wrong,” he said. “It’s a matter of who has the power. The tribe has the power, we don’t.”
Thank you AP News
Here’s one for the books…this would be a hard one to call as far as i am concerned…Is he an Indian or not…I guess that genetics could prove it. But the white mans laws are not worth the paper they are writen on, in the reservations…and I don’t blame them…!

~The Baby Boomer Queen~

Baby Drowns In Bucket Of Bleach
Police Investigate Quincy Tragedy

In QUINCY, Mass. a 9 month old Quincy girl drowned Saturday morning after she climbed into a bucket filled with bleach, the Norfolk County District Attorney’s office said.

The Boston Herald reported that the baby’s mother Lee Ann Auperlee, 20, was watching three children inside her Sumner Street apartment when her daughter Mya crawled out of her sight and into a bucket on the kitchen floor.

“I heard a boom,” said Angela Curran, who told the newspaper she was sleeping inside the apartment. “I came out and she was holding her baby. She said ‘What happened? What happened?’ We did CPR, mouth to mouth. She told me to call 911,” Curran told The Herald.

The baby was rushed to Quincy Medical Center, where she was pronounced dead.

Curran said Auperlee told her the baby was in the living room just before the drowning.

“She said Mya was tapping at the TV then she just crawled away toward the kitchen,” Curran said.

An autopsy will be conducted Sunday.

“At this point it’s just under investigation. We’d like to know what the medical examiner has to say,” said David Traub, a spokesman for District Attorney William Keating. “We’re talking with all the people that were there trying to figure out what the circumstances were.”

No charges have been filed by police.
Thank you, TheBostonChannel.com

Who has a bucket of bleach on the floor when you have 4 children in the house?

Even at age 20…common sense would tell you that is a NO~NO!

I am glad that it was not me that had to deal with this. Accident or not…it will be something that she will not forget for the rest of her life…how very sad.

~The Baby Boomer Queen~


More Words

A husband looking through the paper came upon a study that said women use more words than men. It read, “Men use about 15,000 words per day, but women use 30,000.”

Excited to prove to his wife that he had been right all along when he accused her of talking too much, he showed her the study results.

The wife thought for a while, then finally she said to her husband, “It’s because we have to repeat everything we say.”

The husband said “What?”

Hundreds of ‘Missing’ Black Holes Found

Hundreds of “missing” black holes have been found lurking in dusty galaxies billions of light years away.

“Active, supermassive black holes were everywhere in the early universe,” said study team member Mark Dickinson of the National Optical Astronomy Observatory in Tuscon, Ariz. “We had seen the tip of the iceberg before in our search for these objects. Now, we can see the iceberg itself.”

The finding, detailed in two studies published in the Nov. 10 issue of Astrophysical Journal, is the first direct evidence that most, if not all, massive galaxies in the distant universe spent their youths constructing supermassive black holes at their cores.

It could also help answer fundamental questions about how massive galaxies such as our Milky Way evolved.

“It’s as if we were blindfolded studying the elephant before, and we weren’t sure what kind of animal we had,” said study team member David Elbaz of the Commissariat a l’Energie Atomique in France.

Using NASA’s Chandra X~ray and Spitzer Space Telescopes, the team detected unusually high levels of infrared light emitted by 200 galaxies in the distant universe. They think the infrared light was created by material falling into “quasars” supermassive black holes surrounded by doughnut shaped clouds of gas and dust, at the center of the galaxies.

The new quasar containing galaxies are all about the same mass as our Milky Way, but are irregular in shape. They are located 9 billion to 11 billion light years away and existed at a time when the universe was in its adolescence and between 2.5 and 4.5 billion years old.

For decades, scientists have predicted that a large population of quasars should be found at those distances but had only spotted a few of them.

The new finding brings observations closer to theory. “We found most of the population of hidden quasars in the early universe,” said study leader Emanuele Daddi, also of the Commissariat a l’Energie Atomique.

The newfound quasars confirm what scientists have suspected for years now: that supermassive black holes play a major role in star formation in massive galaxies. The observations suggest massive galaxies steadily build up their stars and black holes simultaneously until they get too big and the black holes suppress star formation.

The new quasars also suggest that collisions between galaxies might not be as important for galaxy evolution as once thought. “Theorists thought mergers between galaxies were required to initiate this quasar activity, but now we see that quasars can be active in unharassed galaxies,” said study team member David Alexander of Durham University in the UK.
Thank you SPACE.com
Black hole…I just can’t get a grip on them…never understood them on Star Trek either…

I guess they are like the holes in swiss cheese…as my Father always said…”don’t eat the holes, Sharon!” I am still dumb~founded on that one!

Interglaxicial peace, Treckies…
~The Baby Boomer Queen~

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