Facebook Google+ WhatsApp Facebook By Associated Press – September 21, 2019 0 317 Pinterest Twitter Google+ IndianaLocalNews Patient records found at closed abortion clinics Dr. Ulrich George Klopfer (Photo/ABC57) INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana’s attorney general says thousands of patient medical records have been found at three shuttered Indiana abortion clinics that were operated by a late abortion doctor whose Illinois garage was found to contain more than 2,200 sets of preserved fetal remains.Attorney General Curtis Hill said Friday that the women who were patients at Dr. Ulrich Klopfer’s clinics in Gary, South Bend and Fort Wayne had an expectation that their privacy would be protected, but their records were “abandoned” in the clinics when they closed years ago.Investigators searched the buildings and other properties Thursday, and Hill says no additional sets of fetal remains were found.He says preliminary findings indicate that all 2,246 sets of fetal remains found last week in the garage at Klopfer’s Will County, Illinois, home came from his former Indiana clinics. Twitter WhatsApp Previous articleTwo men found guilty of distributing heroin in South BendNext articleSt. Joseph County sex crime suspect turns self into police Associated PressNews from the Associated Press and its network of reporters and publications. Pinterest
Trump later said that he didn’t believe Boeing knew how to fix the software glitch, but said he hoped the planes were only grounded “for a short period of time” and spoke highly of the company, whose former leader he tapped to lead the Pentagon as acting secretary of defense.”It’s a truly great company. Hopefully they’ll figure it out very quickly. It was a big decision, also one of our largest exporters,” he said. “One of our truly great companies of the world.” WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump on Monday suggested aviation giant Boeing ditch the designation for its scandal-plagued 737 MAX planes, renaming the aircraft once a critical software issue is fixed and they are able to fly once again.“What do I know about branding, maybe nothing (but I did become President!), but if I were Boeing, I would FIX the Boeing 737 MAX, add some additional great features, & REBRAND the plane with a new name,” Trump wrote in a tweet. “No product has suffered like this one. But again, what the hell do I know?”The 737 MAX series planes were grounded worldwide last month after one of the planes crashed shortly after takeoff in Ethiopia, killing everyone on board and drawing comparisons with another deadly crash involving the same model in October. At issue, according to preliminary crash reports for both fatal flights, was a flaw in the plane’s automation software. The crashes have renewed scrutiny on the FAA’s approval process, some of which has been outsourced to aircraft manufacturers. It has also spawned questions about how much Boeing knew about the glitch, prompting demands for congressional hearings on both issues.The U.S. was one of the last major countries to ground the planes, with the FAA initially resisting such a move until it said new data collected from the site of the Ethiopian Air crash merited grounding the jetliners.The FAA is conducting a review of the planes and has insisted they will remain grounded until the agency can ensure the effectiveness of the eventual software fix. In the meantime, U.S. carriers like American Airlines and Southwest Air have continued to cancel flights through August due to the grounding.Boeing has registered more than 7,700 orders for the MAX from air carriers around the world.After last month’s crash, but before the U.S. issued its grounding order, Trump laid the blame on the industry’s technological advancements, complaining in a tweet that “pilots are no longer needed, but rather computer scientists from MIT.”That insistence from Trump prompted a personal phone call from Boeing CEO Dennis Muilenburg, who the company said assured the president the MAX planes were safe to fly.
An exhibition opens at the Fogg Art Museum this Saturday (Oct. 6) that will have lots of people talking.“Harper’s Pictorial History of the Civil War (Annotated),” a series of 15 black-and-white prints by Kara Walker, is scheduled to coincide with the inauguration of Harvard President Drew Faust. The exhibition will also serve as the context for a series of discussions led by scholars from around the University that will focus on history, race, gender, sexuality, and other issues raised (but by no means resolved) by Walker’s work.“We wanted to do something that was related to Drew Faust’s scholarship,” said Susan Dackerman, the Carl A. Weyerhaeuser Curator of Prints at the University Art Museums. “We thought that the work of a contemporary artist could provide a platform for conversations about visual culture and the legacy of the Civil War. And making the gallery a more conversational space would be a way to participate in the educational mission of the University.”Faust, a noted scholar of the Civil War era, is the author of such works as “The Ideology of Slavery: Proslavery Thought in the Antebellum South, 1830-1860” (1981); “The Creation of Confederate Nationalism: Ideology and Identity in the Civil War South” (1988); and “Mothers of Invention: Women of the Slaveholding South in the American Civil War” (1996).If the museum staff’s object was to stimulate discussion, they could hardly have chosen a more appropriate artist than Walker. Born in Stockton, Calif., in 1969, Walker studied at the Rhode Island School of Design where she began searching for a visual language to explore her African-American heritage. The style she evolved combines the old-fashioned gentility of the silhouette with disturbingly ambiguous images of violence and sexuality.The recipient of a MacArthur “genius” grant in 1997 when she was 28, Walker last exhibited her work at Harvard in 1998. Her 150-foot installation (“Presenting Negro Scenes Drawn Upon My Passage Through the South and Reconfigured for the Benefit of Enlightened Audiences Wherever Such May Be Found by Myself, Missus K.E.B. Walker, Colored, 1997”) was shown in the Carpenter Center and was the subject of a two-day symposium on the use of black stereotypes in contemporary art.In the upcoming exhibition, Walker has taken a series of engravings published in Harper’s Magazine in 1866 and blown them up to large size. Her “annotations” consist of black figures in silhouette superimposed over these scenes. Walker’s figures, whose actions and meanings are deliberately ambiguous, appear to comment on the engravings, undermining the sense of finality that the pictorial narrative seeks to impose on historical events.“We’ve been taught that the Civil War resolved racial tensions in this country,” Dackerman said. “But you can also argue that the Civil War and the way the war was written about and portrayed has institutionalized our fantasies about race, violence, and sexuality.”Dackerman hopes that Walker’s suggestive images will stimulate discussions about these difficult issues and that the informal space of the gallery will prove the ideal forum for such explorations.“These images are resonant and provocative in so many ways. It’s the best series to engender the kind of discussion we want,” she said.
The Action Network specializes in providing sports betting insights/analytics and is a content partner with NASCAR. Check out more NASCAR betting analysis here.The first-ever IndyCar and NASCAR Cup Series doubleheader takes place this weekend with Saturday’s GMR Grand Prix on the road course at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, followed by the Cup Series’ Big Machine Hand Sanitizer 400 on Sunday (4 p.m. ET, NBC, ISM Radio, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio).Indianapolis is very unique, with Pocono Raceway its closest comp on the current Cup Series schedule.While not perfect, I used data from last weekend’s Pocono doubleheader as well as last year’s results at Indy, which used the same aero package and tire combination that teams will employ on Sunday.Be sure to follow me on Twitter (@PJWalsh24) for any additional bets I make leading up to Sunday’s Big Machine Hand Sanitizer 400.NASCAR at Indianapolis Odds, PicksOdds as of Saturday at 11:15 a.m. ET and via DraftKings. Get up to a $1,000 sign-up bonus at DraftKings today or see more offers and reviews for the best online sportsbooks.Kevin Harvick (+400)Harvick won at Pocono on Saturday and looked primed to pull off the sweep before a late two-tire call put Denny Hamlin into the lead and ultimately relegated the No. 4 Ford to a runner-up finish.And somehow Harvick’s stats at Indy last year were even more impressive, a race he won in dominant fashion with the most laps led, most fast laps run and a perfect 150 driver rating.Harvick is the favorite across the market, but there’s still enough value at +400 to take a driver capable of stomping the field while also leaving enough bankroll to add more potential winners.Ryan Blaney (+1200) Blaney’s finishes at Pocono last weekend were not representative of his speed — he ran the fifth-most fast laps across both events — which wasn’t ideal since I bet him to win both races, but it’s also a reason why we can now get him at 12-1 odds.As mentioned above, nobody could touch Harvick in this race last year, but the No. 12 Team Penske Ford led the second-most laps, had the third-most fast laps and the second-best driver rating.In terms of speed, Blaney projects to be a top-four car on Sunday, showing why there’s so much value in his current price.
Jeff Tweedy celebrates his 53rd birthday today.Tweedy has been a leader in Americana-driven rock music as a founding member of Wilco, with the band’s influence informing countless other acts over the years since the band’s inception in 1994. Born from the remaining members of Tweedy’s former alternative country act Uncle Tupelo following the group’s breakup, Wilco has been a true musical force whose sound has consistently pushed boundaries, evolving from the alt-country sound of the group’s origins to become one of the biggest names in alternative rock with two Grammys to their name.While Tweedy’s studio work with Wilco has received critical acclaim, he and the rest of the Wilco crew are known for their excellent live performances, with the group frequently topping bills on the festival circuit as well as regularly touring across the country and internationally. To celebrate the start of Mr. Tweedy’s 53rd trip around the sun, take a look at a few of our favorite Wilco performances and live collaborations from over the years below.Wilco w/ Warren Haynes, My Morning Jacket, James Mastro, & Ryan Bingham – “All The Young Dudes” – Americanarama at Pier A, Hoboken, NJ – 7/26/2013[Video: Tom Florczak]Wilco with Bob Weir – “Tommorow Never Knows” – Sound Summit at Mount Tamalpais State Park, Mill Valley, CA – 9/17/2016[Video: jared baird]Wilco with Warren Haynes (and Joe Russo on tambourine) – “California Stars” – Gathering Of The Vibes, Seaside Park, Bridgeport, CT – 8/1/2015[Video courtesy of shapnet]Happy birthday, Jeff Tweedy!
Editor’s note: This story was updated on Jul 13 with comments from Kevin Outterson, JD.Antibiotic development efforts were dealt a blow yesterday when drug maker Novartis AG announced its decision to drop its antibacterial and antiviral research programs.The decision means Novartis will no longer be working on several antimicrobial projects currently in development.In an emailed statement explaining the move, the Switzerland-based company said “While the science for these programs is compelling, we have decided to prioritize our resources in other areas where we believe we are better positioned to develop innovative medicines that will have a positive impact for patients.”Before the decision was announced, Novartis was one of only a handful of large, research-based pharmaceutical companies still active in antibiotic research and development. In 2016, the company was among the signers of the Davos Declaration, a written commitment by more than 70 pharmaceutical and biotech companies to invest in research and development of innovative treatments and diagnostics to combat antibiotic-resistant bacteria.Large companies exitingThe decision to leave antibiotic development will result in 140 layoffs from the Novartis Institutes for Biomedical Research (NIBR) in Emeryville, Calif., according to reporting by Endpoint News, a website that covers the pharmaceutical industry.But more significantly, it means another large pharmaceutical company is getting out of antibiotic development at a time when new antibiotics are desperately needed. AstraZeneca Plc sold its antibiotics unit to Pfizer Inc. in 2016.”Novartis leaving innovation in antibiotics is unfortunate, as we still need effective replacement antibiotics, and Novartis has a few in development,” said Jayasree Iyer, PhD, executive director of the Access to Medicine Foundation. “They are in discussions to divest them, so hopefully there’s a suitable partner to complete their development.”According to the foundation’s recent Antimicrobial Resistance Benchmark 2018 report, Novartis had 32 antimicrobial projects in its pipeline as of 2016, seven of which were in the clinical stage of development. Among them are LFF571, an antibiotic targeting Clostridium difficile, and LYS228, an antibiotic with activity against carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE).”This is a growing problem of less innovators around who have the capacity to commercialize new antibiotics,” Iyer added. She noted that while there are several small biotech companies working on antibiotic research and development, many of these companies lack the ability to commercialize these drugs.Novartis added in its statement that it will continue discussions to produce, market, and sell antibiotics developed by smaller companies.”The need for these types of medicines is clear and to maximize the chances that these programs will one day help patients we are actively engaged in out-licensing discussions with companies focused on developing medicines in these areas,” the company said.Economic challenge of antibiotic developmentThe economic challenge of antibiotic development is one of the reasons frequently cited for the lack of new antibiotics. A new antibiotic that’s effective against CRE, for example, would be a significant and much-needed weapon in the fight against multidrug-resistant bacteria.But the medical community would want to reserve such a drug for infections that have no other treatment options, in order to prevent the development of resistance. As a result, the company that developed the antibiotic would be unlikely to sell enough of the drug to earn back its investment, much less make a profit.While there are efforts to provide smaller companies with a financial “push” to get new antibiotics through the early stages of clinical development, like CARB-X (the Combating Antibiotic Resistant Bacteria Biopharmaceutical Accelerator), antibiotic development advocates believe that market incentives that delink profits from sales volume are also needed.”The world desperately needs several global companies with an ironclad commitment to antibiotics,” said CARB-X Executive Director Kevin Outterson, JD. “This Novartis decision is entirely due to the broken business model for antibiotics.”These “pull” incentives could take the form of a market entry reward, in which the developer of a new antibiotic would receive a significant up-front payment (funded by governments and other sources), thereby reducing the need to maximize sales. Other ideas include granting companies extended patents for a new antibiotic, or allowing them to use patent extensions for other drugs they’ve developed. In return, companies would have to ensure that the new antibiotic is used responsibly, affordable, and widely accessible.The movement around pull incentives has been gaining steam. On Jun 26, the World Economic Forum issued a report calling on governments and pharmaceutical companies to collaborate on designing pull incentives. A few days later, Congressmen from Indiana and California introduced a bill in the US House of Representatives, called REVAMP, that would award 12 months of market exclusivity for new drugs designated as priority antimicrobial products.”We need a powerful pull incentive, like REVAMP or a market entry reward, to keep the sector afloat,” said Outterson.The last new class of antibiotics was discovered and developed more than 30 years ago.See also:Jul 11 Endpoint News storyJun 29 CIDRAP News story “Bipartisan bill proposes new ‘pull’ incentives for priority antibiotics”Jun 26 CIDRAP News story “World Economic Forum seeks ‘pull’ incentives for new antibiotics”Jan 23 Access to Medicine Foundation Antimicrobial Resistance Benchmark 2018
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Russia has dropped the first criminal charges against Arctic 30 activist Anthony Perrett.As Greenpeace reports, Mr. Perrett has requested an exit visa from the Federal Migration Service to allow him to leave Russia.Anthony is one of the people who were seized when the Greenpeace ship Arctic Sunrise was boarded after a peaceful protest at Gazprom’s drill platform in the Pechora Sea. They need exit visas because they were charged and then bailed inside Russia after they had been detained in international waters beyond Russia’s territorial waters.The Russian Parliament approved an amnesty decree last week freeing defendants who have been charged with hooliganism. It therefore included the Arctic 30 – the 28 Greenpeace International activists and two freelance journalists, who were arrested at Gazprom-operated Arctic oil platform three months ago.December 25, 2013; Image: Greenpeace
The topsides integration phase for the Ichthys LNG project’s central processing facility (CPF) is progressing well at the Samsung Heavy Industries shipyard in South Korea.On Saturday 27 June, the Inpex-operated project celebrated the lifting of a 6400 tonne module which incorporates the CPF’s main electrical and instrumentation rooms.The lift was executed by two synchronised cranes operating in tandem. The 62 metre-long, 46 metre-wide module was the seventh of eight modules required to complete the CPF topsides, Inpex said on Wednesday.The CPF is scheduled to be launched from the floating dock in the coming months, Inpex added.Once complete, the CPF will be towed 5600 kilometres to the Ichthys field in the Browse Basin, offshore Western Australia, where it be moored permanently to the seabed for the life of the $US34 billion LNG project.Gas and some condensate from the CPF will be sent through an 889 kilometre pipeline to the project’s onshore LNG facilities in Darwin. LNG World News Staff; Image: Inpex
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Los Angeles District, will hold a public hearing for the Draft Integrated Feasibility Report for the Malibu Creek Ecosystem Restoration Study on March 1 at the Las Virgenes Municipal Water District in Calabasas, California.The primary purpose of the proposed project is to provide a more natural sediment transport regime from the watershed to the shoreline and to restore aquatic and riparian habitat connectivity along Malibu Creek and its tributaries, USACE said in its announcement.Implementation of the proposed project is intended to sustain or enhance indigenous populations of aquatic and terrestrial species within the next several decades, particularly the southern California steelhead, allowing for migratory opportunities to about 15 miles of habitat in this watershed that has been unreachable for over 90 years due to the presence of Rindge Dam.This project would support a key goal of the National Marine Fisheries Service’s Southern California Steelhead Recovery Plan, USACE said.The draft report includes formulation, evaluation and comparison of an array of alternatives with associated detailed environmental analyses and consequences.[mappress mapid=”23616″]