Paging Epstein Coverup
An electronic page for “Epstein Coverup” at San Diego International Airport was made by mistake, a report said. The airport’s messaging system announced a page for “Epstein Coverup” on a screen in a terminal, according to video posted to Twitter that went viral last week. The message on the screen reads, “Airport is paging Epstein Coverup please meet your party at terminal two east by American Airlines.” A spokesperson for the airport said that the page was a mistake and precautions were “being taken to avoid such mistakes in the future”. (10 News)
WI Looks to Become Latest “Tobacco 21” State
The latest push to discourage teen smoking has reached Wisconsin as lawmakers consider a bill that would raise the tobacco buying age from 18 to 21. Nearly 20 states have already adopted similar measures. The goal of Assembly Bill 422 is to prevent younger generations from developing smoking-related health issues as they get older. Experts agree that the most powerful statistic is that 95% of adults who smoke start before the age of 21. The Wisconsin measure would cover all types of tobacco products and vaping devices. The state Department of Health Services says the number of teens who smoke cigarettes has dropped in the last five years and is now 4.7%. But the number who use e-cigarettes has risen from about 8% to 20% in that same time period. In addition to the 18 states that have adjusted their purchase age upward, at least 500 cities across the country have taken similar action. The push to raise the tobacco-buying age is seeing a new sense of urgency amid public health concerns over the effects of vaping, especially for young adults. However, sponsors of the Assembly bill and its Senate counterpart acknowledge that statewide bans can be hard to implement. And opponents of raising the age say more restrictive laws will create an underground market, bypassing the retailers who can at least monitor underage purchases. (Public News Service)
Record Turnout For Voter Registration In California
Record numbers of Californians are now registered to vote, more than 20.3 million people, which is 3 million more than at this point in 2016, according to the latest statistics from the California Secretary of State. More than 80% of voters in the Golden State have registered, which is the highest percentage in 67 years. The Secretary says they are now 10 percentage points higher than the 2016 presidential election and he predicts sky-high turnout for the 2020 presidential contest, thanks to a number of state-level reforms, adding that “automatic voter registration and online registration have empowered millions of citizens to register to vote”. The state will also be mailing ballots to all voters next year. Voters can check that their registration is up to date at VoterStatus.sos.ca.gov and first time voters can go to RegisterToVote.ca.gov. People also can register on Election Day at any polling place or early-vote center. California’s primary is set for March 3, 2020. Democrats make up the largest bloc of registered voters in California, followed by “no party preference,” with Republicans coming in third. (Recordnet)
A new CDC report has a warning about the effects of childhood trauma
Adverse childhood experiences, or ACEs, refer to potentially traumatic events experienced or witnessed during childhood, like violence, substance misuse and mental health problems in the home. Though public health experts say these events are an important upstream cause of major health and social struggles later in life, it’s been unclear just how substantially they impede American health overall. In the first analysis of its kind, researchers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimated the link between self-reported ACEs and 14 negative health conditions and socioeconomic factors, using 2015-2017 survey data for more than 144,000 adults from 25 states. They found that 60.9% of adults reported at least one adverse childhood experience, while 15.6% reported four or more types. Such experiences were “significantly associated with poorer health outcomes, health risk behaviors, and socioeconomic challenges,” the study says, including depression, heavy drinking, smoking, lower educational attainment and unemployment. These experiences also are closely tied to at least five of the top causes of death in the U.S.: heart disease, cancer, respiratory diseases, diabetes and suicide, according to the CDC’s principal deputy director. (US News)
Children Suffer in Class After Years of Drinking the Lead-Poisoned Water
Five years after Michigan switched the city’s water supply to the contaminated Flint River from Lake Huron, the lead crisis has migrated to its schools. Neurological and behavioral problems among students are now threatening to overwhelm the education system. The water contamination exposed nearly 30,000 children to a neurotoxin known to have detrimental effects on developing brains and nervous systems. Medical experts say there is no way to prove that the lead has caused new disabilities, and pediatricians in Flint caution against over-diagnosing children as irreparably brain damaged. The percentage of the city’s students who qualify for special education services has nearly doubled, to 28 percent, from 15 percent the year the lead crisis began, and the city’s screening center has received more than 1,300 referrals since December 2018. The results: About 70 percent of the students evaluated have required school accommodations for issues like attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, also known as A.D.H.D.; dyslexia; or mild intellectual impairment, according to the associate director of the Neurodevelopmental Center of Excellence. (The New York Times)
Podcast about ‘Joe Exotic’ to be turned into television series
The strange story of the man known as “Joe Exotic” will be turned into a television series starring “Saturday Night Live” cast member Kate McKinnon. Universal Content Productions has teamed up with Wondery to adapt the podcast “Over My Dead Body: Joe Exotic,” which premiered in August. A network for the series has not been announced. The podcast takes an inside look at when Florida big-cat-enthusiast Carole Baskin learns that “Joe Exotic,” is breeding and using his big cats for profit. She then sets out to shut down his dealings, inciting an ever-escalating rivalry that leads to a murder-for-hire plot and eventual conviction of “Joe Exotic”, whose legal name is Joseph Maldonado-Passage. Along with being a big-cat enthusiast and running an exotic animal park in Wynnewood, Oklahoma, he was a self-proclaimed country music star and ran for president in 2016 and then governor of Oklahoma in 2018. In September 2018, he was federally charged with conspiring to kill Carole Baskin and several wildlife crimes. He was accused of hiring someone in November 2017 to murder Carole Baskin in Florida and then hiring a person, who turned out to be an undercover FBI agent, to commit the murder. He also was accused of killing five tigers in October 2017 to make room for other big cats, and sold and offered to sell tiger cubs. In April, a jury found him guilty on all charges in his federal murder-for-hire trial where decided to testify in his own defense despite a judge telling him that he had the right to an attorney and instructed the jurors not to hold that against him. As of November, he has not been sentenced. The production for the “Joe Exotic” television series is in its early stages. No names have been attached for the role of “Joe Exotic.” (KOCO)
Another state considering a ban on plastic bags
The Ohio state Senate committee held its first hearing on SB 222, which would preempt local governments from banning or taxing single-use plastic bags. Cuyahoga County passed such a ban that goes into effect January 1, 2020, and a few other Ohio communities have similar ordinances on the books. State Senator Michael Rulli sponsored the bill and contends it will provide clarity and consistency for commerce in the state. Sarah Damron is a chapter manager with the Surfrider Foundation, an environmental group that advocates for clean water and healthy beaches. She counters that Ohio should be taking action at the state level to reduce plastic pollution, instead of taking away power from local communities. Supporters say the fees or fines imposed for violating plastic container bans are bad for business. A conservation manager with the Sierra Club’s Ohio Chapter argues there’s a lot more at stake, noting the state currently has just 39.9 years of landfill waste capacity. “Plastic pollution is constantly getting into our rivers,” she points out. “It’s clogging up our storm sewers. Once it gets into the river, it breaks down into little pieces, and those pieces are consumed by fish and eventually get into the food chain.” While eight states have banned single-use plastic bags, Indiana, Michigan and six other states have laws preempting local plastics regulations. (Public News Service)
Arkansas police officer suspended after dancing naked at nightclub
A Conway, Arkansas police officer has been suspended after he was recorded dancing naked at a Little Rock nightclub last month. The officer was suspended without pay for 30 days and ordered to complete remedial training. He was off-duty and appeared to be “highly intoxicated” when he removed all his clothes at Discovery Nightclub on October 13th. The video shows the officer completely nude and dancing to “Don’t Stop Believin’” by Journey. Surrounded by onlookers, he stumbles into a table and is grabbed by a security guard. He pushes away the guard and stumbles onto the floor. Two security guards eventually escort the officer, still naked, away from the crowd. In a letter, the police chief said: “Your actions have brought discredit and embarrassment upon the Conway Police Department and could have resulted in your arrest for Public Intoxication,” the letter says. The letter was released under the Arkansas Freedom of Information Act, along with cellphone video from the nightclub. (KATV)
Interesting Veteran’s Day Facts:
- Veterans Day falls on the same day as Remembrance Day and Armistice Day in other countries.
- World War I formally ended on November 11th, at the 11th hour. It is also the 11th month.
- Originally, when known as Armistice Day, it was meant to honor those who died in World War I, but when it was amended in the early 1940s, it was changed to honor all the veterans who have served in the U.S. military.
- Veterans Day is sometimes confused with Memorial Day, however Memorial Day honors those who died while serving in the military and Veterans Day honors all those who have served in the U.S. military, alive and deceased.
- Raymond Weeks, a World War II veteran from Alabama, came up with the idea in 1945 to honor all veterans on November 11th, not just the ones who had lost their lives in World War I.
- Raymond Weeks was given the Presidential Citizenship Medal from Ronald Reagan in 1982. Raymond Weeks led the celebration from 1947 until 1985 when he died.
- In 1971, Veterans Day was moved to be the fourth Monday in October. In 1978 it went back to being November 11th.
- In 1954 the National Veterans Award was created, also in Alabama.
- Veterans Day, celebrated on November 11th, is both a state and federal holiday in the United States.
- Each year on Veterans Day there is a ceremony held in Arlington Cemetery to honor all who have died in war.
- There are approximately 24 million veterans living today.
- There were approximately 400,000 members of the United States military killed during World War II.
- On Veterans Day there are a number of parades held across the United States, as well as many speeches given.
- In 1921, on November 11th, an American soldier was buried at Arlington Cemetery. His identity was unknown and as such, his gravesite is called the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. On November 11th a wreath is laid on the grave during a ceremony. It is laid by the president or by a high-ranking member of the government.
- In 2011 it was estimated that approximately 8.1% of veterans in the United States are women.
- Approximately 35% of the veterans living today served in the United States military in the Vietnam War.
- On average, those who have served in the military in the United States, including men and women, earn more than those who have not served.
- There is not supposed to be an apostrophe in Veterans Day. Still, some spell it Veteran’s Day or Veterans’ Day.
Monday Peacefully Rolls In With:
- Armistice Day
- Death/Duty Day
- Forget-Me-Not Day
- National Homunculus Awareness Day
- Origami Day
- Red Lipstick Day
- Veteran’s Day
- World Orphans Day (2nd Monday)