Patch – by Justin Heinze

NORRISTOWN, PA — New details have emerged after two teenagers were found shot dead in Norristown on Friday night, the Montgomery County District Attorney’s Office announced Saturday. A preliminary investigation reveals that the shooter was defending himself from an armed robbery.

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MedPage Today – by Jennifer Henderson

A Houston-based physician and conservative activist is facing serious criminal charges following a 2020 incident tied to a botched voter fraud probe.

A grand jury handed down an indictment to Steven Hotze, MD, this week on felony charges of unlawful restraint and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, according to records from Harris County District Court. The charges stem from Hotze’s alleged involvement in an air-conditioning repairman being held at gunpoint during a search for hundreds of thousands of fraudulent mail ballots that actually didn’t exist. Continue reading “Texas Doc Charged in Incident Related to Fabricated Voter Fraud”


April 19, 2022

Today the U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued its final rule for added fluoride levels in bottled water titled Beverages: Bottled Water. This final rule amends the allowable level for fluoride in domestically packaged and imported bottled water to which fluoride is added to 0.7 milligrams per liter (mg/L). The proposed rule published in April 2019. Continue reading “FDA Releases Final Rule for Added Fluoride Levels in Bottled Water”


LONDON (AP) — Scientists are investigating a puzzling spike in liver disease in children across the United Kingdom, including the cause and whether there are any links between the affected youngsters.

The U.K. Health Security Agency said this week that public health personnel are looking into 74 cases of hepatitis, or liver inflammation, detected in children since January. Continue reading “UK investigating puzzling spike in liver disease in children”

Patch – by Megan VerHelst

WILLIAMSBURG, PA — A Pennsylvania grandma is facing multiple charges after police say she threatened to use “white witchcraft” against an officer if he didn’t drop felony drug charges against her grandson, according to a report.

Celestia R. Barker III, 74, of Williamsburg, appeared before a judge on Friday for a felony charge of threatening unlawful harm to influence the judicial process. She also faces a misdemeanor count of communications with 911, three summary counts of harassment, and one summary count of disorderly conduct, the Altoona Mirror reported. Continue reading “PA Grandma Used Witchcraft As Threat Against Police Officer: Report”


Citizenship is the quality of a person’s response to membership in a community. Being a citizen doesn’t automatically make you a good citizen, which is why teaching citizenship to elementary students is so important. By teaching children different themes of citizenship, you can help them learn how to positively contribute to their community. Be sure to focus on empathy, respect, compassion, diversity, and inclusion as you explore themes of citizenships with your class. Relate these themes to your students’ lives to help them understand what a good citizen means. Continue reading “How to Teach Citizenship in the Elementary School Classroom”

MedPage Today – by Lei Lei Wu

Mothers who were exposed to disinfectants on the job were more likely to have children with asthma, an analysis of a large birth cohort from Japan suggested.

After adjusting for many factors including maternal return to work 1 year after giving birth, mothers who used disinfectants every day in the prenatal period were more likely to have children diagnosed with asthma by 3 years of age compared with those who never used disinfectants (adjusted OR 1.26, 95% CI 1.05-1.52), reported Reiji Kojima, MD, PhD, of the University of Yamanashi, and colleagues.  Continue reading “Prenatal Disinfectant Exposure Linked to Asthma Risk in Kids”

Patch – by Eric Heyl

HARRISBURG, PA — A Pennsylvania lawmaker wants to study the idea of state employees shifting to a four-day, 32-hour work week.

State Rep. Christopher Rabb, a Philadelphia Democrat, plans to introduce legislation for the House Legislative and Budget Commission to conduct a cost-benefit study of moving to an adjusted work schedule. Continue reading “4-Day, 32-Hour Workweek For PA Employees Proposed”

MedPage Today – by Nicole Lou

People with long COVID and cardiovascular symptoms may now follow a prescribed path for evaluation and treatment recommended by the American College of Cardiology (ACC).

According to the new guidance, people with post-acute sequelae of SARS-CoV-2 infection (PASC) should undergo evaluation with laboratory tests, electrocardiograms (ECGs), echocardiography, ambulatory rhythm monitoring, and/or additional pulmonary testing depending on the clinical presentation, according to Ty Gluckman, MD, MHA, of Providence St. Joseph Health in Tigard, Oregon, and colleagues of the writing group. Continue reading “ACC Issues Playbook for Long COVID With Cardiac Involvement”

Independent Journal Review – by Michael Austin

In response to rapidly rising gas prices, the Montana Petroleum Association has announced that wells in the Bakken oil fields are officially going back online.

Inflation, regulations and a lack of additional oil resources — such as those that would have been supplied by the Keystone XL Pipeline, which was canceled by President Joe Biden on his first day in office — have led to rising gas prices in the states, experts say. Continue reading “Montana Takes Matters Into Own Hands, Restarts Dormant Oil Wells Amid Gas Price Explosion”


Jussie Smollett was just sentenced to 150 days in Jail for his elaborate hoax on the streets of Chicago … and Jussie went off on the judge, telling him if he dies in prison it’s not suicide. It got so intense, Jussie was taken into custody and left with his fist in the air.

Continue reading “Jussie Smollett Sentenced to 150 Days in Jail in Hoax Hate Crime Case”

Journal of Business and Technical Communication, September 18, 2020

COVID-19 forced businesses to adjust their communication strategies to fit a new reality. Among the most notable examples of such adjustment came from Steak-umm, the producer of frozen sliced beef. Taking on the role of science communicator and “coronavirus misinformation watchdog” (Vranica, 2020) instead of simply promoting its products, the company shifted its focus to the urgent needs of its publics, breaking down possible approaches to navigating information flow during the pandemic. Continue reading “Frozen Meat Against COVID-19 Misinformation: An Analysis of Steak-Umm and Positive Expectancy Violations”

The Guardian

Russian forces have unleashed an attack of Ukraine on the orders of Vladimir Putin, who announced a “special military operation” at dawn, amid warnings from world leaders that it could spark the biggest war in Europe since 1945.

Within minutes of Putin’s short televised address, at about 5am Ukrainian time, explosions were heard near major Ukrainian cities, including the capital, Kyiv. Continue reading “Russia invades Ukraine as Putin declares war to ‘demilitarize’ neighbor”