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Oxford High School shooting leaves 3 dead, multiple injured: Everything we know

(Detroit Free Press) Three people were killed and eight injured in a shooting Tuesday afternoon at Oxford High School in Oakland County, roughly 45 minutes northwest of Detroit.

A suspect was taken into custody at the scene.

Here is what we know so far.

(This breaking news story will be updated as more information becomes available.)

What happened at Oxford High?

At 12:51 p.m., police dispatchers received a 911 call — more than 100 ultimately came in — for an active shooter at Oxford High School in Oakland County.

Within about five minutes of the call, Oakland County sheriff's deputies had taken a suspect into custody, Undersheriff Michael McCabe said during a news conference Tuesday afternoon.

Police believe about 15 to 20 shots were fired in the incident, and in the south end of the school, McCabe said. ...........(more)


Omicron may cause milder symptoms. But experts aren't breathing easy yet.

(NBC News) Amid the global concern over a new coronavirus strain has been one piece of hopeful news: Those infected with the omicron variant appear to have “very mild” symptoms, according to the South African doctor who first spotted the variant.

Dr. Angelique Coetzee told the BBC that neither she nor her colleagues had admitted anyone who had the strain to the hospital so far. Her patients had experienced extreme fatigue but no loss of taste or smell, which are often telltale symptoms of Covid-19, she said.

The early reports are encouraging, epidemiologists and other experts said.

But they cautioned that there is too little data to draw any conclusions yet. Their bigger concern, they said, is how quickly the omicron variant, with its high number of mutations, might spread and how it will match up against vaccines.

“I don’t think we know anything about the virulence. What we’re worried more about is the transmissibility and the immune-evasion capabilities,” said Dr. Amesh Adalja, an infectious disease doctor who is a senior scholar at the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security. ...................(more)


S.African doctor says patients with Omicron variant have "very mild" symptoms

JOHANNESBURG, Nov 28 (Reuters) - A South African doctor who was one of the first to suspect a different coronavirus strain among patients said on Sunday that symptoms of the Omicron variant were so far mild and could be treated at home.

Dr. Angelique Coetzee, a private practitioner and chair of South African Medical Association, told Reuters that on Nov. 18 she noticed seven patients at her clinic who had symptoms different from the dominant Delta variant, albeit "very mild".

Now designated Omicron by the World Health Organization, the variant was detected and announced by South Africa's National Institute of Communicable Diseases (NICD) on Nov. 25 from samples taken from a laboratory from Nov. 14 to Nov. 16.

Coetzee said a patient on Nov. 18 reported at her clinic being "extremely fatigued" for two days with body aches and headache. .............(more)


Snow plough clears escape path for guests trapped at UK's highest pub

(Guardian UK) About a dozen of the 61 people snowed in at Britain’s highest pub have managed to escape a fourth night of being trapped.

The guests had been staying in the 17th-century Tan Hill Inn in the Yorkshire Dales since Friday night as Storm Arwen hit the UK, after travelling to watch an Oasis tribute band.

Alongside others, the members of Noasis managed to dig out their vehicles on Monday morning and follow a path cleared by a snow plough, after three days of pub quizzes, board games and karaoke.

Blizzards causing 9ft-high snow drifts meant a tunnel had to be cut from the front door, but the roads remained impassable over the weekend owing to fallen power cables that had blown over in the high winds. ............(more)


US Christian right group wages culture war with books, cartoon and nature doc

(Guardian UK) The son of pastor Douglas Wilson of the controversial Christ Church in Moscow, Idaho, and a close associate have made significant inroads into mainstream culture in America with a successful streaming cartoon based on a book published by the church’s own imprint.

The Guardian has previously reported on how the church, which aims to create a theocracy in the US, has increased its power and influence in its home town, while also campaigning vociferously against efforts to curb the coronavirus pandemic. Those developments come amid a broader rise in the right wing across the US.

At the same time Christ church is seeking to use television and book publishing to enter US popular culture and promote its interests.

Wilson’s son Nathan Wilson and his manager and close associate, Aaron Rench, have simultaneously been attempting to crowdfund a creationist nature documentary starring Douglas Wilson’s brother, Gordon, and have continued to market young adult fiction through a mainstream publisher.

They have also entered into complicated financial arrangements which appear to divert money to a troubled charity associated with Christ Church and silently taken control of a number of Christ Church-associated businesses through LLCs which have limited legal and financial reporting obligations. ................(more)


Florida man arrested after sitting on woman to use gym equipment, deputies say

CLEARWATER, Fla. (WFLA) — A Clearwater man was arrested Thanksgiving morning after getting into an altercation with a pair of sisters over using gym equipment, according to the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office.

An affidavit states that the sisters were using an exercise machine while the man, identified as 78-year-old Robert Edward Dvorak, was waiting for his turn.

Authorities said the man then sat on one of the women to use the machine instead. .......(more)


Bolsonaro Launched A Trumpian Anti-Vaccine Campaign. Brazilians Got The Shot Anyway.

(HuffPost) Far-right Brazil President Jair Bolsonaro has warned that COVID-19 vaccines will turn people into crocodiles. He has spread conspiracies that the vaccine could give people AIDS. Bolsonaro has pointedly refused to get vaccinated himself ― at September’s G-20 summit in New York, he was the only world leader present who said he had yet to take the jab.

Bolsonaro has mimicked the worst tendencies of his American idol, former President Donald Trump. But his attempts to foment the sort of skepticism and hesitancy Trump helped generate in millions of Americans have fallen completely flat.

Last week, Brazil reported that 60% of its population is now fully vaccinated, pushing it past the United States, which had a four-month head start. More than 97% of Brazilian adults have received at least one shot, and virtually every adult in São Paulo, the country’s largest city, is inoculated. Polls in July showed that just 5% of Brazilians said they’d never get the vaccine; in the U.S., somewhere between 13% and 19% of Americans still say they won’t.

More than 610,000 Brazilians have died from COVID-19, a death toll that trails only the United States’. But as the U.S. stares down the beginnings of another winter surge, Brazil’s daily case numbers are at their lowest points since this time last year. Daily death tolls in the majority of its states are in the single digits, and special hospital units in former hot spots like Rio de Janeiro are completely empty for the first time since the pandemic began.

That’s a credit to the country’s public health system and cultural faith in vaccines. The question is whether Bolsonaro’s rhetoric will have a corrosive long-term effect. ...........(more)


Bald eagle has little respect for Florida Man

In Dunedin, Florida, Chad Rissman and his uncle Darrin Vick spent the day fishing but had no luck. Finally at dusk, a tiny shark took the bait. But just as Vick began to reel in his catch, a beautiful bald eagle swooped down and snatched the shark.

"It's just like brushing the greatness of the country all into one picture and one experience," Vick told local news.

Uh-huh. Anyway, from Fox13:

(Clearwater Audubon Society's Kim) Begay knows that eagle as Eugene, first rescued in Bradenton in 2017, after fracturing her leg.

"The first time she broke her leg she was in rehab for about eight months and she was in rehab at a very critical time when she would be learning how to hunt and following her parents' hunt," Begay explained.

Eugene appears to now be looking for easy meals[…]

"If you hook a bird by accident, or the bird has line wrapped around them, don't cut the line leaving the bird with long amounts of line trailing. You have to reel, remove, and release," she said.


We need a new way to measure COVID

We need a new way to measure COVID
By Abdul El-Sayed

(Detroit Metro Times) Throughout the pandemic, Europe has been a harbinger of what’s coming next on this side of the pond. And across Europe, COVID cases are climbing. In the U.K., the current weekly average looks like it did on Christmas of 2020, during the country’s worst surge. The Netherlands is experiencing a pandemic record high in cases right now.

Last week, in the U.S., after months of declines, cases started to climb. It’s only natural to be concerned when cases of a pandemic disease start to go up. After the massive holiday surge last year, it’s not surprising that the news of increasing cases as we prepare for Thanksgiving would set off alarm bells. But there’s another way that Europe’s experience should be instructive: COVID deaths are substantially lower than they have been in the past.

As our anti-COVID armament changes, looking simply at mounting case rates is giving us an increasingly distorted picture of the state of the pandemic. We’ve now reached a place where we need a better way to measure it.

Take the U.K., for example. Despite the same number of cases as they experienced last Christmas, the U.K. is experiencing only 27% as much mortality. In the Netherlands, even with record-setting case rates, mortality is only a quarter as high as it was during the next highest case surge over the holidays last year.

The main reason, of course, is vaccines. Though we tend to think of vaccines as reducing case transmission, vaccines were always intended to reduce symptomatic illness. And they do — which is why the mortality rate is so low across Europe. There’s also a lot more testing now. We’re no longer in the Bad Old Days of 2020 when we simply couldn’t catch up with the glut in COVID tests. Today, testing is done quickly, simply, and cheaply. In the U.K., they offer every single person two rapid tests per week. Increased testing means that more of the asymptomatic cases we might have missed in the past are counted alongside symptomatic ones. ..............(more)


Florida Man, Paul Mitchell, Arrested After Sushi Flipping Rampage

Florida man is at again, this time for going on a sushi throwing rampage in a hibachi buffet line.

According to an arrest affidavit, Mitchell, 52, entered the Hibachi Buffet in Pinellas Park and was not happy at all, to see the sushi he wanted on Saturday, was not being served.

Police say that Mitchell became angry and started flipping several plates of sushi that were on the hibachi buffet line. ..............(more)


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