January 16, 2014 |
Marlise Munoz is dead. Yet her body is in a hospital intensive care unit, maintained on a ventilator. Why? The 33-year-old paramedic and mother of one from Fort Worth, Texas, apparently suffered a fatal pulmonary embolism in her home Nov. 26. She was found by her husband, Erick, who is also a paramedic, unconscious on their kitchen floor. She had lain there, not breathing, for some minutes. She was taken to nearby John Peter Smith Hospital, where doctors put her on ICU technologies, including a ventilator, and restored a heartbeat.
December 23, 2013 |
The merchant of death is dead: Mikhail Kalashnikov passed Monday at 94 in a hospital in Izhevsk, the capital of the Russian republic of Udmurtia. Of course you know his name; everyone knows his name . It's as famous a name as Samuel Colt, maker of the gun that won the West. Except that Kalashnikov designed the gun that has bedeviled the “other,” larger West for more than 60 years. Kalashnikov's AK-47 (“the automatic Kalashnikov” and the year it won a Soviet design competition, 1947)
December 5, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - The Pentagon is outfitting a 647-foot cargo ship with high-tech equipment in an effort to safely destroy hundreds of tons of lethal chemical weapons agents that were collected in Syria after a deadly gas attack this summer sparked an international outcry. Two specially developed hydrolysis machines, which use water or bleach to neutralize the chemicals that produce nerve gases, have been installed aboard the Cape Ray at the U.S. naval base in Norfolk, Va., officials said Thursday.
November 23, 2013 |
So Beverly Hills has its Sprinkles cupcake ATM, really more like an automat, dispensing the luscious little cakes. And sure enough, people really do line up outside, especially at night, to order from a menu of dozens of cupcakes, even Doggie sugar-free cupcakes. In Japan you can buy live lobsters, Uniqlo clothing and sneakers. Miami's Mondrian hotel features a luxury vending machine called the “Semi-Automatic” that dispenses sunglasses, novels, 24K gold handcuffs, Rolex watches and evening gowns.
November 14, 2013 |
Many documentaries steeped in social or political issues get very insistent and often very noisy in expressing a point of view. Michael Moore is of course the model for effective, engaging and defiantly in-your-face activism in this arena. In contrast, "The Ghosts in Our Machine," a heartfelt meditation on animal rights, comes at you as a whisper. It depends on the persuasive powers of creatures great and small - in their natural habitat or in cages - to argue that we stop using them for food, clothing, research and entertainment.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 13, 2013 |
At least three workers at a Tesla Motors car factory in Fremont were hurt Wednesday by "hot metal" from malfunctioning equipment. The incident, which occurred shortly after noon, did not involve a fire or explosion, Fremont Fire Department spokesman Dan Cardenas told a local NBC affiliate. The incident involved "pressurized equipment that they use at the plant,” he said. In a statement, Tesla said "a failure in a low pressure aluminum casting press" caused the accident and that three employees "were injured by hot metal from that press," according to KGO-TV.