April 30, 2013 |
A group of companies that design, manufacture and service orthotic and prosthetic devices has banded together to aid uninsured and under-insured victims of the Boston Marathon bombing who have had limbs amputated and may need years of costly care. The newly formed Coalition to Walk and Run Again said its members are "committed to assuring the availability of appropriate patient care as well as artificial limbs and other mobility devices on a compassionate access basis" to those who had amputations as a result of injuries sustained in the April 15 bombing that injured 264 people and claimed the lives of three.
August 2, 2011 |
It should come as no surprise that crimes like rape and sexual assault affect more than physical well-being - they take a toll on victims' mental health as well. A new study in the Journal of the American Medical Assn. quantifies this, finding that women who experience gender-based violence are more than twice as likely as their peers to have some kind of mental disorder. The results are based on a nationwide survey of 4,451 Australian women conducted in 2007. Among them, 27% said they had been the victim of at least one instance of gender-based violence . More specifically, 14.7% of women had been sexually assaulted; 10% had been victims of stalking; 8.1% were raped and 7.8% had been badly beaten by a spouse or romantic partner.
April 8, 2013 |
HARTFORD, Conn. -- President Obama will meet Monday with family members of victims killed in the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School to talk about their efforts to persuade Congress to pass gun control measures in response to the tragedy. The relatives of eight victims will talk with the president at the University of Hartford before he gives an address calling on lawmakers to work out a compromise to expand the background checks required for potential gun buyers. Afterward, the 11 family members will travel back to Washington aboard Air Force One to join other advocates pushing for change.
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September 19, 2013 |
An associate pastor at a church in Norwalk arrested on suspicion of sexually assaulting 20 female parishioners may have many more victims who've yet to be identified, authorities said Thursday. Jorge Juan Castro, 53, was arrested Friday on allegations that during his eight years as associate pastor at Las Buenas Nuevas Church in Norwalk he assaulted the parishioners. Detectives said of the 20 alleged victims have provided investigators with detailed accounts of sex acts that the pastor told were neccesary for his "healing hands.
January 22, 2010 |
An Illinois man was sentenced to more than 16 years in prison for helping to lead an identity theft ring that counted Federal Reserve Board Chairman Ben S. Bernanke and his wife, Anna, among its victims. Leonardo Darnell Zanders, 49, of Dolton, Ill., was sentenced Friday by U.S. District Judge Gerald Bruce Lee in Alexandria, Va., to 200 months in prison for his role in the ring that caused about $1.5 million in losses for at least 10 financial institutions, the Justice Department said in a statement.
December 18, 2012 |
Like most of America, Tennessee Titans running back Chris Johnson was saddened by the elementary school shooting in Newtown, Conn., on Friday. So he decided to pay tribute to the victims during Monday night's game against the New York Jets. “Kind of heartbroken, so just something to try to give back and show tribute to those families knowing how much they hurt,” Johnson said. “And a situation where on 'Monday Night Football' everybody around the world is watching.” Johnson wrote the names of each of the victims on his shoes and also had the words “RIP SHES” and a cross on each shoe.
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April 15, 2014 |
The coroner in Glenn County released the names Tuesday of three of the 10 victims of a fiery crash last week between a FedEx truck and a charter bus. Sheriff-Coroner Larry Jones confirmed that Talalelei Feleni Lealao-Taiao, 53, the bus driver; Michael Lee Myvett Jr., 29, a chaperon; and Ismael Jimenez, 18, a senior at Animo Inglewood Charter High School, were killed in the crash. Family members of the three victims and the driver's employer had confirmed to reporters that they had died, but authorities had to rely on dental records and DNA samples to identify and release most of the bodies, which had been burned beyond recognition.
January 9, 2011
The bullets did not discriminate. Sprayed from the barrel of a 9mm Glock semiautomatic pistol by a man whose actions may never make sense, they killed six people and wounded 14 more. Those whose lives ended violently Saturday were participating in a basic democratic exercise. They had come to meet the woman who represents them in Washington, Rep. Gabrielle Giffords. A Democrat who had won her third term by a sliver, Giffords was the intended target of the shooter's attack, authorities said.
February 26, 2013 |
Numerous Facebook "tribute" pages that emerged after the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre in December have turned into a convenient venting vehicle for those who contend the shooting never happened. So U.S. Sens. Richard Blumenthal and Chris Murphy of Connecticut, both Democrats, and Democratic Rep. Elizabeth Esty -- who represents Newtown, Conn. -- asked Facebook to take down harassing or exploitative pages. “Many [pages] give the appearance they were created by loved ones in the names of the victims,” the lawmakers wrote Monday.
July 27, 2012 |
INDIANAPOLIS -- The car driven by Regan Smith in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series will have a special paint scheme at Sunday's Brickyard 400 that pays tribute to the victims of the recent Colorado theater shooting. Smith's team is Furniture Row Racing, whose general manager, Joe Garone, noted that "the movie theater where the shooting took place is only a few miles from where our team is based in Denver. " The scheme on Smith's No. 78 Chevrolet, which was being painted on the car Friday at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, will include "Aurora, CO" on the side and the names of the 12 people who died in the shooting.