The Flint Water Crisis May Be Even Worse Than Expected
Feb24

The Flint Water Crisis May Be Even Worse Than Expected

As backlash from the public over the Flint water crisis continues, many people have been left wondering just how bad it actually is. According to The Root, things could actually be worse than previously expected after one Flint, MI, man was found to have blood-lead levels that were five times what is considered to be toxic. Prior to the crisis, 29-year-old Aaron Stinson prided himself on drinking water as his key to remaining healthy. However, that all changed after he was told by Genesee County Health Department officials that his tests showed that he has the highest blood-lead levels of any adult tested in the county as of yet. “I consume a lot of water,” Stinson told the Detroit Free Press on Tuesday. “That may be where my issue came in at, thinking that I’m living healthy and drinking something that I thought was pure for my body. … It’s hard to really express how I feel, because I’m still trying to wrap my brain around it,” remarked Stinson. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, just five micrograms of lead in the blood stream is considered toxic. Stinson’s blood contained as many as 27 micrograms of lead. Cases like Stinson’s have become such a widespread problem in the area, that the U.S. Surgeon General Vice Admiral Vivek H. Murthy is now making personal visits to homes with contaminated water in Flint, as MLive of Michigan reports. Murthy spent that past week in Flint speaking with not only residents but healthcare providers as well. He also attended a number of meetings with state, federal, and city officials. One homeowner, Tia Simpson, especially sparked Murthy’s curiosity when she reported lab tests of the water in their house containing 27 parts per billion (ppb) for one faucet and 376 ppb for another. According to federal regulations, threshold for lead in water is 15 parts per billion; any more than that may require filtration systems, plumbing repairs, or other measures to reduce lead levels. A second test in January showed a consistent level 376 ppb of lead in the water, but also a whopping 1,150 ppb of copper which is also harmful if ingested in large...

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Cleaning Your Kitchen a Good Place to Start if You’re Looking to Lose Weight Study Says
Feb23

Cleaning Your Kitchen a Good Place to Start if You’re Looking to Lose Weight Study Says

Have you ever felt so overwhelmed about something that instead of actually trying to attack the problem, you turn to something else entirely, like eating? Chances are the answer is yes, and a new study is suggesting that there might be scientific evidence to support such a theory. According to MinnPost.com, the study actually focuses specifically on the cleanliness of your kitchen and the effects it can have on your eating habits. The study, entitled, “Clutter, Chaos, and Overconsumption: The Role of Mind-Set in Stressful and Chaotic Food Environments,” was published in this month’s Environment and Behavior journal. “The notion that places — such as cluttered offices or disorganized homes — can be modified to help us control our food intake is becoming an important solution in helping us become more ‘slim by design,’” the study’s authors wrote. “The chaotic environment had no impact on consumption of crackers or carrots. Although a chaotic environment can create a vulnerability to making unhealthy food choices, one’s mind-set in that environment can either trigger or buffer against that vulnerability.” The study supports earlier research done by the University of Minnesota, which found that people in a tidy, orderly room were three times more likely than people in a messy, cluttered room to choose an apple over chocolate as a snack. On a practical level, having a clean cooking environment (thanks to a maid service or good, old-fashioned elbow grease) most likely encourages a person to want to cook, rather than discouraging them from even being in the room the way a messy kitchen does. There were, of course, some considerations. The study only looked at female participants between the ages of 17 and 27. They were randomly assigned either “chaotic” or “standard” kitchens and then given various instructions and then asked to rate the qualities of a number of different foods they were instructed to...

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One of Three Winning Tickets for January’s Historic Powerball Drawing Remains Unclaimed
Feb19

One of Three Winning Tickets for January’s Historic Powerball Drawing Remains Unclaimed

Three lucky tickets were sold for the historic $1.6 billion Powerball drawing on Jan. 13, and after a second winner finally stepped forward to claim their prize, attention has shifted to the third and final winner. According to the Daily Bulletin, the only winning ticket from January’s drawing that has yet to be claimed was purchased in Chino Hills, CA. Before taxes are subtracted and a payment structure is chosen, the ticket has a cash value of $528 million. Shortly after the drawing, John and Lisa Robertson of Mumford, TN, cashed in their ticket amidst widespread fanfare. The couple went on a national media tour, carrying the ticket with them across the country before finally presenting it to the state lottery headquarters. On Feb. 17, the second piece of the puzzle came together when Florida’s lucky winners claimed their prize. David Kaltschmidt and Maureen Smith purchased their winning ticket at a Melbourne grocery store, taking over a month to consult with financial experts before introducing themselves to the world. Now, only one final winning ticket remains. It was purchased at a 7-Eleven in Chino Hills, where hundreds of locals gathered one day after the drawing to celebrate their town’s newfound celebrity status. The Powerball annuity payout schedule consists of 30 annual payments that increase over time, but the Chino Hills winner will also have the option to receive a one-time lump sum payment of $327.8 million. A frenzy surrounding the massive jackpot lasted for several days after the drawing before its winner were announced, which gave scammers an opportunity to dupe unsuspecting people online. According to The Washington Post, dozens of people were claiming to have won the jackpot on social media just hours after the drawing. One man, Erik Bragg, posted a Photoshopped picture of himself holding a “winning” ticket. Bragg, like many others, promised a portion of the jackpot to anyone who shared the post. Savvy internet users were quick to point out discrepancies in the fake images, and most of the scammers quickly deleted their misleading posts. The real Chino Hills winner will have 180 days from the ticket’s purchase date to claim their prize. Considering they will soon have over $300 million to enjoy for the rest of their life, they likely are not in a...

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Have a Layover in Oregon? Now, You Can Catch a Movie While You Wait
Feb09

Have a Layover in Oregon? Now, You Can Catch a Movie While You Wait

Airports are a place for waiting. Indeed, while transferring from one flight to the next or waiting to board for their final destination, people spend anywhere from minutes to hours tinkering with WiFi connections, playing games on their phone, and streaming their favorite movies and television shows on their personal tablets and smart devices. That being said, it seems that airports and movie theaters would be a match made in heaven. And if you look at the statistics, the demand for an increase in airport entertainment is extremely high. Yet despite this, many airports have been reticent to build theaters in terminals — until now, that is. The Portland International Airport will soon be one of the newest airports to adopt a movie theater. To do so, the airport is partnering with Portland’s famous Hollywood Theatre, and is creating a vintage-style cinema for passengers looking for some quality entertainment during their layover. Considering the fact that 41% of airline passengers watch movies in-flight, it seems that this latest installation would be a no-brainer. However, there are concerns regarding whether flyers will miss out on their flights due to a lengthy film. To combat this, the cinema, which is set to open this summer, will mostly screen short films produced by local filmmakers. The goal is to showcase the underground local arts culture that Portland is so famous for. “The films screened at PDX will introduce travelers to the diverse array of experiences Oregon and the surrounding region has to offer,” says PDX spokeswoman Kama Simonds. PDX’s decision to add a cinema just adds to a growing list of airports who have decided to add theaters to their terminals. In 2014, Minneapolis-Saint Paul Internaional Airport, became the first airport to have a cinema in the United States. Like Oregon’s soon-to-be cinema, Minneapolis’ See 18 Film Screening Room screens art house shorts crafted by notable filmmakers of the region. Additionally, the cinema runs...

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