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Could the ATM be where you pick up the flu? Here’s where you need to be on alert for germs

Could the ATM be where you pick up the flu? Here’s where you need to be on alert for germs

As flu season begins, it’s time to start thinking about where you can pick up germs left behind by others.

When you pick up that pen to sign your credit card receipt, did you ever think of how many people touched it before you?

How about the keypad on that gas pump, parking kiosk or the ATM?

And speaking of ATMs — what about the touchscreen?

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Just look at the fingerprints and you’ll understand why the folks at American Family Care are warning people about germs at the start of flu season.

Physician’s Assistant Orlinda Martinez sees patients at the AFC Urgent Care in Cary, North Carolina.

She saw her first flu patient weeks ago but most who visit for flu concerns are wanting vaccinations.

“At AFC Urgent Care, we’re giving out a lot of flu shots — probably five to 25 a day. We’re keeping very busy,” she said.

“Germs live on anything we basically touch,” she said. “For example when you’re checking out, you’re touching the pen. You’re not thinking about the fact that seven, or 30, or 150 different people have touched that pen before you. Likewise when you got to an ATM you’re pressing buttons. When you go to get your gas you’re touching things that other people have touched. Unfortunately, germs and bacteria can live on those surfaces.”

On Monday, Martinez was seeing Cayse Woods of Cary.

Woods, who has already had her flu shot, said she thought about germs on the pen she used to sign her credit card receipt at the urgent care.

“That’s disgusting, right?” she said. “I was thinking about that here at the doctor’s office when I used the communal pen. But thankfully here they had the hand sanitizer. So I took advantage of that.”

And she’s also thought about germs on public keypads and touchscreens.

“I always use my knuckle. I do that. But then I will like rub my eyes,” she said while laughing. “So I don’t know if it helps or not. But, yeah, being more conscious of those things always helps.”

Martinez was glad to hear that Woods is aware of high-tech germ hiding places.

By the way, that includes that smart phone you hand to friends and co-workers so they can swipe the screen to peruse your latest family pictures.

Martinez says awareness could be the key to helping make this a mild flu season.

“Unfortunately the flu is very easy to spread. And it can have a lot of bad consequences,” she said. “Here at the urgent care we are giving a lot of flu vaccines. That’s the best way to prevent it. But the second best way is hand hygiene and making sure we’re conscious about the things we are doing during flu season.”

And experts also want to remind us that if all precautions fail and you end up getting the flu, stay home so you don’t give it to others.

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Published at Tue, 15 Oct 2019 11:56:09 +0000

Gary city council president accused of firing gun at, kidnapping suspected car thief

Gary city council president accused of firing gun at, kidnapping suspected car thief

EAST CHICAGO, Ind. (WLS) — The Gary city council president is in jail Monday, accused of firing a gun at two teens he suspected of stealing his car and allegedly kidnapping one of them.

East Chicago police said Ron Brewer grabbed one of those teens. He has not yet been charged but is being held on probable cause for kidnapping and criminal recklessness.

“I just hope that people will reserve final judgement because if you listen to the facts as they are now, they don’t sound good,” said Gary Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson.

Scott King, Brewer’s attorney, said the trouble started in a Gary gas station Saturday evening, when Brewer’s car was stolen.

“Inside his car had been one or more debit cards, and he noticed charges were being made,” King said.

His attorney said that’s when Brewer and his wife jumped in their other car and decided to track down the thieves.

“They went to that location,” King said. “Lo and behold they see their car, the car that had been stolen.”

According to East Chicago Police, Brewer followed the car, and along Indianapolis Boulevard he started shooting at it.

Police said Shotspotter technology picked up the gunshots and alerted officers.

Eventually they all arrived at an East Chicago gas station.

“Some number of individuals jump out of the car, start running in different directions,” King said. “It’s my understanding Mr. Brewer apprehended one of them, put him in his car, took him back to Gary for purposes of taking him to Gary police.”

But police said Brewer instead went to his Gary home, where officers intercepted and arrested him.

His attorney said what Brewer did was a perfectly legal citizen’s arrest.

“My job is to look at what the law is, and the law in Indiana since 1981 has permitted this,” he said.

“It’s not something that’s consistent with who I know him to be,” said Mayor Freeman-Wilson.

Brewer is being held in East Chicago, where the alleged car theft took place. Police are also investigating the original car theft report.

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Published at Wed, 23 Oct 2019 03:33:00 +0000

Tiktok Bans Political and Advocacy Advertising From Its Platform

Tiktok Bans Political and Advocacy Advertising From Its Platform

TikTok announced Thursday that it is banning all political ads, a move that sets it apart from other social media platforms that have become destinations for political ad dollars, NBC News reports.

TikTok is a smartphone app in which users can capture short videos of themselves, usually lip syncing or dancing to popular songs. The app has attracted a large following of mostly younger users in recent years.

Blake Chandlee, TikTok’s vice president of global business solutions, wrote in a blog post that the company has chosen not to allow ads on its platform from any politicians or candidates at the federal, state or local levels, as well as advocacy or issue ads.

Chandlee said the company wants to stay true to retain “the app’s light-hearted and irreverent felling that makes it such a fun place to spend time.”

Published at Thu, 03 Oct 2019 23:30:24 +0000

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Contreras Pens Emotional Goodbye to Maddon

Contreras Pens Emotional Goodbye to Maddon

Chicago Cubs catcher Willson Contreras has only had one manager during his big league career, and as Joe Maddon rides into the sunset, he penned an emotional tribute to the man he called “socio.” 

Maddon, who will leave the Cubs after five seasons, leaves a strong track record behind, with a World Series title and four playoff appearances to his credit. 

Contreras was a key member of three of those playoff teams, including the 2016 squad, and he thanked Maddon for his role in bringing a championship to Chicago: 

“Socio, it was my pleasure to play for you and I cannot thank you enough,” Contreras said. “Was really special to have you as my first MLB manager. Thanks for all the advice that I will never forget. You will always be remembered everywhere, but the city of Chicago will always love you.” 

Contreras was the Cubs’ starting catcher in Game 7 of the 2016 World Series, going 1-for-2 with an RBI before being removed in favor of catcher David Ross later in the contest. 

The Cubs have already launched their search for their next manager, and Ross is one of the candidates they are potentially targeting, according to Cubs President of Baseball Operations Theo Epstein. 

Published at Mon, 30 Sep 2019 22:39:17 +0000

Illinois issues 300,000 REAL ID-compliant driver’s licenses

Illinois issues 300,000 REAL ID-compliant driver’s licenses

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Illinois has issued about 300,000 state driver’s licenses that are compliant with a 2005 law aimed at strengthening rules for identification at airports and federal facilities.

The (Springfield) State Journal-Register reports that after long delays, the Illinois Secretary of State is now processing thousands of the documents daily.

        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        

The licenses that are compliant with the REAL ID Act of 2005 have a small gold circle with a white star in the middle. Those applying for a REAL ID-compliant driver’s licenses need to show additional paperwork to prove their identity.

Starting in October 2020, Illinois residents over 18 who fly or visit military bases will need a REAL ID-compliant document. Along with the new drivers’ licenses, passports can also be used.

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Information from: The State Journal-Register, http://www.sj-r.com

Published at Mon, 23 Sep 2019 00:47:00 +0000

Cubs’ Offense Sputters in Extra Inning Loss to Reds

Cubs’ Offense Sputters in Extra Inning Loss to Reds

The Chicago Cubs had a chance to gain ground on the Washington Nationals and inch ahead of the Milwaukee Brewers in the National League wild card hunt, but they could only muster four hits in an extra-innings loss to the Cincinnati Reds on Wednesday night.

The Cubs notched only one hit against Reds starter Tyler Mahle, and were limited to one run in four innings against the Cincinnati bullpen.

James Norwood issued two walks and gave up a hit in the 10th inning, and Jose Iglesias hit an RBI double that gave the Reds a third run and ultimately the victory in the season finale between the two clubs.

The loss means the Cubs remain a game and a half behind the Nationals in the race for the top wild card spot in the National League and remain in a tie with the Brewers for the second wild card spot.

A St. Louis Cardinals win on Wednesday also means that the Cubs trail their arch rivals by three games in the Central Division race heading into a critical four-game series this weekend.

The Cubs fell behind in the fourth inning of the game, as Eugenio Suárez hit a home run to center field off of Cubs starter Jon Lester, giving the Reds a 1-0 lead.

In the bottom of the frame the Cubs struck back, as Kyle Schwarber lofted a sacrifice fly to right field to score Nicholas Castellanos and knot things up at 1-1.

That score stayed in place until the seventh inning when the Reds took the lead back on a sacrifice fly of their own, but once again the Cubs answered quickly as Willson Contreras hit a home run into the left field bleachers to tie the game at 2-2.

After the Cubs got two quick outs to start the 10th, the Reds put together a rally thanks to some erratic pitching by Norwood. He allowed a single and then a walk to put runners on first and second, and when Iglesias doubled to deep right, Aristides Aquino scored the go-ahead run, giving the Reds a lead they would never relinquish.

Now the Cubs are left to lick their wounds as they prepare for a critical series against the Cardinals at Wrigley Field. First pitch for the series opener is set for 7:05 p.m.

Published at Thu, 19 Sep 2019 03:55:33 +0000

‘Jeopardy!’ host Alex Trebek opens up about spirituality as he faces latest cancer setback

‘Jeopardy!’ host Alex Trebek opens up about spirituality as he faces latest cancer setback

It is no secret, Emmy-winning “Jeopardy!” host Alex Trebek is fighting for his life. Tuesday, he announced the disappointing news that he would have to return for more chemotherapy treatment. Trebek is candid and realistic about his current health situation.

“I’ve had immunotherapy, which didn’t work at all, and it’s the same immunotherapy treatment thousands of people are getting and doing well with, so you never know,” said Trebek.

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Immunotherapy is supposed to stimulate the body’s immune system and then attack the cancer cells. Because it isn’t working, Trebek has to undergo another round of chemotherapy to fight off his stage 4 pancreatic cancer that has a survival rate of just one percent. These are facts he will not hide from his devoted viewers.

“If there were changes in my condition or my treatment process, I wanted them to know about it,” said Trebek. “The viewers of ‘Jeopardy!’ are like my family to me. I mean, we’ve been together for 35 years. They know me very well, and I know them very well because of all the mail I’ve received. I’ve received hundreds of thousands of cards and letters over this current health situation that has blown me away.”

“The thought of passing on doesn’t frighten me.” Watch Alex Trebek’s full annoucement about his pancreatic cancer battle.
This outpouring is inspiring to this beloved host; a man who already has a powerful inner strength. Trebek is open about his feelings regarding spirituality.

“I say that my wife is the spiritual one in our family and she always argues and says, ‘No you are spiritual also, you just don’t admit it,'” said Trebek. “I try not to allow worrisome thoughts into my brain about what could happen. Hey I’m not going to let you live rent free in my head! So, I’ll deal with whatever it is when it happens.”

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Published at Wed, 18 Sep 2019 04:58:41 +0000

Man sentenced in absentia after leaving DuPage courthouse before verdict

Man sentenced in absentia after leaving DuPage courthouse before verdict

A Chicago man who fled the DuPage County courthouse while a jury was deliberating in his 2018 trial was sentenced in absentia Monday to five years in prison.

Kary Bush, 38, of the 6400 block of South Oakley Avenue, was found guilty of felony aggravated fleeing and eluding in April 2018. Bush left the Wheaton courthouse before jurors rendered the verdict, according to a news release from the DuPage County state’s attorney’s office Bush is still at large, and a no-bond warrant has been issued for his arrest.

        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        

“This morning, Mr. Bush was sentenced to five years behind bars for fleeing a police officer — at times reaching speeds of up to 120 miles per hour,” DuPage County State’s Attorney Robert Berlin said. “Mr. Bush thumbed his nose at the law that day and he thumbed his nose at the criminal justice system when he left the courthouse just prior to a jury returning a guilty verdict against him. … I have every confidence that he will be apprehended and held responsible for his actions.”

Published at Tue, 17 Sep 2019 03:15:46 +0000