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Woman contracts flesh-eating infection at Va. beach – PennLive

July 15th, 2019

A Virginia woman is recovering after she contracted a flesh-eating infection from bacteria at a Norfolk beach.

According to WGNT, Amanda Edwards said she was in the water at Ocean View Beach for less than 10 minutes the during a beach day last week.

Edwards ignored the infection for a couple days, but told the station that the flesh-eating staph infection got bigger and bigger until she couldn’t walk anymore.

Doctors told Edwards she probably contracted the bacteria through an open cut, she told the station.

The station reported there was a swimming advisory at the time Edwards went swimming, but she said there were not signs to indicate the advisory.

Edwards will remain on medication for the infection for another two weeks, she told the station.

People around the country have contracted flesh eating infections this summer, including Lynn Fleming, who died after suffering two strokes and organ failure after contracting a flesh eating disease in Florida.

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A popular teen on Instagram was killed. Now the gruesome photos are spreading across the web –

July 15th, 2019

A Utica police spokesperson, Sgt. Michael Curley, confirmed the authenticity of the post.

Adding to the toxic online cloud, rumours, hoaxes and other misinformation about the case spread like wildfire as people on social media published misleading facts, made impostor accounts and teased sending the grisly photos in apparent bids to get more followers. Devins’ account, which had about 2,500 followers Sunday, had shot up to more than 80,000 by Monday night.

Devins’ killing highlighted long-standing questions about the ability and willingness of technology companies to regulate the content that makes their services so profitable.

Instagram struggled to remove the images from its service Monday, as more and more copies were posted. Some users were so frustrated by the company’s inability to police itself that they tagged and reported the users posting the images themselves. Others flooded the hashtag of Devins’ username with cheery pictures of hearts and animals to overwhelm the number of photos of her killing, making it less likely that they would surface when someone searched her name.

Instagram, which is owned by Facebook, did not answer questions about how long the violent content remained on its site after it was initially posted under the @yesjuliet account. Spokesperson Stephanie Otway said that Instagram was working with investigators and that it removed the suspect’s Instagram and Facebook accounts after his identity was confirmed. She said it continued to remove problematic material related to the killing, including posts that expressed support for the death.

Discord expressed regrets in a statement sent by spokesperson Will DeGirolamo.

“We are shocked and deeply saddened by this terrible situation,” it said. “In the meantime, our hearts go out to Bianca’s family and loved ones.”

Police said Clark met Devins on Instagram and eventually grew to know each other and their families in person. Police said they had a romantic relationship.

Clark and Devins went to a concert Saturday in New York City, about four hours south of Utica. Police said they got into an argument at the venue, but did not elaborate. Clark and Devins departed for the drive back to Utica after 10 p.m., eventually making their way to the dead-end road where Clark was found with Devins’ body, police said.

“The argument progressed until the male produced a large, black handled knife, and used this to inflict the injuries that caused her death,” the police said in a statement.

Devins’ family, in a statement, described her as a “talented artist, a loving sister, daughter, and cousin, and a wonderful young girl, taken from us all too soon.” They said she had just graduated from high school and planned to attend Mohawk Valley Community College in the fall.

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High speed rail from Vancouver to Seattle, Portland ‘worth the investment,’ study says – CBC News

July 15th, 2019

A new study looking into high speed rail between cities in British Columbia and Washington state says it’s financially viable.

The report by Washington state officials released on Monday looked at the business case for building a high speed rail system that would connect Vancouver, B.C., with Seattle and Portland across the border.  

“There is definitely an interest in it,” said Janet Matkin, communications manager for Washington state’s Transportation Department. 

The study found that travel times between Vancouver and Seattle would be reduced to one hour and travel from Vancouver to Portland would take less than two hours.

“The estimates are that between 12 and 20 per cent of existing trips would shift from private vehicles and planes to this ultra high speed system,” Matkin said. 

In addition to relieving some of the pressure on congested areas and helping cut greenhouse gas emissions, the study makes a case for improving economic productivity in the region. 

“It’s really about building on the foundation that the Pacific Northwest already has in place … to create better connections that allow for collaboration across the border,” Matkin said. 

“[It would] really develop that economic potential that’s really not fully realized right now.”

The B.C. government is also on board with exploring the idea and committed $300,000 to develop the study in March 2018. Another $300,000 was added in February 2019 for the next exploratory steps.

“The project could have huge economic benefits, drawing new companies to the region, creating an estimated $355 billion in economic growth and up to 200,000 new jobs,” the B.C. Ministry of Jobs, Trade and Technology said in a written statement. 

Self-sustaining by 2055

Numbers from 2017 estimate the rail line would cost between $24 billion and $42 billion in up-front construction expenses. 

But according to the new report, the system would be “worth the investment” and the revenue could cover operating costs by 2055.

“͞This study is part of the necessary good work that͛s being done to give us a clearer picture of the feasibility,” the ministry wrote. 

“Improving the connectivity in the Pacific Northwest region presents enormous potential for job creation, economic growth and environmental benefits on both sides of the border.”

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Ontario premier’s promises to end hospital overcrowding in a year were actually ‘wishes,’ Christine Elliott says – National Post

July 15th, 2019

TORONTO — It will likely take longer than a year to end overcrowding in Ontario’s hospitals, despite a promise from Premier Doug Ford to tackle the problem in 12 months, the health minister said Monday.

Days after Ford’s declaration, Health Minister Christine Elliott downplayed his remarks, saying he was articulating the government’s “wishes” but the problem is more complex than that.

“The premier is really expressing that we’re trying to do it as quickly as possible,” she said. “While we hope that it will be within the next year, it may take a little bit longer.”

Ford made his pledge on Friday during a meeting of Canada’s premiers, promising to end the so-called “hallway health-care” problem that has plagued Ontario’s hospitals for years and seen people treated in spaces not appropriate for patient care.

“When we got elected, there was people in hallways across our province waiting to see a doctor for five hours,” Ford said. “As we stand right now we’re down to 1,000 patients in the hallways, but I can assure the people of Ontario, over the next year we won’t have anyone in the hallways there.”

Elliott said the government has taken initial steps to begin to address the problem but acknowledged Monday that it will take a multi-pronged approach to solve the issue.

The government needs to build more long-term care spaces, improve access to addictions and mental-health treatment, and address hospital patient flows, she said.

“The premier was expressing wishes that we all have, that we all want hallway medicine ended today but the reality is that can’t happen yet,” she said. “But we have put in place many of the steps that need to be taken in order to get us to that place.”

The president of the Ontario Council of Hospital Unions called Ford’s comments “magical thinking” and said the province should be rolling out an updated plan to tackle the problem.

“The premier said last week that there were 1,000 people on stretchers in hallways,” Michael Hurley said. “Wouldn’t you expect a plan to open a thousand beds? We’re way, way short relative to (other provinces) in terms of beds … That’s why they’re being treated in hallways without any dignity or privacy or bathrooms.”

We all want hallway medicine ended today but the reality is that can’t happen yet

The director of the Ontario Health Coalition, which advocates for improvements in public health care, said Ford will not be able to fulfil his promise because the latest provincial budget did not have the funding required to build capacity within the system.

Natalie Mehra said current health spending does not keep pace with the rate of inflation or the province’s aging population.

“To end hallway medicine we would need to open a significant number of acute care beds, a significant number of chronic care beds,” she said. “We’d have to improve access to diagnostic tests and we’d have to improve access to long-term care, for real.”

NDP Leader Andrea Horwath said Ford appeared to pull his timeline “out of thin air” even as hospitals continue to struggle with overcrowding.

“He was obviously making stuff up,” she said. “I think anyone who’s paying attention to what’s happening in health care at all had a collective rolling of the eyes.”

Horwath noted that last week her party obtained memos that showed Ottawa’s Queensway Carleton Hospital has been experiencing an “ongoing severe capacity overload situation.”

“People are not getting the care that they need, with a lack of dignity and privacy,” she said. “It’s horrifying.”

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July 15th, 2019

Republicans won’t fully rebuke Trump’s Twitter attack on Democratic congresswomen – Global News

July 15th, 2019

Republicans found themselves unwilling Monday to swiftly and unequivocally rebuke U.S. President Donald Trump‘s attack on progressive women of colour in Congress, almost ensuring no real fallout from his party in Congress.

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Some Republicans spoke up against Trump’s suggestion that the women should “go back” to the countries they came from. But others levelled their criticism of Trump in careful comments that also criticized the women. Most notably, the GOP leadership in Congress said more than most by staying silent or defending the president’s incendiary remarks.

READ MORE: Democratic congresswomen denounce Trump’s Twitter attack, say it is a ‘distraction’

The result is that once again Republicans in Congress are allowing Trump to break the norms of civic behaviour — as when he equivocated over the neo-Nazi rally in Charlottesville and used a vulgarity to describe immigrants from Africa and other countries — with a muffled response that does little to change outcomes.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., declined to discuss the situation after he opened the chamber Monday, telling reporters he’d “address whatever questions you have” at his regularly scheduled news conference Tuesday.

WATCH: Democratic congresswomen respond to Trump’s Twitter attack

Asked if Trump’s comments were racist, the top Republican in the House, Kevin McCarthy of California, said: “This is about ideology. And the ideology of the Democratic Party is socialist. This debate is going to go on for a long time.”

Part of the problem for Republicans is a strategic one — they, too have piled on the freshmen lawmakers, using their liberal views to scare off voters.

READ MORE: Trump’s tweets attacking Democratic congresswomen don’t violate policy, Twitter says

Hardly a day goes by without Republicans raising warnings against the “squad” of newcomers: Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts and Rashida Tlaib of Michigan. They have become big money-makers for the GOP, portrayed as a more daunting threat than HouseSpeaker Nancy Pelosi. Omar, a Muslim refugee from Somalia, has been criticized by Republicans almost since she arrived.

With an uneven response from leaders on Capitol Hill, it fell to rank-and-file Republicans to deliver some of the more critical rebukes.

WATCH: Schumer says people who side with Trump after ‘bigoted’ comments have made ‘a deal with the devil’

Sen. Mitt Romney of Utah, the party’s 2012 presidential nominee, said in a tweet, “The president failed badly.”

Romney said, “The President of the United States has a unique and noble calling to unite the American people — of all different races, colours, and national origins.” He called the remarks “destructive, demeaning, and disunifying.”

READ MORE: Trump says congresswoman is ‘never happy’ with America and ‘hates Jews’

Sen. Tim Scott of South Carolina, the only black Republican senator, said Trump made “unacceptable personal attacks” and used “racially offensive language.”

For lawmakers in tough reelection battles, the open-ended reaction allowed them to craft the message that best fit their brand.

Sen. Susan Collins, the centrist Maine Republican who faces a potentially tough reelection race alongside Trump in 2020, called the president’s comment “way over the line.” But Collins also said she disagrees “strongly” with many of the views of the “far-left” members of the House Democrats.

WATCH: Trump denies tweets against 4 Democrats were racist

Another Republican up for another term, Sen. Steve Daines of Montana, tweeted that people in his state are “sick and tired of listening to anti-American, anti-Semite, radical Democrats trash our country and our ideals.” Daines tweeted, “I stand with @realDonaldTrump.”

One party leader, Sen. John Cornyn of Texas, put Trump’s remarks in terms of a political strategy rather than the moral or civic debate the comments inspired.

“I think it’s a mistake and an unforced error,” said Cornyn. “I don’t think the president is a racist.”

Strategic thinking has guided Republicans throughout the Trump era, as they have repeatedly shown they are unwilling, and unable, to confront Trump even when he pushes the outer bounds of political rhetoric.

READ MORE: Donald Trump said Ilhan Omar is ‘pro al-Qaida’ — she’s said nothing of the sort

When Trump derided immigrants from Africa and Caribbean countries with a vulgarity, saying he preferred those from places like Norway, some Republicans objected. But two Republicans who were in the private meeting, Sens. Tom Cotton of Arkansas and David Perdue of Georgia, issued a statement at the time saying they could not recall the president using that specific insult.

When Trump said there were good people “on both sides” of a white supremacist neo-Nazi rally in Charlottesville that resulted in the death of a protester, then-House Speaker Paul Ryan said Trump “messed up.”

On Sunday morning, Trump tweeted that the “Progressive’ Democrat Congresswomen” should “go back ” and help fix the “broken and crime infested” countries they came from and then return and “show us how it is done”

WATCH: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez says Trump ‘relies on racism, anti-immigrant sentiment’

Trump almost certainly was referring to the four new lawmakers — Ocasio-Cortez, Omar, Pressley and Tlaib — who are among the most outspoken against Trump administration policies and have made headlines in their ongoing divisions with Pelosi. They all support impeachment.

Ocasio-Cortez was born in the Bronx, Pressley in Cincinnati, Tlaib in Detroit. Omar has been a top target of Republicans for being critical of the U.S., and of Israel over its treatment of Palestinians.

By Monday, as the White House sought to smooth Trump’s tweets, the president doubled down and said it was up to the women to apologize for “their horrible & disgusting actions!”

READ MORE: ‘We’re not going anywhere’: Congresswomen react after Trump tells them to leave the U.S.

One Republican ally of Trump’s, Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, piled on, calling the women “communists” and “anti-American” as he also sought to nudge the president to focus on their policies.

It was left to lesser-known Republicans to offer some of the strongest rebuttals.

WATCH: Joe Biden callls Trump’s attacks on congresswomen ‘openly racist and divisive’

Rep. Mike Turner, an Ohio Republican, said the president’s tweets were “racist” and Trump should apologize. “We must work as a country to rise above hate, not enable it,” said the nine-term congressman.

Sen. Lisa Murkowski, a moderate Republican from Alaska, said, “There is no excuse for the president’s spiteful comments — they were absolutely unacceptable and this needs to stop.”

Pressed Monday on whether the women should go, McCarthy, the House minority leader, conceded that “nobody believes somebody should leave the country.”

McCarthy added, “The president is not a racist.”

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Nanaimo mall locked down after police respond to call for youth with firearm – CTV News

July 15th, 2019

CTV Vancouver Island
Published Monday, July 15, 2019 6:44PM PDT
Last Updated Monday, July 15, 2019 7:58PM PDT

Nanaimo’s Woodgrove Centre mall was temporarily locked down Monday evening as heavily armed police responded to a report of a youth with a gun inside.

“We received a call of a youth who had a firearm inside the Woodgrove mall,” said Nanaimo RCMP Sgt. Jon Stewart at the scene.

The first call came in at approximately 5:20 p.m. By 6:30 p.m. officers had arrested a young male suspect nearby who had been inside the mall, Stewart said.

RCMP vehicles could be seen surrounding the mall. Several people inside told CTV News there was an immediate order to evacuate as police began streaming in through the mall’s doors and searching stores.

“We were walking past the movie theatre entrance,” one witness told CTV News at the scene. “I’d say then five or six cops came running in with not handguns but… rifles. And they woudn’t let anyone in. And then five or 10 minutes later it went into an emergency evacuation.”

The Regional District of Nanaimo Transit service tweeted shortly after 6 p.m. that its buses would not be leaving the mall until further notice due to an ongoing “police incident.”

“There was no incident other than the male seen with a firearm at the mall but with an abundance of caution we felt it necessary to get our officers here quickly because we don’t know what the male’s intentions were to have a firearm at the mall,” Stewart said.

“So we were here with force and I’m sure you’ll have callers that say there was a lot of police officers here and that’s the reason for it.”

Police have not yet confirmed whether the reported gun was real or a replica. 

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Bachelorette Hannah Brown Argues About Sex with Luke –

July 15th, 2019

Bachelorette Hannah Brown Argues About Sex with Luke |

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How political leaders reacted to Trump’s ‘go back’ tweets – CTV News

July 15th, 2019 Staff, with files from The Associated Press
Published Monday, July 15, 2019 9:52PM EDT

Political leaders including Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, British Prime Minister Theresa May and former U.S. presidential candidates Mitt Romney and Hillary Clinton have all reacted to racist tweets by U.S. President Donald Trump, who said that four non-white congresswomen, three of them born in America, should “go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came.”

Here’s a look at what they said.

Justin Trudeau

The prime minister told reporters in Petawawa, Ont., on Monday that “Canadians and indeed people around the world know exactly what I think about those particular comments. That is not how we do things in Canada.”

Jagmeet Singh

The NDP leader, who has been the target of racism in the past, called the tweets “a sad & ugly display of racism by a President that shows no interest in, or ability to unite people.”

Theresa May

Through a spokesperson, the outgoing British prime minister said that she thinks that “the language which was used to refer to the women was completely unacceptable.”

Boris Johnson

The favourite to replace May as U.K. prime minister next month said: “If you’re the leader of a great multiracial, multicultural society you simply cannot use that kind of language.”

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

The congresswoman from New York, who was one of the targets of Trump’s tweets, told reporters that the president “does not know how to defend his policies and so what he does is attack us personally.”

Ayanna Pressley

The Massachusetts Congresswoman, another of Trump’s targets, said that the “xenophobic, bigoted” tweets are a “disruptive distraction from the issues.” She warned: “Do not take the bait.”

Ilhan Omar

The Minnesota Representative, who is originally from Somalia, called the tweets directed at her and three others an attempt to “pit us against” each other. She and Rashida Tlaib, a Michigan congresswoman and Trump’s other target, called for impeachment.

Mitt Romney

The Utah senator and 2012 Republican presidential nominee called the president’s comments “destructive, demeaning and disunifying.”

John Kasich

The former Ohio governor and congressman urged fellow Republicans to speak out against the comments, which he said contradict the “foundation of our country and all that we teach our children.”

Lindsey Graham

The Republican senator from South Carolina told Fox News that Trump should “take on their policies” instead of launching personal attacks. He also called the women “a bunch of communists (who) hate Israel (and) hate our own country.”

Mitch McConnell

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, a Republican, declined to comment on the situation, telling reporters he would “address whatever questions you have” at a news conference on Tuesday.

Nancy Pelosi

The U.S. Congressional Majority Leader, a Democrat, said that Trump’s comments “reaffirm his plan to ‘Make America Great Again’ has always been about making America white again.”

Kevin McCarthy

The House Minority Leader, a Republican, told reporters that he doesn’t think Trump is a racist but said of the congresswomen that “this is their country” and “they have a right to give their opinion.”

Hillary Clinton

The 2016 Democratic presidential nominee suggested that Trump attacked the women because “they brought attention to the inhumane conditions they saw at this administration’s (migrant) detention camps.”

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The Bachelorette recap: Luke who’s leaving (finally) – Entertainment Weekly News

July 15th, 2019

‘The Bachelorette’ recap: Season 15, episode 10 |

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