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Infinity Ward Confirms Modern Warfare Multiplayer Will Feature Female Characters – Gaming INTEL

July 25th, 2019

Amazon issues back to school price cuts on Apple iPad Pros – AppleInsider

July 25th, 2019

Pokémon Go has been invaded by Team Rocket’s monsters – Engadget

July 25th, 2019

Pokémon Go has been invaded by Team Rocket’s monsters  Engadget

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First in-body CRISPR study set to start in U.S. to treat form of blindness – Global News

July 25th, 2019

Patients are about to be enrolled in the first study to test a gene-editing technique known as CRISPR inside the body to try to cure an inherited form of blindness.

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People with the disease have normal eyes but lack a gene that converts light into signals to the brain that enable sight.

The experimental treatment aims to supply kids and adults with a healthy version of the gene they lack, using a tool that cuts or “edits” DNA in a specific spot. It’s intended as a one-time treatment that permanently alters the person’s native DNA.

Two companies, Editas Medicine and Allergan, will test this in up to 18 people around the United States, including Massachusetts Eye and Ear in Boston, starting this fall.

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This gene editing in people after birth is different from the controversial work a Chinese scientist did last year — altering the DNA of embryos at conception in a way that can pass the changes to future generations. The DNA changes in adults that the new study aims to make will not be inherited by any offspring.

Only one other company, Sangamo Therapeutics, has tried gene editing inside the body, to treat metabolic diseases using a tool called zinc fingers.

CRISPR has captivated scientists because it’s a very simple way to do gene editing, although it’s so new that its risks are not fully known. But researchers believe it has great potential to cure or treat many diseases caused by gene flaws that have no good treatments now.

READ MORE: ‘Science is not ready’: China scientist’s gene editing slammed as unethical, dangerous

The blindness study is for people with one form of Leber congenital amaurosis. It’s the most common cause of inherited childhood blindness, occurring in about 2 to 3 of every 100,000 births. People often see only bright light and blurry shapes and eventually can lose all sight.

Parents are carriers of the flawed gene and it can lurk undetected for generations, suddenly emerging when an unlucky combination gives a child two copies of it.

gene therapy called Luxturna already is sold for other forms of the disease, and the treatment is similar — a modified virus is used to carry the replacement gene into cells in the retina in the back of the eye. It’s delivered as an injection during a brief surgery.

The new study will test children at least three years old and adults with a range of vision.


Ultra Music Festival to return to Miami’s Bayfront Park – WPLG Local 10

July 25th, 2019

MIAMI – The annual Ultra Music Festival pulled its own plug after its move to Virginia Key in March, and it’s officially moving back to Bayfront Park.

Miami commissioners voted 3-2 to allow the festival to return to downtown Miami, despite some criticism about the event at Thursday night’s commission meeting.

“This neighborhood is no longer compatible,” Miami resident George Pelonious said. “The only green space we have downtown is completely blocked off from all the taxpayers who live there.”

The money and panache of the iconic Miami-born global music festival is still a lure.

“It generates business in rooms, restaurants and bars,” a woman from InterContinental Miami said.

“It’s beautiful to have 60,000 people from all over the world coming together to celebrate in your city,” another woman said.

But the former head of the Park Trust was not happy with having Bayfront Park as an option again for Ultra.

“I’ve never seen something like this. This is absurd,” Commissioner Joe Carollo said.

The trust now has rules placing limits on private events held at Bayfront Park.

“We would need to waive that in order to allow for Ultra at this point. And I don’t think we should. I think we should work within the parameters that we set,” Commissioner Ken Russell said.

Carollo and Russell, who represents downtown Miami residents, were the only two commissioners who voted against bringing Ultra back to Bayfront Park.

Some residents who heard of the announcement agreed Virginia Key may have not been the best place for Ultra.

“They couldn’t get any Ubers there, all the shuttles weren’t working. The logistics were not planned out as they could’ve been,” downtown Miami resident Victor Garcia said.

Some were thrilled with the festival’s return to Bayfront Park.

“I am pretty stoked,” downtown Miami resident Jay Hertz said. “I live right over there, so it is just a block away.”

Others know what it will bring with it.

“The residents, they don’t like the sound,” Garcia said. “It is bumping, bumping even inside of your apartment room.”

“I think there is always going to be people bothered by it, but it is just a matter of understanding that it is just a part of Miami,” Hertz said.

Commissioners still need to waive the new rules at the park that limit private events.

Ultra is offering to limit hours and decibel levels during its multiday festival.

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Rare brain-eating amoeba kills swimmer days after visit to Fantasy Lake water park in Hope Mills – WTVD-TV

July 25th, 2019
HOPE MILLS, N.C. (WTVD) — A man from Guilford County has died from a brain-eating amoeba contracted at a water park in North Carolina, according to the state’s department of health.

The victim, Eddie Gray, got sick after swimming at Fantasy Lake Water Park in Cumberland County on July 12.

“I am representing Ms. Beverly Gray, wife of the late Eddie Gray and his forthcoming estate. Mr. Gray’s death was tragic and untimely,” said Greensboro attorney Justin Plummer. “The family is currently asking for privacy and respect during this difficult time.”

Testing at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed that the person’s illness was caused by Naegleria fowleri, an amoeba commonly found in warm freshwater.

“Our sympathies are with the family and loved ones,” said State Epidemiologist Zack Moore, M.D. “People should be aware that this organism is present in warm freshwater lakes, rivers and hot springs across North Carolina, so be mindful as you swim or enjoy water sports.”

Naegleria fowleri does not cause illness if swallowed but can be fatal if forced up the nose–which can happen to people when diving, water-skiing or doing other water activities.
The rare brain-eating amoeba usually infects people after it has been hot for a long period of time–creating a higher water temperature and lower water levels.

SEE ALSO: Woman dies from brain-eating amoebas after using neti pot

Local health officials are working with Fantasy Lake Water Park on ways to protect swimmers in the future.

Naegleria fowleri has infected only 145 people in the United States from 1962-2018. Five of those 145 were in North Carolina.

“Sometimes we spend all day, sometimes just an hour. But we’re here a few times a week. It’s not a concern,”said John Santoro, who likes to bring his family to the lake.

Santoro said he and his family are always cautious, but he won’t let something so rare ruin his family fun.

“If I was sick, maybe I would think about it, or if my immune system was compromised. Or I had a big open cut,” Santoro said.

Santoro said the family has no intention to slow down on their season pass this summer.

SEE ALSO: Teen dies from rare brain-eating amoeba after visiting Whitewater Center in Charlotte

ABC11’s Michael Lozano contributed to this report.

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Questions abound in fugitives’ hometown of Port Alberni –

July 25th, 2019

Last week, people in Port Alberni were curious and concerned, as they learned that two young men from their community, Kam McLeod, 19, and Bryer Schmegelsky, 18, were somehow entwined in a mysterious series of events in Northern B.C.

At the time, they were considered missing, their burned-out camper truck found near Dease Lake. Nearby, a man — who has since been identified as Leonard Dyck of Vancouver — was found dead.

Days earlier and more than 470 kilometres away, American Chynna Deese and her boyfriend, Australian Lucas Fowler, were also found dead, the victims of homicide, according to police.

It was a troubling string of events, and for the community of Port Alberni, concern quickly shifted to shock and disbelief after police announced Tuesday that McLeod and Schmegelsky weren’t missing persons — but suspects in the killing of three people.

‘It’s a scary thing’

“We all care about each other here and it’s nothing you want to hear, ever,” said Curtis Dewar, who worked with McLeod and Schmegelsky at the local Walmart.

“Especially when you know the names and you’ve seen them when you’re growing up,” said Dewar. “It’s a scary thing, so I’m hoping we get the answers we’re looking for.”

Bryer Schmegelsky and his friend, Kam McLeod, worked at the Walmart in Port Alberni and, according to their families, left town in search of better work up north. (Rafferty Baker/CBC)

Port Alberni is a small city of little more than 17,000 people, situated at the end of a long inlet on the west coast of Vancouver Island. The Catalyst Paper mill is nestled right near the centre of town.

The city is large enough that most people don’t know the fugitives personally — they were reportedly quite introverted — but Port Alberni is also small enough that the news of the manhunt and its local connection reverberates through the community.

According to Schmegelsky and McLeod’s families, the two had been headed north in search of work.

Port Alberni is a small working city at the end of a long inlet on the west coast of Vancouver Island. (Rafferty Baker/CBC)

Hard on the families

Keith McLeod, Kam McLeod’s father, expressed frustration at the number of media inquiries he’s been getting this week, but on Wednesday shared an emailed statement with CBC News.

“I’m sitting at home worrying about my son. Relentless media hounding us for information that we don’t have,” he said.

“This is what I do know — Kam is a kind, considerate, caring young man [who] always has been concerned about other people’s feelings,” adding that the family is trying to wrap its heads around what is happening.

“[We] hope that Kam will come home to us safely, so we can all get to the bottom of this story,” he said.

Bryer Schmegelsky often lived with his grandmother on this street in Port Alberni. (Rafferty Baker/ CBC)

Schmegelsky’s family history is somewhat complicated. His parents split up in 2005, and he spent a lot of time living with his grandmother a couple blocks away from the Walmart where he recently worked.

Violent video games

Lisa Lucas, who lives a few doors down the street, said her son, Rylan Lucas, grew up playing with Schmegelsky. 

“He was a nice kid —very quiet, but after a while he just stopped coming around,” said Lucas, who described him as someone who was polite but didn’t say much to grownups.

Lisa Lucas is a few doors down from Bryer Schmegelsky’s grandmother, where he often lived. Her son used to play with Schmegelsky as kids, before they grew distant in recent years. (Rafferty Baker/CBC)

Lucas said her son told her he and their friends had stopped hanging out with Schmegelsky after he began to make people feel uncomfortable.

“The comments that he would make — and how much he was into video games and a little bit more the violent side of the video games,” said Lucas.

“Rylan said he seemed to take it very seriously … like when they were playing video games, ‘could you imagine if this was real?’ kind of a thing. So he’d get a little too excited about it.”

As the search for the two fugitives continues in a remote area near Gillam in northern Manitoba, Lucas said she hopes there’s no more violence.

“I just want them to find them and get this thing figured out,” she said.

“It shocks me, you know? I just can’t imagine those kids that young deciding to do this,” said Lucas. “I just wish we could have some answers.”

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July 25th, 2019

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’s Ending, Explained | CBR – CBR – Comic Book Resources

July 25th, 2019

WARNING: The following contains spoilers for Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, in theaters now.

Set in 1969, director Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood builds to the fateful night when actress Sharon Tate, played by Margot Robbie, is targeted by the Manson Family. That knowledge permeates the film with a feeling of dread, particularly whenever someone encounters one of the members of the cult before they turned outwardly violent.

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However, the film, like Tarantino’s Inglourious Basterds, tweaks history to create an unexpected ending to Sharon’s story that includes LSD-dipped cigarettes and a flamethrower.

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The Night In Question

Much of the film plays out like a series of vignettes about people living in Los Angeles at that time. The story focuses partly on Sharon Tate, but primarily on her neighbor, actor Rick Dalton (Leonardo DiCaprio), an aging Western star uncomfortable with the trajectory of his career. He’s barely finding work as “the heavy,” serving as a forgettable villain in lackluster television shows. His best friend and stuntman Cliff (Brad Pitt) is likewise out of work. The pair eventually snags a handful of roles Italian Westerns, giving Rick a bit more clout. But as they return to the United States, a newly married Rick reluctantly tells Cliff they’ll have to stop working together after they return.

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To celebrate their last night out together, Rick and Cliff get incredibly drunk and head back to Rick’s house. While Rick’s wife sleeps, Cliff pulls out an LSD-dipped cigarette he received months earlier from Manson Family member Pussycat (Margaret Qualley), and takes his dog for a walk. Rick stumbles outside and yells at the people in a loud car outside of his house, forcing them to leave. However, he’s unaware that they’re members of the Manson Family, who have come to target Sharon Tate. Angered by Rick, they decide to attack his house instead, changing the course of history.

How It All Plays Out

By the time the Manson Family makes their move on Rick’s house, the actor has made his way to the pool and put on headphones. By then, Cliff has returned, under the influence of LSD. The Manson Family members find a surprisingly calm Cliff. Recognizing them from when he dropped Pussycat off at the Manson commune, Cliff’s joking nature distracts the three and lures them into a false sense of security. Cliff alerts his dog, who attacks the only one with a gun. That gives Cliff an opening to attack another. The scuffle leaves two of the Manson Family members dead and Cliff wounded.

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The last remaining Manson Family member crashes into the backyard, and stumbles into the pool. Rick scrambles out of the water, grabs the flamethrower that’s been in his shed — it’s a souvenir from a film — and uses it to kill the final attacker. The police arrive, and it isn’t clear whether they’re able to tell who the attackers were. Once Upon a Time in Hollywood ends on a happy note for Rick and Sharon, as they’re formally introduced to each other.

Why That’s A Big Deal

Like Inglorious Basterds, one character’s inclusion in history radically alters the future. While the death of Nazi high command had a more immediate geopolitical impact on the world, Sharon Tate’s survival alters American culture. Her death at the hands of the Manson Family signaled the end of the counter-culture climate in the United States. By removing the sensationalism that accompanied her death, it’s possible Hollywood won’t be nearly as shaken as it was in real life. Likewise, “true crime” stories about Manson (and others like him) might be less prevalent as a result, as the fascination with him is snuffed out before it ever really began.

All in all, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood creates a more optimistic future for the movie industry, a fairy tale landscape that befits the title.

Written, directed and produced by Quentin Tarantino, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood stars Brad Pitt, Leonardo DiCaprio, Margot Robbie, Burt Reynolds, Al Pacino, Tim Roth, Zoe Bell, Michael Madsen, Timothy Olyphant, Damian Lewis, Luke Perry, Emile Hirsch and Dakota Fanning.

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UBC professor killed in northern B.C. remembered as ‘loving husband and father’ with passion for nature – Toronto Star

July 25th, 2019

VANCOUVER—Friends and family of the UBC professor killed during a string of northern B.C. homicides remember him as a loving husband, father and cherished teacher who relished being outdoors.

Len Dyck, 64, was named by police Wednesday as the unidentified man found dead Friday near a vehicle fire on B.C.’s Highway 37 near Dease Lake. A nationwide manhunt is underway for Kam McLeod, 19, and Bryer Schmegelsky, 18, who have been charged with one count each of second-degree murder in the death of Dyck. The two are also suspected in the slaying of a pair of tourists in northern B.C.

Patrick Martone, a professor at UBC’s botany department, described Dyck as having a deep passion for nature and a sense of humour underneath a “somewhat gruff exterior.”

“Mostly, I will miss Len’s laugh, which often followed some wry comment,” said Martone in a statement. “It makes me tear up thinking that I won’t get to hear it again … He was a really special man.”

Martone added that Dyck was beloved by his students for teaching them to uncover “hidden gems” in nature.


“His passion for learning about bizarre and beautiful organisms that few people ever get to see, inspired our students to feel that same passion and awe,” he said.

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Louis Druehl, 82, a retired professor from Simon Fraser University, first met Dyck more than 20 years ago when Dyck was a graduate student. As marine botanists, the two would sometimes cross paths at the Bamfield Marine Sciences Centre on Vancouver Island, although they did not work together on any research projects.

“He loved to be outside and go out on the beach,” said Druehl, who lives in Bamfield.


They both studied seaweed, and that meant collecting samples during low tide no matter the conditions — sometimes in the middle of the night or during the cold winter months.

“He seemed to relish being in the elements,” said Druehl, who described Dyck as quiet, sometimes shy and a hard worker.

In a statement, Dyck’s family said the sudden and tragic loss had left them heartbroken.

“He was a loving husband and father. His death has created unthinkable grief, and we are struggling to understand what has happened,” the statement read.

The University of British Columbia confirmed that Dyck began working as a sessional lecturer at the school in 2009.

“The UBC community is shocked and saddened by this news and we offer our deepest condolences to Mr. Dyck’s family, friends and his colleagues at the university,” said a statement from Sean Graham, head of botany at UBC.

A photo distributed by the university taken on March 2017 shows Dyck on the beach, holding two types of brown seaweed on a class field trip to Clover Point Park in Victoria.

Dyck spent much of his life dedicated to the study of marine plant life at UBC, completing his Bachelor of Science in 1978, a master’s degree after that and, in 2003, a doctorate with the department of botany.

Many of those years were spent studying seaweed in Vancouver Island’s Barkley Sound and the surrounding area, which may have began when he attended a field course in 1977 as an undergraduate at the Bamfield Marine Sciences Centre, located near the Sound.

Until his death, Dyck was listed as a research associate of the DeWreede lab, which is supported by the Bamfield Centre, and published research until April 2019.

Leonard Dyck, a seaweed researcher and UBC professor whose body was found July 19 beside Highway 37 in northern B.C., is shown with specimens in March 2017 at Clover Point Park in Victoria B.C.
Leonard Dyck, shown in an RCMP handout photo, was described as quiet, sometimes shy and a hard worker by a fellow seaweed researcher who first met him at the Bamfield Marine Sciences Centre on Vancouver Island’s Barkley Sound.

Cherise Seucharan is a Vancouver-based reporter covering crime and public safety. Follow her on Twitter: @CSeucharan

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