News that a missing Aurora, Illinois, boy may have been found more than seven years after he disappeared at the age of 6 sent shockwaves throughout the country. Timmothy Pitzen's case has been a mystery since 2011, when police found the boy's mother dead of an apparent suicide along with a note saying her son was safe and in someone's care, but that he would never be found. Many questions still remain as the latest break in the case brings family members closer than ever to solving the years-long puzzle of what happened to the child. Here's what we know about the case so far. IS IT HIM? A 14-year-old appeared in the Cincinnati, Ohio, area on Wednesday, claiming to be missing child Timmothy Pitzen. A spokesman for the Federal Bureau of Investigation confirmed that authorities administered a DNA test on the boy and were awaiting results Thursday, hoping to have answers later in the day. Timmothy's aunt had confirmed on Wednesday that the DNA test was performed … [Read more...] about Has Missing Boy Been Found After 7 Years? Here’s What We Know
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I realize that it's a cliché to say so, but some clichés are true. Time really does fly. It's hard to believe that a year ago California—and, by proxy, the rest of the country—was in the throes of a major political war over the bill SB 277. SB 277, you will recall, was a bill introduced into the California Assembly in the wake of the Disneyland Measles outbreak in early 2015 that eliminated non-medical exemptions to school vaccine mandates beginning with the 2016-2017 school year. Ultimately, SB 277 passed and was signed into law by Governor Jerry Brown last July. It was an uncommon victory for science and public health, and already appears to be having a positive effect on vaccine uptake in kindergarten children. Unfortunately but not unexpectedly, to say that the proposal and passage of SB 277 into law drove the antivaccine movement into even greater fits of crazy in response is to put it mildly. It became a common trope on antivaccine websites and blogs to see … [Read more...] about After SB 277, medical exemptions for sale, courtesy of Dr. Bob Sears and other antivaccine quacks
Des Moines -- Faced with a bounty of potential candidates vying for the Democratic presidential nomination, party voters appear to be putting a premium on electability, a signal of a more strategic approach to the selection process. Interviews with voters and strategists show a baseline for support coming into focus for 2020: Can this candidate beat President Trump?"I didn't know it was that bad to lose," said Des Moines resident Debbie Whittie, who came to check out one of Elizabeth Warren's events over the weekend. Whittie, who works for a credit union, says she is more engaged in political news than ever before. "I'm already worried about that," she said when asked about electability. "I really think I should go for 'the best,' but that consideration is going to have to be in my best." Jeanne Williamson, another Des Moines resident and a Democratic caucus-goer, said that she will be taking a hard look at how the candidates stand on various policies. But, "That's my first reaction: … [Read more...] about What are Democrats looking for in 2020? Who can beat Trump
I've been at this blogging thing for well over 12 years now. I know, I know. Sometimes it amazes even me that I been doing this so long. I also know that I've been mentioning just how long I've been blogging more frequently. Sometimes I worry that the blog will turn into nothing more than posts counting down the days since I started this whole crazy thing. Of course, the main reason I mention this is not so much out of a desire for repetition but as a way of expressing amazement when I find something new and/for bizarre that I don't recall having heard before. So it was when I came across an article on a website called Vaxxter, which bills itself as the "ultimate guide to vaccine news and anti-pharma news, and more" entitled DNA vaccines and Transhumanism. It's written by, hilariously (or it's written hilariously by) Sherri Tenpenny, who likes to append her DO after her name plus a whole bunch of woo letters, like ABIHM (which stands for the American Board of Integrative Holistic … [Read more...] about Quoth an antivaxer: DNA vaccines are contaminating our DNA in the name of transhumanism!
Laurie Kellman, Associated Press Updated 8:06 am PDT, Monday, October 15, 2018 FILE - In this June 1, 2018 file photo, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., speaks at the 2018 Massachusetts Democratic Party Convention in Worcester, Mass. Warren has released results of a DNA test showing Native American ancestry in an effort to diffuse the issue ahead of any presidential run. less FILE - In this June 1, 2018 file photo, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., speaks at the 2018 Massachusetts Democratic Party Convention in Worcester, Mass. Warren has released results of a DNA test showing ... more Photo: Elise Amendola, AP Photo: Elise Amendola, AP Image 1 of / 1 Caption Close Image 1 of 1 FILE - In this June 1, 2018 file photo, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., speaks at the 2018 Massachusetts Democratic Party Convention in … [Read more...] about Warren’s DNA test: ‘Pocahontas’ pushback, possible 2020 prep