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A Drexel University sophomore who died Monday was infected with the same strain of meningococcal bacteria that prompted emergency vaccination clinics at two U.S. universities in recent months.

Image: Stephanie Ross Courtesy of Ross family
Drexel University student Stephanie Ross died suddenly Monday from a meningococcal infection caused by the B strain of bacteria not covered by vaccines available in the U.S.

Stephanie Ross’ bloodstream infection, called meningococcemia, was caused by the B strain of the bacteria, Pennsylvania state health officials confirmed Thursday. That strain is not covered by the meningitis vaccine available in the U.S. — and required for students in campus housing at Drexel — to protect college students and others against the potentially deadly infection.

The mechanical engineering major from Pittsburgh was discovered unresponsive by housemates at her sorority Monday and rushed to a local hospital, where she died.

Outbreaks of meningitis B at Princeton University and the University of California, Santa Barbara, prompted federal health officials to seek special permission to use Bexsero, an imported vaccine not approved in the U.S. that covers that strain.

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Jan. 31, 2014 at 6:57 PM ET

This post was first published on Glennon Doyle Melton’s blog, Momasteryon Jan. 30. In less than a day it was shared more than 1 million times. We wanted to share it with you.

A few weeks ago, I went into Chase’s class for tutoring.

I’d emailed Chase’s teacher one evening and said, “Chase keeps telling me that this stuff you’re sending home is math – but I’m not sure I believe him. Help, please.” She emailed right back and said, “No problem! I can tutor Chase after school anytime.” And I said, “No, not him. Me. He gets it. Help me.” And that’s how I ended up standing at a chalkboard in an empty fifth grade classroom staring at rows of shapes that Chase’s teacher kept referring to as “numbers.”

Author Glennon Doyle Melton with her family; her conversation with her son's teacher sparked this post.

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Author Glennon Doyle Melton with her family; her conversation with her son’s teacher sparked this post.

I stood a little shakily at the chalkboard while Chase’s teacher sat behind me, perched on her desk, using a soothing voice to try to help me understand the “new way we teach long division.” Luckily for me, I didn’t have to unlearn much because I never really understood the “old way we taught long division.” It took me a solid hour to complete one problem, but l could tell that Chase’s teacher liked me anyway. She used to work with NASA, so obviously we have a whole lot in common.

Afterwards, we sat for a few minutes and talked about teaching children and what a sacred trust and responsibility it is. We agreed that subjects like math and reading are the least important things that are learned in a classroom. We talked about shaping little hearts to become contributors to a larger community – and we discussed our mutual dream that those communities might be made up of individuals who are Kind and Brave above all.

And then she told me this.

Every Friday afternoon Chase’s teacher asks her students to take out a piece of paper and write down the names of four children with whom they’d like to sit the following week. The children know that these requests may or may not be honored. She also asks the students to nominate one student whom they believe has been an exceptional classroom citizen that week. All ballots are privately submitted to her.

And every single Friday afternoon, after the students go home, Chase’s teacher takes out those slips of paper, places them in front of her and studies them. She looks for patterns.

Who is not getting requested by anyone else?

Who doesn’t even know who to request?

Who never gets noticed enough to be nominated?

Who had a million friends last week and none this week?

You see, Chase’s teacher is not looking for a new seating chart or “exceptional citizens.” Chase’s teacher is looking for lonely children. She’s looking for children who are struggling to connect with other children. She’s identifying the little ones who are falling through the cracks of the class’s social life. She is discovering whose gifts are going unnoticed by their peers. And she’s pinning down — right away — who’s being bullied and who is doing the bullying.

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Wash. State Students Suspended For Nerf Guns After Teacher Gave Permission

Wash. State Students Suspended For Nerf Guns After Teacher Gave Permission


Several students at Chase Lake Elementary School in Edmonds, Wash. were suspended this week for bringing Nerf guns to school.

The children say they asked and were given permission by a teacher before bringing the toys to school last Friday morning, where the students planned to shoot the toy’s foam darts 100 times for a probability project. The school suspended the students for firing the toys before class, citing the school’s “zero tolerance” policy on toy guns.

Shannon Shumard’s fourth grade daughter and sixth grade son received one day suspensions for simply being present and playing with the toys that morning, even though they were not the owners of the Nerf guns.

“If the teacher and the school staff don’t even know their own rules, how are the children supposed to know them?” said Shumard.


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5-Year-Old Interrogated By School Over Toy Cap Gun Until He Wet Himself With Fear

Then suspended for rest of the year
Steve Watson

Yet another child barely out of nappies has been persecuted by school officials for playing with a toy gun on the school bus.

The Washington Post reports that the five-year-old from Dowell Elementary School in Lusby, Maryland was questioned by school officials for over two hours after he showed a friend his cowboy-style cap gun on the way to school.

Officials finally called the boy’s mother when he wet his pants. The mother told the Post that she found it highly unusual that her son soiled himself, indicating that he was very intimidated.

The report states that the boy’s parents bought him the plastic, orange-tipped cap gun at Frontier Town, a western-themed adventure centre. Following the interrogation, the boy told his mother that he had brought it to school because he had “really, really” wanted to show his friend, who had previously brought a water pistol to school.

The school’s principal told the mother that her son had pointed the toy at other students and pretended to shoot them, although the boy and his sister, who was also on the bus and subsequently questioned, say this is not the case.

The principal even stated that had the gun been “loaded” with caps, then it would have been “deemed an explosive and police would have been called in.”

The boy, who remains anonymous has been suspended from school for 10 days. “If the punishment stands, it would become part of the boy’s permanent school record and keep him out of classes the rest of the school year,” the report notes.

“The school was quite obviously taking it very seriously, and he’s 5 years old,” the boy’s mother said. “Why were we not immediately contacted?”

“I have no problem that he had a consequence to his behavior,” the mother added. “What I have a problem with is the severity.”

The family has hired attorney Robin Ficker, who was also the attorney involved in the infamous Hello Kitty bubble gun incident back in January, when school officials in Pennsylvania suspended a five-year-old girl for “threatening” class mates with the toy that contains a harmless soap solution. Officials were also said to have interrogated the girl for several hours, before notifying her parents.

Officials at the Mount Carmel school issued a statement describing the girl’s actions as “terroristic” and then refused to retract it following media coverage.

“Kids play cowboys and Indians,” Ficker stated with regards to the latest incident. He added that the boy’s age is important. “They play cops and robbers. You’re talking about a little 5-year-old here.”

He’s “all bugs and frogs and cowboys,” the boy’s mother added.



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Published on Apr 4, 2013

After the horrendous attack on Aleppo University earlier this year by the “Free Syrian Army” (FSA), there have been other attacks on universities that led to the death of students. This video has two parts. Part 1 shows the reaction from a university professor after her students were killed by the mortar attack of the FSA as she completely lets her anger loose on those who support this “revolution.” She defies them by proudly stating that she stands strongly behind President Bashar al-Assad.

Part 2 shows an interview of a kid – Ammar Baloush – brainwashed by the FSA to kill his fellow students based on sectarian affiliation, which apparently made them Shabbiha, because they support their government. He shows no remorse or regret for his crime. On the contrary, he feels bad he did not kill more. The interview is recent; however, the crime itself took place back in late 2011. Many in the Syrian opposition hailed him as a hero back then.




Breaking: Radical Wahhabi Groups in Tripoli, Lebanon Attack & Burn Fuel Tanks Heading to Syria

Posted by: Arabi Souri March 14, 2013 in Syria

Herds of Wahhabi gangsters stopped, emptied and burnt 7 oil tankers in Bab Tebbanneh in Tripoli, north of Lebanon. The tankers with Syrian plate numbers carrying fuel from Lebanese private sector and heading to companies in Syria were stopped after some fanatic Wahhabi clerics called on their followers to stop the tankers before reaching the Syrian people.

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Not the first time tankers heading from Lebanon to Syria were stopped but the first time their fuel were emptied into a river, Abu Ali river, and the tankers smashed then burnt. No casualties reported so far. The radicals wrote on the tankers ‘Jabhat Al Nusra’ (Al Nusra Front) aka Al Qaeda aka Free Syrian Army or FSA.

– The above information were posted by real Syrian activists from Syria & around the world, not by western intelligent post offices duped activists.




Today HAZMAT USA State of Washington, Vancouver Damage level


HAZMAT in USA on Friday, 25 January, 2013 at 04:12 (04:12 AM) UTC.

A bottle full of ammonia and bleach spilled onto the floor of a Vancouver high school classroom, and the fumes sickened four students and three staff members. School officials said one student brought the bottle to class at Skyview High School and held it in front of another student. That student pushed it away, and the bottle spilled onto the floor. “We were sitting in class and just about the end of the period the security guards came in and told us to evacuate the area and to get all of our stuff and go out the commons area,” said Brandon Zink, a sophomore at the school. The fumes started to make some of the students cough. School staff cleared the area, and paramedics responded to treat at least four students, fire officials said. In all, seven people were taken to Legacy Salmon Creek Hospital to be treated and were later released. Parents were notified by a phone message alert that went out earlier in the day. “For them to take that precaution that there was a spill and it was being taken care of, I’m pretty confident that they knew what they were doing,” said Diane Neel, a parent of a student at Skyview. Though the affected classroom was evacuated, the rest of the school is operating as normal. A Vancouver hazmat team assessed the situation and collected any of the possible materials involved. School officials said the student responsible was expelled from school on Thursday afternoon. The 14-year-old freshman was also arrested by Clark County deputies.