An unidentified skydiver in California fell to her death on Saturday after her parachute failed to deploy. According to the San Francisco Chronicle , the incident occurred around 2:30 pm Saturday at the Skydive Lodi Parachute Center . “The information I gathered is that her parachute was somehow tangled,” San Joaquin County Sheriff’s Deputy Nicholas Goucher explained to the Los Angeles Times . This is not the first time that the Skydive Lodi Parachute Center has dealt with a fatality. Last weekend’s tragic accident is the 22nd death tied to the facility since 1981. In March, a judge ordered the Skydive Lodi Parachute Center to pay $40 million to the family of an 18-year-old who perished in 2016 when his parachute failed to open. “A 28-year-old Colombian woman was killed when she was blown off course onto a highway in September 2019 while parachuting with a group through the skydive center,” the New York Post reports. The woman who died in Saturday’s … [Read more...] about Skydiver in California Dies After Parachute Becomes Tangled
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A version of this story appeared in the April 14 edition of CNN's Coronavirus: Fact vs. Fiction newsletter. Sign up here to receive the need-to-know headlines every weekday . (CNN) The United States could have around 300 million excess Covid-19 shots by the end of July, health policy experts at Duke University estimated in a report Thursday , calling on the country to share doses more widely to address the stark inequality around global vaccine distribution. The US has provided limited shipments of AstraZeneca's vaccine -- which is not yet authorized for use in the United States -- to Mexico and Canada, but US Secretary of State Antony Blinken has said it won't share shots more broadly until the country is "more confident" in its own supplies . The US is the biggest financial donor to the global vaccine-sharing scheme COVAX, but the country has been tight-fisted with the actual vaccines it has in huge supply, while many others have none at all. Three-quarters of the … [Read more...] about The US could have 300M extra vaccines. Why won’t it share?
The Denver Post has compiled a list of officer-involved shootings that have happened since Jan. 1. An officer-involved shooting is one in which either police officers or suspects fire shots and someone is injured or killed. March March 19: Denver police shot two men after a chase while they were searching for an inmate charged with attempted murder who had escaped custody earlier in the day. Police were searching for Mauricio Venzor-Gonzalez , 23, who escaped that morning from Denver Sheriff’s Department deputies at Denver Health medical center. Steven Nguyen died of his injuries. The second man is expected to survive. His name has not been released. As of March 21, Venzor-Gonzalez has not been apprehended. March 12: Colorado Springs police fatally shot a robbery suspect who had taken a woman hostage before he barricaded himself inside a Colorado Springs motel room. Police evacuated the motel and crisis negotiators made intermittent contacts with the man, … [Read more...] about 2018 Colorado officer-involved shootings
A registered nurse draws blood to test for COVID-19 antibodies, at Abyssinian Baptist Church in Harlem. Photo: Angela Weiss/AFP via Getty Images A year ago, New York City became the COVID-19 epicenter of the world. According to new research by city health officials, nearly a quarter of adult New Yorkers were infected during last spring’s catastrophic wave. Researchers at the Department of Health and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health looked at antibody-testing data for more than 45,000 city residents last year. In the new study, published in the Journal of Infectious Diseases , they found the toll of infection was worse among Black and Hispanic residents, who were twice as likely as white New Yorkers to have antibodies for COVID-19. (The presence of antibodies serves as evidence of past infection.) “Given disparities in infection risk, effective interventions for at-risk groups are needed during ongoing transmission,” the study’s authors concluded. … [Read more...] about 1 in 4 New Yorkers Were Infected in First Surge of Virus, Study Finds
Police in El Paso, Texas, arrested a man after he put a one-year-old boy into “wrestling holds” and gripped his head like a football, officials say. He later dropped the infant onto the frame of a futon, causing fatal injuries, a criminal complaint states. El Paso Police Department investigators arrested 24-year-old Marvin Rex Lake on Monday following an investigation into the death of a baby left in his care, KTSM NBC9 reported . An affidavit filed by officers revealed startling details. Lake was reportedly taking care of one-year-old Ahren DeHart and two other children on April 12 when the incident took place. An affidavit obtained by the local NBC affiliate says Lake took the infant to a hospital on April 13 after he sustained multiple injuries at the hands of the suspect, officials state. Doctors placed the child on life support until he died on April 16. Police say Lake told them he performed “several wrestling-style moves” on the Ahren DeHart including holding the … [Read more...] about Texas Man Allegedly Wrestled Baby, Gripped Head in ‘Football Hold’ Before His Death