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Ebola’s Decline in Liberia Prompts Fears of Complacency

October 30, 2014
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A host of new evidence suggests the number of Ebola cases in Liberia has declined, but health care workers in the country treating the disease warn that it remains a grave threat, particularly in rural areas where a lack of awareness remains problematic.

“If we should be able to end this nightmare in our country, we must remain fully engaged and even more engaged in what we are doing individually and collectively to defeat this virus,” Fayiah Tamba, head of theLiberia National Red Cross Society, said in a presentation this week.

News that the Ebola outbreak might be weakening in Liberia began percolating in local media reports last week and has been reinforced by statements from international health officials. Health workers on the ground confirmed the downward trend to TIME. A local Red Cross branch recovered 175 bodies of deceased Ebola patients last week, down from more than…

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October 26, 2014
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Ted Park joins Thru the Wire to talk about his new EP, growing up in Madison, and more….TedRaps.com @tedparkboi

More Than 86,000 People Applied For 600 ‘Game Of Thrones’ Extra Roles In Spain

October 24, 2014
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Filming for the fifth season of HBO’s hit series Game of Thrones has been underway for the last few weeks in various locations in Spain, and locals and fans alike have been trying to get a look at the action. Earlier this month, fans and media members crowded the gates of the Real Alcázar de Sevilla, which served as the home of House Martell, but that was nothing compared to the excitement and enthusiasm in the town of Osuna, where a big battle scene was being filmed at a bullring yesterday.

A production company put out a casting call for approximately 600 extras, according to Entertainment Weekly, and the response was just a little overwhelming. More than 86,000 people submitted applications, which was way more than the company’s servers could handle. Obviously, local officials are thrilled with the attention and visitors, as Getty reports that all of the hotel…

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Pennsylvania district cancels football season amid disturbing hazing allegations

October 24, 2014
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USA TODAY High School Sports

The Central Bucks West football season was cancelled amidst disturbing hazing allegations against 'a majority of the football program' — WCAU screen shot The Central Bucks West football season was cancelled amidst disturbing hazing allegations against ‘a majority of the football program’ — WCAU screen shot

In a case that bears similarity to the recent events that have unfolded in Sayreville, N.J., a high school in suburban Philadelphia has canceled the final two scheduled games of its football season after officials determined young players were subjected to hazing and initiation rituals.

As reported by The Intelligencer and The Philadelphia Inquirer, among other outlets, the acts of hazing that led to the cancellation included “waterboarding” and forced contact with players’ genitals while fully clothed. The program’s varisty and junior varsity coaching staff was suspended from athletic roles but not from any teaching responsibilities. Brian Hensel, the head coach since 2009, teaches chemistry at the high school.

The decision was made by Central Bucks School District Superintendent David Weitzel and followed an internal investigation into…

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The Outbreak of Ebola in America

October 22, 2014
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Basketball and Hip Hop

The outbreak of the Ebola Virus in America, has so far been very limited to a few, but there are tons and tons and tons more cases coming.

Get all your news on ebola via the Pluto Daily.

The best coverage from around the interwebs!

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Les Roberts – “Day 7: Brutal Triage”

October 21, 2014
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Program on Forced Migration and Health at Columbia University

Les Roberts – Freetown, Sierra Leone – October 11th, 2014

Day 7: Brutal Triage

The prediction landscape is looking bad.   The official numbers reported are laboratory confirmed cases.   Typically, we think people need 7-10ish days to become symptomatic. Typically people have symptoms for 7 days before they get into a health facility. A month ago, it was one day, now it typically takes 4 days from when a patient is sampled to when the patient is told the result of their test (and lots get lost and mislabeled….).   Thus, the numbers that you hear about new cases today reflect the transmission dynamics from over 2 weeks ago…..and we thought the doubling time of the outbreak was 30 days, it seems to be less than that here.   We knew the ~350 confirmed cases last week were an undercount….we now think there are 7-900 in reality.   The need for hospital beds…

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This 13-year-old girl could be the first human on Mars

October 13, 2014
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Obama is unhappy with the Internet ‘fast lane’ plan proposed by the ex-cable lobbyist he tapped to run the FCC

October 13, 2014
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Amazing but true: Appointing a former cable lobbyist to run the Federal Communications Commission might not be the best way to protect net neutrality. Nonetheless, President Barack Obama, who campaigned on defending net neutrality during his first presidential run in 2008, finds himself in just such a situation after seeing his own FCC chairman offer up a plan that would allow for the creation of Internet “fast lanes” where ISPs could charge companies more money to ensure the faster delivery of their content.

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Kylie Jenner & Tyga: Lil Wayne Doesn’t Approve Of Their Friendship

October 13, 2014
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Hollywood Life

Don’t expect Lil Wayne to jump on the support bandwagon if Kylie and Tyga decide to take their friendship to the next level (when it’s legal, of course). He finds their relationship to be ‘disgraceful,’ according to a new report.

Tyga, 24, and Kylie Jenner‘s close friendship is causing quite a stir — it’s beginning to negatively impact their careers. The “Rack City” rapper is reportedly asking to be released from his label, Young Money Entertainment, because the president and founder, Lil Wayne, is allegedly refusing to release some of his new music due to Tyga’s relationship with the underage Keeping Up With the Kardashians star.

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State health officials: second Ebola case in Texas

October 13, 2014
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Texas health officials say a health care worker who provided hospital care for an Ebola patient who later died has tested positive for the virus and is in stable condition.

Dr. Daniel Varga, of the Texas Health Resource, says the worker was in full protective gear when they provided care to Thomas Eric Duncan during his second visit to Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital. Varga did not identify the worker and says the family of the worker has “requested total privacy.”

If the preliminary diagnosis is confirmed, it would be the first known case of the disease being contracted or transmitted in the U.S.

Varga says the health care worker reported a fever Friday night as part of a self-monitoring regimen required by the Atlanta-based Center for Disease Control.

Duncan died Wednesday in Dallas.

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