October 20, 2016
62 Year Old Spanish Woman Gives Birth To Baby Girl
Madrid (AP) A 62-year-old Spanish woman has given birth to a healthy girl and encourages women in their later years to imitate her if they want to.
Lina Alvarez left the Lucus Augusti Hospital in the northwestern city of Lugo on Tuesday with her third child in her arms, saying she felt wonderful.
She said baby Lina, born Oct. 10, was in perfect health. The 2.4-kilogram (5.3-pound) Lina was born by cesarean section.
Alvarez’s first child, now 27, was born with cerebral palsy. Her second child is now 10. Her second and third pregnancies were through in-vitro fertilization treatment.
Alvarez, a doctor, said that women who are well enough to have a baby in their later years shouldn’t be afraid to do so, adding that they should let nature, not gynecologists decide.
Divers Gather In Michigan For Underwater Pumpkin Carving
Otter Lake, MI (AP) A group of scuba divers donned flippers and wetsuits to carve pumpkins underwater as part of a pre-Halloween tradition in Michigan.
Francis Carr, one of the participants in Sunday’s 21st annual event at Otter Lake, says it’s ``taking pumpkin carving to the next level.’’
While still on land, MLive.com reports the divers scraped the insides of their pumpkin and drew designs. From there, they headed underwater to carve.
The event about 60 miles northwest of Detroit is sponsored by a dive shop. Jordon Fundaro, who has participated in the carving for the last two years, says that ``All you hear is yourself breathing and the knife carving through the pumpkin.’’ He says the whole experience is ``kind of surreal.’’
Hospital Faulted For Removing Kidney From Wrong Patient
Worcester, MA (AP) An investigation has found that a surgeon at a Massachusetts hospital removed a kidney from the wrong patient after failing to confirm the patient’s identity.
State and federal health investigators say the surgeon in July was supposed to remove a kidney with a tumor from a patient at St. Vincent Hospital in Worcester, but instead removed a healthy kidney from a different patient with the same name.
Authorities say the hospital failed to follow proper patient identification protocols by checking birth dates. The patients were several years apart in age.
St. Vincent has been put on notice that its Medicare and Medicaid agreements with the government will be terminated unless it takes corrective action.
The hospital in a statement said it is taking “all necessary steps” to prevent a similar error.
Elephant Seal Sets Record By Swimming Farthest West
Santa Cruz, CA (AP) Researchers with the University of California, Santa Cruz say an elephant seal has set a record by swimming farther west than any other tracked elephant seal.
UC Santa Cruz officials said Wednesday that by the time Phyllis arrives back in California in January, she will have completed a 7,400-mile foraging adventure. The 853-pound mother of two covered about 3,700 miles of ocean before turning around and heading home.
The average distance northern elephant seals usually swim during their eight-month migration is 2,000 miles.
A Nuevo Reserve director Patrick Robinson says UC Santa Cruz researchers have been tracking the marine mammals for 22 years at the reserve in Pescadero, California.
He says they have compiled one of the planet’s largest marine mammal diving and tracking record.
The adventurous animal was named after Phyllis Sooy, a late newspaper reporter and philanthropist.
If Schoolkids Had A Say, Hillary Clinton Would Be President
New York (AP) While most grown-ups are a few weeks away from heading to the polls, more than 150,000 of the nation’s schoolchildren have already voted on who they want to be president.
Scholastic says Democrat Hillary Clinton took 52 percent of its 2016 Student Vote, while Republican Donald Trump won 35 percent of the ballots. The company says 13 percent of students wrote in “other” choices, which it says is an unusually high number.
The student vote has been a fairly accurate predictor of the actual election over the years. Scholastic says it has mirrored the results in every election since 1940, with the exception of election years 1948 and 1960.
Kindergarteners through 12th graders were allowed to vote. Scholastic acknowledges it wasn’t a scientifically designed sample.
UK’s New 5 Pound Note Has Second Use: It Plays Records
London (AP) The value of the British pound sterling may have been dropping in recent weeks but imaginative Brits have found a way to put cash to work: It turns out the new plastic five-pound-note can be used as a stylus to play vinyl records.
A number of YouTube videos have been posted in recent days showing the new note ``playing’’ music on a turntable, though it must be said the fidelity does not match sound produced by expensive equipment.
The plastic note is illustrated with images of Queen Elizabeth II and Winston Churchill. It was introduced last month to generally favorable reviews.
The note is worth just over $6 at Wednesday’s rate. The pound has been dropping largely because of concerns about Britain leaving the European Union.
Pumpkins Go Ballistic At New Hampshire Racetrack
Loudon, NH (AP) Pumpkins were going ballistic at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway this weekend.
Teams from as far away as Virginia came to the race track to use trebuchets, catapults and air guns to launch the fall fruit, some of which made a gourd-geous arc across the New Hampshire sky.
While the pumpkins, some weighing in at 1,000 pounds or more were the featured item, they were not only things which were being fired. Some smaller pumpkins flew up to two-thirds of a mile across the speedway.
Other acts of wanton destruction for general amusement included large, crane-like launchers to throw cars, motorcycles, a boat and pianos. Not all of the shots were successful. When a pumpkin misfired, participants referred to the result as a “pie.”
Some of the teams clearly took seriously the task of getting their medieval or earlier weapons systems in place and ready to launch.
Category winners got a trophy and a story to tell.