Interview with Reggie Bibbs on his life with neurofibromatosis

Friday, December 14, 2007

Neurofibromatosis (NF) is a genetic condition causing benign tumors (neurofibromas) to grow along certain types of nerves and, in addition, it can affect the development of bones or skin. There are several variants of the disease but type 1 and type 2 NF account for the vast majority of cases.

The disease manifestations can vary from very mild to severe. Major symptoms include growths on and under the skin; skin pigmentations called café au lait spots in type 1; acoustic nerve tumors and consequent hearing loss in type 2. Growths can affect nearly all parts of the body, and pressure on nearby structures can cause a wide variety of complications. There is a small risk that the tumors transform into malignant cancerous lesions.

NF is one of the most common single-gene human diseases; around 1 in 2,500-4,000 live births are affected by NF-1, whereas NF-2 occurs in about 1 in 50,000-120,000. Both type 1 and 2 are autosomal dominant conditions, meaning that only one copy of the mutated gene need be inherited to pass the disorder. A child of a parent with neurofibromatosis and an unaffected parent will have a 50% chance of inheriting the disorder. The gene responsible for NF-1 and possibly NF-2 is thought to function as a tumor suppressor gene.

In most cases of neurofibromatosis 1, patients can live normal and productive lives. In about 25-40% of patients there is an associated learning disability with or without ADHD. In some cases of neurofibromatosis 2, the damage to nearby vital structures, such as the cranial nerves and the brainstem, can be life-threatening. When tumors are causing pain or disfiguration, surgery is thus far the only proven beneficial treatment option.

Reggie Bibbs is a 43-year-old-man living in Houston, Texas. Mr Bibbs was born with a genetic disease called neurofibromatosis (NF), which causes him to develop tumors on his body (see infobox on the right). NF can be a subtle disease, but in Bibbs’ case it has left him with a disfigured face and deformed leg. But he is happy with the way he looks, and doesn’t want to change his appearance to please other people. He has launched a successful campaign entitled “Just Ask”, and that’s just what Wikinews did in a video-interview.

The interview was prepared by Wikinews reporter Michaël Laurent with the help of Bertalan Meskó (who has a popular genetics and web 2.0 blog). Their questions were sent to a close friend of Mr. Bibbs, Lou Congelio, who kindly conducted the interview.

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Charles Manson releases album under free license

Sunday, April 6, 2008

Convicted cult leader and murderer Charles Manson has released his album One Mind under a free content license. The album was already released on April 7, 2005, but now it has become available under the Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial Share-Alike 2.0 License. This means that anyone can remix and share the album for non-commercial purposes, as long as they give proper credit and use the same license.

The website Family Jams (Manson’s record label), which offers hard-copies of the CD, says that “ONE MIND is pure Charlie, no additions, no corrections, no added opinions, filters or editing… consisting of songs, trance-poetry, conversations, raps, ramblings, musings and more.” The cover-art is a painting by Manson, liner notes include excerpts from his letters, and, as the sites mentions, song titles and interludes are by friends or editors.

The disc has 16 tracks, totalling almost 76 minutes of Manson’s work. The CD can be bought on the Family Jams site for $15.00 in the U.S. and Canada, and for $17.50 in other countries. Because of the new license, the tracks can be legally downloaded, and samples can be used for derived works.

Manson was part of the Los Angeles music scene before his conviction as leader of the Manson Family commune. He was close to Beach Boy Dennis Wilson —Manson wrote the song ‘Never Learn Not to Love‘ for the Beach Boys.

In 1970, Manson released the album Lie: The Love & Terror Cult to finance his trial. The Manson Family also released The Family Jams, with songs written by Manson. Manson has released several albums since.

Groups such as Nine Inch Nails have previously released some of their work under a free license.

In a related story, Lindsay Lohan will play Nancy Pitman in an upcoming movie called Manson Girls. Lohan has previously revealed that she was fascinated by Manson during her “dark period” before she sought help for drug and alcohol addiction in 2007: “Yeah, I have a dark side. I watched all those videos on Charles Manson for a while.” Lohan also stars in the movie Chapter 27 about John Lennon‘s assassination.

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What If You Could Learn Photoshop In Under 2 Hours?

By David Peters

Dozens of people want to know more about how to edit images, the easiest way is to use Adobe Photoshop. Thought it may seem complicated at first with the entire 10 hour video help book adobe provides, you can learn it under 2 hours. From tools like using the layers to setting Photoshop’s undo button for easier use, Adobe is full of wonderful surprises that will impress your family and friends. This article will cover how to use 2 selection tools.

The first selection tool is called the lasso tool. It is used to select irregular areas in a photo. There are three parts to the lasso tool, they are the Lasso Tool, the Polygonal Lasso Tool and the Magnetic Lasso Tool. The polygonal lasso tool is used to select specific polygon shapes inside of the photo. While the magnectic lasso tool is used to hook onto specific areas in the photo, it will automatically ‘attach’ itself to areas. The regular lasso tool will just lasso onto whatever you tell it to. To use these tools all you have to do is select the tool and drag it over your photo.

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The 2nd selection tool is called The Magic Wand. What this tool does is it selects areas based on color patterns instead of the outside. It is easy to use it because there are no specific parts to it. All you have to do is select it then click on an area in your picture that you want to edit, the magic wand will grab the area specific to the color and you will be able to edit it to your needs.

Adobe Photoshop is an interesting and in depth tool for editing photos. You can create masterpieces with just a simple picture. Changing backgrounds became easy, editing sizes, cutting out pieces just got easier to do with Adobe. Learning it in just a couple of hours is phenomenally good for the novice user. Friends and family will love the masterpieces you can create with just the touch of a button. I anticipate that Adobe will become a lot more user-friendly over the next couple of years so that more and more people will feel comfortable using it.

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Plane crashes into Toronto office building

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

A Cirrus SR-20 aircraft crashed into an office building in Markham, a town near Toronto, at 12:30 p.m. local time yesterday. Both people on board were killed.

The aircraft, which crashed into the roof of the two-storey building at Woodbine and Hooper streets, was engulfed in flames. Witnesses say that it looked as if the pilot was trying to find somewhere to land and that the aircraft was trailing smoke and rolled before it crashed.

First reports state that the pilot and passenger were killed on impact, and the 14 employees at Thinkway Toys manufacturing all escaped the two-storey building and explosions from the crash.

The crash site is near Buttonville airport where many amateur and flight training flights occur.

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Ontario Votes 2007: Interview with Liberal candidate Kate Holloway, Trinity-Spadina

Monday, October 1, 2007

Kate Holloway is running for the Ontario Liberal Party in the Ontario provincial election, in the Trinity-Spadina riding. Wikinews’ Nick Moreau interviewed her regarding her values, her experience, and her campaign.

Stay tuned for further interviews; every candidate from every party is eligible, and will be contacted. Expect interviews from Liberals, Progressive Conservatives, New Democratic Party members, Ontario Greens, as well as members from the Family Coalition, Freedom, Communist, Libertarian, and Confederation of Regions parties, as well as independents.

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Eleven children injured in Scottish school shooting; two teenagers detained

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Two individuals are in custody after eleven secondary school students were injured in a firearms incident near a school Auchinleck Academy, in East Ayrshire, Scotland, yesterday afternoon. Police have said they are carrying out “extensive enquiries” into the incident, which reportedly involved an air gun or BB gun.

I wasn’t really frightened at first but I’m quite shaken now as I know what damage has been done.

One pupil said he was walking near the school during the lunch hour and “saw two people behind a hedge.” There was a sound “like a small explosion,” he said. “I wasn’t really frightened at first but I’m quite shaken now as I know what damage has been done.”

Strathclyde Police said officers were attending an incident near the secondary school, which has approximately 950 students. Chief Superintendent John Thompson, who is leading the police inquiry into the incident, confirmed two people, aged 15 and 18, were detained in the area of the incident, in which eleven youths were injured.

“Subsequent inquiries directed us towards a house in Auchinleck where we have detained an 18-year-old male and a 15-year-old male,” Thompson said. “Both of those individuals are being interviewed at present and our inquiries are ongoing.” He appealed for people in the area of the incident to contact police.

East Ayrshire council stated “[t]he school responded immediately, informing the police and parents of the children involved, and sought appropriate medical attention”, and added officials were supporting pupils. Auchinleck Academy has not replied to a request for a comment from Wikinews.

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Make This Valentine S Day One He Won T Forget

Submitted by: Karla Gae Pascua

Every Valentine s Day, couples all over the world are busy concocting romantic gimmicks. Well, for the ladies out there, your significant other will always remember your Heart s Day together or any other special occasion if you give him the perfect gift that he s sure to treasure forever.

Sure it can be difficult to pinpoint what your man would appreciate the most but try to remember what he checks out when you go malling and you can t go wrong. Consider buying him silk boxers or a nice watch, leather wallet or cologne. If he s your typical yuppie in the corporate scene, you might bear in mind cufflinks, a leather briefcase, an engraved money clip or a sleek pen that will remind him of you with every use.

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If he s into sports, invest in jerseys or ballcaps of his fave sports team or shop for collectible sports memorabilia. If you can wing it, front row tickets to a PBA game would be much appreciated. Of course you might have to spring for an extra one for a close pal for that ultimate male bonding at the courtside. Sorry, but we all know how guys are when it comes to sports.

Should your man be the outdoors buff, a complete Swiss army knife or pocket survival tool might be the way to go. Other gift ideas are a year s subscription to his favorite magazine, a box of his preferred cigars/cigarettes or a couple of CDs or VCDs you can both enjoy.

Once you ve picked out his gift, your next task is prepping for your much anticipated dinner date. It goes without saying that this special date will require you to wear your most attractive attire. It might be a good idea to buy a new dress preferably in the tones or colors he likes seeing you in. Keep the accessories to a minimum and go for stud earrings. Shoes are a big deal; opt for a pair that not only goes with your ensemble, but those that are comfy as well.

Okay, now that clothes, accessories, jewelry and shoes are out of the way, next up: the face that will launch a thousand ships or in this case, one that will get a wow! out of your man. If you aren t very fond of make-up, concentrate instead on caring for the skin so that it won t need to be covered by cosmetics.

Great skin coupled with a smashing dress and a smartly-wrapped gift, you re sure to make your mate s Valentine s a truly memorable one! Happy Heart s Day!

About the Author: Karla Gae L. Pascua is a senior copywriter at Agatep Associates, Inc., one of the country’s leading public relations agencies. Pascua has been writing professionally for over a decade, seven years of which were under the stewardship of the industry’s acknowledged father of public relations, former UST professor, and journalism textbook author, Charlie Agatep.


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Car bomb in Ciudad Juárez, Mexico kills several, many injured

Saturday, July 17, 2010

A car bomb that exploded at about 20:00 MDT Thursday (01:00 Friday UTC) in a violent area of Ciudad Juárez, Mexico killed several people and injured more.

Police spokesman Jacinto Seguro said Friday that Mexican federal police received a call that an officer was dead. Seguro went on to say, “When they went to check the car, there was a dead body in there, dressed up like a police officer, but it wasn’t one of ours. They put him in a civilian car but dressed him up in a municipal police uniform. That’s when the bomb went off. It’s like an act of terrorism.”

Federal police spokesman Ramon Salinas said the blast killed two officers, a paramedic, and one civilian, although Mayor Jose Reyes said that only three died. At least six others were injured, although reports have said the total injured may be as high as sixteen. Four remain in the hospital, including three paramedics and one civilian.

Mexican authorities say it was a car bomb, but counter-terrorism experts are still unsure as to what caused the vehicle to explode. Intelligence expert Fred Burton said, “For this to be an improvised grenade attack, in some capacity, it doesn’t surprise me.”

The Juárez Cartel, one of the two drug-traffickers in the area, claimed responsibility for the bombing in a graffiti message. “We have more car bombs,” the graffiti said.

Ciudad Juárez has a history for trafficking drugs to the United States, especially into Texas.

Before the explosion, the police arrested a suspected leader of the Juarez cartel, Jesus Armando Acosta Guerrero.

This year more than 7,000 people have died as a result of drug-related violence in Mexico since this year began. Attorney General Arturo Chavez on Friday said nearly 25,000 people have died in the last three and a half year period.

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93-year-old Michigan man freezes to death after electric company limits his power usage

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Marvin Schur, a 93-year-old man from Bay City, Michigan has died after the electric company limited his electric use due to his failure to pay over US$1,000 in past-due payments.

Bay City Electric Light & Power installed a power-limiting device on his home on January 13. The device would limit the amount of power the resident uses and would essentially shut it off if that limit is reached, or if the resident fails to pay the outstanding bill within 10 days of installation. In order for the electricity to be turned back on, the limiter must be reset by pushing a button.

Bay City power says that a warning, indicating that the power was to be turned off and a limiter installed, had been placed on Schur’s front door. Despite that, the company says that they are now “looking at our website and possibly doing an automated phone message. We obviously need to get the word out.”

The autopsy performed on Schur’s body concluded that he had died “a slow, painful death” caused by hypothermia. Dr. Kanu Virani, who performed the autopsy, explained: “Hypothermia shuts the whole system down, slowly. It’s not easy to die from hypothermia without first realizing your fingers and toes feel like they’re burning.”

It was less than 32 degrees Fahrenheit (0 Centigrade) in Schur’s home when neighbors found Schur dead on January 17. Virani commented that it was his first time performing an autopsy on a body in which “the person froze to death indoors.”

“His furnace was not running – the insides of his windows were full of ice the morning we found him,” said George A. Pauwels Jr., who was with his wife when they found Schur’s body.

In Michigan it is illegal for a utility company to disconnect power to any home between November 1 and March 31 when a resident is over the age of 65. Limiters are also not supposed to be used during that time frame. However, municipally-owned electric utilities like the one in Bay City, are not regulated by the state. The Michigan state attorney general’s office has launched an investigation into the incident.

Residents around Schur’s home say he was hard of hearing, and the city states that the device’s function and operation were never explained to him. When word of the story got around, people from all over the United States began to call the city in anger.

“I’ve taken calls from Canada, Massachusetts, Texas, New York, Alabama – and that’s just the ones I can think of off the top of my head,” said Melody Roth of the city’s administrative office, who also added that people from all over are “calling all city departments, not just our office.”

Schur has no known children, and his wife had died several years prior to the incident.

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Stop Dog Chasing Cars The Easy Way

Stop Dog Chasing Cars The Easy Way


Andrew Goligher

One has to start training your dog not to chase cars when he is still a puppy. You might think it’s cute when your puppy chases (or tries to chase) a cat or a car. By doing this, you are unfortunately reinforcing negative behavior and one day when he is grown up, this might well cost him his life. Let’s discuss ways to stop dog chasing cars.

To understand why dogs chase cars, you have to consider their nature. They are natural hunters and herders. Some dogs therefore want to catch the car because he sees it as an intruder. Other types of dogs, such as a sheep dog, wants to ‘herd’ the car, to bring it back to your house. Unfortunately in both cases it can and probably will eventually cause the dog’s death.

Start training your young dog while he is on a leash inside the house. This is the time to teach him basic commands such as ‘sit’ and ‘stop. Once he is familiar with this type of command, take him outside for a walk – while still on the leash. Then teach him to always remain on the payment. Once he is very disciplined in this regard, you can start taking him for a walk without a leash. The ‘stop’ command should prevent him from chasing after cars or cats.

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Unfortunately you will not always be there when the dog starts chasing a car. If there’s nobody to order him to stop, he might still chase cars when you’re absent. The best solution in this regard is a fence around your yard.

If you are one of the many people who don’t fancy an ugly fence around your yard, you have one other solution. An underground electric fence can work just as well to keep the dog inside when it’s used in combination with a shock collar. How it works is that as soon as he crosses the invisible fence, he will receive a relatively mild electric show from the shock collar. You don’t have to be concerned that this will kill or seriously hurt him. All that is going to happen is that he will associate moving off the premises with the electric shock.

Some people recommend that you get a friend to drive his car around the block a few times. If your dog should chase his car, he should throw a water balloon at the dog. It won’t hurt him and he will soon start to form a negative association with chasing cars.

Another way to stop dog chasing cars is to teach him to fetch things that you throw, for example a stick or a ball. When he brings it back to you, reward him with some tidbits of his favorite food. He should soon pick up that it’s only worthwhile to chase things when you are there and specifically when you throw them.

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