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‘That ’70s Show’ star Danny Masterson must head to trial on charges he raped 3 women, judge rulesDanny Masterson, an actor on “That ‘70s Show,” failed to get his Los Angeles rape case dismissed Monday and must appear for arraignment Nov. 2, a judge ruled Monday.The former sitcom star is accused of forcibly raping three women in separate incidents at his Hollywood Hills home between 2001 and 2003.His defense filed a demurrer motion that was denied by Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Eleanor J. Hunter early Monday, sources confirmed to the New York Daily News.Masterson’s lawyer Thomas Mesereau d...
Tribune News Service
'Incredibly rare' white baby sea turtle pops out of the sand on South Carolina beach
An “extremely rare” white baby sea turtle was found Sunday on a beach 25 miles south of Charleston, South Carolina, according to Kiawah Island town officials.“You can imagine the excited ‘oohs’ and the ‘aahs’ from the guests, including some College of Charleston students, when the (beach) patroller found a lone, leucistic hatchling in the nest,” town officials wrote on Facebook. “It was a first for everyone.”Leucism is a condition that decreases color pigmentation, experts say, often making an animal appear white or spotted.“Leucism is different from albinism, as albino animals have a complete...
The Charlotte Observer
Seattle-area man is the third person in the US confirmed to have been infected twice with coronavirus
SEATTLE — The Seattle-area nursing home resident first tested positive for the novel coronavirus in early March. He spent more than 40 days in the hospital with fever, pneumonia and difficulty breathing before testing negative multiple times and being discharged.Then, nearly five months later, he got sick again with COVID-19.Now, genetic testing by a team of Seattle physicians and scientists has revealed that sexagenarian’s second bout of the illness caused by the coronavirus in July wasn’t a relapse but a new infection with a slightly different variant of the virus.The patient is only the thi...
The Seattle Times
Coronavirus reinfections are real. Here's what that means for controlling the pandemic.
The first confirmed case of an American who got COVID-19 twice adds to scant but mounting evidence that people can be reinfected with the coronavirus — and get sicker than during the initial bout.The 25-year-old Nevada man, who had no known immune problems, got a mild case of COVID-19 in April. About a month later, he was diagnosed again and needed hospitalization and oxygen, according to the report published Monday in Lancet Infectious Diseases.The authors say at least three other confirmed cases have been published worldwide, including the first in Hong Kong barely two months ago. But the CO...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Zoo scientists revive cells from 40-year deep freeze to clone endangered horse
SAN DIEGO — Kurt looks and acts like any other young horse. He scampers and strides on springy legs, testing their strength. When it’s time to recharge, he nuzzles up to his mother for some nourishing milk.But Kurt is no ordinary horse. Kurt is a clone.The 2-month-old colt is a Przewalski’s horse, a species native to central Asia that once went extinct in the wild and is still critically endangered, with only about 2,000 remaining.San Diego Zoo Global researchers have high hopes that Kurt can help turn things around for his species. He was cloned from skin cells taken from a stallion in 1980 a...
The San Diego Union-Tribune
College grads struggle to launch careers in a pandemic economy. 'I chose the worst year to get my life together'
CHICAGO — Kevin Zheng had big plans lined up as he prepared to graduate in the spring with a degree in criminal justice from the University of Illinois at Chicago.The 23-year-old thought he’d enter the job market well-prepared, with an internship at the Chicago Police Department on his resume.But the COVID-19 health crisis upended that plan. His internship was canceled, his graduation was delayed until August, and he sat in his bedroom for the virtual commencement ceremony. Now he’s looking for a job in a pandemic-induced recession.“I chose the worst year to get my life together,” said Zheng, ...
From community college to COVID research, he followed a nontraditional path to fighting the virus
PHILADELPHIA — When Yaya Dia comes home from a long day at work, hungry for a steaming plate of his mother’s fish with rice, his little brothers don’t let him sit down without a big hug.“Are you a doctor yet?” the youngest, 10-year-old Abou, will often ask.“I’m getting there,” replies Dia, 29.He is on a longer journey than most. He spoke no English when he immigrated at age 9 from the West African nation of Burkina Faso, and at first, was indifferent about school amid the unfamiliar tumult of Philadelphia. He went to an automotive vocational school, considered a career in the military, then wa...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Healthy corals in Biscayne Bay surprised scientists. They may help reefs survive
MIAMI — During a scouting mission to check on coral colonies in inshore Biscayne Bay last year, Caroline Dennison and a few other marine biology graduate students found something astounding: healthy populations of brain corals.There were no signs of white spots or bleaching and the vivid yellowish brown colors indicated that the corals were untouched by yet another mysterious disease that’s ravaging reefs along the Florida coast. Even more extraordinary was that these corals were thriving in shallow and warm water right off the seawall at Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park, near a bustling sea...
How to conduct an engaging lab experiment in the time of COVID: Brew beer
PHILADELPHIA — The 22 students in the La Salle University microbiology class had been brewing their first batch of beer for the last two weeks, and it was time to taste it.Senior Austin Taylor, participating on the class Zoom call, took a swig from his jar and grimaced.“Oh, oh, that’s gross,” the senior biology major from Woodbridge, New Jersey, said, putting his hand over his mouth as if he wasn’t sure he could swallow it. “That was nasty. I don’t recommend that.”His teacher, assistant professor Brian DeHaven, laughed and told him not to worry. “So was mine,” DeHaven said.Brewing the perfect ...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Kimberley Walsh isn't interested in returning to her pop roots
Kimberley Walsh isn't interested in returning to her pop roots.The 38-year-old singer shot to fame in Girls Aloud but when the group disbanded in 2013, she's largely concentrated on musical theatre and doesn't want to go back to her chart career.Asked if she'd record a solo album, she said: "I wouldn't be interested in doing anything pop related. Maybe another musical album would be fun."Kimberley won a place in Girls Aloud after competing on reality show 'Popstars: The Rivals' and admitted she thinks it would be "really fun" to be a judge on a similar star-search programme, but only if the ro...