Video shows mom pushing autistic son into Miami canal, in what cops say was a first attempt
MIAMI — Days after Miami’s Patricia Ripley was charged with her autistic son’s murder, shocking surveillance video of her apparently pushing the child into a canal has emerged.The video, obtained and aired by Univision’s national news network, shows Ripley walking 9-year-old Alejandro on the bank of a West Kendall canal, looking around, stroking his head — and then forcefully shoving him into the water.Then, Ripley runs away off screen. About 20 seconds later, she returns accompanied by a bystander who saw the child in the murky water and rushed to rescue him.Authorities say the shove was Ripl...
Jazz drummer Jimmy Cobb, the last surviving member of Miles Davis 'Kind of Blue' sextet, has died
NEW YORK — Jazz drummer Jimmy Cobb, the last surviving member of the Miles Davis sextet that produced the masterpiece “Kind of Blue,” died Sunday in Manhattan. He was 91.The cause of death was lung cancer, his wife Eleana Cobb told the Daily News.Cobb died surrounded by family at his home, she said.“He was a very special and unusual person — a gifted musician with natural talent, like an athlete. And a gifted human being with a great, happy personality,” Eleana told the Daily News.“He played all around the world. He was vibrant up until the end,” she said. “It’s a big deal that he’s gone. It’s...
New York Daily News
Diabetes Quick Fix: Five spice-pork and rice stir-fry
Five-spice powder is the base for this sauce that glazes the meat and vegetables with an aromatic and exotic flavor. It is a blend of many spices, usually, star anise, cinnamon, cloves, fennel seed and Szechwan peppercorns. It can be found in the spice section of the supermarket. You only need a little for this recipe, but I like to keep it on hand to sprinkle on cooked vegetables, over rice or in salad dressings to create unusual flavors.Chinese recipes need a few extra minutes to assemble the ingredients, but take only a few minutes to cook. This stir-fry dinner is ready in less than 10 minu...
Tribune News Service
Health official: 'It's hard to gauge' risk floodwater poses in spreading COVID-19
DETROIT — When the floodwaters came, people in mid-Michigan had little time to think about the virus that had kept them in their homes for the previous two months, avoiding public places and large gatherings.They had to escape with their lives, not knowing when or if the Tittabawassee River’s surge would force the Edenville and Sanford dams to give way.Ultimately, both did. And many trudged through muck as rising water swirled at their feet, thick with debris and potentially deadly pathogens.They didn’t think about where they put their masks or how they would social distance in this next disas...
Detroit Free Press
Missouri among states overcounting coronavirus testing, blurring picture of virus' spread
ST. LOUIS — Missouri overcounted the number of people it claimed have been tested for COVID-19 by at least 17,000, state health officials said Saturday, raising the percentage infection rate and muddying the state’s assessment of the viral spread even as regional officials ease restrictions.Until Saturday, health officials were lumping together two different types of tests: viral tests that show who is currently sick with COVID-19, and antibody tests that look for signs of past exposure.Combining the two can give an inaccurate picture of the virus’ spread and inflate the extent of testing and ...
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Bobby Roundtree suffered a spinal cord injury last year. But the Illinois football player, after a year of rehab, vows to walk again.
CHICAGO — Bobby Roundtree kept calling teammates, hoping someone would pick up in the middle of a wild celebration.On a sunny Saturday afternoon in mid-October, Illinois kicked a game-winning field goal as time expired for a 24-23 upset of No. 6 Wisconsin for one of the biggest upsets of the college football season. Fans streamed onto the field and Illini players partied in the locker room.Players’ phones were buzzing with a call from Chicago, where Roundtree was rehabilitating from a summer swimming accident in Florida that damaged his spinal cord.Roundtree, a dominant defensive end before hi...
Peter Salk, whose father conquered polio, says coronavirus fight is far from over
SAN DIEGO — He lives in La Jolla Village, near a cove that will be crowded this weekend by sunbathers who are no longer willing to shelter-in-place from the novel coronavirus.Peter Salk’s favorite stores and restaurants also are nearby. Many are beginning to reopen now that the pandemic is on the decline in San Diego County.But after two months of hunkering down at home, the 76-year-old Salk won’t be venturing beyond his front porch during the long Memorial Day weekend. And it may be a while before he does.“I’m not ready to run the risk of getting infected,” said Salk, a biomedical researcher ...
The San Diego Union-Tribune
Miami mother of drowned autistic boy admits leading him to canal, cops say
MIAMI — Patricia Ripley, the mother who initially claimed her severely autistic 9-year-old son had been kidnapped, ultimately admitted she was to blame for the child’s death at a canal and said “he’s going to be in a better place,” police said.The shocking details of her confession emerged Saturday as Miami-Dade homicide detectives booked Ripley, 47, of West Kendall, into jail on a charge of first-degree murder. The arrest came a little more than a day after she reported that Alejandro Ripley had been kidnapped by two robbers who ran her car off the road Thursday night — a report that sparked ...
As counties reopen, California rushes to build an army of coronavirus 'disease detectives'
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — As California hurries to reopen stores, offices, restaurants and more, another rush is on behind-the-scenes.State health officials have launched an unprecedented effort to train thousands of front-line, county-level workers to act as a firewall to stop the coronavirus from roaring back this fall.Commonly known in the public health world as communicable-disease “contact tracers,” this ad hoc group will serve as community strike teams in each county, working on tight deadlines to stop individual infections from turning into major outbreaks.When someone tests positive for COV...
The Sacramento Bee
NY judge tosses R. Kelly's attempt to dismiss charge he gave herpes to fan
NEW YORK — A Supreme Court ruling that struck down states’ anti-sodomy laws will not spare disgraced R&B star R. Kelly from charges that he knowingly infected a 19-year-old fan with herpes, a Brooklyn Federal Court judge ruled Friday.Judge Ann Donnelly rejected the “I Believe I Can Fly” singer’s claim that the charge against him was unconstitutional because the sex involved was between consenting adults.“The charges against him are not, as he claims, premised on his ‘private sexual decisions’ or ‘private sexual conduct,’” Donnelly wrote in her ruling.“Rather, the allegation is that the defenda...
New York Daily News