Last female U.S. veteran of WWI dies POSTED: 9:27 p.m. EDT, March 28, 2007 BOONSBORO, Maryland (AP) -- The last known surviving American female World War I veteran, a refined Civil War buff who in 1916 met with the secretary of the Navy to promote women in the military, has died. She was 109. Charlotte Winters died Tuesday at a nursing home near Boonsboro in northwest Maryland, the U.S. Naval District in Washington announced. Her death leaves just five known surviving American World War I veterans. In 1916, Winters met with Secretary of the Navy Josephus Daniels to persuade him to allow women in the service, said Kelly Auber, who grew up on South Mountain, Maryland, where Winters and her husband, John Winters, settled. When the Navy opened support roles to women, Winters and her sister, Sophie, joined immediately in 1917, Auber said. By December 1918, the Naval District said more than 11,000 women had enlisted and were serving in support positions. Winters served as a secretary and retired in 1953 with the rank of yeoman in the U.S. Naval Reserve. Friends said she was proud of her role but didn't like to be fussed over as she grew older and there were fewer and fewer WWI veterans alive. "Why are they doing this for me? I don't deserve all this," Doug Bast of Boonsboro recalled her saying. Auber said Winters was "an absolutely refined lady" who with her husband was fond of traveling the country looking for burial spots of fallen Civil War generals. "She was very proud of her accomplishments, and when asked, she'd say it was the thing to do, to be patriotic. And she was very patriotic," Auber told The Hagerstown Herald-Mail.
Conn. Again Leads Nation In Personal Income Per Capita Personal Income Statistics Released POSTED: 11:44 am EDT March 27, 2007 HARTFORD, Conn. -- Connecticut residents again had the highest per capita incomes in the country last year, according to statistics released Tuesday by the federal government. Per capita personal income in the state was $49,852, up more than 5 percent since 2005, according to preliminary data released by the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis. Connecticut's per capita income was 37 percent higher than the national average, which was $36,276. Connecticut was No. 1 in 2005, followed by New Jersey, Massachusetts, Maryland and New York. Those rankings did not change in 2006. States switch places as workers move to labor markets that pay the highest wages, said David Lenze, an economist at the Bureau of Economic Analysis in Washington. But some things don't change much from one year to another, he said. "Florida is always warm and Connecticut and New York are always high-cost states," Lenze said. Growth in personal income in Connecticut lagged behind he national rate of 6.3 percent, which the federal agency said was the strongest annual growth rate so far in an economic expansion that began in December 2001. Arkansas, West Virginia and Mississippi had the lowest personal incomes in the country.
Texas signs new self-defense by gun law Tue Mar 27, 2007 4:14PM EDT DALLAS (Reuters) - Criminals in Texas beware: if you threaten someone in their car or office, the citizens of this state where guns are ubiquitous have the right to shoot you dead. Governor Rick Perry's office said on Tuesday that he had signed a new law that expands Texans' existing right to use deadly force to defend themselves "without retreat" in their homes, cars and workplaces. "The right to defend oneself from an imminent act of harm should not only be clearly defined in Texas law, but is intuitive to human nature," Perry said on his Web site. The new law, which takes affect on September 1, extends an exception to a statute that required a person to retreat in the face of a criminal attack. The exception was in the case of an intruder unlawfully entering a person's home. The law extends a person's right to stand their ground beyond the home to vehicles and workplaces, allowing the reasonable use of deadly force, the governor's office said.
Parents are buying stab-proof vests to protect their children Worried parents are buying their children body armour to protect them from knife attacks. A firm that supplies stab and bullet-proof vests to government agencies around the world said it had been flooded with orders following a series of brutal knife murders on Britain's streets. VestGuard UK said it had received more than 100 calls from parents in London alone. It normally receives only one or two inquiries nationwide each year. Some 60 jackets, costing between £300 and £425, have been sold - with parents saving up to buy the armour. Shaun Ward, the sales director at VestGuard UK, said: "They are concerned by what is happening on the streets - the level of violence. A 13-year-old girl has been our youngest customer but most are about 15 or 16. DailyMail.co.uk One of the VestGuard UK jackets being snapped up by worried parents…..
Anti-rape device created by South-African inventor Sonnet Ehlers is about to hit the market after a long time of waiting for patent verification. The female condom-like device called Rapex has fish-like teeth that attach to the penis. This invention stirred a great deal of controversy all over the world. The main concern is whether the Rapex was a medieval device built on a hate of men or it can be considered an easy-to use devise that could help South African women protect themselves against rape. Sonnet Eshlers publicly announced her invention one and half years ago and shot to international fame as the invention stirred debates about advantages and disadvantages of Rapex. Eshler said that she was not a male hater, she simply wanted to help African women to protect themselves against rape. Though the device might seem a good weapon to fight rape, Eshler has many opponents. Even such organization as Rape Crisis Cape Town does not consider Rapex to be a solution to the social problem of rape and considers such a devise to be likely to increase female vulnerability to violence. Eshler insists on the fact that the main advantage of her invention is that it could give a woman attacked by a rapist some vital seconds to escape the criminal while he is busy dealing with pain caused by the device. This would be great pain as 25 teeth of the device that is inserted in the vagina attach themselves to the head and the shaft of the penis. What is more, she says the device will help with proving the crime as the rapist will have to go to a doctor to have the fish-like teeth removed. The product is going to be mass-produced in China next month.
A marijuana joint smoulders in an ashtray in a cafe in Rotterdam June 20, 2005. Marijuana is not kosher for Passover, a pro-cannabis advocacy group says, advising Jews who observe the week-long holiday's special dietary laws to take a break from smoking the weed.
A poster for anti-smoking campaign in Singapore. Singapore has rescheduled the screening time of a graphic anti-smoking TV commercial after public complaints that it was unsuitable for children.
Woman who had sex with boy 'flattered' by attention A WOMAN'S crime in having sex once with a 15-year-old boy was different from the six-week affair Melbourne school teacher Karen Ellis had with a boy of similar age, a court heard. Diana Nicole Bennett's lawyer said that unlike Ellis, the boy with whom she had intercourse was not under her care, supervision or authority. The County Court heard yesterday that in January 2005, Bennett, a voluntary worker, then 28, had sex with the boy who had telephoned her at home one morning and invited her to his house. Judge Lance Pilgrim was told they had been friends for about six months and that the boy had earlier promised to give her a kiss for Christmas. After the Department of Human Resources notified police from a sexual offences and child abuse unit in February, 2005, the boy declined to make a statement, as did his parents. Prosecutor Bill Dwyer said in his summary that Bennett later admitted she had a problem with binge drinking and on that morning she was drunk from the night before. Mr Dwyer said Bennett, who usually drank three bottles of vodka neat a week, told police she only took up the boy's invitation because she was drunk.
Masturbating trespasser booted from frat Woman refused to leave PIKE house in mid-afternoon By: Jessica Vosgerchian, Daily Staff Reporter Michigan Daily Police have been unable to locate a woman who entered the Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity house without permission on Thursday and began to masturbate on a couch. While fraternity members were eating in the dining room, a woman entered the house's living room, took off her clothes and started masturbating, said LSA junior Dan Nye, the president of the Washtenaw Avenue fraternity. No one saw the woman enter the house or knew how she got in. Nye said she could have entered through the front door, which was left propped open while it was being repaired. Fraternity members asked the woman to leave the house, but she refused and continued masturbating for about half an hour, Nye said. When members asked the woman if she was all right, she casually replied that she was fine, he said. The woman was talking on her cell phone at one point, said LSA sophomore Adam Bayard, a member of the fraternity. She walked out of the front door wearing only a thigh-length black coat after a fraternity member called the police, Nye said. When police arrived minutes later, the woman had already left. According to a police report, the woman was between 20 and 30 years old, had short brown hair and appeared to be under the influence of drugs. "Obviously, she was very disturbed," Nye said. "It was not how a normal person would respond to people." The woman told fraternity members that her name was Melissa and she was a student at Eastern Michigan University, according to the police report. Fraternity members said they will throw out two couches in the living room because of the incident, Nye said. Police said the break-in appeared to be an isolated incident.
Anna Nicole Smith Autopsy Released Coroner: Ex-Playmate died from accidental sedative overdose MARCH 26--Anna Nicole Smith died from an accidental overdose of a powerful sedative that became lethal when mixed with nine other prescription drugs found in her system, according to a coroner's report released this morning. The combined toxicity of the sleeping medication, chloral hydrate, and the other drugs (including anti-anxiety Valium, Klonopin, and Ativan) resulted in the 39-year-old Smith's death, concluded Dr. Joshua Perper, the Broward County medical examiner. The medical examiner's investigation also found that "contributory causes" in Smith's death were a viral flu and an abscess that had developed on her buttock as a result of injections. Perper noted that the level of chloral hydrate--which is often used to combat insomnia and slows respiration--found in Smith's system was not, in itself, lethal. But combined with the other drugs, which were found at "therapeutic levels," the chloral hydrate proved lethal. On February 8, Smith was found dead at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida. Despite news accounts of Smith's abuse of an array of narcotics, toxicology tests revealed that she did not have methadone or other opiates in her system at the time of her death. (Coroner’s Report Following 8 pages…)
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