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NPR: Holder Resigning

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NPR is reporting: Eric Holder To Step Down As Attorney General

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Mon Aug 09, 2010 at 10:03 AM PDT

Reuters: Matthew Simmons Has Died

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BOSTON Aug 9 (Reuters) - Matthew Simmons, who argued the world was rapidly approaching peak oil production capacity and predicted that BP Plc would be driven bankrupt, died at his home in North Haven, Maine, the energy research group he founded said on Monday.

Matthew Simmons was a prominent energy investment banker, peak oil proponent, founder of the Ocean Energy Institute, and author of Twilight in the Desert: The Coming Saudi Oil Shock and the World Economy. According to Reuters, he died from a heart attack yesterday at age 67. Some of his opinions and predictions about the BP oil spill were controversial.

Bloomberg is now covering the story here:http://www.bloomberg.com/...

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Mitchell Wiener, the Assistant Principal from Intermediate School 238 in Hollis, Queens who was hospitalized last Wednesday with severe complications from a confirmed case of H1N1 influenza ("swine flu") has died. [CBS News New York] His family is denying initial news reports that he had pre-existing medical conditions that could have made him more susceptible to the virus [NBC News New York]
In addition, several more schools in New York City have been shut down for at least five days "after at least 100 students came down with flu-like symptoms" [NBC News New York].

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Here we go again. Three New York City Public schools in the borough of Queens have been shut down because of unusually high levels of flu-like illnesses. Five people at Intermediate School 238 in Hollis, Queens have tested positive for H1N1 ("Swine Flu") influenza and one of them, an assistant principal, is in critical condition. The New York Times is reporting that he "appeared to have had some health conditions that could have made him more susceptible to the virus".

Intermediate School 5 in Elmhurst, Queens is being closed because of 241 students absent with flu-like symptoms (According to NY1 News). ABC News is reporting it as: "Mayor Michael Bloomberg said 241 students at I.S. 5 and 29 at P.S. 16 were either sick with flu-like symptoms or simply absent from school."

The third school closed is Public School 16 in Corona, Queens, with 29 students sent to the nurse's office with symptoms.

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CNN is reporting that Captain Richard Phillips has been freed and 3 of the 4 pirates that were holding him are dead. Source given as "senior U.S. official" CNN

Hope this report is correct. Don't have any further details at this time.

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Capt. Phillips reported to be uninjured and in good condition. Fourth pirate in custody. Phillips is aboard the U.S.S. Bainbridge. American captain rescued, pirates killed, U.S. official says
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Previous diary here: Captain Philips taken by pirates has been FREED. open thread
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The Daily Kos Folding@home Team needs your help. What’s "Folding@home" you say? It’s a distributed computing project run by Pande lab, which is part of the Departments of Chemistry and of Structural Biology, Stanford University and Stanford University Medical Center. Its goal is "to understand protein folding, misfolding, and related diseases" and help advance medical research in Alzheimer's disease, cancer, Huntington's disease, Parkinson's disease, influenza, Mad Cow (BSE), CJD, and ALS. If we could find a way to treat or prevent Alzheimer's, it would have a huge impact. In the U.S. alone, more than 5 million people have Alzheimer's and that number is projected to increase as the baby boom population ages. Currently in the U.S., the estimated direct and indirect annual costs of caring for people with dementia is at least $100 billion.  Globally, there are an estimated 30 million people with dementia and by 2050 the number is projected to rise to over 100 million.

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The Daily Kos Folding@home Team needs your help. What’s "Folding@home" you say? It’s a distributed computing project run by Pande lab, which is part of the Departments of Chemistry and of Structural Biology, Stanford University and Stanford University Medical Center. Its goal is "to understand protein folding, misfolding, and related diseases" and help advance medical research in Alzheimer's disease, cancer, Huntington's disease, Parkinson's disease, influenza, Mad Cow (BSE), CJD, and ALS. If we could find a way to treat or prevent Alzheimer's, it would have a huge impact. In the U.S. alone, more than 5 million people have Alzheimer's and that number is projected to increase as the baby boom population ages. Currently in the U.S., the estimated direct and indirect annual costs of caring for people with dementia is at least $100 billion.  Globally, there are an estimated 30 million people with dementia and by 2050 the number is projected to rise to over 100 million.

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