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Oct 15, 201212:24 PM

Cheat Sheet: October 13-14--Weekend Roundup

Boy’s leg severed by train

On Sunday afternoon in Newport News a 10-year-old boy had his leg severed by a train while he was playing on the tracks of the Bellwood Road. Jahmee Harris from Hampton, was visiting family in the area. He was with a group of kids playing on the tracks at the time of the accident. James Slater, who lives near the railroad tracks, says that he had noticed the kids playing a game on the tracks over the past few days. They would jump on certain cars then let go after a couple hundred yards. The day before Slater had called 911 when he saw the boys playing near the tracks, but by the time the police had arrived the train was gone. On Sunday, he called again and, while he was giving the operator a description, he heard the screams. Slater found the boy near a telephone pole, where he followed the 911 operator’s instructions. The boy left in an ambulance without the parents ever arriving at the scene. The boy has been transferred to the Children’s Hospital of the Kings Daughters and is in fair condition. (Source)

Skydiver breaks sound barrier

Felix Baumgartner became the world’s first supersonic skydiver when he jumped 24 miles above Earth on Sunday. The 43-year-old extreme athlete from Austria, barreled toward the New Mexico desert as more than millions watched him breathlessly online on a live YouTube Stream. Baumgartner hit 833.9 mph and became the first to reach supersonic speed without traveling in a jet or a spacecraft. The capsule he jumped from reached an altitude of 128,100 feet above Earth. His accomplishment came on the 65th anniversary of the day that U.S. test pilot Chuck Yeager became the first man to break the sound barrier in a jet. Baumgartner failed to break  Joe Kittinger’s 5 minute and 35 second longest free fall record but told news reporters, “I was putting everything out there, and hope for the best and if we left one record for Joe—hey it’s fine.” (Source)

Study: No evidence that the HPV vaccine leads to more sex

In 2007, Virginia became the first state to require girls to receive the human papillomavirus vaccine before they enter the sixth grade. The measure has been considered for legislative repeal year after year because of concerns that the shot would promote casual sex among teens. A study released by the journal Pediatrics today found no significant increase in sexually related health issues among the young girls who had the HPV shot compared with those who didn’t. The study looked at pregnancies, testing for sexually transmitted disease and counseling for contraception. About 10 percent of the 1,000 girls in the study had one or more of these outcomes, both those who received the vaccine and those who did not. Concerns about casual sex are not the only reason why people oppose this vaccine law; others believe that it’s an unnecessary intrusion of government, and others doubt vaccine safety in general.  (Source)

3k gallons of oil leaks in Hampton neighborhood

On Sunday in the Briarfield neighborhood in Hampton, 3,000 gallons of motor oil leaked from a storage tank in a drainage ditch. Hazmat crews contained the spill to an area about a quarter mile; however the residents faced the smell of oil for several hours. Fire units responded to the leak in the 2100 block of Mingee Drive at 12:50 p.m. They notified the business owner who informed them that the tank had contained anywhere from 3,000 to 3,500 gallons of oil. The Hampton Fire Department’s Hazmat team, the Virginia Department of Emergency Management and the Department of Environmental Quality all responded to the scene. The cause of the spill appears accidental but remains under investigation by the Hampton Fire Marshal’s office. (Source)
 

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