SEPTEMBER 16, 2016, 4:23:59 A.M. 911 operator: “This line is recorded. Where is your emergency?” Laura: “I’m at Somerville Hospital.” 911 operator: “I’m sorry. Where are you?” Laura: “Somerville Hospital.” 911 operator: “OK, what’s the emergency?” Laura: “I’m having an asthma attack. I’m dying.” 911 operator: “Whereabouts are you at the hospital?” Laura: “Emergency room.” 911 operator: “OK.” Laura: “I can’t get in.” 911 operator: “Let me get you into Somerville. You’re outside?” Laura: “Mm-hm.” 911 operator: “Are you in the parking lot?” Laura: “Yeah.” 911 operator: “Are you in a vehicle?” Laura: “No. I’m just outside it.” 911 operator: “At the door?” Laura: “Asthma. Asthma.” 911 operator: “Are you … [Read more...] about Laura Levis died outside a Boston-area ER. The doors were locked. Why?
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NATICK, Mass. — The U.S. military calls its combat field rations MREs, for Meals, Ready to Eat, since they require no cooking. But the troops long ago decided that those initials stood for Meals Refused by Everyone. The stuff may have been filling, but it sure wasn’t appetizing. Even the head of the Army’s combat ration program acknowledged that the first few generations of MRE entrees were full of “mystery meat and no-name casseroles,” and that troops in the field quickly grew sick and tired of them. Worried about morale, the Army set out on a long-term effort to upgrade the menu with items that the troops might actually like. And its food scientists have finally hit on what many say is the holy grail of field rations: the MRE pizza. Now being shipped to military bases around the world, the newest of 24 current MRE options is a humble 3-by-5-inch Sicilian-style slice, scattered with melt-proof shreds of mozzarella and pebbles of mild pepperoni, sealed in … [Read more...] about A breakthrough for U.S. troops: combat-ready pizza
BROOKLINE — Sheryl Hope Waldman grew up in a big and bustling house here in the 1950s, an attractive, cheerful girl with many friends. After attending Brookline High School and the University of Wisconsin, she returned to her childhood home to live with her older sister Lynda.Then, over the years, Sheryl Waldman faded from view until she vanished. And no one seemed to notice.For four decades, she shared a highly reclusive life with Lynda, six years her elder, inside their 4,000-square-foot home, a place where a warm, extended Jewish family once thrived, then bitterly fell apart.Over the years, some people witnessed flickers of Sheryl’s outgoing personality, but that soon subsided into the past — and so, too, her name. For reasons that are unclear, she began calling herself Hope Wheaton.The sisters’ once-grand house slowly fell into disrepair; the shuttered windows, collapsed porches, and broken gutters gave it an abandoned look. By last year, out of general … [Read more...] about Two sisters, one house, and a mystery
Published 9:01 am CDT, Thursday, August 16, 2018 Sorry, but your browser does not support the video tag. (BPT) - We’d love to take our daily commute for granted. Except, we can’t. It is essential that we continue to make public transportation as efficient as possible for commuters. Over the decades, as a nation we have put investing in our transportation infrastructure, particularly our bus and rail systems, on the back burner. The result: Today’s public transit backlog sits at $90 billion, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation. This is a missed opportunity to make our public transportation systems more efficient and our cities more productive, and it has serious economic implications. Recommended Video: Now Playing: "Venezuelans are starving to death" The number of Venezuelans crossing the Colombian border has become a daily flood. and this is triggering what the UN warns is a humanitarian crisis. Fleeing their country hungry, … [Read more...] about Why public transit is a key economic issue for growing cities
Loss of water will 'become a reality' if people ignore hosepipe ban warns NI Water BelfastTelegraph.co.uk Northern Ireland Water have warned that households across Northern Ireland could suffer a complete loss of water if people ignore the hosepipe ban. https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/northern-ireland/loss-of-water-will-become-a-reality-if-people-ignore-hosepipe-ban-warns-ni-water-37066920.html https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/northern-ireland/article37066059.ece/6e413/AUTOCROP/h342/bpanews_3ea5831d-baf9-4092-b622-eb3f7605fcc0_1 Email Northern Ireland Water have warned that households across Northern Ireland could suffer a complete loss of water if people ignore the hosepipe ban. The hosepipe ban is still in place and will be for the foreseeable future given the continuing high temperatures across the country. Temperatures have remained around the low 20C's on Saturday after pushing 30C for much of last week. Sunday is set to be another warm and Sunday day with … [Read more...] about Loss of water will ‘become a reality’ if people ignore hosepipe ban warns NI Water