Hepatitis A Cases Rise to 127; FDA Identifies Pomegranate Shipment from Turkey | Food Safety News

The Hepatitis A outbreak linked to frozen mixed berries continues to grow. On Friday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said five more illnesses have been confirmed as part of the outbreak, bringing the total to 127 ill in 8 states, and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said it thinks it has identified a common shipment of pomegranate seeds from Turkey that may have been to blame.

via Hepatitis A Cases Rise to 127; FDA Identifies Pomegranate Shipment from Turkey | Food Safety News.

An open letter to the guy who followed me while I was on my bike

Fit and Feminist

Dear Guy,

Last weekend was pretty nice, wasn’t it?  We both wanted to take advantage of the fact that it wasn’t a monsoon outside, which is why I took my bicycle and you took your motorcycle and we both went for rides that took us around Walsingham Park.  That park is one of my favorite places to go, with all of the trees providing shade over the roads and trails that twist around the lake.   The shade is especially important now as most days it gets into the 90s, and that’s really hot, even when you’re on a bike with your self-generated wind blowing past you.

I had hit my turnaround point and was on my way out of the park when I heard your motorcycle engine come up behind me.  I figured you wanted to pass, so I moved over as close to the edge of the road as…

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The Gun Report: June 28, 2013 – NYTimes.com

A 13-year-old girl was accidentally shot by her 15-year-old brother in their Clearfield, Utah, home Thursday night. The round from the .22-caliber handgun struck the girl in the shoulder, and her brother rushed to tell their parents, who were home at the time. Investigators will be inquiring where the gun came from and whether it was properly secured, but it doesn’t appear any charges will be filed.

via The Gun Report: June 28, 2013 – NYTimes.com.

Farmers Speak Out for Sustainable Agriculture at USDA and on the Hill – NSAC

Maryland dairy producers Holly and Eric Foster detailed how two Value-Added Producer Grants (VAPG) helped improve their cheese and yogurt production at their family-owned farm, Chapel’s County Creamery.  Likewise, Peter and Kelly Whisnant of Rain Crow Ranch in Missouri spoke to the importance of VAPG funding to catalyzing their 100 percent grass-fed, organic, and animal welfare approved certified beef business.

Terry Jacobson of North Dakota, who raises grass-fed beef and grows grain on his North Outback Farm, stressed the importance of rewarding farmers for their environmental stewardship through the Conservation Stewardship Program.

And Margaret Campos of Comida de Campos in New Mexico detailed how the Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Program (SARE) helped her conduct on-farm research into extending her tomato growing season, which now allows her to market produce for a longer period of the year.

via Farmers Speak Out for Sustainable Agriculture at USDA and on the Hill – NSAC.

Not a vulture but a drone: S. Africa police detain cameraman | News , International | THE DAILY STAR

South African police on Friday detained the owner of a radio-controlled helicopter drone carrying a camera that was filming scenes around the Pretoria hospital where ailing anti-apartheid hero Nelson Mandela is being treated.

F.C. Hamman, a South African freelance film-maker, was escorted away by police along with the helicopter camera he was flying with his 21-year-old son Timothy outside the clinic where Mandela, 94, has spent three weeks with a lung infection.

“As far as I know, I didn’t do anything wrong,” Hamman told Reuters by phone from the office in the hospital compound where he was taken by police. He said he was waiting to be interviewed by senior officers and for them to view the footage filmed.

“We were careful not to fly over the hospital,” Hamman said.

He said he had intended to offer to media organisations the aerial shots of intense activity around the hospital, where crowds of jostling journalists have mingled with well-wishers paying tribute to South Africa’s former black president.

The intense media scrutiny has angered some of Mandela’s family. Daughter Makaziwe on Thursday lambasted foreign media “vultures” for not respecting his privacy as he lay critically ill.

Hamman said he had already used the home-built flying camera in other film projects and had also assisted police with surveillance work in operations against suspected drug-dealers in the crime-plagued Johannesburg suburb of El Dorado.

via Not a vulture but a drone: S. Africa police detain cameraman | News , International | THE DAILY STAR.

Homemade surviellance drone