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UPDATES: Arrests Made Following SWAT Standoff in Stone Mountain: Police
The standoff began when a suspect pulled a gun on police, officials told reporters.
By Justin Ove (Patch Staff)
February 27, 2015 at 1:29am

UPDATES: Arrests Made Following SWAT Standoff in Stone Mountain: Police
UPDATE (3:30 a.m.): DeKalb County police have made arrests following the end of a SWAT situation in Stone Mountain which began late Thursday night.

Police told 11 Alive News that, “they were investigating SWAT suspect when he pulled gun on them.” No officers were hurt, and crime scene tape is being deployed in the area.

FOX 5 Atlanta reports that three people have been taken into custody at the Park at Hairston complex. Police to 11 Alive News that the situation was sparked when a suspect pulled a gun on investigators. No officers were injured.

According to 11 Alive News, the standoff at the Park at Hairston complex began at approximately 10 p.m. Thursday, with SWAT units arriving some 40 minutes later. An 11 Alive photojournalist has reported seeing the robot, the tanker, and a heavy police presence in the area. It is not currently know what threat the officers are responding to.

ORIGINAL STORY (11:16 p.m.): A SWAT team has been dispatched to Stone Mountain in response to a situation developing there.
According to CBS Atlanta, the team was dispatched to a location near the intersection of South Hairston and Redan roads just before 9:30 p.m.

UPDATE (11:32 p.m.): DeKalb County SWAT personnel are at a Stone Mountain apartment complex alongside with a bomb squad robot, an armored vehicle, and other law enforcement personnel.

UPDATE (11:47 p.m.): DeKalb County police are releasing a few more details about the developing SWAT situation in Stone Mountain.

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Please stay with Patch as further developments come to light.

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ENENews: ‘”Bizarre, milky rain’ falls for days by most contaminated nuclear site in U.S. — Expert: I’ve never seen anything like it — TV: Very unusual for our area — Nuke lab ‘didn’t collect enough to analyze… never planned to do real study’ on mystery material — NOAA contaminates sample, then loses it “!

Ya know, you would kinda think that the news media would find that this is something that every one in the country should be alerted about. That way, the people in those specific states, neighboring states, and the rest of the country, can decide to monitor what is going on or not. I find it appalling that we find out, days or weeks after something strange happens What the hell is wrong with the media in this country? They need to wake up, before they have no followers, thus no jobs!

“Bizarre, milky rain” falls for days by most contaminated nuclear site in U.S. — Expert: I’ve never seen anything like it — TV: Very unusual for our area — Nuke lab “didn’t collect enough to analyze… never planned to do real study” on mystery material — NOAA contaminates sample, then loses it (VIDEO)
Published: February 22nd, 2015 at 5:22 pm ET
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CNN, Feb 7, 2015 (emphasis added): Mysterious filth rained down… onto Washington and Oregon on Friday… described it as “white stuff” or “milky rain.” Rainwater filling a collector at the NWS [NOAA’s National Weather Service] looked like it was pulled from a muddy river.

Reuters, Feb 10, 2015: “We’re fairly certain it came from Nevada” [NWS] scientist Mary Wister said… federal scientists at the… Hanford nuclear site have suggested… winds may have carried ash… from Japan‘s Sakurajima volcano… [Wister] cautioned that without a chemical analysis of the milky rain, it would be impossible to pinpoint its origins.

KNDU, Feb 10, 2015: Rare ‘Milky Rain’ Most Likely Traveled From Ancient Lake in Oregon… nearly 500 miles away… [The] substance has not yet been scientifically confirmed… Originally, a large storm that hit northwest Nevada was blamed… “But the trajectory just didn’t add up,” said [NWS] meteorologist Mary Wister… “The wind direction would have carried the dust into western Montana.”

Oregonian, Feb 9, 2015: ‘Milky rain’ falling in Oregon, Washington still a big mystery to meteorologists — Meteorologists are stumped by the spooky “milky rain”… over the past two days… “There are a whole bunch of theories,” [NWS meteorologist Robert Cramp] said. “But the reports are coming in from a limited area“… concentrated in the Columbia River Basin. — CAPTION: A bizarre, murky rain is reportedly leaving chalky spots on cars… [NWS] is reportedly testing it.

KPLU, Feb 10, 2015: Scientists from the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory [next to Hanford] intend to study the muddy rain this week. They have a theory that the sediment is ash from a Japanese volcano… the Benton Clean Air Agency [Hanford is in Benton County] also intends to test samples. They think the sediment might be from a southeast Oregon lake, a recently burned area in Oregon or possibly even Nevada dust… [NWS] also has a sample, but says it won’t test it… a weather service spokesman said the sample was likely contaminated [and its] whereabouts… couldn’t be accounted for.

KUOW, Feb 9, 2015: Much of eastern Washington and Oregon was pelted with a dirty rain, but so far scientists do not agree on a cause… Scientists say… this 200-mile event… is unusual. Pacific Northwest National Laboratory… plans to test samples this week.

Live Science, Feb 13, 2015: Robin Priddy, director of Benton Clean Air [Agency said] it’s unclear where the dust came from, especially since it was a windless day, Priddy told Live Science… it’s rare to see muddy rain in the winter, and the rain’s mysterious white color still has researchers scratching their heads… Though researchers at Benton Clean Air took samples… lab technicians weren’t tasked with figuring out the origins of the sediment… Pacific Northwest National Laboratory also took samples, though later found they didn’t collect enough to analyze, said Mary Beckman, a lab spokeswoman. But the lab never planned to do a real study on the material, she said. “It was purely out of curiosity.”

KNDU, Feb 9, 2015: This… is very unusual for [the Tri-Cities area next to Hanford].

Mary Wister, NOAA NWS: “This is something that I have not personally seen in my career.”

Robin Priddy, Benton Clear Air Agency: “As much dust as we have around… it usually comes in sideways, not from the top when the air is still. Obviously, we were aware something pretty unusual was going on.” >> Watch the broadcast here

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Oh My God! CDC Comments on New Bourbon Virus! Only One Persons Has Ever Had It! They don’t know the symptoms, they don’t know the source, they don’t know how to detect it, and they don’t know anything at all, except that there is a new Bourbon Virus! (Sarcasm Supplied)

From CDC, Atlanta:
http://www.cdc.gov/ncezid/dvbd/bourbon/index.html

Bourbon virus

What is Bourbon virus?
Bourbon virus belongs to a group of viruses called thogotoviruses. Viruses in this group are found all over the world. A few of these viruses can cause people to get sick.

How do people get infected with Bourbon virus?
We do not yet fully know how people become infected with Bourbon virus. However, based on what we know about similar viruses, it is likely that Bourbon virus is spread through tick or other insect bites

Where have cases of Bourbon virus disease occurred?
As of February 12, 2015, only one case of Bourbon virus disease had been identified in eastern Kansas in late spring 2014. The man who was infected later died. At this time, we do not know if the virus might be found in other areas of the United States.

What are the symptoms of Bourbon virus?
Because there has been only one case identified thus far, scientists are still learning about possible symptoms caused by this new virus. In the one person who was diagnosed with Bourbon virus disease, symptoms included fever, tiredness, rash, headache, other body aches, nausea, and vomiting. The person also had low blood counts for cells that fight infection and help prevent bleeding.

Who is at risk for infection with Bourbon virus?
People likely become infected with Bourbon virus when they are bitten by a tick or other insect. Therefore, people who do not take steps to protect themselves from tick or insect bites when they work or spend time outside may be more likely to be infected.

How can people reduce the chance of becoming infected with Bourbon virus?
There is no vaccine or drug to prevent or treat Bourbon virus disease. Therefore, preventing bites from ticks and other insects may be the best way to prevent infection. Here are ways to protect yourself from tick and other bug bites when you are outdoors:
Use insect repellents
Wear long sleeves and pants
Avoid bushy and wooded areas
Perform thorough tick checks after spending time outdoors
Additional information on reducing exposure to ticks is available on the CDC Ticks website.

How do I know if I have been infected with Bourbon virus?
Currently, no laboratory tests are routinely available to tell if a person is infected with Bourbon virus. Tests that will help a doctor diagnose Bourbon virus infection are being developed. See your healthcare provider if you have any symptoms that concern you.

What is the treatment for Bourbon virus disease?
Because there is no medicine to treat Bourbon virus disease, doctors can only treat the symptoms. For example, some patients may need to be hospitalized and given intravenous fluids and treatment for pain and fever. Antibiotics are not effective against viruses, including Bourbon virus.

What should I do if I think someone might be infected with Bourbon virus?
See your healthcare provider if you have any symptoms that concern you.

Can Bourbon virus cause animals to become ill?
Scientists do not yet know what animals can get infected or become sick from Bourbon virus. Studies are ongoing to look at this. See your veterinarian if your pet or livestock have any symptoms that concern you.

Information about Bourbon virus for healthcare providers
Heartland virus resources
Bourbon Virus
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Reuters: ” U.S. District Judge Andrew Hanen in Brownsville, a city along the Texas border with Mexico, issued a temporary court order on Monday stopping Obama’s executive actions” due to illegality of the executive action!!!

2/17/15 REUTERS 23:31:58
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February 17, 2015

U.S. delays Obama’s immigration steps after judge’s rebuke
Jeff Mason
Richard Cowan

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama’s administration on Tuesday delayed implementing his unilateral steps to shield millions of illegal immigrants from deportation after a judge blocked the actions at the urging of 26 states accusing Obama of exceeding his powers.

In a setback to the president, U.S. District Judge Andrew Hanen in Brownsville, a city along the Texas border with Mexico, issued a temporary court order on Monday stopping Obama’s executive actions that bypassed a gridlocked Congress.

Hanen’s action left in disarray U.S. policy toward the roughly 11 million people in the country illegally.
Obama said he disagreed with the ruling and expected his administration to prevail once the issue made its way through the courts.

“The law is on our side and history is on our side,” Obama told reporters in the Oval Office.
The president said the administration will comply with the judge’s order and delay accepting applications from some of the illegal immigrants for deportation relief and work permits that had been set to begin on Wednesday.

“We will be prepared to implement this fully as soon as the legal issues get resolved,” Obama said. He urged Congress to pass legislation to reform the U.S. immigration system more broadly.

Obama said the Justice Department will appeal Hanen’s preliminary injunction to the majority conservative 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans. Hanen has previously issued other opinions critical of the Obama administration’s enforcement of immigration laws.

Hanen’s preliminary injunction is not a ruling on the merits of the lawsuit filed by 26 states, led by Republican bastions such as Texas.

The judge issued his opinion amid a fight in the Republican-led U.S. Congress over legislation passed by the House of Representatives to allow funding for the Department of Homeland Security only if Obama’s immigration actions were nullified. The department is charged with securing U.S. borders, airports and coastal waters.
Neither Republicans nor Democrats showed signs of backing down, especially with the court order being a preliminary one.

The judge hemmed in Obama’s exertion of executive power on Nov. 20 that has drawn the ire of Republican elected officials who say he exceeded his constitutional authority.

“President Obama abdicated his responsibility to uphold the United States Constitution when he attempted to circumvent the laws passed by Congress via executive fiat, and Judge Hanen’s decision rightly stops the president’s overreach in its tracks,” said Republican Texas Governor Greg Abbott.

DEPORTATION RELIEF
Obama’s executive orders would let up to 4.7 million illegal immigrants stay without threat of deportation. It was aimed mainly at helping 4.4 million people whose children are U.S. citizens or legal permanent residents.

About 270,000 people would be able to stay under the expansion of a 2012 program that offered deportation relief to people brought illegally to the United States as children, allowing them work. That expansion had been set to begin on Wednesday.

Immigration lawyers said many applicants for deportation relief under Obama’s order had already filed paperwork and the required $465 fee ahead of the beginning of the first stage of the executive action. They now must decide whether to withdraw their applications and be refunded, or continue in hopes the injunction is overturned.

Obama’s administration billed his moves as the biggest immigration policy shift since 1986 changes passed under President Ronald Reagan. Immigration policy is certain to become an important topic in the 2016 presidential campaign.

Most of the illegal immigrants in the United States come from Mexico and other Latin American countries. Guatamala, Honduras, El Salvador and Mexico said they were disappointed with the Texas judge’s order.

Mexico’s Foreign Ministry said Obama’s moves provided “a just migration solution for millions of families and could reinforce the significant contributions of Mexican migrants to the American economy and society.”

The judge wrote that the administration had not complied with procedures needed for putting into effect Obama’s immigration moves, which he made after House Republicans blocked bipartisan immigration legislation passed by the Senate in 2013.

In his opinion, Hanen wrote that “the states have clearly proven a likelihood of success on the merits” of the case. Hanen wrote it was “disingenuous” for the administration to maintain Obama’s actions merely “supplements and amends” current policy.

“It represents a massive change in immigration practice, and will have a significant effect on, not only illegally present immigrants, but also the nation’s entire immigration scheme and the states who must bear the lion’s share of its consequences,” Hanen wrote.

Republicans argue that Obama often has overstepped his presidential authority in areas also including U.S.-Cuba policy and changes in his signature healthcare law.

In aiming to thwart Obama’s moves on immigration, they risk further alienating Hispanic voters and being accused of interfering with counterterrorism efforts by holding up money for homeland security. Republicans say there will be no interruption in the homeland security agency’s critical protective missions. (Additional reporting by David Lawder, Julia Edwards, Susan Heavey in Washington, Mica Rosenberg in New York and Sofia Menchú in Guatemala City)

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News Subject: (Smuggling & Illegal Trade (1SM35); Immigration & Naturalization (1IM88); Judicial Cases & Rulings (1JU36); Criminal Law (1CR79); Legal (1LE33); Emerging Market Countries (1EM65); Social Issues (1SO05); Crime (1CR87))
Region: (Texas (1TE14); Latin America (1LA15); USA (1US73); Central America (1CE62); North America (1NO39); U.S. Southwest Region (1SO89); Americas (1AM92); Guatemala (1GU42); Mexico (1ME48))
Language: EN
Other Indexing: (Greg Abbott; Kevin Lamarque; Barack Obama; Andrew Hanen; Ronald Reagan)
Keywords: immigration (MCC:OVR); (N2:US); (N2:AMERS); (N2:USA); (MCCL:OVR)
Word Count: 873
End of Document © 2015 Thomson Reuters. No claim to original U.S. Government Works.

Stupid Question of the Day… If we have only had 4 Ebola patients in the US, and only 1 of the 4 died, why the hell would we need “Ebola Preparedness Emergency Departments” at our hospitals????

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
http://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/USCDC/bulletins/f1d375

Now Available: Emergency Department Ebola Preparedness Training Videos

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) sent this bulletin at 02/17/2015 01:18 PM EST
Now Available: Emergency Department Ebola Preparedness Training Videos


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CDC and the Johns Hopkins Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Quality and collaborated with numerous professional organizations to develop an Ebola Preparedness Training for emergency department personnel. Titled “Ebola Preparedness: Emergency Department Guidelines,” the training package consists of four video modules that supplement CDC’s recommended three-step strategy — identify, isolate and inform — for managing possible Ebola patients.

The modules showcase important planning processes, provider-patient communication techniques and cross-discipline teamwork principles that can be used to successfully handle several emerging diseases.
The four video modules are available as a YouTube playlist: Ebola Emergency Department Preparedness

Considerations for Preparedness – This module focuses on preparedness considerations for Ebola and how to engage a multi-disciplinary team to prepare your institution.

Screening Patients for Ebola Risk Factors and Symptoms – This module provides guidance for developing plans and procedures for screening all patients for relevant travel history, risk factors for Ebola, and signs and symptoms that might be consistent with Ebola.

Isolation of a Patient with Ebola Risk Factors and Symptoms – This module provides guidance for developing plans and procedures for safely implementing appropriate isolation precautions for a patient under investigation for Ebola.

Evaluate and Briefly Manage Patients: Ebola Assessment Hospitals – This module for Ebola Assessment Hospitals covers the basic concepts for evaluating and briefly managing a patient under investigation for Ebola.
The Emergency Department Ebola Preparedness Training Modules are available on CDC’s Ebola Website.

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