Overnight Briefing & General Reality Check - Jun 23, 2016
June 23, 2016
Another Chalk Outline:
Warning: Note violent content!
Police in Maine say a man beheaded his neighbor because of beer.
57-year-old BRUCE AKERS of Limington is accused of enacting revenge using a machete after 55-year-old DOUGLASS FLINT stole cans of beer from his house. Police say, when they confronted Akers about the crime, the suspect led them to Flint's grave. Flint was reportedly found buried underneath a dead deer. (Still)
Cops & robbers:
Olympic athletes are finding out how dangerous Rio really is. An Australian Paralympian was mugged in the city at gunpoint. She and her friend were very shaken up and the head of the Australian team is asking for more police and security around the athletes. The police report stated, "The Paralympic sailors were confronted by the men in broad daylight, it was 7.30 in the morning, and right near their accommodation. There were people around but no-one came to their assistance." (Myers)
Grace notes from Vinny Marino:
DRAKE has canceled all the VIP meet-and-greets for his upcoming Summer Sixteen tour. Peoplemagazine says all the fans who paid big bucks for the chance to say hi to Drake have been given their money back. The official reason is (quote), "scheduling issues," but word is that Drake is just too afraid after CHRISTINA GRIMMIE was shot and killed at her own meet-and-greet. (Marino)
First world problems:
"Smartphone blindness" is a real medical thing now. LiveScience.com says doctors in the United Kingdom have documented at least two cases so far --it shows the potential for short-term vision problems caused by staring at a bright smartphone screen in the dark. In the first case, a 22-year-old woman complained of having trouble seeing out of her right eye at night while she was in bed. It happened multiple times a week for over a year, and the patient said she could only see the outlines of objects with her right eye, although her vision was fine in her left eye. In the second case, a 40-year-old woman said she couldn't see out of one eye upon waking up in the mornings. It would take about 15 minutes for her eyesight to clear, and occurred over a six month period.
In both cases, LiveScience says doctors figured out their vision problems were traced to use of a cell phone in a dark room --usually while lying on their sides in bed. Doctors think that without realizing it, the patients were looking at their phones using only one eye, which adapted to the light on the screen. The other eye, blocked by a pillow, adapted to the dark. When the smartphone was turned off, the eye attuned to the light is perceived as "blind" until it can also adjust to the dark. (Bartha)
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