Day: January 2, 2018

American Airlines: Mechanical issue on plane at Logan sends 4 to hospital –

American Airlines: Mechanical issue on plane at Logan sends 4 to hospital

BOSTON (AP) — American Airlines says a mechanical issue has forced a plane to return to the gate at Boston's Logan Airport, and four people have been taken to hospitals to be evaluated. WCVB-TV reports the airline says passengers reported an odor in
In Boston, 4 hospitalized from American Airlines flight
4 people taken to hospital from American Airlines flightWCVB Boston

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Texas Tech relieves Whitakter of head coaching duties –

The Lady Raiders are coming off a 97-49 road loss to No. 6 Baylor in their second Big 12 Conference game Sunday. With the defeat, Texas Tech dropped to 6-7 overall and 0-2 in conference play.

“You want to see progress. You want to see progress over the course of a season,” Hocutt said. “You want to see progress from year-to-year. And we just were not seeing that progress made with this basketball program, which led us to this position today (Monday).”

Balcomb joined the Texas Tech staff shortly after serving as the director of offensive coaching analytics for national champion South Carolina last season. She accumulated a record of 472-245 as a head coach at Ashland (two season), at Xavier (seven seasons) and at Vanderbilt (14 seasons).

That’s when Texas Tech athletic director decided a change needed to be made and did so by firing Whitaker on Monday citing a disappointing season among other reasons for his decision.

Whitaker, who has been the Lady Raiders head coach the last four and half seasons, ended with a career record of 55-82. In Big 12 play, Texas Tech amassed a record of 14-61 under Whitaker’s watch.

But much of the excitement was negated following a stunning 87-70 home loss to Texas State in the regular season opener.

Texas Tech is to play against Kansas for a 6:30 p.m. Jan. 3 contest at United Supermarkets Arena.

“There’s been no recommendation brought forward by her and, again, this has all transpired for coach Gray-Miller in the last hour and a half,” Hocutt said at a 3:30 p.m. schedule press conference. “She hasn’t had a lot of time to think about knowing that we are going to continue to put these young women first. That’s where her focus has been.”

Mental Health First Aid initiative, which trained 3398 people in 2017, will continue in 2018 – Florida Times-Union

“The more people that become mental health first aiders, the quicker we remove the stigma and the more likely we get them the right treatment to lead satisfying lives,” Salahshor said.

The coalition of five local hospital systems — Baptist Health, Brooks Rehabilitation, the Mayo Clinic, St. Vincent’s HealthCare and UF Health Jacksonville — that created an eight-hour course designed to train people to perform “adult mental health first aid” set a goal of training 3,333 people in 2017. In fact, a total of 3,398 people got the training last year.

She said one woman who came to a class was frustrated because her daughter was struggling with bipolar illness. After the class, the woman told Salahshor that she realized her approach — telling her daughter to “snap out of it” — had been counterproductive.

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A major goal of the training is to get people to fully comprehend that mental health issues are just as real as physical health issues.

Salahshor not only served as a facilitator for eight classes led by a team of four mental health advocates from Mayo Clinic, she also facilitated a class for faculty members at Florida State University where she is an assistant professor in the FSU College of Medicine School of Physician Assistant Practice.

“Mental health first aid is like CPR,” Salahshor said. “We’re showing people how to recognize that somebody is experiencing a mental health crisis. My role as a facilitator is to help people recognize the condition and find out how to deal with it.”


The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office, which trained about 700 officers last year, has pledged to eventually train all 3,000 officers. The city of Jacksonville has also pledged to train every employee, Salahshor said.

Record-Shattering Cold Reaches Into Florida – U.S. News & World Report

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Record-Shattering Cold Reaches Into Florida
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A person dressed as a polar bear walks on the boardwalk after participating in the Coney Island Polar Bear Club New Year's Day Plunge on Coney Island Beach in Brooklyn, New York City, New York, U.S., January 1, 2018. REUTERS/Stephanie Keith . By

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