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MENTAL HEALTH CHAT-(U.S. suicide rates surges to a 30-year high)

Image result for Special shout out to officers Justin Henry and partner Trae Cierzan who saved a woman who was attempting to jump off a highway over pass, about 80 feet above the ground.

Special shout out to officers Justin Henry and partner Trae Cierzan who saved a woman who was attempting to jump off a highway over pass, about 80 feet above the ground.

Many research shows that mental health condition isn’t the result of one event. It suggests multiple linking causes. Lifestyle, genetics and your environment can influence whether someone develops a mental condition. A stressful home life, stressful job or stressful school environment makes some people more susceptible, as do traumatic life events like being the victim of a crime. Basic brain structure, biochemical processes and circuits may play a role too.

Remember that you important and loved by many. Why? Because you are a living soul and you matter to us. So, if you are having suicidal thoughts, PLEASE CALL 800-273-8255.



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Hurricane Michael hammers Florida Panhandle
Hurricane Michael slammed into the Florida Panhandle on Wednesday as a dangerous Category 4 storm with top sustained winds of 155 miles per hour. It was the strongest storm to hit the continental U.S. in nearly five decades, and the strongest ever recorded in the Florida Panhandle. The storm made landfall near Mexico Beach, Florida. At least one death was reported, a man who was killed when a tree fell on his house. Michael strengthened rapidly before it hit, boosted by unseasonably warm waters in the Gulf of Mexico. It caused extensive damage in Mexico Beach and Panama City, destroying homes, uprooting trees, and downing power lines. Michael, now downgraded to a tropical storm, is projected to drench the Southeast en route to the Atlantic. (The Associated Press, National Hurricane Center, The Week)




 Report: Saudi crown prince ordered operation to lure missing journalist
U.S. intelligence intercepted Saudi Arabian officials discussing a plan ordered by the crown prince to lure journalist Jamal Khashoggi from the United States back to Saudi Arabia, where he would be detained, U.S. officials told The Washington Post on Wednesday. Khashoggi went missing last week after he went to the Saudi consulate in Istanbul to pick up a document he needed to get married. Turkish officials say that Khashoggi, a columnist for the Post, was killed inside the consulate by a Saudi hit squad. Saudi Arabia has denied any wrongdoing and says Khashoggi left the consulate on his own.

(The Washington Post, The Week)




Officials tell senators China is trying to influence U.S. elections
U.S. security officials told senators on Wednesday that China is waging an unprecedented campaign to influence American public opinion ahead of the November midterm elections. “China in many ways represents the broadest, most complicated, most long-term counterintelligence threat we face,” FBI Director Christopher Wray told members of the Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee. “Russia is in many ways fighting to stay relevant after the fall of the Soviet Union. They’re fighting today’s fight. China is fighting tomorrow’s fight.” Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen and Russell Travers, acting director of the National Counterterrorism Center, also testified. Nielsen said there is no evidence yet of “any Chinese attempts to compromise election infrastructure.” (Reuters, The Week)




 Alleged Chinese spy charged with stealing U.S. trade secrets
A Chinese intelligence officer lured to Belgium by federal agents has been arrested and charged with conspiring and attempting to commit economic espionage and steal trade secrets from a U.S. aerospace company, the Justice Department announced Wednesday. Investigators say the man, Yanjun Xu, was arrested April 1 in Belgium, and was extradited to the U.S. on Tuesday. Court documents say he is an official with China’s Ministry of State Security, who targeted an aviation firm. The case “is part of an overall economic policy of developing China at American expense,” said John Demers, assistant attorney general for the Department of Justice’s national security division. China said the charges were “made out of thin air.” U.S. officials said it is the first time an alleged Chinese spy has been brought to the U.S. for prosecution.

(NBC News, The Associated Press, The Week)





 Dow drops by more than 800 points
The Dow Jones Industrial Average plunged by 832 points, or 3.2 percent, on Wednesday, its worst drop since February and its third worst point drop ever. The S&P 500 dropped by 3.1 percent, its fifth straight daily loss and its biggest since February. The Nasdaq Composite did even worse, falling by 4.1 percent as technology stocks led the declines. Stocks have been struggling as Treasury bond yields rise, scaring investors with the prospect of higher borrowing costs. “When rates spike like they have, some reaction is unavoidable,” said Brad McMillan, chief investment officer at Commonwealth Financial Network. President Trump blamed the Federal Reserve for raising interest rates too fast, saying it had “gone crazy.” U.S. stock futures fell further early Thursday as global stocks dropped. (MarketWatch, The Washington Post, The Week)




 Wray confirms White House limited scope of Kavanaugh investigation
FBI Director Christopher Wray told the Senate on Wednesday that the White House placed limits on the supplemental background investigation into Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh before his confirmation. Wray said the investigation, ordered to examine allegations of sexual misconduct dating back decades, was “very specific in scope — limited in scope.” “I’ve spoken with our background investigation specialists and they have assured me this was handled in a way consistent with their experience and the standard process,” Wray said under questioning before the Senate Homeland Security Committee by Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), who also serves on the Senate Judiciary Committee. Democratic senators have complained that the FBI failed to interview relevant witnesses, and should have talked to Kavanaugh and his primary accuser, Christine Blasey Ford. (Politico, The Week)




Roberts refers misconduct complaints against Kavanaugh to appeals court
Chief Justice John Roberts on Wednesday referred more than a dozen recently filed judicial misconduct complaints against Justice Brett Kavanaugh to a federal appeals court in Colorado. The complaints reportedly concern allegations that Kavanaugh made dishonest statements to the Senate Judiciary Committee and demonstrated a lack of judicial temperament during his testimony on allegations by Christine Blasey Ford that Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her when they were in high school. The 15 complaints were filed with the federal appeals court in Washington, D.C., where Kavanaugh served before his confirmation to the high court. The court in Colorado could investigate, but it also could dismiss the complaints as moot because the judiciary’s rules on misconduct do not apply to Supreme Court justices.

(The Washington Post, The Week)




Bloomberg switches back to Democratic Party
Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced Wednesday that he had changed his registration from independent to Democrat. Bloomberg noted that he was a Democrat for most of his life, before switching to the Republican Party when he was elected mayor of New York City in 2001. He then became an independent in 2007. Bloomberg, the billionaire founder of the global media company that bears his name, has donated to Democrats and criticized GOP positions on many issues, such as guns and abortion. He said he was changing his registration because “we need Democrats to provide the checks and balance our nation so badly needs,” arguing that the Democratic Party is a “bulwark against those who threaten our Constitution.” Some political analysts have suggested Bloomberg could launch a 2020 presidential bid, but he did not say anything about plans to run for office.

(The Associated Press, The New York Times, The Week)




US Postal Service

The US Postal Service seeks the biggest price jump on stamps in history. It wants to increase the price of a first-class stamp from 50 cents to  55 cents. The agency is getting heat from the Trump administration to do something about its sagging revenues. Its losses have been mounting, dragged down by a drop in overall mail volume because of the internet and a requirement to pre-fund the cost of retiree health benefits. The price hike will have to be OK’d by the Postal Regulatory Commission. (CNN)




American, Russian Escape Aborted Rocket Launch
Two crew members headed for the International Space Station are reportedly incredibly lucky today. Shortly after launching from Russia’s Kazakhstan spaceport, the Soyuz MS-10 rocket suffered a booster problem and ground controllers opted to abort. Launch monitors say NASA astronaut Nick Hague and cosmonaut Alexey Ovchinin, who returned to Earth in their capsule, have landed safely and are in good condition despite returning in “ballistic descent mode.” Rescue crews are headed to their projected landing site, and Russia’s space agency is reportedly investigating the cause of the problem. (WSJ {SUB}, BBC, OZY)




Egypt Uses Coffee Klatches to Fight Terrorism
The Egyptian government is trying to fight radicalism by sending clerics to preach moderate Islam at cafés, hoping to win young hearts and minds. The program was launched in 2017 following terrorist attacks that killed 44 Coptic Christians. Moderate clerics have since held more than 2,000 talks at cafés and hookah bars around the country. But with competing religious authorities and murky objectives, the program’s met some skepticism. Some expect it to be shrugged off, much like the recent “Fatwa Kiosks” program dispensing Islamic edicts with newspapers at transit stops. (OZY)




“The centers should teach Mandarin Chinese, legal concepts and vocational training, and carry out ‘thought education’…” — Description of re-education centers now declared legal by China, which has detained up to 1 million people, particularly ethnic Uighurs it believes are influenced by radical Islam. (OZY)




A new Gallup poll shows more Americans continue to disapprove more than approve of last year’s sweeping tax overhaul bill signed into law by Trump. Sixty-four percent say they have not seen an increase in their take-home pay.

(Axios, CNBC)


Good News- (We may be living in some strange times, but there’s still a lot of good in our communities)


Uber driver stumbles into gift of new hands for his 11-year-old daughter after picking up engineering student

A stunningly serendipitous Uber meeting resulted in a college student giving a big hand to a little girl who needed it most. Back in February, University of Notre Dame student Michael Skinner called for an Uber to take him home from a parenting event. The chatty engineering major started talking to his driver—and fortunately asked about his family.

Doug Anderson talked about his 11-year-old daughter Tori. He and his wife adopted her from China when she was 5 and brought her back to their home in Indiana. She was born with only one finger on each hand, a condition that caused her a lot of embarrassment and insecurity.

He and his wife had approached different hospitals about getting Tori fitted for prosthetics, but doctors said she would quickly outgrow them—and they’re expensive. Money has been tight for the parents who have adopted two other special needs children. Doug, 58, took up Uber driving to earn extra money, and because he liked to socialize.

As fate would have it, the student in the back seat, Michael Skinner, was the perfect person to chat with.

Skinner works with an engineering group called e-Nable. The group 3D-prints robotic hands—and had been searching in vain for a child who needed one.

After several months of sizing and collaboration, Tori has been fitted with a new set of 3D-printed hands. She can now throw a baseball, write, and blow bubbles.

Her father, overwhelmed with gratitude, told the university, “I think that God absolutely had his hand in this.”


Good neighbors
Meet the neighbors who’ve helped a woman who uses a wheelchair get into bed every night — for 10 years.

Joy ride
The widow only had $3 for gas. A cop not only put $20 into her tank, but he inspired other people to help her out.


LOVE FOR SELF AND OTHERS, Remember that you are a precious gift, respect it and be respected. Love yourself and be loved. Know your value and don’t accept being treated in a way less than you deserve.




A star is born
The biggest star at Tuesday night’s American Music Awards turned out to be — the music. No, really. Check out the list of winners and see the red carpet pics.

Sweet song
When you’re a music superstar, who should sing “Happy Birthday” to you? If you’re Bruno Mars, you get Ed Sheeran, of course.

Next-level trolling
First the Boston Red Sox beat the New York Yankees to win the ALDS. Then they blasted “New York, New York” during the locker room celebration.

Camp Met
Fashion designers may need to head to the woods for inspiration for next year’s Met Gala, which will have a “camp” theme.

Perfect picture
A week ago they saved an infant’s life. Then a trio of Oregon deputies reunited with her.



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