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Mummified body may have lain in bed for years, police say

Police have found the mummified remains of a Winnipeg man in bed in his condominium, where he may have lain unnoticed for up to two years.

Officers climbed through a window and found Jim Sulkers' body on Wednesday, after relatives from out of town asked the force to check on him, said Const. Shelly Glover.

The medical examiner said Sulkers, a 53-year-old with multiple sclerosis, died of natural causes.

Need a condo with "a good ventilation system" and neighbors that will leave you alone, read more here.

August 26, 2004 in bummer | Permalink | Comments (0)

Americas Graded on Disabled Facilities

Only five of 24 countries in the Americas provide adequate protection and treatment to their disabled citizens, according to a new report by a coalition of disability groups.

Travel here.

Read the report here.

August 26, 2004 in accessability, politics, Travel | Permalink | Comments (0)

Freedom Machines, the PBS documentary to be broadcast on the award-winning P.O.V. series

Freedom Machines is scheduled for broadcast September 14, 2004 on the PBS award-winning series POV. The film plugs the viewer into the largely unrealized power represented by assistive technology (AT) through the stories of an intriguing group of people, who are achieving exceptional things through their desires for ordinary lives.

I don't watch much TV, but if you do check this out.

August 25, 2004 in accessability, entertainment | Permalink | Comments (0)

Ahhhh, fresh wilderness air...

Hazardous AQI levels were reached over the weekend in Fairbanks and its vicinity with visibility near zero in some areas. The National Weather Service has extended the dense smoke advisory and issued a fire weather watch in portions of the northern interior for Monday and in central and eastern interior Alaska for Tuesday. Northeasterly winds are expected to strengthen in the next couple of days. With the exception of a 7-10 day period, some areas of Interior Alaska have reached "hazardous" air quality levels since late June.

Breath here.

August 23, 2004 in alaska | Permalink | Comments (0)

Cough, Cough

We have had a record breaking warm dry summer this year. That means lots of fires. Here is a picture on Aug 21. Those are not clouds, it's smoke. Fairbanks is right in the middle. So far 5,350,951 acres have burned this year.

View here.

August 22, 2004 in alaska | Permalink | Comments (0)

Astronomy Picture of the Day

Discover the cosmos! Each day a different image or photograph of our fascinating universe is featured, along with a brief explanation written by a professional astronomer.

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August 22, 2004 in environment | Permalink | Comments (0)

Funicello still raising funds, waiting for a cure

If I'd encountered 62-year-old Annette Funicello on the street, I'd have never guessed.

Five decades ago, as a television Mouseketeer, she was the first crush for a generation of adolescent boys.

A decade later, her "Beach Blanket" pairing with Frankie Avalon was packing drive-in movie theaters across the country.

And by the late 1970s, she was the wholesome housewife trying to convince choosy mothers like mine to switch from Jif to Skippy peanut butter.

Today, Funicello has advanced multiple sclerosis -- diagnosed in 1987, publicly acknowledged in 1992...

Some $42 million, or 23 percent, of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society's $184.5 million income from 2003 went to administration, fund raising and other overhead, according to the MS Society.

M-O-R-E-H-E-R-E-N-O-W.

The Annette Funicello Fund for Neurological Disorders here.

August 22, 2004 in people | Permalink | Comments (0)

Wyoming State lawmaker diagnosed with MS

State Rep. Becket Hinckley has been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis and is talking about his health situation openly as he seeks re-election.

Hinckley, who also is an assistant district attorney with the Laramie County District Attorney's Office, said he chose to share the personal information to put an end to rumors and show that having MS, a disease that attacks the central nervous system, doesn't have to slow you down.

"I'm a former college ball player," Hinckley, R-Cheyenne, said. "You get knocked down, you get up, dust yourself off and get back in the game."

More here.

August 22, 2004 in people | Permalink | Comments (0)

Q & A: M.S. in the Heat

Why does heat bring out symptoms of M.S. in a patient who is usually asymptomatic?

Answer here. (registration required)

August 16, 2004 in symptom management | Permalink | Comments (0)

We're back...

Trying to get caught up on email, new house projects... but wanted to plug an amazing place www.reicaliente.com. Go there, more later.

August 16, 2004 in about me | Permalink | Comments (0)