Originally published on Fri October 24, 2014 4:36 pm
A shooting at a Marysville, Wash., school left a gunman and one other person dead, police said on Friday.
Television images showed students running out of Marysville-Pilchuck High School with their hands up, while police moved room to room with guns drawn. Police were responding to the school over reports of a shooting.
Yesterday, public health officials announced that Ebola had been identified for the first time in both Mali, a country that neighbors Guinea, and New York City. The arrival of the virus in another West African country is a cause for concern. The World Health Organization has sent a team of health experts to manage contact tracing and infection control for the two-year-old patient.
Working in Ebola hotspots is old hat for NPR. We've had reporters and photographers at the epidemic since April. Our global health correspondent Jason Beaubien has been to West Africa three times during the crisis.
This week it's my turn.
When I left the U.S. last week, I brought a list of tips from veteran Ebola reporters for keeping myself safe. Many of them are proving to be quite useful:
Originally published on Fri October 24, 2014 4:33 pm
The Urfa plain in southeastern Turkey â€” not far from where Syrian refugees watch fighters from the so-called Islamic State wage a brutal war in the name of a primitive version of their faith â€” is one of the most fought-over landscapes in human civilization.
But on the plain â€” soaked in blood since the days when Sumerian and Assyrian kings ruled Mesopotamia â€” there's a place that's even older, so old that its denizens hadn't mastered the arts of pottery, writing or making war.
Originally published on Fri October 24, 2014 3:20 pm
Anyone who has spent much time in Minnesota's "Med City" can't help but notice that wheelchairs are everywhere.
From city parking ramps and downtown sidewalks to park trails and the local mall, the chairs have an inescapable presence.
More than likely that has do to with the fact that Rochester is home to Mayo Clinic, visited by thousands of patients every day. Many of them use wheelchairs to get around. So it's not surprising that they exist in big numbers.
How does a sunset work? We love to look at them, but Jolanda Blackwell wanted her 8th graders to really think about them, to wonder and question.
So Blackwell, who teaches science at Oliver Wendell Holmes Junior High in Davis, Calif., had her students watch a video of a sunset on YouTube as part of a physics lesson on motion.
"I asked them: 'So what's moving? And why?'" Blackwell says. The students had a lot of ideas. Some thought the sun was moving, others, of course, knew that a sunset is the result of the earth spinning around on its axis.
Originally published on Fri October 24, 2014 12:55 pm
Updated at 12:10 p.m. ET
Dallas nurse Nina Pham, who became the first person to contract Ebola on U.S. soil, is now free of the virus and has been discharged from a special facility at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Md.
Speaking at a news conference, Pham said in a statement that she felt "fortunate and blessed" and put her trust "in God and my medical team."
"I believe in the power of prayer because I know so many people around the world were praying for me," she said.