Shoplifter tries to kill store clerk

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Grover N.C. Dec. 28, 2007
Court dates have been set for the two people charged in an incident that left a mother of three in critical condition at Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte. Appearing in orange jumpsuits, Pamela Sue Dockery, 21, of 915 Grass Hollow Court in Charlotte and Donald Joshua Jones, 26, of 107 Sprouse Lane in Grover, appeared before Judge Larry J. Wilson via video for their arraignments. Police say the two shoplifted from a Wilco Travel Center just across the state line in South Carolina and drove into Grover with clerk Cheryl Green, who apparently tried to stop them, on the hood of the car. Dockery faces charges in North Carolina of aiding and abetting DWI, felony hit and run, failure to stop for an injury and permitting a vehicle to be driven by a non-licensed driver. Jones faces charges in North Carolina of DWI, driving with a license revoked, reckless driving, felony hit and run, failure to stop for personal injury and possession of an open container. They each told Wilson that they understood the charges against them. Assistant District Attorney Sally Kirby-Turner said there was a chance that additional charges could be added after she meets with the state trooper who handled the case. Wilson set Jan. 17 as the date for the trials of Pamela Dockery and Donald Joshua Jones. Jones also faces a charge in South Carolina of felony assault and batter with intent to kill. Jones’ extradition hearing is set for Jan. 24. “They’re going to need to take care of the North Carolina charges before they handle it in South Carolina,” Wilson said. Both Jones and Dockery asked for court-appointed attorneys. Dockery was assigned to Brenda McClean and Jones to Andrea Fite. The two are being held at the Cleveland County Detention Center. Jones has no bond while Dockery’s was set at $25,000 secured.

Donald Joshua Jones, 26,of 107 Sprouse Lane, GroverCleveland County Detention Center, is being held on No bond in North Carolina and faces a slew of charges including,DWI,Driving with a license revoked,Reckless driving,Felony hit and run,Failure to stop for personal injury,Possession of an open container,Extradition/fugitive from another stateSouth Carolina charges,Shoplifting,Felony assault and battery with intent to kill.

Girl finds X-rated video on Christmas gift

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COOKEVILLE, Tenn. Dec. 28, 2007 -- The family of a 10-year-old girl who received an MP3 video player for Christmas was shocked when it found the player was loaded with explicit songs and pornographic movie clips.

The daughter of Cookeville's Daryl Hill was thrilled to find that Santa had left an MP3 player under the tree, until she turned it on.

"Within 10 minutes, my daughter was crying," said Hill.

There were video clips of XXX rated sex scenes, and the pornography was so graphic that Channel 4 could not broadcast it.

"I wish I could take the thoughts and images out of her head," said Hill.

The Hills had bought three MP3 players for their children that came from a Wal-Mart store in Sparta, Tenn. It turns out one of the MP3 players had been returned to the store from a previous owner who loaded sex clips, graphic war scenes and lyrics about using drugs.

The Hills want to know why Wal-Mart would sell used merchandise as new in the first place, which is in violation of its own policies.

"If they want to be a major retailer, they need to act like it," said Hill.

The manager at the Sparta Wal-Mart declined comment on the matter, and referred Channel 4 to Wal-Mart's corporate office.

A Wal-Mart spokesperson e-mailed us confirming that stores are not supposed to return opened packages to the sales floor. They said they are working to get to the bottom of the problem.

The Hills said they have declined Wal-Mart's offer to replace the MP3 player. They've already bought their daughter a new one and are hanging onto the controversial one until they talk to a lawyer.

Woman wipes her nose on officer's uniform

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DUNBAR W.V. Dec. 28, 2007
A woman arrested by police officials for domestic battery was also charged with police battery after wiping her nose on the back of an officer's shirt.

In an incident that took place Friday, 36-year old Georgia Ann Newman was arrested for biting and slapping a man. While being led away, she allegedly wiped her nose on the officer's shirt while being led into the police station for booking procedures.

The Charleston Daily News said that on top of her charge for domestic battery, Newman was also charged with battery on a police officer - something that is defined as the intentional physical contact of an insulting or provoking nature towards a police officer.

The previous charge of domestic battery, according to the AP, was because of a police report filed by a Cpl. S.E. Elliott, who claimed he saw Newman slap a man, and then bite his elbow. When the man backed away, Newman was said to have spat in his face.

The woman was jailed and held under an undisclosed amount of bond for both charges pending her court date.

Man Uses 2Yr Old To Shield Self From Taser

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ADA OKLA. Dec. 31, 2007 —A man who reportedly used his 20 month-old daughter as a human shield to avoid being tazed was charged with felony child endangerment.Wendell Jason Mann, 33, Ada, was charged Thursday in Pontotoc County District Court.

According to a court affidavit filed by Pontotoc County Undersheriff Joe Glover, Chickasaw Nation Lighthorse Police Department received a call from security officers about a disturbance at the Lazer Zone Family Fun Center on Latta Road Friday,

Dec. 21. Lighthorse Police dispatched two officers to the scene. Glover was close by and also responded. Glover said when he arrived, he met with Lighthorse police, county deputies and troopers from the Oklahoma Highway Patrol who were already on the scene. Glover spoke with Lynde Mann who told Glover she had just been assaulted by her husband Jason Mann. She told Glover she was at the Lazer Zone to meet with her husband so he could visit with their daughter. dler and ran for the exit doors, according to the report.Lynde Mann said she was concerned for her daughter’s safety, so she followed her husband in an effort to stop him. When she confronted him, her husband pulled her hair and punched her in the face and head, according to Lynde Mann.

She said a Lazer Zone security officer came to her aid and stopped her husband from continuing the attack.Glover said the security officer confirmed Lynde Mann’s account of the incident. The security officer told Glover during the altercation he was also punched in the face by Jason Mann. The security officer said he was going to deploy his Tazer weapon but did not do so because Jason Mann was holding the child with one hand “like a football” to use as a human shield, the report said.

Lynde Mann told Glover she witnessed her husband yell at the security guard and hold the child out with one arm outstretched away from his body in order to keep the security guard from using his Tazer gun. “I think the security guard did an excellent job handling the situation,” Glover said. “He showed great restraint by not deploying his Tazer because of the child.”Glover and Lighthorse police observed Lynde Mann’s ear and noted it was very red. She told Glover that her husband hit her there, the report said. Although the incident occurred on Chickasaw Nation property, both the victim and the suspect are not tribal members, so the crime falls under State jurisdiction, according to the report. Jason Mann was arrested and taken to the Pontotoc County jail. Bond was set at $1,500.

Contrave Waiting On The FDA For Approval; Orexigen's Diet Pill Waiting For Drug Classification

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A new pill might soon be available for obese people who are trying to lose weight. The drug in question is Orexigen Therapeutics' Contrave, currently known as NB32. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is expected to make a decision by this Wednesday and according to analysts, that decision will go in favor of the drug.

The FDA had previously rejected Contrave in January 2011. In order to resubmit an application for FDA review and approval, Orexigen conducted a multiyear study to find evidence that Contrave is safe for patients' cardiovascular health. So far, the ongoing study that involves 8,900 patients has found evidence that the drug is safe or safe enough.

The researchers reported that 53 percent of the people taking Contrave were able to lose at least five percent of their body weight. Only 21 percent of the people in the placebo group lost at least five percent of their body weight. Analysts added that unlike two other popular diet pills, Vivus' Qsymia and Arena's Belvig, Contrave contains an ingredient that helps patients stay on the medication longer, which could make the drug a better option for some patients. This ingredient is a mixture of naltrexone and bupropion.

"Bupropion, we believe, is what makes for greater persistence [of patients taking Contrave]," Piper Jaffray's Duncan said according to CNBC. "Being an antidepressant, it can help you feel good."

With all weight loss drugs, side effects can be expected. All three-drug manufacturers have been studying the potential dangers that the drugs might have on cardiovascular health. Aside from heart health, researchers are looking into the drugs' effects on mood, fetal health and other health concerns. Despite potential health concerns associated with Contrave, analysts expect the FDA to approve Contrave. If that happens, Contrive can contribute $1.2 to $1.5 billion in total sales in 2020.


Obesity research confirms long-term weight loss almost impossible

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There's a disturbing truth that is emerging from the science of obesity. After years of study, it's becoming apparent that it's nearly impossible to permanently lose weight.

As incredible as it sounds, that's what the evidence is showing. For psychologist Traci Mann, who has spent 20 years running an eating lab at the University of Minnesota, the evidence is clear. "It couldn't be easier to see," she says. "Long-term weight loss happens to only the smallest minority of people."

We all think we know someone in that rare group. They become the legends — the friend of a friend, the brother-in-law, the neighbor — the ones who really did it.

But if we check back after five or 10 years, there's a good chance they will have put the weight back on. Only about five per cent of people who try to lose weight ultimately succeed, according to the research. Those people are the outliers, but we cling to their stories as proof that losing weight is possible.

"Those kinds of stories really keep the myth alive," says University of Alberta professor Tim Caulfield, who researches and writes about health misconceptions. "You have this confirmation bias going on where people point to these very specific examples as if it's proof. But in fact those are really exceptions."

Our biology taunts us, by making short-term weight loss fairly easy. But the weight creeps back, usually after about a year, and it keeps coming back until the original weight is regained or worse.

This has been tested in randomized controlled trials where people have been separated into groups and given intense exercise and nutrition counseling.

Even in those highly controlled experimental settings, the results show only minor sustained weight loss.

When Traci Mann analyzed all of the randomized control trials on long-term weight loss, she discovered that after two years the average amount lost was only one kilogram, or about two pounds, from the original weight.
Tiptoeing around the truth

So if most scientists know that we can't eat ourselves thin, that the lost weight will ultimately bounce back, why don't they say so?

Tim Caulfield says his fellow obesity academics tend to tiptoe around the truth. "You go to these meetings and you talk to researchers, you get a sense there is almost a political correctness around it, that we don't want this message to get out there," he said.

Last fall, the Dubai government launched a 30-day weight loss challenge called "Your Weight in Gold" to encourage dieters and combat growing obesity in the Gulf Arab emirate. It should probably save its money if the current science is right. (Reuters)

"You'll be in a room with very knowledgeable individuals, and everyone in the room will know what the data says and still the message doesn't seem to get out."

In part, that's because it's such a harsh message. "You have to be careful about the stigmatizing nature of that kind of image," Caulfield says. "That's one of the reasons why this myth of weight loss lives on."

Health experts are also afraid people will abandon all efforts to exercise and eat a nutritious diet — behavior that is important for health and longevity — even if it doesn't result in much weight loss.

Traci Mann says the emphasis should be on measuring health, not weight. "You should still eat right, you should still exercise, doing healthy stuff is still healthy," she said. "It just doesn't make you thin."
We are biological machines

But eating right to improve health alone isn't a strong motivator. The research shows that most people are willing to exercise and limit caloric intake if it means they will look better. But if they find out their weight probably won't change much, they tend to lose motivation.

That raises another troubling question. If diets don't result in weight loss, what does? At this point the grim answer seems to be that there is no known cure for obesity, except perhaps surgically shrinking the stomach.

Research suggests bariatric surgery can induce weight loss in the extremely obese, improving health and quality of life at the same time. But most people will still be obese after the surgery. Plus, there are risky side effects, and many will end up gaining some of that weight back.

If you listen closely you will notice that obesity specialists are quietly adjusting the message through a subtle change in language.

These days they're talking about weight maintenance or "weight management" rather than "weight loss."

Michelle Obama has been on an eat better campaign ever since her husband was elected to the White House. An estimated 2.1 billion people on the planet are now considered overweight or obese. (Reuters)

It's a shift in emphasis that reflects the emerging reality. Just last week the headlines announced the world is fatter than it has ever been, with 2.1 billion people now overweight or obese, based on an analysis published in the online issue of the British medical journal The Lancet.

Researchers are divided about why weight gain seems to be irreversible, probably a combination of biological and social forces. "The fundamental reason," Caulfield says, "is that we are very efficient biological machines. We evolved not to lose weight. We evolved to keep on as much weight as we possibly can."

Lost in all of the noise about dieting and obesity is the difficult concept of prevention, of not putting weight on in the first place.

The Lancet study warned that more than one in five kids in developed countries are now overweight or obese. Statistics Canada says close to a third of Canadian kids under 17 are overweight or obese. And in a world flooded with food, with enormous economic interest in keeping people eating that food, what is required to turn this ship around is daunting.

"An appropriate re-balancing of the primal needs of humans with food availability is essential," University of Oxford epidemiologist Klim McPherson wrote in a Lancet commentary following last week's study. But to do that, he suggested, "would entail curtailing many aspects of production and marketing for food industries."

Perhaps, though, the emerging scientific reality should also be made clear, so we can navigate this obesogenic world armed with the stark truth — that we are held hostage to our biology, which is adapted to gain weight, an old evolutionary advantage that has become a dangerous metabolic liability.

How Can Oatmeal Help You to Lose Weight?

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Oatmeal is a versatile hot cereal that can help you lose weight and stay healthy. Rolled oats, steel-cut oats and instant oats all provide health benefits, and eating oatmeal for breakfast is the best way to include it in a weight-loss regimen. Oatmeal fills you up, gives you energy and provides essential nutrients.


When you eat oatmeal it's likely that you are eating it for breakfast. Starting the day with a healthful breakfast fills you up, making it easier to avoid high-fat and sugar laden snacks later in the day. The energy you get from eating breakfast boosts your metabolism and can make you more physically active during the day and better able to burn more calories. As a whole grain, oatmeal is one of the healthiest choices you can make for breakfast. It is full of fiber and nutrients and helps reduce the risk of heart disease and diabetes.


By itself, oatmeal is low in fat and fairly low in calories. A typical serving of one-half cup of uncooked rolled oats contains 150 calories and 3 grams of fat. Only 25 of the calories stem from the fat content. There is 1 gram of polyunsaturated fat and monounsaturated fat per serving. The total fat content represents 5 percent of the recommended daily value for fat. Eating a bowl of oatmeal every day for breakfast makes it easy to stay within your daily calorie needs.


A diet high in fiber aids weight loss. Fiber makes you feel full and helps prevent spikes in blood sugar levels, which can make you hungry. Oats have more soluble fiber than any other whole grain, points out the American Heart Association. This high fiber content makes oats an excellent choice for a high-fiber diet. Each serving made from one-half cup of uncooked oats contains 4 grams of dietary fiber. Half of the fiber in a serving is soluble fiber.


All types of oatmeal are healthful and low-fat, but steel-cut oats are less processed than rolled oats and are believed to retain more nutrients. Packets of instant oatmeal often contain more sugar than oats you cook yourself. Regardless of the type of oatmeal you choose to eat, be careful of what you add to your bowl. Choose skim milk to keep the calories low. Instead of sweetening your oatmeal with sugar, try berries or dried fruit, which also offer additional fiber and nutrients.