Skier disappears in New York, surfaces in Sacramento

Associated Press WILMINGTON, N.Y. — It’s still not clear how a 49-year-old skier whose disappearance sparked a massive search on a snowy New York mountainside showed up a week later in California, confused and in ski clothes. Toronto firefighter Constantinos “Danny” Filippidis was reported missing Feb. 7 from Whiteface Mountain during a ski trip. As many as 140 people a day searched the wooded mountainside in Wilmington, New York. The search ended Tuesday when Filippidis contacted local authorities from Sacramento. Frank Ramagnano of the Toronto Professional Firefighters’ Association said Filippidis was “confused” and unable to give direct answers. He was hospitalized. A Sacramento officer told the Post-Standard of Syracuse that… Read More

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Letter: Social workers need more financial support

The tragic story about Mariah’s death (Page 1A, Feb. 11) results in a typical response, which is to blame the social workers and label them as “uncaring.” The real problem is that we do not provide enough social workers to monitor kids we are agreeing to protect. Related Articles Letter: Time for Bay Area to find a way to say there’s no room at the inn? Letter: California war on carbon is a war on life itself Letter: ICE immigrant roundups echo Hitler’s Germany Letter: U.S. needs a parade of Election Day voters Letter: Time to revisit Victory Court site for a new A’s stadium We cannot accuse social workers… Read More

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Letter: Drug death of 3-year-old Mariah demands action

The story about 3-year-old Mariah’s drug death (Page 1A, Feb. 11) was so sad. Thank you for reporting it. You have a poor defenseless girl juxtaposed with multiple government employees collecting paychecks and not really caring – which is their job. I for one am rooting for the attorney suing. Some heads need to roll. Alan HeimlichSan Jose …read more Source:: The Mercury News – Health       

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Editorial: Federal budget cuts put Californians’ health at risk

Congress does have a doctor in the House. Fifteen of them, to be exact. And another physician in the Senate. So there’s no excuse for the appalling attack on health care in the budget deal passed by Congress on Friday and signed by President Trump. Congress did fund the Children’s Health Insurance Program for 10 years. That’s the good news for 200,000 kids in the Bay Area who rely on it to meet their basic health care needs. But Congress came up with the funding for CHIP by grabbing $1.35 billion from the Centers for Disease Control’s Prevention and Public Health Fund. “Pitting prevention against care and treatment is really… Read More

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Desperate Venezuelans leave children at orphanages

By Anthony Faiola | Washington Post CARACAS, Venezuela – “Would you like to see the little ones?” asked Magdelis Salazar, a social worker, beckoning me toward a crowded playground. We were at Venezuela’s largest orphanage, just after lunch. The yard was an obstacle course of abandoned children. A little chunk of a boy, on the cusp of 3, sat on a play scooter. He was called El Gordo – the fat one. But when he was left here a few months ago, he was skin and bones. Start your day with the news you need from the Bay Area and beyond. Sign up for our new Morning Report weekday newsletter.… Read More

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Teaching new birds old tweets can reveal more about human genetic traits

SAN FRANCISCO — A flurry of live tweets may hold the secret to understanding some of genetics’ most confounding mysteries. Researchers at UCSF have found that if a songbird is exposed early to singing lessons from a foster father, they adopt the songs of that bird rather than their true parent. Tracking the talents of these finches can inform scientists how genetic traits are passed down in humans. “You can override, and essentially eliminate the influence of genetics,” said Michael Brainard, a neuroscientist at UCSF’s Center for Integrative Neuroscience. This new research shifts our understanding of the relationship between nature and nurture. While some studies involving twins who were separated… Read More

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