In this special report, NOVA investigates what happened in Flint, Michigan when local officials changed the city’s water source to save money, but overlooked a critical treatment process. As the water pipes corroded, lead leached into the system, exposing the community—including thousands of children—to dangerous levels of poison. NOVA uncovers the science behind this manmade disaster.
Nikia Smith was arrested for dropping her children off at the Cobb County, Georgia Department of Family and Children Services office and telling them (the children) that she didn’t want them. According to staff, the three children – six, twelve, and fourteen was visibly upset. Because it was the end of the day, staff urged her to take her children and return the following day.
Marietta police officer stated that a call was made to her that she was told to return or she would be arrested. The mother responded that she would prefer to go to jail than to take her children back, according to police.
Smith later explained that she left her children because of her 14-year -old daughter had a mental disability and she could no longer afford the medication. The children were all taken into protective custody, and Smith was eventually arrested.
Desperation and despair lead to such actions. We need to handle such cases with compassion. As more of the safety net is dismantled we will see more of such cases.
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Birth control pills have a 99.9% effective rate when taken, but things go wrong with the pills themselves that put you at risk for unwanted pregnancy.
Lupin Pharmaceuticals has announced a recall of chewable birth control pills, sold under the name Mibelas 24 F-E. According to the Food and Drug Administration, the pills were packaged in a way that reversed the order of the tablet. The first four pills were actually placebos instead of active tablets- putting one at risk for unwanted pregnancy.
The FDA warns, “As a result of this packaging error, oral contraceptive tablets that are taken out of sequence may place the user at risk for contraceptive failure and unintended pregnancy. ” The FDA also stated that that if a woman got pregnant on Mibelas 24 F-E, it could cause “significant adverse maternal or fetal health consequences, including death.”
The FDA states that there have been no reports of adverse maternal or fetal incidences. The FDA recommends: “Consumers with questions regarding this recall can contact Lupin by phone 1-800-399-2561, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm EST, Monday through Friday
Amazon will begin to make its Prime membership program affordable to customers on government assistance programs. The program requires that customers have a valid Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) card to qualify, will bring the cost of Prime down from $10.99 per month to just $5.99 per month instead. The program requires a valid EBT card – The card that the government transfer funds for various programs to for access.
The card will only discount the cost of using Prime – it is not to make purchases on Amazon.com, nor used to pay for membership.
The discounted membership will include all the perks associated with Prime — free photo storage, free streaming video and music, use of the Kindle lending library, the ability to shop from Amazon’s Essentials and access to Prime Now (where available).
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