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Sunday, 10 February 2013 02:12

Marion Rolland captures womens downhill

SCHLADMING, Australia, Feb. 10 (UPI) -- Marion Rolland of France narrowly won the women's downhill at the Alpine World Championships in Austria Sunday.

Rolland won the first World Championships medal of her career with a time of 1 minute, 50.00 seconds, edging Italy's Nadia Fanchini by a mere 0.16 seconds.

Maria Hoefl-Riesch of German placed third, 0.70 seconds behind Rolland, who started in the 22nd position on the icy course.

"This is like a dream to me," said Rolland, who raised France's medal totals for the worlds to three. "It was absolutely breath-taking today."

Americans Julia Mancuso and Stacy Cook placed fifth and sixth respectively. Overall World Cup points leader Tina Maze of Slovenia placed seventh.
Sunday, 10 February 2013 04:05

Cepelova Hantuchova wins boost Slovakia

NIS, Serbia, Feb. 10 (UPI) -- Jana Cepelova and Daniela Hantuchova each logged a reverse singles victory Sunday, boosting Slovakia over Serbia and into the Fed Cup semifinals.

With the best-of-five series tied 1-1 entering Sunday, Cepelova -- substituting for the injured Dominika Cibulkova -- gave Slovakia the advantage by rallying over Serbia's Bojana Jovanovski 5-7, 7-5, 11-9.

Hantuchova then clinched Slovakia's victory with a convincing 6-3, 6-2 rout of Vesna Dolonc.

Serbia closed out the test with dead-rubber doubles triumph, making the final margin 3-2.

The decision put Slovakia into an April semifinal against Russia, advanced over Japan this weekend with a 3-2 quarterfinal victory.

Serbia was playing with stars Ana Ivanovic and Jelena Jankovic.
Sunday, 10 February 2013 04:45

Cilic breezes to 3rd Zagreb Indoors title

ZAGREB, Croatia, Feb. 10 (UPI) -- Croatian Marin Cilic eased to his third Zagreb Indoors title Sunday, dispatching Austria's Jurgen Melzer in straight sets.

Cilic fired eight aces and won all but eight of the 41 points on his serve in breezing past Melzer 6-3, 6-1, adding this year's Zagreb championship to his previous wins in 2009 and 2010.

It was the ninth career ATP Tour for the Croatian, who improved to 9-7 in championship tilts.

Melzer, meanwhile, fell to 4-8 for his career in finals and dropped to 2-7 against Cilic.
Sunday, 10 February 2013 04:49

Abuse neglect found in soccer hazing case

DES PLAINES, Ill., Feb. 10 (UPI) -- Illinois officials say there is credible evidence two employees abused or neglected students at a Des Plaines high school mired in a soccer team hazing scandal.

Dave Clarkin, a spokesman for the Department of Children and Family Services, declined to say, however, whether the two Maine West High School staff members were boys and girls varsity soccer Coach Michael Divincenzo and freshman boys Coach Emilion Rodriguez, the Chicago Tribune reported Sunday. The suspended coaches, who have previously denied any knowledge of the hazing uncovered in November and which allegedly included beatings and sodomy, could not be reached for comment Saturday, the newspaper said.

Clarkin said three allegations of abuse and seven of neglect were substantiated against one staff member. Four allegations of neglect were substantiated against the second staff member, he said.

Several other allegations against both were determined to be unfounded, he said.

School district spokesman David Beery declined Saturday to comment on the findings.

"From the initial onset of this, when we first received reports in September, we notified DCFS right away and have been cooperating with their investigation all along," Beery said.

Maine Township High School District 207 officials have disciplined 10 students and did not renew the contracts of three other Maine West High coaches.

The school is being sued by the parents of a 14-year-old boy who allege soccer coaches and school officials allowed a culture of hazing dating to 2007 that led to their son being sodomized and beaten by teammates on Sept. 27.

The Cook County state's attorney's office also is investigating the matter.
Sunday, 10 February 2013 05:21

Vinci rallies Italy past US in Fed Cup

RIMINI, Italy, Feb. 10 (UPI) -- Roberta Vinci's singles victory rallied Italy and her doubles win with Sara Errani Sunday lifted her country to a 3-2 Fed Cup decision over the United States.

Trailing 2-1 in the quarterfinal round entering Sunday's action, Italy kept its hopes alive when Vinci posted a 6-2, 4-6, 6-1 decision over Jamie Hampton to force a fifth and deciding doubles rubber.

Then, with the match on the line, the Italians dropped their scheduled doubles duo of Nastassja Burnett and Karin Knapp and replaced them with Vinci and Errani -- a tandem that won last month's Australian Open title.

The move paid dividends when they breezed past the American team of Varvara Lepchenko and Liezel Huber 6-2, 6-2 to clinch the weekend series.

The victory moved Italy into April's Fed Cup semifinals against the defending champion Czech Republic, which moved on with a with a 4-0 triumph over Australia earlier Sunday.
Sunday, 10 February 2013 05:55

Southerland regains Syracuse eligibility

SYRACUSE, N.Y., Feb. 10 (UPI) -- Syracuse forward James Southerland, sidelined since last month with eligibility issues, was approved Sunday to return to action, the school said.

Southerland was cleared in time to play for ninth-ranked Syracuse in its Sunday contest against St. John's.

When declared ineligible Jan. 12, he was the Orange's second-leading scorer at 13.6 points over 16 games.

No explanation was given for Southerland's absence, although several reports indicated it was over academics.

"I won the appeal and I'll see you guys at 3 at the Carrier Dome," Southerland wrote on his Twitter account. "James is Baaaccckkk BABYYY!!!!"
Sunday, 03 February 2013 11:18

Expert US healthcare the most expensive

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C., Feb. 3 (UPI) -- A U.S. health economist says Americans think their healthcare system is the most advanced in the world, but it is merely the most expensive.

Michael Lawlor, a professor of economics and health policy Wake Forest University said the cost of U.S. healthcare services is extremely high and average American consumers, even if covered, do not get a greater quantity of healthcare services or even more convenience for the high cost they pay compared to the average developed country. They simply pay more for each unit of that quantity, Lawlor said.

"Average life expectancy is one way to measure outcomes," Lawlor said in a statement. "The most recent data found life expectancy in Germany was 80.5 years, Japan 83 years and the U.S. was 78.7 years."

Medical inflation tends to slow in recessions and this has occurred in this case too, Lawlor said.

"But healthcare prices, in recent years, have still managed to rise faster than the average prices of other items," Lawlor said. "An ever increasing portion of the average households' budget is devoted to medical care."

How does the increase compare with the rate of increase experienced in other developed nations?

"U.S. healthcare expenditures have long been the highest and most rapidly advancing of any nation," Lawlor said. "The Affordable Health Care Act includes some minor provisions to control escalating medical costs, though the legislation is mostly designed to widen health care access not control costs."
Sunday, 03 February 2013 12:48

Doctor 9 US kids die by gunfire daily

NEW YORK, Feb. 3 (UPI) -- Thirty-four Americans are killed by guns every day -- nine are children, a U.S. emergency room physician says.

"More than 71,000 Americans survive gun injuries [a year] but are left to deal with the physical and psychological damage of such violence," Dr. Sheldon Teperman, director of New York City's busiest trauma center, Jacobi Medical Center in the Bronx, wrote in HHC Today, a publication of the New York City Health and Hospitals Corp.

"Recently I addressed a meeting of fellow New York City emergency room doctors and trainees, and I asked them: 'Do you see what I see -- needless violence and loss of life every day?'" Teperman said. "The answer was a resounding yes."

Trauma centers have an important role to play in the reduction of youth violence, Teperman said. HHC's own Dr. Robert Gore, working in the Kings County Hospital Emergency Department, has designed a groundbreaking program to interdict youth violence at its core.

The program involves more than 30 volunteers -- interns, other doctors, medical professionals, social workers and many of Gore's friends -- who provide services to teenagers and young adults as part of out-patient care at Kings County Hospital and at four local schools. The program covers a lot of ground -- anger management, mediation, a form of martial arts called capoeira, meditation, identity exploration through art, mentoring and tutoring, Teperman said.

"Once someone is injured by violence, there is a strong chance it will reoccur," Dr. Eric Legome, medical director at Kings County Hospital, said. "Our job as doctors and healthcare providers is to do our best to prevent disease and injury."

At Kings County Hospital, youths who come into the emergency room with injuries related to violence are introduced to the program as part of their follow-up care, Gore said.

"They undergo a risk assessment that includes questions about their exposure to violence at home or at school, how they are performing in school, whether they are involved in frequent fights or arguments and whether they are living in poverty," Gore said.
Monday, 04 February 2013 09:41

Expert Flu season arrival and end early

CHICAGO, Feb. 4 (UPI) -- The 2012-2013 influenza outbreak got an early start and likewise will peter out early, a Chicago physician says.

Dr. Jorge Parada, medical director of the infection prevention and control program at Loyola University Health System near Chicago, said the Loyola Flu Central is a weekly snapshot of flu activity locally, regionally and nationally.

It is available on the Loyola University Health System website, through Twitter and on Facebook.

The Loyola Flu Central documents cases reported by health agencies in Illinois, the state's Cook County, which includes Chicago, and elsewhere across the nation, as well as cased handled by the Loyola University Health System.

"This year's flu season started early and while many people have been infected by the virus, everyone has been affected by the virus," Parada said in a statement. "Getting the vaccine is the best protection against the flu and knowing the facts is also a plus."

Paul Schreckenberger, director of the clinical microbiology laboratory at Loyola, who oversees use of the respiratory panel used to test for 17 viruses -- including the flu -- and three bacterial pathogens in about 60 minutes, said this year's flu season was explosive and yet was largely preventable.

Anti-viral therapy is available and patients who have flu symptoms should seek medical attention, Schreckenberger said.

Loyola Flu Central is at:, or
Monday, 04 February 2013 14:22

School shooter behaviors identified

WESTLAKE VILLAGE, Calif., Feb. 4 (UPI) -- A U.S. advocate for safe and secure schools says there is no foolproof system for identifying potentially dangerous students, but there can be warning signs.

Ronald D. Stephens, executive director of the National School Safety Center, said the center tracked U.S. school-associated violent deaths from 1992 to the present and identified common behaviors that could indicate a youth's potential for harming him/herself or others.

Characteristics identified by the National School Safety Center include:

-- A history of tantrums and uncontrollable angry outbursts.

-- Resorts to name calling, cursing or abusive language.

-- Habitually makes violent threats when angry.

-- Previously brought a weapon to school.

-- A background of serious disciplinary problems at school and in the community.

-- A background of drug, alcohol or other substance abuse or dependency.

-- Being on the fringe of his/her peer group with few or no close friends.

-- Being preoccupied with weapons, explosives or other incendiary devices.

-- Previously been truant, suspended or expelled from school.

-- Displays cruelty to animals.

-- Little or no supervision and support from parents or a caring adult.

-- Witnesses or been a victim of abuse or neglect in the home.

-- Bullied and/or bullies or intimidates peers or younger children.

-- Tends to blame others for difficulties and problems s/he causes her/himself.

-- Prefers TV shows, movies or music expressing violent themes and acts

-- Reads materials dealing with violent themes, rituals and abuse.

-- Reflects anger, frustration and the dark side of life in school essays or writing projects.

-- Involved with a gang or an anti-social group on the fringe of peer acceptance.

-- Often depressed and/or has significant mood swings.

-- Threatens or attempts suicide.

These characteristics should serve to alert school administrators, teachers and support staff to address needs of troubled students through meetings with parents, provision of school counseling, guidance and mentoring services, as well as referrals to appropriate community health/social services and law enforcement personnel, the center said.

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