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  • 06/04/16--12:58: One Person Shot in Hartford

  • One person has been hospitalized after a shooting in Hartford.

    When officers arrived on scene, they located one person suffering from gunshot wounds to the back.

    The victim was located in the backyard of 186 Franklin Ave.

    The victim was transported to the hospital and is listed in stable condition. The victim was  uncooperative with police.

    Witness say they saw a suspect running east down Elliot St.

    Police say the shooting occurred just at 4:23 a.m. 


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    Dragon boat races were added to the already popular food truck festival along New Haven’s Long Wharf Pier, Saturday. 

    Ten teams signed up to row row row their boats along Long Wharf Pier, from the city workers on the “Municipaddlers” to the New Haven Bike Club which made up the Wheel Good Paddlers.  Each race took less than a minute from start to finish.

    “When you put 20 people in a boat jammed together side by side and they start paddling, water’s flying everywhere,” said John Pescatore, President of the Canal Dock Boathouse, Incorporated which sponsored the event.

    To race dragon boats, you need 20 paddlers, someone to steer, and someone to keep the beat.  The drummers wore elaborate costumes to catch the eye of their paddlers.

    The New Haven Bike Club’s cycling prowess paid off for the Wheel Good Paddlers, who won the first race

    “There’s actually a lot of leg work that goes into rowing these boats you really gotta push them with your legs when you’re paddling so we think we have the advantage on that,” said Kristin Anderson, Wheel Good Paddlers.

    None of the participants had done a dragon race before.  The SARGENT LOCKness MONSTERS made sure to get their oars in the water early and practice ahead of time. 

    “We were the first in the water in New Haven Connecticut to do a dragon boat race.  We were the first boat in the water, ever,” said Zaya Oshana, of SARGENT LOCKness MONSTERS.

    Rowers say they were there to win, but more importantly to have fun.

    “I love the water.  I love paddling,” said John Bianchi, another member of Wheel Good Paddlers.

    The event made a splash with spectators.

    “I think it’s great.  I didn’t know what to expect but I thought it was really cool,” said Anthony Pulino of New Haven.

    “Great sense of camaraderie, team work, and from my perspective community building, team spirit.  I think that’s really the best part,” added Pescatore.


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    Emergency officials responded to the Maxam Initiating Systems facility in Sterling after an unplanned explosion Saturday morning.

    State police say troopers, the Sterling Fire Department and the Sterling Fire Marshal responded around 10:30 a.m. to the company at 74 Dixon Road for a report of several unexpected explosions within the manufacturing line. Maxam Initiating Systems makes initiating systems for blasting operations.

    The building was evacuated and one employee was transported to Day Kimball Hospital for valuation of a minor injury.

    Detectives from the Connecticut State Police Fire and Explosion Investigation Unit, the Sterling Fire Marshal’s Office and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosions all responded to investigate.

    According to state police, the incident is believed to be a result of a minor malfunction within the automated manufacturing line. It does not appear criminal in nature.

    It remains under investigation at this time.

     



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  • 06/04/16--19:30: East Hartford Teen Missing

  • East Hartford police are asking for the public's help in locating a missing teenager. 

    Kelly Caldwell is 14 years old. She has long, brown curly hair and light colored eyes.

    Caldwell has been missing since Thursday.

    If you have any information on her whereabouts, please contact police at 860-528-4401.


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    West Hartford police say they have located an elderly woman reported missing Saturday morning.

    Police issued a Silver Alert 82-year-old Maria Sanchez Saturday, when it was reported she was last seen around 5:30 a.m. Sanchez was found walking in the area of Fern Street and Foxcroft Road around 4 p.m. 

    Sanchez has a history of dementia, according to police.



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    West Hartford police issued a Silver Alert for Maria Sanchez, 82. She has been missing since Saturday morning.West Hartford police issued a Silver Alert for Maria Sanchez, 82. She has been missing since Saturday morning.

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    The Maritime Aquarium in Norwalk is mourning the loss of one of its longtime residents – Susie the harbor seal.

     Susie passed away overnight Friday into Saturday. She was 43, believed to be the second-oldest seal in the United States.

     Susie was a resident of the aquarium from the day it opened in 1988.

     “We’re always saddened by the loss of any animal at the Aquarium,” said Dr. Brian Davis, president of The Maritime Aquarium in a press release. “But, as one of two seals that have been with us since the beginning, as our oldest seal and as the mother of two of the seals we have had here, Susie will always have special place in our hearts. She was the grande dame of our seal exhibit.”

     Susie was born in May 1973 and abandoned by her mother when less than a month old. She was rescued on Sable Island, Nova Scotia. She participated in laboratory development of prophylactic heartworm medication, which was first used on canines and later approved for seals.

     She lived in the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute on Cape Cod, Mass. before moving to the Mystic Aquarium. When the Maritime Center opened in 1988, Susie and her daughter Tillie (born in 1986) both moved to the Norwalk location.

    A necropsy will be conducted at the University of Connecticut to determine the cause of death.

    Harbor seals typically live to be about 15 years old in the wild, but life expectancy for those in zoos and aquariums rises into the 20s and 30s. The oldest living harbor seal is believed to be 45 and resides at the Henry Vilas Zoo in Madison, Wis.



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    The impact of the death of Muhammad Ali is being felt from the Muslim community to boxing centers across the state.

    Replays of The Greatest' fights at the Hartford Boxing Center served as a tribute.

    “Everyone was talking about it (Saturday). A lot of people are saddened by it,” says Michael Tran, co-owner of the Hartford Boxing Center.

    Tran is a boxer and helps train a new generation ready to enter the ring. He says kids are inspired by Ali and his three World Heavyweight titles.

    “Muhammad Ali is the embodiment of the underdog rising to the top,” says Tran.

    At the Baitul Aman Mosque in Meriden, they are remembering the 74-year-old’s moves outside the boxing ring.

    “For us Muslims he was a great inspiration because he proudly stood for his identity,” says Zahir Mannan, the mosque’s outreach director.

    Ali converted to Islam in the 1960’s.

    While at first he was associated with the Nation of Islam, he later switched to more mainstream branches of the religion.

    He traveled the world promoting tolerance and respect.

    “He was a great role model because he did live up to his word and he raised millions of dollars for humanitarian efforts and was a great ambassador for the religion of Islam,” says Mannan.

    Back at Hartford Boxing, Ali’s civil rights bravery is also remembered.

    Ali promoted peace and refused to fight in the Vietnam War, despite being drafted.

    “For me that’s the thing that stands out a lot for Muhammad Ali just considering my heritage,” says Tran.

    Both the boxing center and staff at the mosque plan to talk to kids about Muhammad Ali, making sure his legacy is remembered.


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    A woman has filed a claim against the Los Angeles Police Department alleging she was beat up by officers in her church parking lot.

    Ok Jin Yun alleges the incident happened when she drove to church for a prayer service on April 14 at 5:30 a.m.

    "She's scared. She's scared," said her son, David, translating for her from Korean.

    The incident was captured by surveillance cameras at Oriental Mission Church.

    Yun was followed into the parking lot by two officers — male and female — in a police SUV with no siren and no roof lights visible.

    She said she doesn't know why they followed her, but believes it may have started seconds earlier, when she had pulled up behind their patrol vehicle, southbound on Western Avenue.

    "She honked, thinking it was, you know, a black SUV," her son said.

    The video shows officers getting out and approaching Yun. Words are exchanged. And then she appears to be forced to the pavement. Photos taken after the incident show facial lacerations that she said came from the altercation.

    "They injured her back, her neck, her shoulders," said Antonio Kizzie, Yun's attorney. "She still feels some pain nowadays."

    Yun admits she attempted to make a cellphone call during her interaction with officers, which may have played a role in what followed. Her son says she speaks enough English to turn over license and registration, but not much more.

    "Who was she calling on the phone? She was calling 911, requesting a Korean language speaking officer," Kizzie said.

    "I was beyond angry," Yun's son added. 

    David Yun said he contacted police for an explanation after his mother was released from the hospital. She was neither arrested nor charged.

    "Their reaction was that the officers were trying to 'help' my mom," David said. "Help her? Do you believe that? I don't."

    A LAPD spokesman said a use-of-force investigation has been launched, but would not comment further, pending a complaint Yun is filing.

    She claims excessive force and unreasonable detention.

    The department spokesman said there is dashcam video from the police vehicle with sound that tells a different story about Yun's interaction with the officers that morning. But it will likely not be released.



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    A former Marine has been arrested in the fatal stabbing of an 11-year-old Houston boy, NBC News reported. 

    Andre Timothy Jackson Jr., 27, was charged with murder Friday after he was arrested at a Salvation Army where he was living, Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner said. 

    He is accused of stabbing sixth-grader Josue Flores as the boy walked home from school on May 17. Witnesses heard loud screaming and saw a man and the boy struggle before Flores collapsed. The boy died from multiple stab wounds.

    Another man was originally arrested but was later released when his alibi checked out.

    Jackson, who was discharged from the Marine Corps in 2011, was being held on a $100,000 bond at the Harris County Jail.



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    Andre Timothy Jackson Jr.Andre Timothy Jackson Jr.

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    A massive brush fire Saturday in the Calabasas area forced mandatory evacuations as the fast-moving flames consumed 400 acres and threatened 3,000 homes, the Los Angeles County Fire Department said.

    "This is a fast-moving, dangerous fire," Los Angeles County Fire Chief Dennis Cross said. "It's hard for people to see where this fire is because of the dense canopy and the canyons." 

    The fire forced the mandatory evacuations of 5,000 people in the Highlands, Eddingham and Adamsville neighborhoods, fire officials said.

    "Nobody can sit in their driveways or sit in their houses and ride this out. They need to get in their car and evacuate immediately," Cross said. 

    Several homeowners were visibly emotional as they packed their cars with whatever they could grab and were forced to evacuate. 

    Deputies grabbed hoses and began defending strangers' townhomes before firefighters arrived. 

    Residents living as far away as Studio City found ash sprinkled on their cars as smoke permeated through SoCal. 

    The mandatory evacuations were extended to the zones in Old Topanga Canyon area until 8 a.m., the California Highway Patrol said.

    The fire was reported at 4 p.m. in the area of 23062 Mulholland Highway, and began edging closer to homes.

    Old Topanga Boulevard was closed between Pacific Coast Highway and Cezanne Avenue as 1,000 firefighters, three water-dropping helicopters, and 24 engines were working to extinguish the blaze. 

    The blaze was 15 percent contained about six hours into the firefight, Captain Keith Mora said.

    At least three homes were damaged, fire officials said, in addition to a nature conservancy building at Mulholland Highway and Old Topanga Canyon Road that was completely gutted by the blaze.

    The fire was ignited after a driver lost control of a sport utility vehicle and crashed into power poles, downing lines in three different places, Mora said. All of the hot spots merged into one massive blaze, dubbed the "Old Fire." 

    A propane tank exploded into flames in front of Calabasas Klubhouse Pre-School as the heat from the fire crept closer to the structure, located at 3655 Old Topanga Canyon Road. A team of firefighters was defending the preschool.

    Initially, a few thousand Southern California Edison customers experienced power outages after the car slammed into the power pole, David Song of SoCal Edison said. By 7 p.m., fewer than 200 were experiencing outages. Song said power should be fully restored by 3 p.m. Sunday. 

    The Los Angeles County Fire Department reported that one firefighter suffered a minor injury while battling the blaze.

    The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department's Lost Hills Station was in charge of evacuations. Residents were being evacuated to Agoura High School at 28545 West Driver Avenue.

    Anyone with large animals was asked to evacuate to Los Angeles Pierce College at 6201 Winnetka Avenue in Woodland Hills.

    The 400-acre fire came as NBC4 Meteorologist Shanna Mendiola warned of excessive heat warnings across SoCal, along with dry winds. 

    A second fire began burning at 4:20 p.m. in the West Hills area, the same time as the Old Fire. Light wind was fueling the two-acre blaze, pushing it downhill into a ravine at Kittridge Street and Valley Circle, according to LA County Fire. 

    The blaze was about five miles north of the Calabasas blaze, and was extinguished by 6:40 p.m., with no injuries or homes burned.

    Earlier in the morning, a brush fire in Temecula put drivers on high alert as it scorched 70 acres, forcing a closure of lanes on the southbound 15 Freeway. By the evening, and it was 20 percent contained. 

    Another smaller blaze was reported in the Santa Clarita area amid rising temperatures, burning one-eighth of an acre near Decoro Drive and McBean Parkway.

    The Los Angeles County Fire Department compiled tips for what do if confronted with a fire. Experts advise to not stop to gather your belongings — just get out of the house if mandatory evacuations are ordered. "Call the Fire Department from a neighbor’s telephone after you are out of the house," a tip sheet read.

    Read more here.



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    A third-alarm brush fire raged in the Calabasas area close to homes Saturday, June 4, 2016.A third-alarm brush fire raged in the Calabasas area close to homes Saturday, June 4, 2016.

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    An African-American man singled out by Donald Trump at a rally in California on Friday said he was not offended by the “odd” episode, NBC News reported. 

    Gregory Cheadle said he was the man singled out in the crowd, as the presumptive Republican presidential nominee boasted of his support among African-American voters. 

    "I didn't take offense at all because of what he said afterward," Cheadle later told NBC News. "I liked what he said about his black supporter fighting off a man dressed as a klansman at his rally." 

    Cheadle, who describes himself as a Republican, said he wouldn’t necessarily vote for Trump even after attending his rallies.



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    Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump gestures to a his camouflaged Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump gestures to a his camouflaged "Make America Great" hat as he discuses his support by the National Rifle Association at a campaign rally at the Redding Municipal Airport on June 3, 2016, in Redding, Calif.

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    Hillary Clinton moved a small step toward securing the Democratic nomination Saturday night by winning the Virgin Islands caucus, NBC News projects. 

    Only seven delegates are up for grabs, which have yet to be distributed between Clinton and rival Bernie Sanders. 

    Clinton is less than 70 delegates away from the 2,383 majority needed to be declared the presumptive Democratic nominee. 

    Sixty delegates are up for grabs when Puerto Rico Democrats hold their primary on Sunday. In both island territories, delegates will be awarded proportionally based on the results. 

    Six last states — including delegate-rich New Jersey and California — hold their primary contests Tuesday.



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    Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks at a rally at Hueneme High School, on June 4, 2016, in Oxnard, Calif.Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks at a rally at Hueneme High School, on June 4, 2016, in Oxnard, Calif.

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    Two police officers were hospitalized after a police pursuit that started in the West End of Hartford and ended in West Hartford, according to police.

     Deputy Chief Brian Foley says that several cruisers were damaged when the driver of a stolen car attempted to flee police Saturday night. The incident began in Hartford and ended in West Hartford. The officers suffered non-life threatening injuries.

     Extra police resources will be on Park Street in the West End of Hartford. The area was already busy in anticipation of the annual Puerto Rican Day Parade scheduled for Sunday.


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    A Bethany man is remembering his unique connection to Muhammad Ali.

    Rick Kaletsky decided to first call collect to the boxer a long time ago.

    “I called Classius Clay when I was in junior high school. He accepted the charges,” says Kaletsky.

    Since then Kaletsky has collected hundreds of memorabilia and has turned his home’s basement into a makeshift museum.

    More importantly he’s stored memories of the boxer.

    Kaletsky sat in the arenas to watch eight of Ali’s fights.

    But he relished the personal moments between the boxer and ultimate fan.

    He received a postcard from the champ and has had chances to meet Ali including in Bloomfield in 1983.

    Kaletsky was even invited to Ali’s 70th birthday party in Louisville.

    “A warm, authentic kind person. He never put himself above anyone,” says Kaletsky.

    Kaletsky wrote a book called “Ali and Me: Through the Ropes.”

    And Ali provided a recommendation: “The Greatest Book About Me in the World.”

    Now the fan and others now mourn the death of the legend.

    “There’s a vacancy. There’s a big loss,” says Kaletsky.

    Kaletsky does welcome visitors to his museum and has had several hundred to his home.



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    Muhammad Ali’s impact, as reams of obituaries correctly noted upon word of his death Friday at age 74, stretched far past the 80-inch reach of the gloved fist that staggered the likes of Joe Frazier and George Foreman.

    But Ali’s genius rested not only in his ability to deliver a wallop beyond a ring built for destruction, but in the legacy he forged as an unstoppable creative force – a powerhouse alchemist who melded the worlds of sports, entertainment, politics and media to redefine celebrity.

    Boxing might have been his first platform, but Muhammad Ali, during a six-decade public life as the planet’s best-known human, emerged as the greatest in a sport of his own invention.

    Born in the era of radio as Cassius Clay, Muhammad Ali was made for the TV age. Sure, previous athletes, Babe Ruth among them, used charm and a knack for playing the press to become household names as media made its ways into homes in new ways in the first half of the 20th Century.

    But Ali, who bedazzled fellow fighters with his footwork, proved himself always a few steps ahead of anyone who crossed his path. Ali crafted his own catchphrase – “float like a butterfly and sting like a bee” – and even his own heady nickname – “The Greatest.” The ultimate showman was just as focused on controlling his image as he was the action on the canvas.

    Ali’s relative lack of formal education growing up in segregated Kentucky belied a brilliance that manifested itself in a capacity to deliver words, wise, humor-laden and otherwise, in flurries faster than his hands flew in his prime. He verbally sparred with everyone from Carson to Cosell, always coming out on top, via endless quips playing off his braggart persona: "I should be a postage stamp – that's the only way I'll ever get licked!"

    For all his wit, Ali expertly practiced at the art of drama, both in and out of the ring. The Thrilla in Manila and the Rumble in the Jungle lived up to their epic build-ups, which included Ali’s merciless taunts of his opponents.

    He presaged an era in which the drama behind major sporting events has become an integral part of the show. But while many of today’s pre-game reels come off as manufactured hype, Muhammad Ali was never anything less than himself ­– a man, as he once put it “in a world of my own.”

    He showed as much in perhaps his greatest act: giving up his stage and his livelihood by refusing to serve in the Army, citing religious principle.

    The substance behind the spectacle of world’s greatest boxer refusing to fight in Vietnam made the show all the more powerful, and provided fodder for an enthralling comeback story as he later reclaimed his boxing title. Ali eventually gained widespread acceptance as a hero beyond the fight game, earning the Medal of Freedom, the country’s highest civilian honor, in a 2005 ceremony led by President George W. Bush.

    Perhaps his most gripping drama played out in a script more Shakespeare than Ali. Parkinson’s disease, a possible product of absorbing too many blows, slowly robbed the rope-a-dope king of his ability to share his thoughts with his trademark gusto.

    Still, Ali’s condition didn’t dull his impact – his public moments became fewer, if no less memorable. After 9/11, the world’s best-known Muslim spoke out, haltingly but with conviction, to defend his religion and decry terrorism.

    It’s telling that Ali’s iconography extends from him derisively standing over a fallen Sonny Liston in 1965 to images of him bravely battling tremors while carrying the Olympic torch for his country to kick off the 1996 Games in Atlanta.

    Muhammad Ali set the world on fire with a blaze of glory that he lit on his own terms, leaving an eternal flame fed by memories of a transcendent figure with charisma to burn.

    Jere Hester is Director of News Products and Projects at the City University of New York Graduate School of Journalism. He is also the author of "Raising a Beatle Baby: How John, Paul, George and Ringo Helped us Come Together as a Family." Follow him on Twitter.



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    Muhammed Ali melded the worlds of boxing, entertainment, politics and mass media to become the greatest in a sport of his own invention.Muhammed Ali melded the worlds of boxing, entertainment, politics and mass media to become the greatest in a sport of his own invention.

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    France is bracing for a third week of strikes while grappling with floods and also preparing to host the 24-nation Euro 2016 championship — Europe's largest soccer tournament — amid ongoing terror alerts, NBC News reported.  

    Train services are paralyzed, flights have been canceled and there have been hours-long lines for gas as unions protest workplace reforms. Power has been cut to homes in some areas, and street protests have forced the closure of roads.

    Over 2.5 million fans mostly from overseas are expected to attend the soccer tournament. The State Department last week warned Americans traveling to Europe of the risk of terror attacks and said Euro 2016 stadiums and fan zones were all "potential targets."

    The French government has already extended the state of emergency declared following the terrorist attacks in Paris that left 130 people dead in November 2015.



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    A man holds a flare at a demonstration of labor union members on strike against the French government and labor law reforms in Paris, Thursday, June 2, 2016. Workers are on strike at nearly all of France's nuclear plants and on the national rail service as part of months of protests over changes to labor protections.A man holds a flare at a demonstration of labor union members on strike against the French government and labor law reforms in Paris, Thursday, June 2, 2016. Workers are on strike at nearly all of France's nuclear plants and on the national rail service as part of months of protests over changes to labor protections.

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    In a recent medical study, Stanford researchers say a new stem cell experiment is transforming the lives of stroke patients.

    The use of stem cells is allowing patients with little hope for recovery to suddenly talk and walk again, according to the study published in the Journal of Stroke and Cerebrovascular Diseases.

    “We did not expect to see significant recovery,” said Dr. Gary Steinberg, chief of neurosurgery at Stanford University School of Medicine. “We were quite startled by the remarkable recovery some of the patients showed.”

    Steinberg and a team of researchers released the study on Thursday.

    Researchers did not anticipate seeing results this early in the process. The test was meant to be an initial phase in the study, and only included 18 patients of varying ages and who had strokes at least six months before.

    The study included now 36-year-old Sonia Coontz of Long Beach. She had a stroke at 31, and two years later when she participated, could barely move her arm.

    Doctors drilled a small hole in Coontz's and the other patients' skulls, and then injected modified adult stem cells directly into the region of the brain impacted by stroke.

    Only a day after Coontz’s surgery, she could raise her arm above her head.

    “She was what we call one of our miracle patients. She showed some improvement within 24 hours. By the next day she was already moving her arm well. Over the next month, she started talking better, walking better. Within 6 months, her lifestyle was completely changed. She got married and now she’s pregnant,” Steinberg said.

    The stem cells do not replace brain cells. In fact, they die within a couple of months, according to Steinberg.

    However, within that time, the stem cells somehow trick the brain into thinking it’s much younger than it is.

    “In a sense, we think they are turning the adult brain in to a neonatal or infant brain that recovers very well after a stroke or other types of injury,” Steinberg said. “In the past we thought patients with chronic stroke had circuits which were dead or irreversibly damaged. We never thought they would ever work again no matter what we did. And this tells us that’s simply not true.”

    About half the patients made improvements authors considered clinically significant, “meaning it changed their lifestyle,” Steinberg said.

    Many of the rest made significant improvements, but a few in the patient group did not improve.

    “While not every single patient improved – and you wouldn’t expect that – it was quite remarkable that so many of the patients improved to the extent that they did,” Steinberg said.

    However, doctors say larger studies are needed before we get too excited.

    “There’s a lot of hype about stem cells. And while we think there’s a lot of hope, we also want to be cautious in how we proceed,” Steinberg said.

    Stanford researchers are currently conducting a larger study with 156 people, and another study using stem cell therapy on chronic traumatic brain injury patients.

    Doctors say in the future, stem cells could help other neurodegenerative diseases such as Parkinson’s, ALS or even Alzheimer’s.



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    Dr. Gary Steinberg, chief of neurosurgery at Stanford School of Medicine.Dr. Gary Steinberg, chief of neurosurgery at Stanford School of Medicine.

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    Pope Francis proclaimed two new saints on Sunday: A Lutheran convert who hid Jews during World War II and the Polish founder of the first men's religious order dedicated to the immaculate conception.

    Francis called Swedish-born Elizabeth Hesselblad and Stanislaus Papczynski "exemplary witnesses to this mystery of resurrection" during the canonization Mass in St. Peter's Square. Poland's President Andrzej Duda and first lady Agata Kornhauser-Duda attended the ceremony.

    Hesselblad saved the lives of 12 Jewish members of the Piperno-Sed families by hiding them in the convent in Rome where she was superior from December 1943 until the capital's liberation on June 4, 1944.

    Israel's Holocaust center Yad Vashem bestowed on her the title "Righteous Among the Nations." It said Hesselblad never tried to convert those she saved but, "rather insisting that they say their Hebrew prayers and fulfill other obligations of their religion."Hesselblad, who was baptized in the Reform Church, migrated to the United States where she worked as a nurse and converted to Catholicism. She later moved to Rome, where she became a nun and dedicated her life to her religious order. She died of natural causes in 1957 and was beatified in 2000.

    She is Sweden's second saint in 625 years, following Saint Bridget, who was canonized in 1391.

    Her canonization comes ahead of Francis' scheduled trip to Sweden later this year to mark the 500th anniversary of the start of the Protestant Reformation.

    Stanislaus of Jesus and Mary, as he is known, supported hospitals and shelters for the poor and cared for the sick in 17th Century Poland. In his early years he himself experienced serious sickness and begged in the streets.

    "Papczynski preached mercy and encouraged people to do acts of mercy," the Polish Episcopate said on its website.

    His crowning achievement was founding the order of Marian Fathers, which preached the cult of Holy Mary.

    Papczynski was born in 1631 to the family of an ironsmith in the village of Podegrodzie, in southern Poland. He had one brother and six sisters, and died in 1701.



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    The tapestry of Stanislaus of Jesus and Mary Papczynski, hangs from a balcony in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican during the canonization ceremony led by Pope Francis, on June 5, 2016. Pope Francis has canonized Elizabeth Hesselblad, a Lutheran convert who hid Jews during World War II and Stanislaus, the founder of the first men’s religious order dedicated to the immaculate conception.The tapestry of Stanislaus of Jesus and Mary Papczynski, hangs from a balcony in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican during the canonization ceremony led by Pope Francis, on June 5, 2016. Pope Francis has canonized Elizabeth Hesselblad, a Lutheran convert who hid Jews during World War II and Stanislaus, the founder of the first men’s religious order dedicated to the immaculate conception.

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    A triple-shooting suspect was charged with first-degree murder Sunday in the death of a Memphis, Tennessee, police officer who was struck and killed, NBC News reported.

    Justin Smith, 21, also faces three other charges of attempted first-degree murder, one charge of vehicular homicide, theft, reckless driving and evading arrest. 

    Justin Smith is accused of striking and killing Officer Verdell Smith, 46, when he sped off in a stolen car from a bar where two people were shot. Police said he stopped at a fishing shop, as well, and shot one employee. 

    Verdell Smith had been with the Memphis police for 18 years and left behind his fiancee, children and his father, according to the department.



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    Officer Verdell SmithOfficer Verdell Smith

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    NFL legend Jim Brown said Muhammad Ali's biggest opponents were prejudice and bigotry.

    "I'd like to make one thing very clear, Muhammad Ali loved people, and he had white friend as well as black friends — and the only thing that he hated was discrimination and racism," Brown said Sunday on NBC's "Meet the Press."

    Asked by "MTP" moderator Chuck Todd what lesson today's athletes should take from the pair for the things they did for them '60s," Brown said, "Money is not God, and human dignity is very important."

    "Your integrity is way up there. And as a single human being, if you carry yourself in a certain way you can defy all evil that comes at us," he added.



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