Carbon monoxide blamed in 8 Maryland deaths
"Maryland carbon monoxide victims are ID’d" Associated Press April 08, 2015
PRINCESS ANNE, Md. — A divorced kitchen worker and his seven children were fatally poisoned by carbon monoxide from a generator they used to keep warm after their electricity was cut off, police said Tuesday.
Spokesman Matt Likovich, a spokesman for the Delmarva Power Co., said the utility did not cut off power because the family was behind on its bills. He said officials discovered a stolen electric meter had been illegally connected to the rental home where the family had been living since November.
Likovich said the meter was disconnected for safety reasons on March 25. He said the company is deeply saddened by the accident and urged anyone with power issues to contact it to ensure continued safe electrical service.
Rodney Todd and his two sons and five daughters were last seen alive March 28.
‘‘I’m just numb. I’m just numb. Like it’s a nightmare but it’s not,’’ the children’s mother, Tyisha Luneice Chambers said. ‘‘If I had known he was without electricity, I would have helped.’’
Police responding to a missing persons report found their bodies Monday after friends, school workers and Todd’s supervisor at work had knocked on the door with no answer.
‘‘The children were all in beds and it appears as though they were sleeping,’’ Princess Anne Police Chief Scott Keller said. ‘‘They didn’t have electricity. Probably it was bedtime and they decided they needed some light and probably some heat, because toward the end of March even though it was spring we were having some pretty chilly nights.’’
Todd got some welfare money, but it was not enough, said Sarah Hardy, his friend.
No mystery to it.
More murders to choke down:
"Maryland ‘spa’ clinic offers new approach to abortion" by Sandhya Somashekhar, Washington Post April 11, 2015
WASHINGTON — With its natural wood floors and plush upholstery, Carafem aims to feel more like a spa than a medical clinic. But the slick ads set to go up in Metro stations across the Washington region leave nothing to doubt: “Abortion. Yeah, we do that.”
The clinic, which opened at the end of March in Friendship Heights, Md., specializes in the abortion pill and will be unique for its advertising. Its unabashed approach also reflects a new push to destigmatize the nation’s most controversial medical procedure by talking about it openly and unapologetically.
Plagued by political setbacks in recent years, abortion-rights activists are now seeking to normalize abortion, to put a human face — and in some cases, even a positive spin — on the procedure.
In Los Angeles County, groups recently sent women door-to-door in conservative neighborhoods to talk about their abortion experiences in the hopes of changing minds.
A series of Democratic lawmakers have publicly acknowledged having undergone the procedure. And new online projects solicit personal testimonials, including from women who have no regrets about terminating their pregnancies.
At Carafem, staff members plan to greet clients with warm teas, comfortable robes, and a matter-of-fact attitude.
“We don’t want to talk in hushed tones,” Carafem president Christopher Purdy said. “We use the A-word.”
The campaign comes as the abortion-rights movement is struggling politically.
Since 2010, states have enacted more than 200 laws restricting the procedure and dozens of clinics have closed. Groups on both sides agree that antiabortion activists have the momentum, with a simpler message — “abortion kills” — and a gut-level emotional appeal.
Even Americans who support abortion rights are often deeply conflicted about the procedure. Although a majority of Americans say abortion should be available in most cases, polls show roughly half of those surveyed also think abortion is morally wrong.
“Most people in this country do not think abortion is a good thing on its face, even if they deeply believe it should be legal,” said Lanae Erickson Hatalsky, director of social policy and politics for Third Way.
Hatalsky praised efforts to “destigmatize” the procedure, which she said is attracting a passionate new crop of young activists to the movement.
Groups such as Planned Parenthood are trying to walk a fine line, appealing to these young activists while also remaining palatable to the majority of Americans who are conflicted....
Marjorie Dannenfelser, president of the Susan B. Anthony List, an antiabortion group, predicts the approach will fail. Even people who support abortion rights “don’t necessarily see it as something to celebrate,” she said.
It isn't, and feminist's are always shocked when you tell them the great suffragette Susan B. was antiabortion.
Carol Tobias, president of National Right to Life, a prominent antiabortion group, agreed. Tobias said she thinks people will be “disgusted” by Carafem. “Abortion is not pleasant,” she said, “and try-
ing to put pretty wrappings around the procedure isn’t going to make any difference.”
They are also prescribing marijuana to children.
Can things get any worse?