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23 September
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Online Chat: Phased Retirement

Federal News Radio experts answered your questions about phased retirement during an
online chat today. Phased retirement is a new option which allows eligible employees
to work part-time while drawing on part of their earned retirement benefits. Phased
retirees must also spend at least 20 percent of their time mentoring other employees.

22 September
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First Choice Dental Welcomes New Dentist to Sun Prairie Office

(Madison, WI) First Choice Dental is pleased to welcome Dr. Nicole Gallman to its practice.

Dr. Gallman will practice at First Choice Dentals Sun Prairie office, 140 N. City Station Drive.

Dr. Gallman completed her undergraduate degree at UW-Milwaukee and received her dental degree (DDS) from Marquette University. Dr. Gallman has experience in comprehensive dental care and procedures including the treatment of dental emergencies, extractions and restorative work. While in dental school, Dr. Gallman participated in Give Kids a Smile and Head Start Day. She is a member of the Wisconsin Dental Association and American Dental Association.

For a complete list of providers, services and locations, please visit www.firstchoicedental.com.

22 September
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New Dental Office Opens After Delays

SIOUX FALLS, SD –

A new dental office is open on the east side of Sioux Falls after months of delays. From changes to construction plans, a long winter and battles with the rain, the long process has finally come to an end.

After three years as a dentist in Sioux Falls, Cody Henriksen is excited to be moving into these spacious new digs.

Henriksen, along with Aaron Aadland, bought the practice from Dennis Graber and moved it from a six-operating-room facility to this building that boasts 5,700 square feet on the main floor.

Things were tight, the staff was running into each other. We were kind of working in close quarters. It#39;s a little bit of a change but everyone#39;s excited about it, Henriksen.

The Dental Comfort Center was supposed to open originally in June but after a few delays it finally opened a few weeks ago on Sept. 2.

We weren#39;t expecting to get 4 to 6 inches in a weekend when we had an open basement. It was frustrating. It really set us back. We had a lot of construction crew here. Really, the only goal for two weeks was getting water cleared out, Henriksen said.

That#39;s all behind them now. The new Dental Comfort Center on 41st Street and Sycamore Avenue has nine operating rooms with the potential to expand to twelve. So far, people seem to enjoy the new office. David Larsen has been a patient for the last 28 years.

The old place had a lot of charm, it was an old house but this is wonderful. It#39;s a good location for us on the east side. All modern facilities and things too, so it#39;s wonderful, Larsen said.

The Dental Comfort Center has an open houseThursdayfrom 6:30 to 8 pm

22 September
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Hundreds flock to Allentown Fairgrounds for free dental clinic

Volunteers from Mission of Mercy in Pennsylvania staff a free dental clinic at the Agri-Plex complex at the Allentown Fairgrounds. A total of 250 dentists are expected to treat 2,000 people Friday and Saturday.

22 September
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State Dental Board to hear Russellville crematorium plan

State Dental Board to hear Russellville crematorium plan

RUSSELLVILLE, Ark. (KTHV) – The man behind a controversial plan for a crematorium in Russellville will go before the state Dental Board of Examiners

22 September
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Ambush suspect was former Northampton Community College student

The survivalist who allegedly gunned down a state trooper Friday took classes at Northampton Community College, according to an internal email.

The email from Susan Salvador, vice president of enrollment and student affairs, said in the last decade Eric Frein, 31, took classes at the Bethlehem Township, Pennsylvania campus; the former Monroe County campus and at East Stroudsburg University.

The school added extra security at the Monroe Campus, although, the police do not believe this poses any extra threat because the individual is targeting law enforcement, and specifically the state police.

The email went out to staff, students and teachers. The college learned the facts about Frein on Tuesday, according to the email.

Police released new details about the background of Frein, a self-taught survivalist who allegedly ambushed two troopers outside a rural Pennsylvania State Police barracks, killing one.

Authorities said Frein recently shaved his head in a wide Mohawk, evidently as part of the mental preparation to commit this cowardly act, Lt. Col. George Bivens said Wednesday afternoon.

Frein belonged to a military simulation unit based in eastern Pennsylvania whose members play the role of soldiers from Cold War-era eastern Europe, Bivens told reporters.

In his current frame of mind, Frein appears to have assumed that role in real life, he said.

Hundreds of law enforcement officials spent a fifth full day Wednesday looking for the gunman who concealed himself outside the Blooming Grove barracks late Friday and shot two troopers with a rifle, killing one and wounding the second. Police named Frein the suspect after finding his abandoned SUV, which contained his drivers license and spent shell casings matching those at the crime scene.

Authorities have followed up on hundreds of tips, massing in a forested area at one point Wednesday after workers reported seeing an armed person wearing camouflage nearby. Police have been getting sightings all over the place, but none have panned out so far, said Trooper Tom Kelly.

Frein, of Canadensis, Pennsylvania, is charged with killing Cpl. Bryon Dickson, a 38-year-old married father of two, and critically wounding Trooper Alex Douglass. Dicksons viewing was held Wednesday in the rotunda of Marywood University in Scranton, with Pennsylvanias attorney general among thousands of mourners paying respects. Dicksons funeral will be held Thursday.

State police have warned the public that Frein is dangerous, calling him an anti-law enforcement survivalist who has talked about committing mass murder. Two school districts closed Wednesday because of safety concerns for students and staff.

Parents are so frightened for their children, said Pocono Mountain School Board member Annabella Lastowski. People are wondering if the suspect is in the area or has fled the area. That is the unknown and that is whats bothering people the most.

She said her neighbors were keeping their school-age children inside.

Bivens said residents should remain alert and vigilant, report suspicious activity, lock doors and keep house exteriors well lit. But he said he is convinced Frein is engaged in a personal battle with law enforcement, particularly the Pennsylvania State Police, and will likely stay focused on that fight.

Frein has nursed an unspecified grudge against law enforcement and government in general at least since 2006, Bivens said.

In 2004, he was charged with burglary and grand larceny after police accused him of stealing items from vendors at a World War II re-enactment in Odessa, New York. He failed to show for his trial, and was arrested in Pennsylvania as a fugitive from justice, said Lt. Craig Gallow of the Schuyler County Sheriffs Department in New York.

Frein evidently tried to make his escape Friday night in a 2001 Jeep Cherokee, authorities said. Three days later, a man walking his dog stumbled across the partly submerged SUV in a swamp about 2 miles away and called 911.

As he has on previous days, Bivens used a news conference Wednesday to address the suspect directly: In the event you are listening to this broadcast on a portable radio while cowering in some cold, damp hiding place, I want you to know one thing. Eric, we are coming for you. It is only a matter of time until we bring you to justice.

22 September
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Dental discovery may prompt you to change your toothpaste

PHOENIX, Ariz. — A dental hygienist in Phoenix noticed something strange in the mouths of her patients — and spoke up about it. Now, a toothpaste manufacturer is taking action, removing a popular ingredient from a popular toothpaste brand.

Trish Walraven has seen lots of things as a dental hygienist. But it wasnt until a few years ago she noticed little blue dots trapped in tiny spaces between peoples teeth and gums.

“We thought it was a cleaning product or something that people were chewing,” Walraven said.

Walvaren started asking around and other hygienists were seeing the blue dots, too.

It took awhile, but they finally figured out it was polyethylene. Polyethylene is a plastic used in all kinds of things like garbage containers, grocery bags, bullet proof vests, even knee replacements … and now in toothpaste.

Walvaren said one brand appears to use the plastic microbeads more than others.

“Pretty much everyone was saying that they were using some form of Crest toothpaste,” Walraven said.

Dentist Justin Phillip said the microbeads shouldn’t be anywhere near your mouth.

“They’ll trap bacteria in the gums which leads to gingivitis, and over time that infection moves from the gum into the bone that holds your teeth, and that becomes periodontal disease, Phillips said. “Periodontal disease is scary.”

Walvaren wants the beads gone, too. She wrote a blog that has gotten national attention. It even caught the eye of Proctor amp; Gamble.

In a statement to ABC 15 the Crest manufacturer said: “While the ingredient in question is completely safe, we understand there is a growing preference for us to remove the ingredient. So we will.”

Crest said the majority of its toothpaste will be microbead-free in six months. They’ll be completely gone by March of 2016.

If you want to make sure the product you’re using is microbead-free, take a look at the ingredient list and make sure it doesn’t include polyethylene.

Source: KNXV/CNN

21 September
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College football predictions: OU-West Virginia right down the middle

How to predict the OU-West Virginia game? How to predict what will happen when the Sooners cross the Cumberland Gap (or get close to it, I forget where it’s at)? How to predict what will happen when the Sooners play in the shadow of Daniel Boone’s homestead (for real, it’s just outside Morgantown)? How to predict a rivalry that has produced games of 50-49 in 2012 and 16-7 in 2013?

I don’t know. I was thinking West Virginia upset until the Mountaineers lost cornerback Daryl Worley, suspended for violating team rules. Who now covers Sterling Shepard?

So here’s what I did. No way this game can be wild as 2012. No way this game can be as humdrum as 2013. I split it right down the middle. Which should make for a heck of a game.

OU at West Virginia: Sooners 33-28. Remember back in 2012, when we thought OU-WVU would be the game of the year in the Big 12? In some ways, it was.

Auburn at Kansas State: Tigers 24-17. K-State will lose because college football is a cold, cruel, dark world.

Central Michigan at Kansas: Chippewas 30-20. Upset special. The Jayhawks are not getting better.

Florida at Alabama: Crimson Tide 31-10. Either Mark Stoops is getting Kentucky a lot better and quick, or this is going to be a long year for the Gators.

Mississippi State at LSU: Tigers 30-17. Most fascinating game of the week. Lots of people see the Bulldogs as SEC darkhorses.

Northern Illinois at Arkansas: Razorbacks 34-26. This is a good game itself. The cream of the MAC against one of the SEC’s weak teams. The Huskies will stop the run better than Texas Tech did.

South Carolina at Vanderbilt: Gamecocks 48-10. South Carolina gets a breather after opening with the nation’s toughest three-game stretch.

Indiana at Missouri: Tigers 55-35. Every time I see this matchup, I forget Missouri’s in the SEC and think of this as a Big Ten battle.

Texas Aamp;M at SMU: Aggies 53-0. Aamp;M offensive coordinator Jake Spavital, the pride of Tulsa Union, auditions for the SMU job.

Troy at Georgia: Bulldogs 49-6. What happened to Troy? The Trojans were good a few years ago. Beat Missouri and OSU, and scared the Cowboys in Stillwater. Now Troy is losing to Division II Abilene Christian.

Cal at Arizona: Wildcats 41-31. Golden Bears are better, and UofA I’m not so sure about.

Oregon at Washington State: Ducks 51-10. Mike Leach will be glad to get this one behind him.

San Diego State at Oregon State: Beavers 34-24. Aztecs are competitive. Really competitive.

Georgia State at Washington: Huskies 48-14. It’s hard for a Pac-12 team to play four bad non-conference opponents. First, you only get three non-conference games. Second, there’s league pressure to play a good schedule. But UW has accomplished the feat. The game at Hawaii gave Washington an extra game, and Illinois, the supposed tough game on the slate, stinks.

Hawaii at Colorado: Buffaloes 30-20. Two schools that would be a blast to attend. Except on autumn Saturdays.

Utah at Michigan: Wolverines 34-27. The Utes are better. They’re not bad. And in two 21st-century trips to Ann Arbor, Utah has been outscored just 33-32. Lost 10-7 in 2002, won 25-23 in 2008.

Miami at Nebraska: Cornhuskers 28-25. Bo Pelini has lost four games in each of his six Nebraska seasons. If he loses four games against this schedule, he ought to be fired. But if Pelini loses to Miami, he probably will go 9-4.

Georgia Tech at Virginia Tech: Hokies 26-21. Virginia Tech looked awful against East Carolina. But the Hokies looked better than Georgia Tech did against Georgia Southern.

Clemson at Florida State: Seminoles 34-17. When Florida State is down, this is a fair fight. When Florida State is up, this rivalry doesn’t do much for me.

Virginia at Brigham Young: Cougars 28-14. It’s time to start talking about BYU going undefeated. Toughest games left are Virginia, at Boise State, at California.

Iowa at Pittsburgh: Hawkeyes 20-18. Wouldn’t surprise me a bit if Iowa rallied to win. Kirk Ferentz has more lives than Jerry Brown’s politics.

Maryland at Syracuse: Terrapins 24-23. It’s hard to remember which league these schools are in (Maryland Big Ten, Syracuse ACC), much less how good they might be.

North Carolina at East Carolina: Tar Heels 28-21. You know, Ruffin McNeil, the old Texas Tech defensive coordinator, is doing a nice job at East Carolina.

Tulane at Duke: Blue Devils 38-23. There is no excuse for Duke having the best football program in the state of North Carolina. No excuse at all. Other than David Cutcliffe.

Louisville at Florida International: Cardinals 45-9. If the ‘Ville is going down here for recruiting purposes, good move. It’s Louisville’s second game this season against a team from Miami. Maybe the Cards can get Florida Atlantic on the schedule, too.

Maine at Boston College: Eagles 44-7. New England football stands a little taller after BC took apart Southern Cal.

Army at Wake Forest: Cadets 21-20. Should would be nice if Army could get back in the bowl business.

Presbyterian at North Carolina State: Wolfpack 41-14. When is Lutheran on the schedule?

Rutgers at Navy: Midshipmen 28-27. You know, Rutgers has acquitted itself well in the early days of its Big Ten adventure. Beat a Pac-12 school (Washington State), took Penn State to the wire.

San Jose State at Minnesota: Gophers 24-20. Man, Minnesota was unimpressive in Fort Worth.

Bowling Green at Wisconsin: Badgers 51-21. Don’t expect Bowling Green to shock Wisconsin the way it did Indiana. The Badgers are a little on the serious side.

Massachusetts at Penn State: Nittany Lions 33-7. This game doesn’t even sound right.

Texas State at Illinois: Illini 41-26. And neither does this one. Not that Dennis Franchione’s Bobcats can’t win.

Western Illinois at Northwestern: Wildcats 45-11. Northwestern needs a victory, and I-AA is an easy place to get it.

Southern Illinois at Purdue: Boilermakers 42-13. Wonder if this was some kind of negotiated game after Purdue swiped SIU basketball coach Matt Painter?

Eastern Michigan at Michigan State: Spartans 51-0. These Big Ten/MAC matchups are getting out of hand. I’ll bet there are 20 of them this season. Heck, I’ll just count. Nope, 11. Seemed like more.

Connecticut at South Florida: Bulls 25-14. These programs are trending down and fast.

Miami-Ohio at Cincinnati: Bearcats 33-10. Cincy’s not trending down. And the Bearcats get Ohio State next week.

Nevada-Las Vegas at Houston: Cougars 27-13. Phi Slama Jama meets the Runnin’ Rebels. Or something like that.

Middle Tennessee at Memphis: Tigers 42-28. The battle for Tennessee football supremacy if you throw out the Vols and the Titans.

Delaware State at Temple: Owls 40-14. This one wouldn’t even make a good game in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.

Bethune-Cookman at Central Florida: Knights 34-12. UCF was a big disappointment at Mizzou. Didn’t put up much of a fight.

New Mexico at New Mexico State: Lobos 23-21. The Land of Enchantment really isn’t big enough for two bad football teams.

Utah State at Arkansas State: Red Wolves 38-20. We paid a lot of attention to these teams because both played Tennessee.

Louisiana-Lafayette at Boise State: Broncos 31-11. Cultural opposites.

Florida Atlantic at Wyoming: Cowboys 37-24. This one, too.

Southern Utah at Fresno State: Bulldogs 40-17. Fresno State’s had a rough start. Southern Cal, Utah, Nebraska. Southern Utah is an oasis in the desert.

Last week: 37-10. Season: 147-21.

21 September
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Chat about Cape budget Tuesday

Chat about Cape budget Tuesday

District 7 Councilmember Derrick Donnell will host an online chat on Tuesday at 5 pm He will take questions for an hour from residents about the Capes 2015 budget. The budget is scheduled for a final public hearing on Thursday.

To access the chat, go to capecoral.net and open the news item in the Latest News section. There will be a link to the chat in the announcement.

o Cape Corals Parks and Recreation Department recently received a 2014 Public Relations Excellence Award from the Florida Recreation and Park Association for the electronic version of the departments program guide.

The interactive, flipping book version of the program guide has over 300 links to pages on the departments website and to online program registration, making it easier to get information and sign up for activities, a news release said.

o Also, Cape received honorable mention in the 2014 FEMA Individual and Community Preparedness awards. The awards recognize efforts of individuals, programs and organizations to prepare communities for emergencies. Cape was an honorable mention in category of Outstanding Community Emergency Response Team Initiatives.

21 September
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The strange world of online suicide forums

In a case that had been slowly making its way up the American courts, William Melchert-Dinkel has been convicted of assisting the suicide of a British man, Mark Drybrough, and a Canadian woman, Nadia Kajouji, in an online chat room. Melchert-Dinkel – a male, middle-aged nurse – had been posing as a friendly young woman using a several pseudonyms and trawling internet chat rooms for suicidal women in the hope of encouraging and then watching them commit suicide. Melchert-Dinkel himself believes at least five people actually did, including Mark and Nadia.

Melchert-Dinkel found his victims in the sprawling group of suicide forums which populate the net. Some are designed to help people to recover, or to advise them to seek help. Others are ambivalent – sites for people to speak openly and honestly about their illness. A small minority of them are pro: places where suicide methods – the very specific and detailed ways of best committing suicide – are openly debated and discussed at length.

There are dozens and dozens of these forums, and they shockingly easy to find and join. I know this, because for my new book The Dark Net, I spent an inordinate amount of time in suicide forums, talking to the people who run or join them.

Melchert-Dinkel is a despicable, disgusting individual who took advantage of desperately ill people for his own voyeuristic pleasure. Yet I also met several people who claimed, surprisingly, that suicide forums had saved their lives. This is because suicide forums are mainly social places for like-minded people to meet and talk. And for people who have suicidal ideation – having somewhere to talk to people who understand and listen can be incredibly helpful. Studies have shown that speaking to people who have first-hand knowledge and experience of your own condition helps to improve self-esteem, boost confidence and aid well-being.

I came across people that had been posting in them for years. One was Al, a moderator of a popular suicide forum, whose site is neither pro- nor anti-suicide. He won’t encourage anyone to take their own life: but nor will he try to talk anyone out of it. (Although he will intervene if the conversation touches on methods or making pacts, both of which are banned – but crucially that was not the case in the forums Melchert-Dinkel used.) Al is 67, and told me that he has been suicidal since his teens. The site, he explained, has helped enormously. I’ve found that just being able to talk about life with others who understand and aren’t judgmental has made it much easier to not jump on the suicide train every time things go south.

Support, he told me, comes in varied forms, and is not always what outsiders might expect. Sometimes the best support we can give is to suggest that certain members be very cautious of their endeavours, because of what could go wrong. For others, just to write I do understand what you’re saying! can be enough to take the immediate pressure off. I think that since we acknowledge the right of our members to feel however they feel – and that includes feeling suicidal – and say what they like in a non-judgmental environment, it relieves, rather than encourages, these suicidal tendencies. What people don’t realise, Al explained, is that theres nowhere else to go.

The internet hasn’t created self-harming behaviour. Self-injury, eating disorders, and suicide rates are not increasing dramatically. In fact, the long-term trends show that suicide rates are falling in the UK – although they remain, of course, far too high. The people who become part of these small worlds are often extremely unwell and in need of professional health care. But the reason so many join these subcultures is because they offer a quick and easy sanctuary, available 24/7.

The real risk is that these forums come to slowly make suicide feel like a solution. A sort of mild encouragement, what the psychologists would call normalisation: where even suicide comes to be seen as a meaningful solution to people’s problems, something that other people do. This is known as the Werther Effect, after the romantic protagonist in Goethes 18th-century novel who committed suicide, sparking a spate of copy cat suicides across Europe.

The problem is that so many of them are unmoderated, and people post under pseudonyms so you so never know who is there. You might get positive and helpful advice, but you might find a Melchert-Dinkel. But whether we like it or not, people increasingly go online to find like-minded people when they are feeling low. And it’s important for sufferers to have somewhere where they can openly talk about suicide, or other mental health conditions. But I’m worried by the number of untrained and often very ill people listening, offering advice, information and mild or even direct encouragement. The answer is not to shut them down, but make sure they are moderated – ideally by health professionals or groups like the Samaritans. People who will listen without judging, and most importantly, are there to help.

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