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Country singers Ty Herndon and Billy Gilman come out as gay

By Dorothy Frazier

There are plenty of country songs about how to be a man. One way is to face the music, and two country crooners did that on Thursday.

Ty Herndon and Billy Gilman came out as being gay.

Ty Herndon (left) and Billy Gilman (right), both country music singers announced publicly they are gay. (Photos: Ty Herndon/Twitter, Billy Gilman/YouTube)

Herdon went first, in interviews with People Magazine and Entertainment Tonight. His revelation inspired Gilman to do go public as well.

Gilman posted a message to YouTube, thanking Herndon for breaking the ice. He preferred telling his fans directly, from the comfort of home, to sitting down with the press, he said.

But an encounter with a journalist also prodded him to spill the beans before someone else did. The reporter bumped into Gilman in a public place and snapped a photo of him — with his partner.

“It was in that moment that I knew that I’d rather it be from me than you reading it somewhere else,” Gilman told fans. He also feared being ripped over his sexuality in an article.

Country and LGBTQ

In the genre of country, Thursday’s tune was a tough one to sing, Gilman said. “Being a gay, male country artist is not the best thing.”

At age 26, he’s had a long career, having rocketed up the charts at age 11 with his then silky, pre-voice-change alto pipes, according to his biography on AllMusic.com.

But currently, he’s hitting snags.

Rumors about his sexual orientation have been going around, he said, and he thinks major music labels may have thumbed their noses at him over it.

“I knew something was wrong when no major label wanted to sit down and have a meeting and listen to the new stuff,” he said.

In his video, he turned directly to fans with his latest song, giving them a preview on his laptop of the music video to “Say you Will,” which is still in edit.

Facing fans on Monday

“Today, I get to tell the world that I’m an out, proud and happy gay man,” he told “People.” But he’s worried how fans will take the news.

He may find out in just three days, when he performs at the “Mother Church of Country Music,” the Ryman Auditorium.

It’s home to the Grand Ole Opry.

Herndon is playing a Christmas charity bash for children in need along with Charlie Daniels, Phil Vassar, Andy Griggs and Jamie O’Neal.

The Ryman has said the concert would be sold out.

Herndon, 52, is hopeful he won’t face outrage, because he thinks attitudes are changing in the country scene.

Singer Chely Wright came out in 2010 and the open-minded Kacey Musgraves has a song titled “Follow Your Arrow” that was just named the Country Music Association song of the year.

“I felt so proud of my city,” he said. “I hope that trend continues; I pray it does.”

Faith and fear

As a child, Herndon, a devout Christian, was stricken with fear over his sexual feelings.

“I was 10, sitting in church and horrified that I might be a homosexual. Whatever that word meant, I knew that I probably was one,” Herndon told “People.” “And I know there’s a lot of those kids still out there. Telling my story is an opportunity to help just one of them.”

He started coming out to family members in his 20s. But the “What Mattered Most” singer, who had a number of hits in the 1990s, kept the news close to the vest.

It wasn’t until he attended a Tony Robbins seminar in 2009 that he decided to become more public, he told the magazine.

“I realized I had an incredible story that could possibly help someone’s son or daughter or grandchild’s life not be as difficult as mine has been,” he said. “Maybe they wouldn’t have to go through as much pain and suffering. It’s time to tell my truth.”

Dropping hints?

Some of the conflict between Herndon’s sexuality and his faith bled through a song he published last year — “Lies I Told Myself.” A sign with the word “Equality” has the most prominent place in the music video.

“Yeah, praying’s just a waste of time, so why even start,” the last verse begins. “The good Lord ain’t got time for guys like me. Forgiven’s something you won’t ever be.”

A handwritten sign appears in that verse. It reads, “I’m a sinner.”

Herndon has since reconciled who he is with God, he said. He loves God, and God loves him back.

One of the lies he told himself, he said to “Entertainment Tonight,” was that he can’t be gay and be in country music at the same time.

Now, he thinks that’s not true.

News Source: FOX31

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President Obama heads to Las Vegas to rally support for immigration overhaul, report

Published by EOTM News Editor on November 20th, 2014 - in Breaking News, News and Politics, Politics, World News

By Tammy Blanks

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President Obama: “I’ll introduce my own immigration bill if Congress doesn’t move”

Determined to go it alone, President Obama will head to Nevada on Friday to sign an executive order granting “deferred action” to two illegal immigrant groups- parents of United States citizens or legal permanent residents who have been in the country for five years, and young people who who were brought into the country illegally as of 2010.

Obama: I'll introduce my own immigration bill if Congress doesn't move

Obama will sign the executive order at the same Las Vegas high school where he unveiled his sweeping blueprint for a national immigration overhaul nearly two years ago.

Hispanics are a growing and powerful constituency in Nevada and the state serves as fertile ground for the president to rally public support.

During a 15-minute primetime speech Thursday, Obama said his administration will start accepting applications from illegal immigrants who seek the deferred actions.

Those who qualify will be granted protections for three years, Obama said, as he laid out his sweeping plan to the public Thursday night from the East Room of the White House.

“Mass amnesty would be unfair,” Obama said during the primetime address. “Mass deportation would be both impossible and contrary to our character.”

Obama, who pitched his plan as a “commonsense, middle ground approach,” said “if you meet the criteria, you can come out of the shadows and get right with the law” but warned “if you’re a criminal, you’ll be deported.”

The president did not specify how many in each “deferred action” group would be granted the new status. According to recent reports, the parental group could involve upwards of 4.5 million immigrants, with those brought into the country illegally making up close to 300,000 new applications. There are an estimated 11 million people living in the country illegally.

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But Republicans have been quick to criticize and say the executive action is an example of Obama stretching his powers as president.

Even before the speech, conservatives said they were willing to do whatever was necessary to stop Obama’s plan.

Kentucky Sen. Mitch McConnell, who will become the majority leader in January when the new congressional class is sworn-in, said Obama would regret choosing to ignore the will of the American people.

McConnell, who made his statements from the Senate floor Thursday morning, has led the charge against the president and has promised a legislative fight when Republicans take full control of Congress in 2015.

“If President Obama acts in defiance of the people and imposes his will on the country, Congress will act,” McConnell said.

Utah Rep Jason Chaffetz, who will replace Rep. Darrell Issa as chair of the House Oversight Committee, told Fox News that the president’s timing on announcing the plan was “crystal clear.”

“It’s all about politics,” Chaffetz said. “He just got slaughtered in an election.”

Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, said in an op-ed in Politico Wednesday that if Obama acts, the new GOP majority in the Senate should retaliate by not acting on a single one of his nominees – executive or judicial – “so long as the illegal amnesty persists.”

News Source: FOX News

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All three North Texas contestants stay alive on ‘The Voice’

Published by EOTM News Editor on November 20th, 2014 - in Entertainment News, Music News, Pop Culture, Reality TV

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The second week of live performance rounds on The Voice concluded Tuesday, with all three North Texas-bred contestants advancing to the top 10.

From left, Jessie Pitts, Reagan James, Luke Wade, Sugar Joans, Taylor John Wiliams, Ryan Sill, Damien Lawson and Chris Jamison - Image credit: Tyler Golden/NBC NBC

Burleson’s Reagan James, Fort Worth’s Luke Wade and Mesquite native Craig Wayne Boyd were saved by America’s votes, which consist of a numerical web involving iTunes sales, votes via Internet and votes on The Voice’s smartphone app.

Jessie Pitts, from coach Blake Shelton’s team, and Sugar Joans, from coach Pharrell Williams’ team, were the two singers eliminated.

But as host Carson Daly explained at the beginning of the hourlong results show, those knocked out from now on have a chance to get back into the competition. All singers cut in the next few weeks will be brought back later in the season to perform again, with the resulting top vote-getter being added back as what Daly called “the fourth wild card finalist.”

While James and Boyd didn’t have to wait too long for the good news, Wade had to sweat it out until 40 minutes into the program.

Wade, whose Monday night performance of Ed Sheeran’s Thinking Out Loud was marred by a momentary miscue, was visibly anxious as other contestants were saved, and seemed quite relieved when his name, the last of the artists saved by public votes, was called.

James, who gave a soulful reading Monday of Lenny Kravitz’s It Ain’t Over Till It’s Over, and Boyd, who smoldered through George Strait’s You Look So Good in Love on Monday, also participated in a rendition on Tuesday with Shelton, their coach, of Elton John’s Sad Songs (Say So Much).

With Tuesday’s drama safely behind them, the three remaining North Texas artists turn their attention to next week’s live performances, and the arrival of new guest mentors, including Diana Ross, Fall Out Boy’s Patrick Stump, Colbie Caillat and All About That Bass singer Meghan Trainor.

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Charles Manson’s notoriety helps puts Corcoran on the map

CORCORAN — There’s no escaping Charles Manson in Corcoran, a city in Kings County once associated with cotton instead of a mass murderer.

Charles Manson and Afton Elaine Burton - Photo credit: MansonDirect.com/POLARIS

The reality of that was driven home for Nancy Molina, a school aide who lives there, during an Amtrak trip from Corcoran to Hanford and back.

When announcing the next station, “the conductor said ‘Corcoran, the home of Charles Manson,’ ” she said. “Really? That’s what we’re remembered for?”

Corcoran was catapulted into the news again this week when the Associated Press reported that Manson, 80, might get married to a 26-year-old woman.

The story made headlines worldwide.

The AP reported that Manson had gotten a license to marry Afton Elaine Burton, although no wedding date had been set. The couple has 90 days to tie the knot.

She visits him at Corcoran State Prison, a maximum security prison, and lives at Corcoran Gardens, a low-income apartment complex on the south edge of town that is relatively close to the penitentiary.

Reached by telephone Tuesday, Burton politely said she wasn’t giving media interviews “right now” and referred a Bee reporter to her agent. Agent James McGrath said “there was no interest” in doing interviews with reporters at present.

Manson has been housed at Corcoran State Prison since 1989, so it’s probably no surprise that his name has become synonymous with the city.

Kings County Supervisor Richard Valle, who is from Corcoran and still lives there, is in Orange County this week attending a California State Association of Counties meeting.

The news about the potential Manson marriage broke just as he arrived, he said.

“The people who are aware of where I’m from, that’s the topic of conversation,” Valle said.

Corcoran officially has a population of about 22,500, and that includes Manson and another 10,500 inmates as of the beginning of this year.

Before the arrival of twin prisons and infamous inmates such as Manson and Sirhan Sirhan, Corcoran was best known as the place where farming giant J.G. Boswell, a major local employer, grew cotton and other crops.

But the prison industry brought another dimension to the economy.

Besides the maximum security Corcoran State Prison, there also is the Substance Abuse Treatment Facility. Both are outside the main part of town. Combined, the two facilities have 4,000 employees and a budget of nearly $400 million.

Corcoran Council Member Jerry Robertson said the negativity of having Manson’s name associated with the city “pales in comparison” to the positive economic benefit the prisons bring to the region.

“It’s big,” Robertson said. “The prison puts millions of dollars into the economy every month.”

The woman that Manson might marry apparently has lived in Corcoran for several years but keeps a low profile.

Frank Chavez, a retired J.G. Boswell Co. employee and longtime Corcoran resident, lives in a home neighboring the apartment complex. He said he did not know that anyone associated with Manson lived in the neighborhood.

“It doesn’t bother me as long as they keep him in there,” he said.

He added that he opposes Manson and Burton having children. As a life prisoner with no parole date, Manson is not eligible for so-called “family visits,” the prison system said.

But inmates are allowed to marry under a provision of state law sometimes referred to as “the inmate Bill of Rights,” said Terry Thornton, deputy press secretary for the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.

That’s why each prison has a “marriage coordinator” who serves as a liaison between the inmate and the county clerk’s office, she said. However, the marriage coordinator does not function as a “wedding planner,” she said.

Corcoran resident Leo Weiskircher, owner of Weis Acres Used Books, said he sells books via Amazon.com and Manson’s name sometimes comes in handy.

“In some way, his notoriety is a form of publicity,” he said. “That’s how we identify where we are to our customers back east.”

News Source: Fresnobee.com

 

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FBI warns law enforcement about violence after Ferguson ruling

By Tanya Blake

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Authorities in the central U.S. state of Missouri are not the only ones worried about potential violence as the city of Ferguson awaits a grand jury decision in the fatal police shooting of teenager Michael Brown.

Supporters of the late Michael Brown confront Pattie Canter, right, who backs police officer Darren Wilson, in a street demonstration in Clayton, Missouri, Nov. 17, 2014.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation said the announcement in the racially charged case “will likely be exploited by some individuals to justify threats and attacks against law enforcement and critical infrastructure.” The agency issued the warning a few days ago in a bulletin obtained by news outlets.

A grand jury decision on whether to charge police officer Darren Wilson is expected this month. The August 9 shooting has already ignited racial tensions in the St. Louis suburb and spurred violence, as Brown was black and Wilson is white.

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon declared a state of emergency Monday ahead of the decision. The order authorizes the National Guard to be deployed. Officials said the troops will serve in a backup role to assist police.

Demonstrators prepare

Demonstrators gathered Monday in Clayton, Missouri, in anticipation of the grand jury’s report. The grand jury has been hearing evidence there.

The FBI warned those looking to exploit public demonstrations could be armed. But it underscored its support for lawful protests, stressing “the importance of remaining aware of the protections afforded to all U.S. persons exercising their First Amendment rights.”

The grand jury’s decision on whether to indict Wilson has the potential to inspire public outbursts no matter which way it rules. But officials are particularly concerned that no indictment could trigger violence.

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Brown was unarmed when Wilson shot him. The officer reportedly stopped the teen and a friend as they were walking in the middle of a street.

Witnesses said Brown had his arms raised in surrender and was shot multiple times even though he had run from Wilson.

But a review of the 18-year-old’s official autopsy report found Brown may have been reaching for the officer’s weapon as police officials have reported. It indicates Brown’s wounds were consistent with Wilson’s reported claim that he and Brown struggled inside his police car.

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One Direction and U2 Gather To Record ‘Band Aid’ single For Ebola

By Dorothy Frazier

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LONDON – Boy band One Direction and U2 lead singer Bono joined some of the biggest names in British pop and rock music on Saturday to record a new version of the Band Aid charity song to raise money to combat Ebola in Africa.

One Direction - Image credit: Getty

The single, “Do They Know It’s Christmas?”, was first recorded 30 years ago after musician and philanthropist Bob Geldof inspired a host of stars to come together under the Band Aid name to help those affected by famine in Ethiopia.

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The song has been given a makeover, with words to the original version which he co-wrote with Midge Ure changed to reflect the current crisis.

“The record, it’s a song, it’s a track but it’s an event, and the next stage now is to turn it into a phenomenon like it was in the 80s,” Geldof told BBC TV as he arrived at a recording studio in west London.

He said he had spoken to British finance minister George Osborne who had agreed to forego the usual tax owed to the government from sales of the record.

Rhapsody Music Service“It very much reminds me of 30 years ago. Everyone’s bleary, pop singers, as George Osborne said, are not very good in the morning,” said Geldof, who was frontman for Irish new wave band The Boomtown Rats.

The original song from 1984, which raised 8 million pounds ($11 million), featured some of the era’s biggest acts including U2′s Bono, George Michael and David Bowie. It has been re-recorded twice in 1989 and 2004.

Bono will be joined this time by Robert Plant, frontman of rock band Led Zeppelin, Coldplay lead singer Chris Martin and singers Ed Sheeran and Sam Smith.

“It’s huge to be involved,” Niall Horan from One Direction told the BBC.

“Hopefully it goes to number one and raises a lot of money for a really worthy cause.”

Geldof earlier this week decided to remake the single after the United Nations contacted him, saying help was urgently needed to prevent the disease from spreading beyond West Africa.

Ebola has killed more than 5000 people since it broke out in West Africa earlier this year according to the World Health Organization, mostly in Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea.

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News Source: TheAge.com

 

 

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Peter Kassig video suggests he fought his captors, report

Published by EOTM News Editor on November 17th, 2014 - in Breaking News, ISIS/ISIL, News and Politics, World News

By Tanya Blake


A former roommate of Peter Kassig, the former U.S. Army Ranger and American aid worker who was beheaded by Islamic State militants, says the unusual nature of the video released by the group announcing his killing Sunday suggests the 26-year-old fought his execution.

On the first day of October in 2013, Peter Kassig was leading a convoy carrying supplies to a hospital near Deir al-Zour, Syria. A year earlier, he had founded a humanitarian aid organization called Special Emergency Response and Assistance (SERA), and he had just used donations flowing in from the United States to purchase supplies. He knew eastern Syria was no place for Westerners — or Syrians. Still, he insisted on leading the mission to help refugees of Syria’s civil war.

Peter Kassig standing in front of a truck filled with supplies for Syrian refugees. (AP Photo/Courtesy Kassig Family, File)

He was captured at the Islamic State checkpoint in Raqqah, a stronghold for the violent group.

Word soon started to spread. His parents, Ed and Paula Kassig, heard the news through a friend, but the militants threatened to kill their son unless they kept quiet. They requested a media blackout and stayed silent for more than year.

In captivity, Kassig converted to Islam and changed his name to Abdul-Rahman.

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“I am obviously pretty scared to die but the hardest part is not knowing, wondering, hoping, and wondering if I should even hope at all,” he wrote ina letter to his parents last June. “If I do die, I figure that at least you and I can seek refuge and comfort in knowing that I went out as a result of trying to alleviate suffering and helping those in need.”

In a video released Sunday, the Islamic State beheaded Kassig, 26, the fifth Western hostage murdered by militants on video. It came weeks after thegroup said it would kill him because of the U.S. bombing campaign in Syria.

Peter Kassig, the U.S. aid worker beheaded by Islamic State militants, was remembered Sunday for his devotion to helping Syrians. President Obama praised Kassig as a humanitarian killed in “an act of pure evil.” (Reuters)

On Sunday, his parents asked people not to focus on his murder and, instead, to keep “his legacy alive.”

“We prefer our son is written about and remembered for his important work and the love he shared with friends and family, not in the manner the hostage takers would use to manipulate Americans and further their cause,” they said in a statement reported by the Indianapolis Star.

Peter Kassig with his parents, Ed and Paula Kassig. (AP Photo/Courtesy Kassig Family)

Kassig was an only child who grew up in Broad Ripple, Ind., a small town outside Indianapolis. His father taught science, and his mother worked as a nurse. He ran track and played guitar. And after he graduated from high school, he reportedly joined the U.S. Army Rangers and served four months in Iraq. Then he was honorably discharged for medical reasons.

He got married and divorced. He took some college courses. He trained as an emergency medical technician. Then, in 2012, he told his parents he finally found his calling.

Kassig wanted to help others. During spring break in 2012, he flew to Lebanon while studying political science at Butler University. Then he canceled his return flight home.

“Here, in this land, I have found my calling,” he wrote in an e-mail to friends and teachers, the Indianapolis Star reported. “Yesterday my life was laid out on a table in front of me. With only hours left before my scheduled flight back to the United States, I watched people dying right in front of me. I had seen it before and I had walked away before…. I have run until I could not run any more.”
Peter Kassig’s former professor from Butler University in Indianapolis describes Kassig as an empathetic person who wanted to heal the “brokenness of the world.” Kassig was killed by Islamic State militants. (AP)

A certified EMT, Kassig spent several months volunteering at a refugee hospital in Tripoli. Lebanon. Then he moved to Beirut and, at age 24, founded SERA, an aid organization that provides medical training and treatment in areas that other humanitarian organizations can’t reach, including corners of Lebanon, Syria and Turkey.

Those who knew him said it was his drive that set him apart.

“While friends drank beer at bars on Gemmayze Street, Kassig grabbed camping gear and set out for the mountains,” journalist Joshua Hersh wrote in the New Yorker. “He visited the Palestinian refugee camps that dot the landscape around Beirut, thinking about ways to bring solar power and other utilities into those neglected communities. Later, as the war in Syria encroached on Lebanon’s borders, sending desperate and wounded civilians into rural communities in the north, Kassig traveled to Tripoli to volunteer his services at a clinic, suturing wounds and comforting the dying.”

Before his capture, Kassig said in an interview that he hoped he made an impact in some small way.

“How much did I impact the political situation inside Syria? None. How much did I impact the political situation back home? None,” he said in the recording. “But — what I did do is over a period of time, in that hospital, I was able to share a little bit of hope and comfort with some people. They were able to teach me a little bit about themselves that I wouldn’t have known otherwise. And we each were given an opportunity to look at the conflict in a different way.”

After his capture, Kassig remained strong in letters he wrote to his parents, saying, “all in all I am holding my own.”

“I hope that this all has a happy ending but it may very well be coming down to the wire here, and if in fact that is the case then I figured it was time to say a few things that need saying before I have to go,” he wrote. “They tell us you have abandoned us and/or don’t care but of course we know you are doing everything you can and more. Don’t worry Dad, if I do go down, I won’t go thinking anything but what I know to be true. That you and mom love me more than the moon and the stars.”

In October, Kassig appeared in an Islamic State video showing the beheading of British aid worker Alan Henning. The militants announced Kassig would be next, and his parents started speaking out. They released pieces of their son’s last letters and started talking to the news media. They begged for his safe return.

“I am hoping that he will somehow hear of this and of other conversations we’ve had or other times we’ve spoken in public,” Paula Kassig told NBC News. “That way he’ll know that we haven’t forgotten him, we haven’t abandoned him and we certainly do love him.”

On Sunday, his parents said they were “heartbroken” by his death but “incredibly proud” of the life he lived.

“We each get one life and that’s it. We get one shot at this and we don’t get any do-overs, and for me, it was time to put up or shut up,” he told CNN in 2012. “The way I saw it, I didn’t have a choice. This is what I was put here to do. I guess I am just a hopeless romantic, and I am an idealist, and I believe in hopeless causes.”

Source: Washington Post


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Doctor dies after ‘false negative’ Ebola test

Friends, family and fellow physicians expressed sorrow Monday for the death of a surgeon who died of the Ebola virus at a specialized biomedical unit in Nebraska after contracting the disease while working in Sierra Leone.

(Photo: Mike DuBose, United Methodist News Service, via European Pressphoto Agency)

Martin Salia, whose family lives in Maryland, was flown to Omaha from Sierra Leone on Saturday and rushed to the Nebraska Medical Center’s Biocontainment Unit. He died about 36 hours later.

Salia tested negative for the disease on Nov. 7, days after becoming ill. He tested positive Nov. 10.

“It is with an extremely heavy heart that we share this news,” Phil Smith, medical director of the Biocontainment Unit at the hospital said. “Dr. Salia was extremely critical when he arrived here, and unfortunately, despite our best efforts, we weren’t able to save him.”

Smith said “false negative” test results are possible in the first days of symptoms when the viral load is relatively low. Daniel Johnson, director of critical care at Nebraska Medical Center, said Salia was critically ill when he arrived at the hospital, where the medical team quickly had to combat kidney and respiratory failure.

Salia was placed on dialysis, required a ventilator and received plasma from a surviving Ebola patient, the physicians said. Multiple medications included experimental ZMapp therapy, a new drug that has shown promise in fighting the disease.

“We used every possible treatment available to give Dr. Salia every possible opportunity for survival,” Smith said. “As we have learned, early treatment with these patients is essential. In Dr. Salia’s case, his disease was already extremely advanced by the time he came here for treatment.”

Salia is the second person to die of Ebola in the United States. A Liberian man living in Texas, Thomas Eric Duncan, contracted the disease in his native country but was not diagnosed until after his return to Dallas. He died Oct. 8. Eight other people treated for the disease in the United States, including two at Nebraska Medical Center, survived.

The U.S. Embassy in Freetown said Salia paid for his evacuation. The travel costs and care of other Ebola patients flown to the U.S. were covered by the groups they worked for in West Africa.

Salia’s wife, Isatu Salia, said her husband believed he had malaria or typhoid after initially testing negative for Ebola. Salia said her husband worked frequently in Africa because he felt he was needed there, she said. Salia had been working primarily at a hospital in Freetown that is not an Ebola treatment unit, but Salia worked in at least three other facilities in Sierra Leone, officials said.

The medical crew transporting Salia, 44, to Nebraska had determined he was critically ill and “possibly sicker than the first patients successfully treated in the United States.”

Patients infected with the Ebola virus require a large number of staffers and around-the-clock care. Nebraska Medical Center has one of four U.S. special biomedical facilities, born in the aftermath of the 2001 terrorist attacks, actually designed to protect against bio­terrorism. The others are Emory University Hospital in Atlanta, St. Patrick Hospital in Missoula, Mont., and the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Md.

Ebola has killed more than 5,000 people in West Africa, mostly in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea.

“We’re very grateful for the efforts of the team led by Dr. Smith,” Isatu Salia said Monday. “In the short time we spent here, it was apparent how caring and compassionate everyone was. We are so appreciative of the opportunity for my husband to be treated here and believe he was in the best place possible.”

Source: USA Today

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Solange gets Married! PICS

By Tawanda Cawthon

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Solange Knowles, 28, is married! The baby sister of Beyoncé wed Alan Ferguson in New Orleans on Sunday. Check out some of the amazing pictures courtesy of the family below.

Solange with new hubby Alan Ferguson -- Image Credit: Getty Images

The happy couple said “I do” at the Marigny Opera House in New Orleans. Around 2 p.m., the pair arrived via white-painted vintage bicycles, and it was all about the details: The bride’s basket held flowers!

“Beaming. Calm. They looked pretty calm, relaxed on their wedding day. Definitely happy,” according to PEOPLE.

Solange's wedding Party - Image credit: Beyonce

Ferguson, 51, has directed videos for Katy Perry and John Legend, and won a BET Award for Best Video Director for co-directing Beyoncé’s “Party” and “Dance for You” music videos.

This is the second marriage for Solange, she has a 10 year old son, Daniel Julez with ex-husband Daniel Smith.

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Congrats to the happy couple!

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