Category: Cronkite News

Laser beams pointed at aircraft a growing problem in the US

Samantha Witherwax Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2015 Laser beams pointed at aircraft a growing problem in the US More than 170 times last year, someone pointed a laser at an aircraft in Arizona, according to data compiled by the Federal Aviation Administration, and pilots and passengers are in agreement that the perpetrators need to be punished. American Airlines Flight 563 from Phoenix to San Diego reported a green laser being shone at the plane minutes before landing on Tuesday night. The plane landed safely and the FAA declined to comment on the report. This incident shines a brighter light on the issue of intentional laser interference. “It’s definitely very dangerous because best case scenario, it’s momentarily distracting and blinding,” pilot Michael Cawley said. “Worst case scenario you can cause permanent eye damage, which would end a pilot’s career.” And then there’s the danger to the plane and its passengers. “When people are shining lasers on an airplane that’s coming in to land, you’re endangering potentially several hundred lives at once.” Cawley said. “There is a reason it’s a federal crime.” Gathering passengers and pilots opinions on aircraft laser pointing today with @mitchTquesada . Stay tuned @cronkitenews to find out more. — Sammy Witherwax (@sammy_witherwax) October 28, 2015 Passenger Jessica Laesii, who was at Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport on Wednesday, said that if she were on a plane with a laser...

Read More

When it comes to fighting cancer through diet, it’s all about moderation

Jesse A. Millard Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2015 When it comes to fighting cancer through diet, it’s all about moderation You don’t have to go vegetarian. If you heard Monday’s World Health Organization report that stated processed meat causes colorectal cancer, and wish to mitigate those risks, then consider moderation in your diet, said a Mayo Clinic oncologist. “If we encourage moderation across our population, that will be beneficial to those who are at somewhat increased risk of cancer if they also moderate their behaviors,” said Dr. Donald Northfelt, a professor of medicine at Mayo who specializes in cancer clinical studies and survivorship. It’s just like with alcohol consumption, Northfelt said, if someone is more susceptible to cancer, excess alcohol consumption would give them a boost in cancer risk. The information from the report will be “powerful” to help people avoid cancer risk, Northfelt said. The WHO report states each 50 gram portion of processed meat eaten daily, which would only be about two strips of bacon, increases the risk of colorectal cancer by 18 percent. And the risks increase with the amount of meat consumed, the report stated. When Northfelt meets with patients who wish to avoid cancer or who have cancer already, he places a strong emphasis on personal behaviors, such as smoking, nutrition and physical activity. “I’ll point out that the cancer risk associated with eating processed...

Read More

After 11-year break, IndyCar will return to Phoenix International Raceway

Maria Vasquez Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2015 After 11-year break, IndyCar will return to Phoenix International Raceway The Verizon IndyCar Series will return to Phoenix International Raceway (PIR) for the first time in over a decade. PIR President Bryan Sperber and Jay Frye, chief revenue officer for Hulman Motorsports, announced Tuesday that the Phoenix Grand Prix will run Saturday, April 2, 2016, under the lights in Avondale. “We’re tremendously excited about this,” Sperber said. “It’s been something a lot of race fans, not just here in the Valley but across the country, have been looking forward to for a long time.” The Phoenix Grand Prix will be the second race on the Verizon IndyCar Series 2016 schedule. The track will give racers a good opportunity to prepare for the Indianapolis 500. PIR is the only oval before the big race at the storied oval at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. “Next year will be the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500, so to come back onto the schedule during this historic season, just means the world to all of us at PIR,” Sperber said. PIR is one of seven venues on the 2016 schedule that has hosted 25 or more IndyCar races. In fact, it is second to only Indianapolis Motor Speedway. “It’s a big deal,” Frye said. “There’s an incredible amount of history here.” From its opening in 1964 to the...

Read More

Jeremy Goltz: ASU hockey’s untold story

Cori Crenshaw Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2015 Jeremy Goltz: ASU hockey’s untold story On Nov. 18, 2014, Arizona State University’s club hockey program announced it was moving to Division I NCAA. The news was extraordinary. Local and national media heralded a new era for ASU hockey. However, a piece of the past was missing in all of the celebration: Jeremy Goltz, the head coach who turned the program around and set it on the course that led it to the highest level of college athletics. “Back when Jeremy and I started together we never thought ASU would go NCAA Division I,” said Greg Powers, ASU hockey’s current head coach and Goltz’s assistant coach at ASU from 2008 to 2010, when the team played in the American Collegiate Hockey Association (ACHA). “We were just focused on building a solid foundation and on developing and growing the best ACHA program available. We were able to do that and it resulted in this whole thing happening.” In 2008, Goltz took a chance when a member of ASU Hockey’s Oversight Committee, Wayne Reid, approached him about reinventing ASU’s hockey program. Goltz’s brother, Hayden, is an alumnus of ASU hockey, so Jeremy knew the program, which at the time was not held in high esteem nationally or locally. It had endured a 74-game losing streak against the University of Arizona. UA was viewed as being...

Read More

Data visualization: Newborn drug exposures

Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2015 Data visualization: Newborn drug exposures The following graphics depict the number of newborns — born in a hospital — who exhibited signs of Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome or exposure to various drugs between 2008 and 2014. The study, conducted by Office of Injury Prevention Arizona Department of Health Services this past July, looked at newborns who were exposed to hallucinogens, cocaine, narcotics and alcohol. Hover over the data for more information. (Graphic by Sara Weber/Cronkite...

Read More