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Here’s an interesting story. A 42-year-old California electrician’s shoulder came into contact with 14,000 volts of electricity. His optic nerve was affected by the burst of electricity. About a month after the incident, the man was complaining of vision problems and his ophthalmologist examined him and found something remarkable. The man had star shaped cataracts in both eyes which were a result of the optic nerve damage. The doctor, an ophthalmology professor at a California university said that the incident is unusual but not unheard of. Evidently, damages from electrical burns in animals show up initially as small bubbles which eventually turn star shaped.
As for the electrician, the cataracts were removed and new lens placed into his eyes however due to the damage to his optic nerve his vision has been detrimentally affected. You can read more about on Livescience or in the January 23rd issue of the New England Journal of Medicine.
There is an interesting case going on in California. Parents of a 17-year-old boy cited for speeding are challenging the citation. It is the battle of GPS vs. Radar – who will win? Radar in legal halls has long been the “unbeatable” benchmark for proving speeding violations. The criteria, the calibration of the radar device and the qualification and certification of the officer using the device are really the only two ways in which it can be possibly challenged successfully. The parents of this boy however are going in a different direction. They are claiming that the boy’s vehicle was equipped with a satellite global positioning system tracking device which in addition to determining where the child was located at any point in time, also tracks the speed of the vehicle. The parents maintained that their teenager was traveling at 45 miles per hour, the posted speed limit when his vehicle was pulled over by the police officer. The officer, who was using radar on the vehicle, maintained that the boy was traveling at 62 miles per hour in a 45 mile per hour zone.
Each side has employed expert testimony in support of their positions. The town has reportedly incurred over $15,000 in preparation for the trial. The case is scheduled to go to trial in next few weeks in California. While the outcome will not be earth-shaking from a legal perspective, it certainly will be interesting.
Evidently a missing 11-year-old girl that was abducted on her way to school in 1991 walked into a California police station and identified herself. The pair, a man and his wife, who supposedly held her all these years were arrested. The now grown woman is being reunited with her family. There will be a news conference later today which will supposedly provide more information. My question would be, why would a 29-year-old woman, suddenly appear in a police station maintaining that she is the kidnapped girl. Why now? What was the chain of events that suddenly caused her to want to turn in her kidnappers and be reunited with her family? Was there a reason or was the woman being held under some type of restraint and this was her chance to break free and seek help? While it is truly amazing and probably surreal for her parents who grieved, I am sure, for the loss of their daughter. Their waking and sleeping hours for a long time after the child’s abduction must have been ruled with all of the horrible things that might have happened. I truly cannot imagine what that phone call and the conversation afterward must have been like.
I will be interested to see when the story unfolds further, what happened during those 18 years and what led to this woman coming forward at this point in time.