Mathilde Boussion, Associated Press Updated 10:17 am CST, Saturday, January 5, 2019 Congolese election observers from political parties wait for their shift to observe the count of the presidential ballots from over 900 polling stations at outside a local results compilation center in Kinshasa, Congo, Friday Jan. 4, 2019. CENI said Thursday the results from 20% of the polling stations have been collected. less Congolese election observers from political parties wait for their shift to observe the count of the presidential ballots from over 900 polling stations at outside a local results compilation center in ... more Photo: Jerome Delay, AP Photo: Jerome Delay, AP Image 1 of / 1 Caption Close Image 1 of 1 Congolese election observers from political parties wait for their shift … [Read more...] about US sends troops for possible ‘violent’ Congo vote protests
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Editor’s Note: Ten days after this story about the death of Laura Levis was published on BostonGlobe.com, the leaders of Somerville hospital’s parent company, Cambridge Health Alliance, met with her husband, Peter DeMarco, at the Globe’s Boston office. DeMarco, who had talked about the story on NBC Nightly News and other outlets, had asked CHA nearly a month earlier to answer questions about his wife’s death. * * * SEPTEMBER 16, 2016, 4:23:59 A.M. 911 operator: “This line is recorded. Where is your emergency?” Laura: “I’m at Somerville Hospital.” 911 operator: “I’m sorry. Where are you?” Laura: “Somerville Hospital.” 911 operator: “OK, what’s the emergency?” Laura: “I’m having an asthma attack. I’m dying.” 911 operator: “Whereabouts are you at the hospital?” Laura: “Emergency room.” 911 operator: “OK.” Laura: … [Read more...] about Laura Levis was left to die outside an ER. Why were the doors locked?
By Greg Keraghosian Updated 4:00 am PST, Monday, November 5, 2018 Chinese Embassy Scam (1 of 2) Most call recipients will see an unfamiliar 415 call and ignore it, then delete the Mandarin voicemail they can’t understand. But they’re not the scammers’ target audience. Who is? Chinese-born people living in America. The robocalls vary in their voices and scripts, but they boil down to this: the caller claims to be from their local Chinese consulate, and the target is suspected of committing some kind of financial fraud in China, and there may be a warrant for their arrest. Their family back home in China could be punished for their crimes. When the target calls the number provided, they’re transferred from the “consulate” to another scammer posing as a detective. The target is instructed to resolve the issue by wiring a large sum of money to China that will be “examined,” then returned if found innocent. That … [Read more...] about Everything you need to know about robocalls and other phone scams
Linda Robertson Miami Herald Updated 4:52 PM EDT Oct 8, 2018 The IRS is coming to arrest you for tax evasion. A debt collector requires immediate payment. A hotel chain is offering a free vacation. The electric company will disconnect your service because of an overdue bill. Your credit card company is cutting your interest rate, or notifying you of a security breach. A doctor wants to sell you pills for chronic back pain at a discounted price. In medieval times, the Black Plague descended on mankind. Today, we are consumed by an epidemic of robocalls. Every day, all day, we are assaulted by phone calls from con artists trying to take our money or steal our identities. Even if you’re no chump and don’t fall for the scheme to repair your credit from an Aberdeen, Md., number, or accept the very last chance to avoid appearing before a grand jury by speaking to a federal agent and obtaining your case number from an Oxford, Ohio, number, or receive a free medical alert … [Read more...] about Phone dependency feeds robocall epidemic
Candice Avila-Garcia, San Antonio Express-News Updated 1:05 pm CDT, Wednesday, September 5, 2018 GOAT Meaning: Greatest of all time GOAT Meaning: Greatest of all time Photo: Edward A. Ornelas /San Antonio Express-News Marg Meaning: a cocktail consisting of tequila, lime or lemon juice, and an orange-flavored liqueur Marg Meaning: a cocktail consisting of tequila, lime or lemon juice, and an orange-flavored liqueur Photo: Courtesy La Gloria HangryMeaning: irritable or angry because of hunger Hangry Meaning: irritable or angry because of hunger Photo: Mike Sutter, Staff AdorbsMeaning: extremely charming or appealing Adorbs Meaning: extremely charming or appealing Photo: San Antonio Pets … [Read more...] about New words added to the Merriam-Webster dictionary in 2018