Parents Of 3-Year-Old Girl With Rett Syndrome Raising Awareness Of Rare Disease

Originally posted on CBS Chicago:

(CBS) — It’s a rare disorder with no cure and it strikes without warning, robbing little girls of their ability to walk, talk, eat and even breathe.

In this Original Report, CBS 2’s Mai Martinez takes a look at Rett syndrome and one Chicago family’s fight to raise awareness.

At first glance, Emma Irizarry looks like an average 3-year-old. She’s happy and playful, but her precious smile hides a rare disorder called Rett Syndrome, which affects 1 in every 10-15,000 girls born and is generally fatal to baby boys.

“It clearly is a change in genetic material, in the X chromosome which results in girls having severe developmental problems,” said Rush Pediatric Neurologist Dr. Peter Heydemann.

Dr. Heydemann says it can strike any girl and there are no warning signs.

Emma’s parents suspected something was wrong when she stopped developing as quickly as her twin brother, but knew nothing about…

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Goodie Mob Rapper Khujo Bank Wants Me Out Of My House

Originally posted on 97.9 The Box:

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Goodie Mob’s Rapper Khujo’s house is set for foreclosure according to TMZ reports. Khujo is best know for the 1995 hip-hop group he was in that contained Cee-Lo, Khujo, T-mo and Bigg Gipp. They did the album Soul Food where the phrase “Dirty South” became popular in 1995 too.
Khujo apparently filed for bankruptcy 2 years ago claiming he was worth $300 and was knee deep in debt worth $170K. Khujo has 4 sons and is married and he owes 3 past mortgages worth more than $200K.
Remember, in 2002, Khujo fell asleep at the wheel which severely injured his leg. He later had to get his leg amputated at the knee.
Via:Tmz.com

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California Puts Ban On the Confederate Flag

Originally posted on Black America Web:

Way to go, California!

The state’s buildings are finally kicking the Civil War-era relic to the curb. Beginning in 2015, Confederate flag will no longer be available for sale or on display at government agencies in California. MSNBC’s theGrio has the story:

The law was introduced by Democratic Assemblyman Isadore Hall of Compton after his mom saw a replica Confederate at the Capitol gift shop. As a person of color, Hall says the state should avoid promoting symbols of racism. The gift shop no longer displays or sells the item.

Since it applies only to formal actions of government officials, lawmakers say the new law doesn’t violate free speech. More than this, it still allowed for the flag to be displayed for educational purposes, like in museums or books.

Taking effect in January, the law also does not apply to people who protest or enter state property. 

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Tiger Woods To Open Florida Restaurant Next Year

Originally posted on CBS Miami:

JUPITER, Fla. (AP) — Tiger Woods is trying out some new courses.

The top golfer announced Tuesday he is opening a Florida restaurant called The Woods Jupiter: Sports and Dining Club next year.

A statement issued by developer Allied Capital and Development of South Florida says the property is still in the works, but is expected to be a 5,900-square-foot restaurant. It’s likely to open in the first quarter of 2015.

Woods said in the statement that he envisions “a place where people can meet friends, watch sports on TV and enjoy a great meal.”

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Ferguson Police Chief: Body Cameras Required to be On at Certain Times

Originally posted on CBS St. Louis:

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – The Ferguson police officer shot Saturday was wearing a brand new body camera. So why wasn’t it on?

Ferguson Police Chief Tom Jackson told KMOX’s Mark Reardon Show officers only turn the cameras on when they’re interacting with people, and the officer Saturday was just at a building.

“What he was doing was business check,” Jackson said. “So there’s certain times when the body camera’s required to be on, and when you’re not expecting to be in contact with the public is not one of those times. So he was doing a normal routine business check when he … came upon the shooter.”

Jackson also said he’d like to see political leaders in North St. Louis County “not incite additional protests.”

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