Flu 2018: What You Should Know About the Upcoming Flu Season | Fortune

The 2018-2019 flu season is fast approaching. Here’s what you should know.

The summer isn’t a ripe time for most influenza strains because, researchers posit, the cold and dry weather conditions of the fall and winter make it easier for flu viruses to thrive (dryness and low humidity may actually also make it easier for the flu to attack the lungs). That’s not to say it never happens—but usually, people who present flu-like symptoms in the late summer or beginning of September (such as fever, body aches, a cough, congestion, diarrhea, etc.) actually have some other kind of virus such as the one that causes gastroenteritis (which is commonly, and misleadingly, referred to as the stomach flu).

So how long is the flu season?

The more commonly accepted timeline of the flu season, when people are usually hospitalized for flu and flu-like illnesses, lasts between October and late April/early May. Peak flu season most commonly occurs between December and February, with February typically presenting the highest number of cases, according to CDC data. That trend will likely hold true for the 2018 season, too.

Source: Flu 2018: What You Should Know About the Upcoming Flu Season | Fortune

Man intentionally crashes truck into FOX 4 studios in Dallas, starts ‘ranting’ before arrest, officials say | Fox News

A man who was upset about an officer-involved shooting intentionally crashed his truck into the side of the studios for FOX 4 in Dallas early Wednesday before jumping out of the vehicle and started ranting before he was arrested, officials said.

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The Office: Things That Make No Sense About Michael Scott

Michael Scott was an essential, yet ridiculous character on The Office. Because of this, there are many things about him that don’t add up.

In the pilot of The Office, he closes a sale with ease, but mistakenly refers to the female client as “sir.” He deflects the embarrassment by claiming that she must have been a smoker.

Throughout the series, Michael makes similar blunders, much to the chagrin of his co-workers and whoever else he surrounds himself with.

After the first season, Michael becomes a much more sympathetic and likable character. The mistakes, bizarre decisions, and ignorance continue, but they become somewhat endearing.

Viewers still continue to cringe as they watch Michael make a fool of himself, but they also have reverence for him at the same time.

The result of this is Michael Scott becoming one of the most interesting characters in modern sitcom – a lovable goofball that provides countless laughs.

The Office takes its viewers on a journey with Michael as he manages, or tries to manage, a simple paper company. Along the way, there are a lot of decisions that just do not make much sense. Some of them are simple head-scratchers made by Michael’s character while others are bizarre decisions made by the writers of the show.

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Jeannette teen identified as victim in fatal train accident | TribLIVE

A train struck and killed a 16-year-old boy Tuesday morning in Jeannette, according to a Westmoreland County 911 dispatcher and the coroner’s office.

The coroner’s office identified the teen as Jonathon Brown of Jeanette and said he died from blunt force injuries.

The coroner’s office said Brown was walking east on the track. A Norfolk Southern conductor and engineer saw him about 7:30 a.m. on the tracks near Magee Avenue and Sixth Street. The train’s brakes were activated and its horn sounded, but Brown remained on the track, according to investigators.

Source: Jeannette teen identified as victim in fatal train accident | TribLIVE

South Africa munitions depot explosion kills 8 | Fox News

South African authorities say at least eight people have been killed in an explosion at a munitions plant near Cape Town.

Investigators are trying to determine the cause of the blast at the Rheinmetall Denel Munition depot, which shook homes and rattled windows in the area on Monday.

According to the African News Agency, Cape Town fire official Theo Layne says eight people died.

An emergency vehicle leaves the Rheinmetall Denel Munition depot, at Somerset West, near Cape Town, South Africa, Monday, Sept. 3, 2018. Authorities say at least 8 people have been killed in an explosion at the munitions plant with investigators trying to determine the cause of the blast which shook homes and rattled windows in the area. (AP Photo)

The cause of the blast was under investigation.  (AP Photo)

The agency, which is based in South Africa, says several people are missing and that firefighters went to the scene to extinguish the flames.

Denel, South Africa’s state-owned arms manufacturer, has a large stake in Rheinmetall Denel Munition.

 

Source: South Africa munitions depot explosion kills 8 | Fox News

Nothing Left Of $400K GoFundMe For Homeless Philly Man: Attorney | Philadelphia, PA Patch

The drama surrounding a $400,000 GoFundMe account established for a homeless Philadelphia veteran continues.

The drama surrounding a $400,000 GoFundMe account established for a homeless Philadelphia veteran continued this week as the attorney representing Johnny Bobbit Jr. said the money is all gone.

Last month, the “paying it forward” fundraiser went from heartwarming to downright ugly after the New Jersey couple was accused by Bobbit — the man they were supposed to be helping — of using the funds for lavish trips and other personal expenses.

Bobbit filed a lawsuit against the couple, Kate McClure and Mark D’Amico. The couple was subsequently ordered to turn over the remainder of the $400,000 raised for Bobbit, a former Marine, to his attorney. They were also ordered to provide information on how the rest of the money was spent.

Source: Nothing Left Of $400K GoFundMe For Homeless Philly Man: Attorney | Philadelphia, PA Patch

More sick in Honey Smacks salmonella outbreak, CDC says

Honey Smacks are still being sold despite a total recall, the FDA reports.

Another 30 people have been reported ill in an outbreak of salmonella linked to Honey Smacks cereal, and some stores are still selling the recalled product, federal health officials said Tuesday.

No one should be buying or selling any form of Honey Smacks, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said.

“Since the last update on July 12, 2018, 30 more illnesses have been reported, bringing the total to 130 cases from 36 states,” the CDC said in a statement.

It said 34 were sick enough to be hospitalized, although no one has died. Three more states have been added to the list of places where people have become ill: Delaware, Maine and Minnesota.

Source: More sick in Honey Smacks salmonella outbreak, CDC says