Monday, January 30, 2006

Canadian miners rescued -- Safe thanks to emergency supplies

Rescuers Bring Up All 72 Canadian Miners
Rescuers retrieved all 72 central Canadian potash miners who were trapped underground by a fire and survived until Monday by using oxygen, food and water stored in subterranean emergency chambers.

I've wondered, in the face of the two recent US mine disasters, why the mines don't put in emergency supplies for the miners. It'd be easy enough, and comparatively cheap, to make boxes with oxygen tanks, water, MREs, and maybe even a few space blankets, and deploy them throughout a mine. The Canadians were doing it. Why aren't we?

Saturday, January 21, 2006

Little boy with cancer needs help

A fun has been set up for Jacob Powell, a 10-year-old boy with juvenile nasopharyngeal angiofibroma carcinoma. The fund is at First Altoona Savings. You can contact Edna Louk at 814-356-9972. You can also email Edna at

Monday, January 02, 2006

Florida mom arrested in deadly Christmas scalding

From Fox News:
A 3-year-old boy died after his mother held him in a tub of scalding water as punishment on Christmas Day and his grandmother, who had custody, failed to get him medical care for a week, authorities said Monday.

The mother had lost custody of the boy for previous abuse.