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What the research shows about risks of myocarditis from COVID vaccines versus risks of heart damage from COVID – two pediatric cardiologists explain how to parse the data

Frank Han, University of Illinois at Chicago and Jennifer H. Huang, Oregon Health & Science University Soon after the first COVID-19 vaccines appeared in 2021, reports of rare cases of heart inflammation, or myocarditis, began to surface. In most instances, the myocarditis has been mild and responded well to treatment, though up to four potentially mRNA vaccine-related deaths from myocarditis in adults have been reported worldwide. No known verified deaths of children have been reported based upon publicly available data. The exact number remains a topic of very heated debate because of variability in the reporting of possible myocarditis-related deaths.

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Why SVB and Signature Bank failed so fast – and the US banking crisis isn’t over yet

Vidhura S. Tennekoon, Indiana University Silicon Valley Bank and Signature Bank failed with enormous speed – so quickly that they could be textbook cases of classic bank runs, in which too many depositors withdraw their funds from a bank at the same time. The failures at SVB and Signature were two of the three biggest in U.S. banking history, following the collapse of Washington Mutual in 2008. How could this happen when the banking industry has been sitting on record levels of excess reserves – or the amount of cash held beyond what regulators require? While the most common type

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One arrested, one at large in police pursuit, theft tools discovered

One was arrested in a police pursuit that also led to the discovery of catalytic converter theft tools on Monday. According to the Hercules Police Department, one suspect is still at large.  A police officer tries to make a traffic stop on a vehicle with no license plates. The driver refused to pull over and a slow-speed pursuit began through a residential neighborhood.  The vehicle slowed down as it approached traffic, and the passenger of the vehicle jumped out and fled on foot. The pursuit eventually stopped due to safety concerns for pedestrians and motorists in the neighborhood, HPD said. 

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Teen rescued from suspected sex trafficker in San Pablo

A man was arrested on suspicion of human trafficking of a minor in San Pablo Wednesday.  According to the Pinole Police Department, shortly after midnight on Wednesday, PPD received a report that a 16-year-old runaway is possibly being sex trafficked by a man in a house in Pinole.  Officers went to the house but were not able to find the minor.  However, the Criminal Investigation Division was able to find the minor at a house in San Pablo with an 18-year-old man.  Investigators interviewed the minor with the Contra Costa County District Attorney’s Office Human Trafficking Victim Advocate and it

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1 stabbed in fight between minors on MUNI bus

Police are investigating a stabbing incident between teenage boys on a Muni bus near the Union Square neighborhood. According to the San Francisco Police Department Investigations Bureau, the incident left one severely injured.  Around 4:41 p.m., officers were informed of a stabbing inside a MUNI bus near Stockton and Sutter streets. Police found one minor with a potential stab wound. Emergency personnel provided medical aid and took the victim to the hospital.  According to the police, the victim sustained life-threatening injuries.  The preliminary investigation reveals that a fight occurred on the bus between several minor boys. Officers detained multiple subjects

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Springing forward into daylight saving time is a step back for health – a neurologist explains the medical evidence, and why this shift is worse than the fall time change

Beth Ann Malow, Vanderbilt University As people in the U.S. prepare to set their clocks ahead one hour on Sunday, March 12, 2023, I find myself bracing for the annual ritual of media stories about the disruptions to daily routines caused by switching from standard time to daylight saving time. About one-third of Americans say they don’t look forward to these twice-yearly time changes. And nearly two-thirds would like to eliminate them completely, compared to 21% who aren’t sure and 16% who would like to keep moving their clocks back and forth. But the effects go beyond simple inconvenience. Researchers

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Silicon Valley Bank biggest US lender to fail since 2008 financial crisis – a finance expert explains the impact

William Chittenden, Texas State University Silicon Valley Bank, which catered to the tech industry for three decades, collapsed on March 10, 2023, after the Santa Clara, California-based lender suffered from an old-fashioned bank run. State regulators seized the bank and made the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation its receiver. SVB, as it’s known, was the biggest U.S. lender to fail since the 2008 global financial crisis – and the second-biggest ever. We asked William Chittenden, associate professor of finance at Texas State University, to explain what happened and whether Americans should be worried about the safety of their financial system. Why

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Swastikas, photos of Hitler found at Stanford University dorm

Swastikas and an image of Adolf Hitler were found on a door Saturday at a Stanford student residence. According to the letter from the university, the antisemitic symbols were seen on a whiteboard in a room at Florence Moore Hall.  The letter states that the resident of that room identifies as Jewish and that the symbols were meant to intimidate the student.  As of Sunday, Stanford has not yet identified the perpetrator behind the incident.  The university says anyone with information on Saturday’s incident to contact the Department of Public Safety at 650-723-9633 or the department’s 24/7 communications center at

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