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Police: Teen charged after 2 cyclists hit in Waxhaw

Two cyclists are in the hospital after they were hit by a car while riding in Waxhaw Sunday morning.

Police in Waxhaw said Tom Willhelm, 56, and his brother Jeff Willhelm, 58, were riding on Waxhaw Marvin Road when a car turned in front of them.

The driver, Jared Smith, 17, told police he did not see the cyclists until he made the turn onto Exbury Gardens Drive.

He said one of the cyclists hit the front right corner of his car and the other hit the passenger door.

When police got to the scene they found the two men lying on the road unconscious.

Both are now at the Carolinas Medical Center where Tom Willhelm is in stable condition, but Jeff Willhelm remains in a coma.

Police have cited Smith for failing to yield.

They said the charge could change if Jeff Willhelm's condition changes.

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Mon, 20 Oct 2014 16:34:16 -0400

How Nigeria beat its Ebola outbreak

After six weeks without any new cases, Nigeria is now free of Ebola, according to the World Health Organization. Here's how it beat the outbreak. 

The initial response was critical. The disease was introduced back in July when a man displaying Ebola symptoms traveled from Liberia to an airport in Lagos. It could have been a disaster scenario. (Video viaENCA

After all, at 21 million people, Lagos is the most populous city in Africa. But a bit of luck kept the virus from spreading.

A lecturer at the University of Pretoria tells Scientific American it's a good thing the patient's symptoms were spotted at an airport before he had the chance to travel elsewhere. 

The same day he was diagnosed, the Nigerian government came up with an incident management center and shortly after declared an Ebola emergency. Granted, that diagnosis came three days after the patient arrived in Lagos. 

He was first treated for malaria and during that time infected 11 health workers in Lagos. One of them then spread the infection to the city of Port Harcourt. 

In all, eight people died out of a total of 20 cases — a pretty remarkable figure compared to the thousands of infections reported in other countries.

To keep those 20 cases from spreading to Nigeria's slums, health officials used a method called "contact tracing," which essentially means tracking down everyone who came in direct contact with an Ebola patient.

In Nigeria, the 20 Ebola patients had contact with a total of 898 people.

"You need to wash your hands."

A public awareness campaign also played a part. Officials went door to door and explained the disease to the 26,000 families who lived within 2 km of those 20 patients. (Video via PBS

And unlike some of the poorer, harder-hit countries, Nigeria — Africa's wealthiest nation — had at its disposal some key resources, including multiple labs able to test for the virus.

Senegal is also free of Ebola, but Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia have not been able to stop its spread. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates there could be as many as 1.4 million cases worldwide by January.

This video includes images from Getty Images,  U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Google

Mon, 20 Oct 2014 15:21:12 -0400

It's dog vs. weatherman in hilarious video

Dogs are great for running, cuddling and just generally being adorable — but apparently they're not so great at reading the weather. 

Weatherman Mike Sobel of Global News in Edmonton, Alberta, brought Ripple, a shepherd-mastiff mix, onto the set to help with the weather. But things got a little ... unruly.

Ripple even managed to chew through his leash!

Although the video has gone viral on sites like BuzzFeedDaily Mail and The Huffington Post, this segment wasn't just for fun.

The 18-month-old pup is up for adoption at the Edmonton Humane Society. And he's pretty upfront about his rambunctious ways, noting, "I would even make a fantastic running partner!" and "I can be quite energetic." Yeah, no kidding.

Now, this wasn't Sobel's first go-around with a rowdy pup — he apparently promotes the Humane Society during the forecast every week.

And he's gotten into some hijinx with the dogs before — one little guy managed to get all tangled up in Sobel's legs.

Ripple reportedly now has multiple suitors for his adoption thanks to his viral Internet fame. You can learn more about him and a host of other animals at edmontonhumanesociety.com.

 

Mon, 20 Oct 2014 15:15:27 -0400

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