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Monroe is a city located in Union County, North Carolina. As of the 2000 census, the city had a total population of 26,228. It is the county seat of Union County. (More Info and Source) Monroe Real Estate

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Doctor boards flight in Ebola protection suit to protest CDC

Two days after a man in Texas was diagnosed with Ebola, a Missouri doctor Thursday morning boarded a plane at Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport dressed in full protection gear to protest what he called mismanagement of the crisis by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Dr. Gil Mobley checked in and cleared airport security wearing a mask, goggles, gloves, boots and a hooded white jumpsuit emblazoned on the back with the words, “CDC is lying!”

“If they’re not lying, they are grossly incompetent,” said Mobley, a microbiologist and emergency trauma physician from Springfield, Mo.

Mobley said the CDC is “sugar-coating” the risk of the virus spreading in the United States.

Watch the CDC discuss the Ebola case here.

“For them to say last week that the likelihood of importing an Ebola case was extremely small was a real bad call,” he said.

“Once this disease consumes every third world country, as surely it will, because they lack the same basic infrastructure as Sierra Leone and Liberia, at that point, we will be importing clusters of Ebola on a daily basis,” Mobley predicted. “That will overwhelm any advanced country’s ability to contain the clusters in isolation and quarantine. That spells bad news.”

Mobley, a Medical College of Georgia graduate who had an overnight layover after flying to Atlanta from Guatemala on Wednesday, said that he feels that the CDC is “asleep at the wheel” when it comes to screening passengers arriving in the United States from other countries.

“Yesterday, I came through international customs at the Atlanta airport,” the doctor told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “The only question they asked arriving passengers is if they had tobacco or alcohol.”

The CDC on Wednesday sent a team to the airport in Monrovia, Liberia, where the Texas patient began his recent trip from Liberia to the United States, to make sure health officials there are screening passengers properly.

“There were no signs of any disease when the gentleman boarded the flight,” said Dr. Tom Kenyon, director of the CDC’s Center for Global Health. “This was not a failure of the screening process at the airport.”

Also Wednesday, customs workers at Hartsfield started handing out Ebola information leaflets to passengers holding passports from West African countries such as Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. Information on Ebola is also displayed on posters and TV monitors in the customs area.

The Associated Press contributed to this article.

Thu, 02 Oct 2014 10:12:46 -0400

Dog covered in tar saved by rescuers

When rescuers found the dog, it was immobile like a statue, except for its eyes, which pleaded for help.

The stray dog from India had fallen into a pool of hot black tar and the material had hardened on it like a shell.

Rescuers from Animal Aid Unlimited used a simple, yet effective method to remove the tar from the dog’s body, but it was a painstaking process. Massaging vegetable oil by hand into the dog’s fur, the rescuers were able to soften the tar and remove it.

It took two days to remove all of the tar.

All of the hard effort of the rescuers paid off, as the dog has now fully recovered.

Thu, 02 Oct 2014 10:08:54 -0400

North Carolina considers changing grading scale

(AP) North Carolina education leaders are considering changing the grading scale for high schools in the state.

The state Board of Education is going to consider switching to a 10-point range for each letter grade.

The state currently uses a 7-point scale, meaning an A is 100 to 93, a B is 92 to 85 and so forth, with a grade below 70 earning an F.

The proposed scale would mean 100 to 90 would be an A. A failing grade would be anything below 60.

The state's largest school districts are pushing for the change, saying it would simplify the system. There are questions about lowering the number for a failing grade.

The new system would begin with freshmen next year.

School officials say the 10-point grading scale could help students with college applications.

For instance, a student in Atlanta who earned a grade of 91 in each of his classes would have a 4.0 GPA. In North Carolina, that same student would have a 3.0 GPA.

Charlotte school Superintendent Heath Morrison said the 10-point scale would lead to more students on the honor roll, higher graduation rates and more students taking Advanced Placement classes.

In a district such as Atlanta, a student who earns a 68 in freshman English would be promoted to the next level. In Charlotte, the student would have to repeat the class, Morrison said, making the student more likely to drop out.

Elementary and middle schools would still be able to use grading scales set by their district school boards. The proposal does recommend that all grades use the 10-point scale.

Thu, 02 Oct 2014 09:53:11 -0400

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