The Week in News Review


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you one of the millions of viewers watching the Vice Presidential debate last night?

Who do you think won the debate?  Some say it was a draw.  Biden laughed too much but came armed with a stack of facts to throw down during the debate; while Ryan kept his calm demeanor and did not make any rookie mistakes to foul-up Romney’s winning performance last week in the presidential debate.  In truth, voters do not get to select the Vice President.   While the debate was interesting, it won’t move many polls in either direction.  I’m looking forward to next Tuesday’s Presidential Debate to truly see if any tables will turn.

Meningitis Outbreak

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention released new statistics yesterday revealing a rising number of deaths.  There have been 14 deaths in six different states out of a 170 cases.  Unfortunately, my home state of Tennessee faced the highest death toll – six people.

Officials say the source of the rare fungal meningitis outbreak came from steroid shots for back pain. The New England Compounding Center, a specialty pharmacy in Framingham, Mass. custom-made the steroid, which was recalled Sept. 26.  The is an estimated 75 facilities in 23 states that received the recalled steroid.

Look for these symptoms: fever, new or worsening headache, nausea and problems seen in a stroke.  These symptoms may set in anywhere between the time of injections till four weeks later. Symptoms are a reaction to the inflammation of the lining of the brain and spinal cord.  It cannot be transmitted from person to person.

And the Nobel Peace Prize Goes To . . . 

The Nobel Peace Prize Committee awards the European Union with its 2012 Nobel Peace Prize as a praise for their  “advancement of peace and reconciliation.”  I think this is the world leaders begging Europe not to default on their loans and save the Euro zone.  Thoughts?

Wacky & Weird Presidential Facts – Can you guess what presidents had pet alligators? Which president born in the 1700s still have grandchildren alive today?

Have a great weekend everyone!

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