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In the News, October 21, 2008

106 Year Old Obama Fan

Meet Ann Nixon Cooper, 106 years old fromAtlanta, Georgia.

According to a Reuters/C-SPAN/Zogby poll released today, Barack Obama has opened an 8-point lead over John McCain. Obama leads McCain 50 percent to 42 percent among likely U.S.


Rising Suicide Rates Among an Unlikely Group

U.S. suicide rates appear to be on the rise, driven mostly by middle-aged white women, according to a research team at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore .

According to researchers, there is a disturbing increase in suicides between 1999 and 2005 and said the pattern had changed in an unmistakable way. The reasons behind the change are not clear.

The overall suicide rate rose 0.7 percent during this time, but the rate for white men aged 40 to 64 rose 2.7 percent and for middle-aged women 3.9 percent,

"The biggest increase that we have seen between 1999 and 2005 was the increase in poisoning suicide in women -- that went up by 57 percent," said Susan Baker, a professor in injury prevention with a special expertise in suicide.

Gruesome Discovery

In what some may say has crossed a political line, police at Western Carolina University and wildlife officials were investigating the discovery of a dead bear cub draped with a pair of Barack Obama campaign signs.

Maintenance workers found the 75-pound bear cub shot to death in front of the school's administration building at the entrance to campus. The Obama yard signs were stapled together and placed over the bear's head. The bear had been shot in the head.


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