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Bullying Tied to Family Violence

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Bullying and being bullying, is now being linked to violence at home, according to a recent report issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The researchers found that among middle and high school students across the state of Massachusetts, encounters of family violence were more common among young people who had booth taken part in bullying and been victims of it, according to Medical News Today.

While the new study provides a snapshot of bullying in Massachusetts, the findings are likely applicable to other states, said Web MD.

The information was gathered and analyzed from the Massachusetts Youth Health Survey and an anonymous, paper and pencil survey carried out every 24 months, Medical News Today said.

The average number of middle school students being physically hurt by a member of the family were, 2.9 student for victims, 4.4 students for bullies, and 5 students for bully victims, Medical News Today reported.

"Bullying is extremely prevalent and it is a public health problem because of its prevalence. And it doesn't happen in isolation," said Marci Hertz, a health scientist at the CDC in Atlanta.

Michelle Obama has Plane Troubles

A plane carrying Michelle Obama flew too close to a nearby military cargo jet on Monday forcing it to abort its landing, according to the Associated Press.

After realizing the mistake, controllers immediately ordered the pilot to execute a series of turns to increase its distance from the cargo plane. When the distance continued to narrow, the controllers directed the pilot to abort the landing and circle the airport until the cargo jet cleared the runway, said the Associated Press.

The plane, carrying Obama and the vice president's wife, Jill Biden, who were were returning from making several appearances in New York, eventually landed safely at Joint Base Andrews, officials said in an ABC News article.

The distance established is important because large planes generate wake turbulence, the equivalent of two miniature tornadoes streaming off the plane. The rough air dangerously disrupts the plane behind it, according to ABC news.

Both planes landed safety. The controller has been suspended pending an investigation, said the Associated Press.

St. Louis Airport Wrecked by Tornado

A tornado swept through St. Louis on Saturday ripping apart many homes and a main terminal of the Lambert airport injuring some, but killing no one, according to the Associated Press.

"Glass was blowing everywhere. The ceiling was falling. The glass was hitting us in the face. Hail and rain were coming in. The wind was blowing debris all over the place," Dianna Merrill, 43, a mail carrier at the airport said. "It was like being in a horror movie. Grown men were crying. It was horrible."

Airport workers quickly moved people to stairwells and bathrooms to get them out of harm's way, according to MSNBC.

All Saturday, the airport led an aggressive effort to cleanup in and around the complex, according to Fox News.

"We have all hands on deck here," St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay said at the airport. "This is something we're putting a lot of attention to."

The international airport has been closed indefinitely but will open as soon as electricity is restored, said Fox News.

Tornadoes Hit North Carolina

Residents in Askewville, North Carolina on Sunday mourned the dead, marveled at their own survival and began to clean up devastated neighborhoods after tornadoes killed at least 45 people, according to The Detroit Free Press.

Observers reported more than 60 tornadoes across North Carolina on Saturday resulting in the state's 21 confirmed deaths, said the Detroit Free Press.

The violent weather began Thursday in Oklahoma before cutting across the country on Friday and hitting North Carolina and Virginia on Saturday, according to the Detroit Free Press article.

On Sunday, the National Weather Service sent out teams to investigate the damage and to determine if it was done by the reported tornadoes, according to the Carolina Live website.

Their survey concluded 7 tornadoes touched down while one other suspected tornado has been confirmed as a microburst. A microburst is an intense wind generated by a thunderstorm that quickly descends to the ground producing extensive damage in a relatively small area, said the Caroline Live website.

Saturday was North Carolina's deadliest day for tornadoes since 1984, according to The Detroit Free Press.


Fuel Supply and Demand

Gas prices are rising around the nation and this increase in price is leading to a decrease in driving, according to the Los Angeles Times.

The average U.S. price of a gallon of gasoline has jumped 19 cents over the past three weeks which now puts fuel prices at an average price for a gallon of regular gas at $3.76, according to The Lundberg Survey.

The price of gas is now 91 cents higher than it was this time last year according to the
- Star Tribune.

This increase in price had led to less drivers on the road, and consequently less gas being bought. 70% of the major gas station chains in the nation say sales have fallen, according to a March survey by the Oil Price Information Service and cited in the - Los Angeles Times.

Furthermore, according to MasterCard SpendingPulse, which tracks spending at gas stations nationally, drivers bought 2.7 billion gallons of gas in the first full week of April, which is a 3.6% decline from the same period in 2010 when gas was 80 cents cheaper.

"The tipping point probably has moved somewhat over time," said Mantill Williams, spokesperson for the American Public Transportation Authority. "As gas prices rise, consumers get accustomed to it. As you start to get close to $3.50 and toward $4, that's the point when people start to see there's a cheaper way to get around."

According to - ABC News, The Energy Department said good weather and vacation driving cause gasoline demand to average about 5% higher during the summer than during the rest of the year which means these prices are only going to continue to rise this summer.

Thank God It's Friday

Rebecca Black, 13, has become an internet sensation for her song, "Friday".

The song and video were part of a package deal purchased by Black's mother for $2,000 from Ark Music Factory, a Los Angeles record label that provides prewritten songs and professional production work to aspiring musicians, according to an article from The Boston Herald.

"(The song) is about having fun with your friends and being a teenager. I thought it was different because it's not indecent," Black said on The Tonight Show.

The song became extremely popular on YouTube and iTunes. The video has more than 34.5 million views on YouTube and has hit as high as No. 19 on iTunes, according to The Boston Herald.

"Friday" has sparked many negative comments towards Black. She initially cried at the comments, but now finds the popularity funny, Black said during her "Tonight Show" interview.

According to her profile on Ark Music Factory's website, Black has been in many school musical and theatrical productions. Besides singing, her other passions are modeling and dance.

Between a Rock and a Hard Place for 127 Hours

Aron Ralston's story is a great one - great enough that it has recently been made into a movie worthy of six Oscar nominations. "127 Hours," starring James Franco, tells the story of Ralston, who in an act of desperation, was forced to cut off his own arm.

Ralston was negotiating a ten-foot drop between two ledges when an 800-pound boulder shifted above him. He snapped his left hand out of its path in time, but his right hand was smashed between the rock and the sandstone wall, according to Outside Magazine Online. He was stuck for 5 days before he finally broke the two bones in his arm and cut away his hand.

The story touched so many that Danny Boyle, the director, decided to make it into a film. "I read his book, in 2006, so I had a very strong reaction ... in terms of the way I wanted to make it--you don't often get that, but I knew that I wanted to make it a very immersive, first-person experience ... because I think it's so extraordinary what happens at the end of the film," said Boyle in a "Vanity Fair" interview.

Ralston agreed that the end was the most important time. "My experience of watching the film for the very first time was incredibly intense, I was in an audience in a theatre watching it and I was crying from about twenty minutes into the film all the way through to the end. And not because of a pain that I felt, but because in a lot of ways it reminds me so effectively of what was so important that I got out of that canyon for," Ralston said, in an interview for the website "Flicks and Bits".

While the story made a huge impact on the nation, the impact stays with Ralston also. Ralston has reevaluated his life after surviving such an ordeal. We wondered was he "doing what I really needed to be doing with this story and with me having been given this glorious second chance had I actually learned anything? It started to recalibrate me around that time," he said.

Now with even more light shed on his story, has his life changed even more? He is no longer focused solely on hiking. Ralston claims, "With my life today the big adventure is as anyone who's a parent can attest to, the biggest adventure in life is being a parent."

http://www.vanityfair.com/online/oscars/2010/10/danny-boyle-james-franco-and-aron-ralston-discuss-127-hours.html

http://outsideonline.com/outside/features/200308/200308_hardway_200308_1.html

http://www.flicksandbits.com/2010/10/08/aron-ralston-interview-the-man-whos-real-life-story-danny-boyles-upcoming-movie-127-hours-is-based-on/3988/

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