PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. – Authorities say an elderly Port St. Lucie woman was so neglected by her son that her never-removed shoes had grown into her feet.
Investigators were called to an area hospital on Saturday after paramedics found 90-year-old Anna Chuboff emaciated and wearing clothes “soaked in urine.” She had been injured in a fall at her home.
Her son, 68-year-old Robert Rozenti, was arrested and charged with neglect of an elderly person. It wasn’t immediately known whether he had an attorney.
Gertrude Baines, a 114-year-old California resident, will likely be crowned the world’s oldest woman, according to the organization that keeps track of such honors.
Gertrude Baines told CNN two years ago that she has taken good care of herself, “the way (God) wanted me to.”
TOKYO (Reuters Life!) – Clad in suits, thousands of employees and executives flooded a Tokyo shrine dedicated to commerce on Monday, praying to the god to keep their businesses afloat in a new year with a grim economic outlook.
Businessmen and women waited patiently in the cold on the first working day of 2009 to approach the altar of the Kanda Myojin shrine, established some 1,300 years ago and dedicated to commerce god Ebisu-Sama. “Last year was a really tough year for real estate, and many companies have disappeared. But we’re determined to survive,” said Toshikatsu Takehara, a 34-year-old real estate sales manager who was praying at the shrine.
New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson on Sunday announced that he was withdrawing his nomination to be President-elect Barack Obama’s commerce secretary amid a grand jury investigation into how some of his political donors won a lucrative state contract.
Researchers in Scotland have been given nearly half a million pounds to try to improve digital camera images.
The team, lead by scientists at the University of Glasgow, are developing small nanostructures that would be used on light detecting image sensors. These new hi-tech chips would be used in camera equipment to produce sharper and more colourful images.
The researchers are using a phenomenon called surface plasmon resonance, which is an effect exhibited by certain metals when light waves fall onto their surfaces. In digital cameras, this is the metal film used on microchip image sensors – known as a CMOS (Complementary Metal-Oxide Semiconductor) – that detect light waves and convert them into digital signals.