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Fri., July 21, 2017, 7:52 a.m. | Search


‘Gary from Chicago’ had been in prison two days before Oscar stunt

Mahershala Ali, right, takes a selfie with a tourist named Gary Coe while holding his award for best actor in a supporting role for "Moonlight" at the Oscars on Sunday, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. Coe was released from prison on Friday, two days before the Oscars. (Chris Pizzello / Invision/AP)
Gary Coe – now known to the world as “Gary from Chicago” after he joined the Oscars telecast with a group of purported tourists – was released from prison just two days before appearing on the show. In fact, his release is so recent, he’s still listed as an inmate at a California prison.

Sharp vision: New glasses help the legally blind see

In this photo taken Thursday, Feb. 2, 2017, eSight CEO and President Brian Mech holds up a pair electronic glasses at Union Square San Francisco. The glasses enable the legally blind to see. (Eric Risberg / AP)
The headsets from eSight transmit images from a forward-facing camera to small internal screens – one for each eye – in a way that beams the video into the wearer’s peripheral vision. That turns out to be all that some people with limited vision, even legal blindness, need to see things they never could before. That’s because many visual impairments degrade central vision while leaving peripheral vision largely intact.

This is why doctors hate to stop CPR even when they know it’s time

According to the American Heart Association, more than 550,000 people go into cardiac arrest each year, and fewer than 20 percent survive. The likelihood of surviving is nearly twice as high among people who “code” in the hospital, probably because most of them receive CPR. However, a 2009 study published in the New England Journal of Medicine showed that only 22 percent of people suffering a cardiac arrest live long enough to be discharged from the hospital, and nearly 30 percent of those survivors have serious neurological disabilities, probably because of a lack of oxygen during the arrest.

Achoo! The distance germs can travel is nothing to sneeze at

Germs from a sneeze can travel 20 feet or more. (Dreamstime / TNS)
Sneezes are everywhere these days, during this, the height of cold and flu season. The chorus of achoos in offices, on buses and in homes often sends bystanders scrambling to get out of the line of germ-spreading fire. But how far is far enough away to avoid getting hit by a snot-and-fluid projectile? A lot farther than you might – or would like to – think. We’re talking 20 feet or more.

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