May 20, 2009 in Nation/World

Nation in brief: Missed hearing on child’s welfare prompts warrant for mother

 

Authorities sought to arrest the mother of a 13-year-old boy with cancer who refuses chemotherapy after she fled with her son and missed a court hearing Tuesday on his welfare.

A judge issued an arrest warrant and ordered that Daniel Hauser be placed in a foster home and be sent for an immediate examination by a pediatric oncologist so he can get treated for Hodgkins lymphoma.

The cancer is considered highly curable with chemotherapy and radiation, but Daniel quit chemo after a single treatment. With his parents, he opted instead for “alternative medicines,” citing religious beliefs. That led authorities to seek custody. Brown County District Judge John Rodenberg last week ruled that Daniel’s parents, Colleen and Anthony Hauser, were medically neglecting their son.

The Hausers are Roman Catholic and also believe in the “do no harm” philosophy of the Nemenhah Band, a Missouri-based religious group that believes in natural healing methods advocated by some American Indians.

Colleen Hauser testified earlier that she had been treating Daniel’s cancer with herbal supplements, vitamins, ionized water and other natural alternatives.

Cape Canaveral, Fla.

Hubble released in successful rehab

A rejuvenated Hubble Space Telescope, more powerful than ever, departed the space shuttle Tuesday and sailed off for new discoveries.

Hubble – considered to be at its prime following five days of repairs and upgrades – was gently dropped overboard by the shuttle Atlantis astronauts, the last humans to see the 19-year-old observatory up close.

It was NASA’s last service call and, despite spacewalking moments ranging from anguish to elation, turned out to be “a 110 percent successful mission,” said senior project scientist David Leckrone.

“Today begins the second Hubble revolution,” an emotional Leckrone said from Houston.

Astronomers expect to get another five to 10 years of use out of the iconic telescope, thanks to the astronauts’ extraordinary effort.

From wire reports


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