A Singapore cancer patient was held for four hours by immigration officials in the United States when they could not detect his fingerprints — which had apparently disappeared because of a drug he was taking.
The incident, highlighted in the Annals of Oncology, was reported by the patient’s doctor, Tan Eng Huat, who advised cancer patients taking this drug to carry a doctor’s letter when traveling to the United States.
The drug, capecitabine, is commonly used to treat cancers in the head and neck, breast, stomach and colorectum.
One side-effect is chronic inflammation of the palms or soles of the feet and the skin can peel, bleed and develop ulcers or blisters — or what is known as hand-foot syndrome.
A mere 32% of the secret censorship list is related to a category covering potentially sexually provocative images of persons appearing to be under the age of 18, pages with links to these images or other “child abuse” information. The list is claimed, by the government, to be for tackling child pornography.
In most societies it is traditional to be somewhat sneaky in squeezing your shareholders or the government. You might set up a complicated transfer pricing scheme or perhaps you arrange for a family-owned firm to acquire assets on the cheap from the publicly traded corporation that you control. Or you could always arrange for the Kremlin to provide foreign exchange at a “special” price.
In the New United States, life is much simpler and bank tunneling considerably more brazen.
On Oct. 15, 1910, the airship America took off from Atlantic City in a bid to cross the Atlantic. The six crewmembers took along a cat, Kiddo, for luck.
The frightened tabby was still underfoot when chief engineer Melvin Vaniman tried to send a historic wireless message back to shore. So officially the first radio communication ever made from an airship in flight was:
“Roy, come and get this goddamn cat.”
The Chicago Police officer charged with striking and killing a 13-year-old South Side boy in a hit-and-run crash Friday told arresting officers that he just wanted to “go back.”
“I want to go back. I just want to go back,” Richard Bolling told the officer who inquired about the front-end damage to his Dodge Charger when he was spotted driving the wrong way on a one-way street blocks away from where Cook County prosecutors said Bolling hit Trenton Booker, knocking him off his bike.
Booker said he wasn’t surprised by reports that Bolling allegedly was given a Breathalyzer test fours hours after he was arrested. “It sounds fishy,” he said.
“I expect nothing but that,” Booker said of any possible preferential treatment to Bolling. “They [police] are what they are.”
The tests on Bolling revealed a blood-alcohol level of .079, just shy of the .08 legal limit, according to the state’s attorney’s office.
Four hours wait, and juuuuuuuuust shy of the legal limit.
What an amazing coincidence.
Apple last night accepted three more street maps for the iPhone:
And they accepted a small update to TwitterLoc.