UPDATE #3: UPDATE: While many major news outlets have announced that Tom Petty has passed away based on a report from CBS News, the LAPD has since announced that they cannot confirm that Petty has died, conflicting the story’s initial source.UPDATE #2: CBS News confirms that Tom Petty passed away today, at the age of 66. UPDATE #1: TMZ: We’re told after Tom Petty got to the hospital he had no brain activity and a decision was made to pull life support.Iconic rock and roll singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Tom Petty was reportedly rushed to the hospital last night after he was found unconscious, not breathing, and in full cardiac arrest. Petty’s health scare was first reported by TMZ, who say that the information was confirmed to them by local law enforcement officials.As TMZ reports, “EMTs rushed to his Malibu home and were able to get a pulse. He was rushed to the UCLA Santa Monica Hospital and our sources say he was put on life support. Petty’s condition is unknown but was critical from the moment he was found [on Sunday night].”TMZ has also reported having been in touch with numerous people from Petty’s camp, who were “clearly upset but not talking.”Petty, aged 66, broke out as a pop/rock star with his band, The Heartbreakers, following their hit song “Breakdown,” the first of many from Petty and his band over the years.Tom Petty has been touring extensively with The Heartbreakers all year, most recently on September 25th at The Hollywood Bowl in Hollywood, CA.The latest news from CBS Los Angeles states that Petty is currently on life support. Please join us in sending your thoughts and prayers to Tom Petty’s family and friends during this terrible time. We love you, Tom![Cover photo via Billboard]
Michael Boehlje of Purdue University on the drivers and consequences of structural change in agriculture. Marc Johnson, dean of agriculture at Kansas State University, on agriculture’s stake in emerging technologies. Noel Estensen, CEO of Cenex Harvest States Cooperatives, on the challenges facing cooperatives in a changing farm economy. Tom Zinnen of the University of Wisconsin on educating consumers on biotechnology. Bob Stallman, president of American Farm Bureau, on needed policy changes. Luther Tweeten of Ohio State University, on maximizing agriculture’s ability to benefit from new technologies. And a field hearing by the U.S. Senate Agricultural Committee, chaired by Georgia Sen. Paul Coverdell. The second annual National Symposium on the Future of American Agriculture will bringtogether the leading U.S. experts to identify the farm challenges facing the nation.The gathering will feature farm policy makers, authorities from agricultural collegesand leaders of national commodity, environmental and consumer groups. It’s scheduled forAug. 10-11 at the University of Georgia Center for Continuing Education in Athens, Ga.The 1999 program drew 300 people to Georgia to wrangle over the farm crisis, lookingfor a starting point for solutions.Their discussions and proceedings went to the U.S. Senate agricultural committee as itdeliberated farm and food legislation. Agriculture Policy RevisionsThis year’s theme is “Structural Change and Technology: the PolicyImplications.” The discussions will focus on the ways agriculture is changing and onthe alternative policy revisions needed to address them.Among the highlights: The UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences and the Farm Foundation willsponsor the event.How to RegisterThe symposium fee is $130 before July 14. It’s $150 after that. You may register on theWeb at www.gactr.uga.edu/conferences/index.html.If you have questions, call 1-800-884-1381 or (706) 542-2134. For reservations at theGeorgia Center, call 1-800-774-2760 or (706) 542-6364.
Oct 1, 2004 (CIDRAP News) – Pregnant women and children younger than 3 in California will soon no longer receive vaccines containing more than a trace of mercury, under a law approved this week.Vaccines for those groups will contain no more than a trace of thimerosal (termed thimerosal-free in the industry)—a preservative in some vaccines that contains ethyl mercury. The law takes effect in July 2006, according to news services.Parent-led activist groups attribute increased rates of autism and other neurological disorders in children to mercury, although scientific studies have failed to confirm any clear link.California becomes the second state, after Iowa, to ban the agent in vaccines.In signing the bill, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger said, “I believe that an abundance of caution merits the acceleration of the process already under way to remove thimerosal from the last few vaccines that contain it,” according to a Los Angeles Times story.The bill’s author, Assemblywoman Fran Pavley, D-Agoura Hills, said, “Any time we can reduce public exposure to mercury or any other neurotoxin and there is an alternative readily available, we should be promoting the alternative.”Vaccine producers have voluntarily reduced thimerosal levels in vaccines, except for Aventis Pasteur, sole supplier for flu inoculations for children younger than 2, the Times story said. The company was the only vaccine manufacturer to openly oppose the bill. The agent is used to control bacteria and fungi in multiple-dose vials, the usual and most cost-efficient vehicle for distribution of flu vaccine.An Aventis statement expressed disappointment over the law and concern that it might discourage people from getting flu shots for kids. A UPI story from Aug 27, right after the California Senate passed the bill, said Aventis saw the bill “as unnecessarily frightening at a time when the industry is not yet equipped to satisfy demand without using thimerosal.”The American Academy of Pediatrics and the US Public Health Service joined in calling for removal of the mercury-containing preservative thimerosal from vaccines about 5 years ago. By 2001, all the vaccines recommended at that time for children under age 7 were available without thimerosal or with only trace amounts.But this year, in recommending for the first time that 6- to 23-month-old children routinely get flu shots, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in May did not go on record in favor of a thimerosal-free formulation of the vaccine.The CDC’s position is that the risk of flu complications far outweighs the risk from thimerosal in the vaccine.See also:May 6, 2004 CIDRAP News story “CDC neutral on thimerosal in flu vaccine for toddlers”http://www.cidrap.umn.edu/cidrap/content/influenza/general/news/may0604thimerosal.html
Paceman Jofra Archer and spinner Jack Leach replaced James Anderson (calf) and the dropped Moeen Ali in the England side following a defeat in the first match of the series at Edgbaston.The tourists made just the one change to a winning side, with Josh Hazlewood getting the nod in place of James Pattinson.Lord’s is set to turn red on Thursday in aid of the Ruth Strauss Foundation, honoring former England captain Andrew Strauss’ late wife. Australia captain Tim Paine won the toss and opted to bowl first in the second Ashes Test at Lord’s.Paine called right under blue skies in London, where the opening day was washed out due to rain. England captain Joe Root revealed he would also have bowled first if the coin had come down on the other side.