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iStock/Thinkstock(TAMPA, Fla.) — For the parents of a first-grader in Florida, simply asking their son what he did on his first day of school this year was not enough.
“We wanted to see what it was like to be a first-grader on the first day of school,” May Weber told ABC News.
Weber and her husband, Tim Weber, of Tampa, strapped a camera onto the chest of their 6-year-old son, Andrew, Tuesday for his first day at McFarlane Park Elementary in Tampa.
“I have that challenge every day when I pick my children up from school, I say, ‘How was school? Tell me about your favorite part of school,’ and I always get that one word answer,” May Weber said. “Now I know maybe different kinds of questions to ask about their friends.”
The video shows Andrew walking down a shrub-lined street on his way to McFarlane Park, walking into the school’s decorated hallways and getting a hug from his new teacher, all from his own chest-level perspective.
“I was impressed by what the perspective was of a three-foot something child,” Tim Weber said. “How big everything was, the furniture, how big adults were, how big some of the other kids at school.”
“I think we sort of forget that perspective,” he said.
Andrew himself says he had no qualms about meeting his classmates while wearing the video camera, claiming that it was the object of envy in his first-grade classroom.
“My friends wanted to wear it,” he said.
Both Andrew’s teacher, Arianne DeClue, and the school’s principal, Denyse Riveiro, say they are using the video footage as a learning tool.
“On the first day of school everyone has nerves and jitters and it was exciting to see what the kids felt,” DeClue told ABC News.
“I thought about from the child’s perspective, what it looked like, what they were experiencing, the social skills, the developmental skills,” principal Riveiro said.
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Umbrella Sparks Lockdown at Cal State San Marcos
iStock/Thinkstock(SAN DIEGO, Calif.) — It rains so infrequently in California that a simple umbrella caused a college campus to go on lockdown.
On Wednesday, armed police moved into Cal State San Marcos, outside of San Diego, on reports of a man with gun.
Students were told to shelter in place and authorities held the man at gunpoint.
But it turned out it wasn’t a gun– it was simply an employee walking with a black umbrella.
The employee, identified as Bill Craig, has been a staff member at the school for 17 years.
After the scare, Craig said the police were just doing their jobs.
“What could you do but find the humor in it,” he said.
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Cured Ebola Patient Dr. Kent Brantly Says ‘God Saved My Life’
ABC News(ATLANTA) — Nancy Writebol and Dr. Kent Brantly have been cured of the Ebola virus and released from Emory Hospital in Atlanta.
Brantly, 33, called his recovery “a miraculous day.”
“I am thrilled to be alive, to be well, and reunited with my family,” he said.
He also told a news conference at Emory Hospital that “God saved my life.”
Both patients were given blood and urine tests to determine whether they still had the virus, Emory doctors said in a statement Thursday morning.
“After a rigorous course of treatment and testing we have determined…that (Brantly) has recovered from the Ebola virus disease and he can return to his family, to his community, and to his life without any public health concerns,” Dr. Bruce Ribner, director of Emory’s Infectious Disease Unit, said Thursday.
Brantly said that when Writebol left the hospital on Tuesday, she asked him to speak on her behalf to the public and express gratitude for prayers on her behalf.
“When she walked out of the room, all she could say was ‘To God be the glory,’” Brantly recalled. “Nancy and (her husband) David are now spending some much needed time together.”
Writebol’s husband said in the statement that his wife left the hospital in a “significantly weakened condition.”
“We are tremendously pleased with Dr. Brantly and Mrs. Writebol’s recovery,” Ribner said. “All of us who have worked with them have been impressed by their courage and determination. Their hope and faith have been an inspiration to all of us.”
Ribner emphasized that though there is public fear and anxiety about Ebola, there is no threat to public health with the patients’ release.
He also said that the decision to bring Brantly and Writebol to America for treatment would help push forward the research and knowledge about how to treat Ebola wherever it is contracted.
Brantly contracted the deadly virus while working in a Liberian Ebola ward with the aid agency Samaritan’s Purse. He was evacuated to the U.S. earlier this month along with Writebol.
“I never imagined myself in this position,” Brantly said. “We treated our first Ebola patient (in Liberia) in June. When she arrived we were ready.”
“On Wednesday, July 23, I woke up feeling under the weather and then my life took an unexpected turn as I was diagnosed with Ebola. As I lay in my bed in Liberia for nine days, getting sicker each day, I prayed God would help be more faithful even in my illness, and that in my illness or even death he would glorified,” Brantly said.
Brantly is the first-ever Ebola patient to be treated in the U.S. and the first human to receive the experimental serum known as ZMapp.
According to reports, Brantly’s condition deteriorated so quickly that doctors in Africa decided to give him the drug in a last-ditch effort to save him.
Brantly’s condition started to improve dramatically within an hour after getting the serum, according to Samaritan’s Purse, but it’s unclear if the improvement was directly related to the medication. After his health stabilized, Brantly was evacuated on a specially outfitted plane to Atlanta in early August to the hospital isolation ward.
Writebol, 59, also survived after getting the serum.
But Ribner said Thursday that it is unclear what role ZMapp played in their recovery.
“Frankly we do not know if it helped them, made any difference, or even delayed their recovery,” Ribner said.
He emphasized that both Writebol and Brantly were not a danger to others and there was no danger that the Ebola virus could flare up again in them.
“There is no evidence that once a patient has cleared the virus from their blood that they will relapse,” Ribner said.
He also said that having survived Ebola, the patients were now immune to that particular strain of Ebola, although there are five strains of the virus.
The virus has killed at least 1,229 and sickened 1,011 more, according to numbers released Tuesday by the World Health Organization. Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia have the most cases.
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From "Jeopardy!" Contestant to Indictment in Stalking Case
iStock/Thinkstock(CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va.) — An Ivy League grad who appeared on popular game shows such as Jeopardy! was indicted by a grand jury this week on charges that she broke into the home of a Virginia lawmaker and assaulted his wife.
Claire Ogilvie, 36, is awaiting trial in the February incident. Court documents allege that Ogilvie — a former patent attorney and high school teacher — sneaked into the home of Virginia House of Delegates member David Toscano, armed with a deadly weapon, and assaulted his wife, Nancy Tramontin. Ogilvie faces felony charges of breaking and entering while armed, abduction and malicious wounding.
Ogilvie remains in jail and has not entered a plea. Her attorney Adam Rhea declined bail.
“There are reasons,” Rhea said. “Every case is different. This is a case where we felt like it was in our best interest not to ask for bond.”
In a written statement to the Charlottesville Daily Progress after the alleged attack, representatives for Tramontin say she and her lawmaker husband met Ogilvie on a Semester at Sea cruise — a study-abroad program — in 2010, where the Yale grad was tutoring the couple’s son. They remained friends.
“In 2012, Nancy became concerned that Ms. Ogilvie had developed an unsettling interest in the Toscano family,” the statement reads. “The family reduced their contact, beginning in the early summer, and saw her for the last time in fall 2012. Before the attack, Nancy and the Toscanos had not seen Ms. Ogilvie in over a year.”
One expert says such a falling out may have caused Ogilvie to allegedly act out.
“That’s very common in stalking, when the stalker feels rejected,” forensic psychiatrist Dr. Daniel Bober, who has no connection to the case, said. “That’s often when they will turn to violence.”
Attorneys for both parties declined ABC News’ request for comment. Prosecutors say the record will remain sealed until Ogilvie’s hearing Sept. 17.
Ogilvie won $50,000 on Who Wants to be a Millionaire in 2005. She also made two appearances on Jeopardy! in 1998, advancing to the semifinals of the show’s college championship.
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‘A Very Good Night’ in Ferguson as Peace Preserved
iStock/Thinkstock(FERGUSON, Mo.) — Peaceful protests and community activism replaced violent clashes in the streets of Ferguson, Missouri, overnight, with only six arrests reported, police said.
Unrest has ruled in the St. Louis suburb since the Aug. 9 police shooting death of unarmed teen Michael Brown.
Missouri Highway Patrol Capt. Ron Johnson, speaking at an early-morning news conference, said Wednesday night’s protesters remained mostly orderly, showing a marked improvement over the previous night, when 47 people were arrested.
“Tonight was a very good night,” Johnson said.
Johnson said a few minor incidents were reported, such as an officer hit by a water bottle — but the officer wasn’t injured.
Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon visited Ferguson Wednesday, as did Attorney General Eric Holder.
A decision on whether the officer who shot Brown, Darren Wilson, would be indicted will not come quickly, St. Louis County Prosecutor Robert McCulloch said Wednesday. McCullough predicted that it could take until the middle of October for the grand jury to decide whether to charge Wilson.
Grand juries typically meet one day a week.
McCulloch said the grand jury investigation will be thorough.
“They will have absolutely everything there is, every piece of paper, every photograph, every bit of physical evidence, all of the forensic information,” the district attorney said.
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WATCH: Dramatic Video Shows Fatal St. Louis Police Shooting
iStock/Thinkstock(ST. LOUIS) — Police in St. Louis released video showing officers shooting and killing a man — a shooting that occurred only 10 days after an officer in nearby Ferguson fatally shot unarmed teen Michael Brown.
Police said the man in Tuesday’s shooting, identified as Kajieme Powell, had a knife. Cell phone video of the incident, recorded by a witness, shows the man refusing to back down, staggering about, walking toward police despite repeated orders to stop.
“Put your hands out of your pocket!” the officers yell. “Drop the knife!”
“Shoot me now,” the man can be heard saying, as onlookers watched on the sidewalk nearby.
The officers fired a dozen shots at the man, authorities said Wednesday.
Powell was involved in a shoplifting prior to the shooting, police said.
The officers who shot the man are now on administrative leave.
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