Proving once more that there is no such thing as enough gun control for progressive socialists, the Attorney General of Washington State is calling upon legislators to pass more restrictions on lawfully owned firearms and accessories within the Evergreen State.
Just how far down into the valley of lunatics has Washington State slid? We have yet one more example of the clinical insanity that is the liberal mind. Paul might not make it through this one.
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Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson is seeking legislation to ban the sale of assault weapons and high-capacity magazines.
He said Wednesday he’ll ask lawmakers to introduce a bill next year to prohibit the sale of semi-automatic weapons with certain military-style features and prohibit the sale of magazines capable of holding more than 10 rounds.
Ferguson says such military weapons are designed to kill and they have no place in civilian use.
He and other leaders who spoke at a news conference in Seattle cited the deadly July shooting in Mukilteo. Authorities say a 19-year-old man used an AR-15 semi-automatic rifle to kill three former classmates at a house party.
Sen. David Frockt, a Seattle Democrat, says a number of states have passed similar legislation. He says Washington’s proposal would grandfather in legally owned assault weapons.
Transgender kids entering puberty will have a new clinic they can go to for coordinated care.
When the Seattle Children’s opens its Gender Clinic opens next month, it will be among only a handful of hospitals in the country to do so. Doctors there have already been offering some of these services, but this new clinic will be coordinated care for transgender youth.
Tai Jordan has been seeking treatment at Seattle Children’s for about three years. The 18-year-old was born female but identifies as male, and is now on cross-gender hormone treatment.
He says a simple visit to the doctor can cause great anxiety in transgender youth.
“You’re looking for care, and you don’t know if these doctors are going to be inclusive, or wondering if these doctors are going to out you, or say the wrong name in the waiting room, or use the wrong pronouns,” said Jordan. “If you have a gender clinic that is specifically for gender identity and for you, you feel more in charge of your healthcare.”
Clinical director Dr. David Breland will head the new program that will be housed at Seattle Children’s Adolescent Clinic on Sand Point Way.
A staff of seven health care providers will offer coordinated medical care, including puberty blockers, cross-gender hormone therapy, and mental health support, to adolescent youth or kids entering puberty. That means kids as young as age 8, up to the age of 21.
Dr. Breland says offering these services through pediatric care allows patients to start treatment early enough for the best cosmetic outcome, reducing chances of discrimination and allowing for better integration into society.
“These patients and these families are incredible,” said Dr. Breland. “It’s almost like if you put patients under, people under duress, like discrimination when they’re able to rise out of that and be productive citizens — it’s amazing.”
The clinic will not be performing surgeries. Dr. Breland says he has been referring patients to outside providers for those services.
For example, Jordan says he’s traveling to California for chest surgery next month.
Dr. Breland says this is evidence-based treatment. Researchers at Children’s conducted a study that showed a need for trained medical personnel and coordinated care for transgender youth.
Administrators say the Gender Clinic will have a ‘soft launch’ opening sometime in October.
Up to 12,000 children and young adults treated at Seattle Children’s Bellevue Clinic and Surgery Center since 2010 could be at risk of infection from surgical instruments that may not have been properly sterilized.
The hospital is sending out warnings to patients and their families, offering free tests for blood-borne viruses, including hepatitis B and C and HIV, said hospital Chief Executive Officer Dr. Jeff Sperring.
“We think the risk is incredibly low to families,” Sperring said Wednesday. “But out of every bit of safety and an abundance of caution, we want to make sure we’re notifying all of them of this potential.”
Sperring said the problem has been corrected, and current patients at the Bellevue clinic face no danger.
The lapse was discovered this past Thursday, when staff examined some instruments that should have been clean but had tiny amounts of “debris” on them, said Dr. Danielle Zerr, medical director for infection control. “The evidence that there were problems was actually very subtle,” she said.
Standard cleaning procedures include manual washing, followed by multiple sterilization steps, she explained. All of the high-temperature sterilization equipment was working and reached the proper temperature for the proper amount of time. The problems were in the manual-washing process.
The instruments involved are used in procedures ranging from ear-tube insertion to orthopedic surgeries. None of the procedures offered at the Bellevue clinic is complex enough to require an overnight stay.
That the final, steam sterilization was performed properly greatly lowers the chance that any microbes could have survived, said Health Officer Dr. Jeff Duchin, of Public Health — Seattle & King County.
Also, the incidence of blood-borne infections such as hepatitis and HIV is low in children, so the odds of an instrument being contaminated is slight to begin with, Duchin said.
“We think it is very unlikely we would find any infections associated with this breach, but it will be reassuring for (patients) to be tested and be found to be negative.”
It’s not clear how long the problems existed at Bellevue. So administrators are assuming that anyone who received a surgical procedure there since the clinic opened in 2010 might be affected.
This is the second time in two years that Seattle Children’s has alerted patients about problems with sterilizing surgical equipment.
In January 2014, the hospital notified about 100 patients that colonoscopes used on them might not have been properly cleaned.
None of those patients came down with an infection, Zerr said.
The hospital reviewed its instrument-handling procedures after the 2014 incident, but not in Bellevue. “We’re investigating now why that process did not extend to the Bellevue campus,” Zerr said.
Sperring said the hospital plans to wrap up its investigation this week. Affected families should start receiving notices in the mail early next week.
The supersonic Concorde jet makes its last commercial passenger flight, traveling at twice the speed of sound from New York City’s John F. Kennedy International Airport to London’s Heathrow Airport on this day in 2003. The British Airways jet carried 100 passengers, including actress Joan Collins, model Christie Brinkley, and an Ohio couple who reportedly paid $60,000 on eBay for two tickets (a roundtrip trans-Atlantic fare typically cost about $9,000).
A large crowd of spectators greeted the plane’s arrival in London, which coincided with two other final Concorde flights from Edinburgh and the Bay of Biscay.
The Concorde, which was developed jointly by the British and French governments, began commercial service in January 1976. A significant achievement in aviation technology and design, the sleek, delta-winged planes could make the trip from New York to London in around three and a half hours, traveling at 1,350 miles per hour.
The Concorde became a symbol of speed and luxury, although it was not without its problems. Some who lived under its flight path criticized the enormous noise it produced. And, tragically, on July 25, 2000, an Air France jet crashed after takeoff from Paris and 113 people died. All Concorde flights were grounded for over a year after the incident.
Citing rising operating costs and reduced ticket sales, British Airways retired its Concorde fleet in October 2003. Air France, the only other Concorde carrier, had permanently grounded its jets in May 2003.
However, the allure of the Concorde was so powerful that when the airlines auctioned off spare parts from their fleets shortly after their retirement, many items sold for significantly more than their suggested price. For example, a blanket valued at $100 sold for $2,000, a door sold for $33,000, and a needle nose sold for $550,000.
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