Dr. L A Morrison

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The Tragic Life and Cruel Execution of Ledell Lee - Vice

<i>This story was published in collaboration with the Marshall Project.</i><p>Ledell Lee was put to death by the state of Arkansas last week. He was the first of three men killed by the state in a mad dash to use their lethal injection drugs before they expired. Another man is set to be executed Thursday. I …

Crime

Why Oba of Lagos 'snubbing' Ooni of Ife shocked Nigeria

<b>Video footage showing a traditional leader, the Oba of Lagos, seemingly snubbing the Yoruba "king of kings", the Ooni of Ife, at a public event has shocked many Nigerians. Ugochukwu Ikeakor explains why it is such a big deal.</b><p>Deep respect for leaders is a pillar of the culture of the Yoruba people, …

Africa

Billions of dollars later, Joseph Kony remains at large and the first world has lost interest in bringing him to justice

<i>Western governments and NGOs have spent billions chasing Africa’s most wanted warlord. Joseph Kony has slipped away, and now the West is packing up its six-shooters. Were they just playing cowboys and Indians?</i><p>Lukodi, Uganda<p>On Dec. 6, the International Criminal Court opened its prosecution of a …

Africa

Widespread Hype Gives False Hope To Many Cancer Patients

After Michael Uvanni’s older brother, James, was diagnosed with a deadly form of skin cancer, it seemed as if everyone told the family what they …

Cancer

Uganda's Punishment Island: 'I was left to die on an island for getting pregnant'

<b>Unmarried girls who got pregnant used to be seen as bringing shame to their families in parts of Uganda, so they were taken to a tiny island and left to die. The lucky ones were rescued, and one of them is still alive. The BBC's Patience Atuhaire tracked her down.</b><p>"When my family discovered that I …

Africa

Group launches site to help women self-induce abortions at home, citing restrictive U.S. laws

An international advocacy group concerned about restrictive laws in the United States plans to help women use the abortion pill at home, offering online advice and counseling about how to use medications the Food and Drug Administration says should be taken only by prescription and under medical …

Rights & Freedoms

Spike Lee: ‘Black men are still viewed as predators’

Twenty-five years after the LA riots, Spike Lee has made a film about Rodney King, whose beating by the police triggered the uprising. Does he think things have improved in the US? ‘Race is always going to be an issue in this country’<p>Spike Lee can’t recall the first time he saw the grainy video of …

Black Lives Matter

Pot use, abuse more likely in states with medical marijuana laws, study shows

DENVER — People living in states with legalized medical marijuana are more likely to use and abuse cannabis than people living in states where pot remains completely illegal, says a new study that cautions policymakers.<p>Sixty-four percent of Americans now live in states permitting medical marijuana …

Marijuana

Doctors with boats: How a Kenyan woman is keeping her people healthy

<i>This story by Luca Powell originally appeared on Global Citizen.</i><p>In 2010, after completing two degrees in the United States, Umra Omar returned to her …

Africa

Nigeria's Buhari seeks approval to borrow $6.93 billion from China, World Bank

ABUJA (Reuters) - Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari is seeking parliament's approval for a proposal to borrow $5.85 billion from China to modernize its rail network and another $1.075 billion from the World Bank to help rebuild the insurgency-torn northeast.<p>Buhari urged parliament in a letter to …

China

New glaucoma test 'means treatment can start before sight loss symptoms begin'

A pioneering eye test could save the sight of millions by helping doctors tackle the biggest global cause of permanent blindness.<p>The test allows early detection of glaucoma so that treatment can start before vision begins to deteriorate.<p>It also has potential for diagnosing degenerative neurological …

Medicine

Urgent trip to restroom gets man kicked off flight

MILWAUKEE — The way Kima Hamilton sees it, his urgent need to use the restroom as a Milwaukee-bound Delta jet awaited takeoff was a misunderstanding blown out of proportion.<p>In fellow passenger Krista Rosolino's view, Hamilton's removal from the April 18 flight was an outrage and so was everyone …

Aviation
World News

Veteran and Soldier Accused of Tying Therapy Dog to Tree, Shooting It 5 Times and Filming It

An Army veteran and a soldier are accused of tying up a therapy dog and killing it execution style.<p>Marinna Rollins, 23, and Jarren Heng, 25, are …

Crime

Man threw girlfriend's autistic twins, 4, into bitterly cold sea while high

Boys were both shaking uncontrollably and one began to vomit violently in the ambulance, a police report said.<p>A Boston man is accused of throwing his …

Crime

You Thought It Was An Urgent Care Center, Until You Got the Bill

When Ginger Pine's daughter started coughing and running a fever one night last December, she tried to take her to their usual after-hours doctor's office, but there was a line out the door.<p>Pine and her husband kept driving until they came upon a facility called PrimeCare Emergency Center. "There …

Health Care

Plant powder snatches malaria victims from death's door

When 18 malaria patients in the Congo failed to respond to conventional treatments and instead continued to head toward terminal status, doctors knew …

Medicine

WHO: Malaria vaccine to be 'real life' tested in Africa

Ghana, Kenya and Malawi to start large scale trial of RTS,S injectable vaccine in 2018.<p>The world's first malaria vaccine will be available in selected areas of Ghana, Kenya and Malawi from 2018, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).<p>The UN body's regional office for Africa said in a …

Africa

'I Dreamed Of Africa' Author And Conservationist, Shot In Kenya

Kuki Gallmann, a conservationist best known for her book <i>I Dreamed of Africa</i>, was ambushed and shot while she drove across her conservancy in Kenya Sunday morning.<p>Gallmann, 73, was shot in the stomach and "severely injured" while surveying her property with rangers of the Kenya Wildlife Service, …

Africa

This boy's meme is raising thousands for his school in Ghana

<i>This story by Yosola Olorunshola was originally posted on Global Citizen.</i><p>Jake, a 5-year-old boy from a small village in Ghana, has inadvertently …

Health Care

Kenya cancels elections after too many voters turn up

Too many Kenyans, keen to have their voices heard, have plunged the electoral system into chaos. The president says he pulled the plug as it could have subverted the democratic will of the people.<p>An unexpected surge in voters in the primaries for Kenya's ruling party overwhelmed authorities and led …

Africa

Dutch 'abortion boat' arrives off the coast of Mexico

Women on Waves says it is offering free, legal, medical abortions till nine weeks of pregnancy in international waters.<p>A Dutch sailing boat offering abortions has arrived in international waters off Mexico's west coast, according to the organisation which operates it.<p>The vessel, which operates …

Women's Rights

Joseph Kony is still at large. Here’s why the U.S. and Uganda were willing to give up the hunt.

KAMPALA – This week, the international manhunt for Joseph Kony came to an undistinguished end. Both Uganda and the United States said they were withdrawing forces dedicated to catching the warlord, who remains on the run despite a multi-year, multimillion-dollar chase.<p>Just five years ago, Kony …

Africa

Why It’s O.K. for Doctors to Participate in Executions

On Thursday, Arkansas executed a 51-year-old convicted murderer named Ledell Lee, the first of four prisoners the state intends to execute by the end of the month. That would set a pace rarely if ever matched in the modern history of American capital punishment. The state’s rationale for its …

Death Penalty

Barkley L. Hendricks, Portraitist of a New Black Pride, Dies at 72

Barkley L. Hendricks, a painter who gave new representation to ordinary black men and women, memorializing them in portraits that echoed the grand manner of the old masters, died on Tuesday in New London, Conn. He was 72.<p>His wife, Susan, said that the cause was a cerebral hemorrhage.<p>While touring …

Artists

Breaking 'the curse' of disabled children in South Africa

The government estimates as many as 600,000 children with disabilities are not getting an education.<p>Lesley Mashimbye's father wanted to abandon him at the hospital. Family members were so embarrassed when he visited, they wanted him kept him inside a bedroom. The 13-year-old suffers from cerebral …

South Africa
Crime

Mysterious death of New York judge was initially called a suicide. Now, police think it's suspicious

The mystery of how a prominent African American judge came to be found floating dead in the Hudson River has deepened as her family and widowed husband disputed suggestions by the New York Police Department that she had committed suicide.<p>What is known is that Sheila Abdus-Salaam, 65, a judge on the …

Crime

Cherokee Nation Sues Opioid Distributors, Pharmacies

OKLAHOMA CITY — The Cherokee Nation sued distributors and retailers of opioid medications on Thursday, alleging the companies have contributed to "an epidemic of prescription opioid abuse" within the tribe and have not done enough to prevent tribal members from acquiring illegally prescribed opioid …

Lawsuits