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Midday rundown: Officer arrested after deadly crash; NFL Hamlin update

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A tragedy in Louisiana has left two high school cheerleaders dead and a police officer arrested; speculation grows over NFL player Damar Hamlin’s cardiac arrest and incidents of children eating cannabis edibles spike. These stories and more highlight your midday rundown, aimed straight down the middle, for Jan. 3, 2023. 

Louisiana officer arrested after deadly chase

Maggie Dunn and Caroline Hill tragically died over the weekend when their car was struck by a police cruiser. Officer David Cauthron was in a high-speed pursuit of a home invasion suspect.

The suspect had stolen a car in the chase which sometimes reached speeds of 110 miles per hour and ran red lights. That officer has now been booked on charges of negligent homicide for pursuing the chase that killed the two teens.

The suspect that the police were chasing has also been charged for two counts of homicide in the girls deaths.

Speculation on NFL player’s cardiac arrest

Buffalo Bills player Damar Hamlin remains in critical condition after collapsing mid-game on Monday due to cardiac arrest.

As the 24-year-old is in a Cincinnati hospital, some on social media are speculating about the cause of the incident, questioning whether it had anything to do with the COVID-19 vaccine. This theory is nothing new. It has circulated as several athletes have died unexpectedly since the vaccine was introduced. 

Straight Arrow News reporter Shannon Longworth spoke with a cardiologist last year for clarification.

The cardiologist said that young people sometimes have unexplained, abnormal heart rhythm, which can be life threatening. These cases are categorized as “sudden adult death syndrome,” and they occurred even before the COVID-19 vaccine. 

So far, there’s no clear correlation between the two as the theory is lacking enough supporting data. 

Iranian chess player faces scrutiny

An Iranian chess player has received warnings not to return to Iran after competing in a chess tournament without wearing a head covering. According to the report, the female chess player competed in an international chess tournament in Kazakhstan where she was not wearing a headscarf. Wearing a headscarf is mandatory under Iran’s dress code for women.

It comes at a time when Iran has faced backlash from its own people over its treatment of women.

The chess player could face prosecution from Iranian officials.

Spike in children eating cannabis edibles

More than 20 states have legalized marijuana, some as recent as the last midterm election. While legalization becomes more prevalent, so has the number of accidents with children getting their hands on edible cannabis.

In the span of five years, the number of young children who ate edibles rose 1,375%. There were more than 3,000 cases in 2021, compared to 200 cases in 2017.

These cases of kids eating edibles are only counting children six years or younger. The cases also account for nearly half of all poison exposure emergency calls.

Many edibles come in the form of candies, cookies, brownies, chocolates – all things which appeal to toddlers. Combine that with more products readily available through legalization, it is creating more exposure to children according to the study authors.

Human composting legal in New York

With a new year comes new laws, and one that is widely talked about this year is human composting, which has just been legalized in New York. New York becomes the sixth state to allow the controversial alternative method to traditional burial or cremation.

Human composting is essentially when a body is placed into a casket with natural materials like wood chips and hay. Bacteria breaks down the human body into soil within about a month, creating human compost that families can use to plant things in honor of their loved one.

KARAH RUCKER: A TRAGEDY OUT OF LOUISIANA HAS LEFT TWO HIGH SCHOOL CHEERLEADERS DEAD AND A POLICE OFFICER ARRESTED…AFTER A HIGH SPEED CHASE INVOLVING A BURGLARY SUSPECT ENDED IN A CRASH.

THIS IS YOUR MIDDAY RUNDOWN AIMED DOWN THE MIDDLE WITH STRAIGHT ARROW NEWS.

LOUISIANA OFFICER ARRESTED AFTER DEADLY CHASE

MAGGIE DUNN AND CAROLINE HILL TRAGICALLY DIED OVER THE WEEKEND WHEN THEIR CAR WAS STRUCK BY A POLICE CRUISER.

OFFICER “DAVID CAUTHRON” WAS IN A HIGH-SPEED PURSUIT OF A HOME-INVASION SUSPECT.

THE SUSPECT HAD STOLEN A CAR. SOMETIMES REACHING SPEEDS OF 110 MILES PER HOUR AND RUNNING RED LIGHTS.

THAT OFFICER HAS NOW BEEN BOOKED ON CHARGES OF NEGLIGENT HOMICIDE FOR PURSUING THE CHASE THAT KILLED THE TWO TEENS.

THE SUSPECT POLICE WERE CHASING HAS ALSO BEEN CHARGED FOR TWO COUNTS OF HOMICIDE IN THE GIRLS DEATHS.

SPECULATION ON NFL PLAYER’S CARDIAC ARREST

BILLS PLAYER DAMAR HAMLIN REMAINS IN CRITICAL CONDITION AFTER COLLAPSING MID-GAME ON MONDAY DUE TO CARDIAC ARREST.

AS THE 24-YEAR-OLD IS IN A CINCINNATI HOSPITAL, SOME ON SOCIAL MEDIA ARE SPECULATING ABOUT THE CAUSE OF THE INCIDENT–QUESTIONING WHETHER IT HAD ANYTHING TO DO WITH THE COVID VACCINE.

THIS THEORY IS NOTHING NEW. 

IT’S CIRCULATED AS SEVERAL ATHLETES HAVE DIED UNEXPECTEDLY SINCE THE VACCINE WAS INTRODUCED. 

OUR REPORTER SHANNON LONGWORTH SPOKE WITH A CARDIOLOGIST LAST YEAR FOR CLARIFICATION.

THE CARDIOLOGIST SAID THAT YOUNG PEOPLE SOMETIMES HAVE UNEXPLAINED, ABNORMAL HEART RHYTHM, WHICH CAN BE LIFE-THREATENING. THESE CASES ARE CATEGORIZED AS “SUDDEN ADULT DEATH SYNDROME,” AND THEY OCCURRED EVEN BEFORE THE COVID VACCINE. 

SO FAR, THERE’S NO CLEAR CORRELATION BETWEEN THE TWO – LACKING ENOUGH SUPPORTING DATA. 

IRANIAN CHESS PLAYER FACES SCRUTINY

AN IRANIAN CHESS PLAYER HAS RECEIVED WARNINGS NOT TO RETURN TO IRAN AFTER COMPETING IN A CHESS TOURNAMENT WITHOUT WEARING A HEAD COVERING.

ACCORDING TO THE REPORT, THE FEMALE CHESS PLAYER COMPETED IN AN INTERNATIONAL CHESS TOURNAMENT IN “KAZAKHSTAN” WHERE SHE WAS NOT WEARING A HEAD-SCARF.

THAT’S MANDATORY UNDER IRAN’S DRESS CODE FOR WOMEN.

IT COMES AT A TIME IRAN HAS FACED BACKLASH FROM ITS OWN PEOPLE OVER IT’S TREATMENT OF WOMEN.

THE CHESS PLAYER COULD FACE PROSECUTION FROM IRANIAN OFFICIALS.

SPIKE IN CHILDREN EATING CANNABIS EDIBLES

MORE THAN 20 STATES HAVE LEGALIZED MARIJUANA…SOME AS RECENT AS THE LAST MIDTERM ELECTION.

AND WHILE THE LEGALIZATION BECOMES MORE PREVALENT…SO DO THE NUMBER OF ACCIDENTS WITH CHILDREN GETTING THEIR HANDS ON “EDIBLE CANNABIS.”

IN THE SPAN OF FIVE YEARS…THE NUMBER OF YOUNG CHILDREN WHO ATE EDIBLES ROSE 13 HUNDRED PERCENT.

THERE WERE MORE THAN THREE THOUSAND CASES IN 2021…COMPARED TO 200 IN 20-17.

THESE CASES OF KIDS EATING EDIBLES ARE ONLY COUNTING CHILDREN SIX YEARS OR YOUNGER.

THESE CASES ALSO ACCOUNT FOR NEARLY HALF OF ALL POISON EXPOSURE EMERGENCY CALLS.

MANY EDIBLES COME IN THE FORM OF CANDIES, COOKIES, BROWNIES, CHOCOLATES…ALL THINGS APPEALING TO TODDLERS.

COMBINE THAT WITH MORE PRODUCTS READILY AVAILABLE THROUGH LEGALIZATION…THAT’S CREATING MORE EXPOSURE TO CHILDREN ACCORDING TO THE STUDY AUTHORS.

HUMAN COMPOSTING LEGAL IN NEW YORK

WITH A NEW YEAR COMES NEW LAWS…AND ONE THAT IS WIDELY TALKED ABOUT THIS YEAR…IS HUMAN COMPOSTING LEGALIZED IN NEW YORK. IT BECOMES THE SIXTH STATE TO DO SO.

ALLOWING A CONTROVERSIAL ALTERNATIVE METHOD TO YOUR TRADITIONAL BURIAL OR CREMATION.

HUMAN COMPOSTING IS ESSENTIALLY WHEN A BODY IS PLACED INTO A CASKET WITH NATURAL MATERIALS LIKE WOOD CHIPS AND HAY.

THEN  BACTERIA BREAKS DOWN THE HUMAN BODY INTO SOIL WITHIN ABOUT A MONTH.

CREATING HUMAN COMPOST THAT FAMILIES CAN USE TO PLANT WITH…IN HONOR OF THEIR LOVED ONE.

AND THOSE ARE YOUR TOP HEADLINES ON THIS TUESDAY AFTERNOON.

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A tragedy in Louisiana has left two high school cheerleaders dead and a police officer arrested; speculation grows over NFL player Damar Hamlin’s cardiac arrest and incidents of children eating cannabis edibles spike. These stories and more highlight your midday rundown, aimed straight down the middle, for Jan. 3, 2023. 

Louisiana officer arrested after deadly chase

Maggie Dunn and Caroline Hill tragically died over the weekend when their car was struck by a police cruiser. Officer David Cauthron was in a high-speed pursuit of a home invasion suspect.

The suspect had stolen a car in the chase which sometimes reached speeds of 110 miles per hour and ran red lights. That officer has now been booked on charges of negligent homicide for pursuing the chase that killed the two teens.

The suspect that the police were chasing has also been charged for two counts of homicide in the girls deaths.

Speculation on NFL player’s cardiac arrest

Buffalo Bills player Damar Hamlin remains in critical condition after collapsing mid-game on Monday due to cardiac arrest.

As the 24-year-old is in a Cincinnati hospital, some on social media are speculating about the cause of the incident, questioning whether it had anything to do with the COVID-19 vaccine. This theory is nothing new. It has circulated as several athletes have died unexpectedly since the vaccine was introduced. 

Straight Arrow News reporter Shannon Longworth spoke with a cardiologist last year for clarification.

The cardiologist said that young people sometimes have unexplained, abnormal heart rhythm, which can be life threatening. These cases are categorized as “sudden adult death syndrome,” and they occurred even before the COVID-19 vaccine. 

So far, there’s no clear correlation between the two as the theory is lacking enough supporting data. 

Iranian chess player faces scrutiny

An Iranian chess player has received warnings not to return to Iran after competing in a chess tournament without wearing a head covering. According to the report, the female chess player competed in an international chess tournament in Kazakhstan where she was not wearing a headscarf. Wearing a headscarf is mandatory under Iran’s dress code for women.

It comes at a time when Iran has faced backlash from its own people over its treatment of women.

The chess player could face prosecution from Iranian officials.

Spike in children eating cannabis edibles

More than 20 states have legalized marijuana, some as recent as the last midterm election. While legalization becomes more prevalent, so has the number of accidents with children getting their hands on edible cannabis.

In the span of five years, the number of young children who ate edibles rose 1,375%. There were more than 3,000 cases in 2021, compared to 200 cases in 2017.

These cases of kids eating edibles are only counting children six years or younger. The cases also account for nearly half of all poison exposure emergency calls.

Many edibles come in the form of candies, cookies, brownies, chocolates – all things which appeal to toddlers. Combine that with more products readily available through legalization, it is creating more exposure to children according to the study authors.

Human composting legal in New York

With a new year comes new laws, and one that is widely talked about this year is human composting, which has just been legalized in New York. New York becomes the sixth state to allow the controversial alternative method to traditional burial or cremation.

Human composting is essentially when a body is placed into a casket with natural materials like wood chips and hay. Bacteria breaks down the human body into soil within about a month, creating human compost that families can use to plant things in honor of their loved one.

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