NATIONAL NEWS: Tennessee sewage leak stopped after killing fish and spreading bacteria, Heightened security at Washington state psychiatric hospitals following escapes, MLB team grants Holocaust survivor’s dream


Tennessee sewage leak stopped after killing fish, spreading bacteria

A sewage leak into a Tennessee lake was finally stopped April 7 after killing more than 10,000 fish and distributing high levels of E.coli bacteria. The sewage line broke March 31 and a bypass was recently installed to fix the leakage. Fox News said, “The break sent 50 million gallons of untreated wastewater per day into Cypress Creek and McKellar Lake, which flows into the Mississippi River.” Officials said these are not sources of drinking water, but did advise against people fishing and even touching the water. There have not been any reports of health problems related to the leak.

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Heightened security at Washington state psychiatric hospitals following escapes

Security at Washington state psychiatric hospitals is being increased said officials April 9. This announcement followed “a week in which two patients escaped and another two went missing,” reported Fox News. These incidents occurred at Western State Hospital in Lakewood, Washington. One of the escapees, Anthony Garver, 28, was “accused of torturing a 20-year-old woman to death in 2013.” He was found Friday, April 8. The other escapee, 58-year-old Mark Alexander Adams, was captured Thursday, April 7. Both men had escaped on Wednesday, April 6. According to Fox News, “Two other patients took ‘unescorted leaves’ from the hospital during the manhunt, state officials said.” One of these patients has been found. As of April 10, the other had still not been found.

There have been safety concerns involving this particular hospital in the past.

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MLB team grants Holocaust survivor’s dream

A Holocaust survivor learned April 6 that her lifelong dream will be fulfilled when she sings the national anthem at a Major League Baseball game. Hermina Hirsch, 89, and originally from Czechoslovakia, moved to Michigan with her husband after surviving the Auschwitz concentration camp. She lost most of her family at the camp including her parents and three brothers. Hirsch’s husband took her to a Detroit Tigers game, and she said, “I don’t want to die before I sing at a baseball game.” According to Fox News, “Hirsch said she’d sung the national anthem at weekly meetings of Holocaust survivors for years.” Her granddaughter reached out to the Detroit Tigers and after massive support, the team finally said yes.

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