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Justin Bieber postpones tour; Jane Fonda diagnosed with 3rd type of cancer; Paul Schrader "can't breathe," due to "mystery illness"; and more NON-fatal mishaps in US
TV actress Pauley Perrette had "massive stroke" last year; Tulsa anchor Julie Chin had stroke (on TV) last week; QB Sam Hartman was sidelined by blood clots; and an odd 9-car crash in Mission Viejo
Justin Bieber postpones ‘Justice’ world tour, citing exhaustion: ‘I need to make my health the priority right now’
September 6, 2022
Justin Bieber has been forced to suspend the rest of his world tour after suffering a health setback. The 28-year-old pop star announced in a Tuesday post on his Instagram story that he has dealt with exhaustion while trying to get back on tour, and that the effort “took a real toll on me.”
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“I realized that I need to make my health the priority right now,” he wrote. “So I’m going to take a break from touring for the time being.”
Earlier in the summer, Bieber postponed a series of concerts in New York City, Washington, D.C. and Toronto and revealed he had been diagnosed with Ramsay Hunt syndrome, a rare neurological condition. The singer shared a video showing how the virus had paralyzed half of his face. “It’s from this virus that attacks the nerve in my ear and my facial nerves and has caused my face to have paralysis,” he said at the time. “As you can see, this eye is not blinking. I can’t smile on this side of my face. This nostril will not move.” After a few weeks of rest, Bieber attempted to get back on tour in Europe, but said his body couldn’t keep up with the physical demands of performing. “I’m going to be okay,” he adds, “but I need time to rest and get better.”
Jane Fonda was diagnosed with a third type of cancer
September 3, 2022
Hollywood star Jane Fonda has revealed that she has been diagnosed with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma and is undergoing chemotherapy for the disease. The star said she was lucky to have health insurance and access to the best doctors and treatments. 84-year-old Fonda wrote in a social network his revelation: "So, my dear friends, I have something personal that I want to share. I was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma and started chemotherapy. This is a very treatable cancer. 80% of people survive, so I consider myself very lucky."
She was previously diagnosed with breast cancer and skin cancer, and blamed her past love of tanning on [sic] the latter. According to Fonda, she came to the Golden Globe Awards in 2016 in a white dress with ruffles designed to hide a recent breast removal operation.
Film legend Paul Schrader is seriously ill but on a roll
September 4, 2022
Few thought Paul Schrader would ever match the success of his early scripts for "Taxi Driver" and "Raging Bull" -- but suddenly, in his seventies, the writer-director is back at the top of his game.
His fear now, as he appeared at the Venice Film Festival with his latest movie "Master Gardener", starring Sigourney Weaver and Joel Edgerton, is whether he will ever be able to make another.
"I can't breathe," the 76-year-old bluntly told AFP at the festival, visibly struggling. "I couldn't direct a game of miniature golf right now." The mysterious illness -- doctors are unsure whether it is his lungs or his heart -- came on earlier this year just as he was finishing "Master Gardener".
"When I got to hospital, it turned out I'd been directing for a week with influenza -- at night in Louisiana," he said. "I could be back in hospital tomorrow."
Pauley Perrette reveals she suffered 'massive stroke' a year ago
September 5, 2022
The 53-year-old, who is best known for playing Abby Sciuto on NCIS between 2003 and 2018, revealed the news as she celebrated the first anniversary of her health scare on Twitter on Friday. "One year ago I had a massive stoke (sic). Before that I lost so many beloved family and friends, and daddy And then Cousin Wayne. Yet still a survivor after this traumatic life I've been given so far..." she tweeted. "And still so grateful, still so full of faith, and STILL HERE!"
Pauley was hospitalised in 2014 after having a severe allergic reaction to her NCIS character's signature black hair dye, and in 2015, she was attacked by a homeless man outside of her Hollywood Hills home.
News Anchor Stumbles Over Her Words, Leaves Mid-Broadcast After Suffering ‘Beginnings of a Stroke’
September 5, 2022
Julie Chin of Tulsa’s NBC affiliate KJRH [Tulsa] was reporting on NASA’s now-canceled Artemis I launch at 8:45 a.m. CT Saturday morning. She became visibly confused and was unable to read the words on the teleprompter. In spite of multiple attempts to start over and continue the report, Chin surrendered something was not right. “I’m sorry, something is going on with me this morning and I apologize to everybody,” she said. “Let’s just go ahead and send it on to meteorologist Annie Brown. Brown took over and finished the newscast. Chin did not return to air.
On Sunday night, the veteran Tulsa anchor updated her followers on the situation and apologized. “I’m so glad to tell you I’m OK,” she wrote on Facebook. “The past few days are still a little bit of a mystery, but my doctors believe I had the beginnings of a stroke live on the air Saturday morning. Some of you witnessed it firsthand, and I’m so sorry that happened.”
Chin added: "The episode seemed to have come out of nowhere. I felt great before our show. However, over the course of several minutes during our newscast things started to happen. First, I lost partial vision in one eye. A little bit later my hand and arm went numb. Then, I knew I was in big trouble when my mouth would not speak the words that were right in front of me on the teleprompter. If you were watching Saturday morning, you know how desperately I tried to steer the show forward, but the words just wouldn’t come."
Chin said her colleagues in the newsroom immediately phoned 9-1-1. “I’m glad to share that my tests have all come back great,” she wrote. “At this point, doctors think I had the beginnings of a stroke, but not a full stroke. There are still lots of questions, and lots to follow up on, but the bottom line is I should be just fine.”
After blood clot issue, QB Sam Hartman “excited” for return to Wake Forest football
September 7, 2022
Wake Forest is getting Sam Hartman back, as the redshirt junior quarterback has recovered from a blood clot that sidelined him last month. Hartman is expected to start Saturday night when the No. 23 Demon Deacons play at Vanderbilt. After leading Wake Forest to an ACC championship game appearance last season, Hartman developed a blood clot that required surgery to remove on Aug. 9, according to information released by the school on Tuesday.
“There will be time for me to tell my complete story,” Hartman said in a statement, “but right now I am just really excited to get back on the field with my teammates and compete each day to help our team get ready for Vanderbilt this Saturday in Nashville.”
Dr. Julie Freischlag, Hartman’s surgeon who is also dean of Wake Forest’s school of medicine, said he developed the clot in the subclavian vein, located just under the collarbone. The condition is known as Paget-Schroetter syndrome, or effort thrombosis, and Freischlag said doctors believe the clot occurred as a result of a previous infection that eventually caused inflammation.
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Captain of wrecked WA ferry resigns
August 2, 2022
The captain of the Cathlamet ferry, which veered off course near West Seattle on Thursday and slammed into some pilings, resigned on Monday. The crash did not result in any injuries or hazardous material spills.
Washington State Ferries spokesperson Ian Sterling confirmed the captain’s resignation Monday, and that the ferryboat was moving much faster than it should have been at that point in the journey. He said the captain, whose name has not been released, was tested for drugs and alcohol and the results were negative. It remained unclear what was happening on the captain’s deck that caused the crash. Sterling also could not rule out mechanical error. “It truly is a mystery,” Sterling said. “Something went badly wrong there.”
The Cathlamet left Vashon Island, heading east toward the Fauntleroy dock in West Seattle, Thursday morning around 7:55 a.m. Its approach was normal for most of the journey, according to Marine Tracker, a website that tracks vessels’ positions. But as it approached the dock, the ferry lurched south. It went so far off course that the side of the ship facing north hit the southern group of pilings, known as a dolphin. The collision crumpled one corner of the boat, causing the collapse of the outside portion of the passenger deck known as the picklefork. Several cars were damaged in the collision, with one being trapped by metal, where it remains, said Sterling.
Initial estimates of the cost of repairs to the Cathlamet, a 1980s boat that came online as part of the Issaquah class of ferries, is between $5 million and $7 million. That number could easily rise as the investigation continues, said Sterling.
The Coast Guard is leading the federal investigation, along with the National Transportation Safety Board, while WSF runs its own internal investigation. A spokesperson for the Coast Guard said the investigation is in its preliminary stages and did not offer any additional details on the cause of the incident.
“I can tell you they haven’t interviewed my guys yet,” said Dan Twohig, regional representative for the International Organization of Masters, Mates & Pilots, whose members aboard the Cathlamet include a mate as well as the captain, whom he declined to name Monday. “This is a bad accident and nobody got hurt,” Twohig said. “That’s what’s important.”
9-car crash in Mission Viejo leaves at least 1 person in critical condition, closes major roads
September 10, 2022
A nine-car crash at the intersection of Alicia Parkway and Jeronimo Road in Mission Viejo on Saturday left at least one person in critical condition, authorities said.
Deputies responded to the scene shortly after 12 p.m., said Orange County Sheriff’s spokesman Sgt. Todd Hylton. Initially it appeared seven vehicles were involved but that number was increased to nine around 2 p.m., Hylton said.
A total of five people were injured in the crash, according to Orange County Fire Authority spokesperson Greg Bradshaw, who said two were transported to the hospital from the scene. One person was taken in critical condition, Bradshaw added.
“It’s a pretty big scene they’re trying to unwind, which is why we’ve got a lot of units still out there assisting right now,” Hylton said.
The cause of the crash was under investigation.