The Cannon Point neighborhood of Lauderhill, Fla., was originally conceived as a haven for the middle class elderly back in 1996. City officials did not anticipate that assisted-living facilities for the mentally ill would move in instead.
In the last eight years, the Lauderhill Police Department has had almost 1,300 missing person calls from the Cannon Point neighborhood. Detective Robert Clifford says residents come back 99 percent of the time, but the calls take him away from the other cases he needs to handle.
As states have closed down mental hospitals, they've struggled to find housing for the mentally ill. In Florida, assisted-living facilities have become the de facto solution.
It takes just a high school diploma and 26 hours of training to run one of Florida's mental health assisted-living facilities — that's lower than the state requirements for becoming a beautician, a barber or even an auctioneer.
Children taking stimulant drugs like Ritalin for ADHD aren't at greater risk of having a heart attack or other serious cardiovascular problems, according to new research published online today in the New England Journal of Medicine.
But critics of the widespread use of prescription amphetamines to treat the symptoms of attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder — 2.7 million children are taking the drugs — say this latest study still doesn't give ADHD drugs a clean bill of health.
The early reports are that everyone's OK after LOT Airlines flight 16 from Newark, N.J., to Warsaw, Poland, had to land on its belly today because of problems with the landing gear. According to CNN, Polish TV says there were 230 people on board the Boeing 767.
Local TV cameras were rolling as the plane came in.
As a million or two customers in towns and cities across much of New England begin another day without power since Saturday's "historic October snowstorm," frustration is growing, The Hartford Courant reports.
"The state's largest utility said Monday that it was stepping up its efforts to restore electricity to more than 700,000 customers still without power as of Monday evening," the Courant says.
Memorial Golf Park creator Arne Swanson stands on its putting green — an ossuary with enough capacity to hold 600 former avid golfers. Families can purchase a spot on the solemn "leader board" to preserve the loved one's standing for all eternity.
Americans aren't going for coffins like they used to. Cremation is becoming more popular and many families opt to dispose of the ashes somewhere other than a cemetery.
That's not good news for the funeral and cemetery business. Arne Swanson, market director for Dignity Memorial Service Corporation International, recalls watching a family spreading the ashes of a loved one on the fairway of a golf course.
"I thought, 'There must be a better way,' " he says. "There just simply was not a product to meet the needs of this family."
"Markets plunged Tuesday on fears that Europe's plan to save the euro was already unraveling after the shock decision by Greek Prime Minister to call a referendum on the country's latest rescue," The Associated Press writes.