Sign1News 8.15.19 – News for the Deaf community powered by CNN in American Sign Language (ASL).


Hello everyone. Welcome to Sign1News. I’m Jethro Wooddall. Here are your top stories for today. The FDA is warning people to stop drinking
mineral solution products sold online. The products are sold online under various
names like Miracle or Master Mineral Solution or Water Purification Solution (WPS) and claims
to cure autism, cancer, HIV, hepatitis, flu, acne and a host of other illnesses and diseases. According to James Humble, the man who discovered
MMS, the solution is an oxidizer that kills pathogens and destroys poisons in the body
so it can heal properly. The MMS website estimates more than 20 million
people have used the solution and hundreds of thousands of lives have been saved or improved. But the FDA says the product is 28 percent
sodium chlorite, an industrial chemical used as a pesticide and for waste management treatment. FDA officials say ingesting it is the same
as drinking bleach and they are urging consumers not to use it or give it to their children. The agency says severe vomiting, severe diarrhea,
a life-threatening low blood pressure caused by dehydration and acute liver failure are
among the side effects experienced by people who drink the product. A tense and dangerous scene played out in
a North Philadelphia neighborhood last night. It all started around 4:30 PM when officers
arrived to serve a drug warrant at the home of Maurice Hill. Officials say 6 officers entered the premises
and as they got towards the rear of the house near the kitchen, gunfire erupted. All six officers were struck by gunfire. Four officers dove out of windows to escape
but two others were trapped inside with three other hostages. The SWAT team arrived a few hours later and
were able to free everyone inside. But Hill refused to leave. Philadelphia’s police commissioner said he
honestly didn’t think you would make out alive because he kept yelling “I’m not going back
to prison!” But after almost 8 hours of negotiating, Hill
surrendered and was taken into custody. Police said that once Hill’s attorney got
on the phone, they were able to talk him out. All of the officers who were shot were treated
at local hospitals and released. Hill is now facing six counts of attempted
murder, six counts of aggravated assault, reckless endangerment and a host of other
offenses. Check out these cool sculptures in Chris Brown’s
Colorado backyard. The 53-year-old created these giant pieces
using reclaimed granite countertops. What’s even more impressive is Brown is legally
blind. He has created over twenty sculptures with
many weighing hundreds of thousands of pounds. Brown and his wife and friends help his vision
come to life. And he doesn’t plan on stopping anytime soon. What started as a hobby has grown into what
he calls a “granite paradise.” According to an Israeli spokesman, Israel
has decided to ban Democratic Congresswomen Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar from entering
the country. The announcement comes shortly after this
tweet from President Trump saying Israel would be showing great weakness by allowing them
to enter the country. Tlaib and Omar, who have been vocal critics
of Israel, planned to visit one of the holiest and most sensitive sites in Jerusalem. The site is known to Muslims as Haram al-Sharif
and to Jewish people as the Temple Mount. The two lawmakers had refused to be escorted
by Israeli security while visiting the site. The Congresswomen planned to meet with Israeli
and Palestinian peace activists and representatives of human rights organizations. Check this out. It’s a wearable tail created by Japanese designers. But it’s not for fun or a bizarre Halloween
costume. It has a medical purpose. This high-tech strap-on tail has sensors and
artificial “muscles” that make it move in response to the wearer’s movements. For example if you lean left, the tail swings
right. If you lean down, the tail swings upward. The counter movement changes the body’s momentum
and center of gravity. Researchers say that enables it to provide
stability which can help people tripping or balancing problems. They developed the robotic appendage by studying
cats and tigers but ended up settling on seahorses as a model. That’s because their larger and heavier tails
are better at providing the force and momentum necessary for impacting center of gravity. The human tail needs to weigh 5 percent of
the wearer’s body weight to be effective. In recent years Japan has become a world leader
in wearable technology, many designed to improve users’ health and quality of life, like robotic
exoskeletons that help kids with cerebral palsy walk and nail stickers with scannable
barcodes to help keep track of senior citizens with dementia. Right now the robotic tail is just a project
in a lab as researchers continue to tweak the technology. Be sure to join us tonight at 8:45 PM Eastern
daylight time for our Facebook live chat with some of the cast and crew of the powerful
stageplay “Peeling.” Deaf actress Michelle Mary Schaefer leads
a talented cast of actors in the US premiere of the landmark play about disability written
by award-winning playwright Kaite O’Reilly. The performances are running now through August
24 at the Center Theater at the Seattle Center Armory in Seattle, Washington. Tactile tours will be offered prior to each
performance and there will be ASL interpreted and real-time captioned performances as well. We hope you will join us tonight at 8:45 PM
Eastern daylight time as we chat with the cast and crew just moments before they hit
the stage. And those are your top stories for today. I’m Jethro Wooddall. Thank you for watching Sign1News. Remember to follow us on all of our social
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