Syringes left by drug users amid the heroin crisis are turning up everywhere. They hide in weeds along hiking trails and in playground grass, get washed into rivers and onto beaches, and lie scattered about in baseball dugouts and on sidewalks and streets. There are reports of children finding them and getting poked.
Children participated in the annual Mud Day at the Nankin Mills Park on Tuesday in Westland, Mich. The annual day sponsored by the Wayne County Parks takes place in a 75 foot by 150 foot giant mud pit that gives children the opportunity to get down and dirty at one of the messiest playgrounds Southeast Michigan has ever seen.
Baraka Cosmas, 7, is missing half his right arm. Mwigulu Matonange, 14, lost his left arm. Emmanuel Festo, 15, lost his right, plus the fingers of his left hand. Pendo Sengerema, 16, had an arm severed at the elbow.
Watson Saint Fleur is 12 but he’s never attended a day of school. He’s toiled in hardship doing household chores and peddling plastic bags of drinking water along city streets noisy with motorbikes and trucks.
Fiona made her debut to the media in Hippo Cove at the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden, Wednesday, May 31, 2017, in Cincinnati. The zoo emphasizes she isn’t ready for public display but the media-only event was a step toward that. Fiona was born Jan. 24, weighing 29 pounds (13 kilograms).
Pointe aux Chene native Mel Guidry still lives steps away from where he played as a kid, but nowadays, one can only swim there. Like much of this area of coastal Louisiana, where man’s degradation of natural protections has exacerbated the effects of erosion and storms, the yard was swallowed by water. In Isle de Jean Charles, a smaller community to the south, more than 90 percent of the original land mass is gone, prompting the first relocation due to climate change paid for by U.S. tax dollars.
Stores can’t keep them in stock. Parents are scrambling to find them. And some schools have banned them.
The drone is loaded onto a catapult on the flight deck. From a control room, a technician revs the motor until the go-ahead is given to press the red button. Then the ScanEagle lifts off with a whoosh and, true to its lofty name, soars majestically over the wide blue sea.