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Josh Thompson, who helped raise millions to fight ALS, dies after 13-year battle with disease

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VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) — A man who has been a community staple in the fight against amyotrophic lateral sclerosis has died after bravely battling the disease himself for 13 years.

Josh Thompson’s family announced the news Thursday. He was 46.

Thompson was the epicenter of the annual JT Walk in Virginia Beach, which raised millions of dollars for ALS research and recreational facilities for people who have disabilities.

Those facilities backed by Thompson include JT’s Grommet Island, a first-of-its-kind beach park and playground for those with disabilities, Camp Grom, a camp for wounded warriors and children with disabilities, and the CHKD Grombulance, a unique neonatal ambulance.

Camp Grom opens in Virginia Beach
Thompson also spent the last 13 years raising awareness about the challenges and horrors of the disease, often referred to as Lou Gherig’s disease.

To date, more than $3 million has been raised to fight ALS by the Virginia Gentlemen Foundation. Thompson was a brother of one of the founding members, and he learned he had ALS just one month after the foundation’s inception.

This year’s JT Walk, which is virtual due to the coronavirus pandemic, is scheduled for next Sunday, Nov. 8. 10 On Your Side’s Bruce Rader has also served as a host of the JT Walk every year.

Thompson’s family will hold a private Catholic mass on Nov. 1. After the mass, the family’s friends and supporters can attend a brief remembrance ceremony and paddle out event at the beach in front of the Marriott Virginia Beach Oceanfront at 3:15 p.m.

A cerebration of Thompson’s life will follow outside at the Cavalier Beach Club.

The remembrance will be livestreamed on the Virginia Gentlemen’s Facebook page and on the JT Walk & Beach Party Facebook page.

The family asks that, instead of flowers, people donate to the JT Walk, Josh’s Miracle Team. All of the money will be used for patient services and care for the people and their families that are fighting ALS.

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SpaceX Starship rocket explodes in fireball just after landing in dramatic footage

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It is the third SpaceX Starship to blow up after landing – but billionaire founder Elon Musk didn’t let it faze him – tweeting ‘RIP SN10’ as his work went up in a fireball

Elon Musk’s latest SpaceX Starship rocket experiment has once again ended up in flames.
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The Earth’s deepest secret was just revealed by scientists

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The research into what lies deep, deep beneath our feet has yielded precious few details over the past few decades. We all grew up learning that we live on the Earth’s crust, which is just a thin layer above the mantle. Beneath that, the outer core surrounds the inner core, and… well, that’s it, or so we thought. Now, scientists have offered us an update to this model, and they believe the discovery may be concrete enough to warrant the rewriting of textbooks.

In a new paper published in the Journal of Geophysical Research, a small team of scientists says that the most widely accepted model of the interior of the Earth doesn’t necessarily jive with the data that is available. In its place, the researchers propose a new model that includes a new layer within the inner core, and they say that, based on the data, it may be evidence of a “traumatic event” somewhere in Earth’s history.

The new layer the researchers are said to have confirmed is distinct from the inner core and would represent a new “central inner core,” for lack of a better term. To do this, the team collected a massive amount of data from seismic events over decades, then tested them against models of the Earth’s interior. What they found was that the notion of a new core layer was the best way to match the data with a model.

“Traditionally we’ve been taught the Earth has four main layers: the crust, the mantle, the outer core and the inner core,” Joanne Stephenson, lead author of the work, said in a statement. “The idea of another distinct layer was proposed a couple of decades ago, but the data has been very unclear. We got around this by using a very clever search algorithm to trawl through thousands of the models of the inner core.”

How exactly this newly-identified layer formed is anyone’s guess, but it may point to a more complex story of early Earth formation than was previously accepted.

“We found evidence that may indicate a change in the structure of iron, which suggests perhaps two separate cooling events in Earth’s history. The details of this big event are still a bit of a mystery, but we’ve added another piece of the puzzle when it comes to our knowledge of the Earths’ inner core.”

The discovery of a new core layer may not change much when it comes to our daily lives, but it’s a big step toward better understanding how our planets and others like it form. If we hope to have a solid understanding of the nature of planets, figuring out what is hiding deep within them is a prerequisite and a pretty big one.

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Bodies of 11 Infants Found in Ceiling of Funeral Home May Have Been Hidden Because Parents Couldn’t Pay

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On Friday, Michigan state investigators received an “anonymous letter” directing them to a Detroit funeral home that closed in April for “deplorable, unsanitary conditions.”

According to the Detroit Free Press, investigators entered the Cantrell Funeral Home with permission from the new owner, who was in the process of converting it to a community center, Detroit Police Lt. Brian Bowser said.

There, they located the bodies of 11 infants and “stillborns” hidden inside a “drop-down ceiling” between the first and second floor of the building.

Nine of the bodies were located hidden inside a box, and two were found inside a garbage bag in a small casket, Bowser confirmed at a press conference.

Police have not confirmed the identities of the infants or why they were hidden in the ceiling. The bodies were badly decomposed; some were “mummified,” and others were “embalmed.”

In April, the funeral home was shut down over unsanitary conditions after inspectors found bodies that had been left to mold and decay.

Owner Raymond Cantrell II admitted he kept bodies when the families couldn’t pay. At the time, he told WJBK:

“Those who have asked me to hold their loved ones will know I was doing them a favor to accommodate them. For those that weren’t, like the many of the cremated they are trying to take from here or that they are taking from here. Those individuals we called we’ve tried to notify and they haven’t been picked up.”

Police have not confirmed that’s why the infants were kept. But Pastor William C. Curtis, who owns three Detroit funeral homes, said that could be the case.

He told the Detroit News:

“A lot of times the family don’t pay and you have to take them to court. There is no recourse, but holding a body isn’t justifiable. It’s not like repossessing a car, you can’t give the body back.”

Cantrell took over the funeral home from his father in 2017. Curtis said they “used to get a lot of business.”

The medical examiner’s office is currently working to identify all the infants and reunite them with their families, it said in a statement.

Cantrell is not facing charges in relation to the discovery at this time.

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