Kentucky janitor wills $175K savings to child abuse victims

COVINGTON, Ky. — A Kentucky man who worked as a school janitor for more than three decades and never touched a dime of his pension has willed his life savings of $175,000 to child abuse victims.

The Kentucky Enquirer reports Alvin L. Randlett’s estate donated the sum to the Kentucky Child Victims’ Trust Fund on Tuesday. The lifelong Covington resident had retired in 2001, and died in December 2015 at age 75.

The money came from Randlett’s pension and the sale of his house.

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Estate executor Jeff Siska shared the news at Sixth District Elementary School, where Randlett worked for 32 years. Kentucky Attorney General Andy Beshear visited the school district to accept the money on behalf of the fund, praising Randlett’s selflessness.

Siska says it was Randlett’s “last wish to help those who can’t help themselves.”

Information from: The Kentucky Enquirer

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Cancer docs feel unprepared, but recommend marijuana anyway

SEATTLE — Nearly half of U.S. cancer doctors who responded to a survey say they’ve recently recommended medical marijuana to patients, although most say they don’t know enough about medicinal use.

The results reflect how marijuana policy in some states has outpaced research, the study authors said. All 29 states with medical marijuana programs allow doctors to recommend it to cancer patients. But no rigorous studies in cancer patients exist. That leaves doctors to make assumptions from other research on similar prescription drugs, or in other types of patients.

“The big takeaway is we need more research, plain and simple,” said Dr. Ilana Braun of Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston, who led the study published Thursday in the Journal of Clinical Oncology.

Patients want to know what their doctors think about using marijuana. In the new study, cancer doctors said their conversations about marijuana were almost always started by patients and their families, not by the doctors themselves.

Overall, nearly eight in 10 cancer doctors reported having discussed marijuana with patients or their families, with 46 percent recommending it for pain and other cancer-related problems to at least one patient in the past year.

Among those who said they recommended marijuana, 56 percent said they did not have sufficient knowledge to do so.

“They’re not as close-minded as you might think, and they also feel they have a lot to learn,” Braun said.

The survey was conducted in a random sample of cancer doctors; researchers got completed surveys from 237 doctors, or 63 percent.

Marijuana is considered an illegal drug by federal officials and federal restrictions have limited research. Last year, the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine concluded the lack of scientific information about marijuana poses a risk to public health.

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Survey: Most Flight Attendants Say They’ve Faced Sexual Harassment

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Most flight attendants say they’ve been sexually harassed during their career.

That’s according to a survey out Thursday by the Association of Flight Attendants. It says 68 percent of flight attendants reported they’ve been sexually harassed by passengers. Thirty-five percent said it’s happened in the past year.

The survey is the first of its kind and notably comes amid the #MeToo movement. AFA President Sara Nelson said the airline industry has sexism built into its history. She told CNN, “Airlines for a very long time sold tickets based on defining air travel in a sexual way, and oftentimes flight attendants were the object of that.”

Flight attendants surveyed said they were subjected to passengers’ “explicit sexual fantasies, propositions, requests for sexual ‘favors'” and pornographic media. Eighteen percent also said they’ve been physically harassed.

Not only is that behavior dangerous for flight attendants, it’s also dangerous for passengers. The AFA notes sexual harassment could affect flight attendants’ ability to carry out their duties as first responders in the event of an emergency.

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Hamas Leader Hints Gaza Protests Are Going To Get Worse

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The leader of the Gaza Strip, a top-ranking Hamas member, foreshadowed a bloody confrontation between Palestinians and Israeli soldiers as weeks of border protests come to a head.

Gazans have been rallying along the border with Israel every Friday for weeks. It’s all leading up to what Palestinians call the day of catastrophe, the anniversary of the displacement of their people from what’s now Israel.

That’s on May 15. On May 14, the U.S. is set to open its embassy in Jerusalem, a move strongly opposed by Palestinians.

The weekly protests have left dozens dead. Israel has reportedly used live ammunition against protesters it says pose a threat, usually when they’re trying to cross into Israel.

Hamas leaders have called for a wave of Palestinians to enter Israel in the final days of the protest in what they’re calling the “Great March of Return.”

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