103-year-old ‘Hurricane’ Hawkins earns gold medal, sets records at National Senior Games

BATON ROUGE, La.  A 103-year-old Baton Rouge woman is proving that you can win gold medals and set records at any age.

Julia “Hurricane” Hawkins began running two years ago – when she was already over 100.

Earlier this week, she competed in the National Senior Games in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Hawkins took home the gold for the 100-meter dash, completing the course in just 46 seconds.

She also competed in the 50 meter race and set another Senior Games record for women over 100 with a time of 21 seconds.

In addition to this week’s records, she is also the oldest woman to compete on an American track.

“I hope I’m inspiring them to be healthy and realize you can still be doing it at this kind of an age if you keep yourself busy and active through your life,” Hawkins said.

Despite feeling right at home blowing away her competition on the track, Hawkins said her favorite way to train is outside in her garden.

She has an acre of land and 50 kinds of trees that she said she works on all the time.

Chippenham Hospital earns provisional status as Level I trauma center

RICHMOND, Va. — Chippenham Hospital has joined VCU Medical Center as the second hospital in the region to earn the status as a Level I trauma center, the highest level of trauma care that a patient can receive.

The hospital achieved the provisional status through certification by the State Health Commissioner from the Commonwealth of Virginia Department of Health.

Chippenham Hospital first achieved Level II trauma center status in 2015. Since then, the hospital has provided 24/7 on-site trauma surgeons and met or exceeded quality outcome benchmarks from the American College of Surgeons (ACS), according to Dr. Khaled Basiouny, FACS, trauma medical director at Chippenham Hospital.

Basiouny says that Level I certification allows Chippenham to care for all patient acuity levels onsite, without transfer, including limb reattachment.

“Given Virginia’s unique mix of large population areas, there is a critical need for trauma care throughout the state,” said Basiouny. “Patients who live in rural areas south and west of Central Virginia deserve to have the same level of trauma care as those in the metro Richmond area. Having a trauma access point closer to them may mean the difference between life and death.”

There are three trauma levels in the state:

Level I – a comprehensive regional source that is capable of providing total care for every aspect of injury from prevention to rehabilitation.

Level II – facilities that are able to initiate definitive care for all injured patients.

Level III – centers that have demonstrated an ability to provide prompt assessment, resuscitation, surgery, intensive care and stabilization of injured patients and emergency operations.

With their provisional Status as Level I Trauma Center, Chippenham will have more surgical specialists on-call and available compared to its operation as a Level II trauma center.

“Our commitment to high-quality trauma care will be complimented by our efforts to be a resource to all other trauma centers in Virginia,” said William Lunn, M.D., chief executive officer of Chippenham & Johnston-Willis Hospitals. “With our current emergency room expansion underway, including an increase in trauma bays and trauma specialists, we demonstrate that we are dedicated to providing the best care for these patients during this critical time – and any time – during their continuum of care.”

The state will re-evaluate Chippenham Hospital’s progress during a site visit in 2020. If all criteria are met during the provisional timeframe, the hospital will receive its full, official Level I trauma designation.

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Charlotte restaurant reopens after stomach illness outbreak

CHARLOTTE, Mich. – The Barry-Eaton District Health Department (BEDHD) is investigating reports of a stomach illness that may have originated at a Charlotte restaurant.

Department officials posted that there have been reports of gastrointestinal illnesses in people who ate at Tequila’s Mexican Grill on Cochran Avenue between Saturday, June 15 and Tuesday, June 18.

Officials say that the restaurant owners are cooperating with the investigation.  On Tuesday, June 18, the restaurant discarded all ready-to-eat food prepared since Sunday.  On Wednesday, June 19, the restaurant completed a full cleaning and health officials interviewed restaurant staff. The restaurant was allowed to reopen Wednesday afternoon.

The source of the illness has not been determined, but if you ate at the restaurant between June 15 and June 19 and got sick, you should call the BEDHD at 517-541-2615.

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First West Nile activity reported in Michigan

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LANSING, Mich. – The first cases of West Nile virus activity has been recorded in Michigan, including in a goose in Kalamazoo.

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services says that the virus has been detected in mosquitoes in Saginaw and Oakland counties and a Canada goose in Kalamazoo.

The West Nile virus has symptoms of high fever, confusion, muscle weakness and a severe headache. More serious complications include neurological illnesses, like meningitis or encephalitis. Adults over the age of 60 have the highest risk of contracting severe illnesses from West Nile.

In 2018, there were 104 serious illnesses related to West Nile virus in Michigan, and nine deaths.  Nationally, there were over 2,500 cases of the virus and 137 deaths in 2018.

The best way to prevent West Nile is to prevent being bitten by mosquitoes.

Richmond is getting Kehinde Wiley’s new statue; and it’s in direct response to Confederate monuments

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RICHMOND, Va. — Artist Kehinde Wiley’s first public sculpture — called Rumors of War — will find a permanent home outside the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (VMFA) along Arthur Ashe Boulevard in Richmond.

The sculpture will first live in Times Square when it is unveiled in New York City on September 27.

It will be transported to Richmond in December.

The bronze sculpture featuring a young African-American subject on a horse is Wiley’s “direct response” to Confederate monuments that line Richmond’s Monument Avenue and dot other southern cities.

“The inspiration for Rumors of War is war — is an engagement with violence. Art and violence have for an eternity held a strong narrative grip with each other. Rumors of War attempts to use the language of equestrian portraiture to both embrace and subsume the fetishization of state violence,” Wiley said.

Wiley was inspired to create Rumors of War after a visit to Richmond.

“The project originated when the artist encountered the equestrian monument to Confederate States Army general James Ewell Brown “J.E.B.” Stuart while visiting Richmond, Virginia for the opening of Kehinde Wiley: A New Republic at the VMFA in June 2016,” a VMFA spokesperson said. “A few blocks away from the museum is Monument Avenue, a nationally landmarked boulevard lined with Confederate statues, including monuments to Robert E. Lee, Jefferson Davis, and Stonewall Jackson. These monuments have a particular resonance because they function to continually commemorate the Confederacy.”

Wiley’s art work “presents a powerful visual repositioning of young black men in our public consciousness while directly engaging the national conversation around controversial monuments and their role in perpetuating incomplete narratives and contemporary inequities,” the museum spokesperson continued.

VMFA Director Alex Nyerges called the addition of Wiley’s sculpture to the VMFA “a historic moment.”

“We hope that the sculpture will encourage public engagement and civic discussion about who is memorialized in our nation and the significance of monuments in the context of American history,” Nyerges said. “We are especially pleased that through the acquisition of this work, the monuments in Richmond will further reflect the incredible diversity of its population.”

Wiley made headlines when President Obama chose him to paint his presidential portrait.

Barack and Michelle Obama re-emerged on the public stage Monday, February 12, 2018 in Washington, only this time for an event that has nothing to do with politics.The former first couple’s official portraits were unveiled at the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery, a rite of passage for most former presidents, all of whom have their portraits hanging in the museum.

“Wiley is best known for his vibrant portrayals of contemporary African-American and African-Diasporic individuals that subvert the hierarchies and conventions of European and American portraiture,” a museum spokesperson said. “Wiley’s career has focused on addressing and remedying the absence of black and brown men and women in our dominant visual, historical, and cultural narratives.”

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Severe storm threat Thursday

RICHMOND, Va. — A strong cold front will track across Virginia Thursday evening.  Hot and muggy conditions, combined with some sunshine, will allow strong to severe storms to form.

Storms will be possible until around sunset.  The highest chance for the storms in the metro is from roughly 4 p.m. until 7 p.m.  Leftover showers may linger until around midnight in a few spots.

Much of the CBS 6 viewing area is under a slight risk of severe weather.  However, from around the Tri Cities and southward, there is an enhanced risk of severe weather.

The primary severe threat will be strong winds.  Storms will produce torrential rainfall and may also have hail.   Due to some wind shear in the atmosphere, isolated tornadoes cannot be ruled out, especially in the enhanced risk area.

Behind this cold front, it will turn less humid on Friday.  The summer solstice occurs at 11:54 a.m.

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