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A 9-year-old dog has a new skull and a cancer-free life because of 3D printing.

Patches, the cancer-stricken dachshund, is feeling better thanks to researchers at a Canadian university.

Dr. Michelle Oblak, a veterinary surgical oncologist with the University of Guelph’s Ontario Veterinary College, worked with Cornell University small-animal surgeon Galina Hayes to remove the tumor growing on Patches’ skull. They replaced the missing skull piece with a 3D-printed plate, which was made by medical technological company Adeiss.

The university said the procedure was a veterinary first in North America.

The 9-year-old dog had a large cancerous tumor on the front of her skull that was pushing dangerously close to her brain and eye socket. It was so large that it started weighing down her head and growing into her skull, according to the university.

Oblak mapped out the dog’s tumor using rapid prototyping and 3D-printed implants for reconstruction. She practiced removing the tumor on a 3D-printed model of Patches’ skull and tumor.

“I was able to do the surgery before I even walked into the operating room,” Oblak said in a statement from the university.

Oblak praised the technology, adding that the plate used to replace Patches’ skull was designed specifically for her.

“What was really interesting in this case was the fact that we were instead able to take those scans, and actually create a plate that fit perfectly to this dog,” Oblak said.

Without 3D-printing, the creation of the plate is a more generic process. The titanium mesh is molded into a general model, which is then modified to the patient.

“[3D printing] shifts the focus from an implant that has been designed for common use that requires modification to a patient, to a patient-specific implant that has been designed directly for them,” Oblak said.

Oblak mentioned the possibility of using this technology on humans. “What’s really great about this is that we’re able to use this cutting-edge technology in our animal patients, but we’re also going to be able to contribute valuable information so that this can be used in humans, as well,” she said.

Doctors have used 3D printing in humans for purposes like reconstructing jawbones and vertebrae, and 3D models have also been used to plan for major surgeries.

As for Patches, she is six months cancer-free, and her surgery was a success, said her owner, Danielle Dymeck. Unrelated to the surgery, Patches slipped a disk in her back shortly after the procedure, but Dymeck’s attitude is still positive.

“She was just ready to be a dog again,” Dymeck said of Patches’ recovery. “Cancer research like they are doing is very important to both humans and animals.”

By Spencer Parlier and Amanda Jackson, CNN

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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — An Alabama father has been charged in the death of his infant son after he allegedly left the boy in a bathtub while playing video games Sunday night.

Cordarius Cotton, 23, has been charged with reckless manslaughter after Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office officials say he left 5-month-old Dezmend Cotton alone for more than an hour, according to The Birmingham News.

A 911 dispatcher gave CPR instructions over the phone to someone at the home, according to the paper. Paramedics took over upon arriving at the scene, but they weren’t able to resuscitate Dezmend. The boy was pronounced dead shortly after arriving at Children’s of Alabama.

“I can’t imagine how hard this is going to be on that child’s family,” Jefferson County Chief Deputy Randy Christian said in a press release, according to WIAT. “This will be heart wrenching for all involved. God be with them.”

Two other children who live at the home are now reportedly in the care of a grandmother.

Cotton is being held in the Jefferson County Jail on a $15,000 bond.

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ST. LOUIS – St. Louis City officials were not pleased with what they saw last weekend as motorcyclists from around the country converged on the Gateway City for the Ride of the Century event.

Videos of motorcycles racing around the brand-new grounds beneath the Gateway Arch, cyclists harassing people near Busch Stadium, doing burnouts overnight Saturday next to Ballpark Village, and motorcyclists weaving in and out of traffic on highways did not go unnoticed by city leaders.

“I was appalled at some of the things that I saw cyclists that appeared or came to our city last weekend,” said Judge Jimmie Edwards, director of Public Safety for the City of St. Louis.

There were also reports of people claiming their cars were damaged by the cyclists.

Could St. Louis feasibly prevent an event like this from coming back to town?

“This is not something I have the authority to do,” Edwards said. “I do think we need to revisit how we would police these types of situations.”

A St. Louis police spokesperson said the department was aware of one incident that occurred in which 15 summonses were issued to 9 riders and their bikes towed. But Edwards said he knows much more lawbreaking was going on.

“We have hundreds, if not thousands, of cyclists breaking the law and asking for confrontations. It’s problematic for law enforcement,” he said.

In a statement, the Missouri State Highway Patrol said, “Troopers did not encounter any incidents or come into contact with riders. The patrol continually communicates with local law enforcement in order to assist when requested."

The Missouri Attorney General’s Office said it “takes public safety seriously and we stand ready to assist the law enforcement agencies with criminal jurisdiction over these matters."

Judge Edwards emphasized things have to change to keep this event.

“We welcome visitors to come to St. Louis but we hope they come to the city and comply with our laws,” he said.

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The Senate Judiciary Committee has scheduled its vote on Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court for Friday morning at 9:30 am.

The move would place the panel’s decision just a day after it is set to hear testimony from Kavanaugh and Christine Blasey Ford, a woman who has accused him of sexual assault during a party in their high school years.

In a statement, Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley’s spokesman, Taylor Foy, said committee rules normally require such votes to be posted three days in advance.

“An executive business meeting is being noticed tonight in the event that a majority of the members are prepared to hold one on Friday,” Foy said.

If Kavanaugh’s nomination is approved by the committee, it would be brought to the Senate floor, where a vote in the full chamber would determine if he secures a position on the Supreme Court following accusations of inappropriate sexual conduct and a contentious review of his judicial philosophy and career.

Kavanaugh has denied the allegations.

By Eli Watkins, CNN

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MEXICO CITY (AP) _ Authorities in southern Mexico disarmed and placed under investigation the entire police force in the once-glittering resort of Acapulco, claiming the local cops were infiltrated by drug gangs.

Officials in Guerrero state issued arrest warrants for two top Acapulco police commanders, accusing them of homicide.

The rest of the police officers were stripped of their guns, radios and bullet-proof vests and taken for background checks.

Law enforcement duties in the seaside city of 800,000 were taken over by soldiers, marines and state police.

The state government said Tuesday it acted after the police failed to act to stem a persistent wave of killings and crime.

Local police in several parts of Mexico have been disbanded because they were corrupted by drug cartels.

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COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) _ University of Missouri officials say a broken water main caused more than $100,000 damage at the Hearnes Center, and that figure might increase.

The Columbia Daily Tribune reports the water main break in an exterior line happened on Saturday. It sent thousands of gallons of water and mud into the arena.

Missouri Athletics Department spokesman Nick Joos said the wood floor will have to be discarded. He says officials will have to determine what damage occurred under the floor.

The cause of the break has not been determined.

The Hearnes Center was the home of the Tigers basketball team until 2004 when Mizzou Arena opened.

It is currently used for university athletics and other events. The next scheduled event is an Oct. 5 volleyball match. Wa
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Information from: Columbia Daily Tribune, http://www.columbiatribune.com

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CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. (AP) _ Many Girl Scout leaders in southeast Missouri are upset about a recent decision to permanently close a local camp that’s been a popular destination for more than 50 years.

The Southeast Missourian reports that the Missouri Heartland Girls Scouts council’s board decided Friday to close the Cherokee Ridge Girl Scouts camp on Dec. 16. The board also approved selling the Wayne County camp property.

Gabbie Hodgkiss is a Scout leader from Sikeston. She says the camp closure came as a surprise and many leaders were upset by the decision.

Anne Soots is CEO of the Springfield-based Girl Scouts council. She acknowledges the “emotional toll divesting Cherokee Ridge may have on some members.”

Soots says the council has struggled to manage its properties and fiscal responsibilities for 10 years.
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Information from: Southeast Missourian, http://www.semissourian.com

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ST. LOUIS COUNTY, Mo. - Young vandals caused so much damage to three schools in the Normandy Schools Collaborative that classes had to be canceled Tuesday and Wednesday so the mess could be cleaned up.

Police confirmed at least one of the vandals is a student.

Investigators said Normandy High School was one of the harder hit schools over the weekend, with the culprits shattering windows and leaving broken glass everywhere.

Surveillance video released by the North County Cooperative Police Department shows two teens enter the building wearing hooded sweatshirts.

The vandals were only identified as minors.

“Our officers received a call for an alarm at Normandy High School and once they arrived police found that the school had been burglarized,” said Captain Clay Farmer, North County Cooperative Police Department.

The teens used fire extinguishers to spray the floors at Barack Obama Elementary School, they went through computer cabinets at Normandy Middle School, they threw trash and broke windows in classrooms at Normandy High School, and tore off the keypad to get inside that building.

Police said they had two teenagers in custody and confirmed one attended school in the district. The other was not a Normandy student.

Police have a message for anyone who is thinking about committing a crime like this, especially minors.

“It’s not funny. It’s not fun. It's not a game. A burglary is a very serious crime and what you do affects so many more people,” Farmer said.

Normandy school officials said teachers will return Wednesday to finish cleaning up their classrooms and all students will return to school on Thursday.

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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) _ A newspaper reports screenshots of text messages show former Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens and his staff used a message-deleting app to discuss government business.

The Kansas City Star reports it obtained copies of screenshots that Greitens’ office turned over to a court as part of a lawsuit over the staff’s use of the Confide app while Greitens was governor. The lawsuit claims the governor’s staff used Confide to circumvent the state’s open records laws. Although Greitens resigned in June, his legal team continues to try to get the lawsuit dismissed.

The attorneys who sued Greitens say Missourians still deserve a full accounting of what happened during his tenure.

Greitens and his staff have acknowledged using Confide but said it was only for logistics such as scheduling.

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Information from: The Kansas City Star, http://www.kcstar.com

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COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) _ A murder charge has been dropped against one of three people charged in a shooting death in Columbia.

Nineteen-year-old Dariel Reid, of Columbia, pleaded guilty Monday to distribution of a controlled substance. He was originally charged with second-degree murder in the death of 33-year-old old Keith Chambers.

The Columbia Daily Tribune reports 19-year-old Brian Smith and 18-year-old Navarro Scott, both of Columbia, were convicted earlier this year in Chambers’ death.

Prosecutors say Chambers was shot at Reid’s house in December 2016 after an apparent attempt to rob Reid.

Prosecutors are recommending a 12-year sentence. Reid’s attorney, George Batek, is asking for probation. He argued his client was guilty of selling marijuana but not murder, because he was defending himself during a robbery.

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Information from: Columbia Daily Tribune, http://www.columbiatribune.com

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