Good idea.

93 percent of advanced leukemia patients in remission after immunotherapy

‘Extraordinary’ but short-term results from early-stage trial of engineered immune cells

Twenty-seven of 29 patients with an advanced type of leukemia that had proved resistant to multiple other forms of therapy went into remission after their T cells (disease-fighting immune cells) were genetically engineered to fight their cancers. This study is the first CAR T-cell trial to infuse patients with an even mixture of two types of T cells (helper and killer cells, which work together to kill cancer).

A blast from the past catches on.

Former New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson (D.) said Thursday that even after the Obama administration’s nuclear deal with Iran, the rogue country’s behavior still has not changed.

Richardson was the Ambassador to the United States under President Bill Clinton and Secretary of State Madeline Albright until he became the Secretary of Energy under Clinton. …

“Well, that’s right. I mean the impression was that after the Iran nuclear deal with the U.S., that things would get better, but Iran’s behavior is not changing internally,” Richardson said. “There is enormous pressure by the Revolutionary Guard that is against the nuclear agreement.

“There’s this anti-U.S. sentiment, recently Americans who were damaged in an accident can sue Iran and this is into Iran’s assets. The troops that Iran has in Syria are probably going to increase, working against us, so there’s still this tension. I still think the nuclear deal was good, but anyone that expects a betterment of relations in the short run, it’s not going to happen.”

Looks sharp and healthy to me.

Cheerleaders at the University of Washington have sparked outrage after they published a poster telling girls they needed false lashes, an athletic physique and a spray tan to try out.

The Huskies cheer and dance team had posted the long list of dos and don’t for tryouts, which also warned that tattoos, ponytails and outfits that covered their midriffs were not acceptable, on their Facebook page on Monday.

But within 24 hours, the cheerleaders had pulled the poster following a furious online backlash.

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Arguing about history. … That’s exactly what should be happening. Just think about how much we’ll learn.

Jackson probably was not the monster he was described as … but he wasn’t a sweetheart either.

Today’s schoolchildren should know and appreciate that Jackson’s July 1832 veto of legislation renewing the charter of the monopolistic Second National Bank prevented the creation of a permanent aristocracy in our country. Jackson was virulently opposed in this decision, openly threatened by America’s elites. Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Vernon Louis Parrington called this veto “perhaps the most courageous act in our political history.”

There are a lot of problems with these two paragraphs. Let’s take each in turn.

Regarding Jackson’s removal of the Native Americans, Remini’s characterization should not be taken as a consensus view, as it has been disputed by scholars like Anthony Wallace and Daniel Walker Howe. Moreover, it is not fair to equate Jackson’s policy toward the Native Americans with that of his predecessors, especially Quincy Adams. Granted, there was a broad view that it would be amenable for the Native Americans to move to the west, but Jackson forced the issue whereas others did not. In fact, Quincy Adams sent a federal attorney to warn Georgia against making moves against the territory of the Creek nation, which was protected by a treaty with the federal government. Jackson, on the other hand, told the Native American tribes that he was powerless to stop the states from breaking the treaties.

Water problems for everyone.

The United States is on the verge of a national crisis that could mean the end of clean, cheap water.

Hundreds of cities and towns are at risk of sudden and severe shortages, either because available water is not safe to drink or because there simply isn’t enough of it.

The situation has grown so dire the U.S. Office of the Director of National Intelligence now ranks water scarcity as a major threat to national security alongside terrorism.

The problem is being felt most acutely in the West, where drought conditions and increased water use have helped turn lush agricultural areas to dust.

But dangers also lurk underground, in antiquated water systems that are increasingly likely to break down or spread contaminants like lead.

The crisis gripping Flint, Mich., where the water supply has been rendered undrinkable, is just a preview of what’s to come in towns and cities nationwide, some warn.

Probably better than ever.

Old-school suitmaker Oxxford bids adieu to West Loop.

In one more example of the new sweeping out the old in the West Loop, 100-year-old custom suitmaker Oxxford Clothes is selling its seven-story manufacturing building at the corner of Van Buren Street and Racine Avenue and moving to the outskirts of the city.

The company has produced its bespoke apparel from 1220 W. Van Buren St. for 67 years, said Oxxford President Bob Denton. But with skyrocketing real estate prices, he said the time has come to sell the building and move to a more modern space in an office park near Midway International Airport.

“I don’t have to tell you what’s going on in the West Loop—it’s a bit of a land grab,” Denton said in an interview. “We thought it was time to move into a more efficient space.”

Oxxford makes everything by hand, in the tradition of London’s Savile Row, and presses each suit dozens of times throughout the construction process. It still relies on old-fashioned, oil-fired boilers to create the steam needed to press the garments.

The move will allow Oxxford to upgrade its facilities. In addition to using electrical boilers, the company plans to add electronic tags into all of its pieces so they can be scanned and tracked as they go through a 166-step assembly process.

So now we have a crazy person who is going to be the test case.

An Arizona woman accused of faking a cancer diagnosis to get the state to pay for her late-term abortion was convicted of fraud and other charges Monday.

Maricopa County Superior Court officials said jurors found Chalice Renee Zeitner guilty of all 11 counts against her. The aggravation phase of her trial was scheduled to begin Monday afternoon.

Zeitner, 30, was tried on charges including fraudulent schemes, theft, forgery and identity theft.

At some point can’t you just lock him up and throw away the key?

To many Americans, Anders Beiring Breivik’s ongoing journey through the Norwegian criminal justice system could hardly seem more foreign.

On Wednesday, a Norwegian court ruled that the man who was convicted in 2012 of killing eight people in an Oslo bombing, then murdering another 69 at a youth retreat was now himself the victim of human rights violations at the hands of the government.

This for a man who received a sentence of 21 years, which he is serving at a prison where he can watch television and enroll in online university classes. The judge’s apparent concern? Strip searches in the middle of the night with a female officer present.