December 22nd, 2008
10:02 AM ET

Obama transition sees eye-popping 300,000 resumes

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Lisa Desjardins
CNN Radio

Just weeks after opening shop, the Obama transition team has been flooded by what looks like an unprecedented wave of hundreds of thousands of resumes from people who want positions in the new president's administration.

"We've actually had more than 300,000 expressions of interest," Obama transition spokesman Nick Shapiro told CNN Radio.

That is roughly equivalent to the entire population of Iceland.

It dwarfs the 44,000 applicants reported by a Bush transition spokeswoman to the San Francisco Chronicle just days before George W. Bush was inaugurated in January 2001. The Clinton transition team in 1993 put its number of applicants near Inauguration Day at approximately 100,000. And the Obama boom has another month to build.

Meanwhile, it's creating a sort of business boom for job-search companies in and out of Washington.

In Macon, Georgia, CareerPro Global, a national and international resume-writing company, has seen a surge.

"We have a tremendous amount of interest," said Scott Kirk, who manages the company. "High-level people in private industry want to go all of a sudden into federal government and be part of this administration."


Filed under: Barack Obama • Raw Politics
December 22nd, 2008
09:58 AM ET

Robbed by rare virus, boy gets his voice back

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Singing "Frosty the Snowman" and "Jingle Bells" may not seem like a big deal to most third-graders, but for Joey Finley, 8, doctors say it's a miracle.
The blond, freckle-faced boy was unable to speak in a normal voice until about a year ago.

"I thought I would sound bad," he said.

Joey suffers from a rare virus that can get into the cells of the voice box.

"He has a condition called recurrent papillomatosis," explained Dr. Steven Sobol, director of pediatric otolaryngology at Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta, Georgia. "It causes growths like warts that you would see in other parts of the body."

Sobol said lesions in RRP (for the condition's full name, recurrent respiratory papillomatosis) are caused by the human papilloma virus, or HPV, the same condition that causes cervical cancer.

An estimated 20,000 children and adults in the United States suffer from the disease.


Filed under: 360° Radar • Medical News
December 22nd, 2008
09:56 AM ET

New Army technology could save soldiers' lives

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Regrowing a fingertip cut off in an accident sounds like something from a futuristic movie. But with innovative technology developed by the U.S. Army, such regrowth is possible today.

This research project and a hundred others were on display this month at the 26th Army Science Convention. Some the greatest minds in science from around the world gathered at the four-day conference to exchange ideas and showcase collaborative projects between the Army's research laboratories, universities and partner industries.

The main goal is to develop technology to make soldiers safer and more effective, said Thomas H. Killion, the Army's chief scientist.

The Army's regenerative medicine study combined properties from the intestinal lining and the urinary bladder to create a regenerative substance called Extracellular Matrix.

The cream-colored crystallized powder, called "magic dust," boosts the body's natural tendency to repair itself, said U.S. Army Biological Scientist Sgt. Gen Rossman. When the matrix is applied to a missing digit or limb, "the body thinks it's back in the womb," Rossman said.

One civilian participated in the regenerative-medicine study after cutting off the tip of his finger in a model plane's propeller. Researchers continually applied the matrix to the wound, and after four weeks, the body grew skin and tissue to replenish the damaged area.

The U.S. military branches have begun a consortium with private institutions to develop treatments for severely injured troops. With the help of grants, the Armed Forces Institute of Regenerative Medicine is studying nerve and vein transplantation, treating burns without scarring and regeneration of tissue, skin and even bone.

Through both animal studies and civilian clinical trials, the institute is developing therapies for the large number of soldiers injured by improvised explosive devices and other explosives in Afghanistan and Iraq.

"We are working on trying to regenerate limbs, to repair limbs and to keep them from being amputated," institute Project Director Col. Bob Vandre said.


Filed under: 360° Radar • War on Terror
December 22nd, 2008
09:53 AM ET

Data recorders found after Denver plane accident

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Investigators will interview crew members and review data and voice recorders to help determine what caused a passenger plane to veer off a Denver International Airport runway and catch fire, an official said Sunday.

All 115 people aboard the Continental Airlines jet escaped Saturday evening, and of the dozens who were taken to hospitals, five were still hospitalized Sunday afternoon, said Robert Sumwalt, a National Transportation Safety Board member leading the investigation team. No deaths were reported.

Sumwalt said the flight data recorder and cockpit voice recorder were recovered and appeared to be in good condition, though they were covered in soot from the fire. Both recorders were sent to Washington to be reviewed as early as Sunday night.

"We are here for one reason and one reason only, to find out what happened so we can keep it from happening again," Sumwalt said.

The flight was bound for Houston, Texas, and was taking off about 6:18 p.m. Saturday when it skidded into a ravine and caught fire.

Thirty-eight people were taken to hospitals after the accident, airport officials said Sunday. Officials said one of the five people still hospitalized was in serious condition; no one was reported to be in critical condition.

Bone fractures and bruises were the most common complaint, and there appeared to be no burn victims, fire officials said.


Filed under: 360° Radar
December 22nd, 2008
08:51 AM ET

Morning Buzz: It's Freezing!

Penny Manis
AC360 Senior Producer

I’m not a weather forecaster but it has to be the coldest day of the year so far in NYC. Nothing like walking outside and feeling like your face is going to freeze and fall off. Nice. Bitter cold and heavy snow is slamming most of the country, stranding many people traveling for the holidays. Hundreds of flights were cancelled yesterday, and possibly more expected today. It’s a mess!

P-E Obama managed to escape to Hawaii where he will spend the holidays. He may pop out for the occasional photo-op, but no official public events are scheduled. I guess it would be awkward for him to hold press conferences while wearing his palm tree shirt and sunglasses on the beach.

The discussions about the economy and the stimulus package will continue, no rest for the weary. P-E Obama has raised his outlook for increasing employment. His goal is to create 3 million new jobs within the first 2 years of his Administration. Ed Henry is with P-E Obama in Hawaii (lucky him) and he’ll have the latest tonight.

Joe Biden said yesterday the nation’s economy is in much worse shape than we thought and stressed the need for this stimulus package to prevent if from absolutely tanking. He’ll be spending a lot of time with congressional members to convince them of this new stimulus plan, as new estimates in Congress put the price tag on P-E Obama’s plan as high as 775 billion dollars.

P-E Obama is expected to release the results of the internal investigation into his Transition teams’ contacts with Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich either today or tomorrow, so we’ll have an eye out for that too.

We’ll also have the latest in the Denver runway accident where officials say ‘it’s a miracle’ no one has died. NTSB investigators continue to examine the site today, trying to work out how a Continental Airlines jet crashed and burned after veering off the runway in Denver and landing in a 40 foot deep ravine and catching fire.

If you are feeling charitable today, follow President Bush’s lead. Early this morning, he and the First Lady will be visiting the “one warm coat’ holiday service project in DC. This is a non-profit orgazination that assists in the donation of coats to people in need. Since the program started, 750,000 coats have been collected and distributed. Here is the site: http://www.onewarmcoat.org.

See u at 10pet!

Filed under: Penny Manis • The Buzz
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