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June 18, 2007

Sports Cream BenGay Kills 17-Year Old Girl...

Toxic dose of BenGay killed track star (Atlanta Journal Constitution.com)
Active ingredient accumulated in teen's blood stream

A 17-year-old track star died in April from a rare toxic dose of sports cream, New York's medical examiner said Friday.

Toxicology tests revealed Arielle Newman's blood contained lethal amounts of methyl salicylate, the active ingredient in common muscle rubs like BenGay and Icy Hot, said Ellen Borakove, spokeswoman for the medical examiner's office. The teen accidentally used "topical medication to an excess," causing poisons to accumulate in her body over an undetermined amount of time, Borakove said.

The overdose likely led to a seizure.

Arielle, a senior at Notre Dame Academy on Staten Island who garnered numerous awards in her brief athletic career, was found dead at home April 3. An autopsy was inconclusive, and led to speculation that her sudden death might have been connected to a party she attended the night before.

Her family had been waiting more than two months for the medical examiner's office to reach a final conclusion.

"I am glad this shows (Arielle) didn't die of her own doing. But this is a tragedy that could have been avoided," said her mother, Alice Newman.

Deaths from the topical salicylate poisoning appear to be extremely rare. Borakove said this was the first case she has ever encountered in 20 years with the medical examiner's office. None of the doctors contacted by reporters for this article could recall any others. Research into medical journals revealed a few reports of salicylate toxicity when absorbed through the skin, but no deaths.


Rentals (May 25 - June 18) ...

1. Sherry Baby - Sherry Swanson, a former drug addict returns home to New Jersey after serving a three year prison sentence. Eager to reestablish a relationship with her young daughter, Sherry soon discovers that coming back to the world she left behind is far more difficult than she had planned (IMDB.com).

Highly Reccomend

2. Children of Men - In 2027, as humankind faces the likelihood of its own extinction, a disillusioned government agent agrees to help transport and protect a miraculously pregnant woman to a sanctuary at sea where her child's birth may help scientists to save the future of mankind (IMDB.com).

Highly Reccomend

3. The Covenant - In 1692, in the Ipswich Colony of Massachusetts, five families of powerful witches commit to a covenant of silence to protect themselves against the witch hunters, but one of the families transgress their pact and is banished from their lands. However, the use of magic addicts and if used in excess, ages the warlock. In the present days, four wizards teenage friends are in high school and their leader Caleb Danvers is close to his eighteenth birthday and consequently to ascend. Soon they find an evil warlock, descendant of the fifth ancient family that wants to strip Caleb's power (IMDB.com).

Mildy Reccomend

4. The Quiet - Dot (Belle), a young deaf and mute woman, is sent to live with her godparents (Falco and Donovan) and their daughter (Cuthbert). The new addition to the household realizes that everything is not copacetic in the home, and the family's dark come to light (IMDB.com).

Highly Reccomend

5. Music & Lyrics - Cheery Alex Fletcher lives comfortably in Manhattan off the residuals from his 80's pop success and reprising his hits at school reunions, theme parks, and state fairs. But those gigs are declining, so he jumps at the chance to write a song and record it with reigning teen idol Cora Corman. Enter Sophie Fisher, subbing for a friend who waters Alex's plants; she's a pretty good poet, quick witted, and could do it, if she'd agree. But there's some sort of shadow over her head that Alex may not be able to charm his way past. And what if they do get a song written? (IMDB.com).

Mildly Reccomend

6. Norbit - A mild-mannered guy (Murphy) who is engaged to a monstrous woman (Murphy) meets the woman of his dreams (Newton), and schemes to find a way to be with her. (IMDB.com).

Don't Reccomend

Negative Nature Photos...

I took these two shots from my window with my phone the other day and on the setting 'negative.' I thought it created a really neat effect. The screen appeared very swirly and distorted and the whole thing felt surreal.


Pic # 2

Hand Decorated Envelopes Anyone?

I decided to decorate some envelopes tonight and burn out some of my artistic energy in the process. I want to paint a picture SO BAD, but we have been getting new carpet put in the house and its been a nightmare to do anything freely. So I settled for these until next week. I drew the figures and then glued them on to the envelopes later. I am going to use them when I send thank you notes and little 'hello' notes to my friends.


Envelope # 1
Envelope # 2

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