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Brittany Maynard may not end her life Saturday

Brittany Maynard has posted another video to her website through Compassion and Choices.

In this video she reveals that she may not end her life this Saturday, November 1st.

She says in the video that she still feels good enough and has a good enough time with her family and friends, that it doesn't feel like it's time.

Despite the time she's had recently she says she can still feel her health getting worse as she gets sicker.

Photo courtesy of Compassion and Choices.

Fri, 31 Oct 2014 09:17:19 -0700

Court order temporarily restricts nurse's movement

Maine health officials obtained a 24-hour court order restricting Kaci Hickox's movement after the nurse repeatedly defied the state's quarantine for medical workers who have treated Ebola patients.

A judge granted the order Thursday limiting Hickox's travel, requiring a three-foot buffer if she encounters people, and banning her from public places until there's a further decision Friday.

The state went to court Thursday, following through with a threat to try to impose restrictions on her until the 21-day incubation period for Ebola ends on Nov. 10. In court documents, the judge indicated further action was anticipated Friday.

Police were under orders to monitor the movements of the nurse who twice left home, once to talk to reporters Wednesday and again for a bike ride with her boyfriend on Thursday.

A state police cruiser remained outside her home Friday. Fort Kent Police Chief Tom Pelletier went inside the home briefly Friday morning and said afterward, "We just had a good conversation." He said he was not there to arrest or detain her.

The legal action is shaping up as the nation's biggest test case yet in the struggle to balance public health and fear of Ebola against personal freedom.

In a court filing, the director of the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention backed away from the state's original request for an in-home quarantine and called for restrictions that fall in line with federal guidelines.

Hickox remains at risk of being infected with Ebola until the end of a 21-day incubation period, Dr. Sheila Pinette.

"It is my opinion that the respondent should be subjected to an appropriate public health order for mandatory direct active monitoring and restrictions on movement as soon as possible and until the end of the incubation period ... to protect the public health and safety," she wrote.

Hickox, who treated Ebola patients in Sierra Leone, says confinement violates her rights. She says that she has no symptoms and poses no risk to the public.

Hickox, 33, stepped into the media glare when she returned from treating Ebola patients in Sierra Leone to become subject to a mandatory quarantine in New Jersey. After being released from a hospital there, she returned to this small town, where she was placed under what Maine authorities called a voluntary quarantine.

She said she is following the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommendation of daily monitoring for fever and other signs of the disease.

"I'm not willing to stand here and let my civil rights be violated when it's not science-based," she said Wednesday evening.

Some states like Maine are going above and beyond the CDC guidelines to require quarantines. So is the U.S military.

President Barack Obama, the nation's top infectious-disease expert and humanitarian groups have warned that overly restrictive measures could cripple the fight against the disease at its source by discouraging volunteers like Hickox from going to West Africa, where the outbreak has sickened more than 13,000 people and killed nearly 5,000 of them.

"These kinds of restrictions could dissuade hundreds, if not thousands, of skilled volunteers from helping stop Ebola's spread, which is in the national interest of every one of our countries," Samantha Power, U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, said Thursday in Brussels.

Fri, 31 Oct 2014 08:57:27 -0700

Colossal crowds expected for Giants parade

Police say at least one million Giants fans could turn out to cheer the World Series champions in a downtown San Francisco parade featuring double-decker buses carrying the players and floats of the Golden Gate Bridge.

Fans in Giants gear were already grabbing prime viewing spots behind barriers along Market Street by 6:30 a.m. Friday, 5 ½ hours before the parade's scheduled start.

Rain will likely pelt the parade, which begins at Market and Steuart streets at noon and then heads to San Francisco City Hall and Civic Center Plaza, where Mayor Ed Lee will honor the team with a giant onstage ceremony.

The 3-2 victory Wednesday against the Kansas City Royals was the Giants' third World Series championship in five years. Players, including the series' Most Valuable Player, 25-year-old pitcher Madison Bumgarner, will ride on double-decker buses. The streets are expected to be awash in orange and black.

Parade efforts were long underway before third-baseman Pablo Sandoval snagged the final fly ball and dropped on his back on the field in victory. One of the floats fans will see is a panda in honor of Sandoval, whom teammates have nicknamed "Kung Fu Panda."

"Unlike most parades where we have weeks and months to plan, this all kind of came down the pipes over the course of days. So we're doing about a month's work in about a week," The Parade Guys' Stephanie Mufson told ABC7 News. The San Francisco company started building the floats earlier this week, because waiting for the final out would have cut it too close.

The parade is free and open to the public.

Police Chief Greg Suhr said the number of officers on the streets Friday will be at least 20 percent higher, with police dogs helping with security.

"We will prepare for any inevitability, but we are hoping for the best," Suhr said Thursday, adding that crowds are expected to be massive. "I wouldn't be surprised if there were 2 million people in San Francisco (for the event) Friday."

Suhr said he hopes the parade will bring out the best in fans.

Following the win Wednesday, fans initially gathered in the streets, uncorking champagne, dancing and hugging strangers. But the celebration quickly turned raucous and violent, as about 100 revelers vandalized police cars and businesses and pelted officers with bottles.

Forty people were arrested for public drunkenness, assaults and outstanding warrants. Nine police cars were damaged, and three officers went to the hospital with injuries, Suhr said. Two people were shot and two people were stabbed in separate incidents. All of the victims are expected to live.

Transit and Street Closure Information:

  • Streets will be closed on parade route, on Mission Street between Van Ness Avenue, The Embarcadero closed beginning at 9 a.m.
  • BART to run rush-hour service, on all trains until 2 a.m. Saturday
  • Caltrain to provide extra northbound capacity on normal morning schedule. All trains leaving San Francisco after parade will stop at every station on way to San Jose Diridon station – a shuttle will take rider to Tamien station. All trains traveling to stations along Gilroy line will be delayed one hour.
  • Muni metro trains will stop at Civic Center, Embarcadero, Montgomery and Powell stations, and six additional Metro shuttles will be added.
  • Larkspur Ferry will add morning service between 7 and 11:30 a.m. The Sausalito Ferry schedule remains unchanged.
  • SF Bay Ferry will expand service from the Vallejo, Alameda Main Street and Oakland Jack London Square ferry terminals for the San Francisco Giants’ World Series parade.
Fri, 31 Oct 2014 07:46:24 -0700

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