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DANGER: Just a spoonful of cinnamon can hurt you
Continued from Page One The American Association of Poison Control Centers has also issued a warning about the cinnamon challenge, and at least 30 people nationwide have required medical attention after trying it, according to the report. People taking the challenge can mistakenly inhale the cinnamon, causing them to choke, their lungs to inflame or their airways to become damaged. The risk is greater for people with asthma. After trying the challenge four times, teenager Dejah Reed of Ypsilanti, Mich., started nocinnamonchallenge.com, a website that warns others against taking the challenge and sells red “Just Say No” bracelets. The fourth time, Reed started laughing and inhaled the cinnamon, which caused her right lung to collapse. Reed wrote on her website that she spent four days in the hospital. “It was a lesson learned and I realized how dangerous it is,” Reed wrote. The report in Pediatrics found no studies of cinnamon inhalation in humans, but noted the spice is made of cellulose fibers that can scar the lungs. When rats inhaled two milligrams of cellulose, scientists observed inflammation and lesions in the lungs a year later, according to the report. Despite the dangers, the challenge’s popularity increased last year. Poison control centers received 51 calls related to the challenge in 2011, a number that

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FBI investigators on Tuesday inspect the boat where Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was found hiding Friday night in a backyard in Watertown, Mass. There is blood spattered on the wheel fender of the trailer and bullet holes in the hull of the boat.

PLOT: ‘All threads are being pulled’
Continued from Page One the right to remain silent and to retain an attorney. But the Investigators have not pub- Boston Globe and other media licly identified the material outlets, citing unidentified law used in the two improvised enforcement sources, reported explosive devices that killed Tuesday that Tsarnaev had three and wounded more than made incriminating statements 260 in two April 15 bombings on Sunday. Tsarnaev also likely will face near the marathon’s finish line. An FBI affidavit released this state charges, including murder week said the bombs were for the shooting death of Massamade of “low-grade explosives” chusetts Institute of Technology packed into pressure cookers police officer Sean Collier. The along with “metallic BBs and 27-year-old Collier, who investigators say was gunned down nails.” The same FBI affidavit also while he sat in his car in Cambridge on Thursday reported that investinight, was buried folgators had found a lowing a private “large pyrotechnic” funeral service Tuesat the University of day. Massachusetts DartA private service mouth dorm room in was also held for 8which Tsarnaev’s year-old Martin younger brother, Richard, who died in Dzhokhar, lived. the April 15 explo“This is a very sion. “This has been active, ongoing invesAP the most difficult tigation,” Homeland week of our lives,” the Security Secretary Martin Richard Richard family said Janet Napolitano told a Senate committee Tuesday in a brief prepared statement. The marathon casualty count morning. “All threads are being continued to climb, reaching pulled.” Officials on Tuesday upgrad- 264 as of Tuesday, according to ed Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s condi- Boston Public Health Commistion to fair at Beth Israel Dea- sion spokeswoman Katinka coness Medical Center, where Podmaniczky. Some of these the 19-year-old is being treated victims have been showing up for what the FBI described as with conditions like persistent “apparent gunshot wounds to hearing loss and ringing in the his head, neck, legs and hand” ears. Among Boston-area medical suffered either during a gunbattle with police in suburban facilities, Massachusetts GenerWatertown early Friday or later al Hospital was still treating six that night when he was discov- marathon patients Tuesday, ered hiding in a boat in a Water- with one in serious condition. Brigham and Women’s Hospital town backyard. was treating 10 marathon TSARNEAV FACES FEDERAL patients, two of them amputees. Under a plan unveiled Tuescharges of using a weapon of mass destruction and malicious day afternoon, called One Fund destruction of property with an Boston, these victims will be explosive, both of which can able to apply for compensation lead to the death penalty or a from a pot of privately raised money that totals $20 million. life sentence. “It’s not a lot of money, when Tsarnaev’s federal public defender has asked that the tri- you look at the nature of these al judge appoint two defense injuries,” fund administrator attorneys with expertise in Kenneth Feinberg, who overdeath penalty cases, citing the saw a much larger fund for 9/11 complexity of the charges fac- terrorism victims, said at a ing Tsarnaev. On Monday, a news conference. “It will not transcript showed that Tsar- make these people whole.” Slowly coming into focus, naev was read his Miranda rights, notifying him that he had according to investigators and those briefed by them, is a picture of the two Tsarnaev brothers, ethnic Chechens, and their allegedly growing radicalization. The law firm representing Katherine Russell, Tamerlan Tsarnaev’s wife, said Tuesday that their client is “doing everything she can to assist with the investigation.” Russell married Tamerlan in June 2010 and the couple had a daughter, but neither she nor her family had any knowledge of his plans, the attorney said. THE DEVELOPING PICTURE includes, as well, hints of missed opportunities for U.S. counterterror specialists. The latter theme has been particularly resonant among congressional Republicans, who turned up the heat Tuesday on alleged FBI shortcomings, recalling how similar lapses preceded the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. “This whole system of the right hand not talking to the left hand, pre-9/11 mentality seems to be rearing its head here,” said Sen. Lindsey Graham, RS.C. One problem occurred when Tamerlan Tsarnaev traveled outside of the United States. In her Senate testimony, Napolitano acknowledged that “there was a mismatch” between the spelling of the name on Tsarnaev’s airline ticket and on his identity papers. As a result, her department knew that Tsarnaev had left the country, but the FBI, which previously had questioned Tsarnaev at the request of Russian security services, did not. “The system pinged when he was leaving the United States,” Napolitano said. “By the time he returned, all investigations had been — the matter had been closed.” Two Senate hearings, including a closed session before the Senate Intelligence Committee, were followed Tuesday night by a briefing available to all members of the House of Representatives by Napolitano, FBI Director Robert Mueller and a member of the National Counterterrorism Center.

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Twins fail the ‘Cinammon Challenge’ in this photo taken from a video on YouTube.

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increased to 178 in the first six months of 2012, according to the report. The most serious symptoms were protracted coughing, vomiting, nosebleeds and chest tightness. “The surge in calls during 2012 coincided with the increased number of Cinnamon Challenge videos on YouTube,” the authors wrote. Most of the viewers were between the ages of 13 and

24, according to the report. The challenge was researched on Google 2.4 million times in the first half of 2012, up from 200,000 times in 2009. The report recommends that schools and pediatricians warn children against the harmful effects of the challenge. Ivan Mercedes, 16, of Naugatuck, tried the challenge at least three months ago, but couldn’t handle more than a small portion of the spoonful before he felt his throat tighten. “It’s blocking your way to breathe,” Mercedes said. “That’s enough to make you choke.” Visit rep-am.com to comment on this story.

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METEOR: May be linked to sonic boom
Continued from Page One Police contacted the Federal Aviation Administration, and a representative was planning to inspect the rock. On Monday, police began following a new lead. Officers became aware of a meteor shower that occurred Friday night, around the same time the object struck Beck’s house in Wolcott. Police contacted the Yale Peabody Museum for help identifying the object. Stefan Nicolescu, manager of the museum’s mineralogy collection, confirmed Tuesday that it is a meteorite. The rock has a 4-inch diameter and is mostly black, but contains distinct crystals in its core, said meteorologist John Bagioni, of Fax-Alert Weather Service, who also inspected the rock. Bagioni said the blackened exterior, called a fusion crust, was caused by extreme heating as it entered the Earth’s atmosphere. Experts say the meteorite may have been associated with a sonic boom heard throughout the state Friday night. The sonic boom may have been caused by a meteor fragmenting as it crossed through the Earth’s atmosphere. “If this is a piece of a larger meteor, then the larger meteor could have been related to the sonic boom,” said Debra Fischer, an astronomer at Yale University. “But a 4-inch piece is too small for an atmospheric perturbation like a sonic boom.” Meteorites commonly land on Earth, but it is rare for them to be recovered — and even rarer for them to strike a house. “It is quite common for this size meteorite to fall through the Earth’s atmosphere, but most of the Earth is uninhabited, so it is less common to hit someone’s house,” Fischer said. Bagioni said he’s only aware of three meteorites being recovered in Connecticut: two in Wethersfield and now one in Wolcott. Visit rep-am.com to comment on this story.

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