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2014-04-15 12:30:27

BOSTON, April 15, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- In a shocking note by Justina Pelletier, she reveals in her own handwriting for the first time the reality of her treatment under Massachusetts DCF. In the note, she reveals that in DCF custody "they hurt me all the time and push me all the time." She also goes on to say, "and more." http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnvar/20140415/73235 This note paints a shocking picture of Justina Pelletier's mistreatment under Massachusetts DCF and...

Egyptian Tempest Stela Believed To Be World's Oldest Weather Report
2014-04-03 07:09:35

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The Tempest Stela is a 6-foot-tall, 3,500 year old calcite block from ancient Egypt that may just be the world's oldest surviving weather report. A new study from the University of Chicago's Oriental Institute suggests it might also hold the key to understanding the chronology of events in the ancient Middle East. The Stela has a 40 line inscription, which according to a new translation, describes rain, darkness and “the sky being...

Ancient Nomads Spread Earliest Domestic Grains Along Silk Road
2014-04-02 15:17:22

Gerry Everding , Washington University in St. Louis Findings push back earliest known East-West interaction along Silk Road by 2,000 years Charred grains of barley, millet and wheat deposited nearly 5,000 years ago at campsites in the high plains of Kazakhstan show that nomadic sheepherders played a surprisingly important role in the early spread of domesticated crops throughout a mountainous east-west corridor along the historic Silk Road, suggests new research from Washington...

2014-03-28 08:26:12

BOSTON, March 28, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- For the past several months, the Pelletiers have met face-to-face with Justina once weekly in supervised visits of no more than one hour. Now, Massachusetts DCF is denying the Pelletiers visitation with Justina in another blatant act of vindictive punishment. This new act demonstrates DCF's unwillingness to reunite the family and exposes the agency's lack of interest in the welfare of Justina or the Pelletier family. Instead, DCF is...

2014-03-25 20:22:19

BOSTON, March 25, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- In a ruling today, Judge Johnston refused to grant custody to the Pelletier family and instead sentenced her to remain in the custody of Massachusetts DCF, the agency which has prevented Justina from receiving medical care at Tufts Medical Center. Rev. Patrick Mahoney, spokesperson for the Pelletier family and organizer of the Free Justina Coalition, stated: "It is a complete outrage that Massachusetts DCF has prevented Justina from...

2014-03-25 08:28:52

BOSTON, March 25, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- More than three weeks after Judge Johnston ruled that Justina Pelletier's medical care should be returned to Tufts Medical Center, Massachusetts DCF has not permitted her to receive a medical examination from doctors at Tufts. Her health continues to worsen. The family awaits a new ruling from Judge Johnston to be issued today determining the future of Justina's custody. Rev. Patrick Mahoney, Pelletier family spokesperson, stated: "This...

2014-03-21 16:23:15

BOSTON, March 21, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Despite anticipation of a ruling from the bench today, Judge Johnston will reportedly release a decision to the attorney for the Pelletiers by the end of the business day on Tuesday, March 25. Nearly three weeks after Judge Johnston ruled that Justina's medical care should be returned to Tufts Medical Center, Justina has still not received a medical examination from doctors at Tufts. Pelletier family spokesperson Rev. Patrick Mahoney...

An 1,800-Year-Old Letter From Egyptian Soldier Deciphered
2014-03-19 12:32:14

[ Watch the Video: Translating An Ancient Letter From A Roman Soldier ] Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online An 1,800-year-old letter from an Egyptian soldier serving in a Roman legion has been deciphered for the first time. Grant Adamson, a Rice University graduate, deciphered the letter sent home by Roman military recruit Aurelius Polion. This letter was originally discovered in 1898 by the expedition team of Grenfell and Hunt in the ancient Egyptian city of...

2014-03-17 20:22:29

BOSTON, March 17, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- At the hearing today, Judge Johnston took under advisement the motions previously submitted by the Pelletiers, but refused to take action about Justina's care or custody. Despite Justina's worsening condition, Judge Johnston still has not enforced his ruling to transfer Justina's medical care to Tufts. Justina remains at the Framingham Foster Facility and has not been seen by a single doctor, apart from an emergency room visit on...

2014-03-07 16:23:21

BOSTON, March 7, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- During their weekly one-hour visit with Justina, the Pelletiers were able to meet with their daughter privately. During their meeting, Justina told them "I feel like I'm in jail," and asked, "Why can't I be with my parents like everyone else?" Usually the parents' visits with Justina are highly monitored and supervised by Massachusetts DCF and even state troopers. During monitored visits, the parents are unable to speak freely with...