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3 Things You Need to Know Today: March 12, 2014

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Happy Hump Day! Here are a few newsy bits to inspire conversation.


Parents Plead with Denying Drug Co. to Sell Them Experimental Cure For Son
The Chimerix pharmaceutical company repeatedly denied Josh Hardy’s parents early sale of their anti-viral drug called brincidofovir stating it would slow their efforts to get the product on the market (it’s still not approved by the FDA).  Then Josh’s parents took their pleading public on Facebook as well as petitioning Chimerix with a compassionate care exception–Chimerix continued to deny the request. Chimerix claimed high cost (around $50,000), potentially skewed results, and “diverted manpower.” Josh’s parents continued pleading and the potential for bad press worked–the 7-year-old will be part of a workaround that puts him in a new clinical trial. Moral of the story: never give up.


Family Hides from Their Own 22-pound Cat During Crazy 911 Call
An Oregon family frantically called 911 Tuesday after being literally backed into their bedroom by their own cat. The homeowners said “Lux” freaked out after their son pulled his tail and they gave the cat a “kick in the rear.” The cat then stalked them, cornered them into the bedroom, and continued to charge the closed bedroom door as they begged authorities for help. That’ll happen.


Sen. Dianne Feinstein Accuses CIA of Spying on Congress
Senator Dianne Feinstein says the CIA might have violated federal law by deleting information from her staff’s computers. According to the CIA director, they were taking information that Congress wasn’t authorized to see. Yet, Feinstein and others have doubts and want a CIA investigation, with Senator Lindsay Graham quoted as saying, “Heads should roll; people should go to jail, if it’s true.”

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Is “Flappy Bird” Coming Back?
Creator of the mobile game Flappy Bird, Dong Nguyen, told Rolling Stone recently that he’s thinking about bringing the game back, with a disclaimer warning users to “take a break” once in a while. Reportedly the guilt he felt over the game’s “addictive” nature caused him to abruptly pull it from app stores. However, money talks – and the game still generates revenue from those who downloaded it before it was removed. So imagine the possibilities.


Website Model Involuntarily Pumps Up the Jam
Twenty-eight seconds of pure bliss–the Jam will always be pumped.

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