Saturday, August 23 2014 3:45 PM EDT2014-08-23 19:45:44 GMT
A senior Hamas leader says the group signed a pledge to back any Palestinian bid to join the International Criminal Court. Such a step could expose Israel - as well as Hamas - to war crimes investigations.More >>
Israel bombed an apartment tower in downtown Gaza City on Saturday, collapsing the 12-story building in an unprecedented strike, while Hamas kept up heavy rocket fire that sent more Israelis fleeing border areas close to...More >>
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Organizers expect up to 5,000 people to attend a march protesting the death of an unarmed black man who died after being placed in a chokehold by a white New York police officer.More >>
Thousands of people expressing grief, anger and hope for a better future marched peacefully through Staten Island on Saturday to protest the chokehold death of an unarmed black man by a white police officer.More >>
Saturday, August 23 2014 3:28 PM EDT2014-08-23 19:28:26 GMT
After starting in Kentucky earlier in the month of August, post about "Purge" events have quickly spread across the country. It all started in Louisville, when a picture popped up on social media statingMore >>
The Montgomery Police Department say they have been made aware of the picture that is circulating social media, and are taking the matter very seriously.More >>
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Iceland's Meteorological Office is reporting a surge in seismic activity at the restless Bardarbunga volcano, but sees no evidence yet of any eruptions.More >>
Iceland's Bardarbunga volcano began erupting Saturday under the ice of Europe's largest glacier, prompting the country to close the airspace over the volcano.More >>
Friday is National Rare Disease Awareness Day and The Xtra is grateful to have on Friday's show a Northern Kentucky boy who is battling a rare illness.
Joey Holt, 12, of Fort Thomas, has Langerhans cell histiocytosis or histio. The disease happens when the body accumulates too many immature Langerhans cells (a type of white blood cell), according to the Histiocytosis Association Inc. The organization says with the disease too many Langerhans cells are produced and build up in certain parts of the body where they can form tumors or damage organs.
In a public announcement, Joey says there is no known cause or cure for the disease that can attack your skin, bone or organs.
When Joey was in the fourth grade, his white blood cells ate away his right hip bone. He underwent a bone graph and spent four months in a wheelchair. Steroid treatment was prescribed. If the disease returns, he says he will go through chemotherapy.
"I suffer from chronic pains that can make me miss days of school at a time," he said.
Joey participates in online support groups and considers himself one of the lucky ones because he does not have to leave the groups to travel far for treatment. He receives care at Cincinnati Children's Hospital, who employs some of the leading Histio doctors around the world.
Joey decided last year that he would become an advocate for his disease and bring awareness of the illness to the Tri-State. He stuffs treat bags with candy and Histio brochures to pass out, he filmed a PSA for the Histio association and wrote a letter to the Fort Thomas Mayor asking February 28 to be recognized as Histiocytosis Day.
Joey says he hopes his love for science will one day help him find a cure for Histiocytosis.