Airport security scans: What would your doctor do?

first_img Share 50 Views   no discussions Tweet LifestyleTravel Airport security scans: What would your doctor do? by: – March 31, 2011 Sharing is caring!center_img Share (CNN) — I was in the security line at an airport a few months ago when I watched a fellow passenger do something I’d never seen done before: He dissed the scan.“I’d like to opt out,” he said, as a security agent went scurrying for a male agent to give this man a full-body pat-down, the requirement for anyone who refuses to go through the full-body scanner.Wow, I thought, this man really must want to avoid the scanner if he’s willing to get groped by a total stranger.The Transportation Security Administration says the so-called backscatter scans, which emit a small amount of radiation, are safe. “Multiple independent studies have confirmed that the technology used to protect passengers when they fly is safe for their health,” says TSA spokesman Nicholas Kimball. “TSA takes many precautions to regularly verify that all machines are operating properly.”Another type of airport scanner uses “millimeter wave” technology, which uses electromagnetic waves and has not raised the same level of public concerns as the backscatter scans.So why all the worry? In my obnoxious journalist way, I pounced on the guy to ask him why he’d done it.“I’m a doctor at M.D. Anderson, and I don’t want radiation if I can avoid it,” he said.I was next in line. I’d just watched a doctor at M.D. Anderson, a top cancer hospital, opt out because he wanted to avoid radiation. Does that mean I should, too? I had a second to make a decision. I decided to opt out, too.The pat-down, I learned, is not such an easy option. First, you have to make a bit of a spectacle of yourself by publicly asking for something different. Secondly, it takes time (not a lot, but enough to be a problem if you’re running late) and thirdly, I ended up being touched in places previously reserved for my husband and my gynecologist.I began to wonder if the doctor was being a little paranoid. Was the radiation so dangerous that it was worth the hassle and embarrassment? To get a little perspective, when I returned home I randomly asked doctors I respect what they do in the security line. It was a completely unscientific sampling, but it yielded this interesting result: All these doctors are smart people with access to the same scientific data, and yet made very different choices.Doctors who say “yes” to the scannersI started, of course, with my colleague Dr. Sanjay Gupta, a neurosurgeon, who told me he hasn’t opted out thus far.Many other doctors feel the same way.“I go through them,” said Dr. Greg Zorman, chief of neurosurgery at Memorial Healthcare System in Florida. “The amount of radiation you get isn’t worth worrying about.”Dr. Drew Pinsky, an internist and host of a new show on HLN that makes its debut on April 4, called the amount of radiation “inconsequential.”The radiation you get from a backscatter imaging machine used at many airports is the same amount of radiation you get from sitting on an airplane for two minutes, according to research released this week by the University of California San Francisco.The researchers calculated for every 100 million passengers who fly seven one-way flights a year, six of them could get cancer as a result of the radiation exposure from the full-body scans.The California researchers made these calculations based on information from the manufacturers. Some researchers question whether the manufacturers’ measurements are valid. David Brenner, director of the Center for Radiological Research at Columbia University, says he thinks the exposure to radiation is actually 10 times more than what the manufacturers claim.Even so, Brenner (who’s a physicist, not a medical doctor) still goes through the scanners at airports because even by his calculations the amount of radiation is still small.Doctors who say “no” to the scannersDr. Otis Brawley, chief medical officer of the American Cancer Society, takes a pat-down instead of going through a scanner when he travels. He says he’s concerned about whether the machines are calibrated and inspected properly.“USA Today did a piece on how badly TSA maintained their X-ray equipment for carryon bags, and this gave me little confidence,” he wrote to me in an e-mail.Brawley’s deputy concurs.“I do whatever I can to avoid the scanner,” Dr. Len Lichtenfeld wrote to me in an e-mail.He says as a frequent flier, he’s concerned about the cumulative effect of the radiation.“This is a total body scan — not a dental or chest X-ray,” he wrote to me. “Total body radiation is not something I find very comforting based on my medical knowledge.”Lichtenfeld says it doesn’t necessarily give him great comfort that the TSA says the scans are safe.“I can still remember getting my feet radiated as a child when I went to the shoe store and they had a machine which could see how my foot fit in the new shoes,” he says. “We were told then that they were safe, and they were not.”(At first I thought Lichtenfeld was making this up, but you can actually see one of these foot scanners at the Museum of Questionable Medical Devices at the Science Museum of Minnesota.)Another doctor who opts for the pat-down is Dr. Dong Kim, Rep. Gabrielle Giffords’ neurosurgeon.“There is really no absolutely safe dose of radiation,” says Kim, chair of the department of neurosurgery at the University of Texas Medical School. “Each exposure is additive, and there is no need to incur any extra radiation when there is an alternative.”This was echoed by several other physicians, including Dr. Andrew Weil.“All radiation exposure adds to the cumulative total you’ve received over your lifetime,” Weil wrote to me in an e-mail. “Cancer risks correlate with that number, so no dose of radiation is too small to matter.”Doctors exposed to radiation at work are particularly sensitive to this issue, as I learned when I got through security that day in the airport and chased after the doctor who’d opted out.I learned his name is Dr. Karl Bilimoria, and he’s a surgical oncology fellow at M.D. Anderson. He says this is a frequent topic of discussion among his colleagues.“If we can avoid a little radiation in exchange for the two extra minutes needed for a pat-down, then we will,” he says.By Elizabeth Cohen, CNN News Sharelast_img read more

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Thomas ready to tee it up at first PGA Tour event of 2020

first_imgJustin Thomas’ all-around game has made him one of the hottest players on the PGA Tour and the American will try to carry that momentum into this week’s Tournament of Champions, the first event of 2020. Thomas, Dustin Johnson and Jon Rahm are the headliners for the event as the tour returns from a December hiatus at the par-73 Plantation Course in Kapalua, Hawaii. The field, which consists of only those who won on the tour last year, includes just 34 golfers after several notable winners decided to skip the no-cut event. Top-ranked Brooks Koepka is out with a left knee injury while Rory McIlroy, Phil Mickelson and Tiger Woods also qualified but opted not to play, as did Justin Rose, Francesco Molinari and British Open champion Shane Lowry. That sets the stage for Thomas to take advantage. Thomas said his goal for 2020 is to get back to the world number one ranking. “All the motivation I need to get to number one in the world is in myself,” he said. “I don’t need to try to prove anybody wrong. “I don’t need to do it because people said I can’t. Because I want to be there is big enough motivation for me.” The 26-year-old Thomas, one of only 10 players in PGA history to shoot a sub-60 round, won the BMW Championship in August, finished fourth at the Safeway Open in September and won the CJ Cup in October. Thomas also did well at the Presidents Cup in Australia last month, finishing with a record of 3-1-1, his loss coming in the singles competition. Read  Also: Australian Open: Sharapova says there’s still a lot of fire amid wildcard offer Johnson is making his first start of the 2019-20 season and has seven consecutive top-10 finishes in the event. Defending champion Xander Schauffele overcame a five-shot deficit entering the final round last year by posting a tournament-record 62 on Sunday. He is trying to become the first player since Geoff Ogilvy (2009-10) to repeat as champion. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… center_img Promoted Content6 Great Ancient Mysteries That Make China Worth VisitingThe Best Cars Of All Time8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its Growth9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A TattooWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?The Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksArchaeologists Still Have No Explanation For These Discoveries12 Countries With Higest Technology In The WorldCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Way14 Hilarious Comics Made By Women You Need To Follow Right NowBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Them The 2017 PGA Championship winner, Thomas has a burning desire to put together a complete season and get off to a strong start after last year was interrupted by a nagging right wrist injury. “Yeah, I could have been a pity party and asked for more attention, but I definitely didn’t deserve anything special,” said Thomas, who has qualified for this event four of the past five years. “I mean, I hadn’t done what I had the year before and definitely not two years before that. “Even with the injury happening, I tried to stay patient, and I was glad to see it kind of come back to how it felt at the end of the year.” Thomas will have competition from world number three Rahm, who is the top-ranked player in the field. Spain’s Rahm has three wins and 10 top-10s in his past 13 starts worldwide, vaulting him to a career-high ranking.last_img read more

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Ohio Woman Suffers Injury After Snowmobile Accident

first_imgIndiana Conversation Officers are investigating a snowmobile accident that occurred near Dover on Saturday night.Jessica Sellers, 34, of Cincinnati, Ohio, was operating a snowmobile at the Country View Golf Course off of Hyland Road with three other people when the accident occurred.According to authorities, witness statements report that Sellers attempted to cross a concrete bridge on the golf course when she lost control while maneuvering down a slope and hit a bridge. After hitting the bridge, the snowmobile rolled over pinning her beneath it.She was transported by ambulance to Dearborn County Hospital and was later transferred to University of Cincinnati Medical Center.According to the DNR, she suffered neck injuries however no broken bones were reported.DNR officials believe alcohol may be a factor in the accident, and it remains under investigation.Indiana Conversation Officers encourage the use of protective gear while operating off road vehicles. Educational courses are available online at DNR website.last_img read more

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Honda Hit With Alleged Discrimination Lawsuit

first_imgA former associate of Honda in Greensburg has filed a federal lawsuit alleging racial discrimination.According to the Greensburg Daily News, Clifford W. Holder, an African American male, alleges incidents of discrimination toward black employees of the company.In the lawsuit, filed January 30, Holder alleges that Honda passed over African Americans for promotion, let white employees off with a “slap on the wrist” for racially offensive comments to black associates, and racially offensive graffiti was routinely found in the men’s bathrooms. According to the lawsuit, Honda removed the graffiti but took no action to keep it from happening again.A Honda spokesman disagrees with the allegations, according to the newspaper.Honda said in a statement that the company is committed to diversity in all aspects of business and works to maintain a diverse team of associates.The newspaper also reported that Honda employees took part in a Martin Luther King Jr. Day event at Greensburg Elementary School to talk about equality and Civil Rights with students.last_img read more

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Batesville Worker Involved In Kentucky Interstate Crash

first_imgWEBSTER COUNTY, Ky. – A Batesville resident was involved in an interstate accident between a vehicle and mowing tractor that put a Tennessee driver in the hospital.An elderly Tennessee man was traveling in a Toyota 4-Runner on the Edward T. Breathitt/ Pennyrile Parkway in Western Kentucky late Tuesday afternoon when it collided with a mowing tractor, The Gleaner reported.The tractor was operated by Jose Garcia, 42, of Batesville. He was in the process of crossing a bridge to continue mowing the median. Authorities say the 4-Runner struck the tractor from behind.The Tennessee man was taken to an Evansville hospital for treatment. Garcia was not injured, police said.Both occupants were wearing seat belts.last_img

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Chelsea confirm signing of Salah

first_imgChelsea have confirmed the signing of Basel’s Mohamed Salah. “The move is subject to the Egyptian international agreeing personal terms and completing a medical examination.” The capture of the Egypt international, which is subject to him agreeing personal terms and passing a medical, could mean Juan Mata’s move to Manchester United will now go ahead. A statement on chelseafc.com read: “Chelsea Football Club can confirm an agreement has been reached with FC Basel for the transfer of their 21-year-old attacking midfielder Mohamed Salah. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

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Automatic World Cup spot slipping away for Windies

first_imgLONDON, England (CMC) – West Indies’ chances of earning automatic qualification for the 2019 World Cup took another damaging blow when they dropped two rating points in the latest ICC One-Day International rankings released on Tuesday.The Caribbean side dropped from 79 points to 77 following their stunning 63-run defeat to minnows Afghanistan last Friday, in the opening ODI of the ongoing three-match series currently locked at 1-1.Even if West Indies had won yesterday’s decider at the Darren Sammy Cricket Ground in St Lucia, they will gain only one point, with ODI series remaining against powerhouse India later this month and England in September.Hosts England, along with the next top seven-ranked sides in the world, will earn automatic qualification for the World Cup, with the remaining sides entering a qualifying tournament to determine the last two available berthsWest Indies are currently ranked number nine and to add insult to injury, number eight-ranked Pakistan have gained three points to move to 91, following victories over the highly-ranked South Africa and Sri Lanka in the ongoing Champions Trophy in England.Pakistan’s lead over West Indies is now 14 points leaving the former World champions with a huge gap to make up by the World Cup qualification cutoff date of September 30.The embattled Windies are expected to face a stern challenge when they take on India from June 23 to July 6 in a five-match series in the Caribbean.They also travel to England for a similar five-match series September 19-29.Top-ranked South Africa, meanwhile, dropped three points but remained in pole position while Australia and India continued second and third respectively.England have gained two points and moved into fourth place, overtaking New Zealand who dropped three points into fifth.Latest ICC One-Day International rankings:1. South Africa 1192. Australia 1173. India 1174. England 1145. New Zealand 1116. Bangladesh 957. Sri Lanka 938. Pakistan 919. West Indies 7710. Afghanistan 5411. Zimbabwe 4612. Ireland 41last_img read more

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The Latest: No. 2 Thiem eases into US Open quarterfinals

first_img September 7, 2020 Serena Williams and Maria Sakkari are on court in Arthur Ashe Stadium to warm up for their fourth-round meeting at the U.S. Open.It is a rematch of a contest Sakkari won less than two weeks ago at the Western & Southern Open, a hard-court tournament played this year at Flushing Meadows.Williams owns six U.S. Open titles and 23 Grand Slam singles championships in all. Sakkari, a 25-year-old from Greece, is trying to reach her first Grand Slam quarterfinal.The winner will face Alize Cornet or Tsvetana Pironkova next. ___12:50 p.m.Serena Williams has taken the first set of her U.S. Open fourth-round match against Maria Sakkari by a 6-3 score. ___12:05 p.m. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on the U.S. Open tennis tournament (all times EDT):5:25 p.m.Second-seeded Dominic Thiem eased into the quarterfinals of the U.S. Open with a straight-sets win over Felix Auger-Aliassime. Tsvetana Pironkova sent Alize Cornet to yet another Grand Slam heartbreak.Pironkova rallied for a 6-4, 7-6 (5), 6-3 victory that put her in the quarterfinals of the U.S. Open for the first time. It is Pironkova’s first tournament since Wimbledon in 2017, when she took off to give birth and raise her son, Alexander. The 32-year-old from Bulgaria will face third-seeded Serena Williams, who advanced in three sets earlier in the day.The 30-year-old Cornet was again denied her first career appearance in a Grand slam. She was playing in her 57th Grand Slam overall and her 54th in a row, the longest active streak and tied for the fourth-longest in the Open era. Japan’s Ai Sugiyama played in 62 consecutive majors.___ The Latest: No. 2 Thiem eases into US Open quarterfinals 3:30 p.m.Novak Djokovic has been fined $10,000 for unsportsmanlike conduct at the U.S. Open, where he was defaulted for accidentally hitting a line judge in the throat with a ball after losing a game.That amount is half the $20,000 that a player can be docked for violating the unsportsmanlike conduct clause of the Grand Slam rule book. The $10,000 is in addition to the $250,000 in prize money the U.S. Tennis Association said Djokovic would forfeit after being disqualified in the first set of his fourth-round match Sunday.___ This time, Williams was two points from victory at 6-all in the tiebreaker but dropped the next two points and the set. Then she trailed 2-0 in the third before turning things around.Williams, who turns 39 in less than three weeks, will face an unseeded opponent — either Alize Cornet or Tsvetana Pironkova — for a semifinal berth.The American has won six of her 23 major singles championships at the U.S. Open.___2 p.m.center_img Alex de Minaur has moved into his first Grand Slam quarterfinal by beating Vasek Pospisil 7-6 (6), 6-3, 6-2 at the U.S. Open.The key to the match in Louis Armstrong Stadium on Monday was the opening-set tiebreaker. Pospisil held four set points at 6-2 but failed to convert any. De Minaur took a half-dozen points in a row to take the set and was in control from there.He is a 21-year-old from Australia who is seeded 21st at Flushing Meadows.In the quarterfinals, de Minaur will face No. 2 seed Dominic Thiem or No. 15 Felix Auger-Aliassime. Serena Williams has been pushed to a third set by Maria Sakkari in the fourth round of the U.S. Open.Williams won the first set 6-3, but Sakkari took the second in a tiebreaker, converting her fifth set point when Williams missed a forehand.Sakkari beat Williams in three sets less than two weeks ago in the Western & Southern Open.___1:35 p.m. Associated Press Thiem’s 7-6 (4), 6-1, 6-1 victory put him in the quarterfinals at Flushing Meadows for the second time — he also did it in 2018. With top-ranked Novak Djokovic gone, the Austrian is the highest-seeded man left.Thiem has reached three Grand Slam finals and gone 0-3, including a five-set loss to Djokovic at this year’s Australian Open.He beat a 20-year-old Canadian who had been broken only once during the tournament and broke him five times in three sets. He will face Alex de Minaur in the quarterfinals.___4:40 p.m. 2:40 p.m.Serena Williams is into the quarterfinals at the U.S. Open for a 12th consecutive appearance.It wasn’t easy, though.Williams needed to come from behind in the third set before taking another step closer to Grand Slam title No. 24 by edging Maria Sakkari 6-3, 6-7 (6), 6-3 on Monday.This was a rematch from less than two weeks ago at the Western & Southern Open. That one was won by Sakkari, also in three sets, when Williams dealt with leg cramps and faded down the stretch. ___More AP tennis: https://apnews.com/apf-Tennis and https://twitter.com/AP_Sportslast_img read more

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Wisconsin sweep caps home season

first_imgWhile the WCHA championship trophy sat in its case Saturday night, Wisconsin (27-4-1, 22-3-1 WCHA) was handing Minnesota State its second-straight loss at the Kohl Center. The Badgers, who were playing in their final regular-season home game, shut out the Mavericks 5-0, giving the five UW seniors a proper sendoff.Wisconsin’s five seniors — Nikki Burish (Madison, Wis.), Sharon Cole (Bloomington, Wis.), Meghan Horras (Appleton, Wis.), Grace Hutchins (Winnetka, Ill.) and Cyndy Kenyon (Sparta, Wis.) — were all honored in a pre-game ceremony to celebrate their tenure at UW.”Being Senior Night and having five kids who put a lot of time and energy into the program, and who have won a lot of games during their four years, it was really special,” UW head coach Mark Johnson said. “The team was playing for that group of five, and you know they wanted to come out play hard and take care of business. “It’s a tribute to those five players [and] what they’ve done here — they’ve won a championship now and it’s nice to see the group come out and play for them.”The Badgers came out firing Saturday night, unleashing a barrage of scoring opportunities before Kristen Witting finally broke through at 11:48 into the first period for her first goal of the season.After a scuffle in front of the net, the puck squirted out to Witting and she blasted a slap shot passed a screened MSU goaltender.The Badgers scored twice more in the second period on goals by Burish and freshman Erika Lawler. Burish netted her seventh goal of the year at 12:55; Hutchins and Witting were credited with the assists. Lawler followed it up with top-shelf wrister for the 10th goal of her young career at 14:47.Burish led the way for UW this weekend, as she tallied two goals and three assists in her final home series.”This has got to be up there for my career here,” Burish said. “Winning our first championship, combined with Senior Night… but I tried not to think about this being my last home game and just tried to focus on winning the games, and that really helped me be successful this weekend.”The Badgers put forth another two-goal performance in the final 20 minutes, giving UW the 5-0 win. Juniors Bobbi-Jo Slusar and Sara Bauer rounded out the scoring with goals at 1:09 and 16:44 respectively, and the celebration was officially on. Players and coaches were waving their WCHA championship t-shirts as “Celebrate” rang loudly through the Kohl Center. While the Badgers clinched the title last weekend, they were presented with their trophy Saturday. UW team captain Cole hoisted it over her head in front of a modest crowd.”It has been a good year,” Johnson said in the post-game ceremony. “One of our goals was to win a league championship. These players are very committed and very passionate. They won the first league championship for our young program. This is their moment.”Friday night’s affair wasn’t quite as exciting in terms of pre-game and post-game ceremonies but still saw another Badger win, this time by a score of 3-2.Wisconsin jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the second, thanks to goals by Burish and Emily Morris. Although the Badgers out-shot the Mavericks 35-11 and dominated the face-offs, MSU showed some grit with a third-period surge to tie the game at two. The second Maverick goal came with 7:26 remaining in the game after Felicia Nelson scored on an angled shot from the goal line.With the game tied at two and 30 seconds left on the clock, UW forward Erika Lawler found herself on a breakaway and scored on a top-shelf shot, giving the Badgers the 3-2 win.All in all, it was a standard weekend at the office for the No. 3-ranked Wisconsin women’s hockey team. It was an overall team effort this weekend and the Badgers appear to be clicking on all cylinders as they move on to loftier goals.”Having the trophy in hand puts closure on one aspect of it, and it looks nice in the trophy case,” Johnson said. “But the prize at the end of the journey is the big one, and that’s what we’re shooting for.”last_img read more

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Mental mistakes cost Syracuse in loss to North Carolina State

first_imgAfter Syracuse lost to North Carolina State to fall to 5-11 and 0-4 in the Atlantic Coast Conference, head coach Leonid Yelin was as frustrated as ever.Part of the reason for his frustration is the lack of care the team seems to exhibit after losses like this. After the team’s two-minute meeting, following its 3-1 defeat, players talked to each other, smiling and laughing.This has been noticeable in many of the team’s losses this season.“Fifteen minutes later you can go and just see outside and take a picture,” Yelin said. “I guarantee 15 people are joking and smiling like it’s not a big deal. They look so pissed over there. That’s bullsh*t. You not even good actors.”Yelin said the reason they acted upset during the game is because they have eyes on them, but once the crowd is gone they act like it is not a big deal.After Syracuse’s many performances this season, during which several players on the team have shown a lack of mental toughness, including its losses to North Carolina State (12-4, 3-1) and No. 11 North Carolina (15-0, 4-0), Yelin is starting to wonder if some of these players will ever be able to turn around and stay mentally tough for an entire match.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThat was reflected on Sunday with junior captain Nicolette Serratore. Since ACC play opened last week against Florida State, teams have targeted Serratore to receive the serve and she has struggled. In Sunday’s matchup against N.C. State, the first serve the Wolfpack hit was right to Serratore, who again botched the return.Eventually, her struggles forced Yelin to bench her for a sizable chunk of the match.“If you’re going put us in a hole it doesn’t even matter how good you’re playing after that,” Yelin said. “We cannot dig out.”Serratore’s reaction to Yelin when he pulled her further reflects the lack of mental toughness she came out with against N.C. State.“I took her out in the first game, give her break,” Yelin said. “I said, ‘What’s going on with you?’ She said, ‘Oh my God, I don’t know there’s so much in my head.’”At this point Yelin is unsure if some of the players on his team will ever be able to play at a high level for as long as it takes. Part of the issue is the inability of the team so far to recruit top Americans.Part of the reason for this struggle stems from what is going on now: it’s hard to convince players to attend a college that has a losing record like the Orange’s, Yelin said. Not only that, but SU’s locker rooms are run-down and resemble a high school’s more than an ACC university’s.“You cannot go to Kentucky Derby with a mule,” Yelin said. “I don’t care how good you train. You can work so hard with a mule, you’re not going to beat racehorse. That’s our job. Get the horse first, and then train her right.”While a majority of the players on the team have consistently struggled throughout the year, Silvi Uattara has seemed to turn her play around in areas like the serve and receive game, which she was struggling with early in the season.She was clearly the Orange’s best player on the court on Sunday, finishing with a team-high of 17 kills and also recording three blocks. Yelin specifically mentioned her as one of the few players on the team he is impressed with.“I was fighting the same,” Uattara said. “I was trying to stay the same all the games. I just don’t know what to say really.”Junior captain Lindsay McCabe does not know what they can do at this point to fix the team’s flaws.“I can’t tell you the reason,” McCabe said. “I don’t know. I wish I knew, because then we could solve it.” Comments Published on October 7, 2013 at 12:01 am Contact Ryan: rlraigro@syr.edu Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

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