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News Brief: September 5-9

An Overview:

Queen Elizabeth II has Died, A Breakthrough in Melanoma Treatments, Investigation into Former Soldier Reveals Lies and Racial Extremism, Down Syndrome Festival & 5K coming to OKC, and more.



Queen Elizabeth II has Died

Queen Elizabeth II has died peacefully at age 96. After 70 years of reign over Britain, Queen Elizabeth was the country’s longest ruling monarch. The monarchy will pass to her 73-year-old son Charles, soon to be King Charles III.

Great Britain and numerous allied countries have lowered flags to half-staff in her honor. The funeral is expected to be held in 10 days’ time.

Until then, click here for live updates or here for an overview of her life.



Investigation into Former Soldier Reveals Lies and Racial Extremism

Killian Ryan had been serving as a fire support specialist in the Army, a rank and position which requires secret security clearance. A lie on his application for the clearance prompted further investigation, uncovering ties to racial extremism.

The instigating lie was his claim to have not seen his father – who has felony convictions for drug violations and auto theft – in more than 10 years. A handful of social media accounts showed otherwise through recent photos. Ryan was arrested on Aug. 26.

Digging further, it was discovered he had “been in contact with numerous accounts associated with racially motivated extremism,” according to court records.

Some of his accounts were registered to an email including “naziace1488.” Ryan allegedly posted on one of these about his service: “I serve for combat experience so I’m more proficient in killing n******.”

Additionally, on Aug. 26, Ryan was discharged for multiple DUI violations.

Although small, extremism in the military has its ties. In CNN’s article about Ryan, they also point out “at least 95 people charged in connection with the January 6 insurrection served in the US military.”

Read more here.

On This Day in History…

106 years ago, shortly before the U.S. would enter WWI, two women completed a two-month-long 5,500-mile motorcycle trek across the United States in an effort to prove women could serve in non-combat roles too.

56 years ago, Star Trek aired for the first time, as did the Oprah Winfrey Show in 1986, 46 years ago.

Just 17 years ago in the wake of 2005’s Hurricane Katrina, Russia flew over 60 tons of disaster relief aid to Little Rock, Arkansas, marking the first time their international aid group EMERCOM had conducted such a mission to North America.

Read about more good news on this day in history in Good News Network’s article.

A Breakthrough in Melanoma Treatments

The development of new Melanoma treatments could be on the horizon after the results of a recent study.

When Glutaryl-CoA Dehydrogenase (GCDH) was inhibited, the tumors were unable to survive long-term. The protein NRF2 was another key finding in the study conducted at the Ze’ev Ronai lab at Stanford.

“We’ve known for a long time that NRF2 can be both a driver and a suppressor of cancer,” Ze’ev Ronai, Ph.D, and head of the cancer center at Stanford, said. “We just didn’t know how we convert NRF2 from a driver to suppressor function. Our current study identifies the answer.”

Now, they theorize GCDH deprivation could be a source of potential treatments as in an animal model, it gave the NRF2 cancer-suppressing properties.

Read more about this development here.



Down Syndrome Festival & 5K coming to OKC

“More than 900 individuals are living with Down syndrome in central Oklahoma,” said Sarah Soell, executive director of DSACO, the Down Syndrome Association of Central Oklahoma.

In just a few weeks – on Sept. 24 – DSACO will host its 28th annual Down Syndrome Festival and 5K at the Myriad Botanical Gardens.

“This event is not only our largest fundraiser, it is also meant to celebrate individuals with Down syndrome living within our community and their abilities,” Soell said.

Entry to the festival will be free, open to the public and will include a DJ, carnival games, therapy dogs and more.

Click here for more information.

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