Driver catches fire after hoarded gas in vehicle explodes during chase & More

Driver catches fire after hoarded gas in vehicle explodes during chase


A South Carolina woman caught fire during a police chase after multiple containers of gasoline exploded in the back of her car, officials said.

The woman, identified as 28-year-old Jessica Dale Patterson, was taken to a hospital, the Pickens County Sheriff’s Office said in a news release. Her condition has not been released.

“Before leaving the scene, Ms. Patterson told deputies that she was transporting several containers of fuel that she was hoarding in the trunk,” officials said. “These containers of fuel were the catalyst of the explosions.”

A gas shortage has gripped the Southeast after Colonial Pipeline—a major fuel supplier—announced last weekend it was temporarily shutting down operations due to a cyberattack.

The company has said gas is flowing again, but experts, who blamed panic-buying and hoarding for the initial shortage, predict it could take days before supplies return to normal.

What was the cause of the chase?

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Florida is taking to the court system to save the cruise industry

Florida’s fight to save the cruise industry landed in a federal courtroom on Wednesday. 

State officials are suing the federal government for the strict CDC pandemic-related restrictions that have sidelined cruises for over a year. Florida argues that the restrictions unfairly burden the ailing cruise industry, and in turn, cripples a major part of the state’s economy that relies on cruise tourism. 

The lawsuit alleges that the CDC misused its authority by shutting down the cruise industry, and set the entire industry up for failure when the department did not outline a solid plan for the industry’s return to sailings. 

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Is your personality really as stable as we tend to believe?

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In daily life, we often draw on a “fixed” perspective when describing ourselves and other individuals we come across, by saying things like “I am conscientious” or “he is emotional.” But the truth may not be so black and white.

Increasingly, researchers in social and personality psychology have concluded that personality is less fixed than previously thought.

A wide range of factors can influence how our personalities shift over time, such as experiencing significant life events and being exposed to certain environments.

So why, where, and when does your personality change?

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Left brain vs. right brain: What does this mean for you?

A leading theory is that people are either left-brained or right-brained, meaning that one side of their brain is dominant. If you’re mostly analytical and methodical in your thinking, you’re said to be left-brained. If you tend to be more creative or artistic, you’re thought to be right-brained.

This theory is based on the fact that the brain’s two hemispheres function differently. This first came to light in the 1960s, thanks to the research of psychobiologist and Nobel Prize winner Roger W. Sperry.

The left brain is more verbal, analytical, and orderly than the right brain. It’s sometimes called the digital brain. It’s better at things like reading, writing, and computations.

The right brain is more visual and intuitive. It’s sometimes referred to as the analog brain. It has a more creative and less organized way of thinking.

We know the two sides of our brain are different, but does it necessarily follow that we have a dominant brain just as we have a dominant hand?

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Only a dozen people are behind almost all vaccine hoaxes on social media

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Researchers have found just 12 people are responsible for the bulk of the misleading claims and outright lies about COVID-19 vaccines that proliferate on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

“The ‘Disinformation Dozen’ produce 65% of the shares of anti-vaccine misinformation on social media platforms,” said Imran Ahmed, chief executive officer of the Center for Countering Digital Hate, which identified the accounts.

The claims from the “Disinformation Dozen” range from “denying that COVID exists, claiming that false cures are in fact the way to solve COVID and not vaccination, decrying vaccines and decrying doctors as being in some way venal or motivated by other factors when they recommend vaccines,” Ahmed said.

How can this small number of people spread such misformation so far and wide?

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Rex Jackson

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