Laurel, IN — The Franklin County Sheriff’s Department was called to investigate an alleged burglary Sunday on Chapel Road in northwestern Franklin County. Among the items taken, was a 2008 Polaris Trail Boss 330, red in color with black cargo racks.Deputies are asking anyone with information to call the Franklin County Sheriff’s Department at 765-647-4138. Callers can remain anonymous.
Dentistry students Eumi Choi and Thomas Nguyen plan to serve in the public dental industry. Nguyen wants to run a clinic in a small town and Choi hopes to work with the L.A. community and at USC. (Emily Smith | Daily Trojan)Dentistry students Thomas Nguyen and Eumi Choi received scholarships from the National Health Service Corps last week. The NHSC program ensures full tuition and a monthly stipend of $1,300 for medical students. In return, the scholars must provide clinical health services and treatment to areas with a shortage of medical professionals. Nguyen, a second-year dentistry student, said that his devotion to bettering the public care industry stems from his low-income roots. Nguyen said his family had to rely on Medi-Cal and food grants while he was growing up, and didn’t have access to proper hygienic care. To prevent others from going through his childhood experiences, Nguyen pursued a profession that would help those with underprivileged backgrounds. He earned a bachelor’s degree in kinesiology from Cal State Long Beach and attended podiatry school until he realized he was most passionate for dentistry after gaining experience in the field. “Everything about dentistry really just appealed to me, the procedures seemed really interesting and I got to work with my hands,” Nguyen said.Unlike Nguyen, Choi, a dental hygiene graduate, spent much of her childhood going on mission trips with her parents to volunteer in disadvantaged areas. Choi said she remembers a specific trip to Nicaragua that pushed her to pursue a career in public dentistry. “I was just there volunteering, assisting, doing administrative work and logistics and when I was there I spent a lot of time at the dental clinic translating for the dentist,” Choi said. “I think from there, I decided I wanted to do dentistry … They were amazing people and they really inspired me and so I wanted to have more of a practical skill set.”Choi also attributes her success to the work she has done at public dentistry offices like the USC Mobile Clinic, a program where dental students travel in mobile offices to areas with a shortage of medical professionals. The program gave Choi the opportunity to receive hands-on medical care experience and become engaged with community outreach.“Sometimes we’ll travel to Bakersfield or Escondido, look for migrant farmers and provide free care for their children and parents,” Choi said. “We visit these sites every year, very regularly, and it’s amazing because we can do it. We can follow up on the patients that we see every year.” Ostrow Dean Avishai Sadan believes NHSC scholars are important and that students should give back to the community through public service. “We’re really proud of [Choi] and [Nguyen] on their National Health Service Corps scholarships,” Sadan said in an email to the Daily Trojan. “The education that they will receive here at Ostrow — with our focus on giving back to the community — will prepare them for the all-too-important work they’ll be doing in underserved communities after dental school.”The two aspiring dentists plan to serve in the public dental industry in the near future. Nguyen wants to run a public clinic in a small town where he can connect with the patients, and Choi hopes to continue helping the greater L.A. community by working at USC after graduation.
Saddam was executed Dec. 30 for his role in the killings. Two of his co-defendants in the Dujail case – Ibrahim, Saddam’s former intelligence chief, and Awad Hamed al-Bandar, former head of Iraq’s Revolutionary Court – were executed in January. Around Iraq, meanwhile, bombs tore through a Shiite mosque during prayers in Baghdad and struck several targets in the oil-rich city of Kirkuk on Monday, killing at least 26 people. In Kirkuk, 180 miles north of Baghdad, at least 18 people were killed and more than 50 wounded in a series of bombings, the most devastating when two parked car bombs exploded within 10 minutes in a southern part of the city. The latest attacks highlighted the challenges facing U.S. and Iraqi forces in their bid to curb sectarian bloodshed with the month-old security crackdown. Execution-style killings usually blamed on Shiite militias have fallen dramatically but bombings have not matched the downward trend. Late Monday, U.S. and Iraqi troops engaged in a major operation as part of the crackdown in the volatile Hurriyah neighborhood in northern Baghdad, state television said. BAGHDAD – A former deputy in Saddam Hussein’s government was hanged before dawn today for the killings of 148 Shiites, an official with the prime minister’s office said. Taha Yassin Ramadan, who was Saddam’s vice president when the regime was ousted four years ago, was the fourth man to be executed in the killings of 148 Shiites following a 1982 assassination attempt against the former leader in the city of Dujail. The official, who witnessed the hanging but spoke on condition of anonymity because an official announcement had not been made, said precautions had been taken to prevent a repeat of what happened to Saddam’s half brother Barzan Ibrahim, who was decapitated on the gallows. Ramadan was weighed before the hanging and the length of the rope was chosen accordingly, the official said. Ramadan was convicted in November of murder, forced deportation and torture and sentenced to life in prison. A month later, an appeals court said the sentence was too lenient and returned his case to the High Tribunal, demanding that he be sentenced to death. The court turned it into a death sentence. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!