The Simpsons’ Hank Azaria says show’s Indian store owner Apu has contributed to structural racism

Hank Azaria says he feels the need to apologize to ‘every single Indian person in this country’ for voicing Apu in The Simpsons. In an interview with the Armchair Expert podcast, Azaria has said the character show had contributed to ‘structural racism’ and that he hadn’t known any better during the nearly 30 years he … Read more

Two agency nurses ‘gross failures’ contributed to the death of disabled woman at care home

Two agency nurses whose ‘gross failures’ contributed to the death of a disabled woman were allowed to keep working at a care home because they ‘knew residents well’, a coroner has heard. Rachel Johnston, 49, had all her teeth surgically extracted at Kidderminster Hospital on October 26 2018 due to severe decay, which had been … Read more

Police ‘more than minimally’ contributed to father-of-two’s death, inquest jury finds

Police ‘more than minimally’ contributed to a father-of-two’s death when they restrained him, an inquest jury has found. Leon Briggs, 39, was detained under the Mental Health Act and taken to Luton police station in handcuffs and leg restraints on November 4, 2013. The lorry driver died around two hours later at Luton and Dunstable … Read more

Competition among human females likely contributed to concealed ovulation

Prehistoric competition among human females contributed to ‘concealed ovulation’ – a lack of any notable physical clues that a woman is fertile, experts say.  Using computational models, US researchers found evidence that concealed ovulation evolved to allow females to hide their fertility status from other females. This would have helped avoid female conflict, perhaps driven by aggression … Read more

Coroner finds that playing football likely contributed to Alan Garner’s deteriorating health

The words of Alan Garner’s widow, Sylvia, say it all: ‘Football has robbed me of my husband, my children of their father and my grandchildren of their grandad.’ On Tuesday, grieving members of the former Luton and Watford defender’s family attended Alan’s inquest. That it was held via videolink, because of Covid, was not the … Read more

Medical ‘neglect’ contributed to death of anorexic student, 19

Averil Hart, 19, (pictured) started her first term at the University of East Anglia in September 2012 The death of a teenage university student with anorexia could have been avoided and was contributed to by neglect, an inquest has concluded. Averil Hart, 19, who was a black belt in karate and academically gifted, started her … Read more

Coroner says ‘neglect’ contributed to death of 19-year-old anorexic university student

Averil Hart, 19, (pictured) started her first term at the University of East Anglia in September 2012 The death of a teenage university student with anorexia could have been avoided and was contributed to by neglect, an inquest has concluded. Averil Hart, 19, who was a black belt in karate and academically gifted, started her … Read more

Malin Andersson believes her ex hitting her while she was pregnant contributed to daughter’s passing

Malin Andersson has told how she believes the physical abuse her ex-boyfriend Tom Kemp subjected her to while she was pregnant was a factor behind her daughter’s death at just one month old. The former Love Island star, 28, who gave birth to daughter Consy in December 2018, revealed Kemp ‘slapped and punched’ her while … Read more

RMS Titanic: Solar flare may have contributed to the sinking of the luxury liner, study suggests

The RMS Titanic may have only taken the exact fateful course that saw it holed and sunk by an iceberg on April 15, 1912 because a solar flare threw off the vessel’s compass readings, a study has proposed.  According to a US-based meteorologist, the liner’s last night sailing the Atlantic was illuminated by the aurora borealis — … Read more

Trump’s campaign rally in Tulsa may have contributed to coronavirus spike

A controversial campaign rally held by President Donald Trump in Tulsa, Oklahoma, last month likely contributed to a rise in the number of coronavirus cases there, a top local health official said on Wednesday. Tulsa has confirmed hundreds of new cases of COVID-19 over the past two days, said Dr. Bruce Dart, health director for … Read more