NBC News: ‘Batman’ drops off suspect at police station, vanishes into night

4 03 2013

‘Batman’ drops off suspect at police station, vanishes into night

By Michael Holden, Reuters

NBC News LogoLONDON – A mystery man dressed as Batman demonstrated the same crime-fighting skills as the caped crusader when he handed over a suspect wanted for burglary in Britain.

Surveillance footage showed a portly figure wearing an ill-fitting costume including gloves, cape and mask, bringing a 27-year-old man to a police station in Bradford in northern England.

Photo Credit: West Yorkshire Police Department

Photo Credit: West Yorkshire Police Department

The suspect was arrested and charged with handling stolen goods and fraud-related offences, according to the force. But the costumed crime-fighter disappeared into the night without leaving his name.

“The person who brought the wanted man into the station was dressed in a full Batman outfit,” a spokeswoman for West Yorkshire Police said. “His identity, however, remains unknown.”

The suspect was handed over early on February 25. Police released photos of the footage Monday.


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NBCNews.com: Want to help your preschooler sleep better? Try ‘Dora’

7 08 2012

I’m a parent of a preschooler, and I’m fortunate that we rarely have problems getting her to go to sleep at night. That said, we’re guilty of a couple of the sins mentioned in this article. Like most parents, we have  a tendency to allow her to watch that one last episode of whatever before going to bed. After that, it’s cleaning up, brushing teeth, and a couple of stories. She’s not going straight from the TV to the bed, but I’m sure that it’s a lot less than the half hour or more that they recommend.

We do a pretty good job of monitoring the content that she watches, and making sure that it’s both age-appropriate and has some sort of educational component. The suggestions made in the article are some of her favorites, although she does love Shaun the Sheep, My Little Pony, and Super Hero Squad which might be a little light on the educational part.

But I must admit, when I first read the headline for this article, I immediately thought of Franklin and Little Bear, two shows that I find it nearly impossible to stay awake through. The guy who sings the Franklin theme song even sounds like he’s about to fall asleep while singing it. Then again, the kid loves it, so they must be doing something right…

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By Andrew M. Seaman

updated 8/6/2012 11:10:25 AM ET

NEW YORK — Preschoolers seemed to sleep better when their parents were encouraged to cut kids’ exposure to violent or age inappropriate videos throughout the day, in a new study.

Researchers found that within months after urging parents to switch their children’s viewing to nonviolent and age-appropriate videos, those children were about 20 percent less likely to have a sleep problem than kids whose parents didn’t receive the same advice.

“One of the things that’s exciting for me is that if families want to make these changes, it doesn’t require going to the doctor’s office or going to a person’s home,” said Michelle Garrison, the study’s lead author from the Seattle Children’s Research Institute.

Previous research has suggested a link between the kinds of media young kids see during the day and sleep problems at night.

To see whether changing media use to avoid violent or frightening content could improve kids’ sleep, Garrison and her colleagues, who published their findings in the journal Pediatrics on Monday, sent invitations to families in the Seattle area with children between the ages of three and five years old to join the study.

Ultimately, 565 children and their families participated, and were randomly divided into two groups.

In one group, the parents of 276 children were encouraged to change their kids’ viewing habits over six months by substituting only “healthy media.” After evaluating each family’s situation, researchers provided channel guides and suggested appropriate shows, such as Dora the Explorer, Sesame Street and Curious George.

In the comparison group, parents of 289 children were sent healthy eating information instead.

The families then kept diaries and answered surveys to track their children’s sleep and viewing habits. The questionnaires were collected at the start of the study and again six, 12 and 18 months later.

Better content and better sleep 

At the beginning of the study, 42 percent of the kids in the intervention group had some sort of sleep problem, as did 39 percent of kids in the comparison group.

The most common sleep problem, according to the researchers, was children taking too long to fall asleep several nights per week.

After six months, sleep problems fell to 30 percent in the group whose parents were encouraged to switch shows and videos. The comparison group also improved, but the number with sleep problems only dropped a few percentage points, to 36 percent.

A year after the study started, those rates were similar, but sleep problems did start to reappear at the 18-months mark.

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