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Monday, September 1, 2014

Mexican woman who turns 127 believed to be oldest person who ever lived

Mexican Leandra Becerra Lumbreras (r.) celebrated her 127th birthday — and a record for being the oldest-living person on record.
A Mexican woman has reached a milestone by turning 127 years old Sunday — the oldest human documented to have ever lived.
Leandra Becerra Lumbreras was born on Aug. 31, 1887, just a little more than 20 years after the end of the Civil War.
Lumbreras was in her 20s when World War I began, her 40s when the second world war started and in her 80s when Neil Armstrong set foot on the moon.
She also reportedly fought in the Mexican Revolution, which started in 1910.
Lumbreras puts her longevity down to chocolate, never getting married and sleeping for days on end.
"She was always a woman who fought," granddaughter Miriam Alvear told Mexico's El Horizonte newspaper, according to Metro. "She never ceased to be active, that's why we think she's lived so long."
Lumbreras has outlived five children and several of her 20 grandchildren. She has 73 great-grandchildren and 55 great-great-grandchildren.

Bedbugs spotted at least 21 times on subways in August, say sources — MTA hiring expert to review efforts

Bedbugs are riding the subways this summer. There have been 21 reports in August.
Another day, another bedbug found in the subway.
Metropolitan Transportation Authority officials have been very reluctant to talk about bedbugs in the transit system. It’s a story they wish would just go away.
So we’ll rely on undercover transit sources to bring you the first-ever BugStat.
There were at least 21 reported bedbug sightings or encounters in the subway in August — including a few incidents in which a bloodsucker bit a conductor or a rider, sources said.
According to these transit insiders, there were nine sightings on N trains, three on Q trains and two on No. 6 trains.
The itch-inducing insects also were spotted once each on Nos. 3, 4, 5 and L trains, the sources said.

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