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A Charlotte man told Channel 9 he still gets goosebumps when he thinks back to the days bombs erupted at the finish line of the Boston Marathon last year.
Mike Mitchell had just returned to his hotel after completing the marathon when he heard the explosions.
Mitchell has been a long-distance runner for 17 years.
He has never been as determined to run as he is now.
He will return to run the Boston Marathon on Monday.
"There was no doubt in my mind that I wanted to come back,” Mitchell said.
Last year, the Charlotte insurance adjuster completed a lifelong dream when he ran in the marathon.
He planned to celebrate in Boston with friends, but two hours after he crossed the finish line, two bombs exploded.
"There were so many different emotions running through your mind. It was kind of hard to celebrate,” Mitchell said.
He was in his hotel when the city was shut down to search for the bombers and he later learned the stories of those killed and the ones who just escaped.
"I get goosebumps any time I hear victim speak or a family member speak. It just tugs at your heart,” he said.
Mitchell had only planned to run the marathon once as a personal goal. Saturday, he will fly back to Boston to run with a greater purpose.
"(It will) really show that the United States, the whole running community can prevail and move on and show that we are stronger than others might have thought we were,” he said.
He knows there will be a point Monday during the 26-mile run when it will be hard to continue.
"When I'm feeling sorry for myself, feeling like I can't go another step, (I will) just remember the family and the victims that were affected by last year's events and I think it will be pretty easy for me to move past,” he said.
Federal investigators have already asked city leaders for documents, records and other information related to former Mayor Pat Cannon. Now they're also talking to city employees in connection to the corruption case.
The city of Charlotte confirms that FBI agents have interviewed city staff members, but isn't saying which ones. City Manager Ron Carlee has said he talked with investigators shortly after Cannon was arrested March 26.
City departments have been under scrutiny because of information contained in the affidavit filed by undercover agents involved in the Cannon case.
They claim Cannon bragged about being able to use his influence with key city departments like Police, Fire and Planning. Legal experts say it's likely that federal investigators are now trying to figure out if Cannon was being truthful or exaggerating his influence.
"The FBI would be looking to identify and investigate any and all types of corruption that either Cannon may have been involved with or others may have (been involved with). They'll want to interview assistant city managers and anyone in a position of power who could have facilitated any corruption that Cannon may have initiated," said Charlotte attorney James Wyatt. "If Cannon is cooperating, then they would be looking to corroborate what he's saying. If he's not cooperating then they may be looking for additional evidence."
Sources confirm the FBI has also talked to county leaders, including County Manager Dena Diorio, but that no subpoenas have been served on the county yet.
A federal grand jury met in Charlotte this week, but so far no indictment has been returned against Cannon.
Most people desire to have a little body fat as possible, but researchers have found there may be one type of fat you want a little more of.
In what could be a major breakthrough for future obesity treatments, scientists in the United Kingdom have used an MRI scan to pinpoint brown fat in a living adult for the very first time. (Via CBS)
What's brown fat? One of the study's authors tells Fox News:
“What most of us imagine is ‘fat’ is actually white fat, which stores [excess] energy and increases in size, [leading to] obesity. But there is another type of fat: brown fat ... it does is the complete opposite. Instead of storing energy, it actually burns off energy, and in that process, it releases heat.”
If you look at this image, which shows the upper chest of a person as if viewed from the feet, you'll see that the green areas represent places of potential brown fat. Previously, it had only been found in the shoulders of newborns. (Via The Huffington Post)
The finding is significant for the development of future weight loss methods.
This is because it's currently believed a sugar cube size of brown fat, if activated properly, could burn about six to nine pounds of white fat in a year. You know, the bad stuff you spend hours in the gym trying to work off. (Via ABC)
There are currently no existing weight loss therapies focusing on brown fat, but one the study's author says if a treatment could be developed, it might be the, quote, "holy grail" of weight loss. Basically, you'd be able to burn bad fat without exercising.
The New York Times explains there are some issues though — leaner people likely have more brown fat, while obese people have less. Younger people also have more than older people, and women have more than men.
Scientists say the key will be figuring out maximize these stores of fat.Fri, 18 Apr 2014 15:11:26 -0400 News Source: MedleyStory More Local News Stories