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dorian’s devotional due: john lennon in review

Posted by dorian on March 30, 2009

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John Lennon

…didn’t invent rock and roll, nor did he embody it as toweringly as figures like Elvis Presley and Little Richard, but he did more than anyone else to shake it up, move it forward and instill it with a conscience. As the most daring and outspoken of the four Beatles, he helped shape the agenda of the Sixties – socially and politically, no less than musically…

Photo: Imagine sessions, Tittenhurst summer 1971. “I was trying to think of it in terms of children,” said Lennon of the title track.

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Eric Carle

Posted by Enkill_Eridos on March 20, 2009

                   This morning when I opened my web browser I saw that Google had Eric Carle do a first day of spring Google banner. I figured I would write something on this great children’s book writer. I read his books before I got into school and I was so entranced I started to enjoy reading. I read Dr. Seuss and a few other books before I started reading mini novels like the boxcar children, and a few others I do not remember. By first grade I was reading at a fifth grade level. Eric Carle’s books started my love for reading so when I saw Google’s banner I figured I would write a little about him and his books.

Google Banner designed by Eric Carle

Google Banner designed by Eric Carle

                  Eric Carle is best known for The Very Hungry Caterpillar. The Very Hungry Caterpillar was published in 1969 and had die cut pages. This story goes through the Caterpillar’s life cycle from egg to butterfly.  Most of Eric Carle’s books were done in the same fasion. He won many awards through out the years including the Laura Ingalls Wilder Award from the Association for Library Service to Children. If you want to know more about this brilliant man who’s books have caused many to enjoy reading his official website is below.

http://www.eric-carle.com/home.html

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Doctors propose Ban on indoor teen tanning in Florida

Posted by Enkill_Eridos on March 20, 2009

St. Petersburg, Florida- State lawmakers are set to consider new legislation which could prohibit teens under the age of 16 from using tanning beds.

Experts say UV light puts people at higher risk for developing skin cancer and say those under 18 are most susceptible to DNA damage in their still developing skin cells.

“Young skin is more vulnerable than old skin. It’s those young tanners that we want to protect the most,” said St. Petersburg dermatologist Dr. James Spencer.

The proposal would also require those under 18 have a parent sign off in person authorizing their tanning sessions. Parents would also be required to specify how many sessions their teen could purchase per year.

The Indoor Tanning Association which represents the 5 billion dollar a year U.S. tanning industry argues the bill gives consumers the false impression tanning beds are dangerous.

“The UV light from a tanning bed is the same that comes from the sunshine,” says Sarah Longwell a spokeswoman for the group. “We think it would be ridiculous for people under 18 to have to get a parent’s permission to go to the beach.”

There are statues in 29 states restricting minors’ access to tanning beds. In 2005, the World Health Organization recommended no one under the age of 18 be permitted to use tanning beds.

written by Beau Zimmer, 10 Connects News

I would like to add my two cents to this, tanning bed technology has been upgraded since the late 80′s and early 90′s. If anyone remembers tanning beds in that era produced more UV radiation than the sun. Since then the technology has changed and the bulbs produce just as much UV radiation as the sun and also provides Vitamin D which is a Vitamin that most life gets from the rays of the sun. There are many positive effects of indoor tanning. This includes a way to treat depression. Some tips if you do indoor tanning. Go to tanning salons that provide tanning oils and cremes that you can use as sun screen. Use in moderation bad things happen when you use anything to excess this includes indoor tanning and outdoor tanning. Go to a tanning salon that limits your time to 15-20 min per day and 2-3 times a week. If you tan outside only tan for 15-20 min per day 2-3 times a week. Overexposure to UV radiation can cause skin cancer but that only happens if you are in direct exposure in excess, without wearing some kind of sun screen. The main source of Vitamin D is not whole milk (all the other milks do not have vitamin D which is why it is also called Vitamin D milk.) but from the sun. Just remember it is not the UV radiation that is dangerous it is overexposure and not protecting yourself.

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Gunman in Alabama slayings was briefly a police officer

Posted by kayms99 on March 12, 2009

GENEVA, Alabama (CNN) — The gunman who authorities said launched a shooting rampage over three south Alabama towns, slaying 10 people in his path before killing himself, was once a police officer in Samson, the small town hit hardest by the deadliest crime in the state’s history.

Authorities identified the shooter, seen in a yearbook photo, as Michael McLendon, 28, of Kinston, Alabama.

Authorities identified the shooter, seen in a yearbook photo, as Michael McLendon, 28, of Kinston, Alabama.

Authorities identified the shooter as Michael McLendon, 28, of Kinston, Alabama, in Coffee County. Speaking at several news conferences on Wednesday, authorities also released a detailed timeline of the rampage — which lasted less than an hour — and identified the victims. Read the rest of this entry »

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Obama overturns Bush policy on stem cells

Posted by kayms99 on March 9, 2009

WASHINGTON (CNN) — President Obama signed an executive order Monday repealing a Bush-era policy that limited federal tax dollars for embryonic stem cell research.

President Obama signs the executive order on stem cell policy Monday at the White House.

President Obama signs the executive order on stem cell policy Monday at the White House.

Obama’s move overturns an order signed by President Bush in 2001 that barred the National Institutes of Health from funding research on embryonic stem cells beyond using 60 cell lines that existed at that time.

Obama also signed a presidential memorandum establishing greater independence for federal science policies and programs.

“In recent years, when it comes to stem cell research, rather than furthering discovery, our government has forced what I believe is a false choice between sound science and moral values,” Obama said at the White House.

“In this case, I believe the two are not inconsistent. As a person of faith, I believe we are called to care for each other and work to ease human suffering. I believe we have been given the capacity and will to pursue this research — and the humanity and conscience to do so responsibly.” Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in News, Politics, Religion, Science | 13 Comments »

California Murder Suspect Shot, Killed After Attacking Judge

Posted by tothewire on March 5, 2009

 

Superior Court Judge Cinda Fox is wheeled out of the courtroom after being attacked by David Paradiso. Fox was reported to be in good condition.

Superior Court Judge Cinda Fox is wheeled out of the courtroom after being attacked by David Paradiso. Fox was reported to be in good condition.

FRESNO, Calif. —  A man accused of killing his girlfriend was shot to death in a Stockton courtroom Wednesday after he attacked the judge presiding over his murder trial, an official said.

 

David Paradiso was shot after he left the witness stand and began attacking San Joaquin County Superior Court Judge Cinda Fox during a break in proceedings, said Karen McConnell, a county spokeswoman. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in Crime, News | 3 Comments »

Chimpanzee Victim May Be Blind, Brain Damaged

Posted by tothewire on March 5, 2009

Charla Nash

Charla Nash

 NEW HAVEN, Conn. —  A Connecticut woman mauled by a chimpanzee two weeks ago lost her hands, nose, lips and eyelids and may be blind and suffering brain damage, and hospital officials say it’s still unclear if her condition can improve at all.

The Cleveland Clinic, revealing the specific injuries Wednesday for the first time, told The Associated Press in a statement that 55-year-old Charla Nash also lost the bone structure in her face when she was attacked on Feb. 16 in Stamford, Conn. Read the rest of this entry »

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Judge Finds Chicago’s Top Cop in Contempt of Court

Posted by tothewire on March 5, 2009

 gabbleCHICAGO —  A federal judge on Wednesday found the city’s top police official in contempt of court for refusing to turn over lists of officers who have repeated complaints filed against them by the public.U.S. District Judge Robert Gettleman ordered Superintendent Jody Weis to produce the lists by Monday. Jennifer Hoyle, spokeswoman for the city’s law department, said if Weis doesn’t hand them over by then, sanctions might be imposed.

Gettleman initially ordered Weis to turn over the information by Feb. 19. Instead, Weis sent a statement one day after the deadline saying the lists would diminish morale and harm some members of the police force by branding them as “repeaters.” Read the rest of this entry »

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