Life Style & Travel

Young Boy Embarks On A Quest For Smiles

SAVANNAH, GA—It is a warm summer afternoon in Savannah, Georgia. Dozens of wanderers pass through the brick corridors on the cobblestone streets of Downtown Historic Savannah. Amongst the crowds, perched to the side, is six-year-old Jaden Hayes; a young boy with a big smile and an even bigger heart. Hayes is on a mission to collect as many smiles as...

The Children Of Our Vaccination Nation

CALIFORNIA—In June 2015, California passed a new law requiring children to be vaccinated against high-risk infectious diseases. Starting July 1, 2016, all children, 18 months or older, enrolled in public or private schools or in daycare facilities will be required to be vaccinated against whooping cough, measles, poliomyelitis (polio), diphtheria, tetanus, varicella (chickenpox), haemophilus influenza type B (Hib), mumps, and...

Do You Know American Sign Language? YOU’RE INVITED!

EVERYWHERE—Calling all people who know American Sign Language! Whether you're Deaf, Hard of Hearing, a CODA, a parent of a Deaf child, an interpreter, teacher or student...you're invited!  If you know ASL in any level or capacity (or want to learn), you're invited to become a part of the exciting, new online community that welcomes every and all signers, from...

Squirrels Test Positive For Plague At Yosemite

The California Department of Public Health discovered two dead squirrels that tested positive for the plague virus at Yosemite National Park.Photo courtesy of California Department of Public Health
YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK—Two squirrels were discovered to have been killed by a plague at Yosemite National Park’s Tuolumne Meadows Campgrounds on Friday, August 14. According to the National Park Service, Tuolumne Meadows Campground will be closed from noon on August 17 to noon on August 21. All individuals who held camping reservations were contacted by the park services to have...

Infiniti Q50: Understated Luxury

Infiniti's Q50 sports sedan, photo courtesy of Infiniti
UNITED STATES—The Q50 is more than just a new mid-size luxury sedan from Infiniti. It was the first offering to signify Infiniti’s desire to go in a new direction. It paved the way for the rest of Infiniti’s lineup to change from the “G” prefix to the “Q” prefix. The change from “G” to “Q” is affectively an image...

National Poetry Slam Continues In Oakland

OAKLAND—The 2015 National Poetry Slam (NPS) is currently being held in various venues throughout Oakland from August 12 to August 15. Although the registration period for teams to compete is over, tickets to the multiple slam competitions and finals that will be held Thursday, August 13 through Saturday, August 15 are still available for purchase online at www.NPSOak.com.  Prices range from...

ASL Cabaret In Oakland Today

OAKLAND—The Los Angeles-based ASL Cabaret will be coming to Oakland today for a free matinee show at 3:15 p.m. at the Shadow Ultra Lounge in Chinatown.  The group normally hosts an American Sign Language (ASL) show every third Sunday at Cafe NELO in downtown Los Angeles. This year, they are in town after being invited by organizers of the 2015...

I Dream Of “Z”nnie

Nissan Twin Turbo Z, art work courtesy of Andoniscars
UNITED STATES—Which exotic super car did you post proudly on your bedroom wall during your adolescence? Was it some Italian masterpiece capable of draining a gas tank almost as fast it drained the average flash-in-the-pan celebrity’s wallet? Was it a quirky German engineering marvel designed to showcase why the Autobahn is where it is? Maybe it wasn’t a car at...

American Beverage Association Sues San Francisco

San Francisco is being sued for new ordinances that will require labeling sugary beverages.Photo by: Sam Hodgson The San Francisco News
SAN FRANCISCO—The American Beverage Association (ABA) sued the city of San Francisco in federal court on Friday, July 24, in an effort to stop the implementation of the city's new ordinances that will require health risk warnings to be labeled on sugary beverage advertisements, including sodas, energy drinks, and sports drinks ads. According to San Francisco officials, on June 9 lawmakers unanimously...

Price Increase Of Eggs Caused By Bird Flu

CALIFORNIA—The recent avian influenza epidemic has caused a price increase in eggs across the nation. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), there are two types of avian influenza classified as H5N1; one strain is highly pathogenic and capable of producing rapid widespread disease, and the other is a lower risk. The influenza virus is highly susceptible to mutation,...
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