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Burnie Gipson: HoH Dancer Wins Championships

SAN FRANCISCO—After dancing for 20 years, Hard of Hearing (HoH) dancer, instructor and DJ, Burnie Gipson, was awarded first place at the 2015 American Lindy Hop Championships (ALHC) on Sunday, September 13.  Over the past three years, Gipson, 44, had been both a judge and instructor for the championships; this was his first year as a competitor. Although his background is in authentic Swing...

Assemblyman Supports Deaf Education Bill Using ASL

SACRAMENTO—The California State Assembly was silent as they watched Assemblyman James Gallagher, R-Yuba City, present Senate Bill 210 simultaneously in American Sign Language (ASL) and English at the September 3 meeting.  “I’m a little rusty in my ASL, so bear with me,” Gallagher began with a laugh. “This bill will help establish language benchmarks for Deaf kids from birth through five years old,”...

Five Famous Film Cars

James Bond's Aston Martin
UNITED STATES—Most automobile enthusiasts will tell you without hesitation that their obsession with everything four-wheeled began at an early age. In fact, most of us can say that our first words were car related-terms of some sort. Those who don’t understand the fascination with cars may wonder how someone can maintain a healthy interest in motor vehicles for upwards...

Top Three Performance Cars Under $40K

Top five performance cars for the budget conscious
UNITED STATES—Originally this was going to be a list of the Five best affordable sports cars available right now. One problem. There may not be Five total affordable sports cars currently on the market. It turns out, the “affordable sports car," defined for this article as a two-seat, two-door coupe or roadster available for under $50K (Yes, that’s right....

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...
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