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Special Diet Can Lower Risk Of Breast Cancer

 

August 4, 2016



The Washington Post just conducted a yearlong study on police shootings and found cops shot and killed at least 984 people in 2015, many of them under questionable circumstances. Among those killed were 248 people with serious psychological problems. Ninety of the police shooting victims were unarmed and the racial disparity in this group was glaring. While blacks make up six percent of the U.S. population they account for 40 percent of the unarmed men shot to death by police.

Nearly 50 prison guards in Georgia were indicted in February 2016 on charges of drug trafficking and accepting bribes, as part of a two-year FBI sting called Operation Ghost Guard. Five of the guards arrested were members of an elite drug-busting squad called the COBRA unit.

Breast cancer risk decreased by 68 percent for high risk women who followed a Mediterranean diet with added extra virgin olive oil compared with those on a low fat diet (Journal of the American Medical Association’s Internal Medicine).

Have you read the March 2016 issue of Nation Magazine? I just finished, on page 10, “The Carolina Panthers.” According to Public Polling, 38 percent of Trump’s supporters said they wish the South had won the Civil War; 70 percent support flying the Confederate Flag at the State Capitol; 80 percent support a ban on Muslims entering the United States; 33 percent think practicing Islam should be made illegal, and 31 percent would support a ban on gays and lesbians entering the country as well.

Local politicians across Georgia would get a chance to avoid millions of dollars in outstanding ethics fines under a bill passed recently by the Georgia Senate. The bill would wipe the slate clean for thousands of county commissioners, mayors, school board members and other local officials who did not file campaign finance reports from 2010 to 2014. And so life goes on in Georgia.

According to Congressman Raul Grijalva (D-Ariz) the newly elected federal government in Canada is standing with President Obama when our president rejected the Keystone pipeline last November. It seems the biggest risk is environmental to Midwestern farmers who would be facing a polluted aquifer when Keystone leaks.

Can you believe, Washington state troopers denied veterans’ preference for decades, in violation of state law. The State Patrol never followed veterans’ preference despite a 1951 state attorney general’s opinion to give Vets a 5 to 10 percent increase on their entrance exam score and a 5 percent increase on their promotional exam if they were called to active duty by their military reserve unit. The consequences are far reaching. Overall an estimated 1,000 veterans may have been denied preference benefits over the past 20 years. I hope the court rules soon.

Type 2 diabetes appears to raise the risk of memory loss. Researchers tracked 2.3 million men and women in a total of 14 studies for 2 to 35 years. Those with diabetes had about a 50 percent higher risk of Alzheimer’s, as reported in Diabetes Care 2015.

In Jefferson City, Missouri state lawmakers are considering a bill that would allow utilities to raise customer rates every year with less oversight by regulators, The Kansas City Star reported.

Local homeowners in Lincoln, Nebraska with modest incomes can apply for interest free loans from the city to improve their homes. The program offers loans up to $15,000 to those who own their homes and have lived within city limits for at least five years.

There is a four-bedroom house in the residence park section of New Rochelle, New York on the market for a mere $400,000. Lou Gehrig bought the home for his parents when he was playing first base for the New York Yankees. If I had the time I would be on the next flight with my check book. You betcha.

Per Dan Walters in the Sacramento Bee, a recent report from the California state controller pegs “net pension liability” for the state’s public safety and “miscellaneous” employees for the 2012-14 fiscal year at $34 billion on $128.7 billion in pension obligations.

As a veteran I still remember basic training. The American Legion wants to hear your stories. What do you remember most about basic training? What’s your fondest memory? Your worst? They will publish the best responses on the Legion website, http://www.legiontown.org/shareyourstory, and in the magazine.

When I was in high school the students could take classes in Spanish, French, German and Latin. We could take two years of Spanish stretched over five semesters. For quite some time the Culver City Unified School District has developed a fantastic Japanese program in the elementary grades. Personally, I feel our students should go where the demand will be – and friends, that is Chinese. School districts all over our great nation no longer offer Latin, French and German, and Japanese should be on the same list. I’ll leave it to the Board of Education and the Superintendent to work out the details.

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