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Archive for February, 2009

Black History lesson proves out of this world

Wednesday, February 18th, 2009

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Each day this month middle school students from around our area have shared with us stories of famous African-Americans as part of Black History Month. But when West Pender Middle School student Fred White was assigned to research the first black astronaut, he wound up with a truly out-of-this-world experience.

Fred’s teacher managed to track down Dr. Guion Bluford, who agreed to do a phone interview with Fred. Fred says it he was a bit nervous, but it was exciting to talk with his research subject.

“It’s more interactive, and it gives you more knowledge of what they’re like and what the project’s like,” Fred said.

Fred said if he has the chance to research someone living again, he’d like to talk to them one-on-one.

His report on Dr. Bluford will air next week on WWAY NewsChannel3 and be posted here on our website. In the meantime you can watch Fred’s complete interview with Dr. Bluford by clicking on the video link at the top of this story.

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videoEach day this month middle school students from around our area have shared with us stories of famous African-Americans as part of Black History Month. But when West Pender Middle School student Fred White was assigned to research the first black astronaut, he wound up with a truly out-of-this-world experience.

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Staying mentally active can help with memory issues down the road

Wednesday, February 18th, 2009

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Five million Americans currently suffer from Alzheimer’s disease, and experts predict that number could double within the next 40 years. But new research suggests that seniors may be able to reduce their risk for memory problems by staying mentally active as they age.

Researchers from the Mayo Clinic studied nearly 200 elderly people with mild cognitive impairment, a kind of memory loss that is often the first stage of Alzheimer’s disease. They compared these patients to more than 1,000 people the same age that had no signs of memory trouble.

Doctors found that people who were mentally active in their 50’s and 60’s were less likely to develop memory impairment. Seniors who read books, used the computer, or did crafts such as knitting or quilting were 30 to 50 percent less likely to have memory problems.

Those who regularly enjoyed social outings with friends cut their risk by 40 percent. Researchers theorize that mental activity forms new connections among brain cells, which helps keep memory functioning into old age.

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There is new evidence that exercising your brain as you age can reduce the odds of memory problems.

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Commissioners discuss NC Whitewater Center payment

Wednesday, February 18th, 2009

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CHARLOTTE — Mecklenburg commissioners agree that the county is obligated to give $1 million to the financially strapped U.S. National Whitewater Center.

The Charlotte Observer reported that commissioners questioned center leaders for nearly an hour Tuesday night before agreeing that the county owed the money as part of a pledge by six local governments.

No vote was necessary.

The center recently reported a $2 million shortfall and said it was unable make payments on $38 million in loans used to build the facility.

Center executive director Jeff Wise says the facility is working with lenders to restructure its loans while also looking at ways to raise more money. But he says forecasts show the center’s revenue falling about 20 percent this year because of the economy.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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Mecklenburg commissioners agree that the county is obligated to give $1 million to the financially strapped U.S. National Whitewater Center.

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Illegal drugs found at NC home day care

Wednesday, February 18th, 2009

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DURHAM — Police in North Carolina say they found cocaine and guns when they raided a home day care in Durham.

Officers say they found 301 grams of cocaine and two guns when they raided the home Tuesday morning. The operator and a man were arrested.

A 2-year-old and a 13-month-old child were in the day care.

The owner, 25-year-old Agostina Mabel Pomiro, is charged with cocaine trafficking, drug possession, possessing drugs at a day care center, child abuse and possession of drug paraphernalia. Police say Pomiro is the mother of one of the children.

Victor Antonio Garcia is charged with cocaine trafficking, selling drugs to police, possession with intent to sell drugs and possession drugs at a day care center.

Both were being held at the Durham County jail. It was unclear if they had attorneys.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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Police in North Carolina say they found cocaine and guns when they raided a home day care in Durham.

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Wilmington police officer who died in early morning car crash identified

Wednesday, February 18th, 2009

Richard Matthews, 28, died from injuries suffered in a crash early this morning. The officer was in his marked police car headed eastbound on Shipyard Boulevard at 1:18 a.m.

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