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By Joseph Serna | August 8, 2009
Is the brain the No. 1 food source for zombies? Does it taste like chicken? Who knows? Well, maybe Weird Al Yankovic. In a 15-minute window to what learning might be like if Weird Al were a professor, kids and adults at the Orange County Fair have been bombarded with 3-D images and facts of the brain through the celebrity’s trademark-styled songs. The tent housing Weird Al’s manic lesson on the brain and all it can do looks more like the entrance to a haunted house or maze than a doorway into a science lesson.
By Alan Blank | July 9, 2009
After spending $2.5 million on an original project with “Weird Al” Yankovic that was years in planning, the Orange County Fair will get to finally see how it is received by the public Friday when the fair opens. The project — a 10-minute 3-D movie written, directed and starring Yankovic, in which the spoof artist cracks his trademark corny jokes about the human brain — is the centerpiece of the fair. Given the size of the investment, the fair is not expecting to make back its money this year.
By Joseph Serna | July 9, 2009
If it had been any other night, he’d probably be dead. If he had decided to join another team, he could be dead. If even one thing had been different about Tuesday, he might not be here for his wife and kids. But like friend Craig Covey said, “The moons, planets and the stars, everything was in alignment.” It’s one of those stories you just can’t make up. Tuesday night, Covey, an Orange County Fire Authority captain, was playing basketball with his team in a recreation league at the West Newport Gym off 15th Street near Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian.
July 7, 2009
Submitted by Tommy Crosson While addressing doctors and other healthcare professionals at White Memorial Medical Center in Los Angeles, about relieving patients of Chronic Pain, David Rubenstein, was asked, Will it cure this? Will it cure that? Soft spoken and pensive, Rubenstein responded, “I don’t know for sure.” What he does know is, the therapeutic process he has created, does work and works well. In study after study Chronic pain has either been eliminated entirely or significantly reduced.
By James P. Gray | June 27, 2009
Since I wrote the column about the transcendental meditation program (“To a mind that is still,” Dec. 13), I have learned so many exciting things about how the technique is now being used both in schools and the criminal justice system. For example, there is a K-12 school in Fairfield, Iowa, that has incorporated meditation into the regular schedule every day for students, teachers and staff. Everyone swears by the program, and the results support their enthusiasm. The Maharishi School Pioneers, which has only 300 students, requires its students, teachers and staff each morning and afternoon to meditate for 15 to 20 minutes.
May 29, 2009
Submitted by Laura Gelgand The soccer ball flies toward the goal with all the force a 4-foot, 6-inch, 70-pound third-grader can muster. The goalie dives for it, but too late. Goal! “Is that five or six?” one of the parents asks. It’s five. Five to zero, and the Harbor View Vikings are losing for the third day in a row. But you’d never know it by the pure glee on those Viking faces. “We’ve got spirit! Yeah, yeah, we’ve got SPIRIT…” the Harbor View girls cheer as they jog back into position for the kick-off after the other team’s goal for the 16th time in three days.
By Joseph Serna | May 29, 2009
When Newport Heights Elementary School Principal Kurt Suhr called out Julia Barney’s name for a math award Friday morning, it was met with the collective sigh of hundreds of unsurprised students. Julia Barney winning a math award? Duh. Just a year earlier, the 12-year-old was reciting the Pi sequence out to 100 places for the school talent show. When asked if they’d seen Julia receive a student award before, nearly everyone raised his or her hand. Hate to tell her fellow students, but they’ll probably just have to get used to it. “We have a designated math time in class, and a lot of times my friends will come up to me and ask me ‘How do I do this?
By Brianna Bailey | March 21, 2009
Clutching a stuffed dog, 5-year-old Newport Beach resident Julian Dunn sat in the audience for part of a concert at Newport Mesa Church on Saturday as a parade of grade-school pianists, singers and guitar players took the stage to raise money to pay his medical bills. “We’re here today to celebrate Julian’s fire,” Julian’s father, Richard Dunn said, pausing for a second as he choked back the tears. “He’s the sweetest human being on the face of the earth.
By Brianna Bailey | March 18, 2009
Newport Beach resident Samantha Smith, 16, has been busy the past few weeks teaching grade-schoolers at Newport Elementary School the words to “I’d Like to Teach the World to Sing.” The former Newport Elementary student, who also writes and performs her own folk songs, has volunteered to start a choir for kids in second through sixth grade at the school. “I chose ‘I’d Like to Teach the World to Sing’ because it’s me teaching the kids to sing and how great music is,” Samantha said.
By RON VANDERHOFF | March 13, 2009
An apple a day may keep the doctor away, but a daily bowl of blueberries may actually make you a smarter gardener, reduce your risk of diseases like cancer and Alzheimer’s and even help fight obesity. The health benefits of blueberries have been well known for nearly a decade. But new research, discussed in the March edition of Scientific American, adds even more reasons that at least two or three blueberry plants should be in every gardener’s plot. Does growing blueberries actually trigger the growth of new brain cells?
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