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From catastrophe, a conversation: College students use stage to explore emotions…

first_img“A couple of months ago, if you heard the words ‘theater’ and ‘Aurora,’ your mind would go one place,” said D’Angelo, who had originally planned to stage an original production about military veterans. “I immediately said I can’t do a piece about war and post-traumatic stress disorder … I felt charged to do something, I felt that this department (was) called to do something.”“Glimpses – The Rising Dawn” is a bid to reclaim those words by D’Angelo and her students. The original stage production that will debut next week is a collective response to a community tragedy, a production that tackles deep-seated fears and wounds with candid expression and heartfelt confession. The idea for the show stemmed from the tragedy that claimed 12 lives and injured dozens, but its final form will touch on more universal themes.“It’s not about the tragedy, it’s about healing,” said Aisha Spencer, a CCA drama student who wrote segments for the piece and who will star in the production. “It’s moments in our lives that have made us become a better person. It’s our fears, our dreams. It’s a way to show that we are strong as humans and we will find hope and strength no matter what.”D’Angelo and the students took their cues for the show from a similar stage project from 2008, a production titled “Glimpses” that drew on personal, firsthand input and anecdotes from students. The show combined the firsthand stories in a single format, testimonials that touched on similar themes.“When we did ‘Glimpses’ the first time, it was a community coming together, sharing their stories,”D’Angelo said. “They took the directions of going to the depths of who we are and what we strive to be, what we’re confused about, what our fears are … It did for the community then what we really needed now.”The format of this version features oblique references to the tragedy — flashing lights that simulate the strobe from a police car, single words recited by actors that recreate the chaos and confusion of those early morning hours on July 20. But the real content of the show boils down to personal monologues and stories loosely tied together, words culled from countless free write projects and firsthand work with the cast of nearly 20.“We’re trying to heal the word ‘theater,’” said James Brunt, a CCA drama student whose past stage work was limited to short, one-act pieces. The format and freedom of the new version of “Glimpses” has been both demanding and liberating for Brunt, he said, but the show’s mission is unique. “Now, when people hear the word ‘theater,’ they think of shootings. We’re trying reclaim our theater. This is what we do. This is what we do for a living is put on a performance. We don’t people to be terrified of going to a simple play. We want to show them that it’s OK, that they can feel comfortable and show them that this is a community. We can heal together. We can still enjoy things.”The final cast of 18 was narrowed down from a group of about 50 that initially responded to the audition notice, a call that encouraged students to “come share your stories” in 1-to-3 minute segments. Interested students arrived prepared with songs, poems and stories.“My intention was to allow them to speak,” D’Angelo said. “I wanted to allow them to talk about whatever they needed to.”The format is similar to the structure of “The Laramie Project,” the drama by Moisés Kaufman and members of the Tectonic Theater Project that came as a reaction to the brutal murder of Andrew Shepard in 1998. According to Therese Jones, a director at the Center for Bioethics and Humanities at the Anschutz Medical Campus, the approach hearkens back to the ancient history of the art form.“For the ancient Greeks, theater became this public and communal form. I think that something like ‘Glimpses’ works in that traditional form of theater,” said Jones, who studied the theater community’s response to the AIDS epidemic in the 1990s. “Theater has its basis in religious ceremony. For the people who attend ‘Glimpses,’ they will be a part of this communal ritual of healing.”Plenty of the students had firsthand input regarding the fallout of the tragedy. Spencer and Brunt talk about the hours they spent following the news coverage, responding to texts and checking social media for word of their friends in those first hours after the shooting. They recall a recent visit to the Town Center at Aurora mall when a crowd seemed ready to flee at the sound of a balloon popping, a report that too many took for a gun shot.Those experiences played into the creative process, they said.“We had to strip down all of our barriers, all of the things that we kept masked or guarded in front of other people,” Spencer said. “It really was about if you had one thing to say to the universe, what would it be? What did you want to put out there?”For Spencer, the response to those difficult questions went deeper than the events of the summer. The format of “Glimpses” served as a forum for a different kind of confession, an admission of suffering and struggle that she’d worked hard to keep from her peers. Spencer took the production as an opportunity to share her struggles with cancer. Spencer, who has lymphoma, took the show as a chance to speak about her struggle with mortality.“The one thing that has always been the elephant in the room for me has been time. I deal with a moment where I’m facing time on my terms. I really show all of me in that moment. I think no one in this theater knew me before that,” Spencer said. “This is the side you never show to anyone else. I think all of our moments are the things we really don’t want to say, but you really need to say or else it just eats at you.”That kind of catharsis is a central part of the production, D’Angelo said, an approach that seeks reinvention through pain and stark truths. Hopefully, that kind of brutal honesty will leave an imprint on audience members and the wider community.“Maybe when they leave they’ll hear the words ‘theater’ and ‘Aurora’ and they’ll think of community and love and sharing and togetherness,” D’Angelo said. “They’ll not think about ugliness and fear and panic.” Rob Hatcher plays the bongos during rehearsal Oct. 25 at the Community College of Aurora. “Glimpses – The Rising Dawn” will feature stories and anecdotes from a cast of nearly 20 Community College of Aurora theater students. CCA Theater Director Stacey D’Angelo organized the production as a creative response to the Aurora Century 16 shootings, but the show’s final form includes input about the students’ personal lives and struggles. (Marla R. Keown/Aurora Sentinel) Director Stacey D’Angelo and cast brainstorm ideas for a scene Oct. 25 at the Community College of Aurora. “Glimpses – The Rising Dawn” will feature stories and anecdotes from a cast of nearly 20 Community College of Aurora theater students. CCA Theater Director Stacey D’Angelo organized the production as a creative response to the Aurora Century 16 shootings, but the show’s final form includes input about the students’ personal lives and struggles. (Marla R. Keown/Aurora Sentinel) Reach reporter Adam Goldstein at agoldstein@aurorasentinel.com or 720-449-9707 Jennifer Stone rehearses a scene Oct. 25 at the Community College of Aurora. “Glimpses – The Rising Dawn” will feature stories and anecdotes from a cast of nearly 20 Community College of Aurora theater students. CCA Theater Director Stacey D’Angelo organized the production as a creative response to the Aurora Century 16 shootings, but the show’s final form includes input about the students’ personal lives and struggles. (Marla R. Keown/Aurora Sentinel) AURORA | It started with a few simple words, words that had changed with the charge of violence and tragedy.In the weeks and months after July 20, they were words that helped reform Stacey D’Angelo’s plans for the fall semester at the Community College of Aurora. They made D’Angelo, the college’s theater director, rethink how she would approach her craft and communicate with her students. As the toll of the shootings at the Century Aurora 16 theater became clear, they turned into words with the potential to heal a battered community. Director Stacey D’Angelo (right) and cast brainstorm ideas for a scene Oct. 25 at the Community College of Aurora. “Glimpses – The Rising Dawn” will feature stories and anecdotes from a cast of nearly 20 Community College of Aurora theater students. CCA Theater Director Stacey D’Angelo organized the production as a creative response to the Aurora Century 16 shootings, but the show’s final form includes input about the students’ personal lives and struggles. (Marla R. Keown/Aurora Sentinel) Aisha Spencer (far right) rehearses a scene Oct. 25 at the Community College of Aurora. “Glimpses – The Rising Dawn” will feature stories and anecdotes from a cast of nearly 20 Community College of Aurora theater students. CCA Theater Director Stacey D’Angelo organized the production as a creative response to the Aurora Century 16 shootings, but the show’s final form includes input about the students’ personal lives and struggles. (Marla R. Keown/Aurora Sentinel) Evelyn Richardson sews a quilt for the musical “Glimpses – The Rising Dawn” Oct. 25 at the Community College of Aurora. “Glimpses – The Rising Dawn” will feature stories and anecdotes from a cast of nearly 20 Community College of Aurora theater students. CCA Theater Director Stacey D’Angelo organized the production as a creative response to the Aurora Century 16 shootings, but the show’s final form includes input about the students’ personal lives and struggles. (Marla R. Keown/Aurora Sentinel)center_img Evelyn Richardson sews a quilt for the musical “Glimpses – The Rising Dawn” Oct. 25 at the Community College of Aurora. “Glimpses – The Rising Dawn” will feature stories and anecdotes from a cast of nearly 20 Community College of Aurora theater students. CCA Theater Director Stacey D’Angelo organized the production as a creative response to the Aurora Century 16 shootings, but the show’s final form includes input about the students’ personal lives and struggles. (Marla R. Keown/Aurora Sentinel) Evelyn Richardson sews a quilt for the musical “Glimpses – The Rising Dawn” Oct. 25 at the Community College of Aurora. “Glimpses – The Rising Dawn” will feature stories and anecdotes from a cast of nearly 20 Community College of Aurora theater students. CCA Theater Director Stacey D’Angelo organized the production as a creative response to the Aurora Century 16 shootings, but the show’s final form includes input about the students’ personal lives and struggles. (Marla R. Keown/Aurora Sentinel) James Brunt unties his bow in during the opening scene Oct. 25 at the Community College of Aurora. “Glimpses – The Rising Dawn” will feature stories and anecdotes from a cast of nearly 20 Community College of Aurora theater students. CCA Theater Director Stacey D’Angelo organized the production as a creative response to the Aurora Century 16 shootings, but the show’s final form includes input about the students’ personal lives and struggles. (Marla R. Keown/Aurora Sentinel) Jennifer Stone (front left) rehearses a scene Oct. 25 at the Community College of Aurora. “Glimpses – The Rising Dawn” will feature stories and anecdotes from a cast of nearly 20 Community College of Aurora theater students. CCA Theater Director Stacey D’Angelo organized the production as a creative response to the Aurora Century 16 shootings, but the show’s final form includes input about the students’ personal lives and struggles. (Marla R. Keown/Aurora Sentinel) Martell Harding unties his bow during rehearsal Oct. 25 at the Community College of Aurora. “Glimpses – The Rising Dawn” will feature stories and anecdotes from a cast of nearly 20 Community College of Aurora theater students. CCA Theater Director Stacey D’Angelo organized the production as a creative response to the Aurora Century 16 shootings, but the show’s final form includes input about the students’ personal lives and struggles. (Marla R. Keown/Aurora Sentinel) James Brunt and Aisha Spencer tie bows in preparation for the opening scene Oct. 25 at the Community College of Aurora. “Glimpses – The Rising Dawn” will feature stories and anecdotes from a cast of nearly 20 Community College of Aurora theater students. CCA Theater Director Stacey D’Angelo organized the production as a creative response to the Aurora Century 16 shootings, but the show’s final form includes input about the students’ personal lives and struggles. (Marla R. Keown/Aurora Sentinel) “Glimpses –The Rising Dawn”Runs Nov. 8 through 17 at the Larry D. Carter Theatre at the Community College of Aurora’s CentreTech Campus, 16000 East Centretech Parkway in Aurora.Tickets start at $10.Information: ccaurora.edu/glimpses or 303-340-7529.last_img read more


August 13, 2020 0

Officials designate 35 hospitals for Ebola care

first_imgNEW YORK | Health officials have designated 35 hospitals across the country as Ebola treatment centers.The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services released the list of hospitals on Tuesday. Most are clustered in metropolitan areas like New York City, San Francisco, Minneapolis and Washington D.C.For more than a month, health officials have been talking to — and evaluating —hospitals that could serve as referral treatment centers for new Ebola cases that might occur. A team from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention assessed more than 50 hospitals in 15 states and Washington, federal officials said.The 35 hospitals are deemed to have the staff, equipment and training to safely and effectively care for Ebola, the government said.More hospitals will be added over the next several weeks to provide wider geographic coverage, officials said.West Africa is currently suffering the worst Ebola outbreak in history, with more than 17,100 illnesses and at least 6,000 deaths so far. Four cases have been diagnosed in the United States.The designated hospitals are:Kaiser Oakland Medical Center, Oakland, California.Kaiser South Sacramento Medical Center, Sacramento, California.University of California Davis Medical Center, Sacramento, California.University of California San Francisco Medical Center, San Francisco.Emory University Hospital, Atlanta.Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago.Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Chicago.Rush University Medical Center, Chicago.University of Chicago Medical Center, Chicago.Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore.University of Maryland Medical Center, Baltimore.National Institutes of Health Clinical Center, Bethesda, Maryland.Allina Health’s Unity Hospital, Fridley, Minnesota.Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota, St. Paul, Minnesota.Mayo Clinic Hospital, Rochester, Minnesota.University of Minnesota Medical Center, Minneapolis.Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha.Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, New Brunswick, New Jersey.North Shore System LIJ/Glen Cove Hospital, Glen Cove, New York.Montefiore Medical Center, New York.New York-Presbyterian/Allen Hospital, New York.Bellevue Hospital Center, New York.The Mount Sinai Hospital, New York.Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia.Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia.University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, Texas.Methodist Richardson Medical Center, Richardson, Texas.University of Virginia Medical Center, Charlottesville, Virginia.Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center, Richmond, Virginia.Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, Wisconsin.Froedtert Hospital, Milwaukee, Wisconsin.University of Wisconsin Hospital, Madison, Wisconsin.MedStar Washington Hospital Center, Washington, D.C.Children’s National Medical Center, Washington, D.C.George Washington University Hospital, Washington, D.C.last_img read more


August 13, 2020 0

Bold booty or sheer reveal: 2014 was big on flesh

first_imgNEW YORK | Skin was definitely in, but was 2014 all about the big, bold booty or a sheer reveal up top?On runways, Marc Jacobs sent up-and-comer Kendall Jenner out during February’s New York Fashion Week with nipples clearly visible under a taupe knit top. Christian Siriano closed his show in September with ice blue crystals on a barely there trouser set, nipples on display.Look no further than awards shows, music videos and magazine covers for fuller rears, compliments of Iggy Azalea, Jennifer Lopez and Nicki Minaj, along with Jenner’s big sis Kim Kardashian and Rihanna, the Council of Fashion Designers of America’s style icon of the year.Rihanna showed off every inch top to bottom when she collected the award, but curvy newcomer Meghan Trainor said it best in the rear department with her breakout, Grammy nominated hit: “All About that Bass.”Where would Instagram be without booty? Well, nipples gained ground in pilfered nude celebrity selfies, RiRi’s bare, pierced assets on the cover of French magazine Lui and among proud “Free the Nipple” activists, including Scout Willis and Miley Cyrus, who challenged Instagram’s ban. Scout and others flashed and pranced topless in public from New York to Moscow. A film by Lina Esco of the same name turned into a hashtag.As for the bass, Kardashian loves showing off hers and signed on to help Paper magazine with another body-baring declaration, #breaktheinternet. She did it with the pop of a Champagne cork that arched a stream of bubbly over her head into a glass resting nicely on her derriere for the cover.But she also advanced the cause of the nipple when she went full-frontal on the magazine’s inside pages, followed soon after by a topless Madonna in Interview.Why did Kardashian do it? She said on the Australian TV show “The Project” that she loved working with famed photographer Jean-Paul Goude on the Paper shoot and considered it an “art project.”“It taught me to do what you want to do. Everyone should do what they’re comfortable with, and I’m never one to preach but I felt really positive and really good about myself. I love the photos. I did it for me,” she told host Rove McManus.Alas, McManus wasn’t able to repeat the glass-balancing trick. “You don’t have as big a butt as I do,” Kardashian noted after she attempted to show him how it’s done.Backside or bare female breast — either way, it seemed light years from 2004. That’s when the live Super Bowl halftime show on CBS turned into Nipplegate for Janet Jackson, taking over chatter about nudity, leading to a court battle over fines (since overturned) and temporarily derailing her career.Jackson’s split-second slip included a now-quaint nipple shield under the piece of leather Justin Timberlake ripped off her outfit, either accidentally or on purpose. Today, flaunting one’s pasties is downright passe.Just ask Cyrus, who rocked a pair as she performed at Paper magazine’s Break the Internet party during Art Basel Miami Beach in celebration of its nakey jaunt with Kardashian.Fashion darling Alexander Wang did his part in Year of the Flesh. He previewed his new Denim x Alexander line on Instagram with a fully nude but strategically posed model chilling in an easy chair, jeans pulled below the knee.In Siriano’s case, he was looking to evoke the massive glass sculptures of controversial Australian sculptor Sergio Redegalli. His core customer is more society lady than nipple-baring It girl, but he said in a recent interview the delicate sheer crystal top with pants to match is the most popular of his designs borrowed by stylists for clients and photo projects — often with a lining added.“Now, you see people are celebrating the body. It’s different. Very different,” he said. “I went there more as an inspirational fantasy, but we’ve had pretty much every publication pull that look for editorial shoots. It’s been done in art for so long and fashion is a form of art.”The booty has also had a big year for enhancements in the offices of plastic surgeons.Dr. Scot Glasberg on the Upper East Side of Manhattan said techniques on buttock augmentation have greatly improved over the last 10 years, with uncomfortable and unnatural implants replaced by the self-explanatory fat transfer.“You get a much more natural look,” he said.In 2014, Glasberg saw an increase of about 10 percent in requests for cosmetic butt enhancement over 2013 among his patients, with about 10,000 done nationwide by members of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.When compared to breast augmentation, nose jobs and face lifts, the number is small but on the move, he said.Bodacious backsides and public nudity are, of course, not new.British psychologist Philip Carr-Gomm, who put out the book “A Brief History of Nakedness” in 2010, goes back to ancient times.Judeo-Christian sensibilities had the wealthy in opulent all-over gear and the poor raggedly naked, he said. But in a Classical context, from the Greeks and Romans, nudity was a symbol of power and beauty among the gods and goddesses — and politicians.“Napoleon, for instance, had himself carved naked in that tradition,” Carr-Gomm said by telephone from Lewes, outside London. “The contradictory attitude is there right from the beginning. We want to see it. We don’t want to see it. We hate it. We love it.”When it comes to 2014, there was definitely skin in the game.Esco, the filmmaker, actress and “Free the Nipple” activist, based her December movie on true events, when women protesters in search of equality demonstrated tops off around the globe.“It’s been such a struggle getting the movie out there, because of the title, because of the content,” she bemoaned. “But the nipple has become the Trojan horse to really start a dialogue.”Follow Leanne Italie on Twitter at https://twitter.com/litalielast_img read more


August 13, 2020 0

Solar plane on global trip soars from California to Arizona

first_img FILE – In this April 23, 2016 file photo, Solar Impulse 2 lands at Moffett Field in Mountain View, Calif., completing the leg of its journey from Hawaii in its attempt to circumnavigate the globe. The next leg of the solar-powered around-the-world flight is scheduled to start from Moffett Field Monday, May 2, 2016, at 5 a.m. PDT, bound for Phoenix.(AP Photo/Noah Berger, File) FILE – In this April 23, 2016 file photo, Solar Impulse 2 flies over San Francisco at the end of its journey from Hawaii, part of its attempt to circumnavigate the globe. The next leg of the solar-powered around-the-world flight is scheduled to start from Mountain View, Calif., Monday, May 2, 2016, at 5 a.m. PDT, bound for Phoenix.(AP Photo/Noah Berger, File) MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. | A solar-powered airplane soared above the clouds Monday after taking off from California for Arizona to resume its journey around the world using only energy from the sun.The Swiss-made Solar Impulse 2 left Mountain View south of San Francisco shortly after 5 a.m. Monday for an expected 16-hour trip to Phoenix. Swiss pilot Andre Borschberg was at the helm of the plane that began circumnavigating the globe last year. Video from a wing-mounted camera showed the aircraft taking off in a westerly direction before swinging to the southeast and rising above the clouds.About an hour after takeoff, Borschberg used his phone to snap photos of the sun coming up along the horizon. Then he prepared for media interviews and made breakfast plans.“I’m heating up water for coffee,” Borschberg told his ground crew. “A nice Nescafe.”His co-pilot, Bertrand Piccard, also of Switzerland, made the three-day trip from Hawaii to the heart of Silicon Valley, where he landed last week.The Solar Impulse 2’s wings, which stretch wider than those of a Boeing 747, are equipped with 17,000 solar cells that power propellers and charge batteries. The plane runs on stored energy at night.After Phoenix, the plane will make two more stops in the United States before crossing the Atlantic Ocean to Europe or northern Africa, according to the website documenting the journey.The two legs to cross the Pacific were the riskiest part of the plane’s travels because of the lack of emergency landing sites.“We have demonstrated it is feasible to fly many days, many nights, that the technology works” said Borschberg, 63, who piloted the plane during a five-day trip from Japan to Hawaii and who kept himself alert by doing yoga poses and meditation.The crew was forced to stay in Oahu for nine months after the plane’s battery system sustained heat damage on its trip from Japan.The single-seat aircraft began its voyage in March 2015 from Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates and made stops in Oman, Myanmar, China and Japan.The layovers will give the pilots a chance to swap places and engage with local communities along the way so they can explain the project, which is estimated to cost more than $100 million and began in 2002 to highlight the importance of renewable energy and the spirit of innovation. FILE – In this April 23, 2016 file photo, Solar Impulse 2 flies over the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco at the end of its journey from Hawaii, part of its attempt to circumnavigate the globe. The next leg of the solar-powered around-the-world flight is scheduled to start from Mountain View, Calif., Monday, May 2, 2016, at 5 a.m. PDT, bound for Phoenix.(AP Photo/Noah Berger, File)last_img read more


August 13, 2020 0

New evidence that viruses may play a role in Alzheimer’s

first_img This undated photo provided by Mount Sinai Health System shows slices of human brains in the Mount Sinai Brain Bank that researchers are using to study Alzheimer’s disease. Viruses that sneak into the brain just might play a role in Alzheimer’s, scientists reported Thursday, June 21, 2018, in a provocative study that promises to re-ignite some long-debated theories about what triggers the mind-robbing disease. (Mount Sinai Health System via AP) 1 of 1 WASHINGTON | Viruses that sneak into the brain just might play a role in Alzheimer’s, scientists reported Thursday in a provocative study that promises to re-ignite some long-debated theories about what triggers the mind-robbing disease.The findings don’t prove viruses cause Alzheimer’s, nor do they suggest it’s contagious.But a team led by researchers at New York’s Mount Sinai Health System found that certain viruses — including two extremely common herpes viruses — affect the behavior of genes involved in Alzheimer’s.The idea that infections earlier in life might somehow set the stage for Alzheimer’s decades later has simmered at the edge of mainstream medicine for years. It’s been overshadowed by the prevailing theory that Alzheimer’s stems from sticky plaques that clog the brain.Thursday’s study has even some specialists who never embraced the infection connection saying it’s time for a closer look, especially as attempts to block those so-called beta-amyloid plaques have failed.“With an illness this terrible, we cannot afford to dismiss all scientific possibilities,” said Dr. John Morris, who directs the Alzheimer’s research center at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. He wasn’t involved in the new research but called it impressive.The study also fits with mounting evidence that how aggressively the brain’s immune system defends itself against viruses or other germs may be riskier than an actual infection, said Alzheimer’s specialist Dr. Rudolph Tanzi of Massachusetts General Hospital. With Harvard colleague Dr. Robert Moir, Tanzi has performed experiments showing that sticky beta-amyloid captures invading germs by engulfing them — and that’s why the plaque starts forming in the first place.“The question remained, OK, in the Alzheimer brain what are the microbes that matter, what are the microbes that trigger the plaque?” explained Tanzi, who also had no role in the new research.The team from Mount Sinai and Arizona State University came up with some viral suspects — by accident. The study, funded by the National Institutes of Health, wasn’t hunting viruses but was looking for new drug targets for Alzheimer’s. The researchers were using complex genetic data from hundreds of brains at several brain banks to compare differences between people who’d died with Alzheimer’s and the cognitively normal.The first clues that viruses were around “came screaming out at us,” said Mount Sinai geneticist Joel Dudley, a senior author of the research published Thursday in the journal Neuron.The team found viral genetic material at far higher levels in Alzheimer’s-affected brains than in normal ones. Most abundant were two human herpes viruses, known as HHV6a and HHV7, that infect most people during childhood, often with no symptoms, and then lie dormant in the body.That wasn’t unusual. Since 1980, other researchers have linked a variety of bacteria and viruses, including another type of herpes that causes cold sores, to an increased risk of Alzheimer’s. But it was never clear if germs were merely bystanders, or actively spurring Alzheimer’s.The new study went farther: Researchers used computer models to check how the viral genes interacted with human genes, proteins and amyloid buildup, almost like the viruses’ social media connections, Dudley explained.“We’re able to see if viral genes are friending some of the host genes and if they tweet, who tweets back,” Dudley said.They found a lot of interactions, suggesting the viruses could even switch on and off Alzheimer’s-related genes. To see if those interactions mattered, the researchers bred mice lacking one molecule that herpes seemed to deplete. Sure enough, the animals developed more of those amyloid plaques.“I look at this paper and it makes me sit up and say, ‘Wow,’” said Alzheimer’s Association scientific programs director Keith Fargo.He said the research makes a viral connection much more plausible but cautioned that the study won’t affect how today’s patients are treated.If the findings pan out, they could change how scientists look for new ways to treat or prevent Alzheimer’s, said Dr. Miroslaw Mackiewicz of NIH’s National Institute on Aging. Already, NIH is funding a first-step study to see if an antiviral drug benefits people who have both mild Alzheimer’s and different herpes viruses.Just having a herpes virus “does not mean you’re going to get Alzheimer’s,” Mass General’s Tanzi stressed. It may not even have penetrated the brain.But in another study soon to be published, Tanzi showed biologically how both HHV6 and a cold sore-causing herpes virus can trigger or “seed” amyloid plaque formation, supporting the Mount Sinai findings.Still, he doesn’t think viruses are the only suspects.“The Mount Sinai paper tells us the viral side of the story. We still have to work out the microbe side of the story,” said Tanzi, who is looking for bacteria and other bugs in what’s called the Brain Microbiome Project. “The brain was always thought to be a sterile place. It’s absolutely not true.”___The Associated Press Health & Science Department receives support from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute’s Department of Science Education. The AP is solely responsible for all content.last_img read more


August 13, 2020 0

Chef Mario Batali pleads not guilty to assault charge

first_imgChef Mario Batali arrives for arraignment, Friday, May 24, 2019, at municipal court in Boston, on charges he forcibly kissed and groped a woman at a Boston restaurant in 2017. (AP Photo/Josh Reynolds)BOSTON | Celebrity chef Mario Batali, whose career crumbled amid several sexual misconduct accusations, pleaded not guilty Friday to a charge that he forcibly kissed and groped a woman at a Boston restaurant in 2017.Batali, 58, wearing his signature red ponytail and a blazer, did not speak during the brief hearing but nodded as the judge ordered him to stay away from the woman.The court entered a not guilty plea on his behalf to a charge of indecent assault and battery. Batali was released on his own recognizance. He will not have to appear at the next hearing, scheduled for July 12.It’s the first criminal charge levied against Batali following sexual harassment and assault allegations that first surfaced in 2017.The woman says Batali noticed her taking a photo of him at the restaurant and invited her to take a selfie with him. She says Batali then groped and kissed her repeatedly without her consent.The woman filed a civil lawsuit against Batali in August, seeking unspecified damages for “severe emotional distress.”Batali’s lawyer has said the charge is “without merit.”“He intends to fight the allegations vigorously and we expect the outcome to fully vindicate Mr. Batali,” attorney Anthony Fuller said in an emailed statement on Wednesday.The woman’s attorneys applauded the Suffolk District Attorney’s Office for bringing the case.“Mr. Batali must be held accountable criminally and civilly for his despicable acts,” lawyers Eric Baum and Matthew Fogelman said in an email to media.Batali could face up to 2½ years in jail, if convicted. He would also have to register as a sex offender.Batali’s food empire included such high-end eateries as Babbo in Del Posto in New York City as well as restaurants in Las Vegas, Los Angeles and Singapore. He became a household name through appearances Food Network such as “Iron Chef America.”He stepped down from operations of his restaurants and was kicked off the ABC show “The Chew” in 2017 after four women accused him of inappropriate touching.Batali said at the time about those allegations that “much of the behavior described does, in fact, match up with ways I have acted.” He also came under fire for sending a newsletter to subscribers that included both an apology for “many mistakes” and a recipe for a “holiday-inspired breakfast.”Batali announced in March that his longtime partner, Joe Bastianich, and others had bought out his share in his restaurants.The New York Police Department said last year that it was investigating allegations of sexual misconduct against the chef after a woman told “60 Minutes” that Batali drugged and sexually assaulted her in 2005. Batali denied assaulting the woman.last_img read more


August 13, 2020 0

On Anne Frank’s 90th birthday, her friends meet students

first_imgAMSTERDAM | For Jacqueline van Maarsen, attending Anne Frank’s 13th birthday party in 1942 was a welcome distraction from the grim reality of life in Nazi-occupied Amsterdam during World War II.Enjoying movies and cookies at Anne’s apartment meant “we didn’t think about it at that moment,” the 90-year-old Van Maarsen said Wednesday as she and another of Anne’s friends met students from Amsterdam schools at an event to mark what would have been Anne’s 90th birthday.It was a fleeting relief for children already suffering from discriminatory, anti-Jewish regulations and forced to wear Star of David patches on their clothes.Jacqueline van Maarsen, left, and Albert Gomes de Mesquita, school friends of Anne Frank, talk to students during an event to mark what would have been Anne Frank’s 90th birthday, in Amsterdam on Wednesday, June 12, 2019. On the day Anne Frank would have turned 90, the museum dedicated to keeping alive her story has brought together schoolchildren and two of the Jewish diarist’s friends at the apartment where she lived with her family before going into hiding from Nazis who occupied the Netherlands during World War II. (AP Photo/Michael C. Corder)Just three weeks later, Anne and her family fled into hiding in the secret annex behind a canal-side house that was made famous in her diary. Less than three years after that, exhausted and suffering from typhus, Anne died with her sister in the Bergen-Belsen Nazi concentration camp in February 1945.Wednesday’s meeting was at the Frank family’s former apartment in southern Amsterdam, where they lived before going into hiding.They hid in the annex for just over two years before being arrested and deported to Nazi-run concentration camps. Anne’s father Otto, the only member of the family to survive the war, later published her diaries. The book went on to be published in dozens of countries around the world and is regarded as one of the most important works of the 20th century.It was on her 13th birthday that Anne received her first red checkered diary, calling it “maybe one of my nicest presents.” A similar diary was laid on a table along with other gifts — a blue blouse, cold cream, a book, that she described receiving on her birthday.Like Anne, with whom he attended Amsterdam’s Jewish Lyceum, Albert Gomes de Mesquita, 89, also went into hiding. Unlike the Franks, he moved around the country from one hiding place to another as he dodged arrest and deportation.Asked what lessons he would pass on to the youth of today, he told students from the International School of Amsterdam: “I think you have to learn things from what happens. I’ve been helped by so many different people and they were Roman Catholic, Protestant, atheist, communist, rich, poor,” he said.“I’ve slept in 12 different places during hiding and my lesson is: Good people can be found everywhere.”Squeezed into the living room of the apartment, which has been painstakingly restored so that it looks like it would have when the Frank’s lived there, the students listened intently and peppered Van Maarsen and Gomes de Mesquita with questions.“It was really incredible to meet them, not only as Anne’s friends but as survivors of the war,” said 13-year-old Sietse Munting.He was moved by Van Maarsen saying that she sometimes felt like she lost her identity because she was labeled as Anne’s friend.“I really tried to think about that and tried to think; ‘it’s not only Anne,’ he said. “Sure, we remember Anne because she’s very important — and we should remember her — but there were also many, many others who also faced this time.”The apartment is now owned by the Anne Frank Museum, but unlike the secret annex is not open to the public. Fittingly, it is used by a Dutch literature fund to house writers who fear persecution in their own home countries. The current resident is a Kurdish poet and translator, Kawa Nemir, who just finished translating James Joyce’s epic Ulysses into Kurdish.Van Maarsen, who has written about her friendship with Anne, recalled their “very good and special friendship” that will always endure in her memory.“I couldn’t forget her because she got so famous,” she said.last_img read more


August 13, 2020 0

Dogs, cats can’t pass on coronavirus, but can test positive

first_imgA dog is seen at a pet shop in Hong Kong, Thursday, March 5, 2020. Pet cats and dogs cannot pass the new coronavirus to humans, but they can test positive for low levels of the pathogen if they catch it from their owner. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)HONG KONG  |  Pet cats and dogs cannot pass the new coronavirus on to humans, but they can test positive for low levels of the pathogen if they catch it from their owners.That’s the conclusion of Hong Kong’s Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department after a dog in quarantine tested weakly positive for the virus Feb. 27, Feb. 28 and March 2, using the canine’s nasal and oral cavity samples.A unidentified spokesman for the department was quoted in a news release as saying. “There is currently no evidence that pet animals can be a source of infection of COVID-19 or that they become sick.”Scientists suspect the virus known as SARS-CoV-2 that causes the disease originated in bats before passing it on to another species, possibly a small wild mammal, that passed it on to humans. However, experts from the School of Public Health of The University of Hong Kong, the College of Veterinary Medicine and Life Sciences of the City University of Hong Kong and the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) have unanimously agreed that the dog has a low-level of infection and it is “likely to be a case of human-to-animal transmission.”The dog, and another also in quarantine which has tested negative for the virus, will be tested again before being released. The department suggested any pets, including dogs and cats, from households where someone has tested positive for the virus should be put into quarantine.In general, pet owners should maintain good hygiene, including washing hands before and after handling animals, their food and supplies and no kissing them. People who are sick should avoid contact with pets and a veterinarian’s advice should be sought if changes in a pet’s health conditions are detected.“Apart from maintaining good hygiene practices, pet owners need not be overly concerned and under no circumstances should they abandon their pets,” the spokesman said.___The Associated Press receives support for health and science coverage from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute’s Department of Science Education. The AP is solely responsible for all content.last_img read more


August 13, 2020 0

Thailand All-Stars beat Man United in Bangkok

first_imgFans paid up to 4,000 baht to watch the triumphant host team beat the English Premier League champions at the Rajamangala National Stadium.  The Thailand team comprised of some of the best players from the Thai Premier League.  After a goal-less first half it was Thailand’s Teeratep who broke the deadlock in the 49th minute with a deflected shot that beat United keeper Amos at his near post.There were perhaps bad omens for United prior to the game, as soon after arriving in the Thai capital the team bus got stuck underneath a chandelier at the Four Seasons Hotel entrance and workers had to climb onto the roof of the bus to free it. Manchester’s new manager David Moyes, who recently took over from Sir Alex Ferguson, on his retirement, fielded a team without Wayne Rooney who returned to the UK earlier that day with a hamstring injury.  Moyes will hope for better from his players on the rest of their tour to Australia, Japan, Hong Kong and Sweden.United begin their Premier League title defence on August 17 and in the meantime the Singha All Stars will look to add another high-profile scalp this week with a match against Chelsea. Manchester United football team suffered an embarrassing upset last Saturday as their highly paid squad of players slumped to a 1-0 defeat in a friendly match against Thailand’s Singha All-Star XI in Bangkok.last_img read more


August 12, 2020 0

Lions clubs holding charity bowling tourney Sept. 20

first_imgA team of 3 bowlers will cost 3000 baht. Bowlers can register on site on the day. Donations are also accepted from non bowlers. More information call: Ms Thanapat Peethong – 086 544 5442. Area Lions clubs will raise money for underprivileged children with a charity bowling tournament competing for the HRH Sirindhorn Cup Saturday in Pattaya. The Sept. 20 event, run by the Lions Club of Nongprue and Lions Club of Pratamnak-Pattaya, will be held at 9 p.m. at SF Strike Bowl at Central Festival Pattaya Beach.The Lions Club of Nongprue and Lions Club of Pratamnak-Pattaya announced a charity bowling tournament will take place tomorrow, Saturday, Sept. 20.Proceeds from the event will go toward various Lions programs, including the Love Reading, Peace Poster, and teen sports programs.last_img read more


August 12, 2020 0