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Recently we passed the 75th anniversary of Lou Gehrig’s admission of suffering from ALS. Two other athletes have also died from this muscle disease. They are Ezzard Charles, a boxer, and Catfish Hunter, a baseball pitcher. Here in Batesville Jim Struewing is currently battling this disease.Researchers for years have been trying to figure out what happens between the muscles in our body, the nerve cells leading to the brain, and the spinal column. In the last few years, they have discovered that there is a gene mutation designated as SOD1. That discovery came in the mid 1990’s, but since they have discovered that there are 35 such mutations found in victims of ALS.The scientists are making progress but they need a lot more money to carry on the fight to find a cure. Just knowing what happens is not enough. They must find a way to fix it. Since this was an anniversary year, the Ice Bucket Challenge kicked off a re-awareness of this debilitating disease. We still do not have a cure. So if you can help our scientists, and you are able, please give to this worthwhile cause. Why this disease strikes very healthy athletes in their prime is a mystery. read more
A Palm Beach County mother is under arrest, accused of using her car to drag a police officer at least 20 feet during school drop-off.According to an arrest report, it happened on Wednesday morning at Liberty Park Elementary School in Greenacres. The report states that 29-year-old Pracilla Alejandro was illegally parked in a crosswalk outside the school.When a school district police officer asked Alejandro to move her car, Alejandro allegedly responded in an angry tone, “Where am I supposed to park then?”The officer told Alejandro that she could park near the curb, to which she responded, “You are not a real cop, you are just a school cop.”Alejandro then refused to give the officer her driver’s license and registration, as requested.The arrest report states, “Mrs. Alejandro continued her verbal assault on [the officer] in a highly agitated and aggressive tone.”The officer had placed her body within the car’s open driver’s-side door and the frame.According to the arrest report, Alejandro drove away without warning, causing the officer “to be trapped and dragged by the moving vehicle,” about 20 to 25 feet.The officer held onto the car and grabbed Alejandro, who eventually stopped the vehicle. At that point, the officer pepper sprayed Alejandro and took her into custody.Police say Alejandro’s young daughter was in the car during the entire incident.The officer suffered cuts to her right forearm, as well as a severe bruise to her right shin.Alejandro was later booked into the Palm Beach County Jail on charges of aggravated battery on a law enforcement officer and resisting an officer with violence. read more
By Amlan ChakrabortKOLKATA, India (Reuters) – Ishant Sharma and his pace colleagues wreaked havoc with the pink ball to put India in charge of their maiden day-night Test against Bangladesh at a heaving Eden Gardens yesterday.Armed with the heavily-lacquered ball, India’s three-pronged pace attack bundled out the tourists for 106 in front of a 60 000-strong crowd which included Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.Cheteshwar Pujara and Virat Kohli then smashed fifties as India, 1-0 up heading into the second and final match of the two-Test series, finished day one on 174-3, to be on course for their 12th consecutive home series victory.Kohli (59 not out) and his deputy Ajinkya Rahane (23 not out) will return today hoping to bat Bangladesh out of the second and final Test and sweep the series.Bangladesh, who were skittled out inside 31 overs, had to call two concussion substitutes after Liton Das and Nayeem Hasan sustained nasty blows to helmet.Earlier, India’s pace trio took less than three hours to rout the tourists after Mominul Haque’s decision to bat backfired.After the lull of the first six overs, Ishant drew first blood, trapping Kayes lbw en route to impressive figures of 5-22.New-ball partner Umesh Yadav (3-29) immediately benefitted from a change of ends, dismissing Mominul and Mithun in the same over to trigger a spectacular batting collapse.Ishant attributed his success to his relaxed approach to the game after more than a decade in international cricket.“I’ve reached that stage in life where I don’t entertain unnecessary worry about my career. That has been a big change,” said the 31-year-old.“I’m enjoying my game a lot more and the healthy competition within the pace department has also helped me improve.”India captain Kohli had predicted close-in fielders would struggle to catch the harder, faster pink balls but his fears proved unfounded.Rohit took a diving one-handed catch to send back Mominul, Wriddhiman Saha flew to his right to cut short Mahmudullah’s stay and Pujara dived forward to pouch a low catch to remove Mehidy Hasan Miraz.Opener Shadman Islam top-scored for Bangladesh with 29, while Liton retired hurt on 24 after being hit on the helmet by a Mohammed Shami delivery.Mehidy came on as concussion substitute and Mithun replaced Liton behind the stumps when India came out to bat.Bangladesh needed a second concussion substitute in Taijul Islam after Nayeem also sustained a hit on the helmet by another vicious Shami delivery.Indian openers looked at ease against the pink ball but neither Mayank Agarwal (14) nor Rohit (21) could convert their starts.Pujara and Kohli helped India eclipse Bangladesh’s paltry total with their 95-run stand.Pujara made 55 before edging Ebadot Hossain, who unfurled his second salute celebration, but Kohli went on to complete 5 000 runs as Test captain.“Their bowling attack is probably the leading bowling attack in the world,” Bangladesh coach Russell Domingo told reporters.“They’ve put a lot of sides under pressure with their discipline, pace and aggression … they are better than we at the moment, no doubt about that.”BANGLADESH 1st inningsShadman Islam c Wriddhiman Saha b Umesh Yadav 29Imrul Kayes lbw Ishant Sharma 4Mominul Haque c Rohit Sharma b Umesh Yadav 0Mohammad Mithun b Umesh Yadav 0Mushfiqur Rahim b Mohammed Shami 0Mahmudullah c Wriddhiman Saha b Ishant Sharma 6Liton Das Retired Hurt 24Nayeem Hasan b Ishant Sharma 19Ebadat Hossain b Ishant Sharma 1Mehidy Hasan c Cheteshwar Pujara b Ishant Sharma 8Al-Amin Hossain not out 1Abu Jayed c Cheteshwar Pujara b Mohammed Shami 0Extras: (b-8, lb-6) 14Total: (all out, 30.3 overs) 106Fall of wickets: 1-15, 2-17, 3-17, 4-26, 5-38, 6-60, 7-82, 8-98, 9-105. Bowling: Ishant Sharma 12-4-22-5 Umesh Yadav 7-2-29-3, Mohammed Shami 10.3-2-36 -2, Ravindra Jadeja 1-0-5-0.INDIA 1st inningsMayank Agarwal c Mehidy Hasan b Al-Amin Hossain 14Rohit Sharma lbw Ebadat Hossain 21Cheteshwar Pujara c Shadman Islam b Ebadat Hossain 55Virat Kohli not out 59Ajinkya Rahane not out 23Extras: (lb-1, w-1) 2Total: (three wkts, 46.0 overs) 174Fall of wickets: 1-26, 2-43, 3-137.Bowling: Al-Amin Hossain 14-3-49-1, Abu Jayed 12-3-40-0, Ebadat Hossain 12-1-61-2 (w-1), Taijul Islam 8-0-23-0 . read more
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisALPENA, Mich — Thunder Bay Theater is putting on a performance that’s right on time to get you in the Christmas spirit. Thunder Bay has teamed up with Alpena High School’s theatre troop to put on the Tony–nominated musical, Godspell.Education coordinator at the theatre, Adrian Alexander, says the play highlights the gospel of Matthew, and is a story of character and integrity.“We’re setting it in modern day New York and we’re getting all the different characters that belong to different walks of life and different belief systems and just kind of coming together and showing how no matter what walk of life or belief system, how we can still form a community and make a better day.”In the tale of friendship, loyalty, and love, a small group of disciples help Jesus tell parables through song, dance and humor. The play opens this Friday, November 29 at 7:30 p.m. and will run every weekend through December 15.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThis Tags: Alpena High School, Godspell, Musical, Play, Thunder Bay TheatreContinue ReadingPrevious NEMSCA partnering with WCMU radio to bring heat Michigan homesNext Community members talk about reasons for the season read more