From Oak Park to Nashville with a bullet

Thu, Dec 3, 2015 - 8:00am

by Stephanie Bertholdo

A sophomore at Oak Park High School was among 150 students nationwide to earn a spot in the 2015 All-National High School Concert Band.

Ruitao “Ray” Zhang, a clarinet player, performed with the group from Oct. 25 to 28 at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, Tenn. He is one of seven students in California to play with the band this year.

The ensemble is organized by the National Association for Music Education, said Zachary Borquez, Oak Park High’s band director.

Ray said he was thrilled to perform with such a prestigious group and was particularly happy when...

Award honors 10 US librarians for public service

Thu, Dec 3, 2015 - 8:00am

A librarian in California who champions diversity and one in Texas who makes librarians look "cool" are among 10 recipients of the I Love My Librarian Award.

The awards announced Thursday by the American Library Association and the Carnegie Corporation of New York honor "exceptional public service" and include a $5,000 cash prize for each winner. Librarians were nominated by patrons, with more than 1,300 submissions turned in for 2015.

Sylvia Cieply of the Otto A. Fischer School in Orange, California, was praised for adding a wide range of books to her school's collection, from career guides to ones with LGBT themes...

Rest stops are a common place for sex trafficking.This app aims to fight that.

Wed, Nov 25, 2015 - 9:42am

by Joy Diaz

The only state in the nation with more reported cases of human trafficking than Texas is California, and the majority of cases are not for labor, but sex trafficking.

With those grim facts in mind, a University of North Texas student Lisa Mercerdecided to create an app that helps combat human trafficking.

Mercer says because of the common misconception that human trafficking happens with people coming into America, she was shocked at how many children in our...

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Why kids take physical fitness tests at school

Fri, Nov 27, 2015 - 3:00am

by Sonali Kohli

Remember that test you had to take in fifth grade, when you stretched your legs under a table and your arms over it, reaching as far as possible?

Yeah, kids are still doing a version of that.

It’s called the “back-saver sit and reach,” and it’s part of the annual physical fitness test the state administers to students to test whether children are healthy enough or need improvement in the areas of aerobic capacity, muscle and skeletal function and body composition. 

The back-saver sit and reach is an optional item in the six-part test, meant to measure flexibility—students...

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We're hearing a lot about the 'kissing bug.' How can we identify it?

Sat, Nov 28, 2015 - 11:17am

by Peggy Heinkle-Wolfe

According to Jim Kennedy, insect expert at the University of North Texas, the kissing bug, or Tiatoma, can be easily confused with other true bugs in its insect order, Hemiptera. A “wheel bug,” or Arilus cristatus, for example, looks somewhat similar and is common in this area. Wheel bugs aren’t aggressive, but they will bite. Its bite is painful, but it doesn’t carry the parasite the kissing bug carries.

The parasite, Trypanosome, causes Chagas disease as it buries itself in the heart muscle and the gut. The disease can be life-...

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