- The 5-DAY LOCAL WEATHER FORECAST
TODAY – It will become partly sunny later with a 50% chance for some scattered showers or some patchy drizzle. It will be breezy with a high today in the mid to upper 40’s.TONIGHT – is going to be mainly clear overnight with an overnight low in the lower 30’s.
TOMORROW – sunny with a high from the upper 40’s along the lake to the mid 50’s elsewhere.
FRIDAY – Some sun but mostly cloudy with a high in the lower 60’s.
SATURDAY – some sun and cloud and a 50% chance for some showers.
SUNDAY – partly sunny with a high only in the upper 40’s to low 50’s.
MLB (15 games)
Yankees 9 Red Sox 3
Cardinals 3 Mets 0
Royals 8 Indians 2
Angels 7 Nationals 2
Blue Jays 9 Orioles 3
Reds 4 Pirates 1
Marlins 1 Braves 0
Tigers 8 White Sox 6
Rays 7 Twins 3
Cubs 9 Diamondbacks 2
Rangers 5 Athletics 4
Padres 2 Brewers 1
Astros 5 Mariners 1
Rockies 2 Giants 1
Phillies 3 Dodgers 2
NBA (3 games)
Raptors 100 Nets 95
Pacers 101 Hawks 85
Wizards 101 Bulls 99
NHL (4 games)
Rangers 4 Flyers 1 (2-1)
Canadians 4 Lightning 3 (Habs win series 4-0)
Sharks 4 Kings 3 (3-0)
Bruins 3 Red Wings 0 (2-1)
The Rochester Americans will play the Chicago Wolves in the first round of the 2014 Calder Cup Playoffs. The first two games of the best-of-five series will take place in Rochester at The Blue Cross Arena. Game 1 is scheduled for this Friday night at 7:05. Game 2 is scheduled for Saturday with a 7:05 start as well.
ROCHESTER RED WINGS
Pawtucket seemed to have things on cruise control after Brandon Snyder’s second home run of the game in the bottom of the sixth inning put the Paw Sox up 5-1.
But then, after being held to just three hits through the first six innings by starter Rubby De La Rosa, the Red Wings put together their best inning of the young season off the Pawtucket bullpen.
Rochester sent 12 batters to the plate in a wild, six-run seventh inning that propelled the Wings to a 7-5 come-from-behind victory over Pawtucket in the opener of a four-game series from McCoy Stadium.
The Wings (10-8) will send RHP Alex Meyer to the mound today in search of his first Triple-A win and the team’s fourth straight overall.
HUMANIST GROUP SUES NJ SCHOOL DISTRICT OVER ‘UNDER GOD’ IN PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE
A national humanist group is suing a New Jersey school district on behalf of a family that believes the phrase “under God” in the Pledge of Allegiance is discriminatory toward atheist children.
The lawsuit against the Matawan-Aberdeen Regional School District was filed in state court last month and announced Monday by the American Humanist Association, a Washington, D.C.-based advocacy organization.
The group says the phrase, added in 1954, “marginalizes atheist and humanist kids as something less than ideal patriots.” The anonymous plaintiffs say those two words violate the state constitution’s right to equal protection.
David Niose, an attorney for the American Humanist Association’s Appignani Humanist Legal Center, said public schools should not permit an exercise that “teaches students that patriotism is tied to a belief in God.”
But school district lawyer David Rubin said the district is merely following a state law that requires schools to have a daily recitation of the pledge. He told NorthJersey.com that individual students do not have to participate.
“We are disappointed that this national organization has targeted Matawan-Aberdeen for merely obeying the law as it stands,” Rubin said in a written statement.
The humanist group is awaiting a ruling from a court on a similar case in Massachusetts.
OSCAR MEYER WEINER RECALL
Kraft Foods is recalling 96,000 pounds of its Oscar Mayer wieners because they may mistakenly contain cheese.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service said Sunday that Kraft’s “Oscar Mayer Classic Wieners” may instead contain the company’s “Classic Cheese Dogs.”
The agency said the product labels are incorrect and do not reflect the ingredients associated with the pasteurized cheese in the cheese dogs. Those products were made with milk, a known allergen, which is not declared on the label.
It said the problem was discovered by a consumer who notified Kraft on Friday. The company alerted the USDA the following day, according to the statement.
The Food Safety and Inspection Service said it has not received reports of adverse reactions. A representative for the agency wasn’t immediately available for comment.
A representative for Kraft Foods Group Inc., Joyce Hodel, said in an email that the hot dogs were made in a plant in Columbia, Mo.
NEBRASKA PRINCIPAL APOLOGIZES FOR FLYER THAT ADVISES STUDENTS NOT TO TELL ON BULLIES
A Nebraska school principal has apologized for sending fifth-grade students home with a flier that advises those who are bullied to not tattle on their tormentors.
Some parents of the fifth-graders at Zeman Elementary in Lincoln complained and posted angry comments on Facebook,
Zeman principal Donna Williams apologized directly to the families for the wording of the flier, and the district posted the apology on its Facebook page.
“The flier was sent home with good intentions,” said Williams. “Unfortunately it contained advice that did not accurately reflect LPS best practices regarding response to bullying incidents.”
District student services director Russ Uhing said the LPS philosophy is: Ask the bully to stop. Walk away. If the bullying continues, tell a parent or teacher.
On the contrary, the flier advises that students should not tell on bullies because the No. 1 reason “bullies hate their victims is because the victims tell on them.
Telling makes the bully want to retaliate,” it says. “Tell an adult only when a real injury or crime (theft of something valuable) has occurred. Would we keep our friends if we tattled on them?”
District spokeswoman Mary Kay Roth said the flier was not approved for distribution and was mistakenly included in folders of student work sent home with the fifth-graders on Tuesday.
“It’s a staff issue, so we’re taking care of the staffing error,” Roth said. “It wasn’t supposed to be sent home.”
A TOP HOSPITAL OPENS UP TO CHINESE HERBS AS MEDICINES
Christina Lunka appeared nervous and excited as she sat in the Chinese herbal therapy center recently opened by the Cleveland Clinic.
The 49-year-old had been to many doctors seeking help for ongoing issues that included joint pain and digestive problems. Now the Kirtland, Ohio, resident was hoping to find relief through herbal remedies.
“Do you have something for inflammation?” Ms. Lunka asked herbalist Galina Roofener during a one-hour consultation.
“Absolutely,” responded Ms. Roofener. “This is for pain, for digestion, for inflammation, all of the above,” she said, handing Ms. Lunka a bottle with capsules of an herbal combination called Xiao Yao San, which translates as free and easy wanderer. The capsules include about eight different herbs, including licorice, mint leaf and white peony root.
The Cleveland Clinic, one of the country’s top hospitals, is a surprising venue for the dispensing of herbs, a practice that is well established in China and other Eastern countries but has yet to make inroads in the U.S. because of a lack of evidence proving their effectiveness. The herbal clinic, which opened in January, has one herbalist who sees patients on Thursdays. Patients must be referred by a doctor and will be monitored to ensure that there are no drug-herbal interactions or other complications.
WOMAN DIES CLEANING HER HOME
BERLIN, Md. (AP) – The Worcester County Sheriff’s Office says a 75-year-old woman died after cleaning her home in Berlin.
Officials say the woman was cleaning her bathroom at her home at the Lake Haven Trailer Park on Sunday, when she mixed a cleaning product that may have had ammonia in it with bleach, a combination which can create toxic vapors.
The woman was taken to Atlantic General Hospital where officials say she was pronounced dead.
Officials say the incident is still under investigation, but they are reminding people to never mix cleaning products.
GRIEVING BORROWERS TOLD TO REPAY THEIR STUDENT LOANS IN FULL
WASHINGTON (AP) – Some student loan borrowers who had a parent or grandparent co-sign the note are finding that they must immediately pay the loan in full if the relative dies.
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau says lenders have clauses in their contract that explain this could happen, but many borrowers are not aware of them.
The agency’s ombudsman, Rohit Chopra, said complaints related to this issue are growing more common because the practice is catching so many consumers by surprise. Some borrowers told to pay back the loan in full have been making timely payments, Chopra said.
While it’s unclear how prevalent it is, Chopra said it appears to be the practice among many private student loan lenders. It has affected borrowers not just when the co-signer has died, but when the co-signer has declared bankruptcy.
“We do have some concerns that with an aging population and with very long terms on certain private student loans, that this could actually increase over time,” Chopra said.
The issue doesn’t affect federal student loans, which are more commonly issued than private student loans.
VIRGINIA SCHOOLS DISCUSSING LATER START TIMES
Students at Fairfax County Public Schools may be able to sleep a little longer if the school board approves a proposal that would push back the school start time.
On Wednesday, Children’s National Medical Center will present four action plans to Fairfax County’s School Board on how to adjust schedules to allow high school students to report to class between 30 minutes to an hour later by as early as September 2015, according to The Washington Post.
The proposals are based upon a year-long study by researchers at Children’s National Medical Center. That study, according to The Post, finds that 55 percent of Fairfax County teens get less than six hours of sleep a night when experts recommend teens get at least nine hours of sleep.
Some Fairfax County teens board buses at 5:45 a.m. to get to school for the 7:20 a.m. start time, the Post reports.
One of the proposed action plans also would push back start times for elementary and middle school children until as late as 9:15 a.m. or 9:30 a.m. respectively.
Critics of later school start times say schedule changes don’t result in children getting much more sleep because after-school activities and homework get pushed to later into the evening.
THINGS THAT YOU NOW KNOW
It’s the season of new beginning with flowering trees and open-toed sandals, and some people are struck with a mysterious malady: spring fever. Purported symptoms include daydreaming, falling in love and having the irrepressible urge to stay outside all day. There is no cure, though some treat the disease by canceling appointments and lying in the grass beneath the drifting clouds. Elvis caught it. So did the poet Alfred, Lord Tennyson and Mark Twain’s character Huckleberry Finn. “It’s spring fever,” Huck exclaims in “Tom Sawyer, Detective.” “And when you’ve got it, you want–oh, you don’t quite know what it is you do want, but it just fairly makes your heart ache, you want it so!” But is spring fever a real phenomenon? “It depends on what you mean by ‘real,’” said Dr. Jon Abramowitz, professor and associate chair of psychology at the University of North Carolina. “When the weather turns warm, people are definitely tired of being cooped up, and they get excited about the warm weather and getting to do stuff outside.” And while it’s not an official medical condition, the excitement may trigger the brain to secrete endorphins, pain-relieving chemicals that suffuse a person with feelings of well-being.
Good News for Women in their 50’s That Drink
Women who drink alcohol in their 50s live longer and healthier lives than their teetotaler friends. That’s the word from researchers at the Harvard School of Public Health, who determined that middle-aged women who drink alcohol in moderation have a better chance than nondrinkers of staying healthy as they age, reports Health.com. The study analyzed data from the Nurses’ Health Study, a long-running survey of 14,000 mostly white, registered nurses that began in 1976. They compared the women’s self-reported drinking at age 58 with their health status at age 70. Previous research has shown that moderate alcohol consumption can reduce inflammation, promote healthy cholesterol levels, improve insulin resistance and help blood vessels function properly.
In 1564 Poet/playwright/dramatist, William Shakespeare
In 1791 James Buchanan, 15th U.S. president (1857-61)
In 1813 Politician, Stephen Douglas (the “Little Giant,” debated Lincoln)
In 1897 Canadian prime minister, Lester Bowles Pearson (Nobel, 1956)
In 1921 Baseball Hall-of-Famer, Warren Spahn (Braves) [d: 11-24-03]
In 1928 Ambassador/former actress, Shirley Temple-Black (85)
In 1936 Singer, Roy Orbison (Pretty Woman, Crying, Dream Baby) [d: 12-6-88]
In 1940 Actor, Lee Majors (Six Million Dollar Man, The Fall Guy) (73)
In 1942 Actress, Sandra Dee (Gidget, Imitation of Life) [d: 2-20-05]
In 1943 Former hockey player, Tony Esposito (Blackhawks) (70)
In 1943 Actor, Herve Villechaize (Tattoo-Fantasy Island) [d: 9-4-93]
In 1949 Actress, Joyce DeWitt (Janet Wood-Three’s Company) (65)
In 1960 Actress, Valerie Bertinelli (Sydney, Touched By an Angel) (54)
In 1961 Comedian/Actor George Lopez hits #52 today.
IT WAS ON THIS DAY
In 1616 English poet and dramatist William Shakespeare dies at age 52.
In 1789 President-elect George Washington and wife Martha move into the first executive mansion, the Franklin House in New York City.
In 1954 Hank Aaron of the Milwaukee Braves hits the first of his 755 major-league home runs, in a game against the St. Louis Cardinals.
In 1956 Elvis Presley makes his Las Vegas debut, opening for Shecky Green.
In 1968 The Methodist Church and the Evangelical United Brethren Church merge to form the United Methodist Church.
In 1969 Sirhan Sirhan is sentenced to death for killing New York Senator Robert F. Kennedy. The sentence is later reduced to life in prison.
In 1975 The evacuation of Vietnam is approved by Congress.
In 1988 A federal ban on smoking during domestic airline flights of two hours or less goes into effect.
In 1995 Sportscaster Howard Cosell dies in New York at age 77.
In 1995 John Mellencamp and wife Elaine Irwin become parents to son Speck Wildhorse.
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