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SOL NEGRIN ON BRONX WALK OF FAME

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The Bronx Tourism Council has announced that Emmy nominated cinematographer Sol Negrin will be inducted to the Bronx Walk of Fame this year. Mr. Negrin will join dozens of borough legends who have been honored for their contributions to cultural and civic life not just here in the Bronx, but across the nation and the world.

FOCAL POINT GALLERY * 40 YEARS STRONG

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Since its inception in 1974, the City Island, New York City-based Focal Point Gallery has established itself to be the premier photography and art gallery. Envisioned as a cultural ambassador by Clam Diggers and Mussel Suckers alike, Artistic Director Ron Terner brings together individually distinguished solo and group exhibits hailing from all different walks of life, including community based and youth artistic development programs.

RIP MJ

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MJ died on June 25, 2009 of an overdose of the painkiller propofol in Los Angeles, California, prompting a years-long investigation into the circumstances of his untimely death.

On this third anniversary of Michael Jackson's death, many fans still want him back

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s3Q80mk7bxE

Benefits of kissing

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The human oral cavity contains a number of different habitats, including the teeth, gingival sulcus, tongue, cheeks, hard and soft palates, and tonsils, which are colonized by bacteria. The oral microbiome is comprised of over 600 prevalent taxa at the species level, with distinct subsets predominating at different habitats.

What does all this information lead to and what do its findings tell us? Kissing exchanges millions of bacteria. In just seconds, a kiss transfers up to 80 million bacteria, according to a new study published in the journal Microbiome.

HAIL TO FEMALES

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Super athletes in the world of sport are mostly males, though many women sports figures deserve hero status, and inspire others to participate in sports. The following is a short female hero list, with Billie Jean King rated among the highest so far.

Tennis: Billie Jean King, Serena and Venus Williams, Steffi Graf, Chris Evert, Martina Navratilova.
Golf: Babe Didrikson Zaharias, Annika Sorenstam, Michelle Wie, Nancy Lopez.
IndyCar: Danica Partrick.

ST. PATRICK'S DAY

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Beannacht Lá Fhéile Pádraig * Celebrating the life and work of the patron Saint of Ireland, Saint Patrick.

Millions of people around the world are going to be wearing green, drinking and soliciting kisses because they're Irish, even if they're not... Nut hey, everyone's a little Irish on St. Patrick's Day.

May the Irish hills caress you; may her lakes and rivers bless you;may the luck of the Irish enfold you;
may the blessings of St Patrick behold you.

POWER PROGRAMS SENIOR CITIZENS

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As a public service, City Island Images offers the following information for all seniors.

New York Foundation for Senior Citizens is dedicated to helping New York's seniors enjoy healthier, safer, more productive and dignified lives in their own homes and communities and to help them avoid the need for premature institutionalization.

http://www.nyfsc.org/

TOWN HALL MEETING

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The Bronx Town Hall meeting will be held to inform area residents about Legionnaires' Disease. The event is being held at the Bronx Museum of the Arts, 1040 Grand Concourse, at 6 p.m.

NYC public health officials report a fourth person has died in The Bronx with the disease. The outbreak that has resulted in dozens of cases. There have been a total of 65 reported cases of people with the disease and 55 have been hospitalized. 20 people have been reportedly discharged.

Legionnaires' disease usually develops two to 10 days after exposure to legionella bacteria. It frequently begins with the following signs and symptoms:

Headache
Muscle pain
Chills
Fever that may be 104 F (40 C) or higher

By the second or third day, you'll develop other signs and symptoms that may include:

Cough, which may bring up mucus and sometimes blood
Shortness of breath
Chest pain
Gastrointestinal symptoms, such as nausea, vomiting and diarrhea
Confusion or other mental changes

Although Legionnaires' disease primarily affects the lungs, it occasionally can cause infections in wounds and in other parts of the body, including the heart.

A mild form of Legionnaires' disease — known as Pontiac fever — may produce signs and symptoms including fever, chills, headache and muscle aches. Pontiac fever doesn't infect your lungs, and symptoms usually clear within two to five days.
When to see a doctor

See your doctor if you think you've been exposed to legionella bacteria. Diagnosing and treating Legionnaires' disease as soon as possible can help shorten the recovery period and prevent serious complications. For people at high risk, prompt treatment is critical.

What to know about Legionnaires' disease http://ti.me/1OKUDMB via @TIMEHealth

CNN: Four dead in Legionnaires' disease outbreak in New York http://cnn.it/1Djwg86

Officials Seek Source of Legionnaires’ Outbreak in the Bronx http://nyti.ms/1OJCEpP

The Write Stuff and Much More

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If you’re a young citizen journalist, or think you've got the write stuff and are between 12 and 18 years old, this Write Bus is pulling up at a stop near you. The first tour was a free improv class and a ride through the ever-changing cityscape of New York. Don’t miss the next adventure of the Bronx Write Bus.

Sing up for it on Tuesday, July 19th. Explore the architecture, style and history of another NYC borough and see things you’ve never seen before. - And there is such a thing as a free lunch... To top off your writing adventure.

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SPEAK UP AND SILENCE CENSORSHIP

The definition of censorship is the control of information and ideas circulated within a society. In the 20th Century, censorship was achieved through the examination of books, plays, films, television and radio programs, news reports, and other forms of communication for the purpose of altering or suppressing ideas found to be objectionable or offensive. The rationales for censorship have varied, with some censors targeting material considered indecent or obscene; heretical or blasphemous; or seditious or treasonous. Thus, ideas have been suppressed under the guise of protecting basic social institutions: Family, Church, and State.

To understand censorship, and the impulse to censor, it is necessary to strip away the shock epithet value that is attached to the word at first utterance. One must recognize that censorship and the ideology supporting it go back to ancient times, and that every society has had customs, taboos, or laws by which speech, dress, religious observance, and sexual expression were regulated.

In Athens, where democracy first emerged, censorship was known as a means of enforcing the orthodoxy. Indeed, Plato was the first recorded thinker to formulate a rationale for intellectual, religious, and artistic censorship. In his ideal state outlined in The Republic, official censors would prohibit mothers and nurses from relating tales deemed bad or evil. Plato also proposed that unorthodox notions about God or the hereafter be treated as crimes and that formal procedures be established to suppress heresy. Freedom of speech in Ancient Rome was reserved for those in positions of authority...etc.