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Using a brain to make a point:

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — MAR 27, 2013 —

GUEST COMMENTARY
from Edwin Garcia, Kaiser Permanente

Dr. Victor DeNoble, a former tobacco research scientist who became a whistleblower against his company – and the entire industry – spoke to hundreds of students in a series of school assemblies in West Sacramento earlier this month, explaining the dangers of smoking.

Among the attention-grabbing props he displayed were the frozen brains of a monkey, and also of a human, that he held in his glove-covered hand as he worked the multipurpose rooms showing what he learned long ago about the effect that the drug nicotine has on the brain.

Dr. Victor DeNoble uses a frozen human brain to make a point about nicotine addiction and smoking, in a presentation to 4th and 5th grade students at Bridgeway Island Elementary School (photo courtesy of Edwin Garcia, Kaiser Permanente)

Dr. Victor DeNoble uses a frozen human brain to make a point about nicotine addiction and smoking, in a presentation to 4th and 5th grade students at Bridgeway Island Elementary School (photo courtesy of Edwin Garcia, Kaiser Permanente)

DeNoble’s presentations were part of an anti-smoking effort called “Don’t Buy The Lie,” which is sponsored by Kaiser Permanente in partnership with the West Sacramento-based Health Education Council.

He spoke at Bridgeway Island, Riverbank and Stonegate elementary schools.

In addition to presenting dozens of school assemblies each March in the Sacramento region,

“Don’t Buy The Lie” includes a poster contest for students in the 7th-through-12th grades who submit drawings and messages with an anti-smoking theme. The winners receive prizes and their artwork is displayed on billboards.

[adrotate group=”7″] DeNoble tells a riveting story about how he was secretly hired by Philip Morris to create a safer cigarette that wouldn’t lead to heart disease. But much of his time was spent researching something the company didn’t authorize and later fired him for: he used laboratory rats to investigate the addictive nature of nicotine.

More than 10 years after he was fired, the federal government asked DeNoble to testify in Congress against the tobacco industry. His testimony and other evidence prompted major fines against the industry and significant reforms, including the banning of cigarette advertisements from billboards.

After the Bridgeway Island Elementary School assembly, Principal Grace Chin said the presentation will have a lasting effect on students because Dr. DeNoble is a scientist and his work lends credibility to his message.

 

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Man gets 21 years in assault case

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — APRIL 3, 2012 —

Yolo County District Attorney Jeff Reisig announced that on March 7, Superior Court Judge Paul Richardson sentenced Michael Robert Hernandez III, 33, of West Sacramento, to 21 years in state prison for attacking his girlfriend.

Hernandez pled no contest on January 24 to two strike-felonies, and multiple enhancements, including assault by means of force likely to produce great bodily injury, infliction of great bodily injury during domestic violence, and dissuading a witness.

According to the District Attorney’s office:

[adrotate group=”7″]   On October 11, 2012, West Sacramento Police Officers were dispatched to a residence on Circle Drive, for a report of a fight between Hernandez and the victim.  She and Hernandez were in a verbal argument that became physical when Hernandez pushed the victim to the floor and strangled her, causing her to nearly lose consciousness before he released his grip  Hernandez then punched and kicked the victim multiple times.  While the victim was lying on the floor Hernandez straddled the victim and strangled her again, this time to the point of unconsciousness.

When the victim regained consciousness, Hernandez was going through her cell phone and threatened to hit her with a bicycle lock to prevent her from using her phone.  The victim was ultimately able to use another phone to call a nearby family member for help.  When West Sacramento Police Officers arrived, Hernandez had already left the home.

The next day, says the D.A.’s office, Hernandez contacted the victim over the phone and asked if she was going to testify against him.  When she answered that she would, he said that he was driving around looking for her with a firearm in his lap, and threatened to shoot her in the head.

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RCHS kids win regional science prize

Teacher and science project mentor Marlaina Schroeder (left) with students Helaman Burdge and Camille Krahn, who are both juniors at River City High School. (Courtesy photo)

Teacher and science project mentor Marlaina Schroeder (left) with students Helaman Burdge and Camille Krahn, who are both juniors at River City High School. (Courtesy photo)

From Dax Castro

For the first time in River City High School’s history, two students have brought home the gold, winning the Sacramento Regional Science Fair competition in the “Psychology and Social Behavior” category.

Helaman Burdge and Camille Krahn competed with over 100 other projects overall spread across several categories and emerged victorious. Their project dealt with the effects of social peer pressure when viewing various images and video clips. Individual test subjects were placed in a group setting and exposed to videos and still images. “Planted” members of the group expressed various facial expressions with the goal of influencing the test subject.

Heart rate and facial expressions of the test subject were monitors and the results were recorded.

science fair display  Winning the local competition qualifies them to go to Los Angeles for the two-day California State Science Fair held at the California Science Center on April 15th and 16th. There they will represent River City High and West Sacramento as they compete with over 1,000 participants from 400 schools throughout California.

[adrotate group=”7″]   A scholarship fund has been setup to help fund the trip. Visit www.gofundme.com/2coaok to donate.

 

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RCHS girls soccer chases playoffs

River City High School girls varsity soccer team, with Coach Kamal Singh (courtesy photo)

River City High School girls varsity soccer team, with Coach Kamal Singh (courtesy photo)

NEWS-LEDGER — MAR 27, 2013 —

The River City High School girls soccer team has posted a record of 10 wins, three losses and one tie so far in the 2013 season. It’s the best performance every by girls soccer at the school, and with seven games left, the team is in the playoff hunt.

[adrotate group=”7″]  Season highlights include making to the finals for the first time in the Raider Cup Classic tournament on March 2, where they lost the championship game 1-0.

Next home game is on Tuesday, April 2, when the team will host Liberty Ranch. Junior varsity kicks off at 5 p.m., and varsity at 6:30.

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You’re invited to participate in a community art project in West Sacramento

[adrotate group=”10″] FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER —

YoloArts is sponsoring a community art project to which all West Sacramentans can contribute.

The “Grow Yolo Mandela Community Project” will offer workshops for community involvement, featuring media such as weavings, mosaics and pictures, through May. The finished “Mandala” will be unveiled at the West Sacramento Farmers Market in May. Visit the project on Facebook, www.facebook.com/YoloArts, or email the artists, Paula Wenzl Bellacera and Taylor Gutermute, at growyolomandala@yoloarts.org.

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Man & dog safe after Southport fire

Two vehicles were destroyed in the fire

Two vehicles were destroyed in the fire

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — MAR 27, 2013 —

Firefighters responded to a house fire in the Bridgeway Island neighborhood on the afternoon of March 19, finding a “fully involved” garage fire when they arrived.

A second alarm was called, drawing coverage from Sacramento and Davis, while firefighters on-scene went into the home to help a resident and his dog get out safely.

The house suffered major smoke damage, the garage took on major damage, and two cars were destroyed.

 

[adrotate group=”9″] Courtesy of the West Sacramento Fire Department

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Affordable housing comes to Bridge District

NEWS-LEDGER — MAR 27, 2013 —

A nonprofit housing developer has announced groundbreaking for a 70-unit affordable housing project to open in the fall of 2014 in West Sacramento’s Bridge District.

“The Rivermark” will go up at 959 Bridge Street (at 5th Street). The 188-acre Bridge District, near Raley Field, has been master-planned by the City of West Sacramento for a variety of urban uses, and the Rivermark will join “Ironworks” as a new housing project in the district.

The project is being developed by BRIDGE Housing (www.bridgehousing.com).
Groundbreaking at the site is scheduled for April 5.

Bridge Housing reports that the apartments “will be affordable to residents with annual incomes ranging from approximately $24,000 to $34,600 for a four-person household (30-50 percent of area median income).”

[adrotate group=”9″]  Rents will range from $370 to $925/month depending on income, household size and apartment size.

The project was designed by David Baker & Partners, and general contractor is Sunseri Construction, Inc.

The Rivermark is Bridge Housing’s first venture in West Sacramento.

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