Category Archives: February 2008

Security Against Staph

Attention rose to a fever pitch last fall about the dangers of potentially life-threatening infections from a drug-resistant bacteria known as Staphylococcus aureus, or staph, with widespread media reports of cases spread through athletic programs and in locker rooms. Experts caution that while staph infections can be controlled through simple steps, those measures require constant vigilance and wide-ranging educational efforts among the user population. The simplest defense against such infections includes following your mother’s advice: Wash your hands and body. … Continue reading

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Drawing a Crowd

The city of Lancaster, Calif., was faced with an economic downturn in the early 1990s that also affected many communities across the nation. Loss of aerospace employment was particularly hard on the area due to its proximity to Edwards Air Force Base and the local Air Force Plant 42. However, the decline of a previously booming housing market, the new demands of the community for additional recreation opportunities and the environmental restrictions imposed by the adjacent Air Force Plant 42 … Continue reading

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Water, Water Everywhere … But Less Of It Every Day

“It is commonly assumed that the world’s water supply is huge and infinite. This assumption is false. In fact, of all the water on Earth, only 2.5 percent is fresh water, and available freshwater represents less than half of 1 percent of the world’s total water stock. The rest is seawater, or inaccessible in ice caps, ground water and soil. This supply is finite.” –from The Global Water Crisis and the Commodification of the World’s Water Supply, A Special Report … Continue reading

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Techny Prairie Park And Fields

Techny Prairie Park and Fields is an 82-acre parcel located southeast of downtown Northbrook, Ill. The Northbrook Park District set out to create a unique and attractive park and uphold the district’s established goals and objectives. The renovation and additions to this community asset provide a one-stop shop for residents, and offer a range of recreational opportunities, including ball fields, batting cages, a skate park, synthetic-turf soccer fields, a play environment, a renovated nine-hole golf course with support building and … Continue reading

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Good Things in Disguise

Eight words. Just eight little words and my world completely changed, immediately and permanently upsetting my schedule and leaving me to deal with both the stigma of failure (at least in my own mind) and the embarrassment of telling my friends what my varsity basketball coach had just told me, “Rodney, we won’t need your help this year.” I’ll never forget sitting there across the desk from him, shocked, trying to process the meaning of his words, completely and totally … Continue reading

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