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M.M.R. VACCINE DOESN’T CAUSE AUTISM - 01/06/11 10:10 S.S.

A  RECENT  REPORT  INDICATES  THAT  A  FIRST  STUDY  (THAT  LINKED  CHILDHOOD  VACCINES WITH  AUTISM)  WAS  BASED  ON  DOCTORED  INFORMATION  ABOUT  THE CHILDREN  INVOLVED.      MANY  OF  THE  FIRST  REPORT’S  AUTHORS  HAVE  RENOUNCED  THE  1998  PAPER,   WHICH  WAS  RETRACTED  BY  THE MEDICAL  JOURNAL  LANCET.       BY  COMPARING  THE  REPORTED  DIAGNOSES,  WITH  HOSPITAL  RECORDS,   IT  HAS  SINCE  BEEN  DETERMINED  THAT  THE  INITIAL  CLAIM  (THAT  THE  12  CHILDREN  STUDIED  WERE  NORMAL  PRIOR  TO  RECEIVING  THE  M.M.R.  VACCINES,   WAS  INACCURATE…. BECAUSE  AT  LEAST  5  HAD  PREVIOUSLY-DOCUMENTED DEVELOPMENTAL  ISSUES.

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FEMALE PRO-ATHLETE OF THE YEAR - 01/06/11 10:00 S.S.

A  FORMER  UNIVERSITY  OF  TENNESSEE PITCHER  (AND  SALINAS  NATIVE)   HAS  BEEN  CHOSEN  AS  THE  FEMALE PRO  ATHLETE  OF  THE YEAR.     FOR  THE  PAST YEAR,   25  YEAR-OLD  MONICA  ABBOTT,  (WHO  WAS  A  STAND-OUT  PITCHER  FOR  NORTH  SALINAS  HIGH IN  2004),    HAS  PLAYED  WITH  THE  U.S.  WOMEN’S  NATIONAL  SOFTBALL  TEAM (THAT  WON  THE  WORLD  CHAMPIONSHIP  IN  CARACAS   VENEZUELA).

ABBOTT IS  SCHEDULED  TO  BE  HONORED  AT  THE  FEBRUARY  11TH HALL  OF  FAME  ANNUAL  BANQUET  AND  INDUCTION  CEREMONY IN  NASHVILLE.

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SENTENCING FOR TOW AND SUE 01/06/10 E.A.

A FATHER-SON DUO FROM SAN BENITO HAS PLEADED NO CONTEST TO SCAMMING HUNDREDS OF MOTORISTS USING THEIR TOWING AND COLLECTIONS BUSINESS. 67 YEAR-OLD VINCENT CARDINALLI AND HIS SON, 33 YEAR-OLD PAUL GREER HAVE PLEADED NO CONTEST TO 99 FELONY CHARGES, INCLUDING FORGERY, PURJURY AND EMBEZZLEMENT. A SENTENCING HEARING HAS BEEN SCHEDULED FOR TODAY AT THE HALL OF JUSTICE IN SAN JOSE.

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LAUREL STREET CROSSWALK 01/06/10 E.A.

A SANTA CRUZ CROSSWALK WHERE A MAN WAS STRUCK BY A CAR AND KILLED IN 2009 IS SET TO UNDERGO SAFETY UPGRADES THIS YEAR. A 50-THOUSAND DOLLAR GRANT FROM THE CALIFORNIA TRANSPORTATION DEVELOPMENT ACT WILL FUND THE SAFETY IMPROVEMENTS FOR THE LAUREL STREET CROSSWALK. THE PLAN FOR THE CROSSWALK INCLUDES CONSTRUCTING A RAISED MEDIAN IN THE MIDDLE OF THE STREET, AND ALSO TO ADD LEFT TURN LANES TO PREVENT VEHICLES FROM SWERVING AROUND CARS THAT HAVE STOPPED TO TURN. A 60-YEAR-OLD MAN WAS STRUCK AND KILLED IN THE CROSSWALK IN NOVEMBER OF 2009.

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GANG VIOLENCE GRANT 01/06/10 E.A.

A GRANT HAS BEEN AWARDED TO THE CITY OF WATSONVILLE TO LAUNCH A PROGRAM DESIGNED TO REDUCE GANG VIOLENCE. THE OVER 350-THOUSAND DOLLAR GRANT COMES FROM THE CALIFORNIA EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AGENCY, AND IS TO FOCUS ON FIGHTING GANG CRIME IN THE NEIGHBORHOODS SURROUNDING MARINOVICH PARK. THE GOAL OF THE PROGRAM, CALLED “CONTIGO”, IS TO PROVIDE SUPPORT FOR YOUTH THROUGH TUTORING, COUNSELING, AND OTHER SERVICES.

 

 

 

 

THE PROGRAM WILL BE RUN JOINTLY BY THE CITY OF WATSONVILLE PARKS AND COMMUNITY SERVICES DEPARTMENT AND PAJARO VALLEY PREVENTION AND STUDENT ASSISTANCE.

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