January Special!
NIH Launches Initiative to Accelerate Genetic Therapies to Cure Sickle Cell Disease
9/20/2018 2:02:47 PM

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) today announced the launch of a new initiative to help speed the development of a cure for sickle cell disease, a group of inherited blood disorders affecting at least 100,000 people in the United States and 20 million worldwide. The Cure Sickle Cell Initiative will take advantage of the latest genetic discoveries and technological advances to move the most promising genetic-based curative therapies safely into clinical trials within five to 10 years. “Our scientific investments have brought us to a point where we have many tools available to...

New U.S. Survey Shows Some Progress Against Opioid Crisis
9/20/2018 1:53:06 PM

By Carla K. Johnson   Figures from a U.S. government survey released Friday show some progress in the fight against the ongoing opioid addiction crisis with fewer people in 2017 using heroin for the first time compared to the previous year. The number of new users of heroin decreased from 170,000 in 2016 to 81,000 in 2017, a one-year drop that would need to be sustained for years to reduce the number of fatal overdoses, experts said. Fewer Americans are misusing or addicted to prescription opioid painkillers. And more people are getting treatment for heroin and opioid...

Preparing for Emergencies in Advance Can Be a Lifesaver
9/13/2018 10:37:30 AM

By Susan Cox   When Anna Campos learned a recent extended maintenance outage would leave her and her husband without electricity for more than eight hours, she didn’t panic. The Southern California Edison customer turned to her backup plan. She filled portable oxygen tanks she keeps at home for her husband Eddie, who has hypertension and difficulty breathing at times. Next, she checked her “grab and go” bag filled with emergency essentials. Then she headed to her mother-in-law’s where the Palmdale couple kept cool until their power was...

C.O.R.E. SPEAKS OUT AGAINST GANG INJUNCTIONS
9/6/2018 10:13:43 PM

By Chris Frost chris@tricountysentry.com   OXNARD—Part 2 of the civil gang injunction conversation picks up with a presentation from C.O.R.E. (Chiques Organizing for Rights and Equality), which provided the attendees at the Aug. 20, Community Relations Commission meeting an update about how the injunctions have evolved. “C.O.R.E. will present historical and legal facts that will question and challenge the unconstitutional elements of the civil gang injunctions, and how they deprive youth of color in Oxnard their due process rights,” Commissioner Tiffany...

Family-Friendly Movies a Free Treat at the Oxnard Performing Arts Center
9/6/2018 10:06:28 PM

By Chris Frost chris@tricountysentry.com   OXNARD—A free family movie, plus fun crafts, were on the agenda at the Oxnard Performing Arts Center, Sept. 1, as kids of all ages came out to enjoy the film Inside Out and create masks based on its characters. Inside Out is an animated adventure that brings to life the emotions of a young girl who moves with her family from the Midwest to San Francisco. As she experiences joy, fear, anger, disgust, and sadness these emotions are portrayed by characters throughout her journey. Program Assistant Dimna Jasso said the team at...

Oxnard College Serves up Outstanding Culinary Opportunities
9/6/2018 10:00:52 PM

By Chris Frost chris@tricountysentry.com   OXNARD—Oxnard College is meeting the need for talented professionals looking for a career in Culinary Arts, as the college boasts an exceptional program that not only gives students a diverse background in areas like front house management and fine dining, but is also training the next generation of chefs. The program is growing under the watchful eye of Chef Adam Hart, as he prides himself on giving the students the opportunity to learn and grow while making sure their experiences in the industry matches their strengths. This...

Sam Cooke to Whitney Houston: The Funerals of Musical Greats
9/6/2018 7:52:55 PM

By Leane Italie NEW YORK (AP)—Elvis and Whitney, Prince and Biggie. And now, Aretha. The funerals and public memorials of music royalty have been as varied as the work they created. Some were private affairs and others lasted days with tributes around the world. The body of James Brown went through three wardrobe changes. Sam Cooke's body was on public view in Los Angeles for three days. More than 80,000 people descended on the procession route for Elvis Presley in Memphis. And Janis Joplin? She set aside $2,500 for a party. Maya Angelou wrote a poem for Michael...

How to Live with a Veggie-Holic
9/5/2018 7:45:31 PM

Dr. James L. Snyder   In our house, not many conflicts expose themselves. For the most part, it is a very quiet and serene home occupied by two lovebirds. I am not saying we are perfect. For we are not. The imperfect side of this marvelous relationship is Yours Truly. I was born imperfect and I have honored my birthright ever since. I do not care what some may say about crazy people, I have enjoyed my craziness all my life. When you are perfect, you have to be careful that you do not make any mistake or act crazy. When, however, you are imperfect and tilt towards the crazy...

Student Summit Inspires Campus Leaders
8/30/2018 11:28:58 AM

By Chris Frost chris@tricountysentry.com   CAMARILLO—The Ventura County Community College District Associated Student Leadership Summit, Aug. 24, was a powerful event that both cultivated and inspired the student body through a series of exercises that encouraged them to use their voices to the betterment of their education and the education of their fellow students. The Associated Students of Ventura College from the Oxnard, Ventura and Moorpark campuses gathered in the district office in Camarillo, shared ideas and engaged the leaders of the college who were equally...

America’s Teachers Need More Community, Parental Support
8/29/2018 10:36:05 PM

By Dr. Elizabeth Primas   The latest data from the Center for American Progress shows that the average salary for an attorney is more than two times that of elementary and middle school educators. The Washington Post reported last week that nearly 1 in 10 hosts who rent out their apartments, homes and spaces on Airbnb are teachers. Low salaries, compared with other college graduates, may inhibit highly-effective professionals from pursuing a career in education; specifically for people of color who currently make up just seven percent of public school teachers. I come from a...