Friday, August 29, 2008

What's Going On???...

KINGSTON (Reuters) - Tropical Storm Gustav, which has killed at least 60 people in the Caribbean, struck Jamaica with near hurricane-force winds on Thursday and was on a path to reach New Orleans and the Gulf of Mexico oil fields as a potentially.
"To be as simple as possible, I just want to play football ... That's what it comes down to. I know what's on the table, I know what's on the line. I put a lot of work in this and I want to play."
Chargers LB Shawne Merriman decides to play rather than have surgery on 2 torn knee ligaments
'Remarkable' cell-switching research holds promise
By Karen KaplanLos Angeles Times
Article Launched: 08/28/2008 01:31:46 AM PDT

Using a cocktail of proteins inserted directly into the bodies of diabetic mice, researchers have converted normal pancreas cells into insulin-producing cells using a procedure that could pave the way for treating intractable diseases and injuries using the patient's own abundant store of healthy tissue.
The Harvard University scientists activated a trio of dormant genes that commanded the cells to transform themselves, much like loading a new operating system onto a computer.
Within 10 days, the pancreas cells ceased their normal function - making gut enzymes to digest food - and instead produced insulin to regulate blood sugar, according to a study online Wednesday in the journal Nature. Doug Melton, co-director of the Harvard Stem Cell Institute and the study's senior author, said the same approach could be used to generate motor neurons for patients with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, make cardiac muscle cells for heart attack victims or create other crucial cells that can repair damage wrought by a range of illnesses.

Indonesia doubles size of Sumatra national park
Sumatra's endangered elephants and tigers are to get a boost from an Indonesian government move to expand one of their last havens.Speaking in Jakarta, head of WWF in Indonesia, Mubariq Ahmad says a four-year-old national park on the island will be more than doubled to 86,000 hectares.The conservation group says 60 to 80 elephants and about 50 tigers are believed to live in the area now to be covered by the park.

1 day ago: US actor Brad Pitt gestures as he signs autographs upon his arrival for the screening of the movie "Burn After Reading" directed by Ethan and Joel Coen during the 65th Venice International Film Festival at the Venice Lido, on August 27, 2008. "Burn After Reading" is presented out of competition.

- Duchovny has entered a rehabilitation facility for sex addiction, his representatives said Thursday, Aug. 28, 2008. Duchovny, 48, plays a sex-obsessed character on the Showtime series "Californication," which earned Emmy nods for casting and cinematography. The show's second season begins Sept. 28. (AP Photo/Stephen Chernin)

Olympic gold medallist Michael Phelps helps a girl as she swims at the YMCA of Greater New York in New York Aug. 28, 2008. (Xinhua/Reuters Photo)

NEW YORK, Aug. 28 (Xinhua) -- Michael Phelps, a 14-time Olympic gold medalist, teamed with Visa Inc., a Worldwide Olympic Partner, on Thursday to present a Play Every Day jump-start grant to the YMCA (Young Men's Christian Association) of Greater New York.
The funds will help the YMCA expand participation in its 2nd Grade Swim program, purchase new swimming equipment, and also support aquatic facility expansions in Brooklyn and Queens.

The announcement is a continuation of Visa and its family of Olympic athletes ongoing commitment to the Partnership for Play Every Day, an effort to raise national awareness and support for increasing and improving the spaces where America's youth can play.

2 days ago: US Democratic presidential candidate Senator Barack Obama (D-IL) watches Senator Hillary Clinton (D-NY) deliver her speech at the 2008 Democratic National Convention in Billings, Montana, August 26, 2008.

Best of August Roses, John French

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