Driving in to work Wednesday I saw something I have seen before, but not often. I don’t see it often because it’s not often that we have a cold snap hard enough to ice over the surface of local bayous.
January has been designated by congress as National Cervical Cancer Awareness Month, and health officials nationwide are spreading the word that cervical cancer is preventable.
According to estimates from the National Cancer Institute, last year there were over 12,000 new cases of cervical cancer in the US. Over 4,000 women died from the disease. But those numbers used to be higher-- much higher. Since the introduction of the Pap Smear test in the 1950s, cervical cancer rates in the US have declined by over 60%.
The Boy Scouts of America began allowing gay members under the age of 18 as of January 1st. While some groups have withdrawn their support, the impact on local scouting doesn’t appear to be that large for now.
Spencer Page at the Gulf Coast Council says nine charter partners, all of them religious groups and most of them independent churches, notified the Council just after the vote last May that they would be departing.
For two nights in a row, the Florida/Alabama gulf coast was under a hard freeze warning, with low temperatures at 20 degrees or below. The extreme weather is a concern for the Wildlife Sanctuary of Northwest Florida, where precautionary measures were taken.
“Well, I am happy to say they did quite well,” said Dorothy Kaufmann on Tuesday. Kaufmann is director of the Wildlife Sanctuary, which works to provide care to injured or orphaned indigenous wildlife.
A researcher from the Institute of Human and Machine Cognition (IHMC) was awarded the 2014 Gardner-Lasser Aerospace History Literature Award. The award honors the best original contribution to the field of aeronautical or astronautical historical non-fiction literature published in the last five years.