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2. The Breathmobile rolls relief into Wilson Elementary school #SanFranciscoCrosscurrents

  • Published: 2012-03-13T01:07:46Z
  • By KALW
The Breathmobile rolls relief into Wilson Elementary school #SanFranciscoCrosscurrents

Yesterday, we took a car ride with environmentalist Margaret Gordon on a toxic tour of West Oakland to see how community members in the East Bay are dealing with industrial pollution. Addressing those issues is critical in West Oakland and all throughout Alameda County, because diesel emissions cause major problems for the kids who live there. KAREN HARDY: Asthma, for starters, is a very common problem, and especially common in urban settings. That’s Doctor Karen Hardy, director of the pediatric pulmonary and cystic fibrosis center at Children’s Hospital Oakland. HARDY: The closer that a child lives to the freeway, especially 880 where there is more truck traffic, diesel fuel, etcetera, the closer they live to that freeway, the more likely they are to have attacks, the more likely they are to have emergency room visits, and the more likely they are to need admission, and the more likely they are to die. So all of those rates are increased and they’re directly related to how many feet away from a freeway you are. West Oakland has the highest rates of childhood asthma hospitalization in Alameda County. Dr. Hardy says many people don’t realize asthma is a potentially fatal disease. One of her patients, a seven-year-old, recently died of asthma. Dr. Hardy says in some cases, severe asthma isn’t diagnosed correctly. HARDY: It turns out that if you look at the patients who have died from asthma, about a third of the patients had very mild asthma and they’d never even been hospitalized with asthma. Yet they have a death event from asthma. And any time that we make the diagnosis of asthma we have to make sure and educate parents about how fickle asthma is and how suddenly it can turn to be a very bad thing. That’s what our next story is about: education. And in West Oakland, that education comes on four wheels. In the second part of his two-part series, Sam Harnett tells us about the Breathmobile, a traveling clinic that has been visiting elementary schools in Alameda since last September. * * * SAM HARNETT: It’s close quarters in this children’s asthma clinic, but then again, this isn’t your typical clinic. The Breathmobile is a 33-foot Winnebago RV staffed with a nurse, a pediatrician, a respiratory therapist and a translator. Most important, it’s completely free – paid for by the Prescott-Joseph Center in West Oakland. Today, the Breathmobile is at Wilson Elementary School in San Leandro. SPENCER WIER: OK buddy, do you remember the test? All right. Let’s do it. MIGUEL RIO: I got a little bit better at blowing. WEIR: Sorry? RIO: I got better at blowing. WEIR: You got better at blowing? All right. At the front of the bus, 8-year-old Miguel Rio’s mom, Janette, is talking with the Breathmobile’s translator, James Acuna, about how Miguel has been doing with his asthma. Meanwhile, Miguel is about to take a pulmonary function test called spirometry with Nurse Spencer Weir. WEIR: Why don’t you tell Sam what we do? RIO: Well, we have to blow and when we blow sometimes the chicken and it runs and it has to get all the way to the red flag. HARNETT: That takes a lot of blowing. RIO: Yeah. Dr. Jennifer Louie, the pediatrician on-board, says spirometry is a luxury they have on the Breathmobile because they spend 30-45 minutes for an initial visit instead of the 10-15 minutes allocated at a standard clinic. Just teaching children how to use the machine can take up all of that time. WEIR: What do we do first though? Right, we want to breathe. RIO: We put on the nose clip, and we get the air, and we get the air a little and once we are already ready, we blow. As Miguel blows into the air tube the machine graphs his intake and exhale volumes on the screen. WEIR: Just relax, ready? Deep breath in. Blow. Run rooster. All right, Miguel. Perfect as usual. HARNETT: How long have you had asthma? RIO: I don’t know, for like almost two or three weeks. Dr. Louie tells Miguel's mother, Janette Rio, that he has been having trouble for the last two or three weeks because of pollen and the changing seasons – he has had asthma since he was four. JANETTE RIO: The doctor and all the personnel here help you a lot understanding more, because sometimes you go to the doctor and they only have 15 minutes just to take you in. And you know, ask how he is doing this and that. After the spirometry test, Rio and his mother take a short questionnaire together on asthma triggers and treatment. JANETTE RIO: Cleaning products like bleach? Yes. Cats, dogs, birds. MIGUEL RIO: No. JANETTE RIO: Yes! Pollen,weeds and grass? MIGUEL RIO: No. JANETTE RIO: Yes. Lizard snakes and fish. MIGUEL RIO: No. We don’t even have a lizard! JANETTE RIO: I know but they don’t trigger your asthma. I used to have a fish. The Breathmobile visits mainly low-income areas where not only pollution, but also home conditions trigger asthma attacks. Translator and driver, James Acuna, explains what they encounter driving from school to school. JAMES ACUNA: If they are living in poor homes and have a lot of mold in their walls and the landlords aren’t taking care of business, we find that a lot. We find a lot of people in poor homes who have cockroaches, rats and mice. That is pretty common. West Oakland now is one of our tough spots. So they teach families about small life changes such as removing a rug, dusting curtains and avoiding potential triggers like dairy and pollen. JANETTE RIO: Do not allow smoking in the home. MIGUEL RIO: Yes. JANETTE RIO: Okay true or false… Rio and his mom have both learned a lot since coming to the Breathmobile. JANETTE RIO: You see this questionnaire? I didn’t know that bleach was bad for them. I was using bleach all the time in my house. Since I found out that maybe it was causing him the asthma attacks. You know things like hairspray, perfume. There are all the things I have been learning here that now are helping me to keep his asthma controlled. And he had been well controlled since coming here. After the questionnaire, pediatrician Jennifer Louie brings the Rios in for a consultation. JENNIFER LOUIE: Since we last saw him, has he missed any school because of his asthma? JANETTE RIO: No. LOUIE: OK, good. Children with asthma miss a lot of school. And that’s not only bad for students, but for districts as well because they lose state funding. Dr. Washington Burns, director at the Prescott-Joseph Center, says the $515,000 cost of the Breathmobile is offset by what it saves districts by keeping asthmatic students in school. WASHINGTON BURNS: Every time a kid misses school, the school district loses $75 – that is a per diem that the state pays. It’s $75 to $100. In Oakland Unified School Districts alone, there are 6000 kids with asthma. And the average time that an asthmatic kid is out of school is two-and-a-half days. Do the math. 6000 times two-and-a-half, times $75, comes to over $1 million, that the school district saves if we keep those kids in school. And it makes those kids more productive. Recent data show Breathmobiles across the country lower asthmatic ER visits by over 70 percent, saving huge costs individually and for Medi-CAL and Medicare. Burns says he wants to extend Breathmobile services to adults once the pediatric program is more established. LOUIE: Are you using your Albuterol before you play at recess every time? MIGUEL RIO: Yes, and at P.E. To keep Miguel Rio in school, he and his family must understand how and when to take asthma medication. Dr. Louie spends a good portion of the visit explaining how his mom should manage all of his different medicines. Then, at the end, the doctor gives Janette Rio a personalized plan for how to control his asthma. It's time for the next patient to come in and for Miguel to head back to school. The Breathmobile is an important place for children at a school like Wilson Elementary. The grounds are downwind from the Oakland Airport and only blocks away from the 880 Freeway. As kids empty the playground after recess, you can hear the trucks on the roads nearby and watch jets overhead as they prepare for landing. That's just part of the background noise for the kids who live here. In San Leandro, I’m Sam Harnett for Crosscurrents.

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3. Tucson School District Releases List of Banned Ethnic Studies Books, Includes Shakespeare

Tucson School District Releases List of Banned Ethnic Studies Books, Includes Shakespeare

In news from Arizona, Tucson school district officials have released an initial list of books to be banned from the school system following last weeks' vote to suspend the district's acclaimed Mexican American Studies program due to a state ban on the teaching of ethnic studies. The banned books include: "Rethinking Columbus: The Next 500 Years" edited by Bill Bigelow and Bob Peterson; Shakespeare’s play “The Tempest”; “Pedagogy of the Oppressed” by Paolo Freire; “Occupied America: A History of Chicanos” by Rodolfo Acuña; and “Chicano!: The History of the Mexican Civil Rights Movement" by F. Arturo Rosales. reported teachers have also been informed to stay away from any books where “race, ethnicity and oppression are central themes." To watch the complete daily, independent news hour, read the transcript, download the podcast, and for the additional information about Democracy Now!, visit FOLLOW DEMOCRACY NOW! ONLINE: Facebook: Twitter: @democracynow Subscribe on YouTube: Listen on SoundCloud: Daily Email News Digest: Please consider supporting independent media by making a donation to Democracy Now! today, visit

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4. Tucson Orders Closure of Mexican-American School Program as Ethnic Studies Faces Nationwide Threat

Tucson Orders Closure of Mexican-American School Program as Ethnic Studies Faces Nationwide Threat - An Arizona administrator has ruled that the public school district in Tucson must end its acclaimed Mexican-American studies program for grades K-12, saying it violates a new state law that bans the teaching of any class designed for a particular ethnic group or that "promote[s] resentment toward a race or class of people." But the program's supporters say the classes push the district's largely Latino student body to excel academically while teaching them long-neglected perspectives. Democracy Now! speaks to Tucson Mexican-American history teacher Lorenzo Lopez and his daughter, Korina, a high school sophomore. Both are plaintiffs in a federal lawsuit to stop the ban from taking effect. Also interviewed is Dr. Rodolfo Acuña, author of "Occupied America: A History of Chicanos," considered the definitive introduction to Chicano history in the United States. Dr. Acuña warns copycat laws are likely to follow in other states as part of a growing campaign against ethnic studies programs, in particular Chicano studies, throughout the country. To watch the complete daily, independent news hour, read the transcript, download the podcast, and for the complete Democracy Now! news archive, visit FOLLOW DEMOCRACY NOW! ONLINE: Facebook: Twitter: @democracynow Subscribe on YouTube: Listen on SoundCloud: Daily Email News Digest: Please consider supporting independent media by making a donation to Democracy Now! today, visit

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5. Players We Love; HUMIDOR!!!

Players We Love; HUMIDOR!!!

Want more? Subscribe to our Podcast for free! It's Valentine's Day, so let's spread the love and talk about some of our favorite players (2:24). Zack Godley and Wilson Ramos made the list, find out who else we love ... The humidor is coming to Chase Field! We talk about the impact it could have (18:15), when to draft Paul Goldschmidt, if any other ARI hitters are worth taking and what this means for the SPs ... We answer important Fantasy questions about prioritizing steals (31:31), how strategies change in different formats (36:30), when to draft Ronald Acuna (43:25) and much more ... Your emails at [email protected]

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6. my original music to non existing film

my original music to non existing film

This is little piece of music that sounds like a flm music soundtrack I create live without any remastering, I play on my keyboard acuna88 using vienna symphonic library - dimension violins, dimension brass, horn ensemble and mir pro 24 reverb system.

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7. The Ballad Of Watford Town

The Ballad Of Watford Town

In 1881 in Hertfordshire Some locals went and had an idea They got a football team, and made the people keen To see the club in Watford town. For nearly eighty years and how The crowds went weee, wooh and wow! And then came Ken, and Stuart Scullion! And glory came to Watford town… CHORUS Up up up to the Premier League The Golden Boys are on their way Harry, Slav and Lloyd, Ikechi, Craig and Troy With love from Watford town... In 1969 in Hertfordshire Ken Furphy went and had a bold idea He had a football team in league division three Who brought success to Watford town But Ken was told to get away So a local lad arrived and then he say: “I’ll take you to the top, we’ll stand until we drop!” And Elton came to Watford town CHORUS V3 In 1983 in Hertfordshire With Elton and his lovely hair His dear old football club in league division one The big boys came to Watford town With Luther like an exocet And Cally on the wing his crosses met There was Kenny, Ross and Steve, and John Barnes had to leave... ...Because he got too big for Watford town!!! CHORUS (A mournful verse...) In 1988 in Hertfordshire Elton John was driven unto tears He sold his football club, down from league division one And hope deserted Watford town The gaffers came and players went The fans all suffered punishment Furlong had to go, though Ramage had a go, And hope came back to Watford town CHORUS In 1999 in Hertfordshire The turnip to promotion did he steer With strikers from Carlisle, and Gibbo still around The Premier League for Watford town. But everything became too much Though Mooney was a hero for the Rous But in the Rookery, the seats were left empty So sad to be in Watford town. (But...) In 2006 in Hertfordshire A Yankee centre-back gave us a cheer The ball came off his head, and Ashley Young was fed A supper fit for Watford town With Big Ben in between the sticks, who Had Malky at the back with Danny Shittu Aidy had a crack, but then he got the sack And poverty hit Watford Town In 2012 in Hertfordshire Mr Dyche was left out on his ear..Because... The Pozzos’ lovely ship docked in the Championship And Gianfranco came to Watford town Troy became the number nine And Ikechi, Almen, Matty, Fernando, Batocchio, Steve Leo Beleck, Fanchone, Acuna, Fabbrini, Guediora…And the rest!!..All find Even though we lost to Palace, we betray no hint of malice….[pause] We always believed it could be done With Slavisa the football games are fun And Elton stands and cries, and Graham Taylor sighs: The Horns are pride of Watford town!!!! CHORUS UNTIL YOU CANNOT SING ANY MORE!!! Image sourced from:

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