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smile.gif I come to think that a thread on "this day" where anyone can share interesting today news, history on the day in the past, or just any experience we had today... YES!.gifYES!.gifYES!.gif

 

This shoud bring the world smaller, let us share some RL stories or experience, and draw members' attention on what's for today... rolleyes.gif star.gifnews.gif545.gifilu.gifwinkwinkknowwhatimean.gifnews.gifstar.gif

 

Help me, guys... Let's make "This day" thread be a thread that never miss a single day.... pinkelephant23.gif

 

Rule: Easy, as people might post to question or discuss on a news, I would like that people post number on each new news or issues... (like the Quiz-time-now's) tongue.gif

 

 

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LOCH NESS MONSTER SIGHTED:

May 2, 1933

Although accounts of an aquatic beast living in Scotland's Loch Ness date back 1,500 years, the modern legend of the Loch Ness Monster is born when a sighting makes local news on May 2, 1933. The newspaper Inverness Courier related an account of a local couple who claimed to have seen "an enormous animal rolling and plunging on the surface." The story of the "monster" (a moniker chosen by the Courier editor) became a media phenomenon, with London newspapers sending correspondents to Scotland and a circus offering a ?20,000 reward for capture of the beast.

 

 

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Planet Outside Solar System Is Observed

May 2, 2005 (actually released 54minutes ago)

LOS ANGELES - New images taken of an object five times the mass of Jupiter confirm that it is a giant planet closely orbiting a distant star, an international team of astronomers reported. The team of European and American astronomers said this is the first time a planet outside of our solar system has been directly observed ? a claim other scientists have also made.

The team first spotted the object last year as a faint reddish speck of light circling a dim brown dwarf ? or failed star ? 225 light-years away from Earth near the constellation Hydra. At the time, scientists guessed the faint light was a planet, but said further observation was needed.

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about that second one, i'm sure i saw that story in the New Scientist a few weeks ago... i'll go look it up...

 

EDIT: well, actually there have been two reports, one, which is the same one you have reported, was confirmed in Janruary: http://www.newscientist.com/article.ns?id=dn6864

 

and the other was only last month, another planet photograohed: http://www.newscientist.com/channel/space/dn7225

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Nessie, that infamous serpentine monster that calls Scotland home, has reportedly been stirring up both controversy and the murky waters of Loch Ness since at least the sixth century A.D.

The very first tale recounting a sighting of the beast was penned in 565 A.D. In the story, Saint Columba saves a swimmer from a mysterious lake monster, although even the Catholic Church has its doubts as to the veracity of the tale. Stone carvings from the area dating back about 1,500 years depict an unknown creature. And in 1868, a local newspaper reported a strange and mysterious fish, saying "neither the name or the species of the strange visitor could be satisfactorily explained."

 

However, what is considered to be the first modern Nessie sighting occurred on July 22, 1933, by one Mr. Spicer and his wife. Driving down the recently opened road that circled Loch Ness, the couple spotted a large animal crossing the road in front of them. In a letter, Mr. Spicer had this to say about the encounter:

 

Whatever it is, and it may be a land and water animal, I think it should be destroyed, as I am not sure whether I had been quite so close to it I should have cared to tackle it. It is difficult to give you a better description, as it moved so swiftly, and the whole thing was so sudden. There is no doubt it exists.

Many skeptics of the day felt otherwise, writing off the beast as nothing more than an otter. To be sure, Mr. Spicer's story had some serious credibility issues, as the size of the monster changed considerably from retelling to retelling.

 

The very first photo of Nessie was taken in April of 1934 by Hugh Gray. The photo supposedly showed a long-necked monster parting the waters of the lake, but many are convinced it's simply a blurry shot of a dog with a stick in his mouth.

 

Since that time, numerous stories and photos have emerged, claiming to document sightings of the mysterious creature, but they have all been subject to intense speculation and skepticism. If you have the patience, you may want to try your hand at Nessie-watching on this live web cam. Who knows? You might just get an eyeful.

 

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For the first time in history humans have directly observed planets from outside our solar system according to two teams of scientists using the NASA Spitzer Space Telescope. The teams of scientists were able to observe two planets from their infrared radiation despite their close proximity to their parent stars. Both planets are incredibly massive, each several times the size of Jupiter and orbit thier parent stars are orbits closer then that of Mecury in our solar system. Observing the light reflected from planets is an important step in determining the chemcial composition of the atmospheres of planets. Different chemical mixtures will reflects different wavelengths of infrared light.

 

 

 

 

Seriously Though, truely a remarkable observation by these scientists. This is the first time in human history that a human being has seen directly a planet outside of our solar system. Excellent job to all those involved.

 

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quote Phil's "..well, actually there have been two reports, one, which is the same one you have reported, was confirmed in Janruary: http://www.newscientist.com/article.ns?id=dn6864..."

The article said"...Now, astronomers say they are almost certain they have snapped an actual image of an extrasolar planet. It was first seen at infrared wavelengths with the Very Large Telescope in Chile in April 2004,..."

At the end of the article it said "...Follow-up observations with Hubble will confirm whether these are real planets or background objects"...

I don't know if its the same planet or not but scientists continue to find things and confirm their findings everyday...

For the second article (site), that planet is 400light yrs away...a different one...

What amazing the planet I told was that it's only225 light-years away... As scientists discover nearer planet, it's good news as this solve the problem of man-observation (aging)... [unless we have sleep-mode tech like in Alian].

 

Anyway, great sites, and great argument, Phil. ok01.gifHere, have some flan. laugh.gif

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2/5/1982 - The Fall of the Cruiser "ARA General Belgrano".

 

In the War of Malvinas, between 2/4/1982 and 14/6/1982, the cruiser of the Argentinian Navy "General Belgrano" was sended to the operations zone.

This day (23 years ago), the cruiser falled becouse the submarine "Conqueror" attack it. 323 Argentinians citizens died. salute.gif

 

This is a national day to remember all of them.

 

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2/5/1622 - Founding the University of El Salvador in Argentina.

 

The Jesuits founding this important University in the city of C?rdoba.

 

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2/5/1866 - The Battle of Dos de Mayo in Callao.

 

In 1853, Spain has recognoised the independence of Peru. But, 13 years later, in 1866, a spanish squadron went to Callao to invade it. This accion was part of a new policy of Spain who wants conquer Mexico, Bolivia, Ecuador and Peru.

In this day (2/5/1866), 7 newest boats went to the Port of Callao. The Port of Callao had 5 old boats so they organised a strong defence. At the final of the battle, only 2 spanish boat suvirved (soldiers of Mexico, Bolivia and Ecuador helped to Peru) and this day remark the independence of America from Spain. smile.gif

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2/5/1982 - The Fall of the Cruiser "ARA General Belgrano".

ohmy.gif really!?!... I thought the ship "General Belgrano" was shot sink by "Exocet" missile from British fighter jet, in the "Falkland" war...

 

Thanks for the information. salute.gif

 

Also, thanks for your contribbution to this thread. cheerleader.gifclap.gifcheerleader.gif

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May 3, 1937

Gone With the Wind wins Pulitzer Prize

 

On this day in 1937, Margaret Mitchell's novel, Gone With the Wind, wins the Pulitzer Prize. The book, published in June 1936, became one of the best-selling novels of all time. The motion picture, made in 1939, became one of the most profitable films in history....

 

 

 

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Congratulations for Bruce Hall

I leave here some information on REO Speedwagon,

that can be interesting.

 

REO Speedwagon - Biography

Since the release of REO Speedwagon's first record in 1971, the band that started out in a rented Chevy station wagon playing bars across America, has produced 17 critically acclaimed albums, scored 13 top 40 singles (including two Billboard #1's) and sold over 40 million records. From their electrifying performance at the historic "Live Aid" concert, to President Clinton's 1996 Inaugural Ball...From appearances on the Howard Stern Show, Politically Incorrect with Bill Mahr, VH-1's Rock'n Roll Jeopardy, and The Today Show, to the acclaimed REO Speedwagon: Behind The Music, the band has plenty of stories to tell.

 

JOURNEY, STYX, and REO SPEEDWAGON are joining forces to create the Must See concert event of this summer. Three full headline sets, one mammoth production, non-stop hit songs, played with the incredible, inexhaustible energy of these three great bands.

 

True, there was a time when these rockers were considered to be fierce rivals, and that competitive spirit still exists, but in the current atmosphere of friendship and mutual respect. These guys drive one another, they take each other to the edge and feed off each other's positive energy every night. If you want to see all three of these bands pushed to their absolute, ultimate best, the 2003 Main Event Tour is your chance.

 

"Here in America we are free to let loose, express ourselves. We all need to celebrate our freedom. Never take it for granted", says Cronin.

 

With the world in such a turbulent, unpredictable place, it is reassuring to know that these three powerhouse rock bands have put their rivalries in the past, realizing that together their strength is unstoppable.

 

"We refuse to be held hostage. Our mission on this tour is to take people away, escape with us for a few hours. We want to give our audience a chance to get together with their friends, sing along with their favorite songs, dance and just have a good time. We all need it now, more than ever."...Right again guys.

 

Now then, how has REO Speedwagon retained its indomitable spirit? Here is the story in a nutshell...

 

The current chapter of the REO story began when lead singer/songwriter Kevin Cronin, keyboardist and founding member Neal Doughty and bass guitarist Bruce Hall joined forces with former Ted Nugent lead guitarist Dave Amato and studio drummer Bryan Hitt to form the new and improved REO Speedwagon.

 

REO had been on a nonstop touring and recording schedule since 1971. There have been no farewell tours and no reunion tours. "We started out playing local bars in Champaign, Illinois and worked our way up from there" says Doughty. "We did it the old fashioned way and as a result we have a following which is still growing to this day."

 

True. When you look around the audience at a REO Speedwagon concert these days, you see people who have been with the band since the early days, singing and dancing along with high school and college age fans. "It blows us away", says Hall "we love the fact that our music brings so many different people together."

 

When original guitarist Gary Richrath and drummer Alan Gratzer left the band in the late 1980's, the band made the biggest decision of its career. "We knew it would be a huge challenge", says Cronin, "but everywhere we went, people kept telling us 'Please keep on going, don't stop.' That made us realize that our music meant a lot to people and gave us the strength we needed to carry on."

 

After a run of hit records and sold out tours which began with the release of "Live, You Get What You Play For" in 1977, continued with 1978's "You Can Tuna Piano But You Can't Tune A Fish", the monumental 10 million seller "Hi Infidelity" in 1981 and culminating in 1985 with the number one single "Can't Fight This Feeling", it was time for the REO team to regroup and redefine itself.

 

It wasn't easy for a band which had grown accustomed to playing stadiums and arenas all over the world. "We went back to our touring roots in the Midwest and started the rebuilding process in friendly territory", says Doughty. "It took a while, but little by little the fans began to accept that Dave and Bryan were here to stay." The band's spirit had been rekindled and their sound was as strong as ever. "I discovered a new appreciation for our audiences and our music?it was fun again," says Cronin. It showed. The word began to spread and attendance at REO shows began to grow.

 

Sold out co-headline amphitheater tours with Fleetwood Mac and Pat Benatar in 1996 and Foreigner and Peter Frampton in 1997 solidified the resurgence in REO's nationwide popularity, and a stadium tour of South America showcased the band in front of tens of thousands of new international fans.

 

In 1996 the band released its fourteenth studio album, "Building The Bridge". The CD has been embraced as one of REO's strongest ever by fans all around the country, including one very special resident of our nation's capital. President Clinton adopted the title song as his campaign theme that year and invited the band to perform along side him at various stops on the campaign trail, as well as at his Inaugural Ball.

 

"We started out as a bar band, playing as fast and loud as we could", says Hall. "When KC played us his demo of 'Keep On Loving You' in 1980 we thought he was kidding?but one day Richrath cranked up his Marshall amps, and the rest is power ballad history," says Doughty. In 1998, with that thought in mind, the band, along with A&R guru John Kalodner and hit producer Peter Asher, set off to create another addition to REO's prolific catalog.

 

Simply entitled "The Ballads", this CD contains eleven of the group's most popular love songs including "Can't Fight This Feeling", "Keep On Loving You" and "Time For Me To Fly" along with two newly recorded Cronin originals, the lush and powerful "Just For You", and the folk tinged "Till The Rivers Run Dry". "Our band has two sides", says Dave Amato, "we rock hard in concert and we released a Ballads CD which is for kicking back with that special person."

 

In the spring of 2000, after thirty years as arch rivals, REO and Styx were set to co-headline a national tour. "It hit me on the first night of the tour in Phoenix. I looked out from the stage during our set and saw two girls wearing Styx t-shirts, dancing and singing along with every word I sang. Then we met a guy at a truck stop in Georgia who explained that while he had seen each band in the past, REO and Styx playing together was an event that made his two hundred mile road trip to Atlanta a no brainer. We were all having big fun, the audiences were huge, everyone singing and dancing together, REO fans digging Styx and Styx fans rocking with REO. We had become one big band!" says Cronin in the "Arch Allies" CD liner notes.

 

After the 10 month long, hugely successful "Arch Allies" tour, the band felt the need to reconnect with the "home front". "We love to play, but we need to keep our families as our top priority, with the band as a very, very close second.", says father of two young children, Bryan (Hitman) Hitt.

 

But even though 2001 was meant to be an "off year", REO kept busy. "We were waiting for the right time to do Behind The Music, and this was it. VH-1 did a great job of capturing the band's personality, spirit and history", says Neal. Kevin appeared as a guest on Politically Incorrect, VH-1's Rockn'Roll Jeopardy and The Howard Stern Show. The band released "Plus", a CD and DVD which contains REO's entire performance from the "Arch Allies" set, plus four exclusive cuts, extended interviews with Neal and Kevin and the infamous REO Home Game.

 

The boys did agree to go out on the road for a few concert dates in 2001, which turned into a 65 city tour! "How did that happen", wonders Dave, "Not that I'm complaining. I don't have any kids so I want to get out and rock."

 

One of those dates was September 13, 2001 in Salt Lake City. "With the horror of September 11 so fresh in our minds, we were not sure if we could play a show a mere two days later", says Kevin. "The promoter at the Utah State Fair said they wanted us to come, so we found an old bus and headed north.", says Neal, "It made me feel better to know that our spirit, as well as the spirit of the American people, is still strong".

 

"The response of REO audiences is always fierce, but since the 9-11 attacks there is a different intensity level. Our songs just seem to fit right in with the attitude that we need as Americans.", says Cronin. With that in mind REO joined its Arch Allies, Styx, as well as Journey, Lynard Skynard, Bad Company and others, for "Rock to the Rescue", back to back concerts in Atlanta and Dallas, on October 21 and 22. Drew Carey hosted the events. On November 12, 2001 a check for Five Hundred Thousand Dollars was presented to the New York/New Jersey Port Authority Memorial Fund.

 

At the close of another busy "off year" in 2002, (which evolved into an eighty date tour), the Arch Allies reconvened in October for an encore of the prior year's benefit concert. The shows moved to The Meadowlands in Jersey, and the Gund Arena in Cleveland, and The Rock'n Roll Hall of Fame Music Education Fund became the co-beneficiary.

 

Many of the artists involved in this event came together to create "A Classic Rock Christmas", a CD collection of original, as well as traditional Christmas songs. REO's contribution was "I Believe In Santa Claus", co-written by Kevin and Bruce. The proceeds once again went to our "Rock to the Rescue" fund.

 

"A lot has happened since those days in the old Chevy station wagon.", says Kevin, "We are thankful for every moment, and we thank you for your continuing support of our music and our spirit."

 

 

 

REO SPEEDWAGON

KEVIN CRONIN.

Lead Singer and principle songwriter. He joined the group in 1972 in time for the band's second album, REO/TWO A year later, he left to pursue a solo career. Cronin returned to the fold in time for 1977's Live: You Get What You Play For, the band's first million-selling album.

 

NEAL DOUGHTY:

Keyboard player and founding member. A versatile musician, Doughty plays the organ as well as piano and synthesizers.

 

BRUCE HALL:

Bass player extraordinaire. He joined REO in 1976 when he was playing in a bar band in Champaign, IL, the same musical scene that spawned REO Speedwagon.

 

BRYAN HITT:

The man who keeps the beat. He joined REO in 1990 after enjoying success with Wang Chung.

 

DAVE AMATO:

Lead Guitarist. He joined REO in 1989 after playing with Ted Nugent and Bon Jovi's Richie Sambora.

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On the writer Margaret Mitchell I find that it is important to say this.

 

Diminutive Margaret Mitchell was born into a family steeped in history. He father, himself a historian, taught young "Peggy" to love the history of the South. Mitchell would later exclaim that she was surprised when she learned the South had lost the Civil War. As she prepared to journey to prestigious Smith College in Massachusetts she met Clifford Henry, an Ashley Wilkes-type character whom she fell in love with. On the first day of the first great American offensive in The Great War (World War I), Henry fell to shrapnel from a German bomb.

Her first husband, Red Upshaw beat her repeatedly. Mitchell claimed that Upshaw sexually assaulted her after their divorce. Her life calmed down after marrying John Marsh, who worked for Georgia Power in the public relations department. Early in their married life Mitchell began work on "Gone With The Wind," supposedly basing characters on people in her life. Ashley Wilkes was modeled after boyfriend Clifford Henry. It is said that the character of Rhett Butler was based on Red Upshaw. While no one will ever know, this is probably not true. Rhett was a combination of historical and real people.

 

A brief visit by Upshaw in 1932 forced Margaret to flee to Gainesville, Georgia. During this time Mitchell was working on revising Gone With The Wind, preparing it for publication.

 

When the book hit the stores Mitchell became an instant celebrity, a fame she did not seek and did not want. With the outbreak of World War II she volunteered to work with the Red Cross.

 

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May 3, 2005

CNN news

Runaway bride's story perplexes authorities

'She didn't feel like she really had done anything wrong'

DULUTH, Georgia (CNN) -- Authorities say runaway bride Jennifer Wilbanks cried when she met with them and recounted how she cut her hair to disguise her appearance and caught a bus heading West to escape her wedding.

She did not, however, offer an outright apology, said Carter Brank, an assistant special agent with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation.

"She was somewhat remorseful for what she had done. She didn't come right out and apologize," Brank said after Monday's meeting with Wilbanks. "She didn't feel like she really had done anything wrong. But she did -- in her way -- make somewhat of an apology."

Authorities said they believe a crime occurred when Wilbanks, a 32-year-old medical assistant from the Atlanta suburb of Duluth, reported she had been abducted by two people and driven away in a van, but they have yet to determine if they will prosecute.

She could face a charge of making a false police report, a misdemeanor punishable by up to 12 months in jail, or making false statements to authorities -- a felony that carries a maximum of five years' imprisonment.

The city of Duluth may also take civil action to recoup about $40,000 to $60,000 from Wilbanks for costs incurred in her hometown's search for her, Police Chief Randy Belcher said at a Monday evening news briefing.

http://www.cnn.com/2005/US/05/03/wilbanks.found/

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one news /one search NO

Two news / two searchs YES.

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May 3th

 

More Than 70 Percent Could Better Manage Asthma Triggers, EPA Survey Finds

 

WASHINGTON, May 3 /U.S. Newswire/ -- In the first national awareness survey on environmental asthma triggers, EPA has found that fewer than 30 percent of people with asthma are taking simple steps to reduce exposure to asthma triggers. Exposure to asthma triggers such as secondhand smoke, cockroaches, dust mites, mold, and ozone can cause asthma in young children or set off asthma attacks.

 

"The more we know about controlling and avoiding asthma triggers, the more we can prevent asthma and asthma attacks," EPA Administrator Steve Johnson said. "That's why EPA is raising awareness and encouraging those with asthma to work with their physicians to identify their asthma triggers and to follow EPA's recommendations to reduce their exposure."

 

May 3 is World Asthma Day.

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May 4th

 

MARGARET THATCHER SWORN IN: May 4, 1979

Margaret Thatcher, leader of the Conservative Party, is sworn in as Britain's first female prime minister. The Oxford-educated chemist and lawyer was sworn in the day after the Conservatives won a 44-seat majority in general parliamentary elections.

Thatcher's three consecutive terms in office marked the longest continuous tenure of a British prime minister since 1827. In 1992, she was made a baroness and took a seat in the House of Lords.

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May 4th

 

Poll: Most in U.S. say Iraq war not worthwhile

WASHINGTON (CNN) -- A majority of Americans do not believe it was worth going to war in Iraq, according to a national poll released Tuesday.

Fifty-seven percent of those polled said they did not believe it was worth going to war, versus 41 percent who said it was, according to a CNN/USA Today/Gallup poll of 1,006 adults.

That was a drop in support from February, when 48 percent said it was worth going to war and half said it was not.

It's also the highest percentage of respondents who have expressed those feelings and triple the percentage of Americans who said that it was not worth the cost shortly after the war began about two years ago.

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Good day friend koku, goes the result of my research for this subject ,here that harms much people. I wait that it has some interest for all.

 

Molds Are an Important Trigger of Allergic Rhinitis

April showers can increase the amount of mold found inside and outside the home. Along with pollens from trees, grasses, and weeds, molds are an important trigger of allergic rhinitis, affecting nearly 40 million Americans, according to the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (AAAAI).

"Mold spores contain allergens, substances that some immune systems recognize as dangerous," said Robert K Bush, MD, Fellow of the AAAAI and member of the AAAAI's Indoor Allergen Committee. "Exposure to mold can trigger an allergic reaction such as nasal stuffiness, eye irritation, wheezing, coughing and hay fever-like symptoms."

 

Molds are microscopic organisms that are pervasive in any outdoor environment. However, they may be brought inside via clothing, shoes and soils.

 

What cities should you avoid if you're an asthma sufferer? A new list compiled by analyzing cities' potential asthma triggers and prevalence of the disease has the answer.

 

The rankings ? conducted by statistician Bert Sperling, well known for his annual "Best Places" lists ? examined local asthma prevalence and mortality data, as well as other factors such as pollen scores, air pollution, asthma prescriptions, smoking laws and the number of asthma specialists.

 

Sperling's Top 25 Asthma Hot Spots: 1. Tucson, Ariz.

2. Kansas City, Mo.

3. Phoenix-Mesa, Ariz.

4. Fresno, Calif.

5. New York, N.Y.

6. El Paso, Texas

7. Albuquerque, N.M.

8. Indianapolis, Ind.

9. Mobile, Ala.

10. Tulsa, Okla.

11. Cincinnati, Ohio

12. Fort Worth-Arlington, Texas

13. Wichita, Kansas

14. Louisville, Ky.

15. Chicago, Ill.

16. Denver, Colo.

17. Dallas, Texas

18. Youngstown-Warren, Ohio

19. Portland, Ore.

20. Cleveland-Lorain Elyria, Ohio

21. Springfield, Mass.

22. Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, Fla.

23. Birmingham, Ala.

24. Omaha, Neb.

25. Sacramento, Calif.

 

 

 

"Effective asthma management is vital for asthma patients across the country, no matter where they live," says Dr. Anthony Rooklin, co-director of the division of allergy at Crozer Chester Medical Center in Philadelphia. "But people living in these hot spots should pay attention to local conditions or factors that could aggravate their asthma and make sure that their asthma is properly controlled to minimize the risk of asthma symptoms and attacks."

 

The rankings were sponsored by GlaxoSmithKline, maker of Advair Diskus? (fluticasone propionate and salmeterol inhalation powder), to raise awareness about asthma and asthma triggers and to encourage people to learn more about how to properly manage asthma.

 

Asthma is a chronic lung disease. Both inflammation (swelling and irritation) and constriction (tightening of the muscles around the airways) cause the airways to narrow, leading to symptoms that include cough, wheezing, shortness of breath and chest tightness. Though there is no cure, advances in research and preventative treatments in the past decade have made asthma a more controllable condition.

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Personally as someone with asthma (and a smoker, just stopping, I know, it was stupid) I have found the most effective treatment to be Qi Gong breathing exercises. Qi Gong being a chinese version of yoga. Climate has also had an effect with hot climates being better than cold damp ones.

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@ Pirilao: Thanks for supportive info...Pirilao.

 

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May 4th

Famous 19th century British murderer may have killed abroad

Tue May 3, 9:49 AM ET

LONDON (AFP) - Jack the Ripper, who murdered and mutilated a series of young women in 19th century London, is one of Britain's most infamous criminals, closely associated with the capital's fog-bound back streets.

But in fact the killer -- who was never caught -- might have been a sailor who interspersed his London murders with crimes in other countries, a report said on Tuesday.

The theory, detailed in the Guardian newspaper, is the product of research by retired British detective Trevor Marriott, who attempted to use modern police methods to solve the crimes.

His conclusions, published in a book called "Jack the Ripper: the 21st Century Investigation", challenge the long-held assumption that the murderer was a skilled surgeon as some of the women were disemboweled.

Marriott also says that the location of the killings between 1888 and 1891, in Whitechapel, east London, near the city's then-thriving docks, suggest the murderer may have been a merchant seaman.

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