Friday, April 17, 2015

Richmond County in "Revival" Mode

By Anibal Ibarra - After a messy beginning of the current Augusta Richmond County Commission and Mayor Hardie Davis, just 3 months in office, the local government is in "revival" mode trying to revive (item 17) the Housing Citizens Advisory Board. Also, the Commission will try to rehire Jacqueline Humphrey, Director of Equal Employment Opportunity (item 44), who was fired abruptly weeks ago with other department heads. Would she accept the position after being fired without much explanation?

Gloria Awards Honor Everyday Feminists

On May 11, 2015, the Ms. Foundation for Women will celebrate its 27th annual Gloria Awards: A Salute to Women of Vision at the Pierre Hotel in New York City. The Gloria Awards, named for Gloria Steinem — one of the organization’s founding mothers — is a yearly celebration to benefit Ms. Foundation grantees around the country. This year, six honorees — including two Ms. Foundation grantees — will be recognized as “Women of Vision.”

Mega Charitable Network in the CSRA

Goodwill Industries of Middle Georgia and the CSRA and Golden Harvest Food Bank, two of the larger charitable organizations serving the CSRA and beyond, on Thursday, April 16, announced a historic partnership that is expected to produce significant benefits for the community and those assisted by both agencies.

Family Fun Fitness Events in Augusta

Peach State Health Plan has announced a series of twice monthly Family Fun Fitness events in Augusta. The events are free for Peach State Health Plan members. The Family Fun Fitness Celebrations are designed to provide families and children with free group workout sessions with a professional trainer, with the overall goal of staying active. 

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Cannabis Card System Will Be Online Soon

Gov. Nathan Deal today signed HB 1, legislation that permits the use of medical cannabis oil to treat certain conditions. The law took effect immediately upon Deal’s signature. Deal signed an executive order last month instructing state agencies, physicians and law enforcement officials to prepare for the law’s enactment.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

How to Predict Response to Antidepressants

A wristband that records motion throughout a 24-hour cycle may be an inexpensive, safe way to determine which patients with major depressive disorder will respond best to commonly prescribed drugs such as Prozac.

Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors, or SSRIs, are today’s mainstay for depression treatment, but patients and their physicians may go through many months, doses, and different SSRIs as well as other antidepressants trying to get results, said Dr. W. Vaughn McCall, Chairman of the Department of Psychiatry and Health Behavior at the Medical College of Georgia at Georgia Regents University.

The Business Case for Diversity

Emory University School of Law will host its second annual Diversity Speaker Series panel discussion Monday, April 20. The discussion will be held in the law school's Tull Auditorium, Gambrell Hall, 1301 Clifton Rd., Atlanta. An opening reception will be held at 6:30 p.m. in Hunter Atrium outside the auditorium, and the panel discussion will begin at 7:00 p.m. A dessert reception will follow.

Commonsense English

Leaders of three organizations representing the majority of educators who teach English language learners said Monday they are encouraged by the Senate bipartisan Elementary and Secondary Education Act reauthorization proposal.

Al Rescate de Mariposa Monarca en México

La reserva de la mariposa monarca en México, Patrimonio de la Humanidad de la UNESCO y refugio de invierno de decenas de millones de mariposas monarcas, debería ser declarada  “en peligro” debido a que  “está en riesgo de desaparecer” la increíble migración transcontinental de la mariposa monarca para cuya protección se estableció  la reserva, dijo un grupo de organizaciones de la sociedad civil mexicanas, estadounidenses y canadienses,  en una petición presentada.

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Reinstating Independent Monitoring in Shell Bluff

Recently, the Department of Energy recommended that the Citizen’s Advisory Board formalize a liaison to help improve communications with the community, which the SRS Citizens Advisory Board (CAB) asked Georgia WAND to fill. Toward this end, Georgia WAND was instrumental in securing representatives from the Department of Energy and the Savannah River Ecology Lab to address community members concerns about environmental monitoring that is reportedly being done in the community by SRS. 

Friday, April 10, 2015


America can't build a strong future with falling wages. Corporations wiped out millions of good, middle class jobs during the recession. Now they want new jobs to pay as little as possible. Even though Americans' hard work is generating billions in profits, most new jobs - especially in food services and other service jobs - tend to pay very little. That means moms and dads who finally have full-time work again are paid so little they qualify for food stamps and other public assistance.

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Extradition of Former Salvadoran Military Officer

The Department of Justice filed a complaint in the U.S. District Court of the Eastern District of North Carolina today seeking the arrest and extradition of a former colonel in the Salvadoran army to face charges in Spain related to the murder of five Spanish Jesuit priests in El Salvador in 1989.