| Thursday, December 16, 2004
| NEWS TIDBITS TO BRIGHTEN UP YOUR DAY
|MAN BIT DOG AS PUNISHMENT, POLICE SAY
GAINESVILLE, Florida -- A man accused of
biting his Jack Russell terrier as punishment was jailed
on animal cruelty charges.
The mother of Mount Lee Lacy's girlfriend called police
after he and her daughter argued about Lacy's method of
disciplining his Jack Ruseell terrier, authorities said.
Lacy 21, remained jailed Tuesday.
"He said that biting the dog was good punishment----
that dogs bite, so that's what they understand".
Sgt Keith Kameg said. When an officer approached the
terrier; Kameg said, she "was cowering in the back of her
crate as if the officer was going to hurt her."
Police said the dog's left front paw was bloody from bite.
TWIN SISTERS, TWIN BABIES ON ONE DAY
ATLANTA--Two twin sisters are seeing double
--- or make that quadruple---after delivering two sets of twin
Twenty one year olds Ashlee Spinks of Indianapolis and
Andrea Springer of Conyers, Ga., delivered their boys by
scheduled Caesarean sections Tuesday about an hour apart
at Northside Hospital.
The women were six months pregnant when they found out
they were both going to have twin boys due on the same date
--- Jan. 1, 2005.
Spinks came to Georgia several weeks ago to share the
pregnancy with her sister, and Spink's husband,
Bert Means, flew into town Monday to join the birthday party.
The two couple said twins run in the families of all four
parents, and that they did not use fertility drugs to
conceive the babies.
Dr. Larry Matsumoto, a physician who specialized in high
risk pregnancies, said the chances of twin sisters being
pregnant with twin boys on the same date are probably
one in a million.
IMMIGRANTS BECOME FAT LIKE U.S. NATIVES
Long term exposure to American culture might be hazardous
to immigrants health.
A new study found that obesity is relatively rare in the
foreign born until they have lived in the UNited States--
the land of drive throughs, remote controls and double
cheeseburgers--- more than 10 years.
Only 8 percent of immigrants who had lived in the U.S. for
less than a year were obese, but that jumped to 19 percent
among those who had been here for at least 15 years.
That compared to 22 percent of U.S. born residents surveyed.
The study, in today's Journal of the American Medical Asso.,
shows the flip side of the American dream of finding a
better life in the land of plenty.
Previous studies have shown that immigrants tend to have
healthier habits, including less smoking and drug use,
than U.S. born residents, and longer life spans.
Researchers suspect those who choose to immigrate could
be unusually healthy, since uprooting to another country
requires strength and vitality. But the earlier studies
did not look at how obesity rates among immigrants
changed over time.
The link between obesity and numbers of years in the U.S.
was found in white, Hispanics and Asian immigrant groups.
It was not seen in foreign born blacks, but their numbers
in the study were too small to draw any conclusions, said
lead author Dr. Mita Sanghavi Goel of Northwestern Unviersity
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