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Cutting HIV Out Of DNA

July 30, 2014

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Cutting HIV Out Of DNA


Over the past 3 decades, scientists have been able to successfully turn the AIDS virus from a death sentence into a manageable disease.  Now, they seem closer to a potential cure.

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A recent report suggests scientists may have found a way to edit the virus completely out of human DNA, which would be a potential cure for even latent infections.

HIV is a sneaky virus. It integrates its own genes into a persons DNA, so that even as antiretrovirals hold everything in check, HIV continues to lurk quietly inside cells. However, by using genome editing as a remarkable DNA-cutting method to easily and precisely cut out a particular DNA sequence, HIV can be completely edited out and therefore eradicated.

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A study from Dr. Kamel Khalili of Temple University has discovered a technique that will go straight for HIV. Khalili's team showed that the editing protein could remove copies of the HIV genome from immune cells such as microglia and T cells, which also seemed to prevent any new HIV infection.

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This research is still very new, so of course there are challenges to getting something that worked in a petri dish to work in a human. Since very few cells in the human body are latently infected by HIV, the questions remain: how do you make sure the genome editing gets to those cells? And how do you make sure the protein never goes editing where it shouldn't?

If these challenges are solved, genome editing could be a big step toward an actual cure for HIV. Since HIV hides itself by basically editing your genome, it makes sense that a cure could involve editing your genome, too.

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Judge Rules LA Clippers To Be Sold

July 29, 2014

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Judge Rules LA Clippers To Be Sold


A judge handed Shelly "Mrs. Donald" Sterling a whopping victory on Monday afternoon, clearing the way for Microsoft's Steve Ballmer to proceed with his record $2-billion purchase of the Los Angeles Clippers.

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In the probate trial held in the Los Angeles Superior Court, Judge Michael Levanas rejected virtually all of Donald Sterling’s arguments against selling the team.  The embattled owner was banned for life by the NBA after making racist comments to his girlfriend in a secret taped recording. Sterling originally agreed to the historic sale, but inexplicably changed his mind in the 11th hour. Judge Levanas ruled that Shelly Sterling acted properly when 2 doctors declared her husband mentally incapacitated in May under terms of the Sterling Family Trust before she proceeded to agree to sell the Clippers to Ballmer.


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The ruling also included the extraordinary granting of Shelly Sterling’s request for an order under section 1310(b) of California’s probate code that allows the sale to be completed regardless of an appellate court’s intervention.

“I haven’t slept for like about two months," a relieved Shelly Sterling said after the ruling was announced. "I’m going to go to sleep now. I’m just glad it’s over."

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One of the main factors influencing the judge's decision reportedly came from interim Clippers CEO Richard Parsons, who said earlier in the trial that the franchise would enter a “death spiral” if Donald Sterling retained ownership. Parsons testified that coach Doc Rivers told him he would quit if Sterling remained owner of the team.


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''Doc is troubled by this maybe moreso than anybody else,'' Parsons said on the witness stand about Rivers, who is African-American. ''If Mr. Sterling continues as owner, he does not want to continue as coach."

"If Doc were to leave, that would be a disaster,'' Parsons continued. ''Doc is the father figure, the one who leads. He's the coach. He's the grownup. He is able to connect with people and earn their trust. The team believes in him and loves him.  If he were to leave, that is only going to accelerate the death spiral. If your coach leaves, if your players don't want to play with you, what do you have?''

Parsons also said he feared there would be an exodus of key players (most of whom are African-American), including team captain Chris Paul,  who was deeply affected by Sterling's racist rant. However, with the judge's ruling and the imminent sale of the team expected within days, all is well again in "Clipper-land."

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The NBA praised the ruling in a statement released shortly after the decision.

“We are pleased that the court has affirmed Shelly Sterling’s right to sell the Los Angeles Clippers to Steve Ballmer. We look forward to the transaction closing as soon as possible.”


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POLL: Is Tipping Really Necessary?

July 28, 2014

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POLL: Is Tipping Really Necessary?


gra·tu·i·ty
A voluntary payment (as for meritorious service) given without claim or obligation


I hate tipping.  I hate tipping with a passion.  I just don't see the point of it.  So why has it become a deeply engrained and "expected" part of American tradition?

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Once upon a time, a gratuity used to be a nicety -- a little something extra you'd give a waiter, waitress, or service worker because of something special they did for you (the key word here is something "SPECIAL").  But now, it's become an absolute requirement and I don't like it!

Nowadays, restaurants are paying their wait staff peanuts in salary, while promising them they'll make up the difference in tips.  But that's just wrong.  Why should I have to make up the difference in salary when all the waiter or waitress did for me was THEIR JOB??  I don't receive tips for doing MY job!

e entertainment current eventsBringing me a fork, a few extra napkins, or filling up a glass with tap water I never asked for and won't drink anyway should not be the basis for an extra 15-20% when the check comes. Those are duties that should happen anyway. They are not "extras." But most restaurants and wait staffs believe it is and literally EXPECT you to pay for it. Hmmm...

Not long ago, the manager of La Fisherman's restaurant in Houston locked an entire family inside and refused to let them leave until they paid a 17% gratuity. When the family complained about being held against their will, the manager called the police, arguing "If you don't want to pay the gratuity, we will have the Houston Police Department waiting for you outside." At that point, it was no longer a gratuity -- it was ransom!

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This gratuity thing has just gotten completely out of control.  I recently took a taxi from 42nd St. to 50th St. in New York City -- a grand total of 8 blocks.  With traffic, the fare came to $5.50, so I gave the driver $6.00 and thanked him.  That's when the driver stopped me and said with bewilderment: "What kinda tip is this?  If that's all you're gonna give, I don't want it!"  So I took my 50 cents and went on my way, all the while wondering when did an 8 block taxi ride REQUIRE a specific tip amount, let alone any tip at all!?!?

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On my birthday, a group of friends took me out to a favorite restaurant in Manhattan.  At the end of the meal we paid the check, left a tip and headed for the door.  But before we could exit, the waitress stopped me and said "Excuse me. I'm guessing maybe you might not know any better, but the tip you left was not sufficient. You really should leave more" Realizing my error, I apologized to the waitress for not "knowing any better" and corrected my mistake by taking ALL of the tip from the table, leaving her with ZERO.  What nerve!

e entertainment current eventsAside from that one weirdo waitress, I don't place blame on the servers of America for the crazy rule we've all been taught to follow. They're just doing what they were taught to do and expecting what they were told to expect.  I blame society for letting this BS go on for so long.

Waiters, waitresses, bartenders, taxi drivers, doormen, even the cashier at the ice cream shop with a tip jar, are all expecting you to hand them extra cash for doing what they were hired to do in the first place and that is insane! So, I have a suggestion and I'll use the restaurant world as an example: Instead of telling me the Chicken Sandwich is $9.99, then guilting me into adding 20% more for the waiter and kitchen staff, just raise your rates to the ACTUAL price you really want at the end.  That way, everyone on your staff gets paid what they expect and I don't feel guilty for not leaving the gratuity everyone is expecting me to leave.

Packhouse Meats in Newport, Kentucky has come up with a brilliant idea. Owner Bob Conway bans all tipping within his restaurant. Signs on the walls say tipping isn't allowed, cash tips are returned, and the credit card receipts don't even have a tips line. Instead, his servers have 2 choices they can pick from at the end of every shift: they can take a flat $10/hour rate or get paid with a commission of 20% of their food sales.  Again, the choice is up to the servers and in the end it's a fair system.

So, what do you think?  Is tipping really necessary?


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TGIF: Hand Turns Liquid Into Ice

July 25, 2014

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TGIF:  Hand Turns Liquid Into Ice


You've heard of turning water into wine, but how about liquid into ice -- with your very own hand?

Think it's impossible?  Oh yes, it is possible.  Check out the video below to find out how as we enjoy these dog days of summer.


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Jackson Family To Star In Reality Show

July 24, 2014

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Jackson Family To Star In Reality Show


Have you ever been sitting home, watching television and just wishing you could see the Jackson family in a reality TV setting?  Well, you're about to get your chance.

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Now before you get too excited, don't expect to see Janet, Katherine, Joe, or even Tito or the other Jackson brothers.  Various "3rd string" members of Michael Jackson's extended family have signed on to participate in the new reality TV show.

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The 6-episode show, will focus on the life of Alejandra Jackson, the ex-wife of Jermaine Jackson, and her 5 children.  Alejandra had 2 children (Genevieve and Randy Jr.) while in a relationship with Randy Jackson.  She then married Randy's brother Jermaine and gave birth to sons Jaafar and Jermajesty.  The dysfunctional storyline will follow their lives after they were unceremoniously kicked out of the Jackson family compound in Encino, California, following Michael's death 5 years ago.

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"We didn't want it to happen that way," said Jackson daughter Genevieve, who spoke of the huge constraints she was forced to live under as a Jackson family member.

"We were very sheltered," she said. "There (were) a lot of outside people coming in and out of our house. We had to watch what we said."

"People already had a preconceived judgment of us and we weren't speaking," Randy Jr. added. "Now we feel comfortable enough to show how we really are."

The untitled reality show is tentatively set to air November 18th on the Reelz network.  Will you be watching?


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