CINCINNATI: A Roman Catholic diocese in Ohio is discouraging its 113 schools from participating in the ice bucket challenge to benefit the ALS Association, saying the group’s funding of embryonic stem-cell research is “in direct conflict with Catholic teaching.”
WASHINGTON: The federal government is finalizing new restrictions on hundreds of medicines containing hydrocodone, the highly addictive painkiller that has grown into the most widely prescribed drug in the U.S.
Quashing the polio virus for good may take a belt-and-suspenders approach, a new study suggests. One in which children get not only a dose of the cheap and easy-to-administer oral vaccine, but at least one dose of the inactivated vaccine — the one developed by Jonas Salk that is predominantly used in developed countries.
I hate having to write this, but it needs to be said. The beginning of the school year is typically followed by news of violence somewhere. It’s ugly, heartbreaking and frightening. So, when the time comes, maybe this will help.
So much of my creativity in the kitchen comes from trying to duplicate the amazing flavors I taste in my favorite restaurants. I have enjoyed Spicy Basil Chicken in a slew of restaurants across the country. But the extra-tender slivers of chicken, delicately cooked to perfection, are something I can’t replicate at home. It takes super-high heat, seasoned woks and exhaust fans on commercial settings to pull off the “in and out of the pan” cooking method that keeps the chicken so tender and moist.
You really don’t have to be too adventurous for the recipes in Brazilian Barbecue & Beyond by David Ponte, Jamie Barber and Lizzy Barber (Sterling Epicure, $24.95). The recipe names may be a bit intimidating but there are no difficult techniques.
PIERRE, S.D.: Laura Ingalls Wilder penned one of the most beloved children’s series of the 20th century, but her forthcoming autobiography will show devoted “Little House on the Prairie” fans a more realistic, grittier view of frontier living.
MONROVIA, LIBERIA: The Ebola outbreak that has killed more than 1,000 people in West Africa could last another six months, the group Doctors Without Borders said Friday, and an aid worker acknowledged that the true death toll is unknown.
Feral Cat Spay & Neuter Spring Fling — One of a Kind Spay & Neuter Clinic, 1700 W. Exchange St., Akron, is offering $15 spay/neuter procedures for feral cats for a limited time. Limit two feral cats per family per day/four per week. First-come, first-served. Process will continue as long as funds are available. Procedure includes spay/neuter, rabies vaccination and mandatory ear tip. No owned cats allowed, and all cats must be brought in using a secure humane box trap. Feral cats may be dropped off from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Thursday, no appointment necessary. www.oneofa kindpets.com.
Late summer simply isn’t complete without the return of monarch butterflies to decorate fields rich in golden and purple hues. If you’re like me, however, you’ve probably noticed the drastic decline of monarch populations over the last two years.