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Citations To Be Issued For School Fighting

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RPD and RUSD collaborative program should reduce fights on campus


Chief Russ Leach
The Riverside Police Department and the Riverside Unified School District are together announcing a new plan to discourage student fights at schools.

RPD School Resource Officers will begin citing "mutual combatants" with citations, or tickets, for section 415 (1) of the California Penal Code (fighting in a public place), which will require the fight participants and their parents to appear in court to address to consequences of their actions.

Cases will either be heard in Riverside Youth Court or the Juvenile Traffic Court. Jurisdictions currently using this strategy, including the San Bernardino, Fontana and Rialto police departments, report a significant drop in fights on campus.

"The citation program shows we will not tolerate fighting in schools, and that there are real consequences for this behavior," said Riverside Police Chief Russ Leach.

"We are very encouraged and supportive of the RPD's citation program, which should reduce the numbers of student fights and make schools safer," said Dr. Kirk Lewis, RUSD Assistant Superintendent of Operations. "This should serve as a deterrent to kids who choose fighting as their primary means of dealing with a disagreement."

Serious or one-sided attacks (assault and battery) will still be filed traditionally through the District Attorney's office to the  Riverside County Juvenile Court.

This new program will be implemented throughout the Riverside Unified School District. The fight citations are not related to the District Attorney's gang injunction.

Parents will be notified about the program by the school district; students are being advised by officers of the new policy through classroom visits and assemblies.

Community Action Partnership Attends Disaster Preparedness Training In Sacramento

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Community Action Partnership of Riverside County sent five persons, including Esperanza Fire victim John Robinson of Banning, to a Disaster Preparedness Training in Sacramento. Mr. Robinson gave testimony as to how Community Action Partnership gave him assistance when he and his son lost their home in the fire last fall.

John Robinson
"We were not able to go back up to the mountains until Saturday and my home was in ashes." Robinson said. "My son and I lost everything we owned. I was only partially insured. I got a call from Alida Plascencia of Community Action Partnership. She wanted to know how I was and what could they do to help me. I had become two months behind with my mortgage payment. They helped me with my mortgage and more. Community Action Partnership helped pay my phone bill, propane bill, and other utility bills. Alida also gave me numbers to other outside agencies that helped me. Thanks for Alida and Community Action Partnership. My son and I are back in our new home."

Community Action Partnership of Riverside County provides disaster prevention and relief services as a part of its goal to strengthen family and other support systems. When disaster strikes, people have immediate needs, and Community Action is one of the places where those in need can find help.

The training was provided by the California/Nevada Community Action Partnership and California Department of Community Services and Development. Community Action Partnership of Riverside County representatives at the training were Lois J. Carson, Executive Director; Godwin Aimua, Energy Department manager; Alida Plascencia, Disaster Preparedness coordinator; Richard Lemire, Sr. Public Information Specialist and Mr. Robinson.

UCR Students Host Annual Party

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By Haiphuong Hua

On Friday September 28, 2007, thousands of UCR students, old and new, gathered together at UCR's 9th Annual Block Party Concert to kick off the new school year. 

Kappa Alpha Psi

The open-party is free, allowing students to bring friends from other schools, making this event the Block Party the kick off event of the year.  The Associated Students Program Board (ASPB) hosted this event and brought three amazing acts, including the (pop rock band) Plain White T's who performed their #1 hit on the Billboard Hot 100 "Hey There Delilah." Students were anxious to see their favorite bands. 

The cheer squad

Hundreds of student organizations like fraternities, sororities, clubs, came out to sell a variety of food fundraiser for their organization.

Prostate Cancer Awareness

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It's that time of year again - time to get our children and grandchildren ready for school with annual health check-ups and vaccinations. But when it comes to our own adult health, many of us would rather stay on a permanent summer vacation.  As a nine-year survivor of prostate cancer, I'm here to tell you that when it comes to the health of your prostate, avoiding your annual health check-ups can be life threatening.

In fact, it's that annual physical that saved my life. I had no symptoms and was enjoying activities like golf with no problem. Through the prostate screening and blood tests that are a part of my regular physicals, I was fortunate enough to catch the cancer in its early stages, before it had spread to my lymph nodes or other vital organs.

September is Prostate Cancer Awareness Month and, according to the National Cancer Institute, prostate cancer is the second most common type of cancer among men in this country. Only skin cancer is more common. Out of every three men who are diagnosed with cancer each year, one is diagnosed with prostate cancer.

Prostate health is particularly important for African American men. Death rates for this cancer are nearly two-and-a-half times higher in African-American men than white men, according to the National Institutes of Health, making this disease the most common cancer and the second leading cause of cancer death in African American men.

Yet, in a recent University of Chicago study, 55 percent of African-American men gauged their risk of prostate cancer to be zero percent, but a full 70 percent turned out to have prostate cancer. This may partially explain why the American Cancer Society says men in our community are more likely to be diagnosed later, with more advanced cancer, which is harder to treat and is often more lethal. It is so important to get tested regularly - through regular visits to your doctor. These screening tests can find cancer early, when it's most treatable.

Because approximately 90 percent of all prostate cancers are detected in the early stages, the cure rate is very high - nearly 100 percent of men diagnosed at this stage will be disease-free after five years, according to the Prostate Cancer Foundation. Still, you have to work to maintain your health by eating right and exercising. According to the NIH, more than half of African-American adults are overweight or obese. And, a new study from the medical journal BJU International found that obese men have an increased risk of prostate cancer recurrence and death after they have completed radiation therapy. 

More than ever before, medicines offer hope to those battling prostate cancer. A new report shows that today there are 50 medicines in development to treat prostate cancer. Several vaccines that attempt to get the body's own immune system to fight the cancer are currently being studied. One potential vaccine in clinical trials has tripled the survival rate of men with advanced prostate cancer.

Have questions about prostate cancer or need more information on the subject? Use the Prostate Cancer Research Institute's Helpline.  Their mission is to educate patients and their families about prostate cancer and the Institute maintains a knowledgeable help line staff that helps the patient understand his diagnosis and treatment options.  Contact the Helpline either by phone, (800) 641-PCRI or (310) 743-2110, or via e-mail at help@pcri.org. 

Another resource is the Prostate Cancer Foundation (PCF), the world's largest philanthropic source of support for prostate cancer research.  PCF provides various types of educational materials including "An Introduction to Prostate Cancer."  This brief introductory guide is designed to help men and their families and friends understand the risk factors for prostate cancer, find out how prostate cancer is diagnosed, and look at the different treatment options that can be used.  To order a free copy or download a copy in PDF format, visit the Prostate Cancer Foundation's Web site at www.prostatecancerfoundation.org.  

The Prostate Cancer Foundation reports that one new case of prostate cancer occurs every 2.5 minutes; a man dies from it every 19 minutes. Help ensure you don't become a statistic by knowing the status of your prostate health. Consider it your assignment for a healthy school year.

Larry Lucas is the vice president for Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA).

Hero Mom Speaks Out On Major Dietary Issues

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By Ashley A. Jones

Brenda Parker
Brenda Parker of Rialto has been a spokesperson for the Champions for Change African American campaign for 10 months, where she counsels and encourages families to commit to positive lifestyles by advising them to eat more fruits and vegetables and to include daily exercise in their lives.

Parker has been honored by Rialto City Council for her contribution to the campaign. She has made appearances for the advertising campaign and is featured on the Network DVD, which highlights the importance of engaging in good dieting and physical activity.

Champions for Change is a program presented by the Network for a Healthy California African American campaign. It is intended to serve African American women from the ages of 18-54 in the San Bernardino and Riverside counties. The campaign challenges California families to commit to a healthy lifestyle.

 Parker has been married for 17 years and works as a stay-at-home mom. She is a mother of two, one seven and one five. She keeps her family active with daily activities. She said, "We practice healthy eating and physical activity as a family unit. To gain a healthy lifestyle my family and I ride our bikes, swim, skate, and take long walks. We also laugh and dance a lot."

Parker said, "Good heath is important because we have so many debilitating diseases that are taking over our children and other families of California. Without good health, you could end up with health issues such as diabetes and high cholesterol. We have to eat healthy, think healthy, and act healthy in order to keep our bodies from deteriorating. I believe in health because I want to live here with my children for a long time."

Parker commits to a family night twice a month. She said, "Two Fridays out of the month I allow my children to pick a healthy dish of their choosing.  We gather together and prepare the dishes as a family. Our latest dish was cheese quesadillas with broccoli."

Parker was influenced to be a Champion for Change mom as a result of seeing a need to get the word out. She said, "I have watched so many of our children in the state of California get debilitating health exams. Their cholesterol is high, their blood pressure is high, and they are just children. This program allows me to take an active role in showing families how they can make positive changes in their lifestyle."

Parker concludes by saying the most rewarding aspect of being a Champion mom is seeing positive lifestyle changes in the families. She said, "Through this program I get to be an example and assist families in making positive changes in their household, allowing the families to be in better health."

For healthy tips, recipes, community resources, or instruction on how to become a Champion mom, visit www.cachampionsforchange.net  or call toll-free: 1-888-328-3483.

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