March 12, 2007 |
Dreams of the NCAA tournament seem very far away when you're sleeping in the locker room of a community college in Aiken, S.C. Just ask Calvin Roland, who knew those sleeping arrangements only too well before he transferred to Virginia Commonwealth. During his second year at Aiken Tech, Roland's family had fallen on difficult financial times. His parents were evicted from their house, so they and their six children had to scatter among relatives.
March 30, 2012 |
If your office seems like it's going to the dogs, try bringing your dogs to the office. Researchers reported Friday that bringing Rover to work seems to reduce stress on the job. "Pet presence potentially can be a low-cost wellness intervention," said Randolph Barker, a professor of management at Virginia Commonwealth University's business school in Richmond, Va., who led the study in the International Journal of Workplace Health Management....
December 16, 1996 |
For seven years, Scott Stokes conducted his own reckless inquiries into the physiological effects of pot. "I woke up to get high, and I got high to go to bed," recalled the 19-year-old from El Toro, who broke his marijuana habit only after he was arrested two years ago for burglarizing a head shop. "If I didn't have it, I would . . . start sweating, and when I'd breathe deep I'd get into these weird breathing patterns. "People say that marijuana is not addictive, but it's extremely addictive."
April 27, 2009 |
Warren D. Ward, 48, was in high school when the swine flu threat of 1976 swept the U.S. The Whittier man remembers the episode vividly because a relative died in the 1918 flu pandemic, and the 1976 illness was feared to be a direct descendant of the deadly virus. "The government wanted everyone to get vaccinated," Ward said. "But the epidemic never really broke out. It was a threat that never materialized." What did materialize were cases of a rare side effect thought to be linked to the shot.
May 18, 2003 |
A woman who lost all hearing when she was beaten by a robber received a master's degree in music composition from Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond. Tammie Willis, 34, who taught herself to play a variety of percussion and string instruments after losing her hearing in 1994, composed a four-movement, 12-person percussion ensemble piece as part of her master's program.
November 14, 2011 |
Some smells are strong enough to break through even the stuffiest noses. You can have the cold of the century, but you'll still be able to sense a splash of Pine-Sol or a ball of wasabi. And no matter how clogged up you are, you can pick up the unmistakable scent of menthol. It feels soothing and oddly cool, almost like a nasal injection of Freon. Now that the cold and flu season has arrived, the smell of menthol is wafting through many homes. In a ritual that goes back more than a century, stuffed-up kids and adults are going to sleep with gobs of menthol ointments smeared over their chests.