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A little neighbor girl rang the doorbell this evening. Our doorbell rarely rings and so when it did, we assumed it was either UPS or our son, having difficulty manipulating our stubborn front doorknob again. Rather, we opened the door to find the little neighbor girl standing there. She very politely asked if our daughter, Cassidy, could come out to play.
A zonkey, a rare cross between a zebra and a donkey, has been born at a zoo in northern Mexico.
They roam the remotest corners of the world, scale the highest mountains and descend deep into the Earth.
Researchers at the University of Arizona have successfully determined the genetic mutations causing severe epilepsies in seven out of 10 children for whom the cause of the disorder could not be determined clinically or by conventional genetic testing.
Instead of sequencing each gene one at a time, the team used a technique called whole-exome sequencing: Rather than combing through all of the roughly 3 billion base pairs of an individual's entire genome, whole-exome-sequencing deciphers only actual genes, and nearly all of them simultaneously.
When my youngest daughter was born nearly 13 years ago it was only a matter of hours before they told me she likely had Down syndrome. I distinctly remember lying in the hospital bed—that tiny, almond-eyed babe in my arms—worrying about the future. I didn’t know enough then to worry about the things that mattered: potential heart defects, behavioral issues and increased risk of countless health conditions. My focus, instead, was centered on fears of how Down syndrome would color the lives of my two older girls. My heart broke as I imagined the teasing they would face—the hardships that might come hand-in-hand with having a sister with an intellectual disability.
America's greatest sporting event has reached the round of 16, where the sweetest college basketball teams — not to mention a nation of fans — catch their breath after opening weekend buzzer-beaters, upsets, exhilaration, despair and warranted exultations from couches across this great land of ours.
Much has been written how eating shrimp may raise your bad cholesterol levels. This aside, if cooked properly, eating shrimp can be good for you.
They tromped through mud, scaled rooftops and crawled through the dark on a sooty, dirt-covered floor, and there wasn't a boy among them.
Randy Metcalf/The Explorer, Dani Hawley, 17, has a splint wrapped on her arm by Southwest Ambulance's Cheyenne Harris as fellow campers Katie Bradford, Taylor Adams and Lindsey Westbrooks watch. During their EMT portion of the camp, girls were given an overview in the Heimlich maneuver for children and infants, and learned how to apply pressure to wounds and to splint broken bones.
Randy Metcalf/The Explorer, Thirteen-year-old Esly Servin makes her way up the ladder at the Tucson Fire Department's training facility last Friday. Northwest Fire/ Rescue and Tucson Fire Departments hosted the 3-day camp.
Randy Metcalf/The Explorer, Taylor Adams, left, and Lindsey Westbrooks crawl through the dark within a fire training building while following a hose. The exercise was used to simulate what firefighters do when they lose visibility in a smoke-filled room.
Randy Metcalf/The Explorer, Rachel Ward gets some last-minute instructions from one of the many female firefighters running the camp. The 14 girls who participated in the camp traveled to the Sahuaro Girl Scout Council Hacienda Program Center on Saturday for a day-long water rescue course.
Randy Metcalf/The Explorer, Assistant Northwest Fire Chief Cheryl Horvath watches as 15-year-old Emily Page, right, and 15-year-old Rachel Ward work together to raise a ladder last Friday as part of a 3-day camp. Fourteen girls ranging in ages from 14 to 17 traveled to the Tucson Fire Department's training facility to learn what it takes to become a firefighter. For more, see page 8 of this week's edition.
Randy Metcalf/The Explorer, In groups of two, firefighting campers trudged through a water- and mud-filled pit while trying to keep their water stream aimed at tires Friday afternoon.
There are a number of men in my life who are fathers. This includes my academic "father" who helped me get my degree, my brother who raised a really cool kid and a dear friend who gives hours of his time to kids who don't have dads in their lives. I want to get them something for Father's Day, but what?