Montgomery Education Foundation's Brain Forest Summer Learning Academy was spotlighted Wednesday at Carver High School.  The academic-enrichment program is for rising 4th, 5th, and 6th graders in the Montgomery Public School system.  Community Program Director Dillion Nettles, says the program aims to prevent learning loss during summer months.  To find out how your child can participate in next summer's program visit Montgomery-ed.org

A police officer is free on bond after being arrested following a rash of road-sign thefts in southeast Alabama.  Brantley Police Chief Titus Averett says officer Jeremy Ray Walker of Glenwood is on paid leave following his arrest in Pike County.  The 30-year-old Walker is charged with receiving stolen property.  Lt. Troy Johnson of the Pike County Sheriff's Office says an investigation began after someone reported that Walker was selling road signs from Crenshaw County.  Investigators contacted the county engineer and learned signs had been reported stolen from several roads.

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NASA has released the first picture of Jupiter taken since the Juno spacecraft went into orbit around the planet on July 4.

The picture was taken on July 10. Juno was 2.7 million miles from Jupiter at the time. The color image shows some of the atmospheric features of the planet, including the giant red spot. You can also see three of Jupiter's moons in the picture: Io, Europa and Ganymede.

The Senate is set to approve a bill intended to change the way police and health care workers treat people struggling with opioid addictions.

My husband and I once took great pleasure in preparing meals from scratch. We made pizza dough and sauce. We baked bread. We churned ice cream.

Then we became parents.

Now there are some weeks when pre-chopped veggies and a rotisserie chicken are the only things between us and five nights of Chipotle.

Parents are busy. For some of us, figuring out how to get dinner on the table is a daily struggle. So I reached out to food experts, parents and nutritionists for help. Here is some of their (and my) best advice for making weeknight meals happen.

"O Canada," the national anthem of our neighbors up north, comes in two official versions — English and French. They share a melody, but differ in meaning.

Let the record show: neither version of those lyrics contains the phrase "all lives matter."

But at the 2016 All-Star Game, the song got an unexpected edit.

At Petco Park in San Diego, one member of the Canadian singing group The Tenors — by himself, according to the other members of the group — revised the anthem.

School's out, and a lot of parents are getting through the long summer days with extra helpings of digital devices.

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Police in Baton Rouge say they have arrested three people who stole guns with the goal of killing police officers. They are still looking for a fourth suspect in the alleged plot, NPR's Greg Allen reports.

"Police say the thefts were at a Baton Rouge pawn shop early Saturday morning," Greg says. "One person was arrested at the scene. Since then, two others have been arrested and six of the eight stolen handguns have been recovered. Police are still looking for one other man."

A 13-year-old boy is among those arrested, Greg says.

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Bioethicists Call For Privacy Protections For Personal Genomes

Oct 11, 2012

When a stranger can gain access to someone's entire genetic code by picking up a used coffee cup, it presents a whole new thicket of concerns about privacy and security.

Actually, we're already there, though we're still in the early stages of what's shaping up, after all the years of hype, as a genuine revolution. Just take a look at Rob Stein's recent series on the $1,000 genome to see how far we've come and where we're headed.

A sample of saliva taken from a coffee cup or a Q-tip is enough for technicians to reveal someone's genes, for better and for worse. Reuters' Sharon Begley points to EasyDNA, a California company, that's already doing ancestry, health and paternity testing on samples ranging from cigarette butts to licked stamps.

Against that backdrop, the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues just released recommendations on how the country should proceed along the genomic path.

Yes, whole genome sequencing may help refine diagnosis and treatment, though there are still plenty of technical and medical hurdles to overcome before that's commonplace.

Between now and then, safeguards are needed before whole genome sequencing becomes widespread, the commission says. In a letter to President Obama, the commission chairs say the group, "recommends strong baseline protections for whole genome sequence data to protect individual privacy and data security while also leaving ample room for data sharing opportunities that propel scientific and medical progress."

Some specific ideas from the commission:

  • Federal and state governments should establish a "floor of privacy protections covering whole genome sequence data regardless of how they were obtained."
  • Prohibit unauthorized whole genome sequencing without the consent of the person whose sample is being analyzed. (Hands off my coffee cup!)
  • The people who sequence your genome need to tell you up front that it's likely there will be potentially worrisome "incidental findings" in the results.

So-called incidentalomas are quite common when radiologists scan patients. Since everyone has genetic mutations, the whole genome sequences are bound to find something quirky on everyone. When obtaining your consent, the researchers, doctors or commercial genome sequencers need to explain when and how they'll tell you about those findings.

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