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Archive for June 2nd, 2010

What’s in a name? Ask Young Boozer

Does what you name a dog shape that dog’s personality? Will “Killer” turn out to be one? Of course not. Dogs, or for that matter, people, don’t always live up to their names, which is fortunate for Young Boozer.

It was while driving through Alabama last week that I first became aware — through a campaign ad on the radio — of Young Boozer, a former banker who is running for state treasurer.

I started scouting for his campaign signs, but, amid the thousands of candidate signs stuck in the ground last week, I couldn’t find one bearing his name, which is just as well because I would have been tempted to take it.

I did find his campaign ad online though (above), which ends with the tagline: “Funny name, serious leadership.”

Today, we’re happy to report that Young Boozer’s name didn’t hold him down. He won the Republican primary over another name that may ring some bells: George Wallace Jr.

 Young Boozer captured 64 percent of the vote in the primary, the Gadsden Times reports.

Young Boozer— he’s actually Young Boozer III, meaning there were two other Young Boozers before him — will face Democratic candidate Charley Grimsley in the general election.

“Lost” actor reports death of his Chihuahua

Actor Jorge Garcia, who played Hurley on the hit series Lost, has reported the death of his Chihuahua, named Nunu.

Nunu was struck by a car and died in his arms, Garcia wrote Monday on his blog, “Dispatches from the Island.”

Garcia, according to People magazine, frequently chronicled the adventures of Nunu, purchased from a pet store in Hawaii five years ago.

“We are burying her in the Pet Garden at Valley of the Temple in Kaneohe,” Garcia wrote. “Nunu hated the water so we couldn’t bring ourselves to having her ashes scattered in the ocean. Three months from now you’ll be able to find a bronze plaque inscribed with just her name there. If you’d like to leave a flower or a toy, I’m sure she’d love it.”

Dogs can detect prostate cancer, study says

A French study says dogs can sniff out signs of prostate cancer in human urine — a finding that could lead to better cancing-sensing technology, according to its lead author.

While some scientists have questioned similar reports of dogs with such diagnostic powers in recent years, French researcher Jean-Nicolas Cornu, who works at Hospital Tenon in Paris, said, “The dogs are certainly recognizing the odor of a molecule that is produced by cancer cells.”

Researchers don’t know what that molecule is,  according to U.S. News & World Report, but the study’s findings could prove useful in the detection of cancer, which often goes undetected until it is too late to treat.

Urine tests can turn up signs of prostate cancer, Cornu said, but miss some cases.

In the study, two researchers spent a year training a Belgian Malinois, a breed already used to detect drugs and bombs.

The dog was trained to differentiate between urine samples from men with prostate cancer and men without. Ultimately, researchers placed groups of five urine samples in front of the dog to see if it could identify the sole sample from a man with prostate cancer. The dog correctly classified 63 out of 66 specimens.

If the findings hold up in other studies, they’ll be “pretty impressive,” said urologist Dr. Anthony Y. Smith, who was to moderate a discussion on the findings Tuesday at the American Urological Association annual meeting in San Francisco.

Concert will benefit the animals of BARCS

Baltimore residents Leon Fleisher and Katherine Jacobson Fleisher will perform together Friday night at the Peabody Conservatory of Music in a benefit concert for The Baltimore Animal Rescue and Care Shelter (BARCS).

The internationally-renowned pianists will be performing spring favorites by Chopin, Debussy, Ravel, and Schumann.

Tickets are available at $35, $50, $75 and $125 at BaltimoreAnimalShelter.org. The $125 tickets include premium seating and a reception with the artists.

The concert takes place at 8 p.m. and will be preceded by a silent auction at 6:30 p.m. The silent auction features 50 items including a piano lesson taught by Leon Fleisher, a week at a country house in France, a Pandora bracelet from Smyth Jewelry, original artwork and gift baskets from Baltimore area retailers.

BARCS is a non-profit organization created in 2005 to manage the Baltimore City animal shelter. BARCS provides shelter, food, and medical attention to over 400 animals daily.

Leon Fleisher was the recipient of a Kennedy Center Honors award presented in 2007 by President George W. Bush. His wife, Katherine Jacobson Fleisher, is a soloist, duo-pianist and chamber musician who has received international critical acclaim for her talents.