April 3, 2014
Teen Says Typeface Change Could Save Millions
Pittsburgh (AP) A teenager has published a study suggesting the federal government could save millions of dollars a year in printing costs by switching to a thinner typeface that uses less ink.
Suvir Mirchandani, 14, said he noticed there was plenty of talk at school about saving paper and he wondered about saving ink.
Suvir, who lives in the Township of O’Hara, just outside Pittsburgh, said Friday that the idea began when he was in middle school and he “noticed that some teachers used heavier fonts” for printing. He said he was already interested in graphic design and used a software program to estimate how much ink different typefaces, or fonts, used.
“The data was really surprising to me,” he said of how the differences added up, even for the printing done by his school district.
He expanded the study to look at potential savings by the federal government, and a new paper on his research was published this month in the Journal of Emerging Investigators, a peer-reviewed journal created for promising middle and high school students. In the new paper, “A Simple Printing Solution to Aid Deficit Reduction,” Suvir analyzed five documents produced by five U.S. government agencies and estimated how much ink would be used with three typefaces: Garamond, Times New Roman and Century Gothic. The analysis estimated that using 12-point Garamond would save about 29 percent in ink costs.
Man Does C-Section On Dead Porcupine, Saves Baby
Lisbon, ME (AP) A Maine man in search of a valuable mineral cut open a dead porcupine on the side of the road and unexpectedly pulled out its baby.
Jared Buzzell, of Lisbon, says he was searching for wild mushrooms Thursday when he saw a porcupine get hit by a car in Minot. Buzzell says he’d heard that a valuable mineral deposit used in Chinese medicine formed in the stomachs of porcupines.
He then cut open the dead porcupine to search for the mineral and instead found the baby.
He tells WMTW-TV he cut the umbilical cord and thought the baby porcupine was dead until he started massaging it and it began breathing.
Buzzell is caring for the baby at home and plans to give it to a licensed wildlife rehabilitator.
Tree Trimmer Hospitalized With Chainsaw In Neck
Pittsburgh (AP) A tree trimmer is recovering after he was rushed to a Pittsburgh hospital with a chain saw blade embedded in his neck.
James Valentine was in a tree in Ross Township on Monday afternoon when he was struck in the neck by the saw. Another worker helped him down, and his co-workers left the saw in place to try to limit the bleeding.
Valentine had emergency surgery at Allegheny General Hospital. Doctors say the saw missed major arteries and instead cut into muscle. The hospital Tuesday released an X-ray showing the saw still in the 21-year-old’s neck.
Valentine works for Adler Tree Service in Gibsonia. Owner Dominic Migliozzi calls the rescue “amazing.”
Firefighter Rescues 6-Foot Python From Blaze
Muskegon, MI (AP) A firefighter put his reptile-handling experience to good use when he rescued a 6-foot-long python from a burning home in western Michigan.
Muskegon firefighter Scott Hemmelsbach told The Muskegon Chronicle that he reluctantly agreed to enter the two-story, smoke-filled house Sunday night to retrieve the snake. He says he cradled the “weighty” snake before carrying it to safety.
“It was trying to crawl up the side of his terrarium and get out,” Hemmelsbach said. “His face was pushed up on the screen and trying to get out. There was a lot of smoke and he was trapped.”
The firefighter said he learned how to handle snakes while he was at Grand Haven High School, where he helped showcase them.
“I’d take them around and show them to the kids in the elementary classes,” he said. “That didn’t bother me at all.”
When Hemmelsbach reached the python inside the home, he gingerly handled him so not to scare the reptile.
“I removed the screen off the top and knew to approach it by coming up behind his head. He became very active, and I was glad because that meant that he was OK.”
Two people in the home escaped without injury, fire officials said. The fire significantly damaged the home, and the cause is under investigation. “I would do it for any creature,” Hemmelsbach said. “I’m just glad it had a happy ending.”
Woolly Creatures Join Tourists In Louvre Museum
PARIS (AP) It’s not every day that you can stand in line at the Louvre Museum next to a flock of live sheep.
But that’s what happened to tourists Friday caught up in a protest by small farmers beneath the glass pyramid of the Paris museum.
Louvre officials said there were no arrests or damage in the protest, and it didn’t disrupt operations at one of the world’s most-visited tourist sites
The few dozen protesters, from the Peasants’ Confederation, are angry at proposed subsidy cuts that they say unfairly punish small farms and favor big agribusiness. The cuts are part of a broader reform of European Union agricultural policy.
Dairy farmer Laurent Pinatel argued that small farms deserve support because they are important to France’s economy, identity and culinary reputation.
NY College To Offer Miley Cyrus Class, Twerk Free
Saratoga Springs, NY (AP) A college in upstate New York is offering a summer course on Miley Cyrus and won’t even make students do any class twerk.
The Saratogian newspaper reports the course will be offered by Skidmore College, a private liberal arts college in Saratoga Springs.
Visiting Assistant Professor Carolyn Chernoff calls the course “The Sociology of Miley Cyrus: Race, Class, Gender and Media.”
Chernoff says she’ll focus on the 21-year-old performer and all her incarnations as a way to study such topics as gender, race, class, fame and power.
She says she got the idea after teaching a course on youth culture that featured video of Cyrus twerking at the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards.
But Chernoff says students will have to learn how to twerk on their own time.