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Tuesday 09/06/2016
Less marijuana on Arizona streets, detective says at ‘Tukee Talks’
Posted: September 06, 2016


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Mom Interrupted: No need for handwritten thank you notes anymore
Updated: January 26, 2016 - 2:36 pm

Before I ever submitted a word to my first editor at the Ahwatukee Foothills News, he gave me a friendly caution about avoiding controversy. I’ve taken that instruction seriously, but today I have to break my silence and speak from the heart.

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Monday 12/14/2015
Mom, Interrupted: ‘Don’t let go,’ Kid Interrupted
Updated: January 06, 2016 - 4:48 pm

Birthdays usually feature gifts for the honoree, and trust me: we’ll get to the presents soon enough. But on this, my son Cole’s 18th birthday, I want to talk about what the youngest Kid Interrupted has given me over the years.

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Sunday 11/22/2015
Mom, Interrupted: Somewhere there could be peace
Updated: January 06, 2016 - 4:48 pm

It’s Nov. 15 and as I write, the news is chock full of the Atrocity du Jour, and in a world where atrocities seem to be happening every jour with alarming regularity, this one is truly atrocious. Dozens are dead or wounded, victims simply because they wanted to catch a quick meal or a concert on an autumn night in Paris.

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Sunday 11/15/2015
Voting starts today for our 2015 Best Of Ahwatukee
Posted: November 15, 2015

Dear Ahwatukee,

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Wednesday 11/04/2015
Mom, Interrupted: Style in the spotlight would not be my thing
Updated: January 06, 2016 - 4:48 pm

Please, Lord, don’t let my husband run for president.

For one thing, it doesn’t look like fun, being a candidate’s spouse. Incessant traveling, smiling through jet lag, and stifling the impulse to say, “Well, he can’t remember to put the toilet seat back down, but I guess he’d make a decent president” when you’re out on the stump for the 347th day in a row.

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Thursday 10/29/2015
Things I Tell My Mom: Book Club -- The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
Updated: November 09, 2015 - 12:09 pm

In 2002, one of my first set of experiments in graduate school was treating the prostate cancer cell line (named DU145) with a chemotherapeutic drug and comparing how these cells responded to how HeLa cells responded to this chemotherapy. Little did I realize at the time that 51 years earlier, these cells were removed from a poor black woman named Henrietta Lacks without her even knowing. She subsequently died, but her cells have lived on for over 60 years being used by researchers around the world to better understand cancer. It's estimated that over 60,000 research papers have used HeLa cells (I just searched the literature for "HeLa" and found over 83,000 results). HeLa cells helped to develop the polio vaccine (HeLa cells were easily infected by polio, and therefore ideal to test the vaccine).  In 2013, HeLa cells were the first cell line to have its genome fully sequenced (the genome of HeLa cells is a hot mess with more than 5 copies of some chromosomes - likely caused by the number of times that the cells have divided over the past 60 years).  In fact, HeLa cells are so popular and so widespread that they have been found to be contaminating a large percentage of the OTHER cell lines that researchers are using (for example, the bladder cancer cell line KU7 was found to exclusively be HeLa cells in one research lab).

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Tuesday 10/27/2015
Things I Tell My Mom: Growing tumors outside the body to kill the tumor still inside
Updated: November 09, 2015 - 12:09 pm

To understand how to kill a tumor, you have to study the tumor. Historically, much of how scientists understand tumors comes from removing a tumor from a patient's body, putting it in a plastic dish (called a petri dish), and studying whatever cells are grown in this dish. You may be familiar with the book "The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks" by Rebecca Skloot. 

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Thursday 10/22/2015
Things I Tell My Mom: How do genes affect traits? It's just like '50 Shades of Grey'
Updated: November 09, 2015 - 12:09 pm

In "50 Shades of Grey", there isn't any mention of molecular biology or genetics, but maybe there should be, because it's a great example of how to explain how genes affect traits. And yes, I'm talking about dominance. Don't get too excited - there won't be any photos or explicit descriptions. We're going to be talking about dominant and recessive genes.

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Tuesday 10/20/2015
Things I Tell My Mom: What is heredity?
Updated: November 09, 2015 - 12:09 pm

All the time, people say that I look more like my Dad and my sister looks more like my Mom.  My sister inherited by mom's blue eyes and light hair, and I inherited the green eyes and brown hair from my Dad's side of the family.

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Wednesday 10/14/2015
Mom, Interrupted: Humor is a highly individual thing
Updated: January 06, 2016 - 4:48 pm

One of the challenges with writing what is supposed to be a humor column is that the inherent humor in the column does not always hit its mark. 

My mail is running about 50/50 that I have lousy aim.

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Sunday 10/11/2015
Tukee Talk: My final advice? Be kind, Ahwatukee
Posted: October 11, 2015

It’s been more than five years since a wise mentor suggested I apply for an internship at the Ahwatukee Foothills News. I didn’t even know where Ahwatukee was. Now I feel like Ahwatukee is home. A comfy, cozy home within a cul-de-sac filled with characters you grow up with and will never forget.

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Wednesday 09/23/2015
Mom, Interrupted: Have we lost the real meaning of weddings?
Updated: January 06, 2016 - 4:48 pm

I hate to say I told you so, but I did. Way back in 2003.

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Wednesday 09/16/2015
Ask Mikey: Turn your tragedy into something positive
Updated: December 23, 2015 - 1:53 pm

Have you ever stopped to wonder, why did this happen to me? Why am I constantly struggling? Why am I always broke? How come other people have less tragic events that happened to them in their life than I have had happen in mine?

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Friday 09/04/2015
Celebrating the 40th anniversary of Springsteen’s ‘Born to Run’
Updated: September 22, 2015 - 11:32 am

This one goes out to Brian, the cool cat who knows the smokin’ tracks, the hot wax, and the stone cold facts.

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Thursday 08/20/2015
Things I Tell My Mom: Book Club -- "The Water Knife"
Updated: November 09, 2015 - 12:01 pm

I grew up in New England - Rhode Island, specifically. Rhode Island is green, with big, green, leafy trees and lots of green grass.  

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Wednesday 08/19/2015
Mom, Interrupted: Hitting the roof over misuse of the elipsis
Updated: December 14, 2015 - 1:37 pm

In the year 1530, the world started referring to anything that was irritating, ill-tempered, or fretful as “peevish.” It took a few hundred more years for us to call anything that made us feel all those things a “peeve.”

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Tuesday 08/18/2015
Things I Tell My Mom: What is that? A beautiful image of deadly tumor cells
Updated: November 02, 2015 - 10:13 am

It looks like an eye. Perhaps a terrifying pink eye, like the Eye of Sauron, coming out of the darkness. 

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Friday 08/14/2015
Spiritual Side: The Hebrew month of Elul
Updated: January 19, 2016 - 4:16 pm

Release – like a check that’s been held by the bank or a man kept in prison. Release – like a falling leaf or a sigh after disappointment. This is the season of release.

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AAA Advice: Nation’s roadways, bridges in dire straits
Updated: December 14, 2015 - 1:27 pm

Our transportation infrastructure is crumbling around us. 

An example is the bridge that collapsed in July near Desert Center, Calif. It closed a section of Interstate 10 and led to hundreds of calls, inquiries and re-routed trips from AAA members. While this was an inconvenience to motorists, it will entail a costly fix for California.

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