Fruit stand at the Corte Madera Town Center Farmer's Market

Genetically modified products may require labeling

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California has yet to join China, India, Japan, and all of Europe in requiring companies to label foods that have been genetically modified, but pending voters’ approval in three weeks, it just might. Proposition 37, also known as the “California Right to Know Genetically Engineered Food Act,” has quickly become a controversial ballot item and […]

Budget cuts threaten quality of facility programs

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While Marin County Juvenile Hall employees say that budget cuts have not severely impacted Marin’s facility, other counties within California have not been so lucky. These cuts could lead to severe consequences down the road. “We’ve been asked to do more with less,” said Steven Blair, superintendent of Marin County Juvenile hall. “Here in this […]

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month and, with bracelets, shirts, and the entire NFL swathed in pink, the trademark color is everywhere. 
The junior varsity football team has taken to wearing pink socks during their games, after their coach gave a speech regarding the importance of supporting the breast cancer awareness movement. 
Throughout the month, Marin has participated in a variety of ways to raise awareness and educate the community.
According to Dr. Francine Halberg, a radiation oncologist from the Marin Cancer Institute, Breast Cancer Awareness Month allows people in her field to further educate the general public about the importance of early detection and preventative measures that women can take. For many years, Halberg has given lectures every October.
The effects of breast cancer have not escaped Redwood High School. 
Senior Maureen McLennon’s mother was diagnosed with breast cancer last year and is currently in recovery. 
“I feel like people have been very supportive with our situation,” McLennon said. “People are really aware about breast cancer and trying to make a difference. My church brought us meals, which is really helpful. If someone has it, the best way is to be there for the family and give them support.”
McLennon is a member of Redwood’s Point of Action club, which recently held a walk in honor of breast cancer awareness. The money they raised was sent to the Susan G. Komen Foundation.
“If a parent has a major illness, that clearly has an effect—like a bomb going off in the living room of the family. It can be a very difficult time. I will say that Marin is generally a good community that we live in. People do try to make an effort to help each other,” Halberg said. 
Although noted as being an extremely healthy county, Marin has one of the highest rates of breast cancer in not only the United States, but the world. 
Many oncologists speculate that this is because of the demographics in Marin, not due to environmental factors. 
“There are certain groups of people that just have inherently higher risk, such as being Caucasian, and having a higher socioeconomic status, which often means delayed childbirth,” Halberg said. “Women in Marin also drink more alcohol—they’re not necessarily alcoholics, but having more than four drinks a week raises your breast cancer risk.”
Dr. Halberg added that prevention at early ages is very important, especially for teenagers. “If you exercise more than four to five hours a week, you decrease your breast cancer risk. Exercise shown to improve your immune system function,” she said. “Also, it’s important to maintain a healthy weight, eat fruits and vegetables, and not drink too much alcohol, which increases estrogen levels.”
On Oct. 9, the Third Annual Breast Health Forum was held at the Mill Valley Civic Center. 
Maria Dalmacio, from the Marin Breast Center, said that her office sees a large influx of women who come in to get checked during October. 
“It’s because we make [our goal] more public. The key is early detection,” Dalmacio said.
The forum featured four women physicians as keynote speakers—two of the women were medical and surgical oncologists and two were radiologists. They individually lectured on the topic of the evening, which was “Breast Cancer: The Myths and Facts.” 
Halberg praised having a month dedicated to awareness. 
“To be able to empower women to take care of their health is a good thing,” she said.

CAMPUS SUPERVISOR Dustin Sharpe has professionally rapped since he was 18 and has performed with Kanye West. Sharpe is also featured on Bassnectar’s new album.

Ensuring safety by day, busting rhymes by night

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By day, he keeps students safe, chats with them in the parking lot, and oversees the hallways of the school. But after school hours, new campus supervisor Dustin Sharpe hits the studio as a professional rapper. Sharpe, whose MC name is D.U.S.T., began rapping professionally when he was 18 and has since produced five solo […]

Juvenile hall aims to reduce adolescent crime

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“Zack,” an anonymous senior, was sitting in the middle of his third period class when campus supervisor Levi Hooks stepped in to the classroom and called him down to the office. “Come with me, son,” Hooks said as the two walked down the hallway. As Zack entered the office, he was confronted by police officers […]

Elvis Costello will headline the opening day of Hardly Strictly when he performs Friday in Golden Gate Park

Hardly Strictly Bluegrass festival to open tomorrow

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Bluegrass purists, local festival enthusiasts, and a wide variety of music lovers will all flock to Golden Gate Park this weekend to attend the 12th annual Hardly Strictly Bluegrass music festival. Although the three-day function will be competing with other popular events in San Francisco such as America’s Cup preliminary races, Giants’ playoff games, and […]

The newly designed Apple Earpods are a great improvement on the previous model, with better sound quality and comfort.

Earpods: The New Standard

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Alongside the iPhone 5, Apple also released it’s completely redesigned headphones on September 12. The headphones, called Earpods, deliver superb sound quality in a comfortable package. Don’t let the alien-like design be deceiving. The most noticeable thing about Earpods is their comfort. They’re quite a change from the painful previous generation that nobody used. Even […]

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Noises Off play to open this week

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Redwood’s Advanced Drama class is kicking off this school year with a light farce, Noises Off. The play is a humorous look into the chaotic world of theater. “It’s essentially a play within a play,” said director Britt Block. “The story is about a group of actors attempting to put on a play and encountering […]

This walkathon, organized by Great Strides, aims to raise money for research on Cystic Fibrosis.

Freshman raises money, awareness of sister’s disease

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Rather than sit and watch her younger sister struggle with a life-threatening disease, freshman Kayla Rose jumped in to join the fight. 11-year-old Katie Rose was born with Cystic Fibrosis, a disease in which thick mucus builds up in one’s lungs and pancreas and interferes with the body’s ability to digest and use proteins. Treatment […]

Senior Maddie Bell recently released her first single, "Hearts Apart," on ITunes with a full length album to follow soon.

Senior releases original single on iTunes

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After being inspired by the original music of a friend, senior Maddie Bell was determined to follow in his footsteps. The result is an original single that Bell recently released on iTunes called “Hearts Apart,” as well as a cover of Fairytale by Sara Bareilles available on her Soundcloud account. For Bell, the beginning of […]


Gallery: Ecology class heads to Slide Ranch

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Ecology classes took their annual field trip to Slide Ranch in Muir Beach, on Wednesday. Slide Ranch is a non-profit farm devoted to teaching students and community members about agriculture and organic practices.