Archive for April 19th, 2012

Car crashes into Valley dental office; three critically injured

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At least six people were injured Thursday when a car careened into a San Fernando Valley dental office, leaving three people critically injured and two pinned by the vehicle, Los Angeles fire officials said.

The car crashed through the front of the office in a strip mall in the 6800 block of North White Oak Avenue in Lake Balboa about 9:30 a.m., officials said.

Los Angeles Fire Department Inspector Matt Spence said at least six people were injured and three of those were ”critical.”

Spence said two had to be extricated after they were pinned by the car. Three other people were considered in “fair” condition he said.

Details about the driver were not available. The cause of the accident is under investigation.


County workers paid for mileage on days off, study finds

Oxnard teacher who allegedly appeared in porn movie is fired

Mystery deepens after body of Marine’s wife is found near lake

— Richard Winton

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The Morning Fix: RIP Dick Clark, Cannes lineup announced

After the coffee. Before being tortured by the dentist.

The Skinny: I think we can all remember the first time our parents let us stay up to watch Dick Clark count down the New Year and the first girl we kissed after he said “Happy New Year.” It was a rite of passage. Rest in peace. Thursday’s headlines include appreciations of Clark and a look at the Cannes Film Festival lineup.

Dick Clark
Daily Dose: The NFL is doing all it can to boost the stature of its NFL Network cable channel, which is still struggling to get national distribution. Not only will the NFL Network carry 13 games this season on Thursday night, which is up from eight last year, but it’s presenting matches of higher profile. The majority of its games feature teams that made the playoffs in 2011. The NFL Network is still trying to get carriage from Time Warner Cable, the nation’s second largest cable operator. The question is whether other TV rights holders will start to grumble that the NFL is playing favorites with its own channel.

RIP. Dick Clark, who rose from a radio disc jockey to host of his own groundbreaking television music show and later built an entertainment empire, died Wednesday at 82. Known for his perpetually youthful looks and familiarly known as “America’s oldest teenager,” Clark also celebrated New Year’s Eve with America for almost four decades as host of “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve.” As friendly and cheerful as Clark was on-camera, off-camera he could be a very demanding boss. He also was tainted in the late 1950s radio payola scandals. Obituaries and appreciations of Clark from the Los Angeles Times, New York Times, Rolling Stone and the Associated Press.

May Day. A much-anticipated report on the ethics scandal at News Corp.’s British tabloids from Parliament is expected to be released on May 1, according to Reuters. The report, which comes after several hearings and an investigation into phone hacking and illegal payoffs by staffers of News Corp.’s News of the World and Sun newspapers, is expected to be critical of James Murdoch, son of News Corp. Chairman Rupert Murdoch and the executive who had oversight over the papers.

Starting lineup. The Cannes Film Festival unveiled its lineup and the United States has a very visible presence. Variety said among U.S. titles that made the cut are Brad Pitt’s “Killing Them Softly,” DreamWorks Animation’s  “Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted” and Nicole Kidman’s “The Paperboy.”

Where’d everybody go? Tuesday night saw many top TV shows, including CBS’s “NCIS,” reach season lows. TV ratings always drop a little in the spring as days get longer and the weather gets warmer. I know it takes me awhile to adjust to the longer days. I’ll be at work, look outside and see daylight, and not realize its already 7 p.m. In Michigan, it can stay light out until 10 p.m. in the summer. More on the numbers from the New York Times.

The case that won’t go away. The Department of Justice has asked the Supreme Court to overrule a lower court ruling that had thrown out the Federal Communications Commission $550,000 fine of CBS for the Janet Jackson “wardrobe malfunction” that took place during the halftime show of the 2004 Super Bowl. By now, the legal fees of the government and CBS have easily topped the fine, but there is a principle at stake here, I suppose. Details from Multichannel News.

Ouch. As if Oprah Winfrey hasn’t had a tough enough run lately given the struggles of OWN, the cable network she started with Discovery Communications, now Time magazine doesn’t consider her one of the most influential people in the country anymore. The magazine’s latest list leaves Winfrey off for the first time since it launched in 1999, according to the New York Post.

Inside the Los Angeles TImes: James Rainey on public TV station KCET as it enters its second year without a PBS affiliation. Lionsgatge isn’t showing much love for Miley Cyrus and Demi Moore.

— Joe Flint

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Photo: Dick Clark. Credit: Kevork Djansezian / Associated Press.


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Officials say funding shortfalls not a result of teacher salaries

Companies use furlough days and eliminate raises to help make ends meet during tough economic times. And times don’t get much tougher than the situation before Zionsville Community Schools, which faces a $2.5 million general fund deficit in 2012 alone.

But ZCS administrators say asking teachers to make corporate-type concessions won’t be enough to solve the problem.

Mike Shafer, ZCS chief financial officer, says even if salary increases were eliminated, the number of teachers would still need to be decreased.

“The teacher raise amount is significant, but it’s nowhere close to the number that needs to be cut from the general fund,” Shafer said.

ZCS Superintendent Scott Robison said the total teacher salary increase for the 2011-12 school year was $641,000, whereas the general fund deficit for the same calendar year is $2.5 million.


According to the Indiana Department of Education, the average 2011 teacher salary for ZCS is $53,139, which is less than comparable districts in the surrounding area, making ZCS 49th in the state out of 294 public school districts and 51st if charter schools are included. The average teacher salary for Hamilton Southeastern Schools is $53,142; Carmel Clay’s is $54,509; Westfield-Washington’s is $54,181; the state average is $47,574.

“The average teacher salary is comparable to the average in our peer districts such as Carmel and Fishers,” Robison said. “Our average teacher salary is at about 99 percent of the average; so we are a little bit under the average, and we are all at the top of the state in performance.”

Michael Beres, a volunteer for the Zionsville Taxpayers for Responsible Education Political Action Committee, said the PAC is looking into the teacher salaries.

“We are taking a look at the matrix of teacher salaries,” Beres said. “There’s categories of experience on the left side of the graph, and education on the top of the graph. When compared to Carmel, we are in some categories less, but in a lot of other categories, we were higher. We got higher on the higher end of the graph. We need to look at the entire spectrum and come up with a weighted average, which could take some time to do.”

Robison said the 2008-12 long-term contract did not produce teacher salaries that are above the market for talent in high-performing school communities. He said ZCS cannot retain top teacher talent for students without staying competitive with surrounding school systems, public and private alike. The superintendent’s point of view is that just as businesses need competitive salaries to attract and retain good employees, so do schools, he said.

Beres said ZTRE is emphatically not anti-teachers.

“I’m all for paying good teachers,” he said. “With the new way of evaluating teachers, I think there should be some incentive pay that would allow you to get more money than is on the pay scale.”

Robison worries that if ZCS cannot compete with neighboring school system salaries, ZCS will become “an undesirable, unstable place to teach where inexperienced people alight for a few years and then move to more stable communities nearby.”

He emphasized that this model is particularly true for “the best teacher talent in biology, chemistry, physics, mathematics, and special education. He added, “ZCS is already less desirable to prospective teachers who would rather start a job in a place in which they are less likely to be RIFed (reduced-in-force).”


The compensation portion of the bargaining agreement between ZCS and the Zionsville Educators Association can be renegotiated in August 2013, according to Robison.

“When it occurs in August (2013), there will be a group of administrators, representatives from the teachers’ association, representatives of the board (of trustees) and anyone they wish to have on their team to do the negotiations,” he said.

Robison said negotiations are bound by Indiana law.

“The law states that agreements cannot extend upon the biennium for the money portion,” he said. “So it can only span the next two years, but sometimes you do see one year agreements.”

The Zionsville Educators Association released a statement that said, “As we prepare to enter the last year of this contract, Zionsville teachers are working hard to limit the impact that budget cuts are having upon the students of Zionsville. Any suggestion that the soon-to-expire teachers’ contract is responsible for the current school budget deficit is false and only serves to misdirect from the real reason for the school budget cuts — a dramatic reduction in state funding as a result of Zionsville receiving the lowest per-pupil funding of any public school in the state.”


According to an article from the Center for Evaluation and Education Policy, since 2009, the way school funding is determined by the state includes a formula that adds more money for students on free and reduced lunches. Since there are not many students in the ZCS district in that category, ZCS does not get as much money from the state for the general fund as do districts with more students on free and reduced lunches.

Shafer said during a Monday, Oct. 10, board meeting, nearly 86 percent of the general fund goes to all personnel, and 71 percent of that pays those who are involved with direct instruction, such as teachers and librarians.

After the failed referendum in 2010, ZCS cut 16 teachers for the 2011-12 school year. Because of the private 90-16 campaign, two teachers were called back; and ZCS hired back six other teachers  to alleviate overcrowded classrooms at the beginning of the school year.

Robison said the school board has done everything it can to avoid a referendum.

“The referendum request of $4.7 million is needed because the status quo of current class sizes and program cuts in science and reading are unacceptable and harmful to students,” he said. “The board has vetted all options with counsel. The agreement has been vetted by counsel, and the school board has taken all aspects under consideration.”

The referendum to be voted on Tuesday, May 8,  asks that residents pay an additional tax rate of 24.44 cents per $100 of assessed value. The current rate is $1.341 per $100 of assessed value. The referendum would generate $4.7 million for the general fund foreach of the next three years.

The debt refinancing, which was approved during the November election, will begin in 2015 and will affect the budget as a whole.

Andrea Cline contributed to this story.


In the mid-90s, ZCS established metrics for class sizes to attain school excellence. By the 2002-03 school year, ZCS attained metrics across all grades. The optimal class sizes for grades kindergarten through first is 18; grades second through third is 20; and grades fourth through twelfth is 25. Currently, 46 percent of classes are above metrics.

Number of students in class over metrics:                                  Number of classes:

1                                                                                                                      50                               

2                                                                                                                      80

3                                                                                                                      77       

4                                                                                                                      97

5                                                                                                                      64

6                                                                                                                      58

7                                                                                                                      60

8                                                                                                                      54

9                                                                                                                      34

10                                                                                                                    19

11                                                                                                                    9

12 or more                                                                                                     34


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Voxelogix dentistry seeks failure protection

Voxelogix Corp., a 7-year-old teeth-replacement association that creates computer-designed dental models for improved results, has filed for failure insurance in San Antonio.

Dr. Stephen Schmitt, boss of a house and a dental dilettante who replaces blank and shop-worn teeth, pronounced a association was harm by a down economy in a final few years and lacked a financial resources it indispensable to grow.

The company, located during 7826 Louis Pasteur, was partial of a rising margin of digital dentistry that uses 3 dimensional models and other computer-designed aides to urge teeth replacement. While full deputy costs during Voxelogix started during about $40,000, the

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Timeless Principles in Cosmetic Dentistry to be Presented during 2012 AACD Scientific Session

The Dawson Academy, provider of dental seminars, is unapproachable to attend in a 2012 American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry’s Annual Scientific Session in Washington, D.C this May.

Washington, D.C. (PRWEB) Apr 18, 2012

The Dawson Academy, provider of dental seminars, is unapproachable to attend in a 2012 American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry’s Annual Scientific Session in Washington, D.C this May.

Joan Forrest, President and CEO of The Dawson Academy, shares, “The AACD assembly is a favorite assembly to attend since all a attendees are focused on apropos improved dentists.”


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Odessa Cosmetic Dentistry Practice Now Offering 6 Month Smile Makeover

ODESSA, TX–(Marketwire -04/18/12)- At his core for cosmetic dentistry in Odessa, The Art of Dentistry, Dr. Robin Rutherford has announced he will now be charity a grin makeover diagnosis devise called 6 Month Smiles® for treating misalignment in his patients’ teeth and assisting urge a straightness of their smile. The 6 Month Smiles® System, a cosmetic braces complement grown in 2006, is designed to scold gaps between teeth, swarming and curved teeth, and punch problems within an normal diagnosis time of approximately 6 months. Dr. Rutherford says he is vehement to offer a effective dental

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Objet Divulges 3D Printing Insights during Materialise World Conference 2012

REHOVOT, Israel, Apr 18, 2012 /PRNewswire/ —

  • Insider’s Vision – 19 Apr 2012 – 16:00
  • 3D Printing and Digital Dentistry – 20 Apr – 12:10

Objet ltd., a creation personality in 3D copy for rapid prototyping and addition manufacturing, joins a Materialise World Conference in Leuven, Belgium, as a Platinum Sponsor, this week with dual sessions dictated to assistance a assembly know a advantages of 3D printing.

In a display entitled ‘Insiders Vision’ as a partial of a Additive Manufacturing Summit, Andy Middleton, Objet General Manager for Europe, gives an overview of stream trends in a fast-moving universe of

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KUCHING, Apr 17 (Bernama) — Child dental health caring will also be given

an importance during a stirring International Scientific Convention and Trade

Exhibition here subsequent month participated by a Commonwealth Dental Association,

Malaysian Dental Association (MDA) and a World Dental Federation.

Three experts in paediatric dentistry have been invited to control lectures,

workshops and master class during a convention, that will be hold during the

Borneo Convention Centre Kuching from May 24 to 28.

Prof Dr Ferranti Wong See Leng from a United Kingdom and Dr Kalaiarasu

Peariasamy from Malaysia are approaching to share a workshop

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New High Quality Dental Information Blog Now Available on a Facebook /Save-A-Tooth page, says Phoenix-Lazerus, Inc.

If people are looking for a good, reliable, dental information blog, they can now find it during Facebook/

Wayne, PA (PRWEB) Apr 19, 2012

“It’s tough to find a good dental information site”, says Dr. Paul Krasner, Professor of Dentistry during Temple University. Most dental blogs are not scientifically formed and don’t furnish good, profitable information that can be engaging and useful to a ubiquitous public. “The reason we chose Facebook as a forum for a blog is that we wish that people will pass a information

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Surgeon ubiquitous to pronounce during UR medical propagandize commencement

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Dr. Regina M. Benjamin, a surgeon ubiquitous of a United States, will be a keynote orator on May 18 for a derivation rite of a University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry.

Benjamin, who was nominated to a post by President Barack Obama, will accept an titular alloy of scholarship grade from UR. The surgeon ubiquitous is charged with providing a open with a best health information available.

Prior to apropos “America’s Doctor,” Benjamin founded a farming health hospital in Alabama, that stayed open notwithstanding repairs from Hurricane Katrina

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