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Worth viewing: Herzog documentary on texting & driving

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"From One Second to the Next," by Werner Herzog.

“From One Second to the Next,” by Werner Herzog.

There’s been a lot in the news lately about campaigns against texting and driving. As teens head back to school and parents are back on the road for another year of kid-taxi duty, it’s worth heeding the safety warnings – and maybe doing a little bit of background viewing. Reader Scott Denham recently shared this video by German filmmaker Werner Herzog that uses stories to make the point.

“I ride a lot in and around Davidson, both as a commuter and as an active road cyclist. I see many, many drivers texting while driving,” Denham said in a recent email. “Herzog’s documentary is of interest not only because it’s hard-hitting and very good, but also because he is thought of mainly as an independent high-art film director.” Read the full story

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Drop in blood donations, rising demand bring shortage

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Blood providers say they need donations. (American Red Cross photo)

Blood donations are down at the Charlotte region’s blood providers at a time of year when demand typically rises. With blood now in short supply, providers have issued an emergency call for donations.

Both the American Red Cross and Community Blood Center of the Carolinas are urging healthy prospective donors to visit a blood drive or a blood donation center, to help boost supply. Read the full story

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DCPC hosts a blood drive on Tuesday

Davidson College Presbyterian Church will host its next Blood Drive on Tuesday, May 28, from 2 – 6:30pm in the Congregation House on Concord Road. To schedule an appointment, please email sarahnhenry@gmail.com) to schedule an appointment. Additional details available on the DCPC website (dcpc.org) or Facebook page. Read the full story

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On ‘Don’t Fry Day’, a reminder about sun & skin cancer

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This little fella has it right.

Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the U.S., so federal health officials are promoting Friday, May 24, as “Don’t Fry Day,” and offering advice about how to prevent skin cancer this summer.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the National Council on Skin Cancer Prevention, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), are recognizing this Friday before Memorial Day as “Don’t Fry Day,” to encourage Americans to take a few simple steps to protect their health and prevent skin cancer throughout the summer. Read the full story

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