All American Red Heads inducted into Missouri Sports Hall of Fame – Joplin Globe

Decades before Title IX legislation was approved in 1972, businessman Connie Mack (C.M.) Olson provided an equal opportunity for women’s basketball.

At the suggestion of his wife, Doyle, the All American Red Heads came into existence in 1936 in Cassville.

“Mr. Olson had his own professional men’s team that traveled across the USA known as the Terrible Swedes,” said Willa Faye Mason. “His wife had a beauty shop. She had several operators in the beauty shop, and they liked to play basketball. When they weren’t at work, they were up at the gym in Cassville shooting baskets.

“One day she said to Mr. Olson, ‘My girls sure like to play basketball. It’s too bad they don’t have a team.’ He said, ‘That’s an excellent idea. I could field a team of girls.’ And she said, ‘You sure could, and call them Red Heads.’ And he said ‘All American Red Heads.’ And that was the birth of the name.”

The All American Red Heads, who played 50 years from 1936-86, were inducted into the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame last week in Springfield.

The Red Heads, playing in dyed red hair and red, white and blue uniforms, barnstormed the country with seven-player teams traveling in station wagons or limousines. Their popularity and success continued after Orwell Moore, an English teacher and girls basketball coach in Caraway, Arkansas, bought the team in 1955. The franchise grew to three traveling teams in the 1970s.

“We played the 6-player game three and three (offensive and defensive players on each half of the court) in high school,” said Mason, who played for the Red Heads from 1949-56. “But with the Red Heads, they started in 1936 and they always played the five-player, full-court basketball.

“My heart is just full of memories of basketball with the Red Heads. The seven seasons I played, I played in every state but Maine. We played six months out of the year. We played every night, and we traveled in the daytime and played at night. You had to love the game.”

Many of their games were fundraisers for organizations that booked them in the town the VFW, Lions Club, Kiwanis Cub to name a few. And not all the games were against women.

“People turned out to see the girls play against the guys, and it wasn’t just women against men for a show,” Mason said. “You saw basketball when you came out to see the Red Heads. We won around 70 percent, and we played about 180 games a season. Someone said to me one time the boys just let you win, and I said ‘you’re kidding.’ The boys or the men did not just let us win. We worked for every basket we could get.”

The Red Heads generally played two quarters of regular basketball and two quarters of basketball that resembled the Harlem Globetrotters, complete with fancy dribbling and trick shots. The organization was inducted into the Naismith Hall of Fame on Sept. 7, 2012.

After retiring from the Red Heads, “I always wanted to be a physical education teacher and a coach,” Mason said. “I finished my degree and went on and coached basketball for 27 years at Northeastern State University in Tahlequah (Oklahoma). I achieved my doctor’s degree while I was there. The Red Heads just really added a lot to my life.”

Mason coached basketball at NSU from 1963-80, and she also coached tennis for nine seasons and softball for seven years. She was the first woman inducted into the NSU Athletics Hall of Fame.

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US photographer travels the world photographing redheads (PHOTOS) – IrishCentral

Good news for anybody with an appreciation of redheads as from June 2017, youll be able to get your hands on a fantastic new portrait book dedicated solely to the beauty of red hair.

American photographer Brian Dowling previously worked for six years for the likes of Fox, MTV and Getty images, photographing celebrities in LA during press junkets and the like but not creating anything he thought was incredibly memorable.

Although Dowlings mother is from Taiwan, his grandparents hail from Co. Laois in Ireland (and is it any wonder with a name as Irish as Brian Dowling) and he blames this for his fascination with red hair and a love for its beauty and uniqueness.

First acquiring the Instagram name @redheads, he began posting some of the images of the redhead celebrities and models he shot but it quickly turned into a passion art project that chose to break out of the confines of models alone and find redheads from all over the world that he could photograph.


Grace from Malahide. Image credit: Brian Dowling

About a year ago, he moved to Berlin in Germany, for a taste of a slower pace of life in comparison to LA and New York, where Dowling says you can work yourself to death. Beginning to build a following on his Instagram account, he set out to travel to 20 countries capturing the essence of redheads from all over the world.

Read more:Founders of National Love Your Red Hair Day launch new redhead beauty book


Madelaine from Washington State. Image credit: Brian Dowling

It started as a fun Instagram project, Dowling said.

I would post celebrity redhead photos I would take at work and post them. Then it slowly evolved into me taking photos of people that followed me on Instagram and then it grew from there over the course of three summers.


Kirstie from Glencoe, Scotland. Image credit: Brian Dowling

Now at the end of the initial stage of his project and having photographed 130 redheads in 20 different countries, Dowling has established a Kickstarter to publish his first book of portraits entitled Redhead Beauty.


Elainna from Modesto, California. Image credit: Brian Dowling

I started this project just for fun, but I kept getting many emails from people telling me how they liked how my photos arent overly sexualized and how it made them feel proud of being a redhead, said Dowling.

So, I eventually decided to call the book Redhead Beauty because I wanted people to see my images and break down a couple stereotypes.


Natasha from London. Image credit: Brian Dowling

Including redheads from countries such as Sweden, the Ukraine, Russia, the Netherlands, Brazil and, of course, Ireland, many of the women photographed had no previous experience with shoots such as this but the chance for fun, adventure and to have some free photos taken by a professional made them eager to take part in a fascinating project that delves into what makes red hair so special.


A model in Italy. Image credit: Brian Dowling

Meeting up with new Instagram friends for 40-minute shoots, Dowling would spend the first ten to fifteen minutes talking with his new models to settle any nerves they may have about the shoot and it was often during these chats that the anti-redhead sentiments some of them had previously experienced came out.

Read more:10 ways to celebrate National Love Your Red Hair Day


Alisha from Odessa, the Ukraine. Image credit: Brian Dowling

I learned that South Park ruined a lot of childhoods, Dowling explained, emphasizing that he believed this was mainly a problem in certain countries in Europe and in America.

I started asking people if they were bullied and even across Europe many people brought up that infamous episode. On a positive note, I learned that people really appreciated what I was doing and that having red hair makes you a member of this elite club, he continued, happy to share that several of his more amateur models felt the photography project had gone some way in building their confidence as redheads.


Nena from Bratislava, Slovenia. Image credit: Brian Dowling

While Dowling plans to get the first book published this year through the Kickstarter campaign, hes far from finished with photographing those with red hair and hopes to get to some of the stranger places where it can be found in the future.


Chelbie from South Carolina. Image credit: Brian Dowling

I thought 20 was a nice round number to begin a Kickstarter campaign, but I hope in the future I can add more diversity to the project by visiting Mexico, Brazil, Turkey, Israel, and Lebanon, he said.

Two big surprises for most of your readers will probably be that Israel has a lot of redheads. I think it is about 6% and Brazilians have a huge admiration for people with red hair, Dowling writes.


Daria in St. Petersburg, Russia. Image credit: Brian Dowling

You can find the Redhead Beauty Kickstarter here.

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Calling All Redheads – Ed Sheeran Is Looking For Gingers To ‘Have … – Lovin Dublin

Well, have we got news for you.

We are both pleased and horrified to announce that Ed Sheeran is officially on the lookout for gingers to organise some sort of sexcapade, in the form of a gangbang.

And no, we’re not joking. Even a little bit.

During a recent interview withStudio Brussel, the talented Brit explained that he’s looking for redheads of all shapes and sizes to organise, in his own words, a ‘gangbang’.

An inclusive activity, how quaint.

Know anyone up for joining the party? Let us know in the comments.

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KESSINGER: Red Heads a hidden Ozarks hoops gem. – Christian County Headliner News

I couldnt help but think of my beloved Grammy whom the rest of the world called Thelma Venable when I listened to Willa Faye Mason speak. There was just something about the twinkle in her eye and her love of basketball.

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Vintage Redheads opens in Geneseo – Geneseo Republic

Geneseos newest retail shop is a mix of vintage, shabby chic and chippy primitives.

Geneseos newest retail shop is a mix of vintage, shabby chic and chippy primitives.

VintageRedheads is located at 101 S.State Street, in the former Geneseo City Hall building. The shop opened to the public on Saturday,March 25.

Owners Nan and Russ Trahan decided that they were ready to take the step of offering their unique blend of decor in a permanent location.

We had been doing shows and loved it, but felt we were ready to simplify and consolidate in one location, said Nan..

The Trahans have been married for 30 years and are both ordained ministers. They share a passion for the hand-made, authentic and unusual.

Russ makes many of the pieces here in the store, said Nan. They are all one of a kind.

In addition to their displays, the Trahans have a master plan for other endeavors.

Upstairs we are planning vignettes of decades, a meeting room for events and even wedding design and decor services. We are planning to offer couples vintage collections for weddings that will go beyond the ordinary, said Nan.

Wedding designs will incorporate florals along with period pieces reflecting a couples personal style.

The Trahans are planning a grand opening on April 8.

We are so happy to be in this location with the support and encouragement of so many. Our journey continues to be blessed, said Nan.

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Ginger discount is still a ‘global talking point’ says Prestatyn … – WalesOnline

The north Wales restaurant that offers cut price meals to people with ginger hair is still going strong more than a year after first mooting the concept.

Restaurateur Mark Linaker opened gourmet burger and chicken eatery Gingers Grill in Prestatyn last June with a 20% “ginger discount” to all ‘genuine’ redheads.

Mr Linaker, who describes himself as a “former ginger” and believed red head deserved a break.

And the business decision is still paying off a year after he came up with the concept.

“Its definitely working, its something a little bit different and quirky that has been getting a positive reaction, he told the Daily Post .

“We have new ginger customers coming in every day for their discount.

“We dont necessarily get more ginger customers but when we do get a ginger in, they buzz off it.

“Every now and again and we have ginger families coming in who all have their picture taken outside with the Gingers logo.

“Its just a bit of light hearted banter really.”

The former Prestatyn High School pupil said strict rules apply when it comes to offering the discount.

He added: “Everybody tries it on, but the rule is you have to have ginger hair on your head to apply for the discount.

“And you cant be in denial about the fact you’re ginger.

“We get some customers arguing theyre strawberry blonde, but unless they actually admit theyre ginger, they dont get the discount.”

Mr Linaker announced the deal just under a year ago, and a couple of months before the opening of his business, and the concept went worldwide.

And he says he continues to receive messages on social media from redheads from overseas who are planning to visit the restaurant.

“I had someone from America get in touch to say they had heard about Gingers Grill and they were hoping to come over to get their discount.

People from all over the world are still talking about us so it definitely works from a marketing perspective.

Despite arguing it is a cool time to be ginger, Mark said he hopes his special discount offers something back to those who have never felt the benefit of their hair colour.

When the restaurant first opened, people were making comments telling us to leave gingers alone and some said we shouldn’t be doing it because its not fair on gingers, he added.

Others claimed what we are doing is racist, but ginger is not a race – it is a minority.

I was ginger as a kid and the only thing you get is old ladies saying how lovely your hair is or you get bullied.

You never feel any benefit of being ginger so we want to give something back to all the redheads out there.

Although its probably a cool time to be ginger at the moment – ginger has become quite fashionable so it was the right time for us to launch this discount.

Hopefully one day we might be able to transform Gingers Grill into a global chain so gingers all over the world will be able to benefit.

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Okie From Muskogee: Shooting hoops led to career – Muskogee Daily Phoenix


Glenda McClain shows an autographed basketball she received from the Basketball Hall of Fame. As a player with the All American Redheads, McClain is in the Hall’s Class of 2012.

Glenda McClain shows skill at the basics.

They were drilled into her through years on the basketball court. She started as a fourth-grader at Liberty Morris School. She kept dribbling through high school, then for four years on the barnstorming professional team All American Redheads. She said her coach, Orwell Moore, stressed basics of team play.

She helped coach the Redheads her third year on the team.

After leaving the team in 1976, McClain coached and taught at Fort Gibson Schools. At Fort Gibson’s Early Learning Center, she taught children such basics as running, skipping, even nutrition.

McClain said she always wanted to teach and coach.

“I was in third or fourth grade, and I always had my paper, pencil and books,” McClain said. “I was very tuned into school.”

She said she had great teachers, starting with Mrs. Williams in first grade and Mrs. Terry in third grade.

“They just cared,” she said. “They showed compassion.”

Two grades shared one room at Liberty Morris, she said. “First and second were in one room. Third and fourth were in one room. It was a small school.”

McClain continues to be involved in education as director of field studies at Bacone College.

Learning basketball from an early age

Glenda McClain’s career path began in the fourth grade.

“In elementary and middle school, even at Haskell, we never had P.E. classes. It was all athletics,” she said. “In the middle school, it was preparing me for a high school setting in basketball. The ones who didn’t take athletics, still took the class. They’d sit at the side and did their homework.”

She recalled playing basketball with her twin sister at a goal they had at home.

She said those athletic classes taught her about “just getting in there and working hard.”

“That’s what it takes to be good at anything,” she said. “I wanted to get in there and work on my skills. My coaches said, ‘If you want to get better, you have to give 110 percent.’ It was wanting to get better.”

She said she worked even harder under her high school coach.

McClain played for the Haskell Haymakers.

“Back in the back, by the goal,” she said. “They’d pass to me and I’d make some fakes back there and I’d put it in the hoop. My senior year, I averaged 23 points a game.”

She said her team had a winning record those years.

“As a matter of fact, some people would come and watch the girls play,” she said.

The team made the state playoffs in 1970.

“Back then, the opportunity was very little for women,” she said, “Not until Title IX. I was just lucky Mr. Moore came to see me play.”

That man was Orwell Moore, coach of the All American Redheads.

Life on a team

Glenda McClain played for the All American Redheads when she was known as Glenda “Okie” Hall. Because of her height, she was a good post player.

As an All American Redhead, McClain played under the name of Glenda “Okie” Hall.

“It was awesome, traveling around, playing basketball, doing something you love, seeing the country, from the small town of Haskell,” McClain said. “Who’d have ever thought we’d have an opportunity like that.”

She said the five or seven team members would go to games in a 30-foot limousine. They played five-on-five ball, using men’s rules.

“We broke all kinds of stereotypes,” McClain said. “Back then, they didn’t think women could run down the court or that kind of thing.”

They played a variety of men’s teams, including Kiwanis groups, coaches, semi-professional teams. They even played basketball against football teams, such as the Denver Broncos and Washington Redskins.

The Redheads played 200 ballgames from October to May.

“On Sundays, we had double-headers,” she said.

She said coach Moore kept stressing the basics of play.

“How to do a lay up, how to pass, shooting, every step on how to shoot,” McClain said, clapping her hands to emphasize each step. “We’d go over and over and over plays.”

Muskogee resident Glenda McClain’s name is part of the Basketball Hall of Fame Class of 2012 as a player with the All American Redheads.

She said a highlight of her post-career came when the team was inducted into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame in 2012.

“We were the first women’s team to be inducted and the ninth only team to be inducted,” she said. “We were there with a room full of all-time great basketball players:Magic Johnson, Michael Jordan, Dr. Julius Irving, Larry Bird, Kareem Abdul Jabar,Charles Barkley, Bill Walton and many more.”

Earning degree to teach children

Glenda McClain tells a History Explorers club about her time with the All American Redheads basketball team. She joined the team in 1971, shortly after graduating from Haskell High School.

McClain worked to get her education degree when she wasn’t touring with the team.

She recalled that after four years with the team, she needed to get her degree “and start teaching and coaching.”

McClain earned a bachelor’s degree in 1976 and a master’s degree in 1978. She began teaching physical education at Fort Gibson in 1976.

“I taught middle school science for a long time and middle school P.E. for a long time,” she said. “The last eight years at Fort Gibson, I moved to the Early Learning Center and taught P.E.”

“I loved trying to help people all the time, helping students succeed,” she said. “I wanted to physically educate them.”

She was Fort Gibson teacher of the year in 1990 and ELC teacher of the year in 1998.

At ELC, she taught the kindergartners, first-graders and second-graders what her coaches had taught her the basics.

“They have so much energy,” she said. “You have to teach just the basic skills running, skipping hopping, the locomotor skills, the non-locomotor skills. Seeing them jumping rope. The last semester in kindergarten, they’re jumping rope.”

Locomotor skills include running. Non-locomotor skills include bending and twisting. Nutrition was another basic skill McClain recalled stressing.

Her youngsters had a walking club, in which they got tokens for each five miles they walked on the school track.

“Some of them really excelled in the mile club,” McClain said. “Some of them got over 200 miles a year. I had three or four of them had over 250 miles. During their lunch period, going on the track.”

She relished watching “the light go on.”

“You could see when they learn something, they’re so excited,” she said. “And they just love you. At that age, they’re willing to get out there and just try.”

After four years playing with the All American Redheads basketball team and more than 30 years teaching, Glenda McClain finds time to relax in her home.

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Trump agency heads already rolling back Obama-era rules on their … – Fox News

President Trumps newly installed agency heads are starting to take a lead role unraveling a web of Obama-era regulations, acting alongside congressional Republicans and the president himself to roll back rules they claim hurt business or simply go too far.

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke was the latest to peel back red tape.

On his first day of work, for which he arrived Teddy Roosevelt-style on horseback, Zinke ended a ban on lead bullets and fishing tackle on federal lands and water. The ban was imposed to protect animals from lead poisoning, but had been criticized by the National Rifle Association as an attack on gun owners.

Zinke said in a statement he determined the original order was not mandated by any existing statutory or regulatory requirement.The NRA thanked the new secretary for eliminating this arbitrary attack.

Zinke also hinted at more to come in another order, directing agencies to identify areas where recreation and fishing can be expanded.

Meanwhile, the EPA reportedly is set to reverse an Obama-era decision to lock in strict gas mileage requirements for cars and light trucks through 2025.

Together, the moves are part of a three-pronged attack on regulations issued over the last several months and years. It’s what White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon, at CPAC, dubbed the deconstruction of the administrative state.

The Republican-controlled Congress has moved since the start of the session to nix rules issued toward the end of the last administration. And Trump has directed others to be rolled back, a plan his agencies also are implementing.

In February, for instance, Trump signed an order instructing the Labor Department to delay implementing a rule requiring certain financial professionals to put their clients’ interests first. The department could simply abolish it. Trump also ordered agencies to ease the regulatory burdens of ObamaCare, and look at removing two regulations for every new one.

Yet, as the final members of Trumps Cabinet are being confirmed, incoming agency heads also appear to be acting on their own.

The EPA, under Scott Pruitt, last week withdrew its request that owners and operators in the oil and natural gas industry provide information on equipment and emissions at existing operations.

The Washington Examiner reported Monday that Trump also is planning on signing an executive order rolling back Obamas Clean Power Plan which requires states to cut greenhouse gas emissions by a third as well as the Interior Departments moratorium on coal leases.

However, the Clean Power Plan order would merely instruct the EPA to overturn it. A similar order was sent out last week, instructing regulators to re-examine President Obamas Clean Water Rule.

In another example of agencies taking the lead, Health Secretary Tom Price says his department will go through existing health care regulations and try to “get rid” of those they determine hurt patients, as Republicans push an ObamaCare replacement bill.

Conservatives, however, are hoping the Trump administration will be an opportunity not just to roll back regulations, but get agencies out of the habit of passing their own.

Regardless of which party controls the White House, we need to get a handle on the regulatory state. Yes, roll back what we can, but also to make sure were going through Congress to put checks in place to restore Article 1 [of the Constitution], Jason Pye, director of public policy and legislative affairs for FreedomWorks, told Fox News.

EPA Administrator Pruitt holds a similar view, telling The Wall Street Journal that his job is not about increasing or reducing regulation.

There is no reason why EPAs role should ebb or flow based on a particular administration, or a particular administrator, he said in a Feb. 17 interview. Agencies exist to administer the law. Congress passes statutes, and those statutes are very clear on the job EPA has to do.

As for revoking rules via Congress, conservatives have pointed to the Congressional Review Act a little-known 1996 law that gives Congress 60 legislative days to reconsider any new regulations. If a resolution of disapproval is signed by the president, then the agency cannot re-submit a regulation in substantially the same form, unless approved by Congress.

The House passed a bill in January the Midnight Rules Relief Act that, if signed by President Trump, would allow Congress to disapprove of multiple regulations at once.

Some Republicans are suggesting a slash-and-burn approach. North Carolina Rep. Mark Meadows posted online a 100 days list of rules he wants to see revoked.

But Pye warns most lawmakers are unlikely to be so aggressive.

I think theyre going to be thoughtful. Some, like the Clean Power Plan or the fiduciary rule, are unavoidable — you have to start rolling those back, he said. With that said, we should be pursuing legislative measures, not just rolling regulations back, but making sure a future president cant impact negatively impact [the] economy through [regulation].

Adam Shaw is a Politics Reporter and occasional Opinion writer for He can be reached here or on Twitter: @AdamShawNY.

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Is red hair gene linked to increased risk of Parkinson’s? – NHS Choices – NHS Choices

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Red hair could be a risk factor for Parkinson’s

“Redheads are more likely to develop Parkinson’s,” claims the Mail Online after astudy found the gene that makes people with red hairsusceptible to skin cancer also increases the risk of brain disease.

But the study didn’t actually look directly at redheads (human ones, anyway). Instead, it used mice to look at whether a red hair gene called MC1R might be important in the region of the brainaffected by Parkinson’s. The study found the MC1R gene was active in this brain region in mice.

When researchers stopped the gene working, it led to nerve cells in this region dying, resulting in the mice developing progressive problems with movement.

The researcherssuggested drugs targeting MC1R might help in treating Parkinson’s.

The causes ofParkinson’s disease in humans are not completely understood. While this research supports the possibility this gene plays a role, there are likely to be other genetic factors involved, as well as environmental factors.

Not all studies in humans have found a link between variants in the MC1R gene and Parkinson’s. Even if there is some increase in risk associated with certain forms of this gene, it’s likely to be relatively small.

The study was carried out by researchers from Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School and the University of California in the US, and the Tongji University School of Medicine in China.

The work was funded by the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, the National Natural Science Foundation of China, the RJG Foundation, the Michael J Fox Foundation, the Milstein Medical Asian American Partnership Foundation, and the US Department of Defense.

The news headlines fail to capture the uncertainty about whether redheads are at greater risk of Parkinson’s. Some studies have suggested this may be the case, but the evidence isn’t conclusive.

The current research didn’t look at this question directly it looked at whether researchers could find a biological reason why there might be a link.

This animal research looked at how a gene that determines whether people have red hair might also play a role in Parkinson’s disease.

Other studies have suggested people with malignant melanoma a skin cancer more common in redheads and fair-skinned people might be at greater risk of Parkinson’s. Studies have also shown higher than expected rates of melanoma in people with Parkinson’s.

The researchers thought the link between the two conditions might be down to a gene called the melanocortin 1 receptor (MC1R) gene. People who carry certain versions of the MCR1 gene tend to have red hair and fair skin.

Some studies but not all have suggested carrying certain red hair MC1R variants and having red hair are also associated with an increased risk of Parkinson’s disease.

The researchers wanted to look at whether the MC1R gene has an effect on nerve cells in the brain that produce a specific signalling chemical called dopamine.

In Parkinson’s, these nerve cells die off, which causes the slow movement problems characteristic of the disease. If the gene is important in these cells, this would explain why there might be a link between red hair and Parkinson’s.

Humans and other animals share many of their genes, so researchers often investigate what genes do in animals to give strong pointers of their roles in humans.

The researchers studied mice with a defective form of the MC1R gene. These mice have yellow coats, the equivalent of red hair in humans. The researchers compared these with normal mice with functioning MC1R genes.

They first looked at whether the MC1R gene in normal mice was active in the dopamine-producing nerve cells in the part of the brain affected by Parkinson’s disease, the substantia nigra.

They compared the abnormal mice with the non-functioning MC1R gene and the normal mice to see whether the substantia nigra looked different and whether the mice moved differently. They also looked at how the defective gene might affect brain cells.

One way of producing mice with a Parkinson’s-like condition is by exposing them to chemicals that kill the dopamine nerve cells.

The researchers looked at whether the abnormal mice were more susceptible to two different chemicals that can do this.

Theythen looked at whether “switching on” the protein made by the MC1R gene chemically might protect normal mice against the effects of one of these Parkinson’s-inducing chemicals.

The researchers found the MC1R gene was normally active in the dopamine-producing nerve cells of the substantia nigra, which are typically affected by Parkinson’s disease.

Mice with aninactive MC1R geneshowed progressive problems with their movement. They moved around less in an open area compared with normal mice of a similar age, and the problem got worse as they aged.

These mice appeared to be losing dopamine-producing nerve cells in the substantia nigra.

Additional experiments suggested brain cells in these mice had more DNA damage from naturally occurring chemicals called free radicals.

The abnormal mice were more susceptible than normal mice to two different Parkinson’s-inducing chemicals.

The researchers also found chemically activating the protein made by the MC1R gene in normal mice reduced the effects of these toxic chemicals.

The researchers concluded that genetically “shutting off” MC1R signalling in mice leads to the death of some dopamine-producing nerve cells.

Conversely, “switching on” MC1R signalling helps protect these cells from damage by chemicals that normally produce Parkinson’s-like effects in mice.

The researchers suggest this may mean drugs that target MC1R might help in Parkinson’s. It also supports the possibility that the MC1R gene plays a role in the risk of both melanoma and Parkinson’s disease.

This study looked at the role the red hair gene MC1R playsin the brains of mice. The findings suggest the gene has a part to play in keeping certain nerve cells in the brain alive.

The cells in question are those that die off in Parkinson’s disease and cause the condition’s characteristic movement problems.

These findings in mice are likely to need further investigation in human cells and tissue in lab studies.

Exactly what causes brain cells to die, causingParkinson’s disease, is unknown. As with many conditions, it’s thought both genetic and environmental factors could play a role.

Research like this helps us gain a better understanding of the disease and how it might be treated or prevented.

But Parkinson’s is a complex disease, and this new study has only looked at one small piece of a much bigger puzzle. For redheads, it may be comforting to know this link has not yet been proven beyond a doubt.

And not all studies in humans have found a link between variants in the MC1R gene and Parkinson’s. In fact, a recent systematic review by some of the authors of this study looked into this.

The review gathered studies published to date that have investigated the link between red hair variants of the MC1R gene and Parkinson’s disease.

Six studies assessing links with two variants of this gene were identified, but the studies couldn’t quite exclude the possibility of no effect when pooled.

The review also identified two studies looking at hair colour. These studies found people with red hair were more likely to develop Parkinson’s than people without red hair.

But these observational studies have several limitations notably, they can’t prove clear cause and effect because many other genetic, environmental and lifestyle factors could also be influencing any links seen.

And even if there is some increase in risk caused by this pigment gene, it’s likely to be relatively small.

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Kristen Stewart Debuts Her Shaved Head on the Red Carpet – E! Online

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Kristen Stewartis showing offa brand-new look.

At the Los Angeles premiere for her new movie Personal Shopper, the actress stepped out in a black crop top and matching pants.

Ultimately, it wasn’t the fashion fans were talking about. Instead, it was Kristen’s much shorter (and blonder) hairstyle that turned heads on the red carpet.

Whether posing solo or with director Olivier Assayas, Kristen certainly got fans talking while stepping out at The Carondelet House in Los Angeles.

For those wondering why she changed her hair so drastically, there appears to be a big reason behind the buzzed cut.

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As it turns out, the styleis reportedly for her upcoming movie titled Underwater. The thriller tells the story of a crew of underwater researchers who must scramble to safety after an earthquake damages their laboratory.

Before filming concludes on that project, Kristen is focused on Personal Shopper. The very-modern thriller has to do with our relationship with new forms of communication.

While covering V Magazine’s “Free Spirit” issue, the actress couldn’t help but share her own experiences with technology.

“When you speak to someone on the phone, that is a decipherable, understandable exchange,” she explained. “But with text and social media, it’s essentially a dialogue with yourself and your interpretation of a shadow. It’s not invalid; it’s a new language.”

Personal Shopper hits theatres this Friday.

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They can credit a gene called MC1R for their striking hair color. At a basic level, the gene provides instructions for making a certain kind of protein involved in pigmentation of hair, skin, and eyes. That's why redheads also tend to be paler than
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Update: See the Floridians who made it into ‘The Redhead Project’ – Palm Beach Post

From Miami all the way to Seattle, 124people reached out toThe Redhead Project after The Palm Beach Post published an article on the January casting call in Stuart.

Hundreds of redheads from all over the country have been photographed by NYC photographer Keith Barraclough, 55, as part of this project.

Why redheads? Barraclough wanted toexpose the different personalities and styles of natural-born redheads who never get their photos professionally taken. And, in a way, hes letting the models challenge the stereotypes.

Portrait of Charlee for The Redhead Project Keith Barraclough Photography/Photo by Keith Barraclough

Barraclough says the main difference between the redheads in Florida compared to other states is their lifestyle.

Their interests, hobbies and their sunny, laid back Southern style stand out, such as their coastal props birdcage, shells, snorkel equipment, surfing t-shirt, tennis gear and warm weather attire, the photographer told The Palm Beach Post.

Only 11 Floridians had their photographs taken back in January during the 2-day casting call in Stuart, Florida. Why only 11? The turnout was far greater than expected.

Portrait of Drake for The Redhead Project Keith Barraclough Photography/Photo by Keith Barraclough

More than 110 redheads were left out from the January shoot some who werent even in Florida at the time but they were individually notified via e-mail that they might still have a shot at being featured in this nationwide search.

We will contact everyone we heard from in January, said project manager Kate Lorenz.We are actively working on plans for a return to the Treasure Coast, sometime this summer, ideally.

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Redheads are more likely to develop Parkinson’s – The Marshalltown

Redheads are more likely to get Parkinsons disease, a new study claims.

Scientists have discovered the same gene that gives ginger people a higher risk of skin cancer also sets them up for the debilitating and fatal brain disorder.

It all boils down to the fact that the gene mutation which creates red hair (mc1r), and makes skin more susceptible to sun damage, also affects brain chemicals.

As redheads age, mcr1 limits the amount of dopamine (the love hormone) released into certain parts of the brain and dopamine is essential for attacking toxins that sew the seeds for Parkinsons.

The findings, published today by Massachusetts General Hospital, align with the widely-held understanding that Parkinsons sufferers have a lower risk of all cancers except melanoma. And in turn, melanoma patients have a high risk of Parkinsons.

Analyzing this link between the two condition, Dr Xiqun Chen, focused on how the melanoma-linked gene affects the brain.

The research team honed in on the substantia nigra, a region of the brain commonly referred to as the ground zero for Parkinsons.

Specifically, they were looking at how mcr-1 might affect dopamine-producing neurons, since they are hampered in Parkinsons sufferers.

The scientists found mice who had the melanoma-linked gene had fewer dopamine-producing neurons than control mice.

As they aged, they suffered a progressive decline in movement and a drop in dopamine levels.

They also were more sensitive to toxic substances, which damage dopamine-producing neurons.

Most importantly, this all seemed to exacerbate oxidative stress the natural rusting process that happens to the body over time.

The researchers say the breakthrough discovery could pave the way to a new drug that targets the protein in Parkinsons sufferers.

Dr Chen also said this should inspire redheads to investigate their risk factors though they dont elaborate on how one might do that.

Since MC1R regulates pigmentation and red hair is a shared risk factor for both melanoma and Parkinsons disease, it is possible that, in both conditions, MC1Rs role involves pigmentation and related oxidative stress, Dr Chen said.

Our findings suggest further investigation into the potential of MC1R-activating agents as novel neuroprotective therapies for Parkinsons Disease, and together with epidemiological evidence, may offer information that could guide those carrying MC1R variants to seek advice from dermatologists or neurologists about their personal risk for melanoma and Parkinsons disease.

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All-American Red Heads to be inducted into Missouri Sports Hall of Fame – Moberly Monitor Index

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The Missouri Sports Hall of Fame will soon induct the All-American Red Heads women’s basketball program, along with former Missouri Southern State University Athletic Director Sallie Beard and two womens basketball coaches Evangel Universitys Leon Neal and the University of Missouris Joann Rutherford and former Lockwood High School volleyball coach Cheryl Shores.

The Hall of Fame also will honor Jodie Adams, a longtime leader in the Springfield Greene-County Parks and Recreation Department, who will be the first woman to receive the Presidents Award.

Its all part of the fourth annual Womens Sports Luncheon presented by the Bee Payne-Stewart Foundation, set for 11 a.m. on Thursday, March 30, at the University Plaza Hotel & Convention Center.

Founded by C.M. Olson in the southwest Missouri town of Cassville, the All-American Red Heads Basketball Program was one of the first professional womens programs in the country. The Red Heads barnstormed across the country for 50 years (1936 to 1986), operating three teams annually as they played 133 games in six months, all covering 30 states.

Eventually, the team was coached and owned by Orwell Moore. Players from Missouri included Cairos Brenda Koester and Kay Burk, and Edinas Pat Overman.

The Hall of Fame will also recognize the Wynn Awards, named in honor of Dr. Mary Jo Wynn, the longtime Senior Womens Administrator at Missouri State University, a 1999 inductee of the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame and a 2014 Missouri Sports Legend. The awards are presented to former high school, college and pro standouts who made an impact in their sports.

This years Wynn Award recipients will be Tara Bailes (Springfield Catholic High School/Missouri State soccer), Teresa Baird Beshore (Springfield Catholic High School/University of Tulsa tennis), Chelsea Taylor Corp (Sarcoxie High School/Missouri State-West Plains), Aleah Hayes (Ozark High School/Texas Tech University/Columbia College volleyball), Tonya Choate McCall (Mount Vernon High School/Drury University/Cactus Tour golf), Amanda Newton Plotner (Republic High School/Drury University basketball), Melissa Hoffmeister Sanders (Joplin High School/University of Arkansas tennis) and Sophie Cox Stagner (Rolla High School/University of Tennessee-Martin soccer).

A sponsorship table of eight is $400 and includes associate sponsor recognition in the printed program and an autographed print. An individual ticket is $40, while a head table ticket is $100. Numerous other sponsorships, including congratulatory ads, also are available. Call the Hall of Fame at 417-889-3100.

Jodie Adams will be the first woman and 10th recipient to be honored with the Presidents Award, given to someone who promotes sports across the state and the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame. Adams has served on the Hall of Fames Board of Trustees since 2004, supporting numerous efforts that have helped the Hall of Fame achieve more successes.

A 2004 Missouri Sports Hall of Fame inductee and graduate of then-Southwest Missouri State, Adams worked 37 years in leadership positions for the Springfield-Greene County Parks and Recreation Department.

Joann Rutherford is the winningest coach in the history of the University of Missouri womens basketball program, with a 422-263 record (.617) in 23 seasons including 19 winning seasons.

Her 422 wins ranked among the NCAAs Top 35 all-time at the time of her retirement. Rutherfords teams captured four Big Eight Conference regular-season titles and five conference tournament championships and reached six NCAA Tournaments, including an Elite Eight appearance in 1982. She was the Big Eight Coach of the Decade in the 1980s, when her teams were 213-98 (.685). Rutherford also was Mizzous Senior Womens Administrator in the latter part of her career and is in the MU Athletics Hall of Fame.

Sallie Beard worked for the Missouri Southern State University athletic department for 37 years. She was the director of womens athletics for 25 years and was athletics director from 2001 to 2009, becoming the first woman A.D. in the history of the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association.

Beard created womens sports on campus in the 1970s following the passage of Title IX and was the first coach of the universitys womens basketball, softball, tennis and track and field teams.

As athletic director, she oversaw upgrades or construction of numerous facilities, helped steer the department from the NAIA to NCAA Division II and served on national committees. Beard also was a coach for the U.S. in the 1981 World University Games and in the 1983 National Olympic Festival.

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Spunky redheads wanted –

Calling all redheads.

The Irish Society of the National Capital Region is looking for individuals with the rarest hair colour out there red to participate in this years annual St. Patricks Parade on March 11.

Involvement is up to the ginger-haired participant volunteer, watch from the route, or take part in the parade.

The parade begins at city hall and follows a route along Bank Street to Aberdeen Pavilion, at Lansdowne Park.

Currently, the society is looking for more parade marshals to help out.

According to organizer Lauren Strevens ONeil, marshals are needed all along the route.

We do also have a need for some banner-carriers, Strevens ONeil. Some energetic folks who are willing and able to walk the parade route carrying our sponsors’ banners.

Aside from banner-carriers, the parade also collects food and money donations for the Ottawa Food Bank.

All volunteers must be 16 years or older students can earn up to six hours of volunteer hours.

Volunteers can register at city hall at 8 a.m. on March 11. Interested individuals can contact

The annual parade celebrates Irish culture and heritage every year during the Ottawa Irish Festival, which ends at the Grand Irish Party.

Beaus All Natural Brewing has partnered with the society to create the second annual Beaus St. Patricks Party.

The Irish Society, along with other Irish organizations in Ottawa, host a variety of events across the city embracing Irish culture during the Ottawa Irish Festival.

The festival begins with a proclamation at by Mayor Jim Watson on March 9 at city hall. Refreshments and live entertainment will be available between 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Over events include:

The Rose of Tralee Ottawa Centre holds its selection on March 12.

On March 14, see musicians Matt Cranitch and Jackie Daly in the pub at St Brigids Centre for the Arts

For full event details and more information about the festival, visit

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Gingerism in France: Photographer holds exhibition to tackle abuse towards redheads – The Local France

Gingerism or abuse of red-heads might not be an issue you would associate with France but a French photographer is to hold an exhibition to highlight the prejudice the country’s ginger-haired people face.

Jokes about red heads might just seem all fun and games, but it’s no laughing matter for one French photographer whose exhibition is aiming to tackle the prejudice known as Gingerism.

Its a form of racism that has persisted for centuries, says French photographer Pascal Sacleux, a red-head himself, whose series of portraits of 30 ginger-haired people has caught the attention of French people.

The English name for the exhibition is Brittany: Freckles Rock and the portraits aim to show the beauty of red-heads in the historically Celtic region of western France where many if not most of the country’s flame-haired citizens live.

Sacleux wants to promote la roussitude (ginger-ness, or ginger-pride, taken from the negritude movement), encouraging those born with the worlds rarest hair colour to feel proud to be different.

Many red-heads have really been hurt growing up, and some are destroyed socially, says Sacleux.

So much so that it was too painful a subject for some of the those he tried to photograph. Some people refused to meet with me, saying that it would be pointless to rub salt in the wound, explained Sacleux.

Luckily, lots of people saw the point in his exhibition, and the project has so far crowdfunded 40% of the required 3,500 to get the portraits printed onto large canvasses which will form a mosaic in the airport hall.

The exhibition will be displayed at Rennes airport from the May 1 to June 15 2017.

You can see some of the portraits in the video below:

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I recently came upon the duo Zoe Nichol and Rosie Jones, who perform as The Worry Dolls, at a showcase in London. They have been described by on-line magazine The Huffington Post as a brilliantly quirky duo, a super-shiny beacon of joy in a dreamland far, far away from the persistently regular sound of folk thats flooding the charts right now.

They were back from Nashville where they had recorded their first album, GO GET GONE, produced by Neilson Hubbard. Zoe and Rosie first met an open mike session as music students at the prestigious Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts (LIPA). Paired together by teachers to be critiqued by Paul McCartney they were inspired to start co-writing.

Zoe, who has strong Irish roots, sings and plays the banjo whilst Rosie sings and plays the guitar.

They blend their music and harmonies in a delicious mix of Americana Country and our Folk Music to produce songs and tunes that are warm, fresh, infectious with the immediacy of pop.

Their music blends the tender urgency of Zoes Irish-inflected voice and Earl Scruggs-style banjo with the fiery integrity of Rosies vocals and rhythmic guitar. It really works.

Zoe grew up in a small village in Kent and was brought up by her mum. Her family came from Liverpool and Ireland so she inherited her music from her parents who, although separated, were both performers. Her childhood was spent going back and forth between her mums theatrical rehearsals and her dads club gigs so it was no surprise that at 12, she started learning to play her dads old Spanish guitar to accompany herself, then the songs just poured out.

Says Zoe: My great grandmother was Irish on my mums side and thats where my roots come from, Ive been there on holiday and we are still very connected with the folk circles out there because it is so real and so honest. One thing I do know about my grandmother was that she was a very strong Catholic and married a Protestant so she lost her whole family for that as it was quite a big thing back then before my time.

Both my parents were performers so I was always exposed to music from a very young age and I grew up with it naturally. I then got inspired by people like Eva Cassidy who definitely had folk roots and I had grown up to love Cara Dillon, the Irish singer songwriter, who we actually got to support her on tour and love her music. It was great to be able to support somebody whose albums I heard since growing up, that was a big thing for me.

Rosie moved on from punk and angst ridden songwriters to Country Music. She grew up singing and playing a variety of instruments in a music-filled household in Devon, learning guitar after finding an old nylon-string one under the stairs.

Aged 17 she wrote a song, Tennessee, about wanting to live in Nashville not knowing then that she would one day record her debut album there.

I definitely come from a background with more Country influences, whereas Zoe is more folky. I wrote the Tennessee song before we met when we were both solo performers but Zoe heard me singing it and always liked it. We always went to each others shows when we were students in Liverpool and even if I did not do that song Zoe would always call out and ask for it, says Rosie.

They met a LIPA, explains Zoe: LIPA was definitely hard to get into as there are so few places but we both really wanted to go there and my mums family were really pushing for me to go to Liverpool and to make the connection as thats where my mum is from. It is funny because I dont know how they picked two red heads with guitars on the same day and thats how we ended up meeting and working together. If they had picked just the one of us then the Worry Dolls would not have happened

Rosie chimes in with a similar observation: It is very hard to get into but we both applied before we knew each other and I am amazed that we two redheads were interviewed on the same day and they took us both. My grandma cut out an advertisement from a newspaper and sent it to me as grandmothers do and I realized it was the only place where I could study music properly and get a proper music degree but it was welcoming and into new songwriters and not just into classical or pop but was really well balanced and great to be a in a city with such a wonderful musical heritage.

When they first decided to work together they both played acoustic guitar so to make them stand out and have a different sound Zoe took up the banjo, which colours the folk and Appalachian feel of their music, says Zoe. The banjo came later really, it started to help with the song writing from when I was accompanying myself just with the guitar because I could not find anybody else to accompany me and then the banjo came when me and Rosie started working together because we did not want to be just two girls strumming guitars. We wanted to add something new, we wanted to add something different and not fall into our old habits.

We definitely made a conscious decision to do something different with out music, adds Rosie.

Zoe: Yes the banjo has been a massive inspiration for the music and has totally opened up my eyes to writing differently because as I am completely out of my comfort zone writing on the banjo and I would be much more comfortable working on the guitar as I always have done but it is just the sound that gives me different elements that adds to what we are doing.

After LIPA they spent the best part of a year sofa surfing in London, and quietly building up a following. They quit their day jobs to fly to Nashville and record their debut album. Nashville welcomed them with open arms.

The Worry Dolls will play St Pancras Old Church on 1 March, their album Go Get Gone is out now.

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Citizen Staff Reports 12/06/2016 St. Joseph’s Villas Flagler Housing & Homeless Services was one of three entities to earn the National Alliance to End Homelessness’ Champion of Change Award. The awards were presented Nov. 17 during a ceremony at the Newseum in Washington, D.C.

NAEH annually recognizes proven programs and significant achievements in ending child and family homelessness.

Flagler completed its transition from an on-campus shelter to the community-based model of rapid rehousing in 2013, and it was one of the nation’s first rapid re-housing service providers to be certified by NAEH. > Read more.

Entertainment Dec. 12 will be provided by the Laburnum Elementary School choir and the Henrico High School Mighty Marching Warriors band. Tree decorations crafted by students from Laburnum Elementary School and L. Douglas Wilder Middle School will be on display. Hot chocolate and cookies will be supplied by the Henrico High School football boosters. > Read more.

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