Former Cleveland Browns owner Art Modell, the man responsible for moving the team to Baltimore, has died. According to the Baltimore Ravens website, David Modell confirmed his father died peacefully of natural causes Thursday morning. He was 87. Former Ravens president David Modell issued this statement: "Sadly, I can confirm that my father died peacefully of natural causes at 4 a.m. this morning. My brother John Modell and I were with him when he finally rejoined the absolute love of his life, my mother Pat Modell, who passed away last October. "'Poppy' was a special man who was loved by his sons, his daughter-in-law Michel, and his six grandchildren. Moreover, he was adored by the entire Baltimore community for his kindness and generosity. And, he loved Baltimore. He made an important and indelible contribution to the lives of his children, grandchildren and his entire community. We will miss him." In a controversial move that earned him the title of "Most Hated Man in Cleveland" from Browns fans, Modell relocated the team to Baltimore following the 1995 NFL season and renamed them the Ravens.
The City of Euclid and Euclid Hospital are joining forces to implement a "tobacco free workplace" policy at all city facilities. The policy, announced today by Euclid Mayor Bill Cervenik, will be effective on Nov. 15 - the American Cancer Society's 37th Great American Smokeout day. Tobacco use will be prohibited in all public places or places of employment, including building entrances and exits. To support the policy, Euclid Hospital, which is part of the Cleveland Clinic system, will offer free smoking cessation support to city employees and their dependents. "It is our goal to create a healthier workplace environment by eliminating the use of tobacco. We believe that this policy will also help reduce our health care costs, which totals approximately 10 percent of our budget, not only by helping employees quit or reduce their tobacco use, but also by eliminating the negative health effects of second- and third-hand smoke for the people around them," Cervenik said.
The musical instruments kids play in school bands and orchestras are traveling denizens of bacteria and fungi, say the authors of a new study. Music education is great for kids, they note, but please, please wash the instruments! Researchers at Oklahoma State University bravely examined 13 instruments that belonged to a high school band. Six of the instruments had been played the previous week and seven hadn't been played in a month. Swabs were taken of 117 different sites on the instruments, including the mouthpieces, internal chambers and even the carrying cases. The results scored high on the yuck factor. The researchers found 442 different bacteria, 58 types of mold and 19 types of yeast. Many of the bacteria were species of Staphylococcus, which can cause staph infection. Most of the bacteria can cause illness, the authors noted. Mold spores can contribute to the development of asthma. Even the instruments that had not been played recently harbored germs galore.