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Friday June 29, 2001

Panel on infant hearing screening reconvenes 


In conjunction with the Center for the Education of the Infant Deaf, Assemblymember Dion Aroner will reconvene an advisory panel today to address the lack of consistent newborn hearing screenings. State law mandates that newborns and infants undergo hearing screenings and that a system is in place to perform follow up and tracking of those diagnosed with hearing impairments. 

“However, close to three years after the passage of (the state law) there are still newborns who are not being tested in California,” according to a statement issued by Aroner’s office. “Systems, equipment and processes are still not in place and hearing impaired children are undiagnosed and experiencing developmental delays as a result.” 

The meeting is at 11:30 a.m. at the Center for the Education of the Infant Deaf, 1810 Hopkins Street, at The Alameda. Call Ian Barlow, 540-3660. 


Applications available for Solano Stroll space 


Applications for booth space for the Solano Stroll are available and may be downloaded from the Internet at The stroll will be Sept. 9. Organizers say it draws crowds of 150,000 people from all over California. Call 548-5335. 


Women arrested for protesting on restaurant 


SAN FRANCISCO – Polly Strand, a 68-year-old Berkeley resident, along with Erica Sutherlan, a 19-year-old student and Jennifer Schneider, a 32-year-old San Francisco resident were arrested Wednesday after climbing onto the roof of a San Francisco Burger King during a protest sponsored by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals.  

The animal rights organization wants Burger King to commit to maintaining the animals it uses in more humane conditions.