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Students create powerful videos about suicide prevention: ‘It could save a life’
By: Scott Stump, Today.com
Ben Finnie never wants another family to feel the pain that his endured last summer when his older cousin committed suicide.
Kaleigh Finnie, 19, a bubbly college student from the Woodlands, Texas, took her life on June 15, 2015, leaving her family to wonder what they could have done to prevent the tragedy.
“I think if she had have reached out, her parents and her friends and family would’ve done everything they could for her,” Ben Finnie told TODAY. “Talking to them in the aftermath, they were so broken up. They feel like it’s their fault, when it’s not. They would’ve done anything to help her.”
Finnie, 16, is now helping to spread the word about suicide prevention and erase the stigma of mental health issues by working with the Directing Change program in California. The student at Murrieta Valley High School is one of more than 2,000 California high school and college students who have created 60-second public service announcement videos about suicide and mental health to raise awareness around the state.
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Squashing a stigma: Clovis East students place second in suicide prevention film contest
This is the message four Clovis East students set out to illustrate in a 60-second public service announcement on suicide prevention.
Their video won second place — and a $500 prize — in a statewide filmmaking contest called Directing Change, which aims to fight stigma around mental health challenges and prevent suicide.
Maegan Ankenman, a senior, junior Adryauna Speer, sophomore Caitlin Luster and freshman Malia Willison were in a peer counseling class this semester with advisor Derrick Davis.
“As peer counselors we’re a group of kids that go around counseling other kids that need it,” Adryauna said. “We talk about things that nobody else talks about. Situations come up that fall into that category (depression and suicide prevention) and we have to learn to deal with it.”
Davis learned about the film contest via a forwarded email from Gateway/Enterprise counselor Denise Sandifer.
“I thought this is perfect for our kids,” Davis said. “As peer counselors this is what we deal with on a daily basis.”
There was just one setback.
“As a peer counseling and health teacher, I have no video equipment,” Davis said.
He contacted Directing Change and through it, Brian Bishop of the Fresno County Behavioral Health Department came to the rescue.
Youth Film Contest Seeks To Reduce Stigma Of Mental Illness
Alfonso Ribeiro won the 40th and final Toyota Pro/Celebrity Race, a fan favorite event at the Grand Prix of Long Beach.
Ribeiro was also the celebrity winner in 1994 and 1995, and the Pro winner in 2015. The host of “America’s Funniest Home Videos” also won “Dancing with the Stars” in 2014.
“I owe an awful lot to the city of Long Beach, they’ve been so supportive, and to Toyota, 40 years putting on this fantastic Pro/Celebrity Race and promoting Long Beach the way they have,” Ribeiro said.
Max Papis won the Pro category by finishing 4.872 seconds behind Ribeiro.
“It is just an amazing event and who won was the kids this event supports,” said Papis. “This is the best street course in America, maybe the world.”
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‘Fresh Prince’ Star Alfonso Ribeiro Wins Last Toyota Pro/Celebrity Race at Long Beach Grand Prix
By: Debbie Emery, Yahoo/The Wrap
“Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” star Alfonso Ribeiro proved he still knows how to live life in the fast lane this past weekend when he won the final ever Toyota Pro/Celebrity Race at the Long Beach Grand Prix in California.
The “America’s Funniest Home Videos” host, who is also a past “Dancing With the Stars” champion, was the celebrity winner in 1994 and 1995, and the Pro winner in 2015.
Ribeiro actually credited Schroder for getting him into the racing scene, telling TheWrap before the race: “I came here with him, hung out during the practice and had a blast … I fell in love with it. Several years later they asked me to do it and there was no way I was going to say no.
“In these cars, we get up to 120 mph, but in my real professional driving, I’ve reached 190,” he revealed. “It’s good fun!”
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Stephen Baldwin, Al Unser, Jr. to Compete in Toyota Pro/Celebrity Race
By: Michael Walker, The Hollywood Reporter
Stephen Baldwin and Adam Carolla are among the Hollywood gearheads joining professional race drivers like two-time Indy 500 champion Al Unser, Jr. in the 40th Toyota Pro/Celebrity race, set to be held April 16 on the streets of downtown Long Beach, Calif.
Baldwin, Carolla and other returning celebrity drivers, including Brian Austin Green, Alfonso Ribeiro and Olympic medalist Dara Torres, the first woman to win the race, were chosen to compete with pro drivers who had won in previous years.
The contestants will all drive 210 hp Scion FR-S cars upgraded to racing specs on the 1.97-mile street course. The race benefits the Racing for Kids charitable organization that supports children’s hospitals in the U.S.
This will be the final year for the pro-am race, which is held in conjunction with the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach, the world’s second-oldest grand prix.
Bodies and Titanic exhibits to stick around until April
By: Lou Ponsi, Orange County Register
BUENA PARK — Two popular exhibits, originally scheduled to vacate the former Movieland Wax Museum last week, will stay put for at least four more months.
Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition and BODIES…The Exhibition were going to make way for a 54,000-square-foot attraction anchored by a 17,000-square-foot butterfly and hummingbird atrium.
With the various approvals taking longer than expected for the new owner, Butterfly Pavilion, city officials contacted Premier Exhibitions, which owns the Bodies and Titanic exhibits, and invited them to stay through April 17, said Ruben Lopez, Buena Park’s economic development administrator.
The city is selling the property for $2.5 million to Butterfly Pavilion.
Premier has Bodies and Titanic exhibits elsewhere in the country, but the Buena Park venues have been the most popular, particularly with medical students and other educational groups, said Kelsey Duckett, spokeswoman for Premier.
“We definitely did not want to leave in the first place,” Duckett said.