2B LIFE/ Ctiarlotte Thursday, August 3, 2006 Swimwear gets more versatile ^ Continued from page 1B fixim Gideon Oberson; Norma Kamali’s ruffles and gold one- piece suits; ajfd Indian- inspired pieces by Inca. But for those who don’t mind showing some extra skin, or prefer string bikinis over boy short bottoms, the little bikinis will always be there. “A tan line says a lot about you. I think it’s sexy” Verdi said. ' On the Net: Sunglass Hut Shows Miami pre sented by LYCRA. ww%vsunglasshulswimshowsini- Can be delivered to your house Call 704 376 0496 today What happened to Atlantic Beach? Continued from page 1B “The Black Pearl, an ocean- front community offered its riches to vacationers and res idents alike. The fii-st vaca tion home built on Atlantic Beach was buHt circa 1934 by Dr. A. J. Henderson, one of the fotmding members of the Atlantic Beach Company Black folks later traveled along Interstate 95, Highway 17 and South Carolina Hi^way 9 to enjoy the sunny beaches, cool breezes, aiid warm ocean waters. It is said that every wave that laps her shore originated in Africa four days earlier,” the history sec tion of the website reads. Now, the show^ outside of the shore don’t even work. Is Atlantic Beach a victim of desegr^ation? I’ll admit that going to Atlantic Beach wasn’t a part of my weekend plan. I don’t remember a time when Myrtle Beach was closed, at least legally to black vacation ers. Back in the 1970s, Atlantic Beach’s luster began to wane as blacks headed south (like I wanted to) for Myrtle Beach and other places that were finally open to us. In 2001, the town was nearly bankrupt and in danger of losing its charter. Tb this day they are still trying to rebuild the town’s economy says the web site. But if Atlantic Beach is going to capitalize on some of the millions of tourism dollars generated by Myrtle Beach, something has to be done to draw people. The ocean isn’t gcdng to do it alone. Banking on history will help, but there has to be more than that. Once upon a time entertainers hke Ray Charles who was welcomed to perform on the Grand Stand stayed at Atlantic Beach because of seg regation. Now that people have a choice as to where they can stay something has to be done to make Atlantic Beach a destination spot again. New Orleans is now seeking tourists THE ASSOCIATED PRESS NEW OELEANS-A year after Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans is desperately seek ing tourists. The areas where tourists go largely escaped devastation— and are eagerly awaitir^ visi tors willing to come and spend money Plenty of hotel rooms are again available, most of New Orleans’ world-renowned restaurants are open, events such as Mardi Gras and Jazz Fest are back, and the dty is reassembling its national sports presence centered armmd the Louisiana Superdome and New Orleans Arena. Although the hot, humid months of summer are typi cally the city’s slow season, tourism officials say there’s more than ample evidence— fiom their cash registers— that woiti hasn’t gotten out. “Right now, we’re hunkered down for a slow summer,” said Darrius Gray general manager of the Holiday Inn- French Quarter and presi dent of the Greater New Orleans Hotel & Lo(^mg Association. “It’s slower than usual.” On a recent sultry day on Bourbon Street, Matt Buddenborg of the Detroit area took in the trademark tourist street on his first day in town. “Tb tell you the truth, I thox^ht it would be messy,” he said. “It’s really well put- together.” David Clay of Casper, Wyo., on a road tiip throi^h the South with Buddenborg, said he’d heard that tourists areas were solid but was still sur prised by what he saw. “I was expecting more disas ter, but it looks pretty nice,” Clay said. With the dty still reeling from Katrina, and hotel rooms packed with emer gency workers and displaced residents, a scaled-back Mardi Gras was held in February attracting an esti mated 700,000 people. In April and May, the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival returned with Shell Exploration & Production Co., a major employer in the region, sponsoring the music event. The two-weekend Jazz Fest drew 350,000. By comparison, in the past, a million people typically attend the culmination of the Carnival season, and the 2003 Jazz Fest attracted an estimated 503,000 spectators. Next year’s Fat Tuesday cel ebration, the final day of Mardi Gras, is set for Feb. 20. A third big event—the annual Essence Festival- moved to Houston this sum mer because of hunicane repairs to the Superdome. It’s not known yet if the festival win return to the dty in 2007, though talks are imder way The dty’s aU-important con vention business —a $9.6 bil lion annual economic boost before Katrina—got back on track in late June when the See NEW ORLEANS/3B Better breathing may lead you to better blood pressure Continued from page 1B maker InterCure Inc., people who used the slow-breathing device for 15 minutes a day for two months saw their blood pressure drop 10 to 15 points. It’s not supposed to be a substitute for diet, exmdse or medication, but an addition to standard treatment. Why slow-breathing works "is still a bit of a black box,” says Dr. William J. Elliott of Chicago’s Rush University Medical Center, who headed some of that research and was surprised at the effect. Slow, deep breathing does relax and dilate blood vessels temporarily, but that’s not enough to explain a lasting drop in blood pressure, says NIHs Anderson. So, in a laboratory at Baltimore’s Harbor Hospital, Anderson is using the machine to test his own theo ry When imder chronic stress, people tend to take shallow breaths and imcon- sciously hold them, what Anderson calls inhibitory breathing. Holding a breati) diverts more blood to the brain to increase alertness— good if the boss is yelling—but it knocks off kilter the blood’s chemical balance. More acidic blood in turn mak^ the kid neys less efficient at pumping out sodium. ■ In animals, Anderson’s experiments have shown that inhibitoiy breathing delays salt excretion enov^ to raise blood pressure. Now he’s test ing if better breathing helps people reverse that effect. “They may be. changing their blood gases and the way their kidneys are regulating salt,” he says. If Anderson’s right, it would offer another explanation for why hypertension is what he calls “a disease of civilization and a sedentary lifestyle.” Meanwhile, health authori ties recommend that every one take simple steps to lower blood pressure: by dropping a few pounds, taking a walk or getting physical activity and eating less sodium—no more than 2,300 milligrams a day—and more finiits and vegetables. On the Net: NIH blood pressure info: http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov AmeriCare^Health AmeriCare Health ‘‘Sugar Creek” Medical Center 721 W. Sugar Creek Rd. • 704-941-8020 “Now Open” “A New 3 Million Dollar Facility” (across the street from Mayfield Memorial Baptist Church) ‘‘Ow The Plaza^^ • 704^535-0406~ 1805 Mto Road • Charlotte. NC 28215^ “A? 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The Monday announcement came on the eve of a Senate committee hearing on von Eschenbach’s nomination The FDA hoped it would firee up von Eschenbadi to discuss his plans and vision for the ^ency Instead, two of the senators on the panel rrenewed their vow to block his nomination 'until the FDA made a final decision on whether to allow Barr Pharmaceuticals Inc. to sell Plan B over the counter to women 18 and older. Minors would still need a doctor’s pre scription. Sens. Patty Murray, D- Wash., and Ifillaiy Rodham Clinton, D-N.Y, had placed a similar hold on von Eschenbach’s predecessor, Lester Crawford. They removed that hold more than a year ago in exchange for a pledge that the FDA would act on Barr’s application. Crawford won Saiate confirmation but then put off a decision on Plan B, earning the enmity of the two lawmakers. ‘Tool me once. We are not going to go there again. We will hold this nomination until we have a decision on Plan B,” said Murray, calling the tim ing of Monday’s annoimce- mait “highly suspect bdiav- ior.” Crawford resigned abruptly in September 2005 only two months after the Senate con firmed him to run the agency Von Eschenbach has been act ing FDA commissioner since then. In March, President Bush nominated the urology surgeon to lead the regulatory agency on a full-time basis. The morning-after piU is a h^h dose of the most common ingredient in regular birth control pills. When taken within 72 hours of improtect- ed sex, the two-pfil series can lower the risk of pregnancy by up to 89 percent. Since 2003, the Women’s Capital Corp. and then Barr have sougjit to loosen the pre scription-only restriction on Plan B. Contraceptive advocates and doctors groups say easier access to Plan B could halve the nation’s 3 million annual unintended pregnancies. 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