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Well, it's the end of the road for the 16u Sierra Madre Pony Colt All-Stars. The boys came up 1 game short in San Jose, CA from going 
to the World Series held in Indiana. Although the boys were disappointed, they should hold their heads up high with their great run. It 
was an amazing accomplishment that has never been done by the city of Sierra Madre. They bring home yet another banner (this deep 
in the tournament the runner up gets a banner too) making it 3 total(Region Champions, Super Region Champions and West Zone 
Runner Up) for the 16u Sierra Madre Pony Colt All- Stars. They end their 2013 All-Star season 15-3, ranked #1 in Southern California 
and ranked #2 in the Western Region of the UNITED STATES for the 16u Colt division. Not bad for little ole' Sierra Madre! Thank you 
Manager Edgar Garcia, Coach Alfred Rosas and Coach George Medina for all your hard work and dedication. Last but not least, Thank 
You city of Sierra Madre for all your support! 

Back Row: Sumner Smith, Daniel Hernandez, Angel Lerma, Manager Edgar Garcia, John Mendoza, Jordan Rodgers, Frankie Garriola, 
George Medina Front Row: Kyle Cuellar, Ryan Garcia, Cole Pilar, Brenden McKiernan, Anthony Khraich, Danny Casillas, Adrian Poodle 
Rodriguez Not pictured: Coach Alfred Rosas, Daniel Rosas, Christian Mendez, Team Mom: Liz Garcia 

Writer: Sierra Madre Pony Colt League 

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Comet ISON may put on a show when it skims 
through the sun’s atmosphere later this year. Right 
now, it’s still far away, but we’re keeping track and 
will give you regular updates. Here are some key 
facts about ISON as we await its arrival:

 Comet ISON was discovered by Russian 
astronomers Vitali Nevski and Artyom Novichonok 
in September 2012. It’s named after their night-
sky survey program, the International Scientific 
Optical Network, a group of observatories in 10 
countries organized to track objects in space.

 Measurements taken by the Hubble Space 
Telescope in April indicate ISON has a nucleus that 
is 3 to 4 miles across. The comet’s head, or coma, is 
estimated to be 3,100 miles across, or 1.2 times the 
width of Australia. The Hubble team says its dust 
tail extends more than 57,000 miles—more than 
twice the circumference of Earth, and far beyond 
the telescope’s field of view.

 Some early comet prognosticators have tagged 
ISON “the comet of the century.” 

 According to Dennis Bodewits, an astronomer at 

University of Maryland at College Park, “Comet 

ISON has the potential to be among the brightest 

comets of the last 50 years.” 

Bodewits and other astronomers used NASA’s 

Swift satellite to estimate ISON’s water and dust 


 “Comet ISON belongs to a class of comets called 
Sungrazing comets,” Karl Battams of the Naval 
Research Lab told CNN. This means it will fly 
relatively close to our sun. These comets “teach us 
not only about comets, but also yield valuable and 
unique results about the sun,” he said.

 But before you get too excited, other experts 

caution that it’s too early to know what ISON will 


 “Predicting the behavior of comets is like predicting the behavior of cats—can’t really be done,” Don Yeomans of NASA’s Near-Earth Object Program told in March. 
In November, ISON is expected to fly through the sun’s atmosphere at about 700,000 miles above the surface. If it survives the sun’s heat, experts say it 

might glow as brightly as the moon and be briefly visible in daylight. Its tail might stretch far across the night sky. Or the sun could cause it to break apart. 
Welcome to the Year of the Comet (we hope). 


 In a composite image taken with the Hubble Space Telescope’s Wide Field Camera 3 on April 30, 2013, Comet ISON floats against a seemingly infinite 

backdrop of numerous galaxies and a handful of foreground stars. The icy visitor, with its long gossamer tail, appears to be swimming like a tadpole 

through a deep pond of celestial wonders. 
In reality, the comet is much, much closer than its background of stars and galaxies. The nearest star to the Sun is over 60,000 times farther away, and the 

nearest large galaxy to the Milky Way is over thirty billion times more distant. These vast dimensions are lost in this deep-space Hubble exposure, which 

visually combines our view of the universe from the very nearby to the extraordinarily far away. 

Image credit: NASA, ESA, and the Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA) 

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ScienceNewsby JEFF 
Humans have been 
decorating graves 
with flowers for 
almost 14,000 
years according toarcheologists: The 
first evidence of 
the tradition of 
floral tributes has 
been dug up in 
Israel where sage, 
mint and other 
plants were used 
in ceremonial 
burials. The 
ancient Romans 
often laid out the 
ground of the tomb as a garden so the spirit 
could enjoy itself as it wandered. The latest 
discovery was unearthed at the bottom of 13,700 
to 11,700 year old graves at a scenic prehistoric 
burial spot known as Raqefet Cave overlooking 
the Mediterranean coast. 
Greenhouse gas seen as clean source of 
electricity:A troublesome greenhouse gas 
could be an energy source, say Dutch scientists 
describing a method for producing electricity 
from carbon dioxide in the American Chemical 
Society’s journal Environmental Science & 
Technology Letters. The new technology could 
produce about 1,570 kilowatts of electricity 
annually, about 400 times the annual output of 
the Hoover Dam, harvesting CO2 from power 
plants, industry and residences. 
Study Links Omega-3 Fatty Acids with prostate 
cancer: Fish oil may have some benefit for 
the heart. But a study at the University of 
Washington in the Journal of the National 
Cancer Institute links higher blood levels of the 
omega-3 fatty acids in fish oil to a higher risk of 
prostate cancer. Study author Alan Kristal says 
the mechanism is unclear, but he warns that 
supplements can sometimes increase the risk 
of the very diseases they’re meant to prevent. 
No causation was implied here, only that it was 
correlational data. Are we confused yet? 
Can we control the weather? CIA helps 
bankroll $600,000 study to see if controversial 
geoengineering can control weather:The National 
Academy of Sciences’ study will explore 
whether geoengineering, including solar 
radiation management, could be used to halt 
climate change. American institutions including 
the CIA, National Oceanic and Atmospheric 
Administration and NASA are funding the 
study. It is claimed that the U.S. and Chinese 
governments have previously manipulated the 
Flu spreads via airborne droplets. Hand washing 
goes only so far in retarding transmission:Half of 
flu cases arise when people inhale tiny particles 
that float in the air, researchers report in Nature 
Communications. The finding flies in the face 
of conventional wisdom, which says that nearly 
all flu spreads by large droplets that sick people 
release when they sneeze or cough. These large 
droplets get on people’s hands and transmit the 
virus from there. While scientists knew that 
small particles called aerosols represent possible 
routes of disease spread, they thought that cases 
almost never arise that way. Officials say that 
knowing how often flu transmits via the air is 
important for controlling outbreaks.