Combating Zika in the age of the shrug

In H.G. Wells’ “The War of the Worlds,” the planet is saved from a Martian invasion in the 11th hour by germs which infect and kill the aliens, causing their hulking death machines to topple. If we don’t watch it, the hulking machines of our republic may eventually meet the same fate.

Pin color shifts blue to pink as focus moves from prostate to breast cancer

Rockdale County Chairman Richard Oden is preparing to change his lapel pin from a light blue ribbon to a pink ribbon.

At the ARC meeting last week, someone commented that Oden’s pin wasn’t pink, to recognize October as breast cancer awareness month. Oden responded that his blue pin recognizes September as prostate cancer awareness month, and he would change to a pink pin on Oct. 1.

Awareness pins are a subtle but stark reminder that Georgia leads the nation in the rates by which individuals developed or died from prostate or breast cancer in 2011, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.