Staying alive

Jon Bauer, Herald staff

Whether you’re a mother or whether you’re a brother: A new study shows that for heart-attack victims, CPR that involves chest compressions only is can be more effective than CPR that includes mouth-to-mouth breathing. Rescuers are told to lock their elbows and make 100 compressions a minute, using the Bee Gees’ song “Staying Alive” to keep tempo.

But sing softly to yourself; a companion study showed that people who hear disco tend to lose the will to live.

There’s always Oldsmobile. Oh, wait: Ford, in an effort to save the Lincoln brand and shed its image as a land yacht for old men, says it plans to spiff up showrooms and introduce new cars and trucks, including a replacement for the Town Car.

The carmaker also will be pickier about who it sells a Lincoln to. A prospective Lincoln owner must show he has not eaten a Denny’s Early Bird Special in the last 30 days and demonstrate that the waistline of his pants does not ride above his belly button.

The bling that pings: To combat gang violence, an Oregon county is requiring some convicted gang members to wear GPS tracking bracelets after they are released.

Gang members say they don’t mind the bracelets as much as the tranquilizer darts used by the crew from “Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom.”