ONE DAY Maryland ranks first in the nation in homicides. The next day Maryland ranks second in the rate of cancer deaths. So don't worry about getting killed in a holdup. You're dead anyway.
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THE RUSSIANS have ice like this all the time. What do they do about it?
Glad you asked. They send little old ladies, some of them littler and older than others, into the streets to chip away at the ice with heavy, three-foot iron picks. Some of the women are aged pensioners, but many are office workers, freed from their duties and set to clear the sidewalks. You see them in semi-stylish, fur-trimmed boots and fur hats, pounding the pavement with vertical, pile-driving motions.