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By Steven Barrie-Anthony | February 20, 2005
What treasure would you save if a natural disaster struck?dyd The key to a lifetime of sound sleep, says one Atlanta attorney. "If there's a fire, what am I going in there for? I've thought about that," says Asim Raza. "Kids and wife. And then -- my pillow. If you're 35 and you've been sleeping on the same pillow for 31 years, you don't take that lightly." This isn't a joke to Raza, or to the many other adults who are deeply attached to the cushions that lull them to sleep each night. Before getting married, Raza told his fiancee, "My pillow is really important to me."
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By SUSAN REIMER | January 30, 2005
Two studies reported this month that requiring teenagers to get parental permission before seeking contraceptives would not have the intended effect of reducing sexual activity among them. In fact, requiring parental permission would have the worst possible effect: Teens would not stop having sex. They would just stop using birth control. The result would be more unintended pregnancies and higher rates of sexually transmitted diseases. Texas and Utah already have such laws on the books.
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By SUSAN REIMER | January 16, 2005
MY COMFORTER is calling me, and I can't resist its siren song. It calls to me as soon as the sun sets, and it whispers to me at dawn. It sings to me, and its lullaby is irresistible. It has deceptive power, this down comforter in its pale blue duvet cover. Though light as a feather, it might as well be chain mail, so helpless am I to escape the weight of it on me. But then I do not struggle very hard. My comforter carries some kind of number that lets you know how warm, warmer, warmest it is. It is called "fill weight" -- no attempt to sugarcoat things here -- and the numbers range from 550 to 650. I think that refers to how many geese are now naked so that I may be warm, but I do not know for sure.
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By SUSAN REIMER | January 9, 2005
A RECENT REPORT on teen sexuality had lots of good news. According to the National Survey of Family Growth from the Department of Health and Human Services, our kids are waiting longer to have sex and are using contraceptives when they do. But buried in those numbers was some disturbing news, too. Eighteen percent of the boys and 14 percent of the girls ages 15 to 19 report having had two or more partners in the last year. And the numbers show that the earlier our teens start having sex, the more partners they have.
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By Stephen G. Henderson and By Stephen G. Henderson,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | January 9, 2005
What's the funniest thing that happened in school today?" My father considered this a foolproof conversational gambit and would spring it on my siblings and me every evening during dinner. It wasn't a rhetorical question, either. He expected all five of us to amuse my mother and him with a story and no mumbling, not to mention self-pity, was allowed. "Enunciate from the gut!" he'd command, if we didn't speak up with sufficient gusto. I thought about Dad, dining and declaiming, while reading a recent survey by The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse (CASA)
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By John Horn and John Horn,LOS ANGELES TIMES | January 3, 2005
Hollywood might have self-absorbed mothers in its crosshairs (see Tea Leoni's turn in Spanglish, Meryl Streep's master manipulator in The Manchurian Candidate and the greedy, trailer-park mom from Million Dollar Baby). But selfless fathers and father figures are being celebrated, if not canonized, on America's movie screens. As a producer and a studio executive, Richard Gladstein was involved in any number of graphic and sadistic films, including Reservoir Dogs, Hurlyburly and Pulp Fiction.
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By Joe Graedon and Teresa Graedon and Joe Graedon and Teresa Graedon,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | December 19, 2004
What, exactly, is the difference between ibuprofen and acetaminophen? Ibuprofen is a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug somewhat similar to aspirin. It lowers fever, relieves pain and reduces inflammation associated with sprains, strains and arthritis. Acetaminophen also diminishes fever and relieves pain but is less likely to ease inflammation. The biggest difference between these drugs is digestive tract upset. Acetaminophen doesn't usually cause such problems, but ibuprofen, aspirin and other NSAIDs can trigger heartburn or even ulcers.
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By Kate Shatzkin and By Kate Shatzkin,SUN STAFF | December 19, 2004
It's a busy weekend for holiday parties, and somebody else has already hired your favorite baby sitter, your second favorite, your third through fifth choices, and that friend of a friend of a friend. Will you and your spouse be stuck at home with a video? Or will you go online, type your ZIP code into one of a growing number of baby-sitting Web sites, find an available candidate and make the social scene at the last minute? The Internet has become the latest place for parents and baby sitters to meet.
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By SUSAN REIMER and SUSAN REIMER,Sun Staff | December 5, 2004
My husband had no more turned from the grave of his mother than he said, "Now begins the search for the Holy Grail." By that, he did not mean the search for the secret offshore bank accounts. He did not mean the box of faded letters that would reveal his family to be exiled royals. He did not even mean her will. He meant her recipes. And particularly, her cookie recipes. Everybody's mother makes great cookies, except, of course, my children's mother. At a recent office bake-off, mine were the first ones dismissed from the competition.
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By Stephanie Shapiro and Stephanie Shapiro,Sun Staff | December 5, 2004
Once, Desiree Robinson heard only her own voice as she recited Hebrew prayers at home. Now that she is a member of Beth Am synagogue, "I hear the whole congregation as I'm going through the prayer," she says. Even when by herself, "I'm not a lone voice anymore." After 15 years of searching for a spiritual home, Desiree and Phillip Robinson found Beth Am not far from their West Baltimore residence. During an August service, a day after converting to Judaism, the couple and their four sons were called to the Torah at the synagogue's lectern for an aliyah, or ritual blessing.
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