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By SUSAN DEITZ and SUSAN DEITZ,Los Angeles Times Syndicate | April 26, 1992
Q: Why do many men absolutely refuse to use condoms even with the threat of AIDS? They say they are a turn-off, that they cannot stay excited wearing one, that they don't fit properly, all sorts of excuses for not wearing one.A: Stimulation is lessened when a condom is in place, but not to the point of zero! Most of the refusals have more to do with male pride/ego than actual fact. And then, of course, there is always the lingering thought that AIDS happens to the other guy, the homosexual, the drug user.
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By Julie Deardorff and Julie Deardorff,Tribune Newspapers | January 25, 2010
After Jen Matlack had a baby, the Connecticut mom went on what she called the easiest and most effective weight-loss regimen of her life. For three years she breast-fed her daughter Mae and ate whatever she wanted. Her baby weight - and more - seemed to magically melt away. "I tell everyone, if I could have done it until Mae turned 15, I would have," said Matlack, 39, a freelance writer. "I was the thinnest I'd ever been." Researchers have long suspected that breast-feeding, which burns an extra 500 calories a day, helps blast away postpartum flab.
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By GINA DAVIS and GINA DAVIS,SUN REPORTER | April 23, 2006
The question-and-answer sessions after a performance by the drama troupe FoolProof often get rather personal. Because the cast remains in character to respond to audience members - during a portion of the show that troupe members use to further their issue-driven skits - often the inquiries become somewhat pointed. Audience members have been known to take troupe members to task over a character's response to peer pressure or bullying, or sex abuse or drug abuse. "A lot of times we think we know how we behave, but oftentimes [people]
BUSINESS
By Eileen Ambrose | February 28, 2009
TIP 47 Checking out the financial health of your bank In the last quarter of 2008, the government's list of "problem" banks grew by 81 to a total of 252. The Feds are hush-hush about whose name is on the list to prevent a run on the banks. So is there any other way for you to find out if your institution is safe and sound or on shaky ground? Luckily, there are a few sources for you to check: The Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. site, fdic.gov, posts financial figures and data on specific banks under "Bank Find."
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By Marcia Myers and Marcia Myers,SUN STAFF | June 13, 2001
Maryland officials are coming out with a high-tech, hard-to-duplicate driver's license aimed at thwarting underage drinkers and others with criminal intent. And it comes in colors. Although the state's driver's license was in the news recently because one of the president's daughters got caught with a fake Maryland ID at a Connecticut bar, Motor Vehicle Administration officials say they have been planning a makeover for the past couple of years, bowing to the computer-age technology that has turned document forgery into a cottage industry.
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By Dennis O'Brien and Dennis O'Brien,SUN STAFF | May 5, 2003
Allen Tien needed secure computers. The elderly patients in his company's research program had to fill out confidential surveys, and he wanted to keep them confidential. So the Towson medical software consultant turned to biometrics -- the science that identifies people by turning their physical characteristics into a unique set of numbers. He hooked a set of fingerprint scanners to his office PCs, figuring they'd provide a foolproof way for each patient to sign on. And then he learned something -- a lot of senior citizens don't leave usable prints because their fingertips are worn down.
NEWS
May 14, 2006
FoolProof theater to hold auditions FoolProof Improvisational Theatre will hold auditions for its 2006-2007 season Saturday at East Middle School, 121 Longwell Ave., Westminster. FoolProof, entering its 20th year, deals with issues such as drug and alcohol abuse and other problems affecting teens and families. The troupe performs primarily in schools and addiction rehabilitation centers. The day-long audition starts at 9 a.m. and runs to about 4:30 p.m. All high school students in Carroll County are welcome.
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By Debra Taylor Young and Debra Taylor Young,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | May 15, 2001
A GROUP OF student actors is using its talents to help teen-agers deal with the social pressures and sometimes-harsh cultural realities of today's world. The troupe, FoolProof Improvisational Theatre, tackles issues such as drug and alcohol abuse, suicide, date rape and child abuse. On Thursday, eight members of the troupe, consisting of Carroll County teen-agers, performed at Freedom Community Center in Eldersburg for the Lions clubs of Taylorsville and Eldersburg, and the Knights of Columbus of Eldersburg.
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By Dave Barry and Dave Barry,Knight Ridder/Tribune | December 27, 1998
PAY ATTENTION, because today I'm going to pass along a foolproof method for getting unbelievably rich.I heard about it from a guy who sat next to me on an airplane. Usually, the people I wind up next to on planes do not give out useful information; they give out either bodily aromas or weird noises. For example, several months ago I flew across country next to a man who, every 15 seconds for the entire flight, emitted, from somewhere deep in his nasal passages, a sound that, if you had to spell it out, would be along the lines of "SNAWNK!"
BUSINESS
By Eileen Ambrose | February 28, 2009
TIP 47 Checking out the financial health of your bank In the last quarter of 2008, the government's list of "problem" banks grew by 81 to a total of 252. The Feds are hush-hush about whose name is on the list to prevent a run on the banks. So is there any other way for you to find out if your institution is safe and sound or on shaky ground? Luckily, there are a few sources for you to check: The Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. site, fdic.gov, posts financial figures and data on specific banks under "Bank Find."
NEWS
By JANET GILBERT | September 30, 2007
To make me feel better, can we all please agree that chopped fresh basil could easily be mistaken for chopped fresh parsley? Why, you might even say the two green herbs are indistinguishable. Except that parsley tastes like lawn clippings, whereas basil tastes more like leafy yard waste. Granted, the contestants on Top Chef probably could tell the difference with a simple glance, but these people have spent years differentiating between "I Can't Believe it's Not Butter" and "clarified butter."
NEWS
May 14, 2006
FoolProof theater to hold auditions FoolProof Improvisational Theatre will hold auditions for its 2006-2007 season Saturday at East Middle School, 121 Longwell Ave., Westminster. FoolProof, entering its 20th year, deals with issues such as drug and alcohol abuse and other problems affecting teens and families. The troupe performs primarily in schools and addiction rehabilitation centers. The day-long audition starts at 9 a.m. and runs to about 4:30 p.m. All high school students in Carroll County are welcome.
NEWS
By GINA DAVIS and GINA DAVIS,SUN REPORTER | April 23, 2006
The question-and-answer sessions after a performance by the drama troupe FoolProof often get rather personal. Because the cast remains in character to respond to audience members - during a portion of the show that troupe members use to further their issue-driven skits - often the inquiries become somewhat pointed. Audience members have been known to take troupe members to task over a character's response to peer pressure or bullying, or sex abuse or drug abuse. "A lot of times we think we know how we behave, but oftentimes [people]
SPORTS
April 17, 2005
It began with the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim. Then came the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. Finally this: The San Diego Padres' Single-A team said April 1 that it was changing its name from the Lake Elsinore Storm to the Anaheim/Los Angeles/San Diego Storm of Lake Elsinore. "We want to be America's minor league baseball team," team president Dave Oster told The San Diego Union-Tribune. "If we are going to compete at the national level, we need to be able to build our brand. "That's what this is all about.
NEWS
By Henry Chu and Henry Chu,LOS ANGELES TIMES | October 3, 2004
SANTA ROSA DU PURUS, Brazil - The closest thing to a computer in Manoel Perreira Kaxinawa's tiny village is a calculator, one of two shared by the hamlet's 160 inhabitants. So after a three-day journey upriver to this remote Amazon town, through thick, impenetrable jungle, Perreira was more than ready to glimpse an electronic voting machine. An election official walked him through a demonstration. Perreira, about to vote for the first time in his life, punched in the numbers of his preferred candidates like a natural, a quick and painless practice run for today's election.
NEWS
January 29, 2004
AT A TIME when the phrase "good enough for government work" has been transformed from a World War II compliment to an insult, it's no wonder that Jose E. Melendez-Perez earned a round of applause at a hearing this week of the commission investigating the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. He was just doing his job as a border agent, he said, when he refused to admit into the country a Saudi national now believed part of the terrorists' plot. Yet, Mr. Melendez-Perez stands out as exceptional for exactly that: He was not only enforcing the law to the letter but also applying gut instinct and common sense to the task.
NEWS
January 29, 2004
AT A TIME when the phrase "good enough for government work" has been transformed from a World War II compliment to an insult, it's no wonder that Jose E. Melendez-Perez earned a round of applause at a hearing this week of the commission investigating the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. He was just doing his job as a border agent, he said, when he refused to admit into the country a Saudi national now believed part of the terrorists' plot. Yet, Mr. Melendez-Perez stands out as exceptional for exactly that: He was not only enforcing the law to the letter but also applying gut instinct and common sense to the task.
NEWS
By JANET GILBERT | September 30, 2007
To make me feel better, can we all please agree that chopped fresh basil could easily be mistaken for chopped fresh parsley? Why, you might even say the two green herbs are indistinguishable. Except that parsley tastes like lawn clippings, whereas basil tastes more like leafy yard waste. Granted, the contestants on Top Chef probably could tell the difference with a simple glance, but these people have spent years differentiating between "I Can't Believe it's Not Butter" and "clarified butter."
NEWS
By Dennis O'Brien and Dennis O'Brien,SUN STAFF | May 5, 2003
Allen Tien needed secure computers. The elderly patients in his company's research program had to fill out confidential surveys, and he wanted to keep them confidential. So the Towson medical software consultant turned to biometrics -- the science that identifies people by turning their physical characteristics into a unique set of numbers. He hooked a set of fingerprint scanners to his office PCs, figuring they'd provide a foolproof way for each patient to sign on. And then he learned something -- a lot of senior citizens don't leave usable prints because their fingertips are worn down.
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