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General News Archive - May 05, 2009

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New York City reached its lowest rate of smoking on record -- 15.8 percent, with 350,000 fewer smokers than in 2002, city health officials said.

Word of the Day
upstander
  • A person who stands up for something, as contrasted to a bystander who remains inactive.
  • One of the upright handlebars on a traditional Inuit sled.
The word 'upstander' in the first sense here is a play on the word 'bystander' and the idea of 'standing up' for something.