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2008-06-14 18:00:00

Before the young J.S. Bach became a legendary composer and organist, he once walked 200 miles to hear a concert by a famous older musician, Dietrich Buxtehude. Three centuries later, Buxtehude doesn't demand that level of commitment. But he still gives David Anderson's legs a workout. David, 18, is running through one of his favorite pieces -- Buxtehude's Prelude, Fugue and Chaconne -- on the organ at Sardis Presbyterian Church. At first, his size 15 feet have all the action, dashing off...

2008-04-19 05:18:30

With the intense competition between the two contenders for the Democratic presidential nomination, pundits have mused over whether Hillary Clinton's appearance on "The Colbert Report" last night will give the former First Lady a so-called "Colbert bump," a surge in popularity which the show's host claims will accrue to any politician that appears on the show. Stephen Colbert first coined the eponymous term on his show after John Hall won in a close election to become a representative...

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2008-01-29 09:20:00

A tough early life turns out to be a good thing for a fish, according to scientists at the University of California, Santa Barbara. They discovered that fish larvae that survive a long, rough, offshore journey eventually arrive at a near shore reef in good condition, and that they thrive afterwards. In contrast, locally produced young have a relatively easy life and they arrive on the reef (near the area where they were spawned) in a variety of conditions "“"“ from poor to good....

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2008-01-06 09:00:00

For those of us who would rather jump in front of the "L" than jump on ye olde gym-and-diet bandwagon, there is another alternative to resetting the system after the holiday binge: fasting. It sounds extreme, but spending the first week of January cleaning the pipes has become my healthy resolution of choice. A few years ago, a friend lent me her copy of a straightforward instruction manual of sorts on how to fast correctly and safely. Named for the lemonade-like elixir derived in 1941 by...

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2006-06-20 07:25:00

By Lisa Lambert WASHINGTON -- For the last two years, California bookstore manager Sage Van Wing has helped organize the Eat Local Challenge where, for one month, participants only buy food produced within 100 miles of their homes. She is one of many people across the United States who are joining the burgeoning local food movement. In 2005, 400 people signed up on the project's Web site, she said. This May, more than 1,000 took part. "I think it's becoming more and more obvious that if...

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2006-04-09 00:55:00

By George Nishiyama TOKYO -- Tamako Kondo says 10 minutes of exercise every morning keeps her fit. But the 80-year-old doesn't hit the treadmill or take aerobics classes. Instead, she sits at a desk, pencil in hand, and tackles simple arithmetic and other quizzes, part of a "brain training" program that has taken Japan by storm. Bookshops now have separate sections for workbooks with the exercises and video game versions are selling like hot cakes among the growing ranks of older Japanese who...

2006-03-13 15:00:00

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Veteran character actress Maureen Stapleton, an Oscar and Tony winner famed for feisty, down-to-earth stage roles in Tennessee Williams' plays and for such films as "Reds" and "Cocoon," died on Monday at age 80. Stapleton, whose last big-screen appearance was in the 1997 romantic comedy "Addicted to Love," died of natural causes at her home in Lenox, Massachusetts, said Ned Roche, the head of the Roche Funeral Home there. He said the actress's daughter and son were...

2006-01-03 08:05:00

By Tom Heneghan, Religion Editor MONTREUIL, France (Reuters) - The faithful are swaying, the walls are sweating and the choir's belting out praise to the Lord. It's Sunday morning and hundreds of black evangelicals are meeting in exuberant prayer. Cries of "Amen!" rise from rows of neatly dressed adults and clapping children. Gospel singers lead the crowd spelling out the name "J-E-S-U-S!" It's the kind of service that could be found in black churches anywhere in the United States. But the...

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2005-11-04 16:00:00

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Kids don't run outside and play like they used to, and parents say being a couch potato is a major culprit in the growing problem of childhood obesity in the United States. Lack of exercise edged out easy access to junk food as the main concern of the 21 percent of parents who conceded in an AP-KOL poll that their children are overweight. KOL is the kids' service of Internet service provider America Online. Parents' big frustration is how to change sedentary habits. "What...

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2005-08-18 18:48:00

Today's in-flight movie is "Red Eye," with horror-meister Wes Craven departing from the garish gore of his "A Nightmare on Elm Street" days yet essentially sticking to the formula of his "Scream" flicks, minus the laughs. "Scream" and its sequels featured Neve Campbell as a passive-aggressive heroine who rises to the occasion and beats up on masked weenies preying on her. "Red Eye" stars Rachel McAdams as a passive-aggressive heroine who rises to the occasion and beats up on a masquerading...