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Oct 05,2007
Some films can make you squirm and resist, even resentfully, but then you add up the effort as valid. "Trade" crosses that saving line.   'TRADE' - In 'Trade,' Paulina Gaitan portrays a 13-year-old girl from Mexico City whose kidnapping by sex traffickers sets in motion a desperate mission by her 17-year-old brother, played by Cesar Ramos, to save her. CNS Photo courtesy of Marco Nagel.  RATINGS 4 STARS - Excellent. 3 STARS - Worthy. 2 STARS ... [full story]
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Oct 05,2007
The sustaining dish in "Feast of Love" is Morgan Freeman as savvy old Harry Stevenson, a professor on leave from his Oregon university (the other main dish is Portland, beautifully shot).   'FEAST OF LOVE' - Morgan Freeman plays Harry Stevenson and Alexa Davalos is Chloe in the romantic comedy 'Feast of Love.' CNS Photo courtesy of Peter Sorel.  RATINGS 4 STARS - Excellent. 3 STARS - Worthy. 2 STARS - Mixed. 1 STAR - Poor. 0 ... [full story]
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Oct 05,2007
Chick flick, a term sadly unknown to Jane Austen, gets some new plumage in "The Jane Austen Book Club," Robin Swicord's film of the hit novel by Karen Joy Fowler.   'THE JANE AUSTEN BOOK CLUB' - Prudie (Emily Blunt) finds that Jane Austen makes a difference for her troubled marriage to Dean (Marc Blucas) in 'The Jane Austen Book Club.' CNS Photo courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics.  RATINGS 4 STARS - Excellent. 3 STARS - Worthy. ... [full story]
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Oct 05,2007
As a passionate advocate for financial literacy, I've been a staunch supporter of aggressive, disciplined retirement investing. I've been particularly vocal about the benefits of 401(k) plans (and their cousins, 403(b) and 457 plans), the tax-deferred, payroll-deduction-based retirement accounts sponsored by employers. Why? Because in today's world, most jobs don't offer traditional pensions; the old paradigm of working for a company for most of your adult life and enjoying a reasonable defined benefit retirement package ... [full story]
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Oct 05,2007
Market volatility and economic uncertainty often go hand in hand. When the markets are roiling and the future of the economy is less than clear, financial insecurity can take root. Are you worried about your job? Fearful about downsizing or layoffs? Here are a few concrete steps you can take now to help you deal with the potential loss of a paycheck. BULK UP YOUR EMERGENCY FUND Conventional wisdom holds that you should keep enough ... [full story]
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Oct 05,2007
It was a hot July day in 1963 - especially in western Kansas, where the Van Deerlin family had stopped for ice cream on its way to Washington, D.C. In addition to plentiful belongings, our station wagon carried the new congressman, his wife and five children - plus a cat named Oddball. Released from her makeshift birdcage for brief relief, Oddball disappeared up an alley. Since I'd opposed including a cat on the passenger manifest, ... [full story]
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Oct 05,2007
It is a statistic that is showing an alarming trend. The number of serious adverse drug events reported to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has more than doubled between 1998 and 2005, as did deaths linked to such events, reports the Sept. 10 issue of Archives of Internal Medicine. The FDA defines a serious adverse drug event as one resulting in death, birth defect, disability, hospitalization, or one that is life-threatening or requires intervention ... [full story]
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Oct 05,2007
Increasingly, medical professionals are viewing October as the start of cold and flu season. The first full month of fall is a good time to remind ourselves of some basic hygiene rules that can help reduce the risk of coming down with a respiratory virus. Respiratory viruses are common worldwide. Although the majority of people who come down with one experience mild symptoms, respiratory viruses cause illness and even death in certain groups or populations. ... [full story]
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Oct 05,2007
For the 2007-2008 ski season, Heavenly at Lake Tahoe will unveil Olympic Express, a new high-speed quad on the Nevada side of the mountain that will replace the original Olympic Chair. The new lift will provide high-speed access to a currently under-utilized area of the mountain. Once strictly the domain of dedicated powder seekers, Olympic Express will provide access to Nevada Woods, some of the best tree skiing on the planet.   LOVELY LAKE TAHOE - ... [full story]
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Oct 05,2007
The new black is - black. And it's back in all its dark glory this fall on the fashion runways. But it's anything but basic this time around. Black has put on a fresh fashion face and it's got a whole new edgy vibe. Think feathers, think fur, think fun. You'll really be ready when the party season rolls around. Here's the must-have black list for the new shopping season:   BLACK IS BACK - Black ... [full story]
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