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Nov 23,2007
Q: Enclosed is a photo of part of my dinnerware set. The set is a service for 12 and includes some serving pieces. Each dish is marked with a rectangle with the words "Gladding McBean & Co. - Made in U.S.A. - Franciscan Earthenware" and the letters "C - R." The pattern is "Desert Rose."   DINNER FOR 12 - Gladding McBean and Co., founded in 1875 in Los Angeles, made this dinnerware around 1961. It ... [full story]
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Nov 23,2007
There are those youngsters under 30 who firmly believe that us senior citizens over 65 spend too much time trafficking in nostalgia. In fact, they argue, that nostalgia is our most important product, that we spend too many days romanticizing the past and not enough time in the present. Well, I would not, for a minute, debate that today's youngsters are better educated, stronger and more affluent than my generation was - even if their ... [full story]
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Nov 23,2007
Normally, I am not in favor of most home recipes that try to substitute for legal pesticides. In many cases there is a lack of science, if not absence of intelligence, in the promotion of homemade concoctions. They can be less safe for the environment and ineffective for the intended purpose compared to the original product.  However, today I am looking for volunteers to try a new possible solution to fire ants and maybe even ... [full story]
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Nov 22,2007
NEW YORK -- A New York state prison inmate sent 10 letters to rights groups, journalists and politicians containing a fine white powder, the FBI said.The letters came to the FBI's attention on Monday in Albany, N.Y., and were easily traced because Keith Lettley listed his inmate number on the letters, the New York Post reported Thursday.The 34-year-old is serving 20 years at the Washington Correctional Facility in Comstock, N.Y., for breaking into a New ... [full story]
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Nov 22,2007
PITTSBURGH -- The plight of a Pittsburgh soldier disabled in Iraq highlights the U.S. Army policy of asking for part of signing bonuses back if commitments aren't fulfilled.The issue came to light when Jordan Fox told KDKA-TV, Pittsburgh, his role in Iraq ended when a roadside bomb destroyed his right eye and he was shipped home. He had been paid a $10,000 signing bonus as a sniper, but got a letter from the Department of ... [full story]
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Nov 22,2007
CINCINNATI -- A 52-year-old homeless man in Cincinnati was indicted this week on charges he raped a woman who was sleepwalking. Assistant Hamilton County Prosecutor Seth Tieger said it was undoubtedly clear the unidentified 23-year-old victim was sleepwalking when Dexter Ford allegedly attacked her this month, The Cincinnati Enquirer reported Wednesday."If you would see her in that state, you would instantly know something was wrong," Tieger said during Tuesday's hearing. "It's not like she was ... [full story]
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Nov 22,2007
BALTIMORE -- Officials in Baltimore were investigating an incident in which a threatening note and a piece of rope were found at a city fire station.Two paramedics said they found the note, which pictured a drawing of a stick figure hanging by a noose, The Baltimore Sun reported Wednesday.Chief Kevin Cartwright, a Fire Department spokesman, said the piece of rope was not a noose but it had a knot in it.Henry Burris, president of the ... [full story]
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Nov 22,2007
WASHINGTON -- Thousands of immigrants could miss voting in their first presidential election because of a 16-month logjam in processing U.S. citizenship applications.Immigration officials at the Department of Homeland Security told the Washington Post it can take longer than five months just to acknowledge receipt of applications by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services or USCIS.Officials said they were expecting a surge in applications prior to a July 30 fee increase from $410 to $675, ... [full story]
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Nov 22,2007
LAHORE, Pakistan -- Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf's new appointees to the Supreme Court Thursday dismissed a final challenge to his running for a third term.Musharraf created a political storm at home and abroad Nov. 3 when he declared emergency rule, suspended the constitution and disabled the high court.Under intense domestic and international pressure, he has since announced he will step down as military leader before parliament votes on the presidency in early January, CNN reported.Wednesday, ... [full story]
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Nov 22,2007
PLYMOUTH, England -- A British man has pleaded guilty to breaking his girlfriend's leg -- with her permission -- in an attempt to cheat the local government out of $200,000.Gordon Thomson pleaded guilty to breaking his then-girlfriend Elizabeth Hingston's leg in October 2006 as part of a plan to sue the local government by claiming she was hit by a falling wall, The Daily Mail reported Wednesday.However, the fraud was foiled when police found a ... [full story]
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