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Jul 27,2007
In extraordinary coordination, the judiciary committees of both the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives in the same week approved a bill, which, if it becomes law, will spell the end of America's world leadership in innovation. Called the Patent Reform Act, it is a direct attack on the unique and successful patent system created by the U.S. Constitution. Before 1999, the U.S. Patent Office was required to keep secret the contents of a patent ... [full story]
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Jul 27,2007
Some children are luckier than others when it comes to the parents they inherit. Ivory Lewis, 61, and her mom, Lily "Lillis" Lewis, 92, both lucked out. They're best friends, not because of circumstances, but because they want to be. Lily is a still-life and portrait painter. Ivory, who has degrees in anthropology and urban planning, is retired. This spring, the daughter and best friend orchestrated her mom's first one-woman art show. Ivory secured a ... [full story]
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Jul 27,2007
There's a move to require all title insurance sales agents to be properly licensed, in the interests of consumer protection. Some types of licensing laws are in place in most states. Others, like California and New York, are in the process of enacting such legislation. In California, statewide license-requirement legislation (SB 133) is sponsored by the California Land Title Association. It would require all title insurance sales representatives to register with the state Department of ... [full story]
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Jul 27,2007
Beware of elite restaurant stories that taste like processed cheese. Is that a special frisson de Velveeta we detect in the glowing, plushly served "No Reservations"?   'NO RESERVATIONS' - Katherine Zeta-Jones is Kate, Aaron Eckhart is Nick and Abigail Breslin plays Zoe in the romantic comedy 'No Reservations.' CNS Photo courtesy of David Lee.  RATINGS 4 STARS - Excellent. 3 STARS - Worthy. 2 STARS - Mixed. 1 STAR - Poor. 0 - Forget It (a ... [full story]
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Jul 27,2007
Recently, on a long flight, I was chatting about the normal stuff - kids and family and work - with the 50-something woman sitting next to me. When she found out I was in the financial world, she asked my advice on a particularly thorny issue. Turns out she was supporting her aging parents, who lived on Social Security and not much else, and helping out her grown children. Not surprisingly, she was worried about ... [full story]
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Jul 27,2007
More than anything else, Harriet Beecher Stowe's "Uncle Tom's Cabin" alerted 19th century Americans to the evil of slavery. Greeting this author to the White House in early Civil War days, President Lincoln is said to have remarked, "So you're the little lady who started this big war!" Other names are attached historically to great causes. Thomas Paine's fiery "Common Sense" in 1776 inspired the Declaration of Independence. The immigrant Jacob Riis, a New York ... [full story]
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Jul 26,2007
Internet advertisements for prescription drugs sold at prices lower than those at your local pharmacy are certainly tempting. But the U.S. Food and Drug Administration wants to warn all Americans that succumbing to that temptation could have serious consequences. A recent FDA alert cautions American to beware of counterfeit drugs sold on 24 related Web sites and illustrates the potential for harm. Tests have shown that some prescriptions filled online from these sellers contain a ... [full story]
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Jul 27,2007
They shoved Bailey Thompson against a wall. They called the thin, brown-haired boy a nerd and a freak.   FIGHTING THE BAD FIGHT - Bailey Thompson, 11, reflects on the daily suffering he endured from bullies at Rio Seco School in Santee, Calif., which prompted his mother to pull him out of the school and teach him at home. CNS Photo by Nancee E. Lewis. After bullies threw sticks and pebbles at him, the 11-year-old told his ... [full story]
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Jul 27,2007
Summer is usually the time we let down our hair and ease up on all the fashion rules. But there are a few blaring blunders we should all avoid even if we're just lounging around the pool or flip-flopping down a city street. Here are a few "don'ts" to keep in mind when you're chilling out:   KEEP IT SIMPLE - Don't make the mistake of overdressing in the hot summer months. Pare down to cool ... [full story]
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Jul 27,2007
Think pink. Color trends this year are leaning toward pink, according to the Color Marketing Group.   HOT TRENDS - The red/pink family is heating up in the color market including this Pink Dot Contemporary Home Bed in a Bag by Target Corp. CNS Photo courtesy of Color Marketing Group.    GLOVES FOR WOMEN - Pallina Vegan Garden Gloves are designed specifically for women's hand sizes. CNS Photo courtesy of Pallina. And, they should know. The international organization of ... [full story]
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