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Aug 31,2007
Good news is surfacing on the future of the American labor force. The national average ACT composite test score increased this year for the third time in the past five years and the percentage of high school graduates ready for college-level course work continued to grow as well. The Iowa testing company said scores for graduating high school students improved on all four required subjects - English, mathematics, reading and science. "These upward trends show ... [full story]
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Aug 31,2007
Computers with online access can be an easy distraction; however, employees may want to concentrate more on work instead of surfing the Internet at the office. You never know who or what may be watching. BeAware Corporate Edition, which has a "workplace activity management" application, allows companies to keep track of employees' computer history in order to eliminate excessive time-wasting and increase productivity in the office. At least 13 percent of employees spend more than ... [full story]
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Aug 31,2007
Table 17 in the saloon side of the Metropolitan Cafe is the best perch in all of Cleveland for people watching, especially on a late summer day, locals insist. But it's a tough seat to snag. Floor to ceiling windows look out on West 6th and St. Clair in the buzzing downtown Warehouse District. "It's the hottest corner in the city and this is the best bar, bar none," says banker Ken Ake who's sharing ... [full story]
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Aug 31,2007
The Lincoln MKX crossover does something its luxury-class competitors don't. It runs on 87-octane fuel.   MKX - Lincoln's five-passenger MKX crossover saves owners money with its 265 horsepower V-6 that runs on 87 octane. With more than 10 competitors in this vehicle segment, the MKX is unmistakable from every other crossover by the wide and bright Lincoln grille. Pricing starts at $36,455. CNS Photo courtesy of Lincoln. That may not be a big incentive for some ... [full story]
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Aug 31,2007
Jump in your time machine and set the dial for the 1960s - it's time for a flashback ... if you were around back then. MGM has released a boxed set of DVDs starring Frankie Avalon and Annette Funicello. Though these movies were popular then, they don't stand the test of time today.   BEACH BLANKET RETRO - Frankie Avalon, Annette Funicello, Deborah Walley and John Ashley wore sunny smiles in 1965's 'Beach Blanket Bingo.' CNS ... [full story]
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Aug 31,2007
Q: I am wondering if you might have any information on the vase in this photo. A friend gave it to me in 1976. All she told me was that it was very old. It stands approximately 24 inches tall and is in mint condition. The   AMPHORA - This vase was made by Amphora Porzellan of Austria in 1900 and would probably be worth $2,000 to $3,000. CNS Photo.  SHELLEY POTTERIES MARK - Shelley Potteries Ltd. ... [full story]
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Aug 31,2007
Carol and Bert Breithofer thought they had finally found a way to gently push their reluctant 20-something son out of the nest. They moved. Bert, who was living in Washington, got a new job in Philadelphia. But their son, Sam, a University of Maryland graduate who moved back home shortly after graduation, announced that, guess what, he was moving to Philly so he could continue to live with beloved Mom and Dad. In fact, about ... [full story]
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Aug 31,2007
Q: When the cicadas arrived in June, the two sugar maples in my front yard were inundated with them. Once they were gone, small branches with a few leaves on them began falling. They are numerous and continue to fall. I see no end in sight, and the tree is starting to look sparse.  Is this a result of the cicadas, or is there some other problem with my trees? Also, are my trees dying ... [full story]
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Aug 29,2007
Police are looking for a man who held up the Burger King restaurant in north Bend at gunpoint on Tuesday night then fled the scene with an undisclosed amount of cash. According to a news release prepared by Bend Police Sgt. Brian Kindel, officers responded to the fast food restaurant at 3475 N. Highway 97 about 8:30 p.m. A white male described as six-feet tall with a thin build was reportedly wearing a dark-colored shirt and pants ... [full story]
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Aug 29,2007
Bend Police are investigation a reported near-drowning at the Juniper Swim & Fitness Center on Tuesday afternoon when a boy about three-years-old was pulled unresponsive from the swimming pool, officials said. Few details were available in a news release prepared by Lt. Ken Mannix, but Bend Police and Bend Fire & Rescue personnel responded to the facility owned and operated by Bend Park & Recreation Metro District at 800 NE 6th Street about 3:45 p.m.  ... [full story]
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