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Honda's 8th-generation Civic is all grown up

HONDA CIVIC
HONDA CIVIC
The Honda Civic coupe seems all grown up now, ready to please adults with its confidence and style.

It used to be that this little two-door was fit for a first-time buyer, but the eighth generation 2006 model has been fleshed out in size, substance and safety. It's a good choice as a refined and stylish high-mileage commuter car.
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Bright ideas for late summer fashions

SHORTS AND SHORT SUITS
SHORTS AND SHORT SUITS
When summer clearance sales start waning, and fall merchandise starts trickling into stores, will you be one of the first ones to pull on those leggings and step out in your pumped-up platform booties?

Well, if you're one of the careful few who love to get a leg up on the latest trends early, but still like to shop the end-of-season markdowns with a sharp eye looking for clothes you'll wear for several seasons to come, you'll be way ahead of the crowd if you know what fashion favorites have the longest "shelf life" in the months ahead.
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'Tsotsi' a zigzag journey on road to redemption

TSOTSI
TSOTSI
The title character in the Oscar-winning foreign language film "Tsotsi" (Miramax, 4 stars) is a predator in the shantytown jungle that grows outside of Johannesburg, South Africa. He awakens each day in his one-room shack, built atop another shack, with really only one thought on his mind - he must rob somebody.

That is how Tsotsi (Presley Chweneyagae) survives. That is how he and his small band of teenage thugs get by. Sometimes they kill, too. There's no thought put into it, no overt decision. It is like breathing: They rob, they prey upon the weak and sometimes, inhale, they kill.
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On target: Toyota aims high, hits the mark with half-ton Tundra

NEW TUNDRA
NEW TUNDRA
I was talking with the owner of a Ford F-150 pickup who said, "You know what's wrong with this truck? Nothing."

Another owner told me that his F-150 has more than 133,000 miles on it and every now and then he thinks of trading it in, but why? "There's nothing wrong with it," he says.
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New device lets doctors treat lungs with more accuracy

EASIER ON PATIENT
EASIER ON PATIENT
A new medical device is helping doctors diagnose cancerous lesions in the lungs' periphery that they couldn't reach with traditional bronchoscopy, according to a Peoria, Ill., pulmonologist.

Called SuperDimension Bronchus, this new diagnostic tool is described by its Israeli manufacturer as a "global positioning system" for the lungs. The device uses electromagnetic and imaging technology and a unique steerable catheter to probe tiny vessels. This electromagnetic-guided system provides doctors with 3-D images as the probe makes its way through the lung's narrow passageways.
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Baby boomer style … an ageless approach

COOL AT ANY AGE
COOL AT ANY AGE
Why is it that many of us in the 50-and-over crowd are the worst-dressed people in America? Look around you. Take notes. Fashion stylist and costume designer Sherrie Mathieson did and felt she had to write a book about her fellow baby boomers and their lack of fashion sense.
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'Tristram Shandy' a delightful film within a film

A COCK AND BULL STORY
A COCK AND BULL STORY
Perhaps it is best to begin at the end, since the 1760 acid trip "The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman" by the sly and bawdy clergyman Laurence Sterne ends at the beginning, with the birth of Tristram.

Sterne died in 1768, barely eight years after he'd begun reaping his literary fortunes. It was David Garrick who wrote his epitaph: "Shall Pride a heap of Sculptur'd Marble raise, / Some unmourn'd, worthless titled Fool to praise? / And shall we not by one poor Grave-stone learn / Where Humor, wit and Genius sleep with Sterne?"
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Buddy movies over the edge

THE MATADOR
THE MATADOR
This week brings three movies in which their main characters lead debauched lives that ultimately result in their undoing and, in at least two of their cases, tragically shortened lives. The third is pure fiction.

The movies are the darkly comic hit-man thriller "The Matador," the wildly scandalous "The Libertine" and the morbidly depressing "Stoned."
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Accent on space: Hyundai's subcompact rides big but not so fast

HYUNDAI ACCENT
HYUNDAI ACCENT
As Toyota, Honda and Nissan get serious about the subcompact car segment, Hyundai is rolling with its third-generation Accent sedan and a soon-to-be-released three-door hatchback.

These little cars were once viewed as tin-can deathtraps in the land of 2 1/2-ton SUVs, but $3-a-gallon gasoline has changed that for many drivers. And with the revival in these cars, the automakers have substantially increased the safety margin.
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Getting the skinny on straight-legged summer style

HEY, SLIM
HEY, SLIM
When it comes to pulling on your pants this summer, you'd better start thinking skinny. Forget the flare of gauchos and those long, pleated skirts. Now's the time to take a deep breath and suck it in for the sake of one of the newest fashion trends that's sure to be around through summer and into fall: the skinny silhouette of pants.

Start with jeans - one of the hottest looks and a classic fashion essential found in almost everyone's closet. But don't speed up the treadmill just yet. You don't have to be skinny to wear "skinny," according to Caroline Calvin, senior vice president of Levi's global creative design. "The skinny jean is about a look, not a waistline," she says.
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Hybrid goes luxe: Lexus GS 450h roars - quietly - out of the gate

NEW LEXUS
NEW LEXUS
The hybridization of a gasoline engine is a wonderful thing. Especially when it's pushing more than 300 horsepower in a sport sedan built to take it.

Hybrids, combining an electric motor and battery pack with a gasoline engine, are heralded for their fuel economy and substantial reduction in tailpipe emissions.
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The heat is on: Solving summer wedding fashion woes

SUMMER WEDDINGS
SUMMER WEDDINGS
When you get an invitation to a summer wedding, the heat is on. The burning question? What am I going to wear? (No, not "do I really have to go to this?" Of course you do!)

"You put away what you really think and dress to repress. Er, respect," says Kimberly Bonnell, author of "What to Wear: A Style Handbook" (St. Martin's Griffin; $12.95), and an online style pro. After all, most couples getting married these days are very tuned in to their guests' reluctance to attend a long, drawn-out ceremony, so they're throwing some great parties to celebrate their nuptials with family and friends.
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'Failure to Launch' never cleared the pad

‘FAILURE TO LAUNCH’
‘FAILURE TO LAUNCH’
The trouble with the romantic comedy "Failure to Launch" (Paramount, 3 stars) is that right away a sizable audience is alienated.

There are the adult males who still live at home - they won't go see the movie because they would have to pay for it. There are the parents of the adult males who still live at home - they just won't find it funny. There are the girlfriends of adult males who still live at home - they just don't exist.
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Goodyear recipe for SUV tires features dash of Kevlar, volcanic ash

TIRE TESTING
TIRE TESTING
Carbon fiber, volcanic ash and Kevlar might seem odd ingredients for a tire, but Goodyear has called on that recipe to improve grip and handling in some of its tires.

Representatives from the tire maker were in San Diego recently to run service employees and the media through tests of two new tires, the Eagle ResponsEdge performance touring tire and the Fortera TripleTred for minivans and SUVs.
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Avoiding fast foods is key in fight against artery-clogging fat

TRANS ACTION
TRANS ACTION
Fast food: two simple, alliterative words that tend to conjure the alluring aroma and tasty promise of cheeseburgers and french fries in all their greasy glory. But fried foods at places like McDonald's, Burger King, Kentucky Fried Chicken, Wendy's and In-N-Out Burger are not only contributing to America's obesity epidemic, they're also loaded with trans-fatty acids - trans fats, for short - which eventually clog arteries the way a towel plugs a toilet.
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Oh, say can you see star-spangled style

STAR-SPANGLED STYLE
STAR-SPANGLED STYLE
You may not consider yourself a follower of fashion trends, but chances are you do have something red, white and blue in your wardrobe. Our country's favorite colors wave in patriotic patterned T-shirts, star-speckled visors and flag-inspired flip-flops. And you don't have to wait until the Fourth of July to show off your stars and stripes - from Memorial Day to Labor Day, Americans are proud to wear our country's colors, not only on national holidays but any day in between.
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'Eight Below' a Disney tale well told

EIGHT BELOW
EIGHT BELOW
To Jerry Shepherd (Paul Walker), his dogs are more than just "man's best friend" in the family drama-adventure "Eight Below" (Disney, 3 stars).

For six months of the year, Jerry is a guide in Antarctica and the eight sled dogs he commands are often the difference between survival and death.
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Ultrasound machine makes 3-D images to find tumors mammograms may miss

NEW TECHNOLOGY
NEW TECHNOLOGY
A new ultrasound medical device promises a more efficient way to provide extra screening of women at risk for breast cancer, according to a physician testing the new device at OSF St. Francis Centers for Breast Health in Peoria, Ill.

Dr. Jessica A. Guingrich, medical director at the center, said trial of the device, the SomoVu, began last fall.
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Take your tasteful lifestyle to the great outdoors

A PERSONAL TOUCH
A PERSONAL TOUCH
Q: We have a screened-in porch we would like to turn into a sort of semi-outdoor Great Room. I guess our main question is what kind of porch furniture, outdoor fabrics, and such make the most sense in an outdoor room like this?

A: You will be surprised at the options now brought to you by modern technology, such as, sunproof and rainproof fabrics with the softness you'd expect to find in a living room ( www.sunbrella.com); weather-resisting finishes you can apply yourself (like Scotchgard Mold & Mildew Block spray-on);
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CrystalMation new tool in hunt for HIV vaccine

HIV RESEARCH
HIV RESEARCH
In a building at The Scripps Research Institute in San Diego, scientists are taking giant steps toward creating the world's first HIV vaccine.

On June 5, the researchers unveiled a $2.2 million machine called CrystalMation. The device, which can rapidly screen protein molecules, will vastly accelerate the search for powerful antibodies against HIV, the virus that causes AIDS.

The announcement came on the 25th anniversary of the first medical description of the condition later known as acquired immune deficiency syndrome.

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