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Friday, May 25 2018 @ 04:49 PM EDT
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The Paramus Post - Greater Paramus News and Lifestyle Webzine
Friday, May 25 2018 @ 04:49 PM EDT
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The Paramus Post - Greater Paramus News and Lifestyle Webzine

Childhood diseases and yesterday's fears


WAR ON DISEASES
WAR ON DISEASES
Margaret Walters still can't remember why her mother would not let her cool off under the lawn sprinkler during the summer of 1955, but she knows it had something to do with polio.

Polio. Full name, poliomyelitis. The word alone froze parents in their tracks.

Worse, the word broken down indicated polio was a viral inflammation of the gray matter of the spinal cord.

The worst form paralyzed its victims, leaving many with withered limbs, others confined to an existence in huge iron lungs, cylindrical steel drums equipped to work as respirators that did their breathing for them.
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Guessing game: Many factors go into estimating world population


COUNTER INTELLIGENCE
COUNTER INTELLIGENCE
In its full glory, the map spans a wall and the world, some 9 million blue and orange grid cells representing, in toto, the projected distribution of people around the globe in the year 2025.

Created by demographers and social scientists from Columbia University and Population Action International, or PAI, in Washington, D.C., the Mapping the Future project represents a new effort to predict worldwide human population numbers in unprecedented detail.
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Sight for sore eyes


EYE SURGERY
EYE SURGERY
For Danielle Todd, seeing, literally, is believing.

The 32-year-old Californian spent most of her life dependent upon glasses and contact lenses, with less than optimal results. But a new surgically implantable lens called the Visian ICL has changed all that.

She can see clearly now.

She's a believer in the new procedure, even if there remains some doubt in the medical community.
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Secret ingredient boosts blueberry pie


RED WHITE AND BLUE TORTE
RED WHITE AND BLUE TORTE
Just like the customers who come to his Ohio farm to pick, Gary Vogley eagerly awaits the first blueberries of summer.

"My wife makes a fresh blueberry pie that you want to kill for," Vogley said. "It's really, really, really good."

The Vogleys have 12 acres of pick-your-own blueberries in Pike Township ( www.vogleyenterprises.com). Charlene Vogley uses her own frozen berries to make blueberry pies the traditional way in the fall, winter and spring.
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Color was in photographer's nature


LIVING COLOR
LIVING COLOR
A master photographer and printmaker, a biochemical researcher and Harvard grad, an amateur ornithologist and avid conservationist, Eliot Porter was the man who broke photography's color line.

By combining the rich hues of Kodachrome film with the complex process of dye-transfer printing, Porter proved that black-and-white nature photography, as practiced by Ansel Adams and Edward Weston, could be expanded to include the entire color spectrum.
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The Chili Peppers remain Red Hot


PEPPERS REMAIN HOT
PEPPERS REMAIN HOT
Technique. Vision. Attitude.

These qualities can make the difference between an average, run-of-the-mill band and a top-rate group that creates a distinctive musical niche for itself.

But which of these qualities is the most important, and why?
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The Raconteurs' lineup creates high expectations


THE RACONTEURS
THE RACONTEURS
Jack White spent an hour recently watching MTV for the first time in longer than he can remember. As one slick, generic, flavor-of-the-month act lip-synced one slick, generic, flavor-of-the-month hit after another, the leader of the now-dormant White Stripes and "just one of the guys" member of the newly launched Raconteurs looked on in shock.

"I thought to myself: 'I really don't care to know the name of the bassist in that band; I don't care to know what brand of guitar that guy in that other band is playing,' " White said from Nashville, where he lives with his new wife, model Karen Elson, and their recently born daughter, Scarlett.
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'Flatout 2' revs up game, adds online competition


FLATOUT 2
FLATOUT 2
Game: "Flatout 2" 

Publisher: Vivendi Universal 

System: Microsoft XBOX 

Cost: $40 ESRB 

Rating: T Review rating: 3 stars 

Get ready to slam the pedal to the metal as you participate in the high-octane races and crazy rag-doll events found in "Flatout 2."
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'Darwinia' definitely delivers fun


DARWINIA
DARWINIA
Game: "Darwinia"

Publisher: Cinemaware Marquee

System: Windows 2000/XP

Cost: $30

ESRB Rating: E

Review rating: 3 stars 

The surreal realm of Darwinia is in trouble, and it is up to you to help its creator, Dr. Sepulveda, rid the virtual world of a nasty virus in this real-time strategy title.
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Cool and colorful, trendy cocktails make a big splash


NEW TWISTS
NEW TWISTS
If your idea of summer fun includes relaxing with a cold libation, it's time to indulge in creative cocktails inspired by warm weather.

Whether you choose to kick back at a restaurant, pub patio or in your own backyard, the hottest cocktails are all about fresh fruit and herbs, vibrant color and refreshing flavor.

For cooling off on warm summer evenings, lemonade drinks are all the rage, say bartenders and hospitality-industry professionals.
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Spalding, Diabate, Keneally make joyful noise, each their own way


ESPERANZA SPALDING
ESPERANZA SPALDING
Esperanza Spalding

"Junjo"

Ayva (www.ayvamusica.com)

Although she never sings a single lyric, the sinuous vocals of 21-year-old Esperanza Spalding are featured on all but two of the nine compositions on her debut album, "Junjo." This Oregon native enchants with her airy, wordless singing (which at times suggests a young Flora Purim), and with her equally arresting contrabass work. Both skills serve Spalding well as she fuses jazz and various Latin styles with grace and imagination. She benefits greatly from the fluid, shape-shifting contributions of two young Cuban virtuosos - pianist Aruan Ortiz and drummer Francisco Mela.
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Comic-book treatment of 9/11 report earns high praise


THE 911 REPORT
THE 911 REPORT
"The 9/11 Commission Report" sold more than a million copies.

Now a pair who collaborated on "Richie Rich" and "Casper the Friendly Ghost" hope their book-length comic based on the report will also be a best-seller.

"The 9/11 Report: A Graphic Adaptation," by Sid Jacobson and Ernie Colon, has a Sept. 11 publishing date, although Amazon.com says the title has been scheduled for release on Aug. 22.

During a recent panel discussion at San Diego Comic-Con International, Jacobson said the book remains faithful to what the 10 commission members wrote about the Sept. 11, 2001, plane hijackings by Islamic terrorists.
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A vital vaccine for young girls?


IMMUNIZATION
IMMUNIZATION
When Lorraine Wilson took her two teenage daughters to the doctor recently, they got their annual physicals and the required shots. But the pediatrician didn't stop there.

"She starts talking about this HPV vaccine," Wilson recalls.

Wilson was vaguely aware of the vaccine. It made headlines at the end of June when the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices, a division of the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, voted to recommend it to prevent cervical cancer and other diseases in females caused by certain types of genital human papillomavirus (HPV).
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Rusticity on the rise


NATURAL ATTRACTIONS
NATURAL ATTRACTIONS
Q: We want to put a great room addition onto our house, which is a 1920s-vintage center-hall colonial. Our problem is we'd like a less formal, more relaxed atmosphere in the new addition - not contemporary, but with more natural materials, like a stone fireplace. How would that work with the rest of the house, which is pretty much 18th century and a little on the formal side?
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Kevin Smith adds to counter culture with 'Clerks II'


AVERAGE HERO
AVERAGE HERO
LOS ANGELES - Kevin Smith, like a kid in a comic-book store, was nestled at Jay and Silent Bob's Secret Stash, his very own comic-book store in this first-run movie hub just a block from the UCLA campus.

A couple of months ago, the students there bestowed on him the Jack Benny Award for "unique contributions to comedy." He joined previous recipients such as John Belushi, David Letterman and Mike Myers.

"They recognize if a chimp like me could make it," Smith said, "then maybe they could."
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Fall movie preview


HOLLYWOODLAND
HOLLYWOODLAND
Hollywood's fall season always starts slow after the spate of big-deal movies released over the summer. For 2006, as with the last few years, action begins to pick up quite soon, because the major awards have moved up presentations by several weeks.

The studios need a lot of time to promote their candidates. For example, this year's Oscar winner, "Crash," was released in early May 2005 and then was the object of a sustained promotional effort among awards voters. So September is by no means too early to get an awards candidate out there, and October has become prime time. 

We look ahead at the top releases coming out this month and next, plus a few smaller films of exceptional interest. Release dates are those quoted by distributors or other authoritative industry sources, and all are subject to change.
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New Scrambler's retro look belies a host of modern improvements


TRIUMPH SCRAMBLER
TRIUMPH SCRAMBLER
Because Harley-Davidson's Sportster is considered such a fabled model from motorcycling's past, it's difficult sometimes for people to remember the Sportster was originally a knock-off of the Triumph Bonneville.

Triumph models such as the Bonneville Scrambler and the Trophy were two-wheeling's icons in the 1950s and early '60s.
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Idlewild


IDLEWILD
IDLEWILD
The explosively all-out black musical and gangster romp "Idlewild" has been "on the shelf" for two years, and soon may go to the shelves where movies have their long twilight on DVD. But its energies and images require the big screen of theatrical viewing.

This is true even though the essential taproot is not past talent jamborees like "Stormy Weather" or "The Cotton Club" but the giddy pastiche of music videos. That's a rather tawdry lineage in modern movies, and yet the debut director and writer, Bryan Barber, gives it an exciting push and rush.
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Invincible


INVINCIBLE
INVINCIBLE
The inspiration picture "Invincible" plays loose with some facts. But it has "heart" and "character" and that, self-stated, is its theme.

Mark Wahlberg stops well short of 6 feet tall and, at 35, looks like he could weigh a muscular 170. In the movie, he plays Vince Papale, who was 6 feet, 2 inches and 195 pounds when, at age 30 (in 1976), he got onto the Philadelphia Eagles. As a receiver, he had three seasons, made some major plays, and inevitably was dubbed Rocky, in line with '76's other big Philly rouser, the Stallone film.
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Smoky-flavored chipotles are showing up everywhere


RED HOT CHILE PEPPER
RED HOT CHILE PEPPER
What a life the jalapeno has. It's put on a routine of smoking, lying out in the sun and getting sauced. And, after the reverse spa treatment, it turns into one of the trendiest items on the food scene - the chipotle chile.

These wrinkly, crinkly pods result when jalapenos are ripened to a deep red on the plant and then smoke-dried using a process that dates at least to the Aztecs. The pods are sold dried or canned in vinegary adobo sauce.
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