Interesting At 20..

Ive decided to help keep myself caught up on the news that i am going to post each day the things that i find interesting.. (which is def. not all of it) soo here goes from this weekend..

USATODAY.COM

Number of Kids on Medication Jumps Alarmingly

The number of children who take medication for chronic diseases has jumped dramatically, another troubling sign that many of the youngest Americans are struggling with obesity, doctors say.

The number of children who take pills for type 2 diabetes — the kind that’s closely linked to obesity — more than doubled from 2002 to 2005, to a rate of six out of 10,000 children. That suggests that at least 23,000 privately insured children in the USA are now taking diabetes medications, according to authors of the new study in Monday’s Pediatrics. Doctors also saw big increases in prescriptions for high cholesterol, asthma and attention deficit and hyperactivity. There was smaller growth for drugs for depression and high blood pressure.

–odd how close to home that hits.. —

Nasa Chooses Nov. 14 Launch for Endeavour

CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida (AP) — With a visit to the Hubble Space Telescope off until next spring at the earliest, NASA on Thursday chose Nov. 14 for its next space shuttle launch, a flight by Endeavour to the international space station.

The Hubble repair mission had been planned for this month, but was postponed until next year because of problems with the orbiting telescope. The telescope is beaming back pictures again, but the spare part needed to completely resolve the issue won’t be ready to fly before May, officials said Thursday.

— yay for the space ship! did you know there was a guy living in space? news to me! —

Voters Offered Free Coffee, Ice Cream, Bubbly and Sex Toys

If the contest between Republican John McCain and Democrat Barack Obama wasn’t enough to get you to brave long lines at the polls, how about the prospect of free products?

These are some of the freebies that companies are offering customers who participate in the electoral process:

Ben & Jerry’s will give voters free ice cream.
Starbucks will give voters a free small coffee.
Krispy Kreme will give voters a free “star shaped doughnut with patriotic sprinkles.”
Todd Conner‘s, a bar in Baltimore, will give voters a free beer.
Shane’s Rib Shack will give voters a free “Vote America meal,” which consists of chicken tenders and a beverage.
Anaheim White House, a restaurant in California, will give voters a free bottle of champagne, according to the Orange County Register.
Zoo Atlanta is cutting admission prices for voters and their families, according to WXIA-TV.

Finally, an adult store is giving away sex toys that we can’t describe in any detail.

“We’re expecting a good response,” Pamela Doan, a Babeland spokeswoman, tells MSNBC. “Both of these toys are very popular. The Maverick retails for $20 and the Silver Bullet retails for $15. It’s a good reward.”

———everyone is getting into the spirit of voting! im going to be in line to for tomorrow for ever! but i wanted my first vote for the president (McCain) to be on election day! maybe next time ill vote early! this time, i want the full on experience! VOTE NOV. 4 ——–

Name That Dog

a fun interactive quiz online that i know my big will love – try it!  http://www.usatoday.com/life/lifestyle/2008-06-24-dog-dna-quiz_N.htm

New York Times

Republicans Scrambling To Save Seats In Congress

WASHINGTON — Outspent and under siege in a hostile political climate, Congressional Republicans scrambled this weekend to save embattled incumbents in an effort to hold down expected Democratic gains in the House and Senate on Tuesday.

With the election imminent, Senate Republicans threw their remaining resources into protecting endangered lawmakers in Georgia, Minnesota, Mississippi, New Hampshire, North Carolina and Oregon, while House Republicans were forced to put money into what should be secure Republican territory in Idaho, Indiana, Kentucky, Virginia and Wyoming.

Sensing an extraordinary opportunity to expand their numbers in both the House and Senate, Democrats were spending freely on television advertising across the campaign map. Senate Democrats were active in nine states where Republicans are running for re-election; House Democrats, meanwhile, bought advertising in 63 districts, twice the number of districts where Republicans bought advertisements and helped candidates.

———— so if Obama wins… the democrats take over the house and senate?? oh goodness this would be a rough four years… did you know on the nytimes.com site if you highlight a word it gives you the option to look up the definition? that is a great option —-

The Top 10 Movies According to NYTimes.com

—– time to get out and watch some movies!!! —-

Finally!!

MSNBC.COM

2 Minor Quakes Hit Dallas-Fort Worth Area

DALLAS – Two minor earthquakes shook the Dallas-Fort Worth area late on Thursday and early on Friday, but no significant damage was immediately reported.

The U.S. Geological Survey said an earthquake with a 2.5 magnitude was reported at 11:25 p.m. Thursday, centered in the Grand Prairie area.

The agency said a slightly stronger quake, at 3.0 magnitude, occurred at 12:01 a.m. Friday, centered in Irving about 10 miles west of Dallas.

—————- EARTHQUAKES IN DALLAS? who would have thought? ——————

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