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A Colton man is accused of beating his girlfriend's young child with a clothes hanger. According to court documents, Christopher Dreyer, 21, admitted to spanking the child with a plastic clothes hanger seven or eight times because the child "destroyed" the house. He is charged with abuse or cruelty to a minor, which carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison, a $20,000 fine or both.
A lean hog is not a fat chicken, but the marketing geniuses hired by the National Pork Board sure sold a lotta' hams, bacons and butts when, in 1987, they began to promote pork as "The Other White Meat." Now, 25 years after that brilliant sleight-of-hand, the pork crowd wants to be known as something else -- the other red meat, beef -- and they just pulled an even bigger rabbit out of their hat to pull it off.
DEAR DR. ROACH: My wife and her two siblings all have Alzheimer's disease. My wife is 81 and now lives in a nursing home. Her sister is 86 and in hospice, and their brother died at age 80. What is the risk of getting Alzheimer's if a family member has it? -- Anon.
Dear Heloise: I was wondering if you had a solution to clean wallpaper? Thank you very much. -- J.S., via email You bet I do, and it's using a cheap cleaning solution that you can make at home. If your wallpaper is washable, it's as simple as a few drops of mild liquid dishwashing soap and a gallon or so of water. Apply to the wall using a damp sponge, and do only one small area at a time. Then wipe off with clean water and dry.
WASHINGTON — A glut of corn has damped interest by biofuel makers in a U.S. government program to sell surplus sugar for ethanol, potentially decreasing its effectiveness in propping up sugar prices.
PIERRE -- Two utility companies filed their joint application with South Dakota regulators this week for permission to construct a high-voltage line for electricity transmission through Brown, Day and Grant counties. Purposes of the proposed line between Ellendale, N.D., and the Big Stone power plant's south substation are improved reliability, added capacity for renewable sources, and reduced burden on existing lines that face over-use as demand for power increases. The plan calls for construction to start in 2016, with the finished line to be in service in 2016.
Utah's rural development state director has lauded Elsie Meeks, South Dakota's rural development director, for her work with Native American communities and economic development. Wilson "David" Conine, Meeks' Utah U.S. Department of Agriculture counterpart, made the comments at the eighth annual Governor's Native American Summit held last week at Utah Valley University in Salt Lake City, Utah. Meeks has 20 years of experience working with Native American leaders, tribes and individuals in economic development.
Dear Heloise: How do you measure coconut? Tightly packed in the measuring cup, like brown sugar; or loosely measured, like flour and sugar? -- Patrick C., Colville, Wash. Good question, Patrick! Grated or flaked coconut should be lightly added to a measuring cup, then gently patted down. Add more if needed, and level off the top.
Owen Weins, 4, left, and Wyatt Rezac, 4, right, eat popsicles while John Paul II Elementary Principal Robin Cahoy, not pictured, reads to kindergarten through sixth-grade students Wednesday. The school,...