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While the Afro hairstyle originated in the African-American community, white people with naturally thick, curly hair also embraced the look, too. For a soulful 70s costume, you, too can be Superfly with an afro wig. Get Funkadelic like Bootsy Collins or Jimi Hendrix and sport their signature hairstyle. For a take of the much more caucasion persuasion with ’70s flavor, try on a blonde afro wig and a butterfly collar shirt and bellbottoms to pull off the perfect Greg Brady look. Or, recycle the same ‘fro wig for a more modern Napoleon Dynamite costume!

Get afros at Costumzee

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Dorito Casserole

Ingredients
1 pound ground hamburger
1 small can of chopped green chili peppers
1 can 15oz mild or spicy enchilada sauce
1 can cream of mushroom soup
1 can cream of chicken soup
1 package of Dorito chips
1 1/2 c of monetery jack

Instructions
1. in large skillet pan: cook the hamburger, then drain the excess fat.
2. medium pot pan , add next 4 ingredients, mix well and let it cook until bubbly.
3. in baking dish 9×13 spray pam and spread the doritos chips.
4. soup mixture , pour over the hamburger and mix it really good. then pour over the casserole, then sprinkle with monetery jack over the casserole.
5. bake at 400 degree and let it bake for 20-25 mins

From FamilyOven.com

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For almost three decades, Adopt-A-Dog has “Come to the Rescue” by meeting the medical and emotional needs of dogs and cats and maintaining its position in the battle of over-population by neutering the creatures that enter our shelter. Adopt-A-Dog is a dog and cat rescue organization serving New York and Connecticut and beyond for nearly three decades.  Our shelter is open seven days a week.  Our dedicated staff and volunteers strive to provide the best care possible while the animals are at our shelter awaiting safe and permanent homes.

Go to Adopt-A-Dog.org to see the latest dogs available for rescue.

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High pressure aloft and at the surface will bring a sunny Thursday to the Northeast.

Temperatures will warm well above average through much of the region.

Afternoon readings are expected to be in the 80s. Coastal locations and some higher terrain areas of the Central Appalachians may hold in the 70s.

From Weather.com

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66.3 percent of noninstitutionalized adults age 20 years and over are overweight or obese.

From Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

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Chip in! Mulch your tree! Help NYC grow!
MulchFest 2009
Saturday, January 10 and Sunday, January 11, 2009 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Bring your holiday tree to a designated city park to be recycled into mulch that will nourish plantings across the city! Remember to remove all lights and ornaments before bringing the tree to a Mulchfest site. You are encouraged to bring bags to take advantage of the free mulch provided at sites.

Go to NYCParks.org for a list of participating parks.

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One of the fees and taxes the governor proposed yesterday would make New Yorkers’ Pepsi, Coke or Snapple more expensive. As WNYC’s Fred Mogul reports, the so-called “obesity tax” could add some sugar to the state’s coffers, but might not subtract calories from peoples’ diets.

Health officials say the proposed 18 percent tax on non-diet soft drinks could reduce obesity by 5 percent. They also say the measure could generate a half-billion dollars for health programs. But a study in the American Journal of Public Health looked at these taxes on soda, candy and other snack foods in 18 states and the District of Columbia. It concluded there was no way to measure the effects on waistlines. The study speculated that steep surtaxes might decrease consumption noticeably, but all the areas had relatively modest fees in place.

Still, the money added up to about a billion dollars a year total in the 19 jurisdictions. Almost all of them simply put the money into general funds, but a handful targeted the money for health department programs, something the study authors suggested might ultimately have a greater effect on reducing obesity

“Does the Obesity Tax Work?” by Fred Mogul from WNYC Radio.

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Sing it like Barbara:

Memory
All alone in the moonlight
I can smile at the old days
I was beautiful then
I remember the time I knew what happiness was
Let the memory live again

Every street lamp
Seems to beat a fatalistic warning
Someone mutters
And the street lamp gutters
And soon it will be morning

Daylight
I must wait for the sunrise
I must think of a new life
And I musn’t give in
When the dawn comes
Tonight will be a memory too
And a new day will begin

Burnt out ends of smoky days
The stale cold smell of morning
The street lamp dies, another night is over
Another day is dawning

Touch me
It’s so easy to leave me
All alone with the memory
Of my days in the sun
If you touch me
You’ll understand what happiness is

Look
A new day has begun

“Memory” from the musical Cats, by Andrew Lloyd Webber.

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New and Interesting Ways Glass is Used:

Energy

  • High-power glass lasers for study of nuclear fusion reactions in nuclear energy research
  • Glass components in high-performance fuel cells
  • Encapsulation of nuclear waste for safe, long-term underground storage

Telecommunications and the Internet

  • Optical fiber for transmitting information (sound, video and data)
  • Amplifiers and filters to control the information-carrying light signals

Biotechnology

  • Glasses that help heal, repair and build bone and tissue
  • Purification of DNA
  • Modern DNA sequencing (using a DNA-glass composite biomaterial called a DNA micro-array)

Consumer Products

  • LCDs (liquid crystal displays) for flat panel televisions, computer monitors and laptop computers
  • Thermal and solar control glazing for homes, buildings and automobiles
  • Self-cleaning windows

From Alfred University, Center for Glass Research

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The vigilance of all New Yorkers has kept MTA buses, subways, and railroads safe. The MTA thanks our passengers and reminds them to:

  • Be alert to unattended packages.
  • Be wary of suspicious behavior.
  • Take notice of people in bulky or inappropriate clothing.
  • Report exposed wiring or other irregularities.
  • Report anyone tampering with surveillance cameras or entering unauthorized areas.
  • Learn the basics of safe train evacuation.

And remember, if you see something, say something. Alert a police officer, train or bus operator, station personnel or call 888-NYC-SAFE (888-692-7233).

From Metropolitan Transportation Authority

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