Originally created 01/25/02

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BACK IN TIME

Jan. 25, 1942

The government is making daily appeals to everyone to dig up discarded metals and turn them into worthwhile defense items. If necessary, the government will take drastic measures to gather material by confiscation when the owners will not sell at a reasonable price.

Old rubber is one of the greatest needs and every private garage has several old casings and tubes stored.

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VEGETATIVE STATE

Only about one in five American adults get their recommended daily servings of five fruits and vegetables.

Fat people are even less likely to comply - only about one in six obese Americans eat enough fruits and vegetables.

Americans 65 and older, whites, college graduates, those actively engaged in leisure time physical activity and nonsmokers were most likely to eat their five servings, according to the American Heart Association.

The good news: The percentage of five-a-day eaters is slowly increasing. It's up from 18 percent in 1990.

TOP VIDEO RENTALS 2001

1. Gladiator

2. Meet the Parents

3. Almost Famous

4. The Family Man

5. Wonder Boys

6. Cast Away

7. O Brother, Where Art Thou?

8. What Lies Beneath

9. Erin Brockovich

10. Traffic

SOURCE: Billboard magazine

BAD BACKS

Low back pain can hit anyone, but for some people, it's an occupational hazard. The American Journal of Public Health has listed the jobs with the highest prevalence of low back pain due to an injury at work.

They are:

1. Truck driver.

2. Construction equipment and heavy machinery operators.

3. Construction workers.

4. Janitorial and building maintenance workers.

5. Firefighters.

6. Police officers.

7. Heavy equipment mechanics.

8. Health-care therapists.

9. Doctors, dentists, nurses.

10. Farmers, foresters and commercial fishermen.

GEORGIA LAWMAKERS

Here is a timetable for the General Assembly's 2002 session. The Legislature will be in session for 40 days but can recess if needed.

Jan. 14: Lawmakers convened the 40-day session at the Capitol.

Jan. 16: Gov. Roy Barnes delivered his 2003 budget request before a joint session of the House and Senate.

Jan. 22-25: The House and Senate Appropriations committees reviewed the budget proposals, department by department. The full Legislature takes the week off.

Late January through late February: Various cities send political and business leaders to the Capitol for a special day or two set aside in their honor, featuring meals and receptions hosted by the local delegations. It's a chance for them to lobby lawmakers to approve items that would benefit their communities.

Late February: The General Assembly approves the mid-year budget, which covers state spending through June 30.

Day 33: Crossover Day, the deadline for bills to have passed either the House or Senate. If they haven't made it through at least one of the chambers, they're dead for the session (usually falls in early March).

Day 38-40: The General Assembly usually waits until the waning days of the session to approve the "big" budget, which covers spending for the fiscal year beginning July 1.

Day 40: By law, the last day the General Assembly can be in session. Adjournment comes late in the day, sometimes right at midnight (usually falls in mid-late March).

AUGUSTA MUSEUM EVENTS

Feb. 1-31 Film: Heritage of the Black West

20 minutes; continuous playing in History Theatre

Free with admission

Feb. 1-24 Special Exhibition: Voices of the Civil War.

Feb. 2 Family History Series: Pottery-making workshop

12 to 4 p.m.

Feb. 6 Brown Bag History Series: Black Augusta: 1800-2000

Dr. James E. Carter III

Feb. 16 Family History Series: Colonial Day

12 to 4 p.m.

Colonial reenactors, Indian trader, spinner, backwoodsmen, children's toys and games

Feb. 21 Third Annual Membership Gathering

6:30 p.m. Light refreshments

7 p.m. Meeting and awards Presentation