Originally created 02/09/02

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FEB. 9, 1932

Francis Snipe, the man charged with holding up the Montgomery Ward department store shortly before Christmas, is scheduled to go on trial in Superior Court this morning to face charges of robbery and assault with intent to murder.

The most important case of the present session is set for tomorrow, when George M. Stanton, who is charged with 34 counts of embezzlement, goes on trial for the alleged mishandling of the Hayne-Anderson estates.


The Augusta boyhood Home of President Wilson, 719 Seventh St., will be open Feb. 18 in honor of President's Day.

Historical tours will be given between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. Special activities for children will start after the 3 p.m. tour.

Tours cost $5 for adults, $4 for seniors, $3 for students younger than 18. Children 5 and younger will be admitted for free.

For more information, call 722-9828.


February is one of the leading months for home fires and home fire deaths in the United States, according to the National Fire Protection Association. On average, more than one-third of home fire deaths in the United States occur during the winter months.

Major causes of U.S. home heating fires are:

  • Lack of regular cleaning of chimneys in fireplaces and woodstoves
  • Placing flammable items too close to space and portable heaters
  • Flaws in design, installation or use
  • Fueling errors involving liquid- or gas-fueled heaters
  • Leaving portable or space heaters unattended

  • When purchasing new heating equipment, make sure it has an independent testing laboratory label.
  • Install and maintain heating equipment correctly, and make sure that it complies with local fire and building codes.
  • All types of portable heaters must be kept at least 36 inches from anything that can burn, including furniture, bedding, clothing, pets and people.
  • Do not leave space heaters on when you are not in the room or when you go to sleep.
  • Children and pets should be supervised at all times when space heaters are in use.
  • Check electric space heaters each season for fraying or splitting wires or overheating.
  • If you have a liquid-fueled space heater, use only the fuel recommended by the manufacturer. Never use gasoline or any other substitute fuel.
  • When refueling a liquid-fueled space heater, always turn off the heater and let it cool completely before adding fuel. Clean any spills promptly.
  • Have your fireplace chimney inspected by a professional before the start of every heating season. Have it cleaned if necessary.
  • Use a sturdy fireplace screen when burning fire.
  • Burn only wood in a fireplace. Never burn paper or pine boughs, which can float out the chimney.
  • If you decorate your fireplace with Christmas stockings or other seasonal decorations, don't burn fires in it.
  • If you have a wood stove, make sure it has an independent testing laboratory label.
  • Burn only wood in a wood stove, and make sure the wood stove is placed on an approved stove board to protect the floor from heat and hot coals.
  • Source: National Fire Protection Association


    Children who continue to suck a thumb, finger or pacifier past age 2 increase the risk of having protruding front teeth, according to a study of almost 400 children.

    Children were more likely to have a crossbite the later they gave up thumb or pacifier sucking from birth to age 4. About 20 percent of those still hanging on to their habit at 4 had a crossbite, reports the study in the Journal of the American Dental Association.

    The researchers next plan to study whether the condition persists in children's permanent teeth.

    Previously, experts advised that children could safely suck their thumbs or pacifiers until they entered school.



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