Originally created 03/05/02

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Dirty clothes may be defeated

Parents, especially the ones doing the laundry, have an ongoing battle with nature.

At every turn in the great outdoors there is another opportunity for kids to soil their clothes. Mud, grass, sand - you name it.

Healthtex is offering a new weapon to combat dirty clothes in its spring line of children's clothes: the Kidproof treatment.

Kidproof is a polymer-based process that permanently bonds to fabric and aims to reduce staining, shrinking and color fading.

The treatment is nontoxic, odor-free and nonallergenic, and it does not wash out.

The process was developed by VF Playwear in conjunction with the University of Kentucky Textile Testing Laboratory and Hill Top Research, which focused on allergy testing. Kidproof underwent rigorous "wash and wear" tests and the treatment resulted in reduced piling and color rub off as well, reports Healthtex.

Web sites start charging for use

Notice how many Web sites are going from free to pay lately? The advertising slump is to blame as Web sites scramble to find revenue. TheEndofFree.com chronicles free to fee "and beyond" with daily news updates, archives and postings from the public. The site has seven regular correspondents scouring the Web for the latest fee-based services. Among the news on our visit: MyCoupons is offering a premium version of its free services; IGN has been progressively rolling more and more of its features under its "Insider" subscription-only program over the past few months; and Avantgo, the PDA content provider, is to start charging for custom channels with more than eight subscribers, in a move to stamp out business use.

TODAY'S BIRTHDAYS: Actor James Noble (Benson) is 80. Actor James B. Sikking (Hill Street Blues, Doogie Howser, M.D.) is 68. Actor Dean Stockwell is 66. Singer Eddy Grant is 54. Comedian-magician Penn Jillette is 47. Guitarist John Frusciante of the Red Hot Chili Peppers is 32. Model Niki Taylor is 27. Actor Jake Lloyd (Star Wars Episode 1: Phantom Menace)is 13.

YOUR BIRTHDAY TODAY: Should you invest all of your time and talent at work, or spend it on projects at home? That's one of the big dilemmas you're facing this year. The answer? Everything in moderation. A risky proposition probably won't pay off. A gentle romance could. A difficult household task is a pain, but immensely satisfying when complete.


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