Originally created 03/31/02

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March 31, 1986

Arson is suspected in a Sunday morning fire that gutted the ground-level office of National Hills Baptist Church and destroyed financial records, membership lists and equipment, Richmond County fire officials said.

The 12:09 a.m. fire reduced the office of the Washington Road church complex to a soggy heap of charred rubble and sent ashes and thick smoke into the sanctuary, social hall and education classrooms.

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The Baptist Woman's Missionary Union of Georgia will hold its annual meeting and women's conference April 19 and 20 at First Baptist Church of Augusta. For more information, call 733-2236.


What: The body needs sugar for growth and energy. Diabetes is a disease that occurs when the body isn't able to use sugar as it should. Food is turned into sugar but needs a hormone, insulin, for it to be used by the body. Diabetes occurs when the pancreas doesn't create enough insulin.

Who: Diabetes can strike anyone at any age, but high-risk factors include people who have an immediate family member with diabetes; are older than 45; are overweight; have high blood pressure; are black or Hispanic; or have high cholesterol.

Symptoms: May include increased thirst, fatigue, blurred vision, increased urination.

More Information: www.thediabeticdigest.com, www.diabetesnet.com, www.diabetes.org. Call American Diabetes Association at 324-0799.


What you eat might play a role in protecting your skin from sun damage, Australian researchers say. They report in the Journal of the American College of Nutrition that a diet high in anti-oxidants (think legumes and veggies) may link to fewer wrinkles.


Here are some ways to help children learn about the world of work, from Ellen Galinsky's book Ask the Children:

  • Have the children visit - and even help you out - at work. Or take pictures of your workplace so they can envision it.
  • Share information about your job and interesting experiences at work. Welcome your child's questions about work and answer them directly and honestly.
  • Explain the many reasons why you work and why you like your work. If you don't like it, you can also share some of those reasons.
  • Sense when to stop talking about your work.
  • Young children learn through play. Encourage them to play different jobs, from office worker to airplane pilot.
  • Invite house guests to describe their occupations to your children.

    Getting children to bed early goes a long way toward giving the recommended amount of sleep for children, said Judith Owens, a pediatrician at Brown University. Most researchers agree on the following estimates, based on age:

    1 year old: 14 hours, including one or two naps

    2 years old: 11 to 12 hours at night, including a single after-lunch nap that lasts one to two hours

    3 years old: 12 to 12 1/2 total hours, with some children stopping naps

    4 years old: 11 1/2 hours to 12 total hours, with more children stopping naps

    5 years old: 11 hours with most children stopping naps by this age

    6 years old 10 3/4 to 11 hours

    7 years old: 10 1/2 hours to 11 hours

    8 years old: 10 1/4 to 10 3/4 hours

    9 years old: 10 to 10 1/2 hours

    10 years through puberty: 9 3/4 to 10 hours

    Teens: 9 1/4 hours


    Cooking that hamburger on your outdoor grill is not as simple as you think.

    Overcook the patty and you put yourself at risk for cancer. Undercook it, and you may intake bacteria.

    A study reported in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute recommends the safest cooking technique - frequent flipping of the meat.

    Researchers found turning the ground beef over only once led to the highest formation of heterocyclic amines, which are carcinogens.

    Turning burgers every minute greatly reduced HCA formation and actually cooked the meat faster than meat not flipped.

    The cooking process also calls for reduced cooking temperatures. Bacteria were completely killed in ground beef patties when the internal temperature reached just 158 degrees. When the frying pan was overheated to 482 degrees, researchers found HCA.

    Bottom line? Flip patties frequently and do so over medium heat.


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