BACK IN TIME
April 13, 1938
Scarlett is dead - Ashley, Rhett and Melanie have been sold.
No, that isn't the sequel to a recent best-selling novel. It's merely the fate of four lion cubs at Atlanta's Grant Park Zoo.
The lion quadruplets, a year old on March 5, were named for the leading characters in Margaret Mitchell's novel Gone With the Wind.
Matt Leonard, the zookeeper, said yesterday that Scarlett never was healthy and died a few days ago. The three living animals were sold to a circus to relieve crowded conditions at the zoo east of Atlanta.
Mr. Leonard also disclosed that the names selected for the cubs were not 100 percent appropriate. All four were males.
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Being hit with a disaster increases the marriages, birth and divorce rates in the year after the event.
Researchers looked at marriage, birth and divorce records in South Carolina in the year after Hurricane Hugo and found all three major life transitions in the counties that were hardest hit.
The Penn State researchers who led the study say anecdotal evidence suggests the same thing may be happening as a consequence of September 11.
The increased divorce rates suggest an increased need for marital counseling after a disaster, they suggest.
SPORTS MEMORABILIA ADVICE
Here are some tips from sports memorabilia dealers on how to buy items that might appreciate and how to get the most for your collection if you decide to sell:
Cooking that hamburger on your outdoor grill is not as simple as we think.
Overcook the patty and you put yourself at risk for cancer. Undercook it and you may ingest 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.