Originally created 04/13/02

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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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POISON PREVENTION

  • Always supervise children closely in areas where poisons are commonly stored, such as kitchens, bathrooms and garages.
  • Keep all medication and household products locked away.
  • Install special clamps to keep children from opening cabinets.
  • Consider all household or drugstore products potentially harmful.
  • Use childproof safety caps on containers of medication and other dangerous products.
  • Never call medicine candy to get a child to take it.
  • Read the label.
  • Keep products in their original containers with labels in place.
  • Use poison symbols to identify dangerous substances.
  • Dispose of outdated products as recommended.
  • Use chemicals only in well-ventilated areas.
  • The number for poison control is (800) 222-1222.
  • DISASTER RESULTS

    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:

  • Educate yourself before you spend heavily. Research, study. Go to shows, auctions and shops. Touch items, read books and magazines, follow the market.
  • Buy the best you can afford. If you have $100 to spend, a rarer, $100 item will usually be worth more down the road than 10 common $10 items.
  • Condition matters. Items in the best condition always bring the most money and sell the fastest.
  • Get provenance when you can. If a piece has history that can be proved, it's usually worth more. But just a letter saying something is an authentic autograph doesn't mean it is. Someone who will fake an autograph also will fake an authentication letter.
  • If buying items such as autographs, game-used jerseys, bats or balls, buy from a reputable dealer. Experts estimate that more than half the items sold, especially on the Internet, are fraudulent.
  • Sell when the market is hot. Some people say to hold on to items, but in sports, prices are often tied to the popularity of a player. If he's hot, his items go up in value. The opposite also happens. Darryl Strawberry cards were once hot. Now, you can't give them away.
  • Sell in season. Sell baseball cards during baseball season, hockey cards during hockey season, etc.
  • Buy what you like. That way, even if it doesn't go up in value, you'll still enjoy owning it.
  • COOKOUT ADVICE

    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.