Originally created 07/20/02

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BACK IN TIME

JULY 20, 1995

A woman and two children were taken to Augusta Regional Medical Center's Burn Center on Wednesday after an early morning crash on Interstate 75 near Tifton that killed five people and injured nine.

The woman and children are members of a Chicago family whose truck was rammed by a tractor-trailer about 4 a.m. Wednesday. Fourteen people were in the truck; as many as 10 people may have been riding in the covered bed, a state trooper said. The family was headed to Florida.

The driver of the tractor-trailer was charged with vehicular homicide.

LOST SLEEP?

Trying to replace lost sleep by sleeping in will only throw your normal sleep cycle more off-balance. Instead, try going to bed earlier and keeping your normal waking time so you can fall asleep the night.

CRAYON CONTROL

Hey moms, remove crayon from walls by spraying the spot with a lubricating oil and wiping away with a paper towel. Finish by wiping with a drop of undiluted dishwashing liquid and soft cloth.

DO YOUR FACE A FAVOR

Think twice before putting a washcloth to your face and scrubbing. Instead of helping your skin, you may be irritating it.

Harsh scrubbing, especially with abrasive soaps or cloths, can clog pores, cause whiteheads and aggravate acne, says Amit Pandya, M.D., associate professor of dermatology at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center. Dr. Pandya also warns against using granulated facial creams. "They are basically a gentle way to sandpaper the skin," Dr. Pandya said. "That's not a good idea unless you are a person who has super oily skin."

To keep your face clear, wash with a mild soap using only your fingertips. If you have acne, Dr. Pandya suggests using an over-the-counter cream containing benzoyl peroxide to eliminate bacteria. If your acne is persistent, your doctor can prescribe medications that may reduce inflammation.

SMOKED OUT

Left unchecked, tobacco products will cause as many as one billion deaths by the end of the 21st century, a Penn State science historian predicts.

The prediction is based on current smoking patterns and the estimation of one lung cancer death for every three million cigarettes consumed.

Cigarettes are pretty uniform worldwide and consumption rates are carefully recorded for taxation purposes. These factors make it easy to predict long-term consequences of smoking.

Lung cancer was an extraordinarily rare disease before the 20th century.

COMPULSIVE CHECKLIST

Some people can actually become addicted to shopping. Here's a checklist that can help you test whether you may be a compulsive shopper:

  • Do you go shopping when you've experienced a setback or disappointment, or when you feel angry or scared?
  • Are your spending habits emotionally disturbing to you. Have they created chaos in your life?
  • Do your shopping habits create conflicts between you and someone close to you such as your spouse or parents?
  • ÁDo you buy items with credit cards that you wouldn't buy if you had to pay with cash?
  • When you shop, do you feel a rush of euphoria mixed with feelings of anxiety?
  • Do you feel you're performing a dangerous, reckless or forbidden act when you shop?
  • Are many of your purchases seldom or never worn or used?
  • Would you feel "lost" without your credit cards?
  • Do you think about money excessively - how much you have, how much you owe, how much you wish you had - and then go out and shop again?
  • Do you spend a lot of time juggling accounts and bills to accommodate your shopping debts?
  • Source: Consumer Credit Counseling Service