Originally created 08/13/02

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BACK IN TIME

AUG. 13, 1969

A Fort Gordon noncommissioned officer was charged by the Army with two counts of involuntary manslaughter Monday in connection with the deaths of two army privates and the injury of 14 others. The deaths and injuries occurred when a car rammed into a platoon of basic trainees Saturday night, fort officials said.

Army Sgt. Harold Parks, 28, who was reported to be the driver of the car, was charged with 16 counts of assault likely to result in serious bodily harm and one count of drunken driving in addition to the involuntary manslaughter charges, said Lt. Ed Sears, the post's public information officer.

Ten of the 14 men injured remain hospitalized. One is in critical condition.

A HEAD START ON CANCER TESTS

Beginning colon cancer screenings earlier than the currently recommended age of 50 could detect an additional 10 percent of cases, say researchers at the University of California-Irvine. They recommend starting at age 42 for blacks and 44 for whites.

BED TIME

Getting children to bed early goes a long way toward helping them reach the recommended amount of sleep, says 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; some children will stop taking naps

4 YEARS OLD: 11 1/2 to 12 total hours; more children will stop taking naps

5 YEARS OLD: 11 hours; most children will stop taking naps

6 YEARS OLD: 10 3/4 to 11 hours

7 YEARS OLD: 10 1/2 to 11 hours

8 YEARS OLD: 10 1/4 to 10 3/4 hours

9 YEARS OLD: 10 to 10 1/2 hours

AGE 10 THROUGH PUBERTY: 9 3/4 to 10 hours

TEENS: 9 1/4 hours

INSURANCE QUESTIONS

Q: Do we change auto insurance companies as soon as we marry, or should we wait until it's time to renew our policies?

A: Anytime you have a major change in living or driving situations, you should notify your insurance agent right away. In your case, the agent will need to know your spouse's name, driver's license number, accident record and the name of the company insuring the spouse's vehicle.

This is important to you and the insurance company from a legal standpoint because both your and your spouse's insurance companies are assuming an additional liability because of your marriage.

It will also give you the opportunity to explore the different options that your change in marital status may bring.

Something to consider when getting married is that each spouse brings to the union his or her driving record. If the records are good, both policies might cost the same. But if either of you has a bad driving record, especially for the past three years, it will probably mean the price of insurance on both cars will be more than it would be otherwise.

A bad driving record can include moving vehicle violations such as speeding, automobile accidents that were the fault of the insured, and citations for driving while intoxicated.

A married couple should review both of their policies with an agent and understand the advantages of combining the account. If you decide to insure with the same company, you may qualify for a multicar discount.

Young married couples usually enjoy lower rates than young singles. Before your auto insurance payment comes due again, each of you should check with your insurance company to learn what your policy will cost when it is renewed, and ask what each company would charge if you insured both cars with that company.

Most will give a discount for a second car. If you are a homeowner and have homeowners insurance, you may receive a discount if you buy that coverage from the company carrying your auto insurance policies.

Please send your insurance questions to:

Insurance Commissioner John Oxendine

Consumer Services Division

716 West Tower

2 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive

Atlanta, GA 30334

Or call (800) 656-2298 between 8 a.m. and 7 p.m. Monday through Friday.

SOME BASIC RUG CARE TIPS

  • Rotate your rugs frequently to equalize effects of the sun.
  • Avoid continual direct exposure to sunlight.
  • Clean spills immediately to help prevent staining.
  • Vacuum regularly to remove loose soil.
  • For professional deep-cleaning, be sure to use a rug specialist.
  • Always follow manufacturer's recommended cleaning methods.