Originally created 04/27/04

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BACK IN TIME

APRIL 27, 1943

Police last night were seeking an unknown soldier who was alleged to have attacked a young married woman in Julian Smith Park late Sunday.

Jim Sims, elderly night watchman at the park, told officers that he fired four shots at the man when the soldier turned on him after he had caught him attempting to force his attentions on the young girl.

The watchman said the soldier hurled him to the ground when he started to place him under arrest, then fled.

The young woman, 17, said the soldier followed her after she alighted from a Lake View bus near the park.

AROUND TOWN

TODAY

ORCHESTRA CONCERTO CONCERT: The winners of the Augusta State University Department of Fine Arts Concerto will perform at the ASU Orchestra Concerto Concert at 8 p.m. in the Grover C. Maxwell Performing Arts Theatre. The concert is free. For more information, call 737-1453.

COLISEUM AUTHORITY MEETING: The Coliseum Authority will hold a meeting at 9 a.m. in meeting room E/F in the Augusta-Richmond County Civic Center, 601 Seventh St. The meeting is open to the public.

TEACHER'S FAIR: The Cultural Arts Educators of Augusta Teacher's Fair will be held from 3 to 6 p.m. in the gymnasium of First Baptist Church of Augusta, 3500 Walton Way. All CSRA teachers, whether from public, private or home schools, are encouraged to attend. For more information, call 826-4706.

WEDNESDAY

GRIEF TELECONFERENCE: Elliott Sons Funeral Homes, the Medical College of Georgia, St. Joseph Center for Hospice and Palliative Care and the United Hospice of Augusta will play host to the Hospice Foundation of America's 11th annual Living With Grief Teleconference Wednesday at 11:30 a.m. at MCG's Greenblatt Library and at 1 p.m. in Rooms 10 and 11 of Hardy Hall at Augusta State University, 2500 Walton Way. This year's subject is "Living With Grief: Alzheimer's Disease," moderated by ABC News' Cokie Roberts. The teleconference is free. For more information, call 650-1522.

AVOIDING A RED FACE

One way to reduce the embarrassing acnelike flare-ups of rosacea, which affects an estimated 14 million Americans, is to reduce stress.

A survey of more than 700 patients found that 91 percent reported that emotional stress caused their rosacea to flare up, and 78 percent said they always or sometimes used stress-management techniques in their lifestyle, Harvard's Dr. Ted Grossbart reported in the journal Rosacea Review.

Of those who worked at controlling their stress, 83 percent reported that it reduced or sometimes reduced their rosacea flare-ups.

Rosacea typically begins after age 30 as a flushing or redness on the cheeks, nose, chin or forehead that may come and go. As the disease progresses, the redness becomes ruddier and more persistent, and small dilated blood vessels may appear.

- From wire services

VCR MAINTENANCE

Dust and dirt can build up inside VCRs over time, requiring periodic cleaning to keep them working properly.

To do this, take a cotton swab soaked in isopropyl alcohol. Open the tape door and rub the swab along the heads of the VCR. These black dots mounted on a silver cylinder are the carbon filters that read tapes. After cleaning the heads, take a new tape and let it run in the VCR for three to four minutes.

If this doesn't get the VCR clean, the machine might need to be professionally serviced.

GETTING A LIFT

Most people don't worry about their back until it's already hurting them. Improper lifting of heavy objects causes needless back injuries. If you must lift a heavy object, take some time to prepare:

  • Always bend at the knees, never at the waist.
  • Keep the object close to your body.
  • Don't twist your body.
  • Avoid lifting it over your head or over an obstruction.
  • Get a good grip on the object. Clean and dry surfaces are easier to handle than wet and greasy ones.
  • If possible, divide a heavy load into several smaller ones.
  • When lifting below chest level, keep your lower back curve locked in position. When lifting above the chest level, tighten your abdomen to lessen the load on your spine.
  • When moving the object, push it instead of pulling it.
  • Make sure your footing is secure. Do not lift objects that obscure vision and footing.
  • Lift smoothly and slowly. Do not jerk the load.
  • Whenever possible, use a dolly or cart to carry the object.
  • Ask for help when moving heavy objects.