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   Post-Standard, The (Newspaper) - January 28, 2005, Syracuse, New York                               'GROUNDED' FAILS DESPITE SWITCH It was a long, strange journey for the TV series' 'Grounded for starring Megyn Price. Currently on The WB, it de- buted in 2001 on Fox. But no matter what network it was on, it failed to find an audience. The series finale airs at tonight on WNYS-TV (Channel 43) The Post-Standard CNY Ming; Life and leisure in Central New York Motivation to go from flab to six-pack abs i. i graduated from SU That morning radio host in New York City who was sus- pended Wednesday for airing a the Asian tsunami got her educa tion at Syracuse University Tarsha Jones, known on the air as "Miss received a bachelor's degree in 1991 from SU s College of Visual and Per- forming Arts After the song aired Friday, she aooloeized to listener1; of her morning show on YvQhl-bM (Hot 97) The station said it sus pended her and her morning team to demonstrate the seven- ty of the situation Dick Clark recuperating at home in California "American Bandstand" icon Dick Clark is recuperating at his Mahbu, Calif home after a minor stroke put him in the hos- pital for more than weeks Clark, 75, a graduate of Syra- cuse University, returned home Wednesday and was grateful for the many cards and letters he re- ceived during his hospital stay publicist Paul Shefnn said He was very touched by the outpouring of support, not only from the celebrity world but from the people on the streets of New York Shefnn said For the fkbt time in 32 _> caib, Clark was unable to host his "Nev Year s Rockin' Eve show from Square Shefnn wouldn t discuss the impact of the stroke WCNY's 'Central Issues' offers city-county forum A two-part edition of WCNY-TV's public affairs show Central Issues" features a forum with city of Syracuse and Onoadaga County lawmak- ers Guests for the first part of the one-hour program at 10 p m today on Channel 24 include Onondaga County Legislature Chairman Dale Sweedand, and legislators William Mever, Kathleen Rapp and Lovie Winslow Guests for part two at 10 p m Feb 4 are Syracuse Common Council President Bea Gonzalez, v ULU AVUU111- son, Beth Brownson Stephanie Miner and Jeff DeFrancisco Scheduled topics include the proposed convention center hotel in Syracuse, nsmg demand and of social sen ices, and the role of lawmakers Tip of the day: More safe-shoveling advice From the Rhode Island De- partment of Health Pace yourself Shovel for 5 to 10 minutes, then rest to catch your breath and stretch >oar lower back, neck and shoulders If you're not used to heavy lifting, take half scoops rather than full scoops Or push the snow rather than lifting it When you lift the snow, stand with your feet about hip- width apart and your legs slight- ly bent Keep the shovel close to your body and try not to twist. Listen to your body Stop if you feel tired Staff and news reports Correction Because of incorrect information provided to The Post Standard, the location of a concert by the Kronos String was wrong in a Best Bet in Thursday's Weekend section The concert is at 7pm Sunday in Goldstein Auditorium at the Schme Student Center at Syracuse University Index DeorAbby.. Or.Oooohue.. Billy Graham _ Movie QM_______ Movie limes_______ IV (Kings_________ 1-2 1-2 E-2 ___1-2 -M __M 1-5 Courtesy of Warner Bros CLINT EASTWOOD plays trairf- er who takes on the challenge of Hilary Swank as his newest ring project m "Million Dollar Baby" Story, acting deliver poignant punch in 'Million Dollar Baby' ALSO OPENING 'Atone in the Dark' Courtesy of Lions Gate Fiims CHRISTIAN SLATER fights evil m a film Roger Ebert didn't review Page E-3. 'Hide and Seek' Courtesy of Twentieth Century Fox ROBERT De NIRO and Dakota Fanning play father and daughter Page E-3. Excellent Note Ratings based on Roger Ebert reviews Bj Steven Rea kri ght Ridaer News Service n man> Million Dollar Bab} is a glorious p; throw back It s a boxing 16, jth pummeling and pathos ringside drama and despair a genre Hf that goes back to the silents, that embraces everv- thing from tough guy tragedv to shameless tear 3 jerker from the hardscrabble realism of Bodv and Soul to the South PhJl) underdog dreams of Stallone s Rocky series ,t tVtn nf i ii __ l-ltlin j Swank in a performance even more brilliantly turned than her Oscar-wmmng portrait in 1999 s 'Bovs Don't Cr> mat makes Million Dollar Baby something more than a retro-feeling homage Girlfight the 2000 indie with Michelle Rodriguez as a scowling Brooklyrute who puts on boxing gloi.es used an old- style fight-pic template m everything but its protago- nist s gender) Directed by Clint Eastwood and co-starring East wood as the veteran trainer who takes on a toothy diner waitress who displays some talent m the ring Million Dollar Baby" serves up the conventions of the boxing movie witn absolute finesse witn relish even and then goes deep and dark into themes that stnke at the core of human experience Along the way audiences are treated to three fully drawn, complex characters Swank s trailer-park pugi list, Maggie Fitzgerald, Eastwood s Frankie Dunn, a weary soul who runs a shabby boxing gym in down- town L A and Morgan Freeman's Scrap, a retired fighter who pushes a broom around Frankie s gym and pushes Frankie" s buttons in slv sage wavs As a filmmaker, Eastwood, who learned from no- nonsense Hollywood storytellers like Don Siegel, keeps getting better Like "Unforgiven (his first Courpsv of Warner Bros MORGAN FREEMAN plays a retired boxer who works at Clint Eastwood's gym in "Miihon Dollar Baby Roger Eberf s view A masterpiece, pure and simple, deep and true One of the great emotional experiences in recent cinema Not a boxing movie, but a movie about a boxer There's a dirference The best film of the year (PG 13) Rating teaming with Freeman) and Mystic River the new picture takes its time, gives its actors room to breathe and isn t afraid to stnke a hokev note if it rexeaK something important Real life after all. is full of hoki ness As an actor, Eastwood displays a vulnerability and BABY, PAGE E-3 Tournament takes winks to extreme By Dru Sefton Newhouss News Service A whole lot of squidging, squopping and potting is hap- pening this year in celebration of the 50th anniversary of tourna- ment tiddlywmks Yes, tournament tiddlywmks No, not just that silly kids' game Well, sort of There's more to tiddlywmks than flipping small discs into a little pot. There's a complex lex- icon (to "nurdle" is to "shoot a wink too close to the pot to be pottable or otherwise 31 categories of official rules, a journal and Newhouse News Service one of the top tournament tid- dlywmk players in the world. lively trans- Atlantic competition between the Bnts and the Yanks, their two countries the last still containing avid winkers One of those is Larry Kahn, widely regarded as one of the Inhalant use rises among 8th-graders Middle-schoolers seem unafraid of the dangers, new Is. By Valerie Reitman Los Angeles Times Nearly one in five eighth- graders said they have attempted to get high by inhaling potential- ly toxic vapors such as those found in glue, gasoline, paint tJvnnor Sntaop liohtcrs nail nol- ish remover and aerosol sprays In a nationwide survey con- ducted at 147 schools, about 17 3 percent of US eighth-graders said they had tried sniffing such substances The anonymous question- naires, collected last year by Experts say signs of inhalant use that parents and teachers should watch for include smelly or stained clothes, as well as discoloration and dryness around the child's nails and mouth, erratic behavior, and abnormal accumulations of substance containers in the trash or a child's room showed the second consec- utive surge in the abuse rate up from 15 3 percent in 2003 after a 40 percent decline follow- ing a campaign m the mid-'90s against the solvents' dangers Dr Nora D.Volkow, director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse, which funds the annual survey, said last week that the government agency was launch- ing a new campaign to alert chil- dren and parents of the dangers of the "silent epidemic The inhalant abuse can cause instant death by triggering cardi- ac arrhythmias and asphyxiation It also can cause blindness, neu- ropathy and harm to major bodi- ly organs For whatever reason, the perception of the drugs as nsky Volkow said of the report The inhalants primarily are used by sixth- to eighth-graders, who are more likely to graduate to other drugs as they get older The abuse is particularly diffi- cult to detect because the sol- vents don't show up m unne or Wood tests   

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