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Safe Schools Remain Strongest

Securing Safe Schools

ssrsSafety is at the top of the priority list at the Metropolitan School District of Lawrence Township in Indianapolis. “Safe schools are everyone’s business. We all have to work together to resolve common issues,” states Assistant Superintendent Duane Hodgin. Teachers, students, parents, and the community–all are cooperating partners working for safe schools in the district.

Four years ago, motivated by rising violence around the country, the district enacted a safe-schools plan for grades K through 12. With key elements of prevention, intervention, education, and involvement of everyone, the plan helps the district be prepared.

A district with a diverse population and economic extremes, Lawrence Township was the … Read the rest

Violence At Schools Needs To Stop

vasnsOne beautiful day in October on the Purdue University campus in Indiana, an 18-year-old freshman strolled into his dorm. Blaming his RA (resident assistant, or dorm counselor) for the trouble he had gotten into for cocaine possession, the boy pulled out a gun and shot the older student dead.

This situation shows signs of the same troubling violence that has infected high schools across the nation. Not just inner-city schools, but all kinds of schools–suburban and rural as well as urban–have been affected. Every year, there are nearly 3 million incidents of theft or violent crime in or near schools.

Have weapons become as much an accessory in a backpack as … Read the rest

A Great Story: Young Lifeguard Saves Child

ylgscThe clear, sparkling water in the Elgin, Illinois, YWCA pool looks inviting. Anxious to start having fun, 5-year-old Jesse Feliciano can’t wait any longer. Even though the lifeguard has not yet given permission, Jesse decides to jump in. Unfamiliar with the pool layout, however, he makes a big mistake. Instead of splashing around in the shallow end, he plunges into the deep end–and he doesn’t know how to swim.

Jesse is surprised and afraid. His feet can’t touch the bottom. Where is the bottom of the pool? He swallows water, chokes, and coughs. He looks up, but no one sees him. He starts sinking under the water.

At that moment, Max … Read the rest

Sports And Beauty Needn’t Be Full-On Enemies

bfehtlsSaturday afternoon and you have two hours before it’s time to get ready for dinner. The sane, adult choice would be to shampoo and blow-dry your hair, maybe even go for a manicure or pedicure. But let’s be honest. There’s also time for nine holes of golf, a bike ride or a swim. This, as it turns out, is perhaps the biggest dillemma for the active woman: We love pushing the envelope, especially when the guilty pleasure involves spending more time doing sports and being outdoors. But the consequences–wet hair in a restaurant, bike grease peeking out from under a hemline, shredded fingernails we self-consciously hide in our laps–come back to … Read the rest

Beauty Appliances To Take A Look At

bhstlsA dizzying number of appliances promise to make you look great. But you just want them to work! We checked out the ones women use most–from blow-dryers to makeup mirrors-and found these 6 standouts.

Up Close and Personal

Remington True-to-Light Deluxe Lighted Make-Up Mirror $29.99(*)

We were surprised at the variety and price range ($24.99 to $99) of makeup mirrors available in stores and through catalogs. When we asked a panel of women to evaluate them for design, lighting, cost, magnification, added features, and clarity of image, this model was the clear winner in all categories. Panelists liked the adjustable side mirrors, the 4 light settings (day, office-fluorescent, evening, and home), … Read the rest

Let’s Talk Beauty Tips

ltbtipsLove glamour-girl eyes? Inviting red lips? A rosy glow? Follow these easy lessons from our beauty pros.

Can I use a bronzer instead of a powder blush regardless of the season?

If you are very pale, bronzer will give you that “fake tan” look, says Cover Girl makeup pro B.J. Gillian. Substitute a beige- or almond-colored blush, lightly dusted on the temples, the bridge of your nose, and the tip of the chin. “It will give your skin a warm glow without looking too `done,'” he explains. Check out Cover Girl Classic Color Blush in Natural Glow or Oil of Olay Blush in Toffee.

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Save Yourself From A Real Beauty Crisis

rbcRough hands The skin on your hands says a lot about your age. Keep it soft, supple, and young-looking with a lotion that quenches dryness and makes skin feel baby-smooth. Try Curel Soothing Hands, straight off the drugstore shelf. It contains a good dose of glycerin, a potent lubricant, and lasts through numerous handwashings. Also effective: Neutrogena Norwegian Formula Hand Cream ($4.57), Eucerin Plus Alphahydroxy Moisturizing Lotion ($7.99), and Elizabeth Arden 8-Hour Cream ($13.50). Avoid washing with very hot water, it dries out skin. Reapply moisturizer throughout the day.

Yellowing nails A base coat is key the pigments in polish can penetrate and discolor nail layers. Also, be sure to remove … Read the rest

Meg Ryan Talks Real Beauty

mrtrbYES, THEY HAVE GREAT BONES AND GLOWING SKIN. AND YES, they’re blessed with the sort of casual beauty that we all covet. Meg Ryan no doubt looks dewy after a sleepless night, and Candice Bergen could bring class to sweatpants. But the women who embody authentic beauty aren’t just pretty faces. What makes them truly modern is their attitude: Spirited and secure, they let their looks speak for themselves. Unlike the beauties of other eras, they never try too hard, because wowing people isn’t the point: In the new millennium, success means finding your own rhythm, instead of just pumping up the volume. “These are all strong women with strong inner … Read the rest

Words From The Beauty Professionals

beatyproflsIt’s the day after the Oscars, and already hair and makeup artists are being booked for the following year.

That’s how important securing top talent has become for image-obsessed movie stars.

“I feel like there’s more hysteria now, and I think it comes with the hype of all the other ceremonies,” said Los Angeles hair stylist Anne Morgan, referring to the Golden Globes and the Screen Actors’ Guild Awards. “All of a sudden you have to top them and be bigger and better. And there’s so much more scrutiny, and everyone’s just ready to shred.”

“Everybody is poised with a poison pen as you go down the red carpet, and I … Read the rest

Extracts Continues To Help Show Off Fancy New Products

sofnpThe theme song of the seventh edition of Extracts could well be “Talkin’ About an Evolution.”

The show, held from Friday through Monday at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, boosted attendance by nearly 20 percent and added new packaging and natural products segments.

In addition, trends kicked off at the last edition of the semiannual trade show — which showcases aromatherapy, fragrance and personal care products — also continued to develop, with all-in-one kits, one of the most popular trends of past shows, expanding significantly. The baby items from past exhibitors also grew to embrace infants’ older siblings, like the Miss Molly kiddie makeup line, an Australian firm represented at … Read the rest