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Detection dog candidates spend first 6 months in stringent prison program

posted: 08/03/2015 2:42 a.m. Discuss

The first year of a bomb-sniffing dog's life is vital for imprinting. That is when it learns to socialize and grows accustomed to the sights and sounds of its work environment. That is when it comes to understand the trusting but strict relationship it must have with its eventual handler.

Kill count sheds light on cat vs. bird issue

posted: 08/03/2015 2:42 a.m. Discuss

Jennifer L. McDonald is an ecologist by profession and a cat person by avocation. Years ago, Tiggy, her ginger-and-white shorthair, would bring home freshly killed mice and shrews for her consideration.

Soccer 'heading' not main culprit in concussions

posted: 08/03/2015 2:38 a.m. Discuss

Would soccer be safer if young players were not allowed to head the ball? According to a new study of heading and concussions in youth soccer, the answer to that question is not a simple yes.

Scientists ID 6th taste as subjects chew the fat

posted: 08/03/2015 2:37 a.m. Discuss

Taste, the sense that allows us to appreciate the beauty of good food, is something scientists understand fairly well.

Practically Active: Enough talk about starting: Let’s start

posted: 08/03/2015 2:27 a.m. Discuss

This week I want to introduce the book "Diabetes Weight Loss Week by Week," which I plan to follow for the next year.

OPPORTUNITIES: Kids as young as 6 can try a shortie triathlon

posted: 08/03/2015 2:26 a.m. Discuss

The Ironman World Championship is an annual triathlon held in Hawaii consisting of a 2.4-mile swim, a 112-mile bike ride, and a 26.2 -mile marathon run. It is widely considered to be the single most difficult one-day sporting event in the world.

Slim Pickings

posted: 08/03/2015 2:23 a.m. Discuss

Dannon Oikos Triple Zero Yogurt: One 5.3-ounce container has 120 calories and zero fat, 15 carbohydrate, 6 fiber and 15 protein grams.

Marathon leaders to discuss training

posted: 08/03/2015 2:21 a.m. Discuss

Little Rock Marathon training team leaders will explain their free running and walking groups at 6 p.m. Thursday in the Centre at University Park, 6401 W. 12th St., Little Rock.

MASTER CLASS: Bench press with foam roller challenges triceps

posted: 08/03/2015 2:19 a.m. Discuss

Barbell bench press is the quintessential weight-training exercise. From the time young people set foot in their junior high or high school gym, they are challenged with performing it to the best of their abilities.

MRI used to study dog's brain activity

posted: 08/03/2015 2:17 a.m. Discuss

Until recently, scientists could only speculate why dogs that have the right personality for a career in threat detection respond to training with such extreme drive.

Puppy born blind but able to smell

posted: 08/03/2015 2:16 a.m. Discuss

Puppies are born blind and deaf. Dogs' eyes and ears remain closed for about 14 days after birth, but Paul Waggoner says, "pups come out smelling; that's how they interact and get around the world."

Horoscopes by Holiday

posted: 08/03/2015 2:03 a.m. Discuss

Happy birthday. You have the tenacity to execute plans and follow through with ideas. Nurture a relationship because it leads to luck in every part of your life.

On Christianity

posted: 08/03/2015 2:03 a.m. Discuss

DEAR REV. GRAHAM: I'm an old man now, and for me the worst part of getting old has been loneliness. My wife has passed away, none of our children live nearby, and when I go to church, almost no one talks to me.

Super Quiz: Secular Holidays

posted: 08/03/2015 2:02 a.m. Discuss

1. Day in June to honor a relative

Helpful Hints

posted: 08/03/2015 2:01 a.m. Discuss

"My gripe is: When did shopping carts become personal wastebaskets? The things left in them can be disturbing."

Dear Abby: Lesbian mom's son hesitates to accept new kids as siblings

posted: 08/03/2015 1:59 a.m. Discuss

DEAR ABBY: I am a 22-year-old male and my brother, "Brian," is 14. When I was 9, our parents split up. After a year, Mom realized she was a lesbian. She is married now to a younger woman, and they are starting a family through in vitro fertilization.

Second wind

posted: 08/02/2015 3:58 a.m. Discuss

A week after Jim Mize’s last day at Farm Bureau Mutual Insurance Co. of Arkansas, he was sitting with his wife, Dana, at a sports bar in Conway, and showing a video of himself leaving the office after 34 years on the job.

6 Mize songs certify no padding on CDs

posted: 08/02/2015 3:55 a.m. Discuss

Over his 20 years as a recording artist, singer-songwriter Jim Mize has released only three albums, totaling 30 songs, so it’s fair to say that his level of quality control has been high.

Let's Talk: Lessons of our heroes’ falls, flaws

posted: 08/02/2015 3:49 a.m. Discuss

In the twinkling of an eye, as the biblical saying goes, it seems reputations are being wiped out, right and left.

Critical Mass: Isbell’s candid, literate voice lifts Free’s ‘everydayness’

posted: 08/02/2015 3:38 a.m. Discuss

A picture appeared in my Twitter feed of Jason Isbell holding an old Stratocaster, the one Bob Dylan used to go electric at the Newport Folk Festival 50 years ago.

On your left, our next dead celebrity...

posted: 08/02/2015 3:34 a.m. Discuss

Exploiting the dead is distasteful. Let the departed, dearly and otherwise, rest in peace. And yet …

NY exhibit laces culture of sneakers

posted: 08/02/2015 3:30 a.m. Discuss

The sneaker is a force in fashion, music and sports, but where did it begin?

The TV Column: Politics-weary Stewart ready for 'Daily Show' exit

posted: 08/02/2015 3:30 a.m. Discuss

And now, your last four moments of Zen.

Tell Me About It: New husband feels insecure

posted: 08/02/2015 3:30 a.m. Discuss

DEAR CAROLYN: My wife and I are newlyweds in our 60s. This is my second marriage. My first wife died after 20-plus years together. I had dated a few other women while in school and before meeting my new wife.

Travel in Europe: Planning helps to cut long waiting times

posted: 08/02/2015 3:28 a.m. Discuss

Crowds are becoming an increasing nuisance at top European attractions. There’s almost no way to experience places like the Sistine Chapel or the Palace of Versailles without a constant and raging commotion of tourists.

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