Saturday, February 23, 2008

Dylan & Cole Sprouse

If you want to take the quiz on Dylan & Cole Sprouse..... You can take it here on

1.Who is older and by how much?
A.Dylan is older by one minute.
B.Cole is younger by ten minutes
C.Cole is older by fifteen minutes
D.Dylan is older by fifteen minutes.

2.Which of the twins had a role in the movie Big Daddy?

3.Cole’s favorite musical instrument is:
A.The bass
B.The guitar
C.The piano
D.The flute

4.Dylan and Cole were born in Italy, but are not of Italian descent because:
A.Their American parents moved back to California when they were only four months old.
B.They weren’t born in Italy.
C.None of their family members were born in Italy or live there.
D.None of the above.

5.Which of the twins appeared regularly on episodes of Friends as Ross’ son Ben?
C.Both of them
D.None of them

6.Who has enjoyed snowboarding since he was four years old?
C.Neither of them
D.Both of them

7.Which of these school subjects is Cole's favorite?
D.Social Studies

8.In what year did Dylan and Cole began filming episodes of their hit show The Suite Life of Zack and Cody?

9.Dylan’s favorite color is:

10.Who is taller?
A.Cole is taller by an inch.
B.Dylan is taller by an inch.
C.Cole is taller by a half an inch.
D.Dylan is taller by half an inch.

Stranger donates kidney to Atlanta girl

ATLANTA - The picture of the smiling little girl on the flier was more than Laura Bolan could take.

The 8-year-old on the pamphlet needed a kidney transplant, and Bolan knew she could help. She did a quick Web search on the surgery and talked it over with her husband. Then she made a phone call to offer one of her kidneys to Sarah Dickman.

The suburban Atlanta girl was born with the genetic disease juvenile nephronophthisis, which slowly destroys the kidneys. Without treatment, it can kill a child before the age of 15.

Bolan, 34, had never met Sarah when she agreed to donate the organ.

"It breaks your heart to know there's a little girl sick out there who you could help," Bolan said earlier this week.

The pair underwent successful surgeries Thursday at hospitals across the street from each other in Atlanta. Surgeon Dr. Thomas Pearson said both patients were doing well on Friday, and initial tests of Sarah's new kidney showed it was working normally.

Sarah was expected to be in intensive care for at least a day and then spend up to a week at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta at Egleston. She said she was looking forward to being free from a dialysis machine so she can spend the night at her best friend's house.

And when doctors remove her catheter, she can take bubble baths again because there will no longer be the risk of infecting the skin around the tube.

Best of all, she can go to Kangaroo Bob's, a children's recreation center with inflatable slides, mazes and obstacle courses.

"I'll get to go there on my birthday because I won't have this anymore," she said, pointing to the catheter.

Bolan was expected to return home after a few days at Emory University Hospital. She first saw a flier about Sarah in September at the elementary school where two of her children are students. Sarah attends the same school.

Bolan knew she had the same blood type as the little girl, so she called the number on the flier that evening.

Sarah's parents, Lori and Joe Dickman, had added Sarah's name to a national waiting list for transplant recipients after learning that neither parent was a match to donate a kidney. The flier was just a shot in the dark.

The Dickmans received two calls from people interested in donating a kidney. Both were tested, and Bolan was the better match. The Dickmans were relieved because Sarah's condition was quickly deteriorating.

She was put on dialysis in September, the same month the flier went up. She often left school early because her failing kidneys made her exhausted and irritable.

"We definitely need more people like Laura in the world," Lori Dickman said.

Joe Dickman wants to add his name to living donor lists so that he can help someone else. It's the least he can do to repay Bolan for saving his daughter, he said.

"A thank-you doesn't fit for what she's doing," Joe Dickman said of Bolan. "She can call me at four in the morning for a gallon of milk. I don't care. I'm indebted to her for life."

Friday, February 22, 2008

Gray Wolves Make a Comeback

The gray wolf of Yellowstone National Park has come back! On February 21, the Department of the Interior announced a plan to remove the gray wolf population in the Northern Rockies from the endangered species list. They say its recovery from endangerment is complete.

A Close Call
In the 1930s, a government
program allowed widespread
poisoning of wolves,which
nearly wiped out the
species. .The animal was added to
the list in 1974 after
its population hit an
all-time low. The end-
angered status allows
wolves to be killed,
legally, if they have
attacked livestock.
By the late 1980s,
ranchers and wildlife
agents had legally
killed about 700 wolves.
In 1995, the animals were
facing extinction. That
year, in an effort to give
the population a boost,
officials introduced 66
gray wolves to the Yellowstone
National Park in Idaho, Montana
and Wyoming. Seven years later,
there were more than 600 gray
wolves in the area.. Today,
there are an estimated 1,545.

In the last 20 years, $24 million dollars in federal funds have been spent on bringing the wolf population back. Officials say the population increase is enough to warrant taking the animals off the list. "Gray wolves in the Northern Rocky Mountains are thriving and no longer require the protection of the Endangered Species Act," said Lyle Laverty, deputy secretary for the Department of the Interior. "The wolf's recovery in the Northern Rocky Mountains is a conservation success story."

Good News?
Not everyone agrees. Environmental groups believe that the gray wolf population should have reached at least 2,000 before it lost federal protection. Wildlife protection organizations plan to appeal the decision. But officials stand by their recommendation. "The more of something you have, the less valuable each individual piece becomes," said Ed Bangs, director of wolf recovery for the Fish and Wildlife Service. "If you have more wolves than you have now, it's really going to start causing a lot of problems."

Yellowstone area ranchers and farmer couldn't be happier. Many have lost hundreds of sheep and cattle to the wolves and are hoping the delisting will help them better handle the predators. The number of domestic animals killed by gray wolves has more than doubled since the wolves were reintroduced into the area. "I believe that any wolf on any given night, if there happens to be a calf there, they will kill it," said Randy Petrich, a rancher from Montana. "We need to be trapping them, shooting them--as many as possible." Hunting will be allowed as early as this fall.
Still ProtectedMontana, Idaho and Wyoming all plan to maintain their gray wolf population to be between 900 and 1,250. "The last thing any of the states want is for wolves to be re-listed by the federal government," said Daniel Pletscher, director of the University of Montana's wildlife biology program. The animals will also continue to be monitored by the federal government.

Still Protected
Montana, Idaho and Wyoming all plan to maintain their gray wolf population to be between 900 and 1,250. "The last thing any of the states want is for wolves to be re-listed by the federal government," said Daniel Pletscher, director of the University of Montana's wildlife biology program. The animals will also continue to be monitored by the federal government.

Thursday, February 21, 2008

Just out of curiosity...

Does the carving below look more like a...

A. Chameleon

B. Stegosaurus

C. Other

does it look like this or this.

Saturday, February 16, 2008

Take Me Out To The Ball Game

Name ........................................................................................................ Date .......................................................
Take Me Out To The Ball Game

How much does a day at the ballpark cost? Read the chart below to
find the prices of tickets, food and souvenirs for five Major League
Baseball teams. Use the information to answer the questions below.
Be sure to show all of your work on scrap paper!

The lines are for what you think the prices should be.
Chicago White Sox $14.30 $2.25 $2.00 $3.00 $13.00
New York Yankees $25.94 $2.75 $2.50 $5.00 $13.00
Atlanta Braves $19.78 $3.50 $3.25 $5.00 $12.00
Texas Rangers $19.67 $2.25 $2.25 $6.00 $16.00
San Diego Padres $13.02 $2.25 $2.75 $4.00 $14.99

1. How much would you pay if you bought a ticket for each member of your family to attend a New York Yankees game?

2. How much does it cost to buy one program, two caps, four hot dogs and two sodas at a Texas Rangers game?

3. Put the teams in order from the highest-priced ticket to the lowest-priced ticket.

4. At a Chicago White Sox game, Mark bought one soda and two hot dogs. He paid with a $10 bill.How much money did he get back?

5. Sarah went to the ballpark with $16. She purchased one ticket and one hot dog. Which team did she watch play?

BONUS:Do you think these are fair prices to pay at a ball game? Why or why not?

Can India Save its Working Kids

Haldiram's restaurant, in New Delhi, India, is noisy and crowded. At the larger tables, stylish young parents, well-dressed grandparents and happy, excited children are enjoying dinner. At smaller tables nearby sit the ayahs, the children's nannies. These girls are barely older than the kids they care for, and look heartbreakingly out of place. Each girl makes less money in a month than her employers will spend on dinner that night. None of the girls will go to school. They will spend their lives eating leftovers and wearing hand-me-downs.

In India, employment of children as maids and servants is a way of life. It is also illegal. Girls and boys perform a variety of household chores, from cooking and washing to child care. They also work at roadside eateries and in hotels and restaurants.

In October 2006, the Indian government extended a law that prohibits children under 14 from working in hazardous professions to include a ban on jobs in hotels, restaurants and private homes. Despite the legal change, UNICEF, in a report issued last week, said that 12% of India's children between ages 5 and 14 are in the labor force. But the real figure may be even higherosomewhere between 75 and 90 million kids.

"Everyone knows factories use children," says Puja Sahu, the owner of a boutique in New Delhi. "It's an open secret." Last October, the Gap clothing chain was forced to withdraw a line of embroidered blouses because of reports that the garments were stitched by kids.

The Root of the Problem
When the government first suggested a ban on child labor in homes, hotels and restaurants, employers and even some children's rights activists pointed out that many children work in order to survive. If they didn't work, who would feed them? Where were the schools that would offer the kids a brighter future?

The ban was a "positive step forward," says Farida Lambay, the founder of Pratham, a children's rights group.

Others are less optimistic. "The entire thing has been a disaster," says Umesh Kumar Gupta of Bachpan Bachao Andolan, a group that has been at the head of the anti-child-labor movement. He points out that children who have been rescued since the ban went into effect often have had to find employment elsewhere, because the poverty at the root of the problem has not been addressed. Ingrid Srinath, another activist, agrees. "Sometimes, the children's families don't want them back," she says. "They want the children to continue working, because they need the money."

A Huge Reserve of Talent
For many, India is a land of opportunity. Salaries are rising, and the middle class is thriving. The country has 36 billionaires. Two years ago, the Internet-technology industry alone brought in $36 billion. The world's biggest democracy is poised to become an economic superpower.

One of India's greatest resources is its young populationo35% of its 1.1 billion people are under the age of 15. But, with millions of children not going to school and not learning any skills, this huge reserve of potential talent could spell trouble, not prosperity. Harjot Kaur, director at the Ministry of Labor and Employment, insists that the government is working to improve the situation. She points to plans to conduct a survey to determine the number of working children and to expand projects aimed at eventually eliminating child labor.

The leaders of businesses and industry, meanwhile, have begun to realize that India's future lies with its youth, and in educating the poor. Infosys, a giant technology company, has set up 10,000 libraries in rural areas across the country. Wipro, another tech firm, is adopting 7,500 schools.

The ayahs in Haldiram's restaurant can hope only for table scraps. But a combination of political action and business investment could bring them, and all of India's children, a rich feast of possibilities.

Time For Kids

A year has 525,600 minutes. Each of them can hold remarkable moments that we will remember for years to come. In 2007, we saw leaders work to improve the world. Some searched for ways to bring peace to the Middle East. Others raised awareness about climate change and reminded us of the fragility of our planet.

We thrilled to the discovery of a distant planet that might support life. We felt sorrow for the victims of a collapsed bridge. And we honored the brave men and women who serve in the armed forces.

In sports, a controversial slugger slammed past a home-run record, and a quarterback led his team to an exciting Super Bowl victory. In the world of entertainment, we said hello to a new American Idol and goodbye to one of literature's most belovedoand memorableowizards.

Here are some moments to remember from the minutes of 2007.

The nation mourned the death of former President Gerald R. Ford. The unelected 38th President helped to heal the country at a time when many Americans had lost faith in government. Ford was 93.

The Indianapolis Colts beat the Chicago Bears 29-17 in Super Bowl XLI. Quarterback Peyton Manning (holding trophy) celebrates with Colts coach Tony Dungy.

President George W. Bush and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor to World War II African-American heroes the Tuskegee Airmen.

Astronomers discovered a planet outside our solar system that seems as if it could sustain life. The planet, named Gliese 581c, is located 120 trillion miles from Earth.

MAY 22
Arizona high school student Jordin Sparks was crowned the new American Idol. The singer's big voice and sparkling personality wowed American Idol judges and TV audiences. At age 17, she was the competition's youngest winner.

Britain's prime minister and Labor Party leader Tony Blair resigned after leading his country for 10 years. Blair was the youngest prime minister to serve Britain since 1812, taking office at age 44. He was a close ally of United States Presidents throughout his time in office.

Apple released the iPhone to huge fanfare. The high-tech gadget combines a phone, an iPod, an Internet browser and a digital camera in one handheld device.

The new Seven Wonders of the World were announced. Almost 200 landmarks were nominated, but only the places voters found most dazzling made the list. About 100 million votes were cast on the Internet and by text messages. China's Great Wall was a top choice.

Live Earth, a 24-hour concert on seven continents, brought together 150 music acts and millions of people. The goal: to raise awareness about global warming. Here, crowds watch Macy Gray perform in Brazil.

The seventh and final book in the Harry Potter series, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, was released. In the first 24 hours, 11 million copies were sold.

It was rush hour in Minneapolis, Minnesota, when the I-35W bridge over the Mississippi River suddenly collapsed. Cars plunged into the river and 13 people died. The terrible accident brought attention to the safety of bridges all around the country.

As rumors of steroid use swirled around him, San Francisco Giants outfielder Barry Bonds hit homer No. 756, smashing the all-time home-run record.

The top American military commander in Iraq, General David Petraeus, reported to Congress that progress was being made in bringing stability to that country.

The World Conservation Union published its annual Red List of plants and animals in danger of extinction. In 2007, there were 16,306 different species on the list, including critically endangered great apes like this orangutan.

The prestigious Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to former Vice President Al Gore and a United Nations panel on climate change.

There was joy in Massachusetts after the Red Sox swept the Colorado Rockies to win the World Series. Boston last won the title in 2004. Mike Lowell was named Most Valuable Player.

President George W. Bush hosted a conference in Annapolis, Maryland, that brought together Israeli prime minister Ehud Olmert and Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas. They agreed to hold peace talks.

A kayaker paddled through a submerged neighborhood in Centralia, Washington, after rain pounded the Pacific Northwest. The storm brought down trees and power lines with 90-mile-per-hour wind gusts. There was widespread flooding of rivers and streams. A state of emergency was declared in Washington and Oregon.

Holding on to History

Avery Clayton is in a race against timeoand mold, and silverfish, those insects that have a taste for paper. The former art teacher is determined to protect treasures of African-American culture from neglect and destruction. "Unless there's an organized, concerted effort to gather this material, it will be gone in 50 years," Clayton told TIME FOR KIDS.

Clayton says that there is a rich trove of artwork, literature and other valuable pieces of black history sitting in people's basements and attics. He knows this from personal experience: He has peered into dank cellars and crumbling garages. His mother, Mayme Agnew Clayton, collected rare and important items from African-American culture. Her riches include handwritten slave documents, first-person slave narratives, early photographs, black-cowboy films, autographed first-edition books by African-American authors and personal letters by black leaders and artists. By the time of her death, in 2006, she had filled her garage, a film warehouse and two storage units near her home, in Los Angeles, California, with astounding artifacts.

On Display
Soon the private collections of Mayme Clayton and others will have a grand home in a former courthouse in Culver City, California. Her son convinced the city to rent the building to him for $1 a year. In December 2007, he received a federal grant of $250,000 to renovate the old courthouse.

Avery Clayton has a lot of support. The Library of Congress plans to display parts of the collection on its website. Last November, a professor and college interns began to catalog and organize the collection. And architecture students from Howard University are helping to design a multistory addition for the museum. The 23,470-square-foot courthouse just isn't big enough.

Historians say that without people like Mrs. Clayton, large portions of black culture would be lost forever. Lonnie Bunch is the founding director of the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of African American History and Culture. It is set to open in Washington, D.C., in 2015. Bunch told TFK that for years, "Many museums didn't think African-American collections were as valuable as others. That's why private collectors are so important."

A Rich Heritage
The Smithsonian has turned to homegrown historians to help preserve African-American artifacts. In January, it held the first of several events led by conservation experts. About 200 people gathered at the Chicago Public Library, in Illinois, where they learned how to safely handle and store everything from clothing and textiles to books and letters. Some of these items may end up at the Smithsonian museum. But Bunch also urges individuals to donate to local libraries and smaller museums (see "Black History in Your Backyard"). "Every time a collection is lost, we lose a piece of who we are," he says. "These aren't just old papers."

Avery Clayton's collection continues to grow, as people come forward with their own significant cultural specimens. He hopes to open the Mayme A. Clayton Library & Museum in 2009. He would like to turn one of the rooms into a public library, and others into a screening room and a theater. In yet another, there's a jail cell in which he plans to project a life-size hologram of Martin Luther King Jr. reading his famous letter from jail in Birmingham, Alabama.

More than anything, Clayton wants to provide young people with information about lesser-known African Americans who made great contributions to society. He says the museum will provide schools with free teaching tools.

Clayton envisions the museum as a place where people of all ages and backgrounds can learn and celebrate what it means to be an American. "For the most part, African-American culture is defined in the media as either slavery or civil rights, crime or hip-hop music," Clayton says. "But it's so much more than that."

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

miley cyrus picture

An Actindent

Miley Cyrus and father Billy Ray Cyrus are admitting they goofed. "We got caught up in the moment of filming, and we made a mistake and forgot to buckle our seatbelts," Billy Ray Cyrus tells PEOPLE about a gaffe in the hit 3-D movie Hannah Montana/Miley Cyrus: Best of Both Worlds Concert Tour – one that's caused a head-on collision with controversy. "Seatbelt safety is extremely important," he adds.Editors at Consumer Reports took issue with a scene in the film in which Miley and her dad are "riding in the back seat of a Range Rover on the way to rehearsal for the concert tour. Neither was wearing a seat belt," said a posting on the magazine's blog. "Why should we care?" the posting continued. "Because, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, in about 55 percent of passenger vehicle fatalities in 2006 (the latest data available), the occupants were not wearing seat belts. Even worse, in the 13- to 15-year-old age group, that percentage climbs to 65 percent." Observed Consumer Reports: "It seems to us that Miley, her father, and Disney had a perfect opportunity to help influence teens and counteract – rather than encourage – this trend. Then again, as Hannah herself sings, 'Everybody makes mistakes.' "