Friday, April 10, 2009

Good News From Mary April 10, 2009

You're Never Too Old To Come Of Age

On a normal day at the Menorah Park senior living center in Cleveland, it's pretty easy to get an appointment at the beauty salon.

But when CBS News correspondent Steve Hartman visited, it was no normal day.

Women were lined up to be jacked up and dolled up. They each got new lashes and lips and enough hairspray to down a bird in flight.

Why the fuss?

Residents were getting ready for a Bat Mitzvah -- their Bat Mitzvah.

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Paying More For Music -- And Liking It

The price of music on CDs is going down -- way down. As in, dying. Case in point: The Virgin Megastore across the street from the Apple store in San Francisco is closing for good. You can get some nice going-out-of-business prices there.

And make no mistake, it's Apple, and its iTunes online store, that is nailing the coffin shut on CDs. So what is Apple doing now that they've won? Raising prices, of course.

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From the Bronx to Germany and Dachau

Johancy Torres had never heard of the Holocaust before last fall, but she will soon be tracing the footsteps of Jews at the Dachau concentration camp during a trip for fifth- and sixth-grade students at Public School 86 in the Bronx.

“I think I may cry when I see the ovens,” said Johancy, 11, adding that she planned to take a copy of “Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl” when she leaves later this month.

The Holocaust lessons are part of an unusual effort by P.S. 86’s teachers to expose students to a world far from their Spanish-speaking neighborhoods near the No. 4 train in Kingsbridge Heights. About 95 percent of the school’s 1,700 students are Hispanic or black. More than three-quarters of them are poor enough to qualify for free or reduced-price lunches.

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UFOs? Aliens? Area 51 Revealed

It's the centerpiece of virtually every modern UFO theory and a symbol for everything the government doesn't tell us.

About an hour's bus ride northwest of Las Vegas, Area 51 is one of the most famous military bases in the world, in part because the government barely acknowledges its existence.

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Report: Amazon At Work On Larger-Screen Kindle

The second version of Amazon's Kindle e-reader hasn't been out two months, but Kindle 2 may already have a big brother on the way. According to a late Friday The Wall Street Journal report, Amazon is working on a new larger-screen version of Kindle that could be available before the 2009 holiday shopping season.

The Journal cited unnamed sources who said they had seen prototype versions of the new Kindle. Amazon itself wouldn't comment except to tell the Journal that it wouldn't speak to "rumors or speculation."

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