Recreation & Lifestyle

Would Your Child’s Safety Seat Pass An Inspection?

STATE – Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for children 3 to 14 years old, according to 2006 figures from the National Center for Health Statistics. However, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), approximately 8,959 lives have been saved from 1975 to 2008 by the proper use of child safety seats.

EarthTalk®

Dear EarthTalk: I’ve heard conflicting reports regarding how long it really takes for a plastic grocery bag to decompose. Can you set the record straight? — Martha Blount, San Diego, CA

The Writer’s Block: You’re Outta Here!

I don’t know. Maybe I’m getting too jaded from constantly hearing all the bad news about the economy. Night after night we get pelted with ominous warnings from newscasters about the slow growth of the job market, the exorbitant cost of health care and the continued loss of jobs.