ONE STORY OUT OF THOUSANDS, BUT A PRETTY GOOD ONE

A six-year-old guides six small children to safety after the hurricane, and is eventually reunited with his parents, who had sent him and the children ahead of themselves when a rescue helicopter came to their apartment building. "We did what we had to do for our kids because we love them," his mother said. She was herself later evacuated to San Antonio but a reunion was quickly arranged: "All I know is, I just want to see my kids," she said. "Everything else will just fall into place."

BARKEEP, A SCOTCH ROCKS FOR ME, AND A KEN-ON-THE-BEACH FOR THE LADY

A recent Dartmouth Medical School study found that:

preschoolers pretending to shop for a Barbie doll's social evening were more likely to choose cigarettes if their parents smoked, and wine or beer if their parents drank... 

Researchers apparently brought in 120 little kids, put their parents behind a one-way mirror, and set them loose in a miniature market, stocked with booze and smokes, to buy items for a Barbie-and-Ken night out. The result was abject humiliation for the moms and dads as the kids gravitated toward their parents' vices:

A 4-year-old girl chose Barbie-sized tobacco in the pretend store and said, "I need this for my man. A man needs cigarettes."
 

WE'LL REITERATE OUR PRESCRIPTION FOR A LONG, HARD DAY OF WORK OR WITH THE KIDS: TAKE TWO RINGS AND CALL US IN THE MORNING.

Img001227br500 NASA's Cassini spacecraft has noticed significant changes in the composition of Saturn's rings in just the last 25 years, the Jet Propulsion Lab revealed last week. And as we've mentioned before in this space, NASA's Web site is full of mind-expanding photos you should share with the kids. To see what Cassini has seen, click here.


FOR A BRIEF, SHINING MOMENT, THIS WAS THE COOLEST DAD EVER

A British freight train conductor may lose his job after he allowed his eight and ten-year-old daughters to operate his engine. Apparently, in the UK, Take Your Daughters to Mortal Peril Day isn't until October.


FORTUNATELY FOR THE COACH, HE'LL AVOID PRISON, WHERE WE HEAR THE "CUP CHECKS" ARE EVEN TOUGHER

A Utah youth baseball coach was sentenced to probation after admitting guilt in his sexual battery case, in which three 14-year-olds complained of his "cup checks," which the would-be role model claimed were performed to make sure the boys were wearing protective gear.

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