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THE PALM BEACH POST FRIDAY, MARCH 27, 1998 w 2F Judge orders Liz Smith Nursing homes need volunteers Toe-walker may have bad habit Dear Dr. Donohue: Is there something wrong when a boy of 10 years walks on his toes? He's been doing this all his life. Being a concerned grandmother, I pointed it out when he Mv son told me that the man to marry Dear Ann Landers: Add this one to your "strange decisions by judges file. I found it hard to believe when I read about it in the Lima, Ohio, News. It seems a state court judge ordered a 20-year- ear Abby: I have waited for more than two Imonths to write this letter, and many prayers have been said to Our Father to help me get it D Oscar parties: Envelope, please OSCAR DRIBBLE! Reports keep trickling in. The Vanity Fair dinner at Mortons was said to be this year's classiest party, with roses in mint julep cups on the white tablecloths, subdued lighting and an enthusiastic crowd that watched the show and cheered winners and favorites. The party that followed blew out all the right I have traveled from the Southwest to the Northeast visitinc nursine homes :.f.y''"-v'' old ftentucKy man 10 mu 1 y i 28-year-old girlfriend, the mother of his child. The man was in court because he had threatened to kill this same girlfriend. The judge reduced felony boy's pediatrician said it was normal. I would have to disagree. I don't see any other 10-year-olds walking on their toes. I would appreciate anything you can tell me about this. B.M. Answer: As a rule, toe walking past age 3 is abnormal. A doctor would look for nf cerebral Dalsv. since with family members and dear friends, as well as doing volunteer work in them years ago. I have seen people there with cancer, Alzheimer's, emphysema, and some who were just old and sick. The staff in some homes is not very kind to many of the lonely residents. Please, Abby, urge your readers who want to do something worthwhile to volunteer in battery and terrorist inreai charges to misdemeanor disorderly conduct, sentenced the man to probation and ordered him to pay $1,200 in fines, get counseling and MARRY his girl- gaskets. Minnie Driver, Ben Affleck, Robin Williams, Matt Damon and Kate Winslet all came with their mothers, and the three Baldwins Steve, Billy and Alec went wild Ann Landers Your Hearth Dr. Paul Donohue persistent toe walking can be one of its signs. It's unlikely that vour grandson has cerebral Dear Abby Abigail Van Buren celebrating their Kim s best supporting Oscar. Kooin carried his statue and Robert Duvall was cheerful as all get-out Damon without one. There were three wmimmm friend. I am sending the clipping with the news item to prove I didn't make it up. Will we be reading about the girlfriend's murder next? How do these judges get their jobs? I am signing my name, Ann, but please don't print it Outraged In Ohio Dear Ohio: Thanks for another "truth is stranger than fiction" item. You ask how these judges get their jobs. Some are elected, others appointed. Keep reading for another incredible judge story. This one is from Albany, N.Y. Apparently, that judge in Kentucky has a judicial soul mate there. Here's the news story: According to the Citrus County Chronicle, Crystal River, Fla., the judge granted custody of a 12-year-old boy and his 8-year-old brother to their father, even though the man is in jail and could face the death penalty for killing their mother. The 39-year-old woman was found dead in her car, submerged in a lake in the Adirondack Mountains. Following an application for custody by the father, the children were removed from the custody of their maternal grandmother and aunt, where they were doing quite well. Dear Ann Landers: A while back, I developed a fear of germs and concluded that shaking hands was the principal reason people became ill. I began to wear short cotton gloves everywhere until my fixation became noticeable and folks began to ask a lot of questions. Is there anything new in the way of help for people like me? Anonymous, Please Dear Anon.: Yes, there is help and hope for peo-Kvnorta on obsessive- singing divas making nice together Madonna, Cher and the rarely seen Joni Mitchell. L.A. NOT SO CONFIDENTIAL. More party reportage from my pal Jack Martin. He and the Regis and Kathie Lee star, Claudia Cohen, covered six parties together before Oscar night. Jack's verdict? The best of them all was given for Duvall by October Films in the magnificent, art-laden Beverly Hills house of Chris McGurk. (He is COO for Universal.) On hand: Robert De Niro, Sean Penn, Robin Wright, Gary Sinise, Holly Hunter, Bianca Jag-ger, Alana Stewart, Charlton Heston. Duvall was gifted with a Billy Martin suede jacket. He and his lady were wearing matching Van Cleef & Arpels diamond-studded watches. She is Luciana Pedraza, an Argentine beauty Duvall met when he went to Brazil to learn to tango. Today's Birthdays: Former Secretary of State Cyrus R. Vance is 81. Newspaper columnist Anthony Lewis is 71. Actor Michael York is 56. Rock musician Tony Banks (Genesis) is 48. Movie director Quentin Tarantino is 35. Singer Mariah Carey is 28. Actress Emily Ann Lloyd (Something So Right) is 15. palsy, however, since its other signs would be evident by now. A tight Achilles' tendon would make a child walk on his toes. A doctor can check out that possibility without expensive tests. Inequality in leg lengths encourages toe walking. . . .. vi j Finally, toe walking is just a habit some children develop. That's likely the case with your grandson. A brief examination by a doctor usually can get to the bottom of toe walking. Dear Dr. Donohue: For the last six months, huge, painful blisters have shown up on my hands. I also have developed facial hair. My doctor suspects a hereditary condition called "porphyria cutanea tarda." My family never heard of it. Neither have I. Please explain. L.N. Answer: Porphyrias are a group of diseases with a common thread running through them a hitch in the synthesis of hemoglobin. Hemoglobin is the magnetlike substance in red blood cells that draws oxygen to the cells as they pass through the lungs. The red cell is then equipped to deliver life-sustaining oxygen to all body cells, tissues and organs. The manufacturing of hemoglobin takes seven distinct steps. A hang-up in any step leads to piling up of hemoglobin precursors. The resulting symptoms depend on which step in the hemoglobin synthesis has gone haywire. Porphyria cutanea tarda sensitizes the skin to sunlight. Large, painful blisters break out on sun-exposed skin on the backs of the hands, face, forearms and legs. Facial hair growth is another of its signs. Alcohol, iron and estrogen make matters worse. Avoid them at all costs. Periodic blood removal can control porphyria cutanea tarda. Don't let the lack of a family history fool you. Although the rare disease often is inherited, it can pop up without any family link. Write to Dr, Donohue in care of The Palm Beach Post, P.O. Box 24700, West Palm Beach, Fla. 33416-4700. wmmmmmmmammm nursing homes. 1 have been there and heard the residents crying out for their family members by name all night I would go up and down the halls and stop to pat them on the hand or brush their hair. Please tell families to stay with the loved ones when their days are numbered or hire, ask or even beg someone to be by their side. Believe me, they are scared to death, and no medicine I have seen completely eradicates the pain. My darling aunt, whom I loved dearly, died last Thanksgiving Day of cancer so beautiful, but so afraid of being alone. There was no way I could leave. She would say, "Please don't leave ... Im afraid," and so I stayed. Abby, I hope your readers will take what I've said to heart After all, any one of them could be next Grieving In Orange, Texas Dear Grieving: Please accept my sincere sympathy for the loss of your beloved aunt I'm hopeful your eloquent letter will move others to volunteer in nursing homes. Dear Abby: Is the following happening all over the country, or is it just happening in the Southern states? I mean, females going all out to get a man. My husband and I are retirees who have moved to Florida for our socallcd "golden years," and this is the second time that this has happened. The most recent incident concerns a somewhat younger woman (a clerk in a food specialty shop) who used sexy conversation and spoken intimacies to attract my husband. I am afraid that if this business continues, I will use physical violence on this person. I don't know what to do otherwise. Please help me. R.L. in Winter Haven, Ra. Dear R.L.: Calm down mere is no guarantee your husband is buying what she's "selling." A word to the owner of the shop should be sufficient to stop die problem. Or you can take your business elsewhere. Violence is not a viable option. Dear Abby appears daily. Write to her in care of The Palm Beach Post, P.O. Box 24700, West Palm Beach, Fla. 33416-4700. compulsive disorder recommend cognitivebenay- THE LOCKHORNS bunny hoest and john reiner ioral therapy tor most cases 01 uw, uvu& im medication when warranted. tViii: rliuwrler write to the Ob- wmhoeatataol.com sessive-Compulsive Foundation, P.O. Box 70, Mil-n naAanJUWn THln- napes. prodigy.comalwillenocf.html). The foundation will update you and offer suggestions, and you will feel less alone. Good luck. Ann Landers appears daily. Write to her in care of The Palm Beach Post, P.O. Box 24700, West Palm Beach, Fla. 334164700. -WHEN IT COMES TO DUST, I'M THE HUNTER AND LEROY IS THE 6ATHERER by JOYCE JILLSON ment you'll gain more than 1 1 ' jiJ family member will be worth every hassle and expense. Leo (July 23-Aug. 22). A business presently in the planning stages will bring a future windfall. Sort out your priorities, as they have dramatically changed. Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). Face a crisis with a relative head on, and the two of you will grow closer. Work you have done for free brings you a huge career advantage. Libra (Sept. 23-0ct. 23). Your ambition finds the perfect outlet Acquaintances tell you of a job opening. Fast action turns a dismal meeting into a triumph. Scorpio (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). Travel increases your business prestige. Let family members know how you are feeling. Hiding your emotions makes them even stronger. Keep a commit- If today Is your birthday: Others consider you a precious gift in their lives. This is a year when you'll start to see how spectacular you really are. Aries (March 21-April 19). Heed the advice offered by a relative. Someone is watching your every move. You have immense influence over others. Taurus (April 20-May 20). Keep your cool; the control is still yours. Playing office politics is risky, but there are giant opportunities to be had. Gemini (May 21-June 21). The possibilities in a financial deal are endless. Your marriage is a delicately balanced relationship; avoid abrupt changes. Cancer (June 22-July 22). Investments are lucky. Proceed cautiously in business dealings; have an expert give you his or her opinion. Traveling to see a anyone else. Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). Rise above criticism, and opponents will be dashed. Your understanding of how society works makes you invaluable in business. Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). Stop hovering over a new love, or you'll dampen his or her enthusiasm. You are able to cut through red tape today. Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). Avoid trying to second-guess a lover instead, come right out and ask. Trivial problems could explode into something no one wants. Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20). Keep your high standards. Luck comes through telephone calls. You've become an emotional scapegoat change this pattern immediately. I (SlP.fcnTPj by FRANK STEWART Sheinwold's bridge South dealer Neither side vulnerable NORTH 986 7AKJ4 OK J K632 APR FINANCING available with arjorovttH EAST 10 7 4 3 2 0432 975 West KJ5 S? 10965 0765 Q108 Being today's declarer is like playing that tabletop game where you maneuver a steel ball through a wooden maze: Disaster waits at every turn. South led a heart to dummy's jack at Trick Two; East took the queen and led a spade, threatening South with extinction if the finesse lost. Not ready to go down yet. South took the ace and cashed the A-K of hearts. When East discarded, South finessed w ith the jack of clubs and met disaster. Down four. To thread his way through the maze. South should win the first diamond in dummy and finesse with the jack of clubs. If this finesse loses. West can't lead a spade to put South to an early guess. West takes the queen of clubs and leads another diamond and South then tries the A-K of clubs. When clubs break 3-3, he has 11 tricks and can combine his chances for one more: He next takes the A-K of hearts. When the queen falls. South is home. If instead the defenders played low, South would try the spade finesse. DAILY QUESTION You hold:986VAKJ4K J K 6 3 2. Dealer, at your right, opens one club. What do you say? ANSWER: I know experts who would unhesitatingly overcall one heart despite the fourard suit or bid INT despite sketchy high-card values. The soundest call, especially at party or rubber bridge, is a pass. 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