Page 85 article text (OCR)
2D THE PALM BEACH POST WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 3, 1997 M SI Liz Smith Casual sex can lead to death Moms defend home-schooling FAU seeing stars at fall graduation Star power. That's what Winston Scott has. That's why Florida Atlantic University wants him. The space walking astronaut, scheduled to touch down Friday on the shuttle Columbia, will receive a doctorate in humane letters next ear Abby: I was appalled at the arrogance of Dear Ann Landers: This is in response to "Suffering in St. Louis," who said she is suffering from fertility problems because she was a sexually promiscuous teenager. My heart goes out to her, but her suggestion that young the teacher who recently wrote, "I have never met a parent who can give hisher children the quality of education I can offer." Does she really believe she can adequately assess my Hepburn, 90, is alive and kicking HERE'S A post-Thanksgiving note to be thankful for. The great film and theater icon Katharine Hepburn has been pronounced near death by the supermarket tabs in recent times. In the past few years, she has suffered the usual bronchial ailments that afflict almost everyone. And as she approached her 90th birthday last May, this ignited a frenzy of speculation that she was on her last legs. I am happy to report once again that this is not so. The great Kate spent her Thanksgiving looking out at the wind-whipped waters of Long Island Sound from her longtime family home in Fenwick, "HUBS" f Wednesday at FAU's fall commencement. "We try to find people who've made a contribution to the nation he's done that," FAU spokesperson Lynn Laurent! said, "plus he's from South Florida." A Coconut Grove native with relatives in Riviera Beach, Scott earned a music degree at Florida State University in 1972. Then he became an aero people use protection u mey become sexually active does not go far enough. A condom cannot protect against herpes or genital warts because the skin in that entire area is not shielded. Although a condom does offer protection against some sexually transmitted diseases, condoms are not always used correctly. And, only latex condoms should be used. Other kinds of condoms child s needs and give ;my child a better education in a class filled with 25 other students than I can give on a one-to-one basis? j The National Home Education Institute has recently released data that indicate home-educated students typically score in the 85th percentile on standardized tests. These results are achieved by students whose parents are often not certified teachers and who have Ann Landers Thorn Smith Dear Abby Abigail Van Buren Conn. She was in great form over turkey and all the trimmings. Two who visited her were Miranda Theater entrepreneur and producer Valentina Fratti and her famous father, Mario Fratti, the author of Nine, Broadway's big musical hit of a few years back. When Hepburn was shown the newest issue of Connecticut magazine, which boasts a story on all the film : "IK : : ;IV?V ,W ' Hepburn spent, on average, $546 per child per year to educate them. The county in which I live recently reported spending $4,791 per student per year and cannot boast equivalent standardized test scores; I have been a home-school mom for five years and have seen remarkable results in the home-school community. A recent example: A young man who achieved a perfect score on his SATs and was eagerly accepted into the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Patricia A. Bernhausen, Richmond, VA. Dear Patricia: In recent months I have published letters from home-schooled children and educators. Your letter is one of a tidal wave of articulate letters from parents rising to defend home-schooling. Read on: Dear Abby: If every teacher could give the "quality education" the one teacher in California claims to give, there might not be a need for parents to teach their children at home. Home-schooling a child is about more than hoping the child receives a good education. It's about safety, instilling the basics of reading, writing and arithmetic, and as a Christian, teaching biblical values. One reason we don't send our children to school is because of the retired teacher in Florida. His values are not our values. He writes, "Parents should examine the teaching materials ... to make sure they are compatible with their own beliefs." Abby, we ARE familiar with the material. We know what our beliefs are, and we intend to pass them on to our children, who are well-behaved, courteous, intelligent and interact well with others. Parents who make the enormous sacrifice to can allow a virus to pass through. The idea of abstinence until marriage, and no fooling around after, used to be called chastity and fidelity. In today's world, chastity and fidelity not only enhance the chances for a solid and lasting marriage, they can mean a healthier and happier life together. D.A. in Margate Dear Margate: Thank you for your words of wisdom based on common sense and scientific data. I hope my teenage readers will take your comments seriously. Now that AIDS is a possibility, sexual promiscuity can be fatal. Dear Ann Landers: I read with interest the letter from "Disgusted in Chicago," who complained about young children in opposite-sex restrooms. I am the mother of three boys, ages 3, 5 and 7. 1 certainly believe my two older boys do not belong in women's restrooms. However, I cannot bring myself to leave any of them outside while I go in to use the facilities. My boys are responsible and mature, and I trust them. It is strangers I have second and third thoughts about. Should someone grab one of my children, I would never be able to forgive myself. While I don't take my boys shopping often, sometimes, it is necessary. If nature calls, I take them into the handicapped stall with me and get out as quickly as possible. I do not like doing this, and I certainly don't want other women to be uncomfortable because of my sons' presence, but I don't know what else to do. Any suggestions? Wondering in St. Louis Dear St. Louis: I have been inundated with letters from mothers who say under no circumstances would they leave a child under 12 years old outside a public toilet while they relieve themselves. "Forget the modesty, and take him in with you," they insisted. "The safety of your child is much more important." famous who have hailed from or moved to the ; Nutmeg State, she seemed amused. There was her ; Philadelphia Story face on the cover. "Who is that?" ; asked Kate. The answer came back, "A fine- looking woman!" Kate laughed and added, "Adorable, too!" Someone inquired what people do with them-; selves between takes while making a movie. Kate thought a moment and answered, "Pray!" The New York Observer wrote some months back that this column had single-handedly "kept" Katharine Hepburn alive in recent years. Non-sense. Hepburn has kept herself alive and she's still kicking. EMMA THOMPSON was a prisoner of ambition recently. Not her own, but that of her chiropractor. ; The Oscar winner, next seen in The Winter Guest, was getting kinks worked out of her back when the ; good doctor sprung a script on the British star. She promised to consider it. You don't argue with a would-be screenwriter while he is straightening ; your spine and cracking your back. ; THE L0CKH0RNS bunny hoest and john reiner nautical engineer and test pilot. "He had the audacity to play the FSU fight song during an earlier trip into space," Laurenti said, "but we'll excuse that since FSU is a lesser school." Other honors: Exiting Chancellor Charles Reed gets the Presidential Distinguished Service Medallion, and ex-sheriff and Boca Raton police chief Charles McCutcheon, Class of '66, receives the alumni hall of fame award. Get set for Red Planet Ball Speaking of space, eight planets are aligned this week ... and right in the middle, Mars. How apropos that on Saturday the Armory Art Center will host the Dancing on the Red Planet Ball. Guests will enter through a rocket ship. Inside are a rumbling volcano and music by the Sheffield Brothers. For tickets ($125), call 832-1776. Music breaks out on island Around Palm Beach: With a 7-foot grand piano in Acquario's lounge, somebody has to play it. Who better than Patti Wicks, Thursday through Saturday, and Norman Kubrin, Monday through Wednesday. Kubrin's still at The Chesterfield hotel on weekends. Newly opened 251 on Sunrise has live music or a DJ every night. Jazz already is a Tuesday staple with Susan Merritt and her weekly guest player. Sax man Dave Hubbard is up next. Owners James Fazio and Allen Heise, fresh from Chicago, also are planning some blues and perhaps even comedy. 251 has a nice sound to it "I don't know how we're doing it; our phone number isn't even published," Heise said of the response at 251. Visiting the bar Saturday night: Brooke Shields, Jenny McCarthy with boyfriendmanager Ray Manzella, and on Friday, Ivana. Elsewhere: comedian Marty Allen at Ta-boo with Leonard and Sunny Sessa; Bryant Gumbel at Amici; Florida Marlin Darren (next year where?) Daulton and wife Nichole shopping at The wmhoestOaoi.com teach their children at home can offer them an education that will far surpass any they could receive in a public school. Home-schooling is not for everyone, but if you're concerned with the education your child is receiving, then it's some thing to consider. Melisa Shreve, Quinlan. Texas l 1 as Dear Abbv annears dailv. Write to her in carp nf The Palm Beach Post. P.O. Box 24700. West Palm 'A ROTARY DIAL WA5 TOO 6L0W FOR LORETTA." Ann Landers' column appears daily. Write to her in care of The Palm Beach Post, P.O. Box 24700, West Palm Beach, Fla. 33416-4700. Beach, Fla. 33416-4700. 1 Horoscope by JOYCE JILLSON We are looking for women to participate in a cutting-edge Scorpio (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). A Bqiq romance is picking up speed. Children have a surprise for you tonight. You have earned the trust of an important person. A rendezvous with a loved CSLH1 one could turn sour. Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21), Family needs will fire your ambitions Expect others to stand behind you and they will. Avoid making split second decisions. Jump at a chance to take a little trip. Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). An employment opportunity is yours for the asking. A strong relationship with breakthrough on a project you thought was past hope. A compromise settles a dispute. Cancer (June 22-July 22). Time spent alone is sweet. Employee or professional group is the source of a forward career move. Help a friend this afternoon. A different approach is eye-opening. Try all the angles in selling an idea. Leo (July 23-Aug. 22). Give employees a chance to air their grievances. Your point of view is in demand. Make time for children. Money you've lent is repaid. If you find you are still hesitant to commit, it's time to get the help of a third party. Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). Get a clear perspective on romantic problems by agreeing to spend private time with your loved one. A new acquaintance turns into a valuable ally. Spend money wisely. Extravagance does not solve your problems. Libra (Sept. 23 Oct. 23). Give in to a small temptation to avoid a larger one. An old relationship has a new twist. Prepare for a journey. A source of tension between you and a lover calls for flexibility. Your advice proves to have been sound. Today's birthdays: Singer Andy Williams is 70. Actress Mary Alice is 56. Rock singer Ozzy Osbourne is 49. Actress Daryl Hannah is 37. Actor Brendan Fraser (George of the Jungle) -is 29. If today is your birthday: Your judgment is superb. Others flock to you for wisdom. Your empathy with kids, lovers and co-workers gives you a boost and puts you in a position of leadership by January. Scrimping and saving through mid-December leads to a huge business windfall. Aries (March 21-April 19). Turn your troubles over to your partner, .then sit back and watch them melt away. Don't let worldly worries stop you for a moment. You're on the way up. More socializing and less looking for love helps. Taurus (April 20-May 20). Go ahead and do a little more flirting than usual. It's a lovely time for enjoying friendship or for relieving stress with group therapy. Get plenty of fresh air through walking and running. Gemini (May 21-June 21). A lover is coming on strong. You need only say yes or no. An old flame flares up again. You reach an unexpected a Virgo is important. Legal details To be eligible to participate you must be: between the ages of 18 and 40 in general good health at risk for pregnancy concerning property ownership are pertinent. Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) Community involvement is empha sized. Take a leadership role and your Ben's Prime Rib dinner is iust Your participation in this research study will last up to one year and will involve the use of an investigational new drug. All study medication, study-related visits and testing, including physical and gynecological exams, will be provided at no charge for those participants who qualify. Participants will receive up to $300.00. $13.95. Our manly 16oz. Sirloin is only $13.50. And the 1 1oz. Sirloin is $11.50. Ben's dinners include soup or salad, potato project is more viable in the end. Be bold with friends who have a tendency to take advantage of you. Pisces (Feb. 19 March 20). A new lover is getting more serious. Make plans for the future. A bank error is in your favor. Get behind the ideas of a family member, even if you are skeptical. People truly need your support now. or vegetable. Great Steaks & Seafood since I975. jsjjlClinical Studies lis ."I" BOYNTON BEACH ' 901 North Congress Avenue " SuiteD107 Boynton Beach, Florida 33426 For more information, please call: (561)731-0158 Ronald Ackerman, MD Sheinwold's bridge by FRANK STEWART 3400 S. Congress, Palm Springs 967-3400 possible entrv to the clubs. (West can never get in with the king of South dealer Neither side vulnerable The Holiday NORTH J107 PA62 OAJ976 76 EAST 49832 "783 OK1042 832 WEST A4 "PQ1097 083 Q J 1095 South can surely get three tricks in spades and may get four in either red suit. His problem is to take nine tricks in all before the defenders win five. South won the first club and played like a man at sixes and sevens by leading the queen of diamonds. East took the king and returned a club, and South found himself behind the eight ball. He played low, won the next club and cashed the A-J of diamonds. When West discarded, South led a spade; but West won and put the contract 6 feet under with two more clubs. KEY ENTRY South can kill two birds with one stone (getting his tricks while shutting out West's clubs), but mustn't touch the diamonds with a 10-foot pole. South should lead a spade at the second trick, forcing out West's diamonds.) When West leads another club, South ducks, wins the next club and then finesses in diamonds. East wins but has no more clubs, and South ends up on cloud nine. DAILY QUESTION YOU HOLD: KQ6 54KJ5 4 CQ 5 A K 4. Dealer, at your right, opens one diamond. You double, and your partner bids INT. The opponents pass. What do you say? ANSWER: Your partner promises six to nine points, balanced distribution and at least one trick in diamonds. Raise to 3NT. You may have only 24 points, but partner will have the advantage of knowing the opening bidder has most of the missing honors. SOUTH KQ65 9KJ54 0Q5 AK4 North 3 NT Eait All Pass South 1 NT Wet Pass Opening lead Q BABY BLUES RICK KIRKMAN AND JERRY SCOTT Pi 1 he?, momkw aiJo DAooyVf I I ...aFcotoe.nw Tl V0UrWTHl$U$eDTo6 AfWCWC) wneu I WAS A Jf WOUvy TWf fYfc IN AND ill l: mac Ac fo r lAKd I I LiTTl &AfcV. F I Im Exercise For Your Mind ifejeadT Mf Jfi jjpfej fjSj d Get thought-provoking news and commentary home delivered by tailing 820-4663 or 800-6S4-1 2 3 1 .