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Computer years are even more unforgiving than dog years.That Pentium-based computer system sure was spiffy when you bought it two years ago. Now it's getting mail from the American Association of Retired 'Puters.If the computer is mainly used for e-mail, Web surfing and word processing, its age hardly matters. But those interested in modern computer games will find more an…

"Sometimes a baby's got to do what a baby's got to do," sniffles Chuckie Finster, bracing himself for his big moment at the dramatic peak of "Rugrats -- A Live Adventure."And sometimes a show's got to do what a show's got to do -- especially when it's one of the most-watched children's television program in America. "Rugrats" is busting out all over, with a full-length Hol…

Thursday night will be Beer-and-Browse Night across New York State in the homes of would-be lawyers who took the bar exam in July.At one minute after midnight Friday, testing authorities will post the names of everyone who passed on their site, helpfully named www.nybarexam.org, and other sites (such as www.nylj.com/links/barresults.html).But the real action starts taking …

It wasn't the two bottles of Aunt Jemima Lite that Mark poured out into a syrupy lake on Norine Eaton's kitchen floor. It wasn't the boxes of breakfast cereal he spread wall to wall in the living room. It wasn't even Mark's utter defiance, which left the veteran of two toddlerhoods wondering why her parenting skills had deserted her with her third.Norine Eaton loved Mark …

Days get shorter, nights get colder, and a cook's mind turns to comfort food -- hearty, sensual dishes that soothe as they satisfy.Trot out the same old mashed potatoes with your turkey if you can't think of anything better. Or pack your spuds with some panache by transforming them into gnocchi, the little Italian dumplings with an ugly name but a beautiful flavor.Most non…

The tiny building on the hillside outside Dunkirk has all the hallmarks of a real hunting cabin.Razor-tipped arrows perch on mounted deer antlers. A fan of turkey tail feathers decorates the top of the TV set. An outdated hunting license hangs on the wall. A deer hide sprawls alongside, its accents of tan and white complementing the matching hunting-motif curtains.Matching…

If anyone spent endless hours trolling the Internet for Web sites that were savagely funny or just bizarre, darkly humorous or plainly pathetic, they would be, in cyberspeak, "e-diots."Because they're wasting their time.All they would have to do is punch up www.cruel.com for an overflowing platter of head-shaking nonsense and twisted hilarity. Presenting one eyebrow-raiser…

In the classrooms and clinics of Chautauqua County, people still say the name like it belonged to a force-five hurricane.Nushawn Williams became a watchword a year ago today, after authorities said he gave 13 young women the virus that causes AIDS.The public alarm, the first in the nation, gave the world cause to peer into Chautauqua's quiet lives and ask painful questions…

The waves of panic and death visions have mostly relented, leaving the young women and girls allegedly infected by Nushawn Williams to deal with how to continue their lives.Four have babies now -- none, apparently, by Williams, Chautauqua County sources said. One of the babies has the virus, too.Two of them have moved out of state, but most still live in the Jamestown area…

Think nabbing good tickets to top acts takes waiting in line at dawn or paying outrageous scalper prices?Wondering when the common concertgoer might get a shot at the front row?Coming soon, to a computer near you: your very own ticket window.Ticketmaster, the world's dominant ticket broker, announced earlier this month that it was expanding its Web site's ability to sell t…

Go ahead and put on a CD of rain-forest bird songs if you want. Crank up that aromatherapy crock pot until you have lavender oozing from your pores. Nothing soothes an overload of Electronic Age angst like some simple, quiet origami.The ancient Japanese art of paper-folding is everything the Internet is not. You want low-tech? Try a sheet of paper, your hands and a plan. T…

The first daughter was everything her parents had dreamed of: polite, studious, obedient, even an accomplished pianist.The second girl, adopted at 2 months, openly defied her parents at 11, later taking up with a bad crowd, smoking, running away from home.Like so many before them, Charles Harris and his wife, Judith, had settled in suburban New Jersey to raise their childr…

Six hours a week. That's all Dorothy Gravanti wants.Six hours out of 168 when she can leave the North Buffalo house where her husband, Joseph, needs to take his dose of Parkinson's medication every hour. Six hours when there are another pair of arms and a strong back to help him up if he falls.But the couple's insurance doesn't pay for that. Doctors, yes. Tests, OK. Medici…

Home from work, hungrier than a werewolf at full moon, and the refrigerator door swings open to reveal: a lot of empty space, a package of chicken, a half jar of green olives and a beer.Crack the beer, and head for the computer to answer the riddle that tries men's souls: What's for dinner?Punch up http://food.epicurious.com, and find a searchable index of recipes from Bon…

The first time Lisa Hedges sat at ringside and saw two women circling each other, eyes locked, fists cocked, she felt a rush of excitement in her gut that could not be denied.Those women were on the edge -- a place where all that mattered was smarts and muscles. Nowhere to hide, and no excuses.It was a feeling, she said later, of looking down a path that would change your …