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July 14, 2013

ED VASICEK: News briefs

News swap interrupts time in easy chair

“Time to my-self at last!” I sighed as I parked in the easy chair. My peaceful moment was shattered by the door chime. Through the peephole I spied Elmer’s gold teeth glistening.

“Bet you forgot, Ed, didn’t you? Emil was supposed to come by today, but he took sick and sent me in his stead.”

“Well, Elmer, to tell you the truth, with church camp and all, I forgot about tonight,” I apologized.

“Not to worry, Ed. I haven’t read these yet, so we can talk about them.” Before I could interject my alternate suggestion, Elmer began reading an article about babies growing up with a flat spot on their heads; the article was from Reuters:

“‘Pediatricians in the early 1990s began telling parents to put their babies to sleep on their backs, in an effort to prevent Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS), also known as crib death.

“‘That campaign was “enormously successful,”... and the new findings do not mean parents should stop following that advice.

“‘But there are steps they can take — such as holding their baby as often as possible and having “tummy time” when the baby is awake and supervised — to limit skull deformations.’”

“Never heard that before,” I admitted, “You’ll have to tell your daughter about this.”

“Yep,” Elmer replied. My granddaughter is only 3 weeks old.”

“I’ll read the next one,” I offered. It, too, was from Reuters.

“‘Lee Harvey Oswald had closer ties to Cuba’s intelligence agency in the months before his fatal shooting of John F. Kennedy than previously known, according to a new book by a former CIA analyst.

“‘Furthermore, the CIA lied about its knowledge of those ties to the Warren Commission that was tasked with investigating the crime, according to Brian Latell, the CIA’s national intelligence officer for Latin America from 1990 to 1994 and author of the book “Castro’s Secrets: Cuban Intelligence, the CIA, & the Assassination of John F. Kennedy,” due out on July 9.

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