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Naturally whiten your teeth with the right diet

WASHINGTON - Teeth whitening is the No. 1 requested cosmetic service, and its popularity continues to soar, according to a 2011 survey by the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry.

Typically, we pay cosmetic dentists $200 to $500 for at-home tooth whitening and $500 to $1,000 for in-office procedures.
Outside the dentist's office, it's every bit as popular. Americans spend billions every year on over-the-counter teeth-whitening products.

But there's an easier, cheaper and natural approach: the right diet.

'Toothbrush foods' to eat

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Car-safety group: Half of child booster seats pose risks

Car-safety group: Half of child booster seats pose risks

Half of children's car booster seats can't ensure a proper fit with all safety belts, an insurance industry-funded safety group says in a report out today.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety said six were so bad that it recommended parents avoid them.

Booster seats, which are recommended for children who have outgrown forward-facing child seats, are designed to raise kids up so adult-size safety belts fit properly.

"Not all boosters are doing that well," says Anne McCartt, the institute's research chief.

Children ages 4-8 in booster seats are 45% less likely to be injured in a crash than those using only seat belts.

Booster seats were rated based on how well they fit the roughly 20 million 4- to 8-year-olds with the lap and shoulder belts in a wide range of vehicles.

IIHS says its ratings are important because it's impossible to tell which booster seats are better just by comparing prices or features.

El Dorado haunted village makes getting scared feel great

El Dorado haunted village makes getting scared feel great

The public is invited to “saunter in” to a 2600-square foot Old West Ghost Town created in the “New Orleans” building of Town Center, near Target and the Regal Movie Theater, just off Highway 50 in El Dorado Hills. 

A team of more than 25 volunteers have spent 3 months designing, building and decorating the amazing venue, which includes extravagant moving props such as a Crumbling Mine Shaft with shaking floors and walls and a huge 4-foot spider that spins a web around a skull.

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Life in High School by Journi Romstad, Winner of Life in High School Writing Contest

Life in High School by Journi Romstad, Winner of Life in High School Writing Contest

High School, nothing like the movies. Nobody gets up on the tables and sings, there's no group of "big bad girls," and in the end, the unpopular girl doesn't always get the guy. They teach us a lot in high school, most of it we don't listen to. But it's where you make all your memories. I believe high school is where you set the path for you future. What you learn shapes who you are, and who your going to be. 

 

Memories. Most of the memories you make in high school stick with you for life. So why not make them good ones? 

 

Challenges. You will face many challenges during these four years. Some could be drugs, relationships, grades, peer pressure, or bullying.

WEEK 6 - Sheldon 28, Oak Ridge 23

EL DORADO HILLS - The Sheldon Huskies beat the Oak Ridge Trojans Friday night 28-23.  

Next Friday, Oak Ridge will host Folsom. Ponderosa will host Oak Ridge.