Florida is far from the safest state for a kid
By TIMES STAFF
Published November 14, 2006
Child magazine used 55 criteria - such as crime rates; childhood-injury rates; booster-seat, bike-helmet and window-guard laws; and protection from sex offenders - to rank the safest states in which to be a child. Florida ranked 28th, being among the worst for such criteria as violent crimes and booster-seat laws. The five safest states? Rhode Island, Connecticut, New Jersey, New York and Massachusetts.
The fight against breast cancer
A new documentary, Breast Cancer: Early Detection, will be broadcast at 12:30 today on WUSF-TV. The show features new technology such as digital mammography. Meanwhile, Holland America Line and more than 10,000 passengers have raised more than $120,000 for the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation since March, in the company's On Deck for the Cure program. Passengers take a 5K (3.1-mile) walk during 500 sailings this year, paying $15 to participate.
By the numbers
61 Percentage of single people in a recent survey who said they would not go on a first date with someone if they learned that person smoked.
65 Percentage who said it bothers them to date a smoker because they consider it unattractive and unhealthy.
30 Percentage who said the smell of smoke on their date's clothing kills any feelings of romance.
13 Percentage who said they have given their "significant other" the ultimatum to either quit smoking or stop dating them.
Medicare drug plan enrollment
Enrollment in a Medicare Part D prescription drug plan runs Wednesday through Dec. 15. For those who enrolled during the earlier period, you can evaluate your current plan and switch to a different one. Call Medicare at toll-free 1-800-633-4227 (1-800-MEDICARE) for information. If your income is less than $14,700 ($19,800 for a married couple), apply for Medicare's low-income subsidy. Call the Social Security Administration at toll-free, 1-800-772-1213. For general information, call your area agency on aging or a Serving Health Insurance Needs of Elders counselor at toll-free 1-800-963-5337.
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