Jockstrip: The world as we know it

By ELLEN BECK, United Press International  |  Oct. 16, 2002 at 4:00 AM
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THINGS WE DON'T UNDERSTAND

Duct tape gets rid of common warts, a new study published by the American Medical Association says.

Researchers compared duct tape to cryotherapy -- freezing off the warts using liquid nitrogen -- to see which worked better.

Of the 51 patients who participated in the study, 85 percent who patched duct tape across their warts found their warts were completely gone within two months. That compares to 60 percent whose warts went away after applications of liquid nitrogen over several months.

The researchers say if the warts are going to respond to either treatment, they begin doing so within the first month.


NEWS OF OTHER LIFE FORMS

A Long Beach, Calif., bowling alley parking lot took a trip back in time when a geologist looking for earthquake faults instead dug up fossilized remains of what may be a camel and a horse from the last great Ice Age, some 40,000 to 10,000 years ago at the end of the Pleistocene Epoch.

The Long Beach Press Telegram reports Robert Lemmer dug about 12 feet down to discover two ribs and a part of the leg of what may have been a camel, and a tooth that may have come from a horse.

Lemmer says it's the first time vertebrae of a large land mammal have been unearthed in Long Beach.

He says camels of the Epoch era were different compared to today's version but the terrain of Southern California, where they apparently found homes, was not that different than today. The climate may have been cooler and more moist, but most of the plants found naturally in the area could have been found 10,000 years ago.


TODAY'S SIGN THE WORLD IS ENDING

The battle is on between the Vatican and Russian Orthodox church officials over just what happened at a Moscow apartment owned by the Roman Catholic Church.

The Vatican says allegations of sexual misconduct by Franciscan friars in Moscow are untrue and called accusations the Catholic Church set up a brothel at the apartment "despicable."

Vatican spokesman Joaquin Navarro-Valls said in a statement it was anti-Catholic elements who had set up a brothel to tarnish the reputation of the Franciscans.

Moscow news media have reported the incident is raising tensions between the Vatican and the Russian Orthodox Church, which believes the Catholics are trespassing on its territory.

Navarro-Valls said the monks rented their apartment to a person who was going to use it for charity but set up a brothel instead.


AND FINALLY, TODAY'S UPLIFTING STORY

She's called "Big Mama" by those in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., who love her for all she has done to help more than 500 neighborhood children stay on the right path -- away from crime and drugs -- through her Team of Life program.

The Fort Lauderdale Sun Sentinel reports, however, while Essie Reed prayed about the help she needed after her house was condemned by the city, she never would ask for it.

Last Friday, as tears streamed down her cheeks, the paper reports, Reed was told she was getting the help she had prayed for -- a new home.

Honored for her work by Florida Attorney General Bob Butterworth in 2001, Reed has spent some 14 years helping children. Now the city is going to pay for temporary -- and possibly permanent -- rental housing for Reed because her house was deemed unsafe and needed structural repairs.

Meanwhile, a group of business people is creating an assistance plan that includes building resources for Reed's child-saving efforts, the paper reports.

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