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High lead levels in toys given out

The state Department of Health has issued a warning about bendable animal toys offered as prizes for libraries’ summer reading programs.

More than 3,000 of the toys were distributed to 22 libraries across the state, including libraries in Arlington, Bothell and Sultan.

The rubbery toy dogs and cats may contain up to 0.24 percent lead, four times the maximum level considered safe. cheap nfl jerseys Exposure to lead can be poisonous, especially to infants and small children, and can lead to long term learning disabilities and behavioral disorders.

Most librarians already have notified nearly all families of children who received the toys. Parents who haven’t discarded the toys are urged to return them to a library rather than put them in the trash. Toys returned to libraries will be sent to the manufacturer for proper disposal.

Highsmith Publications, the distributor of the toys, has issued a voluntary recall.

As of Sept. 1, the hospital will become a tobacco free environment. The move applies to staff members, patients and visitors, and will eliminate smoking areas on the hospital campus, including in parking lots.

To encourage tobacco users to quit, the hospital is providing nicotine cessation programs for patients and staff members.

In addition, the hospital has created a cancer screening registry, which will allow it to contact participants with reminders of when screening tests are due. Registration is free but requires each participant to fill out a questionnaire with some medical and other personal information.

A nationally recognized expert in building character through sports will give two free talks Tuesday in Monroe. in the Performing Arts Center at Monroe High School, 17001 Tester Road. Sessions are open to the entire community.

Brown has spoken nationally to athletes, parents, coaches and business groups.

Community Transit has earned the Golden Coach Award from the Washington State Transit Insurance Pool for reducing its loss frequency the past two years.

Loss frequency is a measurement of dollars paid on insurance claims per million miles traveled. From 2003 through 2005, Community Transit reduced losses while increasing its mileage.

That resulted in a $150,000 reduction in the amount the agency will pay into the insurance pool next year.

The liability only pool includes all of the state’s transit agencies except King County Metro. Community Transit, which had 9.1 million passenger trips last year, is the largest agency in the pool.

Volpentest, 47, sang the Five for Fighting song “Superman,” revealing a Superman costume, to win $250 in the Edmonds competition Aug. 12 at A Taste of Edmonds.

The competition featured Volpentest and eight other contestants who were judged on “natural ability, quality of performance, showmanship and audience appeal,” according to organizers.

Winners of the “Battle of the Idols” in Puyallup will receive $1,000 for first place and $500 for second. Last year, 11 cities were represented in the competition at the fair.

Patricia Baillargeon, who was an assistant to Eleanor Roosevelt for more than seven years, will be the featured speaker next month at a meeting of the Everett branch of the American Association of University Women. Sept. 9 at the Everett Senior Activity Center, 3025 Lombard Ave.

Baillargeon, who lives in Seattle, will discuss Roosevelt’s interests and accomplishments in education, domestic and global issues, and the former first lady’s work in drafting the United Nations’ Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

Baillargeon was Roosevelt’s assistant at the American Association for the United Nations, which evolved into the United Nations Association of the United States of America.

The evening will include tastings from more than 60 wineries in Washington, Oregon and Idaho, and from 15 area restaurants, as well as music, a silent auction and a student artwork display.

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