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Free Comic Book Day



Published: Fri, April 15, 2005 @ 12:00 a.m.



Free Comic Book Day

Area comic book shops will join with thousands of shops around the world to celebrate the American artform of comic books. The fourth annual Free Comic Book Day, May 7, falls near the start of summer's release of the "Fantastic Four" and "Batman" movies. Free comic books of all types will be given away.

"There are comics for children, for families to enjoy together, for adults and especially for people who think they would never read a comic book," said Paul Worley, owner of Bennie's Comic Book and Card Shop in Sharon, Pa.

The event will start at 11 a.m. at Bennies, 462 Sharpsville Ave., as well as All American Comics at 161 W. Market St. in Warren and 1295 Boardman-Canfield Road, Boardman.

For more information, or a full listing of participating shops, visit www.FreeComicBookDay.com on the Web.

Quote/unquote

"It's flattering that people think of me as someone who could date anyone. I heard that I was with Angelina Jolie. I was like, 'Great!' " -- Actor Wilmer Valderrama ("That '70s Show"), in People.

"When I was 15, I went on my very first date. I broke a glass and dropped a plate. Then I was so nervous that I spilled a hot-fudge sundae onto my date's lap. I couldn't believe it. It was one thing after another!" -- Actress Maggie Grace ("Lost"), on her most embarrassing moment, in Teen People.

"I love chips and dip! I could eat an entire bag of barbecue chips and sour cream dip -- not the fat-free, skim-milk version, the one with ranch dressing. It's heaven!" -- Singer Faith Hill, in Self magazine.

Studio 2B's hot

At first glance, Studio 2B (http://www.studio2b.org) looks like a lot of other Web sites for teenage girls. But if you look closer, you'll find that it offers content of more substance than its flashier counterparts.

This distinction comes from the site's sponsors. Studio 2B was created by the Girl Scouts and is maintained by the organization's By Girls For Girls Committee. Although written with scouts in mind, there is plenty of empowering material that applies to all teen girls.

The site's "Making Cents of Her Life" game is one example. The fun, interactive Flash-based activity puts you in the shoes of a teen or young adult. Your goal is to manage her money correctly, so you can meet her financial goals. Along the way you have to make some tough decisions, including creating a budget. In addition, the game shows you the fiscal consequences of your actions while explaining concepts like interest rates and taxable income.

Studio 2B's "Life" section has information on how deal with the challenges we face in our daily lives. From fitting in time for exercise on a busy schedule to coping with the loss of a close friend, these helpful articles run the full emotional gamut.Studio 2B is as enlightening as it is engaging.

Drew spills for readers

SEVENTEEN MAGAZINE

She's smart, sexy and all grown-up. Drew Barrymore talks about life, love and family in the May issue of Seventeen.

Family matters: "We've never been a family and we don't need to be ... but if we can be friends to some degree, I think that's more peaceful."

Fabrizio Moretti: "We're in love, and that's all anybody needs to know. They can speculate, and they can say anything they want. I know the truth, and he knows the truth. And if he knows I love him, then that's all I care about."

Future hopes: "I don't want to sit around and hope good things happen, I want to make them happen ... In fact, I don't trust things that come too easily. I want to be in control of my own destiny."

Role model: "I wanted to do Seventeen because I really relate to young women. ... I feel that even though I'm 30, my goals aren't that different than theirs -- to learn as much as you can while you figure out who you are and what you want to do in this world."

Negative press: "I'm human. And ... it does kind of hurt you, and it makes you feel weird in your day, but you know what? Stuff like that isn't true. It'll be fish wrap tomorrow."




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