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Jan Alderton - Opinion

May 23, 2009

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The lists looked a lot different 50 years earlier, in 1958. For girls it was Mary, Susan, Linda, Karen, Patricia, Debra, Deborah, Cynthia, Barbara and Donna. For boys, Michael, David, James, Robert, John, William, Mark, Richard Thomas and Steven....

The Baltimore Business Journal reports that the cost of long-term care in Maryland is rising at a rate outpacing inflation.

Citing information from Genworth Financial Inc., the newspaper said that in Baltimore, the cost for a private nursing home room has risen 5 percent annually during the past five years. That is more than twice that of the median annual inflation rate of 2.3 percent during that same period.

Nursing home costs have risen 2 percent per year in Cumberland. Elsewhere in Maryland, costs have risen 7 percent a year during the last five years....

More schools are moving toward a four-day week to save money, mainly on transportation costs. So far, six states have introduced bills to permit shortened school weeks, according to the Los Angeles Times....

West Virginia basketball legend Jerry West revealed for the first time this past week that he has a heart condition that dates back to his playing days.

He said he suffers from a heart rhythm condition called atrial fibrillation. It is the most common form of cardiac arrhythmia, or abnormal heart rhythm.

West, who starred at West Virginia University and then in professional basketball, said the condition forced him to retire from his front office job with the Lakers nine years ago....

Seen on the Internet — Funny newspaper headlines:

• Juvenile court to try shooting defendant

• New study of obesity looks for larger test group

• Man minus ear waives hearing

• Bank drive-in window blocked by board

• N.J. judge to rule on nude beach

• Panda mating fails; veterinarian takes over

• Stolen painting found by tree

Contact Jan Alderton at jpalderton@times-news.com.

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