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Thursday, April 21, 2005; Page C13

All Is Not Ducky For Unlucky Dog

• Rubber ducks may make bathtime fun, but one duck made mealtime a disaster for a dog in Sweden.

Apollo the boxer ate one of the toys about five years ago. His owner assumed that the toy had dissolved and, well, had come out of Apollo a long time ago. But last week Apollo started throwing up and wouldn't drink.

Potomac's Mihan Lee reads her grand-prize-winning essay. (Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum)

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When Apollo was taken to the vet, the doctor removed the duck from the dog's stomach. It was black and hard as a rock, a Swedish newspaper reported.

All together now: GROSS!

A Winning Address

• Her essay didn't start with "Four score and seven years ago," but Potomac's Mihan Lee did follow the example of Abraham Lincoln's Gettysburg Address in writing about her family's struggles for freedom in Korea.

Tuesday she read her grand-prize-winning essay to President Bush and others at the opening of the Abraham Lincoln Museum in Springfield, Illinois.

Mihan, an 11th-grader at Georgetown Day School, was among 5,400 middle- and high-schoolers who entered the C-Span contest, which KidsPost wrote about earlier this year. She won the trip to the museum opening and $1,500. To read Mihan's essay and those of other winners, go to www.cspan.org/classroom.

School and Pool -- Cool

• Has this week's hot weather made you think about summer and swimming and pool parties? Well, USA Swimming wants to make sure you're safe this summer in the pool. Go to www.usaswimming.org for tips on swimming safety. While you're there, click on the "Pool Party" link to take a pool safety pledge and have a chance for your school to win a party with a member of the 2004 U.S. Olympic Swim Team.

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