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Fifty Fear the Turtle statues will appear around Washington in 2006.
Fifty Fear the Turtle statues will appear around Washington in 2006. (Courtesy Of University Of Maryland)
Wednesday, December 28, 2005

Never Fear, Art Fans: The Turtles Are Here!

No need to fear these turtles. Fifty terrapin statues will soon appear on the streets of Washington and its suburbs in honor of the 150th anniversary of the founding of the University of Maryland.

The 100-pound turtles -- like the panda, elephant and donkey statues displayed on city streets in recent summers -- will be decorated by local artists and auctioned next fall. The money will go to student scholarships.

A Super Cause

Just by playing a computer game, you could win two tickets to the Super Bowl in February.

The World Food Program, an arm of the United Nations, wants U.S. kids to learn more about world hunger by playing a video game called Food Force. The game takes place on a make-believe island in the Indian Ocean. Players have six missions, including locating people in need, planning nutritious meals for them and figuring out how to deliver the food to remote villages.

Players who score a certain number of points playing Food Force can enter a drawing for airfare, hotel accommodations and two tickets to Super Bowl XL (40) in Detroit, Michigan. Second-place winners will receive footballs signed by pro players.

The contest is open to U.S. residents ages 8 to 18, but parents are encouraged to watch -- and maybe learn, too. The deadline is Jan. 22. For more information: http://www.food-force.com .

Worldwide, more than 850 million people -- nearly three times the population of the United States -- are hungry much of the time, according to the United Nations. Some 25,000 people die each day of hunger.

Rowling: Ready to Write

J.K. Rowling is warming up her pen. The famous British author will begin writing the seventh and final Harry Potter book in January.

"I contemplate the task with mingled feelings of excitement and dread," she wrote on her Web site, "because I can't wait to get started, to tell the final part of the story and, at last, to answer all the questions (Will I ever answer all of the questions? Let's aim for most of the questions); and yet it will all be over at last and I can't quite imagine life without Harry."

Neither can we.


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