1/4/2005:

Intermediate Word:  pretorian -  (a) pertaining to the era before the appearance of the Tory Party  (b) early-adopting  (c) corrupt bureaucratic  (d) prior to the most recent geological age
Difficult Word: - pahlavi  (a) alternate name for Iran's Shiite majority  (b) Iranian gold coin  (c) a type of takin  (d) a richly-embroidered silken shawl
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Worrisome Asteroid Underscores Planetary Defense Mission - Space.com  A cautionary yellow-flag has been raised on a Near-Earth Asteroid (NEA) that is calculated to pass near the Earth in April 2029. The flyby distance is uncertain and an Earth impact cannot yet be ruled out. The objectís brightness suggests that it measures over 1,300 feet (400-meters) in diameter. If indeed the asteroid -- tagged as 2004 MN4 -- does have Earthís name on it, this errant space rock, given its apparent size, is capable of causing regional devastation.     
Asteroid With Chance of Hitting Earth in 2029 Now Being Watched 'Very Carefully' - Space.com  Update, Dec. 25, 9:47 p.m. ET: The risk of an impact by asteroid 2004 MN4 went up slightly on Saturday, Dec. 25. It is now pegged at having a 1-in -45 chance of striking the planet on April 13, 2029. That's up from 1-in-63 late on Dec. 24, and 1-in-300 early on Dec. 24. Astronomers still stress that it is very likely the risk will be reduced to zero with further observations.     

Duchess of York

Obesity 'could delete generation'  - BBC  Left:  The duchess of York is one of five guest editors of Today. Britain faces 'losing a generation' of children to obesity-related disease, the Duchess of York has warned. She said her own problems with food helped her understand the difficulties faced by "compulsive eaters". The 45-year-old divorcee is spokeswoman for WeightWatchers in the US. "The government is going to have major healthcare problems if they don't realise they could even have a lost generation because of the different diseases stemming from overweight leading to obesity." The 45-year-old divorcee is spokeswoman for WeightWatchers in the US.




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