From the daily archives: Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Painting your face can be a big part of the fun on Halloween and lots of other special occasions. Most of the time people do this without a problem, but not always. Here are some pointers to help keep your fun from leaving you with a rash, swollen eyelids, or other grief.

Painting Your Face:
Special Effects Without Aftereffects

Decorating your face with face paint or other makeup lets you see better than you can if you’re wearing a mask. A mask can make it hard to see where you’re going and watch out for cars. But make sure your painted-on designs don’t cause problems of their own.

  • Follow all directions carefully.
  • Don’t decorate your face with things that aren’t intended for your skin.
  • If your face paint has a very bad smell, this could be a sign that it is contaminated. Throw it away and use another one.
  • Like soap, some things are OK on your skin, but not in your eyes. Some face paint or other makeup may say on the label that it is not for use near the eyes. Believe this, even if the label has a picture of people wearing it near their eyes. Be careful to keep makeup from getting into your eyes.
  • Even products intended for use near your eyes can sometimes irritate your skin if you use too much.
  • If you’re decorating your skin with something you’ve never used before, you might try a dab of it on your arm for a couple of days to check for an allergic reaction BEFORE you put it on your face. This is an especially smart thing to do if you tend to have allergies.

Color Additives: The “FDA OK”
(Or, A Little Detective Work Won’t Hurt)

A big part of Halloween makeup is color. But this is your skin we’re talking about. Think about what you’re putting on it. You might not want to put the same coloring on your skin that a car company uses in its paint.

Luckily, you don’t have to. The law says that color additives have to be approved by FDA for use in cosmetics, including color additives in face paints and other cosmetics that may be used around Halloween time. It also includes theatrical makeup.

Plus, FDA has to decide how they may be used, based on safety information. A color that’s OK on your tough fingernails or your hair may not be OK on your skin. Colors that are OK for most of your skin may not be OK near your eyes.

How do you know which ones are OK to use, and where? Do some detective work and check two places:

1. The list of ingredients on the label. Look for the names of the colors. THEN…

2. Check the Summary of Color Additives on FDA’s Web site. There’s a section especially on colors for cosmetics. If there’s a color in your makeup that isn’t on this list, the company that made it is not obeying the law. Don’t use it. Even if it’s on the list, check to see if it has FDA’s OK for use near the eyes. If it doesn’t, keep it away from your eyes.

For That Ghoulish Glow

There are two kinds of “glow” effects you might get from Halloween-type makeup. Ready for some ten-dollar words? There are “fluorescent” (say “floor-ESS-ent”) and “luminescent” (say “loo-min-ESS-ent”) colors. Here’s the difference:

Fluorescent colors: These are the make-you-blink colors sometimes called “neon” or “day-glow.” There are eight fluorescent colors approved for cosmetics, and like other colors, there are limits on how they may be used. None of them are allowed for use near the eyes. (Check the Summary of Color Additives again.) These are their names: D&C Orange No. 5, No. 10, and No. 11; D&C Red No. 21, No. 22, No. 27 and No. 28; and D&C Yellow No. 7.

Luminescent colors: These colors glow in the dark. In August 2000, FDA approved luminescent zinc sulfide for limited cosmetic use. It’s the only luminescent color approved for cosmetic use, and it’s not for every day and not for near your eyes. You can recognize it by its whitish-yellowish-greenish glow.

When the Party’s Over…

Don’t go to bed with your makeup on. Wearing it too long might irritate your skin, and bits of makeup can flake off or smear and get into your eyes, not to mention mess up your pillow and annoy your parents.

How you take the stuff off is as important as how you put it on. Remove it the way the label says. If it says to remove it with cold cream, use cold cream. If it says to remove it with soap and water, use soap and water. If it says to remove it with eye makeup remover, use eye makeup remover. You get the picture. The same goes for removing glue, like the stuff that holds on fake beards.

And remember, the skin around your eyes is delicate. Remove makeup gently.

But Just in Case…

What if you followed all these steps and still had a bad reaction? In March 2005 and May 2009, some face paint products were recalled from the market because they caused problems such as a skin rash, irritation, itching or minor swelling where the paints were applied. If you have a reaction that seems to be caused by face paints, your parents may want to call a doctor, and they can call FDA, too. We like to keep track of reactions to cosmetics so we know if there are problem products on the market. To report a bad reaction to face paint, novelty makeup, or any other cosmetic product, see Your Guide to Reporting Problems to FDA.

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Chocolates past expiration date may cause illness, expert says.

Maybe it’s not so bad that children gorge themselves on candy on Halloween.

Parents who plan to hide most of their kids’ ghoulish loot and dole it out to them later may be surprised to learn that even candy can go bad — especially if it’s made of chocolate.

Sweets do indeed have a shelf life, according to a Kansas State University expert.

This shelf life can vary anywhere from two weeks to a year, depending on the type of candy, packaging and storage conditions, Karen Blakeslee, an extension associate for food safety, said in a university news release.

Hard candies may last indefinitely, but people have suffered salmonella poisoning from eating expired chocolate.

Signs that chocolate candy may be past its expiration date include a texture that is extremely sticky or grainy, a flavor that seems “off,” a change in color, or (in fruit-and-nut chocolates) mold, said Blakeslee.

In general, the softer the candy, the shorter its shelf life, she said, adding that the best way to store candy is in a cool, dry and dark place.

“The less exposure to air, the better,” she said. “Also, store it at room temperature. Heat can cause many candies to melt and get too sticky. Chocolate can get a powdery look to it — called bloom — because of temperature changes, but it is still fine to eat.”

And if you suspect candy is past its shelf life, she said, throw it away.


By Bob Hurst

When the Texas Rangers played their first game at Arlington Stadium in 1972 after moving from Washington D.C., only 20,105 fans showed up to watch. The Rangers were playing in a converted minor league ball park that was expanded to 35,694 seats the year before to accommodate the major league brand.

The fans were polite in the early years, innocently cheering their team on as if they were watching a Texas League game. And with the closeness of the stands to the field, fans could hear almost everything the players said.

That was in stark contrast to last Friday night, when the Rangers beat the New York Yankees 6-1 at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington before a frenzied crowd of 51,404. That clinched the first American League pennant for the Rangers, a little more than a week after they had won their first-ever postseason series, in the divisional series over Tampa Bay.

A lot has changed for the Rangers since the early days, but winning baseball games is a fairly recent occurrence.

In the first four years of the franchise, the Washington Senators lost 100-plus games in  each season. In the first two years in Texas in 1972-73, the Rangers went 54-100 and 57-105. In their 50-year history, the Rangers have had only 17 winning seasons against 33 losing ones.

Even in the strike-shortened 1994 season, the Rangers led the bad AL West Division with a 52-62 record when the players walked out.

Before this season, Texas had made only three postseason appearances, in 1996, 1998 and 1999. Each time, the Yankees beat them in the divisional series, winning nine of 10 games overall.

It’s been a long road for the Rangers to get to the place that they’re at now, and all that’s missing is a World Series ring. But the San Francisco Giants will have a say in that. They’re aiming for their first World Series championship in four tries since the franchise has been located in the Bay Area.

Series facts:

  • Texas’ appearance in the World Series makes it the fourth time in six years that a team is playing in the World Series for the first time. Tampa Bay (2008), Colorado (2007) and Houston (2005) were the other teams to do so, but each came out on the losing end.
  • The Giants haven’t won the World Series since beating the Cleveland Indians in 1954, when the team played in New York. Four years later, the franchise moved to San Francisco.
  • Home field advantage in the World Series belongs to San Francisco because the NL won the All-Star Game in July.
  • After the first two games in San Francisco, the series moves to Texas for three games on Saturday, Sunday and Monday, if necessary. If needed, Games 6 and 7 will be played at the Giants ballpark on Wednesday Nov. 3 and Thursday Nov. 4.
  • All games will be televised on FOX.

StatsWatch: Prior to the start of the World Series, here is how the Giants and Rangers did in the divisional and league championship series combined.

Giants: .231 average, 30 runs, 6 HRs,15 SB; 2.47 ERA, 65 hits, 102 Ks, 28 BBs in 91 IP.

Rangers: .281 average, 59 runs, 17 HRs; 3 SB; 2.76 ERA, 75 hits, 107 Ks, 37 BBs in 98 IP.

Lee’s wife was harassed: The wife of Texas Rangers pitcher Cliff Lee says that Yankees fans threw cups of beer, shouted obscenities and spat in the direction of the visitors section at Yankee Stadium during an ALCS game in New York.

“The fans did not do good things in my heart,” Kristen Lee told USA Today. “When people are staring at you, and saying horrible things, it’s hard not to take it personal.”

Will the incident hurt the Yankees chances of landing Lee when he becomes a free agent in the off-season?

“The story is not an issue to us,” said Lee’s agent, Darek Braunecker, to “Her experience in New York is certainly a non-issue. She enjoys New York as much as anyone enjoys New York.”

Diamond Notes: The Arizona Diamondbacks have added Alan Trammell as their bench coach and Don Baylor as hitting coach. Trammell was a teammate of current Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson when both played for the Detroit Tigers. He spent the past four seasons as bench coach for the Chicago Cubs. Baylor also is a former major league player and manager…Jim Riggleman will return as the manager of the Washington Nationals next season. Riggleman became the interim manager in 2009, replacing Manny Acta, and was given a two-year contract before this season. The Nationals finished in last place in the NL East for the third straight year, but won 10 more games (69) than last season.

Copyright © 2010  Bob Hurst. All Rights Reserved. Distributed by Hurst Sports Media.

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12 Noon Thursday, Oct. 28, marks the opening of the Brawley Cattle Call Rodeo ticket office, and the first 50 people to purchase tickets for the 2 p.m. Nov. 13 and 1 p.m. Nov. 14 rodeo performances will receive one free reserved ticket valued at $14.
The ticket office is located inside the Imperial Valley Press building, 135 S. Plaza in Brawley.
Those who visit the ticket office at noon Thursday will have a chance to enjoy a little Western show, complete with cowboys and cowgirls riding in on horseback.
“This year we wanted to open ticket sales with a little something fun for the community, and we thought to show our appreciation to rodeo-goers, we would offer some free tickets,” said Carson Kalin, a Cattle Call Rodeo Committee member.
This year is the 54th Cattle Call Rodeo. There will be three performances, including two shows on Saturday, Nov. 13, at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. and one show Sunday, Nov. 14, at 1 p.m.
Tickets will remain on sale at the ticket office through the start of the rodeo. Ticket prices are $14 for reserved seating, $7 general admission and $50 for bucking chute seating.
This year’s rodeo will feature for the first time the All-American Cowgirl Chicks, a professional stunt riding team that will open each of the rodeo performances with patriotic music and perform daring stunt riding on horseback during each show.
The 54th rodeo also will feature the second annual Family Day at the Rodeo as part of the Sunday rodeo.
There will be free pony rides for children, roping lessons and demonstrations, face painting, Jumpers and food and other entertainment for the entire family.
This year will feature the return of rodeo clown and barrelman Charlie “Too Tall” West.
The Brawley Cattle Call Rodeo is a sanctioned Professional Rodeo Cowboy Association event. It is the only professional sporting event held in the Imperial Valley.
The Cattle Call Rodeo will feature such events as bull riding, bare bronc riding, saddle bronc riding, team roping, tie-down roping, steer wrestling, barrel racing, and for children, the mutton busting competition – to name just some of the featured action. Some of the best rodeo cowboys and cowgirls in the nation will be competing.
For more information on the rodeo or to order tickets by phone, call the rodeo ticket line at (760) 344-5206 or stop by the ticket office in Brawley.


By Mario Conde

The Measure H sales tax committee has been established as the watchdog group that will oversee the use of the new sales tax.

On October 1st, the City increased it sales tax to 9.25% after the citizens of Calexico voted for the measure that would supplement the General Fund and use it for City Services such as street maintenance, public safety, among other issues. Measure H asked for a half-cent increase in the city sales tax in Calexico and the increased tax will last for 20 years. The city believes that it will gain $1.3 million in additional sales tax revenue from the enactment of Measure H. According to city officials, the city needs a higher sales tax because the city budget is $5.3 million in the hole.

The members of the Citizen Oversight Committee are Chairwoman Norma Aguilar, Vice-Chairman Mike Davis, Benjamin Horton j.r., Loli Torres, and Josie Felix. City Manager Victor Carrillo reminded the committee that the City will see the first advance of Measure H on December 10th and it would be based on the May quarterly tax collection project. Carrillo asked the committee to give though to how these additional monies, which could range from additional $200,000 annually to $1.5 billion annually, will it be used.

Carrillo said that some options to consider would be using the money to supplement the general fund or to support a laundry list of potential project that may come before the committee, either by departments, department heads or the community or to public safety for capital improvements and/or equipment purchase. Also, the monies could be used for recreation, streets, parks, or matching funds for potential grants.

Finance Director Judith Hashem encouraged the members to received lots of input before deciding on their recommended use of monies. She suggested they provide various options for the City Council to consider. Loli Torres requested to have the measure tax in a separate account so there could be more transparency in tracking the use of those funds. Hashem said explained that is must be deposited to General Fund, although it may make it more difficult to track. Carrillo said that he will speak with legal counsel and find out what can be done.

The Citizens Oversight Committee will meet the third Monday of every month at 5:15 p.m. at Council Chambers.

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