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Grocery store magazines tell more than you need to know

Katharine McPhee is in the best shape ever. And Kate Gosselin hates her hair. Rachel Zoe's on a scary diet, and experts say she's just 80 pounds. I would never have known about Katharine, Kate and Rachel unless I paused long enough to look at the...

Katharine McPhee is in the best shape ever. And Kate Gosselin hates her hair. Rachel Zoe's on a scary diet, and experts say she's just 80 pounds.

I would never have known about Katharine, Kate and Rachel unless I paused long enough to look at the covers of magazines in the grocery store this week. I guess you know the winter is beginning to wear on you if you are fascinated by these magazines. They are there all of the time, all year long. Sometimes I see people browsing through them. I never see anyone buy those magazines, but they must.

In Touch Weekly had an "exclusive interview" with Sarah and Bristol Palin, with the headline "We're glad we chose life."

Allure magazine is featuring the "easiest diet ever." If you believe that, you could drop 600 calories a day without feeling hungry.

Vogue magazine on display this week features Rachel McAdams and describes her as "mean girl turned sexy sleuth." The Globe screams out from the shelf, "Lose 5 pounds while you sleep." And it asks, "Who'll die next? Lindsay Lohan breaks down as drugs kill another pal."

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I don't even know who Kendra and Kourtney are, but OK magazine assumes everyone does as it presents an "exclusive." The subhed says, "New moms tell all; romantic dates and hot sexy lives." The National Examiner says, "Terrorist plot to kill Clinton -- Al Qaeda bomb misses him by minutes." On its front page, it also promises news of Hollywood's nastiest feuds and "Larry King's 3-year affair with wife's younger sister." There's another headline about "Angelina Cheating Scandal," and it asks, "Will Brad leave her?"

And then it says, "Hot cocoa beats Alzheimer's."

Swan song

Mercifully, the weekend is at hand. More than 100 local dancers ages 3 to 30 are taking part as North Dakota Ballet Company presents "Coppelia" tonight, Saturday evening and Sunday afternoon in the Empire Arts Center, with a special performance this morning for local elementary students. ... Grand Cities Children's Choir is holding its annual Trivia Night fundraiser Saturday at Sharon Lutheran Church. ... Sioux fans are gathering at noon today at the Alerus Center to talk about the Saturday basketball "meltdown" in the Ralph, when the Coyotes from South Dakota will be on hand. ... And professional championship bull riding is booked at the Alerus Center tonight and Saturday.

Ask Marilyn

Q. When are dog and cat owners of Grand Forks supposed to buy 2010 licenses?

A. They are available now, and there's a $1 per month late charge after March 1.

Q. What is the quote of the week?

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A. It was made by Kevin Kuntz of Fine Print in Grand Forks when it was discovered that the city calendar dropped off Jan. 31. He said, "January is the coldest month of the year, and one less day works for me." He was quoted in the Herald, USA Today and other publication. All I can say is, "Works for me, too."

Q. How high can Gene Roebuck jump?

A. Probably about 2 inches, but he still has a lot of fire after coaching the UND Sioux women for 22 years. I have seen him throw his clipboard on the floor only once this season. He has eight players and has taught them to really complement one another and play well.

Roxee, Kevin, Chet

Cheerful person of the week: Roxee Jones. Runners up: Kevin Kuntz, Chet Paschke.

Reach Hagerty at mhagerty@gra.midco.net or by telephone at (701) 772-1055.

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