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Ugly Betty:
TV show formula works everywhere

Thick glasses, colorful braces, and messy hair have become the characteristics of the lead character in Ugly Betty, a new ABC-TV show. The character, Betty, is unique for an American show, but TV in other countries offers Betty look-alikes named Lisa, Lotte, or Jassi. [More]


International versions of Ugly Betty: Betty from America, Betty La Fea from Colombia
and Lisa Plentzke from Germany.

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Food riots likely when cars and corn compete

The U.S. corn crop, accounting for 40 percent of the global harvest and supplying 70 percent of the world’s corn exports, looms large in the world food economy. Annual U.S. corn exports of some 55 million tons account for nearly one fourth of world grain exports. The corn harvest of Iowa alone, which edges out Illinois as the leading producer, exceeds the entire grain harvest of Canada. Substantially reducing this export flow would send shock waves throughout the world economy. [More]


Acres of corn crop could be used as a primary alternative fuel source in the future.

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Spring breakers Take Manhattan:
Plan now for East Coast vacation


Tour options make New York City a little more affordable for students.

For most of us, “Spring Break” conjures up images of beaches and bathing suits. But every year, thousands of college students spend their vacation on the breezy shores of... the Hudson River. In fact, New York City was the fourth most popular Spring Break destination in the country in 2004, according to actual hotel bookings at travelweb.com. [More]


Central Park’s Bethesda Terrace in early spring.

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‘Elepaio-hope for endangered bird

A native Hawaiian bird that was once the most abundant native land bird on O‘ahu is now an endangered species, threatened most by human damage to its habitat, according to Ken Foote, an external affairs specialist for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Pacific Islands region. [More]

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Women’s basketball falls short to Vulcans, 83-59

Following a heartbreaking loss to Chaminade University two nights earlier, the HPU women’s basketball team couldn’t recover, falling to the University of Hawai‘i-Hilo, 83-59, at Kaiser High School’s gym on Feb. 3. [More]


Constance Decaires

Courtesy HPU Athletics

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