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May 24, 2001

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Stick to it: Lacrosse is hot

In other parts of the country, seeing people play catch with lacrosse sticks is almost as common as seeing them play catch with baseball gloves. From grade schoolers all the way up through the college ranks, above, lacrosse is growing in popularity.

Check this out: More than 4,000 boys and girls play on nearly 200 lacrosse teams across northern Virginia.

High school lacrosse is the same story. More schools are adding boys and girls lacrosse to their list of varsity sports. Neither Lawrence or Free State high schools have caught the "bug" yet.

Lacrosse has a cool history. It started as a way for North American Indians to train for battle. Early lacrosse games covered miles of ground and were played by thousands of warriors.

Nowadays, it's a team game that is attracting lots of children who have played other sports and want to try something different. Some of the best players are skateboarders, hockey players and wrestlers.

Study: Part-time work often doesn't work for mothers

Working part time may sound ideal to many parents, but they often find their jobs or companies won't accept unconventional schedules.

A typical case: When Jennifer Burgoyne of Bergen County, N.J., became pregnant for the first time, she was a bank vice president who approved global credit lines. Her boss agreed to let her work three days a week after her maternity leave. The arrangement lasted barely two months.

Burgoyne says she couldn't cram everything she had to do into three days especially because the firm took away her desk and support staff, figuring she wouldn't need them anymore.

Many women in hard-driving specialties, such as law and medicine, voice similar concerns. Last month an American Bar Assn. study found that although 90 percent of law firms surveyed allow part-time schedules, only 3 percent of lawyers use them.

Tips for making great photo T-shirts

Part of the fun of photography is sharing pictures. Photo T-shirts, at right, are an ideal way to show the best shots.

If you haven't combined your photo, computer, printing and (a parent's) ironing skills to make a photo T-shirt, here are the basic steps.

Buy some iron-on transfers, available at computer and art supply stores, that are designed for an Inkjet printer. Also pick up some white cotton T-shirts.

Select a picture and put it into a computer imaging program. Slightly increase the color and contrast of your image, which is necessary because T-shirts absorb ink.

Select "Mirror Image" in your printer mode or "Flip Horizontally" in your imaging program. If you don't, your picture will be printed backward on the shirt.

Print the picture onto the iron-on transfer. Then have an adult preheat the iron to the hottest setting. They should then place the T-shirt on a pillowcase on a hard surface and use the hot iron to preheat the T-shirt.

Iron the picture onto the shirt for about two minutes, pressing hard, especially around the edges. Then carefully peel off the transfer from the shirt.

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