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First lady Michelle Obama takes campaign against obesity to school, grocery

First lady Michelle Obama pays for her smoothie during a visit to a Fresh Grocer store in Philadelphia on Friday.

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First lady Michelle Obama pays for her smoothie during a visit to a Fresh Grocer store in Philadelphia on Friday.

PHILADELPHIA

First lady takes obesity fight to school, grocery

Greeted with rock-star reverence, Michelle Obama visited a supermarket and an elementary school on Friday to outline her "Let's Move" initiative to reduce childhood obesity. "I want to rally the country around one goal: End the epidemic of childhood obesity in one generation," she said to about 300 people in the cafeteria of the Fairhill School, after visiting a Fresh Grocer store. Obama was joined by Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, who talked about the Obama administration's $400 million initiative to bring retailers of healthy foods to underserved urban and rural communities.

WASHINGTON

Loaded guns okay in national parks

Loaded guns will be allowed in almost all national parks under a new law that takes effect Monday that lets licensed gun owners bring firearms as long as they are allowed by state law. Guns will be allowed in all but about 20 of the park service's 392 locations, including some of its most iconic parks: Yellowstone, the Grand Canyon, Great Smoky Mountains, Yosemite and Rocky Mountain National Park. Guns will not be allowed in visitor centers or rangers' offices, because firearms are banned in federal buildings.

Elsewhere

New Jersey: Sen. Frank Lautenberg, at 86 the second oldest U.S. senator, has curable lymphoma of the stomach, his spokesman, Caley Gray, said Friday. Lautenberg does not plan to resign, Gray said.

Illinois: The Illinois Supreme Court said Friday that former Gov. George Ryan, who is serving a 6 1/2-year racketeering and fraud sentence, must forfeit all of a $60,000-a-year state pension.

California: Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa on Friday forecast painful budget cuts that will shutter city departments, force layoffs and potentially slash salaries for police, firefighters and other city workers.

Times wires

First lady Michelle Obama takes campaign against obesity to school, grocery 02/19/10 [Last modified: Friday, February 19, 2010 10:59pm]
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