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The skinny: Japan launches 'Super Cool Biz' to save energy

Dress sense

'Super Cool Biz' is designed to save energy

The Japanese government wants the country's suit-loving executives to be bold this summer. Ditch the stuffy jacket and tie. And for the good of a country facing a power crunch, go light and casual. Japan's "Super Cool Biz" campaign kicked off Wednesday with a fashion show featuring outfits appropriate for the office yet cool enough to endure the heat. Polo shirts, Aloha shirts and sneakers are acceptable. Jeans and sandals are okay under certain circumstances. For women, khakis, white pants and airy polyester dresses are cool. Companies and government offices were asked to set air conditioners at 82 degrees.

Siblings in class

Triplets, 10 sets of twins to graduate

The graduating class at Canfield High School in Ohio features a multitude of multiples: 10 sets of twins and a set of triplets. They make up 8 percent of the 282 seniors receiving their diplomas on June 12. Principal John Tullio told the Vindicator of Youngstown the 23 students from multiple births all have come up from kindergarten in the Canfield school district, about 60 miles southeast of Cleveland. Some will attend college with their siblings. But Alex and Christian Syrianoudis, the only set of twins who are identical, are splitting up for college. Alex said it will be a growing experience.

Lunch at Hooters

School field trip was well-rounded

For one group of central Pennsylvania eighth-graders, a recent field trip to Baltimore included lunch at Hooters — a restaurant better known for its busty waitresses. The Berwick Middle School students were visiting the National Aquarium last week. Chaperones took them to various restaurants for lunch because the group of 100 was too large for a single place. The Bloomsburg Press Enterprise reported that one group of 15 to 20 students ended up at Hooters. Superintendent Wayne Brookhart said that while he wishes the group had gone to another restaurant, he has not received any complaints from parents.

Tied primary

If casting votes fails, try lots

The luck of the draw is going to settle one central Pennsylvania election. Incumbent Gina Mariani and challenger George Rhoads finished in a tie in the Conroy Township supervisor Republican primary. Mariani and Rhoads will each pick a numbered ball out of a basket to settle the race on Friday. Lowest number wins. Mariani said she is surprised there isn't a runoff. Rhoads said the idea of casting lots seems odd, but he isn't sure how else to pick a winner. Both candidates said the race would not have come down to chance if they had campaigned just a little harder.

Compiled from Times wires

The skinny: Japan launches 'Super Cool Biz' to save energy 06/01/11 [Last modified: Tuesday, November 1, 2011 5:13pm]
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