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Q&A: 'Meerkat Manor' returns to Animal Planet on June 6

Maybelline is one of the stars of Meerkat Manor, which will return for a fourth season.

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Maybelline is one of the stars of Meerkat Manor, which will return for a fourth season.

'Meerkat Manor' returns June 6

Is Meerkat Manor returning to the Animal Planet?

The popular show about a meerkat family in Africa's Kalahari Desert begins a new season on June 6. Meerkat Manor: The Next Generation, will air on Fridays at 9 p.m.

This season, the fourth, finds the Whiskers family splintered after the death of the matriarch, Flowers. Sisters Rocket Dog and Maybelline are fighting for dominance.

Also new this season: Stockard Channing will narrate.

Athletes' elbow bands

Many college and professional athletes wear tight, narrow elastic bands above their elbows. They are too tight and too narrow for sweat bands. What are they?

Bands worn above the elbow have become a popular accessory in sports. When they started appearing a few years ago, some trainers thought they might help with tendinitis, but recent reports show there's no medical or performance benefit from wearing the bands.

Some players wear the elbow bands as a fashion statement. Some players pull a wristband up over their elbow. The style has become trendy enough that Nike has manufactured "bicep bands" for sale, and the NFL has produced bands with its logo to give to the players.

Pardoned by President Bush

How many pardons did President Bush issue in his last month in office?

George W. Bush pardoned 32 people during the almost 20 days of 2009 in which he served.

During his eight-year presidency, Bush issued far fewer pardons and prison commutations than many other recent presidents. He received applications for 2,498 pardons and 8,573 commutations and granted 189 pardons and 11 commutations, mostly to obscure federal offenders and not to high-profile, politically connected applicants.

For example, Bush didn't pardon I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby, Dick Cheney's one-time chief of staff, despite intense lobbying from Cheney. Bush had already commuted Libby's 30-month sentence for obstruction, perjury and lying to investigators.

Ticketmaster a near monopoly?

Since Ticketmaster is usually the only way tickets can be purchased via the Internet, have monopoly charges ever been brought?

Several lawmakers have scrutinized the proposed merger of Ticketmaster with Live Nation, a major concert promoter. Congressional hearings were held in February to determine if the merger violates antitrust rules by giving Ticketmaster a near monopoly on the concert ticket market.

U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., and Rep. Bill Pascrell, D-N.J., urged antitrust enforcers to block the merger. The Justice Department said it will conduct a "thorough investigation."

Q&A: 'Meerkat Manor' returns to Animal Planet on June 6 04/13/09 [Last modified: Monday, April 13, 2009 4:40pm]
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