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Published Oct. 17, 2013

If you are in need of a homecoming dress and can't afford one, the Belle of the Ball Project has two more distribution dates for free dresses: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m Saturday and Oct. 26 at Seminole Mall, 11201 Park Blvd. N in Seminole. The Belle of the Ball store, which is inside the mall next to Ross department store, provides dresses for low-income or otherwise in-need high school girls.

And in another great deal, the Remington College Tampa Campus Cosmetology Program is trading donations of food in November for haircuts, manicures or pedicures.

Anyone who brings in a can of food or other nonperishable food item gets one of the services for free. The salon services will be provided by students and instructors at the school, 6302 E Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Suite 400 in Tampa. Call (813) 316-4470 for an appointment. Walk-ins also welcome.

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Vaping? Don't be so sure it's safe

E-cigarettes, an alternative to smoking tobacco, have grown in popularity, with celebrities endorsing them and race cars displaying their logos. Here's a worrisome statistic: E-cigarette use has doubled in the past two years among high school students, data shows. The devices use "e-liquid" or "juice" - which is a nicotine solution that is often candy flavored. We repeat: NICOTINE. The same stuff that is addictive in tobacco. A small battery heats a coil that turns the liquid into vapor that is inhaled, a process some call "vaping." The Food and Drug Administration is not yet monitoring the devices and there is no body of research that has studied the dangers. But Tampa's Moffitt Cancer Center researchers want to know more and are asking e-cigarette users to fill out a 10-minute survey at You may be invited for a more in-depth interview. Times staff

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About Malala's mother

Malala Yousafzai, right, the Pakistani teen who has become an international advocate for educating girls after being shot by the Taliban, has a complex story.

As the New York Times reports, her father may be a progressive educator, but her family is very traditional. As in most families in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, her father works and her mother is a homemaker.

In the larger region around Swat, only one girl in five attends school. Malala's own mother is illiterate, and New York Times reporter Adam B. Ellick said her father told him she did not interact with men outside the family. In years of reporting about Malala for print and documentaries, Ellick was never able to speak with her mother, and rarely saw her at all, because, as her husband explained, "she was not habituated to be on camera." Go to or scan the code to read the entire New York Times story and to see Malala making a plea for the World Bank to make education its top priority.

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