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San Marcos firefighters were flow testing a hydrant along Aquarena Springs Drive at the Charles Austin intersection Sunday afternoon. City hydrants are tested annually to ensure their functioning. Daily Record photo by Anita Miller

Hydrant Testing

Talcum powder, widely used in Johnson & Johnson baby powder, has been in the news recently after 11,700 plaintiffs claimed that the company's talc caused their cancers – including thousands of women with ovarian cancer. Photo by Austin Kirk/Flickr

A Handle on your Health: Talcum & Ovarian Cancer

We have all probably used baby powder at some point in our lives. It smells nice and it makes our skin feel smooth and dry. We use it on baby’s butts. We use it on our own bottoms.

Tattoo artists and proud mother and grandmother Sondra Simmons Kretschmar (center) stands with son Bubba Ward and grandsons Wyatt and Fletcher for a family photo at Bubba’s Family Tattoo Parlour. Daily Record photos by Denise Cathey

Tattoos By Your Mom

Humans have marked their bodies with tattoos for thousands of years. These permanent pieces of art — sometimes simple, sometimes painstakingly-detailed, but almost always personal — have served as a

While all tomatoes have a relatively good capacity for antioxidants, on an ounce for ounce basis, the best bang for your buck are cherry tomatoes. Free use photo

Growth in gardening: Garden Tomatoes

Thomas Jefferson grew tomatoes, and so should you. There are many reasons I firmly believe that no garden is complete without this wonderful veggie. Yes, it is technically a fruit

The jack snipe is a small stocky wader. It is the smallest snipe, and the only member of the genus Lymnocryptes. Photo by Alastair Rae/ Flickr

Exploring Nature: Snipes

I don’t know about you, but a practical joke in my younger days involved inviting someone to participate in a snipe hunt. The goal was to leave that hapless person