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Summoned to Japan by an old acquaintance, X-Man Logan (Hugh Jackman) is forced to confront his own demons in ‘The Wolverine.’ Heather Thome plays with daughters Charlotte, 3, and Hannah, 7, at their Tustin, Calif., home. Thome says she is no ‘helicopter parent.’ That may be part of why Hannah says she wouldn’t want to be a grown-up just yet: ‘I like being a kid,’ she says. ‘You get to do more things.’

Finally, an X-Man to restore our faith Jackman’s ‘Wolverine’ redeems franchise

S Kids like being kids, study finds, perhaps thanks to parenting OS ANGELES lier and gravitate —Seven-year-old to all things teenHannah Thome age. Yet the phemunched nomenon seems to on a chocecho a shift already olate cookie after spotted among getting home from teens and twentycheerleading camp somethings — the last week and lengthening road mulled the questo adulthood. tion, brow furrowNickelodeon ing over her wide chalks up the blue eyes. Did she change among want to be older? kids to many of the “No,” the Tustin, same forces attribCalif., youngster uted to the longer concluded. “I like transition to adultLos Angeles resident Karen Mejia embraces ‘nonviolent parenting’ — avoiding being a kid. You get hood, including rewards, bribes or punishments — with her 11-year-old twin girls Keila, left, to do more things.” parents becoming and Anais and 13-year-old son Andres, right. Her mother more involved with remembers Tom their children. Hanks wishing for adulthood in the 1988 film “Big” and “They’re in no rush to be older because they have remembers wishing for the same. But childhood has it so good at home,” said Ron Geraci, executive vice changed a lot since then. And that might be changing president of research for Nickelodeon. And during the how kids think about it. tough economy, “they see what their parents are going Kids today are increasingly likely to say they like being through.” kids, a survey shows. A whopping 85 percent of chilThe network said it pursued the survey so it could dren ages 8 to 14 agreed that “I like being my age,” teleportray kids and their families accurately on-screen. vision network Nickelodeon found in surveys of more Children were surveyed online two years ago, and the than 900 children. That’s an increase from already high sample was then weighted to reflect the racial and econumbers at the turn of the millennium. In that same nomic makeup of the country. Mindful of the trends, survey, carried out by market research firm Harris InterNickelodeon recently launched “The Haunted Hathaactive, more than three out of four said they weren’t in ways,” a new show about a closely knit family, network any hurry to grow up. officials said. The findings startle many childhood researchers, Happy / C2 who have watched as modern kids cast off dolls ear-

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ee, was that so hard? Was it so difficult to imagine that a man who may possibly live forever may have a traumatic past or constant nightmares? Was it such a stretch to think a man, no matter his mutant abilities, might have emotions, fears, dreams, a story? Thankfully, Dominic “The WolBaez verine” manages to do The Daily News just that, and it came not a moment too soon. A sequel to his first solo outing as the iconic X-Man, Logan (Hugh Jackman), better known as the Wolverine, returns in heroic fashion to save a summer full of awful blockbuster-wannabes. That in and of itself is the first notable mention: After the lackluster flop that was “X-Men Origins: Wolverine,” not much was expected for the sequel, directed by James Mangold, who made the much-maligned “Knight and Day.” “Origins” was comical, and not in a good way. But in “Wolverine,” Mangold redeems both himself and the solo act, casting Logan as a character piece with multifaceted components. He pulls from the source material — “The Wolverine” story arc from the comic-book miniseries written by Chris Claremont and drawn by Frank Miller — in a way that comes across as fresh without deviating so much you wonder what story this is. “Wolverine” picks up after 2006’s “X-Men: The Last Stand,” in which Logan was forced to slay his love, Jean Grey (Famke Janssen) in order to save the world from her outof-control personality issues.

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New, healthy ideas fill school lunch plates as cooks get creative By Trey Williams The Kansas City Star

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A little here, a little there. A slice of whole-wheat crust pizza, a chunk of sweet potato-breaded pollock, a dabble of low-sodium, white bean hummus. Those are just a few of the foods that 6,500 school lunch nutritionists and cooks were sampling recently as part of a national convention held in Kansas City, Mo. Wandering the convention floor at Bartle Hall, they put their taste buds to work on foods and dishes


that might someday end up in the promised land Tips for — school cafeterias. a healthy This is Tanya start to the Dube’s first national School Nutrition school year Association conPage C2 vention. She’s been in the school food service business for just 15 months, and she came all the way from Bristol Bay, Alaska, to get a handle on some of the new, healthy possibilities for school lunch rooms. “Holy cow,” Dube said. “There

are so many options here, things I didn’t even know existed.” Her favorite happened to be the sweet potato-crusted Alaskan pollock, served from one of the dozens of booths staffed by vendors hoping to catch some business. It was delicious, Dube said. “I would love to serve that to the kids,” said Dube, who’s head cook at her school by the bay, serving roughly 100 kids. “It was a really good, healthy product. “The healthier, the better, but it has to taste good, too.”

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Members of a school food service buying group from Florida including Lauren Jones, left, and Linda Wiley taste-test turkey products from the Jennie-O Turkey Store earlier this month in Kansas City, Mo. Keith Myers Kansas City Star

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‘Wolverine’ misses potential but claws its way to No. 1 in 2009. Heading into the weekend, pre-release audience surveys suggested the LOS ANGELES — Though new “Wolverine” had the potential to gross as much as “The Wolverine” slashed $80 million. Even Fox proaway box office rivals this jected its movie would debut weekend, the superhero’s with around $60 million. biggest foe turned out to be Instead, the film got off himself. The 3-D superhero sequel to a far slower start than exstarring Hugh Jackman de- pected, coming in well behind the $85 million debut buted with $55 million, according to an estimate from of “Origins,” which went distributor 20th Century Fox on to gross $373 million worldwide. In fact, “The — $30 million less than the Wolverine” had the lowest original “X-Men Origins: Wolverine” started off with opening of any movie in the Los Angeles Times

Baez FROM C1 The X-Men have gone their separate ways, and Logan goes full nature-man on us, growing out a gnarly beard and looking more distraught than ever. Then, as is typical in these types of action flicks, a man from Logan’s past — Japan, no less — seeks an audience. So Logan jet-sets to the other side of the world. Right from the plane’s arrival, there’s a sense that Logan is in a world in which he feels even more out of place. Which says something, since the Wolverine hasn’t really ever fit in anywhere. It’s a nice departure from the hero having the home-field advantage. When Logan arrives, he finds himself in the middle of a multi-generational power struggle involving a wealthy family. Barriers and cultural differences abound, complicating the already complicated issues Logan needs to navigate. Oh, and the ninjas. And the samurais. And the Yakuza. We can’t forget about those. Also being obviously mysterious, a strikingly blonde doctor (Svetlana Khodchenkova) just flitters in the background, every so often doing something “unnatural.” Then there’s the action. And, oh man, there is some action going here (with some well-crafted setpieces to go with them). There’s the intense fight atop the frighteningly fast bullet train barreling through the country. The film throws new and different fights and enemies at Logan, forcing him to change his tactics. And it doesn’t help when he loses his famed healing abilities, leaving him just as mortal as the rest of us. Well-choreographed and stitched together, Mangold deserves some major credit for the seamless action. And the script — co-written by Mark Bomback and Scott Frank — is engaging and tightly focuses on a narrative level, which isn’t really typical in this genre. The characters who both help and hinder our hero are well-placed and deeper than your average sidekicks. There’s tThe red-haired Yukio (Rila Fukushima), who has been likened to an real-life anime character and who offers to serve as his bodyguard; the distressed Mariko (Tao Okamoto), who contends with her abusive father; and Harada (Will Yun Lee), who has sworn to protect Mariko’s life. While these acts may normally just be filler while we’re waiting for the next explosion or myriad Loganshirtless-while-fightingninjas scene, here it works as an investment in the characters and the story. It makes all of it so much more enjoyable because you have a vested interest. And yes, the ending is a bit ridiculous (do stay for the after-credit scene, which will blow your mind), it’s easily forgiven when the rest of the film picks up the slack. Maybe more surprisingly because it was a bit unexpected, “The Wolverine” is entertaining and sharp. Almost as sharp as our hero’s epic claws. Three ninja-fighting stars out of five. Dominic Baez is a copy editor at The Daily News. For more of his reviews, visit

“X-Men” universe since the 2000 original, which has since spawned four sequels based on the Marvel Comic. Another, “X-Men: Days of Future Past,” is planned for release next summer, and Jackman’s character plays a prominent role in it. If Fox’s executives were disappointed by the weekend result for “The Wolverine,” they were doing a good job of hiding it Sunday morning. “This is a great result and we couldn’t be happier,”

said Chris Aronson, the studio’s president of domestic distribution. As to why the sequel is trailing the original, he said only that “it was a different time” when the first “Wolverine” came out. Furthermore, he added, industry tracking “has been sketchy all summer.” It’s possible, however, that “The Wolverine” was hurt by the bad impression the 2009 entry left with moviegoers. While its predecessor was not well-liked by critics or fans, the sequel

Healthy start to the school year By Mary Meehan Lexington Herald-Leader

sports should schedule a sports physical. n An annual physical can help identify and track potential health concerns.

Whether your child is going off to college for the first time or just entering kindergarten, schools seem to be incuOnce school starts bators for illness. Before the new school year starts, and n Encourage children of all ages to even when it does, here are a few things wash their hands, especially after using you should know about keeping your the bathroom. Provide anti-bacterial child safe and healthy. gel for when kids can’t access soap and water. n As much as possible encourage your child not to share cups and utenBefore school starts sils and to clean their hands after using communal tools, like scissors. College students n Not contributing to the germy enn Students planning to live on camvironment is important, so encourage pus will likely need up-to-date immunizations including the meningococcal others to cover their cough. n If child has a temperature of more (meningitis) vaccine. Check with a than 100 degrees, keep them home. primary care doctor and the school to This will not only help them recover determine which vaccines are needed. more quickly but also keep them from Students who smoke or have a hisgetting other kids sick, which will cycle tory of asthma, diabetes, liver disease back to you. They need to be fever-free or immune suppression should also consider a pneumococcal (pneumonia) for 24 hours without medication before they return to school. vaccine. Physicians may recommend n Help your student get enough the HPV vaccine for females and males sleep, eat a proper diet and make sure up to age 26. they are getting vitamin supplements n Flu vaccine is recommended for as needed. This will help maintain their children and adults, especially college overall health. students living in dorms. The flu vaccine typically becomes available around September or October.

At home

n If possible, keep the sick person in your house away from others while they are contagious, which can be five n Before entering school, many to seven days before and after there are jurisdictions require proof of an presymptoms. ventative health care examination, an n Just like at school, the sick person eye examination and a dental screening should cover his or her mouth and nose conducted a year before school begins. Also, check with your primary care doc- when coughing or sneezing with a tissue. Throw the tissue in the trash. tor for required vaccines. Children will n Clean and disinfect surfaces and need proof of vaccination before enterobjects that may be contaminated with ing school. germs. n A preventative health care examination is required within one-year of Sources: KentuckyOne Health, Lexington entry into the sixth grade, along with Fayette-County HealthDepartment, Cenanother series of vaccinations. ters for Disease Control and Prevention. n Students planning to participate in

For students in K-12th grade

Lunch FROM C1 You can’t just cook what you want, Dube said. “You have to meet different requirements for things you have to serve in schools.” The push for healthier food in schools has taken a turn for the Keith Myers / Kansas City Star creative. Schools The Uno Foods booth serves pizza with sweet potato-infused crust at have met new the School Nutrition Association national convention in Kansas City, U.S. Department Mo., earlier this month. of Agriculture requirements Newberg School District in crusts on pizza, while others for lunches, and Oregon, said they have had substitute turkey hotdogs now it’s all about finding to try some different foods for pork. new foods and new ways to meet the requirements Still, Schmidt said a lot to present them to stuset by the USDA. of schools allow students to dents. Starting last year, the sample possible new foods For example, one booth USDA changed the reto get their input on what’s offered blended carrots quirements on the amount on their plates. colored both bright orof fruits, vegetables, It’s not just foods — seaange and bright yellow grains, meat and milk sonings also help make — more attractive and schools need to serve at healthier foods go down appetizing than the vegdifferent grade levels. It’s more easily for kids. etables students might so specific that over the Kevan Vetter was avoid. course of a week, schools handing out samples for Damion Thompson, a have to serve a dark green McCormick’s for Chefs food service manager at — the booth responsible for Wendell Phillips Elemen- vegetable, red or orange vegetable, legumes and a Meeker’s hummus. Vetter tary in Kansas City, said starchy vegetable. and McCormick’s have tried he has learned new ways This is the first time to find other seasonings to to present food from the use in foods instead of salt sessions. He plans on tak- since 1980 that the school nutrition national conven- to lower the sodium. ing new ideas back to his tion has been in Kansas “It’s about small changes director to implement in City. It just so happens that that the kids won’t notice,” his school. said Vetter, executive chef Some school nutrition Kansas City is the home of next year’s president, Leah for the company. cooks, supervisors and Schmidt. “These are flavors that directors said they have Schmidt, nutrition dithe kids love, but it’s got all even seen a jump in foods rector for Hickman Mills the nutritious value that foreign to students. schools, said the changes to they need.” “Ethnic foods tend to be healthier than our tra- healthier foods haven’t been LONGVIEW: ditional American foods,” a problem for students. “If we didn’t tell them,” Hemlock Senior Apartments. Cheri Meeker said, holdNear Safeway, 1 bed ing a plate of hummus and she said, “they probably quality apts. with elevator in wouldn’t even know.” sliced cucumber. common areas. $595. For example, some disMeeker, a nutrition tricts use whole-wheat services supervisor for 360-423-7302

earned strong reviews. Those who saw the film this weekend assigned it an average grade of A-minus, according to market research firm CinemaScore. About 58 percent of the weekend crowd was male, while the same percent of the audience was age 25 or over. Though “The Wolverine” failed to amaze at the box office this weekend, its launch is hardly disastrous for a $120 million production. The movie will likely do solid business overseas,

where the film opened with $86.1 million — the biggest international launch for any “X-Men” film. Meanwhile, the weekend’s runner-up was the lowbudget horror flick “The Conjuring.” The film, a surprise No. 1 upon its debut, saw its ticket sales drop just 47 percent to $22.1 million during its second weekend in release. The $20 million production has now collected $83.9 million and could soon become the top-grossing horror film of the year.


shown up in adults. Twentysomethings today talk to their parents more often FROM C1 and more openly than baby boomers did at the same If kids are happier being age, an AARP survey found kids, the growing work of last year. The Pew Research parenthood may be paying Center found that most off. Several studies back young adults who weathup the idea that parents are ered the recession by movstepping up efforts to nur- ing in with their parents ture their were satischildren. “A lot of parents are fied with Moms living feeling they need their and dads are situation. spending Baby to be their child’s more time boomers teacher, their with their “didn’t want coach, their friend, to have the kids than in decades same hiertheir chauffeur. past, acarchy and There’s an increasing distance cording to a Pew Reintensification of with their search Cenas their what it means to kids” ter analysis parents did, of surveys be a good parent.” said Jeffrey stretching Jensen Arback to 1965. — Sara Harkness, nett, a Clark Parents professor Univerare also sity research spending professor of more money, devoting a psychology. “They wanted growing share of income to be more like friends.” to their kids, according to Among parents of adults a study published this year ages 18 to 29, 73 percent said in the journal Demography. they had a “mostly positive” And more attend or volun- relationship with their chilteer at school meetings and dren, the Clark University events than in the ’90s, a Poll of Parents of Emerging Child Trends analysis of Adults found this year. federal data shows. Yet the changes in parentExperts tie the booming could have drawbacks. ing investment in parent- Some adults fear the devoing to mounting anxiety tion to parenting has gone about kids making it in the overboard, especially among U.S. economy. Among the middle-class families with middle class, “a lot of par- time and money to obsess ents are feeling they need over their decisions. Amerito be their child’s teacher, cans have grown increastheir coach, their friend, ingly worried that having their chauffeur,” said Sara kids infringes too much on Harkness, a professor of parental freedom, the Genhuman development at the eral Social Survey shows. University of Connecticut. Some complain that “There’s an increasing children are excessively intensification of what it sheltered as parenting goes means to be a good parent.” into overdrive — and they (The give-and-take lament that parents who between kids and parents aren’t totally consumed by also seems be changing. childbearing are shunned. Children’s obedience is seen “If you want to read a as less important than it was magazine while they’re on decades ago, according to the playground, that’s seen data from the General Social as selfish,” said Linda WilSurvey, a project of the Uni- liamson, a Granada Hills, versity of Chicago. UCLA Calif., mother of two. “If researchers who followed you don’t want to share middle-class Los Angeles a bed with your toddler, families noted that parents that’s selfish.” often negotiate with kids Williamson said she over household tasks, rather once battled an elementary than simply ordering them. school over letting her son In many middle-class bike alongside her a few households, “there’s a deblocks to school — somecreasing sense that parents thing that other parents and children are at odds,” saw as unsafe. said Daniel Cook, an assoWriter Lenore Skenazy, ciate professor of childhood who was flooded with mestudies at Rutgers Universi- dia attention after letting ty-Camden. On top of that, her son ride the New York if kids are free to do things City subway by himself, once barred from children, said children “kept in bubstaying young might seem bles” probably see little to all the more attractive. envy in their parents’ lives. “Perhaps growing up “Would you rather be begins to sound like rethe princess or the ladysponsibility as opposed to in-waiting?” said Skenazy, freedom,” Cook said. author of the book “FreeSome scholars believe Range Kids.” “Literally long-standing changes — the lady-in-waiting-inin parenting have already the-car.”

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