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Published: Wednesday, March 4, 2009, 12:01 a.m.

Soothing musical stylings of Barry Manilow

Crowd control: Plagued by loitering gangs of rowdy teenagers in the city center, officials in Christchurch, New Zealand, hope to break up the mob by piping in easy-listening American adult-contemporary pop.

Buzz prediction: City officials soon will be forced to hire a local kid with a Stratocaster, a Marshall Stack and a Big Muff stomp box to disperse unruly crowds of 60-something Barry Manilow fans.

Cinema Paradiso: In "Pulp Fiction," the philosophical hit men played by John Travolta and Samuel L. Jackson marveled at the availability of beer at movie theaters in Paris. Vincent and Jules probably would dig a theater in Mountlake Terrace that will feature a full bar in the lobby.

However, the theater reportedly will serve only extra-strong Turkish coffee and "Xtreme Caffeine" energy drinks during screenings of "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button."

Poultry primer: Food writer Jan Roberts-Dominguez tells how to save big bucks at the supermarket by buying whole chickens.

Find out how to roast a whole chicken, cut the bird up for fryers and make stock from the carcass. Or buy 50 chickens, strip off and mash up the white meat, throw in some binding agent and form it into ovals, and you've got Chicken McNuggets.

-- Mark Carlson, Herald staff

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