Quota system

“OK, that’s your third one”: A child psychologist offers some tips for dealing with children ages 4 through 7 who constantly demand attention from their parents. Allot kids no more than three “watch-mes” a day, he says.

The Buzz suggests a similar quota for parents: only three instances per day of doing for a kid what the kid can do himself.

Bad banks: Complaints about banks to the Better Business Bureau increased nearly 10 percent in 2009.

Customers complained about getting turned down for car loans, paying excessive overdraft fees and receiving defective free toasters for opening new accounts.

Town vs. world: People in the Japanese fishing village where wholesale slaughter of dolphins was captured on film in the documentary “The Cove” lashed out at Hollywood on Monday for giving the movie an Oscar .

The residents of Taijicho are now the odds-on favorite for an award of their own: “Most Tone-Deaf Performance by an Entire Town.”

— Mark Carlson, Herald staff

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