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If one member of your family gets a contagious disease like the flu, is everyone else doomed?

Not necessarily. Public health leaders offer this advice:

• Isolate the sick person. Ideally, they should stay in one room, with one caregiver, and wear a face mask around other family members if they have a respiratory illness. At least designate a spot for them on a sofa or chair, away from others.

• Wash your hands often; hand sanitizers don’t work as well as soap and water if your hands are visibly dirty.

• Clean surfaces well. Use a bleach solution or disinfectant wipes, especially on door knobs, sink faucets, flush handles, remote controls and other frequently touched items.

• Wash soiled items quickly, and use disposable gloves when cleaning up vomit or diarrhea.

» Find more health and fitness tips in Tuesday’s Today section.


For a sixth straight year, home warranty companies topped the list of most-complained about service providers in 2010, according to the Angie’s List consumer service (

If you’re considering a home warranty program when buying a house – to cover things such as a garbage disposal, the plumbing, the electrical wiring and the heating, ventilation and air-conditioning system – check first with Angie’s List, the Better Business Bureau or online for a company’s complaints.

Angie’s List charges an annual fee for members. Information at the Better Business Bureau is free; find your local chapter through

» Find more home and garden ideas in Sunday’s Today section.


Celebrity “roasts” are usually pretty tasteless, but roasting peppers and tomatoes is just downright tasty. They pair perfectly with pasta for a quick weeknight dinner; for the recipe, see page C5.

» Find more recipes and restaurant news in Wednesday’s Food section.


Here’s what’s on the schedule for this week:

On CD (Tuesday)

Various artists, “Now That’s What I Call Music! 37”

Yanni, “Truth of Touch”

Motörhead, “The World is Yours”

The Wailin’ Jennys, “Bright Morning Stars”

On DVD (Tuesday)

“Life as We Know It”

“For Colored Girls”

“You Again”

“Paranormal Activity 2”

In theaters (Friday)

“The Eagle” (period action)

“Gnomeo and Juliet” (animation)

“Just Go With It” (romantic comedy)

“Justin Bieber: Never Say Never” (documentary)


“Traffic Light”: Debut of the romantic comedy following five friends and their love lives. (Tuesday, 9:30 p.m., Fox)

“Live to Dance”: Paula Abdul’s competion show crowns its Season One winner. (Wednesday, 8 p.m., CBS)

“Justified”: Timothy Olyphant returns as Kentucky lawman Raylan Givens in the second-season opener. (Wednesday, 10 p.m., FX)

“Ace of Cakes”: A sweet tribute to “Back to the Future” as the series becomes history with its final episode. (Thursday, 10 p.m., Food Network)

On stage

“Legally Blonde”: Thursday-Sunday, INB Performing Arts Center

Smokey Robinson: Thursday, Coeur d’Alene Casino, Worley, Idaho

Bellydance Superstars: Friday, Bing Crosby Theater

Natalie Cole: Sunday, Northern Quest Casino

Around town

Spokane International Film Festival: Through Sunday, AMC/Magic Lantern

North Idaho Boat Show: Through Sunday, Tobler Marina, Hayden

Spokane International Auto Show: Friday-Sunday, Fair and Expo Center

» Find a full arts and entertainment roundup in the Thursday and Friday Today sections.