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Looking to lose weight? Try sniffing some peppermint.

A new study shows that volunteers who sniffed peppermint scent every two hours were not as hungry as nonsniffers and ate 2,800 fewer calories in a week. That’s enough to lose close to a pound.

Eating peppermint candy or chewing peppermint gum doesn’t work as well, researchers found.

The study used packaged peppermint inhalers available in nutrition stores or for $9.99 at

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


The Bagwell gives you an extra pair of hands in the kitchen.

The device is a small rack that holds a gallon-size plastic storage bag open, making it easier to fill. It’s also useful for holding a bag upside down to dry after you’ve washed it.

It’s dishwasher safe and folds flat for storage.

The Bagwell sells for $9.99 plus shipping and handling at or (866) 962-7335.

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


Meatloaf doesn’t have to mean beef. A turkey meatloaf topped with Italian-style mushroom and tomato sauce makes a quick, satisfying dinner for cooler evenings; 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)

Coldplay, “Mylo Xyloto”

Michael Buble, “Christmas”

Vince Gill, “Guitar Slinger”

Kelly Clarkson, “Stronger”

Tom Waits, “Bad As Me”

On DVD (Tuesday)

“Captain America: The First Avenger”

“Winnie the Pooh”

“A Little Help”

In theaters (Friday)

“In Time” (sci-fi thriller)

“Puss in Boots” (animated)

“The Rum Diary” (adventure)


“Top Chef: Just Desserts”: The final three face off for some sweet prizes. (Wednesday, 10 p.m., Bravo)

“Beavis & Butt-Head”: Everyone’s favorite delinquents return following a 14-year absence. (Thursday, 10 p.m., MTV)

“America’s Most Wanted”: John Walsh profiles a fugitive in each of the 50 states in this special two-hour edition. (Saturday, 8 p.m., Fox)

“Allen Gregory”: Jonah Hill voices the snooty 7-year-old in this new animated comedy. (Sunday, 8:30 p.m., Fox)

On stage

Eugene Ballet, “Romeo and Juliet”: Tuesday, The Fox

Steven Curtis Chapman: Thursday, Real Life Ministries, Post Falls

“The Receptionist”: Opens Thursday, Interplayers

“Jane Eyre” in Concert: Friday-Saturday, Spokane Civic Theatre

Around town

Hemingway Festival: Thursday-Saturday, University of Idaho, Moscow

Mt. Spokane Ski Patrol Swap: Saturday-Sunday, Spokane County Fair and Expo Center

Mixing for Mobius: Saturday, Northern Quest Casino

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


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