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An historical‐fiction play that reveals a little known chapter in America’s history – inspired by actual events. At the height of WWII, Berthoud, Colorado’s industrious sugar beet farmers were expecting a record harvest, but labor was in short supply – with most of the town’s young men overseas fighting Germans. Who could help them harvest their beets? Germans. There were 3,000 German POWs being held at Camp 202 in Greeley, CO. Why not put them to work? Beets is a poignant story of bias yielding to circumstance, hatred bowing to compassion and love escaping fences.

“Beets” can hang its red-stained hat on a story and script that are insatiably engaging. And although slightly convenient and overly explanatory at times, the script employs enough clever devices and historical references to keep things interestingly salty throughout

A vehicle is seen smashed into the window of the Wells Fargo History Museum in downtown San Francisco, Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015. Thieves in the SUV smashed through the glass doors of the museum and made off with gold nuggets on display. (AP Photo/Kristin Bender)

“Rest assured, the museum will reopen, so it can continue to serve the thousands of visitors and Bay Area residents who visit it each year,” Pulido said. Wells Fargo opened its first branch on the site in 1852, he said.

This Jan. 12, 2015 photo shows muffaletta flatbread in Concord, N.H. The recipe, by Alison Ladman, combines pizza and muffaletta. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead)

For a shortcut version, prep the red pepper pesto and olive salad ahead of time. They can be refrigerated for several days. You also could substitute mixed marinated olives from the grocer’s olive bar for the olive salad.

This photo provided by NSF International shows a blender and its blades in the gasket. In a 2013 household germ study, NSF International found Salmonella, E. coli, yeast and mold hidden in blender gaskets.  (AP Photo/NSF International)

Then, cleaning a few often-overlooked areas in the kitchen could offer additional protection from E. coli, Salmonella, Listeria, yeast and mold, according to NSF International, a non-profit organization based in Ann Arbor, Michigan, that has been promoting proper cleaning of kitchen tools and appliances since the 1940s. NSF International has put out recommendations on kitchen hot spots based on studies done in 2011 and again in 2013:

This photo provided by courtesy of the Brooklyn Botanic Garden shows wild ginger (Saruma henryi) in bloom in Brooklyn Botanic Garden’s Rock Garden, in Brooklyn, in New York. (AP Photo/Brooklyn Botanic Garden, Rebecca Bullene)

“In the winter, even indoor plants won’t be doing much, but an already established herb plant can thrive quite happily in a sunny window,” said Sonia Uyterhoeven, who teaches herb gardening at the New York Botanical Garden.

This photo released by Relativity Media shows Jillian Estell, left, and Kevin Costner, in a scene from Relativity Media's "Black or White."  (AP Photo/Relativity Media, Tracy Bennett)

“Inspired by a true incident” per the opening credits, the screenplay by Binder paints a broad but credible portrait of a fractured family living on opposite sides of L.A.’s racial barrier, with Elliot carousing around his massive suburban mansion while Rowena shelters relatives in a Compton abode across the street from a crack den.

This image released by Fox Searchlight Pictures shows Reese Witherspoon, right, in a scene from the film, "Wild." A big, bad pair of hiking boots and the bloody hurt they inflicted on Cheryl Strayed's feet were co-stars in her book "Wild," as they were for Reese Witherspoon in the popular movie adaptation that earned the actress an Oscar nomination. A newbie to thru-hiking, Strayed's story of her 1,100-mile trek has not only boosted her profile but reinforced the importance to novices of protecting and supporting their feet.  (AP Photo/Fox Searchlight Pictures, Anne Marie Fox)

“You have to respect your feet. Fit and break-in period are two of the most important aspects of finding the right pair of hiking boots. We hope newbie hikers not only take inspiration from Cheryl’s story, but also learn from her initial mistakes,” Pennartz said.

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