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Bowflex, best known for its innovative home exercise gyms, has introduced free-weight dumbbells that are as stylish as they are practical. The Bowflex SelectTech Dumbbells are equipped with dials that adjust the lifting weight from 5 pounds to 52.5 pounds, with the unused weight plates staying secure in an accompanying base. The system functions as 15 pairs of dumbbells in a compact unit designed to reside tastefully in the family room, loft or apartment for use anytime.


“Backscatter” X-ray machines that can see right through your undies will be tested at three airports soon, but the Transportation Security Agency hasn’t announced where or when.

Susan Hallowell, director of the TSA’s security laboratory, allowed her body to be X-rayed by the machine at the agency. The machine bounces X-rays off the skin, producing a black-and-white image. She was dressed in a skirt and blazer in dark colors — but on the monitor she was naked, except for a gun and a bomb she hid under her outfit. The photo at right shows a man hiding a gun under his clothes — but the “Backscatter” saw right through everything.

Name game

The most popular names for baby boys in 1963?

1. David

2. John, Michael (tie)

4. James

5. Robert

6. Mark

7. Richard, William (tie)

9. Thomas

10. Kevin

Light calls

Further proof that New York’s real estate market is inflated: The city plans to sell space atop lampposts to wireless phone companies for $21.6 million a year. The equipment would be attached to 18,000 of the city’s 200,000 lampposts. T-Mobile USA Inc., Nextel Partners Inc., IDT Corp. and three other wireless carriers want the equipment to increase their networks’ capacity. One part of the 15-year deal is cheap Wi-Fi phones for neighborhoods where fewer than 95 percent of residents have home phones.

No wireless equipment is on the lampposts yet because the plan must undergo an aesthetic review by the city’s Art Commission.

Fuzzy accounting?

WHAT: Rabbit-fur hobo bag by Diane Gail Designs.

WHERE: Buy it online at dianegail.com.


WHY YOU WANT IT: In a vibrant apple green, this bag will grant you a double dose of style — the foolproof way to try your hand at this must-have trend, says InStyle magazine.

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