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Can breakfast help keep us thin?

NEW YORK — Cereal makers have happily encouraged the belief that eating breakfast can help keep us thin and bring other benefits, partly by paying for studies that seem to support the idea.

The lights of Los Angeles look especially bright during awards season. The Grammy Awards and Academy Awards both will be held next month. - JIM BYERS PHOTO

Get a taste of the glitz and glam of Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES – I’ve been given a tough assignment by the tourism folks in Los Angeles; tour the city and eat at places that even A-list celebs have trouble getting into. Sip a glass of wine or two with your meal. Stay at a couple of glam hotels. Tour the Grammy Museum in advance of next month’s Grammy Music Awards and the Academy Awards.

BarbadosÕs beaches are irresistible, and turtle-watching catamaran tours and other water-sport plentiful. But the island's little-visited interior holds many historic treasures. PETER NEVILLE-HADLEY/HORIZON WRITERS' GROUP

Barbados hidden treasures

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- While other Caribbean islands changed hands between colonists of assorted nationalities, Barbados, a little by itself off to the east, was the only one to remain continuously British. It gained independence in 1966, but its residents still drive on the left, eat fish and chips, and shop for British brands in their supermarke