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WT05, Toledo’s CW, announces a Casting Call for the 15th Cycle of “America’s Next Top Model.” WT05 will take its camera and interviewers from noon to 8 p.m. April 8 to New York Collection, 4861 Dorr Street. Previous casting calls have attracted more than 100 applicants each.

The call is open to women between the ages of 18 and 27, who are at least 5 feet 7 inches tall, and are American citizens. There is no weight requirement.

Applicants should bring a completed application, three photos of themselves, and a copy of their driver’s license or passport and Social Security card or birth certificate. Applications and eligibility requirements are available online at

At the audition, WT05’s camera crew will tape all the applicants, allowing them to show their attitude and personality on camera. A tape of all the applicants will be put together by WT05 crew, and sent directly to the casting director, along with their applications, copies of IDs and photos. An impartial judging panel also will select one winner from those who audition, and that person will get an appointment to meet with the “America’s Next Top Model” casting director.

“America’s Next Top Model,” which airs at 8 p.m. Wednesdays on WT05, follows a group of young women of various backgrounds, shapes and sizes who live together and vie for a grand prize which will include a modeling contract. The reality competition exposes the transformation of everyday young women into top models, as they face weekly tests that determine who can make the cut. The finalists compete in a highly accelerated modeling boot camp, a crash course to modeling fame that includes mentoring by supermodel Tyra Banks and exposure to high-profile fashion industry gurus, all under 24-hour-a-day surveillance of the “America’s Next Top Model” cameras, which chronicle every move.

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Want to try a “SuperSize” deal that is calorie free and healthful?

Croquet anyone? Enjoy “super-size”
fun at the Rutherford B. Hayes
Presidential Center’s SuperSize Croquet
Tournament in July.

Call the Hayes Presidential Center and sign up for the first-ever SuperSize Croquet Tournament July 2-4 on the grounds of Spiegel Grove. The modern version of the popular “anybody-can-play” sport of croquet “super-sizes” the equipment and the fun with the use of soccer balls, giant wickets, and a free-ranging course around trees, uneven terrain and the occasional panicked squirrel. No prior experience is needed.

The game’s simple rules can be easily learned on the spot. Registered players desiring a bit of advance play can take advantage of a free SuperSize Croquet clinic and practice session July 1.

The registration fee for the SuperSize Croquet Tournament is $25 per person. The price includes participation in the three-day tournament and eligibility for winner/finalist trophies. Optional lunch, cocktail party and Wine Auction dinner packages are available for additional fees.


The animal care staff at the Toledo Zoo recently had its first opportunity to examine the polar bear cub born in early December 2009, and the news is – it’s a boy!

Although he weighed only a pound at birth, he has already grown to be over 33 pounds. Both the cub and mother Crystal are doing well, and the zoo expects that he will be on exhibit later this spring in the Arctic Encounter® exhibit.

Now that the sex of the polar bear has been determined, the little fellow needs a name. The zoo, in conjunction with Polar Bears International and the World Wildlife Fund has asked the young people from the North Slope of Alaska to come up with a suitable name for the special little bear.

The North Slope is the region from which the zoo’s other female bear, Nan, was found as an orphan over a decade ago. According to the zoo’s curator of mammals, Dr. Randi Meyerson, “We hope to work together to facilitate a relationship between the children of Toledo who love our polar bears and the children of the North Slope who live with and respect these animals.”

The cub was the only polar bear born in a U.S. zoo in 2009, and his birth is another important step in the conservation of polar bears. Because many populations of polar bears are declining in the wild and as more of their Arctic habitat is lost each year to climate change, every cub counts.

Further updates on the cub, including video, will be available at

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