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Healthbytes - Aspirin is not for everyone

Sometimes it seems that people fear they will not reach their maximal life span without the benefit of a baby aspirin every day, but aspirin carries some real risks, which can exceed the presumed benefit in many older people. (I don’t take it; and later I’ll give you an Internet site to consult that will tell you if you are better off taking or not taking this venerable drug.) Because aspirin is available over the counter, people may take it without medical supervision or continue long after the risk of bleeding exceeds the potential benefit.

Thunderstorm warning, watch issued

There is a SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WATCH for all of Jefferson County through 8 p.m. and a SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING for NORTHWESTERN JEFFERSON COUNTY through 5 p.m. Details from the National Weather Service: http://www.srh.noaa.gov/lzk/

Fishing for Fun

Barbara Sheppard, left, and Wilma Riley, right — both of Pine Bluff — enjoy an afternoon of fishing Wednesday at Martin Luther King Jr. Park in Pine Bluff. Shortly after the photo was taken, the ladies called it a day as temperatures reached the upper 80s and the relative humidity was more than 50 percent. (Amy Widner/Pine Bluff Commercial)

Scholarships awarded

Joe Clement, center, of Simmons Bank, presented scholarship checks to three recent Pine Bluff High School graduates during a Pine Bluff Rotary Club luncheon Tuesday at the Pine Bluff Country Club.