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The Bath County News-Outlook Thursday, December 4, 2003 Total lunar eclipses can range in color--from dark brown and red to bright orange, yellow and even gray-- depending on how much dust and clouds are in the Earth's atmosphere. Saturday night's eclipse appeared light red to many people and brownish to others. Residents of the eastern United States could eclipse from beginning about 6 p.m. to 10 p.m,, was already under way the moon rose around the West. Lunar eclipses are on May 4 and October 28 year, but the first will ible from North according to NASA. Muscle Up---Jonathan Newkirk goes up for a shot in eavy traffic in Tuesday night's game against the Nicholas ;County Blue Jackets. It was Bath County's opener game at ome, but despite the home court advantage, the Cats could ot get a real good handle on their offense. The Wildcats ulti- nately lost 50-31, unable to penetrate inside or hit very well rom the arc. (News-Outlook-photo, Ken Metz) Kim Hunt-Price Holidays can be time of opportunity for identity theft By: Kim Hunt-Price Bath County Attorney , Many Bath Countians be- Come a bit more careful about tocking the doors to their cars and houses during the holiday eason. However, some crimi- nals are out to steal much more ihan a few Christmas presents. Some want access to your iden- *"it:vcith increased check writ- Jng and credit card use, the opportunity for identity theft is high. Identity theft occurs when people manage to obtain basic information about a person and Use that information to set up or use existing accounts for their own purposes. A thief really only needs three pieces of information to wreak havoc on another per- son's life. Those three pieces of information are full name, Social Security number, and birth date. With this informa- tion, a thief can turn a victim's life upside down. Some thieves are bold enough to steal mail from mail- boxes, search through trash cans, pose as representatives from reputable companies and even remove office files from doctors' offices. If thieves get the basic infor- mation, they can open a credit card account in someone else's name and run up the bill. They aren't concerned about paying it because it is in someone else's name. Some thieves even man- age to have the bills delivered to a different address, so the 'victim does not become aware bf the new account's existence. Victims typically lose $800 and spend two years clearing ]heir names. It is a crime to steal some- one's identity. Identity theft is a lass D felony for the first pffense and a Class C felony for subsequent offenses. The first bffense carries from one to five years' imprisonment and/or up to a $20,000 fine. Subsequent bffenses bring a five-to-ten- year prison term and/or a maxi- mum fine of $20,000. In many instances, people have no control over whether they become victims of identity theft. There are many proactive steps people can take to protect their identities. I would make the following suggestions for preventing identity theft: If doing business online, use only secure Web sites, showing a lock at the bottom of the Web page. Do not carry your Social Security card in your wallet. Receive your mail in a post office box or other secure mail- box. Shred or tear banking and credit information before throwing it in the trash. Do not wear employee badges with your Social Security number printed on them. Do not have your Social Security number printed on per- sonal checks. Order a copy of your credit report each year to verify that there are no suspicious accounts or credit on your report. If using trash pick up, place cans outside at the latest possi- ble time to prevent someone from stealing important infor- mation from your trash. Do not use e-mail to send personal data. Avoid allowing a waiter to take your credit card out of your sight. (Sometimes the data is transferred to other magnetic strips to make counterfeit credit cards.) Before discarding a person- al computer, use a hard-drive shredding software. Deleting files is not good enough. If you become a victim of identity theft, you should report the crime to the local police or Add two---Clark Given sacked one from inside the cir- cle Tuesday night against Nicholas County. The Wildcats never got in the groove offensively but hustled hard through- out the game. In the background is Joey Wright. (News- Outlook-photo, Ken Metz) my office. After that, it is wise to file a complaint to the Federal Trade Commission (877-ID- THEFT), alert the credit-reporting agencies, and notify banks, creditors and util- ity companies. Our names and reputations are our most valuable asset. We should do everything we can to protect them. cials estimated about 800 peo- ple stood in line for a chance to peer through the observatory's telescope. Outside, amateur astron- omers set up telescopes on one of the city's highest promonto- ries. Bill Lewis, a 53-year old computer programmer from Montgomery County, declared the viewing a success. "It's a good one, because the sky is so clear," he said, adjust- ing the focus on his new $500 rig. "I thought there would be about ten of us crazies out here, but look at the crowd." Unlike in May, when the last total lunar eclipse was visible from North America, the sky was mostly clear Saturday night --except for light, feathery clouds it the moment the mbon was totally covered, about 8:10 p.m. EST. Photos courtesy of Francis Apel, of Owingsville. KY moonshine: stargazers revel in Saturday night show Sky-watchers in every conti- nent but Australia reveled in the relative rarity of a total lunar eclipse on a recent Saturday night--but as stargazers have noted for centuries, it was a matter of celestial perspective. "From the moon, they're having a solar eclipse," said Dean Regas, an astronomer at the Cincinnati Observatory Center. A lunar eclipse occurs when the moon. Earth and sun are in alignment and the moon passes through the planet's shadow. In a solar eclipse, the Earth is in the moon's shadow. The Cincinnati Observatory, which claims to be the oldest in the United States, was founded in 1842 and has been in its cur- rent location on the city's east side since 1871. It had one of its biggest nights ever Saturday, as offi- Christmas Play at Okla Church of God Saturday, Dec. 5 & Sunday, Dec. 6 at 6:30 Everyone Welcome! 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