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Not funny: OMG, they're killing off Archie, the wholesome, redheaded teen comic book character who's been around since 1941 and only recently made it into adulthood in the "Life With Archie" series. I only recently saw one in the grocery store checkout line, having thought the Archie comics died off decades ago. Anyway, Archie's demise is foreseen for July. But a death sentence seems pretty harsh. Couldn't they just have him marry Veronica instead? A fate worse than ...

Even better, have him ditch her for Valeria Lukyanova, the 28-year-old Ukranian model who -- with implants and makeup -- has turned herself into a real-life Barbie doll (looks more anime to me). In the April issue of GQ, "Human Barbie" blasts mixed-race unions, and says she communicates with space aliens and is repulsed by children, which is kind of odd coming from someone who has devoted her life to looking like a kid's toy.

Pleasanton: elevation, 5,280 feet. Well, maybe not all over town. So far, this lofty altitude (not attitude) is only found in the new 1,000-square-foot Air Fit room at The Quad fitness center (www.thequadfit.com). There, really crazy-robust people train in what's billed as the largest hypoxic chamber in the U.S. -- a room with reduced oxygen to simulate high altitudes so extreme athletes can prep for events in nonsimulated crazy-high places like the Alps.

Not sure how they suck the oxygen out of a room. Maybe they let Human Barbie talk for a while.

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