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Ups and Downs gives a quick take on news of the week.

UP: Four-time champs. The Billings Senior High girls volleyball team captured the state AA championship for the fourth consecutive year. The West High girls finished with the second-place trophy.

UP: Huntley triumph. Talk about thriving in adversity! Huntley Project students lost their school, athletic equipment and locker rooms in an arson fire this fall, but the football team stayed on track with a winning season. The Red Devils claimed the Class B football championship.

UP: Retiree relief. Americans over age 70½ who have sizable retirement investments may be forced to convert some of this year's paper losses to real losses by selling a chunk of their investments to avoid a tax penalty. A simple and logical solution has been proposed by U.S. Rep. Denny Rehberg: Suspend the "required minimum distribution" rule for 2008 and 2009. As Rehberg suggested, Congress should relieve seniors of this extra financial burden.

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UP: Country superstar. Singer-songwriter Carrie Underwood wowed a full house at Rimrock Auto Arena at MetraPark, filling virtually all of the 7,100 seats available for her concert.

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