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Time to Set the Clocks Back

October 24, 2002

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WASHINGTON (AP) _ With the days growing shorter and an autumn tingle in the air, it’s time for an annual ritual of fall: setting the clocks back.

The shift of an hour of light from evening to morning comes just in time for the tiny ghosts and goblins who go ``trick-or-treating″ next week.

For one night, the shift will give folks an extra hour of sleep as clocks are set back one hour at 2 a.m. Sunday, local time.

It also means this is the weekend some people get stuck working an extra hour _ factory workers on the overnight shift, all-night convenience store clerks, bartenders, police and even some news reporters.

For most people, though, it simply means remembering to set the clock back an hour before retiring Saturday night. Or, in the words of the Uniform Time Act, which set up the system of switching between daylight and standard times, clocks are ``retarded″ an hour at 0200 on the last Sunday in October.

Daylight saving time returns on April 6.

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