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by Rick Dandes February 12 is the start of the Twenty-first Winter Olympics; for cold-weather sports fanatics it’s an every four year TV spectacular. This year, the setting is one of the most beautiful in the world, Vancouver, Canada. Tidbits this week, honors the Games with a look back. • The first time a winter sport appeared in the Olympics was in the summer games. Figure skating made its debut in the 1908 Summer Olympics. The top skaters were 10-time world champion Ulrich Salchow of Sweden, who originated the backwards, one revolution jump that bears his name, and Made Syers of Britain. Both were the first singles champions. • Many organizers of the 1916 Summer Games in Berlin planned to introduce a “Skiing Olympia,” featuring nordic events in black forest. But the games were cancelled after the outbreak of World War I in 1914. • Upon the conclusion of World War I, the Games resumed in 1920 at Antwerp, Belgium, where figure skating returned and ice hockey was added as a medal event. Sweden’s Gillis Grafstrom and Magda Julin took individual honors, while Ludovika and Walter Jakobsson were the top skating pair. In hockey, Canada won the gold medal, with the United States second and Czecholslovakia third. turn the page for more!

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THE VANCOUVER GAMES (continued): • Over the objections of Modern Olympics’ founder Baron Pierre de Coubertin and the resistance of the Scandinavian countries, which had staged their own Nordic championships every four or five years from 1901-26 in Sweden, the International Olympic Committee sanctioned an “International Winter Sports Week” at Chamonix, France, in 1924. • The very first “Winter Sports Week” was an 11-day event, which included nordic skiing, speed skating, figure skating, ice hockey and bobsledding. It was a huge success and was later called the first Olympic Winter Games. • Norway is number one, when it comes to most Winter Olympic medals, with 263. • Not surprisingly, no country in the Southern Hemisphere has ever hosted a Winter Games. • U.S. Speed skater Bonnie Blair has won six medals at the Olympic Winter Games. That’s more than any other American athlete. • Nobody has won more medals at the Winter Games than cross-country skier Bjorn Dählie of Norway, who has 12. • Norwegian Sonja Henie won her first gold medal at the 1928 Olympics and at the next three Olympics no female figure skater could compete with her, she was that good. • Sonja Henie’s grace and style sets a new standard for figure skating. And she was young. At 15 years, 10 months, Henie was, at the time, the youngest woman ever to win a gold medal. • The 1940 Games, in Sapporo, Japan, and 1944 Winter Games, scheduled for Corina d’Amerzzo, in Italy, were cancelled due to World War II.

Pass the Cookies on Super Bowl Sunday Whether your team has made it to Super Bowl XLIV or not, itʼs still a great excuse to get together with family and friends on Feb. 7. Get your kids involved in preparing a super snack that the crowd will love. The ingredients for these chocolate football-shaped cookies come right off the shelf and out of the refrigerator in a matter of minutes, and their whimsical football shape is created with homemade “tin can” cookie cutters. If you are hosting the party and the youngest kids get antsy during the first half, enlist them in the preparations and let them serve the tasty, whimsical treats at halftime. Hereʼs what youʼll need; --1 large empty stewed-tomato tin can (28 ounces) for a big cookie cutter, or a small, empty tomato-sauce can for a medium-size cookie cutter --1 package of your favorite chocolate refrigerator cookie dough, or mix a batch of your favorite homemade dough --Rolling pin --Cookie sheets --Canned white butter frosting, or mix your own batch --1 zipper-style plastic bag 1. Start the fun by making your own cookie cutter that kids can easily handle. Wash and dry the can, remove the label and cut off the bottom and any sharp edges. Gently bend the rim until it is in the shape of a football. 2. Roll out the cookie dough and cut cookie shapes with the football-shaped cookie “can” cutter. Place cookies on cookie sheets and bake according to the package or recipe instructions. Cool. 3. Spoon frosting into the plastic bag. Cut a small hole in one bottom corner and squeeze the frosting through the hole, making stitching marks and laces on the cookies. Write the name of the team you are rooting for on larger cookies. Arrange on a platter. Alternative idea: Bake a batch of brownies on a rimmed cooked sheet and cut out football shapes with the football cookie “can” cutter when slightly cooled. Or, prepare a package of chocolate cookie mix, such as Betty Crocker Double Chocolate Chunk cookies. Spread the batter on a cookie sheet and bake longer than package directions for standard cookies. When slightly cooled, cut out football shapes with cookie can cutters. Decorate.

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1. Preheat oven to 350 F. Spray an 8-by-8-inch cake pan with butter-flavored cooking spray. 2. In a large bowl, combine flour, sugar substitute, cocoa, baking powder and baking soda. Add mayonnaise, applesauce, water and vanilla extract. Mix well to combine. Spread batter into prepared cake pan. Bake for 20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Place cake pan on a wire rack and allow to cool completely. 3. Evenly spread whipped topping over cooled cake and sprinkle chocolate chips evenly over top. Freezes well. Serves 8. • Each serving equals: 163 calories, 3g fat, 3g protein, 31g carb., 394mg sodium, 1g fiber; Diabetic Exchanges: 1 1/2 Starch, 1/2 Fat. (c) 2009 King Features Synd., Inc.

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THE VANCOUVER GAMES (continued): • Seventy years after those first cold weather Games, the 17th edition of the Winter Olympics took place in Lillehammer, Norway, in 1994. The event ended the four-year Olympic cycle of staging both Winter and Summer Games in the same year and began a new schedule that calls for the two Games to alternate every two years. • Why the change in cycle? The IOC moved the Winter Games’ four-year cycle in order to separate them from the Summer Games and alternate Olympics every two years. • The Soviet Union (USSR) participated in its first Winter Olympics in 1956, and took home the most medals, including the gold medal in ice hockey. • It takes two: 1968 East Germany and West Germany officially send separate teams for the first time and continued to do so through 1988. • After East and West Germany’s unification, the country finally sent a single team in 1990. • Thanks, but no thanks: The International Olympics Committee granted the 1976 Winter Games to Denver in May 1970. But wait a minute: in 1972 Colorado voters reject a $5 million bond issue to finance the undertaking. Denver immediately withdraws as host and Innsbruck, Austria is chosen as the site of the 1976 Games. • The Olympic flag’s colors of red, black, blue, green and yellow rings on a field of white are there because at least one of those colors appears on the flag of every nation on the planet. • Number one: The U.S. was the first country to win a Winter Olympic event. In 1924, Speed skater Charles Jewtraw won the first event of the Games with an upset in the 500 meters.

Many places in the country that donʼt typically experience harsh winter weather have seen records broken for low temperatures and snowfall. Even if youʼre used to hard winters, it makes sense to check the mid-winter condition of your home because winter isnʼt over yet. From a distance, check your roof with binoculars. Are any shingles missing? Look carefully around skylights, vents and chimneys. While youʼre outside, check to see if the dryer vent is closed. If itʼs stuck in the open position, it creates access for cold air and creatures. If you havenʼt drained the outside faucet, itʼs worthwhile to do so even if you live in an area that is generally warm. Check downspouts to make sure theyʼre aimed away from the house and that water hasnʼt accumulated next to the foundation. If you have an attic, check inside for any wet spots on the plywood. If the attic is especially cold, consider putting down another layer of insulation. (If youʼre going to do it yourself, get guidance at the hardware store about whether you need insulation batts with or without the vapor barrier. In the wrong place, that vapor

HOLLYWOOD ... Relax, girls! That cute little lady with Chris Pine at a recent award show was his agent, Susan Schwarz, who is happily married to entertainment attorney Stuart Berton. She tends Chrisʼ career, and the “buck stops there.” So, donʼt despair. As far as I know, there is no one at the moment as a permanent fixture in Chrisʼ life. Letter from Helen B. Kelly of Brooklyn, N.Y., berating me for saying Johnny Depp is not sexy. Says Kelly, “Are you out of your mind? How can you say Johnny Depp is not sexy?” She recommends I see a good eye doctor. However, she does say that other than that, she enjoys the column. So, Helen, thanks for reading, and I shall certainly seek the sex in Johnny Depp. There will be no “Spider-Man 4.” Columbia Pictures has scrapped the present script and is looking at a new one that wouldnʼt be produced until 2012. And thatʼs all I know about it for now, except that Spidey star Tobey McGuire is looking at other projects and spending his spare time riding his bike about. On the personal side, Tobey doesnʼt smoke, drink or eat meat, and he works out extensively to keep fit. Aside to King H. of Birmingham, Ala.: I wonʼt argue with you. You say Angelina Jolie is the sexiest femme in films today. I canʼt think of any other who would knock her out of the box. It was a hoot! I hope some of you saw Kiefer

barrier can cause moisture damage to the rafters.) Hold a lighter around the attic access to see if there are any drafts. Use that same lighter around windows and doors. Seal windows inside with a clear plastic sheeting kit, the kind that shrinks with a hair dryer, or put up insulated drapes. Install a draft guard at the bottom of exterior doors. If you have an unheated basement, consider installing heat tape around the water pipes. Read the instructions carefully: Tape wrapped over itself is a fire hazard. Heat tape will only add a very small amount to your electric bill, especially when compared to the cost of fixing any frozen and cracked pipes. At the same time, check the heating ductwork. Look for air leaks and seal them with foil tape. (Oddly enough, duct tape doesnʼt seem to do well in this instance.) Consider adding insulation to ductwork: Over half the value of the heated air is lost before it gets into the rooms above if ducts arenʼt insulated. Check the basement for leaks or moisture. Run a dehumidifier if necessary to keep mold from getting started. (c) 2010 King Features Synd., Inc.

Sutherland on the “Late Show with David Letterman” wearing a dress. He lost a bet. Didnʼt say what it was, but there he was in a fluffy frock waving his bare legs about while everybody had fun watching. AND maybe by the time you read this, the Conan-Leno whoop-de-do will be resolved. Sharon Stoneʼs immediate future is assured. She will appear on NBCʼs “Law and Order SUV” for four episodes playing a cop turned prosecutor. Hereʼs a lady thatʼs like rare wine. She looks better and better with age. And while pursuing a career, she still manages to have a fun kind of life. Honestly! And I know Iʼm being redundant. BUT those “little black nothing” dresses are looking more and more like bathing suits. On every show, at every party, everywhere. Hopefully the fashion will change soon. It would be nice to see some red and blue and even green for a change! Bryce Dallas Howard stars in “Loss of a Teardrop Diamond,” and she appeared at the premiere party on the arm of her dad -- actor, writer, producer Ron Howard. The two have a truly loving relationship. Those of you who come from rainy country as I do (New Orleans) know how to deal with the drops. Not so in Tinseltown, where water rarely falls from the sky. Hardly anyone has rain gear or an umbrella (except the big ones on the beach to protect from the sun). So when the drops do fall, they run for shelter, slip around on the wet roads and give thanks for the much-needed water. But as the awards season is here, letʼs hope they donʼt fall too often -- or too hard.

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FRANK SINATRA Before Elvis and the Beatles, there was Frank Sinatra, one of the great performers of our time. From big band singer to pop hit wonder, he made hit records and then hit movies like no one before him. Let us salute, then, The Chairman of the Board. • Sinatra as movie star: Got the role of Pvt. Maggio in “From Here to Eternity”(1953), after Eli Wallach passed on it to do a Tennessee Williams play on stage. • Sinatra was voted the 59th greatest movie star of all time by Entertainment Weekly magazine. • Roles he missed: Sinatra was considered for the role of Nicky Arnstein in “Funny Girl” (1968). This was vetoed by Barbra Streisand, because she didn’t like him. The role was eventually played by Omar Sharif. • Sinatra has sold over 250 million records worldwide. And he still sells records (CDs). • The crooner briefly lost the ability to sing after his vocal chords hemorrhaged in 1953. When his voice returned, it had an extra dimension, which many fans and critics believed made his singing better than it had been before. • Make my day: Sinatra was the first choice to play the title role in “Dirty Harry” (1971), but broke his finger before shooting started and had to bow out of the production. • Sinatra was also a peacemaker. He was instrumental in reuniting Jerry Lewis and Dean Martin after their decades of estrangement. During an appearance on Lewis` annual telethon for Muscular Dystrophy, Sinatra said that he had a friend who wanted to say hello; then, he escorted Martin onto the stage to a flabbergasted Lewis. The two remained reunited until Martin`s death. It remains a classic TV moment.

1. Johnny Bench is the Cincinnati Reds’ all-time leader in home runs, with 389. Who is No. 2? 2. Name the only manager to lead the Seattle Mariners to the playoffs. 3. Who held the mark for most 4,000-yard passing seasons before Indianapolis’ Peyton Manning broke it in 2006? 4. When was the last time before 2009 that the University of Washington won the men’s Pac-10 regular-season basketball title? 5. Who holds the mark for consecutive road wins to start an NHL season? 6. Which team has appeared the most times in Major League Soccer’s championship game? 7. Name the last U.S. boxer to win an Olympic gold medal in the lightweight division.

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my clothes dryer. I’m able to remove lint from the trap easily using the brush. I also can run it over the top of the clothes dryer to pick up stray lint that falls off the trap as I am cleaning it. And it helps to run a wet towel over both the clothes washer and dryer to (c) 2009 King Features Synd., Inc. keep them clean. I do this as I am washing towels.” • “Here’s how to keep pet hair out of drains when -- I.L. in Kansas bathing pets indoors, which is something we have to do when the weather is cold. We find that a • Make sure you limit the use of your bathroom fans wad of steel wool pushed into the drain will catch during the winter, as they pump your warmed air all the hairs. It’s easy to remove the whole thing. outside. I place it in a dish to drain, and when it’s dry, I can just shake the hairs into the trash. I save it in a • “Clean plastic milk jugs well with soap and hot zipper-top bag for just this purpose, as it can be water. Dry very well (you can use a hair dryer to make sure they are completely dry inside). Use them used over and over again.” -- R.G. in Michigan to store dry baking goods. Use a funnel to transfer • If you have coffee mugs or teacups that are flour, sugar, salt, etc. from large packages to the stained inside, rub the insides with a little bit of jugs, then store them in your pantry or a closet. They are protected from bug infestation and can dishwasher detergent. Rinse well and dry. be poured easily to get just the amount you need.” • “I have saved an old hairbrush, and I keep it by -- T.G., via e-mail

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FRANK SINATRA (continued): Sinatra is one of only five actors/actresses to have both a #1 hit single and an Oscar for acting. The others are Cher, Barbra Streisand, Jamie Foxx and Bing Crosby. Sinatra was at one time, part owner of the Sands Hotel/Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada, and the Cal-Neva Lodge in Lake Tahoe. To friends, he was amazingly generous. As gifts, Frank Sinatra gave away $50,000 worth of gold lighters before he was 30. When the 50-year-old Sinatra married third wife Mia Farrow, age 20, pal Dean Martin quipped: “I’ve got Scotch older than Mia Farrow.” The press liked the term “Rat Pack,” but Sinatra never liked it. He said it was a stupid name. Sinatra’s gang also was known as the Summit or the Clan, which allowed Sammy Davis Jr. to famously say: “Would I belong to an organization known as the Clan?” Frank Sinatra was honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award in 1997. On Frank Sinatra’s headstone it reads, The Best is Yet to Come. In Frank Sinatra’s acting career, he was credited in his films as either Chairman of the Board or as Daddy. Frank Sinatra began his solo singing career in 1942. He was the dream man to young women and girls, He was known as a bobbysoxer. It’s a long way from New Jersey. When Frank Sinatra started out in his career, he played in small dives and carried his P.A. system around with him.

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The Boy Scouts will celebrate their 100th birthday on Feb. 8; Happy birthday, scouts, and former scouts everywhere. • Merit badges have become a staple of the Boy Scouts. Merit badges are one of the first things noticed on a Boy Scout uniform. Merit badges are awarded to all levels of Boy Scouts, including those in Cub Scouting and Boy Scouting. • There are over 120 merit badges that can be earned by Boy Scouts over time. These merit badges often require the completion of specific activities, such as camping, home repairs, or nature. • “Boys’ Life” magazine is often referred to as the main publication for the Boy Scouts of America. The Boys’ Life Magazine comes in three different versions, ideal for Boy Scouts of different age groups. • Scouting had two notable predecessors in the United States: the Woodcraft Indians started by Ernest Thompson Seton in 1902 and the Sons of Daniel Boone founded by Daniel Carter Beard in 1905. • In 1907, British General Robert Baden-Powell founded the Scouting movement in England using elements of Ernest Seton’s works. Several small local Scouting programs for boys started independently in the U.S. soon after— most of these later merged with the BSA. • Who exactly was Lord Robert Baden-Powell of Gilwell (1857-1941)? He was a decorated soldier, talented artist and actor. Baden-Powell was best known during his military career for his heroic defense of the small South African township of Mafeking during the Boer War. But it was sometime later that he was to be propelled to fame as the legendary founder of Scouting. • Believe it or not, Cub Scouting is the largest of the three programs available to boys from first grade through fifth grade or seven through ten years old. The program is designed to pursue the aims of character development, citizenship training, and personal fitness. • Boy Scouting is geared for boys ages 10 to 18. The program uses outdoor activities such as camping, aquatics and hiking to achieve the aims of character, citizenship and personal fitness training. • The image of Boy Scouts was largely highlighted through the works of famed American illustrator Norman Rockwell, through much of the 20th Century. • Beginning in 1913, Rockwell started illustrating covers of “Boy’s Life,” the magazine for BSA youth. He also drew the organization’s annual calendar illustrations between 1925 and1976. • The Boy Scouts of America’s stated purpose, at the time of its incorporation, was to teach patriotism, courage, self-reliance, and kindred values. • Merit badges have been an integral part of the Scouting program since the start of the movement in the United Kingdom. • Scouting came to the United States in 1910; the BSA quickly issued an initial list of just 14 merit badges, but did not produce or award them. In 1911, the BSA manufactured the first official 57 merit badges and began awarding them.

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Cat Fight Won’t End By Samantha Mazzotta DEAR PAWʼS CORNER: I have two indoor cats, a male and female, both fixed. A few months ago a fight broke out between them and a neighbor cat that approached them on the screened porch. Even though the fight was with the neighbor cat, my cats “Bull” and “Sally” have been getting into vicious fights with each other ever since, with Sally instigating them. I thought they were getting better recently, but the fighting has broken out again, and now Iʼm noticing urine marking in the front room as well. How can I keep the peace here? -- Melanie, via e-mail DEAR MELANIE: It will be very difficult to rekindle your catsʼ friendship, but you can forge a peace treaty between the two. Temple Grandin, in her excellent book “Animals Make Us Human” (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt), discusses cat fights and offers some ideas for resolving them. The incident that triggered your catsʼ problem is called “redirected aggression,” Grandin explains. One cat, probably Sally, could not get to the neighbor cat, so she

turned that aggression on her companion. Immediately after a fight, the cats must be separated -- put in different areas of the house. For some cats, a temporary separation is enough to reduce the aggressiveness and restore calm. But for your cats, a gradual reintroduction will be necessary as itʼs clear the aggression is still there. Put the aggressive cat (Sally) into a carrier and then let Bull come into the same room. If Sally starts hissing and spitting, put a blanket over the carrier. Remove the blanket when Sally calms down. Gradually increase the amount of time the carrier with Sally inside is in the same room as Bull. At the same time, consider giving both cats anti-anxiety medication prescribed by their veterinarian. Hopefully, they will stop fighting with a gradual reintroduction to each other, but if they donʼt, you will need to keep them separated. Send your tips, questions and comments to Pawʼs Corner, c/o King Features Weekly Service, P.O. Box 536475, Orlando, FL 32853-6475, or e-mail them to pawscorner@hotmail.com.

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• On Feb. 14, 278 A.D., Valentine, a holy priest in Rome, is executed. Ruler Claudius the Cruel was having a difficult time getting soldiers to join his military because of their strong attachment to their wives, and had banned marriages. Valentine had continued to perform marriages in secret and was beheaded for it. • On Feb. 11, 1858, in southern France, Bernadette Soubirous, a 14-year-old French peasant girl, first claims to have seen the Virgin Mary. The apparitions, which totaled 18 before the end of the year, occurred in a grotto of a rock promontory near Lourdes, France. • On Feb. 13, 1914, The American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (ASCAP) is formed in New York. This was the first U.S. group to help protect copyrighted music against illegal public performances for profit. • On Feb. 12, 1934, Bill Russell, the legendary center for the Boston Celtics during the 1960s, is born in Monroe, La. During his 13-year career with the Celtics, the 6-foot-9-inch Russell helped the team to 11 NBA championships.

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• It was American journalist, author and humorist Don Marquis who made the following sage observation: “Procrastination is the art of keeping up with yesterday.” • A giant carnivorous plant has recently been discovered on a remote mountaintop in the Philippines. The second largest pitcher plant on record, nepenthes attenboroughii secretes a nectar that lures insects, frogs and even rats into

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• There has been a lot of debate about whether older drivers should be required to pass driving tests in order to renew their licenses, with failing sight and diminished judgment being cited as reasons for the more stringent requirement. However, statistics tend to indicate that, as a group, teenagers are the more dangerous drivers, with their auto-accident death rate roughly triple that of the elderly. • If you’re thinking about going back to school during this economic downturn, you might want to consider working toward a master’s degree in business administration. The average salary increase enjoyed by new MBA holders is a whopping 64 percent.

• On Feb. 5, 1989, the last Russian troops withdraw from the capital city of Kabul. Soviet armed forces entered Afghanistan in December 1979 to support that nationʼs pro-Soviet communist government in its battles with Muslim rebels. By the time the Soviets started to withdraw in early 1989, more than 13,000 Russian soldiers were dead and another 22,000 had been wounded.

• The men’s formal attire known as the tuxedo takes its name from the Tuxedo Park Club in New York, where the clothing first became popular. The word itself is derived from the Algonquian word for wolf. • The man who holds the world record for running 100 meters and 200 meters, and who has won three Olympic gold medals, is a Jamaican by the name of Usain Bolt. Yes, Bolt. • The Zagat restaurant rating system recently conducted a survey of Americans’ tipping habits. The results? It seems that residents of Philadelphia are the most generous tippers in the nation, leaving an average of 19.6 percent. The average across the country is 19 percent.

1. Frank Robinson, with 324 home runs. 2. Lou Piniella, in 1995, ‘97, ‘00 and ‘01. 3. Miami’s Dan Marino had six such seasons. Manning had 10 through 2009. 4. The Huskies were cochamps of the Pac-10 in 1984-85. 5. Buffalo had 10 road wins to open the 2006-07 season. 6. The Los Angeles Galaxy have been in six finals, winning twice (2002, ‘05). 7. Oscar De La Hoya in 1992.


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