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• It was humorist and commentator Andy Rooney (of “60 Minutes” fame) who made the following sage observation: “Making duplicate copies and computer printouts of things no one wanted even one of in the first place is giving America a new sense of purpose.” • At one time in Corpus Christi, Texas, city leaders saw fit to make it illegal for an individual to raise alligators in his or her home. • The next time you find yourself picking up a complimentary toothpick on your way out of a restaurant, you might want to consider this fact: More Americans choke on toothpicks than on any other item. • If you’re a man, you might be surprised to learn that in a survey that was conducted recently, more than 40 percent of women in the United States admitted that they would wear a stylish shoe even if it were uncomfortable. If you’re a woman, you might be surprised that the figure was only 40 percent. • Resources are very scarce in space, so it’s important to conserve wherever possible. The astronauts on the International Space Station might be going a bit far, however; it’s been reported that they change their underwear only every three or four days in order to cut down on laundry. • Those who study such things say that the average grocery store today carries approximately 30,000 different items — that’s more than twice as many items as those stores carried 20 years ago. • A couple of years ago, Mariah Carey — the American singer, songwriter, actress and, not incidentally, pitch woman for Gillette’s “Legs of a Goddess” ad campaign — insured her legs for $1 billion.

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ture. Written by Liz Pulliam Weston, personal finance columnist for MSN Money, “Your Credit Score” is a valuable reference. Here are some facts the book points out: —It is punishing the way a credit score can drop over something small. The drop in your credit number seems mammoth in comparison to a “little” error, such as making a late payment. Worse, the better your credit, the more a small glitch will count against you. —If you use a large percentage of available credit on one card, it will count against you. One solution is to move the debt between multiple cards, thus giving you a smaller balance on each card. —Having bad credit costs you money over the long haul. Each time you apply for a loan, you won’t qualify for good interest rates. Your insurance premiums will go up, as it’s thought (by in-

April 16 - 22, 2009 surers) that those with low scores will file more claims. —It’s important to check your credit report on a regular basis and go over it carefully. You’re entitled to one free report per year (in certain states it’s two per year.) Dispute inaccurate information, including the spelling of your name, wrong addresses or Social Security numbers, and inquiries you didn’t authorize. —If you don’t use an old card, don’t close the account. It can hurt your credit score because it appears that your credit history is newer than it really is. —Most helpful is the book’s chapter on coping with a credit crisis. Whether it’s a mountain of debt or a job loss, the chapter outlines the steps to take to get back on your feet. The book also covers in detail what to do when you’re a victim of identity theft and how to prevent it, how to raise your credit score in only a few months, fighting back against lenders who want to change your credit limits or your interest rates, and how your credit score is determined. David Uffington regrets that he cannot personally answer reader questions, but will incorporate them into his column whenever possible. Write to him in care of King Features Weekly Service, P.O. Box 536475, Orlando, FL 32853-6475, or send e-mail to columnreply@gmail.com. © 2009 King Features Synd., Inc.


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Ham and Cheese Chowder and Velveeta Light. Mix well to combine. Continue simmering for 5 to 6 minutes or until mixture is heated through and cheese is melted, stirring often. Serves 6. If you still have a little leftover ham from Easter, here is a delicious and hearty soup to finish it off. 4 1/2 cups shredded loose-packed frozen potatoes 1/2 cup finely chopped onion 2 cups chopped cabbage 2 cups water 1 1/2 cups (9 ounces) diced 97 percent fat-free ham 1 (12-fluid-ounce) can Carnation Evaporated Fat-Free Milk 3/4 cup cubed Velveeta Light processed cheese In a large saucepan, combine potatoes, onion, cabbage and water. Stir in ham. Cover and cook over medium heat for 6 to 8 minutes or until vegetables are tender. Add evaporated milk

HINT: Mr. Dell’s frozen shredded potatoes are a good choice. Raw shredded potatoes, rinsed and patted dry, may be used in place of frozen potatoes.

“Why He Didn’t Call You Back” By Rachel Greenwald (Random House, $24)

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• Each serving equals: 179 calories, 3g fat, 16g protein, 22g carbs, 645mg sodium, 264mg calcium, 2g fiber; Diabetic Exchanges: 1 1/2 Meat, 1 Starch, 1/2 Fat Free Milk, 1/2 Vegetable; Carb Choices: 1 1/2. Visit Healthy Exchanges at www.healthyexchanges.com, or call toll-free at 1-800-766-8961 to sign-up for our FREE monthly newsletter. All you pay is the shipping and handling. This is the only national food newsletter for diabetics, heart/cholesterol concerns and healthy weight loss. © 2009 King Features Synd., Inc.

From the understandable to the absurd, author and professional matchmaker Rachel Greenwald breaks down men’s most tried-and-true excuses to discover the real reason they don’t call back after a date. Greenwald applies the aggressive research skills she developed as a Harvard MBA and the razor-sharp intuition honed during her years as a dating coach to the most discouraging dilemma daters face in the days following an apparently amazing date: “Why didn’t he call me back?” Advocating that you change his perception instead of your personality, Greenwald’s vast study and witty analysis of men’s behavior is nearly a science in its fine points, and truly a contemporary approach to the speedily evolving game of dating. After conducting business-world-style “Exit Interviews” with nearly 1,000 men who failed to follow up, Greenwald supposes that the swelling popularity of dating and networking sites like eHarmony and Facebook leads men to believe that their ideal woman — someone hotter, smarter, funnier or more fill-in-the-blank than the one across the table — is just a click of the mouse away. Greenwald explains the stereotypes men often rely on in order to easily categorize a woman on the first date: from the glitzy Park Avenue Princess who grills her date about the size of his bank account over a five-star dinner, to the aggressive, husband-hunting Closer, who made one hapless guy feel like “she was interviewing [him] to be a sperm donor!” Most women don’t fall into such limiting categories. But the author explains, using carefully culled chronicles of dates gone awry, how easily applied these labels are in a man’s world seemingly flooded with available women, and how smart daters can avoid the trap by perfecting their date’s perception. Loud and clear, Greenwald offers the no-frills, tough-love advice that every single woman doesn’t want — but often needs — to hear. © 2009 King Features Synd., Inc.


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The Torch Has Passed MARTINSVILLE, Va. — It’s a familiar scene: Jimmie Johnson, Chad Knaus and Rick Hendrick, enjoying a victory.

At Martinsville Speedway, it’s become the norm. Johnson has claimed five of the past six Sprint Cup races at the oldest track still active on the Sprint Cup Series. Johnson has won with ease and difficulty, joyous triumphs alternated with wistful remorse stemming from the Hendrick Motorsports plane tragedy near here in 2004. He’s been both counted out and presumed too early. At the end of long, taxing days at one of NASCAR’s more exhilarating tracks, Johnson repeatedly emerges victorious. Thus, the victories have begun to run together. Martinsville winners receive $11,000 grandfather clocks for their achievements. Johnson must have ringing in his ears. Not many drivers learn the nuances of winning at Martinsville. Only two active drivers have won more than twice at the paper-clip-shaped oval. Jeff Gordon, Johnson’s teammate, has won seven times here, but it’s taken him 33 tries. Johnson’s six victories have all come in a span of 15 Martinsville races. That’s enough to convince Gordon. “He really has just dominated and taken a hold of this place,” said Gordon of Johnson, who has risen from 19th to fourth in the points standings in just three weeks. Gordon still leads the points, but it will take more than repeated top-five finishes to keep Johnson, who is going for a fourth consecutive championship, at bay. Gordon knows this. The 142 points separating them might as well be fog or mist. Everything starts over with the Chase in the fall. Even at


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this early point in the season, it’s obvious that Gordon and Johnson are going to make the Chase. Gordon needs to see Victory Lane, too, and it’s been 47 races now. It doesn’t help that they’re friends. Not anymore. Gordon remains the greatest driver of his generation. Forty-seven races without a victory is a drought, a famine and a pestilence combined for a man who has won 81 times in his career. What Gordon must prove is that this is still his generation. ••• Monte Dutton has covered motorsports for The Gaston (N.C.) Gazette since 1993. He was named writer of the year by the National Motorsports Press Association in 2008. His blog NASCAR This Week (http://nascar.rbma.com) features all of his reporting on racing, roots music and life on the road. E-mail Monte at nascar_thisweek@yahoo.com. (c) 2009 King Features Synd., Inc.

Jimmie Johnson, center left, celebrates with team owner Rick Hendrick after winning the NASCAR Goody’s 500 at Martinsville Speedway. (AP photo)

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TO YOUR GOOD HEALTH By Paul G. Donohue, M.D.

Do Rusty Nails Cause Lockjaw? DEAR DR. DONOHUE: Please talk about lockjaw. I grew up on a farm, and it was something I heard about all the time. You were supposed to be careful when you were in a barn to spot any rusty nails you might step on. Is that so? I don’t hear much about it anymore. Why? — L.S. ANSWER: I heard the rusty nail/lockjaw story as a kid too, and I didn’t grow up on a farm. Frankly it’s a seldom-seen illness since routine immunization against it has been in effect for many years. The real name of lockjaw is tetanus, and just about everyone has gotten a tetanus immunization. The tetanus bacterium, Clostridium tetani, is found throughout the world in soil and in animal feces. A number of cases develop after a puncture wound when the bacterium is introduced deep into tissues. Rusty nails are only one way the germ gets into the body, and they are not the most common way. The tetanus germ makes a poison that causes

muscles to go into violent and painful spasms. Spasms of the jaw muscles are how tetanus came to be known as lockjaw. Patients can’t open their mouths. Tetanus also causes generalized muscle spasms, with the patient awake during the spasms. The slightest stimulation — a loud noise, for example — can trigger muscle spasms, so tetanus patients are kept in darkened, quiet rooms. Penicillin, human tetanus immune globulin and medicines that control muscle spasms can get most patients through this harrowing illness. I don’t want to scare people about tetanus. It is uncommon. However, everyone, at every age, should keep their tetanus immunizations up to date. They have to be obtained every 10 years. Only one-third of the adult population of the United States and Canada is adequately protected against tetanus.

••• DEAR DR. DONOHUE: Every spring I have hay fever so bad that I am virtually housebound. I have used antihistamines, nasal sprays — including steroid nasal sprays — cleansing my nose with saltwater flushes and many, many other medicines, but I do not get any relief. My primary care doctor suggests I see an allergist for allergy shots. Do they really work? Would you advise them? — H.M. ANSWER: Allergy shots, also known as hyposensitization, work for most. An allergist first has to determine exactly what a patient is allergic to and then has a serum compounded that contains the allergic materials. The shots are then given in a series of weekly and in increasingly concentrated doses until a maintenance dose is reached, and that dose is then injected monthly. The shots stop mast cells from emptying themselves of chemicals that spur allergy symptoms like sneezing, itching and running nose when allergic material lands on them. I would advise anyone with severe allergy symptoms that do not respond to medicines to have allergy shots. ••• DEAR DR. DONOHUE: I take a fishoil supplement daily. Can you tell me if these tablets contain mercury, as some fish do? — P.C. ANSWER: Take your fish-oil supplement without fear. Such supplements contain negligible, if any, amounts of mercury. They won’t make you sick. They could make you well.

••• Dr. Donohue regrets that he is unable to answer individual letters, but he will incorporate them in his column whenever possible. Readers may write him or request an order for m of available health newsletters at P.O. Box 536475, Orlando, FL 32853-6475. © 2009 North America Synd., Inc. All Rights Reserved

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Safe Gutter Cleaning Last week, we learned about clearing debris from the rooftop and noting damage to be taken care of. This week, let’s go into more detail about the gutter system — a critical component of a healthy roof and a healthy house. Gutter dams — buildups of leaves, twigs, nests and other debris in one or more spots along a gutter run — can cause a lot of damage to the gutter, and left unchecked, can cause problems in other parts of the house. For example, water spilling over the top of a gutter or through a torn gutter seam can cause leaks or cracks in the foundation directly beneath that spot, in a much shorter time that one can imagine. So inspecting and cleaning the gutter system twice a year — spring and fall — is important. You can do some of this inspection from the rooftop, but for a more thorough look, set up a ladder (with a helper on the ground to brace the ladder and to take notes for you) and move along the run. To clean the gutters, wear sturdy work gloves and carry a couple of tools in your belt — particularly a long screwdriver or sturdy rod to break up stubborn dams. Once these debris piles are loosened up with a long tool (which also scares off any critters that might be nesting in said debris pile), grab the debris and throw them down to the ground. Once all these dams are cleared away, take the garden hose up with you, set it at the highest end of the run, and have your helper turn the water on full force. The water will wash remaining leaves and debris to the top of the downspout, where they will pile up on the downspout screen — from which you can remove them. The water flow also will reveal leaks in the gutter system that can be patched up after the cleaning is complete. Most leaks appear at the seams where sections of the gutter run meet up. (This is also where most dams

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tend to build up, as there is a little lip at the seam on which debris can get caught.) Loose seams can be reconnected fairly quickly by drilling a new hole through the upper side of the gutter sections where they overlap, and inserting a screw and washer (with the head inside the gutter and the screw protruding outside it), tightening with a wingnut. Gutter sections with rips or holes in the middle, rather than the seams, should be replaced if possible. If a hole is not too big, however, it can be patched using a gutter patch kit. HOME TIP: Newer gutter systems sometimes come with, or have available, patching or replacement kits. Check with the gutter manufacturer or at a home-improvement store. Send questions or home-repair tips to homeguru2000@hotmail.com, or write This Is a Hammer, c/o King Features Weekly Service, P.O. Box 536475, Orlando, FL 32853-6475. © 2009 King Features Synd., Inc.


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PICK OF THE WEEK “The Wrestler” — Mickey Rourke gives the performance of his career as Randy “The Ram” Robinson, a washed-up wrestler who was a big hit back in the 1980s but is now long past his prime. No longer a part of the big circuit, Randy accepts matches for a few local indie promoters earning a few bucks here and there and then works a day job at a supermarket in New Jersey. One day he gets an offer to perform a 20-year-anniversary rematch of a Madison Square Garden bout between himself and his arch nemesis from the ’80s, “The Ayatollah,” who is now working at a used-car lot in Arizona. Randy begins to get himself back into shape and in the process, has a heart attack and is told that he can no longer wrestle or take steroids again or he will die. In the midst of all of that mess, he tries to hook up with a stripper (Marisa Tomei), who like Randy is well past her prime but still has a few good moves left. He also tries to make peace with his estranged daughter (Evan Rachel Wood), before he ignores the doctor’s advice to go ahead with the wrestling match that probably will kill him. “The Wrestler” is one of those great indie films filled with awesome performances, a great story and none of the pat mainstream Hollywood endings. It’s one of those films you heard a lot about but probably didn’t get a chance to see in the theater. Now’s your chance.

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TV SERIES “Top Gear 10: The Complete Season 10” — With more than 350 million viewers worldwide, “Top Gear” is one of the most popular television programs on the planet. Only recently have we in America heard of it because of its airing on BBC America. It’s a show about cars, but with a difference. The three guys who host the show aren’t professional drivers or automotive-industry journalists. They’re just three dudes who are crazy about cars. Great cars. Like Ferrari, Lamborghini, Porsche, Bugatti and Lotus. In one episode, they take a Bugatti Veyron (the most powerful, fastest production car ever made) and race it against a Eurofighter Typhoon fighter jet. In another episode, the guys are challenged to buy a car for $1,000 and modify it to sail the English Channel. And in what is probably the best show of this season, the gang goes to Africa, where they each buy a cheap car and then attempt to race each other through the African wilderness. Each episode contains a challenge segment like the ones mentioned above, along with reviews of newer car models, news, test drives and a celebrity interview segment where, at the conclusion, the celebrity must get behind the wheel of a “reasonably priced car” and drive a timed-lap on the show’s race track. If you ever wanted to know how fast Dame Helen Mirren can negotiate a hairpin turn, then “Top Gear” is the show for you. © 2009 King Features Synd., Inc.

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Renters Should Respect Landlords’ Pet Rules DEAR PAW’S CORNER: I own two townhouses, which I rent out to tenants. In the lease I specify that no pets are allowed; however, I will sometimes let a tenant keep a small animal such as a cat or toy dog, as I understand it can be hard to find affordable housing that accepts pets. I will be stopping that practice after my current tenants leave. Why? Because almost every time I have given permission for a pet to be kept, the tenant has abused my kindness by either bringing in additional pets, or by not cleaning up after their pet and causing hundreds or thousands of dollars in damages. I hate to turn pet owners away, but from now on I will have to — I can’t keep spending money to remodel these damaged and stinky townhouses. Please tell your readers that if they are renting, they need to be responsible tenants and follow the rules set out in the lease! — Grumpy Landlord in Boulder, Colo. DEAR GRUMPY: Well, you told ‘em, and I agree. I know it can be difficult to find a rental home or apartment that accepts pets, but it is important to be upfront and honest with landlords or property managers. Sometimes a compromise can be worked out, but Well, come on in to EZ Cash! pet owners must keep their end of the bargain. Some issues can’t be avoided, such as pet fur collecting in the corners or a dog that barks occasionally. But keeping the unit clean and odor-free, making sure pets are well-behaved Payday Advanceloans and healthy, not keeping more pets than are Checkcashing allowed — these are ill drive Titleloans St your car! essential elements to maintaining a good rePrepaid Debitcards lationship with the Notaryservices landlord, and in the Copies&faxes long run, increasing the number of landlords Western Unionagent willing to rent to pet owners. Don’t mess it up for other pet ownOn-Line Application ers by failing to follow ASK 4070 Plaza Drive #104 rental rules.

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Fruit Jars Q: While cleaning out my grandmother’s estate, I found two boxes of older fruit jars stashed away in a

storage shed. They include a Myers Test Jar, a Southern Double-Seal, a Baltimore Glass Works jar and dozens of Ball, Mason and others that are more common. How can I determine values? — Stu, Atlanta A: One of the better price guides is 1,000 Fruit Jars: Priced and Illustrated by Bill Schroeder (Collector Books, $5.95). It can be ordered from the publisher at P.O. Box 3009, Paducah, KY 42002-3009. This is an excellent reference, and one I use often. Incidentally, according to Schroeder, your Baltimore Glass Works jar is worth $750. ••• Q: I have a set of Kongo china that was purchased by my mother-inlaw at an upscale antique shop in New York in about 1932. How can I find out how much this set is worth? — Ethel, Daytona Beach, Fla. A: You need the services of a good appraiser. The price of china, as with most collectibles, depends on several factors. For example, what is the condition of the china? Are the plates or cups chipped? Are there missing pieces? Is it a pattern that is in deSponsored by

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Relaxing By The Fire By Tresa Erickson

You love spending time in the great outdoors, especially camping out. You've spent many a summer's day camped out in the woods, hiking on the numerous trails and relaxing at night by the fire. You can't go camping every day, of course, but you can still enjoy evenings around the fire in your own backyard. There are a number of avenues you can take to create a source of fire in your backyard. The simplest is to buy a chiminea or a portable mesh fire bowl. All you need to do is set up the structure in a safe area in your yard away from all flammable materials and you're ready to go. If you would rather have something more permanent, you can build an outdoor fireplace in your backyard. Be aware, though, that this project will take time and money and may even require the help of a professional. If time and money is tight, you may want to

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consider building a fire pit in your backyard. You can hire a professional to install the fire pit for you, or you can tackle the job yourself. If you take this route, your first step is to select an appropriate site for the fire pit. For the best results, it should be several feet away from all plants, trees and structures. This will reduce the risk of fire and soot and ash damage. Depending upon the laws in your area, you may need to get approval from the city and perhaps even a building permit. Contact local officials for guidelines, and if you need to move gas or power lines, you will most definitely want to consult the appropriate professionals for that. Next, you will want to prep the area. Start by marking the outline of the fire pit, making sure it is large enough to hold a fireplace grate in the center with a couple of feet on each side. Remove all vegetation within the outline and trim any overhanging tree branches. Dig out six inches of soil from the pit and rake the remaining soil smooth. Line the outer edge of

the pit with moss rock, firebrick or some other type of fireproof edging. If drainage is a concern, you may install a drainpipe. If not, go ahead and line the bottom of the fire pit with an inch or two of gravel or sand to prevent it from becoming muddy when it rains. Insert the fireplace grate in the center of the pit. This will hold the wood in place. Add some decorative cover to the pit, such as lava rock. Just make sure it is heat resistant. Your fire pit is now complete. If needed, you may dress up the area surrounding it with plants. Just make sure there is nothing too close to the fire. Just think. With a fire pit, you can enjoy a fire outdoors on any day of the week. You can even pitch a tent if you want to recreate the camping experience.


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