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From Country To Cottage By Tresa Erickson

For years, you favored country décor, but lately you’ve been leaning more toward cottage style. You like the touch of romance the style brings to a room. Slowly but surely, you would like to change out the décor in your home from country to cottage, but first, you need to learn more about cottage style. Although similar to country décor, cottage style is lighter and airier. White plays a predominant role, with many furniture pieces painted or slip-covered in white. Pale blues, greens, yellows, pinks and purples are also used in cottage-style rooms. Fabrics may be old or new. Quilts are a favorite for cottage-style bedrooms, and window treatments are usually sheer to allow light to flood in. Florals may be paired with stripes or solids, and most rooms are layered in a variety of textiles, including lace, ruffles and handmade needlework. Fabrics are unified through color, with one to two colors running throughout each.

Furniture may run the gamut from brand-new overstuffed pieces to distressed pieces. Cottagestyle furniture often comes from various places and is unified through paint and fabric. It is not uncommon to find a mix of wicker, iron and wooden pieces in rooms. Outdoor furniture may be brought in to lend a natural touch. Accessories are usually personal, with collections of family photos, jewelry and other mementos splashed across the rooms. Fresh flowers in old pitchers add warmth to tables, while candles help create a romantic feel. Old plates, trays, teacups and saucers add to the vintage look, while old birdhouses, wheelbarrows and garden tools help bring the outdoors in. Cottage style is a mix of the old and new, and the more layered and cozier rooms feel, the better. Cottage style is all about comfort.


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

What to Drink When Exercising in the Heat DEAR DR. DONOHUE: I am taking my two teenage boys backpacking in the Southwest this August. It will be hot and dry, and I am preparing for those conditions. I need some guidance on what fluids to drink. I was taught that drinking plain water is the best way to stay hydrated. My older son says his class was told not to drink plain water, because it could cause brain damage. What is this all about? — F.W. ANSWER: It’s all about becoming sodiumdepleted and having the brain swell as a result. The condition is hyponatremia. It used to be taught that, when exercising in hot weather, people should guzzle water at every opportunity, even when they don’t feel

thirsty. That can be dangerous if the exercise lasts for hours and hours and if the only liquid drunk is water. Too much water dilutes body sodium. That, in turn, can cause brain swelling and, in the extreme, death. Up-to-date advice is to let thirst be a rough guide for how much liquid you drink. If people are engaged in prolonged exercise, it is good to include some salt in the program. Half a teaspoon of salt and half a teaspoon of baking soda (sodium bicarbonate) in a quart of water can keep body sodium levels from dropping. For you and your sons, it would be advisable to salt your food and to eat some salty snacks — another way to ensure body sodium doesn’t bottom out. Hyponatremia is uncommon. Dehydration is common. For most, drinking water as a replacement fluid in hot weather is fine. It’s not going to lead to a dangerous drop in body sodium. Only those who lose lots of sweat for long periods of time run the risk of hyponatremia by drinking pure water. This is advice that doesn’t apply only to athletes or backpackers. It applies to all those who are out working in hot weather and sweating up a storm. ••• DEAR DR. DONOHUE: I have hypertension,

May 28 - June 3, 2009 and I go to the beach often. Can salt in salt water get through the skin as medical patches get through the skin? My doctors have increased my dose of medicine and have added additional medicines without much improvement in my blood pressure. Could the salt water I swim in be keeping my blood pressure high? — G.S. ANSWER: G.S., I know I answered this question before, but you must not have seen it. I’ll do it again. The salt in salt water doesn’t get through your skin. Swimming in salt water doesn’t raise blood pressure. It improves it. All exercise does. If you miss the answer this time, G.S., I have to drop the question. People will think I’m obsessed with it. The booklet on hypertension provides more details on this epidemic illness. Readers can obtain a copy by writing: Dr. Donohue — No. 104W, Box 536475, Orlando, FL 32853-6475. Enclose a check or money order (no cash) for $4.75 U.S./$6 Canada with the recipient’s printed name and address. Please allow four weeks for delivery. ••• 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 form 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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New Home-Buyers Can Pocket $8,000 As part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, a new tax credit will allow first-time home buyers to claim up to $8,000. Unlike the tax credit plan of last year (which allowed an interest-free tax “loan” of $7,500), this one doesn’t have to be paid back. Qualifying homes must be purchased between Jan. 1, 2009, and Dec. 1, 2009. “Purchased” means that you actually close on the home, with settlement completed and title transferred to you. The credit is 10 percent of the purchase price, with a cap of $8,000. Any type of home can qualify, whether it’s a resale, a new one, one you have constructed, a condo, a mobile home, single family or townhouse. “First-time buyers” are those who haven’t owned a

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principal residence during the previous three years. A principal residence is one where you live more than half the time. Owning a vacation home won’t disqualify you, as it’s a place you stay sometimes, but not where you live. There are income caps: If you’re single, income cannot exceed $75,000. For married couples, that amount is $150,000. Depending on your modified gross income, there is a phase-out of the credit amount near the top of the income range. To keep the credit, you need to live in the home (use it as your principal place of residence) for three years. If you sell the home, you have to pay back the full credit. Use IRS Form 5404 to claim your credit when you file. Beware: The form is for both the old ($7,500) and new ($8,000) credits. Read the form carefully as you fill it out. That credit amount is then transferred to your Form 1040. If you qualify for the full $8,000, but don’t owe that much in taxes, you’ll end up with a credit at the bottom of your Form 1040, and a check for the balance will be sent to you from the Internal Revenue Service. If you bought a home and qualified under the $7,500 pay-back scenario and filed your 2008 tax forms, you can file an amendment to your taxes (Form 1040X) to claim the new credit. Look online for IRS news release 2009-27 for details. 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.

“The Red Wolf Conspiracy” by Robert V.S. Redick (Ballantine Books, $26) Reviewed by Ealish Waddell They don’t make ‘em like the Chathrand anymore — because they can’t. The ship is so ancient that the secrets of its creation are lost to the centuries. Gigantic and majestic, the Chathrand is a mobile city, a floating palace meant to spark awe and fear at the glory of the Empire of Arqual anywhere it goes. Its latest mission is one of global significance: to deliver a young bride to her promised husband, a prince of the neighboring land of Mzithrin, and seal peace between the warring nations. But something more sinister is going on in the bowels of the Chathrand, where assassins prowl, stowaways lurk and a decidedly unpeaceful conspiracy is being secretly hatched. Young Pazel, a ship’s boy with a tragic history and unsettling psychic abilities, is one of the first to catch on, followed quickly by the bride herself, a smart and feisty chick who wasn’t too thrilled about her fate to begin with. Others soon join their alliance, including her gentle-but-deadly guardian, a tribe of tiny mythical warriors, a shape-shifting wizard and one very frightened rat. As snatches of the plan come together, the real mission of the Chathrand begins to come to light, and it is anything but diplomatic. Everything seems to center around the mystery of the Red Wolf — what is it, where can it be found and what is its connection to an evil that was supposedly destroyed years before? Prophecy, betrayal, integrity and justice all play a part in this twisty tale, the first in a promised series, and characters good, evil and ambiguous populate the pages. Many common fantasy elements are present — talking animals, wee people, mermaids, wizards — but tweaked in new ways that give the old ideas fresh life. With its authentically salty shipboard setting and wellrealized world-building, “The Red Wolf Conspiracy” is a rollicking read that fantasy fans should enjoy. © 2009 King Features Synd., Inc.


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By Samantha Weaver

• It was Clay Ewing, president of a community bank in Indiana, who recently made the following sage observation: “Banking should not be exciting. If banking is exciting, there is something wrong with it.” • James Arness, star of the iconic American TV series “Gunsmoke,” was more than six and a half feet tall — so tall, in fact, that the makers of the show frequently had him stand in a hole during his scenes so he wouldn’t tower over his co-stars. • The form-fitting synthetic fabric commonly known as spandex was so named because it’s an anagram of “expands.” • When you think of a dog herding cattle or sheep, the image in your mind is probably a border collie, a breed well-known for its

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herding capabilities. You might be surprised to learn that Dalmations, too, were once used to herd livestock. In fact, that’s why they’ve become an icon of firefighters everywhere. Back when fire engines were actually wagons drawn by teams of horses, Dalmations accompanied the firefighters to the scene of a disaster in order to herd the horses to a safe place until the blaze was brought under control. • Recorders of crime statistics say that the top three cities in the United States in terms of cars being stolen are Modesto, Calif.; Las Vegas; and San Diego. • If, like many Americans these days, you’re carrying around some extra weight, here’s an added incentive to lose those love handles: For every 50 pounds your car loses from its payload, you’ll get about a 1 percent improvement in gas mileage. Of course, you could just clean out any junk that’s been cluttering up the trunk instead. © 2009 King Features Synd., Inc.

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Montoya Still Trying to Make NASCAR Splash The new season has brought changes for Juan Pablo Montoya. The owners of his No. 42 car, Chip Ganassi and Felix Sabates, merged their

operation with Dale Earnhardt Inc., creating, along with Teresa Earnhardt, Earnhardt Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates. This, in turn, changed the make of Montoya’s car from Dodge to Chevrolet. Improvement, so far, has been modest. Montoya’s teammate, Martin Truex Jr., is 19th in the Sprint Cup point standings. Montoya is 14th. To make the Chase, Montoya must finish the regular season in the top 12. He’s only 16 points behind the current occupant of 12th place, Carl Edwards. Montoya, a driver of international renown, is in his third Sprint Cup season. His lone Cup victory occurred on June 24, 2007, at Infineon Raceway in Sonoma, Calif. Montoya was Raybestos Rookie of the Year, but he already had victories in the Indianapolis 500 and the Grand Prix of Monaco on his resume. Now, at 33, he is completely focused on becoming a championship contender in stock cars. “We know where we need to go,” he said. “We know what we need to achieve. I think there are a lot of things in the pipeline that are going to make us a little bit better every week. As long as we keep finding little things, we’ll be fine. “You’ve got to keep finding performance. You can-

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not sit and hope you are going to run well. We’re (not) doing that. We have good ideas of things we need to do, and it’s just a matter of time to see what happens.” Montoya, from Bogota, Colombia, has three top-10 finishes so far. Surprisingly, two have been on short tracks. He won his first pole at Talladega Superspeedway on April 24. He thinks he’ll be in victory lane again soon, but recognizes the importance of consistency in making the Chase. “That’s the key to making the Chase, and we know that,” he said. “A lot went into putting these teams together. ... Phoenix (April 18) was the first step toward getting everybody on the same page. “Truex was competitive. I was competitive. It’s exciting. I think the future of the company looks really, really bright, and it’s positive.” ••• 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. © 2009 King Features Synd., Inc.

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Vintage Knife Q: I have a Tested XX Case knife that was given to my grandpa in about 1930. It is encased in green bone tortoise shell and has a 3-inch blade. What is it worth? — Stan, Stigler, Okla. A: I’ll cut right to the chase. According to the American Premium Guide to Knives and Razors by Jim Sargent (Krause, $24.99), your knife was manufactured between 1920 and 1940 and is worth about $250. The value of your knife depends a great deal on its condition. A knife in its original box is worth more than one that has obvious wear. ••• Q: I read one of your columns that mentioned older lunchboxes. I have a Bonanza lunch pail with images of Hoss, Ben and Little Joe on the front. It was manufactured by Aladdin Industries, and I am curious about how much it might be worth. — Alexander, Black Creek, B.C., Canada A: I found your lunchbox referenced in Warman’s Lunch Boxes Field Guide by Joe Soucy and published by Krause Publications. According to Soucy, your lunchbox is worth about $475. The thermos is listed for $120. As with most collectibles, values depend on three major factors: rarity, demand and condition. You also should realize that values listed in a price guide are only an opinion. It doesn’t necessarily mean you can actually get the amount stated in the marketplace. Anyone who has a vintage lunchbox should invest $12.99 to purchase this excellent price guide. ••• Q: I know that most sports-card collectors like baseball cards, but I prefer football cards. Can you recommend a good price guide? — Billy, Pueblo, Colo. A: Although there are several guides on the market, I think the Standard Catalogue of Football Cards (Krause Publications, $24.99) is one of the better ones. It covers all football cards issued since 1894, including 3,400 sets and 550,000 cards. You can order it from the publisher at www.krause.com; KP Books, 700 East State St., Iola, WI 54990; 888-457-2873. ••• Write to Larry Cox in care of King Features Weekly Service, P.O. Box 536475, Orlando, FL 32853-6475, or send email to antiquequestions@aol.com. Due to the large volume of mail he receives, Mr. Cox is unable to personally answer all reader questions. Do not send any materials requiring return mail. © 2009 King Features Synd., Inc.

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The rug will not get soaked through, and it looks and smells clean. No chemicals, no taking days to dry. Tell your readers to try it! - Ruth, via e-mail By Samantha Mazzotta

Use Snow to Clean Oriental Rug? Q: I know it’s a bit late in the season for this one, but when I read your column on cleaning oriental rugs, I had to write. I think you missed it on this one. Soaking and shampooing those area rugs is difficult and time-consuming. Water and chemicals rot the webbing. Instead of all that work, try cleaning rugs with snow. That’s right, snow! After a fresh snowfall, vacuum both sides of the rug indoors as you indicated. Then, take the rug outside and lay on a clean patch of snow. Throw snow on top of the rug and sweep off with a broom or brush. Repeat until the snow comes off clean, then flip the rug and do the other side. The dirt will pour off using this method. If you live in an area without snow or it’s past snow season, use crushed ice on a deck or clean garage floor instead.

A: Wow, that’s definitely a cool suggestion! I’ve never heard of this method, but then I grew up down south. If anyone else has cleaned an oriental rug in a similar manner, I’d love to hear from you. I suppose the tiny ice particles that make up fallen snow work like scrubbers, getting deeper into the rug’s nap than a brush could and picking up dirt particles. As always, I recommend rug owners doing this for the first time test a small section of the rug or clean a rug that’s not a highly valued antique, for obvious reasons. And afterward, do hang the rug up or lay out to make sure it dries thoroughly. HOME TIP: When cleaning a stain or spill on carpet or rugs, never rub the spot roughly. Instead, blot up the liquid or cleaning solution with a soft cloth. 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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• On June 6, 1683, the Ashmolean, the world’s first university museum, opens in Oxford, England, with collections donated by English archaeologist Elias Ashmole. Today, the collection at the Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology ranges from 500,000-year-old man-made implements to 20thcentury works of art. • On June 4, 1876, a mere 83 hours after leaving New York City, the Transcontinental Express train arrives in San Francisco. Suddenly, a journey that had previously taken months using horses could be made in less than a week. Amenities varied from plush velvet seats to narrow wooden benches. • On June 7, 1893, Mohandas K. Gandhi, a young Indian lawyer, commits his first act of civil disobedience. Known as Mahatma, or “the great soul,” Gandhi’s persuasive methods of civil disobedience influenced leaders of civil-rights movements around the world, especially Martin Luther King Jr. • On June 5, 1922, George W. Carmack, the first person to discover gold along the Klondike River, dies in Vancouver, British Columbia. Unlike many prospectors, Carmack was not consumed by the lust to find gold. He enjoyed playing the organ, reading periodicals and writing sentimental poetry. • On June 2, 1935, Babe Ruth, one of the greatest players in the history of baseball, ends his Major League career after 22 seasons, 10 World Series and 714 home runs. When Ruth died on Aug. 16, 1948, his body lay in state at Yankee Stadium for two days and was visited by more than 100,000 fans. • On June 1, 1949, Lawrence Welk’s band begins a two-year stint as the house orchestra for radio show “High Life Review.” Though often lampooned for his saccharine style, Welk eventually developed an army of loyal fans and hosted one of the longest-running musical variety shows in history. • On June 3, 1961, Clarence Gideon is arrested and charged with breaking into a poolroom in Florida. The appeal of Gideon’s subsequent conviction lead to the establishment of one of the chief principles of American criminal justice in what are known as our Miranda rights. © 2009 King Features Synd., Inc.

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Topical Treatments for Flea Prevention DEAR PAW’S CORNER: You recently wrote a long explanation of how to get rid of fleas on pets and in the house. I have two very large (more than 100 pounds) dogs, very furry, Great Pyrenees. I also have seven cats. I have found with the recent developments in treatments, none of the measures you listed are necessary. I have one cat that is hypersensitive to flea saliva. I keep an eye on him, and when I notice the little telltale bumps just at the base of his tail, I know we have been infested. I immediately treat all of the animals with either Frontline or Advantage. End of story. No sprays, no bombs, no bathing fighting cats. The topical stuff applied between their

shoulderblades kills the fleas on them. The remaining fleas in the house and yard jump on the animals to feed, and then are killed. I never have to treat anything but my animals. Even my car interior is fine. The stuff lasts 30 days. I simply treat again as many times as necessary until the frost comes and flea season is over. As long as my pets are treated regularly, I don’t have to worry about any hatching eggs: They just hatch, feed and die. So simple and easy. I hope you will consider suggesting this course of treatment. All of the steps you listed easily could discourage someone from becoming a pet owner, and it does not have to be so difficult and time-consuming. — Debbie S., via e-mail

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“Thrilla in Manila: Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier” — The “Thrilla in Manila” was the third and final boxing match between Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier. The 1975 bout is considered by many to be the greatest fight of the past half century. It also was the most brutal. By the 13th round, Frazier, who had a cataract in his left eye and whose right eye had been punched closed, stepped into the ring for the 14th round effectively blinded. After a vicious 14th round, Ali had taken so much damage he was begging his trainer to cut off his gloves and end the fight. His trainer said no. Frazier’s trainer, seeing his man was blind, threw in the towel before the 15th-round bell, and Ali won by a TKO before collapsing onto the mat. Ali later said of the bout, “It is the closest to dying I’ve ever been,” and the injuries sustained in the match would forever impact both fighter’s health. This documentary is told from Frazier’s perspective and highlights how the racial politics of the era heightened the emotion of the bout. Frazier had been a staunch

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May 28 - June 3, 2009 D E A R DEBBIE: Thanks! Actually, I have recommended topical treatments in the past and used them on my own pets with similar success. However, many of my readers are leery of using a topical treatment, and others tell me it didn’t work at all, particularly with outdoor pets. For them, alternative prevention and treatment methods must be explored. ••• Send your tips, questions and comments to Paw’s Corner, c/o King Features Weekly Service, P.O. Box 536475, Orlando, FL 32853-6475, or e-mail them to pawscorner@hotmail.com. © 2009 King Features Synd., Inc.

ally of Ali during the years when he was banned from boxing for opposing the Vietnam War. Frazier had lobbied President Nixon to reinstate Ali, which led to the “Fight of the Century” match between Frazier and Ali. By the time of the Thrilla in Manila, Ali had, in Frazier’s eyes, betrayed their friendship by publicly taunting and humiliating Frazier by calling him a gorilla, Uncle Tom and The White Man’s Champion. When Frazier entered the ring for the Thrilla in Manila, he was enraged, focused and wanting revenge against the man who had humiliated him. “Eddie Murphy: Delirious” 25th Anniversary Edition — Remember when Eddie Murphy was funny? Yeah, me neither, so hooray for this two-disc set being released so we can look back at a time when Eddie could make us all bust a gut. The first disc is the original concert, the one with the outrageous Family Barbecue bit, Mr. T Thinks You Lookin’ Good in Them Jeans, the Michael Jackson at the Grammys riff and that legendary red leather outfit. The second disc contains deleted concert footage, an interview with Eddie reminiscing about the concert and a featurette of interviews of comics (Chris Tucker, Katt Williams, Keenen Ivory Wayans and many others) who were inspired by Murphy to become comedians. © 2009 King Features Synd., Inc.

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