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• It was stand-up comedian Lenny Bruce who made the following sage observation: “All my humor is based on destruction and despair. If the whole world were tranquil, without disease and violence, I’d be standing in the breadline.” • You might be surprised to learn that a flamingo cannot eat unless its head is upside-down. • While in the Capitol rotunda attending the funeral for Congressman Warren B. Davis in January 1835, President Andrew Jackson was the victim of an assassination attempt. Richard Lawrence, a 35year-old house painter, pointed two revolvers at the president and fired. In an incredible stroke of luck, both weapons misfired, at which point President Jackson began to beat the man with his cane. answers on page 18

• The Dead Sea isn’t actually a sea; it’s a lake. • It’s been reported that the Paul Simon found the inspiration for his hit song “Mother and Child Reunion” in a chicken-and-egg dish he was eating in a Chinese restaurant. • More than 60 percent of the 50 most common words in the English language contain three or fewer letters. • Natives of Finland drink more coffee per capita than citizens of any other country in the world. • The Hula Hoop fad swept the globe in the 1950s, but the toy did not find a warm welcome everywhere. In Indonesia, Hula Hoops were banned because they “might stimulate passion.” China’s official news agency called it “a nauseating craze,” and the Soviets declared the toy to be “a symbol of the emptiness of American culture” (despite the fact that the Hula Hoop originated in Australia). • Adult tuna have been known to swim up to 100 miles in a single day. ••• Thought for the Day: “I don’t know anything about music. In my line, you don’t have to.” -- Elvis Presley

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Thurs., July 25th. .........THURSDAY NIGHT CONCERT IN THE PARK, WASHINGTON PARK 1030 S. MCKINLEY STREET, CASPER MUNICIPAL BAND Thurs., July 25th. .........Historic Bishop Home Tour, Historic Bishop House - 818 East 2nd St., Cadoma Foundation Thurs., July 25th. .........CASPER CUTTHROATS VS CHEYENNE GRIZZLIES, MIKE LANSING FIELD 1101 N. POPLAR, CASPER CUTTHROATS Thurs., July 25th,..........JENNELLE MUNDORF & INDISOUL, GALLOWAYS PUB, GALLOWAYS th Thurs., July 25 . .........GODSPELL PERFORMANCE, GERTRUDE KRAMPERT THEATRE AT CASPER COLLEGE, CASPER COLLEGE DEPT. OF THEATER & DANCE Fri., July 26th...............50TH REUNION FOR NCHS CLASS OF 1963, TBA, Natrona County High School Fri., July 26th...............CASPER CUTTHROATS VS CHEYENNE GRIZZLIES, MIKE LANSING FIELD 1101 N. POPLAR, CASPER CUTTHROATS Fri., July 26th...............GODSPELL PERFORMANCE, GERTRUDE KRAMPERT THEATRE AT CASPER COLLEGE, CASPER COLLEGE DEPT. OF THEATER & DANCE Fri., July 26th...............CHAD LORE & JENNELLE MUNDORF PERFORM, KEG AND CORK 2ND & BLACKMORE ROAD, GALLOWAYS KEG AND CORK Fri., July 26th...............BLUE SOLO CUP PARTY, CASPER ELKS LODGE CORNER OF 7TH & CENTER, CASPER ELKS LODGE Fri., July 26th...............DATE NIGHT AT THE MUSEUMS, various museums, Casper Museum Consortium Fri., July 26th...............NCHS CLASS OF 68 REUNION, SEVERAL LOCATIONS AROUND CASPER, NATRONA COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL CLASS OF 1968 Fri., July 26th...............NATRONA COUNTY RELAY FOR LIFE, NCHS DICK CHENEY STADIUM, AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY Fri., July 26th...............KWHS CLASS OF 1968 REUNION Fri., July 26th...............SEVERAL LOCATIONS AROUND CASPER, KELLY WALSH HIGH SCHOOL CLASS OF 1968 Fri., July 26th...............CRAZY DAYS, DOWNTOWN CASPER, CASPER DOWNTOWN MERCHANTS Sat., July 27th. .............NATRONA COUNTY RELAY FOR LIFE, NCHS DICK CHENEY STADIUM, AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY Sat., July 27th. .............GODSPELL PERFORMANCE, GERTRUDE KRAMPERT THEATRE AT CASPER COLLEGE, CASPER COLLEGE DEPT. OF THEATER & DANCE

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Sat., July 27th. .............KWHS CLASS OF 1968 REUNION, SEVERAL LOCATIONS AROUND CASPER, KELLY WALSH HIGH SCHOOL CLASS OF 1968 Sat., July 27th. .............1ST ANNUAL SKUNK HOLLOW SNEAKER CHASE, CASPER MOUNTAIN ABOVE HOGADON, WINDY CITY STRIDERS Sat., July 27th. .............Historic Bishop Home Tour, Historic Bishop House - 818 East 2nd St., Cadoma Foundation Sat., July 27th. .............50TH REUNION FOR NCHS CLASS OF 1963, TBA, Natrona County High School Sat., July 27th. .............THE KICK IT 3V3 SOCCER TOUR, NORTH CASPER SPORTS COMPLEX, CASPER SOCCER CLUB Sat., July 27th. .............FAMILY FUNDAY WORKSHOP, FORT CASPAR MUSEUM Sat., July 27th. .............CRAZY DAYS, DOWNTOWN CASPER, CASPER DOWNTOWN MERCHANTS Sat., July 27th. .............BALLOON FESTIVAL, DOWNTOWN CASPER, DCBA Sat., July 27th,..............NCHS CLASS OF 68 REUNION, SEVERAL LOCATIONS AROUND CASPER, NATRONA COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL CLASS OF 1968 Sun., July 28th. ............NCHS CLASS OF 68 REUNION, SEVERAL LOCATIONS AROUND CASPER, NATRONA COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL CLASS OF 1968 Sun., July 28th. ............KWHS CLASS OF 1968 REUNION, SEVERAL LOCATIONS AROUND CASPER, KELLY WALSH HIGH SCHOOL CLASS OF 1968 Sun., July 28th. ............THE KICK IT 3V3 SOCCER TOUR, NORTH CASPER SPORTS COMPLEX, CASPER SOCCER CLUB th Sun., July 28 . ............GODSPELL PERFORMANCE, GERTRUDE KRAMPERT THEATRE AT CASPER COLLEGE, CASPER COLLEGE DEPT. OF THEATER & DANCE Sun., July 28th. ............50TH REUNION FOR NCHS CLASS OF 1963, TBA, Natrona County High School Mon., July 29th............Historic Bishop Home Tour, Historic Bishop House - 818 East 2nd St., Cadoma Foundation Mon., July 29th............COMMUNITY WALKS, PLATTE RIVER WALKWAY, CINCH Tues., July 30th............DOWNTOWN CASPER FARMER’S MARKET, The Nic, WYOMING FOOD FOR THOUGH PROJECT Wed., July 31st.............WEDNESDAY NIGHT LIVE CONCERT, NICOLAYSEN ART MUSEUM Wed., July 31st.............WINE ON THE RIVER, Jonah Bank patio, Wyoming Symphony Orchestra


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Ideas to consider: Leaf peeping: Book a weekend at a bed and breakfast off the beaten path in the heart of fall foliage country, and you won’t even have to travel to see the colors once you get there. Local bed and breakfasts will be winding down for the year (unless they’re in ski locations), and may offer reduced rates with free days if you book for a certain number of days. Take your camera and enjoy local apple picking and small-town festivals. Be creative in your hunt for the perfect spot: call the chamber of commerce in small towns in the area you’d like to visit. Amusement parks: If you’re an adult who likes theme parks but not the crowds and standing in lines in the hot sun, book a vacation in an area loaded with amusement parks and have the place mostly to yourself. Expect serious discounts on local hotels and park entrance fees. Cruises: Cruise lines want to fill every cabin possible, and they will lower their rates to make sure that happens.

Look for either long- or short-distance getaways. Sample a one- or two-day cruise to see if you like it, or inquire about “repositioning” cruises, where ships are being transferred from one location to another and rates are reduced. Beach rentals: Inquire about late-season rentals at the seashore. Owners may agree to keep a place open one additional week past the typical season. Take a stack of books and enjoy the sounds of the surf. Use your local travel agent. He or she will know the ins and outs of special deals you might not be able to find on your own, especially for last-minute travel. If your time is flexible, you can get great deals by being able to leave on short notice. David Uffington regrets that he cannot personally answer reader questions, but will incorporate them into his column whenever possible. Send email to columnreply2@gmail. com. © 2013 King Features Synd., Inc.


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

Diabetic Diet Can be Daunting DEAR DR. DONOHUE: What should I eat with type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol? All the advice I get tells me what I cannot eat -- no potatoes, no bread, no crackers, no cereal, no fruit. Since breakfast is the most important meal of the day, I don’t know what to eat. -- C.L.

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ANSWER: The diet for type 1 and type 2 diabetes is not as restrictive as it once was. You can eat all the foods you mentioned. Sugar also can be eaten, something that was strictly prohibited in the past. You have to use it in moderation, and it’s best to save sugar calories for other carbohydrates by using artificial sweeteners. Weight reduction, if applicable to you, is the best way for you to control blood sugar. A 5 percent to Sure You’ll Love it Here, 10 percent weight loss Let’s Talk. is a sure way to keep blood sugar where it should be. For high blood pressure, limit salt. You ought not to eat more than 1,500 mg a day of sodium. Read the sodium

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content of foods on their nutrition labels. For cholesterol control, cut back on fatty meats and whole-fat dairy products. You can use low-fat dairy. Carbohydrates are an issue with diabetes. Carbohydrates are sugars and starches. They should constitute 50 percent to 55 percent of your total daily calories. Fruits (yes, you can eat them), vegetables, cereals, breads, crackers, pastas and similar foods are carbohydrates. You have to get a book that lists the calorie content of foods and their protein, fat and carbohydrate makeup. These guides are in all bookstores, and they’re cheap. Breakfast shouldn’t be a problem. You can drink orange juice if you like it, have cereal, have toast and drink coffee or whatever. You need a coach in the form of a dietitian. The dietitian can help you navigate through the difficulties of understanding a diabetic diet. Your doctor or the local hospital can put you in touch with one. You also need to contact the American Diabetes Association, whose website is www.diabetes.org. Or call 1-800-3422383. The association will provide you with tons of information on diet and on diabetes in general. The booklet on diabetes presents this illness and its treatments in detail. Readers can obtain a copy by writing: Dr. continued on next page

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What It Is And What It Does By Ronda Addy

Closely resembling a muffler in appearance, the catalytic converter is designed to change three harmful compounds in vehicle exhaust into harmless compounds. Located in the exhaust system with an outer shell made from stainless steel, catalytic converters have been standard equipment in U.S. automobiles since the mid-1970s. It is the job of the catalytic converter to take the hydrocarbons, carbon monoxide and nitrogen oxides produced by the vehicle exhaust and convert them to carbon dioxide, nitrogen, oxygen and water. Even though emissions are reduced by the catalytic converter, they

are not eliminated altogether. After the engine exhaust gases have passed through the catalytic converter, they go through the muffler. The catalytic converter usually lasts as long as the vehicle and rarely becomes clogged or plugged during its lifetime. That's not to say that a catalytic converter can never fail. In fact, there is a way one can fail: It can become clogged. If you suspect there is a problem, there is no actual way to see a clog in the converter. More often than not, the only way to tell if the catalytic converter is clogged is to remove it and check for any change in the engine's performance. A sure sign that you have a clogged converter is when you press the accelerator and you don't go any faster and experience a drop in gas mileage. If the converter is completely clogged, the engine will quit after a few minutes

July 25 - 31, 2013 because of the increased exhaust backpressure. Page 19 Overuse of certain fuel additives and leaded gasoline can reduce the life of the catalytic converter. Other reasons for catalytic converter failure are bad exhaust valves and fouled plugs that cause unburned fuel to overheat the converter. The catalytic converter may also need to be replaced if the converter body or end tubs are rusted out or broken or if there are bits of substrate in other parts of the exhaust system. If a pellitized converter does not rattle, it could mean the pellets fell out or they melted together. If a monolithic converter rattles, it could mean the substrate has separated. There are some maintenance tips that can help you prolong the life of your catalytic converter. If your vehicle begins to ride rough, emits black smoke from the tailpipe of the service engine or the check engine light comes on, have it checked right away by a qualified mechanic. This is especially important if the engine lights are flashing. Other symptoms of converter trouble are the vehicle bucking or hesitating, the engine temperature increasing, poor performance or the vehicle failing an emissions test. Ignoring these problems could lead to the converter becoming damaged and needing to be replaced. The catalytic converter may be the most well-known part of a vehicle. It plays a very important role in the well-being of your vehicle and the environment. Maintain it well.

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By Sam Mazzotta

Boarding Cats

DEAR PAW’S CORNER: We’re headed off on vacation, and I would like my cat to be cared for during the two weeks we’re gone. I don’t know a reliable pet sitter whom I can trust to come into my house. Is there such a thing as kennels for cats? -- June in New Orleans DEAR JUNE: There are boarding facilities that will take cats as well as other pets. I prefer to use facilities that are exclusively for cats, but not everyone has that option available in their area. Still, call around to several facilities. Even if none cater just to cats, look for one that has a living and play area completely segregated from other types of pets. One of my favorite places offered each cat a private “cubby” with scratching post and shelf. There were no bars or fence grates. Instead, each cubby had a clear plastic door so caretakers could see each cat, and a one-way-glass wall with a view of a park. During the day, they were taken to a common area to socialize

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with other cats, and the facility was attached to a veterinarian’s office. Contrast that with a boarding facility I found in another region when trying to board my cat. It was mainly for dogs, with a small room full of metal cages for “other” pets, including cats, rabbits and so on. The pets all looked stressed out, especially as the constant barking from the dogs’ play area reverberated into their living area. That’s why it’s important to personally visit each facility you’re considering, so you get a feel of the place. It’ll help make the experience better for your cat. If you can’t find one that works, please reconsider the pet sitter. Send your questions or comments to ask@pawscorner.com. Did you know mosquitoes can transmit heartworm larvae to dogs, but fleas don’t? Find out more in my new book “Fighting Fleas,” available now on Amazon. © 2013 King Features Synd., Inc.

• On Aug. 11, 1856, a hurricane hits Isle Derniere, a resort community on the Louisiana coast, killing more than 400 people. The storm first brought blinding and torrential rain, then storm surges and finally a tidal wave. Upward of 150 people were carried off with the wave, with some bodies ending up 6 miles away. • On Aug. 6, 1890, at Auburn Prison in New York, the first execution in history by electrocution is carried out against William Kemmler. It didn’t go as planned. With the first charge, the current failed. A second charge was required for two minutes before Kemmler was declared deceased. • On Aug. 7, 1944, under the threat of Allied bombing during World War II, the German car manufacturer Volkswagen halts production of the “Beetle.” Volkswagen, under the control of the British military, began turning out Beetles again in December 1945. © 2013 King Features Synd., Inc.

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Volume 8, Week 29

July 25 - 31, 2013 THIS IS A HAMMER By Samantha Mazzotta

Adjusting a Pilot Light Q: I have an older gas furnace in my home upstairs that works very well, but I haven’t had it maintained it in a few years. I think the pilot light looks weak, but there’s no setting for a higher flame. How can I improve the pilot light flame? -- Nancy in Buffalo, N.Y. A: There is a way to control the height of the pilot light flame. Next to the “Pilot” indicator on the furnace’s control switch, there is a small screw located near the pilot light-thermocouple assembly. I’ll typically shine a small flashlight and use a magnifying glass to read the imprinted type on the control housing to make sure that’s the right screw. With the pilot light burning, use a Phillips-head screwdriver to carefully turn the screw one way and then the other, watching the pilot light to see if it gets stronger or weaker. The flame should be angling toward a nearby object that looks like a small vertical pipe: This is called the thermocouple, an important safety device. If the pilot light goes out, the thermocouple detects it and shuts the valve supplying gas to the pilot. The pilot flame should touch the thermocouple at a specific level. If the flame is blue and weak, and barely reaches the thermocouple, it needs to be stronger. If it extends well above the thermocouple, it’s too strong. If the flame covers the top of the thermocouple and burns steadily with a yellow tip, that’s just about right. What if the pilot light won’t stay lighted? If the assembly looks OK, turn off the gas supply at the nearest valve and try heating the thermocouple using a match for about 30 seconds to a minute. Then relight the pilot. If that doesn’t work, replace the thermocouple by carefully unscrewing it from the control housing using an open-ended wrench, being careful not to ding or bend the supply pipe or the pilot-light assembly. Install a new thermocouple by screwing it in, heating it up a bit, and then lighting the pilot.


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Keep in mind that this task can be a little frustrating, because you’re almost always working in a cramped, hard-to-access spot. Be patient and take frequent breaks if necessary, rather than compromise safety or damage the unit.

HOME TIP Make sure you know exactly where the main shutoffs for your home’s gas, water and electrical supply are located, and that you know how to turn them off in an emergency. Send your questions or home tips to ask@thisisahammer.com. My new e-book, “101 Best Home Tips,” is available to download on Amazon Kindle! Pick it up it today for just 99 cents. © 2013 King Features Synd., Inc.

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