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Yes, You Can Groom a Cat DEAR PAW’S CORNER: How do I groom a cat? Is that even possible? — Ruth H., via e-mail DEAR RUTH: Sure, it’s both possible and advisable, no matter how much your cat tries to convince you it isn’t. While cats tend to be fairly clean and neat, they do need to be checked on periodically for their own health. Here are some basic cat grooming tips: • Long-haired cats must be brushed daily to prevent tangles and mats. Don’t tug at tangled hair; instead, work out the hair using a grooming comb. Mediumand short-haired cats can be brushed every two weeks or longer if their coats are clean. • If a cat is prone to “eye goo” — excess tears spilling over the lower eyelid, creating a gluey brown substance just below the eyes — gently dab the area with a soft cloth soaked in lukewarm water, repeating until the goo loosens up. • Check the cat’s ears each time it is brushed. Look for debris in the outer ear and note if any unpleasant odor comes from the ear, signaling yeast or bacterial infection. See the vet if you suspect an infection. Otherwise, gently wipe away debris, from the outer ear only, with a cotton swab dipped in a special earcleaning solution (available from the vet or at pet stores). • Brush your cat’s teeth daily if possible, using a brush and flavored paste designed for cats. It may take a few weeks for your cat to get used to toothbrushing, so be patient and encouraging. • Nails must be trimmed regularly as well — once a month, usually. Your vet or groomer can show you how to safely trim the cat’s nails. Again, this takes a bit of patience, and you should use clippers designed for cats. • Bathing doesn’t have to happen too often for cats; once a month is more than enough. Use only shampoo formulated for cats. If a cat’s coat seems very greasy, overly matted or dull, consult your veterinarian to rule out illness or allergies. 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. answers on page 7

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NOW HIRING FOR WORK IN Kazakhstan. Work will begin in about 3 months. You will work 60 days in the country, 12 hr days and 50 days out. Includes transportation, in and out, room/board, medical. GOOD PAY. Can be up to 15yrs. work. We require pre-employment testing for illegal substances. Looking for experienced top head drive. Smaller rigs drilling 1,000 Uranium test holes and some production wells, with coring experience. Tool pushers, Drillers and top hands. Must be able to work with foreigners and be flexible and open to new cultures. Will Require a current passport. Send your resume to fax 307265-2406. 307-265-3071

AMISH LOG BED with Pillowtop Mattress Set: BRAND NEW, still in factory plastic. Retail $1495. Will sacrifice for $690. Call 473-2400. AMISH LOG FURNITURE TRUCKLOAD SALE!!! Beds, Dressers, Nightstands, Bookcases and More.... Huge savings while supplies last. Call 797-1543. FULL PILLOWTOP MATTRESS Set: BRAND NEW, stil in factory plastic. Retail $450. Will sacrifice for $225. Call 797-1543 KING PILLOWTOP MATTRESS Set: BRAND NEW, still in factory plastic. Retail $700. Will sacrifice for $380. Call 797-1543 QUEEN PILLOWTOP MATTRESS Set: BRAND NEW, still in factory plastic. Retail $500. Will sacrifice for $279. Call 797-1543 ROCKER RECLINER, BRAND NEW, Overstuffed. Retail $650. Will sacrifice for $398. Call 7971543

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HOMES FOR SALE FOR SALE 3 bedrooms, 2.5 baths, 2 car garage, asking $156,000. Pick up a flyer at 3143 Quivera River Rd, Casper. Call 307-797-6941 or 307-7976940 RE/MAX THE GROUP Amy Lund 1800-651-9004 Lots of Home for the Money! 4BDRM, 2.5 BA & 2 car garage! Fully finished in & out! Prices to sell at $218,000. Enter ID#2195. BANK FORECLOSURE! One level living on eastside. 3 BDRM, 1.5 BA & garage. Over 1600 SF and fenced yard. Only $119,900! Enter ID #1495

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Tidbits of Casper - For Advertising call 307-473-8661 • 161 South Fenway, Casper, WY • If you’re like the average home-owning American, you can paint the entire exterior of your house with 30 gallons of paint. If you’re the president, though, it takes quite a bit more: The White House requires 570 gallons to cover it. By Samantha Weaver

• It was Canadian educator Laurence J. Peter who made the following sage observation: “An intelligence test sometimes shows a man how smart he would have been not to have taken it.” • You might (or then again, you might not) be surprised to learn that in this country, the most popular meal, for both lunch and dinner, is a sandwich. And the beverage to go along with that meal is more than likely going to be a soda.

• You’ve probably been to a restaurant with a dessert called Death by Chocolate, but the real-life event is less appetizing. A worker in New Jersey recently fell into a vat of boiling chocolate and perished before co-workers were able to pull him out. • It seems that Japan has a vending machine for just about anything you can think of — even fresh eggs. Here’s how it works: The machine has about 10 doors, behind each of which is a mesh bag full of eggs. You drop in coins totaling about $2 to unlock one of the doors. Simply open the door, pull out your eggs and be on your merry way! • The town of Waco, Texas, has an entire museum dedicated to the popular soda Dr Pepper. Even more surprising is the fact that it gets more than a hundred visitors a day, on average. •••

Thought for the Day: “There are two types of people — those who come into a room and say, ‘Well, here I am!’ and those who come in and say, ‘Ah, there you are.’” — Frederick L. Collins © 2009 King Features Synd., Inc.

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Put a Little Flower Power in Your Life “You can have your cake and blossoms too,” was the greeting my friend Janet proclaimed when she arrived for coffee time on my deck last week. Carrying a freshly baked Blueberry-Lime Pound Cake recipe from Fine Cooking magazine, the allure of her culinary presentation wasn’t just about the yummy cake. Ringing the confection were eye-popping clusters of bright orange and yellow organic nasturtiums. The delightful decoration of natural blooms she had just picked from her garden turned a simple get-together into an event. Tap into the power of fresh flowers that are in full bloom right now. Let your kids pick their favorites and enjoy “flower play” as you create something together. It can be as easy as tossing rose petals down the center of your dinner table. There’s an idea for everyone. 1. Set a pretty bloom and floating candles in a

clear glass bowl or wide-mouthed vase half-filled with water. Set on a patio table and light the candles for an al-fresco family supper. 2. Tuck an aromatic gardenia in your daughter’s hair for an eye-catching ‘do. No need for perfume with nature’s floral scent. 3. Press a flower in a summer journal. It will be a treasured keepsake when you thumb through the pages this winter. 4. Make a basic arrangement in a water-filled vase following the simple principle of using a focal flower, such as a rose, and adding a few smaller flowers, such as daisies, along with a pretty vine or hosta leaves. When kids do the creating, the look will be less contrived and more informal. Name the flowers as you clip and arrange them together. 5. At a family party, top an ice-cream cone or cupcakes with edible flowers such as pansies and johnny jump-ups. Or, for a unique presentation, arrange a few nontoxic flowers in a narrow jar or

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vase, and place it in the center space of an angel food cake. ••• Donna Erickson’s award-winning television series “Donna’s Day” airs on public television nationwide. Visit www.donnasday.com to find out when it airs on your local PBS station and to sign up for Donna’s e-newsletter. © 2009 Donna Erickson. Distributed by King Features Synd.


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Truex Jr. Still Running Hard LONG POND, Pa. — Martin Truex Jr. is faced with a balancing act. He wants to make the best of his remaining time at Earnhardt Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates, even as he prepares f

or a new ride in 2010. Truex, 29, won a race in Dover, Del., in June 2007 and made the Chase for the Sprint Cup that same year. He slumped to 15th in the 2008 standings and is out of contention this year. Next year he will move to Michael Waltrip Racing, which he sees as a fresh start after four full-time seasons at the team known as Dale Earnhardt Inc. prior to this year. “I don’t want it easy,” said Truex. “I want to ‘do good.’ I want to get to the next level. I am not here for it to be easy. That had no bearing at all on my decision.” The Mayetta, N.J., native’s father, Martin Truex Sr., was a driver of note himself, having competed for many years in what is now the NASCAR Grand National Series, East Division. Truex Jr. won the championships of what is now the Nationwide Series in 2004-05. By making the move to MWR, Truex will be moving from Chevrolet to Toyota. David Reutimann drove one of the team’s Camrys to victory in the Coca-Cola 600 at Lowe’s Motor Speedway on May 25. “They seem like a great organization,” said Truex of MWR. “They have come a long way. I think they have a lot going for them.” The move was announced on July 7. Truex will drive car No. 56, and though he is effectively replacing owner Waltrip behind the wheel, Waltrip will retain his No. 55 for selected races in 2010. “It’s about the overall, the big picture,” said Truex. “It’s about all the things that we have to do as drivers and where I want to be as a driver. That’s what went into the decision.” This is Truex’s fourth full season at what is now EGR. He said leaving the team — now owned by Teresa Earnhardt, Chip Ganassi and Sabates — wasn’t a move he took lightly. “It was more about what was best in the long run and the pros and cons of each situation, not so much just what my gut feeling was,” said Truex. “I just kind of took more of a methodical approach to it, and I think it’s working out really well.” ••• 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.

Martin Truex Jr.’s plans for next season include a new team (Michael Waltrip Racing) and a new car (Toyota). (Photo: John Clark/NASCAR This Week)


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Q: I really love the new show “Castle,” with Nathan Fillion. Please tell me it will be back for a second season. — Yvette C., via e-mail A: I am happy to tell you — as I love that show too (especially Nathan!) — that “Castle” will return for Season Two on Monday, Sept. 21, on ABC. I am eager to find out what Castle discovered about the cold-case death of Beckett’s mother. I’m also going through some serious Castle/Beckett awesome-chemistry withdrawals. ••• Q: Is it true that actor Daniel Day-Lewis is married to playwright Arthur Miller’s daughter? — Cooper H., Decatur, Ala. A: Multifaceted actor Daniel Day-Lewis is indeed married to Rebecca Miller, Arthur’s daughter. He met Rebecca when he was working on the film adaptation of her father’s play, “The Crucible,” back in 1996. They married the next year, and together they have two sons. Rebecca’s work as a director, while not considered box-office gold, has received rave Nathan Fillion reviews from critics and fans alike. She even directed her husband in 2005’s “The Ballad of Jack and Rose.” Her next directorial project, “The Private Lives of Pippa Lee” — starring Alan Arkin, Robin Wright Penn, Keanu Reeves, Maria Bello, Julianne Moore and Winona Ryder — is set for release this October. ••• Q: My family and I love the Syfy series “Sanctuary.” Will it be back for another season? — E.W., Sarasota, Fla. A: The Syfy Channel has renewed “Sanctuary” for a second season, which is scheduled to premiere on Oct. 9. This is especially good news for fans of the show, as it is the first show to survive an online to small-screen transition. As you might recall, “Sanctuary” first premiered on the Internet in early 2007 as an eight-episode Web series. To make — and survive — the jump to television is quite an accomplishment. While we are on the Syfy topic, don’t forget to catch the premiere of the latest “Stargate” incarnation on Friday, Oct. 2, at 9 p.m. “Stargate Universe” stars Robert Carlyle (“Trainspotting” and “The Full Monty”), David Blue (“Ugly Betty”) and Ming-Na (“ER”), and focuses on the crew of the spacecraft “Destiny,” who are unable to return to Earth and are forced to fend for themselves in a distant corner of the universe. ••• Q: I would like information on actor Christopher Meloni of “Law and Order: SVU.” He is one of the best actors I have seen in a long time. — Don B., Port Charlotte, Fla. A: Christopher Meloni, 48, is married with two children. He graduated from the University of Colorado at Boulder (where he first studied acting) with a degree in history, then went on to New York to study acting with the great Sanford Meisner at the Neighborhood Playhouse. While he is known to many “SVU” fans as a dramatic actor, he also is an accomplished comedian, turning in brilliant performances in “Wet Hot American Summer” and the “Harold and Kumar” movies. Have a question for Cindy? E-mail her at letters@cindyelavsky.com, or write to her in care of King Features Weekly Service, P.O. Box 536475, Orlando, FL 32853-6475. © 2009 King Features Synd., Inc.


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

Hashimoto’s Disease Is Not an Exotic Illness DEAR DR. DONOHUE: Will you please explain Hashimoto’s disease? My daughter has it. What steps should be taken? — L.S. ANSWER: Because Hashimoto’s disease sounds exotic, it perceived as being a rare illness. It is not. It’s an immune attack on the thyroid gland that, over time, stops the production of thyroid hormone and leads to hypothyroidism — too little of that hormone. (Dr. Hashimoto was the Japanese physician who was the first to describe it.) The gland’s destruction occurs slowly, so signs and symptoms creep up on a person almost imperceptibly. When they reach their maximum, people know for sure something is quite wrong. They are tired all the time, their skin dries, they’re cold when others are warm, they gain weight without taking in additional calories, their hearts beat slowly and their hands and feet become puffy. Menstruating women have fewer periods, and sometimes no periods. Constipation is another common sign. Often, the gland enlarges — a goiter. The proof that the immune system is to blame can be shown by examining thyroid gland tissue microscopically. Lymphocytes, one variety of white blood cells and an important part of the immune system, have infiltrated the gland. In addition, antibodies against the gland are

found in the blood. Antibodies are products of the immune system. The treatment of Hashimoto’s disease is straightforward. Replace the missing hormone in pill form. Once treatment starts, signs and symptoms go. The thyroid booklet deals with the major problems of this gland and how they are treated. Readers can obtain a copy by writing: Dr. Donohue — No. 401W, 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. ••• DEAR DR. DONOHUE: What information can you give me on Huntington’s disease? I am 62, and I may have it. My doctor’s office said they can’t help me. I went to the hospital for the genetic test, but I was told I needed counseling before and after the test. I understand it is expensive. I know the illness gives people tremors. — J.D. ANSWER: Huntington’s disease is an inherited illness whose signs typically don’t appear until a person is between the ages of 30 and 50 (but the range is between 3 and 70). The principal sign is involuntary movements of the face, trunk, arms and legs. The movements are much more than tremors. They are quite big and disruptive. Speech is often affected, and control of eye motion can be lost. Personality changes and a diminution of thinking ability also take place. The genetic test confirms the diagnosis. Since this is such a devastating illness, counseling before the test is essential, and counseling after a positive test is also required. Does this illness run in your family? It does

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in 97 percent to 99 percent of those who have the illness. Contact the Huntington’s Disease Society of America at 800-345-4372 or on the Internet at www.hdsa.org. The people there can tell you if you are wise to pursue testing for it. ••• 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 328536475. Health newsletters also may be ordered from www.rbmamall.com. © 2009 North America Synd., Inc. All Rights Reserved


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TOP TEN VIDEO, DVD as of Aug. 8, 2009 Top 10 Video Rentals 1. Knowing (PG-13) Nicolas Cage (Summit) 2. Haunting in Connecticut (PG-13) Virginia Madsen (Lionsgate) 3. Push (PG-13) Chris Evans (Summit) 4. Unborn (PG-13) Odette Yustman (Universal) 5. Horsemen (R) Dennis Quaid (Lionsgate) 6. 12 Rounds (PG-13) John Cena (20th Century Fox) 7. Confessions of a Shopaholic (PG) Isla Fisher (Touchstone) 8. Gran Torino (R) Clint Eastwood (Warner) 9. The Code (PG-13) Morgan Freeman (First Look Studios) 10. Inkheart (PG) Helen Mirren (New Line)

Top 10 DVD Sales 1. The Haunting in Connecticut (PG-13) (Lionsgate) 2. Knowing (PG-13) (Summit) 3. Push (PG-13) (Summit) 4. Gran Torino (R) (Warner) 5. Phoenix (PG-13) (Warner) 6. Two (NR) (Lionsgate) 7. Transformers (PG-13) (DreamWorks) 8. The Unborn: Unrated (NR) (Universal) 9. Princess Protection Program: Royal B.F.F. Extended Edition (G) (Walt Disney) 10. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (PG-13) (Warner) answers on page 7

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primarily football players, including Heisman winners? — Warren, Deland, Fla. A: One of the better autograph dealers is Brian Kathenes, P.O. Box 482, Hope, NJ 07844;

Gaming Chip Q: I have a Desert Inn $5 gaming chip and wonder what it is worth. — Brenda, Ephrata, Pa. A: The Desert Inn was designed by noted New York architect Jack Lessman. The casino and resort, which featured a private golf course, opened to great acclaim in 1950. The complex closed during summer of 2000, and the landmark tower was demolished the following year to make room for an even larger casino that was eventually built on the site by Las Vegas developer Steve Wynn. A quick check of eBay indicates that most gaming chips from older resorts are worth only a few dollars each. Other Desert Inn memorabilia found being offered for sale on the Internet include an ashtray, $12; a series of programs from the Crystal Showroom, $25; and three signed golf programs from the 1980s, $15. The Desert Inn is probably best-known today for being the temporary home of billionaire recluse Howard Hughes. ••• Q: I have a number of older 33 rpm record albums. I would like to first find out current values and then, perhaps, sell them. Can you help me? — Marvin, Sun City West, Ariz. A: You might begin by investing in several price guides. My favorites include the Standard Catalogue of American Records 1950-1975 by Tim Neely (Krause, $34.99); the Goldmine Record Album Price Guide also by Tim Neely (Krause, $24.99); and for 45 rpm discs, Rockin Records, published by Osborne Enterprises (Osborne Books, $39); and the Goldmine Price Guide to 45 rpm Records by Tim Neely (Krause, $24.99). These will help you determine values and can be ordered either at www.amazon.com or at any retail bookstore. There are several excellent used CD and record shops in your area. I especially like Circles Records and Tapes, 800 North Central Ave., Phoenix, AZ 85004. ••• Q: Where can I sell an autograph collection,

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Brian@nacvalue.com; and http:// www.nacvalue.com. He buys, sells and appraises autographs, including those relating to sports. © 2009 King Features Synd., Inc.


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The New Crop of Scams Scammers have gotten even more creative and have come up with some ingenious ways to either get you to part with your money or steal your personal information. Michael Jackson is a big scam concern right now. Whether it’s fake merchandise or online videos of Jackson, many people have fallen for the ruse. In the case of computers, malware might come attached to

an e-mail or be downloaded onto your computer when you visit certain Web sites and view a video. Jury duty scams involve threatening calls about jury duty and demands for Social Security numbers and credit-card numbers. The threat comes when that information is refused. If you get such a call, hang up. H1N1 influenza virus (aka Swine flu) also is fodder for online scammers who promote products that allegedly prevent or cure the flu. If you have a small business, you could be targeted by scammers who will send you mail that looks like it came from the Small Business Administration. The letters offer rebates and ask for personal and business information, such as your bank-account numbers. Mortgage-relief programs sponsored by the government have become prime areas for scammers to operate. The Making Home Affordable program is designed to help homeowners keep their homes instead of losing them to foreclosure by getting the payments lowered. Scammers offer to “help” for a fee. The real program doesn’t require a fee upfront.

August 13 - 19, 2009 If you’re told not to contact your lender, it’s likely a scam. Your computer could be handing over information to scammers, even if you have virus protection. If you go to the wrong site or click a link to see what’s there, you could be downloading spyware without knowing it. “Keyloggers” are programs that copy every word you type and send it off. Even if a charity solicitation is legitimate, chances are that the organization won’t get the full amount, as hired solicitors take their cut off the top. If solicitors call, say no. Ask them to take your phone number off the list, and hang up. Then, if you really do want to donate to an organization, call it up yourself and ask how to make a donation. 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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Parkinson’s Disease on Agent Orange List One year ago, the Institutes of Medicine organized a committee to update the information on Vietnam veterans and Agent Orange. Its goal was to take another look at the links between Agent Orange and health effects being suffered by veterans, adding to the information it first started studying in 1994. The IOM just come out with the seventh update — Veterans and Agent Orange: Update 2008. Two illnesses

have now changed category. The report finds that there is “limited or suggestive evidence of an association between exposure ... and early-onset transient peripheral neuropathy Parkinson’s disease.” Additionally, heart disease was moved to this new category, after being on the “inadequate or insufficient evidence” list. In the report’s summary, the committee notes that it was asked to make recommendations for any additional studies. One of the recommendations was that research needs to be done quickly for a number of illnesses, including Parkinson’s disease. It calls for an expanded definition of Vietnam veterans, too. The committee doesn’t believe that veterans who were actually on the ground were the

Make The Right Choice By Tresa Erickson

You’ve tended to your lawn and garden for years, but now that the kids are older and your schedule is jam-packed with their activities, you’re thinking that it might be time to hire a lawn service. Rather than trying to squeeze in some yard work between soccer games, you could sit back and relax with the kids

while the lawn service crew takes care of those outside chores for you. Selecting a lawn care service is no different than selecting any other professional. You need to shop around and get recommendations from friends and family. You need to contact all potential candidates and ask about their qualifications, experience, services, schedule and fees. You need to check out their references and find out what others have to say about the quality of their work. As always, the cheapest or most expensive service is not necessarily the best. Do your homework, and if possible, sign a year-round contract. That way, you won’t have to deal with rising fees due to the rising cost of gas. Make sure the services provided are listed in the contract. That way, there will be no question as to the types of work you expect. Perhaps you just want the basics, mowing, edging, weed-eating and leaf-blowing. Perhaps you want more, including building maintenance and flowerbed planting and planting. Get what you want spelled out in the contract. Once the work on your yard begins, check things out and voice any concerns you have right away. Don’t wait three or four months before informing the crew you would rather they didn’t trim your boxwoods. Let them know right away and save them some hassle. Be realistic in your expectations of the work done. If your lawn and garden was not in good condition to

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only ones affected by Agent Orange. Ships that distilled drinking water from seawater could have had that water contaminated by “drift from herbal spraying.” The evidence, they say, suggests that Blue Water Navy veterans “should not be excluded” from the group of exposed Vietnam-era veterans. You can read the report at www.nap.edu. Put “Agent Orange 2008” in the search box, and you can read it online. Another good source of information is The Agent Orange Review. To see previous issues, go online to www.VA.gov and put “The Agent Orange Review” in the search box. You also can subscribe to an e-mail version of the Review. © 2009 King Features Synd., Inc.

begin with, don’t expect the crew to pull it all together the second or third time they come around. Getting your lawn and garden in good condition will take time. Give the crew some leeway with temperature changes as well. Don’t expect them to pull off the impossible during a drought and have your lawn looking like a lush golf course at a resort. They are not miracle workers. Finding the right lawn service takes time. Don’t rush the process, or you could end up working with someone you would rather not and the tension could show up in your lawn and garden.


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appears in the New York Sun newspaper. The articles were supposedly reprinted from the Edinburgh Journal of Science. From the day the first moon hoax article was released, sales of the paper shot up considerably. • On Aug. 24, 79 A.D., after centuries of dormancy, Mount Vesuvius erupts in southern Italy, devastating prosperous Roman cities nearby and killing thousands. The city of Pompeii was buried under 14 to 17 feet of ash and pumice, while Herculaneum was buried under more than 60 feet of mud and volcanic material. • On Aug. 25, 1835, the first in a series of six hoax articles announcing the discovery of life on the moon

• On Aug. 29, 1885, the world’s first motorcycle, made by Gottlieb Daimler, is patented. The two-wheeled vehicle gained immense popularity after 1910, and it was used heavily by all branches of armed forces during World War I. • On Aug. 27, 1908, future President Lyndon Baines Johnson is born on a farm near Stonewall, Texas. As president during the 1960s, Johnson pushed through the creation of Medicare/Medicaid, Head Start, the Voting Rights Act, the Civil Rights Act and the Department of Housing and Urban Development. • On Aug. 30, 1967, Thurgood Marshall becomes the first black American to be confirmed as a Supreme Court justice. Over the next 24 years, Justice Marshall came out in favor of abortion rights and against the death penalty, and left a legacy of upholding the rights of the individual. • On Aug. 28, 1972, the U.S. Air Force gets its first ace (a designation traditionally awarded for five enemy aircraft confirmed shot down) since the Korean War. Captain Richard S. Ritchie in an F-4 out of Udorn Air Base in Thailand, shot down his fifth MiG near Hanoi. © 2009 King Features Synd., Inc.

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