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• On Dec. 16, 1773, in Boston Harbor, Samuel Adams and the Sons of Liberty, disguised as Mohawk Indians, board three British ships — the Dartmouth, the Eleanor and the Beaver — and dump 342 chests of tea into the harbor in a raid known as the “Boston Tea Party.” The value of the tea was $18,000. • On Dec. 14, 1799, George Washington, the American revolutionary leader and first president of the United States, dies of acute laryngitis at his estate in Mount Vernon, Va. He was 67 years old. • On Dec. 18, 1916, Betty Grable is born in St. Louis. Grable, trained as an actress and dancer, was voted “favorite pin-up girl” by American servicemen during World War II. Paramount famously insured her legs for $1 million. • On Dec. 15, 1973, Jean Paul Getty III, the kidnapped grandson of American billionaire J. Paul Getty, is found alive near Naples, Italy. J. Paul Getty had finally agreed to pay a $17 million ransom after the boy’s severed right ear was sent to a newspaper in Rome. • On Dec. 17, 1944, U.S. Gen. Henry C. Pratt issues Public Proclamation No. 21, declaring that, effective Jan. 2, 1945, Japanese American “evacuees” from the West Coast could return to their homes. For the previous two years, 110,000 Japanese Americans had been relocated to remote internment camps built by the U.S. military. • On Dec. 20, 1957, rock-and-roll star Elvis Presley receives his draft notice for a two-year stint in the United States Army. Refusing special favors, he was sworn in as an Army private in Memphis, Tenn., on March 24, 1958. Widely praised for not seeking to avoid the draft, Presley was seen as a model for all young Americans. • On Dec. 19, 1986, Michael Sergio, who parachuted into Game Six of the 1986 World Series at New York’s Shea Stadium, is fined $500 and sentenced to 100 hours of community service. However, Sergio was later held in contempt of court for refusing to reveal the name of the pilot who flew the plane. As a result, in May 1987, he was sentenced to six months in federal prison. © 2009 King Features Synd., Inc.


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at $159,900! Enter ID #1265 EASTSIDE Beauty with stunning mountain views! 4 BDRM, 2 BA, 1 car garage. Corner lot, updates & RV parking! Only $167,400 Enter ID #1185 WESTSIDE BEAUTY! Ranch style home with 3 BDRM, 2 BA & 2 car garage! Mountain views and basement ready for further completion. Not even 2 years old! $235,900! Enter ID #3115 CUSTOM HOME FOR SUBDIVISION! 2 master suites, 4 more rooms, great room addition & fully finished. Landscaped, 2 car garage & excellent condition! $236,500 Enter ID #1645 DESIRABLE RANCH only a few years old! Grand living area, deluxe kitchen and gleaming hickory wood floors. 3 BDRM, 2 BA & 2 car garage! New Price Only $339,900 Enter ID #2365 VISIT www.seecasperhomes.com For detailed information, see pictures, virtual tours & request more information! Also get PreQualified for FREE!Call Amy Lund Direct at: 307-473-8343

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HOMES FOR SALE RE/MAX THE GROUP Amy Lund1800-651-9004 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 BANK FORCLOSURE! Invest in this 4 BDRM, 3 BA home in Glenrock. Over 2600 SF & great yard! Only $129,000! Enter ID #1605 STUNNING TWIN HOME! 3 BDRM, 2.5 BA & 3 car garage! Great design & decor. Affordable

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Turkey Pot Pie Did you put some of the Thanksgiving turkey away in the freezer and haven’t put it to use yet? Try this healthy version of a pot pie and enjoy! 1 (10 3/4-ounce) can Healthy Request Cream of Chicken Soup 2 full cups diced cooked turkey breast 3 cups frozen mixed vegetables, thawed 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons Bisquick Heart Smart Baking Mix 1/2 cup fat-free milk 1 egg or equivalent in egg substitute 1 teaspoon dried parsley flakes Preheat oven to 400 F. Spray an 8-by-8-inch baking dish with butter-flavored cooking spray.

In a large skillet sprayed with butter-flavored cooking spray, combine chicken soup, turkey, and mixed vegetables. Cook over medium heat for 5 minutes. Spoon mixture into prepared baking dish. In a small bowl, combine baking mix, milk, egg and parsley flakes. Carefully pour mixture over turkey mixture. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes. Place baking dish on a wire rack and let set for 5 minutes. Divide into 6 servings. HINT: If you don’t have leftovers, purchase a chunk of cooked turkey breast from your local deli. • Each serving equals: About 223 calories, 3g

December 3 - 9, 2009 fat, 23g protein, 26g carbs, 393mg sodium, 77mg calcium, 4g fiber; Diabetic Exchanges: 2 Meat, 1 Starch, 1 Vegetable; Carb Choices: 2. © 2009 King Features Synd., Inc.


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Steel Pennies Q: I have in my possession three 1943 U.S. cents made of steel. One is stamped “D” and the other two have no mint marks. I would like to know how much they are worth. — Anita, Brockport, N.Y. A: Your 1943 “D” coin was minted in Denver. According to the U.S. Coin Digest edited by Joel Edler and Dave Harper (Krause, $12.99), 217,660,000 were minted, and it is worth between 25 cents and $6.50, depending on condition. Your other two coins are valued between 25 cents and $4.75, again depending on condition. I contacted a coin dealer who said the steel pennies from 1943 are common, and he sells them in his shop for about 5 cents each. ••• Q: I have a Teddy bear from 1927 with button eyes. I would like to know how much it is worth. — Lauren, Monroe Turnpike, N.J. A: You left out two key pieces of information: The condition and the manufacturer. The first Teddy bear was inspired by a hunting trip made by Teddy Roosevelt in 1902. Morris and Rose

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December 3 - 9, 2009 Michtoms made and sold some of the earliest Teddy bears and eventually formed the Ideal Novelty and Toy Company. During this same period, stuffed bears were being made by the Steiff Company in Germany. Values of collectible bears listed in the current edition of Kovels’ Antiques and Collectibles by Ralph and Terry Kovel (Krause, $27.95) range from about $50 for common one to $3,000 for an early Steiff bear crafted in 1905. The value of your bear depends on the market and condition. ••• 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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Jimmie Johnson Earns His Place in History HOMESTEAD, Fla. — NASCAR has been around since 1947, and after 62 years, it’s rare when a driver can say he’s done what no one else has ever done. A fifth-place finish in the Ford 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway enabled Jimmie Johnson to secure his fourth straight championship of what is now known as the Sprint Cup Series. Cale Yarborough won three straight championships from 1976 through 1978, a mark tied by Johnson in 2008. Johnson, 34, is only the fourth driver in history to win more than three championships overall. He tied Hendrick Motorsports teammate Jeff Gordon, who won titles in 1995, ’97, ’98 and 2001. Richard Petty and the late Dale Earnhardt share the all-time record with seven championships. The champion set a proper tone in his post-race remarks. “I am just blown away by the things we’ve been able to accomplish over the last eight years in the sport,” said Johnson. “Obviously, the last four years have been just unbelievable. To love the sport like I do and respect it like I do, and the history, the pioneers of this sport from Bill France Sr., to the Petty family, you go through many eras up to Mr. (Rick) Hendrick (owner of Johnson’s No. 48 Chevy) and what he’s done over the last 25 (years), to look at all of that, and to have done something that’s never been done in the sport before is so, so amazing, and something I am so proud of. “At the same time, I’ve worked my entire life to be in this position. So has Chad (Knaus, his crew chief) and so has Rick (Hendrick). It’s not that we backed into any of this. It’s not that it just happened. We’ve gone out and worked really, really hard and have dedicated our lives to it, and it’s paid off. It’s extremely rewarding to have that payoff, and we’re really going to enjoy this.” Johnson won four of the 10 Chase for the Sprint Cup races for the third time in his career. Overall, he’s won 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.

18 of the 60 races since the format was implemented in 2004. With championships in 2006, ’07 and ’08, Johnson is one of only three drivers to win championships under NASCAR’s present title format. The others were Kurt Busch in 2004 and Tony Stewart in 2005.


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• “When cutting Christmas wrapping paper, I open my adjustable dining-room table just a crack so a paring knife fits in. Then lay the paper flat, and by following the crack, you can cut a straight line, and it is so quick to do.” — H.H. in Minnesota • “To substitute for sprinkles on cupcakes at Christmastime, we freeze gumdrops and shred them on a fine shredder. They are so pretty, and really festive.” — B., via e-mail • “We let the kids decorate our holiday storage tubs last year with a mass of stickers and permanent markers. It seemed like decoration overkill at the time (they were 3 and 5), but there was no mistaking those tubs when we went to get them from the attic this year. They stood WAY out!” — T.C. in Tennessee • You can get baskets and containers year-round at second-hand stores. And while you’re at it, clean and save glass jars. Get yourself a nice bread, cookie or brownie recipe, and create a recipe gift for a personal touch. Stick a few utensils and perhaps canned ingredients in the basket, and you’re ready to give the gift of yummy. • “Have one spouse get the kids out of the way (say, by taking them to the park) while the other is tackling big chores such as cooking, cleaning or hanging holiday lights.” — E.E. in Idaho • Go Green Tip: Gift bags are so convenient for wrapping. And so pretty. Re-use them. Encourage others to reuse theirs as well. Want an interesting filler? Collect previously used wrapping paper and shred it. Festive and functional. Send your tips to Now Here’s a Tip, c/o King Features Weekly Service, P.O. Box 536475, Orlando, FL 32853-6475 or e-mail JoAnn at heresatip@yahoo.com. © 2009 King Features Synd., Inc.

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A Perfect Season on the Plains When The New York Times’ Joe Drape, a Kansas native, wrote a feature story on the Smith Center Redmen, a team that had won four straight Kansas state championships and hadn’t lost a game in all that time, he was astonished at the amount of feedback he received from readers. Assigned the story after the Redmen scored 72 points in the first quarter of a game — a national record in place since 1925 — the charm of Smith Center affected Drape in a way that convinced him to write a book, “Our Boys: A Perfect Season on the Plains with the Smith Center Redmen” (Times Books) chronicling their 2008 season and fifth straight championship. At the center of Smith Center’s success was Coach Roger Barta, a coach for whom the game

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of football meant more than scoring points on the gridiron. His mantra: hard work, patience and love. The boys on the team know that everyone in town is watching them. They can’t drink, smoke tobacco or use drugs, and if they’re caught doing any of those things, the penalty is severe. In Smith Center, every member of the team is given a football card, and those cards are distributed to the elementary-school classes, which are filled with kids who idolize the team. When a player breaks the code, his card is revoked in a school assembly, where he is made to apologize for letting the town down. Throughout the book, Barta espouses his worldview on the team. They work extremely hard, both in the farm fields and on the football field. They run a wishbone. They average more than 9 yards per play. They never kick extra points or field goals unless they are trying not to run up the score. The outgoing seniors had outscored opponents 702-0. Off field, as one of the locals put it, they are “the ambassadors of our town ... you ask anyone in Western Kansas, and they’ll tell you they can recognize a Smith Center kid.” In the summer, the boys can be found at the high school lifting

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weights. During the harvests, their schedules are sandwiched around work hours. If there’s a school dance, Barta reminds everyone on the team to dress impressively for their dates, look the adults in the eye when they shake hands and to treat their dates like the ladies, daughters and future mothers they are. “Do what a good man does,” Barta says. Because to Barta, it’s about preparing the boys of Smith Center for a life’s worth of experience: “None of this is really about football,” Barta tells Drape. “What I hope we’re doing is sending kids into life who know that every day means something.” Mark Vasto is a veteran sportswriter and publisher of The Kansas City Luminary. © 2009 King Features Synd., Inc.


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Dog Parks DEAR PAW’S CORNER: I am part of a group bringing a dog park to Canton, Ga. Can you tell your readers about the benefits of dog parks? Thanks. — Alessa S., Canton Paw Park Association (http://www.cantonpawpark.com ) DEAR ALESSA: Certainly! I am definitely for dog parks — and not just in urban settings, but in suburban areas as well. Dog parks provide a place for pets to play off-leash, something that is becoming a luxury in the United States as municipal leash laws become more and more restrictive. Providing a place for dogs to play and work off excess energy — without disturbing other members of the community — seems like a win-win situation. But surprisingly, dog parks often face opposition from the community.

The most common argument is that tax dollars shouldn’t be spent on a park that will only be used by a portion of the community. Others see dog parks as additional liability for a city or town, with potential lawsuits arising from incidents with off-leash dogs. I’ve even heard from dog owners who have had negative experiences at dog parks, most often when their dog is attacked by another dog. These viewpoints all merit consideration. A poorly planned and managed dog park can cause more problems than it solves, and it’s always important to consider how municipal funds are spent. In the case of the Canton Paw Park Association, the dog park is funded through donations to the nonprofit group. Bad behavior in the off-leash park is another problem. But that is something the community of dog owners should tackle. Regulations and park rules can do only so much — simple etiquette can help reduce issues, along with dedication to standard obedience training. That’s the responsibility of the individual pet owner, and it’s a responsibility they have regardless of whether a dog park is available to them or not.

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The dog park movement is beginning to take hold, however, and it’s a trend I welcome. 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.

Q: Help me! I really need to know what is going to happen next on “Lost.” When will it return for its final season? — Olivia F., via e-mail A: The two-hour Season Six premiere of “Lost” will air Tuesday, Feb. 2, on ABC. This season Oprah Winfrey will be its last, as you mentioned, and will consist of 18 episodes. The producers and company at “Lost” are very tight-lipped when it comes to leaking plot points, but they did reveal this season’s cast list: Naveen Andrews, Nestor Carbonell, Emile de Ravin, Michael Emerson, Jeff Fahey, Matthew Fox, Jorge Garcia, Josh Holloway, Daniel Dae Kim, Yunjin Kim, Ken Leung, Evangeline Lilly, Terry O’Quinn and Zuleikha Robinson. Elizabeth Mitchell, who is now starring on ABC’s latest hit, “V,” is not on the official cast list for “Lost,” but she has been spotted flying out to Hawaii to shoot guest stints for the show. ••• Q: I read that Oprah Winfrey is launching her own network. What will that mean for her talk show? — Polly T., Asheville, N.C. A: The Queen of All Media announced she is ending the 25-year run of her syndicated talk show, “The Oprah Winfrey Show,” once her contract with CBS Television (the show’s distributor) is up in 2011. Oprah said that prayer and careful thought led to her decision. Oprah’s new network, The Oprah Winfrey Network, will begin broadcasting in 2011, replacing Discovery Health Channel and airing in 74 million homes. As of press time, she had not revealed what her future plans might entail, except to say that the final 18 months of “Oprah” will knock our socks off. ••• Write to Cindy at King Features Weekly Service, P.O. Box 536475, Orlando, FL 32853-6475; or e-mail her at letters@cindyelavsky.com. For more news and extended interviews, visit www.celebrityextraonline.com and twitter.com/Celebrity_Extra. ©2009 King Features Synd., Inc.

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DVDs reviewed in this column will be available in stores the week of Dec. 14, 2009. PICKS OF THE WEEK “The Hangover” (Two-Disc Unrated Edition) — “The Hangover” could have been just another run-ofthe-mill, raunchy Bro Movie (like the kind you always see Seth Rogen in), but thanks to the brilliant decision to cast Zach Galifianakis and Ed (“The Office”) Helms, “The Hangover” has become one of the year’s funniest films. Four guys go to Vegas for a bachelor party they’ll “never forget” — but thanks to their drinks being laced with a date-rape drug, that’s exactly what happens. They wake up the next morning and can’t remember a thing about the previous night. To add to the muddle, they’ve misplaced the groom but gained a baby and a tiger. The guys have a Ed Helms stars in “The Hangover” scant few hours to piece together what happened, find the groom, return the baby and the tiger, and still get the groom to the church on time. Extras: The theatrical and unrated versions of the film, five featurettes, a gag reel, more pictures from the Missing Camera, a digital copy of the film and more. “Inglourious Basterds” — Director Quentin Tarantino’s World War II revenge fantasy may not be

to everybody’s taste, but it is a beautifully shot, brilliantly acted film that will go down in film history as one of his best. The film stars Brad Pitt as Aldo Raine, a soldier who assembles a crack squad of Jewish soldiers to go on a mission to execute the Nazi high command. On their way to completing their mission, each soldier is commanded to give Raine 100 “Gnatsi” scalps. And since this is a Tarantino film you can expect the usual ultraviolence, quotable dialogue and intertwining story lines. The extras on both the two-disc and Blu-Ray editions are the same, and mighty impressive: extended and alternate scenes; “Nation’s Pride” (the film within the film); a roundtable discussion with Tarantino, Brad Pitt and critic Elvis Mitchell; a score of featurettes, including a conversation with Rod Taylor; and a digital copy of the film. “Murder by Decree” — To cash in on the premiere of the new Sherlock Holmes film starring Robert Downey Jr., there are a plethora of Sherlock Holmes DVDs this week. Most of them are pretty lousy, but “Murder by Decree” is one you should take a look at — if not outright buy. The 1979 film stars Christopher Plummer and James Mason as Holmes and Watson, respectively, and the game that is afoot? None other than Jack the Ripper. Also starring in the film are Donald Sutherland as a psychic and Sir John Gielgud as the prime minister. As a Holmes fan, I have to say this is one of my favorite Holmes movies (along with “The SevenPercent Solution”). TV SERIES “Ice Road Truckers” The Complete Season Three “Robot Chicken” Season Four “The Tudors” The Complete Third Season “The Paper Chase” Season Two “The Five Lives of Criss Angel Mindfreak” “Lovejoy” The Complete Season One © 2009 King Features Synd., Inc.

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Newly divorced, jobless and rudderless, Anna O’Shea returns from a trip to Ireland to be greeted with family tragedy. Dispatched to fetch her wayward teenage nephew Joseph, Anna instead takes an unexpected detour when she and Joseph are sucked back in time 164 years to 19th-century Ireland.

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

ANSWER: An Adie’s (AID-ease) pupil is one that is slightly larger than the other pupil and it narrows very slowly when a bright light is shined on it. It’s not an indication of illness and has nothing to do with your headaches. If other signs are present, like a loss of the kneejerk reflex when the knee tendon is struck with a rubber hammer, then you call the mix Adie’s syndrome. Your headaches fit the description of DEAR DR. DONOHUE: I went to the doctor tension headaches, the most common kind because of headaches. On examining my of headache. People who have them say eyes, she discovered that my pupils don’t they feel like a tight band encircles their constrict and dilate. She sent me to an eye head or that a weight is on their head or that doctor. He said I have an Adie’s pupil. Is this their head is squeezed or, as you say, that a disease or a syndrome? Can this be causing they are wearing a tight cap. Pain is felt on my headaches? He told me it was nothing. both sides of the head, and rarely is it My headaches feel like there’s a tight cap throbbing pain, as it is with many other on my head. Please enlighten me on these headaches. The pain lasts from half an hour things. — G.S. to seven days. These headaches are called tension h e a d a c h e s because at one time they were believed to result from contraction of the scalp muscle. Now the explanation is that Newborns, Children innocent brain & the Whole Family signals are misinterpreted by the brain as pain signals. If that explanation helps www.rockymountainfamilymedicine.com you, it doesn’t do much for me. 2241 Farnum St., Ste. 102 Start treatment of your headache without drugs. Heat Eric Lawrence, D.O. Jason Strand, M.D.

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packs to the neck or head might ease them. If heat doesn’t do the trick, try ice. Massage sometimes work, especially neck massage. Get enough sleep, but not too much. Too much is as bad as too little. Popular tension headache medicines are aspirin and Tylenol (acetaminophen). If they aren’t effective, tablets that combine them with caffeine can be. Caffeine enhances their painkilling properties. Ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin), naproxen (Naprosyn) and Ketoprofen (a prescription drug) have a good batting average against these headaches. Don’t overuse medicine. Constant use promotes constant headaches. The headache booklet deals with the common headaches and their treatment. To order a copy, write: Dr. Donohue — No. 901W, 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. Allow four weeks for delivery. ••• DEAR DR. DONOHUE: My son is almost 3. He reaches for everything with his left hand. I want to train him to use his right hand. Being left-handed is such a drag. What are your thoughts? — G.S. ANSWER: Who says being left-handed is a drag? The 10 percent to 15 percent of the population who happen to be left-handed adjust to it without any great physical or psychological trauma. Leonardo da Vinci, Pablo Picasso, J.S. Bach and Sandy Koufax were lefties. They did all right for themselves. I’d let your son accept what nature has dealt him. ••• 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. © 2009 North America Synd., Inc. All Rights Reserved


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• It was American comedian Joey Adams who made the following sage observation: “If it weren’t for the fact that the TV set and the refrigerator are so far apart, some of us wouldn’t get any exercise at all.” • A butterfly’s sense of taste is located on its feet. • You know that smoking is hazardous to your health, but you might not realize all the different types of damage it can do. For instance, a shop in Great Britain required more than $400,000 in repairs to its roof due to a fire from a cigarette. A fire from an inadequately extinguished butt isn’t at all unusual, but in this case it wasn’t because the owner — or any other person — was careless. It seems a sparrow that had been building its nest in the store’s eaves liked to use cigarette butts. The bird evidently picked one up that was still burning, eventually setting the building alight. • Someone with too much time on his hands once determined that there are 293 different combinations of coins that will make change for a U.S. dollar. • Every year, doughnut-maker Krispy Kreme uses a whopping 1 million pounds of sprinkles on its pastries. • Coffee is one of the most-traded commodities on earth, second only to oil. • If you, like many others, are trying to figure out how to meet that special someone, you might want to reconsider the use of personal ads. Those who study such things claim that approximately 35 percent of people who use personal ads for dating are already married. © 2009 King Features Synd., Inc.

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