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• On Nov. 16, 1849, a Russian court sentences author Fyodor Dostoevsky to death for alleged antigovernment activities. Instead, he received a last-minute reprieve and was sent to a Siberian labor camp, where he worked for four years. In 1866, Dostoevsky published “Crime and Punishment,” one of his most popular works. • On Nov. 11, 1852, the Saturday Evening Gazette publishes “The Rival Painters: A Story of Rome,” by Louisa May Alcott, who would later write the beloved children’s book “Little Women” (1868). • On Nov. 12, 1889, DeWitt Wallace, founder of Reader’s Digest, is born in St. Paul, Minn. The first issue, printed in his basement in February 1922, had an initial run of 1,500 copies. By the end of the 20th century, Reader’s Digest had the largest circulation of any publication in the world, with more than 17 million readers in dozens of countries and some 20 languages. • On Nov. 13, 1949, Caryn Johnson, later known as Whoopi Goldberg, is born in New York City. She dropped out of high school during her freshman year, later citing a learning disability that teachers mistook for retardation. In 1985, she made her movie debut in “The Color Purple” and earned an Academy Award nomination for Best Actress. • On Nov. 10, 1969, “Sesame Street,” a pioneering TV show that would teach generations of young children the alphabet and how to count, makes its broadcast debut. “Sesame Street” went on to become the most widely viewed children’s program in the world. © 2008 King Features Synd., Inc.

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Medicare Part D Open Enrollment Have you decided whether you want to make changes to your Medicare Part D drug plan? We can begin making those changes on Nov. 15. Open enroll-

ment for the drug plan will run through Dec. 31. If you’re already signed up with Medicare, you should have received your Annual Notice of Change. It will let you know about anything new that will take effect in January in your plan: a change in benefits, cost and service area, plus any changes to the formulary. Take a close look at it so you can decide if you want to stay with the same plan or make changes. If you’re going to change plans or are signing up for the first time, try to do it before Dec. 1. That will help to ensure that all goes well at the start of the year when your plan is to begin. Remember the Florida study that determined that the Medicare Web site isn’t easy to use? Unwieldy as the site is, I managed to find a certain drug and identify 72 plans in my state that have the drug in their formulary. The 2,400 mg amount is equal to one teaspoon of salt. That doesn’t mean you’re allowed to fill up a teaspoon with salt and use that whole teaspoon on food throughout the day. It indicates total sodium intake. People get 77 percent of their total daily sodium from processed and restaurant foods, things like commercial soups, frozen foods and luncheon meats. Another 12 percent comes from the sodium found naturally in foods. Six percent comes from salt sprinkled at the table, and 5 percent from salt added during cooking. You can cut 11 percent of your sodium intake by eliminating the last two sources. For salt added during the processing of foods, you have to read labels. The percentage of sodium listed on labels indicates the percent of the recommended daily sodium intake found in a serving of that food. The booklet on sodium and potassium discusses these minerals in detail. To obtain a copy, write to: Dr. Donohue — No. 202W, 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.

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

Most Everyone Uses Too Much Salt DEAR DR. DONOHUE: Sodium, sodium, sodium! Medical people continually tell us to cut down on it. How much is too much? Many packaged meals contain 10 percent to 40 percent. What does that percentage mean? What are the limits you suggest? — S.W. ANSWER: Most people use too much sodium (salt, sodium chloride). The upper limit on sodium isn’t my suggestion. It comes from a panel of experts, and often different panels come up with different limits. One group sets the upper daily limit at 2,400 mg of sodium. Another would like people to use less, somewhere in the range of 1,200 mg to 1,500 mg.

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So far, so good, but I was told there is a way to compare costs at a pharmacy versus having the drug sent by mail, and I couldn’t find it. I’ve decided there’s too much at stake here, so I’m going to use SHIPs — State Health Insurance Assistance Programs — for help in deciding about a new drug plan. To find one in your area, go to the Medicare site and put “SHIP contact” in the search box. Or call Medicare at 1-800-633-4227. If you want to try it yourself online, go to the Medicare plan finder at www.medicare.gov/MPDPF. Matilda Charles regrets that she cannot personally answer reader questions, but will incorporate them into her column whenever possible. Write to her in care of King Features Weekly Service, P.O. Box 536475, Orlando, FL 32853-6475, or send e-mail to columnreply@gmail.com. © 2008 King Features Synd., Inc.

••• DEAR DR. DONOHUE: What can you tell me about an illness called Paget’s in the brain? A dear friend of mine was told she had it after she had a brain scan. I would like to know what to look for so I can help her without making it obvious and upsetting her. Will this kill her soon? — Anon. ANSWER: I have to believe that your friend has Paget’s disease of the skull. Paget’s is a bone disease, and the bones most often affected are the pelvic bones, the backbones, the skull, the thigh bone and the lower leg bone. This illness affects 3 percent of those older than 40. It comes about from an acceleration of the normal daily breakdown and buildup of bones. The breakdown phase suddenly speeds up. That throws the buildup phase into high gear, and the new bone that results is misshapen and fragile. Quite often, the process occurs only in a limited section of one bone. When that’s the case, the illness doesn’t present a health threat. Paget’s disease of the skull can cause headaches, hearing disturbances or a malfunction of the nerves that come from the brain. The symptoms depend on what part of the skull is affected and the size of the affected area. Some have no symptoms. For people with symptoms, medicines used for osteoporosis are also used for Paget’s disease. Occasionally, surgery is necessary. I doubt if your friend’s lifespan will be shortened. ••• 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. © 2008 North America Synd., Inc. All Rights Reserved

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Q: I saw that Chinese actor Kim Chan recently passed away. My father insists that he was Jackie Chan’s father, but I say there is no relation. Who is correct? — John G., via e-mail A: Chinese actor Kim Chan, who was born in 1915 (some sources say 1917), passed away this past October. He starred in many feature films and television series throughout his career. In fact, he co-starred opposite Jackie Chan in “Shanghai Nights” as Jackie’s character’s father, so perhaps that is why your father has mistaken them for father and son. Kim and Jackie, however, are not related. Kim is survived by his son, Michael Chandler. ••• Q: I started watching the new Fox show “Fringe” because I love Joshua Jackson. However, I was very excited to see another of my favorite actors, Mark Valley, on the show. How can he still be on the show if he died in the pilot episode? — Patsy G., via e-mail. A: I, too, was happy to see Mark Valley back on my TV screen. I have been boycotting “Boston Legal” ever since he was unceremoniously dumped from that show (as William Shatner and James Spader’s characters get ridiculously kookier and kookier). Mark’s character on “Fringe,” John Scott, succumbs to a deadly flesh-dissolving toxin. The show’s creators, Alex Kurztman and Roberto

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Orci, have said of Mark’s future with “Fringe”: “Did you watch ‘Alias’? No one ever really died on ‘Alias’; they came back and popped up in very strange ways. Mark Valley is definitely around, but John Scott may genuinely be dead.” Mark Valley ••• Q: I am so happy to see the influx of new movies based on comic-book characters such as “Ironman,” Edward Norton’s version of “The Incredible Hulk,” “Batman” and “Spider-Man.” Who’s the next comic-book hero in line for big screen? — Theo R., Seattle A: According to many studio sources, actor Josh Brolin has been tapped to star as the latest action hero on the big screen. He is in negotiations to star in a film version of comic-book classic “Jonah Hex.” Josh is the front-runner for the title role of Hex, a former alcoholic and Confederate soldier turned bounty hunter. ••• Q: My husband and I heard a rumor that writer/ director Kevin Smith is going to stop making movies? Please tell us it isn’t true. We love his movies. — Heather W., Fort Myers, Fla. A: The rumor you heard is only half-true. Kevin Smith, of “Clerks” and “Mallrats” fame, by his own admission has gained a lot of weight recently and wants to take some time off to get healthy. He writes on his Myspace.com page that as soon as he’s done with the duties of his latest flick, “Zach and Miri Make a Porno,” he is going to drop out of sight and lose some weight. But don’t worry; a more svelte Kevin will be back before you know it. © 2008 King Features Synd., Inc.


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Chew on This DEAR PAW’S CORNER: My neighbor’s puppy has a ton of toys that he chews on all the time. Is this healthy? — Joe E., Atlanta DEAR JOE: Yes, as long as the toys are specifically made for dogs. Chewing is an instinctive activity for dogs that keeps their teeth and jaws healthy and strong. For puppies, chewing not only helps them develop properly, but it also eases the discomfort of teething. A dog will chew on anything that looks chew-

able — as many a dog owner has ruefully discovered after finding a favorite pair of shoes in shreds. So keeping many safe chew toys within the dog’s reach, and featuring chew toys and tug ropes (thick, braided short ropes you can hang onto while the dog pulls at the other end) during play and training will help ease that urge to chew on everything. Safe chew toys do not shred or shatter when a dog sinks his teeth into them — something you don’t want to happen, as shards can cut a dog’s gums, and swallowing debris can cause serious health problems. So owners should buy only approved toys that are appropriate for their dog’s age and size. A Great Dane shouldn’t be chewing on a toy sized for a Chihuahua, and likewise, a toy poodle might have trouble gnawing on a toy sized for a Doberman. Remember also that owners (and those who will have dogs coming over to visit) should put away any objects they don’t want chewed. Shoes, children’s toys, plants, newspapers — you name it — should be placed in a room or closet that can’t be accessed by the dog. A floor clear of everything but a few strategically placed chew toys is ideal. Send your tips, questions and comments to Paws Corner, c/o King Features Weekly Service, P.O. Box 536475, Orlando, FL 328536475, or e-mail them to pawscorner@hotmail.com. © 2008 King Features Synd., Inc.

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FDIC Safeguards More of Your Savings The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation recently increased insurance coverage on bank accounts to $250,000. Until the increase, accounts were covered up to $100,000, except for retirement savings, which have been covered to $250,000 since 2006. The increase, however, is temporary. The new increased coverage will run through Dec. 31, 2009, at which time the coverage will be reduced to the previous $100,000 amount.

The new insurance coverage is as follows: • Single owner account: $250,000 • Joint account $250,000: per co-owner • Trust Accounts $250,000: per owner per beneficiary These amounts apply to the total amount that is deposited in a bank. For example, if you have both checking and savings at one bank, those amounts would be added together subject to the $250,000 cap. If you’re concerned about the safety of your present bank, consider spreading your money between multiple banks and account types, or investigate credit unions as an option to traditional banks. Credit unions aren’t in business for profits, and most of them have been less likely to make the risky subprime housing loans that have been the downfall of banks across the country. Shareholders are the members, and having a credit-union account is a good way to get started in the credit world should you need a loan. To keep credit unions on equal footing with banks, they have been included in the increased insurance coverage legislation. Credit unions aren’t covered by the FDIC. Instead they are chartered by the National Credit Union Administration and covered by the National Credit Union Share Insurance Fund. No money has ever been lost in a credit-union failure because of the insurance. Keep an eye on the FDIC Web site [www.fdic.gov] for press

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releases and the Consumers and Communities section for up-to-date information. Click on Industry Analysis and Bank Data and Statistics to check on a specific bank. You’ll also be able to research comparisons between banks and individual bank ratings reports. The Failed Banks link will provide specific information about where accounts of failed banks have been transferred. You can link from the FDIC site or go directly to www.myfdicinsurance.gov to see how much of your bank account balances are covered by the new legislation. 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. © 2008 King Features Synd., Inc.


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Red Cabbage Flavors Fall Feast Certain foods remind me of fall. A tray of beautiful red cabbages with a hint of purple and blue on their ruffled leaves resembles a bouquet of flowers. Raw red cabbage is a flavorful addition to salads, or it can be slow-cooked to sweet perfection as a side dish. One of my favorite recipes for red cabbage is in award-winning cooking instructor Rick Rodgers’s newest cookbook, “Autumn Gatherings: Casual Food to Enjoy With Family and Friends” (Morrow Cookbooks). From cabbage, squash and root vegetables to cranberries, apples and hearty, savory dishes, Rodgers shares uncomplicated recipes that are perfect for a cozy, comforting meal or a holiday feast. This week’s recipe, which features red cabbage, sausages and apples, is a classic example of German cooking and celebrates the bounty of the season. Rodger says that he “learned early in my cooking life not to try and rush the cabbage, as it needs plenty of time to soften into the melting mass of sweet and sour ingredients that makes it so unique, and becomes the perfect place to cook your favorite sausages.” The apples and apple juice enhances the sweetness of the cabbage, and the vinegar preserves the color of the cabbage. The flavors of the dish intensify the next day, so if possible, prepare the cabbage ahead of time. Nestle the sausages in the pot, let them cook while the cabbage is re-heating, and enjoy the flavors of fall!

1 bay leaf Salt and freshly ground black pepper 12 assorted sausages, such as bratwurst, Weisswurst, hot links and knockwurst, pricked with a fork 1. To make the red cabbage and apples, heat 1 tablespoon of the oil in a very large Dutch oven or flameproof casserole over medium heat. Add the bacon and cook, stirring occasionally, until crisp and browned, about 8 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, transfer to paper towels to drain, leaving the fat in the pan. 2. Add the onion and cook, stirring often, until golden, about 10 minutes. Transfer to a bowl. Add the remaining 2 tablespoons of oil in the Dutch oven and heat until hot but not smoking. Add the apples and cook, stirring often, until lightly browned, about 3 minutes. Add the cabbage, apple juice, vinegar, brown sugar, thyme

and bay leaf, and stir well to coat the cabbage with the liquid. (The vinegar helps the cabbage hold its color.) Bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat to medium-low and cover. Simmer, stirring occasionally, until the cabbage is tender, about 1 1/2 hours. Season with salt and pepper to taste. 3. Bury the sausages in the cabbage and cover. Cook until they are heated through, about 12 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, transfer the cabbage and sausages to a large serving bowl, removing the bay leaf, and tent with aluminum foil. Bring the cooking liquid in the pot to a boil over high heat and cook, stirring often, until reduced to about 1/2 cup, about 5 minutes. Pour over the cabbage and sausages and serve hot. Makes 6 servings. •••

OKTOBERFEST SAUSAGES WITH RED CABBAGE 3 tablespoons vegetable oil, divided 6 slices thick-sliced bacon, coarsely chopped 1 large onion, thinly sliced 2 Golden Delicious apples, peeled, cored and cut into 1/4-inch thick wedges 1 (2 1/2-pound) head red cabbage, cut into wedges, core removed and thinly sliced 1 1/2 cups apple juice 1/3 cup cider vinegar 1/2 cup packed light brown sugar 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme

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1-800-845-9006 www.NatesFlowers.com Flower Mart: 1042 E. 2nd • 266-2300 Hilltop Shopping Center: 266-1783

Kitchen Oddity Q: I love to pick up odd kitchen utensils when I come across them. Since I live in Iowa, I attend as many farm auctions as I can, and this is where I have found some of the truly unique items in my collection. As you can imagine, I sometimes discover an older piece that I can’t identify. I am enclosing a picture of just such an item. What is it? — Mark, Wapello, Iowa A: I found your item in 300 Years of Kitchen

Collectibles by Linda Campbell Franklin (Krause, $29.95). It is a candy-curling machine, which was used for making candies known as “opera curls.” According to this guide, it is worth about $150. Incidentally, you should purchase a copy of this book. It will make your hobby even more fun and will quickly become one of your favorite references. ••• Q: My grandma collected thimbles throughout the 1940s and ’50s. Her collection is unique, since all of her thimbles promoted various political candidates. Her thimbles include ones issued during the Harding, Coolidge, Hoover, Eisenhower and Nixon campaigns. Are they valuable? — Jon, Dover, Ohio A: After the 19th Amendment expanded women’s suffrage throughout the country, thimbles emerged as campaign tools directed toward the new voting constituents. Most of the political thimbles that I’ve seen in shops sell in the $10 to $25 range. One of the better clubs is Thimble Collectors International (www.thimblecollectors.com). Jina Samulka is membership chairman and may be contacted through her e-mail address: membershipVP@thimblecollectors.com. ••• Q: I have a biscuit jar that an appraiser identified as overshot glass. What is overshot glass? — Mary, Naperville, Ill. A: Overshot glass was developed during the 19th century. Pieces generally appear to be frosted or iced, an effect made possible when a gather of molten glass is rolled over a marver covered with

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crushed glass. Early pieces that I’ve seen are clear, but examples in color also were made. A custard cup in pink recently sold on eBay for $45. I suspect your biscuit jar is worth much more, especially if it is in good 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. © 2008 King Features Synd., Inc.

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NASCAR Has Its Politics, Too MARTINSVILLE, Va. — It’s likely you’re a Dale Earnhardt Jr. fan, judging from the shirts in the grandstands and the stickers on the cars. If you’re not a Junior fan — and believe you me, they’re out there — chances are you’re reading this and preparing to write a letter or an email. It’s a determined, prolific minority. The Juniorphobes often call in when I’m on radio shows. The Juniorphiles are more secure in their majority status, and they only mobilize when attacked. The slightest word, maybe even syllable, taken wrong — one that seems as if maybe, just

maybe, their idol may have included an imperfect edge in one of his many great works — results in quick communicative response. The Anti-Junior Crowd — politicians have grown to love to refer as something as a crowd, as in “that Washington crowd wantin’ to raise your taxes” — believes in the pre-emptive strike. The Pro-Junior Crowd believes in a strong defense. Its army is bigger. Perhaps the insurgents rely more on sneak attacks. Then again, it’s wrong to stereotype. There are pacifists, even among race fans. I mean, theoretically. The other day I heard someone say he’d met a fan who was a Democrat. Next thing you know, they’ll start letting ACLU members in. If they want to come, NASCAR will certainly accept their money, as long as they don’t mind another Republican waving the flag, driving the pace car and pressing the flesh every week. Diversity. Yeah, right.

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I’ve never minded fans thinking I’m wrong. Or Brian France, for that matter. I just don’t want anyone to think I’m insincere. Calling it the way I see it — and calling it that way clearly — means opposition from those whose eyes aren’t focused the same way. Plus, I get it from the “pros” one week and the “antis” the next. In the presidential debate last month, I heard John McCain say he was proud of those who attended his rallies. He said they didn’t say any more mean things than “that other crowd,” the one hanging on every word of Barack Obama. Obama didn’t have much to say about that. He was ahead. The difference in NASCAR is that polls don’t mean anything. Not even poles mean much. The guy who’s ahead ... isn’t ahead. Fans don’t decide which driver they adore on continued on page 14


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the basis of issues. They decide on the basis of birth, charisma, geography (almost all the Colombian fans cheer Juan Montoya, for instance), marketing, brand name and sex appeal, among others. All these considerations, swirling about and attacking their consciousness, somehow morph into something approaching a love affair. It can be “a guy thing” or it can be “a gal thing.” It’s not physical, though perhaps they want it to be. Relax. It’s a double entendre. Fans think it’s OK for “their driver” to get physical. All the rest better be as polite as a teacher’s pet. © 2008 King Features Synd., Inc.

Dale Earnhardt Jr. signs autographs for fans. Juniorphiles vastly outnumber Juniorphobes, but the latter are the loudest. (Getty Images photo)

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Place Card Puzzles Add Fun to Feast Place cards are an indispensable addition to a Thanksgiving meal. They’re a little like croutons on a favorite soup, because they add style and pizzazz. They can even be whimsical! This year, let the kids’ inspirations for artful place cards enhance your Thanksgiving table decor. Long after you’ve ladled the gravy over the mashed potatoes for seconds and then thirds, your kids will remember the special contribution they made to the festivities. Here are two ideas: Simple Place Cards Homemade place cards can be as easy as cutting strips of nice paper or cardstock into 1-1/2-by-1inch strips and writing out each person’s name with a special pen. Decorate by drawing a simple portrait of the person to the side of the name, or add Thanksgiving-themed stickers. Set them on each plate over a folded napkin, or insert them in standard place-card stands. (Tip: Larger index cards give young children more space to write and draw). Puzzle Place Cards Make each puzzle place card out of cardboard, construction paper or craft foam sheets. Draw and cut out the shape of an object with a Thanksgiving theme, such as a pilgrim hat, an ear of corn or a pumpkin pie. Paint or color the shape with markers if you wish. Make a different Thanksgiving design or symbol for each place setting. Cut out a portion of the shape, which will be a puzzle piece. The cutout could be obvious, such as a feather on a turkey, or more complicated, like a random wavy shape typical of a traditional puzzle. Set the Thanksgiving table with a place card at each setting, minus the cutout. When guests arrive, put children in charge of giving a missing placecard piece to each guest. When they meet Grandfather at the door, they’ll be bursting with excitement. Will he find his place at the table? Kids love to know a special secret that grown-ups have to figure out! At mealtime, it’s a fun and memorable moment for all when each person finds the place card that completes the puzzle to discover who they will sit beside. Don’t be surprised if your kids ask to play the place-card puzzle game with new creations for December holiday gatherings. ••• 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 enewsletter. © 2008 Donna Erickson Distributed by King Features Synd.

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New DVD Releases for Week of Nov. 10, 2008 PICK OF THE WEEK “Hellboy II: The Golden Army” — Ron Perlman returns as the demon-spawn Hellboy, a creature who leads a team of heroes who secretly fight “the things that go bump in the night.” There are a couple versions of this awesome comic-book blockbuster: The single disc has two commentary tracks, a featurette on the puppetry used in the film and deleted scenes w/optional commentary by director Guillermo del Toro. The three-disc set has everything in the single-disc edition, plus a digital copy of the film (for portable devices), a two-hour documentary on the making of the film, DVDROM features and many more making-of featurettes. There also will be a limited edition three-disc set that will include a book, poster and Golden Army warrior figurine. Guess what just made my Amazon wish list? KIDS & FAMILY “Kung-Fu Panda” — This is one of my favorite animated films of the year. Jack Black, David Cross, Jackie Chan, Angelina Jolie and other A-listers lend their vocal talents to this story of a hapless, out-of-shape, dumpling-loving panda who dreams of becoming a member of The Furious Five, a crack unit of martial-arts heroes — and much to his cha-

DOG OF THE WEEK “Star Wars: The Clone Wars” — No, this isn’t Episode II; nor is it the outstanding 2003 animated series by Genndy Tartakovsky. This is the groan-inducing 2008 CGI’d mess that was released to theaters in advance of the equally awful television series. In this movie, Anakin Skywalker takes on a girl apprentice and they are supposed to rescue Jabba the Hutt’s kidnapped child. The animation is so horrible, you’ll think you were watching a cut scene from an old Nintendo NES video game. The dialogue and plotting are on a less-than-12-year-old level. And for some reason, George Lucas demanded that Jabba the Hutt have a Gay Relative who lisps his lines like Truman Capote on Xanax. Seriously, if you need a Star Wars fix and don’t already own the two-volume Tartakovsky series, grab those instead of this pile of Bantha poo. TV SERIES “The Sopranos: The Complete Series” “Scrubs: Season 7” “Firefly: The Complete Series” (Blu-Ray) “Chuck: The Complete First Season” (Blu-Ray) “Dragon Ball Z: Season 7” “7th Heaven: The 7th Season” “Night Gallery: Season 2” “Father Knows Best: Season 2” © 2008 King Features Synd., Inc.

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• It was Nobel Prize-winning physicist Richard Feynman who made the following sage observation: “There are 1011 stars in the galaxy. That used to be a huge number. But it’s only a hundred billion. It’s less than the national deficit! We used to call them astronomical numbers. Now we should call them economical numbers.” • If you’re planning a trip to the great state of Texas next summer, be sure to stop by the small town of Clute in late July. You wouldn’t want to miss the Great Mosquito Festival, which features

a Mosquito Legs Contest and a Mosquito Calling Contest. It makes you wonder, though: How exactly do you call a mosquito? • Statistics show that widows outnumber widowers by a ratio of 5 to 1. • Holstein cows are known to be prolific milkers. A good heifer can produce her own weight in milk in just a couple of weeks. • Soup is often served as a first course in Western cuisine, but if you travel to China and eat traditional meals, you’re more likely to have it as the last course. • Are you ambisinister? Don’t worry, it’s just a fancy way of saying that you’re clumsy with both hands. The literal meaning is “with two left hands” — the manual equivalent of having two left feet. • It’s been reported that gangster Al Capone paid, in today’s dollars, upward of $300,000 in bribes every week. • More interesting collective nouns: A group of moles is known as a “labor,” a flock of turtledoves is called a “pitying” and a school of jellyfish is known as a “smack.” • The French once raised

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domesticated beavers as a food source. ••• Thought for the Day: “Man is a credulous animal, and must believe something; in the absence of good grounds for belief, he will be satisfied with bad ones.” — Bertrand Russell © 2008 King Features Synd., Inc.


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