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By Samantha Weaver

• It’s getting harder and harder to remember life before the Internet: Statistics show that computer users make nearly 8 billion online searches every month. • It was Austrian physician and psychologist Wilhelm Stekel who made the following sage observation: “The mark of the immature man is that he wants to die nobly for a cause, while the mark of a mature man is that he wants to live humbly for one.” • The prehistoric megalodon shark got its name from the Greek words meaning “big

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tooth” — and rightly so. The megalodon’s huge jaws could clamp down on its prey with a force of 12 to 20 tons. To put that in perspective, the great white shark has the strongest bite of any animal alive today, with a comparatively puny 2-ton bite. That 2 tons, though, is still 23 times as strong as the biting force of the human jaw. © 2008 King Features Synd., Inc.

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ADOPTION PREGNANT? CONSIDERING ADOPTION Talk with caring agency specializing in matching Birthmothers with Families Nationwide. LIVING EXPENSES PAID. Call 24/7 Abby’s One True Gift Adoptions 866-413-6292

HELP WANTED 3 POSITIONS AVAILABLE One position to travel the state of Wyoming and two positions to stay in Casper. Internet Design. Must be eager to learn. Call 251-2847.

UNDERCOVER SHOPPERS Earn up to $150 per day. Under cover shoppers needed to judge retail and Dining establishments EXP. Not RE. Call 1-800-601-5518. WYOMING ATHLETIC CLUB is seeking licensed MASSAGE THERAPISTS for it’s west side location. Team work a must, experience helpful, and Customer service paramount. All interested parties must have all appropriate paper work for the State and City of Casper completed. Interested parties may apply WAC at the Sunrise Shopping Center. Please call Annie at 234-4241 for more info...

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PT SALES ASSOCIATES NEEDED Part-time career opportunity with National Vision Inc., one of the nation’s largest optical retailers. Immediate openings for PT Sales Associates in our Vision Center located inside Wal-Mart in Casper, WY. NVI offers an Excellent Training Program, Advancement Opportunities, Incentives, 401K w/Match and a Comprehensive Benefits Package. Call Debbie at 307.237.0998, fax resume to 307.237.3437 or apply in person at 4400 East 2nd Street, Casper, WY, 82609. EOE/M/F/ D/V 307-237-0998

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NEVER AN APPLICATION fee! Admin Assistant-$10-$12/hr, computer skills, phones full-time M-F Receptionist-temporary $9-$11/ hr no weekends Laborer-2nd and 3rd shifts avx, temporary $8/hr Janitorial-day shift must be avx 7 days/wk pt or ft. For more details call today! 2655119, 2669 E 2nd St. Casper, www.kellyservices.com

ADECCO has both full and part-time, temporary and permanent opportunities in the following areas: per hour, Concrete Laborers, $12 per hour, Mechanics/Welders, $17+ per hour, Electrical Installer $23 per hour, Event Concessions/Food Service/ Banquets, $8+ per hour, Warehouse $9-12 per hour, Panel Assembly $10, Labor/ Movers $10, Counter Sales $10-12, Reception Term or Perm $9-11 per hour, Administrative Assistants, $12+ per hour, Shop Hands, $10+ per hour. New positions daily. Call us today to find your perfect opportunity. 307-2373283 or visit www.adeccousa.com

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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. COUNTER HEIGHT TABLE with 4 Chairs: BRAND NEW, never used. Retail $1300, Will sacrifice for $670. Call 4732400

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“Create the Space You Deserve: An Artistic Journey to Expressing Yourself Through Your Home” by Jill Butler

(Globe Pequot Press, $24.95)

“The Nest Home Design Handbook” by Carley Roney, et al. (Clarkson Potter, $22.95)

Reviewed by Ealish Waddel l

A true home reflects the souls of its occupants. But what if you just can’t seem to make your place feel like your own? These books take two very different approaches to interior design, but both can

December 18 - 24, 2008 help you shape your space into the home you’ve always dreamed of. For artist Jill Butler, author of “Create the Space You Deserve,” a home is an opportunity to create the most intensely personal of havens. Getting the best out of life, she asserts, includes getting rid of both physical and emotional clutter and striving for an environment that resonates with your own unique lifestyle and activities. Butler exuberantly throws open the doors of her own house to illustrate her interpretation of this goal. Her ideas and designs are eminently copiable, but her point is that true style begins within — determining who you really are and what sort of home would suit you best. Now that you’ve got some ideas about what your dream space should be like, check out “The Nest Home Design Handbook” to help visualize what it should look like. This manual, from the authors of the design Web site TheNest.com, is a more traditional take on home decor, focusing on roomby-room examples of basic themes. It also includes glossaries of some of the more esoteric terms in everything from pillow sizes to chair styles. The rooms here tend more toward a modern, contemporary style, but each contains elements that would transfer easily to any surroundings. Visual inspiration decorates every page and is followed by h a n d y worksheets to help you organize the items you already have and projects you envision for the future. © 2008 King Features Synd., Inc.

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The Year in Review What was the main, overriding significance of the 2008 NASCAR season? It had already been established that the team of Jimmie Johnson and his crew chief, Chad Knaus, was the sport’s best. Now that Johnson has won three consecutive championships, it’s fair to declare that Johnson, not just his team, is the best in the business. Johnson wasn’t clearly superior to everyone else. Two drivers, Carl Edwards and Kyle Busch, won more races. In the Chase — i.e., what matters — Johnson has proved unbeatable. His utter mastery of the format is something no one else has achieved. Almost from the moment he appeared in what is now Sprint Cup, Johnson’s statistics have far exceeded anyone else’s. It wasn’t a big year for parity. The three drivers mentioned above combined to win two-thirds of the races. Busch won more than 30 percent of the 26 regular-season races. Only 12 drivers won races, four fewer than 2007 and three less than 2006 and ’05. The new car — once known as the Car of Tomorrow, or COT — generally produced quality races on restrictor-plate tracks (Daytona and Talladega), road courses (Sonoma and Watkins Glen) and short tracks (Bristol, Martinsville and Richmond). At the end of its first year of full implementation, the COT is still a problem on the intermediate tracks where, unfortunately, the majority of the races are run. This was also the year NASCAR’s optimism was tempered by economic reality. Attendance and television ratings were falling off. Most of NASCAR’s leadership has never dealt with hard times before. How they adapt is an important issue to be watched.

What was better? Competition among the manufacturers, for one. Chevrolet won the formal competition, but the victory totals — Chevy 11, Ford 11, Toyota 10, Dodge 4 — reflected parity, in no small part due to the fact that the cars are now virtually identical. 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. You can e-mail Monte at nascar_thisweek@yahoo.com. © 2008 King Features Synd., Inc.


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

Some Fibroids Need No Treatment DEAR DR. DONOHUE: I am 37, have two children and also have fibroids. My periods are quite heavy. My doctor says that removal of the uterus is the best way to end my problem. My husband and I would like to have more children. What other options do I have? —P.S. ANSWER: The uterus is a large, hollow muscle with an internal layer that grows every month in preparation for the reception of a fertilized egg. Fibroids are noncancerous growths of the uterine muscle. They’re common, and for most women they cause few, if any, symptoms. Large fibroids can compress the bladder and provoke frequent urination. Or they can press on the colon and bring on constipation. They sometimes reduce the chances of pregnancy. They can be responsible for heavy menstrual bleeding. Their cause hasn’t been discovered, but female hormones must be involved in their appearance, because they tend to regress with menopause. If they’re not producing symptoms, they can be ignored. If they are kicking up a fuss, hysterectomy — removal of the uterus — is one solution, but not the only one. Options depend on what the woman wants. For a woman approaching menopause, the medicine Lupron is a good choice. It suppresses estrogen production, which shrinks fibroids. Since this has a time limit on use, women who will soon be menopausal are the ones who can take advantage of it.

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Danazol (a synthetic male hormone), birth-control pills and Depo-Provera control excessive menstrual bleeding due to fibroids. Sometimes doctors can remove a fibroid with a scope that enters the uterus through the vagina without any external cutting. Uterine artery embolization is a procedure where the doctor threads a soft tube (a catheter) to the artery feeding the fibroid. When the right position is reached, the doctor releases particles that obstruct the artery and cut off blood supply to the fibroid. It falls off. MRgFUS, magnetic resonance-guided focused ultrasound, is a new technique employing sound waves to heat the fibroid and shrink it. It can interfere with subsequent pregnancies, however. The booklet on fibroids explains these growths in detail. To order a copy, write: Dr. Donohue — No. 1106W, Box 536475, Orlando, FL 32853-6475. Enclose a check or money order (no cash) for $4.75 U.S./$6 Canada with the recipient’s printed name and address. Please allow four weeks for delivery.

••• Dr. Donohue regrets that he is unable to answer individual letters, but he will incorporate them in his column whenever possible. Readers may write him or request an order form of available health newsletters at P.O. Box 536475, Orlando, FL 32853-6475. © 2008 North America Synd., Inc. All Rights Reserved

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Thu, Dec 18th ............ NCPL Santa’s Workshop at the Mill Branch, Natrona County Public Library Mills Branch -425 Morgan Ave., Natrona County Public Library ———————————————————————————————————————— Thu, Dec 18th ............ Happy Hour, 1627 East 2nd Street, Pottery By You ———————————————————————————————————————— Thu, Dec 18th ............ Paper League Shoot, Stuckenhoff’s Shooters Complex, Lost Arrow Archers ———————————————————————————————————————— Thu, Dec 18th ............ CC String Recital, Aley Fine Arts Center- Casper College Campus, Casper College String Students ———————————————————————————————————————— Fri, Dec 19th .............. Year End Tax Planning, McMurry Training Center - 2220 Bryan Stock Trail, McMurry Training Center ——————————————————————————————————————— Fri, Dec 19th .............. PROJECT & PIZZA NIGHT, 1627 East 2nd Street, Pottery By You ———————————————————————————————————————— Fri, Dec 19th .............. Christmas Special -FREE Massage, Rejuvenate Therapetuic Massage in the Farnum Plaza-2241 Farnum, Rejuvenate ———————————————————————————————————————— Sat, Dec 20th ............. Santa at the Aquatic Center, Casper Aquatic Center-1801 E 4th Street, Casper Family Aquatic Center ———————————————————————————————————————— Sat, Dec 20th ............. Christmas Special -FREE Massage, Rejuvenate Therapetuic Massage in the Farnum Plaza-2241 Farnum, Rejuvenate ———————————————————————————————————————— Sat, Dec 20th ............. Swing Sounds at the Casper Senior Center, Casper Senior Center 1831 E 4th St OR the Mills Senior /Community Center, Casper Senior Center ———————————————————————————————————————— Sat, Dec 20th ............. Old Fashioned Christmas Family Fun, Fort Caspar- 4001 Fort Caspar Road, Fort Caspar ———————————————————————————————————————— Sat, Dec 20th ............. Learn to Ski or Snowboard Package, Hogadon Ski Area - Casper Mountain Hogadon Ski Area ———————————————————————————————————————— Sat, Dec 20th ............. Skate with Santa, Casper Recreation Center-1801 E 4th Str., Casper Ice Arena ———————————————————————————————————————— Sat, Dec 20th ............. Drop and Shop, Sunrise Shopping Center, The Science Zone ———————————————————————————————————————— Sun, Dec 21st ............ SILVER CLAY Jewelry Class, 1627 East 2nd Street, Pottery By You ———————————————————————————————————————— Sun, Dec 21st ............ BROADWAY IN CASPER presents LORD OF THE DANCE, Casper Events Center - 1 Events Drive, Casper Events Center ——————————————————————————————————————— Sun, Dec 21st ............ The “Magic” of Christmas performance by magician Kent Messmer, Natrona County High School Auditorium, Poverty Resistance Non-Profit Organization ———————————————————————————————————————— Sun, Dec 21st ............ Candlelight Vigil, Tate Foundation Picnic Site, W B Street by the River, 12th Street Clinic-Healthcare for the Homeless ——————————————————————————————————————— Sun, Dec 21st ............ Piano Concert at the Nic, Nicolaysen, Nicolaysen Art Museum ———————————————————————————————————————— Sun, Dec 21st ............ NCPL Holiday Film Series, Sun, Dec 21st Natrona County Public Library -307 E 2nd Str., Natrona County Public Library ———————————————————————————————————————— Sun, Dec 21st ............ Learn to Ski or Snowboard Package, Hogadon Ski Area - Casper Mountain, Hogadon Ski Area ———————————————————————————————————————— Mon, Dec 22nd ........... OPEN for FUN!, 1627 East 2nd Street, Pottery By You ——————————————————————————————————————— Tue, Dec 23rd ............ Indie Film Series: “The Way I Spent the End of the World”, 307 E 2nd St - Crawford Room, Natrona County Public Library ———————————————————————————————————————— Tue, Dec 23rd ............ NCPL Game On for Teens, Natrona County Public Library 307 E 2nd Str., Natrona County Public Library ———————————————————————————————————————— Wed, Dec 24th ........... Trojan Buddies Girls and Boys Basketball Camp, Kelly Walsh High School- 3500 E 12th Str., Kelly Walsh High School Basketball ———————————————————————————————————————— Wed, Dec 24th The Mama and Papa Meetup, The Link (353 West A St.), The Mama (and Papa) Meetup

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Fill Your Life With Family in 2009 Sometimes, young kids can really make you think. One day I was outside, and a little girl came over with a big plastic jar in her hands packed to the rim with rocks and shells. She asked me if I thought the container was full. I said, “Yes, it certainly looks full to me.” Then she collected some gravel from the side of our house and poured a couple handfuls into the jar. I watched the gravel trickle down amongst the rocks and shells. “Now is it full?” she asked. I said “yes” once again. She smirked and then went over

Tidbits of Casper - For Advertising call 307-473-8661 • 161 South Fenway, Casper, WY to the flowerbed and scooped some sand and soil into the jar until it spilled over the top. It looked jampacked to me. “It’s full now, that’s for sure!” I exclaimed. “Wait,” she replied as she grabbed the hose and poured water into it. It was a fun game she had no doubt played with her friends. But it got me thinking about some basics that may inspire our resolutions for 2009. If you don’t put the rocks in that jar first, they’ll never fit. It’s like family life. Those rocks are like our children. We can keep filling our lives with lots of activity, but our kids have to come first, or they simply won’t fit into those new, empty 2009 calendars. As you gather together with your family to welcome the new year, talk about your resolutions for making time for one another. Draw a picture, write thoughts in a notebook or simply jot down one resolution on a card and display it like a place card at your New Year’s dinner table. For extra fun, make the place card

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like a cupcake using carnations or a small bouquet of flowers from a holiday bouquet. Here’s how: Set a small plastic cup or lid from a detergent bottle inside a shiny paper cupcake holder. Or line the cupcake holder with plastic. Set a piece of floral foam inside and soak it with water. Trim off the stem of a flower, such as a carnation, so that it can be pressed snugly in the foam. Sprinkle glitter or confetti on top of the flower to resemble candy sprinkles on a real cupcake. Poke a piece of twisted wire in the center, and attach a card with your name and your 2009 resolution. © 2008 Donna Erickson. Distributed by King Features Synd.


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Will Feral Cat Ever Calm Down? DEAR PAW’S CORNER: I live in a senior community. In my backyard garden earlier this year, a feral cat had a litter of kittens. Some of us ladies decided to trap the kittens and have them spayed or neutered before releasing them back into the wild. We managed to trap two: My neighbor kept one, and I kept the other. My neighbor’s kitten has adjusted well, but my kitten, Stripes, is not calm yet. If I talk to her in calm tones, she will stay in the room with my two other cats, but when I move just the slightest bit, she darts out of the room. Is there something I can do to calm her

down? — Helene H., Genesco, N.Y. DEAR HELENE: I, too, for many years had a half-feral cat whose behavior as a young cat was exactly the same as Stripes’. Dodge passed away two years ago, but by the time he reached his senior years, he had become a loving and trusting cat, although never a “lap cat.” You are taking the right approach in speaking calmly and moving slowly. It is a great help that you have two fully tame cats. Stripes is observing their behavior closely, believe me, and she will begin copying their patterns, including how they interact with you. It took several months to get close enough to Dodge to pet him. I would toss a bit of steamed shrimp his way, then toss the next bit closer. Over time he got close enough for me to scratch his head, and then to pet him gently. Accept that Stripes might never be a highly sociable cat. But she can learn to trust you, and that’s important. Here’s wishing the best to you and your pets. Send your tips, questions and comments to Paw’s 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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Dental Insurance: Worth It or Not? As you do your annual financial review, consider if you might save money by signing up for dental insurance. Begin by asking your dentist what plans he or she accepts, and check that plan’s list of benefits. If you’re prone to cavities and often need fillings, be sure there isn’t a limit on how many you can get, or on how many visits are covered in a year. Check for information on composite fillings (tooth-colored) versus amalgam (metal-colored). Read the fine print for pre-existing conditions as well. It can be hard to determine just when a cavity actually began, and your claim could be de-

Tidbits of Casper - For Advertising call 307-473-8661 • 161 South Fenway, Casper, WY nied. Check to see if the deductible is waived in case of an accident. Some companies allow the dentist to bill directly, and the dentist agrees to accept the plan amount as payment in full. Some pay the dentist directly but you’ll end up paying a portion of the bill. Others require you to pay the dentist, send in your receipts and wait for reimbursement. In some cases, you’ll make a co-payment; in others, a flat payment per visit. Look at the policy limitations, too, especially any waiting period. If dentures are in your immediate future, be sure the policy will cover them in the first year. The same with oral surgery. Generally, if you need oral surgery, you need it now to take care of an immediate problem. If you’ve selected a plan and are about to start looking for a new dentist, check the insurance company’s Web site and pull up a list of dentists by ZIP code to see which ones participate. Dental insurance companies will pay more to a participating dentist than they will to one that doesn’t. Be sure to do the math. If a policy costs you $40 per month, has a $100 deductible and a yearly maximum of $1,000, you’ve actually paid out $580. Compare that with your actual dental care costs. Many plans take effect the first day of the month following your application and initial payment. Deductibles and annual maximums generally run through a calendar year. If you select and pay for a plan now, it will take effect the first of the year. 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 328536475, or send e-mail to columnreply@gmail.com. © 2008 King Features Synd., Inc.

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December 18 - 24, 2008 • On Dec. 23, 1912, Keystone Pictures releases its first “Keystone Kop” movie, “Hoffmeyer’s Release.” The Keystone Kops films were silent, black-and-white movies starring a crew of bumbling policemen who bumped into and fell over each other in a frenetic sequence of slapstick gags.

• On Dec. 25, 1884, Mr. Layne Hall of Silver Creek, N.Y., is born. At his death on Nov. 20, 1990, he had a valid driver’s license. He was 105 years old, making him the oldest legal driver ever. • On Dec. 28, 1895, the world’s first commercial movie screening takes place at the Grand Cafe in Paris. French siblings Louis and Auguste Lumiere screened a series of short scenes from everyday French life, and charged admission.

• On Dec. 24, 1923, President Calvin Coolidge touches a button and lights up the first national Christmas tree to grace the White House grounds. The tree was also the first to be decorated with electric lights. The tradition has been repeated with every administration since then. • On Dec. 22, 1956, a baby gorilla named Colo is born at the Columbus Zoo in Ohio, becoming the first-ever gorilla born in captivity. At that time, captive gorillas often never learned parenting skills from their own parents in the wild, so the Columbus Zoo built Colo a nursery, and she was reared by zookeepers. Colo is still alive today. • On Dec. 26, 1966, the first day of the first Kwanzaa is celebrated in Los Angeles. The sevenday holiday, which has strong African roots, was designed as a celebration of African-American family, community and culture. • On Dec. 27, 1979, in an attempt to stabilize the turbulent political situation in Afghanistan, the Soviet Union sends 75,000 troops to enforce the installation of Babrak Karmal as the new leader of the nation. The new government and the Soviet presence, however, had little success. The Soviet intervention cost Russia dearly. The seemingly endless civil war in Afghanistan resulted in thousands of Soviet dead and untold monetary costs. © 2008 King Features Synd., Inc.


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Tidbits of Casper - For Advertising call 307-473-8661 • 161 South Fenway, Casper, WY let us know who is right? — Karen M., via e-mail A: You are mostly correct. DirecTV has a whole series of these popular commercials where they use actual clips from a popular movie (“Terminator 2: Judgment Day,” “Poltergeist,” “Misery” and more) and, using blue-screen technology, splice them together with one of the original actors touting DirecTV’s quality and service. For example, in the “Vacation” commercial you asked about, the beginning of the commercial and everything with Chevy Chase is from the actual movie. Everything from when Christie Brinkley comes up from the water after diving and begins singing the praises of DirecTV was filmed especially for this commercial, with Christie reprising her role as the Red Ferrari Girl from the 1983 movie. Twenty-five years later, and she can still convincingly play a 29-year-old. Color me jealous! ••• Q: I loved watching the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta. I was wondering about my favorite gymnast, Shannon Miller. Did she ever marry and/or have children? — Virginia C., Clarksville, Tenn. A: Shannon Miller, 31, is the most-decorated U.S. gymnast, male or female, with seven Olympic and nine

Q: Has “Scrubs” been canceled? It is not on NBC’s program list for the fall or spring. I hope it hasn’t, because I really love that show and hate to see it go without tying up loose ends. — Trisha P., Akron, Ohio A: “Scrubs” will return to network television on Tuesday, Jan. 6, at 9 p.m. with two all-new episodes, and then another batch of back-to-back episodes on Jan. 13. However, the show will no longer be on NBC. ABC has picked it up and will air the comedy’s final season. This also will be a “Friends” reunion of sorts, as Courteney Cox Arquette makes her first appearance in the premiere as Dr. Taylor Maddox, and Matthew Perry returns as Murray Marks later in the season. ••• Q. My husband and I are having a disagreement over the DirecTV commercial with Chevy Chase. I say it is the actual clip from the movie “National Lampoon’s Vacation” with voice-overs. He says the actors are “look-alikes,” not the original actors. Will you please

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World Championship medals. She retired in 2000, after attempting to make a comeback for the Sydney Olympics, but dropping out because of a knee injury. From 1999-2006, Shannon was married to eye surgeon Christopher Phillips, and she is currently married to Florida businessman John Falconetti. © 2008 King Features Synd., Inc.

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