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• Can you split a string in two parts without touching it? You can if it’s a bright, sunny day. Take a four-inch length of string and tape the center of it to the inside of a jar lid. Then screw the lid onto the empty jar so that the ends of the string are suspended inside. Now go outside and focus the rays of the Sun onto the string with a magnifying glass. Within a few minutes, the intensified heat will burn through the string. • You can also use a string to pick up an ice cube, without touching the ice. Place the ice cube on a flat surface, and then sprinkle some table salt on top of it. Take a length of string and lay it across the top of the ice cube. Wait three to five minutes. The salt will lower the freezing point of the ice and slightly melt the surface, which will saturate the string. After a few minutes, the ice will re-freeze with the string embedded in it, and you’ll be able to lift it by picking up the string. • If you need to drip some non-toxic liquid but can’t find a medicine dropper, a drinking straw will work. Carefully suck up the liquid into the straw, then quickly remove it from your mouth and cover the open top of the straw with your finger. The liquid will remain vacuumed up inside the straw until you lift your finger. With a little bit of practice, you can learn how far (and how quickly) to lift your finger in order to dispense the liquid a single drop at a time. • Lemon juice can be used as invisible ink. Just pour some lemon juice into a small saucer. Add a few drops of water and mix well. Now dip a cotton swab into the mixture and use it as a “pen” to write a message on a plain white piece of paper. Let the page dry. Your writing will be invisible until you heat it (try holding it close to a light bulb). Citrus fruit juices contain carbon compounds which break down when exposed to heat. • You can build a tiny “motorboat” that won’t require batteries. Take a piece of aluminum foil and fashion a boat shape out of it. Slice a small piece off of a bar of soap, cut a small notch in it, and affix it to the back of your boat. Make sure the piece of soap touches the water once you’ve mounted it as an “outboard engine.” Now place your craft in a sink or tub full of water and watch it cruise! The soap disrupts the surface tension of the water, propelling the boat forward. • Got a yen to get back to your pioneer roots? Try making your own bricks! First,

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• On Sept. 16, 1620, the Mayflower sails from Plymouth, England, bound for Virginia with 102 passengers. However, stormy weather and navigational errors forced the Mayflower off course, and on Nov. 21 the “Pilgrims” reached Massachusetts. • On Sept. 18, 1793, George Washington lays the cornerstone to the United States Capitol building, the home of the legislative branch of American government. The building would take nearly a century to complete. • Sept. 19, 1827, after a duel turns into an all-out brawl, Jim Bowie stabs a banker in Alexandria, La., with an early version of his famous Bowie knife. The actual inventor of the Bowie knife, however, was probably not Jim Bowie, but rather his equally belligerent brother, Rezin Bowie. • On Sept. 21, 1866, H.G. Wells, pioneer of science fiction, is born in Bromley, England. In 1895, Wells published his classic novel “The Time Machine.” The book was a success, as were his subsequent books “The Invisible Man” (1897) and “The War of the Worlds” (1898). • On Sept. 17, 1884, Judge Allen disposes of the 13 criminal cases on his Oakland, Calif., docket in only six minutes. Although he apparently set a new record for speed, defendants in Oakland’s criminal court did not stand much chance of gaining an acquittal. In a 40-year period at the turn of the century, only 1 defendant in 100 was acquitted. • On Sept. 15, 1954, the famous picture of Marilyn Monroe, laughing as her skirt is blown up by the blast from a subway vent, is shot during filming of “The Seven Year Itch.” The scene infuriated her husband, baseball star Joe DiMaggio, and the couple divorced shortly after. • On Sept. 20, 1973, in a highly publicized “Battle of the Sexes” tennis match, top women’s player Billie Jean King, 29, beats Bobby Riggs, 55, a former No. 1-ranked men’s player. Riggs, a selfproclaimed male chauvinist, had boasted that women were inferior. King beat Riggs 6-4, 6-3, 6-3. (c) 2008 King Features Synd., Inc.

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As I was dropping my son off at daycare the other day, I overheard some of the children talking about their siblings. “My brother takes karate lessons,” bragged one. “My sister takes gymnastics,” said another. Not NUMBER PUZZLE to be outdone, the youngest piped up, “My Fill in the grid so that every column, every row, sister takes antibiotics!” and every 3 x 3 box contains the digits 1 through 9. A six-year-old ran up and down the supermarket aisles shouting frantically, “Julie, Julie!” Finally reunited with his mother, he was chided by her, “You shouldn’t call me ‘Julie.’ After all, I am your Mother.” “I know,” said NUMBER the child, “but the store is full of mothers.” PUZZLE ANSWER A little boy had been pawing over a stationer’s stock of greeting cards for some time 5 7asked, 1 4 “Just 6 3 what 9 is it you’re when2 a8clerk looking for, sonny? Birthday greeting? Mes9 6 5Anniversary 8 2 sage7to1a 4sick3 friend? congratulations The boy 5 4and 7 dad?” 1 3 6 to9your 8 2mom shook his head ‘no’ and answered wistful8 6 7 in2the9 line 1 4of blank report 5 3anything ly, “Got cards?” 1 9 6was 5 trying 4 3 7to 2get8 her son to eat A mother spinach 8 hated). 1 3 5 He6 absolutely re4 7(which 2 9 he fused to eat it! So, thinking she would substitute 2 1 4 green 3 7 vegetable 8 9 5 that was just 6 another as nutritious, she served her son asparagus. 9 her 5 son 3 1looked 6 8 at2 his 4 plate, 7 he gasped When in fright, 9 1 6legs!” 3 8 4 “Oh, 7 2no,5 spinach Mom was telling her friend how she gets her son out of bed in the morning. “It’s really easy. I just open his door and toss the cat on . . . . . GOES LONG his bed. He sleeps with his dog.” Measure your exact height before going to bed one evening,The and justyoung after waking up in the morning.her betrothed, lady asked “What did my father say You may be an inch taller in the AM, since the vertebrae’s muscles relax and spread out.when you asked for permission to marry me?” “Not a lot, really,” replied the man. “He threw his arms around me, started sobbing, and kept saying, ‘Oh, Thank You. Thank You’.....” We were standing in line outside a busy restaurant. The harried hostess was checking to find out how many people were in each group. “Party of two,” the woman behind us said to her, “and could we please have Michelle?” Annoyed looks turned to knowing smiles when she added, “Michelle is my daughter, and just once in my life I want her to wait on me!”

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the frenulum, the membrane that anchors your tongue to the bottom of your mouth. So despite what you may have heard, you should never try to stick something inside the mouth of a person having a seizure. • If I get frostbite, should I treat it by rubbing snow on it? No. In fact, don’t rub the affected skin at all – you’ll only cause more tissue damage. Frostbite requires immediate medical attention, but until it arrives, gently warm up the area with a dry mitten, scarf, or sock.

Doctors are busier than ever these days, and our appointments with them are so • If I get shipwrecked and run out of fresh rushed that we never have time to ask the water, is it safe to drink sea water? really important questions that perplex us. Swallowing a bit of salt water while • Can you actually lose a contact lens into swimming in the ocean isn’t dangerous. In the middle of your head? a desert island situation, however, where seawater is your only beverage, it’s better No. Doctors do get patients in the ER to wait for rain. The cells in our body aren’t who are panicked because they can’t find equipped to metabolize the amount of salt a contact lens, but if the lens isn’t curled in ocean water, and consuming enough up and stuck under the eyelid, then it’s of it (without any fresh water on the side) probably at home on your bathroom floor. will eventually cause the kidneys to shut The anatomy of the human eye makes down. it impossible for a lens to go anywhere behind the eyeball. • Are canker sores contagious? • Does it help to suck the poison out of a snake bite like they show in old Westerns?

No. Unlike cold sores, canker sores can’t be transferred from one person to another.

No. You could actually do more harm if you try this – after all, human saliva is loaded with germs and could infect the wound. The American Red Cross recommends washing the bite area with soap and water and keeping it below heart level while on the way to the emergency room.

• Is it a good idea to put a raw slab of steak on a black eye?

• Why does my morning cup of coffee often send me to the bathroom? Caffeine is a stimulant. It speeds up many of your body’s internal systems, including those processes performed by the intestines and bowels. Nicotine has a similar affect, which is why a lot of folks rely on their morning cup of mud along with a cigarette. • Do I need to wait half an hour after eating before I can go swimming? There is no medical evidence to support this bit of advice. Once food reaches the stomach, it can take up to four hours to digest. Heavy exercise right after a meal can cause cramps, but unless you’re training for the Olympics, you shouldn’t have a problem. • Is it possible to swallow your tongue? No. The tongue is held firmly in place by

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FOR WEEK OF SEPTEMBER 15, 2008 ARIES (March 21 to April 19) Aspects favor new romances for unpaired Ewes and Rams. Already-paired Arian twosomes experience renewed harmony in their relationships. Money matters also take a bright turn. TAURUS (April 20 to May 20) Use that strong Bovine determination to help you keep the faith with your convictions while you move through a period of uncertainty. Things begin to ease by the week’s end. GEMINI (May 21 to June 20) Pay attention to your intuition. It could be alerting you to be more careful about accepting a “statement of fact” simply on trust. Don’t be shy about asking for more proof. CANCER (June 21 to July 22) Concern for the well-being of someone in need is admirable. But don’t forget to take care of yourself as well. Ask a family member, close friend or colleague to help you. LEO (July 23 to August 22) It’s OK to focus on the demands of your career. But try to avoid misunderstandings by also reaching out to family and friends. Your sharp intuitive sense kicks in by midweek. VIRGO (August 23 to September 22) Keep a rein on that green-eyed monster. Jealousy is counterproductive. Instead of resenting a colleague’s good points, concentrate on developing your own abilities. LIBRA (September 23 to October 22) Spending time on a creative project during this high-energy week can pay off both in emotional satisfaction and in impressing someone who is glad to see this side of you. SCORPIO (October 23 to November 21) Now is a good time to start planning that trip you’ve put off because of the demands on your time. Be sure to choose a destination that is new and exciting. SAGITTARIUS (November 22 to December 21) That upbeat mood in the first part of the week makes you eager to take on new ventures. A more serious note sets in later to help you assess an upcoming decision. CAPRICORN (December 22 to January 19) A high energy level gives the Goat the get-up-and-go to finish outstanding tasks before deadline, leaving time for wellearned fun and games with friends and family. AQUARIUS (January 20 to February 18) Dealing with disappointment is never easy. But the wise Aquarian will use it as a vital lesson and be the better for it. A close friend has something important to say. PISCES (February 19 to March 20) Best bet is not to get involved in an argument between colleagues until you know more about who started it and why. And even then, appearances could be deceiving. Be alert. BORN THIS WEEK: You have creative gifts that inspire those who get to see this sometimes-hidden side of you. (c) 2008 King Features Synd., Inc.

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“Death Race”

Running time: 105 minutes MPAA rating: R

“Death Race” is a remake of the 1970s cult classic “Death Race 2000.” The original was great campy fun. It was shot on a budget of about thirty bucks and looked it. What made “Death Race 2000” a great little movie is that everyone involved knew they were making a cheap exploitation flick and had big hoo-hah fun with the project.

There is nothing fun about the new version. “Death Race” is directed by Paul W.S. Anderson, a man who never met a movie he didn’t puke all over. This is the clown responsible for the abysmal “Alien vs Predator.” I rest my case. The film stars Jason Statham as a guy named Ames who is framed for the murder of his family in order to get him to compete in the Death Race -- a payper-view goldmine where convicts race in super-charged, heavily armed cars. Only the winner survives. Win five races, win your freedom. The film also stars Joan Allen as Warden Hennessey. Why she took this gig is beyond all logic, but dang if she doesn’t chew up the scenery. Just watching her spew the most bizarre strings of vulgarity you will ever hear is the only redeeming parts of the picture. Not because it’s well-written, but because it’s so poorly written and spoken with such conviction that you just sit there cocking your head like a puppy that’s just heard a confusing sound. The action scenes are a complete mess. Lot’s of blurry, shaky-cam jump cuts that confuse and frustrate viewers instead of thrilling them. The only way “Death Race” could’ve been worse is if Uwe Boll directed it. I can’t recommend this movie to anyone -- except people I hate.

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Top 10 Pop Singles This Week Last Week 1. Rihanna ............................No. 1 “Disturbia” (SRP/Def Jam) 2. David Archuleta ........new entry “Crush” (19/Jive) 3. Chris Brown ......................No. 2 “Forever” (Jive) 4. Katy Perry ........................No. 3 “I Kissed a Girl” (Capitol) 5. Coldplay ............................No. 6 “Viva La Vida” (Capitol) 6. M.I.A. ................................No. 5 “Paper Planes” (XL) 7. Kardinal Offishall feat. Akon ..............................No. 7 “Dangerous” (KonLive/Geffen) 8. Rihanna ............................No. 4 “Take a Bow” (SRP/Def Jam) 9. Ne-Yo ..............................No. 10 “Closer” (Def Jam) 10. Taylor Swift ..............new entry “Change” (Big Machine)

Top 10 Albums 1. Jonas Brothers ..........new entry “A Little Bit Longer” (Hollywood) 2. Soundtrack ........................No. 1 “Mamma Mia!” (Decca) 3. Kid Rock ..........................No. 4 “Rock N Roll Jesus” (Top Dog/Atlantic) 4. Miley Cyrus ......................No. 2 “Breakout” (Hollywood) 5. Sugarland ..........................No. 3 “Love On the Inside: Deluxe Fan Edition” (Mercury Nashville) 6. Lil Wayne ..........................No. 5 “Tha Carter III” (Cash Money/Universal Motown) 7. Coldplay ............................No. 6 “Viva La Vida or Death and All His Friends” (Capitol) 8. Soundtrack ........................No. 8

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Dad always teased Mom about her lack of interest in household chores. One day he came home with a gag gift, a refrigerator magnet that read: “Martha Stewart doesn’t live here.” The next day he came home to find that same magnet holding up a slip of paper. The note read, “Neither does Bob Villa.” The man passed out in a dead faint as he came out of his front door onto the porch. Someone called 911. When the paramedics arrived, they helped him regain consciousness and asked if he knew what caused him to faint. “It was enough to make anybody faint,” he said. “My son asked me for the keys

By Samantha Weaver • Married women aren’t likely to be surprised by the following tidbit of information: Studies show that women with husbands typically do 30 percent more housework than single women do. Jonas Brothers “Camp Rock” (Walt Disney) 9. Rihanna ............................No. 9 “Good Girl Gone Bad” (SRP/Def Jam) 10. Jonas Brothers ..............No. 11 “Jonas Brothers” (Hollywood)

Top 10 Hot Country Singles 1. Taylor Swift ......................No. 1 “Should’ve Said No” (Big Machine) 2. Keith Urban ......................No. 2 “You Look Good In My Shirt” (Capitol Nashville) 3. Keith Anderson ................No. 4 “I Still Miss You” (Columbia) 4. Jimmy Wayne ..................No. 8 “Do You Believe Me Now” (Valory) 5. Brad Paisley ......................No. 7 “Waitin’ On a Woman” (Arista Nashville) 6. Brooks & Dunn ................No. 5 “Put a Girl In It” (Arista Nashville) 7. Sugarland ..........................No. 3 “All I Want to Do” (Mercury) 8. Alan Jackson ....................No. 6 “Good Time” (Arista Nashville) 9. George Strait ....................No. 9 “Troubadour” (MCA Nashville) 10. Darius Rucker ..............No. 12 “Don’t Think I Don’t Think About It” (Capitol Nashville) © 2008 King Features Synd., Inc.

to the garage, and instead of driving the car out, he came out with the lawn mower.” I come from a large family, five sisters and three brothers. My sisters and I were looking through the family photo album one day. Picture after picture, we were all dressed in matching clothes. I asked my mother why she dressed us all alike, right down to the baby. She explained, “When we had just four children, I dressed you alike so we wouldn’t lose any of you. Then,” she added, looking at the pictures in the album, “when the other five came along, I started dressing you alike so we wouldn’t pick up any that don’t belong to us.” One evening I was driving my eight-yearold daughter to her grandparents’ home for an overnight stay. It was late, there was very little traffic, and we were enjoying a peaceful ride. It was a far cry from the usual chaos surrounding us when I drive her to various activities during rush hour. My daughter seemed deep in thought when she said, “I have a question.” “What do you want to know?” I responded. “Mom, when you’re driving,” she asked, “are YOU ever the idiot?” Two children ordered their mother to stay in bed one Mother’s Day morning. As she lay there looking forward to being brought breakfast in bed, the smell of bacon floated up from the kitchen. Finally, the children called her to come downstairs. She found them both sitting at the table eating bacon and eggs. “As a surprise for Mother’s Day,” one explained, “we decided to cook our own breakfast.”

• It was Ferdinand Drucker, a writer and consultant who was considered to be the father of modern management, who made the following sage observation: “In all recorded history there has not been one economist who has had to worry about where the next meal would come from.” • The horseshoe crab isn’t really a crab. It’s actually more closely related to scorpions. • Have you ever heard of a cicerone? It’s someone who samples and recommends beer, much like a sommelier does for wine. Not bad work, if you can get it. • If you’re the superstitious type, then you probably already know that you’re never supposed to whistle backstage at a theater, aboard a naval vessel or in a newspaper’s city room. • The first advice book for parents appeared in the United States in 1811. • With the steadily rising food prices we’ve been seeing lately, you might be having a harder time filling your refrigerator than you used to. You might not realize, though, that part of the problem might be the fact that the size of your refrigerator is increasing, too. Since 1980, the standard refrigerator has increased by 10 percent, to 22 cubic feet. Incidentally, the clothes dryer has grown by 25 percent in the same time period. • Those who study such things say that Lithuanian is the language that is most like the original Indo-European tongue from which all Western languages are descended. (c) 2007 King Features Synd., Inc.

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You would think William McKinley would have been excited to become the first president to ride in an automobile. But, as it turned out, it was the last ride of his life. Read on to find out more. • William McKinley was born on January 29, 1843, in Niles, Ohio. He survived at least one major scrape as a child, when a friend barely managed to rescue him from drowning. At age nine, William’s family moved a few miles southeast to the nearby town of Poland, very near the Pennsylvania border. When he completed his studies, McKinley taught for a short while and spent one term at Allegheny College. At the age of 18, something more important came along: the Civil War. William enlisted in the Union Army as a private. • It didn’t take long for McKinley to move his way up the Army ladder. He was promoted to lieutenant for his service at Antietam, and by 1864 had attained the rank of captain. He became a member of General Rutherford B. Hayes’ staff, leaving at the end of the War as a brevet general. Upon his return home, William decided to prepare for a career in law. After studying in Albany, New York, he passed the bar, applied for an Ohio license, and opened an office in the city of Canton.

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against the Spanish. The treaty that ended the hostilities gave the U.S. new island territory to the south, notably Puerto Rico and the Philippine Islands. The president also pushed for the annexation of Hawaii, which gave the country a spot of land in the Pacific that would prove important for business and military purposes. • Although he was able to win re-election in 1900, McKinley’s second term was cut short. He was assassinated by Leon Czolgosz at the Pan-American Exposition in Buffalo, New York. McKinley’s trip to the hospital in an electric ambulance? It marked the first time a U.S. president had ridden in an automobile. He passed away a week later, and vice president Teddy Roosevelt took his place.

Guard Against Medicare Fraud

Starting in November, we’ll have a month or so to make changes in our Medicare Part D drug plans, if we wish to do so. It’s not too early to investigate various plans and ask some initial questions, such as: • Are my drugs covered under the plan? • Is there a Medigap, the period of time where there is no drug coverage?

FILLER PAGE • What does the plan2 cost per month, and 3Q08 WEEK 38 what are the deductible and copayment SEP 14 SEP 20 amounts? • McKinley joined the then-new Republican Party, and quickly became an important A good first stop to compare plans is the proponent of the GOP in Ohio. He Medicare site online: www.medicare.gov. campaigned for Ulysses S. Grant, who As can be expected, thieves have figured won the presidency in 1868. A year later, PRESENTS out ways to commit fraud with Medicare. William felt that it was his time to run for Here are some things we need to know: NEWSFRONT™ office. He successfully earned a TRIVIA spot by Kara Kovalchik & Sandy Wood as a county attorney. Then, McKinley • It’s illegal for drug-plan companies to call 1. What liquid can you add to baking soda to you on the phone to offer drug plans. You boosted his fortunes further by marrying simulate a volcanic eruption? must be the one who makes the call. Ida Saxton, whose father was a wealthy 2. Entomology, a science commonly practiced at Canton banker. When he lost a reelection • If someone claims to be from Medicare hometoby kids, is the study of... what? bid by a handful of votes, he returned and wants to give you free services, what private practice. 3. Estes is a leading manufacturer of equipment for they really want is your Medicare number

whatitsscience-based hobby?Guard your number like • As the United States celebrated for their fraud. centennial in 1876, McKinley chose and don’t givefor it out to anyone. 4. The to AAPTgold, provides services teachers further his political ambitions by aiming involved• inNo what of science? onebranch is allowed to visit your home to sell for the U.S. House of Representatives. you a plan unless you’ve invited them. What He held the job for 15 years (save5.for onelong-running PBS science show has won • PlanAwards representatives cannot ask for several Emmy since its 1974 premiere? term) and pushed some major bills through payment over the phone. They must send Congress. One of the most important was a bill. the McKinley Tariff, which boosted the taxes on imported goods. • Literature about plans cannot claim to be NUMBER PUZZLE endorsed Medicare, because Medicare • Though he lost the job in 1890, McKinley Fill in the grid so thatbyevery column, every row, does not endorse one plan over another. wasn’t out of work for long. He and became every 3 x 3 box contains the digits 1 through 9. governor of Ohio the following year. • If someone intimidates you and suggests When the country’s economy foundered that you must sign up with a certain plan, under President Benjamin Harrison, the call the police. The plan you select is Republicans found an opportunity. They completely your choice. chose McKinley as their candidate for the 1896 race. His opponent, William Jennings If you suspect that someone is trying to Bryan, pushed for reform. To thank use you to commit Medicare fraud, report McKinley for protecting U.S. interests – and it to the Inspector General’s fraud hotline to keep Bryan out of office – big business at 1-800-447-8477 or call Medicare at got behind McKinley and helped propel 1-800-633-4227. Matilda Charles regrets that she cannot personhim to victory.

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