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GENIUSES (continued): • Albert Einstein was responsible for “the world’s most famous equation,” E=mc2, the formula for mass-energy equivalence. Yet this German-born physicist failed his first college entrance exam, passing only the math and science sections, forcing him to attend a secondary school before retaking and passing the test a year later. Einstein’s 1921 Nobel Prize in Physics was awarded for his discovery of the law of the photoelectric effect. He came to America on a visit in 1933, and made the decision to stay when new German laws prohibited him from teaching at any university there. He renounced his German citizenship, took a teaching


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position at Princeton, and became a U.S. citizen in 1940. Regarding the topic of genius, he once said, “The difference between stupidity and genius is that genius has its limits.” • Regarded as one of the greatest scientists of all times, Isaac Newton almost became a farmer. His mother urged him to follow in his late father’s footsteps on the family farm, but this genius disliked the profession intensely. He attended Cambridge University, studying mathematics, physics, and astronomy. We’re most familiar with his theory of gravitation, developed after watching an apple fall from a tree. Most folks have

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also heard of his law of inertia that states that an object at rest tends to stay at rest and an object in motion tends to stay in motion. Another familiar Newton law is that for every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction. Newton was also responsible for the first practical reflecting telescope. Modern-day psychologists believe it’s quite possible that this genius had Asperger Syndrome, an autism disorder characterized by severe difficulties (cont’d on next page) in social situations.

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Tidbits of Boise ting ties with him. Scientology has had some major defections to worry about. Jason Beghe, best known for the films “Thelma & Louise” and “X-Men: First Class” and who will star in the upcoming NBC series “Chicago PD,” premiering Jan. 8, left the church in 2007. In 2009, “Crash” director Paul Haggis, a 35-year member, left. In 2012, Lisa Marie Presley exited quietly, for fear she would alienate her mother, Priscilla Presley, still a Scientologist. And most recently, “King of Queens” star Leah Remini announced on “Dancing With the Stars” that she’d left the church. Luckily for the religion, its board of directors is made up of many lawyers, who can resolve most of their legal problems swiftly and quietly. CBS thinks we’re ready for a reboot of Neil Simon’s classic “The Odd Couple” and has chosen “Friend’s” star Matthew Perry to play the messy Oscar Madison ... now that is odd! Composer Andrew Lloyd Webber may have lost his way with his latest musical effort. The musical genius who gave us such megahits as “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat,” “Jesus Christ Superstar,” “Evita,” “Cats,” “Starlight Express,” “Phantom of the Opera,” “Sunset Boulevard” and recently “The Wizard of Oz,” has chosen “Stephen Ward” as his latest project. Who is Stephen Ward, you ask? In 1961, Dr. Stephen Ward was at the center of the infamous Profumo scandal in which the very-married John Profumo, secretary of state for war for the British government, began an affair with a call girl named Christine Keeler, who also was having an affair with a naval attache at the Soviet Embassy in London. The affair lasted only two weeks, and the story didn’t break until 1962. Variety’s British theater critic described the show by saying, “How could the fallout from Britain’s most notorious real-life sex-and-politics scandal have been turned into something so flaccid?” Well, that certainly is a stiff review!

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in its victims’ blood. • In 2011, during a tough financial time for the nation of Romania, the government instituted a 16 percent tax on the incomes of self-proclaimed witches, fortunetellers and astrologers. Those so employed were incensed and vowed retribution, some casting spells against the president and those members of the government who had supported the legislation. In an unrelated incident, the legislature also drafted a measure that would punish those who incorrectly predicted the future. • Famed magician Harry Houdini was born with the less-than-inspiring name Erich Weiss. • There is a planet named Gliese 436b or-

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ARIES (March 21 to April 19) Although you’re getting kudos and other positive reactions to your suggestions, don’t let the cheers drown out some valid criticisms. Better to deal with them now than later. TAURUS (April 20 to May 20) Following your keen Bovine intuition pays off, as you not only reassess the suggestions some people are putting in front of you, but also their agendas for doing so. GEMINI (May 21 to June 20) You continue on a high-enthusiasm cycle as that new project you’ve assumed takes shape. You’re also buoyed by the anticipation of receiving some good news about a personal matter. CANCER (June 21 to July 22) Your eagerness to immerse yourself in your new assignment is understandable. But be careful that you don’t forget to take care of that pressing personal situation as well. LEO (July 23 to August 22) This is a good time to learn a new skill that could give a clever Cat an edge in the upcoming competition for workplace opportunities. Enjoy the arts this weekend with someone special. VIRGO (August 23 to September 22) You could risk creating an impasse if you insist on expecting more from others than they’re prepared to give. Showing flexibility in what you’ll accept could prevent a stalemate. LIBRA (September 23 to October 22) Although you can weigh all factors of a dispute to find an agreeable solution for others, you might need the skilled input of someone you trust to help you deal with an ongoing situation of your own. SCORPIO (October 23 to November 21) The good news is that your brief period of selfdoubt turns into a positive “I can do anything” attitude. The better news is that you’ll soon be able to prove it. SAGITTARIUS (November 22 to December 21) This is a good time for Sagittarians to start making travel plans while you still can select from a wide menu of choices and deals, and not be forced to settle for leftovers. CAPRICORN (December 22 to January 19) Like your zodiacal sign, the sure-footed Goat, you won’t allow obstacles in your path to keep you from reaching your goal. Don’t be surprised by who asks to go along with you. AQUARIUS (January 20 to February 18) Let your head dominate your heart as you consider the risks that might be involved in agreeing to be a friend’s co-signer or otherwise act as his or her backup in a financial matter. PISCES (February 19 to March 20) Prioritize: Resolve to close the door and let your voicemail take your phone calls while you finish up a task before the end-of-week deadline. Then go out and enjoy a fun-filled weekend. BORN THIS WEEK: Your capacity for care and compassion helps to bring comfort to others. (c) 2014 King Features Synd., Inc.

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Q: I have a question about the actor who played Jared Leto’s father in “Dallas Buyers Club,” which I saw over the holidays. He looks so familiar, but I can’t quite place him. -- Kyra T., via email A: You’re thinking of character actor James DuMont, who’s been on tons of TV shows like “American Horror Story,” “Treme,” “Nashville” and “Bonnie and Clyde,” and on the Alyssa big screen in “The Milano Butler,” “Ocean’s Thirteen,” “War of the Worlds” and “Along Came Polly,” to name just a few. James was thrilled to be in “Dallas Buyers Club,” which centers on Ron Woodroof (played by Matthew McConaughey), who works around the system to help AIDS patients get the medication they need after he is diagnosed with the disease. James plays the estranged father of Jared Leto’s character, Rayon, who’s transgender and HIV positive. When I recently spoke with James, he told me about working with Jared: “It’s a really powerful scene we share. Jared does powerful work in this; as soon as we finished our scene, I tweeted that Jared would get an Oscar nomination for this role. And he seems to be the frontrunner at this point. I’ve worked with Oscar winners, and I can see and identify Oscar-caliber work. I get tweets and emails from all over the world where people tell me that our scene is so powerful, poignant and heartbreaking. It’s nice to have a little breakout

Tidbits of Boise scene like this after doing so many projects. It’s tough for a character actor.” Q: This past summer I got involved with a series called “Mistresses.” Can you tell me if it’s going to return, or was it just something they put on for the summer? -- Liz R., via email A: ABC has renewed “Mistresses” for a 13-episode second season, which is scheduled to air in summer 2014. The show, which is based on the British series of the same name, stars Alyssa Milano, Rochelle Aytes, Jes Macallan and Yunjin Kim. The show centers on the lives of four female friends, and their involvement in an array of illicit and complex relationships. Q: I really enjoy “The Glades,” but I think I read someplace that it is being canceled. I truly hope this is not so. Can you please find out its status? -- Diane, via email A: The A&E network decided this past fall to cancel “The Glades” after four seasons. The police procedural broke records for A&E when it debuted, but slowly and steadily it lost more than one-third of its viewers throughout the series run, so the network canceled it. READERS: I told you I’d let you know when I had an exact date for the season two premiere of “Vikings,” and I’m a woman of my word. “Vikings” returns to the History channel Thursday, Feb. 27, at 10 p.m. ET/PT. So don’t forget to tune in! Write to Cindy at King Features Weekly Service, P.O. Box 536475, Orlando, FL 32853-6475; or e-mail her at letters@ (c) 2014 King Features Synd., Inc.

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WILLIAM SHATNER (continued): • After Star Trek’s cancellation, life became tough for Shatner. He had been typecast as Captain Kirk and offers for roles were few. His wife divorced him, taking much of his money with her, and Shatner lost his home. He lived in a pickup truck camper, hoping for better roles to come along. He guest-starred on a number of game shows and did some TV commercials to make ends meet. • In 1979, Paramount Pictures chose to produce a Star Trek movie, reuniting the original cast. The sequel, The Wrath of Khan, came along in 1982, followed by six more films, ending with 1994’s Star Trek Generations with the death of Kirk. • In the midst of filming the Star Trek movies, Shatner landed the role of police sergeant T. J. Hooker, a popular television series from 1982 to 1986. The reality show Rescue 911 followed in 1989, a seven-year stint. At age 73, he joined the cast of

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the legal drama The Practice in 1997, a series that spun off into Boston Legal, starring as the eccentric attorney Denny Crane, winning two Emmys for the role. Shatner has also been the spokesman for Priceline for 15 years, as well as writing several Star Trek novels, including The Ashes of Eden and Avenger. • Shatner and his co-star Leonard “Spock” Nimoy both suffer from tinnitus, which is a ringing in the ears. The hearing of both men was damaged while filming a 1967 episode of Star Trek when they stood too close to a special effects explosion. • Although he retains his Canadian citizenship, the 82-year-old Shatner, an avid horseman, and his wife own a 360-acre horse farm near Lexington, Kentucky. He has been honored with both a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and a maple leaf on the Canadian Walk of Fame.

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Ford’s Theater in Washington, D.C. and shot President Abraham LinThese facts are for our Tidbits readers, coln with a .44-caliber single shot meaning they all begin with for-! derringer as Lincoln watched a performance of Our American Cousin. • Back in 1917, B.C. Forbes was a Booth was a familiar face around financial columnist for the Hearst the theater and a personal friend of newspaper franchise. Along with the owner John T. Ford. The strucWalter Drey, the general manager ture was used as an office after the of the Magazine of Wall Street, he assassination for 28 years until the founded Forbes magazine, a finaninterior collapsed, killing 22 clerks cial publication containing investing and injuring 68 others. The damand market topics. Today his grandage was repaired and the building son Malcolm Forbes, Jr. is CEO and remodeled into a government wareEditor-in Chief of Forbes. This pehouse, used until 1931, when it beriodical is famous for its miscellacame a Lincoln museum. In 1968, a neous lists, such as the 400 Richest complete restoration of the historic Americans, the World’s Billionaires, theater was finished, and it reopened and America’s Most Trustworthy as a live performance venue. The Companies. According to Forbes, site receives about a million visitors Bill Gates has been the richest annually. American for the past 20 consecutive years, with a current estimated • The old English word “forsooth” worth of $72 billion. simply means “indeed,” “in truth,” • On April 14, 1865, Actor John Wil“certainly.” (cont’d on page 12) kes Booth entered a private box at


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Puff Pancake Makes Dramatic Breakfast

Make weekend breakfasts extra special when you put this delicious puff pancake on your menu. Also called a Dutch baby, this version of the recipe is simple to prepare with kids, and dramatic to serve piping hot, right out of the oven. Believe me, mouths will be watering when it arrives at the table. Take a bow, and then serve with fresh fruit or other favorite toppings.


4 eggs 1 cup skim or whole milk 1 cup all-purpose flour 1 tablespoon sugar 1/8 teaspoon salt 3 tablespoons unsalted butter Topping: 1 tablespoon powdered sugar and a squeeze of fresh lemon

1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. 2. Let one of your kids count and crack the eggs into a mixing bowl. Inspect it to be sure there are no remaining shells. Beat eggs with a beater until

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light and pale. 2. Another child may measure and gradually beat in the milk, flour, sugar and salt. 3. Meanwhile, place butter in a 10- or 12-inch cast-iron or ovenproof skillet, or a 9-inch-by-13-inch oven-safe glass baking dish. An adult should place it in the oven until it is hot and the butter sizzles. Remove from oven and pour batter into the hot butter. Return to oven and bake for 20-25 minutes or until puffy and golden-brown on the edges. (Keep oven door closed until done.) 4. Squeeze lemon juice on top, dust with powdered sugar and serve tableside immediately. Serves 4. Serve with fresh fruit, such as berries, grapes and kiwi slices. Alternate blender method for steps 1-2: Put eggs in a blender and whirl for one minute. With motor running, add milk and slowly add flour, sugar and salt. Whirl for an additional 30 seconds. Proceed with step 3. Donna Erickson’s award-winning series “Donna’s Day” is airing on public television nationwide. To find more of her creative family recipes and activities, visit and link to the NEW Donna’s Day Facebook fan page. Her latest book is “Donna Erickson’s Fabulous Funstuff for Families.” (c) 2014 Donna Erickson Distributed by King Features Synd.

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Depicting Middleton by: Loni Trude

Darin Taylor, Mayor of Middleton asked me to do a balloon creation of the City of Middleton using their logo as a “springboard.”

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I created it with the mountains, stream with bubbles, their bridge, grove of trees and playground equipment for their new park. Mayor Taylor is excited about their new park. My intention is to have all the elements of the sculpture direct people’s attend to the playground equipment. Middleton really is a beautiful little town.

Chicken Club Soup

It seems just about everything nowadays has its own celebration day or month. Well, if soup is to have just such an event, I can’t think of a better month than January, can you? It’s just the thing to chase away the Winter Blues -- even if it’s only for a few minutes! 1 (10 3/4-ounce) can reduced-fat cream of chicken soup 1 1/3 cups fat-free milk 1 full cup diced cooked chicken breast 1 cup frozen peas, thawed 1/4 cup purchased real bacon bits 1 (2-ounce) jar diced pimiento, undrained 1 teaspoon dried parsley flakes 1/8 teaspoon black pepper 1. In a medium saucepan sprayed with butter-flavored cooking spray, combine chicken soup, milk and chicken. Stir in peas and bacon bits. Add undrained pimiento, parsley flakes and black pepper. Mix well to combine. 2. Cook over medium heat for 6 to 8 minutes or until mixture is heated through, stirring often. Makes 4 (1 cup each) servings. • Each serving equals; 196 calories, 4g fat, 22g protein, 18g carb., 660mg sodium, 2g fiber; Diabetic Exchanges: 2 Meat, 1 1/2 Starch. (c) 2014 King Features Synd., Inc.

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1. Florida Georgia Line No. 1 “Stay” 2. Luke Bryan No. 3 “Drink a Beer” 3. David Nail No. 5 “Whatever She’s Got” 4. Eli Young Band No. 4 “Drunk Last Night” 5. Cassadee Pope No. 6 “Wasting All These Tears” 6. Parmalee No. 2 “Carolina” 7. Zac Brown Band No. 7 “Sweet Annie” 8. Cole Swindell No. 8 “Chillin’ It” 9. Luke Bryan No. 9 “That’s My Kind of Night” 10. Jason Aldean No. 12 “When She Says Baby”


1. The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (PG-13) Ian McKellen, Martin Freeman 2. Frozen (PG) animated 3. Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues (PG-13) Will Ferrell, Christina Applegate 4. American Hustle (R) Christian Bale, Amy Adams 5. The Wolf of Wall Street (R) Leonardo DiCaprio, Jonah Hill 6. Saving Mr. Banks (PG-13) Emma Thompson, Tom Hanks 7. The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (PG) Ben Stiller, Kristen Wiig 8. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (PG-13) Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson 9. 47 Ronin (PG-13) Keanu Reeves, Hiroyuki Sanada 10. Tyler Perry’s A Madea Christmas (PG-13) Tyler Perry, Chad Michael Murray Source: Billboard (c) 2013 King Features Synd., Inc.

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thrilled by the ski jump and • On Jan. 24, 1980, U.S. offibobsled, as well as 12 othcials announce that Amerer events involving a total ica is ready to sell miliof six sports. tary equipment (excluding weapons) to communist • On Jan. 26, 1788, the first of • On Jan. 23, 1957, the China as a reaction to the 50,000 convicts banished Wham-O toy company Soviet invasion of Afghanfrom England to Australia rolls out the first batch of istan. An additional agreeland in Botany Bay. These aerodynamic plastic discs, ment was signed for the were not hardened criminow known as Frisbees. construction of a station in nals; only a small minority The story of the FrisChina that would be able to were transported for viobee began in Bridgeport, receive information from lent offenses. Among the Conn., where students an American satellite. first group was a 70-yearfrom nearby universities old woman who had stolen would throw empty Frisbie • On Jan. 22, 1998, in cheese to eat. a Sacramento, Calif., Pie Company tins to each courtroom, Theodore J. other, yelling “Frisbie!” as • On Jan. 20, 1841, China Kaczynski pleads guilty to they let go. cedes the island of Hong all federal charges against Kong to the British. In • On Jan. 21, 1976, from him, acknowledging his 1898, Britain was granted London’s Heathrow Airresponsibility for a 17an additional 99 years of port and Orly Airport outyear campaign of package rule. In September 1984, side Paris, the first Conbombings attributed to the the British and the Chinese cordes with commercial “Unabomber.” The “Unsigned a formal agreement passengers simultaneously abomber” was named after approving a 1997 turnover take flight to Bahrain in the Home Decor the4610 UNABOM of the island. Persian Gulf and Rio de W. State Task StreetForce. The name 10am-6pm came from the Mon-Sat, Janeiro, respectively. The • On Jan. 25, 1924, the first words208-344-0978 “university and airConcordes flew well past Re-Use Winter Olympics begin at • Re-Purpose • Re-Decorate line bombing.” the sound barrier at 1,350 Chamonix in the French mph. Alps. Spectators were (c) 2014 King Features Synd., Inc.


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The gym scene has seen a major overhaul in the last decade, with new workout fads and training regiments - and it can be a little overwhelming. In the Treasure Valley, there are tons of choices, from the large gyms with dozens of machines and amenities, to smaller outfits that provide for a more intimate experience. You really have plenty of options. On Your Side took a closer look at Johnny’s Fit Club Fitness in Boise. The atmosphere is friendly and trainers were readily available. “We have full equipment and classes,” said Ryan Rasmussen, the Fitness Manager at Johnny’s. “We have kickboxing, Zumba, all the different things, but we also have top-notch personal training and boot camps.” When they say boot camps, they are not messing around. Trainers

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due every month and create a budget that’s in sync with the amount due. Get the big picture when creating your budget. Put together a snapshot of all your financial obligations, including your credit cards, car loan, student loans and rent. • Pay yourself. Build an emergency savings fund of $500 to $1,000 to be prepared for car expenses, an emergency trip or life’s other unexpected expenses. • Sign up for auto-pay. Automatic payments not only make sure you never miss a payment, but servicers such as Sallie Mae, the nation’s No. 1 financial services company specializing in education, may reduce your interest rate if you pay by automatic debit. It’s peace of mind with a bonus. • Learn more. Go to www.SallieMae. com.

(NAPS)-Here are two bits of good news for recent and soon-to-be college graduates with student loans: 1. You probably have a six-month grace period after graduation before you have to start making payments. 2. While adding a new payment of any kind into your life can be daunting, the vast majority of Americans with student loans do successfully pay them off, due, in part, to the value of their college education. These student loan repayment tips can help you be among them: • Contact your servicer. Some students have more than one loan, so it’s best to contact each servicer to discuss your payment options. The servicer can also help identify alternatives if you’re experiencing difficulty. • Pay every month, and pay extra when you can. Make payments every month. Options to postpone payments typically mean you’ll pay more over the life of the loan, so tackle your payments now. Whenever you can, pay extra to reduce your interest costs and pay off faster. Put money from a raise or bonus toward Once you graduate from college, you may have a few months before you have your student loans. to start repaying your student loans. • Create a budget. Know how much is

For More Information Contact: Anna Marie Aldinger 208-323-4464•208-375-2688 fax Integrating Business Basics & Technology for Greater ROI January 2014 – Boise, ID – The 23rd Annual Idaho Business & Technology Expo will integrate local Idaho businesses owners and managers face to face with highly targeted communities of technology professionals and business executives for an exchange of resources complementing all phases of their decision-making and purchase process. BizExpo will be held January 15-16, 2014 at the Boise Centre. The Symposium & Spirits After Hours is Wednesday 4-6p and the Expo Thursday 9a-4p. BizExpo 2014 creates a symposium for concentrated B2B networking between local area business people. Designed specifically for the business professional, BizExpo delivers resources through 24 total hours of seminars, workshops and a 100 interactive exhibits. The central message of ROI focused presentations teaches attending business leaders how to mobilize business, generate qualified leads, shorten sales cycles and grow revenues. Innovative leaders in the Treasure Valley will present the market trends, emerging technologies and the available products and services. BizExpo is an efficient way to shop the local market while getting to know the owners who stand behind their products. Free to the public BizExpo is the longest-running business and technology show in Idaho. For more event details visit BizExpo is sponsored by The Idaho Business League, Idaho Business Review, KBOI, Idaho Statesman, Business Insider, Corporate Technologies, Boise Centre, Fieldsync Mobile and Valli Information Systems. For more information on BizExpo 2014 contact the IBL, Inc., 208-323-4464 or email The Idaho Business League, Inc., (IBL) located in Boise, Idaho has been providing local companies with enhanced business opportunities for 22 years. 

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FOR- YOU (continued): • The colorless, flammable, odorous chemical known as formaldehyde is used in building materials, including pressed-wood products, along with many household products. It’s also found in cigarette smoke, some glues, permanent press fabrics, fungicides, and disinfectants, and is a common medical lab preservative and widely used at mortuaries. The International Agency for Research on Cancer has classified formaldehyde as a known human carcinogen, and studies suggest there is a connection between exposure and leukemia. Exposure can be especially irritating to the eyes, nose, and throat, causing coughing and inflammation of the respiratory tract. • When gold was discovered in California at Sutter’s Mill in 1848, thousands flocked to the area seeking treasure. Most people headed there in 1849, giving them the nickname the Forty-Niners. That year, San Francisco’s population jumped from 800 to more than 50,000. California’s head count increased by 86,000 people in two years. The folks who struck it rich weren’t the miners, but rather those who created businesses to serve the prospectors. Two well-known companies that came out of the era are Wells Fargo and Levi Strauss. • Back in 1912, Westinghouse employees Daniel O’Conor and Herbert Faber teamed up on an invention to be used in electrical insulation. It was made of wrapped woven fabric coated with a thermosetting resin, which was flattened and cured in a press. They intended their product to replace mica in the insulation, and dubbed their invention Formica, because it was a substitute for mica. Today we most often think of Formica as a heat-resistant laminate with melamine resin for use on kitchen countertops.

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