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JULY BABIES (continued): • Original “Saturday Night Live” cast member Dan Aykroyd was born and raised in Ottawa, Canada, the son of a policy adviser to Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau. Aykroyd was born with not one, but two interesting physical conditions — syndactyly (webbed toes) and heterochromia, meaning his eyes are different colors. • Will Ferrell is more than just a funny guy, he is also a marathon runner, having competed in several major races, including Boston and New York. After serving as his high school football team’s kicker and working part-time as a bank teller, he went on to study Sports Broadcasting at USC. Ferrell’s father was a backup musician for The Righteous Brothers. • Turning 94 this month hasn’t slowed down comedienne Phyllis Diller, who still appears occasionally on television. Although known for her wild hairdos, outlandish costumes and cackling laugh, she is also an accomplished pianist and painter. During World War II, Diller spent her days as a housewife and mother, doing advertising copywriting on the side while her husband worked at a B-24 bomber plant. She makes no attempts to conceal the fact that she’s had at least 15 plastic surgery procedures.

Sexual Assaults in VA Facilities Put “military sexual assault” in an Internet search engine and you’ll find more links than you’d ever want to read.

A recent report by the U.S. Government Accountability Office has a very telling title: “Actions Needed to Prevent Sexual Assaults and Other Safety Incidents.” The report to the Committee on Veterans’ Affairs was to determine whether sexual assaults at VA facilities are fully reported, and if not, what might account for that underreporting. Here’s what the GAO found:

• Most incidents of sexual assault reported to VA police were not reported further up the chain of command, especially to the VA Office of the Inspector General. • Two-thirds of incidents involving rape in VA facilities were not reported to the VAOIG. • The VA doesn’t have the tools to determine if a patient is a risk for committing sexual assault. (The GAO went online and looked up patient names on sex-offender registries.) • Precautions to prevent assaults, including monitoring and security in mental-health units, were deficient. Cameras weren’t watched, and alarms failed. • And here is a chilling statement: “Several clinicians raised concerns about the safety of women veterans in mental-health programs at one VA medical facility.”

The GAO’s overall recommendation: That the VA “improve both the reporting and monitoring of sexual assault incidents.” The VA concurred.

Concurred? One of its excuses during the reporting period was that it’s understaffed. Is that going to change?

The policies and rules for reporting have been in place. Offenses of a certain nature must be reported up the chain of command within two hours, although the GAO report hedges and says that might not have been clear. For example, the VA failed “to provide a consistent definition of sexual assault.”

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Don’t Remake Pets Into ChildrenBy Samantha Mazzotta

DEAR PAW’S CORNER: I’m writing in regards to your recent column asking whether pets are more than just part of the family, and instead like another child. Some of your readers responded yes to that question.

Like most pet owners, I have been very attached to our pets. However, I find the “pets as children” idea rather false as well as disrespectful to the animal. Animals should be accepted for what they are, not remade into children. Most dogs are intelligent, adult animals, and it is insulting to treat them like silly little children.

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Hearing, Balance Woes Can Signal Meniere’s DEAR DR. DONOHUE: Please address Meniere’s disease in your column. I am 88, a female and in good general health. I do not smoke or drink alcohol. I weigh 125 pounds and am 5 feet 1 inch tall. My diet consists mostly of health foods. -- G.R. ANSWER: Vertigo (dizziness), ear noises (tinnitus) and fluctuating hearing loss are the three signs of Meniere’s (men-YAIRS) disease. Vertigo comes in spells lasting 20 minutes or more, and they leave the person off balance for several days. Tinnitus can be ringing, roaring, hissing or other sounds that come and go but eventually stay permanently. The same happens with episodes of hearing loss. It becomes a permanent problem in time. All these signs are due to a buildup of fluid in the inner ear, the place where hearing and balance take place. Treatment of Meniere’s focuses on ridding the inner ear of the fluid buildup. A strict low-salt diet goes a long way in reducing symptoms. The reason is that salt brings on fluid retention. Restricting caffeine and alcohol also helps. Diuretics -- water pills -- might be needed to get rid of the fluid. A hearing aid usually overcomes deafness. Dizzy spells are accompanied by nausea and vomiting. Antivert and Phenergan relieve all three.

Pets can be a real blessing, and they should be respected. -- Barbara B., via email

DEAR BARBARA: Those are very good points, and thank you for bringing them up! One of the most important things we can learn from caring for pets is compassion and respect for all animals, both tame and wild. Dogs and cats also require specific care, including, as Barbara points out, spaying or neutering to prevent unwanted litters and reduce the occurrence of abandoned or abused animals. Vaccines and licenses also are typically required by law. Your child doesn’t have to wear visible tags, but your dog (and often your cat) does. Does this mean that owners somehow love their pets less? I think not -- most are devoted to their pet and its welfare and happiness. That’s something to be valued.

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Should these measures fail, more-heroic efforts are called into play. One is an injection in the ear of the antibiotic gentamicin, which destroys the ear’s balance organ and eliminates dizziness. Another approach is the Meniett device, a little gadget that creates pressure pulses that are transmitted to the inner ear. The pulses pump fluid out. A doctor has to make a small hole in the eardrum so the pressure waves can make their way to the inner ear. An ear, nose and throat doctor can evaluate you and determine if you are a candidate for these treatments or for other treatments I haven’t discussed. The booklet on vertigo discusses its many causes and treatments. Readers can obtain a copy by writing: Dr. Donohue -- No. 801W, Box 536475. Orlando, FL 32853-6475. Enclose a check or money order (no cash) for $4.75 U.S./$6 Can. with the recipient’s printed name and address. Please allow four weeks for delivery. *** DEAR DR. DONOHUE: I have a pain that starts near my elbow and shoots down my arm to the little finger. It doesn’t happen all the time. I don’t know what brings it on. It just appears to happen for no reason. What could this be? -- E.J.

JULY BABIES (continued): • It wasn’t Lisa Kudrow’s first choice to go into the entertainment industry. Kudrow, of “Friends” fame, intended to join her physician father in the medical field. After receiving her degree in biology from Vassar, she did research on the cause of headaches for eight years. Her brother’s childhood friend, comedian Jon Lovitz, convinced her to give comedy a try, and in 2005, she became the highest-paid television actress of all time, along with her “friends” Jennifer Aniston and Courteney Cox, earning $1 million per episode of the popular sitcom. • Two figure-skating Olympic champions are having their birthday this month. Dorothy Hamill was the ladies’singles gold medal winner in 1976. Overnight she became “America’s Sweetheart,” with females across the nation copying her bobbed hairstyle. The Dorothy Hamill doll was introduced shortly afterward. In recent years, she has penned two autobiographies and has survived breast cancer. Kristi Yamaguchi took the Olympic gold in 1992, turning professional immediately afterward. It was at these Olympics that she met her husband, who was a member of the Olympic hockey team. Yamaguchi’s mother was born in a Japanese internment camp where her grandparents had been sent during World War II. Yamaguchi was the celebrity winner of “Dancing with the Stars” in its sixth season. • Richard Starkey turns 71 this month. If you don’t recognize the name, you may have followed his career as Ringo Starr, the drummer for the Beatles from 1962 to 1970. Starr wasn’t the Beatles’ first choice for their percussionist. He was already playing in Liverpool with the band Rory Storm and the Hurricanes, while Pete Best was drumming for the Beatles. Starr was very ill for much of his childhood and spent two years in

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• You may be surprised to learn that President Abraham Lincoln’s son, Robert Todd Lincoln, was on the scene of three presidential assassinations. The first time was in 1865, when he was with his father after he was shot at Ford’s Theatre. In 1881, Lincoln, who was then serving as Secretary of War, arrived at Union Station shortly after President James A. Garfield had been shot. Finally, in 1901, he was at the Pan-American Exposition in Buffalo, N.Y., when President William McKinley was assassinated. • If you’re like the average American man, over the course of 10 years you’ll shave off a full pound of whiskers. • The vast nation of China is home to half of all the world’s domesticated pigs. *** Thought for the Day: “I like long walks, especially when they are taken by people who annoy me.” -- Noel Coward


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1. Is the Book of Agrabah in the Old or New Testament or neither? 2. By Roman reckoning, what time of day did Jesus meet the Samarian woman at the well? Daybreak, Noon, Mid-afternoon, Dusk 3. On the island of Patmos, to whom was the book of Revelation given? John, Paul, Matthew, Luke 4. Who hid 100 prophets in two caves and supplied them food and water? Solomon, Philemon, Obadiah, Hosea 5. On what day did God create the evening and the morning? 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th 6. The Semites were descended from Shem, the son of whom? Moses, Noah, Paul, Jacob

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• On July 18, AD 64, the great fire of Rome breaks out and destroys much of the city. Despite the well-known stories, there is no evidence that Roman emperor Nero either started the fire or played the fiddle while it burned. The fiddle did not even exist at the time. Nero was actually 35 miles away in Antium when the fire broke out. • On July 21, AD 365, a powerful earthquake off the coast of Greece causes a tsunami that devastates the city of Alexandria, Egypt. It was not until 1995 that archaeologists discovered the ruins of the old city off the coast of present-day Alexandria. • On July 19, 1879, Doc Holliday commits his first murder, killing a man for shooting up his New Mexico saloon. Despite his formidable reputation as a deadly gunslinger, Doc Holliday only engaged in eight shootouts during his life, and it has only been verified that he killed two men. • On July 24, 1901, William Sydney Porter, otherwise known as O. Henry, is released from prison after serving three years in jail for embezzlement from a bank in Austin, Texas. He began writing stories to support his young daughter while he was in prison. • On July 22, 1923, John Herbert Dillinger joins the Navy in order to avoid charges of auto theft in Indiana, marking the beginning of America’s most notorious criminal’s downfall. Years later, Dillinger’s reputation was forged in a single 12-month period, during which he robbed more banks than Jesse James did in 15 years.


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Picnic Food Warning The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is warning us about picnic food, and what it says applies especially to seniors. It seems there’s another potential food-borne illness: Listeria. Picnic foods -- hot dogs, deli meats, prepared salads, meat spreads from the deli case and soft cheeses -- can contain bacteria called Listeria. Smoked seafood and unpasteurized milk also can harbor Listeria. Even if the bacteria has been killed by cooking, it can be recontaminated because the bacteria can grow at refrigerator temperature. In addition to food poisoning, those with health risks can come down with a very serious infection after consuming Listeriacontaminated foods. Even for seniors without medical conditions, healing from an infection can include long hospitalizations -- or even death. Here are some food safety tips from the www.IsItDoneYet.gov website: • Use a digital thermometer to ensure that foods are cooked to the optimum temperature. For ground beef, that’s 160 degrees Fahrenheit. Poultry needs to be heated to 165 F. Cooked hams must be reheated to 140 F. Check the temperature of the food in several places. • Wash hands in warm, soapy water for at least 20 seconds before and after handling food.

• Keep refrigerator temperature at 40 degrees F or less, and freezers at 0 F or less.

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• And those hot dogs and deli meats so popular with summer picnics: They must be completely heated to 165 degrees before consuming.

If you don’t have Internet access, call the USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline 1-888-6746854 to order the Food Safety for Older Adults pamphlet or if you have specific questions.

Dipped in dark chocolate and drizzled with a made-in-minutes port syrup, fiber-rich fresh figs instantly transform into a simplemeets-sophisticated finale to summer supper. 1 cup ruby port wine 1/2 cup sugar 1 cinnamon stick 3 ounces bittersweet chocolate 12 fresh ripe green or black figs 1. In heavy-bottomed 2-quart saucepan, heat port, sugar and cinnamon stick to boiling on high. Reduce heat to medium and cook 13 minutes, stirring frequently to prevent syrup from boiling over (syrup will reduce by half). Remove from heat and cool to room temperature (syrup will thicken as it cools). 2. Meanwhile, line cookie sheet with waxed paper. Place chocolate in microwave-safe small bowl or cup. Heat, covered with waxed paper, in microwave on High 1 minute or until chocolate is almost melted. Stir until smooth. 3. With fingers, hold 1 fig and dip into melted chocolate, leaving top half uncovered. Shake off excess chocolate. Place chocolate-covered fig on prepared cookie sheet. Repeat with remaining figs and chocolate. 4. Place chocolate-covered figs in refrigerator 15 minutes or until chocolate is YOUR OWN BUSI NESS? set.WANT Figs TO willRUN keep at room temperature a Paper inright Your Area upPublish to If2Youhours. If not serving away, Can Provide: Sales Experience · A Computer · Desktop Publishing Software · A Reasonable Financial In vest ment refrigerate figs up to 12 hours. To serve, We provide the opportunity for success! arrange figs on 4 dessert plates and driz1.800.523.3096 zle withCall port syrup. Serves 4. www.tidbitsweekly.com • Each serving: About 350 calories, 8g total fat (5g saturated), 8mg cholesterol, 5mg sodium, 73g total carbohydrate, 7g dietary fiber, 3g protein.

ARIES (March 21 to April 19) You’re not Sheepish when it comes to asserting your opinions on what you think is right or wrong. Be assured that you’re being heard, and something positive will follow. TAURUS (April 20 to May 20) Your sense of justice makes it difficult not to speak up about a recurring matter involving a co-worker. But, once again, you need facts to back you up before you can act. GEMINI (May 21 to June 20) Romance is still dominant, and if Cupid misfired before, don’t worry. He’ll take better aim at someone new this time around. Expect favorable news about a financial matter. CANCER (June 21 to July 22) The zodiac’s Moon Children can expect things to work out pretty much as planned. One negative note involves a minor relationship problem that suddenly turns serious. LEO (July 23 to August 22) You’re suddenly being asked to make choices between two practically equal offers. Which one to choose? Easy. The one most likely to gladden your Lion’s heart. VIRGO (August 23 to September 22) Once again, you’re confronted by a workplace problem you thought you’d already resolved. This time, you might need to go higher up to find a just resolution. LIBRA (September 23 to October 22) Good for you: You’re determined to stick with your goals and ignore those naysayers who might try to discourage you. You’re on the right track. The challenge now is to stay on it. SCORPIO (October 23 to November 21) You’ll soon get news that is supposed to help you with a troublesome situation. Use your sharp Scorpion instincts to determine if the information is reliable. SAGITTARIUS (November 22 to December 21) If you learn someone has betrayed your trust, don’t just accept it and walk away. You need to know why that person decided to do what he or she did. CAPRICORN (December 22 to January 19) A painful family relationship problem could finally begin to heal. Be prepared to show more flexibility than you might like. But it could be worth it. AQUARIUS (January 20 to February 18) It’s a good idea to enhance your career skills so you’ll be prepared to accept a more responsible position when it’s offered. A friend returns a favor just when you need it. PISCES (February 19 to March 20) Show that strong, steely backbone that you usually hide, and demand to be included in any family decision-making that could affect the well-being of a loved one. BORN THIS WEEK: You can be happy being alone at home. But you also love exploring the world outside and meeting new people and sharing new ideas.

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1. Rhubarb 2. John Charles Fremont 3. A formality 4. Duodeccenial 5. The Alamo 6. To play sweetly 7. Tennessee Williams 8. B-2 9. Crazy Horse 10. Transcendental movement

1. Three -- Joe Torre (1971), Todd Helton (2000) and Matt Holiday (2007). 2. Six -- 1920, ‘21, ‘27, ‘28, ‘30, ‘31. 3. Four - Maryland (1945), Kentucky (1946-53), Texas A&M (1954-57) and Alabama (1958-82). 4. Muggsy Bogues (1993-94 and 94-95). 5. Boston’s Bobby Orr was a plus-124 in 1970-71. 6. Kristine Lilly. 7. It was Ferdinand in 1986.

ANSWERS: 1) Neither; 2) Noon, 3) John; 4) Obadiah; 5) 4th; 6) Noah


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At 21 years old, Joey Logano is keeping up with the big boys of NASCAR.

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Joey Logano, who won the Sprint Cup Series’ Rookie of the Year award in 2009, turned some heads at Infineon Raceway by winning the pole.

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The 21-year-old had won a pole before, at Bristol in 2010, but few expected him to record the fastest time at a road course. Race day wasn’t bad, either, as Logano finished a creditable sixth in his No. 20 Home Depot Toyota. It was easily his best-ever Logano was NASCAR’s youngest finish at the series’ two road courses, top rookie ever, and he also became Infineon and Watkins Glen. the youngest driver ever to win a Cup race on June 28, 2009, when he won The Sonoma, Calif., layout provided a rain-shortened race at New Hampa welcome and unexpected lift in Lo- shire Motor Speedway. gano’s fortunes. The Middletown, Conn., native remains only 23rd in At Sonoma, Robby Gordon and Lothe points standings after finishing gano clashed during the race. 20th in 2009 and 16th in 2010. The Infineon finish was only his third top- “That’s no big deal to me,” said Lo10 of the season to date. gano, referring to Gordon. “I don’t know. He was running me all over “This is the last place I figured we’d the race track. He knocked my fender

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