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• Austria-born celebrity chef Wolfgang Puck learned to cook from his mother, a part-time pastry chef. After immigrating to America at age 25, he worked two years in Indianapolis before becoming a chef in Los Angeles. His first cookbook was published when he was 33. Puck’s first Spago restaurant opened on the Sunset Strip the following year. He now has 19 restaurants. The Beverly Hills Spago has been on the list of the Top 40 restaurants in the United States since 2004. Puck cites macaroons as his absolute favorite food. Had he not chosen his current profession, he says he would have liked to have been an artist. • Although Ginger Rogers is most famous for her movie roles as Fred Astaire’s dancing partner, she only appeared with him in 10 out of her 73 films. Born Virginia McMath, it was her ambition to become a schoolteacher, but at 19, she became a Hollywood star almost overnight. At age 60, she still had her high heels on, dancing the Charleston on an episode of close friend Lucille Ball’s sitcom. turn the page for more!

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Page 4 JULY BABIES (continued): • J.K. Rowling penned the first book of the Harry Potter series as a single mom living on welfare. Within five years, she was a millionaire. She conceived the idea of the boy wizard while sitting through a four-hour train delay back in 1990. Seven books and 4,195 pages later, Forbes magazine estimates her net worth in excess of $1 billion. The series has been translated into 65 languages. • Remembered for her extravagant collection of 2,700 pairs of shoes, former first lady of the Philippines Imelda Marcos is a former Miss Philippines. To put her shoes in a mathematical equation, if she were to change her shoes three times a day, never putting on the same pair twice, it would take upwards of two years and five months to wear them all. She and her husband Ferdinand plundered millions of dollars of the country’s wealth during their 21year tenure. • Walter Payton, one of the NFL’s most incredible running backs, played his entire pro football career with the Chicago Bears, shattering league records left and right. His father, a factory worker, had played semi-pro baseball for a time. Payton spent his early high school years playing drums in the school marching band, singing in the choir and as a member of the track team. During his NFL career, he enjoyed playing practical jokes on his fellow Bears and was known to run to the locker room after a game and lock the door, leaving his teammates standing in the cold as he took a long, hot shower. During pileups on the field, it wasn’t uncommon for him to untie the refs’ shoelaces. Off the field, he loved to cook and play chess and was an accomplished dancer. Sadly, he contracted a rare liver disease, which progressed into bile duct cancer and claimed his life at age 45.

® of Tidbits FrontCounty Range ® ofthe Tidbits Dallas 3rd Quarter 2011 Week 29 July 23 To 17-July Your Good Health Page By Paul4G. Donohue, M.D. Stroke, Heart Attack Risks Are Similar DEAR DR. DONOHUE: I read all the time about the risks of having a heart attack. I never see anything said about the risks for having a stroke. What are they? I fear a stroke more than I do a heart attack. -- P.S. ANSWER: The risks for both are similar. They include uncontrolled high blood pressure, cigarette smoking, diabetes, high cholesterol, too little exercise, a large waist, excessive alcohol consumption and a high ratio of Apo B to Apo A-1. This last item needs an explanation. Apo B is similar to LDL cholesterol -- the bad kind of cholesterol, the kind that clogs arteries. Apo A-1 is more like HDL cholesterol -- good cholesterol, the kind that keeps arteries clean. I have to admit that these tests are not usually ordered. This subject is complicated by the fact that there are two different kinds of stroke. The more-common variety comes from obstruction of blood flow to a part of the brain from a plugged artery, like the plugged heart artery of a heart attack. The less-common variety comes from the breaking of a brain artery, something called a hemorrhagic stroke. The two require different treatments and different approaches to prevention. P.S. is like most people who live in greater fear of a stroke than a heart attack. The booklet on strokes explains the kinds of strokes and what can be done to prevent and treat them. Readers can obtain a copy by writing: Dr. Donohue -- No. 902W, Box 536475, Orlando, FL 32853-

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ANSWER: A panic attack is a period of extreme fear in a situation that doesn’t warrant such fear. It comes on suddenly, reaches a peak in 10 or fewer minutes and makes the person want to flee from the situation he or she finds him- or herself in -- shopping for groceries, driving a car or walking down a street. During an attack, some of the following are present: the heart beats fast; sweat breaks out; people become short of breath; they can feel like they are choking; they might have chest pain and believe they’re having a heart attack; they could be dizzy. The actual attack probably results from an outpouring of body chemicals, like adrenaline. What triggers the release of these chemicals usually is buried deeply in a person’s subconscious. Lack of sleep or medication could make a person more susceptible to an attack. If you experience a panic attack only once, you don’t have a great concern. If the attacks recur, then you do have a problem that needs attention. Report them to your family doctor, who will get you started on treatment and refer you to a professional who can unearth hidden causes provoking these attacks. *** 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. (c) 2011 North America Synd., Inc. All Rights Reserved

1. Entering 2011, name the last pitcher to toss a no-hitter for the Seattle Mariners. 2. Who was the last player to have at least 50 stolen bases and 100 RBI in the same season? 3. Who holds the NCAA Division I record for most consecutive games intercepting a pass? 4. When was the last time the Philadelphia 76ers had a player average at least 20 points per game for a full season? 5. How many 200-point seasons did Wayne Gretzky have in his NHL career, and when was his last one? 6. Danica Patrick finished fourth in a NASCAR Nationwide race in 2011, the highest finish by a female driver in a national NASCAR race since when? 7. In 2010, Serbia became only the second unseeded nation to win tennis’ Davis Cup. Name the first country to do it.

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Among the many areas it covers are auditory short-term memory, spatial perception, visual scanning, eye-hand coordination and response time. Getting benefits from the program only takes one hour a week, broken into three 20-minute sessions. If you don’t have a computer, your program can be done on a friend’s computer or even at the library, since your sign-on information is secure. CogniFit won the 2009 International Council on Active Aging award for creative products aimed at seniors. The program costs $14.95 per month. Log on and see how it works at www.cognifit.com. If in doubt about the value of the training, click the Scientific Validation tab and look through the studies. If you’re uncertain about computer use, those who

use computer for any amount of time are 44 percent less likely to have mild cognitive impairment. Add in exercise, and you can delay (or even prevent) mental decline. Prefer to work with pencil and paper? Pick up a Graduate Record Exam (GRE) study guide at the bookstore. Each general test book has practice questions on a variety of topics such as math, vocabulary, reading comprehension. Talk about brain stretchers! Matilda Charles regrets that she cannot personally answer reader questions, but will incorporate them into her column whenever possible. Write to her in care of King Features Weekly Service, P.O. Box 536475, Orlando, FL 32853-6475, or send e-mail to columnreply@gmail.com. (c) 2011 King Features Synd., Inc.


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Q: The previous owners of my home put up wallpaper in the kitchen and a few other rooms. It’s several years old, and the wallpaper in the kitchen has a number of small rips and holes from wear and tear. Can I repair these? I don’t want to replace the paper just yet, as we are planning a remodel down the road. -- June C., Austin, Texas A: Wallpaper definitely has become a less popular design option over the years, as it can be a difficult material to work with as well as repair. That means you might not be able to find a matching pattern in a home-improvement or paint/wall coverings store. If the previous homeowners were conscientious, you might be lucky enough to find the leftover scraps of that wallpaper stored in the garage, attic or other space. That’s the best patching material for this job. First, let’s work from the presumption that you do have matching scraps. Select the first rip or hole and hold a scrap up to it to closely match the pattern in that spot; then measure and mark the scrap paper. Now, instead of cutting out the patch, carefully tear it out. This creates rag-

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ged edges on the patch that will blend into the wallpaper better than a clean-cut edge. Paste the patch into place and smooth the feathered edges into the surrounding paper. What if you don’t have spare scraps lying around? You have two main options: Try and find the closest match at a store that sells wallpaper (or online), or just make spot repairs to the existing wallpaper until you begin your remodel. The best way to match is to bring in an actual sample, so cut a small piece from an obscure section of the wall. I’d also recommend taking a photo of the wallpaper -- the color may not match, but you’ll be able to review the overall pattern. Find matching or almostmatching paper and patch as best you can. Otherwise, spot repairs, such as re-gluing peeling seams and corners, are a short-term solution until you can take down all the wallpaper. HOME TIP: Wallpaper that has been exposed to sunlight for long periods will fade or change color, something to consider when patching using stored-away leftover scraps. Send your questions or home tips to ask@ thisisahammer.com, or write This Is a Hammer, c/o King Features Weekly Service, P.O. Box 536475, Orlando, FL 32853-6475. When in doubt as to whether you can safely or effectively complete a project, consult a professional contractor. (c) 2011 King Features Synd., Inc.


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Canadian celebrity Michael J. Fox, struck down at the height of his career, has used his adversity to further the search for a cure for illness. Here are some facts about this optimistic individual who has chosen to overcome his disabilities. • The Edmonton-born Fox moved several times as a child, the result of his father’s military career, finally settling in British Columbia. As a 15-year-old, he made his acting debut in a Canadian sitcom, “Leo and Me.” As he devoted more time to his passion for acting, his schoolwork was neglected and before long, he was flunking nearly every class. He made the decision to drop out of high school to pursue his career, something he now calls a “stupid youthful mistake.” His social studies teacher advised him, “You’re making a big mistake, Fox. You won’t be cute forever.” Fox achieved his GED 15 years after dropping out. • At 18, Fox moved to Los Angeles. It wasn’t an easy road as he struggled to make a name for himself, and he lived on macaroni and cheese for months. He had sold all his furniture to survive shortly before landing his breakout role as Alex P. Keaton on TV’s “Family Ties” at age 21. Over the series’ seven-year run, he collected three Emmy Awards. In the midst of the sitcom, he took on the role of timetraveling teen Marty McFly in “Back to the Future,” a huge box-office hit, followed up by two sequels. • It was on to “Spin City” in 1996, where he portrayed New York’s deputy mayor, a role that earned Fox three Golden Globes and an Emmy.

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Last-Minute Vacations If you didn’t plan for a vacation this summer but are determined to get a break, it’s still possible even at this late date. In fact, the approaching end of summer might work in your favor as owners try to fill lastminute vacancies. Look for vacation rentals that are within a few hours drive of home. You’ll save precious vacation time by not battling crowds and security at airports and wasting time in the air, not to mention saving money on airfare and transportation. Vacation rentals generally will accommodate your whole family and allow you to

save money by cooking your own meals. Many provide laundry facilities. While you might think you want a place with activities suited to your interests, consider taking this opportunity to try something new. If you’re into golf, go for a lakeside cabin that comes with fishing poles and a canoe. If you like water skiing, opt for a condo in an historic city for a change of pace. Go online to www.vacationhomerentals.com and click on your state. You’ll find rentals categorized by county and town, with lots of photos and descriptions. If a property sounds interesting, check the availability. For verification or to ask if there have been cancellations, contact the owner using the online form. Ask if any endof-season deals are available. Don’t miss the Last Minute Deals link at the top of the main page. Check www.vacationrentals.com, and again click on your state. You’ll be able to narrow your choices by date, reviews and whether the rental has a pool or allows pets. You can select multiple rentals to compare. Check the

activities on each listing for local attractions. This site provides the owner’s name and telephone number, as well as an online contact form. If you want a lot of amenities, consider a timeshare rental. With timeshares, owners “own” a certain week or weeks each year when they have use of the accommodations. They can’t always use those weeks and will rent out the property. Timeshares generally have a full menu of amenities, and many are luxurious resorts. Search online for timeshares in your state. Call the timeshare office directly, as it’s likely to have a list of rentals. As always, ask whether any discounts are available. David Uffington regrets that he cannot personally answer reader questions, but will incorporate them into his column whenever possible. Write to him in care of King Features Weekly Service, P.O. Box 536475, Orlando, FL 32853-6475, or send e-mail to columnreply@gmail.com. (c) 2011 King Features Synd., Inc.

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◆ On Aug. 4, 1892, Andrew and Abby Borden are found hacked to death in their Fall River, Mass., home. Daughter Lizzie, later immortalized in a famous rhyme, was arrested and charged with the double homicide. Taken with her Christian persona, the all-male jury acquitted her. Today, the house where the Borden murders occurred is a bed and breakfast. ◆ On Aug. 5, 1914, the world’s first electric traffic signal is put into place on the corner of Euclid Avenue and East 105th Street in Cleveland. It consisted of four pairs of red and green lights that served as stop-go indicators, each mounted on a corner post. ◆ On Aug. 6, 1928, Andy Warhol, one of the most influential artists of the latter part of the 20th century, is born in Pennsylvania. He took literally the advice of an art teacher who said he should paint the things he liked. He liked ordinary things, such as comic strips, canned soup and soft drinks, and so he painted them. ◆ On Aug. 2, 1939, Wes Craven, the man responsible for terrorizing millions of moviegoers with his “Nightmare on Elm Street” series, is born in Cleveland. Craven began his directing career with 1972’s “The Last House on the Left,” a violent teen horror film. ◆ On Aug. 7, 1947, Kon-Tiki, a balsa wood raft captained by Norwegian anthropologist Thor Heyerdahl, completes a 4,300-mile, 101-day journey from Peru to Raroia in the Tuamotu Archipelago, near Tahiti. Heyerdahl wanted to prove his theory that prehistoric South Americans could have colonized the Polynesian islands by drifting on ocean currents. ◆ On Aug. 3, 1958, the U.S. nuclear submarine Nautilus accomplishes the first undersea voyage to the geographic North Pole. USS Nautilus, the world’s first nuclear submarine, dived at Point Barrow, Alaska, and traveled nearly 1,000 miles under the Arctic ice cap to reach the top of the world. ◆ On Aug. 1, 1966, Charles Whitman takes a stockpile of guns and ammunition to the observatory platform atop a 300-foot tower at the University of Texas and proceeds to shoot 46 people, killing 14 and wounding 31. (c) 2011 King Features Synd., Inc.

Itchy Skin Plagues Pot-Bellied Pigs By Samantha Mazzotta

DEAR PAW’S CORNER: My pot-bellied pigs, “Penny” and “Norman,” again lost their hair very early this spring, when it was still very cold. Their skin was extremely itchy and very cracked and dry-looking. I contacted many vets, Humane Societies and others concerning this never-ending issue. Many told me that hair loss in pot-bellied pigs is normal, and there was nothing I could do. That was not good enough for me. Now I think I found something that is helping. I’ve been adding safflower oil in with their food pellets -- about a tablespoon each feeding. They have not grown back any hair, since I just started this about three weeks ago. But I can tell they don’t look as dry and they’re not scratching as much. I give safflower oil to my dogs and cats during the winter while our wood stove is operating, as they tend to get dry, flaky skin. The oil makes their fur very shiny. So I thought I would try it on my piggies. I hope this will help others who are going through this. Good luck! -- Diane at Little Moose Farm

DEAR DIANE: Skin problems and hair loss in pot-bellied pigs is indeed very common, but troubling for owners. Pot-bellied pigs can “blow their coats” routinely after reaching about two years of age, and their skin can be dry during the period before their hair grows back. However, other problems can sometimes cause hair loss and dry, cracked skin as well, so it’s always good to check with the vet when hair loss occurs. Many experts recommend adding a cod liver oil or fish oil supplement to the pigs’ food, and safflower oil may be a good alternative as well. This can help improve their dry skin while waiting for their coats to regrow. Send your pet questions and tips to ask@ pawscorner.com, or write to Paw’s Corner, c/o King Features Weekly Service, P.O. Box 536475, Orlando, FL 32853-6475. Find more pet advice and resources at www.pawscorner.com. (c) 2011 King Features Synd., Inc.

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MICHAEL J. FOX (continued): • It was during the filming of “Doc Hollywood” in 1991 that Fox first noticed an incontrollable twitching in his finger. Shortly afterward, he was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease, a condition he chose to keep secret. On the set of “Spin City” he often kept his left hand in his pocket. This degenerative neurological disorder affects one in 100 people over age 60. Fox was 29. Those with the disease experience tremors, balance problems, slowness, reduced facial expression and an inability to direct their movements. • Fox went public in 1998 and underwent a thalamotomy, a procedure that surgically destroys a portion of the brain’s thalamus, effective in dramatically reducing tremors. In 2000, as his symptoms became worse, he announced his departure from “Spin City.” He established The Michael J. Fox Foundation, devoted to research for a cure for Parkinson’s. He continues to take limited short-term acting roles, as well as providing voices for a variety of popular children’s films. • Fox has added best-selling author to his list of accomplishments with the publication of “Lucky Man,” followed by “Always Looking Up: The Adventures of an Incurable Optimist.” He maintains that staying upbeat is the key to fighting his disease and jokes about brushing his teeth, saying it’s “like having an electric toothbrush without the battery.” In his words, “There’s always failure. And there’s always disappointment. And there’s always loss. But the secret is learning from the loss and realizing that none of those holes are vacuums.” Time magazine has placed him on their list of 100 people “whose power, talent or moral example is transforming the world.”

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Many talented individuals call Canada home. Week 29 You’re probably not aware of how many familiar July 17-July 23 faces are natives of “up north.” Let’s take a look at just a few. Page 7 • Rick Moranis played a nutty scientist who shrunk his kids in the 1989 Disney film, then “blew up” the kids in the 1992 sequel. Born in Toronto, Moranis worked at several local radio stations before branching out into movies. He retired from films in 1997 to devote time to being a single father following the death of his wife from liver cancer. • Montreal was the birthplace of the man we know as Captain James T. Kirk of “Star Trek” fame. William Shatner was trained as a Shakespearean actor, with regular performances at Ontario’s Stratford Festival of Canada. He hit the big screen at age 20 in a Canadian film called “The Butler’s Night Off” and moved into television three years later at age 23 as Ranger Bob on “The Canadian Howdy Doody Show.” He made his debut as captain of the U.S.S. Enterprise in 1966 at age 35. CANADIAN CELEBRITIES (continued): • Ontario-born Rachel McAdams, star of “The CANADIAN CELEBRITIES 3rd Quarter 2011 • Television viewers first saw him as a young Notebook” and “The Time Traveler’s Wife,” is doctor in his six-year stint on the hospital Many talented individuals call Canada home. Week 29 drama “St. Elsewhere.” Today, Howie Mandel the daughter of a truck driver and a nurse. She You’re probably not aware of how many familiar in figure July 17-July 23 skating competitions. is popular as the host of “Deal or No Deal,” both faces are natives of “up north.” Let’s take a look first excelled the U.S. and Canadian versions. This Toronto As a teenager, she was acting in summer at just a few. Page 7 native is a distant cousin to violinist Itzhak • Rick Moranis played a nutty scientist who Shakespearean productions and working at Perlman. He suffers from mysophobia, an shrunk his kids in the 1989 Disney film, then McDonald’s. She was a top choice for the irrational fear of germs, and finds it impossible “blew up” the kids in the 1992 sequel. Born in “Bond girl” in the 2006 film “Casino Royale” to shake hands with his game show contestants Toronto, Moranis worked at several local radio but turned it down. without latex gloves and prefers to share “fist stations before branching out into movies. He pounds.” Mandel also has attention deficit retired from films in 1997 to devote time to • British Columbia crooner Michael Buble hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). In 2009, he released his autobiography entitled “Here’s the being a single father following the death of his longed to be a professional hockey player for the Vancouver Canucks but didn’t believe he had Deal: Don’t Touch Me.” wife from liver cancer. the ability. Instead, he worked six summers as • Although best known for his hosting of • Montreal was the birthplace of the man we “Jeopardy!,” Ontario-born Alex Trebek know as Captain James T. Kirk of “Star a youth as a commercial fisherman. Regularly actually started his television career as a compared to Frank Sinatra, Buble has sold Trek” fame. William Shatner was trained newscaster for the CBC following graduation more than 25 million albums worldwide. as a Shakespearean actor, with regular performances at Ontario’s Stratford Festival of Canada. He hit the big screen at age 20 in a Canadian film called “The Butler’s Night Off” and moved into television three years later at age 23 as Ranger Bob on “The Canadian Howdy Doody Show.” He made his debut as captain of the U.S.S. Enterprise in 1966 at age 35. • Ontario-born Rachel McAdams, star of “The Notebook” and “The Time Traveler’s Wife,” is the daughter of a truck driver and a nurse. She first excelled in figure skating competitions. As a teenager, she was acting in summer Shakespearean productions and working at McDonald’s. She was a top choice for the “Bond girl” in the 2006 film “Casino Royale” but turned it down. • British Columbia crooner Michael Buble longed to be a professional hockey player for the Vancouver Canucks but didn’t believe he had the ability. Instead, he worked six summers as a youth as a commercial fisherman. Regularly compared to Frank Sinatra, Buble has sold more than 25 million albums worldwide.

from the University of Ottawa. Trebek made history in 1991, when he became the only host to moderate three daily U.S. game shows at once — “Jeopardy!,” “Classic Concentration” and “To Tell the Truth.” • Yet another Canadian hosted a well-known game show for many years, offering contestants the choice of Door No. 1, No. 2 or No. 3. Monte Halperin, better known as Monty Hall, began hosting “Let’s Make a Deal” in 1963. Hall is a graduate of the University of Manitoba with a degree in chemistry and zoology. • What do Canadian singers Avril Lavigne and Gordon Lightfoot have in common? Both sang in church choirs in their native Ontario before making it big in the music industry. • Nova Scotia native Sarah McLachlan started playing musical instruments at age 5, beginning with the ukulele. Her debut album came at age 20, and she has sold over 40 million recordings in the 22 years since.

Answers 1. Chris Bosio, in 1993 versus Boston. 2. Barry Bonds, in 1990 for Pittsburgh (52 stolen bases, 114 RBIs). 3. Al Brosky of the University of Illinois (15 games -- 1950-52). 4. Allen Iverson averaged 33 points per game in the 2005-06 season. 5. Four, with the last being in the 1985-86 season. 6. Sara Christian was fifth in a race in 1949. 7. Croatia, in 2005. (c) 2011 King Features Synd., Inc.

Answers 1. Annapolis, Md. 2. U.S. Catholic archbishop 3. Quanta 4. Pine Valley 5. Upton Sinclair 6. Derek and the Dominoes 7. Charles I 8. Krypto 9. William 10. 1965 (c) 2011 King Features Synd., Inc.

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