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won the popular vote. In l876, Rutherford Hayes won, but Samuel Tilden was the people’s choice. In 1888, the incumbent President Grover Cleveland won the popular vote, but Benjamin Harrison was elected to office. More recently, George W. Bush took office after the 2000 election, even though Al Gore was the popular vote-getter. So how much weight does our vote actually have? We would all be wise to stop accepting what the news media tells us and try to find a better way to pick our presidents in the future. *** Ryan Murphy’s “American Horror Story� is going through major changes. When the show returns in October for its second season, it will be called “American Horror Story: Asylum.� Two-time Oscar winner Jessica Lange returns, but Dylan McDermott and Connie Britton are gone. Zachary Quinto, James Cromwell and Joseph Fiennes are main cast members, while Mark Consuelos and “The Voice’s� Adam Levine are recurring. You won’t hear Adam’s singing “Voice� on this one, else they’d have to call it “American Horror Story: The Musical Asylum�! Send letters to Tony Rizzo’s Hollywood, 8306 Wilshire Blvd., No. 362, Beverly Hills, CA 90211.


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Roddick Calls It Quits What (were) Andy Roddick’s chances at winning the U.S. Open? “As good as anybody not named Roger,” said Andy ... perhaps the most quotable tennis player in the history of the sport. Andy called it in at this year’s U.S. Open, announcing his retirement after the first round of the tournament. I’m sure there’s a joke in that headline somewhere — that he usually retires around the first round of a championship but that would, of course, be a joke. For Andy Roddick was a champion ... albeit a champion with very bad timing. Andy Roddick held the torch of American tennis for the better part of a decade. And by “better part,” we mean “better part.” This guy at one time held the record for fastest serve (155 mph ... you just try doing that on the highway), he hosted “Satur-

day Night Live,” and he married Brooklyn Decker. Did I mention he had a really fast serve? But Andy Roddick had a problem at birth: He was born at the same time as Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic. Unfortunately for the script, those guys played better tennis. It certainly wasn’t for lack of trying. Sure, Roddick was a fiery, tempestuous sort of player. He needed to get psyched up before every match as if he was Matthew Modine in “Vision Quest.” But when he won, he won big. There aren’t many tennis players or champs from any game that can say they won the U.S. Open (2003) and 32 career titles. Roddick had a flair for drama, and his announced retirement during the middle of a tournament didn’t seem too out of place for the man. Though not an outsized per-

sonality or multi Grand Slam winner like McEnroe or Connors, he still managed to get into the club. In another decade or so, ask yourself who was a dominant male American tennis player at the turn of the century. You’re not going to say “Mardi Fish,” or anyone else for that matter. He’s only 30 years old. I bet he comes back, and if he doesn’t, something tells me he’ll find another line of work. For those of us in the post-game business, he’ll be sorely missed. Rarely has an athlete been more forthcoming at a press conference. Hey Andy, you just lost at Indian Wells to an inferior player and said your confi-




dence was shot ... can you elaborate? “It comes from playing like s**t. Why would I feel confident right now? If that was the case, I don’t think we’d be sitting here having this funeral-like press conference. It’s just weird because, I used to like, hit for a half-hour and then go eat Cheetos the rest of the day ... come out and drill forehands. Now I’m really trying to make it happen, being professional, really going for it ... and I miss my Cheetos.” We’re gonna miss you too, Andy Roddick. Mark Vasto is a veteran sportswriter who lives in Kansas City. (c) 2012 King Features Synd., Inc.

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struggled to maintain focus with just one hero. This movie uses Iron Man, Captain America, The Hulk, Thor, Black Widow and Hawkeye without getting too distracted. Director/writer Joss WheBy Sam Struckhoff don took on the ambitious endeavor and got audiences NOTE: DVDs reviewed to suspend disbelief and in this column will be avail- cheer for the good guys. able in stores the week of “Damsels in Distress” Sept. 17, 2012. (PG-13) — Violet Wister PICKS OF THE WEEK (Greta Gerwig) is a socially “Marvel’s The Avengers” conscious young woman at (PG-13) — The blockbuster the center of a group of girls hit of the summer is now who care for the depressed available for your home and socially maligned popviewing. Earth’s mightiest ulations of their university. superheroes are assembled Violet and her gals seeks to into one team to defend the recruit Lily, a transfer stuworld from an alien inva- dent, into their little circle so sion led by Loki, the Norse she might learn their ways god of chaos. Add that of dating only socially inept weird plot to truckloads of guys and civilizing the special effects and a star- party-animal demographic. Director Wilt Stillman studded cast wearing colorful costumes, and somehow puts the humor into the cait all works. Of course it’s dence and delivery of the inloud and silly, but it’s also a nuendo-laden dialogue. This very fun ride, even for those isn’t a National Lampoonwho own fewer than 100 style college romp, but an eccentric, banter-heavy comic books. Other super-movies have comedy about people with

good intentions. “The Tall Man” (R) — In a remote town where the weather forecast is always ominously grey skies, the townsfolk spread a creepy little rumor. Children go missing, and people say it’s because of a tall man. Jessica Biel plays a local nurse who doesn’t buy the story, until her own boy disappears. She goes on a parent’s nightmare journey for her child, only to get lost in a series of plot twists, conspiracies and missed opportunities for the movie to end on a reasonable note. “Soldiers of Fortune” (R) — Christian Slater is a tough ex-military kinda guy hired to protect some millionaires who want frontrow tickets to a real war zone. Naturally and deservedly, the mission goes horribly awry and everybody’s lives are put in danger (more than anticipated, I guess). This is one of those movies you see for rent that you’ve never heard of, but when you check the box it’s got a decent cast (Sean Bean, Ving Rhames, James Cromwell). Yet should you cross the line and attempt to watch this movie at home, you will be treated to an early bedtime by this snoozefest of a convoluted action movie. TV RELEASES “American Horror Story” “Desperate Housewives: The Complete Eighth and Final Season” “New Tricks: Season 8” “Gossip Girl: The Complete Fifth Season” “CSI: Miami — The 10th and Final Season” “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation — The 12th Season” “CSI: NY — The Eighth Season”

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1. Jose Valverde set the record for the Detroit Tigers in 2011 with 49 consecutive saves. Who had held the franchise mark? 2. How many times did Juan Gonzalez have more home runs than walks in a season during his 17-year major-league career? 3. Who is the only col-

lege football coach to win a BCS title with two losses? 4. In 2009-10, Aaron Brooks set a Houston Rockets record with 209 3-point field goals made. Who held the old record? 5. How many Edmonton Oilers have won the Calder Trophy as the NHL’s top rookie?

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President ‘Incomplete’ “Are people better off than they were four years ago?” is hardly a trick question. It’s one of the most reliable cliches in American politics. So Gov. Martin O’Malley, a Democrat from Maryland, should have been ready with some handy dodge when he was asked the question by Bob Schieffer of “Face the Nation.” Really, in the circumstance, any circumlocution would do. Instead, O’Malley said “No,” igniting a firestorm with his unadorned, monosyllabic honesty. Which didn’t last. Within 24 hours, the skies had brightened, the malaise had lifted, and O’Malley was pronouncing the country “clearly better off.” O’Malley can be forgiven for his initial forthrightness. People who make their living coming up with creative ways to avoid questions inconvenient to President Barack Obama didn’t do all that much better. Asked twice on “Fox News Sunday” if Americans are better off, David Axelrod pointedly wouldn’t say “yes” or “no.” Asked three times on “This Week,” David Plouffe passed on a direct answer all three times. After getting knocked around for their evasiveness, though, the Obama team recalibrated and decided to answer “absolutely” to the better-off question. The herald of the new message was none other than the man best-suited to bluster his way through a not-particularly credible statement, Vice President Joe Biden. “America is better off today than they left us when they left,” Biden told a union rally, before adducing as evidence what he called a “bumper sticker”: “Osama bin Laden is dead and Gen-

eral Motors is alive.” The catchy bumper sticker doesn’t address the betteroff question. The query has to do with personal economic well-being. It’s a wonderful thing that bin Laden was dispatched, but it doesn’t give anyone any additional income. It’s terrific for GM’s remaining workers that they are still working, but the cost of the car company’s bailout — some $35 billion — makes it a rotten deal for everyone else. A clever bumper sticker can’t obscure that real median income has declined $4,300 since January 2009, the unemployment rate has been above 8 percent for 42 straight months, and longterm unemployment is up and labor-force participation is down. The Democrats can say all of this is an accident of timing: The aftereffects of the Bush recession are unfairly counted against their record. But the recovery that they take credit for is also an accident of timing. The economy wasn’t going to keep shedding 800,000 jobs a month forever. In fact, the recovery proved dismayingly lackluster. President Obama’s signature initiatives — a stimulus designed to sate pent-up congressional spending demands, ObamaCare, the hideously complex regulations of Dodd-Frank — were irrelevant to or crosswise with promoting a sustained, robust recovery. Now, the president gives himself a grade of “incomplete,” as if he has much else yet to accomplish. Yet his stated second-term agenda consists only of a tax increase on the wealthy, and getting along with the same congressional Republicans he can’t abide. There’s evidently nothing for him to complete, except riding out the consequences of his misbegotten first term. Eventually, American will be better off than they were in 2008. When that day finally comes, this president will have had nothing to do with it. Rich Lowry is editor of the National Review. © 2012 by King Features Synd., Inc.

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Leg Pain a Sign of Blocked Artery DEAR DR. DONOHUE: My wife’s doctor thinks she has intermittent claudication due to peripheral vascular disease. She also has diabetes. Would you describe it and its treatment? — S.B. ANSWER: Peripheral vascular disease also goes by the name peripheral artery disease, PAD. “Peripheral” refers to the outer boundary, and when speaking of the body, the legs are its periphery. Leg arteries are narrowed and often blocked by the buildup of cholesterol, fat and many other components found in the circulation. The buildup is called plaque. The buildup can be so great that no blood runs through the main leg arteries. Intermittent claudication is leg pain that develops when someone with PAD walks any distance. The person can tell, almost to the number of steps taken, when pain will arise. Taking a rest relieves the pain. About 15 percent of those 70 and older have PAD. Its main sign is intermittent claudication. Your wife can do many things on her own that will help her. If her cholesterol is high, she has to get it down. She has to maintain normal blood pressure. She must exercise within the limits prescribed by her doctor. Walking is one of the best exercises. If she starts out modestly and gradually increases the distance and pace, she should aim for 30 minutes of walking daily. When pain arises, she should stop, take a break and then resume once pain has gone. One simple test for determining PAD is comparing blood pressure taken at the ankle with blood pressure taken in the arm. They should be nearly equal. If the ankle pressure is lower, that’s evidence of PAD. Your wife’s doctor will discuss the use of medicines like Plavix, Pletal and aspirin. With severe blockage

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1. MOVIES: What was the name of Rocky’s boxing nemesis in “Rocky”? 2. MUSIC: Which 1980s rock band had a hit with the title “Roxanne”? 3. HISTORY: Where did the Battle of Waterloo take place? 4. SCIENCE: What does a mycologist study? 5. TELEVISION: What was the name of the boyfriend in the “Gidget” surfing series? 6. COMPUTERS: What does it mean when you get

the message “Error 404” on a computer? 7. LANGUAGE: What does the acronym “radar” stand for? 8. LITERATURE: When was “The Cat in the Hat” first published? 9. TEAM SPORTS: How many members does a cricket team have? 10. GEOGRAPHY: What is the capital of Trinidad and Tobago? Answers on Page 15

1. Is the book of Issachar in the Old or New Testament or neither? 2. What bread component did Jesus compare with the kingdom of heaven? Yeast, Crust, Gluten, Wheat 3. Which of the twelve tribes of Israel wasn’t allotted any land? Simeon, Dan, Asher, Levi 4. Who removed a thorn from the lion’s foot? Benjamin, Job, Naphtali, Androcles 5. How many books of the Bible are credited to Moses? 3, 4, 5, 6 6. What was first to leave Noah’s Ark? Gull, Dove, Raven, Serpent

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1. Willie Hernandez had 32 straight saves in 1984. 2. Seven times. 3. LSU’s Les Miles, in the 2007 season. 4. Rafer Alston, with 192 in the 2006-07 season. 5. No Oiler has ever won the award. 6. Shawna Robinson did it in 1994, when it was the Busch Grand National Series. 7. She was in 10 finals between 1973 and 1985, winning three. (c) 2012 King Features Synd., Inc.


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