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By Sam Struckhoff NOTE: DVDs reviewed in this column will be available in stores the week of Sept. 17, 2012. PICKS OF THE WEEK “Marvel’s The Avengers” (PG-13) — The blockbuster hit of the summer is now available for your home viewing. Earth’s mightiest superheroes are assembled into one team to defend the world from an alien invasion led by Loki, the Norse god of chaos. Add that weird plot to truckloads of special effects and a starstudded cast wearing colorful costumes, and somehow it all works. Of course it’s loud and silly, but it’s also a very fun ride, even for those who own fewer than 100 comic books. Other super-movies have 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 Whedon took on the ambitious endeavor and got audiences to suspend disbelief and cheer for the good guys.

conscious young woman at the center of a group of girls who care for the depressed and socially maligned populations of their university. Violet and her gals seeks to recruit Lily, a transfer student, into their little circle so she might learn their ways of dating only socially inept guys and civilizing the party-animal demographic. Director Wilt Stillman puts the humor into the cadence and delivery of the innuendo-laden dialogue. This isn’t a National Lampoonstyle college romp, but an eccentric, banter-heavy comedy about people with good intentions.

“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 “The Tall Man” (R) — In snoozefest of a convoluted a remote town where the action movie. weather forecast is always ominously grey skies, the TV RELEASES townsfolk spread a creepy “American Horror Story” little rumor. Children go “Desperate Housewives: missing, and people say it’s The Complete Eighth and because of a tall man. Jes- Final Season” sica Biel plays a local nurse “New Tricks: Season 8” who doesn’t buy the story, “Gossip Girl: The Comuntil her own boy disap- plete Fifth Season” pears. She goes on a par“CSI: Miami — The 10th ent’s nightmare journey for and Final Season” her child, only to get lost in “CSI: Crime Scene Ina series of plot twists, con- vestigation — The 12th Seaspiracies and missed oppor- son” “Damsels in Distress” tunities for the movie to end “CSI: NY — The Eighth (PG-13) — Violet Wister on a reasonable note. Season” (Greta Gerwig) is a socially (c) 2012 King Features Synd., Inc.

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HOLLYWOOD — If you thought that censorship in television doesn’t happen in today’s progressive society, you’d be wrong. “American Horror Story,” “Nip/Tuck” and “Glee” producer Ryan Murphy isn’t “Glee”ful these days, thanks to KLS-TV, the NBC station in Salt Lake City, Utah, owned by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, aka Mormans, who banned his upcoming show, “The New Normal,” even before its premiere. Seems they objected to the premise of a gay couple having a baby via a single-mom surrogate who has a “smallminded” grandmother, played by film star Ellen Barkin. Barkin immediately tweeted back, “Shame on u (KSL-TV), on (“Law & Order”) “SVU,” rape and child murder is OK? But, (a) loving gay couple having a baby is inappropriate?” The Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLADD) said, “Same-sex families are a beloved part of American television thanks to shows like ‘Modern Family,’ ‘Glee’ and ‘Grey’s Anatomy.’ While audiences, critics and advertisers have all supported (these kind of) shows, KSL (TV) is demonstrating how deeply out of touch it is with the rest of the country.” *** The upcoming election has taken over our televisions. Big-name stars are choosing sides, while the media and the TV networks perpetuate the myth that the American people actually elect the president of the United States. In fact, it’s the people we elect to represent us in Washington, D.C., who make up the Electoral College that actually selects our president. In a perfect world, they’d vote the way we the people do, but it doesn’t always turn out that way. In 1824, John Quincy Adams was elected president, but Andrew Jackson 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

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THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS Ronan boldly told Nick that he was in love with Phyllis. Kevin refused to tell Michael what really happened the night Tim died. Phyllis was forced to allow her daughter to believe that she was having an affair with Ronan. Nick finally got fed up and moved out. Ronan caught Summer spiking Fen’s drink. Ricky planted evidence to make Paul look guilty in the event of his death. Michael urged Lauren to keep quiet about the gun. Chelsea and Adam decided to keep the pregnancy a secret until she started showing. Chloe sur-

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• On Sept. 24, 1789, The Judiciary Act of 1789 is passed by Congress and signed by President George Washington, establishing the Supreme Court of the United States as a tribunal made up of six justices. By 1869 the number of justices was increased to nine. • On Sept. 30, 1868, the first volume of Louisa May Alcott’s beloved children’s book “Little Women” is published. Alcott dedicated most of her life and writing to supporting her family after her father’s failure at running Transcendentalist school. Her works include “Little Men” (1871) and “An OldFashioned Girl” (1870). • On Sept. 28, 1901, Ed Sullivan, who would become the host of the long-running TV variety program “The Ed Sullivan Show,” is born in New York City. During the peak of its popularity in the 1950s and 1960s, Sullivan’s program showcased a wide range of entertainers, including The Beatles and Elvis Presley. • On Sept. 29, 1913, Rudolf Diesel, inventor of the engine that bears his name, disappears from the steamship Dresden while traveling from Belgium to

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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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and bake 20 minutes. 3. Meanwhile, in 5- to 6quart saucepot, heat oil on medium. Add onion, oregano and red pepper; cook 3 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add garlic and cook 30 seconds or until golden, stirring. Add wine and heat to boiling; reduce heat to mediumlow and simmer 6 minutes or until wine is reduced by half, stirring occasionally. Stir in tomatoes, 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/2 teaspoon black pepper. Remove from heat. 4. Arrange shrimp on top of rice in baking dish, in single layer. Pour tomato mixture evenly over shrimp; cover tightly with foil and bake 15 minutes or until shrimp turn opaque. Garnish with basil. Serves 6. • Each serving: About 245 calories, 4g total fat (1g saturated), 93mg cholesterol, 300mg sodium, 35g total carbs, 2g dietary fiber, 16g protein.

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of plastic wrap and pound to an even thickness. 2. Arrange the chicken breasts in a single layer on a rimmed platter or in a glass baking dish. Pour the marinade over the chicken, coating it with the marinade on When you add peanut all sides. Set chicken aside to butter and apples, you’re marinade while preparing the doing Magical Meal Math! salad. Don’t be tardy — stir this up today, and you’ll be sure to Salad: In a large bowl combine go to the head of the class for lemon juice, sesame oil, soy desserts. sauce and stevia or agave 3 cups (6 small) cored, syrup until combined. Add peeled and sliced cooking remaining salad ingredients and mix well. Set aside at apples 1 (6-ounce) purchased room temperature. graham-cracker pie crust 1 (4-serving) package To cook the chicken: Using a large pan over sugar-free vanilla cook-andhigh heat, add remaining 1 serve pudding mix 1 1/2 cups water tablespoon oil. Cook 6 tablespoons reduced-fat chicken, about 5 to 6 minutes per side. Cook until both peanut butter 6 tablespoons purchased sides are nicely browned and chicken is cooked through. graham cracker crumbs or 6 Stack salad on top of the (2 1/2-inch) graham crackers, made into fine crumbs chicken. Serves 4.

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Wild Animals Pose Threat to Pets DEAR PAW’S CORNER: A number of cats in our area disappeared this spring and summer, and I noticed the rabbits that used to plague our garden don’t come as frequently. A neighbor told me he saw a coyote crossing the street just before dawn recently, and I suspect it is the cause of many of these disappearances. Please warn your readers they need to protect their pets as wild animals are encroaching on well-populated neighborhoods. — Pat C., Weston, Mass. DEAR PAT: That’s a very good point! As wild creatures lose more and more of their natural habitats, they are being seen much more frequently in the suburbs and even in urban areas. This goes beyond nuisance animals like raccoons and skunks: Black bears frequently wander into back yards in central Florida, and residents in urban Allston, Mass., are sometimes confronted by wild turkeys foraging along city streets. And coyotes and cougars have been

By Chris Richcreek reported in suburban neighborhoods in many parts of the United States. Wild animals present a lot of risk to pets (as well as humans). Besides the threat of contracting rabies or other diseases, some predators find smaller pets to be easy, tasty prey. Keep cats and small dogs indoors at night. If wild animals have been reported in your area, don’t let your pet out unaccompanied or off a leash, even during the day when no danger is apparent. Keep your pet’s vaccinations up to date. If you have pets, like rabbits, that are kept outside, reinforce and strengthen protective fencing around their cages.

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? 6. Name the last female before Danica Patrick in 2012 to secure the pole in NASCAR’s Nationwide Series? 7. How many times did Chris Evert reach the women’s singles final at Wimbledon, and how many times did she win? Answers on Page 14

Credit or debit? Rent or buy a house? Buy or lease a car? Renovate the kitchen or finish the basement? Buy stocks or mutual funds? Accept or decline the rental-car insurance? Pay kids for chores or give them a flat allowance? “Worth It? Not Worth It?” answers life’s tough financial questions and real-world money concerns with either/or propositions and breaks the answers down into straightforward “do this ... not that” solutions. This easy-tofollow personal-finance book is organized around six basic topics of popular interest: Getting Started, Shelter, Automotive, Investing, Family Matters and Retirement. Written by Jack Otter, executive editor of CBS, “Worth It? Not Worth It?” is a relevant and valuable resource for daily decisions, short-term matters

and long-term life planning. With more than a decade of experience as a business journalist, having been on staff at Newsday, Dow Jones and SmartMoney, Otter is wellqualified to offer sound, sage and, dare I say, seemingly simple financial advice. Otter states that the vast majority of financial decisions in life are, in fact, very simple. “Most money decisions seem complicated only because someone has a financial interest in confusing you,” he writes. The financial industry often charges for products that are overly complex and incredibly confusing. He claims that the simpler, less confusing and cheaper alternative is usually the right choice. “Worth It? Not Worth It?” offers readers invaluable advice on how to best use their hard-earned money. At only 144 pages long, it is filled with eye-catching graphics, colorful photos and matter-offact text. Readers will save time and money after reading this book, and their eyes won’t glaze over from trying to comprehend dull, stuffy economic jargon. This handy book deserves a rightful spot on your bookshelf. Over time, it will become a trusted dog-eared reference guide on money matters both book and small. (c) 2012 King Features Synd., Inc.

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Fried Calamari Fra Diavolo Crispy golden-fried squid is served with a tomato dipping sauce that is often as spicy as the devil (“fra diavolo” means “brother devil”). Or simply serve with lemon wedges, if you prefer.

1. In nonreactive 1-quart saucepan, heat olive oil over medium heat. Add garlic and crushed red pepper; cook until garlic is golden, about 30 seconds. Add tomatoes with their juice and 1/2 tea-

spoon salt, breaking up tomatoes with side of spoon; heat to boiling. Reduce heat; cover and simmer 10 minutes. Keep warm. 2. Rinse squid with cold running water and gently pat dry with paper towels. Slice squid bodies crosswise into 3/4-inch rings. Cut tentacles into pieces if large. 3. To make batter, in small bowl, with fork, mix flour and water until smooth. In 10-inch skillet, heat 1/2 inch vegetable oil over medium heat until very hot. (A small piece of bread dropped into oil should sink, then rise to top and begin bubbling.) In small batches, drop squid into batter. Allowing excess batter to drip off, add squid to hot oil. Fry, turning to brown on all sides, until golden, about 2 minutes. 4. With slotted spoon,

transfer squid to paper towels to drain; sprinkle with remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt. Serve with tomato sauce for dipping. Makes 4 firstcourse servings. • Each serving: About 325 calories, 16g total fat (2g saturated), 264mg cholesterol,

660mg sodium, 25g carbohydrate, 21g protein.

By Samantha Weaver • It was British playwright and noted wit Oscar Wilde who made the following sage observation: “Some cause happiness wherever they go; others whenever they go.” • If you’re like the typical human, your brain makes up only 2 percent of your body’s weight, but it uses about 20 percent of your body’s energy.

• Some people, it seems, have more money than sense. For example, in December of 2008, some unknown person paid $5,300 to buy a single tissue off eBay. What was so special about the tissue? Reportedly, it was used once by actress Scarlett Johansson. Fortunately, proceeds from the sale benefited a nonprofit organization. • The average ant lives less than two months. • Using leeches as a form of medical treatment is archaic, right? Maybe not so much. As recently as 2004, a request to market leeches as medical devices was ap-

proved by the Food and Drug Administration. • When the infamous Titanic was being built, shifts were 14 hours a day, and workers only had one day off a week. Each day, each worker was allowed a total of seven minutes for bathroom breaks. • Those who study such things say that marriages involving so-called mail-order brides have a lower rate of divorce than marriages that come about in more traditional ways. *** Thought for the Day: “Among men, it seems, his-

torically at any rate, that processes of co-ordination and disintegration follow each other with great regularity, and the index of the co-ordination is the measure of the disintegration which follows. There is no mob like a group of well-drilled soldiers when they have thrown off their discipline. And there is no lostness like that which comes to a man when a perfect and certain pattern has dissolved about him. There is no hater like one who has greatly loved.” — John Steinbeck

1 tablespoon olive oil 2 cloves garlic, crushed with side of chef’s knife 1/8 teaspoon (up to 1/8) crushed red pepper 1 can (14 to 16 ounces) tomatoes 3/4 teaspoon salt 1 pound cleaned squid 2/3 cup all-purpose flour 1 cup water Vegetable oil for frying

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The outcome of the first 26 races determines eligibility for NASCAR’s Chase for the Sprint Cup and, by extension, the field of drivers with a shot at the championship. In the penultimate regularseason race, Denny Hamlin became the only driver to win four races to date, meaning that he will be the top seed. Hamlin, 31, has won the two most recent races at Bristol Motor Speedway and Atlanta Motor Speedway. Hamlin came close to winning the championship in 2010, when he led Jimmie Johnson entering the final race at Homestead-Miami Speedway. “I did an interview at the beginning of last year, and I said, ‘Just put me back in the same situation, and I promise I’ll win the championship when we leave Homestead.’ All I can hope is for that opportunity again, and if I do, I’m going to live in the moment and focus everything I can do to win that race instead of worrying about the outcome,” Hamlin said. “I’m going to have a lot more fun and enjoy it.” For each of his four victories, Hamlin, from Chesterfield, Va., will receive three bonus points. The 12 Chase drivers will each be awarded

2,000 base points. The two wild-card selections are ineligible for bonus points. Hamlin could win a fifth race in the regular-season finale at Richmond International Raceway, the track closest to his hometown. By the same token, a victory by Jimmie Johnson, Brad Keselowski or Tony Stewart would result in a tie at the top when the Chase commences on Sept. 16 at Chicagoland Speedway. Stewart ranks 10th in the standings, only 18 points ahead of 11th-place Kasey Kahne. Even if Stewart falls to 11th, he would still make the Chase as a wild-card entrant, but in order for Stewart to receive bonus points for his three victories, he would have to remain in the top 10. Preservation of the status quo in Richmond’s Federated Auto Parts 400 would put Kahne and Kyle Busch in the wild-card spots. A Richmond victory could still put either Jeff Gordon, Marcos Ambrose, Ryan Newman or Joey Logano in the field. The long shot is Carl Edwards, who must win at Richmond and make up 27 points on Busch. Monte Dutton covers motorsports for The Gaston (N.C.) Gazette. E-mail Monte at (c) 2012 King Features Synd., Inc.


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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 “Saturday 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 personality 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 confidence 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.

Brain Trauma Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy. Even the name sounds scary. CTE is a brain condition caused by concussions. Until now, this condition was thought limited to sports athletes, like boxers and football players, where the results of multiple head injuries over a career are well known. Research now shows that service personnel who’ve been subjected to at least one blast or concussion that resulted in traumatic brain injury can develop CTE. CTE is a progressive, neurodegenerative disorder, with symptoms only showing up later in the form of disorientation, confusion, depression, headaches, impulse control and aggression problems, suicide and more. Symptoms later in life can include dementia. There hasn’t been a way to truly diagnose CTE except for a brain biopsy after death. Researchers at two universities teamed up with the Department of Veterans Affairs health system to compare the brains of athletes with those of service members who

• “I like to keep a few needles threaded with black, white and neutral thread for quick repairs. I keep them on a ribbon in my kitchen. I stuck the needles into the ribbon, then taped the ribbon at the top and bottom to the inside of a kitchen cabinet. Handy and safe.” — A.A. in Florida • Save your old tissue boxes. They can be used to store plastic grocery-store bags for easy access. They can then be stacked up and stored. I use mine as garbage bags. • “If you start now and purchase or make a gift or two each week, you could have more than a dozen Christmas presents taken care of before December even begins. It’s a good way to ease the pressure on your time and your wallet.” — L.S. in Indiana • “I love to can and pickle my garden’s bounty, but

were subjected to at least one blast or concussive episode. They found no differences. The injury triggers accumulation of an abnormal protein called “tau” in the areas of the brain that regulate impulse and aggression control, depression and memory. It takes only one blast from an improvised explosive devise (IED) to set in motion the chain reaction that can result in CTE. Tau can be seen in the blood soon after injury, leading researchers to start trials to develop a way to detect its presence within minutes. From this they hope to find a treatment that will keep TBI from progressing into CTE. As of now, more than 244,000 service personnel have been diagnosed with TBI since 2000. It’s thought there are many more whose brain damage hasn’t been diagnosed. Write to Freddy Groves in care of King Features Weekly Service, P.O. Box 536475, Orlando, FL 32853-6475, or send e-mail to

When I return from a trip, some of my best souvenirs are recipes collected along the way. While photographs provide a visual journal of our adventures, preparing a new dish is like a journal of the senses. The aroma in our kitchen and robust tastes at first bite bring back the memory of people and places. Now back home from a trip to the Colorado mountains, I’m eager to prepare the Spanish tortilla recipe my friend Joana Iniguez, originally from Barcelona, taught me in her bright kitchen nestled in Aspen. “It’s Spanish tradition to make a ‘tortilla’ as a snack (tapa) or for picnics and serve slices warm or cool,” she said as she expertly sliced a zucchini into almost

1. Put 3 tablespoons of oil in a large skillet and saute the onions on low heat for 5 minutes or until they are soft but still glistening. Stir frequently. Add zucchini and 1/2 teaspoon salt, and saute 15 minutes or until zucchini are tender and ruffled around the edges. Spoon the mixture into a colander to drain juices. 2. Let kids crack and whisk the eggs in a large bowl. Stir in drained zucchini mixture and remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt. 3. Heat a 10-inch nonstick skillet drizzled with oil. Add the egg mixture and cook on low heat, stirring occasionally until eggs have set and bottom is golden, about 1012 minutes. 4. Run a spatula around the edges. Place a flat, rim-

paper-thin disks. “It’s commonly prepared with potatoes, eggs, onions, olive oil and salt, but I prefer replacing the potatoes with zucchini for a sweeter taste. “Best of all, it’s a special hit with my 9- and 10 yearold nieces, who are generally picky eaters,” she added. While zucchini are still plentiful, prepare this tortilla with your kids and enjoy it as a healthy snack or evening meal on a busy school night. Serve with crusty bread, and do like the kids in Barcelona: Cut a juicy, ripe tomato in half, squeeze out some of the center portion onto a slice of French bread and drizzle with a bit of olive oil. Pure deliciousness!

less frying-pan lid that is larger than the tortilla over the skillet. Hold the lid handle with one hand and the skillet with the other, let the kids count to three, and then quickly flip the tortilla onto the lid. Slide the flipped tortilla back into the skillet and cook for 3-5 minutes, until firm. Slide onto a flat plate, slice and serve. *** Donna Erickson’s awardwinning 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.”

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since I give most of them as gifts, supplies can get costly. I have found many jars at thrift stores. And I have even seen seals and lids on occasion. Don’t forget to check them out from time to time. The jars are going to get sterilized anyway!” — E.D. in Georgia • Looking for a way to replace eggs in a recipe? Here are some substitutes: powdered egg substitute (Ener-G brand, for example); 2 tablespoons of arrowroot powder or cornstarch; 1 banana, mashed; a tablespoon of milled flaxseed mixed with 3 tablespoons of water. • “To keep calendar entries straight, I use a different color highlighter for types of events or for each family member — blue for appointments, or green for kids’ activities. A family calendar will help keep everyone in the loop.” — A Reader, via email Send your tips to Now Here’s a Tip, c/o King Features Weekly Service, P.O. Box 536475, Orlando, FL 32853-6475 or e-mail JoAnn at


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Ingredients: 4 tablespoons olive oil 2 medium onions, thinly sliced 6 medium zucchini (about 2 1/2 pounds total), cut in very thinly sliced rounds using a knife or mandoline 6 eggs 1 teaspoon salt Pepper to taste

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1. Which group had a Top 10 hit with “Born to Be With You” in 1956? 2. Who released “You’ve Got Another Thing Comin’”? 3. Paul McCartney married Linda Eastman, John Lennon married Yoko Ono, and George Harrison and his wife, Pattie, were arrested on drug charges. What was the year? 4. “Who’ll Stop the Rain” and “Lookin’ Out My Back Door” were on which album? 5. Which group released “Run Runaway”? 6. Ronnie James Dio replaced which musician in the band Black Sabbath? Answers Below

New Layaway Options To snag more of your holiday shopping dollars, one big-box store is extending its layaway season by a month and changing the rules. Walmart’s layaway season starts in mid-September, one month early this year, giving customers a full 90day layaway period. You’ll put down 10 percent of your total (or $10, if greater). Each individual item must cost more than $15, and your whole purchase must be more than $50. The benefit is that your account fee payment ($15, up from $5 last year) will be refunded to you in a gift card if you complete the layaway contract. The number of products has expanded as well, and now includes some sporting goods and small appliances. Check your local store, as down payments vary by state. Best Buy has a layaway program at selected stores. Items must total more than $250, and you’ll pay a hefty 25 percent down as well as a nonrefundable 5 percent layaway fee. You’ll make payments every two weeks until it’s paid for. Many items don’t qualify for layaway: Clearance, limited quantity, closeout and promotional items aren’t eligible. Kmart’s layaway seems to be the same as last year: $5 to open an account, $10 cancellation fee, and $15 down payment (or 10 percent if greater). Make a payment every two weeks during an eight-week contract.

Sears offers layaway with $5 to open an account, $20 down (or 20 percent if greater) and a $15 cancellation fee. Payments are made every two weeks for an eight-week contract. Toys “R” Us layaway requires a 20 percent down payment and a $5 service fee, but customers have 90 days to pay. Half the total must be paid by the 45-day mark. A typical layaway transaction involves a 10 percent to 20 percent down payment and a $5 service fee to open the account. Payments are made weekly until the items are paid for. Generally, there’s a $10 fee for cancellation. As the holiday shopping season gets under way, keep your eyes open for other stores to follow Walmart’s lead with more attractive layaway options. If in doubt, call your favorite stores and ask whether they have layaway programs. With stores wanting to capture all the consumer dollars they can get this season, stores that have never had a program before might have one now. 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 email to (c) 2012 King Features Synd., Inc.

Answers to Flashback (above) 1. The Chordettes. They followed up in 1958 with a near chart topper in “Lollipop.” 2. Judas Priest in 1982 on their “Screaming for Vengeance” album. It’s still their bestselling album. 3. 1969. Five days after their wedding, Lennon and Ono held a “Bed-In” for a week from their hotel suite. The press was invited to visit and interview the couple, who talked about world peace. 4. Creedence Clearwater Revival’s “Cosmos Factory,” in 1970. Six songs from the album went to the Top 10. 5. Slade, in 1984 on their “Keep Your Hands Off My Power Supply” album. The U.K. version of the same album was entitled “The Amazing Kamikaze Syndrome.” 6. Ozzy Osbourne, in 1979. (c) 2012 King Features Synd., Inc.

Your Family Tree By Samantha Mazzotta

Mineral Buildup Around Faucets Q: I have a recurring problem with mineral deposits building up around my faucets. How can I reduce these, and is there an easier way to clean it off the faucets and fixtures? — Carl in Ocala, Fla. A: Mineral buildup around faucets, also known as “scale,” is common in areas such as yours that have hard water — water containing high levels of minerals, particularly those containing calcium or magnesium. Hard water makes it difficult for soaps to lather up, which is inconvenient for bathers. But more serious is the potential for scale buildup inside water heaters. The most effective way to reduce the prevalence of scale is to install a water softener where the water enters the house. The size and type of water softener unit depends on how much water you use per day on average and the hardness of the water. You can bring in a professional to test the water, assess your needs and estimate the cost of the installation, or, if you’re experienced with plumbing, you can install the softener yourself. Some important points to remember are: Get more than one estimate if possible, and don’t allow work to begin until you’ve approved it in writing. Make sure the

installer locates the water softener unit at least 10 feet from the water heater, and that a remote bypass also is installed (this allows you to bypass the water-softener unit if it shuts down for any reason so that the house still gets water). Water softeners last for many years and operate with few problems, making them a good value for the amount of money you’ll spend on parts and installation. In the meantime, clean scale buildup from faucets and showerheads by shutting off the water supply to the affected faucets, and unscrewing the shower head and faucet aerators. Wash them in soapy water and rinse well. Then, place in a stainless steel or Teflon lined pan with a solution of half vinegar and half water. Simmer the hardware for five minutes, cool, then scrub with a nylon brush to remove the deposits. HOME TIP: To reduce mineral buildup and lengthen the life of your water heater, drain it twice a year via the drain spigot. Send your questions or tips to, or write This Is a Hammer, c/o King Features Weekly Service, P.O. Box 536475, Orlando, FL 32853-6475. (c) 2012 King Features Synd., Inc.

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One of the best things you can leave future generations of your family is accurate genealogy information. Creating a family tree isn’t as difficult as it may sound. Start with yourself, your siblings and your parents. Accurate date and place of birth information is crucial to any future hunts. Go back as many generations as you can, at least giving names if you can’t also supply dates and place of birth. Write down stories about your family members (this will also jog your own memory of facts about the past.) If there are “rumors,” make notes of those as well. Even if you can’t verify whether your mother’s grandfather was a train engineer, someone else might be able to at a later date. If you have a computer and are comfortable roaming the Internet, is one of the best places to start. On Ancestry, you can not only research your family, but you can create a family tree to save. The amount of information available is amazing: old military records, city di-

rectories, birth and death certificates, photos uploaded by others, Census through 1940 and so much more. There is a fee to subscribe to Ancestry, but if you join for six months and do a little every week, you should finish in that time. On Family Search ( you will likely find information that you can’t find anywhere else (for example, some of it goes back as far as Europe), but you have to be careful. Use Family Search as a hunting ground and verify information elsewhere. If you’ve never done genealogy, consider taking a class to get started. This might be a good winter project, with the end result benefiting your family for generations to come. 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 (c) 2012 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

of an artery, opening it up with a balloon-tipped catheter and inserting a shunt is one treatment. It’s the same procedure used for clogged heart arteries. Removing the obstructed artery segment and replacing it with a graft is another way to treat this illness. The booklet on PAD discusses the details of this common malady in depth. Readers can obtain a copy by writing: Dr. Donohue — No. 109, 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: Ever since I was 10 years old, I have had this problem: If I set something down or reach or touch something, I have to touch it again to make it feel right. When I hang clothes, I reach for a hanger and then put it back for a different one. I do things like this all day. I am 55. Am I crazy? — N.H. ANSWER: You describe obsessive-compulsive disorder. You’re not crazy. Many people have it. It’s an irresistible urge to perform a certain ritual, like touching things a second time or constantly washing the hands. That’s the compulsion, an act that relieves inner unease, the obsession. Help is available. Ask the family doctor to refer you to a specialist in this disorder. You’ve put up with it for too long. *** 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) 2012 North America Synd., Inc. All Rights Reserved

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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“BEST OF THE BEST” Proudly Serving Marshalltown For 25 Years! CLANKS & CLUNKS Q: Last time I had my car serviced, they said it needed to have the transmission serviced. I didn’t think the transmission fluid ever “wore out”. The owner’s manual doesn’t list an interval to change it. Do I really need to worry about it??

ROSE JENKINS ASE Certified Service Advisor

Todd Halverson Service Advisor

A: It depends on how long you want it to last. I tell customers, “You always get new fluid when you get a NEW transmission!!” Many manufacturers consider the fluid to last for the life of the transmission. But they are only concerned with getting it out of warranty!! After that, it is all yours. Most people aren’t happy if their car needs to have the transmission replaced at 100,000 or 130,000 miles. True, transmission fluid doesn’t get black and dark quickly like engine oil that is not changed regularly, but it does wear out. It gets contaminated with the friction material that wears off the clutches and bands, and this can eventually plug the transmission filter. The “friction modifiers” in the fluid wear out, and can cause harsh or late shifting in many cars. Transmissions will last longer with clean fluid. A customer at Alley Automotive proved this to us. He owned a Chevy pickup with a blade on it. Every fall, he had us replace the transmission fluid and filter. Usually, a truck with a snowplow is not known for having long transmission life!!! All that shifting, going back and forth pushing snow is hard on them. His transmission finally needed replaced at 220,000 miles. His maintenance paid off in the long run.

Bob Halverson Owner

Q: Our teenage daughter got her license this summer, and is driving to school this year. What can we do to make her car as dependable as possible? We don’t want her stranded coming home after sports events. A: There are many things that you can do to “educate” a young driver. Start by showing them how to open the hood, and check the fluids. Show them how to check the oil, and how to put it in if it is low. All drivers need to know how to top off washer fluid, so they can have a clean windshield in adverse weather. If you really want to get ahead of the game, show them how to check the tire pressures, or, better yet, how to put the spare tire on if they have a flat. A Saturday morning or Sunday afternoon “Let’s check the car” session once or twice a month to check the car over will go a long way towards developing good habits that will save them $$$ for the rest of their lives. If they know you are both looking it over on Sunday, they will probably keep the car cleaner!!! One mistake we frequently see parents make is they seldom drive their kid’s cars. The kids don’t know what a “vibration” or “warning light”, or “rattle” means, and may not realize something needs attention until it’s too late. You can pick up on these things easier, and discuss them with your kids so they know what is involved. For example, it is much cheaper to repair a flat tire than it is to replace a tire that was driven on flat and was ruined. Or, a car that pulls right all the time should have the alignment checked before the tires show excessive wear prematurely. You both have a big stake in keeping their car safe and dependable for their driving years now.

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Jeff Hayes ASE Certified Tech

Q: My car has a “Change Oil Soon” light to tell me when to service it. But it seems like it is a LOT of miles before it comes on. Could it be going too many miles before it tells me to change the oil???

Scott Dankbar ASE Certified Tech

A: The “Oil Life Indicators” calculate the oil life left in “Average” driving conditions. This would be true if you drive over 12,000 miles in a year. Driving less miles, on gravel roads, or trips less than 3 miles can throw this off. I am still “Old School” on this. When I started driving, we changed the oil every 2,000 miles. When the oil on the dipstick was dark and dirty, we changed it. I still like to let the dipstick tell me if it is dirty and needs changed. Most cars can go 4,000 to 5,000 miles between changes. We get nervous if a car isn’t getting serviced twice a year. If you are unsure, we would be happy to check your car and help you decide what interval would be best for you and your car.

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