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HOLLYWOOD — The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences, which awards the Oscars each year, sent shock waves throughout Hollywood when it switched from announcing the Oscar nominations on Jan. 15 (last year) to Jan. 10 (this year). For years, the Golden Globes have capitalized on giving out their awards earlier, potentially influencing Academy voters. This year, the Golden Globes will air three days after the Oscar nominations, on Jan. 13. All the other award shows that beat out the Oscars are changing their dates to be relevant, if they can. There’s no telling how the new date will impact big films such as “The Hobbit” (Dec. 14) and “Les Miz” (Dec. 25) in impressing voters. Why did the Academy switch the dates? In a word: purity! It’s been trying for years to keep studios and producers from waging massive ad campaigns to influence voters. *** Now we go from the biggest event in films to the littlest event in television — Honey Boo Boo. While many viewers thought Honey and her family were just a bunch of country bumpkins, they were quietly pulling in $4,000 an episode. Now that they’re an unqualified hit ... with

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distribution. *** Last year’s best picture winner, “The Artist,” was a black-and-white film that enabled a French filmmaker to bridge the language gap, e f f o r t l e s s l y. You’d have thought there would’ve been a flood of silent B&W films — but nothing until now! Spanish writer-director Pablo Berger screened his new B&W silent film, “Blancanieves,” at The Toronto Film Festival. Already this year we’ve had “Mirror, Mirror” and “Snow White and The Huntsman,” and now there’s Berger’s re-imagining of the famous Grimm fairy tale. The film, set in Spain, centers around a bullfighter’s daughter, seven bullfighting dwarves and her wicked stepmother, who is more Norma Desmond from “Sunset Boulevard” than a witch, and ends more like “Sleeping Beauty” than “Snow White.” Let’s face it, any film with seven bullfighting dwarfs and a Norma Desmond-ish villainess has got to be as much fun as 30 clowns popping out of a Volkswagen!

higher ratings than the Republican Convention, they’re demanding a pay raise to $10,000 an episode to sign for season 2. More redneck conservatives were watching them than the convention? *** Kristen Wiig, who left “Saturday Night Live” on the heels of her “Bridesmaids” success, has taken The Toronto Film Festival by storm with her new movie “Imogene,” co-starring with Annette Bening, “Glee’s” Darren Criss and Matt Dillon. Wiig plays a Send letters to Tony screenwriter who fakes a suicide to get her boyfriend Rizzo’s Hollywood, 8306 back, but ends up with her Wilshire Blvd., No. 362, gambling-addicted mother Beverly Hills, CA 90211. instead. The film has been (c) 2012 King Features Synd., Inc. picked up by Lionsgate for

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THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL Katie warned Bill that he could be facing charges regarding his dealings with Deacon. Donna overheard the conversation and vowed to tell Hope what really happened in Italy. Liam and Steffy’s romantic rendezvous was no longer a secret. Brooke arrived home from her honeymoon without the groom. Bill received the bittersweet news that he’d finally gotten what he wanted — Hope and Liam were officially done. Caroline and Rick fantasized about running the company together. Brooke met Katie’s newborn daughter. Everyone anxiously waited to learn who would replace Ridge as CEO of the family business. Wait to See: Rick and Thomas get into a physical altercation. Pam sets Donna straight about Eric. DAYS OF OUR LIVES Nick blackmailed Chad into keeping quiet about Gabi’s involvement in Melanie’s kidnapping. Rafe warned Sami not to trust EJ, but couldn’t give her any further details. Will was still hopeful that Sami and Rafe would find their way back to one another. Nicole overheard Daniel admit that he still loved Jennifer. Caroline encouraged Bo to take a leap of faith when it came to

Michael Graziadei stars as “Daniel” on “The Young and The Restless” his long-term goals. Sam and Rafe shared a passionate kiss after realizing that they were finally free of EJ’s clutches. Sami asked Rafe point blank if he was really the father of Nicole’s child. Nick and Gabi shared a surprise kiss. Bo handed in his resignation. Wait to See: Stefano contacts EJ. Nicole takes a fall.

been wiped free of fingerprints. Wait to See: Chloe caves in to Michael’s interrogation. Nick and Phyllis have an epic fight. (c) 2012 King Features Synd., Inc.

THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS Someone used Sheila Carter’s name to spring Daisy from the hospital. Danny and Christine shared a romantic reunion. Nina was appalled that Ronan risked his career for Phyllis. Daniel asked Heather to help him get a divorce from Daisy. Avery and Nick celebrated Faith’s birthday while Sharon remained behind bars. Nikki received her divorce papers from Jack and then met up with Victor to pick up where they left off. Nick vowed to make Tucker pay for the pain he caused his family. Sarge was hurt that Harmony didn’t remember him from Pittsburgh. Ricky’s knife was found, but had

GENERAL HOSPITAL Sonny told Kate that there was something he needed to tell her after their wedding (that Trey was her son). Sam and McBain found themselves in the heat of passion. Maxie was hurt when Spinelli brought a date to the wedding. Tracy admitted to Monica that she wasn’t able to resist Joe Jr.’s charms when she was supposed to break up with him. Tea greeted John at the door only to find that Victor was missing. Starr was disillusioned by Johnny’s betrayal.

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lowing a cyanide tablet he had hidden from his guards. • On Oct. 20, 1968, 21year-old Oregonian Dick Fosbury wins gold medal and sets an Olympic record when he high-jumps 7 feet, 4 1/4 inches at the Mexico City Games. It was the international debut of Fosbury’s unique jumping style, known as the “Fosbury Flop,” which, according to one journalist, “looked like a guy falling off the back of a truck.” • On Oct. 17, 1973, the Arab-dominated Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) announces a decision to cut oil exports to the United States. In December, a full oil embargo was imposed, prompting a serious energy crisis and gasoline rationing in the United States. • On Oct. 16, 1987, 18month-old Jessica McClure is rescued after being trapped for 58 hours in an abandoned water well in Midland, Texas. McClure had fallen through the 8inch-wide opening of an abandoned well in the backyard of her aunt’s home daycare center. After dropping about 22 feet into the well, the little girl became stuck. © 2012 King Features Synd., Inc,


• On Oct. 18, 1767, Charles Mason and Jeremiah Dixon complete their survey of the boundary between the colonies of Pennsylvania and Maryland, as well as areas that would become Delaware and West Virginia. The Mason-Dixon line created the boundary at a northern latitude of 39 degrees and 43 minutes. • On Oct. 21, 1797, the USS Constitution, a 44-gun U.S. Navy frigate built to fight Barbary pirates off the coast of Tripoli, is launched in Boston Harbor. During the War of 1812, the Constitution won its enduring nickname “Old Ironsides” after witnesses claimed that the British shots merely bounced off the Constitution’s sides. • On Oct. 19, 1931, David Cornwell, later known as spy novelist John le Carre, is born in Poole, England. He published his first spy novel, “Call for the Dead,” in 1961. The novel, like his second, “A Murder of Quality” (1962), featured spy George Smiley. • On Oct. 15, 1946, Herman Goering, commander in chief of the Luftwaffe and head of the Gestapo, dies by his own hand. He was found guilty at Nuremberg and committed suicide by swal-

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Earlier this year, I went to a farm auction in West Texas, where I purchased a Daizy brand butter churn and six crocks of various sizes. I would like to know what they are worth. — Bill, Clarksville, Tenn. The Daizy churn might be worth about $75 if it is in decent condition. The value of the crocks would depend on size, manufacturer and condition. *** I have a tumbler that was made with Pittsburgh Glass. I have been told that it is quite early. I love the tumbler and want to learn more about this type of glass. — Susan, Naperville, Ill. According to the 20th edition of Schroeder’s Antiques Price Guide, window glass and hollow ware were being produced in the Pittsburgh area as early as 1797. Coal was used instead of wood to fire the large glass furnaces. At one time, more than 150 glass companies flourished in the region. During the Victorian era, dozens of freeblown, pattern-molded and flint glass were produced. I suspect your tumbler was probably made sometime during the late 19th to early 20th centuries. *** I have six copies of Life magazine, including those depicting Martin Luther King’s assassination and funeral,

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Should You Tap Your Retirement Account? Since the housing and stock markets collapsed several years ago, millions of unemployed and even working Americans have found themselves in need of cash, either for short-term or longer-term expenses. Those who have contributed regularly to a workplace retirement plan, such as a 401(k) or 403(b), may find it tempting to tap into those accounts to help cover their bills, either through a loan or a distribution. But before any preretirement withdrawal is made, it’s important to know the facts and consider the consequences. Your decision should be influenced, in part, by the severity of your needs and the tax implications of the option you choose. Loans are not considered taxable distributions unless they fail to satisfy plan rules regarding the amount, duration, or repayment terms. But distributions (including hardship withdrawals) are generally taxable as ordinary income, and workers who receive retirement plan distributions before reaching age 59 1/2 may be required to pay an additional 10% early withdrawal penalty. Loan Considerations When considering a loan, there are several rules to keep in mind. The IRS generally limits the amount of a loan to 50% of your vested account balance, up to a maximum of $50,000. Most retirement plan loans must be repaid within five years, although loans used to purchase the participant’s primary residence may be paid back over a longer period of time. You may not be able tomake new contributions to your plan until the loan is paid off. Additionally, loans are repaid with after-tax contributions, and interest (usually 1% or 2% above the prime rate) is due. It’s important to remember that not all plans allow loans. A violation of any of the plan’s loan rules may cause the loan to be treated as a taxable distribution. Additionally, an employer may require participants who have taken a loan to repay the entire amount immediately upon leaving the company, regardless of the original repayment schedule. If an ex-employee fails to do so, the employer is required to report the loan to the IRS as a distribution. Hardship: A Last Resort The government has made the rules around applying for and receiving a hardship withdrawal of your retirement plan assets difficult for a reason: they want to ensure that the need for those funds is vital. Most plans only allow a hardship if all other means (including loans) have been exhausted. Hardships can be taken if they meet certain requirements, including: Unreimbursed medical expenses for you, your spouse, or dependents. Purchase of a principal residence. Payment of college tuition and related educational costs (such as room and board) for you, your spouse, dependents, or nondependent children. Payments necessary to prevent eviction from your home, or foreclosure on the mortgage of your principal residence. For funeral expenses. Certain expenses for the repair of damage to the employee’s principal residence. Ordinary income taxes (both federal and state, if applicable) are due on the withdrawal amount, but the 10% early withdrawal penalty may not apply in certain situations, such as when the distribution is made: Because of a qualifying disability. To pay medical expenses that exceed 7.5% of the participant’s adjusted gross income. Due to a “separation from service” (i.e.,ceased to be employed by the company sponsoring the plan) during or after the calendar year in which the participant reaches age 55. To an alternate payee under the terms of a qualified domestic relations order (QDRO). On account of certain disasters for which IRS relief has been granted. Note also that a hardship withdrawal cannot be repaid into your account. Your retirement plan administrator and financial professional can help you determine your options. © 2011 McGraw-Hill Financial Communications. All rights reserved.

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I’m not sure what I’m more alarmed about — the NFL replacement referees or the forecasted 2013 worldwide bacon shortage. For those who may be unaware, due to the prolonged drought experienced in the American Midwest this year, an industry trade association from the U.K. has issued a dire warning about those sizzling strips of goodness, namely there’ll be a lot less of them gracing our sandwiches and breakfast plates. Pigs, whose backs provide the necessary lettuce, tomato and/or eggs over-easy accompaniment, will be in shorter supply at slaughterhouses next year because they themselves have not been given enough to eat. “A world shortage of pork and bacon next year is now unavoidable,” was the tersely worded announcement from Britain’s National Pig Association. Led by bacon, pork accounts for nearly 70 percent of the British diet, so it’s easy to understand their alarm. Have you ever seen the traditional British diet? If those Cryovac packages of porcine delight fail to make it to their shores, we could be looking at a real problem ... when the Brits go into Beefeater mode, it usually means their boys are on the march. In America, it’s probably safe to say we won’t suffer too much from the bacon shortage. We always seem to find a way through these sorts of things, and if we have to, we’re not above artificial flavorings and Bac-O Bits. Our fields will once again spill forth with the grains necessary for our hogs. What we’re most concerned about right now is taking place on the other fields of green — namely the referee situation in football that is throwing our steady diet of quality football out of whack. The NFL locked out the regular officials before the season, and it was mostly treated like an afterthought. After the Seattle Seahawks stole a game from the hands (literally) of the Green Bay Packers on Monday night in week 3, fans saw the problem a little clearer. The league’s head coaches had already smelled blood in the water. Every mistake they made had been magnified to gargantuan portions, best exemplified by a bellicose Bill Belichek trying to rip off the arm of a linesperson after a loss. It’s been a disaster. Troy Aikman is even tweeting about the referees in between concussions. Unlike pork production, this shortcoming was avoidable. If anything, the poor officiating has led to two things: a reminder that in order for the games to be played right, you need the right officials in place. In this land of plenty, a poor game of pigskin is like a world without bacon ... and that just isn’t any way to live.

Answers to Flashback (above) 1. Muddy Waters. Rolling Stone magazine ranked the bluesman at No. 17 on the all-time list of 100 greatest artists. 2. The Trammps in 1972. They created a hit from the 1938 Judy Garland song used in the film “Listen, Darling.” 3. “Kokomo,” by the Beach Boys. While the song references tropical Caribbean locations, this Kokomo is in the Florida Keys. 4. “Willow Weep for Me.” Other notable covers have been done by Wynton Kelly and saxophonist David Sanborn. 5. Nazareth, from Scotland. The group’s best-known song was “Love Hurts.” Mark Vasto is a veteran 6. “... the lion sleeps tonight.” Although known as “Wimoweh,” the misheard chorus is actually “Uyimbube,” sportswriter who lives in Kansas City. which is Zulu for “You are a lion.” (c) 2012 King Features Synd., Inc.

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Freeze-Ahead Fresh Apple Pie Filling It’s apple season! That means it’s time to make your way to a local apple orchard and harvest your own. Many orchards are jam-packed with additional things to do in the crisp fall air, such as hay rides, corn mazes and walking trails. You’ll be tempted with a never-ending array of treats, from apple cider to doughnuts and caramel apples. But no trip is complete without the experience of picking apples fresh off the tree with your kids and bringing them home to

enjoy for snacking, applesauce-making and our family favorite, apple-pie baking. One year, when we came home with an extra basketful, I thought about how great it would be to preserve that fresh taste of our favorite local apples and enjoy them in a warm apple pie come wintertime. That’s when a friend reminded me of her novel idea of freezing fresh apple pie filling in the shape of a pie pan. A few months later, when chilly, snowy days were upon us and the family longed for the taste of fall, the frozen filling was placed in a pie shell and baked. While you peel, core and slice apples for a pie or crisp this week, prepare some extras and freeze them. You’ll be glad you did. Here’s how to make ahead and freeze apple filling for a two-crust pie: 1. Set a 22-inch sheet of wide aluminum foil over the pie pan you will use for baking. Mold it in the pan at the center point of the foil. Set a 22-inch long piece of plastic

wrap over the foil. 2. Peel, core and thinly slice 6 cups tart apples, and place them in a bowl. Toss with 2 tablespoons lemon juice. Stir in a mixture of 1/2 cup sugar, 1/4 cup flour, 1 teaspoon cinnamon and 1/4 teaspoon salt. 3. Pour apple mixture onto the plastic wrap in pie pan. Press firmly and form a rounded top. Bring edges of plastic wrap together to seal. Repeat with foil. Freeze overnight. 4. Remove pie plate and

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Painting Tips Q: I’m painting my apartment next week, the first time I’ve ever done this. Do you have any painting tips? — Lana, Columbus, Ga. A: Tons of tips, but limited space to list them all, unfortunately! First-timers often are daunted by the amount of paint and paint products to choose from, conflicting instructions from various sources, and sometimes a lack of helpful information from home-improvement store paint sections. Others feel it’s simple enough to just buy a bunch of paint and brushes and just go for it. The reality falls somewhere in between. Preparation is the most important rule to follow, however. You’ll want to prepare the walls (and presumably trim) in the apartment for painting. You’ll need to figure out not just what color paint to use, but how much of it to buy, and if the colors even work the way you think they will. Here are a few tips to get you started: —Buy sample sizes of paint colors you’re interested in, and paint a stripe of each in an inconspicuous section of the wall. Paint looks different when wet and when dry. —How much paint should you buy? A gallon of latex paint covers 350 square feet. Measure the length of each wall and add the figures together. Measure the height of the room from floor to ceiling. Multiply the first number by the height of the room and you’ll have your square footage. —Wash all surfaces to be

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The 47 Percent Blunder The best defense of Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney’s instantly notorious “47 percent” remarks at a May fundraiser is that he made a bad point badly. Romney mixed up three separate groups: the roughly half the country that will inevitably support President Barack Obama, the half that doesn’t pay federal income taxes and the half that receives government benefits. Then he declared them all a collective lost cause. He will never win them over, or convince them to take responsibility for their lives. Next question. In reality, these are distinct categories. Many Obama supporters are rich. We can be certain the attendees at the president’s recent fundraiser with Beyonce and Jay-Z in New York City have hefty tax bills. Meanwhile, many of Romney’s supporters — especially the elderly — don’t pay federal income taxes and receive government benefits. The contention is that if people aren’t paying federal income taxes, they are essentially freeloaders who will vote themselves more government benefits knowing that they don’t have to pay for them. As conservative writer Ramesh Ponnuru has pointed out, there’s no evidence for this dynamic. It is true that the number of people without a federal-income-tax liability is up; it was just 28 percent in 1950. It is mainly the poor, seniors and lowerincome families with children who don’t owe income taxes. The poor lean heavily Democratic, but that’s

always been so. Seniors, on the other hand, have been swinging Republican, and there’s no indication that families with children are becoming more liberal. Many workers who don’t pay federal income tax pay other taxes, including the payroll tax. Just 18 percent of tax filers escape both the income and payroll taxes. People who aren’t paying income tax don’t think of themselves as freeloading “takers.” An April Gallup poll found more discontent with taxes among people making less than $30,000 than any other income group. The deeper problem with the “47 percent” argument is that it is right-wing Elizabeth Warrenism. Warren wants to tax rich people as a statement of our patriotic commitment to one another; some conservatives evidently want to tax the poor and seniors for the same reason. If you aren’t paying taxes — or aren’t paying enough — you are a subcitizen. How does this look in the real world? If a couple earning $35,000 with two kids has no income-tax liability thanks to various exemptions, deductions and credits (the child tax credit has been especially important in removing families from the rolls), how much should we tax them to get them to shape up and fly right? How much do they have to pay the Internal Revenue Service to learn a lesson in basic civics? This tendency represents a backdoor return to Country Club Republicanism, with the approval of part of the Republican base. Fear of the creation of a class of “takers” can slide into disdain for people who are too poor — or have too many kids or are too old — to pay their damn taxes. For a whiff of how politically unattractive this point of view can be, just look at the Romney fundraising video. Rich Lowry is editor of the National Review. © 2012 by King Features Synd., Inc.

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DEAR DR. DONOHUE: I am 84 years old, and I have spinal stenosis, which is causing me pain. I would like to know more about it. Will you furnish more information? — T.P. ANSWER: Spinal stenosis is a common back problem of older people. It’s said that 20 percent of those older than 60 have it. The spinal cord is an offshoot of the brain, and it travels from the brain to the lower back. It’s about the width of your little finger and is extremely delicate. That’s why nature encased it in backbones — vertebrae. Running through the backbones is a tunnel, the spinal canal that serves to protect the cord. Spinal stenosis is a narrowing of the tunnel. It happens mostly in the neck and lower-back regions. Thickened ligaments surrounding the spinal cord or arthritic changes of the backbones impinge on the spinal cord or the nerves that spring from it. When the process occurs in the back, pain is felt there and often in the buttocks or thighs. The pain worsens if a person stands for too long. People can ease the pain by bending forward at the waist or by sitting down. Bending opens the tunnel to give the spinal cord some breathing room. The amount of bend that works is the amount of bend a person assumes when pushing a shopping cart. Have you tried Tylenol (acetaminophen) for pain? It’s safe when used as directed on the label. Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medicines such as ibuprofen (Advil) and naproxen (Aleve) also are helpful. They can cause stomach upset and stomach bleeding, so follow directions given for their use. Hot packs or cold packs might work. Try both, and see if either gets the job done. At night, lying on your side in bed with a pillow between your knees lessens

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1. Is the book of Joshua in the Old or New Testament or neither? 2. From John 3, who asked “How can a man be born who is old”? Stephen, Nicodemus, Paul, Thomas 3. What notoriously wicked woman married King Ahab? Candace, Shiprah, Adah, Jezebel 4. From Esther 5, who was the wife of Haman of Persia? Naaman, Zeresh, Not named, Delilah 5. Where were Adam and Eve married? Heaven, Haran, Midian, Eden 6. Who wrote the most Psalms? Solomon, Moses, David, Micah

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