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covers that his company is actually a Ponzi scheme set up by the mob, and that he’s the fall guy. The prosecutor for the case, Brian (Tyler Perry), puts the quirky mogul and his overprivileged family where he thinks they’ll be safest — his aunt Madea’s house (Madea being Perry’s bestknown character). The rest fills in as these things typically do. Madea’s one-liners are read loud and enthusiastically. “Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter” (R) — Based on a satirical history novel of the same name, this movie delivers just what it promises. A young Abe Lincoln loses his mother to vampires. When he grows up, not only is he the 16th president of the United States, he’s also the nation’s most vigilant slayer of the undead. The movie takes itself a bit seriously, but not seriously enough to have anything to say. The action is over-the-top. The visual style is cool. Still, this one probably won’t stick with you long after it’s over. TV RELEASES “Star Wars: The Clone Wars — Season Four” “Through The Wormhole With Morgan Freeman: Season 3” “Law & Order: Criminal Intent: Year Eight” “In The Heat of The Night TV Series (24 Hour Marathon Collection)” (c) 2012 King Features Synd., Inc.

HOLLYWOOD — Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie have found the perfect way to keep their family together while they’re working in different films in London. Brad is filming Ridley Scott’s “The Counselor,” and Angelina is shooting “Maleficent,” in which she plays the witch from “Snow White.” Rumors are everywhere that they’ll soon have a very secret, private wedding. Pitt is starring with Michael Fassbender, Javier Bardem, Cameron Diaz, Penelope Cruz and John Leguizamo. I ran into hot new actor Alex Hafner as he was leaving for Spain to shoot a few scenes in the film. He admitted, “I didn’t have scenes with Brad or Penelope, but Javier and Cameron were on set with me. All my acting classes and endless interviews were worth it to get to work with a legendary director like Ridley Scott!” “The Counselor” comes out in November 2013, but “Maleficent” won’t hit screens until March 2014. *** While most actors are busy making headlines, Ryan Gosling is busy making movies. His film “The Place Beyond the Pines,” with Bradley Cooper, Eva Mendes and Ray Liotta, received raves at The Toronto Film Festival and will get a 2013 release. “Gangster Squad,” with Josh Brolin, Sean Penn and Emma Stone, will be out January 2013. “Only God Forgives,” with Kristin Scott Thomas, is due March 2013. Gosling is currently

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‘Won’t Back Down’ Outrages Unions Union protesters demonstrated outside the premiere of the new pro-education reform movie “Won’t Back Down.” “’Won’t Back Down,’ get out of town,” and “Move on over, corporate takeover,” the protesters at the “Won’t Back Down” premiere intoned. If their slogans were juvenile and the instincts thuggish, the calculation of their self-interest was exactly right — unions shouldn’t want anyone to see this film. In an outraged public letter, the head of the American Federation of Teachers, Randi Weingarten, complained that the movie traffics in “the most blatant stereotypes and caricatures I have ever seen.” Really? Weingarten must never have seen a World War II movie, or a film featuring a hooker with a heart of gold, or pretty much any romantic comedy. What makes “Won’t Back Down” so objectionable to her isn’t that its characters are stereotypes but that they are revelations. Time-serving teachers beholden to a union obsessed with its prerogatives and power don’t often show up on the big screen, or we’d hear about more union pickets of movie openings. “Won’t Back Down” is about a plucky workingclass mother, played by Maggie Gyllenhaal, whose dyslexic daughter is “getting crushed,” as she puts it, at the awful local elementary school. She enlists a teacher at the school, played by Viola Davis, to work with her to trigger a parent-teacher take-

over of the failing school. A great contest between the reforming duo and the powers that be ensues, and — I’m probably not spoiling it for anyone if I reveal this — the duo prevails. The villain in “Won’t Back Down” is the system, with the union playing an outsize role in it. That makes it a more complex portrayal of education than the typical classroom movie that celebrates the heroic efforts of one teacher. The teachers in “Won’t Back Down” are burdened by a lackluster principal, a deadening culture of mediocrity at their school, and their fear of losing their union protections when presented with the possibility of something new. If all she cares about is the depiction of the teachers in the movie, Weingarten should be pleased. Many of them — after agonizing over their loyalty to the union and considerations of their own interest — decide to do the right thing and support a radical reform of their atrocious school. The chief producer of the film, Walden Media, has an interest in promoting educational change. It’s a sign of the times, though, that Maggie Gyllenhaal and Viola Davis broadly support the film’s message. Davis said of the protesters, “There was not one person — I guarantee you — that was outside there protesting with a picket sign who had their child in a failing school.” In one scene in “Won’t Back Down,” a union official with a history of union organizing in her family asks plaintively, “When did Norma Rae become the bad guy?” When she became a cog in a union machine that protects an educational system that everyone knows isn’t working. “Won’t Back Down” may make Randi Weingarten angry, but it mostly should make her afraid for her cause. Rich Lowry is editor of the National Review. © 2012 by King Features Synd., Inc.

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• On Oct. 27, 1659, William Robinson and Marmaduke Stevenson, two Quakers who came from England in 1656 to escape religious persecution, are executed in the Massachusetts Bay Colony for their religious beliefs. The Massachusetts General Court had banned Quakers from the colony under penalty of death. • On Oct. 26, 1825, the Erie Canal opens, connecting the Great Lakes with the Atlantic Ocean via the Hudson River. Teams of oxen plowed the ground, but for the most part the work was done by Irish diggers who had to rely on primitive tools. • On Oct. 24, 1861, workers of the Western Union Telegraph Company link the eastern and western telegraph networks of the nation at Salt Lake City, Utah, completing a transcontinental line that for the first time allows instantaneous communication between Washington, D.C., and San Francisco. • On Oct. 28, 1919, Congress passes the Volstead Act, providing for the enforcement of the 18th Amendment, which banned the “manufacture, sale, or transportation of intoxicating liquors for beverage purposes.” Despite a vigorous

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Jacqueline MacInnes Wood stars as “Steffy” on “The Bold and The Beautiful” town so quickly. Kate offered Nick a job before Sami could. Nicole fell down the stairs after a tussle with Jennifer. Stefano met with a mysterious woman in Europe who turned out to be the notorious Kristen Blake. Jennifer was arrested for causing the death of Nicole’s unborn child. Wait to See: Caroline tells Roman that she has Alzheimer’s disease. Will and Gabi reflect on their impulsive act. GENERAL HOSPITAL Sam discovered that her baby was alive and being raised by Tea. Carly was still devastated by the fact that Johnny married Connie. Duke sat at a very much alive Robin’s bedside. Later, Anna was stunned to see her late husband Duke at her door. Spinelli was annoyed to see that Maxie and Ellie were becoming friends. Luke made good on his word and tracked down

THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS Nick told Phyllis that their marriage was over, and then rebounded by kissing Avery. Chloe blurted out that Kevin helped move Tim’s body. Nick suggested that Summer see a therapist after she took a baseball bat to her mom’s car. Victor was shocked that Sharon sold some of his personal stock while he was missing. Sharon felt guilty for turning Tucker in to the feds after she realized that he was looking out for her best interests after all. Gloria offered to throw Chelsea a baby shower. Victor tried to

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When searching for the perfect present for a new mother, the gift of your time is always appreciated. Preparing a meal for the family, presenting it in a pretty casserole dish that she can keep, and including the recipe with the casserole makes a great gift and keepsake for the new mother. A casserole describes both the container and the contents. Casseroles have been prepared since the earliest times and can be a savory or sweet dish. Casseroles became popular in America during the Depression and grew in popularity into the 1940s. Then and now, in times of economic hardship, a casserole is the perfect way to feed a family on a budget. In the 1950s, convenience was the main reason for the continuing popularity of casseroles. Modern cooks liked the ease of opening a few cans and packages to create a meal. When I was a new bride and college student in 1975, casseroles were the perfect remedy for my woefully limited cooking skills and lack of time. A casserole is an easy way to create a budget-

BEAN AND CHEESE TORTILLA CASSEROLE You can add cooked and crumbled ground meat or shredded chicken to this vegetarian casserole, if desired. Just place the meat on top of the bean sauce and continue with the directions. 3 cans pinto beans, rinsed and drained 1 tablespoon olive oil 3/4 cup chopped onion 1 teaspoon minced garlic 1 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper 3 cups vegetable or chicken broth 1 1/2 cups mild to medium salsa 1 tablespoon chili powder 1/2 tablespoon cumin 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano 12 corn tortillas 2 1/2 cups shredded Manchego, Swiss or Monterrey Jack cheese Mexican cream or regular sour cream, for drizzling, optional 4 tablespoons chopped cilantro, optional


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back into a bowl and microwave on high for 6 to 7 minutes, or until the beans are hot. 4. Place about 1/2 cup of the bean sauce into the bottom of an 8 to 9-inch square baking pan or casserole dish. Place 4 of the tortillas, with the sides overlapping, on top of the bean sauce. Sprinkle with the shredded cheese. Cover with another 1/2 cup of the bean sauce. Place another 4 tortillas, with sides overlapping, on the bean sauce. Sprinkle with the shredded cheese. Repeat bean sauce, tortillas and finish with cheese layer. Bake until the cheese is melted about 10 to 15 minutes. To serve, drizzle with Mexican sour cream or plain Greek yogurt and chopped cilantro, if desired. Serves 4. Angela Shelf Medearis is an award-winning children’s author, culinary historian and the author of seven cookbooks. Her new cookbook is “The Kitchen Diva’s Diabetic Cookbook.” Her website is To see how-to videos, recipes and much, much more, Like Angela Shelf Medearis, The Kitchen Diva! on Facebook and go to Recipes may not be reprinted without permission from Angela Shelf Medearis. (c) 2012 King Features Synd., Inc. and Angela Shelf Medearis

Steak With Relish Blasted with blazing-high heat and basted in butter, this aged, succulent strip steak brings chophouse authenticity to the table in 15 minutes.

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2 tablespoons prepared horseradish, drained 1 tablespoon plus 2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice 1 tablespoon maple syrup Salt and pepper 1 Golden Delicious apple 1 Granny Smith apple 2 (each 12 ounces and 1 1/2-inch thick) strip loin steaks, preferably dry-aged 1 tablespoon vegetable oil 1 tablespoon butter or margarine 2 sprigs fresh thyme

2. In a microwave-safe bowl, combine olive oil, onion, garlic, salt and pepper, and heat on high for 4 minutes until the onion is soft. 3. Using food processor or blender, combine onion 1. Arrange oven rack in mixture, beans, broth, salsa, chili powder, cumin and lowest position. Preheat oregano together until oven to 450 F. 2. In medium bowl, comsmooth. Pour bean mixture

bine horseradish, vinegar, lemon juice, syrup, 1/4 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper. Using large holes of box grater, grate apples; discard cores. Immediately stir apples into horseradish mixture. Set relish aside. 3. Heat 12-inch ovenproof skillet on high. Pat steaks dry with paper towels. Sprinkle with 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper to season both sides. Add oil to pan; swirl to coat bottom evenly. When oil shimmers and is almost smoking, add steaks. 4. Cook 2 minutes. With tongs, lift each steak from pan and put back down on same side. Cook 1 minute longer, then turn steaks over. Transfer to lowest rack of oven. Roast 4 minutes. 5. Carefully add butter

and thyme to skillet. Baste steak with melted butter. Roast 2 to 3 minutes longer for medium-rare, or until desired doneness. 6. Remove pan from oven and baste again. Transfer steaks to cutting board and let rest 5 minutes. 7. Slice steaks against the grain at an angle. Spoon steak juices on top and serve with apple relish. Serves 4.

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members that she tried to speak to him in a language he couldn’t understand, and each time he tried to touch her, he would wake up. He and his family lived in a creaky old house in Canton, Ohio, and he believed she resided in his attic bedroom, where he often heard sounds. During his downward spiral, his beautiful friend Laura kept him from completely losing control. Through a mutual love of music and emorock, they became friends in high school. He describes her as the one “stabilizing force” in his life. Then in a tragic twist of fate, Laura dies after being struck by a car. The memory of her and a mystery poem written on a lost scrap of paper she gave to him haunts Nuzum for years. Determined to make peace with his past and confront his fears, Nuzum sets out on a journey to investigate the most notorious haunted locations throughout the United States. In his travels, he doesn’t discover any tangible proof that the places are haunted, but he encounters many people who are haunted by the ghosts of their pasts, the people they’ve known and the world they’ve experienced. (c) 2012 King Features Synd., Inc.

son set the record for rushing yards for a quarterback (1,702). Who had held the mark? 4. Name the last NBA rookie before John Wall in 2010 to have at least seven assists in each of his first five games. 5. In 2012, the Los Angeles Kings set a record with 10 consecutive road playoff victories in the same year. Who had held the mark? 6. Who was the only player to record a hat trick (three goals) in a men’s World Cup soccer final? 7. How many Olympic gold medals did Cuban heavyweight boxer Teofilo Stevenson win? Answers on Page 14

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House Training Advice DEAR PAW’S CORNER: I’ve been trying to house train my puppy, “Genie,” but she still leaves puddles around the house in the morning before I wake up. I tried rubbing her nose in the mess, but it doesn’t seem to work. Can you help? — Claire W., Akron, Ohio DEAR CLAIRE: Some dogs are a bit more difficult to house train than others, but don’t give up. First, however, stop rubbing Genie’s nose in her puddle. Dogs’ attention spans are pretty short, and trying to punish her long after the act won’t help, and in fact can set her training way back. Does Genie make that puddle at roughly the same time each morning? If so, that’s a clear signal that her bladder is full by that time. You need to make an adjustment: wake up earlier, before Genie pees in the house. Take her outside on her leash and encourage her to go, praising her lavishly when

she does. Repeat this every morning without fail — Genie will get it. Now, to get your sleep time back, you need to try and adjust when Genie goes at night. If you’re taking her out at 10 p.m. and she’s wetting the floor at 5 a.m., take her out at 11 p.m. instead. Then take her out at 5:30 a.m. the next morning, and at 6 a.m. the following morning. See if her clock adjusts. If that doesn’t work, remember, Genie is still young and growing. She may be able to hold her urine longer when she gets bigger. So be patient, and keep working with her. Send your questions or comments to If your question or comment is printed in the weekly column, you’ll receive a free copy of “Fighting Fleas,” the newest booklet from Paws Corner! (c) 2012 King Features Synd., Inc.

• It was inventor Thomas Edison who made the following sage observation: “We don’t know a millionth of 1 percent about anything.” • Those who study such things say that chewing gum will reduce your recall ability by 10 percent. • As ostrich can run just as fast as a racehorse. • In 1972, an extraordinary birth occurred. On July 22 of that year, a woman in Rome gave birth a whopping 15 babies — five boys and 10 girls. The siblings were quindecaplets, though, obviously, that term doesn’t see much use. • You probably know that J. Edgar Hoover was the first director of the FBI, helping to found the bureau in 1935 and serving until his death in 1972. You might not realize, though, that in his career he never made an arrest or even personally conducted an investigation. • It’s been reported that the last words of famed composer Ludwig van Beethoven were “Friends, applaud; the comedy is over.”

• The Rubik’s Cube, that ubiquitous 1980s toy, was invented by a mathematician in Hungary to help teach math to his students. The device was first marketed as a toy in Hungary — where one in five citizens owned one — then was brought to the U.S., from whence it became an international sensation. The success of his cube made Erno Rubik the first self-made millionaire in a communist country. • The next time you’re visiting Washington, D.C., keep in mind that in our nation’s capital, it is illegal to throw a bull in any way. • A queen honeybee can live for up to seven years. • On a per capita basis, Switzerland consumes more chocolate than any other country. No. 2 and No. 3 are Norway and Great Britain, respectively. *** Thought for the Day: “Don’t let your opinions sway your judgment.” — Samuel Goldwyn (c) 2012 King Features Synd., Inc.

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because Kerry (Washington) does it so well. And it’s just so human. Mellie will get up to no good at all. But Shonda plays it very close to the vest with the story line. Getting the script for the next episode is a big deal. And we’re all texting each other: ?What page are you on?’ And it’s all so shocking! We all just can’t wait to see what’s next.” *** Q: I really like Sean Bean, especially in “Troy” and “Game of Thrones.” What else can I see him in? — Helen S., Virginia Beach, Va. A: The British thespian, 53, first entered my radar when he played Bond bad guy Alec Trevelyan in 1995’s “GoldenEye.” He’s done tons of stuff before and since, but nowadays he is best known as the doomed Eddard Stark. Last season, he co-starred with Ashley Judd in “Missing,” and in 2010 he played Zeus in “Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief,” and will reprise that role in next year’s “Sea of Monsters.” From 2008-2010, Sean played the title character in “Crusoe,” he tried to foil Nicolas Cage’s treasure hunt in 2004’s “National Treasure,” and he played Boromir in “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy. The list goes on and on. *** Q: I think that Jimmy Kimmel did a bang-up job hosting the Emmy Awards. Any chance he’ll host the next Academy Awards ceremony? — Bob K., via e-mail A: While Jimmy might have an Oscar-hosting gig in his future, the 85th annual Academy Awards ceremony, which will take place Feb. 24, will be hosted by “Family Guy” creator Seth MacFarlane. Write to Cindy at King Features Weekly Service, P.O. Box 536475, Orlando, FL 32853-6475; or e-mail her at (c) 2012 King Features Synd., Inc.


Q: I watched the season premiere of “Grey’s Anatomy” and saw that Mark Sloan died. Did the person who played him die in real life? I noticed at the end they gave a birth year and a death year. — Wayne M., via e-mail A: Eric Dane, who played the medical drama’s Dr. Mark “McSteamy” Sloan since the show’s second season, is alive and well, unlike his character. He currently is in preproduction on the feature film “Sweet Spot,” which also stars Salma Hayek and Kurt Russell. The film is about a former New York Yankees pitcher past

Edwards Optimistic Despite Down Year What a difference a year makes. In 2011, Carl Edwards compiled the best average finish in Chase history, 4.9. Yet still it wasn’t enough to win the Sprint Cup championship. Tony Stewart, who won five of the 10 Chase races, won by a tie-breaker. In the AAA 400, Edwards finished fifth, which would have been fine if it didn’t match his best finish all year. This year Edwards didn’t even make the Chase, and his Cup career has a certain pattern to it. Three times the Columbia, Mo., native and resident has had big years, and each time he has struggled the following season. In 2005, Edwards finished third. The following year he was 12th. In 2008, Edwards finished second. The following year he was 11th. In 2011, he finished second. This year he currently ranks 14th. Edwards, 33, can’t come up with a reason why. “I could sit here, and we could go through every race and how they went,” he said recently. “I don’t know if you want to do that or not, but a lot of the races have been bad luck, where we got caught up in wrecks or we had trouble at Indy, where I thought we had a pretty decent car.

“We haven’t run as well as we need to run, but that’s the only way I know how to be is an optimist. That’s the only reason I’m sitting here in this suit driving for Jack Roush, because you always have to go out and give it your best. You’ve got to do everything you can, and at the end of the day, if you don’t get the result you want, that’s very frustrating. But I don’t look back, I try to look forward ...” Edwards wasn’t particularly placated by the AAA 400 performance, but he had finished 22nd, 36th, 17th, 19th and 19th in the previous five races. “It was a decent finish,” he said. “We didn’t deserve to finish that far forward, but we had some lucky breaks and my guys did a good job on pit road. “We’ll go back and work on it and figure out what we were missing there, because it seemed like all of us (meaning Edwards and teammates Greg Biffle and Matt Kenseth) struggled a little bit.” *** Monte Dutton covers motorsports for The Gaston (N.C.) Gazette. E-mail Monte at (c) 2012 King Features Synd., Inc.

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1. In a medium saucepan sprayed with olive oil-flavored cooking spray, saute onion for 6 minutes. Add beef broth, tomato soup and Italian seasoning. Mix well to combine. 2. Stir in tomato and zucchini. Bring mixture to a boil. Lower heat and simmer 1/2 cup chopped onion for 10 minutes or until veg1 3/4 cups (one 14 1/2- etables are tender, stirring ounce can) beef broth often. Serves 4 (1 1/4 cups 1 (10 3/4-ounce) can re- each). duced-fat tomato soup 1 teaspoon Italian Sea• Each serving equals: 94 soning calories, 2g fat, 3g protein, 1 1/2 cups peeled and 16g carb., 604mg sodium, 2g chopped fresh tomatoes fiber; Diabetic Exchanges: 2 1 1/2 cups chopped, un- Vegetable, 1 Starch. (c) 2012 King Features Synd., Inc. peeled zucchini Carl Edwards has the best average Chase finish of all time — but he’s never won a championship, and won’t this season as he failed to qualify. Still, Edwards says, he remains an optimist. (Getty Images for NASCAR photo)


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@sportingview Ah, yes ... Twitter ... the proverbial “game changer.” The website that lets anybody and everybody broadcast their sudden mental nugget in 140 characters or less to as many people as they can get to prove they care about what they have to say. Personally, I’ve never been impressed by the supposed concept, but I’m impressed by the company itself. They’ve done a masterful job of seizing the day, marketing themselves and, along with Facebook, they have most of the civilized world’s mind share (or at least their attention) in that sector. But if you break it down to the primordial ooze level, it’s basically nothing more than a bunch of people shouting. It’s a lot of noise and fanfare. Sports fans should readily recognize that as the overall soundtrack they hear at a typical stadium or arena. It’s the Internet version of the guy who had too many beers, stands up, cones his hands to his mouth and yells “YOU SUCK!” to the wide receiver out of Michigan making $5 million a year because he dropped a ball. In a stadium, maybe 30 people hear his rant. If he’s able to meet his goal of catching the ear of the wide receiver that just failed to meet his goal of catching a ball? Maybe then he’s got 31 listeners. Maybe one of the 31 people in earshot is impressed, influenced or drunkenly mistaken enough to repeat what he just heard. On Twitter, that phenomenon happens all the time in a form of a “retweet.” So at the genetic level it’s not anything new, folks — it’s just humans being human. A good tweet is akin to flaunting our op-

Celebrating bountiful fall apple crops is an American tradition we can pass on to our children in lively and creative ways. Share your childhood memories with your kids while you enjoy these old-fashioned apple activities updated with a twist. APPLE TASTE-TESTING Have your family tastetest several varieties of apples, including specialties from your area. First, sort them by color and name, such as Granny Smith, Red Delicious, McIntosh, etc. Help your children pro-

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posing thumbs and linguistic abilities to an ape — an ape with a poor Internet connection sitting in the section above you and to the right. By default, all you can hope for is for them to ape what you had to say and/or buy you a banana. (And yes ... that’s why they call it “ape.”) Twitter can, however, bring the average fan closer to the player in ways never before accessible. Maybe you’re online when you get the chance to spar with one of your favorite players, like I did the other night from my personal twitter account with noted game-show host Chuck Woolery. After Bob Barker, Monty Hall, Richard Dawson and Alex Trebeck, Woolery is one of the top 10 game-show hosts in history. He’s a real player. Here’s how our game went down: @chuckwoolery: “I’m amazed with the stark difference between right and left. One group asking for prayer for someone the other side is slinging insults.” My reply: “Right, Chuck. You keep praying and pretending that posts like this aren’t veiled attempts at insults.” Chuck: “You have not seen me call names or use toilet humor to tear someone down.” Retort: “No ... but I’ve seen you play plenty of games.” That was enough fun for me to want to get into the game. Shoot me a message or shoot me down, but please do follow this column on Twitter and keep advancing the discussion. Follow me and I’ll follow you ... @sportingview. I’m game. Mark Vasto is a veteran sportswriter who lives in Kansas City.

The Veterans Benefits Administration processed more than 1 million claims in fiscal year 2012, per a news release on the Department of Veterans Affairs site. This is the third year in a row it has reached that goal. During one recent month, the VBA processed 107,462 claims with 86 percent accuracy, beating a record it set in 2010. The ultimate goal is to eliminate the claims backlog by 2015, and with 98 percent accuracy. It’s being helped by the new paperless system, which all 56 regional offices will have by the end of 2013. In another press release, applications have been approved for all 45,000 openings in the Veterans Retraining Assistance Program (VRAP) for 2012, with benefits to start Oct. 1. That means a lot of veterans are going to have an opportunity to get job training and education. Nearly 60,000 applications were received, so some missed out on that group. Another group, however, this time 54,000 veterans, will have another shot at the program, which runs through March 2014. Veterans must attend school full time, up to

12 months, in a program leading to an approved degree or certificate. For more information, go online to dex.htm. On another note, the VA and Department of Defense are set to fund a Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and mild Traumatic Brain Injury study to the tune of $100 million. They’re going to concentrate on prevention, diagnosis, intervention and improved treatment options, with early diagnosis and treatment being key. That $100 million is just part of the year’s $1.9 billion for more than 2,300 projects. If you want to read its press releases to keep track of what the VA is doing, take a look at every few days. While all are (of course) written from the VA point of view, there’s some good information there. Write to Freddy Groves 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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Bank Pile On Fees Because of the new banking laws that limit how much banks can charge retailers, user fees have continued to rise as banks have hustled to find other ways to prop up their income. The recent 15th annual survey by Bankrate shows that the average monthly fee is now in the range of $5.50 — up 25 percent in a year — for accounts that don’t pay interest. For accounts that do pay interest (averaging 0.05 percent), that amount is more than $14. ATM fees also are up, averaging $1.57 (charged by your own bank) if you make a withdrawal at a bank not your own. The bank that you withdraw from will charge an average of $3.50 if you don’t have an account there. Overdraft charges now average $31. Non-sufficient funds charges are all in the $30 range across the country, except for two states. Free checking is on its way out: Only 39 percent of checking accounts today free, as opposed to 76 percent of banks offering free checking back in 2009. “Free” not only means free of a charge for having the account, but being free of the responsibility of meeting the bank’s requirements, such as keeping a minimum balance. There are ways to get around being charged fees, but they aren’t for everyone. Setting up direct deposit is one way, but not everyone works for a company that

offers to pay electronically. Another way is to agree to keep a higher minimum balance at all times, although those minimums have continued to rise, in many cases to more than $6,000. Banks are betting that you won’t abandon them despite higher fees, that you’ll decide it’s just easier to stay and hand over the money, no matter how high the charges go. They have a point: If you change banks you might need to deal with new routines, the inconvenience of changing a direct deposit, new tellers who don’t know you, and more. Perhaps you have a loan with an interest rate that’s directly tied to having an account (not a good idea, for obvious reasons). Best bet: Per Bankrate, more than 70 percent of credit unions still have free checking. If your bank’s fees are continuing to climb, investigate a credit union near you. The “pain” of switching banks is only temporary. For more information, see 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 Who, in 1967. It was an international effort with portions recorded in London, New York and Los Angeles. 2. The Beach Boys. 3. “Willie and the Hand Jive.” The song is a dance with specific hand clapping and arm movements. 4. Singer-guitarist Dave Mason, in 1977. He was backed up by writer Jim “Bruiser” Krueger on 12-string guitar. Kreuger, a prolific songwriter, left a wealth of music at his death in 1993. 5. Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell, in 1967. Luther Vandross and Cheryl Lynn, in 1982. 6. “... Kept thinkin’ I could never live without you by my side.” “I Will Survive,” by Gloria Gaynor, 1979. (c) 2012 King Features Synd., Inc.

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Lawn Will Thank You for Raking Leaves Q: I’m not thrilled with all the leaves piling up in my yard. Do you have any tips to make fall cleanup easier? Why can’t I just leave them where they lie? — Barbara in Dover, N.H. A: Raking leaves can be a tedious task, and gets exhausting when dealing with a large yard with lots of trees. During the fall season, a homeowner could wind up raking the yard at least once a week. Unfortunately, leaving those leaves to pile up will wreak havoc on your lawn. First, the coating of leaves prevents air and sun from reaching grass directly, but lets rainwater trickle down, creating a harsh environment for grass. Second, leaves are filled with alkaline compounds that can damage the grass. These factors make leaves a great mulch ingredient, because you typically put mulch where you don’t want grass or weeds to grow. You don’t want a heavy coating of leaf mulch on your lawn, though. So, you’ve got to clean up those fallen leaves eventually. Here’s a few ideas to make the task somewhat easier. • Pick up the first light coating of leaves while

mowing the lawn, with the bag attached. • Borrow or rent a leaf blower to tackle larger areas with a moderate to heavy coating of leaves. Carefully blow the leaves into rough piles around the lawn. • Use your rake to finish a large leaf cleanup job: pile the leaves closer together, or use the rake to shift leaves into a bag or wheelbarrow for disposal elsewhere. • Add leaves to your compost pile. Fall is a favorite time for homeowners who keep compost piles because leaves add bulk to their compost and can help balance nutrients and acidity or alkalinity if used in the right amounts. HOME TIP: Watch out for that noisy leaf blower. Be aware of any local noise ordinances before using a leaf blower and try to avoid using it before 10 a.m. most days. Your neighbors will thank you. Send your questions or comments 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.

Depression in seniors is a lot more common than we let on. We point to aging as a reason for how we feel, but that’s not necessarily the case. There are any number of reasons why we might feel depressed: if we’ve recently lost someone in our life, if our health isn’t what it used to be, if we’re taking multiple prescriptions, if we’re alone or if we’ve retired and no longer feel vital. Depression can impact all areas of our lives: our appetite, interest in activities, how we sleep and so much more. The key is to recognize the symptoms and get treated, because depression is treatable. If you can point to at least one item on the following list as being true, it’s time to talk to your doctor. —Having trouble sleeping or sleeping too much. —Losing interest in activities or hobbies you used to enjoy. —Feeling isolated, or excluding yourself from activities with friends. —Thinking about death. —Skipping your medications, meals or baths.

—Feeling anxious, hopeless, guilty or irritable. —Experiencing new aches and pains, or a worsening of existing ones. —Having trouble concentrating. Your doctor might ask a lot of questions and make a number of suggestions. He might recommend (as a place to start) that you get enough sleep or volunteer at a charity agency, make regular visits to friends or visit a nutritionist to make sure you’re getting enough nutrients in your diet. The key might be as simple as scheduling regular exercise and taking your medications on time all the time. If you don’t feel like your normal self, there’s help for you. Please go to your doctor and ask for it. 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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“BEST OF THE BEST” Proudly Serving Marshalltown For 25 Years! CLANKS & CLUNKS Q: They told me my car needs ball joints and an alignment, but it always drives very well down the road. Shouldn’t I be able to tell when things were bad?? A: Many times, when things wear slowly and evenly, you won’t notice a sudden change or pulling to one side that makes you SURE that the alignment is off. But finding this out now is a plus, because it hasn’t worn your tires unevenly and ruined them. Your worn ball joints can cause the camber to tip the top of the tires in, and this will cause the tires to wear on the inside edges. Many people don’t notice this wear until it is too late and the tires are bad. Weak, sagging springs can cause the same problems. I commend your mechanic for finding this for you BEFORE it ruined your tires or caused you any other problems!!!! We offer a $29.95 alignment check at Alley Automotive to check your vehicle for any suspension and alignment problems BEFORE your tires get worn excessively.

ROSE JENKINS ASE Certified Service Advisor

Todd Halverson Service Advisor

Bob Halverson

Q: Now that the leaves have changed colors, and I know fall is here, I wonder what I should do to prepare my car for the approaching winter months. Where do I start??


A: You’re getting a jump on winter, and that is a GREAT idea!!! Let’s start with the “Fall Leaves” and something frequently overlooked! If you park under a tree, or near any blowing leaves, it’s a good idea to check the cowl vent area at the base of the windshield for leaves and any debris that can block the vents. You may reach this better with the hood open. Remove any leaves, twigs, or seeds that have accumulated over the summer. On many cars, this is very easy to do at the car wash with the high pressure hose. This debris can block your fresh air vents, plug the cowl drains for rainwater, and plug up your cabin air filter, if your car has one. Cleaning this area out can be almost impossible when this area is covered with snow and ice, so do it now. You should have your Cabin Air Filter checked before winter, as a plugged filter can keep your defroster and heater from working well. If you have been getting your car serviced regularly, your fluids will all be ready for winter. If you have been putting off a “Tune Up” on your engine, now would be t the time to get it done. Most cars will need a “Tune Up” at between 60,000 and 100,000 miles. Your “Owner’s Manual” will give you the details on when this should be done. You should also check your tires to see if they will be adequate for winter traction on the snow and ice. Worn or underinflated tires can cause you to get stuck much more easily than good tires with deep tread. The “Recommended Inflation Pressure” for your tires will be in your Owner’s Manual also. Your Battery should also be checked to be sure it is not weak or ready to fail. A battery that is 5 years old should be tested, as most will not last much longer than that. The terminals that connect the battery should also be checked and cleaned if they show any signs of corrosion. Another thing that I like to do is to give my car a “Thorough Cleaning” in the fall. Any dirt on the floor under the driver’s feet is much easier to vacuum out when it is still dry, instead of after a wet snowfall has gotten it all wet!! And it gives me a chance to clean all the floor mats and windows at the same time.

Travis Daters Technician

Jeff Hayes ASE Certified Tech

Q: When I shut my wipers off, they don’t go all the way down like they used to. What could be causing this to happen??

Scott Dankbar ASE Certified Tech

A: There are 2 common causes for this. If it is just doing this on one side, it is probably caused by the wiper arm slipping on the shaft. The arm would need to be taken off and re-aligned when it is put back on. But if both arms are stopping up higher than they should, it may be the “Wiper Transmission” has been damaged. Both of these problems can occur if the wipers are stuck or frozen down and then turned on. The wiper motor tries to move the wipers, and this can cause them to slip or damage the transmission. To prevent this from happening, you should always free up the wiper arms in winter weather. It doesn’t take much ice to freeze them to the windshield. It is also prudent to make sure the wipers aren’t left in the “Intermittent” position when the vehicle is shut off so the wipers don’t come on unexpectedly when it is started up next time.

Alley Automotive Staff

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Marshalltown Breaktimes 10-15-2012  

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