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By Sam Struckhoff NOTE: DVDs reviewed in this column will be available in stores the week of Oct. 30, 2012. PICKS OF THE WEEK “The Campaign” (R) — Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis face off as two satirical politicians fighting in a North Carolina congressional race. Ferrell plays the incumbent, Cam Brady, a moron prone to public embarrassment. Galifianakis plays the opposing Marty Huggins, a thin-voiced housecat of a man. He’s pushed into the campaign by evil CEOs eager to replace Brady with a more obedient tool. Ferrell and Galifianakis do their character bits well enough for an hour and 25 minutes, so you’ll laugh at least a few times. Don’t expect any piercing or insightful takes on the modern political landscape. The
movie is generous with physical comedy, light on satire. “Safety Not Guaranteed” (R) — Short on ideas and brimming with cynicism, a group of Seattle magazine reporters are assigned to do a story about some local weirdo. Somebody posted in the classifieds section that they were seeking a partner for time travel. Aubrey Plaza (the brooding, adorable, sarcastic young secretary from TV’s “Parks and Recreation”) shows her dramatic talent as the intern tasked with earning the “time traveler’s” trust. The result is a funny, unique comedy with some great performances. Mark Duplass plays an earnest and likable grocery clerk who believes he’s cracked the mystery of time travel. It’s not a big-budget flick, but the movie has heart and grabbed attention at Sundance. “Ruby Sparks” (R) — Calvin (Paul Dano) is a young writer struggling to write a follow up to his early success. As a writing exercise he invents Ruby Sparks, the perfect fictional girlfriend. One day he
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wakes up and Ruby (Zoe Kazan, also the screenwriter) is a real woman in his life. She’s sweet and quirky and everything he’s written about her is true. Surprisingly, the film avoids a trite romcom fantasy approach (this isn’t “Mannequin”). The movie gets deep and explores themes about love, control and expectations as Calvin sees his dream girl as a flesh-andblood person. Dano and Kazan bring so much chemistry that it’s no surprise they’re also a couple offscreen. “First Position” (NR) — This documentary follows six kids from vastly different backgrounds who put their hopes and dreams into ballet. Top-tier ballet requires that dancers undergo intense training from a very early age. Without any interest or prior knowledge of ballet, you can be taken in by their stories. Ballet demands determination and sacrifice, and the film shows the level of endurance and physicality that dancers must possess. TV RELEASES “Copper: Season One” “Streets of San Francisco: The Complete Fifth Season” “Chuck: The Complete Series — Collector Set” “My Favorite Martian: Season 3” “Coma (Mini-Series)” “All In the Family: The Complete Series” “The Kathy Griffin Collection: Red, White & Raw” “The Young Montalbano: Episodes 1-3” (c) 2012 King Features Synd., Inc.
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Oscar-winner “Chicago” and the TV show “Smash,” about Marilyn Monroe. They said they were looking for “the most versatile person we could get (who) would give the show the diversity that we wanted.” MacFarlane is an accomplished singer and comedy writer, which is an asset since the producers are likely to have several musical numbers in the show. But, is it the host who attracts younger viewers? In 1998, the 70th annual Oscars was the highest-rated show of all time, with 57.25 million viewers. That year “Titanic” was nominated 14 times and won 11 Oscars. But more importantly, that was the year “Titanic” became the top-grossing film of all time. Many people had seen it, and they wanted to see what it would win. Granted, Billy Crystal deliv-
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The “Romney Lied” Defense Credit President Barack Obama’s aides with discernment. Even before the first presidential debate was over, they knew they needed to come up with an excuse, and fast. They settled on one that they haven’t stopped repeating: Mitt Romney lied his way to victory. The president would have rebutted Romney’s gross deceptions, except he was too focused on answering questions about the country’s future and too taken aback by Romney’s brazenness to answer the former governor in real time. Although once he had a day or two and his witty rejoinders were cued up in a teleprompter, he was absolute hell on Romney. The case that Romney lied so brazenly that it undid the president who prides himself on his rhetorical genius rests, first, on the idea that the Republican misrepresented his own tax-reform plan. The president said that Romney proposes to cut taxes by $5 trillion over 10 years. Romney denied it. The president’s team responded, with its customary civility and nuance: “Liar!” But this isn’t even a close call. Romney wants to cut income-tax rates 20 percent across the board and make up the revenue by closing loopholes and deductions. This isn’t a tax cut; it’s a wash. It’s been Romney’s plan ever since he proposed it during the Republican primaries. It’s such a simple concept that only willful obtuseness keeps the president or his team from understanding it. It’s true that Romney hasn’t specified which deductions he’d cut, leaving
that for a future negotiation with Congress. The Obama team takes this as license to accuse Romney of proposing to raise taxes on the middle class, a pure fabrication. When Obama made this charge in Denver, Romney proved that it is possible to reply to falsehoods oneon-one during a live debate. Romney firmly said he wouldn’t raise taxes on the middle class and patiently explained why not. Romney’s other whopping deception allegedly was his contention that his healthcare plan covers people with pre-existing conditions. On this, too, he was on solid ground. To simplify, he wants to extend the current legal protection that exists in the employer-based insurance market to the individual market, and make it easier for people to buy insurance in that individual market. Again, this is nothing new, but has been an element in his health-care policy from the beginning. When Obama aides say that the real Romney didn’t show up in Denver, what they really mean is that he failed to live down to their rank caricature of him. As Romney showed during an hour and a half of highpressure television, he is a capable and intelligent man who is ready to be president and has a substantial reform agenda. The Obama campaign’s response to his debate victory basically was, “Don’t believe your lying eyes — believe our super PAC ads.” The president’s team evidently underestimated Romney once already. If it really believes this “lying liar” interpretation of the debate — rather than pushing it in the media for lack of anything else to say — it will underestimate him yet again. Mitt Romney bested President Obama on the merits in Denver. Anyone insisting otherwise simply can’t handle the truth. Rich Lowry is editor of the National Review. © 2012 by King Features Synd., Inc.
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• On Oct. 30, 1893, the World’s Columbian Exposition closes in Chicago. Fairgoers were offered a chance to see the first gas-powered motorcar, an alternating-current power plant, a 46-footlong cannon, a 1,500-pound Venus de Milo made of chocolate, and Juicy Fruit gum. • On Nov. 4, 1922, British archaeologist Howard Carter and his workmen discover a stone sarcophagus containing three coffins nested within each other. Inside the final coffin, which was made of solid gold, was the mummy of the boy-king Tutankhamen, preserved for more than 3,000 years. • On Nov. 3, 1930, the Detroit-Windsor Tunnel between the United States and Canada is officially opened to auto traffic. Each end of the tunnel had a 100foot-tall ventilation tower; each tower held 12 huge fans, six for pumping fresh air into the tunnel and six for exhaust. The tunnel’s ventilation system still works just as well today as it did 80 years ago. • On Oct. 29, 1948, a killer smog continues to hover over Donora, Pa. The town’s steel mills and a zinc smelting
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Pumpkin Pasta Perfect for Fall Nothing so vividly illustrates the best of the fall harvest like pumpkins. The name “pumpkin” originated from the Greek word for “large melon” which is “pepon.” “Pepon” was nasalized by the French into “pompon.” The English changed “pompon” to “Pumpion.” American colonists changed “pumpion” into “pumpkin.” The origin of pumpkin pie occurred when the colonists sliced off the pumpkin top, removed the seeds, and filled the insides with milk, spices and honey. The pumpkin was then baked in hot ashes. The bright-orange color of pumpkin is a dead giveaway that it’s loaded with an important antioxidant: betacarotene. Beta-carotene is one of the plant carotenoids converted to vitamin A in the body. In the conversion to vitamin A, beta carotene performs many important functions in overall health. Current research indicates that a diet rich in foods containing beta-carotene might reduce the risk of developing certain types of cancer and offers protection against heart disease and other illnesses, as well as some degenerative aspects of aging. To select a pumpkin, look for one with 1 to 2 inches of stem left. If the stem is cut down too low, the pumpkin
will decay quickly or may be decaying at the time of purchase. Avoid pumpkins with blemishes and soft spots. It should be heavy, although shape is unimportant. A lopsided pumpkin is not necessarily a bad pumpkin. Figure one pound of raw, untrimmed pumpkin for each cup finished pumpkin puree. To prepare the pumpkin for cooking, spread newspaper over your work surface. Start by carefully removing the stem with a sharp knife. If you are planning to roast the pumpkin seeds, smash or drop the pumpkin on a hard surface to break it open. In any case, remove the stem and scoop out the seeds and scrape away all of the stringy mass. A messy job, but it will pay off. You can cook the pumpkin by boiling, steaming, roasting or using the microwave to create your own fresh pumpkin puree. Directions for cooking and preparing pumpkin puree are as follows: Boiling/Steaming Method: Cut the pumpkin into rather large chunks. Rinse in cold water. Place pieces in a large pot with about a cup of water. The water does not need to cover the pumpkin pieces. Cover the pot and boil for 20 to 30 minutes or until tender, or
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There are several delicious varieties of organic canned pumpkin puree available if you don’t have time to process a fresh pumpkin. Either fresh or organic canned puree works beautifully in my recipe for Tortellini With Pumpkin Sage Sauce. Have a happy fall!
Oven Method: Cut pumpkin in half, scraping away stringy mass and seeds. Rinse under cold water. Place pumpkin, cut side down, on a large cookie TORTELLINI WITH sheet. Bake at 350 F for one PUMPKIN SAGE SAUCE hour or until fork tender. 2 pounds cheese tortellini Microwave Method: Cut 1 tablespoon plus 1 1/2 pumpkin in half, place cut teaspoons salt side down on a microwave 2 tablespoons plus 1 teasafe plate or tray. Microwave spoon olive oil on high for 15 minutes, 1 yellow onion, chopped check for doneness at 1-2 4 garlic cloves, peeled minute intervals until fork and minced tender. 4 sage leaves, minced or 1/2 teaspoon ground sage Preparing the Puree: 1/2 teaspoon freshly Allow cooked pumpkin to ground black pepper cool. Remove the peel using 1/4 teaspoon red pepper a small sharp knife and your flakes fingers. Place pumpkin in a 1 (15-ounce) can organic food processor and puree or pumpkin puree alternately use a food mill, 1 quart vegetable or ricer, strainer or potato chicken broth masher. Freeze and store in 1 teaspoon ground cinnaone-cup portions in a small mon or ground nutmeg freezer bag for up to one 1 cup plain, Italian-flayear. vored or whole-wheat Panko
Transfer to a casserole dish. 5. Spoon the remaining pumpkin sauce on top of the pasta. Sprinkle with Panko breadcrumbs. Sprinkle with remaining teaspoon of olive oil. 6. Cover with cheese and bake until cheese is melted, 1. Preheat oven to 400 F. about 8 to 10 minutes. Sprin2. Place a large pot of kle with the basil leaves and salted water over high heat to fried sage leaves, if desired. boil. When water is boiling, add 1 tablespoon of salt and Angela Shelf Medearis is drop in tortellini. Cook ac- an award-winning children’s cording to package direc- author, culinary historian tions. Drain cooked and the author of seven tortellini. Set aside. cookbooks. Her new cook3. Add 2 tablespoons of book is “The Kitchen Diva’s the olive oil to a microwave- Diabetic Cookbook.” Her safe bowl with the onions website is www.divapro.com. and garlic. Season with the To see how-to videos, recipes teaspoon of the salt, the sage, and much, much more, Like pepper and red pepper Angela Shelf Medearis, The flakes. Cook on high for 2 to Kitchen Diva! on Facebook 3 minutes, until the onions and go to Hulu.com. Recipes soften. may not be reprinted without 4. Stir in the pumpkin and permission from Angela broth, remaining 1/2 tea- Shelf Medearis. spoon of salt, and cinnamon or nutmeg. Toss 1/2 of (c) 2012 King Features Synd., Inc., and pumpkin sauce with tortellini Angela Shelf Medearis until pasta is well-coated.
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By Samantha Weaver • It was 20th-century American author and actress Cornelia Otis Skinner who made the following sage observation: “One learns in life to keep silent and draw one’s own confusions.” • If you grew up during a certain era in the United States, you are probably fa-
miliar with the board game Parcheesi. If you have a particularly good memory, you may recall that the game’s subtitle is “The Royal Game of India.” You may not realize, though, that the game is so-called because royalty in India used to play a life-size version of the game in gar-
dens specially designed for the pursuit. Centuries ago, rajas would dress members of their harems in brightly colored costumes and use them as game pieces. • Everyone knows that a sophomore is someone in his or her second year of high school or college. Most people don’t realize, though, that the word is derived from the Greek words “sophos,” which means “wise,” and “moros,” which means “stupid.” • It’s not unusual for music critics and the artists they critique to butt heads, but they usually do it in print, not in person. In 1978, though, the staff of Rolling Stone magazine and the band the Eagles went head-to-head in a softball match. The writers ended
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String Fall Leaves Into Colorful Crowns
Thumbs Down, Chiefs Fans The first time you go to a live NFL game or stand on the sideline of one as a nonplayer or coach, the first thing you are struck by is how hard the players strike one another. The sheer velocity, the power of the tackler and the punishment inflicted on the person absorbing the blows from blocking or tackling is jarring. When the Chiefs signed Matt Cassel in 2009, he was coming off a good year. After the Kansas City Chiefs knocked Tom Brady out of the season opener, Cassel led the team to a 10-5 record, threw for 3,600-plus yards and 21 touchdowns. After a rough season, Cassel led the Chiefs to the playoffs, posting similar numbers only to lose to the Baltimore Ravens in the first round, 10-7. Last week, game five of the 2012 season, the Chiefs lost to the Ravens again ... this time 9-6. But the Chiefs lost Cassel to a concussion, and the Chiefs fans lost a good amount of their reputation as some of the best fans in sports. They cheered Cassel — now way out of favor in KC — when he was taken out of the game. I couldn’t hear what happened, but I find it hard to believe that a majority did. Some surely cheered him walking off the field on his own, others may have cheered Brady Quinn, the backup entering the game. Lineman Eric Winston
spoke for the players after the game. “We are athletes. We are not gladiators. This is not the Roman Coliseum. People pay their hard-earned money when they come in here, and I believe they can boo, they can cheer and they can do whatever they want, I believe that ... there are longlasting ramifications to the game we play. I’ve already kind have come to the understanding that I won’t live as long because I play this game, and that’s OK, that’s a choice I’ve made and a choice all of us have made. “But when you cheer, when you cheer somebody getting knocked out, I don’t care who it is, and it just so happened to be Matt Cassel — it’s sickening. It’s 100 percent sickening. ... I’ve never been more embarrassed in my life to play football than in that moment right there. ... [Cassel’s] a person, and he got knocked out in a game, and we have 70,000 people cheering that he got knocked out?” It may not have been 70,000 cheering, but in a league that is getting increasingly violent, where it’s impossible for one man to win a game on his own, even if a few hundred cheered Cassel’s injury, it was one too many.
It’s not uncommon to spot Lisa MacMartin strolling through her neighborhood at the crack of dawn collecting what she calls “urban bits of nature” for the day’s craft lesson at her welcoming family shop, Heartfelt. “If I need fresh materials for fairy-house making, I’ll scamper around to find bark, pinecones and acorns on the ground. Using fresh materials is a way to celebrate the seasonality,” she adds. Helping kids and their parents become more aware of the natural world in simple ways is her passion. On a recent Saturday, her quest was all about finding leaves for fashioning fall leaf crowns. Thanks to a windstorm the night before, Lisa’s finds included armloads of vibrant maple leaves still attached to fallen branches. Spread out on a large project table, the bounty was ready inspiration for all ages. “Leaf crowns can be made anywhere leaves are falling,” she tells eager kids
and their parents. “The simple, natural craft gives everyone something to do when you take a break under a tree. And it’s fleeting,” she points out. “A cute leaf crown only lasts a day, reminding us to be present and appreciate the here and now.” Here’s how you and your kids can make your own leaf crowns to be kings and queens of autumn: 1. Collect 15-20 freshly fallen pliable leaves with stems. (Maple leaves with their pointed ends are especially fun for crown-making.) 2. Cut off the stems at an angle with scissors where they meet the leaf. You will use them as pins to attach the leaves together. 3. Begin by overlapping the edges of two leaves. Gently insert the cut, angled end of a stem in and out of the two layers to hold the two leaves together. Repeat by adding another leaf to the right of the second leaf, “stem pinning” it in place. Continue creating the leaf
chain until it fits your head. Attach the last leaves with another stem pin to finish the round crown. 4. Place it on your head and take a picture! Resource: www.heartfeltonline.com Donna Erickson’s awardwinning series “Donna’s Day” is airing on public tel-
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Fake Pharmacies Lurk Online It can be tempting to look for cheaper sources of prescriptions drugs, but going online to hunt for your drugs is not the answer. The risks of dealing with online pharmacies are serious. If you get a fake drug, it will contain the wrong ingredients, and they’ll likely be harmful to you. You might get a bad reaction that sends you to the hospital. If nothing else, your condition could worsen, since you won’t be getting the medicine you need. Drugs from a fake pharmacy might not have any label at all, and no instructions on how to take them. You’ll have no contact with a local pharmacist who can track your prescriptions for adverse interactions. In short, you’ll receive the medicine (real, or not) and nothing more. The signs of a fake online pharmacy are: No prescription required. Prices are cheap. It ships anywhere in the world. You get spam email. It’s not in the United States. It’s not licensed. Remember: Anyone can put up a website that looks genuine. To learn how to avoid a rogue online pharmacy, the
Food and Drug Administration has just launched a new website, BeSafeRx ( w w w. F D A . g o v / B e SafeRx). Go online and watch the short videos. Call the FDA at 1-888-463-6332 for more information. The Verified Internet Pharmacy Practice Sites (VIPPS) is one way to check whether an online pharmacy is legitimate [www.nabp.net]. You can check out the pharmacist by going to the BeSafeRx website. Click on Know Your Online Pharmacy. Click on the map of the state and search for the company and the pharmacist to make sure both are licensed. Update: The FDA has just ordered the operators of 4,100 websites to stop selling unapproved medications. But there are more still out there. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. (c) 2012 King Features Synd., Inc.
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When it comes time to start withdrawing the money you’ve spent a lifetime accumulating in your retirement portfolio, you want to ensure that you make the right decisions. One that the government makes for you is requiring that you withdraw at least some of your funds annually, depending on the account type. This is known as a required minimum distribution, or RMD, and it must be taken from your non-Roth retirement accounts by April 1 each year, starting the year after you turn age 70 1/2. An RMD is generally determined using uniform life expectancy tables that take into consideration the account owner’s and/or account beneficiary’s age and marital status, as well as their account balance(s) as of December 31 of the year prior to the distribution year. Here are some important considerations for those entering the “distribution phase” of their investing lives. • You can pick the account(s) you withdraw from... If you have more than one of the same type of retirement account -- such as multiple traditional IRAs -- you can either take individual RMDs from each account or aggregate your total account values and withdraw this amount from one account. As long as your total RMD value is withdrawn, you will have satisfied the IRS requirement. • ... Unless they are two different types of accounts. If you own more than one type of account, such as an IRA and an employersponsored plan account, you’ll need to calculate your RMD for both types of accounts separately and take the proper amount from each. • You may be able to defer if you’re still working. If you are still employed at age 70 1/2, you may be able to defer taking RMDs from your employer-sponsored plan until after you retire. You’ll need to check with your employer to see if this applies to you.
• The penalties can be severe of failing to comply. If you fail to take your full RMD, the IRS may assess an excise tax of up to 50% on the amount you should have withdrawn and you’ll have to take the distribution. • Taxes are still due upon withdrawal. You will probably face a full or partial tax bite for your distributions, depending on whether your traditional IRA was funded with nondeductible contributions. Note also that the amount you are required to withdraw may bump you up into a higher tax bracket. • You can donate your RMDs to charity. IRA owners can donate up to $100,000 of their annual distributions to qualified charities and have it count toward their RMD. If you’ve inherited an IRA, these donations are allowable as long as you are over age 70 1/2. • Roth accounts are exampt. If you own a Roth IRA or Roth 401(k), you don’t need to take an RMD. However, note that any distributions taken from a Roth do not count toward your RMD amount and that restrictions apply to the beneficiaries of inherited Roth accounts. For More Information Everything you need to know about retirement account RMDs can be found in IRS Publication 590 (http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/ p590.pdf ), including the life expectancy tables you’ll need to figure out your RMD amount. Your financial and tax professionals can also help you determine your RMD. The information in this communication is not intended to be tax advice. Each individual’s tax situation is different. You should consult with your tax professional to discuss your personal situation. © 2012 S&P Capital IQ Financial Communications. All rights reserved.
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1. What was the name of Rockwell’s debut album? 2. Name the 1962 parody by Bobby “Boris” Pickett & The Crypt-Kickers. 3. “Over at the Frankenstein Place” and “Sword of Damocles” came from which cult film? 4. Which artist released “Whistlin’ Past the Graveyard” on his “Somethin’ Funny Goin’ On” album? Hint: This artist was known for using a skull on a stick and rubber snakes as stage props. 5. Which well-known film included “The Magic of Halloween”? 6. Name the song this lyric was from: “If there’s somethin’ strange, in your neighborhood, Who ya gonna call?” Answers Below Right
When Couple Splits, Who Gets the Pets? DEAR PAW’S CORNER: My boyfriend and I called it quits last month after six years together. While we lived together we adopted two beautiful dogs, “Gelly” and “Robie.” We both love the dogs but aren’t sure what to do. He
wants to keep them, and so do I. Any suggestions? — Janice H., Providence, R.I. DEAR JANICE: Pets are so much a part of our families these days that when a relationship breaks down, custody
of those pets can cause as much acrimony as a struggle for custody of children. To many people, pets are their children. So settling on who gets the dogs can be a difficult process. Even if you can’t cooperate on anything else, strive to cooperate on creating a plan for both of you to spend time with the dogs. I have friends who have set up visitation rules for their pets — one person gets the pets for a week, the other person gets them for another week. Another ex-couple decided after several months of sharing that one would keep their three dogs all the time and the other would visit each weekend. In a breakup, pets can suffer quite a bit of stress. The
Recommended Reading “Thomas Jefferson’s Creme Brulee: How a Founding Father and His Slave James Hemings Introduced French Cuisine to America” by Thomas J. Craughwell (Quirk Books, $19.95) Reviewed by Larry Cox
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Thomas Jefferson was a complex man, and one of our most intriguing Founding Fathers. In addition to drafting the Declaration of Independence and serving as U.S. president, he was a political philosopher, gardener, naturalist and bibliophile. Lesser known, perhaps, is that he helped to redefine food in America by introducing and popularizing such dishes as French fries, pasta and even our quintessential comfort food, macaroni and cheese. Jefferson was a free thinker when it came to food. During the 18th century, when most American supper tables were laden with meats, Jefferson preferred vegetables and served meat as a condiment or side dish. While many thought tomatoes were
dynamics of the household have changed, patterns of their humans’ behavior have changed, and one human isn’t around anymore. This alone can cause noticeable behavioral changes in your dogs, so pay close attention to them. Gelly or Robie may seem more active or hyperactive, or eat less and not be as active. Both you and your ex need to give them plenty of encouragement and love during this time. Send your questions or comments to email@example.com. 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.
poisonous, he used them in many of his meals along with other homegrown fruits and vegetables. The big surprise in Thomas J. Craughwell’s fascinating new book, however, is a deal he struck in 1784 with one of his slaves, 19year-old James Hemings, brother of Sally Hemings. According to Craughwell, the bargain was a simple one: If Hemings would accompany Jefferson to Paris and learn the art of French cooking, he would be granted his freedom. In a three-year apprenticeship, Hemings mastered not only French cuisine, but the language as well. While in France, Jefferson studied both agriculture and winemaking. When the two men returned to America, they brought with them Champagne, designs for pasta presses, seeds and, of course, the recipe for creme brulee. What Jefferson learned abroad, he tried to share with his fellow Americans. His ambitions including seeing Arborio rice and olive groves flourish in South Carolina and producing our country’s first grand cru wines, at Monticello. A final thought: If you have a bottle of olive oil in your family pantry, you have Jefferson to partially thank. (c) 2012 King Features Synd., Inc.
Answers to Flashback (above) 1. “Somebody’s Watching Me,” in 1984. Included on the album were “Knife” and “Obscene Phone Caller.” 2. “Monster Mash,” in 1962. The song was a spoof of dances of the era, such as Mashed Potato. 3. “The Rocky Horror Picture Show,” which opened in 1975. The film is still shown around the country as a midnight movie. Fans dress up and act out the parts. 4. Screamin’ Jay Hawkins. His 1956 “I Put a Spell on You” was used in an episode of The Simpsons in 2003. 5. “E.T. the Extraterrestrial.” The song was included in the 1996 and 2002 re-issues. The 2002 version also took the guns out of the hands of policemen and replaced them with walkie-talkies. 6. “Ghostbusters,” recorded by Ray Parker, Jr. in 1984. (c) 2012 King Features Synd., Inc.
DEAR DR. DONOHUE: Please give me information on Alzheimer’s disease. I am very active. I would appreciate anything you can tell me about this illness. — H.N. ANSWER: Alzheimer’s disease is the No. 1 cause of dementia. Dementias are illnesses that lead to progressive loss of mental function. With Alzheimer’s disease, memory loss is prominent, especially loss of memory for the recent past and a loss of the ability to retain new information in the memory bank. Alzheimer’s patients have great difficulty finding even simple words to express themselves. They become lost in familiar places. As the illness progresses, they find it difficult to perform simple tasks, like dressing themselves. Judgment becomes poor. In summer they might wear clothes suited for winter. Numbers lose all meaning to them. Frequently, they become confused and suspicious. They no longer recognize the faces of close family members. The brains of those with Alzheimer’s shrink because brain cells are lost. With microscopic examination of an Alzheimer’s brain, deposits of amyloid, a protein material, are seen. They look like lumps of lava from a volcano, and they presumably kill off brain cells and block communication between them. Tangles of another protein called tau also are scattered through the brain. What leads to the formation of these proteins is as yet unknown. No medicine cures Alzheimer’s disease, but some medicines slow its progress. Three medicines increase the brain’s supply of acetylcholine, a chemical messenger that permits brain cells to communicate with each other. Those medicines are Aricept (donepezil), Exelon (rivastigmine) and Razadyne (galantamine). Namenda (memantine) is a fourth medicine that works in a different way.
The booklet on Alzheimer’s disease discusses this prevalent illness in detail. Readers can obtain a copy by writing: Dr. Donohue — No. 903W, Box 536475, Orlando, FL 328536475. Enclose a check or money order (no cash) for $4.75 U.S./$6 Canada with the recipient’s printed name and address. Please allow four weeks for delivery. *** DEAR DR. DONOHUE: As a child, my mother made me drink eight glasses of water every day. She said water flushed out poisons. Does it? — B.D. ANSWER: No, it doesn’t. The average, healthy person can let thirst be the guide to the need for fluid. All fluids count, not just water. I am positive I will hear from people who say I should mention the diuretic effect of some fluids, but there actually is a net gain of fluid to the body even from drinks that encourage urine production. *** DEAR DR. DONOHUE: I read your article on osteoporosis, as I have it. I was put on Actonel (risedronate) by my former doctor. My new doctor had me switch to Fosamax (alendronate) when it came out as a generic. This doctor says you must take vitamin D and calcium also. Are they necessary? — B.G. ANSWER: They are necessary. They work hand in hand with osteoporosis medicines. Calcium is the mineral needed for strong bones. Vitamin D enhances the absorption of calcium from the digestive tract into the blood. Not having a supply of these two is like trying to build a sandcastle without sand. 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
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Alzheimer’s Is No. 1 Cause of Dementia
1. Is the book of Beelzebub in the Old or New Testament or neither? 2. From Matthew 12, when an evil spirit returns to a person, how many companions does it bring with it? 2, 3, 7, 16 3. Who called the city of Nineveh the mistress of witchcraft? Ahab, Nahum, Lucifer, Peter 4. From 1 Samuel 16, what king of Israel was tormented by an evil spirit? Solomon, David, Elah, Saul 5. What queen of Israel practiced witchcraft? Rachel, Delilah, Jezebel, Deborah 6. What mark of the beast and number comes from Revelation 13? 7, 333, 490, 666
ANSWERS: 1) Neither; 2) 7; 3) Nahum; 4) Saul; 5) Jezebel; 6) 666 Comments? More Trivia? Visit www.TriviaGuy.com (c) 2012 King Features Synd., Inc.
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