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BRIDGES (continued): • Another pedestrian bridge that provides amazing views of Singapore is the Helix Bridge, opened in April 2010. It is an ultra-modern, curved double-helix bridge that links the Marina Centre with Marina Bay in view of the Singapore Flyer (Ferris Wheel). Double helix is a term from biochemistry describing “the spiral arrangement of the two complementary strands of DNA.” The bridge is part of a pedestrian loop around the bay that adds to the appeal of the city, especially when lit up at night. Singapore claims this is the first bridge of its kind, however, there are two similar bridges in Seattle and London that were both opened in 2004. • The world’s largest biotechnology company, Amgen, has a double-helix design skybridge at its massive waterfront campus in Seattle, Washington. The $10 million structure is an architectural gem. • Also named Helix Bridge is a footbridge at the Paddington Arm of the Grand Union Canal in London. The canal is the longest single canal in the United Kingdom, linking London and Birmingham. This “helix” bridge retracts like a corkscrew to allow for the passage of boats. • Two other bridges in the Paddington Basin area were installed in 2004 in a large, ongoing redevelopment. The Station Bridge is a spaceage glass and steel structure with a semi-transparent screen and cantilevered steel deck. It connects the rail station with new development in the area. • The third bridge is truly a marvel. Named the Rolling Bridge, this drawbridge lets boats through in a unique way. The bridge span curls up into an octagonal shape that sits at the water’s edge, resembling a hamster wheel.

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MOMENTS IN TIME The History Channel ¥ On May 16, 1849, the New York City Board of Health finally is able to establish a hospital to deal with a cholera epidemic that, before it ends, kills more than 5,000 people. The disease spread when boat passengers escaped from a mandatory quarantine. ¥ On May 17, 1943, the crew of the Memphis Belle, one of a group of American bombers based in Britain, becomes the first B-17 crew to complete 25 missions over Europe. A fictional film about the B-17, called “Memphis Belle,” was released in 1990. ¥ On May 18, 1861, an obscure California newspaper relates how first lady Mary Todd Lincoln took it upon herself to appoint Mr. W.S. Wood as superintendent of Public Buildings. The article suggested that Mrs. Lincoln had been smitten with Mr. Wood’s handsome features, luxuriant whiskers and graceful carriage. ¥ On May 19, 1836, during a raid, Comanche, Kiowa and Caddo Indians in Texas kidnap 9-year-old Cynthia Ann Parker and kill her family. Adopted into the Comanche tribe, she lived a happy life, marrying a warrior and having three children, until Texas Rangers recaptured her in 1860. They forced her to return to live again among Anglo-Americans after killing her husband. ¥ On May 20, 1873, Levi Strauss secures the necessary patents for canvas pants with copper rivets to reinforce the stress points. Unable to sell a large supply of canvas in the California mining camps, Strauss had hit on the idea of using the durable material to make work pants for miners. ¥ On May 21, 1955, unknown singer Chuck Berry paid his first visit to a recording studio and cut “Maybellene.” The song became a No. 1 R&B hit and a No. 5 pop hit. It helped that DJ Alan Freed played the record for two hours straight during his WINS radio show. ¥ On May 22, 1969, legendary actor Paul Newman makes his onscreen racing debut in the action-drama film “Winning.” Newman played Frank Capua, a struggling race car driver who must turn around his fortunes by winning the biggest race of them all -- the Indianapolis 500. (c) 2011 King Features Synd., Inc.

1. GOVERNMENT: What do FICA taxes pay for? 2. LANGUAGE: What is a wunderkind? 3. HISTORY: To what royal house did England’s King Henry VIII belong? 4. U.S. STATES: What is Hawaii’s state flower? 5. ANATOMY: In what part of the body is the sternum located? 6. MEASUREMENTS: On what type of scale are wind forces measured? 7. ROYAL TITLES: How should one address a duke in greeting? 8. GEOGRAPHY: What U.S. city is known as the “City of Brotherly Love”? 9. LITERATURE: What is doggerel? 10. MEDICINE: Who is credited with discovering the polio vaccine? Answers 1. Social Security 2. A prodigy 3. Tudor 4. Yellow hibiscus 5. Chest 6. Beaufort Scale 7. Your grace 8. Philadelphia 9. Crudely written poetry 10. Albert Sabin

BRIDGES (continued): • The first pedestrian-only bridge crossing the River Thames in London in more than a century is affectionately called the “Wobbly Bridge.” Two days after its opening in 2000, it was closed due to unexpected lateral vibration. In other words, it wobbled, and people were frightened! Following repairs, it reopened in 2002. Now, it is a popular London walking path. The real name for the bridge is the London Millennium Footbridge. • Another big city downtown improvement involving a bridge is the 130-foot-long (40 m) Denver Millennium Footbridge that opened in 2002. A distinguishing feature of the bridge is the tilted, 200-foot-tall (61 m) mast that resembles that of a sailboat, a feature that has become iconic to lower downtown Denver. The bridge goes over a railroad easement 25 feet (7.6 m) above street level and is an extension of the popular 16th Street pedestrian mall. • A bridge with breathtaking views of the Colorado River served as a route for automobiles and trucks for 66 years. The original Navajo Bridge was opened in 1929, replacing a ferry that crossed the river. In 1995, the bridge was restricted to pedestrian use due to the opening of a new, stronger bridge for vehicles. The bridges are side by side and look very similar. They are located in the Glen Canyon National Recreation Area in Arizona; a Navajo Bridge Interpretive Center is there as well. • Ogunquit, Maine, has a footbridge that crosses the Ogunquit River to a section of beach called “Footbridge Beach.” Ogunquit Beach has been maintained as a public park since 1938 and is one of two municipally owned beaches in Maine.


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If you decide that, yes, Randy can have a dog, make some changes around the house to reduce the amount of allergens (dander, dust, pollen, etc.) that collect. Having smooth wood or tile floors that can be quickly dust-mopped daily helps. Choosing leather or vinyl-upholstered furniture rather than cloth will deter allergens from collecting on them. Randy will need to brush his pet daily to further reduce dander, and he should do that outside. Should your pet trial not work out -- your allergies just become too severe in too short a time -- work out an option for Randy to continue caring for or playing with a neighbor or friend's dog on a regular basis, over at their house. Send your questions or comments to ask@, or write to Paw's Corner, c/o King Features Weekly Service, P.O. Box 536475, Orlando, FL 32853-6475. Find more pet advice and resources at www.pawscorner. com. (c) 2011 King Features Synd., Inc.


BRIDGES (continued): • The Royal Gorge Bridge is 1,053 feet (321 m) above the Arkansas River in Canon City, Colorado. The bridge will support more than 2 million pounds (907 metric tons) and is open to foot traffic as well as automobiles. For those brave enough to walk across, there is a walkway made of 1,292 planks of decking, with about 250 replaced annually. Built in 1929, it is listed on the National Historic Register. • The original Capilano Suspension Bridge over the Capilano River in Vancouver, British Columbia, was built in 1889. This footbridge is 230 feet (70 m) above the river and is 450 feet (137 m) across. It has been rebuilt several times and is now part of a 27-acre park that is one of the top tourist attractions in British Columbia. • Canada has another, even longer and higher, suspended footbridge. This bridge, 600 feet (182 m) long and 152 feet (45 m) high, is over Eagle Canyon in northwestern Ontario. While not as well known as the Capilano Bridge, it does attract over 30,000 brave visitors per year. • While not intended as a footbridge, the Bosphorus Bridge in Turkey over the Bosphorus Strait, was the site of a famous tennis match in 2005. Played between Venus Williams and Turkish star Ipek Senoglu it was the first-ever competition to take place between two continents. The 4,954 foot-long (1.5 km) Bosphorus Bridge was completed in 1973 after many years of consideration. It links Europe and Asia. • The next time you cross a footbridge, whether short or long, wide or high, think about the engineering and architectural work that went into its design and construction. Bridges are pretty amazing structures.

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TO YOUR GOOD HEALTH By Paul G. Donohue, M.D. Potassium Plays Many Roles In Body DEAR DR. DONOHUE: A recent blood check showed that my potassium was high. I was told to stop eating bananas and drinking orange juice. I also was told to return to the doctor's office the next week. I did. They took another blood sample. They told me nothing more. What happens when potassium is high? -- F.H. ANSWER: Potassium has many important jobs. It keeps the body's electrical charges balanced. It's involved in transmitting nerve signals. It's needed to keep the heart beating and muscles contracting. It takes part in keeping the body neither too acid nor too alkaline. High blood potassium raises blood sugar, weakens muscles, causes nausea and vomiting, and triggers erratic and dangerous heartbeats. When the level is very high, potassium paralysis and death occur. Your potassium must not have been all that high. You had no symptoms. The causes of a high blood level include kidney illnesses, nonworking adrenal glands, a lack of insulin, sudden death of body cells, overuse of potassium supplements and medicines like beta blockers. The blood level of potassium can be read erroneously as high when the patient, during blood collection, keeps clenching and unclenching arm muscles. It rises when blood cells break apart in their journey from a patient's arm to the laboratory. It could be your reading was high because of either of these situations. It's hard to come up with an explanation that indicts an illness with raising potassium on one occasion and not keeping it raised for a short while. The electrolytes -- sodium, potassium, bicarbonate and chloride -- are not well understood by most people. Yet they are responsible for many body ailments. Readers can read about these minerals in the booklet describing their function. Write to Dr. Donohue -- No. 202W, Box 536475, Orlando, FL 32853-6475. 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.

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*** DEAR DR. DONOHUE: Swallowing became a real problem for me. Food would get stuck on its way to my stomach. I tried all sorts of over-the-counter medicines, but nothing worked. I saw a gastroenterologist, who put a scope down my swallowing tube. He discovered that there was a constricting ring of tissue at the bottom of it. How did I get it? He opened it with a balloon. Can it come back? -- C.W. ANSWER: You're talking about a Schatzki (SHOT-ski) ring. It is as you say -- a fold of tissue encircling the lowermost part of the esophagus, and it does cause food to hang up there. How did you get it? Some theorize that reflux of stomach acid into the esophagus explains why it developed. Acid reflux is a fancy way of saying heartburn. However, people can have reflux and a Schatzki ring but not have any heartburn symptoms. Meat and large pieces of bread are the foods most likely to get stuck. Stretching the ring with a balloon or other device usually fixes the problem. However, it can come back, and it often does. Because recurrence is common, many doctors put their patients on medicines that suppress stomach acid production. *** 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) 2011 North America Synd., Inc. All Rights Reserved

OVERCOMING THE ODDS: WILMA RUDOLPH Wilma Rudolph was born on June 23, 1940, in Clarksville, Tennessee, and weighed only 4.5 pounds (2 kg). She was unhealthy from the start of life. But as the seventeenth of 20 children, she had a large family around to encourage her growth and success. • As a tiny baby, Rudolph overcame scarlet fever and pneumonia when many died of the diseases. When she was four she contracted polio, the dreaded crippling disease that devastated so many lives at the time. It left her with a crippled leg, and doctors said she would never walk. • Tiny Rudolph had parents who would not give up on her. They had also been told that they could not raise a big family on the small income of a railroad porter and a maid, yet they were doing it. • Rudolph’s mother drove her daughter to a hospital in Nashville for tests. The doctors said that with years of daily massages her leg “might” be saved. The “might” was all her mother needed to hear. The family massaged her leg daily, and weekly trips were made to Nashville for other treatments. • Rudolph was almost walking by the time she was six. By eight, she was fitted with a leg brace and then a special high-topped shoe. At this time she was finally able to start school. • Rudolph’s older brothers played basketball with a peach basket mounted on a pole in their yard, and she loved to join them. She was very determined and would play for hours. One day when her mom came home from work, she noticed her daughter playing without her special shoe. She was playing barefoot. She never wore the special shoe again and was walking normally like everyone else.

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WILMA RUDOLPH (continued): • Rudolph played basketball in high school and set a Burt High School scoring record of 803 points in 25 games. Coach Ed Temple of Tennessee State University saw her play basketball but was more impressed by her speed than her scoring ability. He recruited her to join his summer “track camp.” • The camp was the start of a fantastic track career for Rudolph. She worked hard and qualified for the 1956 Olympics in Melbourne, Australia, during her senior year in high school. She was part of the 400-meter relay team that won a bronze medal. This was after only one year of training. • Rudolph ran track at Tennessee State and studied for a teaching degree. She also set her sights on the 1960 Olympics in Rome, Italy. She was a standout at those games. With her long legs, the crowd lovingly nicknamed her the “black gazelle” and “Chattanooga Choo-Choo.” • The little girl who was not expected to walk, and didn’t walk until she was eight years old, thrilled the crowds when she won three gold medals. She won the individual 100- and 200-meter races and was on the 400-meter women’s relay team that won. Rudolph became the first woman in history to win three gold medals in track and field at an Olympics. • She went on to be a wife and mom to four children and a teacher of great influence to her students. She was inducted into the Black Ath(continued): letes Hall ofBICYCLES Fame in 1973 and the National Track and Field of Fame in 1974. An NBC movie • In theHall 1890s, the first “modern” bicycles was appeared: made about her based vehicles on her autobiograchain-driven with simiphy,larly-sized “Wilma.” tires. These were safer than the models (and were evensaid called • Anhigh-wheel Olympic teammate, Bill Mulliken, of “safety bicycles” as a result), but proved a step Rudolph, “She was beautiful, she was nice, and in comfort. While the long spokes she backwards was the best.” The remarkable lady diedof in high-wheel bikes absorbed bumps and ruts, the Nashville in 1994 at age 54.

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More than a million bicycles were sold in the United States by the time 1895 rolled around, but one last improvement would propel the bicycle into the must-own category: the pneumatic tire. Under the guidance of the Pope Manufacturing Company (which made bicycles), the Hartford Rubber Works produced America’s first pneumatic tires in 1895. Providing a much softer ride, they soon became a standard feature on all bicycle models. Dozens of smaller-scale improvements boosted the speed, comfort, longevity and performance of bicycles during the 20th century. As women began to find them as necessary as men, two varieties of bicycle were made. Men’s bikes were built with an extra stabilizer bar across the top of the bike. Women’s bikes omitted the bar, providing for easier mounting and dismounting of the vehicle when wearing skirts. The 1970s saw the development of two bicycle extremes. First came bicycles that took you nowhere. Otherwise known as exercise bikes, these training aids first hit the home market at the beginning of the decade. Then, as time went on and the energy crisis sent fuel prices skyrocketing, mopeds appeared. These bicycle/motorcycle hybrids, most popular with city-centered business workers, could either be pedaled like a regular bike or powered using a small, low-powered gasoline engine.

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STRANGE BUT TRUE By Samantha Weaver ¥ It was British author Douglas Adams, best known for his "Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy" novels, who made the following sage observation: "Anyone who is capable of getting themselves made President should on no account be allowed to do the job." ¥ In the African nation of Sudan, a traditional wedding includes a ceremony known as "sungkem," in which the bride and groom kiss the knees of their parents.

1. Ron Hassey caught perfect games by Cleveland’s Len Barker (1981) and Montreal’s Dennis Martinez (1991). 2. Reggie Jackson hit 47 in 1969, and Jason Giambi hit 43 in 2000. 3. Five times - 1983, ‘87, ‘89, ‘91 and 2001. 4. Paul Silas, with 208 regular-season victories. 5. Hartford beat Philadelphia 9-7 in 1984. 6. It was Jerry Riley, in 1976. 7. Beth Daniel, in 1994. (c) 2011 King Features Synd., Inc.

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¥ "Casablanca," starring Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman, is one of the most beloved movies of all time, frequently being listed at or near the top of lists of the best films ever made. However, shortly after its release in November 1942, The New Yorker rated it only "pretty tolerable." ¥ Connoisseurs of frog legs claim that you should leave the toes on when frying -- they're good for picking your teeth after eating. ¥ The deepest hole ever drilled by humans reached a whopping depth of 7.62 miles. The project, known as the Kola Superdeep Borehole, was undertaken in Russia for the purpose of scientific research. ¥ At any given time, about two-thirds of the earth's surface is covered by clouds. ¥ American author, abolitionist, naturalist, historian and philosopher Henry David Thoreau died on May 6, 1862, of complications of tuberculosis. Those who were with him during his final moments say his last words were "moose" and "Indian." ¥ The tiny nation of San Marino, which is entirely encircled by Italy, is the world's oldest surviving sovereign state and constitutional republic. It was founded by a stonecutter in the year 301, and the constitution was enacted in 1600 -- the world's oldest still in effect. *** Thought for the Day: "There's no secret about success. Did you ever know a successful man who didn't tell you about it?" -- Kin Hubbard (c) 2011 King Features Synd., Inc.

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ROLLER SKATES Inventors and adventurers started trying to figure out how to get wheels on feet as far back as the 1700s. The first skates were not very maneuverable. Dr. James L. Plimpton of Medfield, Massachusetts, started the craze that really got roller skating going. His new design helped children and adults glide for hours of fun — and, yes, resulted in some broken bones and bruises! • Dr. Plimpton’s 1863 patent was for wooden skate platforms with four wheels each, made to be strapped onto ordinary shoes. He earned more than $2 million in royalties and license fees. (That was in 1863. Imagine that in today’s dollars!) • The first public roller skating rink opened at Newport, Rhode Island, in 1866, under the guidance of Dr. Plimpton. He actually called his rink a “parlor” and invited the press and high society people to skate there. He wanted the sport to be for the aristocrats. He toured the country teaching and demonstrating dance, ballet and ice skating techniques that were adapted for roller skating. • The first roller rinks were small, and the best used maple flooring. With the small size and the push to only appeal to high society, the real craze for skating wasn’t growing much. By the late 1870s and early 1880s, rink owners started making changes. Some hired orchestras as they tried to attract more adults and children to the sport. • The largest roller skating rink in history was the Grand Hall of London, which was open from 1890 to 1912. It was 68,000 square feet (6,317 sq m). Most of the rinks today are about 14,000 square feet (1,300 sq m). • Another noteworthy skating rink opened in 1908 at Madison Square Gardens in New York City. Many rinks opened in the United States and Europe. The sport of roller skating had arrived.

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