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Each U.S. president’s name has been adopted for a variety of uses. In 1800, our nation’s new capital was named after the first president, George Washington. In 2008, a particular species of round fungus beetle was named for our newest ex-president, George W. Bush. Okay, so not all of the uses are flattering… • Fort Adams, named in honor of our second president, John Adams, sits along the coast in Newport, Rhode Island. Crowds gather at the location each year to attend the celebrated Newport Jazz Festival. • One of Cincinnati’s most posh areas is Mt. Adams, named for John Quincy Adams. In the mid-1800s, the hill became the home of the world’s most powerful telescopes. • Blues music legend Chester Arthur Burnett was named for President Chester Alan Arthur. As a performer, Burnett adopted a more colorful name: Howlin’ Wolf. • Do you recall which group of TV students attended James Buchanan High? Was it the hoopsters from The White Shadow, the teenagers in Happy Days, or the Sweathogs from Welcome Back, Kotter? Find the answer at the very end of this article. • The northeastern suburbs of Atlanta have become a huge shopping destination. One of the heaviest-traveled thoroughfares in the area is Boulevard, named after the former president from Georgia. turn the page for more Tidbits!

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Covering NASCAR Is a Cool Job The great hibernation is coming to an end. Oh, I’ve kept myself occupied during the NASCAR offseason. I’ve written numerous columns about other sports. I’ve gone to a few ballgames as a fan. I’ve read quite a bit. I’ve written a few songs and recorded all the ones I’ve written -- 19 now, I think, along with several others in various stages of completion -- in a studio, and now friends of mine are adding other tracks (lead guitar, bass, percussion) in order to make it look like I know what I’m doing. I’ve tried to become a better guitarist and get a little better on a few other instruments (electric guitar, harmonica, mandolin) lying around the house. I’ve organized my home music collection. My house isn’t exactly conceived by an interior decorator. All those CDs are in a gigantic chest of drawers -- a friend changed jobs and didn’t want to take it with him -- between the kitchen and the kitchen table, on the other side of the bar, which is not a bar where beverages are prepared, but a bar where food is prepared, where cheese is sliced and instant pudding and Jell-O (sugarfree, of course!) are whisked. Music and Jell-O. In close proximity. Why? There was room for a dresser there ... and room in the dresser for CDs. I’ve cooked a lot. I’ve conducted experiments in the rapidly growing field of chicken-wing sauces. I’ve further perfected the chili recipe. I’ve explored new innovations in regard to the microwave, the electric grill and the crockpot. I’ve written a few chapters of fiction, not because of some book deal but because I really want to. I’d like to get a novel published, but have no clear confidence that I’m capable of it. I’ll never be capable of it unless I try. If I’m not good enough now, maybe I can get good enough with practice. The downside is that fiction is often pushed back in the name of projects that actually produce money.

www.spokanetidbits.com The best way to become a better writer is ... to write. Fortunately, I get a lot of practice. If I lack direction, though, I’ll get it soon. NASCAR lasts for 10 months. When writing about it is your primary job, there isn’t much time for anything else. I never had a hobby until fairly recently because my job was so all-inclusive. Now music is a genuine hobby, and it’s made my life more enjoyable. Writing about NASCAR is a cool job, as my friends are fond of telling me. I’m looking forward to it right now. I feel revitalized. There have been years when I dreaded the season’s onset. Maybe, by stepping away a bit and diversifying myself, I’ve found a happy medium. Maybe obsessing less about NASCAR will make me better at writing about it. Or maybe it won’t. I’m happier, though. Monte Dutton has covered motorsports for The Gaston (N.C.) Gazette since 1993. He was named writer of the year by the National Motorsports Press Association in 2008. His blog NASCAR This Week (http://nascar.rbma. com) features all of his reporting on racing, roots music and life on the road. You can e-mail Monte at nascar_ thisweek@yahoo.com. (c) 2009 King Features Synd., Inc.

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PRESIDENTIAL NAMES (continued): • To thank Rutherford B. Hayes for his help in their border dispute with Argentina, Paraguay named one of its “departments” (the equivalent of a “state”) Presidente Hayes. Its capital? Villa Hayes, of course. • “Hoovervilles” sprang up all across America during the Great Depression. This was the name the press gave to to the shantytowns where some were forced to live in the 1930s, when Herbert Hoover was president. • On a few episodes of The Andy Griffith Show, Sheriff Taylor’s full name is revealed to be Andrew Jackson Taylor. President Andrew Jackson was born in 1767 on the border between North and South Carolina. • In years past, Texas’ wealthy often headed elsewhere to retire. Today, many of them opt to find a cozy spot along Lake LBJ, a central Texas spot famous for its great boating. (Lyndon Johnson did own property on the lake, and visited it regularly during his term.) • When John F. Kennedy was assassinated in 1963, tributes rose all across the country. In New York, Idlewild Airport became JFK Airport. In Florida, Cape Canaveral became Cape Kennedy. • Manhattan’s Madison Avenue, Madison Square, and the famed Madison Square Garden were named for our nation’s fourth president, James Madison. • In 1822, the country of Liberia was formed on the Atlantic coast of Africa to accommodate freed slaves that wanted to leave America. Liberia stands as the oldest independent African nation. Monrovia, its capital, was named for President James Monroe. • Washington State’s Franklin Pierce School District has it better than most. Not only do they receive assistance from prestigious local organizations like the Gates Foundation, but how many school playgrounds offer a view as gorgeous as that overlooking Mt. Rainier? • National Airport in Washington, D.C. was renamed Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport in 1998. It handles much of the city’s intercontinental traffic, while nearby Dulles offers more international flights. • Political pundits may chuckle after learning that Franklin D. Roosevelt Island – in the East River between Manhattan and Queens – was previously known as Welfare Island. • In a famous cartoon, Theodore Roosevelt was depicted as being merciful to a bear cub. From then on, plush bear dolls adopted his nickname and became “Teddy bears.” • Named for then-president Harry Truman, the Truman Doctrine went into effect in 1947 in an attempt to prevent the spread of Communism into southeast Europe. • The first American city named after George Washington was chartered in 1780, before he became president. The city of Washington, Georgia, was founded nearly a year before General Washington led his troops through the famous winter at Valley Forge. • Dozens of universities, colleges, and other schools are named for presidents. One of the most prestigious is the Woodrow Wilson School of Public & International Affairs, part of Princeton University. The End

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ments that seem to help, for the most part the sufferer doesn’t get much relief. Soldiers with PTSD know full well the stigma of suffering from an injury that can’t be seen. With the award of a Purple Heart, they feel that their injury will be acknowledged. On the other side, the Purple Heart has historically been given only for wounds received in battle “as a direct result of enemy action” that is intended to maim or kill. The Military Order of the Purple is very much against awarding for a non-visible injury like PTSD. Its director of public relations has been quoted as saying, “Shedding blood is the objective.” As long as that is the prevailing sentiment, it’s not likely that PTSD and other psychological problems will get the recognition that comes with a Purple Heart. Write to Freddy Groves in care of King Features Weekly Service, P.O. Box 536475, Orlando, FL 32853-6475, or send e-mail to columnreply@gmail.com. (c) 2009 King Features Synd., Inc. you can record yourself. The services, however, are expensive. Then there are computer software programs that will pop reminders up on the monitor. There’s always the alarm clock, set to go off at the right time. In my case, the solution was a lot easier than signing up for a call-reminder service. Instead, I swapped phone numbers with one other person in the class. It was her idea because she also found herself lacking the right motivation to get to class. On even days of the month, I call her in the morning to ask if she’s going to class. On odd days she calls me. Having to answer to someone else seems to be working. I’ve gone to enough classes in a row now that I don’t think I’ll start skipping them. It might be low-tech, but it’s working.

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The Kitchen Diva By Angela Shelf Medearis

Seductive Salmon Makes a Perfect Valentine’s Day Dinner I love preparing a romantic dinner for Valentine’s Day. Cooking is one of the ways I show my love for my sweet husband, Michael. We’ve been married for 34 years, so I’ve had plenty of opportunities to create romantic meals, from breakfast in bed to late-night fireside suppers. What better time to prepare a heart-healthy meal than on the one day of the year that celebrates matters of the heart -- Valentine’s Day? Roasted Salmon With Pomegranate Butter Sauce is a delicious way to make a special day even more memorable and provides the gift of good health. Salmon is low in mercury and high in omega-3 fatty acids. While 80 percent of all of the salmon sold is farm-raised, wild salmon is the best option. Eating two to three servings per week of foods rich in omega-3 is a healthy choice. This recipe for roasted salmon is adapted from author Rick Rodgers’ newest cookbook, “Autumn Gatherings: Casual Food to Enjoy With Family and Friends” (Morrow Cookbooks). If you’ve never roasted salmon, get ready for a treat, as the heat from the oven seals in the flavor of the salmon much better than moist-heat methods like poaching or steaming. The pomegranate butter sauce is what makes this dish so deliciously unique. Pomegranate juice is fairly easy to find in most grocery stores, and the flavor marries beautifully with the salmon. Roasted Salmon With Pomegranate Butter Sauce is the perfect choice for a seductive Valentine’s Day dinner and the perfect way to combine heart-felt sentiments with heart-healthy benefits. ROASTED SALMON WITH POMEGRANATE BUTTER SAUCE The pomegranate butter sauce is a red variation of the classic French beurre blanc. Beurre blanc literally translated from French means “white butter.” One important tip: Slowly incorporate the butter over very low heat so it softens into a creamy emulsion with the acidic base. If the heat is too high, the butter will simply melt. - 1 (2-pound) center-cut salmon fillet, with skin - 1 teaspoon salt - 1 teaspoon black pepper

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1. Preheat the oven to 400 F. Lightly oil a large, rimmed baking sheet. 2. Run your fingers over the cut side of the salmon, feeling for any pin bones. If necessary, pull out the bones with sterilized tweezers. Season salmon on both sides with the salt and pepper. Place the salmon on baking sheet, flesh side up. Cut the salmon vertically into 6 equal portions, but do not separate the pieces. (This makes the salmon easier to serve after cooking.) 3. Roast until the salmon shows just a hint of bright pink when prodded in the center of the fillet at one of the cuts with the tip of a knife, 12 to 15 minutes. 4. Meanwhile, make the butter sauce. Bring the pomegranate juice, balsamic vinegar, orange juice, honey, shallots, rosemary, salt and pepper to a boil in a non-reactive medium saucepan over high heat. Cook until the liquid is reduced to 1/4 cup, about 8 minutes. Reduce the heat to very low. 5. Remove pan from heat and whisk in the tablespoon of butter. Whisk until the butter softens into a creamy texture, occasionally returning pan to the heat to keep it warm, but not hot. Repeat with the remaining butter, one tablespoon at a time. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Do not bother to try to keep the sauce piping hot; it will be heated by the warmth of the salmon. 6. Remove the skin and any fat from the salmon and discard. Serve the salmon on individual dinner plates, and spoon the sauce on top. Serve immediately. Makes 6 servings *** Angela Shelf Medearis is an award-winning children’s author, culinary historian and the author of five cookbooks. Her latest cookbook, “The New African-American Kitchen,” is in bookstores now. She’s known as The Kitchen Diva and is the executive producer and host of “The Kitchen Diva!” television cooking show. Visit her Web site at www.divapro.com. (c) 2009 King Features Synd., Inc.

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