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hendrick Motorsports: 25 Years of excellence Hendrick Motorsports, celebrating its 25th anniversary this year, is NASCAR’s most successful contemporary team. Owner Rick Hendrick, one of the nation’s leading automobile dealers in addition to his racing success, will field four Sprint Cup teams this year, employing four drivers -- Jimmie Johnson, Jeff Gordon, Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Mark Martin -- who have combined for seven championships and 174 victories. Though Hendrick is NASCAR’s gold-standard team, the prevailing metal this year is silver. Employees lovingly restored a 1989 Chevy Lumina, made it a good-deal slicker than an ‘89 Lumina ever was, gave it a silver sheen and presented owner Rick Hendrick with another valuable exhibit for his museum/gift shop. Hendrick founded the organization in 1984 with five employees and 5,000 square feet of rented workspace. Today, more than 500 people work on the more than 100-acre campus in Concord, N.C. Hendrick’s teams have scored at least one win for 23 consecutive seasons. In its 25 years, Hendrick Motorsports has averaged 1.4 top-10 finishes per race and seven wins per season. The operative word at Hendrick Motorsports is self-assurance. Two years ago, its four drivers combined to win half the races. Johnson has won the last three championships. Counting NASCAR’s three major touring series, Hendrick has collected 12 championships in its history. If you’re keeping a scorecard at home, that’s eight Cup (five Winston, two Nextel, one Sprint), three Craftsman (now Camping World) Truck and one Busch (now Nationwide) title. In other words, with that that kind of record, if they weren’t smug, they’d be disingenuous. 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 ( features all of his reporting on racing, roots music and life on the road. You can e-mail Monte at (c) 2009 King Features Synd., Inc.

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The enveLOpe, pLease (continued): work in the same specialization are allowed to nominate choices for technical awards. Only directors, for instance, can suggest a film for Best Director. Once the preliminary votes are tabulated, the top choices in each category become the official nominees. • After the nominees have been selected, ballots are sent out to all AMPAS members. All members get to vote in every category, even those in which they have no experience. This procedure has been the subject of much criticism. Few AMPAS members bother to screen the foreign film submissions, for example. As a result, a voter may have to select a film he or she has never even seen! • The final ballots are mailed to the public accounting firm of Price Waterhouse Coopers. Three PWC representatives retire to a locked, guarded room to tabulate the votes and prepare the sealed envelopes that contain the names of the 22 main winners. Those envelopes are given to a senior PWC official, who brings them to the auditorium and hands them to the presenters just before each winner is announced. A back-up representative travels to the ceremony in a separate car with a duplicate set of winners’ envelopes, just in case something happens to the first official (or the original envelopes) en route. • If the first courier makes it to the auditorium safe and sound, the back-up sits in the audience and opens the envelopes along with the presenter. This double-check measure allows a PWC representative to interject if the presenter happens to read the incorrect name or title onstage. Thus far in Oscar history, such a correction has never been necessary. • There are always more AMPAS members than there are seats in the venue where the Academy Awards ceremony is held. Nominees and presenters are given seats in what is called the “golden horseshoe.” It’s close to the stage so that their faces can be seen when the camera scans the audience, and also so they don’t have to walk far to present or collect their awards. When someone leaves the audience, a designated “seat filler” quickly rushes over and sits in the abandoned chair so that no empty seats appear on camera. • Of course, those in the golden horseshoe also require seats for their escorts and their entourage (personal assistants, family members, etc.), so another dozen seats or more may be spoken for. The families of executives from companies that sponsor the ceremony get the next batch of free seats. Any remaining tickets are offered for $200 each to AMPAS members on a first-come, firstserved basis. • Those bleacher seats outside the theater beside the red carpet are available only to those who win a lottery. Interested attendees must submit an application – along with a photo – and then wait to hear whether or not their name has been “pulled out of the hat.” The 400 or so spectators who “win” are given an official acceptance letter from AMPAS. No one else is allowed in the bleachers, even if they spent the night before waiting on the pavement in hopes of grabbing a vacant spot. • Even though the stars won’t begin arriving until 4 in the afternoon, spectators with bleacher tickets must arrive at the theater by 9:30 a.m. They’ll be rewarded for their patience with a view from a ringside seat when the stars arrive and walk the legendary red carpet. At 6 p.m., the bleacher crowd will cross the street to enjoy the TV broadcast of the event at the El Capitan Theatre. The End

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The Kitchen Diva By Angela Shelf Medearis

Backpack Lunches During the school year, I’m faced with the same dilemma every day -- what am I going to pack for my son Lorenzo’s lunch? Fortunately, help for my lunchtime quandary arrived by mail in the form of a new cookbook called “Real Food for Healthy Kids” by Tracey Seaman, head chef of the test kitchens for the “Everyday With Rachel Ray” magazine, and Tanya Wenman Steel, editor in chief of the award-winning food and recipe Web site While both women have stellar culinary backgrounds, the daily challenges of preparing healthy meals for their own children were the catalyst for this wonderful cookbook. As I read through the cookbook, I made note of the great lunch recipes I want to try. All the recipes include a nutritional analysis and have been kid-tested by children of all ages from around the U.S. “Real Food for Healthy Kids” also celebrates fruits and vegetables through creative, kid-friendly recipes. When children aren’t taught about the beauty of fresh vegetables, they miss out on an important connection to the earth and the flavors that make food so phenomenal. While a child’s picky palate is the focus of each recipe, adults will also enjoy the diverse menus. The cookbook also contains a wealth of helpful information about preparing meals for children with health issues. Author Tracey Seaman’s 13-year-old son is autistic, and her daughter is on a gluten-free diet. Seaman provides simple recipes and mealtime solutions for common health problems and food sensitivities based on her first-hand experience. “Real Food for Healthy Kids” is like a modern, family-oriented version of “The Joy of Cooking.” The cookbooks have a similar feel, right down to the quirky line drawings. This is a wonderful recipe resource for parents and children alike created by two culinary professionals and working mothers who firmly believe in the power of good food. CALIFORNIA-STYLE TUNA SALAD ROLLS 1 can (6 ounces) light tuna fish, preferably packed in water, drained and flaked 3 tablespoons mayonnaise 1/4 teaspoon wasabi paste* or freshly ground black pepper, to taste 2 (10-inch) flour tortillas 2 medium leaves Boston lettuce 1 Kirby cucumber, peeled and coarsely shredded lengthwise (without seeds) 1 medium carrot, peeled and coarsely shredded 1/2 of a ripe avocado, peeled, pitted and sliced 1/2-inch thick


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DEAR PAW’S CORNER: When I’m staying in a rental home at the coast, where is the best place for my dog, “Riley,” to stay: the rental home or a kennel close by? -- Todd Y., Neotsu, Ore. DEAR TODD: If you’re bringing your dog on vacation with you (which is fantastic, by the way), he should stay with you if at all possible. A kennel tends to be a stressful place for dogs, even if you come to pick him up every day. If you’re vacationing in an unfamiliar place, you may not know how well the kennel is run, if the dogs that stay there are kept healthy and happy, and if illnesses like kennel cough are kept to a minimum. Riley will benefit from his owner being with him in an unfamiliar place, particularly at night. So, Riley should stay with you. If you’re bringing him on vacation, he should experience the vacation with you. A caveat, however: always get clearance from the


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rental home’s owner before bringing a pet. Vacationrental agreements often stipulate that no pets are allowed in the house. This happens, sadly, because not all pet owners control their pets, and damage can be done to the rental property. Many rentals that allow pets will charge an extra fee, sometimes per pet, to cover any potential damages. The fee is usually nonrefundable -- but in my experience it’s much cheaper than the cost of keeping your pet in a reputable kennel. If the vacation rental you’re considering does not allow pets, look for another house in the area. Several sites on the Internet list pet-friendly rentals, including ( pet_friendly.cfm); (http://www.; and (http://www. shtml). Send your tips, questions and comments to Paw’s Corner, c/o King Features Weekly Service, P.O. Box 536475, Orlando, FL 32853-6475, or e-mail them to (c) 2009 King Features Synd., Inc.

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Making a Difference in Spokane It’s a Wonderful Life - November, 2008 Last winter, during a time when we had alot of snowfall, I was driving downtown one afternoon and was stopped at the red light in front of a local tavern. As I waited for the light to change, an intoxicated man waddled out of the tavern, stood atop a large snow bank waiting to cross the street, slipped and fell face first onto the pavement, into the street. The light turned green, and the people in front of me proceeded to drive around him. I pulled over onto the snow bank and jumped out to help. The man was too large for me to help up. So I peered into the tavern and asked for help. Two intoxicated men came out and obviously knew who my snow bank man was. “Clarence!” they yelled. “What are you doing on the ground?” They tried to lift him but they couldn’t. They managed to roll him over, drag him onto the cold icy sidewalk, dropped his feet, and went back into the tavern. By this time his t-shirt had bunched up under his back and I could tell he was cold and his skin was turning red. I had called 911 and they were on their way. Nobody else stopped to help. I had about 10 minutes of time to just wait with frustration that I could not lift Clarence, nor talk to him. All I could do was look into his sky blue eyes, surrounded by his haggard red face and white hair. I knew that he could see me, and at one point he muttered, “I’m cold.” I felt so helpless... The fire trucks arrived and the paramedics jumped out and went over to Clarence. They immediately recognized him. “Clarence, what happened? Are you hurt? Where do you want us to take you today? Detox or the hospital?” I watched, hopeful that I would see Clarence get up and walk and talk. But he continued to lie on the ice. They did manage to get him to sit up. As I watched this all unfold, a paramedic came over and asked if I was the 911 caller. I said I was and he asked me questions about what had happened. Then, out of the blue, he said, “Thank you very much for waiting with Clarence. Usually people call us, then leave the scene. You are one of very few who ever stay.” This statement shocked me. Why would you just leave a soul in the cold snow not knowing if he had been taken care of properly? I felt then that it was okay for me to leave. I got in my car and drove away, with tears in my eyes for Clarence. What was his story, would he get help? I couldn’t stop thinking of his bright blue eyes peering up at me from the sidewalk. Jump to early November. I had been working at the Salvation Army as Business Administrator for about a month. What a difference working for a non-profit is, as compared to my previous corporate job! I had gotten a good education about the needy and less fortunate in our community and what great work the Army does to care for them. One day in my office, I had been thinking of Clarence as I so often have done since the accident. I think it was his eyes and his name I couldn’t forget. Clarence, like the soul on It’s a Wonderful Life. Then, all of a sudden, as I was looking out my office window, I saw Clarence get off the bus in front of our campus. It’s Clarence! I ran down the hall to the door just in time to see him walk past my building to the Family Resource Center. He was walking, quite swiftly and I stood with a smile on my face because this was my first glimpse of Clarence walking upright! I was overcome with emotion! I returned to my office and told my story to the Captains. Later that day, I was on a tour of the Resource Center and went into the waiting room for our emergency shelter and food bank. There, sitting in a chair waiting for assistance, was Clarence. I smiled and kind of did a little wave, but knew he didn’t know who I was. Jump to November 25, our big Thanksgiving Turkey give away day! At 7:00 am I went out to check on the line of people waiting to get into our community center for their turkeys. Standing at the front of the line was Clarence!! Once again, he was in my life, on our campus, requesting assistance. I went up and said hello and asked how he was. He asked if there were two lines this year and I said no, just one. He then said, “well then I had better go get in the right line.” He knew he had cut in front of about 50 waiting people, so preceded to walk about a block back to the end of the line. A good man, I thought. I then raced around looking for the Captain to tell him my Clarence was here! I found Captain at the canteen vehicle parked on the street, right in front of Clarence who had just been given a hot cup of coffee. “There’s Clarence”, I pointed out to the Captain. “Well, God bless him,” he replied. Later that morning, I was working the food distribution line. It was so busy, I had forgotten about Clarence. We were giving out over 6,000 turkeys! A few moments later, Clarence appeared in my line. I went up to him and for the first time, said his name. “Hi Clarence, thanks for coming today! Can I help you with your turkey?” He said yes and produced a big bag and a backpack. I helped him get his bag of groceries into the bag and zipped up his turkey into his backpack. I got both bags on his shoulders for him, all while looking into those familiar blue eyes. “Happy Thanksgiving Clarence,” I said. He grasped my arm, and after all this time and all my thoughts of him, in one sentence he said to me, “Thank you dear.” Sheila Geraghty Business Administrator, Spokane Corps Att

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