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FROGS (continued): • Although it does have lungs, a frog breathes through its skin, which allows oxygen to pass through it, so its skin must always be moist. If it isn’t wet enough, there isn’t enough oxygen and the frog suffocates. The frog doesn’t take a drink when thirsty – all the moisture the frog needs is absorbed through the skin. • At least once a week, frogs shed their skin. After doing a lot of twisting and stretching, a frog will pull the skin over its head. Although the frog will usually eat the skin, some species, like the Australian water-holding frog, uses the shed skin as a cocoon to burrow in. This desert-dwelling water-holding frog can wait seven years for rain in its underground burrow. • Out of all animals with a backbone, frogs are by far the best jumpers, with many able to leap up to 20 times their body length. If a human could do that, it would be about a 100-foot (30.5 m) jump. The longest frog jump on record took place at a 1989 South African frog derby when Santjie the frog leaped 33 feet, 5.5 inches (10 m.). • Not all frogs are jumpers. Costa Rica’s flying tree frog soars among the branches aided by its feet. The webbing between its toes fills with air much like a parachute, enabling the frog to fly from tree to tree. • Have you ever tried to sneak up on a frog? It’s “nigh on” impossible because its bulging eyes enable it to see in all different directions without even moving its head. And because its eyes are located on the top of its head, a frog can sit in the water with only its eyes and nose above the surface. Frogs have three eyelids, two of which are used above water, and the other to protect its eyes when it is under water.

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FROGS (continued): • An unusual species known as the glass frog has transparent skin, meaning you can see its internal organs, bones, and muscles. An observer can view the heart beating as well as the stomach digesting food.

• Although most frogs stick to a diet of insects, snails, spiders, and worms, some species dine on small fish and even mice. Argentina’s horned frogs can eat a mouse in one mouthful, swallowing it whole. Africa’s dwarf puddle frog gobbles up to 100 mosquitoes in one night’s dinner. It takes less than one second for a frog to roll out its long sticky tongue, grab its prey, and return it to its mouth. While the frog does have a row of teeth on its upper jaw, they’re only to hold the prey while the frog kills it. The teeth are not used to chew.

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• On April 27, 1667, blind poet John Milton sells the copyright to his masterpiece “Paradise Lost” for a mere 10 pounds. Once printed, the poem was immediately hailed as a masterpiece of the English language. In 1671, he wrote “Paradise Regained,” followed by “Samson Agonistes.” He died in 1674. • On April 25, 1859, at Port Said, Egypt, ground is broken for the Suez Canal, an artificial waterway intended to stretch 101 miles across the isthmus of Suez and connect the Mediterranean and the Red seas. When it opened, the Suez Canal was only 25 feet deep, 72 feet wide at the bottom, and 200 feet to 300 feet wide at the surface. Fewer than 500 ships navigated it in its first year of operation. • On April 24, 1863, the Union army issues General Order No. 100, which provided a code of conduct for Federal soldiers and officers when dealing with Confederate prisoners and civilians. It became the standard for international military law. • On April 22, 1915, German forces shock Allied soldiers along the Western front by firing more than 150 tons of lethal chlorine gas against two French colonial divisions. The Germans, perhaps as shocked as the Allies by the devastating effects of the poison gas, failed to take full advantage, and the Allies held most of their positions. • On April 23, 1961, Judy Garland plays Carnegie Hall in what has been called “the greatest night in showbiz history.” The concert took place on the one night a week that Broadway performers have off -- Sunday night -- and the audience was therefore a friendly one. • On April 26, 1977, Studio 54, the most famous nightclub in the world, opens its doors. The venue became famous for openly and shamelessly excluding all but the most chic, famous or beautiful patrons. Studio 54’s golden era lasted less than three years. • On April 21, 1980, Rosie Ruiz, age 26, finishes first in the women’s division of the Boston Marathon. Eight days later Ruiz was stripped of her victory after race officials learned she jumped into the race about a mile before the finish line.

• While all frogs have poison glands in their skin, most aren’t potent enough to do any damage. However, some Central and South American varieties, known as poison dart frogs, have extraordinarily strong poisons. The natives use this poison on the tips of their hunting arrows. Although there are about 170 different kinds of these poisonous creatures, the most toxic is the golden poison frog. It contains enough poison to kill eight people.

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• Frogs have their place in folklore as well. Legend has it that if the first frog you see in the Spring is sitting on dry ground, for the next year, you will shed as many tears as the frog would need to swim away in. It’s also not a good sign if Spring’s first frog jumps into the water – you’ll have misfortune all year. Likewise, if it jumps away from you, you will lose some friends. However, take heart! If it jumps in your direction, you’ll have many friends. Why not adopt the Japanese’s view of frogs – they view them as symbols of good luck.

• In the English language, the frog says, “ribbit,” while in the Arabic, it says “far, gar.” Mandarin Chi- • About 120 species of frogs, toads, and salamanders have disappeared over the past 35 years. nese frogs croak, “guo, guo,” while Russian frogs make the sound “kva-kva.” The Long Arm of the VAOIG

The Department of Veterans Affairs Office of Inspector General (VAOIG) has, as usual, been busy investigating allegations of wrongdoing in the VA. Here are some recent highlights: • A Pennsylvania man, head of a veterans support group, defrauded the VA for seven years, taking $178,000 in healthcare and pension benefits he wasn’t entitled to. He stole a veteran’s identity to pull off the theft. He’ll get three years of supervised released and must pay back the entire amount. • At the William Jennings Bryan Dorn VA medical center in South Carolina, VAOIG responded to allegations that there were high instances of surgical infections. They determined that infection control was “fragmented and inconsistent.” • In West Haven, Conn., inspectors found that lack of staff, incomplete and inconsistent procedures and poor training resulted in operating rooms that weren’t necessarily clean. Additionally, safeguards weren’t in place for safe handling of infectious patients at the same time as noninfectious patients. • A former director of a medical center in Ohio was guilty of 64 charges. A two-year investigation uncovered fraud, con-

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• One of the world’s favorite crooners hails from Ottawa, Ontario. Born in Canada in 1941 to restaurant-owning parents of Lebanese descent, Paul Anka began singing in the St. Elias Antiochian Orthodox Church choir at age 12. By 13, he had formed his own group, the Bobbysoxers. • A school contest when he was 13 changed the course of Anka’s life. He collected Campbell’s soup labels for three months and won a trip to New York City, where he determined he was going to make it in the music industry. By 14, he had recorded his first single, “I Confess.” • At 16, Anka headed back to New York and was granted an audition at ABC-Paramount Records, singing “Diana.” The studio signed him immediately and “Diana” quickly skyrocketed to Number One, and continues to be one of the best-selling 45s in music history, with sales of over 9 million copies. Following up with four more singles, Anka was firmly in place as a universal teen idol. • In the late 1950s Anka was traveling the world, singing such hits as “Put Your Head on My Shoulder” and “Hey There, Lonely Boy.” While touring Great Britain and Australia with Buddy Holly, Anka composed “It Doesn’t Matter Anymore” exclusively for Holly, and Holly recorded it shortly before his fatal plane crash in 1959. At age 18, Anka generously bestowed his composer’s royalties on Holly’s widow. • While enjoying a career as a recording star, Anka began songwriting in earnest. He composed the 1960 hit

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1. Who were the last teammates before Baltimore’s Manny Machado and Chris Davis in 2013 to lead the A.L. in doubles and home runs in the same season? 2. How many times did New York Yankees legend Joe DiMaggio have seasons of more RBIs

than games played? 3. Who holds the Pac-12 record for most touchdown passes in a season? 4. In 2013, San Antonio’s Tim Duncan became the fourth player to play in the NBA Finals during three different decades. Name two of the other three. 5. When was the last time before the 2013-14 season that the Philadelphia Flyers won at least 10 consecutive games at home in regulation? 6. How many times has a Tour de France bicycling champion come from Great Britain? 7. Who gave heavyweight boxer Muhammad Ali his second professional defeat? (c) 2013 King Features Synd., Inc.

1. Is the book of Iscariot in the Old or New Testament or neither? 2. What’s the only book of the Bible (KJV) that mentions Christ’s tomb being sealed? Matthew, Mark, Luke, John 3. When Mary Magdalene and “the other Mary” came upon the risen Jesus, whom did He ask them to inform? Priests, Disciples, No One, Villagers 4. Which disciple doubted Jesus had risen unless he could see the wounds? Peter, Andrew, Thomas, Thaddeus 5. From Acts 1, how long did Jesus remain after His resurrection before He ascended into heaven? Instantaneously, 1 hour, 7 days, 40 days 6. As found in Mathew 27:5, what happened to Judas, the betrayer of Jesus? Fled into night, Stoned to death, Jumped from cliff, Hanged himself (c) 2013 King Features Synd., Inc.

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1. ANCIENT WORLD: Who was the king of Troy during the Trojan War? 2. MEDICAL TERMS: What is a sternutation? 3. MOVIES: What movie featured the tagline, ?Eight legs, two fangs and an attitude?? 4. LITERATURE: Which one of Shakespeare?s plays features the character of Titania? 5. WEIGHTS AND MEASURES: If a standard quarter weighs .2 ounces, how many quarters would it take to equal 1 pound? 6. SCIENCE: What was the main geological process that formed the Grand Canyon? 7. EXPLORERS: Who was the first European explorer to travel the length of the Mississippi River in 1682? 8. GENERAL KNOWLEDGE: What was the name of the comic strip usually credited as the first to appear regularly in a newspaper? 9. TELEVISION: What was the names of the Elly May?s chimpanzees on ?The Beverly Hillbillies?? 10. MUSIC: What kind of instrument is a euphonium? (c) 2013 King Features Synd., Inc.


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By Samantha Mazzotta Faulty Faucet Causes Homeowner Headache Q: We self-installed a kitchen faucet last year, an expensive single-lever unit with a faucet that curves up several inches high so that there’s plenty of room for pots and pans underneath. For several weeks now, whenever I turn off the water, a thin stream of water continues trickling out of the faucet for several minutes. I make sure to push the lever all the way down when I turn it off, but that doesn’t fix it. How do we repair this? -- Joyce G., Burlington, Vt. A: If you saved the manufacturer instructions or warranty card, dig that paper out and look for a customer service number. The most likely problem with the faucet is a faulty cartridge, and in a unit that was only purchased about a year ago, that part should be covered in the faucet’s warranty. Contacting the manufacturer through the number given on the manual or warranty card will connect you with a troubleshooting department that can walk you through additional steps to determine whether a replacement cartridge

MARATHONS

With the Boston Marathon scheduled for Monday, April 21, Tidbits examines the facts on the history of marathons, while focusing on a few famous events. • The official distance of the modern marathon is 26 miles and 385 yards (42.195 km). It began as a commemoration of legend’s run of the Greek messenger and soldier Pheidippides. At the completion of the Battle of Marathon between the Greeks and the Persians, Pheidippides was sent from the battlefield to Athens to announce the victory. After running the entire distance without stopping, he rushed into the assembly, proclaimed, “We won,” then collapsed and died. • When the modern-day Olympics began in 1896, the marathon was one of the original events, although there was no standardized distance. In 1908, at the London Olympics, the race course was from Windsor Castle to the White City Stadium, followed by a partial lap of the track within, a distance of 26 miles, 385 yards (42.195 km). In 1921, the International Amateur Athletic Federation made this the official length of a marathon. • There was no Olympic women’s marathon until the 1984 Summer Olympics. • The first New York City Marathon was held in 1970 with 127 competitors running several loops around Central Park’s Park Drive. Only 100 spectators were on hand to watch 55 of these runners cross the finish line. Held every year on the first Sunday of November, the race has dramatically changed. The course now winds through all five boroughs of New York City, beginning on Staten Island, finishing up outside Tavern on the Green near Manhattan’s Central Park. (continued on page 10)

is needed. If you can’t find those documents, go to the manufacturer’s website and look up the faucet model -- a manual may be available online along with a contact number. Or, if it’s out of warranty but you have the receipt, contact the store where you bought the faucet; some home-improvement stores have return or parts replacement policies in place for many of their items, particularly pricier ones. If the manufacturer (or the store) agrees that it’s a cartridge issue and is covered, it will send you a replacement cartridge. A new set of O-rings also should be included; if not, you’ll want to purchase the correct-size rings for your faucet model at the home-improvement store. The beauty of a cartridge faucet is that compared to older valve-type faucets, replacement is almost a breeze. You don’t have to struggle with re-seating the valve stem -- praying that you haven’t ground the re-seating tool around too far. Instead, you just pop in the new cartridge and replace the faucet seals. You shouldn’t have to worry about servicing that faucet again for several years. There are a number of online videos that detail the replacement of a kitchen faucet cartridge, which should help you with the repair. HOME TIP: Purchase a set of O-rings or seals for each type of faucet in your home, and tape the bag of replacements to the side or back of each sink cabinet so you have them on hand. Send your questions or home tips to ask@thisisahammer.com. (c) 2013 King Features Synd., Inc.

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• Got fresh herbs? Try this drying tip/car freshener in one: Lay herbs flat on newspaper in your car. Keep windows closed, and after a nice sunny day, you’ll have a delicious-smelling car and dried herbs to store for later dishes. • JoAnn • “Raised beds are a nice addition to our garden area, but it seems the gophers liked them too. To keep the beds from being attacked from below, we lined them with chicken wire this time, and everything is going really well so far.” -- J.J. in Illinois • When starting plants from seeds, you can use an old cupcake pan. Use paper liners or coffee filters to line the cups. Add soil and seeds. Water as necessary. When the seedlings are ready for replanting, simply lift out, break the bottom seal of the paper or filter, and plant as-is in the ground. It’s easy to transport them in the pan -- and no leaks. • Two things your garden should have: a rain barrel and a compost pile. Both are relatively easy to set up, and pay big dividends. You can go online or get a book at your local library on how to set up a compost pile. Some cities will give away rain barrels or hold workshops. Find out today! • “To keep track of what’s planted in your garden, you use garden markers. Make your own by writing the type of flower, plant or herb on a brick or large flat stone. Use permanent marker and cover with clear acrylic if you want it to last longer. You can even use both sides for different seasonal items.” -- Z.M. in Georgia Send your tips to Now Here’s a Tip, c/o King Features Weekly Service, P.O. Box 536475, Orlando, FL 32853-6475 or e-mail JoAnn at heresatip@yahoo.com. (c) 2013 King Features Synd., Inc.

HOLLYWOOD -- Oscar-winner Matthew McConaughey, whose next film is Christopher Nolan’s “Interstellar” with Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain, Ellen Burstyn and Michael Caine (in theaters Nov. 7), has chosen his first post-Oscar film. He’ll star with Ken Watanabe -- Oscar nominated for the Tom Cruise film “The Last Samurai” and the star of the new “Godzilla” (out May 16) -- in Gus Van Sant’s film “Sea of Trees.” Like “The Dallas Buyer’s Club,” “Sea of Trees” is a small-budget film about an American man who goes to the “Suicide Forest,” at the foothills of Mount Fuji, to commit suicide. Along the way he meets Watanabe, who has had second thoughts about his suicide, and together they begin a journey of reflection and survival. Amanda Seyfreid, whose (Linda) “Lovelace” film tanked at the box office, earning only $1.5 million of the $10 million it cost to make, will have a chance for redemption in producer/director/writer and star Seth MacFarlane’s “A Million Ways to Die in the West.” She’s in good company, with Oscar-win-

ner Charlize Theron, Neil Patrick Harris, Giovanni Ribisi, Sarah Silverman and Liam Neeson. It hits screens May 30. *** Talk about revolving doors ... Benedict Cumberbatch (PBS’s “Sherlock Holmes”) bowed out of director Guillermo del Toro’s film “Crimson Peak” and was replaced by Tom Hiddleston (Loki in the “Thor” films). He’ll be joined by Charlie Hunnam, (who bowed out of “Fifty Shades of Grey”) and Jessica Chastain. The 37-year-old Cumberbatch opted instead to play “Hamlet” on stage in London. His last London stage show was Danny Boyle’s “Frankenstein” in 2011 with Jonny Lee Miller, who also plays Sherlock Holmes on CBS in “Elementary.” Because Disney bought “The Muppets” from The Henson Family in 2004, Brian Henson, chairman of The Henson Company, is preparing sequels for “The Dark Crystal,” “Fraggle Rock” and “Farscape” to fill the void. If you haven’t caught the new reality show “Jim Henson’s Creature Shop Challenge,” you’re missing

Matthew McConaughey out on how they actually create all those fantastic creatures we see in movies and television. The Monkees -- Mickey Dolenz, Peter Tork and Michael Nesmith (who returned to fill the void left by Davy Jones passing in 2012) -have lined up 14 live play dates, starting May 22. They’ll hit New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Michigan, Indiana, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Missouri and Ohio, on the first leg of their tour. Check local listings for your city. *** “Frozen” continues to break records. In addition to the $1.6 billion box office, it sold 3.2 million DVD/Blu-Ray copies in its first week and has sold 1.6 million copies of the soundtrack. What I wouldn’t give for a “Frozen” asset like that! (c) 2013 King Features Synd., Inc.


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by Samantha Weaver • It was Benjamin Franklin who made the following sage observation: “It takes many good deeds to build a good reputation, and only one bad one to lose it.” • If you’re like 87 percent of American adults, you use the Internet. The only thing I find surprising about this statistic is that there are 13 percent of adults who don’t use it. • In a recent survey, more Americans said they would have a hard time giving up the Internet than said they’d have a hard time giving up TV. • Those interested in maritime history (and practically everyone else, for that matter) are familiar with the story of the Titanic, which struck an iceberg and sank on the night of April 15, 1912. It’s interesting to note, though, that in 1898 a book called “Futility,” by Morgan Robertson, described an almost identical scenario: The ship in the novel was called Titan, and, like the Titanic, it was trying to break a speed record for crossing the Atlantic. The Titan was declared to be unsinkable, and it didn’t have enough lifeboats for all the passengers. On its fictional voyage in the month of April, it struck an iceberg in the North Atlantic Ocean and sank, resulting in the deaths of almost all the passengers. • In Ireland, the police do not carry firearms. Their only weapons are batons and pepper spray. • In 1943, then-chairman of IBM, Thomas Watson, went on the record saying, “I think there is a world market for maybe five computers.” • If you’re afraid of sharks, you might want to consider this tidbit: Every year, more people are killed by bees than by sharks. *** Thought for the Day: “In this world, you must be a bit too kind to be kind enough.” -- Pierre Carlet de Chamblain de Marivaux

MARATHONS (continued): • The New York Marathon begins promptly at 10:10 A.M. and has a time limit of 8.5 hours. One of the largest marathons in the world, this past year there were 50,304 finishers, including the millionth runner to start the course in its 43-year history. Since 1970, the race has been cancelled only once, in 2012, due to the devastating effects of Hurricane Sandy the week before.

• The Boston Marathon is the world’s oldest annual marathon, first held in 1897, the year after the marathon’s premiere in the Olympics. From its humble beginnings with 18 participants, the Boston event has grown to about 20,000 participants, with 2013’s race boasting 26,839 entries. About 500,000 spectators are on hand annually. • Each year, the Boston Marathon is held on Patriots’ Day, the third Monday in April. This date commemorates the anniversary of the Battles of Lexington and Concord, the first battles of the American Revolutionary War on April 19, 1775. • The Boston Marathon did not officially allow women until 1972. However, in 1966, 23-year-old Roberta Gibb donned her brother’s Bermuda shorts and hooded sweatshirt and hid in the bushes near the starting line. The starting gun went off and after half the pack of runners had started, she jumped in. She had been training for two years, running as much as 40 miles in one day.

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1. Noah ..............................(PG-13) Russell Crowe, Jennifer Connelly 2. Divergent ......................(PG-13) Shailene Woodley, Theo James 3. Muppets Most Wanted ..... (PG) Ricky Gervais, Ty Burrell 4. Mr. Peabody & Sherman . (PG) animated 5. God’s Not Dead ................. (PG) Shane Harper, Kevin Sorbo 6. The Grand Budapest Hotel .(R) Ralph Fiennes, F. Murray Abraham 7. Sabotage ................................(R) Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sam Worthington 8. Need for Speed .............(PG-13) Aaron Paul, Dominic Cooper 9. 300: Rise of an Empire ........(R) Sullivan Stapleton, Eva Green 10. Non-Stop .....................(PG-13) Liam Neeson, Julianne Moore © 2014 King Features Synd., Inc.

ANSWERS 1. Lou Gehrig (doubles) and Babe Ruth (home runs) did it for the New York Yankees in 1927. 2. Four seasons (1937, ‘39, ‘40, ‘48). 3. Southern Cal’s Matt Barkley, with 39 in 2011. 4. Elgin Baylor, A.C. Green and John Salley. 5. They won 14 consecutive home games in 1984-85. 6. Twice -- in 2012 (Bradley Wiggins) and 2013 (Chris Froome). 7. Ken Norton beat him in 1973. (c) 2014 King Features Synd., Inc.

1. Priam 2. A sneeze 3. “Arachnophobia?”(1990) 4. “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” 5. 80 6. Erosion 7. La Salle 8. “The Yellow Kid” debuted in the New York World in 1895. 9. Cousin Bessie and Skipper 10. Brass instrument that resembles a small tuba

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This recipe can be prepared with such ease, you’ll be able to join in the Easter Egg Hunt and still have dinner on the table on time. 1 (9-inch) refrigerated unbaked piecrust 1 (4-serving) package sugar-free vanilla cook-and-serve pudding mix 1 (4-serving) package sugar-free lemon gelatin 1 1/4 cups water 1 (8-ounce) package fat-free cream cheese 1 cup reduced-calorie whipped topping Sugar substitute to equal 1/4 cup sugar 1 teaspoon coconut extract 2 tablespoons flaked coconut 1. Preheat oven to 450 F. Place piecrust in 9-inch pie plate and flute edges. Prick bottom and sides with a fork. Bake 9 to 11 minutes or until crust is lightly browned. Place pie plate on wire rack and cool completely. 2. Meanwhile, in medium saucepan, combine dry pudding mix, dry gelatin and water. Cook over medium heat until mixture thickens and starts to boil, stirring often. Place saucepan on wire rack and let set 15 minutes, stirring occasionally. 3. After both piecrust and filling have cooled, in a medium bowl, stir cream cheese with spoon until soft. Stir in 1/2 cup whipped topping, sugar substitute and coconut extract. Spread cream cheese mixture evenly into piecrust. 4. Fold remaining 1/2 cup whipped topping into pudding mixture. Spread pudding mixture evenly over cream cheese mixture. Sprinkle coconut evenly over top. Refrigerate at least 1 hour. Cut into 8 pieces. Each serving equals: 179 calories, 7g fat, 5g protein, 24g carb., 362mg sodium, 1g fiber; Diabetic Exchanges: 1 Starch, 1 Fat, 1/2 Meat. (c) 2013 King Features Synd., Inc.

DVDs reviewed in this column will be available in stores the week of April 21, 2014. PHOTO: Evan Rachel Wood, Scott Speedman in “Barefoot” DOG OF THE WEEK “Barefoot” (PG-13) -- Now that we’re in the postaward season slump, it’s time to headline with the most lamebrained, wonderfully awful movie coming to retail shelves near you. This one’s about an overprivileged doofus (Scott Speedman) who thinks that bringing an adorable mental patient (Evan Rachel Wood) to a wedding will convince his dad that he should have more money. It’s meant to be a heartfelt romantic comedy. Daisy (Wood) was raised in an abusive household where she was cut off from the world for most of her life. She lives in the psychiatric ward, and she needs real help, but Jay (Speedman) needs a date to a wedding because that’s how he’s going to get a loan from his wealthy family. In our world, this would be the disturbing behavior of a budding sociopath. In “Barefoot” world, it’s just another silly thing that leads to true love. PICKS OF THE WEEK “The Trials of Muhammad Ali” -- From the start, he knew how to work the media. When the heavyweight champion changed his name from Cassius Clay to Muhammad Ali and refused to fight in Vietnam, the media turned on him. When the draft called for him and he wouldn’t go, Ali was stripped of his titles and sentenced to five years in prison. For years, Ali fought (in court) to stay out of prison and make his message heard. This documentary focuses on those years of legal

The Heart Of The Matter (NAPSA)—Everyone is at risk for heart disease and stroke. People of all ages, genders, races and ethnicities are affected. However, certain populations, including African Americans, are at higher risk than others. Cardiovascular disease (CVD), including heart disease and stroke, remains the No. 1 killer of Americans. Recent studies have shown that nearly 44 percent of African-American men and 48 percent of African-American women have some form of CVD. African Americans are also twice as likely as whites to die from preventable heart disease and stroke. Black men are at highest risk of dying early from these conditions. Why are African Americans hardest hit by CVD? Some factors that may contribute to this disparity are that African Americans have the highest rates of high blood pressure compared to other ethnicities—which increases your risk of heart disease and stroke—and high rates of overweight and obesity, elevated cholesterol levels and limited awareness of risk factors. The good news is that you can beat these conditions. When it comes to reducing your risk for heart disease and stroke, the decisions you make every day—and can control—play a big role. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), you can reduce your risk and improve your heart health by following the ABCS: 1. A: Take aspirin as directed by your health care professional. 2. B:Control your blood pressure.

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(NAPSA)-To educate parents and health care providers about Central Precocious Puberty, the National Association of School Nurses in partnership with AbbVie created www.CookiesforCPP.com. On the site, visitors can watch an educational video, take a CPP quiz, sign up for CPP updates and share the page link. *** Seeking help at the first signs of a heart attack can prevent death and shorten recovery time. For questions or advice about a specific condition, always consult with your physician. To learn more about heart health, visit Kaiser Permanente at www.kp.org. ***

3. C: Manage your cholesterol. 4. S: Don’t smoke. A: Take aspirin as directed by your health care provider. Ask your health care professional if aspirin can reduce your risk of having a heart attack or stroke. Be sure to tell him or her if you have a family history of heart disease or stroke and mention your own medical history. B: Control your blood pressure. High blood pressure often has no symptoms, so be sure to have it checked on a regular basis. You can check your blood pressure at home, at a pharmacy or at a doctor ’s office. Making even small lifestyle changes, like reducing sodium (salt) in your diet and being physically active, can reduce high blood pressure. C: Manage your cholesterol. Cholesterol is a waxy, fatlike substance that your body needs, but when you have too much in your blood, it can build up on the walls of your arteries. This can lead to heart disease and stroke.

Eating foods low in saturated fat, trans fat, and cholesterol and high in fiber can help prevent high cholesterol. Your health care team should test your cholesterol levels at least once every five years. Talk to your health care professional about this simple blood test and how to lower your bad cholesterol if it’s too high. S: Don’t smoke. Cigarette smoking greatly increases your risk for heart disease. About one in five African-American adults smoke cigarettes. If you’re a smoker, quit as soon as possible. If you don’t smoke, don’t start. Talk with your health care professional about how to quit smoking. Additional free resources include 1800-QUIT-NOW and smokefree.gov. Remember, every step brings you closer to a healthier heart and every healthy choice makes a difference! More information on CVD and heart health is available on CDC’s Division for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention website: www.cdc.gov/dhdsp.

The National MS Society is inviting the public, people im_pacted by MS, and celebrities who have ties to MS to share why they connect to the MS Movement by visiting www.MSconnection.org. *** High blood pressure often has no symptoms, so have it checked on a regular basis. You can check it at home, at a pharmacy or at a doctor’s office. Making small lifestyle changes can make a big difference. Learn more at www.cdc.gov/dhdsp. *** Walgreens offers comprehensive medication reviews, refill reminders and an extensive drug information guide to help seniors, and the 44 million caregivers who support seniors. Talk to your pharmacist to learn more or visit walgreens.com/medicare. *** A good diet may be easier than you think. That’s the word from the experts at Kaiser Permanente. They say some of the keys are eating breakfast and having five to nine servings of fruits and vegetables a day. To learn more, visit www.totalhealthradio.org.


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