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PHILANTHROPISTS (continued): • The name of Rockefeller is synonymous with wealth, dating back to the 19th century when John D. Rockefeller and his brother founded Standard Oil. John began contributing to the needs of others at age 16 and it became a lifelong habit. After graduating from a Cleveland business school, he went to work in a local shipping firm as a low-level clerk. He diligently saved up to start a produce business, and with the advent of the Civil War, when the demand for his goods skyrocketed, he came out with a small fortune. With the success of Standard Oil, he became America’s first billionaire, retiring at age 58 with $1.5 billion. The University of Chicago was founded with Rockefeller’s $80 million endowment, and New York City’s Rockefeller University was also established with his endowment. His donations to medical research led to the eradication of hookworm and yellow fever. The Philippines and China were recipients of his money to open medical universities, and America’s Johns Hopkins University received substantial donations as well. In all, John Rockefeller bestowed close to $550 million of his fortune on churches, medical foundations, universities, and centers for the arts. • Bill Hewlitt and Dave Packard, founders of the giant computer and electronics company, have donated more than $300 million to Stanford University. Packard funded a children’s hospital with another $40 million and the Monterey, California Aquarium with an additional $40 million. Their business got its start in 1939 with an initial investment of $538. Working from Packard’s garage, the pair came up with an audio oscillator, a device for testing and synchronizing sound equipment. One of their first customers was Walt Disney, who bought eight of the devices for use in the production of his animated classic Fantasia. Today, Hewlett-Packard has gross sales of about $120 billion annually and has over 330,000 employees. (continued on page 4)

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• On June 14, 1789, English Capt. William Bligh and 18 others, cast adrift from the HMS Bounty in a mutiny seven weeks before, reach Timor in the East Indies after traveling nearly 4,000 miles in a small, open boat. Bligh would fall prey to a total of three mutinies in his career. • On June 13, 1895, Emile Levassor drives a Panhard et Levassor across the finish line in Paris to win the world’s first automobile race, completing the 732mile course in 49 hours -- an average of 15 mph. His car was powered by a two-cylinder, 750 rpm, four-horsepower Daimler Phoenix engine. • On June 15, 1904, more than 1,000 people taking a pleasure trip on New York City’s East River are drowned or burned to death when a fire sweeps through the boat. The onboard fire hose did not work, and life preservers had been filled with a weighty, non-buoyant material that sank. • On June 10, 1935, two recovering alcoholics, one a New York broker and the other an Ohio physician, found Alcoholics Anonymous (A.A.), a 12-step rehabilitation program. Today there are more than 80,000 local groups in the United States. • On June 9, 1973, Secretariat wins the Belmont Stakes to become the first Triple Crown winner since Citation in 1948. Secretariat’s heart was later found to weigh 22 pounds, more than twice that of a typical thoroughbred. • On June 11, 1989, in the wake of the Tiananmen Square massacre on June 4, China issues a warrant for Fang Lizhi, a leading Chinese dissident, who had taken refuge in the U.S. embassy in Beijing. The diplomatic standoff lasted for a year before Fang and his wife, Li Shuxian, were given free passage out of the country. • On June 12, 1994, Nicole Brown Simpson, football star O.J. Simpson’s ex-wife, and her friend Ron Goldman are stabbed to death outside Nicole’s California home. With overwhelming evidence against Simpson, including his blood at the murder scene, Brown’s and Goldman’s hair and blood in his car and bloody shoeprints found at the scene, Simpson became the chief suspect. He later was tried and acquitted.

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HOWIE MANDEL (continued) • Surprisingly, the likeable Mandel had few friends as a young person. He had a razor-sharp sense of humor in high school and especially enjoyed playing practical jokes, but others failed to see the humor. In fact, he was expelled for impersonating a member of the school board and signing a contract for an addition to the school. After this infamous prank, Mandel never finished high school. One excellent outcome from these years was meeting his future wife, Terry, to whom he has been married 30 years, with three children. • Out on his own after his expulsion, Mandel became a carpet salesman and was so successful, he owned his own carpet business. In his spare time, he did stand-up comedy at a small Toronto comedy club. • In 1979, Mandel got his big break during a trip to Los Angeles with friends. During amateur night at L.A.’s famous Comedy Store, his pals convinced him to get up on stage. A producer who happened to be in the crowd hired him immediately and before long, Mandel was opening for Diana Ross. In 1982, he landed the role of Dr. Wayne Fiscus on television’s Emmy Award-winning medical drama St. Elsewhere, a six-year-run. • In 1990, Mandel created the children’s animated series Bobby’s World, an Emmy-nominated program that ran for 8 years. The series then went into syndication and now appears in 65 countries six days a week. Mandel tried his hand at hosting a talk show in 1998, but it was cancelled after just one season.

• Just as Mandel was contemplating quitting show business in 2003, he was offered the job of hosting the game show Deal or No Deal. At his wife’s urging, he took the job, as well as the Canadian version of the program. His job was made especially difficult by his struggles with Obsessive Compulsive disorder and mysophobia, an irrational fear of germs. Mandel did not shake hands with any of the contestants unless he was wearing latex gloves, preferring to do a “fist bump” instead. He has written about his anxiety disorder in his autobiography, Here’s the Deal: Don’t Touch Me, a New York Times bestseller, in which he says at times that his anxiety is “paralyzing.” Mandel admits, “Handrails are my enemy. I never go near a handrail.” He also won’t touch money until it’s been washed, and refuses to wear shoes with laces because of his fear of the germs the laces pick up when they touch the ground. • America’s Got Talent found a new judge in Mandel in 2010, when he replaced David Hasselhof on the popular series. He has received an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Reality Competition Host to add to his Deal or No Deal and Bobby’s World nominations. In addition, he does 200 stand-up performances every year throughout the U.S. and Canada. • Mandel has been honored with a star on both the Hollywood Walk of Fame and Canada’s Walk of Fame in Toronto. • The famous Israeli-American violinist Itzhak Perlman is a distant cousin of Mandel. to move, and being “restless” doesn’t sound so bad -- but as you know, it’s a lot more than that. For this reason, the new name, Willis-Ekbom disease, is preferred by some. Great information about this condition is available at RLS.org. The booklet on restless leg syndrome and nighttime cramps offers more tips. Readers can obtain a copy by writing: Dr. Roach -- No. 306W, 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. ROACH: I am looking into buying an infrared sauna. My research indicates that infrared is good for arthritis, Type 2 diabetes, detox, cholesterDEAR DR. ROACH: Why do people snicker when ol, weight loss, relieving muscle pain, helping kill I tell them I have RLS? They wouldn’t laugh if they cancer cells, etc. I have arthritis, and my boyfriend knew the amount of sleep deprivation I have endured has diabetes. during the 20 years it took to correctly diagnose it. My question is: Are these claims true? Can an infraI think if it hadn’t been for Sinemet (levodopa and red sauna help me to become a healthier person? I carbidopa), a Parkinson’s drug, I would have gone would use it daily or three to four times a week. Do mad long ago. Has anyone discovered what causes you feel it is worth the purchase? -- D.O. it? -- G.S.G. ANSWER: Restless leg syndrome causes an urge to move the legs (and sometimes arms), which is worse at nighttime and is relieved by movement. It is usually accompanied by unpleasant sensations in the legs. When accompanied by sleep deprivation, as yours has been, it is also called periodic limb movement disorder. The cause is known only in a minority of cases. About 40 percent of cases seem to run in families, and several genetic factors have been identified. Iron deficiency sometimes is associated with RLS, and replacement of the iron can improve symptoms. Moderate exercise, leg massage and heat (say, a warm bath before bed) are some nondrug ways of improving symptoms. Levodopa/carbidopa is an effective treatment; pramipexole (Mirapex) and ropinirole (Requip) also are effective for many people. There are other alternatives as well. An expert in the condition, usually a neurologist, is essential for severe cases. I think the name “restless leg syndrome” may be part of the reason why people don’t take this condition as seriously as it deserves. After all, legs are supposed

ANSWER: An infrared sauna uses light waves to heat up the body. People have been using traditional saunas for centuries, and many swear by their benefits. There is good evidence that saunas (and infrared saunas in particular) can reduce pain and stiffness from some kinds of arthritis. Unfortunately, there isn’t evidence to support it. I doubt that saunas help with “detox,” weight loss or killing cancer cells. I would caution your boyfriend with diabetes, because some people with diabetes are less sensitive to heat and could be burned without knowing it. *** Dr. Roach regrets that he is unable to answer individual letters, but will incorporate them in the column whenever possible. Readers may email questions to ToYourGoodHealth@med.cornell.edu. To view and order health pamphlets, visit www.rbmamall.com, or write to P.O. Box 536475, Orlando, FL 32853-6475. (c) 2014 North America Synd., Inc. All Rights Reserved

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Harran 3. Which book may be summarized as, “God will hold us accountable for all our actions”? Obadiah, Micah, Zephaniah, Zechariah 4. In 2 Chronicles, from what type tree did Solomon make harps and stringed instruments? Fig, Cypress, Cedar, Algum 5. From Ecclesiastes 3, there is a time to be born, and a time to ...? Live, Eat, Die, Praise 6. Belteshazzar is better known as? Satan, Daniel, James, Goliath (c) 2014 King Features Synd., Inc.

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By Samantha Mazzotta A Naturally Clean Home

Q: I’m making a move away from using unnecessary chemicals in my home, including cleaning products -- not just for my family’s health but for the environment. Are there alternatives to these products that I can use? -- Janelle W., Fort Worth, Texas A: I think it’s great that you’re looking at ways to limit your family’s exposure to certain cleaning chemicals. While you might not be able to replace every cleaning product in your home, there are alternatives to commercial products ... and they’re probably in your cupboard right now. Here are five you should have on hand at all times: Lemon: A natural disinfectant that also imparts a pleasant scent. It’s no coincidence that many commercial products are lemon-scented. Vinegar: More than just a good disinfectant, vinegar is effective against mold. It breaks up grease, and can be effective against some stains. Baking soda: In addition to being a good deodorant for the fridge, baking soda can be used to gently scour surfaces without scratching. Cornstarch: A gentle cleaning product that can be used to polish some furniture, clean windows, and even shampoo carpets.

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Everybody loves a clown! Do you remember your favorite? Here are a few interesting tidbits about these comical performers. • It’s believed that the word “clown” has its origins in the Scandinavian word for “clod,” a clumsy oaf or lout. Even those in the Middle Ages had clowns in the form of court jesters, who were musicians, mimics, dancers, acrobats, and witty jokers. They frequently wore a hood with donkey ears and even a tail on the costume, meant to show they were not to be taken seriously. This hood and tail eventually became a three-cornered hat with bells at the ends. The early French clown was a happy, white-faced dancing clown called the Pierrot. • Clowns are characterized by their makeup and garb. The “whiteface” has a face completely covered in white makeup, with the eyebrows, nose, and mouth painted in red and black. He is usually the one in command of any situation…he’s the bossy one! The Auguste clown’s face makeup is pink, red, or tan, and facial features are exaggerated in size. The mouth and eyes often have a thick outline of white. His clothes are either too big or too small and he usually wears suspenders. The Tramp or Hobo is the “low man on the totem pole,” the one consigned to cleaning up after the other clowns. He usually has a sad pink or tan face with a makeup beard, and wears a tattered and patched sloppy suit. A character clown is one who dresses like a specific occupation – a doctor, policeman, sailor, pirate, rodeo cowboy, what have you. • One of the many characters created by comedian Red Skelton on his 1960s weekly television variety show was the tramp clown Freddie the Freeloader. Freddie lived at the city dump and slept on the local park bench. At age 16, Skelton was a performer with a circus where his father had been a clown, and copied his father’s makeup for the TV program. (continued on page 10)

Salt: When you need more scrubbing power than soda or starch, and surface scratches aren’t a concern, salt is an excellent substitute for scouring powders. In addition to these fairly benign cleaners, there are a few products that you should have that boost cleaning options while having a limited impact on the environment. These should be stored out of the reach of children and pets, and you should follow package instructions: Soap: Look for unscented soap that doesn’t contain petroleum distillates. Soap also demolishes grease, and creates a slick surface that makes it easier to wash food particles and bacteria from dishes. Borax: The commercial name for sodium borate, this chemical cleans and disinfects surfaces, including wallpaper and painted walls. It’s even used to attract and poison pests like roaches. Washing soda: Also known as SAL soda, this is a mineral called sodium carbonate. It’s used for household cleaning and is often an ingredient in laundry detergents and coffee pot descaling formulas. Citrus solvent: A more powerful cleaning solution, it can clean paintbrushes and help dissolve oil and grease. Isopropyl alcohol: Another common and affordable disinfectant straight out of your first-aid kit. How do you safely use these ingredients? There are more ways than I have room to describe. The back of the packages for many of these products -- like Borax, washing soda, citrus solvent and baking soda -- contain tips and instructions on safe use. Additionally, you can find a trove of information on the Web. Eartheasy has a page dedicated to nontoxic cleaning along with ways to use the above ingredients. Real Simple’s website has a page with 66 different cleaning tips. HOME TIP: Clean and deodorize your garbage disposal by throwing in a few ice cubes and lemon or lime rinds, and running the disposal until clear. Send your questions or home tips to ask@thisisahammer.com.

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• Here are two tips straight from my local butcher about cooking meat: First, let meats come to room temperature before cooking. It allows the meat to cook more evenly, and you won’t end up with a cold center and a burnt outside. Secondly, when your meat comes off the grill or out of the oven, give it time to rest before serving. This allows the juices to redistribute throughout the cut of meat, and you’ll end up with juicy goodness in every bite. -- JoAnn • “Depending on how you scoop it, you can end up with too much or too little flour. Here is a tip about getting the best amount every time. Give the flour a stir with a spoon and then lightly spoon it into a measuring cup. When it is heaped over, use a knife to level out the measure without tamping down.” -Y.E. in Arkansas • “Baking is a science as well as an art. It’s about interaction of ingredients and what happens when they mix in certain ways. So this is not so much a tip as a caution. Make sure of your substitutions, and use the right amounts of things. Then your cakes will be light and fluffy, and your pastry will be flaky and moist.” -- B.G. in Pennsylvania • Berries are in season, and there’s no greater time to stock up. But don’t feel like you have to make jam out of all the berries. Freeze in a single layer and transfer to a freezer-safe bag or container. Later they can be popped into muffins and quick breads, as well as eaten straight out of the bag for a delicious treat. • When searing meat on a stovetop, be sure your pan is oiled (if called for) and up to temperature. Otherwise, the meat will stick. 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) 2014 King Features Synd., Inc.

HOLLYWOOD -- John Wayne was born 35 miles southwest of Des Moines, Iowa, on May 26, 1907. He was nominated twice for an Academy Award, in 1949 for “The Sands of Iwo Jima” and in 1969 for “True Grit,” for which he won the Best Actor Oscar. “John Wayne, The Life and Legend,” a new 574-page book by Scott Eyman, takes readers from “The Duke’s” early days, breaking into B-movie Westerns, to his rise as an American icon and living legend. Wayne became the symbol of Americana. Women loved him, and American males considered his Westerns and war films mustsee movies, making him a top box-office draw for more than three decades. Who can forget the “I Love Lucy” episode where Lucy and Ethel steal his footprints from the forecourt of Grauman’s Chinese Theater? In 1970, when he won the Photoplay magazine award as Most Popular Male star, I had a column in Photoplay and was on the receiving line at a huge gala at The Beverly Hills Hotel. After the official presentations on Johnny Carson’s

“Tonight Show,” The Duke came down the line and I introduced him to my publisher and editor. I then asked if I could have a picture taken with him. Big John reached behind me and literally hoisted me up by the collar of my shirt, and then asked, “Have we done this before?” Stunned, I told him, “No, sir!” He turned me toward the camera and said, “Smile!” For that moment in time, I was elevated to 6’4” and was as tall as John Wayne. *** Matthew McConaughey, who’ll next be seen come November in “Interstellar,” with Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain, Ellen Burstyn, Michael Caine, John Lithgow, Casey Affleck, William Devane and Matt Damon, has scheduled “Magic Mike XXL” for a July 2015 release. Leonardo DiCaprio is preparing to produce (and star in?) “Blood on Snow,” and despite claiming he’s going to take a long break, is considering playing Steve Jobs in Oscar-winning director Danny Boyle’s as-yet-untitled film, writ-

PHOTO: John Wayne ten by Aaron Sorkin. When the Elephant Crisis Fund raised more than $2 million at a recent Malibu Gala, $1 million of it was donated by DiCaprio. Tom Hanks has completed filming in Morocco and Germany for his next film, “A Hologram for a King,” with Tom Skerritt. *** “Two and a Half Men’s” upcoming 12th season will be its last. Less fortunate were a slew of recent shows that won’t return next season: “Bad Teacher,” “Believe,” “Betrayal,” “Community,” “The Crazy Ones,” “Crisis,” “Dracula,” “Enlisted,” “Friends With Better Lives,” “Intelligence,” “Mixology,” “The Neighbors,” “Rake,” “Suburgatory” and “Trophy Wife,” among the many. Mosquitoes have a longer life span than some of those shows! (c) 2014 King Features Synd., Inc.


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by Samantha Weaver • You might be surprised to learn that the hamburger didn’t originate in the United States. In fact, it was early Turkic people called the Tatars who first came up with the idea. When they had low-quality beef, they discovered that shredding it and patting it back together improved the flavor and texture. • If for some reason you have a hankering to see the world’s biggest tire, you’ll need to head to Detroit (fittingly, I suppose). Located near the Detroit Metro Airport, the 80-foot Uniroyal tire weighs in at a whopping 12 tons. This attraction was created for the 1964 World’s Fair in New York, where it served not only as an advertisement for the Uniroyal brand, but also as a Ferris wheel for the entertainment of attendees. In 1998, the company created the world’s largest nail -- measuring 11 feet long and weighing 250 pounds -- and used it to pierce the giant tire. It was another advertising stunt, of course; this time to promote Uniroyal’s puncture-resistant tire. • If you’re like the average American, you will eat between 25 and 30 pounds of apples this year. • Some researchers believe that those who drink large quantities of coffee on a daily basis are self-medicating for depression. • There is a species of frog found in Australia with an odd method of reproduction. It lays eggs like other frogs, but this particular frog keeps the eggs in its stomach, hatching them internally. When the baby frogs are fully developed, they emerge into the world via the adult frog’s mouth. *** • Thought for the Day: “Sometimes the most ordinary things could be made extraordinary, simply by doing them with the right people.” -Elizabeth Green

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CLOWNS (continued) • One of the world’s best known clowns was Emmett Kelly, who got his start in 1920 as a circus trapeze performer. In the 1940s, he was best known as a sad hobo named Weary Willie, with the Ringling Brothers Barnum & Bailey Circus. He was performing an afternoon show in Hartford, Connecticut in 1944 when a deadly fire broke out that killed 168 and injured over 700 others. This tragedy became known as “The Day the Clowns Cried,” and Kelly’s picture was featured in newspapers in his tramp costume, carrying a bucket of water. Kelly left Ringling after 14 years and later became the mascot of the Brooklyn Dodgers. • Bozo the Clown was created during the 1940s for a children’s book and accompanying record. He first appeared on television in 1949, which at its peak in the 1960s, was seen in 50 million U.S. homes every week. His popularity spread worldwide and there were Bozo TV shows in many countries including Mexico, Thailand, Australia, Greece, and Brazil. It’s estimated that more than 200 different actors have played this clown with the white face and red hair and nose. • The McDonald’s restaurant chain introduced Ronald McDonald in 1963. Willard Scott was a Washington, D.C. radio personality who also played Bozo the Clown on a local TV station. He became the first Ronald in the initial TV spots. Scott went on to serve as the Today Show’s weatherman for many years. Surveys indicate that 95% of American school children recognize Ronald McDonald, second only to Santa Claus. • Not everyone loves clowns – some have a terrifying fear of them. Those suffering from this are said to have coulrophobia.

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Bacon Beer Bread I’m a teetotaler by choice. But I’ll tell you this -- this bread will be on the menu as often as I can get my hands on nonalcoholic beer 3/4 cup nonalcoholic beer 1/4 cup water Sugar substitute to equal 2 tablespoons sugar, suitable for baking 2 tablespoons Dijon Country Mustard 2 tablespoons reduced-calorie margarine 3 cups bread flour 1/2 teaspoon table salt 1 1/2 teaspoons active dry yeast 1/2 cup purchased real bacon bits 1/4 cup chopped green onion 1. In baking pan container, combine beer, water, sugar substitute, mustard and margarine. Add flour and salt. Make an indentation on top of dry ingredients. Pour yeast into indentation. 2. Follow your bread machine instructions for a 1 1/2-pound loaf. Add bacon bits and onion when “add ingredients” signal beeps. Continue following your machine’s instructions. 3. Remove loaf from machine and place on wire rack to cool. Makes one 1 1/2-pound loaf. Freezes well. Makes 12 servings Each serving equals: 146 calories, 2g fat, 6g protein, 26g carb., 348mg sodium, 1g fiber; Diabetic Exchanges: 1 1/2 Starch. (c) 2014 King Features Synd., Inc.

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DVDs reviewed in this column will be available in stores the week of June 9, 2014. (PHOTO: Leem Lubany, Adam Bakri in “Omar”) PICKS OF THE WEEK “Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit” (PG-13) -- When Russian corporate overlords threaten the world’s economy, it’s up to one untrained CIA desk worker to stop them (for some reason, maybe the rest of the CIA is busy.) Our hero is Jack Ryan (Chris Pines), protagonist of many a spy novel by Tom Clancy. Ryan starts working for the less-dangerous wing of the CIA, but somehow gets shifted into fieldwork, starting his clandestine adventure dodging assassins in Moscow. While the plot has more holes than the back wall of a shooting range, “Shadow Recruit” keeps things moving so fast that you can’t admire its true flimsiness. Director Kenneth Branagh -- also starring as the villain -- doesn’t try to reinvent the global espionage thriller, but he doesn’t take many risks with it, either. “Non-Stop” (PG-13) -- On a crowded flight from New York to London, Air Marshall Bill Marks (Liam Neeson) receives text messages threatening that a passenger will be killed every 20 minutes until ransom money is wired into an offshore account. Don’t fret too much about the logistics of telecommunication on a plane, or how people can disappear in such close quarters -- it all just adds to the tension. Much of the vehicle is pieced together from pieces of other airplane disaster flicks. The real engine pushing this ride is Neeson’s tight-fisted commitment to his troubled action-hero role. This isn’t just “Taken” set

in the sky, however. “Non-Stop” is worth standing in line for. “Devil’s Knot” (R) -- In 1993, three 8-yearold boys were found brutally murdered in the small town of West Memphis, Arkansas. Three teenage boys from the poor side of town (dubbed the “West Memphis Three”) were tried and quickly convicted for the murders. Public opinion painted them as monsters and Satanists because the teens were outcasts who listened to heavy-metal music. This drama starring Colin Firth and Reese Witherspoon takes a steady look at the facts in the case. However, the understated performances do not bring the subject to light as well as any of the documentaries. “Omar” -- A young baker named Omar (Adam Bakri) lives in an impoverished Palistinian village, where he’s in contact with people plotting to kill Israeli soldiers. Whenever Omar climbs the security wall to the other side, he’s doing it to visit his pals and his gorgeous girlfriend (Leem Lubany). One night, however, Omar is taken into custody, tortured and turned out as a double-agent against the militants from his village. The movie follows Omar’s ambiguous arc -- is he really going to turn on the people he once supported, or is he realizing something else about the conflict? The film gives no answers, but offers an up-close human look at a bitter conflict that stretches across generations. TV RELEASES “Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey” “Rizzoli & Isles: Season 4” “Ray Donovan: Season 1” “Resurrection: Season 1” “The Chisholms -- The Complete Series “Workaholics: Season 4” (c) 2014 King Features Synd., Inc.

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I began collecting beer cans a number of years ago when I found a Denver Beer can at an area dump site. I discovered that it was a product of the Tivoli Brewery, which no longer exists. That inspired me to see how many other beer cans I could find from defunct breweries, and I currently have more than 200. How can I determine current values, and is there a club for collectors you can recommend? — Steve, via email Beer can collecting has really come into its own since the 1970s. Even though most cans sell at flea markets for about a dollar a can, there are always exceptions. A Krueger Cream Ale from Newark can command more than $200. Other brands popular with collectors include Gettelman Beer of Milwaukee; Country Club Beer, St. Joseph, Mo.; E&B Special Beer, Ekhardt and Becker Brewing of Detroit; and most cone tops, such as General Pulaski of the Pulaski Brewery of Hammonton, N.J. To determine values, one of the better beer can referencing sites is www. ebeercans.com. I also recommend you contact the Brewery Collectibles of America (BCCA), 747 Merus Court, Fenton, MO 63026; http://bcca.com. *** I have a copy of Time magazine from 1951, the year in review issue. Gen. Douglas MacAr-

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Bob and the gang had a great time visiting family and friends in Greece and are glad to be back to work at Father & Son Jewelry. Bob had the opportunity to visit with several merchants and business owners about doing business in Greece. If you would like to find out some interesting facts about the businesses in Greece stop by Father & Son Jewelry and have a chat with ol’ Bob.

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