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Kenneth Mitchell “Mitch” Willison - 1989-2013 “My son, my buddy, my coworker” Our lives will never be the same. Your face will always be there ... in our home, in our thoughts, in our dreams. When you passsed from this life to the next, you probably didn’t fully realize the impact that you’d have on those of us left behind. Let me tell you ... When you were conceived, we were told that you would have a purpose in life. We believed that. No one could make us doubt it. November 25, 1989, 3 a.m. dawned and Steve Lederle happily sat with your siblings until your arrival at 8:25 a.m. You were a bit late in saying hello to us, being due October 21, but we welcomed you with open arms and loved you totally, unconditionally. Your skull closed early at 2 weeks scaring the life out of me. Dr. Flynn Taylor told me it was perfectly normal for an “extremely brilliant child.” Waiting for your laughter and smiles until you were six weeks old was a trauma. We didn’t know if all was truely well, even though the doctor was totally optimistic and in acceptance of this occurrence. When you laughed, and didn’t stop, at your brother, Nathan, tweaking your nose, it was one of the most satisfying days of our lives. Watching you grow up into a wonderful young man, admired by many and loved by hundreds, we are blessed parents. You fulfilled that promise that you would be used for a special purpose. We SO love you for EVERYTHING. To those of us left behind, your countless offers of help, food, comfort, love … to each contribution, may the God of Peace, that we know, reward you accordingly. So many were fed in our home, those that were thirsty were quenched. Those who gave of their love, I hope that love was felt in return, for yours was certainly appreciated. For the renewed friendships and creating of new ones, never let jealousy and envy sit between you - it takes out life. Give freely of yourself, but remember to trust Truth alone, for it will be there to see you through the hardest of times. Our family is thankful to have had your shoulders to cry on, your hands to help us, your feet to share the walk through the door on this journey, and your love to allow us to breathe when it seems all breath is gone. To my children, there are no more words to say than "I love you" with all my heart and always will. You did well. To my husband, my love, and friend … we must walk this path together with God. It is hard, but, with the help and grace of God, we will have a greater life. To Acadian Ambulance Service, Alvin Horn, you were awesome with your show of love and concern. Continue to help as many as you can. When it appears to fail, realize that God has deemed it so and release the guilt. All souls are His. To Dr. Oglesby and the attending staff at BMH in DeRidder, we could not have asked for better care. To the responding DeRidder Fire Department - thanks, Tony! All is and was appreciated! Les Chaddick and Thomas Bethke, you are priceless. Wayne and Twila Street, from A-1 Designs, we are in your debt. The stickers are a fabulous memorial! To the God that I live for, who is definitely not the least - I will praise Your name, and that name being Your character. I have nothing else to live for except to see, once again, our son, on the other side of this life. Waiting with expectation and love ... we love you, Mitchell ... with everything we are!

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Celebrate Halloween with Many uses for leftover these classic horror films Halloween candy Horror is in the air come Halloween. For those who enjoy a good fright, watching a scary flick with a bucket of popcorn in hand can be just the trick. The following films make ideal choices for scary Halloween fun. •"Repulsion" (1965): A young, beautiful woman (Catherine Deneuve) is left alone in the apartment she shares with her sister. While alone, she begins to suffer from hallucinations, catalepsy and madness that eventually leads her to murder. This marks the first English-language film for director Roman Polanski. •"Fire in the Sky" (1993): Based on a true story, an Arizona logger disappears for five days in a supposed UFO encounter. Featuring one of the more realistic alien abduction scenes in film history, this film may cause fans to glance nervously at the night skies. •"The Amityville Horror" (1979): Another movie based on alleged real events, "The Amityville Horror" tells the story of the Lutz family of Long Island, N.Y. Newlyweds move into a house where a murder took place and experience strange events that have them running for cover. •"Pan's Labyrinth" (2006): This film from Mexican filmmaker Guillermo del Toro details the strange journeys of an imaginative young girl in an eerie but fascinating fantasy world. •"Dawn of the Dead" (2004): Several survivors of a worldwide plague that produced flesh-eating zombies are forced to take refuge in a Midwestern shopping mall to escape impending doom. This is a remake of a 1978 film of the same name. •"The Mothman Prophecies" (2002): Richard Gere stars in this film as a reporter drawn to a small town to investigate reports of horror at the hands of a strange, shadowy figure. When predic-

tions begin coming true, the reporter is caught up in bizarre events. This movie is based on a book chronicling supposedly true events from the 1960s. •"A Nightmare on Elm Street" (1984): Freddie Krueger, a deranged child molester who was burned alive, comes back to haunt the dreams of his killers' children. Armed with a handful of razor blades, Krueger earned a spot alongside horror movie legends such as Michael Meyers and Norman Bates. •"The Fly" (1986): An eccentric scientist transforms into a man/fly hybrid when a teleportation experiment goes horribly wrong. Geena Davis and Jeff Goldblum star. •"Paranormal Activity" (2007): Shot in a single-camera style made popular by "The Blair Witch Project," this film features a slow build of suspense, creating a tension that has viewers enthralled by the disturbing demonic presence. •"The People Under the Stairs" (1991): A burglary attempt finds a young boy trapped inside a home of a deranged brother and sister who keep "children" under the stairs of their home. •"Cujo" (1983): A woman and her son are trapped in a car when a rabid dog terrorizes them intent on the kill. •"The Hills Have Eyes" (2006): A suburban family's car breaks down while the family travels through a desert area once used for government nuclear testing. But the breakdown may actually be a trap perpetrated by inhabitants of the site bent on creating a gruesome massacre. •"The Sixth Sense" (1998): A little boy has unusual powers his mother cannot explain, so she seeks the help of a child psychologist in this terrifying thriller. Many movies can be cued up for a horror movie marathon come Halloween

Halloween is certainly known for the spooky decorations that adorn homes and for the creative costumes children put on to canvas the neighborhood. But for many youngsters, Halloween is all about the candy. In just a few hours, trick-or-treaters can accumulate a substantial amount of assorted chocolates, confections and other sweet treats. Once everyone has had their fill of their favorite items, candy often gets relegated to a giant bowl on the kitchen table, where it beckons each resident who passes by. Rather than submitting to the call of the candy and sacrificing your dental health as a result, enterprising individuals can repurpose that leftover Halloween candy. Incentives: Parents can store extra candy to use as rewards for good behavior. Many parents use sweet treats as rewards for children learning to potty train. Rewarding older children for a job well done cleaning up their rooms or as a special treat for scoring a good grade on a test also can be a way to put the candy to good use. Gingerbread houses: Christmas is just two months after Halloween. Put candy into sealable baggies and use it come the holiday season when building gingerbread houses. You will have a variety of different candies from which to choose and won't have to purchase anything new in order to decorate your creations. Advent calendars: Halloween candy can be saved to make an Advent calendar. This calendar traditionally counts down to Christmas, revealing a date and a sweet treat behind each door. Instead of purchasing a ready made Advent calendar, families can get together and make one for a family craft as a way to recycle Halloween candy. Goody bags: Candy is a crowd-pleaser, and leftover candy can be used in goody bags doled out at birthday parties. Keep the candy well-sealed to store away until it is needed to fill goodie bags. Add a few trinkets that tie in with the theme of your party, and you're all set. On a similar note, leftover candy can be used to stuff a pinata for a party. Pinatas are available in many different themes and styles, making any occasion ripe for a pinata. Baking: Cookies, brownies and cake bars taste even better with peanut butter cups, chips and chocolate candies baked inside. Some candy can be frozen for later use in baked goods. Baked goods can be enjoyed by the family or used for bake sales for schools and other organizations. Donations: Hospitals, doctors' offices and nursing homes may appreciate donations of candy for staff and visitors. You can visit different places to see if they would appreciate a candy donation. Adult beverages: Hard candies can be used to add some flavor to adult beverages. Let the candy sit in the alcohol for a few hours and the candy will dissolve. Use a coffee filter to strain out any candy remnants. There are many different ways to put Halloween candy to use so it doesn't go to waste or end up ruining teeth and waistlines.

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Grow pumpkins right at home Year after year, families make the trek to farm stands and nurseries in rural areas to purchase pumpkins. There among the vines and soil, each person is on the hunt for the perfect pumpkin to turn into pie or to carve into a gap-toothed jack-o'-lantern. But what if you only had to venture as far as your backyard for the ideal autumn pumpkin? It's possible when you plan ahead and sow the seeds of your very own pumpkin patch. Pumpkins are a long-season fruit that requires some advanced soil prep work and planning to ensure a bountiful crop. Pumpkins come in hundreds of varieties of all shapes and sizes. Pumpkins belong to the "cucurbita" family and come in three main categories. Cucurbita Moschata pumpkins belong to a group of mainly squashes that are usually used commercially for canned pumpkins. Cucurbita Pepo pumpkins are the ones typically carved on Halloween. Cucurbita Maxima are the giant pumpkins that show up at state fairs and other vegetable and fruit growing contests. To begin a pumpkin patch, find an area of the yard that gets full sunlight. The soil should have a slightly acidic soil from 6.0 to 6.8 pH. Pumpkins prefer a light, rich soil that drains well. Till the soil and amend it with compost to ensure it is rich in nutrients. Pumpkins can be started indoors from seeds during the early spring. However, if you plan to put seedlings into the ground, be sure to do so when the first frost is over and the soil is 60 F. The temperature during the day

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Halloween continues to be a fun day of the year Donning costumes and going door-to-door requesting candy are Halloween traditions. Millions of adults and children alike participate in Halloween celebrations across the world. Visitors to the United States, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, Australia, and the Bahamas can likely find revelers donning their favorite costumes and collecting a trove of candy. Residents of Sweden, Japan and certain Latin American countries, where Halloween is more commonly known as Noche de las Brujas (Night of the Witches), sometimes celebrate Halloween as well. The term "Halloween" was first used during the 16th century and is a Scottish variant of the phrase "All Hallows' Evening." While Halloween's name may have Christian origins, historians say that Halloween has both pagan and Celtic roots. Halloween is typically linked to the Celtic festival of "Samhain," which is Old Irish for

"summer's end." This time between seasons was viewed as a time when the supernatural, such as fairies and souls of the dead, could travel across worlds and visit their former homes for Samhain. In fact, souls of passed family and friends were welcomed to attend feasts, and place settings were left for them. While friendly spirits passed through, harmful spirits also became active during this time of the year. Historians believe costumes were worn to ward off these harmful spirits. Halloween also was influenced by All Souls' Day and Christian influences that were commemorating the memories of the recently departed. The custom of baking and sharing soul cakes with neighbors has been linked to early trick-or-treating. Elements of the autumn harvest season are key components of Halloween, when scarecrows, corn husks and pumpkins can be found in abundance. Horror decorations

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Halloween symbols revealed People familiar with Halloween know that certain animals, symbols and imagery are commonly used as decorations, with a goal of setting a mysterious and frightful scene. But some of these same items are far more innocuous when examined after Halloween has come and gone. The following are some of the more frequently used Halloween images and the truth behind these oft-misinterpreted decorations. Bats Dracula can transform into a vampire bat and sneak inside of a home unseen, correct? Many people fear bats unnecessarily, and not just for their connection to horror folklore. Bats are small mammals, and the only mammals capable of sustained flight. Roughly 70 percent of bats are insectivores, and they can be quite helpful to have around. Bats begin to take flight at dusk and eat millions of insects, including pesky mosquitoes. But many bats eat fruit. A few species, like vampire bats, do feed on blood, but largely prefer blood from other animals and occasionally birds. While vampire bats can feed on the blood of humans, such instances are rare, and a person would have to be sleeping where the bats live. Wolves Wolves communicate through a soulful howl, and such howls are often heard in horror films, which has helped paint a scary picture of wolves. But wolves often have more to fear from humans than vice versa. According to National Geographic, gray wolves that once populated large portions of North America, Europe and Asia were hunted to near extinction. Red wolves, which live in the southeastern United States, are endangered and actually became extinct in the wild in 1980. Many wolves are highly gregarious animals that prefer to interact with other members of their pack and are not actually dangerous to humans, despite how they are portrayed in movies. Spiders Large webs waiting at the ready to ensnare prey is imagery common to horror movies. Many people fear spiders and other insects, and while all spiders have venom that they inject when biting their prey, few spiders have bites that are considered serious and potentially fatal to humans. The Black Widow, Brown Widow, Brown Recluse, Funnel Web, and Brazilian Wandering spiders are considered some of the more deadly. In many instances, spiders are beneficial insects to have around the yard and even in the home because they can eat other unsavory pests. Ravens These large, black birds are often associated with bad omens, and some see them as harbingers of death. But such associations are simply fiction. Ravens are the largest birds in the crow family and feed on a wide array of foods, including carrion. These birds are considered the most intelligent birds, capable of learning and logic. Their keen intelligence and ability to learn behavior may be another reason why people are suspicious of them. Zombies Zombies do not exist in the real world, but they have frequently appeared in pop culture and are often more visible come Halloween. Zombies are supposedly resurrected dead that roam the earth and then turn others into zombies by biting them and passing infected saliva. In the real world, dead bodies cannot move and roam the earth, but air and gases in the body may be released and cause slight movement after death. Rigor mortis, or the stiffening of the body upon death, may also cause twitches or slight movement. This is natural and should not be mistaken for an impending zombie apocalypse. Halloween is associated with many different images, many of which are far less scary in reality than they are in the fictional tales common come Halloween.

Create a pinata

Who says pinatas are just for birthdays or Cinco de Mayo celebrations? Pinatas make fun additions to many gatherings, including Halloween parties. Halloween-themed pinatas filled with trick-or-treat candies can provide a safer alternative to trick-or-treating around busy neighborhoods, and kids won't mind because they can still get their candy fix when the pinata is inevitably broken open. Many people prefer to purchase a ready-made pinata from a party store. But with a few ingredients they may already have on hand, parents can customize their own Halloween-themed pinatas. Start by gathering your materials: •A large balloon, roughly 14 inches in diameter •Two large bowls •Flour and water •Newspaper and comics, torn into strips of various widths •String •Scissors •Pin •Colored tissue paper, crepe paper or cupcake liners •Paints, crayons and other decorating materials, as desired 1. Blow up the balloon and knot the end. Rest the balloon in a bowl so it won't roll away. 2. Mix up a batch of papier-mache. Mix 2 cups of flour with 2 cups of water and add a tablespoon of salt to create the mixture. With a spoon, blend to a batter-like texture. 3. Use strips of newspaper and dip into the mixture, then wipe off the excess. Place the newspaper strips in an overlapping pattern to cover the entire balloon. Wrap yarn or another type of string around the balloon to help hang the pinata later on. Let the balloon dry for 24 hours. 4. Hold the balloon knot, and use a pin to pop the balloon and remove it. 5. Repeat the process with comics so that you can tell the first layer from the previous layer. Allow to dry. 6. Repeat the process again with a third layer, alternating with newspaper again. Allow the layer to dry completely. 7. Use your decorating supplies to decorate the pinata with vivid colors. 8. Cut a small hatch into the top of the pinata. Ensure that the inside of the pinata is completely dry before filling it with candy. 9. Hang the pinata, and give everyone an opportunity to break it open and reveal the treasure inside. As an alternative to traditional papier-mache, you can try dipping the newspaper strips into liquid starch. This will help prolong the life of the pinata, making it less susceptible to mold.

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Living well with diabetes By Angela Shelf Medearis

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their shape. 2. Meanwhile, prepare the Lemon and Herb Cauliflower Couscous (recipe follows). Combine the couscous with the reserved tomato pulp until they are thoroughly incorporated. Spoon the warm cauliflower mixture into the hot tomatoes, and top with the lids. Serve immediately. Makes 8 servings.

cucumber. Makes 6 servings.

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Striped Bass

1 large lemon 1 whole (about 3 pounds) striped bass or sea bass, cleaned 3 cloves garlic, sliced 1/4 cup dry white wine 2 tablespoons olive oil 2 tablespoons capers, drained 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard 1/4 teaspoon dried or 1 teaspoon chopped fresh tarragon leaves plus additional for garnish Ground black pepper

Lemon and Herb Cauliflower "Couscous"

I enjoy turning a familiar vegetable like cauliflower into a new and exciting "look-alike dish." You'll be surprised by how pulsing it finely in a food processor and flavoring it with lemon and herbs makes it resemble couscous. The lemon and herbal flavors pair well with chicken, pork or fish, or as a stuffing for tomatoes. 4 cups bite-sized cauliflower florets (about 1 small head) 1 cup water or reduced-sodium chicken broth 2 tablespoons olive oil 1 clove garlic, minced 1 teaspoon poultry seasoning 1/2 cup fresh or frozen corn 1 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper 2 tablespoons minced basil or Italian flat leaf parsley 1/4 cup finely diced, peeled cucumber

1. Preheat oven to 425 F. Cut lemon in half; cut 1 half into 4 slices. Set aside remaining half. Rinse fish inside and out with cold running water; pat dry with paper towels. Make 3 diagonal slashes on each side of fish, cutting almost to bone. 2. Cut 2 sheets of foil, each 8 inches longer than length of fish. Place 1 sheet of foil in 15 1/2 by 10 1/2-inch jelly-roll pan, allowing ends to extend over sides of pan. Place fish lengthwise in center of foil in pan. Place lemon and garlic slices in fish cavity. Squeeze remaining lemon over fish. 3. In small bowl, whisk wine, olive oil, capers, Dijon, tarragon and 1/4 teaspoon pepper until blended. Drizzle half of wine mixture into fish cavity; drizzle remaining wine mixture over fish, rubbing mixture into skin and slashes. 4. Place second sheet of foil on top of fish. Crimp edges all around to seal completely. Bake fish 25 to 30 minutes. 5. Before serving, with kitchen shears, cut opening in packet to let steam escape, then carefully pull back foil. With 2 wide spatulas, transfer fish to platter. Pour juices in foil over fish. Garnish with fresh tarragon. Serves 4.(c) 2013

1. Working in batches, process the cauliflower in a food processor until minced into small pieces resembling couscous or rice. 2. Place the water or broth, olive oil, garlic and poultry seasoning in a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil over high heat, and then decrease the heat to low. Add the cauliflower and corn, simmer, stirring occasionally, until tender and most of the water has evaporated, about 5 minutes. Remove the "couscous" with a slotted spoon and toss it with the lemon zest and juice, 1/2 teaspoon of salt and 1/2 teaspoon pepper, basil or parsley, and the

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Sesame-Ginger Asparagus

Thin asparagus always makes an elegant side dish. Sprinkle it with a hint of red pepper flakes for an impressive presentation. This dish is lovely served with a fish main course. 1 1/2 pounds thin asparagus, trimmed and cut diagonally into 2-inch pieces 1 tablespoon canola oil 1 tablespoon fresh ginger, peeled and chopped 1 tablespoon reduced-sodium soy sauce 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper 1 teaspoon sesame seeds 1 teaspoon Asian sesame oil

1. In 12-inch skillet, heat 1 cup water to boiling over high heat. Add asparagus; heat to boiling. Reduce heat to medium. Cover and cook 4 to 5 minutes or until asparagus is tender-crisp. Drain asparagus in colander, then immediately plunge into large bowl of ice water to stop cooking; drain thoroughly. 2. Carefully wipe skillet dry with paper towels. Add canola oil; heat oil over high heat until hot. Add asparagus, ginger, soy sauce, and crushed red pepper, and cook 1 to 2 minutes or just until asparagus is heated through. Remove skillet from heat; stir in sesame seeds and sesame oil. Serves 4.

Hearty Fish Chowder

Cod, bacon and potatoes make this creamy chowder rich and satisying.

4 slices center-cut bacon 1 large carrot, chopped 1 medium (13-ounce) celery root, peeled and chopped 1 large (12-ounce) all-purpose potato, peeled and chopped 2 small (4 to 6 ounces each) onions, chopped 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour 1 cup clam juice, bottled 1/2 cup water 1 pound skinless cod fillets, cut into 1-inch chunks 1/2 cup reduced-fat (2 percent) milk Salt Pepper Fresh flat-leaf parsley leaves, chopped, for garnish

1. In 6- to 7-quart saucepot, cook bacon on medium 5 to 7 minutes or until browned and crisp, turning occasionally. Drain on paper towels; set aside. Discard all but 1 tablespoon bacon fat. 2. While bacon cooks, in large microwave-safe bowl, combine carrot, celery root, potato and 2 tablespoons water. Cover with vented plastic wrap and microwave on High 5 minutes or until vegetables are just tender. 3. Keep saucepot with rendered bacon fat on medium. Add onion and cook 6 to 8 minutes or until tender, stirring occasionally. Add carrot mixture and cook 2 minutes, stirring. 4. Add flour and cook 2 minutes, stirring. Add clam juice and water and whisk until smooth. Heat to boiling, stirring occasionally. Add cod chunks, cover, and cook 4 to 5 minutes or until fish just turns opaque throughout. 5. Stir in milk, 1/4 teaspoon salt and 1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper. Cook 1 to 2 minutes or until hot but not boiling. Crumble reserved bacon. Spoon chowder into shallow bowls; garnish with parsley and bacon. Serves 4. (c) 2013 Hearst Communications, Inc. All rights reserved

Halloween Home Brew

Who said Halloween is only for the "younger set"? Why not host a costume party for your friends?! If you do, be sure to serve this thirst-satisfying beverage. 2 1 1 1 1

cups unsweetened apple juice cup unsweetened orange juice cup diet lemon-lime soda pop cup water teaspoon apple pie spice

1. In a large saucepan, combine apple juice, orange juice, soda pop and water. Add apple pie spice. Mix well using a wire whisk. 2. Cook over medium heat until mixture starts to boil, stirring often. Serve hot. Makes 8 (3/4 cup) servings. HINT: Keep warm in a slow cooker. (c) 2013 King Features Synd., Inc.

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Strange, but true

By Samantha Weaver

It was British author George Bernard Shaw who made the following sage observation: "If all the economists were laid end to end, they'd never reach a conclusion." If you're planning a trip to Hollywood next summer, you might want to make a stop at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery. Not only can you visit the graves of such stars as Rudolph Valentino, Jayne Mansfield and Douglas Fairbanks (both Sr. and Jr.), but in the summer you also can picnic there while watching classic movies. You might be surprised to learn that eggplants have fairly high levels of nicotine. You may have heard that painting your kitchen red or yellow can help stimulate your appetite, while painting it blue can help suppress it. The kitchen isn't the only living area in which color research has been done, though; those who study such things say that those who sleep in yellow bedrooms get an average of 7.7 hours of sleep per night, while those in purple bedrooms sleep only 5.9 hours per night on average. Penn Jillette, of the magic team of Penn and Teller, has a son named Zolten Penn Jillette and a daughter named Moxie CrimeFighter Jillette. Those of you who are pregnant might want to take note of some old superstitions: It was once thought that hiding a knife under the mattress of a laboring woman would cut the birth pains. Also, unlocking all the doors in the house and tying knots in the curtains were believed to guarantee an easy delivery. (Just don't try these in the hospital.) • It was American writer Gore Vidal who made the following sage observation: "The corporate grip on opinion in the United States is one of the wonders of the Western world. No First World country has ever managed to eliminate so entirely from its media all objectivity -- much less dissent."

When someone mentions the rock band ZZ Top, you probably think of a group of musicians with beards. They don't all have beards, though; the drummer is cleanshaven as a matter of safety (imagine being in the middle of a drum solo and getting a stick caught in a long beard ouch!). Interestingly, the unbearded drummer's name is Frank Beard.

Sports quiz By Chris Richcreek

1. Who was the last Atlanta Brave before Jason Heyward in 2012 to have a season of at least 20 stolen bases and 20 home runs? 2. How old was Babe Ruth when he last led the American League in homers for a season? 3. True or false: Darrell Royal never had a losing season in 20 years as head coach of the University of Texas football team. 4. In 2013, Dirk Nowitzki became the fifth-highest-scoring 7-footer in NBA history. Who was ahead of him on the list? 5. How many Hart trophies (NHL MVP) and Norris trophies (top defenseman) combined did Bobby Orr win during his 12year NHL career? 6. When was the last time that a Major League Soccer team did not win the U.S. Open Cup? 7. In 2013, Gary Stevens became the oldest jockey to win the Preakness (50 years old). Who had been the oldest?

Bible trivia By Wilson Casey

1. Is the book of Deuteronomy in the Old or New Testament or neither? 2. Along with his sons, who was the first to be cremated? Samuel, Solomon, Shadrach, Saul 3. Especially from biblical times, what did "to sup with" mean? Journey, Pray, Dine, Wash 4. Who bet 30 men they could not solve his riddle? Moses, Samson, Daniel, Paul 5. In Revelation 3:19, Jesus tells us to be zealous and "do what"? Repent, Share, Love, Witness

6. Who was Paul's companion at Philippi? Stephen, Silas, Jude, Luke

Trivia test By Fifi Rodriguez

1. GEOGRAPHY: Where is the Levantine Basin found? 2. ART: Who created the work titled "Twittering Machine"? 3. LANGUAGE: What does the Greek word "dactyl" mean? 4. GENERAL KNOWLEDGE: How long is a giraffe's tongue, on average? 5. THEATER: Actor Richard Burbage was closely associated with which famous playwright? 6. LITERATURE: Who wrote the book "Where the Wild Things Are"? 7. TELEVISION: Who played the lead female character in "The Bionic Woman"? 8. MEDICAL: What is the common name for "tinea pedis"? 9. ANIMAL KINGDOM: What does a lepidopterist study? 10. MEASUREMENTS: How much champagne does a magnum hold?

Flashback By Mick Harper

1. Name the crooner who released "Beyond the Sea." 2. When did Roxy Music release "Dance Away"? 3. Why do few people know the lyrics to reggae song "Israelites"? 4. Name the duo who released "With You I'm Born Again." 5. Name the song that contains this lyric: "Watch the jingle jangle start to chime, Reflections of the music that is mine, When you drop a coin you'll hear it sing."

Moments in time By The History Channel

• On Nov. 5, 1605, King James I of England learns of a plot to explode the Parliament building. Guy Fawkes had been found lurking in a cellar with 20 barrels of gunpowder. Fawkes revealed that he was part of a conspiracy to annihilate England's Protestant government and replace it with

Catholic leadership. On Nov. 6, 1860, Abraham Lincoln is elected the 16th president of the United States over a deeply divided Democratic Party, becoming the first Republican to win the presidency. Lincoln received only 40 percent of the popular vote but handily defeated the three other candidates. On Nov. 8, 1895, physicist Wilhelm Conrad Rontgen becomes the first person to observe X-rays, an advance that became an important diagnostic tool in medicine. In 1897, X-rays were first used on a military battlefield to find bullets and broken bones inside patients. On Nov. 9, 1938, Jewish businesses and homes in Munich are destroyed, and Jewish men, women and children are beaten and murdered, in an exercise in terror. The night would be called "Kristallnacht," or "the Night of Broken Glass," because of the cost of replacing broken glass in looted Jewish shops - 5 million marks ($1.25 million). On Nov. 7, 1944, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt is elected to an unprecedented fourth term in office. FDR remains the only president to have served more than two terms. Roosevelt presided over two of the biggest crises in U.S. history: the Great Depression of the 1930s and World War II. On Nov. 10, 1964, Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara says that the United States has no plans to send combat troops to Vietnam. By 1969, more than 500,000 American troops were in South Vietnam. On Nov. 4, 1979, hundreds of Iranian students storm the U.S. Embassy in Tehran, taking more than 60 American hostages. The students were demanding the return of Iran's deposed leader, the Shah Mohammed Reza Pahlevi. After the student takeover, President Jimmy Carter ordered a complete embargo of Iranian oil. (c) 2013 King Features Synd., Inc

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