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“T” TOWNS (continued): • When Taipei 101 opened in 2004, this 101-floor skyscraper grabbed the title of world’s tallest building and remained so until 2010. It’s located in Taipei City, the largest city in Taiwan and capital of the Republic of China. The city was founded in the early 1700s and developed into an important overseas trade center over the next 100 years. It’s home to several ornate temples, including the Longshan Temple, constructed in 1738. In 1945, the temple was badly damaged when it was hit by American bombers who believed the Japanese were hiding armaments inside. • On the northwest shore of Lake Ontario lies Toronto, Canada’s largest city. The city takes its name from an Iroquois word meaning “place where trees stand in the water.” Toronto ranks high on the list of the world’s “most livable cities” based on quality of living. Its low crime rate also makes it one of the safest major cities in North America. The homicide rate there is about 3.3 per 100,000 people, compared with Atlanta, Georgia at 19.7. Covering an area of 243 sq. miles (630 sq. km), Toronto has about 2.6 million residents, 49% of whom were born outside Canada. It’s obvious the city’s residents enjoy ice sports, as there are 52 outdoor ice skating rinks in the city. • Canada isn’t the only place where you’ll find Toronto. There are five U.S. states with a community by that name – Iowa, Illinois, Kansas, Ohio, and South Dakota. • Five U.S. states and a Canadian province have also honored the Native American leader of the Shawnee by naming a community Tecumseh. Born in Ohio, Tecumseh (“Shooting Star” or “Panther Across the Sky”) grew up to be a key figure in the War of 1812. He is quoted with these words of wisdom: “Live your life so that the fear of death can never enter your heart. Love your life, perfect your life, beautify all things in your life.”
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• Any ATM location that’s not out in public. An out-of-the-way spot is more likely to have been tampered with. • New businesses. Let others be the first customers until all the bugs are worked out in their security. Add to this list small businesses, carryout establishments and restaurants. • Making large purchases. You won’t have the protection of a credit-card company if something is wrong with what you buy. • A down payment on any item. The balance can be taken at the wrong time. Do you see the pattern here? The advice is to not use debit cards, at least not until the financial world has managed to make our transactions completely secure. (That’s not going to happen until we start using the microchip-based cards as they do in other countries.) If you object to paying the interest on a credit card, have the money ready to send the minute your statement arrives, or even sooner. Or open a second account to be used with your debit card and keep limited funds in it. If the information is compromised and the money taken, the damage will be smaller. David Uffington regrets that he cannot personally answer reader questions, but will incorporate them into his column whenever possible. Send email to firstname.lastname@example.org. (c) 2014 King Features Synd., Inc.
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“T” TOWNS (continued): • Back in 1950, NBC radio was home to a popular radio quiz show known as Truth or Consequences. Looking for a creative way to celebrate the program’s tenth anniversary, the host Ralph Edwards announced that he would air the program from the first American town to rename itself after the show. Hot Springs, New Mexico jumped at the chance, and on March 31 of that year, the residents voted in favor of the switch, and the very next day, Ralph Edwards and the crew flew in for the anniversary broadcast. For the next 50 years, Edwards visited the town each May for their annual fiesta. Every April 1, Truth or Consequences, or “T or C” as the locals call it, celebrates Ralph Edwards Day. • A small Japanese fishing village named Edo founded around the year 1200 has grown to the world’s most populous metropolitan area with 8,949,447 residents. Edo was renamed Tokyo in 1868, when it became the imperial capital. Tokyo’s entire urban area has a population of 35,623,327. The city had already reached 1,000,000 people back in the 1720s. It’s not only the most populous city in the world, it’s also the most expensive, with the highest cost of living worldwide. • Texas is home to the towns of Telephone and Telegraph. Telephone, Texas was named because the only telephone in the area was in the community’s general store. About 210 people live there these days. Telegraph’s name was based on all the telegraph poles cut to build communication lines to the U.S. Army forts just east of town. Today, it’s pretty much a ghost town, population, 3.
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• If you like fireworks, you’ll love the city of Tondabayashi, Japan, home to the largest annual fireworks display in the world. Several displays are held every August, with the main display consisting of 120,000 shells fired in less than an hour. • The Native Americans gave Ten Sleep, Wyoming its unusual name. This Indian rest stop was 10 days’ travel, or “10 sleeps” from Fort Laramie to the southeast and Montana’s Indian Agency to the northwest. Today this little community boasts 260 residents.
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• Mahatma Gandhi called Thiruvananthapuram, India, that country’s “Evergreen City.” This ancient city has been a busy trade center since 1000 B.C. It is home to the temple of Vishnu, the richest temple in the world, with its monumental items and assets valued in the $15 billion range. • Edgar Rice Burroughs was 35, nearly broke, and selling pencil sharpeners when he wrote the first Tarzan book. Beginning in 1912, Burroughs published 26 novels about our favorite jungle hero. His success allowed him to purchase a 550-acre ranch north of Los Angeles, which he appropriately named Tarzana. Within in a few years, the city had grown to surround the ranch, and Burroughs sold off part of his property for new homesites. This small community, incorporated in 1917, is still known as Tarzana, California, with a population of around 35,000.
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*** Tom Hanks, whose film “Captain Phillips” received a Robert Redford best picture nod, was passed over as well, while “Saving Mr. Banks” was completely overlooked. Hanks currently is working on producer/director Ron Howard’s third Dan Brown “Da Vinci Code” film, “Inferno,” once again playing Robert Langdon. It will be released Dec. 15. Ron Howard’s next film is “In the Heart of the Sea,” with Chris Hemsworth, Cillian Murphy and Tom Holland, hitting screens March 15. *** Sophia Loren, 80 years young in September, considered by many the last living movie superstar from Hollywood’s Golden Era, currently is shooting a one-woman film, “La Voce Umana” (“The Human Voice”), in Italy. Based on a 1930 play, originally starring Ingrid Bergman in 1967 for ABC Stage 67, it is about a middle-aged woman talking on the telephone to her lover of five years, who is about to marry another woman the next day. *** “White Collar” star Matt Bomer will be busting out all over. No, not like he did in “Magic Mike,” but in the indie sci-fi film “Space Station 76” with Liv Tyler and Patrick Wilson; in “Winter’s Tale” with Colin Farrell, Russell Crowe, Jennifer Connelly and Will Smith (out Valentine’s Day); and in HBO’s “The Normal Heart” (for which he lost 40 pounds to show the ravages of AIDS), with Mark Ruffalo, Julia Roberts, Taylor Kitsch and Jim Parsons. Bomer is prepping to play Montgomery Clift in “Monty.” Clift, Oscar nominated in 1953 as best actor for “From Here to Eternity,” survived a terrible car crash in 1956, which permanently scarred his face. As a gay man who depended on his looks, he hated his flawed face and turned to alcohol and drugs, which eventually killed him in 1966 at 45. Bomer brings melodrama skills to this role, which he acquired from “All My Children” (as Ian Kipling, 2001-2002) and “Guiding Light” (as Ben Reade, 2001-2003), and of course, “White Collar.” At 36, Bomer still makes fans hot under the collar ... white or otherwise! (c) 2014 King Features Synd., Inc.
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by Samantha Weaver • It was famed cultural anthropologist Margaret Mead who made the following sage observation: "One of the oldest human needs is having someone to wonder where you are when you don’t come home at night." • If you're like the average American, you will eat about 150 bananas this year -- 26 pounds worth. • Up until the 1500s, the accepted way of dealing with a patient who was hemorrhaging was to cauterize the wound, often with boiling oil or red-hot irons. It was in the latter part of the 16th century that a French surgeon named Ambroise Pare began tying off the broken blood vessels with cord. That's pretty much what surgeons do today. • It's been estimated that a million pigeons live in New York City. • When pop star Christina Aguilera is on tour, she insists on having a police escort. She hates to be stuck in traffic. • Next time you're heading to Illinois, you can stop off in Metropolis and visit the selfdeclared birthplace of Superman. In honor of their hometown superhero, the citizens erected a 15-foot bronze statue of him on Main Street.
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• It was Abraham Lincoln who signed into law the legislation that created the Secret Service. That very night, he was assassinated. • Those who study such things say that on the 13th of every month, triskaidekaphobia causes a loss of $83 million to American business due to absenteeism from work and other disruptions.
2. True or false: Hall of Fame shortstop Honus Wagner also was a major-league manager. 3. What was the first college football bowl game to feature teams ranked No. 1 and No. 2?
• In the United States, more babies are born on October 5th than on any other day of the year. If you do the math, you'll find that New Year's Eve is 9 months and 5 days before that.
4. When was the last time before 2013 that the New York Knicks won an NBA playoff series? 5. Of the top five NHL players in career shorthanded goals, four are members of the Hockey Hall of Fame. Who is not?
*** Thought for the Day: "Show me a hero, and I will write you a tragedy." -- F. Scott Fitzgerald (c) 2014 King Features Synd., Inc. Seven U.S. communities have been named for America's 27th President, William Howard Taft. Taft's first major political job was as Teddy Roosevelt's Secretary of War. Five years later, Taft was President. Eight years after his presidency, Taft was selected as the Chief Justice of the United States, the only person to have been both President and Chief Justice.
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First Thursday Concert at St. Paul's 12:15-12:50 pm; St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 323 Catherine Street, Walla Walla. This concert will feature Amu Dodds, voilin; Phill Thompson, cello; and Kristin Vining, piano. Admission is free. Donations gratefully accepted and will be given to Walla Walla Children's Home Society, the charity of the performers' choice. For more info: Call 509-529-1083
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2/7,8,14,15,16 "The Boys Next Door" 8 pm (2 pm matinee on the 16th); Little Theatre of Walla Walla, 1130 Sumach, Walla Walla. The Boys Next Door deals with four men with mental disabilities who live in a group home. For more info: Call 509-529-3683 or online at www.ltww.org 2/8
Music Jamboree 1-4 pm; M-F Senior Center, 311 North Main Street, Milton-Freewater. Music, food and dancing.
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Gardening for the Beginning or Casual Gardener 6:30-8:00 pm; Sustainable Living Center, WWCC, Water & Environmental Center, 500 Tausick Way, Walla Walla. Join SLC and WSU Master Gardeners in a casual and stress free introduction to gardening. The class will keep it simple and provide lots of tips on selecting a site, soil preparation, and what types of items grow best in our climate. Beginners welcome! Workshop is free and designed for all ages. For more info: Call 509-524-5218 or online at www.sustainablelivingcenter.com
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