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CRACKS SOME EGGS! by Patricia L. Cook Eggs are a big seller all year long as one of the most popular breakfast foods, an essential ingredient for baking and more. But at Easter, they are at the top of the grocery list, the star of the show! • Eggs are rich in nutrients, containing almost every vitamin and mineral needed by humans. The protein of eggs is the standard by which other protein sources are compared. Large eggs contain approximately 6 grams of protein and 4.5 grams of fat, with about half of the fat being the healthier mono-unsaturated variety. Eggs only contain about 70 calories each. • While once vilified as being unhealthy and the cause of heart attacks because of their high cholesterol, the egg’s reputation has recently been redeemed. More doctors and nutritionists are backing away from the idea that eggs should be avoided. Eggs have so many good health benefits that studies now say most people are fine eating an egg a day. • To be sure, medical professionals are not recommending a three-egg omelet with sausage or bacon every day. If cholesterol is a concern, egg whites are fine since the yolk contains all of the cholesterol in an egg. The American Heart Association amended its egg-eating guidelines recently to say there is, “no longer a specific recommendation on the number of egg yolks a person may consume in a week.” turn the page for more!

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Make Hummus for an Easy, Healthy Snack It might not be a bad idea to include a globe or atlas when you start pulling together the simple ingredients for making hummus with your kids and their friends. Cooking with an international twist is such a perfect opportunity to teach about geography, history and current events. It’s also a chance to talk about the rich and varied traditions that exist all over the world. This recipe is simple to prepare, and your kids will love it. Just toss things into the blender and let it whirl. As the garlic cloves and chickpeas blend together, questions may abound, starting with, “What is the Middle East in the middle of?” That’s where your maps come into the mix. In the Middle East and here, hummus is a snack or side dish. It is often served with pita bread, the kind with a little pocket inside. You can fill it with cheese, meat and tabouli salad at lunchtime, or, as in this case, use it as a “dipper.” It’s kind of like chips. HUMMUS 1 lemon 1 tablespoon olive oil 2 tablespoons tahini (sesame seed paste); look for it near peanut butter or in the international foods section of your market 2-3 fresh garlic gloves 2 cups canned chickpeas (garbanzo beans), drained 2 tablespoons of water or liquid from drained chickpeas 1 teaspoon salt Here’s the fun: Let your child roll the lemon back and forth on the counter to get the juices flowing. Cut it in half and squeeze it on a manual juicer. Pour a quarter of a cup of the juice into a blender. Pour in the oil, and add the tahini. It’s garlic time. Pop out a nice big clove from the bulb. Press a spatula down hard on the clove, and give it a major whack! Peel off the garlic skin, roughly chop the garlic and drop it into the blender. Add another clove or two according to taste. Toss in the drained chickpeas, water or liquid from chickpeas and salt, then give everything a spin until smooth. Serve with warmed pita bread. Makes about 2 cups Extra Tips: --Use as a dip for crisp vegetables and spread on sandwiches as a replacement for mayonnaise or butter. --Add a 1/2 teaspoon of cumin for a different flavor. *** Donna Erickson’s award-winning series “Donna’s Day” is airing on public television nationwide. To find more of her creative family recipes and activities, visit and link to the NEW Donna’s Day Facebook fan page. Her latest book is “Donna Erickson’s Fabulous Funstuff for Families.” (c) 2012 Donna Erickson

Tidbits® of Elmore County CRACKS SOME EGGS (continued): • Not only does the yolk contain cholesterol, it also contains the vitamins and minerals that make it a nutritional powerhouse. Egg yolks are one of the few foods with naturally occurring vitamin D. Hard-boiled eggs, like those decorated, hidden and hunted at Easter, provide about 17 grams of protein. Egg whites are an excellent source of low-fat protein. • Eggs are also a good source of choline, which has been shown to help preserve memory, as well as lutein and zeaxanthin, which may help prevent vision loss. Nutritionists say that eggs can help with weight management, eye health, muscle strength, brain functions and are valuable for healthy pregnancies. • Easter eggs and the Easter bunny are considered symbols of new life and rebirth. Ancient cultures like the Persians, Hindus and Egyptians believed the world started as a large egg. • The new life symbolism was probably the association that made way for the Easter Bunny. Rabbits, like eggs, have always been associated with birth and fertility. • The legend of the Easter Bunny had its start in Germany. The story goes that a poor woman living in Germany decorated eggs to hide and be hunted as entertainment for her children. As soon as the eggs were found by the children, a large bunny rabbit was seen hopping away! Many stories have been written about the bunny ever since, and children in many places around the world look forward to egg hunts and egg and bunny-shaped candies around Easter. • Many egg hunts now use plastic eggs, often filled with candy or toys. Real eggs, if they are used for hunts, need to be handled carefully. • The Egg Safety Center recommends that, “Hardcooked eggs should be refrigerated within two hours of cooking and used within one week.” Another food authority, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), says Easter eggs are safe to eat after a hunt if you follow some basic guidelines: “Use food-safe coloring to dye the eggs and refrigerate them within two hours of boiling them.” • Since most Easter egg hunts take more than two hours from hiding to finding to eating, it is usually best to use the plastic variety. • Other information from the USDA says that boiling an egg removes a naturally occurring protective coating on egg shells that then leaves the shells vulnerable to bacteria. If any eggs are

Spring Garden Saute With its bright colors and flavors, this warm dish of spring vegetables tastes even better than it looks. 2 pounds asparagus, trimmed and cut into 1 1/2inch pieces 8 ounces sugar snap peas, strings removed 1 tablespoon margarine or butter 1 pound radishes, each cut into quarters Salt and pepper 4 tablespoons snipped fresh chives 1. Heat large covered saucepot of salted water to boiling on high. Fill large bowl with ice water; set aside. To saucepot, add asparagus and snap peas; cook 4 minutes. Drain vegetables; cool in bowl of ice water. Drain vegetables well. 2. Meanwhile, in 12-inch skillet, heat margarine on medium until melted. Add radishes, 1/4 teaspoon salt, and 1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper; cook 10 minutes or until tender-

cracked, they are very susceptible to bacteria as well and should be discarded. • The President and First Lady host the White House Easter Egg Roll every year on the Monday after Easter. The Easter Egg Roll activities were started in the mid-1800s and were originally held at the U.S. Capitol grounds. After years of wear and tear to the lawn, Congress passed a law in 1876 forbidding the Capitol grounds from being used as a children’s playground. • In 1878, when President Rutherford B. Hayes heard of the law, he issued an official order that any children who showed up at the Capitol grounds for an egg roll should be sent to the White House. Since that time, successive Presidents have continued the tradition, with the event held on the south lawn of the White House. It has only been cancelled a few times because of bad weather and during World Wars I and II. During the war years, egg rollers still congregated, some at the Washington Monument, the National Zoo and even at the Capitol grounds. (Remember, that was forbidden by law!) CRACKS SOME EGGS (continued): • Pysanky are Ukrainian Easter eggs (Pysanky is plural; the singular is pysanka). Pysanky folk art, where eggs are decorated using beeswax in a wax resist method, is a practice that has been around for thousands of years in Ukraine. Over 10,000 pysanky are displayed in the egg-shaped Pysanka Museum that opened in September 2000 in Kolomyia, Ukraine. • Canada, specifically Vegreville, Alberta, is home to the world’s largest pysanka. The area has many Ukrainian immigrants, and the pysanka was chosen as a symbol to honor the Royal Canadian Mounted Police in their centennial year of 1975. • While the Vegreville pysanka is the world’s largest inedible Easter egg, there have been a number of large edible chocolate eggs in recent years. Vying for recognition from the Guinness Book of World Records (GWR), impressive chocolate eggs usually make their debuts at shopping centers. A 14,197-pound, 12-ounce (6,440-kg) chocolate Easter egg was on display at a shopping center in Sao Jose, Santa Cararina, Brazil on April 3, 2010. • Last year, that one was beaten out for the title by an even larger egg displayed at a shopping center in Cortenuova, Italy. According to GWR, it weighed an impressive 15,873 pounds (7,200 kg). Now that is a lot of chocolate — and not quite as healthy as a real egg!

crisp. Transfer to bowl; keep warm. 3. To same skillet, add asparagus, snap peas, 1/4 teaspoon salt, and 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper; cook 5 minutes or until tender-crisp, stirring occasionally. Stir in 2 tablespoons chives. 4. Transfer to serving bowl; arrange radishes around edge. Sprinkle with remaining chives. Makes 10 side-dish servings. TIP: Asparagus and snap peas can be cooked through step 1 up to one day ahead. Place in plastic storage bag and refrigerate until ready to use. * Each serving: About 45 calories, 2g total fat, 185mg sodium, 5g total carbs, 2g dietary fiber, 3g protein. For thousands of triple-tested recipes, visit our website at (c) 2012 Hearst Communications, Inc. All rights reserved

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Niagara Falls is actually three waterfalls that occur on the Niagara River shared by Canada and the United States. • Niagara Falls is a tremendous tourist attraction for both the United States and Canada. Both countries have cities named after the falls, in New York and Ontario. • Of the three waterfalls, Horseshoe Falls is the largest on the Canadian side. The other two are American Falls and the much smaller Bridal Veil Falls. • While these waterfalls are not the largest in the world, they are among the world’s most impressive and most visited. The water that flows over the falls comes from the Great Lakes, which contain approximately 20 percent of the world’s fresh water. The Niagara River is actually a connecting channel between Lakes Erie and Ontario. After going over Niagara Falls, the water eventually makes its way to the Atlantic Ocean. • Both Canada and the United States use the powerful waterfalls for power generation, drinking water, fishing, agriculture and tourism. • The flow of water over Niagara Falls is greatly affected by the amount of precipitation going into the Great Lakes. This was noticed many years ago, so in 1910, the International Joint Commission (USA and Canada) began regulating the water levels. • Later, the “1950 Niagara Treaty” was signed by the two governments. This treaty concerns the diversion of water from the Niagara River to be used for power generation by both countries. The treaty also addressed the importance of the flow of water over the falls for tourism. NIAGARA FALLS (continued): • The treaty states that the flow over Niagara Falls must not be less than 100,000 cubic feet per second (2,832 cubic m/s) during daylight hours of tourist season, April 1 through October 31. The hours are 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. from April to September 15 and then adjusted to 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. from September 16 to October 31. The flow must not be less than 50,000 cubic feet per second (1,416 cubic m/s) at all other times. • The treaty also specifies that excess water may be diverted for power generation. The Sir Adam Beck Station in Ontario and New York State Power Authority use the falls to provide electricity to more than a million people. • Niagara Falls has hosted its share of daredevils through the years. The first trip over the falls was staged by three hotel owners in 1827. Highly publicized, the event attracted approximately 10,000 people to see an old condemned schooner named Michigan go over the falls with a load of “ferocious” animals. The animals actually were a buffalo, two raccoons, two small bears, a dog and a goose. The two bears, loose on the deck of the boat, jumped overboard and swam to Goat Island before the boat went over the abyss. The goose was the only survivor of the plunge. • Two years later, the first human to survive going over the falls took his plunge. Sam Patch actually did it twice, 10 days apart, diving headfirst off of two diving boards he erected on Goat Island. The second dive was actually higher than the first. • One of the most famous daredevils to cross the falls did it 10 times from 1858 to 1860. “The Great Blondin” was a Frenchman who crossed Niagara Falls walking on tightropes.

Clint’s for Certain The Sprint Cup season is only five races old, but Clint Bowyer has gone a long way toward eliminating the uncertainty that clouded his career during the off-season. Bowyer, 32, made his name at Richard Childress Racing, where he won five races since joining the Cup ranks full-time in 2006. Twice he won at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, in 2007 and 2010, and at Talladega Superspeedway, in 2010 and 2011. He also won at Richmond, in 2008. Late in 2011, Bowyer found that, due to sponsorship issues, there was no place for him at RCR. The Emporia, Kan., native considered several offers and decided to move to Michael Waltrip Racing, where his No. 15 Toyota is sponsored by 5-Hour Energy Drink. Waltrip’s team has won only twice since its inception in 2007. RCR has won 100 Cup races, dating back to 1983. So far, so good. Bowyer ranks ninth in the Cup standings with one top-five and two top-10 finishes. “These MWR cars have been good ever since (teammate Martin) Truex was running good at the end of last year,” Bowyer said. “Just real proud of everybody. “Looking at last year, they showed signs of brilliance, and then, I think, where they lacked was being consistent throughout the year. If we’re able to go there, that’s one thing that’s always been my strong point. If I can continue my consistency ... that’s what we’re missing.” Bowyer never felt the perceived uncertainty regarding his latest career move. “In this sport anymore, the cars are so much the same that the only real thing you’re starting over with is the group of people,” he said. “Sometimes change can be good and bad. There’s no question that, last year, I didn’t have the success that I expected and that I wanted. “Maybe it was time to make a change, and I’ll be able to answer that in a year or so. I really see a lot of potential here, a lot of things coming together at the right time for me to make a change and ride that wave on into the future.” *** Monte Dutton covers motorsports for The Gaston (N.C.) Gazette. E-mail Monte at (c) 2012 King Features Synd., Inc.

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To Your Good Health By Paul G. Donohue, M.D.

Heart-Attack Victims Can Grow New Arteries DEAR DR. DONOHUE: I don’t remember you addressing this subject, so I thought I would write. In 1997, I had a mild heart attack and went on medicines. Six months later I had another mild incident that led me to angioplasty. Ever since, I have been eating well, exercising and taking all my meds. My cardiologist says I have great collaterals. I have sprouted new vessels for my heart. I thought I should have some kind of intervention, but the doctor says no. Can you discuss autogenesis? Am I related to a starfish? -- R.S. ANSWER: You’re the first writer ever to use the word “autogenesis.” If a starfish loses an arm, it grows another -- autogenesis. Humans have the same ability when it comes to blood vessels. They can grow new ones, and do so in many instances. Heart-attack victims often can sprout new arteries. It’s a long process. It doesn’t happen overnight. And it doesn’t happen to all people. Count yourself lucky. The booklet on CAD -- coronary artery disease -discusses how vessels become plugged and how they are treated. To order a copy, write: Dr. Donohue -No. 101W, 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. *** DEAR DR. DONOHUE: I looked in the mirror this morning and couldn’t believe what I saw. My right eye was bright red. It looked like someone had

Tidbits® of Elmore County punched me. When my husband saw it, he asked if he had hit me while he was asleep. He didn’t. It doesn’t hurt. My vision is perfect. My eye looks frightful. Do I need to see a doctor? -- Y.T. ANSWER: Your question is asked repeatedly. My long-distance guess is a subconjunctival hemorrhage. The conjunctiva is a cellophane-like covering of the eye. Beneath it is a network of invisible blood vessels. When one of those delicate vessels breaks, blood covers that part of the eye. Coughing, sneezing or straining causes the breakage. Sometimes it happens for no apparent reason. The eye looks awful, but no real harm is done. The blood is absorbed in about a week. You can hurry it up by putting warm compresses over the closed eye. You need to see a doctor if the eye begins to pain you, if the blood stays for longer than a week or if it happens time and again. *** DEAR DR. DONOHUE: Does heartburn cause asthma attacks? It sounds weird to me, but my doctor thinks that’s what causing my breathing problems. He has me on medicines for heartburn. I can’t believe they’ll help. -- J.R. ANSWER: Your doctor isn’t coming from out of left field. Heartburn can be an asthma trigger. Heartburn is officially called gastroesophageal reflux -- an upward shooting of stomach acid and digestive juices into the esophagus, the swallowing tube. The juices can rise so far up that they leak out of the esophagus and trickle into the bronchi, the airways. That’s what sets off an asthma attack. *** Dr. Donohue regrets that he is unable to answer individual letters, but he will incorporate them in his column whenever possible. Readers may write him or request an order form of available health newsletters at P.O. Box 536475, Orlando, FL 32853-6475. (c) 2012 North America Synd., Inc. All Rights Reserved

* On April 20, 1841, Edgar Allen Poe’s short story, “The Murders in the Rue Morgue,” first appears in Graham’s Lady’s and Gentleman’s Magazine. It is generally considered to be the first detective story. Like the later Sherlock Holmes stories, the tale is narrated by the detective’s roommate. * On April 22, 1889, at precisely high noon, thousands of would-be settlers make a mad dash into the newly opened Oklahoma Territory to claim cheap land. All told, from 50,000 to 60,000 settlers entered the territory that day. Towns like Norman, Oklahoma City, Kingfisher and Guthrie sprang into being almost overnight. * On April 21, 1918, in the skies over France, Manfred von Richthofen, the notorious German flying ace known as “The Red Baron” with 80 victories under his belt, is killed by Allied fire. He was 25 years old. * On April 17, 1937, Daffy Duck makes his debut in the Warner Bros. short “Porky’s Duck Hunt.” In the 1920s, movie houses had started showing a short cartoon before feature presentations, but the form became more popular after sound was introduced in 1928. * On April 16, 1947, in Texas City’s port on Galveston Bay, a fire aboard the French freighter Grandcamp ignites ammonium nitrate, causing a massive blast that destroys much of the city and takes nearly 600 lives. The fire department tried to douse the flames, but the ship was so hot that the water from their fire hoses was instantly vaporized.

by Samantha Weaver * It was Scottish author and historian Thomas Carlyle who made the following sage observation: “The greatest of faults is to be conscious of none.” * If you’re planning to travel to Washington state with nefarious plans, here’s an interesting law to keep in mind: Any motorist with criminal intent is required to stop before entering a town and inform the chief of police of his or her presence. * Are you more afraid of lightning or sharks? If you look at the numbers, it makes more sense to fear lightning; more than three times as many people die from lightning strikes than do so in shark attacks. * The acids in your digestive system are so corrosive that your stomach must produce an entirely new lining every three days. * As the Black Plague was sweeping Europe during the Middle Ages, some people, for reasons surpassing understanding, believed that plague victims could cure themselves by smelling human waste. * It was in 1893 that the zipper was invented, and it was originally intended to be used in shoes.

* On April 18, 1983, Joan Benoit wins her second Boston Marathon in the women?s division with a time of 2:22:43. The inaugural Boston Marathon was run on Apr. 19, 1897, and was a men-only event until 1972, when women were officially allowed to compete.

* If you’re familiar with the Disney film “Cinderella,” you might be surprised to learn some details about the Grimm brothers’ version of the folktale. In their story, Cinderella’s wicked stepsisters are so desperate to marry the prince that they mutilate their feet in order to try to make them fit in the slipper (which, in the Grimm version, is made of gold, not glass). Also, at the wedding of Cinderella and her prince, the stepsisters’ eyes are plucked out by pigeons. *** Thought for the Day: “The tax which will be paid for education is not more than the thousandth part of what will be paid to kings, priests, and nobles who will rise up among us if we leave the people to ignorance.” -- Thomas Jefferson

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* On April 19, 1957, the Brattle Theater in Cambridge, Mass., presents its first showing of “Casablanca,” introducing a new generation to Humphrey Bogart, who had died months earlier. Bogart had been wounded aboard a Navy ship during World War 1. His upper lip was scarred and partially paralyzed, giving him the tough-guy poker face and slight lisp that characterized his acting.

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* “The hardware on my favorite purse started to look very banged-up and was flaking. I found a silver leafing pen at the craft store, and it was very easy to spruce my bag up again.” -- A Reader, via email * A top coat a day keeps the manicurist away! Revive your polish by giving the ends a quick coat of clear top coat daily to extend the life of your manicure. * “I like to cut out and save comic strips. I used to put them in photo albums with the plastic sleeves, but the pages were a little small. Now, I used scrapbook pages, which are much wider. I just glue them to a coordinating color paper. They look much nicer, too.” -- R.A. in Virginia * To keep spring boots looking tall and smelling pretty good, loosely roll a thin stack of newspaper, stick it down the leg portion of your boot, then fill it with a stack of balled-up newspapers. It will support the leg, which will not flop over and cause cracks. And the newspaper absorbs any smells.

* If you have trapped hairs, try this trick: Wet an old, clean toothbrush and dip it in baking soda or body scrub. Gently exfoliate the area once a day for several days, and it should work itself right out. * Bar soaps are much more concentrated and eco-friendly than liquid body washes. These days, they are just as moisturizing as any liquid soap. Look for ingredients like “shea butter” or the words “ultra-moisturizing” and “added emollients.” 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 (c) 2012 King Features Synd., Inc.

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Benefit Payments Going Paperless In less than a year, all Social Security payments will be made electronically. Ninety percent of us who receive benefits already get them that way. The remaining 10 percent are being asked to make the change now and not wait until the last minute. The deadline is March 1, 2013, and applies to more than just Social Security. Veterans, railroad retirees, Social Security Income recipients and those who receive Office of Personnel Management benefits are included. It’s said that going paperless will save the government $1 billion over 10 years. We can choose how we’ll receive our money -- either direct deposit to our existing bank account or a Direct Express debit card. So which should you pick? If you have a bank account, the money will be automatically deposited each month. If you don’t have a bank account, the money will

appear each month on the Direct Express debit card. It can be used like a regular debit card, but you only get one ATM withdrawal each period, and there can be fees for other services. You’ll also need to remember your Personal Identification Number (PIN) when you use the card. When you’re ready to make the switch to electronic payments, you can do it either online [] or by phone at 1-800-333-1795. If you want to sign up for the debit card, you’ll need your Social Security number or claim number, 12-digit federal benefit-check number and the amount of your most recent federal benefit check. If you want direct deposit to your bank account, you’ll need your bank’s routing transit number (the numbers on your personal check), account number and type of account, either checking or saving. Matilda Charles regrets that she cannot personally answer reader questions, but will incorporate them into her column whenever possible. Write to her in care of King Features Weekly Service, P.O. Box 536475, Orlando, FL 32853-6475, or send e-mail to (c) 2012 King Features Synd., Inc.

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1. Which band released “See My Baby Jive,” and when? 2. What instrument does Ginger Baker play? 3. Name the group that released “Wasted

Years.” 4. “Afternoon Delight” was a No. 1 hit for which group? 5. In what year were 78-rpm records last released? 6. What is the “Deuce Coupe” ballet?

Answers 1. Wizzard, in 1973. The song was covered in 1977 by Flash Cadillac and the Continental Kids. 2. Peter Edward “Ginger” Baker plays drums. He picked up the nickname “Ginger” because of his red hair. 3. Iron Maiden, in 1986. It was the band’s only No. 1 U.S. rock chart hit. 4. The Starland Vocal Band, in 1976. They picked up two Grammys, and parlayed that win into a short-run summer television show the next year. 5. 1960. The 78s, usually made of a shellac compound, set the standard until after World War II, when larger 33-rpm vinyl albums became popular. Small 45-rpm single-song records rose to popularity in the 1950s, mostly due to the pop music that teenagers were buying. 6. “Deuce Coupe” is an avant-garde ballet by choreographer Twyla Tharp, set entirely to the music of the Beach Boys, commissioned in 1973 by the Joffrey Ballet.

1. Is the book of David in the Old or New Testament or neither? 2. From 1 Kings 20, how many kings came with Ben-Hadad against King Ahab? 2, 4, 7, 32 3. Which has 1, 2 and 3 books, as in first, second and third? Kings, Corinthians, Peter, John 4. What part of David’s mighty men could run like gazelles? Revlons, Gadites, Madaites, Henochs 5. From Judges 20, what tribe had 700 left-handed men? Benjamites, Samarians, Pharisees, Sadducees 6. Which priest took the first census of the Hebrews? Eleazar, Melchizedek, Ehud, Jabin

Don’t Become a Victim of Identity Theft The Consumer Federation of America has a new website designed to help reduce identity theft. is packed with consumer, business and victim resources, as well as the latest news and a section on shopping for identity-theft services. One section on the website explores how well you guard your personally identifying information (PII), even something as simple as your library card. If you were to lose the card, you might not be too concerned as it’s not something connected with your bank ac-

count. But if someone checks out and doesn’t return (in effect, steals) books or videos under your name, you’re responsible for the monetary damages. ID Theft Info suggests making a “PII Chart” to document the identity relations we have with companies and individuals. Who has our name, address, phone number and email address? A security breach in one area can lead to other areas also being breached, and it need not be associated only with financial transactions. Homeowner associations, frequent-flier clubs and churches can all have pieces of our personal information that can be put together. Some suggestions: Use a Post Office box for miscellaneous mail such as club newsletters and church bulletins; disable the GPS photo function on your smartphone; and use only one credit card for online purchases. Don’t sign up with your real name on public Internet sites. Work to limit the amount of information in each section of your PII Chart. When you go to the doctor and fill out the forms, leave out your Social Security number. Ask if you can substitute another form of identification. Don’t use public charging stations or anyone else’s

computer for your cell phone, and don’t let anyone else hook their phone to your computer. Data-stealing malware could be transferred from one to the other. Are you a potential victim of identity theft? Assess your risk with an online test. The higher the score, the bigger your risk. Big point items (indicating a larger risk) are questions about whether you’ve ordered your credit report in the last two years, posted your outgoing mail at home in an unlocked mailbox or failed to scrutinize your monthly bank and creditcard statements. Look around the ID Theft Info website. The more you know, the less likely you’ll become a victim of identity theft. David Uffington regrets that he cannot personally answer reader questions, but will incorporate them into his column whenever possible. Write to him in care of King Features Weekly Service, P.O. Box 536475, Orlando, FL 32853-6475, or send e-mail to (c) 2012 King Features Synd., Inc.

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BIBLE TRIVIA ANSWERS: 1) Neither; 2) 32; 3) John; 4) Gadites; 5) Benjamites; 6) Eleazer

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1. Juan Marichal (1963), Ramon Martinez (1995), Jose Jimenez (1999) and Ubaldo Jimenez (2010). 2. Mike Schmidt and Adrian Beltre, with 48 each. 3. Seven -- Jimmy Johnson, Barry Switzer, Chan Gailey, Dave Campo, Bill Parcells, Wade Phillips and Jason Garrett. 4. Three times -- 1974, 1977 and 2003. 5. Calgary, which came back to defeat Toronto, 6-5, in 1987. 6. Bruce Arena, with three (1996, 1997, 2011). 7. Odlanier Solis (3/19/11), Tomasz Adamek (9/10/11) and Dereck Chisora (2/18/12).

1. In 2011, Minnesota’s Francisco Liriano became the fifth pitcher from the Dominican Republic to toss a no-hitter. Name three of the other four who did it. 2. Alex Rodriguez holds the record for most home runs by a third baseman for a season (52). Which two players tied for the second-highest mark? forwas Easter Reservations 3. TomCall Landry the first head coach of the Dallas Cowboys and stayed in that position for 29 years. How many head coaches has Dallas had since? 4. Entering the 2011-12 season, how many times had the Marquette men’s basketball team been in the Final Four? 5. In 2009, the Chicago Blackhawks matched the biggest comeback in NHL history, rallying from a 5-0 deficit to beat Calgary, 6-5. What other team had a similar comeback? 6. Who was the first coach to win three Major League Soccer titles? 7. Name two of the last three opponents in heavyweight boxer Vitali Klitschko’s WBC title defenses.


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