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This week has been an eventful one over the years! Follow along as Tidbits investigates several happenings that have occurred during the first week of July. • Happy Canada Day! July 1 commemorates the joining of the British North American colonies of Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and the province of Canada into a federation of four provinces, an 1867 event. This act created the Dominion of Canada, and July 1 was officially declared Dominion Day. It wasn’t until 1982 that the holiday’s name was changed to Canada Day, when the British Parliament relinquished all political rights over Canada. Although countrymen had been singing “O Canada” since 1880, when the song was composed by Canada’s national musician Calixa Lavalee, it wasn’t proclaimed the country’s national anthem until Dominion Day, 1980. • On the first day of July in 1963, the U.S. Post Office instigated its new coding system to enable faster processing of mail. They dubbed it the Zoning Improvement Plan, or ZIP, for short. A five-digit code was assigned to every address across America, with the first number designating the geographical area, the second two digits identifying a regional center, and the Turn the page for more!

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THIS WEEK IN HISTORY (continued): last signifying which post office. Today, there are more than 42,000 ZIPs nationwide. • “Don’t you think a stereo cassette player that you can listen to while walking around is a good idea?” Those were the words of Sony’s chairman Masaru Ibuka back in 1979. Ibuka traveled extensively and loved music and pitched the idea to company officials. On July 1 of that year, the Sony Walkman hit retailers’ shelves. • The year’s midpoint occurs on July 2, with 182 days passed and 182 yet to come (except in Leap years, which have one extra day in the first half). On this day in 1937, Amelia Earhart and her navigator Fred Noonan were heard from for the last time as they attempted to make the first round-the-world flight. Their last contact was from the vicinity of Howland Island in the Pacific Ocean. • Chevrolet rolled its one-millionth Corvette off the assembly line in Bowling Green, Kentucky, on July 2, 1992. It was a white LT1 roadster with a red interior and black roof, carrying a price tag of more than $31,000. Another automotive milestone took place on this day in 2005, when the very last Ford Thunderbird was manufactured. The Ford plant at Wixom, Michigan, produced the platinum car with black interior. Employees of the plant signed their autographs on the inside fender panels, and the two-seater was given to the great-granddaughter of company founder Henry Ford, Josephine Ford. • The Civil War’s Battle of Gettysburg took place July 1-3, 1863, the largest military battle in U.S. history. Confederate troops of 75,000 under Robert E. Lee met the 97,000 men of the Union Army commanded by George Meade in the small Pennsylvania town, population 2,400. By the end of the three-day conflict, more than 51,000 were dead, along with more than 5,000 horses. It’s estimated that 569 tons of ammunition were used in the assault, and 634 cannons were positioned throughout the 25-square-mile area. The Confederates were defeated in the battle, but it was not to be the end of the war. It raged on for nearly two more years, although Lee’s army never recovered from the devastation. • The U.S. Second Continental Congress met from July 1-4, 1776, in Philadelphia’s Independence Hall to debate, revise and adopt the Declaration of Independence. The document had been drafted by Thomas Jefferson, listing grievances against the King of England and breaking ties between the colonies and the mother country.

Fifty-six men later signed the document, and it was read publicly for the first time on July 8. • It somehow seems appropriate that two of America’s founding fathers, Thomas Jefferson and John Adams, should pass away on July 4. Jefferson, the nation’s third president and author of the Declaration of Independence, and John Adams, the second president, died within hours of each other in 1826, on the 50th anniversary of the adoption of the Declaration of Independence. • An announcement at the July 4, 1939, Yankees game saddened baseball fans across the nation. Yankee first baseman Lou Gehrig stood before the crowd and announced his retirement from baseball after being stricken with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. The 36-yearold called himself “the luckiest man on the face of the earth” for having played 17 seasons in the major leagues. His amazing record of 2,130 consecutive games endured for 56 years, and his record 23-career grand slams remains unbeaten. Gehrig passed away less than two years later, and his number “4” uniform was retired, making him the first player to be given this honor. • The world’s first successful clone, Dolly the sheep, was born at Scotland’s Roslin Institute on July 5, 1996. She produced six lambs before her death in 2003. Dolly was stuffed and is displayed at the National Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh. • Woolton, England’s annual parish church garden fair was the site of a momentous meeting on July 6, 1957. In addition to the dog show and scheduled brass band, John Lennon’s Quarrymen had been invited to play. Fifteen-year-old Paul McCartney was in the audience and was so impressed with the music, he asked Lennon if he might play some tunes for him. Just two weeks later, McCartney was invited to join the Quarrymen, and the rest, as they say, is history. • Chicago’s Comiskey Park was the site of Major League Baseball’s first All-Star game on July 6, 1933. The American League defeated the National League by a score of 4 to 2. • Sandra Day O’Connor grew up on an Arizona ranch, where she became an accomplished horsewoman at a young age. After graduating from Stanford University’s law school, she worked as Arizona’s assistant Attorney General, before making the move to politics as a state senator. On July 7, 1981, President Ronald Reagan appointed O’Connor as the first female justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, a position she retained until her retirement in 2006.

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

Blame Ingrown Hairs for Shaving Bumps

DEAR DR. DONOHUE: I am a black woman writing on behalf of my boyfriend. He has a crop of little bumps on his face. I asked him if they are pimples, and he laughed. He said they’re shaving bumps. How does he get rid of them? -- R.C. ANSWER: Men of any race can develop shaving bumps. Black men’s hair is more tightly coiled, and they, therefore, are quite susceptible to them. If a man cuts his facial hair too closely to the skin, it can spring back toward the skin and penetrate it. Tightly coiled hair is especially prone to this. The sharp end of the hair pushing back into the skin acts like a foreign body. It irritates the skin and inflames it. A little bump forms. It must be a chore for your boyfriend to shave. To get rid of the bumps, he has to stop shaving until they go away. He also has to dislodge all the hairs that have penetrated the skin. He can do this by taking a clean needle and slipping it under the loop that the hair makes. Then he pops the end of the hair out of the skin. When he frees all the ingrown hairs and stops shaving, his skin will clear. To prevent new bumps when he resumes shaving, he has to adopt a different shaving style. He must soften his beard with soap and warm water before using a razor. He will do himself a favor by buying an electric razor and putting it on a setting that

Tidbits® of the River Region doesn’t shave the beard too closely. With either a blade or an electric shaver, he should shave in the direction of hair growth, and he shouldn’t pull his skin taut. If he goes through all this and doesn’t meet with success, he’ll have to see a doctor. In fact, if his shaving bumps are crusted with dried pus, he should start out by seeing a doctor. The pus indicates infection, and he’ll need an antibiotic cream to get rid of any infection. If your boyfriend is squeamish about freeing the ingrown hairs with a needle, you can do the job for him. You’re the one who set all this in motion. *** DEAR DR. DONOHUE: I wonder if you will answer my question, which concerns our medical records. Are we, as patients, entitled to request our medical records in order to deliver them to a new doctor? We have had to change to a new doctor and would like him to know our past medical history. He hasn’t received the complete file, including tests. Since our insurance pays for these tests, it seems to me that we should be able to request the originals or copies. -P.S. ANSWER: Laws regarding the ownership of medical records vary from one state to the next. However, in most states, the doctor and hospital own the medical records. However, you are entitled to get a complete copy of your records. The doctor or the hospital can charge a reasonable fee for copying them. If the doctor or hospital refuses to comply, contact your county or state medical society. *** (c) 2012 North America Synd., Inc. All Rights Reserved

Senior Pets Need Extra Checkups by Samantha Mazzotta

DEAR PAW’S CORNER: How often should my 12-year-old mutt, “Akira,” see the veterinarian? He’s very healthy for an older dog, but my girlfriend says he needs to have more than a once-a-year physical. Is that true? -- Matt C., Longwood, Fla. DEAR MATT: Twice a year is a good guideline for senior pets to visit their veterinarian, if they’re otherwise healthy. That’s because older dogs and cats can develop conditions common to pets of advanced age quickly -- conditions that sometimes go unnoticed but should be treated sooner rather than later so the pet’s quality of life doesn’t diminish. It’s normal for a pet to slow down as it ages. But the reduced activity that an owner sees as normal can mask developing conditions like arthritis, thyroid imbalance, heart disease or cancer. A dog or cat’s slowing pace also can lead to obesity, meaning owners need to regulate and monitor their diets closely so that senior pets get proper nutrition while avoiding

excess calories. Many vets will recommend a twice-yearly exam once a pet reaches an age considered senior. (This varies a bit for dogs. Larger dogs are often considered senior pets after age 8 or 9; smaller dogs might be 10 or older.) It’s not a moneymaking move -- it’s a good recommendation. The exam should include a full physical, along with testing for developing conditions like diabetes or other illnesses that, untreated, can drastically shorten a pet’s life. Additionally, you should keep Akira’s vaccinations up to date and read up on pet care for senior dogs. There are many things owners can do to improve their pet’s quality of life beyond extra medications: special diets, specific exercises and modified play are among the steps owners can take. Send your questions or comments to, or write to Paw’s Corner, c/o King Features Weekly Service, P.O. Box 536475, Orlando, FL 32853-6475. For more pet care-related advice and information, visit (c) 2012 King Features Synd., Inc.

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1. Name the last pitcher to have at least four shutouts and an ERA of more than 4.00 in the same season. 2. True or false: Phillies slugger Mike Schmidt never had a .300 or better batting average for a season. 3. Who was the first player to score a touchdown in both the Rose Bowl and the Super Bowl? 4. In the 2009-10 season, Chauncey Billups became the oldest person (33) in NBA history to average at least 19 points per game. Who had held the mark? 5. During the 2011-12 campaign, Los Angeles Kings goalie Jonathan Quick set a team mark for most shutouts in a season (10). Who had held the record? 6. From what college is the wrestler who holds the record for most number of weight classes with NCAA championships? 7. Who holds the record for most victories on the PGA European Tour?

1. Is the book of James in the Old or New Testament or neither? 2. From Judges 14, what animal took Samson by surprise attack? Bear, Fox, Lion, Boar 3. Which denotes writings that were accepted as inspired by God? Septuagint, Canon, Abecedarian, Vulgate 4. From 2 Samuel 6, who died after accidentally touching the Ark of the Covenant? Achan, Zedekiah, Naboth, Uzzah 5. Who burned David’s city of “Ziklag”? Amalekites, Nazarites, Gibeonites, Israelites 6. From Acts 12, who was eaten by worms before he died? Judas, Pilate, Herod, Malachi

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1. Minnesota’s Geoff Zahn, in 1980. 2. False -- he hit .316 in 102 games during the strike-shortened 1981 season. 3. Rob Lytle (Michigan in college, 1977; Denver in the NFL, 1978). 4. Atlanta’s Kevin Willis was 31 when he did it in the 1993-94 season. 5. Rogie Vachon had eight in the 1976-77 season. 6. Cornell junior Kyle Dake has won titles in three weight classes. 7. Seve Ballesteros, with 50.

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Perception is not reality When it comes to American families and financial planning, perception is not reality. Although they are overwhelmingly optimistic about their financial future, their financial planning habits paint quite a different picture, according to a recent study commissioned by State Farm Life Insurance Companies and conducted by KRC Research. The study reports that although 82 percent of Americans are optimistic about their financial futures, American families in reality are not adequately saving or protecting their finances. From saving habits and financial goals to life insurance coverage and retirement saving tools, American families have room to grow when it comes to protecting their financial futures. Americans cannot just “hope for the best”; they must take a critical look at where they are financially and lay out a clear roadmap that guides them to their hopes and dreams. Key highlights from the study show the gap between perception and reality: Savings habits Perception: Most Americans (82 percent) are optimistic about their financial futures. Reality: Nearly four in 10, more than 77 million Americans, say that they live paycheck to paycheck and are not able to put money into savings. Life insurance Perception: More than seven in 10 Americans are confident that they have enough life insurance. Reality: Only 12 percent of Americans report having the industry recommended coverage of seven or more times the family’s annual income. Retirement savings Perception: The majority of Americans (58 percent) are not worried about outliving their retirement savings. Reality: Many Americans are not utilizing a full range of retirement tools. Social Security is the most prominent source of retirement income over other retirement savings tools, with a fifth of Americans reporting that it is their only or main source of retirement income. The sooner you start planning for your future, the better off you’ll be. Small investments made early can make a big difference in your financial health later in life. Don’t put off planning for your future.

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