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TEETH by Janet Spencer Blood is 83% water, and bones are 25% water. Tooth enamel, the hardest substance in the human body, is only 2% water. Come along with Tidbits as we take a look at teeth! FAST FACTS • The most widespread human disease is tooth decay, affecting 98% of Americans. • The enamel on a human tooth is only 1/1,000th of an inch thick. • There are over 100,000 dentists in the U.S., and they see a million patients every day. • Every day, dentists put 80 lbs. (36 kg) of gold in American mouths and fill 1/2 million cavities. 75 tons of gold are used each year for filling people’s teeth, and about 5% of all gold mined is used in dentistry. • For every 100 inductees into the U.S. Army, more than 600 cavities have to be filled; 112 teeth have to be pulled; and 40 bridges, 21 crowns, 18 partial dentures, and one full denture have to be installed. • Sugar does not cause tooth decay. Bacteria feeding on the sugar that remains in the mouth too long is what causes tooth decay. There are between 50 and 100 million bacteria in the average human mouth. • In some countries, most people eat so little sugar that entire cities are cavity-free. • Which country has the most cavities per person? The USA, where Americans eat an average of 21 teaspoons of sugar per day. • The type of candy that’s best at promoting cavities in teeth is dark chocolate or fudge. • Chewable vitamin C tablets can erode tooth enamel if used on a long-term basis. DENTAL HISTORY • Archeologists found the remains of an Egyptian man whose perfectly preserved gold bridgework, installed 4,500 years ago, is the oldest known example of restorative dentistry. • The first electric dental drill was patented in 1875. Prior to that, dental drills had been powered by foot treadles. (continued next page)

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Tidbits® of the River Region TEETH (continued) Before foot treadles, cavities were treated by putting a drop of “vitriol” in them. Vitriol is now known as sulfuric acid, and it killed the nerves in the tooth. • In the 1800s false teeth were made from wood or ivory, but they didn’t last long. A revolutionary dentist named Parmly found that when real teeth were used to replace missing teeth, they worked much better. The trouble was where to find real teeth. The war of 1812 was raging at the time, so Parmly solved the problem by visiting the site of the Battle of Bridgewater shortly after the battle ended. With his brother to assist him, he collected thousands of teeth from fallen soldiers. He used them to fashion dentures guaranteed to last a lifetime. • The Florence Manufacturing Company of Massachusetts was one of the first companies to produce toothbrushes in America in 1885. • The natural bristles of early toothbrushes were taken from the necks and shoulders of swine, especially pigs living in colder climates like Siberia and China. The first nylon bristles were introduced in 1938. GEORGE WASHINGTON’S TEETH George Washington, who lost all of his teeth at an early age, actually had several sets of false teeth. None were made of wood, which is a popular misconception. Two of them were made of hippopotamus ivory and gold, fashioned by Dr. John Greenwood, who was one of the most prominent dentists of the day. They had springs in them which pressed them firmly against the top and bottom of his mouth. Washington had to actively close his mouth to keep his teeth together. One of the denture sets is on display at the Samuel Harris National Museum of Dentistry in Baltimore. The other set was donated to the University of Maryland Dental School in Baltimore, which is the oldest dental college in the world. They in turn loaned the dentures to the Smithsonian Institute in 1976 for display at the bicentennial exhibit. They were stolen from the Smithsonian on June 19, 1981, probably for their gold content. The owner of the Carnegie Deli in New York offered a reward of a year’s worth of delicatessen food for their safe return, no questions asked. However, the dentures have never been recovered. FAST FACTS • In 1733, dentures gave rise to an important legal test case. John Zenger, editor of the New York Weekly Journal, said about Governor William Cosby that he had loathsome false teeth and an unclean mouth. The governor sued for libel. Zenger’s lawyer maintained the comments were not libelous unless it could be proven that the comments were wrong. The jury must have agreed that the governor had loathsome false teeth, because they found Zenger not guilty. • Clark Gable had no teeth, but wore dentures. “Gone With the Wind” co-star Vivian Leigh complained that he had terrible breath. TOOTH FAIRY MUSEUM • When in Deerfield, Illinois, visit the Tooth Fairy Museum to see a Tooth Fairy treasure trove including Tooth Fairies made out of everything from paper mache to clay to fabric. There are tooth fairy angels, pixies, ballerinas, and even a Tooth Fairy bag lady. Of course there are a lot of Tooth Fairy boxes designed for children to put their teeth into in order to receive their money. One is shaped like a set of pink gums and is designed so that each tooth lost is placed in the appropriate slot, reproducing the child’s smile. • Collecting money for lost teeth is an American habit which became popular around 1900. At that time the going rate per tooth was about 12 cents. Now, it’s at least a dollar per tooth lost. ALFRED E. NEUMAN • An ad for a dental clinic in Topeka, Kansas in the 1920’s featured a grinning boy with red hair, freckles and a missing front tooth. The boy was not worried a bit, because his dentist was Painless Romine. The picture of the grinning boy also appeared in ads for shoes and soft drinks. In the 1950’s the boy was adopted by Mad Magazine, and named Alfred E. Neuman. His slogan became, “What, me worry?” In 1956 he was even featured as a write-in candidate for president, but lost.

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by Samantha Weaver * It was Albert Einstein who made the following sage observation: “There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.” * Many people believe that one should never remove one’s wedding ring. However, one superstition holds that doing so is perfectly acceptable -- as long as the ring is being used to ward off a witch. * There’s nothing surprising about the fact that upon the death of British novelist, poet and essayist D.H. Lawrence, the author’s body was cremated. What is unusual is that, at Lawrence’s request, his ashes were mixed into the plaster used to build the D.H. Lawrence Ranch in Questa, N.M. * As Halloween approaches, if you live in New Jersey, Pennsylvania or Iowa, you might want to keep in mind your state’s tax policy. If you’re buying a pumpkin to carve into a jacko’-lantern, you’ll need to pay tax on the gourd. Pumpkins used for food purposes, however, are subject to no such tax. * In 2009, a Saudi couple who had spent their honeymoon in Malaysia encountered difficulty on the return flight home. It seems that the groom felt the bride was taking too long in the airport restroom, so he boarded the flight back to Saudi Arabia before she did. When he allowed the plane to leave without her, she insisted on an immediate divorce. * The next time you’ve enjoyed a happy hour out with friends, you might want to consider the virtually unknown adjective “gambrinous,” which means “to be content and happy due to a stomach full of beer.” *** Thought for the Day: “My advice to you is to get married. If you find a good wife, you’ll be happy; if not, you’ll become a philosopher.” -- Socrates (c) 2013 King Features Synd., Inc.

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* On Oct. 17, 1906, Wilhelm Voigt, a German shoemaker, impersonates an army officer and leads an entire squad of soldiers to help him steal 4,000 marks. Voigt humiliated the German army by exploiting their blind obedience to authority and getting them to assist in his audacious robbery. * On Oct. 15, 1917, Mata Hari is executed for espionage by a French firing squad. Her military trial was riddled with bias and circumstantial evidence, and it is probable that French authorities trumped her up as “the greatest woman spy of the century” as a distraction for the huge losses the French army was suffering. * On Oct. 14, 1947, U.S. Air Force Capt. Chuck Yeager becomes the first person to fly faster than the speed of sound. Yeager’s X-1 rocket plane was lifted to an altitude of 25,000 feet by a B-29 aircraft and then released through the bomb bay. * On Oct. 16, 1958, Chevrolet begins to sell the El Camino, a combination sedan-pickup truck. In 1964, the company introduced a version built on the brawnier Chevelle platform. Today, the car is a cult classic. * On Oct. 20, 1962, the White House press corps is told that President John F. Kennedy has a cold; in reality, he is holding secret meetings with advisers on the eve of ordering a blockade of Cuba. Kennedy had seen photographic proof that the Soviets were building ballistic missile sites on the island of Cuba. * On Oct. 18, 1974, soul singer Al Green is attacked in his own bathtub when an exgirlfriend pours a pot of scalding-hot grits on his back. Her actions left Green with severe injuries but also shaken emotionally and spiritually. By 1976, Green had become an ordained Baptist minister and purchased a Memphis church, where he still preaches today.

Gary Williams Black/Male 6’1” 190 lbs Hair: Black Eyes: Brown Outstanding Warrants: Possession of Forged Instrument 2nd Theft of Property 2nd (2 counts) Receiving Stolen Property 2nd

* On Oct. 19, 1982, maverick automobile executive John DeLorean is arrested in a Los Angeles motel with a briefcase containing $24 million worth of cocaine. According to authorities, DeLorean was attempting to make a drug deal in order to rescue his financially ailing DeLorean Motor Company. (c) 2013 King Features Synd., Inc.

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Scam Alert Trifecta “Mystery shopper opportunities” are making a resurgence in email boxes. Yes, there are legitimate companies. If you’ve been working for one for a long time and are happy with them, feel free to continue. But if you want to get started now, don’t. Wading through the myriad offers and trying to decide which are on the level is asking for trouble. When you sign up, you’re likely to be asked for your name, address, email address and bankaccount information for “instant” receipt of your pay via wire transfer. That’s too much information for a company you don’t know. You may be asked to pay a fee to sign up as well, or for “certification.” Barring that, chances are that the only “shopping” you’ll be asked to do will involve receiving checks in the mail with instructions to take out your fee and send them the balance of the money by MoneyGram. The check will end up being no good, and you’ll be out the money you wired to them. If someone offers to pay a ridiculous amount of money to a stranger for a minimal amount of work, think: scam. One inventive scam offers to pay people money to put advertising signs on their car and drive around. Amounts offered are up to $1,000 in advance and then $500 per week to drive around with a vinyl sign stuck to your car. You don’t have to answer any questions, such as about the number of miles you drive, or where you drive. A legitimate advertiser would want to know where his ads will be seen. Your payment will be in the form of a check, which you are instructed to cash, take out your fee, and send the balance by Western Union back to the company. Do you see a pattern here? Another scam can reach us right where we live: our homes. Security systems for the homes are designed to make us feel safer. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has investigated numerous complaints involving high-pressure sales tactics, shoddy merchandise and more. The warning signs: Someone (likely part of a roving team) comes to your door in a cold call, impersonating a representative of the monitoring company you already use. You’re told your old system is deficient in some way, and that the new equipment itself is free if you’ll sign a contract. Check the FTC site at for more details on how to protect yourself. David Uffington regrets that he cannot personally answer reader questions, but will incorporate them into his column whenever possible. Send email to (c) 2013 King Features Synd., Inc.

* “To freshen the color of carpets (and destroy moth larvae or flea eggs), liberally sprinkle salt on them before vacuuming. I use a cleaned-out Parmesan cheese container for this. It works very well.” -- J.K. in Pennsylvania * “To clean the glass inside your oven door, use stove-top cleaner made for your glass stovetop.” -- V.P. in Florida * “Use cold, salted water to defrost a chicken for roasting. You will have very flavorful and moist meat.” -- E.D. in Kansas * “Before removing a splinter, apply ice to the area. This is especially important with children, as it’s not so much the pain of removing the splinter but the poking that seems to last forever.” -- M.M. in Minnesota * “Disposable razors can be used to remove burrs from sweaters or wool slacks. Just be sure to keep them out of the reach of children.” -- O.D. in Tennessee * Save plastic-lidded containers from the kitchen. Cover with colorful duct tape, and they can be used as storage or even as gift wrapping. 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) 2013 King Features Synd., Inc.

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

Blood-Pressure Readings Can Vary

DEAR DR. DONOHUE: My question is about taking blood pressure readings. I am 87 years old, female, about 5 feet, 5 inches tall and weigh about 130 pounds. When I go for a checkup with my general practitioner, the nurse takes my blood pressure before I see the doctor. The cuff feels comfortable, and the reading is always in the normal range. I have had my blood pressure checked at other places (clinics, etc.) and usually the cuff is inflated very tight (so tight that it hurts) and the reading is very high. If the cuff is inflated too tightly, could it cause a high reading? -- I.S. ANSWER: High blood pressure is one of the most common medical conditions, and correct treatment of blood pressure is essential in order to reduce the risk of heart disease and stroke. It is not uncommon for blood pressure to vary from day to day, or even during a single day, but the changes you describe suggest two possibilities. The first is that the reading at your own doctor’s office is right, and the other places are wrong, which is probably the most likely. Having blood pressure tested in a new place or by someone you don’t know certainly can cause the reading to be elevated. Automated blood pressure cuffs in pharmacies, etc., are sometimes right but often are wrong -occasionally spectacularly. A very high pressure in the cuff, high enough to cause pain, can cause the blood pressure to go up, but not usually high enough to put people into the hypertensive range. Another possibility is that the nurse in your doctor’s office isn’t inflating the cuff high enough to get the correct reading, or deflating the cuff too quickly. The wrong-size cuff can lead to large errors in blood pressure readings. While all of these are possible, a trained nurse who takes blood pressure readings every day is not likely to make errors consistently. You can ask your doctor to double-check the nurse’s reading. High blood pressure is one of the most common ailments for the general population. The booklet on it describes what it does and how it’s treated. Readers can order a copy by writing: Dr. Donohue -- No. 104W, 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: Have you ever heard of this? Fifteen minutes after taking a shower, I start itching, and the itch lasts about 20 minutes. It doesn’t matter if I use hot or cold water. What is this? -- O.J. ANSWER: I’m not sure. It might be aquagenic pruritus. “Pruritus” is the medical word for itchiness. Pretreatment with an antihistamine before showering can sometimes prevent the itching. Take it about an hour before you shower. Tiny hives also break out on the skin. They may be so tiny you can’t see them, or they may be in places where you can’t see them. I don’t know if I’m correct. Aquagenic pruritus is so rare that I never expected to hear anyone complain of it. Get this confirmed by a dermatologist. *** 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 328536475. (c) 2013 North America Synd., Inc. All Rights Reserved

Garbage Disposal Unit Is Jammed By Samantha Mazzotta

Q: I have a food disposer in the kitchen sink that came with the house. Yesterday while grinding up some food, it just stopped working. Does it need to be replaced? -- Carmen in Albuquerque, N.M. A: Food disposers are very reliable appliances, but if they’re underpowered they may be prone to jamming or, when under a heavy load, will shut off. Turn the disposal switch on the wall to the on position. Do you hear a humming sound, but no grinding? Or do you hear no sound at all? If you hear a humming sound, it’s likely that the grinder is jammed. Turn the switch off, and then turn off power to the disposal at the main circuit panel. Now, open the sink cabinet and look underneath the disposer. You should see a reset button and possibly a small round hole or slot in the center of the unit. The slot is likely an access point for the impeller. It’s accessed with a small handheld wrench (like the Allen wrench that often comes with assemble-yourself furniture), which hopefully is stored on or near the unit. Insert the wrench into the impeller slot and turn it clockwise to try and unjam the unit. To see if it worked, turn power to the unit back on at the circuit panel. Then climb under the cabinet again, locate the reset button and push it. Go up to the power switch and turn it on. The grinder should operate again. What if you can’t locate a wrench or an access slot for the impeller? You could always try my mother’s favorite fix. Turn off power at the circuit panel, then grab something with a wooden handle, like a broomstick or plunger. Insert the handle into the disposal from the top, place it against one of the blades, and try to turn it clockwise. Then reset the unit as above and test. If neither method works, turn off power to the unit again and look inside the disposal to see if anything is blocking the blades, like a metal utensil or a large object like a bone or avocado seed. Carefully remove any such object and test again. And if all else fails, you may need to replace the entire unit. If so, look for one that has a motor with at least 1/2 horsepower, overload protection and a self-reverse feature to reduce jamming. HOME TIP: To keep your disposal smelling clean, grind up a few lemon or lime peels in it periodically. Send your questions or home tips to ask@ My new e-book, “101 Best Home Tips,” is available to download on Amazon Kindle! Pick it up it today for just 99 cents. (c) 2013 King Features Synd., Inc.

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PATSY SHERMAN When Patsy Sherman was in high school, she took an aptitude test to see what kind of career she would be good at. In 1947, boys and girls took separate tests. Her test showed that a good career for her would be as a housewife. Patsy did NOT want to be a housewife. So she insisted that they let her take the aptitude test for boys. This version said she would be good at dentistry or chemistry. She liked those ideas better. • In college she studied math and chemistry, with only a few other women in her classes. After graduating in 1952, she got a part time temp job with 3M in Minnesota as a chemist. She intended to work for 3M just until she had enough money to attend medical school. Instead, she stayed in her “temp” job until 1992 largely due to a “fortuitous” accident. • The project she was assigned to work on was to develop a sturdy synthetic rubber that would stand up to regular contact with jet fuels, which caused the existing rubber hoses to disintegrate. One day a small bottle

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of a synthetic latex compound fell to the floor, shattering and splattering an assistant’s tennis shoes with a milky substance similar to sap. They tried to wipe it off the shoe. Soap, water, alcohol, and other solvents were tried but they all just rolled off. The compound didn’t change the look or feel of the canvas shoe, and as the days passed, the shoe became dirtier and dirtier– except for the spots where the chemical had landed, which remained white and clean. This bore more investigation. • Dipping some fabric in the compound, Patsy and her research partner Sam Smith found that it repelled both oil and water, and would allow nothing to penetrate the fabric. The chemical surrounded each fiber in the fabric with an invisible fluorochemical shield which was impervious to water, oils, and dirt. • Permanent press fabrics were just being introduced, but stains tended to be permanent in permanent press. Something that protected fabric from being stained would be very valuable. This particular formula was too gummy to use on fabrics, so Patsy was hired full time to work with Sam to develop a version that was thinner. It took them three years to come up with the product dubbed Scotchgard, and both Pasty’s and Sam’s name appear on the patent. • Once they had the formula, the company needed to figure out how to manufacture and

package it. (Patsy could not enter the textile mills where her products were being tested because no women were allowed.) Scotchgard was put on the market in 1956. Shortly after it was introduced, the manager of the manufacturing plant informed 3M that there was “a year’s supply” of Scotchgard ready to go. Within a few days, the entire stock was sold. Scotchgard became one of their most profitable products and funded 3M’s development into a global industry. • A rubbery molecule of Scotchgard is made of fluorine, carbon, hydrogen, and oxygen. One side of the molecule is sticky, causing it to cling to fabrics, and the other end is slippery, making it repel stains. Not only does it keep fabrics clean, but it also makes them more durable. Eventually around 100 different products were developed. • Patsy and her partner Sam Smith patented over a dozen other inventions, including an “optical brightener” which gives detergent companies the right to say that their product makes clothes “whiter than white.” Patsy eventually became manager of Technical Development and retired from 3M in 1992. She served on the board of the National Inventors Hall of Fame and was inducted into the Minnesota Inventors Hall of Fame in 1983. She died in 2008.

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Maple-Roasted Chicken Thighs This autumnal take on roast chicken is perfect for a chilly fall night. The ingredients -- maple syrup, chicken thighs and sweet root vegetables -- are rustic and really satisfying. 4 large skinless chicken thighs, about 1 1/2 pounds with bones 2 small (about 1 pound total) sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into 1-inch chunks 1 small onion, cut into 1-inch pieces 8 ounces baby carrots 8 ounces parsnips (can be substituted for above ingredient), cut into 1-inch chunks 1/4 cup maple syrup 1. Preheat oven to 450 F. 2. In 15 1/2-by-10 1/2-inch jelly-roll pan or large shallow roasting pan, combine chicken, sweet potato chunks, onion, baby carrots, maple syrup, 1 teaspoon salt and 1/2 teaspoon pepper, and toss to coat. 3. Roast chicken mixture 40 to 45 minutes or until juices run clear when thickest part of thigh is pierced with tip of knife and liquid in pan thickens slightly, stirring vegetables once and turning chicken over halfway through roasting. TIP: There’s nothing simpler than roasted meat and vegetables; a tasty glaze makes them special. ¥ Each serving: About 290 calories, 4g total fat (1g saturated), 80mg cholesterol, 695mg sodium, 41g total carbs, 4g dietary fiber, 21g protein. For thousands of triple-tested recipes, visit our website at recipefinder/. (c) 2013 Hearst Communications, Inc. All rights reserved

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1. Who was the first majorleague player to hit 20 or more homers as a rookie, then improve on that number in each of his next four seasons? 2. Who holds the record for highest career slugging percentage in the majorleague postseason? 3. In 2012, Brian Hartline set a Miami Dolphins record for most receiving yards in a game (253). Who had held the mark? 4. How many times has Xavier’s men’s basketball team made the NCAA Tournament’s Sweet 16 since 2000? 5. In what year did the NHL institute a five-minute overtime period? 6. Who was the last man before Ted Ligety in 2013 to win three gold medals at the skiing world championships? 7. When was the last time before 2013 that trainer D. Wayne Lukas had a horse win a Triple Crown race?

1. Is the book of 1 Chronicles in the Old or New Testament or neither? 2. From Judges 11:1, who was a mighty man of valor but the son of a harlot? Jeroboam, Eliada, Jephthah, Adnah 3. What can’t one tell from where it comes and where it goes? Serpent, Lust, Wind, War 4. From Genesis 6:8, who found grace in the eyes of the Lord? Noah, Moses, Adam, Eve 5. Though they join forces, who will not go unpunished? Heathens, Mortals, Beasts, Wicked 6. How old was Isaac when he took Rebekah as his wife? 14, 40, 80, 130

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The proper mindset to stop without struggle and side effects can’t happen when a professional is absent in the process of smoking cessation. Private support from a hypnotherapist can prevent relapse by teaching coping skills to manage stress. When a smoker does not get support they are more likely to yield to the erroneous idea that one cigarette won’t hurt. The hypnotherapist principle aim is to instruct the person that smoking is a learned habit.. Therefore when the habit is broken with psychological techniques and a commitment to be smoke free forever becomes highly likely.


Lampshade Makeover Brightens Up Room

“Who turned out the lights so soon?” I overheard a 5-year-old boy ask his mom as they returned from a too-brief evening bike ride. I find myself pondering the same question. It’s as though long, bright summer evenings vanished before our eyes. Ready or not, fall has taken hold, and lamps are back in service. But if you’re like me, you might be noticing that the lampshades in your kids’ rooms are looking outdated or dingy. The good news is that with just a few inexpensive supplies and your kids’ creativity, you can do a lampshade makeover in no time. Using colorful tissue paper and basic glue, you’ll see a successful transformation right before your eyes. Here’s what you’ll need: --Inexpensive, standard white lampshade without pleats. --Sheets of tissue paper in several colors --Household white glue diluted with a few drops of water to create a milkshake-like consistency --Paintbrush Tear tissue paper into 1-inch by 1-inch size pieces. This is a perfect job for preschoolers. Older children might prefer cutting straight-sided squares or rectangles with scissors. Either way, your lampshade will look great. Set the lampshade on a newspaper-covered work surface. Paint an outside section with the glue-andwater mixture and attach the tissue paper pieces, overlapping them as you go. Paint a little of the glue mixture over the top of the tissue paper and smooth each piece out with your fingers. When the shade is covered, finish it off with a final coating of glue and water. Let dry. Here are some creative add-on ideas: Baby’s Room Attach a piece of self-sticking Velcro near the base of the lamp. Place a matching piece on a toy, doll or stuffed animal and attach to the lamp. Barnyard-Themed Room Cut out more tissue paper in recognizable barnyardanimal shapes for a young child’s room. Cookie cutters make good patterns. Glue them to the tissuecovered shade parading around the shade near the bottom rim. When dry, an adult may outline the shapes with acrylic paint in squeeze bottles. Outer-Space-Themed Room Glue glow-in-the dark stars on a shade that has been covered with navy or other dark-colored tissue squares. *** 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.”



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1) Old; 2) Jephthah; 3) Wind; 4) Noah; 5) Wicked; 6) 40

1. Jay Bruce of the Cincinnati Reds (200812). 2. Carlos Beltran, with a .782 percentage in 34 postseason games. 3. Chris Chambers had 238 yards receiving against Buffalo in 2005. 4. Five times -- 2004, 2008-10, 2012. 5. It was 1983. 6. Jean-Claude Killy won four gold medals in 1968. 7. It was 2000 (Commendable at the Belmont Stakes).

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