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ISSUE 567 â€˘ SEPTEMBER 10, 2012
â€œThe skyscraper establishes the block, the block creates the street, the street offers itself to man.â€? - Roland Barthes (1915â€“1980), French semiologist
ike anything else, buildings seem to get bigger and better. The early days of high-rise buildings of the late 1800s were a handful of stories high. Then came the skyscrapers. Today, we have gone beyond the skyscraper and talk about â€œsupertallâ€? buildings that are well over 1,500 feet and 100 stories tall. These buildings are not just places where people go to work and conduct business or even live. They can deďŹ ne a city.
REACHING TO THE SKIES Building designers have always wanted to make buildings taller and taller but available materials held them back. The early â€œskyscrapersâ€? were towers of stone with thick walls and few windows. Along came gothic cathedrals that used buttresses to support weight and allow more use of glass windows.
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It’s no surprise that New York is the home of many well-known skyscrapers.
With the invention of the high-rise building came the dilemma of how to move people up and down. Once again we find the ancient Greeks starting us off with their inventions that included winches and pulleys. Along came Elisha Grave Otis who, in 1854, designed a self-locking door, making riding an elevator much safer for everyone. The design was first used in the Haughwout Department Store in New York City in 1857. The Otis Elevator Company built and installed the contraption in this five-story building. By 1870, buildings were going up with elevator shafts in their designs.
The iconic Chrysler Building stands at 1,046 feet, 77 stories and was built in 1930 at a cost of $20 million. Designed by Ralph Squire & Sons, the building is made of steel with brick facing material. It is also adorned with hubcaps, hood ornaments and mudguards, as one would expect a building built for an automobile manufacturer. Bearing the title of the world’s tallest building lasted only four months until the Empire State Building came along. The Empire State Building is 1,250 feet high and 102 stories. This steel structure was designed by H.G. Balcom and built at a cost of $41 million. It is faced with limestone, granite and brick. It took 3,000 workers to complete the building in a record-breaking one year and 45 days, an unheard of schedule at the time. The completion is even harder to fathom considering the design was changed 16 times during both planning and construction phases. The building is likely one of the most famous in the world, a major tourist attraction and a site of many wed-
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since it opened and one of the most revered structures in the world, critics in the late 19th century called it an eye sore. It was the first skyscraper to use an elevator to move people up and down and tickets for a ride sold in abundance – enough to pay for the structure within about a year. An unexpected feature on this structure is that names of 72 scientists and other famous people using 60-centimeter letters are affixed to the sides of the tower beneath the platform area.
The Eiffel Tower was designed by engineer Gustave Eiffel who built it to commemorate the French Revolution. Clearly the tallest building in the world at 986 feet when it was completed in time for the 1889 World’s Fair, it only cost $1.5 million. Although it has been visited by 167 million people
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Whether you continue to call it the Sears Tower or the name it has carried since 2009 – Willis Tower – this Chicago icon located at 233 South Wacker Drive stands 1,450 feet and 110 stories high. The building has a bundled tube configuration that includes
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The World Trade Center towers were completed in 1972 (Tower One) and 1973 (Tower Two) at a cost of $400 million. The buildings were 110 stories high with Tower One being 6 feet higher than Tower Two. The buildings were made of aluminum and steel and designed by engineers Skilling, Helle, Christiansen & Robertson. The towers were built on a landfill so required a foundation that extended more than 70 feet below ground level. A great example of a tube building, they were built to withstand high wind speeds as well as an airplane hit. Ironically, the buildings could not withstand the terrorist attack by a direct hit from hijacked commercial jets on Sept. 11, 2001. The towers collapsed when the ensuing fires weakened the infrastructure and caused a collapse. The World Trade Center towers were considered the tallest buildings in the world until the Sears Tower was built in Chicago soon after.
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AROUND THE WORLD Most of got a look at the Petronas Towers in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia in the 1999 movie â€œEntrapment,â€? starring Catherine ZetaJones and Sean Connery. The 1,483-foot tall, 88 story buildings were completed in 1998 at a cost of $1.6 billion. The Petronas towers surpassed the Sears Tower by 33 feet when the spires are included in the count. Its unique design includes a flexible skybridge that connects the building at the 42nd floor. Itâ€™s like stuff you see in the movies. The Taipei 101 Tower, completed in 2004, held the honor of being the tallest building in the world until Burj Khalifa was built six years later. The unusual looking building stands 1,670 feet with 101 stories. The exterior and interior of the building uses the Chinese pagoda form and bamboo flower shape. There are eight obvious exterior sections of the building. In the Chinese culture the number eight is a symbol of success. Since Taiwan is the home of strong earthquakes, the challenge was to build the tower with the ability to resist earthquakes as well as typhoons. Something called a â€œtuned mass
damper system,â€? an 800-metric ton, spherical steel mass has been built into the tower at the 88th floor. This mass is made to be a stabilizer that transfers the energy from the building to a swinging sphere.
LATEST AND TALLEST The Burj Khalifa building in Dubai can boast of being the tallest building in the world at 2,716.5 feet and 160 stories. It was opened in January of 2010 and although it looks like itâ€™s built in the bundled tube design, it is indeed not. It has a wide base with increasingly narrower columns as it rises above ground. It took nearly four years to complete at a cost of about $1.5 billion. The building is the home of condominium dwellers rather than businesses, although a hotel designed by Armani calls the first eight floors its home.
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After weâ€™ve added as many rude things as we can think of to the board, we go back and everyone has the opportunity to pick the single rudest thing they see up there. The first time I did this, particularly with middle-schoolers, I wasnâ€™t sure what to expect. Their top pick? Gossip.
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e’ve been out in our yards all summer cleaning, weeding, watering and giving tender loving care to our plants so they will continue to reward us with their beauty. While we still have time to enjoy our gardens now, soon we will be out there again tucking them into bed for the winter. So with that in mind it brings up a few questions about fall pruning. And to be honest, it isn’t super clear. Like if every plant has their own special set of instructions on the exact day and the exact technique to be used. Maybe they do, but we can’t be expected to remember all of that! Luckily there are some general rules when it comes to flowering shrubs that make things a whole lot simpler. First of all, it is important to prune! Proper pruning will determine if your plant will bloom, and its longevity, its shape, size and pest problems. An unpruned shrub over time will become woody and won’t produce enough new growth to support bud development. Encouraging new growth makes for a much healthier
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1) Prune spring blooming shrubs right after they are done blooming in the spring. This is because spring blooming shrubs bloom on growth that forms the previous summer. So if you prune in the fall you will cut off all of the buds for next year. I can’t tell you how many Forsythia I see that were pruned too late in the year resulting in a bare shrub with one or two blooms. Bummer!
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2) Prune summer blooming shrubs like Butterfly Bush in the fall. Summer blooming shrubs bloom on buds that have formed earlier in the spring. So a spring pruning could cut off your summer buds.
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3) Do an occasional thinning on taller woodier shrubs like Lilacs. Thinning is accomplished by removing one third of the oldest growth all the way to the ground. This greatly encourages blooms and reduces pests like scale or powdery mildew by increasing air circulation.
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4) Do a rejuvenation pruning on shrubs like Spirea and Potentilla every three to five years. Spring bloomers won’t bloom the first year you do this but it can turn a shrub that has started to look gangly and woody into a compact new looking shrub with blooms maximized the next time around. I actually cut back my Caryopteris every year because it blooms so nicely and stays looking so fresh! This technique does not work with very old and woody shrubs or shrubs that have more of a single trunk like Viburnum.
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â€˘ On Sept. 13, 1814, Francis Scott Key pens a poem, which is later set to the music of a popular English drinking tune called â€œTo Anacreon in Heaven.â€? In 1931 the song becomes Americaâ€™s national anthem, â€œThe Star-Spangled Banner.â€? â€˘ On Sept. 10, 1897, a 25-year-old London taxi driver named George Smith becomes the first person ever arrested for drunk driving. A true breath test didnâ€™t come along until 1931 with a device called the Drunkometer. It involved a blow-up balloon and a tube filled with a purple fluid (potassium permanganate and sulfuric acid). Alcohol on a personâ€™s breath changed the color of the fluid from purple to yellow; the quicker the change, the drunker the person. â€˘ On Sept. 14, 1927, dancer Isadora Duncan is strangled in Nice, France, when the enormous silk scarf she is wearing gets tangled in the rear hubcaps of her open car. The scarf wound around the axle, tightening around Duncanâ€™s neck and dragging her from the car.
â€˘ On Sept. 16, 1940, the first peacetime draft in the history of the United States is imposed. Registration of men between the ages of 21 and 36 began exactly one month later. There were some 20 million eligible young men -- 50 percent were rejected in the first year for health reasons or illiteracy. â€˘ On Sept. 12, 1953, Massachusetts Sen. John F. Kennedy, the future 35th president of the United States, marries Jacqueline Bouvier in Newport, R.I. Seven years later, the couple would become the youngest president and first lady in American history. â€˘ On Sept. 15, 1978, boxer Muhammad Ali defeats Leon Spinks at the Louisiana Superdome in New Orleans to win the world heavyweight boxing title for the third time in his career, the first fighter ever to do so. Ali left the sport permanently in 1981. â€˘ On Sept. 11, 1985, Cincinnati Reds playermanager Pete Rose gets the 4,192nd hit of his career, breaking Ty Cobbâ€™s major league record for career hits. Rose was a folk hero in Cincinnati, a homegrown talent known as â€œCharlie Hustleâ€? for his relentless work ethic. (c) 2012 King Features Synd., Inc.
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• It was William E. Vaughan who made the following sage observation: “To err is human, but to really foul things up you need a computer.” • Those who study such things say that your brain can store 100 times as much information as a typical desktop computer. • In 1930, United Airlines began using the aviation industry’s first stewardesses. To qualify for the position, applicants had to be registered nurses.
for president in 1828, an opponent called him a jackass. Instead of being offended, Jackson embraced the epithet, using the image of a donkey in campaign materials to represent his stubborn refusal to knuckle under to big business. Later, Thomas Nash, a political cartoonist in New York, started using the donkey to represent the Democratic Party as a whole.
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1. Who was the last A.L. pitcher before Detroit’s Justin Verlander in 2011 to have at least 24 wins and 240 strikeouts in the same season? 2. The Seattle Mariners began play in the major leagues in 1977. Who was the manager when they recorded their first winning season? 3. Three players from Louisiana Tech eventually became members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Name them. 4. Who was the last Indiana Pacer before Danny Granger in 2008-09 and 2009-10 to average at least 24 points per game for two consecutive seasons? 5. Five NHL players have had four-goal games in the NHL All-Star Game. Name four of the five. 6. Which college did coach Bruce Arena lead to four consecutive NCAA Division I men’s soccer championships? 7. Who was the longest-reigning middleweight boxing champion?
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New DVD Releases for Week of September 10, 2012 PICKS OF THE WEEK “Snow White and the Huntsman” (PG13) -- This is the Snow White adaptation that looks like it swallowed a whole piece of “Lord of the Rings” and leftover bits of “Batman Begins.” It’s bleak, stylish and as gritty as PG-13 will allow. The soul-sucking queen, Ravenna (Charlize Theron), sends out a huntsman (Chris Hemsworth) to bring back the heart of the recently escaped Snow White (Kristen Stewart). The
hunter instead sides with the girl, and they start training for armed rebellion. This broodier, dark Snow White leans heavily on CG spectacles and large-scale battles. This is a shrewd move by the director, since it seems easier to coax a good performance from a flock of animated ravens than it is to get a non-perplexed expression to grace Kristen Stewart’s unemotive face. “What to Expect When You’re Expecting” (PG-13) -- It’s got a lot of faces audiences are used to seeing, and too few things that we aren’t used to seeing. This rom-com is built like a broad overview of pregnancy and the various pregnancy-related issues that attractive people may encounter. The jokes are on the safe side and may cause deja vu in audience members who have seen any sitcom in the past 20 years. Storylines include Cameron Diaz as a “Dancing With the Stars” contestant with an unplanned pregnancy, Jennifer Lopez as
a woman looking to adopt, and Elizabeth Banks as a pregnancy guru whose own childbearing experience is turning out to be exceptionally difficult. We also get a bit of the men’s side of things, when we’re introduced to “The Dudes,” a comedic cast of new fathers sharing the unvarnished truth of dadhood. “Where Do We Go Now?” (PG-13) -- In a remote village somewhere in Lebanon, the townsfolk are equally divided between Christian and Muslim. People can get along for a time, but violence is quick to erupt. This quirky, confusing, sad comedy has the women of the town secretly collaborating to keep their sons and husbands from killing each other. It’s an interesting look at the age-old human struggles inherent in today’s news, even if it comes up a bit shallow. “We Have a Pope” -- In a room full of nervous old men who could not leave until a
new pope was chosen, Cardinal Melville was chosen, against all of his hopes. No matter how much he doesn’t want it, the honor cannot be taken back and cannot be refused. Recognizing some mental anguish in the eyes of their pontiff, the Vatican hires a nonreligious therapist to help the new pope cope. This touching character drama/ comedy looks at life through the eyes of a faithful man who never wanted to speak for God.
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LIBRA (September 23 to October 22) Resist making impulsive decisions. Stay on that steady course as you continue to work out workplace problems. Be patient. All will soon be back in balance.
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ARIES (March 21 to April 19) A change that you’d hoped for is down the line. But you still need to be patient until more explanations are forthcoming. Continue to keep your enthusiasm in check.
SPORTS QUIZ ANSWERS 1. Ron Guidry of the New York Yankees, in 1978. 2. Jim Lefebvre led the Mariners to an 83-79 mark in 1991. 3. Terry Bradshaw (inducted in 1989), Fred Dean (2008) and Willie Roaf (2012). 4. Billy Knight in the 1975-76 and 1976-77 seasons. 5. Wayne Gretzky (1983), Mario Lemieux (1990), Vincent Damphousse (1991), Mike Gartner (1993) and Dany Heatley (2003). 6. The University of Virginia, 1991-94. 7. Bernard Hopkins held the IBF title for 11 years (19952005).
FLASH BACK ANSWERS 1. Kay Starr, in 1950 and 1952 respectively. It’s said that as a 10-year-old child, Starr supported her family by singing on her own 15-minute radio show for $3 a night. 2. Jefferson Airplane, in 1967. The album included “Somebody to Love.” 3. The Moody Blues, in 1967. Written by band member Justin Hayward, the version on the “Days of Future Passed” album was more than seven minutes but was cut for the single release. 4. “Rumble,” released in 1958, was said to promote juvenile delinquency because a “rumble” was a street fight. The song was an instrumental, which was originally named “Oddball.” 5. Rush, in 1987. 6. George Thorogood, in 1982, on his album of the same name, with the Destroyers.
TAURUS (April 20 to May 20) Your social life expands as new friends come into your life. But while you’re having fun, your practical side also sees some positive business potential within your new circle. GEMINI (May 21 to June 20) Your workplace situation continues to improve. Look for advantages you might have missed while all the changes were going on around you. That trusted colleague can help. CANCER (June 21 to July 22) Resist the urge to hunker down in your bunker until things ease up. Instead, get rid of that woeis-me attitude by getting up and getting out to meet old friends and make new ones. LEO (July 23 to August 22) Now that you’re back enjoying the spotlight again, you should feel re-energized and ready to take on the challenge of bringing those big, bold plans of yours to completion. VIRGO (August 23 to September 22) A former friend would like to repair a relationship you two once enjoyed. Your positive response could have an equally positive impact on your life. Think about it.
SCORPIO (October 23 to November 21) You might feel confident about taking a promising offer, but continue to be alert for what you’re not being told about it. Don’t fret. Time is on your side. SAGITTARIUS (November 22 to December 21) People dear to you might be planning a way to show appreciation for all you’ve done for them. Accept the honor graciously. Remember: You deserve it. CAPRICORN (December 22 to January 19) Congratulations. Your self-confidence is on the rise. This could be a good time to tackle those bothersome situations you’ve avoided both at home and at work. AQUARIUS (January 20 to February 18) You feel obligated to return a favor. (Of course, you do.) But heed advice from those close to you and do nothing until you know for sure what’s being asked of you. PISCES (February 19 to March 20) Your loving reassurance helped revive a once-moribund relationship. But be wary of someone who might try to do something negative to reverse this positive turn of events. BORN THIS WEEK: You are a wonderful matchmaker who can bring people together to form long-lasting relationships.
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You can find websites that advertise free online streaming of the NFL games. The unfortunate fact is that none of these sites are genuine. That isn't to say you don't get to watch the game. It just won't be legal. Why should you care? First, you can get in trouble with your service provider, which means you might lose your Internet privileges. Also, the streaming video quality is usually terrible. It especially gets corrupted during fast-paced action -- the very thing you most want to watch! You often can't even tell what's going on. And yes, anytime you visit a questionable website, the risk of exposing your computer to viruses is more likely. (Thanks for the research West Star Talk Radio Network)
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--Make one night a week Kids Cooking Night. Look online or at the library for easy recipes. Have them plan in advance what they’ll fix, and be sure the ingredients are on hand. Bake bread together and freeze the extra.
LONG, COLD NIGHTS NOT SHORT ON FUN
he days are getting shorter, and that means one thing: Cold weather is coming. Before winter sets in, plan what you and your family will do for entertainment when the nights are long and you’re stuck indoors. The key is to not spend much money. --Board games and cards: check charity shops for games in good condition. Open the boxes and count the pieces to be sure nothing is missing. Look for jigsaw puzzles that have a note attached saying all the pieces are there. Avoid games that take batteries. Borrow a card-game book from the library, or see Pagat.com for international games. --Take your children to the library after school one day a week to check out books. --Have an Art Night. Before all the school supplies are gone from stores, stock up on crayons, paints and markers at low prices. Add stacks of construction paper and glue for the younger ones. Check craft and fabric stores for modeling clay that can be baked in the oven, and create holiday ornaments or pottery gifts. Make wallets from duct tape. Create holiday cards out of last year’s cards and construction paper.
--Learn a new language: DVDs and tapes from the library (or found at a thrift store) can make learning fun if you all do it together for 15 minutes a night. Or check online at Live Mocha [livemocha. com] for free basic instruction in any of its 38 languages. --Start a post card, stamp or coin collection. --Have a camp-in on the living-room floor, complete with hot dogs, S’mores and ghost stories by flashlight. --Make puppets from fabric you have on hand and give plays, learn to dance, do magic tricks or fold origami. (All of these and more can be found on YouTube.com videos.) --Write poetry and short stories. --Set up a home photo studio, take pictures of the family and print out the best ones for gifts. The idea is to stay busy -- and not spend much money -- when cold weather keeps you indoors. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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