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Tidbits® of Jefferson County THE WHITE HOUSE (continued): • L’Enfant called the area the Capital City. To Thomas Jefferson it was Federal Town, while Washington referred to it as Federal City. The commissioners who were appointed to obtain the property gave the name of Washington to the city. • The name of James Hoban is not a well-known one, but his accomplishment lives on. When Thomas Jefferson organized a competition to obtain the best design for the President’s House, a striking entry was submitted by this Irish immigrant. Jefferson himself presented his own design; however, he and seven others were outdone by Hoban, who went on to design many other public buildings on the Eastern seaboard. • The first cornerstone of the house was laid in the fall of 1792, and it took until late 1798 to complete the exterior. While George Washington supervised the construction, he never lived in it. John Adams was elected president in 1797, and he and his wife Abigail were the first residents, moving in when the home was nearly complete in 1800. They only lived there four months before Adams’ successor, Jefferson, took residence. • Only one U.S. president has had his wedding in the White House. In 1886, Grover Cleveland married 21-year-old Frances Folsom in the Blue Room, and made her the youngest First Lady in U.S. history. Seven years later, she gave birth to daughter Esther, the only child of a president ever to be born in the house. But Esther wasn’t the first baby to be born there. That honor belonged to Thomas Jefferson’s grandson, born to Jefferson’s daughter during his term of office.

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• The East Room has served many different purposes during its history. Abigail Adams used it as a laundry room. During the Civil War, it served as quarters for Union troops. Years later, Jackie Kennedy used it as a theater for the performing arts. It was also where the bodies of both Abraham Lincoln and John F. Kennedy lay in state following their assassinations. • Over the years, presidents have added what were deemed necessities to their home. Millard Fillmore established a permanent library during his term in the mid-1850s. He was also responsible for the installation of the first bathtub with running water. William Howard Taft, portly at nearly 350 pounds, had a custommade bathtub installed, large enough to hold four average men. Electric lights were put in during the term of Benjamin Harrison, but neither he nor his wife ever touched the switches. They were both afraid of being shocked and called their servants when they wanted the lights turned on or off. • Teddy Roosevelt moved in with six children and found the home too small to contain them. He ordered the construction of a temporary building for additional office space for the staff. The greenhouses and conservatories were torn down to make room for this temporary addition that turned out to be permanent. Today it is known as the West Wing.

• A Christmas Eve, 1929, electrical fire severely damaged the West Wing during Herbert Hoover’s administration. The roof had to be replaced and the charred interiors rebuilt, and in the restoration process, air-conditioning was added. • William Howard Taft was responsible for the first Oval Office in 1909, the official office of the president. Prior to that time, the office was rectangular. It was later rebuilt following the damage of the 1929 fire. In 1934, FDR added a second floor to the West Wing and had a new Oval Office created, the one in use today. At one time, the present Oval Office was filled with clotheslines! • In 1933, a March of Dimes campaign funded the addition of a swimming pool at the White House for the therapy of polio-stricken Franklin Roosevelt. The pool was built in the old laundry rooms. Today, this is the site of the White House Press Room, built over the top of the pool, which still exists underneath the floor, accessible through a trapdoor. The deep end is under the press secretary’s podium, while the camera crews stand atop the shallow end. • Harry Truman spent much of his presidency renovating the majority of the building, which had been deemed in danger of collapse. While the living area was entirely gutted and refurbished from 1949 to 1951, Harry and Bess resided across the street at Blair House, the official guesthouse for the president. Expanded over the years, this “guest house” has 70,000 square feet and includes 119 rooms, 14 guest bedrooms, four dining rooms and 35 bathrooms, as well as a fully equipped hair salon. • The six levels of the White House are accessible via three elevators or eight staircases, and contain 132 rooms and 35 bathrooms. There are 412 doors, 147 windows and 28 fireplaces in its 55,000 square feet of floor space. It sits on just over 18 acres, and has its own tennis court, running track, pool and movie theater. Richard Nixon added a single-lane bowling alley during his term. A painter needs about 570 gallons of paint to cover the exterior.


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A VISIT TO CANADA

How much do you really know about the ten provinces and three territories known as Canada? Tidbits takes a short visit to the place that takes its name from the Iroquois word, kanata, translating to “village” or “settlement.” • Canada is the second largest country in the world with an area of 3,855,103 square miles (9,984,670 square kilometers). Only Russia is larger, almost double Canada’s size. Six time zones span across its length, including the unusual Newfoundland Time Zone, which is an hour and a half ahead of New York City and Toronto and 30 minutes ahead of the other Maritime Provinces. • It’s a nice place to visit, and you might want to live there! The United Nations Human Development Index ranks Canada at the top of the list for highest quality of life in the world. Vancouver, British Columbia ranks as number one (tied with Zurich, Switzerland) for the highest quality of life of any city. Canada has the fourth lowest population density in the world.

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• From coast to coast, Canada stretches for 5,500 miles (8,850 km). If you want to drive the longest highway in the world, start in Victoria, British Columbia, and drive east along the Trans-Canada Highway for 4,860 miles (7,821 km) until you reach St. John’s, Newfoundland. • Part of the border between the United States and Canada is formed by the magnificent Niagara Falls. Horseshoe Falls, at a height of 173 feet (53 meters), is located entirely in Canada. The water is 184 feet (56 meters) deep at the base of Horseshoe Falls. American Falls is entirely within the U.S., and is 182 feet (56 meters) high. About 37 million gallons of water roar over the two falls every minute, with 90 percent of that amount thundering over Horseshoe Falls. About 20 million people visit Niagara Falls every year, and more camera film is sold there than anywhere else in the world. • Visitors to Edmonton, Alberta, can make a stop by North America’s largest shopping center, the West Edmonton Mall. Covering about 48 city blocks, the mall was the world’s largest for 23 years before being passed by in 2004. Shoppers can browse in more than 800 stores, choose among 100 places to eat, or splash in the indoor wave pool at the world’s largest indoor waterpark, covering 4.9 acres. An indoor lake houses a life-size replica of Christopher Columbus’ ship, the Santa Maria. • Canada’s province of Newfoundland is home to the oldest European settlement in North America. On the feast day of St. John the Baptist in 1497, explorer John Cabot discovered Newfoundland, which probably accounts for the name of the new settlement founded there, St. John’s.

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Enlarged Prostate Puts Squeeze on Urine Flow DEAR DR. DONOHUE: For men with BPH, would you recommend the Prolieve System for treatment? It involves reducing the prostate with heat. Must it be done periodically to maintain symptom improvement? Any information will be appreciated. -- Anon. ANSWER: BPH -- benign (not cancer) prostate hypertrophy (overgrowth) -- is a common condition of older men. The urethra -- the bladder’s drainage tube -- runs through the prostate. A large gland acts like a vise, squeezing the urethra and making it impossible for the bladder to completely empty. Large glands make men get up many times during the night to visit the bathroom. They make it difficult to start the urinary stream, and they can reduce the stream to a dribble. Minimally invasive procedures, many done right in the doctor’s office, pare the gland so that a free urine flow is re-established. The Prolieve System (a trademark name) delivers microwaves to the gland to shave the excess growth. In this and in similar techniques, instruments are inserted into the urethra by way of the penis and passed upward to the level of the prostate gland, where the microwaves are then activated. Yes, I can recommend it. Quite often, the procedure need be done only once. However, it is possible that a repeat will be necessary to trim the gland again should it regrow to the size where it compresses the urethra. Other procedures include the Green Light laser, in which a laser beam reduces prostate size in a similar manner. TUNA -- transurethral needle ablation -- is another minimally invasive procedure, done in a like way. It employs radio waves By Samantha Weaver

• It was Benjamin Disraeli, 19th-century British Prime Minister and the first Earl of Beaconsfield, who made the following sage observation: “The most dangerous strategy is to jump a chasm in two leaps.” • You’ve probably never heard of Hurley, Wisc., but if you lived in the area, you’d know that the town is home to a 15-foot-tall corkscrew. It can be found, appropriately enough, outside Corkscrew Liquors. • Except for the queens, all wasps die in the autumn. • The Japanese ruling family is the oldest continuing hereditary monarchy in the world. The current emperor, Akihito, is the 125th holder of the title. Interestingly, he’s also a marine biologist and has published papers on ichthyology in both English and Japanese scholarly journals. • For reasons that aren’t quite clear, in Sweden, it’s illegal to train a seal to balance a ball on the tip of its nose.

• It was March 15, 1952, when the largest amount of rainfall in a single 24-hour period was recorded. It was the island of Reunion, in the Indian Ocean, that had the misfortune to receive a whopping 73.62 inches of rain on that Ides of March. That’s more than 6 feet of rain in a single day! • Feel like you have a lot more stuff than you used to? You’re not imagining things -- and you’re not the only one. According to the Self-Storage Association, the number of businesses offering on-premises storage of all those things you can’t find room for at home has increased nearly 10 times since 1964. *** Thought for the Day: “I no longer worry about being a brilliant conversationalist. I simply try to be a good listener. I notice that people who do that are usually welcome wherever they go.” -- Frank Bettger (c) 2010 King Features Synd., Inc.

to reduce prostate size. All of these methods work. The most important element in making a choice is the doctor’s skill in the technique. Medicines are another possible route for handling an overgrown gland. Drugs can relax tight muscles in the prostate and in the outflow tract of the bladder to permit better urine flow. Flomax and Uroxatral are two examples. And medicines like Proscar and Avodart shrink the gland, but they can take months to work. The booklet on this gland and its problems discusses these issues in greater depth. To obtain a copy, write: Dr. Donohue -- No. 1001W, 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 always heard that one must fast before being tested for cholesterol. My doctor always told me to do so. At my last visit, he had his nurse draw my blood for a cholesterol check. I told him I had not fasted, but he said it didn’t matter. Have things changed? -- D.S. ANSWER: You don’t have to fast for an accurate cholesterol reading. However, you do have to fast, preferably for 12 to 14 hours, for an accurate triglyceride reading. Triglycerides often are checked along with cholesterol. A new trend is developing for triglycerides. Many now feel that a more accurate picture of triglycerides is obtained by not fasting before blood is drawn. Whether this technique wins universal approval is something we’ll have to wait to see. ***

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) 2010 North America Synd., Inc. All Rights Reserved.


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1. Three second basemen have compiled four consecutive 100-RBI seasons. Name two of them. 2. Who was the first Colorado-born player to be elected to Baseball’s Hall of Fame?

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Toyota driver Scott Speed has started the season well after a tough rookie campaign in which he finished 35th in the points standings. (John Clark/NASCAR This Week photo)

Speed Hits His Groove Four races into the 2010 Sprint Cup season, there are indications that Scott Speed has found a home in NASCAR. A native of Manteca, Calif., the 27-year-old Speed has a varied background. In 2006-07, he competed in a total of 28 Formula One races, though he never managed a podium finish or earned any championship points. Since making the switch to stock-car racing, Speed has won four Automobile Racing Club of America (ARCA) events and one NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race. His best Cup finish was a fifth at Talladega Superspeedway in April 2009. This season? So far, so good. Speed occupies 12th place in the Cup point standings after a 10th-place finish at Atlanta. Asked about the possibility of making the Chase before the season, Speed said, “I’d like to say that we are still improving. I guess if we keep getting better and better, it should be possible, theoretically.” Though the current season is only four races old, Speed’s performance has made a Chase berth seem a bit more plausible. The long NASCAR schedule hasn’t been a difficult adjustment, though. “I love the (NASCAR) schedule,” said Speed. “I love being able to get out every weekend. I’m having a lot of fun doing it. It’s, like, if you have a good race, you’re ready to get back out there and keep it going. If you have a bad race, in the next weekend you can completely turn the whole thing around. So, you can forget it easily. I love the fact we race so much.” Speed’s first season in the No. 82 Red Bull Toyota was a struggle. The Talladega race marked his only finish in the top 10, and he finished 35th in points. “Year one was hard,” he admitted. “There were a lot of ups and downs. We learned a lot, but I think, as well, we had a lot of bad luck go our way. “We really had a lot of things that could have gone either way ... that went to the bad way.” Maybe ... he’s due. *** Monte Dutton has covered motorsports for The Gaston (N.C.) Gazette since 1993. He was named writer of the year by the National Motorsports Press Association in 2008. His blog NASCAR This Week (http://nascar.rbma.com) features all of his reporting on racing, roots music and life on the road. E-mail Monte at nascar_thisweek@yahoo.com. (c) 2010 King Features Synd., Inc.

DEAR PAW’S CORNER: Can you remind your readers that chocolate is an absolute no-no for pets? I was at a friend’s house and saw that the Easter baskets the kids had unwrapped were sitting out on the kitchen table, candies strewn everywhere. Their curious terrier, “Rascal,” kept sneaking onto a chair to sniff around the goodies. I was so worried for him, afraid he would eat the chocolate eggs or ingest the foil wrappers. Please tell your readers to put away the candy in a place that’s hard for pets to reach. -- Leah H., Philadelphia DEAR LEAH: You said it best, and I thank you! In the excitement of a holiday, it’s easy to leave a lot of things lying around where pets can get at them, including chocolate and other dangerous items. But pets are an important responsibility. Chocolate is poisonous to dogs, and dogs

also risk ingesting other dangerous things -like plastic Easter eggs that break into shards when chewed. Cats may chew on items that interest them, like the rustling “grass” that lines baskets. Be sure to pick up wrapping paper, tinsel or plastic grass, and fallen candies right away. Better yet, put pets in a separate area while the unwrapping is going on, and let them in after everything is cleaned up. If, after a celebration, your pet seems lethargic, won’t eat, displays any sign of pain or distress, or is vomiting, take it to the veterinarian right away. Send your pet questions to Sam Mazzotta at ask@pawscorner.com, or write to Paw’s Corner, c/o King Features Weekly Service, P.O. Box 536475, Orlando, FL 32853-6475. Find more pet resources at www.PawsCorner.com. (c) 2010 King Features Synd., Inc.

FOOD SAFETY It’s bad enough that our food costs so much at the grocery store. When food spoils because it wasn’t used in time, we end up wasting money. Here are some things you can do: If you have a pantry, post a list on the inside of the door showing the contents and date purchased of the bulk items you buy. Keep track of the expiration dates. You can do the same with your freezer, especially if you divide bulk meat purchases. Label each package with the date you bought it, and the use-by date. For example, frozen hamburger will last 3-4 months in the freezer if it’s wrapped correctly. The dates on food can be confusing. “Use by,” “sell by” and “best if used by” aren’t the same. The U.S. Department of Agriculture has a comprehensive site (usda.gov) with information that will clear up “use by” dates and labeling confusion. On the site, put “Basics for Handling Food Safely” in the search box. When in doubt, you can call the USDA Meat and Poultry hotline at 1-888-674-6854 for questions on the safe storage and handling of meat, poultry and egg products. This can be crucial if you’ve had a power outage and aren’t sure if the food in your refrigerator or freezer is still good.

Food recalls can be a serious problem -- when we don’t hear about them. The Food and Drug Administration doesn’t issue a recall, but they do post notices and safety alerts. Recently, a common ingredient used in many foods was found to contain salmonella. The FDA was required to leave it up to the manufacturers to get the word out. In many cases, the news media didn’t pick up the stories. You can protect yourself and your family by keeping track of food recalls and alerts via the FDA site at www.fda.gov. It has up-to-theminute news in the Public Health Focus and News & Events section on the front screen. Food Safety (www.foodsafety.gov) has a list of recalls and alerts, as well as a way to subscribe to news feeds. You’ll still need to visit the site, but the newest information will be available for you. The site also includes comprehensive information on food poisoning, as well as a place to report it. 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 columnreply@gmail.com. (c) 2010 King Features Synd., Inc.


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JILL JACKSON’S HOLLYWOOD HOLLYWOOD ... The town is still talking about Oscar. The Academy Awards have turned into more of a fashion show and partying event than a serious celebration of the best works in the business. It has come to be a Red Carpet event, with “What are you wearing?” instead of “Whom and what do you think will win?” And, where were Julia and Leonardo and a few other biggies? However, it is now in the past for another year, and the town is getting back to the business of making more movies with the thought of an Oscar win for next year. And aside to Naomi K. of Pensacola, Fla.: No, that was NOT a date with Chris Pine. That was his mother. And yes, he is already at work on another film. I’ll tell you more about it when I get it. Vanessa Redgrave, still mourning the death of her daughter, was honored with an Academy Fellowship by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts. Nothing new on her work schedule at the moment. It would be interesting to see her do a film with son-in-law Liam Neeson. ... And Michael Douglas, from another award-winning showbiz family, gets feted by the Film Society’s annual Chaplin Award. Watching Michael recently, it’s amazing how much he looks like his father. More and more each day. Woody Allen is negotiating a film to shoot this summer, and Rachel McAdams is in negotiations to co-star along with Owen Wilson. And, as with all of Allen’s films, the plot is kept under wraps. As to his private life, Woody’s seems to be serene with his former stepdaughter Soon-Yi. As for Mia Farrow, one of his “formers,” I’ve no word on her at the moment. Hollywood still twittering over Elton John’s latest caper. At his “After Oscar Party” at one of the town’s top restaurants, he was so tired of hearing about the RED Carpet that he put down a WHITE one for his guests to tread on. And COUCH THEATER -- DVD PREVIEWS By DNA Smith Civil-rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

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One or two might even aside, sometimes it happens that someone lands turn out to be helpful. a seat next to someone they don’t particularly CANCER (June 21 to July 22) Make all the care for, and the icy air gets icier. changes in your plans or proposals that you feel Production has been halted on “Spartacus Blood are necessary before -- repeat, before -- you and Sand” because, unfortunately, star Andy submit them to your colleagues. You’ll come off Whitfield has been diagnosed with lymphoma. looking more decisive that way. However, he is being treated and says he will LEO (July 23 to August 22) You might feel a return to filming. Good luck, Andy! mite intimidated in a new environment, be it a *** job, a classroom or meeting the future in-laws. BITS ‘N’ PIECES: Clint Eastwood’s next will But enter with a big smile, and everyone will be a biopic of former FBI head J. Edgar Hoover. see you as a real take-charge Cat. Eastwood will direct the yet-untitled opus. The VIRGO (August 23 to September 22) This part of Hoover is still to be cast. ... Brad and An- could be a romantic time for you if you can set gelina and Julia Roberts. Where were they at the aside your cynicism and let yourself believe Oscars? I dunno! ... Word is that Spencer Tracy that someone really cares. If you’re already in had a bit of a “go round” with Loretta Young a relationship, expect your partner to be extrabefore he took up with Hepburn. I can’t answer loving. that one. LIBRA (September 23 to October 22) It’s a (c) 2010 King Features Synd., Inc. good time to shed any doubts about your abilities. You’ve proved yourself in the past, so why not accept that you’ll do just as well, or better, in dealing with the new challenge ahead? SCORPIO (October 23 to November 21) Your winning Peter Jackson production beloved by suspicions might be on the mark, but unless Tolkien fans around the world. No sir. This is you can prove what you assume, you need to the 1978 cult animated film by Ralph Bakshi, exercise that Scorpion discretion and let events director of “Fritz the Cat,” “Wizards,” “Cool unfold without your assistance. World” and “American Pop.” What makes this SAGITTARIUS (November 22 to December film notable is that it was the first attempt to bring “The Lord of the Rings” to the big screen, 21) Be careful not to go over the top this week. Avoid overeating (especially of the wrong and it is more faithful to the books than Jackfoods), or drinking too much, or working too son’s was. hard. You can do it all, but in moderation. That said, Bakshi’s production is a mixed bag. CAPRICORN (December 22 to January 19) A The project ran out of money before the entire family matter is given to you to resolve because saga could be finished, which means the film you have the gift for bringing quarrelsome kinends abruptly after the Battle at Helm’s Deep folk together. But while you’re playing Dr. Phil, -- or about halfway through the saga. Also, Bakshi’s rotoscoping style of animation is a real don’t neglect your career obligations. AQUARIUS (January 20 to February 18) embarrassment in places -- specifically in the rendering of the orcs. Basically what he did was Someone of importance shares your goals but disagrees with your plan to achieve them. Never film a bunch of guys in fright masks and robes mind. Defending your methods with logic and and then draw the cartoon versions over what facts earns you admiration and respect. he filmed. The result was a cartoony version of a bunch of guys in frumpy robes and Halloween PISCES (February 19 to March 20) Consider getting away, perhaps for the weekend, despite masks. all the demands made on your time and enerI think the people who would be interested in gies. You’ll return refreshed and ready to tackle this version are those of us who saw the film it all with your usual finesse. when we were younger and will buy it just for BORN THIS WEEK: You have a sense of the nostalgia factor; Tolkien completists who want to add the disc to their collections; or Bak- honesty that makes people believe and trust in shi fans. If you aren’t one of those people listed, you. (c) 2010 King Features Synd., Inc. you might want to give this one a pass.


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